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ello April! Spring has sprung (for most of us)! Time to get up and out and ride! I am so looking forward to going to Red Deer for the Mane Event at the end of this month. Hope the weather holds out… those mountain passes can be miserable this time of year. But with a 4x4 and studded tires (which don’t come off till after Red Deer) we should arrive on time… unless of course there is an avalanche or rock slide closing the highway (let’s not go there!). This issue includes our annual Fashion Feature showcasing what is new and hot in riding and casual wear for 2013. Do check it out – there is something for everyone. Wanna see Saddle Up ‘Hot off the Press’ April 1st (no fooling)? – The magazine is up and ready for you all on the first of each month on our website – no sign in or registration, absolutely FREE to read. Get a jump start on the magazine before the ‘printed version’ hits the tack shops and other locations. I hope you enjoy this issue – see you at the Mane Event.

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Hardly a week goes by when I don’t hear about a dissatisfied horse purchase. In some cases, I think the purchaser is simply feeling some buyer’s remorse, but I’ve also heard some “horror stories� where the seller clearly misrepresented the horse’s physical condition, behaviour or abilities to the purchaser.


always ask if there was a purchase and sales agreement in place, but more often than not, the answer is a resounding “No.� In those rare instances where there was an agreement, it’s often so poorly drafted that proving the intent of its terms would be difficult. I have difficulty reconciling why such important transactions remain undocumented, particularly in this industry. The horse trade is a largely unregulated industry that provides very little, if any, recourse to an unhappy purchaser. Some sellers are motivated by sales commissions and will unfortunately say or do what it takes to make those horse sales happen. I was recently told about a horse that was sold for $100,000 without an agreement between the parties. Fortunately, in this case, the purchaser was more than satisfied with her new horse. When making her decision, I’m assuming she relied on the seller’s

well-known reputation in the industry. However, if something went awry after the purchase, could she count on the seller’s same reputation to show integrity and help rectify the problem? Always the optimist, I’d like to believe that the seller would “do the right thing� in those circumstances but, unfortunately, I’ve read about instances where reputable sellers didn’t return the purchaser’s phone calls or denied having any knowledge of the horse’s problems before it was purchased. If you wouldn’t buy a house or car without an agreement, why buy a horse without one? In another case, I heard about a purchaser who decided to buy a horse from Ireland and have it shipped to Alberta. The cost of this horse together with the shipping was approximately $100,000. Again, there was no purchase and sales agreement in place. The purchaser was unable to travel to Ireland to see the horse, so he relied heavily on the

pre-purchase examination conducted by two veterinarians. What the vets failed to disclose to him was that they were also the horse’s regular treating veterinarians. This proved to be detrimental to the purchaser because the pre-purchase examination report did not disclose that the horse had back problems. When the horse arrived in Alberta, his back was so damaged that he couldn’t be ridden and was essentially worth very little money. This purchaser had to consult a lawyer in Alberta as well as a lawyer in Ireland. Since there was no agreement stipulating that the purchaser could bring his lawsuit in Alberta, he will most likely be forced to sue in Ireland. Meanwhile, he is incurring costs for a horse that he cannot use. In addition to a purchase and sales agreement, I would have also recommended that the purchaser ask for a copy of the horse’s veterinary records prior to purchase. Purchase and sales agreements are

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Legalities, cont’d equally important when buying lower dollar value horses. An agreement for a horse that costs $5,000 will most likely be simpler and include fewer clauses than an agreement for a horse worth $100,000. However, at least it could include a clause stating that the seller represents to the purchaser that the horse does not have any physical condition or behavioural problems, except those that the seller writes into the agreement. I heard about another purchaser who bought a horse for $4,000 without entering into a purchase and sales agreement with the seller. The seller didn’t disclose that this horse was previously used in the rodeo. It didn’t take long before this horse began bucking off the purchaser and her lessees. The purchaser thought there was something wrong with this horse’s back, so she spent money on treatments and training to help fi x him. In fact, she spent more money trying to fi x him than what she paid for him. Despite her best efforts, this horse continued to buck, so she decided to retire him. This purchaser only learned about this horse’s rodeo career after he was retired. She thought about suing the seller but knew that without any documentation, it would be a difficult case to prove. Furthermore, she was aware of caveat emptor or “let the buyer beware� and bought the horse in the condition he was in, including his vices. However, even if she had a simple agreement in place, she would have had good evidence proving that the seller failed to disclose important information to her before purchasing the horse and she could have

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sued for monetary damages. Although I’ve condensed these examples for the purpose of this article, the substance and intent of the stories remain the same. Having a qualified lawyer prepare a purchase and sales agreement at the outset will give you some security should a problem arise after your purchase. If you would like to share your stories with me or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at harveen@ In future articles, I will continue to explore mistakes that purchasers make as well as issues that sellers should keep in mind. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and owner of a horse whose show name is “Legal Affair� as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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Standing Still for Mounting, Part 1 By Birgit Stutz Standing still for mounting is a very common issue that a lot of horse owners are faced with. The first step in solving the problem is to find out why the horse won’t stand still. Is he stressed? Unbalanced? Scared? In pain? Is the rider inadvertently causing the horse to move? Is the horse walking off out of habit or because the rider is allowing it?


f pain is the cause, this obviously needs to be addressed first. Where and why is the horse hurting? You may need to get a veterinarian, an equine chiropractor or massage therapist to assess your horse. Is the saddle ill-fitting or placed in the wrong position? Is the rider’s way of mounting causing the horse discomfort or pain or throwing the horse off-balance? This is often the cause with young and/or green horses or riders who are overweight. You can test for this problem by having someone hold the far side stirrup as you mount and observing any difference in the horse’s reaction. It is important to remember that you still may get a reaction of discomfort because the horse is anticipating discomfort or pain, so you may need to do this multiple times to determine if the horse is merely anticipating. Is the rider’s position in relation to the horse inadvertently causing the horse to move away from the rider? This is a very common problem, which is easy to solve as soon as the rider starts paying attention to his own body language. For example, if the rider’s belly button is pointing at the horse’s hind end, it is sending impulsive energy into the horse’s hindquarters, asking the horse to move the hind end away from the rider. Or, if the rider is inadvertently sending impulsive energy into the horse’s sensitive head and neck with his hips and shoulders, the horse may move away sideways, or he may just invert and bend into the rider (pushing his ribcage into the rider’s space). Does the horse fear what happens once the rider is up in the tack for example an unbalanced, bouncy rider, or a rider pulling on the reins or constantly kicking or spurring the horse? Does the horse anticipate

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work when the rider starts mounting and is trying to avoid it? And if so, is there something about how the horse is worked that causes stress, discomfort or pain? All these are possible causes that need to be ruled out or addressed before we can reasonably ask a horse to stand still for mounting. Sometimes the rider just expects the horse to stand still for mounting, but isn’t actually doing anything to prevent the horse from walking off by proactively blocking forward movement with the reins. It Justine assists by flexing Buck’s head down and keeping him in a is always in the horse’s best interest relaxed frame while Birgit hops that we are proactive and set the up and down beside Buck. It would be a good idea to wear a horse up for success instead of helmet while doing this exercise. waiting for him to make a mistake and then correcting him. We should never force a horse to stand still. A horse has to want to stand still, and he can only do so if he is not stressed. Restricting movement is a common tactic used in the predator world to establish dominance, but in the world of prey it only causes stress and fear. If a horse is stressed, he needs to move, and we actually need to encourage movement in the horse instead of forcing the horse to stand still, which just compounds the horse’s stress. What we do need to do is control the horse’s movement and shape the horse’s body in such a way that it relaxes him. It’s important to understand that there is a big difference between


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Mounting, Part 1, cont’d forcing a horse to stand still (and punishing him for moving) versus asking a horse to stand still (and responding appropriately by redirecting the movement in a way that does not cause punishment or discomfort or stress when the horse declines the request). In order for a horse to be able to stand still for mounting, he needs to not only be calm and relaxed, but also balanced, meaning standing square with a level to low neck. In order to achieve that, we may need to help the horse find this position. Facing the horse’s girth, I apply blocking aids with the reins to prevent the horse from walking away and at the same time I ask the horse to bend his ribcage around me by gently massaging the horse’s bending button at the girth with my thumb. You should be able to find a small indentation just where the ribs start to curl under. Massaging the horse’s bending button encourages him to move his ribcage away from me and also bring his head down and towards me while softening his poll.

Once the horse stays in this relaxed frame (frame of body is frame of mind), I keep one hand (if I am mounting from the left side, my left hand) on the reins and grab a piece of mane with it. With my right hand I start putting some pressure into the stirrup. If the horse needs to walk off, I will allow him to move, but I will control the direction of the movement. I may ask him to do a very small circle around me, or a turn on the forehand or to back up, all the while keeping him in a relaxed frame, with his poll level or below the height of his withers. These are all exercises that are physically more demanding for the horse than just standing quietly. You are essentially showing the horse that it is a lot easier (physically less challenging) to stand still than to walk off while at the same time allowing him to move without adding to his stress. Part 2 of Standing Still for Mounting will appear in next month’s issue.

Birgit massages Buck’s bending button to encourage him to move his ribcage away from her and also bring his head down and towards her while softening his poll.

Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, British Columbia. Birgit’s mission is to help people have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language as well as fundamental riding skills.




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Why is your harness important? Safety is paramount in anything to do with horses but particularly in driving. The harness is the connection between your horse and the vehicle and is the only means you have of controlling the horse. It is absolutely essential that the harness do its job of safely attaching the horse to the cart or carriage and not let you down when you need it.

What sort of driving are you going to do? Recreational driving is usually defined as driving on your own property or on the roads or trails for your own enjoyment. You can also take your friends for drives. Although recreational driving is sort of low-key (there is no competition involved), if you drive on the road, remember: an equipment failure there will be worse than in a ring or an enclosed area.

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Pleasure driving in open or breed shows is often a situation requiring specific types of harness and vehicles. You must consult the rule book for the classes you intend to compete in before you make any decisions or purchases to ensure you have harness that conforms to the rules. Combined Driving (CDE) (like threeday eventing but driven) uses harnesses of all sorts with the addition of some specialty pieces and things like quick releases. Simple recreational harness will do to start at the beginner levels. If you want to use your horses for farm work, you would need a draft-type harness suitable for pulling various sorts of farm implements.

What sorts of harnesses are available? Light horse harness, often called buggy harness, is ideal for the beginner or recreational driver or for low-level CDE use. This harness commonly includes a bridle, breastcollar, harness saddle or backpad, breeching, and may or may not have an overcheck or a sidecheck. It is lightweight but strong enough to do its job and the parts like the breastcollar and breeching are wide enough that the horse is comfortable pulling, even up and down hills. This harness will likely meet the requirements for lower-level pleasure driving in the show ring and for entry-

level CDE driving. Show or fine harness, used in the show ring in many breed classes, like Saddlebred, Arabian, Quarter Horse, and Shetland, is commonly a very thin (and expensive) harness, almost always leather and often does not include a breeching. This sort of harness, because of the narrowness of many of the parts, is unsuitable for hauling a vehicle up and down hills or for covering long distances. This harness is designed for flat smooth arenas, very lightweight vehicles and for use for short periods of time. This sort of harness is unsuitable for recreational driving. For more advanced Combined Driving, there are harnesses built with heavier, wider breastcollars and breeching than a light driving harness and with no check reins. At the lower levels, a light horse harness is adequate. Only at the more advanced levels do drivers usually choose to use a specifically designed Combined Driving harness. Draft harness is generally large sized and very heavy and is designed for heavy use and to pull heavy loads. This type of harness commonly uses full collars which are expensive and difficult to fit. Since a typical cart for recreational or CDE driving may only weigh 150 to 200 pounds, a draft harness is not required. Since draft harness is designed for heavy HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy

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The 2013 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale opened with a bang, for two Percheron horses won a $50,000 bid.


eld at the Gordyville USA Auction Center in Gifford, Illinois, February 19-21, a capacity crowd was ringside. The 268 Belgians and Percherons sold averaged $5,111. This signal event, operated by the Amish, is a barometer of North America’s draft horse trade. Buyers from 25 states and five provinces were present. Tack, harness and equipment was in demand; the trade for collector’s items was insane. Copies of the 1922, 1927 and 1937 Belgian Review sold upwards of $400 each. Budweiser beer steins won a roaring trade, as did bundled back issues of The Draft Horse Journal. Belgian Gelding Miknella’s Majic Lance

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One of two $50,000 horses sold, Soap Creek Etta, is a heads-up, 3-yearold Percheron mare. Jane Gray, of Trippcrest Farm in Harrison, Maine, purchased the black, Skyview Count On It daughter. She joins Trippcrest’s tramping hitch of Percheron mares. The grey Percheron gelding, Neels Becker, also sold for $50,000. This 3-year-old, purchased by Ames Percherons of Jordan, Minnesota, will be positioned in the handsome Percheron Six campaigned by Ames Construction Co. Neels Becker had a brilliant performance in the Sale Preview. Canadians were front and centre for the gelding trade. Stewart Crabb of Stittsville, ON, the RCMP Musical Ride’s long-serving farrier, paid $25,000 to own Miknella’s Majic Lance. This big, athletic Belgian gelding is sorrel in colour. Brian and Randi Thiel of Pleasant Grove, California, bid $15,000 for the Manitoba-bred horse Gordon Ruzicka, consigned by Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB. The 18.3hh black Percheron, Lone Oak 08 Glen, is a 5-year-old that is no nervous novice, in either a show ring or a parade. Jason Bexson, of Legacy Stables in Didsbury, AB, pocketed $14,500 for a 3-year-old Belgian gelding. His exciting colt, full of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Wild Rose, cont’d style with lots of step, sold to Craig Hammersmith, of Hammersmith Belgians in Defiance, Ohio. Drew Mundie of Innisfail, AB, came home with two Belgian females. JSS Emily, a 4-year-old Thunderbranch Prince mare, cost him $7,000. She is in foal to Harbor Haven’s Extreme. Meanwhile, C Kandy’s Krystal Excel was a steal at $3,750. Sound as a brass bell and so very correct, this athletic 3-year-old is by Twin Oaks Excel, Grand Champion Stallion at the 2008 North American Belgian Championship VI. Wayne Lucas and Sons, of Lucasia Ranches in Claresholm, AB, paid $3,300 for Knepp’s Rachel. She was the only yearling fi lly in the Sale Preview that

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At Gateway 2 Ranch in Kamloops, a 320-acre sacred land is home and playground to a herd of horses, ponies, steer and llamas, along with the family of cats and dogs. The animals are all at liberty or free to come and go, whether on the land, in the large shared paddock or in the open communal barn, which connects to the human house.


he Herd” is part of the family, pampered and loved as children (or more so, the human children say). They are invited to play rather than work and the work they do is changing consciousness and lives. Liz Mitten Ryan (their “partner”), an animal communicator, has co-authored four award-winning books with The Herd and recently won Best Documentary for “One with the Herd” which was based on the first book and is now available as a DVD; it is about the healing connection that animals and nature have to offer humans. Since the horses are part of the family and share in an open line of communication, they have made a few amendments to horse keeping on the ranch: bare feet, no whips, no bits, no instruments of torture, treeless saddles or bareback pads, no force, no restraint, invitation and reward (rather than pressure and punishment). The horses believe they should train people rather than people training them. The title of the second book is “The Truth According to Horses” and it was entirely “dictated” to Liz by the horses. It won the coveted Nautilus Award, in company with

Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and the Dalai Lama. As a result, the horses, now quite famous, have visitors come from all over the world for Equinisity retreats. During May to November, The Herd, though free to roam in the meadows, forests, hills and lakes of the property, returns each morning to teach and heal humans. Subjects include liberty play and herd language, fine-tuning focus, intent and feel. Trust and love, along with praise and treats, are shared during activities in the playground where horses leap up on tires, walk over “bridges” and teeter-totters or through swim noodles, following like dogs, or quietly cuddling, their heads on laps. The entire herd will drop to the ground, allowing people to share their rest time or morning meditation, snoring comfortably amongst a crowd of onlookers. The horses and other animals also help on healing tables, raising and clearing energy like reiki masters. At Gateway, the horses are not haltered and led to work healing humans. They invented the “Equinistic Healing” method, which is orchestrated by the horses and is completely different from other horse therapy in that the entire herd, at liberty, chooses when and how the healing will take place, working individually and together, using pattern and rhythm, while sensing and seeing the

truth of each person. Miraculous healings and life changes are the result. Animals and nature interface with a higher wisdom, the creative force that is within all life and when they are invited to connect and share, rather than forced to perform, they are only too happy to be friends and companions, connecting and raising human consciousness to a place where we are all spiritual equals, each contributing our own special talents. Offering a kind word, a scratch or a treat, is similar to how we treat our friends and goes a long way to establish a relationship that is as much fun for the horse, dog, steer, or any of our other animal friends as it is for the human.

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Five Essential Skills for Your Horse’s Future By Christa Miremadi Every horse owner I meet has good intentions and a desire to have a great relationship with his/her horse. They want to be able to emotionally support and direct their horses’ behaviours and do what’s best for them physically.


hey want to provide them with an appropriate diet, regular trimming or shoeing, consistent dentistry, productive exercise and plenty of stimulation with “away from home” activities like riding at the local park, attending horse shows or taking part in clinics. As I said, the intentions are there, but not all of them know how to maximize this opportunity for more than just adequate care. I’d like to share five tips that I have found to be invaluable for maximizing the care your horse can receive. 1. No hoof, no horse. Take the time it takes to help your horse learn to stand on three legs for an extended period of time. As horse owners, it’s our job to emotionally and physically prepare our horses for things like standing for a farrier. As someone who has recently become the sole hoof care provider for my herd, I can honestly say it’s my opinion that farriers aren’t paid enough money for the job they do! It’s hard work physically, not to mention dangerous, and it takes a lot of attention to detail: looking for levels, checking for balance and what not. This

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is hard enough with my well-behaved horses let alone those who are physically or emotionally unprepared for the task. A little focused attention paid to helping a horse find comfort with one of his legs being held by someone he trusts for a little while can help him accept having that same foot taken away and confined between the knees of a stranger once every six to eight weeks. 2. A level head in all situations. Many folks out there may already be aware of the correlation between the height of a horse’s head and how he is feeling but for those of you who aren’t, it’s pretty simple: A high head displays high anxiety, a low head displays low anxiety. Obviously, just like every other aspect of horsemanship, there are always exceptions to every rule but generally speaking, this is a pretty safe assessment to make. Physiologically, when a horse throws his head up suddenly, or maintains an elevated head position, adrenalin is released, causing feelings of excitement or anxiety to be amplified. Conversely, when a horse lowers his head (say, to graze) the spine is stretched and endorphins are released, creating a feeling of peace and calm to spread throughout the horse. Now, horses have a very hard time separating how they look from how they feel so, to a certain extent, you can provide an excited horse with an antidote to his adrenalin if you can cause him to lower his head and release endorphins into his system. This will not be a “fi x all” solution to every situation in which a horse gets excited but it can certainly help your horse to relax for those crucial moments before a vet slides a needle into his neck in order to draw blood or administer possibly lifesaving medications. 3. Stand here, there and everywhere. This may not seem like that big of a deal or may not even occur to many people

because they have never experienced issues with the way their horses stand when tied, but many horses (I would even say most horses) learn many things by location. A horse who is used to being tied in the cross ties at the end of the barn may be completely fine with standing tied for an extended period of time as long as he is in the cross ties at the end of the barn. But if you were to change the location of this activity, you may find that standing quietly while tied would not come so easy. “Why is this important?” you might ask. Simple - you never know when there will be an emergency out on the trail, a natural disaster that requires standing tied or even just because one day you may want to tie your horse to your trailer in a strange place. This life skill for your horse could help him to safely deal with a situation sometime down the line that you couldn’t have predicted. 4. Head and shoulders, knees and toes. In the event that your horse becomes injured and a veterinarian requires the ability to touch your horse in a strange place, this should not be the first time your horse has experienced this touch. The shoulders, knees and toes aren’t always such a big issue but often the only time a horse is HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Five Essential Skills, cont’d ever asked to tolerate a human’s hand in his mouth is at floating time. In fact, any other time a human’s hand has ended up inside his mouth it has probably ended pretty badly... for both the horse and the hand! Spending a little time familiarizing your horse with the right way* to have his mouth and lips touched will make the yearly dentist visit much more enjoyable for both your vet and your horse; I know that, over the years, I’ve really appreciated having a happy vet who’s willing to drop what he’s doing to come and attend to an emergency. A willing, calm and tolerant horse can mean the difference between the vet getting a good look at their teeth, eye, nose or ear and a poor look. 5. Load in, load out and travel quietly. In my experience over the years working with horses and trailers, one thing has been made very clear. Many people put plenty of work into teaching their horses to load into the trailer but not nearly as

optimal care but these five tips seem to help get the ball rolling in the right direction. As I said, we all have the best of intentions when it comes to preparing our horses for all the things they’ll need to do, but many of us don’t quite know what to do. I hope these tips are helpful! *Do not attempt these lessons without a professional’s help. many people put the same kind of time and effort into un-loading from the trailer. Even less people take the time to practice tying in, closing divider doors or standing in a stationary trailer. Many of the issues I see are actually more about the anxiety of being closed in or getting back out than they are about climbing in. A little extra time spent on these other aspects of riding in a trailer can help your horse to arrive at his destination calmly and help you get your ride started on the right hoof. Of course, there are thousands of ways to maximize your horse’s opportunity for

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Becoming a Farrier’s Dream Client By Hannah-Mae Kaiser “The hospital? What happened?” When a farrier’s wife got a call from her son, asking her to persuade his dad to go to the hospital, she started to panic. The son replied, “He got kicked in the face by a horse, and half his nose is smashed in.”


espite Barton Lybbert’s attempts at convincing his wife that it “wasn’t that bad” and that he “really needed to finish this horse,” he agreed to go to the hospital. Lybbert, a Certified Journeyman Farrier, never did finish that horse. At the hospital, he learned that his nose was indeed broken. His injury could have been avoided if someone had taught the horse to stand quietly for the farrier. “Most horses we meet don’t fail to amaze us with the rudeness they display,” Lybbert says, “These horses wreck tools and equipment. It’s an unnecessary complication and one that, as farriers, we don’t really appreciate. It makes it more difficult to maintain a rhythm and energy level when these animals put you through the ringer early or late in the day.” It doesn’t have to be this stressful. According to horseman and clinician Josh Nichol, much of the problem is that people don’t have enough commitment from their horses. He says, “The farrier has to pick up the foot for a long period of time - a lot longer than most people would practice. If a farrier needs to be able to pick the horse’s foot up at a commitment of five, and I’ve only ever picked the foot up at a commitment of two, then, all of a sudden, this is outside the “rules” that have been established. The farrier just comes in to pick the foot up and go to work, but

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now he has to deal with a lack of commitment that is actually the owner’s fault. When the horse is asked to give more than he is comfortable with, any problems that he has with leadership or personal space will generally surface. It becomes the farrier’s problem and results in injuries such as a broken nose, cuts, overstressed arms, and hyper-extended knees.

Preparing Your Horse for the Farrier “We pick the hooves up, pick them out, and put them down,” Nichol says. “If your horse is at all uncertain, you need to be able to pick them up and put the leg between your legs like a farrier would, pick them out, fuss on them, bump them around. Get your horse to the place where, when the farrier picks the hooves up, that’s quieter than you’ve ever done it. So the farrier can say, “Whoa, this is easy!” and your horse is saying the same!” Nichol stresses the importance of understanding pressure. Some people use too much and some people use too little, but both are equally imbalanced. People need to be able to use pressure neutrally, like horses. They use pressure, and then it’s over. He calls it the difference between relational horsemanship and emotional horsemanship. Relational horsemanship is understanding what the horse’s needs are; emotional horsemanship says the horse is doing what it is doing because it is acting like you would, if


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Misbehaving horses wreck tools and equipment that are very expensive and necessary for farriers to do their jobs well. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Lybbert)


Farrier’s Dream Client, cont’d you were upset. “Therefore, on the emotional side, we treat them like that. We get after them,” Nichol says, “but all they’re doing is showing that their needs are not being met, that what you’re doing is not satisfying their [need for] leadership.” According to Lybbert, space issues are the most common problems he faces. “The horse doesn’t understand that he’s only welcome in my space if he’s invited.” He says, “When I ask to pick up one leg, they might walk off or brace the leg I ask for and move the other three. They walk over their owners and me. This can be as big as running right over someone and causing injuries or as minor as being heavy and leaning.” The best way to fi x any problem is to simply prevent it. But when there already is a space issue, the first question is, why? “My analysis of any situation is based on the needs, mind, space or pressure,” Nichol says. “So, what I ask is, does this horse want to be back with his buddy? Is this horse scared? Am I a pressure he is struggling to deal with? If it’s not space, then it’s either mind or pressure, and usually these horses haven’t been taught to think under pressure.” When the farrier reaches down to pick up the hoof, he is a pressure to the horse. If the horse believes you have put him in a negative position, he will either flee or push in. Nichol uses the round corral to teach horses how to deal with pressure. “I’ll put the horse in there and he’ll start running around; then I’ll gently add a little bit of pressure until he looks at me, and then put the pressure away. So the horse starts understanding he can control pressure by staying.” Another important piece is teaching your horse to lower his head by softening to a pressure on the lead. “If a horse is braced, it’s because negative minds are showing up. If a horse is staying soft, it’s because he’s okay. Our job is to keep him relaxed and soft,” Nichol says. “I put different pressures on him, make sure he’ll soften, and when the farrier’s there, just stay on the line. When the horse starts to show that he’s getting unsure, ask him to soften.”

Consideration and Communication “When the farrier is left to manage the horse as well as do his job, it usually involves shortcuts and those are seldom completely effective,” Lybbert says. “It also puts undo stress on the farrier, horse and owner.” If a horse had a bad experience with a farrier, you need to be picky about which farrier to call the next time that horse needs his feet worked on - get someone who is When a horse respects the farrier and going to be patient and will stand still, the farrier can do his take the time to work work quickly, without having to use shortcuts or risk injuring himself or slowly, if needed. Nichol the horse. (Photo courtesy of Sandy recommends paying a Lybbert.) good farrier not only for trimming your horse, but also for taking the time. “Plan ahead and get the farrier on your side,” Nichol says. “A lot of farriers come in and they’re so bothered by people that don’t get their horses handled.” But if the farrier is told beforehand and paid accordingly, he will be able to take the extra time, and get it done right. With you taking care of your horse, the farrier can simply do his job and shortcuts can be avoided.

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Farrier’s Dream Client, cont’d aggressive horse that has dangerous problems such as kicking and striking out with the front hooves. After suffering a broken nose, Lybbert says he is learning to walk away from dangerous horses. “If a horse gets to the point where it’s aggressive, the farrier has to encourage the person that they need assistance,” Nichol says. “You cannot fight with aggressive horses because they already know how to win. The way I go about it is trying to be the human they’ve never had, someone that can give them what they need. Help them understand how to soften to pressure, keep their mind present and slowly engage the space. Don’t engage the space in confrontational ways, until the horse starts to show it’s actually turning around. Then you pick the foot up, and put it down. Because this isn’t a situation of longevity.” In order for these horses not to become worse, the owner must also commit to putting the time and effort in. Whether it requires you becoming a stronger leader, teaching your horse to soften and handle pressure, or getting the help of your farrier or a trainer, it is a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. Hannah-Mae Kaiser lives on her family’s farm near Rochester, Alberta, with her two horses and dog. She considers herself a freelance journalist and student of natural horsemanship.

Barton Lybbert. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Lybbert)

BARTON LYBBERT, a Certified Journeyman Farrier, has been trimming and shoeing horses for 38 years. “Sometimes it feels like I started yesterday and sometimes it feels like it’s been an eternity!” he says. He lives with his wife Sandy in Glennwood, AB, and the couple have four children, Daniel, Bethany, Ryan and Devon as well as seven grandchildren.

JOSH NICHOL has been training horses for 18 years, but becoming a clinician was never his intention. He says, “I just wanted to be a cowboy!” He teaches clinics throughout Canada as well as from his family-owned Eagle’s Wing Ranch near Meanook, AB, where he lives with his wife Cindy and their two children, TaylorRae and Jackson. “I guess everybody’s got their thing,” he says. “This is mine.”

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy MY MOTHER DRESSES ME FUNNY

Being inherently lazy, or being the kind of person who likes chores to be efficient, or maybe just from blanketing a lot of horses over the years, I like my horses to help put on their own blankets, just as I like them to help put on their halters or bridles or hold up their feet for cleaning.


ow can you use the foundation lessons that are in place already to train this blanketing behaviour? You could use stationary targeting, hand targeting or mat work (which is really a form of targeting) to teach blanketing. For this discussion, I will focus on targeting to a stationary target. You would start by reviewing basic targeting if you haven’t done it in a while with your horse. Does he know this behaviour? Does he target quickly when the target is presented? If not, then you need to spend more time here first. Can

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you send him to a target that is away from you - a stationary target perhaps on the wall of his stall? (See the video, “Eggo Stationary Targeting,� at www. to see what I mean by this.) If you haven’t taught your horse this targeting behaviour, then you will need to teach this as well before proceeding to the blanketing lesson. Do you have a cue that you give to send the horse to the target? If not, you can add that in here as well. A cue is added only once you can predict that the behaviour will happen - not before! Once I know that my horse will touch the target quickly after it is presented, I can add in my verbal or hand cue just before he touches it. I use the verbal cue “park,� as I use it a lot with my driving ponies to have them station while I get the carriage, but you can use any cue you would like - just make sure that it sounds different from other verbal cues you may have. Gradually increase the distance the horse must move to touch the target; eventually, have the target where you would like him to station for blanketing. Once this “going to the target� behaviour is solid and predictable, you can start to build on the blanketing behaviour. As always, you are going to break this down into small steps so that the horse is successful, ideally, every time. How far you need to break the steps down will depend on your horse. Some horses

are bold and brave and won’t need as many steps; others are not, or have issues, and they will need a lot more tiny steps. Keep in mind, all the time, the emotions of the animal and do not make him force down a negative emotion in order to perform the task. Remember, it has to be a good experience for both of you! How you proceed to the next step will depend a bit on how tall your horse is and how he is about putting his head under something. Start with something easy, such as a lunge whip, held horizontally far above his head but between him and his target. Can you give him the cue and





Clicker Training, cont’d will he walk under the whip and station at the target? Click and treat for that and do a backward food delivery to get him into position to repeat the behaviour. Gradually lower the whip until he has to lower his head a bit to go under it to touch the target. For smaller ponies, you can try having them go under your outstretched arm. Once he is comfortable with this, change things a tiny bit and perhaps wrap a towel around the whip with the ends of the towel hanging down and have him go under that. Next, have him have to push under the towel a bit, doing these changes gradually and only after he is ok with the previous step and is looking calm and relaxed. Remember: when you change criteria, you need to lower your expectations of the behaviour for a bit. Remember to keep your rate of reinforcement (clicks and treats) high


when he is learning a new behaviour. The next step might be draping a big towel over your arm or over the whip (see picture) making a loop out of it so he has to put his head through the opening. Remember, too, to do some easy “freebie” clicks and treats for another behaviour he likes, to keep things positive for him. This can be just touching your fist target three or four times in a row. Work your way up to a summer sheet, which easier to hold up for many trials than a winter blanket. I like to fold and hold the blankets as shown, as it makes it easy for everyone, especially me. (See picture series of how to fold the blanket at See if you can plan out the lesson for taking the blanket off. (Hint: rewind of blanket-on behaviour using backward food delivery to have him back out of it.) Remember, time spent in planning

is worth every minute it will save you in your training. Eventually, the blanket being held up is the cue to walk toward it and put his head through. Then you can stand at the stall door, hold up the blanket, have the horse come out of the stall, put on his blanket, stand while you do up the straps, and put on his halter and be ready to go out. Fast, efficient and fun. (See Icky and Flash’s blanketing videos at www. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the use of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See the “Clicker Training” listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 23

Biggest Inaugural Show at Tradex By Nanette Jacques Photos courtesy of and/or Karen Reynolds


nimal lovers of all kinds descended on the Tradex in Abbotsford BC on February 16-17 to take in the inaugural Pet Lover Show. The first pet show ever to also feature seminars and products for horse lovers drew the largest crowd to an inaugural show in Tradex’s 22 year history. Aisles were so crowded that the show almost had to stop ticket sales on Saturday as the building was reaching fire safety maximums. The show will be renting the entire building for 2014 to help allay the congestion and to give guests even more to see and do. Show organizers said they included horses because they felt there were a lot of people interested in either getting a first horse for a child or getting back into horsemanship as an adult, especially moms with grown children. They told Saddle Up magazine they wanted to present information and options available to this audience, one that wouldn’t necessarily go to existing horse shows. Judging from the huge crowds around the round pen during the presentations by Jay 0’Jay, Gerard Laverty, Sharon Wells-Ackermans, Ken Wilkinson, Dr. Robyn Kopala, Rose Schroeder and Linda Buchanan and the interest and questions afterward, it seems like there are, indeed, a lot of people considering our wonderful ‘equine’ sport. In addition to the horse presentations there was a lot to see and do for all animal lovers including the Wild Wonders show – made famous on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet. We also enjoyed great demonstrations of dog skills including agility, therapy work and nose work. Master groomer Michele Grenkow wowed the crowds with her entertaining grooming demonstrations and then there was the

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rabbit agility (yes Virginia, there is rabbit agility and it is really a lot of fun – gales of laughter erupted from the standing room only audience at each show); for the scaly and feathered fan there was the raptor show, the reptile show, the exotic birds and of course, the seminars where authors, nutritionists and veterinarians shared their knowledge. For the little ones, the face painting and the petting zoo, as well as the candy apple booth proved to be big hits. The next Pet Lover show will take place February 15-16, 2014. It’s perhaps fitting that it is on the same weekend as Valentine’s Day. Bring those you love to learn more about the animals you love!

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Wild Horse E-Book Now Available By Yvonne Allen


he Voice For The Horse Foundation (VFTH) is officially in pre-launch for our 1st e-book to be released in the spring of 2013, written by children across Canada and the United States who participated in our 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition 2011 – Subject: Wild Horses, inspired by “Atticus” – the Wild Stallion from Deadman Valley BC Canada! This special e-book decorated beautifully with the photography or our supporting sponsors Tony Stromberg and Barbara Wheeler will take your breath away when you begin to read through the heartfelt essays submitted by our young writers ranging from the age of 8 to 18 years. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the production of our theme song STRONGER which has been co-written and donated to our organization by Langley BC talents and VFTH Ambassadors Tiffany Desrosiers and Cole Armour. STRONGER depicts the essence of our relationship with the horse. In today’s time it has become apparent we do not need to have horses in our lives however on the contrary, horses are now perhaps needed more than ever where they continue to stand beside us in their humble services. Help us be a bigger voice for the horses and support VFTH by purchasing your own copy of our Wild Horse E-Book! With

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True Equine Leadership: Take My Space Exercise By Barbra Ann King

This series of articles is about exercises you can do to establish True Equine Leadership, as taught in the Relationship Riding method (


o far, I have covered the importance of being a True Equine Leader for your horse and the benefits you get in doing so (all past articles are available on The number one benefit is a close, trusting relationship with your horse. This month, I will explain how to do the “Take My Space” exercise. This happens to be one of my favourite exercises in True Equine Leadership because it is very simple, requires no particular equipment and can be done anywhere, at any time. The idea behind “Take My Space” is based on the fact that a herd leader can take another horse’s spot at any time. He usually does so in a calm manner, walking up to the desired spot in a confident way. The leader’s goal is to take the space

he is requesting. As the leader approaches confidently to claim his spot, the other horse has a choice to challenge the herd leader or not. If he does, the leader will use firm body language and energy to take the space he wants. His message will be very clear. He will not get more aggressive, only Take my space assertive. The fact that the herd leader can take that specific spot reinforces his position in the herd. Other higher-ranking horses also do it to lower-ranking ones. When horses are not certain of their position in the herd, this is one of the things they do.

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When we want to show our horse that we have the same qualities as an equine herd leader, we can do the same thing and take their spot. Here’s how it’s done: 1. Wait for your horse to be standing still. Look directly under his belly to a spot on the ground and keeping your eyes on that spot at all times, walk towards your horse with the intent to take that space. (Photo #1) 2. If your horse doesn’t move as you approach, wave your arms, slap your leg or wave a dressage or driving whip in front of you with the end of it touching the ground. It is very important to keep approaching your horse at the same speed; don’t slow down or stop because he is not moving. Be louder and firm without being aggressive. Be confident. 3. When your horse moves away, keep walking towards the spot you are eyeing and plant both feet on it. This is very important as you are showing your horse that you are following through with your intent. Even if your horse is long gone, walk to the spot and take your space. 4. Once you have taken your spot, stand there for a moment. Don’t stare at your horse, that’s not where your interest is. Your horse can go anywhere at this point and it doesn’t matter. Keep your body relaxed, enjoy the spot that you just took and take a deep breath. (Photo #2) 5. When your horse finds a new spot, let him enjoy it for a few seconds, and go take it the same way you did earlier. 6. Repeat this four-five times or until your horse gives up his spot easily, then turns and looks at you instead of running off. When this happens, your horse is seeing you as a higher-ranking horse and is waiting to see if you will ask anything of him. He knows that he has a potential leader in front of him. (Photo #3) 7. Approach him with a greeting hand (your hand is held no higher than your hip, extended in front of you, palm up). Stop a few feet in front of him and allow him to stretch his nose forward and touch your hand. Contrary to what people may think, he is not looking for a treat. He is greeting you the way horses do, by touching noses while not pushing each other’s personal space. (Photo #4) 8. Once your horse has touched you, he has given you permission to touch him. That does not mean take a step forward and walk into his head space. Go to his shoulder, stand behind HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


his front feet, and rub his withers. 9. You can then walk away at a 90 degree angle from his shoulder, inviting him to follow you, or you can put the lead rope on his neck and put his halter on. This exercise is great for a horse that is hard to catch. You can go to his pasture or paddock and do it there. In order to be really successful, don’t have a time limit. Enjoy! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship RidingŠ method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website


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Through A Horse’s Eyes, Part 6 By Luke Walker FAQ: “If horses are basically good, why does my horse act poorly half the time?�


his is a common question, and its answer has the potential to make us more influential horsemen and horsewomen. As a trainer, when I’m asked this question, the question itself is usually accompanied by an explanation from the owner that they’ve taken time to ensure that the somewhat-misbehaving horse had started out with a lot of trust for them. They’ve been told that trust is the most important piece of an equine relationship and they have “gone the extra mile� to make sure trust was present from the start; but, for some reason, they are still dealing with a “naughty� horse. It’s certainly not wrong to think that developing a horse’s trust through experiences with you is an important piece of your equine relationship - I believe that, too. However, trust is actually only a result of several other things that develop first, which also affect our leadership role. We can look to the natural developmental stages that all horses go through to see what those pieces are and how they play a role. Early on in a young horse’s life there are several leaders that come and go. The first leader to appear in a horse’s life is its mother. At first, mother’s leadership role is unquestioned and absolutely respected by the young horse. Its initial need for mother keeps him close by her side. As we know though, a horse only follows his mom for a short time in life. Inevitably, we see a young horse start “rebelling� - nipping and disregarding mom more and more as he gets older. The function of a “mothering� relationship is certainly needed at first, but once its initial purpose has been served, the young horse leaves her side and


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moves on in life. Notably, the main element present here is complete dependency. The next relationship to develop in a horse’s natural life is the “playmate� relationship, often with other herd members their own age or maturity level. These “chums� are still learning life’s lessons and tend to play quite rough with each other! These playmates are not actually each other’s leader though; for example, when something unpredictable happens and the two are startled, neither knows where to go or what to do. They may each try to lead at different times but, in reality, they are both still followers as their independence is still developing. The notable element in these relationships is co-dependency. As a horse matures and the lessons of herd life and social structure continue, there is another kind of horse relationship that develops. It’s the “alliance� relationship, where two horses living and surviving in nature join together out of some similarities they have with one another. The similarities that draw them to each other can be physical ones, mental ones, personality or simply situational circumstance. Although these relationships initially form out of the horses’ likenesses to each other, they continue partly out of the necessity for a sidekick in a larger group and in natural daily life. These arrangements have unique characteristics in comparison to the first two types of horse relationships. Horses in the more mature “alliance� relationship show more signs of independence apart from their relationship and an added element of mutual respect within their relationship. The role of leadership is somewhat shared but is most often assumed by the more confident or more experienced of the two. These individuals enjoy their similarities but actually benefit more from their differences in strengths and experience. In this case, their personal independence and mutual respect has



Horse’s Eyes, cont’d Check our website ( for upcoming clinics! Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo. Walker develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers, coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines.


replaced the dependency found in the first two relationships. I would suggest that you model your equine relationships after the “alliance” relationship as it is the only long-term, mutually beneficial arrangement. Encouraging dependence on you in your relationships will backfire as the leadership in the “mothering” relationship is short-lived because the function of this relationship in a horse’s life was not meant to last. Maybe you and your horse are currently in more of a “playmate” relationship. If this is the case, your relationship might include playful jousting and some added taunting from him in his effort to get you to react in some way. This kind of relationship usually develops in a horse who is comfortable pushing into your space when calm but is apt to jump on top of you when startled. Being a 1200-pound horse’s playmate is not the working relationship you should look for. The “alliance” relationship, on the other hand, has an element of mutual respect and a level of self-control that the “mothering” relationship and the “playmate” relationship lack. You may have noticed that, although each of these relationships included trust - “mom” was trusted, the “playmate” was trusted - only the “alliance” relationship included lasting respect and leadership opportunities. In other words, trust alone in our equine relationships is not enough to make us a longlasting leader in our horse’s eyes. I suggest taking a real look at which of the above relationships your horse might perceive as being between the two of you, because your level of influence solely depends on which one they see.



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The Starvation Continues… By Theresa Nolet


nce again the feral/wild horses of the Okanagan Valley are in the news. On March 8 two of the feral horses from the West Bench area were hit by a logging truck and killed. This was after both Castanet and CHBC had done news articles about the fact that the horses were coming down to the highway on a regular basis. In Oliver on the road to Mount Baldy the feral/wild horses are getting into rough shape again. Some are virtual walking skeletons. In early March I was called by a local woman who had one of the horses collapse

on the roadway in front of her property. She and her husband went out and had to physically help the horse back onto her feet. The little mare was extremely emaciated and weak. They took the horse onto their property where over the last month they have nursed her back to health. Not being able to keep the horse they called me, Theresa Nolet, of O.A.T.S Horse Rescue, which stands for One @ A Time Success. With the generous help of Ken and Dawn from D-Bar-K Ranch in Oliver we went up and took possession of the young mare which was named Tahini. Tahini


will be available to be rehomed as soon as she is back up to full weight and health. What is it going to take to have this situation rectified once and for all? Is someone going to have to die before the people with the power do the right thing? How many horses have to starve to death? This is so wrong on so many levels and yet this problem persists year after year. Why is this allowed? Is this really the picture the tourist industry wants to represent the Okanagan Valley?


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he University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) now has a state-of-the-art surgical laser thanks to a generous gift of $20,000 from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC), which contributed to the overall costs of the technology. The Dornier Diode Laser was unveiled in early March to a group of UCVM clinicians, veterinarians from the Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital (DVTH) and members of the Equine Foundation of Canada executive. “It is very gratifying to see how the money that was provided to the college is spent to help the welfare of horses and learning for veterinarians,� said Eldon Bienert, President, EFC. The Dornier Diode laser will accommodate a number of surgical applications for both equine and small animals. Laser surgery is minimally invasive therefore it reduces or eliminates

the need for anesthesia and also reduces pain and the chance of infection. “It is an excellent complimentary tool to the Dynamic Respiratory Scope (DRS), which allows us to diagnose upper airway and throat problems that occur during exercise,� said Renaud Leguillete, Associate Professor (Equine Internal Medicine) and acting department head, Veterinary Clinical and Daignostic Sciences (VCDS). “The laser will act like a high precision scalpel through the end of the endoscope and can therefore treat these conditions without the use of general anesthesia. This results in a shorter recovery time for the patient. Laser surgery was previously not an option for treating horses in Alberta. We are now able to provide state-of-theart diagnostic and treatment options to performance horses throughout the province in collaboration with our distributed veterinary teaching hospitals.� As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Leguillette provides $AVIDSON 2OAD 7INlELD "# 6 6 * clinical expertise OR 4OLL &REE at Moore Equine in PVS SHAW CA Balzac, Alberta, which is a partner in the FOR ALL YOUR UCVM distributed EQUINE REPRODUCTION NEEDS veterinary teaching s ! ) WITH EITHER FRESH CHILLED hospital.

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Prince George Therapeutic Riding By Steven Dubas


special needs kids and put an ad in the rince George Therapeutic Riding started from an idea local newspaper. They found a facility while reading the novel that would accommodate the program Palomino by Danielle Steele. Barb and a person willing to work with Warkentine, the creator and current the kids. “Randy Petkau, a certified President of the Society said, “The instructor through CANTRA, and storyline was about a horse camp for best friends with Jeanne Abernathy kids with disabilities.” Having a child (owner of a farm on Blackburn Some of the volunteers with special needs, along with a love of Road), leant her horse Sultan, whom horses, gave her an idea. Barb had heard the Prince George Child the kids still remember, and became a part of our program as a Development Centre had a riding program, so she approached volunteer,” stated Barb. them to find out how to get involved. What she found out was In 1992 the program started, accommodating seven not encouraging. They had a limited program and if therapeutic children, with the parents providing the support. Fast forward were to happen in Prince George, it would have to come from 21 years to the present, the program has moved to the Prince volunteers. “I knew there had been riding in PG before and I George Agriplex. Operating twice a week, the program has 35 just knew this would be great for Brett and other people with riders, one instructor, ten to 30 volunteers and accommodates disabilities. Sometimes things are important and you do not even children to adults. Each person is scheduled a riding time of 45 know why, but you take hold of the dream and make it happen,” minutes and there are three to four riders in the arena at one stated Barb. time. The number of volunteers per horse and rider vary with Taking the initiative, she rallied five of her friends who had the degree of disability. Saddles are custom built or modified to support the rider. In order to assist riders into the saddle, the society raised $20,000 with help from the Rotary and Lions Clubs in Prince George to purchase a lift which safely moves the


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Therapeutic Riding, cont’d rider from the wheelchair to the horse. Barb stated, “We realize that everyone should have a chance to feel freedom.” With regards to the participants, “riding is like us walking, so for a person in a wheelchair it helps with their hip movement, and stretching their hamstrings. They gain self-esteem in having the excitement of realizing that they can control the horse. Or it is the big smile that lights up as they are just on the horse. It is a different experience for all of them,” stated Barb. Last year, the society developed a volunteer training book along with workshops on how to work with children and adults with disabilities and using horses for therapy. Finding horses for the program is challenging, “We try the horse out for a couple of weeks and see if he/she will work with our program,” she stated. The nature of the horse and its flight response to an external stimulus or a spook makes the selection process essential. The horse has to be comfortable with a number of people around it, and be able to cope with the lift and the way some riders mount and dismount. Each year they have a horse show that demonstrates to the public the benefits of the therapeutic riding program. The riders look forward to this event so they can demonstrate to their family how much they have improved and enjoy riding. It is also a way for the society to honour the volunteers that put so much into the program. Keeping the program running is always a challenge. Riders pay a $15.00 per-session fee and each year the society has two fundraisers, a BBQ at Art Knapps Plant Land and a charity event at the Treasure Cove. The charity event held in December is a partnership between the society and Spruce Capital Feeds. It is comprised of a dinner, live and silent auction, and a live band.

Ken McCoy was the featured entertainer at the last fundraiser which raised $18,000. What would Barb like to have happen in the future? The program would like to find a volunteer manager who would be willing to find, work, and Mitchel develop a scheduling system so that volunteers don’t get burnt out; more horses to give the few they have a break; steady growth; more variety of games that will build on the riders’ skills; and, if all goes well, have someone from Prince George participate in the Paralympic Games. The program takes a break during the winter; it operates from May 1st to October, every Tuesday and Thursday from Quade 3:30pm to 7:30pm. If you would like to volunteer for therapeutic riding you can go to their website ( or call Barb at 250-962-5082. Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing!

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Marwari Horses By Sasha Hopp Over the past several years, my husband and I have had opportunities to travel to some amazing parts of the world and to try riding some fascinating breeds of horses. In 2011, our travels took us to Rajasthan, in the northwest corner of India, where we rode Marwari horses.


arwaris are said to be descended from native Indian ponies that were crossed with Arabians and, indeed, the breed exhibits many traits for which Arabians are known. Although Marwaris tend to be a little taller and plainer-headed, they still maintain the delicate bone structure, sensitive intelligence, toughness and endurance that Arabians are known for. Their most outstanding characteristic is their ears, which naturally curl inward at the tips, sometimes touching or even overlapping. Marwaris come in all colours, but pinto coat patterns are particularly prized, and four white socks are considered to be auspicious. We called ahead of time (which is always interesting in countries like India) to find out if there would be a place near our Udaipur hostel where we could go horseback riding. On the day of our ride, we rose early and took a short jeep ride to Krishna Ranch. All of the horses there were Marwaris, save one. They

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were probably a little thinner than we tend to keep our round-ish horses in Canada, but each one had a sleek, shining coat, bright eyes, and a bounce in its step. Our guide took us along roads and paths through the local villages in comfortable English saddles, explaining cultural customs and landmarks as we went. My black mare, Bijoulie (meaning “Light”), was young but sensible, and I soon learned that I could trust her, even with blaring horns and motorcycles speeding past. My husband’s bay mare, Maneh (“From the Heart”), was equally trustworthy. Our guide felt that we were sufficiently experienced to head out to a long, straight stretch for a gallop, where we experienced some of the sure-footed, spirited speed I’ve come to expect from the Arabians I’ve ridden at home. Marwaris are extremely uncommon outside of India due to export restrictions. A small number of Marwaris were brought to Europe and North America in the early 2000s. However, fearing that they were losing too much good breeding stock, the Indian government stopped granting licences for export in 2006. Since 2008, they have been permitted to leave the country temporarily for exhibition purposes. Really, though, if you want to ride a Marwari, I highly recommend colourful, chaotic India as the place to do it.

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he Canadian Para-Equestrian Team has kicked-off their 2013 season with a big win at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. Not only were they victorious in the team competition, but the Canadians riders also won 10 of the 15 classes offered at the international competition which was held at the lovely Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, March 14-17, in Wellington, FL. Photos courtesy of Lindsay McCall, United States Para-Equestrian Association

Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2

Madison Lawson and McGuire

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus

Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris

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Canadian Olympian John Pearce finished second in the inaugural AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, to close out the seven-week HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA, on Sunday, March 17. Photo courtesy of Flying Horse Photography

Robyn Andews and Fancianna

Canadian riders collected Silver medals on the podium following their second place finish in the $10,000 Hollow Creek FEI Young Riders Nations Cup, held March 2, during the CSIO4* FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Canadian Team members (l to r): Beth Underhill, Amelia Vernon, Kara Chad, Bretton Chad and Nicole Walker. Photo courtesy of Cealy Tetley

The Canadian Show Jumping Team placed second in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm, in Wellington, Florida. Picture (l to r): Mac Cone, Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Tiffany Foster, and chef d’équipe Mark Laskin. Photos courtesy of Cealy Tetley

Canadian Eventing riders Selena O’Hanlon, Lesley Grant-Law and Kyle Carter were the highest placed of the Canadian contingent competing at the CIC Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL, held March 7-10, 2013. Riding Foxwood High, Selena O’Hanlon was the top Canadian in the CIC 3* division finishing in fifth place. Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman,


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


he 17th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival last month was another terrific show! All the feedback was great - people said the entertainment

Society does. In February, we knew that the Province of BC had declared Cowboy Heritage Week, thanks to MLA Donna Barnett, and this was wonderful. Later in February, the Mayor of Kamloops presented us with another proclamation, one that they make each year. Things kept getting better and better at the Festival though. First, Kamloops MLA Terry Lake opened the Festival’s first show on Friday by presenting Kathy, His Honour Bruno Mailloux, the Honourable Judith a framed copy of the Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, and Mark. (Photo by proclamation. Next, we had the Jerry Stainer) Honourable Judith Guichon, was super, the buffet dinner was great, Lieutenant Governor of BC, open the and even the weather was really nice. The Friday evening main feature show. She highlights for me came from the fact that arrived in a limousine; we formed a we were recognized in quite a few ways procession and were then piped into the this year… not just for the Festival itself, Theatre - wow! Later that same evening, but for what the BC Cowboy Heritage we showed a short video from Ottawa of MP Cathy McLeod talking about the Festival and reading a Mike Puhallo poem in the House of Commons! Double wow! Saturday night Cathy McLeod was back in Kamloops and opened the evening feature show by reading a message that had been sent to us by none other than the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. Amazing! I think we made it onto the map. This all definitely fits right into our mandate which is to promote and preserve cowboy heritage in BC. There’s a full story with photos available on the home page at www.bcchs. Terry Lake presented Mark with a framed copy com. of the BC proclamation declaring “Cowboy Heritage Week.” (Photo by Jerry Stainer) Spring is here and summer is fast approaching, which means we can all get CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSORS out and ride and take in some rodeos, horse shows, and other different events that involve our equine friends… and it looks like there will be lots 4/13 of them. 36 • Saddle Up • April 2013

The assembly of the procession: Pipe Major John B. Mager, HADC (Aide-de-Camp) Major Wendy McKenzie, Kathy and His Honour, and Mark and Her Honour. Just before this, Mark asked the Pipe Major if he knew “Home on the Range.” (Photo by Liz Twan)

Bullfighter Dave Atkinson at the 100 Mile House Rodeo

Steve Holman gets ready to settle onto a bull at the 100 Mile BCRA Rodeo. Dave Atkinson and Wade McNulty help out.

The BCRA rodeo season starts out with the 23rd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 19-21. This year, the rodeo will feature special guest Miss Rodeo Canada, Gillian Shields! Also at the rodeo will be Young Gunz trick riders, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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10-year-old Cooper and 7-year-old Cora. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the WL Indoor Rodeo during the intermission on Sunday, April 21. This year, these four cowboys will be inducted: Larry Ramstad as a working cowboy and horseman; Archie Williams for Competitive Achievements; Frank Teer as a Ranching Pioneer; and John Dodd as a working cowboy. May 12 is the start of Western Week in 100 Mile House and The Louisiana Hayride will put on a concert at 2:30pm on Sunday in the Arena. The following weekend, on Saturday, May 18, the Little Britches Rodeo will take place. May 17-20 is the BS and Drive Weekend at Huber’s Farm in 70 Mile House, with lessons, country drives, Field Driving Trial and Heritage Pleasure Driving classes. The judge will be Dennis Huber and the clinician will be Ken Huber - both HCBC general performance judges. For more information, contact Ken Huber by phone 250-456-6050 or email Two BCRA Rodeos will take place in the Cariboo next month: May 19-20 is the 100 Mile House Rodeo and May 25-26 is the Clinton May Ball Rodeo. Both of these rodeos are crowd favourites. The 100 Mile House Rodeo admission will stay at $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and 6 and under get in free. Stock Contractors are C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile

and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie and the Bull fighters will be Earl Call and Dave Atkinson. It will be a 1:00pm start on each day and, on Sunday, remember to wear PINK as one dollar from each admission will go towards breast cancer research. On Sunday, there will also be Cowboy Church by Pastor Blair Bates of Cowboy Valley Church. Check back here next month for more information, including what’s in store for the half time show. June 8-9 will see us back on the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House with the First Annual Cariboo Road House Horse and Pony Show hosted by the BC Welsh Pony and Cob Association. This will be a halter and performance open show. The Judge for this event will be Lewis McKim. New this year, this show is to highlight the Welsh Pony and Cob but is open to all breeds of horses and ponies, and all ages of riders, drivers, etc. The public is most welcome. For more information, contact Ken Huber 250-456-6050 or email If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included, please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess? This month’s item is owned by Ewa and Voytek Foik at 83 Mile. It’s mainly made of wood, even the gears, and is roughly one foot high. Time for some answers good luck.

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Last Month’s What’s This? The March issue’s item was another tough one and we only received one correct answer from Lorraine Stubbins of Princeton BC. Way to go Lorraine! Our friends Carol and Harold in Calgary have this item in their downstairs sitting room. I thought we’d get a lot of correct answers saying that this was a spittoon… guess I was wrong.

Rodeo Rednecks 4H Club By Zoe Ovenden


he Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club of Clearwater held our annual speech night on February 24th with some very impressive speeches. We were very proud of all our members for working so diligently. We had cloverbuds, juniors and seniors reciting their speeches in front of our judges. For the seniors we had Gareth Hewett in first place; and runner-up was Jessica Rotzetter. In the junior category Mackenzie Ross took home HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

first and close behind her was Keltie Arndt. We had some very interesting speeches. Indigo Johnson talked about the choices you make in life. Did you know that the average person makes 35,000 decisions a day? Zoe Ovenden did a speech on Graphology, the analysis of handwriting. Do any of you loop the tails of your Y’s? If you do, this is a trait you share with 80% of criminals! One of our junior members completed a speech on snakes.

Did you know snakes can unhinge their jaws? As you can see by the “tasters” I have given you, our speech night was a great success! We would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to everybody who helped our speech night come together, we couldn’t have done it without you! All our members are looking forward to the riding season of 2013! For we all know it will be a good one! • 37

Bazaar It Was! By Nancy Roman


hat a Great Show! The Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association hosted their annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair on March 17 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley.

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I think this year their attendance was up – things were just ‘a happenin’! Demos, clinics, trade fair, trainer’s challenge, carriage rides, carnival rides and games, used tack sale (always a hit!), and of course DOGS! What’s a bazaar without

dogs? We all know horse people seem to take them everywhere! (why?) The organizing committee did a fabulous job as usual – don’t know how they can top this for next year. Thanks for a great day!


BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Joey Tompkins


e would like to congratulate Rita Kilgren and Hailey Tyrrell for being “Volunteer of the Month” for January and February, respectively. They have put in countless hours with the horses which has meant a lot to them. Rita has worked with Goldie to help her gain trust and confidence in allowing someone to work with her injured leg. Now Rita has moved onto her latest project of working with Willy and Babe. Hailey plays with her favourite horse, Torrie, giving her some special one-on-one time which has helped her to come more out of her shell. Torrie is becoming more trusting and is showing more of her personality, instead of feeling constantly guarded. So congratulations to Rita and Hailey. Keep up the wonderful time spent at the Hub. We are having our first workbee on April 20 at the Hub. We will be finishing our fencing project as well as the painting. After everything is done, we will be stoking the BBQ for supper and enjoying more of each other’s time and company. In addition to the workbee, we will also be hosting a volunteer “meet and greet” with Susy and Levi showing us how to do yoga and reiki with the horses. It will all start at 10am with the hopes of finishing around 4pm. We could use some help so if you would like to volunteer please contact Karrie at


We have a new friend at the rescue. Her name is Tilly, a 21-year-old Thoroughbred. Tilly is such a sweet girl and has a great personality. She will be getting dental work done as well as physiotherapy. We are looking forward to getting to know Tilly better and finding her a new forever home. We would like to thank Schreiner’s for their donation of Herbal Solution toward the healing progress of Goldie’s Our newest horse, Tilly injury. Goldie came to the rescue with a year-and-a-half-old wound that was never treated. For the first six months, we had to train Goldie to stand to have her leg treated safely and, after much research, we felt that Schreiner’s Herbal Solution was the best option for Goldie’s healing process. The BCIHRS would highly recommend using this product in order to see great results in a short amount of time. For updates and more info visit • 39

TIDBITS FREE! Roadside Inspection Spring is here and it’s time to “Hit the Road Again” with your favourite pony! Do your tow vehicle and trailer meet current regulations for BC Highways? The Shuswap Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC invites you to a simulated “roadside inspection” by two Department of Transport inspectors who will conduct a visual assessment, examine your paperwork and answer all your questions. Drop in to the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 27 between 10 am and 2 pm. Further info from or call Barb at 250-838-5678.

Poker Ride at Rock Creek The Rock Creek Poker Ride-a-thon 2013 will take place May 19. Registration starts at 8:30 with the ride starting at 9:30. Lunch is available. Come join us for a fun ride on the beautiful Kettle River Horse Trails, located on the campgrounds opposite the Rock Creek Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the RDKB and the Rock Creek & Boundary District Fall Fair, proceeds will go towards up-grades for the fairgrounds. Prizes, and a sing-along after the awards. $25 for

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adults; $50 for a family with 2 adults and more than 1 child; $15 for youth. HCBC recommended. No dogs on the ride. Extra poker hands available! Contact or 250446-2409 for more info.

One-day Equine First Aid Course Come to us or we will come to you! All First Aid courses are hands on with horses and cover: pain detection and prevention, lacerations, how to flush foreign bodies out of eyes, hoof puncture wounds, thrush, scratches, abscess, white line, digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, what’s normal and what’s not for your horse, what your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, and pantry solutions! Also, you will receive a comprehensive First Aid Manual that includes: vital signs chart, wounds, bandaging, collapse, shock, poison, burns, lameness, nail puncture, interference, wrapping legs, colic, choke, eye injuries, nosebleed, stings and bites, heat stroke, First Aid supplies needed, etc. All attendees will receive a frameable Certificate of Completion. To register for a clinic or to host one please contact Cindy Houghton at 403-936-0221,


TIDBITS, cont’d Congratulations Laurie! Laurie Takoff from Kelowna BC was appointed World Conformation Horse Association Region One Professional Director at the 2013 WCHA Annual Meeting held during the AQHA Convention in Houston, Texas. WCHA Region One extends from Alaska, BC, Alberta, Sask, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. This is the first time in WCHA’s history that a Canadian has been elected and appointed to the WCHA Board Of Directors. Laurie has served the last two years on WCHA’s International Committee. Also elected at the same time to represent Region One as Director at Large was Margo Ball from Colorado.

Interior Horse Racing Up and Running!

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Race dates in the interior are now confirmed for the upcoming year. Returning to the ‘track’ after a brief hiatus is Desert Park in Osoyoos with racing scheduled for June 15 and August 31. Sunflower Downs in Princeton hosts their races on the weekend of June 29-30. Vernon’s Kin Race Track has confirmed two dates so far, being July 14 and 28. Next month we will have more news about the future of Interior Horse Racing.


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The N. W. Equine Rangers Society By Naomi McGeachy


ean and Naomi McGeachy founded what was formally known as the Equine Rangers Mounted Patrol in 2004 as a Horse Evacuation/Rescue Team, aiding the SPCA, RCMP, OII, BC Emergency Preparedness, private and other government agencies in the safe evacuation and rescue of distressed, neglected and/or abandoned horses. Select Equine Rangers are certified in Equine/ Animal Sciences, Police Sciences as well as First Aid. The Equine Rangers work closely with two equine veterinarians, one equine dentist, one farrier and a certified trainer. Once a rescued horse had been nursed back to health and rehabilitated, that horse would be assessed and successfully adopted out, or placed in the Equine Ranger Society program and given a new lease on life as a patrol horse. All of our rescues and adoptions were

completely successful and we still do the occasional one when needed. In 2010, our direction changed as well as our name to the North West Equine Rangers Society; we are currently having the society incorporated and have been instrumental in working with local, provincial and federal government agencies to make it safer to ride on roads in rural areas, towns and cities. Local school districts have been approached to offer an Introductory Horse Safety program. ICBC has been approached regarding a Road Safety program to help educate drivers and riders on how to share the road safely. The Horse Council of BC has provided us with handout information to help educate both riders and drivers about the importance of road safety. We just had a town council meeting and we are now working with the City of Enderby to try and have hitching posts and corrals erected in various spots around town. Our direction now is to educate the public and to bring back our Our Specialty JUST TACK… Hundreds of Saddles in Stock! Western Heritage and ANNUAL SPRING SADDLE SALE Equestrian Lifestyle Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013 and to allow all people, (heading to the Perlich Horse Sale?... Drop in and see what we have to offer!) both young and old, to EVERYTHING R IN STORE ON SALE THAT A WEEKEND have the opportunity to see and touch horses and learn about them. L AL S We believe it’s E TYP a great way to greet OF S! E L tourists, become D SAD ambassadors for Enderby, allow kids to have some fun and learn about something Horse Dra awn Carts (all s sizes) that we take for ~ Harnesses and more... granted. We have had children pet a horse for the first time in Ride or drive over - Fit your horse in our indoor arena! their lives (the smiles WE TAKE TRADES on their faces is just 403-345-2992 U Coaldale, AB overwhelming) and the 3 miles east of Coaldale on Hwy #3 elderly reminisce about Open Mon - Sat 10 - 6pm the “good ol’ days”

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Four of us on St. Patrick’s Day, all dressed up!

The hitchin’ rail at the D and E Drive-in. (Photo by Colleen Hook)

when we pass by with our horses. Our volunteer Rangers have served Enderby, the Okanagan valley and visitors since 2004. The presence and popularity of the North West Equine Rangers Society has grown over the years and after riding in other areas of the Okanagan we are proud to announce we have returned back to Enderby! Our horses and Rangers can be seen on the streets and in the parks of Enderby. We have been told that our presence has helped make Enderby and the Okanagan a better, more pleasant and interesting place to live and visit. We are looking for sponsors (sponsorship packages are available), donations, as well as members. We are a non-profit society and welcome both riding and non-riding members. Our goal is to ride into town three to four times per week during the summer months and have a horsemanship lesson during the Open Air Market for kids (and adults if they like) on Fridays, where we will teach the basics of the horse, grooming, safety, etc. If you would like to contact us or read more about us, please look us up on Facebook at Equine Rangers or email us at


Western Style Dressage Update By Jen Losey


ast met west on February 22-24 at the Good News Riding Centre in Leduc County Alberta when the Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association (CAWSDA) brought clinician Elaine Ward to town. The principals of correct dressage can help to improve any horse in any discipline. From the casual rider who just likes to get out and enjoy their horse to the committed competitive rider, classical horsemanship delivers long term gymnastic benefits for the horse. Elaine Ward (Kirkridge Farms, Lynden ON) has over 30 years of experience in dressage. At this clinic, she worked with riders at various levels, from beginners to more advanced riders. Participants spent time going over the fundamentals of horsemanship that apply to all disciplines, such as keeping your horse in a relaxed frame, engaging the hind end and correct use of the outside rein. It was very interesting to gain a better understanding of correct posture in the saddle and how minor adjustments in position can cause positive changes in the horse. Something as simple as becoming more aware of my own shoulder position made for a big difference in my ride.

It was great to see horses relaxing and moving better while riders learned correct aids, improved balance and position (from hands to seat and legs). Hotter horses calmed down and lazier horses gained more engagement and forwardness. Leg yields, shoulder-in and half-pass seemed to be what many were interested in learning during the individual sessions on the Georgina Riddell having fun at the final day. Correct lateral work is an important clinic riding Dakota’s component in good horsemanship and not as Warrior. easy as it might look. Elaine Ward will be back for more clinics in the future. Keep an eye on our website ( for future clinics. For more info on Western Style Dressage in Canada, visit http://

Alberta is Up and Reining! By Mark Lowerison


eining Alberta offers many different events and shows throughout the year. From youth clinics, to entry level Branch Show Circuits, to our Premier Classic Shows. Whether you are an experienced Reiner, or someone looking to give the spo sport a try, there’s something for everyone! The Association is split into three Branchees for entry level competitors. The North Branch covers an area north of Red Deer to Edmonton; the Peace Country Branch runs from Edmonton North N and even into northern BC; while the South Branch covers everywhere south of Red Deer to the US border. The Classic Shows are the highlight of the Show season drawing competitors from across western Canada and the northern United States. We’d love to see you at one of our events, so s feel free to come by and check them out! DATES March 23 – Trainers Showcase Clinic (South) Aprill 20/21 – Clinic l and d Show h Circuit ((North) h) April 20/21 – Show Circuit and NAJYRC Qualifier (South) April 26/28 – Clinic and Show Circuit (Peace Country) May 4/5 – Clinic and Show Circuit (North) May 11/12 – Show Circuit and NAJYRC Qualifier (South) May 24/26 – Clinic and Show Circuit (Peace Country) May 25/26 – Clinic and Show Circuit (North) June 7/9 – Spring Classic June 29/30 – Show Circuit (South) July 5/7 – Summer Classic July 12/14 – Clinic and Show Circuit (Peace Country Branch) July 13/14 – Clinic and Show Circuit (North) July 20/21 – Show Circuit (South) August 3/4 – Show Circuit (Peace Country) August 17/18 – Clinic and Show Circuit (North) August 17/18 – Show Circuit (South) September 13/15 – Fall Classic September 21 – Show Circuit (North)

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In Praise Of Volunteers By Daphne Davey


ational Volunteer Week (April 21–27) offers a great opportunity to celebrate and thank our therapeutic riding volunteers on whom we rely so much. Our riders typically start with three helpers (one to lead the horse, and two to side-walk), although some will need less support over time. Then there are volunteer board members, fundraising organizers, horse “mothers” – and, of course, volunteer coordinators. It all adds up to a lot of dedicated people. Here are three deserving volunteers who found themselves unexpectedly in the spotlight. Congratulations!

She is also a founding member and a former president of CanTRA, and currently chairs CanTRA’s Standards Committee. Of course, the bare facts don’t tell the whole picture. To “grow” a large therapeutic riding centre (and CanTRA) takes faith, courage and energy, and a comprehensive toolbox of talents. This distinguished award is well earned.

Margaret Hind Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, Courtenay, BC

Ann Caine Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centres, Guelph, ON A very happy occasion for Ann Caine, CanTRA, and therapeutic riding took place recently when she was inducted as a Builder into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, a program of the Canadian Ann Caine Foundation for Photo courtesy of Daphne Davey Physically Disabled Persons. In 1982, Ann founded Sunrise, a CanTRA accredited examination and training centre.

Margaret Hind (front row, third from right) at medal ceremony. Photo courtesy of John Duncan, MP

Margaret was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her tireless work for people with special needs in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas. As program director at Comox Valley TRS since its inception in

1985, she is kept very busy - the program runs most of the year, five days a week. The medal ceremony was hosted by the Honourable John Duncan, PC, MP for Vancouver Island North.

Catherine Sneath Regina Therapeutic Riding Association, Saskatchewan Catherine’s dedication to therapeutic riding in Regina for over eleven years was recently recognized in the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s Show Trail magazine. She was praised for making the program her number one priority, often at great personal Catherine Sneath. sacrifice. Catherine Photo courtesy of Catherine Sneath also volunteers as CanTRA zone chair (liaison) for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut, to help CanTRA keep in touch with and deliver services to its member centres in the region. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at For more information about CanTRA, email ctra@

Rescue Fundraiser By Steven Dubas


rince George Equine and Animal Rescue (PGEAR) held a breakfast and tack/garage sale on March 10th, which provided to be a success. Organized by Cindy Black-Whitwick, the event was created to raise funds to act as a buffer in case there is another emergency, similar to what happened in December 2012 with Tessa, the Appaloosa mare that contracted strangles. The event started with an idea, to have a breakfast and tack/ garage sale at the Pineview Community Hall on Bendixon Rd. At the request of Nicola Redpath, owner of the PGEAR facility, the Pineview Recreation Commission granted them free access to the community hall. Notice of the event when out through Facebook, posters around the community, a sponsored ad by Verna Houghtaling, a local realtor, in the Bargain Finder, and by word of mouth. Save-on-Foods donated 15 pounds of strawberries for the breakfast. Four volunteer cooks created a wonderful breakfast 44 • Saddle Up • April 2013

experience. The Pineview 4-H Horse Club helped with the cleanup after the event. The final tally brought in over $1,200 for the rescue centre. Some people came just to donate to the facility. RJ Tack a small tack store operating as a home based business, which also attended the event, donated a portion of their sales to the cause. One of the endearing qualities of Nicola Redpath and Cindy the people who live in Prince George Black-Whitwick is their unbridled generosity. Not only do we support financially, we are a great volunteer community.


Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Assoc. By Alana Weaver


TRA is a charitable organization that offers people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding. Therapeutic riding emphasizes the learning of functional riding skills as a means of improving the physical and/or mental well-being of the participants. The physical benefits of riding take place as the movement of the horse is transferred in to the passive body of the rider. The three dimensional swinging gait of the horse causes the riders pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle to react in ways very similar to those of a natural human walking gait. Beyond the physical benefits of our program, all of you horse lovers out there know what I mean when I say, “horses are just therapeutic!” To be able to be around such a beautiful animal who is nonjudgemental, who doesn’t see a disability and who is a willing listener at any time, is therapy for anyone. Donate! Our facility has gone through many changes as we approach our 25th year in operation. We continue to rely mainly on the community’s financial donations as well as their time contributions. We were able to construct a new barn for our lesson horses recently because of charitable donations, and as well we were able to offer our clients a much wanted and needed year-round riding program. We continue to ask for any donation big or small as every little bit makes a big difference. Thank You! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank some of our local farriers Leon Lytton, Ryan Susheski and

Justin Fountain for donating their services. Also a big thank you to Marian Hutton who is our Equine Sport Therapist, and the team at Kamloops Large Animal Clinic for your generous ongoing support. You have all been so kind to donate your services to keep our team of therapy horses healthy and happy. Volunteers Needed! KTRA depends on dedicated, caring volunteers to keep our lessons and barns operating at the safest level possible. We are always looking for more volunteers, if you reside in Kamloops or surrounding area and would like to give back to your community; you should consider volunteering with KTRA. Knowledge of horses and/ or riding is not required as we are very diverse in our operation and have many positions to fill that are not horse related. We do welcome those who are comfortable with horses to help with our lessons as a leader or side walker. Please email, call or drop by to get your volunteer package today and start to experience the joy you see in another’s eyes as you see them go from limitations to limitless possibilities! For more info, to donate or volunteer, please contact Alana Weaver 250-554-3811.

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Kid s... wh ere are you? horse? What are you do ing wi th your YOU! It’ s YOUR tur n to tell us about A nice friend lets me lease this gorgeous horse named Chazz. Then me and Chazz became soul mates, so she gave Chazz to me. He is the best horse you could dream of. - Keira, age 12, Kamloops BC Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”


Songstress Donates to Parelli Foundation By Laura Keil


nspired by her instructor, a Parelli student wrote a song about communicating with horses. It took years of near-death experiences before Michelle Glover Burstrom got it. It wasn’t a horse problem she was dealing with - it was a people problem. Over the years, she had many lingering questions about mysterious horse issues on her ranch near Valemount. She felt stuck, frustrated by a lack of responsiveness and her inability to persuade the horse. Burstrom’s husband, a man of endless miles of back country horse travel, didn’t have the teaching skills to assist her. “I wandered aimlessly and hopelessly from one neardeath experience to another,” she says. Aided by her friend Devanee Cardinal, a three-star Parelli professional, Burstrom began to change her approach. Working with Cardinal opened up a world that she had never known existed - the world of horse language. It was a way to see these “horse problems” for what they really were - people problems. “I became aware of my

predatory behaviour around horses, my unrealistic expectations,” she says. Burstrom’s new enthusiasm turned into inspiration. She began to craft a song about natural horsemanship. One beautiful full moon evening, she walked across the pasture where she met her horses under the night sky. They were bathed in the glow of the moonlight. She sat in the grass, letting them take turns sniffing the top of her head. She rubbed them all over and asked nothing but to be in their presence. They didn’t graze or move away from her. They were simply exploring her in a way that said “Thanks for the visit,” and “You humans are curious beings.” As she walked home, she began to think how truthful horses are with their communication and how unconnected most people are to that; a horse never lies. With that thought, she knew she had the hook for her song. She had come in touch with the deeper meaning of what she was trying to

express. Once it was recorded, Cardinal played the song for her students and found it resonated with them. The song tells a story of transformation (“Doing things old school like they did in the past”). It is a song of encouragement and learning (“A moment of truth, when you feel your heart rise, they ask you a question and give you both eyes”). Burstrom is donating 10% of each download to the Parelli foundation. You can look the song up online at www. or download it from iTunes. You can contact Michelle Burstrom at

Horse Agility through Clicker Training Sponsored by Horse Protection Society of BC Presented by Stephanie Kwok and Sandra Poppema


ant to spend more time with your horse doing fun things? Horse agility may be for you. This fun sport is gaining in popularity because it’s so interactive with your horse. We think that clicker training is the perfect match with horse agility to help people form a deeper bond with their equine friends. Clicker training can improve a horse’s attitude, performance (in all areas) and enthusiasm for learning. Through clicker training people learn to be more effective in handling their horse, and can bring more clarity to equine communication… making training more fun for horse and owner. In horse agility we ask horses to perform tasks similar to dog agility (only bigger). With clicker training we can encourage our horses not only to perform these tasks at liberty, but to have fun doing it, all through positive reinforcement. The final goal is for the horse to be able to complete an entire agility course completely at liberty. Horse Protection Society of BC is dedicated to Celebrating the Spirit of the Horse. We feel that having fun with our horses 46 • Saddle Up • April 2013

is paramount. To that end we will be offering a series of Horse Agility through Clicker Training clinics, beginning with the Hula Hoop. Our goal is to offer evening drop in sessions for enthusiasts who want to practice their skills, under supervision… and with other likeminded enthusiasts. This new program looks like it will be lots of fun! For more info please check out Up Coming Events and Clinics at www.

A first step: Standing on a square… overcome fears by positive reinforcement.




quicel is short for Equine Excellence and was developed in Australia during the drought of the 1970’s. It was formulated by an equine veterinarian with an interest in practical nutrition, to offer alternatives to grains and feeds not readily available. Equicel Supplemental Feed is FOOD, with a caloric value. In addition to the positive nutrients available from high quality ingredients, it is tasty, palatable and smells good to horses. Human and food grade ingredients are sourced, and ordered weekly to ensure quality. With every bag being measured and weighed individually, each order meets the high standard that has made it so successful, in the small market. The variety of ingredients includes herbs and spices, along with top quality foods used in human health, which are not normally provided to horses. These foods provide the extras, the positives, without any fi llers, binders, texturizers or mold inhibitors. ESF provides quality proteins, fats, pre-biotics and nutrients supplied by the ingredients. The use of coconut, wheat germ and flaxseed has been recommended for humans for health promotion, these last few years. ESF has been using them for more than 30 years. The ingredients are not kept secret; they are listed on the label and the recipe never changes, no alternatives are ever used. Formerly available to a small clientele, the demand far exceeded the ability to supply. Equicel Horsecare Ltd. has been established to provide their first product to the community, by experienced horsemen, who have used this product for many years and had the insight to put it together again. The recipe is the original, and the manufacturer has the only rights to the formula. Copies have been tried, but failed, as the proportional formula is so important to the

preparation. ESF is good for all ages, from foal to retirement, and has been used in all disciplines and all breeds. It is safe for all competition and race horses that may be urine or blood tested. Rick and Edith Davidson, and company, are working hard to get the word out. “Horses are made to be horses� and Equicel Supplemental Feed meets the need.


Available soon at your local feed stores.

South Canoe Trail System Update


Q Trails Association hosted an informal neighbourhood get-together at the home of Barbel Newell in South Canoe (Salmon Arm) on March 14 to discuss the South Canoe Trail System utilized by equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. The meeting was very well-attended by 40+ South Canoe and area residents, as well as boarders of the two equestrian facilities located in South Canoe. Shirley Bates, President of EQ Trails gave a brief overview of the existing trails in the Malibu area which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Salmon Arm. Maps were also provided that outline designated equestrian/hiker only trails, an ‘up’ only trail for all users, as well as mountain bike ‘down’ trails to be utilized only by mountain bikers. The Shuswap Trail Alliance will continue to build the new equestrian/hiker trail in the coming weeks. Many thanks to the Trail Alliance for completing the equestrian trail in time for the upcoming riding season! Kevin Pattison, Trails Field Manager for the Shuswap Trail Alliance then gave a brief presentation on the numerous existing HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

trails located on Crown Land which are mainly moderate to extreme bike trails and the process involved for getting approval to build new trails. Kevin outlined the remedial work needed and bridges to be replaced on the existing Prudential trail to make it safer for the equestrian riders. A number of new horse and bike trails are being planned on Crown Land, so applications have been sent to Ministry of Forests for approval. A work party is being planned for Saturday, April 6th at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the South Canoe Trail Head at 8:45 a.m. (10th Avenue/70 Street SE) and head up to the Malibu equestrian trail from there. Our main focus is to create a safe riding experience for all equestrian users of the South Canoe Trail System. By designating equestrian/hike and bike only trails, we hope we have accomplished this. So come out, bring your horse, pack a lunch and enjoy the beauty of the South Canoe Trail system. To learn more about EQ Trails Association or the South Canoe trails, visit www.eqtrail.webs. com. • 47

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Let the Riding Season begin! The following pages show you the latest styles that are IN for this year! We thank our contributors. Summer Passion and Harmony from BR Equestrian


R has introduced 2 exciting new equestrian apparel collections for ladies for Summer 2013 under the names, Passion and Harmony. Each fashion set uses distinctive colours based on current fashion trends in Europe, and includes a full range of matching horsewear as shown in the photos. Designed in Europe by riders for riding, BR Apparel collections are comfortable, stylish and practical. They are sure to be noticed around the barn or on the trail. BR is a leading European equestrian brand based in Holland and sold worldwide. BR’s complete equestrian catalogue including the full range of 2013 Summer collections can be viewed on line at This summer’s Passion collection is based on black, walnut, beige melange and russet orange with coordinating accent colours. The Harmony collection is based on olympia blue, dark navy, and blue melange. Each set includes polo shirts and breeches with 3 matching jackets made from polyester blends, fleece, and softshell. Each set also includes a short sleeved, optical white competition shirt and matching

Ride with Passion. Ride in Harmony with the BR 2013 Summer Collections

riding gloves and socks. The blue Harmonyy set uses bling crystals to accent the BR logo adding an eye-catching sparkle to the shirt or jacket. BR breeches offer great fit, style and quality at a great price. Passion and Harmonyy collections each include 2 styles of ladies breeches in cotton/lycra blends. Each style is offered with contrasting microfibre full-seat, or with same colour fabric knee-patches. BR breeches always fit nicely, stretch where they should, and hold their shape ensuring comfort, performance and style while riding. This year’s new melange breech fabric has stretch denim-like texture with a faintly striped appearance. Melange breeches come in sand tones for the Passion set, and blue tones for Harmony. BR has developed and introduced new seasonal apparel and horsewear collections twice a BR Balance Collection for Men, year for many years. Spring/summer and BR Jos Lansink Horsewear collections arrive in shops in March for Summer 2013 each year, and fall/winter collections arrive in September. Each season’s new BR Collections include a similar range of shirts, breeches and jackets for men and children, plus matching horsewear for horses and ponies. BR Collections have been distributed exclusively in Canada for 8 years by Comfort Equestrian Ltd. These and other fine equestrian products from BR are available at selected tack shops across Canada. See to find a dealer near you.

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ith winter behind us and warmer weather just around the corner, many riders are looking to shed some layers and liven up their Spring wardrobe. A quick trip to your local tack shop may be in order to check out everything that is new and fresh for Spring! Ladies looking for a new show look can unleash their inner show girl with a fabulous new shirt from. The Performance Collection. These glittery, wash and wear shirts come in a wide range of colours and styles, ensuring that you’ll stand out and be noticed in the show ring. Jeans are more comfortable than ever this Spring with the new Graduated Fit from Iron Horse. Designed to fit a range of figures - from curvy to athletic, Iron Horse’s Graduated Fit jeans feature an ascending dimensional front and back rise for unrivaled comfort. Say good-bye to muffi n tops, gaping waistbands, and the ever-dreaded bottom cleavage! Bling is still white hot, so look for a variety of stylish rear pocket designs to complement that perfect fit. Whether you are pairing it with your favourite jeans or a slim-fitting pair of breeches, nothing beats a great jacket when there is still a bit of a chill in the air. The Oakley jacket from Mountain Horse is both waterproof and breathable and offers stylish and dependable protection from the elements. Available in three rich hues, the Oakley has you covered - from street to stable and back again! Look for these and other great styles at your local tack shop. For more information on any of these products please visit your local Cavalier retailer or


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he spring 2013 Asmar Equestrian collection is hitting rings with a spirit that is rich in colour, style and new silhouettes. Immaculately shaped show shirts, lightweight all weather rider coats, a classically tailored hunt coat are striking additions to the cleverly created designs Asmar Equestrian is known for. Hidden surprises that add to the functionality and style of the collection are seen in pieces like the spring-perfect, lightweight All Weather Rider™. The popular award winning coat transforms to keep rider and most saddles dry with front and back skirts unveiling behind a hidden zipper fitting over your saddle. A removable hood adds to the versatility of the shapely coat that is also perfect for bike or scooter riders, and outdoor walks and hikes. Reflective piping, inside ribbed sleeve to prevent hay and the elements from entering, side pockets and fashion forward colours like copen, magenta, black and black plaid make the coat a seasonal must have. The classically tailored hunt coat features a little secret colour excitement with its hot pink piping on the inner seams. Stretchy, waterproof fabric allow for a windproof yet breathable piece of beauty to wear in and out of the ring. Bound for street style fame is the new and shapely long sleeve show shirt. It’s a tailored fit that does not compromise on function. Two-way stretch fabric allows full range of movement while the elegant standing collar with magnetic closure allows for ease. The black and white combo buffalo check highlights the shapely collar, placket and inside cuff. Side and inside arm panels are a stretch active mesh pique chitosanté that wicks away moisture from the body and adds breathability in key areas. Asmar Equestrian is continuing its reputation for style in and out of the ring with other new pieces like the Metro Vest with a hidden waterproof/windproof gusset on back that can be opened to adjust your fit while riding, the short sleeve show shirt with bold pink plaid, and more. The show, warm-up and outwear collections can be seen at

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Annual Fashion Feat ure Your favourite Eventer Vest is now Certified! Introducing the revolutionary EVENTER PRO 3015TM Performance: ASTM F1937-04 SEI Certification, patented design and construction. Impact Absorption: Double layer Tectonic foam platingTM moves and flexes with the rider without any separation or gapping. LIVE SPINE construction, provides improved impact protection while moving, flexing and mimicking the athletes movements. Fit/Mobility: Improved anatomical fit-mobility and evolution FoamTM conforms to each individual athlete’s body shape. FLEX LACETM closure and torso cut allows the vest to expand and contract with the athletes movements while offering easy quick fit adjustment with added side flap protection. Ventilation: Foam construction allows for air return circulation and cooling the body in high temperatures. Colours: Black, Hunter Green, Navy Blue, and Royal Blue Phoenix Performance Products | Tipperary Equestrian

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ome-grown performance that sprouted in 1986, Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel thrives on creating innovative, functional and stylish performance apparel, uniquely designed for women who love to ride and spend time with their horses. Kombi Riding Tight MSRP $94 Multi-fabric, multi-function; fit for the diverse conditions riders experience. Slimming Dynamic Extreme™ is combined with a stretch microfiber, providing all the comfort and performance of a riding tight without the reveal. • Flat wide Flow Rise waistband • Belt loops • Perforated NuBuck™ kneepatch • Machine washable Colours: Mushroom, Eggplant, Black Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL Cross-Over Fullseat MSRP $119 Proof that style and function can ride in sync. Durable Dynamic Extreme™ fabric is combined with perforated proprietary Nubuck™, creating a breech perfectly engineered for the rigors of the barn and multi-day riding. The tailored, yet sporty style performs with a precision fit that you can look and feel confident in. • Front fly, snap closure • Belt loops • Two flat front pockets with suede detail • Durable stretch fabric provides “no-show” coverage • Stain resistant • Perforated Nubuck™ fullseat panels grip like leather • Wash cold, tumble dry low Colours: Tan, Mushroom, Navy, Black, Charcoal, Teak – Now available in White Sizes: S, M, L, XL

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t’s show time... are you ready to win? It will take more than an adequate turnout and average ride to win tough western classes this year; every detail of your performance and presentation must be perfect to create a winning impression in the show ring. You and your horse will need to dress for success as well as perform with precision and polish to look like winners in 2013. Color and silhouette are the two visual tools you’ll have to create a great first impression as you enter the arena. While a majority of show riders wear black basics, you’ll see more color tip-toeing into the show ring this year as competitive riders realize a distinctive color scheme can help them look like a coordinated team with their horse. Color and silhouette, used carefully, will make it easier for the judge to choose you and your horse amongst a sea of black. Earth-tone colors flatter horses with red in their coats like chestnuts, sorrels, and red roans. Rust, sand, soft vanilla and chocolate are all attractive base colors on these horses, while the brighter jeweltones like red, purple, and royal blue enhance horses with black, white, or brown hair like bay and gray horses. Versatile blue-green shades including olive, turqua, and deep green are a safe bet on any horse and rider combination. Consider using one color as your base for your chaps and primary saddle blanket color, then choose a complimentary tone for your accents, for example rust with cream accents on a sorrel horse. Don’t be afraid to use black, but remember to take special care to make your black outfit distinctive in a crowded arena.

Silhouette refers to the outline of horse and rider as seen by the judge from center ring. Your clothes should fit trim without excess fabric, yet not be skin tight. Minor tailoring alterations can make a big difference here, and remember stretch fabrics and carefully fitted chaps will create a flattering silhouette that’s comfortable to ride in yet attractive when viewed from the side. Flapping tack and flying hair distract from the crisp silhouette you’ll want to create when you’re often 50 to 100 feet away from the judge. For showgirls, shapely show apparel made from stretch fabrics with lots of embellishment is standard now; expect layers of applique in balanced or asymmetrical designs topped with extensive use of sequins, rhinestones, beads, jewels, and even curious accents of fur or other unusual textiles to draw attention to a particular area of the garment such as the shoulders. Show tops may have several types of fabric combined to make a statement piece with unifying bands of heavy crystals, chains, and fringe. The look is dramatic and very, very ornate. These elaborate show tops may be costly as well: price tags for thousands of dollars are not unusual for unique show tops that are truly wearable western art. At the opposite end of the spectrum, and perhaps as a backlash to very ornate show apparel, simple tailored blouses in solid colors are also finding a place in the show ring sometimes paired with a tailored hiplength vest. Technical stretch fabrics with moisture-wicking and soilresistant features make great show tops, truly sportswear for the sport of riding that are comfortable and practical. Show pants, too, are being offered in hi-tech materials that bring comfort and easy-care qualities to traditional tailored pants.

Strong visual effects create drama in the show ring. “Cadence” from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection pairs a vanilla suit with olive and black applique and hundreds of crystals for a stunning statement of western show style.

Versatile sequined “Krishna” tunic from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection is attractive on any horse; especially flattering on sorrels and chestnuts or a beautiful Buckskin. Headstalls and saddles with contrast leather and studded trims add interest to the presentation.

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Family-size fun from Hobby Horse, “Mimi” blouses combine bold color with a silver glitter overlay print for a classic presentation, whether you ride or show in halter events.

Black basics are beautiful in the show ring when carefully crafted and coordinated. Here, Hobby Horse’s “Carlotta” suit in black with white and silver accents pairs with a handsome white horse for a winning fashion statement.


Annual Fashion Feat ure Riders in pleasure, reining, and horsemanship will reach for fitted tunic or rail shirt styles that reach to the hip and are worn outside the chaps, or opt for a tuck-in traditional shirt style to highlight a quiet torso and trim waistline. For showmanship, lavishly decorated suits with matching slim pants and boots colored to match the suit pants are this year’s look; these suits often have even more dramatic trim that rail shirts because the judge evaluates showmanship handlers from only a few feet away and smaller details will catch their eye. Shotgun chaps and western hats reflect a rider’s personal style and may include some playful options that add fresh interest to traditional apparel worn by the trendiest showgirls. Chaps might sport a second layer of contrast-colored or metallic fringe along the legs, crystal conchos, or a rhinestone motif at the heel. Hats, shaped with a squared brim in front and steeply rising sides in an almost-taco shape, may have contrast exotic leather bands or perhaps a hand-painted or rhinestone flourish accenting the brim. An important accessory that adds a big piece of the color story to your show outfit is your saddle blanket. Blankets should be big enough to reveal themselves all around your show saddle and should include your chap color and perhaps the accent color of your outfit. While solid colored show blankets are versatile and create a classic look with elaborate tops, patterned saddle blankets in traditional tribal designs will add interest combined with a simpler top.

Color-coordination of horse and rider create a winning team impression. Here, “Limoges” blouse from Hobby Horse in red and black pairs with a red saddle blanket on a bay horse for a striking presentation.

Show men don’t have to worry about bling in the ring: a wellshaped hat, starched shirt and jeans, and fitted chaps remain the gentlemen’s show uniform of choice. Again, saddle blankets can add pizzazz to the presentation by coordinating with the shirt color and making a fancy frame for a gorgeous show saddle. Speaking of saddles, expect to see more black and brown western show saddles in the show pen this year. Some riders are even dyeing their pale saddles dark for a richer look that contrasts beautifully with polished silver trim. Headstalls and saddles both may have exotic leather contrasts, or jewelry-like trims in traditional silver as well as copper and bronze treatments. More riders are opting for custom headstalls designed to flatter a particular horse’s head and eyes by being made-to-measure with carefully chosen buckles and shaped cheeks and ear designs. When you’ve decided on your best show looks for the year, plan a dress rehearsal and have a friend take snapshots or video of you and your horse to evaluate the impression you’ll create in the arena. Finetune your presentation, then pack your trailer knowing you’ve done your homework and you’re now ready to win. (c) 2013 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company ( a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable.

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id you know that in the dog world, possession IS the law? If a dog has something in his possession like a favoured toy or a bone, it is his until he chooses to move away and give it up. Any other socially skilled dog who wants it – no matter how big and tough he is or how badly he wants it – will not try and take it. Many puppies come from the litter into their human home with the notion that the best way to get or keep dinner or a prized item is to fend off any potential competition. Guarding behaviour is natural and normal, and present to some degree in all puppies. Depending on the dogs involved and the relative value of the item, each dog will place more or less importance on maintaining possession of it. The item is simply more or less important to each dog. Confident dogs don’t generally mind letting others have things, because they know that sooner or later they will get it back. The dog that makes big displays to get or maintain items is usually insecure or unskilled. His behaviour is a result of fear of losing Luki looking cute in an attempt to get the treasured squeaky hammer. the item. It’s not about

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It’s very stressful for dogs to discover that a very instinctive rule for them does not apply to us. It’s up to us to help them learn with as little stress and anxiety as possible. This is both for their own sake as well as for those who may unwittingly try to take something valuable from our dog. Much better is the situation where the dog happily drops his bone on cue than the dog who has his jaw held open and a bone pried from his teeth.

Let’s Be Proactive – Teach Not React! Our Goal: To have a dog who is truly just as happy to see you and have you come over to see them regardless of whether they have something in their possession or not. This dog will say “hey – nice to see you!” and maybe even abandon their prize and come happily bounding over. This is something to work on proactively! Dogs have teeth and in their world, it’s quite reasonable to use them when pushed to do so by a flagrant breaking of the rules. It’s our responsibility to teach our dogs how to live with humans – they are not born knowing the rules. Teaching a puppy that guarding is not appropriate through physical punishment will only confirm that we’re competing for the object. If our reaction is severe enough, the dog may back down and lull us into believing this approach is working. However, this response is the result of fear and intimidation. Worse yet, there is still the possibility that with another item or if someone else tries, the dog would not back down. Having a full-grown dog willing to “fight” to keep its prize is not a thought that anyone relishes. A ‘deal with it as it happens’ approach just isn’t appropriate. We need to raise dogs that simply don’t worry about people approaching them when they have anything. Once your dog learns that most of the time giving things up works out in his favour, he won’t mind the occasional time you just have to get something and have nothing to give in return.

Freeze and whale eye: Are you seriously planning to take my bone?!

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Before We Begin First, we need to replace the anxiety they presently feel with a relaxed response. Only when this has been accomplished, can we move on to making requests about items they have. In order for your dog to happily relinquish anything and everything he has when asked, he must be under the impression that most of the time he will get it back or get something even better. It’s not a take, it’s a trade. We can work on building a relaxed response by creating a pleasant association when your dog has the item in the presence of a person.

There are a few rules for success: 1. Don’t rush the early steps. Consider these the foundation of your dog’s new behaviour. If the foundation isn’t strong, the finished product won’t be either. 2. Each step should be successful before proceeding to the next level of the exercise. 3. Watch your dog’s body language. You need to recognize any signs of stress in your dog. 4. Always work at a level below your dog’s threshold. This means that the only emotion you should be seeing from your dog is a calm, relaxed state or happy anticipation. If your dog truly isn’t showing any signs of stress, these exercises are still valuable for prevention. Let’s not take anything for granted! Although your dog may seem fine with you or your family, this may change as they mature. In the event someone outside your family may need to look after your dog at some point, these exercises are an easy way for guests to safely and proactively practice prevention.

Approaches and Retreats Exercise #1 - Purpose. This is an exercise that will allow you to develop a positive association for your dog with people approaching her while she is at her food dish. Since there is no food in the dish when you approach, but instead it only appears after you approach, she will begin to want you to approach! You can increase the effect by making sure your dog is hungry when you carry out the exercise, and use tiny portions in each rep to allow for the maximum number of reps.

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Set Up. - Place your dog’s dish on the floor empty. The entire portion you plan to feed will be in an open container, stationed at a distance (five or six steps) from the dish to facilitate you getting some food and then approaching the dog and food dish. - With a small handful of food, approach your dog and calmly drop the food into your dog’s dish and retreat to your stash. - As soon as she is finished eating, grab another small handful and re-approach. Continue feeding the remainder of the meal in this manner. - Feed every meal this way until your dog consistently welcomes your approach with a happy, relaxed body and demeanor. Exercise #2 - Purpose. This is an exercise that will allow you to develop a positive association for your dog about people being around her when she has items she prizes. We need to show her that not only does she get great bonuses when people are around, but that she wins by not losing the item. It’s a win-win situation for your dog! Set Up. - Have a stash of something you know your dog REALLY loves stationed at a distance. You may need to start further away from your dog than in the previous exercise. Provide your dog with a lower value toy or food item. - With one of the higher value treats in your hand, take a step towards your dog and calmly toss the treat towards the dog and retreat to your stash. Repeat a number of times at this distance until you can see her respond to your approach with no stress and ideally, with enthusiasm. - Continue in this manner, very gradually approaching closer as her responses continue to indicate enthusiasm and happy anticipation.

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BC Heritage Circuit

reward riders, owners and trainers for their hard work throughout the show season at the qualifying events. Riders must have placed in the top four of their chosen events at a minimum number of two qualifier competitions throughout the province of BC in order to qualify for the Heritage Finals. Competitors of all ages and skills can qualify. $10,000 in prizes and awards will be offered for all levels of competition at the Heritage Finals this July. There are a few new and exciting things taking place for our 2013 Heritage Finals such as live photo streaming and video from the event, broadcast over HCBC’s social media!

Become a Competitor on the Heritage Show Circuit

The BC Heritage Circuit is Horse Council BC’s own provincial competition. Every year, hundreds of Heritage qualifier competitions take place across BC, qualifying riders and their horses to be able to compete at the big Heritage Circuit Finals at the end of the season. The Heritage Circuit supports community horse clubs and helps to encourage riders, coaches and breeders to achieve personal success at competitions at the grassroots level. HCBC supports and helps to facilitate the activities that take place at qualifying events to ensure riders of all ages, disciplines and with a competitive or recreational preference have the opportunity to compete. The BC Heritage Finals taking place this year at Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre in Kamloops, on July 5-7, will 60 • Saddle Up • April 2013

A logbook is required for each horse and rider combination in order to be able to compete at the BC Heritage Finals in July. Logbook applications can be downloaded from the HCBC website ( or are available from HCBC’s offices. For 2013, one logbook holds all BC Heritage Circuit Divisions and can be purchased from HCBC for a cost of $10.00 + HST = $11.20. A list of qualifying competitions is available on HCBC’s website at: www. - look for competitions with the “BC Heritage Qualifier” in their listings. See you at Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, on July 5-7, for the Heritage Finals!

New Membership Benefits for 2013 While there are certainly many benefits to a Horse Council BC Individual Membership, this year HCBC has decided to add a few more! Brand new this year, we are making all HCBC

Equine Online educational courses 100% free to current members! Some of the courses currently offered and available are: • Bits and Bitting • Road Safety • Vaccines • Functional Conformation • Pasture Management • Nutrition 101 • Parasite Control • Hoof Care, and much more! Look for more titles and topics to be released throughout 2013. You can access these courses by going to: equine-online.html. Another new benefit for Individual Members is HCBC’s new Members Discount Program. HCBC Premium Business Members are offering discounts on their products or services to any current Horse Council BC Members that can show their 2013 membership card. You can get some great deals on quality services and products from businesses like: • Purity Feeds • Milner Feed and Pet Supply Store • Crystal Waters Guest Ranch • Hodgins Equipment Services • Leather Mark Saddlery • Mountainview Ranch • Equine First Aid Training, and many, many more! Log on to to see all the great discounts that are available to you!

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BC Sporthorse-Sportpony News


C Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group held their 6th Annual Year-end Award Presentation on February 17, 2013, at the Langley Golf and Banquet Centre. This year’s Award Presentation had a different twist. Instead of holding it in the evening, we decided to have a breakfast meeting that was enjoyed by everyone. In conjunction with our breakfast meeting, a silent auction was held. We would like to thank our sponsors for donating many beautiful items. To be eligible for Year-end Awards, you must be a BC Sporthorse member and have attended our two shows held in June and September. Prior to the start of our meeting, Show Committee members Mary Kierans, Shelley Fraser and Lisa MacBurney thanked Ulli Dargel for a job well done and presented her with flowers and gift certificate.

Show Committee Member Mary Kierans with member Donna Smith and grand-daughters Hanna and Sarah, two of our young and up-coming riders. Most of our Year-end Award Recipients who were able to attend.

IN-HAND CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE Prospective To Be a Broodmare Champion R. ABBA, Owner: Monika Currier Prospective To Be a Broodmare Reserve SCARLETTE ROYALE FPF, Owner: Teresa Longsworth Two Year Old Filly Champion SCARLETTE ROYALE FPF, Owner: Teresa Longsworth Three Year Old Filly Champion R. ABBA, Owner: Monika Currier Three Year Old Filly Reserve WI DANCE AGAIN, Owner: Shelley Fraser Four Year Old Mare Champion BR VERUSCHKA, Owner: Carolyn Dobbs Weanling Colt Champion SOMEDAY SEEMORE, Owner: Someday Farm Two Year Old Gelding Champion POLARIS, Owner: Mary Kierans Three Year Old Gelding Champion HERMÉS DSP, Owner: Meaghan Elizabeth Dunn Four Year and Over Gelding Champion PHAROS VOM RAPPENHOF, Owner: Amanda Smith Four Year and Over Gelding Reserve PRESARIO, Owner: Carolyn Dobbs Sport-Pony Four Years and Over Champion BRAMBLE FAIRY, Owner: October Farm Coloured Horse Three Years and Under Champion WI DANCE AGAIN, Owner: Shelley Fraser Coloured Horse Four Years and Over Champion OLYMPIC DEPUT, Owner: Someday Farm Thoroughbred Four Years and Over Champion GO SEBASTIAN, Owner: Sabrina Mulville Thoroughbred Four Years and Over Reserve OLYMPIC DEPUT, Owner: Someday Farm

PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE Open Walk/Trot Horse Champion BEAUTY, Owner: Dragonfly Acres Open Walk/Trot Horse Reserve WI DANCE AGAIN, Owner: Shelley Fraser Youth 13 Years and Under Champion SISSY, Rider: Courtney Palleson Youth 13 Years and Under Reserve BENTLEY, Rider: Grace Robson Junior 14 to 18 Years Champion PRESARIO, Rider: Andrea Dobbs Amateur Rider Champion DOX NIGHT LARK, Rider: Rosalia Reginato Amateur Rider Reserve BAM BAM, Rider: Martin Robson Open Horse Champion BR VERUSCHKA, Owner: Carolyn Dobbs Open Horse Reserve WOODS, Owner: Lyla Terpenning Open Pony Champion BRAMBLE FAIRY, Owner: October Farm Open Pony Reserve JEWEL, Owner: Miranda Buchinsky Thoroughbred Champion GO SEBASTIAN, Owner: Sabrina Mulville Coloured Horse Champion DOX NIGHT LARK, Owner: Rosalia Reginato Canadian Horse Champion GAUDALI FLESH LIVIA, Owner: Carey Robertson


Our 2013 Show Season is ready to go. Our Summer Show is on June 22-23, with judging by Barbara Hento of Bellingham, Washington. The Fall Classic will be held September 21-22, 2013; the judges will be Gayle Atkins of Grants Pass, Oregon, and Dr. Walter de la Brosse of Los Angeles, California. Both shows are Horse Council BC Recognized Shows, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) Qualifiers and will be held at the Agriplex in Cloverdale. BC Sporthorse would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our competitors, volunteers and sponsors for their support throughout the year. With the support of all our members, we look forward to another exciting year. For photos and further information, please check our website (

Carolyn Dobbs, 100 Mile House, with her mare BR Veruschka received the following awards: Four Year and Over Mare In-Hand, Champion and Open Horse Performance Champion.

Show Committee Member Lisa MacBurney presenting Rosalia Reginato with one of the following awards: Amateur Rider, Performance Champion and the Coloured Horse Performance Champion, accomplished with her horse Dox Night Lark (Mickey)

Peachland Riding Club By Loree Currie


ooking forward to another exciting season! Here’s to 2013! Our dates are set – April 28, May 26, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 6. We are excited to announce that we will once again be hosting a Saddle Series which will take place after each Gymkhana. These races will have added money!! The info package for the Saddle Series can be found on our Facebook page. Our club will also be hosting a Canada Day Double header Barrel Race on June 30-July 1 and a High School Rodeo on October 11–13. Our spring clean-up party will be on April 21 from 10:00–2:00. Many hands make light work – please bring rakes and wheelbarrows. Pop and hotdogs will be provided at the clean-up party. See ya’ll soon. • 61

Vernon & District Riding Club By Judith Olson


ark your calendar for 10:00 am, Sunday April 7 and join the Spring Work Party. We’ll have a spring clean, set up the dressage ring, check out the stalls/pens and tidy up. You can tick off your volunteer hours and have fun at the same time. You can also take in day 3 of the Julia Bostock Hunter/Jumper Clinic which will be running at the same time. On May 4-5 we have our Hunter/Jumper Schooling and Dressage Practice Days. Julia Bostock, EC Certified Course Designer and Coach, will be setting schooling rounds on Saturday and Clear Rounds on Sunday. In the dressage arena, Lynda Ramsay will be judging on Saturday and Suzanne Wallace on Sunday. This is an opportunity to ride your test, discuss improvements with the judge and ride some of those tricky elements again. Program and entry forms are on the website. For further info call Julia about the jumping 250-308-7079, ( or Suzanne about dressage 250545-5573, ( We are hosting a Peter Campbell Clinic on May 24–26. Teaching is an art and Peter Campbell has the gift. He knows that learning comes

from the mind and physical performance is a result of processing and practicing what the mind is learning. Peter understands how horses think, react and learn and teaches people to teach their horses. The result is a partnership based on trust, intelligence and consistency that builds a bond between people and their horses. Anyone involved with horses in any capacity will benefit from watching and working with Peter. Clinic participation is limited to 20 people, but there’s lots of room for auditors. Contact Chandra at or 250-212-2611. Further details are available on the VDRC website: vernonridingclub. com.

Peter Campbell will be here in May

BC Draft Under Saddle Club News By Joslin Sanderson Photo by Serendipity Photography


ur Club Executive is busy planning an exciting year of events and has already submitted proposals to host two shows; one at the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest on July 27-29; and the second at the Chilliwack Fair on August 9-11. Both shows will be open to all breeds, keep an eye out for upcoming details and class lists. The Club Executive is also working on introducing a new program called the ‘Wide Ride Program’ where our members can track all their hours spent in the saddle. This will allow members who are recreational riders, and don’t necessarily show, to take part in our club and earn points towards year end awards. For more information on this new program keep an eye on our website at www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.

com. We hope to have the new program posted by April 15, 2013. A few of our members will be riding at the Mission Horse Club Wild & Woolly Show on March 24. See more about that next month. For more information about our club or to become a member please visit

Langley Riders Society Update By Shauna Olsen


013 is shaping up to be a very busy year at Langley Riders Society; so groom up your horses, dust off your boots and come on out to join us. We are open to both members and non-members (all riders must provide proof of current HCBC insurance) and have great divisions from PeeWee to Jack Benny! Whether you are a rank beginner, seasoned show rider, or have a mount that just needs some experience, we have classes for you. If you want to do jumper shows or even jumper clinics - we have shows and dates for this. We have a great turnout at our monthly Games Days and they are always a lot of fun whether you are riding or just wishing you were! This year, along with the fantastic Little Britches Rodeo, we are hosting the High School Rodeo! Keep an eye out for our upcoming events and come on out to enjoy the fun - with our without your horse! 62 • Saddle Up • April 2013

Come Grow with Us...Then and Now


Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


t a recent riding club meeting we had guest speaker, Tahn Towns, presenting probiotics; covering what probiotics are, how they work, why they work and why, as horse owners, we may from time to time have use for them. Thanks to Tahn for a very informative session. If you are interested in learning more please contact Tahn at 15+ members of the ORC braved some chilly but sunny weather to learn about bandaging. Carrie Fisher, a new clinician to the Oliver Riding Club, put together a very informative session and taught the group the reasons why a horse owner may need to bandage, different types of bandaging and padding materials and bandaging techniques. Everyone got to try out their newly acquired skills from standing wraps to spider bandages on some wonderfully patient ponies. Our thanks to Carrie for such a great session. The club is now a proud owner of an Equisport ball. If you have always wanted to try horse soccer - now is your chance! Max will be running some practice sessions on a Wednesday evening to hone those dribbling, tackling and shooting skills!! Stand by for more info to come on this. Someone should video this, it promises to be very entertaining. Have you ever wondered how good your riding position is? Are you sure you sit squarely on the horse or do you lean to one side. Are your legs too forward, too far back, do you slump in the saddle??? If you are interested in finding out more about your existing riding position and how you can improve it then you might be interested in

Sandra Sokolowski’s clinics. If there is sufficient interest on this subject, Debbie will make inquiries with Sandra to get more info on costs, content and timing. In the meantime if your curiosity has been aroused please visit Sandra’s website Carrie Fisher demonstrating how to make and apply a “Spider Bandage” on a very patient We have a busy horse. line-up of activities for this riding season, thanks to our wonderful Events Team. We are looking forward to Trail Course Training, Improve Your Skills (English and Western), Jumping and Dressage and our Social Club riding on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. D Bar K is also hosting a Spring Show and Tack Swap and also a “Spring Tune-Up” with Ken. Contact Debbie or Max for more information about any of these activities.

Kelowna Riding Club By Jill Veitch


e’ve been riding at KRC since late February and you are welcome to join us. Memberships are reasonably priced; daily drop-in rates are $25. Thank you to everyone who helped get the dressage ring into shape on March 16. Bill Maxwell of Canada Landscape generously donated his talents to raise the irrigation lines around the new grass berm. Thank you to all of our Back Country Horsemen volunteers and KRC volunteers. April 6: KRC Spring Clean-Up Party We need to paint! Please bring a brush or two (one for green and one for white) and disposable plastic containers and join us at 10am. Members are committed to six hours of volunteer support, and we thank you for it. April 7: KRC Dressage Test Riding Clinic In preparation for the Dressage Festival, KRC education director Kathrin Maxwell is hosting this clinic on Sunday April 7, starting at 10am. Please check our website for details. Space is limited. April 20-21: KRC Dressage Festival This Festival is the first EC Gold Competition in Canada, and a great season starter. You are welcome to come out and watch. Volunteers are welcome, please contact April 25-28: KRC Hunter/Jumper Spring Classic Each day features a special event - Thursday night is our new Okanagan Restoration Pony Jumper Challenge Pizza Party. Friday evening is our Coast Capri Hotel Welcome Party, featuring the $400 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The KRC and Back Country Horsemen volunteers who did all the hard work.

K&S Elite Sport Horses Gambler’s Choice. Saturday afternoon is the Q103 Puppy Lead Line competition, a free public event for kids 12 & under to show off their pooches, with prizes from Total Pet. Saturday night is the $500 The View Winery Hunter Spectacular and Mardi Gras Progressive Tent Party (bring your pop-up tent and decorate it up that night). Sunday wraps up the event with C-Horse Ice Cream Social. We would like to acknowledge Laurie Lazorko, who continues to spearhead our premiere annual event. Laurie is the foundation upon which the HJ Spring Classic is built. She works with an excellent team, as does our dressage show, led by former KRC president Sherri Paiement. Thank you to everyone involved in our shows. Our website has more information about all of our listings, www. • 63

Miniatures in Motion By Denise Thompson


iniatures in Motion Horse Club is holding its 18th Annual Horse Show on July 26-28 at the Thompson Pony Club, in Rocky Mountain House AB. This show is open to both registered and unregistered Miniature Horses 38” and under, with judge Floyd Mullaney presiding. There will be a variety of classes, including halter, showmanship, driving, trail and jumping classes for all age exhibitors and skill levels. We encourage beginner Youth and Adults alike to partake in all aspects of showing their Minis, as this is strictly a FUN and LEARNING show. The weekend is designed for all Miniature Horse owners to get together for a good time and fellowship while still having fun and friendly competitions, as well as to meet new friends and exchange ideas. As always the entry fees are very affordable, as is the price of the horse stalls, making this a very economical show for the family to attend.

The Miniature in Motion Horse Club is an active club that provides many learning opportunities for its membership. We hold clinics and workshops as requested by our members, and hold 4 meetings a year. Our members come from all over the province and are always ready to promote the Miniature Horse in any way they can. For more information on the club, to join, or to enter the show… visit or call Bonnie at 403-729-2227.

Bonnie Hetherington and 8-year-old Jack (34”).

BC Miniature Horse Club - Fun One, Fun All! By Lisa Dinter Photos courtesy of Bethrie Videos


ith the fresh spring season just around the corner, I’m pleased to announce several upcoming events. This year the Club’s goal is to get the kids involved. We’re all aware how time with our kids is important, and time with our horses is important, so why not put two-and-two together! And if your children love horses, they’re going to love showing them off ! The spring season kicks off with our Hot Dog Fundraiser on April 6 at the Otter Co-op in Langley. We also have a Youth Showmanship event in April but participants of all ages are welcome to join. (The date for this event is still in the works). Springing ahead a few weeks later, we’ll be having our Spring Classic Show at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 7-9. Events for AMHR will be held on Friday, and AMHA events will take place on Saturday and Sunday. We’re more than happy to welcome judges Lee Hassall,

Sandra Lee Curl and Richard Petty joining us for this show. With great youth rates available, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring your kids out to enjoy the sunshine and meet other horse loving youngsters. Participatory ribbons will be given to all youths who join. Come on folks! Let’s not let 2013 get away from us! Bring your toddlers, kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and spread the word! Please contact our newly elected president Vicki Schulz at 604-2403250 for any club information.

Barriere & District Riding Club By Jamie Myram, Youth Delegate


ur event coordinators, executive and directors are putting the final touches on our events as well as adding more clinics to the roster. The recreation committee had a fun and successful Knot Tying Clinic with participants from age 6 to 60+. Pictured are Alexis Nelson and her mom Sharon Threatful tying a Bowline knot. Also pictured are the knots used for high lining when you are camping. A Carl Woods Clinic is planned for April 13-14 indoors at the North Thompson Agriplex. Call Dani Noble to register 250-674-8591. Along with our Annual Tack Sale on April 20th, we will be holding a members only Vet Clinic and Farrier Services. CVSE will also be on the grounds giving an ‘information only’ Vehicle Safety Seminar, taking place between 10am and 1pm. The public is encouraged to bring their truck/trailer unit for evaluation. Many drivers took advantage of this service last year, and it is a great way to find out if you are up to current standards for licensing. This year B&DRC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. On February 64 • Saddle Up • April 2013

18th we sadly said goodbye to our first President, Dick Ross. Dick, was not only a great family man, but was well known for his “volunteering” in so many of the organizations that the residents of Barriere now enjoy. We send our deepest condolences to the Ross Family. Next month we will start adding some interesting trivia to our column in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. Stay up-to-date with all the club happenings by visiting


Git “ER” Done! Gymkhana Club By Kay Thomson


he snow is finally melting; making way for this year’s riding activities in Pritchard BC. Last year we had a great turnout with lots of new faces as well as the familiar ones that come out every year! We have nine Playdays planned, but if you can’t make all nine don’t worry cause you can still qualify… all you need is six good days on Barrels, Poles, and Stakes. There are already some great ideas for year-end awards. 2012 Top Highpoint Champions were: Adults: Keri Mikkelson on Bailey Junior: Katherine Lutgendorf on Reckless PeeWee: Sierra Hall on Q

PeeWee Year-end winners

We encourage everyone to come out and have fun! So clean up that tack and get the trailers ready to roll, cause it’s time to start this season up!

Hope to see everyone this year! Upcoming Dates: April 13 - Playday April 27 - Double Junior Year-end winners May 25 - Jackpot June 8 - Double July 28 - Jackpot August 25 - Jackpot September 21 Jackpot/double October 12 - Playday/ costume and potluck Adult Year-end winners day! November 16 – Year-end awards For more info on dates and membership fees visit

Spring Ahead with BCRCHA Story and photos by Janice Reiter


he BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association’s first show of the 2013 season is tucked under our trophy buckle and it was a ten-gallon success, and all those new faces, both human and equine, were amazing to see. Held March 10 at Fast Times Farm in Langley, judge Rick Hook of Barriere BC was brave enough to venture down the treacherous Coquihalla to preside over 74 works. With a last minute scramble to source additional cattle we had just enough to cover all classes. Two cattle suppliers meant it was our responsibility to keep them separated… how hard could that be? Generally our cattle are a mixed bag, a good assortment of sizes and colours. Would you believe that everyone that trotted out of the liners was black and fairly uniform in size? We studied the class sheets, put this class here, moved that class there until the cattle numbers worked out perfectly. Everything was under control, time to go cut. So when half way through the second class a cow made a b-line for the back fence, turned into a Grand Prix jumper and joined the herd in the holding pen… we now had our own version of “Where’s Waldo?” HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Class results are: Open: Freckles Pirana, ridden by Travis Rempel Non Pro: San Man Shorty, ridden by Jim Mann $10,000 Novice Horse: Cattlight, ridden by Cayley Wilson $3,000 Novice Horse: Freckles Be Twisted, ridden by Cayley Wilson $2,000 Limit Rider: Bill Rempel, riding All About Jason $750 Progressive Horse: All About Jason, ridden by Travis Rempel $500 Limit Rider: Barb McNally, riding Woody He Be A King $500 Ranch Horse: Puck, ridden by Cayley Wilson Novice/Novice: Ken Thiessen, riding Chics Little Colonel Youth: Madelyn Gosselin, riding Shiners Little Peppy

It takes a lot of bodies to put on a successful cutting, between turn-back and corner help to cattle handlers and the BCRCHA is fortunate to have an experienced group that graciously give their time to ensure that everyone has the best possible chance to show their stuff. Next time you see one of them, tip your hat and say thanks, cause without them we’d all have to find something different to do on a Sunday. Next show is scheduled for April 14 and with any luck it will see the premiere of an exciting new class, the Never Won A Buckle. Custom designed buckles are en route, rules and eligibility have been hammered out, so be sure and check the club website www. for further details.

Bill Rempel and All About Jason turn up the heat, posting one of the best runs of the day.

Is there a better way to spend your birthday? Madelyn Gosselin topped off her special day by winning the Youth Cutting aboard Shiners Little Peppy. • 65

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2013 President: Jeneane Evans, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Photos by Ron McCarthy and Jennifer Russell

Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair

The team of this year’s LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair were blessed with a sunny day for a change. The weather was still a little chilly but people came out in droves to enjoy the spectacular lineup of entertainment that spanned throughout the whole day. The fun started right at the parking lot where the stunning team of horses from Rocking Horse Carriages were awaiting people to give them a carriage ride around the always-beautiful Thunderbird Show Park. The Stampede Tack Arena was buzzing all day with a variety of horse demonstrations starting with a very entertaining Trainer’s Challenge on the extreme mountain trail course. Ross Hanson, Travis Rempel and Richard Pyke dazzled the audience as they took three green Thoroughbred rescue horses and patiently taught them how to maneuver the obstacles both in hand and under saddle. All three trainers did an amazing job, and the results were so close... but, at the end of it, all the judges named Richard Pyke the winner! Best of all, there was a lot of interest in the rescues and word is there was placement. The arena was packed the rest of the day as many different breeds and disciplines enjoyed their time to showcase their passions. Next door, in the Petsmart Arena, a day of dogs entertained the crowds. Everything from sheep herding to flying-disc dogs. In the back half of the arena, Fraser Amusement wowed the kids with a carnival of rides and games. The Cummings Trailers Arena housed our ever-growing trade fair, giving people a chance to shop for some treasures. New this year was a petting zoo which delighted kids of all ages. The round pen in this arena housed some really neat demonstrations and clinics. Veterinarians Paton, Martin and Cruz did an amazing educational performance on anatomy and structure of a horse using a live horse with bones painted on

it. Looked amazing! Behind the trade fair, the Avenue Equipment Arena housed our always-packed used tack sale that once again brought people together as they milled through all the horsey trinkets and clothes looking for that perfect item. Enjoying the weather outdoors, the Preston Chevrolet Arena was wowed by the skills of mounted archery brought to us by top archer Robert Borsos and Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club, as well as the death-defying trick riding brought to us by the Stewart Family and their Hearts of the West show. The JR/FM BBQ was fantastic as was the VTEA Pancake Breakfast. The day was enjoyed by all, young and old! The Bazaar Team would like to thank its volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, family and friends for all coming together to make this year’s event so amazing. Our enthusiastic crew is already planning for next year, when we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary... they are aiming for even bigger and better! See more on the QH Bazaar on page 38.

Schooling Show Time to clean that tack, prepare the horse trailer and plan on attending the LMQHA ALL BREEDS Schooling Show and Evening Ride! The Evening Ride is April 6 and the Show Day is April 7, and both will be at Thunderbird Show Park. There is a good lineup of classes for all, and the Evening Ride Chili Cook Off is always a treat. See the LMQHA webpage at for more details.

Heartfelt Condolences Heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of longtime LMQHA member and supporter Clyde Dougans. He will be dearly missed. 66 • Saddle Up • April 2013


South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013 May 11-12: SCQHA Fuzzy Clinic/Show Weekend, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC Sept 13-15: SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC 2013 BCQHA/SCQHA Memberships To keep you currently informed and eligible for full Provincial and Zone membership privileges, this is a must have for any AQHA enthusiast. Join today! Please visit the BCQHA website for your 2013 memberships. Easy online forms and payments make this quick and easy. Visit Long-time American Quarter Horse Enthusiast Passes Deepest condolences are extended to the Chevallier Family of Peachland on the passing of Larry James Chevallier on March 8, 2013. Larry was born in Eckville, AB on March 11, 1950 and was raised in Rocky Mountain House until he came to Peachland in 1967 where he spent most of his active and colourful life. Larry was an outstanding horseman and true cowboy. He was active in the Canadian Cutting Horse Association during the 1980s and early 1990s as a director, judge, competitor and champion at many events. He and his wife Diana and their family raised some of the finest cutting and working bred AQHA horses in Canada. Larry was a huge supporter of High School Rodeo and was always one of the first to lend a hand when a Youth needed help. He will be fondly remembered by many, many people in our industry. Quoting the Peachland News, “Larry wore many hats throughout his life - hard hat, pilot hat, tug boat captain and volunteer, but the one that describes him best is Cowboy.” In lieu of flowers, the Chevallier Family requests memorial contributions to the Peachland High School Rodeo Scholarship Fund would be welcome. 16th SCQHA Fuzzy School Show and Clinic – May 11-12 We have kicked our annual event up a HUGE notch this year by concentrating on the fun and educational aspects. This year our official judge is Carrie Humphrey from Kamloops. Demonstrations and instruction will be given before each class. Tips on proper class procedure, show pen performance and strategies and show pen etiquette along with much, much more will be covered in detail. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This schooling show and clinic will be a great introduction and preparation for showing at AQHA or Breed level and give participants the opportunity to learn what would be required in future show participation. Pre-entry only with deadline of April 30. NO POST ENTRIES TAKEN. Please contact Director Cheri Smeeton for details at To ensure that our participants get the most out of this sensational new experience, space is limited. Check out our website for registration information and all the details ( php/scqha). New SCQHA Director and BCQHA Representative The SCQHA Directors welcome Roger Smeeton of Kamloops to our Board. Roger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Association as an active member of the BC Cutting Horse Association and former BCCHA Director. Roger will be fi lling the newly allotted slot on the BCQHA Board of Directors as SCQHA rep. BCQHA has changed its bylaws and now our Zone has three representatives taking part on the BCQHA Board. NEW SCQHA LOGO After soliciting all of our members at the SCQHA AGM earlier this month, SCQHA is pleased to announce that our members have selected a new logo for our association. These photos are rough drafts of what will soon be our new logo. SCQHA 2012 Volunteer of the Year We are pleased to announce that Olivia Nelson of Kelowna was named SCQHA 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Olivia is 16 years old and attends Aberdeen Preparatory School in Kelowna and is in Grade 11. In addition to riding and showing her AQHA gelding Mini Dimensions (aka Joey), Livia plays guitar, sings and loves to paint. She is also fluent in French and enjoys tutoring her fellow students. NEWS FLASH: It pays to be an SCQHA member! SCQHA is pleased to be partnering with local businesses and service providers in our Zone and throughout BC to offer discounts to our SCQHA members. Check out our website ( php/south-central-news) regularly to see the list and watch as it grows. SCQHA member cards will be issued to each of our 2013 members as proof of membership to obtain your exclusive SCQHA member discounts. • 67

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

23rd ANNUAL WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO Hosted by the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Cariboo Memorial Complex, Williams Lake, BC APRIL 19, 20 & 21, 2013 Performance Times: Friday 6pm / Saturday & Sunday 1pm Featured Events & Performances: West Coast Thunder Drill Team Wild Horse Racing Inductees into BC Cowboy Hall of Fame – Sunday Live Music – Friday evening Barn Dance – Saturday, April 20th Beer Gardens Admission to Rodeo: Adults (15-59) $15/ticket; Youth (6-14) & Seniors (60+) $8 Family & Weekend Passes Available Tickets and Rodeo merchandise available at WL Indoor Rodeo Office opening: April 5th. or 250-398-3334 Local Entries: April 5th 10am – 4pm, 250-398-3334

2013 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 19, 20 & 21: 23rd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 27 & 28: NEW Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 10 & 11: PWRA/BCRA Grand Coulee, WA May 11 & 12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 19 & 20: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 19 & 20: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 25 & 26: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1 & 2: 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 15 & 16: 52nd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 21 & 22: PWRA/BCRA Colville, WA June 22 & 23: WIREA/BCRA Alkali Lake Rodeo (2–one day rodeo) June 29 & 30: 28th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 3 & 4: PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA

July 5 & 6: July 6 & 7: July 13 & 14: July 13 & 14: July 19, 20 & 21: July 26 & 27: August 3 & 4: August 3 & 4: August 9, 10 & 11: August 17 & 18: August 23 & 24: August 30 & 31: Aug 30-Sep 1: Aug 30-Sep 2: September 13, 14, 15:

WELCOME TO THE BCRA NECHAKO VALLEY INDOOR RODEO Vanderhoof, BC Hosted by the Nechako Valley Rodeo Association APRIL 27 & 28 2013 Performance Times: Saturday 4pm / Sunday 1pm Featured Event: Mutton Busting Featured Performance by: Northern Country Girls Drill Team Rodeo Dance: April 27th from 9pm–1am, Mezzanine, Indoor Arena Concession, Beer Gardens Admission: Adults (13+) $10/ticket; Youth (6-12) $5; 5 and under Free Tickets available at California Dreamin & Omineca Source for Sports Door Tickets: Adults $12; Youth $7; 5 and under Free Local Entries: April 10th 6pm - 8pm, 250-570-9164 or 250-567-0605

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2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake, BC Wl & District Credit Union, Williams Lake, BC

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Brigitt Johnson, North Okanagan Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Fall Ride in Larch Hills


embers of the BCHBC North Okanagan Chapter took advantage of the stellar fall weather last September to make an overnight trip to Larch Hills cross-country ski area, located between Enderby and Salmon Arm ( Twelve riders and their mounts of various sizes, breeds and colours met Saturday morning at the Larch Hills Ski Chalet and with the aid of cross-country ski maps set out to explore the area. Our first ride followed the Skyline Trail, which roughly parallels Larch Hills Road through the ski area but offers less rocky footing for horses. After an initial steep uphill, the trail meandered through the forest, wide enough for two or three riders abreast. Clouds of pale butterflies danced in the sunlight around us. With several riders on new horses and horses that were not used to each other, we rode at a leisurely pace and stopped to wait if anyone had issues. Although we had been warned of boggy terrain, we evidently missed a sign on a side trail. The leading riders ended up sinking into the mud of “Bilbo Baggins’ Bog!” Although one rider had to dive for lost boots, luckily there were no injuries, and the group turned back. It is something to be aware of if you are riding in the area. Larch Hills can reportedly be wet and buggy early in the season, too. Our route brought us to Cec’s cabin, nestled in a clearing about 6 km from the Larch Hills Ski Chalet, where we stopped for a short break. With the help of one of our members who is handy with a GPS, we were able to make note of trail repairs and a little clearing needed on some of the smaller side trails, and passed that information along to the Shuswap Trail Alliance. Our group stayed overnight in the comfortable and cozy facilities of the Larch Hills Ski Chalet. The large, open room log cabin is heated by a central wood stove, and has power, a cook stove and hot and cold running water. Bathrooms with flush toilets and running water were installed downstairs last year. Upstairs is a large loft area for sleeping. The horses were penned in two sets of four panel corrals (total of 8) on either side of a large, grassy meadow near the chalet. The corrals were donated and built by BCHBC and Equine Trail Horse Riders. Buckets of water for the horses could be fi lled at an outdoor tap at the chalet. In the morning, we were wakened early by hunters arriving on ATVs and pickup trucks. Rather than head back into the forested area, our ride on Sunday took us in a south-westerly direction along Skyview and Raven’s Ridge trails. The trails took us across open fields that had been logged and were re-growing with fireweed and grasses. As it was a sunny day, it was wonderful to soak up the blue sky and fall colours. Our destination was a lookout over Salmon Arm and a leisurely circuit HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

back to the cabin in fall sunshine. The trails and cabins are maintained entirely by volunteers of Larch Hills Nordic Society. Donations towards upkeep are gratefully accepted. The Larch Hills Ski Chalet can be rented for $100 per night by a group or a per person cost of $15 per night. Camping fees are also $15 per night including use of corrals. Cec’s Cabin can be rented for $5 per night, but has no running water or corrals. Bookings are not exclusive. There are a variety of trails and loops offering both short and longer rides. Maps are available at the Larch Hills Ski Chalet. A summer map identifies boggy areas and gated watershed areas. Also, it should be emphasized that several members of our group had ridden in the area before and had a good sense for the trails and directions. It was so wonderful to discover these amazing trails in our immediate backyard; our chapter has decided to make this an annual fall ride. • 69



hanks to Elroy Karius for this President -June Melhuish VP - vacant article on Team Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Riding – he and Gail Jewell Treasurer - Lynn Wallden introduced the concept Directors: Louise Abbott and practice at Last Elaine Bessuille Chance Mountain Ride in Terre O’Brennan September 2012 and it was Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, well received. Christine Voglmaier, The concept of team Katrin Levermann, riding in endurance is an idea that requires each individual rider to approach equine behaviour and performance with an open mind. The objective is to combine the energy of individual equines and riders to achieve a result that exceeds the individual effort. In the natural setting, the equine survives in a herd mentality, responding to multiple energies. Skilled horse people have, for hundreds of years, applied various techniques to maximize energy. Driving teams use special hitching gear and eveners to balance horse energy. Four-abreast drivers selectively place each horse to balance speed and energy in turns - the stronger and faster-paced on the outside, the quick-footed on the inside of the turn circle. Examples of the power of synergy exist in other arenas. Sled dog teams, military and police formations rely on such power as effective tools. Mob violence or riot-based energy are negative examples of synergy energy results. My personal riding career in Competitive Trail (1980) and later in Endurance involved riding with partners that were family members. Trying to balance competitive horses with rider skills that varied posed problems. Being somewhat competitive myself, the solution did not seem to be slow or late starts, nor did it seem to make sense to simply have others tag along behind. The process evolved during our conditioning rides. Simply stated, my sons needed to learn to manage their horses, ride nose to nose, any pace, stride for stride; other riding partners got the same message. The outcome was most beneficial, stress was reduced; horses were taught to be non-competitive and accept pace rating. Riders shared the ride as opposed to being followers. At the time, I never really thought about synergy or team as a “unit in motion” concept. Applying team concepts to the sport of endurance can have exceptional benefits. The first requirement for the rider is to move past the “my horse won’t do that” belief. The rest of the steps are developmental and results are progressive. The techniques involve teaching your horse to run in synch with others, as opposed to competitive mode or “being pulled” mode; rotating up front leaders, pace equal, stride by stride, simultaneously sharing stops to drink and graze as a unit. For the rider, it means placing value on team members whether two or four, completing as a unit as opposed to “I’m first.” “The proof is in the pudding” or as per Julius B, “the devil is in the details.” What success can we cite? At a world-class level, Julius Bloomfield witnessed the French team as one example of a successful team ride. At a closer-to-home level, Murray M, Julius B, Gail and I, wanting to Officers & Directors 2011

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try a team approach, travelled 1400 miles to a ride; we planned our strategy, including order of completion, discussed all options, started as a committed unit and finished as top four on a 100 mile. At one point, in the early stages, running dead last with two horses showing signs of difficulty, our resolve to stay in team format saved the day. Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell Gail and I, encouraged by that result, built on the experience in our dual team effort; we went on to coach three juniors (who had never ridden a ride together) to a N. A. silver medal finish, which was followed by the 2012 NAJYRC - the Team “Pink Girls” team earned a gold medal finish, also riding as a unit. Gail, Lee Hutten from Ontario and I, in South Carolina, achieved top three in a 100 using team skills. Gail and I often ride as a unit and more recently we have Team Riding at Iron Horse Ride 2012 extended that concept to new and upcoming participants we mentor. There is no magic but there is the synergy of a “unit in motion.” Last Chance 2012 was an opportunity for riders to feel “team” for the fun of it. Some riders had rather interesting and positive results. To do a “team” ride does not mean that the team must condition together. It helps, of course, but as some discovered at Last Chance, it can be as simple as sharing a ride; for some there were very direct benefits. There is more. If a horse/rider duo can learn the secrets of “team” and ride the basic principles, they may well move on to the next level, which is riding as an individual with a trained “team-principled” horse who has the ability to tag on and utilize the energy of front runners. Using team principles well is a key cornerstone to individual success. Whether Top Ten or Completion is your goal, “team” is a valuable tool in your bag of endurance tricks, with much more to be gained than lost. Check the website ( for updates and additions to the Ride Calendar. The “Fundamentals of Endurance” Clinic is May 2526 in Pritchard. Is your membership up to date?


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Romancing the snow: 2012 Reserve High Point Junior Horse Fanciful Romance, owned by Barb Bowerbank of Burns Lake.


ot long before this deadline, our good friend and lifetime BC Paint member Barb Bowerbank from Burns Lake posted pics of her Paint mare in snow that was nearly chest deep – a far cry from here on the coast where we hardly saw a snowflake this past winter. With the official harbinger of spring (the QH Bazaar) behind us in the Fraser Valley and the first Paint show (a cancer fundraiser in Albany, Oregon) now a fond memory for some of our members, we know even those “beyond Hope” are looking forward to some great riding and good shows this coming season. The show bills for both “Back-to-Basics” APHA shows have now been posted to our website and - we’ve expanded our repertoire. We’ve added yearling longe line and in-hand trail at both shows (for regular and solid breds) and at the Okanagan show in Pritchard on June 8, we’ve added a couple of Barrels classes. At the show in Delta, July 28, we’ve added a Preliminary Hunter class. It seems there are a growing number of Paint Horse members here that are venturing into the Hunter ring and while APHA’s Preliminary Hunter is an open class (it can’t be split it into amateur and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

youth), it’s an opportunity to see what the appetite is for “over fences” classes. We haven’t lost sight of our original mission for the “Back-to-Basics” concept, however. “Back-to-Basics” is meant to be an exhibitor-friendly, all Paint horse show with an all inclusive (inexpensive) day rate to encourage new (and seasoned) exhibitors to spend the day showing their horses to APHAapproved judges. We’re still re-building our exhibitor base here in BC, so we’ve kept our expenses to a minimum, ordering judges (relatively) close to home and keeping it to a single day. Both shows are double judged. We have Lyle Jackson and Andrea Gutmann coming from Alberta for the Okanagan show; Teresa Sullivan from Washington is coming for the Coast show and we’ve had to go a little further afield (to Arizona) to book Jennifer Cignoni, who is flying in to Seattle with her husband and doing some sightseeing while she’s here. Of course, we couldn’t offer those great fees without the generous support of our sponsors, and we’re very pleased to welcome BC’s John Deere dealer, PrairieCoast Equipment, to our roster. PrairieCoast has stores in both Abbotsford and Kamloops and APHA has just recently entered into a partnership agreement with John Deere that will extend big savings to APHA members when they purchase John Deere tractors (including gators and lawn and garden equipment). Don’t forget to ask! Johnston Meier Insurance is our presenting sponsor for both shows. Lazy 3 Ranch is taking care of the reserve awards at the Coast show, and we are so pleased to have a sizeable contribution from the proceeds of the Harvest Classic Show for our Okanagan Show. Traveland RV Supercentre in Langley is back and Stampede Tack is sponsoring our Super Horse Silver Buckle. The Okanagan show has also member support and we are very grateful to Paul Sullivan, Windhorse Farm, Platinum Performance Horses and High Arrow, and to Double Delichte Stables for sponsoring sportsmanship awards at both shows. Mackenzie Meadows has some “bunks” available for those without living quarters or campers at the Okanagan show and we can put you in touch with Thea to make reservations for those. Greystone in Delta is within spitting distance of a good hotel, and there are lots of

BC Paint directors Kerry Sawyer, Natalie Hall and Blodwyn Bristow represented the club at the QH Bazaar, March 17.

great restaurants nearby. We have access to their indoor if the weather is skunky, but that’s unlikely in Delta and we’re looking forward to showing in their sand outdoors. There is lots of good stabling at both facilities. What’s even more exciting about this year? Starting in 2013, APHA will award a half point to the first place horse in a class of just two entries. This is great news for shows like “Back-to-Basics,” the “Three-in-One” in Smithers (July 12-14) and the Bulkley Valley Fair, also Smithers (August 22-25) where we simply don’t have the number of horses or exhibitors to fi ll every class to capacity. We believe the increased opportunities for points (half or otherwise), however, will actually grow our classes – you need to come out and support our shows! LMQ’s show bill will be posted to our website. While the circuit fee we were championing didn’t materialize, they have made some improvements to the fee schedule and the Spring Circuit (May 2-5 at Thunderbird) offers a full spectrum of APHA classes and has four APHA judges. Yearling exhibitors should keep their eyes on LMQ’s Evergreen Circuit, August 30-September 1, with its $1500 added yearling halter futurity. That show is an APHA special event (with limited APHA classes on Friday) and then a full APHA show over Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to log your hours in the saddle on your Paint Horse for our Paint Your Ride BC program. As always, lots more news on our website. • 71

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest. Check out our website at 2012 / 2013 EXECUTIVE: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz

Meet Lynn Higginbotham and her mare KFR Caprina KFR Caprina is my nine-year-old Arabian mare, raised in Oyama, BC. What an eventful journey we have been on for the last three years. Purchased as a six-year-old with limited training, this is a journey of a lifetime. This mare has taught me patience and to understand the importance of groundwork with body language; she has convinced me that, for her to be successful, she needs consistency from me. Through hundreds of hours in training, numerous trail rides, in-hand clinics, mountain trail clinics, hoof ball and even working with young cattle, this mare truly enjoys it all! All but water, that is. It took me almost two years to convince her to not hesitate or refuse when asked to walk through water, no matter how small the puddle was. A lengthy recovery from a torn suspensory with six months stall rest, we now have a clean bill of health. Hmm... what should we conquer this summer?

Fun Facts • Arabian horses have 17 ribs, five lumbar bones and 16 tall vertebrae compared with other horses that have an 18-six-18 formation. • All Arabians, no matter their coat colour, have black skin, except under white markings. Black skin provided protection from the intense desert sun.

Exciting News: AHA Signs Agreement with Ranch Sorting National Championships The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and the Ranch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) announced today an agreement to develop joint programs to attract horse enthusiasts to RSNC and AHA competitions. Glenn Petty, Executive Vice President at AHA stated, “Ranch Sorting is enjoying immense popularity. The Ranch 72 • Saddle Up • April 2013

Sorting organization was only formed six years ago and now has 18,000 members. Ranch Sorting is family-oriented and many Arabian horse owners already participate in this sport.” AHA will hold a judged exhibition competition at the 2013 US National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, being held October 18-26, 2013, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through this partnership with RSNC, AHA will award RSNC points to Arabians, Half-Arabians, and Anglo-Arabians participating in ranch sorting competitions, giving AHA members another avenue to enjoy their horses. In addition, RSNC gives members awards by state, including awards for High Point Arabian and Half-Arabian. Ranch Sorting is a team-oriented discipline where friends and family can compete together affordably thanks to low participation costs. With over 400 sanctioned events annually, RSNC offered over $400,000 in prize money to 6,000 competitors at their national finals last year. “RSNC aims to preserve the heritage and integrity of the ranching lifestyle while providing a family-oriented, competitive riding experience at the grassroots level,” says RSNC President, Dave Wolfe. Speaking to the grass-roots reach of Ranch Sorting, AHA President, Cynthia Richardson says, “Ranch sorting is an accessible activity where members can literally pull their horse out of the pasture, haul them down the road and compete on an appropriate level, no matter their experience. They can experience an easy, fun day with their whole family.” A participant’s rating is assigned after RSNC tracks sorting dollars won and sorting dollars spent on entry fees by each contestant at all RSNC sanction events. The handicapping system encourages the teaming of skilled sorters with the less-experienced partners while the Masters classes feed the appetite of the mature competitor. Ranch Sorting National Championships aims to be the number one equine family sport! We offer free membership, events throughout the country and lots of fun! For information about how you can try ranch sorting, visit

BCHAA Show Sponsors Wanted BCHAA is looking for sponsorships and ads for the BCHAA show April 19-21. This is one of two shows left to qualify for the R 17 Show on the mainland! Ads are $50, classes are $25 each or three for $50. We need your support! There will also be a clinic at the end of the show from the judge, Kari Albiol, on her perspective and show ring advice; youth admission is free, adults by donation. Please message me at

Mountain Trail at the 2013 BC Seniors Games Exciting news - for the very first time, the sport of Mountain Trail will be one of the four equestrian events taking place at the 2013 BC Seniors Games on August 20-24, in Kamloops. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the fun and participate in the Games. You have to be 55+ to join in! Please continue to monitor our Facebook page and website for upcoming details. In the meantime, check out www. and Circle Creek Equestrian Centre at www. where the Equestrian Games will take place. Arabian trainer, coach and clinician, Dawn Heppner of Damarhe Training, is taking a team - contact her if you are interested in joining in on the journey. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

On to Greener Pastures:

MOSES 1981 - January 11, 2013


oses, a Shire, was born in Pemberton and was acquired by a gentleman in Maple Ridge as a four-year-old. He was terribly malnourished and underweight by several hundred pounds. He stayed briefly in Maple Ridge before being purchased by AAA Carriage Rides that operates the carriage rides in Stanley Park. Moses was part of the start of the carriage rides in 1985. Due to his quiet disposition he was the “beginner’s horse” with whom green drivers were sent out, as Moses would bring everyone back safe and sound. Working many years for Stanley Park Carriage Rides, Moses was used for special events. He appeared in an episode of Highlander, rode up the gondola to Grouse Mountain to give sleigh rides, pulled the wagon to deliver the first barrel of draft Guinness to Vancouver and, at the Official opening of Canada Place, Moses pulled the carriage with the Premier into the ballroom of the Trade and Convention Centre. Moses came to live with us after being retired. Needing some TLC and help from our veterinarian, Moses settled into retirement life. I promised Moses he would never want for anything and we let Moses be Moses. We soon found out that Moses still enjoyed meeting people, so we took him on some outings where people could interact with a draft. With his trademark teardrop below his left eye and gentle nature, he drew people to him. Patiently standing amidst the squeals, he would lower his head so kids could pet his face and nose. Even though he was retired, Moses continued to work as a babysitter to our new additions keeping everyone calm. When our miniature donkey was sick, Moses stood looking over her stall and would give little rumbling sounds (as he couldn’t whinny due to an injury to his tongue) so she would know she wasn’t alone. We moved up north and Moses enjoyed the quiet and wide open space. Our farm revolved around Moses and what Moses wanted, Moses got. In the summer, he took a liking to the grass on the lawn, so he’d graze around the yard and go into his stall when he wanted nap. Due to his age, he had lost most of his teeth and was on fine hay

and a mixer of soaked beet pulp, foal grain and phase 5. The winter was challenging, as his beet pulp would freeze before he had finished it. We always had a tub of fresh beet pulp made in the house to feed him every couple of hours. He was strong and despite the cold weather, he kept his weight, grew a thick coat and came out of winter in good shape. In June of 2012, Moses came out of quiet retirement for one last public appearance. He opened the first Equifair in Vanderhoof. We led him into the arena flanked by two riders carrying BC flags. Moses was presented with a sash of roses that was placed around his neck by the Mayor in tribute to his life. Whenever I came home from work, Moses was the first I would go and see. I would look into his eyes and was reminded of the many years he worked giving 100% and never fussing. We will forever miss his low whinny, his teardrop face greeting us at the fence, and the nuzzles from his nose that was covered with beet pulp. This summer my gardening partner will not be here wandering the yard nor will I feel his soft nose on my shoulder. At 32 years old, Moses left us due to cancer. Moses gave us such joy for 13 years and his memory will always be with us. What an amazing “Old Boy.” By Dyanne and Mike DiMassimo

Book Review


n Trafalgar Square Books author Linda Tellington-Jones’ new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, she explains how we have scientific evidence that proves something most of us “knew” already: The heart does more than simply service the human circulatory system as a “blood pump.” In fact, it is in constant communication with the brain in order to direct various other bodily systems so they all work in harmony. As you perceive and react to the world, your brain sends messages to your heart. And, amazingly, the heart talks right back, with its rhythmic activity sending us emotional signals that, in effect, govern our life—and our riding. In DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, Linda delves into the concept of heart rhythm coherence—understanding how the mental and emotional energy emanated and controlled by your heart can become coherent (logical, orderly, and aesthetically consistent) and can then be a powerful force in your work with horses. A positive emotional state, both in you and your horse, contributes to this “coherence,” which has been proven to increase effectiveness


when addressing tasks (in other words, it improves performance). The presence of love and caring in your life are important factors in the generation of a positive emotional state. Luckily, we as human beings are blessed with the ability to control (to a great degree) the amount of positivity or negativity in our thoughts and intentions. Being thankful and showing thanks are basic steps in promoting a positive emotional state in you and your horse. According to Linda’s work with riders and horses around the world, light Raccoon TTouches—one of the many Tellington TTouches that, along with innovative Ground Exercises and Ridden Work, make up Linda’s Tellington Method—can soothe and relax your horse, and so are a great way to say, “Thank you,” after you ride. 296 pages 182 colour photos, 43 diagrams ISBN: 9781570764264 • 73

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CALGARY CASINO at Stampede Grounds, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. To volunteer contact Ron at 403-646-2624, GAME OF CONTACT, Dressage/Parelli Clinic, Lyndsey Fitch, Red Deer, AB, 250-968-4481,

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LESSONS/CLINICS w/Wendy Price, Briarwood Stables, Kelowna, Wendy 250-442-7706 or Gaylene 250-808-1335 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, JERRY TINDELL RIDING CLINIC, Westerose AB, Marlene at 403-783-5210 or, LMQHA SPRING CIRCUIT (AQHA & APHA), Thunderbird, Langley, Kathie 403-804-4031,, WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE (and Harness & Tack), Olds AB, WILLIAMS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, ALI BUCHANAN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Michael 250-395-6025 or 250-791-5247 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Clinic - Grand Prairie, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 SRGEDC Spring Discovery Dressage/Jumper Show, Trail Challenge,, Sasha CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC w/Alexandra Kurland, Flyin G Ranch, Cochrane AB, Monty Gwynne or 403-932-4989 GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, TSC PERCENTAGE DAY, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri TSC CLEAR ROUNDS 1pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Alice FORTHEHORSE Week End Course, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase BC, TEAM ROPING SCHOOL (Training Rope Horses), Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494, VDRC H/J SCHOOLING & DRESSAGE Practice Days, Vernon BC, REINING ALBERTA Clinic & Show Circuit (North Branch) (South Barn, Nisku), HORSEWOMANSHIP CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainers Birgit Stutz/ K. Kincannon, Riversong Ranch, Raven 1-877-394-6773, LONGEARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland BC. Bring your Longear, free admission! Details call Mavis or Tom 250-379-2076 TSC GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Jocelyn MHC GAMES SHOW, Mission Horse Club, GYMKHANA (BC Heritage/PAC pending), Barriere BC,, Kristina 250-320-2211 JANDANA RANCH OPEN HOUSE, 1-4pm, Pinantan Lake BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 JERRY TINDELL OPEN CLINIC, Forestburg AB, Caroline at 780 582-3995, TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show (BC Heritage/Summer Games Qual.), Salmon Arm BC, Sonya 250-833-2669, TSC SCHOOLING SHOW, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Elaine or Marty POKER RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $15 per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC, Leduc AB, Diana, 780-387-0413 OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Clinic Grooming & Prep for Show, Location TBA, Joan 250-545-9566 or 250-542-9707 EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE Workshop w/certified Chris Irwin trainer Birgit Stutz, Birgit 250-968-6801,


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SCQHA FUZZY CLINIC, Mini-clinics and Fun Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, DEB HUGHES DE-SPOOKING CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, REINING ALBERTA Show Circuit & NAJYRC Qualifier (South Branch) (Prairie Mountain Ranch, north of Cochrane), JAY O’JAY NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Lake Country, Miranda 250-878-2730 LADYSMITH (Vanc. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CASUAL TRAIL RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $5 Per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info HUNTER SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814,, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 PARELLI 1/2 Partnership Workshop, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC, 250-968-4481, PARELLI 1/2 Partnership, Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481, JERRY TINDELL INTRODUCTORY/MIXED CLINIC, Olds AB, Julie 403-7622732,, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Clinic - Edmonton, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 BS & DRIVE WEEKEND, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC, Ken 250-456-6050, HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC, Kitimat BC, Michelle 250-632-6726 or Debbie 604-858-7724, OPEN SCHOOLING HORSE SHOW, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River BC, Sandy 604-485-0249, TOPLINE SPRING HORSE TRIALS & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, TRAILERING & REMEDIAL CLINIC, Kennedy Arena, Pitt Meadows BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975, STEVE ROTHER CLINIC, Okanagan Falls BC, Simone 778-516-5599, KAMLOOPS, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, OLD FRIENDS CANADA Dressage Schooling Show , Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Miranda 250-878-2730 AERC FUN DAY, Y English/Western/Schooling Jumps, Armstrong Fairgrounds. All welcome. ROCK CREEK POKER RIDE-A-THON, Rock Creek BC (Fundraiser), Ann, 250-446-2409 PARELLI 2/3 Online/Freestyle Riding, Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481, EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC, Kitimat BC, Michelle 250-632-6726 or Debbie 604-858-7724, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two Clinic - Thorsby, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 HORSEMANSHIP DEMO w/Chris Irwin, 7-10 p.m., Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801,, 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Horseplay Your Way, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Janice Jarvis, Pinantan Lake BC, DARYL GIBB CLINIC, Kelowna Ranch, Kelowna BC, hosted by Jefferson Equine, or 250-808-7609 PETER CAMPBELL HORSEMANSHIP, Vernon BC, Chandra,, 250-491-8314, REINING ALBERTA Clinic & Show Circuit (Peace Country Branch) (Fairview College, Fairview), MULTI-LEVEL PARELLI INSTRUCTION, Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB, 250-968-4481, MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SERIES, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337 TSC PERCENTAGE DAY, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri

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Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS S and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13

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 4/13

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs.

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13

For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 11/13

ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. For info: or


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13

Tip of the Month!


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). FACTOR #6: DEVELOPING THE EQUESTRIAN AS A WHOLE PERSON A major objective of LTED is taking all aspects of personal development into consideration. Thus, training, competitive and recovery programs should consider the physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional development of each athlete. In the context of sport, understanding ethics and fostering a spirit of fair play are cornerstones for developing character and a healthy personal philosophy of life. Humane treatment of the horse is a key ethical point. 76 • Saddle Up • April 2013

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0

Equestrian is a late specialization sport because it demands maturity to responsibly deal with the horse, which has its own behavioural patterns. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: Factor #7. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna Riding Club. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial or confused horses and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under “Trainer”) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clubs & Associations 10/13

FRASER VALLEY HUNT Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 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 RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604857-2333,, 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION LO Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! W 4/14

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 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,, 8/13 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 3/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13


PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. 250-494-5057, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 3/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14


Stallions and Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale,, DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

A Place Where Champions Are Made Breeding, Training & Quality horses for Sale 250-558-4743 Vernon, BC CANADA

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


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 6/13 ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM WELSH PONIES/COBS (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-7462 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; “B” Welsh Riding Pony; “D” Welsh Cob 7/13 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13 • 77

Stallions and Breeders Just Alito Flashback

DM Teacher’s Top Mark

2007 APHA/PtHA Registered 16HH Black Tobiano Stallion

2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Discounts to Proven Mares, LFG Negative for 5 Panel and LWO

Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse! 5/13

250-679-1175 - Chase, BC

National Champion WVF Flash AďŹ re By AďŹ re Bey V - All time leading producer of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. Out of AH Meditation - Dam of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. 3/4 Brother to Baske AďŹ re - Leading producer of National Champion Halter and English Pleasure Horses at US Nationals for the last three years. Introductory Stud Fee:: $1250. PB / $1000. Others. Will be a Breeder’s Sweepstakes Nominated Sire.

Standing in Armstrong BC

250-713-8138 Photo by




Contact: Heidi Upton 250-491-3458 Kelowna BC



Photo credit Paperhorse Photography

What a Beauty! Uniquely marked with black, brown tipped with gold, plus paw prints against white with ashy black and white tail and mane.

CHERRY CREEK FONZIE MERIT Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

Cherry Creek Canadians

Also Available for sale

BLOODLINES INCLUDE: Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack and Hank-A-Chief INTRODUCTORY FEE: $500, LCFG (Mare or Stud transport available) 4/13

Legacy Ranch 250-459-7963 ~ Clinton BC

Salty Ole Jack

Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

*Rosedale El Senor

Driftwood Zultaan

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076,


Imported Section B Welsh Stallion, 13HH Bay Exceptional Sire. Champion and Sire of Champions. 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 6/13


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Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC


Purebred Arabian Stallion 15HH True genetic Black, SE AK, SCID, CA and LFS clear Superior Conformation and Disposition 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC


Stallions and Breeders BET ON THE SMART CAT

Own Son of Special Effort


Snappin Cat

2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs

2013 STUD FEE: $800

2007 AQHA Sorrel Stallion NCHA earnings with limited showing of $14,692. 2012 5/6 BC Classic Challenge Non Pro Champion ¾ brother to 2012 NCHA Derby Non Pro Champion Bet On A Cat LTE $211,532.

Sire: WR This Cats Smart NCHA earnings of $236,514. Dam: Bet On Houston NCHA earnings of $42,089. and daughter of Peptoboonsmal

FOR SALE - Mares in foal to “Milkman” ALSO STANDING: LAZY WIND, 2003 AQHA Sorrel Stallion


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

Bet On The Smart Cat, 2007 Sorrel Stallion

250-546-9766 ~ Standing in Armstrong, BC 4/13

250-546-9766 - Standing in Armstrong, BC


2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved) Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses. Breeding Fee: $400 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

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


DUNIT CANADIAN STYLE 2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Stunning looks, solid conformation, natural talent, athleticism and style. Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar/Poco Bueno.


SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE 1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion 100% dilute colour guarantee. Sire of 2012 PRC Barrel Saddle Series Champion, money earning barrel and team roping offspring. BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING AND AGED RIDING HORSES Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail West Kelowna, BC


Son of Color Me Smart, APHA’s first $3 Million Earning Cutting Horse Stallion Dam: Docs Peppy Concha (sired by Genuine Doc) STUD FEE: $700 LFG ALSO STANDING: AFancyNuRolex, 2007 APHA Double Homozygous for Tobiano & Black gene Sire: ATruRolex, APHA’s All Time Point Earning Stallion Montanas Parteebuilt, 2006 APHA Grey Tovero Montanas Top Bar x Partee Dom back to Robins Parteebuilt OFFSPRING FOR SALE All ages ~ Suited for all disciplines Marie Marshall 403-599-2355

1997 AQHA Sorrel Stallion ALSO STANDING: T Mr Leo Express - APHA ROPH Got Xtra Pep - AQHA

Direct Son of High Brow Cat offspring earning over $42 Million Out of an own daughter of (Snapper Cal Bar) LTE $267,000 NCHA $17,697: Bluebonnet Open Derby Champion; Southern Open Derby Reserve Champion; finalist in the Augusta Open Classic. Home 250-567-4269; Cell 250-567-8685 4/13

2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR APHA Approved There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR! Breeding Fee: $600 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

Standing at: Colour V Ranch 5/13

BG GENUINE COLOR 2005 APHA Bay Tobiano Stallion


My y Beau Vanzi

Kid Lena


Randy Ophus Performance Horses

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC


Jaz Poco Goldun Blue 1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun All his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare! HERDA N/N, GBED N/N, PSSM1 N/N AQHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining IBHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining Multiple Champion Reserve Champion NRHA Money Earner Fresh cooled or frozen semen available anywhere in North America. 2013 Fee $950

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE HEALTH NATURAL HEALTH FOR ANIMALS, Helga Brink, Classical Homeopath 250-838-0926, 250-804-9477, 6/13

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

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

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



Best Value in Red Deer! Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park Toll Free 1-800-424-9454 or 403-343-8444

Dynamic Balance Equestrian (serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds s DYNAMIC BALANCE HOTMAIL COM 4/14


SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-604-888-7263,, 4/14

FIRST AID COURSES are hands on with horses and cover: * Pain detection/prevention, *Lacerations/bandaging, *How to ush foreign bodies out of eyes, * Hoof puncture wounds, thrush, etc., * Digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, * Poison, stings & bites, * What your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, * Pantry solutions... and more To register for a clinic or to host one: contact Cindy Houghton 403-936-0221 4/14

SUPER 8 RED DEER NORTH, 7474 50th Ave., Red Deer AB 403-343-1102 Clean friendly & reasonably priced. Minutes to Westerner Park 10/13 TRAVELODGE MOUNTVIEW, 1225 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC 250-374-4788 Proud Sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, 12/13

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 6/13 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 5/13


For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Patersonn

Chartered Accountant FACILITY RENTALS

250-546-4014 or e-mail 9/13 APPAREL

Offers Ready-to-Win western show apparel, tack, and accessories from authorized dealers and our website. 8/13


FARM SUPPLIES BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 8/13 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 4/13 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 11/13 10/13

BOARDING/RETIREMENT (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 8/13 FARRIERS & SUPPLIES CAMPS

ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse�� Abby R. Koop, Farrier


Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 203 0 81 62nd 62 d Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 10/13

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SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/13 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC

VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-546-8254 Certified Farrier Service, Bob Johnston and Jim Ferguson 5/13


FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 3/14 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods ABBOTSFORD 34633 Vye Rd DUNCAN 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KELOWNA 103-1889 Springfield Road NANAIMO 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. P RKSVILLE PA 587 Alberni Hwy. SAANICH 1970 Keating Cross Rd. SALMON ARM 1771 10th Ave. SW WESTT KELOWNA A 2565 Main Street




JUDGES 556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870

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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14

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On to Greener Pastures: …a legacy of heart warming memories February 1985 to March 2013 Julio was a special addition to the Funk family at only a year of age. He was a gift to our father but truly ended up being a gift to us all. His velvet little nose and seahorse dished face, you couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Julio’s gentle soul made for an amazing bond that developed and grew for 28 years. At times like this you look back at all the adventures that life brought our way. The first bite… Yes, Dad can attest to this. Julio’s little game was to stand back and reach out with his neck as far as possible to avoid any reach of the hand to get in that little nip. Every time dad bent over to fi ll his water trough Julio and dad exchanged this special bond of love. The pooper clean up... That was always fun with Julio. You didn’t want him to get anywhere close to the handle on the wheel barrow because all your hard work would be right back in the dirt again. The guard dog... Julio was a true stallion. We always had Julio’s pen at the hub of the property. One day while everyone was out a sawdust delivery truck came and thought to dump the load in Julio’s pen. Apparently Mom heard back the next day that the driver said you didn’t need to worry about the Shepherd’s on the property but the stallion was another story. We of course didn’t get that load delivered. Then there was the first ride... Julio couldn’t believe his luck when I climbed on his back for the first time. He thought that was the best. Julio loved to be ridden. He may not have HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Trophy’s Julio liked the cows or water streams but had no problems with riding past the ostrich farm! We had many buggy and sleigh rides, some great showing fun and many training road trips. Julio gave our family so much love and enjoyment we can’t help but smile when we think back. Julio’s legacy lives on with his offspring that he sired. His sweet personality was passed on to all. We are blessed to have two to remind us of him daily. I can still hear him nickering hello in the distance. We love you Julio! – D&G Funk, Armstrong BC (written by our youngest daughter, Cynthia Jarvis) • 83


RED GREAT PINE 1999 Sorrel AQHA Stallion Double Bred Great Pine and Son of Great Red Pine, Reining and Performance Producer. $2,500.

D. D. ~ SAN TARI’S DANCING DREAM. 11 YR BLONDE CHESTNUT GELDING, temperamental smaller horse that likes to work and play. Requires experienced, confident rider. Good for trail rides. $1,450.

HANDMADE SADDLE BY PETER HORSNELL 15 ½” Working Cowboy Saddle All brass rigging, with Samstag rigging $3,500 obo. Call or email for more info 250-308-9362 (Armstrong BC)

EXPECTING HOMOZYGOUS AND DOUBLE HOMOZYGOUS AQHA, APHA and Pinto Sport Horses this spring all by Homozygous Black Stallions such as: SGT Joe Friday (Grullo AQHA); Little Joes Last Day (Smoky Cream Dun AQHA); and Heza Custom Smokeshow (Smoky Brown Dun Tobiano APHA). These foals come from great bloodlines such as: Zan Parr Bar, Two Eyed Jack, Roan Bar 7, Poco Bueno, Painted Robin Jr, Sonny Dee Bar, Coolest, My Skip Vanzi and more! For more info and pricing visit or E-mail (Sherwood Park AB)

ALSO FOR SALE: KIRBY - 22 yr Dark Brown Gelding. Sweet, smart, loves attention. Great companion horse. $300. WHISKEY – 19 yr QH Sorrel Gelding. Nicely built, smart, great one-man’s horse for confident rider. $1,250. BANJO – 8 yr tall, B&W Paint Gelding. Very people-minded but needs work and a strong, confident rider. $1,500. More info at 250-350-3461 (Quilchena, near Merritt BC) E-mail

RARE FIND-HORSE PROPERTY IN THE SOUTH OKANAGAN FOR UNDER $500K! Enjoy a rustic log style home on 10 acres just 20 min. from Penticton. Fenced & x-fenced for horses, w/barn, square pen & paddocks. Backs onto 600 acres of crown land to trail ride, ride your ATV’s or go hunting! With panoramic lake & mountain views from the wrap-around log porch, this setting is exceptionally private. Home is 2,000 sq. ft. and boasts incredible log & stonework throughout. 2 bed, 2 levels, 2 baths, a fireplace in the master bedroom & 2 stoves. All this is yours for only $425K. Don’t let it slip away! Contact Brenda 250 497-2114 for info & pics

ALSO AVAILABLE: Daughters of Wrangler’s War Leo, Prime Time Chex and Great Red Pine to working horsemen looking for a versatile, athletic and willing partner for arena or ranch work. Rick Fillmore 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale BC) E-mail,

LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT (“VAL”) 2010 AQHA Palomino Filly by 3-time IBHA World Champion Klassy Celebri Te, and out of AQHA Halter mare with over 300 PBHA points, Miss Golden Cluition. Val has been clipped, trimmed, hauled, bathed, shown, etc. and loves it all. She was the 2011 Wisconsin Championship Challenge Reserve Grand Champion (Halter). Asking $4,500. We purchased Val from Wisconsin to breed with our stallion Mister Rocka Fella, but very sadly we lost our Big Beautiful Boy. We are selling out of all our horses. We have 2 of Mister Rocka Fella’s foals and 2 more coming this year. 250-546-3544, E-mail (Armstrong BC)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

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

CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner #48758 250-620-0006 5/13

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

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

Whispering Hills Friesians Home of Donius W Sire of Champions Standing at Stud FOR SALE Friesians & Friesian Sporthorses

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HORSE HEAVEN ON 18.42 FENCED & X-FENCED ACRES! Bring your horses to good pasture and hayfields 1km from Crown Land w/ unlimited riding! Frame barn, hay storage, paddocks/corrals, implement and feeding shed. Home is 1414 sq. ft. each floor w/3 bdrms, 2½ baths, office, family room and newly renovated country kitchen. Many upgrades include geothermal central heat and A/C, U/V system for water. Lake and mountain views. Fly Hills nearby for riding, snowmobiling and quading. $724,500 MLS® 10059055 1050 60 Street SW, Salmon Arm BC PAM CLEGG 250-803-8881 RE/MAX at Mara Lake

PRINCETON RIVERFRONT One of a kind private hobby farm perfect for horses. Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath rancher built in 2005 features: cathedral style ceilings, granite kitchen countertops and sits on 6.5 acres overlooking soothing Similkameen River. Property includes 3 paddocks with post & rail fencing, 2-storey barn, 2 chicken coups, 2 animal shelters, hay storage, tack & feed shed & workshop. Irrigated pasture has excellent soil. This private acreage is 5 min. to Princeton’s downtown amenities. Four season recreation is close by too. $699,900 MLS® 140626 LEE MOWRY 250-295-1990 Century 21 Princeton Realty


“PANORAMA RANCH” IN BEAUTIFUL SALMON ARM BC HORSE LOVERS DREAM PROPERTY 17.58 acre farm in beautiful Okanagan Valley ideally suited for equestrian use. Well-maintained 3 bedroom rancher built in 1993 with self-contained in-law suite in the basement. 46x25 metal clad barn. Direct access to 97 kms of marked trails. Next door to the Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services. Fully irrigated and fenced. $1,499,900 MLS® 10050588 4494 Wallace Hill Road, Kelowna BC CONTACT MARK GIDDEN 250-878-1113 Macdonald Realty

HORSE LOVER’S PARADISE! 171 BROOKFIELD ROAD, LUMBY BC AMAZING is the only word to describe this nearly 35 acre horse lover’s paradise. Large, updated family home plus a phenomenal 35’ x 170’ bldg. with a newer 3 bdrm ranch-hand accommodation, shop and 6 stall stable all under one roof! Professionally levelled 65’ x 120’ outdoor arena. Offered at $789,000 MLS® 10061104 For information or a personal viewing call: MAGGIE GARVEY, SALES REPRESENTATIVE CELL: 250-308-0350; OFFICE: 250-545-5371 OR 1-800-434-9122 Royal LePage Downtown Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

Nearby Shuswap Lake is one of the most popular recreational destinations in BC. Three bedroom, 2-1/2 bath 2006 custom built home with spectacular mountain and lake views. Ideal for equestrians, on 5.21 acres, partially fenced with natural creek and riding trail access. The Strata offers an indoor Riding Arena, Tennis Court, snow removal and community water supply. $599,900 MLS® 10046042

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“BUILT IN 2012” PARK MODEL BY FREEPORT HOMES High energy efficient home with custom designed LARGE kitchen with island, very open concept & hot water on demand. 5 appliances, fireplace, air conditioning plumbed in & loads of upgrades. HUGE Park Model site approx. 5,188 sq. ft. located at Holiday Park Resort Kelowna BC. Site also features lighted deck, cedars and 2 patio areas. $245,000 MLS® 10047074 419-415 Commonwealth Rd. Kelowna BC For more info and list of upgrades please e-mail

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“END OF AN ERA” SALE: Daughters of Prime Time Chex, Great Red Pine and Wranglers War Leo. Two and threeyear-olds from a son of Great Red Pine. Also a 1999 son of Great Red Pine - double bred Great Pine Stallion and a 2001 double bred Hollywood Jac 86 and Great Pine Stallion. Other horses available. Reasonably priced to serious horsemen looking for a versatile and athletic companion for ranch or show. Rick Fillmore, www.fillmorequarterhorses. com, 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale BC) 27 ACRES, PRINCE GEORGE. Huge heated barn with 20 metal lined stables, electric in-floor clean out system with hopper, 146’ x 65’ indoor riding arena, 9 paddocks, 5 outdoor stables, 5 heated water stock tanks, 1 bedroom suite and 3 bedroom mobile, and much, much more. Trevor Finch 250-640-3325,



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