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Horsing Around With Cavalia When Cavalia - A magical encounter between human and horse premieres in Edmonton on September 11, audiences will discover that Cavalia brings new meaning to the idea of “horsing around.”


nder Cavalia’s distinctive White Big Top at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Cavalia’s equine and equestrian artists bring to life onstage a relationship between horses and humans that delights, entertains and touches the heart forever. “The horse is the most beautiful animal on earth, and if you let them express themselves, even just a few horses by themselves on stage with nobody around them, you have a fabulous performance all by itself,” Cavalia founder Normand Latourelle believes. Cavalia is a show about horses, not about competition. It’s about the nature of horses, and the nature of the bond humans and horses share. It’s about cooperation and understanding, mutual respect and love for the horse. On stage, Cavalia’s horses are like kids at play, running, exploring, horsing around with each other and with their human counterparts, performing under saddle, at liberty, and partnered with roman riders, trick riders, aerialists and acrobats. Behind the scenes, it’s all about the horses, from designing the stage where they perform, to training them with kindness and understanding.

Take Cavalia’s iconic White Big Top. Distinctive in size and design, it was created to meet the needs of the horses. “When I designed the stage, I wanted it big enough for the horses to feel this is their playground,” Latourelle explains. “We are there to play with them, and they really use the stage as their playground.” When play takes the form of running at full gallop across the stage, the stage needs to be long enough for the horses to accelerate, gallop, and decelerate. When the liberty horses need to move as a group, split up and then reform as a herd, the stage needed to be deep enough for them to move free. And when aerialists flying above the horses and riders create a dreamlike fantasy that romances the audience, the stage required spacious heights. Underlying the playful action onstage is a deep understanding of how horses behave, how they think, and how they move. “A horse that is performing needs to enjoy it,” says Equestrian Director and Choreographer Benjamin Aillaud in describing the training of Cavalia’s horses. “For him to enjoy it, he must understand it. When he understands it, he will do it with pleasure. You have to build him a body that is able to do the job he is asked to do, and you have to build him a head so he enjoys his work all the time.” “They are much more expressive when they have an audience,” adds Normand Latourelle. “They know! They look for the applause.” Cavalia’s stars clearly enjoy horsing around. (Cavalia opens September 11 in Edmonton.)

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Features Cavalia Stress and Transport, Part 4 Training For Courage A Little Healthy Stress Clicker Training Ironman Bronc Riding Training with Dana Hokana Relationship Riding, Part 2 2012 Summer Olympic Games AQHA Youth World Cup

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t is September now and that means… Fall Fairs! I hope you do your part and visit (or show in) your local fair – they depend on you. It’s all about ‘community’ spirit! Well I rode again at Twisted Terrain Horse Park, but this time on my own horse, Bobbi! We participated in Dawn Heppner’s clinic there. See story on page 44. Me and Bobbi (26 yrs) having a blast This is a busy month for us at Twisted Terrain Horse Park with the Fall Fairs, Horse Shows and… an exciting trip… we are going to the Dressage Festival in Red Deer AND Cavalia in Edmonton with VIP seats! I’ve recruited (buddy) photographer Cheryle Hickman of Rein-Beau Images to accompany me to Alberta. She could not say no! (Sorry Greg, someone has to stay home to look after the critters) It was nice to receive a Dear Editor letter (see page 5) from one club member referring to my club (volunteering) comments in the August issue. If more members got involved… clubs would be thriving… not barely surviving! Since I will be off gallivanting (and working!) around BC and Alberta could you all PLEASE meet our next ad (and news) deadline of September 17th – that would sure help me out! I would appreciate it. We’ll be taking the next issue to The Mane Event in Chilliwack! One event not to miss out on! See you in my travels!

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Dear Editor Nancy: Just a short note to let you know that my puppies have all found wonderful homes. The little blonde one went to Alberta, thanks to Saddle Up. I also got an unexpected call about our Welsh Ponies due to the puppy ad. Again, thank you. - Kathy Stanley, 70 Mile House, BC (P.S. I do appreciate that I got more results than just the puppies.)

Dear Editor: I am embarrassed to admit that we forgot to thank Country West Supply for supplying a round pen at our Okanagan 4-H Stock Show in July. We couldn’t have done the colt starting without their help. The other major thank you that was missed was to Gary Roberts who provided the majority of the young stock for the Colt Starting event. A big thank you to Country West Supply, Gary Roberts and others who I may have forgotten to mention.

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Dear Nancy: I just wanted to personally thank you for your Editor’s comments in the last edition of Saddle Up on volunteering for your local riding club. It is sometimes hard to have the membership involved in the club to the degree they should be. Most do not realize how much work is involved in putting on the events, clinics, and shows for our clubs. Usually, there are only a few people in each club responsible for a tremendous amount of organizing and event coordination. We in the trenches really appreciate you putting this out and motivating riders to do more than just ride at their club. Great job! Thanks Nancy. - Roxanne Ronan

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he Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair is pleased to announce their opening line-up of clinicians at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC October 19–21, 2012. It will be a first time appearance in BC for Arizona horse trainer, equine behaviourist and clinician Karen Scholl who will be conducting sessions on Horsemanship for Women. This superb communicator will address all areas of horsemanship but will specifically address the Karen Scholl confidence issues that women encounter when working with horses. Joining Karen will be well-known Canadian reining trainer and competitor Clay Webster. Clay was one of the first reining clinicians that the Mane Event had the pleasure of working with in 2004 and they are thrilled to have him return. Nick Karazissis of California will be conducting sessions on jumping and equitation for the hunter rider. Nick is a USEF R Judge and helped produce the “Get Niki Flundra Nick Connected” DVD which is used by the USEF in their Karazissis hunter/equitation clinics. Dr. Cesar Parra, a leading dressage rider and Olympian will be conducting the dressage sessions at the expo, and if you have never had the chance to see him in action his sessions are not only educational but extremely entertaining – they are not to be missed! Clinics that were extremely popular in Red Deer this year are also being offered at the Chilliwack Mane Event as JoLinn and Mitch Hoover will be presenting a series of sessions on Extreme Trail, one of the fastest growing events in the equine world. A new component to this year’s Chilliwack expo is the addition of Dan James, Dan Steers and Niki Flundra. Niki will be presenting demonstrations on trick training and Dan James will be presenting sessions on liberty; this young Australian recently won the Road to the Horse competition in Tennessee with team mate Guy McLean and he and partner Dan Steers were featured as clinicians throughout the WEG games and were one of the acts during the opening ceremonies in Lexington, Kentucky. Dan is sure to entertain with his horses in the sessions and the Double Dan demonstration with Niki Flundra during the Saturday Night Equine Experience is going to be a crowd pleaser. Niki was just featured in the AQHA member’s publication America’s Horse and has entertained audiences six times at the NFR in Las Vegas , 14 times at the CFR and 8 times at the Calgary Stampede. Stay tuned for next month’s issue for more information on the Jonathan Field demonstrations and Teresa and Will Bron’s sessions on driving, as well as this year’s Trainers Challenge participants. Please note that the expo will be opening earlier on Friday, to allow visitors more time to attend the clinics and of course, shop. The new hours on Friday are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. To read more about the clinicians visit www.maneeventexpo.com. Contact the Mane Event office at riders@maneeventexpo.com or call 250-578-7518 if you are interested in participating in these sessions. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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Equine Celebrities are coming to NW Washington AN EQUINE EXPERIENCE YOU WILL REMEMBER


he Northwest Washington Fair is very excited to be producing their 1st Annual Horse Expo, October 5-7, 2012 in Lynden, Washington. For the first time Cowboy Hall of Fame Clinician Craig Cameron will be bringing the fast paced fun Extreme Cowboy Race to Northwest Washington. Check out the “PROS” - who would you like to ride with? Richard Shrake with Resistance Free Training has been inducted Craig Cameron into the International Equestrian Masters Hall of Fame and will be sharing inspiring horsemanship tips. Also demonstrating will be Greg Best, two-time Olympic Silver Medalist in Show Jumping and Raye Lochert, a John Lyons Certified Trainer. These are just a few of the equine celebrities coming out west. They will be joined by many other clinicians such as Allison Trimble, Heather Gastelum, Brent Rollins and Kim Barber who will be bringing a variety of educational Richard Shrake opportunities to the northwest corner of the United States. Take your pick from several different “Ride with the Pros” packages. Pre-Expo Clinic opportunities and demos during the expo will include, ranch roping, basic horsemanship, trail, ranch sorting, western dressage, mounted shooting, dutch oven cooking, vaulting, colt starting, and much more. MENTION THAT YOU SAW THIS IN THE SADDLE UP MAGAZINE AND RECEIVE $50.00 OFF YOUR ENTRY FEE! CALL FOR DETAILS! Enter the Cowboy Race Each rider entering will receive a gift; prizes include Trophy Breast Collar, Trophy Buckaroo Halter, Engraved Pocket Knives and Grooming Kits! Prizes to the top 10 riders! $500.00 added to the Jack Pot! Sign up 8 • Saddle Up • September 2012

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Equine Celebrities, cont’d today, mention Saddle Up magazine and receive $50.00 off your entry fee. NW Colt Starting Project with Bren Rollins - come learn from one of the best in the region! He is only taking 5 horses and their owners, for this 4-day project. Free Charity Rope Halter when you enter! This is not a competition. It’s a hands-on experience. Take your horse from the halter to the saddle. Mention Saddle Up magazine and receive $50.00 off your entry fee! Other special events and activities will include a Kids Corral with Noodle Horse Rodeos, shopping at the Equine Emporium, relaxing at the Authors Corral and listening to some of the region’s top writers as they read from their new books and offer advice on how to journal about your horses. Equine health practitioners will be on site to answer questions, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington will have an Encampment all set up with packing Selling Consignment Clothing, demos, mules and Dutch oven Equipment and Saddles for Great Prices cooking and among all this is the September Month long... World of Breeds display. You will not want to miss a chance to see all the Heather Gastelum, magic that these beautiful horses have Inventory Reduction Sale mounted shooter to offer! Items Discounted 25% + Advance discounted tickets now available on line at http:// Open Mon - Sat 10-5, Wed 10-8 nwwafair.com/nw-wa-horse-expo/. Located at Cornerstone Farm on the SW Corner of Hwy 22X & Hwy 22. Contact Maryjo Turnbull - maryjo@nwwafair.com - 360-35414.5 km West of Spruce Meadows 4111 for more details and to get your entries in to “Ride with the 403-931-2648 Calgary, Alberta Pros” or for any other information you may need. www.thetackcollector.ca



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Stress and Transport, Part 4 by Kevan Garecki THE “WHYs” AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

With increased awareness of transport-related stress in horses, some pivotal studies have been conducted in recent years, the most notable of which have come from the University of California, Davis Campus, arguably one of the leading equine research institutions in North America.


C Davis’ studies in equine health and behaviour have consistently proven not only their dedication towards equine wellness but also their innovative approaches to providing knowledge and viable solutions. The most illuminating study was done in 2003 and focused not only on transport stress, but also on the recovery phase and what it took for the horses to return to a measured baseline in terms of health and wellness. The study was conducted with 15 healthy horses who participated in a 24-hour run through typical California summer conditions. The horses were transported in a professional horse van specially equipped to monitor each individual, and were assessed at each rest stop (every two hours). General health was measured by white blood count, temperature and body weights. The horses used in the study lost on average 6% of their normal body weight during a 24-hour


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period of transport. The consensus was that this loss was due to dehydration through perspiration and interruption of their normal feed schedules. It is important to note that this weight was recovered within 24 hours of post-transport rest, which echoes what caring, professional carriers have been preaching for many years - for each day on the road a horse should have at least one day of complete rest upon arrival. By measuring heart rate and cortisol levels in the blood, researchers were able to determine stress levels specific to each individual as they encountered the various phases of transport. Not surprisingly, cortisol levels were seen to rise steadily throughout the 24-hour period, as the horses were continually exposed to the stress of travelling. What did come as a surprise was the length of time it took for the cortisol levels to return to normal. Most of the horses had measured cortisol levels far above normal, even after the 24-hour rest period subsequent to the trip. As cortisol production negatively affects the immune system as well as reproductive and other vital functions, it is safe to assume that, from a general health perspective, horses subjected to lengthy trips may not be completely “out of the woods” until several days later. Professional carriers who have the chance to diligently observe their equine passengers after transport have noted that issues such as pleuropneumonia (shipping fever) can manifest several days later. This delay is likely due to increased susceptibility to infection resulting from the compromised condition of the immune system. While shipping fever is not always life threatening, it can be extremely debilitating for even healthy horses, and most certainly counterproductive to performance horses.

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Stress and Transport, cont’d The UC Davis study included a specific sub-focus on tying in transit, the results of which were quite predictable. It was found that horses tied while in transit showed much higher cortisol levels than the horses hauled loose. This suggests that they experienced considerably higher degrees of stress, and were subsequently more prone to post-transport health issues. I have preached long and often about the evils of tying in transit, and this is one reason why: horses tied in transit cannot effectively clear their airways, which vastly increases the chances of respiratory infection and can invite shipping fever. It is also critical to maintain constant clean airflow through the trailer to minimise airborne contaminants, and this can be a science unto itself! As discussed in previous installments of this series, heat stress is a very real concern in summer, so care must be taken to ensure adequate airflow when the temperatures rise. I’d like to conclude with some simple measures to reduce the effects of transport stress: A healthy horse has a better chance of enduring the stress of transport than one already compromised with disease or other health issues. Don’t tie unless absolutely necessary; transport loose in box stalls whenever practical. Free access to hay and water throughout the trip helps to reduce stress. Provide quality hay, free from mould and dust, and ensure water offered is clean and easily accessible to the horse. Frequent stops allow the horse to rest tired muscles and can help reduce overall stress effects. Stops should be long enough to allow the horse to feel secure enough to posture for urinating and to afford them time to take a drink. Don’t worry if they don’t drink at the first few stops; I don’t get worried about drinking until we’ve been on the road for eight hours or more. Ventilation is important at all times, but is critical in summer. Experiment with your own rig to determine how best to provide constant fresh air through the trailer while moving, and how to increase airflow at rest stops. Reduce airborne dust by wetting down the bedding or misting hay bags. It is not advisable to travel with drop-down windows in the open position

on angle-haul trailers. This can be extremely uncomfortable for the horses, and also expose them to increased risk of injury from flying debris. NEVER travel with both drop-down windows and bars or screens open, allowing the horse to get head and neck out of the trailer while moving! Not only is this extremely unsafe, but it is illegal in every jurisdiction in North America! Shipping fever seldom manifests immediately after transport; symptoms include depression, lethargy, lack of appetite or going off water and nasal discharge and coughing. If your horse develops any of these signs after a long trip, call the veterinarian right away! Special-needs horses may require additional considerations. I urge you to discuss any unique circumstances with a competent equine veterinarian. The final installment will look at some “real world” cases, and what was done to assess and correct the situations. In the meantime, happy trails and safe motoring! Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC.

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Missing Pieces By Julie MacKinnon, Laodas-Way Healing Ever wonder why your horse has minor day-to-day issues that may not require acute care but come and go as often as the weather changes? Most of us horse owners do, and we find it hard to put a finger on what the actual problem is.


or one thing, we aren’t horses and, for another, we are not that specific horse. In the end, it is no different from people trying to relate to other people and problems in their bodies. You can never really know how something feels or should feel if it is not your body. Most horse owners make a good attempt at pinpointing the horse’s symptoms and treating for Ben and Julie those symptoms, but what we all are coming to understand is that the symptom is rarely the cause or source of what is happening. Where does any one horse owner begin to look for a treatment? When we look at equine rehabilitation and therapy for any issue, we need to think about the building blocks: the brain runs the body, the organs keep it alive, the spinal nerves relay between the two and, lastly, the muscles and tissues aid in supporting the frame for function. But what, specifically, should you look at for each of these building blocks? For the brain, you can consider things like nutrition that keeps the function up (treatment using vitamins, minerals, healthy fats), and then response for glandular trigger (using essential oils, homeopathics) which is the base of a lot of natural healing. For the organs, you can consider parasite removal - there are over 100 different kinds of parasites in the intestines, heart, liver and, yes, all other organs. Use both chemical and natural treatments to get them all, to allow each organ to function normally and to its full potential. Also consider toxin removal (using zeolite, charcoal, clay) of heavy metals and pesticides that inhibit the function of organs long-term. Looking at the spinal nerves, you can consider misalignment (treated with chiropractics, massage therapy, nerve activation) for the reason that the brain may not be getting the messages to some organ or muscle tissue - even on a leg. Don’t forget to consider structure as a possible pressure culprit on major nerves and pathways (treat with farrier work, dental work, injury rehabilitation). Finally, for the muscles and tissue, you will need to consider reflexes (treated with acupressure, hot and cold therapy, massage therapy) to prevent injuries from reoccurring, and muscle memory activation (using muscle reflex, magnetic energy) to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Training for Courage By Paul Dufresne GAIT DEVELOPMENT: TROT, PART 5

Training performance movement begins at the walk, and when a horse begins to have more confidence in forward movement and balancing a rider it is good to encourage the horse to understand energy in a positive way by going to the TROT.

Two angles of 15-year-old Lyla asking for a walking roll-over or part of a serpentine phase; you can see the rein aid and simultaneous leg aid


n some cases, this causes anxiousness in both the rider and the horse, not knowing if he will explode with excitement or fear, while trying to balance you. If you prepared the horse in-hand to handle the changes in energy from walktrot-canter in a good bend with a relaxed poll, the chances are that your horse will be far less inclined to panic when asked to trot under saddle. Good preparation inhand applies to all horses, whether you are schooling a green horse or re-training an older horse, to ensure there are no holes in the foundation. You should work to accomplish a reasonably good serpentine (or the rollover phase) at the walk with some control of the reach of the forehand before moving the horse to the trot. The reason for this is that one can control the hindquarters to add impulsion, or to take that impulsion away should the horse be inclined to get excited. If the horse is unsure of the situation, you can turn the horse to a safer place, stop him and regain emotional composure. The best way I have found to get a horse to go into the trot is to do a step or two in the bend of the serpentine and ask 14 • Saddle Up • September 2012

Ian is a green horse going from walk to trot out of a serpentine; there is a bit of tail action as he is a bit anxious about being asked to move out

for forward energy as the horse crosses underneath himself. Adding the energy when the horse is engaged will make the transition into the trot smoother. Because you are performing a flexion in this move that causes the horse to relax, you can bump the horse with both legs to encourage him to go faster and the horse will almost surely go to the trot. The key is that once the horse goes into a trot, do not go very far before bending to prepare for another serpentine and transition to a walk. So the sequence would be to cross under with bend and a flexion, then push forward to a trot for five to ten strides, then prepare for another partial serpentine to a walk; then repeat the whole sequence again. The serpentine to a trot works well to facilitate engagement and calm. The trot to serpentine also works well because a serpentine at the trot at first is tricky for the horse to negotiate. This causes him to readily slow down to the walking rollover. The horse can coordinate it at a walk much more easily and this tends to diff use the energy of the trot. The accompanying flexion causes the horse to gain soft ness and calm. When your horse can do this

Ian has settled down and is being asked to move out from walk to trot after initial anxiousness (horses settle quickly)

sequence consistently with good energy control you are ready to add a bit more complexity. The next progression is to start with a walking roll-over to a trot, but in the next roll-over ask your horse to continue at a trot rather than dropping down to the walk. At first your horse may wish to drop to a walk, so you may need to keep bumping with your legs to keep the energy of the trot. If the horse switches to a walk, stay calm, don’t worry and try again. When you come out of the roll-over in a trot, use a half halt to transition to a calm walk for several strides to reward the horse for maintaining the trot. This technique will always work and with an experienced rider the horse will begin to understand in one to five tries. If you are less experienced, it may take five to fift y tries, but you will still get it. The only time this will fail is if you didn’t prepare correctly on the ground or at the walk under saddle. Just keep trying calmly. Continue practicing the transitions from walk to trot (and trot to walk) until your horse can maintain a trot while doing a series of roll-overs on one bend as well as from one rein/bend to another. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d

Half of a serpentine/roll-over on one rein at a trot

Softening after a serpentine at the trot; well engaged and elevated (horses will also settle with even more float in the rein with more repetition)

You can then add a transition from a trot to a single rein stop, and a stop on two reins with a slight bend. The trotting serpentine is the best exercise/technique I have ever used to soften a horse at the trot while creating a positive energetic state. I continue using this technique until a horse can give me a very soft jog that I can easily ride on a loose rein. When the horse can support me in the correct posture with a soft poll I can move on to other progressions. Any time my horse gets anxious or tight on one side, I immediately go into serpentines until he finds that calm place again, becoming soft in the reins and steady in his energy and emotional state. The trotting serpentine is one of the best ways to calm a very energetic horse. It is also one of the best ways to soften a stiff horse. When applying this technique to a less energetic horse, I do not persist at the trot for long periods. I keep the trot phase short with lots of walking transitions so the horse understands how to energize positively. Staying at the trot too long tends to suck the life out of a low-energy horse. The serpentine is the most useful exercise in improving the walk and trot especially when combined with the next part, the “roll-over and reach at the trot.” As the horse becomes fitter, I will do serpentines from rein to rein for 5-10 minutes until the horse is TOTALLY SOFT! The horse should not lean on the rein and the trot should become very comfortable to ride or you have it wrong. Enjoy your soft horse. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.trainingforcourage.com.


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Never Underestimate the Power of a Mare By Mary-Lou Ashton At the young age of 49, I decided it was time to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a horse. Up to that point, my entire equine experience consisted of 15 days of horse camp and many trail rides at various locations until I was about 21, petering off to the occasional ride every few years.

Me, Hisola and Appollo


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from the local Therapeutic Riding program. Thus began my journey. Sky Hawk Appollo (yes, spelled with two Ps), aka Polly, along with the wonderful ladies at our local Trail Riders Club had an awful lot to teach me. I was introduced pretty quickly to some of Polly’s personality traits which included, “don’t touch my face,” “I will push into you,” and “I am a stall dancer.” Let me explain this last item. A stall dancer is a horse who, after he has done his business in his stall makes it look like he has been dancing through the mess, doing the Cha-cha, Samba, Two-Step, Disco, Hip-Hop and possibly even some

Krumping. It is not a lot of fun to clean the stall of a stall dancer and can be very time-consuming, depending on the amount of business, dancing and bedding involved. It wasn’t easy to get people to clean his stall while I was out of town and I usually felt so bad I would pay them. Then, along came Hisola... Hisola, a Canadian mare in her early teens with dinner-plate-sized feet, was being leased over the winter and came to stay at the stable. For a period of time, Polly convinced her he should stay in charge, until one day things changed. It’s important to note that Hisola’s usual home was at a well-respected riding


Power of a Mare, cont’d stable and breeding farm. The horses usually were only brought in to the barn for tacking and feeding. Feeding was done in a standing stall and they were then turned back out to the pasture. Hisola was not used to spending the night in a stall, however I quickly noticed some interesting behaviours. Hisola would only poop against the walls of her stall, never in the middle or by the front of the stall where her food and water were. She also would not urinate in her stall. When let out first thing in the morning, she would go straight to one of the two spots in the pasture where she relieved herself. I also noticed a large number of piles in the same vicinity of the pasture. Eventually Hisola let Polly know, in no uncertain terms, that she was in charge of this particular herd. Now, I had always erroneously believed it was the stallion that was in charge of the herd. I had never heard of a lead mare in my youth. I soon found out that the lead mare told the herd where to go, where to eat, where to drink basically she made all the decisions. And some interesting things began to happen at the barn. Hisola kicked a hole in the wall between her and the pony that

separated her from Appollo. We thought that perhaps she thought the pony was too close to where her hay was in the stall, so we moved it to the far wall. Over time another hole appeared, and then one more. One day, while on her way out of her stall, Hisola stopped into Appollo’s stall and proceeded to poop directly into his food bowl. It was piled high and not one apple hit the floor. Hmmm... that was interesting... I wonder what that was about? Shortly after, I went in to clean the stall dancer’s stall and it appeared he had not been doing much dancing. The next day was the same‌ and the next‌ and the next‌ and the next. Polly had stopped dancing! He was now neatly placing his piles along the back wall of the stall. He also stopped drinking the water in his stall and there was very little urination in comparison as well. I am certainly not pretending that I can read the minds of horses, however I do know these incidents preceded the change in behaviour in my horse. What’s just as interesting was watching to see what would happen when Hisola left the barn and went home. Would Appollo go back to his old ways? The answer was NO!

He continues to abstain from dancing and has taken his new habits into the pasture, keeping piles along the edge and specific spots for urinating. Never underestimate the power of a mare... thank you, Hisola, for making my job easier!

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A Little Healthy Stress By Christa Miremadi Many of us work very hard to make sure that everything is set up just right when we are working with our horses, especially when we are trying to teach them something new.


e make sure the weather is perfect, it’s the barn’s “low traffic” time, we clear the arena of anything that may be spooky and we work quietly and cautiously, being careful not to throw too much at our horses all at once. Many of you will have heard the saying “set your horse up for success” (or something like it) and even if you haven’t, it just seems like common sense to set our horses up for the best possible outcome. This is valuable and good advice, indeed. However, if we set things up too well, we will not be providing our horses with the tools necessary to deal with slightly more stressful situations that may be out of our control and may very well arise when we are far from home. I have recently come to appreciate the value of a little healthy stress in my training program at home. For years and years I have put a great deal of effort into keeping the learning situations for the horses I work with calm. After all, horses (like people) do not retain information well when they are stressed out. A stressed out brain does not learn well. This is a fact. For this reason, I always try to stay sensitive to the horse’s level of stress and his ability to learn. In fact, that very sentence is one that I go over with students almost every time I

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teach a clinic. Although it is true, in order to properly prepare our horses for the real world it may be necessary to expose them to a little healthy and controlled stress that will provide them with an opportunity to gain skills in making good decisions (or rather following our good decisions) during moments in which they may not be thinking clearly. If everything in their world is kept “just so” and then one day you decide that you and your horse are finally ready to hit the trails, you may be in for a surprise. Imagine heading out to the horse park to enjoy a quiet afternoon trail ride, or hauling out to your first local games day, only to find that there are horse-eating baby strollers, kids with balloons, little fluff y dogs that won’t stop barking, or a less-than-horse-savvy jogger who decided that hiding in the bushes down the trail would be the best way to not spook your horse... These are just some of the things that could send your horse into a tail spin, literally! Not too long ago, I took my gelding Cisco out for a ride with a couple of my students. We had just about finished a ride around Aldergrove Lake Park when a cyclist (one who had already spooked our horses a few times that day) decided to wiz around the corner behind the pony one

of my students was riding. She was riding at the back of our little line, I was in the middle and my other student was up front. Although the horse at the front was only a little startled, the pony at the back of the line was horrified! She leapt forward and gave the most flawless transition from a slow, meandering walk to a flat-out run in the blink of an eye! We happened to be just coming up a stretch that opened up to a driveway that led out to a main road bordering the park and this petrified little pony was heading straight for that opening... Cisco started, too, jumping forward into a collected canter, but when I heard my student behind me give a little shriek, I quickly asked him to turn and block the driveway so that her runaway pony couldn’t end up on the road. (This was both the pony and the student’s first trip to the park.) Cisco, like a pro,


Healthy Stress, cont’d turned and let the pony run full tilt into his rump, blocking her and effectively redirecting her back onto the trail at a much more manageable pace. Cisco’s assistance at that time of stress could have been a life-changing moment and I was very thankful to have his mind, even in a moment like that. I have thought about that day a few times since and am reminded that we can’t control how others are going to act, what the weather will do while we’re out, or any number of other exciting factors that may pop up in the real world. Since we can’t protect our horses from a little unexpected stress one hundred percent of the time, it is important that we find a way to expose them to situations that are less than ideal from time to time. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t set our horses up for success. In fact, quite the contrary. I am suggesting that we set them up to be successful even in a stressful situation. Once they have started to catch on and are beginning to feel a little more confident with the lessons we have been trying to teach them, it may be a good idea to try practicing on a windy day, or invite the neighbour’s kids over to have a water fight while you’re riding, or leave a garbage bag tied to the fence in a light breeze while you’re working. This will give your horse a chance to get startled and practice listening to your directions, otherwise you never know if he will be able to keep it together when you’re far from home and you need his mind. Obviously, this is not something that I recommend doing without professional assistance. Please be careful and have someone who knows how to safely help you practice healthy, controlled stress. Horses can be very dangerous and unpredictable when they are scared and it is important that this is practiced only with the help of an experienced professional. The point is not to scare your horse but to stretch his comfort zone in order to make it stronger and

larger, giving him the skills to cope with unexpected and possibly alarming situations, keeping both of you safer in the real world. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view.

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Developing Young Equestrians By Steven Dubas


ttending schooling shows and training with a qualified instructor are necessary parts of developing a good rider. There are a number of good coaches in Prince George who host schooling shows; one in particular is Sorine Winther, owner and manager of Dreamworks Farm. This facility has two schooling shows per year. Asked why she started her schooling show program, Sorine said, “We began with the shows last year to give people a good place to learn if they were interested in jumping. It’s so important for developing riders and horses to have venues with quality course design, good footing and arenas, as well as safe and practical classes.” Schooling shows are the best place to learn how to show competitively. Sorine is a certified coach and has a lot of experience. Recalling her own development as a young rider, she said, “I competed all through western Canada and the western and southern States as a junior and amateur competitor, and then began to step into national open divisions. In 1991, I was awarded a Premier’s Athletic award for my efforts. I continued to train with Brent and Laura, began to teach and train for others and started to compete more regularly in the open jumper division. In 1992, I was named to the National Show Jumping Talent Squad.” Sorine has taken 9-year-old Taylor Blair (Winther) riding a break from the show Dandito

circuit to focus on her family and her coaching program. Her daughter, nine-year-old Taylor, is following in her mother’s footsteps, riding Bandito, a Welsh pony she found in Oregon. The two are well matched, competing in equitation and jumping up to two feet. Dreamworks Farm has a number of horses that beginner riders can learn on. Having good schooling horses is pivotal to the program, because one element of the learning 4-year-old Jessabelle Atkinsonprocess, the horse, already Trelenberg riding Tic Tac knows what to do; only the rider has to learn it. One thing you might notice at one of Dreamworks Farms’ schooling shows are the giggles coming from the arena; the youngsters are having fun. If a rider makes mistakes at a schooling show, advice and encouragement comes from the coaches and fellow students, helping the rider overcome a problem. The early classes are set up for young riders - the youngest being 4-year-olds - and there are many in this age group. This is where it all begins. Taking the time to educate yourself about coaches and facilities in your area is important in order to make a wellinformed decision on where you or your child would be best served. Horse Council BC (HCBC) has a website (www.hcbc.ca) with 30 minutes from Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake. * Confidence Building information about finding a qualified coach * Safety Learn to communicate with your horse and riding facility. Trusted friends are another * Techniques for using principles of Natural Horsemanship. good source. Problem Solving Your horse or ours. We have a wonderful school herd Learning how to ride properly is * And… Fun! with Parelli training to Level 4. important for safety, enjoyment and selfAll ages, abilities and disciplines welcome. confidence of the rider.

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Wild West In Williams Lake By Janice Sapp


ere’s a little introduction of the newest show on the rodeo circuit! The Wild West Riders of Williams Lake, BC are the new hot ticket for Grand Entry and Drill performances. These “Wild” Williams Lake Ladies are making an impression on the crowds at the 2012 rodeos. They made their first appearance in 100 Mile House at the BCRA Rodeo on the May long weekend and after riding an impressive routine the ladies could be found selling 50/50 tickets, and visiting spectators in the stands. Nothing but good vibes from there on out. Then 3 weeks later these community-conscious women could be found volunteering their time at the Famous Williams Lake Stampede, selling 50/50 and lending their hands anywhere it was needed. The month of July, Rodeo Road lead them to Quesnel, BC where they opened all 3 days of the Historical Billy Barker Days Rodeo, and after a flawless weekend performance they secured their spot as opening act for the annual BCRA Finals on September 14,15, 16, 2012! None of these women are new to the sport of drill. They each bring years of horsemanship and drill experience to the team. Comprised of 10 riders, the team, formed by coach Brenda Phillips, brings something special to the arena. A relaxed atmosphere and professional appearance, makes each routine a welcome addition to the rodeo. The riders come from all walks of life, and each adds something different and diverse to the team. Most all have ridden on other local drill teams and have found their niche within the Wild West. Practicing once or twice a week as needed, Brenda watches each horse and listens attentively to each rider, taking all of their questions and concerns into consideration. It takes many minds and ideas to have a fully functioning drill team and the knowledge and skill of these old pros is evident in all they do. Smiles grace the faces of these ladies as they race around the arena, proof that they truly enjoy every moment of their time performing. The anthem flags gracefully float by, honouring both countries and are packed by elegant riders and horses. Nothing short of poetry in motion. They are thankful and proud to be supported by B Horner Contracting, Log Haulers Assoc., Speedy Petey`s Lightning Lube & Carwash, and Shelly Colton who handcrafts their shirts and matching blankets. The Wild West also take their hats off to their handy ground crew who work up the ground in their practice arena, at the Williams Lake Stampede grounds, tote their flags for them and play their music too while they ride. For info and bookings visit their Facebook page under Wild West Riders or contact Brenda Horner at 250-296-3276.


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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy BRUCE, THE RESCUE FOAL, LEARNS TO LEAD

The story and training of Bruce continues this month. With haying season upon us, I have had very little time to work with the rescued mares and foals. However, I did teach them how to put on their halters. Yes, THEY put on their halters.


ll I do is hold the halters up in front of them and they stick their heads in. This is a far cry from the hard-to-catch, fearful mares that arrived here. Bruce had only had minimal work as well. It had been a good stretch of time since they’d been played with, so I was curious as to how well they remembered their lessons. The power of clicker training never ceases to amaze me. In my pre-clicker days, there would have been no way I could have spent as little time as I had with these mares and even hope to have them respond as they did... they both came right up, away from grass, and offered to put on their halters! As for Bruce, who had only been clicked for being touched (and rewarded with a scritch, not even any food yet), he happily came up to be touched and was clicked and then rewarded with a lip-curling scritch. So what to do with Bruce now? It had been a bit of a chore getting him from the pen to the pasture when we moved them down as he is a curious, self-assured guy - he would wander off, get distracted and

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no picture on the box to give you a hint. really not seem too worried about mom. Seeing as he will soon be weaned, I thought leading or, more accurately, “following a feel” would be a good place to start. With clicker training, we like to break things down into “easy to be right” steps. I had just started Bruce on targeting his nose to my fist in the stall. This is, or can be, a precursor to leading. I presented Adding in target Following the target my fist to him and he touched it without hesitation. Click and treat Some of us find this kind of learning (scritch). What a clever boy! (Free Shaping) frustrating and mentally I repeated this several times to make tiring. On the other end of the learning sure he understood and then moved my spectrum is Directed Learning, which fist so he had to move to touch it. Bruce is like driving your car and following caught on right away and was happy to someone else to a new place, but you don’t follow me away from his dam. Now this is remember how you got there - you are sort a great start on leading and giving to the of on autopilot, only part of the brain is traditional “pressure” idea that most of us working. The learner in this case is highly associate with leading. But you might be dependent on the teacher. wondering how touching and following a Free Shaping and Directed Learning fist can teach giving to pressure. are at opposite ends of the learning Have you ever tried to learn to do continuum. In clicker training, while we something without some help or guidance do use each of these techniques, we often that you are on the right track? Imagine use Guided Learning (in the middle of trying to do a jigsaw puzzle when there is the learning continuum) with the goal to produce an animal that has the tools to problem-solve and generalize using the skills it has learned. My next step in teaching Bruce to “lead” was to put my hand on his shoulder close to me with very light pressure. I would then quickly pair it with my “fist target” placed so that he would shift his weight away from the light pressure of my hand to go touch my fist; I would click and scritch, often before he actually touched my fist (because even HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d the slightest movement toward my fist target was a “step� in the right direction). He quickly figured out that the light pressure on his shoulder (we are talking just the weight of my hand) meant he should move, which also earned him a click and treat (scritch). If he had trouble understanding, I would add in my fist cue, so as to give him a bit of directed learning and not just leave him there trying to put the puzzle together with no picture! Yes, I could have just placed my hand on his shoulder and waited for him to figure things out, but this little bit of directed learning gave him the opportunity to be right sooner. I then added in a rope around the base of his neck and using the same target, my fist cue, combined with a slight pressure on the rope, got him to follow the feel of the rope around his neck. If he hesitated in moving away from the pressure of the rope, I would

maintain that same pressure (NOT add more pressure) but also add in the target cue. This way, he quickly figured out to move from a very gentle pressure. He had learned how to give to pressure without all the thrashing and pulling that usually comes with teaching a foal to lead. When we do add in the halter, we will also still use the target fist cue to help him generalize that light pressure anywhere on his body means give to it. The pairing of the cues will allow him the chance to be right more often and become confident in his ability to learn and understand what is being asked of him, without the fear factor that so many horses experience during training. Bruce will be a thinking horse that will know how to deal with pressure... the light-as-a-feather pressure you should only ever have to use to get the desired response.

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Ironman Bronc Riding By Linda-Lou Howarth Photos by Shelly Loring

Last year, Chona Archachan and Karen Coldwell from Merritt BC decided they would organize a bronc-riding weekend for ranch cowboys to participate in. The perfect spot for this weekend was Jack Palmantier’s Rafter 3 Ranch in Riske Creek, where Jack has a rodeo arena which was built for the Chilcotin Rodeo Association rodeos.


t Jack’s place, vehicles can line up along the bottom of the hill and everyone can set up their chairs on the hillside, or even in the back of their trucks, to watch and cheer on the entertainment! Ironman Bronc Riding is a competition where each cowboy who can ride his first horse will get a chance to ride a second horse; if he stays on that horse, he gets to try riding a third, and so on. As riders are bucked off, they are also eliminated from the competition; the last rider staying on is the winner. It’s adrenaline-pumping action for both the riders and the audience! The idea was a hit, and on July 28-29, ten cowboys signed up for the event, supported by the older generation of bronc riders who climbed up behind the chutes to help with saddling. Bronc riders arrived from Saskatchewan, Ashcroft, Douglas Lake, Gang Ranch and from Tatla Lake in the Chilcotin. Spectacular rides had riders going sideways in the saddle, upside down, falling on their heads, grabbing the fence to get off or reaching for a pickup man! The pickup men performed their duties with skill and perfect timing, helping riders get off the broncs, then grabbing the bronc rein and leading the bronc back to the chute. Our thanks to this event’s pickup men - Chona Archachan, Josh Klassen and Mark Elliott - all top cowboys with great horsemanship skills. Marcella Loring set up the cookshack (concession) with hotdogs, coffee, pop, water and delicious hamburgers for all to enjoy. Marcella had the generous help of Rona MacDonald and her daughters Jessica and Brittaney, which was greatly appreciated! Melodie Gano sold 50/50 tickets and walked all the way to the top of the hill, where Lawrence Elkins was

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(back row, l to r): Joe Roberson, Mark Elliott, Curtis Smith, Ben Kessler, Josh Klassen, Riley Miller, Chance Holmes; (front row, l to r): Rial Pate, Jack Palmantier, Chona Archachan, Cameron Jacobs, Wacey Marr, Mike Fay

watching the action, to sell him a ticket. Lawrence felt bad that she had walked all that way, so he bought one. After that, he climbed out of his truck and wandered down the hill closer to the arena. When the winning ticket number was drawn, he had to climb back up the hill to check his ticket... as it turned out, he had won the draw! He earned $100! After five goes, the number of competitors was narrowed down to just six by the end of Saturday. Those cowboys who rode five broncs each were quite tired and very happy to seek shade and enjoy a cool one! While they settled down and relaxed a bit, Karen Coldwell and her helpers got the pasta salad and the Caesar salad all set up and Hugh Loring cooked some yummy hamburgers. Shelly Howarth Loring made an awesome cupcake cake for the group with a picture of a huge belt buckle, with the words “Rafter 3 Ironman Bronc Riding Champion” on it. She went out and spread the word about dessert and suddenly cowboys were running in from the sidelines yelling, “Cupcakes? Did somebody say cupcakes?” Soon the beautiful display of cupcakes was just a sticky outline of icing on the cake pan! Later in the evening, Shelly Loring set up her TV and DVD player to show a little DVD she made of last year’s bronc riding, and then Josh


Ironman Bronc Riding, cont’d Klassen showed his videos of the day’s ride - a lot of laughter, groans and bantering went on. Afterwards, Shelly plugged in her camera to show her pictures of the day; her close-ups of the riders’ expressions brought on bursts of laughter from everyone, and Mike Fay says he needs to send a picture to his parents in Ontario to prove that he had fun and that he is fine! All in all, it was a great day on Saturday. On Sunday, Mike Fay and Curtis Smith were each bucked off their first horse, putting them out of contention for the top two spots. Wacey Marr and Joe Roberson both rode their first and second horses, so the decision was made to judge their third horses as these two cowboys were determined to win the bronc riding. In the end, Wacey Marr won the Ironman Bronc Riding by one point! Once again, Melodie Gano sold 50/50 tickets and the winner was bronc rider Cameron Jacobs - he won $130! Thank you to Melodie for doing such a great job with the 50/50 draw.

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The Ironman Bronc Riding results were as follows: 6th: Ben Kessler; won a set of rein chains crafted by Racquel Russell (Riske Creek). 5th: Riley Miller; won a beautiful engraved watch fob crafted by Peter Mayer, saddle maker and silver engraver (McLeese Lake). 4th: Curtis Smith; won $260. 3rd: Mike Fay; won $480. 2nd: Joe Roberson; won $710 plus a bronc halter made by Dustin Sippola. 1st: Wacey Marr; won $950 plus a big buckle with Ironman Bronc Riding Champion 2012 on it, donated by Kristal’s Kustom Sewing (Kristal McColl).

A vote was taken by all the bronc riders and the pickup men for the “wildest ride� and the prize of $100, kindly donated by Jeff Gray, went to Wacey Marr! The Ironman Bronc Riding was quite a wonderful weekend. Our thanks to Rafter 3 Ranch (Jack Palmantier), Clinton Palmantier and S&E Contracting (Schaan Perry and Ed LeBourdais) for providing stock for this event, and also to our judge Greg Loring. Plans are already in the works for the 2013 Ironman Bronc Busting. Watch for it!

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oldstream Ranch took first place in the Cowboy Skills Rodeo on the weekend of August 4-5 at Historic O’Keefe Ranch north of Vernon, BC. The three member team consisted of Pascal Olivier, Keith Dinwoodie and Carson Rosanki. Each received a Franco Silver Bit donated by the Ranch. Stump Lake Ranch was a close second and third was Douglas Lake Dry Farm Division. Adam Degenstein – Canadian Second and Third place received halters Horseshoe Champion and lead ropes. Ed Russell, from the River Ranch, was first in the Ranch Horse Competition riding his 4-yearold gelding “Rex,” winning a bosal and macete donated by Peart Engineering. Top Hand Cowboy’s Choice award went to Greg Graham from Douglas Lake Ranch who received a set of spurs crafted by Jeremiah Watt donated by Cowboy’s Choice. Chilco Lake Ranch’s Pat Jasper won the Reata Long Throw with a 45’ throw. Dan Fremlin from Stump Lake Ranch donated the prize. An Honourable Mention was extended to Tim Alexis of the Okanagan Indian Band. Tim has had a team in the Rodeo since its inception 20 years ago. Also celebrating the cowboy heritage, Adam Degenstein, Champion Farrier, showed visitors how to shoe Clydesdales. Even in the 37 degree weather people danced to good old country music provided by Rob Dinwoodie, The Stump Lake Band, Matt Johnston and were entertained by two Can Can dance troupes. Special thanks to Douglas Lake Ranch and The Coldstream Ranch for again providing the stock for this event. For more info and upcoming events visit www.okeeferanch.ca “Where History and Hospitality Come Alive.”

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In the August issue, I gave you the first steps toward improving your horse’s responsiveness and willingness. Now I will share the remaining five steps that will help fully develop the riding relationship with your horse. Step 6: Gain The Power Of Correct Breathing When you breathe properly, taking full, deep breaths using your diaphragm, your pelvis rolls back and down, putting your seat in the correct position. When your seat is in the correct position, you’ll feel more secure and therefore more relaxed. This causes your horse to relax, and when he is relaxed, he’ll be more responsive to your cues. Tense, shallow breathing (like when you see a spooky object) tips you forward on your pelvis, which is a signal to your horse that there is something out there to be worried about, maybe even something dangerous. To keep this from happening, you can practice correct breathing until it becomes second nature to you. When this happens, you can then put it to use whenever you come upon a scary situation while riding. To learn what this feels like, place your hand over your belt buckle area while at a standstill on your horse. Take a deep breath, pushing your abdomen into your hand. If you don’t feel pressure against your hand, you are not using your diaphragm. Slowly exhale. Then repeat. Practice this every day at the walk, jog and lope as part of your regular warm up. Then use this technique to communicate to your horse through your breathing and relaxed seat that everything is all right when he starts to become tense or spook at something.

Step 7: Catch Your Horse’s Rhythm Use this step to help you get in sync with your horse’s movement by following it with your seat, instead of moving against the motion. By doing this, you won’t impede his movement, which can lead to stiffness and resistance. You’ll actually be able to positively influence his body, adding yet another tool to your riding communication kit. The better you learn to communicate, the more responsive he’ll become. You can do this by practicing your deep breathing exercise from step 6, as you visualize sitting in a rocking chair or on a swing. Keep your seat relaxed and limber as you “scoop up and catch” your horse’s one-two-three rhythm. Once you feel in sync with him, practice influencing his body only with your seat. Imagine yourself pushing down on a swing in an effort to soar higher and higher. You’ll feel your horse’s stride lengthen as your seat pushes him forward. You can also lighten that pressure, like slowing down on a swing, and your horse will in turn slow down. 28 • Saddle Up • September 2012

If you add the first seven steps I’ve described to your daily riding routine, you will reap the benefits of improved responsiveness in your horse. After you have these steps down, your next task is to gain the willingness in your horse’s movement. Here are the final three steps that will develop that truly willing horse:

Catch your horse’s rhythm

Step 8: Teach Your Horse To Say “Yes” To You It is critical that your horse responds and is obedient to you and that you get your desired response - that’s the first step. They have to say yes to you! Let me just talk you through one exercise, such as pushing the hip around off your leg, and I’ll show you how my principle will apply to his willingness. When you ask your horse to move over off your left leg and push his hindquarters to the right, you will isolate his hindquarters from his shoulders. If needed, ride two-handed, pull his head to the left and cue with your left leg asking his hindquarters to step to the right. Step 8 is to get your horse to say “yes.” Insist that he step over or move over off your leg. If he sticks or refuses, you can pull his head way over to the left and push, kick or mash until he unlocks his hindquarters and steps over. To encourage him to say yes to you, release or reward him after he gives even just one step, then reapply the cue and ask for another step. Horses learn by reward. Look for a good response and a good place to reward even if it’s just one or two steps, then get out and reward. I even use my voice sometimes, and tell my horse “good boy/girl.” I will also pat my horse. It may sound corny but believe me, horses respond to positive reward and horses love to hear the sound of your voice. Don’t be fooled into thinking horses are like machines. They are animals, powerful beautiful animals, and they respond to sound and touch and you are building a relationship, a good relationship, and it helps to know all about your partner.

Step 9: Teach Your Horse To Say “Yes” Willingly In the previous step, I taught you how to teach your horse to say “YES.” You got your desired response. Now let’s evaluate his willingness. Let’s say you have your horse moving over. He is stepping over off your leg cue, but how is he stepping over? Is he HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dana Hokana, cont‘d mad and running over off your leg or is he moving over only as much as you are asking him to? Think and evaluate while you’re riding. Are you in control of his legs? Can you push and get the response you want? Are you driving or riding? I like to think I’m driving - not my horse driving me. I pay attention to his body language. Are his ears back in anger? Is he wringing his tail? Is he sticking and refusing or is he willing? Now let’s develop willingness. Ask with your leg in a fair, communicative way. Mash or push your leg against your horse. Only kick or spur if you get a refusal, then go back to asking. Don’t ride angry; if you need to get tough, do so, then go back to asking. You may need five minutes or one hour of repeating your cue and practicing this one maneuver until you develop and build willingness. I realize this takes time, but it is worth it in the long run. Each day it will get easier and take less and less time. Practice this until your horse says “YES” to you and says “YES” willingly.

Step 10: Teach Your Horse To Say “Yes” Willingly With Cadence Cadence is a rhythmic flow or sequence, a rhythmic movement. I want to feel fluid motion. I want to ask and not feel surges and uneven steps. I want to feel my horse step, step, step in a rhythm and when I take my cue away, he stops moving and waits for the next direction. You reach this level by pushing through until you feel his acceptance to such a point that you are the driver and you are driving him into and through his maneuver. Part of how this works so well and affects and improves his movement in every way is that, when you push his hindquarters around and ask him to step with cadence, he has to be balanced in order to perform this maneuver. So many times we stop at just a give or a yes to a cue, but we didn’t get the full benefit of the maneuver or all the horse had to give; we didn’t ask him to do it and carry himself and have balance and flow in the maneuver. If he can push his hip around with flow, he can lope and trot with more flow. His transitions will be smoother and better. He will be happier. Even though I used the example of pushing the hip around, this will apply to anything, from


moving the front end, to driving to the face, to backing, to twotracking. Anytime you connect or communicate with your horse through your hands or legs, if you use this principle, you will improve your horse. When you have this level of willingness, you can truly have control of his legs and body. Work toward gaining his heart and his willingness. When we ride and work on our horse, we are in a relationship with our horse. We have many relationships in our lives and our riding relationship with our horse is very important to many of us. To have that truly great ride we all work and aim toward, we need to be a team with our horse. We want our horse to want to try for us. Developing and improving your relationship with your horse is time well spent. Work on this and watch your horse try for you. It’s a great feeling! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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Relationship Riding, Part 2 By Barbra Ann King In my last article, I mentioned True Equine Leadership as well as Dominant versus NonDominant horse training and riding. Let’s take a closer look at both. True Equine Leadership versus Dominant Leadership Relationship Riding is based on a simple premise: no pain, fear and/or discomfort for the horse, either physically, mentally or emotionally. Although we have evolved and come a long way since the days when horses were severely beaten and “broken,” fear, pain, and/or discomfort do not have to be physical to cause a lack of trust between horse and rider. A popular, “gentle” horse training movement suggests we make the wrong answer difficult and the right

answer easy, also known as negative reinforcement. Let’s imagine using this method when teaching our children in school. If I were to ask a child the answer to a question, in a language he/she doesn’t understand, and then “up the pressure” and make myself “more present” as the child tries to figure out what I want, I would not create a very comfortable learning experience. What if the more the child gave me the “wrong” answer, the more I put the pressure on until I got the “right” answer? I would destroy any chance for trust between us, and likely incite fear, maybe even hatred. Why do we think it would be any different with horses?

There are many training techniques available and it can be quite confusing, for both horse and human, to make sense of it all. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It actually boils down to only two methods of training. Whether you are using a traditional, classical, western, or natural horsemanship approach, the technique is either Dominant/Controlling or NonDominant/Non-Controlling. The first method uses pain, fear and/or discomfort along with negative reinforcement in order to accomplish what is on the agenda that day. In the second method, horses willingly do for us what we ask because they don’t worry about pain, fear and/or discomfort; they see us as a True Equine Leader.

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Results obtained through domination often make horses respond quickly because they “give in� or become submissive. These methods do not build strong relationships and lasting results. Do not confuse a subservient or obedient horse as being one who enjoys a relationship with you. Results obtained through willingness are a foundation for a strong relationship based on authenticity, trust, respect and love. The results last as long as the trust is not broken, just like in any other relationship. True Equine Leadership is being a “herd leader� as seen through the eyes of a horse. Here is something you can try on your own in order to start establishing

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True Equine Leadership with your horse: do not let your horse eat when you are with him. It sends a very clear message to the horse. From the moment you put the halter and lead rope on, your horse is not to plunge for food. Do whatever it takes to prevent this, as long as it does not involve pulling/yanking on the head. You can stomp your foot, slap your leg, snap your fingers or jump in the air to get your horse’s attention focused on you. Be careful not to be aggressive when you are preventing him from eating; all you want is his attention. Repeat as often as necessary, without losing your patience or getting anxious. Your horse will catch on and will stop eating. Be persistent. The reason why this is so important is based on the fact that the equine leader always eats first. Also, a horse will always choose to follow their leader over food. It’s a basic survival instinct. The leader keeps the herd safe and food is everywhere to be found. If your horse is eating or attempting to do so, he is only checking to see who the leader is: you or him?


Alice, the Fancy Mule By Glenda Irwin Some say I was born and bred to be with animals. Horses were my first love. We grew up in the country with no bikes, no quads. After chores, the horses were used in 4-H as well as for entertainment.


hatever the season, we managed to find some game to play with our horses, from pulling sleighs and toboggans to crazy carpets. You name it, we tied it to the saddle horn for fun, and our horses just went along with it. As I grew up learning more about horses, I found my main love to be in training - the first 30 to 60 days with the animal, being able to bond with the untrained animal and gain its trust. This job kept some shillings in my pocket for 10-plus years. From colts to problem horses, I took them all in stride and was able to help them get to where their owners wanted them in training. During this time, I was asked by Ethel and Merv Hollihan to ride some mules for them. It was at this time that Amos came into my care, a mule owned by Les Dunbar, who had raised him. Amos was the progeny of Dennis Debruyne’s Mammoth jack. Amos was a great mule. Later, Les moved to Alaska and sold Amos to Don Henderson. Don asked if I was willing to put some more time

Alice showing her “coon jumping� skills at Tees Longears Days 2011. Coon Jumping is a unique event for mules and donkeys, as they have the ability to jump from a standstill, much like a deer.

into Amos, and I did so for another 30 days. After that, Don invited me to go on a mule and donkey ride with Amos, and it was there that I truly had my heart jolted by their calm, surefooted abilities. The search was on for my own mule. I contacted Dennis Debruyne at Westerose, AB, and went to see his current stock. He mentioned that he had raised a very nice mule and had offered it to the Mules and Music Festival for a raffle. Joyce and Rod Muller (neighbours of ours as children) purchased a ticket and subsequently won their choice of the mules in the raffle. Joyce chose Agnus, which she then renamed Fancy Ass because of the white spot on her rump and tail. As Agnus grew, Joyce realized that she was going to be a lot


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ometimes you are the bug and sometimes you are the windshield. That saying always makes me laugh, but it seems so true when talking about being involved in animal rescue. Rescue is not for the faint of heart. It is exhausting on many levels emotionally, physically and mentally. One of the things you are never prepared for is the people who attack you for what you do. It is hard to imagine, but some people take exception to what most perceive as good works. Some say you waste money on animals that could be spent on children or feeding the poor; what good is saving a few when so many others continue to suffer; it would be better to just send them to slaughter. I must admit that sometimes these comments leave me speechless, but usually I respond as calmly as possible. I like to say, “My intention is to educate, not alienate.” I must say that the argument about rescues wasting money that could be spent on helping people is one that really gets my dander up. Why is it that people with this attitude assume that if you are working in animal welfare that you don’t care about humans? To my mind, this is the most bizarre thought and I find it hard to understand why some think this way.

My pat response to this comment is usually that it has been proven that people who abuse animals usually are abusive to people as well; in fact, many start with animal abuse and then go on to become criminals. Some of the extreme cases are This is “Little Girl” the first time I saw her in the pen at the auction. Jeff rey Dahmer, who She and her three herd mates were my first rescues. I still own Little Girl. impaled the heads of cats and dogs on to be rescued and treated with respect, I sticks as a youngster hope I plant a seed of compassion that will and Ted Bundy, who was exposed to animal cruelty by his grandfather when he grow and be extended into their family and future communities. was a young boy. If you want to learn more about the It is estimated that as much as connection between animal cruelty and 25 percent of women stay in abusive criminal activity, this is a great article: relationships out of fear of harm coming http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/ to the family pet, and some rescues magazine/13dogfi ghting-t. are starting programs to foster pets for html?pagewanted=all women to enable them to get out of their If you want to learn more about abusive relationship. Project Equus and what we do, contact I truly believe that the work I do is Th eresa Nolet at 250-497-6733 or not just for the horses, but for humanity projectequus@critteraid.org. as well. With every young child I talk to about the horses and why they deserve

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My Rescue Horse By Rachael Chatoor I loved the story about Hope Farms in the August issue of Saddle Up! I want to let everyone who was interested in their story know that Prince and Persia have found a new home, together - with me!


ou see my cousin and I have been bitten again by the horse bug ever since our daughters got interested in horseback riding. My cousin and her family recently rented a hobby farm and she told me a stall was available for me if I ever saw a horse I wanted to buy. Well, I thought it might take a couple of years to find the right horse, but I started browsing anyway and one day came across the listing for Prince. I sent an email to Hope Farms and asked for a picture. Janet sent a distant shot and right away I liked his “chrome.” I just had to meet him, so I called and asked to see Prince, and went straight over to Hope Farms. He was pretty scrawny, but I was taken by him right away. His temperament was so sweet. Janet said he was the low horse in the herd and I could see he was still doing the baby clack thing with his teeth. I wanted to protect him, but I had no idea how. I have NO clue how to train a horse. I can ride, but I don’t train. Still, there was something about this horse that just seemed right. And there was his sister, a fi lly, very pretty and just a little younger. She was stuck to Prince like glue and all Janet kept saying was how she wished she could find them a home together. Instantly, I had this vision of these two horses and my daughter and her cousin riding them. Uh oh. I called my cousin, who came to see the horses, too. Uh oh. And then we brought the girls. Uh oh. Each pony picked a girl and as we grown-ups stood and talked about the horses, each girl played with her pony while her pony put his muzzle in her hands or rested it on her shoulder. UH OH! We now keep the horses on my cousin’s farm and we are making use of the great training Janet ignited in our horses. We are taking lessons with Adiva Murphy who is teaching us how to train our new horses. So far they are both VERY happy in their new home. I look at my horse sometimes in amazement. To think that once he was a starved, scrawny, scared horse in an old halter with a number 5 on it and the only guy bidding on him was the guy from the meat cannery. It makes me want to cry to think that if Janet wasn’t there on that one day, he wouldn’t be here for us to love.



“Persia” in training

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Although Canada was unfortunately eliminated as a team from the Dressage competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON moved on to represent Canada individually. Riding Breaking Dawn, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she owns with P.J. Rizvi, Holzer went into the Grand Prix Special (the second of three individual Ashley Holzer riding phases) on August 7 sitting in 20th Breaking Dawn position on a score of 71.809%. Despite Breaking Dawn’s fairly recent exposure to international competition (this being his first year at the Grand Prix level), the pair put in another solid test, receiving scores of 70% or higher from all seven members of the international ground jury for a total score of 71.317%. This put Holzer in 24th place, just shy of the cut off for the third and final individual competition - the Freestyle, which saw the top 18 individuals compete for medals on August 9.

Last week we had Canada’s Olympic Show Jumping Team standing in sixth place after the second round of Team and Individual competition on August 5. The third round, which acted as the Team Final as well as an Individual Qualifier, followed on August 6. After the disqualification of Tiffany Foster’s mount Victor by the FEI on August 5, Canada was left with just three team members, meaning that all three scores would count, with no possibility of dropping the lowest of four scores. Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON was first to ride the difficult track for Canada aboard George, a 10-yearold Hanoverian gelding owned by Brian Gringas. They had two rails down, but crossed the timers under the tight time allowed, for a total of eight jumping faults. Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON was next in the ring for Canada. Jill Henselwood and George Riding Derly Chin de Muze, a 9-year-

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Olympic Games, cont’d old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Lamaze’s Torry Pines Stable and Ashland Stables, Lamaze had eight jumping and one time fault for a total of nine faults. Ian Millar of Perth, ON rode in the anchor position for Canada, incurring just one rail for four faults with Star Power, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Team Works. Eric Lamaze and Derly With a combined two-day total of Chin de Muze 26 faults, Canada ended the Team Show Jumping competition in fift h position. Individually, both Millar and Lamaze finished the first three rounds of competition in the top 35, qualifying them to move on to the two-round Individual Final on August 8. All scores were cleared for the Individual Final, allowing the riders to enter with a clean slate of zero penalties. Lamaze and Derly Chin de Muze entered the first round in 22nd position, but moved Ian Millar and Star Power down to finish in 29th place overall after incurring 12 jumping faults. Millar, who set a world record in London for making his 10th Olympic appearance (the most appearances by any athlete in any sport) had just one rail down on Star Power in each of the two rounds of the Individual Final, giving him a total score of eight faults for ninth place overall - his best-ever individual Olympic result.

Michele Mueller of Port Perry, ON also completed the dressage and cross-country phases, but opted not to present her mount Amistad (a 13-yearold Thoroughbred/Belgian-cross Michele Mueller and gelding owned by Julie-Anna Pring) Amistad for inspection before the final show jumping phase. Unfortunately, fellow Canadian Eventing Olympic Team members Hawley Bennet-Awad of Langley, BC, Peter Barry of Dunham, QC, and Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC were eliminated in the cross-country phase, and unable to complete the competition. As a team, Canada finished 13th in the overall standings. Detailed results from the 2012 London Olympic Games can be found at www.london2012.com/equestrian.

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BC Summer Games By Aynsley Cairns Photos courtesy of BC Summer Games


he BC Summer Games is one of BC’s premier multi-sport events. Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and communities come together to celebrate and achieve.   The BC Summer Games environment supports the development of athletes, coaches, and officials as they All the medalists. Photo courtesy of Daniel Anhorn. move on to higher levels of competition. Even for of excellence. Congratulations to all who competed! those athletes who do not continue to advance in competitive sport, the Games are an The overall final standings for the 2012 BC Summer Games exciting experience and an important step in learning some of were: life’s most important lessons: team work, fair play and respect Zone 3 - Fraser Valley - Gold among competitors. Many BC Olympians credit the BC Games Zone 5 - Vancouver - Squamish - Silver as their first multi-sport games experience that put them on the Zone 8 - Cariboo-North East – Bronze path to the podium.    For more photos of the games please visit Horse Council BC Everyone who participated in the Games this summer on Facebook! worked hard to get there and dedicated themselves to the pursuit

BC Heritage Circuit Finals By Aynsley Cairns Photos courtesy of Marion Cox, Divine Equine Photography


he BC Heritage Finals held at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre (MREC) in Maple Ridge, BC from July 6-8, 2012 were a resounding success. 70 horses and riders from across BC came to compete for their share of top awards and $10,000 in prize money divided among Championship Classes in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Western Performance, and English Performance.  MREC was a superb venue for this year’s BC Heritage Circuit Finals. It was in prime show condition and housed all the competitors and their horses perfectly. Everyone had such a great time and the overnight camping was a particular highlight for some competitors. The athletes who took Championship ribbons home that weekend also were nominated to participate in the Canadian Equestrian Championships that will be held September 21-23, 2012 in Bromont, Quebec. For a full list of results please visit the www. hcbc.ca/competition.html

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2012 AQHA Youth World Cup Report By Marnie Somers Photos courtesy of Jessie Godin



anada was one of 15 countries who participated at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held July 21 to 29, in Kreuth, Germany. • Team Canada won four GOLD and two BRONZE individual medals. • Team Canada members won Championship buckles in Cutting and Hunt Seat Equitation. • One Team Canada member won trophy spurs as the overall Reserve High Point Rider earning 58 points. • The Right Luke, donated by Chloe Shaw-Jackson, drawn by Team Canada and ridden by several team members, was the Reserve High Point Horse of YWC 2012 earning 51 overall points. • Team Canada finished in fourth place, with 98 total points. Team Italy was first with 144 points; Team Germany was second with 134 points; Team New Zealand was third with 110 points; and Team USA was fift h with 92 points.

Back row (l to r): Della Cryderman, Stefanie Lepp, Brittany Ruecker, Amanda Daly, Haley Stradling, Laura Anne Berensci, Quinn Brandt, Karen Westerback, Megan Daly, Carly Epp Front row: Rianna Storey, Joannie Backes.

The 2012 Team Canada five competing riders placed as follows: Joannie Backes of Carlsbad Springs, ON Hunter Under Saddle – 5th in Show #1; 9th in Show #2 Hunt Seat Equitation – 7th in Show #2 Quinn Brandt of Steinbach, MB Western Horsemanship – 4th in Show #1 Carly Epp of Caledon, ON Western Pleasure – 10th in Show #1 Rianna Storey receving her GOLD medal. Rianna Storey of Cambridge, ON Haley Stradling receiving her Showmanship – BRONZE MEDAL in Show #1 GOLD medal. Western Riding – 4th in Show #2 The 2012 Team Canada Hunter Under Saddle – BRONZE MEDAL in Show #1; Coach and Team Manager were: 5th in Show #2 Coach Della Cryderman, Murillo, ON; and Manager Karen Hunt Seat Equitation – GOLD MEDAL in Show #1; and GOLD Westerback, Thunder Bay, ON MEDAL in Show #2 = HSE Championship Trophy Buckle Reserve Champion High Point Rider YWC 2012 earning 58 The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire 2012 overall points (received set of trophy spurs) youth team, coach and manager and their support groups both Haley Stradling of Aldergrove, BC on site and back at home for their cumulative efforts. You were Cutting - GOLD MEDAL in Show #1, and GOLD MEDAL great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of all of in Show #2 = Cutting Championship Trophy Buckle you! For more photos and congratulatory Facebook postings… The 2012 Team Canada alternate riders were: visit Team Canada’s FB (Public Group) page http://www. Amanda Daly, Pritchard, BC; and Stefanie Lepp, Rivers, MB facebook.com/#!/groups/194707480629380/and/or CQHA’s own FB page http://www.facebook.com/#!/can.quarter.horse.assoc The 2012 Team Canada leadership members were: Laura Anne Berensci, Paris, ON; Megan Daly, Pritchard, BC; & Brittany Ruecker, Balcarres, SK HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


f you’re like us, you were probably complaining about the weather in June... now that we’ve got our hay crop off, I’m glad the weather was like it was in June. We had some great haying weather and we got great hay made - and lots of it, too! The weather was also perfect for most of our many guests at Meadow Springs Ranch this Eleven people on nine horses, mostly year, both in July Canadian/Friesian horses, head out for the day at Meadow Springs Ranch. and August. A lot of people brought their own horses (a first for us) and we all had fun. One group of 11 people brought nine of their own horses - mostly Friesians and Canadians or crosses of the two - some big horses! This year’s second Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana on August 11 was a busy day. There were horses and riders from Aldergrove, Clinton, Williams Lake, 100 Mile, Bridge Lake, 108 Mile, Chilliwack, Merritt, Vancouver, Prince George, Forest Grove, Courtney, and Watch Lake. I’m not sure if they were record numbers or not, but 22 registered in the Senior class and 14 in the Pee Wee class (six of which were lead line) - that’s a great turn out, and in addition, there were seven Intermediates and twelve Juniors. There were a few families, too, and it was really nice to see them work together in the novelty classes like the Ribbon Race and the Baton Race. Here are some of the results: Senior Pole Bending - 1st Punky Mulvahill, 2nd Nicole Hoessl Stake Race - 1st Nicole Hoessl, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Barrel Race - 1st Nicole Hoessl, 2nd Dennis Gunn Keyhole - 1st Dennis Gunn, 2nd Bridget Rosette Intermediate Pole Bending - 1st Tianna Johnny, 2nd Taylor Stewart Stake Race - 1st Taylor Stewart, 2nd Tianna Johnny Barrel Race - 1st Sarah Gilmour, 2nd Tianna Johnny Keyhole - 1st Tianna Johnny, 2nd Taylor Stewart

The Allisons: Laurie and son Russell cross the finish line in the Ribbon Race. So nice to see families working together like this. Laurie, her husband Gerry, and Russell also did the Baton Race.

Junior Pole Bending - 1st Kailey Dube, 2nd Taylor McCullough Stake Race - 1st Taylor McCullough, 2nd Kailey Dube Barrel Race - 1st Taylor McCullough, 2nd Kaylee Billyboy Keyhole - 1st Wes Foss, 2nd Kaylee Billyboy Pee Wee Pole Bending - 1st John Noskey, 2nd Hunter Adams Stake Race - 1st John Noskey, 2nd Wyatt McCullough Barrel Race - 1st Hunter Adams, 2nd John Noskey Keyhole - 1st Hunter Adams, 2nd John Noskey

Heather Higgins from Williams Lake on Shae.

Novelty Races - Ten teams of three raced in the Baton Race and 18 teams of two raced in the Ribbon Race, with the following results: Baton Race 1st Taylor Stewart, Sarah Gilmour and Tanya Johnson 2nd Jenny Foss, Will Foss and Wes Foss 3rd Laura Sperling, Nicole Hoessl and Greg Graham 4th Tianna Johnny, Punky Mulvahill and Kaylee Billyboy Ribbon Race 1st Punky Mulvahill and Tianna Johnny 2nd Lana Shields and Bridget Rosette 3rd Laura Sperling and Greg Graham 4th Kaylee Billyboy and Mandy Pincott

Dennis Gunn at 69 years young took his share of 1st place ribbons back to Williams Lake.

Aggregate for August: Senior - 1st Nicole Hoessl, runner up Dennis Gunn Intermediate - 1st Tianna Johnny, runner up Taylor Stewart Junior - 1st Taylor McCullough, runner up Kailey Dube Pee Wee - 1st John Noskey, runner up Hunter Adams Overall Aggregate for July/August Gymkhanas: Senior - 1st Nicole Hoessl, runner up Punky Mulvahill Intermediate - 1st Tianna Johnny, runner up Taylor Stewart Junior - 1st Taylor McCullough, runner up Kailey Dube Pee Wee - 1st John Noskey, runner up Wyatt McCullough

Joanne Macaluso wrote this for us: “Saturday, August 11, was met with beautiful blue skies, warm weather and a nice breeze for the annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride. The Hills Health Ranch and surrounding area trails delighted the field of 26 riders and mounts. Three levels of distances were offered, level one at 19.5 miles, level two at 29.5 miles and level three at 40 miles. Riders came from as far away as Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, the lower mainland, Alberta and of course 100 Mile House and area. Tireless volunteers and supporters/


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d sponsors of the Cariboo Plateau have once again made this event a success. The veterinarian was Ross Hawkes of Williams Lake. Silent auction proceeds, in excess of $600, have been donated to the 100 Mile House Hospital Ladies Auxiliary for distribution to Millsite Lodge and Fischer Place care homes. Happy trails and hope to see you all next year!”

Nicola Maughn on Bart and Tammy Mercer on Beemer with the timer, Freda Sound, at the start line. (Photo by Joanne)

Brittany Bewza and the pulse and respiration crew hard at work on Trubadoors Al Jazzaan. (Photo by Joanne)

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Ride results are as follows: Level One Lightweight 1st - Elaine Harris, Surrey 2nd - Christine Heffernan, Nanaimo 3rd - Becky Dent, Hope Level One Heavyweight 1st - Greg Healey, Surrey (also won high point first timer award) 2nd - Darla Dickenson, Hope 3rd - Rhonda Hittinger, Duncan Level Two Lightweight 1st - June Melhuish, Lillooet Level Two Heavyweight 1st - Madeline Bateman, Kamloops (also won Vet’s Choice award and overall highpoint) 2nd - Heidi deWit, Sicamous 3rd - Denise Pascucci, Hope Level Three Lightweight 1st - Tammy Mercer, Fanny Bay 2nd - Cheryl Dzida, Kamloops 3rd - Brittany Bewza, Chase Level Three Heavyweight 1st - Fred Dzida, Kamloops 2nd - Bianca Mackenzie, Kelowna

On our coming events calendar, September looks like a fun month - not so much horse stuff but some good cowboy music and entertainment. September 8 is the annual Cariboo Country Night in the Community Hall at Watch Lake. Matt Johnston will be the invited performer and he will join local singer Leslie Ross and the annual favourite, Ernie Doyle. This is a cowboy concert, BBQ steak dinner and good old country dance all in one - all for only $25. See www. CaribooVacations.com for details. September 21 is the BC Cowboy Heritage Society fundraising concert in the Kamloops Convention Centre. The feature band will be “The Gords” (Ian Tyson’s band) and Hugh McLennan and the Western Spirit Band will be opening for them! Phone Mark at 1-888-763-2221 for details.

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This month’s photo was taken at the 70 Mile Driving Event. Ken Huber cornered me with this item asking if I knew what it was. I guessed it (partially anyway), but I have never seen one before - thanks Ken! It’s about 10 inches high and the glass part is about 4 inches in diameter. It can be used manually, but it can also work automatically.

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Vern Sapergia Clinic in the Chilcotin By Sharon Gates


or the ten riders in the Vern Sapergia clinic held July 2729, it was a weekend not to be forgotten. Semi-private classes 1½ hours long provided opportunity to learn from a clinician with insightful understanding of the horse’s mind and body born of thousands of hours of practical Vern sliding Walking With Wolves (my stallion). Vern with me and Donna Boyce, among a group of spectators. experience. Photo by Jordan Grier Photo by Jordan Grier Reiners, Ranch Competition competitors and those just looking for better horsemanship signed up early for Vern’s 2012 clinic at Wildwood Reining Horses with participants from Armstrong, Terrace, Williams Lake and Riske Creek. Spectators gathered at arena edge every day to learn as much as they could from Vern’s matter-of-fact, no-nonsense style of coaching as riders refined, perfected and corrected under his Cindy Reid, Terrace BC guidance. Clinic participants camping under the Douglas Firs enjoyed each Iaian Durell other’s company during and after the clinic and, at the Saturday night potluck Keely Durell around the fire pit, a special treat - Vern picked up the guitar and entertained everyone with a few cowboy songs! Vern Sapergia is Canadian, although he now resides in Austria and is one of the most respected reining trainers in Europe. His accomplishments there include Equitana Reining Cup Champion, German Open Futurity Championships and multiple NRHA bronze trophy championships. He has also represented Canada on the Canadian Reining team at the World Equestrian Games and has qualified for the finals at the NRHA Futurity. Vern Sapergia clinics are limited in 10290 Dallas Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 6T4 Canada due to his commitments in Europe. 250-573-6809, sales@centralequipmentbc.com British Columbia is indeed fortunate – for the DEALER DEA DE LER LERS ERS FOR FOR OR NEW & US NEW NE USED ED PARTS ARTS FOR ALL AR LL MAK AKES KES S past three years, he has come to the Chilcotin! Landini Fulll Equ Fu q ippped ped Se pe Serv rvic rv icce Sh ice Shop op p Jimna At the end of three days, everyone was Foton eager for more and Vern for something Uni Un U nniive ver e sal sal al Tr Tract acttors ac acto ors rs different. Demonstrating he is a man of many skills, he changed his “reining hat” for a “roping hat” at Chilco Ranch, team roping with the cowboys there! Wildwood Reining Horses will be hosting a Vern Sapergia clinic next year again. Watch the web site for information http://www. GE GEH E EH H L 7 7800 8 800 00 T Turbo Tu u r rbo bo b 110 11 0 H HP P wildwoodreining.bc.ca KUBOT KUB OTA O TA L3 L355S L355S 555S 4X4 4X4 4X


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Cowboy Poetry

Caution - Horse Drawn Vehicles! By Mark McMillan

To Our Working Guys! By RR, Enderby, BC To all the horse MEN, short or tall who open gates, or lift or haul. I wish to thank you, every one for helping with our horsey fun. The ribbon guy who works the gate, love his hat, he looks just great. Standing by to fi ll a need a worthy volunteer indeed! The gangly guy who lugs the wood, the rails, poles, barrels, he’s good. He loads the truck and drives it in then takes it all away again. Our water fellow wets the sand, and gives a needed helping hand. Or lugging poo out of the way a volunteer who works all day. The signal man with flag in hand Go! he says, you churn up sand! He sets up timers, watches runs sets up equipment to aid our fun. In the booth the other guy records your time with steely eye. He works to keep up with your pace, his work tells you where you place. Just a few of our working guys. Without them it is no surprise that lots of things would not get done. We value them all, every one. And say a thanks because of course they work awful hard and don’t ride a horse!


C Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (what I still refer to as Ministry of Highways) has put these new signs up in the Watch Lake, Green Lake, and 70 Mile House areas. Karyn Greenlees-Worsfold of Green Lake approached Michelle Schilling, MOTI area manager, to get the ball rolling. Michelle, in conjunction with engineers Karyn, Michelle, and Pajon’s Hanky Panky and sign designers in Victoria, had the new signs made. They put on a lot of miles to keep their horses are similar to the American signs but in shape and safety on the roads is very one main difference is that the driver is important. He’s extremely happy with wearing a hard hat, not a top hat. the new signs and thanks both Karyn Buggies and horses do have a right and Michelle for this on the road and with undertaking. Because this new sign Karyn the interest in carriage says she has noticed a driving is on the rise we difference in the way may see more of these cars approach her. Ken signs popping up around Huber, organizer of the the Province. 70 Mile Driving Event, says that marathon participants need to


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Twist and Shout – We Did It! By Nancy Roman


n the August long weekend, nine gals headed to Hope’s Twisted Terrain Horse Park. Dawn Heppner, of Damarhe Training (based in Kelowna BC), was offering a 2-day clinic at a great introductory rate. I was lucky enough to be there back in March when Twisted Terrain had their open house and rode Mark Bolender’s horse through ‘the course’. But this weekend I rode my own 26-year-old Morgan cross mare, Bobbi (aka Roberta)! Dawn introduced us to the 2-acre Horse Park course in stages. On Saturday morning we did a lot of in-hand and ground work, getting the horse to move his feet, shoulders, driving his body and leading (or moving/motivating) from a distance. The ground work was valuable for us, once we moved into the park to get them through the obstacles. The next stage was directing/driving them through or over an obstacle from the ground. We all just wanted to mount up and do it (the course) - we were like kids in a playground! By Sunday we had completed the course on horseback, some better than others (uh-hum Roberta!). Dawn then planned a few minicompetitions through the Park! We all had so much fun and learned a lot. Rather than go on about the weekend, I’d rather you see photos of our group! I’ve said it before (in previous articles) that this Horse Park is one to definitely include in your schedule. Dawn Heppner is offering another clinic there on September 26-27. She also offers other varied clinics in Kelowna, including in-hand trail and de-sensitizing… to name only a few. See her ad below. Great clinician, very knowledgeable, and great gal! Thanks Dawn! (More photos of the weekend on Damarhe Training’s Facebook page) A recognized approach to horse training based on 25+ years of training horses and coaching humans on their journey and I am honoured to be a part of it! The tools that you will learn will carry you confidently at home, into the woods or into the show pen.

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Offering a wide variety of innovative clinics, designed to fit your skill level, degree of confidence and goals and objectives! Beginner to advanced riders always welcome. Training, lessons and boarding available for all disciplines. Here’s what some have to say about Dawn Heppner. Abby Koop: If everyone took the In-hand clinic, the basics would be there and you could get SO much more out of the (trail) park. Yet even just the In-hand clinic made my horse so much lighter and more responsive. Laura L. Geiger: At the end of the day you feel a new connection with your horse and a new relationship seems to be created as well, there is no doubt. We are lucky to have someone as patient and skilled as Dawn to lead us through our journeys. Bob Williams: Dawn has trained our show horses for many years. She commands respect and gives the horse respect as well. Her method of training your horse will give you back a horse, not something that is flighty or skittish. Dawn really makes them think and use their brain, not just their feet. All the very best from Damarhe Training! Happy Trails. “We’re heading back to the Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope, BC for Sept. 25-27. Contact us for more info.” damarhetraining@hotmail.com or call Dawn 250-808-0738 in Kelowna, BC Check out Damarhe Training on Facebook… a list of Clinics, Dates and Registration/ Purchase information can be found there!

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Gold For BCRCHA Member By Janice Reiter Photo courtesy of Jessie Godin


he metal detectors at the airport must have been going off big time when Haley Stradling came home from Germany loaded down with two gold medals and a big shiny belt buckle. Luck of the draw paired Stradling with a flashy little mare, Wild At Dawn, an NCHA money earner and successful European cutter. The Cutting competition at the AQHA Youth World Cup was the first event and Stradling let the other nations know that Canada was a team to be reckoned with by winning under both judges. Congratulations Haley, what’s next on your agenda? BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association members came out and supported the LMQHA’s West Coast Summer Classic show on July 21st at Thunderbird Show Park, where good ground, warm weather and fresh cattle made for a great day of cutting. Judge Doug Ingersoll’s class winners were: Open - Date A Smart Pep, ridden by Cliff White Non Pro - Deb Anderson, riding SDP Valhalla Cat $10,000 Novice Horse - SDP Valhalla Cat, ridden by Deb Anderson $3,000 Novice Horse - Freckles Perana, ridden by Travis Rempel $2,000 Limit Rider - Katie Montague, riding Roanie $750 Progressive Horse - Sheza Roan Star, ridden by Travis Rempel $500 Limit Rider - Karen Popil, riding DFLS Dunn Playin

$500 Ranch Horse - Krystal N Nu Cash, ridden by Brent Stewart Novice/Novice - Yuma Smart Lena, ridden by Heath Stevenson

Our next show is scheduled for September 9 at Anderlini’s Arena on 240th Street in South Langley. Judge for the day will be Dave Batty. For full details and entries go to the club website, www.bcrcha. com. Entries close Wednesday, September 5. Stay tuned for details regarding our last show of the season, scheduled for October Haley Stradling after winning the 28. It’s going to be BIG! Cutting competition at the AQHA Youth World Cup in Germany. Remember there’s still two more chances to earn entries for this year’s saddle draw. Wouldn’t you like to sit your butt in a brand new RooHide?

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Puppy Classes – More Than Just Playtime By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley



uppy classes are fairly commonplace these days – most people have heard of them or maybe attended one in the past 10 or so years. Many veterinarians now recommend them to new puppy clients and knowledgeable veterinarians advise you to get to class by the second week you have your puppy at home. So are they really necessary or just fun and games for the puppies? If you have had many dogs over the years and feel comfortable managing the dog training on your own, or are someone who has lucked out with a pretty well-mannered pup out of the gate – you would still benefit from puppy class. Puppy class is all about taking advantage of the critical imprinting period of puppies. There are vital aspects to your puppy’s learning that goes beyond obedience. Our modern-day puppies have a tough challenge ahead of them – living in a human world that is becoming increasingly more congested and all of us living in areas with higher and higher densities of humans and dogs. Did you know that by 2 months of age a puppy ideally should have met 100 different people, walked on 7 different surfaces, eaten out of 7 different containers in 7 different areas, started crate training and begun learning how to be on its own? They have a lot to learn and it’s an ideal time to teach it because they learn very quickly and the early learning they get stays with them for a lifetime. Puppies have a small window of time during brain development when they are most impressionable. This is called the imprinting, or critical learning period. For puppies, imprinting occurs during the first 14 weeks of life. The quality and quantity of what they experience will have a huge impact on their future personalities and determine the formation of many of their “good” or 46 • Saddle Up • September 2012

“bad” behavior tendencies. Vast changes in development happen with each day that passes. Good and responsible puppy breeders, shelters and rescue groups send puppies home at about 8 weeks of age – any younger is too soon in their development to leave their littermates, and any later means that the new home misses critical opportunities in the early life of their puppy. At 8 weeks, puppy has just begun his socialization period – the optimal period for you to begin creating a socially selfconfident, well-behaved puppy that is happily working with you. It is the key period of time to prevent shy or fearful behaviours from developing later in life. Even if you plan to only ever take one dog class (hopefully you’ll find yourself wanting to take more!), a good early socialization class will be the best investment you can make for your puppy. A puppy class will potentially have more impact on your dog than any other class you might take later on. A well run puppy class with a combination of properly supervised puppy play and the input of adult ambassador dogs will have the proper checks and balances to keep your puppy on the right track. Yes, there should be lots of puppy play, but a good class will also contain activities that will help your puppy develop impulse control, focus and patience, bite inhibition and the ability to deal with frustration and failure. Most importantly, you will receive instruction in the proper method of teaching your puppy his ever-critical social skills. You have an opportunity to ask questions, get some advice particular to your own situation as well as hear the questions and answers brought up by other members in class.

Can I just do some private training at home instead of a class? Learning how to train your puppy and getting help with basic management is important, and that’s why they are included in any good puppy class. In puppy class your puppy will have the chance to learn and practice vital skills, with other puppies and people present. They will get exposure to things you may not be able to duplicate in your home during this critical development phase. Play with other puppies, introduction to unusual surfaces and objects and interaction with socially skilled adult dogs with the benefit of a knowledgeable instructor on hand is invaluable for both your puppy and your learning. Do I need puppy class when I have another dog or dogs at home? Another dog in the home can be very helpful. If you’re lucky, she will be emotionally and socially capable of teaching puppy about boundaries and polite behaviour. However, not all dogs are capable of this and many aren’t always skillful in their lessons. Some prefer not to interact with puppy, or others may be very HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

playful but are incapable of setting boundaries for a puppy appropriately. Either way, your puppy is still only potentially socializing with one dog. To develop good skills young puppies need to interact safely with a variety of dogs – differing in type, size, personality and age – preferably with some knowledgeable human observation.


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Leash Pulling By Christine Schwartz Pulling on the leash is one of the most common complaints dog trainers hear from their clients. It is not fun taking a dog for a walk that is constantly pulling on his leash and it also sets you up for potentially harmful situations.


ther dogs may read the pulling dog as a threat and the dog can easily damage his neck, shoulders and hips by constant pulling. Here are some ideas shared by Tellington TTouch Practitioners. Harnesses It is nice to see more and more dogs wearing harnesses when going for a walk and while they can make a big difference in pulling dogs, your technique in using them will only add to how effective they are. Having the leash attached only to the ring in front of the chest may stop some dogs, but it also causes them to twist and turn towards you and often the harness slides across the dog’s shoulder. Harness fit is important, you want to make sure it does not sit too low on the shoulders as it will impede the dog’s movement or too tight behind the elbow.

The balance leash come across the chest on the right and under the dog’s elbow on the left side and enables this youngster to stand in balance.

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The most effective use of the harness with dogs that pull is to attach a double-ended leash. Snap one end to the front ring of the harness and the other end to the ring on top of the withers. Holding the leash in two hands you can now help your dog balance, slowing him down with the leash on the chest and helping him stay straight with the leash on his back. Of course this set up is done for training purposes, you would not want to go for a 2 hour hike this way. A quick solution – the TTouch Balance leash If you are out on a walk, don’t have a harness on your dog and realize as you see the cat crossing the road that your dog is about to pull, here is a very effective and quick solution. Providing your leash is long enough (6-7 feet); if the dog is on your left side, support the leash with your left hand and drop the remainder of the length of the leash around the dog’s left shoulder and across the chest with your right hand. This instant harness combined with a slow ask-and-release signal can quickly enhance your control without having pressure on your dog’s neck. For dogs who back up and out of this configuration you can also ask them to step a front leg over the off side, so the leash is across the chest and also under the armpit on the off side. Handling the leash It takes two to pull. When standing still are you able to have a loose leash or is there constant pressure? We are often not aware what we are doing and it is easy to have too much pressure on the leash. Think of the leash as a rein, you want to have a light connection to the dog, but not a constant pull. Easier said than done. If your dog is pulling or leaning

Having 2 points of contact on the harness and/ or collar allows the handler much more precise influence on the dog without having to pull or jerk.

while you are standing still he will most likely also pull when you are walking. Slowly melt the pressure (this works well with two points of contact as described above). Don’t just release quickly, that will mostly likely throw your dog off balance. Watch as you slowly release the pressure how your dog needs to adjust his balance and stand on his own four feet. Not easy for very committed pullers, but very effective. As you start walking, his newly found balance may quickly go out the window. Again your leash handling can make a huge difference in your success. Having the end of the leash in your outside hand (if attached at only one point of contact on the harness or collar) start stroking the leash hand over hand, keeping a connection and not letting HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

the leash go slack to avoid jerking the dog. Make sure you keep your knees soft and look where you want your dog to go. Stand parallel to your dog’s shoulder with your body angled slightly way from the dog. If you are bracing you will not be as effective. The leash stroking works very well for frozen By stroking the leash hand over hand Shannon is able to keep the dogs or those who are young Deerhound from pulling as determined to go check out a she is eager to get back certain tree or bush. to her owner. And don’t forget a cheerful and encouraging “let’s go.” If you would like to learn more about these approaches to leash pulling or other Tellington TTouch methods please visit www.ttouch.ca Christine Schwartz of Vernon, BC has been a Tellington TTouch Practitioner since the early 80s and has trained horses and dogs at The Icelandic Horse Farm for over 3 decades. More recently she has added dog agility to her interests and is the current president of the Vernon agility group, Dog’O’Pogo. Christine has always been passionate about mindful and forward thinking training approaches that don’t require force, dominance and submission. She promotes educating animals rather than just training them to obey.

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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, rrecollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with th our ou readers anything from days gone by. Nancy R Roman 1970 The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.


fell in love with horse riding in 1935! My mother, bless her soul, used my riding session as a reward. If I wasn’t good, I couldn’t go riding. I must have been good – I do remember riding most every week! My name is Laurel Osler (nee Bell). I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My summers as a teenager were spent at the farm at Minnadosa, Manitoba. I took part in numerous competitions with my horse, Shannondoah, my pride and joy. Summer was my favourite time of year. World War II broke out and I enlisted in the navy as a Wren being stationed in Montreal and Prince Rupert. After the war I lived in Vancouver working as a lab technician. I met my husband, a doctor, here, married and had four children. Life was busy and included skiing in the winter and water sports and tennis in the summer. I found my passion in dragon boating, paddling and competing until I was 84 years old! My other passion was tutoring older children with dyslexia. I tutored until my early 80’s. My eldest daughter insisted I move to Kelowna. I finally agreed and moved to Missionwood Retirement Resort. I started drawing lessons and piano… something I‘ve always wanted to try. My daughter knew of my love for horses and knew of a horse riding instructor, Tanya Lenkart, teaching out of Briarwood Farm. My first lesson was to see if I could mount and dismount my (lesson) horse, Ginger. I could! Each Thursday, Tanya, an understanding and patient teacher, guides me through walking, trotting, and passaging. I figure while I still can, I’m going to ride—87 1/2 years young! - Laurel Osler, Kelowna, BC

STORIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PHOTO Send Saddle Up one to 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. 50 • Saddle Up • September 2012


It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation ? a re you th you r hor se? e r e h Ki d s. . . w you d o i ng wi YOU! t u o b e r a What a tu r n to tel l u s R It’ s YOU Wyette and her pony Romeo beaming with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons at her very first show!! - Wyette, 4, Princeton, BC Hi, my name is Krista, I am 10 years old and I live in Mission BC. I have been taking lessons at the Mission horse ring and in the summer up at Shuswap Lake, but now I have my very own horse named Scotty. He is a 9-year-old palomino Quarter Horse. I am really enjoying him! My favourite subject is trails and barrel racing. Oh and don’t forget keyhole or egg stomp. Here is a picture of me and him. - Krista, 10, Mission BC

This is Amelia (4) in her first horse show! She is riding Gramma’s horse Caydee and waving to her family who came to watch the show. - Amelia, 4, Robson, BC

Lincoln is 5 years old and has been involved in the “rodeo scene” for a year and rides his amazing QH named Major. He purchased Major with his very own dollar and is so proud to show him off. He would like to grow up and become a Team Roper and Steer Wrestler and is now a “Future Reiner”! - Lincoln, 5, submitted by ‘mom’, Langley, BC

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Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Check out these programs from Horse Council BC and get ready to head back to school:

HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM This program has been developed to reward High School students who participate in Equestrian Sports outside of School in a meaningful manner. Badges and patches are awarded to students who complete the requirements. These rewards promote and reward physical activity outside of school, participation in competition, volunteerism and academic excellence. For more information please visit: www.hcbc.ca/rider-development.html

HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS The External Credentials Program (ECP) gives students in grade 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to earn graduation credits for sport learning through approved industrial and occupational courses. Students who have been certified in one or more of the following programs are eligible to receive graduation credits.

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English Rider Preparation Rider 1, 2 of the 1-8 program (2 Grade 10 credits) English Rider Preparation Rider 3-6 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 11 credits) English Rider Preparation Rider 7, 8 of the 1-8 program 4 Grade 12 credits) Western Rider Preparation 1 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 2 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 3 (4 Grade 11 credits) Western Rider Preparation 4 (4 Grade 12 credits) The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the review of the programs are monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. Students who have been certified in the approved courses before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past learning by providing the certificate of course completion to their high school counselor. For more information please visit: www.hcbc.ca/high-school-credits.html

RUN, JUMP, RIDE! Small children love to sit on ponies and ride. However, to accept a small child into a riding program may be difficult due to their physical and

cognitive abilities. This booklet is aimed at coaches, instructors or parents who teach young children on horseback and who are looking at a way to increase the child’s time with horses while providing fun and active FMS games. Elementary School teachers will also find some fun ways to put some fun and imagination into their Physical Education time. This booklet includes games like: Grand Prix Jumping Trail Course Catch the Horse And the Pony Express to name a few Download a free copy of the booklet at www.hcbc.ca/resources-for-parents. html or order one through coaching@ hcbc.ca.

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North Vancouver Island Horse Assoc. By Cherie Corrigan


nother Versatility Show is completed, held on Aug 11-12 at the Courtenay Fairgrounds. The sun was hot but everyone braved the heat and had a great time. Congratulations to the big winner Olivia Cafl isch, Olivia Caflisch she won the Saddle sponsored by NVIHA Western Division and Tack-m-Up Stables. In 2nd place was Carol Walton winning the beautiful Show Bridle from Fearless Contracting. In 3rd place was Carol McEachen riding Ima Zippo N Gold; 4th was Janine Juthans on KPN Bonnie Bluechip; 5th was Rosalea Pagani on JWR The Last Juan; 6th was Suzanne Flury on Cafe Au Lait, and 7th was Fonda Munro on Laddie. All the patterns for the weekend, including the Versatility class were designed by First Place Shows. A Big Thank-you to Carol Hilton and Nancy Garner for arranging a fundraiser dinner on Saturday night. The food was great! And to Estelle Shaughnessy for stepping up to Judge the show when our hired Judge had a medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital. We wish Kerry all the best and hope Carol Walton everything works out for her.

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Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


rail rides, horse shows, parties, barbecues, lessons, dressage, jumping… the list goes on. We have started ‘Horse Agility’ lessons again. This is a lot of fun and a really neat exercise in learning to communicate effectively with your horse. If you would like to know more and would like to give it a try, call Dorothy Mclaughlin 250-498-2310. In early August we had another trail ride at Gillespe ranch - despite the heat and smoke. This is a really nice place to go for a ride - especially this time of year - many of the trails are shaded. All of the Oliver Riding Club members were invited to a barbecue Show participants lined up waiting for the judge’s decision. at Max and Annette’s (I heard a rumour that it was their anniversary) on August 18. This was also the annual Gillespie Ranch Summer BBQ and pot luck. We were treated to some great musical entertainment – the band Buck Knife, and special guest Alan Jackson! I hope to have some pictures for next issue. Another trail ride was held August 25 starting from ‘Rustico Winery’ and later that same afternoon everyone returned for a wonderful catered Mexican dinner and fiesta. We have more “Improve Your Skills” sessions - Western and English and an Agility fun competition planned for September. And we are looking forward to another clinic with Marion Weisskopff in September and more trail rides! We love to see new members of all riding levels. Please call Margie, our membership Cate Turner on ‘Max’ person, for more information 250-498-4579. at the D Bar K “Fun In Our meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month in our clubhouse at the The Sun” Show. D Bar K Ranch. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman Photos by Dagmar Funk and moi!


ur “Find the Golden Horseshoe” Poker Ride fundraiser was held on July 21 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. Almost 40 horses, of all breeds, and their riders came out to support our club and enjoy the fabulous trail system at this hidden gem east of Vernon. Owner/Host Darlene Wolney helped us with the Ride paperwork and waivers, and even cooked smokies and perogies for us afterwards at her outdoor cookhouse. She also hid four Golden Horseshoes for us the day before the ride – so good, that only one was found, by Kristina Palmer. Mathew Richards had the Highest Poker Hand (a straight); and John Wiebe had the Lowest. Our Hard luck Trophy went to Mark Hammerl (something about leaving his water and cell phone way back up the trail – and had to retrace his ‘horse’ steps). And we had prizes for the Oldest rider (George Soderberg) and the Youngest Rider (Caralynn Currie) - THANKS to our GREAT sponsors! The next event we are planning sometime this fall is a ‘noncompetitive’ Fun Day. Stay tuned for the date and location or check our web site www.bcimhc.com

Youngest Rider Caralynn Currie

Darlene cooking, with Gemma (helper) on the phone, ha!

Roman Ramblings Greg’s Column


or the past few months I have not written a column for Saddle Up because I really have not been doing much of anything with or around our horses except poop patrol and cleaning the water tub. Ever since late last fall when I had to say the final goodbye to Gem, my loveable Arab, I have more or less lost interest in riding. We are down to two horses, Bobbi and her son, Guy (Aces R Wild). I have never ridden Guy, but Bobbi and I did a Chris Irwin clinic about 5 years or so ago; but she isn’t Gem. Nancy decided to sell Guy, our Morgan, which we have had since he was born in our barn 15 years ago and that leaves us with his mom Bobbi. It was an extremely difficult decision but since he is so tall and has a ‘loaded’ trot - too much for Nancy - he was just going to waste at our place. Last Saturday it was time to load him in the trailer and head him up to 100 Mile to his new owner. Usually, Guy would calmly walk into the horse trailer on his own, just as soon as you opened the door and pointed at it. But this day was different. He had been sold and was picking up on our vibes and knew something was up and didn’t want to get in the trailer. He looked somewhat sad and confused and mildly stressed. (Or maybe that was me) As they trailered down the driveway he neighed to Bobbi, his mom and she answered back. He neighed again at the bottom of the driveway and again she answered. As I watched them go 54 • Saddle Up • September 2012

down the driveway I felt really strange as if a part of me was suddenly missing. Bobbi reacted by snorting angrily and kicked up a couple of times and then ran around the arena for a minute or so before she calmed down a bit and returned to the shade of her shelter. She was fidgety when I fed her at 4 o’clock and kept walking to the far end of the arena and calling for Guy each time she looked down the driveway. Our neighbour’s horses whinnied back as if in an attempt to comfort her. (A definite Disney moment) Since I had never ridden him, I had to get on him at least once before he left. Hence the photo of us while saying goodbye without a smile on either of our faces. “If you love something set it free and if it comes back it is yours.” If it doesn’t, then plan a mid-night raid and hope you don’t get arrested for rustling. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

NOTRA’s 21st Annual Ride-A-Thon Another Success By Dani Goldenthal


n Saturday, June 24th the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association hosted its 21st annual Ride-A-Thon at Coldstream Ranch. 49 horses and riders from as far away as Sicamous and Kelowna braved the stormy weather to ride through Coldstream Ranch and Kal Lake Park and raised a very impressive amount, which combined with corporate sponsors was $12,628.05! Again this year our Grand Prize was generously donated by Dick & Carole McLean of Cruise Okanagan; a two hour boat tour for twenty people. For every $20 in pledges raised, Ride-A-Thon participants had their name entered into the draw for this prize. The lucky lady who won was Patti Milaire of Kelowna. Ben Crozier of Armstrong raised $967.00 and took top spot for the adult who raised the most pledges. Ben won two nights for two at Okanagan Lake Resort, O’Keefe Ranch Mystery Dinner tickets for two and a gift package from Armstrong Wine & Brew valued at $200! Patti Milaire of Kelowna raised $670.00 to claim the runner up. Patti won two tickets to the fall Powerhouse Theatre production and $100 to Monashees Bar & Grill. In the Age 14–18 Category, Chelaine McInroy of Armstrong raised the most pledges and won a photo session with Andrea Blair of

Paper Horse Photography and a grooming tote fi lled with horse products from The Paddock. Christine Charney of Vernon raised the second highest pledges and won a grooming bucket full of horse products from The Paddock Tack & Togs. In the Age 13 & Under Category, Michelle Teichroeb of Vernon raised the most pledges and won a Painted Pony from Enderby Jewellers. The top Poker hand was brought in by Abigail Wiebe of Vernon who won the saddle rack from CM Manufacturing and Stephanie Hoff man of Vernon had the second highest poker hand and won a horn bag and 1 year subscription to Western Horseman. This is the third year we offered a Club Challenge where the club that raised the most pledges won an afternoon clinic. This year’s generous clinician was Wendy Elrick of The Equine Connection Coaching Services Ltd. Wendy will be providing a clinic on Equine Assisted Learning for the Sunshine Riding Club of Coldstream. A very special thank you is extended this year to Vernon Search & Rescue and Coralie Nairn who went above and beyond to return a horse safe and sound who decided to tour the ranch for several hours without his rider! Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and riders who made this Ride-A-Thon one of our best yet! NOTRA Fall Sesson 2012 NOTRA’s fall session will run for 7 weeks from September 10th to October 26th, 2012. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to contribute 2 ½ hours per week as a horse leader or a sidewalker. Our fall session VOLUNTEER TRAINING & ORIENTATION

is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th at 2:00pm at the NOTRA Facility at Historic O’Keefe Ranch. If you are interested in becoming a NOTRA volunteer, take a look at our volunteer page on our website www. notra.info. You will be able to take a look at our schedule, download our volunteer manual as well as the forms that need to be completed. We ask that all volunteers attend the orientation, but if you are unable to make it on the 9th alternate times will be offered during the week once we are in session. Looking To Free Lease An Older, Strong Gelding A few of our NOTRA horses that we have leased for several years have been retired and we are looking to free lease an older, quiet gelding who is short-backed, big boned and strong. We have some clients who are close to 200 lbs of dead weight and we need to find a gelding or two that can accommodate that without difficulty. We lease the horses approximately 9 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall in exchange for a charitable tax receipt. If you have an older gelding who is semiretired and could use a job where he will be thoroughly fussed over, please give us a call at 250-549-0105. Do You Have Old Ribbons Or Trophies You Don’t Know What To Do With? We take donations of rosettes and trophies, refurbish them and award them to our riders on their gymkhana day that they have at the end of each session. We will be happy to take any and all donations, even if they aren’t “horsey” trophies. Please contact us at the number above.

Canada’s School Of Legerete Update By Chris Adderson


submersion of brilliant education and fun learning, the Open Clinic July 14-16 held in Chase BC was a complete success. Everyone got to see a variety of horses and riders at different levels ride for Bertrand Ravoux, a well-educated, clear and effective clinician from the School of Legerete in France. The clinic gave everyone a chance to experience the magic of the School Of Légèreté, a classical approach to training for any horse and rider. Mr. Ravoux’s careful instruction produced an excellent presentation of each horse and rider combination from a young stallion to an advanced quarter horse working on collection. All in all, wonderful learning for everyone involved. For more information visit www.ForTheHorse.com. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Vernon Riding Club Update By Roxanne Ronan. Photos by Calli Tompson

NAUGHTY NUMBERS Hi Suzi: I own some show clothes I hate to put pins in (for my show number) because it rips, runs and wrecks the material. What should I use as an alternative for pins on my nice, expensive show clothes? - Jessica Hi Jessica: Probably the best thing is to pin your number to your saddle blanket. Keep extra white tagboard and a black felt pen in your trailer in case you need to make a duplicate number. I think the judges can probably see the side numbers better than on your back, anyway! If you have to wear the number on your back (some breeds/shows insist on it) then there are two options. First, try number magnets. Several companies make them, powerful magnets that will grip each other right through your clothes. If you want to use pins, consider running a pair of new safety pins (old ones get dull and snag more) from the inside of the garment at positions that makes a little bar of safety pin arm about an inch long on the outside of the clothes where the top and bottom of your paper number will lie. Leave those pins in place and then attach your various numbers to the pins, instead of making new holes in the garment each time. Suzi V Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to suzi@hobbyhorseinc.com and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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(l to r): Rachel White, Ray Collier, Gus, Dianne McCulloch, Rachael Sdoutz, and Joni Miskovich.


ll of the participants at the Gus Evagelopoulos clinic had a great time at the VDRC on August 12th. It was a typical hot August day, but everyone looked super on their horses as Gus guided them though suppling exercises. There may be a follow up clinic later in the fall when it will be cooler- stay tuned! Speaking of clinics - Pony Club is presenting Dale Irwin for a clinic on September 9th at the VDRC. Please contact Linda at m2440@telus.net for more information. This clinic is open to all! Sandra Sokolowski will be back by popular demand on September 14-16 for another clinic. This clinic is open to riders from all disciplines and its focus is on the rider’s position in the saddle and on effective communication with the horse. As a physiotherapist, she also addresses any rider specific concerns regarding physical mobility, weakness, or pain. The clinic for riders includes a three hour body awareness talk, a one hour exercise session daily and videoed riding sessions with Sandra. As an add-on to this clinic, there will be a one day opportunity to ride with Dressage Coach Jan Jollymour on Thursday Sept. 13th at the VDRC. Please contact Judy at juditholson@ telus.net or call 250-540-6472 for more information on working with both these talented clinicians. Our newest addition to our club events for 2012 is the Harvest Classic Show September 29-30. This is a general performance show featuring English, Western, Hunter classes, and Driving – something for everybody! The Harvest Classic is a BC Heritage Circuit qualifier. Kamloops has been chosen as the location for the 2013 Heritage Circuit Finals, so this show is an excellent way to get those Heritage points locally and enjoy a perfect crisp fall day. Try out your Halloween Costume early and enter our Costume Class on Saturday – prize money and a pumpkin for the top four contestants! In another first for the VDRC, the Coldstream Farmers’ Market will be on site Sunday morning, September 30th. Show participants and spectators can choose from the wholesome, organic offerings of over seventeen local producers. In addition to apples and carrots for your best equine buddy, the Farmers Market folks will be offering chicken and turkey, produce, fruits and syrups, baking, coffees, and chocolate! Check our website and our Facebook page for a complete list of all these wonderful vendors and for our show program and entry form. We are looking forward to a truly great show! Contact Roxanne at rronan@ telus.net or call 250-503-2403 for more information. Joni and Denim N Pearls HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Teachers Who Munch Carrots By Daphne Davey


he horse – of course – is the foundation of all therapeutic riding programs. So why are we so enthusiastic about using the horse for therapy? Why not swimming or dog-walking for a similar therapeutic effect? Swimming offers great exercise, but no one falls in love with a swimming pool. Dogs are definitely lovable, but fall short on providing physical exercise for someone unable to walk. Horseback Cue riding, on the other hand, combines both physical and psychological benefits in a unique, holistic therapy. The magical horse not only lends four sturdy legs to the rider, but his very soul. We ask so much from our therapy horses and they give so much in return. Although most can accept cars with equanimity as so many earthed spaceships—part of the twenty-first-century equine landscape—in therapeutic riding they have to add to their list wheelchairs, walkers, mounting ramps, and odd pieces of equipment draped over their bodies. We then ask them to stand very still and relaxed at the mounting ramp, and walk or trot with their rider surrounded by a volunteer crew tagging along like so many persistent stable flies. All of this they tolerate with commendable adaptability.

The horse’s conformation is equally as important as his temperament and intelligence. A solid, wide-barreled mount may offer a confidence-building base of support for a nervous person with developmental delay, but would cause discomfort to someone with cerebral palsy, who requires a narrower mount to avoid going into spasm from overstretched leg muscles. The horse’s “way of going” must Andy also be considered. We would avoid mounting a rider with a more severe disability on a horse with a more bouncy trot, yet this same animal might well suit a more physically capable rider (there are many who delight in the bounce!). Finally, the older the horse, the more worldly wise. Many of our therapy horses have weathered years in the show ring, all but inured to dogs wandering around their legs, chip bags blowing across their faces, and bullhorns assaulting their hearing. Those who have seen it all are worth their weight in gold. For these gifts and many more they give for the cause, we honour our therapy horses. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, email ctra@golden.net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.CanadaHelps.org.

TSC New Queen And Court By Marty Cox


t Totem Saddle Club’s July 22 Gymkhana we were fortunate enough to have Terri Cameron judge our King/Queen contest for 2012. We had 5 entrants and our new queen is Madisyn Alexander with her horse Kit. Her Princesses are Jennifer Rempel with Diggy and Ariel Evans with Starbuck. June 15-17 we held the second in our Schooling Show series with Molly McColgan and Candace Cameron as our judges. We had a very nice turn out with over 35 competitors. Some of the highlights were our Wanna Be Riders progressing with their showing skills and also there were members of the TEMP group who participated. The next show was July 27–29 and we were fortunate to have Carolyn Dobbs as our judge and clinician. The grounds were all tidied up as well as our riders. I’m sure we all learned many new training methods and were quite pleased with the results from her clinic. At the end of August we had the Timberland Horse Show—with judge Lillian Evaniew from Washington State. Then on Sept. 3 will be the TSC Annual Gymkhana—should be fun and fast. Sept. 15 we will host the NW Invitational Gymkhana and a Jackpot on the 16th. October will have the Nass Valley hosting a poker ride for Turkey day and then the final Schooling Show on Oct. 12-14. We plan to introduce Western Dressage at this show and are looking to get a chapter going here in NWBC for the Western Style Dressage HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Queen and court (names on photo)

Association of Canada. The end of the season will be celebrated at the Annual Banquet on Oct. 27 when the high point awards from the Gymkhanas, Clear Rounds, Percentage Days, as well as the Schooling show series will be awarded. All of our events are open to any riders with HCBC membership. If you are in the area—join us!

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Northern Lights Driving Club By Brenda Hagen


n July 22 the Northern Lights Driving Club held its Annual Driving Show in Rich Valley, Alberta. Eight competitors and several volunteers and spectators turned out for a sunny, fun fi lled day of competition.

Entry numbers were down from sixteen entries last year to nine entries (one scratch) perhaps due to the one month earlier date of the show, which is held in conjunction with the Rich Valley Agricultural Society. One highlight of the day was driver Shannon Morin and her horse “Magic” being presented with the “Old Bill’s Memorial Award” by Dr. Sarah Fryer, an award given to the driver who had the most fun during the show. This day would not have been possible without the many fantastic volunteers who came out to help. Thank you! The club also thanks Judge Sandra Sanche, Show Secretary Valerie Harris, Show Chairman Jennifer Mills, Ringmaster Ray Miller and Safety Officer Roy O’Meara for the wonderful day.

Andre and Heather Rioux with their team of Clydesdales “Lee and Roy”

Shannon Morin and horse “SVP Bears Magic Dots” aka “Magic” receiving award from Dr. Sarah Fryer Chris Jenson driving a Connemara X named “Jen”

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club By Kelly Ryan


ur club is getting bigger and better with every Gymkhana. I LOVE IT! We are so happy to see new people and meet their horses. I had my little sister Destiny Burrin from Kimberly come up for three weeks this summer. She came to the last Gymkhana with her pony Donnie - they were the stars of the day! Thank you to everyone who helped her with lead line. It meant the world to her and to me. I brought my new horse, Doc. He was pretty good, but we need a lot more practice, that’s for sure. By next year, we will blow the socks off of some of our buds. We saw some of the girls and ladies sharpen up turns and knock seconds off times. They were getting ready for the finals! Looking great, ladies! Best of luck to all of you. We still have a few Gymkhana dates coming up. So, if anyone needs to get six runs in, you still have time to do so. We are still looking for some fundraiser ideas. The Year-end Banquet isn’t that far off, and judging by the recent weather, neither is fall. Brrr... it was only 9 degrees outside the other morning. June 30 was the Halls’ last Gymkhana with us... All the girls and Jeanie and Bev their horses were shined up and tearin’ 58 • Saddle Up • September 2012

to go for their last runs. There was A LOT of emotion flying around - tears of joy and tears of sorrow. Many of us have watched these girls grow up into beautiful young ladies. Many of us are good friends with Bev. The club wouldn’t be here if not for the Halls. The club will not be the same without them either! Danny and Squirt, Destiny and Donnie We will do our best to run the club as Bev has in the past. But those are some big boots to fi ll. I hope we make you all proud. All of you will be dearly missed. The club and I wish you guys all the best, and hope you give any new clubs or rodeos a run for their money! Upcoming Events September 9 - Gymkhana, jackpot September 23 - Gymkhana, double run October 20 - Gymkhana, double run November 3 - Year-end Banquet and awards


Driving with Kathy Stanley By Deb Gardner Photos by Deanna Gardner


e enjoyed hosting a WONDERFUL DRIVING WEEKEND with clinician Kathy Stanley on July 28-29 at Spur Valley Hay Ranch in Armstrong. Everyone knows Kathy and her wonderful Welsh pony, Robyn. Kathy drives single and pairs, and has competed in various driving classes and CDEs in BC and the USA. Kathy is currently working on becoming a Driving Judge and her future goal is to drive a four-up. This was her first clinic and she did a great job imparting her knowledge to a group of five eager drivers and their Miniature Horse driving partners. The fun-fi lled weekend opened with a Meet and Greet on Friday evening, and on Saturday our learning began with a dressage lesson. Kathy had us do various movements of the test, then each driver was able to drive the test and have it marked. Pleasure driving was next. What a fun class this was - we learned slow walk, working walk and three trots (slow, working and extended). Kathy then had us drive it like a real class. Drivers were able to ask questions and get more help as needed. Before lunch, a new driver, Sharon, had her harnessing and ground driving lesson with Peanut. In the afternoon, Kathy gave individual lessons. On Saturday night, we enjoyed a potluck dinner and watched a movie. Starting early on Sunday morning, we had a group lesson with Kathy out in the

marathon field. She went over how to drive the obstacles as safely and smoothly as possible. The drivers were able to drive through a covered bridge, over a wooden bridge and around various obstacles. We also were able to drive an arena-driving obstacle course with barrels and cones. Kathy explained the differences and answered the various questions we all had. Sharon then had her first in-the-cart driving lesson. If the smile on her face was any indication, I would say she had a good time! Private lessons were once again held after lunch. Heather and I, and our horses, Playboy and Shorty, combined our lessons to learn all about reinsmanship classes. We also ground drove two new horses, Joker and Legend, that we are hoping will be up and going next year. Marilla and her horse Bandit worked on changes of gait. Katie, who drives a pair, worked with Shadow on Saturday and Teka on Sunday. Katie’s boyfriend Doug also had a lesson with Kathy, after the main clinic, and he sure was doing great driving Shadow! I think Katie just lost her navigator - Doug has the DRIVING BUG! Thanks to my hubby, Dave for all his help and to my daughter, Deanna, for help with the lunches, the photography and the keepsake DVDs she made of the event for the participants and Kathy to take home. Special thanks to Kathy for sharing her knowledge with us all!

Sharon and Peanut ground driving with Kathy

Deb and Legend doing a halt during a private lesson

Marilla and Bandit in the pleasure driving lesson

Tip of the Month! What Is And Why Is There A Need For Long Term Equestrian Development? Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is a systemic approach being adopted by Equine Canada to maximize the potential of participants and athletes in our sport. By tailoring sport development programs around basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the critical early years of development, LTED enables athletes and participants to: ~ Improve their overall health and well-being; ~ Increase their lifelong participation in equestrian and other physical activities; and ~ Reach their full potential in their sport.


Canada has produced great riders and great horses. LTED is a reflection of the strengths and weaknesses in the current state of the sport in Canada in an effort to challenge and strengthen this system. Learn more in the latest publishing of Developing Equestrians in Canada. Or for more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier today at 250-766-1975 or visit our web site www.tranquillefarms.com. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. Be Safe and have fun! See in the next issue: How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing LTED. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

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Kelowna Gymkhana Club News By Kayla Stromsten Photos courtesy of www.candidapple.ca


uly was our “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Gymkhana; we had a good turnout and raised $336.50 for breast cancer research. Great job everyone!

July High Point MASTERS HP: Linda Lamberton riding Ali, 60 RES: Debbie Wright riding Lily, 59 SENIOR HP: Amy riding Mya, 57 RES: Cassandra riding Boo Boo, 54 YOUTH HP: Tori Reynolds riding Dakota and Melanie Price riding Sahib, 55 (tie) RES: Kayla Stromsten riding Skittles, 48 JUNIOR HP: Mia riding Captain, 61 RES: Kathleen riding Penny Mae, 58 PEE WEE HP: Daylce Dion riding Odie, 70 RES: Simone Lamberton-Blamire riding Rolly Polly Olie, 61 August High Point MASTERS HP: Lisa riding Tellee, 55 RES: Chris Robinson riding Diego and Liz Gibbs riding Patch, 52 (tie) SENIOR HP: Jesse riding Chanook, 63 RES: Amanda riding Lightning, 59 YOUTH HP: Kayla Stromsten riding Skittles, 65 RES: Tori Reynolds riding Dakota, 57

Linda Lamberton

Dalyce Dion JUNIOR HP: Keira riding Topaz, 62 RES: Ayla riding Gypsy, 58 PEE WEE HP: Dalyce Dion riding Odie, 70 RES: Mya riding Chanook, 57

Simone Lamberton-Blamire

Come and Ride in Kelowna this Fall By Jill Veitch


elowna Riding Club (KRC) hosted its second flat show of the season on August 19th. Thanks to our volunteers and committed organizing crew for generating two new all-access events this season. If you have attended any of our events, we would love your feedback. Send us a note anytime via our website, www.kelownaridingclub.com. You are invited to come and ride at KRC. We aim to be accessible to all members of the horse community – our website lists all upcoming events and bookings, and we are a big enough facility that there is usually space to drop in and ride when you’re in town. We are a great location from which to launch a ride on Mission Creek Greenway, and of course KRC is a great place to test out a potential pony or work the bugs out of a favoured one. Daily drop-in rates are $25. There is a mailbox on the clubhouse patio where you can leave your signed waiver and payment prior to using the rings. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the board members (on website) if you would like more information. The club has become the venue of choice for several riding programs nearby. Some of our young local coaches are running their lesson programs at the facility, as well as creating events for the riding community. Last year’s recipient of the KRC Carol 60 • Saddle Up • September 2012

Schellenberg Sportsmanship Award, Lindsay Kern Legroulx, created a successful new event August 10-11. The Equi-Life Jumper Challenge saw the club buzzing with excited jumping fans and their support crews. The Kelowna Gymkhana Club has also made terrific use of the club this year. Contact them (via our website if you like) to find out how to get involved in their fun program. Gymkhana events are scheduled on August 26, September 9 and October 14. The October 14 event is a particularly spooky, fun time. Have you seen our fresh new look? When you come by, make sure to say hi to our hard-working groundskeeper, Tony, who has been painting and mending and up-keeping all season. Thanks, Tony, for looking after the club so wonderfully well. Club members… please make sure your volunteer hours are updated with director Candy Van Hees. There is a volunteer hours submission form on the website. If you are looking for ideas on how to meet your volunteer hours commitment, Candy is always happy to help. Happy trails, jumps and serpentines!


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


lub members continue to have a very busy summer, working in a booth and doing demonstrations at the Calgary Stampede, participating in a club Trail Ride in the Rockies, and attending the annual Bruce Stampede. The following is a personal report on this event.

Mules at the 99th Annual Bruce Stampede By Russ Shandro Annual events have the tendency to run in cycles, and the Annual Bruce Stampede is obviously enjoying the high side of the cycle! On Saturday, the Amateur or Local Rodeo was “loaded” in every event, except the Businessmen’s Boar Riding Contest... Various events had to be rescheduled to accommodate the entrants and the volunteers, who make this annual show entertaining and successful. It was unseasonably hot and humid on Saturday, so the Pony Chuckwagons, Chariots and Mule Racers were rescheduled to Saturday morning, which saw only three mules racing in the preliminary run. All three crossed the finish line within 1.5 seconds of each other - Dave Simpson in the lead, followed by George Hines and Russ Shandro. In this part of the country, high humidity and heat tend to develop the ideal conditions for storms. At 1:30pm it came to fruition, with 42 minutes of hail, ranging from pea size to 1.5-inch stones. It had animals, contestants and spectators scrambling for cover. When the storm was over, it was time to get back to the Local Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’. Those unfortunate little children, coming off those sheep into the mud! And then, the mothers and grandmothers scooping those little tykes up out of it - only a father or grandfather can laugh about those things! Sunday’s Parade hosted seven wellbehaved, sharp-looking mules and riders. Things had to have looked pretty good, as the Parade Judge apologized repeatedly about the difficulty he was having in establishing the placings. (I wished he HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

would have spoken sooner, as I could have lent him my glasses!) A sevenyear-old red molly named Ruby, a seven-year-old black molly named Dixie Leading is George Hines, Nicole Kroetch, Russ Shandro, Colleen and Pal, a 4-year-old Campbell, Katherine Cook; hidden are Clay and Connor Giebelhaus molly paint mule, displayed their respective ribbons throughout the parade. Sunday evening hosted nine mules for “The Race.” Dave Simpson on Molly roared by everybody and led from start to finish. Dave has won so many trophies and buckles racing, that he has lost track of all his first place finishes. But he does remember three second places. A pretty good streak since 1988. The Bruce Stampede has been held the last weekend of July for (l to r) Jackson, Julie, Alise, Hailey, Harlyn the last 99 years. It is Canada’s oldest, most consecutive, Pro-Rodeo. This year there were over 4200 people in the bleachers and along the fence for Sunday’s Pro Rodeo Performance. Mule racing has been a part of the Stampede for 32 years. It was introduced by legendary Saddlebronc Champion, Teddy Holden. I recall a discussion back in about (l to r) 2012 Race Champ - Dave Simpson, Nicole Kroetch, 1990, when George Hines George Hines, Clay Giebelhaus, Russ Shandro, Connor asked me, “What the heck is Giebelhaus, Debbie McKinny, Grant McKinny, Les Giebelhaus wrong with Teddy? He is 77 (he’s been racing mules since 1980) years old and is riding these there were more kids and they all wanted mules at full speed. Why to ride! So, to economize on my footsteps would he be doing that, at his age?” Well, and provide a ride for all, we brokered this well... George is 79 years old today and he arrangement with Ruger. Could this be is still racing. I wonder if he has figured the future generation of Mule Racers? out the answer to his question? For more information on our club, About an hour after the race, I was visit www.albertadonkeyandmule.com approached by a little girl requesting a ride on my mule. When we arrived at the girl’s campsite to check with her parents, www.saddleup.ca • 61

Fraser Valley Hunt By Heidi Telstad


n a lovely Saturday morning in July, about 30 riders of all ages and double the amount of spectators gathered together at High Point Equestrian Centre and Clubhouse in Langley, BC to enjoy a trail ride while discussing the upcoming season of the Fraser Valley Hunt. The riders were split up into 3 groups based upon the speed at which they chose to ride as they would do during a regular hunt day. Many questions were asked and answered to allow everyone the opportunity to become familiar with FVH, the camaraderie, safety, techniques for riding in groups as well as when the Pig Roast would begin. After the ride and the horses were cooled off and put away, everyone gathered in the luxurious lounge at High Point to enjoy

the Pig Roast which Aar Koeman slaved over for seven hours as well as the many pies, salads and side dishes. September is going to be an exciting month for the Fraser Valley Hunt. We are planning on using the jump course put up by the Campbell Valley Equestrian Society at Campbell Valley Park for a houndless hunt on Saturday, September 22, 2012; further details TBA and will be posted on our website at www.fraservalleyhunt.com. A few brave members will be our leaders to show those who follow what it is like to chase hounds through the course and all jumps are optional. Different levels of speed groups will be available depending on your skills or courage for that day. Afterwards we will enjoy stories of

the day, BBQ and hopefully the evening sun. On Saturday, September 29, 2012 we have all been invited to Morris Valley Trail Rides in Agassiz, owned by Adrienne Krebbs for a fabulous trail ride followed by a traditional hunt breakfast. If you prefer not to bring your own horse, Adrienne has several well trained trail or hunt horses to lease for the day, reservations can be made by calling 604.796.2887. Adrienne is also working on a hunter course which would be another great opportunity for us to develop our skills before the official hunt season begins. Please email fraservalleyhunt@ymail.com or call the kennels at 604.856.6170 for further details. Tally Ho!

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi R Photo courtesy of Cecile Phillips


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club in Burns Lake is working hard this summer at getting more interest going again, and has been busy with several different club events. We are up to 31 members – thank you to everyone who is pitching in one way or another to make this club and its events so successful! The Annual Gymkhana on July 21st was a resounding success, with five riders hauling in from Fraser Lake, as well as a host of local riders. The concession was run by club members and was a welcome addition to the day. Events held included Keyhole, Barrels, Pole Bending, Scurry, Scud a Ho, and the newly created “TC Special” (which involves spoons and golf balls and very good aim!). Riding sessions are becoming quite popular at the local TCSC grounds. The outdoor arena is quite large and there is lots 62 • Saddle Up • September 2012

of room for horses and riders to practice pleasure, reining, trail and gymkhana. Some of the riders are English, some are Western, but they all seem to work well together. Tips are shared back and forth – some members are schooling green horses, some are hoping to show at the Fall Fair, and some show provincially; generally it is just a good learning experience for everyone. The Annual Poker Ride is coming up fast on September 15. The winner will receive 60% of the Poker Pot, and the Second place hand will receive 40% of the Pot. There will be two loops with the first one being about a 2 hour walk for the quieter riders and a second loop for those wanting to ride longer and/or faster. Poker hands cost $25 (extra hand is only $20; drop card option at end for $5) and will include a meal at the end of the ride. There will also be a small concession on site. For more

At last year’s Poker Ride

information, please contact Liz 250-692-1884 (no calls past 8 pm please). For more info on the Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club or its events, please email Kristi at torikari@hotmail.com or call 250-692-5721.


Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


few of the Langley Riders Society members attended the Abbotsford Agrifair 2012 Open Horse Show on August 2-6 and would like to thank Sarah and everyone that helped make it a great show. We all had a blast and will definitely be coming back next year! July 14 LRS Games Day Results George Burns: Ted Hall Jack Benny: Jenny Leibenzeder Senior: Amy Dow Intermediate: Cassie Glover Junior: Matty London Pee Wee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mites: Brooklyn G. Lead Line: Grace Hilderman July 28 LRS Jumper Day Results Senior: Marceline Lamarche Intermediate: Cassie Glover and Tessa G. Junior: Angela Albertson Pee Wee: Morgan Swan Tiny Mites: Brooklyn G. July 29 English/Western Show Results English High Points: Senior: Brittney Dehn Intermediate: Haley Russell Junior: Matty London Pee Wee: Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mites: Brooklyn G. Overall: Matty London and Brooklyn G. Western High Points: Senior: Bethany G. Intermediate: Haley Russell Junior: none Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites: Emma G. Overall: Bethany G.

Tessa Gildemeister and Dan Dee in the Trail class at the LRS English/ Western Show in August

August 11 English/Western Show Results English High Points: Senior: Bethany G. Intermediate: Danni Olsen Junior: Danielle Rogers Pee Wee: Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mites: Brooklyn G. Overall: Kestral Zalesky and Danielle Rogers Western High Points: Senior: Bethany G. Intermediate: Danni Olsen and Tessa G. Junior: none Pee Wee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mites: Brooklyn G. Overall: Brooklyn G.

Jazmine Langset jumping Rock Star at the LRS Jumper Day

A big THANK YOU to Sharon and her crew for hosting the Gymkhana at Chilliwack Exhibition this year. The group that came out from Langley Riders had a ton of fun; everybody was super helpful and Kestral Zalesky at the LRS accommodating! We also appreciate English/Western Show the sponsors that donated all of the prizes we went home with! LRS Open Trophy Show - September 30, 2012 Mini Rosettes for 1st-6th place, for every class! High Point Trophies for all age divisions including walk/trot! All exhibitors and volunteers will receive one ticket (with the option of purchasing two more for $5 each) to enter a draw for a custom-made tack trunk!

Barriere & District Riding Club By Patti Aldrich


oly HOT Days of Summer!! Well we asked for it and we got it “a hot summer.” The BDRC has not let the heat slow us down; we have hosted several BC Heritage Qualifier shows as well as our “Sizzling Here comes Summer Gymkhana” series. The members have also enjoyed quite a few group rides organized by our Trail co-ordinator, Kate Ferguson. Information on upcoming rides can be viewed on our website: www.barierredistrictridingclubcom BC Heritage Final Winners!! The BDRC had 4 members competing. Darcey Woods with her Quarter Horse stallion “IMA CLASS OF MY OWN,” Dani Noble with her Thoroughbred “POH,” Kaylee Hudema with her Appaloosa “CHEROKEE’S PATCHES,” and Katie Elliot with her Pinto pony “DAVIE’S GIRL.” Darcey is the President of the Barriere & District Riding Club, and has organized the 4 BC Heritage Qualifier shows the club hosts, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and is convenor for the North Thompson Fall Fair Light Horse Program. Darcey qualified and competed in both Western & English classes, placing in the top 4 in all 8 classes entered. Her Championship in Reining earns her place again this year on Team BC at the Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont, Quebec on Sept 21-24. Upcoming Events: ~ BDRC is organizing the Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo Gymkhana on Monday, Sept 3. See Fall Fair Administration for sign up. ~ September 29th Open Gymkhana ~ October 13th Members only Gymkhana ~ October 27th Year-End Awards Banquet

Alexis On Fancy

Darcey Woods. Photo by Marion Photography.

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BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel


he BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group successfully completed their Sixth Annual Summer Show on June 16-17 at the Cloverdale Agriplex. We would like to thank our judge Margo Hepner-Hart from Hillsboro, Oregon, (who grew up in Cloverdale) for a job well done; thanks also to our sponsors, competitors and the audiences that came out to cheer our 13 years and under competitors. In some cases, we had as many as 11 in a class - a job well done. Detailed placing and photos can be found on our website. The date of our Sixth Annual BC Sporthorse Fall Classic will be September 2223 (two-day show) at the Cloverdale Agriplex. Our show is a Horse Council BC Recognized Show, open to registered and non-registered horses and ponies, and a BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) Qualifier. Saturday’s feature attraction is our Stallion Showcase. Judges for this event will be Barbara Funk from Battle Ground, Washington and Mara Coote Freeman from Olds, AB. There will be a Mystery Judge for our Saturday evening Cup Classes. For all further information, please see our website at www.bcsporthorses.com. Dressage-Type Division MARE CHAMPION: JOEY (Lagatero x Dresden 2nd x Amiro); O/B: Shannon Carr RESERVE: R. ABBA (R. Amadeus x Utopia x Urymate de Ste. Hermelle); O/B: Monika Currier JUNIOR FILLY CHAMPION: SCARLETTE ROYAL FPF (Bravo Z x Roberta’s Love x Bold N Bizarre); O/B: Farpoint Farms RESERVE: GRAND TOTO (Totilas x Wendelin 03 x Obelisk); O/B Terry and Alycia Hayes SENIOR FILLY CHAMPION: R. ABBA (R. Amadeus x Utopia x Urymate de Ste. Hermelle); O/B: Monika Currier RESERVE: BR VERUSCHKA (Fisher Pond x Pridehill Zara x Saika); O: Carolyn Dobbs; B: Richard Smith JUNIOR COLT CHAMPION: SOMEDAY SEEMORE (Sir Gallovic x Windy Breeze x Ore Grade); O/B: Someday Farm RESERVE: POLARIS (Private Dancer x Miss Chatelaine x Silver Scion); O: Mary Kierans; B: Richard Smith SENIOR COLT/STALLION CHAMPION: HERMÈS DSP (Halifax x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy); O/B: Meaghan Dunn RESERVE: PHAROS VOM RAPPENHOF (Platinum V Rappenhof x Panorama Rappenhof x Martini); O: Amanda Smith; B: Cornelia Kempter GRAND CHAMPION DRESSAGE-TYPE: HERMÈS DSP (Halifax x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy); O/B: Meaghan Dunn

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Sport Pony Division SPORT PONY CHAMPION: FOXENS PARIS; O: Samantha Eidsness RESERVE: JEWEL; O: Miranda Buchinski Coloured Sport Pony Division COLOURED SPORT PONY CHAMPION: CHECKMATE; O: Kitty Tougas RESERVE: TEN PINES LACED IN GOLD (Sanalta’s High Caliber x Sanalta Golden Lace x Young’s Hustler); O: Shirley Bradbury; B: Lois E. McIntosh

Group Shot of the Hi-Point Performance Champions and Reserve Champions

Coloured Horse Division COLOURED HORSE CHAMPION: WI DANCE AGAIN (Westporte x Tiwa’s Kat Dancer x Tah Wauk Wi Two); O/B: Shelley Fraser RESERVE: LEVI (Zeus x The Green Witch); O: Janice Burns; B: Maromac Quarter Horses

Thoroughbred Division THOROUGHBRED CHAMPION: STYX AND STONES (Snowbound Paisley x Lady Strongheart x Nepal); O: Sarah Fraser; B: Heath Purdy RESERVE: STREET WARRIER (Alybro x No Hi Way x Kennedy Road); O: Paige Coté; B: Elton H. Gunther Hunter-Type Division MARE CHAMPION: JOEY (Lagatero x Dresden 2nd x Amiro); O/B: Shannon Carr RESERVE: A LITTLE BIT 5 (Lloyds x Philipa x Pik Koenig); O: Inga Martinoff; B: Ingo Pape JUNIOR FILLY CHAMPION: SCARLETTE ROYALE FPF (Bravo Z x Roberta’s Love x Bold N Bizarre); O/B: Farpoint Farms RESERVE: GRAND TOTO (Totilas x Wendelin 03 x Obelisk); O/B: Terry and Alycia Hayes SENIOR FILLY CHAMPION: R. ABBA (R.Amadeus x Utopia x Urymate de Ste. Hermelle); O/B: Monika Currier RESERVE: BR VERUSCHKA (Fisher Pond x Pridehill Zara x Saika); O: Carolyn Dobbs; B: Richard Smith JUNIOR COLT CHAMPION: SOMEDAY SEEMORE (Sir Gallovic x Windy Breeze x Ore Grade); O/B: Someday Farm RESERVE: POLARIS (Private Dancer x Miss Chatelaine x Silver Scion); O: Mary Kierans; B: Richard Smith SENIOR COLT/STALLION CHAMPION: HERMÈS DSP (Halifax x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy); O/B: Meaghan Dunn RESERVE: PRESARIO (Private Dancer x First Lady x First Gotthard); O: Carolyn Dobbs; B: Richard Smith

OPEN PONY - WALK/TROT CHAMPION: Hayley Eccles on Jeaways Irish Coffee RESERVE: Sophie Conyers on Willow View Blackjack Jina YOUTH 13 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPION: Courtney Palleson on Sissy RESERVE: Layla Robson on Simply Marvellous JUNIOR 14 TO 18 YEARS CHAMPION: Andrea Dobbs on Presario RESERVE: Emma Darville on Woods AMATEUR RIDER CHAMPION: Rosalia Reginato on Dox Night Lark RESERVE: Melissa Smith on Dukes of Hazard OPEN HORSE CHAMPION: Lisa Graham on Phlexible RESERVE: Burgi Rommel on Bacchus OPEN PONY CHAMPION: Deanna Thomson on L. Mistics Taffara RESERVE: Sophia Robson on Bramble Fairy THOROUGHBRED CHAMPION: Paige Coté on Street Warrier RESERVE: Ian Veenendaal on Gentry’s Echo CANADIAN HORSE CHAMPION: Sarah McKenzie on Cherry Creek Tonnerre Monty RESERVE: Carey Robertson on Gaudali Flesh Livia COLOURED HORSE CHAMPION: Rosalia Reginato on Dox Night Lark RESERVE: Mackenzie Faye on Dandy Lad

GRAND CHAMPION HUNTER-TYPE: HERMÈS DSP (Halifax x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy); O/B: Meaghan Dunn Hi-Point Performance Champions OPEN HORSE - WALK/TROT CHAMPION: Courtney Palleson on Beauty RESERVE: Kaity Jones on Five Winds Prince Saffron

Coloured Sport-Pony Champion - Checkmate


BC Competitive Trail Riders Association Update By Myrna Thompson and Nancy Gourlay


he past couple of months have been busy competition time for BCCTRA. On July 13-14, the Kelowna Nordic Ski Site and cross-country ski trails were the venue for another Sunset Competitive Trail competition, managed by Myrna Thompson. The trails were spectacular, with grass and water abundant. The rainy spring weather kept this recreational paradise saturated with water, on and off the trail system, thus the challenges were varied from last year’s event. All in all, riders had a good experience; trails flagged well, maps descriptive, and riders stayed on track. The awards and pot luck dinner were a great way to end the day. Great food and great company! Fundraising efforts were a success with a 50/50 draw and raffle tickets being sold during dinner. The winner of the 50/50 draw, Fred Dzida, donated his winnings back to the club. Thank-you Fred! Myrna and her team send their thanks to all the sponsors for donating prizes and equipment, and the volunteers who committed time to help out, especially to ride secretary, Erin, who’s job tasks were many, and time constraints a challenge.

Following this, on July 29-30, Nancy Gourlay and her team hosted the Morningstar CTR which was a great success with a cool breeze helping to keep 27 competitors comfortable and on the trail. 19 Level 1’s covered 17.4 miles, and 8 Level 2’s covered 26.6 miles. Trails traversed 3 farms, the Qualicum Beach airport perimeter, lots of single track through old growth and second growth, minimal logging roads, and a really cool creek crossing that tested the nerves of horses and riders. Competitors enjoyed a wine and cheese pairing at the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on Friday evening and a home cooked BBQ on Saturday evening. Many people stayed for the Pleasure Ride on Sunday where they had the fun of riding an abbreviated route and taking the flags down - who knew that could be so much fun! Many thanks to the volunteers and Mooberry Winery for their support. Ride results and scores for the three levels are on the BCCTRA website at www.bcctra.ca

Tammy Mercer and Carolyn DeJong at the end of 37 miles. Photo by Erin Williamson.

Riders at the Morningstar CTR. Photo by Nancy Gourlay.

Northern BC Quarter Horse Association By Kristi R


he Northern BC Quarter Horse Association, although not hosting an AQHA sanctioned show this year, has been plenty busy. Starting with the Schooling Show in June, the NBCQHA Show Committee is really ramping up this September by hosting the Fall Fair Light Horse Show at the Lakes District Fall Fair in Burns Lake. A full host of Light Horse Show classes is being offered, from Halter and Showmanship to English performance, Trail, Western performance, and Reining. There are many high points up to be won, and a special offering of “Walk Only” classes is featured for those brand new to the show ring. Also well underway is the Wheelbarrow Raffle. Sponsored by businesses across the NBCQHA region, this wheelbarrow is FULL (overflowing actually!) of horse related items – a halter and lead, two bags of feed, Sports Medicine Boots, grooming products, brushes, a nylon sheet, a horse-themed frame for HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

photos of your favourite equines, a feed bucket and a heated water bucket, and much, much more – you are going to want to get your hands on a $2 ticket (or buy 3 for $5 for extra chances to win!) on this raffle before the draw date in mid-October! Plans are also in the works for the 2013 AQHA Show in the northern BC region. This show will likely be held at the end of June / beginning of July, most likely in Vanderhoof where it has seen much success in the past. The Show Secretary has been booked so that’s a good start! Other plans of interest for 2013 also include a 5 discipline clinic followed by a one-day schooling show… what better way to prep for the show ring than learning first in a clinic environment, then in an actual show environment? For more information, please contact Kristi at torikari@ hotmail.com or call 250-692-5721. Or look us up on Facebook at NBCQHA!

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Endurance Riders Association of BC


he revival of the Iron Horse Ride President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net in Summerland VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com took place on July 21 at a Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca new ride site high in the Directors: hills behind the lakeside Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net town. Ride Camp was Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net perched above a rushing Cory Anthony cwanthony@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net creek, with a 360-degree Fred Dzida, fred.dzida@weyerhaeuser.com panorama, and included Christine Voglmaier, meinmozart@yahoo.com such amenities as www.ERABC.com gravelled sites and picnic tables. Thanks to the Summerland ATV club for their work developing and maintaining this dramatically scenic and bug-free camp! As has often happened this year, the night before the ride saw in a spectacular thunder and lightning storm, that thankfully, was not quite as powerful as was seen at Merritt! The morning broke clear, and the rain softened the trail a bit for the horses, although it also raised the humidity for ride day. Twenty-two horses left early Saturday morning in the 50Mile competition, starting the steady climb that began the first two loops of the ride. Many thanks to Ride managers Debbie Powell and Dana Johnson, and their many assistants manning the opened gates, each stocked with water - they thought of everything! Hard to tell that this crew was managing their first ride! Riding new trail is often a bit of a challenge, as who knows what’s around the next corner, but ride management’s selected routes offered great variety - lots of two-track, some great trail, and a bit of hill-work that just might be what an ATV rider would look for. Add in rushing creeks and a bridge crossing and they came up a winner. Best yet, there’s talk of more for 2013. Thanks also to the superb veterinary team of Michael Peterson, Sarah Greenwood, and Brytann Youngberg for helping us all through the day. As is often the result, first place in the 50-Mile was awarded to Murray MacKenzie and Ransom at 6:25, as well as Best Condition; High Vet Score was earned by Elroy Karius and Apache Eclipse, also with a finish time of 6:25. Third, fourth and fift h placings went to Claudia Astfalk, Katya Levermann, and David Gadd, “Heartland” riders on KD Colonel, NL Temptation (Sassy), and Diamond Reo - more great horses from the Karius/ Jewell barn. Mother/daughter team of June Melhuish and Nora Hudson earned sixth and seventh placing on Seraubis and Tory in 7:43. Julius Bloomfield and junior (and tiny!) rider, Grace Logie, followed at 7:44 on Kismet and Avtar. Avtar also received the Iron-Free award (no steel shoes, may be booted). Gail Jewell completed the Top Ten slate on Quinn, also bringing in “Heartland” riders Karalee and Kylie Anderson. Twenty-six horses started the 22-Mile event. Roberta Officers & Directors 2011

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Hormes and Beauty finished first in 3:04, with Stephany Dean and Sanaa a close second - Sanaa also received the Iron-Free award for the 22-Mile level. Melanie Gutsell and Crystal were a close third - it was a tight finish! Fanny Barrette and Maverick were Shelly White and Warren LeRoy (Photo by Vogue Photographic) fourth, and in fift h place were Laura Lang and Noble T Red Deacon. High Vet Score was awarded to Marie Gauthier riding Bianca Mackenzie’s Divine arriving in sixth place. Bianca and Cupidio (Memphis), Joan Right and Mackenzie’s Atomic pulsed in seventh and eighth. Great to see all the Mackenzie horses out in full force, too! Check the website (www.erabc.com) for complete results, including the Skimikin Lake Ride held August 25 near Tappen. The final ride of the ERABC 2012 calendar (too soon!) is Last Chance Mountain Ride at the Westbank Rocker site in Glen Rosa, West Kelowna. Time to send in your entries! New Ride Manager Murray MacKenzie is including lunch and dinner with entry fee - how great is that - as well as new trail sections. And bring your wallet for a chance at the meat draw! The Endurance Riders Association of BC is also raffling two amazing La-Z-Boy recliners – his and hers – complete with massage, and including a refrigerator – sounds like a post-ride dream! Contact Cory Anthony at cwanthony@shaw.ca for a ticket seller near you, or find them at the rides! Third prize is the handy Campfire in a Can, and fourth prize is a ride entry of your choice (redeemable for cash). Good Luck!

Elroy Karius and Apache High Vet Score 50 Miles

Vet Michael Peterson, Sassy, and Katya Levermann


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg colleen_doug@shaw.ca Sec Marilyn Griffin mgriffin2@shaw.ca APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore jmoore-1@hotmail.com


ucky 13! That’s how many amateur geldings piled into the spectacular indoor at High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley, July 29, as the “Back-to-Basics” APHA Horse Show made its long-awaited for debut. If you’re counting, that’s a four point APHA halter class. Eight points, actually, if you’re good enough to catch the eye of both APHA judges, which is exactly what Washington exhibitor Tracy Olney’s Special Te Forces did before going on to win an almost as impressive three point aged geldings class under both judges, Sally Jo Freund and Kim Gately. There was no shortage of point classes throughout the day as the show hosted over 200 entries per judge and 36 Paint Horses. Those numbers surpassed the “wildest dreams” of show manager Cathy Glover who attributes the show’s all inclusive day rate to its overall success. As predicted, exhibitors took advantage of the opportunity to enter classes at the gate, knowing it wouldn’t affect cashing out at the end of the day. Langley teen Ingrid Libera rode her gelding, Maximum Intensity, in a hotly contested “battle for the buckle” to be named B2B’s Stampede Superhorse, sponsored by Stampede Tack and Western Wear of Cloverdale. The pair narrowly beat Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery for the award where every class counted. Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N won the Youth high point with impressive wins in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Youth Trail. First time exhibitor Michelle Hinchcliff and Amaretto Waltz won the first-ever Amateur Walk-Trot high point awarded in BC, while SW Roxy Barlink and Devon Smith scored their first APHA points ever and winning the Novice Youth and Green Horse high points. AjPHA director Nakita Delichte and her five year old mare, Highcountry Sioux, came from Coldstream to win the Junior Horse high point, while Special Te Forces topped the senior horse division. Cathy Glover’s Adobe Sunglow was the lone Solid Paint Bred at the show and won both SPB high points as daughter Devon Smith rode the mare in her first APHA show under saddle. Avery Murray rode Cashin on Dreams to win the Novice Amateur high point, while Dianne Rouse


Children’s Wish Foundation’s Kim Antifaeff, third from left, presents Andrew Hall with APHA’s 50th anniversary silver buckle. Joining in the presentation are show manager Cathy Glover, BCPHC president Colleen Schellenberg, Andrew’s wife and BCPHC director Natalie Hall, and Natalie’s niece Emerson Rempel aboard Dont Temp Me. (Mary Wood photo)

and Ima Special Delivery took the Amateur. Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies sponsored the 10 high point directors chairs presented to winners while Lazy 3 Ranch of Langley covered the embroidered halters for reserve winners. Longtime BC Paint supporters Graeme and Louise Bruce announced early on they would volunteer and made good on their promise as Graeme ushered horses through the gate all day long while Louise maintained decorum in the ring. Traveland RV Super Centre in Langley sponsored our announcer, Glenn Massey while club prez Colleen Schellenberg was the official “go-pher” for the day. Noelle Pagani, who brought her daughter Rosalea from Powell River to show her beautiful buckskin, JWR The Last Juan, was an unexpected but delightful helper as we set up and waited for exhibitors to arrive Saturday afternoon. Cindy MacKay did an awesome job managing entries while Marilyn Griffi n handed out ribbons. Jim Tompkins made a terrific parking attendant (with room to spare). A special thanks to Tracy Olney for designing and providing the trail course and to Calli Rouse for helping set it up. And finally, a very special shout out to High Point’s manager, Vicki Pauze, who could not have been more accommodating and to the Fraser Valley Hunt for catering the concession. It was an awesome day! For a great cause And… we’re pleased to report that success wasn’t limited to the show or its exhibitors! BC Paint Horse Club members and supporters raised nearly $700 in pledges for Children’s Wish in a short but fruitful campaign leading up to the B2B show – and that made BC and Yukon fundraising co-ordinator for the Children’s Wish Foundation Kim Antifaeff very happy! Kim was on hand to draw Andrew Hall’s name from among all the $10 pledges we raised to win APHA’s beautiful 50th anniversary silver buckle! Andrew is the husband of BCPHC director Natalie Hall, who coincidentally we had commandeered just before

2012 Stampede Superhorse Maximum Intensity with Ingrid Libera and B2B judges Sally Jo Freund and Kim Gately (Cathy Glover photo)

the draw to be part of a “photo opportunity” for the Children’s Wish Foundation, along with her lead liner, niece Emerson Rempel, and Don’t Temp Me. Striking gold Our association with Children’s Wish was prompted by our application to be recognized as an “APHA President’s Gold Star Club.” We are pleased to report that just days before B2B, we received word from APHA that our application had been successful! “Your club was selected for the outstanding level of services it provides for its members and community, and for its enthusiastic promotion of the Paint Horse and APHA,” APHA’s regional club manager Julie Haney wrote in an email. “I want to complement your club for a job well done on your website … (and) for your excellent idea of using the APHA 50th anniversary buckle to raise money for charity.” How cool is that? General membership meeting Club president Colleen Schellenberg has fi xed a date for our next general membership meeting. It will be Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm at the Langley Events Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, mcharleston@telus.net VP: Denise Hill, denisehill@shaw.ca AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, hmqh@hotmail.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA

Chicks Sassy Nic & Leslie Wallace (Devon Smith photo)

Big show, big entries The Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s West Coast Summer Classic, July 19-22, at Thunderbird in Langley was a well attended show, in no small part due to the added attraction of an excellent selection of cattle classes. Those drew an additional 88 AQHA and 55 open entries and kept exhibitors and crew on their toes. There were 95 teams in the ranch sorting alone! Patricia Woods rode Kelly Olsen’s Reachingforyourassets to win the Hunter under Saddle All Ages jackpot. BMQ Sweet Talkin Max, owned and ridden by Beverley Anderson, was second. Rockin on a Goldmine, owned by Debra Castle and ridden by Carrie Humphrey, won the Two Year Old Western Pleasure Walk/Jog jackpot with Jamie Hutton’s Rock n Roll Dreamer placing second. Charlotte Selby rode Krista White’s A Lil Bit Lethal to win the Novice Only Horsemanship jackpot. Teri Christofferson rode Go Ride Like Clyde to second place in the all breed jackpot that pitted youth and amateurs together in competition. The jackpot buckle classes were sponsored by Hutton Performance Horses and Valour Farms; total payout for the three jackpot classes was $1700. This was a class award show, where aggregate winners in each class were able to choose from five different prizes of equal value – it’s always a big hit with competitors and a big challenge for show organizers in trying to find something original and appealing.

Waiting her turn: Bow Tie N Dreams & Mackenzie Inksater (Cathy Glover photo) Dark Pretender & Megan Stacey (Cathy Glover photo)

Gold medal winner Congratulations to Langley teen and LMQHA member Haley Stradling on her success at AQHA’s Youth World Cup in Germany, July 22-28. She rode Wild at Dawn to capture gold medals for Canada in Cutting, edging out German, Swiss and Israeli riders. In all, Team Canada won four gold and two bronze individual medals. Youth Quarter Horse riders from 16 countries competed at the Youth World Cup. Haley was also a buckle winner in Cutting at the Calgary Stampede before embarking to Europe.

Amanda Fill (Devon Smith photo)

Meeting schedule LMQHA president Michelle Charleston says there will likely be a general membership meeting called in October, following the one held August 21st in Fort Langley. The annual general meeting is on the schedule for Tuesday evening, November 27, 7 pm at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley, where all our meetings are held.

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Cayley Wilson and Travis Rempel (Devon Smith photo)


South Central Quarter Horse Association http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, streakin-qhs@telus.net Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 cathie_cross@telus.net Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 streakin-qhs@telus.net Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 csmeeton@shaw.ca Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 csmeeton@shaw.ca Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 laurianquarterhorses@telus.net Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 eliquarterhorses@hotmail.com Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 laurianquarterhorses@telus.net


kay Folks! It’s now official we are gearing up for what looks to be one of our best AQHA Show Circuits EVER! SCQHA is proudly presenting the return of our popular Halter Mania… and this year we are adding even more prizes, awards and classes to our show that has become known for our fantastic Halter Futurities and classes. In addition, we are offering a super line-up of performance futurities and stakes classes as well as the return of the exciting Yearling Tri- Challenge Futurity – watch these talented young performance prospects battle it out in halter, in-hand trail and lungeline classes. Through the generosity of our sponsors, SCQHA is extremely pleased to be offering, for the first time ever, an Extreme Team Tournament for Youth, Amateur and Novice competitors with over $3,000 in prizes and awards. Sure to bring a lot of Team spirit and laughter to the weekend! Some of the prizes include an I POD Touch and monogrammed quilted western saddle bag for each member of the 1st Place winning Team. Other prizes include… gift certificates, Canon Digital Cameras, Pureform Feed certificates and MORE. Also included is a special random draw SUPER prize of an Ecoped Pulse Electric Scooter to one lucky participant of the Tournament! Thank You – Hutton Performance Horses for bringing this exciting element to our show! There will also be a HUGE Silent Auction this year with all kinds of items ranging from Art Work to Wine to Grooming Products… there is something for everyone! Don’t miss out on this! SCQHA would like to invite folks to drop in and watch the show and if you want drop by the Show Office and ask if one of our AQHA Professional Horseman Members is available for a personal tour of the show!


South Central Quarter Horse Association Fall Super Circuit ~ Sept 14, 15 & 16, 2012 Armstrong, BC Halter Mania ~All Breed Open Colt, Gelding and Filly combined Weanling Halter Futurity $1500.00 Added ~All Breed Open Stallion, Gelding and Mare combined Yearling Halter Futurity $1500.00 Added Unbelievable Prizes and Awards to 8th place Sponsored by: STS Quarter Horses – Halter Division, Sherry Sulz of Langley, BC KPN Farms – Flora Kippen, Abbotsford, BC

ADDING TO HALTER MANIA… ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Stallion Futurity $200.00 Added ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Gelding Futurity $200.00 Added ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Mare Futurity $200.00 Added +All Breed Open Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity Halter, Lungeline & In-Hand Trail $200.00 Added ~Open All Breed 2 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity $500.00 Added +Hi Point Non Pro Award Sponsored by: Hutton Performance Horses of Chilliwack, BC ~Open All Breed Western Pleasure Stake $200.00 Added +Hi Point Non Pro Award Sponsored by: Carrie Humphries Quarter Horses of Kamloops, BC ~Open All Breed Hunter Under Saddle Stake $200.00 Added +Hi Point Non-Pro Award Proudly Presenting the wines of The View Winery, Kelowna, BC …and more to come

*Extreme Team Tournament* $3000.00+ in sponsored Awards and Prizes Youth, Amateur and Novice

FUN, FUN, FUN!!! ~AQHA Rookie Amateur & Youth Classes ~Open Youth Walk/Trot, Open Green Horse Walk/Trot, Nervous Novice classes

**SUPER SIZED Something-for-Everyone SILENT AUCTION** SCQHA is ‘going green’ please join us by checking out our website for class lists, entry forms, stabling/RV reservations and full details http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/scqha Contact Show Secretary: Cherie Corrigan 250-337-5090 or info@firstplaceshows.com

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Rose Schroeder BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Ybo Plante, president@bchorsemen.org - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, cdavidso@telus.net - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730



f you have never been on a Toy Ride, you should try it! It’s not hard to organize:

- pick a trail - pick a date - get permission, if needed, from the Land Manager. This is not difficult for an NGO (non-government organization) doing something on a small scale for charity. Usually only takes an email or phone call. - pick a time (we call it RTR: ready to ride!) - each participant brings a new unwrapped toy for a child (you can specify an age range) You should have surmised that this is just an excuse to go for a pleasant ride and donate to a good cause! In our case, it was a Yarrow Chapter Toy Ride and the toys were donated to Chilliwack Community Services for Christmas. To make it safe, you send the riders out in groups of four to six, about 15 to 20 minutes apart. Other options: split into a slow group and a faster moving group; or, if you only want one large group, designate a Lead, Flank and Drag rider, plus decide on the order of go to keep faster horses to the front, buddies together, as well as beginners close to an experienced mentor. I can tell you from experience that the first option works the best. Remember in the large group that you are people riding a herd of horses! To make it more fun, organize a potluck lunch or arrange for a caterer for afterwards. Our chapter of Back Country Horsemen has held a Toy Ride for the past two years, this being our third. It has become an annual event that we hold in October. The Ride has been staged from the Watt Creek Parking Lot in Cultus Lake Provincial Park. Riders get to ride the Cultus Lake Horse Trail Loop. We decided upon this location because there is a choice between a long and a short ride. Plus there is plenty of room to host a large number of rigs, as well as assurance that the trail footing will be good. Weather? Always a gamble. With this location being a Provincial Park, we have to notify the Area Supervisor as well as the PFO (Park Facility Operator), which in this case is a company called Sea To Sky Park Services. There has never been a problem. We work in partnership with both to keep the horse trail clear and rideable all year round. Being a recognized user of the trail has its benefits; for example, 70 • Saddle Up • September 2012

next weekend there will be some helicopter training exercises for Search and Rescue happening out of the Watt Creek Parking lot, so BCHBC Yarrow was notified. Perhaps if you wanted to desensitize your horse to helicopters landing nearby, you would happen to arrive. Not a bad idea! My friend Linda and I were on the Dewdney Trail leaving the Cascade Recreation Area one year when the government decided to close down the bush because of fire hazard. A helicopter spotted us from above and landed on the trail just in front of us! The horses were not impressed but managed to hold their ground as two Park Rangers disembarked and walked over to inform us of the closure. Back to the Toy Ride... Trail riding is always fun, but having a purpose like donating to a good cause makes it even more worthwhile to get out there. There are many good causes out there! Pick one. Thought for the day: Live a good honourable life. Then when you get older and think back on it, you will get to enjoy it a second time!


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, kenc11@telus.net Club contact: Michelle Tondevold, mtondevold@hotmail.com


n my short time with the PTRC, I’ve witnessed the special annual showmanship class held on the final playday of the season. Separate from the regular showmanship class held for that playday, the Ernie Bourgeois showmanship class is held for the junior members who have attended the season’s showmanship classes regularly. To better understand why this award was given and the significance of it, I spoke with Alice Bourgeois-Haynes. I learned that Ernie and Alice Bourgeois moved to Barnhartvale from California in 1964 with the promise to their daughters, Lynda and Pam, that they would each get a horse. After getting their horses, the local Barnhartvale boys were quick to encourage the girls to join PTRC. Fall of 1964 saw the girls as members of Pine Tree with Alice and Ernie to become active members on the board of directors. PTRC originated in 1964, and activities were built with a focus on the family and community. John and Lois Bett became good friends with the Bourgeois family and all members enjoyed the various events the club hosted. The annual horse show used to be held at the Exhibition Grounds (currently Charles Anderson Stadium); the performance playdays were held at the old original Barnhartvale school over by and above the Barnhartvale Hall; trail rides included camp outs and competitive rides in various locations and the annual banquet was held at the Yacht Club. The rodeo, when it came to be, was at the current location of PTRC. April 1968 saw Ernie turn 35. Four days after his birthday, he was killed in a horseback riding accident. Pam, his youngest daughter, was a junior member at the time. As Pam and Ernie had an especially close relationship, the club approached Alice about a perpetual trophy - a showmanship trophy for juniors (18 and under) - to honour Ernie Bourgeois and his love of competition, horses and family. So this month, at our final playday in September, come out and witness the Ernie Bourgeois showmanship class. I know I will be reflecting on Alice’s words as she described Ernie - handsome, muscular, with brilliant blue eyes. I will imagine, based on Alice’s recollections, the good times the family shared together, the memories created with other families they met in Barnhartvale, the family trail rides and the camaraderie between Ernie and his daughters. Thank you to Alice for her time, information and most importantly, the glimpse into the past of Pine Tree.

Ernie Bourgeois

The 2012 winner and runner up will be revealed and awarded at the banquet on November 2 at the Barnhartvale Hall. Upcoming Dates: September 29-30: Gymkhana/Playday (Ernie B Showmanship class) October 13: Annual Gymkhana (forms on website) November 2: Banquet and Awards November 18: AGM; 11:00 am, Barnhartvale Hall On August 18, there was a General Meeting and BBQ held at the grounds. Please check the website (www. PineTreeRidingClub.com) for minutes to this meeting. Also, be sure to get your entry forms in for the Annual Gymkhana; forms are on our website. Thanks to Lynnaea and Scott for scouting out and picking up harrows at an unbeatable price. Welcome to the barrel racers who used our grounds to get a few races in for the month of August. We are able to lease our grounds to groups who come with their own insurance.

Maureen Kuliak (First winner of award)

Tanya Adcock, winner of the Ernie Bourgeois Award 1983

Alyssa Cooke, winner of the Ernie Bourgeois Award 1994

Past winners of the Ernie Bourgeois Showmanship trophy: 1968: Maureen Kuliak 1969: Julie Nash 1970: Tracey Deegan 1971: Julie Nash 1972: Wyoma Smith 1973: Brenda Donchi 1974: Brenda Donchi 1975: Brenda Donchi 1976: Arlana Jardine 1977: Brenda Donchi

1978: Karen Mair 1979: Karen Mair 1980: Nancy Jardine 1981: Jackie Doige 1982: Jackie Doige 1983: Tanya Adcock 1984: Randine Loshuk 1985: Leah Haughton 1986: Randine Loshuk 1987: Randine Loshuk


1988: Lori Eppinger 1989: Arlana Hogg 1990: Lori Eppinger 1991: Andrea Gienow 1992: Lori Eppinger 1993: Alyssa Cooke 1994: Alyssa Cooke 1995: Meghan Popove 1996: Chance Hook 1997: Angela Brown

1998: Angela Brown 2006: Joanne Wyers 2007: Katrina Mulford 2008: Amanda Daly 2009: Judy Wyers 2010: Amanda Daly 2011: Megan Daly

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

BAREBACK 1 Cash Kerner 2 Jared Marshall 3 Steve Hohmann 4 Dan Ketter 5 Matt Bates 6 Christoph Muigg 7 Greg VanWinkle 8 Gavin Derose SADDLE BRONC 1 Garrett Madley 2 Steve Hohmann 3 Ryland Derose 4 Kaylan Eek 5 Wacey Marr 6 Cliff Schuk 7 Darcy Gentles 8 Joe Roberson 9 Tyler Koldyk 10 Rod Rimmer

$5,550.92 $5,240.68 $2,730.09 $1,714.43 $1,366.25 $628.85 $624.14 $370.26 $3,504.59 $3,078.25 $2,854.82 $1,691.08 $1,399.76 $1,084.88 $679.32 $438.84 $355.68 $328.68

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2012 Overall Season Standings Up To And Including Roe Lake & Nemiah Rodeos BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Kyle Bell 2 Denise Swampy 3 Troy Gerard 4 Archie Williams 5 Katrina Ilnicki 6 Allison Everett 7 Kristen Bell 8 Jody Coe 9 Brandy Sladen 10 Richard Glassford

$2,519.14 $2,428.61 $2,347.82 $1,974.68 $1,765.98 $1,661.51 $1,412.01 $1,302.19 $1,075.47 $1,048.15

20X WRANGLER LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Laura James $4,392.90 2 Judy Hyde $3,888.91 3 Monica Oram $3,375.46 4 Coleen Duggan $3,164.97 5 Joleen Seitz $2,846.90 $2,587.43 6 Kirsten Gjerde $2,177.19 7 Vanessa Leggett 8 Melanie Beeton $2,012.60 $1,751.40 9 Kelle Lee Noble $1,721.64 10 Fallon Fosbery

ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 Jake Gardner $1,295.86 $895.28 2 Troy Gerard $715.35 3 Kyle Bell $598.02 4 BJ Isnardy $475.36 5 Micole Myers $303.50 6 KC Spiers $300.11 7 Cole Spiers 8 McKenzie Wills $280.30 $246.64 9 Tayler Cathcart 10 Fallon Fosbery $226.63

GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 Ryan MacNaughton $4,907.27 2 Josh Cahill $2,992.75 3 Gary Nicholson $2,119.26 4 Avon Isnardy $1,709.24 $1,680.62 5 Jody Coe 6 Willee Twan $1,587.94 $1,503.96 7 Colby Stewart $1,421.03 8 Joel Isnardy $1,339.34 9 Cash Isnardy $1,164.00 10 Russell Glassford

GJ RODEO CO ROOKIE ROUGH HORSE RIDER 1 Tyrone Hunlin 1265 2 Dave Potter 1100 3 Kaylan Eek 705 4 Darcy Gentles 567 5 Bree Low 505 6 Tyrone Seymour 500 499 7 Ryland Derose 8 Tyler Koldyk 266 9 Joe Roberson 266 10 Gavin Derose (P) 178

TEAM REGENCY DODGE CHRYSLER BULL RIDING 1 Mike Gill $4,272.11 $3,255.43 2 Ryan Jasper $2,432.48 3 Charlie Attrill $1,843.50 4 Justin William 5 Brady Fuller $1,515.17 6 Steve Hohmann $1,470.11 $1,454.84 7 Matt O’Flynn $1,249.41 8 Justin Davis 9 Kyle Lozier (P) $1,195.60 10 Kasey Attrill $1,087.75

GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 Ty Lytton $3,772.78 2 Jeff Wills $3,075.83 $2,910.57 3 Carey Isnardy 4 Kyle MacNaughton $2,512.08 5 Glen Brown $1,740.70 6 John Hancock $1,607.42 $1,424.14 7 Keegan Smith 8 Rod Spiers $1,395.37 9 Archie Williams $1,394.72 10 Logan Wharry (P) $1,315.39

TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Riley Isnardy $3,143.99 2 Clayton Honeybourn $2,489.08 $2,272.86 3 Brock Herman 4 Cash Isnardy $1,949.33 5 Cohord Mason $1,770.39 6 Derek Mobbs $1,728.82 7 Willee Twan $1,653.86 $1,442.45 8 Keegan Smith 9 Dustin Shields $1,385.02 10 Ryan Jasper $765.14

JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 Lane Wills $2,110.94 2 Bacardi Zimmerlee $1,410.50 $1,021.00 3 Brett Wills $945.32 4 Tosha Seitz $891.43 5 Savanah Watson $852.56 6 McKenzie Wills $838.48 7 Taylor Cherry 8 Rikki Hutnyk $598.90 9 Jenna Waterhouse $558.95 $273.95 10 Sydney Freeman

QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO STEER WRESTLING 1 Wade McNolty $4,016.37 2 Cohord Mason $2,520.37 $2,124.81 3 Riley Isnardy $1,577.16 4 Mike Gill 5 Grant Fosbery $1,284.66 6 Cash Isnardy $1,101.31 $1,072.93 7 Cole Scott $835.16 8 Luke Simonin $791.01 9 Norm Breen 10 Craig Allison $748.84

PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1 Tyler Cherry $779.50 $656.50 2 Elly Farmer $615.50 3 Dyson Leneve $330.50 4 Gracie Antoine $302.50 5 Brianna Billy 6 Sydney Schuk $241.00 7 Alixis Glassford $164.00 8 Rayelle Robinson $145.00 9 Kyla Kelly $44.00 $28.50 10 Emma Langevin

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KD. SPIERS JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 Clay Waterhouse $1,245.47 $1,156.73 2 Tristan Holt $1,137.01 3 Jake Gardner $873.01 4 KC Spiers $744.99 5 Dustin Spiers $612.35 6 Wendel William $587.33 7 Devon Robbins 8 Kyle Bell $540.63 $301.24 9 Blaine Manuel 10 Jackson Scott $205.92

NORTHERN HEALTH ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1 Ryland Derose $2,854.82 $2,347.82 2 Troy Gerard $2,177.19 3 Vanessa Leggett 4 Fallon Fosbery $1,931.70 $1,281.91 5 Len Leblanc $1,075.47 6 Brandy Sladen 7 Cole Scott $1,072.93 8 Ginelle Talarico $981.84 $495.99 9 Joe Roberson 10 Jake Hohmann $450.57 ALL AROUND COWGIRL 1 Allison Everett $3,483.61 $3,096.56 2 Jody Coe 3 Kristen Bell $2,801.14 ALL AROUND COWBOY 1 Mike Gill $6,071.57 ALL AROUND JUNIOR 1 Jake Gardner 2 Taylor Cherry 3 Kyle Bell 4 KC Spiers 5 McKenzie Wills 6 Rikki Hutnyk 7 Micole Myers 8 Brittany McIntyre 9 Taylor Cathcart 10 Sarah Mack

$2,432.87 $1,332.58 $1,255.98 $1,176.51 $1,132.86 $709.92 $656.18 $385.65 $330.38 $204.68



2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE August 31-Sept 1: PWRA / BCRA Ritzville, WA August 31-Sept 2: PWRA / BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

Join us at the Championships

BCRA 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel, BC SEPTEMBER 14, 15, 16, 2012

PERFORMANCE TIMES Friday 7 pm • Saturday 1 pm • Sunday 1 pm HIGHLIGHTS Saturday & Sunday Junior Wild Pony Race Tim Horton’s Kids Calf Scramble Rodeo Clown JJ Harris / Barrel Man Dennis Halstead BARN DANCE Saturday, September 15th 8:30 pm–1:30 am Agri-Plex at Alex Fraser Park Cowboy Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 8–11 am Rodeo Grounds Stall Rentals call Anna - 250.747.3747 No dogs allowed in the Grandstand Area ADMISSION Adults $12 advanced; $9 at the gate Seniors 60+ & Youth (6-12 years) $7 advanced; $9 at the gate Children 5 & under FREE For More Information visit www.rodeobc.com, www.quesnelrodeo.com or call 250.398.4104

Thank You to All Our Sponsors!

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

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

2012 Sponsors of the Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Wrangler Merchandise for the Ladies Barrel Racing Finalists Wrangler Merchandise to our BCRA Rodeo Committees

2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY Prince George, BC, 1-866-350-5312 2012 BCRA Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle KD SPIERS 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND - Wills Family, Quesnel, BC 2012 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - P. Walker, Kamloops, BC 2012 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO 2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GEN STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC, 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy BAR E CONTRACTING - Rob & Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC


2012 Breakaway Finals Buckle GJ RODEO CO - Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox, BC 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2012 Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2012 Rookie of the Year TWILIGHT RANCH Saddle Bronc Finals Buckle 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION 2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: RANCH PROPERTIES - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC -C. Mikkelsen, 250-374-1486 / Email: info@klavc.ca FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC ~ 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse GRAMMA LAMHA, Ashcroft , BC


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



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

BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid. www.cdart.org, www.critteraid.org, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0

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



of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or hmqh@hotmail.com q @ 8/13

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 12/12

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 15 & 16, 2013 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 15 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

Anni5v1erst sary!


DELTA RIDING CLUB www.deltaridingclub.com. English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

FRASER VALLEY HUNT Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or fraservalleyhunt@ymail.com


The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Ybo Plante 250-743-3356 or www.bchorsemen.org 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com. APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: colleen_doug@shaw.ca 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit www.bcqha.com. Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, bcqha@hotmail.com 10/12


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062, dodgegirl77@hotmail.com, www.kelownagymkhana.com 2/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333, mcharleston@telus.net, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! hmqh@hotmail.com www.lowermainlandranchsorting.com 3/13

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT, www.chaaps.ca, chaaps2@gmail.com, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326, debrett7@hotmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 8/13

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 5/13 74 • Saddle Up • September 2012


Clubs & Associations PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 2/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 8/13 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, www.critteraid.org 0

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 3/13 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, www.totemsaddleclub.com 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

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

D BAR K SHOW SERIES, D Bar K Ranch, Oliver, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228, chem_chick@hotmail.com, www.dbarkranch.com LMQHA EVERGREEN CIRCUIT, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, Barbara 208-683-1617, sierraious@aol.com LMQHA Evergreen Circuit, AQHA/APHA/All Breed Show, Thunderbird, Langley, Barbara 208-683-1617, sierraious@aol.com, bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, Carol 604-856-2967, www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR Light Horse Show/Gymkhana (BC Heritage), Barriere, BC, www.fallfair-rodeo.com, Darcey 250-318-9975, Darcey_Woods@telus.net EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Langley, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EXTREME HORSEMANSHIP CANADA COMP. P w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers, contact Anika 250-846-5494, gattiker@telus.net ALBERTA RANCH HORSE VERSATILITY SHOW, Cochrane AB, Russ 403-846-0893 https://sites.google.com/site/albertaranchhorseversatility/ TSC ANNUAL GYMKHANA Open, 9am, Thornhill Fair Gounds, Contact Marty Cox martyfcox@gmail.com or Elaine Rempel EJJ-R@telus.net HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Vanderhoof, 250-567-4333, www.bclivestock.bc.ca SLIDE OUT WEST, WCRA High Point Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, www.slideoutwest.info HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Williams Lake, 250-398-7174, www.bclivestock.bc.ca LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com RIDE STRONG POKER RALLY, Heritage Ranch, Red Deer, AB, Sarah Fritzel 403-392-4844 13TH ANNUAL QH PRODUCTION SALE (Ruzicka, D&G and Dixon Ranches), Killam, Alberta, www.ruzickaranch.com for catalogue or 780-336-2224 FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & Dist. Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071, carolineacres@xplornet.com, www.100mileoutriders.com FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW W (BC Herit. Qual., Paint Alt. Comp.), OPEN Eng/West, Gymkhana, 4-H classes. www.salmonarmfair.com or Trina, tdcoates@telus.net PENTICTON RIDGE CLUB Trophy Show, English/ Western, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex alex.macrae451@gmail.com PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Working Equitation/Extreme Trail, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, BC, Thea mackenziemeadows@telus.net or 250-577-3252 EQUINE CONFIDENCE/DE-SPOOK CLINIC, Smithers, Barbara Veal 250-847-5321 or Debbie Hughes, hughesqh@telus.net


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EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Kamloops, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 DELTA RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, Delta, 604-328-3814, cathyglover@telus.net, www.deltaridingclub.com KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, dodgegirl77@hotmail.com CAVALIA (A Magical Encounter between Human and Horse) opens in Edmonton, AB, www.cavalia.net EQUINE CONFIDENCE/DE-SPOOK CLINIC, Smithers, Barbara Veal 250-847-5321 or Debbie Hughes, hughesqh@telus.net PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation, Bowen Island, BC, Christine Miller chrisatevergreen@yahoo.com or 604-947-2982 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, northope@shaw.ca SCQHA – AQHA FALL CIRCUIT SHOW, Armstrong Fairgrounds, BC, Show Secretary Cheri Corrigan 250-337-5090, endallspurs@hotmail.com SANDRA SOKOLOWSKI CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, Judy juditholson@telus.net HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Silver Star Stables, Langley, Carol 604-856-2967, www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com NORTHWEST INVITATIONAL GYMKHANA Hosted by TSC, Thornhill Community Grounds, contact Danita Petch banjjodownn@hotmail.com HOOFS‘N HEARTS DINNER/DANCE fundraiser for BC Interior Horse Rescue, Oyama, Tickets $25, www.bcihrs.ca or 250-260-5344 ext 1 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation, (Demo Sep 14), Roberts Creek, BC, Christine 604-886-2367 or christine.mutch@bcas.ca EQUINE CONFIDENCE/DE-SPOOK CLINIC, Kamloops, Marie McGivern 250-374-5637 or Debbie Hughes, hughesqh@telus.net HORSECENTRED hosts Zabrina Barteaux’s Equine Massage Course for horses owners, Armstrong, 250-546 9640, www.horsecentred.com ROCK CREEK FALL FAIR & HORSE SHOW, Western Perf., Gymkhana, Penning and more. www.rockcreekfallfair.ca EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Rocky Mt. House, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 FUN DAY Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 HORSE AGILITYTRAINING/SHOW, AMNHC, Ladner, BC, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net

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DELTA RIDING CLUB Hunter Show, Delta, 604-328-3814, cathyglover@telus.net , www.deltaridingclub.com WILD ROSE TRAIL RIDE to benefit AEF Therapeutic riding groups, Kananaskis, AB, www.albertaequestrian.com DRESSAGE SCHOOLING/PRACTICE DAY, Apple Flats, Lake Country, Judge: Lynda Ramsay, oldfriendscanada@gmail.com or 250-869-9661 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, back40@telus.net or Mandy 250-308-6208, slowhayfeeders@live.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net BC COWBOY HERITAGE SOCIETY Fundraising Concert, Kamloops Convention Centre, Mark 1-888-763-2221, www.bcchs.com HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, 250-573-3939, www.bclivestock.bc.ca DWIGHT UNGSTAD’S QH PRODUCTION SALE, Innisfail Auction Market, www.ungstadqtrhorses.com or 403-783-2697 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Jones Flat Rd., Valerie Robertson 250-494-0770, stonebrookstables@live.ca GLENN STEWART Extreme Horsemanship Clinic/Competition, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC Laurie 604-869-1411, www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com HORSE & TACK SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, www.valleyauction.ca or 250-546-9420 COLE’S QH PRODUCTION SALE, Innisfail Auction Market, 403-845-4042 or 403-845-0622 HORSECENTRED, Relationship & Agenda - horses training 101, Armstrong, 250-546-9640, www.horsecentred.com ALL BREED HORSE SALE, Innisfail Auction Market, www.innisfailauctionmarket.com or 1-800-710-316622 2ND ANNUAL BCHBC ROBSON VALLEY CHAPTER POKER RIDE, McBride, BC, Mellany 250-968-4342 HORSEWOMANSHIP CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainers (Birgit Stutz/Kathryn Kincannon), Whitecourt, AB, 1-877-394-6773, www.equiana.com/events.htm BC SPORTHORSE FALL CLASSIC, Cloverdale, BC, Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation, (Demo Sep 21), Saskatoon, SK, Laurie lauriefklassen@me.com or 306-382-8219 EQUINE CONFIDENCE/DE-SPOOK CLINIC, Kelowna, Leah Allen, horsesonhuckleberry@hotmail.com or Debbie Hughes, hughesqh@telus.net EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Saskatoon, SK, Learn e quine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 HORSECENTRED, Play - an essential life skill – self-development, Armstrong, 250-546-9640, www.horsecentred.com AERC GYMKHANA FUN DAY, IPE Grounds, Armstrong, Rebecca 250-546-0052, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, mpowered2prosper@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com TREC Obstacle & Control of Paces Challenge, Pass Creek Fall Fair, Castlegar, BC, Jocelyn 250 304-2247 jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com, www.trecbc.com CANADIAN SUPREME, Western Horse event, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, www.canadiansupreme.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Oliver, Dawn Muller 250-498-0636, d-bar-kranch@telus.net DAWN HEPPNER CLINIC at Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, 250-808-0738, damarhetraining@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com JONATHAN FIELD CLINIC, Course 1 – Leadership, Prince George Agriplex, Kyla or Carl 250-996-8026, info@tourismfortstjames.com THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (at Canadian Supreme Show) Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Elaine 403-845-2541, www.thewesternhorsesale.com DIAMOND H TACK TENT SALE (17th Anniversary) Kelowna, 1-877-762-5631, diamondhtack@telus.net PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Fall Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry forms at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com

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OLD BALDY RANCH PRODUCTION SALE, Vold, Jones & Vold Auction, Dawson Creek, Catalogue www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy or 250-843-7337 CHEMAINUS RIVER COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Chemainus, Shelley Balme, 250-743-6192, obalme@shaw.ca, www.bcctra.ca PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Plus, (Demo Sep 28), St. Paul’s, MB, Francine flabossi@mts.net or 204-771-5335 VDRC HARVEST CLASSIC, BC Heritage Circuit Show, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, Roxanne 250-503-2403, rronan@telus.net EQUINE CONFIDENCE/DE-SPOOK CLINIC, Salmon Arm, Kay Griffiths 250-833-0925 or Debbie Hughes, hughesqh@telus.net RIDE FOR RESCUE & POKER RIDE, for BC Interior Horse Rescue, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby, 250-260-5344 ext 1, info@bcihrs.com EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Brandon, MB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 MISSION HORSE CLUB H/J SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, alicia@hyleetraining.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, mpowered2prosper@hotmail.com

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PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LÉGÈRETÉ, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, gachters@cablerocket.com HORSECENTRED hosts a NAEFW certification – intro. workshop w/Deb Marshall, Armstrong, 250-546-9640, www.horsecentred.com FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, www.perlich.com or 403-329-3101 TOPLINE FALL FINALE HACK, H/J SHOW, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, toplinestables1@hotmail.com 1ST ANNUAL HORSE EXPO, Lynden, WA, Ride with the Pros, Colt Starting, Extreme Cowboy Race, Trade Fair, etc. www.nwwafair.com or 360-354-4111, maryjo@nwwafair.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Rain out day – Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, tjbater@gmail.com PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Plus, Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, Connie Chaplin clearviewarena@sasktel.net or 306- 332-1332 AERC GYMKHANA FUN DAY, IPE Grounds, Armstrong, Rebecca 250-546-0052, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com NASS TURKEY DAY POKER RIDE, 11am Nass Valley, Contact Marty Cox martyfcox@gmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, rdpitman@shaw.ca or Chloe 250-720-6658, chloewangler@gmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Mornings, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, greypony@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Cobble Hill, Afternoons, Nancy Lane 250-743-1268, nancylane@shaw.ca CALGARY STAMPEDE CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY, Calgary, AB, www.calgarystampede.com/ag, tfoster@calgarystampede.com, 403-261-0127 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com ALBERTA EQUESTRIAN VAULTING ASSOC. Prov. & Cdn Nat’l Championships, Ponoka Ag Event Centre, Melanie 403-507-1583 for more details BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Members Only End of Season Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry Forms at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com OCTOBERFEST SCHOOLING SERIES #4, BC Heritage Qualifier, 9am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox martyfcox@gmail.com PEACE COUNTRY PET & EQUINE EXPO, Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie, BC, www.pcpetandequineexpo.ca LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Rain out day – Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com MISSION HORSE CLUB WILD & WOOLY, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, alicia@hyleetraining.com SRGEDC Supernatural Hallowe’en Fun Show, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Summerland, BC, www.summerlandrodeogrounds.com SPOOKTACULAR TEAM FUNDAY, Kelowna Gymkhana Club, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, dodgegirl77@hotmail.com THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack,

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the best in each other. In each section of the book, Leone clearly and concisely describes an important riding or jumping principle. He lays out related practice activities and offers checklists for selfevaluation. Descriptions and photographs of top riders bring his principles to life. Storey Publishing www.storey.com ISBN-13:978-1-60342-717-3 7â&#x20AC;? x 9â&#x20AC;? 224 colour pages, photographs and illustrations, $35.95 Hard cover with jacket www.saddleup.ca â&#x20AC;˘ 81

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BEAUTIFUL 2 ACRE PROPERTY Located on the outskirts of town. Fully fenced and irrigated, this property is perfect for horses, gardening and more. There are several outbuildings for horses and storage. The property also features a spacious 2,681 sq. ft. walk-out rancher with large windows, hardwood floors and even an in-law suite. $639,900 MLS® 2640 Gallagher Road, Kelowna, BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 The Acreage Group david@acreagegroup.com • www.acreagegroup.com Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

AMAZING 17 ACRE EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY Located just minutes from town and yet feels like you are way out in the country. The property is fully fenced and cross-fenced with numerous paddocks, irrigated pasture land, 36x48 pole barn, professional riding arena and offers trail riding right from the property. Contact us for more details. $999,900 1850 Mantle Court, Black Mountain, Kelowna, BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 david@acreagegroup.com • www.acreagegroup.com The Acreage Group Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

HORSE PROPERTY AND WATERFRONT! Pamper your horses with insulated stalls in a 36x72 barn with hayloft, covered outside area, and paddocks with shelters. And pamper yourself in a beautiful exclusive rancher on 9.88 acres with waterfront on private Reichmuth Lake in the Bridge Lake area. $875,000 MLS® N220139 8297 Wilson Lake Road, Bridge Lake, BC INGRID BERGER 250-395-2133 ingrid@thebergers.ca Century 21 Seaside Realty Ltd (100 Mile)

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NICE 10 ACRE PROPERTY Just minutes from town. Fully fenced and x-fenced. The barn/ shop has 2 matted stalls, covered storage for hay and shavings, 50’ round pen and 2 seasonal ponds. Ride, sled or quad right from your backyard. The property also features a 1,274 sq. ft. chalet-style home with full unfinished basement, wood stove, covered deck and beautiful lake and valley views. $549,900 MLS® 10050154 1513 Huckleberry Road, Kelowna, BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 The Acreage Group david@acreagegroup.com • www.acreagegroup.com Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

GREAT 10 ACRE PROPERTY located in a quiet area and just a short drive from town. Featuring lots of fenced and x-fenced pasture with several outbuildings for shelter and hay storage. There is a 2,000 sq. ft. 3 bed, 2 bath walk-out rancher with tons of character and charm. The home has had some upgrades including a great new well and pump. $499,900 MLS® 10044721 1732 Huckleberry Road, Kelowna, BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 The Acreage Group david@acreagegroup.com • www.acreagegroup.com Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

THIS AMAZING 6.73 ACRE EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY... ... is fully fenced and cross-fenced with several paddocks, barn, round pen, arena and trail riding right from the property (Bonus!). There is also a well-built 2,500 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2 bath home that shows great and is move-in ready. A must see! $689,000 MLS® 10053111 8991 Highway 33, Joe Rich (Kelowna) DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 david@acreagegroup.com • www.acreagegroup.com The Acreage Group Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

2 HOUSES + 29.1 ACRES = $519,900! Rural homestead with 2 houses (one a 2 bedroom + loft, 4 yr old log home!), garage/shop, barn with 3 stalls, tack room and more all on 29.1 acres. 20 minutes from Vernon or Armstrong. 14 acres could be put back into hay. Great opportunity for 2 family investment. Bring your offer! MLS® 10048308 4292 Brooke Road, Falkland, BC Visit www.okanaganrealestatesolutions.com for details or call MAGGIE GARVEY 250-308-0350 or 1-800-434-9122 Royal LePage Downtown Realty Ltd. (250) 308-0350 or 1-800-434-9122

KAMLOOPS HOBBY FARM This wonderful 20 acre property has it all. Recently re-chinked 1,888 sq. ft. Log home plus full basement (90% fin.), fireplaces, in-floor heat, sunroom, hardwood floors, maple kitchen and a new roof in progress. Land backs on to a small lake, is fully fenced and totally useable. Awesome 2,400 sq. ft. Shop with separate electrical, in- floor heat, 16’ ceiling with 2 large truck doors. The 1,800 sq. ft. Barn has full loft and can easily be set up for any use desired. Outdoor arena with more sand on site. Peaceful ranch setting less than 15 min. from town. $839,000 Call JEANNE OR DWIGHT VOS 250-554-4511 or ROB TEIT 250-574-6838 Best-West Realty Ltd.

OWN 137 SPRAWLING ACRES Nice pasture land and forested areas, adjacent to crown land trails and close to Montana Lake. Spectacular valley views from the large sundeck of the custom designed 5,200 sq. ft. home/lodge with beautiful commercial kitchen. Separate heritage log cabin, plus 4 self-contained quality built 22x18 log guest cabins. Used to be run as Montana Hill Guest Ranch. Welcomes new owner and ideas to restore to its previous glory or keep as your own private retreat. Owner would also consider a trade. Great potential and value at a very attractive price, below assessed value and replacement costs! $865,000 MLS® N218221 7915 Machete Lake Road, Bridge Lake, BC MARTIN SCHERRER 250-593-2253 bison@xplornet.com RE/MAX Country Lakes Realty



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CHALLENGES COMPARISON 162 acres with amazing set up for horses! Gorgeous setting with attractive 4,500+ sq. ft. main home, and second home. 40x60 heated 4-bay steel shop; 70x140 insulated and heated indoor riding arena, steel construction; 40x60 heated and insulated 7-stall barn with wash bay, bathroom, tack and feed areas; 5 paddocks and the 13 acre pasture have underground power, heated water and 4 board fencing; round pen; and miscellaneous storage buildings. A must to view! $995,000 MLS® N220643 18265 Highway 16W, Prince George, BC ELAINE KIENZLE 250-960-8769 Doucette Realty Ltd.

A CREEK RUNS THROUGH IT! Immaculate inside and out Hobby Farm on 20 acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been re-seeded, fenced and cross-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop. $429,900 MLS® 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista, BC CALL CYNTHIA 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd. www.cynthiabentley.com

NEED ROOM FOR HORSES? 2.8 acre property, heated water troughs, outdoor riding ring, fenced and cross- fenced. 3 bedroom rancher. Easy commute to Kamloops or Chase. $399,000 MLS® 109217 4999 Gerella Road, Pritchard, BC CALL CYNTHIA 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd. www.cynthiabentley.com

Real Estate Ads Only $85. + tax per issue. Next Ad Deadline September 15 Book Review Cowboys, Good Times & Wrecks Author: Pat Ferguson Illustrations by Wendy Liddle Stories of ‘cowboying’ on BC’s famous Douglas Lake Ranch. Pat Ferguson was raised on Douglas Lake Ranch and has written about the many characters he rode with and the top shelf horses they were fortunate to be mounted on. The horses were not pampered pets as you will read; they were big, tough and often rank long circle horses. The book covers a 20-year period between four-horse freight wagons and the common usage of pick-up trucks and horse trailers. Ride along with Pat Ferguson and his wild and wooly associates as they “cowboy” their way through British Columbia’s Nicola Valley; the most beautiful ranching country in western Canada. Enjoy… you’ll see names, or photos in the Cowboy Album, of folks you’ll know of or remember from the past, or even heard stories of! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Available through Sandhill Book Marketing or by contacting the publisher directly. Publisher: Fergie’s Follies P.O. Box 475 Clearwater, BC CANADA V0E 1B0 250-674-3348 ISBN 978-0-9731877-2-4 (paperback) $24.95 ISBN 978-0-9731877-3-1 (hard bound) $34.95 6 1/8” x 9 ¼” 208 pages www.saddleup.ca • 83

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PERFECT TRAIL HORSE 12-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH. Skipper W bloodlines. Neck reins, perfect trail horse. Amazing shape. $2,900. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com www.pro-horsemanship.com

GREAT ALL AROUND HORSE 9-year-old Hanoverian Warmblood x QH Mare, 15,2HH. All around horse! Western, English, Dressage First level. Ranch raised. $3,500. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com www.pro-horsemanship.com

10 YEAR PAINT MARE 14.1HH Used for trail horse. Likes to be riding lots, full of energy. Candace 250-351-5537 (Enderby) candace.brandt2010@hotmail.com


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

DISPERSAL SALE Proven bloodlines in Reining, Cow Work and Western Pleasure including Great Red Pine, Hollywood Jac 86, Prime Time Chex, Wright A Chex, Wrangler War Leo, Pepinics Master and Lady Pepinic are currently available and fairly priced to working homes. Dispersal sale includes AQHA registered stallions, broodmares, yearlings and aged horses. If you want healthy results in the arena or on the trail, discover Fillmore Quarter Horses: Working Legacies. True Companions. Visit us at www.fillmorequarterhorses.com Or call 250-367-9834 for more info (Fruitvale) We look forward to hearing from you!

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

KRYSTAL N NU CASH Talented, trained and well-bred 4 yr old Reg’d QH Mare, with all the looks. Trained for Cutting, won both her classes this year with a score of 72. Big stop, cowy and quick. 14.1HH, bred Nu Cash, Colonel Freckles, Doc’s Hickory, Cinderella Chex. King Fritz one off papers. $10,000 obo. Video available. 604-465-0975 (Pitt Meadows) E-mail applebox@shaw.ca

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 3/13


RARE SILVER DAPPLE CHESTNUT MORGAN COLT 2012 UC Davis color tested Chestnut Silver Dapple colt. Your chance to own one of a handful of Silver Dapple Morgans in the breed! Well-handled foal, good with farrier, ready to go in September. Full siblings have sold to Alaska and Australia. Transportation easily arranged. $2,500 plus GST. More photos at www.couleebendmorgans.com Email: LCDIETZ@cciwireless.ca or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)

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BAY MORGAN MARE IN FOAL FOR 2013 15HH, 10 years old, in foal to Bay Silver Dapple Morgan stallion for what is sure to be a spectacular foal! This mare has had one foal and is a great mother. She is also trained to ride and has been shown in Western Pleasure but is suited for an experienced rider. Transportation easily arranged. $3,000 plus GST. More photos at www.couleebendmorgans.com Email: LCDIETZ@cciwireless.ca or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)

Sired by Cougarsblueboonlight 2004 Blue Roan by Boonlight Dancer by Peptoboonsmal out of mare by San Jo Lena; Docs San Hickory by Docs Hickory out of mare by Peppy San Badger. Docs High Velocity grandson of Doc O’lena out of mare by World Champion Race Sires. Contact: Doyle, Lorraine, Tina and Gene Seely 780-542-1031 E-mail: gtseely@telus.net (Alder Flats, AB) www.aldervalleyranch.com


On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


Sired By:

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

Jaz Poco Silverado

AQHA/NFQH A 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

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

‘DRIFTER’ DECK BARS CHARGE 6 yr old Reg’d Quarter Horse Gelding, 15HH. Successfully shown as a 3-year-old at local shows. Would make an excellent project/4-H/ show horse. 30 days prof. training with Carl Woods as a 2-year-old. Doc O’Lena breeding and a solid Reining foundation. Has a nice little jog, fluid extension, solid WHOA, smooth ride, loves to spin, simple changes, rocking chair lope, natural low headset, good laterals. Ties, clips, bathes, trailers, great with farrier, has worked cattle, quiet on the trail. Lots of potential, and fabulous with kids and dogs. Asking $3,500. Open to offers. Lauren 587-988-1803 (Penticton, BC)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 www.elfondomorgans.webs.com

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 12/12

Timbery Portable Sawmills for personal use. Mill dimensional lumber, decking, posts, beams, and siding. Put our 20 years of sawmill design experience to the test. We also sell/service thin kerf sawmill blades and blade maintenance systems. Mills starting at $4,150.00 1-866-460-MILL, info@westernsawmills.com


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




TRAILER SALES AND RENTALS 0. ,40 1 $2 7’ x 20’ x 7’6”


Aluminum 3H angle haul with 48” stalls, 5’ off-set, 132” diagonal, 36” hip-to-hip & 48” along wall in 1st & 2nd stall. Walk-in tack, water tank, escape door on 1st stall.

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

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Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

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


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC www.swisscarpentry.com 250-547-6616 www.swisstimberconstruction.com

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Canadian made All-In-One Supplements for your Dogs g and Horses! Support Skin, Muscles, Immunity and Joints! Toll Free In Canada 1.855.308.7250 Phone 604.308.7250 sales@bellwethernutrients.com


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KEEPSAKE TREASURE from your horse’s tail. Custom jewelry pieces, key chains and more. 12/12

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LAUREN OLSON Certified Equine Sports Therapist Serving the Okanagan

2 year diploma offered since 1974. Training with large & small animals! On-site working farm. Fairview, Alberta. aht@gprc.ab.ca 1.888.999.7882

“Helping to restore balance in our equine’s Mind, Body and Soul”


L h &S Leather Stitches i h Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles

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

250-550-5611 HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 9/12



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250-546-3955 www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 11/12

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TRIPLE R STOCK FARM Boarding, Retirement & Rehab

Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm

Full Board year-round or Summer Pasture Large Paddocks with Shelters Heated Waterers Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen Excellent Hay fed in Slow Feeders Access to large Trail system

New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters

Knowledgeable and caring owners. Contact 250-577-3293 in Pritchard, BC (30 minutes to Kamloops)

CD Quarter Horses & LP Performance Horses Boarding & Training in Coldstream, BC ~ Large paddocks ~ Auto waterers ~ Shelters ~ Pipe fencing ~ Wash stall ~ Arena 250 X 120 Training available for individual or group lessons in Horsemanship, Cutting, Reining, Cowhorse, Roping Practice ropings weekly. 250-558-0553 or 250-938-2034


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

Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONSs4RAININGs3TARTINGYOUNGHORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI   sWWWNORTCA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoymentâ&#x20AC;?

DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC djdelichte9@telus.net


Cold Water Ranch


Capall Acres


Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 www.copperhillsequestrian.ca (10 minutes from Costco)

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


Pristine boarding services for all types of horses. 800 acres for your horse to roam pastures and live as nature intended â&#x20AC;&#x201C; outdoors Your horse will live its life relaxed and comfortably. sACRESOFRANCHLANDTOEXPLORE s7IDERANGEOFRIDINGTRAILS s&EEDGRAZINGWITHSUPPLEMENTALHAY s#ORRALS s%ASYACCESSTOSHELTERANDDRINKINGWATER s!DMINISTERINGANYMEDICATIONs-INERALBLOCKS Price = $275/month Located on Coldwater Road, 20 min. west of Merritt, BC Locate

Martin Westerhoff, Ranch Manager 250-315-3139 

Visit us at the Mane Event Booth #609 A veryy unique q

Land of Learning for you and your horse. 604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411

CLINICS & EVENTS www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com


September 15-16, 2012

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FREE OFFERED TO APPROVED HOME. 16 year QH Gelding black w/white star and hind socks. Well broke with no vices, not being used enough. Easy keeper, 15HH, soft mouth, very responsive horse. Not recommended for beginner. E-mail for more info kohl25@me.com. Located in Prince George.


FREE LEASE OR ? Jay is a 7-year-old QH gelding. Suitable for LIGHT riding or companionship only, must be carefully conditioned and observed for more. Details available. Would make a super â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;therapyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; horse, either ridden or for groundwork/confidence building. He has an awesome mind and loves to play. Easy keeper, personality plus, would suit an experienced older child for light use, or could go down the trail for occasional rider. Please email FarmChiq@gmail. com with your contact info and any questions. (Armstrong)

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