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Century Mile Racetrack and Casino opens its doors April 1, 2019, to usher in a new era for the horse racing scene in Alberta.


ocated nex t to the Edmonton International Airpor t, the brand new 100 -acre facilit y is easily accessible from the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, the main thoroughfare that connects Edmonton and Calgar y. The racetrack will be the only A-rated one-mile horse racing track west of Ontario. With 800 stalls onsite, and one of the longest homestretches in Nor th America at a staggering 1,280 feet, Centur y Mile promises to attract the best equine athletes Western Canada has to of fer. Alongside the homestretch is a large apron and an 89,700 square foot Racing Enter tainment Center designed to cater to gaming and racing fans alike. With room for over 800 slot machines, electronic table games, video lotter y terminals, an innovative REPLAY gaming stadium, of f-track betting parlour, spor ts lounge and grill, Centur y Mile Racetrack and Casino is a one-stop destination for those in the Edmonton region looking for that unique enter tainment experience, and that ’s just the f irst f loor. The second f loor features a tiered seating restaurant, private luxur y suites, and a second of f-track betting parlour all with a full view of the racetrack.

In its inaugural racing season, Centur y Mile Racetrack and Casino will host all three breeds of horses currently racing in Alber ta. The Thoroughbreds will kick things of f on April 28th with the f irst day of racing. Later in the season, they will be joined by the Quar ter Horses for select stake races. Finally, September 1, the Standardbreds roll into town for the remainder of 2019 including a New Year’s Eve live racing event on December 31. Highlights for the year include the Centur y Oak s and Canadian Derby preview on July 1, the ever- glamourous Pack wood Grand event on August 17 paired with the Canadian Derby on August 18, the $130,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby and $130,000 Don Byrne Memorial on September 15, and a f inal wrap up of this year’s stakes action on November 2, with the Alber ta Super Finals featuring $350,000 in purses. Centur y Mile Racetrack and Casino is the latest under taking by owner and operator Centur y Casinos Inc. an international casino enter tainment company operating worldwide with business ventures located in Europe, Asia, and various other Nor th American locations.

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By Susan van Dyke Photos courtesy of Palmer Photography/Erin Palmer

he annual celebration of the best of the best in Washington racing and breeding was held on February 23, 2019 at Emerald Downs. The crowd of over 250 attendees, many who dressed up for the special occasion in Hollywood glam, applauded the deserving winners as they enjoyed the savory banquet and enthusiastically participated in the live, silent and delectable dessert auctions. Capping the night was the crowning of How We Roll #4’s Sippin Fire as Washington horse of the year, champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old colt or gelding. Last summer the son of Harbor the Gold rolled to four consecutive stakes victories at Emerald Downs. He is the third state champion out of Neal & Pam Christopherson and Melodie Bultena & Doak Walker’s stellar broodmare Bahati (by Horse Chestnut [SAf]), joining his full brothers Del Rio Harbor and Couldabenthewhisky. Another full brother topped the 2018 WTBOA Yearling Sale. Sippin Fire is trained by Steve Bullock, who was acknowledged with a special racetrack achievement award, not only for his skills with Sippin Fire, but also conditioning Emerald Downs 2018 champion two-year-old filly Northwest Factor, who took two stakes for How We Roll #4, including the Kentucky-bred’s win in the Gottstein Futurity.

Group shot of all the winners Northern Californian Scott Herbertson’s Pyscho Sister (by Freud) took the titles as champion older filly or mare and turf horse. Her $122,070 earnings, which she won after Herbertson claimed her in January 2018, also led him to the title of leading owner in Washington-bred earnings. Pyscho Sister was bred by Rick & Debbie Pabst, who were named Washington’s leading breeder for the fifth time. The $185,790 earner is the second state champion the Buckley couple have bred from their stakeswinning Cahill Road mare Melba Jewel, following 2017 champion juvenile Elliott Bay. The Pabsts also stand 2018 Washington leading sire Atta Boy Roy at their Blue Ribbon Farm. Ed Zenker, Richard Larson and trainer H. R. “Pat” Mullen’s Hit the Beach, also a son of Harbor the Gold, was named champion older horse. Mullens, who just turned 92 on February 21st, was also given an award to acknowledge his consummate training skills as a nonagenarian. Hit the Beach’s breeders, Jeffrey & Doris Harwood, who bred the runner 6 • April 2019


Sippin Fire

Horse of the Year Sippin Fire (also Champion 3YO and Champion 3YO Colt/ Gelding) had a big group of owners, plus his breeders, there to celebrate. out of their stakes-winning Intimam mare Hit a Star, were the recipients of a new award given by the Daily Racing Form to the breeder of the statebred with the highest Beyer Speed Figure of the year, which happened to be the 90 Beyer Hit the Beach that earned when he won the 6 1/2-furlong Pete Pedersen Overnight stakes last September. Baja Sur was one of two 2018 champions campaigned by John & Janene Maryanski in partnership with Gerry & Gail Schneider’s Riverbend Farm. The unbeaten juvenile son of Smiling Tiger is the second state champion and third stakes winner produced out of John Roche’s stakes-winning Supremo mare Premo Copy, who was named Washington broodmare of the year for 2018. The two Auburn-based couples also race sprint champion Invested Prospect, a daughter of Abraaj and state champion racemare and broodmare No Constraints, by Katowice. Bred by Charles Dunn, Invested Prospect is now a three-time Washington champion. The Maryanskis also campaign champion filly Bella Mia, a daughter of Harbor the Gold—Bella Campana, by Slewdledo, bred by Mary Lou & Terry Griffin, who added a champion three-year-old title to her champion twoyear-old distaffer honor in 2017. Money Inthe Starrs earned the juvenile filly title for owner Mark Dedomenico. The daughter of Abraaj—Our Monstarr, by Demons Begone, was one of two juvenile stakes winners bred by Connie Belshay (from her broodmare band of two), for which Belshay was acknowledged with a special breeder achievement award. Influential and dedicated horsewomen Jan Baze (WHBPA/WTBOA Special Achievement Award) and Lanna Allen (WHBPA Willing Hearts Award) were enthusiastically applauded and thanked for their longtime and gracious service to the Washington Thoroughbred community. Other award winners of the evening were: Mark Kaufman Media winners Michelle Ludtke of KCPQ TV and Paul Beattie of; jockey Rocco Bowen (special racetrack achievement); Party for One (plater of the year), Fly Far Away (most improved plater); Back to Wine (OTTB of the Year for the third consecutive time); and Bartolo Villa (Backstretch Chapel Faithful Servant of the Year). The WTBOA also wants to thanks the many award sponsors and those who both donated and purchased auction items that helped to make this an Academy Award-winning event.

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Part 1 By Glenn Stewart

Foals can get an injury… and being able to catch, lead, load, pick up feet are all things they are capable of learning in the first 2 weeks after birth. Foals are untouched by human hands and are a clean slate with only what Mother Nature has given them. What will you create?


hat can we do to prepare our foals for their lives? The best thing I know is to have our mares prepared - friendly, easy to handle and easy to catch. If our mares come to us for a rub and a scratch the foal very quickly recognizes what mom is telling them and half the job is done for us. It will be easy for the foals to get curious and actually come to you. Whatever part of their body they present you can use that and slowly begin to rub more and more of the foal. If, for instance, you had the mare haltered and gave her some oats and sat and watched her eat, the foal would likely come up to you and start to smell and nibble you. From here you can start the process of getting your hands on every part of the foal. We need, of course, to be able to touch all over their entire bodies as they enjoy the touch. If they don’t get scared it doesn’t take very long to get this accomplished. I also like to rub them with a flag and wave it around as well as throwing ropes over and around their entire body. Teach them not to be scared of noise and movement. Now, just touching and rubbing these foals can make them disrespectful, so we also need to be able to move their feet. For that it’s best to get a halter on them. If you have done your homework well, (i.e. rubbing all of the horse) then it’s time to

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rub them with the halter. Then putting the halter on will be easy as well. However, the restriction of it will likely worry them, so be in a small pen so you can let the rope slide through your hands without loosing them if they get scared. But, and this is a big BUT, make sure there is a little bit of tension on the rope that you will want your foal to feel and learn to come off that pressure. “Follow a feel.” It doesn’t require much tension, help them find the answer, be patient and wait. The more pressure it takes, the more likely the foal has gotten scared somewhere along the line. If they have confidence they learn very quickly without much fuss to follow the feel on the rope. Another method I’ve used is to lead the mare in front of the foal. Have the foal follow their mom, making sure you put some feel on the rope of the foal then step the mare ahead. Progress slowly to where you can step the foal to the side then straight forward, each time the foal steps forward allow him to

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put slack in the rope. See if just by lifting the lead line draped over your finger the foal will follow. Now is a good time to ask them to back up as well with the lead and/or your hand over the bridge of their nose. It takes much less pressure than most will use to have them following. Next you can lead them over poles, tarps, through things on the ground. During this time stop periodically and rub a leg and gently ask them to take the weight off. Then try another leg until you’ve taught him to lift a hoof and balance on the other 3 legs. You’re ready now for trailer loading. Back your trailer so the tires are in a dip or the back of your trailer is against a small rise so the step up is less. Get momma again and lead her in the trailer and have junior (on a line) following. He can step in and out as many times as necessary to become comfortable loading and unloading. Stepping in with one foot and then back out is all good training for unloading and loading so don’t be in a rush to get them in. A horse that loads scared is not what you want. Take the time to let them figure it out and be relaxed about it. If the mare isn’t good with trailering and is dancing around making all kinds of noise in the trailer then you’re better off leaving her outside close by so the foal isn’t worried about where mom is.

So to recap: Step 1 Have a mare that is prepared so she can do half the job. Step 2 Get your hands all over the foal and prepare him for haltering. Step 3 Rub it with the halter, put it on and off many times. Step 4 Be ready - the feel of restriction can worry them. Let the rope slide with minimal tension. Step 5 Teach them to put slack in the rope, how to relieve the tension, follow a feel - forward and backward. Step 6 Rub them all over with a flag and ropes, get them confident with noise and movement. Step 7 Lead them over things, poles, tarps in a building, through a doorway. Step 8 Teach them to pick up their feet and balance on the other 3 legs. Step 9 Time for the trailer. Make the step up low to begin with. {Use the mare to help anywhere it fits.} If you accomplish these steps your foal is well-prepared for life and also the chances of them getting injured will be much less because you will have taught them to think more, react less. Have fun playing with the young ones, and remember, you are the first one to touch a clean canvas that has no blemishes… so create a painting you can be proud of. Have fun, Glenn Glenn Stewart is offering year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility, The Horse Ranch near Fort St. John BC, and is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. Long-term study and professional programs are also available. Visit for more information or call 250-789-3072. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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ouble H has partnered with the BC 4-H and admission will be by donation, going to the BC Regional 4-H Club to support our youth. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the incredible versatility and qualities of the Gypsy Horse. Our show will have many split classes for each breed or cross-breed. There will be halter classes, ground driving/driving classes, obstacle classes, liberty classes, english, western, and trail classes. We also have Concours D’Elegance classes, costume classes, and on Friday afternoon/ evening we have fun ‘horse games’ - where riders play to win!


We want to make this the best and fun show we possibly can for all exhibitors, sponsors and the audience. We have had so many wonderful people step up and offer to sponsor… we are not looking to benefit from the show - just to spread the word of this incredible, gorgeous, versatile breed, and bring everyone together as a community for a really great show. This is BC's first and we have people from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and even the US bringing their horses for this event, so we expect a big turnout. In order to continue yearly we need a great deal of help and support to inform people of this incredible breed. If you are interested in sponsoring or helping with the show please contact us at www.bcgypsyshow. ca. We also have a Facebook page and group: double H bc gypsy horse show Thank you to our sponsors to date (by Saddle Up’s deadline) : Silver Woods Stables, Monashee Gypsy Cobs, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Vincent Gypsy Gelding Awards, Okanagan Sleigh and Wagon, TGCA, IDHA, Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden, Cyclone Gypsy Horses, Bannister’s Vernon, Star Fire Gypsy Horses, Ross the Rooster, and so many individual sponsors, and so many more to come. We thank you!

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oin us at the Kelowna Riding Club for the Equestrian portion of the 55+ BC Games on September 10-14, 2019. Equestrian events this year include: Arena Driving Trial, Dressage, Mountain Trail, Western Dressage, and Western Performance. Registration for the Games is provincially divided into 12 Zones. Each of these Zones sends a multi-sport "team" to the Games, with registration being coordinated by the Zone Sport Coordinators. All contact information and how to register for the Games can be found at: “We're really looking forward to the event in Kelowna this year. At the Vernon 55+ BC Games we had over 100 participants in Equestrian. We are hoping that this event will attract even more!” says Valerie Linton, Executive Director, BC Seniors Games Society.

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By Christa Miremadi (See the beginning of the story in the March issue)

ow would you feel if someone said that through a couple of simple activities you could develop that quiet, fluid and connected seat that seems to come so naturally to so many of the riders you look up to? And what if they said that gaining that seat and developing that kind of connectivity was the secret to being able to use balance as signal and having access to the kind of connection and feel that makes true unity with a horse possible? If you said you’d think they were lying, then you would be half right! Nothing that’s as rewarding and worth perusing as true unity with a horse could be as simple as all that and there’s not much in life that’s really worthwhile that comes without effort. Hard work, dedication and discipline are all essential ingredients when it comes to pretty much any aspect of working with horses but luckily, we “horse people” seem to be cut from the same stubborn cloth. Although developing that kind of connectivity, poise and security in your balance and your seat isn’t easy, it also isn’t impossible and it absolutely is the secret to being able to use balance as signal and developing feel between yourself and your horse. There are also many ways to work on improving this connectivity and security in your seat as well as helping you, as a rider, to learn to feel that, oh so important centre of balance within your horse (which we were talking about in last month’s article). I’d like to share one idea that I have found helpful, not only in developing these things in myself but also in helping my students to develop their own connections and balance.

My daughter, Zahra during a lesson at Triple M Farms, learning to find confidence in her seat without holding on through transitions from walk to canter. First of all, I think it’s important to make the distinction between developing independent balance and developing togetherness. I’d also like to stress the importance of both of these things. Developing togetherness, to me, is something that is only possible when a rider and a horse feels confident in their independent balance. Without this independence, you end up with co-dependent state of being that could never achieve true balance together. I think 12 • April 2019


Look how much fun we are having! Photo by Carol Dymond. of this like trying to balance a see-saw with both partners on one end. It can’t work. Any semblance of “balance” would be false. In order to achieve true balance, each person must stand on their own end and move forward or backward, working together with their partner to achieve the mutual goal of equilibrium. When it comes to developing a rider’s independent balance and opening the door to developing togetherness and feel, there’s one activity that, for me, stands out above all others (besides simply spending hundreds of hours in the saddle). It’s in no way, shape or form, the only way but it is far superior to most other options (in my mind) and it’s the way that seems to work the fastest. For those of you who have real jobs and limited time, it is a great way of speeding up the benefits of hours in the saddle when you might not have them to spare. It’s also a whole lot safer than trial and error. This is something I’ve done a little of and it’s a whole lot more fun than working on standing or sitting trot or riding without stirrups, (a couple other options that will undoubtedly improve a rider’s seat and leg). I’m talking about vaulting. That’s right, vaulting. That super cool but a little different branch of equestrian sports where people run alongside their equine partner in tights and runners, bounce nimbly onto their back and then proceed to do the splits, hand stands and other impressive gymnastic maneuvers (that are only really possible if you replace your joints and bones with rubber bands and pipe cleaners). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that everyone should go out and become a circus performer! In fact, standing on your horse and doing 3-person ballet routines may not be all that helpful when it comes to your interest in high-school dressage, show jumping or barrel racing, however, most vaulting schools will be happy to do a series of lessons geared towards improving your seat and connection to the horse. These lessons would include exercises like riding with no hands, performing Around-The-Worlds and various other stretching and balance activities at a variety of gaits. Being able to sit a canter with your arms stretched out to the side like the wings of an airplane or finding your way from sitting

Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience working with horses. From guiding trail rides to starting colts, she’s dedicated her life to developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her husband, Pinto Miremadi,

recently left their home and jobs of the past 18 years at Silver Star Stables in Langley BC to realize their dreams of owning their own ranch. They now own and manage The Rock’n Star in Pritchard BC where they offer boarding, lessons and clinics: building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence for horses and humans through compassionate communication and by sharing the horse’s point of view.! (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

My Arab gelding ‘Oliver’ (my partner of over 20 years) and I working on developing my seat and our connection as I ride him bareback and bridleless. (Obviously this should have a disclaimer of some sort! lol)

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facing forward to side “saddle” to backwards and then back to facing forwards again, all while balancing (for all intents and purposes) bareback on a cantering horse will, without a doubt, help you feel more secure in your seat and your balance while in the saddle. It will also guarantee that you find your balance in your seat rather than in your hands and prevent the accidental gripping of a horse’s mouth for balance. When it comes to vaulting, you’re able to relinquish the responsibility of controlling the horse and place 100% of your attention on feeling, moving and learning with your body. Although I’m suggesting this activity as a way of improving yourself independently, it will also, as a result, help you to feel your horse and develop that connection that makes learning to use your balance as signal possible. If you don’t have access to a vaulting school (or if you have an aversion to tights or gymnastics), there are other ways to improve your seat and develop you balance as well. Riding bareback, taking the stirrups off your saddle, riding without your hands (you will need a lunge line and a trustworthy, experienced partner/coach for this one!), riding over varied and uneven terrain and finding your balance standing in your stirrups (without hanging onto the horn or mane for balance) are just a handful of other ideas but in all of these exercises, you must remain in control of your horse which makes focusing on yourself just a little more challenging. Developing your independent seat and the kind of balance necessary for vaulting, or any of the other exercises described above, will create a feeling of security and confidence so strong that being able to shift your focus from your own balance to that of feeling for your horse’s centre of balance will become easy. Next month I’ll share a few activities that are sure to enhance this awareness. Once you’re able to feel your horse’s centre of balance, you’ll be able to learn to influence it and finally, begin the journey towards being able to properly use your balance as signal.

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Ellen Hockley and groom negotiate an obstacle in the marathon.

he idea was to encourage competitors to support their provincial competitions and give competitors a way to earn monetary rewards for their efforts. Both competitors and event organizers contribute a nominal amount to enter the Jackpot Series. Then the overall winner of three FDTs at a given level (Training/1 or Preliminary/2) wins the jackpot at year-end. In the event of there being no qualified winner in a given year, the Jackpot is held over until the next year and continues to build. In 2018, Pip Breckon and her mare, Maid in Canada, were awarded the Training/ Level 1 Jackpot and came away with approximately $700. Now that pays for a bit of gas money and entry fees! The Preliminary/Level 2 Jackpot has not been won, and is held over to 2019. The amount will grow due to contributions from both organizers and competitors in 2019.











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Never done a Field Driving Trial (FDT)? Well here is the short course. Complete and detailed instructions and rules are given on the Horse Council of BC (HCBC) website, under competitions, Competition documents, Driving section. Everyone, both drivers and grooms, MUST wear an approved helmet. All drivers must have a groom during the marathon phase, except in the case of a single hitch of Very Small Equines (VSE) and small ponies of 12HH and smaller. Driver’s attire Pip Breckon and Maid in Canada, won is to be neat and clean the 2018 Jackpot series in Training/Level 1.

Rachael Sdoutz sneaking through the cones. marathon gear throughout all phases of the competition. There are two levels of competition. Training/Level 1 is for beginner drivers and horses and Preliminary/Level 2 is for more advanced competitors. You may compete with a single, pairs or a multiple hitch. The organizers decide how many divisions they will provide in advance in a published “Prize List.” All three components, Dressage, Cones and Marathon are both longer and more difficult for Preliminary/Level 2. Scoring is done by awarding penalty points, so just like golf, low score wins. The two timed phases of the competition are cones and marathon, and penalty points are assessed for taking more than the allowed time. The purpose of an FDT is to provide a bridge between Arena Driving Trials, held in an enclosed space, and other Combined Driving Events. The competition is usually completed in one day, and in some weekend competitions,

a separate FDT is run both days. This allows people to try to better their score on day two, or just pick one day to compete and volunteer the other day. There are three phases to an FDT. There is a Dressage component, where the test to be performed is published in advance on the Prize List. This phase tests the horse and driver’s communication and the obedience and responsiveness of the horse to the driver’s aids. In the marathon component 3-4 obstacles are negotiated in a certain order, over a distance of approximately 2-3km. The marathon phase tests the equine’s fitness, endurance and stamina and the ability to negotiate cross-country at a certain pace. In the marathon phase,

balls. The cones competition tests the driver’s accuracy, speed and control of the horse. Sound like fun? Oh yes it is! For more details about these competitions and the Jackpot Series, check the BCCDS website, and join our Facebook Page. A complete listing of upcoming FDTs and other driving events will be available on our webpage soon.

Audrey Macdonald and groom, going cross country in the marathon. tight turns through obstacles test the flexibility of the equine and the skill of the driver. Lastly, there is a cones competition, where 14 sets of cones, with tipsy balls on top, must be negotiated in a certain order without dislodging the

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Once again the trade at Mid-America's 2019 Draft Horse Sale at Gifford, Illinois, was explosive, for Percheron stallions and geldings, Belgian stallions, females and geldings, sold for record prices.


hile numbers consigned were down, 300 head of Belgian and Percheron stallions, females and geldings sold for a staggering $10,061.00 average. A figure that surpassed all expectations.

All-Star's Wild Fire Thunder Hill Knight Rider, a black, 4-year-old Percheron gelding, consigned by Reg Wynes, Hillgrove, New Brunswick, topped the Sale, capturing a last bid of $87,000. This record bid was placed by Young Living Percherons, Mona, Utah. A paternal brother to Thunder Hill Maddox, World Champion Gelding at Des Moine,

Iowa's 2018 World Percheron Congress, their sire, Rocket's All-Star's Domino, was the high selling Percheron stallion at the Mid-America Sale some years ago. Two Belgian females sold for $62,000 at this year's Mid-America Draft Horse Sale. This is a record price for a registered Belgian female. However, the excitement doesn't end here. A group of five Alberta Percheron breeders have purchased the veteran America sire, All-Star's Wild Fire. A black, 17.2 hand stallion, of lighter frame, he is an All-Star's Prince Rocket son, as are Rocket's All-Star Domino, the $87,000 gelding's sire and Rocket's AllStar Flash, America's Premium Percheron Sire for the past five years. An athletic, heads-up stallion, All-Star's Wild Fire is a veteran Percheron sire that can tramp. At the year's end Dale & Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Heritage Farm, Dawson Creek, BC, imported a black, Shire colt from England. Held in quarantine near Calgary, following his arrival by air, Hillmoor George has

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April 2019


By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

In last month’s article, we talked about the basics of in-hand leading, a groundwork exercise we can do with our horses even when the temperatures are cold. Topics included timing of turns, use of whip, flexing for stretching, halts and backups. oday we are looking at turns on forehand, turns on haunches, as well as in-hand work over/through obstacles. Turns on forehand Stand next to your horse at his shoulder with your core (belly button) facing his hip, your inside hip (the one closest to the horse’s head) will be open. Shift your weight onto your outside foot. This allows the horse to bring his head towards you. Keeping contact on the lead rope with your inside hand, send impulsive (pushing) energy from your hand or a whip towards your horse’s hip, asking him to take a step away from you. Depending on your horse you may also need to take a couple small steps towards your horse’s hip in order to increase the pushing energy from your core as well as the drawing energy from your inside hip. If your horse does not yield his hindquarters give him a gentle tap with the whip. Keep repeating these steps until your horse has completed a quarter circle, and eventually a half circle, rewarding at each step. As always, pay attention to your horse’s body language. If he raises his head and braces, he is not only feeling physically tense, but also mentally tense and stressed. Stop applying pressure to his hip and encourage him to lower his head with the figure eight flexing motion explained in last month’s article. Be sure that you are breathing and not holding any tension in your body. Reward your horse for the smallest try.

Turn on haunches: Dawn is using her outside shoulder to guide the turn, her inside hip is open, and her right hand is there to help guide if needed. Photo by Lisa Wieben. Turns on haunches Stand about half a foot to a foot away from your horse, slightly ahead of his nose, with soft, slightly bent knees and core folded. With your hand closest to the horse’s head, hold the lead rope 18 • April 2019


Allowing the mare to follow a scary obstacle instead of bringing it to her builds confidence.

with contact. Start applying pressure to his shoulder with your hand or a whip as you step in the direction you want him to go. Make sure your horse is straight or slightly bent in the direction of travel. This will make it easier for him to cross over with the front legs. Keep your body turning with the horse with your outside shoulder guiding the turn. As soon as you feel your horse shift his weight away from your push, no matter how little, immediately stop applying pressure, reward, then ask for another step. A pushy or stoic horse is likely to push back into your push, so instead of using firmer, steady pressure, we find it is more effective to adjust the push by using our thumb or fingertips or even the whip handle and applying pressure in a rhythmic manner. If your horse is still not shifting his weight away from you, tap him gently on the shoulder with the whip. Make sure your horse stays in a level to low headed frame during the exercise. If he raises his head and tenses, stop applying pressure and encourage him to lower his head with the figure eight flexing motion. Introducing obstacles When starting to introduce obstacles that are stationary, such as a trail bridge, you can walk your horse past the object with your body positioned closest to the obstacle. This gives the horse confidence and allows him to bend away from the object without pushing into you. Keep him bending around both you and the obstacle. Do this in both directions, giving him the opportunity to see the obstacle from both sides. Once he is comfortable walking past the obstacle with you between him and the object then lead him past the obstacle with him being between you and the obstacle. Again do this in both directions. Keep your body slightly ahead of him, with your hip closest to him open, allowing him to bend away from the obstacle if he gets worried. Reward every sign of relaxation and softness. As always maintain a low to level head throughout the exercise. When introducing an object that you can move, pick it up (or drag it along the ground) and begin to back away from your horse and have him follow you. He will most likely become curious and want to move closer to touch or smell the object. For some horses this can take some time, for others curiosity will bring them in

Curiosity has won and the horse is checking out the tarp.

Once the horse is comfortable touching the object Lisa keeps the horse bent around her and brings the tarp closer to her body. Any sign of tensing up, stop and lower the horse’s head before proceeding further.

quickly. Once the horse is comfortable touching the object you can stand with him in a bend and bring it in closer to his body. Any sign of tensing up (for example inverting), pause and lower his head before proceeding further. Maintaining calm and relaxation throughout these exercises will have your horse be a willing partner that will enjoy his time spent with you. Everything we do on the ground will translate to a willing partner under saddle as well. Have fun! Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to gain balance

Still holding her in bend, Lisa gently drapes the tarp over the mare’s back. Photos by Rebecca Wieben

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hat this call means to me, as a law yer, is that the deceased died without leaving a Will, had no real family members who were willing or able to help with the estate and did not make provisions for the horses in the case of death. A Will is the legal document in which you appoint someone to look af ter your assets and ultimately distribute them to your beneficiaries after you die. In it, you

name the person who should be in charge of your estate (your Executor, also now known as your Personal Representative), and you set out who gets your assets, including real estate, personal ef fects, bank accounts and even your livestock and pets. If you die without a Will, any family member could apply to be the person in charge (Administrator or Personal Representative) and provincial legislation sets out where your assets

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will go. If you are married, your spouse does NOT have the automatic right to handle or receive your estate. In the case I mentioned above involving the horses, the deceased apparently had no family members to help with these tasks, so the Public Guardian and Trustee had to become involved in managing the estate and dealing with the assets. In a Will, my clients typically name an executor, an alternate, a guardian for their underage children, and list of beneficiaries who will receive their estate. In a situation where someone dies leaving a spouse and/or children, or perhaps other family members (such as siblings, if not married), my clients will of ten name one or more of those family members in a Will as Executor. If they die without a Will, those family members may be willing to step up and become the Administrator. The Executor or Administrator applies to the Court to be approved and appointed as the Executor or Administrator. Once appointed, they have the full power and authority to sell or distribute the deceased’s assets. About 25 years ago, I was encouraged by my veterinarian to put clauses in Wills about pets, as she was tired of family members bringing them to her to be euthanized… perfectly healthy dogs and cats that family did not want. It started with a generic clause directing the Executor to give Fluf f y to such and such a family member or to find a good home for them, preferably with family or a friend. However, our pets and livestock cannot wait for a Will to be located and the court appointment process to occur. They need to be cared for immediately.

Leanne Rutley has been a lawyer for 30 years and practices with the firm of Nixon Wenger LLP in Vernon BC. She has extensive experience dealing with the administration of estates and the care of furbabies. She is also a Director/Foster Mom for Colour Me Canine Rescue Society.

If someone has animals, they should try to arrange in advance for someone to feed and water their pets at the ver y least. If the deceased ran a business involving animals (such as dog training or horse boarding), it is essential that arrangements be made for someone to look after those animals, to contact owners to of fer them the choice to make alternative arrangements for their pets, and to respond to business calls. Hopefully, where there is a business involved, the deceased made arrangements for someone knowledgeable in the business to help out immediately. Instructions regarding pets can be very detailed and are best not lef t in a Will. Your Will should state where your assets are to go, but it should not contain practical concerns such as what type of food Fluf f y prefers and how often you feed her. In the case of pets, it is often better to leave those detailed instructions in a letter to your executor to be kept with your Will or with a copy of your Will where you keep your important papers at home. Better yet, if your Executor is a family member or friend, give them a copy of these instructions from time to time, so they know exactly what to do without delay and who to contact about your animals. I have a client who is the perfect example of the worst case scenario. She has no spouse and no family (her parents and siblings are deceased). She had no children, but many furbabies, such as

dogs, cats, and horses. I have helped her do her Will, with basic instructions as to the sale and distribution of her assets to distant relatives and charities. Aside from her Will, she has been working on a list of information about her assets and pets that will come in ver y handy for her Executor – ever y thing from who to call at her bank, her account numbers, her various club and association memberships, who gets certain personal ef fects and art work, a short histor y of each pet, feeding instructions, who to call about certain registered pets and how to deal with her rescued animals. When you are dealing with live beings, you need to make sure someone is available immediately. Even without the formal court appointment, the Executor is permitted to attend to those matters that are necessar y af ter someone dies – such as arranging a service, securing their home, cancelling unnecessary utilities, caring for pets and livestock, among other things. Your Executor will need to know plenty of information about you that is not normally set out in a Will. This equally applies to the person you appoint by Power of Attorney to handle your financial af fairs if you are injured or ill. Without a Will, her assets will not be managed by the appropriate person and they will not go to those relatives and charities that she prefers. With a little bit of work in advance, she can rest easy, knowing that her assets will be properly distributed and her furbabies will be well cared for in loving homes. April 2019


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t was an honour to be invited and to be part of this competition in this breathtaking country. Fifty competitors from 19 countries were competing for four days in different styles of horseback archery including elements of tent pegging. The event was well organized with help from the Iranian Equestrian Federation and received a lot of attention in local and national media. Further support came from the World Horseback Archery Federation (WHAF), and International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF), who are both trying to push the sport toward the so called real Olympics. In Canada, Horseback Archery remains widely unknown although the Canadian Horseback Archery Team has already participated in prestigious events such as the first World Martial Arts Mastership in Korea 2016 and the third World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan in 2018. These competitions are commonly referred to as the “Martial Arts Olympics” and the “Nomad Olympics” respectively. Our time in Shiraz was well spent. We had three days before the tournament where we were able to bond with the horses used for the competition and recover from the long and strenuous journey from Canada to Shiraz. During our time there, we were able to visit some of Iran’s most famous sights and traces of the ancient Persian culture… Persepolis, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the tomb of Hafez the famous Poet, Eram Garden and much more including the Vakil Bazaar, where we were practicing our bargaining skills every day! These awe-inspiring sights along with the welcoming culture of these friendly people who were inviting us to their homes, sharing their culinary secrets and showing off their dance moves to wonderful Persian music have opened our eyes and hearts for the Persian culture. Looking back, the whole trip seems like a dream or a story from One Thousand and One Nights. Particularly, the Persian horses add to this taste of our memories of Iran… these magnificent creatures who are as fast as our arrows in the wind and remain wild and true in their hearts. Mashallah!

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By Wanda Dee Thompson

As my students have heard me say, partnership is similar to a marriage; based on, understanding, desire, confidence, trust, flexibility and feel. When a partnership works the stars align, you are achieving Equine Equilibrium. It’s truly an AHHHHHH moment. icture this, you ask your horse to accelerate to a full speed gallop. Then you cue him to stop. He plants his hind legs under his tummy, paddles his front feet, slides to a full stop and waits for your next cue. Many things must align for this to happen. He must understand your cues, have the desire and confidence to gallop, and he must trust you that you are not running away from something that wants to eat you both! He needs to be flexible and to have ‘feel’ both mentally and physically to wait for the next maneuver; whether it is a backup, a rollback, spins or nothing at all. No matter what you do with your horse, whether a sliding stop, galloping through a creek, chasing cows, liberty/ground work or crossing a tipping bridge obstacle; Understanding, Desire, Confidence, Trust, Flexibility, Feel must be in harmony from rider to horse and horse to rider. I call these the big 6 UDCTFF. Why does this take so much work to achieve? The answer lies in personalities and knowledge, of both the rider and horse. No two humans are the same and no two horses are the same. It’s not like riding a programmed robot. Motorized things don’t think! Remember I said the partnership with your horse is similar to a marriage? Sadly approximately 50% of marriages end up in divorce. We all know of people that have divorced (sold) their horse and I’m sure you can think of a few that should be parting ways this very minute! Now, out of the ones that divorced their horse, how many do you think went to counselling by working with a professional trainer before splitting? It’s important to not jump to conclusions and run off and get a divorce. A relationship that isn’t working doesn’t always mean things are bad, some riders outgrow their horse, some riders and horses have different ideas on what they want to do and sometimes the relationship just doesn’t work for multiple reasons. Please first seek professional advice. Aligning rider and horse personalities and knowledge levels is the best start to achieve Equine Equilibrium. Before I explain, I’d like you to know why I’ve become so passionate in learning to read horses, understand their actions and then have the tools to end up with a positive result that is built on the big 6 UDCTFF.

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You see my life was very near to an end, by the actions of a horse. It was June 23, 2004, just a normal day, when my son BJ and I went for a trail ride. BJ was riding a three year old gelding, Monty, whom I trained. I was riding a 10 year old gelding, Cash, who we ended up with as a replacement horse for one we had ‘divorced’. Even though Cash gave me literally a million red flags I still swung a leg over his back. My thinking was “I’m a Trainer, I’ve trained many horses.” I rode like the wind, plus I was a full time gym rat that could pull off 30 chin-ups with ease. I had much more brawn than brains! Well to this day neither of us knows what spooked the horses. The only good thing was that BJ’s horse, Monty, relaxed as he pulled one rein. Thank God I had done some good training on him. My one rein pull wasn’t working at all. My horse was in a Massive, Very Pi**ed Off Rage! Bucking straight up, sideways, this way and that, and the whole time he was grunting and snorting. It was the most haunting, eerie noise I’ve ever heard. I was tough as nails and in trying to pull Cash’s head to one side I snapped the leather rein. But the whole time I was still thinking as a Mom. Terrified for my son’s safety, I turned in the saddle and saw BJ and his horse just standing. At that moment I quit riding, my body went limp. The next gnarly buck launched me. BJ said I was as “high as the clouds.” When I landed, all I remember was not being able to breathe as I stared lifelessly at the beautiful blue sky with cotton puff clouds. I slowly rolled my head to the left and saw Cash bolting and bucking to the trail head. In an instant he stopped, turned on his haunches and flew back to me. The beautiful blue sky was now filled with the grey underside of Cash. Two hooves came thrusting down over me. His right hoof landed on my left rib cage. I heard my ribs snapping like toothpicks. His left foot slammed into the ground just braising my right rib cage. My instinct was to see my son again. Was he still safe? I coiled up like a snake, lifted my head over the grass and to my relief, there was BJ running to me. The horse was still stomping after

me like I was a deadly snake. BJ tried to scare him away a few times without success. Finally, he was bravely able to tie him to a tree. At that moment I thanked God for not letting Cash hurt my son. I could not move and I tried not to breathe because pain was unbearable. I was absolutely certain I would never see the sky again. It was everything I could do to speak to BJ to tell him to run to the nearest house for help. As I laid on my back in the woods curled up in the fetal position I added up my life insurance. Would my family be okay? I quickly changed my thoughts to living not dying. After all I was BJ’s only Mom. BJ came back with a man that was mowing his lawn, he called 911. The firemen arrived before the ambulance and paramedics, many of them knew me from the Gym. In the hospital I clearly remember many doctors discussing what to do with me. I still couldn’t see. They said I needed to be medivacked to a Trauma centre but that I wouldn’t survive. A lady Doctor said we are doing the surgery now! Off to the ER I went with 3 surgeons and my doctor. My left rib cage, front and back, were crushed. Five ribs went through my left lung, my spleen exploded. I lost over half of my blood internally and my heart was squished. They opened my abdominal region to try to stop the blood loss. They removed all my intestines so that they could suction out the pieces of my ruptured spleen, fragments of broken bone and a massive amount of blood. A chest tube was inserted into my collapsed lung and they closed me up with 27 staples. The recovery pain was astronomically insane, even blinking my eyes hurt. Through all of this, my mind was still going full speed ahead, overflowing with questions. WHY! WHY THE HECK DID HE ATTACK ME! Horses normally react with the flight mode. Cash did react with flight, but then changed his mind to fight, WHY?

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Shortly after the accident I learned that Cash had been repeatedly beaten, tortured and abused. As I lay in ICU fighting to live, I suddenly felt compassion towards the beast that wanted more than anything to kill me. A horrid person put so much fear in him that he felt no other option. He had felt fear and had gone completely crazy just like a beaten dog that ends up biting someone. The pieces were coming together, but the sad thing is it wasn’t me who hurt him. Cash was created into a ticking time bomb and I happened to be the one riding him when that time bomb hit zero. My son saved my life on that blueskied, cotton-puff-cloud day that was turned to darkness by a BROKEN horse. As I laid in ICU struggling to survive, my quest began. How could I truly understand what horses tell us? How could I learn to read their body language? How could I understand when they are scared, being unruly, mean, in pain, sick, happy, or thinking about a magnet? Cash was trying to tell me a huge story that I hadn’t fully read. I had read enough to not even consider putting my son on him, but from there I was quite oblivious. Cash needed lots of time on the ground with me to build a relationship of desire, confidence, trust, flexibility and feel. If I had given him the chance and started with ground work, his story would have been very clear that none of the Big 6 UDCTFF was in his foundation!!! So over the last several years my quest has become a reality. I am now a full time coach, trainer and clinician. I’ve come from being the young oblivious rider to being a knowledgeable sensitive rider. I’ve learned to see into horses, read them. Sometimes a glance is all it takes. I once watched a young English rider trying to ride her horse in an arena I worked out of in the Okanagan. I had said to myself as I was saddling… “tick tock.” But she wasn’t my student. She was riding alone and I talked to her about her relationship with her horse. She smiled and replied to me, “Oh, but I just love her. I will never give up on her.” Later that week she was lying in the dirt. I was mad at myself for not trying harder. I had known instinctively that it was going to happen. How can I help people to see what I see? How can I help them to understand what happened to me and the young English rider can happen to them? Maybe

equine love truly is blind for some? How can I help people to desire being ‘one’ with their partner? Why do so many people refuse to go to counselling to a qualified trainer for professional help? How can I help them understand and be okay with possibly that a ‘divorce’ is the best thing to do in their case? How many more times will some riders say, “Oh, but I LOVE my horse. I’m never giving up, I don’t need help.”? They need to know what it feels like when the stars align and they get that AHHHHHHH moment! I don’t want them to have to see what the view is like in ICU. I want more than anything to give people knowledge that will help them make better decisions in choosing, keeping, and if necessary, divorcing their horse with the guidance of a professional. Life is too short to live in a toxic relationship. I’m excited to share my philosophical thoughts about our relationship with our horses. I don’t think of horses as being lesser to humans, rather, they complement our inner selves. In my case I feel whole when my horse and I are on the same page. That page doesn’t always mean things are perfect. It means we understand each other, communicating, and exploring what feels correct for both horse and human, on the ground and in the saddle. When you and your horse are on the same page you become one! My philosophical thoughts are now visible to help you and your horse reach Equine Equilibrium!

equestrians and their horses reach Equine Equilibrium, becoming one with your horse and climbing mountains together. My students range from 5 years to 70+ years old. I teach ground work, reining, obstacles, freestyle and trail. My students are diverse in pleasure/trail riding, western shows, reining shows, freestyle, enhanced groundwork, mountain trail riding, and obstacle riding. When I’m not in my equine world, my husband and I enjoy family and spending time with our Pomeranians. We like the outdoors, hiking and travelling.



“Where the fit really matters”

The Truth Shall Set You Free



“Where the fit really matters”

… to be continued in the May issue…

About Wanda Dee I am a NRHA professional rider. I show, raise/ breed and train reining horses on a small level. I’m currently completing my certification as a Western Competition Coach Specialist with Equine Canada. My quest in life is to help other

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Cowboy Poetry From an older cowpoke Life in the foothills of Alberta

“November Chills!!” By Bill Martin

November can be dif f icult for custodians of cat tle. It can be a pleasant time or it can be a bat tle! I no longer make my way w ith saddle horse and rope. But in November more than not, I k now it's hard to cope. I recall the warmth of sun beneath the November sk y and I recall the bit ter cold, the day's when snow would f ly. Cows out here are f ree to roam the Rock y Mountain slopes. They usually come dow n on their ow n, at least that's what one hopes! Ever y year you can be sure there's one or t wo that don't. Then of course there are the years there's t wo or three that won't! Such was the case the other day when I called a guy I k now. The temp'ture was minus f ive… it had begun to snow. His w ife explained he'd saddled up and ridden of f to see if he could f ind those absent few... I'm glad it wasn't me! This year is the k ind of year I'm glad to be at home. My heart goes out to all of those whose stock the mountains roam. The cowboy life is glorif ied in cit y slickers text. You want to k now the real thing? Come out November next.

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Can Dogs Teach Other Dogs to Speak? By Stanley Coren | Courtesy of

Humans obviously teach other humans the vocal sounds that we call words. Dogs also use a broad range of sounds to communicate.


ome of these canine sounds are inborn and seem to be universal across all dogs, regardless of their breed or geographic location, however some canine sounds are much rarer and are found only in a smaller percentage of the dog population. Where do these specific sounds come from, and could they be learned, say from observing and listening to other dogs? These questions popped into my mind during a conversation that I had with a visiting researcher who has had the unique opportunity to do research on wolves in the Acadian region of eastern Canada. While most of his research has to do with wolves living in the wild, some behavioural studies have been done with captive wolf populations. Based on some observations that he had made he posed a question to me. "Do you know of any research where canines learn specific communication sounds from other canines? The reason I ask is because of something I noticed recently. We know that dogs bark a lot and use specific barks, or bark patterns, to communicate or to tell us about their emotional state. Although wolves howl more frequently than dogs, adult wolves rarely bark. Anyway, a group of wolves was brought in for observation and placed in a large compound. That compound was right next to a kennel where a number of dogs were kept. These wolves were 'guests' of the project for the better part of six months. They seemed to be very interested in the dogs and watched them quite a bit. What was most interesting was that over the course of their stay we began to observe that the wolves were beginning to bark more and more. They were barking much more often than you ever see wolves barking in the wild. Furthermore their bark patterns seemed to also become very similar to those of the dogs, and their barking was often triggered by the same kinds of things that cause our domestic dogs to bark. It appeared to me that the wolves were learning this form of canine communication simply from watching and listening to the dogs near them. So I was wondering whether there was any scientific research which demonstrated how one canine can learn to produce sound communications by simply observing other canines?" Unfortunately I could not find any 30 • April 2019


systematic research on this topic, however over the years I have collected a number of reports and observations which seem to show that dogs can learn to imitate the barking behaviours of other dogs in various situations. One from several years ago involved some professional acquaintances who owned a Gordon Setter named Sheila. This breed is not particularly noisy in most cases, and Sheila was a very quiet example of her kind. The eldest daughter of this family had been living on her own for a few years, but now had the opportunity to go for some advanced training at a school in another city. Since she would be living in a dormitory for the year, she could not bring her Airedale Terrier, Argus, with her. So as loving parents they agreed to temporarily "adopt" the dog until their daughter returned. Argus was a typical terrier. He barked when people came to the door, he barked when people left the house, and he barked just for the joy of hearing himself bark. As the weeks passed Sheila's behaviour began to change. Now, when Argus would bark at the door, so would she, and sometimes, when Argus was simply charging around the house, barking at phantoms and fantasies as a game, Sheila would join in with her own sonorous bark. Long after Argus had left to rejoin his mistress on her return, Sheila still continued the barking behaviour that she had learned from her large terrier friend. Another example concerns my wellloved Flat Coat Retriever named Odin. He had a "request bark" which he used to ask to be let back into the house after being out in the backyard for a while. It was a single bark which was followed by a long pause of anywhere between 30 seconds to more than a minute, before it was repeated. I rewarded this bark when he was only a few months in age, by quickly responding and letting him back into

the house. This was clearly a barking sound that he learned to use for a specific communication purpose. It sounded noticeably different from his other barks. It is difficult to describe the sound in words but it appeared to be somewhat artificial or forced since it ended with a sort of raspy finish. When Odin was an adult I obtained my first Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Dancer, who arrived at my house as an eight week old puppy, I would let him out with Odin to eliminate, as part of his housebreaking. It took less than a week for Dancer to develop that same bark. The pattern of timing was the same, but being only a puppy the pitch of his bark was much higher. Still, even with the tonal differences, it sounded forced and artificial in the same way that Odin's bark did, with that same raspy finish to each single utterance. Despite the fact that Odin passed away a few years later, Dancer continued to use this bark as a signal that he wanted to come in from the yard. I interpreted this to mean that Dancer had not only learned to imitate the sound that Odin made but also learned the communication significance of that sound. It suggested to me that the adult dog had "taught" the puppy a word or a phrase in his particular dialect of dog language. Dancer later went on to "teach" a variant of that same sound to my Beagle, Darby, when he arrived a few years later. Sometimes dogs in the same household will imitate each other to the degree that they develop a sort of a common "Doggish dialect." An example of this involves excitement noises. It has been observed that there are three main sounds that generally characterize excitement in most dogs. I can crudely describe these in words as the excitement whine, the moan-yodel ("yowelwowel-owel-wowel") and the howl-yawn (a breathy excited "Hooooooo-ah-hooooo"). All of these sounds are made as the dog stares directly at you (and sometimes at whatever is causing the excitement) and twirls around to show its happy state of arousal. Each dog seems to decide on which of these sounds it makes in excited anticipation and it does not seem to depend upon their breed. The odd thing, however, is that dogs that live together seem to imitate each other so that all are using the same sound. Thus I have an acquaintance

TOP DOG! who owns four Flat Coat Retrievers and all of her dogs make the howlyawn sound. I know another person with three dogs of different breeds, a Pekingese, an English Springer Spaniel and a Flat Coat Retriever, and all (including the Flat coat) make the moan-yodel sound. Out of curiosity I conducted an informal survey of sixteen people who own more than one dog, and whose dogs have all grown up from puppy-hood in the same house. I described the three major excitement sounds that dogs make to them and asked them which sounds each of their dogs made when they were excited. Twelve of these people reported that all of their dogs use the same excitement sounds, regardless of breeds. I can't really call this strong or systematic data, however it is suggestive and is at least consistent with the idea that dogs learn to use particular communication sounds from observing other dogs. It seems intriguing enough so that it would be worthwhile for someone with an active canine laboratory to investigate this question and perhaps provide a more convincing, data-based answer to this question.

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April 2019


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Locations Announced for 2019 Community Talks Travelling Road Show


e’re hitting the road in 2019 and coming to a community near you! We are bringing a one day educational mini-summit to communities around the province. Locations for the 2019 stops of the Community Talks Traveling Road Show are confirmed! Get ready for a day of equine education presented by top industry professionals. For 2019 we will be visiting: Smithers BC Nelson BC Quesnel BC and a fourth location TBA

Keep checking back, for announcements on speakers, venue locations and dates! 2018 HCBC ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS! Congratulations to our 2018 HCBC Award Winners! We received many outstanding nominations this year, so thank you to all who nominated someone and congratulations to our winners. What are the HCBC Awards? HCBC’s Annual Awards honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community. These awards acknowledge those who stand out from the crowd and have made a positive impact on the equestrian community. MEET YOUR NEW REGIONAL DIRECTORS & DIRECTORS AT LARGE FOR 2019 Here are your new HCBC Regional Directors and Directors at Large! Regional Directors for a one year term (2019): East Kootenays – Arlene Ridge, elected by acclamation Thompson Shuswap – Carolyn Farris, elected by acclamation Peace River – Nicole Fisher, elected by acclamation Fraser Valley East – Susan Holtby, elected by acclamation Regional Directors for a two year term (2019-2020): West Kootenays – Elizabeth Saunders, elected by acclamation Okanagan Similkameen – Myrna Thompson, elected by acclamation Prince George Cariboo - Carolyn Dobbs, elected by acclamation Vancouver Island South – Susan Harrison, elected by acclamation Fraser Valley West – Lisa Mander, re-elected by regional members 2 Directors at Large for two year terms (2019-2020): Joan Chess-Woollacott and Rose Schroeder, determined by election We would also like to welcome Christine Hassell as the director for the North West Region, Gil Hansen as Director for the Vancouver Sunshine Coast Region and Colleen Ware as director for Vancouver Island North Region.

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Equestrian Canada Equestre  Get Ready to Celebrate Horse Day 2019 on June 1, 2019


ques trian Canada (EC ) is please d to inform the Canadian e ques trian communit y that H or se Day 2019 is t ak ing place June 1, 2019. T his year will mark the 11th anniver s ar y of H or se Day, which was create d to raise public awareness and promote the b elove d hor se. Across the countr y, event s and celebrations will take place to allow Canadians of all ages and e xp erience levels to honour, discover and e xplore the e ques trian world. For many Canadians, H or se Day is the chance to get up close and p er sonal with a hor se for the f ir s t time. H or se Day is also the p er fe c t opp or tunit y to ack nowle dge the imp or t ant contributions made by hor ses in our nation's herit age and how p e ople of all ages and e xp erience levels can continue to enjoy hor ses in sp or t and leisure. In 2018 over 6,0 0 0 p e ople at tende d 75 H or se Day event s f rom coas t-to - coas t. From British Columbia to

New foundland, p e ople to ok par t in a wide range of event s, including hor se shows, demons trations, clinic s, work shops, so cial event s and op en houses. Make H or se Day par t of your celebration of spring. T here are many ways to jump in and get involve d in H or se Day 2019. We also encourage youth b et we en the ages of 3 and 16 to enter the H or se Day 2019 National Drawing Contes t for the chance to win e xciting prizes! And b e sure to capture your H or se Day f un on camera for the chance to win! To enter the H or se Day Photo Contes t, simply p os t your H or se Day photos to Faceb o ok , Twit ter or Ins tagram on June 1, 2019 using the hashtag #H or seDay2019. For more information on H or se Day 2019, visit w w w.e ques /event s- result s/ hor se day or cont ac t Jessie Chris tie by email at jchris tie@ e ques or by phone at 1- 86 6 -28 2- 8395 x 133.

Certified Coach Spotlight: Kathleen Winfield Drives Her Students to Success Photo by Jay Winfield


athleen Winf ield is celebrating her golden anniversar y as a driving coach in 2019. The Millar ville, AB native began coaching 19 years ago af ter rediscovering the spor t that she had been drawn to since childhood. “I was always interested in driving,” recalled Winf ield, who is an EC cer tif ied Level 1 Driving Coach, as well as a Carriage Association of America Instruc tor. “My mom relates a stor y from my early youth where I fabricated a harness from binder t wine and ground drove a ver y patient mare. I did not ac tually get involved seriously until my body star ted objec ting to riding and I thought driving would be a way for me to continue my involvement with horses.”

Winf ield at tended an Introduc tion to Driving Clinic, and within a year found herself par ticipating in combined driving events (CDEs). While she has been successful in the competition ring, Winf ield’s favourite moments have come from teaching. “A huge highlight is sharing ‘light bulb’ moments with my students – seeing them master a skill is as good as me

mastering a skill,” said Winf ield. “I want to help beginners get the best possible star t in the spor t by providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve that goal. I want to help all my students be the best they can be and help them work to aid their horses in being the best they can be in the driving world.” “ There are lots of challenges for beginner drivers,” said Winf ield. “ The biggest mistake I see is beginners showing up with improper or unsafe equipment, e.g. harness they pulled out of a barn somewhere or homemade vehicles cobbled together. Sometimes they come with a horse that is unsuitable for the task s at hand. I recommend that new drivers come to me f irst before making investments – I can show them what to look for in harness and vehicles, and help them focus in on what they ac tually need for the driving they want to do. I have students use my equipment and horses to get a feel for the ac tivit y and an understanding of the safet y considerations.” “Mistakes in competition generally occur due to lack of preparation,” explained Winf ield. “One of my pet peeves is competitors who do not read the rules prior to competing. There are rule changes ever y year, and competitors should know what they are. Being eliminated or accumulating unnecessar y penalties due to lack of knowledge is ver y frustrating! Another common mistake is forget ting elements of a dressage test or order of gates in an obstacle – quite of ten this can be at tributed to ner ves. This can be addressed by working on the conf idence and at titude of the student during lessons.” “I really want to ensure that my passion for the spor t and tradition of driving is passed on to more drivers,” commented Winf ield. “I love sharing this ac tivit y with my four-legged friends, and to share my skills and knowledge with people who are interested in my spor t of driving.” See the full stor y at w w

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Alberta Equestrian Federation


2018 Provincial Award Recipients Announced


ith over 50 nominations submitted, the AEF Awards Committee was given the difficult task to choose just seven and put in many hours to determine which candidates were most deserving.

We are extremely proud to announce the 2018 Provincial Award Recipients: Lisa Mackay– Outstanding Instructor/Coach of the Year Keira Forsyth – Sportsmanship Excellence Award Lacey Jacobsen – Outstanding Athlete/Rider of the Year Kathleen Ziegler – Outstanding Volunteer of the Year (photo unavailable) Chris Richter – Outstanding Equine Support Personnel of the Year Moose Hill Ranch – Outstanding Stable/Facility of the Year Kellie Leyen – Above and Beyond Excellence Award Recipients were officially presented with their awards at the annual Stride With Us Banquet, in conjunction with AEF’s Annual General Meeting on March 23, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer, AB. Congratulations to each and every one of you for your significant contributions you have made to the equine community! Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate these deserving Alberta equine enthusiasts. The AEF is pleased to offer Annual Provincial Awards recognizing deserving members in the Alberta equine community. The 2019 Provincial Nominations will be open September 1, 2019 and close on December 31, 2019.

Kellie Leyen

Chris Richter Keira Forsyth

Lacey Jacobsen

Lisa Mackay

Congratulations to Alberta’s Newly Certified Instructors/Coaches

Moose Hill Ranch

The AEF is pleased to congratulate the following individuals on their recent accomplishment of becoming a certified Instructor/Coach: •Vanessa Bastura – EC/NCCP Certified English Instructor •Justine Morley – EC/NCCP Certified English Instructor with Jump •Alexandra Nigg – EC/NCCP Certified English Instructor •Angela Lalonde – EC/NCCP Certified English Competition Coach •Judy Williscroft – EC/NCCP Certified Western Instructor •Heather Dunn – EC/NCCP Certified English Instructor with Jump Equestrian Canada’s (EC) instructor/coaching program was developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. EC is one of 67+ sports participating in the NCCP, which represents coaching excellence in Canada. The EC instructor/coaching program is the only Canadian equestrian instructor/coach certif ying program also recognized internationally (FEI, IGEQ), and by Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club In Praise of Donkeys: Thinking to drive a Longear? Story and photos by Joe Harrtung


mmaculately groomed, dressed in his finest attire and hitched to an elegant driving cart, detailed carriage or sporty competition vehicle, the donkey will not look out of place in any prestigious show rink, driving competition, parade or any other equine function. Born to be a hard and complying worker, he is a natural puller. When properly trained and conditioned, he is a joy to work with. As an evolutionary cousin of the horse, they share many traits, but he also has some traits he can claim as his own. One such trait, he acquired from his ancestors who were at home in rougher and more mountainous terrain. He learned that blindly running from danger could do him great harm as it posed a risk of falling over a cliff, so he adapted a more appropriate strategy of “don’t move and find out what’s happening.” This inborn strategy contributed to his often undeserved reputation of being stubborn and uncooperative. overcome this To handicap it is of the utmost importance to gain his trust first. A gentle hand and a patient resolve is the most efficient strategy. It should also be mentioned here that the donkey has a slower maturation period, mentally as well as physically, and though his education should start early in life he must be given extra time to fully grow up before being exposed to hard work.

Another disadvantage the donkey often experiences over his cousin the horse is the fact that most tack such as harnesses, collars, saddles, bridles and the-like are not made to his specifications. Custom-made gear is expensive, and altering low-quality, old gear just won’t do the trick. But if driving a donkey or team of donkeys is what you want to do, then averaging out the cost for well fitting, strong equipment over a number of years seems to make good sense. Just imagine having to work all day long in shoes that blister your feet. You wouldn’t want to do it, so don’t expect it of your equine partner. And so, raised with care and attention, taught proper respect and trained well in all that is expected of him, the donkey will become a reliant and faithful worker, and valued member of his and your society. Other news from the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club… the planned calendar is currently in the editing phase and progressing.

Caption for donkeys and competition vehicle photo: The lady driver is Louise Givens from the Foothills region of Alberta with her donkey team of half-sisters, Lisa and Dixie, hooked to a competition vehicle. This beautiful turnout speaks for itself.

The team belongs to Ron Morphy from Olds AB. This portrait of Liberty Jewel and Homer was made at the Didsbury Tractor Pull where Ron was giving free rides to the public.

April 2019


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club


By Lauri Meyers

ur new website is w w w. arms trongenderby ridingclub. ca. While the site is up and running, it is s till b eing t weake d, so che ck b ack of ten for news and up dates. O ur Faceb o ok p age will also have all the lates t information. In addition to our High Point Junior and Interme diate rider s p ar ticipating in this year ’s IPE, we will b e entering a f loat in the parade!! Reimer Truck ing is graciously donating the use of a trac tor and low - b e d trailer for our entr y. T his is a larger proje c t, so a lot of creative help will b e greatly appre ciate d. We ne e d p e ople to help in all areas (mak ing plas tic f lower s). T he we ekend b efore each of our shows, the AERC will b e hos ting a 1- day Mini Clinic for our memb er s . E ach clinic will b e fo cusing on 1 class of the show. Mini Clinic dates: April 28 – H or semanship May 26 – Trail Augus t 4 – English Equit ation Septemb er 15 – All we ekend Clinic featuring all classes Thank you Reimer Bros. Trucking! We are also work ing out details for a memb er s overnight trail ride on July 13. Watch Faceb o ok and our Website for details .

Kelowna Riding Club


pring is here at the Kelowna Riding Club, and we are get ting ramp e d up for a f un - f ille d year of Equine ac tivities.

Halter class We are hos ting a Wes tern H or semanship Clinic with Chandra Hanke f rom Imp ac t Eques trian (April 26 -28). Chandra is a Kelowna lo cal who has a p assion for enhancing natural hor semanship sk ills to develop f lawless movement b et we en hor se and rider. At the b e ginning of May we have our annual Spring Classic Hunter Jump er Show (May 1-5). We will b e including a cross- p ole ring this year 38 • April 2019


By Jenny Bouwmeester

in one of our smaller arenas. We hop e that this will bring out more individuals who may wish to comp ete at the lower jumps, or for the f ir s t time. May long we ekend we are hos ting another G eneral Per formance O p en Show. L as t year was such a hit that we have de cide d to run these shows again and make them even b et ter (May 18 -19). T he f ir s t day will b e English Riding where there will b e an adde d Hunter over Fences comp onent in the morning. T he se cond day will b e Wes tern Riding, where we will b e holding more Pleasure and Ranch Riding classes. T he riding club is also welcoming the Fuz z y H or se Show to the f acilit y (April 28). T his show is run by the South Central Quar ter H or se A sso ciation. T here will b e English and Wes tern Flat classes, Showmanship, and High Point s . Please visit w w w. b for more information re garding this show, as the K RC is not resp onsible for entries . Mark your calendar s for these dates, and we hop e to se e you at the riding grounds! Che ck out our Faceb o ok p age, and website for more information! w w w. kelownaridingclub. com

Tara and Mellisa

Dustin and Daryl

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club  Update By Ashley Robson


he 2019 4 - H year is of f in f ull swing! Januar y s t ar te d of f with our f ir s t me eting on Januar y 14 when we got to me et the new club memb er s and re conne c t with our 4 - H f riends . M e eting t wo is when we got to k now one another a lit tle bit more by t ak ing p ar t in a craf t, and mak ing Fir s t Aid K it s for each of the memb er s to t ake with Members at the club sleep over them wherever they go! T he Fir s t Aid K it s were a huge success with donations f rom Diamond H Tack , Sheila at O k anagan Equine and Bucker f ield ’s, along with other places, who made the k it s ones that will b e use d time and time again. G oing into Februar y, we s t ar te d of f the month with a ‘how to’ on sp e e ches . O ur club sp e e ches followe d during the Februar y 18 me eting at H olly wo o d Road Education Center where many of the memb er s presente d. T he sp e e ches were all well delivere d, prac tice d tons and the topic s were ver y diver se. T he top thre e place d memb er s went on to the Dis tric t sp e e ches which were held at the Ellison Hall the following Friday. T he sp e e ches were presente d f rom our club along with memb er s f rom the Dis tric t. T here was Club team building at one of our meetings even a clover bud (under 9 year s old) who presente d her sp e e ch. She will DEFINI T ELY b e some one for the junior s to lo ok out for in the coming year s! March s t ar te d of f with a ‘how to’ on sp eak ing shows and demos. T his showe d the new memb er s, along with the other memb er s in the club, on ‘how to’ do a demo and sp eak ing show so that when they are presente d on April 8 ever yone will k now what to e xp e c t. Some more to come in the ne x t month’s ar ticle is the senior/junior sle ep over held on March 8, where all the memb er s in the club b onde d to gether at Big White. T here was tubing, team building ac tivities and a get-to gether, all while get ting to k now one another a lit tle bit more. Following the sle ep over me etings we will t ake a break around Spring Break for memb er s to sp end some time with their f amily and f riends . April will come so on and we are hoping the snow will go and the temp erature will warm up. T hen our club will b e able to f lourish and grow, while t ak ing p ar t in more outdo or ac tivities with our hor ses in the arena, and b eing able to ride and take p ar t in all the other wonder f ul event s that are coming up!

From the February issue… We had the rope making machine as an item. It is a machine for taking three separate lengths of twine, stretching the lengths out perpendicular to the hooks. By cranking the handle, the twine would intertwine, conforming the three lengths, to make a rope. Common item on a farm or ranch for more than a century. Only 1 correct guess in from: Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House BC CONGRATULATIONS! From the March issue… Only 1 correct guess in so far… Congratulations to: Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park AB The item is a hog stamp used for identifying the carcass after slaughter to the former owner. The hogs were whacked upon entering the sales market, to imprint the code number that was tattooed into their rump.

This month’s item was provided by Walter Furlong, our column’s most successful and prolific entrant. We all know that it’s an antique iron. But how was this iron heated? Good luck folks!

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to 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@ for details. April 2019


BC Lower Mainland Pony Club


uiz is one of six events of fered by the BC Lower Mainland Pony Club, and is the only one that does not require horses or ponies. During this annual competition, Pony Clubbers from all 13 branches in the lower mainland at tend to test their equine knowledge amongst their peers. Quiz is educational for all, provides friendly competition, and above all, it ’s loads of fun! Competitors do Quiz in three phases. First is an individual writ ten test that is usually an interesting mix of prac tical knowledge, diagrams, horse related trivia, and Pony Club trivia ( Who is the current national CPC chair? Which regions are hosting national CPC events this year?). Then comes Identif ication, simply referred to as I.D. by most. Dozens of horse related objec ts are brought in for each CPC competitor level, ranging from things like hoofpick s, t ypes of hay, and basic horse colours for the lower levels of E and D to veterinar y instruments, obscure pieces of tack , and specialized horseshoes, bits and disciplines for the top levels of AB and C 2. Here the members are marked on how many objec ts they can correc tly identif y, so prac tical, hands on knowledge is key. The f inal phase is Team games where you and your fellow teammates compete in three dif ferent scored games that var y from assembling a horse bridle to classic games like charades, Pic tionar y, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with a fun, horsey t wist added to test their knowledge as well as teamwork . Quiz is more than just fun and games for our members. Each year, any member who wishes to advance a level in Pony Club must pass a writ ten test, usually held in April. Quiz is designed to help members evaluate what they need to study for the upcoming test, as it is held the f irst weekend in March of ever y year. The individual writ ten Quiz tests are much like the CPC test the members will be writing in April. This is where their book knowledge comes into play, as almost all of the testing material is taken from the Pony Club manuals. At the end of the day members are ranked depending on their collec tive scores from all three aspec ts of the day, and Individual and Team placings are awarded for each Pony Club level from beginner E level all the way up to the top level of AB. The top four placing members from AB and C 2 get the oppor tunit y to represent our region (BCLM) at National Quiz which will be hosted by Saskatoon Pony Club this Oc tober 2019. Congratulations to the members who will be representing us this year. The top four A /Bs are (in order from 1st to 4th): Jordan Car ver (MHPC), Ariel Car ver (MHPC), Paige Matheson (GVPC), and Kyla Tokay (APC). The top four C 2s are Mackenzie MacMorran (MCPC), Bailey-Jayne Chapman (MCPC), Karis Mackie (MHPC), and Sarah LeGear (MCPC). We wish them the best of luck at National Quiz, and look for ward to the BCLM events this year has to of fer our members. 40 • April 2019


By Jordan Carver and Ariel Carver | Photos by Tracy Carver

The AB National team qualifiers

The Horsemasters and youth pony clubbers together

And more pony clubbers

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club


s of this date, we are almost sold out of the 36 tables for our annual Tack Sale on March 30. We will have a full report in the May issue. We are currently working on the Pot O Gold show program which should be out in mid-late April. There is talk of it being a pre-entry show (scratch the ticket entry); where you have to list each class you want to enter – makes it easier for the whipper-in and announcer, but unfortunately more work for the secretary. Still to be decided. Our club has also been talking of a weekend get-away, offering riding (and non-riding) activities for members. Maybe an educational weekend or just a social? Again, something to be decided and more details as they unfold. We are trying to encourage more Morgan horse owners to join our club by offering these different events. We also offer ‘associate’ memberships, if you do not ride or drive, and just have an interest in the Morgan breed – you are most welcome to join us.

Chilliwack Riding Club


By Nancy Roman We try to keep things up-to-date on our Facebook page; but if you require any more information feel free to contact our President Tom Nobles at 250 -838-2228 or email leetom.

By Riesa Kyne

e hosted our f irst gymkhana of the season on Februar y 24th at Heritage Park and had a great turnout with over 30 riders attending! Our new Peewee division was a hit and we’re looking for ward to continuing with it. High Points for the day go to: Leadline – Grant Kyne Peewee – Pey ton Haan Youth – Kassie Brennan Junior - Ciara O’Rourke Senior - Chelsey Folk Novice – Shane Thomson Looking for ward to the coming months, we’ve got more gymkhanas scheduled for May 26 and June 23 at Heritage Park. The arena opens at 9:30 for warm ups and the gymkhana begins at 10 am. We continue to host Open Ride at Heritage Park each week (schedule permitting) so keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page to f ind out when. For any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to check out the website at w w or our Facebook page The Chilliwack Riding Club.

Directors Kaitlin Tottenham and Tanya Jones

Highpoint winners Shane Thomson, Chelsey Folk, Peyton Haan, Ciara O’Rourke, and Grant Kyne. Missing is Kassie Brennan.

April 2019


News from Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik


ith April comes the promise of summer, and all the great times we plan to have with our horses. Our riders are already planning for clinics, cowboy challenge, endurance, western and gaited dressage and mountain trail rides. The Registry is holding its Annual General Meeting at a slightly different time this year. It will be on May 25 in conjunction with a Gaited Horse clinic on May 25-26. The meeting will be on Saturday at 5 pm at Klondike Victory Farms near Blackfalds AB. Come early and watch the clinic or catch up with old friends. This year we are pleased to have two members of the CRTWH teaching at the clinic. Windi Scott and Fran Kerik will be bringing their talents and joy over the Tennessee Walking Horse to the clinic participants. The clinic is going to focus on helping our horses walk the best walk they can and how as riders we hinder or help them. Limited space is available, so if you

BC Cutting Horse Association


ur 2019 show season is fast approaching. Here are some of the highlights for our upcoming events. If you have ever considered showing with the BCCHA. This is the year! BCCHA MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVES and a FREE NCHA MEMBERSHIP FOR NEW MEMBERS Once again we will be holding our BCCHA Jackpot classes at all of our shows. New for 2019 the CCHA Dave Robson Bronze $500 Limit Rider Class In honour of Dave Robson’s long time support of the Canadian

A group of CRTWH riders and horses near Cutoff Creek AB last summer would like to attend, email the secretary for your clinic forms. New Walking Horse owners are encouraged to attend a fun and informative clinic. We will also be presenting the Canadian Challenge Awards for 2018 at the AGM. Members have worked hard with their

By Cheri Smeeton Cutting Horse Association, the CCHA would like to announce the “CCHA $500 Limit Rider Class” in Dave Robson’s name. The intention of this class and award is to benefit the “Novice Cutter” and promote growth to our sport while paying tribute to Dave Robson. The CCHA will give each entry to this class a free CCHA Membership. UPCOMING EVENTS: April 13-14 - BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Knutsford BC April 26-28 - HERITAGE CLASSIC CUTTING, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC A bridle will be presented to the High Point Horse/Rider in each

The Barriere & District Riding Club is Excited for a Great Season in 2019! By Darcey Woods


orse Show Direc tor & President, Darcey Woods has announced that we will be of fering a Buckle Series for our Horse Shows this year! We of fer General Per formance Western & English, along with Western Dressage & Dressage testing up to First Level. We will be presenting 4 beautiful Bob Berg buckles to the series Champions Senior (18 & over), Youth (17 & under), and Walk /Jog for the same categories. Day high point prizes will also be awarded and BDRC members can work for Year- End awards too! The Buckle Series is open to non-members. Head to our website for the show package! Show dates: May 18, June 15, July 20 & September 14.

We are also going to help star t the season of f on the

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right foot for those new to showing, or novices wanting to work on basic knowledge of the spor t, by of fering a 1- Day Horse Showing Basics Clinic, and 1- Day Dressage Basics Clinic. In Horse Showing Basics par ticipants will be learning the applicable rules, how to read and execute pat terns, show ring procedures and conduc t, and basic expec tations for horse and handler in grooming and turn- out. In Dressage Basics par ticipants will be learning rules, ring procedures and how to read and execute a test including basic ring geometr y and how to interpret test results. We hope to help newcomers and novices expand their understanding to be more prepared for competition. Going for ward from this introduc tion into showing horses, we are pleased to have Lillian Evaniew- Phelan returning with Multi- Discipline Clinics, and Shelley Hayes

horses in the Program For Excellence and in the Training Levels Challenge. There will be three Bronze Awards, five Bronze and Silver Awards, and four Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards presented. To find more about these programs and how you can participate please check our website at After the meeting, there will be a pot-luck meal and a chance to visit with friends. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Riding at Cadomin AB

“Jackpot class”—Sponsored by AJF Wholesale Ltd. June 22-23 - 100 MILE HOUSE SHOW, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC UPCOMING CLINICS: May 18-20 - SUSAN STEWART MEMORIAL CLINIC, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC May 31-June 2 - SHAD PLATT CLINIC, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC

100 Mile House Cutting at Monical Ranch

Please visit our website at for further details on our events.

for a General Per formance Clinic to help advance riders with their horse showing goals. These ladies have a wealth of experience as competitors, judges, coaches and trainers. Registration information and dates for these great oppor tunities can be found on our website. More beautiful Bob Berg buckles can be won in our Gymkhanas this year. Our new Gymkhana Direc tor, Kyra Black burn, will be awarding them to our Year- End High Point Champions. These awards are for BDRC Members and new members are always welcome! Six Gymkhanas this year - April 28, May 26, June 23, July 27, August 17 and September 15. For more information on our many events and ac tivities head over to our website: w w w.barrieredistric tridingclub. com or follow our Facebook page. Bob Berg Buckles (not exactly as shown)

April 2019


Oliver and District Riding Club By Max Alexander


s the winter continues we are mak ing some great plans for the summer – if we ever have one! At our me eting in Februar y we were ver y privile ge d to have Sarah B oy le f rom Park s Canada commence our me eting with a present ation ab out the South O k anagan Similk ame en National Park Reser ve. Sarah is the Proje c t Manager, and af ter giving us a ver y interes ting and detaile d summar y of where the Proje c t is at this s tage in it s evolution, she ans were d all our ques tions to o! We were ver y assure d by what she had to s ay, esp e cially with re gard to riding hor ses in the area. All will continue as it is now. We are ver y gratef ul to Sarah for this opp or tunit y to hear f ir s t- hand what is planne d and not rumour s ab out what it will mean. T he f ir s t item at the me eting that ne e de d tidy ing up was the change of date for the Brenda Rinneb erg Clinic . T he new dates are June 8 -9. We have change d the date for the mos t charming of reasons – a we dding! A long -time f riend of the club and a p opular ‘old -timer ’ Ken Macrae (Senior) is f inally marr y ing his long time s we ethear t

Marlene. Cowb oy Ken is a well - k nown wes tern cowb oy and we wish him and Marlene all the b es t for their we dding in Calgar y in July. Fur ther discussion to ok place as to whether we have a summer show. It was agre e d that this usually meant nearly all the club memb er s running the event and not b eing able to take par t. So we have an Adjudicate d Judge d Show planne d for May 19. Training sessions in the morning and then a judge d ride in the af terno on. Should b e f un for all. O ther event s up coming with asso ciate d f riends include a Trail Clinic with Ken Macrae on May 25, on June 2 the club is assis ting with the O liver Half Iron Event, a Percentage Day on Septemb er 15, and the Hallowe en Fun Day on O c tob er 20. So we are gradually work ing towards get ting going again. Let us hop e that the winter f inally gives way to a lovely warm spring. In the meantime s tay inspire d by hor ses and if you would like to join hor se - minde d p e ople… then come and join us.

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association


By Kathryn Dolphin & Julie K.

he BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association is a grass roots club, founded in 1969, dedicated to promoting the exciting sport of cutting to enthusiast of all levels. The BCRCHA is located in the Fraser Valley and has been instrumental to the success of many cutters in their beginning and schooling stages. The BCRCHA kicked of their 2019 season with a Cutting & Turn Back Clinic at Cornerstone Arena in Abbotsford. At his home training facility, clinician and 2018 NCHA Top 10 Futurity Finalist, Travis Rempel began the day with turn back rider’s theory. Critiquing of videos and using diagrams showing riders what a ‘turn back’ rider’s job is, and how to help the ‘showing rider’ in the show pen. He then moved into the mounted portion of turn back riding and the Travis Rempel talking about how to start of the cutting group portion choose/identify cows from a fresh herd where turn back riders now were able to practice their skills, and cutters able to practice their showmanship skills, and receive some great tips from Travis. Everyone attending learned a lot about cattle; from recognizing cattle behaviour, to how trainers and turn back riders identif y cattle in the show pen. A fun day of learning, questions and answers... and of course some socializing over a hot lunch. The clinic was very well-attended by both participants and auditors, with Travis Rempel remarking that he had received Club member Penelope Broad & Lily such great feedback after the turn back and cutting clinic. “I had auditors and riders texting me after the clinic, thanking me and letting me know how much they took away from the event.” Travis also remarked to one of the club directors, that he was very impressed by the turnout and the organization of this clinic... Yay Team! The BCRCHA has moved from clinic planning mode to show prep mode and we are excited for our first Jackpot Show of the year on Sunday, March 24 with Judge Binky Moffat. More on that next month. Morning coffee and theory with turn Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram or see our website at WWW. back riders and clinician Travis Rempel

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Bazaar and Country Fair

This year’s event is April 7 at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park in Langley! We have 14 time World Champion Cynthia Cantleberry giving 2 clinics along with a variety of other horse clinics and demos sure to please! We have an entertainer who does rock ‘n roll, country and even Elvis! We also have a used tack sale, farm animals, dog demos and of course our trade fair! Lots to do and see at the Bazaar. We are always looking for volunteers, please contact us if you could pitch in. Many thanks to Bazaar Sponsors: Stampede Tack, Preston’s GM, JR FM, SpanMaster, Saddle Up magazine, Thunderbird Show Park, Petersen Trailers and Bernhaussen Diesel! Cynthia Cantleberry

All Novice Show

Thanks to some generous sponsors, we are thrilled to be offering an all Novice Show June 2 at Langley Riders Arena. This show will have AQHA and APHA classes as well as All Breed. This is a grassroots, low key show and all are invited! Best of all, entries in all classes are FREE to BCQHA members!!! And BCQHA has a current membership promotion that is when you join, you can sponsor a new member (or individual who wasn’t a member in 2018) for FREE! Langley Riders show the All Breed classes for free and we have special prizes exclusively for their members. Never shown breed and want to try it? Want a fun, tie your horse to the trailer and show all day type of show like the good old days? Come on out! We will have several AQHA/APHA trainers (Mellissa Buckley, Tami Hutton etc.) and APHA judge Jodie Moore on hand for an ask a trainer/judge program. Not sure what a class is judged on or what it’s about? Just ask, we would be happy to help!

West Coast Summer Spectacular

the LMQHA Breeders Incentive Futurity. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this premier event at Thunderbird Show Park. Thank you to all the amazing sponsors who make all of this possible.


Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and the BCQHA website for various fundraising as that is how we are able to offer our awesome events and programs. There will be pub nights, paint nights, raffles and more.


We are needing volunteers for many of our events, small and large pieces of the puzzle need you. Please consider volunteering and help to make LM a success. Keep in mind LMQHA Year-End Awards are open to any BCQHA member that fulfills the volunteer requirement. Contact Mellissa at

Our BIG show which is back to 4 days and an unprecedented 6 judges! Once again we will have amazing prizes and of course Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page

April 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Fixin’ On The Fly!

Hints and tips for dealing with tack malfunctions on the trail By Rose Schroeder Yarrow Chapter


irst let me clarify that this article is about emergency fixes while out on the trails, not medical emergencies. Hopefully the tips shared in here will help someone, somewhere, someday able to complete their ride and stay safe. It is all about sharing our knowledge. Pretty much everything I know - I have learned from someone else paying it forward. There are likely hundreds of ideas on how to fix things and what to carry for emergency fixes. I will keep it to 10 things that I have found valuable for fixes out on the trail. 1. black electrician’s tape – it has stretch, so is good for holding bandages in place, wrapping stray bits of leather together, sealing holes... even vet wrap can be used to hold things together if need be. 2. duct tap – super strong but no stretch, so not so good for bandaging. But great for holding things together temporarily. Handy for emergency hoof boot repairs. Good for wrapping a barefoot hoof when a shoe is lost, to protect it till you get to the trailer or camp. I put an old sock on the hoof first then used a ton of duct tape. You might have to redo it 2 or 3 times depending on how far it is to the trailer and how rocky the ground, but at least your horse won’t be lame when it gets there. I have also patched my torn jeans with it! 3. zap straps – small to large sizes. Perfect for making loops, joining broken reins or a rein to a bit if the Chicago screw is lost (not even sure why anyone uses those anymore). Same on the Zip ties headstall. They make a good breakaway link (if you believe in breakaway links - I do) to tie to on a saddle. I use the large size in my horse trailer for tying to. Maybe not if you have a confirmed pull-back type horse. 4. dental floss – super strong. Can be used to tie things up or together or sew things. Remember to have a large needle in your kit.

5. shoe laces – keep a couple shoe laces in your saddlebag. I’ve used them when people show up with no saddle strings. Easy to double them onto a ring or over the saddle horn for instant saddle strings. Handy when you need to tie an odd item on your pack down. Another good material for a breakaway link.

Trail tack fixes

6. small sewing kit – obvious! I also keep a larger leather sewing needle and some waxed string in my saddle bags. 7. multitool – with a sharp knife. You can even get them now with a small hammer. Between a plier on the tool and the claw of the hammer you should be able to pull a loose shoe... and... put it back on, if you have the shoe, nails and skills. I have found that multitool really useful in so many instances, loose screws, cutting wire, pulling out cactus thorns. The list is long. 8. wet wipes – a small pack. Good for cleaning everything before having to do a fix, hands before handling a wound... and toilet paper! 9. Quick ties – another way to keep things together, attached and tidy. View the photo below. Come in various sizes. 10. WD 40 – tiny can. There are over 2000 listed uses for this crazy product. Most don’t apply to trail riding but here are some that do: emergency waterproof for your boots, loosen tight screws, zippers or lids, keep snow from building up in horse hooves, repels wasps, detangle manes and tails, slip burrs out of manes and tails, kills thistles... The first principle of Leave No Trace is: Plan ahead and be prepared. That is the easy part. The hard part is to not have other people rely on you to have everything! That is where paying it forward comes in. Share your knowledge with others! Needing something is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time you need it, chances are you won’t be needing it again! Yarrow hopes you are blessed with many happy and safe trail rides.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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BC Rodeo Association 2019 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE April 26-28 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 19-20 Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 25-26 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1-2 72nd Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 1-2 Chetwynd Rodeo June 8-9 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 15-16 Fort St John Rodeo June 22-23 Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo June 29-30 Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo

OUR BCRA 2019 SPONSORS Thank you for your continuing sponsorship for the 2019 season! New 2019 Sponsorship Package available at for partnership opportunities



BCRA OFFICE MANAGER/ENTRY SYSTEM SECRETARY CONTRACT POSITION Proposals are being accepted by the BC Rodeo BOD, visit website for more information. WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO - Friday, April 26 thru to Sunday, April 28. Beverage Gardens all 3 days with live entertainment Friday night. BC Hall of Fame Inductees announced/introduced at the Sunday 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. Check out their website for admission prices: and stay tuned to the new BCRA website for more information.

Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake

Ruby SPONSORS: Four Rivers Co-operative, Armstrong Regional, Otter Co-operative Assn.

A TRIBUTE TO TWO GREAT ATHLETES In March our rodeo community lost two great four-legged athletes.


“Roller” February 18, 1998 – March 7, 2019, owned by Deana Lloyd. “Roller, thank you for always being sure-footed, the best therapy I needed after many surgeries (from MVA) and for your big heart, you truly were the best medicine. You were quirky, goofy, and so easy to love! You were automatic when my left hand couldn’t hold the reins, and for letting me feel the wind in my face again after so many chemos! I will forever cherish the 15 years we had together. Run free in the lush tall green grass where the water runs, cool, clear and deep.” ~ Deana. Roller and Deana had numerous CPRA placings and BCRA placings and wins. “Coy” JC Coy In A Tucks, May 2, 2006 – March 7, 2019, owned by Courtney Siemens. “Coy, thank you for being you. You taught me so much in a short span. Five years together wasn’t enough time but that is all we were given. When you came into my life, I was heartbroken over another equine partner and you helped mend that hurt. You then became my number one and allowed me to learn what it was like to win and more importantly what it is like to lose. Those winning runs always felt the best, but the losing runs kept me humble and made me work even harder in the sport. Thank you for allowing me to fulfill some dreams and just have you around to ride when I was feeling down. You will always be my favourite horse to throw a leg over. There isn’t anything I can’t handle now after everything we went through. You will be loved forever and you are now back home running the green pastures on the JC Ranch.” ~ Courtney.



West Fraser Trucker’s Association

BRONZE SPONSORS: Gord & Diana Puhallo Marshall Veterinary Clinic COPPER SPONSORS: Diamond 7 Performance Horses

Cache Creek Veterinary

Lil Red Pony

The Horse Barn, Kamloops

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PETtanicals Chilcotin Lodge Chilcotin Towing

Colorz HUB BM Clothing Co Western Vogue

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * April Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678,

Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Denise Swampy 250-392-7153 or 250-305-9109, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725,

Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

April 2019


Clubs & Associations 29 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 3/20

armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19


NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 2/20


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20



BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 4/20

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.

Hosting BCCHA, CCHA & NCHA Shows, Clinics and Youth Events.

Contact: • Website:

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 10/19

Visit our website for upcoming events



BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 3/20

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 | |

BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19

10/18 11/19

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.

Info on clinics and events at

A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19 5/19

9/19 6/16


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323



Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiast of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


or e-mail:

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 10/19 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!!

12/19 11/18

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 2/20 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19 48 • April 2019



Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 6/19 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties


KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 2/20 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 8/19 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 10/19

Clubs & Associations North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19

PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email 3/19

OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

7/18 8/19

Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: ~

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, 9/19 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 2/20 WELLS GRAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (Clearwater BC) www.wellsgrayriders. com, find us on Facebook! Gymkhanas, clinics, trails, drill team & more 2/20


WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19


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

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2019 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,


6-7 7* 7 12-14 13 13-14 13-14 13-14 14 14 20-21 25 25-28 26-28

INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer *DATE CHANGE - LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, CONFIDENCE CONNECTION CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Birgit Stutz, Darcy Henkel, Olds AB, Lisa 403-335-5993, DRILL TEAM INTRODUCTION DAY at 1pm. Everyone welcome, Clearwater BC, Elysia EQUINE CONFIDENCE & DE-SPOOKING CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Dark Horse Farms, Enderby BC, Lynda at BCCHA BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, Barb 250-398-0503, email, NARCHC YOUTH CLINIC w/Dustin Grams & Shannon Cowles, Lakeland College, Vermilion AB, GYMKHANA, Smokin True Ranch, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, SOUTH CARIBOO EQUESTRIAN ASSOC. 2nd Annual New & Used Tack Sale, Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC. More info call Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE Fort Steele (Cranbrook) BC, John Soles, 250-426-7690 or Selina SOUTH CARIBOO EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION General Meeting (7-8:30pm), Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 THE HORSE BARN ANNUAL SALE, Kamloops BC, 250-374-3511, THE MANE EVENT EQUINE EXPO, Red Deer AB,

26-28 26-28 27 27 27 27-28 27-28 28 28


2-3 2-5 2-5

ADVANCED MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer CHANDRA HANKE HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, DIAMOND H TACK SIDEWALK SALE, table rentals, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, SIDA % DAY, Topline Stables,Salmon Arm BC, BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 BCCHA HERITAGE CLASSIC CUTTING, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, NCHA/BCCHA/CCHA, BHA TAMI HUTTON PERFORMANCE CLINIC, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, Kyra Blackburn 250-214-1924, or on FB

INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Debbie Hughes, Eagle View Equest. Ctr,, Williams Lake BC. Lori, 250-392-2584 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart (Advanced), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or KRC SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER/JUMPER, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC,

April 2019


What's Happening? Let's Go! may

3-4 3-4 4 4 4-5 4-5 5 5 6-10 9-13

RANCH HORSE SALE & SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Calouri Pavilion, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, NARCHC NON-PRO & GAG CLINIC w/Loren Christenseon & Cayley Wilson, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, CARIBOO COUNTRY CARRIAGE CLUB, New Drivers Clinic w/Ken Huber, 70 Mile House BC, Ken 250-456-6050, HORSEMANSHIP/DE-SPOOK INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Debbie Hughes, 100 Mile House BC, Melissa, 604-825-6985 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, NARCHC SCHOOLONG SHOW, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION, working w/obstacles, confidence-building, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn Ferster 250-808-0738,

10-12 JATON LORD HORSEMANSHIP & COW WORK CLINIC, Heatherdown Hills Arena, Parkland Country AB, contact Darlene 780-554-5090, 11 COWICHAN RAIL TRAIL, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel (25/50/CTR I/II) 11 KRC % DAY, Kelowna BC, 11 LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Jessie 778-246-0068, 11-12 HORSEMANSHIP/DE-SPOOK CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Rockin R Ranch, Pritchard BC, Renee Lacheur 250-804-8039 12 GYMKHANA, Upper Clearwater Arena, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 12 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford BC, 12 MOTHER’S DAY DINNER, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 12 LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 13-15 JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, Kelly 250-679-2815

Do you have your 2019 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website!

Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 7/19 AWARD WINNING FRIESIAN STAR STALLION AI/FRESH. Quality Purebred and Sporthorse Foals,, 604-539-8108 6/19 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 5/19 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC), 778-822-3276, Registered imported performance lines 3/20

Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/19 SUNSET RIDGE RANCH km 408 N Klondike Highway, Yukon, 867-332-8832. SS: APHA Leo's Bar Yazhi (homozygous) offspring for sale, 2/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 12/19 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/19

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BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB JJ’S PLACE (Coombs BC) 250-248-4050 Self, semi, or Full boarding for injured, ageing, retired, or casual pleasure horse. Also on Facebook


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SILVERADO HORSE CENTER Boarding  Clinics  Lessons  Training

LAKOTA AGRIPLEX Dawson Creek BC, 100’x200’ indoor arena, outdoor arena, 50’ round pen. Rental inquiries to Caretaker 250-782-1445, 2/20

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


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-309-0629, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 2/20

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Corrals & Camping – Bring Your Own Horse! 1-800-668-2233 • 108 Mile Ranch BC 5/19


ROB TEIT, Journeyman Certified Farrier (Kamloops & Area) 250-574-6838 4/20 VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 5/19

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ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 8/19

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FAWNDALE FARMS (Thompson/Okanagan area) Farm & Residential Fencing. Lance Savage 250-260-0848, 10/19

FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

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GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-6520 Weddings, Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses 6/19 52 • April 2019



RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 9/19

Saddle Fitters THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT (Lower Mainland ) 250-526-1868, Saddle Fitting, Consultation & Sale, individual solutions for you & your horse




RT LEATHER (Kamloops) 250-574-6838. Saddle & Tack Repairs (English & Western), Custom Leatherwork, 4/20

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 5/19

R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/19 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), 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

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19 WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 3/20


MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving,


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 6/19 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC), Horsemanship, Training, Rehab, Clinics, Horse lay-ups, 4/20

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 4/19


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 6/19

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 9/19 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 2/20

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      2/20 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 10/19 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 6/19 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 4/20

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THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 5/19

TRAINERS/coaches BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19 BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIp (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19




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OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888, Sheila McDonald DVM and Tara Trimble DVM, 10/19


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We Have the Blues! 2019 Foals will be available sired by:


Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)


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


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The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at!

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