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t’s nice to see no more snow in the forecast, and what we have is slowly melting and heading down our driveway – won’t be long before our seasonal creek appears again – it happens every spring. Not looking forward to it. I just got back from the Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley. What an action-packed, fun-filled day, in three arenas. The core of volunteers really do a Photo by Sly Keyes great job – but I don’t understand why the crowds are not there. It was a beautiful sunny day – most say that horse people then stay home and go riding or start on their gardening with a ‘springlike’ day like that. Maybe so, but with an event like that – it should be supported – you can ride (or garden) another day. I wasn’t able to get up to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival this year – but I heard that they were expecting a big crowd (and a busload of 59 people from Alberta). Am sure Mark McMillan will send us a report for the May issue. “Oh… Mark???” I’ll be off to the Mane Event in Red Deer at the end of this month. But of course I will keep my studded tires on… cause you never know with that Alberta weather! Do pop by the booth (1204) and say hi… please introduce yourself, I can’t remember everybody!

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Dear Editor… Dear Nancy (and readers):


t is with deep regret that we have to inform the horse industry that the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group will have to say ‘so long’ after 10 years. It has been most enjoyable, met many fantastic people, established long-time friendships, and enjoyed being part of a great group. We are thankful to you and your magazine for looking after us over all these years, posting the many photos we submitted, with placings and so much more - THANK YOU. Your magazine is tops. Wishing you continued success. - Regards, Ulli Dargel (PS: Also many thanks for posting our Miniature Donkey show results with photos - you are the only magazine that caters to small groups.)

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reedom’s Gate Equine Rescue was the proud (co)recipient, alongside the BCSPCA Cruelty Investigations Dept., of the Horsey Ladies amazing donation for 2017! We received just over $5,000! The funds were used for 6 round bale nets, and 65 round bales of hay for the rescues! This donation was absolutely pivotal in helping the rescue through the winter. Freedom’s Gate has also achieved charitable status this year! We are hoping this will encourage more donations to the society so that we can save and care for more horses in 2018. We rescued, rehabilitated and/or re-homed over 70 horses in 2017. It is our goal to save a minimum of 30% more in 2018. Thank you SO much Horsey Ladies; and everyone who supports horses in Canada!! Your support and donations are so very much needed and appreciated! We look forward to your support in 2018 and forward! - Carly & Shawnee, Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue Society, Registered, Charitable, Non-profit Society Dear Editor: (Regarding Legalizing Horse Practitioners, in the February issue)


am a 77-year-old horse owner. I made my living from the horse industry for 55 years; 5 years training, 50 years manufacturing saddlery and accessories. I deal with horse owners on a daily basis. It has been my personal experience to have lost $34,500 because of ‘veterinarian’ incompetence. What makes you think legalizing other horse care providers will clean up the incompetence in the industry? As a saddle maker, I would ban 50% of the saddlery in general use today. Our North American freedoms are being eroded by so-called ‘do gooders’ with a special interest. My freedom to choose is worth more to me than some bureaucrat’s opinion. There is a populace that would like to ban rodeo. A populace that would ban eating meat. Where does this stop? Why don’t we ban private ownership of horses? That is where most of the incompetence originates. Unfortunately, when an issue goes to court the judge will be obligated to favour a licensed and recognized professional, right or wrong. North America’s strength is in its freedom to choose! Personal political interests run the gamut. Governments should have the savvy to oversee special interest groups for what they are. Our North American culture is being eroded by an emotional voting public. Logic and predictable thinking are not even considered. Incompetence starts right at home. Insurance and legal ramifications have clouded our outdoor activities with bureaucracy. I’m surprised life insurance companies haven’t got on the band wagon. Accountability starts at home, not in Victoria or in a court room. ETHICS = ACCOUNTABILITY. - Ken Cameron, KC Saddlery, Red Deer AB

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Can You See the Trees in the Forest? By Glenn Stewart

Can you see the trees in the forest or just the forest? Lately it seems more than usual I have been on a mission to try and have riders, horse owners, and anyone else I can find to look a lot deeper into what is going on with their horse.


nytime there is a horse around, especially one being handled by a human, there is a great opportunity for us to try and look beyond the smoke and mirrors and see what the horse thinks of what is going on. Admittedly, it is much easier and requires much less skill to not care, ignore or be oblivious to where the horse is at mentally. It requires a greater level of awareness, skills, knowledge, feel and timing to keep a horse in a good place mentally and still get something done. This begs the question, what does “getting something done with our horses” mean? Let me ask some questions. Are two different horses that are both being ridden, the same as far as what each horse knows or has been taught? What if it was a colt start and both horses were being ridden in the first session by two equally skilled trainers, do the two horses know, and demonstrate, the same amount of ability? Did the trainers achieve the same amount of skill with their horses in the equal time they were given? Did the two horses both enjoy what they learned, or how it was presented, and did it make sense to the horse? If both horses can canter right and left are the horses in the same place in their development? I could ask as many questions as I could think of and the answer would be the same. The answer is “possibly” the horses “could” be in the same place developmentally wise, but I have never seen it. To add to the answer, many times two horses being ridden regardless if they both canter, trot, in the first session or whether they are ten years old. There can be huge differences in what each horse knows and where they are developmentally. How the horse got to where it is has a huge bearing on how far along the horse is and what he thinks of humans. Another question, and skill we have or not, is the human developing the trainability or lessening the trainability of the horse? Let me give some examples: two horses both being ridden. Both will canter. One rider needs a stick or switch to get their horse to go, the other does not. The second horse has to be held back or it will gallop off, the other does not. Or maybe in a colt starting competition on the third session both horses finish a course. One horse slings its head through the whole course, while the other does not. One horse’s eyes are glazed over, hard and anxious looking, staring, head high, lips pinched together. The other horse’s eyes are soft, relaxed, and blinking, ears still moving, head and neck down. These are very different scenarios. One of those horses I would 8 • APRIL 2018


not want to be. When we work with horses and they are learning, there can be moments and times when their look is not one of relaxation and understanding. However, that is where it needs to be headed. The session with our horse should be filled with a horse that looks like it is learning, bright and trusting, not bored, eating grass and sniffing poop, or completely frustrated, scared, anxious and confused. If you were to keep track of the things a horse was being taught at a colt starting competition, or by your trainer, or by yourself, or count the things your horse cannot do well, it can help us begin to see the trees in the forest. If two horses are asked to canter, one pins its ears the other willingly canters, ask the question “why?” If two horses are being lead; one on a tight lead line and the other walks along on a loose lead, ask the question, “why?” The tough part is answering “why” correctly. Look for the many signs and all the differences going on. Ask yourself if the look on the horse is one you would want on yourself, if you were being taught something. The list goes on and on and the difference is many times huge, but both horses are being ridden or lead so many assume the horses to be at the same place and went threw the same process. There are many trees to make a forest, maybe one forest is made up of dead trees and the other is full of fresh, strong, vibrant, healthy trees. There is much more going on between horses and humans that we tend to see. The more I look, and pay attention and the more I see, the better things get. If we see a tree in the forest that we don’t appreciate, it is not our job to criticize that tree. Instead, we need to make sure we are always taking care to improve our own forest. Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at The Mane Event in Red Deer and The Mane Event in Chilliwack. Glenn offers year-round Horsemanship Courses at his home base in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Courses, High and Wild, and Brazil 2018. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit the website at www. thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

hese are the “old-style” Western Working Morgans. The members of this group are dedicated to preserving and promoting the purest and oldest bloodlines of Morgan horses which descend from the versatile champions of earlier times. These horses have conformation that is different than the Morgans many people think of when they visualize the “Morgan standard.” They are built for hard work, whether on the trail, in the arena, or on the ranch. With short backs, strong bone structure, thick hoof walls, and amazing cow sense, Western Morgans are exceptionally athletic and ready to take you on a relaxed trail ride, to a high-speed gymkhana, or out to doctor the cows. With their tractable minds, they are easily trained to do it all! In addition, Western Morgans have the disposition to work all day, day after day, and they will still have more left to give you. They not only need, but WANT, a job. If you need to round up cows or repair a fence, or if you just want a great family horse, your Morgan is there to help. He will (almost) hand you the tools or offer you advice

and encouragement! These are the horses that Grandpa used to brag about. If you are looking for a working horse, or that family horse, the Western Morgan is the horse for you. To learn more about the characteristics that make Western Morgans outstanding mounts to own, or to find one for sale, refer to our website: https:// WesternMorgansCanada.wordpress.com

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By Vicki McKinnon

If you have been following my articles in Saddle Up you will probably have

noticed that the things that I have been discussing serve us well not only with our horses but in our lives as well. his becomes even more apparent as I begin to discuss the topics covered in my vision statement, ‘Embrace the 5 C’s’. The first of my C’s is about connection, with our horses and with each other. Most of us know and understand that our horses are happier when they have other horses for company. They are a herd animal and are not meant to live in isolation. What our civilization has caused most of us to forget is that humans are also an animal that is happier and does better when in the company of other humans. We are not designed to live either in isolation or in numbers so dense that it creates its own isolation. We crave connection with others just as our horses do. Is it any wonder that we feel such a strong connection to a herd animal who expresses so clearly the need for company? For those of us in the horse world who are always striving for a better relationship with our horses the answer to this question is obvious. We are constantly on the search for softer and clearer ways to connect with our horses. We know that we need to understand their language and express ourselves in a way that they can understand so that we can attain that magical centaur like unity with them, that feeling of being one unit that does not require words or explanation. This has been our dream since our very first exposure to horses that created the horse crazy kid we have been ever since. To attain that kind of connection, we need to be kind to them. Maybe when grooming your horse before a ride, take a few extra minutes to find that itchy spot and spend a moment giving them a satisfying scratch in that hard to reach place. When you are riding and you make a request for a transition or turn or more bend, allow an extra moment for them to try to answer your request. Try to not be so quick to assume that your horse is being bad. It takes a while for a signal to get from your leg to his brain and back to the part of his body that needs activation. Be patient. Most important of all, be present as often as possible when with your horse. They really appreciate that. It helps them feel you there with honesty and clarity. In that presence they can relax and feel safe.

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I love going for rides on the trails with my horse. I truly enjoy their company and the peace that being with them and in nature provides. I also enjoy the reward of a long, loose walk after a training session when we both breathe and stretch and take a moment to applaud our accomplishments. But, I must confess, that my most magical moments are when I enter the field that my horses live in to collect one of them for a ride, a good grooming or a play session. This is where all the effort to have a better connection with my horses is most clearly displayed. I have four horses and when I call at the gate to see who wants to come out today, they all come. They all want their turn to leave the herd and be with me. The horse crazy kid in me knows that is the magic.

About Vicki: I have raised and trained Morgan horses for over 40 years. I know that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person and my passion is sharing the valuable lessons horses have taught me with others. I offer introductory sessions and weekend clinics for groups of 2-4 people. This year sessions will begin May 5 at my farm in Blind Bay in the Shuswap. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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These photos show a difference in lifestyle options for horses. The first shows my gelding, Smoke, in an overnight paddock while we were away at a clinic. The second shows him at home, expressing natural behaviours that would be impossible in a small paddock. It’s important to realize how standing in the same small space all day will affect our horse’s mind and body and how having the freedom to move, interact with friends and the ability to forage will change that effect.

By Christa Miremadi

Most of us are hoping to get the best performance we can get out of our horses, whether that is out on the trail, at home in our arena, or at the next high level competition. e all want to see our horses give it their all and I like to think that (most of us anyway) also give them ‘our’ all and hope they are enjoying the process as much as we are. But what does that take? How can we maximize the chances that our horse will also be having fun? There are so many angles to come at this from but I’m going to share a little about one angle in particular that in my own experiences and observations, has blocked both performance and enjoyment for many of the horses I’ve had the privilege of helping. When it comes to riding a happy horse, I’ve found that a comfortable horse (physically and mentally) is a happy horse. Obvious right? Well yeah, a little, but there’s more to it than just the obvious attention to saddle fit, proper grooming and overall health and wellness that you might be thinking about. There are also a number of less obvious and harder to recognize common factors I find myself addressing with almost every horse I work with. Month after month, I have a lot of different kinds of horses brought to me for training, either because of behavioural issues, performance issues or physical challenges. (I also see a lot of uneducated horses who just need to have exposure to new things or new experiences in a supported, consistent way… but for the purpose of this topic, I’ll stick to the former). One of the first things I do when assessing a new horse is watch their movement. Obviously, if I’ve been called to work with a horse, there’s something that’s not working quite right and it’s my job to figure out what’s at the root of the challenge. It almost always boils down to a horse who’s experiencing varying degrees of discomfort, physically or emotionally and who, due to the silent nature of a horse, feels it necessary to act out in order to communicate 12 • APRIL 2018


the fact that all is not well. Through watching their movement, it’s usually pretty clear where the source(s) of their discomfort (or discomforts) are coming from and it almost always comes down to one (or more) of the following five areas: Hoof care or improper hoof balance that changes the biomechanics of the horse, causing a chain reaction of mechanical issues and limiting potential, sometimes leading to body pain, reluctance to engage, lack of impulsion, balking or a soured attitude. Residual body pain from hoof care or improper hoof balance, a past injury, a past or current saddle fit issue or stemming from a habitual body posture caused by an emotional/mental state of being that inhibits physical and emotional relaxation, blocking proper breathing and altering muscle development as well influencing their thought pattern. This can cause “naughty behavior” like bucking, bolding, balking, spooking, shying and much more. Muscle weakness or core strength issues (often stemming from lifestyle or either of the above challenges) that make simple tasks difficult to carry out without drawing on large bursts of energy, manifesting as either laziness or explosiveness. This condition will also cause depression and a poor self-esteem/confidence issues that could contribute to spookiness, lethargy or what appears to be unwillingness. Bucking, bolting, refusals, hesitations, balking, tripping, stumbling and head tossing or other similar behaviours are all things you might encounter when dealing with muscle weakness or core strength issues. Confusion, insecurity, anxiety and fear stemming from past experiences and/or improper handling. Sometimes this is a simple case of implementing good horsemanship and clarifying the confusion and sometimes there is Residual Body Pain (as described above) as a result of the emotional state that will need to be addressed before the confusion, insecurity, anxiety and fear can be relieved. There can also be a lot of “unlearning” to be done before rebuilding a foundation can be possible. This condition can result in anything from apparent “unwillingness” or “stubbornness” to an inability to focus on their handler, pushiness, defensive behaviour and sometimes things like kicking/biting/bucking/ rearing or many other unpleasant and unwanted outcomes. Emotional distress manifesting as anything from aggressive or fearful

outbursts to complete lethargy. This is often the result of a horse being handled in such a way as to create a case of “learned helplessness” - a state described by Steven Peters and Martin Black in their book, ‘Evidence Based Horsemanship’, in which (paraphrased) a horse learns that there is no way to achieve a release from a stimulus and “shuts down,” outwardly appearing unaffected while inwardly experiencing considerable stress. They can also become unresponsive to normal methods of communication due to a belief that there is no relief, causing a horse who will push through, run over, pull, and brace up or any number of other behaviors while expressing any level of energy. This condition can create “lazy,” “stubborn,” “obstinate,” “belligerent,” “unwilling,” “untrainable,” “dangerous” horses capable of almost any behavioural issue. The challenges I’ve outlined above are actually a whole lot more common than you might think. It’s not unusual to find that the same horse may actually be experiencing all five of these issues and still be trying to please their owner. The silent nature of the horse causes them to hide their discomfort for as long as possible. Being prey animals, they don’t want to draw attention to weakness that could make them vulnerable to predators. Quite often, they could be experiencing a hoof care imbalance, residual body pain, muscle weakness, confusion or even emotional distress and still not be acting out in any obvious way! The symptoms of these 5 common challenges could also be quite subtle. They are all connected, so the longer someone waits to get help with a challenge, the more of these challenges they’ll be faced with uncovering and unraveling. It’s pretty easy to see how any one of the above challenges could inhibit a horse’s performance, not to mention their ability to enjoy their daily activities. It often blows my mind just how much a horse will give and how hard a horse will try, despite their experience.

For those of us who want to maximize both our horse’s performance and their enjoyment of their job, it’s important to maximize their emotional and physical comfort. Since horses don’t cry or wine like a dog or child who’s experiencing discomfort might, the only way to avoid waiting for the unwanted behaviours and dangerous symptoms to appear when the discomfort finally gets too much to hide, is to educate ourselves, pay close attention to those little changes in behaviour and to give them our all.

You can easily imagine how the balance of these hooves would affect the internal structures and bio-mechanics of the horses above them, making their job more difficult/less comfortable.   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 our Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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ou have probably been taught to set BIG goals (and big goals are just fine when approached in the right way), but why do they always feel so daunting, intimidating, and sometimes even disheartening? Because when your goals are results-oriented, you inevitably become impatient about how fast you’re getting there which leads to frustration, anxiety and fear of failure. And who feels and responds to that anxiety and fear the most? Your horse. As a prey animal, they are a great receptor and interpreter of your energy. Not only does it affect your horse, which affects your ride, and ultimately affects your results, you tend to miss all the beautiful moments that are happening along the way as you focus on some point in the future which you have made more important than your happiness here and now. So, I challenge you to set goals that feel good. Goals that allow you to enjoy the moments, because, in the end, that is all we will ever have. When you learn to allow the moments to be joyful and relaxed, the other results will surely follow. Here is the process that I work through with my private clients. Step One: What do you WANT? When I ask this question, clients almost always rattle off a long list of things they DON’T want. It has long been ingrained in us to complain and even seek companionship by finding common ground around the things that we don’t like. That neural pathway is so strong in our mind that it is often difficult to verbalize what we actually do want! But if you want to be a goal achiever, you’re going to have to learn to talk about what you want… a lot. Describe what you wantin detail. Use specifics. Where are you? Who are you with? What are you doing? Step Two: From a very relaxed state (not while the kids are screaming in the background), ask yourself this very simple question… WHY? Why do you want those things? Why do you want more money? Why do you want to be a certain weight? Why do you want to win that class? Journaling can be a very useful tool here. Even if you never go back and read it over again, the very act of writing down what you want and why forms new neural pathways in your mind. This part of the process works really well if you give yourself some time to chill in advance. Maybe you soak in a bubble bath first, or maybe you go for a soothing massage, or maybe 14 • APRIL 2018


even a quiet trail ride in the woods. Whatever connects you to your inner peace. Step Three: Now that you are starting to really dig deep, let’s take it a step further. What does it FEEL like to have already achieved the goal? What are the emotions that you are seeking to create and experience by achieving this goal? People often think that it is the money or the trophy that they want, but what they really want is how it makes them feel. Do you feel happy? Confident? Proud? Invigorated? Free? Excited? Relaxed? Fulfilled? Loved? Really take some time to explore what your heart and soul are seeking. Your desires are your guidance, and they are trying to help you reach for that place of emotional bliss. Step Four: Once you identify what emotions are tied to your desires and goals, you’ll realize that there are many ways you can create those feelings for yourself. I would encourage you to write out all the ways you could create those emotions right now, today! Maybe it’s taking a break from the usual training and trying something completely new with your horse. Maybe it’s just taking him for a walk down to a pasture to graze on some grass. Maybe it’s just taking a few minutes to revel in how far you’ve already come. There are endless ways to create joy today. In the end, you’ll learn to follow your emotional guidance system and allow yourself to love and enjoy the journey just as much as actually achieving the end result. In that state of joy, the magic really begins to happen. Jennifer Knappe is a dynamic, adventure-loving life coach, entrepreneur, and an eternal optimist who specializes in helping other equestrians tap into their inner guidance so they too can create their own version of Heaven on Earth. (See her listing ‘Live Radically’ in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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“Guiding” rather than “Steering” the Horse

The rider is pulling the horse into the turn and releasing the outside rein. The horse, without the supporting outside rein, is overbending and drifting through the outside shoulder.

By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz. Photos by Lisa Wieben

Beginner riders and even some more advanced riders quite often are unaware of how much turning from their centre can assist their horse in smooth turns. When horse and rider are working together in harmony they portray an effortless look.


he rider’s body can guide the horse, not just from the legs and hands, but also through their seat and body. The following exercise will bring awareness to riders in how light they can be with their turning aids and also prepare the horse for the loop maneuver which is ridden in the lower levels in jog and Level 1 in counter canter. Arena set-up: Set up five pylons on one side of the arena, seven metres apart, and a loop with three pylons on the other side of the arena. The loop with the three pylons can either be set at a five-metre loop or a ten-metre loop out to centre line. 20x40m ring Shown with 10-m loop HXK The pylon is set just off the centerline as the rider will guide the horse to the centre line and back out to the corner pylon How to ride the exercise: The line of travel for the first part of this exercise, the zig-zag through the five pylons, will be as close to the pylons as you can be. The changes of bend will be very subtle. Imagine a snake slithering through the pylons. The key to a flowing line is to not pull with the reins in the direction of the new turn, but to turn your body in the direction of the turn. To pull the horse would unbalance him and make the line look ‘jerky’. Before we begin, take a moment to sit in a chair and turn your body from your seat a little to the right and notice how your left leg presses in a little and the right leg opens a little to allow the turn. Repeat to the left (on the horse your outside upper inner thigh will press against the saddle and the inside thigh will soften slightly). Now if you hold your hands like you are holding reins, turn your body again and keeping the hands the same distance apart and your elbows equally 16 • APRIL 2018


close to your body notice that as you turn through your centre your outside rein automatically goes forward, without giving at the elbow, and the inside rein automatically draws back, without actually pulling back. The hands follow the body and your weight stays evenly centred over both seat bones.

Correct bend through the corner after the loop. Notice the rider’s hands are evenly across from one another. The outside rein is supporting and the inside rein is maintaining the bend. The rider’s body is in alignment with her horse and she is looking ahead onto the line of travel.

- Start the exercise at a walk at C and track right. - As you approach the corner ask your horse for right bend: inside (right) leg directly under your body pressing at the girth in timing with the rhythm of the barrel (the leg presses as the barrel swings to the outside), asking your horse to bend the rib cage as well as to maintain activity. Your outside leg will maintain rhythm and help to turn the horse in around the first pylon. - For the turn your right hip will draw back slightly and your left hip will move forward to turn the horse. Your hands will follow your body. As you turn from your centre your right rein will open slightly and the

The rider is in correct position for the turn.

The rider is pulling with the inside rein while releasing the outside rein.

The rider is pulling with the inside rein and releasing the outside rein.

outside rein will come against the neck. Both reins are supporting the line of travel. Think of funneling the horse onto the line of travel. The two reins are the side of the funnel. - As the horse is crossing the line of the pylons you will turn your body toward the wall of the arena to take the horse to the outside of the line. Remember your line of travel will be as close to the pylons as you can be. The turn of your body will be very subtle and the changes of bend in your horse will be very subtle. - Continue down the line turning from your centre. Once you get to the corner be sure to ride a corner that is part of a 10-metre circle. Your body will turn more through the corner than through the zig-zag. Your inside leg and your connection with the outside rein will help to balance the horse through the corner. - Continue straight on the short side. As you approach the next corner, again ride the corner as part of a 10-metre circle and leave the track at the letter, bending the horse around the first pylon of the loop. - As you complete your turn toward the middle pylon prepare your horse for a couple strides of straightness by bringing your body back to centre and aligning your reins evenly on both sides of the neck and maintaining even leg pressure to maintain straightness through the horse’s body. - A few steps before the middle pylon turn your body toward the last marker and bend your horse’s body slightly to the left. - Whether your loop is set at 5-metre or 10-metre, aim your horse to just before the middle pylon so that as you pass the pylon your horse will be aiming straight at the short side of the arena. If you are riding the 10-metre loop to the right you will be aiming at C as you cross the centreline, a 5-metre loop you will be directly on the quarter-line. - After you complete the turn at the middle marker you will then have a few strides of straightness before preparing for the turn around the final marker and into the corner.

The rider is in the correct position for the turn.

- As you approach the track for the corner plan a step or two of leg yield to the outside to help the horse prepare for the corner. This will prevent the horse from falling in to the turn. For most horses it will be the last turn off the line where they will try to cut the corner. - Repeat the exercise a few more times to the right, now in jog. Then repeat to the left. You will find the more you repeat this exercise the lighter the horse will get off your turning aids. Our goal in dressage is to appear as effortless and in harmony with the horse as we can. Exercises like this help to develop that harmony. Lisa Wieben is passionate about working with riders and helping them develop a partnership with their horses through increased awareness and understanding of biomechanics. Her specialty is working with riders of all levels and ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. A balanced rider equals a balanced horse. She is located in Mountain View County, Alberta. www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)


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Trail Maps on your Phone? By Sharon Pickthorne


Have you wanted to try a new trail, but been hesitant because you don’t have a map? Have you carried a large cumbersome paper map only to have the writing melt away in the rain? Have you ever been lost?


orse Council BC and Back Country Horsemen of BC are working together on a solution which you can be part of. I assume the readers of this article are familiar with a GPS unit. You might have one in your car and you also have one in your smartphone – Android or iPhone. The unit in your phone is what First Responders can use to find you in an emergency. I assume you also know that a handheld GPS unit, such as a Garmin 64ST, can create and save a “track” when you ride/bike/walk a trail with the unit. Those saved tracks can then be downloaded into a computer and merged with a program such as Google Earth which can show you those saved tracks on a map. This is all great, but you won’t want to take your computer on the trail; you cannot give your GPS to everyone, and you don’t want to print maps from Google Earth. So, here is the GOOD news. Those saved tracks on your computer can be uploaded into a number of great applications and converted to a GEO-REFERENCED PDF (GEO-REF). What the heck is that? That is a file that you can download to your phone before you head out to the trail, and when you get close, you will be able to open it and see where you are along the trail. The best part - you will be able to do this without cell phone reception and without using up your ‘data plan’. How? A free App called Avenza will read and display a downloaded GEO-REF map file. It is your phone’s built in GPS that will locate where you are on the GEO-REFERENCED PDF (GEO-REF) and show a little pointer as you move along the trail/track on the map. The Avenza phone App allows you to create a track as well as long as you have a map downloaded of the area to your phone. Some sports are way ahead of us using this technology. Mountain Bikers are one. If you are curious to see what they have created go to

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the website https:// www.trailforks.com/. This program has 239,000 kms of trails mapped worldwide. Want to see it on your phone? Go to the App or Google Play Store on your phone and download the free Trailforks App. When downloading the App, it will prompt you to download Screen print of the phone showing a map your local maps of mountain bike trails. This allows you to test out how it works. I live in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, and there are a few trails that are multi-use in local parks that I was able to test. Unfortunately, many mountain bike trails are not suited to horseback riding, but we have approached TrailForks to see if they would consider adding another sport – horseback riding, of course. NEXT: to make maps, first we need the GPS track data. If you or someone in your club owns a handheld GPS unit we hope to recruit you. If you don’t have a GPS, but would love to get out on your local trails and gather tracks, we have you covered. Horse Council BC has purchased Garmin GPS units that they will send to a member for a limited time to gather tracks. We will also be harvesting any GEO-REF tracks that are available to us from other websites.

Avenza provides instructions on how to records tracks using your iPhone on their website at: http://help. avenzamaps.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2460946record-gps-tracks-tool-iosOr Android: http://help.avenzamaps.com/customer/en/portal/ articles/2461219-record-gps-tracks-toolandroidThere are good YouTube videos about Avenza created by PineBeetle: https:// youtu.be/AlO2gmsF_a4 AND – HCBC is making this GPS track gathering exercise into a CONTEST! A prize will be awarded to the member who gathers the most combined kilometres plus number of tracks. HCBC wants to reward the person/club that gets out there and makes lots of tracks. For example, the contest will reward the prize to someone who gathered 25 separate trail tracks that totaled 75 kms, not the member who did one single trail of 75 kms. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact HCBC Recreation Coordinator Nancy Spratt at recreation@hcbc.ca or Sharon Pickthorne, HCBC Affiliate Director at oneonone@telus.net LET’S GET TRACKING!!

APRIL 2018


An Explosive Trade at Gordyville By Bruce A. Roy, www.wrdha.com Photos courtesy of The Draft Horse Journal

The trade for Belgian and Percheron horses at MidAmerica’s 2018 Draft Horse Sale, held at Gifford, Illinois, February 20-23, surpassed all expectations.


uyers from nine Canadian provinces, together with American buyers from coast to coast, sparked the explosive trade. Several horses sold for record breed prices. Twenty-one Percheron stallions sold averaged $5,968; 60 Percheron females sold averaged $11,153; 26 Belgian stallions sold averaged $5,760; 87 Belgian females sold averaged $9,149; while the 83 Belgian and Percheron geldings sold averaged $9,149. The overall average paid for the 277 head of Belgians and Percherons sold at the massive Gordyville USA Auction Center was $9,109. Horsemen from America and Canada were over the moon! Briar Valley Lilly, a 3-year-old Percheron mare topped the 2018 Mid-America Sale. Consigned by Mitchell & Kathy Hughes (Briar Valley Percherons, Frankfort, West Virginia), she was purchased on a last bid of $87,000 placed by Jane Grey (Trippcrest Percherons, Harrison, Maine). ‘Lilly’ was sired by Pleasant View King, the World Champion Stallion at Calgary’s 1998 World Percheron Congress. Mapleview King, a 4-year-old Percheron gelding won an $84,000 bid placed by Young Living Percherons, Mona, Utah. This five figure bid, that brought the auctioneer’s hammer down, is a record price for a Percheron gelding. This son of Pleasant View King was consigned by Rudy Bontrager, Orchard, Nebraska. He topped the Belgian and Percheron geldings that were catalogued. A.F. Harriet, a 3-year-old Belgian mare, topped the Belgian females sold. Consigned by Leo Beachy, Dalton, Ohio, her sire, Stoney Lake Oz, is an Ontario-bred horse. Sean Cassidy of Las Vegas, Arizona, wrote a $48,000 cheque to own her. This year’s Mid-America Sale drew a crowd of record size. Sale receipts for the consignment of draft horses, equipment, tack, harness, memorabilia, etc., grossed over $3,000,000. Needless to suggest, the heavy horse industry has finally come full circle. 20 • APRIL 2018


The plier looking item was developed in the late 1800’s and was used for stapling leather, which would eventually be sewn by harness makers. This item was the forerunner to the stapler that you have on your desk. (Sorry, no correct guesses by press time) Briar Valley Lilly, the $87,000 Percheron mare

Mapleview King, the $84,000 Percheron gelding

This item was developed in the early 1920’s. HINT: There is some ‘warmth’ that comes out of this! (We’re probably making this too easy now!)

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to usedandunique2018@gmail.com Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@saddleup.ca for details.

A.F. Harriet, the $48,000 Belgian mare

APRIL 2018


Horseback Archery Goes Global

By Robert Borsos


Zoltan Csontos

Alvin Nelson

Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club is a selfsponsored team, located in Mount Currie BC, and has been representing Canadian horseback archery around the world since 2003.


ast year we brought home medals from the USA, Japan and Korea. In 2018, our biggest projects coming up are the Al-Faris Jordan in April, and the 3rd World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan in September. This is the first time a Canadian team will be represented at both competitions – keeping our cultural heritage alive. The Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery is up and running and making progress for this sport to be officially recognized by Sport Canada. Jordan is scheduled to host the Al-Faris International Horseback Archery Championship III, under Royal patronage, in Amman on April 20-21, with the participation of 46 contestants from 24 countries. The Al-Faris III competitions encompass three Horseback Archery styles: the European style - known as the Hungarian style; the Asian style known as the Korean style; and the Oriental style - known as Al-Ghara (Arabic for “raid”) which is a newly developed Jordanian style that combines archery with tent-pegging. Jordan is organizing and hosting Al-Faris III in an effort to preserve and revive the intangible cultural heritage of horseback archery, which has deep roots in Arabic, Islamic, European, Asian, and Turkish cultures. The championship also promotes interest in equestrianism and the values, arts and sports it encompasses, according to the organizing committee of Al-Faris III, whose Honorary Chairman is His Royal Highness Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, the Chief Royal Councilor. For more information visit www.horsebackarchery.ca.


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A Fond Goodbye to the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel


welve years ago, when the BC Chapter of the Canadian Sport Horse Association suddenly dissolved, a small, dedicated group of volunteers formed the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group to continue promoting the breeding, marketing and showing of Sport Horses and Sport Ponies in our province. It’s been a great experience, and we want to CONGRATULATE and THANK all our club members, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and supporters over the years. We hope we have achieved at least some of our goals, and we are proud of the thoughtful show experiences and expert evaluations we have been able to offer. Friendships have been made, contacts between breeders, trainers and riders established, ideas exchanged and valuable information shared. However, times have changed. Despite many changes and improvements, we have experienced a continuing decline in our membership, entries, sponsors, and, of course, our finances. Unfortunately, we are announcing that the BC SporthorseSportpony Breeders Group will cease operations as of April 30, 2018. Any group that would be interested in continuing with the Club may contact Ulli Dargel for information, email actionfilm@telus.net.   No regrets… we have enjoyed every minute of our Club’s existence and we hope we were able to have contributed to the Sport Horse/ Sport Pony community in BC.

THANK YOU from our show committee: (l to r) Ulli Dargel, Mary Kierans, Shelley Fraser, Lisa MacBurney Again, many thanks! A THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bates Tack Shop, Dragonfly Acres, Dynamik Sporthorses, Equikneads, Greenhawk, Oak Stables, Otter Co-Op, Pair-A-Dice Acres, SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Skyline Equine, Someday Farm, Swiftsure Farm, Stampede Tack, Storybook Ponies. AND TO OUR MANY CLASS SPONSORS AND TO Saddle Up magazine for posting all our club activities over all these years A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!

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What do you see in the image of a horse... quiet beauty? unparalleled elegance? breathtaking power? Do you sense the grace of innocence? The fire of prowess? The spirit of freedom?

If the above painting stimulates any emotion, you appreciate your horse’s natural balance. It follows that you want to preserve and enhance the qualities that maintain that balance. Most likely you are aware that all horses are born with some degree of laterality, that is, natural crookedness. Laterality is the enemy of balance. It negatively affects the way the horse stands, behaves, moves and performs. In doing so, it shortens the productive longevity of the horse.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Laterality: Part 2 By Donna Hawkins (See the March issue for the introduction of Laterality)


o preserve your horse’s natural balance, you must be able to manage laterality symptoms effectively. To be effective you first must be able to identify the symptoms accurately. This article, Part 2 of the series on laterality, guides you through that process. By patiently wading through the article you will have a working knowledge of; • the nature of laterality symptoms and how they are formed, • the process by which laterality affects the horse’s entire body, and • the appearance of some of the most easily recognized laterality symptoms. Equine laterality is the term for the horse’s natural crookedness. It is defined as the inborn structural and functional asymmetry of the leftand right-paired structures in the horse’s body. Those paired structures include bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and organs. All animals, the horse being no exception, display some degree of laterality.

Due to its inherent asymmetry the horse moves better in one direction than the other. It prefers the use of one side over the other, thus the terms, right- and left-sided dominance. The terms, “rightor left-side dominance” and “right- or left-forelimb dominance” are synonymous. The symptoms of laterality are responsible for the dominant side of the horse being shaped differently from the non-dominant side. See Fig. 1: The Spectrum of Dominance. It compares the shape of the rightand left-sided dominant horse with that of the ideal, the symmetrical horse. The closer the horse’s body is to the ideal, the greater its athletic ability. The gene for laterality expresses itself at birth as muscle tension in the left or right side of the horse’s trunk (thorax and abdomen.) In the right-sided dominant horse the tense muscles, marked with red asterisks, are on the right side. These muscles are short and

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the first obvious symptom of dominance. It characterizes the horse’s standing position when resting and grazing. For discussion purposes, this article refers to laterality and its symptoms in terms of the right-sided dominant horse only. The left-sided dominant horse is a mirror image of the right.

Fig 1: The Spectrum of Dominance stiff, but have good tone. Their tension pulls the horse’s trunk into a concave/hollow shape. The muscles of the non-dominant side are elastic and have a reduced tone. They accommodate a convex/bulging shape. Overall the horse appears to be bent slightly to the right. The converse is true of the leftsided dominant horse. Tense muscles on the right side of the trunk = Right-side dominance Tense muscles on the left side of the trunk = Left-side dominance Normal muscles on both sides = Symmetry Dominance becomes more obvious as the horse ages. Even if the laterality is managed correctly and the symmetry improves, the dominance remains with the horse throughout its entire life. The muscle tension, itself, is next to impossible to see at birth. However, its effects are evident as soon as the newly born foal suckles.

Laterality symptoms are postural in nature. What does that mean? Posture has two strongly linked elements, structure and function. The structure is the anatomy. The function is the use or activity of the structure. Together, structure and function are the cornerstone of biomechanics. Laterality is innately progressive. Muscle tension leads to dysfunction and dysfunction leads to lameness. How do the laterality symptoms relate to this process? Great question! In response to the question, the answer also explains how tension and pain spreads throughout the horse’s entire body, often resulting in lameness significantly distant from the original injury. Muscle tension creates pain. The horse compensates for the pain by transferring its weight away from the painful area. Initially this change in posture is so small and subtle

that it is barely noticeable. Even so, one of the horse’s limbs is overloaded. Pain evolves and the cycle continues. One postural adjustment leads to another. This is the sub-clinical stage. It generally ranges from one month to one year. During this time the horse becomes burdened with a series of minor postural adaptations, each of which contributes to the summation of total body pain. These postural adaptations are the laterality symptoms. Laterality symptoms are most dramatic when the horse begins training under saddle. The weight of a rider destroys the horse’s natural balance. The laterality symptoms, especially the functional ones escalate in severity. As a result, the horse’s performance suffers with resistance, unwillingness to move forward and/or unsolicited excessive speed. Conflict behaviors such as bucking, bolting and spooking are more prevalent. The horse is dysfunctional, possibly showing mild gait abnormalities, but is not clinically lame. Within a short period of time, however, the horse’s biomechanics change and damage is done. This is the clinical stage. At that point the horse is diagnosed with a specific lameness. Continued on page 26

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Continued from page 25 Laterality’s gradual yet devastating development makes the identification of its symptoms challenging. Even so, these symptoms are easy to recognize if you know what to look for. As its name suggests, laterality is a comparison of the postural attributes of the horse’s right and left sides. Ideally the structural aspects of the horse’s posture are reasonably symmetrical and the horse functions in a reasonably ambidextrous manner. The optimum word is “reasonably.” Perfect

structural and functional balance is non-existent. However, a high degree of functional balance is a realistic expectation. Your mandate as a responsible trainer, as challenging as it may be, is to recognize and correctly manage the laterality symptoms before they become pathological. Carrying out this mandate is your ticket to restoring and preserving your horse’s natural balance.


What is/are the best stage(s) to manage laterality symptoms so that the productive longevity of the horse is maximized? a. The sub-clinical stage. b. The clinical stage. c. Both the sub-clinical and clinical stages. d. None of the above. • If you chose “a. The sub-clinical stage” you are correct. Managing the symptoms before the horse is diagnosed with a lameness is ideal for optimizing the horse’s performance, minimizing conflict behaviours and maximizing productive longevity. • If you chose “b. The clinical stage” you may be thinking correctly. Perhaps you were unaware of laterality and its sub-clinical symptoms prior to reading this article. Or, perhaps your horse had already suffered an injury in the clinical stage. In any event, you realize that it’s never too late to start managing the symptoms. • If you chose “c. Both the sub-clinical and clinical stages” you, too, are thinking correctly. It’s never too late to manage the symptoms. However, for optimum results, it is best done at the sub-clinical stage. • If you chose “d. None of the above” you may not have realized that your horse suffers from degree of laterality. Remember that laterality dampens performance and shortens the productive longevity of the horse if left unaddressed.

To be continued in the May issue… SYMPTOMS of LATERALITY Part 3: determining the dominant side Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me. Your feedback will shape the upcoming articles.

About Donna: Donna Hawkins promotes the use of evidence-based practices in the training of the horse. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the large body of currently available scientific knowledge and the practices commonly seen in the field. Donna is available for consultations and clinics. Email her at donnahawkins@shaw. ca for further information. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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ou’re in the saddle on a warm summer day, taking a leisurely stroll through the village, past the church, the blacksmith shop, and the Balmoral school house, as if it were 100 years ago. Add the sweet smell of leather, the sound of wind blowing though the corn stalks, your horse exhaling in relaxation, and an eagle flying overhead. Maybe you are with a group of friends or family and they are experiencing horseback riding for the very first time and you can’t help but enjoy their reaction to the experience. Then the Trail Boss tells you a story about when the original log house was built at the O’Keefe Ranch or where the native cowboys hung their boots at the end of a long day. And you can’t help but think what it used to be like to ride the range, all day long, mending fences and tending to the herd, to provide for your family and secure a bright future ahead. Tours by Horseback at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch provide guests a glimpse into what an average day might have looked like if you were a cowboy or rancher in the late 19th century in the Okanagan. Some things are the same – certainly horses haven’t changed, but people today are far more likely to drive a car every day than to have ever ridden a horse. Even a couple of hours spent in the saddle can give us all an appreciation of what it took to care for a ranch and its livestock, but also what it’s like to bond with a horse – the best partner any rancher could ask for. What guests can expect while on a tour is an introduction to both horsemanship and western riding. Horsemanship includes greeting the horses, learning about body language, and getting to know your chosen horse. Guests will then learn how to mount a horse, give basic stop-go-turn commands, and dismount safely. Then riders will head off around the Ranch to see the sights around all 50 acres and enjoy a historical interpretive tour with the Trail Boss. The O’Keefe Ranch horses are quiet, kind, and experienced and they enjoy their role. The tour is intended to give guests an unforgettable first experience with horses, or offer a relaxing outing around the historic site from a whole new perspective. In total, the experience takes approximately two hours and that is generally enough. There is a reason why those old cowboys walk bowlegged! We encourage you to visit the Ranch this season and bring someone new to horses for an authentic Tour by Horseback experience. For more information or to book your Tour by Horseback this season visit our website under Tours and Events. Upcoming Event: Sunday May 13: Opening Day and Mother’s Day event featuring a tea tasting and fibre artisan market with hands-on activities and demonstrations. The O’Keefe Ranch is a registered not-for-profit and charitable organization, museum and historic site. The O’Keefe Ranch is Open to Visitors May through September and for Seasonal Events

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Yes, you can have Cute, Comfortable Breeches that Fit! Ugh, breech shopping - amiright? You go because you hope one day you’ll find the perfect breech. That you won’t have to choose between the $200$300 expensive “in” brand that ignores the fact you have hips... and the cheap brands that look, feel, and smell like plastic. Because neither option works. You’re going to worry about busting the seams over a jump anyway - the “in” brand thanks to that whole I-have-hips things and the cheap brand because, well, those seams don’t look too secure. Most of the time, though, you talk yourself into buying a pair. Then end up riding in your jeans anyway (as you pray that soft, luxurious calfskin holds up to the rubbing - saddle seats cost waaay more than breeches). But what if it didn’t have to be that way? Robin Waters searched everywhere for a pair of cute AND comfortable breeches. And found nothing. The breeches fit awkwardly. Or the material was scratchy. Or the seams gave out after a few rides. (One time Robin thought she’d hit jackpot with a pair of leopard-print breeches imported from Europe - if it’s European, they must be nice, right? Nope. These breeches even with their hefty price tag - lasted no longer than the others.) So she and her husband Chris set out to manufacture a few pairs for Robin’s personal use. The problem? Robin discovered that everyone at her barn was experiencing the same breech-shopping difficulties she was - and loved the cheerful, cute colours and patterns she’d chosen. So Buckwild Breeches was born. The goal was to create a breeches company that actually listened to what riders said they wanted. Not only a better, more comfortable fit, but also a pair of breeches that didn’t require riders to stick to a boring - I mean, traditional - palette. Buckwild Breeches continues to evolve. One version of the breeches had too much grip in the full seat material - another version had too little. Now Robin and Chris have found the “Goldilocks” grip - one that’s just right. They’ve also played with rise height, searching for something that neither binds when you lean over to put on boots, nor gives the whole barn aisle a peek at your underwear choice for the day. No more suffering on Show Day The goal was just to have a few pairs of schooling breeches. But as Robin got more involved in training and showing her Gypsy Vanner mare Trudy, she realized - those problems with schooling breeches? Just as bad - maybe even worse - when it comes to show breeches. An even bigger problem than the fit issue? Show breeches must

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be resistant to sweat marks, boot rubs, and horse slobber - and preferably be machine washable. Oh, and we still need grip for those “uh-oh!” moments. Ask www.buckwildbreeches.com and ye shall receive - the Buckwild White Show Breeches are exactly that. More than a Breeches Company As Robin and Chris traveled to trade shows, they learned just how much riders have been suffering through bad-fitting riding wear. Even clothes made by equestrian companies often don’t work. Vests rub the back of your saddle - or they stop way above your belt buckle. And they don’t give you space to move your arms (no, Trainer Mary, I physically cannot give a release over the jump today). Picking up a polo shirt from a department store means swimming in sweat by the end of your lesson. And see the arm space thing above. These problems aren’t the case with Buckwild Breeches. Plus, we hate having to give up our sense of style when we step into the barn. Shades of tan, gray, white, and black just don’t cut it anymore. Not on us – and not on our horses. The patterns that made Buckwild so popular in breeches are now echoed in ear bonnets, saddle pads, and horse blankets - with more fun items planned for the future. They’ve even tackled clothing for western riders with the new “jean” styles after discovering western riders were buying Buckwild breeches just because of the comfort and grip. These riding pants look like denim, and they’re cut like your favourite bootcut jeans, but they’re made with a figure-flattering, stretchy, durable material and tiny horseshoe grips on the seat just like the breeches. Finally - Riding Clothes made for Real Horsewomen We don’t just have a horse handed to us and we go off and ride. We spend hours mucking stalls, feeding horses, even mending a fence or two in our breeches. So why do riding apparel manufacturers continue to produce clothes you can’t move in? Clothes that burst at the seams if you even think bending over? And, for the love of Xenophon, how many shades of tan are there? But Buckwild Breeches has heard us. Find your own breeches to get Buckwild in at www.buckwildbreeches.com.

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FASHION GUIDE Come on in to Tower Tack & Western Wear Central Alberta’s newest tack and western wear store, Tower Tack & Western Wear, is very excited to deliver great products with superior customer service! Located in Vegreville, Tower Tack & Western Wear boasts the top name brands in the industry. We can outfit your entire family, including the horses! Brands include Wrangler, Boulet, Brahma, Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul, Resistol and more! Not only are we outfitting you for the ranch, the rodeo, or for work, we can help get you prepared for the show pen and competition! Being a Dale Chavez Saddlery retailer, we can look after all your custom leather and silver work needs… including buckles, stirrups and more for your awards. Contact us to start your club or association’s awards today! And we are now offering HAT CLEANING AND SHAPING! We can help your old, dirty hat look new again! All you have to do is drop it off at our store! Perfect time to get your hats looking their best before event season! Come visit us April 27-29 at our Mane Event booth for our first year as a new business! We would love to talk to you!

Announcing Central Alberta’s NEWEST Tack & Western Wear store! Brand Names Outfitting the whole family! We will be at the Mane Event, Booth 3203 32 • APRIL 2018


Thank you to those participating in our Fashion Feature.


18 Golden Rules for Pet Owners www.insidedogsworld.com


aving added a dog as a family member is one of the best experiences anyone can have! Likewise, this involves some extra responsibilities towards the dog and the community you and your dog live in. Enhance your bond with your beloved animal by establishing roles, rules, and routines as follows: 1. Keep the Dog Close By – Your dog’s lifespan is too short (10-13 years) and he has no one to take care of him but you. Make sure to show that you are ready to be there for the dog anytime he needs your care, support, protection, and love. 2. Show Love, Adoration and Respect – Consider your dog a child who expects to get the necessary signals of love, support, protection and respect from his dear parents. Do not ever try to overcome the necessity of your canine for support and love, by disregarding his calls to play, walk, or by leaving him behind. Remember the fact that you have your family, friends, a job, a hobby – while your dog has no one but you and you are his priority. 3. Walk and Exercise Your Dog Daily – A cheerful dog is a dog of a healthy mind and well worked out body. Think of taking your dog for a walk and run daily, so he can keep his unneeded energy away and get his muscles working, in the meantime discovering new localities, meeting new people, dogs, and animals. 4. Socialize Your Dog – A dog that is not suitably socialized is prone to become bored stiff and unhealthy. Dogs are a social being, enjoying meeting other people or animals and sharing a little time and fun with them. 5. Play With Your Dog And Get Him to Play With other Dogs – Dogs appreciate playing with others, same as people do. They absolutely adore interacting in those identical actions repeatedly, with no specific reason, just for the sake of being entertained while interacting with others. 6. You Are The Leader Not The Follower –Teach your beloved canine who the leader and who the follower is, using the appropriate dog training. It is important for the dog to not become confused about who is the one to lead the relationship, as this will result in an unwelcomed dog behaviour, such as disobeying you and aggressiveness. Make sure to accurately teach your dog obedience, boundaries, limitations, and respect towards you, by enclosing respective training exercises into your dog’s exercising routine. 7. Get Your Dog the Needed Equipment – Same as children and other family members, dogs have their essential needs at home too. They must stay clean, require a place to rest and sleep, they need bowls for their meal and water, toys to get entertained with and much more.

Make sure your dog will not miss having the essential things at home such as a collar, leash, toothbrush, hairbrush, shampoo, bowls, crate, bed, food, treats, and toys. 8. Teach Your Dog Three Essential Dog Commands – Your dog needs your direction on how to properly behave and fit into the human’s world. Start by teaching your dog the essential commands such as: Limitation (Sit, Down, and Stand) – Sit is the command most dogs seem to learn first, Returning (Come) – Coming when called is a skill that could save your dog’s life, Resting (Stay) – It is very useful to have a dog who will stay on command as well. When the dog masters on these commands include other commands into your dog’s training routine. 9. Be Patient With Your Canine – Dogs all come from an instinctive world, absolutely different from the world we live in as humans. It is on you as a dog owner to take care of the dog by giving him the needed time until he finds the way to properly adapt into and understand the way a human’s world functions, and what we specifically need from them to learn. Be patient and work with your canine with full composure. 10. Trust Your Dog – Do not become an owner who does not show faith towards his dog’s approaching actions. Trust is a more than needed quality of your relationship with a canine. Use the needed techniques and activities to show your dog that you trust him and he can trust you back on whatever happens. 11. Talk to Your Dog – Dogs are social beings and so they unconditionally want interaction in order to function normally. It is important to keep communication with our dog by speaking to him. Nonetheless, what we want to say is important as well, so let your tone of voice show your dog the purpose of your talk, using different tones when commanding, admiring, or correcting the dog. Never use a negative tone of voice, as an alternative – if needed, use a serious one. 12. Understand The Dog’s Needs – Before jumping into harsh judgments towards the dog, as he misbehaves at times, as an alternative be cooperative and try to understand what it is that is bothering the dog; i.e. he might not be getting the proper meal, if he has stayed alone for too long, he is suffering from an illness, he needs to play, walk, get washed or other. 13. Do Not Avoid Vet Examinations – Regular veterinary care is important for the dog’s health and welfare, same as for people and doctor’s visits. Make sure you provide your dog with yearly examinations, vaccinations, and dental checkups. 14. Get ID And License For The Dog – Giving your dog an identity is an obligation, same as his licensing. Therefore giving your dog a Continued on page 34 APRIL 2018


TOP DOG! Continued from page 33 nametag is a must, getting him registered and even a passport when traveling abroad is a must. It is preferable nowadays to even get your dog a computer chip to prevent him from getting lost. 15. Do Not Forget To Hydrate Your Dog – Do not avoid the fact that dogs need to be hydrated with fresh water often during the day. Let us say, in case you leave the house for a few hours, make sure to provide your dog access to a water bowl. As well, when exercising, the dog must be more hydrated – so make sure to offer him fresh water during brakes. 16. Take Care of Dog’s Hygiene And Look – Take care of the dog same as you do your children. Brush your dog’s teeth and groom him regularly to make sure he does not hold microbes and parasites. Wash your dog regularly as well. Avoid leaving your dog’s hygiene behind, as it is an important factor of a dog’s and other family members’ welfare. 17. Take Away Dog’s Poop – Your dog is not a human, so he might end up pooping in the most frequented public areas. It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after him. Take a poop bag with you at all times. 18. Create Home Rules And Follow Them – You must set rules, boundaries, and limitations for the dog when in the house. This is important for the dog, as it creates that safe and secure feeling for him. To make your dog understand and retain the rules, you and your family members must not change the attitude towards the dog; otherwise, the dog will get confused and might end up violating those rules.

Top Dog! of the Month This is Logan “Leave It” Webster. He is a 6-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog. Logan loves to run and hang out with his ‘big brother’, our 8-year-old Standardbred horse, Magnum. He is a rescue from Texas, who is now loving life in BC. - Paula, Williams Lake BC (Thank you for considering him!)

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1 NAFA TOURNAMENT, Abbotsford BC, www.flyball.org 6-8 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Pitt Meadows BC, www.canuckdogs.com 6-8 CKC AGILITY TRIALS, Kelowna BC, www.canuckdogs.com 6-8 FIELD DOG TEST & FIELD TRIALS, Nanoose Bay BC, www.canuckdogs.com 14-15 NAFA TOURNAMENT, Abbotsford BC, www.flyball.org 20-22 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 21-22 CKC LURE FIELD TRIALS, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 21-22 AGILITY ONE RING INDOOR TRIAL, Kelowna BC (Dog Sport Centre), www.codac.ca 21-22 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS & RALLY, Saanichton BC, www.canuckdogs.com 27 UKI AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 27-29 STIRLING ACRES SDT, Coldstream BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca 28 AAC AGILITY TRIAL (Starters & Advanced), Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 28-29 CKC URBAN TRACKING TEST, Courtenay BC, www.canuckdogs.com 28-29 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS & RALLY, Langley BC, www.canuckdogs.com 28-29 FIELD TRIAL Conformation & Lure Coursing Trials, Lavington BC, www.canuckdogs.com


4-6 ALL BREED SHOWS & OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Burns Lake BC, www.canuckdogs.com 5-6 NAFA TOURNAMENT, Abbotsford BC, www.flyball.org 5-6 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS & RALLY, Kelowna BC, www.canuckdogs.com 18-20 AGILITY TWO RING TRIAL, Kelowna BC (Dog Sport Centre), www.codac.ca 19-20 CKC ARENA TRIALS & STOCKDOG TRIAL, Hope BC, www.canuckdogs.com 19-21 ALL BREED SHOWS, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Kelowna BC, www.canuckdogs.com 26-27 CKC OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Saanichton BC, www.canuckdogs.com

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Plans are coming together for the 2018 Community Talks Traveling Road Show!


orse Council BC is hitting the road again and visiting a community near you! First stop Prince George!

Horse Council BC will be rolling into Prince George with our Community Talks Traveling Road Show on Sunday, May 6. We will be bringing with us expert speakers presenting on important topics such as Equine Nutrition, Veterinary Care and Farm/Manure Management. Join us for an excellent, informative day chalked full of equine education. Visit www.hcbc.ca for more info and to pre-register!

BC Cattlemen’s Emergency Management Workshops – Sponsored by Horse Council BC, Imperial Oil and Ag Safe


CBC is very proud to have partnered with the BC Cattlemen’s Association to help put on Emergency Management Workshops across the province. After a grueling 2017 summer dealing with fires that scorched nearly 3 million acres and displaced roughly 65,000 evacuees, BC Cattlemen’s has partnered with AgSafe and created an Emergency Management Workshop series that has been traveling the province since February 2018. These workshops could not take place without the generous contributions from Imperial Oil and the Horse Council of BC. These workshops will cover topics including: - how to safeguard your property - creating a safety plan for your property and your community - community planning and delegation - what to do in the midst of an emergency - resources and best practices The twelve workshops offered are open to all commodities in the area, as well as non-status farms. It is of the utmost importance to make sure everyone in the community has an opportunity to learn and safeguard their property, creating a proactive approach to emergency management. The workshops are designed to allow participants the

opportunity to gain valuable information, without having to leave the ranch for more than a day.

WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS STILL TO COME: Wednesday, April 11: CRANBROOK, 9 am (lunch & coffee) - Heritage Inn Hotel, 803 Cranbrook Street N, Cranbrook Thursday, April 12: GRAND FORKS, 9 am (lunch & coffee) - Omega Restaurant, 7400 BC-3, Grand Forks Monday, April 16: OKANAGAN FALLS, 9 am (lunch & coffee) - Okanagan Falls Legion, 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls Tuesday, April 17: VERNON, 9 am (lunch & coffee) - Prestige Hotel, 4411 - 32 Street, Vernon Wednesday, April 25: COMOX, 9 am (lunch & coffee) - Location to be determined

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

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Equestrian Canada Equestre www.equestrian.ca

Canada Claims Victory in $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup of Ocala The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver BC, Eric Lamaze of Wellington FL, François Lamontagne of Saint Eustache QC, and Ian Millar of Perth ON, claimed victory in the $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup on Sunday, February 18, at CSIO5* Ocala, Florida. Millar and anchor rider Lamaze were the only two athletes in the competition to jump double clear, leading Canada to victory and splitting a new €50,000 bonus on offer this season as the day’s top performers. Canada won with a two-round total of eight faults over Brazil with 16 faults while Ireland and the United States tied for third place with 24 faults apiece. Germany finished fifth with 32 faults while Mexico was sixth with 40 faults. Canadians Conquer the Coast at Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Canadian dressage athletes topped the leaderboard at the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival (AWCDF) IV, held Feb. 14-17 in Del Mar CA. Sara Pocock of West Vancouver BC produced great results in each of the CDI 1* small tour classes in which she competed with her 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Connaisseur (Con Amore x Donnerhall 11). Together, the pair claimed second in the Prix St. Georges (69.441%) and placed third in the Intermediate I (69.647%). They also danced their way to victory on the last day of competition, Feb. 17, in the Intermediate I Freestyle, securing an impressive score of 72.725%. Chase Robertson of Calgary AB scored back-to-back victories in the CDI-J division on Teresa Van Lambalgen’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Winsome (Obelisk x Wolfgang). In the Junior Team test on Feb. 15, the pair scored 66.879% for first place. They returned on Feb. 16 to score 67.412% to win the Individual. In the CDI-J Junior Freestyle, Brooke Mancusi of Winnipeg, MB scored a notable 70.375% for the win aboard Wellknown (Wynton x Havidoff), her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding. Team Canada Prepares for 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup Albertan Junior saddle seat athletes have answered the call to represent the maple leaf at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup in Lexington KY on July 4-6, 2018. The following young riders will compete for Canada against teams from the United States, South Africa and Namibia: - Carly Johnston – Sherwood Park AB - Taylor Lunny – Sherwood Park AB - Isabella Wallin – Red Deer AB - Sydney Young – Sherwood Park AB The team will be led by team manager, Lynne Redmond of Airdrie AB and her sister and coach, Raylene McWade of Red Deer County AB. The two are accomplished competitors themselves, and began showing together in 1979 with the purchase of their family’s first horse. McWade was a member of the three-gaited team that secured Canada’s only silver medal to date at the 2004 Lexington World Cup, and has won two additional World Cup bronze medals. Redmond also competes in the three- and fivegaited divisions, and the sisters have both coached students at multiple World Cups. Over the past year, the duo has worked together to coach and manage Canada’s Junior team, including leading them to a third-place finish in the three-gaited division of the 2017 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational/Test Event in Perry, GA.

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Sara Pocock and Connaisseur placed in the top three in each of their CDI 1* small tour classes. Photo by Terri Miller

Canadian Show Jumping Team (l to r): François Lamontagne, Eric Lamaze, chef d’equipe Mark Laskin, Ian Millar, and Tiffany Foster. Photo by Starting Gate Communications

Taylor Lunny. Photo courtesy of Saddle Seat Canada Isabella Walliner. Photo courtesy of Brooke Jacobs

Carly Johnston. Photo courtesy of Brooke Jacobs Sydney Young. Photo courtesy of Saddle Seat Canada

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ur 2018 Show season is off and running… starting with a clinic on April 21 offered by Shari Gurney-Galbraith, for AERC members, for just $10 per rider. Club President Carmen Letawski has donated the use of her facility on Walbridge Road. In Shari’s words: “I am hoping to be able to help riders gain confidence in the pattern classes, as well as Horsemanship and Equitation. If time and interest permits, we can work on Showmanship as well.” With Shari’s wealth of knowledge and experience in competing, coaching, training and judging, this clinic is the deal of the year! What a great way to practice for the first show on April 22. AERC now has a membership at the Armstrong Regional Co-Op, a great way to do some fundraising for the club. All you have to do is ask the attendant to put it on the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club’s membership. NEW THIS YEAR is the Members’ Choice Ballot Box. The Box

will be at every show, located at the Show office. We are looking for nominations from all members, for any member you feel deserves acknowledgment in any of the categories listed. See a participant that stands out?... but you don’t know the rider’s name?... you can also put down a back number. At the end of the season, we will tally up the nominations and choose the top winners. Proof of AERC membership will be required for all entrants to our shows. Bring your card, or even a photo copy. If you are preregistering, a scanned copy will be accepted. All our shows and meetings are listed on the Castanet page under Our Town/Events. Check out our Facebook page for current events, changes and up-to-date information. See Saddle Up’s What’s Happening calendar for our show dates in the Armstrong Agriplex and/or check out our website www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.com

Kelowna Riding Club: Celebrating Sixty Years of Family Fun By Jenny Bouwmeester and Jill Veitch


he snow is melting at the grounds and it’s safe to say our spring riding season will be here soon! You can check out what’s in store for you this year at the club by checking out our Events page on our website. You can also find membership forms for 2018 in the Memberships tab. The club is very excited to hold an Open Flat Class Show this year. It is estimated that it has been 18 years since the last Open Show was held at the grounds. This year we are also celebrating the RIDING CLUB’S 60TH BIRTHDAY… thanks to the incredible foresight of some of Kelowna’s earlier citizens! A few of our members met with two of the founding members earlier this year, and below is a summary of their visit. The list of families who started the club reads like a Kelowna street map: Cameron, Stewart, Knowles, Anderson, Tutt, Gordon, Collett, Carter, Weddell, Acland, Wilson and Bennett, to name a few. Elsie Wilson was just about to celebrate her 40th birthday when the club was launched on October 9, 1958; RJ Bennett was almost 29. Both remember the early days with incredible fondness. “Tom Carter’s wife was very interested in horses, and Tom was a great organizer,” said Bennett. “He found the property where the riding club is now, and bought it for $4,000.” Original members chipped in $100, or whatever they could afford, and the club became what it is today: a place where horse people meet to enjoy their passion. Both Wilson and Bennett recall skating parties on the swampy land adjacent to Mission Creek. Loraine (Wilson) Kemp and her twin brother, Peter, were placed in saddle bags when they were young so they could participate along with family members during the family show day rides. Paddy Cameron and Tom Carter spearheaded the development of the property, which features 75 stalls, a hunter ring, dressage ring, warm-up ring and massive jumper ring. They hauled the original schoolhouse down from East Kelowna and connected it to the

construction headquarters of the original Okanagan Lake Bridge built in the mid-50s: together they make up our clubhouse. This quick peek at KRC’s history marks the start of our Diamond celebration. We honour the valuable work of our founding members, and invite you to learn more about the club. www.KelownaRidingClub.com

Family Show Day

A Chariot Race at KRC

RJ Bennett, Elsie Wilson, Susanne Zimmerman (2018 Club President). Standing: Loraine (Wilson) Kemp (former Club President). APRIL 2018


Canadian Registry of The Tennessee Walking Horse News & Notes By Fran Kerik


Laddie’s Monte Ray

Prince Radar

he Canadian Registry Facebook page has been featuring “Sunday Stallions,” photos and information about some of the first stallions in our registry. Many breeders of the 60’s and 70’s chose to buy stallions from the Northwestern States such as Montana, where they were being bred and used as ranch and cow horses that could cover the country with great ease. One of these was Laddie’s Monte Ray #76, a smaller stallion, standing around 14.3, but a substantial mount with a great disposition. Although he didn’t have a lot of ‘get’ registered to him, he did sire two significant stallions that carried his line forward, ‘Kary’s Jeepers’ and ‘Prairie Breeze’. These horses are still found on many of our Western Canadian pedigrees. Another notable early sire was Prince Radar #37. He had fewer purebred offspring but his bloodline is still going strong with a grandson currently standing in Alberta. I got to meet Radar’s owner long after the horse himself was gone and he had many fond memories of him. According to Bob Lamport, Radar was ‘the best walker in Alberta’.  Radar was even featured in the article, “Stock Horses on the Canadian Prairies,” in a Western Horseman magazine from 1965. The pedigree of Beauty’s Sage King #99 features well-known early Montana ranch horses, ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Silvertip-Ricky’.  Sage King sired the notable stallion ‘King’s Stormy Mist’, again on many pedigrees in Canada though he stood mainly in British Columbia. My last stallion of the past is Go Shadow Go #129. Go Shadow Go was linebred to ‘Go Boy’s Shadow’, a beautiful and famous Middle Tennessee stallion. He was bred in Montana by Pearl Tompkins, then went to Alberta where he stood at Westridge Farm in Calgary. He had 55 offspring registered in Canada, including two that were born in 2015 and 2016 from frozen semen. ON ANOTHER NOTE, just a reminder to visit us at The Mane Event in Red Deer on April 27-29. This year CRTWH is sharing a booth with the Alberta Walking Horse Association for the first time. Do stop by to share conversations or ask questions of fellow Walking Horse owners. Then only two weeks later it’s our AGM and Dressage Clinic, May 12-13, at Klondike Victory Farms west of Red Deer. Hope to see you there!

Beauty’s Sage King

Go Shadow Go



Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


e are growing bigger every year as a club, and we are adding new members every year. This year we are also adding 4-H photography to our club and have several members taking part in that program. Welcome to our new members... Morgan, Jakob, Miah and Bobbi.

Introducing our 2018 Executive: President - Aylivia Fair Vice-President - Lillie Batten Safety Officer - Faith Seehaver Secretary - Morgan Sengotta Club Reporter - Abby McLuskey Treasurer - Connor Seehaver

4-H BC has moved its head office and they hosted an “Open House” on February 16th. Their new offices are located at 1150 Kalamalka Lake Road in Vernon BC.

Lorna Kotz and “Frisco”

Peruvian Horse Club of BC By Monika Lauterbacher


now or Shine: Peruvian Horse Club members started to get the urge to tack up in March. With 3 mini clinic/fun-rides organized at the Armstrong Agriplex for March and April, there is plenty opportunity to ride even if outdoor rings and trails are still in poor shape. Clinic organizer Jan Sjodin again booked the Agriplex for April 8 and April 29 from 11 am to 1pm. Our April 8 date will offer an obstacle course with components used in our trail class at the Regional Peruvian Horse Show. ‘Trail’ is always a very competitive part of the Versatility classes at RSDT Valerosso properly tacked up… Wow, I the Regional Show. remembered how to use all that gear! For those wanting to participate in some games, Jan has a few fun challenges lined up for the April 28 ride, perhaps first opportunity of the year to take home a prize or two! The main part of these ‘fun days’ most certainly will be to give horses First ride in March for Deanna Decosta and and riders a chance to Monika Lauterbacher on their Peruvian slowly get back into mares

condition. Participants can also get some additional help and advice from seasoned and knowledgeable Peruvian riders, breeders and trainers, including checking if all the gear is still a good fit, or as in my case… “if I still remember how to tack up.” (There is a lot of gear that goes on a Peruvian horse that is different from my Western gear I’ve got accustomed to over the years). Hard work will get rewarded: After the ride(s) all participants are treated to some great food. Spectators are invited to join as well, at a small cost, and we even serve Peruvian coffee! April 8: Serving hot Smokies on a crusty bun with all the fixings April 29: Serving Pulled Pork bunwiches Cost for riders is only $15 per clinic including lunch (Horse Council membership required) Spectators who choose to stay for lunch are charged just $5 to eat. For more information, to register with your horse, or to join the club, please contact Jan (ride organizer) and/or Rob Sjodin (Club President) at 4beat@telus.net. To watch… just drop in and meet our great group of Peruvian horse fanatics.

Ilona Berbekar (purple jacket) assisting Deanna with the tack to get the clinic started

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BC Competitive Trail Riding Association Update By Tammy Mercer-Gervais


he snow is clearing and the BC Competitive Trail Riding Association is kicking off another year of rides. As reported in last month’s edition of Saddle Up, we are hosting two ‘Introduction to Competitive Trail Riding’ workshops in April, both on Vancouver Island. Check out the website (www.bcctra. ca) for dates and locations. Our ride schedule is filling up with our first ride on May 12 in Cowichan Valley. Contact Ride Manager Miki Dekel @ m_dekel@

hotmail.com or call 250-213-9817 for more information. This ride offers Level 1, 2 & 3 Competitive Trail Rides, additionally it includes both AERC and ERABC 25 and 50 mile for the Endurance Rider enthusiasts! Check out our website for more information and registration forms, www.bcctra.ca. See you on the trail!

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


ere at the Chilliwack Riding Club we`ve jumped right into the swing of things. Rider turn-out at our open rides has been great. We continue to host open rides at Heritage Park on most Thursday evenings, but please double-check our website to confirm before you head out. Our first gymkhana of the year on February 18 saw 31 riders. Thank you to everyone who braved the ice and wind to make it out. Next one is March 25. High-point standings for the day are as follows: Leadline - Annabelle Dos Santos Junior - Kassie Brennan Youth - Selina Hatskamp Novice - TIED Alexis Ray & Hannah Bulmer Senior - Jeremy Moffitt

We hosted a group trail ride at the Browne Creek Wetlands on March 3. We had a really great and diverse turn-out and we look forward to more rides as the year moves on. Coming up we will be hosting a Horse Show at Heritage Park on April 28 from 9 am-2 pm; and then a Back to Basics Rider clinic with Anna Ramminger on April 29. All rider spaces have been filled, but there is room to audit for $20. Contact Tanya Jones for more information. The club is holding a fundraiser at Duke`s Pub on May 12. Tickets are $15/person and we’ll have a 50/50 draw, Toonie Toss, and silent auction. These are always fun nights and a great way for everyone to get together. For any further details or contact information please check out our Facebook page or our website at www.crchorse.ca

Riders at our recent gymkhana

Group ride at Browne Creek Wetlands

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BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Joanie Thompson Quizapalooza 2018 - The exclusive on this year’s BCLM Pony Club annual event


very year, at Quiz, many volunteers organize and deliver an event centred around bringing the region’s members together to develop their horsemanship knowledge and allow them to interact with others who have the same interests. Quiz day opens with a series of “challenges” to test our members’ equine knowledge: a written test, an oral test (think on your feet!), an Identification test and scored games. The written test covered not only textbook topics, but also current events in the equestrian world. Often, disciplines such as thoroughbred racing, Olympic equestrian events, endurance, and activities in Pony Club are feature questions at all levels of Quiz, which may spur members to learn more or get involved in different activities. ID, the identification of horse-related objects from many different fields, is always very unique as every year there are several unknown items that may inspire you to learn more for next year. And then always a favourite, for scored games teams of 2-4 members work together. It’s fun to see how others interpret a horse word, such as colic or egg-bar shoe, in the Charades and Pictionary games! This year’s “extra-curricular” options included several first-time activities for attendees that were a resounding success. Yoga sessions tailored for kids, graciously provided by Harmony Kids Yoga, had members relaxed and limbered up – supposedly some even fell asleep! All Quiz attendees participated in a collective artwork project resulting in the creation of a beautiful horse-themed painting on a stretched canvas. It was auctioned off later in the day, raising $350 in Quiz travel funds for members. Younger members had the chance to participate in a “Two Phase” event on horse and unicorn-costumed bouncing balls, which was highly entertaining for both the kids and the parents. The day was a successful reminder for members, showing them how much you can learn about horses and have fun in Pony Club. It was also great preparation for testing of the various levels later in the year. Quiz, testing and all other Pony Club activities are optional, and our organization’s goal is to create an inclusive environment that accommodates all kinds of learners. Congratulations to all of our members for their successes, and to the members that qualified to represent the BCLM Region at National Quiz this fall; our C2 members Bailey-Jayne Chapman, Brooklyn Moon, and Hadley Jack, and our AB team of Laurel Gavin, Ariel Carver, Jordan Carver and Emily Shaver. They will compete against teams from all across Canada in the St. Laurence Ottawa Valley region October 5-7, 2018. We wish them great success!

Group Painting Creation. Photo by Tracy Carver

Horsing around at Quiz. Photo by Joanie Thompson

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill


ello everybody… I hope spring has sprung wherever you are. We’re busy getting ready for the first events of the season at Langley Riders. On April 28 we have a Games Day, and then on April 29 our English/Western Show (overnight dry camping available). We have a new English and Western director this year who is planning to add some new classes, prizes and divisions for this year’s shows. Our Annual Tack Sale will be sometime in May (Date TBA) - keep an eye out for updates on that. Langley Riders is also very excited to announce that thanks to Grey Ghost Ranch, we are starting a Superhorse Award. It’s a $500 cash prize for the horse and rider combination that earns the most points in English, Western, and Games for the 2018 season. Eligibility and rules can be found on our website www.langleyriders.com. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

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Peachland Riding Club By Tammy Hobbs WANTED - NEW MEMBERS!!


o you live in the Okanagan? Are you looking for some affordable FUN Family Friendly activities to do with your horse? Check us out! Peachland Riding Club (PRC) is located in beautiful Peachland BC. We have over 8 acres of gorgeous park land with a multitude of trails, an oversized main arena and 2 huge warm-up arenas. We have a full concession on site and a beautiful clubhouse that holds approximately 110 people and hosts all sorts of different events. In 2008 we built a new announcer’s building; a great addition which is a 2-story facility that gives timers and announcers a great panoramic view of the whole arena. The Peachland Riding Club grounds and clubhouse are a great place for your next function visit our website for rental info. Our club was founded in 1969 and has grown ever since. Besides the monthly Gymkhana Shows that we hold throughout

the riding season, we now also hold other events such as Saddle Series and High School Rodeos. Our club also participates in Peachland’s yearly parades. We are very happy to announce our 2018 Gymkhana dates: April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, and October 14. On the June 30-July 1 weekend we will be hosting the Annual Canada Day Race & Rope along with the Peachland Wine Country Futurity & Derby. Then on October 5-7 we have the High School Rodeo. Dates for all events are subject to change, so please visit our website for up-to-date information. For more information on becoming a member visit our website www.peachlandridingclub.com - all ages and abilities are welcome!!

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring Meet our members!


ob Anderson and Brenda Wangert have been club members for several years and animal lovers all of their lives. At the age of 17 Rob started working as a hunting and trail riding guide and while at that job he met Brenda. They have enjoyed many pack trips into the Wilmore Wilderness and many other locations since that time. Brenda began riding when she acquired her first horse in her late teens and soon got hooked on showing her beloved Morgans. Rob always leaned towards mules and has been a confirmed ‘’mule man’’ for many years. Brenda credits her interest in mules peaked after her positive experiences while attending a club sponsored Jerry Tindell Clinic with her Morgan show horse. Not long after that she met and fell in love with ‘Patrick’ a young endearing mule, and soon after that they sent “Mr” Patrick, as she calls him, and Rob’s mule ‘Chester’ to Tindell’s Horse and Mule School for training. Brenda says they have been enjoying their mule adventures ever since. Besides their full time jobs, Brenda and Rob operate a metal art and powder coating company and make custom yard signs, prizes and more. Much of their work was used for Championship prizes

Brenda riding Patrick 42 • APRIL 2018


at last year’s Longears Days Show which will be coming up again August 10-12 at Eagle Hill Equine, west of Olds. They have been great supporters of the club and Brenda worked on our Educational Fund Raising Committee last year. Brenda and Rob love their mules and Brenda really enjoys taking Mr. Patrick to obstacle play days where he does very well. If you wonder what the attraction of these longeared critters is all about, check out our website for much more information on mules and donkeys and a list of breeders, trainers and more at www. albertadonkeyandmule.com. You will also see all the information regarding the series of clinics we are hosting open to mules, donkeys and horses starting at the end of June and running to late July. Clinics will be held close to Olds, Ponoka, and Pigeon Lake. They will cover colt starting or restarting a challenging equine, groundwork and round pen work and riding up to advanced performance. Also offered is a driving clinic, trail riding with obstacles, and even a defensive riding clinic. All clinics are open to ANYONE to come and watch for FREE. Even better consider signing up for a clinic with your horse, mule or donkey.

Rob on Chester and Brenda on Patrick at a clinic last year

Chester, Patrick and Rob

The Barriere & District Riding Club


he BDRC’s Family Fun Day on February 12 was a hit with over 40 participants braving the sub-zero temperatures to join in the fun; some on horseback, some on foot and paw. All you heard was laughter from the side lines throughout the day. Mounted games, stick horse games (enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart), and Hoof & Woof. The concession supplied hot refreshments, and there were oodles of door prizes from our generous sponsors. This free event has inspired us to offer the fun of stick horse games to our gymkhanas as well. If you have children that would love to get involved, we have some very safe stick horses available! The club would love to see you come out and join in the fun events that we have planned. We have a busy spring coming up! We will be offering gymkhanas, shows, clinics and socials. April 22 we have a double header planned - in the morning there is a General Performance horse show, followed by a gymkhana. Entry packages and more information are available on our website: www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com. May long weekend is a BIG ONE!!!! On Saturday the 19th we have a General Performance Show. All of our shows will include Western Dressage and Ranch Riding classes. Sunday and Monday (20 & 21) will have gymkhanas and a Multi-Discipline clinic with Lillian Evaniew-Phelan (this will be the first of 3 this year). There will be dry camping available showers, stabling and a concession as well. We are also planning Socials on the Friday and Saturday night, join us – eating, laughing and of course talking about horses around a fire listening to music. What better way to spend the first long weekend of the riding season! For information on our events or membership email us at bdrcwebinfo@gmail.com

There’s a New Club in Town By Cat Armitage


ell it’s official, there is a new club in town or should we say in the Cariboo. It’s the South Cariboo Equestrian Association. On February 11 a meeting was held at the local Iron Horse Pub in Lone Butte to see if there was enough interest in starting a new group. Twenty five interested individuals showed up to hear what the small core group of folks had to say regarding their vision for a new club. By the end of the meeting 17 people had signed up to be members and a new club was born! It is a lot of paperwork to get a club up and running. There is the application for the name, followed by having a meeting to elect your executive and directors. A second general meeting was held on February 18 and elections took place. The results were: President Kathy Stanley, Vice-President – Lindsay Joyce, Secretary - Cat Armitage, Treasurer – Hansi Thomson, and Directors: Kay Klippenstein, Mary Doppenberg and Jeannie Owen. At the end of this meeting the membership was up to 24. Now that you have your executive, you get to move on to the next part of completing the Society’s Act, where you get your registration number. Now you can fill out the Horse Council BC paperwork. When

that is done and we are registered with Horse Council we can send off the paperwork for insurance. And none of this is cheap. I have to admit I had no idea how much money you needed to start a new group. But then comes the fundraising! First on the agenda was a silent auction at the Cariboo Horsey Ladies 2nd Annual Potluck Luncheon which was held on March 25 at the Lone Butte Community Hall. Next for the club is the “Come On It’s Spring” New and Used Tack Sale, to be held at the Lone Butte Community Hall on April 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. The Lone Butte 4-H Club will be hosting a concession at the Tack Sale (so we won’t go hungry!!!). We also have a Debbie Hughes Mountain Trail Clinic coming up this summer along with a Poker Ride. And we are working on other activities as well, such as guest speakers at the general meetings, Ride a Test, Judge a Test, Scribe a Test for English and Western Dressage, and other fun family days. For more information on the events being put on by the South Cariboo Equestrian Association please contact us at southcaribooea@ gmail.com. APRIL 2018


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Submitted by Debra Ralston, Co-Chair, BCHBC RV 2018

“Boot It Up” at BCHBC Rendezvous June 1-3, 2018


olish your boots and reboot your energy in beautiful Barriere BC. Barriere is located 66 kms north of Kamloops on Hwy. 5 which winds along the North Thompson River. We are hosting our 27th Rendezvous this year in Barriere on June 1-3. Clinician Sam Sunderland is returning and his sessions will be focusing on horse safety both on the ground and in the saddle. Sam is a horse trainer, farrier and working cowboy. New to Rendezvous this year are Mark Fletcher (equine massage), and Dawn Ferster (obstacle/mountain trail). Mark has 20 years of experience in equine bodywork including sport massage, myo-fascia release, and is a coach and international instructor representing Masterson Method Canada. Areas that Mark can focus on with your horse are releasing tension, reading body language, dealing with mystery movement and behavioural issues, interconnections in the horse’s body and whole horse techniques and how to find and release hidden tension in your horse. Dawn is a mountain trail judge and course designer, having designed and built Rocking Horse Park in Kelowna. Dawn specializes in teaching horsemanship from the ground up. In her sessions she will share learning techniques and games to help achieve safety. CPR (confidence, patience and respect) is her belief. Dawn has shown and trained in Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Western Pleasure and Trail. Clinics are very reasonably priced and auditing is free. Entertainment includes Butch Falk and the Mack family on Friday night. There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction. Montana Hills Guest Ranch and Timber Ridge Trails have donated packages and there will be lots of items to choose from in both auctions. Mark Ralco will do a heavy horse demonstration and it wouldn’t be a Back Country Horsemen event without a packing competition. This is always a great event to either watch or participate in as the teams occasionally will dress up (or dress down, as I have witnessed in the past with a team in their long underwear) and there is always a laugh or two during the competition. It is a great way to learn a thing or two

about packing and of course having the right horse for the job is a big asset. Logo Wear will be on site and this is a great opportunity to try on those items of clothing that you have seen in the catalogue but just not sure how the fit will be. There are lots of non-clothing Logo items as well. Juanita will be ready to take cash, cheques or credit cards. The North Thompson Fair Grounds has several buildings and lots of camping space and we anticipate 200+ participants this year. The local Back Country Horsemen chapter will be offering guided trail rides and for those who want to ride on their own there will be trail maps available. Skull Mountain is within a short driving distance and is an option for those who want to explore the fabulous trail system in that area. Our popular Cowboy Poetry contest will be in full swing, so put your creative caps on and enter your poem. Kevin Gourlay (accompanied by his mother Nancy) won the Ernie Buckle last year with his rendition of The Man From Snowy River. All the poems are creative and enjoyed by all. BCHBC RV Committee members are looking forward to seeing you in Barriere this year where you can meet up with old friends, meet new ones and enjoy the beautiful North Thompson area. Go to the BCHBC website at www.bchorsemen.org for more information and how to preregister.

RV in Maple Ridge

RV site in 2017 at Merritt Rodeo Grounds

Packing camp at RV

Cowboy poetry contest

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive • http://bchorsemen.org

President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley West Coast Summer Classic Our next circuit is July 21-23 at Thunderbird Show Park. This is our big PRIZE show! There is a SADDLE for Superhorse, a Bronze for Halter Champion of Champions, Frank Principe Gift Certificates, Big D Sheets, Mayatex Pads, Hat Cans and so much more! We also have the Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake with $750 added, 2 yr old Walk Jog with $500 added, Tag Team Showmanship with $500 added, as well as our Breeders Incentive Futurity!

from businesses, organizations and individuals. They would truly appreciate your consideration and support to compete at the AQHA Youth World Cup. Please feel free to contact MacKenzie at 604-741-3772 or email mackenzieinksater@gmail.com or Ellie at 604-740-2309 or email elliegerbrandt@gmail.com

Breeders Incentive Yearling Closed Futurity We have $2000 added! Babies by the following stallions are eligible to enter: Zips Heaven Sent, Gonna Wanna Watchit, Mechanic, Consider His Source, Blazin On Through, Potential Goldmine, Idol Eyes This, Slow Mount N Music, Sir Array, Spooks Hired Gun, VS Code Blue, Dress Western, Just Alito Flashback

Two LMQHA Youth Going to AQHA World Cup 2018 marks the 21st AQHA Youth World Cup. The event has traveled to Canada, Australia, Germany, Arizona, Texas and Italy. In 2018, youth from 17 countries will gather for the AQHA Youth World Cup in Bryan/ College Station, Texas from June 28-July 8. The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an educational, leadership-based event where youth from every country have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the week by competing in a variety of classes. Youth members from across the world compete in each of 8 classes over a 4-day period. The culmination of the event is a showcasing of skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It is a unique opportunity for youth to learn in a “hands-on” setting with other international youth. We are excited to announce that of all the applicants across Canada two of the five riders are members of the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. Joining team Canada’s roster is 17-year-old MacKenzie Inksater, and 14-year-old Ellie Gerbrandt. MacKenzie, a grade 12 high school student at Elphinstone Secondary, has had successes including 2016 Hi Point Youth at the Canadian National Championships, top 10 finishes at the AQHA Novice Championships West in Las Vegas, and was part of Team Canada in 2016 for the AQHA Youth World Cup in Australia. MacKenzie is excited to once again be a part of such an amazing opportunity at the 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup. Ellie Gerbrandt, a grade 9 student at Elphinstone Secondary, was top 10 at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Hunt Seat Equitation. In 2017 she earned Hi point Youth at the AQHA Novice Youth Championships West in Las Vegas, as well as Hi Points and Reserve Hi points in Oregon, Arizona and Washington. Ellie is looking forward to making lifelong friends from around the world with the same passion for horses. Attending an International event of this magnitude requires significant resources. Team members are required to fundraise to cover the cost of attendance and are currently seeking sponsorships

Ellie Gerbrandt

MacKenzie Inksater

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page APRIL 2018


BC Rodeo Association


2018 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE April 20-22 April 28-29 May 20-21 May 26-27 June 2-3 June 9-10 June 16-17 Jun 30-Jul 1 July 7-8 July 14-15 July 20-22 July 21-22 July 20-22 July 28-29 Aug 10-12 Aug 18-19 Aug 18-19 Aug 24-25 Aug 31 Sept 1-3

28th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo Keremeos Elks Rodeo Clinton May Ball Rodeo 71st Kispiox Valley Rodeo Princeton Rodeo Chetwynd Rodeo ***NEW*** Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Fort St John Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Wildcard Rodeo ~ TBA BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere

WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO The BCRA starts off the 2018 season with the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo with action starting on Friday, April 20 and continuing on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Beverage Gardens all 3 days. Live Entertainment Friday night in the Beverage Gardens. BC Hall of Fame inductees will be announced and introduced at the Sunday Performance of the rodeo. Rodeo Dance Saturday night. Lots of rodeo action with the 8 BCRA Major Events and 3 Major Junior Events along with Pee Wee Barrel Racing and the Wild Horse Racing. Local Entries for this rodeo open April 6 from 10 am – 4 pm @ 250-2678865. Check out their website for admission prices: www.wlindoor.com NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION INDOOR RODEO The Nechako Valley Rodeo Association will be hosting another one of their great indoor rodeos, April 28-29 at the Exhibition grounds in Vanderhoof BC. Saturday’s performance will start at 4 pm and go right into the barn dance. Sunday’s rodeo performance will start at 1 pm. Bull Riding is the featured event this year with the top prize money. As well as the other 7 major events, there is Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Barrel Racing, Jr. Breakaway and Jr. Pole Bending. They also are hosting Peewee Barrel Racing and Peewee Pole Bending for the younger kids. This year they are offering the Novice Bareback, Novice Saddle Bronc and Novice Bull Riding for those that would like to try it and get started in rodeo. A fan favourite is the mini bronc riding and wild pony races! Local Entries open April 6 and 7 from 9 am – 9 pm @ 250-567-0605 or 250-570-9917. Check out our website for more information www.rodeobc.com.


Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


West Fraser Truckers Association





CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: WILLIAMS LAKE & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION WEST FRASER TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep The Cowboy Way alive please check out our Sponsor Package for partnership options at www.rodeobc.com or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997.

Keep your eye open for the 2018 Rodeo Guides distributed across BC at all BCRA rodeos, sponsors, Polaris dealerships, tourism centers and local feed and tack stores.

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Winter Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2018/2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 gdpuhallo@gmail.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-613-2633, trishkohorst@gmail.com

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, tylytton@hotmail.com Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, shaylenetucker@gmail.com Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, ranchproperties@gmail.com Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, rpetal@yunesitin.ca Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, stevenklloyd@hotmail.com Patti Gerhardi 250-961-9667, rockingp@hotmail.com Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, c.rhyde@hotmail.com Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Kelly Walls 250-267-8865, k.reay@hotmail.com

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.com

members from across Canada and the US 2/19



CanTRA promotes the benefits of therapeutic riding across Canada through awareness, education, and setting standards for therapeutic riding instructor certification, centre accreditation, hippotherapy, and equine-facilitated wellness.

Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ calnan@hotmail.com. Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, www.region17.com 3/19 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6/18

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 9/18 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | inquiries@equestrian.ca | www.equestrian.ca




Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com, bdrcwebinfo@gmail.com, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 3/19

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

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The Equine Foundation of Canada

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 3/19 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 8/18

We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

Contact us at www.equinefoundation.ca or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 2/19 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 11/18 4/18

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997, bcrodeoassn@gmail.com, www.rodeobc.com 9/18 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctpca.net



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 www.ktra.ca Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 4/19 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 9/18 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 4 /18


100 Mile & District Outriders


Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: info@outriders.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com

PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-694-3521 5/18 APRIL 2018


Clubs & Associations PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 8/18

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship. 8/18

For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit www.vintage-equestrian.ca


WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to clinics.www.westcoastvaulters.com. Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 7/18 5/18

PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit www.pinetreeridingclub.com for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email pinetreeridingclub@gmail.com 3/19 Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC


This Could Be You!!


WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19

CLUBS... your listing could be here for a non-profit rate starting at $100 per year (for 12 issues); and includes a free link on our website.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR HORSE? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 48 • APRIL 2018


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2018 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 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com


2-May11 KAMLOOPS, BC, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT www.equinerehab.ca 4-6 SADDLE FITTING CLINIC w/Mariette Klem, Victoria and Vancouver Island area, Mariette 250-526-1868, www.theperfectsaddlefit.com 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Abbotsford BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 6-8 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Pilot Butte SK, www.hoofgeeks.com/clinics 7 HCBC AGM, Holiday Inn Express, Langley BC, see website for more info and Zone AGMs, www.bcbc.ca 7 EQUINE HEALTH EDUCATION SEMINAR, University of Calgary Vet Medicine Bldg., Calgary AB, www.albertahorseindustry.ca 7-8 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 7-8 DRESSAGE TRAINING DAY/DRESSAGE SHOW, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 7-8 AMANDA SELF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 105 Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa 250-706-9001, www.105arena.com/clinics 8 BROOKSIDE SPRING SHOW, English & Western, Brookside Stables, Salmon Arm BC, lynnhigginbotham@shaw.ca 8 PHCBC, 2nd Fun Ride/Mini Clinic, Armstrong Agriplex, Jan Sjodin at 4beat2@telus.net, PHCBC Facebook or www.phac.ca/bc/ 10-12 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 3, Abbotsford BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 13-15 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Winnipeg MB, www.hoofgeeks.com/clinics 14–15 BCCHA BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Knutsford BC, NCHA/CCHA/BCCHA Approved. Kathi 250-819-5974 or visit www.bccha.ca 14-15 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Horsemanship, Terrace BC (Friday night demo 7pm), Nicole 250-631-9131,nichalbauer@gmail.com 14-15 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 15 “COME ON IT’S SPRING” NEW & USED TACK SALE, 10am-3pm, Lone Butte BC, Cat Armitage 250-644-4388, southcaribooea@gmail.com 15 LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE (Awareness Level Training), Olds College Campus, Olds AB, 1-800-661-6537, www.oldscollege.ca/ce 16-18 LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE (Operations Level Training), Olds College Campus, Olds AB, 1-800-661-6537, www.oldscollege.ca/ce 16-18 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, www.ForTheHorse.com 19-22 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, www.ForTheHorse.com 20-22 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Victoria BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 21 DRC 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, Delta Riding Club, Delta BC, deltaridingclub@gmail.com 21 BUCKERFIELD’S CLUB DAY & POULTRY SWAP, Salmon Arm BC, Heather 250-832-8424 21 SIDA % DAY, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, cekettlewell@gmail.com 21 BDRC SHOW & GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 21 INTRO TO COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDING Workshop (1 of 2), Vancouver Island, www.bcctra.ca 21-22 ADVANCED MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 22 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 22-28 HORSE BARN TENT SALE, Kamloops BC, www.horsebarncanada.com 26-30 LEAP INTO SPRING SALES EVENT, Irvine Tack, Crossfield AB, www.irvinesaddles.ca 27-29 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, www.maneeventexpo.com 27-29 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Dawson Creek BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 27-29 MANUELA MCLEAN CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, Susi Cienciala, email drsusicienciala@gmail.com 28 AERC CRONIES Fun Group, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 28 INTRO TO COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDING Workshop (2 of 2), Vancouver Island, www.bcctra.ca

28 28 28–29 28-29 29 29 29 29 29-30

MOUNTAIN TRAIL SCHOOLING SHOW, Back 40, Yankee Flats/Salmon Arm BC, Info Daina 250-803-2067, Entries Laureen tarbaby2@telus.net LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com BARRIE CLINE MEMORIAL CUTTING, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC, NCHA/CCHA/BCCHA Approved. Kathi 250-819-5974 or visit www.bccha.ca PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Horsemanship & more, Kelowna BC (Friday night demo 6:30pm), Paul 250-317-7725, tfcpauldufresne@gmail.com LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303208th Street, Langley BC, Mary mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com PHCBC, 3rd Fun Ride/Mini Clinic, Armstrong Agriplex, Jan Sjodin at 4beat2@telus.net, PHCBC Facebook or www.phac.ca/bc/ SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW (incl. Ranch Riding & Ranch Trail), Armstrong BC, Laureen tarbaby2@telus.net PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com PRE-CHA & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, mystellashine@gmail.com


1 – 5 CHA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/ Marion Weisskopff, Armstrong BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, kristinamillar@hotmail.com 3-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 4 REAL DEAL RANCH HORSE SALE, 2pm preview, 7pm sale, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 4-5 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 4-5 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, (incl. tack & harness sale), Cow Palace at Fairgrounds, Olds AB, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765, www.wrdha.com 4-6 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Contact Carolyn 778-214-3587, roqnhorse@gmail.com 5 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am (catalogue deadline April 9), Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 5 SPRING TACK SALE 10am-2pm, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 5 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari M2moghari@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 5-6 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Advanced Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com 5-6 RANDY OPHUS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 105 Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa 250-706-9001 www.105arena.com/clinics 6 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW I, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 8 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, chloewangler@gmail.com  9-10 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, fourtqh@telus.net  9-13 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, Horsemanship in trail settings, Spur Valley BC, Cheryl & Doug 250-688-0280, degoodwin@mac.com 11-12 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, greypony@shaw.ca  11-13 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Edmonton AB, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 12 AERC CRONIES Fun Group, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 12 ENDURANCE RIDE/COMPETITIVE TRAIL 25/50/CTR, Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel 250-213-9817, www.erabc.com/events 12 CRTWH AGM & CLINIC (on 13th), Klondike Victory Farm, Red Deer AB, see www.facebook.com/crtwh or www.crtwh.ca for more info

Dates continued at www.saddleup.ca APRIL 2018


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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 www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. www.hojoreddeer.com 11/18



BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch



WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch


BOARDING/RETIREMENT/REHAB TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. www.turningpointranch.ca or see us on Facebook 4/19

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. 12/18




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ANIMADERM (Okanagan) Equine skin care specialist for scratches, sweet itch, mane & tale rubbing, insect bites. 100% NATURAL. www.animaderm-canada.com. Call 778-212-6555 4/18


Supplements For Horses

www.DrReeds.com 2/19

BEING PREPARED MAKES THE DIFFERENCE Pre-order your Baumalight generator now for delivery in 8 weeks and get an 8% discount for planning ahead.

EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 www.littleoasisequine.com Products and support for equine digestive health. 5/18 1-866-820-7603 • baumalight.com


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ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174


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Bring your own horse or ride ours!

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2018 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!

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VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18

Come for a massage or for a week-long healing retreat Individual healing plans designed by therapist with 30 years of experience.

Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 (Bridge Lake BC)




ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 7/18

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COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 8/18

FENCING 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


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Listing & Selling Equine and Residential Properties in the Central Okanagan Cell: 250-718-2761 or Chevy@royallepage.ca

FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh 30 years Serving the Horse Industry www.ferrisfencing.com / info@ferrisfencing.com / 1-800-665-3307



GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Princeton BC) 250-378-6520 Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses



RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 8/18


5th of each month APRIL 2018




CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 4/19 LIVE RADICALLY 306-314-4002 LIFE COACH, 4-H AND PONY CLUB CLINICS, WWW.LIVERADICALLY.CA 4/19

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 6/18




Visit our Langley BC location 106-22575 Fraser Highway w w w. e q u e s t r i a n f a s h i o n o u t f i t t e r s . c o m

WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 2/19

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 4/19 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 8/18 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 12/18

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18 Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or vic3030@telus.net (Sorrento BC)


VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18

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TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com



Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course.

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DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 donnahawkins@shaw.ca Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 52 • APRIL 2018


KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 3/19 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18


On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch

Check Out Our Blues!

2018 Foals will be available sired by:

Krystina Lynn Photography


Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy


LBJ Sierras Blue Te AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te AQHA Blue Roan


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FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 4/18 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/18

1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion 100% dilute colour guarantee. Proven producer of athletes with solid conformation, great minds & exceptional work ethic. Sire of 2012 PRc Barrel Saddle Series champion, money earning barrel & team roping offspring.

SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18

DUNIT CANADIAN STYLE 2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA. Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar, out of dam by Poco Bueno.

WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 3/19

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APRIL 2018


Rural Roots - Real Estate

GREAT HORSE PEOPERTY New 3 bed/2 bath quality modular home on 11.23 acres located between Armstrong and Vernon. Open design kitchen, living and dining with direct access to 8’ x 24’ covered deck. Efficiently heated and cooled by electric Heat Pump system. All fenced and x-fenced, set up perfectly for horses with riding arena, round pen, tack shed and shelter. Good producing well estimated at 17 GPM. Beautiful Valley and Round Lake views. Quiet location on end of paved no-thru-road, and on a school bus route. Possible second dwelling with water and hydro service. Natural gas available. 1325 Round Lake Rd, Armstrong BC $769,000 MLS ® 10140093 Co-listed: PAT DUGGAN, PREC* DAN REINHARDT, PREC* Cell: 250-308-0938 Cell: 250-309-9111 Royal Lepage Vernon Royal Lepage Vernon patduggan@royallepage.ca dan@vernononthemove.com www.oklandbuyers.ca

3 ACRE HOBBY FARM IN ABBOTSFORD Perfect to raise your two legged and four legged family. 2,400 sq. ft. home, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large kitchen and sun room with hot tub, and a loft perfect for a library or craft room which looks down into the living room. 2 gas fireplaces, new sky lights, double garage. 7 stall barn and large tack room, loafing sheds, equipment shed, board fences, hidden track, and 2 driveways. Professionally made sand ring. Landscaped with mountain view. 38836 Old Yale Road, Abbotsford BC $1,395,000 MLS ® R2236710 ??

Property has open riding arena, covered hay storage, 24’ x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shelters and paddocks. Heated water lines throughout the property to pens and water troughs. Fenced and x-fenced with new metal panel and cedar rail. Alfalfa field of 8 acres produces approximately 40 tons of hay. Double garage has oil pit, as well is hooked up to septic. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website. 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $889,000 MLS ® 10148779/10148818 HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. howard@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com 5/18

MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN & VALLEY VIEWS Two residences on this 22.09 acre property, each with their own fruit trees and gardens. Perfect for cattle, horses or any livestock lover. Featuring a 44’ x 80’ barn with 2 holding stalls and a 110’ x 220’ outdoor riding arena. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, large family room, living room with floor to ceiling white quartz natural gas fireplace and dining room. Master bedroom has a walkout to the deck where you can watch the local fireworks or enjoy a hot tub to relax in. Second residence has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and own yard area. 4240 Noble Road, Armstrong BC $1,498,000 MLS ® 10134250 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty karinvassberg@viewhome4u.com www.thevassbergteam.com 6/18

BREATHTAKING SPALLUMCHEEN RANCH Gorgeous ranch with a heritage style 6 bedroom, 2,530 sq. ft. house on 32 flat useable acres. Shop, hay shed, paddocks, outdoor riding arenas, rail fencing, fruit trees and excellent water. New in-door boiler furnace. Includes a second 1,600 sq. ft. as-new building currently used as an office/health clinic. This is a well-kept rare property in the heart of farm country, perfect for equestrians, home businesses and/or large families. Find peace and tranquility here in a beautiful park-like setting with incredible views. 3991 Hullcar Road, Armstrong BC $1,830,000 MLS ® 10141359 www.propertyguys.com ID# 92745 Info: 1-250-434-3057

2478 Hall Fish Road, Sicamous BC $739,000 MLS ® 10140276 CHARLOTTE HUTCHINSON, PREC* - Cell: 250-833-6545 Remax at Mara Lake charlottehutchinson56@gmail.com www.charlottehutchinson.com

VERA SUTTON - 778-552-6271 to set up a showing Dexter Associates Realty sutton@dexterrealty.com

16.5 ACRES – IDEAL FOR HORSES & CATTLE! Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style log home set on 16.5 private acres in the Armstrong/Spallumcheen valley.

TRISH GLAZIER 250-558-9598 VantageOne Realty Inc. trish@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com

RIVERFRONT ACREAGE Gorgeous ranch style home with unbounded views of rolling grounds on 27.57 acres! 750’ of riverfront on Eagle River. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open concept kitchen with a huge dining room. Great room for entertaining with a wet bar and wood stove. Many upgrades such as a roof in 2016, flooring, wood burning stove and more! Land has riding rings, paddocks, stable, 50’ x 60’ barn (100 amp/240 service), year-round water. Back 15 acres is sub-irrigated and produces hay. 5 minutes to Sicamous for access to Mara and Shuswap Lakes and sledding locations.


YOUR EQUESTRIAN DREAM COME TRUE! This rustic style rancher is situated on over 31 acres. Property features an impressive 255’ x 69’ indoor riding arena with 14 10’ x 12’ holding stalls and a farrier/groomer’s bay, spacious workshop, sauna house, chicken coops, hay storage, shaving shed, exerciser, 20’ x 60’Dressage arena, 16 small holding paddocks, 10 larger paddocks, and 3 pastures. Hardwood floors, tiles throughout with 3 wood/pellet stoves and sliding barn doors. Open concept living room to kitchen make entertaining company very enjoyable and personable. Riding arena has a small 2 floor apartment with viewing windows and laundry in unit for guests or ranch hands. 2404 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $2,200,000 MLS ® 10142855 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty karinvassberg@viewhome4u.com 6/18 www.thevassbergteam.com

EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY West coast designed 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 10+ flat acres with amazing views. Horse facilities include a 6 stall barn, heated tack room, paddocks, 7 fully fenced and x-fenced pastures with over 9,000 feet of chain link fence with 7” treated posts vibrated into the ground plus a perfect area for a riding arena, and easy access to back country trails. There is also a secondary 60x40 shop. The well is 220 ft with a 10,000 gallon cistern. A 2,000 foot underground water system supplies various farm hydrants and an automatic waterer. 5675 Deadpine Drive, Kelowna BC $1,489,000 MLS® 10139984 RACHAEL GAYLARD 250-550-5064 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty rgaylard@sutton.com



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FOR SALE 1999 EAGLE XLA, 2 horse angle haul with front tack room. Great condition. $9,000. 250-320-1187 or 250318-3015 (Kamloops BC)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/18


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