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Fall has officially arrived – and most clubs and events are winding down to take a well-deserved break from the busy show season. And, of course, our horses need a break too. Won’t be long before the snow starts flying (I know, you hate that ‘s’ word). Well the ‘s’ word is better than the ‘r’ word (rain!) – that’s why Greg and I moved to the Okanagan – we get the four seasons, not just ‘r’ all the time. Although right now a lot of us in western Canada need that rain – it’s still too crispy and dry, not safe, still, for many of us. The fires have calmed down some, but we’re not out of the (pine beetle) woods just yet! October is here and most of you know what that means… The Mane Event is coming (in Chilliwack) – a weekend not to miss. Saddle Up will be there – and I can hardly wait. So stop by the booth and say ‘hi’ – if I’m not there, it’s because I am out and about shopping or watching some of the demos and speakers. Our next deadline for the November issue is TRULY October 15th as I have to get the magazine ready for print BEFORE I go to The Mane Event. So please folks, do try to get your ads in on time… or this time I will tell you it’s too late. Talk you by the 15th (I hope) – or see you in Chilliwack!

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Dear Editor... Dear Nancy: First let me say I love your magazine. The articles published are informative and relative to the average horse owner. It is because of this I felt the need to write a short note. The trailering article (August 2009) by Mr. Kelly was poorly thought out and lacked little in “useable” information. Unless Mr. Kelly will be featured in your magazine in future issues to further explain the questions he put forth, it’s my feeling the page could have been put to better use. When teaching, regardless of the medium, magazine, internet or in person, the “instructor” needs to offer a solution to each and every question he or she puts forth. How is one to learn without answers or direction? The questions Mr. Kelly proposed were good ones, but I felt the article was incomplete without an explanation for each one. When offering instruction on a large scale, one must be cognizant of their audience. Your material must be tailored for all levels of expertise, from novice to experienced. While I respect the fact that Mr. Kelly has years of experience in the horse industry, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is an expert in all facets. It’s my feeling that instructional articles should be left up to the professional directly involved with that particular activity on a day-to-day basis. Anyone can put pen to paper, educating is a gift. Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work!!!!! - Regards, Sherri Friesen, Langley BC (Editor’s note: We contacted Mr. Kelly regarding the above letter, and this is his response.)

Dear Nancy: With due respect to Sherri Friesen’s concerns and comments about the article on trailer loading in the August issue. Yes, we need to educate people at all levels. Safety is always my main concern when helping people. It’s always better to know as much as possible before we make the attempt to take such things on. We can never be over prepared around livestock and horses. The article is a snapshot into the subject of trailer loading. I have seen many wrecks when people have not been prepared or did not think things could go wrong. For the readers of Saddle Up magazine, the article; Trailer Loading–Just The Start was written that way for that reason; it is a series on trailer loading. Answers to the first article will be in the next

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article Trailer Loading-The Next Step, which I’m working on as we speak. I owned my own trailer hauling company in the 70’s, and for 15 years in Langley, BC, I helped a local commercial horse hauling company. I also was blessed to help many lower mainland people with their horse loading and hauling needs and problems. In 2007 I worked for an Alberta based commercial horse hauler, where I put my ideas and new theories to the test. I know the owner of the company, the drivers, and the customers were happy with the results. Short and long distance hauling is a real experience in itself. You get to load horses of all ages, different breeds, sizes, etc. You load some horses that are trained, other horses that had some training, and then other horses with no training at all. And after I had got to know some of the drivers and I got to know their horsemanship skills, I could coach them via cell phone if they ran into a problem on the road. - Jeff rey Roger Kelly

Hello Nancy: I just wanted to send you an e-mail to let you know that we have had a lot of great response to our article that ran in the July issue about Sunnybrae Bible Camp and our expansion of the horse program. Many of the responses have resulted in horses being donated to us, as well as making great contacts with other people. I even had a call from a lady in Washington regarding 2 ponies that would be excellent for our program next summer! Also, one of the horses we acquired came from a lady who was advertising her horse for sale in the July magazine, the same issue she read our article in and gave me a call! I really appreciate that you gave us room in the magazine to get the word out there about our program. I have been blown away by the encouragement and support we have received as a result. I would love to do a follow up article sometime thanking your readers, as well as an update as to how far we have come. Again, thanks for taking the time to help us out in this way! Have a great day. - Meaghan Zaichkowsky, Head Wrangler,Sunnybrae Bible Camp (Editor’s note: Well thank you Meaghan, good to hear. Yes, do please send a follow-up story when you are able – happy to print it.)

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter in absolute shock in response to the “Starving Arabians In Our Area” article (September issue). Reading this story brought back memories of the seize that the SPCA did in 2005. I was there and what I saw and experienced was not only heart wrenchingly depressing but now tears at me knowing that these horses are still there suffering and dying almost five years later. These horses were (are) suffering from lice, starvation, foot problems, over the fence breedings (the male horses were housed on the perimeter of the “pasture” that the females were in the middle of) and are so scared of people that they will run into fences to avoid them (a personal experience). I have not had contact with the parole officers since that incident, but I had hoped that something would have been done since that particular visit was about the fourth time that the SPCA had to investigate this residence. I was one who helped load some of the three horses we seized in complete desperation that we couldn’t take the other twenty-eight. I remember the officers and the people who hauled trailers out there, in hopes of taking these animals, discussing the fact that we had to leave them behind due to their intense fear of us! I also remember the veterinarian who had been inspecting some of the horses (certainly not all of them) but cannot remember if he was one of ours or hers. I am only writing in response to this article in prayer and hope that if anyone can do something about this tragedy that they please do so. If I were in the position to take some of these horses I would do so with no hesitation, as I would most definitely have done that day. It is all I can do just to rewrite that fateful day to share with you what it is truly like there, and not just what people see over the fence. I sincerely hope that these horses find refuge before it’s too late, they will be in my prayers every moment. - Name withheld by request.

Letter to the Editor: RE: Road safety: The issue of rider and road safety has been and is ongoing. I am sure many riders have more than one shocking story to relay. I have, over the years come to this conclusion: Because people who don’t own animals don’t understand animals, perhaps the focus should be on the driver’s safety as opposed to always on the horse and rider’s safety – for the sole purpose of simply making a statement that directly impacts the

Dear Editor... cont’d driver. I think a campaign geared towards the drivers could potentially make the difference we are all wanting. This is the letter I sent to our editor of the Trail Times in the Kootenays: Many horseback riders in the Kootenays have to ride on the roads to access trails, and the lack of awareness on the part of many drivers is concerning. Speeding past not only adults but children on horses, honking their horns or giving the finger because they believe they have the right-of-way. You would think common sense would dictate, that even IF they did have the right-of-way, the prospect of a 1100 lbs of horse coming through their windshield and killing them and any passengers in their vehicle would take precedence for that 10 seconds it takes to show a little courtesy; not to mention the fact that they could also kill someone else’s child or family member. ATTENTION DRIVERS: IF YOU HIT A HORSE WITH YOUR VEHICLE YOU COULD BE KILLED! SO PLEASE PASS HORSE & RIDERS WIDE & SLOW! - Mirissa Farias, Fruitvale BC

Dear Nancy: In response to the letters written by Ms. Kauff mann and Mr. Irwin in your September 2009 issue, I felt moved to write. I certainly respect the opinion and methods of Mr. Irwin as a knowledgeable and talented horseman - I have enjoyed his informative articles in your past issues. However, I still question the need to start horses as young as two years old. You see, the problem is much larger than what goes on in a single trainer’s round pen. Mr. Irwin uses low-stress techniques with his horses, and obviously fi nds that his results are good. However, I think that professional trainers need to set an example for the rest of the horse-loving public. If professionals are starting their horses at two, that must mean it’s okay and healthy for the horses, right? Well, it may be okay the way Mr. Irwin does it, but how many people (even trainers!) are talented enough to do what he does? Or, how many people actually send their young horses to him or other low-stress natural trainers? My guess is that the vast majority of horses do not benefit from such gentle early handling.

I believe that professionals, particularly those who are in the media spotlight, have a responsibility to promote best-practice. Of course trainers cannot be responsible for outside individuals who try to train their own horses and “do it wrong.” However, I am still convinced that we can do many young horses a favour by delaying their start until they are older - I think we can all agree that it can’t possibly be a BAD thing to wait another year. Perhaps if more professionals pushed for a later start, there would be fewer three-yearolds at futurities, and the associations that promote such events would be motivated to change their ways too. - Sincerely, Sasha Hopp Editor’s note: Past issues mentioned above are now available on our website under ARCHIVES. You can now see the magazine page-by-page online.

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Veterinary Chiropractic Care By Dr. Britt Mills, DVM WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

The term chiropractic originates from the Greek words “cheir” meaning hand and “praxis” meaning practice or done by.


t refers to the practice of manipulating the spine to treat certain disease conditions. The aim is to restore mobility function and normal body awareness. Despite the common practice of referring to a chiropractic fi xation as a “vertebra that is out,” an adjustment mobilizes a vertebra but does not replace a bone that is out of place. Chiropractors base their theories of disease on the connections between various body structures and the spinal column, and on the role of the spine in biomechanics and movement. Therapy is directed at the spine in order to modify the progression of disease. Spinal manipulation has been practised for centuries in many cultures, including the early Chinese and Greeks. However, there is a distinct lack of historical documentation of its early use in the animal species. It is within the last century that the modern form of this theory and practice has developed.

What conditions are most often treated with chiropractic? Conditions most commonly treated are: neck, back and hip pain, as well as disc disease, and many disorders with neurological signs. One of the most common signs that chiropractic care should be considered is simply that the animal is not performing at its best.

How can my horse benefit from chiropractic? Chiropractic is one of the few tools in veterinary medicine where results are often immediate, and are often seen within minutes of treatment. In general, improvements are defined as an improved gait and an apparent reduction in pain. In orthopedic conditions such as fractures or ligament tears, chiropractic care may not replace the need for surgery, but will be useful in correcting secondary problems caused by compensation or overcompensation to the injury. Animals used for athletic performance or other working purposes are ideal candidates for chiropractic treatment. By regularly assessing and maintaining maximum flexibility in these animals, injuries may be avoided. Animal athletics include horses used for racing, dressage or pleasure riding and dogs used in racing, agility training or field trials.

How successful is chiropractic? Chiropractic can do more than relieve muscular pain and restrictions because of the connection between the spine and organ systems. Chiropractic can enhance the well-being of animals by improving organ and tissue health. It is very successful in treating suboptimal performance and can enhance recovery from trauma. The success depends on how severe and long lasting the original treatment was.

Can chiropractic be combined with other types of veterinary medicine? Chiropractic therapy is often combined with other forms of traditional and alternative veterinary medicine. There appears to be a particularly strong synergy between acupuncture and chiropractic. However when multiple types of treatments are used, it may be difficult to determine the results of a chiropractic treatment, unless the treatments are performed at different times. Certified veterinary 8 • Saddle Up • October 2009

chiropractors have the knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the patient’s response to therapy. If your horse is receiving chiropractic treatment from a practitioner other than your regular veterinarian, it is imperative that both individuals are kept updated about the ongoing treatment in order to provide co-ordinated care of your horse, to allow proper evaluation of treatment to minimize any avoidable interactions or interferences. There is a huge variation in credentials and chiropractic styles so it is up to the horse owner to be certain they feel comfortable with the person working on their horse.

Mills Veterinary Services Courses & Workshops being offered Fall 2009 October, November and December All courses and workshops are limited in size and consist of hands on sessions for half of the course 1. Acupressure for Horse Owners: This is a 2 day course offering acupressure and simple bodywork techniques. Acupressure theory and basic point location are covered. This course will enable owners to provide pain relief for performance horses and cover acupressure treatment for common medical conditions. 2. Acupressure for Equine Massage Therapists: This is an in depth series of courses consisting of 4-3 day sessions. It is designed for the serious horse owner or lay professional to help manage performance issues, pain and chronic problems. Basic areas touched on are: acupuncture theory, meridians, constitutions, principles of point selection and treatment, non-force chiropractics, anatomy, and herbal and botanical medicines to help horses. 3. First Aid for Horse Owners: This is a 2 day course that teaches the basics of a physical exam, colic exam, intramuscular injection techniques and when to call a veterinarian. Common emergency conditions and their treatments are discussed. Pharmaceutical management and complementary medicine approaches are discussed. Please call our office or email us to get the dates and times of each course. These courses fill quickly so please call early to ensure you get into the course of your choice.

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Paying it Forward Fundraiser By Yvonne Allen FOR OUR HORSES OF TOMORROW!


chance and are interested in possibly winning one of the many prizes that will be drawn daily, we invite you to visit the At Ease Horse Care booth (representing Voice For The Horse) at The Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 23-25. All proceeds will be donated to the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society who will be onsite to answer any questions. If you would like to join up with us in support of our horses that will be at risk this year and have items you would like to donate for the fundraiser, please contact either Kim Stinson from the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society 250-215-0144 or Yvonne Allen from Voice For The Horse 604-833-3983. We thank you in advance for your timely support! The VFTH Team experienced first hand the wild fire and evacuation of horses in the Pritchard area this past August. We have logged on our own personal experience of the evacuation and you can view this online at Also visit the B.C. Interior Horse Rescue Society web site at www. to learn more about the amazing job they did this past summer, assisting residents with the evacuation of their beloved horses and other livestock.

s we enter into our second winter since the downturn of the economy in 2008, many have adjusted to this change and are moving forward optimistically with a better today and tomorrow in mind. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many of our horses and it has already been forecasted that this year may be even more challenging than the last. Due to more extreme shortages of hay with prices escalating for what is available, it is not a good sign for horses that may be left to forage this coming winter. Last year rescue centres for horses were met with record numbers and given this unfortunate situation as it seems to appear and as difficult as this is to comprehend, leaves many horse owners with no better options than to put their equine charges down Mallory Rd. Enderby, BC. humanely. 25 acre hobby farm ready for your horses, cattle and critters with x-fencing, shelters, hay sheds, tack room, shop, arenas and round pen. To help soften the impact of what is The property backs onto Crown Land and has a 2,692 sq.ft. house forecasted in these following winter months, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Situated in the Gardom Lake area, a special fundraiser has been put into place. only 20 min from Salmon Arm. MLS®9196544. Priced at $649,900 This event has already generated sponsors and Glenmary Rd, Enderby, BC. supporters both in and outside of the equine 5 acres with everything you and your horses desire. Newly fenced industry. If you wish to help make a difference pasture, paddocks with hydrants, hookups and shelters, covered stalls, in the lives of many horses that deserve this arena, wash stall with hot/cold water, tack/feed room, shop and more

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The Mane Event Update The Mane Event, Equine Education & Trade Fair is back for its 6th year in BC – October 23–25 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC. Heritage Park will be bursting at the seams again this year as the expanded trade fair features exhibitors from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the US.


he Mane Event is pleased to welcome back some of your favourite clinicians as well as some making their first appearances in BC. Featured clinicians this year are: Debbie McDonald – Dressage; Frankie Chesler-Ortiz – Jumping; Jonathan Field – Horsemanship; Blaine Nicholls – Competitive Trail; Brian Isbell – Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, and Horsemanship Class; Dale Myler of Myler Bits – Bits and Bitting; Daryl Gibb – Horsemanship; Kathleen Winfield – Driving; Ruben Villasenor – Horsemanship, Western Dressage and Using a Bosal; and Sandy Alexander – Warmblood Demo, Breeding for Performance. The Trainer’s Challenge will showcase the talents of Josh Lyons, Martin Black and Jon Ensign with colts supplied by the Douglas Lake Ranch. The Saturday night Equine Experience will feature demos by Jonathan Field and Ruben Villasenor as well as performances by the Cariboo Cowgirl Drill Team, the Cheam Vaulters, the Double B Dressage Drill Team and the Mighty Fraser Riders along with Breed demos by the BC Miniature Horse Club, CHHAPS, Easy-Go Ranch, the BC Icelandic Horse Club and the Haflinger Owners Promotional Enterprise and admission to this fun-fi lled evening is included with daily or weekend passes.

Debbie McDonald

Jonathan Field

Please visit for complete biographies on all clinicians and presenters as well as ticket information or contact the office at 250-578-7518 for further details on the expo. See you there!

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West Nile Virus Confirmed For First Time in B.C. Horses British Columbia has confirmed its first locally acquired cases of West Nile virus in horses. This closely follows the confirmation of the first human cases, further indicating the presence of West Nile virus in the province.


t has been confirmed that a horse in the Fraser Valley and a horse in the South Okanagan of the Interior Health region have been infected with West Nile virus. Test results are pending on another horse in the South Okanagan. None of these animals have travelled outside the province. In 2006, a horse that had travelled to Colorado was infected with West Nile virus before returning to BC. “This is not a surprising development,” said Dr. Paul Kitching, chief veterinarian and branch director at the Animal Health Centre. “British Columbia has long anticipated the arrival of West Nile virus, and now it’s in multiple regions of the province. What is important is preventing infection as best as possible, for both humans and animals. Of all large land mammals, horses are particularly susceptible. There are West Nile virus vaccines for horses, and horse owners should talk to their vets about getting their animals immunized.” West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Mosquitoes become infected with the virus after feeding on infected wild birds and then transmit the virus through bites to people, animals and other birds. Some animals infected with West Nile virus may show no signs. Others may exhibit a range of symptoms including fever, muscle spasms, weakness, lack of co-ordination, seizures and changes in behaviour. For horses, signs of West Nile virus infection may include stumbling, weakness, head pressing, confusion, inability to stand, seizures and listlessness. Most horses recover fully. In severe cases, horses may die or need to be euthanized. Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms at 12 • Saddle Up • October 2009

all. However, about 20 per cent of people infected will develop an illness with fever, headache and rash symptoms. In about one in 150 human cases, more severe neurological complications can occur, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain).

West Nile virus cannot be transmitted directly from an infected horse to humans. Horses that have been infected are not a direct risk to other horses in the area. However, cases in horses signal that infected mosquitoes are present in the area, which indicates a risk to other horses and people in the vicinity. In addition to getting their animals vaccinated, horse owners should make an effort to drain standing water where mosquitoes may breed and practice mosquito control in general. “While there are West Nile virus vaccines for horses, there is currently no vaccine for humans,” cautioned Dr. Bonnie Henry, director of the VectorBorne Disease Program at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. “Common-sense precautions against getting bitten by mosquitoes should be taken, especially when outdoors, and even as we head into the fall. This includes wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants especially in the evenings and early mornings when mosquitoes are most active - and using mosquito repellents that are federally registered, such as those

that contain DEET and lemon eucalyptus oil.” “This is the first confirmed West Nile activity in the Fraser Health region,” confirms Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, medical health officer for Fraser Health. “We have a well-established surveillance program in the Fraser Valley, and so far we have had no positive mosquitoes or birds in the area. But the case of this infected horse indicates that the virus is here. We are reminding people in the Fraser Health region to continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites as the best way to protect themselves and their families from West Nile virus.” Residents of British Columbia, and especially in the Fraser Health and Interior Health regions, are also requested to keep an eye out for dead crows and other corvids, such as ravens, magpies and jays, and to report these to their local health authority. For more info: BC Animal Health Centre Website Dr. Paul Kitching, BC Animal Health Centre, 604-556-3003

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customers to customize the barn as they see fit. You can have the barn of your dreams in a few short weeks. All of these features make our buildings a wonderful habitat for livestock In approximately 4-5 days our largest barn kit can be installed on your property. OR we offer a step-by-step do-ityourself instruction guide for the customers who enjoy building their farm with their bare hands.

BIAB Cares Program BARNinaBOX understands the plight of neglected and abandoned animals. Equine rescues and rehab centers as well as organizations caring for other animals are stretched to their limits with more animals needing care than ever before. In these rocky economic times a lot of animals are put in jeopardy. We would like to make a difference and provide healthy, economical and safe habitats for our friends. For a limited time BARNinaBOX will provide a special promotion to one qualified rescue operation in need, in each province and state. Visit our website for complete details. • 13

Road Safety: Trip Tips

By Ruth Donald

Photo courtesy of Angela Zimmerling

Nobody rides their horse on the road, sharing asphalt with speeding cars, noisy trucks and smelly buses just for the fun of it, but sometimes road riding is the only way to get you and your horse where you want to go.


o, now you know the rules of the road and your horse has been prepared as much as possible for the sights and sounds of the roadway, but you still can’t help but feel that you and your horse are vulnerable. Well, you are. Here are some additional tips to help reduce your risks. There are three – make that four – additional signals that may help if your horse or a companion’s horse is getting worried about the traffic. If you want the traffic behind you to slow down, extend your left arm straight out beside you with your hand palm down, and make repeated downward motions, as if you’re a

giant bird slowly flapping your wing. (Be careful not to “burn your cue” by using it too often, so save it for when it’s really needed.) Request a vehicle to stop by turning to face it and holding your arm out straight, palm facing the car: the same signal a policeman uses to halt traffic. If you’re turning around to the left in your saddle, be careful to keep a good hold on your right rein, so your horse doesn’t turn with you. The third signal is a friendly wave. If you thank courteous drivers for slowing down and passing wide, they are more likely to repeat the courtesy in the future. The fourth signal (no, it’s not “the finger!”) is a smile and a nod, easy to do if your hands are busy with the reins. Staying on good terms with the local motorists is like money in the bank!

Crossing the Road We all learned as kids to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the road. That applies to riders, as well. Select a safe location to cross, a place with a clear view

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of the road in both directions and without a scary mailbox or flapping flag to distract your horse’s attention. Signal your intention by pointing, and wait for a good break in traffic, or until vehicles coming from both directions stop. If there’s more than one of you on horseback, you may cross either single fi le or abreast to save time, then when you’re across, resume single file if you are continuing along the road. You are usually safer in the saddle if your horse is hard to control, but if it’s a busy road and you and your horse are more confident when you are leading it, by all means dismount and lead your horse across.

Bikers and Barkers Beware the silent, crouching cyclist! Just ask your horse: approaching silent and crouching is just what a mountain lion does. If you know a cyclist is approaching, first of all, ask them to speak to you. Your horse won’t be as worried if the approaching predator sounds like a human being. If your horse is uneasy, ask the cyclist to slow down or even stop until you’ve reached a safe spot. What about dogs? Their instinct is to chase a moving animal. Always walk – never run – past a yard with a loose dog. Wait for a break in traffic, if possible, in case the dog charges and your horse spooks. If the dog runs toward you, turn your horse to face it (space permitting) and calmly and assertively tell the dog to “stay” or “go home.” If you see a dog walker approaching, ask them to make sure the dog is on a short leash and to keep it as far away from your horse as possible. Watch for other animals along the route, like cows, pigs, llamas or even

Road Safety: Trip Tips, cont’d chickens and other birds that might make sudden moves and startle your horse. A running horse behind a fence can get your horse excited as well, so try to pass any roadside animals when there’s a break in traffic and use extra caution to keep your horse under control as you pass by.

What NOT to do If your horse is anxious, don’t let it run! Running releases adrenalin, which will only make it more excited. If your horse is fearful and hard to control, DON’T YELL! Your own nervousness will elevate your horse’s anxiety. Try to stay calm, take a deep breath and let it out slowly so your horse can feel you relax. If you encounter a motorist who puts you or your companions in danger through his or her behaviour, don’t just swear at them and leave it at that. Try to get a licence plate number and report the incident. Don’t add to your risk by riding two on a horse, or by carrying something that will affect your balance or interfere with your handling of the reins. Don’t ride bareback, and do ensure that your tack is in good repair and securely fastened. Don’t pony another horse, unless you and your horse are well experienced in doing so. Don’t be rude and discourteous to cyclists and motorists. “Courtesy is contagious” – do yourself and other horseback riders a favour, and help to establish the reputation of equestrians as courteous and responsible road users.

Safety in Numbers Young, inexperienced riders should always be accompanied on the road by experienced adult riders. Depending on the horses, the experienced rider should either be in the lead, or ride closest to the oncoming traffic, whether in the rear or beside, if the situation warrants riding between the child’s horse and the road. Whether on the road or on the trail, it’s always safer to ride with a “buddy,” preferably a buddy with a cellphone! One good way to meet new riding friends is to log on to Horse Council BC’s Recreation Forum at and post a message asking if anyone in your neighbourhood wants to ride with you. Or contact for information on recreational riding clubs in your area.

Have a great ride, and get home safe! This is the third and final in a series of articles about road safety by Ruth Donald, Recreation Co-ordinator of Horse Council BC. HCBC’s Road Safety Handbook is available through the Horse Council office, or on the website at Contact or call 604-856-4304 (toll-free 1-800-3458055) to order copies for yourself or your club. • 15

Greener Pastures … a New Beginning

By Tim Larsen

Established over six years ago, the British Columbia Standardbred Horse Adoption Society (BCSHAS) has recently gone through some changes in both its facilities and personnel.


t the invitation of the BC Standardbred Association (BCSA) the society relocated its Greener Pastures adoption program to the new training centre in south Surrey. The property was formerly part of the Robert Murphy farm. The BCSHAS has a large barn on a quiet corner of the training centre which comes complete with a large hay loft, turn-out paddocks and a training ring. Not only is the new facility located closer to both potential volunteers and adopters, but thanks to the BCSA, the rent is significantly lower than the market rate. The move to the new facility was marked by an open house on Sept. 13. The occasion was also used to thank the many volunteers who have contributed to

the program. In fact, the move was made smoother by approximately 15 horsemen who showed up for a work bee prior to the move. In one day this crew cleaned the blackberries and alder from the paddocks, built and patched fences and constructed the training ring. The BCSHAS also engaged a new program co-ordinator this year. Sue Allan has experience in both the show ring and harness racing. She also has management experience in the retail sector. Hired in March, Sue has proven to be well matched to the task. The board of directors has acquired two new faces. Alina McLeod has joined the board and has taken on the role of secretary. Tim Larsen has been appointed

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to be the BCSA representative. These two joined the incumbent directors, president Ann Elder (Fraser Downs), vice-president Mary Austin (BC Standardbred Breeders Society) and treasurer Marge de Boer. The BCSHAS remains unique in North America in that it is a Standardbred adoption organization founded and supported by the harness racing industry. Over 225 horses have been placed in caring recreational homes since the society was incorporated in June of 2003. The BCSHAS is a registered non-profit society and has charitable status with Revenue Canada. More information regarding the program is available at the BCSHAS website at Sue Allan can be contacted at 778-571-1118.

Equus at Sea

By Rhonda Kopp

Welcome Aboard! On Sept. 26, 2010, set sail on a wonderful, educational and fundraising adventure, “Equus at Sea,” on board Holland America’s Statendam in Vancouver. Certified instructor Esteemable and AQHA Professional AQHA Professional Horsemen Carolyn Dobbs Horsemen Laurie Takoff Dana Hokana Experience excellent service and dining as you are pampered and staying in an oceanview stateroom, Equus at Sea was created to offer a fun and wonderful way your home for the next four nights! Enjoy Vegas-style shows to learn about our passion: Horses! Plus provide funds for a or the hilarious newlywed game. Maybe hang out by the pool wonderful horse-related charity; to share the tear and smile of or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. There are activities for an older gentleman riding a horse for the first time in his life or everyone to enjoy! a disabled child able to “walk” without her wheelchair with the Horses! Horses! Horses! This is THE event you don’t want help of a horse. to miss! If we can share our knowledge and resources to help those At our Welcome Reception meet our experienced, less fortunate than ourselves, the better world we are helping to professional horsemen speakers and learn about the Kamloops create! Therapeutic Riding Association. Our host is the very talented AQHA Professional Horsemen, Laurie Takoff. Laurie will be addressing shipped semen, AQHA, horse buying and amateur show events. Certified instructor Carolyn Dobbs, a well-known face around the BC Open Shows, will enlighten you on showing on a budget and open shows. Other seminar topics may include horse conditioning, endurance riding, horse buying, dressage, back country and trail riding. You will have time to take in the wonderful ambiance of the Statendam! A Farewell Reception completes our learning at sea experience. After saying goodbye to the Statendam, we are transferred Exciting Horse Related Seminars to our hotel for the next three nights, the Dana on Mission Bay. 4 night Oceanview Cabin and After a delicious breakfast each morning, you are free to explore 3 nights Hotel in San Diego the sights and sounds of San Diego. September 26 to October 3, 2010 The day we disembark from the ship, we are offering the Early Booking Price $1399. including taxes ultimate: lunch and tour to AQHA Professional Horsemen Dana Hokana’s Winning Strides Ranch. Here is your chance to Cruise, Learn, Explore! see a professional Quarter Horse ranch, meet and talk with one Vancouver-San Diego Roundtrip of the top trainers in the horse industry! Dana will have a short Early booking by Oct 30, 2009 clinic for us with the opportunity to ask those questions. Space Limited space for (optional) Dana Hokana’s Ranch Tour is limited! Contact: Rhonda Kopp Rounding up our fabulous week, we fly home non-stop to 1-877-851-0903 Vancouver.

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Down Home with Jodie and Chris Moore… When did horses first come into your life? Jodie: 1972, when my parents took me to the Flying U Guest Ranch, I was 6. Chris: When I was about 3 yrs old my parents got their first horse and I spent a lot of time at the stable with them. Since 1970 they pretty much have been a constant in my life

Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why? Jodie: I’ve been fortunate to work for some amazing trainers, but probably my first two; Pat Deptford, my role model for the consummate professional; and John VanDongen, he exposed me to virtually every aspect of this industry, including importing horses before it was so commonplace. And Chris, who does not allow me to cut corners, and be accountable. Chris: There have been numerous, way too many to list of those that have Jodie influenced my philosophies and


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As a Coach/Trainer, what do you find the most challenging? Jodie: People who just don’t “get” it. You cannot teach those who do not want to learn. Chris: For me the most challenging thing I have always encountered both as a coach and a trainer is trying to get your point across so that either the client and/or the horse both understand what it is you are asking them to do. Keeping it in a simplified form that makes it as easy as possible for both the rider and the horse to understand.

What do you find the most rewarding? Jodie: Winning with horses others have ‘passed’ on because they were too tough or not good enough. That, and the ‘ah-ha’ moment when client/horse gets it. Chris: One would be the clients that ride and show their horses. The enthusiasm and energy that they exude as they achieve goals that they set for themselves and have worked so hard for. To be a part of that enjoyment is very rewarding. The most rewarding thing about the horses is just being around them for starters. Getting to know their personalities and idiosyncrasies and watching them develop.

Down Home… cont’d What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Jodie: Custom Made Zipper munching her way through a Halloween Trail course, flinging straw bales and bunting pumpkins. Chris: At the Armstrong Paint/QH Show last year when Roger Saur and I showed the freestyle Reining in drag. I showed one of my amateur pleasure horses, who can put on quite a show when riled up; he has a ‘triple sow-cow’ in his repertoire that is quite spectacular.

What has been your most memorable achievement? Jodie: Other than our son Matt; probably winning at the Paint Worlds with Kirsten Chamberland and Kenos Tailor Made on my birthday. Chris: In the horse industry, it was probably in 1998 winning the all-round title on CCR Dreamboat Annie at the PTHA World Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was extremely hot and this mare gave more of herself than I could ever expect any one horse to give. I believe, if I am not mistaken, she is still the youngest horse to ever win that title.

What would you like to change in the horse world? Jodie: Understanding for what we do; I think there is a percentage of the horse population who hold ‘trainers’ with contempt. Also, more respect for horses in general. Judging gives me a chance to see a great deal, and I am constantly amazed by how tolerant these creatures are. Chris: I guess as far as the pleasure horse industry goes or the horse show industry goes I would like to see it go back to a little more of the all round horse. As much as I appreciate the specialization and the dedication of the breeders and trainers to make phenomenal athletes out of these horses I think taking

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puppies), 29 horses, 4 cats, a pig and a llama. Three more puppies were born in SPCA custody, bringing the total number of animals now in SPCA care to 77. ”Many of the horses were thin, injured, had long hooves and were being housed in an unsuitable and unsafe environment,” says Const. Woodward. “With the help of B.C. Interior Horse Rescue we are moving the horses to foster homes in the area, where they will receive ongoing medical and nutritional care.” Const. Woodward says the seized dogs and cats were removed because of high levels of ammonia in the home (caused by a build up of urine), poor ventilation, untreated injuries, ear mites, long nails and matting issues. The SPCA investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty are pending in the case. As the BC SPCA is a non-profit organization donations are always needed, visit (also to see photos of this case) or call 1-800-665-1868 to help. Donations of feed, hay, bandages, salt blocks, feed supplements, halters and buckets are also needed to assist with the seized horses. Arrangements can be made through Kim Stinson of B.C. Interior Horse Rescue at 250-215-0144 or items can be dropped off at the Kelowna or Salmon Arm locations of Buckerfield’s or at Country West Supply in Armstrong.

Para-Equestrian Canada Coaching Clinic in Chilliwack Para-Equestrian Canada (PEC) is pleased to announce that a coaching clinic will be offered on October 23, 2009, at the Best Western Rainbow County Inn in conjunction with the ‘Mane Event’ in Chilliwack, BC. The clinic is being presented by Viterra Inc., Canada’s leading agribusiness. “As an official sponsor of the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, we are pleased that Viterra is also partnering with Para-Equestrian Canada in offering this clinic,” said Fionna Christensen, Chair of Para-Equestrian Canada’s Coaching Committee. This clinic is a great opportunity for coaches who regularly work with able-bodied riders to learn about methods to instruct para-riders in the most effective manner possible. Jane James has been appointed as the clinician for this one-day clinic. James has an extensive background within the Para-Equestrian community, including certification as an Equine Canada Coach and a CanTRA Coach/Examiner. This will be the first of four coaching clinics that will be offered by Para-Equestrian Canada in coming months. Clinic cost is $50 and size is limited. Contact Irena Seifert, Para-Equestrian Program Coordinator, or call 1-866-282-8395 ext. 143.

Don Halladay, Parelli Three-Star Instructor Horsemanship can be obtained naturally using understanding, communication and psychology verses fear, mechanics and intimidation. “Cayman Cowboy”


his philosophy is the basis of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program and the premise that caught Don Halladay’s attention way back in 1995 during his first Parelli clinic. Don is a long-time rancher from Rocky Mountain House. He tells us that he rode horses from the time he could get one over to the fence to climb on. His father was good with horses and cattle work always involved horses on the family ranch and continues on Don’s ranch today. Don’s first Parelli clinic in 1995 held the key to a better relationship with his horses through love, language and leadership. The positive results of applying the principles at home to his working horses led him to further clinics and eventually into the Parelli instructor program. In 2003 Don earned his Three-Star Instructor rating, this rating is a personal “Colt starting the natural way” endorsement by Pat Parelli to teach his program. In addition to Pat and Linda Parelli, Don has had the opportunity to study with a number of people who have been great horsemen and major influences. Don says: “I spent several months with Ronnie Willis, one of Pat Parelli’s mentors. I have learnt a lot about horses and about myself since starting the Parelli journey but at the basis of all my learnings and exposure to true horsemen is a universal truth that can be summed up with a quote by Ronnie Willis – ‘The horse will be the final judge, the horse determines what is right for him.’” Each year Don travels across Canada, seven provinces this year again, providing Parelli Natural Horsemanship clinics to people who want to be better for their horses. When he has his own horses with him he does demonstrations to show what is possible using the Parelli principles. The demonstrations are often fundraisers for the SPCA or other groups that are doing good work for animals or humans. In addition to working across Canada, Don Halladay provides regular clinics in the Cayman Islands. He also was invited to Bermuda to work with a rescued sulky racing pony. While in “California Cutting” Bermuda he did a fundraising demonstration for the local SPCA. In 2007 Don realized a long-time dream to cut competitively. He purchased a seasoned cutting horse, Smart Koki Joe, and headed south. Cutting was a natural progression for Don and a way to use skills already developed as well as to learn how to show a horse competitively. In addition to high point in the 500 class and placing in the 2000 class in the Arizona Cutting Horse Association, Don has earned the National Cutting Horse Association Achievement Buckle. To view Don’s 2010 clinic schedule go to or call 403-8447940. • 21

Equine Foundation Ride – Kananaskis Country By Bob Watson The 2009 fundraiser trail ride on August 8 was again held at Sandy McNabb Park 19 kilometres west of Turner Valley in Kananaskis Country.

Left to right: Karen Weisenberger, Julie Franke, Brett Watson, Alyssa Franke, Kathy Padgham, Bob Watson, Arlene MacKenzie, Cec Watson and Melanie Purves.


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enthusiasts. We marshalled at the day camp just west of the ranger station at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. There were 12 horse and rider teams, nine were purebred Morgans, two were part-bred Morgans and one Morab. Two riders were only able to ride a short distance for personal reasons while the other 10 rode the whole route estimated to be approximately 17 km. We rode the same route as in 2008 however we rode it in reverse - counterclockwise versus clockwise last year. This turned out to be a problem later in the ride. Some of the participants both equine and human had not ridden in the mountains before. The humans were excited and some of the horses were a bit nervous of the trees closing in around them, the mud and water on the trail and so on. The first one or two kilometres were travelled very slowly as we waited for the nervous animals to trust their riders and get the courage to move forward. It didn’t take long before everyone was moving along at a nice pace. The trail is sort of an oblong shape and the east side has about three or four small wooden bridges that we had to cross about a quarter of the way into our ride. Everyone traversed them with no problem so they all should do well in trail classes at horse shows henceforth. About halfway through the ride as we started to turn west is a very small creek, more like a trickle of water. The approach to the crossing was much tougher from the east than the west and we spent about an hour before everyone was across. This crossing will henceforth be known as the “Banker Bob Ride and Swim” crossing. We eventually gained the top of a poplar bluff and dismounted to have lunch, rest our horses and dry our clothes. A few pictures were taken and

Equine Foundation Ride, cont’d everyone had a leisurely half hour of socializing. Some of the participants hadn’t met prior to the ride so it was a nice opportunity for them to get to know each other. After lunch we started off again heading west and then south back toward the starting point. It is pretty high country and much more open on the west portion of the route than on the east portion so everyone was enjoying the scenery. We had a mishap that could have been very serious when a rider wearing a backpack snagged it on an overhanging deadfall. After this bit of excitement the last quarter of the ride was uneventful. When we arrived back at the starting point we had a BBQ, potluck and awards social. Kathy Padgham who travelled the farthest (over four hours) from Hay Lakes received the horse cooler for raising the most money. Julie Franke was second and received a registry volume No. 4 book for her efforts. There were various other handouts such as T-shirts, mugs, a rain gauge etc. so that everyone went home with a prize. We nearly matched last year’s total for funds raised and were pleased with the $132 average per person. We were asked what the date will be for next year’s ride and if it will be in the same place. The answer is yes it will be in the same place and the same weekend, probably Aug. 7 if 2010 isn’t a leap year although that will probably move forward one week if it is a long weekend. There was also interest

From left to right: Julie Franke who raised the second most money, Kathy Padgham cooler winner who raised the most money and Bob Watson, Alberta Director for Equine Foundation of Canada.

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Treasures of the Tulameen Flower Power Rig Ride By Vivian Harder, Aldergrove chapter Photos courtesy of Dan MacDonald and Linda Marks

This has been a great summer for riding, and our club Backcountry Horsemen of BC planned a full calendar with something for everyone.


his summer we were able to join the Flowers of the Tulameen Flower Power Rig Ride. The ride was planned for a week with the base camp at Jacobson Lake which is near Tulameen, along the forest service road in Cascade recreational area. We would ride from camp or trailer up and down the road to other trailheads and rides, then return to the comfort of our campers after the ride. There is a maze of trails in the Cascade Recreational area. You can choose rides in varying degrees of difficulty and length and enjoy the stunningly beautiful and abundant wildflowers that grow in the alpine meadows and along the trails. It would be our challenge to see how many different varieties we could name.

The ride had been planned for months, so no one was pleased when it happened to be during the hottest heat wave in decades; although it was a good deal cooler in the mountains than it had been in the valley. Our base camp was (not quite) cool and shady but was shared with fairly persistent mosquitoes, some cheeky whisky jacks and a cow moose. The lush green meadow and nearby lake provided a lovely view from camp. We left for our day rides early in the mornings before it got too hot and most of us were happy to be back in camp by 2:00 pm. We relished a cold drink and savory snack while our hobbled horses grazed in the meadow or dozed in the shade on high-lines. In the evenings we told stories while we were lulled with soft guitar strumming. A campfire would have been wonderful but a fire ban was in place. Every day was fi lled with interesting trails, spectacular views, well-behaved horses and enjoyable companions. And everywhere we went there were more wildflowers than you could imagine. I was also pleased that my barefoot horse loved her new snug fitting Easyboot


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Trailing with Blackwater Spruce Ranch By Yvonne Dunn Trail Ride to the Anahim Lake Stampede June 24, 2009 to July14, 2009


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Frame of Body = Frame of Mind By Chris Irwin In my last column for Saddle Up I mentioned that it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we do what we do with our equine partner that should be kept first and foremost in mind.


also mentioned specifically that it is not just the age of a horse that needs to be taken into consideration before we start training for a “first ride” but again, most importantly is the issue of the competency, quality and consistency of the groundwork training done to prepare the horse for the “first ride.” The journey of a thousand miles with training any horse of any age should begin with the fact that horses are physiologically hard wired in the bio-chemistry of their central nervous system so that their body, mind and spirit work together as one. Simply, the frame of the body of the horse is also the frame of the mind. So, the truest definition of training the horse should literally mean that we use our body language in our training to shape or sculpt our horses into a frame of body that corresponds to their feeling good in the mind. Or in other words – we connect to the mind and spirit of the horse through their body with the “aid” of our body.

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Some shapes of the body of a horse feel better for them than others. In fact, some shapes feel heavenly because they create endorphins through the central nervous system of the horse while other shapes produce adrenalin and feel like hell. The idea is that a horse is supposed to be “aided” into feeling “better” with endorphins when “in good hands.” The bottom line is that the vast majority of both good and bad, positive and negative behaviour and performance from a horse is not merely because of their age or breed but is a direct reflection of how our body language affects the shape of the body of the horse, which in turn affects their biochemistry which, in full circle, affects their behaviour. TRAINING A HORSE of any age requires that with both our groundwork and riding we must always clearly communicate with our aids, our body shapes and gestures, every moment we are with our horses, so that we can sculpt them into the shapes and movements that make them feel better with us than they do on their own! When a horse experiences consistently that YOU make it feel better than it does on its own then it focuses on you more and more, and WANTS to be with you more and more, and resists you less and less. From catching in the paddock or in the stall, to leading, grooming, tacking up, even mounting, we are always speaking volumes with our body language and every moment they are with us our horses need to see clearly that they can actually feel better with us than they do on their own. When a rider knows how to not only push the buttons correctly on a horse but also knows how to read and feel the energy and emotions of a horse well enough to do so with just continued on page 28

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Frame of Body = Frame of Mind, cont’d the perfect amount of pressure in just the right place at just the right time, so as to be neither too hard or too soft on a horse, then a horse begins to dance instead of merely obey. The real magic begins when a horse knows that you not only know where the buttons are but that you also know where the horse is at emotionally and that you adjust yourself to their psychological needs. When horses find that we care about them enough to stay in the moment and not only know where to push the buttons but also how often and how much or when not to push the buttons then they see us as shepherds looking out for their best interest and they want to be with us. Yes, we all love our horses, but it is the fine art of empathy and awareness for the

In this photo we see very relaxed body language in the handsome chestnut gelding. He is level headed, his ears are forward and soft and he has a relaxed curled tail and a lovely expression of calm on his face. Also notice how soft the contact is on the lunge line. What is important here is not the age of the gelding but HOW he is being lunged. Notice that the woman working with the horse has her centre (belly button) focused on the shoulder of the gelding and that her legs are aiming forward into his body. Her whip is held low and non-threatening while her leading shoulder is “open” to the head of the horse showing no pressure toward his face. In other words, he sees that he is truly being lunged “from front to back” in a nonthreatening manner with the impulsion aimed into his body and NOT at his head.

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true needs of a prey animal that helps them decide to love us in return. Next month I will begin the groundwork training of two young horses here at Riversong, both Warmblood fi llies, aged 2-½ and 3-½. It will be my goal to share with the readers of this column how soft and comfortable the training process can be for both the body and the mind of these youngsters as I stay focused on the fact that my body language affects their body language and that for horses – the frame of body = the frame of mind. Until then, happy trails and remember to ask not what your horse can do for you - but what can you do for your horse.

In photo 2 we see the same horse and the same person involved in the exact same exercise. However, now we see a very stressed horse with his head up high and his back is braced and hollowed out. This frame of body produces adrenalin in the horse that results immediately in stressed behaviour. His tail and his eyes are also reflecting the stress in his mind created by the stress in his body. Most importantly, again, is not how old this gelding is but the fact that the woman is now aiming her centre and her legs forward into the head of the horse. This is a very common problem in groundwork and many horses are stressed like this chestnut is because they see not a shepherd moving them forward from “front to back” - as we saw in the first photo - but a predator coming directly at their head! The lunge work being done in photo 1 will NOT stress the undeveloped joints of a two-year-old horse being started out for training but this all too common example of lungeing will in fact stress any horse of any age and will definitely cause damage to the joints of the younger undeveloped horses.

Notice the high head and very hard eye on this horse, a different chestnut gelding but with the same woman, my lovely wife Kathryn, who cringes when I ask her to demonstrate “what not to do” with horses. Once again, the high head with the hollow back is causing adrenalin to run into the brain of this gelding and thus causes the hard eye. However, what is causing the high inverted head is NOT the age or breed of this chestnut but the simple yet “rude” gesture Kathryn is making with her hip bending into his head. Something as casual and careless as how we stand with our body language next to a horse can have a profound affect on the frame of the body of the horse and consequently, the frame of the mind of the horse.

Here we see that Kathryn has her “centre” (belly button) and her hips focused straight ahead instead of aimed into the neck and/or head of the horse. Also notice that instead of pulling on the rope she has asked the gelding to “move forward” by asking for his impulsion with a slight push into his flanks. As the gelding moved forward “from behind” he felt that instead of pulling on his halter Kathryn is now merely holding or blocking with the lead rope. Now notice that as Kathryn changed how she used her body the horse has also changed how he carries his body. The gelding is now relaxed, level headed, with no sign of adrenalin produced from a hollow back and the expression in his eyes and ears is soft and gentle. Also note how light the connection is in the lead rope.

West Coast Thunder Drill Team – Performance Day By Pam Phillips


ome are waking up in tents, some in horse trailers with living quarters, others in campers or travel trailers but all are waking up thinking of the day’s performance. After making sure horses are taken care of, everyone migrates to the aroma of coffee and a hearty breakfast at the team trailer. The meeting for all riders is two hours before performance time and don’t be late or you’re buying beer for the team. We discuss our uniforms for the day, grand entry and drill … argue about whether or not we should wear white jeans (some are just a little snug), decide on shirts according to the weather - sleeveless for the smokin’ hot days - and chaps or no chaps. Then we walk through grand entry and drill as many times as it takes to ensure everyone is comfortable with the manoeuvres. The ground crew is already hard at work. Scotty supervises and Dave makes

sure streamers on team flags match uniforms. Once horses are tacked up, bums need to be sparkled. At some rodeos, there is a quick uniform change between grand entry and drill and our ground crew takes care of all shirts the ladies change into. Standing at the gate for grand entry, horses and riders are feeling the excitement of the rodeo. A good announcer will have the crowd going and once the music starts, we burst into the arena at full speed! A short manoeuvre or two and we line up for the anthems. Team member Carolyn Grace has become a favourite for singing the anthems from her horse and the chosen riders do their slow lope. A fast exit to the cheering crowd and we are done. Amongst the high fives and laughter we line up in pairs to ride back to camp. Depending on the program, we are either back to the arena to sell 50/50 tickets or doing a quick shirt change at the arena and riding right back in. Lining up for drill, everyone takes a few NORTH OKANAGAN FARM deep breaths, makes sure everything is tucked Located northwest of Vernon. 74 acres, approx. 50 acres in and hats pinned on tight, Tanya does a last cultivated, Salmon River runs through lower portion, hayshed, barn, irrigation license, range permit, 3 level, cinch check and the music starts. The horses 3 bedroom home. This farm would suit horses, cows, or know the routine and the whooping and anyone liking a nice farm.

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hollering of the riders are answered by the “yeehaw” from the crowd. Riding back to camp in our pairs, everyone congratulates each other for another great performance. We thrill about the great footing and the speed or complain about the circle on the wrong lead but all in all we know we did our best. Once the horses are fed, watered and bedded down, we find time to relax at camp. This team eats well. Evening meals can be simply hamburgers and smokies or a gourmet dinner of pork chops, mashed potatoes and stir-fry veggies. A favourite is Brent’s barbeque roast beef on a bun complete with au jus and French fries. It’s a time to gather and discuss the performance, the ride and the hot cowboy on the nice-looking bay horse. As the hour grows late, tired but exhilarated, we slowly head for trailers, campers or tents to dream about the next performance (or that hot cowboy!), ready to do it all over again the next day. Whether it’s a one- or five-day event, the riders put the same enthusiasm and devotion into every performance knowing we are riding beside friends and family that make up the team of West Coast Thunder. If you are interested in the thrill of the drill, check us out at Tryouts are the month of November. E-mail our coach Tanya at for more information. • 31

Urban Trail Riding By Paul Dufresne After years of riding and training I am still amazed by how challenging urban trail riding can be. As tough as my Training for Courage gauntlet has been, I still find I need to do special prep to deal with the variables I might encounter when riding in an urban environment.


eople may think that some of my prep for calmness and courage is somewhat extreme until it’s put to the test out on the street. You soon realize how well prepared you have to be as concrete, asphalt and steel are unforgiving and non-horse people are oblivious to what horses are like (or just don’t care). Rides in the limited green spaces that we hope to share can easily turn into a disaster if we aren’t well prepared and “ride defensively.” Emergency training means that we are prepared to deal with a situation that is potentially disastrous. The list I will provide in this article is just a synopsis of important considerations. Be aware that the list goes on! The urban environment is always changing and challenging, so never assume you are safe. You must develop strong relaxation cues that are effective in the face of some very serious challenges. A rushing dog; a vehicle with a flapping, unstable load; loud vehicles; motorcycles; bicycles that can appear without a sound; farming or construction equipment; hot air balloons; strange animals your horse has never seen. I am sure many of you could easily add to this list. As a rider it’s essential to be able to get your horse on a proper lateral bend and obtain the poll. The shoulder-in and leg yield are probably two of the most useful methods to calm a horse in the face of adversity. The bend in these lateral movements help to release pleasant endorphins and are the most effective when used prior to a real excited phase. Once adrenalin is released in a flight reflex it will short circuit the endorphins unless we have built up enough of them. Circles can also be effective but you have to change the rein frequently so your horse can keep its eye 32 • Saddle Up • October 2009

on the scary situation. If your horse turns its back to the scary thing it will have the tendency to want to escape the situation. Ride in places where you can get on and off the road easily and have a nonslippery area to relax your horses if they become anxious. Don’t put yourself in tighter spots until you are sure your horse is quite reliable. You should always remember how far a horse can jump when startled that it can put you into more danger rather than farther from it. In narrower spaces such as the shoulder of a road, narrow trail, or in a ditch, you can ask an anxious horse to do a shoulder-in or leg yield while facing the object of their fear, slowing their feet down and allowing their emotions to get under control. Your yields must be very good. When a horse is stressed those yields away from your leg or hand may not have the desired effect unless they are well-established cues. We have to remember that a horse’s natural reaction to pressure is to push against it. In a very simple example, you might ask your horse to move away from traffic and in its anxiousness the horse does the opposite and goes into the traffic. After you have done sufficient preparations in a safe location, find open areas near roads where you can test them but that leave you adequate room to exit. Don’t assume you have quality yields all the time. Keep testing these yields before and throughout every ride. Horses have to respect your leadership. If a horse doesn’t respect your lead in the face of the challenges you will find in an urban environment, you may be left on your back in pain as your horse leaves. This can cause even more grief as you will be held liable for their actions in these public situations. Practicing your lead on the ground through challenging tests is a

Padrino had to practice dragging aluminum horse in shoulder-in down icy driveway before qualifying to take it to the road. I also have a horseshoe type driveway I can ride in and out of to test horses near roads.

necessary part of the prep because if you ever feel your horse getting overly anxious, get off safely and put yourself between the scary situation and your horse. If you have practiced, your horse may be terrified but it will be much calmer standing behind you where you can protect it from that situation. This is easier to do when you’re not getting run over, so developing good ground skills with your horse is fundamental. Driving skills will also aid in getting horses to cross ditches or streams which they may be inclined to jump or charge through. To do this effectively you might want to have a good horseman’s rope halter and lead line on your horse as well as your bridle so in an emergency you are prepared to deal with it safely. Always be ready to take the position that allows you the most control and offers the most safety. Herd dynamics are something people seldom consider. Does your horse recognize you as the lead horse? Is your horse calm when leaving other pasture mates? Can

Urban Trail Riding, cont’d your horse handle being left behind on a group ride? Is it comfortable being at the back, front, or between other horses? These are situations that you have to prepare for before you leave the farm. In training, change positions and ride near each other. If your horse is aggressive toward another horse, back it away from that situation. Your horse’s behaviour is your responsibility. Putting a red ribbon on the tail is not a solution - preparation and showing your horse what behaviour is not acceptable is how you do it. If your horse gets upset, motivate them to change by backing them away from the other horses. Horses are social but they need to know where they fit into the herd. If you are the leader, you can show your horse that you want them to accept being near strange horses. I do a lot of this with my stallions because I participate in social situations and my horse’s behaviour should not put

others at risk. Playing leap frog in a group is always fun and very valuable on any type of trail. The last person comes to the front, or the front person goes to the back. Girls having done prep in the arena and horseshoe driveway, now going for their urban trail ride with Canada Day theme. Pass each other at a walk, then a trot and then later at a Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer canter, or have horses going and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in in opposite directions. If you have walkieNatural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty talkies, you can ride out of sight and then and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to catch up again. understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom Look out for yourself and never seen in North America. In doing so, he is able ASSUME others will look out for you. to guide people in creative experiences where Always plan your options. If you don’t have the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. any options you shouldn’t be there … get The horse learns to be more emotionally secure out. Urban trail rides can be a blast but and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner honestly, under preparing can be lethal for by having a deeper understanding of how they you and your horse and should never be affect each other. taken lightly. Prepare well, be responsible, have fun and be safe with your horse. Hope to see you out there with a smile on your face! • 33

Noel, the Christmas Pony, Part 1

By Kevan Garecki

Dec. 4, 2008, was a sunny but chilly day here in the Fraser Valley. About 10 a.m. I received a call from an SPCA constable; could I attend for a seizure right away?


esponding originally to an abandoned dog complaint in a rural area near Chilliwack, the officers had rounded up a number of dogs left behind in the wake of a tenant moving out. After the officers had the dogs loaded up, they heard a sound which apparently came from an old abandoned barn near the edge of the property. On investigating, they found the barn was not at all empty I backed my rig into the driveway and stepped out to the grim faces of the SPCA constables. We reached the only opening in the barn, which had been sealed up with boards and plywood. As I peered into the gloomy innards of the decrepit barn, I made out a shape huddling in the far corner.

I moved slowly inside, talking quietly in reassuring tones as I went. When the shape darted to the other side of the small enclosure, I backed away slightly and just waited. Eventually, curiosity got the upper hand and the frail form inched cautiously toward me. Presently I got my first look at the barn’s only inhabitant; it was a small horse who seemed to wear a head two sizes too big for his body. It took about an hour to gain enough of his trust to allow me to stand next to him with my arm draped over his shoulder. As I rubbed his whisper thin neck, I would lean over him enough that the lead around my neck would brush against his side. At each sign of going too far, I would back away slightly; as this pattern developed, the horse eventually began to follow me as I moved out of his space. At length I draped the rope over his neck and backed away, with him following. Shortly afterward I was able to get a halter onto 5765 Falkland Road, Falkland him, and after leading 250-379-2078 or 604-850-4238 him around the tiny 5,000 sq. ft. of Shopping Experience! enclosure for a time, Visit Our Booth at ‘The Mane Event’ I decided to go for broke and head for the in Chilliwack October 23-25 doorway. We walked slowly STORE & SHOW SPECIALS toward the opening and although the horse Now in Stock... Smart Choice was hesitant to follow WINTER BLANKETS it took very little Waterproof & breathable coaxing to keep him 600 denier close by. Everything Sizes 68” to 80” seemed to be going $ 00 quite nicely, until we . left the confines of that BLOWOUT PRICE barn. On exiting, the sun spilled over the horse’s unbelievably thin body, revealing



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Noel at the time he was removed from his “tomb.” Roughly 300 pounds underweight, extremely dehydrated (note the lips parted, sunken chest, skin over his back pulled tightly). We estimate his age at three, or possibly a bit younger. He had not been gelded yet, and growth patterns on his feet indicated little if any farrier attention (his feet are actually sunken into the soft ground about two inches in this shot). Subsequent veterinary examination graciously provided by Dr. Nick Klieder revealed dental issues and a host of infections and infestations resultant from his neglect and abuse. Noel also displayed evidence of having suffered aggravated physical abuse, or possibly torture.

little more than a walking skeleton. It was then I realized the impression I had of his head being too large for his body was due to the degree of emaciation. He appeared to be a young horse, at first I thought perhaps a yearling, as I could see juvenile incisor teeth between lips stretched tightly from dehydration. I managed to position myself to shade the horse’s head from the sun, which eased his terror at seeing his own shadow for what may have been a very long time. He continued to shake violently, so we stood there for the next several moments

Noel, cont’d as I quietly reassured him. Once his trembling subsided, we resumed our walk toward the trailer. He followed quite willingly, sensing that he was leaving this place of dark horrors behind, and walked onto the trailer with only brief hesitation to investigate the threshold. Once I was satisfied the horse was confident enough, I stepped out and closed the access door behind me. I had left a small amount of hay in the box stall for him, enough to let him munch for a bit but not too much, as I did not want to risk the chance of a colic by allowing him to gorge right away. On arriving at the SPCA shelter and examining the horse in detail, we reached the conclusion that he was at a state in which the volunteers there were ill-equipped to deal with. I suggested moving him to a friends’ barn, where he could be monitored more frequently and by horse people well versed in helping severely neglected horses restore their own health. Throughout the examination, I stayed close to the horse, stroking his neck and talking to him. He eventually began to respond to this and willingly moved closer. If I moved away, he instantly followed suit, so as to remain close at my side. The result of this made it quite easy to reload him; all I had to do was head for the trailer, with a horsey glued to my hip! Yet another uneventful trip followed and I was greeted by Sharon WellsAckermans, the barn owner, as I wheeled into the driveway. Despite her experience with abused and neglected horses, Sharon winced at the first sight of the horse as we stepped off the trailer. She led the way as we walked slowly into the barn and headed down the aisle to a large stall. We set about once again to examining the horse, this time with an eye on assessing the approach to rehabilitating him. Despite his frail stature and having feet malformed from neglect and wading through a mire of his own feces, he was of splendid conformation.

As we inspected the horse, I began to relate the conditions under he was found. There was neither food nor water where he was kept, and the tongue marks on the walls and lack of manure told at least part of the story of how this fellow survived being entombed; he licked at the condensation from the walls in an effort to satiate his steadily growing thirst, and had eaten his own feces when there was nothing else left but the dirt floor on which he stood. As near as could be determined, that horse had been boarded up inside that barn for several months. We could only speculate how long he’d been left without food or water. As would be expected, a small crowd gathered outside the stall as we looked the horse over. Each new face that peered over the doorway reacted with more or less the same degree of horror, save one young girl who simply stared at the horse with a blank expression. We all went on discussing his condition, until someone asked, “What’s his name?” It was then the young girl suddenly spoke up. “How about we call him Noel?” she asked. When someone asked why, the girl simply replied, “Because he’s our Christmas Pony!” On thinking about this I realized that girl had a better understanding of that aged story than the rest of us. That little horse brought something with him to our neighbourhood that night; following doggedly in his footsteps is hope.

Hope that we can help to repair at least some of the damage to his stunted body. Hope that one day someone may be deserving of his trust. Hope that in time he may leave the nightmares of his ordeal behind. Hope that those who caused this come to understand what they have done, and resolve to never allow it to happen again. So to Noel, our Christmas Pony I offer thanks. Thanks for giving us hope.

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Cowboy Poetry Gone To Texas By Mike Puhallo

I put my saddle in the barn, turned my horses out to graze. I’m on a jet to Texas, I’ll be gone about three days. I hate to leave right now, Fall riding has just begun. But I am headed south to gather up, an award that I have won.

A marble statue of Will Rogers, has my name written clear. Just below the title, Cowboy Poet of the Year! My sincere thanks to everyone who has ever read my poetry and all of those who have lent their support and encouragement. Special thanks to my darling wife, Linda, who has endured 33 years of marriage to: me, my cows, horses, dogs, rodeo, art and poetry. Once I asked her why she put up with me and the lifestyle I put her through? Her only reply was, “at least it ain’t been boring.”

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan


t seems like we’re already winterizing everything. Not sure why, as the calendar says it’s still too early, but something is telling us that winter is on its way. The beavers are building their lodges up and stocking up on food. The mice are moving indoors already and their food stashes are huge. Seems to me that winter might arrive early this year – hope I’m wrong!

Laura Kelsey and Gordie West team up for a song at CCN

Cariboo Country Night What a great evening! Everyone there seemed to have a really good time as the feedback was tremendous. The night started off with some of those good old country favorites from the big boomin’ voice of Ernie Doyle. Mike Puhallo drew the crowd to a mesmerized silence as soon as he started his first poem and Gordie West made his first appearance at CCN a very memorable one.

Mike Puhallo reciting a poem at CCN – photo by Donna Smith

Just before dinner I got the whole audience involved in a game … guess this song. I had prepicked a couple of dozen songs, each containing a given number. With Gordie’s help, I shot out clues until someone came up with the right answer – that’s how we picked the order in which


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Gordie West stayed over after Cariboo Country Night and was in no hurry to head home Sunday … at least not after we suggested that he and his fiancée join us for a ride. The weather was gorgeous and the fact that they had just informed us that they were getting married on Oct. 10, on horseback, inspired us to head out and catch some

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d ponies. I don’t usually get to ride in the summer, and I was figuring on staying home and trying to meet my Cariboo Chatter deadline, but Kathy talked me into joining them – she said that I should get my butt in shape as we planned on joining Billie and Hugh McLennan to do some day rides in a couple of weeks up at their place. I’m glad she convinced me to go, not that my butt really needed conditioning, but because I thoroughly enjoyed the time in the saddle (away from the computer). Hopefully we’ll get some photos of Gordie and Shirley’s wedding for the November issue of Saddle Up. Next month we’ll have some photos and a story about our horseback adventures, based out of the McLennan Ranch, above the Pinantan Lake area in the hills and timbered rangelands. Hugh said we’ll be able to ride for seven or eight hours, returning home without retracing a step and that we’ll see some spectacular

views! We’re sure looking forward to it as we have never really taken our horses on any kind of holiday before … other than to cowboy on other ranches somewhere. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Gordie West and Shirley, his bride to be at CCN - photo by Donna Smith

Cariboo Coming Events Nov. 1 – tickets for the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival now available at the Horse Barn Dec. 5 – Cowboy Christmas at the Calvary Church, Kamloops Feb. 13, 2010 – 100 Mile Cowboy Concert – tentatively: Gary Fjellgaard, Dave McClure, and others TBA …tickets will be available next month for Christmas Stocking Stuffers! March 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2010 – the Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Ernie Doyle with his big booming voice at CCN photo by Donna Smith

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Last Month What’s This?


Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue. This month - This wood and brass object is indeed a hames used around a horse collar for pulling a load. This particular set of hames has a very specific purpose – let us know what you think it was used for.

In the September issue we had this photo taken at our own little Meadow Springs museum. This metal object is called a Drag Shoe, sometimes called a wheel shoe. The wheel of a horse drawn wagon would ride in the slot of the shoe that was tied off to the wagon, preventing them from turning when going down a steep hill. Similar to a Rough Lock (a chain or metal bar with the chain looped around the felloe of the wheel), the Drag Shoe also had the advantage of stopping the tires of the wheel from wearing a flat spot. We had five correct answers to the September question: Anna Mae Churchill, Falkland, BC Eileen Rankin, who used one as a young girl in England Gilbert Roy, Langley, BC Eric Mirus, Williams Lake, BC Anita Westra, Summerland, BC

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his year we had some new and different horse related expenses. Two plastic bird feeders and a plastic table that used to sit directly under the birdfeeder were added to the usual list. Guy, our ever inquisitive Morgan discovered the corn in the feeders a few months ago and unless we (I) take the feeders down when the horses are wandering around the property, he will head butt them and eat the corn that falls on the table. He has learned that when the feeder falls on the table more stuff falls out. If it hits the table and then the ground a lot more stuff comes out and if you step on it after it hits the ground everything spills out. The tally for this year to date is three top rails which are the usual in the course of a year as Guy is part giraffe and loves to lean over the top rails to get at two little blades of grass on the other side. One gate post had to be replaced as Bobbi picks one as her favorite bum scratcher and it eventually gives way to the pressure and has to be replaced before it cracks in

half. Twelve feet of barn board was replaced this year because one horse will try and eat the siding off the barn to get at the hay inside. They are well fed but when they get bored they pick at the side of the barn for something to do. One green tarp that used to cover part of the shavings pile until Gem decided he needed to chew on something and put a bunch of holes it in it. Then he and Guy had a tug of war with it and had a good time spreading bits of green plastic all over the arena. Two plastic bird feeders and one plastic table went into the dumpster. The feeders were crushed and the poor defenseless table was obviously in the way so it got knocked over and a plastic leg broke off. It would have taken at least two tubes of Crazy Glue to put the shattered plastic leg back together and since it was only a $4 garage sale special it wasn’t worth the time and effort that would have been necessary to put it back together.

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A True Story of Courage By Makayla Hentges


rmstrong’s Interior Provincial Exhibition parade for 2009 was another success. But it wouldn’t have been the same without a little comedy. So often the task of manure scooper is forgotten in the hullabaloo of parade excitement, but this is where the Fly Boys went Hog Wild (IPE’s theme this year)! Roped into being the pooper scoopers only a few days prior to the parade, the Boys were told to hone their shovelling skills and practice balancing a wheelbarrow full of poop. With help from one of the moms, they had scooper matching outfits that were bright, comical, and hoggish. The trio consisted of Colton and Brendan RyanLewis of Vernon, and Mitchell Hentges of Armstrong. Brendan and Colton Ryan-Lewis, and With an incentive agreement, the Boys eagerly scooped up Mitchell Hentges. every pile of road apples that they encountered throughout the duration of the parade route. By the end of the procession, the wheelbarrow was heaping as a result of many nervous horses. With Mitchell’s sense of humour and his sales pitch in trying to offload the manure, some onlookers showed interest but the Fly Boys could not stop for anything –– they were on a mission –– they had plenty of poop yet to scoop! They certainly attracted more attention in the parade than did the group of pretty Cowgirls and Indians they trailed. Who would have thought that manure-picker-uppers could be so exciting? Watch out for this trio in next year’s parade –– you never know what they might be up to.

The matching Go Hog Wild outfits were a hoot!

Practicing for the parade.


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Spruce Meadows Masters, Sept. 9-13, 2009 Photos by Cathie Cross

Beezie Madden and Judgement on their last ride. The 2009 Spruce Meadows “Masters” marked the end of an era in the world of show jumping — the retirement of the great stallion Judgement at 18 years of age. Few horses in the history of this sport, or this venue, have recognized the fan following, peer respect and competitive results as the magnificent black stallion who has wowed fans at Spruce Meadows for nearly a decade.



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Morgans Win Battle of the Breeds By Bob Watson, President CMHA Photos by Brett Watson

The 2009 Telus Battle of the Breeds held at Spruce Meadows ended on Sept. 12 with the MORGAN team winning, and the booth and our demo team finished on Sept. 13. The 2009 team consisted of the same four horses as last year and three of the same humans as last year.

The victory parade after winning the Trail Competition and the Battle Championship in the Meadows on the Green ring.


his year’s team of 12 included Cec Watson and JMF Beam Walker, a 23-year-old black gelding; Debra Clary and TLR Night Image, a 17-year-old black stallion, Team Morgan in the International Ring to accept their trophies in front Amanda Ellison and STM Victory’s Foxy Lady, a 13-year-old of 35,000 people or more. bay mare, Kathryn Duke and Blue Diamond Dancer, an 8-yearold chestnut gelding. We also had a well-done booth under the direction of Aline Young. Team Morgan got off to a good start on Thursday in the first event, Compulsory Skills. Team Morgan had a very good performance from newcomer Katie Duke riding Blue Diamond Dancer and from veteran Cec Watson driving JMF Beam Walker. They finished with identical scores and placed second to Team Connemara. On Thursday afternoon in Jeopardy Jumping we finished 12th. On Friday morning we finished first in Precision (Obstacle) Driving with the veterans Cec Watson and Deb Clary driving the course very expertly. Friday afternoon we finished ninth in the Barrel Race. Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. the drama and suspense were intense as we went into the final event, Trail; tied with Team Quarter Horse for first overall. Cec was the sixth competitor to go and had a very good round fi nishing with a score of 450 in a time of 165.89. Doris Heintz of Team Quarter Horse had also scored 450 but in a time of 192.01 giving us a slight advantage. Maggie Glynn-Jensen of Team Quarter Horse also scored 450 in a time of 168.37. It all came down to Deb Clary and TLR Night Image having to match Doris Heintz’s score of 450 Deb and Image competing and better her time of 190.01 for Team Morgan to win. When her run was complete Deb also scored 450 in the Trail Competition. in a time of 158.95. This clutch performance by Deb Clary gave Team Morgan first place in the Trail competition on a score of 900 and a time of 324.84 compared with Team Quarter Horse’s score of 900 and on a time of 360.38

Team Morgan, 2009 Battle of the Breeds champions! Congratulations ladies on a job well done. You have given all Morgan horse owners in Canada bragging rights until September, 2010. P.S. To add an extra sweet touch Telus introduced a new feature this year, a text message call-in to vote for your favourite team. Due in large part to a supermom effort by Sherry Baers (Gabriella’s mother) in soliciting people to vote for us, Team Morgan also won “the Fan Favourite” award. Pat Crema from Pritchard B.C. and me driving Blackie in the Showcase Demos in the Meadows on the Green. • 45

100 Mile Fall Fair

By Wendy Brown

Photos by Catherine Cook The 100 Mile Fall Fair Horse Show held September 12-13 was a great success with 58 participants. The show was jammed packed full of Halter Classes, Western Riding, Jumping and English Riding. The weather was hot and participants were extremely thankful that Jill O’Neill, our judge from Smithers, allowed them to remove their jackets for both the Jumper and English flat classes. Competitors came as far away as Prince George to attend the show.

Costume Class Participants photo op with Carolyn Dobbs, Nancy Roman and Ron Szigety

100 Mile & District Outriders High Point Western Riding Awards were presented to: Junior: Kelsey Hayes riding RHL Zans Leo Otoe, Champion Zaria Hayes riding LT Defining Moment, Reserve Champion Senior: Sabine Dittberner riding Dandee’s Sweet Tea, Champion Elisabeth Meinert riding Zips Deal Is Dun, Reserve Champion 100 Mile & District Outriders High Point English Riding Awards were presented to: Junior: Andrea Dobbs riding Cariboo Goldrush, Champion Kaitlin Thomson riding Christopher Robin, Reserve Champion Senior: Tammy Schuurman riding Aerowyn, Champion Jessie McMillan riding Santana, Reserve Champion Dickenson Farm sponsored High Point Overall Morgan Awarded to: Karenza Oriana ridden by Diane Brown North Central Appaloosa Club presented the Youngest Appaloosa Rider Award to: Hailey Blattler riding Foolish Attraction

Orville Smith and Steven Dobas traveled from Prince George to present a Horse Council BC - Zone 8 Youth High Point Award for Western Pleasure, Warm-Up Hunter, Low Jumper, English Equitation to Andrea Dobbs riding Cariboo Goldrush. We’d like to say a special thanks to all our volunteers. The food is always wonderful, the announcing clear, and the whipper-ins are great multi-taskers. A special thank you to those who assisted with setting up the trail pattern and jumper courses. We appreciate everyone that donated your time to make this season so far, a success. We are always looking for volunteers. And a special thank you to our Sponsors. Our “Just Get Over It Cariboo Classic” show was held the following week on September 20th; then our “Halloween Funtastic” will take place on Saturday, October 17th. Entry forms are available at or Total Pet and 100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply. For more information on our shows, please contact Wendy Brown at 250-456-7344. 100 Mile & District Outriders meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Kelsey Hayes, Jr. High Point Western Riding.

Andrea Dobbs, Jr High Point English Riding

Elizabeth Dighton and Ima Lil Calico. Saddle Up photo

Thorsten Daeubler and Rocky Road Saddle Up photo

Presenting the awards is Ron Szigety, 100 Mile & District Outrider’s President. Jessie McMillian, Sr Reserve High Point English Riding

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Tammy Schuurman with Aerowyn, Sr High Point English Riding

Brenda Morey and Little Bit of Toyboy. Saddle Up photo

North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Light Horse Show By Maureen Smith Photos by Donna Ruth or as mentioned.

Kathleen (mom) and Morgan Wright. Photo by Maureen Smith. Cayleigh McCreight Hi Point. Photo by Maureen Smith.

The number of horse and riders nearly doubled this year at the NTFF&R Light Horse Show held Sept. 5-7 in Barriere, BC. We were thrilled to have Jacquelyn Peters come out to judge our English show. Jacquelyn brought many years of experience and knowledge to the show. She and her husband Bob actually put many hours of volunteer work into improving the jumps standards, rails and accessories before the show started. She also put a lot of thought into course design. Unfortunately, our English day ran into dusk and we didn’t get to use her jumper course to its full potential, but the pressing evening dusk made for an exciting Horse Barn Jumper Classic jump-off ! Morgan Wright (on Bella) won the blanket sponsored by the Horse Barn. One horse (or should I say mule)/rider pair stood out on Saturday. Reesa Meersman of Valemount, with her beaming smile, effort, kind words and outstanding mount Krissie, was the winner of our “Sportsmanship” Award, sponsored by Greenhawk. Our high point winners for the English Show on Saturday were: Senior HiPoint: Jeanette Brandt, Dynamic Odessa Novice HiPoint: Kathleen Wright, Whinney the Pooh

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Interm. HiPoint: Cayleigh McCreight, Firefox Klassic Chevy Junior HiPoint: Amanda Daly, Doco San Man Walk/Trot Hi Point: (tie) Megan Gunn and Abby Brawn

Sunday brought opportunity for 4-H kids to compete against each other and collect BC Heritage Circuit points. Monday was our open Western Show and Gymkhana. Kimberly Westgate did a great job judging our Western show as did Brenda Wilson who officiated our Gymkhana. I want to take a moment to thank all the local volunteers who came out and helped make these days run smoothly. Special thanks to Sheena and Steve White for manning the office, the microphone and judging our costume classes for 3 days. Also, special thanks to Judy Greenwood for judging our trail/handy horse classes on Saturday and Monday and to Barb Dimion for stepping in last minute to judge 4-H trail/handy horse. Nora Johnson also deserves special thanks for all her efforts in organizing entries (for every exhibit from jam and quilts to livestock) into the new computer system. Many thanks to all of our sponsors. Monday was bittersweet for long time fair participants Donna Ruth and Barb Dimion as they retired Dezigned by Bey from the show ring. Fall Fair president Jill Haywood presided that ceremony. Our High Point Winners for the Monday Western Show were: Senior HiPoint: Donna Ruth, Dezigned by Bey Novice HiPoint: Jo Wyer, TF Call Me A Cab Interm. HiPoint: Judy Wyer, Cool Dancin’ Katie Junior HiPoint: Amanda Daly, Doc o San Man Walk/Trot: Eric Crawford, Texas Royal T

Reesa Meersman undeniably won the Greenhawk “Sportsmanship” Award for a second time on Monday. Congratulations Reesa! Many thanks to all for coming out!

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Salmon Arm Fair Open Horse Show Story and Photos by Alice Hucul Luck, and sunshine smiled down on Samantha Robertson on Doc’s Vegas at the Salmon Arm Fair Horse Show on September 12-13. After each of five classes, riders got to draw a card from a deck and the person with the best hand winning a prize. Samantha drew four of a kind to claim $100! The two day show, judged by John Newman of Kelowna, featured not only seasoned show riders but also a few who were in their very first show, including a Calgary dad who took on the challenge on going in a

Vanessa Strotmann on Maromac Sir Style – 1st Reining and 14-18 yrs Equitation

horse show with his daughter… she did well... he finished! A huge thanks to the sponsors Saddle Up, Club 351, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, The Paddock, and Horse Council BC, who made the special prizes and awards possible. Barry and daughter High Point Winners: Theresa Tremeer of Tappen on RS Par Dawn won Senior Western Raegan Donna Ruth of Salmon Arm on Cruzann Classy won Senior English Vanessa Strotmann of Salmon Arm on Maromac Sir Style took the Western 14-18 yrs Lauren Jakobsen of Salmon Arm on Best Zippo in Town took 14-18 yrs English Hi Point overall for 14-18 yrs went to Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy In 13 & Under Raegen Harper of Calgary on Bizness Deduction won for Western and then on Peppy’s Dirty Harry she took English. She also won the overall award.

Raegan Harper on Bizness Deduction placing second in Two Way Combination Class. She was also the Hunter Stake winner

Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town

Theresa Tremeer on RS Par Dawn, Western Pleasure Stake winner

Erik Sagmoen on Peppy’s Dirty Harry – 4th Reining, 1st Senior Equitation and Trail

Salmon Arm Fair 4-H Horse Show Members of Trail Dusters and Shift ing Saddles took part in the annual Salmon Arm Fair 4-H Horse Show on Friday, September 11. The show, judged by Trina Forslund, featured sunny weather and good competition. Results (1st and 2nd) are as follows: Showmanship: Unit 4/5: Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy, Unit 3: Krista French on Lacey Katherine Lutgendorf on Lucky to be Reckless Unit 2: Meighan Rees on Fancy Little Hornet Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic English Equitation: Unit 4/5: Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town Breanna Howard on Ambers Emmy Unit 2/3: Kimberly Mikoula on Nacho Libre Lindsay Whitehead on Gingersnap Championship: Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy English Pleasure: Unit 4/5: Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy Unit 2/3: Kimmy Unfrau on Midera Lindsay Whitehead on Gingersnap Championship: Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy

Trail/Handy Horse: Unit 4/5: Tie for first between Lauren Jakobsen on Best Zippo in Town & Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy Madeline Uhlenberg on Fiery Springs Skys Unit 3: Kimberly Mikoula on Nacho Libre Krista French on Lacey Unit 2: Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic Kimmy Unfrau on Midera Western Equitation: Kelsey Hucul on Unit 4/5: Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy Madeline Uhlenberg on Fiery Spring Skys Ida Gold War Olee Unit 3: Krista French on Lacey finishing second in trail Katherine Lutgendorf on Lucky to be Reckless Unit 2: Meighan Rees on Fancy Little Hornet Mia Lutgendorf on Flyer Championship: Krista French on Lacey Breanna Howard on Ambers Emmy Western Pleasure: Unit 4/5: Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy Samantha Robertson on Doc’s Vegas Unit 3: Krista French on Lacey Katherine Lutgendorf on Lucky to be Reckless Unit 2: Meighan Rees on Fancy Little Hornet Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic Championship: Breanna Howard on Amber’s Emmy Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic Beginner Reining: Unit 3/4/5: Madeline Uhlenberg on Fiery Spring Skys Samantha Robertson on Doc’s Vegas Unit 2: Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic Mia Lutgendorf on Flyer

Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic

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BCIN 2009 Championships By Michele Onsorge Saddle Up photos The BCIN 2009 Championships were held at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds on August 28-30 with Shuswap Pony Club and Armstrong Pony Club co-hosting. Friday was fi lled with schooling rounds over the jumps. The weekend’s judges were Rebecca Clyburn, and Patti Thomas, with Christine Jewell as the Steward. Saturday was Show Jumping day with the following results: Entry - 2’3” Champion - Destiny Chambers Reserve - Sophie Hurst Starter- 2’6” Champion - Mikayla Demantos Reserve - Kirsten Garland Beginner - 2’9” Champion - Alix Varchol Reserve - Lyndon Tucker Novice - 3’ Champion - Allie Cooney Reserve - Rebecca McOnie Intermediate -3’3” Champion - Evany Forrest Reserve - Jocelyn Knowles Sunday was Dressage with results as follows: Entry: Champion - Lily Hurst Starter: Champion - Shelby Skinner Pretraining: Champion - Amelia Krall Training: Champion - Elizabeth Fraser First Level: Champion - Evany Forrest Third Level: Champion - Sylvie Fraser

Sarah Johnston and Poca, Shuswap

Georgia Courtney and Comanche, Misty Pines, 100 Mile House

Taylor Rainey and Victorious Secret, Quesnel

Alix Varchol and Simply Irresistible, Penticton

Maxine Chapman and Merlin, Penticton

Synthia McGowan and Professor Tai, Shuswap

We had 4 people try their hand at Freestyle this weekend and our Champion was Sylvie Fraser from Armstrong. Rachel Onsorge won second in the class. It was a great weekend which was made possible from the support of all our sponsors and volunteers. I would like to say a big thank you as the show would not have been able to run without you.

Ebony Derksen and Rubalicious, Shuswap

Carmen Agatiello and ScoobyDoo, Sage & Sands, Ashcroft

Caitlin Fountain and Andie, Thompson Valley

Amelia Kral and Touch of Class, Shuswap • 49

Reinin’ In The Sun Show Report By Barbara Grimshaw Photos courtesy of Tracey Eide While most of Western Canada suffered in the grip of a record-breaking heat wave, more than 100 Reining and Working Cow Horse enthusiasts donned their straw hats and sunscreen, and set out for Armstrong, BC at the end of August. They knew that the competition would be as hot as the sun’s rays from above, but 14 Championship buckles and over $21,000 in cash and prizes were up for the taking, and no one wanted to be left in the dust. Warm-up classes on Thursday afternoon allowed riders the opportunity to prepare their horses for the full Shiney Men Can Jump owned slate of NRHA and NRCHA classes on offer over the next & ridden by Daina Schindelka three days. Sandra Rhodes, Salmon Arm, BC, a familiar Champion RITS Never Won A and popular face with Reinin’ In The Sun show sponsors, Buckle proved her equine skills as she guided her favorite mount Wright N Chex to a score of 72.5 points and the win in the first class of the show. More show committee talent was in evidence when RITS director Daina Schindelka piloted her popular stallion Shiney Men Can Jump to post the highest score of 21 riders and win her first Championship buckle in the Never Won a Buckle class. Not to be outdone, another committee member, Dallas Jeffrey, riding hubby’s horse Surprise Whiz Kid, captured one of the custom made Ms Tyson Chic N Nic owned Olson buckles in the Green As Grass, and rumors abound by Jennifer Webster/ridden by Clay Webster that Jason Jeff rey may now be searching for a new horse! Champion NRHA Open, NRHA More shining moments for committee members Leah Intermediate Open Luprypa with a tie to win the 3YO Non Pro Stakes aggregate riding Elanarose, and Gus Evagelopoulos with a tie to win in the aggregate of the 3YO Rookie Professional Stakes aboard Chic Palogun for Trio Partnership. Dallas and Gary Schwerdt traveled from Fairview, Alberta, their first trip to Reinin’ In The Sun, but after pulling off a double header in the Rookie classes, their plans to return next year were written in stone. Dallas, aboard Great Taco Gal and Gary riding Lil Warlena, marked identical scores of 70 ½, tying each other for the Educating The Chics owned win in both NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 by Sarah Shermann/ridden by Cayley Wilson classes, and their decision to share the title as well as the Champion NRCHA Open prize money was an easy one. Dallas, however, was seen Bridle Cowhorse sporting the Championship buckle as they loaded up, heading out for the considerable journey home. New for 2009 was show approval with National Reined Cow Horse Assn (NRCHA), as well as the American Quarter Horse Assn (AQHA), giving competitors the opportunity to earn qualifying points towards the respective World Championship shows, as well as recorded lifetime points and earnings. This proved to be a wise decision, as 73 Working Cow Horse entries were tallied, with riders showing well into the coolness of the Friday evening. Yelm, Washington’s Sarah Shermann, with her two classy Cow Horse entries Educating The Chics and No Time For You, took home the lion’s share of the loot, posting wins in the NRCHA classes, Non Pro Bridle, Novice Non Pro Bridle and Non Pro 50 • Saddle Up • October 2009

Reinin’ In The Sun, cont’d Hackamore classes, as well as the Open Bridle Championship with Cayley Wilson in the driver’s seat. Platinum sponsors Clay and Jenn Webster, owners of the stylish mare Ms Tyson Chic N Nic, laid claim to the NRHA Open and Intermediate Open Championships. The catty sorrel mare is well known for her dynamic spins and was skillfully guided by Clay in both classes. The flashy palomino mare Dun It Because I Can earned the aggregate Championship in the Open Derby, and is owned by Dusty Worbets of Rafter D Reiners, also a valued Platinum sponsor of Reinin In The Sun. Amanda Self showed the classy mare to the win with an aggregate score of 143, also capturing Reserve Champion honors with Rafter D’s Nickerific close on her sliders, posting an aggregate score of 142.5.

Strategically interspersed among the intensity of the competition were several interesting perks, including The Oasis, a gathering place for competitors to sit and relax, and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, a homemade muffin, or a refreshing beverage. The Oasis was the place to be late Friday afternoon, when Diana’s Monogramming generously provided complimentary Bratwurst and Beer to all competitors, and again on Saturday for the Ranch style dinner. But the excitement was tantamount to the buzz over at the show arena mid Sunday morning, when 41 eager Deal Or No Deal envelope holders gathered to learn their fortune. World Champion auctioneer Don Raffan was on hand to auction one last envelope – a Wild Card – available to anyone on the grounds who could secure the final bid. And then the opening of the envelopes. First a miscue by an over

zealous envelope holder, then finally, after reading the fine print, Carmen Teixeira, from Canoe, BC and current RITS Show chair, realized she was the lucky holder of the Deal Or No Deal envelope proclaiming her to be the winner of tickets for two to the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City! As the sun set over the hazy hills at the Armstrong Fairgrounds, it was determined that over the course of 3 ½ days, 379 runs had been scored, countless friendships had been renewed, and an indeterminate amount of fun had been had. The Show Committee is already hard at work, planning for the 2010 edition of Reinin’ In The Sun. Please refer to www. for full show results. For more information contact Barbara Grimshaw 250558-4241.


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News from the West Kootenays By Liz Saunders Photos by Marie Racine A group of eventers from the West Kootenays have been working hard this summer, covering a lot of ground in their travels but it has all been worth it as they have had great success in their endeavours and a lot of fun. Their team atmosphere is second to none, as they all support and cheer each other on and celebrate success together under the guidance of their coach, Brandy Saunders. Th is is a group of adults and juniors, who are based at Crescent Valley, in the south Slocan River Valley, near Nelson. Travels started with a trip to Johvale Stables in Pritchard for a spring clinic (in the snow) sponsored by Horse Trials BC. The first event of the season was the May Maple Ridge Horse Trials, with two of the four riders in the ribbons and everyone having a successful outing. This was followed by a return trip to Johvale for the Highcountry Horse Trials July 3-5. Of the seven riders who entered three had top three results in their divisions and the others all had top 10 fi nishes. Then it was home for a couple of Dale Irwin clinics. The clinics were held at Winstar Equestrian Centre in the Slocan Valley, which has a small cross-country course, a large arena, a jump field, network of trail, stabling for 18 horses and a location to die for along the Slocan River. Next on the agenda was Topline Summer Horse Trials, Salmon Arm Aug. 1-3. Brandy accompanied 11 riders to this event and was kept busy walking courses and coaching the team. Again the team was very successful with Zoe Spring and Ringo fi nishing first in the Training division, Deb Creaser and Thunder were first in the Entry division, and

Zoe Spring on Ringo

Deb Creaser on Thunders Echo

2009 Winstar Horse Trials Camp

Annika McGivern and Gitanna were second in Pre-Entry. Deb also had the best overall dressage score. Six riders had top 10 placings in their various divisions. For several riders this was their first year competing in a Horse Trials BC event. However, Brandy holds a five-day Horse Trials camp each summer at Winstar. Th is gives riders the opportunity to experience what occurs at a competition while in a non-competitive and friendly, educational environment. Those attending get coached through the three phases of eventing before completing a mock event. The travelling team from West Kootenay is made up of Zoe Spring, Nina Sylvester, Madison Creaser, Deb Creaser, Annika McGivern, Aspen Jefferson ,Marie Racine, Tamara VanAsperen, Mikayla VanAsperen, Cassaundra VanAsperen, Eva Somasco, Signe Bronson, Lynsey Souza and of course their EC coach; Brandy Saunders.

Nina Sylvester on Dominique

HTBC Clinic at Johvale in the snow

See us at The Mane Event & CFR Finals!

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South Okanagan Horse Association By Janice Goodman After a long, hot and very dry summer, most of us are looking forward to the wonderful fall weather we normally have in the South Okanagan. It is a perfect time for riding, or doing those awaiting jobs that have been just too hot to do. While the jobs need finishing before winter arrives, (and my horse’s winter coat growth tells me it is coming) I do hope all of you find some time to ride and just enjoy the fall. Our Halloween Show is always a lot of fun and is set to go on Sunday, October 11, starting at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. There will be lots of prizes and some of our classes include our Best “Poodle-horse” led by Dana Johnsen of Costume Class as well as Ghouls’ Nickers Saddlery Ltd. Spooky Trail, Don’t Drop the Eyeball, Poltergeist Poles & Barrels, Graveyard Scurry and more for all divisions from Lead-line to Senior. Our Judge will be Lynne Lucas. As you can see from the photos the costume class is always amazing and lots of fun with the inventiveness of costumes and willingness of the horses to “play dress-up” with their riders. For more information contact Tera Caverly at 250-498-5444. The South Okanagan Horse Association has finished the Series of Three Discovery Shows with our last show on September 26 and 27 for another season as this is being submitted, and we will publish the results in the next Saddle Up. Andi Lantz on Bonnie and the Red Princess Danika Caverly on Maximus Prime

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update During the IPE I found myself, once again, watching a very special family and two of the daughters in particular. Jim and Ann Jones have 8 kids. No reality show here! These are parents I look up to. Young women my daughters look up to. A family that sets the standard high. They work hard, run, groom, show, trade horses and numbers, spin around and do it all over again. Never a moment’s hesitation when someone needs their help. Kind, generous, true sportswomen from an incredibly supportive family. Thought it was time for an interview. Apparently, their journey “ïnto” miniature horses began with rabbits. For as long as Krysalynne can remember, the Jones had been showing rabbits at the IPE. While there, Avonleigh was drawn to the miniature horses and began hanging out and helping. It wasn’t long before Ann heard those life altering words, “Mom, I want a mini so bad. Can we have one?” I jotted down the names of miniature horses: Fire, Vanity, Shadow’s foal Gypsy, Poetry, Emmy, Canadian Man, and Tracker. And the names of those that guided them along in purchasing, re-homing and/or training these minis: Joan and Bruce Cunningham, Cathy DeGelder, Rose Richardson, Brenda Guedesse and Tiffany Porter.

By Melanie Russo

Ann and Avonleigh Jones

Avonleigh and Tracker winning Miniature Horse Pleasure Driving Single Sr

When Ann told me she prayed about Avonleigh’s request and felt the Lord told her the girls needed horses and their son, Kalen needed drums, I couldn’t help but feel He knew that somewhere down the road we needed the Jones. Thank-you, Jones Family for raising the bar! And a big, huge thank-you to the organizers and volunteers of another action-packed IPE: Ann, Katie and Lee Iceton, Pat Goodliffe, Cathy DeGelder, Burt, Donald and Kyle Goodison, Visit us at Ron and Mary Lou Iceton and Kim Hyde. The Mane Event Oct. 23-25 Chilliwack, BC

Krysalynne and Reserve Grand Champion Gelding, Genuine Canadian Man

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BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley For those of you who missed the PNE in Vancouver, it was fabulous!! We had over 40 horses and lots of classes to compete in. After 15 years of absence we let the PNE know we were back loud and clear. The payouts and added money had everybody bringing out the best and you could see it in the quality of the horses. Many farms from all over the valley were represented and everyone seemed to share in getting a piece of the prize money for their efforts. Two of the classes were Stakes classes with a $200 dollar 1st prize; The Liberty Class and the Jumping Class. Both classes had lots of entries going for the big money. In the Liberty Class no one could come close to beating RMS 12 O’Clock High (Nooner) owned by Tony Stricker and shown by Deb Olson. His trot is gorgeous and he really is beautiful to watch. In the Jumping Class it took a few rounds for the champion to become apparent. The question was if the handler had enough energy to keep going. He was breathing pretty heavy on the sidelines between runs!! In the end, Saxon Mount Little John (LJ) owned by Margaret and Jason Walmsley and shown by Jason Walmsley cleared the winning jump. A big Congratulations goes out to all the competitors who showed and may we find ourselves back there next year. What was so nice to see was regardless of the extra money involved everyone was still just enjoying themselves and helping each other to compete. This is always a great thing to see at shows. Makes it so much nicer to be at a show where people are willing to help, even if you are competing against them. It has always been that way with this club and I don’t see that ever changing. The next great event at the PNE was the first public appearance of the BCMHC drill team. What a thrill! Our drill team has just gotten together and started practicing over the past few months. 3 weeks ago I would never had

thought we would have looked this good, but wow… we do!! Everyone had a great time. We put a lot of time and effort into getting things right. Practices were done 1 or 2 times a week to make sure we understood the routine. Vicki Schulz designed and made our vests so we would look great. It all came together and we really pulled it off. It is just the first of many performances to come. The Mane Event wants us to perform at the Equine Experience and gave us a special time slot for just the drill team. I have also received a few inquiries after people have watched the video about doing performances. So it is official the BCMHC drill team is here to stay. To check out our performance at the PNE go to www. Select Videos. Then Select PNE Drill Team 1st Public Performance. Then sit back and enjoy the performance! Show season is over for most, so time to put away the clippers and let the

‘Marti’ Reserve Jr Grand Champion Stallion

Drill team having fun!

hair grow. We have The Mane Event in Chilliwack and hope you come to see us. Will let you know how that went next month. For information on these events or about minis, contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419. • 55

Sword’s Summer Saddle Series By Melissa Sword It was close! The final race held on September 2 at Sword’s Riding Arena in Quesnel was the determining factor of our High Point Saddle Winners. Mariah Mannering ran a time of 14.093 riding Wranglers Lucky KC, putting her just ahead of Tayler Cathcart to win the Pee Wee High Point Saddle. Junior competitor, Kellie McKenzie, ran a time of 13.995 on her horse Amy, giving her the win over high point runner up, Rachelle Hancock, riding Caddy. In the Open category, Ashley Sword ran a time of 13.590 on Three Bars Jazz to win second in the first division, giving her enough points to place her ahead of Mary Sword riding Wranglers My Daddy and Dianne Erdman riding Snip, to win the Open High Point Saddle. The winners of our Summer Saddle Series ticket raffle were: Wilf Larsen, $500 gift basket; Terry Reichert, $250 gift basket; and Gary Nicholson, $150 winter horse blanket made by Dianne Erdman. Thank you to Dianne Erdman for once again coordinating the series awards and to Tom Sword and Kathie McKenzie for taking the photos.

THANK YOU To all of our sponsors who made the 2009 Sword’s Summer Saddle Series possible. Circle “S” Western Wear Dick & Dianne Erdman Earth First Logging

Series Group Photo

Pee Wees - (l to r) Dyson Leneve, Perri-Lynn Leneve, Tayler Cathcart, Mariah Mannering and Lorissa Hohmann.

Saddle Series Winners - (l to r) Ashley Sword, Open High Point Saddle Winner; Kellie McKenzie, Junior High Point Saddle Winner; and Mariah Mannering, Pee Wee High Point Saddle Winner.

Saddle Sponsors: H & M Contracting Open High Point Saddle

Sword Quarter Horses Junior High Point Saddle

Sword Quarter Horses Riding Club Pee Wee High Point Saddle

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Juniors – Front: (l to r) Blaine Luy, Brittney McIntyre, Rachelle Hancock, Brooke Fenton, Sharla Hancock, Cassidy Mannering, Kellie McKenzie. Back: Jesse Voight and Jeliza MacDonald.

Cattle Penning at the PNE By Sarah Frost Once again, the Pacific Coast Team Penners Association was invited to perform as part of the Spirit of the Horse show at the Pacific National Exhibition. For four days in August, the team penners took over the Agrodome and put on three shows a day to entertain the fairgoers and introduce them to our horses and our passion. The PNE has been part of the Vancouver summer for 99 years, a lifetime. I suspect some of my tried and true favorites (mini donuts, lemonade and Kettle Corn) have been around since the beginning and I made sure to indulge daily. New this year was the deep-fried jelly beans and although they were good, I doubt they will be around 99 years from now. Last year we said goodbye to some long-time friends and penners, so instead of waiting for the PNE’s 100th year to start some new traditions, we forged ahead and started our own a year early. Th is year, we welcomed some new penners to their first year at the PNE (Heather and Joanne), we broke in a new announcer (Tim), we welcomed back many long time penners and started a new tradition of Clyde and Belgian penning (thank you Carlaw Clydes and Shagren’s Belgians for the use of your beautiful horses) with three of our young riders (Mike Farbridge, Jocelyn Hornady and Taylor Sinclair). Thanks to all the show staff and the volunteers (Helen, Joy and Tim), to our pen men (George, Mike, Brent and Sean), to our judge (Mike), to our gate men and women who made sure our show ran smoothly, to Fast Times Farms for the use of their cattle, to Billy Bob’s Beef Jerky for the wonderful treats for our show staff and most of all, to Carol Van Dongen for her tireless efforts in putting the show together. Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors. Without your support, the show would not have been the great success that it was.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 Adults Camille Carter, George De Jonge, Cathy Sinclair ($402 each) Jim Hardman, Becky Metcalfe, Theresa Swierstra ($327 each) Sarah Frost, Ken Humphrey, Steve Caldwell ($251 each) Youth Jordan Wood, Kimberly Van Dongen and Pete Molnar Mike Farbridge, Larissa Price and Cheryl Vernon Travis Van Dongen, Candice VanOverschot and Debbie Molnar Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 Adults Sarah Frost, Theresa Swierstra, Debbie Molnar ($338 each) Cathy Sinclair, George DeJonge, Bruce Murrell ($275 each) Dan Swierstra, Tess Swierstra, Debbie Molnar ($211 each)

Friday Winners

Saturday Winners

Pacific Coast Team Penners Association

Results Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 Adults Sandy Price, Bev Woods, Heather McFarlane ($287 each) Carol Van Dongen, Sarah Frost, Ken Humphrey ($233 each) Cathy Sinclair, Ken Humphrey, Joanne Goddard ($179 each) Youth Mike Farbridge, Kimberly Van Dongen and Carol Van Dongen Mike Farbridge, Tess Swierstra and Cathy Sinclair Candice Van Overschot, Kimberly Van Dongen and George DeJonge Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 Adults Whitey Dropko, Sandy Price, Garth Wood ($274 each) Jim Hardman, Carol Van Dongen, Joanne Goddard ($223 each) Ken Humphrey, Mary Denner, Wayne Dolff ($171 each) Youth Jocelyn Hornady, Kimberly Van Dongen and George De Jonge Tess Swierstra, Travis Van Dongen and Carol Van Dongen Kimberly Van Dongen, Mike Farbridge and Carol Van Dongen

Thursday Winners

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Thank You To All of Our Sponsors Sunday Winners


North Vancouver Island Horse Association News

By Marg Camp

Photos by Isobel Springett The last points show of the 2009 North Vancouver Island Horse Association Western Performance Season was held on August 8-9 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay, BC. Day one was judged by Joan Kelly from Duncan, BC, day two was judged by Lisa Stevenson from Victoria. The weather cooled down enough for the competition to be held in pleasant conditions.

4: Gotta be a Potential - Gordie McEachen 5: Cool Dark Rum - Tammy McDonald 6: Dixie - Alison Graham Class BB $100 Trail Stake, 8 entries 1: Gotta be a Potential - Gordie McEachen 2: A Little Reality - Carole Walton 3: Cools Pillow Talk - Shaylee Anderson 4: Coastin on Good Looks - Olivia Caflisch 5: Scootin Hot Scotch - Rosalea Pagani 6: Mitos Bo San - Nancy Garner Class SST SUMMERSIDE TACK VERSATILITY SADDLE CLASS, 7 entries 1: A Little Reality - Carol Walton wins Silver Supreme Congress Saddle 2: Gotta Be a Potential - Gordie McEachen wins the matching bridle 3: Dixie - Alison Graham 4: Cools Pillow Talk - Shaylee Anderson 5: Great by Inclination - Krista Davis 6: Coastin on Good Looks - Olivia Caflisch

Overall High Points for the show as follows: Senior: High Point - Gotta be a Potential - Gordie McEachen, 136 points Reserve - Mito`s Bo San - Nancy Garner, 42 points Youth 14-18: High Point - Great by Inclination - Krista Davis, 71 points Reserve - Ima Princess Pearl - Laura Davis Youth 13 & Under: High Point - Laced Investments - Breanna Fear, 42 points Reserve - Mr Dunn Pine - Tiffany Blattgerste, 29 points Peewee: High Point - Cedars Jazzy Jimmy - Cassidy Roe, 48 points Walk-Jog: High Point - Spark of Victory - Taylor Wilson, 45 points Reserve - Joes Montana Man- Carol Hilton, 31 points Green Rider: High Point - Golden Cedar Sunrise - Kim Gourley, 48 Points

Many thanks to ours sponsors, competitors, their families and the volunteers who made this show season possible. Next event on the horizon for the NVIHA is the Awards Night on November 14th in the Merville Hall - we are having the same caterer as last year, and the food was great.

Featured classes of the show: Class AA Fearless Contracting $200 Western Pleasure Stake, 10 entries 1: Laced Investments - Breanna Fear 2: Great By Inclination - Krista Davis 3: A Little Reality- Carole Walton

Scootin’ Hot Scotch, Rosalie Pagani, from Powell River B.C.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Update By the time readers see our wrap-up news, the AERC’s last Fun Day will be over! The Sept. 27 Fun Day was the last in our monthly Fun Day schooling show series that runs from April to September. Our club saw terrific growth in membership this year! We are happy to welcome all the new and returning members. The fun is not over! Remember, AERC offers: winter riding in the Armstrong Agriplex, $5 drop-in fee; a members’ year-end potluck and awards ceremony; regular and executive monthly meetings (new executive members needed!); free colour photo ads for members on our website www.

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Carole Walton, and Gordie McEachen - Gotta Be a Potential - Bridle Winner; regular e-news and e-bulletins (stay updated!). Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month, except July, at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce. Our next meeting is October 14. Special “get better soon” wishes to club member/ director Pam Lemaire who is suffering from a herniated disc, and also to Pam’s daughter Melanie who recently broke her arm in a fall at school (on the first day!). Please know that we are all thinking of you and hope you both heal up well.

Carole Walton - A Little Reality - Summer Side Tack Shop Saddle Winner

By Tammy Thielman

Sarah Prouty of Armstrong

Ashley Hilbrander of Armstrong and Donna Holland of Lavington (in back).

Northwest 3 in 1 Breed & Open Show Another Success Story and photos by Barb Bowerbank The latest Northwestern AQHA, ApHCC, APHA and Open Horse Show again offered breeders and owners a chance to show their horses and earn points in their breed divisions under two judges. For the first time the show also offered ranch cutting and added a lead line class for up-and-coming contestants. The “3 in 1” is becoming well known for its low key and hospitable atmosphere that makes it a wonderful place for people to get comfortable showing in breed classes. That doesn’t mean the competition isn’t tough and the horses aren’t talented but the organizers strive to keep the show fun because that is supposed to be what it’s all about. It all started in 2005 when a handful of friends got together and planned the first show for 2006 which in turn was a huge success. Classes were added and new formats tried and each year the show has more to offer. With the economy being what it is sponsors are getting harder to find and the ones who keep supporting this show are very much appreciated. The same is said for our competitors. The 3 in 1 Breed and Open Show is now approaching its fourth year and we hope that 2010 will bring even more Quarter Horse, Paint and Appy owners out to show off their horses and support their breed. We would like to congratulate our 2009 winners: AQHA High Point Awards AQHA Novice Youth - Zips Chocolate Tequila – Brittany Mikolayczyk Reserve – Shes Clydes Pride – Anna Bergeron AQHA Novice Amateur – Chevs Gossipn Dun It – Karen Ventress Reserve - Hes So Darn Cool – Patty Sims AQHA Junior Horse – My Success Story – Lee Ann Oosterhoff Reserve – MQH Stretch On Cue – Pamela Morrison AQHA Youth High Point – Dipped Twice - Alysha Hummel AQHA Youth High Point – Artfullymovewith Me – Bailey Meutzner Reserve - TCD Execution Annie and Mayson Schumann AQHA Amateur High Point - Chevs Gossipn Dun It – Karen Ventress Reserve – MQH Danny Cue Bar – Pam Meutzner AQHA Amateur Select High Point – Invited by the Source – Gayle Begin Reserve – N/A AQHA Senior Horse - Zips Texas Leaguer – Darhl Paley Reserve – Renenic – San Schumann APHA High Point Awards APHA Amateur High Point – Runner W – Dennel Herman Reserve – Bibs Dallaire – R Bandits May Bar APHA Youth High Point – R Bandits Peppy – Brittany Ewald Reserve – TW Sun Money – Janice Illes

APHA Breeding Stock Paint High Point – Fleetmaster Scotch Bar – Lauren Lander Reserve – R Bandits Success – Owner Geri Brown, Exhibitor Larry Wierenga APHA Open High Point – My Success Story – Lee Ann Oosterhoff Reserve – R Bandits May Bar APHCC High Point Awards APHCC Open High Point - Two Cool Taxson – Rachel Muller Reserve – Signed in Black – Dorothy Brown APHCC Amateur High Point – Two Cool Taxson – Rachel Muller Reserve - Signed in Black – Dorothy Brown APHCC Youth High Point – WR Image in Bay – Chelsea Chillibeck Reserve – Heza Easy Goer – Kelsi Smith Team Competition Placings 1. Team #5, Patty Sims, Chelsea Chillibeck and Brittany Mikolayczyk 2. Team #1, Alysha Hummel, Dennel Herman and Brittany Ewald 3. Team #7, Karen Ventress, Ronja Schippers and Amber Gregorowich

More photos of our HiPt winners on our website results.html. Four- and five-year-old Reining Futurity winner Smart N Spicy Pepper, owned and ridden by Elaine Hill

AQHA Junior Horse High Point and APHA Open High Point horse, My Success Story, owned and ridden by Lee Ann Oosterhoff

Leadliner Austin Carroll backs her horse, R Bandits May Bar, for the judge, handler and owner of horse, Bibs Dallaire.

. ApHCC High Point Youth and All Breed Youth Hunter Under Saddle winner Chelsea Chillibeck on her horse WR Image in Bay

Karen Ventress and her horse Chevs Gossipn Dun It take home the buckle in both AQHA Novice Amateur and AQHA Amateur. Photo by Ronja Schippers. Presenter is Jerry Ridennoure. • 59

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Update By Marlene Quiring Your date to remember: Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m., Clymont Hall by Devon, ADMC Semi-Annual Meeting. Bring snacks and ideas and let’s have a great meeting! Everyone is welcome. The 20th anniversary of Tees Longears Days didn’t proceed exactly as planned but was still a very successful show. An afternoon and evening of rain on Friday left the infield too muddy to use, and classes had to be held in the centre of the grassy camping area. Campers were moved back, lawn chairs were moved closer, and the spectators seemed to enjoy being right next to the action. However, because of slippery grass and numerous gopher holes, all classes had to be kept down to a walk or trot. Moses, a Mule owned by Reg and Hazel Rust and ridden by three generations of their family, was the show’s honored guest. He was draped with a blanket of roses to commemorate 20 years of continuous attendance at the show and was introduced to the crowd on both days. Recipients of awards for their performance at the show are as follows: Junior Spirit awards, for participation, assistance and performance – Brittany Rose (aka Smiley) and Amy Rust. Donkey Awards went to Ron and Alice Todd and Meghan Forberg. The Mule Award went to Merv Hollihan. A Special Award was given to the youngest competitor, 4-year-old Andi Hope-Rapp, riding her mom’s tall Appy Mule, Stella. A used tack sale was held for the first time on Saturday afternoon, with four or five club members reporting good sales. Tickets were sold out for the excellent Saturday night supper provided by Bob Ronnie Catering. The live and silent auction of donated items raised a substantial amount of money for club activities, with auctioneer Russ 60 • Saddle Up • October 2009

Finlay providing as much humour as any standup comedian. Musical entertainment followed the auction, with a Cowboy Church service on Sunday morning. The club wishes to sincerely thank the judge and the ring steward, Laverne and Carolyn Schmidt, and all the sponsors who provided prizes and gift certificates. Also special thanks are extended to our gate persons for the show, Leanne Allan and Twyla Daly. My deep thanks go out to Donna Quick who wrote most of the newsletter this month. Also thanks to Colleen Campbell, our capable Show Chairperson and her assistant Ethel Hollihan for collaborating with Donna on the newsletter. And lastly our sincere condolences to Russ and Heather Shandro and family on the loss of Red Mulrooney who because of failing health had to be put down soon after the Tees Show. Red lived to a very ripe old age and gave the Shandro family many years of pleasure, trophies, ribbons and memories that will be forever cherished. We will all miss him. Have you hugged your longears today?

Amy Rust and Brittany Rose, two of our special youth that made their mark on our show.

Our honoured Mule “Moses” with his blanket of roses in the Grand Entry, owner Reg Rust leads his youngest granddaughter Emma Rust. Ethel and Merv Hollihan carry the Alberta and Canadian flags in the parade.

A very patient Mule, Daisy waits while Ron Rust, our show clown, competes in the ‘’Old Clothes Race.’’ He must put on all the articles of clothing that were in the bag provided and then ride back to the finish line!

Our youngest competitor, Andi Hope-Rapp, on Stella with the ‘’rest of the family.’’

The six-up hitch handled by Dwight Beard of Calgary. It was the first time for the Mules in the lead to be hitched up front.

The Dogwood Donkey Show By Margaret Stewart Photos by John Dargel Record temperatures did not curb the enthusiasm of the exhibitors, volunteers and supporters attending this summer’s Dogwood Donkey Show. The three-day NMDAsanctioned event was held in association with the Abbotsford Agrifair, July 30, 31 and Aug. 1. Longears classes were included for standard and oversized miniatures so that the show was not all about prizes and points but a time for lots of fun. Jo Ann Oswald from Dallas, OR, had contrasting assignments at this fair, judging both the Donkeys and the Friesian horses. By all reports, she enjoyed the experience and was impressed by the level of hospitality extended to the judges by Agrifair. Virginia and Bud Allen of Aldergrove brought a large show string and dominated many of the classes. Washington State was once again the exhibitor and the crowd’s favourite Jack. He provided fierce competition in the halter, trail and driving classes but this year “Red Man” decided the jumping just was not worth the effort. He did, however, provide lots of laughs with his decision to conserve his energy for the big arena and his appearances in the Classic Horse show. Fortunately for Debi, Red Man redeemed himself the following week by taking the High Point at the Oregon Donkey show. Several of the Donkeys and their drivers were new to the driving events but acquitted themselves well even though the classes did not finish until after 10:30 at night. Of particular note were the efforts of “Mystic” driven by Pat Strang and 3-year-old “Guido” driven by Helen and Genna Howell. Karen McGregor and J.J. took part in noncompetition driving. Throughout the fair, Donkeys and their handlers took part in the daily Classic Horse Show. The donkey co-ordinator, Trudy Leishman, drove her standard Donkey Sarah and convinced others to perform in the main arena. There were different daily demonstrations – jumping against Miniature horses, driving, on foot racing, informative and team events. The greatest crowd response came when three teams of Donkeys paired with Friesian horses were in a timed driving competition. The smallest Donkey, approximately 29 inches, together with his team mate, a huge Friesian horse, provided some priceless moments.

The Dogwood Donkey Show committee would like to thank all who entered the show and went the extra mile to appear in the Horse Classic, the supporters from the Friesian horse group who helped out with driving, the generous sponsors, volunteers Cheryl Larsen, Catherine Olsen, Marcel Sward and Mercia Faulkner, our show managers Ulli and John Dargel, and especially Susan Balcom who bravely showed two inexperienced Donkeys and provided the beautiful coolers from Greenhawk. For full results, photos, and Donkey club information, check out www.firstmainlanddonkeyandmuleclub.webs. com/ and visit our booth at The Mane Event (Chilliwack)/

Best of Breed Unforgettable Too.

Charley Veinotte and Circle C Dynamite Red

Hollyoak’s Little Red Man – Debi Steltz

Results: Best of Breed Championship: Circle C Unforgettable Too - Virginia Allen NMDA Green High Point Champion: Circle C Nipper - Virginia Allen Circle C Dynamite Red – Reserve – Virginia Allen NMDA Open High Point Champion: Circle C Canadian Storm - Virginia Allen Circle C Remmington – Reserve – Virginia Allen Junior High Point Champion: Circle C Unforgettable Too – Virginia Allen Stonegate Acres Déjà Vu – Reserve – Virginia Allen Hi-Point Long Ears Champion: Hollyoak’s Little Red Man – Debi Steltz Sarah – Reserve – Trudy Leishman Overall Jennet Champion: WV Mystic Bean – Pat Strang Overall Jack Champion: Circle C Remmington – Virginia Allen Overall Gelding Champion: Circle C Nipper – Virginia Allen

Karen McGregor and J.J.

Mercia Faulkner from Vancouver Island

Helen Howell and Guido

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Kelowna Gymkhana Club Update By Amanda Blamire Photos by Caitlyn Chapman On August 30 our Gymkhana had another awesome turnout of 66 riders for the day with great weather and ideal arena conditions at the Kelowna Riding Club! Results are as follows: Masters Highpoint - Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee Reserve - Debbie Wright on Lily Senior Highpoint - Amanda Fedirchuk on Patch Reserve - Amanda Blamire on Leo Youth Highpoint - Jesse Tarr on Chanook Reserve - Kristen Bransfield on Tiki Junior Highpoint - Ryan Moffat on Rooh Reserve - Raija McLean on Mikey Peewee Highpoint - Steven Robson on Connie Reserve - Kordell Bennett on Scotch

Our last Gymkhana of the season was on September 27; then onto our Spooktacular Funday on October 4th; then our Year End awards in November. And a congratulations to all of our members who competed at the BCBRA finals in Kamloops! For more info call Amanda at 250-764-1397 or check out our website at See you next month!

Vanessa Miskuski on Stitch

Amanda Verkerk on Chinook

Peachland Riding Club Update By Blair Bates Hello all, It has been a while since we have been able to give an update to the events of the Peachland Riding Club. During the month of July we were deeply affected by the fires in our area. Many of our members were uprooted during the fire and this resulted in a cancellation of the July event. We have rescheduled the Gymkhana to Oct. 18. This will enable us to complete six events for the 2009 year. With the fires as I stated many members had to flee their homes, and some cases had to leave their horses behind. This of course was a distressful event but I am proud to say that in the course of this tragedy, members from our riding club came to the rescue of some of these horses and helped out these families. I would like to say a huge thank you to the members who went above and beyond the call to assist these families. Kudos to ya’ll. As for August, we were able to host a Gymkhana event and these are the results. 62 • Saddle Up • October 2009

Senior Cassandra Carr Janine Blacklock Brent Sedore Lisa Quinnlan Sue Blacklock Amanda Capuano Junior A Asia Cole Amanda Dickenson Junior B Jessie Bates Allie Sorenson Brianna Pastor Nikki Harris Jasmine Waters Candace Chevallier Junior C Alysha Pastor Jacey McQueen Darby Ensign Tori Cheyne - Chex Tori Cheyne - Bobo Danielle Ericcson

High Point Reserve 3rd 4th 5th 6th High Point Reserve High Point Reserve 3rd 4th 5th 6th High Point Reserve 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Most recently we had several of our members participate in the BCBRA championships in Kamloops over the September long weekend and would like to mention Diana Chevallier who won some of the goods. The High School Rodeo started in September and both Candace Chevallier and Jessie were both Cowgirl reserves. Both these ladies

demonstrated some great skill and a competitive spirit. Well done ladies. As for upcoming events, we would like to announce our Pub Night Fundraiser in November, see the website for details; and our Year End Banquet also in November. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through Brenda Bates 250-870-2878. And in conjunction with year-end it is time for our members to put in their votes for Most Improved Rider of 2009. Please send in your votes to Brenda Bates. Finally, I would like to thank the BCBRA association for the opportunity to be the special announcer at this year’s finals. It was a great event to work at, and I did enjoy announcing all of those names. Special recognition to Lisa Nowell for a job well done and to all of the BCBRA exec. In closing I encourage all of our members to be ready for the last Gymkhana of the year on October 18 and to come prepared to buy your year-end tickets. Until next time, happy trails.

Sudden Death Bronze Ride Off By Marianne Novotny Photos by Suzan Slater

Open Ranch photo: Jeepers Peps Lucky, Roger Lee, Marilyn Anderson and Vivian Lee

2000 Bronze photo: Marilyn Anderson, Jackie Rowe, Filos Lil Money and nephew Braxton Rowe

Open Bronze photo: Danny Moore, Marilyn Anderson and Gary Moore

Novice Bronze photo: Marilyn Anderson, Jim Rowe, Donna Rowe, Little Gaylena, and granddaughter Morgan Rowe

The 2009 Sudden Death Bronze Ride Off, held on Sept. 6, 2009, at the Lakota Agri-Center in Dawson Creek, BC, was exciting. Everyone stepped up their game and those who came out victorious won the Bronze. For riders/horses to be eligible for the PRCHA Bronze Ride Off they had to meet two qualifications. First: compete in four PRCHA shows not including the finals, second: be one of top three in the 2009 finals high scores for each class (other than the youth), held on Sept. 5 and 6, 2009. The slate is then wiped clean and may the best horse/rider win. Thank you to Marilyn Anderson for judging the show and assisting with the awards ceremony. The Open started off with The Cattins Meow, ridden by Dan Novotny,

20000 Non Pro Bronze photo: Marianne Novotny, Marilyn Anderson, Dan Novotny

with a score of 69. Second horse into the cutting pen was Smart Destiny ridden by Danny Moore. He scored a 73 and that score held top spot after Smart Little Neat, ridden by Gary Moore. Smart Destiny and Danny won the Open Bronze. Next class was the Open Ranch, where Jeepers Peps Lucky continued with his winning streak, under the guidance of Roger Lee. Jeepers and Roger won the Open Ranch first day money both days, Year End Aggregate Buckle and then finished off the weekend with a score of 68, securing him the Bronze, defeating “Lena,” ridden by Mel Hyland and Little Gaylena, whose rider was Jim Rowe. After the herd change the $20,000 Non Pro competitors rode off. First rider in was Kathy Corr, on Smart Little Neat, earned a score of 66. Second rider in was

Dan Novotny, riding The Cattins Meow, with a score of 72. This score held for top position and the bronze win, even after Dick Hollingsworth, riding Smart Gus. In the Novice Rider Ride Off, the year-long rivalry continued between Marty Wren, on Kings Jos, and Jim Rowe, on Little Gaylena, with the third competitor being Judy Williscroft on Sassy Jewel N Lena. Jim Rowe stepped up and rode his mare and his reward was winning the bronze with a score of 71. To finish off the weekend in proper fashion the pressure in the $2,000 Limit Ranch Rider Ride Off was intense with the competition being between father, Jim Rowe and daughter, Jackie Rowe, along with Richard Hollingsworth. In the end Jackie Rowe, riding Filos Lil Money, won with a score of 70 beating her dad by one point. • 63

BC Cutting Horse Association Photos by Bob Magrath

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

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The seventh annual Gary M. Cunningham Memorial Cutting was held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, 2009, at the Stetson Bowl, on the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC. The weather co-operated for us yet again and although a little cloudy the first day, we had the full benefit of a sunny day on Sunday. Both days were judged by Josh Sleeman, AAA judge from Yelm, WA. This year’s cutting saw our exhibitors enjoy two full slates of weekend cutting classes, along with our traditional Saturday Night Sponsors and Exhibitors Dinner and Live Auction. We had a nice buffet dinner during which we served our signature GMC red and white wines. We honoured our sponsors with their gifts of soft shell vests embroidered with the Gary Cunningham Memorial Cutting logo, and a bottle of wine to take home. Each of our loyal and hard-working turn-back helpers were awarded a pair of Wrangler Jeans, compliments of one of our great sponsors - Country West Supply. After dinner, we held a live auction and sold some great items to our guests. The highlight of the night was enjoying the music of up-and-coming country music entertainer, 17-year-old Emily Taylor Adams. She is one talented young lady - and arrived complete with some of her family members. Her grandma sang along to all her music and even had a dance with some of our friendly cutters! Special mention must go to our sponsors this year. As always, without the generosity of

$500 LIMIT RIDER WINNER AND NEVER WON A BUCKLE WINNER: Sam Muller on Hickapep owned by Bob Zirnhelt

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such a special group, we could not put on such a great event. Our 2009 presenting sponsors were Jack and Shirley Cunningham, along with Country West Supply Ltd, and Dale and Marilyn Henry. Our supporter sponsors were Vulnaho Dairy Farms Ltd., Big D Products Ltd supplying our aggregate champion blanket awards, and Cavalier Equine - supplying two pair of Twisted X Boots. Our bronze sponsors also deserve special mention. They include Jim and Terri Paradis, Sunrise Flagging, Odlum Brown - Roger Braun, Prudential Power Play Realty - Doug Mitten, Cliff White, Indian Spring Ranch - Senator Gerry St. Germain, and the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. The cutting itself was great fun with superb footing and challenging cattle from Border Feedlot. Kit and Kaboonsmal, the athletic bay stallion owned by Stefan Fuchs and shown by Denton Moffat, was the winner of the Open Cutting both days, marking a 73 and 75 respectively. The Non Pro Cutting was won the first day by one of our great sponsors Jim Paradis, from Alberta, marking a 72 on his nice bay gelding, Just Call Me Turner. The second day was won by Heather Pedersen, another Alberta entry, on her bay gelding, Smartest Little Oak, marking a 73. The $15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro was won Saturday by Doug Wiens on Trava Bob, marking a solid 72. Doug is the co-chair for our cutting and does a great job! Sunday was Sue Majeau and River Jazz’ turn. They had a great run and marked 73. The $50,000 Amateur was won on Saturday by Jim Paradis, scoring a 73 on Lookin At A Lena. Th is class was won on Sunday by Kamloops cutter, Roger Smeeton on TH Freckles with a 72. The $10,000 Novice Horse Class was won both days by Janie Bass’ horse, Dreamy Playcat.

Denton Moffat showed Dreamy Playcat to mark 74 and 73 respectively. The $3,000 Novice Horse Class was won Saturday by Justa Smart Swinger, owned by Dainya Sapergia and shown by Kevin Tienkamp, marking a 75! Day two this class was won by Les Timmons, showing Bo Dual for Dennis Nolin with a score of 73. The $5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro Class was won by Deb Anderson from Aldergrove, showing her nice gelding, Date A Smart Pep, marking a 73. Sunday’s class was won by Andrea Delwo from Kamloops, showing her talented palomino mare HA Chics Guitar to a score of 72. The $10,000 Amateur Class was won on Saturday by Shirley Telford on her nice bay mare, Golden Ohyes Mate with a score of 74. Sunday saw Leanne Stoltzfus win on Genuine On Tap scoring a 72. The $2,000 Limit Rider class was won Saturday by Judd Sherman, riding Educating the Chics. Judd marked a 72 on his nice horse. Norm Majeau on Jewelers Out scored a 72 on Sunday to win this class. The $20,000 Non Pro was won Saturday by Deb Anderson on Date A Smart Pep with a score of 71, and Sunday’s class was won by Roger Smeeton showing TH Freckles, scoring 72. The Senior Youth class was won both days by Shaun Timmons showing Tango Badger. Shaun and Tango Badger marked a 71 the first day and followed that up with a nice score of 73 on the second day. The Junior Youth class was great fun! There was lots of cheering for our young cutters. Both days saw Madison Stoltzfus’s win on Genuine On Tap with a score of 71. Thanks to all of you young riders for entering! You all did a great job! The Novice Class was won on Saturday by Leslie Wallace showing Chics Sassy Nic with a score of 70. On Sunday, Toni Anne Jonsson won

JR YOUTH WINNER: Madison Stoltzfus on Genuine on Tap owned by Wendle and Leanne Stoltzfus

SR YOUTH WINNER: Shaun Timmons on Tango Badger owned by Rod MacDonald

BC Cutting Horse, cont’d this class on All Reddy Badger Boy, also with a score of 70. The $500 Ranch Horse class was won both days by Kevin Tienkamp who showed Norm and Sue Majeau’s mare, Miss CD Jessie, with scores of 68 and 76. The $500 Limit Rider class was also won both days by Sam Muller, showing Bob Zirnhelt’s mare Hickapep. Sam scored a 67 and 72, Saturday and Sunday. On behalf of the 2009 Gary Cunningham Memorial Cutting Committee, Denise Hill and Doug Wiens, co-chairs, would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors, owners, exhibitors,

spectators and guests for helping to make the 2009 GMC Cutting successful again this year. Rod Ash did a stellar job of show management, keeping the footing just right and handling any number of different jobs. Jonathan Driesen handled our cattle professionally - arranging the herds, hauling in and out, and all the details “behind the scenes.” Jamie Rogers - our amazing jack of all trades. Jamie provided us with invaluable assistance on the committee this year and oversaw the setting up of the show pen, along with assisting Jonathan with the cattle all weekend. Clyde Dougans did his usual trademark fantastic job as our announcer all

weekend in addition to doing a great job on the Saturday Night Live Auction. “Special thanks to Pat Gormley for hauling the Koop mobile down to Cloverdale for us, and doing such a great job as timer all weekend long. Also would like to extend our sincere thanks to Lynn Graham – ‘champion’ show secretary and an absolute pleasure to work with. Along with John Koop who does a great job handling the Video duties for the cutting.” We hope you enjoyed the 2009 Gary Cunningham Memorial Cutting as much as we did! Thanks for your support.

$5000 NOVICE HORSE/NON PRO WINNER: Andrea Delwo on HA Chics Guitar owned by Andrea Delwo

NEVER WON A BUCKLE FINAL RIDE OFF WINNER: Shari Gallagher on Farranic owned by Shari Gallagher

$15,000 NOVICE HORSE/NON PRO WINNER: Sue Majeau on River Jazz owned by Sue and Norm Majeau

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club News By Bev Hall With Fall among us we are on the last few dates of this season but Jeanie is holding a few “double run” dates to give everyone more times to get their 5 runs in. For those who have their 5 in already it gives them a chance to better their times. September 15 Gymkhana results: Leadline: High Point – Camryn Mitchell Reserve – Justin Mitchell Pee Wees: High Point – Coralee Mitchell Reserve – Coralee Mitchell Hon. Mention – Brenna Hillier Juniors: 1D High Point – Paige Dickens 2D High Point – Alana Goldney Reserve – Kaylynne White Hon. Mention – Robyn Formanski Ladies: 1D High Point – Bev Hall (Jack) Reserve – Jordyn Rabbitt 3D High Point – Bev Hall (Mac) Reserve – Krysta Pitman 4D High Point – Heather Fox Reserve – Norma Mitchell Hon. Mention – Danielle Rogers

Upcoming Gymkhana Dates Oct 10 (Saturday) double run

Oct 18 (Sunday) Nov 21 (Saturday) - totally dependent on weather Nov 28 Year-End Banquet and Prize Presentations To Participate You Will Need: * 2009 Horse Council BC membership (MUST have this prior to attending) * 2009 Git ‘Er Done! Membership: Single $20/year or Family - $50/year * Day Fees are: Members: $2/event or $10/day p/person, $2/event or $25/day Family Non-members: $5/event or $25/day + $5 arena/timer fee (fees are per person) * PCA membership of $5 per year (membership year is Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2009) puchase at the Gymkhana. Check out our cutie little saddle that everyone has a chance to win at www. For more information please call Bev 250-577-3154, e-mail or Jeanie 250-573-2206, e-mail

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

LMQHA Happy fall to everyone! While it’s sad to say, another show season has now passed. For those of you that are still showing in the US we wish you the best of luck. The 2009 show season ended with a good turnout at our Evergreen Circuit in September. The futurities were well attended and everyone had a great time. Th is show season would not have been possible without the support of all of our sponsors, volunteers, committees and board of directors. Our events are a defi nitely a team effort and we appreciate all of you for choosing to support our club. We hope that everyone will keep in contact during the off season and hope to see everyone at the banquet! Stay tuned for the date and location.

Other News A few of our members attended the Canadian Nationals held in Red Deer in August and did very well. Congratulations to Yelaina, Tessa and Devon May who kicked butt in their respective divisions and came home with tons of high points and prizes. Way to go girls! Kim Blyth attended the AQHA Select World Championship Show and earned the title of AQHA Reserve World Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation. She also placed top 10 in Horsemanship and Western Riding! Congratulations Kim! Candice Hall would like to send a special thank you to Michelle Charleston and M & M Quarter Horses for their sponsorship of the Non Pro Saddle at the two-year-old Slot Futurity held at the Evergreen Circuit. While the saddle wasn’t at the show she really looks forward to receiving it! LC


Results from the MAQHA June 2009 Show: HALTER OPEN GELDING HIGH POINT Judy Harrison/Too Cool To Tease Res. Candace Travers/Leap To Conclusion

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AMATEUR GELDING HIGH POINT Judy Harrison/Too Cool To Tease Res. Candace Travers/Leap To Conclusion AMATEUR MARE HIGH POINT Helmut Fortkamp/Im Misbehavin Res. Tara John/My Rebels Dynamic OPEN MARE HIGH POINT Andrea FortKamp/Im Misbehavin Res. Carole Walton/Alittle Reality YOUTH GELDING HIGH POINT Ryan Love/Leap To Conclusion Res. Breanna Fear/Laced Investments YOUTH MARE HIGH POINT Trenna Brown Cooligraphy Res. Lisa Kitigawa /Cool China PERFORMANCE CLASSES NOVICE AMATEUR HIGH POINT Gordon McEachen/Gota Be A Potential Res. Candace Travers/Leap To Conclusion SELECT AMATEUR HIGH POINT Gordon McEachen/Gota Be A Potential SENIOR HORSE HIGH POINT Gordon McEachen/Gota Be A Potential Res. Carole Walton/Alittle Reality YOUTH 13 AND UNDER HIGH POINT Katrina Hamilton/Consider it My Turn Res. Breanna Fear/Laced Investments YOUTH 14-18 HIGH POINT Lisa Kitaqawa/Cool China Res. Shaylee Anderson/Cools Pillow Talk NOVICE YOUTH HIGH POINT Shaylee Anderson/Cools Pillow Talk Res. Breanna Fear/Laced Investments STAKES CLASSES HUNTER UNDER SADDLE YOUTH 1. Andrea Farnham/Fishing for Details 2. Monique Fear/Laced Investments HUNTER UNDER SADDLE OPEN 1. Carole Walton/Alittle Reality 2. Breanna Fear/Laced Investments 3. Andrea Farnham/Fishing for Details WESTERN PLEASURE OPEN 1. Gordon McEachen/Gota Be A Potential 2. Carole Walton/Alittle Reality 3. Aleta Strachen/Dynamic Caddy RANCH SORTING OPEN 1. Sue Sheppard/Genuine Sugar Buck Linda Quesnel/Ashbrook Island Gem 2. Lisa Kitagawa/Cool China Ron Gray/Ye Son Of A Gun 3. Lisa Kitagawa/Cool China Maureen Bowers/Sunny 4. Stephanie Schuster/Apache Bay Merissa Hewitt/Sucha Smooth Skip RANCH SORTING ALL AGES 1. Sue Sheppard/Genuine Sugar Buck Kirk Walton/Justa Quincy Dance 2. Lisa Kitagawa/Cool China Merissa Hewitt/Sucha Smooth Ski

NBCQHA We had a great show in Prince George the last weekend of September. Our numbers were up from last year, the weather was wonderful and the friends were fun. The highlight for me was watching the teams feed each other chocolate pudding - blindfolded - for team points. And we had a little sister rivalry in the carrot race with Jillian edging out Jenica for the World’s Greatest Horse bucket! We also held our first ever AQHA cutting classes that went over real well and saw the highest reining scores I’ve ever seen with a 75.5 and a 76. Very exciting! Congrats to all our high point winners!

Super Circuit Award Winners Open/Amateur Stallion - This Kidsbedazzled, Dave and Vicki Burns Open Gelding - WC I Zipped In Ink, Lisa Haaparanta Open/Amateur Mare - Shesaqualitystreaker, Karla Dewhurst Amateur Gelding - Justa Big Time Kid, Peter Ranson Youth Gelding - Rockin Real Power, Kaitlin Heidelback Youth Mare - Hitechs Royal Design, Kelsey Videgain Junior Horse/Youth 14-18 - Famous Queen Babe, Sara Horrocks Res. My Success Story, Lea-Ann Oosterhoff Senior Horse/Res. Amateur - Famous Mister Bert, Tara Alde Res. Win A Smokin Revenue, Susan Horrocks Amateur - Champagne N Dreams, Jaimy Hutton Res. Youth 14-18 - Zips Chocolate Tequila, Brittany Mikolaychuk Amateur Select - Invitedbythesource, Gayle Begin Novice Youth/Youth 13 and under/Overall Youth - Zippos Star Shuttle, Katrina Mulford Res. Youth 13 and under - Pabs Shadow, Tory Kershaw Res. Novice Youth - SC Bay Badger, Ronja Schippers Novice Amateur/Newcomer - Hickorys Major Doll, Carlene Kerr Res. Novice Amateur/Sportsmanship - Hes So Darn Cool, Patty Sims Futurity/Stake Winners Weanling Filly – Perpetual Celebrity/Lianne Hummel Yearling Lungeline – Dimensionaly Chipped/Marg Thiessen Yearling In Hand Trail – Blazing Hotchocolate/Kate Bick 2 Yr Old Western Pleasure – Two Q For Words/Bailie Copeland 3 & Over Western Pleasure Stake – Iotas Lil Miss/Lianne Hummel Hunter Under Saddle Stake – Next Dempsey/Jenica Pavlis Trail Stake – Famous Mister Bert/Tara Alde Reining Stake – Renenic/Sand Schumann Working Cow Horse Stake – Renenic/Sand Schumann Showmanship Stake – My Success Story/Lea-Ann Oosterhoff Open Halter Stake – Shesaqualitystreaker/Karla Dewhurst Open Cutting Jackpot – Isle Be Twisted/Tom Graham

SCQHA Our 2009 AQHA Fall Circuit held Sept. 17-20 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds was again a resounding success. Exhibitors from across the province enjoyed Okanagan hospitality for the four full days of showing. Congratulations to all our winners in each category and stay tuned for a full review of all results in the November issue of Saddle Up. Thanks go out to all our volunteers, from announcers, whipper-ins, ring stewards, this list is really endless, that helped to make this show the success it was! Without you, we could not have done this! - Cherie Jardine, President, SCQHA.

BCQHA, cont’d

Sand Schumann & Renenic

Showmanship Stake Winner Lea-Ann Oosterhoff with My Success Story

Yearling Lungeline Winner Dimensionaly Chipped

LMQHA Trophy Show By Adrianna Ham Photos by Mellissa Low-Buckley All breeds and disciplines came together at the Langley Riders Outdoor Facility on August 22nd and made the LMQHA’s Open Trophy Show a great success. We received many compliments and congratulations on our fun, friendly and well run show, and assurances were made that we will be holding an Open Show next year. Prizes or trophies were given for all classes and nine Division and three All Around High Points were awarded as well as entry packages for all, ensuring everyone came away with a gift and a smile. Many thanks to all of our Sponsors and to our volunteers for the day - we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Endurance Riders Association of BC For obvious reasons, the last BC competition of the year has huge Officers & Directors 2009 bittersweet feelings President - Brenda Miskimmin attached to it. Sweet VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie because, after all, it’s Treasurer - Louise Abbott another ride! Bitter Directors: because, well, it’s the Madeline Bateman last ride and that’s it Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille until spring, unless Terre O’Brennan you cross the line Karen Ellis and attend some of June Melhuish the great American Lynn Wallden rides that operate on a longer season than ours. Westbank Rocker was held on Sept. 12 and as we left Westbank to travel to the ride site at Telemark Cross Country Ski Trails area, we all could see the threatening power of the fires that surrounded the community in August, and were thankful that almost all homes were saved ... and our ride site too! Seventy-two riders entered the 50 mile and 22 mile levels in an even split, with a third level – 16 mile fun ride – Ride Manager Anne drawing interested locals and novices, Mackay and Dante in on what might prove to be the last hot the 22 mile - photo weekend of the year – wouldn’t you by Catherine Wallace, know it! The Friday night ride meeting Sundance Photography introduced a new loop, developed for us this year by Barb Hart, who has set the course for the last few years. This news was greeted with excitement and a little trepidation ... a new loop means new trail, new country and sights to see, and also new challenges ... need to keep a vigilant eye on those ribbon markers as well as the ground underfoot! Don’t be totally distracted by those fabulous new vistas! The 50 milers left ride camp at 7 a.m. on the first 16 mile loop – familiar Trail setter Barb Hart on the ground to many, and safe to let the 50 mile - photo by Catherine horses express their own joy at moving Wallace, Sundance smartly down the trail with their Photography buddies. By the time the front runners were approaching the end of the loop, they were on common trail and meeting the 22 milers, who started from camp at 8 a.m. The fun riders met for their briefing at 10 a.m. before heading out on the new loop at 10:30. By the end of the second loop, which was 11 miles long, the 50 milers were starting to feel the heat of the day, and could really appreciate the shade of the forest trails, especially when, back at camp, they could see the rosy glistening faces of the hard-working volunteers. Thankfully, the vets were working in the shade, and ever-vigilant day manager Chicki Jacques kept their work area clear, although that 68 • Saddle Up • October 2009

meant lining up in the full sun. Drs. Brytann Youngberg (Salmon Arm), Sarah Greenwood (Kelowna area) and Grant Scott (Kelowna) assessed the horses quickly and efficiently, and no one melted in the lineup. The new loop was actually two eight-mile loops – this configuration allowed the 50 milers and the fun riders Mother Nellie Roukema and daughter Bianca MacKenzie to duck into camp if they needed to in the 50 miles - Bianca (flush toilets!), while the 22 milers will crossed the line first, won have to see the eight miles they missed Best-Conditioned; photo by next year, as their course ended after the Chris Clark first eight-mile loop. There are seemingly an infinite number of ski trails in the immediate vicinity of the Telemark Cross Country Lodge, and it was 20 minutes of riding before the maze of intersections was behind the riders – and it took a careful eye, and sometimes backtracking to fi nd the right turn for the marked trail. Once free of “civilization,” the trail followed a steady course, winding upward to fabulous bare rock viewpoints overlooking Okanagan Lake, with a cooling breeze thrown in as an additional reward for achieving the height. The downward trail stayed in the cover of the forest, and Jack Creek ran alongside for a while – no shortage of water on these trails! Also new this year – Dr. Grant Scott was requested by the American Endurance Riders Conference (AERC) to conduct random drug testing on five horses for banned substances – we’re delighted to have our sport and our event monitored for the good of our horses! But it does means that results included in this article are not really official until the results come in. That being said... 22 Miles - 34 riders started and 28 finished, and included five junior riders. 1. Leisa Hlushko on Tina Gasolena - 2 hours, 44 minutes Bringing up the rear, the final rider was Coleen Gay on Angel - 5 hours, 15 minutes. High Vet Score - Fanny Barrette on Maverck Wa First Junior - Justin Gutsell on the amazing pony Ford - 3 hours, 5 minutes. 50 Miles - 33 riders started and 29 finished. 1. Bianca MacKenzie on Cupido - 5 hours, 30 minutes Bringing up the rear was Darla Malkoske on Yankee’s Rambler - 9 hours, 9 minutes Best Condition - Bianca MacKenzie and Cupido High Vet Score - Barb Holmes-Balmer on her long-time partner, 21-year-old Shimelhawa Best Conditioned Barefoot/Booted - White Sox Victor (Tory) and June Melhuish. This award is sponsored each year by Nickers Saddlery in Pentiction. A special thanks to photographer Catherine Wallace of SunDance Photography Kelowna (250-765-0664) for her great shots of us all – helps to get us through the winter! And to Chris Clark for adding his great shots to our albums! A reminder to members and all interested parties – the ERABC AGM will be held at Best Western Nicola in Merritt on Saturday, Nov. 14. Check the website for ongoing developments As well as reporting and discussing the business of the club, there will be a panel presentation and “brain-picking” of our experienced riders once again – this was a great hit last year, and incredibly informative.

BC Paint Horse Club Pres VP Sec Treas Past Pres. APHA Alt APHA

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

Hello everyone and welcome to fall! For most of us, show season is wrapping up for another year, and it’s time to unwind and maybe hit the trails for a colourful afternoon! For the few of us that are absolute diehards, there are still a number of shows left - Pinto Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Paint World Show in Fort Worth, Texas. I hope to attend both these shows in November and am looking forward to experiencing it! The Painted N Sterling Classic (the Fall show) put on by the Oregon Paint Horse club will be held on the Thanksgiving weekend in Albany Oregon. A number of local BCPHC members are planning to attend as this is the last show of the season that will count for NWCC points. The NWCC recently hosted its Zone 1 Zone-A-Rama in August in Nampa, Idaho and there was some great Canadian talent there! One of the highlights that I think speaks volumes was the placings in the Youth Western Pleasure class - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place went to Calli Rouse, Emilee Chamberland and Randi McCook - all of BC. Canada was well represented in the Amateur and Open Divisions as well. Considering that there were entries there from as far away as California, Nevada and Utah, we can be very proud of our Canadian content! The following are the Zone One - Zone O Rama - Nampa, Idaho, August 18 – 21, 2009 High Point Winners: (Note: Saddle Up edited to include only Canadian or Washington winners, due to space) Youth Walk Trot 5 – 9 High Point Ellesse Fitzgerald, Bellingham, WA, riding Zipn In The Slow Lane Novice Youth 18 & Under Reserve Ivy Anderson, Lake Stevens, WA, riding Cleared for Takeoff

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Youth 13 & Under Reserve Lynsey Peebles, Enumclaw, WA, riding A Subtle Impulse 3rd Kirsten Chamberland, Langley, BC, riding Desis On The Street 4th Alina Bose, Langle, BC, riding Just Passin Time Youth 14 – 18 Reserve Calli Rouse, Langley, BC, riding Ima Special Delivery 3rd Maggie Dalzell, Medina, WA, riding CCS Double Zipped Novice Amateur High Point Alanna Boulton, Snohomish, WA,

riding Just Pretend 3rd Michele Ellis, Woodland WA, riding Doctor Good Bar 4th Lisa Seccomb, Ferndale, Wa, riding Hot Zippity Spot 5th Carley Nelsen, Burlington, Wa, riding Saint Pats Vintage Classic Amateur 19 - 44 3rd Carley Nelsen, Burlington WA, riding Saint Pats Vintage 4th Alyssa Hughes, Mt Vernon WA, riding Gambling On Charlie Solid Paint Bred High Point JZA Wyatt I Zipt, owned by Teresa Albrici, Ridgefield, WA Reserve BC Solid Conclusion, owned by Jessica Skillen, Ft Langley, BC High Point Halter Horses Reserve Stallion WKN Ever so Awesome, owned by Brian Lusk, Wapato, WA Reserve Mare Gunslingers Touch, owned by Danette & John Mullaney, Lake Stevens, WA Zone One Winner of random draw for Paint Horse Journal full page ad, donated by The Paint Horse Journal: Germain Mock, Creswell Oregon exhibiting Mega Midas

We have a new delegate for Area 43, Zone 1 which is Jodie Moore of Langley, BC. She was elected earlier this year and will take over the job in November. The alternate is Andrea Aitken of Oliver. The BC Paint Horse Club’s Free Trophy Program has been successful again this year. The following clubs have had a prize jointly donated by the BC Paint Horse Club, Otter Co-Op and Full Line Specialties to the top scoring Registered Paint at a show: the Horse Association of Central Kootenay, Barlow Creek Gymkhana Club, the BC Sport Horse Association for the two shows held in Cloverdale, 3 in 1 Show in Smithers, the South Okanagan Horse Association and the Rainbow Horse Club’s schooling shows on Vancouver Island. The following clubs have been provided a prize for their Year-End award for the top scoring Registered Paint for their series of shows: the Chilliwack Riding Club of Chilliwack and the Vimy Western Riding Club of Duncan. We hope to have the list of the winning Paints in a future edition of Saddle Up. For those of you that love to chat online about anything and everything horsey,

Facebook has two interesting groups you might want to check out. There is a BC Paint Horse Club group site and an APHA group site. These sites are great for catching up with people you only get to see at shows, fi nding that perfect Paint to fi ll that empty stall in your barn, and chat in general about our favourite breed! Kelly Allen and Ron Stolp have purchased a stallion from Oregon. He is “The Huntsman” a 2004 15.3hh Black and White tobiano stallion. He was DNA Tested at UC Davis for the Homozygous Tobiano Gene. Kelly has had to resign her position as a director for the BC Paint Horse Club due to their purchase of a new farm and all the work that will be required to get it ready before winter hits. If you would like to get any further information on their new stallion, please check out their website at www. As this edition gets ready to go to press, the BCPHC Harvest Classic/SCQHA Fall Circuit combined AQHA-APHA approved show is right around the corner. I know that both clubs have been working hard to make this show a great one, lots of futurity and stake money sponsors, and it should be a lot of fun. I’ll report all the results in the next month’s issue. Plans are well underway for the Spring Classic show coming up in March 2010. Once again BCPHC and PNPHC are combining to produce a 6 judge show to kick off the show season! Louise Bruce and Dianne Rouse are the BCPHC representatives working on the show committee along with the PNPHC reps. Mark your calendars now for March 19, 20, 21, 2010. Once again there will be 10 saddles up for highpoint winners! Well, I guess that’s it for another month - please email me your photos, results or news to - Anne Marie Wass • 69

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

As the days What a way to beat the heat!! grow shorter, the nights get cooler, the thought of digging out Spookum Honey those winter blankets start appearing in our minds. It’s hard to April 1, 1989 believe that this year’s show season is pretty much over. Wasn’t it just July last week? Enough of September 11, 2009 those thoughts, I just enjoyed two beautiful days out on the trail with my pony. I’m definitely No longer will you feel the taking advantage of every nice day to get out there. harsh cold of winter, I kept that Four down, one to go. Playdays that is! What a Playday it was! First and foremost I have to promise for you. send out a huge congratulations to Krista Blades and Docs Highland Miss on their fi rst ever blue ribbon together. Krista and Missy extended and collected their way to winning the Senior Road Hack class. Krista, I heard you were on cloud 29! The judging duties were shared by Angela Brown and Brenda Moores (trail judge). Thank you both for helping our club out, the judging isn’t always the easiest job to do! So with only one Playday left, everyone’s thoughts should be shift ing to the Year End Awards Banquet. Once again it will be at the Barnhartvale Hall on November 7 and will be a potluck dinner. Tickets are available from Linda Loshuk at 250-573-5346. Now that I have everyone thinking about the wonderful food that we will be enjoying at the banquet, what about the awards? What about them, you might ask? Well the only way that we can give out the year end awards is with the help of all of you. Many of our high point and reserve awards still need sponsorship; without these sponsorships the awards banquet won’t be as exciting. Please call Debi Eppinger at 250-851-9256 to sponsor a class or even two. Put a smile on someone’s face! Calling all members!! It’s time again for the Annual General Meeting. Well actually it really Spookum Honey & Taylor Drake isn’t until November 22 at 11:00 am. But it won’t be where all of you are thinking! Gotcha there! It will be held in the basement of the Royal Lepage Kamloops building in the 300 block of Seymour Street. Bring any and all ideas that you might have regarding fundraising, playdays, clinics, prices, playday schedule. Whatever you think would help make our club and its functions more enjoyable. We need you there, the more of us that come, the more ideas that will arise, the more fun we will all have next year. Our deepest condolences to T.J and Taylor Drake on the loss of their beloved mare Spookum Honey. Spookum Honey took T.J through 4-H as well as being a wonderful mother to 2 beautiful foals. She will be greatly missed. Best friends forever, Spook and T.J Drake

If you missed a copy of we now have ARCHIVES on our website. Past issues are available as of February 2009. Now you can look at each page or download the entire magazine. 70 • Saddle Up • October 2009

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

Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB 250-546-2557, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 9/09

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C.

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 3/10 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 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:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 5/10

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

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233, or web Area 20 4/10 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 10/09 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, 11/09 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 13-14 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB VP Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 8/10 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 2/10

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

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 10/09 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 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, 10/09 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 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, 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 9/09

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

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

october 2-4 2-4 3

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DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Kamloops, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Quesnel, TREC Training Day (1-5pm), 4015 Hullcar, Armstrong, learning how & setting up. Brenda 250-546-2867,, BHA HALLOWEEN Gymkhana, BCBRA Race & Horse Show, BC Heritage Qualifiers & PAC Appr., Grand Forks, TREC Training Day Comp. (9-4pm), 4015 Hullcar, Armstrong, Brenda 250-546-2867, Entry by Sep.28, “HORSE”TACULAR TEAM PLAYDAY, 9 am, Teams of 4 compete, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, 250-547-9277 BHA HALLOWEEN HORSE SHOW & 2010 BCH Qualifier, Grand Forks, Tanya 250-442-0209,, WILD AND WOOLEY SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, GYMKHANA, 108 Resort Stables (9-4pm), Jennifer 250-791-6509 or 6519, BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT SHOW, Furleez Farm, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, LANGLEY RIDERS Games Day, Langley, more info at MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or BCRCHA, Location: M. Stradling’s, Sue Majeau.604-865-7013, PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES 2nd annual Fun Day, 12:30 p.m., West/Eng, Jumping, Gymkhana. 250-260-5299, Coldstream SPOOKTACULAR TEAM FUNDAY, Teams of 4 compete, max. 12 teams, Kelowna Gymkhana Club, info Amanda 250-764-1397 BCCTRA AGM, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson, BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, RIVAS’S ONE DAY HEALING INTENSIVE, Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643 LAODAS-WAY, Alchemy of the Horse (first half), Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Langley, HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Chevalliers Arena, Peachland, Sandy 250-718-2761 HALLOWEEN FUNTASTIC SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC contact Carolyn Dobbs 250-397-2281 or Tammy Schuurmans 250-706-4849 LANGLEY RIDERS Eng/West Show, Langley, more info at GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or FALL FINALE FUN SHOW, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Abbotsford, 250-317-7725, SOUTH REGION HS RODEO, Peachland, or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 NORTH REGION HS RODEO, Chetwynd, or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 FUN FREESTYLE DRESSAGE SHOW, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, SOHA HALLOWEEN SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Grand Forks, BC, Joanne Rooke 250-442-0275, HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Black Creek, BC, Nina Christmas, 250-338-1258,

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MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman, 250-724-4645, E-mail: SHADOWDANCERS’ HORSEPATTER, Epona Approach Workshop Combo, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Sorrento, LANGLEY RIDERS Jumper Day, Langley, more info at TREC Training Day Comp. Skimikin Campground, Tappen, Karen 250-675-3705, Entry by Oct. 12, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saanich Fairgrounds, 250-317-7725, ALBERTA PROVINCIAL VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Olds, AB, Caluori Pavilion, Janet 403-637-2206 Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Org. REINING & RIDING CLINIC w/Carmen Teixeira, Salmon Arm, BC, Leslie 250-307-4757, HORSEMANSHIP & TRAIL CLINIC w/Colleen Hazeldine, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jeanette 250-577-3156 SPOOKY TRAIL HORSE, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, LAODAS-WAY College of Equine Kinetics (10 months), Moose Jaw, SK, 780-621-0765, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC, Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245, E-mail: THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack, BC, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Princeton, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Okanagan Falls, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sherwood Park, AB, 250-317-7725, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, E-mail: STEVE ROTHER, Excel with Horses Clinic, Duncan, BC, Deborah 250-746-8769, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Ladner/Delta, 250-317-7725,

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HALLOWEEN REINING SCHOOLING SHOW & Pot Luck Supper, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jan Daly 250-577-3775 APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC, Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Quesnel, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman 250-724-4645, E-mail: DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Princeton, 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, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Langley, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Okanagan Falls, GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Sorrento, AWARDS BANQUET, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or


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APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Arizona, NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS (2nd half), Alder Flats, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765,

july 21-25

TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725,

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

2010 AQHA REGIONAL EXPERIENCE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, more info at

september 26-Oct 3

EQUUS AT SEA CRUISE, Vancouver to San Diego, Rhonda 1-877-851-0903,

CLUBS - Send in your dates to keep readers informed. This is a FREE service. You can view and download these dates from In Memoriam… LORNA BISSELL January 13, 1949 – September 6, 2009

We say goodbye to a very dear friend, wife to Al, mother, and most recently a grandmother. Breast cancer took this ‘heck of a lady’ but she fought it for 5 years, and she fought it tough. No sooner did Lorna arrive in the North Okanagan with her husband Al, to retire, that she became a councillor with the Municipality of Spallumcheen where she brought her experience, hopes and dreams of making the community a better one. Although she did not have horses, Lorna became a ‘Horsey Lady’ when friends recruited her onto the committee of the annual Horsey Ladies Charity Banquet. Her first year on the committee she volunteered to make little cork horses as a momento for each of the gals in attendance. She became an integral and valuable part of our team – and we will miss her terribly. – Nancy Roman (on behalf of all the Horsey Ladies) • 73

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond... HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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Nice Rooms. Great People. 1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240


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PRONTO ESSO 546-3772


NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

Chilliwack, BC



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


ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG. CENTRE, (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 11/09 Otter Co-op & Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 11/09 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 28 years.

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


Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • • 3/10


4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B3 Fax: 250-546-3528 • Email:

EQUINE SERVICES J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10

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BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10 GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10 4/10

Business Services HAY SALES


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

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10 Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales


Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization. 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton

HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,




Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09


ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale.

MASSAGE THERAPY CERTIFIED Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-859-4378, Kelowna, BC 10/10 LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Barrie 2/10 PHOTOGRAPHERS


COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 6/10 English & Western, New & Used

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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, 6/10

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

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

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


TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist • 75



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

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



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


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INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10 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! 2/10

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HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 5/10 LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10

DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan 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



TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 • TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 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. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

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Michael Rabe Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 9/10



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$175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST.

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Stallions and Breeders 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 5/10

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

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

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,

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 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: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 •

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

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10 L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan,

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

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

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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

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

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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

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AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 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

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On The Market

HORSE SET-UP ON 12 ACRES, QUESNEL Reno’d 3 bed, 2 bath house. Indoor 60’ round pen, 8 stall show barn, hayshed, shavings shed, numerous paddocks with shelters and auto water, etc. All set-up for trainers, breeders, boarding or? Additional land available. Located 10 min from Quesnel in Bouchie Lake, great community, within walking distance to school, general store, daycare and community center. Asking $399,000 E-mail for pictures or call 250-249-0061

TOTALLY TOLERANT STARTER PONY, 13.2HH Been there, done that aged pony that has taught many kids to ride. 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. $1,500. 250-306-3500 (Armstrong)

“ARROW MOON” 2-year-old Azteca (QH/Andalusian) Dun Gelding. Has one month light training, safe ride, no vices. Very willing, big stride, shows some jumping promise. Will be big; already 15.2HH. More pure and partbred Andalusians for sale at $4,500. 250-269-7476 (Edgewood)

“ARROW SUENO” Pure Spanish Andalusian Black 2-year-old Stallion prospect. Has good bone and size with a huge stride. Will be a dressage prospect. Proven stallion, quiet disposition, good ground manners. Has been shown successfully. More pure and partbred Andalusians for sale at $18,000 obo. 250-269-7476 (Edgewood)

“SASSY BRAT” Gorgeous 2-year-old Welsh/QH cross, 11.2HH. Attentive and willing to learn, this pony will try anything you ask. He has Natural Horsemanship round pen work, free jumps barrels and has started trick training (he sits). A beautiful mover, unlike most ponies, he has a balanced slow lope naturally. Not started under saddle yet, but could also make a kid’s jumper pony, he is brave and will jump anything you point him at. Sassy’s name only reflects the fact that he is still a stallion; he will make a sweet gelding. $2,000 obo. 250-306-3500 (Armstrong)

2007 REG’D PAINT FILLY Bold and sensible. Bathes, clips, lunges and started under saddle. Training to continue until sold. With consistency she keeps getting better and better. Gorgeous show prospect and will be excellent on the trail. $3,000 obo. 250-323-2655 (eves) (Nanaimo)

Colour Photo Ads 2003 6-HORSE ANGLE HAUL BLOOMER TRAILER Front, mid and rear tack, mangers, drop down windows, lots of garment racks. Immaculate condition. $40,000 obo. 250-337-2309 (Black Creek)

Only $60. + GST Includes FREE INTERNET PR POCOS DUSTNSTEEL Foundation Quarter Horse 98.44%; also Registered with AQHA, 2006, 15HH. Herda N/N, updated with shots. Excellent pedigree. His sire was successfully shown as a working cow horse. “Stoney” is a handsome cow horse, well-built and has 2 months of professional training. He is a sweetheart to deal with. $3,500. 250-412-2700 (Hudson’s Hope) • 79

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LOVELY & GORGEOUS 2004 RED DUN AQHA MARE Gentle, responsive, ridden extensively on challenging trails; fantastic camping and crossing creeks, always sure-footed! Quick turns, speed, willingness - huge potential for reining, barrels, cutting, penning; already been to one gymkhana this year! Phenomenal movement for the English ring. Sensible, quiet disposition has allowed beginners to learn on her in the ring; would make a lovely all around youth show horse! Has the talent and trainability to take you to the top in multiple divisions! Loads, ground ties, hobbles, ponies, good with other horses, excellent on roads, good feet, UTD and Well Bred too! Asking $3,850 (Payments/trades considered) 250-448-9369 (Kelowna)

1995 15HH REG’D QH BLACK STALLION “Jet Black n Easy” known as Black Jack is a gentleman to ride, great for trails, has also been used on cattle drives. He is broke to drive and really enjoys it! Black Jack is well-built and produces beautiful foals. $2,000. 250-484-5601 (south east of Kelowna)

HORSE TRAILER FOR SALE 2 axles, middle gate and end ramp/door. For 2 horses or 3 cow calf pairs. $3,250 obo. 250-494-9393 (Summerland)

1999 REG’D PAINT GELDING, 15HH SMALL BLACK MULE Approximately 9-10 years old. Great watch animal or companion for horses. Has been packed. $500 obo. 250-494-9393 (Summerland)


WELSH PONIES FOR SALE Mariposa Welsh and Sport Ponies is offering a variety of beautiful, registered Welsh ponies - many colours and ages. Some are professionally trained, some bred mares with foals and also a ‘starter herd’ available. Prices range from $1,000 and up. 250-499-0237 (S. Okanagan)

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KELOWNA / JOE RICH AREA, CLOSE IN Gorgeous custom built home on 12+ acres, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3,000 sq. ft., open design, vaulted ceilings, rock f/p in L/R, oak kitchen. Sunny acreage set-up for horses, fully fenced and x-fenced, loafing sheds, barn with tack room. Many extras. Private sale. $750,000. Call 250-491-4104 (Kelowna)

Professionally started reining, has done parades, flag, cattle penning and trainer’s clinic demo horse. Stocky, cowy, sound and strong. Experienced rider. Was standing at stud till 2006. Perfect ground manners, no vices, a people pleaser, energetic. Best home $4,000 obo. Lease option. 250-495-7773 (Osoyoos)


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)

8 YR OLD REG’D BLACK QH MARE 15.1HH and well-broke. Started on barrels, one month roping training, quiet in box, quick and athletic. Been in 4-H, has professional reining training. She is bred to run, Ohs Magic and Truck Trouble bloodlines. Owner going to university. $4,000. Sarah 250-540-3111 (cell) or 250-546-8059 (Armstrong)



Can’t ride? Because you can’t take the bouncing? Try the World’s Smoothest Horse. 11 yr Reg’d Peruvian Paso mare. Fabulous temperament. Currently being ridden by 12-year-old. Previous show experience, always in ribbons, demonstration rides and parades, but also a very well-behaved pleasure/ trail horse. A delight to ride no matter what discipline. $4,500. 250-546-3704 (Armstrong)

Marzita Danzante IJB, Peruvian Paso Mare, 11 years old, Chestnut. Smooth and well-gaited, trailers, bathes, good with farrier, very quiet and willing. Sire: Abril Danzante CHR; Dam: Encantadora IJB. Reducing herd, sadly must sell. Asking $4,000. Shelley 250-260-3323 (Vernon)


Peruvian Paso Mare, 7 years old, 14.1HH. Black, beautiful and very friendly. Champion bloodlines. Will fi t in nicely in any home. $3,500. ALSO: Peruvian Saddle for Sale $800. 250-379-2711 (Armstrong)


Peruvian Paso Gelding, 9 years old, 15.1HH. Incredibly strong, well-gaited. Excellent prospect for endurance, trail or showing. Very eye-catching! “Experience the Smoothest Riding Breed in the World!” $4,500. 250-379-2711 (Armstrong)


Smooth ride! 7-year-old Registered Peruvian Paso Gelding, 14.3HH. For showing or pleasure riding, nice temperament, smooth gait, High Point Versatility at Northwest Peruvian Show. Clips, hauls, parades, even plays broomball. $6,000. 250-832-1188 (Salmon Arm)

“SPLASH” - 9 YR OLD REG’D QH GELDING 14.3HH. Bloodlines of Smart Chic Olena and Cue Bar Peppy. Nice spins, stops and lead changes. NRHA earnings. Has won boxing classes. Shows lots of cow. Splash has been rode out lots, some ranch work. Asking $7,000 obo. 250-567-2839 (Vanderhoof)

Next Ad Deadline October 15 2006 CIRCLE J ALUMINUM 4 HORSE ANGLE HAUL Drop down windows, roof vents, water tank in large front tack room with deadbolt. $16,000. 250-577-3883 (Pritchard)

Don’t Miss It!

MUST SELL: AQHA DYNAMICS IMPRESSION, SORREL 2002 MARE N/N. Incentive Fund. Approximately 15.1HH. 13 months professional training with Sandra Morgan. Good in arena and on trails. Negotiable with breeding to Consider His Source. $3,000 obo. Contact Laurie Takoff, 250-765-7228 or toll free 877-765-7228 (Kelowna) • 81

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Reluctantly selling my baby. Dandy is about 16HH, Sorrel Gelding and 6 years old. Lovely disposition, good manners, no vices, calm, UTD shots incl. West Nile. His health is excellent, easy keeper. Big smoochie horse that falls asleep on the farrier. Needs someone who can ride him lots, as he has only about 90 days under saddle. Gave me back my confidence to ride. From Skipper W line and registered with AQHA. $3,000 firm. Debra 250-767-9655 (Peachland)

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,





“MARC” 8-year-old, 16HH Hanoverian cross Gelding. Jumping over 3 feet with ease. Beautiful mindset, good conformation, gorgeous colouring and a winning personality. UTD on shots, feet and teeth, trailers/bath/clips. Serious inquiries only. Video available. Contact or call 250-838-7531 (Enderby)



2006 TRAILS WEST CLASSIC II 2 HORSE B/P Angle haul with drop down windows and two 2-way roof vents. Front tack with spare tire. Excellent condition! $8,500. 250-838-7860 (Enderby)

SET UP FOR HORSES: 5 acres with fenced pasture, treed paddocks with creek, double shelter, auto waterer. FOR YOU: Gorgeous executive 3 bed, 2 bath rancher; vaulted ceilings, skylights, bamboo hardwood, new alder kitchen, 2 fireplaces, 2 courtyards, heated 2-car garage, and kennel. WORKSHOP: 765 sq. ft. – can easily convert to a rental cottage. Absolute privacy, only 3 min. to downtown in desirable area, wildlife abounds, crown land/trails nearby. REDUCED $569,000. Quality appliances included. 250-838-5737 (Enderby) See more at

ELFONDO’S WHISPER OF SIN 4-year-old Reg’d Morgan Mare, 14.3HH. Sire: Foxtails Triple Threat (buckskin); Dam: Elfondo’s Ebony Joy (black). Whisper is a fun mare to ride. She is very athletic and quick, would make a nice reining prospect. She is a good trail horse and will try anything (I’ve even had her swimming in water). She loads easily and has excellent feet. Asking $3,250 obo. Amber 250-843-7186 (near Dawson Creek)

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“BONNIE” Very friendly and quiet, started under saddle and in harness. She has excellent conformation and bone. Extremely fancy, self-collecting mare that has tons of movement. Great all around horse that will excel in any discipline. Will finish at approximately 16.1HH. Up-to-date on all shots and worming. Could be paired with Buster - see ad. $4,500 obo. Contact or call 1-780-886-0589 (Ardrossan, AB)

“BUSTER” Very friendly and quiet, started under saddle and in harness. He has excellent conformation and bone. Extremely fancy, self-collecting gelding that has tons of movement. Great all around horse that will excel in any discipline. Will finish at approximately 16.1HH. Up-to-date on all shots and worming. Could be paired with Bonnie - see ad. $4,500 obo. Contact or call 1-780-886-0589 (Ardrossan, AB)

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 5/10

Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


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PAINT HORSES - HERD REDUCTION. All registered APHA. Ages from Weanlings, Ready to Start and Broodmares available. ALSO: one Homozygous 13-year-old Stallion. For prices and other info call 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail:


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2004 TB GELDING, 15.3HH AND GROWING Very quiet, potential to do anything. 3 months pro training. Clips, hauls, loads, bathes. Excellent youth horse in future with more training. $4,500 to approved home. 250-344-6439 (Golden)

Reg’d APHA 6-year-old Black and White Tobiano Gelding, 15.2HH. He has had two months professional training, great in the arena and sure to catch the attention of all. Great on trails and with traffic. He is not spooky at all. Very good with loading, trimming, baths and is up-to-date on all shots and deworming. He comes from excellent Reining and Cow bloodlines out off Stettler, Alberta. Sire: Little Peppy Leo. Asking $4,500.

“AUSSIE” A handsome Palomino Gelding, 5 yrs old, QH/ArabX, 14.3HH. Excellent to handle, ties well, trailers, feet, etc. A kind temperament and well-mannered. Well-started in the arena, english and western, will easily continue with any discipline. Great and solid on trails. Sired by Futures Fortune (reining QH). Video and pictures available. $4,200. 250-747-2410 (Quesnel)

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SERVICES GAMBLE FARM SERVICES: Big square baling. Manure spreading trucks and loader available. Silage chopping, trucking and bagging. Call Jeff 250-546-8947 or Cell 250558-8506 (Okanagan) 10/09

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

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www. (Innisfail, AB) 10/10

OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY. 3 minutes off Hwy #1. Stalls with paddock, large yard for parking and plug-in available. Lunor Black Arabians, Salmon Arm, B.C. Phone: 250-832-1592, E-mail: 10/09

“DENNIS” – 5 year-old Reg’d Quarter Horse. Started reining. Sire: Smart And Lucky Lena. Likes people, loads, hauls, clips, baths, good with feet. $6,000 obo. lrcb82@ 250-255-8073 (Quesnel) 4 YR OLD QUARTER HORSE, Sorrel Gelding 15.1 HH. Two months training with Doug Mills. Smooth lope. Great in the arena, ridden on trails all summer. Good with feet, trailers and quiet around traffic. Suitable for trail or pleasure riding. $2,500. 250-309-1770 (Enderby) TACK STORE IN DUNCAN. Established clientele. 15 years in Business. Great location. $30,000 plus Inventory. 250-474-2138 NEW 16” WADE SADDLE. Silver horn cap and conchos. Made by Greg Gomersall. $5,500. 403-650-8369 (Longview, AB) 9/09


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CUTE 1 BEDROOM HOUSE on large acreage. Non smoker, no pets. $600, most utilities included. Horse boarding also available. Easy access to excellent trails. 250679-2702 (Chase) SPECIAL PLACE for preferably a single lady and horse to live on our acreage. Renovated 1,200 sq. ft. above ground basement residence. Bathroom, kitchen and private entrance. Endless trails and nearby arena. 30 minutes to Vernon/Armstrong and 15 to Salmon Arm. $1,200. 250833-0023 (Salmon Arm)

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

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OPEN Tues-Fri 9am -5 pm, Sat 9:30 am-6 pm Tamara & Tammy 250-545-2134

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. Located in Grand Forks BC.

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 (Armstrong)

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) 2 PUREBRED ARABIAN Companion Horses. Free to guaranteed good home. Fine Line Arabians 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

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RE/MAX Armstrong - North Okanagan Valley Real Estate

to the North Okanagan

V. Charlette Lavik

S. M. L. XL! “I sell dreams in all sizes!” Riverfront Acreage 20 Gorgeous acres with your own sandy beach! 6/7 acres hay land and balance is sub-irrigated. Excellent pasture and shelter. 5755 Graham Road, Enderby MLS® 9212153. $599,000 NEW PRICE

Beautiful Private Setting 46.5 Acres; Approx. 40 fenced, level acres of alfalfa mix hay crop. Charming 4 bedroom country home, barn, studio, hay shed, chicken house. 1597 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong MLS® 9215375. $989,000

Meadowlark Farms 16 irrigated acres, shop w/suite, outbuildings, fenced and x-fenced. Immaculate 4 bedroom home, w/o basement and views from every room. 5004 Hullcar Road, Armstrong MLS® 9213402/9213407. $840,000

40 Acres of Country Living Executive 4 bedroom home with vaulted ceilings; open concept design. Approximately 25 cultivated, fenced acres - seeded to hay; 15 acres of treed land. 5306 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong MLS® 9221485. $998,000

50.57 Acres of Pure Country Presently in 2nd year hay crop, alfalfa mix. Close to town, schools and recreation. 1885 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong MLS® 9209314. $869,000

Location…Location…Location 9.79 acres fabulous view property. Approximately 6/7 acres of hay with 20x28 hay storage. 3/4 bedroom home, 2 baths. Close to town for your convenience. 4111 Dodds Road, Armstrong MLS® 9221663. $568,000

For further particulars call: 250-546-3119 or 250-307-5588

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