Saddle Up November 2020

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hen the Fall months arrive, it seems to be a time for reflecting… upon the past year, Thanksgiving time with friends and family (or maybe not this year), and Remembrance Day for all those that gave their lives. Then there is Halloween (what am I gonna wear?)… or maybe not this year. There are so many NOTS this year… and everyone is paying a price. Let’s hope we all get through it. Stay positive folks – there is always something to look forward to – or you can ‘create something’ to look forward to - keep that in mind. This is now Saddle Up’s 20th Anniversary. We were FREE then, we are still FREE, and we expect to continue being FREE… all thanks to your support over the years. We appreciate it. Our very first edition. Only this issue and the December issue left Photo by Diane C. Nicholson. for our Photo Contest, prizes courtesy of The Finn & Fletcher Co. See page 23 for this month’s theme; go to our Facebook page, and post your photo(s)… Good Luck! Hope and peace for the future for all! (Especially for our American friends) Take care everyone,

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Dear Editor…

Letters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis.

Dear Nancy:


recently lost my horse to colic and I’m wondering if the following letter is something you would publish in your magazine. This was a post I published on Facebook. This post led me to the Society of BC Veterinarians website, which led me to this article, which I hope you will link in your publication in conjunction with my letter. https://www.canadianveterinarians. net/sbcv/news/Minister-Mark-Refuses-to-Fund-NecessaryAdditional-BC-Veterinarian-Students HELP WANTED Imagine living in a town where you had no emergency department to go to. Imagine not even having a doctor. Horse owners in Powell River BC do not have to imagine this, it is a grim reality. (Obviously not for the owners themselves, but for their beloved horses) In September alone, two horses lost their lives due to colic. We cannot say for certain that, if we had a resident large animal

veterinarian, these horses would be alive today. What we can say is that there is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and panic when you realize your horse is in the throes of a full-blown colic episode. Imagine a twisted gut, pain that sends you into a blind panic, imagine trying to calm down and soothe a thousandpound animal, imagine no doctor in sight. Yes, we move here knowing full well that there is no large animal vet. Yes, we educate ourselves on the early warning signs. Yes, we have a wonderful community of experienced horsepeople. Some of us have some first aid training and “colic kits” - this can help, but sometimes you just need the doctor. If there is a large animal veterinarian out there reading this… if you want to move to paradise with a lovely community of horse and large-animal owners, please consider our plea for help. Also consider that our neighbours on the Sechelt Peninsula and Texada Island are also without a large animal vet. You could save lives in these communities. You could be our hero. - Thank you, Cheryl Schellenberg, Powell River BC

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Barbed Wire

Me and my Fjord 'Lisa' with my daughter Kylie, and her trusty Welsh pony 'Princess Leia'

By Jenny Barnes

I’ve ridden for a long time, 35 years in fact, but I’ve never been caught in barbed wire. I’m not totally new to trail riding.


s a kid I did a lot of road riding as that was how I got to my instructor’s arena. Again, as a kid, I’d go off the beaten path to run and race over narrow trails setting up ridiculously high logs and branches to jump. Otherwise, though, my riding career until recently, has been relatively conservative. I have ridden in the equine performance domain: horse shows. Mostly hunters as a youth and jumpers as an adult but also some dressage and eventing. I’m used to the jargon and lingo of that life and also the culture. Culture is a lot about the unwritten rules of how you “do” things. Well, it seems, I finally broke free of the cultural norm when two things happened. First, I started breeding Fjords, that in itself is counter culture to the performance world, sadly and I would say ridiculously as my readers will know that my Fjords do it all, but trust me, I understand I’m riding something that is not big, brown, and lofty… but I digress. The second, is becoming a mom. My mom readers know a few things change after having kids and your relationship with horses. First, you really don’t want to get hurt, you have kids for goodness sakes. Second, you had little time before, you have way less now. Things change - tolerance changes perspective changes. My rigorous adherence to following the written and unwritten rules of the traditional performance horse world has fallen by the wayside. Now I tack my horse up before I trailer, and no I don’t longe when I arrive I just get on. I only use dexamethasone as prescribed and not to slow my horse down - come on readers you know what I mean. Barbed wire… I finally found it. Riding counter culture as I did the other day on my Fjord with my 10-year-old daughter alongside me embracing the moment of just being out on a ride. We rode between wild horses, free range cattle, we saw marmots, hawks, chipmunks all while either sitting quietly or chatting like girls do. We came to a water crossing, Lisa, the Fjord I was riding, hesitated which she rarely does but the entry was really deep mud. I added leg, I didn’t want Kylie’s pony to hesitate and cause her grief on the water entry side. Lisa stepped in and first I heard a squelching sound of mud then the knowable twang of wire. She panicked for just two steps and stopped. I screamed to Kylie, “stop, stop, stop - get off!!!” Already running through my mind was now her pony was tangled with mine in wire. We were miles away from the main trail and no cell reception. I couldn’t let both horses get tangled let alone with my baby still astride. I hopped off, steadied Lisa and stroked her neck. She shook her head and snorted but stayed still - good parade pony - thank God for the hundreds of hours of training we have together. Now, poor Kylie is so scared; she’s read lots of pony novels about 6 • NOVEMBER 2020


barbed wire; she knows this is serious. She’s crying but composed. “Kylie, take Leia and tie her to that small tree on the grass. Lisa can see her there but she’ll be safe. Don’t worry about a fancy knot just tie her short and tight she’ll be fine.” Kylie does beautifully, leads her pony away from her friend and ties some kind of knot and tells her pony she’ll be right back. Kylie bravely crosses the stream to the middle where Lisa is. I pass her the reins with instructions to hold her tight, stroke her neck, and listen to what I say. Now I can see one strand of wire is wedged up high between Lisa's hind legs and one strand is dangerously near to wrapping her pastern. I deal with the lower loop first knowing the upper strand is going to dig in as I do this. I get her leg unwrapped and pick her foot up and put it where I want it. I get the high strand pulled down and step on it. Now the tricky bit. “Kylie, put your foot right here where mine is;” then we have traded spots. We manage the trade like two old cow hands and I quietly walk Lisa out of the mess to her pony friend and Kylie follows out the way she came. Now, you thought I was writing about an adventure story about Kylie and I didn’t you? Yes, this all really happened exactly like I wrote it, but as we walked back to camp, thankful for a good outcome, I contemplated that actually, the barbed wire was a metaphor. Barbed wire was something that I dreaded getting entangled in my whole riding life. Of course, as I stepped out of the safety of the discipline, culture, and traditions that I knew, it or some similar encounter was inevitable. In life, we get caught in barbed wire a lot. Sometimes it’s a quick extraction, other times it’s an entanglement that leaves us alone and waiting for help, sometimes the wire leaves a scar for life, sometimes a disability, and sometimes it’s a death sentence. In life, if you survive the barbed wire you may live with the haunting memory forever and be traumatized by the squelch of mud and then the twang of wire and maybe this trauma changes you. Sometimes we see the wire ahead and think erroneously we can get around it but fail - remember in your youth the feeling of invincibility. Other times, we are walking along in life looking elsewhere and it jumps up at us in a split second changing our life in a flash. After we are caught in it and escape it or not there will be those around us that judge us for our handling of the situation and condemn us if the outcome was a tragic horror. Barbed wire. Sometimes we can’t avoid it. Sometimes we can’t escape it. Part of life is living with the reality that at some point it will find us and we may or may not escape it, but we continue down the trail anyway… after all… what other choice do we have?

Horsey Ladies Okanagan Update By Nancy Roman

Our virtual fundraising event is up on our Facebook page now! The committee has purchased some fabulous prizes, and we’ve had a couple donations as well.


he chosen charity to receive ALL MONIES from this fundraiser is OLD FRIENDS CANADA SOCIETY in Lake Country/Winfield BC. Their mission is… to provide a safe place for unwanted, abandoned, abused, and retired horses, donkeys, and mules. Some of you have probably seen owner Deb Battrum out driving at local horse events and the IPE here in Armstrong. PRIZES INCLUDE: $100 Gift Card for Canadian Tire $100 Gift Card for any BC Liquor Store $130 worth of Scratch n Win tickets Loaded Christmas Gift Basket Loaded Gift Box of Assorted Wines & Chocolates 30 Bales of Hay – donated by Henry’s Hay (Enderby) Timber Ridge Trails Getaway – donated by Darlene Wolney

Anyone is eligible to take part and have the chance to win one or more of these lovely prizes. All it takes is to pledge $20 or more! For

every $20 your name will be entered to win the prize of your choice. Yes, you can specify which prize you want to win! See the prizes on our Facebook page and pledge away!!! Money can be e-transferred or slow-poke mailed. The prize draw will be held on Friday, November 20th, via a taped/ video showing of the names drawn. Winners will be announced as well as the final amount raised. We hope you want to be a part of this with us in giving back.., particularly during these trying times! For more info see our Facebook page or you can contact me at 250-546-9922 or email THANK YOU!


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Positive Results from the 2020 CTHS Alberta Sale By Lindsay Ward, CTHS Alberta Division | Photos by Orianna Scheck Photos

The CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale held on September 18 at Westerner Park in Red Deer had a strong start with an announcement from Horse Racing Alberta CEO, Kent Verlik, who offered positive news on the state of the industry going forward.

owners of horses foaled in Alberta a bonus of greater than 20% on eligible earnings. This province will be an exciting place to breed and own Thoroughbreds in the years ahead. Your best bet is an Alberta bred! For further details and full sale results, visit the CTHS Alberta website at


erlik emphasized that the record handle and slot machine revenue numbers since the re-opening of horse racing and the racing entertainment centres have surpassed the expectations of Horse Racing Alberta and provided a stable financial position from which to grow the industry. “Over the course of our 2021-2023 business plan, we are planning to make significant investment in our Horsepersons. Next year, increases in both breed improvement and purse funding will be increased by more than 16% over what was planned BEFORE the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Similar increases are being planned for in 2022 and 2023. We want to encourage horse owners, trainers and others that may have either left the industry or wish to join it, to look at making horse racing in Alberta a part of your future. We now find ourselves on stable ground, rejuvenated and brimming with optimism for an even stronger 2021 and beyond.” SALE REPORT 65 yearlings were offered in the 2020 catalogue with 39 selling for total gross sales of $327,400. The yearling book was somewhat smaller than normal this year due to the general uncertainty created by Covid-19 but overall results were extremely positive showing an increase in both the average and median. The average yearling price this year was $8,395 which represents a 25% increase over the previous 2019 sale average of $6,736. The 2020 median sale price of $4,500 is an impressive 67% higher than the 2019 median of $2,700. The high seller at the 2020 sale was Hip #53, an Alberta bred yearling that sold for $44,000. This lovely filly by the stakes winning sire Exhi was consigned by Highfield Investment Group Inc., Agent and sold to Greg Tracy, Agent. Exhi is a stakes winning racehorse who has sired 30 winners including Alberta runners Pacioretty ($112,440), Victory Day ($78,398) and Norm’s Big Bucks ($53,201). The dam of the high seller is the stakes winning Forestry mare, Eustacia, who earned $189,540 in her race career with an impressive record of seven firsts, three seconds and one third from fourteen starts. The stakes wins for Eustacia included races such as the Freedom of the City Stakes, the Bird of Pay Stakes, the R.K. (Red) Smith Handicap, the Wild Rose Handicap and the Chariot Chaser Handicap. This yearling is her second foal as her first foal is a two year old of 2020. Four of the top five selling yearlings were Alberta bred yearlings giving their purchasers the opportunity to participate in the Thoroughbred Breed Improvement Program which in 2020 paid to 8 • NOVEMBER 2020


High seller, Hip 53, Chestnut filly Exhi - Eustacia (Forestry)

Hip 17 High Seller #5 Upstart Ron's Girl

Hip 27 High Seller #3 War Correspondent Swaying

2020 Fall Classic Sale Online Auction Report Submitted by Gavin Pearson

2020 marked the 26th consecutive year for the Canadian Warmblood Alberta Chapter Fall Classic Sale and the first Canadian Online Horse Auction, hosted by ClipMyHorse and WeAuctions, on October 2-5.

Lot 37 Meer Kat


nce again Elite Three was the title sponsor and we would like to thank them for their generosity. Thanks to a group of mainly volunteers the sale was once again a roaring success with average prices way up and numbers of horses sold on par with the previous 5 years. We saw the most horses sold for over $30,000 ever with two of the Performance horses selling for $36,500 and $37,000, as well as two Prospects under saddle selling for $30,500 and $32,000. The bidding was rapid in the last minutes of each horse’s closing with over 400 registered bidders vying for their favourites, some horse’s prices doubled in the final moments which made for great energy and excitement. Leading up to the final days, the YouTube videos had 350 hours of watch time and more than 100,000 people reached through social media! The high seller of the sale - as well as high selling Performance horse - was the lovely 5-year-old Chelletto Z gelding consigned by Tamie Phillips, and was scooped up by Etsuko Sakimura II of La Honda CA. This Chimeron Z x Le Sauvage Z gelding was bred by Okanagan Show Jumping Stables and has been professionally brought along in the show ring by Tamie. The high selling Prospect under saddle was the well-bred 3-year-old mare Meer Kat, who was bred and consigned by Klondike Victory Farm. This Orlando x Tempranillo mare will make her way just south to Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary AB. The 2-year-old high seller who went for $23,500, is the gorgeous young mare Nikita VF, who was bred and consigned by Valley Field Farm. This Quidam Blue x Balou Du Rouet filly was purchased by Robert and Margaret Williams of Ottawa ON. The Yearling high seller was the feminine filly Abira RPH, who was bred and consigned by Rosenol Performance Horses. She is by Atlas RPH and out of a Leeto Z mare and will be heading to Chloe Veurink of Redcliff AB for a final price of $8,500. The high selling Weanling was the stunning Sir Gregory x Londonderry colt Sir Peter in Florence, who was bred and consigned by the partnership of Hans and Katrina Van Den Bosch and Joely Mann. He will also be staying in Alberta and was purchased by R and K Holt Farms Inc. for a final price of $16,500. The Broodmare category was hotly contested with all mares selling above $10,000. The high seller was the beautiful Inshallah, who was bred in Europe and consigned by Carousel Ridge. She had competed to the 1.30m level and will be making her way up north to Yellowknife NWT to Dr. Tom Pizs for a final price of $15,500. This sale could not happen without the hours of volunteer time that is put in by a passionate group of people. We would like to thank Valleyfield Farm and Old Gate Farm for donating their lovely facilities for the presentation days. This was the first time that the sale has incorporated professional video and photography which was provided by Gear Head Media. This year’s sale administrator was Barb Easthom. Thank you to the sale committee who all volunteer endless hours, Gavin Pearson, Rebecca Beechinor, Coreen Jamieson, Katrina van den Bosch, Joanne Wright, Jennette Coote, Doreen Kulcsar and Lorrie Jamieson. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

Mother’s Love submitted by Mara Coote-Freeman, 2020 Fall Sale Auction winner.

Sir Peter in Florence

High Seller Chelletto Z



A while back I was emailed a thought-provoking question: “Hi Glenn I have a question, “Why does your program include liberty? Or should I rephrase that to state… should we really be doing any liberty outside of a round pen? Outside of the round pen are we just making our horses annoyed with us and doing it because we think it’s cool… is there a benefit to our horses, or is the only benefit to us humans; being our egos and the WOW factor? I guess as I get further in my horsemanship I have started to become more critical about what I see (that is not to say I can do it better) with those “top” level clinicians doing liberty to WOW the crowds… pinned ears, bad shape, poor expression, etc. curious to hear your viewpoint. How’s that for a philosophical question and possibly an article idea for you. PS: I drafted this letter during my lunch hour!"

Liberty: What’s The Point? By Glenn Stewart


nfortunately a lot of the things people do are to impress someone else. If people are doing Liberty to impress others, their horse knows and it shows. If they are doing Liberty to see how much of a relationship they can build, that also shows. Making them circle or follow you around until they start pinning their ears is not good horsemanship and is pointless other than it might impress the neighbour but still isn't impressing the horse. The more you can ask, or do, with a horse and the horse thinks it is interesting, and the play drive and curiosity is kept alive, the better the horsemanship. If Liberty is done with this in mind, then there is a point and a purpose to it. The depth of trust, timing, feel, understanding, athleticism, heart and desire in both the horse and the human has to be developed and protected, especially in the horse, because it's our idea and we initiate it. I often see horses doing Liberty and a lot of things that are strictly for the human’s enjoyment in one way or another, and when things are done coming from this place of selfishness, it never ever gets real good, and definitely has a ceiling to it. We need to try as often as possible to make it as fun for the horse as it is for us. From a more pragmatic look, Liberty with ole Dobbin is easy. Trying to take the Liberty people use with Dobbin and use it in a practical setting such as with the wild horses in the mountains is quite another story. It takes some real savvy to talk one of those horses into allowing you to touch them without a rope. What we learn working with Dobbin will be a start, but generally there needs to be a much deeper level of understanding to do Liberty with a wild horse. It would be very handy to have the skills to use in a setting such as this real life situation. The wild mountain horses we play with won't accept mediocre timing, too much pressure, too little pressure, poor angles, or lack of feel and flow. Liberty is also used to develop self-carriage and impulsion and should be something horses can have fun with. The more we learn; the more we can see these things. The more we learn to see the things that may be or not be there, like play drive or self-carriage the more we can develop these areas. Many times it was there, but it's gone now. Why did it go - where is it, and can I get it back? When I say where has "it" gone, or I've never seen “it,” can I get "it," I’m talking about everything from the try a horse has, the play drive, his self-carriage, suppleness, roundness, to respect and confidence. Liberty is another way to develop ourselves and our horses that you can't get by only doing 3 of the 4 Savvy’s (Online, Freestyle and Finesse). I really believe the more gadgets, devices, equipment and tools we take away from ourselves the better we get. The tools and equipment we use are a safety net to use while we learn and should be thought of as a way to help the horse make the right choice easier, helping make the answer easier to find. The less we use our tools, or buy equipment, for the purpose of making the horse do something, and the more we can learn the skills needed to become or develop into things we do together with the horse, the closer we get to becoming a "horseman." You might have heard me say, “You can fool the fans but you can't fool the players, you can add that we sure can't fool our horses." How’s that for a long-winded answer to your question? Have fun and enjoy the time with your horse! Glenn Glenn Stewart has a complete horsemanship program and offers year-round educational opportunities at his facility near Fort St. John BC. He is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. He also offers on-line learning and has a complete Horsemanship DVD Educational Series on his stages program, a great way to learn his horsemanship program from home. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit Glenn is currently accepting applications for his Front Row Seating Program offered at The Horse Ranch. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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In this photo, Az is completely engaged in what is going on. His interest is high, we are playing what I call the cutting game. If you have seen a horse in a cutting competition that is basically what is going on here. I run left and right, holding a straight line, and Az stays in front of me.

Az has a curved shape in his body towards me, and a respectful confident way of going in this picture. His ears are in a thinking/ self-awareness position, and he is mentally completely in the moment with me. He is neither afraid nor bored to death of what I have asked him, he is very alert and attentive.

And here shows more of the level of engagement and commitment he has to the session, and how he is completely confidently and respectfully with me because he wants to be, which is the heart of Liberty, yet still has all his innate exuberance and the play drive is right there close to the surface. He is still alert and attentive. His attention is locked on, and he is balanced mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s a beautiful thing when it happens.


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Join us at our Anniversary Sale with daily prize draws and more! Check out these new custom socks with our new Equine Essentials logo on them!! Now available in store and online. We also carry the Asmar All Weather Rider jacket - an ‘essential’ in or out of the saddle, in 3 colour options.

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Canadian Quarter Horse Association New Learning Opportunity for Equine Caregivers and Professionals


he Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) has launched an online training program in an effort to increase awareness around nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of equines. "This new video series provides a timely refresher about management and welfare practices for the animals in our care," says project coordinator Mikki Shatosky. "Be it housing, health management, transportation or other animal husbandry practices, there are requirements and recommendations that must be part of our everyday routines." Structured around the 10 sections of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, the video series includes the latest science based information on equine care. "The online program is designed for participants to work through sections at their own pace," adds Shatosky. "The modules vary in length from 5 to 40 minutes each for more in-depth topics such as health management and husbandry practices." Recognizing differing learning goals and priorities, HWAC offers two convenient training options. Participants can choose to explore individual components and move through training units on the HWAC website at no cost. Those looking for a more structured approach and certification may opt to access the training via the HWAC learning portal for a fee of $25. The latter path includes testing upon course completion as well as a certificate.

In addition to the informative videos, HWAC has developed a number of tailored assessment checklists to assist owners, custodians, industry specialists and professionals. The content will inform and educate authorities involved in welfare inspections, cruelty investigations and aid in determining outcomes for accepted standards of care. "The intent of our support tools is to provide access to the latest information while encouraging the highest quality care," she adds. "Not only do our checklists prompt owners to ask key questions before a care arrangement is established, they also facilitate continuous improvement within the industry itself." Established in 2008, HWAC has a proven track record of working within the equine sector to educate and promote humane care, handling and welfare of equines throughout their lifetime. The Alliance includes provincial equine organizations, farm animal care groups and other segments of the animal agriculture industry. "Anyone who has experienced the joys of equine knows it is a great privilege and enduring responsibility," she adds. "These are special connections that often last for many years, so it's important to confirm your practices are keeping pace with evolving care and handling techniques." Visit for more information and to begin training. Or you can contact Mikki Shatosky 403-870-8784, e-mail The Equine Code of Practice Awareness and Education initiative is managed through the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada and funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriAssurance Program - a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.

Congratulations to... Horse trainers Trevor Mertes and Beth Wevursky, both of Cochrane Alberta. They got HITCHED in early October.

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Shoeing the Western Performance Horse with Jonathan Green, CJF By Rachel Vowles


Horseshoers and horse owners of the Peace Region spent October 2 and 3 at Mile 0 Farrier Co.’s headquarters in Sunset Prairie BC soaking up all of Jonathan Green, CJF’s knowledge under the warm prairie sun.

onathan has been a farrier for over 30 years and is a Canadian Horseshoeing Team Alumni. He shoes a wide variety of disciplines as well as shows reining horses throughout Canada and the USA. Jonathan was awarded the highest practical score for the American Farrier’s Association Journeyman Exam in 2016 and we were so grateful for him to take time out of his busy schedule to fly here from Winnipeg, Manitoba to educate us all on shoeing the Western Performance Horse. We had two actioned-packed days of horseshoeing education. On Friday, the competitive horseshoeing team, Team Total Equine Supplies put on a great show. The coke forge was rumbling as they efficiently got four shoes on Big Bob the draft horse, completed a tool and fullered set on Speedy the hunter horse and a traditional roadster set on the Canadian draft cross, Maple. Jonathan took the time to hand-build a pair of heart bars for a local pony that has been suffering from laminitis. The pony was so grateful for Jonathan’s application that he immediately took to laying down the law to his much larger pen mates. A great sign of relief and a successful application! Saturday brought us another day of awesome weather and a great gathering of 18 people to learn more about shoeing the Western Performance Horse. Jonathan provided us with an awesome demonstration on shoeing the reining horse as he hand-built a slick pair of sliders for our demo horse, Chic. He even took a few moments to address some flat feet on her front end and built and discussed the advantages of a salad bowl shoe. Chic the reiner left as a very wellshod horse! We followed up the reining horse with a discussion on shoeing the barrel horse. Some great advice was given and absorbed as Matt and Rachel, from Mile 0 Farrier Co., applied what Jonathan discussed to Fred, who was turning and burning the next day at the local slot race. The turn-out we had at this clinic is an excellent example of the

wonderful camaraderie that needs to exist amongst equine working professionals and horse owners. Events such as this generate better care for horses, and kudos to those of you who attended! We had 13 working farriers join us from all over Western Canada, and 5 local horse owners. Of these participants, 2 new people joined the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association and 1 will be attending farrier school in the New Year eager to provide educated hoof care to horse owners in his local area. These numbers show the great success and support to the equine industry that events such as this can generate in rural route areas. Great events such as this cannot happen without the support of local sponsorship. We, at Mile 0 Farrier Company, would like to take the opportunity to graciously thank our Sponsors. Thank You to the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association for continually supporting the trade of Farriery through education. Without the WCFA’s support clinics like this would not be nearly such a success. Another huge Thank You to Tyler Ward from BluBelle Farm Services in Dawson Creek BC. His financial contribution greatly helped us be able to finance the weekend’s food and drink. Thanks should not be forgotten to all the horse owners who donated their horses as demo horses, the folks that came out to help hold horses, Marty from McKay Meats in Taylor BC, who smoked us a beautiful beef brisket for our Saturday night social, everyone who participated and of course, Jonathan for working hard all weekend long to make sure every single one of us finished the weekend as a better horseshoer than when we arrived. Please stay tuned to Mile 0 Farrier Company’s Facebook page for future events! We hope to see you all in the north learning how to provide the best care to your equine’s distal limb. (See Mile 0’s listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES) NOVEMBER 2020


Simple Lead Changes By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Horse: You Otta Have Me, rider Lisa Wieben. Photos by Gary Wieben.

This is the second article in our threepart series on how to develop flying lead changes. The focus of this article is simple lead changes through the jog and walk.


n Western Dressage we can see the progression of the lope work through each level leading up to the flying lead change. In Level 1 simple changes are done through the jog on the long diagonal, with three to five strides of jog in-between. In Level 2 simple changes are done on the short diagonal through the walk (3-5 steps). In test 4 the rider is required to ride a half 10-metre circle at M, back to the rail at B, counter-lope down the wall, then execute a simple lead change through walk at F. The same pattern is ridden on the opposite side of the arena, with the half 10-metre circle starting at H, back to the rail at E, counter-lope down the track followed by a simple lead change at K. In Level 3 the simple lead change is through the walk over X (E-B line) and on the centreline (A-C line) as well as simple lead changes on a three-loop serpentine. Before asking your horse for simple lead changes, he should be balanced and relaxed, without tension, at both the lope and counterlope and move forward freely with good impulsion, rhythm, and soft contact. The horse should also understand and accept half-halts and be moving off the leg rider’s leg well. A simple way to start asking for the simple change is on a figure 8. Start out by picking up the left lead lope on a 20-metre circle. Five to six strides before X shorten the lope with collecting half-halts before you ask for the downward transition to jog or walk. Remember to inhale and grow tall to let the horse know that a change is about to happen followed by an exhale for the downward transition. Before X transition down to a jog or walk. Be sure to maintain the horse’s bend into the jog or walk with your inside (left) leg and rein. Then straighten the horse, a stride or two before X, from your seat

Downward transition to jog from the left lead.

Straightening for a stride or two.

and right leg, ride straight for a couple of strides over X, then ask for right bend from your seat and right leg by applying pressure at the girth. Pick up the right lead and ride a 20-metre circle to the right. In the beginning you can allow for more steps of the jog or walk until the horse maintains balance. The key is to maintain the bend of the circle during the downward transition, then to have a couple strides of straightness before changing bend into the new lead. If the horse has a tendency to fall in when asking for the new lead, ask for a few steps of leg yield away from the new bend (bending right, leg yield to left) before asking for the new lead. If the horse doesn’t fall in or doesn’t invert (high head with hollow back), you won’t need to ask for a leg yield. Before decreasing the number of jog steps, straighten the horse out at the lope before asking for the downward transition to jog. Create the new bend in the horse, then ask for the new lead. If the horse inverts this tells you that the horse is not balanced and needs to work more on rhythm, suppleness, and balance. Go back to doing the transition with bend. In the next step start decreasing the amount of jog steps. If the horse stays straight for only two jog steps he is ready for flying changes. Horses that are more naturally balanced will not need to spend as much time doing counter-lope and simple lead changes as they will be more balanced for the flying changes. Rider position and aids The rider’s inside leg is at the girth, while the outside leg is slightly behind the girth. The outside leg stays on the horse to maintain the correct lead. The outside rein maintains the degree of bend while the inside rein is for flexion. Remember the horse’s nose should always be in front of the middle of the horse’s chest. Keep your shoulders aligned with the horse’s shoulders so that they point slightly in the direction of the leading leg. This will help keep the horse balanced in the direction of the leading leg. When asking the horse for straightness, always ask from your outside leg (outside of the horse’s bend), not the rein.

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Remember that your core should always point into the direction of the horse’s bend. As always be patient with your horse. It is common for a lot of horses to become excited when first asking them to perform simple lead changes and they may be anticipating and rushing or inverting. Instead of practicing this every time you ride, alternate training days with other activities such as pole work, lateral work, or a trail ride. Have fun and enjoy the journey! For a video on these exercises check out (NOTE: The video link below should have been included with their article in the August issue - Zigzag Exercise - Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics

Changing bend before asking for the right lead.

As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)


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CHA Certified Instructors share what their CHA Certification has done for them Certified Horsemanship Association

By Sarah Evers Conrad and CHA Members Listed Below Reprinted with permission from Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)

CHA Certified Instructors are passionate about their work, their students, and about CHA. We asked several CHA Certified Instructors to share how their CHA Certification has changed their career, and we received some great responses. If you are a CHA Certified Instructor and would like to share “What Your CHA Certification Has Done for You,” feel free to contact us at

Dale Rudin, Un-Natural Horsemanship When I attended my first CHA conference, I knew I had found my tribe. It was like coming home to a place where everyone already knew me, because they thought the same way I did about teaching and horses. That is especially precious to me because I often follow the beat of a vastly different drum than the majority of trainers and instructors I encounter. Coming across someone like-minded is rare enough, but finding an entire organization. CHA was like hitting the jackpot! I felt welcomed and supported by this group of people who ceaselessly strive to do their best for people who want to have a safe and fulfilling equestrian experience and the horses who make that happen. CHA inspires me to be a better instructor and horse person. It is an honor and a gift to be a member.

helpful to me as an instructor and equine business owner, but as a person. I have learned that I am respected by my peers and that my opinion matters to people. That has increased my self-esteem immeasurably. I have new confidence in myself and my abilities that extends far beyond the barn, arena, and show pen. Being CHA certified has also opened doors I never even thought about. It has given me opportunities to be a speaker at local and international events. It has given me a chance to write about horses and their people and have those articles published. CHA has given me the chance to meet and learn from some amazingly talented people whom I never would have met without the CHA connection. Those connections have improved my skills as a barn manager, horse owner, trainer, and instructor. I am so much better now than I was before I became certified. I know that growth wouldn’t have happened without CHA. Thank you CHA for being the organization that you are and for letting me join the club. Tara Gamble, Tara Gamble Horsemanship, CHA Past President My CHA certification has allowed me to pursue my passion and turn it into a career. From this I am a professional with a successful program and facility. The resources and opportunities CHA has available for instructors are limitless.

Amanda Love, West Texas A&M University As a riding instructor at the college level, my CHA certification has given me one more tremendous outlet for education to share with my students. Our students come from many different riding backgrounds and have professional equine goals that span the spectrum of the horse industry, but CHA is a language that speaks to all horse people. The videos, publications, manuals, and continuing education encourages equine students to be lifelong learners in the horse industry while maintaining the core values of safe, effective and fun experiences with horses. Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg, CKR Training Stable When I got my CHA certification, I thought that I would put in my 40 hours at the clinic and that would be the end of it. I’d have a piece of paper that said I was okie-dokie and I’d be on my way. Yet, as fantastic as the clinic itself was, I never realized that the best was yet to come. Once I had my certification, I met lots of other certified instructors. They became my friends, mentors, and associates. I have become acquainted with wonderful instructors from all over the world. We have exchanged information and ideas. We have helped each other with training and teaching issues. We have passed along helpful hints and sad stories. Their input has been extremely valuable to me, my staff, clients, and horses. I never expected to become part of something that is not only 16 • NOVEMBER 2020


Tara Gamble of Edmonton Alberta CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship streamable videos and DVDs, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, or to find a certified horseback riding instructor, equine facility manager or an accredited equine facility near you, please visit https://cha. horse/ or call 859-259-3399.

The Horse's Wish (Courtesy of Happy Horse Retirement Home on Facebook)

If the day should come when I'm in pain and you know I won't be well again promise you'll do what must be done if this is the battle that can't be won.

For my usual vet please will you send but stay with me until the end hold me steady, speak to me till my bright eyes no longer see.

You'll always see me graze now with the sun upon my back painful limbs won't tire me now however long the hack.

It'll break your heart, but please be kind don't let your grieving sway your mind for this is when you'll let me see just how much you do love me.

In time I hope you'll come to see it's the last kindness you'll do for me one more time please stroke my mane and know that I'll have no more pain.

I live now in your heart and mind a lovely place to stay and what you have in memories no one can take away.

Together we've had happy years the future now can hold no fears please don't let me suffer, so when that day comes, please let me go.

And don't be sad that it was you who decided this was what to do we've been such buddies through the years don't let me be the cause of tears.


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Send Saddle Up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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To Rug or Not to Rug?

By K. Hodgess, S. Horseman and A.M. Walker

International Society for Equitation Science, (Courtesy of Equine Guelph

Horse owners are routinely putting rugs (blankets) on their horses all year round, however new research suggests that certain types of rugs could be causing them to overheat.


t has become routine (and even fashionable) for many domestic horses to be rugged all year round – in fly-sheets, all-weather turnouts, stable rugs, fleeces or perhaps even a onesie. Rugs can be useful in protecting horses from biting insects and in adverse weather conditions, however until now there have been very few studies on rugging at all and none on the effect of different types of rugs on a horse’s body temperature. Like humans, horses have a ‘thermoneutral zone’ (TNZ) – an optimal range of temperatures within which they can comfortably maintain their own body temperature. For adult horses in mild climates, this is between 5ºC and 25ºC. Humans, on the other hand, have a more limited TNZ of between 25ºC – 30ºC when naked. This means when humans feel cold, horses are still well within their comfortable zone. Humans often make decisions about rugging their horses based on whether they feel cold themselves, so they may well be using a rug on their horse when it really is not necessary. Kim Hodgess, a MSc student from Duchy College, UK, carried out a pilot study to investigate how the use of different rugs affects horse temperature, and how this could impact horse welfare. She then presented her findings at the 14th International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome in September. The research team studied horses who were routinely rugged as part of their management routine, ten kept stabled indoors and two at pasture. Three of the horses wore sweet itch rugs (a sweet itch rug is a lightweight, non-waterproof rug that is used to protect the horse from biting insects and cover the majority of the horse’s body including the neck and belly), six wore fleeces, two wore light quilted rugs and two control horses were unrugged (one stabled and one at pasture). The surface temperature of each horse was taken by taping a small temperature data logger directly on to each horse, just below the point of their hip. The environmental temperature was also recorded using temperature data loggers attached to either the horse’s stable door or to a wooden mounting block in the field. All temperatures were then recorded every minute for twenty-four hours. The results showed significant differences between the temperature of the horses wearing different rugs. The horses wearing sweet itch rugs had an average temperature increase of 4.2°C, those wearing fleeces 11.2°C and those wearing light quilted rugs had an average increase of 15.8°C. The horses wearing fleece and light quilted rugs were found to have a significant increase in surface temperature. Four rugged horses had surface temperatures between 24ºC–30ºC, compared to the control horses at 12.5ºC–18.5ºC, when the environmental temperature

had fallen below the TNZ to 4ºC–4.5ºC. The researchers concluded that some types of rugs can significantly increase horse surface temperature beyond temperatures that are comfortable for the horse and could therefore compromise the horses’ capacity to regulate their own temperature. While the use of rugs and blankets may be necessary for some horses, selecting the right type and weight of rug for your horse and his individual conditions is vital. Appropriate use and application must be seriously considered to ensure they do not have a detrimental impact on horse welfare. From researcher Kim Hodgess: "This study was interesting for me as it has left me asking many more questions about the welfare of rugged horses. Questions that remain unanswered for me are: do dark coloured sweet itch rugs increase horse temperature, do rugs interfere with mutual grooming and can skin condition deteriorate with prolonged use of rugs." "Although this study found sweet itch rugs had no impact on thermoregulation, I feel further research with a larger number of horses, in hotter weather conditions, with a mix of dark and light coloured sweet itch rugs is required before we can be certain there are no negative impacts on equine welfare." "I would like to continue this area of research, as I feel there is a lot more that could be investigated. A greater understanding of the impact rugs have on horse thermoregulation would help inform our rugging decisions, which has the potential to improve horse welfare." Check the ISES website for conference



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Some of Second Shot Drill Team at Spanish Banks

Happy cowboy challenged child

Happy Pony! – Marie M (concentrating)

Breanna & new horse (3rd time riding her)

Unicorns! Rebecca and Catherine at Boundary Bay

We thought we’d share some Happy times with our readers. Let’s see what folks are doing during their social distancing or self-isolation. Happy times are ahead. Ted S with trainer Ellen

Eiren and Mary Ellen and SSF Godot

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Fun at Cloud 9 Ranch


Cowboy Poetry PASSING OF THE RANGE By James W. Whilt Today as I gaze o’er the prairie That stretches away into space, I look back only a few short years At the change that’s taken place. When I was one of the cowboys, All our time was spent on the range; Now I don’t see even one rider,— ‘Tis then I feel lonesome and strange. No trail-herds with plaintive lowing, No shouting, or singing to steers, No sound of horses mad galloping,— It almost moves me to tears. For then we rode stirrup to stirrup, While the jingle of spurs played a tune; Oh! could I go back to the round-up For a day at the cow-camp in June. When the grass was so green on the prairie, With the cattle all sleek and so fat, Each rider all dressed for hard riding, With high heels and chaps and wide hat. Each with his string of horses, Some broken and others half wild, The wilder the better he liked them, Happy and carefree as a child;— Wild as the steers that they wrangled, Hardy as the broncos they rode, Ready to take others’ troubles, Or carry another one’s load. Those were the real days I tell you— Night-herding by light of the stars; Three weeks drive to the stockyards Where we loaded the steers in the cars. Then when the loading was finished And the cattle were on their way, The Boss called the bunch together And gave us our season’s pay. We were just like a bunch of children, And many an old-timer like me Recalls being served in his saddle, When on a periodical spree. Now, cattle are held in pastures, They no longer roam wild and free,— And the cowboys are gone forever, Leaving only a memory. And as each one crosses the border That is over the Great Divide, I hope the bunk-house is ample And none will be left outside.



, just like my mom. I just My name is Maci and I LOVE horses r and have just got to try started riding lessons this summe year-old Welsh/QH Fynne that 10my ng ridi am I e Her !! ing ter can arents’ farm. I share with my mom, at my grandp - Maci (age 9), Metchosin BC

Nana loves that Jax helps his little sister Ava on their pony Shadow. Shadow is an 18-year-old 1/2 Shetland pony. - Jax (age 4) and Ava (age 2), Comox Valley BC

My name is Gracie, and for my 13t h birthday I got a horse named Ms. Pritzy. She is a green broke 17-year -old QH/Haflinger cross, and probably the best thing that has happened to me all year! - Gracie (age 13), Fort St. John BC

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Tika, a former Puppy Mill Rescue, is now living the High Life in London!

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Courtesy of Since 2017 Tika the dalmatian has walked and sniffed almost every corner in London, from the posh neighbourhood of Chelsea to busy Trafalgar Square to even historic Buckingham Palace. But life wasn’t always crumpets and afternoon tea for this pup.


ack in 2015, Tika was one of 57 animals seized in a BC SPCA animal cruelty investigation that involved 35 dogs, 16 horses, and six cats. Charly Jarrett, BC SPCA’s Digital Giving Specialist, describes the seizure in Surrey BC as a puppy mill situation. “They were cross-breeding dalmatians with beagles and living in horrific conditions. The dogs were covered in urine burns and matted feces.” The animals seized were kept in total isolation for a number of weeks so they could be treated for various parasites, including ringworm. Jarrett remembers Tika as “incredibly fearful. Because the dogs were never fed proper food, she also required extensive dental work. Tika was probably one of the dogs that was better off physically, she was very much affected mentally.” However because she wasn’t as dependent on her siblings as the other dogs, Tika was able to be adopted out as a single to her pet guardian, Stephanie Goldberg. Goldberg says she fell in love with Tika the moment she saw her on the BC SPCA adoption website, but because she never had a special needs dog before, “I had a million-and-one questions about training and behaviour before I could reasonably consider whether I might be up to the task of caring for her. The staff at the BCSPCA were abundantly helpful in answering all my questions and guiding me through the adoption process.” While training Tika was ultimately a “breeze,” says Goldberg, it wasn’t without its challenges. “Tika was a very nervous little pup when I first got her. She received

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excellent foster care but still had a long way to go.” Stairs were a struggle for her, and she was confused about the purpose of a dog bed. “I’d gotten her a dog bed, but at first she just sat beside it. I don’t think she knew it was for her,” says Goldberg. “I kept putting treats in it and she’d crane her neck over the edge, grab the treats, and take them away to eat.” While Tika is now a pro at going up and down the stairs, Goldberg remembers that initially Tika refused to use the stairs in the home for a number of weeks. “I think the concept of stairs was completely foreign to her. She’d get really excited when I came down in the mornings as if to say ‘Yay! You came back!’ Until one day in a rush of excitement she followed me upstairs. When she got to the top she looked really happy and confused and ran back and forth down the hallway checking it out.” Walks were also a challenge because “Tika was very scared of just about everything,” remembers Goldberg. “For a while her best walks were actually around midnight when it was dark and quiet.” Gradually, Tika began to enjoy her walks in Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, and now, according to her pet guardian, “she manages loose leash walks in

Supplying Your Pets with NEW and Unique Products! busy parts of London! I’m so proud of her.” Goldberg and Tika moved to London in 2017, two years after her adoption. London life has been good for the 11-year-old dog. “She has made a ton of friends here (four and two legged). London is actually incredibly dog friendly, and many pubs and restaurants have dog bowls and treats for any dogs who come in. Tika has become a big fan of pubs.” Goldberg and Tika also belong to a dog social club here in London, which she says has been great for her furry friend. “She’s gotten to know and build up familiarity with a pack of dogs and we do all kinds of things together like go on trips to the beach, go to different restaurants, and go for walks together.” Ultimately, what started as a tragic story has transformed into a happy, almost fairytale ending for Tika, which some might say is fit for a British queen. “Tika has absolutely enriched my life, no question about it,” says Goldberg. “The experience of caring for a dog with special needs, helping her relax and gain confidence and watching her progress and grow has been amazing. She’s been the calmest, chillest dog I’ve ever known.”



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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office posted to watch or re-watch. Included is our recent Horse Council BC is pleased to announce that our 2021 AND Community Talks Not So Travelling Road Show 3 Part extended memberships will be open on September 2020/2021 Webinar Series on Equine Wellness sponsored by 1st this year! We will continue to offer the 2020 Zoetis Inc, as well as a brand new webinar on Health memberships, the extended memberships and the EXTENDED & Wellness for Riders that includes an at home 2021 memberships. MEMBERSHIPS workout. Once you have purchased your membership NOW and received your confirmation, you will have the AVAILABLE! HCBC EDUCATION GRANTS option of printing out the emailed printable card or PURPOSE OF THE GRANT: To encourage and downloading a digital card to your phone. Both versions support learning opportunities for equestrians and equine (Apple and Android) are available. You also have the option lovers by offering financial support to help defray costs incurred by of having your card printed and mailed to you as well. If that is the option that you would like, please look for it in your membership the hosting organizations. The purpose of the funding is to reduce the cost to participants. walkthrough. Membership renewal is available at CRITERIA: Grant funding is open to HCBC Club/Affiliate members. Each Club, Affiliate, or Branch can apply for 1 grant per year. HCBC will JOIN OR RENEW FOR 2020/2021 COVERAGE! cover up to 50% of the costs to a maximum of $500. Report and receipts 2020/2021 Youth Associate – $62.75 (with tax) must be submitted to the HCBC office no later than one month after 2020/2021 Adult Member – $77.75 (with tax) the event. Photos of event should be sent in and participants should be 2020/2021 Family – $197.25 (with tax) aware that photos may be published by HCBC or their media partners. Applications will be accepted throughout the year but must be JOIN OR RENEW FOR 2021 COVERAGE! received by the office no later than two weeks prior to the event. Funds 2021 Youth Associate – $47.00(with tax) will not be released until the report, receipts, and attendance sheet are 2021 Adult Member – $62.00 (with tax) received by the HCBC office. HCBC must be given credit for funding 2021 Family – $150.00(with tax) on all promotional material for the event. Applications for fundraising events will not be considered. For more information call the finance EQUESTRIAN CANADA LEARN TO RIDE/DRIVE PROGRAM FEATURES Have you participated in the Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride department at the HCBC office. program? Whether you are a coach who has facilitated the Learn to Ride program or a student who has progressed through the program SHOW YOUR POWER Fall is here and so is the cooler weather. Keep warm and comfy in we would like to hear from you! Drop us a line at and we will send you the details on how to be featured in one of our monthly your HCBC Horse Power Hoodie! Horse Power Hoodies are the perfect weight to wear riding or while you are working in the barn. E-Newsletters. Made of a premium quality, medium weight cotton blend, Horse Power Hoodies are fleecy on the inside, not the outside, so no worries HCBC YouTube CHANNEL If you have not visited the HCBC YouTube page recently, you may about being covered in hay and horse hair! want to check it out. Many recent webinars have been recorded and Get yours at

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, COVID-19 Operational Update and Resumption of Normal Business Hours Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to notify the community of a resumption of normal business hours after a partial recovery from the initial financial impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On June 16, 2020, EC announced proactive measures enacted in light of an anticipated loss of gross revenue of approximately 50% for 2020. Actions included a reduction of the work week to four days and freezes on expenses such as travel, salary increases and new hires. With assistance from government relief programs such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Sport Support Program, along with the resumption of some EC sanctioned competitions on July 1, 2020, EC has partially reduced some of the anticipated loss of gross revenue, allowing for the gradual rebuilding of staff capacity for the remainder of 2020. Effective immediately, the full five-day (37.5 hour) work week will resume for all staff. EC hours will resume on Fridays, with staff continuing to work remotely. While the financial losses due to the pandemic have not been fully recouped, employee health and welfare is a top priority and EC is pleased to support its staff returning to a full work week at this time. Additionally, the hiring freeze has been lifted for critical vacant positions. Job openings will be posted at about as they become available. The senior management team will continue to monitor EC’s financial position and seek further options for financial support with the aim of returning to full operational capacity as soon as financially viable. Questions regarding EC’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic can be directed to EC Communications Coordinator, Caroline Soble, at

EC Annual General Meeting The 2020 Equestrian Canada (EC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Sept. 22, 2020, with the current and incoming EC Board of Directors and EC Voting Members attending via conference call and the community invited to tune in through Facebook livestream. The AGM agenda included five items of business, as well reports and updates from EC leadership and the Audit and Nominating Committees. In addition, a Q&A period was held, with EC President, Meg Krueger addressing questions submitted by the Category A, B and C Voting Member groups. The AGM was recorded and streamed live on EC’s Facebook page, and the full audio is available at general-meeting.

Chris Pratt - Photo Credit: CHIO Aachen/Arnd Bronkhorst

The Winner’s Circle Canadian athletes racked up wins at the FEI level around the world from Aug. 3 to Sept. 27, 2020. Help us congratulate the winners! Karina Frederiks was in Eschweiler, GER, far from her native Hamilton, ON, on Aug. 7 when she captured first place in the CSI 2* class riding Ujade Ste Hermelle (Diamant de Semilly x Paladin des Ifs). Karina and the 12-year-old Selle Français mare owned by Iron Horse Farm rode clear across two phases of competition, and a time of 35.10 seconds in the final phase put them just ahead of the 35.74 seconds posted by second-place finishers, Catherine Pasmore and Armani of the United States. Chris Pratt, a Canadian based out of Royal Palm Beach, FL, and Eurohorse BVBA’s Newberry Balia NL (Emerald x Vincenzo), nabbed back-to-back wins during their first-ever weekend of FEI level competition together at the CSIYH 1* event in Aachen, GER. The fledgling partnership scored their first win on Sept. 5 after clearing the finish line in 58.74 seconds before making a return trip to the winner’s circle. On Sept. 6 in the Sparkassen-Youngsters Cup, Chris and the seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare’s clear jump-off time of 38.88 seconds was enough to edge out Germany’s Christian Kukuk and JimBob H, who crossed the finish line in 39.14 seconds. Pratt and Newberry Balia NL were at it again the next weekend in Valkenswaard, NED. On Sept. 12, a clear round in 64.63 seconds secured the pair yet another CSIYH 1* victory. Also on Sept. 12, Kara Chad of Millarville, AB, rode Firefly W through a clear jump-off round in 39.96 seconds to best Laura Kraut and Greatfull of the United States, whose timer stopped at 41.09 seconds, in the Sunshine Autumn Tour CSI 3* competition in Vejer de la Frontera, ESP. Sept. 12 continued to be a lucky day for Canadians in Europe: Emilie Bussereau of Saint-Nicolas, QC, and Brocard dela Chapelle (Kashmir van’t Schuttersho SBS x Capitol II), the nine-year-old Selle Français stallion owned by M. Jean-Louis Bussereau, topped over 60 entries in the Jumping International de Jardy CSI 1* in Jardy, FRA, after executing a clear round in a lightning-fast 63.93 seconds.



Tennessee Walking Horse News Submitted by Kristy Coulter The Tevis Cup Virtual Ride


y TWH mare, Lady (Ladys Investment CRTWH #3815, born in 2003) and I had the opportunity to participate in the Tevis Cup virtual ride this year. Usually it is 100 miles in one day, but this year they made it 100 miles in 100 days, starting August 1, 2020. Lady and I completed our 100 miles by August 21, 2020 in 27.21 hours! The organizers made this an extremely fun virtual event by sending virtual badges and a bit of a description for each checkpoint you made it to. The Facebook community part of the ride was encouraging and we shared video of all the trails we were riding from around the world! It was an incredible experience. Lady received her Ultimate Canadian Horse Award from CRTWH in 2017 and has continued to excel at whatever task she is given!

Kristy and Lady

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill | Photos courtesy of RGM Photography


angley Riders Society’s season is winding down and we want to thank everyone that came out and participated, volunteered, sponsored and supported the club. It has been a very unique one but we have had a successful year, many thanks to everyone who has been a part of 2020 at LRS! Congratulations to the many winners of awards and cash at the LRS Summer Barrel Race Series. October 4th Show results: English: Senior - Marla Paterson Intermediate - Hanna Paisley Junior - Addison Huston Tiny Mite - Rachel Miller Walk/Trot - Emily Firth Western: Senior - Kerry Sawyer Intermediate - Hannah Paisley Junior - Reese Zachanowicz Tiny Mite - Jersie Craig Walk/Jog - Emily Firth

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Shirley Bradbury

Dea LeBrocque

Wendy Braaten

Winner of 2020 Barrel Race Summer Series Buckle: Dalyce Temple with race coordinator Jessie Austin

Group Photo (l to r): LRS club photographer Ron, of RGM photography LRS VP, John Scotton Future Champion, Ella Austin LRS Barrel Race Coordinator, Jessie Austin LRS President, Paul Ritchot

Highpoint p.m. Junior - Ryan Springman Intermediate - Emma Springman Senior - Lucia Bot and Jessica Hamilton

2020 Year End results: English: Senior - Bobbi Kelln and Booger 2nd - Chelan Young and Luna Junior - Ryan Young and Kopella 2nd - Reese Zachanowicz and Honey Tiny Mite - Ryder Zachanowicz and Jack Leadline - Radiance Zachanowicz and Jack Western: Senior - Marilyn Griffin and Titan Junior - Reese Zachanowicz and Honey 2nd - Ryan Young and Kopella Tiny Mite - Ryder Zachanowicz and Jack September 20th Jumping results: Highpoint a.m. Tiny Mite - Emily Bradbury Junior - Ryan Young

Amanda Baerg Intermediate - Martina Divin Senior - Jessica Hamilton

2020 Year End results - Jumping Tiny Mite: 1st - Evee Hockley, 86 points 2nd - Ryder Zachanowicz, 53 points 3rd - Theo French, 18 points Junior: 1st - Sarah Springman, 75 points 2nd - Grace Whittome, 74 points 3rd - Ryan Springman, 72 points 4th - Maddy Abbinante and Ryan Young, 54 points 5th - Reese Zachanowicz, 41 points 6th - Sarah Collison, 34 points Intermediate: 1st - Martina Divin, 84 points 2nd - Emma Springman, 80 points 3rd - Trey White, 71 points 4th - Isobel Hungerford, 50 points Senior: 1st - Ashley Dawson, 82 points 2nd - Andrea Dawson, 60 points 3rd - Lisa Collison, 51 points 4th - Sarah French, 30 points


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


adly, due to Covid-19, we were unable to host our Tack Sale in the Spring, and our Pot O Gold Show in June. However… we were able to host our annual Find the Golden Horseshoe Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby on October 4th. What a great day! We had a fabulous turnout with riders eager to hit the trails and find the Golden Horseshoes! Many purchased additional poker hands leading to a successful fundraiser for our club. Thank you so much everyone! Alix Barry had the Best Poker Hand with 3 of a kind and Ace high. Unfortunately Cori Engel had the worst hand (we won’t mention) – so both gals had their ‘pick of the prize table’! Finally someone found the cleverly hidden (by Darlene) Golden Horseshoe from over 3 years ago (we always wondered where it was), and that was Katie Z! Erin found the 2nd one. Congratulations gals! We were surprised and grateful that Richard from M & J Leatherwork offered a prize of $350 value towards a custom leather tooled belt. We offered it to the Golden Horseshoe finders, put their names in a hat, and Katie Z won this generous donation. Shuswap Veterinary Clinic also contributed to our prize table, with 3 gift certificates up for grabs! Thank you!!! All riders’ names were put in a hat and we drew prizes – most everyone won something! Our club is so grateful for all your support, many thanks from all of us!

From the October issue

We’re going to give you a bit more time to figure this one out! This tool weighs 3 lbs and is 24” long. It has a specific use, the reason for the long handles and indented clasper. Congratulations (so far) to: Anne Stiles, Oliver BC Walter Furlong, Strathcona County AB Michelle Bakey, Comox BC

From the September issue

It’s a drill press, hand-crank operated, designed in the early 1900’s, a late comer in the Industrial Revolution. Congratulations to: Walter Furlong, Strathcona County AB Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Vern Theroux, Sydney BC

Richard Lowe of M & J Leatherwork displaying his wares.

Even the horses knew to keep their distance (lol)

Our club treasurer, Laurie, at the registration desk, hard at work as usual!

And they came!

Call Granny for help on this one! It stands 8” high with a 5” diameter. Good luck!

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to

All breeds came out to the ride!

Erin Gunoff (l) and Katie Zbytnuik found two of the Golden Horseshoes!

Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. NOVEMBER 2020


Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! By Flora Balducci


o say this has been an odd year for our club would be an understatement. Most of us have been able to continue spending time with our horses and for that are very grateful. However, we have not had the ability to meet as a full club. The comradery of our peers is something greatly valued by Vintage Riders members. Although we were not able to meet together, the executive who usually takes a short break over the summer continued to meet by video call to support our membership and to make plans for moving forward. Slowly as things opened up and we could put measures in place to ensure the safety of members, we did start to do things in small groups. A very engaging and successful pole clinic with clinician Jessie Blackmon was held. Following strict guidelines with distancing, hand hygiene and masks we, went ahead with a “campfire” meeting in the outdoor arena of one of our members. Among the door prizes for that night

was a skillfully crafted horse fabric mask made by another one of the membership. It was great catching up with those there and sharing plans for the future. Most recently we participated in a garrocha clinic with Sandy Lang. All the riders came away enthused about what they had been able to accomplish in one session. 2020 Planned Events: Pole Clinic #2 AGM - November Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email:

Participants at the Garrocha Clinic

Poles Clinic

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


estern classes brought our 2020 Virtual Season to a close. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Judge and behind the screen volunteers for making this new and different way of showing possible. Placings for Showmanship, Horsemanship and Western Pleasure are as follows.

Showmanship 1st - Anne Marie Gellein


Horsemanship – Senior 1st – Carmen Letawski-Dyck 2nd - Em Stobbe

Western Pleasure – Senior 1st – Lorraine Pelletier Andres Western Pleasure – Walk Trot/Green Horse 1st – Meighen Rees 2nd – Alana Vos-Lindsay 3rd – Cory Dyck 4th – Anne Marie Gellein 5th – Lauri Meyers*

Horsemanship – Walk Trot/Green Horse 1st – Alana Vos-Lindsay 2nd – Meighen Rees 3rd – Cory Dyck 4th – Lauri Meyers / Anne Marie Gellein




‘Campfire’ Executive meeting

*Darlene Trask participated in WP WT for consultation purposes.

The AERC AGM is scheduled for November 10th at 7 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only the Executive and Directors will be present. Members can join via phone/face time or Zoom. Watch our Facebook page for current events and information. 30 • NOVEMBER 2020



Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley September Show We held a COVID friendly AQHA/APHA show September 26-27 at the Maple Ridge Equi Sport Centre. Everyone was so pleased to have the opportunity to show and enjoyed themselves at this new facility for us. Everyone wore masks when not in the show pen and made use of the provided hand sanitizer, as well as having temperature checks upon entry. We saw faces we hadn’t seen in a while at our shows come out, as well as some new ones and the steady-eddies. Thank you so much to all of the sponsors, volunteers, committee/ board members and show staff that made this happen. We are so very grateful to each and every one of you.

Breeders Incentive Futurity Due to COVID we held the Yearling Tri Challenge virtually this year! Congratulations to our 2020 virtual winners! Champion - winning a total of $2010.00 CAN Shine My Machine Gun, sired by Spooks Hired Gun out of Jamaican Me Shiney Owned and exhibited by Stephanie Case Reserve - winning a total of $1340.00 CAN Kiss Me Im Terrific, sired by Kissin The Girls out of a Simply Terrific daughter Owned and exhibited by Devon Smith

Congratulations to the High Point winners! AQHA: WT Youth: Avery Caron WT Amateur: Hailey Z Level 1 Youth: Colten Buckley Level 1 Amateur: Deanna Williams Open: Kiss My Wrench

Colten Buckley

APHA: WT Amateur: Maddy Shannon Novice Youth: Alyssa Belanger Novice Amateur: Tamara Jameson Amateur: Rosalea Pagani Open: Lazy Specialty

Tamara Jameson

Allyssa Belanger

Annual General Meeting Our AGM was held virtually on Zoom on October 28th. This was after the deadline for this article, so stay tuned to the next issue and/or Facebook and BCQHA.COM for info. Our President Mellissa Buckley was stepping down, so we should have a new President to introduce! Mellissa would like to thank all the amazing sponsors, wonderful board members, fantastic volunteers, superb show staff, and others in the industry who have been so supportive of LMQHA.

Stephanie Case

Devon Smith

Trail warm-up at show Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page



The Back Country Horsemen of BC Experiencing the Northwest Backcountry, Coalmine Camp, Telkwa, BC By Verna Houghtaling, Deb & Dennis Oakman, Eileen & Brian Wallace When they say there’s an opportunity … just say YES!


t Rendezvous 2019, Bud and Libby Whitfield were the successful bidders for the NW Chapter’s “Coalmine Experience Package.” Unfortunately Bud and Libby weren’t able to make the trip, and graciously offered it to opposing bidders, Eileen MacDonald and Brian Wallace (Robson Valley Chapter), Deb and Dennis Oakman (NVI chapter) and Verna Houghtaling (PG Chapter). We five headed west the last week of July with 3 rigs, 4 horses and 2 dogs in tow! We had no idea of the VIP treatment we were about to experience thanks to BCHBC NW chapter members at their horse camp located on Goat Horn Creek in Telkwa. We were greeted near the highway and guided into camp by one of our gracious hosts, our horses unloaded and settled into safe, roomy pens adjacent to our campsites. Several of us saddled up and headed out for an evening ride and get a feel for the surroundings. Chapter volunteers outdid themselves by providing three days of guided rides on a variety of trails from the camp, with one day trailering the horses and group to Silver King Basin located in Babine Provincial Park. Scrumptious muffins were offered by another Northwest chapter member as we prepared to mount up, a great start to any ride in my opinion! This special ride saw NW chapter members packing in a commemorative bench up the 9 km trail to rest near the creek, to be enjoyed by all who make their way up to the basin and the Joe L’Orsa cabin and BCHBC corrals. Back at camp we were treated to a hot and hearty chicken & rib dinner, with delicious

Brian Wallace presenting NW Chapter Chair, Tom Roper, with the BCHBC Outstanding Project award.

salads, fresh homemade buns and cupcake desserts. During our visit, Back Country Horsemen of BC past president, Brian Wallace, presented the Chapter with two plaques - the “Outstanding Project” award for the campsite and the 2020 “Volunteer of the Year” to Floyd Kennedy, who was apparently the driving force behind this project. The Chapter members built a unique and well-planned cowboy challenge course, where many riders took advantage of practicing prior to a friendly competition on our last day in camp. It was a pleasure to watch Judy Carter on her Hancock QH gelding ‘Tuf’ take first prize. That evening found us grooving to the music of the “Ukes of Hazard” around the campfire at the clubhouse. Our final morning, we were treated to an amazing all-youcould-eat breakfast before we loaded up and headed out to PG and beyond. Each of us came away with fond memories of this experience. We would encourage you to contact the Chapter and book some time with this friendly, hardworking group. Opportunities abound to connect and share experiences across this diverse province and the richness of BCHBC and possibilities that membership brings. Our shared experience in July 2020 speaks volumes to this. In four fun-filled days as we laughed, played, rode, and shared together, friendships and lasting bonds were forged between members and their families from chapters across BC. We all wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the NW chapter volunteers and “super event coordinator” Carl Eddy for making this such a memorable time in the spectacular Bulkley Valley.

Floyd Kennedy on his mule “Joanne” & Irene Howard with her Haflingers, packing Harley’s bench to the Silver King basin!

Arena time - Lacy & Verna testing their skill on the swinging bridge.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive ~

President: Scott Walker,, 250-764-8555 or 250-300-8415 Vice President(s): Karl Arnold,; Verna Houghtaling,; Sandra Erickson,; Marie Reimer, Treasurer: Debra Oakman,, 250-897-5779 Secretary: Christine Heffernan,, 250-714-6001 Past President: Brian Wallace, 250-569-2324

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OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 4/21

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 27-28 27-29 ANNIVERSARY SALE, Equine Essentials Tack at Greystone Stables, Delta BC, 29-Dec 11 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart - Foundation Training to Advanced Horse Development,, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072




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DEADLINE 5th of each month NOVEMBER 2020


Business Services FENCING


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

WWW.HORSEGEARCANADA.COM - online shopping - always open! Tack, hoof boots, nutritional products, grooming products & more. 4/21 7/21

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •

WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Bedding, Footwear 4/21




PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 6/21


CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/21


FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307 5/21 3/19


TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 3/21

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 2/21 9/21

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987


SPRING LAKE GUEST RANCH, (100 Mile House BC) 250-791-5776 Beautiful Ranch on 600 acres & private lake,

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 10/21


LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 4/21

REALTORS Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 Armstrong 10/21

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more,


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 9/21 36 • NOVEMBER 2020


LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21 LUTTMER TRAINING AND CLINICS, starting horses, building trust and confidence, Quesnel BC 250-249-9613, see updates on Facebook 10/21



LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/21

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, 8/21

Business Services VETERINARIANS

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree , Bennett 3/21

OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM,

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 11/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 8/21


INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21

YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE YEAR ROUND Starting at just $250 per year (for 12 issues). Plus we can add a link on our web site for only $50 per year!

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 4/21 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 2/21




On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse


We Have the Blues!

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at!

for Trail ~ Work ~ Show

2020 Foals will be available sired by:

LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan 12/20

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed! • 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21

7/21 3/17

If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure! 12/20

Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) 10/21


2010 Amber Champagne AQHA Stallion Peppy San Badger, Hollywood Dun It 2007 Sooty Dunalino AQHA Stallion; Sugar Bar, Hollywood Jac 86 2008 Homozygous Black Tobiano APHA

Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-6514



per issue

All saddles in new condition

(pictured) PRESTIGE, medium wide tree, 18” seat. $1800 STUBBEN JUVENTUS Junior, medium tree, 17” seat. $1800 STUBBEN JUVENTUS Junior, wide tree, 17” seat, fits Quarter Horses well. $2000 ALBION LEGEND 5000, medium tree, 17.5” seat, brown leather. $1500

Girths, Snaffle Bridles and Bits also for sale. ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. Call 250-546-9011 or 604-807-6104 (North Okanagan)

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HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 11/20


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm



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Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena 10/21

Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 /





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3663 South Island Hwy ............................... 250-334-0801



1309 Northwest Boulevard.......................... 250-428-2254



4650 Trans Canada Hwy ............................. 250-746-1755



1090 Stevens Road Hwy ............................. 250-769-8700



5592 Hwy 97 South ..................................... 250-498-2524



Upper Mud River Road ............................... 250-560-5431



7155 Meadowlark Road .............................. 250-545-3355

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