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Features The Mane Event Red Deer Do you have the Perfect Horse? Geometry of the Hoof Refine your WHOA Cue Heavy Horse Sale CDE – Third Phase What is your Horse Drinking? Kamloops Equine Seminar Fashion Feature

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t’s beginning to look a lot like spring in our neck of the woods! No blossoms here yet (like Vancouver); but my tulips are sprouting up big time with the Okanagan sunshine! Last minute going to press and I just got back from the Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley (always a good show – lots of activities going on). On my way to that show in Langley, I dropped in to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival; it was really busy and parking was at a premium. I enjoyed seeing many familiar faces (and finally meet e-mail names! Ha!) at BOTH shows. Next up we go to the Mane Event in Red Deer – another fabulous show! In my opinion, THE BEST equine trade show and educational experience in western Canada (including their Chilliwack venue)! Photo by Michelle Gauthier Our new deadline of the 5th of each month (versus the 15th) is slowly catching on, but even I am having a hard time with the adjustment. So please be patient as we go through this ‘quicker/earlier’ deadline. Thank you. This issue has our annual Fashion Feature inside showing what’s new in riding and casual wear for 2015. And if you are a retail store, you might look at bringing in some of these fine and exciting new lines!


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dustry is Geoff Teall. Geoff has shown and trained Champion and Reserve Champions who have competed at the USEF Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals, USEF Pony Medal Finals, THIS Children’s Medal Finals, Ariat Adult Medal Finals and several ASPCA Regional Finals. Geoff holds his “R” Hunter and Hunter Equitation license and sits on several USHJA Committees. Linda Parelli, who has one of the most famous last names associated with Natural Horsemanship will be conducting sessions all three days of the expo, plus a number of lectures. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see Linda solo in Alberta for the first time ever! Rounding out the line-up is Terri McKinney of the Wild Deuce whose demos on Backc ountr y Horsemanship are fun, entertaining and e d u c a ti o n a l. Returning favourite Barrel Racing Clinician, Doug Leasor, from Massachusetts; Jane Anne Merritt Kateri Cowley of California will be conducting the driving sessions; Connie Waldo will be doing the Gaited Horse sessions and Cliff Swanson the Western Dressage. For more information on the clinicians, visit The ever popular Trainers Challenge will feature Alberta horse trainer Kateri Cowley,

he Mane Event is pleased to announce that Marc Gardner, of the Rocking Heart Ranch, will be giving a Registered Quarter Horse Colt to one lucky youth at this year’s Mane Event being held April 24–26, 2015 in Red Deer, AB. Youth will be required to write an essay outlining their horse experience and what they plan to do with the colt. Interested teens should contact riders@ Linda Parelli maneeventexpo. com for the outline and requirements. The deadline for essay entries is April 15, 2015. This year’s line-up of clinicians include: Doug Milholland, who has over 40 years of experience as a professional Reining horse trainer. Doug has won multiple championships including AQHA World Championship in both Working Cowhorse and Reining, and NRHA Championships and Reserves. He has been an AQHA judge for 22 years holding his Reining card, a NRHA judge for over 30 years and a FEI 3-Star Reining judge as well, and was inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame in 2006. Anne Gribbons, USDF Hall of Fame inductee, former Coach and Technical Advisor for the USEF, member of the Silver medal winning Pan Am US team in 1995, who has trained and shown 16 of her own horses to Grand Prix Level. Another 40 year veteran of the horse in-

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Dear Editor Dear Editor: egarding: Challenging the Trainer’s Challenge. Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start getting ready for the riding season by attending horse expos, clinics, etc., and shopping for all the newest horse accessories. That also means Trainer’s Challenge competitions. This popular event uses very young horses (2-3 years old) from good breeding lines. In the meantime, horse rescue operations are either at full capacity or very close to it. Most horses rescued are young and not started. These operations rely heavily on volunteers to care and handle the horses so getting them started under saddle is not always an option. That is unfortunate because once these young horses have a good start under saddle, they have a better chance of finding a good home. Here’s an idea: what if we were to use rescued foals for the Trainer’s Challenge? I’m sure it wouldn’t be difficult to find three young horses of similar age. It doesn’t matter if they are not from the same breeder because, as a horse breeder pointed out to me, you can have foals out of the same dam and sire that have totally different character traits. Most horse owners do not have the skills to take on an unbroken horse


but they don’t mind purchasing a horse that has been started. I see a win-win combination here. If the horses used in trainer’s challenges came from rescue operations, that would take three foals off their hands and the money these horses bring in when sold after the challenge could go back to the rescue operation. We know rescue organizations could use the extra funds to help out other horses. If the Trainer’s Challenge supported rescue operations, there would be more awareness of rescued horses. How about taking it one step further and having a $1 cover fee for spectators to watch and learn during the challenge. The money collected could go back to the rescue organizations that supplied the horses. As for the trainers, they would get a real challenge where they would have the opportunity to show all their skills as a trainer. The horses and trainers would also be on more even ground as neither one would know what to expect from the other. The audience would get to see what trainers do when faced with this kind of challenge. This would be a more realistic challenge that would match every day experiences. I hope that I have started some dialog. The Trainer’s Challenge competition could develop to its full potential, showcasing trainers that will be able to show how skilful they really are. The Challenge can bring awareness to the growing problem of abandoned, unwanted and abused horses where most go for meat without the chance at a useful and happy life. - Barbra Ann King, Hello Nancy: attended Crabbet Park Equitation Centre in 1974. I have made contact with one of the women who was also on course with me. While talking online (Facebook) about the horses, someone mentioned that they should have a reunion. I


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said, “Count me in.” I am in BC and Crabbet Park is in Sussex, England. Today I was messaged that the reunion would be September 5, 2015 at Crabbet Park. The cost is 20 pounds. Can you please add this event to your magazine? Many people attended Crabbet Park from all over the world. I have even met people from BC who also went to Crabbet Park. I received great training in classical dressage and horsemanship. It was the best decision I have ever made in my life (so far) to attend this riding school. If you have ever read “The Horsemaster’s Notebook” by Mary Rose (who got the notes from a student at Crabbet Park and published them under her name) then you know the quality of the education students obtained. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail - Barbara Kinsey, BHSAI Dear Editor: egarding: Advocate for Equines’ articles. As a small rescue, I am left wondering exactly who this group of horse people are, and exactly what their objectives are in writing these articles. I agree that they have many good points in their articles but, as a small rescue, I have some of my own “Red Flag” concerns. My first is in the opening paragraph of their article in the February issue. “There is only financial gain to that society.” I am not sure which rescues they are referring to, but all the rescues I am familiar with have NO financial gain on any of the horses they adopt out! A legitimate rescue puts tremendous amounts of time, effort and financial resources into each and every horse they take on. The difference between what they spend and what they receive through adoption fees are made up by fundraising and often personal contributions. There is no “financial” gain in a legitimate rescue. Sadvertising -- I agree “threats of euthanizing an animal” are not appropriate and are definitely a “red flag.” However, ALL organizations including those trying to help people, use sad stories to drive donations and adoptions, mainly because


that is how organizations get the public’s attention. When at auction, if the price paid is just over what the meat man is willing to pay to keep that horse from going to slaughter, then in my opinion that IS a rescue. If bidding against someone who is offering that horse an appropriate home, then yes, I agree, that is no longer a rescue. However, errors are made; but all rescues should be aware of current meat prices and bid accordingly. As for the adoption contract -- the contract is often more a symbol of good faith that the adopter will be giving the horse a good home and can fulfill the needs of the horse. The contract is not about the needs of the adopter. It is indeed your right to ask to negotiate some of the clauses and maybe some will be altered for the right home; however, the terms of the contract are to protect the horse. The job of a good rescue is to ensure that the horse gets the best home possible. It is not a “right” that because someone wants a horse and has the adoption fee in hand, they go home with the horse! Refusing an adoption is not using “bully tactics” and just because we are looking for homes for the horses does not mean ANY home will do! That is not what responsible rescues are all about! - Theresa Nolet, O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue

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Do You Have the Perfect Horse? By Christa Miremadi Everyone has a different mental picture of what the perfect horse looks like. For some, we see the world’s greatest cutting horse; for others, maybe a grand prix jumper. Some may even see a fat, shaggy Shetland pony, grazing in the backyard. For me, it’s a horse who is versatile with style.


hat I mean by that is a horse who is not limited to a single discipline or just one talent, but has the ability to adapt to whatever job or task is currently at hand, all while carrying himself with poise, dignity and pride. Achieving this requires a slightly different style of training. For many, training a horse involves teaching habitual responses to a variety of cues, resulting in a horse that’ll perform his specialty for anyone who knows where the buttons are and how to press them. This can be incredibly useful and can produce a pretty reliable horse, confident in his job and easy to ride, even by a “green” rider. The only trouble is, when this horse is taken outside of his comfort zone and asked to perform a job or task that’s different from what he was

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Twisted Terrain’s photographer, Michelle Gazely, snapped this photo of my husband, Pinto, riding Fire across the suspension bridge. trained to do, he’ll be lost and unprepared. In other words, he’ll no longer be confident and, if his rider is in fact “green,” this can (and often does) create dangerous or unsafe situations in which the “buttons” don’t work. This is a situation that neither the horse nor the rider is

prepared for. The way I like to approach training the horse and rider is a little different. Although I’ve ridden horses like the one I described and it wasn’t at all unpleasant, I personally felt disconnected from the horse. It was more like driving a car or riding a bike than “true unity” or a connection. Whenever I’ve ridden horses like that, I’ve always felt a little like I was at the mercy of the thoroughness of whoever did the training and of the current mood of the horse. The way I see it, riding a horse (or even working with one on the ground) should be a conversation, a dance, music even… There should be an ebb and flow and both the horse and the human should feel heard and considered. When I sit down on my own horses (or any that have had a similar style of training), I can instantly feel them, quite literally, seeking the connection. They “check in” and look for support and direction. This feeling is what makes me confident in my horse, and my receiving his “signal” is what makes him confident in my ability to keep him safe; body, mind and soul. This conversation method of horsemanship means that no matter where you go, no matter what you present your horse with, you have a working language with which to communicate and provide guidance. Your horse may still be nervous or insecure about strange tasks or new challenges but the foundation that’s been set is one that provides the horse and human team with the communication skills necessary to work through almost any task. My own horse Fire and I have been working on developing this language together for the past few years. For the first seven years of his life he was a breeding stallion, living in a large pasture with his donkey and whatever mares he happened to be breeding with at the time. He had no job, was not broke and was simply “living the dream.” I started him sometime in his sixth year, but being sat on was the extent of his HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Perfect Horse continued... education until we gelded him part way through his seventh year. By the time he was eight, he was a freshly-gelded, “un-broke” Arabian with unlimited potential to do anything! Fully developed, pasture raised, great conformation and no injuries meant that this horse could do almost anything… but what would he enjoy? How does one decide for another what his/her lifetime career will be? I knew what I enjoyed doing and the jobs that I would need him to do, but I also wanted to be open to finding the job that Fire would enjoy (besides breeding of course). It was my goal to provide him with a foundation that would prepare him for a wide variety of options, thus making it possible to help him find “his calling.” Now, four years later, Fire has guided and tailed trail rides in the back country of BC and Alberta, taught and demonstrated “Hoof Ball” and “Garrocha” for the Back Country Horsemen of BC, Certified Horsemanship Association and Me and Fire demonstrating “Garrocha.” Photo by various other groups Marion P. Cox of Marion Photography. and clinics, developed (and continues to develop) confidence and skill as a “green” bridle horse, taught and demonstrated Mountain Trail, learned to work the flag/mechanical cow, and not only provided riding lessons to kids and beginner adults but also won the School Horse of the Year Award (as voted by the students themselves) at his home, The Rock’n Star Ranch; and now, he is currently developing confidence working with cows as well! I don’t think there’s a thing this horse can’t do and the foundation that we’ve developed, the open dialog of compassionate communication and conversations that we’ve achieved, is what makes him so versatile. This method is incredibly rewarding and the way I see it, produces an incredibly well-rounded, confident and satisfied horse that can do almost anything with dignity, poise and style. But it’s no cake walk! It requires a great deal of dedication, personal development and honesty from the rider. This style of horsemanship requires us to accept that it is our own limitations, our own lack of balance, co-ordination, and knowledge and our own understanding of feel that stands between our horses and our desired goals. When we teach our horses to listen, feel and respond to our every move, we must be in control and aware of ourselves and how we affect our horses. This style (like so many others) is about relationship, development, teamwork and leadership, but also humility, awareness and growth. In my opinion, the perfect horse is a horse who can be your partner through any activity you choose to tackle. A horse who not only follows directions willingly and with accuracy but also helps you develop yourself through partnership and teamwork, not exploiting your imperfections but exposing them, causing you to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

become more aware of your own influence in achieving the desired outcome. The perfect horse can gather and sort cows in the morning, teach Hoof Ball in the afternoon and confidently navigate guiding a trail ride, crossing bridges, roads or open spaces in the evening. Obviously, no horse can do all of these things without a little preparation but developing the ability to communicate through conversations with your horse; conversations spoken not through words but through feel and understanding, can provide you and your horse with the foundation to tackle any challenge with confidence, all while carrying himself with poise, dignity and pride. This open dialog of compassionate communication will help develop a lasting, strong relationship between you and your horse and provide the foundation to help your horse become versatile with style. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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Geometry of the Hoof and the Hoof Print Trim, Part 1 By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care Nature seems to have a way when it comes to getting things right. The mathematical simplicity that exists when you break a hoof down into sections is quite amazing. At the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care, we teach a trimming method called the Hoof Print Trim.


his method was created by Cheryl Henderson, founder of the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. The Oregon School was the first of its kind in North America - a centre devoted to the practice of natural hoof care and a better life for our equines. Cheryl Henderson has spent many decades developing and researching her method and has proven it again and again with thousands of dissections and case studies. Our program teaches this method and also relies on the ability to “read” the hoof and each horse’s specific conformation to adapt the trim to their needs. This system allows us to teach the fundamentals of trimming in a short time frame. The formula of a healthy hoof is as follows: the width at the fulcrum (widest point on Measuring the baseline from the the bottom of the hoof) equals hairline to the collateral groove exits the length from heel to toe. This (green line is the baseline)

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means that the hoof should be a perfect circle. Hind hooves abide by this measurement also, but the hoof tends to be more spadeshaped. The frog should equal 2/3 of the solar view of the hoof from the back to the front; the remaining sole to the dorsal (front) hoof wall is the other 1/3. The hairline should be at a relaxed 30 degree angle to the ground. All hooved animals have a naturally occurring 30 degree hairline that only becomes distorted through genetic defect, altered living environments and lack of movement, or human trimming error. These formulas have been proven again and again through the study of wild horses’ hooves and as well through countless dissections and case studies. Even the most distorted hoof shapes follow these parameters and can often be brought back into balance in just a few trims depending on the severity of the distortion. This does not mean, however, that we just measure and cut. These guidelines must be paired with our “reading” of the hooves’ clues to help us determine each horse’s needs. For instance, some horses have club feet; this physical deformity will impact the heel height and the angle of the hairline. This is where reading the hoof and determining the best approach for each specific horse is extremely important. A



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Geometry of the Hoof continued... deformity like club foot can sometimes be corrected or improved, but many times is just something you have to work with and adapt your trim around. The Hoof Print Trim is a great starting point for those learning to trim because you can measure and draw where the healthy hoof should be and then train your eyes to “read” the hoof and evaluate using both sets of clues where you should trim. This method starts with evaluating the baseline. The baseline is the rearmost part of the hoof, where we will trim our heel height down to, as well as where we take our measurement from heel to toe after establishing the width at the fulcrum. To find our baseline, we measure from the back of the heel bulbs at the hairline to the collateral groove exit. On most a v e r a g e - Identifying the fulcrum (green sized horses, line is fulcrum, blue is baseline) this measurement equals 1 ¼ inches. It varies for ponies or smaller horses and the taller horses and drafts, but this is just an average and, again, not a measurement from which we would simply just cut without “reading” into the rest of the hoof first and accounting for any deformities or pathologies, etc. After establishing the correct baseline by evaluating the frog health, the periople wear marks, the heel surface, and sole thickness in switchback at the rear of the hoof, we can measure our fulcrum to establish our toe length. The fulcrum is simply the widest part on the bottom of the hoof. It is almost always about ¾ inch behind the apex of the frog occurring at the mid-point of where the coffin bone sits inside the hoof and is not usually distorted by flaring or stretched lamina. We measure the fulcrum from the golden line on one side to the golden line on the other side, not from wall to wall. If the measurement was 4 ½ inches, we would then measure from our baseline forward 4 ½ inches and mark where our golden line should be at the toe. In a balanced hoof that HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

has been trimmed regularly and correctly, this mark will line up with the golden line at the toe. I just want to reiterate that this is also not a cut line; we still have to add our wall thickness to determine where the cut line will be. We also must “read” Establishing 2/3 to 1/3 balance the hooves’ wear patterns and toe callous before deciding where to cut. Now that we have determined the circumference of the hoof we can establish the 2/3 to 1/3 balance. The baseline to the apex of the frog should be 2/3 of the overall hoof length. Frogs can get stretched forward into the sole’s 1/3 and occasionally need to be trimmed back. This measurement will determine if the

frog has migrated forward. However, all of our measurements to this point would be inaccurate if we had measured our baseline wrong, so caution must be taken to measure correctly and confirm we are right by “reading” the clues and wear marks in the hoof. Part 2 of this article will be continued in the May issue of Saddle Up. Kristi Luehr is a natural trimmer and founder of the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care (www.oksnhc. com). She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES) • 13

Training with Dana Hokana REFINE YOUR WHOA CUE A very common problem that riders deal with is not getting a responsive “whoa” from their horse. I am going to teach you to refine your “whoa” cue! Many riders draw back on the reins and pull the horse to a stop, and when they feel the motion slowing they release their cue before all four of the horse’s feet are fully committed to a stop, which can also put his body weight on his front end.


well-balanced, collected horse needs to carry more than half of his body weight over his hindquarters. When your horse stops with more weight on the front end instead, he is not fully completing the “whoa.” He is not respecting your cue and basically taking control of his feet. That will lead to your other problem of his not wanting to stand still. A horse will also learn to throw his head in the air because you have drawn back on the reins, then released and given him freedom before the stop was completed, thereby opening a door for him to pull away from the rein pressure. The fix for this problem is simple! Remember, the reward is the release and you have given your release too early. You have to reprogram that by making sure that the timing of your release is correct. Awareness is the first step to change and you are aware of the problem. Now increase your awareness by feeling through your hands if he is pulling on you or if he is soft and light in your hands. Many riders become so accustomed to their horses pulling and tugging on their hands that they don’t even realize that this is going on. A horse can desensitize a rider as well

as a rider can desensitize a horse. Refine your feel and work toward a light, responsive horse. When you ask for your whoa cue, your horse should match your cue and be right there for you. So, when you ask him to whoa or, as I like to say it, when you draw him to the ground, do just that. Draw up on your reins and draw him to the ground. Keep your pull or draw consistent and don’t release until all four of his feet are fully committed to the ground. Then release him in the face. If he walks forward out of the stop, pick up on your reins and draw back until he backs up a couple of steps. I don’t like to pull him backwards a long way because then the real message to him can get lost and it turns into a lesson in the backup. Be clear in your message. All you are doing is drawing his motion back to the ground and regaining control of his feet. If he walks forward again repeat the maneuver. Continue this until he stands. If he feels really antsy or nervous, make sure that you are not jerking or snatching him in the face. Just make it a smooth, firm draw. Also, at the start, it may be a lot to ask him to stand for

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Training with Dana continued... several moments at a time. Just get him to settle all four feet to the ground for the count of three, for example, and then go back to work with forward motion, practicing your stop over and over until he is happy for the reward to stop balanced and stand quietly. Several components may come into play if he does not want to stand quietly. He may be fresh or nervous or he could be made nervous by his rider picking at him or grabbing at him in the stop; or, he may be spoiled and barn sour and may not have been required to stop and stand like an obedient, balanced horse. When he has stopped and is standing quietly on a released rein, then pat him or tell him good boy or good girl. Horses relax to the sound of your soft voice; it is a reward for them. Also, as your draw your horse to the stop, make sure that you are not throwing your body backwards. Just simply relax your pelvis and fold down onto your horse. When you throw your body backwards, you are adding pounds of pressure to your pull and you may be adding your upper body weight to the pull through your hands, hitting your horse in the face with a lot of pressure. If you have a sensitive horse, he may become scared of your hands, dreading the stop. You will have more body control with your hands and arms if you are sitting balanced through your seat. Your horse may be responsive most of the time and even










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You Cannot Be Serious By Bruce A. Roy, Photos courtesy of The Draft Horse Journal

“You cannot be serious!” This comment by bad boy, tennis star, John McEnroe in 1979, was often heard at the 20th Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, held February 24-27 at the Gordyville USA Auction Center, Gifford, Illinois. However, there was no shortage of cash.


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his year, two officials and three consignors were honoured. One was an auctioneer, Steve Andrews of Wooster, Ohio; the other was Bruce Roy of Cremona, AB, one of the blockmen. Both have been on the rostrum for 20 years at the Mid-America Draft Horse Sale. This year’s sale drew a record crowd. Hundreds of Amish farmers, who breed and work Belgian and Percherons horses, were among the American horsemen present. Draft horse breeders from seven Canadian provinces were also ringside. The Belgian and Percheron horses consigned, the horse drawn equipment, harness and tack, plus collectible consignment, sparked a fast trade. Two hundred and eighteen Belgian and Percheron horses averaged $6,867. The 22 Belgian stallions averaged $5,060 and 59 Belgian females averaged $7,927. Twelve Percheron stallions averaged $4,488, while 51 Percheron mares averaged $8,491. The 74 geldings, Belgian and Percheron, averaged $5,830. There were few no sales. Vernon Yoder, the enthusiastic Amish Sale Manager was over the moon. A black, 18 hh Percheron topped the Sale. This three-year-old mare, bred by Edwin Ropp of Jamesport, Missouri, was consigned by Joe Yoder of Bloomfield, Iowa. Bids on this mare advanced in $500 increments. The auctioneer’s hammer fell on a $57,000 bid. No novice in harness, E.R.’s Crystal is a big, athletic daughter of Skyview Count On It, one that is as sound as a brass bell. Worked as a twoyear-old on an Amish farm, she is destined to perform in the show ring. E.R.’s Crystal joins the celebrated Trippcrest Hitch of Percheron mares fielded by Jane Gray of Harrison, Maine. The bidder, Chad Cole, will have the lines in hand. The high-priced gelding was R.R.A.’s Connie’s Tradition. Purchased for $30,000 by Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB, this black three-yearHCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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is building for an American client. This Percheron Six will make its tanbark debut at the Calgary Stampede. Brett Lucas, Lucasia Ranches of Claresolm, AB, paid $7,500 for R-Kay’s Sue Allen. A grey three-year-old, she joins the court of Percheron brood mares at Lucasia Guest Ranch. Lucas didn’t stop there. He bid $10,000 for a show wagon, complete with poles and eveners. This handsome wagon, carrying Lucasia Ranch colours, will also appear at Calgary Stampede. Volume buyer from Western Canada was Mort Seaman and Family of Choiceland, SK, who purchased three Percherons. Jim Lane, Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle, MB, won a $10,000 bid for Lone Oak Lisa. This black, Manitoba-bred three-year-old is by Pleasant View Michael. She sparked a bidding war when centre-ring. Jason Bexson, Legacy Stables of Didsbury, AB, consigned his set of show harness. This sold for $11,000. Among the collectibles sought by Aaron Freitag, the young Saskatchewan horseman currently resident at New Carlisle, Indiana, were back issues of The Belgian Review from the 1920s. They sparked a furious trade. Freitag had to pay up to $310 per issue to secure possession. A set of Canadian Percheron Stud Books, purchased on order for Merlin Ford of Buchanan, SK, cost $250.




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CDE Third Phase: Scoring Your Best in Cones By Judy Newbert In parts 1 and 2, we discussed the dressage test and the judge’s expectations. All of the work we have done on our dressage test will increase the horse’s maneuverability so that the cones course can be executed in the shortest possible time with the smallest number of penalties.


he requirements of the dressage test normally controls what will be asked in the cones course in terms of turn radii and pace. For a Training level cones course, no turns should be tighter than a 40-metre circle and the cones course should be driven at a working trot of 180 metres/minute for horses and ponies, and 160 metres/minute for VSEs. Having said that, often the turns may be tighter if one cones course is used for all levels (which is not uncommon because of the difficulties of making a totally different course for each level). The Training course will have wider spaces between the cones and will be measured at a slower pace than the higher levels in establishing the time allowed. Again, like the dressage and marathon tests, the expectations of the cones are graduated so Pre-Training is easier than Training which is easier than Preliminary, etc. The maximum number of cones is 20 but may often be less at Training level. A welldesigned cones course will have the next set of cones visible from the preceding set of cones, i.e. cones pair 6 will be visible after you pass through cones pair 5, etc. At all levels, cones obstacles that require reining back are not permitted. The cones are marked with a number and must be driven in order. The cones

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will have red markers on the right and white markers on the left. At Training level, the minimum width between the cones will be set 35 cm wider than the track width for horses and ponies and 30 cm wider than the track width for VSEs. This requires that the track width of each vehicle be measured and the cones spacing be adjusted for each vehicle. There is an option, at the organizer’s choice, of using standard cones settings which will relieve the organizers of measuring each vehicle. The prize list will explain which cones width measurements will be used. The time allowed will be established using a standard speed. For Training, in VSE division, the required speed is 160 metres/ minute. For Training level, in the Horse and Pony division, the required speed is 180 metres/minute.

Cones Strategy The cones course must be driven without hitting any cones and in a time which is faster than the other competitors. If you knock down any cones, red and white markers, numbers or letters, you will be assigned 3 penalties. If you exceed the time allowed, you will be assigned a penalty of 0.5 penalties per second over the time allowed. These penalties will be added to any penalties you may have been assessed for hitting cones. You will have an opportunity of walking the cones course before the competition. Walk the cones in order and when leaving a set of cones, look to the next set of cones to help with memorizing the course. Plan turns and where you may need to trot slowly to make tight turns and where you can go at a faster trot because the course is straight or has shallow turns. There are penalties assessed for failing to start when whistled, for grooms telling the driver the course, for driving the course in the wrong order, for disobediences, for resistance and for various other problems while on course.

Geometry of Cones Courses To make the best use of the space between the cones, you should pass through the cones perpendicular to a line joining the two cones. Any deviation from this line makes it more likely that you will hit one or both cones. This is fine if the pairs of cones are set far enough apart and with no sharp turns so that you can get perpendicular to the cones pairs in each case. When cones courses have tighter turns, it becomes necessary to drive through cones at an angle. In this case, you should try to drive closer to the cone on the outside of the turn. The reason for this is because on a turn the cart or carriage turns inside the track of the horse. This can result in the horse clearing the cones but the cart or carriage hitting the inside cone. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

CDE Third Phase continued... Course Speed Depending on the cones course design, some decision on speed strategy has to be considered. At Training level, the course has to be driven only at a trot. As the cones course progresses, it may become apparent that it will be difficult to come in under the time allowed at what appears to be a reasonable trot speed. This is the reason you want to watch a number of competitors driving the course before it is your turn to see how the course is driving. If it appears you will have to drive faster than you intended to make the time, you will have to decide if your horse can handle the faster speed without hitting cones or failing to make some of the turns. If your horse is new to the sport, it would be fairer to the horse to go somewhat slower and drive clear and take some time penalties. If the driver is confident the horse can handle the course at a faster trot, then

they go for it. The cones course is the last phase of the CDE competition, so after the cones, you will receive your final scores and placing. Accept your scores, ask any questions you have, graciously accept

your prizes (if any), pack up and head home. By reading your dressage test comments and knowing your scores in the marathon and the cones, you will have a list of things to work on in your training before your next competition. This concludes this series of

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What is Your Horse Drinking? By Ross Buchanan With water making up 62% to 68% of a horse’s body, and a horse drinking up to 70 litres of water per day, it is easy to see why many consider water the horse’s most important nutrient.


s I examine the toxins that are eroding the quality of life for our horses, it is only natural to consider the impact of toxic water on horses. Although the literature about toxins affecting cattle is extensive, information about how heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides impact horses is scarce. What we do know is that if a horse does not drink adequate amounts of water, it can’t properly flush the kidneys or the liver. In addition, the colon can’t move the bowels and the horse is left retaining unhealthy levels of toxins. The longer the waste remains in the horse, the longer it has for the toxins to be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream and circulated to every cell in the horse’s body. Are your horses drinking the right water? Water can contain arsenic, fluoride, chlorine, aluminum and a host of other unhealthy toxins. When our horses drink water, they may be consuming a mixture of toxins and poisonous chemicals. With the digestive system of the horse being so sensitive and fragile, any toxins or poisons that impact the fermenting capacity of the cecum can result in insidious chronic health issues that

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Horse Drinking? continued... the toxins that are hidden in the water our horses drink. Arsenic is a very toxic heavy metal classified by the World Health Organization as a Category I Carcinogen which means it is definitely a cancercausing agent. In addition, arsenic destroys the good bacteria that the cecum relies on to ferment and absorb essential nutrients that produce the amino acids that build the proteins that play critical roles in the development of our horses. As an example, whenever I encounter a situation where horses are drinking arsenic-contaminated water, I typically also observe low levels of the essential minerals at the cellular level. Arsenic can be present in both municipal systems and wells. Some areas in the Fraser Valley are especially contaminated with high levels of arsenic. In the past, people have thought highly of the Mount Baker Aquifer. Over the last decade, with the use of arsenic-based chemicals in the production of berry crops, the quality of the water from this aquifer has degraded. The only way to know if your horses have access to arsenic-free water is to test it. For those who had their water tested in the past, say ten years ago or so, I encourage them to consider all of the changes in their area in the last decade and suggest that now would be a good time to re-test. Any horse that is negatively impacted by arsenic could certainly benefit from probiotics to continuously reactivate their cecum. There currently is a war raging about how dangerous fluoride is when added to municipal water systems. What I do know is that fluoride is almost as poisonous as arsenic and that it is the cause of health issues in horses. There is no doubt that studies of the impact of fluoride on horses are required. I am of the opinion that chronic, lower-dose intoxication causes bone abnormalities in horses and contributes to lameness, stiffness, bone thickening, pain and difficulty eating, weight loss, poor growth rates, and poor health. Fluoride should be avoided in drinking water for horses. Horses that are exposed to fluoride could benefit from probiotics. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Chlorine is added to water in municipal systems to kill bacteria. Once in the horse, it bonds with other compounds that trigger the production of free radicals and cause serious cell damage. In one research study, chlorine was added to rats’ water supply and as a result the rats developed tumours in the liver, kidneys and intestines. Chlorine should be avoided in drinking water for horses. If horses are drinking chlorinated water, probiotics are recommended to ensure digestive integrity. Aluminum is added to municipal water systems as a coagulant in water treatment and leads to increased concentrations of aluminum in finished water. Aluminum is a neurotoxin that harms the central nervous system and can create behavioural issues. The intake of aluminum in horses should be avoided. Horses that are exposed to aluminum in water should have their systems cleansed to remove the toxin. The sad reality of keeping horses near heavily-populated areas in 2015 is that our horses are going to be exposed to toxins in the water. Can we prevent it? Probably not, but what we can do is take action to defend against it from happening and minimizing the impact. Strategies that many horse owners are

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Kamloops Equine Seminar Story and photos by Lauren Miller After an informative day filled with nutrition, health and equine fitness, new motivation sets in to kick start the spring riding season. The Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic (KLAVC) hosted their annual Equine Seminar on February 28 at the Barnhartvale Hall.


digestive tract. In her presentation about colic, she stressed the importance of knowing your horse’s “normal” heart rate, and how to find it. Dr. Pedersen also showed the crowd a video of what happens to your horse’s insides during different types of colic. Dr. Robert Mulligan, in his talk about Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), also expressed the importance of knowing your horse well in order to recognize how your feeding is affecting him. Dr. Mulligan outlined a few of the many symptoms of EMS like laminitis, obesity and lethargy. He also explained the process of testing our equines for EMS, detailing what happens when testing blood Auditors getting a hands-on learning experience with the painted horse. work. Diagnosing Jackson. There was also a complete comes with some clinical signs in combination with blood testing. High equine skeleton on display. The Brooke Foundation draw levels of insulin and glucose are seen was made, and KLAVC would like in ponies with EMS which shows in the to congratulate Steven and Jennifer blood work. An appropriate diet and Zachary of Turning Point Ranch for adequate exercise seem to be the most winning the first place goodie basket in successful bet in protecting the hard our by-donation draw. A HUGE thank keepers from EMS. Shelagh Niblock, senior nutritionist you to all who donated to the Brooke Foundation and helped us to raise at Hi-Pro feeds, discussed the role over $1000! The Brooke Foundation of the main nutrients in your horse’s is an international animal welfare feeds. She gave some great tips for organization dedicated to improving everyone to take home. The main thing the lives of hard working horses, she stressed was keeping it natural donkeys and mules in some of the feed your horse on the ground, feed him little amounts and often - try to world’s poorest communities. The painted horse was a huge hit. mimic your horse’s natural behaviour It created a great visual of something of grazing all day. She also suggests you wouldn’t get to see otherwise. splitting up the grain in your horse’s During the lunch break, Dr. Pedersen meals as well (“little and often”). Why? showed how to find and take a horse’s Because that will help you get the most heart rate and listen to gut sounds on out of your grain product and because the painted horse. She also explained horses aren’t meant to digest a whole the areas of the horse’s stomach and bunch at once; they were designed to ith a successful turnout of about 60 equine enthusiasts, the topics of the all-day seminar included Nutrition by Shelagh Niblock, Feed/Hay Testing by John McCurrach, Colic and a painted horse by Dr. Heather Pederson, Metabolic Syndrome by Dr. Robert Mulligan, and The Smiling Back by Dr. Jennifer

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graze all day. And most importantly, ALWAYS have clean, fresh and easyto-access water. Niblock stated that, no matter what we feed, fancy or basic, if the animal isn’t getting enough water, then nothing good is going to happen. It is so important and something that is too often taken for granted. The best way to know what nutrients your hay is missing, or not, is to get your hay tested. John McCurrach gave an informative talk on what’s behind hay testing. He says that getting a core sample from the bale is the most accurate way to learn what your hay’s made of; better than taking a handful of hay as the sample. A core sampler takes little pieces of all of it straight through the bale for a more accurate

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perform better,” Dr. Jackson explained in the last presentation of the day. Her talk on The Smiling Back outlined ways to recognize back pain, and how to build a stronger back. Dr. Jackson recommends that you check how your horse’s back and muscles are. If he has pain in the back, it could be for a number of reasons like poor saddle fit, rider error or excessive weight. She reminded everyone that it’s important to try to keep your weight plus your saddle’s weight under 20% of your horse’s total body weight to prevent his back from becoming sore. She also gave the auditors some great exercises for strengthening and developing strong backs, and showed them some new technologies like the Theraband System. From all of the vets and staff at KLAVC, we would like to send out a big thank you to all of you who came out and made this seminar a great success. And a massive thank you to our fabulous sponsors: Boehringer Ingleheim and


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O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue By Theresa Nolet I have been reflecting on the two major horse auctions (in my world) that have occurred recently - the one in Armstrong and the one in Innisfail, AB. Thankfully, both auctions resulted in many concerned people coming out to bid. Photo by Tara Webber, CBC

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issues received bids of over $1000. Meanwhile, at rescues, halter-trained, vetted and gelded yearlings sit waiting for their forever homes at much lower costs. Where are all the people when rescues need adopters? Every time someone adopts a horse from a rescue they open the door for that rescue to take on another horse. Don’t get me wrong, I am delighted that so many people supported the horses at these two auctions, but the job of rescue is not over! I do not know the total number of rescues operating in BC, but I do know that we are all stretched beyond our limits and suffer heart break on a regular basis when we have to say no to taking on horses because we have no space or funds to do so. The need is great and the resources are few. Being in rescue is not something I chose; the horses chose me and I could not turn my back on them. But my greatest wish is that I will not be needed to rescue ANY horses. How can my dream come true? People need to STOP breeding! Let’s deal with the horses already on this planet and not support more breeding.

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O.A.T.S. continued... In BC, the racing industry is granted TEN MILLION dollars each year; as well, each brood mare is eligible for TWO THOUSAND dollars in grants each time she foals successfully. In Ontario, the race horse industry has been granted 400 MILLION taxpayer dollars over the next five years to support horse racing, which means supporting horse slaughter, as up to 40% of slaughter-bound horses come from the racing industry. Here is a quote from the announcement of the funding. “The $400 million infusion of taxpayer funds comes from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. That, in addition to rent from OLG to track operators for housing slot machines on their premises, and the pari-mutuel tax reduction on wagering revenue, brings the new five-year provincial funding total to over $1 billion. Race horse breeders will also continue

to receive money through the Horse Improvement Program, funded at $30 million a year.” So this is why I have sadness. Approximately 114 horses were saved from slaughter, but our job is not finished. The people attending the auctions spoke loud and clear about how they felt about slaughter, but please do not let the message end there. I am asking compassionate people to continue to support rescues when you feel the urge to add to your family herd, and please take time to write to your local politicians to say you do not support your tax dollar going to support breeding and therefore slaughter. Every horse saved still means hundreds left to die in a kill box, and with every horse entering that kill box a little part of those opposed to slaughter dies with them.



ell, another semester is finished and the students have passed with flying colours! Snickers, Twix and Roche have all been haltered, handled, and are farrier-ready! These three beauties were part of a group of yearlings rescued from auction in 2014. Kathy and Mike send as many horses as they can to “summer school” to increase their chances of being adopted. You can sponsor a horse for schooling for $100 per month. Blossom was part of the same

group of yearlings as the other three, and though she hasn’t gone through any official schooling, she has been haltered and had her feet trimmed. She’s a pretty little buckskin Quarter Horse; but she will be stunning when she matures! Remember the Clydesdales? They arrived at the rescue by storm last summer, and they were all adopted out just as quickly! They are all thriving in their forever homes. Check in on the Bear Valley Rescue page on Facebook for updates on them. Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! Keep tabs on Blossom, Twix, Roche, Snickers, and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue: www. You can e-mail: or call 403-6372708 in Sundre, Alberta.

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EARTH - Ethical Awareness for the Riding and Training of Horses By Frances Weeks “EARTH” is a coming together of ethical, like-minded horse trainers who are looking for support and encouragement, inspiration and verification for the betterment of their horsetraining skills.


ased in the North Okanagan, Dr. Susi Cienciala DVM and Frances Weeks BHSII have pooled their resources and formed a group called EARTH. Their vision is to form a grass-roots educational group, to hold regular theory meetings, workshops, Frances Weeks educational outings, in-hand groundwork sessions, ridden lessons and fun adventures on the trails, no matter what your chosen discipline(s). The idea is to invite discussion around the often confusing/contradictory methodology that is commonplace today. They will explore the ethics and authenticity of sound training systems, the intricacies of “how horses learn” and how we can become better, more enlightened trainers. Based on the philosophies of humane horsemanship with emphasis on the science-based research from the fields

of Equitation Science (, Andrew Mclean (, and the Classical Dressage “Lightness” of Philippe Karl (www.philippekarl. com), EARTH proposes to blend these complementary riding styles for the good of the horse. Motivated by authentic practice as opposed to showring results, alongside this academic understanding they will explore bio-mechanics, comfort and longevity, tack, foot care, living conditions, nutrition, herd management, physical, mental and emotional well-being – in other Susi Cienciala words EARTH! The seeds are planted, join today and watch the growth of this equine garden. Please contact Frances with questions, comments, ideas, suggestions and wish-list: See this in action at UBC this summer - an exciting equine conference – view the website

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Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to nancyroman@saddleup. ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS.” HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

TIDBITS Equine Veterinary Fund Coalition We need your help with our upcoming April 30th Auction Sale to benefit The Equine Veterinary Fund Coalition. We are seeking items for our live auction and/or gift certificates. New or used in good condition will be great. Furniture, gift cards, gift certificates, knick knacks, horse related items. Restaurants and stores are welcome to donate. Tax receipts can be given. Please contact Gena Sandli, Director for the Interior Horse Protection Society of BC branch at 250-379-2400 or e-mail The Coalition is introducing our new initiative - raising funds for veterinary care for horses. Funds raised will be used to provide appropriate health care based on the individual needs of the horses, according to the policies set out by the Coalition. This collaboration of four registered horse charities is unprecedented! We are very excited about working together to provide better care for all of our horses, and we look forward to expanding our initiatives for the future. The auction is set for April 30th on the Equine Veterinary Coalition Facebook page starting at 9 am, to run for 24 hours. Links are also on Outbackjacks Horse Rescue and the Horse Protection Society of BC Facebook pages.

Want to learn to play Polo? Beginners welcome! Polo is a great way to have fun on horseback! The Okanagan Polo Club is made up of men and women of all ages from 7-70 years and all walks of life. Polo is a family sport for sure. One thing we do NOT have is anybody rich or famous! Our season starts in May, so if you want to have a look, give Alex Wales a call at 250-212-4096 or Dan Chailler at 250-470-8710 and we will get you going. All beginners are welcome to participate and take lessons from seasoned players throughout the month of May. We are also offering a one day ‘Beginners Clinic’ on June 20th, under the direction of a USPA (United States Polo Association) HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

representative. We love to get new players and will do all we can to give anyone interested every opportunity to check it out. We are a really casual group and FUN is the name of the game - after all, why would you do it if it wasn’t fun?? More info is available at www.okanaganpoloclub. com

Music and Horses for the Soul Horses Help Kids launches the “Leading The Change; Music Project For Kids.” Horses Help Kids invites schools, classrooms and youth based organizations to participate in the pilot launch of this ‘project for kids’ to create their own personalized theme-based music video. This is a perfect extracurricular opportunity for kids where they: • showcase their artistic talents through songs from our Library of Music • take advantage of our learning resources so they may come to

appreciate the horse and learn of their steadfast services for humankind • participate in an equine inspired grassroots initiative sparking a revolution of kindness, justice and integrity. Special thanks to sponsoring artist Tiffany MacNeil for donating her song tracks and curriculum for Believe Believe Believe! Contact us for details on how to sign up your kids and get them involved in this initiative to support our future generations through music, horses and the fine arts! For more details visit www.

You may not believe it, but polo is a sport that anyone can learn to play. Even if you have never ridden a horse, a few lessons can get you started and on your way to playing a sport that brings people and horses together in a fun and exciting way. No matter how young or old. Can you afford to play? You Betcha! If you already own a horse who possibly needs a new job, you’re set. Yearly fees are reasonable, on a per horse basis. If you are at all interested, come check us out. We are the OkaNagaN POlO CluB and we play 3 times per week, from May to September, just south of the kelowna International airport. New Players are welcome to join us playing the best sport on 4 hooves. We don’t just play polo, we make friends. Read more .....

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he happy hopeful sound horses make when they see you coming with a carrot? Ears pricked in anticipation, eyes bright with delight, a deep whinny that seems to come straight from the heart? We think you’ll have a similar reaction when you get an eyeful of the Kerrits clothing in our new workbook. A wardrobe of feelgood favorites that work as hard as you do, created in celebration of that nicker and what it symbolizes: the connection between you and horses.

Competitors Koat The Competitor Koat is an international winner in the show ring! Offering an affordable alternative to a traditional riding coat with a slim fit that flatters and flexes with your every move. Hidden zip and three snap closure lays flat against the body for a polished show ready look. Signature Dynamic Extreme™ fabric provides four-way stretch integrity and is completely machine washable – no ironing required!

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Split Tail Rain Jacket Lightweight, waterproof shell with convertible split tail for in saddle performance. Hydrotek™ fabric is lightweight, breathable and waterproof Stowable hood Magnets can be connected to magnets at elastic back to keep clear of the saddle when riding Wash cold, tumble dry low Colors: Sunset, Peacock, Black Sizes: S, M, L, XL MSRP: US $109

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he Founder of Ultimate S h o w Apparel, Diane Olsen, is proud to announce yet another successful year of her business and is only becoming stronger. As a veteran in intricately detailed designs her creative and professional work is instantly recognizable and well known. It is quickly becoming a fashion “must” to own an article custom-made and designed by Diane Olsen herself. Her travels and distributions have been prosperous. It is not only expected, but anticipated for her to rapidly grow from her already nation-wide business. Diane’s jackets have become distinguishable and with her amazing progress of previous years, the upcoming success could not be more promising. Everything and anything can be custom-made to suit your liking. With fit and style being Diane’s first priority, she will help guide you to creating the perfect show piece. Diane takes inspiration from just about anything – wallpaper, fabrics, interesting outside-the-box designs she sees in her every day experiences. Her array of imaginative designs are prominent. Diane and her team’s skill and talent is portrayed through their attention to detail and clean lines. Diane’s efficiency and energy shine through every article. You could not get any closer to perfection when involved with Ultimate Show Apparel Ltd. Although fit, design, and perfection is important to Diane, her relationship with each customer is crucial. She is there with you through every step of the construction of your garment. She sincerely appreciates the customer and takes pride in her meticulous creations. You can often find Diane at major shows or customers

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can contact her at 250-546-2860 or by e-mail: info@ Ultimate Show Apparel shop hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Diane and her team at Ultimate Show Apparel Ltd are very enthusiastic to broadcast this season’s designs of 2015. This marine blue jacket is a good choice for an amateur showmanship for a mature adult. In 2015 we are seeing the use of a lot of different textures combined together on the jacket. This jacket is using sequin appliques, croc print patent leather, sew on Swarovski crystals, leather applique, lace and beaded applique as well as many shapes and sizes of hot fix products. This is a fabulous jacket that demonstrates the use of inset lace, a symmetrical design, random use of shapes and hot fix products. The grommet areas are laced up with a criss-cross pattern in black stretch lace fabric. The hot fix stones are set at random and use many shapes, sizes and textures to create a winning look for the show pen. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Annual Fashion Feature (Left) Vests have made a comeback for the 2015 show season! This vest is appealing to trainers as it has no Swarovski crystal shine to it. The whole vest is embellished with triangle shaped hot fix gold metal pieces. The belted area is lambskin leather with grommet holes laced with gold leather. The neckline, armholes, cuff, and collar are whip stitched with gold leather and grommet holes to give the vest set a cowgirl flair! (Right) This vest set is made with a matching blouse. The collar and sleeve end are creatively designed to match the vest and could be worn separately. This vest is the current look for 2015. Random design, nonsymmetrical with lace inset and swirls done and set in a stylish fashion. The hot fix circles and Swarovski crystals add shine to this set.


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What do we think the 2015 hot trends are in these events? What your mind can conceive, you can achieve. Dare to dream! Sister Act can make your show pen fashion dream a reality!

The Fashion industry is an ever evolving industry that sets a tone for who we are and how we express our personalities and interests in everyday life, yet the fashion industry for the reining/cowhorse show pens can be boring, repetitive and generic... we have decided to change that! These particular horseshow events are thrilling and exciting for both competitors and spectators so it only makes sense to us that the women and girls stepping into these events have the opportunity to express themselves in fashion with our shirts. Sister Act is 2 people, 2 sisters. Selena Teixeira holds a Degree in Fashion Design and has worked in the Fashion industry in Canada and Hong Kong for 15 years. The other sister, Carmen Teixeira, has her Degree in Fine Arts as well as being involved in the graphics and print industry for over 10 years. This combined experience allows us to put Form and Function together in every one of our unique shirts that we create. With our fabulous combination of fabric, design and originality (like anything unique and different) the next step is demand, interest and popularity. We decided to offer our WORKS OF ART to everyone that is in need of a show shirt!!

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Annual Fashion Feature Noel Asmar Equestrian Launches Spring/Summer Collection


ancouver based design company Noel Asmar Equestrian is providing a fresh and modern approach to equestrian Sport Couture with innovative designs that offer style in and out of the ring. Launched in 2011 by designer Noel Asmar, the equestrian brand is a division of the Noel Asmar Group of Companies, supporting the design philosophy eloquently stated by Noel Asmar herself that, “a perfectly curated collection of clothes can effortlessly carry one through days and evenings of dressing elegantly hip, classic and cool.”

stitching and two different sized loops for belt options. This season also includes an exclusive capsule of menswear. The brand’s best-selling long sleeve tee and new woven collar polo are now available for men, as well as European tailored breeches in graphite and black. Not to be missed is the timeless collection of Noel Asmar Italian Leather Handbags. Staying true to Noel Asmar style, the handbag collection is designed to be functional and

stylish. Considered design details, careful craftsmanship, and luxurious Italian leather work together to create bags for the equestrian and fashion world alike. Made in Italy, these handbags are a perfect complement to a Sport Couture wardrobe.

The new Noel Asmar Equestrian Spring/Summer 2015 launch creates a symbiotic collection of essentials and coordinates designed for the luxury of living the everyday effortlessly in style. The SS/15 collection introduces a myriad of vibrant colors such as punch pink, sunshine yellow and midnight navy with gold accents, along with clever details like magnetic weather closures and collars, expandable gussets and breathable body mapping reinforce the brand’s dedication to functional fashions. Styles that transition from the saddle to the city is what Noel Asmar Equestrian is all about. This year, the brand introduces two new breeches to the collection, with a careful attention to detail such as contrast HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The SS/15 Collection introduces bold colors, playful patterns and fun fabrics. Inspired by the refreshing brightness of spring, the collection encourages a playful attitude with horses and with fashion. Noel Asmar Equestrian is driven by a passion to create innovative designs and pushes the boundaries of traditional equestrian apparel and creates a renewed excitement for a traditional sport. A perfect balance of competitive apparel and lifestyle pieces, the SS/15 collection appeals to the avid equestrian and the equestrian enthusiast alike. For more information on the brand and to shop the full spring collection visit: • 35

Annual Fashion Feature ashion Forecast 2015 F n r e t s e By Suzanne Vlietstra Photos by Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc. W


t’s showtime... are you Ready to Win? With spring weather here and horses shedding out, it’s time to review your show wardrobe and tack to prepare for a successful year of competition and fun in western show events. As you make plans to get to the winner’s circle this year, keep in mind three considerations when it comes to your western show presentation: color, comfort, and charisma will combine to help you evaluate what you already own, and buy what you need to freshen up your show wardrobe.

Dazzling sequined “Splendor” blouse from Hobby Horse’s Limited Edition collection is attractive on any horse; especially flattering on sorrels and chestnuts. Headstalls and saddles with contrast leather and studded trims add interest to the presentation. Color is the most important tool you’ll have to make that great first impression with the judge. While any color can be a success on any color horse, there are certain tried and true combinations that are lovely and likely to create a harmonious look that will tie horse and rider together as a team. In general, horses fall into one of two major color groupings: brunette horses like bays and black horses (with primarily black, white, or brown hair in their coat) and redheaded horses like sorrels and red roans (mostly red hair coloration.) A 36 • Saddle Up • April 2015

simple starting point is to consider jeweltone colors like red, purple, and bright blue on those brunettes, and earth-tone or softer colors on the redheads, like

Black basics are beautiful in the show ring when carefully crafted and coordinated. Here, Hobby Horse’s “Zydeco” vest in black and white pairs with a diamond patterned saddle blanket for a winning fashion statement. rust, buckskin, or vanilla. For those with horses in both color groups, the versatile blue-green color range (everything from pale celery green to deep teal) are almost always a flattering look on any horse, and attractive for any rider. We’re certainly seeing more color making its way back into the western show arena these days, so don’t be afraid to add some pizzazz to your presentation with colorful accents in your western show outfit. While perhaps 75% of western show riders continue to wear black chaps, it’s easy to add impact with strong contrast color in your shirt or jacket and saddle blanket. This works for both show girls and show guys - and don’t forget a spot of color, like a bright tie, will pick up that same tone in a large, colorful saddle blanket. Test-drive your potential apparel color ideas by putting a large block of the intended color near your horse and evaluating the effect from a distance. A bath towel or even a yard of inexpensive fabric, draped over your saddled horse and observed from across the arena, can

help you make great color choices for chaps and contrast garments. Take a few photos or short video for future reference when building your personal color library. Comfort is the second watchword for western show clothing this year. Almost everything stretches: show pants, chaps with elastic inserts, and lots of choices in knitted blouses and tops let you ride in all-day comfort. Western show apparel takes a cue from mainstream sports apparel and often incorporates technical fabrics that help wick away perspiration while molding to your every curve. Whether a classically tailored solid color blouse, or a highly embellished showmanship jacket, comfort is key. If your fabrics don’t stretch, then they need to be perfectly tailored to allow you to ride in comfort while creating a trim, flattering silhouette to dazzle the judge from a distance. Fabrics for women’s show apparel are fancy and fun, with metallic ink, sequins, foil, and other reflective treatments

Color-coordination of horse and rider create a winning team impression. Here, “Stevie” jacket from Hobby Horse in sterling shades pairs with a rose grey horse for a striking ensemble. bringing a theatrical flair to the show ring. And don’t stop with just a fabulous fabric: it’s perfectly alright to add dozens to hundreds more crystals, jewels, lace inserts, fringe, and other textured and shimmering trims to an already-elaborate HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Annual Fashion Feature garment. Whether you prefer a balanced geometric applique look or a free-flowing river of hand-sewn rhinestones washing across your show blouse, there’s no such thing as too much trim this year. On the other hand, there appears to be a bit of a backlash brewing against the work-of-art elaborate show top creations that can set your budget back thousands of dollars for a single garment. In events like Western Dressage, ranch horse events, mounted shooting, reining, and performance trail classes, many riders both men and women - are comfortable sporting traditionally tailored shirts in solid colors or tasteful prints accented with colorful scarves. Paired with the right bold saddle blanket, this ‘Throwback

Strong visual effects create drama in the show ring. “Shalimar” from Hobby Horse pairs crystalstudded chocolate Ultrasuede trim with a stretch vanilla body for a stunning statement of western show style. Thursday’ look is topped with a biggerbrimmed, steeply shaped western hat that brings a hint of yesteryear to the show ring. Other apparel options include the return of the vest, whether made from richly textured lace or in simple smooth fabrics that can be paired with an elaborate blouse underneath. Vests, of course, trim your torso while allowing you great freedom of movement, and should always be considered as part of your western show wardrobe. Think about how you’ll accessorize the vest: which blouse, scarf or necklace, and earrings will make the stylish statement you wish to convey. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Show styles in 2015 are colorful, comfortable, and full of personality and charisma. Fanciful fabric in royal print with gold foil lends “Nina” blouse from Hobby Horse shine and shimmer to flatter horses tall... or small. Western hats are casting a bigger shadow these days, whether a classic look in a velvety smooth finish felt, or those more casual straws. Look for brims to grow a bit wider, but as mentioned, be shaped in a more narrow profile that hints at ‘taco’ hats from the ‘60’s and 70’s. Hats may also be your crowning glory when accented by unique trims including crystal work, hand-painted flourishes, or embellished brim treatments for a trendsetting topper. Chaps remain the most important part of your western show wardrobe, because they cover more than half of your body in the show ring and set your style in both color and silhouette. Whether your chaps are made from cowhide or washable synthetics like Ultrasuede, consider customizing accents like shimmering silver buckle sets, crystaltopped conchos, or perhaps a splash of style from a contrast-leather yoke or twocolored fringe. As long as your chaps fit like those proverbial gloves, they’ll create an effective foundation to support your more colorful and interesting show tops. For showmanship and horsemanship, you’ll still want to create a quietly elegant impression of smooth grace by avoiding harsh color changes at your waist, making sure your sleeves are long enough to cover your wrist bones when you’re in action, and using color and comfortable fabrics to create a sports suit that trims and flatters. Consider designs that draw a viewer’s eye upward and create the illusion of a frame for your face - they’re

very effective from a distance in the show ring. Showmanship suits will also be seeing some retro looks with solid and pinstripe fabrics in fitted suit jackets that seem oh-so-fresh again with a crisply shaped hat. Charisma is our final watchword, which means regardless of what you choose for your show apparel, it should delight you and bring confidence as you compete, and capture your personality to personalize your presentation. In addition to choosing garments that fit you beautifully and flatter both you and your horse, don’t overlook the small details, including jewelry accents, tack choices, those always-important saddle blankets, and even your hairstyle to pull your look together and make it the perfect compliment to your riding skills. Dress for success by planning your western show wardrobe in advance of your first show. Evaluate the color and comfort of existing show clothes or apparel you’re contemplating adding to your show closet, and don’t forget to bring charisma to the look by carefully choosing accents and finishing touches that make each outfit simply perfect for you.

Perfect partners in the show ring: mother/ daughter showgirls wear stunning royal blue blouses in a fitted fashion-forward presentation. “Dizzy” blouses from Hobby Horse have metallic foil accents and coordinate with a royal blue saddle blanket.

©2015 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company (www. a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable. • 37

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


pring is here and things are starting to happen in the Cariboo; like they say, when it rains it pours - and we’re not talking about the weather! It looks like it’ll be a busy year with lots to do, in many different disciplines. We’re just getting over the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and next month we’ll be in Europe for the first two weeks then in Merritt for the Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM. Busy times!

Foothills Riding Stable in 100 Mile House will host a “So you want to show” clinic and the following day there will be a tack sale. For information on either of these, look up the Foothills Riding Stable on Facebook. On April 17-19, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo! Announcer Brett Gardiner (2013 Pro Rodeo Announcer of the year), entertainer and barrel man Dennis Halstead, the West Coast Thunder Drill Team and BCRA cowboy competitors will be there. On Sunday, there will be a second BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony; Coldwell Ranch (Jesmond) and Charlie Coldwell, Bob Kjos (Fort St John) and Tom Desmond (Alkali/Dog Creek) will all be inducted.

Leslie Ross, Jason Ruscheinsky, Tom Cole and Brian Salmond were the entertainers at the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert. Now speaking of the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, another one has come and gone and from what we saw there were over 500 folks that went home happy. Both the 2 pm matinee show and 7 pm evening show were very close to being sold out. In both shows, there were a lot of “oos and awws,” tons of applause, and many tears of laughter were wiped off many a cheek. At the end of both shows, there was a standing ovation for the four performers: Jason Ruscheinsky, Leslie Ross, Tom Cole and Brian Salmond. All funds from this concert will go towards BCCHS Student Scholarships and the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Here are a couple of things that are on the calendar for April. On April 18,

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Charlie Coldwell will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a “Working Cowboy” on April 19 at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. The month of May has lots going on, too... especially for us. On May 1, we head for the airport and the following day we’ll be visiting Kathy’s dad in France. A few days around Strasbourg, then a flight to Barcelona, Spain and a Mediterranean cruise -- France, Italy, Montenegro, and Greece. We’ll be looking for horses and riding opportunities and will hopefully have some photos to share in the May issue of Saddle Up. In 100 Mile House, the Outriders will host their Annual Wild and Woolly Spring Schooling Show on May 10, and the Little Britches Rodeo on May 16-17. At the same time, they will have a Farm

The original Mountain House, about 1913. It is now called Jesmond and the Coldwell Ranch will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a “Century Ranch” on April 19 at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. and Ranch Show on the grounds and the Outriders Jackpot Gymkhana will be on May 18. See www.100mileoutriders. com for more information. In Clinton, there will be a dressage clinic with Catherine at Skookumhorse Ranch on May 15-17; phone 250-459-7772 for further details. In 70 Mile House, you’ll find Huber Farm. They will be hosting their annual BS and Drive Weekend on May 15-18, with lessons, country drives, field-driving trial and heritage pleasure driving classes on Sunday. A low-key weekend of education, potlucks and fun! Phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 for more information. We’ll be getting back into Canada sometime around the 18th of May and a couple of days later we head to Merritt for the BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM, May 21-23. Back in 100 Mile House, there will be another Outrider Gymkhana on May 30 and a Cat Armitage Clinic on May 29-31. Looking ahead, here’s a list to mark on your calendars: June 13-14: Annual Fun and Frolic Spring Schooling Show (100 Mile) June 28: Outriders Gymkhana (Outriders arena, 100 Mile) July 1: Canada Day Celebration at 108 Mile - a great day of family entertainment July 11: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana

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Cariboo Chatter continued... July 17-19: Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Clinic (Huber Farm) July 17-19: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse Ranch (Clinton) July 24-26: Cariboo Turn ‘n’ Burn Barrel Racing (Outriders arena, 100 Mile) August 8: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana On August 8, the popular Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) will once again be held at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 Mile. This year, the distance event will not only include a Level One (approximately 18 miles) and a Level Two (approximately 28 miles), but also a 50-mile endurance ride. 2015 marks the Kaylee Billyboy exiting the key hole at the Watch first year that the Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana a couple of years mainland has held a ago. combined CTR and endurance event on the same day. Entries for both events will be capped at 25 (total of 50 riders), so keep your eyes posted on these websites: and or contact Joanne at

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Phyllis Kratschmer, Christine Heffernan and Rhonda Hittinger were at a past year’s CTR at the Hills at 108.

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Amber Zuk and Vera Walker at a past year’s CTR at the Hills at 108 Mile.

Last Month’s What’s This?

The March issue’s item was from the Meadow Springs Museum. It’s a box of “dry plates.” These were early-day film - you’d put one of these glass plates in your camera (in the dark), expose it (take a photo), take it out (in the dark), develop it, and you’d end up with a glass negative from which you could print the photo. Man, have we come a long ways since these! Congratulations to Brian Parke of Cache Creek BC for the correct answer.

Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page. Then the correct answers will be printed in the next magazine; and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is one that John Maxwell of Green Lake allowed me to photograph for Saddle Up. The item is about 34 inches high and 10 inches wide at the base. A clue: at this time of year, you could hopefully leave it folded up as it is in this photo. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. • 39

Top Dog! Do It Right! Making Your Pup’s Socializing Count By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

Lately, we are working with an increasing number of young dogs who are starting to become fearful and reactive as they leave puppyhood and head into their adolescence. These dogs are the victims of either a lack of early socialization or inappropriate socialization techniques.


here has been so much valid scientific information in the media over the last two decades, that it’s hard to believe early socialization isn’t a part of every young pup’s life as soon as they get home. Unfortunately, people are still following outdated information or are the victims of poor training advice. Even with the best of intentions, many parents still end up with a young dog that doesn’t act like it’s been socialized at all. After all those hours at the dog park and having met nearly every person in the neighbourhood, how is this possible? The owners of these dogs seem to fall into three groups: 1. Those who don’t formally socialize their pups, believing that the key to a “good” dog is obedience training. 2. Those who wait too long to begin socializing their pups. 3. Those who actively socialize their young pups, but don’t get it quite right. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on socialization with people – an important priority. The two biggest mistakes people make are over-exposing their pups and not pairing socializing experiences with something pleasant. Doing so will make many socializing efforts a waste of time – especially with a shy or very sensitive dog. No one wants to have a dog that is fearful or reactive, but a dog that has issues with people is a game changer. Unless you are a hermit living in the middle of nowhere, your life and the way you live it will be impacted. For those of you who have chosen a “loyal” or “stand-offish” breed, effective, well-thought-out socialization is crucial. These breeds are designed to be suspicious of people outside their core 40 • Saddle Up • April 2015

group so, without good socialization, they will be stressed around new people. Even if you’ve chosen to acquire a “friendly” breed, you still have a job to do. ANY dog has the potential to be fearful and reactive. It is the

responsibility of every dog owner to ensure their dogs learn to be comfortable and confident.

Don’t Overexpose Your Puppy

Socializing your puppy to as many people as you can IS important, but HOW you do it is what’s critical. The biggest error you can make is insisting that your puppy interacts and tolerates being petted or handled in some way. This is not necessary to start with. For many pups, it will make them uncomfortable and cause them to become worried about people. Introduce your pup to only one new person at a time without a lot going on all around you. Initially exposing your pup does NOT mean he has to actually interact with anyone. He just needs to be aware of people nearby and feel comfortable with that. As the pup builds confidence, he can interact to a greater degree. When a person approaches, keep your pup next to you and ask the person to stop

at some distance from your pup. Setting up this initial buffer zone will allow some time for the pup to check out the person from a safe distance. This will also give you a chance to make sure your pup is comfortable so far. If, and only if, your pup looks comfortable should you then let your puppy get closer and potentially interact with a person. It’s vital that the interaction is not forced on a pup, but that he has chosen to be curious and get closer. He should not be restrained, held or made to sit while someone comes into his space. Remember -- contact is not the goal. It is to make each interaction comfortable for the pup. Your puppy may be fine with some people and not with others – that’s okay. The pup will gain confidence just by having a buffer zone with each and every person to start. He won’t feel rushed or overwhelmed. Choosing a location or event with large crowds will often be too much for most pups, especially early in their socializing. This can be incredibly overwhelming for a young pup. It’s VITAL for good socializing that the pup feels comfortable. When exposing a pup to larger crowds, choose a position where the pup is not in the thick of things. Pick a spot at some distance from the crowd -- across the street from a playground, for example. Visiting a retail location is a good idea, but don’t choose to stand in the front entrance. Let your pup watch people from a quiet location away from all the activity – just make sure you don’t get stuck in a corner where your pup may feel trapped. When he’s comfortable, your pup will eventually want to get closer. This may not happen in one session. It may take several sessions before your puppy feels comfortable enough to venture closer to the action. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! Do It Right! continued... in the presence of the stranger but at a comfortable distance. Regardless of the type of exposure you are working on – individuals approaching or crowded areas – make sure you take lots of breaks and keep training sessions short; five minutes or even less is plenty of time to spend before taking a break. Although a stash of yummy treats is handy, anything that the pup finds enjoyable can be used as a reward. As long as it’s rewarding in that moment, it will work. Play, tricks, treat searches – anything that your pup enjoys and can engage in, will work. By following these simple considerations, you can really make the most of your pup’s socializing time!

Make Sure to Build Positive Associations To really maximize the benefits of a pup’s exposures, pair all exposures with something positive. This will create good memories and pleasant associations. Using small tasty treats is the easiest way to do this. Apart from being convenient to carry around and provide to the pup, it also provides an additional way to assess how your pup is feeling. If a dog loses interest in an otherwise irresistible treat, or takes it with a rougher mouth than usual, he is not very relaxed. DO NOT HAVE THE STRANGER FEED YOUR DOG. We can’t emphasize this enough. It is common practice, and all too often advised, to have the scary stranger feed your dog. By doing so, the pup will supposedly learn that strangers are okay. What often happens is that the pup will be lured in by the food, but may or may not be ready to be that close to the scary stranger. Now the pup is far too close too quickly and once the treat is gone, it’s suddenly frightening and the person may decide to start touching the puppy. What should be happening is that the pup is being provided with something he enjoys

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Top Dog! of the Month Be a Sponsor of the Top Dog! of the Month Call 1-866-546-9922 to find out how. Our Top Dog! is our Border Collie “Meggie.” Here she is helping out in goal with James Zuchelli at the Meadow Springs Ranch pond hockey game. Meggie is eleven but you’d think she was four! - Mark McMillan, 70 Mile House BC Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us the dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. E-mail to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH. Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 41

Top Dog! Vaccinating Your Dog By Emily Corrie, Deep Creek Veterinary Services Ltd.

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nowing if and when you should vaccinate your dog can be confusing. Relying on Google to help sort through the options can prove to be more confusing still because certain diseases and viruses have a higher prevalence in specific geographic areas. It is important to know what vaccines are necessary for dogs that reside in the Shuswap and when they should be administered. At Deep Creek Veterinary Services Ltd., we vaccinate dogs with a core vaccine that includes Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus (3-DAPv). Puppies should receive two vaccines one month apart starting at eight weeks of age. After the second vaccination, the 3-DAPv will be good for one year at which time the dog will have to be vaccinated again. After the dog has received its one-year vaccination, it will not require another DAPv until three years later. Vaccinating against Rabies is also important. Puppies over twelve weeks of age will receive a Rabies vaccination with their second core booster. This first Rabies vaccine lasts for one year. Once the dog has received its one-year Rabies vaccine, it will not require another Rabies vaccine until three years later. If you intend to travel to the U.S.A with your pet you will be required to present a Rabies certificate signed by your veterinarian. We keep these certificates on file so that if you misplace your certificate we can easily print you off another one. Many boarding kennels and grooming salons also require that dogs be vaccinated against Rabies. Kennel Cough (Bordatella and Parainfluenza) is an optional vaccine. Dogs visiting dog parks, grooming salons, or boarding kennels are at risk of exposure to these diseases. The Kennel Cough vaccination lasts for one year. If you are planning to leave your pet at a boarding kennel, make sure you check ahead with them to determine what vaccinations they require. Protective levels of antibodies will not be present until seven to ten days post-vaccine, so do not wait until the last minute to have your dog vaccinated. 42 • Saddle Up • April 2015

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Road Safety for Equestrians


pring is here in BC and that brings to mind all of those relaxing rides you’ll have once all the winter jackets are stored away. Of course, when the sun comes out so do the cyclists, bikers, walkers, and convertibles. When you’re sharing the road with so many diverse users, how can you make sure that you, your horse, and the rest of the public are as safe as you can be? You’ll first need to ask yourself if both you and your horse are ready to face the challenges of the road. What kind of exposure has your horse had outside of an arena? Are you able to control your horse if it spooks or becomes upset? It’s important to evaluate the skills of both you and your horse honestly. If either of you needs a bit of fine-tuning, practicing in a safe environment will let you assess how your horse will react while giving both you and your horse an idea of how you as the rider handle a frightening encounter. Horses will look to you to figure out how to handle a scary situation. The more trust they have in your ability to keep them safe, the less likely they are to panic.

Start off in a ring or around your barn, exposing your horse to different everyday items. Lead your horse up to and around the different objects, making sure he has lots of time to explore the strange things you’re asking him to approach. If you’re not confident in your skills at raising a horse’s confidence, enlist the help of a trainer or coach. He or she will be able to give you techniques to use in any scary situation, and will be able to help emulate sounds and movement safely to increase the opportunities you will have to expose your horse to new things. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Your horse should also learn a few variations on emergency stopping techniques that will allow you to disengage his hind end without throwing the horse off balance. Attempting to stop a horse with these techniques before he’s been introduced to them can be dangerous. If you’ve never used an emergency stop yourself, make sure to ask for help from a coach or trainer whose on-the-ground perspective can help to polish your aids and perfect the result you want. Once you’re confident that your horse is ready for the road, make sure you’re both properly attired so that you’re highly visible. Helmets and proper footwear are common sense safety items that will protect you if you fall, and tack should be examined prior to riding out to ensure everything is in good repair. While riding on roads, you must follow the basic laws of the road, including yielding, stopping at stop signs, and signalling for turns and stops. Hand signals are a means of informing other road users, be they motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians, of the rider’s intent to turn right, left, or stop. The same hand signals used by cyclists are used by equestrians. Every road user has a specific set of responsibilities to ensure their own safety and that of other road users. Riders have just as much responsibility to control their horses as drivers are required to control their vehicles. Good manners and manageability under saddle are important for your horse in any situation, but become critical whenever you expose your horse and yourself to the risks of travelling on the road. HCBC provides its Road Safety Handbook free of charge. The Handbook is available through the Horse Council office or on the website at Contact or call 604-856-4304 (toll free 1-800-345-8055) to order copies for yourself or your club. • 43

BC Competitive Trail Riding Association (BCCTRA) By Caroline Williams COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDING 101


ompetitive Trail Riding (CTR) can be enjoyed by any rider meeting is held to go over the ride route and rules. The next morning, horses are timed out at intervals and if they have a sound horse and enjoy outdoor sports. It can fit nicely into a conditioning program for other equine the competition has begun. During the ride, veterinary checks are performed to ensure horse sports and provide a break wellness and for scoring from arena work. This sport is purposes. At vet checks, riders great for families; is economical dismount and their horse’s and includes camping. Family pulse, respiration, hydration members that aren’t competing and gait is checked. may participate by volunteering. Riders are assigned a set Distance and speed period of time to complete the categories are designed to course. Points are deducted for appeal to a wide range of finishing earlier or later than the fitness levels and ambition; assigned time. Knowing how to with a choice of distances pace, not race is the name of the between 12 to 50 miles, with game. A final veterinarian check average speeds between 5mph of each horse is performed at to 7mph. the end of the competition. In addition, recent changes Prizes in this sport are to the BCCTRA’s rule book Tammy Mercer, BCCTRA’s President, on her horse Whiskey coming out of the modest. People that participate allow for most types of hoof water. This is a great shot and represents our sport well! truly believe the reward is in the protection to be worn by competitors. Horses may wear most types of boots as long as journey, and are satisfied by reaching their destination with a healthy, happy horse. they do not extend above the fetlock joint. A total of four rides and two introductory clinics are planned A typical competition involves riders arriving at a base camp prepared to camp overnight with their equine. Pre-ride for 2015. Our website and schedule of events is at or veterinarian checks are done to establish a baseline for judging and ensure horses are fit to participate. That evening a ride check our Facebook page.

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


ur Annual General Meeting was held on February 10, 2015. Congratulations (and a big Thank You for stepping up!) are in order for the new executive: Sharon Marr (President), Caitlyn McMahon (Vice-President), Liz Kemppainen (Secretary), Kristi Rensby (Treasurer), and Jocelyn Rosang (Director at Large). Plans are well underway for the TCSC Round Robin Jackpot Cattle Sorting to be held at Eagle Creek Fairgrounds on May 30th. Due to limited numbers of cattle, this event will be restricted to 16 entrants. Cash payouts will be made to the winners again – for more info and to sign up, please contact Pam at 250-692-4182, e-mail The TCSC Annual Gymkhana date has been confirmed for July 25th and features a number of events in different age groups and High Point trophies for the overall age group winners! We are considering using the upper arena at the Eagle Creek Grounds as the ground is better for speed events than it is in the lower arena at the TCSC Grounds – stay tuned for updates as we get closer to this event. Also, we may be putting on two organized club trail rides this year! Stay tuned for more information about these fun and informal events. Non-members will also be welcome to attend and there may be potluck meals involved as well – it will be fun to see these events take shape. As always, for more info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi at 250-6925721, e-mail, check us out on Facebook, or our website http:// 44 • Saddle Up • April 2015

TCSC Gymkhana

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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club By Kendra Kowalski


fine frosty Saturday in February saw many members of the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club attending the first of a two part Pole Clinic at Shirrocco Stables. Coach Jessie Blackmon set a clever course with many combinations of lines. It was very cold, but the sun and the blue sky kept everyone’s spirits up. The Vintage Riders Equestrian Club hosts events in and around the area of Langley, BC. The Club meets every third Tuesday of the month, starting at 7 p.m., in the Church hall of St. Andrews on Glover Road in Fort Langley. We are a non-competitive Club offering Nanette and Maggie make their a variety of quest speakers and way through the course. activities throughout the year. We share ideas, equestrian disciplines and one another’s company; and new members are always welcome!

Carolyn is going to keep either herself or her horse warm.

Head protection is as important as leg protection.

Kelowna Hoof Beats 4-H Club Update By Ashley Robson and Lauren McGee


hese past couple of months have been crazy busy and fun. Between speeches and the Senior Sleepover there was a lot to celebrate and a lot of memories made. On February 9, our senior and junior match-ups got to bond with our latest craft creation of dream catchers. This was

a challenging yet rewarding activity which we all struggled with in some way; thanks to Mia and Arlyn. The club speeches were on February 23 with many amazing topics both in the senior and junior levels. Among the topics were Marina’s, “The impacts and some ways to prevent the slaughtering of the horses,” Ashley’s, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” Brooke’s, “Her favourite uses of duct tape,” Alana’s, “Her HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

tough journey with her horse trying to get her sound over the past year,” Hailey’s, “Her horse Piper,” Georgia’s, “Pro-dogs and opposed to cats,” Emily’s, “Type A personalities,” and Paivi’s, “Donkeys - the different breeds, and her own donkey, Willow.” Also, three amazing pre-clubbers did speeches as well: Simone - “Her horse Tommy,” Shayl - “Her trip to Hawaii,” and Jessica - “Her pony Ford.” There were so many speakers who were all so confident and willing to get up and speak about something that was their passion. The third place junior was Georgia, the second place junior tie was Paivi and Brooke and first place junior was Marina. The senior placings were third place - Alana, second place - Ashley, and first place - Emily. A huge thank you goes out to all the judges, Melody K., Michael K., Maddi K. and Jenny L.

On February 27, at the Ellison Hall, we all enjoyed listening to the District Speeches from the Valley Lopers 4H club as well as the Kelowna Hoof Beats 4H club. Thank you to the MC of the night, Mister Chairman Lucas; an amazing job by all on their incredible speeches, both at the club and district levels. Our Senior Sleepover was on March 6-7. It was a fun team-building night with lots of laughing, memories and stories to tell for a very long time. We had a dinner team, of Alana, Taylor, Kathleen and Ashley who brought hotdogs, smokies, chili and salads. The snack team was Mia, Emily and Melanie, who treated us with candy, chips and popcorn. The breakfast team consisted of Arlyn, Robyn, and Kiara who made us pancakes, crepes, bacon, fruit and orange juice. We played two truths and one lie icebreaker game, as well as the heads up game. We stayed up and watched two movies, and laughed A LOT! Some Funny Awards were thought of, and will be given out at the banquet. Oh dear! Thank you to Barb and family who let us all use their beautiful house and to our leader Kyra for putting up with all of us crazy girls. From all the Kelowna Hoof Beats, HAPPY RIDING! • 45

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring

Team Mule at Saskatoon Expo (l to r) Katerine Cook, Les Sjogren, Joe Kress and Laureen Kress.


he 4th annual Battle of the Breeds took place at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon with Team Mule participating for its second year. They moved from placing last in 2014 at their first showing, to placing 5th overall this year against 8 breeds total. Members this year consisted of: ~ Laureen Kress and her mule Roxy in Barrels, who unfortunately placed low after Roxy experienced stage fright with the loud cheering of the crowd. ~ Joe Kress on his mule Annie competed in the timed Trail class nailing a 4th place after gambling on the extra 100 points by successfully completing the

Bonus obstacle (which was to back around a barrel while balancing the end of a long pole on the barrel without dropping it). ~ Katherine Cook and her mule Dixie ran a great round in Jumping with a 4th place finish; ~ And Les Sjogren and his mule Katie, with only two weeks’ notice to prepare, also nailed a 4th place in their Compulsory pattern class. Team Quarter Horse came in first overall, with Team Arabian second and Thoroughbred in 3rd. Other breeds competing were Canadians, Gypsy Vanners, Appaloosas, and Paints. Congratulations to everyone that competed.

The whole event is always a crowd pleaser and the mules definitely get a big share of the attention! Next up is our Club participation with live demonstrations and a fully stocked booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer April 24 -26. Please visit us there! Check out our website www. or the Saddle Up website under coming events for all the information on our upcoming Jerry Tindell Clinics starting the end of May and running into July. The clinics will cover everything concerning a successful training program for mules, horses and donkeys in all stages including any problem areas, and are open to all equines and their owners. Jerry’s training program comes highly recommended for anyone that is safety conscious and desires to expand their relationship with their stock.

Young Alberta Cowboy, Craig Wohlgemuth, at the lines with Jerry Tindell’s team of draft mules in Sacramento, CA.

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


nnnnnd go! Wow, this is a busy spring at the VDRC. As you read this we already have the Fashion Show and our sponsored Dressage Clinic under our belts. The first weekend in April has the club opening with Julia Bostock’s warm-up Jumping Clinic, and then we get a few weeks to practice for the Clear Round Jumping and Dressage days May 2-3. Entry forms are on our website for the May event. Dressage tests will be ridden in a clinic format under Monique Hubbs-Michele and Pat Fediuk. Crony Club is back for a third year - so exciting to see such enthusiasm for a member-run group! Dates will be Sunday, April 26, May 10, 17, 24 and June 7, 21 and 28th. You can contact Kathy Velocci, e-mail or phone 250-545-4185 for more details. We are super excited to have Gary Striker coming to the 46 • Saddle Up • April 2015

club May 16-17. Gary is based in Spokane WA where he operates Eastwick Farms with a specific interest in developing Hunter/Jumper horses and riders for the A circuit. This clinic is for those, at any level, who wish to learn from someone who not only knows the ‘ins and outs’ of what it takes to be a successful competitor, but also offers the perspective as a USDF “R” judge. Contact Julia for more information at 250-308-7079. Are you interested in helping out? Calle is still in need of volunteers for the VDRC Hunter/Jumper Show June 11-14th. A variety of positions are available, no experience required and even just 4 hours of your time is appreciated. Contact 250-540-9343 or “Come ride with us” at the club, and make sure you say hi to our new groundskeeper ‘Jean Guy’! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


ur club would like to extend a big THANK-YOU to Dr. Britt Mills for coming out to our leader’s house and giving us a very informative talk on horse nutrition. THANK YOU FROM VERNON YOUNG RIDERS. We are getting bigger!! Here are all of our members this year (with many returning members and several new ones). HORSE MEMBERS Lillie Batten Adrianna Broten Melanie Broten Lydia Coates * Safety Officer Caralynn Currie Georgia Currie Alyvia Fair * President Gabrielle Heiss * Sergeant at Arms Jyssica Heiss * Vice President Abby McLuskey * Club Reporter Kierra Newman * Treasurer Morgan Sengotta * Secretary

CLOVERBUDS Oceana Astill Georgia Batten Addie Beaudoin Gabe Coates Ben Currie Ashley Kotz Acacia Muxlow Heidi Wright

District Bowling in January

BC Miniature Horse Club Report By Terri Brown


pring is definitely in the air!!! The Minis have started to shed buckets of hair - I’m sure all horse folks love

1168 as I’m sure these clinic spots will fill very fast. If you are interested in attending any

and see what we are all about and what we have upcoming. Don’t forget to mark those calendars for June 12-14 – this is our big show held in Chilliwack BC this year! Judges will be Duke Neff from Missouri, James Rutledge from Texas and Kathleen Grimes from California. Should be an excellent weekend of fabulous competition, great times with great people and of course great horses too!! See our website for more information or Facebook BCMHC.

The cutest Curly Mini ever, was part of our booth display. this time of year!! We’ve already had our banquet, a fun day, three days of demos at the Pet Lovers Show, and a day of fun at the Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair in Langley and it’s only March. We still have lots of fun stuff coming so stay tuned. We are hoping to arrange a clinic with Miniature horse trainer Cindy Morris from Arlington Washington. Cindy has a long list of credentials and is willing to design the clinic around the needs of our participants. Please contact Tina Harrison @ 604 533HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Our Mini booth at Pet Lovers Show. of our meetings - please feel free to come join us. They are open to everyone whether you’re a member or not! We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from January to May. After that we meet every second month, but always on the 3rd Tuesday. We try to always hold them at the Aldergrove WhiteSpot, so please feel free to come

Two of our demo stars. • 47

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


s we enjoy some fabulous weather here in the South Okanagan we are looking forward to this coming season with great anticipation. Most of our members have been preparing their horses for the spring and many of us have already been horseback. Not always the case in February and March. We held our first club meeting at the Siebeck residence and were very nicely hosted by Chrissie. We agreed that this year our meetings would be less formal and more of a social gathering - which should make for an enjoyable evening. We also intend to invite guest speakers to come and give us a talk prior to the business section of the meeting. Our February session focused on our new website that will shortly be up and running - check it out sometime at The other matter that we discussed was the programme for the year. We distributed the event programme for 2015 to the meeting. The programme has a balance of activities to try and cater to all members. If any club member has suggestions for events/activities, please contact one of the club directors. The activities scheduled include: Improve Your Skills sessions which will be split into Western Horsemanship, English and Jumping. There will be 8 Improve your Skills sessions throughout the riding season culminating in a competition in September. Teachers will be: Leann Pitman for Western Horsemanship, Bobbie Kennedy for English and Sara Brown for Jumping.

We have also approached Carl Woods to do a Reining demo with Mary Lou Barker a new and very welcome member of the club. The Gillespie Ranch will host a Trail Challenge and Club Summer BBQ. We also have a Gymkhana Day, a Riding to Music event, the Annual Halloween Show as well as two Horse Shows. This is all as well as our Wednesday evening events or social riding and some free arena time to practice on Sundays. We have a great year planned - so come and join us if you love fun and your horse! Other news is that several club members made the trip to Kelowna to attend the HCBC Zone 2 Meeting. The club is delighted that Dawn MacRae was duly elected our Zone Representative replacing Frank Siebeck. We also asked the Chair to represent our wish that HCBC return to the Saddle Up fold and start writing a monthly newsletter again. The point was made that not all our members are on You Tube, Twitter or Facebook - we are not therefore “You twit faces”! We would like to read the written word in proper English so that we ALL know what is going on. We hope this happens in the near future. So the weather is warming up and we are getting excited about the coming year. Come and visit with us on Wednesdays or Sundays at the D-Bar-K Ranch in Oliver or see us on the Web or on Facebook. Happy Trails everyone and remain “Inspired by Horses.”

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


ow, things are starting to heat up and the Kelowna Riding Club’s calendar is looking pretty full for the next few months! We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new caretaker, Joan Gibson. Joan has now officially moved in, after quite a large upgrade project on the caretaker’s trailer was undertaken, it was in dire need of repair! All is good now and Joan is settling in and familiarizing herself with the club and our new John Deere tractor leased from PrairieCoast Equipment. If you see Joan out and about be sure to say hello and introduce yourself. April at the club will of see another ever-popular Pub Night at Mission Tap House Pub April 11. Following the Pub Night will be a Spring Cleanup on Sunday, April 12 with a BBQ for volunteers. Of course the Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show on April 22-25 is loaded with entertainment and not to be missed! For the Dressage crowd, we have a Dressage Percentage Day on April 19, a Dressage Clinic with Gina Allan May 2-3 and our Spring Dressage Festival May 16-17. Equi-Life will be having their Spring Fever Hunter/Jumper show May 9-10 at the riding club and we have heard rumblings of possibly a Daryl Gibb clinic in the works as well as a garage/ tack sale event in the near future. As you can see there is a lot happening at KRC and we 48 • Saddle Up • April 2015

hope to see you at one of our events! Be sure to check out the website for info on our events and any new events coming up. Happy spring riding ~ as always, stay safe and in the tack!

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B Oliver Street, Williams Lake BC V2G 1L8 Phone: 250-398-4104 ~ Fax: 250-398-4101 ~ Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2015 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

BCRA 2015 TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 11: April 17-19: April 25-26: May 8-9: May 17-18: May 23-24: June 6-7: June 13-14: June 20-21 June 20-21: June 27-28: July 4-5: July 11-12: July 11-12: July 17-19: July 25-26: August 1-2: August 7-9: August 15-16: August 28-29: Sept. 4-7: Sept. 11-13:

(One day Rodeo) True Grit Indoor Rodeo, Barriere 25th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof PWRA/BCRA Colorama Rodeo, Grand Coulee, WA Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Louis Estates Rodeo, Vernon 54th Ashcroft & District Stampede 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Esket Rodeo, Alkali Lake Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 SPONSORS MAJOR SPONSORS: Grassland Equipment Ltd. Otter Co-Op Armstrong, Vanderhoof Gold SPONSORS: Whirlwind Ranch Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Jenna Wills Memorial Fund – The Wills Family BRONZE SPONSORS: Gus & Nita Cameron Williams Lake Stampede Association ~ June 26-29, 2015 White Ranches Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Platinum SPONSORS: Jepson Petroleum Ltd.

silver SPONSORS: Little Fort Herefords Twilight Ranch – G & D. Puhallo Bces – B. Swampy Williams Lake Log Haulers Association Gene & Joy Allen CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Pinnacle Pellet Williams Lake & District Credit Union • 49

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Kelly Brook Allen, Merritt Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

Grass Roots RV 2015


kay, all you Back Country Horsemen of BC - it is that time of year again for our “Rendezvous” and AGM! Mark these dates on your calendar: June 5-7, 2015. This event will be held in the beautiful Nicola Valley in Merritt, a great central location for most chapters to get back to their “Grass Roots.” The location will be the Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds right close to town. Enjoy miles of rolling grassland trails, jamming around the campfire, kick up your heels at our Friday night dance with “Mack Station,” learn how to use your Dutch oven with Washington Chapter Back Country Horsemen of America Randy Diefert and Rob Deboer, learn from great clinicians including world-renowned Jay O’Jay, and well-respected local Merritt trainer, Stefanie Travers. We will also have a packhorse competition, Dutch oven dessert competition... well, have I got your interest? There is still more! Hoof and woof, trail competition, even a

Get ready for some great music by Mack Station. Friday night dinner show which will include demonstrations from both our clinicians, a bitless pas-de-deux, a bridleless reining demonstration by local young rider Chantel Ann Paterson, and a three bar jumping event. And don’t forget the auction items being auctioned off on Saturday night. 50 • Saddle Up • April 2015

Riding in the beautiful Nicola Valley. The Live and Silent Auctions are BCHBC’s biggest fundraisers of the year. We are collecting new and gently used items and hoping for some “hand-crafted” items for our Grass Roots theme. Let us know if you have something to donate. We are featuring some items on our Facebook page and on the BCHBC website, under “Rendezvous News.” For those of you who haven’t been to “Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp” in Merritt, you may not have met the Mack family yet. These kids can sing! There are five of them - four boys and one girl, all siblings. They competed in the Rising Stars competition at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 13-16, and we are honoured to have them play for us. They go by the name of “Mack Station.” Book early to ride with our clinicians. Jay O’Jay will be there to help you work on your riding balance, timing and feel. Jay has over 40 years of knowledge from around the world and it is wonderful he will be back from Germany in time for RV to share it with us. Stefanie Travers has been riding since she was five years old. Although she started out in English attire and jumping, it was through the horses themselves that she discovered the joy of sharing and co-inspiring as a teacher, particularly the exploration of “The Big Three:” Feel, Timing and Balance. Stefanie will be at RV to help us work our horses over some trail obstacles. Keep up to date with what is new for RV 2015 by joining our BCHBC Facebook page ( bchorsemanbc/) and the RV 2015 Facebook event page (www. To register for RV 2015, go to and click on Rendezvous. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2015

President: Mellissa Buckley, Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen, Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

LMQHA Breeders Incentive Program LMQHA started an exciting new program that began with a seed of an idea that blossomed into something extraordinary in a very short period of time. We had 18 amazing stallion owners graciously donate breedings to their AQHA and APHA stallions; we then ran an online auction for these services, which ended March 2. Half of the proceeds go to LMQHA as a fundraiser. The other half is held in trust for a closed Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity in 2017. The foals resulting from the donated breedings get a free entry into the futurity, but ALL get of donated stallions are eligible to enter. At the time this article was written, the final numbers were not tallied but it appears that the added monies should be around $3000! We have had very enthusiastic and supportive feedback on this program and already have stallions on board for the 2016 season! For this we will start earlier so there can be more advance promotion. We feel this is something that could grow and evolve over time and are thrilled to have had such an amazing start. Thank you to all who participated! Miss out on the stallion service auction? You can still participate by breeding to one of the fantastic stallions below and enter your yearling in the futurity! Also you could check with us to see if there are any breedings still available. Contact Mellissa at mellissa1@ for more information.

2015 Donated Stallions

Mechanic - AQHA; Congress Champion My Final Notice - AQHA; World Champion Sire Machine Made - AQHA; Reserve Congress Champion Gonna Wanna Watchit - AQHA; Superior WP Blazin On Through - AQHA; ROM All-Around Earner Consider His Source - AQHA; Superior WP Heza Poised Dreamer - AQHA; AQHA Champion Idol Eyes This - AQHA; 17hh Futurity Winner Potential Goldmine - AQHA; All-Around Performer Slow Mount N Music - AQHA; 100% Dun Factor Sire Sir Array - AQHA; Sire of Futurity Winner Only For My Spirit - APHA; Sire of Futurity Winner

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J Bars Peppy Panda - APHA; Homozygous Black and Tobiano The Huntsman - APHA; Homozygous Tobiano Hunter Little Peppe Leo - APHA; Homozygous Tobiano Spooks Hired Gun - APHA; Reining and Shown Halter Painted N Sunspots - APHA; Versatility Sire

Horseman’s Bazaar

Our biggest fundraiser and community event was held March 15 at Thunderbird Show Park. Please check in next month for a recap of our event! The Bazaar Team worked very hard to put together a day that would be fun, entertaining and full of things to see and do.

Schooling Show

Next up is our All-Breed Schooling Show being held April 4 at Thunderbird Show Park. This issue will likely be out after the show, but we anticipate it will be great fun. Jeneane Evans is heading it up this year and has added Ranch Pleasure classes which is a steadily-growing class. Stay tuned next month for highlights of our day.

May Circuit

Our first circuit of the season is fast approaching and we have great things in store! Come show to four judges on May 2 and 3 at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park. We offer either class rates with all “extra” fees included or take advantage of our great flat fee which includes your classes and a stall! For every eight stalls booked under a Trainer List, get a FREE tack stall! Also, sign up for our FREE Team Tournament: just put down your name, show as normal, and have a blast in our Saturday Night Funturities. The winners will receive custom embroidered coolers sponsored by Coast Country Tack. Second place will receive LMQHA-branded custom leather spur straps. Third Place will receive handy hanging hay bags. This show hosts AQHA, APHA and All-Breed classes with super high-point prizes.

July Circuit

We are so excited to say that, because of the support of our outstanding sponsors, we will be offering High-Point saddles, Frank Principe spurs for Super Horse, a Bronze for Halter Champion of Champions, Bailey Hats for Reserves and more! Stay tuned for more information! AQHA and All-

Breed; July 23-26; flat rates and tack stall incentive available here, too.

August Circuit

Another exciting circuit on August 29 and 30! Again, thanks to our unbelievable sponsors, we are proud to offer the following stakes/futurities, many with silver belt buckles to the winners and embroidered coolers to the highest-placing non-pros. Remember, we add entry money into the added-money pots, so there will be even higher payouts, and open to ALL BREEDS! Classes for AQHA, APHA and All-Breed. Weanling Halter: $500 added Yearling Halter: $1500 added 2-year-old Walk/Jog Western Pleasure: $1000 added Freestyle Showmanship: $1000 added Open Ranch Horse Pleasure: $1000 added Open Hunter Under Saddle: $1000 added Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake: $1000 added

Wow! Make your money back from the show and potentially more! Great flat rates, tack stall incentive and, of course, great high-points prizes.


Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for upcoming Pub Nights held throughout the Valley at different times in the season. Come on out, enjoy a great meal and super company all the while supporting your club to do the fantastic things that we do. The first Pub Night was held at the end of March, out in the Valley. Stay tuned for the recap!


Plans are coming together beautifully for the AQHA Ride in Lumby, being enthusiastically organized by Jeneane Evans. At the time this article was written, there were just a few paddocks left available for booking, but not to worry… there are acres of meadow for camping and setup of temporary paddocks. Come join in the fun, June 19/20/21. There is a Poker Ride planned where the winning hand receives a roughout saddle - WOW! Contact Jeneane to book, at

Other News

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BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover

President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

Spring is Show Time! Organizing horse shows is not for the weak at heart. Even before a show gets underway, there are hours and weeks of preparation involved. A multiple-day breed show costs a lot of money and there is never any guarantee exhibitors will show up. Putting on horse shows is risky – and

fees affordable. (Can you imagine how much they would be without sponsorship support?) But even that has become increasingly competitive. As a club and show organizer, we’re not only competing against other horse clubs for sponsorship dollars, we’re in line with other sports organizations like hockey and baseball, not to mention good charitable causes like the Children’s Wish Foundation, diabetes or breast cancer research. Small (and large) businesses are working on smaller margins these days, too, and are way more marketing savvy than they were 15 or 20 years ago. They expect something in return for their investment and it’s up to well-intentioned volunteers to deliver what they promise. Hosting horse shows these days is hard work; we have to make difficult choices – and it’s expensive.

longer than we have to be, and we like not having to ride our horses into the ground every circuit. That’s why we’re excited about the Spring circuit at Thunderbird this year, and why we’ve bumped our “Back-to-Basics” show up to a three-judge Paint-O-Rama four weeks later in Armstrong. If you’re going to haul to a show, let’s make it worth your while! Both circuits are offering flat fees and we have made every effort to make them as affordable as possible. Show bills for both circuits are available on our website.

Four-judge Paint-O-Rama

Mother-daughter time at horse shows! requires a huge leap of faith. The reality for show organizers these days is that good facilities, like Thunderbird, cost big bucks. But the conveniences they offer - indoors, multiple rings, safe stabling, lots of parking (you really do get what you pay for) - attract exhibitors, which attracts more exhibitors. (It’s the domino effect.) It’s an investment show organizers trust will pay off. With the Canadian dollar tanking, the cost of ordering approved judges (usually from the states or eastern Canada) has leaped by a sobering 20% since last season. Have you ever searched Expedia for the best deal on a flight, domestic or international? The rates change by the day (if not the hour) and that in itself is enough to try the sanity of even the most keen show manager. Then, there is the recruitment of sponsors. The support from sponsors is how we – and every other horse club out there – help offset expenses to keep entry 52 • Saddle Up • April 2015

The first big Paint Horse circuit in BC kicks off the 2015 show season, May 4-5, at Thunderbird. This year, we’re collaborating with the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association to bring Paint Horse exhibitors a two-day/four-judge Paint-O-Rama and while not everyone embraces the multi-judge concept, there are some compelling reasons for showing to four judges simultaneously: it requires less time away from home, farm and work for exhibitors and, arguably, it’s easier on our horses, mentally and physically. (Have you ever noticed how entries in multipleday shows tend to drop off dramatically by Sunday morning?) But, it’s one go, no room for error. And the class fee can be a tough pill to swallow. But do the math. You’re showing to more judges (with the opportunity to rack up some serious points) over less time away. And don’t discount the enjoyment you get from showing and the company you keep! Paint exhibitors, especially those who travel to shows south of the border, are well acquainted with three and four judge shows. Our old Rainbow Classic was traditionally a four judge (and very successful) show 15 years ago. We appreciate not being away from home

Breed shows offer opportunity to be judged by accredited judges Do some number crunching, get riding and plan to support these shows so we can continue to offer them to you!

More award opportunities If you’re showing your Paint at local shows in open or all-breed classes, be sure to include the Barriere District Riding Club, the Three-in-One Open Show (July 10-12 in Smithers) and the Pot of Gold Show at Armstrong, May 23, on your list. Each will be offering a high point Paint Horse award, courtesy of BC Paint and our friends at Otter Co-op. Check our website ( for more dates and links and get out and support those shows. (It’s not too late for your club to apply for an award, too. The application is available on our website.) And be sure to sign up for our Open Show & Competition Program (OSCP) where your show results at these all-breed shows will put you in the running for some very nice year-end awards from BC Paint.

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Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16



AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16 ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15 BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 11/15


CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

Contact: Website:


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15


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

For info: or

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate



In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15

Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/16 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 11/15 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15 continued on page 54

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Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009


CLUBS: Do any of you want old trophies and show ribbons? We get inquiries from people wanting to donate them. Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

april Sundays 3-5 4-5 4-May 6 4-May 7 9 10 11 11 11-12 11-12 11-12 11-12 12

CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC,

250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367 JULIA BOSTOCK JUMPING CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, INTRO TO CALIFORNIO STYLE HORSEMANSHIP w/Bruce Sandifer, Nanaimo BC, 250-722-3789, KAMLOOPS, BC, 25 day advanced equine massage therapy course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, EQUINE MASSAGE COURSE, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Williams Lake BC, call Pam 250-398-7174 to consign, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops BC, call Laura 250-573-3939 to consign, TACK SALE (9am-1pm), Thompson Valley Pony Club Barnhartvale (Kamloops BC), Tracy 250-319-1222 or TRUE GRIT BCRA RODEO, North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere BC, tickets at the Horse Barn and at door, info Barbie 250-832-3561 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Calgary AB, Leah Burr, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB SCHOOLING JUMPER ROUNDS, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice PASTEL WORKSHOP, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, KAREN ROBINSON DRESSAGE CLINIC, Apple Flats, Lake Country BC, Deborah CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404

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16-17 17-19

NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2/3 Advanced

Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494,


Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 18 ANNUAL GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, or Facebook 18 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-Ree), 18 EDUCATION DAY “So You Want to Show,” Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, 18-19 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Contact Anika 250-846-5494, 18-19 ENDURANCE 201 CLINIC & RIDE w/Terre O’Brennan, Maple Ridge BC, Contact 18-19 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 18-19 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Millet AB, Coal Lake Stables, Lindsey,, 780-619-8019 19 NEW & USED TACK SALE, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, 19 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 19 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 20-23 KAMLOOPS BC, Vertebral realignment and joint play. Learn how to adjust without the use of mallets, 22-26 SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Lindsay 250-870-8883, 23-26 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1, Abbotsford BC, Call Andrea at 1-888-533-4353,

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 24-26 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 25 CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 25 ANTIQUE & EQUIPMENT DISPERSAL SALE, (BC Livestock), held in Knutsford BC, 25 FIRST AID FOR HORSES, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, 25-26 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 PHASE EVENT, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice, for entries 26 IDENTIFYING CHRONIC PROBLEMS IN HORSES, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice 250-573-5800, 26 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 26 SCQHA FUZZY SHOW, Armstrong BC, Tracy 26-27 ROPING SCHOOL (Beginner), Armstrong BC, Doug 250-307-3430 or 250-546-6494, 30-May 1 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801,

may 1-2 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 1-2 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, 2 OPEN HOUSE AND TACK SWAP (11-3), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, 2-3 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, TFC Center, Paul,, 250-317-7725 2-3 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 2-3 TRISH HYATT WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, 2-3 CLEAR ROUND JUMPING & DRESSAGE PRACTICE, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 2-3 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658 7-12 LADYSMITH, BC, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 8-9 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829 8-10 WCRA ROCKSLIDE, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanichton BC,, 8-10 WEEKEND DRIVING CLINIC w/Judy Newbert, Water Valley AB. See for details 8-10 VPC DALE IRWIN CLINIC (open to all), Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 8-11 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Spur Valley BC, Brisco Riding Club, Cheryl,, 250-688-0280 9 SUMMER FESTIVAL SCHOOLING SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, Ashton 780-486-2099, 9-10 ROPING SCHOOL (Intermediate), Armstrong BC, Doug 250-307-3430 or 250-546-6494, 9-10 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENDURANCE CLINIC, Pritchard BC, Stephany, or visit 10 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 10-11 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981 15-17 GARY STRIKER JUMPING CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC,

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

16-17 CHRIS IRWIN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, 16-17 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 16-17 SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Ashton 250-862-0616, 16-17 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Adiva Murphy, Enderby BC, sponsored by BC Paint, 16-18 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203 17 CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 17 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 19 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785 20 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 23 CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 23 POT O GOLD OPEN SHOW, Halter, Driving, Trail, E/W Performance, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, 23-24 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, St. Andrews MB, Last Chance Ranch, Francine, , 204-771-5335 23-24 TEAM SELECTION for 2016 Martial Art “Olympics” Seoul Korea, Mount Currie BC, 23-25 INTRO to TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 24 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), 28-31 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Forestburg AB. Intro, Round Pen, Ground Work & Ridden. Info: Cheryl 780-385-1811, 29-30 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, 29-31 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2, Victoria BC, Call Roma at 1-877-573-4018, 30 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey,, 30 GYMKHANA, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 30 OCEAN VISTA ENDURANCE & CTR, South Nanaimo BC, Nancy, or visit 30-31 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Oliver BC, D BAR K Ranch, Annette,, 250-497-5199 30-31 BCPHC BACK TO BASICS SHOW (3 judges), Armstrong BC, 31 BARREL RACING & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Youth ages 8-16), Foothills Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Nicole 403-704-9564

june 1-2 3-4 4-7 5-7

MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Saskatoon SK. Intro, Round Pen, Ground Work & Ridden. Mark 306-373-4438, LARRY NELLES HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Dreamscape Ranch, Knutsford BC, 250-372-2928,

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15

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

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

EQUINE HEALTH • Chilliwack, BC 4/15

Tired of tying & un-tying knots?

D Rings & Snap fix that, now just... Load, Snap & Go!

Available in Mini & Half bale net sizes.

1-844-326-6387 •


EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 3/16





arena maintenance

Building Riding Rings

Footing is the Key!

For Private, Public or Professional Arenas Jack Polo 604-467-5616 or 604-341-1409 9/15

20 years experience serving the Fraser Valley

NATURAL & HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR HORSES Cloverdale Pharmasave 5778-176A Street, Surrey BC, 604-576-2888 8/15


Chloride Free dust Control



Dynamic Balance Equestrian


(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • 4/15

David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 2/16

Hansi’s EquinE sports tHErapy * Massage * Healing Touch * Craniofacial * Structural Balance * Acupressure * Magnet Therapy * Saddle Fit ~ Now accepting K-9 clients ~ Hands on for Health (C.E.S.T) ~ 778-378-0460 9/15

BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 8/15 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 7/15



Hand-made Cowboy Boots in Stock sizes & Made to Measure A Quality Boot for a Reasonable Price! 250-373-0065


camping with horses WWW.HIDDENVALLEYRUSTICHORSECAMP.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-1848 Creekside Camping w/Corrals, Miles of marked trails, min. to new Cidery 7/15 56 • Saddle Up • April 2015


HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES


ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 4/15 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/15 12/15

WWW.TODMOUNTAINRANCH.COM (Heffley Creek BC) 1-877-488-8881 Unique hands on, all inclusive horseback riding vacations 10/15 Harness manufacturing

Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer


okanagan SCHOOL OF NATURAL HOOF CARE 250869-7861, 6 day trimming certification program, private and group clinics. 11/15 SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience



Dr. rEED’S Formula 1

FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 4/15 BAG’N BLOK AGRI CENTRE (Morinville, AB) 780-939-4600, Pet Supplies, Tack, Animal Health, Feed, Agri Blok, Agri Melc 2000, Equest Products 5/15





CHAMPION FEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 9/15 OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 3/15 FEncing 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 9/15

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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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


photographers Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/15 Realtors

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

Solve Insurance Services Inc. 250-861-3777


8/15 Vibrating Post Pounding, Excavating, Renovations, Call Hans at 250-804-6662 (Okanagan/BC Interior) 4/16 4/15

Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap TOLL FREE 1-866-854-6049 or Cell 250-549-0996


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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 5/15 • 57



CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 7/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 2/16 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country

FIT. For Back Health 80 point Saddle Fit Analysis Female and Male saddles We help you find answers! 800-225-2242 x 30

Odin Interagro D. Carrano


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS Work, Casual and Formal attire For the Whole Family. Plus horse taCk and saddles. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry Come explore Hometown Hospitality at 4924-51 Avenue, High Prairie, AB Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri, Sat. 9:30 – 5:00. Two blocks south of main street. ~ see us on Facebook

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 9/15

TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 10/15 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 10/15 TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16 TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 9/15 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15

VANTAGE TRAILER SALES, INC Quality Trailers for the Long Haul

Owner Teresa Gale Yanishewski ~ 780-523-3800 5/15

ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16

Dealers for: Lakota ~ Circle J ~ Platinum TRAINERS/coaches

ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee


Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity


A Full Service TACK SHOP including horse blanket washing/repairs, saddle fitting, reflocking and leather repair. Introducing FOUR STAR SADDLERY English Tack and Apparel - an exclusive line of saddles from England. Sherwood Park AB • 780-449-2060 Dressage and Jump models available. We ship anywhere! Find us on Facebook! 9/15

PAINTED HORSE TACK & SUPPLIES (Grand Forks) 250-442-7706. West/Eng Saddles & Tack, West. Show Attire, Fashion & large selection of consignments. 4/15 ROCKY CREEK HILL (BC) 855-295-8825, Treeless Saddles, Bitless Bridles & more, Worldwide Shipping, 8/15 Your BEST Source for Pre-owned Equipment & Clothing for Horse & Rider

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Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16


Showroom/Warehouse #116, 5050 – 106 Ave. SE, Calgary AB 403-719-2154 ~


Lethbridge, AB 1-855-320-9889

2/16 1-250-569-7575

CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 5/15 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 8/15


CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 11/15 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services TRAINERS/coaches


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses P.O. Box 893369 - Temecula. CA 92589 - (951) 297-1911 - -


DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15 ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 4/15 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 2/16 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 3/16 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 10/15 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach & Trainer, Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Centre. All disciplines. 250-999-5090 2/16

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 9/15 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 9/15 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 11/15 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 3/16 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 2/16

Your Business Listing could be here! Starting at only $195 per year. Call 1-866-546-9922

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.


his picture was taken the day that I fell in love with horses. In 1956, when I was 3 years old, my mom took me and my two sisters “home” to Alberta. Mom had been raised on a homestead at Finnegan Ferry, and she wanted to go visit her Auntie Nan and her cousins who were still in Alberta. We left Victoria in mom’s brand new 1956 Buick Century and we stayed in “auto-courts” along the way. I really only remember two things about the trip: wading around in about a foot of water on Nan-Nan’s front lawn after a big rain storm in Hanna, and falling in love. For years, I didn’t know who I loved more: “Goldy,” a big old ranch horse, or my cousin Jacky for giving me my first ride. I never saw Jacky or Goldy again, but that one experience started a love affair that has lasted all my life. Thank goodness for sisters, and especially ones with a camera. My sister Diane took this with her old box Brownie, and was thoughtful enough to dig it out and send it to me for my birthday. -Elsie Wain (Hull), Whitehorse, YT

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

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Friesian Ranch Breeder of Friesian & Arabo-Friesian



* Zans Reflection (Zan Parr Bar/Two Eyed Jack Grandson) * Chunky Cue Bar (Peppy San/Chunky’s Monkey Grandson)


View our horses at

250-306-5351 (Armstrong BC) E-mail:

Tom & Donna Davidson 250-845-3341 (Houston BC)


2005 AQHA MARE For breeding purposes only (maiden), 15HH, seal brown/ black bay. Blazing Hot/DD/Investor bred. Very quiet mare and nice to be around. Shown as a 2-year-old, and won 2 walk/ trot classes, excellent mover. Clips, bathes, hauls. UTD on all health care. Correct and definitely pasture sound. This is a really nice mare, I hate to see her go, but she needs a job! $1,500. Or may trade. For more information 250-573-2801 (Kamloops BC) 5/15




40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm

$ only plus tax NEXT DEADLINE APRIL 5


Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 5/15

3Winds Ranch

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Peruvian Paso Horses

AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB.

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler

Dawson Creek, BC

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4/15 403-860-9763

TW Sunsation

1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

Peps Smart Quixote

2000 Chestnut AQHA Stallion Smartest Little Pep/daughter Doc Quixote

3Winds Smok N Hawk

2004 Palomino / Blanket Appaloosa Stallion by 5x ApHCC Champion Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397;


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On The Market THE LEOPARDS HAVE ARRIVED Winged Hawk K Appaloosa ~ Kamloops BC

2010 MORGAN GELDING, 16HH Big bone, big hoof, big hip! Lots of training; twotracks, sidepasses, spins, learning to neck rein, good stop. Good traveller, would make a good Roper or Ranch horse. Big Trot… may Jump or Dressage. $4,500 Call Tom at 250-838-2228 Noble-T Morgans (Grindrod BC)

FOR SALE DELUXE DEREGISTERED 14X70 MOBILE With custom addition on 6.13 acres. 20 kms on the Nazko Highway west of Quesnel. Setup for horses and chickens. Fenced, cross fenced, stock waterer, horse shelter, hay barn and 3 insulated chicken houses. 3 storage sheds, large deck and fenced yard. 12 gallons per minute well. 5 appliances and all blinds included. Endurance riding trails out the back door. Asking $158,000. For more info or pictures call 250-249-6016 or e-mail

“KELLYS SUN ROCK MAGNUM” 2013 YEARLING FILLY Black Homozygous EEaa, Five Panel tested negative. (Ghostwind Spirit x Magnificent Jubilee). Should mature to 15.2HH, 100% FDP Appaloosa Horse Club (APHC); 6th generation Appaloosa. Beautiful and sweet filly, great movement, foundation bred, outstanding bloodlines. You won’t find a filly like her anywhere else! Truly one of a kind! Extremely intelligent and willing disposition. Black Leopard Foundation Appaloosas. Foundation at its finest. For more photos and information visit

Rural Roots


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Listed at $1,490,000 MLS® 125833

per issue, plus TAX


This beautiful log home on 16.5 acres is set up for the horse enthusiast. Property is cross-fenced, has many paddocks, a riding arena, hay storage, tack room, outbuildings, and 7 heated water lines that run throughout the property. There are 8 acres of alfalfa with a set-up for cattle, 24x36 barn with stalls, and a double garage. The log home has an open kitchen to the living room and dining room; making it great for summer time gatherings in your new home.

$869,000 MLS® 10095356 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty Ltd. E-mail

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Once in a lifetime opportunity for the horse enthusiast. Only 20 minutes east of Kamloops overlooking the river. 70 x 200 indoor riding arena with 13 indoor stalls with runs, 30 paddocks, 12 day stalls, 135 x 200 outdoor arena, and 100’ round pen. 20 acres in hay with water rights. All this and a great 4 bedroom/3 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home.


This 7 acre property offers a 4,380 sq. ft. house, with a 4,250 sq. ft. commercial building, and 2 acres of apple orchard. The 3 bedroom rancher has an open concept layout with spacious rooms and a ground level patio overlooking your personal apple orchard, perfect for entertaining. The commercial building has a cool room, dry goods and freezer rooms, and a full retail area. There is a negotiable visitor train that circles the property, a greenhouse, chicken coop, train storage, a train station, playgrounds, and 7 paddocks.

$1,148,800 MLS® 10090197 68 North Aberdeen Road, Coldstream BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty Ltd. E-mail

RICKY (ULRIKE) HEDRICH 250-572-0828 Riley & Associates Realty Ltd.


A beautiful country setting paired with a 5.25 acre property featuring amazing mountain/valley views and walking distance to town and IPE grounds. Built as a duplex, this property has two separate homes (3bed/3bath and 2bed/2bath) perfect to share with older children or in-laws. Each home features an open concept living space with amazing bay windows filling the rooms with natural lighting. The acreage features a 20x30 barn, as well as paddocks for horses and a fenced yard for dogs!

$979,800 MLS® 10094851 3365 Otter Lake Road, Armstrong BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty Ltd. E-mail • 61

Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake, BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops, BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan”


ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15

Year-round listings start at only $225. p/year. (12 issues) Keep your name, pedigree and website out there for all to see. 4/15


(Roblyns Fancy Cat x Renner`s Black Beauty)

AQHA 5112543

2008 Cremello Stallion

Standing at stud

Double dilute cream genes. Guaranteed colour on offspring.

Noble-T Desperado

Breeding Fee: $500 SIRE: Smart and Lucky Lena

DAM: Shirley Bank Beau

• AQHA 3520170 Buckskin • Open Superior Reining Horse • AQHA High Point Performance • ROM Performance • NRHA Money Earner and World Show Qualifier

• AQHA 2836151 Palomino • Producer of Halter and Performance Point Earner and Multiple IPE Supreme of Show Halter Winners

Co-owned by:

Dr. David Ward Okanagan Falls, BC 250-809-8807

Jerry Zednai Okanagan Falls, BC 250-497-8017

62 • Saddle Up • April 2015

2004 Morgan Stallion, 15HH

This fantastic Section A Welsh Stallion will be standing his Introductory Year at Twin Acres Farm and Huber’s Welsh Pony & Cob Farm in 70 Mile House BC.

2015 STUD FEE: $500

• Big Hip • Lots of Bone • Big Hoof (size 2 Diamond shoe) • Very correct conformation • Shown & proven as a cutter

includes non- refundable booking fee of $100

STUD FEE: Private Treaty

Call Kathy at 250-456-7462 or Ken 250-456-6050

(includes 30 day mare care)

Call Tom at 250.838.2228 (Grindrod, BC)


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CARTS PLUS & INSANE MOTOR SPORTS New & Used Golf Carts, UTVs, ATVs. Sales, Service, Repairs. 1-866-886-6893 (Kelowna), 1-888-371-3946 (Kamloops),, 4/15


29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

Sales, service, repairs and parts for all models of golf carts. New and Used available. Trades welcome.

RANCH HAND/WRANGLER FOR FAMILY FARM active in trail/western riding. Care of 4-6 horses, training maintenance, trail rides, some multiday trail trips. Maintenance of fencing, barn and tack. Stall maintenance plus mucking of turnouts. . Approximately 3.5 hours a day of work on non00 riding ,7 days but could be up to 8 hours total in a day 3 1 $where we have a ride planned. Must be flexible, happy and be able to work without supervision. Understanding of horse behaviour, and ability to correct misbehaviour in a horse. We operate on “sensible horsemanship” and have respectful wellbehaved trail horses. We have a ONE BEDROOM COTTAGE close to the barn as part of the salary package and remuneration can include board for one personal horse. We live on Bowen Island, a short 20 minute ferry ride from Vancouver, but our island is quite rural. Excellent trail riding and horse friendly community. We are a friendly warm family, and are open to learning. Contact free If it’s FREE, we print for FREE HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS

Two locations to meet your needs!

Kelowna 1-866-886-6893 • Kamloops 1-888-371-3946 Cart website: 6/15 Parts website:

Leather & Stitches

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 4/15

NEW & USED TACK English & Western ~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store 0


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/15

Next deadline april 5

Happy Easter! From our barn to yours! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 63

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