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From the Editor… BC SPCA Fundraiser Rescue & Rehab We Call Him Atticus Founder – Keeping Your Horse Sound Personal Performance Remembering to Breathe Clicker Training Vaccines, Truths & Myths Help Your Horse – or Not Vet Talk – Heel Bulb Cowboy Festival Report Dressage with Thomas Ritter Cavalia in Vancouver Annual Fashion Feature

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he snow is gone (at least in the sunny spots), the Robins are back, the Pheasants and Quail never left (we feed them well) and it won’t be long before the Hummingbirds are back – what does that tell you? YEAH! Riding Season is here! According to our What’s Happening (calendar) events are ‘Spring’ing up everywhere – what a busy year in the forecast. We have our annual Fashion Feature in this issue showing the new styles and colours available in all types of riding/ casual wear. Thank you to everyone that contributed. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Cathy Glover who (excitedly) accepted my invitation to cover the opening night of CAVALIA in Vancouver on behalf of Saddle Up. She and daughter, Devon, had a great time. See Cathy’s report of the show on page 46. Great job – much appreciated! (This is a show you shouldn’t miss!) This issue is the one we take to the Mane Event in Red Deer at the end of the month – another show that shouldn’t be missed! We look forward to it every year! See you there!

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Dear Editor Letters… To All at Saddle Up: Thank you all so much for your support towards the Shuswap Pony Club. I am sure your donation made some happy people. Our event was a success; the girls and all that attended, all really enjoyed themselves. We made some money to help keep our club a great place to learn and achieve their goals. Thanks so much. - Sincerely, The Shuswap Pony Club

Dear Nancy: This is the story of what can go wrong from something as simple as a bad trim. My little thirteen year old Peruvian mare was trimmed in late December by a barefoot trimmer I have had for 2 years. A week or so later, she seemed sore and was lying down more than normal. My veterinarian diagnosed badly bruised soles as a result of having her walls cut off. He referred a farrier who balanced her hooves, lowered her too high heels and shortened her too long toes. The farrier applied shoes with pads. My vet x-rayed and did blood work. She had laminitis in both and a 7% rotation in one. After 2 weeks, she wasn’t improving so I had her shoes removed and she was fitted with boots and comfort pads. She walked into her stall with the boots on but never walked comfortably again. She started lift ing her hinds. I thought maybe she had an abscess. My vet came out and found she had a temperature and badly swollen stifles. He put her on drugs and her temperature returned to normal. She still could not walk. On the third day she had to be helped to get up. Her hinds were blocked. She still could not walk and was in terrible pain. My vet could not stand to see her suffer and neither could I. She was peacefully sent to

horse heaven. After she was gone, examination of her stifle showed it was badly torn. It could be moved around in all directions. Both were torn but one worse than the other. This little mare never missed a step or stumbled once in 9 years of trail riding mostly on dirt bike trails. LESSON LEARNED: If either of my remaining horses are ever lamed again, the trimmer or farrier is going to have to have a very good reason or he will never be back. For the sake of your horse, a veterinarian’s opinion or even another trimmer or farrier’s consultation is cheap insurance that something like this never happens again. - Jean Robertson, Salmon Arm

(This letter was sent to Kevan Garecki – and with permission by both parties, we are sharing it with our Saddle Up Readers.) Hi Kevan: Just wanted to say that I thought your letter to the editor in the February issue regarding the 3 horse haulers was excellent. You were extremely fair in your article (to a fault perhaps!). If haulers as a whole prioritized the safety of the client’s horse (rather than treating their cargo like just another LTL obligation) there would be far fewer injuries and even deaths during transport. Thank you again for taking the time to offer your insight, and when I need transport for my horses (if could ever get my mare in a trailer again after the last disastrous attempt by a “hauler”); I will definitely be calling you. Perhaps you might even be willing, time permitting, to come out to my arena and I could hire you to just spend an occasional day or two calming her fearfulness and getting her


(Hi Sandra - thanks for the words of encouragement! I’ve received a lot of feedback on that letter, most of which has been positive as yours is! I’d like to share your response with Nancy Roman at Saddle Up, so have taken the liberty of cc’ing her on my response. I’d be happy to come down and see what we can do for your big gal. - Cheers! Kevan Garecki, H4 Services Ltd., Quality Horse Transport)

Hi Nancy: Whenever I read anything from Kevan Garecki in the Saddle Up, I think of September 2009 when I met him in person - he actually brought my ‘precious’ up to the ranch. When we decided to immigrate to Canada, I had three horses. One was just a newborn QH, so I gave it back to the owner of the mare, that wasn’t too hard. The second one was a two-year-old APHA fi lly which I left behind with my girlfriend - this was fine, too. But I couldn’t give away my best buddy, my Warmblood gelding, who was with me through so many good and bad times. So I took him with me… ordered the transport with Peden Bloodstock and Overseas Horse Services which was the perfect choice. After four weeks, he arrived in Kevan’s luxurious trailer (I was pretty envious) and in perfect shape at the ranch. What a great moment! - Cheers, Nicole, Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake



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or the second year in a row, Greenhawk Vancouver Island will be hosting the parking lot party of the year. In support of the BC SPCA, this year’s event promises to be an evening not to miss, featuring a runway show, a barbeque, some surprise celebrity appearances and one-night-only sales. Early sponsors have come on board, including The Zone 91.3 FM, Island Tents and Events, and Heartland’s Michelle Morgan who kicked off the fundraising with a generous financial donation! The BC SPCA was a natural choice for this year’s fundraising recipient, as it is the only animal welfare organization with the authority to respond to complaints of animal cruelty. Dave Sawchuk of The Zone 91.3 is an SPCA volunteer and put it best, stating that, “The BC SPCA is an essential service. If all the shelters shut down tomorrow, society would be in deep trouble.” Unfortunately, the BC SPCA is not seen as an essential service by all, including the government who does not fund the organization. The over 25 million dollars required to run the BC SPCA each year comes entirely from donations and fundraising efforts like this. As horse owners, no one knows how much horses cost to keep better than we do; spring shots: $200, random eye injury you still can’t figure out how he got: $600, ripped blanket in the middle of a deep freeze: $120 - the list goes on. The costs of rehabilitating an abused or neglected horse can be extreme. Sadly, 2010 had the highest number of horse seizures ever by the BC SPCA, putting an even greater strain on the already cashstrapped organization. “If we can help the BC SPCA save just one horse then it will be worth it, but obviously we’d like to do a bit more than that!” said Greenhawk Vancouver Island’s owner, Glynis Schultz. “Many horses have no one to advocate for them except the BC SPCA, so raising money for the BC SPCA is the very best way to help these horses.”

Bay) or over the phone (250-652-1002) for $15. Ticket price includes a barbeque dinner, delicious cupcake dessert, discounts on apparel and fabulous door prizes. If you would like to donate or help out in any way, or would just like more information, please visit the link at the BC SPCA website http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/Calendar/1094380989?vi ew=Detail&id=103841 or email smhughes@uvic.ca. All cheques should be mailed to the store and made out to the BC SPCA.

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The Healing Power of Horses


nyone who spends time with horses will agree that Winston Churchill knew what he was talking about when he said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Linda-Ann Bowling, a business and personal life coach from Langley, BC, agrees with that belief, and has designed a therapeutic program specifically for cancer survivors, called “Hoof Beats Back to Power.” Linda-Ann has been providing equineassisted coaching services since 1999, and has helped hundreds of people tap into their inner strength to achieve personal growth and emotional wellness. Her programs are unique because they

release, healing and empowerment. Horses are incredibly sentient beings with an uncanny ability to help us heal emotionally. Through spending time with the horses, participants will find a nurturing, supportive place to discover how their beliefs about themselves will influence their healing and emotional agility.” Each individual’s adjustment to life after cancer is unique. Some people will be able to go back to exactly how their life was before, while others will struggle to find a new “normal.” Participants in Linda-Ann’s program spend lots of hands-on time with the horses in quiet reflection, learning to connect with their hearts fully and completely; the horses are the ultimate teachers of emotional wellness as they do not hide their feelings and provide support towards understanding of the lessons. Linda-Ann is highly skilled at interpreting the messages from the horses, and will help participants notice, observe and release the emotions that no longer serve them. Hoof Beats Back to Power is a non-riding program and no previous horse experience is required. All work is done through experiential interactions on the ground with horses, using methods such as meditation, breath work, yoga, heart connection, centering and balancing. The program focuses on leadership, boundary setting, and learning to ask for true desires. The April Hoof Beats Back to Power Group Retreat takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day, and each participant receives a special gift. For details about the Retreat, such as rates or directions, or more information about any of Linda-Ann’s programs, visit her website at www.unbridlingyourbrilliance.com, or contact her by phone (604) 889-4452 or via email at Linda-Ann@ unbridlingyourbrilliance.com.


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here is no shortage of abused and neglected horses out there that need our help, but what does seem to be lacking is a source of information on how one might go about taking in needy horses and caring for them. To this end I’d like to offer some hard-earned knowledge on rehabilitating the rescued horse. These are by no means definitive answers, but are instead the result of what I have seen work in the past. No two situations will be the same, just as no two horses are alike. In other words, take this all with a grain of salt, or better yet, seek out professional advice for specific situations and conditions. The first step should always entail a careful assessment of the horse’s needs and current condition; whenever possible, it should take into account the history of neglect and/or abuse. Many malnourished horses have such reduced gut flora counts that they simply cannot properly digest food any more. For these animals, it is crucial to approach the rehabilitation plan with care; we can actually worsen their health in our rush to help. The first step should be to entrust the horse to a vet for a complete physical, with a focus on helping them restore their own health. Vaccinations, deworming and feed supplements must wait until

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the horse has regained gastro-intestinal integrity; this is usually best done by offering them high-fibre diets in the beginning, and adding proteins and such once their GI systems are functional. Start out with simple grass hay for the first few weeks, but for severely emaciated horses calculate increasing amounts based on their projected ideal weight. Too much too soon can lead to gastric distress, make for unused nutrients and, quite simply, waste money. For instance, if you are dealing with a horse that should weigh 500kg, but comes to your farm tipping the scales at only 300kg, start by feeding the recommended 2% of projected body weight for the horse’s desired weight within the next month. Gradually increasing this figure as the horse gains weight will yield more positive results for the horse in the long run. Feeding is only one aspect of the rehab process. Most neglected horses lack care in many other aspects such as farriery, dentistry, anthelmintics (deworming) and a host of other points. During the initial exam, the vet should assess each of these areas and offer suggestions as to how best to address them. All of these points are essential for the overall physical wellness of the horse, but they must be dealt with only as the horse is capable of handling the stresses associated with them.


Rescue and Rehab, cont’d Below are some basic guidelines for restoring the rescued horse to a proper level of care: • The need to have teeth floated is a given with every rescued horse, but most vets tranquilize their patients in order to perform this task, so we must wait until the horse is strong enough to tolerate the sedative and its effects before scheduling the procedure. • Proper foot care is usually missing for most neglected horses, but foot malformation takes place over many months, so correcting the various issues must be undertaken just as gradually to prevent further lameness. Horses in rehab seldom need to be shod, unless they present specific therapeutic needs; these horses should be assessed by a farrier conversant with such situations. • Virtually every neglected horse I’ve seen comes in with a massive parasite load, which complicates their health as the parasites compete for nutrients inside the horse’s GI tract. Deworming must be undertaken gradually and only after the horse has regained enough strength to tolerate the treatment; never administer a full dose of anthelmintic to a wormy horse! The resulting kill rate could cause an impaction and the horse could easily colic from the load of killed-off parasites.

• Systemic infections, rain scald and other fungal and viral infections are usually present in most neglected horses. I advise homeopathic alternatives to antibiotics at first, as these methods do not compromise a horse’s natural immune system, nor do they have the adverse effect on the stomach that antibiotics do. • Many rescued horses suffer from lameness issues. Be careful about trying to ease their discomfort by using NSAIDs such as Phenylbutazone (“Bute”). Bute can inflict side effects on the liver, which many compromised horses simply cannot tolerate. If an NSAID is indicated by the vet, consider homeopathic remedies, or alternatives like Quadrisol. • Severely malnourished horses will have lost considerable muscle mass, as their starved bodies would have begun digesting muscle tissue in an effort to survive. This process puts them at risk for hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and hyperkalemia (high potassium levels in the blood). These conditions require very specialized diets to correct, so include the advice of a vet experienced in these conditions, or seek out an equine nutritionist for answers to feed regimen questions. • Many elderly and very young horses will also require diets tailored to their specific needs, so make sure you do your homework and lay out a strategic plan for them as well! • Water is essential to regular health, and most neglected horses have suffered through “droughts” or have consumed compromised water to fend off their thirst. Every horse needs free and easy access to plenty of fresh, clean water. Be careful when watering a severely dehydrated horse! Offer about a gallon at a time, spacing the drinks out by an hour or so until their drinking has normalized. Letting them drink too much too soon can cause colic. One way to increase water intake is to soak their hay or offer hay cubes soaked to the consistency of a thick mash. Be aware that soaking hay can remove a great deal of the sugar and other nutrients, so offer soaked hay quickly before these ingredients leach out. Caring for malnourished or otherwise compromised horses can be extremely resource-intensive! Always make sure you are prepared and equipped to deal with the challenges rescued horses will present. One of the saddest tasks I have had is to rescue a rescue Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)


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We Call Him Atticus By Deborah Silk and Theresa Nolet


fter a reporter’s expose about the Kamloops Ministry of Natural Resources roundup of feral horses in the Deadman Valley of BC, and their subsequent arrival and sale at the Kamloops stockyard, concerned citizens raised an outcry. Critteraid was contacted due to our previous involvement with the feral horses and our development of Project Equus in 2009. Critteraid, which operates a small animal sanctuary in Summerland, BC, contacted the Ministry offering to take these horses to save them from slaughter. On February 18, 2011, the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Natural Resource Operations, used his discretionary power and had the horses surrendered to Critteraid. He also stated that he had directed staff to review current legislation and policies to find a long-term solution that will save other seized, unbranded and ownerless horses from going to slaughter. By taking this action, he changed the fate of these horses, giving them a second chance at finding a lifetime home. At auction,

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horses can be sold by the pound to people known as “kill buyers.” The horses are then sent to one of the Canadian slaughterhouses where they are butchered, mostly for human consumption overseas. However, horsemeat is also available in Canada and is served in some restaurants, mainly in larger cities such as Vancouver. Atticus is our first Ministry horse. You will understand our choice of the name “Atticus” if you have read the book, or seen the fi lm, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The character has a strong sense of morality and justice, and that is what we want for the feral horses of BC. We call him Atticus as a fitting start to the rescue of these horses from slaughter. While Critteraid is opposed to sending these horses to slaughter, we also understand the hardship that overpopulation of these horses creates upon the land. This situation is addressed at length in the Project Equus documents. The increase in the number of horses on the land interferes with the ability of the natural inhabitants to subsist, let alone

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flourish, on that land. From the overgrazing by the horses, the land becomes barren and can and does - die. The law gives the Ministry the power and the authority to impound these horses and keep them for a period of 30 days to allow time for owners to come forward and claim their horses. In most cases, nobody does and the horses are then dispatched by whatever means available. Up until now, we estimate that 99% of those horses were slaughtered. Bravo to Minister Thomson and the men and women of the Ministry of Natural Resources Operations for taking the road less-travelled and allowing the alternative. It couldn’t have been an easy decision for them to make, and we are truly grateful to them for their insight and courage to make this change. However, we do not want this partnership with the Ministry to end with the rescue of these six horses. It is Critteraid’s goal to continue to work with the Ministry to prevent feral horses from going to slaughter in the future, not just by adoption but also by working with the Ministry on alternative solutions. Our primary focus continues to be the promotion of population control through the application of the equine birth control product, known as PZP, to the mares living freely on the land. Over the last few years, Critteraid has provided training for this vaccine’s application to one of the members of the Penticton Indian Band. Records are being carefully kept of any mares that have been darted with the vaccine, to help evaluate the decline in population. The vaccine controls the population without causing permanent sterilization to the mares, and will allow the land to regain life. This is not a new idea; Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick and his team have been HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A mare that is saddle trained and very sweet

involved in successfully controlling wild horse populations in the USA for twenty years using this vaccine. It addresses so many more possibilities that provide a future without horse slaughter as an option. This is an ambitious project for the small group of volunteers at Critteraid, and our goal is to network with other horse rescue groups and animal welfare societies. TRACS from Kelowna has already been helping with fundraising for the costs associated with the

transfer of ownership of these first six horses. Once halter trained and vet-checked, these horses will all be available for adoption. In addition to donations, Critteraid is in need of foster homes and volunteers. If you would like to help in any way, please visit our website at www.critteraid.org. You will be able to follow the stories of these horses as they move through training and eventually adoption. Email enquiries can be made at projectequus@ critteraid.org.

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Founder - Keeping Your Horse Sound By Yvonne Miller As a culture, we are getting better and better at looking after our animals. However, this is now becoming a problem in itself. Our horses live mostly in “apartments” with not enough exercise, too much feed and too soft of ground.



The cause of founder in most cases is overfeeding. Often times it is overfeeding over several years before the horse shows signs of lameness. Founder can occur at any time of year. It does occur most often when horses have been exposed to too much pasture over an extended time. However, it can occur in the winter or early spring when the horse has been overweight for several years. In my experience, it is the third year of obesity that the horse’s system can no longer handle it and he becomes lame. As responsible horse owners, we need to be aware of how our horses should look and not get accustomed to them looking too fat. There are good body condition

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Founder, cont’d advantageous to have the horse at a condition score of 6 going into the winter, but not necessarily when the winter is ending, especially if the horse is going out on pasture. For the horse’s peace of mind, it is great for the horse to be out on pasture as much as possible. However, horse owners need to learn how to manage the pasture for the best benefit to their horse. One option is to save the pasture until later in the summer or even into the fall when it is not so rich. While horse owners would need to adjust to providing hay through the spring, they would be able to use the pasture longer into the fall. Another option is to let the horse out onto the pasture for a just a couple of hours per day. This would make the pasture last longer and prevent the horse from overeating. I find it is beneficial to feed the horse some hay an hour before you turn him out on pasture. Otherwise, he is starving when he goes out and will put back an awful lot of rich feed in a short time. A third option is to put up a temporary electric fence wire to divide your pasture and then move it over twenty feet or so when needed. This is also a relatively inexpensive way to manage the grass and still allow your horse a lot of turn out space and time. Often times, as horse owners, changing our habits is very difficult. We think we are being cruel when we limit our horse’s

intake of food. The horse will stand at the fence and whinny every time he sees us. Horses are designed to eat a little bit all of the time. This can be managed by feeding small amounts several times a day. It is also helpful to feed stemmy hay, which has bigger stalks so that it takes the horse longer to eat. The horse owner may have to talk to his local farmer and get him to plant a field that is low in alfalfa and high in timothy, orchard grass and other less leafy forages. There are good mixes available for planting. Good feeding practices will benefit our horses so they stay sound for many serviceable years and many great rides. An avid horseman from an early age, Yvonne Miller has pursued excellence in horsemanship her whole life. Raised on a 320-acre ranch in southeast British Columbia, chasing horses with her Dad and her sisters was how she learned to ride. A farrier since 1982, a riding coach especially focused on helping people succeed with their horse, and a teamster, she works with horses every day.




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Personal Performance by Barbra Schulte YOUR BEST RIDE COULD HAPPEN RIGHT NOW!

Ever been so busy, so concerned about this or that, and so consumed about what is coming up that you feel frazzled? We all do, from time to time. Is it part of our nature? Part of our culture? I’m not sure; maybe it is all of the above. I just know I can relate!


hen, like a lightning strike out of nowhere, a sobering reality hits. We (or a loved one) get a serious health diagnosis. Or, perhaps a dear family member passes on. A friend has a horrible accident. Suddenly we experience what is really important to us. NOW is the only real time that exists. Even though this realization comes from pain, the refreshing wave of appreciation, caring, passion, or love ALWAYS occurs in the current moment. And it always feels GREAT. Even though it may seem hard to bridge the gap between those bolts of truth and becoming a better rider, there are ways to apply the powerful lessons of “now” to build your riding skills and enjoyment. The keys are: - Focus on your riding job in this moment - On a daily basis, have confidence that your skills are moving nicely toward a vision of the more competent rider of your dreams. (Sometimes this takes pure faith if current circumstances aren’t so great.) - Know your vision will always expand as you become more skilled. 16 • Saddle Up • April 2011

Healthy growth is a moving target. This simple fact can help you take the pressure off yourself. Your riding IS the PROCESS. Enjoy. There is no final destination or arrival. It is easy to derail our progress and fun if we don’t understand and embrace the above points. The goal is to avoid thinking about everything we are NOT or don’t have, or about what is wrong with our horse, our trainer or our wallet. This kind of thinking puts our focus on the now as a huge lump of “lack of.” It makes the future seem exasperating and out of reach.

So, here are some tips to help you ride in the moment: 1) As basic as it sounds, remember to breathe. No one strategy is more singularly powerful to bring you back to the moment. No fancy tricks here. Just notice the air going in and out of your lungs. 2) Ask yourself, “What do I have control of? What is my job, right here, right now?” 3) Ask yourself, “What do I love about _____?” 4) Segment your work into chunks. Become aware of what each little chunk feels like when you execute it well. Assign a script to each chunk to help you stay in the feeling, on the task, and in the moment. 5) When you have completed your ride, always be thankful for the experience. Even when things fall apart, be grateful for a new challenge.

Here are tips to help you look forward to your dreams without feeling deprived and disheartened: 1) Visualize your dreams daily with all the excitement of achieving them. 2) Let go of figuring out exactly how they will happen. That is not your job. Life is what happens while we make our plans. 3) Adopt the attitude that setbacks are temporary and part of life. No one escapes that route - not even you! 4) Consistently acknowledge all the good that has happened on your personal journey. As you relax and focus on your job in the present, with total confidence about the future, you will experience fun, success and increased velocity towards your moving targets. Barbra Schulte is a personal performance coach for all riders, a cutting horse trainer, author, speaker, and clinician. Visit her blog and sign up to receive her FREE monthly email newsletter, “News From Barbra”. You will also receive the high-performance secrets of great riders, inspiration, cutting strategies, news, and much more. In addition, you will also receive via email Barbra’s special FREE report: “Five of the Most Important Skills of Riding”. Go to www. BarbraSchulte.com.

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Remembering to Breathe By Ainsley Beauchamp Some years ago, in a fit of freshness, my horse bucked me off. Unless you ride broncs for sport, most people, especially those of us who are middle-aged and less than sprightly, consider getting bucked off an undesirable result.


oming off horses is a calculated risk in riding. As I was launched up onto my horse’s neck on the way off, the buckle strap on my chaps hung up on the saddle horn. I found myself hanging off one side, legs and arms flailing, getting bounced off the horn with each jump. It was excruciating, and not a particularly pretty picture of equestrian competence. No great harm done, beyond a bruised ego and a graceless, groaning remount. After the fact, though, I noticed a funny thing. Every time I stood next to that big silly paint horse, I found I was holding my breath. I have lots of horses and ride for a living as a professional guide. That little wreck sent me on a mission to seek out more

tools for my ever-growing toolbox, to find a new way to diff use a situation before ending up in the dirt yet again. The breath-holding became a matter of curiosity. There are many techniques involved in creating confident horses that bravely go where no horse has gone before. Breathing is just one useful tool to help you along that road safely. Holding our breath is simply a matter of tension. Stress in riders transfers directly into anxiety for our horses. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg dilemma. We can’t wait for our horses to relax; we have to show them the way. One of the best ways is through adding conscious breathing to our skill set. Perhaps your horse is displaying a little unnecessary vim and vigor and your nerves are starting to fray. One easy way to cope is to sing, or to laugh, or better yet, do both at the same time. That naughty paint horse who bucked me off responded very well to an old Louie Jordan song, Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens, sung slightly off key, of course. It’s a nearly foolproof de-spooker for helping get past scary objects on the trail. It’s impossible to sing it without laughing. As you sing and start to smile, the tight muscles and lack of breathing begin to dissipate, with little conscious effort.

Keeping a sense of humour is mandatory around horses. The next time your horse is feeling a little fractious, or spooking at imaginary dead things, try belting out, I Feel Good, by James Brown. It takes your mind off the nerves of a misbehaving horse, and brings some fun back into the situation. Having any well-loved song to fall back on is the idea. Get silly, have some fun with it. Your diaphragm will expand, your lungs will fi ll, and your horse will come down from whatever planet he was thinking of visiting in that moment. There’s no such thing as looking stupid when you manage to keep your horse between you and the dirt. And let’s face it, that ground gets harder every year. 18 • Saddle Up • April 2011


Remembering to Breathe, cont’d If you’re in public and just can’t bring yourself to sing, even under your breath, make a concerted effort to breathe deeply and fully, all the way through to your belly. It will help. Conscious breathing can also make a difference in schooling your horse. Many people are unaware that they hold their breath as they get on their horses. The animals will often take a few steps, reacting to the tension they feel in their riders. Noticing this and using your breath as a tool will aid him in standing still. First, help your horse to succeed by asking him to stand squarely so that he doesn’t need to move his feet to balance you. Prepare yourself by taking hold of the reins and as you bounce up, inhale deeply. As you swing your leg over and soft ly settle into the saddle, exhale completely. Relax and continue to breathe into your abdomen while you ask him to wait. Your horse will be much less likely to walk off while you’re getting yourself organized on board.

Breathing can also make for smooth, soft transitions, working as a pre-signal. While schooling, time your aids with your breath. When preparing to move up, take a deep breath, all the way into your stomach. You’ll feel your chest and shoulders rise and you’ll have the sensation of lifting through into your


seat. Exhale, and ask quietly with an easy squeeze of your legs. Your horse will feel the weight changes and wait for the subtlest cue. This method helps eliminate anticipation, with a heartbeat of hangtime, while your horse waits for the asking. Very soon, your horse will move into the next gait in a beautiful suspension of time, with little or no leg, departing almost off your intentions. With progressively less pressure, horses appreciate this way of communicating. When you want your horse to come down from a walk, again, prepare by inhaling deeply. Then, in time with the four beats of your horse’s stride, exhale completely, stop moving with your horse with an allowing or driving seat, close your thighs, then close your hands like squeezing a sponge, until you have the stop that you want. Don’t pull - wait for it. It doesn’t take long for your horse to begin to really value the quietness of your downward transition. You’ll see less inversion in the neck and back, no tail swishing, or any of those other signs of your horse’s general displeasure. As you both become proficient at the walk-stop transition and your horse understands, it becomes incredibly easy to come down from the other gaits. Just exhale fully, and hold seat/thighs/hands until you have the pace you want. Then immediately pick up your following or

driving seat in the new gait. Pulling to change gaits or stop becomes a thing of the past. Keeping safe and enjoying the ride means finding ways to help our horses stay calm, and finding methods of communicating our needs in kinder, gentler ways. Animal behavioural science has shown that all animals cope better and learn best when they’re not stressed. Having a happy, willing horse partner starts with us, and one sure-fire way to accomplish that is to just remember to breathe. Ainsley Beauchamp has enjoyed learning from horses and many different clinicians for over 35 years. She offers horseback Lodge rides and lessons in the mountains near Princeton, BC. As an instructor and professional guide with BC Horse Vacations, she knows that good riding starts with developing strong skills. As an advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator, she also focuses on developing confidence, overcoming fears after riding accidents, changing limiting beliefs, and the mind/body connection in horsemanship. When not busy with the horses, Ainsley enjoys writing for equine publications. For more information, visit www.bchorsevacations.com or contact her at 250-295-7432 or ainsley@ bchorsevacations.com

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What makes a clicker-trained horse different? This question came to me while chasing frozen horse turds across the barn floor during this last cold spell. Why did I like the results I was getting using the clicker better than when I trained all those years, very successfully, without the clicker?


ost of the “behaviours” were the same - picking up feet, standing still for mounting, being light, etc. But some were different. Through the clicker training, my horses were learning more in-hand work, like canter in-hand and all the

lateral movements. But whether it was a familiar behaviour or a new one, there was something different with all these behaviours now. They were still often taught using pressure and release of pressure, something that was common to the methods I had used before, so why did I like clicker training so much more? What was the difference I was seeing? My questions were partially answered when I headed out to do chores. Chores at 30 below are never fun. Bundled to the eyeballs and doing the Edmonton Shuffle (those of you who live in Edmonton know what that is... it is a definite style of

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walking while dressed in so many layers you look like the Michelin Tire Man), I endeavoured to put hay out into the feeders. The wind was blowing and I was surrounded by ponies. But these ponies were not in the least bit interested in the hay! They were ignoring the hay in the feeders, and in my arms. There was no grabbing or rude manners. Instead, they were showing off their favourite behaviours. Snowy was cantering in a lovely, elevated, collected manner beside me as I trudged from feeder to feeder. Her canter got better and better as she tried to engage me in a formal training session. I managed to fumble with the mitts into my pocket so I could click and reinforce a particularly gorgeous bit of canter. While Snowy had been cantering beside me, both Flash and Lightheart were wrapped around me on the other side in a pas de deux of shoulder-in. No fighting or jockeying for position, no grumpy faces, no pushing into me as I wandered from feeder to feeder. They, too, got a treat when I was done placing the hay. I had to smile and even giggle a bit (or as close as I could get to a giggle with a face frozen from the wind). How is it that these food-driven ponies will follow me rather than plunge into their hay? My horses in the past certainly would not have done this! They would have been polite, as that has always been a requirement in my training. But they would not have left their food to follow me about and, if they did, they would have just followed. They would not have been offering shoulder-in or haunches-in, Spanish walk or Snowy’s gorgeous collected canter. They would not HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d have been trying to engage me. And they absolutely would not have been turning our time together into a training session! Maybe a full-to-the-brim-with-hay pony (like that ever happens) with nothing better to do might follow. But that pony would not have been volunteering the behaviour that I was seeing all around me. I’ve had good success with my training and, in the past, one of the best ways to say “well done” to my horses was to get off and leave the arena. Not so with my clicker-trained horses. On the way out the arena door they will often hesitate as if they are saying, “Are you sure we have to be done? Can’t we do a little bit more?” If I let go of the lead so they have the choice, they will turn back into the arena for more work. There are some who would say a reluctance to leave the arena is a sign of disobedience or a lack of respect. If I ask them to leave, they will without a fuss. But if I give them a choice, they will more often than not choose to stay. I have to admit it is very reinforcing to me when they make the choice to stay and play longer! And when I am bundled up in layer upon layer of winter clothes, braving a wind that all but knocks me down, having these three ponies greet me with such obvious delight - not because I’m bringing out hay, but because I represent a chance to play - tells me that I have found something very different in clicker training. If you would like to start working on manners at feeding time, you could start by waiting until the horse starts to back up from the fence while you stand outside it, holding the hay out of grabbing range. Click when he moves back even a small bit or turns and walks away. Any move away from the hay would be a “clickable moment.” Click and then throw the hay into the pen. Eventually, as you clicker train more, this will evolve into the “you can’t make me eat that carrot” horse seen in the last article. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

I know that for many of you, who have only seen tricks associated with this kind of training, it is hard to even envision what is going on. I’d be honoured to have you come to one of the clinics this year or simply drop in for a visit.

If you are interested in attending or would like to host a clinic near you, please call me at 403-932-4989 or email mgwynne@xplornet.com for more details. See “What’s Happening?” in this issue for Clicker Training clinic dates.

I’m sorry I have no new pictures this time. I couldn’t find anyone to come out at 30 below to do it! So I put in a summer picture hoping it will encourage us to hang in there until spring comes.

Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadianapproved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years.

If you’d like to see a short video of some Spanish walk, visit YouTube and type in the search box: Snowy Spanish Walk. This behaviour was free shaped (one clicker training method) and also used targeting which I have discussed in an earlier issue of Saddle Up, still available to view online. Check it out. Until next time, keep it positive.

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Equine Vaccinations - Truths and Myths By Dr. Marlin Mason, Accord Veterinary Services

Spring is not quite here but is fast approaching and I, for one, am more than ready for it. It is at this time of year that I get many inquiries from concerned horse owners regarding the vaccination of horses. There are a lot of mistruths and myths out there concerning vaccines and vaccinating horses.


will try to answer some of the frequently asked questions such as, why should I vaccinate, do I need to vaccinate, what should I vaccinate for, are vaccines safe, do they cause disease, and why did my horse get sick even though I vaccinated for that?

Do I need to vaccinate my horse and why? The simple direct answer is yes, you should vaccinate your horse. By having your horse or horses vaccinated, you are preventing potential disease conditions in your horse. Preventing disease is always cheaper than having to treat a condition. With a properly vaccinated horse, exposure to a disease condition will have one of two possible outcomes: the horse is protected and does not contract the condition, or the horse becomes infected but, because it has some protection, the condition is less severe and of a shorter

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duration than in the unvaccinated horse. Most contagious disease conditions in horses, such as influenza, are a result of population, contact and exposure to “stressors.” In other words, the more potential for contact with other horses and the more you stress your horse via transport, shows and competitions, etc., the more likely your horse will become infected. Also, generally speaking, the younger the horse, the more likely it will contract a contagious disease.

Another very frequent question about horse vaccines is, are they safe? Or, do they cause disease (a popular myth)? Yes, vaccines are generally very safe, and they do not directly cause disease. There are a number of veterinary drug companies out there making horse vaccines. None of these reputable companies, to my knowledge, would

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intentionally make an unsafe vaccine. These companies put a lot of expensive research and development into these vaccines, and the companies and manufacturers are responsible and liable for their products. Vaccines are a big dollar business, as is the horse industry that utilizes the vaccines. These companies continually monitor the safety and efficacy of their products and have in place mechanisms for collecting and reporting vaccine problems. In most cases, if a problem is suspected, the vaccine will be “pulled” and not returned until the concern is eliminated. A recent example of this involved a West Nile Virus vaccine that caused some problems in the USA. As a result, the product was pulled in Canada as well, even though there was not a reported problem in Canada. That particular vaccine is still not available as the concerns have not been completely eliminated and the safety to horses is questionable. The company is not taking any chances with horse safety regardless of expense. No, vaccines do not directly cause the disease they were designed to prevent. However, there are some situations where it may appear so and I will address this HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Vaccinations, cont’d

Good vaccination administration site and technique.

under the topic of vaccine failures and reactions.

Your horse was vaccinated, but got “sick” anyhow - why? This scenario can appear to be so for a number of reasons, and is called a vaccine failure. One such reason is that the horse was positive for the disease prior to the vaccination, but did not show any outward obvious signs of the

disease. Another reason is that the horse was given a vaccine that did not afford protection for the disease it contracted. In this case, the owner may have requested the wrong vaccine or purchased the wrong one. If the administered vaccine was not stored or cared for properly prior to being given, it may not be effective. Vaccines that are outdated or exposed to extreme temperatures or intense sunlight may become inactivated or denatured and thus are no good. Vaccines have to be administered in specific ways and failure to follow the recommendations may result in the vaccine not affording the intended protection. If a vaccine that is supposed to be administered into the muscle is given under the skin, that vaccine will likely not work. It does happen. If a follow-up or booster vaccine is recommended and the protocol is not followed then the vaccine may not work as indicated. Also, vaccines do not afford instant protection. They

A vaccination reaction

require some time to stimulate a response by the horse’s immune system. Administer the vaccine well in advance of any potential disease exposure. In other words, for a vaccine to work as indicated, it has to be used correctly. Vaccinate healthy horses only, use the vaccine in the recommended way, ensure you are giving the correct vaccine and that the vaccine has been cared for properly prior to administration. continued on page 26

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Equine Vaccinations, cont’d Vaccine reactions: What are they and why do they happen? A typical vaccine reaction is a “sore” horse after it was vaccinated. This most often occurs when a horse is very “resistant” to being needled and is very excited and muscle tense when vaccinated. These horses can be sore at just the site or can appear sore all over. Sometimes there is no specific reason for this soreness other than that is just the way the horse is. Other times it may be due to the type or brand of vaccine used. While most vaccines made by one company or the other may afford very similar protection, they differ in the “carrier” used to get the protection into the horse’s system. It is this carrier that may make the horse sore. Another adverse reaction is the formation of an abscess at the site of the vaccination. This can occur no matter who administers the vaccine and I would say it occurs less often than the sore horse reaction. Making sure the area is clean before injection will decrease the incidence of abscess formations. Giving the vaccine in a “safe and smooth” manner versus multiple stabs will also reduce the incidence of abscesses and sore horses. Finally, if a vaccine is exposed directly to the blood system you will see a very adverse reaction - an anaphylactic reaction. This can cause a horse to become very excited and disoriented and, in the most severe

form, can cause flipping over or even death. In summary, the reactions I have described are very infrequent and are avoidable by using the proper vaccine type and administration technique. The benefit of vaccination will outweigh the reaction risk in most cases. If your horse has had a reaction to a previous vaccination, consult your veterinarian before giving any other vaccines.

Well, now you have decided to vaccinate your horse. So what should you vaccinate for and, once more, why that particular vaccine? An important thing to remember here is that not all horses need all vaccines all the time. There is a core group of vaccines that most horses should have on a regular basis. These core vaccines, in my opinion, should include Tetanus, Encephalitis (E and W), Influenza and Rhino. A West Nile vaccine should also be a part of the core vaccination anywhere in BC now as the disease has been diagnosed in the province. All other vaccines can be considered as part of a vaccination program dependent on the disease’s local prevalence and the individual horse. For example, if there has been a recent outbreak of Strangles in your area or you know that you are going to an area that has had active cases of Strangles, then you should include a Strangles vaccine in your program. Also, younger horses and older horses may require additional or more frequent vaccinations. Consult with your local veterinarian about a specific vaccination program. It is best to contact a Horse Vet for recommendations as he or she should be aware of what is required in your area. I say this as opposed to basing decisions on “what so and so said was going around” and what another horse may have had, or not.

In summary, it is to your horse’s benefit that it be vaccinated, both from a health perspective and from an economic point of view. 4Prevention is cheaper than treatment in most cases. Most horses should be vaccinated with the “core” vaccines and other vaccine protocols will be dependent on the individual horse and circumstances. Most horses are very tolerant of being vaccinated, especially if some care and attention is taken in the administration of the vaccine. Vaccines are safe and reliable when administered properly, at the correct time and as per label recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns, or need more specific vaccination recommendations, contact your attending veterinarian or feel free to contact me by telephone at 250-828-1131, or by email at avsltdmason@hotmail.com. Dr. Marlin Mason, a member of the BC College of Veterinarians and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, has been providing equine and large animal veterinary services in the Kamloops area since 1993.

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Help Your Horse - or Not! By Chris Irwin In my last column for Saddle Up, I mentioned that true horsemanship does not begin with the mechanics of “how” to perform a specific exercise or movement with a horse. The essence of horsemanship begins with WHY we want what we want from our horses in the first place. Why?


also went on to say that if we approach our horses with an empathetic and ethical mandate to truly be of service to them, we will adapt our behaviour and training methods in order to give our horses what they “need” from us. Then they will be able to clearly perceive the difference in our behaviour. In other words, if we approach horses to take what we want, they will give us the resistance we deserve. However, if we approach horses to give them what they need, they will give themselves to us unconditionally, with willing cooperation. And what do horses need from us? I believe unequivocally that it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we do it that should be kept first and foremost in mind. This requires constant awareness of the fact that horses are physiologically hardwired in the biochemistry of their central nervous system for their body, mind and spirit to work together as one. Simply put, the frame of the body of

the horse is also the frame of the mind. So, the truest definition of training the horse should literally mean that we use our body language in that training to shape or sculpt our horses into a frame of body that corresponds to their feeling good in the mind. In other words, you can connect to the mind and spirit of your horse through its body with the “aid” of your own body. Some shapes of the body of a horse feel better for them than others. In fact, some shapes feel heavenly because they create endorphins through the central nervous system of the horse while other shapes produce adrenaline and feel like hell. The idea is that a horse can be “aided” into feeling better with the endorphins that result when “in good hands.” The bottom line is that the vast majority of both good and bad, positive and negative behaviour and performance from a horse is not merely because of their age or breed, but is almost always a direct

reflection of how our body language affects the shape of the body of the horse. That shape affects their biochemistry which, coming back full circle, affects their behaviour. Having said all of the above, these are just words. Many of these words I have said before in one context or another. So, now, let’s look at seven different photos that illustrate very clearly how frame of body = frame of mind. In these images we can see how, with knowledge and awareness as our power, we can use our body language to help our horses be the best that they can be. Just the opposite happens when, with a lack of awareness, we inadvertently stress and alienate our horses when we don’t know what we don’t know about our own body language. I hope that, seeing these photos, you will understand why I so often say, “A good trainer can ride a bucking horse, but a great trainer’s horse has no need to buck,” and why I sign off my columns with, “Ask not what your horse can do for you, ask what you can do for your horse.”

Here is an example of how frame of body = frame of mind. In this photo, if we look closely, we see that Kathryn is “pushing” her right hip towards the head of this chestnut gelding. As subtle as “a little hip” might be, the gelding, Orion, reads Kathryn’s body language as pushing his head up, out and away from her. We see that his neck and head are literally “going” where Kathryn’s hip is telling him to go. However, this frame of body being caused in Orion’s spinal column by Kathryn’s hip creates an inverted spine that produces negative biochemistry to his brain. Although Kathryn is smiling, and she “likes the horse,” Orion’s hard eye tells us that he does not like how he is feeling about how Kathryn is standing next to him.

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Help Your Horse, cont’d Here, we see that although Kathryn and Orion are connected by contact with the lead rope and halter, it is obvious that they are not connected in mind and intent. While Kathryn is focused on going straight ahead, Orion appears to be looking away to the right. However, it is the fact that Kathryn is leading Orion from the halter by pulling forward on the rope, while her body has moved forward beside his throat that has Kathryn’s body language causing distress to Orion’s body. Horses do not like being pulled on the head, not even lightly by the lead rope, so Orion’s head is up and out in an attempt to get away from the pull on his head and the movement of Kathryn’s body so close to his head. Once again, how the human is leading the horse is causing an inverted spinal column that causes stress to the mind.

Now, we see that Orion has a very relaxed back and neck. He has a soft and focused expression in his eyes, and his tail is gently curled with relaxation. Why Orion has changed his expression is because his frame of body is now relaxed and his vertebrae are no longer producing adrenaline. As Kathryn moved her body away from his head and instead stood closer to the shoulder, she is now “out of his face.” As well, instead of pulling on the lead rope to ask Orion to go forward, Kathryn is now true to the classical principle of sending the horse forward from behind into hands that support, but do not pull. In other words, like good riding, Orion has been asked to go forward with impulsion to his body (from Kathryn’s stick, in her left hand, gently tapping his flanks) instead of her right hand pulling on his head. The contact between Kathryn and Orion is indeed “soft” as her hand does not pull forward for impulsion but rather merely “blocks” unwanted turns from Orion to send him a message of focused intent.

This is Walter riding his young Arabian mare, Flip; she is clearly distressed. Her back is hollowed out and her eyes have a worried expression, while her focus is out in the distance instead of into the turn that Water is asking for. Her tail is also swishing in annoyance as I have asked Walter to ride like so many people do, with braced legs pushed away from the horse, a stiff seat, leaning back in the saddle and with slack reins. Obviously the mare does NOT like how she is being ridden and, once again, this awkward frame of body is stressing her mind.

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Here we see a lovely frame of body = a wonderful frame of mind. Walter has let his legs relax completely and is using his right inside leg to bend Flip’s barrel in order to balance her entire body on the arc of the turn to the right that he is asking for. He is also using his left outside leg to turn the outside of her bending body into the right turn. Walter is now aligned with his centre (look at his belt buckle) perfectly straight with Flip’s spine so that they are both on the same track of the right turn. When we see how soft the reins are we know that the shape of Flip’s body is coming from Walter’s seat and legs instead of his hands. Now his right hand is no longer pulling right but instead merely blocking any unwanted left turns while the body is bending and sent to the right. As Walter truly rides Flip from “front to back” and from “inside to out” with his body language - instead of pulling on Flip’s face - we can see that his mare is relaxed and focused on the task at hand. Great riding, Walter!


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Handling a Heel Bulb Laceration and Winning By Bryce Davisson, DVM, Photos by Bruce and Angie Kahl

I was called to a farm visit for a laceration one evening, on emergency. Charlie, a 5-yearold Quarter Horse gelding had been caught up in the fence and had a severe laceration on his left front medial (inside of the leg) heel bulb. When Charlie’s owners came home from work, they found him standing in the field with blood covering his foot, which was still bleeding. They called me immediately and wrapped his bleeding foot in a clean t-shirt with duct tape to apply pressure.

Dr. Bryce Davisson


he introduction to Charlie’s case brings up some very important points to keep in mind when dealing with a horse that has a wound that is causing a significant amount of blood loss. First of all, how much blood can a horse lose and still be okay? The average sized horse has 50 litres of blood and critical blood loss is greater than

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10 litres. The most important thing to remember as a horse owner is that the best thing to do in these situations is to stop or at least slow the bleeding. This is best accomplished through pressure. In Charlie’s case, pressure was applied with a clean t-shirt and duct tape which was a perfectly adequate technique since wound dressing bandages and gauze are not always on hand. Charlie was kept confined and quiet until my arrival. The first thing that I did was check his vital signs which were normal, besides a slightly elevated heart rate from mild shock of the injury. I sedated Charlie so that he would be easier to restrain for the examination and cleaning of the wound. When I removed the pressure wrap from the leg, the digital artery, which supplies blood to the foot along the medial heel bulb, spurted a large stream of blood. I was prepared for this, as I knew the amount of blood loss to be expected from arterial bleeding, and had a sterile clamp ready to clamp off the artery. Then I used suture material to tie off the vessel. Once the bleeding was stopped, I was able to clean the wound with a dilute betadine solution. Fortunately, Charlie’s owners had been able to get the wound covered before it was contaminated with a lot of debris. Since Charlie was out on pasture, and not in a dirt pen, the environment helped to

These photos were of a horse with a severe heel bulb laceration that was treated with diligent bandaging and topical therapy to prevent proud flesh formation. A good result was still obtained however the healing time was prolonged. A cast helps to immobilize the wound so it heals faster and produces less proud flesh.

4 to 5 days post injury, after cleaning

keep the wound relatively clean as well. The wound appeared deep. It concerned me that the coffin joint (at the level of the coronet band) and potentially the tendon sheath (along the back of the pastern to the foot) may be compromised by the laceration. I performed a regional nerve block on the foot, to freeze the sensation to the foot, so I could more easily assess the wound further. My concern that the joint and the tendon sheath were involved in the wound was discussed with the owner, and I recommended that I distend the joint to see if it was intact. The owner agreed and so I performed a surgical prep on the coffin joint and then inserted a needle and distended the joint with saline and antibiotic. As I injected into the lateral (outside of the leg) aspect of the joint, fluid HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Heel Bulb Laceration, cont’d

8 weeks after injury

12 weeks after injury

leaked out of the wound indicating that the joint was involved in the laceration. At this point, I recommended that Charlie be hauled to the clinic so that further diagnostics and follow-up treatment could be performed. Before I left the farm, I started Charlie on broad-spectrum injectable antibiotics to protect against infection and systemic anti-inflammatory medications. A bandage was also placed on the wound for protection and to keep it clean during transport. Once at the clinic, I took radiographs of the foot to make sure that no bones had been broken in the foot from the trauma. Fortunately, the radiographs did not show any involvement of the bone. I also injected the tendon sheath with contrast media which would show up on radiographs. The radiographs confirmed that the tendon sheath was intact. This indicated that treatment needed to focus on treating the coffin joint to prevent a joint infection. Starting the same night the injury occurred and for the following three HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

together nicely. A healthy bed of pink, days, the coffin joint was flushed with saline containing an anti-inflammatory shiny granulation tissue was covering component and injected with antibiotics the wound and new skin was growing once daily. At the same time as the joint along the edges. The leg was maintained was flushed, a regional limb perfusion in a bandage for an additional week with was performed which allows a high medication to keep proud flesh, or excess concentration of antibiotic in the specific granulation tissue, from forming and then area of the leg where the injury has it was healed to the point when a bandage occurred. The injury was maintained was no longer needed. under a sterile bandage between After the long process of over one treatments. Injectable antibiotics and and a half months of treatment, a cast, anti-inflammatories were also continued. and bandage changes, Charlie was back Careful assessment was done daily to to being a normal horse and sound on his make sure no signs of infection were previously injured leg. noted such as increased swelling in the The costs incurred to care for an leg, discharge or increased pain. injury of the magnitude of Charlie’s Once the laceration had been treated laceration can vary, but the casting aggressively for four days and no signs eliminates constant bandage changes and of infection were present, a light sterile almost always results in a better degree bandage was placed on the wound. Then of healing. The end result once the cast is a cast was placed from just below the removed is generally very pleasing. fetlock, or ankle, to down around the entire hoof. Casts are very effective in this Bryce Davisson, DVM, was raised in Wenatchee, WA, and has enjoyed working with animals type of injury, as they keep the wound since his childhood. He is currently Associate very clean and prevent the wound edges Veterinarian at Kamloops Large Animal from moving so that the best healing can Veterinary Clinic. He enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird occur. The important thing is that the hunting and, of course, horseback riding. cast cannot be placed before the wound is properly treated, otherwise an infection will fester in the wound and become worse. Horses that are casted must be confined to a box stall, kept on clean bedding to prevent pressure sores, and the wound kept clean so it does not become infected. Charlie was sent home and his cast was kept in place for three weeks. He Buying or Selling in the Annapolis Valley / was maintained on Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia: injectable antibiotics for one week and then Lorie Farley REALTOR® oral antibiotics for DND -IRP Approved Relocation Professional two additional weeks. After three weeks, he For Sale Horse Properties…City Comfort was starting to wear Country Style…Cottage Living through the bottom Royal LePage Atlantic of the cast since he Greenwood & Kingston, NS LorieFarley@royallepage.ca liked to paw. The cast

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3 Colts, 3 Trainers, 3 Days By Lori Rankin


ORSIN AROUND IN THE CARIBOO 2011 is featuring our first Cariboo Trainers Challenge at Eagle View Equestrian Centre in Williams Lake! We are very pleased to announce that our annual event has James Allan. Photo by Danielle Lawrence. expanded to include a Dina Vandenberg-Miller Sean Windt Trainers Challenge. evening (5:30 p.m.), two on Saturday (8:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.), and Attending trainers are James Allan, a local trainer, coach and competitor; Sean Windt from Kersley, known for his natural Sunday morning (8:30 a.m.). On Sunday afternoon (4 p.m.), there horsemanship abilities; and Dina Vandenberg-Miller, originally will be a final round in the arena without a round pen involving, from Houston, BC, now residing in Colorado after attaining tacking up, mounting, rail work and an obstacle course. Trainers her John Lyons certification in training and horsemanship. have the option of loading the horse into a trailer or doing a These trainers each have their own unique methods and style freestyle presentation or both if time permits. Each session has a of training which will make the precise time limit. competition most informative In addition to the Trainers HORSIN’ AROUND IN THE CARIBOO and interesting for the audience. Challenge, we will still have our Eagle View Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake, B.C. Each has developed his/her BCBRA/CBR Barrel Race on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011 skills in equine and human Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2-Man NEW this year! communication to the point Cattle Sorting Jackpot on CARIBOO TRAINERS CHALLENGE of presenting their methods in Sunday at noon. Come browse Featuring trainers: clinics over the past few years. through the many trade booths James Allan, Sean Windt and Dina (Vandenberg) Miller This is an opportunity to present or enjoy some home cooking Barrel Racing, Cattle Sorting, Trade Booths themselves to the public and for from the concession in between Friday 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday 8 am-7:30 pm, Sunday 8 am-6 pm the public to observe what they events! ADMISSION: $5 per day or $10 for the weekend Kids (12 & under) & Seniors (65+) FREE have to offer. Draws, Trade Booths & Home Cookin’ on site! Starting Friday evening, For more information on the Trainers Challenge will Horsin’ Around contact Lori Contact: Lori Rankin (250)392-2584 or (250)398-8344 be scored by three judges: 250-392-2584 or check our lorirankin14@hotmail.com or on the horse; on the trainer; website: www.eagleviewequine. www.eagleviewequine.com and the presentation to the com audience during four Round Pen sessions - including Friday

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My Ranchboy!

That ol’ Newton p passed along. We figured it was excess saline, but at least he did not smell too strong.

You was born a genuine ranchboy It was jjust a way y of life for y you You was dedicated to yur y work Enjoyin’ most things you had to do.

One of the last of them ol’ black outlaws, from way y down Oklahoma way. y But he had a good eye, for a bad turned card, and he made good whisky every day.

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Irrigatin’ crops, p puttin’ p up p feed Checkin’ cattle all over the p place Tryin’ y to keep p all them bulls fenced in Didn’t matter what you had to face.

He started early, y seemed to like the hours. ‘Though g his p pistols soon got g a little rusty. And his fat horse ate all the flowers, then wallowed in the yard, to keep it dusty.

Everything y was right in our li’l world Till y yur boss came rappin’ pp at my y door One look at him, I knew y you was gone I had never been thru this before.

We had one bad night, when Newt fell in a vat, of fresh whisky y that we had not y yet p put away. y I fished him out six times, he’d have a peanut, and a pee, p then he’d be running back the other way.

Reality y was now kickin’ in How I wished this was one dreadful dream Cuz it surely y made no sense to me This whole thing was just terribly extreme.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


here’s still 2 to 3 feet of snow on the ground as I write this article in mid March, and it’s hard to believe that Gymkhanas are the talk of the town, but they are. The organizing committee of the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas has been on the phone putting volunteers on the work list, getting ads put together, sending out the brochure for printing and really getting gung-ho for another year.

That’s our competitive trail rider Joanne Macaluso - with two burgers?

Bruce Watt is one of the five BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees. A beautiful setting for spectators in the trees with competitors waiting their turn in the back ground.

Bill Cunningham with grandson Wade watch the Gymkhana with a cool one.

What a booth! Complete with announcer, timers, photographer and one of the judges.

The Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana grounds are probably the oldest Gymkhana grounds in BC and it’s definitely one of the prettiest settings - completely surrounded by trees and natural grass lands which are cattle range. The log announcer’s booth overlooking the arena fits the picture perfectly, and the campers and portable horse corrals behind it, seem completely natural. Add the quaint grass area in the tress where picnic tables have been placed to make

up the beer garden and all the bleachers set around the ring to this and not much could top it ... except maybe when you add the smell of onions and burgers from the concession! Ah the horses, yes, we must add the horses! Not to worry though, there will be lots. Folks travel from far and wide to take part, and mainly because the reputation has got around as to just how much fun their Gymkhanas can be! Mark your calendars now - July 9th and August 13th.

The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame will see another induction ceremony in Williams Lake. The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin will host a tea/lunch reception the morning of Sunday, April 17th at the Museum. From there everyone will

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d amble across the street to take in the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo which will host the induction ceremony at the intermission. The recipients will be: Bill Downie for Artistic Achievements; Bruce Watt for Competitive Achievements; Doug White for Competitive & Artistic Achievements; Gordon Woods for Artistic Achievements; and the Wright Family for Family as Working Cowboys. You can read their bios and see photos of all of them and the other inductees at www.bcchs.com.

WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

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FUNDRAISING FOR MIKE! A lot of you may not know that our BC Cowboy Heritage Society president, Mike Puhallo, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. He is now in his third week of receiving treatment in Kelowna and we’ve set up a fund to help him and his family with travel and accommodation costs. His wife, Linda, is having to take time off work as well, to be with Mike. If you’d like to donate to the cause please send a cheque made out to BCCHS, with Mike Puhallo in the memo line, to the following address or go to www.bcchs.com if you’d rather use PayPal. The BC Cowboy Heritage Society, Box 137, Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 5K3 Please DO NOT contact Mike… he’s still very positive and upbeat and we’d like to keep him that way. Thanks for your kind understanding. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The March issue’s photo was taken in our kitchen. This cast iron object that has impressions shaped like cobs of corn is actually a corn bread mold. The corn bread would come out of the oven shaped like a cob of corn. Congratulations to the following people that had the right answer: Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Abby MacNeish, Westwold Bob Jansen, Matsqui, Abbotsford Josephine MacDonald & Shawn Auclair, Abbotsford Yvonne Olson, Courtenay Jocelyn Templeman, Castlegar Chris Potvin, Nanaimo (“I wouldn’t miss an issue of Saddle Up, it is a fabulous magazine.”) Haley Fowler, Errington Sam & Walker Field, Pemberton

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The 2011 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Review By Mark McMillan What was the best part of the 15th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival? I guess my answer has to be the whole Festival... there was so much, and everything seemed to be at the top of someone’s list.


This guitar face in the Silent Auction was this year’s promo poster.

t was four days of good cowboy entertainment, shopping, looking, and socializing, all of which seemed to be nothing but fun. Maybe that’s why two tour buses from Alberta showed up for the weekend. The Country 103 Rising Star Showcase was very popular and every time I looked at the audience in front of the stage, there wasn’t an empty seat to be had. This carried right through to the finals on Sunday on the main stage - it was packed, and no wonder, as the talent was super. The kids pulled it off in both the poet and musician categories, with 16-year-old Kristyn Harris from Texas winning as a singer,

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and 9-year-old Jayden Stafford from Fort St. John taking the top spot as a cowboy poet. The scores were so close! The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductions were held on Friday night. The Joe Marten Memorial Award, the Art of the West Show and Sale placings, and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships were all announced Saturday night, making both evenings very memorable for a lot of folks. (See the results below.) The Festival Trade Show Kristyn Harris, Rising Star Musician Winner. was full - many booths, with something for everyone: art, photos, saddles, tack, home décor, authors with their books, jewellery, western wear, wool blankets, metal art, ironwork, collectibles, hats, horse minerals, and even horse cookies! If you missed getting your purchase, check the web site www.bcchs. com to see if you can find the information you need. Entertainment started off on Thursday and carried on through until Sunday night. As well as the four stages at the Festival itself, eight other locations around Kamloops had performers doing sets this year. There were also ten different workshops going on at the Festival - song and poetry writing, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cowboy Festival, cont’d bass guitar, vet stories, and “Reel Cowboys of Western Film.� Here are the winners of some of the many awards presented at the Festival, starting with the art show: - Saddle Maker: 1st and 2nd place went to Darcy Kabatoff and 3rd place to Bob Kaufman. - Amateur Saddle Maker: 1st place ribbon went to Cody Tippe. - Sculpture: 1st place went to Linda Kelly and both 2nd and 3rd went to Nancy McMinn. - Photography: Liz Twan took 1st place, Kim Taylor 2nd, and Abby MacNeish 3rd. - Flat Artwork: Gena LaCosta (this year’s poster artist) took home ribbons for both 1st and 2nd place, Danielle Sanders took 3rd, and Lesley White received People’s Choice. - Student Scholarships: Alicia Blimkie won the Written Work section, Kolbey

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Johnnie’s Kids, Part 2 By Holly Baxter, BHSAI (PART 1 APPEARS IN THE DECEMBER 2009 ISSUE OF SADDLE UP)

After three years of going to the school of Horsie Hard Knocks, and being dragged, dumped and plain out-tricked by a series of shrewd, kid-hating ponies, I graduated to horses. By fourteen, I could jump a good-sized fence, made it to the first meet of the Springfield Hunt and graduated to another barn.


his was accomplished by crossing the railway tracks to the old MacDonald place that had just been purchased by Margie and Bill Teske. I arrived when the farm was being rolled over to the new owners and Mr. MacDonald was still around. He came to visit his old Hackney stallion, King’s Comet, who was the North American Champion Hackney stallion, twice. He would put that horse with the roached mane into his extra long arena and just let him go. I had never seen a Hackney move before, and even with his shoes off, the length of stride and the amazing knee action made my jaw drop. Then Mr. MacDonald would call out, “Park!” and that lovely horse would take the famous stance of the breed, with the front legs straight and the back legs stretched and remain absolutely still until the command was given to go forward again. King’s Comet was twenty-eight at the time. Holly showing recently at Vernon District Riding Club

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The stable itself looked like the Taj Mahal to me, coming from a kid’s barn. There was not only the indoor arena, but also an outside driving track that Margie turned into a jumper ring. All of the fencing was white board rail and there were two barns. One was very large and held about twenty box stalls; the other was the former stallion barn where King’s Comet lived still. It was my favourite barn because it had only four box stalls and a huge tack room full of wonderful smelling leather and many years’ accumulation of ribbons. The crowning glory was a clubhouse which had a sitting room fi lled with easy chairs and sofas, a kitchen with coffee fi xings and a genuine flush toilet. The horse I started riding belonged to a former Johnnie’s kid named Ruth. She owned a half Standardbred gelding named Whiskers. He wasn’t much to look at, but he was kind and jumped very well. I rode him for about a year until one fateful day in the middle of winter. I hung out at that barn the same as I did at Johnnie’s and one late evening I looked in on a mare in the big barn whose owner had gone to university. This mare was a Thoroughbred named Niobe and her legs were stocked up from lack of exercise. I couldn’t help myself; I got her out and started to move her around. About that time, Margie came into the barn and we had a discussion. Maybe her owner might consider letting me part-lease Niobe. Margie said she would call her and one day the phone rang at home. My heart was in my mouth as Heather, Niobe’s owner, told HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Johnnie’s Kids, cont’d me she was coming out the following weekend and would watch me ride her mare. She told me that Niobe was the Zone Award winning Junior Jumper and there was one word that was not in that mare’s vocabulary: “No!� She jumped the moon and never stopped. Did she make herself clear? The rest is a haze. I must have ridden the mare well enough to get the green light. A dream came true! I was going to ride the most fantastic horse of my life. I felt deeply privileged because I knew I had been given a huge break. Margie and Bill Teske were two very well-known horse people in the Manitoba community. Margie came from a show family and Bill was linked to racing. The barn was fi lled with top horses and aspiring riders, with Margie leading the way on her brilliant stock Quarter Horse Bagabond (Baggie) who I have personally seen jump five feet on two strides coming out of a tight turn. She had another well-known horse, Patrick, given to her by Peggy Sellers, because Patrick was tired of dressage. It wasn’t very long before Margie had Patrick happily jumping big fences. There is a famous picture of Margie and Patrick flying over a large jump with Margie’s jacket tied with string due to her being five months pregnant. She was one confidant rider! Art Parsons would come once a week and give jump lessons to the dedicated riders. Niobe was thrilled to be back on her game and exhibited classic jumper style by cantering sideways into her fences when she was over excited. Art knew the mare well and, after a period of jumping smaller fences, one day he put a single rail up at five feet and told me to go. I looked at him, flabbergasted. He could not be serious. He said, “I know the horse can do it. I’m watching you.� What else can you do with a challenge like that, but go for it? I came out of the corner, and that blessed mare soared over the fence. One second it was in front of me, and the next it was behind me. It seems that was a turning point in my training. I never looked back. My world expanded and I wanted to do this forever. Meantime, back in the clubhouse where I was spending many a happy hour hanging out, there were old issues of British

Horse and Hound lying around. I would pour over them, dreaming about foxhunting and just experiencing a country with such a rich horsie heritage. With a pounding heart, I snuck one home and got the address of the British Horse Society. I knew they had certification programs, which were unheard of in the early 1970’s in Canada. I wrote to them and they sent me back the list of all the stables in Britain that offered the first level, the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor. I didn’t really have a clue which stables were good ones or bad ones. I wrote to those with the longest programs and about three weeks later, my mailbox was full of their responses. I remember racing home from school to find the blue tissue airmail letters waiting for me. I was on Cloud Nine. I finally decided on Crabbet Park Equitation Ltd. in Sussex as they offered the longest working pupil program in England, thirteen months. I began serious correspondence with them and was finally accepted into their program for December 1971. But that is another story entirely. Just to finish up with my time at the Teske’s: their brilliant Thoroughbred gelding, Branch County, went on to win the individual silver medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, a true testament to the calibre of horses that came out of their stable in Winnipeg, Manitoba. $%!,%2 &/2 3/), -/)34

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The Half Halt By Dr. Thomas Ritter, www.artisticdressage.com From a general, theoretical point of view, the half halt aims at improving the flexion of the hip and hock joints of the addressed hind leg.


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1) down transition from a higher gait into a lower gait 2) down transition from a more extended gait to a more collected gait 3) slowing down the tempo 4) increasing the degree of collection 5) improving or restoring the balance 6) alerting the horse to a new demand

The answer to the question of the general goal of a half halt also entails the answer to the question of the when and how of its application, because the rider’s aids can only accompany and support the horse’s natural footfall sequence by enhancing individual aspects of the gait. The half halt is a good example to illustrate this thought.

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As long as a hind leg is on the ground in front of the vertical, it carries the weight of the horse and rider and flexes, depending on the elasticity of the gait and the training level, more or less in its hip and hock joints. The stifle opens at the same moment. As soon as the hind leg passes the vertical, it ceases to carry and starts thrusting. The stifle joint flexes, while the hip and hock joints open. The logical conclusion from these explanations is that an aid that is intended to flex the hip and hock joint more deeply can only be successful when it is applied at a moment in which the hind leg is biomechanically able to fulfill the request, that is, when the hind leg is on the ground in front of the vertical. The hind leg that is behind the vertical is extending and will therefore always resist against a half halt. If the half halts are applied at the wrong moment, they can cause windpuffs and spavin in the long run. One can see that the proper moment for a half halt is quite brief. As far as the technical details of its application are


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The Half Halt, cont’d concerned, the half halt can be composed of several different elements that can be combined in many different shades: 1) a pressure of the lateral or diagonal rein 2) an increase of the muscle tone of the abdominal and back musculature 3) an increased hug from the knees and thighs in order to anchor the half halt 4) a slight pressure of the toes against the stirrup iron on the same side It is especially important that the upper arm and elbow on the side where the rein aid is applied are well attached to the torso in order to establish a close connection between forehand and haunches, as well as among the aids. This way the rider’s body weight supports the rein pressure. The old masters would say that the rider borrows the weight of the horse’s head and neck and pushes it towards the haunches. The rein aid is translated into a weight aid with the help of the rider’s midsection. It is equally important that the gluteal muscles remain relaxed. Otherwise, the horse will drop his back. After the application of the half halt the rider’s hand, wrist, and forearm must relax completely, so that the horse does not start bracing with his throat latch and lower jaw. After the half


halt, it is often helpful to animate the horse with a driving aid so that there is no loss of energy. An international clinician and author, Dr. Thomas Ritter teaches a variety of students from all walks of life, with one common passion – a love for classical horsemanship. Dr. Ritter studied in Germany with Egon von Neindorff and Dorothee and Thomas Faltejesek of the famous classical riding school, Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff. Since arriving in the USA, Dr. Ritter has studied extensively with several riders of the Spanish Riding School. He competes through FEI and teaches clinics throughout the USA, Europe and, most recently, Alberta. He is a prolific author and his articles have appeared in many publications, including Cavallo and Dressage Today, and Saddle Up magazine. Visit www.artisticdressage.com.

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DONNA HAWKINS CLINIC AT SUMMERLAND RODEO GROUNDS Donna Hawkins will be conducting a clinic May 7-8 at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Donna is well known as a Level 2 Western coach and a Level 2 Course conductor. This clinic is interdisciplinary. Donna’s philosophy encourages participants to ask questions, speak out, and to laugh. The clinic places the well-being of Donna Hawkins and Sunny the horse foremost. We each want a more balanced and happy horse. Donna will strive to give you tools to bring out the best in your horse and in yourself. Participants are asked to come to the clinic with an idea of their own area of focus for their learning. Individual participants in a session need not be working on the same thing; they can be doing something totally different (reining patterns or half pass for example) and both get equal time, always having something to work on. Donna will teach semi-private (2 riders at a time) sessions. Each session will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long per day. Auditors are welcome (for a fee), with specific times set aside for their questions. For more information and to register contact Shirlene at 250-404-0522 or shirlenepeters@hotmail.com.

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THERAPEUTIC FARM IN VERNON? A large group of people gathered in Vernon on March 14 to hear Program Manager, Kevin Corbett of Providence Farm in Duncan share information on starting up a therapeutic farm in the Vernon community. Some of the groups attending were Equine Connection, NOTRA, Swan Lake Nurseries, the Food Action Committee and the Global Initiative student program. The meeting was sponsored by Mental Illness Family Support Centre and Partners in Action Committee. The mandate at Providence Farm is to put the disabled and disadvantaged first. The focus is on renewal of body and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

TIDBITS, cont’d spirit and upon people caring for the soil and the soil nurturing the people. The farm has therapeutic riding, a market garden, small engine repair workshop, community gardens and has the enthusiastic support of the local community. It offers vocational training, employability skills, senior’s programs and arts and crafts. For those working on professional designations, there are practicums for Community Support Workers, Horticultural Therapy interns, Licensed Practical Nurses and Care Aids. Currently there are monies in place for a business plan for the future therapeutic farm. For any readers that would like to get involved in this wonderful initiative, please contact Dianne Hustler 250–260–3233, E-mail: bcssvernon@shaw.ca - Submitted by Holly Baxter.

3rd ANNUAL OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP SHOWCASE The Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase & Sale returns to the Armstrong Fairgrounds on May 14-15. There will be stallions and sale horses on display, demonstrations, clinicians and speakers throughout the FREE weekend; as well as a Used Tack Sale hosted by the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club (in Ring 2 grandstands) and the popular Trade Fair. Back again this year is the AQHA Test Ride (hosted by SCQHA) and a special Saturday evening of pure family entertainment in the Agriplex. Watch the website as it is updated regularly as bookings come in. www.okbreedersgroup. com. Don’t miss out – this event grows every year!

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This is Our Kind of Circus: CAVALIA By Cathy Glover The first act of Cavalia – with all its advance hype and inherent appeal to any of us whose lives revolve around horses – was a bit of a letdown.


erhaps it was the expectation of world caliber horsemanship (natural or otherwise) or of one-ofa-kind stunts and acrobatics between man and horse that would force us to the edge of our seats. But when the first act faded into a 20 minute intermission, it was the larger than life hologram of a ghostly white horse behind a massive (but equally holographic) rain curtain that was most memorable. That’s not to say that there weren’t amazing moments. From the innocence and playful entrance of two yearling Mustangs Cavalia rescued during the show’s stop in Denver, the synchronization of riders and their Spanish Pure Breed mounts, the vaulting and acrobatic performances, the show was definitely entertaining. The piaffes were pretty and the liberty work was impressive enough. The horses were beautiful – of that there was no mistake. As the projected visuals transformed the two-tiered stage from one dreamy season to another, we waited for the next horse or horses to enter stage left (or right) and we waited to be awed. It turns out improvisation is key to successful performances night-afternight. The Celtic-like music that fi lled the tent from beginning to end was live, performed by just six musicians. It has to be that way, says marketing and promotion coordinator Guillaume Paquette, because “sometimes the horses don’t leave the stage when we expect them to,” he laughed after the premier of the show in Vancouver, March 22. It’s the horses that call the shots as the band plays on! As the lights dimmed for act two, the melodic tempo of the earlier performance was replaced with a more robust beat. As four teams of two horses burst onto the 46 • Saddle Up • April 2011

stage, their handlers standing straddled with one foot on each, the energy had definitely ramped up a notch. The Quarter Horse pairs raced around the arena, hugging two pillars of the set as though they were barrels in the rodeo arena; it hardly seemed possible their handlers could remain on their feet! Before long, one was managing four of the horses in this bold, do-not-try-thisat-home demonstration of Roman riding. Then, she progressed to a six horse hitch and with every lap seemed genuinely surprised she was still on board! It was breathtaking. Perhaps the most poignant performance came as one by one, nine almost perfectly matched grey Arabian stallions and geldings (the show has no mares) bolted out onto the stage. With no halters, saddles, riders or handlers in sight, they cavorted around the set, completely oblivious to the sell-out audience. Enter centre stage Sylvia Zerbini, the show’s celebrated horse “listener,” and with just seven verbal cues (we think they are in French), she quickly had these playful Arabs circling her in tight formation. With a wave of her hand, she signals the leader to take the others around the entire stage at a gallop, and with another pass she has them back within her aura. She splits them into two groups, then effortlessly weaves them back into one. She stops them. They all turn on their hindquarters in unison and change direction, and they’re off again. A cheeky one gets reprimanded by a single chirp or syllable – we hadn’t but he’s heard it over the music and he understands he’s been told to play nice and gets back in line. (“If they think they’re going to get hurt, they know I’ll protect them,” she told the audience after the show.) She brings them in and they crowd her – these

nine stallions and geldings – then fan out around her. With a word (or the wave of a magic wand), they each arch their heads to the right and rest their coiffed chins on the withers of the horse beside them. This was the price of admission! This is what we had come for. Cavalia measures up to its hype. What is truly amazing is the apparent indifferent of each horse to the revolving door of backgrounds, backdrops and audience laughter and applause. It’s a performance that leaves a lasting impression! The attention to detail in virtually every aspect of the performance and après-show is why Cavalia has been performing before sell-out crowds wherever they go. They have extended their stay in Vancouver until April 17. Visit the website [cavalia.net] for ticket information. The show moves to Calgary and opens there on May 25 for two weeks.

Groom Kate Ramaekers has been with Cavalia since joining the troop at its San Francisco stop over a year ago. She works exclusively with Sylvia Zerbini’s six stallions and eight geldings – including Nezma - that make up the trainer’s “liberty” acts. Consistency is essential when handling the horses, she says, even backstage, adding that is one of the biggest challenges in an otherwise dream job.






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Cory’s Quest – Weigh-In #4 By Cory Anthony Two months to go and all is going well This promise I made is putting me through hell I grunt and I groan in this new gym that I own I am told it is for the better this sweat that I give I have heard a rumour it will determine how long I live This, I am not sure, as my horse is the judge I have had my fair share of landing in the sludge This riding I will master and learn to ride quick The fact I wear tights now makes me sick I have learned to canter, to gallop and to trot Learning to stay seated sure hits spot I now sit in the saddle with a smile on my face Anxious to get to my first Rock Creek Race I am curious to know and to learn my new fate Oh hey, did I mention? I just pinched the scale at two twenty eight.


ou have often heard me say things like, “You horse lovers are crazy... nuts... off your rockers. You can keep your horse, saddle, halter, the pretty bling and the bells. I, on the other hand, have always favoured my quad, with its cooler of beer and clutch system; it stops and starts on my command and has made zero attempts to throw me off its back.” Four months ago, my mouth got me into a heap once again. I have recently been humbled by a comment made by Phyliss Madge which is all too fitting, “How do those words taste now, eh?” LOL. I am glad I have been given a chance to eat crow and in one case, something else, while I was cleaning a hoof. Quick tip: always scrape DOWN. As many of you know, I began my journey on something I have always said, “Nah, it’s just not for me... I am just as happy pulling the trailer and crewing... you go ahead, get your mouth full of dirt... push yourself to the point of dehydration and in some cases, passing out... falling over, breaking hips and limbs, running into trees - this list, I am sure goes on forever.” Funny how things have evolved. I am developing a habit that is quickly strengthening into a craving or maybe even bordering on addiction for these big brutes. I am finding it all too easy to understand the passion you all share for these furry friends. I think of the throaty little noise they make when you walk up to the pasture with a bucket of treats, or how they sometimes wait by the gate when you approach with a halter or the game they play when they take off to the other side of the field, once they 48 • Saddle Up • April 2011

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realize it’s time for a ride. It is obvious the message in their body language is, “No way I know what’s next.” The catalyst for me was the first time I experienced a controlled canter and the distinct wind-rushing or low-tone whooshing sound through the ears of the horse. I’m sure you all know exactly what I am talking about. Could it be it is the lungs pushing the compressed air out the trumpeting nostrils, exchanging vital fuel that ignites the fire in these glorious and magical animals? Maybe the favourite thing is the sound of the leather/biothane tack groaning under pressure and strain? Whatever it may be - I get it. I get the addiction we all now share. The rush of having full and complete trust of these half-ton buddies of freedom that we like to think we can control. From the little experience I have, I honestly think we are kidding ourselves; we are only able to ride these wonderful creatures because they have given us permission, or a little respect to say, “Okay, I will carry you.” I can compare this action of mutual respect to a certain animal from the movie Avatar (leonopteryx). There is that mutual agreement of “I need you just as much as you need me” and a mental connection that I believe horses have over us, complimented by their ability to absorb and capitalize on our energy and feelings, whether we’re a green, nervous rider or feeling confident and in control (so we think). They give us permission, respect and mutual partnership as if to say, “You can climb on my back because I know you, I love you and trust you.” So, what about this addiction, this passion, this craving that I thought you were all crazy for? Now, I get it. Boy, do I get it! Let’s ride! Prize package #4 is a $50 gift certificate from the Blade Doctor P.S. What do you love about your horse and riding?



ne of my neighbours clued me in to a much less strenuous way of moving the fresh manure through newly fallen sticky deep snow. Put the manure on a 10 x 10 tarp and pull that over the snow wherever you need to go to. You will be saving your back and you are getting your horses comfortable when they are around the different sound of noisy tarps being pulled around. I just wish Thelma had told me this handy tip after the first heavy snow and not have waited until the fift h dump of the white stuff we had to plough through. This particular horse husband has been doing double duty for the past two months as Nancy is still using her walker while recovering from a hip replacement and she can’t make it safely down the hill to the barn in order to feed the horses. Last weekend I drove her down to the barn and she visited with two of our three horses. Nancy was standing at the gate with her walker in front of her and Bobbi, her own mare, completely snubbed her and refused to join in the meet and greet. This is the same mare that gets pretty upset when a baby stroller or a ten speed goes wheeling by, but a walker? Go figure! By the end of the third week of my doing all the chores I was tempted to leave some of the manure by the barn. I figured that Nancy couldn’t see it from the house, even with the binoculars, so why bother, right? The next day I stepped on a hard little round of frozen poop that had been left behind and I just about twisted my ankle. A subtle reminder that all the frozen little turds and the big ones have to be picked up. Looking after the horses during the day is Nancy’s responsibility and as such she usually spends more time with them than I do. The past few months have given me the opportunity to re-connect with them and renew my appreciation of why we have horses in the first place. I just wish that they could be trained to poop in one spot and not walk through it and scatter it around. I swear that they do it on purpose just to tick us off or give us more exercise. Ride safe and return safe and don’t be like me and wear your fleece vest when you brush out the winter hair. Pfft! Pfft! Pfft!

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BC Seniors Games Offers Equestrian Events! By Linda Haas Medal presentations take place at the end of the Games at the Equestrian Facility.


C Seniors Games invites riders 55 and better to take part in the Equestrian events being held in the West Kootenays, August 16-20, 2011. These events will take place at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar. Men and women compete together, and gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each discipline-specific medal event, in each age category: 55 - 59 years of age 60 - 64 years of age 65 – 69 years of age 70 – 74 years of age 75+ years of age

Events Each discipline will offer events compatible with facilities. Each day, one event from each discipline will be performed, and the discipline events schedule will be rotated each day. Dressage: Training to FEI Level Hunter/Jumper: Heights to 3’6” Reining: Any of the NRHA patterns

Driving All events are sanctioned by EC.

Participation There will be no limit to the number of participants within each age category or Zone. All Participants must be Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) members.

Competition All riders are required to follow their discipline rule regarding equipment and attire. All equine events will adhere to EC and NRHA rules and regulations. Each Participant is responsible to submit EC sport fees, prior to the Games, to either Horse Council BC or Equine Canada, and is responsible to pay any stable fees required. Interested people in Zone 8, which extends from Revelstoke to Lillooet, Valemount to Merritt, including Salmon Arm, Grindrod, Falkland, Kamloops, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, the north Shuswap and all points in between, should contact Linda Haas 250-679-3557 or lindahaas@ xplornet.com for registration information. All entries and fees must be received by June 1.

Race Dates Announced For Kin Race Track By Ed Woolley


he Okanagan Equestrian Society has released the dates for Vernon Race Days at Kin Race Track. Races will be held on August 20 and 21, 2011 marking the 116th year of racing at the site. This year’s race season had been in question due to the ongoing legal dispute between the Society, which operates Kin Race Track, and the City of Vernon and the Regional District of the North Okanagan, which own the land. An agreement was reached between the two sides in early March to adjourn the trial of the matter for one year and allow horse racing to proceed for 2011. For the last few years, the Society has hosted three race days per year at Kin Race Track in the month of July. Last year saw races on three Sundays with five races per day. Photo by Rein-Beau Images This year races will be run on back-to-back days in August instead. The change results from an agreement reached between the interior racetracks and Hastings Park in Vancouver with regards to scheduling race days in 2011. While there is one less day of racing there will be seven races per day so the actual number of races is only down by one race. The Society expects the track to open in April for training purposes. They invite anybody interested in watching the training to come in any morning after the track has been opened. For more information contact Ed Woolley on behalf of Okanagan Equestrian Society at 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139.

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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull

Four New Equine Canada Reining Officials Following the Reining Judges’ Clinic on January 27-28 at the Equine Canada Convention, the Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce four new reining judges in Canada. The first reining recorded judges are Sherri Whitworth of Rockwood, ON; Lorraine Gilchrist of Asquith, SK; and Lynda Smith of Pitt Meadows, BC. Beth Hora of Moose Jaw, SK was granted senior status as she is also a National Reining Horse Association judge.“It was integral to keep the level very high in accordance with the industry standard. Reining has the most intricate and transparent judging system with all score sheets posted for exhibitors to review at the conclusion of each class,” said Yaghdjian, who is also the chair of the CRC. For additional information visit www.equinecanada.ca/reining/

Jump Canada Announces Bursary Recipients for 2010 In recognition of the difficulty that young riders face as they strive to continue their education while also competing at high levels of equestrian sport, Jump Canada developed the Bursary program for athletes aged 14-21 in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. The following young athletes were awarded Jump Canada Bursaries in the amount of $2,000 each: Danielle Bozek, 19, of Calgary, AB. Elle Halladay, 18, of Smiths Falls, ON. Tara Landsbergen, 19, of Sundre, AB. Kaitlyn McAleese, 18, of Mount Albert, ON. Jenna Williamson, 17, of Turner Valley, AB. For additional details visit www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada

Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete February Karen Pavicic of Richmond, BC, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for February. At the 2011 CDI Burbank Mid Winter Dressage CDI 1* held February 25–27, 2011, Pavicic rode Don Daiquiri, the 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Don Cardinale she co-owns with Jayne Essig, to first place in the Intermediaire I Freestyle with a score Karen Pavicic and of 72.417%. Don Daiquiri. In the Intermediaire I test, Pavicic rode Photo by Terri Miller. Don Daiquiri to a second place finish with 71.974%, and earned 66.798% for ninth place with London Z, the eight-year-old Zangersheide gelding sired by Lacapo that she co-owns with Lynda Hol. In the Prix St. Georges test, Pavicic was 10th aboard London Z with 66.184%. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR




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Annual Fashion Feat ure Whether you Show, Compete or Enjoy a Good Ride… Our Fashion Feature shows you what’s new and hot in this year’s riding wear! We thank all that have contributed to this special feature. Equestrian Style Goes High-tech Vickie tells us this year’s show clothing features functional, high-tech fabrics styled to flattering cuts. The favourites this year are the new soft shell show coats. The coats are made of synthetic, stretch fabric that is machine washable and won’t wrinkle the way traditional materials do. They’re cut with traditional style lines so the look is still formal, but the fit feels relaxed and comfortable. They come in different styles to suit any discipline and are available in a variety of colours. Try pairing the new coats with new styles of breeches. Hunter jumper riders are showing in more form fitted breeches often with a front zip and a euro-

seat seam. The euro-seat is finished with a round seat seam, similar to a full seat breech but with classic knee patches. New dressage breeches for spring this year have blue-jean style topstitching as well as pockets. Look for the new stretch bottoms on breeches that allow you to get in and out of your nice, tight dress boots. Shirts this year feature one piece, wrap-around collars, so there’s no more losing a choker on the way into the show ring. They’re made of breathable stretch fabric that will help keep you cool and comfortable while on course. This year be cool, be stretchy, have fun! Continued on page 54

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Annual Fashion Feat ure And they are Off and Running… The new ASMAR EQUESTRIAN brand wins the Award for Most Innovative Riding Clothing 2011 by BETA – The British Equestrian Trade Association. Asmar Equestrian, the new Canadian equestrian brand returns home from a successful European launch with the award for the Most Innovative Rider Clothing of the Year 2011 from BETA – The British Equestrian Trade Association. In the rider clothing category Asmar Equestrian won for its All-Weather Rider™ jacket judged to be an “elegant, multifunctional garment, well tailored to allow plenty of movement and flexibility.” This stylish coat transforms to cover you and most saddles from the weather. A hidden zipper gusset at the centre back and front unveils a waterproof skirt to extend over your saddle. Notice the zippers at the cuffs with a built-in cuff to prevent hay and rain from entering the sleeve. The fabric is bonded with a lightweight fleece backing for warmth without bulk, and the fabric is waterproof, windproof and stretches. The All Weather Rider is designed by a rider for riders that want to be out with their equine partners rain or shine. The Chic, tailored collection of Asmar Equestrian outerwear made its debut on the Equestrian Fashion runway at the daily fashion shows at BETA, featuring a rich colour palette and styles with a play on tradition highlighted by elongated silhouettes for flattering, ageless style for women in and out of the ring.   Asmar Equestrian specializes in the design of rider specific clothing designed to perform with the use of sophisticated technical fabrics that stretch to enhance the comfort and practicality of the collection. This innovative Canadian designer has been designing for some of the worlds most renowned lifestyle brands for over a decade. Inspired by her own love for the equestrian lifestyle, Asmar has an eye for creating distinguished apparel with technical savvy and focuses on the details that clearly define the brand. Asmar Equestrian returns to Europe in September to unveil the Spring 2012 collection. www.AsmarEquestrian.com

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Annual Fashion Feat ure New from Irideon Riding Wear The spring collection is sporty and fresh with bright mix-n-match colors in styles that are designed and patterned in the saddle for a perfect fit.

Cargo Breech You can take it with you! Back and front pockets plus covered cargo pockets on the side give you places to stash all of your essentials on your ride and on the go. With smooth finish fabric, front zip and cadence® calf panels, the flattering design lines ensure the flexibility in fit that performs in the saddle. Made in the USA.

Issential Tights All the great features of our compressive issential tights in three innovative new styles and three bold colorways. Available for women and kids. Made in the USA. Issential Silhouette You’ve got all the right curves in all the right places in the issential silhouette tights. The contrasting contoured panel backed with power mesh highlights all your best features and draws the eye to your perfect form. Issential Topline Wear them your way! The soft wide silhouette waistband offers maximum comfort and versatility - it can be worn all the way up for full coverage, scrunched halfway for a mid-rise or rolled all the way down for the low-rise option. With three pairs of tights in one, choose the style that works best for you and switch it up depending on your mood. Available in tights and bootcut. Piping Hot Issential Get fired up and show us your fine lines! A fashionable piping detail flatters and highlights that perfect leg position in the saddle. With a sizzling pop of color your riding wardrobe for summer will keep you staying cool but looking hot. Available in tights and bootcut.

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Annual Fashion Feat ure This spring women will have access to a huge selection of fashion pointed toes that Boulet calls snip toes because of their look. We are seeing a huge demand with cowgirls who wear the most recent wide square toes to ride horses, but wanting a jazzy fashion pointed toe boot to go out in style in the city. The boots can be worn both with jeans out or in, to show flashy leathers, or designs, or with a skirt, and they represent approximately 50% of the ladies sales right now in the horse world. Almost all our fashion leathers come direct from Italy. Both in square or snip toes, floral designs are hot, snake prints and wild printed leathers are very trendy. Grey is becoming very popular, while purple and blue are still in and all earth tones. Metallic leathers and studs are also very popular. Safari animal prints are hot too. For men and women, the new Boulet rider sole is currently very popular. At a more popular price, it offers a close feel to riding with a leather sole, but is in fact a stirrup friendly rubber sole that is very flexible, light and durable without looking like a work boot. Men’s boots remain very strongg in a wide square toe selection and a double stitch welt. Boots tend to be one inch taller now.

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What are the newest trends this season? What is the popular colour this season? The trends do change from year to year and at this time show clothing is becoming quite fancy and decorated. In the show pen today at large breed shows you will see air brush and hand painted jackets decorated in thousands of crystals and hand sewn on findings. Fringe is another popular look that is making its way to the show pen. The old western look of fringe, conchos and buck-stitch is fabulous in a newer updated retro version. Applique jackets decorated in crystals and studs are still seen on a number of exhibitors. Show apparel has really turned into costume wear. With so many new talented designers in the business there are lots to choose from. I like to put the fit of the garment first. Show clothing must fit properly. An outfit doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy to look tidy and polished. Colour is also important. There really is no trendy colour. It is important to take the horse’s colour into consideration as well as the rider’s age and ability. I like to see chestnut and sorrel horses in earth tones. Bay horses look good in red, blue and greens. Grey horses look good in blue, black, and silver. Palomino and buckskin horses are fabulous in black and gold. Black horses can show in colour and really stand out. Riders should consider their age and division when choosing show attire. Adults normally wear darker colours like black, brown, maroon, and navy... while youth exhibitors choose brighter colours to show in. Hats should be cleaned and shaped with tidy hair and makeup. Most show exhibitors choose to have custom coloured boots to match their outfits. With so many new looks to choose from, the internet is a good place to view trends at shows around the nation as well as show apparel web sites. If price is a consideration there are many websites that carry consignment clothing for reasonable prices. Some exhibitors choose to consign their last year’s wardrobe and put the money toward new show attire. Happy showing! E-mail me if you have any show apparel comments or questions. www.ultimateshowapparel.com

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Hobby Horse’s 2011 Western Fashion Forecast By Suzanne Vlietstra Photos by Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc. It’s spring and time to think about a new season of fun, travel, and learning with your horses and horse show friends. It’s also time to check out your show equipment and see what you’ll use again and what needs an update or to be replaced… all the while keeping your budget and new styles in mind. For the lady show rider, 2011 brings more color in the show ring, a bit of playful fun with accessories, and more interest than ever in comfort in the saddle. The biggest group of show riders are baby-boomer women, and while our desire to compete is as strong as ever, our bodies, unfortunately, sometimes aren’t. The phenomenon of older-and-wider-riders will continue to influence show tack and apparel fashions for years to come with continuing emphasis on quality equipment that offers style and value, and is comfortable to use. Show tops—call them tunics, blouses, or rail shirts—set the pace for the entire outfit, and the watchword here is: fancy! Whether you’re seeking a unique suit for showmanship or a versatile top to take you through a full day’s riding classes, comfort is paramount. When shopping for show-fashion fabrics, think theatrical: anything that reflects light will add drama to your show presentation. Vests are taking a break from the spotlight, but are hinted at in show tops that combine a fitted vest-like body with attached soft sleeves. As always, black is the predominant color seen in the show ring, but a renewed interest in earthtones, including whiskey and caramel shades, adds possibilities to a nature-inspired palette. In the brights, turquoise and fuchsia are always popular and often appear in wonderful fabrics. While we won’t see any radical changes in show styles this year, quality and value continue to guide exhibitors’ decision-making. While more expensive doesn’t always mean better, savvy shoppers are looking at the lifetime value of their purchase, and will be buying with that in mind. (c) 2011 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.

Resembling a vest/blouse combo and offering style plus cool comfort, Hobby Horse’s Celeste Limited Edition Breezy tunic has pretty chiffon sleeves and a belted appliqué at the waist.

Earth tone colors continue to find fans in the show pen, like this striking Santana Limited Edition Tunic in rich chocolate from Hobby Horse. Note how the brown tones coordinate for horse and rider.

Cool, comfortable show tops in beautiful fabrics take the prize in 2011. Hobby Horse’s Horizon Limited Edition tunic pairs bold color with slenderizing vertical lines of sequins and faux crystal trims.

White hats are a strong look in the show ring because they add light and interest around the rider’s face. Here, the Pacifica Limited Edition tunic from Hobby Horse is topped with a winter white felt hat.

An important new look is show tops with sheer sleeves. Here, glittery black chiffon sleeves add drama to Hobby Horse’s Sterling Grande Limited Edition Breezy tunic in a versatile black and silver color theme.

Reflective fabrics are outstanding in the arena. The Avalanche Limited Edition from Hobby Horse is covered with tiny sequins while the collars and cuffs sport heavy crystal embellishment.

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New Products


he Innovative Horsekeeper at Marsh Haven Farm is delighted to announce the expansion of our “stable” of fine products lines. We will now be carrying Fine Tines™ Manure Forks in both regular and junior sizes. We couldn’t live without these forks at home, so it was about time we shared their efficiency with everyone else who picks up after horses. We have also added the EZall Green product line of grooming products. These products have received rave reviews in The Horse Journal. Their no rinse body wash is a must for bathing horses, without drying their coats, or using in the Anivac. Most exciting is the addition of our “Pony Patch” of gift ware and fun related products. We are working with Paula

Anderson of Young Gunz Distributing to bring some of her creativity and fun into the Equestrian world from the Rodeo arena with her Luscious Lox and Wild Ragz lines of products. We have also been most fortunate in combining forces with the very creative Robin Morris of “The Gifted Pony” in Connecticut and will be featuring many of her products at trade shows. We’ve reached the point that we need to add a “buy now” feature to our website. So watch for this development at www. marshhavenfarm.com, also follow us on Facebook, “The Innovative Horsekeeper,”

where many of these fine products already appear.

Book Review Watercolour Made Easy: Horses And Ponies, by Janet Griffin-Scott


his new book published by Walter Foster, one of North America’s leading art instructional book publishers, is now available in Canada directly from the artist Janet-Griffin-Scott. This in depth book focuses on painting one our favourite subject matters with four hooves. Includes Horse Anatomy, Digital Photography and Composites, Materials and Surfaces, Stretching Paper, Drawing Techniques and then step-by-step instructions on how Janet painted some of her best work over the past 25 years. This book is geared towards beginners but also features advanced techniques for more experienced artists. Many close-ups included. The book has full coloured illustrations and easy to understand text. The first 100 copies are signed by the artist. Available from Hoofbeats and Pawprints, (905) 786-2963 or by email, janet@janetgriffinscott.com 64 pages, 8” x 10”, full colour $15.00 covers taxes and shipping by mail, within Canada. $20.00 to the US and $25 to the UK.

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By Kimberly Robertson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Just in time for Spring Break the “P’tit Trot Program”! Horse Council BC is now offering the P’tit Trot Riding Program! Designed as a teaching tool for riding instructors and coaches the P’tit Trot Riding Program, specifically aimed at encouraging children 5 and up to discover horses, provides equestrian professionals with user-friendly and practical manuals, in both English and Western versions. The program goals suggested are flexible, and may be adapted according to each individual child’s circumstances and learning ability. Lavishly illustrated, the manual immerses the children into an environment specific to horses. With the help of amusing antics from the main characters Roxanne, Nathan, Lili, Picotin, Pixel, Plume and coach Stephanie, the child is initiated to the basics of riding. The proper care of horses is also explained with an emphasis on practice over theory. With a touch of humour and wit, mascot P’tit Trot brings to light the most important points to remember and makes the book enjoyable to read on its own, even if the child doesn’t saddle up. This program is tailor-made for children who are interested in horses and can also serve as the ideal springboard for summer riding camps.

How the Program Works The P’tit Trot program is entirely managed by riding professionals and they are responsible for soliciting clients and selling the manuals, including all additional elements. Riding professionals are also HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

responsible for organizing, managing and conducting evaluation sessions. Depending upon the type of services being provided, the riding professional may also determine the training conditions and whether or not professional fees are applicable. The training kit contains the P’tit Trot manual, a riding certificate with four corresponding stickers, exercise sheets, and a P’tit Trot button. In the first mailing, riding professionals will also receive a poster and the user guide for their own personal use. The P’tit Trot manual is divided into four chapters: bronze horseshoe, silver horseshoe, gold horseshoe and platinum horseshoe. The instructor or coach may tailor the goals presented at each level (chapter), to various circumstances and situations. As the children complete each chapter, they can place the matching horseshoe sticker on the certificate. The children’s interest must be maintained throughout the program as the riding professional introduces the children to riding, bearing in mind that, at this age, the active element will be most exciting to them. The P’tit Trot program precedes a Level 1 Riding Certificate, it does not replace it. The program includes more practical than theoretical content. Children should therefore be encouraged to continue their lessons by registering for the Learn to Ride Program after completing the P’tit Trot Riding Program. With each order of four P’tit Trot manuals Horse Council BC will also supply all licensed instructors and coaches with:

Western Riding

Learning to ride Western for children 5 and over

• 16 certificates with the appropriate stickers • 4 note pads with 50 tracing patterns

(while supplies last) • 4 badges • 1 User Guide which comes with a CD including the pedagogical tools

English Riding Learning to ride English for children 5 and over

• 4 series for the 4 certificate levels • 4 colouring books • 4 badges • 1 User Guide which comes with a CD including the

pedagogical tools Remember children represent the next generation of equestrians! For more information on the P’tit Trot Programs visit www.hcbc.ca.

Price: $39 + HST & Shipping

How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 www.hcbc.ca

Staff Emails: Executive Director: administration@hcbc.ca Agriculture & Industry: industry@hcbc.ca Membership: membership@hcbc.ca Coaching & Education: coaching@hcbc.ca Marketing & Communications: communication@hcbc.ca Recreation & Trails: recreation@hcbc.ca Competition: competition@hcbc.ca HCBC Forums: forums@hcbc.ca HCBC Bookstore: bookstore@hcbc.ca Finance & Grant Funding: finance@hcbc.ca Harassment Policy: harassment@hcbc.ca

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Alberta Horse Trials Association By Nancy Watson


he Board of Directors of the Alberta Horse Trials Association has been busy getting the new season’s business in order and ready to go for the spring season. Since spring is almost in the air, we’ve got our calendar of events and clinics ready to go. (Check the website for more information: www. albertahorsetrials.com)

Event Dates June 4-5: Beaumont Horse Trials June 25-26: Cochrane Horse Trials July 8-10: Thompson Country Horse Trials August 19-21: Alhambra Summer Event Sept. 3-4: South Peace Horse Trials Sept. 24-25: Alhambra Fall Event (Provincial Championships) Clinic Dates Dale Irwin Clinic - April 22-24, Edmonton, AB Contact Linda Cowherd at pchoney@ telusplanet.net AHTA Eventing Clinic - June 11-12, Red Deer, AB Contact Linda Cowherd at pchoney@ telusplanet.net AHTA Eventing Clinic - July 30-31, Red Deer, AB Contact Linda Cowherd at pchoney@ telusplanet.net Leslie Law Clinic - August 9 - 12, Red Deer, AB Contact Kathleen Ziegler at ziegler. kathleen@gmail.com 66 • Saddle Up • April 2011

NEW DIVISION: The organizers for our events are also offering a new Starter Division. This new division has a maximum height of 2 feet and will be offered at 5 of our 6 events. Starter Division 1.) Dressage Tests: Any test of suitable level. Canter may be required. Enclosed ring. 2.) Maximum Dimensions of Obstacles: (i) Height: 61 cm (24 inches) (ii) Spread: similar to pre-entry level (iii) No obstacles without height (iv) No water (v) No drops 3.) Speeds and distances: (i) Cross-country: 350 metres per minute maximum; approximately 1 km (ii) Stadium: 350 metres per minute maximum 4.) Other Specifications: (i) No combinations (ii) Maximum of 10-12 cross-country efforts (iii) Simple jumps with easy access We are hoping that this division will spark some new interest in our sport. Most of the Starter Divisions will use the entry-level dressage tests, although Beaumont Horse Trials will use a walk/ trot dressage test. This might be a great start for Pony Clubbers, hunter riders and moms and dads. Let your friends and family know that this division will be a great introduction to the sport.

your watch at entry level as well. This is according to Equine Canada Rule Book (Jan.1/11) Eventing Rules Art. 311 Cross Country Scoring. This was a major rule change that will certainly have a big impact on the pretraining division. Although we hoped that the rule would include all divisions, at least entry-level riders will be able to learn how to use their watches. We are certainly looking forward to the season and hope that you are as well. Get your horses and ponies fit and ready to go. Brush up your dressage and jumping skills and I hope to see you out there in a few months.

NEW RULES: The new rulebook is out from Equine Canada. They have made a great change to the “No Watch” Rule for 2011. You are now allowed to wear watches for pre-training as before. For entry level, Optimum Time and Speed Fault Time will be calculated and posted for educational purposes only. Competitor’s completion times will be posted, however time penalty points will not be awarded. You will be able to wear HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By Janice Reiter


he first time you find yourself sitting in a saddle and feel the adrenalin rush of a horse that’s hooked on a cow, the game is up, you’re addicted. There really isn’t any use in trying to deny it, because the smile that’s going to be plastered on your face is a dead giveaway. And guess what, it’s all legal. That could help explain why cutting is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world. Cutting has deep roots in the early cattle ranches of the American west. Long before the idea of fencing in the lone prairie had crept into anyone’s thought process; the vaquero had to have some way to sort out neighbouring ranches’ intermingled cattle. So what started as a regular part of a cowboy’s job, has withstood all the elements time has thrown at it and today is a multi-million dollar world-wide industry. Few of us will ever be in a position to have a Futurity horse or compete at the World level. Don’t even give that a second thought, the Weekend Warrior is the galvanized backbone of the sport. The BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association (BCRCHA) is a grass-roots club, the ideal place to learn, gather experience and make new friends along the way. The class structure in the BCRCHA is such that there is a place for every horse and rider to compete, comfortably. Though well over 90% of the horses that

take part in cutting are Quarter Horses, any horse can do it. A horse’s interest, will and desire play a huge factor in getting the job done. Besides, horses and cattle go together like peanut butter and jam: it’s the perfect combination. But there is more to the BCRCHA than shows. As with any facet of the horse industry, education is the key and the BCRCHA helps its members by holding clinics focusing on cutting, plus the equally important roles of the turn back and corner riders. All right then, are you ready to get addicted like the rest of us? Contact any of the club’s directors; you’ll be glad you did and we’ll see you in the cutting pen... BCRCHA 2011 Directors President: Sally Rees (604) 534-9449 Vice President: Dr David Paton (604) 856-3351 Secretary: Janice Reiter (604) 534-4768 Treasurer: Mary Ann Muscat (604) 476-0024 Sponsorship: Neil Higgins (604) 803-6615 Directors: Don Ellis (604) 852-4687, Randy Brandt (604) 823-0080, Carrie Murray (604) 539-8510, Bill Klop (604) 796-9127

For more information visit our website, www.bcrcha.com, or follow us on Facebook: BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association.



Training & Instruction, Cutting, Cowhorse, Roping & Reining, Starting Horses, Custom Lessons   s6ERNON "# HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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BC Sporthorse – Sportpony Breeders Group


ur Bowling Social was held on March 11th at Clover Lanes in Cloverdale. A big THANK YOU to Lisa MacBurney of Dragonfly Acres for organizing our fun-fi lled evening of bowling. It was not how good you were in bowling, but how much fun it was. If you were lucky to get a spare or a strike, it made up for the many gutter balls you encountered. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the many members of the Vintage Riders who came out to support the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group Fundraiser. Lisa was instrumental in setting up our teams, and created 4 lovely baskets for our raffle, with items that were donated by various sponsors – THANK YOU. All those that attended had a FUN EVENING - our pictures speak for themselves – and can be viewed on our web site www. bcsporthorses.com.

BC Sporthorse would also like to remind everyone of their up-coming Handlers Clinic with Mark Carter, April 10, 2011 – see web site for information and application forms.

SCAM ALERT! Horsey Folks Beware! I have cut and pasted two e-mail scams on buying a horse – see how similar they are? Don’t fall for it! What are the clues? First off, their grammar is pathetic and so is their English. The scam is they send you a money order or bank draft including shipping, you cash it, bank okays it (for the time being) – but it turns out to be a fake. By this time your horse is gone. Other clues… the 2nd email talks about “the item” and “your Pet” – why didn’t they type “horse” – they are doing this to everyone – horse or whatever ‘item’ they can find. > From: morg.calos1@gmail.com > >> Hello, Is this Advert still available for sale? get back to me with your > >> last price Regards. > Hello, > Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay with the asking > price ($3500) for the ( 4yr.old/2011 old Reg. Black Morgan Gelding) > and i Don’t want you to worry abt the shipping because i have a > shipping company that will be coming for the Pick up of the Advert at > you residence as soon as payment has been made,The shipper will come > for the immediate pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok. > I also want you to know that i will be paying via Money Order > and it will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees via > my shipping company and no pick up will be made until Money order is > received and cashed by you i also want you to be serious about this > so we can both finished this transaction in one mind, and here are the > details needed so that i can mail the Money order without any delay,i > lookup concluding the sale sooner.Thanks > > FULL NAME: 68 • Saddle Up • April 2011

> ADDRESS : > PROVINCE,STATE: > POSTAL CODE: > TEL #: > As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out > with no further delay,Once the datas are provided to me,i can send > payment immediately.I will be expecting your reply asap.? Kindly reply > back with the requested question so the purchase can be completed > > Best Regard, > Stay Blessed With Your Family. From: servardvicky@hotmail.ca Hello , Thanks for responding to my Interested in your Ads, Am Happy the item still available for sale, I’m serious about the Pet , Meanwhile have read through the Details posted along with the Advert and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads and it present condition both sound Good! Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and cashed it ,your payment will be made Via Canadian Money Order Or Bank Draft payment, for your Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the Check payment has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper will schedule pick-up for the pet,I live in Alberta but currently not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know if this is OK for you and you are free to ask question before proceeding . … (and the rest basically repeats as above)

This was brought to Saddle Up’s attention by D. Neufeld – and the opinions in the first paragraph are from Nancy Roman.


Calling All Horse People! By Michele Gould, Photos by Gabriela Sladkova


e want YOU to join the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. WHY? Because in our area there is a huge number of horses standing around in fields, day in and day out, doing nothing. They might be competition stock, or lawn ornaments or they might be anything in between. But it really doesn’t matter. A horse needs exercise and stimulation just the way we do, and AERC is here to provide you and your mount with just that. We offer indoor winter and outdoor summer riding, fun days, clinics, trail rides and it’s open to all levels of riders and horses. I can’t think of a better way to have fun than to spend a day on a horse. Our 2011 Memberships are $20 per person or $40 for a family. Even better our Fun Days include Showmanship, English, Western, Trail, and Games all for just $10! However, you must be a member of Horse Council BC to ride. Memberships are available at all our events for the AERC and HCBC. Our new Executive Team is working hard to increase membership (have you seen our spiff y flyers?) and the more members and valuable input we get from those members, the more we will have to present to you. They’ve also been busy gathering sponsorships to improve our

equipment and offer more prizes!  So seriously, dust off that saddle, pull that blanket off your hairy horse and mark your calendars: April 6 for the next general meeting at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce Building – 7:00 pm; and April 17 for our First Fun Day of the year!  No dates have been set yet, but keep your eyes peeled for Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Roping, Western Riding and English Riding Clinic dates. Feel free to call our President, Rebecca at 250-5460052 with any questions or for more information, or visit www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.org. 

Katie Thielman

Stephanie Ullrich

Ashley Hilbrander

Peachland Riding Club By Courtney DeMattos


id someone say ‘Saddle Series’? I did! Yup that’s right the PRC is having a Saddle Series. The best four barrel racing runs from the six eligible PRC Gymkhana events will be used to place the competitor in the 4 run average and with a 4D time split. You only have to go to four out of six gymkhanas and you also have to be a PRC member. The enrolment fee for 2011 is $25. This is a one time fee and is per horse/rider combination. Any one division can win the saddle! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

I know I’m excited and chomping at the bit for spring! It might be spring at your house but I still have a lot of snow at mine! This is going to be a busy year for everyone; Rodeo Season, Gymkhanas, Barrel Races, Horse Races and much more! And of course anyone is welcome to join the Peachland Riding Club! We love the support and we would love to see you out there! If you have any questions you can contact Holly at 250870-0601 or e-mail hollyd@shaw.ca. Hope to see you in the spring!

Jacey McQueen on Rio

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BC Interior Horse Rescue Update By Lauri Meyers


pring is on its way and the weather is changing. In keeping with the changes of the seasons, BC Interior Horse Rescue Society is going through some changes of its own. To complement our new website, we have chosen to slightly change our logo as well. Our new website, www.BCIHRS.ca, is full of fabulous information, pictures and contact information. Thank you to Rick at Hyper Media, www.hypermedia.ca, for all your hard work. We would like to welcome Maureen to the Board of Directors. Maureen will be our Membership/Volunteer Coordinator. She has been a volunteer with us for well over a year and has adopted Tara, our grey Arabian mare. With several years experience with horses and staff management skills, Maureen is a very valuable addition to the Board.

The Spring Ride for Rescue is scheduled for April 30, and we will ride the back country up by Crystal Mountain. Price per rider is $10. The trails are easy to moderate and there will be a BBQ hotdog sale afterwards. Come join us and help support the BC Interior Horse Rescue. More fundraising events will be posted on our website as they are planned. Exciting news from ‘The Hub’; Chips, our 11-year-old Thoroughbred is now under saddle. He absolutely adores being worked and ridden. Although he is still green and needs more training, we are confident he will make somebody a fantastic riding companion. He’s really just like a 1500 lb puppy. Meriah has been a regular on the trails as well; at 18 years old, this girl gives it her all, she is a real trooper. She is a very smooth ride and very confident in her footing. (Personal

BCIHRS Volunteer Erin getting ready to go for a ride on Meriah, one of the horses available for adoption.

note: I would highly recommend her as a pleasure horse.) Thank you to our Sponsors… without your valuable support, we couldn’t do what we are doing.

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


s I write this, it isn’t yet “decent” riding weather, but at least the temperature is finally staying above zero. Some of our members have minis, most bought to be companions for their riding horses. I brought a couple of “girls” home last year to keep Luke company and it has worked out really well. They eat a very small fraction of what a full size horse does. There are plans in the works to learn to ‘drive’ with them and to bring someone in to present a driving clinic. We had a blast at our first “Quiz Night” last month. We were a little humbled to find out that some of us didn’t know quite as much as we thought we did. When the dust settled, Dawn Muller was the winner. We had so much fun that we all want to do it again. We will have to get someone else to research the questions so that our esteemed president and the events committee can participate.

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We are starting off the season with some “Improve Your Skills” sessions, which will incorporate some sessions specific to western riders. We are delighted to welcome Janette Lauritzen who is an Equine Canada Western Coach 2 (Competition Coach Specialist) and an Equine Canada General Performance Judge. We are also happy to welcome back Carolyn Tipler to coach the English riders in the club. March 27th was our first session with these two coaches.

Dawn Muller, winner of our Quiz night, holding the Hanging Groom Case. Sitting with her is Sara Brown.

Upcoming Events

May 15: Jumping Clinic May 29: Improve Your Skills sessions

April 3: Stacey Elliot will be teaching how to identify the most common sore spots on a horse and how to apply massage techniques to relieve soreness April 10: Improve Your Skills sessions April 30: Tack Swap at D Bar K May 1: Wish Ride May 7-8: Ken’s Spring Tune-Up Clinic; contact Dawn for more info (250) 4980636

Just a reminder, as club members, we receive discounts at All ‘Round Outfitters in Oliver, Nickers in Penticton and Diamond H in Kelowna. For club information, contact our President, Debbie House (250) 498-4326, or our Membership Coordinator Margie Fisher (250) 498-4579.


Topline Stables and Show Park By Sonya Campbell


opline Stables and Show Park is anxious to see the green grass of spring and the faces of our many friends and their horses in 2011. It has been a busy time this fall and winter as the stable has been full since the new indoor was completed on December 19th. Our open sided arena has been appreciated and enjoyed by everyone and their horses. Visitors are welcome to drop-in and see the new barn and contact Sonya for scheduled riding lessons with our coaches in all disciplines, and at all riding levels. We are very thankful for your support in the past and we look forward to our seventh season of Topline competitions. Our focus is once again to host events for everyone that are friendly, fair, and fun and with classes suitable for all, along with great prizes to be won. Having knowledgeable staff allows us to pay attention to details and ensures we are well organized. We are committed

to providing a variety of shows that are professional in course design and construction. King and Sonya recently attended the Equine Canada Cross Country course design and building with Jay Hamblay and Laurie Rowan; who both worked on the Olympic eventing course. As a result we are busy planning and building new cross country jumps for this season. Anthony Lothian will be back to design challenging and fun courses for all levels of competition in the large stadium ring. We are hosting both a warm-up Jumper Day and a Dressage Percentage day on the 16th and 17th of April. The Spring Fling is May 6-8 and the show program is available on the website. Please visit us on the Facebook site for Topline News. Visit the website www. toplinestables.ca to plan your summer vacation and competitions in Salmon Arm.

The Shuswap Pony Club Rally Team

Caitlin Fountain

On to Greener Pastures… R.I.P. “Chelsea”... AKA “Spring Loaded” April 23, 1982 to Feb 21, 2011

Most of you can remember me galloping around jump courses on an amazing little 15.1HH Anglo Arab mare named “Spring Loaded.” You will also remember how “Spring Loaded” she was! That mare could jump anything, from any distance, at any angle, at any height like it was nothing. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

I competed with her from when she was 13 up to 22 years of age. After that I leased her to a few different people, which she very patiently taught how to ride. My niece Jayden, started riding Chelsea at the age of 4. It was amazing how Chelsea would completely babysit the green riders. She was such a gentle horse. When Chelsea was 19 years old, never having had a foal before... I decided this horse was so amazing, that I needed to clone her (or breed her). I bred her to the lovely Thoroughbred stallion “Northern Presence.” I was worried about the breeding/foaling of an older horse, but the vet said getting her in foal would be the hardest part. She got in foal right away, and had a lovely little fi lly who I named “Legacy”... as this would be Chelsea’s only foal. “Legacy” (Loaded with Presence) now owned and ridden by Rebecca McConie, has turned out to be much like

her mother. In the fall of 2011, I brought Chelsea home to my property for the winter, still 100% sound and full of life. Unfortunately at the end of October 2010, she got the contagious disease Pigeon Fever. I thought this was the end. Then with the help of antibiotics her fever broke and she came back to life! Unfortunately she got many side effects from this horrible disease, and from possible long term drug use, and many other things. I had her euthanized Feb 21, 2011. Without Pigeon Fever, I swear that mare would have lived another 10 healthy happy years. Absolutely amazing little horse... and still sound at 29 years. I can’t thank Dr. Britt Mills and her staff enough for all their help and support through all of this. - Vicki Davies, Salmon Arm

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BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley n February the committee held a clinic for Arena Driving Trials (ADT). This was designed to help people understand what ADT was and for those who did understand it, to better their skills. Thanks to Art Postma for letting us invade his place and Kay Veinotte for spending the day working with all of us. There was a great mix of new people who have never done it, beginners who have just started doing it, and people who have been doing it for years. Cool Runnin’ is a local ADT competition at Agriplex which runs in March, Apr and May. Any equine can enter to run the courses. Full size horses, donkeys, teams of horses or minis. This practice was perfect for this competition. That is why everyone was there to do as much as they could to prepare. New


people were there to see if they might be interested in this sport or to just have a good time. Kay spent time with each individual on the elements of the trial and to make sure you understood what you needed to be doing with your horse. The 3 elements that are involved are Dressage course, Cones course and Obstacle course. It is the memorizing the courses most of us had trouble with! The day ended with a few special runs on the obstacle course. Shirley Bradbury and Charlie Veinotte combined their top team driving horses and did the obstacle course at speed. It is amazing to watch a team get around barrels that a lot us have trouble on our own. Then Charlie brought out his team of 4 minis with Shirley as Groom. They blasted thru the obstacle course. It is awesome. Exhausted both horse and drivers,

everyone went home happy. Our new people must have loved what they did because almost all of them sent in an entry for Cool Runnin’ and are out there applying what they learned and having a great time doing it. By the way, at Cool Runnin’ there were 11 minis out of 16 entries. Way to go little guys! And to help the beginner out, the term for minis in these types of competition is VSE (Very Small Equine). Took me forever to understand what a VSE was! Also don’t forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 11-12. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or Knightwoman@telus.net.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Katie Iceton t’s finally here, SPRING!! Our fuzzy buddies are shift ing their coats, there is a hint of green on the ground and a hint of warmth to the sun. With the warmer weather comes show season, and starting to condition the fuzzy furballs to sleek show condition. Some of the events that the Okanagan Miniature Horse Club has planned are: * April 9-10: Clinic at Stride Away Acres with Ellen Hockley on Arena Driving Trials. Contact katieiceton@hotmail.com for more info, as spots are fi lling up fast. * Grooming Clinic in May with Joan


Cunningham; getting those minis ready for show season. Place and time TBA. * May 14-15: Okanagan Breeders Showcase at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Open to any members who would like to take part in demos on the Time to go from this…. … to this! Saturday and Sunday and the the evening performance. Please call Patricia Arena Driving Challenge on Goodliffe 250-546-9608 and leave a message. the Saturday night. Also volunteers would Th is is an awesome opportunity to showcase be appreciated for set up and tear down of our wonderful minis and promote the club. obstacles and equipment as well as a timer for

On to Greener Pastures… In memory of Gummybear (approximately 26 years old) On March 7, our wonderful Gummybear went up to heaven. He was my first mini and I hadn’t realized what a sweet disposition he would have. I had no idea how much I would be head over heels for a little horse that I couldn’t even ride! He loved my grandchildren, ages 2–5. He would come right up to them in the pasture; he was always gentle when they were leading, brushing, riding or giving him a treat. 72 • Saddle Up • April 2011

I knew that he would never hurt them. We will miss his little face, tiny ears and high pitched whinny of greeting. So if you have a very special equine that takes care of your kids go give it a hug and know you are blessed to have such a friend. We will miss you always Gummy. - Sherri Graydon and Family, Vernon


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


e had our AGM on March 6 with 20 members present, several from a good distance away. Thankfully, the awful cold and snow we have had this winter had eased up a bit, so driving was not so treacherous. Election results and other positions for the coming year are below: President: Bob Leggette Vice President: Ken Quick Treasurer/Secretary: Alice Todd Directors: Colleen Campbell, Paul Barrow, Don Fossum, Marlene Quiring AEF Rep: Twyla Daly Newsletter: Marlene Quiring (please contact me with any story ideas and photos!) Two additional events were discussed and could be added to our “Coming Events” list: July 2-4, demonstrations with our longears at the Draft Horse Show in Olds, AB; contact Bob Leggette (403) 357-4174 if you are interested. On the same weekend, unfortunately, we have a request for our participation at Ferintosh, AB in their Centennial parade. Call Colleen Buskas (780) 877-2513 for more information on that. We encourage members to consider attending parades

once they feel their animals are safe to handle in public. Our Parade, Demo/Show Guidelines booklet is now finished and available in print form, or online at www. albertadonkeyandmule.com.

Coming Events April 25-27: the first of our three clinics with Jerry Tindell, at the Lakedell Arena in Westerose, AB. Note: our clinics run from 9am to 4pm and are open to all equines! This clinic will be geared to young stock or those that need retraining. If you are interested, give me a call at (403) 783-5210 to see if there are any spots left. Auditors are welcome ($30/day) at each of the clinics. Visit our website for more information. April 29-May 1: we will be at The Mane Event in Red Deer, AB with a booth, demo mules and donkeys for the public to appreciate. Jerry Tindell will not be with us this year. If you want to see him back again, you must let the organizers of The Mane Event know your thoughts. May 2-4: our 2nd Jerry Tindell clinic, at the Lakedell Arena; this clinic will concentrate on drivers that have broke equines or ones that are ready to hook up.

Cam Fleury from High River with his dad riding shotgun, chauffeuring Cam’s daughter Lynn and her friends to their High School Grad. The team of mules is Sanford and Elizabeth.

May 6-8: our Riding Clinic. Participants are expected to be able to safely control their mounts at all gaits. May 27-29: the Horse Showcase at the Strathcona Olympiette Centre (Fultonvale). The crew organizing this event is hoping to add new components to the weekend including a Trainers Challenge, a Clinic Series and Educational Sessions. To learn more please contact Russ Shandro at (780) 632-7510. I hope to see many of you participating or auditing our series of clinics. I will be there with bells on!

Totem Saddle Club Gets Ready for Busy Season By Marty Cox


ots of events will get underway in early April with a weekend of Percentage Day, Clear Rounds and a Gymkhana on the 9th. Then it’s lots of clinics with Jill O’Neill, Randy Ophus, Mel Beeton and Deanna Reimer. The Spring Schooling Show will be the weekend of May 13-15, with the Terrace Pony Club putting on the English portion and the TSC doing the Western. Our Western Judge will be Chris Hassell from Telkwa. Next we’ll get the Cattle Sorting started up again with a 2-day event in June and July. Our Annual Youth Ambassador Contest will be on July 17th HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and we are hoping to have several entries this year. On to the Riverboat Days Parade July 30th with Cattle Sorting to follow and the Annual Gymkhana being held August 14th. We welcome any riders to join us for the Annual Gymkhana with prizes and payouts. Labor Day weekend we hope to resurrect a Fall Fair type atmosphere with the Timberland Bonanza. This will include the Timberland Horseshow, a Heavy Horse Pull, maybe the Loggers Sports again, maybe a Jackpot Gymkhana, a Tug of War, and Pony Rides. We are pleased to have Carolyn Dobbs from 100 Mile House as our judge for the

Timberland Horse Show. If we have time we hope to have a few Trail/Poker Rides, maybe a dance and then end the year with our Banquet on October 29th. It will be a busy year but it’ll be lots of fun. Anyone who is in the area is welcome to attend any of our events. Check out our calendar of events and who to contact for info. Hope everyone has a great time riding this year. www.totemsaddleclub.com

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@telus.net www.rodeobc.com Office Manager: Denise Swampy Office Hours: (Winter Office Hours: Mon to Thurs 10 –4:30) (Summer Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30–5) 2011 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Adam D’Entremont (250) 249-9618 Wade McNolty (250) 296-3175 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Bernie Rivet (250) 392-7153 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 296-4778 Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 567-8640 Brett Fraser (250) 296-0169 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

2011 Tentative Rodeo Schedule April 15-17: 21st Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 14-15: Princeton Rodeo May 21-22: Keremeos Elks Rodeo May 28-29: Clinton May Ball Rodeo June 4-5: 64th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo June 18-19: Ashcroft & District Stampede June 18-19: Whispering Pines Rodeo, Kamloops June 25-26: Coombs Rodeo July 2-3: Chilcotin Series 26th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 9-10: Chilcotin Series Anahim Lake Stampede July 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo July 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake July 30-31: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo August 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 6-7: Pritchard Rodeo August 20-21: Chilcotin Series Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo September 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere September 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

WL Indoor Rodeo President, Alan Parent giving the Williams Lake High School Club a donation cheque. Photo by Krista Leigh Veitch.

April Feature by Anna Dell 21St Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, April 15, 16 & 17, 2011 Knocking the snow off your cowboy boots and kicking off the BC Rodeo Association Season is the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo to be held at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake, Stampede Capital of BC! It is the 2nd largest rodeo in the BCRA and welcomes over 5000 spectators, 300 contestants, and numerous dedicated volunteers. Th ree days of action-packed excitement revolve around the standard Rough Stock and Riding Events, such as Saddle Bronc, Bareback, and Bull Riding, Breakaway, Team and Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Barrel Racing, and youth events in Steer Riding, Barrel Racing, and Breakaway Roping. In addition to the thrill-inducing Wild Horse Race, new this year, is the Wild Pony Race – the first in BC – for brave youth, ages 6-14. The opening act of each rodeo performance will feature local talent including the Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team riding the crowd-pleasing and glowing performance “Shot in the Dark.” Also featured in the opening ceremonies will be Charli-Anne Erho, local singing sensation. Additionally, her talent will be showcased in the front lobby along with many vendors providing souvenirs and snacks. Additional special guests include the Williams Lake Stampede Royalty and Queens Contestants, as well as Miss Rodeo Canada, Kezia Morrison, and Miss Rodeo Canada Princess Kirsten Braumandl. The always-popular Barn Dance, held Saturday, April 16th at 9:00 p.m. will feature live entertainment by the Cariboo band, Legs and Wheels. A Sunday highlight will be the induction of Western legends into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Unique to the WL Indoor Rodeo is the Team Challenge in which major sponsors select teams that include one contestant from each rodeo event. After the 3 days of performance, the team with the most points will win the sponsorship money back for that team sponsor! The 2011 President, Shaun Oxtoby, and Board of Directors, Tim Fisch, Tina Manuel, Kelly Walls, Lynda Wilson, Shirley Nelson, Pam Fisch, Tammy Ward, Jim Ward, Leanne Manuel, John Dube, Anna Dell, and Allison Everett, invite everyone to join them in starting off the 2011 BCRA Season with a sensational rodeo performance! For more information, please fi nd the WL Indoor Rodeo on Facebook or visit www.wlindoorrodeo.com.


GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD 2011 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles

REGENCY CHRYSLER 2011 Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle. Also supports Rodeo for Youth Foundation ~ Team Regency

WRANGLER /20X 2011 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Committee Sponsor




PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY, Prince George, BC ~ 2011 Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle. ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - Peter Walker 2011 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle

SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP 2011 Rookie of the Year Buckle GJ RODEO CO. - Gene & Joy Allen 2011 Rookie Rough Horse Rider Buckle BCES – BC Entry System, - B. Swampy 2011 Breakaway Roping Buckle

PMG COMMUNICATION 2011 Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Award

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Janette Daly, North West Chapter

Celebrating 20 years in 2011! Rendezvous 2011 - Bringing the Chapters Together Well it is that season again… when all our plans start coming together and the calendars are starting to fill up. This is the perfect time to put Rendezvous 2011 on your calendar and send in your registration if you haven’t already done it! Rendezvous 2011 will be held once again in Rock Creek, BC, located in the picturesque Kettle Valley! Rendezvous, for those of you who don’t know about it, is a celebration held once a year for the members and supporters of the Back Country Horsemen of BC. We have many great things planned: Retired DVM, John King, is presenting his educational session on Colic. He is also going to be sharing with us his new presentation on laminitis and founder. We are fortunate to have repeat presentations from Dana Johnsen (Nickers Saddlery Ltd) with “Saddle fitting and Booting” and Stacy Elliot with equine massage, Dr. Patricia Logan on acupuncture and laser therapy, and Dr. Ruth Sims on dealing with equine first aid in the backcountry. We have a host of other events planned as well as some old RV favourites: live and silent auction, packing demos and the dinner and AGM. The social part of the weekend is kicked off with a Wine and Cheese on the Friday evening, in conjunction with the live auction and bonfire. Bring your own wine and your music instrument if you are so inclined. This is a great opportunity to mingle with the other Chapters. We are excited about the addition of this social event to RV. The weekend comes to a close on Sunday with a pancake breakfast and Cowboy Church to send us off with blessings for a successful year on horseback in the backcountry. It is with great pleasure that we welcome clinician Jason Hicks to the lineup from the Spokane, WA area. Jason has developed horses professionally for nearly fifteen years and uses the methods of Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt & Tom Dorrance and is fluent with Parelli Natural Horsemanship. His approach uses a combination of groundwork, arena riding and trail riding. He works with horses of all ages, experiences and disciplines. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442

Jason uses the Vaquero horsemanship approach. The Vaquero style is slower and more methodical, emphasizing highly refined horsemanship skills. “Vaquero horsemanship has played a major role in the growing revolution of horsemanship and can be credited for promoting more gentle and humane ways to create a working partnership between the horse and the human that benefits and fulfi lls both. It is clear through study (of) the evolution of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ just how closely connected its roots are to Vaquero horsemanship.” (www.naturalvalquero.com) Our committee felt that these attributes are extremely well suited for those travelling in the backcountry. Jason’s time with us will be twofold: he will be providing demonstrations in scheduled time frames, as well as providing private bookings. All of these must be booked in advance of RV. Jason will be available either for one-hour sessions or for a focused problem-solving session. Space is limited. Contact Leah Hope for additional information (250) 368-2002 or maise@shaw.ca. As the Committee organizing this year’s event, we are very excited to host such a celebration. Our plans are coming together and the excitement is mounting… Register for RV 2011 at www. bchorsemen.org. The first 200 registrations are guaranteed a dinner ticket! Time to sign up!

Bringing the Chapters Togeth

2011 Marks the 20th Anniversary of BCHBC!

May 27-29, 20

Rock Creek Fair Grounds, Rock Creek, BC

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Educational Sessions, Demonstrations, Kids Activities, Live and Silent Auctions, Wine and Cheese, Dinner, AGM as well as other favourites and so much more… Cost: Adult $65. per person Children/students 17 years & under are free mping included

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD RATE: Adult $50. per person -registration postmarked by April 29)

Contact: Graham Jones 250 362-9966 jumbuck65@yahoo.ca For more info and registration:

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Madeline Bateman fonzie828@xplornet.ca Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca Cory Anthony cwanthony@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net


Kate Coady, ERABC Young Rider

Kate Coady & NL Temptation - Ride over the Rainbow, Merritt 2010

A family visit to British Columbia from her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2003 has left a real mark on Kate Coady’s life. Kate had been riding since she was 7 years old, starting, as many do, in Pony Club, and moving onto Hunter Jumper disciplines and competing in Hunter shows for ten years. When visiting her Aunt Jane in BC, she met Julius Bloomfield, and her introduction - and addiction - to endurance riding took off. Julius was approaching that special season in an endurance rider’s life when his horse was pretty much “built” - conditioned, experienced, outfitted and ready to take on the trail at a competitive pace. It was a great time and opportunity for Kate to work and ride alongside an experienced rider in the endurance world. In 2004, Julius “offered me one of his horses to ride at Ride Over the Rainbow. When I saw people at Ride Over the Rainbow in tie-dye shirts, purple and green tights, and riding in sneakers, I wasn’t really sure what to think! I was so used to the hunter ring where dress code was everything. I rode in the 30-mile race and instantly was hooked. Now of course I understand that when you’re riding 50+ miles, comfort is more important! Since then Julius has continued to mentor me and allow me to compete on his horses.” “I’ve gained a huge appreciation for what horses are able to accomplish. I remember the first time I crewed for Julius when he did a 100-mile race, and being so blown away by how well he was able to read his horse Avtar, and also how Avtar was still willing to head out on the trail even after 85 miles!” “Endurance has also really helped me develop my confidence with horses. Because I’ve never had my own horse, I ride other people’s horses. There have been numerous times when I’ve been offered a horse to race that I’ve never ridden before - sometimes never even seen! Learning how to adapt quickly to new horses out on the trail and help them do well in a race is a skill I don’t think I would have been able to learn anywhere else. It also means I’ve had the opportunity to race lots of amazing horses.” “The most memorable endurance race for me is when I competed in the North American Young Riders Endurance Race in 2009. Young Riders is an endurance ride level for riders between ages 14 to 21 years 76 • Saddle Up • April 2011

old. I was fortunate enough to receive support from Gail Jewell and Elroy Karius. They helped me fly down to Indiana for the race, provided me with a horse to get my FEI 1*, and also allowed me to ride one of their horses in the 2009 Young Rider Championship, Indiana: race. There were three Ariel Macleod, Kate Coady, Lee Hutton Canadian riders and two Mexican riders who made up Team International. I rode the entire race with Lee Hutton (Ontario) and Ariel MacLeod (British Columbia), and the three of us learned a lot about riding as a team during the race. We dealt with all sorts of things on the trail (personal gear malfunctions, a stirrup coming off a saddle to name a few!) and as we worked together through things that came up on the trail, we realized just how important the team mentality was. We ended up winning the Team Silver Medal, which was an amazing feeling!” “Other memorable moments would definitely be when I went to the World Equestrian Games in Germany (2006) and Kentucky (2010) as a groom. I crewed for Julius in Germany, and even though it was a little stressful at times, I really enjoyed it. It was my first experience at a major endurance championship and I remember watching all the riders start the race and thinking, “This is what I want to do one day.” In Kentucky, I went with Gail as her groom and once again had a great time. Having the opportunity to crew at such major races has been a huge learning curve for me. It’s really given me the chance to learn how FEI races work and has also allowed me to meet so many people involved in the sport. Competing at a future WEG is definitely one of my goals!” “For the past two years, I’ve been attending Olds College in Alberta where I’m taking Equine Science with a major in English Horsemanship. I’ve taken all sorts of courses from nutrition, conditioning and first aid to hands on courses like starting young horses and breeding courses. I graduate this April and I’m planning to take what I’ve learned and apply it to endurance. I hope to have my own endurance training operation down the road.” Kate’s first opportunity to compete in BC this year will be May 22 at Rock Creek Round Up based in the Rock Creek Fairgrounds beside the Kettle River. Ride Management has developed a new trail leaving camp that will be used by all riders on their first loop. And of course, a shower awaits at the finish of the last loop, followed by a potluck dinner and awards. See www.erabc.com for more info and entries. Don’t forget that new-to-the-saddle Cory Anthony will be officially weighing in at Rock Creek, the deadline for his promised loss of 78 POUNDS, and a finish in the 50 Mile Event! Good Luck Cory!


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, houliojule@yahoo.com Club contact: Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca


t’s hair season now! A nice morning walk over to feed the horses now includes an occasional horse’s hair getting into the mouth or eye and the coat turns into a partly hair coat, all without touching anyone except a pat on the head here and there. I thought the wind was here to help thaw and dry the ground out. Nope, it’s here to place unwanted straying hair everywhere. That is what spring is about, shedding ponies, and I for one am happy about it; things are starting to happen. Speaking about things starting to happen, did you send in your membership forms last month? The deadline for the contest of winning your membership back was March 31. Early membership helps to get the paperwork done for the office crew. Even if you have missed the deadline for the contest, please send in your membership and play day forms as early as you can, and don’t forget to include a photocopy of your Horse Council membership with your forms. Our Pine Tree grounds clean up is Saturday, April 9. Last year it was a sunny day, everyone was smiling and happy to see faces from last year, and it was a busy time for the most part, but not at all boring. The Quonset hut contents were all brought outside so the inside could be swept, and everything went back inside organized and easier to get at. The reason I am telling you this is that I do believe that since we did that last year, this year it won’t be such a big endeavour. So that means there should be more time for chatting and catching up since last fall and less time hauling and packing. (What do you think, Jodi?) If you happen to be able to bring a wheelbarrow or a rake, please do so, it will come in handy. And don’t forget your gloves! Come on out and help. This is a great social time as well. Our first play day of the year is almost here (Sunday, April 17)! Do you have all your tack ready? And is it indeed where you remember last placing it? Don’t leave that to the last minute, I know I have and let me tell you, it’s not for happy times!

Gymkhana is on Saturday, April 16. If you are not planning to be riding in this, come on out to watch, this is a fast-paced day guaranteed to be interesting. Our introductory clinic to dressage date with coach Krista Rochenbach has been moved to May 28. For anyone interested in this great clinic, please contact Krista Blades at kristablades@hotmail.com. Our clinic schedule is still being developed, so if you have a great idea for a clinic, please contact Krista. We still need help with the play days. Please, we need a certain amount of people volunteering in order for the shows to continue without a hitch. This is a great way to become involved and new friendships are often developed. That is a win-win situation. If you can’t help out at one but can at another, please contact Krista at kristablades@ hotmail.com. See you all soon at Pine Tree! Our current year of play days, Gymkhanas and other events so far: April 10 - Spring clean up day on the grounds April 16 - Gymkhana day April 17 - Play day May 14 - Gymkhana day May 15 - Play day May 28 - Dressage clinic May 29 - Jumper show June 4 - Gymkhana day June 5 - Play day June 18 - Annual Show, English June 19 - Annual Show, Western Sept. 10 - Gymkhana day Sept. 11 - Play day Sept. 18 - Jumper show Nov. 5 - Banquet

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


t a recent meeting members discussed upcoming events for 2011. Everyone wants to ride – so some trail riding dates are being planned as soon as the weather clears. The first possible date is May 21st at the Yankee Flats site. The Okanagan Breeders Group event on May 14-15 was discussed and majority were interested in possible ‘demos’ rather than booking a booth. The PNE in Vancouver is hosting another Battle of the Breeds this year, but it conflicts with our local IPE in Armstrong. We are hoping Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley Morgan owners will be interested to enter and represent our breed. We discussed our trophies to present at IPE Morgan classes; but since the Light Horse Division changed the class format (in 2010) we did not have trophies presented HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and it won’t happen for 2011 unless they return to ‘breed’ classes (Gunther will check with IPE). We will again participate in the IPE Parade. The new 2011 Board of Executives is: President – Gunther Funk; Vice-President – Nancy Roman; Secretary – Rachael Sdoutz; Treasurer – Laurie Lyons; and Promotion – Deb Neufeld. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 7th at the Funk’s House in Armstrong, for pot-luck ‘snackies’ at High Noon. And our summer meeting will be July 9th at the Sdoutz’s house in Chase (this meeting will be to finalize IPE entries, etc.). For contact info see our listing under Clubs/Associations.

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BC Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, palomino2@hotmail.com

Calendar of Events April 9, 10, 2011 - LMQHA Evening Ride/Schooling Show Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha April 23, 2011 - SCQHA All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC Contact: Cheri Smeeton (250) 573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca May 6, 7, 8, 2011 - LMQHA Spring Circuit Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact: Barbara (208) 683-1617 or sierraious@aol.com June 4, 5, 2011 - VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit Port Alberni, BC Contact: Angela Brown @ ta7247940@shaw.ca June 3, 4, 5, 2011 - NBCQHA Clinic 15470 Miworth Rd - Prince George, BC Contact: Pam (250) 694-3200

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - Gordie McEachen The SCQHA hosted AGM was held February 26 in Kelowna and we had a good showing of 20 members and 5 guests. A fabulous reception followed that was sponsored and hosted by Jessica Eli of Eli Quarter Horses. Additional sponsorship came from SCQHA and Go West Investments. A big thank you to all! The meeting had a very ambitious agenda that included reports from the president, zones and many of the other committees as well as a financial report. The report was well received by the members with the bottom line being that BCQHA remains in good financial standing. The Governance Committee reviewed the special resolutions to the BCQHA bylaws and the process used to arrive at the proposed changes. A good discussion ensued after the presentation and as result, a detailed explanation is going to be developed and placed on the web site. These special resolutions will be brought before the AGM in 2012. The AGM heard a motion to adopt proxy voting for BCQHA members. After a very lengthy discussion, the members voted and approved proxy voting. I would like to remind all members that even if you are not elected you can get involved by volunteering as a member to one of the following committees: Show and Awards, Membership and Communications, Recreational Activities and Amateur. The only way to make an organization stronger is by getting involved.

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson The AQHA Convention took place in Grapevine, Texas in March. The 2012 Convention will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first day of the Convention featured an Emerging Marketing Forum which was open to all AQHA members. Along with the Annual General Meetings, Standing Committee Meetings and Directors Meetings, there were also the Annual Awards Presentations and Hall of Fame Inductees. Patti Carter-Pratt also gave a presentation on the concepts of the AQHA levelling program for AQHA Approved Shows. Many questions were asked by the members and the concepts are still in the works. The Farm Tour on Saturday was enjoyed

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by many families and guests not involved with the meeting schedules. There will be continued member information provided at www.bcqha.com and www.aqha.com. Thank you to Haidee Landry and Laurie Takoff as members of the AQHA International and Show Standing Committees as well as representing the BCQHA membership for more valued input from our members to AQHA. The following were elected as New AQHA Directors in 2011. New Canadian AQHA Directors: Alberta: Kate Bamford Saskatchewan: Sherry Clemens Manitoba: Larry Clifford Ontario: Kathy Patterson New AQHA Region One Directors: Idaho: Cliff Kellmer Oregon: Sue Hagerty During the Convention, the CQHA also held a Board of Directors meeting. I would like to thank the SCQHA for hosting the recent BCQHA AGM in Kelowna, BC.

LMQHA The 37th Annual LMQHA Bazaar and Country Fair was held last month and we would like to thank the enthusiastic bazaar committee, our various sponsors, as well as all our exhibitors. To all our volunteers... you are amazing! Our May circuit held at Thunderbird Equestrian Centre is fast approaching. Make sure you mark your calendars for May 6, 7, 8. This year’s show has a full slate of APHA and All Breed PAC approved classes on the weekend along with our usual AQHA classes. For more information please contact Barbara Williams (208) 683-1617 or sierraious@aol.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

VIQHA The AGM was held in February and we welcome the new executive! Gordie McEachen, President Roseanna Locke, Past President Ken Anderson, Vice-President Bev Anderson, Secretary Cherie Corrigan, Treasurer There was a really good turnout and we want to welcome all the newcomers, as it was great having you there. The Duncan, Nanaimo and Courtenay Clubs have joined forces to put on a show in Courtenay. The Show Committee has been working really hard to establish a date for this show, as most Show Secretaries are already booked up. We finally settled on August 13 & 14, with the 13th being a single judge and the 14th will be double judged. Port Alberni will have their Circuit on June 4 & 5.

NBCQHA We will be having an inter-club clinic on June 3, 4 & 5 in Prince George. There will be halter, showmanship, western pleasure, trail, reining and hunter under saddle. For more information please contact Pam at (250) 694-3200. More info on www.bcqha.com/nbcqha.

SCQHA Don’t forget that on Saturday April 23, 2011 the 14th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show will be held in Armstrong at the Agriplex. There will be High Point and Reserve High Point Awards for the English and Western divisions as well as Class Awards and much more. Be sure to come out, as there will be some great prizes! For show information and programs contact Cheri Smeeton (250) 573-2541 or email: csmeeton@shaw.ca.


BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg colleen_doug@shaw.ca Vice Pres Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Sec Marilyn Griffin mgriffin@davis.ca Treas Dianne Rouse lazy3@telus.net Communications Director Andrew Thomas barnslave@live.com APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore mphorses@telus.net APHA www.apha.com 817 834-2742

Congratulation to some of the Winners at our Awards Banquet.

Congratulations to BCPHC member Calli Rouse and her horse Chansation. 2011 Tulsa March Mania, Circuit Champion youth 14-18 HUS Circuit Champion Green Trail and Reserve Circuit Champion Jr. Trail

President Colleen Schellenberg, Treasurer Dianne Rouse, and 2010 Director Anne-Marie Waas

Silent Auction table

Prize winner Calli Rouse and President Colleen Schellenberg Colleen Schellenberg and Jodie Moore

SHOW DATES CONFIRMED This year BCPHC is very excited to have the opportunity to combine two 2-judge Paint shows with the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. We will post the information on our website at www.bcphc.com

PLEASE MARK THESE DATES IN YOUR CALENDAR: MAY 7 AND 8 AND SEPTEMBER 3 AND 4 To be held at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Both shows are eligible for the BCPHC Year End Awards Program and are NWCC approved. There will be an excellent slate of Youth, Amateur, Open and Solid Paint Bred classes including: Halter, WP, HUS, Trail, HH, WR, Pleasure Driving, Barrels and Poles and Yearling. There will also be a great selection of Open All Breed (PAC approved), Green Horse W/T, and Open 11 & Under W/T classes. Something for everyone! Full details will be available at http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha or www.bcphc.com. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Colleen Schellenberg and Margo Murray

Kerry Sawyer and Colleen Schellenberg

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy tamora@shaw.ca Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutdoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca


ope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful spring weather. I am eagerly awaiting pictures of new foals as they arrive! Also, please don’t forget to send me any news you would like to share with the club. Our newsletter is due on the 15th of every month, so please try to get me all news before then so I can include it. News from the President and the recent spring meeting: At our recent spring meeting of the BCIAHA, there were 7 members present. It was good to see those who were able to attend. The numbers of our Club are slowly diminishing as the years go by till today where we have 31 AHA members, 7 BCIAHA members, 4 Junior AHA members and 5 BCIAHA youth members. Considering it was not so many years ago we had 70 members in total, we should think about where the membership has gone and why. Cheryl Johnson, who has been our Youth leader for several years, has submitted her resignation from this position. We are now looking for another leader. If you feel you have the energy and interest to support and encourage the youth of our club, the executive will stand behind your interests and lend a hand in the activities you would like to have. If you can volunteer for this job, please call Dani (250-832-4441) or Wally (250-546-6004) to submit your name. I have been in contact with Tex Kam, who is the President of the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry, in regards to the BCIAHA working in conjunction with the Registry to host the 2012 Western Canadian Breeder’s Championship Show in Armstrong. This would be a positive opportunity to once again host the Arabian Encampment while at the same time supporting the Registry. There is a 80 • Saddle Up • April 2011

strong possibility that this will happen. Please watch next month’s news for more details. I am happy to see that the BCIAHA Spring Clinic, April 9/10 with Debbie Storey from Alberta, is basically full. This is encouraging to see the interest to develop riding and training skills for the amateurs. Take time to audit free of charge this excellent clinic, and support this club function. Contact Karel at ktnord@telus.net or call her at 250546-0098. A potluck lunch is available to all. BCIAHA All Breed Show is June 18, 2011 on the IPE grounds in Armstrong. Prize lists are available from Michelle at allbreedshow@ gmail.com. Kim Westgate is our capable judge. It will be held indoors if the weather is inclement. Hope to see you there with your Arabian to enjoy the Arab classes, as well as our large variety of open classes. For those of you who are not members of the club, this will be an opportunity for a reduced membership fee of half price if you attend the show and join at the same time. This opportunity is good for adults as well as juniors. Information in detail will be attached to the prize list. BCIAHA would like to welcome new members Kimberly and Heather Redman. We look forward to meeting you both! Here is a bit of their story: “I thought I would give you a little bit of history about us. Hope you don’t mind. LOL. We are new to the Arab world and thanks to our friends Cheryl McCreight and her daughter Cayleigh who introduced us to this incredible, loyal breed. I have been in horses all my life showing and training Appaloosas and Quarter Horses and my daughter Heather, who is 9, has been riding since she was 3. We started with Welsh ponies but have gradually moved up to horses as she is advancing in her riding very quickly. We were looking for something with some pizzazz and style but still kind and loyal. So enters our first Arabian, a 24 year-old, 13.3hh black Half Arabian gelding who was given to us, and my daughter showed him all last year and loved his forward, kind personality. As we were not sure how long he could happily continue showing we started looking for another horse and we were very fortunate to find our Nicky. He is a registered Straight Egyptian Arabian gelding named MB Sateek (Imperial Saturn x Moneeka). He is a 14.3hh flea-bitten grey 14 year-old. We purchased him from Abbotsford, BC in August 2010 and Heather has been

MB Sateek and Heather Redman

creating her bond with him ever since. She will be showing him this year in English Flat classes and Western and Dressage and may even start him in cross pole hunter. He is absolutely stunning under both English and Western Tack and has the kindest, quirkiest personality ever but he is completely safe and I have no doubt in my mind he will protect her with his life. She is still riding old Blackie (Black Knight) as well and will continue to show him as long as he is willing. We are really excited to be a part of the BCIAHA club and look forward to being a part of the various programs it offers. Heather wants to work towards achieving Nick’s Legion of Honour over the next few years. I am attaching a photo of Heather and Nicky from their first show a week after we got him. Thanks.” - Kimberly and Heather Redman If you would like a copy of the 2011 Regional Directory, please e-mail Dani and let her know. They are expensive to mail, so we are trying to keep costs down. If you will be at the clinic in April or the Open Show in June and can wait until then to pick one up in person, it will greatly help us with the expense. Thanks so much! Asmara Arabians have launched their web site at asmaraarabians.com. Sincere thanks to Carson Ehret for this great job!

On March 13th, the Arabian community lost beloved horsewoman Janet Oddy of Oddy’s Skyline Arabians. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Her memory lives on in the fine horses she bred with her family. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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



THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 8/11 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 11/11

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 3/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 bccha@telus.net or web www.bccha.ca 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 8/11 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.morganhorse.ca BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 6/11 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@telus.net, www.rodeobc.com 3/12

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 12/11 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 12/11 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail: brent.lines@netscape.ca, www.oliverridingclub.com 6/11 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 6/11 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 a aphcc@appaloosa.ca


BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or www.bcsporthorses.com

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, critteraid@vip.net 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 4/12


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, 6/11 President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com @ p


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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2011 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com 15-17

GAMES DAY CLINIC, 11am Start, LRS Grounds, Langley, Wendy 604-454-4966, www.langleyriders.com WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS HORSEMANSHIP, Riversong Ranch, Whitecourt, AB, Anne 877-394-6773, www.chris-irwin.com/events/?event_id=56 REINING & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Carl Woods, Easygo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, contact Elli 250-396-7556 ENGLISH RIDING CLINIC w/Keelly Reggelsen, Armstrong, 250-307-7288, kreggelsen@hotmail.com AEVA SPRING FEST Equestrian Vaulting Competition, Megadome, Olds, AB, contact Melanie: mgmatt@airenet.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Peachland, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) INTRODUCTION TO TTOUCH WITH HORSES w/Mandy Pretty, Dawson Creek, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 JUMPING CLINIC - Angela Tremblay, Cardinal Ranch, BC, www.cardinalranch.com 250-968-4481 CANADIAN HORSESHOEING CHAMPIONSHIPS Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com JOHN PAUL CUTTING CLINIC, Langley, BC, contact pony-express@shaw.ca for details EVENING RIDE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Norma 604-789-0274 nsiebert@telus.net , www.bcqha.com/lmqha EQUINE FIRST AID, 10am – 1 pm, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com LONGEING CLINIC w/Nathalie Merrill, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com PERCENTAGE/CLEAR ROUND DAY, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com CONNECTED RIDING LESSON DAYS with an Introduction to TTouch w/ Mandy Pretty, West Kelowna, contact christa.lange@t2rc.ca, www.t2rc.ca LMQHA EVENING RIDE/SCHOOLING SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, www.bcqha.com TRAIL CLINIC & HORSEMANSHIP w/Colleen Hazeldine, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jeanette 250-577-3156 or 250-319-6367 RANDY OPHUS Reining/Cutting Clinic, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com CRAIG CAMERON Extreme Cowboy Race Clinic & Demo, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162, www.calgarystampede.com ALL BREED SCHOOLING SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Norma 604-789-0274 nsiebert@telus.net , www.bcqha.com/lmqha GYMKHANA, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com ENGLISH/WESTERN CLINIC, 11am Start, LRS Grounds, Langley, Wendy 604-454-4966, www.langleyriders.com GROUNDWORK CLINIC w/Chris Irwin certified Cindy Kirschman, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, 250-547-9277 TRAILERING CLINIC w/Rob Reimer (Free for members!), Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Williams Lake, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) WHIP CLINIC at 7:00 pm w/Julia Bostock, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LIGHTNESS, ForTheHorseCentre, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com MARIJKE VAN DE WATER, “Horses Healing People,” Riva’s Ranch, Armstrong. Reg’t 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com HOOF BEATS BACK TO POWER Retreat, w/Linda-Ann Bowling, Langley, 604-889-4452, www.unbridlingyourbrilliance.com PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP - Devanee Cardinal, Enderby, BC, www.cardinalranch.com 250-968-4481

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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers, BC, info contact Anika 250-846-5494, gattiker@telus.net or www.thehorseranch.com BCRA 21st Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP / TRAINING PERFORMANCE w/Carl Woods & Dave Freeze, Peachland, BC, contact christa.lange@t2rc.ca, www.t2rc.ca GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Langley, Ngaire (Ny-ree) 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com GYMKHANA, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, 1554 Todd Rd. Barnhartvale, www.pinetreeridingclub.com GARAGE/TACK SALE 9 am, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631, diamondhtack@telus.net RIDING CLINIC w/Chris Irwin certified Cindy Kirschman, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, 250-547-9277 RANDY OPHUS Reining/Mechanical Cow Clinic, Burns Lake, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com WESTERN RIDING CLINIC w/Carl Woods, Armstrong, 250-307-7288, kreggelsen@hotmail.com TOPLINE SHOW PARK Warm Up Jumping Rounds & Dressage % Day. Sonya Campbell (250)833-2669 www.toplinestables.ca JOE GILL COLT STARTING & Problem Solving Demo at Topline Show Park. Sonya Campbell (250)833-2669 www.toplinestables.ca JILL O’NEILL CLININC, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC Peggy tpavao@telus.net ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Rebecca 250-546-0052 FUN DAY, Y Open to all, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, 250-547-9277 PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, 1554 Todd Rd. Barnhartvale, www.pinetreeridingclub.com DELTA RIDING CLUB PERCENTAGE DAY, 604.328.3814, www.deltaridingclub.com DELTA RIDING CLUB 3RD ANNUAL CARBOOT SALE, www.deltaridingclub.com BCRCHA Show, Chilliwack, BC, details on website www.bcrcha.com JUMPING, LRS Grounds, Langley, Kathrine 778-241-1932, www.langleyriders.com SPRING SHOW (BC Heritage General Performance Show), Vernon, Sherry Correale 250-542-8507, www.vernonridingclub.com FVRC SPIN & SLIDE SCHOOLING SHOW, Murray Creek Arena, Langley, Sherea Williams sherea65@yahoo.ca. Judge Marcelo Cruz. EQUINE VERTEBRAL REALIGNMENT COURSE, Williams Lake, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) FASHION FOR COMPASSION (6:30pm, Fundraiser for BCSPCA) Greenhawk in Brentwood Bay, 250-652-1002, smhughes@uvic.ca LORI RANKIN BARREL RACING CLINIC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net ENDURANCE CLINIC (ERABC) open to all clubs/riders, Peachland Riding Club, register at cwanthony@shaw.ca or info at www.erabc.com DALE IRWIN CLINIC, (Easter Weekend) Edmonton, AB, Linda Cowherd, pchoney@telusplanet.net CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC, Lethbridge, AB, 403-932-4989, e-mail mgwynne@xplornet.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Y Certification Course, Dawson Creek, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) SCQHA 14TH ANNUAL FUZZY HORSE SHOW, (All Breeds) Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca KRC SPRING DRESSAGE SHOW, Judge Hilda Gurney, Kelowna, www.kelownaridingclub.net SPRING DRESSAGE & JUMPER SHOW, W Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Lora Kilba 250-494-3376, lkilba@shaw.ca, www.summerlandrodeogrounds.com 2-DAY TTOUCH FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE w/Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336


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MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 PHASE EVENT, for info www.island22horsepark.com, Janice 604-858-4951 RANDY OPHUS CLINIC, Thorhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com HORSEMANSHIP 101 WORKSHOP, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca JERRY TINDELL OPEN CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) KRC SPRING HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Kelowna, www.kelownaridingclub.net 2-DAY SPRING HORSE SALE (& Ranch Horse Performance & Sale) Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com THE MANE EVENT, Red Deer, AB, www.maneventexpo.com JP FORGET REINING CLINIC, Vanderhoof, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com HORSIN’ AROUND IN THE CARIBOO (& Trainers Challenge), Eagle View Eq. Ctr., Williams Lake, Lori 250-392-2584, www.eagleviewequine.com ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Grounds, Langley, Nicola 604-746-0344, www.langleyriders.com PERCENTAGE/CLEAR ROUND DAY, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Deadmans Creek, www.bchsra.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Fort St John, www.bchsra.ca GROUND MANNERS CLINIC, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca EQUINE MASSAGE w/Sidonia McIntyre, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-888-378-4632, www.equinerehab.ca

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EQUINE AWARENESS DAY, www.equineawareness.org, Join horses and their people - offer an awareness day about what you and your horses do LONG EARS FUN DAY Y (9am Start), Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland, Mules/ Donkeys, ride, drive and lead. Concession on site, 250-379-2076 PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Oliver, Janice Goodman, 250-497-6437, sundancer@telus.net, www.wishtrailride.ca DELTA RIDING CLUB ENGLISH WESTERN, BCHQ, 604.328.3814, www.deltaridingclub.com ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Rebecca 250-546-0052 FUN DAY, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com CANADIAN HORSE EVALUATION, Ladysmith, BC, Dan Wilson 250-245-4973 GYMKHANA, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Beg. to Open Classes, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Amanda 250-804-1723 or Jan 250-577-3775, Concession, Stalls JERRY TINDELL DRIVING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) MARION WEISSKOPFF Horsemanship Clinic, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net JERRY TINDELL RIDING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) AQHA/APHA & ALL BREED SPRING CIRCUIT, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Barbara - sierraious@aol.com, www.bcqha.com/lmqha BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca TOPLINE SHOW PARK Spring Fling Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show. Sonya Campbell (250)833-2669 www.toplinestables.ca MEL BEETON CLINIC, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC Danita banjjodownn@hotmail.com CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC w/Alexandra Kurlund, Cochrane, AB, 403-932-4989, e-mail mgwynne@xplornet.com JUMPING, LRS Grounds, Langley, Kathrine 778-241-1932, www.langleyriders.com PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops, Jeanie Van Den Ham 250-573-2206, jvandenh88@gmail.com, www.wishtrailride.ca SPRING TUNE-UP FOR HORSE & RIDER (Tent. Date), Tranquille Farms, Winfield, www.tranquillefarms.com or christa.lange@t2rc.ca DONNA HAWKINS CLINIC, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, call Gwen Shaw 250-494-8198, www.redbarnranchbb.com DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Henk Glijn, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632)


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PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP - Devanee Cardinal, Vanderhoof, BC, www.cardinalranch.com 250-968-4481 JILL O’NEILL CLININC, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC, Peggy, tpavao@telus.net BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, www.bchsra.ca DRIVING CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com WESTERN RIDING CLINIC w/Jeanette Lauritzen, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com TSC & PONY CLUB SPRING SCHOOLING SHOW, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, martyfcox@gmail.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com SADDLE FITTING w/Kevin Lote (Regal Saddles), Passmore, BC, Marie 250-226-0079, quiettime@netidea.com EQUINE BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOP (1-4pm), Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca GYMKHANA, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, 1554 Todd Rd. Barnhartvale. www.pinetreeridingclub.com PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kelowna, Carole Wingenbach 250-765-6800, carole@wingenbach.ca, www.wishtrailride.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Dawson Creek, www.bchsra.ca BCRA Princeton Rodeo, Princeton, www.rodeobc.com, OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Trade Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.okbreedersgroup.com BARBARA SCHULTE PERF. COACHING CLINIC (cutters/reiners). Spectators welcome, Armstrong, 250-546-6545 www.reinininthesun.com ENGLISH RIDING CLINC, w/Keelly Reggelsen, Armstrong, 250-307-7288, kreggelsen@hotmail.com OPEN HOUSE AT RANDY OPHUS Performance Horses, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com DELTA RIDING CLUB HUNTER SHOW, 604.328. 3814, www.deltaridingclub.com PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, 1554 Todd Rd. Barnhartvale. www.pinetreeridingclub.com BCRCHA SHOW, Chilliwack, BC, details on website www.bcrcha.com GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Langley, Ngaire (Ny-ree) 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com BCLM REGIONAL PONY CLUB SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS, www.canadianponyclub.org EQUINE VERTEBRAL REALIGNMENT COURSE, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) PARELLI - LEVEL 1 CLINIC - Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, BC, www.cardinalranch.com 250-968-4481 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO & JR Division Finals, Quesnel, www.bchsra.ca ROUND PENNING WORKSHOP, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca BCRA KEREMEOS ELKS RODEO, Keremeos, www.rodeobc.com, RANDY OPHUS REINING CLINIC, Smithers, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com OPEN HOUSE, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Demos, Tack Swap/Sale, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Duncan, Deborah Flinn 250-746-8769, twincreeks@shaw.ca, www.wishtrailride.ca EQUINE AWARENESS DAY Y (Equine Shiatsu Massage), Langley, yvonne@ateasehorsecare.com or www.equineawareness.org DELTA RIDING CLUB PERCENTAGE DAY, 604-328-3814, www.deltaridingclub.com ROCK CREEK ROUNDUP ENDURANCE RIDE, Rock Creek Fairgrounds, Lynn 250-446-2415, lynndel@xplornet.ca HUN MEDITATION TRAINING CAMP, Mount Currie, www.horsebackarchery.ca or www.huntherapy.ca MARIJKE VAN DE WATER, “Equine Nutrition & Natural Medicine,” Clearview Arena, Fort Qu-Appelle, SK, Reg’t 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com MARIJKE VAN DE WATER, “Healing Horses with Kinesiology,” Clearview Arena, Fort Qu-Appelle, SK, Reg’t 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com VERN SAPERGIA CLINIC, Wildwood Reining Horses, Hanceville, BC, Sharon Gates 250-394-4403 www.wildwoodreining.bc.ca or wildwoodreining@telus.net DRIVING CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com 4-H ON PARADE Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com

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SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES (Shuswap/North OK) 10/11 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 9/11 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

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www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110


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POLAR PINTABIANS (Winfield, AB) 780-682-2659 3/12 Breeding for Colour & All Around Quality. www.polarpintabian.webs.com RIVERSIDEPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Prince George) 250-612-4770 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA Perf. Horses. Boarding/Coaching/Judging/Clinics


SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 10/11 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.freewebs.com/saltyolejackk 4/11


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MURRAY CREEK RANCH (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA, www.murraycreekranch.com


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OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 7/11 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Doc’s Hickory Sire: Zan Freckles Hickory Miss Zan Freckles Hollywood Jac 86 Dam: Miss Hello Hollywood Miss Doll Pine

Whitegold Santa Cruz 100% Buckskin Producer

“Hickory� produces talented, good-minded offspring that will suit any discipline that needs a balanced, athletic horse. His half brother is JACS ELECTRIC SPARK - the sire of 3rd, 4th & 5th place winners of the 2008 NRHA FUTURITY. Hickory is also the sire of HELLO HOLLYWOOD BABE, LTE $16000 in Reining. $1000 STUD FEE (includes $250 booking fee) APHA approved

Marana Farms 403-738-4603 www.maranafarms.com

www.michelsonstables.com Greg & Karen Michelson 403-572-3633 (Carbon, AB)


HOLLYWOOD BLU By Dot Hollywood Jessie by Hollywood Dun It 14.3HH, Reining, Roping, Working Cows or on the trail, quiet and easygoing. Throwing colour and conformation foals. FEE: $600 LFG



1993 AQHA Stallion


Sorrel with Flaxen Mane & Tail, 15HH

* Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver gene

Also Standing: LETHAL DUN OLENA 2008 Buckskin Dun By Lethal Playgun by Playgun By Freckles Playboy, out of GBL Royal Lena - Gay Bar Lena, - Doc O Lena FEE: $400 LFG


Direct son of Peppys Doc (Peppy San x Docs Snowake by Doc Bar)

* Freckles Playboy * Doc’s Prescription

Standing at D-Bar-K Ranch, Oliver, BC Stud Fee $500 + HST Live Foal Guarantee. Live Cover Only. Mare Care Available.

NOW STANDING AT: Norwood in Courtenay, BC

For 2011 Inquiries, please contact: Ross Hanson & Ashley Parker, 604-323-6011




NOBLE-T MORGANS “The Working Morgan�

g ucin d o r Int


Thirtys Jester



Breeding Fee (L.F.G.): $600 (QH) $500 (Arb) $450 (other) All Breeds Welcome ALSO STANDING: American Fury (TB) JH Legacy Idolized (AQHA)

FEE: $1,000 LFG, incl. mare care

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Mr. Tailwind Windchester Jackie Pine HS Thirty Thirty Nuther Dude Blonde Rattler THIRTYS JESTER

Sis Jaguar Bold Ruckus Stormy Jester Just the Good Times

Dancers Jester Pas Paul Pas

Good Time Paula Flaxie Tonta






16HH Palomino AQHA Stallion Speed & Performance Bloodlines

Nominated to Breeders’ Sweepstakes with the Arabian Horse Association.

SS Noble-T Desperado





For pictures, info and video link, visit us at:

www.dragonyacres.ca g y


Stallions and Breeders Own Son of Special Effort


2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs

Snappin Cat 1997 AQHA Sorrel Stallion


DM Teacher’s Top Mark 2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse!

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.

- Doc Bar, Jessie James, Kings Pistol, Poco Tivio bred

250-546-9766 5/11

Salty Ole Jack 1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

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 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 4/11

Glen Black YAHOOCA

Opening Fee $800 for 2011 only

Jessies Snappy Doc, Buckskin



Standing for the 2011 breeding season in Armstrong, BC


250-679-1175 - Chase, BC gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca


RYSEN PAINT HORSES is proud to offer for your consideration: IMA DESERT FOX 1991 Sorrel Overo APHA/PtHA Stallion Sire: Mr. Sonny Noreet Dam: Ima Swinging Fox

1999 BCPHC High Point Halter Stallion Sire of Futurity Winners and APHA/PtHA Halter and Performance point earners. When quality matters, choose the stallion that has it all: conformation, disposition, ridability and world class breeding. 2011 Fee: $750. LCFG For more information contact Carolin Ryan   s-APLE2IDGE "# RYSENPAINTS TELUSNET


Randy Ophus Performance Horses




Your “boy� can be viewed by the world for as low as $64 per month. Call 1-866-546-9922 to find out how. Saddle Up is available in digital format FREE at www.saddleup.ca

ALSO STANDING: Got To Last – AQHA Mr Leo Express - APHA

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; ďŹ nalist in the Augusta Open Classic. Home 250-567-4269; Cell 250-567-8685 www.roperformancehorses.com 5/11

Hortons Triple Skip 1997 AQHA/APHA 16 HH Palomino Red Dun Gene #1 Running Bloodlines. Beautiful movement for Dressage. Extremely athletic with a to-die-for temperament.

Have it all for only $500 AQHA/APHA or $350 for all other breeds. LFG. Standing for 2011 at: Pegasus Riding, Westbank, BC. Owned by Whoa & Go Quarter Horses Contact Danielle, 250-768-9658 or April, 250-551-4739 For more info visit:

www.whoaandgoquarterhorses.com or www.pegasusriding.com 5/11


REINING: AQHA ROM 17.5 OPEN-7 AMATEU A R 2.5 NOV-AMATEU A R * NRHA & NRCHA Money Earner * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success�

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG




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2011 Stallion Roster Clumination RKR Hearts Sonny Dee n3ORREL!1(! n2ED$UN4OBIANO HDF Impressed By Clu Coolridge ToďŹ no n"AY!1(! n"LACK"ROWN4" HDF Brandy Snifter RKR Hearts Stylishfox n3ORREL/VERO n3ORREL4OBIANO CBS Legacy YMR Kiss My Baggins n2ED2OAN/VERO n'REY!1(! Docs Mister Innocent n"AY4OBIANO!0(! Breeding Fees By Private Treaty "REEDING)NCENTIVESFORPROVENANDMULTIPLEMARES Shipped Semen Available. Prospects are available. Contact for further information. 7ELLING !LBERTAs   bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com


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On The Market

HORSE LOVERS DREAM! 11.7 acres of country living near Williams Lake. Large 2,100 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 400 sq. ft. sun deck and hot tub. 7 large covered stalls, tack room and a full outdoor roping and riding arena. Private home or Riding Centre! Just $439,000. 250-305-7034 E-mail georgemeilleur@gmail.com 5/11

2004 REG’D QUARTER HORSE MARE 14.3HH, Bay. Excellent penning horse, started on barrels. $2,500. 250-308-2780 (Lumby) E-mail: qh4ever@hotmail.com

6 YR OLD REG’D QUARTER HORSE GELDING 15HH, Red Dun. Quiet, easygoing. Used for trail riding and started on barrels. $3,500. 250-308-2780 (Lumby) E-mail: qh4ever@hotmail.com

HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE 12-year-old Reg’d APHA Stallion, 15.1HH. Good ranch and trail horse. Great bloodlines, producer of amazing offspring. HALF PRICE AT $3,500 obo. More info at www.pro-horsemanship.com 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com

8 YR OLD BUCKSKIN QH MARE Sire: Debs Deck Ross; Dam: unpapered. Halter broke, good bloodlines, well built. Great riding horse if someone has the time to train her or else would be good broodmare. Loves attention and very friendly. Has feet done on regular basis, good with feet/farrier, good to handle. Just needs someone with more time and an arena to work her in! $1,500 obo. 250-344-6439 (Golden)

Great bloodlines (Sire: Major Jingo; Dam: Brazo Bright Dawn). 15.2HH. Would be an AMAZING ranch horse for someone to get the buck worked out of him. Has had lots of training and work on him, hasn’t been ridden since we owned him. SOLID HORSE, WELL BUILT!! Good with feet and farrier, hauls well, handles well. Needs a round pen and someone who knows how to stop his buck. $1,500 obo. 250-344-6439 (Golden)


Rappenhof Sporthorses Retirement Sale 3 TOP CLASS RIDDEN BLACK MARES

REG’D 2001 BLACK CANADIAN STALLION Proven Stud. 15HH. Name: Humeny Fargo Laredeau $5,000. 250-445-6742 (Greenwood)


* 2006 16.1HH Trakehner ‘Model’, ranked #2 in North America * 2004 16.3HH German Trakehner, National Champion * 2003 16.2HH German Oldenburg Premium, Dressage winner Florida AND Two 2011 foals by Platinum 250-446-2149 (Osoyoos)



LENA MAYBE LUCKY TOO (LUCIANO) Very handsome 2009 ApHCC registered Appaloosa Gelding by IMA LENA TOO out of WYALTA MAYBE LUCKY. This boy will get noticed in the show ring; he could go in many directions - reining, cutting, western pleasure, or more. Should mature to 15HH. Super temperament, well-mannered, very smart and easy to train. Lucci is well halter broke and stands tied, good for farrier and vet, loads and hauls. Asking $2,000 obo to a great home only. 604-462-1664 (Maple Ridge) E-mail: mmaccutcheon@shaw.ca

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On The Market 3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 2/12

2007 FEATHERLITE 4-H LQ TRAILER Excellent, like new condition. Used for HSR fall 2007 to fall 2010. 14’ short wall, 32’ on the ground. Twin bunk beds, sleeps 6 easy. Lots of room, 8’ wide x 7.6’ tall. Full Stud partition, walk through. All standard trailer and LQ amenities, lots of extras. Asking $55,000. Motivated to sell, will consider reasonable offers. More info/details e-mail masons5@shaw.ca 250-573-3167 (Kamloops)

1998 FL70, CAT3126 DIESEL 268,000 kms, automatic. Renegade 14 foot conversion, shower, toilet, full size fridge, microwave and stove. TV, DVD player, sleeps 6. Pulls any kind of trailer. Delivery available. $57,000. E-mail: sprintkrts@hotmail.com 780-722-5079 (Edmonton, AB)

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HOBBY FARM FOR SALE Perfectly set-up, partially treed 8.5 acre horse property for sale in Armstrong/Spallumcheen. 3,400 sq. ft. post-andbeam farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Large 100’ x 200’ sand ring, 3 paddocks with shelters, 5 turn-out fields, excellent fencing, 2 stall heritage barn. $629,000. See photos at www3.telus.net/absolutehorse E-mail: absolutehorse@telus.net 250-546-0531 (Armstrong)

“CLANCY” (PHOTO AT 2 ½ YRS) Rising 4-year-old Clyde x Thoroughbred Gelding, 17HH. Very calm, willing and loves to learn. All basic ground work done and is ready for the next level of training. Excellent health and quality of feet. $3,000. Dayna 250-620-0006 (Horsefly) E-mail: stevensvet@xplornet.com

2007 FEATHERLITE 8’ WIDE 4 HORSE LQ TRAILER Must see, like new, only used a couple of times. 11’ s/w LQ features Sierra Package. Dinette, full bath, queen bed, air cond., TV, stereo, fridge, stove, microwave, full length awning. Walk thru to horses; with studwall and mangers. Large rear tack, plus extra storage. $45,000. 250-747-3451 (Quesnel)

PALOMINO CREMELLO 12-year-old Maiden Mare looking for work. Has done Gymkhana and recently trails. Good on roads, with farrier and vet. Loves attention. Owner’s health issues reason for selling. $2,000 obo. 250-547-6697 (Cherryville) E-mail: suguy@xplornet.ca

“SHADOW” 11-year-old registered Morgan Mare. Excellent health and quality of feet. Has competed 25 mile Endurance. Would be best suited for intermediate rider and Competitive Trail riding. $2,000. Dayna 250-620-0006 (Horsefly) E-mail: stevensvet@xplornet.com

2007 WHO WHIZ IT GELDING Professional training, good looking, super temperament. 15.1HH. All around prospect. www.northernhorse.com/jackid $4,500. Cheryl Milroy 250-768-3306 (Westbank) E-mail: jackidfarm@shaw.ca



ELFONDO MORGANS OFFERS FOR SALE Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH)

ELFONDO’S TIGER 10 YR OLD GELDING 15.1HH, From the 1960s. Complete with matching breast collar, bridle, serape, saddle pad and 14” tapaderos. Saddle is on a Little Wonder tree and has a 15” seat. The rigging is 3/4 double flat plate, solid bronze rigging plates. In excellent condition. Asking $1,500. 250-832-1521 (Salmon Arm) E-mail jeanrob1@telus.net

Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

(14.2HH Chestnut)

Chestnut. Trained and shown cutting. Would make a great penner, roper or barrel horse. Fast and very broke. $6,000. ALSO: 8 YR OLD GELDING 15HH, Chestnut, very handsome. Has been started on barrels, used for turn back horse. $5,000. 3 yr old Gelding 15.1HH, Bay. 6 months training, disposition plus, very trainable. $3,500. Noble-T Morgans 250-838-2228 (Grindrod) E-mail: leetom.nobles@gmail.com g


FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 www.elfondomorgans.webs.com



Offspring for Sale

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

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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


Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca



FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses www.appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 appaloosacentre@telus.net


Appaloosa Gelding . By World Champion TEXAGO. 15.3HH, Chestnut w/white spots. No vices, clips, bathes, hauls and is broke. Quiet, dependable and a pleasure to work with. Recently competed in Western Trail Horseman’s Challenges and done very well. His second challenge placed him 3rd out of 15 horses with some pretty tough obstacles and an aggregate score of 47/50. His first challenge was on Jan 19th of this year, and scored 85/100. He neck reins, side passes and is ready for whatever your pleasure is. Willing and eager to learn. Would make an excellent 4-H prospect as well. Asking $2,500. Call Terry 250-989-0108 (Williams Lake) Emerald Appaloosas http://members.shaw.ca/emeraldappaloosas


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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 11/11 1998 APPENDIX PALOMINO GELDING, used for roping, excellent trail horse $4,500 OBO. BUD SHARP Roping Saddle $2,100 OBO. CIRCLE Y Roping Saddle $900 OBO. 250-546-0169, e-mail luttmer@junction.net (Armstrong) MINIATURE HORSE HERD FOR SALE. 4 Geldings and 5 Mares. $3,000 for all. 250-426-4600 (Cranbrook) BLUE METAL ROUND BALE FEEDER in good condition. $300. 250-833-8585 (Enderby) FINE LINE ARABIANS has Hackney, Welsh and Arabian Stallions at Stud. Show and Breeding stock available to approved home. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville) 6/11 ANIVAC Portable Bathing Machine including shampoo. $550 obo. Wendy 250-503-4709 (Armstrong) REMBRANDT DRESSAGE SADDLE in excellent condition. Cut back, wide gullet, all new stuffing in black. $1,200 obo. 250-395-2498 (100 Mile House) TROOPER, 8 Y/O, 14.3HH, APPALOOSA GELDING, laid back with a great character. Goes Western/English. Schooled to 3’3”. Shown locally and always in the ribbons. No vices. Others Avail. 250-801-9002 (Summerland)


FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922


LOVELY 16 YR OLD QH GELDING looking for a quiet rider to do some light riding. Western background, super sweet guy. Give to the right home. 250-835-0100 (Tappen)

Natural Alternative Grazers • Imitates Natural Grazing • No wasted hay, no mess • Horses are never without hay • Slows digestion down • Prevent ulcers and cribbing

EVENTS 3RD ANNUAL OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase, May 14-15, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Free Admission, Trade Show, Used Tack Sale, Demos/Speakers, Stallions, www.okbreedersgroup.com

www.slowfeeder.com slowhayfeeders@live.ca






April 9/10 - TTouch & Connective Riding April 16 - Horsemanship / Training Performance June 11 - TREC BC (Discovery Fun Day) September 17/18 - TTouch & Connective Riding


s www.cummings.ca

Castlegar Nelson Trail

Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin

August 16-20, 2011 Equestrian Events to be held in Castlegar at Pass Creek Fair Grounds

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




Fun, non-competitive equine clinics

Join us at Take 2 Riding Clinics (T2RC), an information portal to advertise & promote Okanagan based clinics. Check out www.t2rc.ca for more clinic info.

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


Take 2 Riding Clinics


EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats


For those 55+ Reining, Driving, Dressage, Jumper. More info at

www.seniorsgames.org or call 250-365-7273

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock


Kelowna & Kamloops


Rails to Rafters


Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

Prices on line at

www.cartsplusbc.com 250-717-3946 or 866-886-6893


WANTED PASTURE with or without Barn, Westside Road, near as possible to Parker Cove, Vernon, BC. 604-220-0066

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


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

Pole Buildings * Barns * Shelters * Indoor & Outdoor Arenas * Restoration & Repair * Bobcat 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up. 4/11

SCOTT ROSS 250-547-2447


Shop & Swap! BOARDING


Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Large jump ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses For more info: asmarawg@telus.net



QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters



Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm


New Indoor Arena 70x160 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan g Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm

Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

L & L Quarter Horses


Training Stables T

Horse Boarding in Vernon

Wallbridge Road, Armstrong, BC

• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Round Pen • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

Full board - Training - Coaching s)NDOORAND/UTDOOR!RENAS s'RASS*UMP&IELDs2OUND0ENS )NDIVIDUAL3TALL0ADDOCK )NDIVIDUAL3HELTER0ADDOCKW'ROUP0ASTURE * Lessons * Lease Horses * Clinics * Training * Showing

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)


BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. www.ruready2dream.com 12/12

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 5/11

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289



Contact Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288 kreggelsen@hotmail.com



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

The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 6/11 10/11

NEXT AD DEADLINE April 15 See page 4 for contact info.




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

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* The cash sale prices above include the cash-in-lieu of special low rate financing discount, freight, PDI and set-up charges. Please contact dealer for details. Limited time offer. Taxes and administrations fees are extra.

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Horse magazine, Western and English disciplines, Western Canada

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