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The Spotted Arabian By Donna Cromarty The Arabian horse was first and foremost a war horse. Their stamina, speed, soundness and strength could determine whether battles were won or lost, whether their riders lived or died. Loyalty and bravery were imperative.

FV Sabino Juanito Photo by Donna Cromarty.

at David Ward’s ranch in Okanagan Falls B.C. in 1998, I thought surely this beautiful mare was not a purebred. After all, full blood Arabians don’t come with spots. David assured me she was and they do. I am now the very proud owner of a lovely spotted grandson of hers, FV Sabino Juanito.

good disposition was critical as well; prized war mares were often brought inside family tents to prevent theft and for protection from predators and weather. The harsh environment in which they lived allowed only the strongest and most intelligent to live. Arabian horses today enjoy a reputation of beauty and versatility and SPOTS. Many people think that Arabians are found only in solid body colours when in fact they can be spotted (Sabino) and/ or with roaning (Rabicano). When I saw my first spotted Arabian, Nadira Dream,

Part of this misconception could be that in the past modern breeders insisted that purebred Arabians could not (or should not?) be spotted and thought it was a sign of impure blood. For a time, Arab horses with belly spots and other white markings thought to be excessive could not even be registered (much the same happened with the Quarter Horse), and even after the rule was softened, excessive white was often penalized in the show ring. Throughout history the existence of the Sabino Arabian is well documented. Desert bred Sabino Arabians were much sought after and the more flamboyant


Nadira Dream and her 2008 foal, FV Precious Dream Photo courtesy of Fairview Stud Farm.

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FV Sabino Juanito Photo by Donna Cromarty.

the pattern the better. Arab texts outline 13 spotting variations or patterns. This ancient colour gene is not a sign of impurity but exactly the opposite. The Arabs referred to these spotted horses

Nadira Dream (left side) Photo courtesy of Fairview Stud Farm.

The Spotted Arabian, cont’d

FV Alarazzl Rose Photo courtesy of Fairview Stud Farm.

as “Horses with wings” and “Particoloured.” They were believed to be a gift from Allah. The Sabino gene produces markings such as “high white” above the knees and hocks, irregular spotting on the legs, belly and face, white markings that extend beyond the eyes or under the chin

or jaw, and occasionally roaning. Sabino and Rabicano can and do occur together but are not indicative of each other. Most Sabino horses have lacy, speckled patches on their bodies with flecks of colour near the edges. Sabino horses may sometimes be all white. It should be noted that Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS) is not present in full blood Arabians but can be present in half Arabians when crossed with Overo Paints that carry the gene. Blue eyes and a bald face may occur with Sabino Arabians as well, being traced back to the desert where it was known as “Pasha White.” Certain Arabian lines of horses produce more colour than others, Khemosabi, Abu Farwa and Mesaoud lines being just three of them. Sabino colouring exists in other breeds as well, including Thoroughbreds, Akhal Tekes, Tennessee Walking horses, Spanish

Mustangs, Quarter Horses, and the Morgan. Shires and Clydesdales are exclusively Sabino though the markings may be limited to face and leg. Sabino Arabian numbers and popularity are increasing by leaps and bounds. I am delighted that the Arabian horse and more specifically the Sabino Arabian has captured my heart and my desire to learn all I can about this sensitive, intelligent, magnificent, spotted horse. Research material: Modern Arabian Horse Magazine, Western Horseman Arabian Legends, Horse-genetics.com, Equine Color Genetics.

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Is It Time? By Kevan Garecki The decision to euthanize a horse should never be taken lightly, but it is one that can face any horse owner at any time. I’m not sure if it’s more or less difficult having time to prepare, as opposed to losing a horse suddenly. I’ve gone through both, and neither was “easy.”


he one lesson I did learn was that when it’s time, it’s time. The hardest part for me was removing what I wanted from what my horse needed. I allowed my feelings and selfishness to cloud my judgment, and in doing so failed to respect her at a time when respect should have been paramount. For those who have lost an equine friend in the past, and for the ones faced with this daunting prospect in the future, I offer some thoughts that eventually helped me. Had I known then what I know now, things would have played out very differently. These thoughts still rage in me as endless debates, but I’ll share them here for you to draw your own conclusions.

Is “life in the pen” better or worse than the “death sentence”?

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Be fully aware of your reasoning behind keeping a horse on that may be in unrelenting pain, or faces a terminal prognosis. Root out the selfish reasons; “I can’t bear to let you go!”, “You mean so much to me!”, “If I try this, or that, something else, you might get better.” Look at the long-term effects from the horses’ perspective. Many of us fall on a very “human” observation; if I were afflicted thusly, what would I want? We are not horses and we do not think like horses, therefore we are ill-equipped to make decisions on behalf of them when the chips are down. A horse needs to be free from discomfort; everything a horse does on their own is to make their existence more comfortable. A horse can gallop with a broken leg if they’re trying to escape a predator; but would a horse want to live with the agony of a broken leg? Neither you nor I could stand the pain a horse is capable of enduring.

“What am I really holding onto?” All life ends, nothing we are capable of will prevent that. We have made ardent strides toward extending life, but have we made it “better?” Pergolide can ease the symptoms of Cushings, deeper understanding of how a horse’s foot works has provided countless years of serviceable usefulness to horses with navicular issues and the famous case of Barbaro inspired awe in many of us as we followed his progress. In the end all horses will pass, our testament to their memory will stand not in what we did to make them live longer, but in the dignity we afforded them in the end. In holding onto a body, what we are we doing to the spirit?

“What will I do without you?” Once again, inherent human selfishness plays tricks with our judgment. Ask not what your horse does

Is It Time?, cont’d

“I am so alone without you.” If you’re like me, and hold onto the beliefs I’ve shared already, then this will make sense. When we allow the spirits of our friends to flourish around us, we are never without them. That pleasant memory is a hint from behind the veil; the brief feeling of warmth on your neck is their breath upon you as they embrace you from another plane; and the strength you derive from these encounters is their way of thanking you for the times when you were there only for them. Those who

have given of their love are never alone, just waiting ...

“Am I doing the right thing?” This is arguably the most difficult question, and one without any sort of universal answer. Each situation will be different; no two will present the same challenges. One must weigh the practical aspects first, but allow the “gut” feelings to have their say as well. Is the prognosis so grave that recovery is unlikely; or littered with complications that can in and of themselves be reason for release? Is the horse likely to maintain a reasonable quality of life? Are there financial or personal reasons that preclude or affect the decision? Most importantly, is there dignity in the outcome? Think about that last one carefully, for “euthanasia” is derived from two Greek words which together mean simply “good death.” A “good death” is one which allows the soul the dignity to pass from this world quickly, painlessly and without the embarrassment of aging, debilitating illness or the hideousness of fatal injury; it can also be a passage granted in love, releasing a spirit simply because that’s what’s best for them.

“Moving on ...” For many the most daunting challenge lay in the aftermath. We all grieve differently, so what may make sense to me, or help ease the pain for you, might not work for anyone else. Understand that grieving is a process, and a natural one; to deny oneself this progression leaves a gap, a hole as it were in our spirits. We are then left wondering how best to fi ll that void. There is more strength to be derived from grieving than by shrugging it off, or denouncing it as “weak.” A healthy grieving process leaves us with a feeling of connection to the lost spirit, and on a functional level. Fortunately there are now grief councilors who specialize in helping those who have lost equine and other animal companions. This isn’t folly, especially if that person can offer something to make the transition easier to cope with.

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for you, but what you can do to repay your horse for the years of loyalty and service. Death releases a body from all ills. If your horse is suffering, is death the all-forgiving solution? Our lives will never be the same after that horse is gone, but we still have our lives. The horse’s spirit has a place to go to where nothing hurts, hunger is unheard of and aging is an abstract concept. I believe in the “Rainbow Bridge” because I want to. I also believe that a spirit unfettered by earthly boundaries lives forever. Call it futile illusion, but this belief allows me to connect with my beloved friend who had to leave me so many years ago.

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A Few Words From Healing Through Horses

By Wendy Elrick

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Horsey Ladies Donation The program received funds from the Horsey Ladies at the end of 2008. We would like to share with the Horsey Ladies and the horse community how the funds were used in 2009. After the assertiveness training we offered at the beginning of the year while waiting for the snow to melt, we offered women three equine-assisted therapy groups, spanning eight to 10 weeks each. The bulk of the funds were spent facilitating those three groups. Our last group for the year will end in November. The participants were always told about the source of the funding, and were very appreciative. On behalf of the Vernon Women’s Transition House, I would like to thank the Horsey Ladies for the great amount of work that is put into the banquet fundraiser each year. You ladies have given the community a large gift.

What We Are About Equine-assisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where horses participate as co-counsellors. Client goals are addressed through the impact of ground exercises that are done with the horses. The model applied by the program uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play

therapy, story telling and problemsolving exercises. The program is offered to women in the community who have been the victims of physical and sexual abuse, and who are unable to cover the full costs of therapy.

The Horses It has been an emotional year, as the program includes four geriatric horses. Amos died on June 29 of old age. Socks is living her last days out due to organ failure. Both horses have provided emotional support, and tons of learning to many people. Tia has been driving me crazy. She is the horse I thought was dying all year. However, at 40 years of age, other than being skinny, she looks very healthy! We had a new addition to the program this year, fiveyear-old Athena. She is very social and will mature into a wonderful counselor. The horses have worked hard all year and will benefit from some rest this winter.

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Better Horsemanship

By J.R. Kelly


My last trailer loading article – Just the Start (August, 2009) – was titled that way for a reason. It’s part of a series of articles. These articles are snapshots on the subject of trailer loading.


orses may react differently to each type of trailer. A horse person could take Saddle Up out to their own trailer and by answering each question, the horse handler could come up with answers according to their own trailer. As situations arise, they then go back and refer to the article. In this article I will help you with the questions that I had set forth in the first article. I will give you some further insights into trailer loading. Every horse, every loading lesson, every trailer and different days will bring up different emotions and feelings for the handler and the horse. I will try to help you look at it from the horse’s point of view as well as a handler. The handler must upgrade their skills when trailer loading. We do this by noticing the reactions and feelings that will come up for you and for the horse. Just some reactions the horse may show us are: rolling their eye back, moving an ear ahead or backward, passing gas or lowering their head, clamping the tail between the hindquarters, etc. Every one of these emotions that comes up for the horse means something. The handler should embrace each of their own emotions in a kind way, not just pushing it away. These emotions are what made us and have kept us alive to this day. Self-preservation for the handler is as equally important as it is for the horse. We should try to see situations with horses as a challenge to improve our skills. The handler should always be trying to see and find a more positive outcome, and to see the best end result that you want to get, too. This may take some time and patience, more patience on the handler’s part. So, the handler should not rush. Always end the trailer loading lesson on a good note. There is always tomorrow. Every horse problem that comes our way has a larger meaning. Sometimes we do not have the answers right away and 12 • Saddle Up • November 2009

changes in us and our thoughts will have to occur before things get better. So we have to work through these problems so we personally can get to a better place and grow. It’s what we do with these problems, challenges that we are faced with that will make the difference in our horsemanship. Information fi lled with good intent should always be received the same way – as a gift. Maybe it will not make sense to us today but maybe down our path it will. On our journey with the horse, it will have a positive effect on us. Like the old saying goes “when the student is ready the teacher will appeal.” Safety, safety, safety is always first on the list. Safety – I can’t stress this enough. The horse’s overall health, soundness, fitness, conditioning and mental health will play a major role when trailer loading. If we are using a standard leather or nylon halter for trailer loading and we start pulling on a horse in a forward motion, that halter will be pulling and applying pressure against the horse’s cheeks. The cheeks are then pressing against any of the sharp points and ridges that could be on the upper molars. (The horse may have had bruising and sores in the mouth from previous events.) If the horse feels any pain, discomfort or emotional pain at this time, some of things the horse may do are: rear up, turn its head, and try to run away, etc. There are different rope halters and ropes and shanks that we can use at this point to help the horse understand. If you look at the inside of most of the older model horse trailers, those made before 1994, they were painted the same colour on the outside as the inside. Or, a lot of the trailers were painted black inside. Currently manufacturers are keeping the inside of the trailers white as much as possible. This is a lot more inviting and less stressful for the horse. Having the inside of the trailer painted white will improve your trailer loading by 5 per cent or more.

The inside walls of the trailer should be insulated and lined with rubber or plywood, etc. This way the inside of the trailer will be quieter. Horses that are taught to load into trailers will get upset at the different noises – like the stall dividers moving and hitting the walls will make noise. Horses may/will paw the floor, kick the wall; the trailer will rock back and forth. The handler has to make sure that they have prepared the horse as much as possible outside the trailer, before they get the horse inside the trailer. The trailer is going to sound and act different in weather conditions like rain, wind, sun and heat. So, again we have to prepare the horse as much as possible outside the trailer. Enough lights in the trailer are good when loading and unloading at night or on rainy, cloudy days. We need to see what we are doing and how the horse is acting or reacting. And how the horse is dealing with what we are asking of them. Exterior load lamps are a great idea so we can see the type of ground we are on, when unloading, loading. In most of the trailers these days manufacturers are putting the lights high on the side walls of the trailer in the horse area. These are being set flush with the ceiling and side walls. In the older model trailers the lights were set in the centre of the ceiling. The horse may rear up or move his head bumping and hitting the light. By having the lights up and on the sides we gain two to four inches more head room for the horse. We need to keep the inside of our trailer smelling fresh and clean. If we wash and use any disinfectants in our trailers, horses really take offense to that smell. Odours of any type are pretty important to a horse. So letting the trailer air out after cleaning is important. The trailer needs to be as quiet as possible, as some noises may catch the horse off guard. Having a horse that is

Better Horsemanship, cont’d scared of noises in the trailer is dangerous. The horse will want to go into fight/fright/leave mode. The horse will want to get out of the trailer as fast as possible and it will not matter what’s in its path. If the ceiling of the trailer is insulated it will be quieter inside the trailer if you happen to be loading in the rain or hail, etc. If it is very hot and sunny the insulated roof will make the inside of the trailer cooler. As well, if the horse’s head ever hits the ceiling there is that little bit of protection from injury. When loading horses we need to be aware if the horse is barefoot or if the horse is wearing shoes, and what type of shoes are they? We don’t want the hindquarters sliding under or away from the horse. We do not want a horse to feel like they are on a skating rink at any time. The horse will go into a panic mode. That’s when we may have to add bedding to the floor of the trailer. Using shavings and or wood pellets are the best solution. Rubber mats may become worn out, may have soft, skinny or rotten stops and may need to be replaced. The rubber mats should not be skinny and slippery. When I’m teaching a horse to load I like using shavings, wood pellets or sawdust on the floor of the trailer. Using straw would be my last choice. I like to teach a horse how to load in a step-up trailer first. Then after a horse has their bearings and knows what I want and what’s accepted of them, I would then start teaching the horse to load in a ramp trailer. Each trailer may pose different situations that you may encounter. There are some trailers I would not even bother to teach a horse to load into. If the trailer has a wooden floor you may want to check to see the floor isn’t rotten. Or the floor may have loose boards. The floor may not be able to hold the weight of the horse. The trailer is not tall enough for that certain horse. You always want to set the loading as the best experience possible for you and the horse. Most horses will load in a step-up trailer easier than a ramp trailer and it is easier to load horses in a step-up trailer if they have not loaded into a trailer before. In step-up trailers we want the back of the trailer to be as close and low to the ground as possible for the first couple of loadings. This will be less stressful on the horse. This article will be continued as Part 2 in Saddle Up’s December issue. There is so much more to say… so please stay tuned. If you have any further questions or comments on loading and hauling, or horsemanship, feel free to contact me – 403-993-0269, www.jeff reyrkelly.com. Jeffrey R. Kelly has been involved in the horse industry for 35-plus years. He has been able to work with some of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the world. In his journey he has worked at all the racetracks in Canada and some in the USA. Jeffrey has been an outrider for five years, a starting gate grounds man for 17 years, a thoroughbred horse trainer for four years, exercise rider for 25 years, equine dentist for 25-plus years and a young horse starter for 20 years. (See his listing in Business Services under Equine Services.) www.saddleup.ca • 13

What Can You Do for Your Horse? By Chris Irwin Originally I was intending this article to address the ongoing debate in Saddle Up about “how old” a young horse should be in order to begin training. Having said that, I recently received an e-mail asking me what I thought about adopting a retired Thoroughbred racehorse so I will attempt to address both issues.


use the term “veteran” racehorses because the vast majority or retired race horses are like foster children who were drafted into military service and sent off to war at a very young age. Fact: most veteran racehorses come with

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stress from their past and many retired racehorses have the equine equivalent of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – or PTSD. Stress about the mere sight of a whip, stress that contact in the bridle

only means run faster, stress about the notion of standing still for mounting, stress about riding in a group with other horses. These are just a few of the more common problems that will need to be resolved with the average Thoroughbred from the track. Sad but true to say that there will likely be a long list of mental and physical issues that come with the veteran racehorse. Not always, but more often than not. On the other hand, it’s not just the Thoroughbred racing world that is stressing horses out. Here is an excerpt from a recent article written by the renowned veterinarian Dr. Robert Miller: “Some years ago, the national cutting horse futurities were being held in Fort Worth, TX. Three colleagues (veterinarians) from Sweden told me that they wanted to see the cutting horses. After watching several horses perform, the senior Swede said: “This is incredible! It must take years to obtain such performance from a horse.” “But,” I answered, “this is a futurity.” “I do not understand this word,” he said. “These are colts,” I explained. “These are just three-year-olds.” He looked shocked and said to me in English, “I have only two comments: One, it must take great skill to be able to train a horse to do this in so brief a time. And two, what is happening to their poor legs?” Dr. Miller then went on to also say: “Such abuses exist in every breed, every discipline, in every equine sport. We need to step back and analyze what we are doing.” As for Thoroughbred racing the facts speak for themselves. According to

What Can You Do…cont’d

In this photo, Sharlene Lively of Prince George is riding her 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, a retired racehorse by the name of “Mr. Big.” At the beginning of the ride Mr. Big is “braced” and resistant throughout his body. His back is hollowed out like a hammock, with his head held high and “inverted.” How Mr. Big is carrying himself is also the physical gesture associated with stoic defiance or fear. The body language of Mr. Big in this photo all adds up to “tentative and suspicious without being frightened.” By riding in the bottom of the “trough” of a hollowed back the forward movement of the ride will not be very comfortable for either Mr. Big or Sharlene.

the New York Times: “North American racing has followed American culture, with an emphasis on short, exciting bursts of speed. That drive for speed has come with some baggage.” The facts are

disturbing. It appears that four or five North American racehorses “are killed in action” for every one horse that dies as a result of sport-related injuries in other parts of the world. Translation, last season at Arlington Park in Chicago, 21 horses died on the racetrack over 3-1/2 months. In California, Del Mar’s summer season was marred by 16 fatalities. While the NY Times article acknowledges that these are “different horses, different courses, different sports,” let’s not forget that these are choices that the owners and trainers “who love the sport of Kings” have made. The article also notes and I emphasize this to illustrate my point – “Differences in training and breeding are part of the reason.” But why leave it at Thoroughbreds? Why not strive to improve the lives and well-being of all horses with evolved training methods!? So once again this debate comes full circle back to “it’s not just what is done with a horse, or how old the horse is that is important – it is HOW the training is done.” At a recent equine expo in California one of my clinician colleagues was riding a “fresh” young horse that was bucking during his first ride. While half of the audience was applauding the trainer’s courage and sense of humour as he “rode the buck out of the horse” the other half of the people saw that the horse had been pushed too hard and too fast and were

upset enough to walk out of the demo in protest. There is a paradigm shift in outlook developing from the belief that “a good trainer can ride a bucking horse” to an understanding that “a great trainer’s horse doesn’t need to buck.” In my travels I see a change in consciousness coming from “what can the horse do for us” to “what can we do for the horse.” Far too often the human ego approaches the horse from the Chris has taken the reins from Sharlene to demonstrate and explain to her how to “massage” Mr. Big with lateral flexion exercises with the bridle. While using hands that do not pull on Mr. Big, but instead only massage in time with the rhythm of his movement, Chris is quickly able to relax Mr. Big’s inverted back so that the physical and mental stress in Mr. Big is released and he becomes “level-headed.”

perspective of “I need the horse to give me what I want.” Enough is enough, for the love of the horses, isn’t it time we came out of denial of what we have been doing to these poor creatures and develop the enlightened approach of “I want to give the horse what it needs.” Now, here’s the rub that some of you are not going to like. What many two-year-old horses “need” is “something to do.” With intense breeding for performance these days there are thousands of two-year-old horses of varying breeds that are so “busy minded” continued on page 16

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What Can You Do…cont’d

This is Anne Zander of Cookstown, ON, riding “Caliente Kisses.” “Cali” is an eight-year-old Thoroughbred mare who raced in both Canada and the United States. In this photo it is obvious that Anne and Cali have become incredible partners. However, what appears in this photo to be a “dream come true” cross-country horse started out as a nightmare. Following a fall where Anne fell off during mounting, Chris helped Cali not only accept but enjoy the support that comes with quality contact.

that they get themselves in trouble if their mind does not have “something to do.” I will demonstrate in upcoming articles of Saddle Up that, in fact, some two-year-olds do indeed NEED something to do – so, again, the real issue is not how old is the horse but HOW is the training methodology adapted to take into consideration the young age of the horse who needs something to do? What some

would call abuse by starting a two-year-old I would call neglect if the horse was not given the appropriate training it needs to grow with its developing body and mind. The real question to ask is not just “how old” is the horse but rather “do the methods involved in training the horse stress his or her body and mind or relax the body and mind?”

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Arion Therapeutic Farm – A New Breed of Riding There is a new breed of riding out there that is growing quickly in popularity and demand. Therapeutic Riding is being recognized as a wonderful healing recreational activity for people with special needs.


horse’s walking gait mimics that of humans, which helps to stimulate postural and muscular reactions on the rider. Other physical benefits include improved balance, flexibility, motor skills, increased circulation and decreased spasticity. Therapeutic Riding (or Equine Assisted Activities) has also been proven to teach people with special needs companionship, responsibility, leadership, vocational and educational skills. For the past six months Arion Therapeutic Farm, a 12 acre farm at 2457 Saucier Road in southeast Kelowna, has been providing adaptive horseback riding to disabled communities in the Okanagan. In those six short months they have grown from a small therapeutic riding program with 22 riders to a full fledged therapeutic farm. Offering much more than riding classes for special needs, their vision is to become the perfect recreation and support destination for those with Special Needs and their families. In addition to Therapeutic Riding, they offer programs for all special needs age groups from tiny tots to adults. Some of these programs include: Farm Discovery; Farm Art & Crafts; Fun Farm

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Fitness; Social Youth Group; Career Discovery; Hands on Horses; Parent Education Evenings; Individualized Tutoring; Pony Tales Story Time; and Respite Services. While visiting Arion Therapeutic Farm participants can enjoy the serenity of the peaceful farm setting and also have a visit with our resident donkeys, goats, llamas, sheep and pot belly pigs. Arion is a registered not for profit and charitable society that relies on volunteers and donations. They are proud to have more than 80 volunteers on their roster that help with many different facets of the operation from walking next to riders to farm repair work. The Capri Rotary has helped Arion tremendously. They have improved Arion’s arena footing, built saddle racks, renovated the cottage and continue to work through a to-do list that never seems to stop growing! The top item on Arion’s wish list is a climate-controlled indoor riding arena (price tag: $300,000) to be able to offer Therapeutic Riding year-round. It is not enough to be just covered; it must be heated too so that riders often riding at a walking pace will still keep warm. On October 24, Arion Therapeutic Farm hosted their first official fundraising event at the Kelowna Best Western with all proceeds going towards their indoor arena. Their current and future wish list includes hay to feed horses, a track that circles the perimeter of the property for horse driving or mini

trail ride; a gazebo and deck near the creek; wheel chair accessible pathways; an all access playground; a sensory and gym room and indoor therapeutic pool. For more information, please contact Heather Henderson, Program Director, hhenderson@arionfarm.org, www.arionfarm.org, 250-864-7756.

Hoofin’ it with Alesia By Alesia Willard When you own a horse, always expect the unexpected. A horse can injure themselves any way, at any time. Whether it’s by tripping up in a hay net, cutting themselves on a bare nail or just playing rough with other horses.


ver the past few years, we have been faced with many injuries with our horses. Luckily, none of them have ever been very serious. Our gelding, Bandit, tends to be the one to get into the most trouble. Shortly after we adopted our first horses and before we had renovated our barn (which wasn’t very safe for horses at first), Bandit had managed to get himself pinned under the edge of our barn. He’s a very bombproof horse, so he wasn‘t worried, but it was scary for us. After about 10 minutes of carefully shifting him over and help from him as well, we were able to get him up unharmed. But sometimes something will happen that you don’t expect, things like a horse yanking a board out of the barn and running down the street, with the board still attached to their lead rope. (I speak from experience; you can look back to my article in last November ’08 for the whole story.) We have even had the misfortune of losing a foal, which was extremely

upsetting to all of us, especially my little sister, who owned the mare who came to us pregnant. The foal wasn’t more then five months old, and it was one of the hardest things I have seen in my life. Before we had horses, I never thought much about the effort of keeping them safe. From keeping the barn and fences free of bare nails, to making sure nothing dangerous ever gets left in their paddocks or stalls. Don’t let this scare you though, in the years that I have lived with horses, not once had anything extremely serious happened that has put our horses lives at risk. We’ve had the common problems of thrush (a fungus that grows in the horse’s hoof if the hoof is too wet) and their legs stocking up (this happens when a horse has not had enough exercise, most of the time it will occur during the winter months). Accidents will happen, just like people, horses are not perfect. But as their owners, it is up to us to reduce the chances of an accident occurring around

the barn and always keep first aid items around, just in case. Even if you have never been faced with an injury, it never hurts to be prepared. Alesia C. Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 18, she’s working to become a certified trainer. She currently owns two horses (a once-feral mare and her filly) and three other family horses.

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Keys to a Good Whoaaaaa! By Paul Dufresne Photos by Laurie Munsell

Two things that people find difficult to do with horses is to get “GO” when they want it and to get the “WHOA” when they need it. The purpose of this article is to give you a synopsis on how to develop a good stop with your horse any time you desire and maintain the well-being of your partner.


orses are prey animals that generally tend to have an on switch but getting the off switch can be trickier if the horse is emotionally challenged. The safest place to work on a stop is from the ground with a good lead line and halter. The first thing we want to be able to do is to disengage the horse’s forward motion and to get some control over the energy level. We want to be able to send a horse out on a small circle so it is bent on the circle around us from head to tail (this was discussed in previous article Bending and Releasing the Poll). On a good bend, the horse will be inclined to be in a better emotional state and in a shape that is less inclined to brace against us. Begin at a walk. Once the horse has done a few circles it is easiest to stop the horse by giving your cue word “whoa” then elevating the lead line while stopping your motion which helps transfer the horse’s weight to its haunches. By raising the horse’s head and resisting the forward motion the horse’s head will turn towards you and the forward momentum of the movement will cause the haunches to move away, disengaging the power train. If you can couple this with the turning your energy off, the horse will connect to the decrease in energy which will be useful later when riding. This should be repeated until the horse stops calmly with a very light touch. You can then increase the challenge by going to a trot, then a canter. Teaching your horse to double from the ground is great preparation for riding (this was covered in a past article, consists of bending the horse’s head to the ribcage where your leg would be when riding 20 • Saddle Up • November 2009

with the horse remaining balanced and relaxed). Once your horse has a good stop in-hand and setting up for doubling you can move on to riding. When you start your ride, walk a few steps and ask your horse to double to a stop. You want to test your horse’s willingness to follow your lead before it might get excited. If the horse can do so and calm down, stopping its forward energy in a bent and balanced position, then you can go forward on the other rein for several steps and double to that side. Remember to breathe, taking your energy up in the forward phase and down when you ask the horse to stop in the doubled position. Practice at the walk until you can stop in two or three steps on one light rein before progressing to the trot, and finally, the canter. This is all practiced on a circle. A smaller circle facilitates the bending to a stop. This exercise will only work if you practice this long enough for the horse to really understand it and turn into a cue. Once the horse can disengage and double on a single rein you can then progress and ask your horse to stop on a circle with two reins. The inside rein should ask for a bit more bend, then support with the outside rein – now ask the horse

Genil stopping on a bend walk

to stop with your seat with a pelvic tilt (similar to a crunch) and say whoa (if the horse understands this cue word it will facilitate the transfer). The supporting rein will prevent the horse from over bending. Now as we do all of this we need to take the energy out of our body so that we don’t keep energizing the horse (if we practiced the doubling enough the horse will start to respond to that as they will recognize the pattern and similarity). If the horse is confused and too forward all we have to do is bend it a bit more so it can’t brace, but it will slow down as there is nowhere to go. This method is very effective in improving the stop on two reins as it is difficult for the horse to brace on the bend

Genil stopping on a bend trot

Keys to a Good Whoaaaaa!, cont’d if its shape is already in a positive position before we ask it to stop. The pressure differential in the reins (of bend inside then support outside) when combined with your verbal cue and seat makes it quite easy for the horse to understand. Once the horse does well on a circle in all gaits, without leaning on the reins, you can practice on the rail with both reins even. If the horse resists, then once again, bend them inside or to the rail to remind them. The key is to engage the horse in the stop without bracing. You can go further and separate your belly button from your sternum which will raise your arms slightly (in a classical seat stock/dressage) facilitating the horse understanding the engaging of the hindquarters when stopping. If your horse is a bit reluctant to sit-stop you can use the preparation for a rollback to encourage the horse to get under itself. Ride a few feet away from the rail at a walk and bend the horse to the rail and ask it to stop. The engagement from the hindquarters will be much stronger in a trot. If the horse can’t do it well at a trot I would not recommend the canter. If the horse is somewhat reluctant to reach under with the hind, asking it to back up will help the horse to get off the hands and set its body up in the right shape – especially if we keep a bit of bend so they can’t brace against the hands. We have to remember to practice the stop until the horse is responsive and light on the front end without being heavy in your hands. When the horse makes a good try, leave it alone for a bit sending a clear message you appreciate a good try. Good stops come with clarity, consistency in applying the right technique, going from ground to riding, slower to faster, and from light to soft.

Genil doubling in-hand

Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other.

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Equine Canada By Julie Cull Margot Lefebvre and Brian Morton Top Talent Squad Standings Margot Lefebvre of Stittsville, ON, emerged the Eastern Division winner of the 2009 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series while Brian Morton of Langley, BC, was the best in the Western Division. In the Eastern Division Talent Squad competition held at the Classique Internationale de Blainville Week 1, Lefebvre guided Mister Cash van der Veldmolen, her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, to a first place finish. Brian Morton claims the Western Division. In the Western Division, Morton Photo Credit — Totem Photographics piloted Spitfire, a 12-year-old French-bred gelding owned by Linda Opdycke, to a fourth place finish in the Talent Squad class at the Thunderbird Show Park Western Family Horse Show. They sealed their win in the Western Division with another fourth place finish in the Western Division Talent Squad Final held at the Thunderbird Show Park Summer Festival. As the top-placed riders in the Eastern and Western Divisions, Lefebvre and Morton will be awarded airfare to the 2010 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final at in Geneva, SUI, to be held April 14 to 18, 2010. In addition, the two Division winners will be Margot Lefebvre wins the Eastern Division. nominated to Sport Canada to receive Athlete Developmental Funding Cards. Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley

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Equine Canada, in partnership with Sport Canada, will make two series of grants available to Therapeutic Riding Centres in Canada, totalling $5,000. Five grants of up to $500 will be awarded in each series to therapeutic riding centres that offer new competitive opportunities, or enhance their current competitive program for riders with a disability. The objective of the program is to provide a link between therapeutic riding programs and competitive sport. Examples of ways that centres have used the funding from past grants include initiating in-house/fun-day competitions, adding lower-level classes within existing shows so that more riders can participate and purchasing a video camera so that riders may compete in Para-Equestrian Canada video competitions. Application deadlines for the grants are Nov. 1, 2009, for the first series and March 15, 2010, for the second. To be eligible for a grant, therapeutic riding centres must employ or contract a current NCCP Equine Canada Coach to assist in the delivery of sport programs. Grant applications can be found on the Para-Equestrian Canada website.

Equine Canada, cont’d Robert Dover Appointed as High Performance Technical/Coach Adviser Six-time Olympian Robert Dover has been named as Dressage Canada technical/coach adviser for Dressage Canada’s high performance program. This position is part of the new high-performance program being developed to assist not only in identifying talented athletes (both human and equine), but also in creating a system to support and complement their training and Six-time Olympian Robert Dover. competitive goals. Dressage Canada and Equine Canada gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of Own the Podium (OTP), a national sport technical initiative designed

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How to Improve Your Horse’s Trot and Get More Lift for Any Gait By Dana Hokana

I am going to teach you how to improve your horse’s trot. Many people put most of their focus into the lope. The lope is often called the “money gear,” the gait that wins or loses the class. I agree the lope is very important.


he exercises in this article will teach you to improve your horse’s trot and lope and will give your horse more lift and flow.

Let’s start by defining a good trot. A trot is always a two-beat gait. A big hunt seat trot or a smaller moving Western jog. That means you can count one, two while you are trotting if your horse is moving correctly. In order for your horse to give you that one, two rhythm, his opposite two diagonal legs have to land at the same time. That is, the right front and left rear will land together, then the left front and the right rear will land together. When the feet land at the same time it makes the beat more definite and “crisp.” When one foot lands a little early or late the beat becomes diffused or “mushy.” The quality of movement will then deteriorate. Some horses will lose this cadence because they are unsound, so if this is your problem, first rule out a soundness issue with your veterinarian. Other horses lose their trot because it is difficult for them to trot slow and hold their cadence. Some horses are naturally better slow joggers than others. Evaluate your horse and see if the slow trot is easy or difficult for him to perform. Some horses’ trot deteriorates because they have lost drive or impulsion from behind. Whether your horse is a good trotter or not these exercises can strengthen and improve his trot. Before I go into the exercises I want to stress that you the rider play a big part in fixing the problem or 24 • Saddle Up • November 2009

just improving the gait. You need to ride mindfully, not mindlessly, and become very aware of your horse’s gait underneath you. The whole time you are trotting count one, two, one, two, in your mind. Hook your body up with his movement and it will help you and him make the trot a definite, crisp, clear gait.

The first exercise I do with all my horses is the twotrack. For example, pick up the trot and start at the lower left hand corner of your arena and trot diagonally to the upper right hand corner of the arena. I often do this both at a slow jog and a medium trot with more power and step. As you are trotting see if the shoulder or front half of the horse is leading but ideally you want your horse’s body straight like he is side passing while moving forward at the trot. This exercise will improve his reach and strengthen him. You will see where he is weak such as if he has difficulty keeping his hindquarters even with his front end. You will definitely find out where he is resisting your cues. Make sure you switch sides and two track him to the right as well as the left. Give more attention to your weak areas and use a strong definite counting beat in your mind or if it helps you, count out loud.

The next exercise is to drive your horse to his face at a medium trot while counting, keeping him collected and driven up from behind. So many times our trotting problems are stemmed from our horse being lazy, weak or out of condition. I want to remind

Dana riding Love My Dimensions with a true cadenced jog.

you that your horse is an athlete and needs a good workout. Picture him reaching up strongly behind and firing his legs with cadence and strength. I do this also at the slow jog basically demanding cadence.

The next exercise is my favourite. It is a little more difficult and may take you weeks to master correctly but it will really teach your horse to slow jog and will greatly improve his lift. You will also see a big difference in his lope. What you will do is trot his hindquarters around his front end and when you master that you will switch him to where he trots his front end around his hindquarters. This has some difficulty and demands your horse to really work on acceptance of your cues. You will always work each direction or side. Let’s start by moving your horse off of your right leg. Take a rein in each hand and ride two-handed and pull your horse’s head to the right and mash or push with your right leg pushing him up to the trot. Your goal is that he trots almost in place and his hindquarters swing out and trot around his front end. Your horse may want to travel or move around almost as if in a big circle. You will get a lot more out of the exercise and it is

Improve Your Horse’s Trot, cont’d It is a complicated exercise but it does wonders for his trot.

Dana and Dimensions Phat Lady. Moving her hindquarters around her front end.

a higher level of difficulty if he doesn’t move around, but isolates his front end from his hindquarters and literally trots his hindquarters around his front end. Continue counting until you can find his footfalls match your count. When I teach this exercise I often draw a square or circle in the ground and ask that my rider stay in that area. This builds your awareness as to where his feet are. Once you have his acceptance and he moves freely off your right leg you can think about switching to his front end. I want to build your awareness of where your horse’s body weight is and when his hindquarters are moving around his front end his body weight is on his front end, when you switch to moving his front end around his hindquarters you are redistributing his body weight to his hindquarters. Be patient with your horse and yourself, if you’ve never had this much body control as this will take time to develop.

Next, draw back lightly on your reins and ask his front end to trot around his hindquarters, you will ask his front end to make a turn to the right, try to keep him trotting and continue counting. It’s like you trotted a turn on the forehand in the first part of the exercise and you are now trotting a turn on the haunches. Try to stay in your square or circle and keep him trotting. Your natural inclination will be to turn to the left with his front end after pushing his hip over off your right leg but you will get more results to trot his front end over to the right off of your left leg. When he gets really good at switching his body weight back and forth from the front end to the back end and it is so easy for him that he never quits trotting or loses cadence, you will find his trot will be greatly improved. So to review, you will trot his hip in the direction to the left off of your right leg then smoothly transition while still trotting to moving his front end over in the direction to the right off of your left leg. Then give him a break, trot him in a straight line without contact and see how long he can carry himself. As long as he is trotting good leave him alone. When he falls apart, go back to the exercise, he will soon realize it is easier to carry himself and stay trotting nice and crisp. To switch sides you will move his hip over off of your left leg in the direction to the right then transfer the body weight back on the hindquarters and trot his front end over in the direction to the left off of your right leg. Work equally on both sides unless you find an area of weakness or resistance in which case work through your tough spot until it becomes easier.

This will really give you more lift at the lope also.

Brook two-tracking Dimensionally Rosita.

jog slow or tight. I did this last exercise over and over and gradually her trot got better and better. It took months and months to develop her trot, but she became a really good trotter. She ended up getting third at the AQHA World Show and fourth at the Congress. It really works! Good luck with these exercises and if you need more information they are demonstrated in great detail on the Maximizing Your Western Pleasure Horse Vol. 1 DVD. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Training/Coaches.)

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Canadian Pony Club National Quiz

By Elizabeth Inglis

Individual photos by Colin Bentley Group photo by Bev Hewitt


he B.C. Lower Mainland Region hosted the 2009 edition of the Canadian Pony Club National Quiz at Vancouver Airport Hilton on Thanksgiving weekend. Quiz is different from other Pony Club competitions in that it does not require use of horses or ponies – just a great deal of equestrian knowledge. Demands are such that there is no D level competition. And since “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” fun activities are planned as well.

A/B Individual

A/B first place – Emily Harris

Emily Harris, representing the B.C. Interior and Northern Region, was this year’s top B/C competitor and winner of the Billie Mann prize. Kyra Holmes of the Central Ontario Region was second and Hugh Crawley of the Manitoba Region was third. There were 26 individual competitors.


A/B Team The St. Lawrence/Ottawa Valley team made up of Amy Pearson, Charlotte Harman, Danielle Hewitt and Carolyn Wight took first place honours with a score of 137.99 points. The B.C. Lower Mainland team of Laura Patterson, Lisa Schultz, Jill Barnett and Mirna Topic were not far behind in second with 136.18 points. Rounding out the top three was the B.C. Interior and Northern team of Kaitlin Fraser, Emily Harris, Karen Slakov and Sonja Kornelson with 133.32 points. There were seven teams in the A/B Division.

C Individual Teigen Bond of the Nova Scotia Region placed first again this year, therefore winning the Adele Rockwell trophy for the top C competitor. Anna Geller of B.C. Interior and Northern Region took second and Evany Forest, also of B.C. Interior and Northern, placed third. There were 60 C level competitors.

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C first place – Teigan Bond

Canadian Pony Club, cont’d

C Team The B.C. Lower Mainland Team took the honours. They were Mireya Hooper, Sarah Allison, Robin Kroeker and Eleanor MacLean with 217.71 points. The Nova Scotia team made up of Teigan Bond, Rachele Foote, Janice Cameron and Damita Hansen placed second with 201.70 points. The B.C. Interior and Northern team of Anna Geller, Kristina Beckly, Evany Forest, Julianne Kucera came third with 206.75 points. There were 15 C teams competing, including two US teams made up of Meghan Hunsaker, Rebekah Polacek, Kirstina Huff, Keelari Mauzy, Bailee Hodelka, Aly Weerth, Jill Cleveland and Emily Peterman.

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Winning SLOV A/B team – left to right, Charlotte Harmon, Amy Pearson,

This year, there were three teams in the Affi liates Division. Danielle Hewitt, Carolyn Wight. This is a relatively new category of membership for those between 21 and 25 years of age who wish to remain members in order to complete their Pony Club testing levels. Winner was Amanda Penner who received the Sandra Sillcox Memorial Award. Second was Kyla Jensen, last year’s winner. Third was Isabelle Forsstrom. There were seven Affi liate competitors.

Affiliates Team In first place was team 1 composed of Amanda Penner and Isabelle Forsstrom with a total score of 104.23. In second was team 2 composed of Kyla Jensen and Jinell Gunn with a total score of 99.91. In third was team 3 composed of Katherine Nicholls, Megan MacLean and Sarah Berry with a total score of 77.31.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


athy and I have often loaded up our horses and headed out for a few days but it’s always been to another ranch where we’ve gone to work – gathering for a branding, shipping, moving cows to another range, etc., etc., but we’ve never just gone somewhere to

pleasure ride! Well this year we decided to change that … Billie and Hugh McLennan have been saying for years that we should go down and visit them and see their country horseback. Hugh said we could ride for seven or eight hours from the McLennan Ranch, returning home without retracing a step and that we’d see some spectacular views! How true this was, and in just about every direction. It was Sept. 24 (our anniversary that we both forgot about until halfway to Kamloops), Kathy got off work early, we grabbed three horses, and we were off. We decided to take three horses because Kathy Looking down the valley over top of Jandana Ranch, was going to ride a colt and she toward Pinantan Lake wasn’t sure if he’d stand up for the whole weekend, and the plan was for Billie to ride the third horse if Kathy didn’t need her. Now here I need to throw in a big thank you – to Judy and Harry Van Eaton. They are our house and dog sitters, horse and cow watchers, and they keep the fire going so that we can go and play! As you can imagine, without them we’d be going nowhere! Looking down on the bridge crossing the Thompson River, and the town of Pritchard.

They say the best view is from between a horse’s ears

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The horses got a special treat – at the McLennan Ranch they have an apple tree!

A lovely ending to a wonderful day of riding with great hosts Hugh and Billie.

I mentioned that Kathy was going to ride Whiskey, her colt. What I didn’t mention was the fact that he had lost an eye last winter, that he had only been ridden a handful of times in total and that this was his first time in a trailer (other than to the vet to get his eye taken out). Well as it turned out there were no worries! He loaded perfectly, never broke a sweat in the trailer and performed miraculously all weekend. He had to stop and catch his breath a few times but then again so did Odie and Shy, as we don’t have hills around our place, at least not like these ones – I’m sure Odie, my horse, was trying to figure out how it was possible that the land could be tilted so much in one direction. One of the rides was to the top of Pemberton Hill known locally as McBrine Mountain. Here, looking to the west, we could see down the valley over top of Jandana Ranch, toward Pinantan Lake and past it toward Kamloops. If we turned and looked north we could see Sun Peaks. A little higher up, and little bit to the east, we had a breathtaking view – actually Kathy didn’t lose her breath as she wouldn’t ride anywhere near the edge and moaned and groaned every time Hugh’s or my horse took a step. The view was almost straight down into an old homestead ranch, the bridge crossing the Thompson River and the town of Pritchard. Although still a bit smoky from the nearby forest fires it really was a spectacular sight.

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d


Readers do you know what this is? Back to the McLennan Ranch, unsaddle, turn out the horses and then into the brand new ranch house for happy hour! As well as the great riding, the whole time we got treated royally by our hosts, Billie and Hugh. We had super meals, enjoyed some great company, and slept better than we do in our beds at home! That’s what I call a holiday!! And … we’re soon off on another one … the Mane Event … hope to see ya there!

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In the October issue we had another photo taken at our Meadow Springs museum. It seemed to be a tougher question this time … maybe a future article on this item and the horses that used it … this hames was used in firehalls. The harness hung from the ceiling and when the horses were in place the harness dropped on their back. Note at the bottom of the hames there is a quick-lock – this automatically shut when the hames/collar combination landed on the horse’s neck. E-mail to Mark McMillan at Because of this invention by Charles E. msprings@bcinternet.net Berry the horses and apparatus could be out of the firehall in about 20 seconds … faster than a truck can get out today. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that We had no correct answers to the you would like included please e-mail October question: Eileen Rankin from Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put Pitt Meadows sent in a couple of good guesses but didn’t get the answer correct “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. – nice try Eileen.

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Cowboy Poetry October Morning on Porcupine Ridge Mike Puhallo The rosy fingers of dawn sparkle on the frosted grass and reveal a fresh dusting of snow on the ridge and mountain pass. Ice on the puddles along the trail; the little ponds on the creek are froze. The Aspen leaves are swirling in each chilly gust that blows. The roan jigs and dances impatiently; shod hoofs clatter on stone and icy clay. Two dozen cows, still up on this mountain, and winter ain’t too far away!

The Best Ride of My Life Sarah Lazzarotto, 13 years old Kispiox Valley Rodeo Queen Slide on the boots Pull on the jeans Brush ‘em down You know what that means First the blanket Then the saddle Feed ‘em some hay And we’ll be on our way Starting to lope On the slope Down the field Past the gate The sun’s shining bright And it feels just right Comin’ home that’s the end We’ll ride again tomorrow My beautiful friend!

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Ruby Gets New Shoes Kal Zurkan We were sitting round the barn, in the afternoon one day. We were talking about life and modern morals. I was leaning on a door, Kathie sitting on a bale, and Wade was nailing brand new shoes upon a sorrel. Every now and then again, Wade would stop what he was doing to articulate a thought that was compelling. About work he’d done up north, a trip or job he’d done down south. Heck one time he even met with Willie Nelson. I only mainly listened, as I often don’t say much; but I said don’t let us see Miss Ruby fall. With the mention of that song, a stir went through the barn; Kathie started voicing lyrics she recalled. There were those of Toby Keith, a song of justice and of peace and of whiskey and of serving beer to horses. Then a Dixie Chick i-tune, followed that one real soon about a girl whose man was fighting with the forces. It was a very sad sad song, about a last letter coming home. No one came around to help her with her weeping. Well by now our heads were bowed, there was very little sound. The whole barn grew still, just like it was sleeping. Ruby too stood there all quiet, her feet smoothed down and filed. On my arm she placed her soft nose with its whiskers. When she figured it was time, she started rattling her line. Then woke us all up with a little nicker. She wandered out to pasture, Wade went back to his own place. Kathie walked toward her waiting PT Cruiser. The barn came back to life; at least here there ain’t no strife; a few hens being guarded by a rooster. Me I never said a word, just remembered the song I’d heard. I thought of my good life and whispered thanks. Out there with the horses, Ruby walked on her new shoes and found her place to stand within the ranks.

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CPRA News By Vicki Allen 2009 Award Winners The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) has provided the 2009 award winners for Stock of the Year, Timed Event Horses of the Year and the elected personnel for the 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). The Calgary Stampede has been voted Stock Contractor of the Year, and has swept the bucking stock awards for 2009. Calgary Stampede’s L-40 Lynx Mountain picks up the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year title for the first time. Another Stampede horse has earned the Bareback Horse of the Year title for the sixth time. G-65 Grated Coconut was previously honoured with the title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. . C-301 Speed Dial, also from the Calgary Stampede, has been voted in as the 2009 Canadian Bull of the Year.

A record has been broken in the timed event end of the arena. Greg Cassidy’s horse Willy wins Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year for the sixth time, while Pincher, owned by Chad Johnson of Del Bonita, AB, was named Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year for the first time. Reiner, owned by Okotoks, AB, cowgirl Deb Renger, has been given the award for Barrel Racing Horse With the Most Heart. The Specialty Act of the Year award goes to Ash Cooper of Senlac, SK, while the Announcer of the Year award goes to Les McIntyre of Claresholm, AB, a firsttime winner. Heading to the CFR are pick-up men Gary Rempel of Fort Shaw, MT, and Jason Resch of Fort Assiniboine, AB. Bullfighting cousins Scott and Jesse Byrne, Saskatoon, SK, are in the arena together for the first time at CFR. For

Scott, of Wainwright, AB, this is his eighth consecutive CFR appearance. This year’s alternate is bullfighter David Sandilands of Esterhazy, SK. Once again, Brenda Vold and Maxine Baird will be the CFR timers.

2010 Pro Rodeo Season Kicks Off In Saskatoon Over 9,800 enthusiastic rodeo fans cheered on the start of the 2010 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s (CPRA) season at the New Holland Saskatoon Stampede Pro Rodeo in Saskatoon, SK. The Stampede, held Oct. 9 to 11 at the Credit Union Centre, marks the first rodeo to count toward the coming year’s CPRA standings and is also co-sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Saddle bronc rider Kyle Thomson (Black Diamond, AB), currently leads the




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CPRA News, cont’d All-Around and High Point standings and sits fift h in the bronc riding as he heads to Edmonton. In the bareback riding, defending Canadian champion Kyle Bowers (Brooks, AB) leads the aggregate. Saskatchewan bull rider Luke Ellingson (Val Marie, SK) has the lead in the bull riding aggregate. At the timed event end of the arena, Dean Edge, Rimbey, AB, wrapped things up the tie-down roping on Saturday night, while earlier that day, Kyle Felker (Sceptre, SK) won the steer wrestling slack. Laura McPherson (Wolf Point, MT) completed the cloverleaf pattern in 13.59 seconds, the fastest time of the weekend. Team ropers Klay Whyte (Bashaw, AB) and Dale Skocdopole (Big Valley, AB) finished in first place.

The next Canadian pro rodeo action gets underway on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, AB.

Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHF) Eight new inductees were introduced to the CPRHF at the annual induction ceremony held at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, AB on October 17. Don Dewar, Jim Clifford, Mark Wagner, Ruth McDougall, Claire and Lois Dewar, Jim Kelts, Wes Zieffle, and Zieffle’s steer wrestling horse Twist joined the outstanding 149 contestants, builders and animals already inducted into the CPRHF.

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Noel, the Christmas Pony, Part 2 – A Journey of Hope By Kevan Garecki

It has been eight months since I first looked into the eyes of a terrified young horse and freed him from what was supposed to have been his grave. This little horse was aptly named “Noel, the Christmas Pony,” but has since acquired the barn name of “Max,” due to his similarity to Maximilian, the funny little dog in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”


ax’s recovery has been by far one of the most remarkable journeys we have taken to date. Even the SPCA constables who participated in his seizure and work tirelessly to bring those responsible for his condition to justice are nearly speechless at what has become of Max. When Sharon Wells-Ackermans of SuitsUs2 Farms in Langley, BC, first began to work with Max she quickly discovered a walking mass of foibles, fears and mental issues. Max’s torture and incarceration left emotional scars that run to the very core of his soul. The nightmares of his ordeal are so deeply embedded they have actually become part of his personality. As his stunted body laboured the long incline toward recovery,

despite the best efforts of everyone involved traditional techniques had little effect helping Max heal on a spiritual level. Even as his body strengthened, it seemed his mind became less able to cope with the simplest of events, such as being led down the aisle of the barn, without trembling in fear. Physical recovery is wasted if the horse’s psyche is so damaged that s/he is not likely to deal with everyday events. It would be kinder to just put Max down rather than force him to live in a world of constant terror. At this time, Sherri was attending a Jonathan Field clinic with my horse, Kooter. At the end of the clinic, Sherri and I related Max’s story to Jonathan. Knowing how he had helped his own horse Quincy recover we thought his input might be helpful. Jonathan’s first reaction on hearing the story on how we found Max was incredulous; “Have those folks who did this been hung yet?” he joked grimly. I asked Jonathan to look back to what he went through with Quincy, and working from what he teaches in his clinics, Jonathan began to lay out a strategy for Max. As he talked, Sherri and I exchanged brief glances; Jonathan’s suggestions were not going to be easy, nor guarantee any positive results. Even Jonathan admitted that Max may be so emotionally damaged as to Top photo from left to right; George, Kooter and Max. This scene will forever remain one of my favourites. All the time, money and effort that got us this far are paid in full ... Thank you Max, for making it all worthwhile.

Noel on Dec. 4, 2008 ...

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never find a functional role as a domestic horse.

Our first training session with Max was not encouraging; we could barely get him to pass between two barrels spaced 20 feet apart without bolting. Quite literally everything Max saw terrified him! Gates were going to eat him, any change in terrain or footing meant he was going to be swallowed whole and unimaginable horrors lurked in every shadow. Undaunted, Sherri persisted in asking Max to walk between those barrels. Over time she managed to get him to walk through more calmly. As she did so, I moved the barrels closer with each pass until we had them barely three feet apart. Sherri then asked Max to stand still with a barrel on each side of him; frightened but willing, Max finally stood there for a moment. To reward his effort, Sherri stepped aside to allow Max to move forward. He surprised us both by not moving at all; instead he reached out to investigate one of the barrels. Despite his trepidation Max was trying to find his own comfort zone in a new and rapidly changing world. Could it be that Max was ready to meet his demons, or was this just a false hope as he drew courage only from our presence? Those early sessions became a turning point for Max; despite countless setbacks, with painfully imperceptible progress each experience boosted his confidence. This created a cavalcade of

Noel, cont’d learning for Max which at times overwhelmed him, but through it his abilities have grown exponentially.

There remained one important facet of Max’s recovery we had not addressed; we were so intent on helping him live in a human world we had nearly forgotten about allowing Max to learn how to be a horse. As his social skills were non-existent, Sharon began putting Max out in a paddock next to which she rotated older horses in the hopes Max would begin to learn the nuances of body language and other skills he would need in order to survive in a herd situation. Max began to look forward to time with his new friends, with each one offering their own brand of “education” for the curious little new fellow. He graduated from there to spending one-onone pasture time with Bart, a big-hearted warmblood gelding who ironically enough shared a similar past with our little pony. Throughout everything he has endured, encountered and experienced, one thing stands out as most beneficial to Max’s growth. We took a young horse who was basically feral and pointed him on a path, that’s all; Max has done all the rest. We have added some ground manners, helped him learn some of the aspects of equine life he’ll need to fit in, embarked on a feeding and exercise regimen to help him build his strength and introduced him to bathing, clipping, farriery and trailering. While some folks marvel at the progress Max has made, others have wondered aloud at the endless hours we must have put in to get him this far. Want to hear the secret? All it took was a little leadership.

Amidst enthusiastic praise from Sherri, a horse who three months earlier was too scared to walk through a doorway now navigates an obstacle course with confidence and ease.

Sherri, for never giving up the belief that both Max and I were worth saving in the first place! Most importantly, to Max’s new human partner, whoever you may be. We will soon begin screening for a permanent home for Max once his groundwork and confidence have solidified. In the meantime he will remain with us; learning from us and teaching us how to help the next one.

There are just too many people who became involved in Max’s rehabilitation to thank each one individually, but I would like to single out a few exceptional contributions: Sharon, who answered my call one chilly December afternoon and so changed a horse’s life forever. Christina, who amidst crushing tribulations of her own still made time to help rebuild a nearly wild little horse. The myriad of businesses and individuals who donated goods, services, funds and wisdom; proving that where there is hope, anything is possible. Jerry, our “Silent Partner,” whose astounding generosity made surgery and other vital care possible. Certainly not least,

Noel on July 4, 2009

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A Rustle in the Bushes


bout a month ago– when summer was still here and there was no ice on my deck – I was outside in my paddock, getting my horses ready for the day. I had recently gotten Buddy, a 25-year-old Red Appaloosa, and was marvelling how easy it was to get his fly mask on. Rustle rustle Both horses perked their ears forward and ran toward the far side of the paddock, away from the barn. In the bushes in between the electric fence and my property line, something was moving through the bushes. And it sounded big. The horses ran around the paddock, trying to figure out what was making the noise. I decided to move closer to the barn, just in case it was what I thought it was – a bear. I could hide out in the barn if I had to.

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By Carol Hansson

“Save me, mommy!” said Magnum, as he pranced toward me and nudged me with his nose. “Save me!” I laughed and patted his side. “Silly boy.” But inside I was a bit scared … I’d never come face to face with a bear before. The rustling suddenly stopped, and I could hear the dogs next door barking. Hmm, I thought. Must be in the neighbour’s yard now. Thinking the adventure was over; I went back to the house to turn the hose on for the horses’ water. Rustle rustle Looking to the sky, I said, “Not again!” and watched the horses who again were running back and forth in the paddock.

My heart in my mouth – I then saw the culprit. A dog. He ran through the bushes, ducked under the fence – don’t know how he didn’t spark himself – and out the other side as the horses chased him away. Yet another day in the life of a horse person … Carol Hansson lives in Prince George, B.C., with her husband, two bunnies, Bacardi and Guinness, her Clydesdale, Magnum, and her Red Appaloosa, Buddy. You can contact her at jhansson@telus.net.

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Topline Stables Fall Finale By Sonya and King Campbell Topline Stables of Salmon Arm hosted a fun and exciting Fall Finale Hunter Hack and Jumper Show October 9-11. The weather was cool but the participants warmed up quickly to compete in the hack classes Saturday morning. Competitors from as far away as 100 Mile House enjoyed the flat classes in the large ring; one of the many reasons Topline is a very enjoyable place to compete. New jumps were much appreciated in both the hunter and jumper divisions. Tracy Skinner from Vernon won both the 2’3”, and 2’6” hunter divisions. Tracy was thankful for a Competitors walking their jumper courses. great day and for the beautiful embroidered vest sponsored by Greenhawk of Kamloops. Jumper classes were well attended on Sunday. Topline’s Team Challenge relay with 15 competitors was exciting and a crowd pleaser. The winning team of Alisha Simmons, Darby Ramsay and Catherine Clinckemaillie took home $120 in prize money. The relay involves five jumps each at 2’3”, 2’6”, and 2’9” and a competitor is assigned to each height. Rebecca Pachman won the Senior Hack High Point and took home an embroidered saddle pad. Junior High Point went to Rachel Onsorge and the Youth High Point was won by Trisha Ebbett. We are very thankful for everyone’s participation in our fi ft h season at Topline, and are looking forward to exciting shows in the future. Arena help and volunteers along with tremendous sponsorship of Topline events during the 2009 season made each event a great success. The level of interest and ideas for next year’s Tracy Skinner with daughter McKinley helping with her show season is exciting and your comments are welcome. Hunter prizes in the 2’3” and Topline fans are staying in touch on Facebook, and the website 2’6” classes. at www.toplinestables.ca provides information about the calendar of events, horse trials and stabling. Rebecca Pachman Senior Hack High Point with Sonya

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Update By Tammy Thielman An inter-club members-only tack swap was held at the September 27 Fun Day. Many members took the chance to bring used and new tack items and clothing to trade with other members. Thanks to everyone who helped out with this fun event. The dates for the six monthly 2010 Fun Days will soon be announced! The AERC will also be holding a Spring Schooling Show. Also in the planning are Fall Junior member mini-clinics, dates TBA; and early Spring Indoor Ridings and more! Please check the website for dates www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org. Everyone on the e-news list will be sent details. If you’d like to be on the club e-news list, please call Tammy at 250-832-3409 or e-mail skishack@jetstream.net. Overall, the club is very happy with the growing membership and Fun Day participation – 2009 has been a successful year for the club! Some sad news, somehow two communication radios were Leanne Kerr at our September lost after the August Fun Day. The club has two left. The radios are Fun Day. used at Fun Days and are quite valuable. If anyone knows of their whereabouts, please contact or e-mail a director. Also missing (kept in the same storage box) are some stopwatches and radio recharging cords. The club’s Annual General Meeting happens Wednesday, January 13, 2010. If you are a member who wants any by-laws or rules changed, please come forward ASAP with your ideas. We have to Vanessa Bardeck riding Dillon at our September Fun Day. circulate the AGM agenda SOON! If you need help to bring forward an idea or suggestion, simply contact a director for support. The club has many dedicated volunteers retiring for a welldeserved rest. These are the folks who give of their time so we can ride and have fun! The club needs new directors and executive members. Consider volunteering a bit of your time to help out fellow riders! We all need to pitch in so our club continues being a welcoming place for riders and families in our area. Mark on your calendars: AERC Fun Potluck and Awards Night, Saturday, January 23! All members are welcome to attend. Bring a dish and enjoy visiting with fellow horse people! Also, TROPHY WINNERS we need the trophies returned to Carolyn Farris (or your nearest director!) so they can be engraved for the new recipients. A big WELCOME to all NEW MEMBERS who joined at our last Fun Day: we welcome everyone to join us again in 2010!

* Horse Treks * Cabin Rentals Join us on one of our Exciting Adventures... Cattle Drives on the Ranch Riding on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail. Check out our 2010 Schedule on our website. Dale & Yvonne Dunn 403-799 3454 satellite phone or 250-991-2408



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Never Give Up: Bobolink’s Story By Heather Bundschuh I am hoping that the true story of my mare’s injury will give other horse owners and veterinarians inspiration if they are ever faced with a critical injury similar to what occurred to my equine partner, Bobolink.


y training and experience as an animal health technician helped me greatly with her medical care throughout the healing process. I also have training and experience in alternative energy therapy called Reiki. Reiki is a hands-on healing method. On Jan. 26, 2006, I woke up with a strong uneasy feeling that Bobolink (Bobbi) was injured. Within minutes of arriving at work I received a phone call from one of the farm’s caretakers that my mare was injured. I quickly made arrangements with my employer to go to the farm to see what was going on. After arriving at the farm, the vet arrived shortly after me. We went out to the paddock where she was kept. I saw with frustration that her injury was NOT just a simple cut – she had severed the extensor tendon (front part of her cannon bone) and four inches of bone was also exposed! We were not exactly sure how she obtained the injury, but what occurred was that she had gotten the ElectroBraid fencing wrapped around her leg two to three inches below her hock several times. She also received a rope burn over the main artery going down her leg. The DVM informed me that there was a 25% chance of her ever being usably sound. After the vet applied the transport cast on her, I went and made several phone calls to people I thought should know immediately about her injury, including the breeder, Touchstone Farm (Chris Gould), as I was still paying for her. Bobbi stayed at the clinic for one week. During that time the doctor and staff gave her pain drugs and wound treatment. The DVM and the farrier applied a shoe with a toe extension and a 12-inch metal bar. The metal bar went up the front part of her cannon bone and ended just below the injury, two splints with

Bobolink at the CWbHA Mare Inspection, Touchstone Farm, Mayerthorpe, AB 2005

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some bandaging material was applied (this was to serve as a support for her leg, as severing this tendon horse’s lose the ability to flex the pastern joint) and there was a bolt that was 5/16ths Bobbi and Diego at the Foal inspection 2007 with me (very proud of both!!) of an inch by 1-1/2 inch in size – it held the bar to the shoe. Then a secondary bandage was applied for the wound – this bandage was to be changed daily for the next several weeks. The supporting bandage was to be checked every second day for slipping or other wear and tear issues. I had to check the bolt twice daily to make sure it was tight and holding. Once released from the clinic, Bobbi went to a different boarding stable. Here she was to stay in her stall for the next three to four months. Her care would consist of many bandage changes, antibiotics, pain control and monitoring of her healing progress of the leg. On the Monday after getting her back, I was doing a bandage change and noticed that the supporting bandage had slipped. As I was taking the support bandage off my one friend, Wendy, noticed fresh blood dripping from the back of her leg. In the position that I was in I could not see it, and also I noticed a foul-smelling discharge from her leg. At this point I felt that I

Injury at apprx 1 1/2 months along in healing process

L: back leg damage healing R: shows the extent of damage due to the splinting and the metal bar pressure

Bobolink’s Story, cont’d was over my head as to what to do, and really needed veterinary advisement. The original vet told me just to go to a hardware store and get PVC pipe cut to 18-inch length and then in half; wrap her leg with a lot of gamgee and then apply the piping and then secure the piping with duct tape. At this point I had invested a lot of money and time into her care already and thought something more had to be done. It just did not seem right. So I called another vet for a second opinion, Dr. McDonald from Okanagan Equine Veterinary. She came out very quickly. Dr. McDonald gave Bobbi sedation and brought her out, clipped and cleaned the leg from her hock to the fetlock to get a good visual of where the blood may be coming from. What we found was shocking; the back part of her leg was black in various areas (dead tissue)! So over the next several weeks, Dr. McDonald was uncertain as to how much damage would occur from the pressure of the splint and metal bar support. Every day I would call her and let her know what I saw with each bandage change, and as necessary she would come out and see for herself the progression of the damage. In the end Bobbi ended up losing one-third of tendon tissue (eight centimetres). During the healing process I was debating whether or not I was doing the right thing in keeping her alive, she went for about 3-1/2 weeks being threelegged lame, she had dropped so much weight (close to 250 lb). I chose to trust my intuition and kept going; I felt that at some point if Bobbi was not progressing

well, I would then at that point have to decide what I should do. Bobolink was stall rested until the end of May. In May I was hand walking her for short periods, she got away on me twice, running and bucking. I was just thinking that all this time and effort could have ended, but she was fine after her escaping, sore for a few extra days. She was essentially telling me she’s going to be fine! At this point I moved her with the vet’s okay to another barn where the stalls were twice the size and the land was flatter and offered a few different sizes of paddocks. In the fall of 2006 I was riding Bobbi for short periods of time bareback and I was also ground driving her. In July of 2006 I got her bred to a lovely Thoroughbred stallion, and the following June she delivered a healthy and robust colt! His name is Yooalwaysno. In July of 2008 I did an Introduction to Eventing clinic with Bobolink and she was great! She is jumping just under three feet, showing no signs of lameness. Today when you see her she has a large scar, but no proud flesh and a slightly irregular step. I am very grateful for all the kind and wonderful people that I met during this experience. Particularly grateful for my employer at the time, as he put the vet bill on to his personal Visa, to Dr. McDonald for her support and kindness to me, and Bobolink in so many ways, and also to the Gould family for their kindness and understanding.

June/July 2006: filled and healed really well no bulging of proud flesh!!! I was very happy!!

Showing bandage technique that I used for about 4 months, while she was out in the pasture!!

Happy mare!!

OOPS! CORRECTION: Northwest 3 in 1 Show report in October issue page 59 was written by Bibs Dallaire (not Barb Bowerbank). TYPO: The photo in September issue page 43 is of Jessica May (not Made) of Abbotsford. WRONG CREDIT: The photo in October issue on page 49 (Pinto pony) is of Tiana Dykstra and Ginger Snap of 100 Mile House (not Taylor Rainey). We apologize for the errors. www.saddleup.ca • 41

Pony Express Challenge – Getting Rave Reviews By Jill Dunbar Photos courtesy of Jill Hayward The Pony Express Challenge held in Barriere on August 22nd was a phenomenal success! Entrants from all points of the compass converged at the Grey Mare Productions property to have one heck of a good time. Competitors rolled in on Friday night, played hard all day Saturday, then re-lived the fun over a fabulous feast prepared by sisters Joanne & Jacqui. Sunday started with a pancake breakfast and then everyone took to the trails on a picturesque poker ride. The weekend was loaded with smiles and excitement; lots of surprises at the outcome of the events. It was very much a family affair – grandmas riding with their grandkids, moms with daughters and sons. Husbands and wives – now, that’s fun to watch!! What’s this event all about? It’s tough to describe without a lot Christiane Nauen – 100 of detail, but there is a challenge for everyone. And everybody loves Mile House – Winner of the mail run! It’s not just a speed event – you can do it that way if the Advanced Individual competition you want – but for lots of riders, it’s the challenge of saying “I can do this.” Stretching your boundaries, doing something you haven’t done before. It’s not the winning that makes it so exciting – it’s the trying. 29 competitors came from all over the province, as well as a couple of fellows from Alberta. We got so many warm-fuzzies from everyone and I got a little maudlin while handing out the awards. Sorry about that, folks. But thank you all so much for your praise! We will spend the winter planning next year’s event, and hope to see you all back again for August 21-22, 2010! Thanks to all of our helpers, John, Kathy, Bruce, Linda & Norm, who spent a gruelling day with clocks, stop-watches, microphones and directions. Couldn’t have done it without you. 29 riders in total competed in the following categories: 23 – Individual; 9 – Teams (18 riders); 5 – Pairs (rider & escort) TOP SCORES: Individual: Advanced: 1. Christiane Nauen (100 Mile House) 2. Ken Leonow (Lac La Hache) 3. Jasmine Keller (Vernon) Intermediate: 1. Kalin Keller (Vernon) 2. Tony Crosini (Quesnel) 3. Jane Westendorf (Hatzic)

Teams: 1. Caroline Esser & Jessie Maxim (Vernon) 2. John & Wendy Pinchin (Lac La Hache) 3. Jane Leamy (McLure) & Joe W. (Campbell Creek) Pairs: 1. Lane Makowichuk & Jane Leamy (McLure) 2. Rowan Barker (Vinsulla) & Katie Gotuaco (Cherry Creek) 3. Elizabeth Gotuaco & Cat Wray (Cherry Creek) Sunday, August 23rd Poker Ride: 1. Darwin Sovdi (Red Deer, AB) 2. Ken Leonow (Lac La Hache) 3. Paula Cousins (McLure)

Kalin Keller (on the Fjord) – Vernon – Winner of the Intermediate Individual competition

Jessie Maxim & Caroline Esser – Vernon - Winners of the Teams competition

Highlights of Events at Rock Creek & Boundary Fall Fair By Rose Tan The 64th Annual Rock Creek Fall Fair took place over the weekend of Sept. 18-20. We have some results of the horse events for you. Heavy Horse Show: Lady’s Single Cart Class – Grand Champion Coleen Fortner with Hector (Clydesdale) Team Cattle Penning: 1. Jeanna Lantz; 2. Jodi Larosee; 3. Brian Hancock

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Horse Show: English High Point – Kena Manson riding Smokey (Rock Creek) English Reserve High Point – Ella Grandbois riding Misty (Naramata) Western High Point – Taelor Marchant riding Chasing Lightning Ena (Penticton) Western Reserve High Point – Lauren Forsyth riding Deck Bars Charge (Penticton) Top Youth Western Pleasure – Mac Tebbutt riding Marty (Penticton) High Point Boundary Area Rider – Kena Manson riding Smokey (Rock Creek)

Gymkhana Results: PeeWee High Point – Vanessa Caverly riding Bailey Reserve – Olivia Buckley riding Clipper Junior High Point – Sage Wolfe riding Nico Reserve – Ryan Moffat riding Rooh Intermediate High Point – Kristen Bransfield riding Tiki Reserve (tied) – Jesse Horkoff riding Star and Alyssa Ouimette riding Music Mountain Senior High Point (tied) – Liz Gibbs riding Patch and Brent Sedore riding Fireball Reserve – Amanda Blamire riding Leo

Quarterspot Ranch Update By Cindy Kirschman Quarterspot Ranch of Lumby, BC held our year-end Funday on September 20 with 31 riders in attendance. Trophy winners were: Junior division Barrel Racing - Cordell Correia Pole Bending - Jasmine Keller All Round Champion - Jasmine Keller Senior division Barrel Racing - Tamara Tuyttens Pole Bending - Tamara Tuyttens All Round Champion - Wendy Cuddeback Recognition Plaque (for continuous support) - The Cowgirl Way Drill Team

Thank you to everyone for a great season. Will keep you posted on upcoming events.

Die-hard Gymkhana enthusiast Kowena brought her mare and new foal to the Funday. HULA GIRLS

On October 4th we held our 2nd Annual “HORSE”tacular. Seven teams competed in a challenging and fun fi lled day. The day started with an obstacle course and a costume class (so many great costumes, hard to choose just one) candy pick, poles, hula hoop and gunnysack race, team donut bite and finished off with a barrel race, back through game, and team boot scramble. Winners for the day were: TEAM COSTUME HULA GIRLS: Stephanie Kent, Marie Proctor, Amanda Stanek, Torie Lewis 1st: ROBIN HOOD & FRIENDS (Team Time 20.46) Kalin Keller, Arian Fechner, Jasmine Keller, Celeste Windmill 2nd: CAT IN THE HAT AND THE THINGS (Team Time 22.06) Adriana Wilson, Tammy Aiello, Tamara Tuyttens, Cheryl Doughty 3rd: TIME TRAVELLERS (Team Time 30.51) Jessie Gottlieb, Stacie Henrickson, Christine Mairs, Anita Chase And a special award for the Youngest Team: THE NATIVES: Emma Dollman, Jodi Whitcomb, Chloe Boisvert-Ouellette, Jarred Sexsmith



Bob and Cindy Kirschman would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants. It was a fantastic event and without you none of this could have happened. THE NATIVES

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Parkland Dressage Festival By Sheri Bresee On September 17-20, the 2009 Parkland Dressage Festival was held in Red Deer, Alberta. The Festival included the Alberta Provincial Championships and the Western Regional Championships. With mostly gorgeous weather and 150 competitors from BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta it was a very successful four days. The four judges were Rolf Buetler-Bath from Germany, Marian Cunningham from Peru, Victoire Mandl from Austria and Doreen Horsey from Alberta. Over $12,000 in prize money was paid out to competitors in addition to wonderful prizes like engraved plates and vases, coolers and saddle pads. Our major show sponsors this year were the Black Knight Inn, the Sutter Fund and Aspen Creek Training Center. Saturday evening featured the G2 Financial and Duckering’s International Freight Gala Evening. This included the musical freestyles, a 4-H drill team, a wine & cheese social, complimentary Sobey’s cake and everyone’s favourite class – the Best in Show pet parade. The Parkland Dressage Festival was once again pleased to be able to offer a $1,000 donation to the Central Alberta Special Equestrians to support them in the work they do. The full stands and VIP seating area got into the evening with many riders receiving cheers and applause during their freestyles. The culmination of the evening’s events was the Nadeem Ayoob Memorial Award of a cooler and $500 cheque presented to Chelsea Balcaen and her lovely Friesian stallion, Alwyn for the Highest Scoring Freestyle of the show. On Friday evening Double W Ranches offered a complimentary Welcome Supper for everyone. The rider and grooms all appreciated the coffee, hot chocolate and carrots available by the barns every morning thanks to Aspelund Ridge. On Sunday morning Aspen Creek Training Center hosted our Farewell Breakfast. Everyone enjoyed the pancakes and sausages cooked up by our sponsors. A huge thank you goes to the Shadow Riders 4-H Club and the Medicine River Pony Clubs for providing us with gate keepers and test runners for the entire weekend. Their contribution made the show run very smoothly and we were pleased to present them with a $1,500 cheque to support their clubs. The Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association would like to thank all of our sponsors, competitors and volunteers for helping us to put on this amazing show and we are already looking forward to next year!

Bonny Bennello and Pikardi

Chelsea Balcaen and Alwyn

Pet Parade

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Camryn and Molly

Caroline Locke and Takai

33rd Annual Plowing Match By Joyce Marchant Photos by Peter Critchley, Okanagan Advertiser On September 26th the 33rd Annual North Okanagan Plowing Match took place in Armstrong with John McKechnie as the land host on Lansdowne Road. It was a nice day weather wise with a fairly big crowd around the grounds. There were four teams in the walking plow division; and 4 teams in the sulky plow division. Sam Mingham was the horse judge for the day; he used to compete in tractor plow competitions in England. Ground conditions were dry and fairly hard but the field layout was great. There were tractor plow men from the coast, Alberta, and local. Walking plow 1st Irwin Walters, Sorrento 2nd Dennis Ryan, Westwold 3rd Dugan Montjoy, Lillooet 4th Mahina Rose, Armstrong Sulky plow 1st Ellen Hockley, Pritchard 2nd Joyce Marchant 3rd Eric Cameron, Bridge Lake Novice 2nd Derick Walters

Ellen Hockley, Pritchard

Dugan Montjoy, Lillooet

Armstrong Pony Club News By Ina Forrest Armstrong Pony Club co-hosted the BCIN Regional Show Jumping and Dressage Championships with the Shuswap Pony Club at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds on August 28-30. The event was well attended by 11 clubs from our region. Thanks goes out to our parents for all the volunteer hours to make the Championships a successful event. As usual our members did an awesome job of representing Armstrong. All the hours in the saddle and caring for their horses enabled them to be strong contenders. In Show Jumping, the team of Evany Forrest, Lynden Tucker and Drew Beard placed 5th while the team of Rebecca McOnie, Sherie McKinney and Amie McKinney placed 6th. Individually, Evany was Champion at 3’3”, Rebecca was Reserve at 3’, and Lynden was Reserve at 2’9”. In Dressage, the team of Sylvie Fraser, Elizabeth Fraser, Lynden and Amie placed 1st while the team of Evany, Rebecca, Drew and Sherie placed 2nd. Individually, Sylvie won Third Level and Freestyle Champion, Evany won First Level Champion, Elizabeth won Training Level Champion, Rebecca won Training Level Reserve, Lynden won Pre-Training Reserve, Drew won Entry Level Reserve, and Amie placed 4th in Entry Level. Additionally, Sylvie won the Grooming Award while Evany won the Highest Dressage Score Award and the Top Overall Horse Award. Our club was also recognized as having the best stall decorating. It has been a banner year of accomplishment and achievement in all levels, skills and disciplines. Our club members have shown they possess the dedication,

L-R: Lynden Tucker, Sherie McKinney, Amie McKinney, Evany Forrest, Sylvie Fraser, Elizabeth Fraser, Amanda Hodgson on Scotch Luck.

knowledge and skill to be excellent horsemasters. Congrats to all. Our club also unveiled our Kathie Hodgson Memorial Jump as a tribute to Kathie who was a long-standing volunteer and coach for our club. We would like to thank the friends who donated for the Memorial jump. It holds great meaning for our club and the Hodgson family. Thanks to the families of Dennis Yardley, Murray Rossworn, Karen Wilkie, Andrea Gunner, Christine McOnie, Patti Thomas, Trish Gobeil, Doug Short, Lyn Gilmer and Ina Forrest. Armstrong Pony Club is starting our new 2010 year and welcomes anyone between the ages of 7 and 21 to join our club. Please call Ina Forrest 250-546-0021 or Christine McOnie 250546-2906 for more information. www.saddleup.ca • 45

Pass Creek (Castlegar) Fall Fair Light Horse Show By Liz Saunders Our 14th Annual English and Western Horse Show was held on September 18-20 2009, as a BC Heritage qualifier and Summer Games Jumping qualifier. We enjoyed a very successful show over the weekend, even the weather cooperated with just a shower on Saturday. The heavy rain occurred through Saturday night which was well timed as it saved us having to water the arena. Thanks go out to the volunteers, competitors and of course our judge Lynda Ramsay of Kelowna. Thanks also to Country Roads General Store, Fruitvale for supplying the high point prizes and donating several gift certificates which were used for competitor draws. Competitors came from as far away as Cranbrook and Grand Forks. Thanks everyone.

High Point results: The highest scoring Dressage Test was performed by Virginia Peters, who also won Senior High Point Dressage. Zoe Spring was High Point Junior and Madison Creaser was High Point Child. English Day on Saturday included flat, hunter and jumper classes. Overall High Point English was Zoe Spring. Zoe also won High Point Junior. Madison Creaser won High Point Child and Cindy Ryan won High Point Senior. On Sunday, Western day, Cindy Ryan won both Overall High Point and Senior High Point, while Madison Dahl won Child High Point. Unfortunately there were no junior entries in the Western classes this year. HCBC Youth Sportsmanship Award went to Nina Sylvester.

Tanya Ryan on Solanos Gray. Photo by Lynda Hamelin.

Madison Creaser on Hour Shadow. Photo by Marie Racine.

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BC Sporthorse & Sportpony News By Ulli Dargel Photos by John and Ulli Dargel unless noted The BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group has completed another very successful 2009 show season ending with their third annual BC Sporthorse Fall Classic – Sept, 25, 26, 27, 2009, held at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds. Our judges were Joan Curtin, from Lockford, CA, and Barbara Funk, from Battle Ground, WA. We welcomed many new faces, up-and-coming young and mature riders as well as young horses. We encourage everyone to come, have a good time and gain experience in the show ring. A big thank you goes to Teresa Longsworth and her helpers, for organizing our second annual Stallion Showcase – 11 stallions were presented – one stallion came from as far as OsoyoosBridesville, BC. Spectators were treated to various disciplines – driving, jumping, dressage and performance – it was a great hit amongst all those that attended. This was followed by a wine and cheese party at the stallion tent where potential mare owners and spectators had a chance to have another look at the stallions and a chance to talk to the stallion owners in their privately beautifully decorated office. Plans are already in the works of having another Stallion Showcase next year. Looking after our wine and cheese section was no other than Debbie Rogal – thank you. The prestigious Dr. John Gilray Memorial Cup was won by West Bay (Westporte by Never A Question by Jett Sett Joe), owner/breeder: Darlene York. In attendance to do the presentation was his daughter Janet Gilray. On behalf of the B.C. SporthorseSportpony Breeders Group we would like to thank everyone who supported our shows throughout the 2009 show season and we look forward to another successful 2010. For up-to-date information, please check our web site: www.bcsporthorses. com.

Farpoint Farms trophy Bravo Z; Braveheart II by Lou Lou Bell; October Farm B.C. Legacy trophy Bravo Z; Braveheart II by Lou Lou Bell; October Farm Inez Propfe-Credo trophy – (15 entries) Bravia; Braveheart II by I Be Dutch; Josephine de Freitas Joy Richardson trophy – (16 entries) West Bay; Westporte by Never A Question; Darlene York Dr. John Gilray Memorial Cup – (13 entries) West Bay; Westporte by Never A Question; Darlene York Aramis Memorial Trophy (for senior horses – 15 years and over) Blake; Taylor by Tuesday Gold; Rhonda Ennis High Point Performance Champions Open Horse – Walk Trot Phlex – Rider/owner: Teresa Longsworth Open Pony – Walk Trot Scirocco – Rider: Grace Robson Owner: October Farm Youth 13 Years and Under Cariboo Gold Rush – Rider: Andrea Dobbs (Surgin Gold Rush by Willing To Try by Junior Tomahawk) Owner: Carolyn Dobbs Youth 14 to 18 Years Jesse – Rider: Becky Parsons (Happy Trap by Reo Legend by Welsh Legend) Owner: Becky Parsons Amateur Rider Wizard – Rider: Emily Trudeau (Warkanson by Shadowsofmymind) Owner: Debbie Rogal Junior Horse Bravo Z – Rider: Angel Robson (Braveheart II by Lou Lou Bell by Zodiak) Owner: October Farm Open Horse Rocky – Rider: Tegan Payne (Blue Shock by Bowler Baba by Hoist Away) Owner: Thea Old Thoroughbred Jesse – Rider: Becky Parsons (Happy Trap by Reo Legend by Welsh Legend) Owner: Becky Parsons The Canadian Horse Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck – Rider: Wendy Stadt (Rieucafol Baron Eno by Du Coteau Lalou Ellen by La Borgendiere Fox Lalou) Owner: Roxanne Salinas Coloured Horse Winddancers Cimaron – Rider: Brandie Thom (Go Fast Cat Go by Bar J Robins Twist by Painted Leopay Day) Owner: Ronald Stolp

Laura Perry, four years old who never misses the opportunity to attend our show on her favourite pony Maybelle. Laura has been a competitor in our Lead Line Class for the last three years.

Overall High Point Performance Becky Parsons, Andrea Dobbs, Tegan Payne, Angel Robson, Brandie Thom and Grace Robson; missing were Wendy Stadt and Emily Trudeau

Winner of the Dr. John Gilray Cup. Photo by NK Photography.

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BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Andrea Walker Fall is here, which means that BC Draft Under Saddle Club is winding down after a successful 2009 PNE Draft Under Saddle show. This year’s show included some new classes, Showmanship and Hunter Hack, along with the full variety of English and Western classes. Chris and her blue Roan Clyde mare, Comet, swept both English and Western division Championships, followed closely by our Reserve Champions Dawn and Shasta. This year the club invited members of the RCMP musical ride to take a run at the Barrels and the Trail course aboard Kendall’s wonderful mare Shasta. The club would like to give a DRAFT-sized thank you to the Pacific National Exhibition, the organizers and the people who put this show together and helped it run smoothly. In other show news, our members from West Coast Clydesdales headed to Armstrong for this year’s Interior Provincial Exhibition. Taryne’s mare Georgies Highfield Red Rose took Supreme Champion Draft Horse in the halter division while Sam and her mare Johnsons Yukon Georgie took first place in Junior English Pleasure. Hazelnut Grove Stables attended the Willoughby Saddle Club September trophy show, and Kendall and Vie Va Vancouver swept the Senior highpoint both on the flat Chris and Comet and over fences. And with the ending of the show season comes our Annual year-end Dinner and Awards, to be held at Stirling Stables in Langley on November 15. Contact the club for more information. (See our listing in Saddle Up’s Clubs/Associations.)

Taryne and Rose at IPE

Sam and Georgie at IPE

Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


hen I was at the last horse show, I was cutting thru the horse trailer parking area trying to get to the concession stand; a person stopped me and asked if I could please back up their trailer for them. They were surprised that I politely declined to drive their big vehicle with a really big expensive unit attached to it. Just because my ball cap had a trucking company logo on it doesn’t qualify me to back anything up. I have only pulled a horse trailer once and that was just down our long curvy driveway to load it up with a pile of dead tree branches to drive to the dump. I will readily admit that I am useless when it comes to backing up a trailer. Years ago, in my pre-horse era, I actually backed up a boat trailer right off the steep side 48 • Saddle Up • November 2009

of the boat launch ramp. Yes, there was a small boat on it at the time but as luck would have it there were enough people around to help lift and pull to get it back on the ramp. You can’t do that with a normal horse trailer, maybe one of those super light fiberglass Brenderups can be manhandled when there isn’t a horse in it but not a metal one. So, the next time you get wedged in way too close to the unit next to you in a flat parking lot, remember there is no shame in enlisting the aid of a professional driver to get you out of a tight situation. Believe me, I know! Have you ever noticed the difference in how horse trailers are parked at a two or three day show compared to a one day gymkhana? The longer running shows have the trailers all lined up nice and neat and everyone is organized and has loads

of room. The one day shows can have people parking at random all over the place making it difficult to maneuver a unit either into or out of a particular spot. Possibly these people are like me and can really only drive forward when they are hauling a trailer? When you are putting your Christmas gift or wish list together maybe it would be an idea to add horse trailer backing up lessons to the list. I do strongly suggest that you do not have your partner as your teacher unless you want to get divorced by the third, “I told you to turn the wheel the other way.” It is generally quieter and safer and a much more positive learning experience if someone who is impartial and really patient takes on the challenge. Ride safe and return safe.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News, November, 2009 By Irene Morck Last year Team Mule won the Telus Battle of the Breeds, and this year Team Mule didn’t do nearly as well, but there were still lots of good moments for the long-ears, their owners and fans at Spruce Meadows 2009. Team Mule 2009 was Deloit Wolfe (from Missoula, MO) with his mule Horse, Jessica Bishop (from Scio, OR) with L.S. Hot Buckaroo, Katherine Cook (Camrose, AB) with OK Whistlin’ Dixie, and Mogens Nielsen (Falkland, BC) with Maizie. That’s the same team as last year except for Katherine’s beautiful new Thoroughbred mule partner Dixie who was raised in Washington. In the Compulsory Skills Katherine and Dixie, her 4-1/2-year-old mule gave Team Mule a fift h place ribbon in the riding pattern along with Mogens and Maizie who did the driving pattern. In the Trail Riding class, Deloit with Horse and Mogens with Maizie received a sixth place ribbon. In the showcases Shelby rode Colleen Campbell’s big red mule Ruby, even took Ruby over some jumps. Joyce Bishop (Shelby’s grandmother, also from Oregon) drove and rode her prizewinning buckskin mule L.S. Biscuit in the showcases. Don and Anne Fossom drove their team of perfectly matched miniature donkeys Freckles and Bruno. Marla Hope-Rapp had many admirers when she rode her nice Appaloosa mule Stella. Russ and his daughter Jade Shandro took turns riding their well-mannered mule Ruger in showcases. Russ rode a showcase on Ken and Donna Quick’s beautiful big donkey Spider, including a pleasant gallop around the ring. Alice Todd was a hit with her gentle, good-looking Standard donkeys Sonnie and Larry. We give profuse thanks to each person (including those I might have forgotten) for his or her involvement with the ADMC booth, booth stall, showcase and Team Mule. Thanks to Katherine Cook for her time, energy and patience as our team captain.

Thanks again to the Southern family for the wonderful place called Spruce Meadows, to Telus and their volunteers, to Nickola Hughes for all her work with the Breeds of the World Showcase, and to Maggie Brand for incredible vitality and forbearance with the Telus Battle of the Breeds. We are grateful to Jim Martin and Russ Shandro for videotaping, to anyone who helped in any other way, to our friends, families and fans for Mogens Nielsen and Maizie, and Katherine Cook and their steadfast support. OK Whistlin’ Dixie in the lineup for their ribbons in Compulsory Skills Our congratulations to Team Morgan for winning the 2009 Telus Battle of the Breeds and for winning the Telus textmessaging fan favourite contest. We and our long-eared critters say thanks to our friends of all the breeds, for your encouragement and kindness to us through the years. Thank you to Irene Morck for writing our newsletter this month! Those of us that weren’t participating at Spruce Meadows spent a couple of wonderful days at Reg and Katherine Cook and her new mule OK Whistlin’ Dixie in Hazel Rusts Campout near the Jeopardy Jumping Ponoka. Great food and the best music ever with many talented singers and musicians made this a weekend to remember. Saturday saw four wagonloads of people on the trail plus us riders. Reg with his ‘’travelling’’ kitchen ands crew met us on the trail for his famous hamburger dinner. I’ll be sharing some photos with you in future issues. - Marlene Quiring

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Appy News By Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle The North Central Appaloosa Club’s first year has been a busy and successful one. Twelve-year-old Hailey Blattler did extremely well with her 10-year-old registered Appaloosa mare Foolish Attraction (April) at the IPE in Armstrong. The pair was first in English Pleasure Junior C, Western Horsemanship Junior C, English Pleasure Stake Junior and Equitation English Hunter Seat Junior C, as well as finishing in the top five in four other classes. Sept. 12 and 13th the 100 Mile and District Outriders Club very kindly included several NCAC-sponsored Appaloosa classes we requested in their 2009 Fall Fair Horse Show. These classes were very well attended and we have requested them again (by popular demand!) for next year’s 2010 Fall Fair Horse Show. We look forward to working with them again next year. The NCAC youth cleaned up in the Appaloosa classes, with 16-year-old Bridgette Dighton of 150 Mile earning All Around Champion Appaloosa Horse and Rider on her registered Appaloosa gelding Royal Doc Bond (Doc) and Hailey Blattler receiving Reserve Champion Appaloosa Horse and Rider on April. Hailey also won the English Pleasure Stake class in the open classes. Joan Riise of Horsefly won the Appaloosa mare halter class with her 16-year-old registered mare. Crystal Grier of Alexis Creek did very well with her registered three-year-old Goldrush Freckles (Maverick), winning Appaloosa Gelding Halter, Grand Champion Appaloosa Halter, placing second in Appaloosa Western Pleasure, Appaloosa “Jack,” is ridden by third in Appaloosa Trail and Isaac Tanner at our gymkhana Maiden Horse Western Pleasure,

and second in Under Saddle Under 12 Months. Brenda Morey of 70 Mile House took first place honours in the Open Halter Class Hailey Blattler at IPE at the North Thompson Fair in Barriere on Sept. 7 with her 14-year-old gelding Little Bit of Toyboy (Toy). The 108 Resort Riding Stables and NCAC members and friends ran a very successful gymkhana on Sunday, Oct. 4, and in spite of the dipping temperatures 17 participants and many spectators turned out for a day of fun and sportsmanship. Along with first, second and third place payouts “spot” prizes were awarded, including from a round of golf courtesy of the 108 Golf Course to numerous tack and horse care items. The Mystery Bear Race (Teddy Bearrells?) proved to be a monster hit; three stuffed toy farm animals sat on one barrel and had to be picked up, while mounted, then taken to another barrel and deposited. Other games included egg and spoon, speed barrels, scurry, barrels, pole bending, keyhole and stake race. Gymkhana dates have been set for next year as well – Sunday, July 11, and Sunday, Aug. 10. Camping will be available. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and donors who made our first gymkhana such a success. The meeting date for the NCAC has been changed to the third Tuesday of each month, at six o’clock at the A&W in 100 Mile House. Everyone is welcome!

Kelowna Gymkhana Club News By Amanda Blamire Photos by Caitlyn Chapman We held our last regular Gymkhana of the season on Sunday, September 27, with 67 riders and chilly, yet sunny weather. Results are as follows: Masters Highpoint - Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee Reserve (TIE) - Debbie Wright on Lily; Brent Sedore on Fireball Senior Highpoint - Amanda Blamire on Leo Reserve - Jennifer Bennett on Scotch Youth Highpoint - Jessie Tarr on Chanook Reserve - Vickie Jeffrey on Cosmos Junior Highpoint - Megan Moffat on Bleau Reserve - Raija Mclean on Mikey Peewee Highpoint - Steven Robson on Connie Rserve - Ashley Robson on Shinga

We hosted our first “Spooktacular” Team Funday on Sunday, October 4 with events such as Jack O Lantern relay, skeleton poles, pumpkin barrels, witches brew, broomball and finally gamblers choice. We had 7 teams competing with some amazing prizes. We had sooo much fun, we will defi nitely be holding another one next year. TEAM RESULTS are as follows: 1st: BLACK WIDOW Liz Gibbs on Patch Tarja McLean on Willow Linda Lamberton on Ali Amanda Blamire on Leo

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2nd: SWAT Amy Russo on Mia Meagan Russo on Cola Jesse Tarr on Chanook Kayla Stromsten on Skittles 3rd: MARIO PARTY Raija Mclean on Mikey Emma Klassen on Red Vickie Jeffrey on Cosmos Karly Roth on Niska 4th: APACHE WARRIORS Kyra Casorso on Misty Kristen Bransfield on Tiki Park Ollson on Feather Katie Bransfield on Sugar 5th: LEAPIN LEPRECHAUNS Jackie Schleppe on Buddy Tara Shanks on Lulu Leslie Jeffrey on Charlie Heather Bransfield on Sugar

Dalyce Russo on Spring

South Okanagan Horse Association Update By Janice Goodman Our third and final BC Heritage Qualifier Show for the year was held on September 26-27 and the weather co-operated with beautifully sunny and warm, not too hot, not to too cold temperatures. Many competitors enjoyed the Costume winner Little Bo Peep (Jamee newly completed stabling Lowndes) with Tera Caverly presenting. area at Summerland Rodeo Grounds as well as the safety of the warm-up ring and lounging areas. Our judge was Lisa Reynolds from Calgary. As well as doing a great job judging our show, I am sure Lisa had a good time visiting with old friends and her family as she is originally from Summerland. Once again we thank all our tireless volunteers, before during and after the show. Our jumps were beautifully decorated by Grasslands Nursery in Summerland and our yummy food concession was supplied by Spud Brothers Food Services Ltd. They had a good variety of food including super fries, chicken fingers and many other items. We anticipate more of the same next year. The following are the High Point and Reserve riders in each age division: English Day Senior Champion is Victoria Tkach riding Natural Selection Reserve is Wendy Price riding Ima Painted Skeeters 14 – 18 Champion is Morgan Rowley riding Star Quality Reserve is Alyssa Balmes riding Mac’s Little Gem 13 & under Champion is Danika Caverly riding Maximus Prime Reserve is Jessica Barber riding Teneka Green Champion is Pam Malekow riding Tejonas Gold Sierra Reserve is Pilar Garrett riding Merlin Walk/Trot Champion is Sasha Hopp riding Norfleet’s Indy Soda Reserve is Jana Hill riding Roxanne

We concluded our busy show season with the always fun Halloween Show with results to follow next month. Peggy Derkatch, proud Grandma of two of our competing juniors, was the lucky winner of a pair of tickets worth over $100 to the Holiday Festival on Ice in Penticton. The draw in support of the Madeleine Wentworth Sportsmanship Award was held at the Halloween Show. Remember that our AGM is November 10th at the White Spot Restaurant in Penticton starting at 7 p.m. We have had several nights of well below freezing temperatures which was hard on any flowers still bravely blooming, but the good news is that it was just as hard on flies, worms and mosquitoes. Hopefully we have seen the last of the threat of West Nile for this year. Now I am looking forward to a beautiful period of South Okanagan Indian Summer before we have to deal with Old Man Winter.

Western Day Senior Champion is Diana Huva riding Impressive Sugar Baby Reserve is Wendy Price riding Ima Painted Skeeters 14 – 18 Champion is Taelor Marchant riding Chasing Lightning ENA Reserve is Jamee Lowndes riding Wiggles 13 & under Champion is Catherine Gordon riding Cupid Green Champion is Pam Malekow riding Tejonas Gold Sierra Reserve is Lauren Forsyth riding Deck Bars Charge Walk/Trot Champion is Elsen den Boer riding KPN Skip a Count Reserve is Jana Hill riding Roxanne

Penny in “Scare the Poop” class.

Kelowna, cont’d 6th: FOOTLOOSE Brooke Halldorsen on Fancy Callie Abagoush on Pepper Jade Schleppe on Honey Leah Jakab on Amir 7th: BOZO Haley Copan on Grace Jamie McConnel on Dezmon Paige Scott on Rasta Emma Bosala on Honey Matias Mervyn on Deleah Best Costume Sponsored by Diamond H Tack: LEAPIN LEPRECHAUNS

Our Year-end Awards Banquet is scheduled for November 14th. Results will be posted in a future edition of Saddle Up. For more info check out our website at www.kelownagymkhana.com Katie Bransfield on Sugar

Matias Mervyn on Deleah with a clown helper.

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BC Team Cattle Penning Finals and 2009 Year-End Report By Haidee Landry The 2009 show season has come to an end here in the province. Where does the time go? We had seven shows scheduled starting with Chilliwack then on to Merritt, Quesnel then Kamloops. The Vernon show was unfortunately cancelled as the forest fires raged on nearby. Next we went on to Prince George where the competitors rode for their share of $21,500 in added purse money, then back to Merritt for the last regular show of the season. The year culminated with 137 teams competing at the BCTCPA Finals hosted by the 8 Mile Ranch in Merritt on Sept. 19 and 20. The AGM was held on the Saturday of the BC Finals and the members enjoyed a potluck dinner followed by a fire under the stars where tall tales were shared. The BCTCPA would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to this year’s hardworking show promoters, show staff, sponsors and the competitors who travel across the province to support the shows. Last but definitely not least, a very special thanks to Larry Mapstone for doing a great job of judging our BC Finals, and then generously donating his judging fees back to the club. The BC Finals results are as follows Open Class 1, Russell Armstrong, Pete Molnar, Tom Thorlakson 2. Cliff Sigouin, Steve Sigouin, Russell Armstrong No. 10 Class 1, Taylor Sinclair, Steve Sigouin, Sue Norquay 2. Gerry Desilets, Katy Kosinski, Rod Horsley 3. Bob Armstrong, Steve Sigouin, Deja Iannone 4. Dan Swierstra, Theresa Swierstra, Tom Thorlakson No. 7 Class 1. Bill Klop, Cathy Sinclair, Rod Horsley 2. Dan Swierstra, Tess Swierstra, Chris Vandenouden 3. Taylor Sinclair, Lindsay Thorlakson, Cathy Sinclair 4. Ben Thorlakson, Lindsay Thorlakson, Chris Vandenouden No. 5 Class 1. Katy Kosinski, George Dejonge, Haidee Landry 2. Camille Carter, Bill Klop, George Dejonge 3. Chris Gawthorn, Bill Klop, Cathy Sinclair 4, Camille Carter, Deja Iannone, Sarah Frost No. 3 Class 1. Camille Carter, Chris Gawthorn, Haidee Landry 2. Chris Gawthorn, Marlene Wilson, Sarah Frost Youth Class 1. Lorne Marks, Landon Sigouin, Tess Swiersta

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Please let our sponsors know that you are a member of a club that appreciates their generous contributions by shopping at their place of business or using their service. Just identify yourself as a BCTCPA member and say thank you. Sponsors are key to the success of our club so please take an active role in securing sponsorships for 2010. Please contact Theresa with contact information of your secured sponsors. At the end of the year the top earning riders in each class are awarded a yearend cheque to recognize their efforts.

Tom Thorlakson, Pete Molnar, Russell Armstrong and sponsor of the Wyatt Ranch saddle pads, Bob Armstrong

The 2009 highest earning riders are… Open – Rod Horsley earning $2,021 No. 10 Class – Dan Swierstra with $2,572 No. 7 Class – Sue Norquay with $2,241 No. 5 Class – Haidee Landry with $2,709 No. 3 Class – Chris Gawthorn with $829 Senior Youth – Lorne Marks with $96 Junior Youth – Spencer Gamache with $84.

We’re pleased to announce that our BC riders had a strong showing at the Canadian National Finals held Oct. 9 to 12 in Calgary, AB, with numerous top 10 placings, fast times and day money cheques earned. A complete list of our BC member placings will be listed in next month’s issue of Saddle Up. Members, the telephone list and year-end standings are now up to date and posted on our website www.bctcpa. com. Contact Theresa if you notice any errors or omissions. Your newly elected board of directors are raring to move forward with plans for 2010 and are open to hearing your constructive feedback and fresh ideas. Team Cattle penning is a sport where riders of all levels with horses of varying breeds and abilities can compete. Riders are rated to their level of ability and compete against riders of the same rating creating a fair playing field for all. Cattle practice and clinics are offered at various venues. To learn more about how you can get started contact Theresa at 604-462-8891.

Sue Norquay, Steve Sigouin, Taylor Sinclair

Haidee Landry, George Dejonge, Katy Kosinski

Bill Klop, Cathy Sinclair, Rod Horsley

Boundary Horse Association Update By Susan Harris On October 3rd in Grand Forks, the Boundary Horse Association held a BCBRA Barrel Racing competition and fun Halloween Gymkhana events. We have some results for you below. BCBRA Barrel Racing results: Open: Toni Long 1D 18:16, 3D Lee Ann Courtney 19.28 Sr: 1D Lee Ann Courtney 19.28 Jr: Toniesha Stukel 1D 19.03, Jamie Long 3D 20.51, Sierra Stukel 4D 33.99 Gymkhana Results Barrels Sr: Jim Long 18.99, Jody Henshaw 19.56, Toni Long 19.72 Jr: Jesse Horkoff 21.04, Ariel Norman-Hudson 21.68, Brittany Olsen 24.23 Ch: Toniesha Stukel 19.20, Ali Lantz 21.21, Danika Caverly 25.56 PeeWee: Martin Kalousek 29.15, Vanessa Caverly 41.24, Emma Labro 51.31 Pole Bending Sr: Toni Long 27.55, Jody Henshaw 26.07, Rob McPherson 29.02 Jr: Jamie Long 25.03, Jesse Horkoff 26.89, Ariel Norman-Hudson 31.98 Ch: Ali Lantz 28.09, Toniesha Stukel 28.50, Danika Caverly 33.73 PeeWee: Marin Kalousek 38.46, Vanessa Caverly 51.52, Danika Stukel 60.24 Stake Race Sr: Toni Long 20.29, Rob McPherson 22.64, Shawna Fojt 24.18 Jr: Jamie Long 19.59, Andi Lantz 20.36, Jesse Horkoff 20.75 Ch: Toniesha Stukel 19,90, Ali Lantz 22.58, Myrisa Davidson 29.63 PeeWee: Martin Kalousek 30.26, Vanessa Caverly 41.93, Emma Labro 50.03 Keyhole Sr: Toni Long 8.03, Jody Henshaw 8.22, Jim Long 9.60 Jr: Jesse Horkoff 8.39, Ariel Norman-Hudson 13.61, Sierra Stukel 21.40 Ch: Danika Caverly 11.65, Myrisa Davidson 11.78, Toniesha Stukel 11.86 PeeWee: Martin Kalousek 18.63, Vanessa Caverly 19.88, Belona Bader 22.08 Hairy Scary (Hurry Scurry) Sr: Jim Long 11.17, Tanya Margerison 12.17, Shawna Fojt 13.07 Jr: Andi Lantz 9.14, Brittany Olsen 13.47, Ariel Norman-Hudson 18.23 Ch: Toniesha Stukel 10.16, Ali Lantz 13.48, Mady Dahl 18.81 PeeWee: Martin Kalousek 16.83, Vanessa Caverly 19.66, Emma Labro 23.41 Stir the Pot (5 Barrels) Sr: Toni Long 30.51, Jim Long 38.24, Shawn Fojt 40.56 Jr: Andi Lantz 33.49, Ariel Norman-Hudson 34.66, Sierra Stukel 50.40 Ch: Toniesha Stukel 30.67, Ali Lantz 34.23, Nicol Kalousek 44.02 PeeWee: Martin Kalousek 48.71, Vanessa Caverly 59.29, Danika Stukel 71.72 Eyeball on a Spoon (Egg on a Spoon) Sr: Jim Long Jr: Brittany Olsen Ch: Els Hryniw PeeWee: Shian Corbiel

Amanda Harris on “Latte” Photo by Chris Hammett

Emma Labro on “Beauty” Photo by Chris Hammett

Juanita Bannert with Comedy and Roxy Photo by Chris Hammett

Ali Lantz & judge Carolyn Dobbs Photo by Michelle Hammond

On October 4th, we hosted a BCH Qualifier show for 2010, APHA approved as well; with Carolyn Dobbs of 100 Mile House as our judge. Our Halloween Horse Show Results Costume Class: Was judged by Mayor Brian Taylor, RDKB Director Irene Perepolkin, and Councillor Cher Wyers. Sr: Juanita Bannert 1st place with Bride and Groom; Cindy Ryan 2nd; Tanya Ryan 3rd. Jr: Jamie Long 1st place with Fire Truck and Dalmation; 2nd place Amanda Harris with Latte as the Ocean and Scuba Diver; 3rd place Sierra Stuko; 4th place Andi Lantz. Child: Emma Labro 1st place as Cat and Mouse; 2nd place Vanessa Caverly as Nurse and victim; 3rd place Ali Lantz; 4th place Sarah Heric; 5th place Portia-Rose Grandmaison; 6th place Toniesha Stukel. Senior High Point - Cindy Ryan, Cranbrook Reserve High Point - Tanya Ryan, Cranbrook Junior High Point - Andi Lantz, Oliver Reserve High Point - Ariel Norman-Hudson, Oliver Child High Point - Ali Lantz, Oliver Reserve High Point - Danika Caverly, Penticton Green High Point - Sasha Hopp, Penticton Reserve High Point - Patti Galbraith, Grand Forks Witch’s Brew Obstacle Course (open) 1st Cindy Ryan; 2nd Brittany Olsen; 3rd Amanda Harris

The show was a great success, thanks to all volunteers, sponsors and participants! Our next show is May 14-16 2010 - We hope to see you there!

Brittany Olsen on Tristan Photo by Michelle Hammond

Jesse Horkoff on “Star” Photo by Michelle Hammond

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Endurance Riders Association of BC

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

mcpennytoo@telus.net Trmoorby@hotmail.com secretary@erabc.com treasurer@erabc.com fonzie@mail.ocis.net brenna.mayer@yahoo.com e_bessuille@telus.net tobytrot@telus.net Karenellis3@shaw.ca jjmrider@hughes.net wallden6484@shaw.ca

!st place to USA Danielle McGunigal

The Kentucky Endurance Test Event was held www.ERABC.com October 14th at the Kentucky Horse Park as a trial run for the World Equestrian Games scheduled in 2010. Two levels of competition were offered – 75 Miles and 100 Miles over a 6-loop course that circled the park and crossed the private properties of 27 landowners and vehicular roads 13 times. Seventy gates were installed along the route. 100 horses entered, with two-thirds registered to compete at the 100 mile level; riders came from 22 nations, and competed as part of a national/regional team and /or as individuals. Team Canada West was represented by 3 BC riders – Gail Jewell, Elroy Karius, and Tara MacLeod. Albertan Trisha Dowling completed the team. Also from BC and riding as individuals were Terre O’Brennan and Ariel MacLeod. Team Canada East was represented by Yvette Vinton, Ruth Sturley, Carol Steiner, Julie Green and Wendy Benns all of Ontario, and Robert Gielen of New Brunswick. All the Canadians are entered in the 100 Mile event. The forecast for the day was for rain in the morning with temperatures dropping from 44’F. Early eliminations at the first check sadly included Canada East’s Wendy Benns and, shortly after, USA notables Valery Kanavy and Heather Reynolds were also knocked out, all for lameness. Tara MacLeod on anglo Cairo Summer Romance, and daughter Ariel on Drift woods Bellanca cleared the first vet check in 5th and 6th positions, Robert Gielen and FC Galaxy was 13th, Carol Steiner for Canada East on Jumpin’ Jax came in 35th, with Gail Jewell on NL Temptation right behind her at 36th. Elroy Karius and Salisbury Rose were 53rd, Canada East’s Ruth Sturley on RBF Super Sport was 56th, followed by Yvette Vinton on Teese in 57th. The frontrunners were travelling at 12mph – a stiff pace in the mud and the cold, and the rain wasn’t stopping. At the second gate (vet check), the conditions began to take their toll, with eleven horses dropping out of the race, either for lameness, or by rider option – perhaps saving their horse for another day. For Canada, Tara MacLeod and Trisha Dowling were unable to continue. Robert Gielen had moved up to 5th, Ariel MacLeod was 12th, Terre O’Brennan, Carol Steiner and Julie Green were 24th to 26th, Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell were 28th and 29th. Ride management realized at this point that conditions were continuing to deteriorate – much of the trail was over grassy pasture that couldn’t provide good footing in the relentless rain to the 54 • Saddle Up • November 2009

Elroy Karius & crew

number of horses moving through. The 100 Mile/160 kilometre race was shortened to 75 Miles/120 kilometres (4 loops), losing its status as an FEI qualifying race, but saving horse and rider from making the dangerous effort to complete. Trisha Dowling emailed ‘it’s so cold and wet and the horses are being pulled like crazy. There’s 4 inches of water everywhere.’ Ariel MacLeod left the race at the 3rd vet check, Julie Green and Khaela came up lame between the 3rd vet check and the fi nish. Robert Gielen had moved up to 3rd! Further evidence of one tough day – standings for the 3rd vet check didn’t make it online. Riders and their good horses on that last loop had ridden through rain, hoof-sucking mud, and cold temperatures – the pictures tell it all. First in at 6 ½ hours was USA rider Danielle McGunigal on Golden Raven, an 8-year-old grey Arabian mare. Best Condition went to 3rd place finisher Janice Worthington (69 years young!) on 9-year-old gelding Golden Lightening. New Brunswick’s Robert Gielen fi nished an amazing 4th place! Canadian finishes were as follows: 4. Bob Gielen - FC Galaxy - Canada East 7:02 11. Carol Steiner - Jumpin’Jax - Canada East 7:48:05 12. Gail Jewell - NL Temptation - Canada West 7:48:45 13. Elroy Karius - A Salisbury Rose - Canada West 7:48:46 23. Terre O’Brennan - Koszaar 8:25 30. Ruth Sturley - RBF Super Sport - Canada East 8:54

Top 3 placings for teams went to the USA teams. 31 of 62 starters of the 100 Mile race were unable to complete. The 75 Mile/120km race that ran its intended length was completed in 6:05 hours by Sheikh Majid bin Mohd Al Maktoum on Kangoo d’Aurabelle. Only 12 of the 38 starters completed this race. This competition must surely become the source of ‘great tales in endurance’ – so many cards must be held for this level of competition – horse age and condition, qualifying race completions, personal time availability, crew, huge distances to travel (and pay for!) - and to have Nature deal its wild card at the last minute puts the capital E on Endurance. Congratulations to all who attended for an incredible effort! Hear all about it first hand at the Endurance Riders Association of BC Annual General Meeting on November 14th at the Best Western Nicola Hotel in Merritt. The agenda for the meeting and schedule for the day is posted at www.erabc.com. After the business of the club is concluded at about 3:45 pm, come for presentation and slides by this year’s Tevis Cup participants, and a panel of our experienced riders will share their tips, tricks, and strategies – an encore event, following last year’s panel. Dr. Mike is also on tap for a possible presentation. See ya there!

Pine Tree Riding Club Pine Tree Riding club would like to thank their Corporate Sponsors who donated at the beginning of our year to help with the running of our club.

KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan, meghan_popove42@hotmail.com Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256 www.pinetreeridingclub.com

Diamond Higgins Logging Ltd Campbell Creek Plumbing & Heating Thompson Rivers Tree Service Jay Dee’s Plumbing & Heating Kalli Gatien & Dodge Brent Miller, Re/Max Kamloops Core Contracting Ltd SigZag Design In Memory of Fred & Francis Pierce Pat Tombe C.A. Harper Mountain Saddle Up magazine Gold Katie Miller & Ron & Shane Haywood Prince Charming Greenhawk EZ Flex Horse Cookies The Horse Barn Deleeuw Ranches The Blackford Family Silver Agri Supply Kamloops Large Animal Vet Dr. Brent Carson Real Life Dog Training Trisha Zielke Trevor Vreeland Tristan Wintrup & Matie Our year end awards

Well that’s it, it’s all over. The last playday has ended, the show clothes have been put away, and all are now anxiously awaiting the year-end Awards Banquet. Well, maybe. By the time you are reading this the Banquet could be over as well. But if you are reading this before that happens, good luck to all. I’m going to take this opportunity to let all know that I will not be writing to you every month anymore. When the December issue goes out, that will be my last newsletter. I have enjoyed writing to you for the past three years but it is time for me to move on, in more ways than one. So with that there is now a position open in this department, a NEW WRITER is needed. A great group of riders braved the crisp autumn air for our last playday on October 4. As always, everyone had a great time with the sun eventually warming everyone’s fi ngers and toes. A bright fall coloured thank you goes out to our wonderful judges Laura Paget (Western and English) and Ray Saretsky (Trail Judge). A reminder once again for the Annual General Meeting that will be held on November 22 at 11 am at the Royal Lepage Kamloops Realty building on 322 Seymour Street. Th is is a great opportunity to share your ideas for the club, whether it is fundraising ideas or playday class ideas. How about all of us think of one or two and be there on November 22 to share them.

sponsors will be listed in next month’s issue along with our award winners.

LMQHA Evergreen Circuit By Melissa McKenzie Photos by Sally Rees It was a bit of a wet weekend for the final Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s show of 2009, but that didn’t stop the numerous horses and riders from attending the show at Thunderbird Equestrian Centre in Langley, BC on September 3-6. Judges over the weekend were: Larry Hansch, Mark Defreece, and Mavin and Sue Kapusion. Many awards were given away, including three lucky individuals who received Silver Spur Awards. The following individuals received a handmade pair of Silver Spurs by Frank Principe: Open: Fiona Brooks and Willee Be Dynamic Amateur: Kim Servoss and A Little Two Deluxe Youth: Tamara Barker and Sandman Secret Agent Thank you to our gracious sponsors, fantastic exhibitors, supporting members and our Board of Directors and committees. Your support of our shows and our club events are very much appreciated. We hope to see everyone out in 2010! Futurity Winners were: Pro Am Trail Stake Pink Cadillac Dreams Shown by Tami Hutton Yearling Colt/Gelding Halter Jackpot Got Em A Fella Shown by Sherry Sulz

Weanling Colt/Gelding Halter Jackpot Midas Well B Blazin Shown by Richard Pyke Weanling Filly Halter Jackpot Craven A Real Blonde Shown by Graham Tobias

Yearling Filly Halter Jackpot What Happens N Vegas Shown by Laurie Takoff NSBA Open Hunter Under Saddle Stake He Is Dynamic Shown by Lataya Prato 2yr Old Open/NP Challenge Slot Class The One Eyed Notice Shown by Sandra Morgan All Breed Reining Novice Horse Richs Peppy Doc Shown by Gaylene Sawchuk Fraser

Zippos Golden Notice Mark Webb

NSBA Yearling Lounge Line Futurity Zippos Golden Notice Shown by Mark Webb Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stake Investing Potential Shown by Sarah Hill All Breed Reining Open Listos Last Sugar Shown by Linda Parton All Breed Reining Rookie Peppy Miss Brit Shown by Jody Stasuk

Investing Potential Sarah Hill

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British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, dapaley@telus.net Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 Gordon.McEachen@dfompo.gc.ca AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, gaylepw@istar.ca AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, lcarter@mrl.ubc.ca

Calendar of Events: April 2010 – BCQHA AGM – Prince George


The show season has fi nished, and a lot of exhibitors went home happy because of our four zone committee’s commitments. Please take time to say thanks to those who have donated countless hours of their time and resources to put on our AQHA shows. With that thanks, there may be more horse shows next year! We had many new faces here in the North this year, and I imagine it was the same around the rest of the province. We hope you had an enjoyable experience. Next summer, please mark the Zone 1 Regional Experience July 21 - 25, 2010 on your calendars. Haidee Landry, who deserves a huge THANK YOU, has been working hard to ensure BC is hosting the 2010 zone 1 show. Th is will be a great time for us to show off our province to many “cross the line” exhibitors, as well as give us a chance to attend this great event. Please visit www. region1experience.com to see what the Regional experience is all about.

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson Congratulations to BCQHA member Kim Blyth on placing fi ft h for All-Around Amateur at the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, Texas. The AQHA World Championship Show will take place in Oklahoma City, November 6 - 21. Good luck to all the BCQHA members who have qualified and will be traveling to Oklahoma to compete in this prestigious event. The Annual AQHA Convention will take place in Kissimmee, Florida, March 5-8, 2010 for those that would like to plan a vacation around the convention and also visit Disney World and the other Florida attractions nearby. 2010 will also be another year for the AQHA Youth World Cup. AQHA has just informed us that the event will take place in Oklahoma City, July 3-11, 2010. The CQHA has selected Scott Neuman as the Team Canada Coach and Karen Lobb as the Team Manager from the applications submitted. The Team applications and criteria will be sent in the near future for the selection process of Team Canada Youth. The CQHA Annual General Meeting will take place in Montreal, Quebec along with the Equine Canada Convention on February 5, 2010. I would like to thank all members, exhibitors and especially the volunteers for another successful BCQHA AQHA Show season. Congratulations to all 2009 BCQHA Award winners and also to all Zone Award winners. I hope everyone had fun at the same time.

SCQHA Our 2009 AQHA Fall Circuit held September 17-20 at the Armstrong Fair Grounds, was again a resounding success. Exhibitors from across the province enjoyed Okanagan hospitality for the 4 full days of showing. Congratulations to all our winners in each of the categories. A very special “Thank You” to all our Volunteers who helped make this show the success it was! Without you, we could not have done this.

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Open - What Were We Thinking - Ashlea Conti Reserve - Cool Debut - Stefany Forster / Rick & Maria Gates Amateur - Bob Needs A Name - Stephanie Conti Reserve - Champagne N Dreams - Jaimy Lee Hutton Novice Amateur - Gota Be A Potential - Gordon McEachen Reserve - Locked Into Low - Amber Crutchley Amateur Select - Gota Be A Potential - Gordon McEachen Reserve - Skip To My Image - Janet Crich Youth 13 & Under - Zippos Star Shuttle - Katrina Mulford Reserve - TCD Execution Annie - Mayson Schumann Novice Youth - TCD Execution Annie - Mayson Schumann Reserve - Zippos Star Shuttle - Katrina Mulford Halter - Chance For A Legend - Roger Saur / Teresa Easton Reserve - Muddy Mr Diamond - Norma Siebert NP HUS Stake - Bob Needs A Name - Stephanie Conti Reserve - Shiny And Zipped - Ingird Saile Libera Tri Challenge Yearling Futurity - Money Makin Dreamer - Norma Hutton Reserve - WH Ima Dazzlin Bandit - Stefany Forster / Whitehawk Ranch Corp Open All Breed Reining Stake - Starlights Kid SStar - Sherri Thomson Reserve - Hollywood Blu - Lee Poncelet / Sandra Higgins Weanling Colt/Gelding - TF Playin With Fire - Roger Saur / Adelle Cartwright Reserve - WH Invitationto Power - Stefany Forster / Whitehawk Ranch Corp Weanling Filly - BC Miss Encountered - Kelly Brennan / Darby Lewis Reserve - Hollywood Jet Blu - Sandra Higgins 2 Yr Old W/P - The Pool Boy - Sally Saur Reserve - Obviously Macho - Laura Bouchard NP W/P Stake - Ima Special Delivery - Calli Rouse Reserve - Gota Be A Potential - Gordon McEachen BC Bred Award - Shiney Wranglers - Ruth Sweet

The AQHA Ride held September 26 in Barriere was also a success, judging by the feedback from those who participated. The ride saw 15 riders head out on a gorgeous day from the Fall Fair Grounds, into the high country near Leonie Lakes. Joe Sabyan led the group assisted by Gail Yonni. Amongst the locals, were riders from Lone Butte, Vernon and Clearwater. All found their way along old trails to the viewpoint of the North Thompson, and along the shores of Paradise and Genier Lakes. We’re pleased to report that 2 of the horses were fresh back from the SCQHA Fall Circuit, held the weekend previously in Armstrong. There each tallied up not only AQHA Points but both were representative of the wellrounded AQHA horse we all seek out. To show to the 9’s one weekend, shed the tails to crawl the trails the next weekend! Thanks to each of these owners for demonstrating once again what we all strive for… the All Round American Quarter Horse! Thank You to our sponsor of the AQHA Ride, Montana Silver Buckles. Kelly Charlton of River Run Ranch — won by Marcie Pace of Kamloops for riding an AQHA horse and Paula Cousins, winning the draw for riding an All Breed horse. Sponsor of the wool saddle blankets, presented as runner up awards, was Barriere’s River Bank Quarter Horses–Joe Sabyan & Cherie Jardine, going to Mo Gates for an AQHA horse and Cherrie Witts of Clearwater for riding an All Breed Appy! Thanks also go out to local Rancher Brian Watt and Jo, as well as to Gail Yonni and spouse Bobby, for taking time out from their busy days to help flag and mark the trails for the ride! Thank You’s also to Carmen and Barb Smith and the Ewashina family for allowing riders to cross their property to access these trails. Plans are already well underway for next year’s ride. If you would like to help with this exciting venue, please stay tuned to the SCQHA link on the BC Quarter Horse web site for developments of this ride in 2010!

NBCQHA Please join us for the NBCQHA Year End Banquet at Bon Voyage Inn Prince George, December 11th, 2009 - 6:00 pm. Adults $28.00; Children under 11 - $14.00. For Tickets please contact: Pam Morrison - morrisonqh@telus.net Carlina Schumann - saschumann@uniserve.com Debbie Pavlis - tgitg63@hotmail.com Jessica Mikolayczyk - jmikolayczyk@bulkley.net

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 snrk@telus.net Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Deborah@Khafra-Arabians.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca

Hello everyone! Here we are deep into Fall and the weather is getting chilly! I have put Sammy in his winter wear and dug out my warm riding boots… gee didn’t summer just sail on bye? I hope everyone had a good year and enjoyed horsing around all summer. Winter riding is fun as well, I fi nd that it is a great stress reliever and a good cure for cabin fever. I especially love going out to feed the horses on cold crisp nights. The stars are always bright and those happy little horse nickers just make life wonderful. So have a happy November and enjoy your furry friends! - Cheers, Alaina

Congratulations Cayleigh and Chevy! Cayleigh took her horse, Firefox Klassic Chevy, to Chilliwack to participate in the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Show in August. They had successful rides and together with two of her friends, their team took the Gold award in combined Dressage points. Cayleigh and Chevy also competed in the Hack portion of the show in the division of 14.2 – 16HH and won the “Champion” high point award. At the end of August, Cayleigh and Chevy also took home a High Point award at the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo in Barriere. Cayleigh and Chevy

YEAR END BANQUET November 21 Remember to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the BCIAHA club banquet at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon.

Bring a friend and ask for the special BCIAHA rates to stay over in the Hotel and make it a night out. Happy Hour 6:00 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Dancing at 8:00 pm

Come have a great Dinner and dance till midnight. Presentation of Awards to our successful club members following dinner.

Adult Club members – $22.00 Under 18 Jr. members - $12.00 Non-Club members - $28.00 Non-Club Jr. members - $18.00

There is a fun Silent Auction, just in time for Christmas shopping.

Contact Sheila for tickets at 250-546-6004 or asmarawg@telus.net

N O I T EN UBS T T A L CL AL A message from…

Michelle Prudens horse Sweet Angelena at Thunderbird Show Park in September.

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BC Paint Horse Club

www.bcphc.com Pres VP Sec Treas Past Pres. APHA Alt APHA

Position Vacant Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 colleen_doug@shaw.ca Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 ratzmary@hotmail.com Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 lazy3@telus.net Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 ljbruce@telus.net Director (BC & Alaska) Laura Bouchard 250 374-8864 lpacres@telus.net Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 raitken@persona.ca www.apha.com 817 834-2742

As another year comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments and the memories created by them. For some of us, it’s all about our show ring successes, points earned and prizes awarded, for others it’s about miles ridden and trails discovered; but both come with new friends and faces. The wrap up show for this season for the BC Paint Horse Club was the combined 4-Day, 4-Judge Paint/Quarter Horse show that was held in Armstrong on September 17-20. Several club members made the trek to the interior including Colleen Schellenberg and her daughter Emma, and Dianne and Calli Rouse of Langley. It was well attended, and there was an improvement in numbers from last year’s show. They hosted the Yearling Tri-Challenge again as well as the Halter Futurities and Performance Stake classes. Everyone had a great time, and I’m sure they are anxiously awaiting news of another show next year! The High Point winners were: Open - Ingrid Libera & Shiny and Zipped Reserve - Giorgina Libera & Maximum Intensity Youth 14-18 - Calli Rouse & Ima Special Delivery Reserve - Alexia Hazeldine & Two Prestigious Youth 13 and under - Ingrid Libera & Shiny and Zipped Reserve - Giorgina Libera & Maximum Intensity Solid Paint Bred - Barb Hazell & Face It Its My Time Reserve - none Novice Amateur - Tammy Botsford & Dez Add To The Asset Reserve - Avery Murray & Cashin In On Dreams Amateur - Tammy Botsford & Dez Add To The Asset Reserve - Laura Bouchard & Tardys Scootin Titan Halter - Ingrid Libera & Shiny and Zipped Reserve - Roger Saur & The Pool Boy BC Bred High Point Paint - Stefany Forster & Aneasterpaintedzippo

One of the final PAC-approved shows was the BC Sport Horse Fall Classic Show. Club members Jackie Thomas and her gelding “Macco” followed up on their success at the Sport Horse Summer Show with another good outing in September. Jackie and Macco got firsts, seconds and thirds in their Under Saddle classes. While the show features a full slate of open breed classes, there was also a coloured horse division for Paints, Pintos, Palominos, and Appaloosa. The coloured horse division had a very good turn-out and, overall, the competition at the show was very strong. Fellow Paint Club member Kelly Allen was also competing at the show. The show was held September 58 • Saddle Up • November 2009

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint 25-27 at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds in Cloverdale, BC. It’s nice to see that Paint horses excel at more than just the traditional events at stock horse shows! This is also a good time of year to evaluate ourselves and our goals for the upcoming 2010 show season, and figure out a game plan for the off-season. The first show of the new season always seems to come up so quickly (well at least for me!) that I find that making monthly goals and expectations help to motivate you and prepare you for those early shows. Speaking of early shows, for those of us that are brave enough to do the Monroe show in March, the rituals of hooding, blanketing and lights are already in effect. With Christmas coming up ever so quickly, don’t forget to make your wish list soon! This will give “Santa” plenty of time to find that perfect new show shirt, lead rope, saddle pad or helmet (wait a minute that’s my list! lol) to put under the Christmas tree. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and safe New Year and I look forward to sharing our love of the American Paint Horse in 2010. - Anne Marie Wass

2 very similarly marked halter geldings - Cashin In On Dreams owned by Avery Murray and All Reddy Smoke N owned by Emma Schellenberg.

Jackie Thomas and her Paint gelding “Macco” at the BC Sport Horse Fall Classic Show.

BC Cutting Horse Association Photos by Barb Glazer

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

Email Address: bccha@telus.net Web Site www.cuttingnews.com Area 20

The Canadian Supreme held Brian Postill on Duallys Cat September 28th – October 4th at the Westerner Exposition in Red Deer, Alberta has over 30 years of history. In 2008 riders competed for $463,850 in payouts making the Supreme the most prestigious Cutting, Reining and Cow Horse show in Canada. This year Todd Williamson of Idaho and Rod Kelley from Texas judged the six divisions of cutting classes. Our BC cutters did well bringing home some large payouts. In the 3 year-old Open Futurity class Tick Tick Boom ridden by Denton Moffat and owned by Topnotch Performance Horses captured 5th place and $5,128.93. No Pinchin This Cat owned by Janice Eaton of Merritt and ridden by Denton Moffat placed 15th and received $3,239.12. Les Timmons of Kamloops rode Bo Dual, owned by Dennis Nolin to the Reserve Champion position in the 4 year-old Open Derby class receiving $4,245.96. Dual Reyacinth ridden by John Swales and owned by Rod Macdonald of Stump Lake placed 6th in the Derby class taking home $1,698.17. The Open Classic Challenge 5/6 year olds was a very competitive class and Duallys Cat owned by Brian Postill of Coldstream, ridden by Dave Batty of Coldstream placed 4th bringing home $2,232.34. Not far behind in 7th place was HA Chics Guitar owned by Andrea Delwo and ridden by Les Timmons. Janice Eaton of Merritt riding Four White Cats captured the Reserve Champion in the Non Pro Classic Challenge 5/6 year-olds coming out ahead of 52 other competitors. Janice and Four White Cats received $3,995 for their efforts. Duallys Cat ridden by Brian Postill of Coldstream finished 4th and received $1,878.42. Date A Smart Pep ridden by Deborah Anderson of Langley placed 13th receiving $1,202.14. Congratulations to all these competitors.

Les Timmons on Bo Dual

Denton Moffat on Tick Tick Boom

Dave Batty on Duallys Cat

Janice Eaton on Four White Cats

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



THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 10/10

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, critteraid@vip.net 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 2/10


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com 5/10 The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit www.CHAinstructors.com

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 3/10 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233 bccha@telus.net, or web www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 4/10 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, www.morganhorse.ca 11/09 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 13-14 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB VP Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 8/10 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 2/10

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at www.bctcpa.com or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 2/10

MORGANS – the VERSATILE breed – DO IT ALL! CHAMPIONS 2000 & 2001

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Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

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ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Pat Carnegie, pcarnegie@care2.com 250-462-0006 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. eqtrails@gmail.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Janice Goodman (Secretary) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348 wcra@telus.net, www.wcra.info 10/10

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Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, ckclassicl@yahoo.ca 6/10

WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) www.walkercreek.ca 9/10 TRAILER REPAIRS

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

al@cossentinesaddlery.com • www.cossentinesaddlery.com

All Makes Service & Repair


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

TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373, tnt125@shaw.ca 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

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Business Services TRAILER SALES



Quality Horse Transport

(Aluminum & Steel)

We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB

www.kieferbuiltcanada.com Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920

TRAINERS/COACHES BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines. www.bluemeadowfarm.ca




Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. www.hoovesnhounds.com



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


Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC mrabe@jetstream.net • www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 9/10

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10


Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”

danahokana@aol.com • 951.302-9463 • www.hokana.com

INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, www.bchorsevacations.com 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, llothian@telus.net 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. mistatimranch@yahoo.ca 2/10 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! www.sphranch.ca. 2/10

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts • Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC

www.texstables.com • 250-832-7339


TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 www.toltaway.com Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. www.tranquillefarms.com 250-832-0918 or 250-804-8072 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. www.mwsporthorses.com 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. www.hoch.ca Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 8/10 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

ADVERTISE HERE FOR THE YEAR $175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST.

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Stallions and Breeders Advertise your farm here: Only $175 (2 lines) or $350 (Boxed) per year. DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.

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



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

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses, www.easygo-ranch.ca

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com

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

HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: info@toltaway.com or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 www.toltaway.com • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, whitevale@shaw.ca

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 www.kperformancehorses.com SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, bigcheeks@hafdunfarms.com 2/10

L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan, llnicholls@shaw.ca

Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 www.easygo-ranch.ca • info@easygo-ranch.ca 64 • Saddle Up • November 2009

Stallions and Breeders YELLOW MOUNT RANCH

Salty Ole Jack

is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Clumination 1994 Sorrel AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Impressed By Clu 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N Kingofhearts McCue 1997 Red Dun Tovero APHA LWOS negative HDF Brandy Snifter 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA (37.5% Yellow Mount) RKR Hearts Sonny Dee 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Breeding Fee: Private Treaty Turin, AB 403-738-4966 bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion


Dorla Malo

K Performance Horses

Pete Dyck Lethbridge, AB 403-634-6723 mariadyck@xplornet.com

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

AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale

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

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0


DS Boomin Enterprise

www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca



Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm

Chex Smokin Deal info@kperformancehorses.com or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) www.kperformancehorses.com 9/10


Little Peppe Leo 15.3HH APHA Stallion

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

2009 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint


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

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

Debora Morgan Neufeld

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

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058 greengablesmorgans@hotmail.com


Visit us at 6/10



THE STALLION ISSUES ARE COMING Rates starting at $70. per issue or $49. per issue (year-round)

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On The Market

4 HORSE 2002 CHARMAC LEGACY 2004 REG’D APHA, 15.1HH BAY & WHITE OVERO GELDING Super mover, flat kneed with a lope to die for. Many champions in pedigree. 250-374-8864 (Knutsford)

REG’D QUARTER HORSE MARE Coming 2 in 2010. Sired by He’s My Sierra, Grandson of Sierra Te and Son of Sierra Simpson. Dam: No Idel Chatter, a daughter of Feature Bonanza (Western Pleasure sire). This young mare has amazing movement, would make an excellent all-round horse, nice nature, good with other horses, currently standing at 15.2HH and still growing! 250-722-3650 (Cedar, Vancouver Island) highcruisenquarterhorses@hotmail.com

8 feet wide with living quarters, washroom w/ shower, walk-through door to horses, stud wall, hay rack, hay feeder, drop down windows. $42,000 obo. 250-722-3650 (Cedar, Vancouver Island) highcruisenquarterhorses@hotmail.com

11 YR. OLD, 15.2HH 3/4 CANADIAN GELDING Kind and gentle temperament; solid build with good feet and bone; excellent ground manners and basics; trailers well; suitable for pleasure or trail; experienced horse person only. $2,500. Call Kim 604-773-2401 (Richmond)

8 YR. OLD, 14.2HH GREY/ROAN, APPY/QH MARE Solid, athletic pony with a good foundation. Has been trained dressage but is suitable for any discipline. No vices. Would suit experienced youth or adult amateur. $3,500. Call Kim 604-773-2401 (Richmond)

CKC REG’D BOUVIER PUPPIES Out of Champion parents. Father is a Canadian Conformation Champion, mother is an Obedience Champion. Both parents OFA Certified Hip and Elbow Displasia Free, heart and eyes tested as well. Ready mid-December. $1,200 firm. 250-804-0661 (Salmon Arm) centaur@airspeedwireless.ca


2004, 15.1HH, BAY AQHA GELDING By Red Skys x Gallo Del Cieolo out of an Alamitos Bar mare. A kind horse that has huge power and speed, agility and athleticism to get any job done. He would excel in Roping (Heading Horse), Barrel Racing or Penning. With the performance breeding on top and bottom, combined with his pretty head, gentle and quiet disposition, he has a lot to offer. Currently in training. MUST SELL $4,500 obo. 250-803-6003 (Salmon Arm) 12/09 info@texstables.com, www.texstables.com

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WW PACBAR TROOPER Gorgeous 1994 15.2HH Velvet Black Paint Stallion. Champions throughout bloodlines including Two Eyed Jack and Three Bars. Sired 15 paints/pintos from 15 solid mares. He is very gentle and has a quiet nature - a beautiful animal in every way. $4,000 obo. More photos and lineage at www.legacyranch.ca 250-459-7963 (Clinton)

12 yr, 16+HH, Reg’d part-bred Morgan Gelding. Ridden English, Dressage, Eventing. Easygoing, sensible, willing partner. Always in the ribbons, flashy, judges love him. Approved home only. Suits confident youth or amateur. $8,500 obo – must sell. 250-546-9922 (Armstrong) nancyroman@saddleup.ca

On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

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

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



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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca

www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 5/10

Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: sacres@telusplanet.net www.stoneyacres.com (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


CIMARRON NORSTAR LX SERIES 2 Horse Bumper Pull Trailer This is a late 2007 model with less than 500 km, comes with every conceivable option and accessory for the ultimate in comfort and protection for your show horses. $18,500 CDN 403-519-6146 (Calgary, AB)

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Great lesson pony, goes by voice commands, won’t go faster than the kids are ready for. Good on trails. Great feet, no shoes. More like a small horse, he is stout enough for a small adult to ride. Sherman does well out with the herd. Unlike most ponies he does fine on a round bale, not sensitive to free feeding. Not bratty or spoiled.


October 6, 2009 She was a beautiful redhead, feisty, troubled, angry and intelligent. Wronged by her “professionals, deemed untrainable” and destined for euthanasia, she was brought to us as a last resort by her grateful young owner. Over the next 7 years Zoey became one of my many teachers. So quick to learn with the natural methods which were so plausible to her, she became my “10 minute” horse. New concept, 10 minutes later, yes, Janice, what’s next? Zoey became a favourite with people of all ages, and became an ambassador of the Natural Horsemanship movement at Jandana Ranch. Rest easy and gallop to your heart’s delight, Zoey, you will be sadly missed. - Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, BC.

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HALLOWEEN REINING SCHOOLING SHOW & Pot Luck Supper, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jan Daly 250-577-3775 APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Kamloops, www.dougmills.com MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC, Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245, E-mail: milkmaid@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: kristinamillar@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: nancylane@shaw.ca DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Quesnel, www.dougmills.com MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman 250-724-4645, E-mail: rdpitman@shaw.ca DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Princeton, www.dougmills.com NORTH OKANAGAN HORSEY LADIES Charity Banquet, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon, BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or Cheryle 250-838-7904 CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909, aateam@witsendfarms.com DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Langley, www.dougmills.com DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Okanagan Falls, www.dougmills.com GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159, willowacres@telus.net, www.willowacres.ca DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Sorrento, www.dougmills.com LAODAS-WAY; THE SACRED HORSE WORKSHOP! Alder Flats, AB 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com AWARDS BANQUET, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub

december 2-6

LAODAS-WAY COLLEGE OF EQUINE KINETICS; 2nd section, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765. Register at www.laodas-way.com

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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

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APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Arizona, www.dougmills.com HUMAN APPLIED KINESIOLOGY/ADJUSTING; for Riders, place (tba), AB, 780-621-0765. Register for any clinic at www.laodas-way.com NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS; 1st section, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765. Register at www.laodas-way.com SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSEWOMEN’S DINNER, Ramada Inn, Penticton. Tickets $25 available in January at Ramada Inn.

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march 7

WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159, willowacres@telus.net, www.willowacres.ca

april 24

SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca

may 29-31

TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com

june 1-2 4-6

TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Spirit 4-H) Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com

july 21-25

2010 AQHA REGIONAL EXPERIENCE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, more info at www.bcqha.com

september 26-Oct 3

EQUUS AT SEA CRUISE, Vancouver to San Diego, Rhonda 1-877-851-0903, www.holidaysbybarb.com

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2008 Royal T - 2 Horse All Aluminum Bumper Pull 7’ 6” interior ht, drop down feed doors, drop down window bars, hip side windows, load lights, swing out saddle tree, spare tire, rubber lined with mats, padded divider, vents, key lock rear & tack doors, LED lights. MSRP $15,727 + taxes. Must go! Blow Out Prices! $12,462 + taxes. Phone Ted at: 1-877-743-6060



www.HourGlassStudio.com for Specialty Etched Horses on Glasses & Giftware.

Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons

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2008 Royal T - 3 Horse All Aluminum Goose Neck 6’ short wall in change room. 7’ interior ht, drop down windows, drop down window bars, hip side windows, mid tack, spare tire & jack, LED lights, load lights, 16” rubber, rubber lined & mats, padded dividers, vents. MSRP $28,673 + taxes. Must go! Blow Out Prices! $21,156 + taxes. Phone Ted at: 1-877-743-6060 (Duncan)

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www. innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 10/10 THE SALES BARN. Over 100 horses for sale! Western Canada’s equine classifieds & community. 25% of ad proceeds are donated to local equine rescues. www. thesalesbarn.ca 2 REG’D APHA SORREL/OVERO MARES: 1 – 5 yr. shown lightly, well broke in trail and ranch work. Had one foal (can be seen). $4,000. 1 – 2 yr. well started, Peeping Bo Badger granddaughter. $2,500. 250-260-4074 or 250306-8993 (Vernon) THIMBLE RANCH: 12HH PONY MARE, 6 years old, up-to-date on deworming and farrier. Good kids pony. Comes with tack. $1,200 firm to a good home. 17 YR OLD reg’d Quarter Horse Mare, 14.2HH, papers not up-to-date. Very quiet, good on trails and traffic, also in an arena. Good kids horse. Up-to-date on deworming and farrier. $1,500 to good home. E-mail thimbleranch@telus.net. Phone 250547-6310 (Cherryville)

EVENTS 12th Annual Horsey Ladies Charity Banquet – ALMOST SOLD OUT!! November 20, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon, BC. Tickets at Country West Supply, The Paddock, Touch A Texas.

DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES 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




Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses For more information 250-546-6004 2/10


* 130 x 160' Outdoor Riding Ring * 25 x 60' Pens (with shelters & turnout) * Full Board (3 feedings per day) * Equine Therapist (by appointment) Loving Care for your prized four-legged companion!

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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

Cindy Kirschman

7 minutes from IPE Fairgrounds

(Chris Irwin Certified)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 12/09

RENTALS EXECUTIVE COUNTRY HOME, Enderby, BC. 5 acres, horse ready, quality 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rancher, shop. Value $1500/month, rent till sold at $1000 + utilities w/provisions. View: www.OKCountryHaven.com. Inquiries 250-838-5737

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FREE IF IT’S FREE, ADVERTISE IT FOR FREE. FREE HORSE MANURE – most well ‘seasoned’ – ready for spreading. You load. Lots of it. 250-546-9922 (Armstrong, Hullcar area) 9 YR OLD double reg’d Palomino AQHA Mare. No vices, excellent broodmare, trail broke. Needs time to come back from muscle pull for riding, but ready to breed. Loving home a must. E-mail bobliss@canada.com or call 250-319-1946 (Pritchard)

SEEKING NEW HOME: Tennessee Walker/Thoroughbred cross mare. Has been used as a lesson horse by a certified instructor to teach beginner riders. She is patient and forgiving. She has been semi-retired. Suitable for light riding or for teaching the kids or grand-kids to ride. An easy keeper. She will need a safe, comfortable place to live and her new owners will have to have some experience with horses or have experienced help. Phone 250-442-0102. Locatedd in in G Grand ran annd Forks For oorkk s BC. BC. C

HANDSOME GELDING NEEDS RETIREMENT HOME. Free to a good home as a companion or as a beautiful pasture ornament. Dressage career ended due to lameness but healthy in every other way. Deserves a great retirement. Is only 12 years old. No shoes. No complications. Will have to be put down if we cannot find a home. Can haul him to Vernon, Kelowna or Kamloops. PLEASE CALL 250-546-4944 or lzillinger@gmail.com (Armstrong)

3 YEAR OLD reg’d AQHA Sorrel Mare. Broodmare sound only due to injury this past winter. Very personable, loves to be with people. Gets along very well with other horses. No vices. Free to good home. E-mail bobliss@canada.com or call 250-319-1946 (Pritchard)

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