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cannot believe that August has crept upon us (me) this fast. I am sure we can all agree that everyone has had unusual weather these past few months – is summer really here? Pinch me! Well this issue is packed with something for everyone, and all in-between, even I can’t keep up! So many stories, so many subjects… and pictures (we love pictures!). I can’t stress enough for clubs to READ OTHER CLUBS news – we can all learn something from what they are doing, and possibly increase your entries, your membership, (change) your class line-up, and maybe even your volunteers (wouldn’t that be nice!). Why is it so hard to find volunteers? We’re all busy… but some of us choose to find the time to volunteer and others could care less. Please help out your club – they need you! I’ve been invited to Caravan Farm’s Summer Production, “The Notorious Right Robert and His Robber Bride,” running from July 24th to August 26th at their outdoor theatre in Armstrong. Due to press time, I am unable to provide an advance review for you all – but BELIEVE ME, their productions are ALWAYS worth seeing. So round-up your family, your friends, and visitors and check it out, Enjoy the summer… and have a good ride! I know I will.

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Dear Editor To my fellow horses: Yesterday was a big eye opener for my owner as the SPCA inspector lady drove away from our property. Someone had sent her to check how I was being fed and taken care of in my old age. I had, over the last 12 months, been used to a new life... freedom and being spoiled rotten at the ‘all-you-can-eat’ paradise place. It was good that a person had phoned in, but was in vain, it became obvious that the vet had inspected my teeth recently and the farrier made sure to improve my feet to keep me in shape to enjoy life as I now do. Retirement life is the greatest!! I must have looked like an old Thoroughbred geezer from the highway. Surprisingly how we appear is not how we feel, my owner knows, she respects my pace at all times and asks only what is possible of me every day. She feeds me before herself on the coldest of mornings, making absolutely sure that I only get the best food, exercise and shelter that any person would require. No one from the highway would know what goes on and how much love there is between us. I thought I would write and ask the complainer to think again perhaps, return to the days without cell phones and go speak to a real person who cares; not waste time and money to authorities who depend on charity to keep them alive.

Dear Editor: In May of this year, I was contacted by Nancy Roman of Saddle Up magazine and invited to participate in the June “Appaloosa� feature. She offered great rates for the advertising and an opportunity to be on the cover as well. Typically I do not do much in the way of print advertising as I have not found it to be effective. Till now. I have to commend Nancy and her staff on the beautiful job they did presenting my photo for the cover and also preparing my inside ad. I am so pleased and impressed with the professional look and how quickly they put it all together! All of the feedback I received was excellent and the hits on my website and blog increased dramatically. I also received several calls and emails with inquiries about my horses for sale. Best response I have ever gotten from print advertising is the one I did with you for the June issue. Well done Nancy and staff. Definitely have to say, for my first return to print advertising it was a roaring success and I will definitely consider Saddle Up for future advertising. Thanks again. - Regards, Sherry Sikstrom, Fern Valley Appaloosas, Onoway, Alberta

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Critteraid Acknowledgements Grady Parsons, Philanthropist By Deborah Silk


ritteraid received a call one day from Terri Parsons. She said that her son, Grady, was going to be turning seven soon and he wanted to turn his birthday party into a special event for Critteraid, besides having seven-year-old fun stuff. He asked his guests to include donations for Critteraid when they came to his birthday party. On May 16, Grady and his family visited Critteraid Farm to make a presentation of $110! It just happened to be the same day that Maya, the Grady, Emily and Maya standard donkey, arrived at Critteraid, too. In fact, Maya got to the farm only two hours before Grady did. Everybody was pretty taken with her, especially Skippy, Critteraid’s miniature donkey who had probably never seen another donkey, except for his mom when he was very young. Skippy was enchanted by the big, beautiful lady donkey, and it is hopefully the beginning of a fairy tale for these two special animals. When asked what he would like all this money to be put towards, Grady pondered this responsibility very seriously. In the end, after meeting the Critteraid cats, guinea pigs and the cow, Grady asked for the $110 to be put toward veterinary costs for Maya. Although her body seemed to be in fine shape, her hooves were pretty nasty and it was going to take a lot of work between the veterinarian and the farrier to get Maya to grow new ones so that she could walk properly in the future. Grady presented his birthday money to Emily Molland, one of Critteraid’s Youth Ambassadors who spends a lot of time with the animals at the farm. Let’s hope the world turns out more caring and compassionate young people just like this boy.

Cooperation Builds a Barn By Susan McIver


ree-roaming horses rounded up on Crown land now have a home thanks to the cooperation of concerned individuals and groups from Kamloops to Penticton. In early 2011, Minister of Natural Resource Operations Steve Thompson authorized that a wild horse be given to Critteraid, a non-profit, registered charity in Summerland. The horse was one of several that were rounded up in Deadman Valley, near Kamloops, in order to protect the sensitive range ecosystems. They were destined for auction, probably slaughter. Eventually, 6 • Saddle Up • August 2012

Connor Hawley (left) and Dayton Dupuis, students in Okanagan College’s residential construction program, with Deborah Silk. They helped put in the footings and concrete slab for the new stable.

Critteraid took responsibility for six horses which included three pregnant mares. In short order, the organization had nine horses. Thompson intends to look into legislation surrounding abandoned livestock on Crown land. While it is his mandate to ensure that Crown lands are managed in an environmentally responsible manner, he further stated that it is also his job to see that wild animals are captured and treated humanely. Thompson learned of Critteraid through the efforts of Gillian Lorimer and constituent, Judy Colpitts. Mel Rothenburger, editor of the Kamloops Daily News, took a personal interest in the plight of the horses and helped to keep the story alive. At this point, serendipity entered the picture. According to Critteraid president, Deborah Silk, Judy also spoke with her colleague, John Kenny, from Okanagan College’s Civil Engineering and Technology Department. He, in turn, solicited the assistance of other colleagues. The outcome: the College’s Residential Construction and Women in Trades programs will construct a six-stall stable on the Critteraid Farm! In early July, a crew of enthusiastic students poured the footings and concrete slab for the stable. This first phase was funded in part by a donation of $5027 from the Vancouver Foundation. The structure will be completed in spring 2013. “We plan a good old-fashioned barn raising,” Silk said. Subsequently, fencing and gates for all paddocks and pastures will be completed and new loafing sheds built. “I applaud groups like Critteraid that are willing to invest the time, money and energy required to domesticate abandoned horses,” Thompson said. For further information, to make a donation or lend a helping hand, contact Silk at or 250-4939752.


Project Equus Update By Theresa Nolet


s I always say when talking about the wild horses, it is not like rescuing a box of kittens. These are long-lived animals that require a large amount of time and effort to rehabilitate and train to get them ready to be placed in homes. All the rescues that work with horses Gina Hubert is riding Abercrombie could never survive without the dedication of the volunteers who step forward to help, whether it is with clean up, training or fostering. It is through the generosity of one such volunteer, Lua Warkenton, who approached me with her offer to work with Abercrombie, that resulted in the photo you see here. She suggested getting him started under saddle so that he would have a better prospect of finding a loving home. As a result of that conversation, Abercrombie is now starting his journey under saddle. Where it will take him, one does not know. Will he be adopted by a young lady or gentleman who will show him? Will he be a trail horse for a more experienced rider? Time will tell, but what is certain is that this has given his chances to be adopted a big boost. What would organizations like Project Equus do without the generosity of volunteers? Rescues could not survive. We would not be able to take in these deserving creatures and offer them sanctuary while they wait for their forever homes. Project Equus is a fairly new rescue and we have a few wonderful volunteers, but we are always looking for more. If you think you can offer any assistance, in any way, please contact Theresa Nolet at We are always looking for help with training and foster homes, not to mention those loving long-term homes for the horses that we have taken under our care. Remember, those who say love cannot be bought have never had a rescue! Visit us on Facebook at Project Equus of Critteraid.


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he popularity of ‘Rescues’ is growing. Horse, Donkey, Cat, Dog, Llama, Reptile; it seems that no species is excluded. Where there is growth, there is need. No Rescue wants to turn away someone or something in need, but with more and more animals being in the care of Rescues, money starts to rear its ugly head. Food, veterinary care, medication and housing, just to name a few, all cost money; even with all the volunteers, donations and discounts, the bills pile up. Since the Hub is at its capacity and stretched a bit further, at 17 horses; the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society has had to concentrate our focus on fundraising. Several ideas have manifested into just that. We have regular garage sales, bottle drives, Rice Hull sales, occasional contests, Ride for Rescue, BCIHRS memberships, resident adoptions and donations, of which all proceeds go directly to the BCIHRS. Another fundraising effort is our Hoofs ‘N Hearts Dinner and Dance. This event, featuring Tammy Jackson this year, is scheduled for September 15, 2012. Several locations, in

the Vernon area, are being considered, as well as additional entertainment, food and prizes. We have found that Lauri Meyers, Joey Tompkins and our Hoofs ‘N Hearts Tammy Price (director). dance is very popular and everyone has a great time. Tickets for this event are available from our website and are only $25 each. Whether you decide to support the BCIHRS, or another type of Rescue, you are a very necessary part of the Rescue of your choice. Without your support, the Rescues could not exist and supply a necessary service to society. You are helping make a difference.




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Saving Lives at Hope Farm By Pamela Grant


orse slaughter is a shameful betrayal of our most loyal and trusted companions. In 2009, more than 93,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 1,800 horses killed per week. But as long as there are people like Janet Friesen working on behalf of neglected horses, there is hope these horrific numbers can be reduced. Her generosity, commitment and effort to rehabilitate neglected horses is truly commendable. Janetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in the welfare of neglected horses began about 14 years ago. While she was looking for a horse to buy, she came upon an old black horse that was starved. Clearly, someone had abandoned him because he was biting and had bad manners. However, since Janet had a stall available, she thought that she would ride him while she continued looking for a decent horse. That starved horse was Gambler, and he was Janetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first experience at rehabilitating a neglected horse, something she now does on a regular basis. Janet describes Gambler as the perfect horse from the moment she got him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gambler did everything I wanted him to do,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if it was dressage, reining, chasing a cow or cow penning. Gambler would always try to do it.â&#x20AC;? Gambler has now become the healthy, well-mannered patriarch of Hope Farm, bought by the Friesens three and a half years ago. Her husband says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was meant to be.â&#x20AC;? Sick and abandoned horses seem to find Janet, and she takes them under her care and brings them back to health. Training these horses to be well behaved is something that comes naturally to her. She says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horses are very intelligent and very special. They are so therapeutic to people who appreciate them, and are worth their weight in gold.â&#x20AC;? Horses bring hope to Janet, and that is why she gives hope back to them. Her generous heart and unique understanding of their needs HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

plays an important role in these horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ongoing development. Hope Farm, in Delta, is an ideal location for rehabilitating horses; they roam the entire acreage freely, and there is a stable and rehabilitation ring for training. Janet respects the presence of the horses that live on her farm, and understands how far they have come on their journey; many horses slated for slaughter have endured some pretty tough experiences. The reasons why they are sent to slaughter are many - some are injured in racing, some started too young and no longer winning, some are simply of no use to their owners - but the bottom line is there are too many horses and not enough people to take care of them. Janet gives peace and tranquility to these onceneglected horses, allowing them to live in a nurtured environment. Gambler is joined on Hope Farm by Reno and Bonne Aimee, and most recently by Prince, Persia and Peter, the newest adoptees. Janet says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are skinny, but apparently otherwise normal.â&#x20AC;? Once these horses have been rehabilitated, she will find them responsible and loving â&#x20AC;&#x153;forever homes.â&#x20AC;? This will allow her to adopt other neglected horses

in need of assistance, saving them from the slaughterhouse. Janetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort in rehabilitating these horses is both remarkable and honourable. Hope Farm is self-funded except for two donations for specific animals. So far 11 horses have been rehabilitated or had needed surgery, received training, and been placed in homes. Janet is hoping to save as many horses as she can, so others can experience the type of connection that she has with them. For those that wish to make a contribution to Hope Farm, please contact Janet at

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olocrosse Canada is proud to announce their 2012 Canadian Polocrosse team! After a gruelling weekend of tryouts, the team consists of 4 women and 2 men, the youngest being 16. The team is in their final weeks of preparation before competing at the International Challenge Match in France, July 22 to August 6, against France, Great Britain, Holland, Germany and Norway. While the sport is not widely known in Canada, it is the backbone of sporting opportunities and bragging rights in many countries across the globe. Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse and is a game that requires strong horsemanship and racquet skills, especially when competing at the international level. It is played on an outdoor field, on horseback. A team consists of 6 players, divided into two sections of three who

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play alternate chukkas of a maximum of 8 minutes each. Six or eight chukkas comprise a full match. When played at the higher levels it is an exciting game of athleticism on the part of both the horse and rider. The Canadian team is eagerly anticipating their trip to Rue, France to show the international Polocrosse arena that we too have the gumption for the sport. They have been preparing for the event for months and now in the final weeks before competition are focusing on game strategy, hard practices, sponsorship opportunities and of course the excitement to compete. Team members are: Renee Hicks, William Horne, Isabelle Ladiges, Kayla Hicks, Samantha McCulloch, all from the Calgary area, and Lance Davison from Delta, BC.

Back row L-R: Sue Hicks (spare and manager), Lance Davison, William Horne, Kayla Hicks Front row L-R: Al Hicks (coach), Renee Hicks, Isabelle Ladiges, Samantha McCulloch

“This is one of those rare opportunities where you get to compete in a sport you love and combine it with world travel,” said Renee Hicks. “I am so excited to be going.” For more information on the sport and exciting news from the Canadian Polocrosse Team, visit www. or follow the team on Twitter @PoloxCanada



Navigating Trails with GPS By Nicole Vaugeois Advances in technology have altered the way we do everything nowadays, including trail riding on horseback. Whereas a few years ago, GPS (short for Global Positioning System) technology was only seen by a few riders, nowadays it is increasingly common.


ou’ve probably seen people using GPS handheld units, wristwatches or applications on mobile phones. So, for those late adopters who are thinking about starting to use GPS - this article might help you navigate the options available to you.

What can a GPS unit do for horseback riders? Horseback riders commonly use a GPS unit for navigation through various types of terrain. GPS units receive signals from one of 24 satellites orbiting Earth. When units can receive three clear signals, they can quite accurately indicate your location. Of course, knowing one’s location when out on the trail is incredibly helpful for a variety of reasons. These are some of the reasons to use a GPS unit when riding trails. • It can help others locate you if you have an emergency. • It can help you find your way through unfamiliar territory or to correct your course when lost. • It can help you understand how fast your horse travels at different gaits. • It can help you time your rides when in long distance sports

like competitive trail or endurance riding. • It can help you track your mileage. • It can help you create maps of your favourite trails and share them with others. • It can give you more confidence riding trails.

Setting my track log during a CTR on a Garmin handheld. (Photo by Laureen Styles)

Which GPS units are best to use with horses? Riders have the option to purchase a designated GPS handheld unit such as a GARMIN which have been specialized for tracking, or wristwatch units designed more for athletics. Or, nowadays, many mobile phones have downloadable applications that can help you locate your position. I am often asked about which ones are best, but the answer depends on what you plan to do with it. Each option has some pros and cons, so if you are considering using GPS, here are some pros and cons to help you with your decision:

Handheld GPS Units Pros: • Specifically designed for use outdoors and often come with soft ware, topographical maps and valuable antennae to read signals through dense forest or gullies • Numerous products are available on the market including maps, parts, warranty and service

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Navigating Trails, cont’d • Support is usually provided and companies have been around awhile • Ability to build maps and interface with computers Cons: • They can be a bit expensive, from $200-$400, not including soft ware • Not always user friendly and require a bit of courage to learn to use • Maps are an add-on cost to your unit

Mobile Telephone Applications: Pros: • Relatively inexpensive, from free to less than $10 • Usually user-friendly, otherwise they don’t last long on the market • Usually linked to the camera on your phone • You can download maps and interface with websites that have trail systems provided Cons: • Advanced features like map building are often not available • Battery life is limited • Not always useful in thickly treed areas or valleys • Warranty and support not as accessible, and applications can be discontinued overnight A full coverage of all your options is not possible here, but for those who want to try GPS on your iPhone or Android device, there are a few applications that you can try out. I compiled a list from an online search and culled down other reviews to those I feel would be beneficial on horseback. For the iPhone users out there, your first option would be “Trails.” This application costs about $3 and allows you to track your routes and set waypoints. It is not as effective for tracking speed and distance. It uses Google Maps and provides good visual maps and you can email or upload your information. A second option, “Trailguru,” is free and basically provides you with maps and your coordinates, but it won’t allow you to set

waypoints or tracks. For Android users, this might be one time where you can brag about being on top of iPhone applications - for now! Backcountry Navigator is one of the most flexible and best navigation devices for the Android GPS phone. It can be a communication device as well as a GPS navigator. And there is an application for purchase with equestrian trail maps that is Group ride in Cedar with riders now available with BackCountry using different iPhone GPS applications. Navigator PRO. This has over (Photo by Nicole Vaugeois) 17,000 trails in 17 states in the USA (not as populated yet in Canada) covering over 21,000 miles of trails and 9,500 points of interest such as parking areas, horse camping areas, shelters, trailheads, etc. Wishing you all the best as you navigate through your options to find the right GPS device for your trail adventures.

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Horse Theft: Protect Your Horse By Dallas Fahy Horse theft doesn’t just exist in history books. It is a crime that still happens today. Just imagine entering your barn to feed your horses in the morning and finding one less horse to greet you; or heading out to the pasture, halter in hand, to find it empty.


Pat Baxter’s horse, Mandy, was stolen in August 2008 from the family farm in Okotoks, AB. Baxter and her friends are still searching. For more information, visit

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t isn’t an image you want to think about, but a preventative plan will discourage a thief and, if the unimaginable happens, a solid recovery plan will help you find your horse. Pat Baxter had the unfortunate experience of having her black Arabian-Welsh cross mare, Mandy, taken from her property through a cut wire fence. “It wasn’t random,” says Baxter. “It would be difficult to take a horse because of the way our property is set up. The thief must have seen Mandy somewhere, found out our address, checked out our property ahead of time and made a plan.” The thief had a plan, but Baxter didn’t. “I thought that an expensive show horse might be a target, but not a family pet. I never thought about having Mandy branded and a brand was

the first thing the livestock investigator asked me about.” Stolen Horse International Inc. founder, Debi Metcalfe, had a similar experience in 1997 when her husband’s horse, Idaho, was stolen. Their long search ended not only in success, but also with a desire to help others. (a division of Stolen Horse International) was formed to utilize the speed and networking ability of the Internet. Metcalfe is recognized as an expert in the field of horse recovery, theft prevention and horse identification. “Being informed, knowledgeable and proactive will help protect you and your horses from theft,” says Metcalfe.


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Imagine going out to the pasture and finding your horse missing. Discourage a thief with a preventative plan.

PREVENTING THEFT Visible Identification Branding your horse is the first line of defence against a thief. A horse that is branded is easier to identify and more difficult to sell and therefore more likely to be passed by. A freeze brand is the most visible. It can be seen from a distance, so anyone â&#x20AC;&#x153;casing outâ&#x20AC;? your horses should be able to see that your horses are marked. Signage Brands canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always be seen when horses are stabled or blanketed, so signage is important. Posting a sign stating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animals on this Property have Permanent Identificationâ&#x20AC;? will discourage a thief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Signs show that you are aware and that you have a plan in place if your horse goes missing,â&#x20AC;? says Metcalfe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thieves are most likely to leave these horses alone.â&#x20AC;? Post signs at gates and at strategic points around the perimeter of your property.

Gates and Fencing Locked or coded gates will prevent an unauthorized truck or trailer from entering your property. Only give out your gate code to those you trust and be clear that they are not to pass the code onto others without your permission. Change the code periodically. Wire fencing can be cut with little noise. Removing a section of rail fencing or a top rail over wire fencing is going to be noisier. Immediately after having Mandy stolen, Baxter had a top rail installed over her wire fencing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone trying to break into our property now would have to either saw through the top rail or use a hammer to knock it down. Just the idea of making noise might stop them,â&#x20AC;? she says. Know Your Neighbours The night that Mandy was stolen, one of Baxterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbours had seen a strange

truck and trailer at the bottom of Baxterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property close to where the fence had been cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that particular neighbour. If he knew our names and had a phone number, he probably would have contacted us,â&#x20AC;? says Baxter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After he found out what happened, he felt badly about not investigating further. A quick phone call could have changed everything.â&#x20AC;? Your neighbours can be your eyes and ears when you are away, and you can do the same for them. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know your neighbours? Organizing a Rural Crime Watch for your area is a way to meet people in your surrounding area and set up an information network. Rural Crime Watch signs can be posted throughout the area as an added deterrent. RECOVERY If your horse does go missing, act promptly and in an organized, meaningful way. Locating your Horse The first call to make is to your local law enforcement. Your provincial livestock investigator will be recruited. Next, a fan out system should be started. Stolen Horses International is a valuable tool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call us right after you have notified your local law enforcement,â&#x20AC;? says Metcalfe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will prepare a report and prepare flyers. This information goes online and out to our Alert members.â&#x20AC;? Members pass the information on to others through email, social networks and word of mouth. They print off flyers and post them in their area.

Signs show that you are aware and prepared if your horse goes missing. A horse with permanent identification is more likely to be left alone than one without.

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Horse Theft, cont’d Start your own email network. Recruit friends to help get your message emailed to trainers, stables, veterinarians, guest ranches, farriers, riding clubs and auction houses. Develop a website and include it in your email message. Include a flyer in your email so others can print it off and post it. Join equestrian forums. Posting flyers is an important way to get the word out about your missing horse, but for a flyer to be effective it must be informative and eye-catching. This means clear and current photographs, a detailed description of the horse, how and when the horse went missing and the words STOLEN or MISSING in bold lettering. Stolen Horse International will provide you with one of their flyers if you prefer. Whichever route you take, the key is to provide a good photograph and to get the flyers posted in as many places as possible. Always keep close at hand some clear, current photos showing the front, both sides and the rear of your horse. Take pictures of scars and markings and brand. If you have a white horse with different skin pigments that only appear when the horse is wet, then get him wet and take pictures. “If your horse changes colour with the seasons, then take photos throughout the year as well,” says Metcalfe. Tack shops, rodeo grounds, feed stores and horse show venues are prime locations when posting flyers. But it is wise to expand past the obvious locations. Many of the horses Metcalfe has helped find have been recognized from flyers that were posted at places not related to horses. “I tell people to post flyers everywhere,” say Metcalfe. “Gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants in rural areas

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are always good spots. I also suggest printing off black and white flyers and putting them under the windshield wipers of cars at shows or rodeos or at livestock auctions. That way each flyer gets handled and, hopefully, read. You could pay a youngster to do the whole parking lot in no time.” Recovering your Horse Once your horse is located, it is up to you to prove not just that the horse belongs to you but also that the horse is the horse you say it is. Your horse is unable to help you. He cannot speak for himself. He cannot tell anyone who he is. This is your job as his owner. Identifying Your Horse As the rightful owner, it wouldn’t be difficult to recognize your horse, but your 14-year-old, registered half-Arabian chestnut gelding could now have false papers, or the new owners could have a bill of sale for a 12-year-old chestnut gelding, breed unknown. Many stolen horses end up with unsuspecting new owners and they aren’t just going to hand over the horse because you say their 12-yearold horse is really your missing 14-year-old horse. Microchipping your horse is as important as a brand. Having a registered brand makes identification easy, but brands can be altered and sometimes difficult to trace. A microchip doesn’t have the visible deterrent factor but, in a dispute or when the brand is difficult to trace, a scan can positively identify your horse easily. “We recommend a microchip,” says Metcalfe. “It is a traceable means of identification that is in a national database.” A registered tattoo and a few hairs from your horse’s brush for DNA testing are other methods of identifying him.

Branding your horse is the first line of defence against a thief. A freeze brand is the most visible.

Proving That Your Horse Belongs To You Any paperwork that you have for your horse such as registration papers, bill of sale, equine passport, vetting certificate and brand registration papers should be kept safe and handy. Take and keep current photographs of your horse with both you and a witness in the picture. What has Baxter learned from her experience? “Make your property as secure as possible, know your neighbours, have photos of your horse and have your horse freezebranded,” she says. What are Metcalfe’s top three recommendations for theft prevention and recovery? “A freeze brand and a sign for prevention, along with a microchip for recovery.” Don’t let horse theft happen to you. Make a plan, put it in place and thwart that thief. Dallas Fahy divides her time between Vancouver, where she lives, and Langley, where she keeps her two horses. She learned about horse theft prevention and recovery strategies while helping her friend, Pat Baxter, search for her missing horse Mandy. She encourages readers to visit the Stolen Horse International website at www. to find out more about horse theft.




In this two-part article, I’ll give you the keys that’ll improve your horse’s responsiveness to you and the willingness in his response. By following these ten steps and incorporating them into your daily riding routine, you will become more tuned in to each other; your horse will be less focused on outside forces because he’ll be tuned in to you.


y following these steps, you’ll chip away at his resistance by enhancing his responsiveness. Once he is responsive, you can work on his willingness. Training your horse to be responsive and willing is important. It is critical to a broke horse. But when you carry that a step further and spend the time it takes to build willingness, in addition to responsiveness, you are creating a team that can last for years and you will have a truly fun horse to show. Too many horses look great in their futurity years and then “burn out.” This doesn’t have to happen. It may take a little longer to develop and maintain that willing attitude, but it is great when your fabulous futurity horse is still a beautiful senior horse. First you must build responsiveness in your horse. The first seven steps will help you accomplish this.

STEP 1: LEARN TO READ YOUR HORSE’S ENERGY LEVEL If your horse is feeling fresh, he’ll be unable to focus, and will most likely resist your cues. If you were to ride him while he’s too fresh, you’d be setting yourself up for a fight. As you get him out of his stall or pen, observe his body language. Is he pulling or pushing on you? Refusing to stand still? Holding his head and/or tail high? If so, he’s too fresh to focus. Turn him out or lunge him for a while. When you do get on your horse, reevaluate his mood. If he’s looking around, trying to push through the bridle or otherwise ignoring you, he’s still too fresh. Warm him up by long trotting at least 10 minutes, or until his head drops to its natural level and he consistently flicks an ear back to you. The trot’s diagonal two-beat rhythm will relax his mind and body, tuning him into you and laying the groundwork for a more responsive ride. As you long trot, count “one-two” in rhythm with your horse’s stride. Not only will it help you to relax, it’ll also help to put you in sync with your horse’s movement. You can also try speeding up and slowing down your counting. You’ll feel him speed up and slow down, accordingly.

STEP 2: RE-ESTABLISH YOUR “WHOA” CUE Teach your horse that “whoa” means to stop moving his feet. “Whoa” is your most important cue. Your horse’s responsiveness to it can save you in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation. From the walk, say “whoa,” then reinforce it with a rein cue, 18 • Saddle Up • August 2012

releasing your rein pressure the instant your horse stops, to reward him. Remember, your horse learns by the reward. Repeat until he’ll stop from the word “whoa” alone. If he continually walks through your verbal cue, or leans into the bit and immediately Use the backup to re-establish your wants to walk off “whoa” cue after stopping, back him up several steps. Release your rein cue, and then ask him to walk forward and then say “whoa” again. Test his response every time you ride and tune it up with the walk-stop-back maneuver whenever his responsiveness dims. You can accelerate your horse’s “whoa” response by practicing from the ground, as well, using pressure on his halter to stop and back him up, should he ignore the cue. Remember, we can either teach and reinforce cues or let him get away with things on the ground, but they will all come back to us in the saddle in one form or another.

STEP 3: DEVELOP A LIGHTER MOUTH IN YOUR HORSE Focus on lightening your rein cues, to build your horse’s trust in your hands. Your hands are direct lines of communication to your horse’s mouth. They shouldn’t “shout” at him, but rather invite a quiet, two-way conversation. The more your horse trusts your hands, the more responsive he’ll become. To do this, you need to practice what I call the “fair pick-up.” That is, make light contact with your horse’s mouth before you pull or bump on it. That way you won’t surprise him by striking his mouth without warning much like a calf hitting the end of a rope. Practice by asking your horse to give to the bit laterally. When he’s consistently giving to light rein pressure in both directions, ask him to give vertically, to slightly tuck in his nose, in response to equal pressure on both reins. At a standstill, slowly initiate contact with the right side of your horse’s mouth. Lightly bump the rein, so that he has no solid bit pressure against HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dana Hokana, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;d which to brace. The instant you feel less pressure in your hand (meaning your horse has tipped his head slightly rightward in response to your cue), release the contact as a reward. Practice again to the right, then to the left and finally straight back. As your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsiveness improves (youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know, because your cues will get lighter and lighter), graduate to the walk, then the jog, then the lope.

STEP 4: TUNE UP YOUR HORSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NECK REINING SKILLS Reinforce your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to one-handed neck reining cues by asking your horse to move his front end under your rein hand, and therefore turn, whenever you move that hand to one side or the other. I call this exercise â&#x20AC;&#x153;hunt the thumb.â&#x20AC;? While riding with split reins, center your rein hand just in front of the saddle horn over your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neck with your thumb pointing directly in front of you. At the walk, move your hand two to three inches to Tune up your neck reining the right, to drag your left rein skills against his neck for a cue to turn right. Avoid pulling back at all, as that will only confuse him. Your horse needs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hunt your thumb,â&#x20AC;? that is, to respond to the new direction in which your thumb is now pointing; he must turn in order to fi ll that space - the space that has been opened up by the movement of your hand to the right. If your horse instantly moves to the right, release your cue and reward him. If he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, reach down with your free hand, grab both reins in a fist and drag them to the right, to reinforce the neck rein cue. The instant he steps to the right, release your cue. Walk forward several steps, then repeat until your horse moves to the right the instant he feels your hand move in that direction. Repeat to the left and, again, gradually move up to doing the exercise at the jog and the lope. Also remember that when your hands are in front of the withers, you can control the front end. When they are behind the withers you can control the hindquarters. This is a great exercise to do before going into the show pen. For passing on the rail or skilfully guiding through a trail class, your hand movements will be kept to a minimum while still being responded to immediately by your horse, which means less distraction in the overall picture you are presenting to the judge.

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jumps away from leg pressure, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too sensitive to it. If your horse gives you either of these responses, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in control and that needs to change. To improve your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptance of your leg cues, start with the following exercise. First, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use a turn on the forehand, in which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ask your horse to step his hindquarters around his front end as it stays still. Start by pulling his head in the direction opposite the way you want his hind end to step. This will cause him to swing his hindquarters in the desired direction in order to balance; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reinforce this move by adding leg pressure. With repetition, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll associate stepping laterally with a light cue, minimizing your need to tip his head and maximizing his response to your leg. From a standstill, take a rein in each hand. Slightly tip your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head to the right by bringing your right rein slightly back, behind his withers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;plantâ&#x20AC;? his front end and influence movement in his hindquarters. Simultaneously apply light right leg pressure about six inches behind the girth. When you get a single step to the left with his hind legs, release your cues and reward him. If your horse doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t step to the left, pull your right rein farther back, toward your right knee, to tip his head farther to the right, until he takes a hind leg step. Release your cues, walk forward and repeat until he grasps the concept. When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll consistently do the maneuver to the left, repeat it to the right. Be sure to pick up the September issue of Saddle Up, in which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find Part 2 of this article and learn the remaining five steps to a responsive and willing horse! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Danaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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Stress and Transport, Part 3 by Kevan Garecki CONFINEMENT, RESTRAINT AND NOVEL ENVIRONMENTS

Most of us tend to feel less at ease in novel or unusual places, and the same typically goes for our horses. Even for the most experienced “road warrior” all it may take is a ride in a different trailer or a trip with unfamiliar horses to set them up for a stressful experience.


ggressive horses can make even a relatively brief trip unpleasant for others through little more than body language and threatening gestures; conversely, very timid horses can feel threatened simply by the presence of strange horses in a trailer. Tying horses in a situation like this can exacerbate their fears, compounding the stress they feel. This is particularly true of horses unaccustomed to restraint. Experiences such as this can form a barrier to future efforts, leaving many of us to wonder why a perfectly quiet traveller suddenly refuses to load. Whenever someone calls me to help in situations such as this, I

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try to get to the root of the issue - refusal to load is seldom the problem, rather a symptom of the true reason. Horses never forget. Everything they encounter is remembered. So, when a horse “mysteriously” balks at a common task, step back and look at what happened last time. It could be a seemingly insignificant event, but to the horse it may be enough to warrant the “flight or fight” response. Confinement in itself is frequently a cause for alarm, but it’s not always a safe option to transport loose unless the horse can be trusted not to try escaping or to use the freedom to bother a neighbouring horse. As most savvy horse people have

learned, trying to restrain an upset horse usually heightens their anxiety, often making a bad situation even worse. This is especially true of more claustrophobic horses, who will often panic when confined. The loading phase can be especially damaging for horses like this unless they are allowed to proceed at their own pace with respectful guidance. Rushing them in, or using force to load them, then slamming doors on them before they can escape sets the stage for an exceedingly stressful trip, as their fear is already piqued before the wheels ever start rolling. Patience, consistency of technique and a calm demeanour are the


Stress and Transport, cont’d best things we can offer our horses at any time, but they are essential when it comes to teaching; and we are teaching our horses every moment we are with them! Our horses are also trying very diligently to teach us, so listen up! Novel environments elicit a number of reactions from horses, from the characteristic spooking or shying away to a cautious curiosity. In some cases, an outwardly calm demeanour can simply be a mask for internalized stress. One constant I have observed is the effect of segregation or separation from herdmates; this can arguably be one of the most stressful factors associated with transport. I have witnessed the calmest horse on board become severely agitated when left on the trailer alone; sometimes to the point of causing themselves injury. This can be a difficult situation to control, and even harder to predict! Keeping horses paired up on the road is neither always feasible nor practical, but I have taken part in many moves where that very scenario has been planned from the start. I have used our own horses to accompany others who I know could benefit from the company, and the difference is measurable! Whenever I catch a hint that a horse may react poorly to separation stress, I take a few precautions on his behalf. I try to unload him first, followed as quickly as possible by his travelling mate(s). I try not to leave him unattended

for any length of time - even the handler’s presence can help soothe an anxious horse. If the stabling or holding area is a ways away from the point of unloading I will lead two horses together, so they can benefit from each other’s support. If necessary, I will enlist the help of another handler if I feel my safety or that of the horse may be compromised. I will also spend a few extra minutes with a stressed horse once he’s been put away, both to monitor his behaviour and to help ease his worry. Little things like this can help us achieve a bond with our horses. It can be difficult, even impossible, to determine what effects we will see as a result of a specific stressor, but there are some hints thanks to very detailed and closely monitored testing done by such institutes as the University of California, Davis Campus. Researchers there have done extensive testing on the effects of transport-related stress, with some predictable results, and a few surprises. With the aid of scientific data collection and assessment, the UC Davis researchers determined what some of us already knew - that transport-related stress is a very real concern which can and does have lasting and debilitating effects on our horses. What they added to that knowledge was the medical reasoning behind what we already knew; measuring heartbeat, hormone levels and performing detailed blood analysis allowed them

to put to rest several myths and give us some valuable tools with which to help our equine friends deal with transport more effectively. I will go into more detail on these findings in the next installment, but for now I would like to leave you with a favourite quote that permeates my life with horses, and may explain why I go to the lengths I do to ensure the comfort of my equine passengers. It’s part of the reason I do what I do. “If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” - Chief Dan George (1899 - 1981) Happy trails for now, and safe motoring! Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC.

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Challenging the Trainers By Sharon Wells-Ackermans What a wonderful article in the June issue by Barbra Ann King! And how right she is to point out the staggering numbers of unwanted, abandoned, neglected and untrained horses finding their way to auctions and rescues every day. Horses without training have very little future ahead of them.


hey are sold cheaply at auction and when they unwittingly hurt someone, become a financial burden, or just a bother, they find themselves back on the auction block. Backyard breeders are still producing foals every year, even though the market is poor and many of these horses grow up in pastures without being handled, much less cared for properly. Often these horses are purchased by inexperienced people because they are cute (and often cheap). With no knowledge of the training process these unfortunate people find themselves with more than they bargained for. Legitimate horse rescue operations have to use most of their resources, both volunteer and financial, just to care for and feed these horses. There are few grants or supporting agencies willing to help financially; most rescues must spend time fundraising, with the facility owners, directors and volunteers subsidizing the balance of the costs. It’s time for those at the top of the horse industry to dig a little deeper, and the Trainers’ Challenge would be the perfect venue! If the organizers are opposed to using rescued livestock for

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the Challenge, how about assigning a rescue horse for each trainer to work with, in addition to their colts. What if each trainer was asked to spend time in the round pen assessing his rescue horse honestly, doing what he can with the youngster, and then allowing his name to be used to help find an adoptive home? Maybe each trainer could feature these horses on his website; maybe he could talk about the problems faced by the multitude of unwanted horses out there right now, not to mention the challenges faced by organizations trying to support them. How about if each trainer in the Trainers’ Challenge would challenge other trainers to take on one rescue colt per year in their own operations, to see them trained and adopted out. It would be wonderful if the Mane Event gave out a prize to the trainer who did the most for rescue horses each year! It takes time and knowledge to properly assess a horse, decide what the horse would be best suited for, train it and place it in an appropriate home. Credible trainers, like those featured at the Mane Event, who share their knowledge and their endorsement with a rescue horse will increase its chances for the future. Once valued, and even revered, today’s horses are becoming the forgotten ones. It’s not only high-end performance horses that deserve to be well cared for. They all deserve the best we can offer them, in gratitude for all they have done for us over

Daryl Gibb with rescued foal, Cindy Lou, at the Mane Event in Chilliwack 2010. Cindy Lou is still with us and doing well.

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the centuries, and for what they still have to offer us now! The Horse Protection Society of BC (HPS) is not a rescue operation; we are an advocacy group focusing on educating the public on horse issues. Our Horsemanship Program teaches people to understand and care for horses, as well as to ride safely. However, the horses used in our programs are ones that have been rescued or were in need of re-homing. Occasionally a foal comes our way in need and those foals stay with us until they are started under saddle. It’s our philosophy that any horse that leaves us must leave with more value than they come to us with. Even though we do home visits and follow up checks, we realize that years down the road we will most likely lose touch with these horses. Knowing that, we want to do all we can to make sure that each horse has a lasting value that may one day serve to keep it in a good home. For more ideas on how to help horses visit our website: www.


Dream Escape in June By Dianne Strohm Photos by Carole Wheeler

Jaimie, Carole, Dianne, Stefanie.


n June 16th, four North Okanagan Fillies loaded their horses and hauled them to Dreamscape Ranch for a holiday get-away. The trip began with a shopping spree stop at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, then after a bite of lunch at the nearby golf course, we followed the directions given to our destination. The ranch is located south of Kamloops, and boasts panoramic views of the rolling grasslands. Once we checked in and let our horses settle in their spacious pens, we saddled up for a pre-supper ride. The wind was blowing nicely - no bugs - but my 18-yearold steed acted like he was 3. Full of energy and prancing through the grassy meadows. Stefanie, Jaimie and Caroleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mounts were better behaved, and we all enjoyed the hour or so of fresh air. Our meals at the ranch were delicious, and generous in portions. I had a difficult time saving room for dessert, but did not dare turn it down. Too yummy - all of it! The chef was over from England for the summer, and treated us to a British dinner of Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding the next night. That day we headed out in a different direction under the guidance of Sarah, an international student currently in her 2nd year of Equine Massage. She is at the ranch to practice her skills and act as trail boss to guests. As leader, she was also gate opener. Due to the stormy weather and downed trees in the bush, we decided to make our own way. The forest in this area lends itself well to bushwacking... and our horses were up to the challenge. We had planned for a leisurely pace, but the eager mounts enjoyed brisker speed. The trails were good, and allowed for faster travel. Sarah HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

managed to keep her bearings, and we did not get lost in the woods, and arrived home in time for tea and fresh-baked cookies. Our rides were perfectly timed between showers... so we stayed dry. On Monday morning Stefanie had to return home, but we other 3 fi llies saddled up again after a leisurely breakfast, and headed out on our own. We wandered the trails in the woods, over the rolling hills, and managed to drive the neighbouring cattle about a mile (they would not get off the trail we were on). My mount was nervous, as we were in the rear, and he could hear the stragglers following along behind us. Upon our return, we were served lunch of spinach and cheese Paninis. The dream escape weekend was complete stayed dry, an escape from cooking, cleaning... the ranch workers even cleaned our horse pens for us. I would highly recommend a visit to Dreamscape Ranch for anyone who wants a little getaway that is like a home away from home. Oh yes, our hosts Bud and Lea own dogs and cats as well as horses. Lee has designed and sewn up Fido-Flops for dog beds, and we managed to bring a few of them back with us as well. Thanks for the Great Escape!

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy FOALS AND FRUSTRATION

It has been a long time since we have had a foal on our property. This summer, we are fostering a foal, Bruce, and his dam, Spyder, for a local rescue. I thought it would be fun to try and clicker train Bruce from the start. Bruce arrived here having had no handling, except for the experience of loading into a trailer, so not entirely a clean slate.


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e was rather nervous of humans so, unlike the usual curious foals that will come up to you if you get small and wait, he’d have none of that. I moved Spyder and Bruce into the barn for a short time each day so that I could manage the environment better and set things up for success. A click and a scritch I was not going to follow him around the stall and attempt to touch him like a predator, or grab him and force him to submit to my touch; none of the usual “handle the foal” techniques. He was too young to look at any food I could offer as a positive reward, so I decided to pair the click with a scritch, instead. A “scritch” is a scratch on one of those great places on a horse that gets them to roll their eyes in their heads and get their muzzle moving; it feels good! But I couldn’t get close enough to Bruce to Oh! That feels good! touch him with my hand, so how was I going to deliver a scritch? I waited by the door of the stall until he looked at me - then I clicked and reached over with the handle end of my driving whip and rubbed him by his withers until I saw that look of ecstasy on his little face. It didn’t take long before I could shorten up the length of the whip between us, and soon I could rub him with just my hand. I did not force the distance to shorten, and if there were signs of him being anxious about my closeness, I would stand still and wait for the slightest sign of relaxation - then click and scritch. Within a short time, he was comfortable having me in the stall with him and I began to start to shape the behaviour of “face me and follow me” to get his click and scritch. You do need to be careful not to scritch for too long or it can evolve into mutual grooming, which you do not want. If he offered to groom me, I would stop scratching until he stopped, then click and scritch just a little again to show him which behaviour would be rewarded. Next, I started to explore the “can I touch you here?” game. All the time I would watch for signs of stress - a tense look on his face, a tight muzzle, a tenseness in his body - and would try to wait where I was until I saw any relaxation in him that I could click and reward with a scritch. If I went too far and caused him to move away, I would wait until he was calm again and try for a little less or a different spot, before returning to the original spot that had caused the fear. Why was I being so careful to avoid causing fear or frustration during his learning? Kay Lawrence, an amazing UK clicker trainer and a regular presenter at Clicker Expo, says that, “practicing any emotion - including fear - only makes an animal more likely to experience that emotion, earlier and more strongly, under similar circumstances.” I did not want Bruce to feel fear and have to deal with it every time a human approached HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d him. I wanted him to view a human encounter as a good thing, a pleasant experience to look forward to. All emotions motivate learning and behaviour. A pleasant emotion is just as effective in eliciting behaviour as an unpleasant emotion is. Kay also says that, “emotions experienced during learning colour the learning process and become embedded into the behaviour.” So, fear will become embedded into the learning process if it is the emotion used to motivate learning and behaviour. Just as easily, we can embed joy and pleasure into the learning process, so that new challenges are faced with eager anticipation rather than fear. Pleasant emotions will create positive emotional responses to all learning opportunities and build trust in the relationship. Kay also makes the distinction between frustration in learning and engagement. “Engagement” is feeling comfortably challenged. If we, as learners, aren’t challenged, we tend to get bored; if we are faced with too big a challenge, we may become frustrated and quit. Think of the Sudoku puzzles. If you start with a hard one, you may get frustrated, not engaged, and quit. However, by starting with the easier puzzles and experiencing success, we are eager to move up to the next level of difficulty. So while we don’t want to frustrate Bruce, we do need to

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A Little Exposure By Christa Miremadi Photos by Michelle Gazely,

Being that my line of work has kept me busy with starting youngsters, re-starting and rehabilitating older horses and getting to the root of behavioural issues like bucking, bolting and rearing, I’ve unintentionally found myself more than a little “grounded” at the home place.


on’t get me wrong, my home, Silver Star Stables in Aldergrove, is a trainer’s dream come true with multiple arenas to choose from, round pens, trails, a track and even an indoor to get out of the rain. But it is missing something that you just can’t always find at home: the edge of the comfort zone and a little exposure. Recently, thanks to the summer weather, the purchase of a new horse trailer with living quarters, and a few very welcome invitations to travel and teach around BC, my horses and I have once again been able to get away from home and into the real world. At the beginning of July, I was invited to assist Natalie Vonk (Horse Play Your Way) in teaching a Mountain Trail clinic at Hope’s Twisted Terrain Horse Park. Aside from being a ton of fun, I was amazed at the incredible challenges I was able to find there for my super reliable mare, Lexi. Lexi was born and raised at home and has been nothing but perfect for her whole life (yes, I am just a little biased). She took her first saddle and ride like an old school master. She’s helped many of the troubled horses I’ve worked with at home to feel safer, and provided them with a sense of calm when they were close to emotional breakdowns. She’s helped to teach the youngsters to lead, cross water and mud, and she’s helped countless horses and riders to play Hoof Ball. She’s even taken part in our annual bitless drill team, Carly’s Angels, all by the age of six! Yes, Lexi’s been a working partner, a learning partner and a friend, but she’s been nearly impossible to truly challenge. That is, until I took her out of her comfort zone and into the unknown. Until this summer, I was convinced that there was no edge to Lexi’s comfort zone. It seemed as though everything I presented her with was “no big deal.” The challenges we discovered at the horse park, on the other hand, pointed out new and exciting ways to

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expose our true level of communication and connection. I found myself happily surprised at how much we were able to do of a sport that neither Lexi nor I had ever even heard of before, as well as instantly humbled by the realization that there were a few “holes” I didn’t know about. I found myself in one or two situations, thinking to myself, “Huh... I don’t think we have a cue for that.” Mountain Trail, simply put, is a sport in which a horse is asked to navigate a series of obstacles with On the Railroad Box dignity and grace and with gentle assistance from his human partner. The horse is expected to investigate and overcome each task with confidence and willingness, and the human’s role is to be subtle and supportive, not overpowering or forceful. In some cases, the horse is ridden and in others he is asked to navigate the obstacles at a distance, taking cues regarding speed and direction of entry, exit and obstacle navigation. Some of these obstacles On the raised Box are 20 feet long and almost as wide! Sometimes the human has to be a good 10 feet away from the horse while giving directions and assistance navigating a difficult task. Needless to say, pretty strong communication skills, trust and connection are essential, and working through these tasks is a step or two above your basic groundwork. Let’s face it, although important, groundwork can be dull. It may be necessary for setting up a good foundation for communicating, but how many circles can one horse or human do On the Suspension Bridge before they begin to tune out? We’ve all heard how beneficial using visual markers like cones or barrels can be in keeping our horses tuned in and paying attention, but I have never seen my horse quite as engaged and interested as when her hooves first touched down on the wobbling, unstable feeling of the boards of a suspension bridge, or seen her look so carefully at where her feet were going as when HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A Little Exposure, cont’d she was picking her way through a field of tall rocks. The obstacles at Twisted Terrain, and other horse parks like it, present both horse and rider with a very real, physical challenge as well as an opportunity to test leadership and trust on an entirely new level. There is no greater feeling than being able to send your horse up a small cliff and have him look back at you and wait for guidance and direction as you help him find his way through an uneven, rocky hillside back to the level ground or through a gulch fi lled with water. The amount of trust and communication skills necessary to give your horse his head completely and let him pick his way through the obstacles is amazing, and I have yet to find any other places that can bring to light all the areas in which improvement could be made quite as clearly. For me anyway, horsemanship is not about perfection and obedience, but rather about trust, connection and communication. It also requires a constant desire to continue to improve yourself and your ability to communicate clearly with your horse. A great deal of self control, humility and honesty is necessary to recognize and accept our own weaknesses, and then dedication, commitment, persistence (and guidance from someone with experience) will be necessary to overcome them. In the end, the result we are trying to achieve is a harmonious connection that allows us to work with our horses as a team, with an open dialogue to and from our willing equine partner. As I mentioned in last month’s article, balance is key. One can’t experience true connection without exposing weak spots. Finding something that can expose the areas that have room for improvement may not be so difficult for everyone... after all, not all horses are as cool as Lexi. In fact for some, it may be easier than we’d like to admit. But, speaking as a clinician who has

seen far too many horses and people emotionally shut down from too much ground work or mindless drilling, the challenges presented In the Piggy Dip by Mountain Trail obstacles seem to be perfect for keeping the horses and riders interested enough to stay engaged, while still providing both with an opportunity to improve their feel, timing and communication and clearly exposing any areas of weakness. Whether you are interested in the sport of Mountain Trail, or are simply interested in improving your communication and connection and building a stronger relationship with your horse, getting away from home and working with your horse on Mountain Trail challenges can be a great way to expose and work on those little holes. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her ad for upcoming clinic dates on the previous page and/or in What’s Happening? Let’s Go!)

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Spruce Meadows’ Summer Series Wrap-Up By Melodie Wight. Photos courtesy of Spruce Meadows Media Services


he final week of the Summer Series brought show jumping’s biggest names back into the International Ring for some high stakes. With victories going to both rookies and seasoned veterans, the “North American” Tournament boasted some phenomenal action from July 4 - 8, 2012.

Saturday was dedicated to celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee: thousands of people came to enjoy the grounds, take in the military pageantry, and attend such spectacular events as the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

With the “North American” Tournament kicking off on the American 4th of July, it seemed only natural that American riders would capture top honours on that day. Reed Kessler (USA) started the charge with her third FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, the Suncast Cup. Richard Spooner (USA) followed with his AON Cup win, and Rich Fellers (USA) closed the night as victor of the Sun Life Financial “Reach for the Sun.” Thursday brought 22-year-old Nayel Nassar’s (EGY) first Spruce Meadows win and the PwC Cup to McLain Ward (USA). On Friday, Kent Farrington (USA) won the Pepsi Challenge and Beezie Madden (USA) captured the Lafarge Cup during that evening’s competition. Saturday brought victory to Canadian Eric Lamaze Tom Tisbo, President & CEO, Suncast Corporation, with champion Reed (CAN) with a TD Cup win and another success for Beezie Kessler. Rob Lindstrand, District Vice Madden (USA), who won the coveted ATCO Power Queen President TD Commercial Banking Elizabeth II Cup. and Eric Lamaze. Daniel Bluman (COL) took Sunday’s first prize of the day with the Akita Drilling Cup, and the final day of the “North American” concluded with Katie Prudent (USA) winning the challenging Cenovus Energy Classic Derby. Thank you to all of the sponsors, spectators, riders, media and volunteers who have come to Spruce Meadows throughout the 2012 Summer Series and celebrated the end of this spectacular season with us. Nayel Nassar aboard Raging Bull The Summer Series may be over, but the best is still yet Vangellis S, champions of the Rich Fellers & Flexible, winners of to come! The eyes of the world will once again be focused on Progress Energy Cup. the Sun Life Financial “Reach for Spruce Meadows as the best athletes from the world’s top show the Sun”. jumping nations compete for prize money and international acclaim during the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament to be held September 5-9; with family entertainment and shopping opportunities available for guests; including our ever-popular Equi-Fair.

Dave & Betsy Willis, Production Manager, Imperial Oil, presenting the North American Championship to Richard Spooner and Cristallo.

Murray Roth, Vice President Finance & CFO Akita Drilling presenting to Daniel Bluman.

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Cal Jacober, Office Managing Partner, PWC, presenting to McLain Ward. Kent Farrington (USA) aboard Venus, champions of the Pepsi Challenge.

Katie Prudent showed the crowd that V can get it done.

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Ride the Rebound By Christine Adderson Rebound; that engaging, bouncy, reciprocal action that only occurs when the principles of physics come into alignment, that fleeting time when you and your horse are dancing together, two bodies moving as one in harmony, that beautiful moment where outsiders look upon and comment, “she is a good rider.”


ow do we find the rebound in ourselves and our horses? With the acquisition of knowledge and awareness, as well as experience in movement, skills to tap into the sources that stop the rebound from happening will emerge. Ride the Rebound is this rider awareness and movement education. It teaches riders how to move in harmony with their horses and how to be extremely effective with their communication. In this article I will describe how to get started with Ride the Rebound. The most ideal technique for a rider to find the feeling of the rebound to and from the horse is through the use of a rebounder or trampoline. The rebounder elicits a cellular level response, meaning that every time you jump on the rebounder each and every cell in your body jumps without you even thinking about it. You become stronger and more coordinated, cell by cell. Rebounding uses three natural forces; acceleration, deceleration and gravity, all on the same vertical plane. Because of these three forces, your weight doubles at the bottom of the bounce. Your body recognizes these forces and adapts by doubling the impact, thus burning more calories and producing a stronger healthier and more efficient body. While on the rebounder your body is moving in an unfamiliar environment, from everyday life, but to that of a rider, it has many similarities. It is an amazing process. It involves feedback from the proprioceptors in the joints telling the cerebellum instant information about the joint angles and the limb position in space. This is combined with visual clues of the fi xed external environment and the motion detected in the inner ear. Oversimplified, the result is a keener sense of balance and kinesthetic awareness, both great for riding a horse. Rebounder movements for riders start with a few preparations which simulate riding in a saddle with your feet in stirrups. With the use of a foam roll approximately 4” in diameter, place your feet on the roll so that the roll is just behind the ball of your foot. Your stance is wide, approximately hip width apart and your legs are very slightly turned out. In the photograph (1) of Kristine Lauridsen, you will see her standing comfortably with her feet hip width apart. Get accustomed to this on the flat floor first. Then, take this position to the rebounder. When on the rebounder, keep your alignment as you experienced when you were standing on the floor, and now you will feel how your heels sink into the web of the rebounder, as if your legs were suspended in air and your feet were in stirrups on 30 • Saddle Up • August 2012

a horse’s back. Keeping a supportive posture (we will talk more about this in subsequent articles), shift your weight from one heel to the other heel, alternately. This is trot rebounder movement! The heel always has a down emphasis and the toe always has an up emphasis. With a little bit of practice you will then take out the foam roll and “trot the rebounder.” You will notice in the photograph (2) of Kristine that the soles of her feet do not leave the surface of the rebounder. The whole foot stays in contact with the webbing. Biomechanically speaking, the metatarsophalangeal joint does not flex and extend very much. There is no use of the break-over when you are in a stirrup riding. Your toes rest soft ly in your boots without much action. So, you do not roll up through the ball of your foot and then toes, as if you were in the pushing phase of a walk or run stride on flat ground or a floor. When you are propelling forward in locomotion on land the metatarsophalangeal joint is key component in the push off phase. However, this is not the case when riding a horse in a saddle or riding the rebounder. The horse propels you forward in the horizontal plane and you and your horse both propel you upward and downward in the vertical plane. Vertical plane rebounder movement, done with correct alignment throughout your body, is crucial to understand and perform if you are a rider. This coordination is invaluable, not only as a tool to develop a keener sense of balance and kinesthetic awareness, but it is mandatory for the preservation of your and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Ride the Rebound, cont’d your horse’s body. In addition, communication with your horse will improve manifold. Your cues will become clearer as you become more concise with the placement of your weight, your arms and your legs. Hence, with clear consistent communication, the positive relationship with your horse has no limits as you strive to be the best leader and rider that you can be.

international recognition for her skilled and courageous efforts with horses and has received many awards for her work in movement. As an educator, she has taught natural horsemanship and rider education around the world. She is presently writing a book and composing a DVD series for Ride the Rebound. ForTheHorse is her equine and rider education centre in British Columbia where you can find her teaching all levels of riders and horses to Ride the Rebound along with classical and holistic horsemanship.

Christine Adderson has spent her lifetime as a student and field researcher of movement, both of the human and the horse. She is the recipient of

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Renowned Equine Behaviourist Comes to Okanagan


eep Creek Veterinary Services Ltd. of Enderby, BC and Kristin Maddox Equestrian of Canoe, BC are hosting 4 days of seminar and demonstrations by Dr. Andrew McLean, an equine behaviourist from Australia. Dr. McLean operates the Australian Equine Behaviour Center and is also the founder of the International Society for Equitation Science. The focus of his seminars and teaching is to improve welfare for horses by educating people on how horses learn. The science of behaviour brings some interesting ideas to training horses in a much more logical and humane way. Confusion and fear in horses Author of international best seller creates problem ‘The Truth About Horses’ behaviours and mental stress which in turn can cause acute and chronic illness. Riders, farriers, veterinarians and anyone dealing with horses can improve their Dr. Andrew McLean understanding of how the horse thinks and reacts making our relationships with them much easier. Handling and riding horses with light World renowned equine behaviourist, Dr Andrew McLean shows us how we can aids, clear signals and consistent timing makes training improve our training if we fully understand how the horse learns. quicker, easier and humane. “A rare combination of academic knowledge and equestrian achievement” The lectures and demonstrations will be held at Sun 3 time speaker at the Global Dressage Forum Meadows Oct. 20-21. Mounted sessions will be at Topline Winner of the Eureka Science Prize Represented Australia in Horse Trials Stables Oct. 22-23 where Dr. McLean will speak to the Sold out seminars for the British Horse Society audience as he teaches the riders. See our ad for contact Dr McLean has coached some of the world’s greatest riders and their horses as well information and registration by October 1st. as ridden and trained his own horses to elite levels. For more information on Dr. McLean visit his website at and watch a 50 minute presentation October 20/21 Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre Kamloops BC on YouTube entitled Dr. Andrew Mclean Equitana Sydney October 22/23 Topline Stables Salmon Arm BC Audit Day 1 & 2 (Oct 20 - 21) AUD 60.00 (approx. CAD 60.00) per day 2011 Biomechanics and Learning. Also visit the website Audit Day 3 & 4 (Oct 22 - 23) AUD 50.00 (approx. CAD 50.00) per day for the International Society for Equitation Science www. Registrations close October 1st Contact: <ƌŝƐƟŶDĂĚĚŽdžŬƌŝƐŵĂĚĚΛŐŵĂŝů͘ĐŽŵͬ^ƵƐŝŝĞŶĐŝĂůĂϮϱϬϴϯϯϴϱϴϱƐƵďƌƵΛƚĞůƵƐ͘ŶĞƚ

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Relationship Riding® By Barbra Ann King A STEP FORWARD IN THE EVOLUTION OF HORSEMANSHIP PART I Relationship Riding brings ancient equine teachings to a modern world while challenging conventional methods.

A long time ago, around the 11th – 13th century, warriors on horseback hit the battlefields, holding a shield in one hand and a sword in the other. Most rode bareback and bridle-less. Together, horse and rider confronted the enemy, charging and stopping, moving right and left, backing up, rearing, and performing some amazing moves to conquer the enemy.

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ll communication between horse and rider was done through the body, heart, and soul. These moves are still performed today by the famous Lipizzaner stallions, but under different circumstances. Horses haven’t changed over the centuries, but humans certainly have. If it was possible to face life threatening situations back then while riding stallions bitless, we should be able to ride our performance and pleasure horses with no problem. We’re not going to battle with our horses (although some of you may feel as if you are some days!); we are choosing to have them in our lives as companions for recreation. The horses that were ridden on the battlefield did not have extensive training and none of them “obeyed” their riders based on negative reinforcement. There was a much deeper “training” method going on that allowed the horse to respond out of willingness.

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Relationship Riding offers a philosophy that challenges conventional training and riding. A lot of research and experience backup this technique: the horses themselves offered their knowledge and expertise, patiently allowing me to experience and develop Relationship Riding based on what makes sense to them, in a natural and non-defiant way. There are thousands of years of knowledge cantering our fields, graciously offering information for the benefit of all. It’s up to us to listen and learn from them. Relationship Riding teaches True Equine Leadership. Horses always follow their equine leaders so if our horses can see us as equally good equine leaders, they will also follow us, not only physically, but with their heart and soul. Once our horses have accepted us as leaders, they will want to follow us willingly because they will know that is where they are the safest. But, we cannot “elect” ourselves as leaders. Our horses have that prerogative. Once you have proven yourself as a good leader and are chosen by the horses to be that leader, all your training problems will slowly disappear. That’s a promise I make to you, and I have 20 years of experience working with horses who were labelled sour, stupid, bad, dangerous, unrideable, unstoppable, and the list goes on. In next month’s article, I will talk about True Equine Leadership as well as Dominant versus Non-Dominant riding and training techniques that are available to horse owners. Enjoy the journey!

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Home From Florida By Joni Lynn Peters Photos courtesy of Cheryl Bender, FL.


fter a long and amazing winter of competing in Florida at the Dressage selection trials, I am now home. It was thrilling and encouraging to finish top 7 in the Nation. I left my home in Armstrong mid-November and got home in mid-June. I was in Florida (by way of Southern California, believe it or not) from the end of November until the beginning of April, then on to Ontario and Kentucky. This opportunity is what I have worked toward all my life and yet was still a unique and profound experience. It is one thing to train, and to compete at Grand Prix; it is quite another to do this amongst Olympic contenders in an Olympic year at Olympic selection trials! Simply to have qualified for this privilege was an accomplishment I am proud of; to be competitive while there was a great boost to my confidence. I have known my horse Travolta is a good one; to have this confirmed at this level by finishing top seven in the Nation means a great deal. There was tremendous exposure, experience, education, and atmosphere the entire winter season. One cannot imagine, or totally mentally rehearse this without having been there, I believe. The tangible pressure, the crowds, the venues, the world class footing, the dinner parties, the big name trainers and riders


present and mingling was both memorable and overwhelming. Florida itself was a new experience for me, let alone “Welly World.” There are a couple quotes that come to mind (that struck me when I heard them...) “It’s friggin’ Jurassic Park Joni and Travolta at the ‘Gold here.” Coast Opener’ CDI 3* West “There is no place like it in Palm Beach, Florida. the world. You can’t explain it to someone who hasn’t seen it; they wouldn’t believe you. Even the grass is fake - the horses don’t eat it!” The value of this winter for me and my horse Travolta was incredible. There is no doubt in my mind it will be a boost to our continuing competitive career as we look forward. It is very good to be home again. I will take some welldeserved down time… training without the immediate pressure of showing. And will get busy re-acquainting with my clients who have cheered me and supported me along the way. • 33

Annual Rainbow Trail Ride By Holly Pshyk The Rainbow Society of Alberta is pleased to present the 21st Annual Rainbow Trail Ride on Sunday, August 19.


ach participant will bring their horse to ride a 10km or 24km loop through the lush, wooded trails of the grazing reserve located thirty minutes east of Sherwood Park, AB. The day starts at 8:30am with a continental breakfast; registration is at 9:00am and the ride begins at 10:00am. Afterwards, a BBQ lunch will be served, compliments of Leduc Best Western Plus Denham Inn and Suites. The goal of the 21st Annual Rainbow Trail Ride is to raise $15,000 towards granting wishes to Alberta children diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Ours is a program of HOPE; whether it is HOPE for tomorrow, HOPE for a miracle, or HOPE for a cure - maintaining HOPE is fundamental. Having a wish granted is not a cure, but is does bring joy and excitement to a child facing the daily challenges of being ill. A wish is something the whole family can look forward to, whether it is a Disney family vacation, a backyard playground or a home theatre system. “In the spring of 2004, I became the proud owner of a custommade mono-ski because of a wish granted by The Rainbow Society. But the true gift given was one of independence and freedom and that is priceless. And it is something I will be grateful for the rest of my days.” - Megan. Over the past 20 years, the annual Rainbow Trail Ride has raised an impressive $189,486! This is a pledged event with no entry fee; we simply ask participating riders to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges. New for 2012, each participant will receive a limited edition Trail Ride t-shirt courtesy of AgPro Insurance Brokers Inc. Prizes will be awarded to top pledge earners and all riders will be entered into a door prize draw. Since 1986, we have proudly fulfi lled the dreams and wishes of 892 children from 146 Alberta communities at a total cost of over four million dollars. Each community event helps to provide the funds necessary for continuing the work that we do on behalf of these courageous children and their families. Be a part of something special and help make a child’s dream come true. We grant up to 50 wishes a year at an average cost of $5000 per wish. We continue to rely upon donations from individuals and businesses as well as funds raised at events held throughout Alberta each year. From every donated dollar, 92 cents goes directly to our wish program. To learn more about The Rainbow Society of Alberta and to download the 21st Annual Rainbow Trail Ride forms, please visit our website at Find us on Facebook under the name “Rainbow Society of Alberta” and follow us “@ RainbowSociety” on Twitter. 34 • Saddle Up • August 2012

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous contribution to the 21st Annual Rainbow Trail Ride.

Walter Furlong is one of our longest returning riders and he also donates handmade western home decor items for our prize offering to the top pledge earners.


Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Story and photos by Cheryle Hickman, Rein-Beau Images


atching driving with knowhow, elegance, and real horsepower is a treat! If you have not yet attended a driving event at Ken Huber Farm in 70 Mile House BC, you must. You give to the Food Bank as your entry and get back a good feeling and a great time. On Saturday July 14th I attended the Dressage portion of the Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event, representing Saddle Up magazine. All the Dressage drivers were exceptionally talented, gifted, and great representatives of the Sport. Special thanks to Ken Huber for hosting the 6th annual event. I’d like to say hello and thank you to “The Safety Man” Ray Cody; the fellow who “has been there, done most everything with a horse,” and who took the time to explain so many things to me so my understanding of the Sport would help me appreciate it so much more. The Safety Inspection in itself was a learning curve for me. I’d also like to thank the competitors and their equine partners for allowing me to photograph them. Words from the judges to the competitors as they were entering the ring… “have fun and enjoy” impressed me. All in all folks, this annual 2-day event should be marked on your calendars to visit; where you can sit back and watch ‘Poetry in Motion’.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan Daines from Innisfail, AB, and Hugh McLennan all donated their time and talent, as did a number of local musicians/ singers throughout the weekend. (See a Memoriam to Danny on page 38.)

The memorial service for Danny Lytton was held July 1.

The results are: Senior Pole bending: 1st Punky Mulvahill, 2nd Dennis Gunn Stake Race: 1st Nicole Hoessl, 2nd Bridget Rosetie Barrel Race: 1st Nicole Hoessl, 2nd Bridget Rosetie Key hole: 1st Bridget Rosetie, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Intermediate Pole bending: 1st Tiana Johnny, 2nd Terris Billyboy Stake Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Tiana Johnny Barrel Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Taylor Stewart Key hole: 1st Tiana Johnny, 2nd Harrison Dann Junior Pole bending: 1st Kailey Dube, 2nd Taylor McCullough Stake Race: 1st Taylor McCullough, 2nd Kaylee Billyboy Barrel Race: 1st Taylor McCullough, 2nd Kailey Dube Key hole: 1st Kaylee Billyboy, 2nd Cecilia Warren Pee Wee Pole bending: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Wyatt McCullough Stake Race: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Wyatt McCullough Barrel Race: 1st Wyatt McCullough, 2nd John Noskey Key hole: 1st Wyatt McCullough, 2nd Robbie Stewart Pee Wee Lead-in 1st in all events Jimmy Testawich, 2nd Ella Lay in Stake Race Aggregate for July Senior: 1st Nicole Hoessl, Runner up Bridget Rosetie Intermediate: 1st Tiana Johnny, Runner up Terris Billyboy Junior: 1st Taylor McCullough, Runner up Kailey Dube Pee Wee: 1st Wyatt McCullough, Runner up John Noskey

Sarah Gilmour (left) from Vancouver and Maggie Westenhoff from Germany partner up in the ribbon race at the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana. Sarah has been riding there for years and this is Maggie’s second year.

(L to R) Darcey Smith, Ivan Daines, and Hugh McLennan at the Danny Lytton cowboy fundraiser concert.

The new lolly pop picnic with horses “Z” (Zee) and “Wiki” and””Jamaica” on the wheel.


e were saddened by the passing of well-known cowboy, Danny Lytton, on June 17. Danny touched the lives of many different people in many different ways between 1949 and 2012, and was well liked by everyone. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the fundraising concert that Darcey Smith put on the weekend of June 22-24. The concert, however, was great, and those that braved the weather really enjoyed some super entertainment. Alan Moberg from Salt Spring Island, Ivan

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This year’s first Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana on July 14 was another great day. The weather was super (almost too hot), the competitors were top notch, and the audience was very enthusiastic... especially the ones that were sitting in the beer garden!

Shirley Bradbury from Easy Living Acres in Langley leaving “Huber Town” in the 70 Mile driving course.


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d The following day, the 70 Mile House Carriage Driving Marathon was held at the Huber Farm. We weren’t able to take in the whole event but what we did see was a lot of fun. The obstacle course was set up a little differently this year and a “Lollipop Picnic” was added. “Huber Town” was there last year but this year it was greatly improved with a lot of new building... Huber Saloon, a bank, a general store, Huber Hotel, a courthouse, a sheriff ’s office, and Judge Begbie’s bench, all set up as obstacles in the course. (See more photos on page 35.)

were some of their family, a couple of their travelling buddies, their dogs, and their horses. Tom’s words brought a few tears to the girls that were there. Sharpen your pencil and pull out your calendar - August 11 is the next Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana! And on September 21, the BC Cowboy Heritage Society, in partnership with ORA Restaurant Lounge, will be putting on a major fundraising concert at the Kamloops Convention Centre in Kamloops. The feature band will be “The Gords” (Ian Tyson’s band) and Hugh McLennan and the Western Spirit Band will be opening for them! Watch for details in September’s Saddle Up or phone Mark at 1-888-763-2221. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? Tom and Kathy Dunn renewing their wedding vows in front of the museum at Meadow Springs Ranch.

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

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This month’s photo is an item that our neighbours, Ewa and Voytek Foik, bought at the 83 Mile antique auction... wish it were mine. The object is about 32 inches long, 32 inches high and 12 inches wide (without the handles). Ewa nicknamed it “The Beast.” You might want to look up an old timer who worked on the railroad to help you with this one.

The July issue’s photo was taken right E-mail Mark at after the 83 Mile The same weekend, at Meadow Auction of an and put “What’s This?” in the subject Springs Ranch, we had two couples with item I purchased line. Send us your full name, city their own horses and trailers with living at the sale. It is an ice cream maker. We and province please.. quarters. On Saturday evening, after we had lots of correct answers this time. returned from the Gymkhana, Tom and Thanks to everyone that sent them in and Sam Huston, Fort St John Kathy Dunn from Kamloops renewed congratulations to you all: Frieda Walter, Fort St John their wedding vows... after just about 39 Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Morgan Gladdish, Nelson years of marriage! Present at the event Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Brittany MacInnis, Chilliwack Ruth Flack, Pritchard Sandy Compton, Black Creek CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSORS Eric Mirus, Williams Lake Joe Reichert, Keremeos Sue Gereau, Princeton Kathie Dorval, Cobble Hill Michele Pinel, Merritt Beaver Valley Feeds (1990) Ltd. Theresa Luke, Duncan Williams Lake, BC ~ 250-392-6282 Myron Erickson, Ashcroft Ida Newell, Innisfail, AB Vicki Hough, Falkland Serving Cariboo-Chilcotin Yvonne and Don Brown, with Ranch & Farm Supplies Dale Stanton, Aldergrove Cumberland Dixie Zizek, Vermilion, AB Fencing Supplies ~ Feeders ~ Feeds ~ Fertilizers Pet Feeds & Supplies ~ Tack & Western Giftware Janey Van Winkle, Vanderhoof Sheldon Wessell, Vernon Garden Centre ~ Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables 9/12 Bev Whitta, Nanoose Bay HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 37

Cowboy Poetry The Black Horse Black horse black skies See the fire in our eyes Through the storm As we canter

Running freely Flying hooves beneath us Chasing dreams Chasing skies Leaving everything behind Out of the storm See the light As we reach

In Memoriam The Cariboo’s Beloved Cowboy... Rode his last trail ride on earth, Sunday, June 17, 2012. As Dan headed off to ride the wide open range of Heaven it became very apparent just how much this special man touched so many lives. He stayed strong till the end, courageously battling cancer. Dan’s attitude was second to none and he was always grateful for so many things in life; especially spending time with his family and the many friends he made over the years. He made a mark in this world! A reminder to all of us to keep smiling, have a good laugh and lend a helping hand wherever you can. A Cowboy who was passionate about Team Roping and the ranching lifestyle, a lifestyle that he was born and raised with in Sheridan, Wyoming and carried through into the Cariboo. He will be missed! - Karen Passmore

For the time Of morning’s first light We can reach for anything As long as we try. By Katee Clements, age 14 (Dedicated to my black horse friend)

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Bridge Lake Rodeo – A Muddy One! Photos by Rein-Beau Images


he 63rd Annual Bridge Lake Stampede amateur rodeo took place over the July 1st weekend, hosted by the Bridge Lake Community Club. It was very wet and muddy, but entries and spectators were almost on par to last year. A new event added this year was a Men’s and Women’s Whiskey Race, where almost 25 contestants in each had to chase a calf and grab the ribbon from its tail. There were a lot of muddy men and women coming out of the arena – but it was all in fun! We have some results for you below. ALL AROUND COWBOY Brady Smith, Bridge Lake ALL AROUND COWGIRL Brianne Birch, Salmon Arm OPEN STEER DAUBING Keely Cahill, Clinton JUNIOR STEER DAUBING Jessica Fremlin, 100 Mile House JUNIOR STEER RIDING Emmit Beeds PEEWEE BARRELS Sidney Schweb JUNIOR BARRELS Bacardi Zimmerlee, Clinton MEN’S COW RIDING & BULL RIDING Barry LeBourdais, Kamloops SENIOR LADIES BARREL RACING Marissa Peter, Bridge Lake CALF ROPING Joe Isnardy, Chilcotin TEAM ROPING Miles King and Shane Lougheed CHILDREN’S PIG SCRAMBLE Eddy Kennedy, Lone Butte



Calgary Stampede Highlights Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede For more information and results see

Attendance was up this year! 2012 hosted 1,409,371 people as compared to 2011 at 1,174,697. Carol Ward of Rancho Murieta, Calif., celebrates her win aboard Lil Dulce Lu in the Non-Pro class during the Cutting Horse Competition on July 12th. The win was worth $8,725.

Suzon Schaal of Millarville, Alta., and her own Genuine Brown Gal captured the Non-Pro Bridle class of the Working Cow Horse Classic on July 15th. Victory was worth $2,310.

Wim Van Der Poel of Okotoks, Alta., centre, flanked by twins Justin and Graham Armstrong of Armstrong, B.C., teamed up to win the July 6th 14 Class final in the Team Cattle Penning Competition, presented by Calfrac Well Services. The trio will split a cheque for $22,374.

Debbie Molnar, Sandy Price, and Taylor Sinclair, all of Langley, B.C., celebrate their 10 Class championship in the Team Cattle Penning Competition, presented by Calfrac Well Services, on July 7th. The trio split a winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheque for $43,365, and also collect Stampede buckles and limited-edition Centennial Trophy Saddles, handcrafted by Vic Bennett Saddles of Sherwood Park, Alta.

Steven Beane of Yorkshire, England, shows winning form in capturing the 33rd annual World Championship Blacksmithsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Competition, presented by Mustad, on July 8th. Beane, who collects $10,000, has won the WCBC four years in a row.

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Joel Lesh of Stillwater, Okla., Pat Bolin of Stettler, Alta., and Jordan Lesh of Stillwater, Okla., celebrate their Open Class victory on July 8th during the Team Cattle Penning Competition, presented by Calfrac Well Services. Victory was worth $13,248 to the trio.

Ben Thorlakson of Carstairs, Alta., Alex Hansen of Chestermere, Alta., and Bruce Stewart of Cochrane, Alta., celebrate their 7 Class title in the Team Cattle Penning Competition, presented by Calfrac Well Services, on July 9th. Victory was worth $39,396 to the trio.

Brad Pedersen of Lacombe, Alta., won his second career Elite Western Rider Award, presented by Parsons, on July 19th. The Award is an annual salute to versatility in the saddle throughout the Stampede’s three Western Performance Horse events.

Chubby Turner of Weatherford, Texas, second from left, celebrates his victory aboard CD Boonsmal in the Open class during the Cutting Horse Competition on July 12th. The win was worth $10,200. Haylee Sleeman of Yelm, Wash., in saddle, celebrates her win aboard Kit Date in the Youth class during the Cutting Horse Competition on July 12th. Sleeman wins the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Award and a $1,500 scholarship.

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BC’s Rising Star of Bull Fighting By Linda Lou Howarth Photos by Shelly Loring

Bullriding - gets the heart pounding! The rodeo fans are on the edge of their seats; the bulls are restless, snorting and fighting in the chute. The rodeo announcer pumps up the crowd with loud upbeat funky music and the jitters begin!


he bullrider has already checked who the “bullfighter” is going to be; if he is fast, nimble, athletic and strong, the rider can concentrate on riding the bull! A good bullfighter works in the rodeos fighting bulls and saving riders. When a rider gets hung up or is a bit disoriented on the ground and cannot get out of the way, the bullfighter will fearlessly jump in between the bull and the bullrider, slap the bull on the nose and whip around, drawing the bull away, leaving the rider safe! A good bullfighter will be voted in by the bullriders to be the fighter at the BCRA finals. Such a fighter for the 2011 year was Gregory Loring Junior. Tall, athletic, a quick thinker and fast on his feet - “a big bugger” - Junior showed the cowboys how he could deal with the bulls as the riders were bucked off or got hung up. Junior is a very well liked fellow. As a bullfighter, his speed on his feet, his ability to be a quick thinker in tough situations and to grab a rider off the bull, drop them to the ground and then draw the bull away, has earned him a lot of respect. Formerly from Riske Creek, young Greg Loring Junior, known simply as “Junior” hung up his bull rope to become a bullfighter saving cowboys. “I decided to start fighting bulls after last summer (2010), when I was injured riding bulls. It took a long time to really accept the fact that it was the better rodeo route for me to take. As it turns out, I fight bulls better than I ever rode bulls, and after a summer of fighting bulls, the pain of not riding them is a lot more tolerable,” says Junior. He goes on to explain, “Bullfighting always came pretty natural to me even when I rode bulls - I would fight for my buddies in the practice pen, 42 • Saddle Up • August 2012

but it was just never really a challenge to me. I guess that is one of the reasons why I never pursued it until this past year.” “The key to fighting bulls is... well, I’m sure there are numerous opinions of right and wrong ways to do it,” explains Junior. “What works for me is being able to read the bull’s leads and positioning myself so that I’m not moving too fast or too slow. Of course there are those times, too, when things don’t go as planned or as smooth as a guy wants them to, and when those times occur I just do whatever it takes to keep the bullrider safe - whether it is throwing myself in front of a bull and taking a hit, or just plain taking a hooking. I found, too, that it’s always good to try and fight different pens of bulls, just to keep from getting lazy and keeping your reactions sharp. If a guy fights the same pen of bulls all summer, you kind of get to know the bulls and their attitudes; you kind of already know what to expect before they even leave the chute and that could get you in a jam somewhere down the road with a different pen of bulls with different attitudes.” “I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from a lot of different people this past year and to me that’s what makes it worthwhile to be a bullfighter. It makes a guy feel pretty good to have not only bull riders and stock contractors (and of course, the ladies) notice the job you are doing, but also the people in the stands who probably don’t have the first clue about rodeo coming over to shake your hand when they see you after the rodeo. It’s a pretty warm and comforting feeling when a guy knows he did a job well.” “I had the opportunity to fight bulls not only in BC but also Alberta, where I was able to become a WPB (World Professional Bullriding) bullfighter. That

Roe Lake in 2011, at the BCRA rodeo.

In Vernon at Coyote Creek Ranch, 2012.

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was a pretty big achievement for me, mainly because of the exposure I got! I had the chance to fight bulls in front of some of the best bullriders in Canada and got nothing but positive feedback. Hopefully the future has even more to offer for me. I’d like to have my full CPRA bullfighting card within the next few years and maybe one day have a chance to fight bulls at the CFR and on the PBR Built Ford Tough series. That will all come in HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rising Star, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d time, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just going to take it one step at a time and let things fall into place!â&#x20AC;? Junior attended a bullfighting school on April 3-4 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The bullfighting school was put on by Jesse Byrne. Jesse has fought bulls at the Canadian Finals Rodeo numerous times and also fought bulls at the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) finals three times. Junior says that Jesse is probably the best bullfighter in the world. Junior explains that he fought about 90 head of bulls in the two days and that he had a lot of one-on-one time with Jesse. He also was able to fight bulls as a team with Jesse and said it was probably the coolest thing heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done in his life. He said that he learned a lot from the school, and he would highly recommend Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bullfighting school to anyone that wants to become a bullfighter.

Juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, Ty Pozzobon, has been riding bulls for five years and is in the PBR. He says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junior has been fighting bulls for about three or four years and has just started doing it seriously. Junior is one of the best in BC; if I enter a bullriding event and I find out that Junior is the bullfighter, then the last thing I have to worry about is if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be safe. If you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior doing the bullfighting, you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be looked after - that is for sure! Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting better and better. Before you know it, Junior will be fighting in the PBR. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come a long way since he started. Whenever I practice bullriding, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the first one there to make sure I make it,â&#x20AC;? says Ty. Another bullrider, Wade Marchand, who has been riding bulls for over ten years (professionally for about six years), had these comments about Juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills as a bullfighter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I trust Junior the most


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Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show By Bruce A. Roy

Cole Allen, 11 years old, attending (and driving) thanks to the Starlight Wish Foundation in Ontario.


eavy horses numbered among the stars at Calgary’s 2012 Centennial Stampede, shown at halter and in harness, pulling in weight divisions or seen working at Draft Horse Town. Spectators packed the Saddledome for the 2012 World Six Horse Hitch Championship, which fifteen turnouts contested. Hitch horses stepped to the rousing music of Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra as the near capacity crowd roared its approval, clapping to the beat of the popular tunes. A symphony of sight and sound, the World Six Horse Hitch Championship is also a kaleidoscope of colour. For man and beast the stellar event is an adrenalin rush! When Ontario’s Cole Allen trotted forth in the Youth Cart Class everyone had dust in their eyes. The Starlight Wish Foundation made the 11-year-old boy’s “Wish” come true, ensuring he attended Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show with his family. No shrinking violet about a draft horse, Calgary’s Heavy Horse Committee entered Cole in the Youth Cart Class, where he drove a stepping Percheron mare accompanied by Brian Coleman. To the crowd’s delight Cole was second in the class. While collecting his ribbon, Cole was presented with a Gold and Silver Stampede Centennial Belt Buckle by Stampede officials and a cheque for over $3,000, presented by Jess Debnam, money collected from Calgary’s Heavy Horse exhibitors. The young horseman, the only person in the Saddledome without dust in his eyes, thanked Jess Debnam and the Heavy Horse exhibitors. Cole requested the money be given to Calgary’s Wish Foundation, so a child with a life-threatening condition could enjoy the experience he had. The Saddledome crowd offered a thunderous ovation! Words fail to do justice to this year’s Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show, a stellar equine event that brought exhibitors from Ontario to Oregon and many points between.

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TIDBITS Wild Rose Ride Fundraiser Giddy up ya’ll! You’re invited to participate in the first Annual AEF Wild Rose Fundraising Trail Ride at the world famous Rafter Six Ranch Resort on September 16, 2012 in Kananaskis Country. This is a fundraising venture that the Alberta Equestrian Federation is hosting to raise funds for their affi liated Therapeutic Riding Associations. Day starts with an optional Cowboy Church at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Country Brunch at 11 a.m. Ride heads out at 12:30 p.m. and done by 2:30 p.m. with a wrap-up celebration afterwards. Bring your own horse or rent one. Entry fee is $75 per rider (which is your donation). For registration (deadline Sept 9th) and more info visit

Nakita “Delichtes” Judges From Coldstream BC, Nakita Delichte won 3rd place in the Trail of Painted Ponies and American Paint Horse Association Art competition conducted in honor of APHA’s 50th anniversary. The theme was the ‘Celebration of the American Paint Horse’. More than 350 artists from around the world submitted designs on one of five Painted Ponies forms. In April, APHA and Trail of Painted Ponies narrowed the entries down to 20 finalists, which were then displayed for online voting. Over 5,000 votes were submitted over a 2 week period. Nakita named her design “Painted Anniversary” - based on the global growth of the Paint Horse over the last 50 years. Nakita loves painting and does all sorts of art work including woodworking, designing jewelry and western show clothes. She is a grade 12 graduate, and has 2 Paints which she trains herself and shows them in Open and APHA shows. Congratulations!


Fundraising Concert for BC Cowboy Heritage Society In partnership with ORA Restaurant and Lounge, an upcoming concert will benefit the BC Cowboy Heritage Society - and the best part - the concert sounds like it will be awesome!! On September 21st - Hugh McLennan and the Western Spirit Band will open for “The Gords” (Ian Tyson’s Band) at the Kamloops Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $25 plus tax and are available at ORA Restaurant Lounge (in person or charge by phone at 250-372-5312) and at The Horse Barn in Kamloops. This is a show/concert for all ages. For more info contact Mark at 1-888-763-2221 or e-mail:

Open House at HorseCentred in Armstrong On August 11 and 12 you are invited to attend an Open House at HorseCentred; focusing on Equine Facilitated Coaching on the Saturday and Equine Facilitated Training and Self Development on Sunday. Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, followed by a complimentary catered lunch. Space is limited – please book early. (See ad below for contact info and more upcoming events.) HorseCentred is very excited to be in the process of negotiations with Deborah Marshall to offer an introductory workshop about the National Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness (NAEFW) Certification Program www.naefwcom. This is a new program, in its pilot year, supporting all of those in the industry that co-facilitate with horses for the wellness of others. The NAEFW Mission Statement: Fostering knowledge, growth, ongoing education, accountability and support for people working in a respectful partnership with equines in healing and learning environments. Organizers hope to offer this the first week of October. Check in at periodically for emerging details. • 45

Dog Training Lingo By Christine Schwartz If your friends no longer want to come for a visit because the moment they enter your house your dog charges them, won’t stop barking and he then pulls your arms out of their socket when you try to control him, you have two choices. Get your dog trained or give up on having friends.


here is a lot of confusion on the different dog training methods and they vary greatly from being unacceptably aggressive to ineffective with many good training methods in between. TV shows featuring some charming and some not-so-charming professionals are not making the choice any easier. Often, what the trainer says and does is quite different and it can be very enlightening to watch a training show or DVD with the volume turned off. Do you understand what the trainer is asking the dog to do when you are not hearing his explanation? Does the dog look like he is getting it or is he being forced into submission? Positive Training is the very popular buzz term that is often overused. Some trainers will advertise that they are using positive methods, but often you will still see them threatening the dogs or using equipment like choke, electric or prong collars which have been illegal in Europe for many, many years. The common explanation is that good trainers know how to use a shock (aka electric) collar and it is only dangerous in the hands of amateurs. My question is if they are good professionals could they not find other tools? Positive Reinforcement Training relies on praise and rewards when your dog does something right rather than punishment or correction when your dog does something wrong. Like people, different dogs respond to different rewards. For some dogs, the proper reward is a special food, for others it might be a toy or simply a pat and a word of praise. Finding the right reward for motivating your dog is the key to success using positive reinforcement training. Clicker training is quickly gaining popularity in dog training. The handler carries a small clicker and a good supply of small treats. Clicker training is a great way Every time the dog offers the to teach tricks. 46 • Saddle Up • August 2012

wanted behaviour he is rewarded with a click and treat. Dogs love the game and quickly learn to think. It works very well in teaching tricks such as crawl, play dead, step up, sit up or touch an object with their nose or paw. Clicker training teaches the handler to break each lesson and new behaviour into small steps and to look for small improvements that are rewarded immediately. The more you can teach your dogs the more he is able to learn. The Dominance Theory assumes that the animal misbehaves because it is striving for a higher rank in the pack and the best way to change the behaviour is by applying force such as jerking the dog’s collar or pinning the dog to the ground to force him to submit. This method is commonly seen on TV and while it is copied by amateur dog owners even the top trainers will say that it should only be done by professionals. Violence begets violence and often times the dog will see no other choice to free himself than to reach around and bite when being pinned.

Training vs Educating The well-trained dog will do what you tell him, when you tell him – no questions asked. The educated dog will participate in the decision making and do the right thing without being forced to. Crossing the street is a good example. I always stop before crossing the street, look both ways, say “okay” when the traffic allows for safe crossing and off we go. If a polite driver slows down to let us cross I wave them on. In my dog’s experience, crossing in front of a running car is an impossibility. I realized that his education was sticking after walking off leash in town for years when I walked in front of a parked, idling car and he stopped. Most farm dogs get to make a lot of their own decisions during the course of the day which is not so possible for most city dogs that generally need to lead a more controlled life. The dogs that have more choices and enjoy a lot of exercise are usually HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

more confident and easier to get along with. If you are taking your dog to a trainer or take lessons you need to be your dog’s advocate. If what the trainer is doing to your dog, or asking you to do to your dog, is not okay with you, excuse yourself and take your dog home. Jerking on the leash, lifting the dog’s front feet off the ground, hitting or pinching are obsolete and unacceptable methods, but sadly you still see them being used. Dog training has evolved and as we know better, we are able to do better.

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Operant conditioning is another training term that is becoming popular in 8/12 working with animals. The dog learns that his own actions influence the consequences of his behaviour. It is based on Positive and Negative Reinforcement and Positive and *i“LiÀ̜˜]Ê ÊUÊÈä{‡n™{‡ÈÇ{ä Negative Punishment, terms that are easily mixed up. Positive Reinforcement - a reward is added to increase the likelihood of that behaviour being repeated. An example is rewarding the dog with food when he comes when called. The dog quickly learns that coming when called is a good idea and he is happy to work with you. TOP DOG! SPONSORED BY Negative Reinforcement - an aversive is removed to “Together we’re better” increase the likelihood that behaviour will be repeated. An example would be to physically push the dog into a sit position Beth Marks and the pressure is only released when he sits. The dog learns to sutton group - lakefront realty avoid the pressure, not a pleasant way for the dog to learn. Toll Free 1-877-510-8666 or 250-306-2384 Positive Punishment - an aversive is added to stop the behaviour, such as using a spray collar to stop a dog from barking. 5/12 The collar is active when the dog barks and stops when he stops. However, the distress of the punishment is likely to linger and the dog may become fearful, anticipating something unpleasant when he hears a hissing sound. Not a pleasant way to train a dog. BUFFY Negative Punishment - a potential reward is removed to Th is is my Top Dog called “Buff y” stop the behaviour. For example when you turn your back and – she’s a Pug. Here she is going for avoid looking and talking to the dog who is jumping up to get an aft ernoon ride on my Arabian your attention. He will learn that this undesirable behaviour lost “Stealth.” the potential reward (your attention). This is the only acceptable - Thanks, Taelor form of punishment in modern dog training. At the end of the day you have to decide which training approach works for you and your dog and what type of a relationship you want to create with your animal friend. Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words Christine Schwartz of Vernon, BC has been a Tellington TTouch Practitioner about him/her. since the early 80s and has trained horses and dogs at The Icelandic Horse Farm for over 3 decades. More recently she has added dog agility to her We will print your first name interests and is the current president of the Vernon agility group, Dog’O’Pogo. (or initials) and your city/province. Christine has always been passionate about mindful and forward thinking Email to and put in subject training approaches that don’t require force, dominance and submission. She line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH promotes educating animals rather than just training them to obey. Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis.

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Puppy Training – Part 2 By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley


he first few weeks with a young puppy are a wonderful time. They can’t do anything without it being adorable, and it’s hard not to spend every waking moment with them. Unfortunately spending every moment with them is not always in their best interest. Because of this, puppies often have separation anxiety or other tolerance issues by the age of 3 months. Most of us have big expectations for our puppies. We seem to think they should instinctively know what to chew and where to go to the bathroom. Our puppies do not come home with the knowledge of what is considered appropriate in our world and what isn’t. We cannot expect them to just know what’s right and what’s not, according to us. By giving our young dogs too much freedom which equals too many choices, we set them up for failure. Without structure and practice of a desired behaviour in a controlled situation, the dog will be forced to choose from their own repertoire. Typically, these choices are completely inappropriate from our perspective.  We also expect our dogs to be able to spend time on their own, but we often create separation issues by making too much of a distinction between time when we are at home and time when we are away. Wanting to spend as much time together as possible, we have our puppy around us, doting on him, trying to make up for his isolation when we are away. By doing so, we are exaggerating the differences in the puppy’s routines when we are home and away. Instead, we should be creating a basic routine that our puppy can get used to, something that 48 • Saddle Up • August 2012

he can rely on, no matter what our hectic day entails. With this consistency, he will learn to accept periods on his own as positive and normal. All of these issues can be addressed by the amount of freedom we give our young puppies. For many people, crates and xpens are associated with travel and housetraining. The value of these management tools goes far beyond these uses. Used humanely and neutrally, they can assist in the development of good habits. Just as important they can also help a pup learn vital real-life skills, such as being on their own, tolerance and patience. It is much easier for both you and your puppy to shape the behaviours you like by structuring his routine so that only these behaviours occur. In this way you set him up for success by removing the possibility of your puppy choosing and reinforcing inappropriate behaviours. Any time that you are unable to watch your puppy he should be in his crate or puppy pen (eg. when you are on the phone, in the washroom, doing laundry, preparing or eating meals). Your puppy should not be free to wander around – choosing to counter surf, mooch, chew on the table leg, piddle in the corner – you get the idea. He should be safely tucked away in his puppy pen or crate with appropriate chew toys. Eventually, this habit of remaining quiet when you are busy can develop into a ‘go to your bed’ behaviour. Making time in a crate or puppy pen a regular part of the puppy’s regular routine is also an invaluable way to teach being on their own. Without you having to leave the home, you can systematically build their confidence and tolerance with

this important skill. Short, frequent sessions are better than long, irregular ones. No matter what your schedule dictates, your puppy should be learning to be comfortable spending time settling down, entertaining himself appropriately and being away from you. And for those of you who happily say “My pup goes away on his own,” hold on. Perhaps your puppy wanders off to a quiet place on his own or has an open-door policy with the crate. This is not the same as YOU choosing when and where he goes away, and how long he stays. You must teach your puppy to be comfortable with being put away. All gentle examples of direction from you will help your puppy develop his tolerance. Short, regular sessions in his resting areas throughout the day will help your puppy accept imposed down time. If your puppy is in the habit of following you around the house, this will be a challenging lesson for him. He needs to learn to be on his own when he would usually choose to be with you. He will also need to learn to deal with not having freedom when he wants it. These are two separate skills that can both be taught using the crate (or puppy pen), but should be developed separately. For example, first you can work on simply being in the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

crate with the door closed. Stay nearby so your pup isn’t also having to deal with being away from you to start – this comes later. You can help develop a positive association with this experience by always providing something special when your pup is inside – not just a regular toy or quick treat. The goody needs to have a ‘wow!’ factor and lasting power – a stuffed Kong or beef chew, for example. To start, keep sessions to 5-10 minutes long. Practice regularly throughout the day. After a couple of days at this level, you can either start increasing the length of time in the crate OR start positioning yourself further from the crate. Remember to make increases in difficulty gradual and work on one thing at a time. If you do have to leave your puppy for a longer period (they may need to potty), you can make use of a puppy pen. Your puppy’s pen should have a bed, water, an indoor potty (synthetic sod works best), and lots of appropriate chews. Even when your pup has developed good habits and can handle more freedom, it’s beneficial to keep a crate in your dog’s regular routine. It will always prove useful in life’s unforeseen events (a medical emergency, shipping, moving, renovating). These are all stressful to the dog – there’s no need to compound their discomfort by shoving them in a crate for the first time in a year. A crate, properly introduced and used can be a place of security and safety for your dog.

Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulse-control and skillbuilding program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog.

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…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect,, recolle recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers eaders aders anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. Nancy ancy Ro Roman R 1970

They’re Not Made of Glass By M. Lynne Christian, Summerland, BC Here’s a happy story from my “glorious” past and my “magical” present and the sadness in between. As you can see from this treasured photo, my little half-Arab “Fanny” was the light of my life back in the 70s. Eventing, endurance riding, wilderness camping, pulling a cart, she did it all. Then she died tragically in 1980 (not related to competing). The poem I wrote in 1979 “They’re Not Made of Glass” was about how much I loved my little mare and how I wondered if I had hurt her in those frantic 50 miles. Then ironically, she died in the pasture, just two years after the race. I was devastated. I was 42 years old. My friend gave me another horse, a Standardbred/Arab cross. I trained her and was successful eventing her, but I couldn’t get past Lynne Christian and Fanny Fanny’s death. I sold my farm in Hope, BC in 1986 and went back to a graduate school for my Masters and PHD degrees. I moved to Summerland. For 25 years I had not ridden a horse. When I retired from my practice, at age 70, I went looking for another horse to love. I met Shelly White at her Curly Standard Place Horse Ranch. With her patience, guidance and caring, during a very cold and snowy winter, she brought me up-to-date with the improvements in starting horses in the 21st century. Then spring came and she found me a beautiful purebred Arabian mare. I am forever grateful to Shelly. So now “magically” I am riding again in the peaceful back lands of the Okanagan. No more competing with this happy little mare, just long lazy togetherness – with the occasional log jump so I can feel that thrill again from my “glorious” past. P.S. They really ARE made of glass. My story is not an unusual one. Horses do die when least expected; even when we love them dearly. Their death can change the course of our lives forever.

They’re Not Made of Glass By Lynne Christian “Only 50 miles… and they’re not made of glass! Hell, that’s what they’re for, they like to go fast!” “Go ahead then, ruin your horse!! She won’t tell you she’s hurtin’ and windbroke and sore. Naw, she’ll keep right on runnin’’ and still give you more!” “But you can’t say it’s cruel, we’ve trained for this date. She’s slim and she’s fit and in beautiful shape.” “Sure she looks good, but wait till you’re through. She’ll be heavin’ and sweatin’ and you’ll wonder too.” “But the Vets will be there to tell me she’s fine. They’ll be checkin’ her heart and watchin’ the time.” “Yes, when you hold the trophy the prize that you won, you’ll start to wonderin’ what have I done?” Was she really okay? Is the question you’ll ask. But never mind you’ll know for sure… She’s not made of glass!


Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 50 • Saddle Up • August 2012


It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e? e you? r a u r ho r s e r o e y h h it w . . w Kid s. u d o i ng s a bout YOU! o y e r a lu What n to tel r u t R U It’ s YO Hi my name is Veda. This is my favourite horse BobbySox (Morab). He is my Aunty Lainy’s horse and I can ride him all by myself. I hope one day I can have my very own horse. - Veda, age 4, Courtenay, BC Hi my name is Livia. My little brother, Ty, is 2 1/2 years old. We don’t have our own horses yet, but we like to ride Bob and Dancer, the pony. They belong to our Aunty Lainy. - Livia, age 4, Courtenay BC

(Aunty Lainy says, “The kids come to our farm to ride at least once a week. I love those kids, like they are our grandkids. Thank you for putting them in the magazine, they are getting so excited.)

My name is Madison, my pinto is Mira. I got her when I was 4. I was camping at Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous in 100 Mile House. I made new friends and had fun in the trail class. I was so excited to bid and win the pinto pony costume from the silent auction. I love horses and camping. - Madison, age 6, Langley, BC, Member of BCHBC (pictured here with new RV friend Denada (sp?)) This is Ronan with his first ribbon on his favourite horse Ruler from Leadline class at the Kelowna Riding Club flat show. - Ronan, age 5, Kelowna, BC

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HORSE COUNCIL BC WELCOMES GREENSCENE AGRITEK INC. AS A NEW OFFICIAL PARTNER Eco-Friendly and Innovative Ladner BC company is set to take the Horse World by storm! Horse Council BC would like to welcome GreenScene Agritek Inc. (GSA) as one of its Official Partners for 2012/2013. As an Official Partner of HCBC, GSA is directly supporting the over 22,000 equestrians that make up the Horse Council BC membership, their programs and services. GreenScene Agritek has developed a patented technology that will recycle used horse bedding, consisting of wood chips or shavings, waste hay and organics (manure) and transform it back into high quality, horse bedding pellets. GSA will manufacture its proprietary plant equipment and supply licensed plant owners with turnkey plant designs. GreenScene Agritek initially leveraged 18 years of industry experience to develop a 2 tonne/hour (TPH) prototype system, which has operated successfully in Delta, BC since 2008. GSA’s vision is to provide sustainable and affordable ecoproducts to the equestrian industry.

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HORSE COUNCIL BC ANNUAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS It’s that time again! Time to nominate your favourite BC equestrian for an award! HCBC’s Annual Awards honour outstanding achievements 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. Please help us in recognizing these equine enthusiasts by nominating the outstanding equestrian in your life for one of the following categories: • Lifetime Achievement • Athlete of the Year • Coach of the Year • Horse of the Year • Horse Industry Professional of the Year • Bob James Award (formerly “Volunteer of the Year”) • President’s Award Last year’s award recipients were: • Lifetime Achievement – Judy Ross • Athlete of the Year – Joni Lynn Peters • Coach of the Year – Selena Pellizzari • Horse of the Year – The 12 horses of the VPD Mounted Division • Bob James Award (formerly

“Volunteer of the Year”) – Haidee Landry, VP of the CQHA and member of the AQHA International Committee Nomination Guide • Nominations may only be submitted by HCBC Board of Directors and current HCBC members, including seniors, clubs, zones, businesses and affiliated groups. • Only one category per nomination form. You MUST complete a separate nomination form if you are nominating an individual in more than one category. • The “Lifetime Achievement” award must be endorsed by five supporters. All other HCBC awards must have two supporters for each nominee. • Self nominations are ineligible. • Nominees must have been a BC resident for a minimum of one year. • All nominations MUST be submitted on or before the nomination deadline of October 22, 2012 to be accepted for the current year. Nominations submitted after the deadline will be carried forward to the next year. For more information about each award or to nominate someone, please visit:

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North Vancouver Is. Horse Assoc. Story and photos by Cherie Corrigan


he 2012 English Derby Show held on June 30 to July 1 was once again a triumphant success with 100+ horses attending and even the weather cooperated. Saturday, the Hunters in the sand ring and Jumpers on the grass ran simultaneously. Both rings were busy and by the end of the day, the sun shone down on the fun time. The Derbies were all held on Sunday and the winners are listed below. BRIAN MCLEAN CHEVROLET DERBY: 1st - Cherish Thomas on Paparazzi 2nd - Coleen Watkins on Wyzoon 3rd - Shelly Model on Respite 4th - Rebekha Eissfeldt on Southern Wonder KRISTIN SINCLARE ROYAL LEPAGE DERBY: 1st - Abigail Cantelon on Fairy Bridge 2nd - Chrystie Mountain on Colored by Clue 3rd - Denise Fredricksen on Trin a Tron 4th - Kathy Coutts on Poetic

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Abigail Cantelon on Fairy Bridge Cherish Thomas on Paparazzi

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Ask Suzi! WHITE OR WRONG? Hi Suzi: I have been told not to wear white pants when participating in horse shows. Is this true and why? - Kayce Hi Kayce: Thanks for your note. I’m not sure who told you that or why, but it’s not the worst advice I’ve ever heard! Why? White pants are almost impossible to keep clean around something as big and boogery as a horse. In fact we see lots of beige or sand tones used, usually as accents, in the show ring, but stark white isn’t seen as much as in mainstream fashion. You have to match shades of white like any other colour, it’s very high-maintenance, and white hats and white leather will turn yellow when exposed to sunlight. Also, bright white, used on a horse with any white markings, tends to make the white on the horse look kind of dirty or dingy, because the horse’s hair is never a true white. A pale bone colour, though, can look terrific, however, and is easier to live with. Now, I can’t tell you why a lot of 4-H clubs make the little kids wear white pants while showing livestock - maybe it’s just to test the Mom’s ability to do laundry miracles! Good question… and good luck! Suzi V Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 53

Everyone Loves Licorice! By Daphne Davey


t the CanTRA annual general meeting, the winners of the 2012 CanTRA awards were announced. Drum roll, please! CanTRA Outstanding Therapy Horse Award “LICORICE” (Comox Therapeutic Riding Society, Vancouver Island, BC)

Laureli Morrison, an instructor at Comox, writes: “Licorice is a 14.1HH black and white draft-cross mare who came to us at the age of six. She is the go-to horse for a very physically challenged rider or one who needs to build their confidence. Over the past Jessie Searl the rider that has ridden Licorice sixteen years Licorice has also been used for jumping at summer camps, for vaulting and for the longest with side walkers George Town and Joan Yeow. even pulling our wheelchair cart. This little range-bred mare who started life out in the Photo courtesy of Comox TRS. back country in the interior of British Columbia is what therapeutic riding is all about. I always introduce Licorice as the ‘best horse in the barn’. Parents Brenda and Terry Searl agree. “Our daughter, Jessica, has mental and physical disabilities,” explains Brenda. “When she first started she couldn’t even cope with going into the barn. In the more than 25 years she has participated in the Comox program, a whole new world has opened up for her. Now she is thrilled if I take her to the barn with a carrot or two for Licorice. All therapy horses are special, but Licorice embodies all the special traits a therapy horse needs to be successful.” CanTRA is delighted that Alan and Suzanne Manning of Manning Equine Vet Services are sponsoring the Therapy Horse award this year. Alan is a veterinarian with an established practice in Orton, Ontario (visit Licorice will receive a crested, fitted cooler – and no doubt a lot of photo ops. Janine Langley spends a quiet moment with therapy pony Tinker at SARI. Photo courtesy of SARI.

Congratulations also to our other award winners: Andrea Gillies Outstanding Instructor Award JANINE LANGLEY (SARI therapeutic riding centre, Arva, Ontario) Rhonda Davies Outstanding Volunteer Award BRENDA ELKINS (TEAD therapeutic riding program, Mount Hope, Ontario) Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at

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Brenda Elkin and therapy horse Andy at TEAD. Photo courtesy of TEAD.

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See the next issue: Why is there a need for Long Term Equestrian Development? Courtesy of EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. Be Safe and have fun!




eventeen members of the Alberta Trail Riding Association committed a week of their holidays in June to assist with backcountry cleanup through the Government of Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adopt-aTrail Program. In 2010, we completed our fift h year of trail maintenance and equestrian site cleanup at the Hummingbird Recreation Area (west of Rocky Mountain House and Ram Falls). The Allenby Trail (South Ram) has always been our primary focus, but over the years we have cleaned up the surrounding camping areas and connector trails. A new drive-through equestrian site with pull-through camping sites was developed in 2008. In subsequent years, we have assisted with cleanup of roots, rocks, and general ground smoothing. ATRA works closely with the Bighorn Backcountry Monitoring Committee (consisting of Friends of the Eastern Slopes, government representatives and other user groups) who manages the site. Our request in 2010 for signage to the manure pit is having its rewards. Equestrian users are leaving their highline sites cleaner and moving bedding and manure to the pit. Recent improvements of the sites have included larger high line posts with protective sleeves and adequate length to accommodate two or more

horses per site. The management group is also leaving a stockpile of gravel for campers to use to raise up and replenish the high line bases for improved drainage of urine. ATRA members continue to clean up an assortment of garbage from this new area, always leaving it looking nicer than we found it. Through regular cleaning of the entire site and ongoing education, we are cleaning up less toilet paper in the trees. The clean outhouse is central to all and appreciated. One of the old camping sites that was closed for restoration had an old outhouse that certainly had character! The toilet area was made private with an assortment of old tarps securely tied high up in the trees. Some of our ATRA members were quite creative at removing the well-made amenity. The throne itself was an old plastic lawn chair mounted on 2x4 boards and set over the pit. The toilet lid completed the throne. When this old outhouse was dismantled, all the garbage was dragged out to the road for SRD staff to remove. Over the five years, we have burned or dismantled about ten old wooden toilets that littered the treed areas and numerous old fire pits have also been cleaned up to make the area safer. The 2012 clean up party found five brake liners, a few full beer cans, dirty laundry and other odds and ends. The number of bottles and cans we are collecting for return is reducing every year. We hope that if the area is clean, all campers will show more respect and clean up after themselves. The greater area, including trails, are recovering nicely Beautiful valley views on the drive west from Ram Falls after years of high


Relaxing evening entertainment

ATRA members enjoying the rain and fi fire re heat under colourful umbrellas

use from horses and people and quads. It is now lush with grass and is a great place to view the local deer and elk. So, as we look to the future, the ATRA Board has decided to sign a contract for trail maintenance of the Allenby (South Ram) trail for another five years. ATRA members would like to make a plan to begin cleaning up more backcountry garbage at the old outfitter sites. We look forward to identifying items and helping to set management priorities, in collaboration with the other management partners. It is positive to see the area recovering from previous human and natural damage. (See our listing under Clubs/Associations) â&#x20AC;˘ 55

4-H Stock Show 2012 - Horse Division By Lorna Kotz Photos courtesy of Joanne Blake and Saddle Up magazine


tock Show ran the first week of July at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This year there were 61 riding entries and 7 ground school entries. Participating Clubs: Boundary 4-H Multi Club - Grand Forks Double “L” 4-H Club - Kamloops Kelowna Hoofbeats - Kelowna Kootenay Cinch’n Saddle - Kootenays area Penticton Trail Breakers – Penticton Shift ing Saddles - Salmon Arm Valley Lopers - Kelowna Vernon Young Riders - Vernon area

2012 Instructors: Joan and Anya Sopow - English flat, Jumping and Dressage Wolf Beyer - Trail and Western Ross Hanson - Reining and Western classes Dustin Drader - Western and beginner classes Daryl Gibb - Green Horse class and Starting a Young Horse clinic Reg Steward - Ground Work and Safety Working with your Horse

Members received riding instruction for 3 days as well as showmanship lessons, trail instruction, and ground school. Some senior members signed up for a clinic with Daryl Gibb to learn how to start a young horse. Just over a dozen young (unbroke) horses were provided and seniors were taught how to break these horses; and some were able to get on and ride them by the end of the week. Very exciting for all participants! All members were required to write a hippology test that was divided into Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. Tuesday night members competed in some fun horseback games. All members gathered on Wednesday to judge beef and horse classes in the Agriplex. This was a competition. Showmanship competition was held Thursday evening with Amanda Morgan and Kyra Casorso judging. On Friday we had a Schooling Show. All participants competed in Equitation and Trail. Others competed in Pleasure, Dressage, Jumping or Reining. The show 56 • Saddle Up • August 2012

was followed by an awards banquet and dance with beef club members. During the week members were also judged on their stall decorations and maintenance of their stalls. Numerous awards and door prizes were given out at the banquet including each instructor picked a “most Improved” from the week. Thanks to our many sponsors including Kubota, Growers Supply, Cowboy’s Choice, Rusty Spur, The Paddock, Diamond H Tack and World Horse Welfare to name a few.

Daryl Gibb and students

AWARDS 2012 (partial list) MOST IMPROVED Wolf Byer: Monty Tebbutt - PTB Dustin Drader: Cameron Speirs - PTB Daryl Gibb: Chelsea Christman - VYR Ross Hanson: Karly Roth - KH Joan & Anya Sopow: Ella Grandbois – PTB STALL COMPETITION Champion: Penticton Trail Breakers Reserve: Double L HIGH POINT CLUB Penticton Trail Breakers HIGH POINT MEMBERS Junior: Monty Tebbutt - PTB Intermediate: Amanda Daly - DL Senior: Mac Tebbutt – PTB

Instructor Ross Hanson

Stall Decoration Winners

Instructor Wolf Beyer


Stock Show – From a Parent’s Point of View What my kids have learned from their participation in Stock Show. ~ Compassion: Their animals would not survive without them watering and feeding. ~ Working as a team. ~ Learning the value of good sportsmanship. ~ Independence with their peer group. ~ Senior members committed to helping their juniors. ~ Communication skills. ~ Following a schedule of lessons, stall duty, teaching other members, etc.

~ Working as a club to help the organizers of Stock Show, i.e. cleaning the Agriplex, teaching or assisting with Trail and Showmanship. ~ Only getting help from an adult if the safety of themselves or another member is at risk. I will gladly take a week off work to spend with amazing people and hardworking dedicated kids. The 4-H members will be very productive members of our society, hopefully giving back to future

4-H Motto: Learn to Do by Doing generations of 4-H’ers. Even the weather; torrential rains, high winds and scorching heat won’t keep me away from future Stock Shows… here we come 2013! - From an anonymous ‘committed’ parent

Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg

Congratulations Dawn and Ken!


here was much trepidation leading up to the “Big Wedding” starring Dawn Mueller and Ken MacRae. It had been raining for days and was even raining the morning of July 1. However, when the time came, the sun shone and all was wonderful for the nuptials and the party! We had a wonderful time and were all delighted to share in their happiness. Summer has arrived with a vengeance most of us try to get our rides in early, as it’s not a lot of fun riding in 40+ degree heat. Our club often suspends monthly meetings for the summer, but we are so busy that we thought it wise to keep them on: third Thursday of each month at 7:30pm, in the clubhouse above the barn at the D Bar K. In June, we had almost a dozen events thanks to our many amazing members who volunteer their precious time and expertise. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

There was a Clear Round Jumping Day, a schooling show and two Improve-Your-Skills sessions. In July, we were treated to a lungeing demo by Carolyn Tipler and a round penning demo by Ken MacRae. We manned an aid station for the “Desert Half” in Osoyoos and also the Oliver Half Iron. This earns our club some nice dollars. Our president, Max Alexander, organized a “Riders’ Challenge” on July 15. In a nutshell, each participant’s horse is set loose in the arena sans saddle and bridle. Each rider is handed a halter and must catch the horse, saddle him and mount. No bridles allowed - just the halter. After that comes a test of several maneuvers, Taylor McRae “Come on… get in!” including walk, trot, canter, swing a lariat, drag a pole, pole bending, etc. Unfortunately, this BBQ, a trail ride, and the D Bar K is planning event was STORMED OUT! Thunder, lighting a “Fun in the Sun” weekend. New activities and buckets and buckets of rain. Some of us keeping popping up, so stay tuned. didn’t get to ride the challenges and are hoping We urge anyone interested in joining us to get another chance soon. We are also hoping to give Margie (membership) a call at 250-498that we will have another challenge, possibly 4579. in October, after we have been able to practice the challenges we didn’t do too well at this time around. Our club was well represented in Oliver’s Sunshine Festival Parade. Everyone and their horses did really well, despite being positioned right in front of the fire truck cannot believe the parade organizers could be so clueless! There are more Melissa Reimche and her activities planned for the Steve Hopp and Soda Haflinger Ellie balance of July - a summer • 57

Interior Miniature Horse Show Story and photos courtesy of Steven Dubas


uly 1st 2012 had many memorable events and one of them was show in Prince George. Following the Interior Miniature Horse Club 2012 AMHA Show, held at the the show a driving clinic will be Prince George Agriplex. A one day show, judged by Melanie Helen offered to help competitors to Grey, brought competitors from Quesnel and Prince George together to hone their showing skills. show what a miniature horse can do. There has been a revival This year’s show had the youngest competitor, 4-year-old Daylee of interest in driving in the Whyte who showed with family members. The show manager, Joan northern area; including a clinic McNaughton stated the club has one show a year; at the end of each held in Quesnel at Grant and Gerry Knauf’s Ranch. This clinic show the judge usually holds a clinic for those who would like to learn more about competing. is divided into two parts: two Supreme Halter Horse with Kimi The Interior Miniature Horse Club was started by Leona Alcock days of draft, horse and pony; and and Kari Robinson 2 days of miniature horse. about 8 years ago; Lori Standeven is the current president. According to the Guide Horse Foundation, the earliest recorded It’s hoped that the skill of history of the Miniature horse dates back to 1650AD; King Louis XIV of driving will become part of the France kept a zoo that included miniature horses. A selective breeding many horse activities already enjoyed in the region. program produced the mini to what we see RESULTS FROM JULY 1st SHOW: today. Even though there is no recognized Junior Mare Grand Champion breed-wide standard for the mini, there are North Countrys Blue Contender (Kari Robinson) Senior Mare Grand Champion many separate registries with their own North Countrys Little Bit of Magic (Kimi Robinson) unique standards for conformation and size. Reserve: Arions Aaprina Destiny (Korry Robinson) Senior Gelding Grand Champion Training miniature horses and the way Imprint Dustys Jett Li (Kimi Robinson) they respond is no different from regular Reserve: Bobkats Bobwire and Roses (Kerryn Smith) Senior Stallion Grand Champion breed horses. Trust, respect and response Freespirit Zane Grey (Kari Robinson) are still the key elements to training, riding Reserve: Gracelands Travelin Man (Kimi Robinson) Supreme Halter Horse and driving. The only difference Joan North Countrys Blue Contender (Kari Robinson) McNaughton stated is that the size of the Classic Pleasure Driving Grand Champion Bobkats Bobwire and Roses (Kerryn Smith) miniature horse gives the handler more Reserve: Russell’s Little John (Patty Lambkin) confidence to deal with any issues. Country Pleasure Driving Grand Champion Freespirit Zane Grey (Kari Robinson) Plans are in the works for next year Korry Robinson (aunt) and 4-year-old Daylee Reserve: Imprint Dustys Jett Li (Kimi Robinson) Whyte won the Youth Country Pleasure Driving Supreme Driving Horse (non-pointed class) where the Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Class with Imprint Dustys Jett Li Freespirit Zane Grey (Kari Robinson) located in Vernon and the Interior Miniature Horse Club will join together to co-host a

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club By Kelly Mezzatesta


ell the weather held out for our last two Gymkhanas! See you all soon- have Our members keep getting faster and faster with each a great month! These are the results: Gymkhana. We are so proud of all of you… way to go guys! PEE WEES July has proven to be a very busy month with Gymkhanas, Clinics, HP - Rorie Holmes on Rosco RHP - Kale Mikkelson on Moon and getting hay off the fields! We sure hope everyone had better luck JUNIORS than we had putting up hay. Between bake-your-brain heat and then 1D HP - Tricia Hall on Mac thunder showers, we got it done! RHP - Lora Hall on Jack The June 30th Gymkhana was a blast - what a great turn out. We 2D HP - Dany Hall on Jewel had some close races, lots of fun and RHP - Danielle Scott on Squirt TONS of laughter. What a way to spend ADULTS 1D the day! HP - Bev Hall on Jack Next Events: RHP - Krysta Hillier on Sienna 2D Aug. 25 Gymkhana HP - Fiona Ryan on Gus Sept. 9 Jackpot RHP - Kelly Mezzatesta on Kara Sept. 23 Gymkhana/Double Run day Krista Pitman bringing Oct. 20 Gymkhana/Double Run day home Sienna Nov. 3 Year-end Banquet 58 • Saddle Up • August 2012

Lincoln Yarama, Cathy Arnouse and Maryann Yarama waiting in the shade


Dawson Creek Gets Wild and Lawless! By Jane Lewis Photos courtesy Alisha Guild Photography


he applause was heard all over the Lakota Agri Centre Friday night at the opening of the 4th Annual Wild and Lawless Horse Show in Dawson Creek over the Canada Day long weekend. Jackie Alberts did an impressive routine carrying the Canadian flag for the opening ceremony and then in the ever-popular Freestyle Reining class. Ralph Ament had his work cut out for him as he judged the challenge. The competitors entertained the audience with their patterns set to music, complete with costumes and reining maneuvers. Meike Nielsen of Fort St. John charmed the crowd with her interpretation of Red Solo Cup, winning the 2012 trophy, which was presented by last year’s winner, Telitha Nielsen. Second place went to Stephan Fuchs of Toms Lake, riding to Ghost Riders in the Sky. Saturday was kicked off by the Alliance Reiners Challenge, which showcased some of the area’s finest Reiners. Their slides and spins awed the crowd that fi lled the grandstand daily. The show included classes to suit all levels, from novices (Wild & Wet and Circle the Wagons Kiddo) to the open classes (Smokin’ 11’s and Bring Out the Big Guns). Saturday’s events wrapped up with the competitors in the Western Trail classes maneuvering their four-legged friends through obstacles to compete for some great prizes. Sunday was all about the bling and polish, as the Pavlis Western Performance classes took to the Arena, followed by the Pavlis English Performance classes. Winners were as follows: High Point Western Junior C: Raea Sipple on Brysons Pepsi Twist Junior B: Sierra Jones on Peppy Leotoes Lacey Junior A: Aleeza Defelice on Chevy Senior: Sara Horrocks on One Famous Chick High Point English Junior C: Raea Sipple on Brysons Pepsi Twist Junior B: Sierra Jones on Peppy Leotoes Lacey Junior A: Annie Mackenzie on Long High Senior: Samara Brekkas on Eyes Watch’n My Assets

Emma Lee and Suzy Pesa Tivio

Debbie Pavlis again stepped up for the long hours of announcing the show. This jammed-packed, prize-winning long weekend was judged under the careful eye of Simone Poshe Mottle, who saw over 190 horse and rider combinations. On Monday, the fourth day of the show, the arena came to life with the Haltech Jumpers Cup. It was a tough course but the jumpers stepped up and impressed all with their finesse and expertise. Then the jumps came down and the poles went up and in came the riders for the Pembina Turn ‘n’ Burn Gymkhana. The weekend finale was the Bareback Dollar race with winner take all. The arena was packed for this class and one lucky winner went home with a fist full of $5 bills. Winners were as follows: High Point Jumpers Junior: Heidi Bensen on Almost Dawn Senior: Curtis Lindballe on Buckles High Point Gymkhana Junior C: Tyler Pederson on Slide Me the Money Junior B: Hanna Pederson on Cam Junior A: Lawryn Davis on Baylee Senior: Tawnie White on Bear

The Wild and Lawless Show committee would like to recognize the local companies that supported this event with their generous donations, helping this show to become the success it is today. Next Canada Day long weekend, if you are looking for a funpacked weekend for you and your horse, and you want to compete for some outstanding prizes, come join us at the Lakota Agri Centre in Dawson Creek for the wildest weekend you’ll talk about all year! Visit us at

Makayla Jones and Soda Pop

Heidi Bensen and Almost Dawn

Sierra Jones and Midget

Raea Sipple and Brysons Pepsi Twist


Lane Boissy, Dwight Boissy, Chevy

Tyler Pederson and Slide Me The Money • 59

Hay City Classic by Angela Webb


n June 9-10, the Olds show grounds were literally packed with Paints! The annual Hay City Classic kicked showing season into high gear with nearly 600 entries and 140 horses shown! The weather was another story... torrential downpours, lightning/thunder and wind that brought on tornado warnings! However, despite these conditions, the classes were huge and fun was had by all. This year, the American Paint Horse Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary. We took a break from the business of showing and enjoyed a cake in celebration. During this time, we offered an adult lead line class, which turned out to be a good laugh. Good job to all the participants. Thanks goes out to the four wonderful judges who put in long hours of both judging and standing! Kathie Mackenzie had the hectic job of show secretary and was once again awesome at it! The very entertaining Nancy Critchley was our show announcer and kept the atmosphere lively and the tunes rolling. This year we would like to welcome Leslie McCleave. Leslie is our new show

manager and comes to us with many years of experience under her belt and a keenness for organization at shows! Thank you as well to all the volunteers and participants for making this show such a success! The CCF results are as follows: Yearling Halter Colts Champion: PP Chips Dynasty, owned by Ron Gutek and Cathy Schryvers Reserve: My Sweet Iron, owned by Betty Ann Vivian Yearling Halter Mares Champion: PP Awesome Miss Chip, owned by Ron Gutek and Cathy Schryvers Reserve: SPP Andys Honey Blonde, owned by JC and Val Alacoque 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure Champion: A Classically Dynamic, owned by Cathy Forster, exhibited by Stefany Forster Reserve: Zips Silky Lace, owned by Zoe-Lynn Woodman, exhibited by Kyla Schwingel 3-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle Champion: Whiskey N Chips R Tuf, owned by Kathy Donnelly 3 and 4-Year-Old Open Trail Champion: Zips Silky Lace, owned by Zoe-Lynn Woodman, exhibited by Kyla Schwingel Reserve: Playin All My Chips, owned by Greg Gavelin, exhibited by Des Armstrong 3 and 4-Year-Old Open Reining Champion: SPP Hezablonde Andy, owned by JC and Val Alacoque, exhibited by Rachael Reiss 2-Year-Old Walk-Jog Futurity Champion: PP Diamonds To Invy, owned and exhibited by Sheryl Hilton High Point Awards for Olds “Hay City Classic” are announced on the APHC website.

Sheryl Hilton and PP Diamonds To Invy; they won the 2-year-old Walk-Jog Futurity

Supreme Halter Horse Winner, BC Pretty Cool Socks, owned by Betty Anne Vivian, shown by Rich Zenner

Celebrating the APHA 50th Anniversary

Kelowna 4-H Hoofbeats Club Report Daryl Gibb Horsemanship Clinic By Ashley Robson On June 16-17 we had a clinic with Daryl Gibb from Night Hawk Ranch in Cawston BC. He is an expert at horse training and horsemanship. He shared his wisdom with our 4-H members and parents in new ways. The weekend consisted of a wide range of lessons for both intermediate and novice riders. Daryl was able to demonstrate on his horse “Cowboy,” including getting horses to react and get used to the flag. This weekend was full of big surprises and we couldn’t wait what the next day would hold. Daryl was able to show his knowledge in different ways with the different levels of classes. Everyone learned a lot and had fun with all of Daryl’s different ideas, skills and ways of explaining things. THANK YOU DARYL GIBB - we all had so much fun!

Stock Show Report By Kathleen Egeland The highlight for many of our members was being able to enjoy the Okanagan 4-H Stock Show, held at the Armstrong fairgrounds July 2-7. There were several clubs from the interior eagerly participating to make the week full of learning and fun! Each day every member has a packed schedule rain or shine, I must say we got a lot of rain! We had some really amazing coaches this year, everyone learned 60 • Saddle Up • August 2012

something new. Some of our senior members had the chance to work with a colt over a period of three days. Each of the members participating in this had their own designated colt to train under the guidance of coach Daryl Gibb. For three days all members at Stock Show practiced for Show day. With one scheduled lesson each day for an hour and a half period everyone progressed. The final events members participated in were Showmanship, Trail, Pleasure, Equitation, and Judging. The experiences were priceless, and we all had a blast, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all the people supporting us like our friends, families, leaders, instructors, sponsors, and most importantly our organizers. Thank you to all the people who helped make 2012’s Okanagan Stock Show possible! It was incredible to be there, and who knows what next year will bring? HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Alice Todd


he ADMC members enjoy their “longears” and wanted to share the fun of a show with horses. Participants and spectators enjoyed a family-oriented weekend June 16 and 17, while watching mules and donkeys performing in events alongside horses. The Nanton Equine event was not only unique in that it showcased all equines, but also because it included driving events and a Farm Chore Competition featuring draft mules and horses. Three teams were registered for the Chore Team Competition which was won by Gary Johnson of Claresholm, AB. Very impressive to watch as these animals moved precisely through the various obstacles. The Young Gunz Trick Riders performed an exciting demonstration of trick riding both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Fift y-two animals and 43 competitors competed in 85 events, including Western, English, Hunter Jumping and Driving, both single and pairs. A feature event was Pleasure Side Saddle; these three riders (one 10 years old) were very elegant and graceful as they put their horses through the course. Gymkhana events were held for both riders and drivers. The age of contestants

ranged from 6 to 75 years young and there was a wide range of talent in riders as well as equines. A prime rib dinner and auction was wellattended. Chairperson Alice Todd sincerely thanks the local business and organizations who generously supported this event. A common question on Sunday afternoon was, “Are you [ADMC] going to have this show again next year?” The answer is yes! On August 18-19, the club will once again host our annual TEES LONGEARS DAYS SHOW at the Rodeo Grounds at Tees, AB, east of Lacombe. This show is primarily for mules and donkeys to compete in unique events and fun games against their own kind. Always a fun-fi lled and family-oriented weekend that is free to the public. If you own a mule or a donkey or are looking for a great outing complete with entertainment, great food and meeting new friends - both long-eared and short, come on by! Call Russ Shandro for more info at 780-603-7510, or check out Tees Longears Days at www., or just show up! Be prepared to be amazed by what our longears can do!

Chore Competition winner

Side Saddle riders Michelle Chauncey and her student Caitlan Miller

Stride Away’s Summer Kids Camp By Alma Schier


ids Horse Camp was held July 3-5 for “Young Horse Lovers” at Stride Away Training Stables in Armstrong. The Day Camp included stable lessons, mounted riding lessons, crafts and games. The Camp ended with a Funday and Funshow, including flat classes and jump classes. We were so proud watching our little 6-year-old grand-daughter, Teagan, ride a whole jump course on her own. She was equally proud of herself. What an achievement! She is happy to spend all day with Keelly Reggelsen (trainer and coach), cleaning pens and helping out. It was wonderful watching all the young girls riding. They may not have had this opportunity if not for the hard work of Keelly and her gang. Even though my grand-daughter Teagan lives in Port Moody, for the last year and a half, when she comes to visit us, she has The whole happy gang wearing their matching Stride been taking riding lessons from Keelly. Her Away shirts. time at Stride Away is the highlight of her visits to Armstrong. Thank you to Keelly, her Mom, Cathy Reggelsen, and her assistants for putting on such a great camp and show. Fun was had by all. For camp dates and more info contact Keelly at 250-307-7288, kreggelsen@hotmail. Walking the jump course (look at all those little legs!) com My grand-daughter Teagan. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 61

Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister Pictures courtesy of Ron McCarthy,


angley Riders Society (LRS) had our Little Britches Rodeo on June 22-24. It was a little soggy but tons of fun. This year we had a huge turnout of competitors and spectators! Big thanks to all the people that made the 2012 Rodeo happen!

June 22-24 LBR All Around Winners: Tiny Mites: Riley Ray Wilson Jr Girls: Bacardi Zimmerlee Jr Boys: Armoni McRae Sr Girls: Jessie Morriss Sr Boys: Tristan Holt June 14 Games Day High Points: George Burns: Ted Hall Jack Benny: Jenny Leibenzeder Intermediate: Cassie Glover Junior: Matty London Pee Wee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mites: Sabrina Langset June 17 Jump Day High Points: Intermediate: Cassie Glover Senior: Angel Marsh June 27 English and Western Show Cancelled due to the rain, but keep checking the website for a rescheduled date.

Tessa Gildemeister, Steer Undecorating on Boston Rachel Fortier, Breakaway Roping

Amanda Langset, Steer Daubing on Ellie

Bacardi Zimmerlee, Goat Tying

LRS Jr Princess Ashley Sykes, Barrel Racing on General

BCCTRA Club Update By Michelle Balme, South Island Director Photos by Jo Hull Sykes


t was a beautiful sunny day in the Cowichan Valley (it poured rain the night before) for the annual Competitive Trail Ride on July 1st. It was held this year for the first time based out of the Glenora Trail Head Park in Glenora BC west of Duncan. This wonderful park is adjacent to the Trans Canada Trail that runs from Sooke to Lake Cowichan and is setup for horse riding enthusiasts for day use with access to miles of trails. It has a big parking lot for easy turn around, with accessible water and even has corrals for your horse. It was a great ride site and a fun day. We had 17 riders start doing 20 miles in Level 1 and 27 miles for Level 2. Many thanks to the Ride site for the Cowichan CTR CVRD, to our vet Dr. 62 â&#x20AC;˘ Saddle Up â&#x20AC;˘ August 2012

Karena Skelton, our farrier on call Alexandra Hamilton, and all of our sponsors who donated prizes. Also a big thank you to all of our volunteers - we cannot do this without you.

Del Lenk winner of Heavyweight Level 2

Michelle Balme, ride manager, presenting ribbon to Carolyn DeJong


Nelson & District Riding Club By Heather Farrell


uly was a slower month at the grounds than usual. The first of two events was a fun Gymkhana put on by Chelsea & Sheila Sanders on July 7th. The time was changed to 4 p.m. to beat the heat that has finally arrived for summer! They served delicious borscht and a bun or hotdogs for dinner. Yet to come is a busy 4-H Clinic July 27th to 29th put on by Shannon Lewis and Michelle Young. Regular weekly lessons continue with various instructors – Shannon Lewis, Dressage, Chelsea Sanders – Western, and Naomi Weber – Vaulting. Bi-weekly jumping lessons with Brandy Saunders have also been keeping the grounds an active and interesting place to be. August looks to be a much busier month beginning with an August 4-6 Driving Clinic and Fun Day with the very popular clinician, Kristin Dornan from Duncan, BC. This clinic is full with a wait list, but spectators are welcome. It is always a fun one to watch with all sizes of horses participating from miniatures on up. Flying to the finish after Pole Bending The following week is the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 3/4 Excel Camp with Three Star Licensed Parelli Instructor Fawn Anderson from August 9-13. All participants and spectators are looking forward to this one with great anticipation as Fawn returns from studying at the Florida Parelli Campus this past winter and in Europe this past spring! At time of writing there is room in this clinic. The grounds will be busy the weekend of August 10-12. We are pleased to have FEI Grand Prix Dressage Clinician Sven Smienk coming from Langley, BC to instruct for three days. Sven is 4 times British Columbia Dressage Champion, 14 times Canadian National Champion and has trained with top instructors as well as coached internationally. There is still room to ride with him. On August 15-16 the Nelson 4-H Club will host a Parelli Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Fawn Anderson at NDRC. The 4-H Club is running a Parelli Natural Horsemanship project this year with local Licensed One Star Parelli Instructor Carolyn McTaggart and this clinic will support the students in advancing their skills with Fawn, who is one of Canada’s most experienced Parelli instructors. Sunday August 26th is another fun day Gymkhana! This one is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. From the looks of things August will be one of our busiest months this season. For more information about our club and the most recent updates about our events check Gymkhana organizer Chelsea Saunders and “Like” Nelson & District Riding Club with a student on facebook. FEI Dressage Rider and Clinician Sven Smienk riding VMF Agosto

Peachland Riding Club By Loree Currie


ope everyone is having a great summer! I am happy to let everyone know that we have rescheduled the Gymkhana that was cancelled in June. Our new date is October 14th and yes our final Saddle Series Race will follow directly after the Gymkhana. The saddle will be awarded to the winner after the race! So exciting!! Our club is hosting a Fundraiser… HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

we are selling raffle tickets and are looking for people to help out our club with this event! We are offering 4 year-end banquet tickets (for 2012) as well as a 2013 individual membership for the individual who sells the most raffle tickets!!!! The tickets are extremely easy to sell and if you would be interested in helping us out, contact Sandy at 250-718-2761 or Darlene at 250-462-0169. Ticket booklets

can also be picked up from Deb at Westside U-Brew in West Kelowna. Our July 1st double header was fabulous. We had a record number of riders; 65!! It was hot, dry, and FAST! Thanks again to all of our volunteers and sponsors who make our club successful. Our next Gymkhana is August 26th. Hope to see you all there; bring sunscreen! • 63

Join in Fun Days & Gymkhanas with AERC By Tammy Thielman


bout 20 riders braved high summer temperatures to take part in the July 8 Fun Day at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Many sought shade in the cattle barn and some classes were combined to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon. A great time was enjoyed by all who came out to ride, especially those who took part in the Win Bling! Open Costume Class, which enjoyed the support of many kind sponsors including The Horse Gate Trailer Sales, Touch a Texas, and Enderby Jewellers. This is our second year offering the costume class, and we hope to make it an annual event, as each year, it keeps growing! Also very popular was the newly offered Ranch Horse Pleasure class. Join the Armstrong-Enderby Riding Club for our fantastic, fun summer events, including: ~ Fun Day, Aug. 5 ~ Gymkhana, Sept. 23 ~ Fun Day & Gymkhana, Oct. 7 The club continues to grow in membership, while offering an affordable, welcoming place for horse lovers to ride, show and socialize together. All events happen at the IPE grounds. Check out www. and the club Facebook site for more info. Everyone welcome!

Rhonda “Buzzy Bee” Bennett and Cowboy the Flower.

Rebecca Hillbrander and “her groom” took first place in the Open Costume Class.

Tasia Bronson and Champ.

Vernon Riding Club Update by Roxanne Ronan


iders at the Vernon Hunter Jumper Show got to see winter, spring, and summer within 72 hours on June 9-11. The weather conditions were less than perfect on Saturday (boy was it cold...), but absolutely beautiful on Sunday for our $500 Fox Springs Hunter Derby. Sara Sellmer went back to Kamloops with the top prize money after a stellar ride on Princeton. The big stakes winner of the show was 8-year-old Hunter Bollhorn from the Tracy Avery/Kate Mincey group out of Kelowna – she showed the big girls just how it is done! Tracy and Kate’s group took home four division championships and/or reserves out of the six divisions they entered. The weather was absolutely perfect for our 2012 VDRC Dressage Show. The highlight of the show as always was the Freestyle Gala, sponsored by Info Tel/Endymion Farms, and won by Janine Little on Sietske, with Monika Zillinger on Diva taking the Reserve spot. Check out our Facebook page for a complete list of all the winners of these two shows. Upcoming Events: Friday evenings: Adult Pony Camp with Ruth Moore August 9-11 – KIDS “HORSE” CAMP for 8 to 14 year olds Info: Amber at 250-260-4997 or email August 12 - Clinic with AQHA Horseman and Trainer Gus Evagelopoulos. Info: Gus at or Roxanne at Sept. 9 - Dale Irwin Clinic, presented by Pony Club – open to ALL Info: Linda Parker Fisk at 64 • Saddle Up • August 2012

Sept. 14-16 - Sandra Sokolowski Clinic (back by popular demand) Info: Judy Olson at So if Gus is having a clinic on August 12 – what happened to our traditional Annual Show? We are pleased to announce that the date of our new Harvest Classic Show will be Sept. 29-30, 2012. A poll of the membership indicated that this date is ideal for our Three H Show – Heritage, Hunters, and Highpoint. Kamloops has been chosen as the location for the 2013 Heritage Circuit Finals, so this show is an excellent way to get those Heritage points locally and enjoy a perfect crisp fall day! We’ll have something for everybody – Western, English, Hunters, and for those who like to “dress up”. Contact Roxanne Ronan at for more information. We’ve had some great clinics this year with Sandra Sokolowski and Ellen Hockley AND we have new clinics and shows on the horizon – check out the VDRC at www. vernonridingclub. com or on our Facebook page!

At a recent Ellen Hockley Clinic: Monique Pringle, Ellen Hockley, Deb Battrum


Western Canadian Farrier Association By Greg Toronchuk Now I am biased, but I believe farriery is the most important care a horse requires to maintain soundness and have a successful life. Good farrier work is nothing special and has no magic formula.


s patrons of the horse industry, we are plagued by fads, people selling the latest and greatest and opinions from everyone with a pair of eyes. Farrier work is no exception to this influence and scrutiny. A wise farrier once told me to follow the 80/20 rule: If you are performing good work, 80% of your horses will have no issues. The other 20% will need extra work or a different process to maintain soundness. So as a horse owner, how does one understand enough or know what is good farrier work? Your biggest tell of the quality of work performed by your farrier is your horse. How is he moving? Are you happy and able to enjoy your discipline of riding? If all is good, then there are probably no issues. Do other people notice your horse’s hooves when you are at shows, on the trail, or at camp? Either good or bad attention can be helpful. If people are asking where your farrier is located or if they are looking for more work, I would expect your horse’s hooves are in good shape. Another easy check is simply the appearance of each hoof. Flares of the hoof wall, cracks, and broken hooves may be an indication of a problem. It is important to remember the 80/20 rule, as these symptoms may be more of a genetic issue such as deviated conformation or poor hoof quality. One of the most common issues I run into with new clients/horses is trimming and/or shoeing frequency. I am a stickler for the six-week interval. I do have many horses on an eight-week interval, but those are horses who just do not grow much foot. Conversely, there are as many horses that are down to a four or five week interval during summer show season. Very regular farrier work is a key factor in maintaining a strong and robust hoof capsule. I am asked a lot by people new to horses, “If my horse is shod, does he need a trim at the same frequency?” My answer is always, “Absolutely.” The hoof grows at the same rate when it is shod as when barefoot. Here is something to think about: the shod horse cannot wear down his hooves like his barefoot counterparts, so the shod horse HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

actually has longer hooves in the same amount of time than if he were barefoot. I know these are “vanilla” guidelines to evaluate your horse’s hooves, but it is difficult to put a measurement on living animals who are each unique in their own way. Without going to school and learning this craft and getting under horses all day for five or six days a week for years, I do not think the layperson can really understand farriery. There are days when even I feel like I am missing the boat, and I see about 100 horses per week. My point is, do not be overwhelmed. Most people have a competent farrier and hopefully they come out for your horse every six weeks. If you have a problem or concern with your horse’s hooves, please talk with your farrier and give them a chance to enlighten you. Many farriers love it when their clients take an interest in their passion (farriery) and will probably talk your ear off about trimming and shoeing horses. They are trained and have the knowledge you are seeking, and are the best way to appreciate proper farriery.

Comparing old shoe with new shoe. Old shoe on the right just didn’t look correct

Draft mare which had not been trimmed in four months

Draft mare shod eight months later, after trims every six weeks

Thoroughbred mare allegedly trimmed every eight weeks

Thoroughbred mare after a proper trim

The 20% of horses where normal practices do not work • 65

BC Rodeo Association Our Deepest Condolences on the loss of their horses: BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

“Fancy” 2011 Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year; Owner: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House “Traveller” Many times BCRA Champion, Horse of the Year in the Breakaway and Indian World Champion, 28 years; Owner: Denise Swampy, Williams Lake

2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo August 31-Sept 1: PWRA / BCRA Ritzville, WA August 31-Sept 2: PWRA / BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

CURRENT STANDINGS BAREBACK 1. Cash Kerner $2,305.90; 2. Jared Marshall $1,810.22; 3. Dan Ketter $1,714.43 SADDLE BRONC 1. Steve Hohmann $2,103.97; 2. Garrett Madley $1,905.50; 3. Wacey Marr $1,399.76 TEAM REGENCY DODGE CHRYSLER BULL RIDING 1. Charlie Attrill $2,045.38; 2. Matt O’Flynn $1,454.84; 3. Kyle Lozier (P) $1,195.60 TIE DOWN ROPING 1. Riley Isnardy $1,483.08; 2. Derek Mobbs $1,329.75; 3. Clayton Honeybourn $1,243.74 QUESNEL DOOR SHOP/DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO STEER WRESTLING 1. Wade McNolty $2,738.53; 2. Cohord Mason $1,075.58; 3. Cash Isnardy $828.97 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1. Kyle Bell $1,818.68; 2. Katrina Ilnicki $1,598.13; 3. Archie Williams $1,128.85 20X WRANGLER LADIES BARREL RACING 1. Kirsten Gjerde $2,461.85; 2. Vanessa Leggett $2,177.19; 3. Coleen Duggan $1,804.68 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING - HEADERS 1. Ryan MacNaughton $2,200.50; 2. Gary Nicholson $1,740.70; 3. Josh Cahill $1,425.60 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING - HEELERS 1. Glen Brown $1,740.70; 2. Jeff Wills $1,709.82; 3. Carey Isnardy $1,691.17 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1. Lane Wills $909.86; 2. Brett Wills $885.05; 3. Tosha Seitz $506.12 PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1. Tyler Cherry $428.50; 2. Dyson Leneve $381.50; 3. Alixis Glassford $164.00 KD SPIERS JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1. Clay Waterhouse $937.06; 2. Dustin Spiers $563.96; 3. Devon Robbins $456.82 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1. Jake Gardner $1,152.00; 2. Troy Gerard $311.55; 3. Micole Myers $296.07 GJ RODEO CO ROOKIE ROUGH HORSE RIDER 1. Tyrone Seymour 500; 2. Tyrone Hunlin 500; 3. Darcy Gentles 467

2012 MAJOR PLATINUM BCRA SPONSORS 2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2012 Sponsors of the Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947 C H R Y S L E R

2012 Sponsors of the Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Wrangler Merchandise for the Ladies Barrel Racing Finalists Wrangler Merchandise to our BCRA Rodeo Committees 2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY Prince George, BC, 1-866-350-5312 2012 BCRA Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle KD SPIERS 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND - Wills Family, Quesnel, BC 2012 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - P. Walker, Kamloops, BC 2012 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO 2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GEN STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC, 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy BAR E CONTRACTING - Rob & Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC

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2012 Breakaway Finals Buckle GJ RODEO CO - Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox, BC 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2012 Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2012 Rookie of the Year TWILIGHT RANCH Saddle Bronc Finals Buckle 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION 2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: RANCH PROPERTIES - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC -C. Mikkelsen, 250-374-1486 / Email: FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC ~ 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse GRAMMA LAMHA, Ashcroft , BC Tie Down Roping Horse



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


s equine rep in our local “all user” trail access committee, I have heard horseback riders claim they need special consideration on trails and want sole rights to their riding areas, with no motorized traffic at all. Is this realistic? The majority of users are motorized, and working with them, instead of against, is critical to maintaining access to the trails. It is such a treat to come upon an ATV user clearing a fallen tree that had blocked the trail. Positive things can happen for our trails when we put our differences aside and work together, in our area. Bridges can now support a horse crossing, not just foot traffic. Trail builders had no idea of what a horse needed for footing until we attended these meetings and work parties; it is nice to be a part of the progress. Some of the bridges being built by the user groups had large gaps that made them impassable to horses; it wasn’t intentional, we just had to speak out! As riders, we need to help the public and multi users understand the issues horseback riders face in the new outdoors! I have ridden in my area for over 55 years on many of our trails, and enjoyed being the only rider for miles. Nowadays that isn’t the case. I feel it is


our responsibility to work with others to find solutions for all users. At an open house, I was asked to speak. I was surprised at what people think is the best way to meet a rider on the trails: stand still, don’t talk, wait for them to go by - almost the opposite of what works best. Most people don’t mind meeting a horse on the trail, but they need to learn how to do so safely. For our part, communication and training is key. Don’t let the first time that your horse sees a pedal bike, motorcycle, or ATV take place out on a narrow trail. Prepare them. Encourage all riders to get together and introduce themselves in a calm manner in a safe setting. It will help make an unexpected meeting on the trail less challenging. Greet a jogger coming your way, so they say “Hi” back to you, and your horse recognizes what they are. How many times do our clubs meet with other trail users and discuss all concerns? Instead, we tend to grumble and wish them no access at all! We may then find ourselves as the minority user being blocked from those trails. Some motorized users don’t show respect for riders on the trails, I know, but so do some horse riders who snap at uneducated users. We can make changes together. Trails and roads won’t be less active in future, so prepare now! I have retrained a thoroughbred from Hastings track to be my steady trail horse. It has taken time and dedication because he is not bred for the job, yet he can now do it well. Even when I saw off low tree limbs on the trails we maintain, he stands quietly while they drop on his neck so

I can toss them off the trail. If we ride only in a controlled space like a riding ring, where a horse is protected from the outside, uncontrolled environment, we need to do our homework before getting them out on the trail. Ride with someone who has a steady horse for the beginning. If you hear a motorized vehicle coming and are heading toward it on a narrow trail, you can turn around and ride in the other direction until they catch up, then proceed in your original direction. Give your horse a chance to follow a quad or motorcycle, so it can build its confidence. Get your horse used to seeing the vehicle from the side next, and build on that, letting it herd it like it would a cow. We have a great future ahead as riders - it is up to us to open the doors or close them to future opportunities! Recreational users around our province need to become involved and informed. The results can only be positive! See you out on the trails! • 67

Endurance Riders Association of BC


he Endurance Riders Association of BC returned to its longtime ride site on June 23 at the Coutlee Plateau in Merritt for a “test” event offering a 50-mile ride level only. The site has been unavailable for the last three years as the areas most severely decimated by pine beetle infestation were logged and chipped. It was a relief and delight to find Ride Camp meadow just as it had been - with surrounding deadfall removed - and the access road much improved! Ride Manager Terre O’Brennan had cleverly found loops of trail that missed the logged areas, or threaded through giant fallen pine trees, fl trees flagged agged at each twist of the trail. trail Supported by the club club’ss new pump, water in camp was ample, and the cool spring had left lots of water along the trails. Some riders had arrived days earlier to enjoy the site again, and finally! But despite all these auspicious signs, at the end of the day... or two days... the club motto needed to be revised for this event “To Attend is to Win” would have been better! Late Friday night, the storm clouds rolled over camp, and the heavens unleashed rig-shaking thunder, blinding flashes of lightning and torrents of rain that fell sideways in the howling wind. Not surprisingly, this was upsetting to many campers, both equine and human! It lasted an hour, and morning finally arrived showing camp shrouded in mist, but undamaged. Twenty-one riders started the fift y miles, knowing they would have lots of “technical” riding in front of them, mostly from wet trail, and possibly from lost trail markings, or new downfall. They were right... but as the day wore on, many riders also found their equine buddies showing signs of ADR (“Ain’t Doin’ Right”), and opted to pull from the competition, and ride another ride another day. Twelve riders completed the day; Bianca MacKenzie and Divine recorded first place in 5:59; Murray MacKenzie and Ransome were awarded Best Condition, also in 5:59, Gail Jewell and Sassy (NL Temptation) received High Vet score, completing in 6:35. Congrats to Lynn Wallden and CJ Mohawk Supreme for completing their first 50-miler - they’ll all seem easy after this one! The Awards Ceremonies followed the second stormy outbreak of thunder, lightning, wind and rain, and included speculation and discussion as to how the horses’ performances that day may have been affected by an unsettling night before. See for complete results. Officers & Directors 2011

President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier,

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What a different scenario for the ERABC Clinic “Fundamentals of Endurance” held on July 7-8 in Pritchard near Kamloops. Twelve attendees, most with their horses, camped around the grounds graciously provided by Stephany Dean, on what was to prove the hottest weekend so far this summer, and a scorcher at any time! Terre O’Brennan shared her many years of experience and knowledge regarding choosing, conditioning and caring for the endurance horse to interested equestrians from Langley to Kelowna and points in-between. June Melhuish provided samples of endurance tack, saddles, and fitting. Paul Dufresne led a two-hour session in the arena on suppling your horse to maximize performance on the trail. Nancy Roman even dropped by with the latest Saddle Up issue - thanks Nancy! On the second day, Barb Holmes-Balmer stood in for the real veterinarians and “vet-checked” each horse, explaining to the owners the significance of each category and assessment. Fred Dzida led the group on a 10-mile loop, explaining pacing, trail marking and trail etiquette, as well as assessing the horse’s condition on the trail. trail It was a hot ride, ride but all arrived back safely, and were given their post-ride check by Barb, June, and Fred, who again explained the assessments they made. Another big learning day! We hope to see you all at a ride someday soon, and a huge thank-you to Stephany for providing her home and property, and for marking the 10-mile loop for us! The results of the July 21st ride, Iron Horse, will be available online before our next article. The Skimikin Lake Ride will offer 22-mile and 50-mile levels on August 25; on September 15, Last Chance Mountain Run will be held in Westbank and the Glenrosa Telemark trails... and then our season closes – so soon! See you on the trails! Terrie LaPorte and Lynn Wallden finishing a wet loop

Clinic with Paul Dufresne


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


ur Annual Show was held the weekend of June 16-17. Thank you to our sponsors - Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic, TD Excavating, Brent Miller of Re/max Kamloops, Greenhawk Kamloops, The Horse Barn, Southgate Electric, Tombe Herrington Accountants, Ric’s Grill, and Sun Rivers.

Special Awards Earl Healy Memorial Sportsmanship (donated by Isobel Healy-Morrow) - Award recipients were chosen by our judge (Julia Bostock) and went to the most sportsman-like competitor of the day. English Day: Mayanna Gehring, for always having a huge smile on her face no matter how she placed. Western Day: Ally Crawford, for consistently complimenting the other riders in her class on their performances; also Bailey Gamache, for being a considerate rider, gentle with her hands, and consistently praising her horse no matter her placing in the class. (Ally and Bailey were tied for the award by our judge.) Pine Tree Riding Club Sportsmanship Award - Brianne Mikalusik, who rode every western class in spite of a few rough moments. She practiced, persevered and finished the day on an extremely positive note, and gave credit to her horse! A huge “Thank You” to The Horse Barn for their prize donations, especially for the generous leadline prizes. Greenhawk donated an embroidered fleece cooler for the annual show. Every competitor who rode both days had their competitor number put in a bucket for a random draw. The draw was made by our outgate volunteer, Kelcey Shinkewski, and the winner was a very excited Brodie Daburger. High Point Winners for the weekend English Sr High Point: Sasha Hopp, Reserve High Point: Devon Hoholuk English Yth High Point: Megan Daly, Reserve High Point: Whitney Watson-Wilson English Jr High Point: Alicia Blackford, Reserve High Point: Bailey Gamache Western Sr High Point: No one qualified! Western Yth High Point: Amanda Daly, Reserve High Point: Whitney Watson-Wilson Western Jr High Point: Ally Crawford, Reserve High Point: MacKenna Fink

Huge thanks to our volunteers for the weekend: Kayse Allen for judging trail both days, and donating her pay back to the club. Kelcey Shinkewski for manning the outgate both days. Jordan Schindel for whipping in both days. Tristan Wintrup and Katie Miller for doing the “unglamorous” chores - everything from setting up trail, posting patterns, acting as jump crew and gymkhana crew, daily clean up, and more! Clint and Logan Schindel for all their efforts in keeping the grounds looking so fantastic. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Western crew at the end of the day

North Kamloops Lions club for running an excellent concession and keeping all of our competitors, spectators and supporters fed! Our next Gymkhana/Playday weekend will be held August 18-19. We would like to call for a general meeting/social to be held on the Saturday, August 18, in the evening (5:00 pm start) after the gymkhana events. Bring a potluck item and the club will supply burgers and hot dogs. At this social we will agree on what has gone fantastically well so far this year and make plans for next year! Bring the family! Please check the website for more details. The humungous dirt/manure/compost/concrete chunks pile is gone. Looks great! Please do not re-pile manure there from now on. Please spread it out around on the grass on the grounds so it can compost quickly. Also, we have received a quote for the repair of the Quonset hut - this should be refurbished soon! Grant writer wanted for next season: there are many opportunities for funding/grants. If you are interested, please contact Deb or Randy Eppinger at or 250851-9256. Many of these grants have deadlines early in the year. Our Annual Banquet and Awards evening is quickly approaching (this year it will be on a Friday night, November 2) and a major fundraiser for the club is the silent auction that takes place that evening. We are looking for silent auction items as well as a member to take on the role of organizing the silent auction. Please let Michelle Tondevold (mtondevold@hotmail. com) or Lynnaea Rawlings ( know if you are the person for this job! Thanks to everyone who is pitching in and taking part to make this riding season so successful for all.

Upcoming Dates: Aug. 18-19: Gymkhana/Playday Aug. 18: 5 pm General Meeting/Potluck BBQ at the grounds Sept. 29-30: Gymkhana/Playday Oct. 13: First Annual Gymkhana Nov. 2: Banquet and Awards

Mayanna Gehring

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South Central Quarter Horse Association

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

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228


e are gearing up for what looks to be one of our best AQHA Show Circuits yet. We are proudly presenting the return of our most popular Halter Mania… and this year we are adding more prizes, awards and classes to our show that has become known for our fantastic Halter Futurities and classes. In addition, we are offering a super line-up of Performance Futurities and Stakes classes as well as the return of the exciting Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity – watch these talented young performance prospects battle it out in Halter, In-hand Trail and Lungeline classes. Through our generous sponsors, SCQHA is extremely pleased to be offering, for the first time ever, a Team Tournament for Youth, Amateur and Novice competitors with over $3000 in prizes and awards. Without a doubt this will bring a lot of Team spirit and laughter to the weekend. SCQHA would like to invite folks to drop in and watch the show and if you want drop by the Show Office… ask if one of our AQHA Professional Horseman Members is available for a personal tour of the show!

CALLING ALL OLD TIMERS! We are on the hunt to find the oldest living AQHA registered horse in the SCQHA Zone. If you have an Old Timer who you think might be the oldest, please send us a current photo along

South Central Quarter Horse Association Fall Super Circuit Sept 14-16, 2012, Armstrong, BC HALTER MANIA ~All Breed Open Colt, Gelding and Filly combined Weanling Halter Futurity $1500 Added ~All Breed Open Stallion, Gelding and Mare combined Yearling Halter Futurity $1500 Added Unbelievable Prizes and Awards to 8th place Sponsored by: STS Quarter Horses – Halter Division, Sherry Sulz of Langley, BC KPN Farms – Flora Kippen, Abbotsford, BC

ADDING TO HALTER MANIA… ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Stallion Futurity $200 Added ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Gelding Futurity $200 Added ~All Breed Open 2 yr old Mare Futurity $200 Added +All Breed Open Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity Halter, Lungeline & In-Hand Trail $200 Added +Open All Breed 2 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity $500 Added+ Sponsored by: Hutton Performance Horses of Chilliwack, BC +Open All Breed Western Pleasure Stake $200 Added+ Hi Point Non Pro Award Sponsored by: Carrie Humphries Quarter Horses of Kamloops, BC +Open All Breed Hunter Under Saddle Stake $200 Added+ Hi Point Non-Pro Award Proudly Presenting the wines of The View Winery, Kelowna, BC …and more to come

*TEAM TOURNAMENT* $3000 in sponsored Awards and Prizes Youth, Amateur and Novice

FUN, FUN, FUN! ~AQHA Rookie Amateur & Youth Classes ~Open Youth Walk/Trot, Open Green Horse Walk/Trot, Nervous Novice classes SCQHA is ‘going green’ please join us by checking out our website for class lists, entry forms, stabling/RV reservations and full details

with a brief biography and your senior AQHA horse just might be featured in the next issue of Saddle Up!

Contact Show Secretary: Cherie Corrigan 250-337-5090 or

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, VP: Denise Hill, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


he Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s (LMQHA) big four-day West Coast Summer Classic circuit was just getting underway at Thunderbird at press time. Show committee chair Pauline Massey says the show has attracted a lot of out-oftown exhibitors and show manager Rod Ash will have his hands full when an impressive number of cattle guys move in on the weekend. There are well over 50 fresh cattle goes booked. Lots of riders were warming up on Tracy Olney’s awesome trail course on the Thursday afternoon, while the first round of Hunter under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation point classes were underway in the adjacent ring under beautiful skies. We’ll have a full report on the show in the September edition of Saddle Up.

Evergreen Circuit September 1-2 Are you a novice rider? If you are, better make sure your AQHA paperwork is order and plan on coming to LMQHA’s Evergreen Circuit on September 1-2 because you will be competing for a high point saddle! Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses are sponsoring a high point saddle for the top-scoring novice AQHA youth or amateur over the two-day/three-judge circuit. “We want to encourage novice participation in the all-around classes by offering a special prize to reward them,” says Langley-based trainer Mellissa Buckley. “We believe in giving back to the industry that gives so much to us.” Richard Pyke and Mellissa enjoy the journey of developing youth and amateurs into thinking, feeling riders. Richard started showing in Ontario, working for Joe Carter, before relocating to BC, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

training and coaching APHA and then AQHA riders to national titles and year end awards. Mellissa started riding with Richard as a youth showing APHA. After a successful youth career, she attended Olds College in Alberta for the equine training program then returned to BC as associate trainer to Richard. She since has trained national and world champions, concentrating on AQHA. The circuit also features an all breed Yearling Tri-Challenge (Halter, Lunge Line and In-Hand Trail) added money jackpot, a Yearling Halter buckle/jackpot class and a Western Pleasure Maturity for horses five and over, all sponsored by Sandra Morgan Quarter Horses, Valour Farms, White Dove Stables and M&M Quarter Horses. The $700 added Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail follows the regular trail classes on Sunday morning and is sponsored by Wayne Massey of Re/Max Nyda Realty in Chilliwack and Terri Brown. This is a circuit award show and is also APHA-approved for our Paint friends, and the all breed classes are APHA PAC approved. If this is your first AQHA show, make sure to order your novice youth or amateur cards now from AQHA ( You can download the schedule and entry information at www. Follow the links to LMQHA and then “events and shows.” Pre-entry deadline for Evergreen is August 20.

Langley trainer Mellissa Buckley and Richard Pyke are donating a saddle for the high point novice youth or amateur exhibitor at LMQHA’s Evergreen Circuit. (Photo by Cathy Glover)

English riders warming up at the West Coast Summer Classic.

General Meeting Date LMQHA president Michelle Charleston says they’re squeezing in a general membership meeting at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley between the Summer Classic and the big Region One show in Spanaway, August 14-19. The meeting date is Tuesday, August 7, at 7 pm, and all members are encouraged to come out! See you there!

Trainer Mark Webb and LMQHA president Michelle Charleston warming up on the trail course at the West Coast Summer Classic. • 71

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Paints Champions at BC Heritage BC Paint Horses cleaned up at the BC Heritage Finals in Maple Ridge, July 6-8. There were no less than 20 championships and 13 reserve championships shared among eight Paint Horse exhibitors and their BC Heritage Champions Kerry Sawyer and colourful partners. Justa EZ Rider ( photo) Kerry Sawyer led Justa EZ Rider to win the largest western class of the day, Western Showmanship Senior exhibitor. Kerry trains with Chris and Jodie Moore of Moore Performance Horses in Langley, and they bested eight other riders including four more Paints that made up the top five. Kerry was also the Senior Trail champion under judge Lyle Jackson, from Alberta. Tamara Jameson rode Cathy Glover’s mare, Super Miss Lucy, to championships in Western Pleasure Senior Rider as well as Senior Western Equitation. Barn mates Devon Smith and SW Roxy Barlink won the Senior Command and English Showmanship championships. Daniella Penaloza rode Dirty McLeaguer to the Western Pleasure 14-18 championship, while Kirsten Chamberland and One Cool Promise won the Western Showmanship 14-18. Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N won the Youth Trail under Jackson and were named the English Showmanship Youth and Handy Horse champions by English judge Cat Armitage. All three young ladies train with the Moores. Rounding out the Paint champions was Haley Russell and RDR Face of an Angel. They won the Horsemanship 14-18, Command and Hunter Hack Youth championships. How’s that for versatility? A special call out, too, to Wendy Price and Full of Nitro, who dominated the English Select classes with championships in Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Road Hack and English Pleasure and scored almost as many Western Select Championships. Wendy, a BCPHC member who came from Grand Forks to Devon Smith and Tamara Jameson all smiles compete at the finals, at BC Heritage ( photo) says Nitro’s mom 72 • Saddle Up • August 2012

wasn’t registered so he’s technically a Pinto - but colourful and certainly competitive all the same. You can view a complete list of Paint Horse winners at the BC Heritage Finals on our website under “News.” The 2013 BC Heritage Finals is in Kamloops, July 5-7, at the Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre. Logbooks are available now from Click on the “competitions” tab and follow the links. Solid Bred Tops Three-in-One BCPHC member Geri Brown and her solid bred gelding, R Bandits Success, won the first BCPHC/Otter Co-op high point Paint award of the 2012 season at the Three-in-One Breed and Open Show in Smithers on the July 7-8 weekend. Geri bought the now eight-year-old gelding from Larry Wierenga when he was four. “I started riding with my daughter and granddaughters about 12 years ago,” Geri writes. “They all outgrew it and moved on to families, school, etc., and my husband started reining and Three-in-One High Point riding with me and now we try to winner Geri Brown and R attend as many shows as possible.” Bandits Success Competing with a Solid Paint Bred (SPB) at APHA shows can be tough, because there aren’t a lot of them, notes Geri. “But we enter all the open trail classes and do very well in them, so I am okay with it.” That said, Geri and Bandit did have some competition in Smithers as Amber Gregorowich and R Chocolat Penny were named reserve high point Solid Bred Paint at the show. Show manager Barb Bowerbank reports entries were down across the board at the Three-in-One this year, a reflection of the struggling economy in BC’s central interior, she figures. (Two mill explosions have made their impact from Prince George to Burns Lake.) The show features approved APHA, AQHA and Appaloosa classes as well as an open show. BCPHC member Bibs Dillaire and her stallion, Gold Bar Tristan, won the High Point Amateur and Open Division. Barb rode her mare, Fanciful Romance, to reserve in Amateur and Open. Geri and Bandit placed third in halter in the “In-Hand Challenge” against some tough Quarter Horses, in the biggest competition of the show with 11 entries. The challenge has amateur and youth exhibitors competing in halter, showmanship and lunge line with awards to the top three Three-in-One APHA Amateur High Point placings overall. winners Gold Bar Tristan and Bibs Dillaire (Moments by Lea-Ann photo)


BC Paint Horse Club, cont’d In spite of the lower-than-hoped-for turnout, the live auction netted a $300 donation to the Bulkley Valley Hospice Society in Smithers. The show was followed by a two-day clinic by judge Lita Hottel. Several of the exhibitors stayed on for the clinic, while others hauled in just for the clinic itself, Barb reports. Battle of the Breeds team almost complete BCPHC member Kelly Allen is looking for just one more rider to complete a Paint Horse team to compete at the Pacific National Exhibition’s “Battle of the Breeds,” August 28-30. Teams of four riders compete in trail, dressage, jumping and barrel racing to determine the most “versatile” breed. The Paint team won the inaugural Battle of the Breeds in 2010; last year, they came third overall. So far, Kelly’s husband, Ron Stolp, will be riding his horse, Winddancers Cimaron, in jumping and barrels. Brandie Thom will ride Team Paint at PNE “Battle of the Breeds” Kelly and Ron’s (Kelly Allen photo) APHA stallion, The Huntsman, in jumping and dressage and Kristen Mozel will ride her overo Paint gelding, Snowyrivers McGregor, in trail and dressage. Ideally, they need one more horse and rider to compete for the team in trail and barrels. If you’re in town for the PNE, be sure to catch the competition which gets underway on Tuesday, August 28, with dressage at 4pm. Trail is at noon on August 29 and Jumping (noon) and Barrels (4pm) complete the competition on August 30. The PNE is also featuring cattle penning from August 23-26 and jumping from August 31-September 3. You can reach Kelly at if you’d like to be a part of the Battle of the Breeds Paint team. Kelly has also been trying to resurrect a Pinto club in BC. Check out her Facebook group under British Columbia Pinto Horse Club for more information - another good way to reach her! Free Trophy Program participants named Eight clubs and shows have been provided with awards from the BC Paint Horse Club for this show season. The Free Trophy Program is sponsored by Otter Co-op and allows us to provide open show competitions with BCPHC-branded awards from Sudden Impact for their high point Paint Horses. Geri Brown and R Bandits Success have already won an award at the Three-in-One Show in Smithers. There are several shows coming up this month where high points will be offered. Go to the “Free Trophy Program” page at for a complete list of competitions. You don’t have to be a BCPHC member to be eligible to receive an award; however, you should take a copy of your APHA papers with you to show proof of registration to the entry clerks when you enter your Paint at participating shows. You can also find a very impressive list of APHA PAC-approved shows throughout the province on the website. We have a record HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

number of members registered for our Open Show and Competition Program (the flat fee pilot project appears to be a success!) and Dianne Rouse says a lot of show results are coming in the mail. Don’t forget to mail yours within the generous 60-day deadline! BC Paint members take on the world BCPHC member Louise Bruce and HF DR Feelgood (aka Brian) made the top ten in three classes at the Pinto World Championship Show, June 11-23, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They placed fourth in Amateur Elite Trail, sixth in Amateur Elite Horsemanship, and ninth in Open Trail in a field of 52 horses. In addition, they made the finals in Western Pleasure with individual calls of fi ft h and eighth. It was a very big show with hundreds of horses and a huge contingent of Paint Horses, many of whom went on to the AjPHA Youth Worlds, Louise reports. Calli Rouse and her Paint mare, Chansation, were among those at the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas, June 22-30, where they received a reserve world championship title in Hunter under Saddle 14-18. They also placed fourth in Horsemanship and made the top ten in Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Pleasure. Calli has been attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth this past year and trains with Sara Simons in Aubrey, Texas. She is the daughter of BCPHC treasurer Dianne Rouse. Evergreen Circuit schedule on website A revised version of the schedule for the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s Evergreen Circuit, September 1-2, is now up on our website. LMQ has added APHA Amateur Walk/Trot and Reining classes to the class line-up for APHA exhibitors attending the threejudge show at Thunderbird in Langley. The show also features an all breed Yearling Halter jackpot, Yearling Tri-Challenge (Halter, Lunge Line, In-Hand Trail), the Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail and a Western Pleasure Maturity for horses five years and over. Pre-entry deadline is August 20, and is APHA PAC-approved. BCPHC will be hosting the hospitality BBQ on move-in day, Friday, August 31, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to help us provide salads and appetizers to make the meal a success. Colleen Schellenberg will be making calls to Fraser Valley members this month to see who can contribute. Otter Co-op is supplying their great big BBQ again and there will be pie! Keep in the Loop! Be sure to check our website ( often for updates! We’ve posted Shannon O’Dell’s detailed report about the APHA Workshop in Texas in late May (it has lots of interesting information about issues and potential rule changes at the national level) and we’ll be posting the highlights and a photo gallery from the “Back-to-Basics” Show in Langley on July 29. You might want to check APHA’s website ( as well; it’s been updated. And one final note relative to BCPHC president Colleen Schellenberg’s comments in last month’s column. Our BCPHC membership is up 25 per cent this year, with 28 new members coming on board! Thank you to each and every one of you. Your support makes all of our efforts on the board worthwhile! Keep in touch with us on Facebook and good luck at the shows! • 73

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THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12

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

Alberta Equestrian Federation The Voice of Equine Alberta and the premier source for education, information and support for Alberta’s entire equine community. 1-877-463-6222 4/13



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

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 15 & 16, 2013 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 15 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

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DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

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

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Ybo Plante 250-743-3356 or 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 10/12

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GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 8/13 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clubs & Associations, cont’d PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 3/13 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,,

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DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP ADULT CAMP, Kamloops, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at RIVERSLIDE Reining Show, Kamloops, Kim Stordahl 250-577-3637 ADIVA MURPHY TWINCREEKS EXPERIENCE, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, BC, Deborah Flinn, AGES 8-12 DAY CAMP, Space Limited. Stride Away Training Stables, Wallbridge Rd, Armstrong, Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288, O’KEEFE COWBOY SUMMER FESTIVAL, Dinner Show, Ranch Horse Rodeo, Entertainment, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, or 250-542-7868 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, RIVERBOAT DAYS PARADE, Terrace, BC, TWO DAY CATTLE SORT, Thornhill Fair Grounds, PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation, (Demo Aug 3), Yellowknife, Jolene Hughes, Aurora Horse Association EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Calgary, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 AERC FUN DAY SHOW, IPE Grounds, Armstrong, Rebecca 250-546-0052, VERNON RACE DAY, Kin Race Track, Vernon, BC, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 JONATHAN FIELD Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, TRAINING THRU TRUST YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, register at STARTING YOUNG HORSE CLINIC w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 5-DAY PNH LEVEL 3/4 CAMP w/3-Star Parelli Instructor Fawn Anderson, Nelson & District Riding Club, Nelson, BC, Heather 250-505-5270 CARIBOO PLATEAU COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, Joanne Macaluso 250-456-7320, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Summer Sizzler Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry forms at POKER RIDE, Anarchist Mountain, Osoyoos, BC, Jon 250-491-0622, SOUTH OK SERIES August Heat Horse Show, Osoyoos, Ashley 778-437-2092, OPEN HORSE SHOW, Heritage Park Sand Arena #1, Chilliwack, BC, Dawn 604-617-7354,


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SPIN N SLIDE SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES, Fraser Valley Reining Club, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley, BC, Lynda 604-462-9179 or PATTEN-POLLITT Performance Horse & Production Sale, Eckville, AB, Rory or Geraldine 780-388-2139, catalogue 21ST ANNUAL RAINBOW TRAIL RIDE fundraiser for Rainbow Society of Alberta, Blackfoot Provincial Rec. Area, Holly 780-469-3306, TRAINING THRU TRUST YOUTH CAMP, Kamloops, BC, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, info at PNE PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW, Vancouver, 604-252-3581, TRAINER OF THE NORTH CHALLENGE, Kyle Mills, Jay O’Jay, Severin Pederson, BVX Smithers, Geri Brown 250-847-3105, BULKLEY VALLEY EXHIBITION Light Horse Show APHA, AQHA, ApHCC & Open Horse Show. Smithers. Geri Brown 250-847-3105, COWBOY DINNER SHOW W w/Rob Dinwoodie and others, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, 250-542-7868, PGRHA FALL SLIDE, Livestock Arena, Prince George, BC, MISSION HORSE CLUB TROPHY SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, HORSE CENTRED WORKSHOP, Relationship & Agenda, Armstrong, 250-546-9640 or EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course Edmonton, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, HORSE CENTRED WORKSHOP, Power of Authenticity & Intro to Epona, Armstrong, 250-546-9640 or GLENN STEWART NH CLINIC, Adv/Beg., Smithers, contact Anika 250-846-5494, IPE FALL FAIR, Light & Heavy Horse Show, CPRA Rodeo, Exhibits and more, Armstrong, or 250-546-9406 TSC TIMBERLAND HORSE SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Thornhill Fair Grounds, contact Marty Cox WESTERN CANADIAN BREEDERS/BCHAA DOGWOOD, Cloverdale Agriplex, Mia 604-833-4113,,

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D BAR K SHOW SERIES, D Bar K Ranch, Oliver, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228,, LMQHA EVERGREEN CIRCUIT, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, Barbara 208-683-1617, LMQHA EVERGREEN CIRCUIT, AQHA/APHA/All Breed Horse Show, Thunderbird, Langley, Barbara 208-683-1617, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, Carol 604-856-2967,, NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR Light Horse Show/Gymkhana (Heritage Qual.), Barriere, BC,, Darcey 250-318-9975 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Langley, BC, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 EXTREME HORSEMANSHIP CANADA COMP. w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers, contact Anika 250-846-5494, TSC ANNUAL GYMKHANA Open, 9am, Thornhill Fair Gounds, Contact Marty Cox or Elaine Rempel SLIDE OUT WEST, WCRA High Point Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, RIDE STRONG POKER RALLY, Heritage Ranch, Red Deer, AB, Sarah Fritzel 403-392-4844 13TH ANNUAL QH PRODUCTION SALE (Ruzicka Ranch, D&G Ranching, Dixon Ranch), Killam, Alberta, for catalogue or 780-336-2224 FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071,, FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW W (BC Heritage, Paint Alt. Comp.), OPEN Eng/West, Gymkhana, and 4-H. Salmon Arm, or Trina at PENTICTON RIDGE CLUB Trophy Show, English/ Western, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Working Equitation/Extreme Trail, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, BC, Thea or 250-577-3252

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CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale,, DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

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ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 â&#x20AC;˘ OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12 PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 11/12 Regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 AQHA, 6/13 ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM WELSH PONIES/COBS (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-6050 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? Welsh Riding Pony; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? Welsh Cob 7/13 WILDWOOD RANCHES Regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13


Salty Ole Jack

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 10/12

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THE HUNTSMAN APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee $850 Stud Fee Call 604-831-1519, E-mail 3/13

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

Call 1-866-546-9922, email

For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502




OdoroxÂŽ - Naturally Refreshing Technology Comes to BC


ell respected in the riding community for their superior facility construction, EQ is now the exclusive distributor of OdoroxÂŽ clean air systems to the equine community in Western Canada. Used in medical facilities and luxury hotels around the world, EQ is now bringing this leading-edge technology to stables and indoor equestrian facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process is complicated, but the results are simple: pure, healthy air for horse and rider,â&#x20AC;? says EQ Managing Partner Sally Meecham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been riding my entire life and I had never been in a barn that smelled like fresh rain until I went into one with the OdoroxÂŽ system.â&#x20AC;? One of the fi rst customers to purchase the system was Spruce Meadows, installing it in their Equiplex Equestrian Centre last year. Linda Southern Heathcott, President of Spruce Meadows says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;OdoroxÂŽ has created a fresher air experience indoors for the horses and the many guests who visit.â&#x20AC;? She further explained that the new system has addressed the odour issues in the 36,000 square-foot arena, one that transforms quickly from cattle show to formal dinners and weddings. The system purifies the air using hydroxyls (+OH), naturally-occurring molecules in our atmosphere that are created when the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultraviolet rays react with water vapour -- they are also effective for eliminating odours. In confi ned spaces, without sunlight, the production of hydroxyls would be


impossible, but with the OdoroxÂŽ system, this natural process can be replicated. Unsanitary air enters the system chamber, is purified using hydroxyls and leaves odour-free; the purified air is also rich with the hydroxyl molecules, thereby continuing to fight bacteria and odour throughout the space.

A Cascade Effect â&#x20AC;˘ Once the hydroxyls are created, they are moved with air circulation and attract odour molecules, bacteria, viruses, mould and VOCs -- attaching to them and neutralizing them. â&#x20AC;˘ Outside the unit, the hydroxyls begin a cascade reaction in the air, creating even more hydroxyls and allowing them to disperse throughout the confi ned space. â&#x20AC;˘ Any quenched hydroxyls are continuously replaced by the system, providing constant decontamination.

OdoroxÂŽ is VERY different from other UV technologies because: â&#x20AC;˘ It neutralizes viruses and bacteria. â&#x20AC;˘ It completely cleans air and all surfaces in contained spaces. â&#x20AC;˘ Other UV technologies only clean the air that actually passes over the UV bulbs. â&#x20AC;˘ OdoroxÂŽ penetrates deep into fabrics, porous materials and everywhere air can reach.

For more information, contact Jason Krell at 403-230-4224 ext 30. â&#x20AC;˘ 77

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

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(serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Breeds   sDYNAMICBALANCE HOTMAILCOM 3/13

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

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 6/13 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 5/13

BED, BALES & BREAKFAST BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout,


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 8/13 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 4/13 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 10/12




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



CATERING & CONCESSION SERVICES HERMCO CATERING & CONCESSION (BC Interior) 250-681-0939 9/12 Awesome Food and Excellent Service,

PRINCETON FARM CENTRE 309 Culbertson Way, Princeton, BC Princetonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Farm and Garden Centre Otter Co-op Lifeline Horse Feed, Pet Feed, Vet Supplies, Farm Feed, Garden Supplies & Fencing

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

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FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 2/13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horseâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? Abby R. Koop, Farrier


Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES

GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 WWW.REDWILLOWRANCH.COM (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13

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




ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 2/13 Otter Coop and Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!

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OKANAGAN EQUISTORE (Vernon) 250-542-5953 9/12 For all Equine Health Needs: Salt, Supplements, Homeopathics, Essential Oils 556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870



PERFORMANCE HORSE PORTRAITS Original Charcoal Art, Giclée Prints & Commissions, 2/13 INSURANCE

LAKE COUNTRY FARM & PET SUPPLY LTD. Livestock, Pet Feeds and Supplies 250-766-4646 • Dealer for #19-10051 Hwy 97N, Winfield, BC V4V 1P6 10/12

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC sh&ARM#AREv)NSURANCE sh%QUI#AREv(ORSE-ORTALITY s3PECIAL0ROGRAMSFOR-EMBERS s#!,, 4/$!9   s

OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 11/12 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. RIVERBEND TACK & HAY (Vancouver Island) 250-245-3763 9/12 Washington Grass, Alfalfa, Alfalfa Mix, Timothy, Tack New & Used RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 8/12


JUDGES DOREEN HOOKER, HORSE SHOW JUDGE, 403-646-3023, Equine Canada (GP & West.) ApHC/ApHCC/PtHA. Open/Sch, Fairs, 4-H. 6/13 MASSAGE THERAPY



Custom built and installed to your needs


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

Alan & Dorothy, "ˆÛiÀ]Ê ÊUÊÓxä‡{™ä‡xÈÈÓÊ >VJVvvi˜Vi°Vœ“ÊUÊ

WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 9/12 Stacy Elliott, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound, ZABRINA BARTEAUX X 250-938-7126, Cert. Equine Massage/Acupressure, Canine Massage, Human Holistic Health Pract., 3/13

REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/12 RIBBONS & ROSETTES


GUEST RANCHES CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake, BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 11/12 WWW.HIDDENLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Quesnel, BC)1-877-482-8569 12/12 Come and experience a truly authentic working ranch in BC’s Spectacular Cariboo

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 3/13 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13

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Business Services SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs,


3/13 A complete p line of Treeless Saddles English, Western, Trail and Accessories   s4OLL&REE    9/12

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses

JASON MCKENZIE CUSTOM MADE SADDLES (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 KAMLOOPSSADDLERY.COM 1-877-493-8881 or 250-573-5496 Custom Saddles, Horse Gear & Repairs by Bob Goudreault 8/12 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Rideâ&#x201E;˘,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 9/12 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 3/13 WWW.DARYLGIBBHORSEMANSHIP.COM 250-499-5844 8/12 All Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Horsemanship Clinics, Colt Starting, Problem Horses

ALL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mix, Pet Food HORSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items. WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western TRAILER REPAIRS

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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 8/12 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, 8/12

The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and ConďŹ dence with Awareness, Feel and Signal WWWLODESTARHORSEMANSHIPCAs-ERRITT "# s 250-315-1098 12/12

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master

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PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12

CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13




Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics


LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 or 250-567-8685, Reining, Working Cow, Cutting, 8/12 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, 1 Star Junior Instructor Carolyn McTaggart 250-359-2922, (Kootenays) 9/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 â&#x20AC;˘ TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 10/12



Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 6/13

HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES â&#x20AC;&#x153;Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.â&#x20AC;? 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 10/12

TRANSPORT/HAULING CROFTON HORSE TRANSPORT is your cross border specialist! We transport across Canada, USA & Alaska. We offer tie or box stalls. Cameras for monitoring. CertiďŹ ed for Commercial Livestock Transport.    sWWW#ROFTON4RANSPORTCOM 8/13

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VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, WEBSITE DESIGN

VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13


Your Business should be here. Listings start at only $195 p/year - Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 issues! Call 1-866-546-9922, email

Book Review Grows That Way by Susan Ketchen Sylvia wishes that hormones werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t such finicky things. She has Turner Syndrome and will need estrogen supplements to develop normallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not that she has any idea what normal is, because everyone around her is acting hormonally imbalanced. Her idol Kansas has lost interest in being Sylviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equestrian mentor. Her workaholic mom is lounging at home. Her easy-going Dad is losing his temper at the most unnecessary things. Her angel-obsessed cousin Taylor is dating a thug. Grandpa has gone silly over his new girlfriend, though Sylvia figures this is an improvement over how he was going before, which was downhill fast into senile dementia. The only ones left to lean on are Logan Losino, quietly reliable as ever, and her new pony Brooklyn. Mostly she rides Brooklyn in the arena, but during a forbidden solo trail ride, Sylvia spots a creature that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to exist. When she tries to talk about it, Dr. Cleveland says Sylvia imagined something as a projection of her sub-conscious fear of large hairy creatures. Such as men, Kansas suggests. It would HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

be an interesting theory . . . if only Brooklyn hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen it too. This is the third book in the highly praised series published by Oolichan books, including Born Th That Way (2009) and Made That Way (2010). Each book stands on its own n as an independent read. The stories are suitable for teens and adults alike, and explore issues of family and growing up with humor, warmth and originality. Books are available online or through your local bookstore. For more information please visit www. Oolichan Books 208 pages, Paperback, May 2012 $12.95 ISBN: 978-0-88982-285-6 â&#x20AC;˘ 81

On The Market

TRAIL HORSE FOR SALE Lilly is a 13-year-old Shire x Paint, proven brood mare and trail horse. She is 16.2HH and is very calm and willing. Sale to approved home. $3,500 Contact Dayna after 8:00 pm 250-620-0006 (Horsefly) E-mail: 8/12

CART HORSE FOR SALE Clancy is a 5-year-old Clyde x TB, 17.2HH, calm gentleman. Trained for team, single cart and has just been started under saddle. No vices, except playful! Gets along with everyone in the herd. Sale to approved home. $5,000 Contact Dayna after 8:00 pm 250-620-0006 (Horsefl y) 8/12 E-mail:



17-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH. Skipper W bloodlines. Used as a trail horse and for hunting. Neck reins. Well-built. $1,800. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:

18-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH. Skipper W bloodlines. Used as a trail horse and for hunting. Neck reins. $1,500. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:

IMA TEXAS TWO BIT Papered Quarter Horse Gelding 5 years old, 14.2HH. Parents: Leo Bar Dee Cat and Golden Two Bit. Green broke with the abilities to go into any discipline. Outdoor arena and round pen training. Loads and hauls easily. Good with feet, baths and ties. Asking $3,500 obo. Call 250-306-4352 (Armstrong) Email:

16-YEAR-OLD DONE IT ALL Peppy San - Doc O’Lena bred, 15.3HH. Used in penning and sorting on buffalo and cows, team roping, reining cow horse, ranch work and mountain trails. Laid back personality, very willing and good with other horses. No vices, trailered lots of miles, lots of experience. Asking $4,500 obo. Call 250-342-9881 or e-mail for more info, pictures or video (Windermere)


TRAIL HORSES FOR SALE Due to privatization we are selling some of our trail horses to a good home or guest ranch. All geldings, mainly Quarter Horses, different levels, ages 8 to 22. Good new homes more important than sales prices. For more information please call 250-350-3461 evenings or leave a message (Quilchena near Merritt)

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1995 SIDEKICK 4H SLANT LOAD Mid tack with separate stud door and 14’ living quarters. 100% aluminum, 8’6” wide, extra tall. Comes with 16’ awning, hydraulic jack, oak cabinetry, bathroon, kitchen, furnace, air conditioning, and 80 gallon water tank. $26,000. 250-379-2076 or e-mail (Falkland)

Sired by Cougarsblueboonlight 2004 Blue Roan by Boonlight Dancer by Peptoboonsmal out of mare by San Jo Lena; Docs San Hickory by Docs Hickory out of mare by Peppy San Badger. Docs High Velocity grandson of Doc O’lena out of mare by World Champion Race Sires. Contact: Doyle, Lorraine, Tina and Gene Seely 780-542-1031 E-mail: (Alder Flats, AB)


On The Market

ORIGINAL DOCTOR’S BUGGY Beautifully restored and ready to use for a very comfortable ride! It is for a single horse. Only $2,900. Cdn Call 250-542-4146 (Vernon)

BILLY COOK TRAIL SADDLE Very comfy saddle with smooth padded 16” seat. Chestnut leather with hand-stamped border, rawhide covered tree and back cinch. Full Quarter Horse bars fi ts a wider horse very well.

Lightly used and only a few years old. Doesn’t fi t my horses. Asking $1,500. Call Ester at 250-803-8814 (Enderby) or e-mail

7 YR OLD BAY MORGAN MARE Karisma - Stunningly beautiful mare with World Champion breeding including UVM Promise and Pot of Gold. Trained to drive as a 3-year-old, has had one foal – easy breeder, easy foaler and great mother. Too many horses or she wouldn’t be going anywhere! UTD on shots and worming. Good with farrier. Transportation easily arranged. $3,500 plus GST Check out more photos at Email: or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)

RARE SILVER DAPPLE MORGAN MARE 2009 Homozygous Black Silver Dapple Mare. One of only a handful of Silvers in the Morgan breed! Professionally started under saddle. Very willing, responsive to aids and bold. Rides out alone or with others. UTD on shots and worming. Good with farrier. Transportation easily arranged. $5,500 plus GST. Check out more photos at Email: or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)



OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186


Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt


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

1996 REG’D CANADIAN BELGIAN SORREL ROAN MARE “RRJ Jayleena” Jaylee has been exposed for a possible foal in 2013 by Clydesdale stallion Battle River Jasper. She is a sweety and we are only selling her due to the fact that our boys just can’t get her covered. She is 18.2HH (nearly 4 hands taller than our average stud) and weighs over 2000 lbs. She was broke to drive and drove for 3-4 years by her previous owners (we don’t have harness for her). Her pedigree is full of top showing horses. FOR SALE AT $2,500 + HST. 250-296-0186 (150 Mile House)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC



In foal to Homozygous Black AQHA Kid Lena for a LFG in 2013 (same sire as foal at side). Cash stands about 15.1HH and is a great mom and an easy breeder. Round penning started and could easily be started under saddle this fall and then foal her out. Her mom was a Champion Rope (heeling) horse and Team Penning horse, as well as her grandsire Oakalla. Take this mare into the arena or add her to your broodmares for size, colour and speed bloodlines. Double bred Burnt Spur and Depth Charge, with Dash For Cash, Doc O’Lena, Grey Badger II, and more. $2,500 + HST. Or sells as a 3-in-1 Package with Filly at side here for $3,500. (Filly is for sale separately for $1,500.) 250-296-0186 (150 Mile House)

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Beautiful 2 acre property located on the outskirts of town. Fully fenced and irrigated, this property is perfect for horses, gardening and more. There are several outbuildings for horses and storage. The property also features a spacious 2,681 sq. ft. walk-out rancher with large windows, hardwood floors and even an in-law suite. $639,900 MLS® 2640 Gallagher Road, Kelowna, BC David Jurek 250-859-2223 • Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

Nice 10 acre property just minutes from town. Fully fenced and x-fenced. The barn/shop has 2 matted stalls, covered storage for hay and shavings, 50’ round pen and 2 seasonal ponds. Ride, sled or quad right from your backyard. The property also features a 1,274 sq. ft. chalet-style home with full unfinished basement, wood stove, covered deck and beautiful lake and valley views. $549,900 MLS® 10050154 1513 Huckleberry Road, Kelowna, BC David Jurek 250-859-2223 • Your Farm and Acreage Specialists

Great 10 acre property located in a quiet area and just a short drive from town. Featuring lots of fenced and x-fenced pasture with several outbuildings for shelter and hay storage. There is a 2,000 sq. ft. 3 bed, 2 bath walk-out rancher with tons of character and charm. The home has had some upgrades including a great new well and pump. $499,900 MLS® 10044721 1732 Huckleberry Road, Kelowna, BC David Jurek 250-859-2223 • Your Farm and Acreage Specialists




Great Opportunity! 27 acres with full up and down duplex. Bring your in-laws or use it as a mortgage helper. Both units have 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, woodstove and hot water heat. Several pasture areas with older outbuildings. 24 x 38 fully insulated and wired workshop with bathroom waiting for you. Only 8 km from the TCH on school bus route. 35 min. to Kamloops. Fantastic mountain views. $525,000 MLS® 106252 4826 Cober Road, Pritchard, BC Ricky (Ulrike) Hedrich, Associate Broker 250-572-0828 / 250-679-3224

Two bedroom Country Home. Updates in flooring and bathroom 39 acres of pasture and hay land. Large 50 x 88 metal frame shop. 86 x 32 barn and riding arena. Lots of water for livestock San Jose River runs through property $449,000 MLS® N218572 2874 Cariboo Hwy 97 South For more information call Courtney 250-302-1176 View on YouTube

5 ACRES WITH LAKEVIEW IN THE SUNNY OKANAGAN! 3 bedroom rancher with plenty of privacy! Fully irrigated, pesticide-free. Relatively flat parcel, rare for the location. Rural setting, great for horses. On school bus route and minutes to idyllic downtown Peachland. WAS $788,000 NOW $699,900!! MLS® 10042807 5871 Victoria Street, Peachland, BC Call Jerry Geen 250-870-3888



CARIBOO RANCH LIVING! 85 x 120 sand riding arena, 55’ round pen, 3 cross-fenced paddocks and 35 x 56 shop. 22 level acres of cross-fenced Horse Property all set up and ready for you and your horses to move in. Beautifully appointed and well-kept 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with quality updates throughout. Priced to sell! Call for more info today! $399,900 MLS® N220317Call for more details: Gisela Janzen 250-706-1186 Michelle Jongbloets 250-644-1100 •

13.15 picturesque acres in the beautiful Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley, set up for horses and/or business with highway access, a 92 x 30 shop with 16’ covered wings, 3+ stall barn with heated tack room and hay storage. Spectacular custom built 5 bedroom, 5 bath family home with all the added extras, plus it has a carriage house and a second suite for added income. $1,050,000 MLS® 10048857 4758 McLeery Road, Armstrong, BC Mike Beck 250-307-1600 or e-mail

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A creek runs through it! Immaculate inside and out Hobby Farm on 20 acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been re-seeded, fenced and cross-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop. $429,900 MLS® 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista, BC Call Cynthia 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free

Need room for horses? 2.8 acre property, heated water troughs, outdoor riding ring, fenced and cross- fenced. 3 bedroom rancher. Easy commute to Kamloops or Chase. $399,000 MLS® 109217 4999 Gerella Road, Pritchard, BC Call Cynthia 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free

16.2 acre Horse Property. Conveniently located between Vernon and Armstrong. Next to Large Animal Vet clinic. Three bedroom home, mature trees, 1000’ shop/garage, 5 stall barn, run-in shelters, automatic waters, 100 x 216 arena, and 7 acre hay field. Set up and ready to use. $649,000 MLS® 1004878 1437 Otter Lake Cross Road, Armstrong, BC Peter Blake 250-306-3500 Horse, Ranch and Country Properties Specialist


ONLY $85.


+ tax


Book Review Ringer by Cheryl Rhodes Never bet on an imposter! “Ringer” enters the literary horserace. A horse who is a dead ringer for a missing racehorse. A missing cousin whose body was never found. An attempted murder. A wealthy racehorse owner. Is anything what it seems? Author Cheryl Rhodes answers these questions and more in her romantic mystery novel Ringer that takes place in the Standardbred racing industry. Cheryl grew up with horses and spent several years working in both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industries and tapped into that experience to write a romantic mystery novel. She wondered what would happen if a Standardbred horse breeder/trainer/driver discovered a ringer racehorse was competing in races instead of the racehorse he bred and how he would get the horse back. Holly Thompson rescues horse trainer HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Matt Winter and flees with him and his look-a-like horse, knowing their pursuers are only a few hours behind them. They follow clues from British Columbia to Matt’s home in Oregon to a horserace in California, trying to find who is behind the horse-swapping scheme. Holly has done the unthinkable and fallen in love with a horseman, something she vowed she’d never do. Is Matt really a wealthy racehorse owner or just another backstretch con artist, cheating on horses and women? And will he ride to Holly’s rescue when they unravel the mystery of the ringer? Ringer is an electronic book available for $4.99 from Musa Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and other online booksellers. The first chapter of Ringer can be read here: ringer-by-cheryl-rhodes.html To read an excerpt and purchase from Musa Publishing:

index. php?main__ page=product_ info&cPath=12&products_id=240 Musa Publishing, Publisher, Dominique Eastwick, Director of Promotions, promotions@musapublishing. com Ebook ISBN: 978-1-61937-173-6 • 85

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12

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

Tails Forever



Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

A forever

KEEPSAKE TREASURE Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas Timbery Portable Sawmills for personal use. Mill dimensional lumber, decking, posts, beams, and siding. Put our 20 years of sawmill design experience to the test. We also sell/service thin kerf sawmill blades and blade maintenance systems. Mills starting at $4,150.00 1-866-460-MILL,

from your horse’s tail. Custom jewelry pieces, key chains and more.


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616

780-518-3518 10/12




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Land of Learning

TRAILER SALES AND RENTALS 0. CHARMAC LARIAT 50 2H WARMBLOOD $18, 7’ x 16’ x 7’6” Aluminum 2H angle haul with 48” stalls, walk-in tack room, s/o rack, water tank, double rear doors and escape door with pass-thru to tack.

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 9/12

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for you and your horse. 604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411

FREE OFFERED TO APPROVED HOME. 16 year QH Gelding black w/white star and hind socks. Well broke with no vices, not being used enough. Easy keeper, 15HH, soft mouth, very responsive horse. Not recommended for beginner. E-mail for more info Located in Prince George. FREE LEASE OR ? Jay is a 7-year-old QH gelding. Suitable for LIGHT riding or companionship only, must be carefully conditioned and observed for more. Details available. Would make a super ‘therapy’ horse, either ridden or for groundwork/confidence building. He has an awesome mind and loves to play. Easy keeper, personality plus, would suit an experienced older child for light use, or could go down the trail for occasional rider. Please email FarmChiq@gmail. com with your contact info and any questions. (Armstrong)


ADD-VENTURES ON HORSEBACK at End of Trails Ranch, Vernon, BC Kids/Teen Summer Camps Ladies Riding Retreats Riding Lessons for Women & Kids

250-309-6551 Check our website for calendar dates and info: HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Shop & Swap! BOARDING

BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm


DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Capall Acres Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONSs4RAININGs3TARTINGYOUNGHORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI   sWWWNORTCA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoymentâ&#x20AC;?


starting at only $60 p/month (discounts on multiple issues)


Cold Water Ranch Pristine boarding services for all types of horses. 800 acres for your horse to roam pastures and live as nature intended â&#x20AC;&#x201C; outdoors Your horse will live its life relaxed and comfortably. sACRESOFRANCHLANDTOEXPLORE s7IDERANGEOFRIDINGTRAILS s&EEDGRAZINGWITHSUPPLEMENTALHAY s#ORRALS s%ASYACCESSTOSHELTERANDDRINKINGWATER s!DMINISTERINGANYMEDICATIONs-INERALBLOCKS Price = $275/month Located on Coldwater Road, 20 min. west of Merritt, BC Locate

Martin Westerhoff, Ranch Manager 250-315-3139 

Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 5/13

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A N I M A L H E A LT H TECHNOLOGY 2 year diploma offered since 1974. Training with large & small animals! On-site working farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1.888.999.7882 12/12

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


The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer â&#x20AC;˘ 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13 11/12

RECESSION PRICE FOR TRAINING HORSES, MULES AND DONKEYS $650 includes board and training for one month. Together we have more than 50 years experience. We start young horses, mules and donkeys, restart mature animals and problem-solve with owners. We can also offer real-life trail training: stream-crossing, mud, grouse, bears, range cattle, bridges, trailering, tying, ng, hobbling, and high-lining. high-linin ~ Calm ~ Kind ~ Consistent Consiste Please email mapleleafmules@ya North orth Okanagan, Enderby, BC B (Pick up and nd delivery; and hoof trimming available)


WANTED USED TACK BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

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