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benefitting The Children’s Wish Foundation - BC & Yukon

Ride a Horse - Grant a Wish

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Walter White and a dedicated group of volunteers started the Wish Trail rides over sixteen years ago, growing the event year over year. The concept was simple; collect pledges in support of Children’s Wish and enjoy time out on the trails. All those involved recognized just how much each and every ride meant to Walter. “My dad’s passion was horses, and Children’s Wish and I want to continue this dream for him,” says Irene White, Walter’s daughter, organizer of the Alberta Wish Ride (see page 10 for their ride info). Through Walter’s vision and the hard work of countless volunteers, the ride has grown into a provincial wide event that has raised over $900,000 for the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation. The late Walter White lives on as he continues to inspire riders every year to collect pledges and “Ride a Horse - Grant a Wish.”

Join us for a fun day out on the trails while helping to grant the most heartfelt wishes of local kids with highrisk life-threatening illnesses. The Provincial Wish Trail Ride is one of the largest fundraisers for the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation and we need you! “We as a family will forever be indebted to your organization for making dreams come true. In today’s world there are not that many moments when we actually get to see the generosity and kindness of others make a wee one’s dream come true. The magic from those moments will carry them over a lifetime and for that we are grateful. Our world is a better place for people and organizations like yours. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Please attend or support a ride in your area and together we can grant the magic of a Wish! Location Kamloops Kelowna Oliver Twin Creeks/Duncan Williams Lake Salmon Arm/Silver Creek Campbell Valley Park/Langley Vancouver/ Southlands Nelson Whonnock/Maple Ridge

Date Sat. May 12 Sat. May 26 Sat. May 26 Sun. May 27 Sun. May 27 Sun. May 27 Sat. June 2 Sun. June 3 Sat. June 16 Sun. June 24

Ride Coordinator Jeanie Van Den Ham Kim Antifaeff Dawn Mueller Deborah Flinn Karla Lederc Rob Sjodin Kim Antifaeff Debbie Bailey Kathleen Comstock Sue Schulze

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For information or to host a new ride in your area, contact: Kim Antifaeff at CWF,

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ast month you saw my new photo riding at Twisted Terrain Horse Park through the Mountain Trail Course; this month we have me riding at a Horse Confidence & De-Spooking Clinic (see page 24). You’d never know I had a hip replacement last year! My surgeon would probably shoot me! But hey I’m having fun and glad to be back in the saddle (comfortably) again! Watch for more “Oh my God, it’s a flying tarp!” Photo courtesy of Paul Evenden Nancy escapades this year… yee haw! As I write this, we are off to The Mane Event in Red Deer, kept my studded tires on just in case! You never know what the ‘Rockies’ will throw at ya’. Another upcoming event is our Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase on May 12-13 here in Armstrong, (I’m part of the organizing committee); some exciting new things this year – hope you can make it out (see page 25). With spring’s arrival, let the schooling shows, clinics and events begin! And don’t forget about all the fundraising trail rides… Children’s Wish Rides (BC & AB), AEAS Ride for the Cure, and the Amazing Back Country Race… to name a few. Happy Mother’s Day ladies!

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Hello Nancy Roman: n Ontario, there is a movement afoot to put horsemeat on restaurant menus and to sell horsemeat in butcher shops. One of the reasons they find this to be okay is that they do it in Quebec. I find the whole idea of it to be so repugnant and repulsive that it violates my thoughts on human decency. I’m wondering if your wonderful Saddle Up magazine could do a feature story on this unacceptable standard of behaviour. Hopefully, that would stir a lot of people to bombard the Ontario government with their expression of disgust. Thank you for any consideration you give my request. - Darwin Netzel, Armstrong, BC (Readers… your thoughts?)


Hi Nancy:

e picked up a copy of Saddle Up at the Greenhawk store in Calgary a few days ago. I haven’t put it down and enjoy the articles. When I read Roman Ramblings (Greg’s column) I could really relate, as I do the horse husband chores on our acreage as it seems that Greg does as well. Must be a great fellow, as most of us horse husband chore/caregivers are. In his article he mentioned that he had built a homemade harrow. I have been trying to decide for a while how to build one as well. I am very interested in how he built his, and if possible I would like to get in touch with him (when he is done his chores) to see how he made his. Thanks in advance (I have to go do my chores now). - Perry Leishman, Magrath, AB P.S. Could this be the start of the horse husband/handyman project column? I think it would go over great! Thanks again, keep up the great work.


Hi Nancy: have an idea for an article that I think will be a huge benefit to the horse community. Recently, after a friend of ours was pulled over and fined by the CSVE for infractions she didn’t even know she was committing, we did a huge research project into the laws surrounding towing horse trailers. We were shocked to find out that we had been doing it incorrectly for years. We contacted our local ICBC office, the ICBC head office, the Vernon scales, and the Salmon Arm CSVE inspector, and they all had the same responses. Below is a summary of the legalities surrounding horse trailers specifically... some we knew, a lot we didn’t! 1) If at any time you use your trailer to transport a horse to a show that offers prize money in any way shape or form, you MUST have commercial plates on your trailer (big plates as opposed to the smaller utility plates). You don’t even have to be entered in any classes that offer prize money, the show just has to offer it. If you do not have the correct plate on your trailer your insurance is null and void. 2) In addition, if you ever haul anything other than horses in your trailer, you MUST have COMMERCIAL plates (even hay!). 3) If you are required to have commercial plates, you are then required to 6 • Saddle Up • May 2012

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Dear Editor, cont’d follow commercial regulations! i) Your truck’s GVW must be insured to include the total weight of your truck, trailer AND load. This is DIFFERENT than the GVWR on your truck. (The GVWR is used to tell you what load your truck is legally capable of towing and has nothing to do with what it is insured to tow.) Because of the commercial plates, the truck must now be insured to carry 100% of the load. ii) If the sum of your truck’s weight, trailer’s weight and load is over 5000kgs you will be required to obtain a National Safety Code. This is an online course that the owner of the vehicle must take and costs about $200.00. The owner’s name must also then be printed on both sides of the towing vehicle. We drive a large 1-ton truck (which we purchased so the GVWR was large enough to legally tow a larger trailer) and a 3 horse gooseneck angle haul (steel) and the two alone are over the 5000kg mark, never mind when we load it with horses! iii) If the sum of the weights is over 5500kgs you are required to report to the weigh scales. iv) If your trailer and load (no truck weight this time) are over 4600kgs you will be required to have a minimum Class 5 driver’s license with a “code 20.” In a quick survey of all of our horsey friends, almost everyone had the incorrect weight insured on their truck, and nobody had obtained the National Safety Code! (By the way, if you go into your insurance office and ask them to increase your GVW on your truck because you are towing a commercial trailer, their system will not even allow the increase over 5000kgs without this code.) So that is our research! If you would like any contacts for this article I can probably provide you with names of the people we spoke with. - Thank you, Trina Forslund, Salmon Arm, BC

EMERGENCY MEETING FOR ALL MORGAN HORSE ENTHUSIASTS To be held Thursday, May 10 at the Armstrong Inn (formerly the Saxon) in Armstrong, BC Starting at 7 p.m. Due to recent changes in The Society Act and Canada Revenue Agency protocols, the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club may be forced to dissolve unless we receive more support and increased membership. The current members and Board of Directors want to see the Club continue on but are unable to without your help. Whether you own, used to own, or just admire the Morgan Horse, the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club NEEDS YOU NOW! Please attend our meeting, consider purchasing a membership, and offer your support... otherwise the last Morgan Horse Club in B.C. will die!

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Silent Abusers By Barbra Ann King Abuse is such an ugly word, one that most of us are not comfortable using because it is so “accusatory.” But hiding behind softer, kinder words doesn’t make the abuse go away.


e become very defensive when we hear the word “abuse,” especially when the subject of abuse is our own animal. When I use the word “abuse,” I see spines straighten up, smiles disappear and a sense of hostility settle in the conversation. I do not do it to point a finger at anyone or to pass judgement. I use the word to create awareness, to open up eyes and minds to what is really going on, in the hope of changing the situations for both horse and human. In all of the years that I have been educating people on horses, I have come across very few (I can count them on one hand) that deliberately and knowingly abuse their horses. Most of the people I meet do not realize that their behaviour is abusive, mainly because they are not hitting or spurring their animal to a point where it bleeds. These people only do what they have been taught and have seen others do, based on tradition and what is believed to be the best way. Because equestrian federations support these ways of riding and training, by mandate or ignorance, none of it is seen as abusive behaviour. Today, there exists scientific and medical research proving that some of the tools we are using, such as bits, and our riding methods (e.g. Rollkur or overflexion of the poll) create pain and

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damage to the horse. There are also solutions to these methods, giving each horse owner and rider options. Today, we have more education and a better understanding of horse behaviour and what they need in their environment to live a happy, balanced life. We know that horse shoes came about during castle sieges to prevent a horse’s feet from rotting when they were standing in their urine and feces for months at a time. They did fine without shoes until that time. We know that bits cause pain and were always designed to do so. Some of us also know that we do not need a bit to “control” a horse or to better communicate with them so they understand what we are asking them to do. Some forms of abuse are pretty obvious, while others are not. I call them “silent abusers” and they cause as much pain and suffering as the more obvious type of abuse. Let’s take a look at some of these “silent abusers.” Bits: most people who use traditional riding/training techniques believe there is no better way to communicate with horses than by using a bit. They claim the bit has to be gentle and

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Silent Abusers, cont’d fit well. Medical research proves, without a doubt, that bits create pain in the horses’ mouths, some at a higher level than others. When a horse’s mouth is dripping with foam, it does not mean he is happily chewing his bit (see Dr. Robert Cook’s website, www., for articles and information based on medical research). In my opinion, no amount of pain is good - whether it is a little or a lot - and no healthy relationship can survive when domination through pain is involved. Treed saddles: these restrict a horse’s natural movement, preventing him from moving naturally and freely. There are no custom-fit saddles that actually fit a horse properly for very long. A horse’s body changes during the year depending on his level of work, living conditions, age, breed and discipline. To ask a horse to perform natural movements while restricting his body movement is simply not right. All disciplines of riding can be achieved treeless if the rider puts the effort into learning how to ride properly. Italian ranchers and cowboys used to ride all day in treeless saddles. They would stuff their treeless Bardella saddles with fresh straw at the start of each day. In case anyone is wondering, I have done jumping as well as dressage and trail riding for over 15 years in treeless saddles. Segregation: horses are friendly herd animals that live in a peaceful environment, as long as their environment is not disturbed by humans. Males, females and babies were meant to live together. They all have a very important role in the herd. Mares act as babysitters to one that has just foaled. They help each other out, allowing mothers to recover strength (have we forgotten how to do that?). Geldings play with the younger ones, as stallions do. Horses will fight and become aggressive towards one another when they are concerned about a lack of food, water, space and shelter. We may think five acres is plenty for five horses, but it is actually very small. Horses need a lot of space to move, in order to be healthy on a physical, mental and intellectual level. If acquiring more space is not possible, think about accommodating your horses using a system that encourages them to move all day (see Jaime Jackson’s “Paddock Paradise”). Although my herd is made up of rescued and abused horses, they are easy to work with and very friendly. I owe this in part to the fact that they have a natural lifestyle, living outdoors with no clothes, shoes or electric heating,

the mares and geldings living together. As I mentioned earlier, I do not believe people knowingly abuse their horses, but a lack of knowledge that leads to poor training, riding and horse handling does create abusive situations for horses. Demanding unnatural movement from horses (e.g. reining, overflexion of the poll, walking with a very low head carriage over a period of time, etc.) as well as poor living conditions and segregation are abusive, unnatural behaviours that humans impose on horses. It can be difficult to change our ways and take our blinders off, but I strongly believe our horses are worth it. They have been hanging in there through our temper tantrums, bad days and good days, and through our inconsistency while we try one training method after another. Our horses have been patiently waiting for us to see them for whom they truly are, hoping that we will trust them as much as we ask them to trust us, and have a true relationship that is not based on dominance. Food for thought... Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and author of the book, “Opening to Consciousness with Relationship Riding.” She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels yearround sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website www. Manage your Pasture & Enhance your Real Estate

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New Event for 2012 Alberta Wish Ride By Roger Matas

On the Kananaskis ride in 2011.

Spring is in the air in Alberta and so is expansion for the Alberta Wish Ride. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Alberta Wish Ride. So far, the event has donated over $75,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation to help Alberta children and their families. It is modelled after rides which have been operating in British Columbia for over 15 years.


stablished in 1984, the Children’s Wish Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Organizers Irene White and Roger Matas will host the event at Little Elbow campground in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country on August 18. Their winning format of a pancake breakfast, three optional trails, and supper following the ride with The Calgary Stampede’s world famous entertainment and prizes mascot, Harry the Horse, dropped in continues to be popular to say “Howdy” at the 2011 ride in with riders who come from Kananaskis. Shown here with event chair Irene White. all over Alberta. “The support generated through the Alberta Wish Trail Rides these past 4 years has been tremendous,” said Megan Innes, Chapter Fundraising Coordinator for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “The success of the past rides is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Irene White, Roger Matas and the committee members.

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This May, at the Annual Children’s Wish Lighting Up Lives Gala in Calgary, we are recognizing them for all their hard work with a Merit Award. Each year, only a select few receive this award and the Alberta Wish Trail Ride was an obvious choice. With the support of volunteers like this committee, we will continue our mandate of never denying an eligible child their heartfelt wish.” A volunteer group has been formed in eastern Alberta with last year’s saddle winner Judy Nygaard in the lead. They’ve made plans for a second fundraising trail ride on September 8 at the historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills, on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. The ranch has space for camping, but also has accommodation for rent. They will have horses for rent for those who want to participate and don’t have their own. Space is limited, so registrations need to get in to Judy right away to make sure a spot on the trail is reserved. It sounds like a great day and provides an opportunity for people in eastern Alberta and even Saskatchewan to participate and support the Children’s Wish Foundation. Both rides are accepting registrations through the website,, which also has all the information about both events. Camping arrangements along with horse stalls for the Kananaskis event can be made through the Alberta Parks reservation system. Accommodations can be arranged directly with Reesor Ranch for the Cypress Hills event. Once registered, participants will be able to set up an online donation page which will make it easier for them to collect pledges and for their supporters to get tax receipts.

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Lakeland College Working Cowboy Competition By Ron Hoffman


he 2012 Working Cowboy Competition and Working Cowboy Horse Sale were held on April 13-14 at Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. The competition was held on the first day and had a record number of entries in all events. Forty teams competed in the Canadian Ranch Roping Association event. Other events were: Ranch Horse Competition with 22 entries, Pasture Doctoring with 19 entries, Stockdog/Horse Trial with 14 entries, and Ranch Bronc Riding with 14 Steve Millar receiving the Canada’s entries. Greatest Working Cowboy trophy buckle; presented by Vern Lynes, Eighteen contestants maker. competed in at least three of the events to accumulate points for the title of Canada’s Greatest Working Cowboy. After 13 hours of competition, the winners of the events were as follows: Open Ranch Roping - Steve Millar, Theresa Millar and Sam Morrison Novice Roping - Cory Thompson, Scott Schieck Ranch Horse Competition - Corey Wiebe Pasture Doctoring - Barry Thiessen Stockdog - Sheila Phillips Ranch Bronc Riding - Adian Cox and Graeme Anderson (cochampions) Steve Millar received a cheque for $2000 and a trophy buckle to be named Canada’s Greatest Working Cowboy. The Horse Sale took place on April 14 with 40 horses consigned, along with five Black Angus bulls raised by Lakeland College. High selling horse was GR High Brow, a 2001 gelding by High Brow Hickory. He was consigned by Dennis Dube from Cold Lake, AB, and sold to Bill Pocock of Minburn, AB, for $11,500. Sale average on horses was $3944. High selling bull was a 2-year-old for $6200, with the sale average being $3350. The competition and sale is managed by the Western Ranch and Cow Horse Program at Lakeland College.


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AEAS 7th Annual Ride for the Cure By Lynn Danyluk The Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society has been working with the Alberta Cancer Foundation for seven years, raising funds to aid families and their children who have fallen victim to cancer. Our 2012 fundraising trail ride will be held June 16, 2012 at the same beautiful location as last year, Blackfoot/Cooking Lake Provincial Park (staging area: Waskehegan). Please join us and help support this worthy cause.


would like to share with you the importance and positive impact that the funds we raise have on these families. It is a very lonely time for any victim and their family members. Expenses suck the life out of any retirement plan or savings account, and the stress of the situation affects even the most well-balanced family. The funds we raise help provide lodging and counselling support for the families, and any lab work needed to address individual patient’s special needs. Each cancer case is different and even though close friends and family offer help, it can still be an isolating time for anyone who is directly involved. The Alberta Cancer Foundation allows us, as a group, to decide where our

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funds will be applied, and they follow up with documentation upon request to ensure we are satisfied with where the donations go. Unfortunately, some other riding groups have discontinued their fundraiser rides due to liability concerns, so now there is less support for cancer victims coming from the equestrian community. Cancer affects everyone and I cannot count the people in this world that have relied on horses to conquer their pain with cancer, or have made miracles happen because of their equine relationships, or have turned to their horses over the loss of a loved one. Many women and men have embraced a horse because they had to bury a child. So as we ride together and share our hearts, we all become one in the cause to find the cure. Because of this unity, many cancers can be controlled and countless individuals can recover. It is a powerful energy and force that we all feel. Everyone who participates comes away with the feeling of success. As I’ve said before, many times, there is nothing better for bonding with a horse than a good trail ride. It is healthy exercise for both horse and rider, for both the body and the mind. It is an opportunity

to spend time with your partners, friends and family. Everyone rides away with a new thought. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the stable and arena should get out there - you’ll relax and enjoy it! No matter what your riding discipline, all are welcome! Those who do not ride are also welcome to attend; there is sightseeing, bird watching, bike trails, and walking trails to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to participate! Afterwards, we’ll all share a healthy meal, refreshments and dessert by the fire. We have outstanding sponsors, listed on our web site, who have provided many rewards, gifts and items for the Silent Auction; there will be also be a 50/50 draw. The event begins at 11:00am on Saturday, June 16. A registration table will be on site. Please contact Lynn Danyluk at for your information package or call 780-358-2388, or fax 780-358-2377. Or, check us out on FaceBook! We have maps available, pictures and pledge sheets. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us. God bless the recovered, and let’s do it for the children! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Taking Your Trailer Out of Hibernation By Kevan Garecki It’s FINALLY spring! The time when our thoughts turn to riding, riding and riding! While not nearly as enrapturing, save some consideration for that lonely chariot outside that gets our beloved steeds to and from events, shows and trails.


n some parts of the country, it may seem like that trailer was parked eons ago, but no matter what our perception of time, every trailer that has been parked or stored for the winter should undergo a methodical inspection and maintenance routine before hitting the road each year. If you were diligent about preparing your rig for winter, it will be clean, but may still need a bit of freshening up from all those months spent under Old Man Winter’s care. Electrical components are particularly sensitive to moisture over long periods, which can affect trailer braking systems to the point of rendering them inoperable. Start with a basic inspection of the entire rig. Check for obvious problems: • Mould, rust and corrosion will cause problems later, so a good cleaning inside and out is always a wise step - both for our comfort and for the horse’s safety. Mould can invite respiratory ailments, while rust and corrosion weaken both cosmetic and structural body components. • Tires can typically lose anywhere from 3-5 PSI per month from minor bead imperfections, porosity and other compromises. Never operate a trailer which has been stored for an extended time without ensuring all tires are inflated

correctly. Remember that spare! Take time to inspect the sidewalls, particularly if the unit has been parked in a damp environment. • A wondrous variety of creepy, crawly and industrious critters can homestead on, in or under our trailers as they hibernate. Depending on your particular locale this can range from relatively innocuous insects to things with fur, four legs and a bad attitude! • Canadian winters can vary from a few exceedingly wet months on the coast to seven months or more of sub-zero temperatures and snowfall that would make a skier swoon. Each area has its own caveats and concerns for trailers, but the most common issues are leaks, damage from ice, snow or wind, and mechanical issues such as seized brakes, electrical gremlins and rusty moving parts. While many of us are comfortably conversant with repacking wheel bearings, adjusting brakes and the more involved procedures aimed at safety and roadworthiness, others cringe at the thought of checking tire pressures. For the both groups, I suggest routinely letting a professional have a go. For the do-ityourselfer, joining a licensed mechanic can offer renewed perspectives on how we

conduct our own procedures. Even the least-inclined neophyte can glean some tips, regardless of how much they may want to avoid learning them! I always encouraged my daughter to become involved in the seemingly endless queue of machinery that passed through our place on any given week; from repairing sewing machines to wrangling wheel loaders and bulldozers, she unwillingly learned enough about vehicles to at least be aware of potential issues before they become problems. Just because we work in a dentist’s office doesn’t excuse us from the duty of knowing at least when something isn’t “right” with a trailer. The accessory or “breakaway” battery in many trailers is a dry cell single-use type, and can become discharged over time even without any apparent use. The average useful life of these cells is two years, so it’s important to have the battery tested every year before the busy towing season begins. A simple but very effective modification involves replacing the dry cell breakaway battery with an RV or marine “deep cycle” battery, and having the trailer accessory circuits wired directly to this battery. This has the distinct benefit of significantly higher emergency capabilities and boasts the ability to be recharged by the tow

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Your Trailer, cont’d vehicle’s own charging system (single-use dry cell batteries cannot be recharged and must be replaced much the same as standard flashlight batteries). If your trailer already has a deep cycle battery, then it should be checked at least once a year with a proper load tester, a device that simulates the maximum load the battery was designed to withstand. Flooring is seldom on the list of things we want to check out, but I’d rather crawl under there during a warm spring day than on a cold rainy night, or find out about that weak board after a horse has stepped through it. Be prepared to get smelly and dirty performing this job, as the floor seldom gets any attention. The smell will wash off, as will the rest of the dirt and grime! With the trailer securely blocked to prevent any forward or backward motion whatsoever, jack the rear of the unit high enough to get underneath, allowing you to inspect the bottom of the floor, cross

members, suspension and any exposed wiring. Pay particular attention to welds and other joints, as these are often prime areas for cracks to start. If I do find a crack in a structural component, I think not only about how to fix it, but also why it failed in the first place. Some cracks may be from poor design or materials, but they can also be a sign of metal fatigue or from simply overloading the trailer. I can’t stress this part strongly enough: if you do discover a crack or other structural failure, the trailer should be carefully assessed by a qualified trailer repair shop. Many good welders and/or fabricators can determine the reason for the failure and repair the damage while increasing the capacity of the failed area. The take-home message is simply one of preparation; you’ll prevent a small problem from creating an emergency later on, avoid irritating issues and, most importantly, maximize the safety for

our equine friends. I like to include the following statement in all of my clinics: there is nothing in a horse’s instinctual response mechanism that can help him or her in the event of a crash or other trailering emergency. In other words, we are utterly and completely responsible for their well-being. Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy TRAILER LOADING, PART ONE

Spring is here and thoughts are turning to horse shows and trail rides. This usually means we need to get our horse into a horse trailer, a task that can be quite challenging for some folks and their horses.


railer loading, just like any other behaviour we would ask our horses to do, must be taught before we can ask, and expect, the horse to perform that behaviour. More specifically, all the “component parts” of the behaviour have to be taught; neglecting to do this is usually why a behaviour falls apart. So what are the “component parts” of trailer loading behaviour? What behaviours do we need to teach before even attempting to load a horse onto the trailer? Some of the behaviours needed will depend on the loading history of the horse and also on how you want to go about loading your horse onto the trailer. Do you want to have him load himself or do you want him to follow you on? Let us presume you want your horse to self-load. Also, to begin with, let us consider the horse who is an “okay loader” with no huge issues about loading. To deal with specific issues, we would need a slightly different set of component behaviours, even though the end behaviour of “loading onto the trailer” is the same. I will discuss how to handle some of these

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challenges in part two of this series. The foundation behaviour of targeting is one that works well for trailer loading. We can have the horse target his nose to a target that we then put into the trailer. Alternatively, we can use the foundation lesson of standing on a mat (which is really targeting the mat with the feet) to load onto the trailer. For this article, I have chosen to explain the process and the component behaviours needed using mat work. The first behaviour we need to shape is standing on a mat. For a detailed explanation of how to teach this foundation behaviour, please refer to Saddle Up May 2011, which is available online. When you have done the mat lesson many times, using high rates of reinforcement to make the mat a “very good place to be,” and your horse actively seeks the mat to stand on it, you are ready for the next important component part of the trailer loading behaviour, “generalization.” Will your horse seek out and stand on the mat in different places, at different heights, in tight spots? If the

answer to these questions is yes, then you are ready to move on. If the answer is maybe, or no, then you need to look for what could be causing the issue in the new place. Remembering that you must only change one criterion at a time, the next component part that you might want to work on is “building duration” for standing on the mat. When your horse’s behaviour is solid about finding the mat and standing on it for a period of time, then you can introduce the trailer. Try to place the trailer (hooked to the truck!) in an enclosed area so that you can turn your horse loose to find the mat. If you have trained the exercise previously on a lead, practice it off-lead in an enclosed area first, before introducing the trailer. Now place your mat in the pen away from the trailer. Take the time to read your horse’s emotions. Is the mere presence of the trailer causing him some stress? If so, try to get him engaged in the mat work. Have the mat away from the trailer and have him target the mat facing away from the trailer to start. Build his attention and confidence. The whole time you are doing this exercise it is VERY important to remember HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clicker Training, cont’d that the thought in your mind should not be “get him on the trailer,” but staying with, “target his mat.” If you change your focus from what you have been doing with the mat, just because the trailer is now there, your body language This is the behaviour we are working on - can your horse put himself on the mat? and intent will be different and your horse will notice this. “If you think different, you are different.” Now play with moving the mat about within the corral. Move it closer to the trailer and see how he feels about that, then move it farther away. Try putting it in the trailer, but don’t force him if he won’t yet target it there. Gather data to see where he is at in his mind, now that the trailer is part of the picture. Remember to use high rates of reinforcement for being on the mat; it is a good place to be. There is also NO agenda that says, “He MUST get on the trailer today.” Take the time to make the experience positive for both of you. If he is already fine with going on the trailer, this may not be a big thing. He might, if you have done all the component parts well enough, just hop in the trailer onto his mat and look to you for his click and treat. It can be just that easy. But, in some cases, we need to be more creative in order to help a Now work on getting this same behaviour to happen in a place like this. The behaviour is horse overcome NOT trailer loading; the behaviour is STILL “can a history of bad your horse put himself on the mat?” trailer-loading experiences, and I will show you ways to do this with clicker training and a positive approach in part two. Let me offer a couple of words of advice about teaching trailer loading with the clicker. It often seems that whenever someone is trying to load, helpful folk appear out of nowhere. If this happens while you are practicing and they offer to help you load your horse, I would encourage you to say, “Thanks, but we’re just practicing standing on a mat.” It is often hard, when doing something HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

different, to stay true to your path. This can be especially hard to do if you are a novice horse owner and all the people with more experience are telling you that “this is not the right way to do it” or “that won’t work.” You need to do what you feel is right for you and your horse. Stay positive. If clicker training methods can teach a whale to swim up and keep still to have a blood sample drawn (no halter here and no dragging him where he doesn’t want to go), rest assured, you can teach your horse to load himself onto a trailer. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 17

Ginny Gets a New Job – for Horse Protection Society By Sharon Wells-Ackermans, Managing Director, Horse Protection Society of BC

Once featured on the cover of breed magazines, Ginny came to us emaciated and full of lice. Her once luxurious mane and tail were ragged and dirty and her coat was dull and lifeless.


orst of all she was depressed and constantly worried that there might not be enough to eat. Ginny is only one of many horses found neglected and forgotten in fields everywhere. Untrimmed feet, sharp hooks on her teeth and a belly full of worms are only the beginning. It takes a long time to overcome the fear of starvation, the mistrust of people and to inspire a will to once again be an important part of someone’s life. The fact that these noble animals come around at all speaks to the size of their hearts. After years of ever less care and attention by their people, still they offer of themselves again and again. Ginny has a job now; she is part of the Horsemanship Program run by the Horse BEFORE photo Protection Society of BC. A JEWEL AT EDITH LAKE!

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Ginny is a highly trained National Show Horse that competed internationally as a young “girl”. When her show career was over she was put out to pasture as a brood mare. When her breeding days were A Brighter Future over her value was no longer there and she was sold on without a care for where she may end her days. The Horse Protection Society (HPS) is a registered non-profit society focussed on raising public awareness of the needs of horses. HPS relies solely on fundraising and public donations for support. The Horsemanship Program takes people through all the stages of basic horse care in addition to a riding program that is suitable for beginners and for more experienced riders. We want people to understand that horses are a serious, long-term commitment that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Our students clean stalls and paddocks, maintain tack, help with various barn chores in all weather situations. They learn to groom and tack their own horse, to lunge a horse, and they participate in clinics being offered by experts in various fields of horse care and safety. Ginny, and others like her are our heroes. They teach us about the heart and spirit of a horse in a way that humbles us. Ginny gives 110% of herself to her “job”, she’s a professional and she knows it. Once again she can be proud of herself and her contribution. Please visit the website for more information on our horses, our programs and how you can help. www.

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Voice for the Horse Update By Yvonne Allen The Voice for the Horse Foundation is delighted to sum up a very successful year in 2011. We launched our 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition ~ Subject: Wild Horses, inspired by Atticus, the Wild Stallion from Deadman Valley, BC.


ith our sights set high, we not only succeeded in our goal of children participating, but also delighted in meeting a most amazing and dynamic team of individuals from across North America, who supported our efforts and will certainly be joining us again for future events! We are very proud of the kids who wrote essays which were both passionate and endearing to our hearts. Exciting news is that their stories have been picked up by a publishing company and will be put into an e-book and be online by July 2012! Thanks to Jonathan Boudin of JB Max Publishing for this opportunity of having our children’s stories published, and also to Tony Stromberg, who will be contributing photographs out of his collection on wild horses. We are pleased to announce that the Grand Prize Winner is Matthew McCormick from St. Louis, Missouri. He is very excited about winning the trip for two to the ISPMB (International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros) hosted by Karen Sussman, President. Matthew will be documenting his experience, so expect to hear more from him and the wild horses! Second place winner is Genna Vickers from St. Michael, Minnesota, who won an iPad and educational books and DVDs; third place was awarded to Megan Gunn from Clearwater, BC; she won a writing tutoring

package and educational DVDs and books. Voice for the Horse is pleased to announce that the Spirit Award was given to 12-year-old Sara Trafford from Langley, BC. When we heard Sara’s personal story of her essay writing experience, we knew she would be the winner of the Rodeo Sweetheart guitar and a selection of music CDs from Templeton Thompson. Well done, Sara! Presently we are in the midst of developing our 2012 Children’s Writing Competition ~ Subject: Rescue Horses. 12-year-old Sara Trafford from Langley, BC There’s no better time than now to dig into this important subject. We are also them. working diligently on our other signature To review our online Wild Horse project, “A Day in the Country for Kids.” Presentation Page and read the children’s This program promises to touch the lives stories, visit our web site at www. of many children and their families in communities where we are able to find suitable locations to host this educational day. It is an out-of-the-saddle May 5-6 Whitehorse YK program for kids and May 12-13 Whitehorse YK is geared towards May 19-20 Pritchard BC teaching them respect, June 22-26 Valemount BC awareness and kindness June 28-July 17 Pritchard BC to not only our majestic July 19-21 Canadian National equines, but also to Andalusian Show & Fiesta one another, with the TFC Exhibitions: July 21 Chilliwack BC hope of encouraging August 4-6 Yellowknife NT a healthier social September 8-9 Pritchard BC environment around Extreme Trail/Working Equitation

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Project Equus By Theresa Nolet, As I get more involved with the wild/feral horses of BC, I learn more and want to share what I have learned to prevent as many tragedies and deaths as possible. Hopefully, telling these stories will help some foal in the future.


n March 13, 2012, I received a phone call regarding a young horse that was dead along a roadway on the Penticton Indian Reserve. I went out to investigate and found a young colt, estimated to be about six months old, dead. The reason that I am writing about this is because the colt had been seen the day before; he was down, but still alive. What would have been the outcome if I had been contacted while the colt was still alive? Could his life have been saved? If not, then his suffering could have been humanely ended, keeping him from having to endure a slow death on what was a very cold, wet day and night prior to his death. I have named this young colt Bojangles in hopes that he is in heaven, “dancing” and kicking up his heels, forever free of pain. I wanted his existence to be acknowledged, so he will always be known to Project Equus as Bojangles. This is the time of year when our wild/feral horses will start to give birth and people may come upon these young foals. If you see a foal and think it may be in danger, please do not just take it. Call someone who can properly assess the situation. The mare may have just given birth and been frightened away. Do not stand close or nearby, as a wild horse will not return while you are there. If you have a vehicle, drive the vehicle a short distance away to where you are still able to observe, but giving the mare enough space for her to feel safe enough to return. If the foal is in a dangerous spot where it could be hit by a car, and it is possible to safely move it - do that. The mare will not reject it just because it has been touched. Do be aware that even a newborn foal can be very heavy and will require more than one person to move it safely. 20 • Saddle Up • May 2012

It is crucial that the foal receive the mare’s milk containing colostrum, which contains necessary antibodies for the foal’s survival. Without this first milk, the chances of the foal surviving is only about 25%. A situation occurred last year where a well-meaning couple took a young foal that had been born close to a roadway home, thinking it had been abandoned. The foal had not had the colostrum and when I was contacted eight days later, the colt named Texas was very ill. He was unable to rise and had difficulty standing. I had hoped it was from a lack of nutrition, but after being taken to the veterinarian and the tests results returned, the news was not good. Texas had developed neonatal septicemia. The decision was made to put Texas down and he died peacefully in our arms. I would like to add that these tests were all performed while we were at the vet’s office, ensuring that we had the information necessary within a very short period of time. One CANNOT evaluate whether a foal has had colostrum by a visual examination - blood must be drawn and tested. The people who took this foal did have a vet examine him when they brought him home, but no blood work was done.

They truly thought they were saving this foal’s life and had the best intentions, but baby horses, just like other wildlife, have very specific needs and if not cared for properly only suffer and die. Here are some facts that may help. Horses are herd animals, so it is unusual to see a small foal or young horse on its own. However, sometimes the herd is close by, so take the time to ensure that the foal has indeed been abandoned. Call someone who has experience with horses, if possible. Call the local RCMP or SPCA. Call a local horse rescue if you know of one. If you are certain the foal or horse is at risk, do not accept a delay! Keep calling until you find someone who can help evaluate the situation properly. If you are reading this article you have a directory of horse contacts. USE THEM! Could either of these foals’ lives have been saved if I had been contacted right away, when the foal was first found? I will never know the answer to that question. What I do know is that both of these foals suffered and that suffering could have been lessened.


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Introducing “Natural Health For Animals” With Helga Brink, Classical Homeopath

I would like to introduce myself and my profession as a Classical Homeopath for Animals. I was trained as a Veterinarian Technician in Germany and worked in a Veterinary Clinic for seven years. Then I discovered the benefits of Homeopathy.


was impressed by how quickly it worked, with no side-effects, if used properly. From 2003 to 2006, I studied Homeopathy for Animals at the ATM Academy of Natural Health for Animals in Bad Bramstedt, Germany. In 2006, I received my Diploma in Holistic Animal Health. Why use Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism to promote health. The use of homeopathic medicines - popularly known as remedies - is based on the discovery that natural substances are capable of curing

the symptoms that they can cause. By studying the symptoms that develop when a healthy person tests or “proves” a remedy, homeopaths can determine which symptoms the remedy is capable of curing. This is called the Law of Similars or ‘like cures like’.

Classical Homeopathy… Is based on the selection of a single remedy that most closely matches your symptoms at a particular time. This method focuses on the underlying disturbance or ‘disease’ that causes the symptoms rather than on the symptoms themselves. Homeopathy for Animals thus helps the animal’s body to overcome diseases by strengthening its immune system and stimulating the body’s natural defenses, rather than suppressing them. It is a gentle, non-intrusive approach with no side-effects when selected properly and administered for a limited period of time. Homeopathy works very fast in acute cases, while in chronic cases it can take longer to heal, but with long lasting results. Almost all illnesses are amenable to homeopathic treatment.

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Training with Dana Hokana HELP FOR THE TIMID RIDER


re you a timid rider? I believe that most of us at some time or another have moments of feeling timid, hesitant, or afraid on a horse. In certain situations and on certain horses, there may be times when it is wise to be hesitant or timid. Your intuition may be telling you to back off! However, there may be other times when your timidity turns into fear and you freeze or give wrong signals to your horse. You may even be unconsciously telling your horse that you are afraid, giving him the upper hand. When you give a fearful response over and over, he may learn to be spooky or naughty! I have tips that will help you to master your fears and insecurity. These tips will also help you to gain a better relationship with your horse.

Identify Why You are Afraid or Timid

I feel that it is very important to honestly evaluate or assess

yourself as a rider. Also look at why you may be struggling with being timid or fearful. Search yourself and do your best to be totally honest about yourself. I recommend you get some feedback from someone that you trust, especially if you are hard on yourself or do a lot of negative self-talking. People often don’t see themselves clearly. Sometimes just identifying your strengths and weaknesses will help you to overcome them. When you are not aware or mindful of them, you can’t work on them. If you struggle with fear, ask yourself why. You may have had a bad experience that is haunting you, or you may be honestly intimidated by the size of a horse. You may just have had so many bad experiences that they outweigh the positive confidence-building ones in your mind. Research has shown that a negative experience will impact you and stay with you longer than a positive one. So give yourself a lot of positive experiences to overcome the negative ones.

Become Aware of What Your Body Does as You Tense Up

When you become tense mentally, your body will also exhibit signs of tension. Your horse will definitely be able to feel subtle and significant changes in your body. I often teach people that a horse is full of moveable joints and parts, as well as your human body. One of your goals in becoming a confident rider is to be able to move and flow with your horse. When you tense up, your body will usually resist the horse’s movement and energy flow, and interfere or move against your horse. This is very uncomfortable for your horse. Think of it from the horse’s perspective. If you and your horse are moving together, you are catching his rhythm. What if, all of a sudden, you see something before he does that might spook him? You may stop your breathing or take short, shallow breaths, tense your seat and stop moving with your horse, lean forward, or tense up through your hands or grab his mouth. Your horse feels your fear through your body, and your body signals are like a loud alarm going off that danger is near. He may then see that “boogie man” and agree with you that it is scary. He will spook, just as you feared he would. You told him in many ways that he was unsafe. This is how riders can teach or “program” their horses to spook! Whenever you tense up your body, your horse starts looking for danger.

Here are some tips to help control your body signals when you feel yourself tensing up:

* Stay Breathing - Take deep, full breaths and breathe using your diaphragm. Many times you can breathe your way past a potential spook or steady your nervous horse in a class at a show. When you continue with rhythmic breathing, you build his confidence and reinforce that he needs to listen to you. Deep, full breathing also keeps your spine and hips in the correct position on your horse. * Stay Moving with Your Pelvis - Focus on your horse’s rhythm and unlock your seat to stay moving with him. If he were to jump or spook and your seat was locked, you would have more of a chance of losing your balance. If you are flowing with your horse, your body will stay in the middle of him much easier.

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Dana Hokana, cont’d * Keep Your Hands Relaxed - I was once taught a trick that if you close your thumb and forefinger together, it will keep your hands relaxed and soft. Do your best to avoid tensing with your hands. Of course, if you need to hang on, do so… but keep your hands and their reactions separate from your body!

Make Sure You Have the Right Horse for You

Personality Types - After you have given thought to your own abilities, also consider your personality type. Are you nervous or patient and slow? Fast-thinking and reactive people can often make fast-thinking horses nervous. Horses, just like people, have a variety of personality types, energy levels, and confidence levels! Take a look at your horse and yourself, and see if you are a good match. Level of Experience - It’s often said that a green horse and a green rider aren’t a good match. A green rider will usually do better with an older, more experienced, confidence-building horse. It can be a disaster if the personality types are a mismatch as well! If you are a timid, inexperienced rider, don’t pick a jumpy, reactive, green horse. If you are determined to choose a green horse due to your budget, or if you just want the experience, choose a slowthinking, slow-reacting, willing horse. One that is not too dull or too sensitive. Horses, like people, can be extremely sensitive and thin-skinned, or they can be thick-skinned and dull! The better suited you are with your horse, the more success you will have!

How to Tell When to Back Off

In this article, my goal is to teach you to become more aware of yourself, your ability, and your own body, as well as to give you tools to help you gain control of your horse. I also want to impart to you the importance of knowing when to back off. If your horse feels like he is going to blow up, or you are losing control of where his feet are underneath you, you need to protect yourself. If my horse feels really high, I will get off and lunge my horse. If you don’t know what to do, or feel out of control, seek the help of a professional.

How to Regain Control

Here is one exercise that is extremely helpful. It is called, “Follow the Nose.” I do this exercise often and if I have a difficult or scared horse, I will practice it a lot - even when he’s not scared. By doing this, it becomes a place of familiarity to him when he is scared. It is helpful because it puts your horse in a circle, and circles are very relaxing to your horse. It also allows you to regain control of his steps and his face because you are asking him to bend his head and neck, and step forward. It will also allow you to regain control of your horse’s attention and his feet. It redirects his mind towards you and your cues, and reminds him that you are in control! Start the exercise by riding two handed and ask him with a direct rein cue to bend his head to one side. Use your hand softly and draw or pull without bumping, if possible. Your direction of pull should be out to the side, as if you were bringing your hand to the center of where his circle would be. Notice, as you ask him to walk forward, if he is stepping up and forward to his face. Many HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

horses will drift out or cut in and try to make their own circle. Just reposition your hand accordingly to ask him to step up and forward. If he sucks back or refuses, just open up the circle and encourage him forward. I can tell if my horse is drifting or leaning if I start in one place and he takes me to another. Set a 10 or 15-foot circle in your mind and ask his body to stay on it. That is the secret to this exercise. Once he will let you drive and control his steps, he will usually relax. It puts you back in control. It should never be done in a punishing, angry manner, but rather that you are taking his face and body and directing his steps. It takes his mind off of what is bothering him and puts you back in control.

Tips to Help You Gain Confidence

* Visualize yourself in control. If you have an intimidating or scary situation, visualize yourself getting through it with great success! * Use wisdom and be cautious. If you aren’t comfortable, don’t do it! Don’t let fear run you, but always use wisdom! * Set yourself up with a horse that will build your confidence. * Set yourself up for a good ride by making sure your horse is tired enough to think about working! * Use positive self-talk! Coach yourself; tell yourself you can do it. Don’t ever put yourself down. * Pick a coach or trainer who is reassuring, gentle, and shows wisdom in when to push you and when to back off. * Practice controlling your body. Remember your seat, your breathing, finding the horse’s rhythm, and keeping your hands soft and light. I hope these tips help you to become the best rider that you can be! If you would like to learn more about becoming a more confident rider, please check out our “Take Control” training DVD series available at!

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From One ‘Extreme’ to Another! By Nancy Roman


f riding Extreme (Mountain) Trail at Twisted Terrain Horse Park last month wasn’t enough excitement, try taking a Bill Richey Clinic – which is exactly what I did this month! The event was a fundraiser for the Armstrong Pony Club. What a blast! I encourage anyone to take this clinic; whether it’s with Bill or Debbie. It’s well worth it for both horse and rider. See the write-up below.

Parade extraction exercise with Nancy Roman on ‘Bobbi’ and Bev Ward on ‘Hershey’ leading.

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n enthusiastic and open-minded group of riders participated in the Equine Confidence and De-spooking Clinic at the Armstrong Agriplex. In the ring were riders of all ages dressed for Western and English whose mounts ranged from 14HH Draft cross to lofty 17HH Thoroughbreds. Bill Richey, regretfully, could not attend in person. Rather, Michelle Robertson leading ‘Dancin Debbie Hughes, of Hughes Quarter Horses in Chilliwack and a Summer Breeze’. faithful follower, and understudy of Bill’s over the past two years, was given his blessing along with his power point notes. Debbie Nina Shukin riding ‘Mango’. was gracious enough to consider being Bill’s replacement as a kindness to friends, to Pony Club and to those who had registered early. Debbie brought her own perspective during the presentations, especially on the topic of trail safety. Her manner in the ring was encouraging and positive. The confidence course began with lectures in the morning. How the horse sees and perceives progressed to mounted drill work and the addition of simple ground obstacles. The afternoons consisted of increasingly difficult objects from the side, as well as overhead challenges. These challenges intensified and became more demanding as the weekend wore on. Smoke, flames, flashing police lights and sirens made a visual spectacle. There were some horse and rider stars with breakthrough moments. Patricia Newcombe received the ‘Most Try’ award and did not have to buy the beer. Congratulations to Trish. Mango was the ‘Most Steady and Reliable horse’; and the ‘Most Improved’ was Karen Wilkie. The ground crew - Peter Pellikaan and Paul Evenden - worked tirelessly moving objects, helping riders, taking photos and generally keeping the clinic moving smoothly. Their efforts deserve a huge thank you. The Pony Club Jasmine Keller and ‘Tic Tac Tough Tequila’. members who ran errands, cleaned stalls and helped with baking were very much appreciated. Also, thank you to the Pony Club parents for all the goodies and preparation of lunches. Several local businesses and individuals made donations to the Armstrong Pony Club to contribute to the success of this special fundraiser. You, too, can show your appreciation by shopping locally: Askew’s Foods, Roger’s Foods, Creekside Animal Clinic, Shuswap Veterinary Clinic, For Your Eyes Only, Pellikaan Construction, Shenkel New lineup of Greenhouse, Weller Greenhouse, McKinney Knitters, CLINICS & EVENTS Shane Meeres Farrier, and Debbie Hughes Quarter Horses. Samantha Robertson on ‘Moses Blue

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Join us at the Okanagan Breeders Showcase By Nancy Roman Hope to see you on the May 12-13 weekend at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We are offering some new and exciting events… and most are FREE, read on…

JUDY WARDROPE CLINIC (admission fee) Learn all about Equine Conformation with Judy Wardrope inside the Agriplex. Judy is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Conformation Evaluation and how it relates to a horse’s ability to perform. Participation in the clinic is limited and will be on a first come basis. We are now taking registration for mounted participation using your own horse; forms on the website. Auditors may purchase a 1- or 2-day pass. COACHES! Equine Canada’s Coaching Update Program gives educational credits for attending Judy’s clinics! FREE EVENTS… COMPETITION New this year is a Versatility Ranch Horse Competition, one of the fastest growing segments of Western Riding competitions in the world. This event is FUN and it invites riders of any skill level to come out and play Cowboy with a chance at winning! More info on the website. DEMONSTRATIONS By Daryl Gibb of Nighthawk Ranch on “Starting the Young Horse;” Lenox and Janice of Jandana Ranch on “Natural Horsemanship;” and Dawn Heppner of Demarhe Training on “In Hand Trail.”

STALLIONS/SALE HORSES If you haven’t booked your Stallion or Sale Horse in yet, contact Cathie Cross. The sooner you book them in, the sooner your info will be up on the website. E-mail: TRADE FAIR Something for everyone - a full line of products and services for the equine enthusiast. Tables available by contacting Nancy Roman 250-546-9922, e-mail: CONSIGNMENT TACK SALE (Ring 2 bleachers) Hosted by the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 till 2:00. Gather up your QUALITY clean tack and equestrian clothing for this great opportunity to clean out your tack room! Info: Michelle 250-546-8977 or Rebecca 250-546-0052. Consignment tack can be dropped off near barns on Friday, May 11, between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT GALA We will be hosting a Free Jump Competition, a Liberty Competition as well as breed demos and the ever-popular Stallion Parade. Starting at 6:00 we have an evening of fun and entertainment. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend! come for the experience. stay for a while.

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy A bumper audience watched while 28 Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron yearlings sold at NAERIC’s 2012 Draft Horse Classic Foal Sale. The annual auction was held March 29-31 in Brandon, MB, at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for the first time. The crackling $4,162 average was the best ever - this was an increase of $610 on the year! Percherons (Viking, AB), won this exciting colt’s possession. The homebred son of L.D.’s Shiawasee’s Ozzie, Grand Champion Stallion at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic and Calgary Stampede in 2010 and 2011, was shown in October at Alberta’s 2011 Foal Show. The black sire prospect placed third in his class. 1st Place Overall and Breeder Award Win, place or show at he yearlings sold are eligible for the 2014 NAERIC Futurity, NAERIC’s 2014 Draft Horse Classic barring an accident, Lake Bottom Knox Futurity. $1,000 of each yearling’s has an exciting future before him. A hitch purchase price is added to the handsome horse prospect, Knox will fuel a Clydesdale futurity purse. Three judges score those teamster’s interest when mature. A Donegal futurity horses that return as three-yearDeluxe Rocket son, this $6,000 bay colt was olds to contest the three divisions: Halter, a wise investment. Bred by Randy and Brad Rail Cart Class and Pattern Driving Class. Delgaty of Delgaty Clydes (Minnedosa, This year, ten high-scoring three-year-olds MB), two Manitoba horsemen joined forces at Brandon’s 2012 NAERIC Draft Horse to own him - Darryl Horn of Bel-Clydes Classic Futurity divided a purse of $42,640. (Virden, MB) and Allan Betteridge of The winner collected $9,356.50, the lion’s Coyote Creek Clydesdales (Minnedosa, share of this sum. Judging this year was MB). Mark Barrie of New York, Dale Burger of Duhaime’s Danica, a three-yearOhio and Cal Lipsett, Jr. of Ontario. old Belgian mare, was the 2012 NAERIC Rocky Bar Razor, a May-born, red Draft Horse Classic Futurity winner. Bred sorrel Belgian colt, topped the foal sale. and owned by Albert, Emma and Nikki A bid of $11,700 brought the auctioneer’s Duhaime of Duhaime Belgians (Payton, hammer down, which gave the handsome SK), Doug Hobman of Nokomis, SK, did a colt’s buyers the Sale’s wild card. Nick stellar job fitting, shoeing, schooling and and Tracey Den Brok, the Saskatchewan showing their mare. All three judges placed colt’s breeders, joined forces with Lyle and Duhaime’s Danica first shown in Halter Brenda Walsh of Esterhazy, SK, to take and first when shown in the Rail Cart possession of Rocky Bar Razor, their pick Class. Two judges had her first in Pattern of the stellar consignment. Razor is sired Driving, while one judge placed her fourth. by the Pennsylvania-bred stallion, Greene A beautiful female, structurally so correct, Mead Keystone. He is a stylish, heads-up she is a spirited athlete. This Krebsie’s Nait youngster that can tramp. daughter won a $9,356.50 cheque for her Rose Hill Razel was the high-priced owners. Purchased for $4,000 at the 2009 Percheron. A $9,500 bid, placed by his NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Foal Sale, she breeder, Gordon Ruzicka of Rose Hill is one of three foals sold for a modest price

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Vanderhoof Equifair 2012 By Mike DiMassimo The Yellowhead Draft and Driving Horse Association and Nechako Valley Exhibition have come together to form the Vanderhoof Equifair 2012. This is the first event of its kind in the North and will include both an educational and competitive component to the weekend.


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I thought that Temple was right words. She reminds us that when it comes ear, anxiety and stress in horses? on the money when she said that many to introducing ‘novelty’ to a prey animal Who is addressing these issues? trainers/owners still do not know when they are wired to be skeptical/fearful for Many owners and trainers are not. They either don’t recognize the need to, or bad behavior is motivated by fear. Many of survival reasons. We all get that. However, “It’s different when you don’t try to force don’t know how. We all pretty much agree the issues that humans have with horses are simply because the horse is scared and things. On its own, an animal will always that an animal should get their needs met the human is handling it badly. When you try to investigate a novel stimulus, even and suffer as little as possible. But there is more to that than meeting physical needs. get the ‘why’ wrong, the strategy to fix it is though new things are scary.” My ‘Rosa’ mare is one of the most I’m currently reading some of Temple usually the wrong one. For example, you’ll find some people change to a bigger bit for highly perceptive horses I have met. When Grandin’s books. Through her research a horse that is difficult to stop. The cause we arrived in Slave Lake for a clinic I and the unique perspective of her autistic thought we’d go for a ride and condition, Temple is shedding more light onto how animals explore the new turf. As we head out she soon stops abruptly in perceive the world. She’s wellher tracks. With Temple’s words known for her work with cattle, but there are many things that in my mind I thought, if all I do is not add force, let’s see what reach far into the world of prey happens. I just rub her until animals. ‘When you spend a lot she’s ready to go again. Soon of time with animals it’s easy to we’re off, and the pattern repeats see that animal fears are worse itself. The strategy I focus on than human fears a lot of the here is just not asking her to time’. go if she’s having even a drop Her statement that for of fear. The two keys were: 1) animals, ‘Fear is worse than Notice when she is having a Pain’, reminds us that ‘we have threshold due to fear; and 2) Do to think about an animal’s not force her through it. Rosa emotional life, not just their and I eventually made it around physical life. Fear is significant Buddy Cardinal, during a Colt Start at Cardinal Ranch. You can see the for horses in ways that many fear in this colt’s eye as he sees Buddy overtop of him for the first time. a little loop and back to the Buddy works from his saddle horse to gain the colt’s confidence. corral with her buddies. Then of us don’t relate. We tend to she wants to head out again, ears rationalize our fears while might be fear, and the pressure of a bigger up, with a ‘let’s go exploring’ kind of feel horses are wired to react first. bit will not make him braver. to her. When I got back I was asked about When I listen to peoples’ goals with I believe that taking care of a horse’s my ride. I said the first one was my idea, their horses on the first day of the clinic confidence it right up there with taking but the second one was Rosa’s. often times it boils down to this. They care of his physical needs. It’s easy to In my opinion, if you truly want a want to feel safe with their horse. They get a horse with the physical and mental happy and healthy horse you need to deal don’t want to worry if their horse is going abilities that you want. You just buy one. with emotional issues. It is our job to take to spook, run, buck, etc. Once they can But owners need to understand how to care of our horse’s confidence not just his trust in a safe partnership, they just want take care of his ‘emotions’. This is an physical needs. to have fun. I believe these all fall under ongoing journey, and if you’re thinking Remember Temple’s words, for a the category of ‘emotional fitness’. Calm, that some horses are easier than others, horse, fear is worse than pain. brave, smart are the descriptions of an you would be right. Reference: Temple Grandin (Animals in emotionally fit horse. He knows how to Translation) deal with his fear; he looks to his human Taking care of a horse emotionally, for leadership. This is where we put much how do we do this? For me, and with my Devanee Cardinal is a Parelli Professional of our focus in horse development. If we students, the Parelli Program presents offering instruction across Western Canada can get them confident and looking to the understanding and strategies to and the US. us for a plan they become great learners. deal effectively with confidence issues. (See her listing in business Services under When a horse is not dealing with fear, he Here’s one strategy that Temple got me Trainers.) thinks better and needs less repetition. thinking more about with some of her 28 • Saddle Up • May 2012

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Calling All Gaited Horses! By Jackie Evans Photos courtesy of Jean Thom


t’s time for the 15th Annual Interior Gaited Show to be held June 9-10, and it is still being rated by participants as #1 for FUN. The show remains a combination of pleasure, equitation and gait classes, along with the fun games/ performance classes that make you smile and that you just don’t usually get to try at other shows! It’s that “once a year opportunity” to get together and show off the pleasure of riding breeds so smooth that you want to go all day. Big and small, we’ve got them all! Peruvians, Paso Finos, Tennessee Walkers, Rocky and Kentucky Mountain Horses, Icelandics, Missouri Fox Trotters – any breed or part breed that gaits is welcome! After all, it’s all about keeping the fun and participation in recreational horse showing. As usual, tack and rider attire is very relaxed. One of the great things about this show is that all ages can be seen riding – from the little people in the leadline classes to the kind of seniors who collect pensions! Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for all 44 classes. In addition, the show fees have been kept very reasonable at $60 per

horse for the entire weekend, unlimited classes. Stabling is $60 for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Camping is available on site. If you can’t stay for both days, other entry/stabling options are available. FLASH! We are very excited and honoured that Nancy Roman, Editor Supreme of Saddle Up, will be riding a Peruvian in the show this year! She is a great supporter of the Interior Gaited Show and decided last year that she was going to get in on the “FUN” next time. Way to go Nancy! We’ll all be cheering you on! Spectators are warmly welcomed. Admission is free. (Editor’s Note: Editor Supreme… I like that – thanks Jackie! I can’t wait to ride in this “FUN” show. Rob and Jan Sjodin of Del Oeste Peruvians have graciously offered me one of their horses to ride. Wish me luck!)


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Competitive Trail – Getting Your Horse in Shape! By Nicole Vaugeois, Courtesy of the BC Competitive Trail Riders Association

As the weather gets nicer, more of us are getting out on a regular basis and getting our horses in shape for the miles of smiles coming up in the competition circuit throughout BC.


any of our new members, or people that are planning to take in a competitive trail ride for the first time, are asking for tips on how to get their horses conditioned and ready for a CTR. Here are some things riders can do to optimize their success in CTR season:

1. Look at the calendar of events and get the time off! This is an important first step to ensure you have some

milestones in your training plan. What level do you want to ride at which event? In order to compete at a level 1, you need to be able to do up to 20 miles (yes, miles, not kilometres) at a pace of about five miles per hour, depending on terrain. A typical horse walks at around 3-3.5 miles per hour, so this means you need to be able to hold a trot (both for you and your horse) for a good period of time. For level two, up the pace to six miles per hour and plan on anywhere between 20-30 miles; for level three, 6.5-7 miles per hour and a distance of 30-40 miles. Knowing what your targets are will help you backtrack and get your horse in shape so you have a successful ride.

2. Record your miles.

Del Lenk trotting in for finish. Photo by Nicole Vaugeois

Consider using a GPS or mobile phone application that tracks your mileage. Get used to this so you know how fast your horse travels. How long does he take to walk two miles? How long at a trot? This is an important piece of information to know because once you are two miles from the end of a CTR, you have to keep a forward motion going to the finish - no stopping allowed. Knowing that it takes

you 30 minutes to walk or 20 minutes to trot will help you figure out how fast you should travel to reach the end in your allocated time.

3. Mix up your training schedule. I

Lisa Beeston on Lady in competition. Photo by Nicole Vaugeois

like to have a series of short, fast rides and long, slow rides that I can alternate during training. Make sure to add some hills, water crossings and road riding as you never know what the ride managers are planning for the terrain at the events. A good rule of thumb is to travel at least the equivalent mileage that you will do at an event during each week of the riding season - at a minimum. So, if you are planning to do a level 1, plan to cover at least 20 miles in a week with your horse at different speeds. Your horse will have to cover the same distance in one day, so you want to work him up to it and have him used to covering miles. 4. Practice on the ground stuff. Your horse will have to stand still for the vet and pulse and respiration crew, so practice this too. Have different people approach your horse and touch behind his left leg where his pulse will be taken. Have a stethoscope? Even better, get him used to it - some horses can be finicky about this, so desensitize him. Handle his mouth, put pressure on his gums where his capillary refill will be tested. Make sure he stands still and doesn’t bob his head around for this. 5. Practice trotting out. Your horse must be able to trot easily on the lead. If he doesn’t, you can be deducted points for his attitude or unwillingness to go. Practice with a verbal cue and hold the lead shank so he can move his head freely and so that you don’t impede the view of the vet. Do this every time you get back from a ride and he will be used to you asking, come ride day.



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Competitive Trail, cont’d use electric fence, highline or corrals? Think about this in advance and get your horse used to it prior to the ride. Most first timers are really nervous about camping with their horses, but most will find that their horses are quite calm being near many other horses that are all doing the same thing. Don’t let an overnight get in your way of trying a CTR - BCCTRA has a useful handout on camping with your horse on their website. Read it and ask the ride manager questions before coming if you are nervous.

7. Weigh yourself with your gear.

Riders 180 lbs and less, with all their tack, are considered lightweights; over 180 lbs are heavyweights. You will want to know what you weigh and indicate that to the ride management upon registration. Also, be prepared for mandatory weigh-in where you bring all your gear to the weigh scale for verification.

8. Teach your horse to drink and eat on the trail. Yes, a good horse

9. Hit some of the training rides

or ask your regional director for BCCTRA to help organize a training ride. Training rides allow experienced riders and newbies to get together for some casual riding and to get to know one another, but the added bonus is that they can ask questions or share tips on the trail.

10. Hit the May 26-27 Schooling Ride and Education Fair at the

Cowichan Fair Grounds. This event will cover all sorts of education on trail riding and competitive trail, and there will be an opportunity to try camping with your horse and doing a simulated ride.

If you need more help to get ready, just ask! BCCTRA members are willing to share their tips and suggestions. All the best and hope to see you on the trails this season, starting with the first ride of the year at the Glenora Trails Head Park in Duncan, June 30-July 1, managed by Michelle Balme.


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All Equines, All Disciplines and All Ages Welcome! By Terry Aris

The Alberta Mule & Donkey Show is being held in Nanton, Alberta on June 16-17 at the Nanton Ag grounds; and Alice Todd is a very determined lady.


aving participated in horse shows since she was a young girl, and now taking her grandchildren to shows she decided to put on a Mule, Donkey and Horse Show in Nanton - it is a real show and it is really happening! This show is sanctioned by The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, but all equines are more than welcome to participate. Please check the web site or call Alice Todd for information at 403-646-2624. There are classes for everyone and all disciplines; including riding classes, dressage, gymkhana, driving – you name it. Entry fees are also very reasonable. A feature event on Saturday is the Farm Team Competition. Come and watch as these teams compete doing farm chores in precision and against the clock. Catch the Young Gunz Trick Riders as they strut their stuff. Stick around for the catered supper on Saturday night and the silent and live auction. This auction is put on to help keep the entry fees down so all can afford to come and have fun. Bring along an item for the auction Young Gunz Trick Riders or a big chequebook or both!

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June 16th and 17th, 2012 ~ Nanton AG Grounds English, Western, and Driving Classes Gymkhana and Chore Horse Competition All breeds and sizes

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We also have some excellent judges for this event with impressive backgrounds judging all these classes. Lee McLean has a lifetime history with horses and showing including driving, western, hunters, side-saddle and english. She now instructs and heals with both horses and their people. Ryan Smith has spent a lifetime in the ranch horse world as well as show and competition ring. He has worked in the ranching industry, trained and competed at many levels. Ryan raises horses, has an auction company, and judges many shows and events.

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The Amazing Backcountry Race Ever heard of geocaching? How about a geocaching competition on horseback for charity?


hat’s what The Amazing Backcountry Race is all about. Sixteen caches will be strategically hidden in the backcountry of the Alberta Rockies, from the Wilmore to the Kananaskis, for you to seek and find on horseback! Sound like fun? You bet! Our Goal The ABC Race will be raising funds for “STARS,” a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured in Alberta, Manitoba and now, also Saskatchewan. This service is crucial to those who become injured in the backcountry, the In Support of mountains, on a farm, or even in an auto STARS accident. Timely medical assistance and transportation to a hospital affects survival. The STARS program ( relies entirely on donations received from government, community groups, businesses and individuals. The ABC Race is dedicated to keeping this service operating and expanding.

You can compete in teams as well. Both team and individual prizes will be awarded for the most money raised, the most caches found and the most creative pictures. There are also prizes available for the first rider who finds each cache. Once you register, you’ll have your own page on the ABC Race website, where you can post pictures of your rides, make comments to other riders and update the tally of the funds you have raised. This is a race after all, and the big winner is the one who can raise the most money for STARS! Last, but not least, the ABC Race is about FUN! This is an opportunity to explore the Alberta Backcountry in the best way possible: on horseback and in the company of friends. Enjoy! For more information, visit or contact the organizers, Brenda Murdock and Scott Phillips, at

Race Details The event runs from June 25 until September 5, 2012. REGISTER NOW at For the race, you’ll need a horse, of course, a digital camera, and a GPS will really help you out, too! Before the race, collect pledges from sponsors to donate money to STARS in your name. Once the event begins, you will be given the locations of the caches and then you will head out to the hills for some great riding and exploring! There will be activities you must complete at each location.

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Therapeutic Riding Programs in Northern BC By Danielle Frothinger

CHAAPS (Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program) is located in Quesnel and offers educational and therapeutic programs with horses and dogs, known as, “Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy.” We have served the Quesnel community since May 2006 and are a charitable, non-profit society.


ith our program continuously growing since our start, we have outgrown our current location and will be moving to a new full-service equestrian facility, Pen-YBryn Farm, owned by Paul and Terry Nichols. Besides having full use of their amenities, we will also have a new custom building; this is a community project with all volunteer tradesmen and materials being donated. Since we started our program, we have always found it to be “geographically challenging” - we are a long distance from our resources of training, which are generally in the Lower Mainland. We learned that other programs in the Cariboo and North also found this to be a challenge, with travel being costly and timeconsuming. So with a generous corporate donation, we moved to a larger facility, and recently established Northern BC Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy (NBCTR and AAT). NBCTR and AAT is an education and training program that supports therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy programs in the Cariboo and Northern BC. CHAAPS will provide the foundational support by managing the administration and webpage for this new organization. The goals of NBCTR and AAT are to network programs in these regions with support in business and program development. We will regularly bring in coaches, certified instructors and facilitators from provincial and national organizations for training and workshops. Our program will host many of these events at PenY-Bryn Farm in Quesnel and the Prince George Therapeutic Riding Association will host events in Prince George as well. We are connected with larger organizations in the field of therapeutic riding, such as BC Therapeutic Riding Association (BCTRA) and Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA), and in the fields related to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), which is currently evolving into standardization. This will keep NBCTR and AAT current on offering training to instructors and facilitators. NBCTR and AAT will also support professional development by providing education and research on the benefits of therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy to professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, mental health professionals, teachers, early childhood educators, etc. We are excited at the prospect for growth and opportunities that NBCTR and AAT will provide! CHAAPS is a Certified CanTRA Centre, offering the highest standards for safety and program quality. To learn more about our programs, please visit our website,, or contact us at 250-747-2416, or by email at 34 • Saddle Up • May 2012

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Countdown to the Calgary Stampede By Jennifer Booth simply beyond


he Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, celebrating its 100th year in 2012, is just about on our doorstep. “This party has been 100 years in the making and it is outstanding to see the support of so many Calgarians,” says Mike Casey, president of the Calgary Stampede. “A lot of hours from both Stampede volunteers and employees have gone into making this year’s show a historical event for the Stampede and this great city.” The Calgary Stampede proudly announced that the 2012 Parade Marshal will be the legendary Ian Tyson. Tyson, recently awarded The Order of Canada, has performed on stages around the world while staying true to his rural roots and values. In addition, the Stampede will honour its historical partnership with the tribes of Treaty Seven First Nations by inviting the seven chiefs of Treaty Seven to ride as Honourary Parade Marshals. The Stampede is promising a massive citywide celebration this year and there’s no better way to celebrate than with fireworks. Picture the dynamic fireworks display every night during the TransAlta Grandstand Show, then imagine those brilliant fireworks in all four quadrants of the city. More details about the Stampede’s Light up the City celebration will be released in June. Also recently announced were a number of Calgary Stampede firsts, including a new gathering place to celebrate the Centennial. The Bell Centennial Plaza will not only be home to the Centennial zip line, but also a new stage featuring both local and international entertainment. In addition, for the first time, the Stampede will present an Enmax Corral Show, “Tails - Three Horses, One Legend.” More information will be announced at the official launch on May 1, 2012. Planning your Stampede visit just got easier with the recent launch of the new Calgary Stampede website. The mobile-enabled site will feature easy navigation and improved planning tools. One hundred years is a long time and from those hundred years we have a lot of stories to tell. Media releases, advisories and PSAs will be sent every day in addition to tips, fun facts and story ideas on our @cs_media Twitter handle. The Centennial Calgary Stampede will take place July 6-15, 2012. Tickets are available online and through the Stampede ticket office. For more information, please visit, or contact Jennifer Booth, Publicity Manager, at 403-261-0327 or 403-463-6834, or email her at

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TIDBITS What an Amazing Statue! Larri Woodrow wanted to share these photos from his trip. “Of all the many statues we saw on our riverboat trip from Amsterdam to Budapest, this one was most magnificent. It’s in Budapest Hungary and honours the Huns who arrived in the 4th century led by Atilla. These nomadic tribes of horsemen united by their leader, helped defeat the Romans. Today many Hungarians carry the Hun genes. Amazing is the detail of the works here, which can be appreciated more by experienced equestrians. It’s impressive. Enjoy the photos.

Hepner-Hart Judging in Cloverdale, BC B.C. Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group is pleased to announce that Margo HepnerHart, from Hillsboro, Oregon, will be judging our upcoming B.C. Sporthorse Summer Show on June 16-17, 2012 held at the Cloverdale Agriplex. Margo Hepner-Hart has been a part of the Equestrian Industry for over 30 years, judging Margo Hepner-Hart and managing horse shows. As a youth, successfully showed hunter/ jumper and Eventing in Canada. She has trained with some of the top European and North America Trainers, has shown with Arabs, Friesians and Pintos, with National Championships and won

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Greenwood Veterinary Services (GVS) GVS would like to thank the horse owners of the Okanagan Valley for a wonderful first year of business! GVS is a mobile, equine-only veterinary practice based out of Lake Country, serving the Okanagan region from Armstrong to Summerland with service to more remote locations on a case-dependent basis. Dr. Sarah Greenwood is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK. Following graduation, she interned in equine medicine and surgery both in Australia Dr. Sarah Greenwood and Edmonton before coming to the Okanagan Valley where she worked in mixed practice before eventually setting up her own mobile clinic. Dr. Sarah has had a love of horses and equestrian sport since she was very young and is pleased to offer her expertise to the horse owners of the Okanagan. In addition to her work through GVS, Dr. Sarah can also be spotted working at many of the AERC and BCCTRA endurance rides around BC, with the BCSPCA on equine cruelty investigations and also at Westbank Animal Care Hospital where she practices small animal surgery and medicine. (See her listing in Business Services under Veterinarians.)

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Popular Clinician, JoLinn Hoover, Injured in Horse Accident Some of you may have just seen JoLinn and her husband, Mitch Hoover, at The Mane Event in Red Deer. A few weeks ago, JoLinn suffered broken bones and lacerations of the face as the result of being kicked in the face while JoLinn Hoover turning a horse loose. Fortunately, no signs of internal damage and no damage to her eye. Mitch said that the CAT scan showed no sign of brain damage. Even in great

pain, JoLinn joked that she no longer has any excuses because we now have proof there is a brain in there! JoLinn is in a lot of pain, taking pain meds and is ice packing the area 24/7 trying to get the swelling down, which will reduce the pain and also allow for quicker surgery to reconstruct the bones and sinuses that were broken in the accident. Her friend, Donna Cox-Seaman, sent this to Saddle Up, wanting to let everyone know the real story and ask for your support as JoLinn will need reconstructive surgery and follow up after the swelling subsides and there will be no insurance coverage for the required medical attention. Donna says, “We’re sure Mitch and JoLinn will appreciate any monetary gift you can afford to give, along with good wishes and prayers. A gift account for JoLinn is set up on Paypal, so it’s very easy to give your gift, and every little bit counts.” You don’t have to have a PayPal account to make a gift as credit cards are accepted. Contributions can also be made to the JoLinn Stratton Hoover Medical Benefit Fund at any US Bank. For further information please contact Dee Myer at 541-519-2036.

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Desert Park Exhibition Society By Ashley Parker With the racehorse season here in Osoyoos drawing to a close for 2012, we are already looking for ways to improve the facility for years to come. Racehorses and their trainers, riders, and grooms have made Desert Park their home since the beginning of February, and have had the barns and track bustling with activity.


e had a rocky start earlier this year with the poor weather here in our valley, but we are thankful to our dedicated group that stuck it out and waited for things to clear up. We are working on having the track resurfaced for next year, so if the weather decides not to cooperate, at least the footing will still be ready for the horses to train. Ideally, we will also have managed to be a couple of steps closer to bringing race days back to Desert Park within the next two seasons. Desert Park will also be facilitating some more competitive level learning experiences for horses and riders in the South Okanagan and surrounding areas. We are aiming to book several different clinics for this summer for various disciplines, including our Dressage Day on Sunday, July 15, with Josephine Brouwer, formerly an Equine Canada “S” Level Dressage Judge. We also have Equine Canada Level II Certified Western Coach and former Master Course Conductor, Ross Hanson, booked for a Western Horsemanship Clinic on June 16-17. As soon as we have our jumps paid for and here for our use, we are also going to be booking some Two-Phase events and cross country schooling, up to Pre-Training, with some very helpful advice from Horse Trials BC. Also on our list-of-hopeful-events are some jumper schooling days and clinics with various credible trainers and coaches. In the very near future, we will be hosting a Burger and Beer night at the Owl Pub, here in Osoyoos, as a fundraiser for some of the items on our wish list. Tickets will be sold both in advance and at the door, as long as we have some left; visit our website ( for more information. We are looking for donations of silent auction items, raffle prizes/baskets

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and more, so please help us out! We hope to have a date selected as soon as possible for the end of May, and will be sure to spread the word as well as the fun! Another upcoming event that we are very excited about is our summer Open House. In addition to opening our gates to the public, we will have wagon rides, various demonstrations and interactive displays for our friends and visitors to enjoy. If you or your group would like to do a demonstration at our open house, please let us know by visiting our website and sending us your requests! There will be plenty of space for different groups to set up their own displays or tables for various reasons: to sell tack, to provide information about what they do and who they are,

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and more. We would like to take the time to let everyone know that we would love to see them here in sunny Osoyoos for our Open House! Please stay tuned, as our exact date remains to be announced, but we are aiming for a Saturday or Sunday in early July!

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of the gold medal junior team at the NAJRYC with Oslo, her Dutch Warmblood gelding. Seidel-Wassenaar competed as an individual at the Championships in 2009. In 2011, she and Oslo qualified to compete at the Pan American team selection trials in Ontario.

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finish on their dressage score in the three star division. The pair moved up from 36th place to ninth overall on a score of 61.20. Rounding out the top 10 was Diana Burnett of Blackstock, ON and Shigatzi, her own nine-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding. Burnett added 1.20 cross country time and four show jumping penalties to her dressage score of 57.90 to finish with 63.10. New Chair of Dressage Canada Sarah Bradley, of Roberts Creek, BC, has been named as the new chair of Dressage Canada. Bradley brings a wealth of experience to the position. In recent years, she has served as a director on the Equine Canada Board, president of Horse Council British Columbia, president of Horse Trials British Columbia and chair of Equine Canada Provinces Council. Bradley is currently the chair of Equine Canada’s Bylaws & Governance Committee, which is undertaking a review of Equine Canada’s bylaws. “I am honoured by the opportunity to work with the Dressage Canada Board as they continue to develop into an effective, collaborative team, and look forward to the next nine months,” said Bradley. “Many thanks go to Rénee Young for all her time and care during her term as chair.” Canadian Riders to Compete in Australia Esmee Ingham and Lindsay SeidelWassenaar will be heading to Sydney, Australia to represent Canada at the CDI 3* Sydney, May 3–5, 2012. The event is Australia’s most prestigious CDI, and its organizing committee extends invitations to riders from across the globe. Each year, Canada is granted two spots. Ingham, 19, of West Vancouver, BC, has had great success in the Young Rider and Junior divisions over the past several years with her horse Norseman. She has several medals from the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) to her credit, most recently the 2011 Young Rider team gold. Seidel-Wassenaar, 23, of Calgary, AB, was also a successful competitor in these ranks. In 2007, she was a member


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake put on

Hall of Fame Inductees: (l to r) Andy Copeland, Norman Granberg (with his wife Anna), Doris Todd (Granddaughter of Johnny Wilson), and Gilbert Walters. Photo by Chevonn Haselhan. AND add in another name for What’s This answers please: Sietje Reinarz, Armstrong

Andy Copeland (photo from 1996) was one of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees in Williams Lake


istory was made on April 22 at the BCRA Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. Fort St John cowboy, 64-year-old Andy Copeland, was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame with three others. The big excitement, though, was not the induction, but rather the fact that Andy rode a bronc the same day that he was inducted - and not an exhibition ride that he had hoped to see, no... Andy actually entered the rodeo! That makes 48 years of rodeo... so far!

a wonderful get-together for the Hall of Fame inductees and their families. As usual there was tons of food and everyone had a great time. There were many stories shared by the inductees and a lot of catchup was done between families and friends. The Museum is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, so everyone got a chance to check out the displays of memorabilia, especially saddles, from other past Hall of fame inductees. A little after noon, the attendees left to museum for a short walk to take in the 1:00pm rodeo performance. During the intermission, Andy Copeland (competitive), Norman Granberg (working cowboy), Johnny Wilson (ranching pioneer), and the Walters Family (family as ranching pioneers), were all presented with their plaques and were officially inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. See for more information on these and all the other inductees.

100 Mile House celebrates Western Week and there’s lots

happening on the May long weekend. On Saturday, May 19, the Little Britches Rodeo starts the weekend off and will be followed by an evening concert by The Louisiana Hayride. Sunday the 20th is the start of the two-day BCRA 100 Mile House Rodeo and it looks like it could be a great show!

The driving events in 70 Mile House are always a fun and exciting

time for both the participants and the audience. On the May long weekend

One of the most exciting obstacles in the 70 Mile House driving course is the water hole.

All horses are vet-checked and all equipment is safety checked at the driving event.

they’ll host their 7th BS and Drive - an educational weekend. They then have a Field Carriage Driving Trial on Sunday, May 20, which will include an official’s clinic for HCBC’s general performance and driving judges. July 13-15 is the 6th Annual Carriage Driving Event (our favourite), and on October 6 and 7 they will have back to back Field Driving Events (one each day).

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Rendezvous will be held on

June 1-3. Clinics, rides, campfire, food, and entertainment are just the start of what’s happening this weekend as the South Cariboo Chapter hosts the annual rendezvous in 100 Mile House. It’ll be held at the rodeo grounds, the

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d curling rink, and the old arena. There’s a dinner, auction, and entertainment on Saturday night. Gordie West will be the entertainment and I believe Gordie figures he can sing over 800 songs - and he loves requests! It’s Gymkhana season again! On May 27, the 100 Mile Outriders Club will host their first gymkhana of the year. June 17, July 22, and August 12, will be the 100 Mile dates with a gymkhana clinic starting the season off on May 12. For information on the 100 Mile events,

Sarah Gilmour from Vancouver rounds the second barrel at the Green Lake Gymkhana.

call Jenny Szigety at 250-706-9410. In Williams Lake, May 13, June 17, July 15, either August 19 or 26, and September 30 are the dates for the Eagle View Equestrian Centre Gymkhanas. Eagle View is also hosting their “Horsin Around in the Cariboo” event on May 26-27. You can get information on these Williams Lake events from Lori Rankin at 250-3922584.

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The Annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas will be held on

July 14 and August 11. This is one of the favourite gymkhanas of the year - maybe because it’s one of the oldest gymkhanas, possibly because it’s at the most picturesque grounds, or the fact that A&W’s donated burgers are so good, or it could be the beer gardens... whatever the reason, it’s a not-to-be-missed day for both competitors and spectators. For information on the gymkhanas, phone Dimps at 250-456-7741 and check out for accommodation and area information. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

This month’s photo was also taken in the living room at Meadow Springs Ranch. The object is 16 inches long, 4 inches wide and 10 inches high. When the switch is turned on, the street light comes on, the driver moves his arm and whip up and down, and... what else does it do? The answer is in the side of the carriage and has been blocked out in this photo. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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Punky Mulvahill and Terris Billyboy make the trip from Williams Lake annually to be part of the Green Lake Gymkhana.

The April issue’s photo was taken in our living room. It is, in fact, a display case for a pocket watch.

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The Beginning: Dillon and The Little Dun By Hannah-Mae Kaiser The contestants lined up inside the muddy arena as Glenn Stewart, founder of the Extreme Horsemanship Competitions, announced the results of the competition’s advanced division. The youngest competitor, a 20-year-old Albertan, sat quietly on his dun gelding, doing a good job of trying to look calm.

Dillon has had Dun since his horsemanship journey began, and he can’t see himself ever selling the small gelding that has become his partner and friend.


our years ago, he would have never imagined hearing the words that Stewart announced into the microphone as he called the young man over to him. Dillon Kaiser grew up on his parent’s farm, 160 acres of bush and farmland, outside of Rochester, Alberta. Neighbouring farms knew Dillon as the boy to call if you needed someone to drive a tractor, pick

He uses manmade and natural obstacles to build confidence in his horses.

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rocks or stack hay. His parents, Rod and Audra Kaiser, decided to homeschool Dillon and his four younger siblings when he was going through grade two. That allowed him to work for farmers while other children his age were in school. “My parents really got me out there and made sure that I was working and I really appreciate that,” Dillon says. When a friend invited Dillon and two of his younger sisters to go to a horsemanship demonstration with her, Dillon almost refused. However, his horseloving sisters convinced him to go with them. As Dillon watched the man and his horses, he became more and more interested in the relationship they seemed to have. “I didn’t know anything about natural horsemanship. Then I went to this demo and saw all the things he could do with his horse and I was like - wow, I could do that with my horse!” The horseman, Glenn Stewart, was conducting a clinic the next month in a nearby town and Dillon promptly signed up. He showed up to the clinic with a borrowed horse, a borrowed saddle, no experience, but ready to learn. The first day left Dillon wanting more than just a three-day clinic and he began looking into Stewart’s summer program, the “Three Month Course.” By the last day, his mind was made up. “I went to the demo and signed up for the clinic. Then I went to the clinic and signed up for the Three Month Course,” Dillon says with a laugh, remembering how fast horses became an important part of his life. Stewart had hoped that Dillon would take horsemanship as seriously as he did, but knew that many people lose their focus once they realize how much it will take to become more than mediocre. Stewart conducts the Three Month Course at his ranch, The Horse Ranch, near Fort St. John,

Dillon accepting the first place buckle that was awarded to him by the competition’s founder and his mentor, Glenn Stewart.

BC. Dillon drove to The Horse Ranch from his home, a seven-hour drive, at the end of April, three weeks before the course started to work for Stewart as a hired hand to pay off his course. After the course started, he continued to work in the mornings and evenings to earn money. Leaving home and being away from his close-knit family for the first time was difficult for the 18-yearold. “But, on the other hand, it was really good,” Dillon says. “It really helped me with my work ethic and it helped me grow up quite a bit.” Working and taking the Three Month Course at the same time made his days longer, but also made him realize just how much he could get done in a short amount of time. “Dillon keeps a positive attitude,” Stewart says. “He cares about his development and doesn’t have any walls up about learning the skills and techniques.” He also adds, “Dillon doesn’t lie, which is so unusual in the world today. He tells the truth, even if it hurts.” At the end of the Three Month Course, the truth was that one wasn’t going to be enough, which is why he has gone back to The Horse Ranch every summer since then. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Beginning, cont’d Three weeks before the summer course is over, Dillon flies with Stewart and a group of other students 80 miles from the Alaska Highway into the mountains, to a hunting outfit called Big 9 Outfitters. There, they spend their time rounding up herds of semi-wild horses that the owner breeds on the outfit, starting colts and exploring mountain trails. “I’m a guide/wrangler,” Dillon says. “So that is where I spend my time during the fall.” Once Stewart and the other students leave, Dillon relies on the strong, draft-type horses to travel from camp to camp and whenever he takes hunters into the bush to hunt for Elk and Moose. The 100-mile “trail out” that Dillon does in just two days is a highlight of his time in the mountains. Riding one horse and leading a string of “tail-tied” horses (each horse’s lead tied to the tail of the horse in front of it) out to a ranch near the Highway, Dillon will spend the hours recounting his mountain adventures, such as running for his life when a grizzly bear decided he had gotten too close. The big, stocky mountain horses are almost the complete opposite of Dun, Dillon’s own riding horse. Dubbed “The Little Dun” by Stewart, the gelding barely stands 15 hands high. While he may lack an interesting name, he makes up for it with his flighty and impulsive nature. The Quarter Horse gelding was a graduation present from his parents. Dillon was riding Dun for his Uncle and after taking him to that first clinic, had not wanted to give him back. “He is a flighty horse by nature,” Dillon says. “He had a bit of training done on him before and was really holding onto that.” He admits that it has taken a lot of work, as they both have been learning together, but one of the most rewarding things about horsemanship for Dillon is that he can see progress every time he rides or plays with a horse. “I knew from riding and teaching for years that Dun would make Dillon’s learning and moving forward very difficult,” Stewart says. “Dun was very impulsive and reactive. Both these traits in a horse usually bring out a lot of emotion and frustration in the rider. If Dillon got bothered, he never took it out HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

on the horse. He stayed much more relaxed than most would have, which really helped Dun.” Last summer, as the end of the Three Month Course was nearing, Dillon decided to sign up for one of Stewart’s Extreme Horsemanship Competitions. He was the youngest competitor in the advanced division. Dun’s calm and relaxed attitude was proof as to how far the pair had come. Dillon, however, didn’t manage to stay as calm as his horse. “I was quite nervous,” Dillon admits. “I’d never been in a competition before and just getting up in front of people makes me tense!” As Dillon waited outside the gate, Stewart commented that as long as he didn’t have a heart attack going in, he’d do just fine. At the time, Dillon wasn’t sure if Stewart had been meaning Dun or himself, but it was true for Dillon. Given only 30 seconds per obstacle, they also had to complete the course in the correct order. Even though they weren’t allowed to know the course until the morning of the competition, Dun was well prepared. The only obstacle Dillon found challenging was backing through an alley of bales. “I’ve backed Dun through gates,” Dillon explains, “but then there was this alley of bales and I’d never really done that with him before.” Not too challenging, however, as Dillon completed every obstacle within the time limit. Although it came as a surprise to Dillon, there was no question that the pair deserved the first place buckle that was awarded to them. After the competition, Dillon went to the mountains to earn money for college. He had been accepted into the Farrier Science program at Olds, Alberta. “I was able to start trimming horses with Glenn (Stewart). He used to be a full-time farrier, and I really, really enjoyed it,” Dillon says. “So, if I’m going to do it, I want to put my all into it. I want to do what’s best for the horses. That’s why I’ll be taking this course.” Olds College is known for being one of the finest farrier schools in North America, which is one of the reasons Dillon chose it. While Stewart believes there are many things to be learned away from school, he

Ever since he first saw a horseman ride bareback and bridle-less with complete control, Dillon has worked hard at his dream of achieving that type of unity with horses.

adds, “there will be many things about the anatomy of the horse that, outside of Olds, most would not spend the time to show (Dillon).” Dillon just got married this winter to fellow Horse Ranch student, Victoria “Vicki” Hamblin. “This plays a big part in what’s going to be happening in the future,” Dillon says, “but it will all be for the better.” While in college, Dillon’s goal is simply to be the top student in his class. However, his life-long goal is to make a positive difference in the horse industry and help people and horses find the connection they’re looking for. The young horseman has come a long way since that demonstration four years ago, but his journey has only begun.

Dillon met his wife Vicki, at The Horse Ranch the summer of 2010, while they were both working and taking courses. They were married December 17, 2011.

Hannah-Mae Kaiser is Dillon Kaiser’s second youngest sister. She wrote this article because she hopes it will inspire other young people to dream big and work hard to obtain those dreams. • 43

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erding livestock is one of the oldest jobs for dogs. There are many breeds of herding dogs as well as various types of herding. For example, the Border Collie uses what is called “the eye” to work — using an intense gaze which asserts their dominance over the sheep. Others are well known for their ability to dart in and nip the heels of cattle. Most of the herding breeds are known as “looseeyed.” These breeds generally work using their bodies to control the stock through movement, blocking and pushing the stock. The British Herding dogs, such as Border Collies, Bearded Collies, English Sheepdogs, Rough and Smooth Collies, and Shetlands, are involved in all kinds of herding work. One of which is known as “fetching” or “gathering,” where the dogs work over large areas of land with their primary function being to fetch the sheep. By far the most popular of the herding dogs is the Border Collie, well known for his ability to run fast and wide to gather large groups and creep up slowly Border Collie so as not to spook the sheep. He is also known for his amazing response to whistle commands, sometimes from as far as a mile away.

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Shepherds, Bouviers des Flandres, Belgian Sheepdogs, and others. In Germany and some central European areas, sheep are raised on small farms and graze in pastures right next to crop fields. In these situations, the herding dog’s job is to patrol the boundaries, protecting the crops from the sheep. Another function for these dogs is to protect the sheep Bouviers des Flandres from predators. This style of herding is commonly called boundary work. Like the British herding dogs, the Continental breeds are also involved in all types of herding — driving, fetching, etc. Cattle dogs, of many different breeds, are used all over the world to help move a herd. These dogs generally work the livestock by “heeling,” moving the herd from behind, and biting on the heels if necessary. Cattle dogs are also known to be very protective of 44 • Saddle Up • May 2012

their master and property. A cattle herding dog is very intelligent, courageous, trustworthy and has a strong desire to work. One example of a cattle dog breed is the Australian Cattle Dog which has been bred for over 160 years specifically to work cattle.

Herding Instinct Test

The first step taken for most dogs and their handlers is to participate in a Herding Instinct Test. This test, as the name suggests, tests the dog’s instinct to herd. It allows you to see how your Border Collie dog works, his drives, style, strengths, and weaknesses. During the test, a qualified tester will assess the dog and give you helpful information, tips, and strategies on how to work with your dog. The Instinct Test is usually done in a round pen. This is to ensure Old English Sheepdog that the sheep don’t hold up in a corner, making it more difficult for an inexperienced dog to move them. Occasionally, however, a larger space is more suitable for some dogs who appear pressured in the small round pen. The dog is brought in on leash with the evaluator or tester taking the dog and introducing him to the sheep. The evaluator observes how the dog and sheep react to one another and will determine if and when the leash should be removed. The dog is encouraged to move to and among the sheep as the evaluator judges the dog’s actions. During the Instinct Test, the evaluator is watching to see if the dog is non-aggressive, watching the stock, and controlling or trying to control the sheep’s movements. The tester evaluates whether the dog is “gathering” the sheep or trying to “drive” them. The tester will also watch the way the dog approaches the sheep; whether the dog likes to work wide or close; whether he barks or works quietly; if the dog is easily distracted or adjusts well to direction; how responsive the dog is to the evaluator; whether the dog groups the sheep or tries to split them up; and whether the dog has a natural “balance” on sheep. Another variation of the Herding Instinct Test involves the use of five or six ducks as opposed to sheep. In this situation, the tester takes the dog on leash behind the flock and tries to encourage the dog to keep the flock together and move them at a slow, steady pace around the enclosure. Depending on the dog’s response, the exercise may be attempted off-leash as well. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! Once a dog has had his instinct tested and has shown evidence of herding instinct, the next step is to find a facility and trainer. The trainer will provide individual instruction and attention to both the handler and the dog, and the training facility should have stock suitable for beginners as well as those who are more advanced. The Herding Instinct Test is not a Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized test and is open to all breeds, registered as well as non-registered.

Herding Breeds: The Canadian Kennel Club and/or the American Kennel Club include the following breeds in the “Herding Group”: Australian Cattle Dog Belgian Shepherd Dog Bouvier des Flandres Collie (Rough) Norwegian Buhund Puli Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) Australian Shepherd Berger des Pyrenees Briard Collie (Smooth) Old English Sheepdog Shetland Sheepdog Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) Bearded Collie Border Collie Canaan Dog German Shepherd Dog Polish Lowland Sheepdog Swedish Vallhund

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Top Dog! Partners in Training By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley Mentally challenging our dogs goes beyond fun and games and making mealtimes more interesting (see our March and April articles for more information).


he method of training you choose can have a profound impact on the confidence of your dog and can also provide a healthy dose of mental stimulation. Positive reinforcement training is the way to go! It’s not only mentally challenging but it builds confidence, teaches your dog initiative to use the good behaviours he learns, encourages impulse control and patience, and teaches that calm, mannerly behaviour is what pays off. The core concept of this training style is to encourage your dog to volunteer a behaviour when they want something - from an evergrowing list of things that you have trained and that have a history of being rewarded. You, in turn, provide instructive feedback: you can reward the behaviours you like; and behaviours you don’t want to encourage result in a lack of success for the dog. The result is that you are not constantly cueing or micro-managing your dog. You are, instead, developing an exchange of information that results in a general expectation of good behaviour. A good opportunity to see this in action is mealtimes when dogs are generally motivated to put a little effort in. Instead of asking for a Sit, wait with food bowl in hand and see if your dog will volunteer a Sit (or something else you like). As soon as you get a good, polite behaviour, “Good Job!” - dinner is served. The expectation becomes – “when it’s dinnertime, you pick a good Dinner please. behaviour and, look, you get your dinner” – no cue required. Before long, the mere act of you preparing dinner becomes an environmental cue for your dog to perform a

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n Sunday, March 25, the Armstrong Fairgrounds was abuzz with canine energy. A fun match and sanction match weekend was hosted with the combined efforts of the Vernon and District Kennel Club (VDKC), the Shuswap Kennel Club and Dogopogo. Dogs were able to strut their stuff in the Conformation rings under two judges in preparation for the busy summer ahead. Hosted by the Vernon and District Kennel Club, the Conformation show was a great success seeing entries increase over last year’s total to 58 beautiful specimens in their breeds. The Shuswap Kennel Club hosted both Competitive Standard Obedience as well as Rally Obedience. It was a wonderful chance for competitors to see where they’re at after a long winter and for the dogs to gain a bit of experience in a formal ring setting. The VDKC also held a Canine Good Neighbour Test where dogs are tested on their manners and neighbourly skills. A

successful 100% pass rate earned many dogs their CGN status with the Canadian Kennel Club. This year we also saw the addition of an Agility Match hosted by Dogopogo that brought together a fabulous multidiscipline event where competitors and dogs challenged jumps, tunnels, teeter totters and the always impressive weave poles. Hats off to all three clubs for a job well done.

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Horse Week 2012 Horse Week has been held annually since 2002 to promote and celebrate BC’s horse industry. The goal of Horse Week is to share our enjoyment of horses with the public and introduce newcomers to the beauty of our favourite horse breeds and the fun of our favourite equestrian activities. By featuring a wide range of activities held throughout the province, including trail rides, breed showcases, charity events and competitions of all kinds, Horse Week helps us celebrate all things horse related and share our passion with others. Horse Week for 2012 is from June 2 to June 10, giving you two weekends to choose from. Reach out to your community, whether to introduce horses to children or adults who don’t know much about them, or to introduce your special passion - a breed! a sport! to others.   Suggested Horse Week events:  • Play days • Breed demos • Sport demos (e.g. reining, jumping, driving) • Competitions • Gymkhanas • Schooling shows • Open house at your barn, club or riding arena • Trail rides • Clinics We’re working on the resources to help you plan and promote your event, your horse club, your favourite breeds or your favourite activities. Stay tuned! Horse Week Registration Register your event with HCBC for listing on the Horse Week 2012 calendar. Register your club event for horse week by April 30th and receive 5 copies of an 8.5x11 inch poster with your own event information from HCBC.   If you have any comments, please forward them to

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Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox


beautiful sunny day was a great way to start the season. For Northwest BC, where we usually have more rain than we need at this time, it was great. CRDs unfortunately didn’t have a lot of participants, so we’ll catch up with them in two weeks. Today was the first time in years that we ran a Percentage Day and a Gymkhana together and it went quite well. We had ten dressage tests and in the Walk/Trot, the high percent went to Greg Wilson on Colby with 62.82%. Terri Cameron and Alice Sexton also rode Walk/Trot and Kylie Thompson-Tremblatt, Lead Line did quite well with 60.95% and 59.04%, respectively. In Training Level 1, Madisyn Alexander and Kit rode a nice 55.83%. Our judge was Natasha Candelora and she did a fine job, as usual. Hopefully, she’ll get to ride next time. Meanwhile, at the indoor, the Gymkhana had 17 riders, with a new young lady in Lead Line: Kylie Thompson-Tremblatt. She rode Phantom and did quite well. Since it was just for fun, the times don’t count for year-end, but there were some pretty good ones for just getting out from under the snow. Lyn Rempel had top times in Lyn and Jason Rempel, Double Barrels (18.423), Keyhole (10.772), Figure 8 (19.882), and 9.776 in Flag. Barrels winners Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki took the fastest time in Poles with 28.817. But it wasn’t all about the fastest times; it was everyone having great rides and getting the cobwebs out. The fun event was Double Barrels and the competition between Team Correina McNeice/Jennifer Rempel and Team Lyn/Jason Rempel was pretty close, with Lyn/ Jason winning with the time of 23.970 over 27.250. A great time for everyone. Looking to May 5-6 - it will be another event weekend and a Jill O’Neill clinic. The following weekend, May 12-13, will be the first in the TSC Schooling Show Series. Points will be accumulated through the four schooling shows for year-end awards. Each show will be independent and all will have BC Heritage Qualifier Classes. Should be lots of fun with good judges and great riders. It looks like we will get the new footing for the outdoor arena in the not-too-distant future. Thanks to Tania Millen and Cathy Jackson for obtaining a grant to help make this a reality. Until next month - have fun riding and don’t forget to wear a helmet.

Greg Wilson, Walk/Trot winner

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Book Review OUT OF THE BLUE Author: Cheryl Bruder Dana Foster knows very little about horses and even less about true love until she meets a horse named Moose. Out of necessity, she comically stumbles her way through the mysteries of everything equine in an effort to train Moose so he would not be sold and lost to her forever. She has had more than her share of devastation, trying to cope with the loss of her best friend, Gerry White Cloud, as well as the constant reminder of apparently losing her soul mate, Neil Spencer, to another woman. So she turns to Moose and her Native Indian spirituality to help her survive. 50 • Saddle Up • May 2012

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lub director, Debbie Hall, is a woman with many talents, one of which surfaced at the BCRCHA show held Sunday, April 15 at Anderlini’s arena in Langley, BC. The indomitable Ms. Hall stepped up and looked after sorting all the cattle for the day’s classes. With a 5’ whip in hand and a grin plastered on her face she got a great workout hoofing it back and forth between holding pens. Showing her ability to multi task Debbie still found time to warm up her horse, Sahara Emma Hay, and compete like a pro in two classes. We are thrilled to report that the show at Ralph and Sonja Anderlinis was another huge success, when the dust settled there was a total of 66 works. It was nice to welcome several new members into the fold as well as seeing faces that had been absent for a couple of years. Our judge was Kevin Tienkamp,

an NCHA AAA judge from Vernon, whose feedback at the end of the day was eagerly Presentation of the RooHide Brumby saddle. (l to r): Don Ellis, soaked up. Janice Reiter, Carrie Murray, Sally Rees, Randy Brandt, Dave During a break in the Paton, Neil Higgins, Brent Stewart, Deb Murray and Debbie action the club directors Hall. gathered to present the 2011 Show results: Saddle draw winner, Randy Brandt, with his Open: Travel My Trail (Don Ellis) brand new RooHide Brumby. The saddle was Non Pro: Don Ellis (Travel My Trail) $10,000 Novice Horse: Silver Boon (Shari Gallagher) on display all day and certainly gathered its $3,000 Novice Horse: Freckles Pirana (Amanda Fill) fair share of Ooooh’s. All club members can $2,000 Limit Rider: Neil Higgins (Smart Lil Poco) $750 Progressive Horse: Sheza Roan Star (Travis Rempel for Amanda earn entries into the 2012 Saddle draw simply Fill) by joining the fun and participating in club $500 Limit Rider: Janice Reiter (Canadian Forces) $500 Ranch Horse: Baba Jack O Lena (Brent Stewart for Neil Higgins) sponsored events. It doesn’t get much simpler Novice Novice: Sahara Emma Hay and Debbie Hall than that. Youth: Hayley Stradling (Nurse Holly Rey) The BCRCHA’s next show will be in June, check the club website for the exact date and Complete results are available on the location.

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Brandt Ranch News By Jeanette Brandt, Photos courtesy of Jessie-Ann Fink Spaghetti dinner and Auction that night. We haven’t got the grand total of all the money raised yet. This was a fundraiser for granddaughters Megan and Amanda to go to Germany for the AQHA World Cup in July. The money is still coming in.


Happy Sorters!


randt Ranch, located in Pritchard, BC, hosted the final Cattle Sorting Buckle Series of the season on March 24th. What a great turnout! We started with Cattle Sorting, then Cattle Barrel Racing, and Pole Bending. Everyone brought food for the potluck, and Chris Daly cooked the steaks - it was a wonderful spread. Most people stayed the night in campers and some at Jeanette’s B&B. Terry McLeod supplied breakfast the next day; then it was the last Cattle Sorting until next October. Winners of the Buckle Series are: Advanced - Cheryl Dick, Eric Lachapelle, and Laurie Houghton; Intermediate - Ed Hurt, Barb Larson, and Lissa Quinlan; Beginner Doug Webb, Mackenna Fink, and Jen Sage. On the Easter Weekend we had a fabulous HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

turnout for the Trail Clinic with Colleen Hazeldine. Twelve horse and rider teams learned a lot from Colleen. We hope to have her back again. The Reining Schooling Show on April 21-22 was a great success. Amanda Self gave lessons on the Saturday, followed by a

Pritchard BC

HORSE BOARDING 70 x 200 Indoor Arena Two Large Outdoor Arenas 1/4 acre Paddocks / Camping on Site

Amanda Self offers Reining and Horsemanship Training and Lessons Call 250-804-1723

Cattle Sorting all Winter Amanda Self

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Alberta Paint Horse Club News By Angie Turcotte


pring time is here! The horses are either soaking up the rays, or rolling in the mud. With that said, show season is nearing close and surely I am not the only one counting down the days. The Mane Event (held April 27- 29) gave us the perfect opportunity to purchase some last minute show supplies, get insightful education from the clinicians, and talk with those that visited the APHC booth. Our Lloydminster Spring Show is May 19-20, so make sure to get those stall and master entry forms sent. It seems as though it’s turning out to be a very ‘colourful’ foaling season. Lynn Freeland sent me a very cute picture of her newest addition, a loud colt by ‘Simply Terrific’. Natalie Hunter is excited to announce a sorrel overo colt by the late ‘SHP Jets Ivory Puff’. Dean and Jenn Hendrickson are thrilled with their double registered, bay overo filly. ‘Pearl’ is out of ‘Make Mine Zipped’, and sired by Lucky Diamond Chip. Pipestone Paints reports a bay overo colt born to ‘PP Fleets Belle’. This very white little guy is a full sibling to ‘PP Lil Sioux Te’. Also, a remarkable buckskin overo colt was born to ‘Three Chips Charm’! Angela Webb welcomed a beautiful bay overo filly. ‘Josie’ is by ‘Sheza Invious’, also sired by Lucky Diamond Chip. Connie and Caylee Webb are enjoying their spb colt out of ‘Zips Miss Flit’. ‘Austin’ is sired by ‘Invited Back’. The Zone 10, APHC, SPHC, and the Big West Color Classic

Pipestone Paints’ bay overo colt.

Lynn Freeland’s ‘Simply Terrific’.

committees are proud to offer the scholarship program in 2012. The past two years have been extremely successful. This youth event prides itself with requirements such as an oral essay, school marks, riding accomplishments and volunteerism. This award is worth $2500 dollars. Youth members are encouraged to participate. Application forms can be found on the APHC website under ‘Scholarship’. Congratulations to Kris and Sheridan Konrad. They are pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby this November. Should be fun to see a new little face at the shows! That is all for now, if you have any news to share, please send it to

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Canadian World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation Story and Photos by Rod McLeod


he weekend of March 2-4, 2012, was a busy one for the Canadian World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation team. Not only did they have a 3-day clinic, but they attended a fundraising banquet and silent auction. The team is preparing to travel to South Africa later this year to represent Canada in the beautiful sport of Saddle Seat Riding. Friday evening saw most of the team assemble at Clover Leaf Stables in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Team coaches Terry Johnston and Archie Hurst welcomed the team with introductions, discussion, and some logistics of the competition in South Africa in December. Then they divided into groups, chose horses, and saddled up for an evening of instruction. Saturday morning saw the team at full strength with more instruction, different horses, and some strengthening exercises. The banquet and silent auction was held at the Edmonton Petroleum Club where over 170 guests assembled to partake in an excellent meal and bid on over 100 auction items. Master of Ceremonies, Coach Terry Johnston, started the evening by presenting local rider Nathalie Langstaedtler with the Equine Canada Breed Sport Saddle Seat Rider of the Year 2011 award. Then the Canadian Team was introduced and followed by the meal. Oh yes, and by much competition in the bidding. Many of the adults in attendance took particular interest in a pair of diamond earrings and matching broach, as well as a Modavo watch, both which were raffled off. A large stuffed

Nathalie Langstaedtler (on left) receiving her award from Terry Johnston.

Team Canada

pony garnered much attention from the younger set (and more than a few adults) pushing bids to nearly $300! The team is very grateful to all the sponsors and donators with the event bringing in approximately $16,000. The team was back at the The ‘Drills’ part of clinic stable at 9 a.m., sore feet and all. The aches were quickly replaced by enthusiasm as all riders again saddled up new horses and entered the arena for more instruction. Another clinic is scheduled for the June 1-3, 2012 weekend. For more information on the team and events, please visit www.

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Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club By Kelly Mezzatesta


e hope everyone has dusted off their saddles and cleaned up the old spurs, and have the first few rides of spring under their belts, as we are gearing up for a new and exciting season! We are working on great prizes for year-end including draws for Belt Buckles for High Point and Runner-up, Winter Blankets, etc… don’t want to let you know too much! All participants have to get their 6 qualifying runs in Barrels, Poles, and Stakes to their name in for year-end! Plus we will need you to help out while at the Gymkhana: gate person, set up, etc. We are a friendly familyoriented club who helps out and cheers on everyone involved. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the day! I am looking forward to it! Please feel free to visit our web site for more info on our club Just a reminder that the Kamloops area Children’s Wish Ride is on May 12th. Come ride for a great cause! Tons of door prizes, silent auction, concession, and camping available. Let’s raise enough money to grant a seriously ill child’s WISH! UPCOMING EVENTS May 5: Double Run Day May 27: Jackpot/Double Run June 3: Double Run June 30: Jackpot Aug 25: Gymkhana Sept 9: Jackpot

2011 Banquet group.

Sept 23: Double Run Oct 20: Double Run Nov 3: Year-end Banquet and Awards!

See you at our next event!

Belt Buckles up for grabs!

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Langley Riders In Full Swing for 2012 By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


ur first Games Day in March was a bit soggy, but tons of fun! Congratulations to the High Point winners: George Burns: Suzanne Spencer, 20 points Jack Benny: Jenny Leibenzeder, 23 points Senior: Bethany Gildemeister, 21 points Intermediate: Cassie Glover, 22 points Junior: Brooke Wharry, 22 points Pee Wee: Lexi Langset, 23 points Marie Peters Tiny Mite: Emma Gildemeister, 22 points All Langley Riders English/Western shows and Mark your Jean Oostenbrug Games days are PAC approved. The April, May and calendars for the June English/Western shows and Games Days are all Langley Riders Little Heritage Qualifiers. Britches Rodeo next The “Select Tack Trunk Series” is a contest open to anyone month, June 23-24. It is sure members and non-members alike. The winner will be the highest to be a blast, as always! Great point earning horse/rider combination of the April, May and contestants, stock, judges, food, June English/Western Shows. The tack trunk for our Select Tack volunteers and organizing Trunk Series is all done and looks amazing. A big “Thank you!” committee make it a weekend you to Ryan and Paul at RDL Custom Woodworks! definitely want to be a part of. As Look for the newly crowned LRS Royalty at the Cloverdale an exhibitor or a spectator - it’s Rodeo Parade on May 19. fun for all!

Select Tack Trunk series Prize

Ashley Dell and Hayley Russell

BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley


ow that spring is here, it’s time to think about shows and activities for the year. There’s always something going on to do with your minis. Start by checking and cleaning all that tack… make sure there are no wear marks or cracks in your harness or halters. Next, check over your cart. Take the time to go over everything and make sure it is well oiled and all nuts and bolts are tightened. You can never be too careful with your equipment. Now for the big item - check your horse trailer! When was the last time you went over all the lights to make sure they are working? Running lights, tail lights, floodlights, interior lights and reflectors all should be checked to make sure they are in working order. Much easier to replace parts when you have time and know where to go, than late at night when you are trying to get home or when you are in a new town and have HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

no idea where to go. And your trailer brakes - they should be checked and serviced on a regular basis, dependent upon your mileage. Don’t forget that your trailer could also use a good washing and cleanout. If you travel with shavings in your trailer, make sure to strip and clean. I make a point to pull everything out of my tack room and go through it all to see what really needs to be there for the upcoming year. I freshen up my supplies and pack my trailer with everything I feel should be available when I am on the road showing or just trail driving. If you keep your trailer packed with the items you always need, then all you have to pack for your trip are the basics.

Schedule of Events (so far):

May 6 - Clinic with Adiva Murphy, Langley. One clinic in morning and one in afternoon; agility and horsemanship. Contact Sharon 604-270-6173 or Sdinter@ June 8 - AMHR Show, Cloverdale Agriplex. This is the first time we have held an AMHR Show in connection with our AMHA show. If you have an AMHR miniature, this would be a great place to show it. We also have classes for unregistered miniature horses. Your miniature must be less than 38 inches. We need exhibitors to support this show so we can continue holding it. June 9-10 - AMHA Show, Cloverdale Agriplex. We have been holding this show for 33 years and everyone always has a great time. For information on these shows contact Tina Harrison at 604-533-1168 or For more information about the BC Miniature Horse Club, contact Margaret Walmsley at 604-856-1419 or • 55

Vernon District Riding Club By Judith Olson Photos courtesy of Kevin Kienlein


he first annual VDRC Fashion Show and Fundraiser on April 13 was a huge success! The banquet room at the Vernon Golf and Country Club was packed with guests who enjoyed live music, great food and the latest fashions by Cowboy’s Choice, The Paddock Tack and Togs, and Diana’s Monogramming. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a fantastic event. The VDRC is a very fortunate recipient of a Funtastic Sports Society Grant. The grant will assist us in building a disabled rider mounting ramp and horseback-height, riderfriendly gates to the riding arenas. Not only will our Para and disabled riders appreciate this asset, but all riders are welcome to use the mounting ramp; your horses will thank you! Sandra Sokoloski is coming to the VDRC on June 2-3, 2012. A rider and physiotherapist from Okotoks, AB, Sandra helps riders from all disciplines, English, Western, Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, you name it. The clinic is aimed at improving rider position for effective communication with the horse and rehabilitation and recovery following rider injury. Video analysis and prescriptive exercises to take home are all part of the package. The Saturday morning body awareness session is open to non-riding participants. All the info is on our website and more about Sandra can be found on her website:

Debbie Garside, NCCP Level 4 Coach from Turner Valley, AB and former Grand Prix Show Jump Rider, is a strong Sandra supporter… “If riders suffer from asymmetry, pain and stiffness, these problems affect and are magnified in our horses’ behaviour and performance. Sandra’s experience as a rider coupled with her vast knowledge and skill as a physiotherapist make her invaluable as a resource for rider Talitha Parker and Kelly MacIntosh improvement. From personal Charlotte Smith experience I can tell you that Sandra’s treatments are the best available in the field.” Our EC Bronze/Gold Hunter Jumper Show is on June 9-10, 2012 with Schooling Day on Friday, June 8. This year our course designer is the highly regarded Chris Jones from Calgary, AB. Judges are Kristen Johnston of West Vancouver (Hunter) and Linda English from Richmond (Jumper). Our $500.00 Hunter Derby and Hospitality Reception Francis Weeks Julia Bostock is generously sponsored by Terry and Peter Leggat’s new Fox should be ready Springs Farm. Our second bank of 20 stalls, for the show. Come Ride with Us! Visit www. generously donated by Dr. Regehr and Family for more info.

Horse Agility Club News by Adiva Murphy


e had a huge turnout for the April 15th event at Heron Bay Stables, Delta BC. This event included a short clinic and four levels of competition including our first Liberty class! The Liberty class was fun and it proved to be a real ‘test’ of the horse’s connection with its handler. I had a chance to work with a young girl who did an amazing job with a very dominant pony mare. Justine, you were truly great, competing as equals against adults and finished 6th. It was also fun watching a Percheron, a Belgian and a small Icelandic all on the same course as QH, TB, and Warmbloods. The owners were even more diverse in personalities, but all were having a ball and supporting each other aging from small child to retirees; both male and female. It was a great way to spend a sunny day with our horses. Local clubs are hosting Agility Clinics for their members including the BC Miniature Horse Club and the Vintage Rider Club. The obstacles vary for each of our events and become more challenging as the year progresses as the horse’s mastery increases, all ages and horse sizes are welcome. 56 • Saddle Up • May 2012

If you want your club to host a private clinic or event please contact or

Sally with Rowdy Car Wash Cindy with Trixie

Paula with Cowgirl on small podium

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More Exciting Events for AERC Calendar By Tammy Thielman


terrific turnout of about 44 enthusiastic riders made the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club’s first 2012 Fun Day on April 15 a huge success. Along with increased show attendance, the club’s overall membership grew, with many new members and families joining. The club executive is thrilled to see the club growing and welcoming many members of the horse community! A fun goal for May’s Fun Day is to have 50 riders taking part! A great day was enjoyed by all riders, from adorable lead-liners in the “Peanut” class, to more experienced riders preparing their horses for the show season. Everyone enjoyed a relaxed day of visiting and showing in a supportive atmosphere. Judge was Ashley Conti, who gave competitors helpful feedback. New announcer Ramona Rizzi kept participants and spectators chuckling as she announced throughout the day. Experienced horsewoman and horse show participant Janet Crich of Armstrong gave a dynamic and informative presentation on “Showing on a Budget.” Janet, assisted by husband Buck and horse Lola, gave the crowd many helpful tips on saving money while getting ready to show. Thank you to Janet (and her helper and model!) for this educational event! Mark your calendars! Upcoming AERC Fun Day shows are: May 20, June 17, July 8, and Aug. 5, at the IPE grounds. NEW! Gymkhana and Open Riding Series! Come and take part in games, have a concession lunch, then enjoy open riding: May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 19, and Sept. 16, at Mountain View Arena, Armstrong. Only $10/person! Don’t forget the Open “Win BLING” Costume Class happening at the July Fun Day show. Prepare your costumes now! Our junior members have been busy, with two fundraisers planned. June 2nd from 11-2, AERC Hot Dog Sale fundraiser at the Armstrong Askew’s parking lot. Please support our junior riders! Then a Car Wash on July 21st from 12-4, also at Askew’s. Our big fundraising event this month is the Tack and Bake Sale, held in conjunction with the Breeder’s Showcase, May 12-13 at the Armstrong fairgrounds. Consign your new or used tack and stock up

on home-baked goodies at the same time. Check out the club web site at www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. com, join the AERC Facebook page, or call president Rebeca Hillbrander 250-546-0052.

Janet Crich shared her knowledge about “Showing on a Budget” at a mini-clinic held at lunch time.

Azera, 4 yrs. old, always a hit in leadline with Grandma Sandi Murdoch.

Showmanship class.

Meagan McLean and Pilot.

Peachland Riding Club By Loree Currie


ow that spring has sprung and the riding season is getting under way, I would like to take this opportunity to brag a little about our saddle for this season’s Saddle Series! It’s a beauty! Thank you to Diamond H for sponsoring this saddle and thank you to Linnea Cappos for the amazing fenders. Truly a work of art! I know I will definitely be riding in this series for a chance to win this Circle Y “proven” barrel saddle. It’s gonna ROCK! For details about this series you can visit our website. The saddle will be on display at all of our events! Next event is the May Gymkhana on the 27th. Keep checking our website for updates or changes. The Peachland Riding Club is a family oriented club and we would like to challenge riders of other disciplines to come out and experience a gymkhana for the day; have some fun and meet some amazing people. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Whether you are young or old, male or female, experienced or not, ride a pony or draft horse, our club is the place for you! All gymkhana results will be posted on our website www. Pictures taken at these events will be posted on our Facebook page.

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Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


n May 26, the Oliver Riding Club will once again host a ride for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. All riders and non-riders are welcome to participate. Pledge sheets are now available from Dawn Muller (organizer). She can be reached at 250-498-0636 or We are looking forward to a new venue this year - Gordon Brownjohn of Little Mountain Stables in Osoyoos has most graciously invited us to use his place as our base. John Wilkinson of Osoyoos is leading one of the rides. There will be a short ride and a longer ride to accommodate everyone. We will have a Silent Auction; riders and non-riders are all invited to bid on the items. We are also looking for more donations for this table. There will be a prize for the most dollars raised in pledges. All riders are asked to bring a dish to share in the potluck lunch after the ride. Whether you can participate in the ride (pick up pledge sheets), donate money, volunteer your time or donate items for the auction table, we urge you to contact Dawn and Gordon Brownjohn at 250-495-2304 or Max Alexander at 250-497-5199.

In other club news: Our scheduled clean-up session at the ranch had to be postponed due to really rotten weather. However, Ken MacRae has very kindly got the jumps out and ready for use. We will schedule a jump painting party soon. Ken MacRae and Carolyn Tipler are once again putting on some great “Improve Your Skills” sessions for club members. The results have been quickly obvious in both horses and riders. We are very appreciative of both Ken and Carolyn who have reduced their normal teaching fees as a perk to Oliver Riding Club members. We had many club members show up at the ranch recently for a club photo. We will probably aim for another group picture a little later in the season, when the sun is shining! The next Hunter Jumping Clinic is May 13. Cut-off for

Some of the Riding Club members on a rather soggy Sunday.

Maggie Strong, Brent Lines, Kathy Malmberg and Ken MacRae at a recent “Improve Your Skills” session.

registering is the Wednesday before the event. Cost for members is $15 and for non-members it is $20. Great value! Sara Brown is organizing this once again. Contact her at saradee_@hotmail. com. On June 17, we will have a Hunter Schooling Show. The jumps will start at 1.0-ft cross-rails and go up to 3.0 ft. Register by Wednesday, June 13. Cost is $6 per round or $30 for the day, for members. Non-members will pay $8 per round or $35 for the day. Sara is always appreciative of any help from all the non-jumpers out there! We have more trail rides and fun days planned for the club, so please feel free to contact any of us for more information. All riding skills are welcome.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


elowna Gymkhana Club is for all ages, levels of experience, disciplines, family fun, and Buckle Series! We are very excited that our host, the Kelowna Riding Club, has new footing!! Our 2012 dates are: May 13 / June 3 / June 24 July 15 Tough Enough to Wear Pink event (with partial proceeds and funds raised for the BC Cancer Agency) Aug 12 / Aug 26 / Sept 9 Oct 14 Spooktacular Funday 58 • Saddle Up • May 2012

We cannot wait for the 2012 season to begin; this club is one of the best clubs on the planet! Good people, fast horses, and a lot of fun! If you are looking for a great place to be, and have some friendly competition please join us! We invite all sorts of riders and disciplines – it’s all for the love of our horses! And spectators are always welcome! See you on May 13th! Get ready and start practicing! or add us in Facebook: Kelowna Gymkhana Club HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145


CIAHA is looking forward to another fun and exciting Spring/ Summer! Watch out for upcoming notices or check out our web site at www. AND don’t forget to like us on Facebook! Debbie Storey, from Red Deer, Alberta, was booked for the first weekend Clinic of the Year on April 14-15. The first day was designated primarily as a TRAIL CLINIC. We had 7 riders who were scored on the elements initially and then worked all morning with Debbie. Everyone came back after lunch for a little more instruction and were then rescored to see if they had improved. Great fun was had by all. There were two newcomers in this group. The PRIVATE FLAT CLASSES began around 2 p.m. with 10 riders booked. The lessons continued all through Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. There were three newcomers in this group. Everyone was extremely pleased with Debbie’s guidance and instruction and have already been requesting that we set up the next Clinic. As usual the Pot Luck Lunch was a huge success - the participants have taken it upon themselves to become more and more creative with the menu. The weather was very changeable with lots of rain scudding around on Saturday. Fortunately, we were able to move into the barn and shelter from the elements and enjoy the food and camaraderie. Watch for an upcoming notice regarding the next Clinic. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BCIAHA would like to congratulate Deborah and Svenn Mikkelsen on their beautiful ‘second generation’ filly KFR Bientina. She is by the stallion they bred KFR Bravo Bay out of a mare they bred KFR Bay Elektra. Way to go guys she’s fabulous! Please don’t forget to send in your barn news!

Michele and Hercules doing a pretty job at the gate. Filly KFR Bientina at one week old.

Taelor and Stealth, a lovely Western pair! Wolf doing a nice job over the bridge.

Debbie riding Cori’s gelding.

Debbie working with Colleen on her back-through in Trail clinic.

Sarah, in the Trail class.

Karel and Gennie during her private instruction. • 59

South Central Quarter Horse Association

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

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

The BCQHA AGM has been rescheduled and will be held on May 5 at Thunderbird Show Park at 7:00pm. Check out the website for further details or contact SCQHA’s BC Director Representatives Cheri Smeeton or Laurie Takoff (see Director Contact information). New and formerly submitted proxies will be accepted. Member attendance is very important! Calendar of Events May 5: Rescheduled BCQHA AGM, 7:00pm, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley May: SCQHA General and Board of Directors Meeting, Armstrong TBA Sept 14-16: SCQHA - AQHA Fall Show Circuit, Armstrong; Show Secretary - Cheri Corrigan 250-337-5090 or

The “Fuzzy” was held April 21st The 15th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show - would like to thank our judges Mellissa Buckley and Doug Henry, and our volunteers: Thea Gresley-Jones, Katrina Mulford, Lynette Schmidt, Liesa Smith, Clair Taylor Jankowiak, Amberlee Ficociello, Linda Underwood, Buck Crich, Jamie Schell, Carolyn Farris and Wolf Beyer. Very special thanks to show organizers and committee members Tracey Schell and Janet Crich. And HUGE appreciation for our supporters: Hayton Creek Ranch, Designs by Stephanie, Five Pine Ranch, Go West Quarter Horses, Diamond H Tack, Carl Woods, Carmen Teixeira, The Bling Thing, Andrea Blair, Greenhawk, Carrie Humphrey, Keelly Reggelsen, Prospect Hill Farm, Armstrong Subway, JJ’s Pizza, Anchor Inn, Chocoliro Finest Chocolate, Adelle Cartwright and Nancy Roman - Saddle Up. Through your generous support, the Fuzzy Show continues to be a great Who can name the horse and rider success! here?

SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit Sept 14-16, Armstrong, BC

Featuring the return of Halter Mania... through the generosity of STS Quarter Horses and KPM Farms! All Breed Weanling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies $1500 Added All Breed Yearling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies $1500 Added Additional Prizes and Awards too! We will also be featuring AQHA Rookie Amateur and Youth Classes in addition to many other Futurities. Our 2012 AQHA Show looks to be one of the best shows we have had yet! Contact Show Secretary Cheri Corrigan at 250-337-5090 or

Calling All Old Timers! We are on the hunt to find the oldest living AQHA-registered horse in the SCQHA Zone. If you have an old timer who you think might be the oldest, please send us a current photo along with a brief biography to laurianquarterhorses@ Your senior AQHA horse just might be featured in the next issue of Saddle Up! 60 • Saddle Up • May 2012

Boot assistant photo from April issue The “Boot Assistant” Jessica Eli of Eli Quarter Horses from Kamloops gets some much-needed “assistance” from her friend, Evelynn Takoff. Watch for next month’s photo... it could be YOU!

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association

President: Michelle Charleston, Vice President: Denise Hill, Website:

Off to Germany


prichst du Deutsch? LMQHA youth member Haley Stradling is likely to be proficient in German by the end of American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup this summer. The Aldergrove teen has been selected to represent the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s Youth Team at the competition in Kreuth, July 21-29. You may have met Haley at the BC Quarter Horse Association exhibit at the LMQHA Bazaar in March, with her impressive display about the AQHA Youth World Cup and explaining her role on Canada’s youth team. Haley, 15, has been riding since she was a toddler, and it is her versatility that no doubt caught the attention of the CQA Youth World Cup Committee. She has ridden hunterjumpers with renowned champion Laura Balisky, and is both the 2011 BCCHA and BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association Junior Cutting Champion, riding Boogies Dual Rey. Her family, including parents Mike and Diane and three older brothers, often host BCRCHA competitions at their farm in Aldergrove. Five riders, including Haley, will represent Canada in Germany. The team’s entourage will also include two alternates, three team leaders, a coach and manager and - of course - Haley’s parents. Horses are provided to competitors, and Haley says she will be competing for Canada in both Hunt Seat Equitation and cutting classes. Two other BC youth have been selected for the team. Joining Haley in Germany will be Amanda and Megan Daly, also 15, sisters from Kamloops. Amanda has been named as an alternate and Megan has filled a leadership position. The rest of the team is from eastern and central Canada. Amanda was the Region One Youth All-Around Champion last July at Thunderbird. The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is held every two years in participating countries around the globe. This year, 80 riders from 16 countries will compete for the chance to take gold medals HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

LMQHA youth member Haley Stradling is on her way to represent Canada at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Germany this summer.

home to their countries. This year, reiners, cutters and all-around horses will be sourced from European Quarter Horse owners, and most will be proficient in at least three disciplines. Competitors will have a chance to familiarize themselves with their mounts during clinics with AQHA Professional Horsemen before the competition starts. It becomes an awesome opportunity for youth riders to hone their skills riding unfamiliar mounts. Then, teams will duke it out in cutting, reining, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. To level the playing field, even competitors from the host country do not ride their own horses. Haley is fundraising to cover some of the costs of her big summer adventure. If you are able to help, please email her at h.s.horsegirl@ Spring has sprung There’s been a lot of interest in the new four-day four-judge format for the LMQHA Spring Circuit, May 3-6. The circuit will feature a full selection of AQHA classes, as well as APHA and all breed (APHA PACapproved) classes. It is also a BC Heritage qualifying show for the BC Heritage finals, July 6-8, in Maple Ridge. If you haven’t already ordered your log book from Horse Council BC (, pitter patter - you need to place first through fourth in qualifying classes at two shows (and this circuit counts as two; all breed classes will be single-judged) before the end of this qualifying year, June 30, in order to compete at the finals. And you have to be a HCBC member. There’s $10,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded at the finals this summer, promising to be one of the best BC Heritage shows ever! Schooler focused on fun It was a smaller than hoped-for turnout at the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s spring schooling show on Easter

weekend, but as is often the case, smaller can be “funner!” The Saturday evening fun ride was highlighted by a Chili Challenge between LMQHA president Michelle Charleston, show committee chair Pauline Massey and schooling show chair Terri Brown. “My chili won hands down,” reports Michelle! Lots of LMQHA members logged in their volunteer hours. Jeneane Evans managed the concession, while Andy Hellqvist and Linda Harrison shared whipper-in and ring steward responsibilities. Cathy Lowden announced while Joan Erickson and Pia Petersen managed the office and, living up to his reputation, Rod Ash was the go-to guy. Many thanks to Terri Brown for managing the show and to Mellissa Low Buckley from Pyke Buckley Performance Horses and Fiona Brooks for sharing judging responsibilities. Battle of the Breeds BCQHA is looking for riders for Team QH at the Pacific National Exhibition’s “Battle of the Breeds” this summer. Riders will compete in dressage, jumping to 2’9”, barrels and trail, and Team Quarter Horse will be defending their 2011 championship title. Each team consists of four horses and each horse must compete in a minimum of two disciplines. Interested? You can reach Leslie by calling 604-916-1704. You’re invited LMQHA’s next general membership meeting is Tuesday, May 22, at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley. New members are welcome to drop by. The meeting gets underway at 7pm. • 61

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Anniversaries The APHA is turning 50! Take a look at and keep up with all the special events planned to make this anniversary special. BCPHC is celebrating 40 years as an APHA chartered club. Come share birthday cake with us at the “Back-to-Basics” show. BCPHC has been through many changes, but through the hard work of our current and past Executive and the support of our members, our club’s goal of promoting the love and care of our Paint horses has remained constant. Thanks for your continuing support. Zone One AjPHA Rep Congratulations to Nakita, our new Zone 1 AjPHA rep, who resides in Coldstream, BC: “Hi everyone! My name is Nakita Delichte. I was elected National Director of BC for the AjPHA. I’ve been a member of AjPHA for a number of years, and have always been active with horses. I have two paints, Bambi and Charm. I show them in the Okanagan at open shows, and a few fall fairs. I applied to Olds College for their fall Equine Science program. As National Director, I hope to encourage more youth to join AjPHA and get actively involved with the BC Paint Horse Club. I wish everyone the best of luck in the show pen and happy trails!” LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair The 2012 LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair was well attended by Paint horses and BCPHC members. The BCPHC booth at the Bazaar presented us with a wonderful opportunity to provide educational material to those people who don’t know about Paint horses and to touch base with past, current, and perhaps future members. Sara Wilcox, a new BCPHC member, is pictured with this article riding Sweetcountry Coos in the Jumper Clinic with Jean Francois Santerre of Santerre Show Stables ( Kerry Sawyer and Justa EZ Rider participated in the Extreme Trail Clinic presented by Mark Bolender ( Many thanks to Heidi Hogan and Beauty, Jodie Moore of Moore Performance Horses ( riding Judge (the 17.3HH mule), and Kerry Sawyer with Justa EZ Rider for doing such an awesome job of the Paint Horse Demo at the Bazaar. BCPHC Show Information It’s official! There are no less than 14 APHA judges coming to BC this show season, providing BC Paint Horse owners with six opportunities to compete for BCPHC year-end awards! The Terrace Three Breed Classic will be BCPHC and APHA approved with two judges, and the single judge APHA show during the Bulkley Valley Fair will also be BCPHC approved. That will make a great circuit for northern Paint Horse exhibitors when you also factor in the Three-inOne Show in Smithers, July 6-8, announced in last month’s column. It is also a great opportunity for those of us in the south to visit northern BC for a vacation with our horses. If you’re heading to Smithers in July, attend the post-show clinic by Three-in-One judge, Lita Hottel, of Minnesota, where you can get feedback from an accredited APHA judge on the performances and 62 • Saddle Up • May 2012

techniques in Showmanship, Hunter under Saddle, Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Trail. The clinic runs July 9 and 10. Visit the “Lita Hottel Clinic” Facebook page. Entry and stall deadline for Three-in-One is June 25. Walk Trot classes: In 2012, exhibitors can compete in APHA’s new Amateur Walk/Trot and Green Horse classes at the “Back-toBasics” show in Langley, July 29. Those classes are drawing a lot of new exhibitors south of the border and we expect they’ll appeal to many of our BC members as well. New Sponsor: We’d like to welcome Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies as our presenting sponsor for “Back-to-Basics.” Their support will make for some very nice high point awards in ten divisions! The show program is available to download from, and there are easy-to-access links to all the other BCPHC-approved shows on the website as well. Show Dates May 3-6: Spring Circuit, four judge APHA/BCPHC/NWCC approved show hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association at Thunderbird Equestrian Centre (Langley); contact Barbara Williams at 208-683-1617 or July 6-8: Three-in-One Breed and Open Show (Smithers); two judge APHA/BCPHC approved horse show July 29: Basic to Basics two judge APHA/NWCC/BCPHC approved show at High Point Equestrian Centre (Langley); for information, contact August 11-12: Terrace Three Breed Classic; two judge APHA/BCPHC approved show (Terrace);; contact Lynn Patterson at August 23-26: Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show; single judge APHA/BCPHC approved show; September 1-2: Evergreen Circuit; three judge/two day APHA/BCPHC/ NWCC approved horse show hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association at Thunderbird Equestrian Centre (Langley); contact Barbara Williams at 208-683-1617 or In order to compete in APHA classes at these horse shows, you must be a current member of APHA ( To be eligible for year-end awards, you must be a member of BCPHC, and be sure to make yourself familiar with the show rules! Free Trophy Program If there are any clubs that would like to apply for an award for one of your shows, sponsored by Otter Co-op, ask about the Free Trophy Program. Please contact

Extreme Trail Clinic at LMQHA Bazaar

Young Jumper Clinic at LMQHA Bazaar

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C

Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold, Preparing our grounds for another fabulous year - thanks everyone!


Our Annual Horse Show is quickly approaching (June 16 hank you to all of you who were able to come out and - English; June 17 - Western) and forms need to be in by June pitch in for our first grounds clean-up. Tons of work was 2. You can find the forms on the website. Thank you again, this done, the grounds look great. Judging by the pictures year, to Ric’s Grill for sponsoring stake classes. This show is a taken, there was even time for a little play... In spite of the chilly weather, our first gymkhana on April 14 Heritage Qualifier. was a great success with a fantastic turnout of riders of all ages. Mark these dates on your calendar for the next couple of There are five more gymkhana/playday weekends planned. To month’s showings: be eligible for high points, one must participate in four of six. May 12-13: Clinic at PTRC Sunday’s playday was blessed with blue skies and sunny weather May 26-27: Gymkhana/playday and was another successful day. June 9-10: Gymkhana/playday Check out our website at, as June 16-17: Annual Show well as the “What’s Happening” section in Saddle Up for dates of July 14-15: Gymkhana/playday many upcoming events. Reminder to members: The gate code has changed. To access the new code, you must be a current member. Please email Michelle Tondevold at if you require this code! The Daburger boys checking out Note from Optical Delusions: There was a much lower what’s for lunch! level of interest in ordering photos last year, so I will not be photographing any gymkhanas or playdays this year. I would be available for the annual show if there are enough people wanting photos. Please let me know if you would be interested in ordering photos from this year’s annual show by emailing me at tanya@ by May 15. Prices are $8 per photo, $35 for five, $65 for 10 and $85 for all the images from one day. Also, due to the huge number of files I have, I will be permanently deleting ALL 2010-2012 show photos from my hard drive by June 30. Anyone wanting to order must do so before then, as the images will not be available after that point. Please place your orders Cally Sample before June 30. For more information or to place an order, please visit my site at Thank you! - Tanya Epp Many hands make light work! May 12 and 13: PTRC is offering a fun-filled two-day clinic for all ages and abilities: riding lessons, trail clinic, clipping and bathing demo, round pen clinic, leading with respect clinic, showmanship clinic. $35 day rate or $60 for the weekend. $10 overnight stall rate. There is limited space! Contact Drop and Shop: At our May gymkhana/playday weekend (May 26-27), we invite you to bring your “no longer needed in my life” horse stuff! We will have a table set up for you to bring anything you can think that another horse family may appreciate. The intention is to donate your items - we will set up a Young members enjoying gymkhana Diehard fans spectating from the bank! free table with these offerings with any donations events! you would like to make going to PTRC. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 63

Endurance Riders Association of BC Story By Lynn Wallden

Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier,


hen my girls were young, after a complex family issue, we began looking for our first horse. We wanted a nice, older Quarter Horse type gelding, preferably bay, but chestnut would do. We came home with a grey, 12-year-old Arab mare - everything we didn’t want, but were glad to have. In her resume was endurance experience. That was the beginning. It sounded like a lot of fun, but after checking into it we decided that the amount of training needed and the lack of people in our area who were involved made it an unlikely sport for us. Sixteen years later, the children were grown and I had time to do more than just the occasional short ride. The idea of endurance riding resurfaced while browsing the Internet. I contacted HCBC who put me in contact with Terre O’Brennan, who passed me on to Elaine Bessuille, since she lived closest to me. Elaine encouraged me to meet her at the Golden Ears ride in Maple Ridge where she showed me the basics of what 64 • Saddle Up • May 2012

was going on and encouraged me to watch and help if I wanted. I spent the day taking pictures, mostly of the horses coming across the water and at the vet check. It looked like so much fun and everyone I spoke to was very nice and open to answering all my questions even though they were busy. Three weeks later, I rode my first Limited Distance ride at the Ride Over the Rainbow in Merritt. Elaine took my horse Leaf for me, walked me through the check-in and pre-ride vet check and then rode the first loop with me. I’m sure she was amused by my Wintec all purpose saddle, braided bridle and ball cap underneath my helmet, but she never said a word. Unfortunately, she had to pull at the end of the loop for lameness, so I did the second loop on my own with Elaine in camp guiding my husband in what he needed to do when we got back. We completed in the middle of the pack with good vet scores and I was addicted. The next month, I went with a friend to the Skimikin Lake ride. The campsite and the trails were beautiful. It was such fun and, again, I was impressed with how relaxed everyone was. No one seemed to care what tack you had or what clothes you wore. It was so different from the Pony Club environment I had gone through with my daughter. All of the focus was on ensuring the horses were in good condition and that everyone was having a safe day. The icing on the cake was finishing in the top 10. The next year, I added Easy Ride stirrups and a cantle pack to my saddle and switched to a synthetic halter/bridle. We entered the 50-mile ride at Golden Ears, but had to pull before the last loop because of an irregular heart beat (the horse’s, not mine). While we were on the third loop, I was leading my horse as he just didn’t seem right and I wanted to make it as easy on him as possible. Everyone who passed us slowed down and checked to make sure we were okay,

offering to go for help or stay with us, whatever was needed. I was very touched by their concern and willingness to change their ride to ensure the safety of another. I was really surprised at how many people stopped by our site to check on us and to tell me, “Everyone pulls at least once in their career.” Leaf and I completed the LD at Merritt later that summer in next to last place, after getting lost for a long time and then stopping to help get a horse out of a bog. It was a great time. I have had to retire Leaf, but am starting a new horse with hopes of making the goal of riding a 100-mile ride.

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Kayla Fagg, Kamloops Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Brian Wallace 250-569-2324 Horse Council Director: Sharon Pickthorne 250-337-1818 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442

A Blast to be had at the Rendezvous


t is that time of year again for horse people when they start looking at dates on the calendar and deciding which horse-related events to attend during the upcoming riding season. Well, make sure to tell your family not to plan a relative’s wedding on the first weekend of June, because one of the most entertaining horse-related events will be taking place in 100 Mile House. The Back Country Horsemen of BC spearhead the Rendezvous gathering which is not only a gathering of the members of the 15 chapters of the club, but also welcomes riders of all disciplines, riding levels and ages to bring their horses and friends to join in on the fun. I, myself, attended my first “RV” just last year, and can honestly say that it may have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my horse-related summer activities. No, I did not win a pretty blue ribbon, or cash for that matter. I did not get to sleep in a fancy bed with crisp white sheets and, for sure, I did not have the ability to run myself a hot bath after a long day of riding. However, the memories I created with my horse and my friends are priceless. Nine months ago, I and three of my friends hitched our two trailers and loaded four of our pretty ponies. We packed a cooler full of food, some bedding, the saddles, hay, grain, a pitch fork, and of course we could not forget our adult beverages, which I like to call “the YAHOO juice,” in a minivan that was packed right to the roof. We said our goodbyes to husbands/boyfriends, and forgot about our troubles - like the house renovations only being half-completed. We were all just looking forward to having a vacation, as some might call it, with our beloved horses. Despite the fact that the next five days during the RV it poured buckets of rain, we still enjoyed many laughs, some great rides on scenic trails, and quality bonding time with the horses. When not enjoying the trails, there were small demonstrations or clinics to attend - free of cost - that helped generate knowledge about our beloved equine friends. If you are someone who loves the value of good quality used tack, then you will enjoy the two auction fundraisers that are held during the RV. Last year there was everything from handmade breast collars, gloves, IKEA bags, western paintings and of course more Yahoo Juice, that was auctioned off for very reasonable prices. Not only is there an auction and a wine and cheese social on the Friday night, but there is also a catered dinner HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

social on the Saturday night. Bring your beverage and sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner while chatting about your horses or sharing fond memories. The Back Country Horsemen of BC calls the annual social gathering “Rendezvous” because it is defined as a “meeting among people.” This event was created to help people who all share a strong passion for exploring some amazing trails on the back of a trusted horse to gather and develop lifelong friendships. I went to my very first RV unsure of what to expect. By the time the weekend was over, I had laughed so hard that my stomach ached and I had a tired but honest smile when I climbed back into the truck for the trip home. I share my story with all of you because I want to encourage each and every one of you to take the time and come out to enjoy your horses at the RV of the Back Country Horsemen of BC. For more information, please view our Facebook page or visit us at http://www.bchorsemen. org. I look forward to meeting new faces this upcoming year and please do not feel shy to say “howdy” as I enjoy meeting new friends, whether of the human or equine type. Happy Trails! OOPS! The April article was written by Peter Reid. Saddle Up apologizes for the error. • 65

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Ty Lytton Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

WELCOME BACK ~ SOUTH CARIBOO RODEO – 100 MILE HOUSE The South Cariboo Rodeo has returned to the BCRA line-up. This traditional early season rodeo is once again being held on the May long weekend. The familiar grounds in 100 Mile House will be back in action and the sounds of rodeo from the announcer’s booth to the cheers of the crowd will once again be heard throughout the town. The format for the long weekend will continue to be the Little Britches Rodeo on Saturday and the BCRA rodeo will take place Sunday and Monday. “Organizers of the South Cariboo Rodeo have a great committee and crew who are ready for anything,” says Randy Broadoway, 2012 president. Expectations are high for an enthusiastic start to the May long weekend in 100 Mile.

2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE April 20-22: 22nd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 11-12: PWRA/BCRA Grand Coulee, WA May 12-13: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 19-20: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 20-21: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 26-27: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 2-3: 65th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 16-17: Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 22-23, PWRA/ BCRA Colville, WA June 22-23, PWRA/BCRA Newport, WA June 30-July 1: Chilcotin Series (TWO – ONE DAY RODEOS) 27th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo

July 3-4, PWRA/BCRA SedroWoolley, WA July 7-8: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 14-15: Valemount Rodeo July 20-22: Quesnel Rodeo July 27-29, Nakusp, BC August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2012 Major Platinum BCRA Sponsors 2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2012 Sponsors of the Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947 C H R Y S L E R

2012 Sponsors of the Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Wrangler Merchandise for the Ladies Barrel Racing Finalists Wrangler Merchandise to our BCRA Rodeo Committees 2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 Bcra Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Pg Klassic Autobody Prince George, Bc, 1-866-350-5312 2012 Bcra Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle Canart Cattle Co. - Mark Canart, Kamloops, Bc 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND - Wills Family, Quesnel, BC 2012 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - P. Walker, Kamloops, BC 2012 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO

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2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 Bcra Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle Fastback Ropes / Rocky’s Gen Store - R. Jasper, Quesnel, Bc, 250-991-8391 2012 Bcra Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy BAR E CONTRACTING - Rob & Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC 2012 Breakaway Finals Buckle GJ RODEO CO - Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox, BC 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2012 Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2012 Rookie of the Year 2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Ranch Properties - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC -C. Mikkelsen, 250-374-1486 / Email: FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC ~ 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse Gramma Lamha, Ashcroft, BC Tie Down Roping Horse Spectrum Resource Group, Prince George, BC GREEN MOBILE VET CLINIC 2012 Breakaway Horse of the Year SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP 2012 Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year WHITE RANCHES – Rob, Allison & Brock Everett 2012 Junior Breakaway Horse of the Year 2012 CHILCOTIN TOUR SPONSORS: PMT CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS DON & NANCY MACDONALD CARIBOO SPURS & TACK

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clubs & Associations, cont’d “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0

Canadian Fjord Horse Association Supporting the purebred Norwegian Fjord Horse through registration,


promotion, education, improved awareness and understanding.

THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12

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


armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12



Anni5v0etrh sary!

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

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


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 5/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year


Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society  Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 4/12

Alberta Equestrian Federation

BCRA Rodeo June 16 & 17, 2012 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 16 From 9 pm to 1 am

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 7/12

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13


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

MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 Okanagan Miniature Horse Club AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 Peachland riding club  Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 3/13 Peruvian Horse club of BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13 continued on page 68 • 67

Clubs & Associations, cont’d Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show,


THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 western canadian reining assoc. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,,

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events.


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


Sundays CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 1 3RD ANNUAL STALLION AUCTION OPENS, Canadian Pinto Horse Assoc. To support CPtHA and Youth programs. and on FB 1 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland/Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 1-3 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Victoria, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at 2-3 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, or Mandy 250-308-6208, 2-3 LEVEL 1/2 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Camrose, AB,, 250-968-4481 3-6 LMQHA Spring Circuit, 4-judge AQHA/APHA/All Breed Horse Show, Thunderbird, Langley, Barbara208-683-1617,, 4 TACK & HORSE SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, 4-5 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, 4-5 SPRING HORSE SALE, Ranch Showcase & Sale, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, 4-6 ALI BUCHANAN CLINIC, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247, PGRHA SPRING SLIDE, Livestock Arena, Prince George, BC, 4-6 ROPE N RUN EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 4-6 HORSE SALE, Prospect to Performance, in conjunction w/Rope ‘n Run 5 May 4-6, Chilliwack Heritage Park, PENTICTON RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, BC Heritage Qualifier, 5 Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton 5 2nd ANNUAL ISLAND EQUINE AFFAIR, Arbutus Meadows, Nanaimo, 5 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP DEMO, Equine Affair, Nanoose Bay, BC, 5 Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921, VDRC SPRING SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Nathalie 5-6 Merrill 250-308-8138, 5-6 INTRO TO TTOUCH FOR YOU & YOUR HORSE w/ Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 BCIHA ICELANDIC HORSE Breed Evaluation & Breeding Auction, Fitjamyri Horse 5-6 Farm, Vernon, BC, Arnold Faber 250-503-0614, 5–6 PATH TO LIGHTNESS LIBERTY CLINIC, Chase, BC, 5-7 LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Edmonton, AB,, 250-968-4481 6 LONGEARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland, BC, 250-379-2076 6 MISSION HORSE CLUB H/J SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455,

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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Spring Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo 6 Grounds, Barriere. Entry Forms at www.barrieredis​trictridingclub​.com DELTA RIDING CLUB Hunter Show, Delta, 604-328-3814, 6, PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, 6 Contact Marty Cox TACK, HORSE & TRAILER SALE, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, 6 TREC Competition, Trail BC, Jocelyn 250 304-2247, 6, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490- 0397, 6-7 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Nanoose Bay, BC, Doug or Lynette 6-8 Mills 250-319-8921,, register at EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Medicine Hat, AB, 6-12 Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or 8 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Oliver, Dawn Muller 250-498-0636, 8-9 BCIHA ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC w/Angela Conradi, Fitjamyri Horse Farm, 8-9 Vernon, BC, Arnold Faber 250-503-0614, JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, Janice 10-12 Ford 306-221-1697, DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP DEMO, Fort St. John, BC, Doug or Lynette 11 Mills 250-319-8921, TOPLINE SPRING FLING HACK, H/J SHOW, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya 11-13 Campbell 250-833-2669, DRIVING CLINIC, Draft or Light, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 11-13 250-577-3366, ALEXANDRA KURLAND CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email 11-14 for info WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops, Jeanie Van Den Ham, 12 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, 12 GYMKHANA CLINIC, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 12 250-706-9410, INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS Spring Field Days includes prep/seeding of field, 12 Haughton’s Field south of Kamloops off Hwy 5A on Separation Rd., Dennis Ryan 250-375-2425 12 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Oss-Some Hills Ranch, Notch Hill, Sorrento, BC, Tanya Oss 250-835-4482, 12-13 OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase, w/Judy Wardrope and more, Armstrong Fairgrounds, 12-13 TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/ Mandy Pretty, Summerland, BC, Melissa or w 12-13 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES #1, BC Heritage Qualifier, 9am Thornhill Fair Grounds, contact Marty Cox or Elaine Rempel

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 12-13 EQUNE HOOF HEALTH w/Dr. Robert M. Bowker, PhD, University of Manitoba Event Centre, 204-771-5335 or 204-345-6092,, 12-13 PTRC CLINIC, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, Kamloops, contact, 12-14 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Fort St. John, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at 13 WILD & WOOLY HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071,, 13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, 13 DELTA RIDING CLUB Percent Day, Delta, 604-940-9698,, 13-15 JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, Janice Ford 306-221-1697, 13-16 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 16-19 LEVEL 1/2 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 17-20 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Regina, SK, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 18–19 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, or Chloe 250-720-6658, 18-20 JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, 18-20 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Smithers, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at 19 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping Clinic, info Katrina, 19 LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Denise Little 250-396-7724,, COOL RUNNIN’ ARENA DRIVING TRIALS, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 19 Chilliwack, BC, Linda Dohl 604-791-2591, 19-20 BUNNY CATON CLINIC, Beginner Cowboy Up Challenge/Working Equitation, PAALH Fundraiser, Eagle Bay, BC, Sheila 250-675-3141, SALLY SAUR CLINIC, Spring Tune-up & Get Ready to Show, Windhorse Farm, 19-20 Coldstream, BC, Carolyn 250-549-2439, 19-21 FARM & RANCH, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Ron Szigety 250-397-2897,, REBECCA MARTINS CLINIC, Stride Away Training Stables, Armstrong, BC, 19-21 Keelly 250-307-7288, 20 FUN DAY Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 20 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, ENG/WEST SCHOOLING SHOW, (Heritage Qualif. Pending), Barriere & 20 District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, 20–21 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, SOUTH CARIBOO BCRA RODEO, 100 Mile House Rodeo Grounds, Randy 20-21 250-395-5175, 22 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Mornings, Jill Sampson 22–23 250- 245-2829, 22–23 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Cobble Hill, Afternoons, Nancy Lane 250-743-1268, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, 22-24 Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, 23-27 HALLER TRAIL RIDE, Larri 604-888-2743 24–25 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, 25-27 BURGI ROMMEL DRESSAGE CLINIC, PAALH Fundraiser, Eagle Bay, BC, Sheila 250-675-3141 26 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kelowna, Kim Antifaeff, 26 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Oliver, Dawn Mueller, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Tack Sale, info Linda Damm 604-865-6558, 26 PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 26 250-819-7313 COURAGE CANADA TRAIL RIDE, for Brain Injury Awareness, Vermillion, AB, Curtis 26 Anderson 780-581-4802, e-mail or 26 BASIC EQUINE FIRST AID & BANDAGING CLINIC, Lake Country, Tranquille Farms, Lorraine 250-766-1975,,

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26 CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton 26-27 WCFA FARRIER COMPETITION/CLINIC, Saskatoon, SK, Paula or Dave Morch,, 306-233-4287, cell 306-960-9366 26-27 WORLD CUP HORSEBACK ARCHERY, Mt. Currie, BC, 26-27 INTRO TO TTOUCH w/ Mandy Pretty, Edmonton, AB, Karen Karen. or 26–27 PATH TO LIGHTNESS LIBERTY CLINIC, Chase, BC, 26–27 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, 26-27 HORSIN’ AROUND IN THE CARIBOO, Eagle View Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake, Lori Rankin 250-392-2584 26-27 TEAM ROPING SCHOOL, Intermediate Ropers, Armstrong, Doug Henry 250-546-6494, 26-27 COMPETITIVE TRAIL TRAINING RIDE, Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 26-27 TACK/CLOTHES SWAP, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, contact, 26-28 JONATHAN FIELD, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, 26-28 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP WORKSHOP, Devanee Cardinal, Cranbrook BC,, 250-968-4481 27 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Twin Creeks/Duncan, Deborah Flinn, 27 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Williams Lake, Karla Lederc, 27 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Salmon Arm/Silver Creek, Rob Sjodin, 27 PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 27 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen 27 Szigety 250-706-9410,, 27 GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, 27 SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, 27 KRC FLAT SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Sherri 250-863-6494, 27 DELTA RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, Delta, 604-328-3814,, 27 HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, AMNHC, Ladner, BC, Susan, 27 PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox 27 ERIN VALLEY GYMKHANA, 12:00 start, Kamloops, BC, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, info at 28–Jun 2 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/certified Chris Irwin trainers (Birgit Stutz/Kathryn Kincannon), Whitecourt, AB, Connie 1-877-394-6773, 30-Jun 3 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP ADULT CAMP, Kamloops, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at 31-Jun 1 JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Agri-Plex, Cochrane, AB, Patty Martin, or 403-932-7817 31-Jun 1 LARRY BRINKER DRIVEN DRESSAGE CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366,


1-3 BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN RENDEZVOUS, 100 Mile House Rodeo Grounds, Peter Reid 250-395-6492, 2 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Campbell Valley Park/Langley, Kim Antifaeff, 2-3 BACK TO BACK DRIVING TRIALS, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, 2–3 PATH TO LIGHTNESS IN HAND CLINIC, Chase, BC, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Agri-Plex, Cochrane, AB, Patty Martin tsr. 2-3 or 403-932-7817 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Vancouver/Southlands, Debbie Bailey, 3 MISSION HORSE CLUB EW SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 3 604-462-7455, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 3 250-878-6062,

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Stallions and Breeders BACK40HORSES.COM 250-379-2913 3/13 Top Performance Bloodlines. Breeding and Sales

icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12 Peebles mini donkey ranch (Falkland) 250-379-2373 11/12 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 5/12

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

CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale,, DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 7/12 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

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Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 7/12 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

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


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 10/12

WWW.WHOAANDGOQUARTERHORSES.COM 250-551-4739 SS: Hortons Triple Skip, AQHA/APHA Palomino, 16HH, standing in Fruitvale 6/12


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Stallions and Breeders CHEROOT 2001 17HH Bay Thoroughbred

Winner of over $506,000. Passing on his Size, Movement, Conformation, Wonderful Temperament and W$NN$NG Attitude! Live Cover Only • Private Treaty

Strideaway Thoroughbreds

Smokin Glo Solano

Salty Ole Jack

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

B.C. Interior’s Best Kept Breeding Secret! 2008 AQHA Stallion By NCHA Open World Champion and NCHA Hall of Fame Stallion, Quixote Mac, and out of a daughter of the legendary World Champion producing mare, Queen Glo Solano.

World Class Breeding at Ranch Horse Prices

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

2012 Stud Fee $400 Standing at Cache Creek, BC. Details on FB at Smokin Glo Solano

Saltyolejack quarter horSeS

4338 Salmon River Rd. Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4 250-546-2476 or Cell 250-306-7792 4/12

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

Glen Black

Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •


Oh Royal Chic Watch for him this year in the NRHA Open Derbies

First foal crop on the ground this spring of 2012 SIRE: Royal Blue Quixote (Superior in Open AQHA Reining & a ROM in Amateur AQHA Reining. Earned 77 AQHA points and a Top 10 at the AQHA Select World Show in Reining) by the infamous Peptoboonsmal out of Otro Mundo DAM: Chics O Rosa by Smart Chic O Lena Best producing mare of Jim Babcock STUD FEE: $850. Live Cover, AI and Shipped Semen Available Owned by Justin and Jen Sanderson Jen 1-778-885-8854, Standing at KE Performance Horses, Kelowna BC 7/12

Kid Lena

My Beau Vanzi

2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved) Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses.

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

2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR!

Breeding Fee: $400 (reg.mares), $350 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $100, Shipped Semen available. Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

Breeding Fee: $600 (reg.mares), $500 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $200, Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

Standing at: Colour V Ranch 5/12

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Ross Buchanan 604-531-0009


Own Son of Special Effort

2006 Sorrel Stallion


Paradise Springs Ranch

“LAZY WIND” 2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs Sorrel

Standing for the 2012 breeding season in Armstrong, BC

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

Bet On The Smart Cat, 2007 Sorrel Stallion,

NCHA earnings with limited showing of $11,361.00 Sire: WR This Cats Smart, NCHA earnings of $236,514.00 Dam: Bet On Houston, NCHA earnings of $42,089.00 and daughter of Peptoboosmal


Dunit In Boomtown

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

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

Standing at: Colour V Ranch 5/12

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC

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EQUINE HEALTH PUREFORM EQUINE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS by SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Toll Free: 1-877-533-9163 5/13

Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150

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Dynamic Balance Equestrian

Best Value in Red Deer!

Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park Toll Free 1-800-424-9454 or 403-343-8444

(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • 3/13 5/13

SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 5/13

SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 5/12


bed, bales & breakfast BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout, BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 7/12 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 4/13 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 10/12



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INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 •


MASSAGE THERAPY WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 9/12 Stacy Elliott, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound, ZABRINA BARTEAUX 250-938-7126, Cert. Equine Massage/Acupressure, Canine Massage, Human Holistic Health Pract., 3/13

otter co-op at pitt meadows, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 11/12 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. RIVERBEND TACK & HAY (Vancouver Island) 250-245-3763 9/12 Washington Grass, Alfalfa, Alfalfa Mix, Timothy, Tack New & Used RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 8/12

photographers Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/12 RIBBONS & ROSETTES


Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations

Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


GUEST RANCHES Where Adventure & Luxury Meet (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Lodge Rides - BYO horse or ride ours. 5/12 CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake, BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 11/12 WWW.hiddenlakeguestranch.COM (Quesnel, BC)1-877-482-8569 12/12 Come and experience a truly authentic working ranch in BC’s Spectacular Cariboo (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13

FIRST PLACE RIBBONS (Canada wide), 604-820-3332 or Toll Free 1-866-332-3170, e-mail: 7/12 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 3/13 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 5/12 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 3/13

A complete line of Treeless Saddles English, Western, Trail and Accessories 250-542-5091 • Toll Free: 1-877-542-5091 9/12

JASON MCKENZIE Custom Made Saddles (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 KAMLOOPSSADDLERY.COM 1-877-493-8881 or 250-573-5496 Custom Saddles, Horse Gear & Repairs by Bob Goudreault 8/12 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 9/12 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS


Dr. rEED’S SupplEmEntS visit


OKANAGAN EQUISTORE (Vernon) 250-542-5953 9/12 For all Equine Health Needs: Salt, Supplements, Homeopathics, Essential Oils HCBC 2010 Business of the Year


ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG  M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 5/12 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food • 73

Business Services TRAINERS/coaches




Armstrong BC 250-546-9722 We measure your horse for the best tree fit. Western saddles for all breeds of horses.

The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 12/12

7/12 HORSE’N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items & more


WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western TRAILER REPairs (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 or 250-567-8685, Reining, Working Cow, Cutting, 8/12 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, 1 Star Junior Instructor Carolyn McTaggart 250-359-2922, (Kootenays) 9/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 Trans National Trailer INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12 TRAILER SAles


CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13

Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 10/12

TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, Cert CHA 2/13 WEST/ENG Instr., Cert Western Dressage & Horse Agility Trainers. Join us on CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13 Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921


Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 7/12 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 5/12 transport/hauling


ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 3/13 250-499-5844   8/12 All Disciplines – Horsemanship Clinics, Colt Starting, Problem Horses

Crofton Horse transport Canada / USA / International

A trusted name in ‘safe’ animal transport. 877-246-4355


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

10/12 • 951.302-9463 •

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 8/12 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, 8/12 74 • Saddle Up • May 2012


HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services VETERINARIANS DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/12 Deep Creek Vet. Services, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 5/12 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 10/12 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 5/12 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, WEBSITE DESIGN



Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

3-YEAR-OLD HOMOZYGOUS APHA REG’D COLT “COMANCHERO BLACKGOLD” He’s a Tobiano beauty with black and brown, highlighted by gold tips and many paw prints. Just started under saddle. Having a great foundation of round pen and halter work. Standing until sold. Check out for more pics 250-459-7963 for further information (Clinton, BC) 7/12

Sired By:

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

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

Sired By: JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin)

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 • 5/12


3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

STEPPING BILLY 12-YEAR-OLD, 15.1HH, REG’D PAINT STALLION Has a gentle disposition and a great conformation. He throws colourful, well-behaved offspring. Genetically tested and is registered with the APHA. Asking $2,000. Call 250-249-5633 (Quesnel, BC)

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

HERD DISPERSAL 15.3HH, 9 YR OLD WARMBLOOD/QH MARE $4,800. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: 

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13 • 75

On The Market

SOLID, ANTIQUE SLEIGH It was built around 1900 and still slides nicely through all snow conditions. It seats 2 and for single horse. $780. CAN Call Gerhard at 250-542-4146 (Vernon, BC)

EXCELLENT SINGLE BUGGY This Doctor’s Buggy was used in the early 1900s and is in top condition. The rubber on all wheels has been redone. Ride back in time with this rare, comfortable but perfectly usable buggy. Only $3,800. CAN Call Gerhard at 250-542-4146 (Vernon, BC)


These very well-kept, better-than-new saddles are made from fine calf leather, crafted and tooled by hand. Both have a nice deep seat and are very comfortable for the rider. Our joint problems don`t allow us to use these fine saddles anymore. It’s a Bargain for each! BAREFOOT ARIZONA NUT, 15” $1,300. CAN VIC BENNETT SADDLE, 15” $1,300. CAN Call Gerhard at 250-542-4146 (Vernon, BC)

Turning Point Ranch


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Horses for sale from YEARLINGS to FINISHED Barrel, Rope and Ranch horses. ALSO FOR SALE: Jessies Snappy Doc, Buckskin Stallion. Doc Bar, Jessie James, Kings Pistol, Poco Tivio bred. 250-546-9766 (Armstrong, BC)

“JOHNNY ANGEL” Gorgeous 2003 APHA Black Overo Stallion Breeders Trust nominated for 2012 Sire: AQHA Smooth Zippin Dam: Ima Special Angel, triple Superior APHA Mare. Proven Colour Producer of beautiful babies that can move. Live cover, pasture breed or collects. Serious inquiries only please. 250-549-2439 (Coldstream/Vernon, BC)

Black Purebred Arabian filly (photo at 4 days) ALSO AVAILABLE: Purebred Arabian, Welsh and Welara foals.

Some mature individuals –show, pleasure or breeding. Steven and Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 (Pritchard, BC)


2004 SILVERADO ALUMINUM 3 HORSE G/N TRAILER Garage kept, less than 2,000 kms on the road. Water system, battery system, hay rack and LED lighting. Many more extras. Looks like new!! Asking $14,500 obo 250-732-5099 E-mail: (Duncan, BC)

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HERD REDUCTION Beautiful Black AQHA Registered Filly Yearling. Sweet, beautiful mover, adorable girl, and has Reining bloodlines. $2,500 obo. Call 250-766-0139 (Winfield, BC)

Raspberry Field Morgans offers mares and fillies for sale with Flyhawk breeding. We are a small breeding farm in Northern BC that raises Morgans good for trail riding and the whole family to love. They are FUN and FRIENDLY. We use natural horsemanship methods to start all of our horses. or 250-827-3501 (Rose Prairie, BC)

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On The Market VALLEYVIEW RANCH Performance Horses for Sale

VALLEYVIEW RANCH Performance Horses for Sale


HONOR OF PEP, 12-year-old gelding Reserve Winner at Alberta 3 YR OLD Futurity BLOODLINES INCLUDE: Chex, Doc O Lena, Peppy San, Son Of Honour, Doc Freckles Leo. REINING, CUTTING, COW HORSE & BARREL HORSES Other Horses for Sale. 250-836-3383, E-mail: (Malakwa, BC)

7-year-old Buckskin Stallion Professionally trained Reining horse. WHRA Beginner Champion. Solid and very showy. Video available. BLOODLINES INCLUDE: Chex, Doc O Lena, Peppy San, Son Of Honour, Doc Freckles Leo. REINING, CUTTING, COW HORSE & BARREL HORSES Other Horses for Sale. 250-836-3383, E-mail: (Malakwa, BC)

for sale Premium, safe friendly, family riding recreation & Usin’ show Horses 250-963-9779

Photo Ads Only $60. Next ad deadline May 15

“DRIFTER” Deck Bars Charge is a 6-year-old, 15HH Reg’d Bay QH Gelding. Successfully shown in Western Shows. Perfect project/show horse. 30 days professional training with Carl Woods. Nice jog, lovely extended trot, solid WHOA, smooth ride, loves to spin, nice laterals. Ties, bathes, clips, hobbles, loads and unloads. Great with his feet, quiet and level-headed. Worked with cattle and great on trails. Asking $5,500. Open to offers. Lauren 587-988-1803 and leave message (Penticton)

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2001 CHARMAC WEEKENDER Professionally customized with Queen size bed, 2-burner stove, fridge and flush toilet. 3-horse converted to two for more storage, or use for 3 horses. Water tank inside tack, and an extra 40 gallon. Large awning and solar panel, good rubber and solid wood floor. Removable swivel arms to tie horses. Great fun trailer! Asking $13,500.

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

SADLY OUT GROWN 10-YEAR-OLD BAY REG’D MORGAN GELDING. He goes well on trails or in arena. Sound, no vices. Trailers well and good with farrier. Ryan is kind, super willing and has lots of heart. $3,000.

A quiet and friendly guy with good ground manners. Wash him with a garden hose or vacum his dust. Call him in from pasture, he comes. Too many horses. Winter price: Only $2,800. • 77

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12 2000 TRAILS WEST SIERRA G/N 3 Horse Angle Haul. Insulated camper, side tack. Clean, good shape. $8,000. 250-547-8889 (Lumby)


TRAILER SALES AND RENTALS . 00 CharmaC 20’ 0,9 2 StoCkman II $

Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available

Top Quality Australian Saddles

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

The Leather Lady

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13

7’ x 20’ x 7’ G/n Stock, escape door, centre gate, full-swing rear door with slider

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

Starting at $1,195.00 (excl HST)

Anivac Animal Bathing Systems • Pure Oxygen eZall Biobased Grooming Products Fine Tines™ Forks • Happy Horse Hay Steamers “The Best” Magnetic Bandages

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616


RENTALS 1 BEDROOM COZY CABIN on 157 acre horse farm. Perfect for lady with a horse. RENT $750. including: lights, SAT TV, wood heat, horse paddock and hay. Furnished, new f/s, w/d. Available June 1st. Sheila 250-679-3940, sg123@ (Chase, BC)

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 6/12

FREE If it’s FREE, we’ll run it for FREE Powell River Therapeutic Riding needs to retire two of our hard working Reg’d QH Mares (20 & 22 yrs). FREE, easy keepers, need to be together. Lovely to ride at a senior level slow and easy! 604-485-0177, e-mail:

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WANTED USED TACK 250-546-3955

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2 year diploma offered since 1974. Training with large & small animals! On-site working farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1.888.999.7882 12/12 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

LEON’S FARRIER SERVICE (Relocated from Alberta) 15+ years experience Serving the Lower Mainland Local/Alberta references available

Will travel outside area for multiple horses/farms Cell 604-613-5310 or Home 604-758-0811

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Shop & Swap! BOARDING

Brookside staBles Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters

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


Capall Acres

Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 Lessons • Training • Starting young horses Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI (250) 275-2683 • “Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoyment”


Large individual Paddocks w/shelters. Feedings 3x/day. Daily Paddock cleaning. Indoor Arena. Outdoor 100x230 Arena w/Dressage ring. Large grass Jump ring w/access to a Cross Country course. Easy access to trails just off the facility. Welcome riders of all levels and horses of all disciplines. Lessons available or bring your own instructor! Clinics and shows. Trainers welcome. Enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere.

Wally and Sheila Goertz 5026 Pringle Rd, Spallumcheen, BC 250-546-6004



Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 5/13


Happy Mother’s Day Next ad deadline May 15 for the June issue. See page 4 for contact info, or our website.

Tip of the Month! What is the Rider 1 Program? The Rider 1 Learn to Ride Program consists of two parts: Stable Management · Learning parts of the horse · Horse identification · Care · Handling · Tack · How to saddle and bridle Riding · How to mount and dismount · Body, leg and hand positions · Rein effects (2 of 4 at this level) · Aids HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Mounted exercises Description and demonstration of 3 gaits

Can you do all these tasks? Great! Call today to arrange to take your Rider I exam. Upon successful completion of this program, HCBC will send you a Certificate and badge. High school credits are available too! Courtesy of EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. See the next issue: What is the Rider 2 Program? (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 79

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