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Dear Editor Hi: I read Saddle Up when I can get it and I really like the stuff written by EJ Macdonald. I read that EJ is a racehorse trainer, but I wonder if she trains horses that don’t race too? I knew a lady who got a mare that was trained by EJ and the mare is fantastic. But I was told that EJ does not train many riding horses (I wish she did). The articles are refreshing and challenge us to ask more questions and not just accept everything you read and hear and the norm. In asking more of myself, it made me think about the pressure I was really putting on my horse. I hope that EJ keeps writing because I like reading what she writes. - Ashley Desormeaux (Editor’s note: Thanks for letting us know Ashley. Yes, EJ has another article in this issue on page 24. Enjoy!)

Dear Editor: With the recent movement from animal rights activists with regards to rodeo and specific rodeo events, I have dedicated a page to “helping educate about rodeos” as it is dear to my heart and I feel that now is the time rodeo individuals and associations stand together to show our rights, heritage and longevity of animals. The overview of the page is to integrate a healthy, balanced relationship between both rodeo affi liates and animal rights activists; achieved through direct and progressive communication. This allows all individuals to find an agreeable medium; enabling all to see the benefits of Western Heritage, individual rights and the longevity of animals. I would like to generate enough information to the general public, without misleading information, on why we continue to rodeo as well as caring for

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Dear Editor: I have always enjoyed reading your magazine every month, learning a lot along the way. I just picked up the June issue and read the letter from T. Lee from Burleson Texas and agree wholeheartedly that people ignore facts and make statements before looking at both sides. As for Theresa Nolet (article on page 3 of the June issue), who rescues so-called feral/wild horses from local First Nations Reservations, she needs facts before making such prejudiced statements and stereotyping. Does she know for a fact that these horses come from the reservation and not from someone who just can’t care for them anymore – sometimes choices have to be made good or bad. I am a proud horse owner and member of the Okanagan First Nation who loves and respects the horses. - Sincerely, Sandra Charters, Douglas Lake BC

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ugust already? It is true, the older you get, the time flies faster. Here in Armstrong we are all getting ready for the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) August 27-31. In that time our city sees over 125,000 fairgoers during the 5-day Me and my new Morgan mare “VMF Charlie’s Angel’s” aka Angie. event! Town is crazy busy – Looking forward to new adventures. but I love it! Photo courtesy of Michelle Gauthier. Barriere has their Fall Fair over the Labour Day weekend as well; followed by the Salmon Arm Fair… with the Open and 4-H horse shows returning this year. And this year it’s all about 4-H celebrating their 100th Anniversary here in BC! Saddle Up is proud to be a media sponsor for the American Horsewoman’s Challenge in Oklahoma City. We have 3 Canadian ladies participating… and am happy to promote them (and the event) along the way. See more on page 6. Racing is happening in western Canada… but not in Vernon BC… see the bad news on page 21. Something’s gotta give to the Equestrian Society in Vernon… they’ve had such rough luck. I am looking forward to seeing you out and about (with my new horse) or at the Fall Fairs! Enjoy your summer – I know I will.

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orty-one of the top horsewomen in the United States and Canada are headed to Oklahoma City, October 3-5, 2014 to compete in the American Horsewoman’s Challenge and join in the celebration of the Year of the Horse ‘Woman’. Tickets are now on sale to see some of the continent’s finest women trainers go headto-head in this unique contest to test their and their horse’s skill in Liberty, Cowboy Dressage™ and Extreme Ranch and Trail Versatility. Joining the competitors at the Finals will be clinicians Linda Parelli, Carolyn Resnick, Eitan Beth Halachmy and others who will be doing educational demonstrations. The women of the Challenge (3 of which are Canadian) range in age from 19 to 68 years old and are training a wide variety of breeds from mustangs to rescue horses and well-pedigreed stock. These horsewomen have six months to train a young horse for this crossdiscipline tournament. Then the top finishers split a purse worth $28,000.

Pam Asheton, Cochrane, Alberta The word ‘deadline’ is right up there as the Challenge colt and I work together these days. And, when not in the century-old corral or front ‘training’ fields, it’s researching ‘western’ dressage components, rules, dress codes and saddlery requirements. Western to ‘cowboy dressage’ to English concepts, let along the ‘classicists,’ all have their own nuances. And, connecting with judges and organizations to glean insider information - from competitive coaching days, ‘scribing’ for judges is… invaluable for insights! For Liberty with the Challenge youngster, ‘It’sall-Good,’ that’s progressed from one line, then a neckline which proves up if your horse is listening to the human’s feet and body language. And then no line at all, working in the century-old corral that’s square and makes horses balance into the corners, straight again a few more strides, then another darned corner – it’s an idea modeled from the training concepts of the Spanish ‘picadero’. We’re averaging two hours a day in snatches and sessions of groundwork… we’re getting there! 6 • Saddle Up • August 2014

The Competition in Oklahoma City: Day 1: Liberty Test (without ropes or headstalls) Day 2: Cowboy Dressage Day 3: Extreme Cowboy Race hosted by Craig Cameron; followed by the Top Ten performing a Freestyle routine. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster (www. Horse enthusiasts and fans can learn more about the Challenge and follow the competitors’ journeys by reading the competitor blogs at the Horsewoman’s Challenge website and following the American Horsewoman’s Challenge on Facebook. Saddle Up has an update from our three Canadians heading to the Challenge. We asked them to let us know how they are doing in preparation of the October event. Here are their words….

Marion Weisskopff, Princeton, British Winnie Stott, King Township, Ontario Columbia Right now it would be GREAT to have Rambling “Rosie” and I are doing well. a list of Ranch/Trail obstacles from which We have been out and about a lot. Rosie has the final 13 obstacles will be presented at the Challenge. Although it’s often fun and always been traveling with me to my clinics since we entertaining to train new and often unusual entered the Challenge in mid-April. I’ve been using Rosie to teach and demo off of. This is things, I do have a lot of tasks in the other two not so much task specific for the American components that need my attention. Every Horsewoman’s Challenge, but it’s all those day is a new adventure with Spring Song, the three-year-old fi lly I’m partnered with. Her little pieces and prep work that will create the breeding is about ¾ Holsteiner (the other big picture in the end. We’ve been on a few part is Thoroughbred). When I first heard trail rides and a week-long camping trip. Since she’s a Holsteiner I had a mental image of a mid-April, we’ve logged about 12,000 km. We Holstein cow and thought, “Bummer!” BUT had one incident due to a bee sting (I think), it turns out that Holsteiners are amazing. that set us back a little, me more so than Rosie. In August we will start to work on more They’re intelligent, happy to be with people, specific tasks for work at Liberty, Cowboy love to learn and are very proud of their accomplishments. I’m 68 and Spring Song is 3. Dressage and man-made Trail obstacles. Rosie Our combined ages are probably the highest in is still meeting me at the gate when she sees the competition. Without a doubt, Spring Song me, to me, that is the important part. is turning my 68th summer into a fascinating ‘challenge’. Our Canadian ladies will need some financial assistance to get down to Oklahoma, so if you are able to sponsor, donate, or fundraise, feel free to contact them through their own blog on the Challenge’s website. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dreamcatcher Meadows Sweeps Pacific Northwest Awards


emberton’s world-class Hanoverian breeding and training centre, Dreamcatcher Meadows, is still reeling from the accolades of being voted as the 2013 North American Breeder of the Year by members of the American Warmblood Society, as well as earning the 2013 USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeder of the Year, based on the performance of the top five homebred horses’ achievements in the competition season. At Olympia, Washington, in June, the Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Association gathered its membership of eventer, dressage, jumpers and general sporthorse enthusiasts from the Pacific Northwest and Canada to announce the champions from the 2013 show season. Dreamcatcher Meadows was represented by resident rider Kirsten Mitchell, 17, and client Leroy “Bus� Fuller, 84, founder of the Earls, Joeys and Cactus Club restaurants. Kirsten and her mother’s five-yearold Hanoverian mare, Lady of the Dance DMV, were awarded the Champion Mare Materiale Horse of the Year (HOY) and Reserve Champion Mature Mare HOY, with Fuller’s EM (elite mare) Ballerina DMV taking the Champion spot in the latter category. Whistler resident Anna Scott’s EMC Radiance DMV placed third. Tony Ma of Vancouver saw his co-owned stallion, Lordsley DMV, crowned Reserve Champion HOY in both the Young Stallion In-Hand and Materiale divisions. Mature Stallion Champion HOY went to ES (elite stallion) Dreammaster DMV with half-brother Lordsley DMV crowned Colt/Gelding Materiale Champion HOY. Shelley Sharpe and David Evans of Whistler were delighted that their fi lly, Wonderful Dream DMV, was named Reserve Champion Yearling HOY. Dreamcatcher Meadows is named after its foundation mare, EM Dreamcatcher, the now 18-year-old queen of the farm. She was one of five horses flown from England to Pemberton in

2004 with owners Jill Giese and John Dingle to set up the facility and pursue the dream of sharing the genetics and knowledge gained from a 12-year stint in Europe. Flying with Dreamcatcher (or Aria as she is known on the farm) were her then-yearling embryo transfer triplets (ES Dreammaster DMV, Dreammaker DMV and Dreaming DMV) and thenthree-year-old Rivaldi, the renowned Kirsten Mitchell, 17, and Lady of the Dance hunter-jumper champion owned and DMV competed by Whistler real estate star named “Wonderful Mr. Fuller DMVâ€? Sally Warner. Aria has produced a total and a fi lly named “Wishing Star DMVâ€?), of six embryo transfer offspring (born to an embryo transfer colt from Lady of the recipient mothers from the farm’s rescued Dance DMV (“Wingman DMVâ€?), and mare herd), yet has never been pregnant Dreammaster DMV’s son, “Demonstrator for more than seven days, allowing Jill DMVâ€?. to train and successfully compete her The foals will be inspected at the to Grand Prix-level dressage. She is also farm by the judges of the Hannoveraner the mother of EMC Radiance DMV and Verband from Germany on September twins Lancelot DMV and Lady of the 17, followed by a two-day course open to Dance DMV. Her daughter, Dreaming all interested in breeding, to be taught DMV, is dam of EM Ballerina DMV, by German judge Maren Schlender. The Lordsley DMV and Rollo DMV (owned course will also be mandatory training by Jo Greene of Pemberton). It was not for young people age 15 to 25 hoping to a difficult decision for the NWSHBA to become team members to compete at next crown EM Dreamcatcher the Broodmare year’s final in England at the International of the Year based on the countless Young Breeders Championships. Anyone victories of her offspring. interested in attending the inspection John and Jill were unable to attend and/or the course or trying out for the the Washington ceremony and are IYBC team can learn more at www. very grateful to Kirsten and Bus for or watch for representing the farm, their clients and updates on the farm’s Facebook group the victorious steeds. Jill commented, page “Dreamcatcher Meadows.â€? “We are honoured to be recognized this way and hope it encourages equestrian enthusiasts in this country to buy the YOUR EQUINE & FARM FENCE SPECIALISTS quality stock born s"AYCO right here rather than COMPLETE ELECTRIC s.O #LIMBv8v+NOTTED-ESH(ORSE&ENCE going abroad.â€? John ROPE & TAPE SYSTEMS s$IAMOND-ESH s6INYL0OST2AIL says he is delighted s(ORSE2AILs0ONY2AILs(ORSE#OTE that the “Class of s(OT#OTE7HITE "ROWN "LACK s'ENERAL&ARM7ILDLIFE 2014â€? foals are all s%LECTRIC.ET3YSTEMS now safely on the s0OULTRY6INEYARD3UPPLIES ground, including s7OODGUARD embryo transfer twins WHITE HOUSE STABLES from donor mare EM    4OLL&REE   s&AX   #ATALOGUEE .ORTH3AANICH Ballerina DMV (a colt






ayings such as “set them up and wait,” “as soft as possible but as firm as necessary” and “set them up for success” have been chewed up and spit back out by pretty well every professional horseperson out there (as well as most recreational riders) and many of them even know what they mean, but there is one phrase that has recently stood out for me: “The fastest way to get there is slowly.” This is a phrase that was made popular by Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, but it’s far older than that. The early traditional Californio cowboys, influenced by the Vaqueros who came to North America in the early 1600s adopted the phrase mañana (meaning “tomorrow”) and I’m sure that even before that there were people who were doing their best to be successful with horses who had some other similar phrase to illustrate the need to go slow, take your time and build a firm foundation. This is one of those sayings that I find myself reminding not only my students and clients of on a daily basis, but also myself. Taking the time it takes (there’s

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another one!) to help each horse understand, not just well enough, but to really understand what you’re attempting to teach will mean the difference between having to start all over again or taking a step forward (no matter how small). It makes no difference what you may be trying to teach your horse; whether you’re introducing a saddle for the first time or developing a dressage or Tia (a young mare) is a client’s horse, brought in for starting and one of those horses who insists on things western performance horse, if being presented very slowly, over and over again, and you blow past one of your horse’s requires a lot of “down time” to soak it all in. markers, you’ll move further something that they could very well and further off course until have done today. Rather, it’s a reminder you’re forced to abort mission and start that whatever you do today will have an all over. You’ll be looking for that spot, eff ect on your horse, and ultimately your that “weak link” or, as so many people end success, tomorrow. It’s a reminder to be up doing, compensating for the lack of very, very sure, that whatever you decide understanding with some gadget. to do with your horse today, your horse is The phrase mañana has become prepared for it emotionally and physically; somewhat of an obsession of mine over if he’s not, the effect tomorrow will be the past while. I just love what it stands damage to your horse’s confidence, trust, for. It’s not, as some believe, a lazy copdesire to try or, even worse, to his body. out, where one puts off until tomorrow A few years back, I was working with a fellow wrangler at a ranch. We’d been asked to take a few of the “babies” out to familiarize them with the notion of being ridden again. The young wrangler I was working with caught a young mare by the name of Sunset. I caught a little mare called Red. Both Sunset and Red had been started the year before (as 3 or 4-year-olds) and then turned back out with the herd to grow up. They’d both had a handful of rides but were very green and extremely unpracticed at riding. The other gal had a “go-getter” kind of personality, a little less experience and a ton of ambition. She was eager to get on and get to it! I was not so keen to hop on… Maybe it was because I didn’t really know these horses and maybe it was because I’ve been on enough “greenies” to know how quickly they can go from HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Are We There Yet?, cont’d calm and quiet to airborne. Whatever the reason, I decided to do some ground work with my little mare before getting on. The other gal was nice and didn’t give me too hard a time about being a chicken, but it was clear from the look on her face that she thought I was wasting my time. As I stood on Red’s left side, asking her to follow the feel and turn her head to the left, I heard some scuffling sounds followed by the sound of a horse loping on the hard sandy clay of the arena. I remember thinking to myself, “Huh - loping already? That seems a bit rushed...” and then, as I heard the loping sound turn into an intermittent four-footed thud, I looked around just in time to see my friend and fellow wrangler hit the dirt clear across the arena. Her horse hadn’t been prepared for the feeling of the saddle moving on her back and as my friend swung up into the saddle, she had accidently pulled on the saddle, shifting it ever so slightly to one side. This feeling had upset Sunset and she’d launched herself into a canter from the place she’d been standing. Not only that but, as she leapt into her canter, my friend (who didn’t have her stirrups yet) gripped onto the horse’s sides with her heels, forgetting she was still wearing spurs. Sunset had never felt a set of spurs and that is what sent her into the bucking fit. Having checked Red’s ability to turn with the pressure of her halter on each side, rubbed Red’s stirrups against her ribs on each side, moved her hips over on either side and rocked Red’s saddle horn from side to side, I was finally ready to step up. As my friend dusted herself off, swearing under her breath, and went to catch her young mount, I swung up into my saddle and repeated the painfully slow process of going through my “preflight check” from my new vantage point. A few minutes later, Red and I were wandering around the arena at a walk and a jog and my friend was back on the ground, trying to rebuild Sunset’s confidence around the saddle shifting. My friend didn’t necessarily do anything “wrong” (besides accidently pinching Sunset with her spurs) but as a result of being in a bit of a rush she ended up far behind where she’d hoped to be by the end of her hour with that young fi lly and Sunset was slightly less eager to be ridden again. I didn’t necessarily do anything “right” but as a result of going slowly HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and taking the time it takes to go through each request I might make, in a way my horse was comfortable with, I set Red up for success and was able to ensure that she (and anyone else attempting to work with her in the near future) would have a better mañana. At the end of the day, the fastest way to get there really is slowly. Time and time again, I am reminded of that reality. Allowing my ego, someone else’s agenda or some completely fictional idea of how far along a twelve-year-old horse should be to pressure me into pressuring my horse, will ultimately cost us both mañana. They may be old, worn out clichés, but they’re as true today as the day they were first spoken and their meaning becomes a little clearer each day. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) • 9

Mounted Combat at Academie Duello Story and Photos By Monica Miller Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay is excited to announce Carosella 2014, a threeday celebration of mounted skill-at-arms being held September 12-14, 2014 at Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op in Richmond BC.


wo full days of clinics and workshops open to a range of abilities from beginner to advanced, followed by our popular annual Mounted Combat Tournament. The workshop schedule will be confirmed later in the summer. Attendees can expect workshops similar to previous Carosella events, including Academie Duello’s popular Introduction to Mounted Combat workshop, Horseback Archery workshops, as well as swordplay lessons, Mounted Games and Combat clinics, and beginner riding lessons. For the general public, there will be swordplay demonstrations and minilessons, displays of mounted skill-at-arms, unmounted games and foot races, as well as tours of the farm and opportunities to meet our horses. The Mounted Combat Tournament is our annual competition that consists of round-robin matches where riders use nylon training swords while on horseback. Participation is

Riders during the Green Spur Tournament at Carosella 2013. Combatants must wear protective gear – hockey helmets, proper riding boots and pants, and long sleeves, preferably padded. Here, Brittany and Kat participate in a round-robin tournament with each match consisting of three 30-second bouts. Opponents attempt to score as many valid hits as possible with nylon training longswords, and the rider with the most valid hits after three bouts wins the match.

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necessary for riders who want to progress in Academie Duello’s Cavaliere Program, and must have their Green Spur rank or higher. In addition to riding and swordplay, the Cavaliere Program includes horsemanship, equine care, barn and stable training, as well as sword drills from the ground. We use false mounts on wheels for beginners, then graduate to being lead on horseback, and learning single-handed reining. We have some advanced riders in our group who are new to swordplay, as well as advanced swordfighters who are novice riders. There are strict rules for combat bouts, as well as protective gear requirements, and we do not fight each other at anything more than a trot. Most classes involve drills and games. In a series of classes, we’ll start with learning certain sword drills on the ground, then into the saddle, then against an opponent at a halt or walk. Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay first began offering mounted combat workshops in 2010, in partnership with Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op. Less than a year after beginning the Cavaliere program, Academie Duello Instructors Jen Landels (on Flavie) and Devon Boorman (on Jack) demonstrate grappling techniques from horseback. Grappling or wrestling - was a large part of knightly combat, both as a non-lethal method of fighting or when an opponent was too close for swordplay. During Cavaliere, students learn three unarmed wrestles to the head, torso, and arms that can be used against an armed or unarmed opponent.

held the first annual Mounted Combat tournament in July 2011. For more information, please contact Monica Miller, Cavaliere Program Assistant, at or at 604-505-7736. Bringing together swordplay, riding, and horsemanship - participants are taught the basics of horse care, riding fundamentals, and swordplay techniques. Visit for more information.

We integrate mounted games into our training and hold Games Days. Here is Kat (riding Princess) in a Stick Pegging relay.

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Long Lining and Ground Driving By Judy Newbert INDISPENSIBLE TO A HORSE’S EDUCATION

Long lining (also called long reining) and ground driving are terms used almost interchangeably in the driving and riding horse worlds. It is defined as the horse travelling straight ahead with the driver (trainer) following and steering the horse.


f course, this is easy at the walk, but it gets hard for the trainer to follow a trotting or cantering horse, so in these gaits the driver stands to one side and the horse works in the faster gaits in a circle around the driver. This allows the trainer to accustom the horse to going forward on his own (no one is leading him) and steering and working at various gaits. It allows the trainer to accustom the horse to such obstacles as crossing water, passing barrels, trees, handling traffic, and all manner of strange sights, such as cattle, sheep, bikers, etc. The trainer can also effectively develop impulsion and school extending and collecting the various gaits. Useful for All Horses Whether the horse is destined for a riding or driving career or a career as a Grand Prix dressage horse or jumper, long lining is beneficial for initial training and also serves as a re-training tool for horses which develop problems later in training. Whether training for riding, driving, dressage or jumping, the destination dictates the specific skills that will be developed in the horse on long lines. The long lines allow the trainer to work the horse in all gaits in both extension and collection where the trainer can easily see the horse and see the horse’s reaction to the aids. The horse learns steering and balance and impulsion development without the necessity of balancing the rider’s weight. For minis and small ponies that cannot be ridden, it allows the trainer to duplicate many of the exercises that would be used to develop the horse’s musculature if a skilled rider in a small enough size were available. Sequence of Training Long lining is added to the horse’s training after the horse has mastered lungeing. On the lunge, the horse has learned obedience, voice commands and to respect but not fear the whip. As a result of lungeing, the horse knows how to move on the circle correctly in both directions and at all three gaits. Using the double lunge eases the transition to long lining. Once on the long lines, the horse learns how to travel at all three gaits on straight lines and on curves and through turns. More advanced horses can learn work over cavaletti and jumps and two-track work like

shoulder-in, renvers, travers, and half pass. The ultimate in long lining as practiced at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna is piaffe, passage, and airs above the ground Using cones as obstacles on long lines. At Saumur in France, horses are routinely schooled over jumps on long lines. Equipment In the initial breaking-to-ride stages, the horse is long lined in a saddle with the stirrups tied Student practicing long lining before driving together under his belly, with the reins run from the cavesson or bit, through the stirrups to the trainer’s hands. In the driving horse’s initial education, the horse is long-lined in a harness, with the traces secured, with the reins running from the cavesson or bit, through the tug loops (where the shafts would run if the horse was hitched up) to the trainer’s hands. An alternative to either of these systems is using a cavesson (or bridle), a surcingle, and a set of long reins. The youngster is always started with a cavesson used to steer, transitioning to the reins attached to the bit only when the horse understands steering. This protects the horse’s mouth from damage caused by pulling on the reins in the early stages. A rule of thumb is that the reins should run through a ring on the surcingle at about the level of the horse’s elbow. By having the reins at the elbow level or the tug loop level, the reins run along the horse’s sides and control of the hindquarters is retained. If the reins are attached at the level of the upper surcingle reins or through the rein terrets on the harness saddle, the trainer has very little control of the horse’s hindquarters and the horse can quite easily turn around and end up facing the trainer. In this situation, the only answer is to tell the horse to “whoa” and proceed to untangle him. It is better to avoid this problem with proper placement of the reins. Other essential equipment includes a suitable set of long lines, the trainer’s voice, a whip long enough to be effective when the horse ignores your voice commands, good comfortable non-slip shoes, and gloves. The horse should wear leg protection on all four legs. For safety, the initial long lining sessions should be in an enclosed area so the horse cannot get away.


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Long Lining, cont’d The choice of long lines is a personal choice. Normal driving reins, usually about 16 to 20 ft. long for a horse, are too short to effectively use as long reins. They will place you too close to the horse where you might be kicked. Long reins for a horse are typically 28 feet for flat work and 39 to 46 feet for jumping and work in extended gaits. Some trainers use mountain climbing rope, some use lunge lines (often not long enough) or custom long lines in various sizes. On traditional classical long lines, the first 8 feet is a rounded nylon line (horse size) which slides though the bit and surcingle rings without friction but the end parts of the reins are flat cotton, usually about 1 inch wide, which is easier in the trainer’s hands and much less likely to slip. Reins may be joined at the trainer’s end with a buckle or a light piece of string or not joined together at all. Joined reins have the benefit that you can more easily pick up a rein you have dropped but with joined reins there is always a risk of getting your hand, arm or leg caught up in the rein and being dragged. Pick a rein which works properly with the rest of the equipment and with your hands and which works for you safety-wise. (see Fig. 2). How Far Can You Go with Long Lining? You are really only limited by your imagination. One German trainer schools his young potential dressage horses up to the Grand Prix movements on long lines as youngsters before they are ridden, then rides them through all the same movements, and then continually refines the advanced movements in the older ridden horses on long lines. The more you practice long lining, the better you will get. Take

some lessons from a trainer skilled in long lining and then practice conscientiously on your own horses. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish on long lines. How Do I Know When I Have It Right? You know you have it right when the horse moves steadily forward “on the bit’ with impulsion. He does what you request, pleasantly and confidently with impulsion and balance and with his head in a steady position and with no apparent discomfort. He is supple and turns and bends with the correct flexion and with no resistance. He works equally correctly in both directions. He handles traffic, water and other frightening obstacles with ease. He jumps cavaletti or various fences with correct jumping technique. What Comes Next? Next month I will discuss some driving and riding horse problems where returning the horse to long lines will help to correct the problem. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.


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Okanagan 4-H Stock Show By Ashley Robson (Kelowna Hoofbeats) We celebrated the 100th anniversary of 4-H in BC at the Okanagan 4-H Stock Show on July 7-12, at the Armstrong IPE Fair Grounds. The horse clubs that participated were the Penticton Trail Breakers, Vernon Young Riders, Valley Lopers, Double L, Kelowna Hoofbeats and Hooves and Hounds.


n the Monday, we got there and set up camp and decorated the stalls. Throughout the week the stalls were judged for the best decorations; the club who won was the Penticton Trail Breakers. CONGRATULATIONS! The week was packed with events. Kyra Casorso organized a games night on Tuesday. Many riders participated in Lone Barrel, Stakes, and Thread the Needle. These games are always favourites at stock show. On the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we were thankful to have riding lessons with the wonderful instructors who taught us a ton! The instructors for the week were Andrea Kowenhoven, who

taught us English riding, Dustin Drader, who taught the level A and B kids, and Ross Hanson, who taught the C, D, E and reining classes. We were glad to have each of these wonderful instructors. Someone who put a new twist on trail was Glenn Perran. He made trail fun and new every day of the week. There were surprises and obstacles that made us wonder and feel excited. Once again, ten lucky seniors and two parents were able to work with Daryl Gibb training colts with the assistance of Joanne Blake, Morgan Morrone and many other colt helpers. Success was enjoyed by both colts and trainers, with almost all the colts getting their first ride or two. Throughout the week, we all went to ground school were Agricultural Building Packages we learned many new handling pointers and information from Reg Stewart. He helped many of the kids in the clubs with tricks of the trade to help the horses get over some of their Variety of Roofing, Fencing & Farm Supplies fears.

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4-H Stock Show, cont’d We were extremely lucky to have Merilee professionally photograph all the events for the week. This allowed everyone an opportunity to capture special moments! The horse clubs showed the horses in Showmanship on Wednesday. Judges Carmen Letawski and Patti Thomas had a difficult time choosing winners as horses were all bathed and polished, and the riders looked amazing in their show clothes. We were thankful for the Miniature Horse club that came and practiced driving the mini horses, and the addition of having the dogs compete and perform their agility for everyone in the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday. The Beef 4-H Clubs had their beef completion on Friday and then put their projects up for sale at the 4-H Beef Auction the next day. The horse clubs had a Schooling Show on Friday, where everyone got to show the skills they learned during the week. The Jumping pattern that Andrea set up was difficult but tested all of our skills. The Reining pattern was something the riders enjoyed competing in and performing. Dustin was great at testing our Equitation skills, both on the rail and performing an Equitation pattern. Glenn made the trail pattern different than any of the other years; there was even a tarp under the bridge to mimic water with trees on either side. We finished up the week with a banquet, dinner and dance. Our awesome meal was served by Big Steve’s Catering Company roast beef and gravy with corn, mash potatoes and salads. At the banquet, they presented tons of awards to the 4-H clubs, recognizing all their hard work for the week. Success and fun was had by all with a dance that kept everyone out until 11pm, making Saturday morning

clean up a lot slower, but still working hard to be able to leave by noon. This is a growing event and we look forward to more participants next year. This show wouldn’t be possible without the help and determination of Lorna Kotz, the entire Stock Show Committee, 4-H club leaders, dedicated parents, and the help received from all of our great sponsors. Thanks to EVERYONE!

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The Grounded Rider: Not Scared… Smart By Hazel Plumbley I missed my opportunity to write about National Helmet Awareness Day in July! What with memory lapsing from natural ageing, if I didn’t know better, I’d think I’d incurred a head injury from a fall while riding without a helmet.


n my non-equine world, I have the privilege of working with some of the best accident and injury rehabilitation professionals in BC. Over my 20-odd years in that industry, I’ve heard these professionals say that, if they had to pick an injury to incur, the one at the bottom of their list that they shudder to think of living with, is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That’s because, depending on which part of the brain is injured, your ability to walk, balance, coordinate your limbs and use fine motor skills can be impaired or lost. You can lose your ability to communicate, understand others, remember stuff, and you may become impulsive and unable to control your emotions. You become someone other than who you were before the injury and the sad reality of that is the people who love you sometimes don’t stick it out with you. A TBI changes everyone’s lives. What I find exciting is when good riders - I mean REALLY GOOD riders - step up to the plate and don’t let their egos dictate their fortune when it comes to wearing a helmet. Here are two such riders whom I find inspiring: “Helmet Girl,” otherwise known as Nicole Aichele, holds the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association record for the fastest barrel run in the USA. After studying concussions in a sports medicine class, Aichele wrote the following on her www. website: I started thinking about my own experiences; of my most trustworthy horses falling down with me during a run and how terribly those could have ended. I thought, “If man versus man can cause such traumatic brain injuries, what would a 1200-pound horse versus me cause?” Then, I started thinking, “Hey, I should probably be wearing a helmet.” But Aichele wasn’t an instant convert. “I had an internal battle with myself that day, and it went something like this: No, no. You can’t wear a helmet. They are sweaty and gross. Everyone thinks they look dumb. I’ll look like a beginner, and that would be embarrassing… and helmet hair is just terrible. Wait… am I seriously worried about those things versus a head injury? I care more about what people think of me than my own safety? That’s not cool at all.” And so was born Nicole’s campaign supporting helmet use in rodeo and Western riding disciplines. Moving out of the rodeo and into the dressage arena, US 16 • Saddle Up • August 2014

Olympian Courtney King-Dye, who suffered a TBI in a riding fall in 2010, is the catalyst behind another great website, www. Presented with the FEI Against All Odds Award in 2012, King-Dye says, “I think my accident was necessary in the fight for safety because an Olympian who sustains a brain injury while riding proves that injury has nothing to do with level of skill. For 15 years, I was a person who only rode the young or “dangerous” horses with a helmet, but my horse did nothing naughty; he just tripped over his own feet.” 21-year-old “Helmet Girl” and Let’s be honest with US Barrel Racing record holder, ourselves - horses can be risky Nicole Aichele, poses for her Helmet Tough campaign. business. Ex-FEI level eventer (Photo from Helmet Tough, and scientist Dr. Andrew used with permission; Alyssa Annette Photography) McLean points out that evidence has proven that riding horses is dangerous. “We need to understand them (horses) very well before we stick our children on their backs. There is a very serious accident for every 350 hours of riding, which makes it 20 times more dangerous than riding a motorcycle. Horse behaviour has been implicated in 61% of all riding accidents, meaning the horse was doing something it shouldn’t have done.” And as King-Dye notes, that “horse behaviour” may be something as innocuous as tripping over his own feet. So, if you don’t wear a helmet every time you get on your horse, could you at least consider that what other people think of you is none of your business? Listen to your own excuses for not wearing a helmet to detect what may be some black holes in your logic. Think about it while you still can. And, if your ego is getting in your way, as Nicole Aichele says, think of yourself as “not scared… smart.” Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Courage Canada Trail Ride 2014 By Curtis Anderson


he 10th anniversary of the Courage Canada Trail Ride was held on May 31, 2014 at Innisfree, Alberta. Organizers were thrilled with the overall attendance of this annual event supporting victims of brain injuries. There were 130 people on horseback, 12 horse-drawn wagons with every wagon full and 340 at the supper. The supper, held in the Innisfree Recreation centre, was MC’d by Jackie Rae from 790 CFCW. Eli Barsi entertained the crowd and had people up dancing with her original cowboy music. The Courage Canada Trail Ride has raised $100,000 over the past nine years. Courage Canada supports the Lloydminster and area Brain Injury Society, FOCUS in Vermilion, VALID in Vegreville, the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury in Ponoka and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team. Donations are still being made for this year. The Courage Canada Trail Ride will be the last Saturday in May from now on. For more information contact Curtis Anderson 780-581-4802 or visit My family and I started the COURAGE CANADA TRAIL RIDE to support Brain Injury Awareness in 2004; and also to give survivors a chance to be around the horses and to visit with other survivors. Proceeds from the ride also helps families with travel costs to see their family and purchase therapy equipment.


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Mane Event – Chilliwack By Gail Barker Summer has heated up and so has the planning for the Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair. Back for its 11th year October 24–26, 2014 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC, this year’s line-up of clinicians is hot!!


eorge Morris, the icon of the jumping world and “the founding father of Hunt Seat Equitation” is returning for his third appearance. If you have missed seeing him before don’t miss out this year. George’s sessions will run Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, George Morris and you will never be able to see this outstanding trainer and former Chef D’Equipe for such a reasonable price anywhere else. For the western riders, Reining and Cow Horse multiple champion and a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Sandy Collier will be conducting the Reining clinics, and Canadian Champion and participant of many Canadian Finals Rodeos Dee Butterfield will be offering the Barrel Racing Sessions. For the Dressage riders, Jan Ebelingg of California will be presenting the dressage sessions. Jan is an Olympian, as well as a former World Cup rider and an instructor of the USDF Young Rider program. A new discipline being offered this year in Chilliwack is Western Dressage and Elaine Ward of Ontario and Adiva Murphyy (BC Regional Director of Western Style Dressage) will be teaming up to conduct sessions on the Introduction of Western Dressage, Moving up Through the Levels and Advanced Maneuvers. Returning crowd favourite Steve Rother will be offering horsemanship sessions and he and Francesca will also be entertaining during the Friday and Saturday night Equine Experiences. Watch for more clinicians to be announced shortly.

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If you are interested in riding with any of these clinicians do not hesitate… the deadline for applying to participate is September 1st and a complete list of the titles and clinic requirements is available on the website www. or by calling 250-578-7518. Sandy Collier The Trainers Challenge will showcase the talents of three outstanding trainers Brandi Lyons, daughter of legendary horseman, John Lyons, Matt Mills of California, who is well known in the reining world and Scott Purdum of Maryland, Dee Butterfield who is featured on the Rural TV Network and has been the participant of many colt starting competitions. Stay tuned for more information on these clinicians next month. As always the equine trade fair will be offering a multitude of products for you and your horse, with over 160 equine exhibitors - there is something for everyone! Find out what is new in the equine world and plan to stock up on some great deals. All events are held indoors so rain or shine come and enjoy the largest equine event offered in British Columbia.



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Riding with Awareness By Frances Weeks BHSII ENHANCE LIGHTNESS, BALANCE AND HARMONY Does your horse actively enjoy his work towards your riding goals? Does he move in balance and lightness with seamless transitions and fluid, confident reactions? Does he freely give his consent and say “yes, it’s alright in my world?”


e are promoting the School of Legerete (or Lightness) - the philosophies of the French Classical Master Monsieur Philippe Karl. We believe it to be the most humane and fair way to train horses of any breed, whatever their discipline. We train, for the good of our horses, in this logical sequence of learning, to ensure clarity, understanding and consistency – all the prerequisites for developing a willing mind and an athletic body! You are invited to join us for a fundraiser Demo Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday September 20th, 2014 at the beautiful Copper Hills Equestrian Centre, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Cherry Creek, near Kamloops, by kind permission of Ann and Rick Wallin. Entry will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association.

Ann Wallin Ann has worked with horses since she was 10 years old in Pitt Meadows going to Pony Club. Her journey learning about these wonderful creatures has taken her from showing Arabians to riding a big Warmblood to running a boarding and riding facility in Kamloops. In the past five years she has been exploring slow, meditative movement lessons from Feldenkrais in order to slow and reverse what many accept as the aging process. She is learning to be a teacher of the Anat Baniel Method and wants to share it with people of all ages and walks of life to help people live a fuller, richer life. 20 • Saddle Up • August 2014

We will de-mystify the Principles of Legerete and take you sequentially through: • Rider Awareness – co-ordination of movement, ease of gestures (aiding), posture and balance (everyone can join a mini-session of Awareness Through Movement); • Theory – bio-mechanics, nature of the horse, aiding, etc.; • Groundwork – in-hand work as a preliminary to riding, education of the horse and rider to the actions of the bit; and • Ridden Work – the in-hand principles developed under saddle, in all gaits and lateral movements (towards collection). Our goal is to see the widespread adoption of Legerete here in B.C. and across Canada. Come with an open mind and let us show you the alternative language of aids, according to the French Classical Master – your horse will thank you! For further details please contact Frances at

Catherine Clinckemaillie Presently a rider in Philippe Karl’s teacher’s course, a graduate of Fairview College’s Horsemanship program and horseshoeing school in Arizona. Catherine studied Horsemanship with Yvonne LaBounty (Roy Yates) and jumping and cross country riding with Robin Hahn. She owns Skookumhorse Ranch together with her husband where she currently teaches riders and trains and boards horses. Catherine is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing a way of riding and training horses which makes sense, shows results and is based on lightness and understanding of our equine friends.

Frances Weeks Frances grew up around the barns and show circuits of England, competing in various disciplines at local, County, Regional and National levels. She qualified in the professional BHS exam system and made a career in the horse industry teaching and training horses. For over 13 years the TTT ( provided her with an unrivalled education from, amongst others, European Riding Masters Charles de Kunff y, Herr Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg and Stephen Clarke. Now living in Vernon BC, Frances is still teaching and training but with a French accent! Her belief in the French Classical tradition is unwavering as “the horses all tell me it’s right!” HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Race Dates at Kin Race Track Cancelled By Ed Woolley Photo courtesy of Rein-Beau Images


he Okanagan Equestrian Society has announced that it will not be hosting thoroughbred horse racing at Kin Race Track this year. This would have represented the 121st year of racing at the historic site which is the oldest race track in Canada. The decision follows a notice in the spring from the City of Vernon that electrical upgrades were required before power could be turned on in the grandstands. The Society, faced with the cost of upgrades and mindful of its still active litigation against the City, was forced to cancel races instead of depleting its reserve fund that will be needed to fund the lawsuit. The Society has been involved in the litigation with the City of Vernon and the Regional District of the North Okanagan over the usage of the track for several years now. Part of the claim before the courts relates to an annual maintenance fund to be paid to the Society pursuant to an Operations and Use Agreement signed with the Regional District (NORD) at the time a portion of the race track lands were sold to it by the Society in 2000. This fund totaled $10,000 annually and has not been paid for nine years. The Society states that these funds would normally have been used for upgrades and maintenance but, in their absence, the Society has been forced to fund these things out of its own budget over the years. The Society views the cancellation of races for 2014 as being a direct result of the breach of the Operations and Use Agreement by NORD and the notice from the City as being an attempt to win the lawsuit by depleting its available funds. It points out that many of the required upgrades do not involve safety aspects but

rather cosmetic issues such as type of light bulbs to be used or deal with portions of the track or grandstands not used for races. The decision to cancel races was a hard one to make for the Society bearing in mind the historic context and the fact that summer racing is an institution at Kin Race Track that brings in thousands of dedicated race fans each year. The Society had been approved for four race dates in 2014 which would have been the most since the 1990’s. Additionally, 2014 would have seen the return of harness racing to the track with the standard bred horse association putting on exhibition races with a view to possibly expanding its racing to the interior in the future. The Society held off on making the decision as long as it could in hopes that a less costly solution could be found. When they were unable to accomplish this, it was decided that the safest course of action was to cancel race dates for this year and work on negotiating a settlement with the City, if possible, with regards to this issue. The Society is hopeful for racing to return to Kin Race Track in 2015 after these issues are resolved. For more information contact Ed Woolley on behalf of Okanagan Equestrian Society at 250-5429944 or 250-309-2139 or Robert White at 250-308-7595. Editor’s Note: Just days after receiving this news it was reported that there was a fire at the racetrack, and the Grandstand was burnt to the ground. Police are investigating and feel it is of a suspicious nature. Vernon has had 22 ‘suspicious’ fires so far this year. The City of Vernon holds the insurance policy on the property.

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Preserving and Protecting the Back By Ross Buchanan Do you have concerns about the integrity of your horse’s back? Are you wondering if perhaps your horse is starting to experience some discomfort and pain along his topline that is creating motion or behavioural issues?


o much of my equine therapy practice has become about ‘the back’ these days. Using modern technology, we are able to see what is happening where the saddling system meets the horse, and then create specific strategies to resolve issues. Yes, getting the right saddle is incredibly important and, of course, the right saddle is one that fits you and your horse. For our equine partners, the good news is that many folks in the western horse community are embracing the value of saddles with wider trees so that the withers are not being choked which allows for the proper development of the back muscles. The other area that is worthy of attention is the western saddle pad itself. Far too often, we take the pad for granted. Yet what I am seeing is that the right pad can make a world of difference. Even if you get a properly-fitting saddle, a less-than-great pad may still be eroding the effectiveness of your entire saddling system. The Pad Paradox tells us that after the first inch of pad

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more is not better. The key is about how to make the one inch of the western saddle pad as beneficial as possible. Each additional inch of padding beyond one inch increases the likelihood of a bad fit by 23.3%. I find that, for the most part, many of the issues can be eliminated through a program of stretches to strengthen the back muscles and enhancing the quality of the padding. Let’s talk about stretches first. There is an effective way to prevent horse back pain through specific exercises of stretches and releases. Because each horse is unique, I would recommend that you work with your equine professional to identify the exercises that hold the greatest likelihood of positively impacting your horse. Equine therapist Gillian Tabor, MSc, reports that strengthening a horse’s multifidus muscle through a short-term exercise program yields long-term benefits. Nestled around the vertebral column, the multifidus muscle controls and supports spinal movement and protects it from injury. Tabor studied 12 horses over a period of three months. Half the horses received multifidus muscle-targeted exercise five days each week in addition to their regular training schedule and the other half received their regular training only. The researchers monitored the size of the horses’ multifidus muscles, from before the exercise program began until after it ended. After reviewing the results of the study, they found that the additional exercise increased the size of the multifidus muscles significantly. At the same time, the control group’s multifidus muscles remained the same size. In addition, the exercise program produced quick results with muscle growth reaching its maximum in only six weeks, after which it remained stable. Tabor, who was presenting at the Society of Equitation Science Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, added that, “In the first two weeks, the riders also noticed a difference in the horses HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Preserving, cont’d in the experimental group, saying they found them suppler.” The conclusion that I draw from this research is that a series of specific exercises focused on strengthening the muscles that support the vertebrae along the horse’s back preserves and protects the integrity of the back. Once you have completed an assessment of your horse’s back, and worked with an equine professional who understands backs to help you create a series of focused exercises, the next logical area to look at is saddle pads. The bottom line on saddle pads to me is that, while a correctly fitting saddle gets you 80% or 90% of the way down the road, the pad is the critical piece that really makes the difference. Thicker is not better when it comes to saddle pads. In my opinion, the discomfort or pain created by inadequate saddle pads is often the cause of behavioural issues. As we mature and start to carry a few more pounds, the additional weight can cause pressure point pain and muscle atrophy along the entire back of the horse, if it is not properly protected. Saddle pads are intended to enhance the fit of the saddle and to create maximum performance and minimum stress by acting as a shock absorber between the rider and the horse. The world of saddle pads is a complex one, fi lled with all kinds of marketing hype. People often ask me what I ride on. My disclaimer is that saddle pad

selection is very personal and what I ride may not be right for you or your horse. Personally, I use two types of pads, a 7/8-inch pad from Five Star that is contoured and made of wool felt. These pads have provided me with great saddling for many years now. The other pad that I am really appreciating these days is the new Biofit pad from Classic Equine. What I find, especially with my more mature clients who have had their horses for some time, is that often these horses need a little extra help. Their withers are high and their shoulders are narrow as a result of age and atrophy. The build-up that is incorporated into the design of the Biofit pad that is just behind the scapula seems to help correct the fit, evens out the saddle, eliminates pressure points, lifts the front of the saddle up and clear of the spine which frees up the shoulders to enhance movement. If you are serious about preserving and protecting the integrity of your horse’s back then this three-step strategy of assessment, exercise and padding may be exactly what you are looking for. From his base in the Fraser Valley, Ross Buchanan provides equine therapy and thermal imaging services to clients. Best known for his specialty of aligning and balancing horses to eliminate pain and ensure soundness, Ross also focuses on the importance of rebooting the muscle memory to ensure that the preferred movement is retained. Ross is passionately committed to happy, pain-free horses and winning rides!

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This is especially true when buying a vehicle, but it can also apply when you shop for a horse. It has happened to all of us, at one time or another. You buy what you think is a perfectly suitable horse, only to take him home and find out you bought one of the horses of the Apocalypse.


once bought the one I’d call “War.” He was seven years old and the sellers assured me he was broke to ride, but they never seemed to have a saddle around when I asked to test him out. Naive at the time, I figured I’d just do it at home during the trial period. Sure I would. I got him home, and he took the trailer ride with ease. So far, so good, I thought. He was polite during feeding time. Fine during cleaning his feet. I figured that was good for the first day and that I’d try him out in the morning. That was when I found out War hated saddles. Absolutely HATED them. Put the saddle away, got on bareback. No problem. He did everything

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I asked him to do. So I rode for a bit and decided to try the saddle again. This time, I swear flames shot from his nose. I called the people who sold him to me, and they swore they used a saddle on him, their friends rode him, the whole bit. Not being satisfied with this explanation (after War’s reaction to saddles, who would be?), I managed to track down his breeder. Given that he had not been registered, this was a feat and a half of detective work on my part. The breeder mailed me photos of War, as a two-year-old, with a saddle and a rider on his back. The breeder told me he had been lovingly raised and, along with War’s photo, had given me photos of her other horses - all of whom looked happy and sound. I was pretty certain that the issue had happened in the time between her having sold him and my having bought him from the people who sold him to me. Something had happened to War to cause his hatred of saddles; I just couldn’t figure out what. I spent a year working with him, but he was so set in his ways, that I had to throw in the towel and sold him to a home where he was not going to be ridden.

My experience is basically a good example of how it’s nice to know what you’re getting before you get got.

With that in mind, I have put some thoughts below for the first time buyer: Registered or not? - One good thing about a horse being registered is that he will be who the paper says he is. People can sell a horse and say just about anything they want to about Dobbin, but the registration will tell you when he was born, what breed he is, who his sire and dam were and if he has any racing or showing points or achievements. Just make sure the markings, scars or brands match what it says on the paper. Which breed? - An off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) can make a wonderful horse for someone with the time, patience and experience to retrain him for a new career. Standardbreds make great all-around and endurance riding horses. Quarter Horses have a lot of patience and smarts and also make great all-round horses. It really depends on your budget and idea of what kind of riding you want to do. There are many fine places HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Caveat Emptor, cont’d to buy a horse, and three which come to mind are New Stride for Thoroughbreds, Greener Pastures for Standardbreds and, if it’s a Quarter Horse you’re dreaming of, Maromac Quarter Horses is worth a look. Auctions can be alright if you know what you are looking for but, unlike buying from a breeder or an adoption centre, there isn’t likely a test ride or trial period. Where to keep a horse? - If you are lucky enough to have your own acreage or know someone who does, you have won half the battle. If not, it’s time to look for a boarding stable. Monthly boarding costs can vary, usually from $200 for pasture or self-board (could be more or less) up to $1000+ for a full service barn with all the bells and whistles. If you want to do all the chores that come with ownership, self-board can be a viable option. If you like the idea of your horse being out with other horses, pasture board is something

to think about. But if you don’t want to have all the worry of being there in time to feed or, if you have a busy work or school schedule, full board would be a worthwhile option. Health care? - There are also farrier and veterinarian services to consider. The farrier should see your horse every six to eight weeks, and there are many good farriers around. Your horse won’t always need to see a vet, but it helps to have a yearly check-up, and don’t hesitate to call the vet if something appears abnormal for your horse. There is a locally-offered equine first aid course you can take which is certified through Equine Canada; just Google “Equine Emergency First Aid” and it will be in the top results. It is worth it to take that course; the lady who teaches it is very knowledgeable and makes learning easy and fun.

Showing? - From our local area to the international stadiums, showing can be fun and rewarding, as well as hard work. Depending on your chosen discipline, there are so many choices - from hunterjumper and dressage to the western disciplines of cattle penning/sorting, cutting and reining. There are shows restricted to certain breeds, as well as open all-breed shows. There are games days and just-for-fun shows. No matter where you place in your classes, please remember to smile and be a good sport. Sportsmanship makes winners of us all. E.J. MacDonald is a writer, horse owner, and racehorse trainer (since 2009) and has been involved in the horse industry since 1989.

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BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Amanda Batchelar The BC Interior Horse Rescue Society (BCIHRS) Is A Non-Profit Organization And Sanctuary For Horses In Need.


ince 2009, our mission has remained clear and unwavering: To improve the lives of horses in BC through rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming programs and through a curriculum of horse husbandry education. True to our direction, the BCIHRS has helped over fift y horses find homes to suit their exceptional needs and requirements. The BCIHRS is dependent on donations, volunteers, members and sponsors to continue this important work each day. The central location where the horses live is affectionately and aptly named “The Hub.” If one has never visited The Hub, it can be difficult to explain its benevolent climate and atmosphere of acceptance, unity and peace. It is as much a site of transition and evolution as it is a steadfast and permanent home. Upon the arrival of each new horse to the paddocks of The Hub, the primary challenge is to address their physical needs. The horses are often plagued with aggressive thrush in their hooves, joint problems, lameness, hunger and sometimes open wounds and infections. In order to provide the horses with the care that they need, we look to our community for financial and practical support. Each horse is given an initial assessment and then a plan for treatment is decided and carried out over the following weeks and sometimes months or even years. Aside from the physical concerns, our horses often carry extensive and profound emotional baggage. In order for rehabilitation to be truly successful, it is essential that those needs are also addressed. Quality time is spent getting to know each horse. Our volunteers make, at the very least, a six-month, one day per week commitment, so that the horses 26 • Saddle Up • August 2014

have a sense of stability and a consistency of care. New volunteers are always welcome at The Hub. Much like human beings who have undergone tragedy, hardship or change, horses carry their memories like roadmaps, each with highly scrutinized opinions of themselves and established perceptions of the world around them. If a horse has been abused, for example, he might have little self-confidence and expect further abuse. Sometimes a friend is all that is required for the healing process to begin. A kind word throughout the day, a walk up the laneway, a kiss on the muzzle. Other times, emotional scars, much like physical ones, can form tough calluses that require patience, time, and understanding to heal; the horse left alone and neglected in a pasture, painfully overridden by neighbourhood children, learns how to accept love and finally find peace. The ex-racing horse whose career has ended due to lameness, struggles to find his new purpose in life. The pampered horse, accustomed to rigorous training and constant one on one time, whose owner sadly can no longer afford him, must learn how to be part of a herd and exist in a more natural environment. Our sponsorship program aims to assist those horses that need extra tender, loving care to succeed - drawing a new roadmap takes time. In our care is a grey Arabian named Dancer who is currently in need of a home. Dancer is a gelding in his late twenties or early thirties, and was surrendered in the spring of 2014. He was quite underweight when he arrived but is

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steadily improving. Recent dental work has revealed that Dancer is missing quite a few teeth and cannot chew hay. Therefore, he requires soaked concentrates and supplements twice daily. Dancer is otherwise a very sound and happy fellow (if not a bit cheeky), and would be a perfect companion or light riding horse. Inquiries can be directed to At the BCIHRS, we are not commissioned by anything other than a love for horses and a passion to help those in need. We do not receive payment for the work that we do in the form of money, but we are abundantly awarded with gratitude. We are as reliant on the community of Kelowna and surrounding areas as its venerable trees whose roots extend deeply into the earth. We are always humbly accepting donations in the form of volunteers, donations, sponsorship and are seeking new members. The caring people of our community are our root system. We do what we do, always, for the love of horses. For more information on the society, please visit our website,


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An introduction of the western horse sport discipline of reining into the para-equestrian family in Canada could not have been more beautifully executed. Featured on the Saturday evening during the renowned West Coast Classic in July in Chilliwack, parareining had everyone’s heart in their throats for the featured seven runs.


fter two days of learning, schooling and familiarization with their mounts who were donated by very generous owners and coached by some of BC’s best trainers and competitors, each para-reining competitor showed her horse with a giant smile on her face and each one over-achieved her goals in competition. While a demonstration for development of the sport, scores were still tallied and the competitive nature of these world-class athletes was on full display for the coveted high-score title. Earning that title was US athlete Erin Alberda of Seattle, Washington, riding Berry Shiny, a stallion who is owned by Royal Worbets of BC. Royal was also Erin’s coach through the training process. At the first roll-back, Berry Shiny responded with a huge flashy turn-around that made Erin smile large enough for everyone in the Erin Alberda riding Berry Shiny building to see. That caused a big emotional response and prompted the next seven maneuvers to gain momentum and build a dynamic and exceptional run for the duo. The showcase was rewarded with a matching high score – earning the top placing of the demonstration. In dressage, Erin has represented the United States in several international events including as a member of the US delegation to the 2010 World Equestrian Games and looks forward to the chance to show in the discipline of reining.

Jennifer McKenzie riding Smokey

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Additional participants were: Tara Kowalski - Canadian team representative and past international competitor on behalf of Canada in para-dressage. Accomplished more than her goals at level 1 and has fallen in love with the sport of reining. Was overheard telling her mother, “I’m in love” while riding PR Impressive Jewels, owned by Isabella MacQuarrie and coached by Cassandra Jakubiec. Ruth Armbruster - Representing the USA from Michigan; accomplished rider in multiple disciplines. Paralyzed from the middle of the spine down, Ruth astonished everyone by performing most of her pattern at the trot. Training time showed a dedicated and fierce competitor that revelled in her time out of the chair and on the back of a horse and the freedom that was so obvious in every move she and Bootlegging Bart made. Bootlegging Bart was donated by Sue Wright who also served as Ruth’s coach. Jennifer McKenzie - 2008 Paralympian in Hong Kong for the Beijing Olympics, representing Canada. Out-performed her training goals by accomplishing the trot at several phases of competition aboard “Smokey;” coached by Wendy Cassell. Elizabeth Pigott - Alternate for Team USA for both the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Showed Colord Crimson Chic owned by Nancy Leland and coached by Sherry Thompson. Briana Bartlett - Part of the US delegation from Nebraska; showed Gunslingers Gangster owned by Claude Jasman and coached by Lisa Coulter. Briana had a very high score and comes from a western background. Briana has recently purchased her own reining horse and looks forward to competing at para and able-bodied events in the near future.

Ruth Armbruster riding Bootlegging Bart

Tara Kowalski riding PR Impressive Jewels


Para-Reining, cont’d Lise Yervasi - Representing the USA, and Champion at the prestigious Kentucky Reining Cup. Also a convert from the discipline of dressage, Lise brought her own Remin Star who was recently purchased after a very successful showing at the Kentucky Reining Cup. This was Lise and Star’s first outing and they were in the top three scores. Lise also inspired everyone by competing in the able-bodied classes at the same horse show. Para-reining offers riders of all skillsets and levels of physical and mental ability the opportunity to compete and show on reining horses. Para-equestrian activities have been on the international stage for more than a decade and para-reining finally offers riders the opportunity to show at the high performance level in a western discipline. The para-reining movement is driven by collaboration between the American Quarter Horse Association, Equine Canada’s Canadian Reining Committee and the National Reining


Horse Association, the standard-setting body for the sport of reining. Equine Canada’s Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) works to provide the key pipeline to high-performance competition at the international level. A main goal is for para-reining athletes to one day earn a spot to represent their nation at an international parareining championship. This event was organized by the Chair of the CRC Para-Reining Sub-Committee, Lisa Coulter. “We could not be more proud of our Canadian kick-off for para-reining,” said Lisa Coulter. “The riders are so inspiring and it really shows the gentle strength of our reining horses.” Coulter continued, “I am energized by each rider I meet and have the privilege to coach. I see great things for the future of parareining world-wide and have a sense of pride knowing that Canada will once again be at the forefront.”

The Canadian Reining Committee has high hopes for the future of para-reining events and Canada’s representation on the international stage. Canadian riders interested in participating should contact Coulter by email at The aim of Equine Canada is to foster growth in the para-equestrian disciplines. From local horse shows to the international Paralympic Games, the Canadian Reining Committee provides para-equestrians with the knowledge they need to succeed, and connects with the International ParaOlympic Committee and the FEI. For more information about Equine Canada, visit www. The West Coast Classic is a long-standing and widely-regarded reining event held in BC and produced by the Western Canadian Reining Horse Association. For more information about the West Coast Classic or the WCRHA, visit • 29

Saddle Fitting and Common Sense By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery


nteresting article in the June issue (page 17-19) of poor fitting Western saddles. As a seasoned saddle maker for the last 46 years, I disagree with the assumptions drawn from these pictures. If the pictures reflected the shape of a saddle tree I could agree. The picture showing the centre back area as sore does not show where the saddle tree sets. The picture showing a left side soreness is typical of a left-handed horse, which most are. What I see are horses that are out of shape. Any over exposure is going to show soreness. Take a barefoot horse out of the pasture and ride him for 20 miles on a hard surface and you will have a sore horse. Do you blame the farrier? The ground or yourself? Most of the tests at NMSU are done from a neophyte approach, certain to find the answer they are looking for. What I see from 46 years experience as a saddle maker and 61 years experience as an avid horseman: 1] horses that are ‘not’ in shape 2] heavy, stiff felt pads 3] dirty blankets and cinches 4] nylon latigos and neoprene cinches 5] over cinching (too tight) 6] riders that are not in shape 7] sporadic riding habits 1225 Main Street, 8] poor horsemanship in general Pincher Creek, AB Care must be taken in selecting a 403-627-3606 saddle that fits the rider, as well as the horse, and the event it is to be used for. Who can help you? 1] common sense 2] look for even contact 3] some horses are not suited for a saddle LubriSynHA is the premium



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Saddle Fitting, cont’d The Western saddle industry builds saddles for athletic type people… Cowboys. Men: 5’8” to 6’2” weighing 150-220 lbs Women: 5’2” to 5’10” weighing 110-160 lbs If you or your horse don’t fit this area, the pre-made midpriced to upper-priced factory saddle is not going to work for its intended use. The Custom saddle industry builds saddles to accommodate special interests, be it fit, function or size. The consumer needs to be aware that feet, legs and back conformation are critical. Just because a horse won a futurity doesn’t mean he is a good breeding animal. You need withers for a saddle horse. Pressure per square inch is directly related to the rider’s weight. The average weight of Americans has risen considerably over the last 25 years. A 14” roping saddle is not designed to carry any more weight than 160 lbs. The saddle bars have 248 square inches. The saddle, blanket, plus rider equals 205 lbs. This equates to .826 lbs per square inch. A 15” ‘Ralide’ tree has 157.5 square inches of bar area. A 14” rawhide barrel racer tree has 168 square inches of bar area. The saddle industry is not to blame if you have a sore horse; and the industry is always doing research to keep up with

changes in horses and riders. As an example, factory saddles built in the 1950-1970s are too narrow for today’s average Quarter Horse. Saddles built in the 1870-1930s are too narrow for today’s horses and too small for today’s riders. The saddle industry assumes you are going to use a 32x64” folded wool blanket, leather latigos and a mohair cord cinch. If you use a thick felt pad with nylon latigos and a neoprene cinch, you will over cinch your horse causing unnecessary pressure. The horse must have forgiveness to be able to breath and move. The reason sheepskin is used on saddles is to allow forgiveness in movement; the same as the mohair cord cinch, leather latigos and folded wool blanket. Be aware of the after market experts trying to re-invent the wheel; most of which never ride a horse. Good horsemanship starts with common sense! Ken Cameron is 73 years ‘not’ old. He has 46 years of experience building saddles and 61 years as an avid horseman. For 21 years he has owned/ operated K.C. Saddlery in Red Deer, and 17 years at Stampede Shop in Dawson Creek. For 5 years he was teaching the saddle making course at Olds College and 3 years of custom saddlery in Penhold. Still an avid horseman, Ken currently has two 15-year-old geldings, one 6-year-old stallion and two mares.


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hen given free access to hay or pasture, the horses will chew 16-20 hours per day. Chewing fiber produces large amounts of saliva and this saliva contains bicarbonates. When swallowed, these bicarbonates buffer (neutralize) the hydrochloric acid and pepsin that is continually being produced by a horse’s stomach. Reducing access to hay or grass can reduce the chewing action, which means less saliva production and results in insufficient amounts of bicarbonates being available to buffer the stomach acids. The result is a chronically acid stomach. During physical exertion and even during trailering, the horse’s abdomen contracts and puts pressure on the stomach while the stomach itself tends to shrink and collapse as blood flows towards the extremities. This causes the accumulated stomach acids to ‘splash’ onto the upper areas of the stomach and can cause immediate discomfort. When this happens, many horses will exhibit out of character behaviour; sulkiness, head tossing, bucking, uneven behind, unable to bend both directions equally, pulling on the bit, abnormal sweating, continual jigging, or just be grumpy about their situation in general. Horses that already have ulcers may be particularly prone to these types of behaviours as their way of ‘telling’ you they are in discomfort. Allowing the horse access to continuous roughage, particularly just prior to tacking up, providing hay nets (and water buckets) in the warm-up ring, and pausing for ‘picnics’ on long trail rides can help to alleviate this situation. However, these measures may not be sufficient to help the horses that are already having issues. In an effort to address the issue of acid splash, and not compromise the natural digestive function, Equine Choice developed Acid FX. It is designed to buffer the digestive acid in the horse’s stomach during prolonged activity. It is not a drug and will not test. Used by riders and trainers from all disciplines, the feedback from the horses has been astounding. It is designed to be used in conjunction with 0ROBIOTICS !CID&8 the Equine Choice 0REBIOTICS Probiotics & Prebiotics as a proactive part of maintaining a healthy s4EMPERATURE3TABLE digestive system. To s,IVE learn more visit www. s#ANADIAN-ADE Learn More - Locate Dealers: 250-495-4919 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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2014 Calgary Stampede Equine Highlights By Bonni Clark Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede


his year, in the Cowboy Up Challenge, the Extreme Cowboy Association’s annual event, it was a cowgirl who won the big buckle. Kateri Cowley of Exshaw, AB, and her faithful steed Kokanee demonstrated the combination of trust and training that is the only formula for success in this mostchallenging competition. Kateri, a former Stampede princess, was among the first competitors when extreme cowboy racing came to Canada and her victory came over a very strong group of riders, including some former World Champions. The Working Cow Horse Classic is another test of the partnership between horse and rider. In the 15 classics to date, the name of John Swales of Millarville, AB, is listed as the winner of the Open Bridle Class an amazing ten times. This year, Swales rode Maximum Echo, owned by Flo Houlton of Caroline, AB. John’s brother, Clint Swales of Longview, AB, won Open Hackamore riding HR Chic Nic, owned by Bruce Bamford of Calgary. Another Calgarian, Suzon Schaal, rode her mare Genuine Brown Gal to the

Non-Pro Bridle title for the fi ft h time. When it comes to hard work for both horse and rider, there’s nothing quite like Team Cattle Penning. Finding three cows in a herd of thirty and then persuading them to move downfield into a pen, where they don’t really want to go, makes for a real challenge and some Kateri Cowley, Cowboy Up Challenge Winner! great entertainment. In the super-competitive 10 class, the father-daughter team of 18 different breeds of light horse on hand, Brian and Paige Cardinal (Millet, AB) joined along with their passionate owners. There Calgary’s Alex Hansen to take the buckle. were also demonstrations of the capabilities In the 14 class, the multi-generational of these remarkable animals in a Wild West team of Pat Bolin from Stettler, AB, Lesley Show format, presented four times during the Marsh of Arrowwood, AB, and Josie Abraham Stampede. of Carstairs, AB, combined for the win. The Not too far from Horse Haven was Draft top-ranked riders compete in the Open class, Horse Town, where heavy horses and old-time and it was Donna O’Reilly and Kirk Cottrell, horse-powered equipment were on display; both from Millarville, and Devin Antony of each day, the beautiful Belgian mare featured Calgary who beat the best of the best. In the on this year’s Stampede poster, Lady, made an 7 class, Mason Cockx appearance to the public. of Millarville, Bruce In the Stampede’s oldest event, the Stewart of Canmore, Heavy Horse Show and World Championship AB, and Mike Street of 6-Horse Hitch, the Eaglesfield Percherons Penticton, finished on of Brian and Randi Thiel (Didsbury, AB) top. won their fi ft h World Championship title as Stampede visitors the musicians of the Calgary Philharmonic wanting a little closer Orchestra played in the background. Y.E.S. look at light horses were Mystique, a Percheron belonging to Chad welcomed to Horse Munns of Garland, UT, won the class and was Haven, presented by also Best of Show. TAQA. There were

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Calgary Stampede, cont’d At the Heavy Horse Pull on Friday night, Randy Dodge of Albany, OR, drove Belgians Bud and Red to the Lightweight crown. The team is co-owned by Stan Grad of Airdrie, and was sponsored by Calmont Leasing. On Saturday night, it was another Dodge/Grad outfit winning the buckle. It took a pull of 11,500 pounds and 11 rounds of competition for Simon and Mike to take the win for New West Truck Centres. It was the same sponsor but a different team that topped the nine-horse Heavyweight class. Martin Howard brought Joker and Sandy, the two biggest horses in the Stampede pull this year, down from Rocky Mountain House and took them home as the Stampede Heavyweight champions on Sunday night after out-pulling the outfit of Randy Dodge and Stan Grad by all of one foot. For those who like their equine entertainment in smaller doses, there was also the Canadian National Miniature Horse Show and the miniature donkey exhibit. They may be little, but these little animals will really perform for their owners and never fail to win the hearts of visitors.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ariboo Chrome “Boo” is not so much a wild colt any more. Dr. Brian, our veterinarian, said something that made us quite happy when he put the needle in Boo’s neck to ready him for being gelded, “I wish all my customer’s horses were this well trained.” Boo really is coming along nicely and When he woke up he found that he was now a now that he’s a gelding we’ve gelding :-(

Boo introducing himself to the rest of the herd at Meadow Springs Ranch

turned him loose with the other horses. He’s slowly finding his place in the herd and has avoided any damaging physical contact with the other horses amazingly well. It was thought that the blazing sun and high temperatures would decrease the number of horses/competitors that would show up at the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana on Saturday, July 12, but that was not the case. Forty-one entries came from far and wide, including Williams Lake, Lone Butte, 100 Mile, 150 Mile, Clinton, Heffley Creek, Bridge Lake, Little Green Lake, Kamloops, and Kelowna. The results are: SENIOR Pole Bending: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Stake Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Tammy Robinson Barrel Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Tammy Robinson

Key Hole: 1st Punky Mulvahill, 2nd Tammy Robinson INTERMEDIATE Pole Bending: 1st Kailey Dube, 2nd Emma Pfleiderer Stake Race: 1st Kaylee Billyboy, 2nd Cassidy Mellott Barrel Race: 1st Melanie Wintjes, 2nd Cassidy Mellott Key Hole: 1st Cassidy Mellott, 2nd Kaylee Billyboy JUNIOR Pole Bending: 1st Cecilia Warren, 2nd Rayell Robinson Stake Race: 1st Rayell Robinson, 2nd Cecilia Warren Barrel Race: 1st Rayell Robinson, 2nd Cecilia Warren Key Hole: 1st Rayell Robinson, 2nd Kenzie Hannas PEEWEE Pole Bending: 1st Layne Cleveland, 2nd Dane Robinson Stake Race: 1st Dane Robinson, 2nd Layne Cleveland Barrel Race: 1st Dane Robinson, 2nd Layne Cleveland Key Hole: 1st Dane Robinson, 2nd Layne Cleveland PEEWEE LEAD LINE Pole Bending: 1st Justine Billyboy, 2nd Kassidy Kolinyka Stake Race: 1st Kalee Pincott, 2nd Kassidy Kolinyka Barrel Race: 1st Kassidy Kolinyka, 2nd Kalee Pincott Key Hole: 1st Kassidy Kolinyka, 2nd Justine Billyboy Musical Tires: 1st Mandy Pincott, 2nd Emma Pfleiderer Baton Race: 1st Matina Durfeld, Punky Mulvahill, James Evans; 2nd Linda Langstrom, Alanna Chamberlain, Cecilia Warren THE AGGREGATE TOTALS FOR JULY ARE: Senior: 1st Terris Billyboy, Runner-up Punky Mulvahill Intermediate: 1st Cassidy Mellott, Runner-up Kaylee Billyboy Junior: 1st Rayelle Robinson, Runner-up Cecilia Warren Peewee: 1st Dane Robinson, Runner-up Layne Cleveland

Kalee and Larah Pincott pass the baton while Justine Billyboy waits her turn as the 3rd partner

The next Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana will be Saturday, August 9. The start time is noon; there’s a concession and a beer garden on site, and there’s lots of seating, or folks can bring lawn chairs and sit under the trees. This is one of the oldest running Gymkhanas in Canada and it’s held at one of the most picturesque gymkhana grounds, too. A fun day for the whole family! Call 250-4567741 for more information. The second of three “Wheels at Wildwood” driving clinics has happened at Wildwood Farm in 100 Mile House. Both experienced competitors and brandnew drivers enjoyed the three-day camps. Dressage, obstacle and cones practice, as well as “on the ground” presentations by ECcertified driving coach Elisa Marocchi were all well-received. The last camp takes place in September; for more information contact Elisa at Another favourite event for us, the Cariboo Trails CDE, took place July 18-20 at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. It was a

Shirley Bradbury and her 4-up of VSEs made super time as they navigated their way through Huber Town

Cindy Crook from Stony Plain, AB, guides her big bay gelding into the water hazard at Huber Farm

good weekend all around with about 30 entries taking part. The overall results are: IN TRAINING VSE (Very Small Equine) Single & Pair: 1st Angela Albertson, 2nd Helen Howell Pony Single: 1st Barbara Murphy, 2nd Rosalie Turcotte Pony Pair: 1st Theo Miedema, 2nd Sharon Nixon Horse Single: 1st Rose Ekland, 2nd Mary Rossman IN PRELIM VSE: 1st Shirley Bradbury (with a 4-up), 2nd Katie Iceton (with a pair) Pony Single: 1st Alice Bourassa, 2nd Judith Orr-Bertelsen Pony & Horse Pair: 1st Ellen Hockley, 2nd Betsy Nasmyth Horse Single: 1st Cynthia Crook




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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d

Brenda Weber and her young horse Cruz in horse agility

They will also be hosting Cariboo Trails Field Trials September 27-28. For more information, call Ken Huber at: 250-456-6050 or email at: Coming Up The Annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) on August 8-9 is looking like it will once again be a great ride. It will be held at the Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile Ranch, and will offer three levels of distances; Level One is approximately 15 miles (2 loops), Level Two is 25 miles (2 loops) and Level Three will top out at around 40 miles (3 loops). This is a distance riding adventure for all levels of riders and any breed of equine. Visit the BCCTRA website at or you can contact Joanne Macaluso at: joanne_ On August 15-17, Nancy McMinn will host a Mark Halliwell hunter/jumper/riding clinic at their Cordova Farm in Clinton. Classes are available for all levels of training and ages of riders, from basic/green to advanced. Although this clinic is offered as a three-day clinic, if you can only attend two days that’s fine. For more information, contact Nancy at 250-459-2976 or The next Outriders Gymkhana in 100 Mile House will be held at the Outriders Arena on August 17.


The BCRA rodeo schedule: Interlakes is August 2-3; Smithers is August 22-23; the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo is August 29-September Ron Burfoot and Misty on 1; BCRA the Balance Beam in horse Championship agility Finals are September 12-14. New to the Cariboo: horse agility. There are only two rules in horse agility - “Stay safe” and “Have fun!” Basically, in horse agility a horse and handler work together through an obstacle course. Horse agility begins on lead-line where the horse learns to lead quietly on a loose line and to understand the handler’s cues. The horse learns to safely go over and through various obstacles. The tasks are gradually made more difficult and eventually the horse will be let off line to be guided through the course by his handler, similar to dog agility. This is a chance to try something new with your horses, learn some new skills and meet other like-minded people. The obstacles will help to de-spook the horses and can help to build a better bond between you and your horse. It may also improve your horsemanship - what is taught on the ground will carry over to under saddle. This group meets every third Sunday at Foothills Farms located on Foothills Road, just off Horse Lake Road outside of 100 Mile House. Feel free to go and watch, or take your horse. For more information, contact Marilyn at 250-395-2946 or If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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Last month’s item was sent in by Shirley and Gordie West. It’s a kitchen utensil used for lift ing pie plates from the hearth. One wire jaw is fi xed and the other is adjustable to the size of the pie plate (see the photo). We had no correct answers this month; guess I’ll have to make the questions easier!

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Summer Puppies By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Summer has arrived with beautiful, hot weather and puppies everywhere! This is a popular time to get a puppy. Most people have more time in the summer, the days are longer and it’s often the most convenient time to get them started.


ate-night potty breaks are much more pleasant, for both pup and parent, when you don’t have to brave the cold and rain. Going out for daily socializing isn’t much of an effort either, when you can accomplish it on a beautiful summer day. And, perhaps the biggest consideration, someone in the family can likely arrange to take holidays to be at home with the new puppy for a week or two. Being present for the first few days after your puppy arrives home is advantageous for a number of reasons. You can be there to help your pup get adjusted to his new environment, you can comfort your pup as he gets used to being away from his canine family, and you can be right on top of the housetraining – keeping it as errorless as possible and getting it accomplished quickly. Bringing a puppy home in the summer does have its challenges, however. The long days and nice weather can leave a big gap in their socialization. It’s common for “summer” puppies, for example, to be afraid of going out at night in the dark and rain as they might miss that chance on summer nights. Along with that, our routine and lifestyle is not typical of what goes on for most of the year. Because of this, many puppies get a big shock when the holiday is over and life goes back to “normal.” They often take a few steps backward in their progress. Too much freedom along with constant access to the family can set up a routine that the puppy will find difficult to change. That’s not to say that a pup shouldn’t 38 • Saddle Up • August 2014

enjoy some freedom. The problem is that most get too much right from the start and become quickly used to it. Puppy then finds it very hard to have his freedom severely restricted when everyone is back at school and work for large chunks of the day. Before you bring Puppy home, be sure you have thought out your usual routine and planned what Puppy’s routine will also be in conjunction with normal day-to-day life in your household. When you bring Puppy home, resist spending every waking moment with him; try, instead, to mimic the usual routine as much as possible. Many people think that you actually need to leave the home to teach the puppy how to be on his own. In fact, the best and easiest way, by far, is to teach this while you ARE at home. Get your puppy used to being in his crate or confinement area for very short periods at a time - getting him out well before he begins fussing. If you have a puppy that hasn’t already practiced being alone and is very fussy, this time frame might just be five minutes to start. Begin increasing the period of time gradually, with frequent confinement periods throughout the day. Make it easy by picking moments when Puppy is already tired. Be sure he has already eliminated and has an appropriate chew toy to occupy the time with. While you are gradually building up the length of time Puppy can be alone, ensure that you alternate those longer periods with very easy and short periods so that the task isn’t just getting harder but has very easy moments, too.

If your puppy is comfortable in the crate, the basic rule of thumb for crate time is 1 hour per month of age plus one hour for daytime, and 1.5 times this

This pup is safe and comfortable while he keeps himself busy on his own.

A crate helps to teach this pup how to be on his own and assists with housetraining when you are at home.


Summer Puppies, cont’d duration at night. For example, an eight-week-old puppy can, in theory, spend up to three hours in the crate during the day, while a 12-week-old can handle four hours. These times are based on the period Puppy waiting at window that young pups can go between potty breaks when they are inactive. To start with however, it is not advisable to leave a brand new pup for that long. Instead, one hour would be the longest length of time to start with during the day. After one hour, the pup should get up and be taken outside to his allocated potty spot. Once his business is taken care of, he can have some interaction time, learning time or socializing, and after another potty break, go back to the crate. Over a few days, you can gradually increase the length of time your puppy stays in the crate. By the time you have to go back to work, your puppy will be comfortably prepared to happily spend an appropriate length of time alone and confined. Not only will you be preparing him physically to handle the longer periods, but you will also be helping him get ready emotionally, too. This is a more reasonable and fair approach than suddenly switching from nothing to long periods on his own. If a puppy is not confined to a crate and thereby able to move around more, he will need to relieve himself more frequently. If that’s the case in your home, because you’re using a pen or other larger containment area, you will need to have an indoor potty available. If you are able to work your schedule around the periods the puppy can be left, that’s great. You may, however, need to have someone else come into your home to get him out for a potty break and provide some mental and physical exercise before tucking him in again until you get home. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to set this up while you are still at home on holiday. By doing so, your pup will have a chance to get used to the person and any possible kinks can get sorted out before you go back to work. With some care and a bit of time, you can help your puppy HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Salmon Arm Fair Hosts Open and 4-H Horse Show By Trina Forslund


t was touch and go for a little while, but the Open Horse Show at the Salmon Arm Fair (Sept 5-7) is back for 2014, along with its great Prize Money and Stake Classes. This year the Open Show is being condensed into a one day show only on Sunday, September 7th - look for the two day format to return in 2015. The show will feature the standard Showmanship, Pleasure, Equitation, Trail and Hack classes, as well as an exciting NEW award for those who can compete in a multitude of disciplines. The NEW award is called the “Versatility Award” and features a $300 cash prize. In order to be eligible for the award, horse/rider teams must compete in 10 preselected classes, and the team who accumulates the most points in the 10 classes will be awarded the Versatility Champion title. Further details can be found in the show class list.

Also new this year, is the return of a separate 4-H only show. The show will take place over the full 3 days of the Fair, hosting Showmanship, English, Western, and Trail classes as well as Games for some extra fun!!! The Salmon Arm Fair is featuring the 100th year anniversary of 4-H in BC, so all you 4-H riders out there make sure and come and compete to support this milestone! Follow the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Horse Show on Facebook! It is a great forum for you to ask your questions and stay updated on any news pertaining to the show. Entry Forms and class lists can be found at under the “Classes” heading. Entry deadline is August 23rd this year, and will not be as flexible as in years past – so please make sure to get those entries in early!

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BC Heritage Finals – The Results! Photos courtesy of Marion Cox,


aple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre (MREC) was home for the 2014 BC Heritage Circuit Finals and all the qualified competitors that travelled from around the province to compete for their share of $10,000 in prize money. We were fortunate to have decent weather (well, a little rain) for a fantastic weekend that had talented horses and riders taking part in Dressage, Show Jumping, Pleasure Driving, English Performance, Western Performance, and Gymkhana. In fact, a few very versatile horses and riders participated in almost all of the disciplines! The amazing staff at MREC worked hard to make the Finals run seamlessly; keeping the rings ready, great camping facilities, and not to forget, cooking us up a delicious steak Bar-B -Q on Saturday night! The facility, food, and crew are so good we decided to have the Finals there again in 2015! Kudos to the expertise and good team work of two key HCBC volunteers; whipper in – HCBC President, Orville Smith and announcer - HCBC Treasurer, Carolyn Farris kept the rings running efficiently and even early! Thank you has to go out to our hardworking officials who all did a stellar job in their respective disciplines. Virginia Allen judged our Dressage and English Performance, Phyllis Atrill judged Hunter and Jumper rounds with courses beautifully designed by course designer Lee Walraven, Cat Armitage judged Driving and Handy Horse and Lillian Evaniew-Phelan joined us Sunday for our Western Performance classes. They all did above and beyond to help make this year’s Finals successful.

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The BC Heritage Circuit qualifying stream continues to grow with the addition of Vaulting and Western Dressage for the 2014/2015 season. The 2014 Finals was the official launch of “Western Dressage” which will now be a fi xture for the Finals. HCBC tests were used and the riding was exceptional for this rapidly growing discipline. The Fraser Valley club, Fusion Vaulters, put on an amazing demonstration that I am sure piqued the interest and admiration of all the riders and coaches at Heritage. Thanks to Fusion for a very well done display and we can’t wait to see the Vaulters competing at the 2015 Heritage Finals. EXCITING CHANGES! We want to make it easier for you to be a part of the BC Heritage Circuit and come to the Finals. No More Log Books!! It is no longer necessary to purchase a log book and track your results all year. To enter the Finals just indicate what two qualifying shows you attended and you are eligible to enter all classes and Divisions at the Finals! There are hundreds of BCH Qualifying shows around the province throughout the year. To find a show in your area go to html. The BC Heritage Circuit is a provincial program designed to preserve the versatility of General Performance across British Columbia by supporting community horse clubs, generating interest, and encouraging riders, coaches, and breeders to achieve personal success. Horse Council BC supports and facilitates the activities that take place at qualifying events to ensure riders of all ages, recreational or competitive, have the opportunity to compete. The annual BC Heritage Finals rewards riders, owners, and trainers for their dedication and training throughout the year. To see the full list of results go to www.


Topline Horse Trials, Spring 2014 By King Campbel. Photos by Naomi McGeachy, Sweet Iron Photography


n June, Topline Stables and Show Park celebrated in a big way, their 10th anniversary of hosting Horse Trials. King and Sonya Campbell have invested significantly in their facility along with the assistance of Horse Trials BC to improve the quality of the cross-country course and the venue in general. Eighty-three horses and riders competed at the tremendous venue in Salmon Arm, BC. Anthony Lothian continues to deliver exceptional jumping courses using Topline’s very attractive show jumps with excellent fi ll, colour and decorations; providing a very satisfying experience for competitors in the large jumping ring, with great sand footing. Distant travellers looking to get a feel for the facility very much appreciated the one day Combined Test, and the great prizes, prior to the main event. New courses were planned and developed and ten new jumps installed for all levels. The course design was by Olympian Nick Holmes-Smith while Topline implemented the new construction to detailed specifications. All course details met the approval of Heath Purdy the technical delegate for the weekend. The cross-country course offered full-length tracks and maximum efforts for each division. Topline has changed significantly over the years and the addition of more property provides for exciting gallops over pasture, grassland, and forest requiring attention to flat, rolling, and some steep terrain. Nick’s course design offers great questions that appear challenging, but continue to ride very well. With the assistance of many fantastic professional people, Topline offers friendly competitions that run on time and offer exceptional prizes. Smiles and comments from riders indicate Topline has a great opportunity for celebrating Horse Trials for another ten years, with even more competitors from Vancouver Island to Alberta, enjoying the tremendous facility.

TRAINING 1) Sara Sellmer, For Pleasure 2) Sarah Gilmour, Where The Wild Things Are 3) Tosca Holmes-Smith, Grace O’Malley 4) Gillian Dorosh, Mr. Jetson 5) Ashley Cook, Emmarose PRE-TRAINING 1) Glynis Schultz, On Cue 2) Barb Nielsen, Seneschal 3) Olivia Young, Wild Card 4) Rebeka Kennedy, Celtic Diamond 5) Kelly Bose, Oliver Twist ENTRY 1) Katie Leitch, Grade A Prime 2) Cassaundra VanAsperen, Vintage Label 3) Tasia Bronson, Hot Shot 4) Natalie Dickens, My Little Hippo 5) Julie White, Top Secret PRE-ENTRY 1) Shannon Harvey, Nelson 2) Merrilyn Mason, Viking 3) Alyssa Eastman, Knock Your Socks Off 4) Sage Loeppky, Kootenay Special 5) Morgan Beck, Daisy STARTER 1) Austine Adamski, Cous Cous 2) Caroline Van Biert, Lola 3) Betty Catharell, Nymphadora 4) Ashtyn Maki, Fiat 5) Zoe Mills, Elmer’s Red

Glynis Schultz and On Cue

Katie Leitch and Grade A Prime

WINNERS OF THE ONE DAY COMBINED: Preliminary: Tosca Holmes-Smith, Grace O’ Malley Training: Ashley Cook, Emmarose Pre-Training: Glynis Schultz, On Cue Entry: Lindsay Whitehead, Shiraz Pre-Entry: Merrilyn Mason, Viking Starter: Austine Adamski, Cous Cous

Sara Sellmer and For Pleasure

Mountain Trail Clinic in Oyama By Nancy Roman Photos courtesy of Michelle Gauthier


n July 5th a group of us took part in a Mountain Trail Clinic offered at Hayton Creek Ranch in Oyama BC – home of the Conti Family. Ashlea Conti was our instructor for the day. We had semi-private lessons in the morning going through the obstacles inhand; then when ready, the option to ride through the obstacles. Lunch was provided as well – it was a hot sweltering day, but we all managed to get ourselves and our horses through as much as was mentally (and physically) capable of all. They even set up a ‘water misting system’ underneath the trestle bridge for all to cool off. That was a feat in itself to get your (my) horse through! There were a few to still do the course in the early afternoon; but following that riders were able to wander off and enjoy the surrounding trails on the property. A lot of ‘family’ manual work, sweat, and thought went into this course, now available to the public. Thank you Ashlea (and your family) for this opportunity. What a great day! I know I have said it before but this Mountain Trail is SO MUCH FUN, you have to try it for yourself. You owe it to your horse! You want to ride/think as a partnership don’t you?


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Spruce Meadows Summer Series Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services CANADA ONE TOURNAMENT CSI 4* - JUNE 26 TO 29 The $10,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations 1.40m featured a course designed by Portugal’s Cristina Larangeiro. Eight teams competed for top honours, and with a strong showing was team “Vintorious” led by Chef d’Equipe Vinton Karrasch. The team consisted of: Bretton Chad (CAN), Katherine Strauss (USA), Genevieve Meyer (USA), and Lillie Keenan (USA). Led by Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden, the “Queen Beez” team won the $7,500 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations 1.30m competition. The $5,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations 1.20m was won by the “Turnt Up 20s” team led by Conor Charlton. The winning team from the $2,500 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations 1.10m, “The Claudettes,” had a number of clear performances for the win; with Chef d’Equipe Claudio Baroni. In the $2,500 Friends of the Meadows Prix des Nations 1.00m, the winning team by two points was “The Seahawks” led by Cara Anthony. It has been two days and two major victories for Richard Spooner (USA) at the Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament. Following a win with Cristallo on Thursday, Spooner jumped to top honours with brand new mount Uraguay in Friday’s $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) also got a win on Friday with new horse Fine Lady 5 as well as taking second place honours aboard Check Picobello Z in the $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m. The $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m winner was Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL. The $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m was another win for USA’s Richard Spooner, giving the rider three major wins with three different horses this week. Richard Spooner and Uraguay The Tournament concluded Sunday with a win for Mexico’s Nicolas Pizarro Suarez and Colasko in the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m. Will Simpson (USA) and Geledimar were victorious in the $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m earlier in the day. NORTH AMERICAN CSI 5* TOURNAMENT - JULY 2 TO 6 On July 2 Rich Fellers (USA) and Flexible top $85,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.55m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Fine Lady 5 got a win in the $33,500 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.50m. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Picolo won the $33,500 AON Cup 1.45m, and Will Simpson (USA) and Axl-Rose began the day with victory in the $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m. Thursday had Kent Farrington (USA) and RCG Farm’s Uceko jump to an impressive victory in the $85,000 Progress Energy Cup 1.55m. Earlier in the day McLain Ward (USA) and Zander won the $33,500 Suncast Cup 1.45m. The $35,000 PwC Cup 1.50m was a victory for Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Picolo. The Tournament continued with wins for two of this summer’s top riders as well as an exciting first for a young up-and-comer in the 44 • Saddle Up • August 2014

International Ring on Friday. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Fine Lady 5 topped the $50,000 LaFarge Cup 1.50m, Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Chin Quidam VDL won the $33,500 Pepsi Challenge 1.45m, and Wilton Porter (USA) and Diamonte Darco were victorious in the $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Jumper 1.45m. 20-year-old Wilton Porter and The $85,000 Enbridge Cup Diamonte Darco 1.50m competition was won by Conor Swail (IRL) riding Martha Louise. The North American concluded on Sunday with the $210,000 Cenovus Energy Classic Derby won by Angel Karolyi of Venezuela aboard Indiana 127. PAN AMERICAN TOURNAMENT CSI 5* JULY 10 TO 13 On Thursday there was a win for Colombia’s Daniel Bluman and Apardi in the day’s feature $33,500 G&C Farm Cup 1.50m. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny also continued his hot streak this summer by winning the first international competition of the day riding Fantasy in the $8,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m. Friday had an exciting showdown between two of the world’s top riders in the $33,500 Ashcor Technologies Cup 1.55m. In a two-horse jump-off in the Meadows on the Green, McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z came out on top against Kent Farrington (USA) and Uceko. The $15,000 CIBC Junior/ Amateur Jumper 1.40m competition was also featured on Friday with a win for Lucas Porter (USA) and Mill’s Georgia. The $83,000 Investors Group Cup 1.50m competition was held on Saturday afternoon with another win for USA’s McLain Ward. Ward took the top two places, winning aboard Zander and finishing second with HH Carlos Z. The Pan American concluded on Sunday with a fantastic win for Kent Farrington (USA) and Uceko in the $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex. The $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Derby was a win for Ireland’s Kevin Babington aboard Goodwins Loyalty.

Darragh Kenny and Fantasy

McLain Ward and HH Carlos

Kent Farrington and Uceko


The Starting Gate with Jennifer Ward, Successful European Debut for Karen Pavicic Karen Pavicic, 43, of Surrey BC, travelled to Europe in May with the assistance of a $20,000 grant from the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP). In June, she achieved a top-three result in the Grand Prix at the CDI4* Achleiten, Austria. A score of 68% and third place qualified her to compete in the Grand Prix Freestyle, where she finished fourth with a score of 71.025%. A member of the silver medalist Canadian Dressage Team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pavicic is currently training and competing in Europe in the hopes of becoming a member of the Canadian Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), taking place this August in Normandy, France. Pavicic is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany, with her horse Don Daiquiri, a 12-yearold Oldenburg gelding by Don Cardinale that she co-owns with Jayne Essig. Having already competed at two FEI-sanctioned events in Compiegne, France, and now Achleiten, Pavicic and Don Daiquiri plan to enter a third European competition in Germany in early August. “I strongly feel that European competition experience is necessary to prepare for any major games, and particularly for WEG 2014, as it is being held in France,” said Pavicic. “The C-DAAP grant could not have come at a more perfect time for me. I had been planning to travel to Europe to prepare for WEG for well over a year. The funding has allowed me to take advantage of so many incredible experiences here

Georgia Hunt Wins Hunter Derby at Thunderbird Georgia Hunt of Duncan BC, was the latest winner in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, now in its fourth year at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Hunt won the $5,000 Cobblestone Hunter Derby on June 28, during the West Coast Classic tournament. As she was wearing SSG “Digital” riding gloves on her way to victory, she was also awarded a $1,000 bonus from SSG Gloves in recognition of her loyalty to the Canadian brand. A total of 38 riders competed with 12 returning for the second round. Sitting second following the Georgia Hunt is presented with a $1,000 opening round of bonus by Chris Pack, after winning the $5,000 Cobblestone Hunter Derby. (Photo competition with a by Aimée Makris, Moi Photography) score of 98.5, Hunt and Sanmorino, a 14-yearHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

in Europe. I am extremely grateful for this support.” The four other Canadian athletes to receive C-DAAP High Performance European Training and Competition Grants this year are Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, NS, Megan Lane of Loretto, ON, Belinda Trussell of Stouff ville, ON, and Chris Von Martels of Ridgetown, ON. The Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) is a donor-driven Canadian dressage athlete Karen program dedicated to Pavicic of Surrey. (Photo by Sue Stickle, supporting and advancing Canada’s junior, young rider and high-performance riders. The program solicits contributions and awards grants to eligible Canadian dressage riders. C-DAAP’s goal is to provide supplemental funding to Canadian dressage athletes to offset training, competitive and educational expenses incurred during their quest for excellence, thus creating a bridge to high-level national and international competition.

old Dutch Warmblood gelding, turned it on to score 98 the second time out, giving them a two-round total of 196.5 points for the win. Hunt has been riding Sanmorino since he was a fiveyear-old, but 2014 marked the first season that Hunt has shown him. The 2014 SSG Riding Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion continues at Thunderbird Show Park with the following events: • CSI3*-W Summer Fort Classic, August 13-17 • $2,500 Grand Prix Hunter Derby Qualifier, August 16 • $100,000 CSI3*-W World Cup Grand Prix presented by International Gems, August 17 • CSI2* Summer Fort Festival, August 20-24 • $15,000 Foxstone USHJA International Hunter Derby, Aug. 23 • $55,500 CSI2* Bryan Anderson Memorial Grand Prix, Aug. 24 Please refer to the 2014 Thunderbird Show Park prize lists for complete class details. For further information on the SSG promotion, contact Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at 613-292-5439 or contactus@ • 45

Bella Coola Rodeo By Joy MacKay. Photos courtesy of Michael Wigle


he 29th Annual Bella Coola Rodeo, hosted by the Bella Coola Valley Ridge Riders Club, was held on June 27-30. This year’s celebration began with Friday afternoon’s Gymkhana, and the small amount of rain that fell didn’t dampen the spirits of contestants or the general public who attended the open air dances on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoying upbeat live music by the ‘Johnson Brothers.’ Reviews of this year’s band were unanimously positive. On Saturday and Sunday, the action got underway in the afternoon with rodeo performances co-approved by the British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA) and Western Indian Rodeo and Exhibition Association (WIREA). The Valley Ridge Riders hosted a number of novelty events including the very popular Businessman’s Cow Ride, won by Jacob Sinclair; Local Wild Cow Milking team comprised of Vickie and Brody Tuck, accompanied by Darius Krugar took top honours for this event. Other local contestants that put in impressive performances and took home some prize money were Annika Granander, Rachel Chatham, Vickie Tuck, and Kaitlyn Absatz. While the Valley Ridge Riders is comprised of only a small group of riders these days, that small group is competitive at any BCRA rodeo. Four BCBRA races were sponsored by the Club over the weekend. Two races were held in conjunction with Friday’s Gymkhana, and two more races rounded out Monday’s ‘Buckles, Barrels and Bucks.’ The top rider in the increasingly popular Calcutta Steer Riding was

Denton Spears, purchased by Bob Leneve. As Denton was traveling with the Leneve family for the weekend, it all made for a very happy camp on Monday evening. While recent years have Vickie Tuck on Dixie, second seen a decline in attendance competition Barrel run for this horse and her time was 19.5 by bull riders, this year saw a number of top riders stay through the weekend, and so a Calcutta Bull-a-Rama was held after all. Levi Lawlor, purchased by Mitch Lorimer, took top honours in the Bull Riding. Many people put the weekend together, and many more enjoy the final result. The Valley Ridge Riders thanks them all! Without the support of the community, and Rachel Chatham – second in Junior Barrels the dedication of rodeo families, it couldn’t be done. Congratulations to the Valley Ridge Riders on another successful rodeo. Long may you run!

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby Photos by Leo Prince (Leos photos on FB)


n June 12-13, we hosted a two day clinic with Pam Morrison. Eight riders took part in the two full days of clinic, which included everything from Halter and Showmanship, to Pleasure and Horsemanship, to Trail and Reining. Lots of great tips were picked up by the riders! On June 14-15, following the clinic, the TCSC hosted a two day show, with Western Performance on Saturday and English flat and over fences classes on Sunday. Judges Deanna Reimer (Vanderhoof), Danny Morrison (Prince George), and Lisa Hamer (Terrace) put the entrants through a variety of tests of skill and achievement. Karen Ritchey did the course design, and she and her family did a beautiful job of setting courses complete with freshly painted jumps, real brush, potted plants and more. High Points were won by Roxy Bullock and Cuttin Aces (Western Senior), Haven Ettinger on Pebbles (Western Youth), Kally Cowan riding Roxy (English Senior), and Grace Zayac showing Legacy (English Youth). Special kudos to our many volunteers – we couldn’t do it without all of you! And of course, thank you to everyone who competed, to our generous sponsors, and our spectators as well. It takes everyone to make a successful event! Coming up is the July 26 Annual Gymkhana which we will try to report on in the next issue, and the Youth Clinic being held August 1646 • Saddle Up • August 2014

17 with Level 2 Coach Christine Hassell from Telkwa. Next show for us is the Lakes District Fall Fair Light Horse Show, September 6th, and the Annual Poker Ride September 13. We are looking at having one more Cattle Sorting too – if you are interested in seeing that event go, please call Pam at 250-692-4182. For more info on the TCSC or its events, contact Kristi 250-6925721, e-mail Check us out on Facebook, or our website

Tearra Hudson – Anikeisha Tehya Trewin – Nikki


Fillies at Hills Health Ranch By Nancy Roman. Photos – group effort


he weekend of July 11-13 saw 19 Fillies head north of 100 Mile House BC to partake in their annual Fillies getaway weekend at the Hills Health Guest Ranch. We booked 3 chalets and some gals chose to camp with their own horses. The camping facility is great, in the trees, beside your horse’s (good size) paddock. Two other local Fillies joined us for the dinner on Saturday night, bringing our group up to 21. We opted to eat evening dinners in the restaurant(s); then brought food and snacks for daytime meals. Some of us had been here before, and for some it was their first time. All agreed the riding and trail system is amazing! A few Fillies took part in the ranch’s spa services and pool as well. Thank you to Pat, Carol and staff at the Front Desk for your hospitality in helping to organize us; our dining room server Derek (who I am sure, will NOT forget us!), Darby and Amber our trail bosses, and to Marz who took a video of us singing our “Fillies” song – watch for it on FB or YT (coming soon I hope!). We did have a few glitches over the weekend, and some staffing problems, but overall the weekend was fabulous and majority would like to go back. Happy trails!

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


DMC members participated with Horse Haven 101 at the Calgary Stampede from July 4-8. This was the second year of a pilot project including the donkeys and mules and included an invitation to participate in the Calgary Stampede Parade. Representing the ADMC were Les Sjogren riding Katie, Bob Leggette riding Jessie and Susan Wensink riding Squidge. Ida Newell remained at the grounds and worked in the booth with Sonney the donkey. Dylan Todd, Grandma Alice Todd and Susan Wensink participated in the breed demonstrations and the Wild West Show on July 7. In addition to short daily demonstrations, Sonney and Squidge took turns entertaining the many visitors that stopped by the booth to admire them and ask questions. It is so refreshing to be part of a group that is able to bring smiles to so many people. The kids love the long ears and many commented on how soft the animals were. It is extremely important to have animals that are well behaved and can tolerate crowds. If you need to gain some exposure with your mule or donkey, you do not want to miss TEES LONGEARS DAYS - our only all-mule/donkey show, August 16-17 at Tees Rodeo Grounds, Tees, AB. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of this fun and family-oriented show, we “kick off ” on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with classes designed for critters and handlers of all ages and abilities. Register when you arrive! Most classes will NOT be judged and are only for pure enjoyment and to gain exposure and experience. The festivities on Saturday evening start at 6 p.m. with a delicious catered supper requiring tickets - these can be reserved by contacting HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Marlene 403-783-1723 or e-mail before August 12. A silent and live auction will follow and then a live performance by THE WARDENS from Banff AB, who will entertain us with their original tunes, tales and images reflecting their life and work in the Rocky Mountains. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door. Sunday, August 17, is set aside for socializing and the opportunity for all donkey and mule owners to practice with all of our trail and club equipment. We will have a concession on site both days with Alice Todd and Sonney the donkey rub free parking, camping cheeks with Alan Vuong, a quadriplegic. Over the past six years Alan has visited and gate admission. A full 20 countries and done lots of things Tees Program is up on including sky diving, hot air ballooning our club website, www. and dune buggying. His goal is to albertadonkeyandmule. encourage other disabled people. Left with normal feeling on his face only, he wanted to “pet” the donkey with his face to know how the donkey felt. • 47

Totem Saddle Club Outdoor Reopened By Marty Cox


une 22nd was the official reopening of the Terrace Totem Saddle Club outdoor arena. After lots of hard work, both fundraising and physical effort, the outdoor is back in use. It took several years but is better than ever. Now the club’s events can be held outdoor with a full size arena. Thanks to all the people who helped make it a success. The most recent event was the Queen Contest held on July 13th. Four lovely ladies participated and all did excellent riding and speeches. The 2014 Queen is Jennifer Rempel with her horse Diggy; Kylie Tremblatt was 1st Princess; Meagan Glawe was 2nd Princess; with Dylan Currie the runner-up. All should be quite pleased with their efforts and continue on. The club has also held Clear Round Days with many participants trying out their jumping skills. Some of our faithful riders include Alice Sexton, Jocelyn Benoit, Jennifer Rempel, Terri Cameron and Lyn Rempel. All have done quite well. Horse shows in April and May were well attended. Our May show also had a clinic with Lillian Evaniew-Phelan. She was so popular that she has come back each month to help out our riders. She’ll be back to judge the Octoberfest Show—an excellent judge and clinician. Will be lots of fun for our riders. The Timberland Show is on July 18-20 and we will have an update next month. Looks like a great show with lots of riders. The club is getting ready for Riverboat Days with a float and participants in the parade. Then it’s the Annual Gymkhana on August 17th with lots of prizes and lots of fun.

Kylie, Dylan, Meagan, Jennifer

Clinician Lillian EvaniewPhelan with rider Rowena Chambone

Chris Swanson, Cathy Jackson, James Muller

Jay O’Jay Clinic By Elsie Wain


id-June saw clinician Jay O’Jay in the Land of the Midnight Sun (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) hosted by Don and Joanne Flinn of North Star Ranch. Jay presented two weekend Clinics, one on Horsemanship and the other an introduction to the Cowboy Challenge. In between, he was available for private lessons. Jay is a very experienced rider, trainer and teacher who started out on his horsemanship journey over 40 years ago. Over the years, Jay has studied with some of the best, and is still on a path of continuous learning. I took two private lessons with Jay, and attended the Cowboy Challenge clinic. The private lessons were great and it was wonderful to work one-on-one with Jay. He gave me lots of valuable information and I left with some solid tools and ideas that I could take away and practice. The Cowboy Challenge was just too much fun for both riders and horses. We had a group of eight participants, with ages ranging from 10 to let’s just say ‘mature’. The horses were also at various levels of training and confidence. Jay started Day 1 with an explanation of the new sport of Cowboy Challenge which, for those of you new to the term is sort of like trail class on steroids. The beginner course that Jay set had 15 obstacles: a gate, trot poles, a stop and back, step-over, mailbox, bridge, box, wagon wheel, two widths of balance beams, a walk-through L, teeter-totter, 48 • Saddle Up • August 2014

pedestal, log drag, and finally, the ‘car wash’. The car wash is an arch with streamers that blow in the wind (and it was very windy both days!). We were all surprised to find that after Jay’s careful guidance on how to introduce and train for the obstacles, the car wash was a piece of cake. Surprisingly, it was the wagon wheel that presented the most problems – apparently Yukon horses have a hard time picking up their feet! Day 2 ended with a friendly competition, timed and judged. The top three each took home a little cash, but all of us left with a whole bunch of knowledge and the desire to do this again! The Flinns will be welcoming Jay back to Whitehorse again this fall, and we can’t wait!

The youngest participant riding the wagon wheel

The author (me) practicing the pedestal


Vernon District Riding Club News By Calle Mirkowsky


ow what a glorious summer we are having! Nice to see so many members taking advantage of early morning riding at the club. We would like to say a big thank you to Jack Smith for the awesome work he has done to make our grounds look so lovely over the past years. He took on a huge job which has only grown as he raised the bar for what a riding club facility could look like with proper care and management. Jack is handing in the tractor keys so to speak, and Jonathon Fisk will be the new smiling face you see around the club. Please make a point of saying thank you if you see either of these great guys! Summer is horse show season, we just finished up with another great Dressage Show thanks to the huge efforts of Suzanne Wallace and her team. The 3-day competition was hot, hotter and blazing hot, but that didn’t stop riders from putting in great tests and catching up on some essential socialization. For more info and events visit our website Crony Club, Spring 2014 Report By Kathy Velocci We rode despite the damp weather, and enjoyed many Sunday mornings at the Vernon Riding Club from April till the end of June. Ruth Moore always had an interesting and challenging exercise for us to learn including serpentines, 20 metre circles, trail obstacles and a basic dressage test. The most challenging was our version of a Musical Ride. To cap off our spring season we travelled to Oyama for a Crony Club day out at beautiful Hayton Creek Ranch. The Conti family have just completed a hillside Mountain Trail Course, and Crony Club were the first group to try it out. We were instructed on the safe and easiest approach to the obstacles by Ashlea Conti, and then we all had a go in-hand before saddling up to try it again. The water obstacles were plenty and the overhead bridge was mastered. All the Crony Club members will have gained new skills and a great memory of a super day out. Our Fall Sleepover at the Vernon Riding Club is in the planning stages. Keep the first weekend in September (6-7th) open if you would like to come out and see what kind of fun activities and learning opportunities happen at Crony Club. It’s a great chance to camp with your horse, have some fun and enjoy learning new skills with your equine partner. Full details will be available by next month.

Our Cronies at Hayton Creek Ranch

Daryl Gibb Clinic By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP and Valerie Barry KPA-CTP


ne of Daryl’s many talents is making participants feel at ease. Although our group was small, it was very diverse with regards to experience and skill, at a clinic held June 21-22 in Delta BC. Nonetheless, Daryl quickly had everyone relaxed and enthusiastic to participate and his calm and quiet manner helped us focus on our horses. His clear way of explaining concepts made sense to both the novice and experienced horse people alike. Being my second time at a clinic with Daryl, I was reminded of the many similarities between his style of working with horses and their people and our way, as professional dog trainers, of working with dogs. Daryl emphasizes the importance of: - being in a calm state when working with horses and how learning with a positive outcome will only take place when the horse is in a calm state as well; HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

- breaking the lesson down into pieces to make it easier to be successful; - rewarding any ‘try’ that the horse gives rather than waiting for the whole thing. And along with this; - being light from the beginning instead of increasing pressure until you get a full response; and - not getting into the habit of Daryl using energy, not reins, to micro-managing your horse, Daryl’s famous girthless influence the horse. mount. such as keeping a constant contact. something from time spent with Daryl Gibb. It By giving us practical tasks for each may be one key piece of wisdom for a specific skill, we were able to practice these concepts issue you’ve been trying to figure out, or like without getting stuck in the logistics. And many experiencing Daryl for the first time, after an already great weekend, we fi nished you may leave with a whole new mindset. with a relaxing group ride in the nearby Delta Watershed Park. Everyone gains • 49

Wild West Riders Story and Photos By Shelley Colton


he famous Williams Lake Stampede was a little bit “wild” this year. The Wild West Riders team of Williams Lake was honoured to be part of the 5 performances of the Pro Rodeo happening on June 27-30, 2014. The team of dedicated individuals started 3 years ago and after performing their first grand entry routine at the 100 Mile BCRA rodeo in May 2012 they then went on to perform at the Billy Barker Days rodeo in Quesnel and the BCRA Finals also in Quesnel. 2013 was a little busier for the team as they performed in the BCRA rodeos of 100 Mile House, Clinton, Quesnel and the Finals again in Quesnel. The team was also honored to showcase the American and Canadian flags during the opening ceremonies of the Williams Lake Stampede in 2013. When the world famous RCMP Musical Ride rode into town in July, the Wild West Riders had the amazing privilege of opening for a sell-out crowd at the event. A lifetime memory for each dedicated individual. This year’s role in the famous Williams Lake Stampede was a bit larger than last year’s. Precision maneuvers of exciting cross overs, weaves and pinwheels were performed as the team opened each day’s performance carrying the flags of the Pro rodeo and its sponsors. The weave is one of the most technical and dangerous maneuvers performed by drill teams. Riders showcased the national flags of the USA and Canada during the opening ceremonies and the crowning of the new Williams Lake Stampede royalty. Months of practice goes into each routine and every year a new set

of maneuvers is choreographed. Riders of all ages are members of the team as well as a supportive group of members who are the ground crew. New members are always welcome to come and have a try to see if they will get “the drill bug!” Thank you to the Williams Lake Stampede Association for the honour of being part of your famous Stampede, and the BCRA rodeo committees throughout the Cariboo where the team performs. Also, a thank you to the businesses and organizations of Williams Lake who have sponsored the team. You all make it possible for us to do what we enjoy. Ride with Pride!

Oliver Riding Club By Debbie House, 2014 Vice President


n Sunday, June 22nd the club held a ‘Riding to Music’ competition. The concept for this event was for riders to choose their favourite piece of music and put together a pattern that showcased their horses’ best moves! Riders were also invited to put together a costume for themselves and/or their horses if they felt it would enhance their performance. The judging criteria were entertainment value, musicality and accuracy of the movements performed in the pattern. The music chosen ranged from Martina Max Alexander McBride to Tina Turner! The winners were the duo of Dorothy McLaughlin and Sandie Boothman who rode an awesome routine to Wear My Kiss by the Sugababes. In second place was Max Alexander who put on a fabulous liberty display to ‘I want to Break Free’ by Queen. Third place went to Kristi Kambeitz on her stunning Friesian horse Wiesje. Kristi’s’ performance included the Spanish walk which was something to behold. In total 8 riders took part and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thanks go to our judges: Janet and Carrie Neily who managed to beat the searing heat and did an excellent job. This event was so popular; members have requested another competition later in the season. For more information on our upcoming events please visit

Kristi and Wiesje

Dorothy and Sandie

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Vancouver Island QH News By Cherie Corrigan


he Vancouver Island Quarter Horse (North) Club hosted the Glacier Classic at the Courtenay Fairgrounds in Courtenay on July 5-6. The weather man decided to rain on our show both mornings, but luckily it cleared up for the riding classes so all was great. Our judges were both from Texas, with Carolyn “Tinker” Buckley-Birnie judging on July 5, and Cyndi Hershey-Brown judging on July 6. We appreciate all the sponsors and competitors that participated in our Social Event and Silent Auction. Because of everyone involved this fundraiser was a great success. A special “Thank You” to Carol Hilton and family for organizing the food - it was yummy. Pictures were taken by Lorna White. Carole Walton and A Little Reality High Point and Reserve Champion Awards Superhorse Award HP Gord McEachen (Good Grief Grover) AQHA Overall Halter Gelding HP Michelle McIntosh (Carribean Hot) RES Gord McEachen (Good Grief Grover) AQHA Overall Halter Youth Gelding HP Taylor Wilson (Coastin In My Sleep) AQHA Overall Halter Youth Mare HP Megan Komori-Kennedy (Sheza Trottin Chip) RES Jamie Fraser (Dolly McMadison) AQHA Overall Halter Mare HP Aleta Strachan (Potential N The Dark) RES Carole Walton (A Little Reality) AQHA Amateur HP Michelle McIntosh (Carribean Hot) RES Joanne See (Just Consider It) AQHA Select Amateur HP Gord McEachen (Good Grief Grover) RES Carole Walton (A Little Reality) AQHA Novice Amateur HP Gord McEachen (Good Grief Grover) RES Nancy Garner (Mitos Bo San) AQHA Novice Youth HP Megan Komori-Kennedy (Sheza Trottin Chip) RES Taylor Wilson (Coastin in My Sleep) AQHA Youth 10-13 HP Jamie Fraser (Dolly McMadison) AQHA Youth 14-18 HP Megan Komori-Kennedy (Sheza Trottin Chip) RES Taylor Wilson (Coastin in My Sleep) AQHA Senior Horse HP Joanne See (Just Consider It)

Vancouver Island Quarter Horse (North) Club “The Glacier Classic” wants to

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Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


hat a busy weekend! A Gymkhana on June 29th followed by our Saddle Series race and then we held our Canada Day Rope & Run. We had over 80 barrel racers attend as well as 24 ropers – it was AWESOME! Thanks to all our volunteers and competitors for making our events such a huge success - we couldn’t do it without you!! June 29th Results Novice: High Point – Annamaria Pinterits on Coronita Reserve – Daisy Hinton on Strike Senior: High Point– Kara Cole on Jetta Reserve – Ashley Bose on Tequila Youth: High Point – Sierra Stukel on Popeye Reserve – Toniesha Stukel on Peaches Junior: High Point – Payton Ramage on Willie Reserve – Ayla Schwarz on Muffin

Pee Wee: High Point – Tayler-Rae Cudworth on Latte Reserve – Penny Hinton on Stike Canada Day Team Roping Results 1st – Jordan Dinwoodi (header) Darrel Schneider (heeler) 2nd – Tom Lewis (header) Gord Wright (heeler) 3rd – Taylor Schneider (header) Tim Cahill (heeler)

Darrel Schneider (left) and Tom Lewis

Danika Caverly on Stilty


The barrel racing results will be posted on the BCBRA website. Next Gymkhana is July 27th – we’ll have a report on that in the next issue. Jesse and I managed to get some really good photos of the team roping; they will be posted to the Peachland Riding Club’s Facebook page. Until next time; ride hard and be safe. • 51

North Vancouver Island Horse Association By Marg Camp Photos by Dancing Horse Photography


he North Vancouver Island Horse Association attracted 18 competitors on June 29, under Judge Liz Sahlstrom for points and placing in the second 2014 Western Performance show of our show season. The Western Dressage riders rode 15 tests for scores under Judge April Walz in Ring 2 starting at 1pm. Tests were “open card” to accommodate riders competing in the performance ring. Despite threatening weather, a good time was had by all. Our next NVIHA Western Performance and Western Dressage Test show is scheduled for August 10 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay, with Judge Debbie Magee for the Performance ring and Trish Hyatt marking the Dressage tests. RESULTS Open Halter (11) 1st: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikoliasen 2nd: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 3rd: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler Showmanship: Youth 13 & Under (2) 1st: Camille Lucas; TJ’s Doc 2nd: Sophie Dobler; Bears Boss Youth 14-18 (1) 1st: Katrina Hamilton; Colour Me Pretty Walk/Jog (3) 1st: Tara Mawle; Dark Ambition 2nd: Caitlyn Baker; A Twist of Biankus 3rd: Sophie Dobler; Bears Boss Senior (6) 1st: Rosalie Pagani; JWR The Last Juan 2nd: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel 3rd: Nancy Garner; Mito’s Bo San Open (8) 1st: Tara Dobler; Dun in The Shade 2nd: Caitlin Nikolaisen; Dark Ambition 3rd: Rosalie Pagani; JWR The Last Juan Horsemanship: Youth 13 & Under (1) 1st: Camille Lucas; TJ’s Doc Youth 14-18 (1) 1st: Katrina Hamilton; Colour Me Pretty Senior (2) 1st: Rosalie Pagani; JWR The Last Juan 2nd: Samantha Riggs; Cee My Assets Walk/Jog (3) 1st: Tara Mawle; Dark Ambition 2nd: Sophie Dobler; Bears Boss 3rd: Caitlyn Baker; A Twist of Biankus Green Rider (1) 1st: Kandyce Wagar; Consider It My Turn Green Horse (2): 1st: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel 2nd: Sandy McLeod; Patrick’s Golden Image Open (6) 1st: Rosalie Pagani; JWR The Last Juan 2nd: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel 3rd: Samantha Riggs; Cee My Assets Western Pleasure: Youth 13 & Under (1) 1st: TJ’s Doc; Camille Lucas Youth 14-18 (1) 1st: Colour Me Pretty; Katrina Hamilton Senior (2) 1st: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2nd: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs Walk/Jog (3) 1st: Dark Ambition; Tara Mawle

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2nd: Bears Boss; Sophie Dobler 3rd: A Taste of Biankus; Caitlyn Baker Green Rider (1) 1st: Consider It My Turn; Kandyce Wagar Green Horse Pleasure (2) 1st: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler 2nd: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod Open (4) 1st: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikolaisen 2nd: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs 3rd: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler Trail Horse: Youth 13 & Under (1) 1st: TJ’s Doc; Camille Lucas Youth 14-18 (1) 1st: Colour Me Pretty; Katrina Hamilton Senior (2) 1st: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2nd: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs Walk/Jog (2) 1st: A Twist of Biankus; Caitlyn Baker 2nd: Dark Ambition; Tara Mawle Green Rider (1) 1st: Consider It My Turn; Kandyce Wagar Green Horse (2) 1st: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod 2nd: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler Open (4) 1st: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2nd: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs 3rd: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikolaisen All Ages in Hand (3) 1st: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler 2nd: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod 3rd: A Taste of Biankus; Caitlyn Baker Western Riding: Open (1) 1st: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani Reining (2) 1st: JWR The Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2nd: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikoliasen

The Western Dressage tests were not ridden for points but for percentages; there seems to be a growing demand for them. Although we offered only three tests at the last show, we are planning on adding some more. Unfortunately, there were no Peewees, no Lead Line riders and we had to cancel the Ranch Horse Pleasure, Pairs Pleasure and Ride-a-$5. Ongoing showers during the day interfered with some of the competition. SHOW HIGH POINTS Youth 13 & Under High Point: TJ’s Doc ridden by Camille Lucas (24 points) Youth 14-18 High Point: Colour Me Pretty ridden by Katrina Hamilton (24 Points) All Ages Walk/Jog High Point: Dark Ambition ridden by Tara Mawle (23 points) Reserve: A Twist of Biankus ridden by Caitlyn Baker Senior High Point: JWR The Last Juan ridden by Rosalie Pagani (24 Points) Reserve: Cee My Assets ridden by Samantha Riggs (17 points) Green Rider High Point: Consider It My Turn ridden by Kandyce Wagar (18 points) Green Horse High Point: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel ridden by Sondra Butler (17 Points) Reserve: Patrick’s Golden Image ridden by Sandy McLeod Open High Point: JWR The Last Juan ridden by Rosalie Pagani Reserve: Dark Ambition ridden by Caitlin Nikolaisen

Katrina Hamilton in Western Dressage




n an oversubscribed workshop held near Moncton, New Brunswick, for participants in the Atlantic provinces, Nicola Harman helped the audience, mostly therapeutic riding instructors, delve deeper into the still mysterious subject of autism. Nicola’s credentials shine in this field. She is a social worker with experience working as Atlantic Autism Workshop at Tidewater Physio Clinic, Riverview, NB, courtesy of JoAnn Thompson-Franklin, PT. The event ended with a an Education Assistant tour of Cavalier Riding Club, a CanTRA therapeutic riding centre. for students with autism Photo courtesy of Cavalier Riding Club. or behaviour disorders. She is a high-level deficit; communications; and behaviour instructor and CanTRA Examiner. She was (especially concerning safety and comfort for also Program Director for 17 years at Sunrise the horses and volunteers). Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre This information then has to be (Guelph, Ontario), working with autistic incorporated into lesson plans that will clients. positively address each rider’s needs. This In Kelowna, BC, Joanne Poole also in itself can be a challenge for many centres delivered on the subject of ASD to an that can only offer group lessons. Sometimes, enthusiastic audience hosted by Arion music played quietly in the arena will exert Therapeutic Farm. Joanne is a registered nurse a calming influence. Sometimes, directions with a Bachelor of Nursing and teaches the repeated after a 10-second interval will help Autism and the Education Assistant program the rider process and act on the information. at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Sometimes, visual aids (stuffed animals, Because autism is a spectrum, it can be pictures, puppets) can help. But not always. In a slippery fish. The children and adults who the nick of time, one parent warned that their apply to therapeutic riding programs might sit child was terrified of puppets! anywhere along the spectrum, so there can be As every year passes, so the body of no one-size-fits-all approach. As each client research and experience grows - although it has unique needs, so instructors and therapists seems there is yet no universal definition of must take unique approaches. autism, not even by the experts! With such a vast subject, any advice and tips from people as experienced as Nicola and For more information on CanTRA and its Joanne that might be applied to individual member centres, or to make a donation, clients back home are gratefully absorbed. visit Issues often faced by instructors and their teams include hypersensitivity to stimuli (involving hearing, touch, etc.); attention HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Ask Suzi! PETITE SIZES Dear Suzi: My daughter is very petite-the size ‘large’ girls are too big around and not shaped for an eighteen year old and the petites are too large. She wears a size 0 and has a 22 inch waist. Any suggestions would be appreciated. - Cheryl

Hi Cheryl: I feel our line accommodates about 80% of the riding public, but some sizes really do slip through the cracks, like your petite daughter. Altering women’s extra-smalls is about the only alternative. Vests work the best, because you can simply take up the side seams, and still retain the shape in the bust and so forth. The simplest vests are the easiest, and when you get into jackets, it’s much more complicated because of the sleeve issues. You might try one of our extra small women’s garments and see if it can be easily altered to achieve the fit she needs, but you may have to go the custom route as she is very small proportioned, and we don’t have a lot of demand for that kind of sizing. Thanks for asking- hope it works out. - Suzi Vlietstra 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

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


n July 17, 2014 the Smith Creek fire in West Kelowna erupted in a heavily wooded area dangerously close to nearby subdivisions and acreages. 2500 residents were evacuated immediately from their homes, many with pets and livestock, including horses. Firefighters did a tremendous job battling the blaze in the worst possible conditions of hot temperatures and high winds. The Kelowna Riding Club opened up our facility to evacuees and their horses, providing a safe place for horses and their owners to wait out several days of raging fire until the fire was contained enough to allow them back into their homes and stables. We all know the importance of having a good emergency plan and being prepared. There were many people in the area coming forth with offers of horse trailers and accommodations. Many of our riding club members helped out those in need. If you do not have a truck and trailer, make sure you have the number of someone who does that you can call upon when the unthinkable happens! A huge thank you to everyone who was able to help out those affected by the fire in their time of need! Please note that the KRC’s annual Adult Summer Camp has been postponed and we will be moving to a date in August. Check the website at or contact Ashton KoroscilLeClair at or 250-862-0516 for further details. Don’t forget about our John Turner jumping clinic August 30-31. To secure your spot or for more info contact Lindsay Kern-Legroulx at

Photo of sunset during the Smith Creek fire in West Kelowna, courtesy of Jesse Alexander Photography. or 250-870-8884. Check our Facebook page and website regularly for more upcoming clinics and events. Stay safe and in the tack! (Editor’s Note: As at press time, the Smith Creek Fire has been 100% contained.)

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


alk about a hot summer! We are so excited to have a new venue this year with some amazing footing and great grounds. Our new location is 1801 Saucier Road, Kelowna - feel free to come check it out! We are always welcoming new members, plus it always puts a smile on my face to see the Peewees’ runs. If you have always wanted to try gymkhanas but have not had the opportunity, come check us out. All ages and disciplines welcome. This year, we did a two-day “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” gymkhana. We raised $1441 in memory of our beloved Linda Lamberton. Our last gymkhanas of the year will be held September 21 and October 5, and our Spooktacular will be on October 19.

JULY 5 RESULTS Masters HP Donna Hinchliffe - Badger RES Chris Robinson - Diego Seniors HP Kayla Stromsten - Skittles RES Amanda LambertonLightning Youth HP Ayla Schwartz - Muffin RES Kathleen Egeland - Penny Mae Juniors HP Keira - Feathers RES Kiara Redlick - Monopoly Peewees HP Dalyce Davis - Misty RES Marina Jardine - Jewel

JUNE 28 RESULTS Masters HP Donna Hinchliffe - Badger RES Chris Robinson - Diego Seniors HP Amy Russo - Mia RES Cassandra Lawley - BooBoo Youth HP Raija McLean - Willow RES Karly Roth - Niska Juniors HP Kiara Redlick - Monopoly RES Lauren - Cinnamon Peewees HP Dalyce Davis - Skittles RES Simone Lamberton - Tommy

JULY 6 RESULTS Masters HP Donna Hinchliffe - Badger RES Chris Robinson - Diego Seniors HP Kayla Stromsten - Skittles RES Amanda Lamberton Lightning Youth HP Raija Mclean - Willow RES Robyn - Prince Juniors HP Keira - Feathers RES Kiara Redlick - Monopoly Peewees HP Marina Jardine - Jewel RES Dalyce Davis - Misty

Simone Lamberton-Blamire

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Ashlyn Wade, Dalyce Davis and Simone Lamberton-Blamire

In memory of Linda Lamberton


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


his article is being written in the evening, sitting in a comfortable camping chair, enjoying the company of friends in the RV area of beautiful Thunderbird Show Park at the LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic show in July. It is day two of four and so far it is an amazing show. The sun was shining and all has been running smooth. We have been enjoying nice sized classes, particularly the Novice and Green Horse divisions seeing 10-17 in them! Our enthusiastic judge Mary Luther, gave a very energetic clinic on Friday night in showmanship and riding patterns. This was sponsored by HCBC. At this point it is a close

race for the coveted Superhorse Award, will be exciting to see who wins this, the saddles, the Champion of Champions for halter, etc.! Will report the winners in the next month’s issue! The move-in social was fabulous, showing in the new silica arena was awesome, and it was great having the Barrel Racers join us. Up next is our Evergreen Circuit on Labour Day Weekend. This is the money show!! A minimum of $1000 added to all of them! From Weanling Halter and 2 yr old Western Pleasure Walk Jog to Trail, HUS, there is something for all! And get your creative side going with the Freestyle Showmanship... costumes and music encouraged and $1000 added here too! For High Points we have Wool Saddle Pads with Custom Lasered Corner Plates and for All Breed we have Custom Lasered Spur Straps. For the Halter folk we have Leather Photo Frames. So load up your horse and join in the fun! We have AQHA and APHA classes

Halter Champion of Champions award winner Randy Kitagawa and Covergurl

again, so should be a good time. Please check in on the LMQHA page of for more info and news.

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Update By Ashley, Kathleen, Lauren and Paivi


e wrapped up June with the last of our lessons with Andrea Kowenhoven, Dustin Drader, Carl Woods and Kyra Casorso. We were happy to get in all five lessons! This is a record for the Hoofbeats! Everyone learned a lot and had a great time!

Our July started off with the Okanagan 4-H Stock Show at the Armstong IPE Fair Grounds. The beginning of the week started on July 7th and ended on July 11th with a Show day, and finished with clean up on July12th. We all participated in Showmanship practice, judging, riding lessons, trail class, ground school, and showed our horses in-hand at Showmanship and riding in our Equitation and Pleasure Classes. As the days were hot in the afternoon we would decide to go to the pool just up the street. On the main street at the candy store was somewhere we all frequented, having ice cream screamers and a variety of YUMMY candy. We made a lot of new friends that will add to our 4-H memories and experiences. The Kelowna Hoofbeats successfully completed the week by winning the high point overall for the horse clubs.

Flag Carriers for the Opening Ceremonies of Okanagan Stock Show. (l to r): Arlyn Stirling, Emalee Higgins and Kathleen Egeland.


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August 16-17 Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve August 22-23 Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo August 29-31 PWRA/BCRA in Monroe, WA August 29-30 PWRA/BCRA in Ritzville, WA August 30-31 NPRA/BCRA in Roy, WA Aug 29-Sep 1 North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 12-14 BCRA Championship Finals

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates Rodeo/Town August 1-2 PWRA/BCRA in Chelan,WA August 2-3 Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 8-9 PWRA/BCRA in Yakima, WA August 8-10 Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader REGENCY CHRYSLER, Quesnel 1-888-726-4947 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle & Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor TY POZZOBON PBR INVITATIONAL 2014 Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle Sponsor 2014 Bull Riding Finals Champion Buckle NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION 2014 Jr. Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle Sponsor 2014 Jr. Steer Riding Finals Champion Buckle 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc


BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider LITTLE FORT HEREFORDS, Little Fort Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle QUESNEL RODEO CLUB Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle MARWEST UTILITY SERVICES, R. MCLEOD: 2014 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle 2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse GUS & NITA CAMERON Junior Barrel Horse of the Year 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald BC Livestock & Coop, Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet, Williams Lake

2014 BCRA OVERALL SEASON STANDINGS Up to and including Valemount and Pritchard Rodeos BAREBACK 1 Cash Kerner $3,317.79 2 Steve Hohmann $2,389.78 3 Jared Marshall $1,088.27 4 Tyrone Hunlin $1,032.93 5 Denver Derose $901.19 SADDLE BRONC 1 Cole Scott $6,325.41 2 Steve Hohmann $2,660.38 3 Ryland Derose $1,235.70 4 Cliff Schuk $1,110.20 5 Wacey Marr $856.91 TY POZZOBON INVITATIONAL BULL RIDING 1 Matt O’Flynn $5,529.50 2 Levi Lawlor $3,657.08 3 Justin Davis $2,338.61 4 Colton Manuel $1,664.41 5 Steve Hohmann $1,620.41

TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Dustin Shields $2,162.32 2 Jonah Antoine $1,670.87 3 Steve Lloyd $1,575.31 4 Logan Wharry $1,363.45 5 Clayton Freemantle $1,301.17 STEER WRESTLING 1 Cole Scott $2,968.17 2 Joel Isnardy $2,202.68 3 Wade McNolty $1,679.16 4 Jackson Scott $1,322.28 5 Logan Wharry $1,218.85 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Rike Wieth $2,197.74 2 Denise Swampy $2,163.41 3 Bailey Fuller $1,670.55 4 Kristin Bell $1,612.22 5 Allison Everett $1,331.00

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REGENCY CHRYSLER QUESNEL LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Laura James $4,058.27 2 Ginelle Talarico $3,526.91 3 Judy Hyde $3,470.36 4 Joleen Seitz $2,684.89 5 Brett Wills $2,543.89 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 Tim Terepocki $4,245.72 2 Aaron Palmer $2,863.47 3 Joel Isnardy $2,395.06 4 Rod May $2,367.57 5 Myles King $1,528.46 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 Tim Pellam $2,952.41 2 Ty Lytton $2,376.61 3 Carl Hyde $2,174.93

4 Jeff Wills $2,028.32 5 Neal Antoine $1,892.45 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 Tosha Seitz $1,186.16 2 Taylor Cherry $1,130.30 3 Callie Hume $752.62 4 Sofeya Smith $549.29 5 Mariah Mannering $522.19 PEEWEE BARREL RACING 1 Kira Stowell $393.10 2 Gracie Antoine $392.90 3 Sydney Schuk $322.55 4 Zoey Hamming $265.80 5 Taya Hamming $262.00 NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOC. JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 Tristan Brackman $1,508.82 2 Owen Hawkings $1,209.49

3 Rhett Bloomfield $1,001.19 4 Denton Spiers $747.92 5 Tristan Holt $671.46 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 Harley Antoine $1,431.63 2 Dyson Leneve $1,197.79 3 Taylor Cherry $666.28 4 Jennifer Schuk $235.39 5 Brianna Billy $166.50


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover. Photos By Tamara Jameson President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Vice President: Natalie Hall

Surenough Sensational, Kirsten, Jodie, and Julie and Dan Chamberland reserve championship in Open Working Hunter. “Both world shows were great this year,” she writes. “At Paint Worlds, it was a lot of fun to be a part of the Team Canada for the youth world games. It is always great to compete against people from other countries and meet new people.”

Team effort: Emma, Chansation and their team WHEN THE STARS ALIGN 2014 has delivered much in the way of the unknown for youth exhibitor and BC Paint Horse Club member Emma Schellenberg, 18, of Langley. Since the retirement of her “bff,” All Reddy Smoke N, and the good fortune she has been blessed with, Emma has been thriving in the show pen, and with the encouragement of many supporters and people in the right places, the 2014 APHA Youth World Show became a reality last month. Having first experienced a deep pen of 14 to 18 horses at the Zone 2 Show in Utah in May where Emma and new mount Ima Special Delivery (Isaac) were circuit champions in Novice Youth and Youth 14-18 Western Riding (in addition to many top-five placings), she and her team considered the next step. World show ready? Without a doubt! But as we all know, not everything goes according to plan. Isaac took ill while en route to Texas. Side-tracked in Utah and unable to fi nish the journey, it appeared Emma’s dreams of showing at the World Show would be derailed as well. However, within hours, a back-up plan was put into action and Chansation, a stunning 2007 bay mare with several world championships already to her credit, was on the road to Texas. (Isaac, thankfully, has since fully recovered and was back in the show pen by mid-July.) With only a few short days to establish a partnership with Chani that would normally take months or even years to establish, Emma embraced the most intense learning curve of her youth career. With the encouragement of her new team including BC Paint treasurer Dianne Rouse and her daughter, Calli, and trainers Kip Larson and Michael Davis of LPH based in Arlington, Washington, this amazing duo defied the odds and came home with not one but two World titles: Reserve Champion Novice Youth Hunter under Saddle and a World Championship in Novice Youth Western Pleasure! Furthermore, they were sixth overall in Youth 14-18 Hunter under Saddle and made the fi nals in Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation and Horsemanship. With as many as 60 exhibitors in some of the preliminary classes, making the fi nals – let alone winning championships - is an achievement few will ever experience. It is a testament to Emma’s ability (and maturity), and to a great horse in Chansation, that she could regroup so quickly after an unexpected setback and do us so proud. It was incredible, says mom and BC Paint past president Colleen Schellenberg, who was ringside in Texas to share in Emma’s success and acknowledges the support of the entire Rouse family in making Emma’s dreams come true. Emma and Chani weren’t the only BC exhibitors at the Youth World Show, though. It must be the water here, because we sure turn out some great competitors and great horses! Langley’s Kirsten Chamberland, last year’s recipient of the sportsmanship award at Youth Worlds, was back at the show this year with Surenough Sensational and came home with two reserve world championships - in Novice and Youth Hunter Hack as well as several other top tens and top fives! At Pinto Worlds, just prior to APHA’s show, she and Manny were world champions in the Novice Youth Hunter Hack while trainer Roger Deromedi rode the mare to a world championship in Open Hunter Hack and


TEAMWORK With the Paint World Games part of the program this year, Langley trainer Jodie Moore of MPH was determined to take a team to the top and Emma and Kirsten, both long-time clients of the Moores, were selected to represent Canada, alongside Alberta’s Brooklyn Moch and Taylor Gardner from Saskatchewan. Each team competes on horses donated by barns already in attendance at the worlds and each horse and rider were judged in one of four classes: Hunt Seat Equitation, Horsemanship, Showmanship and Trail. Teams representing seven countries from around the world competed and the Canadian team ultimately placed third, behind the US and German teams. “We were extremely proud of the girls and the initiative Jodie had to coach these talented riders,” writes Colleen. “APHA honoured our team with beautiful Gist World Games’ buckles along with individual awards in each class. Congratulations to these young ladies and good luck for your continued show experiences.” BACK AT HOME Barb Bowerbank sent us a brief report on the outcome of the Th ree-in-One Horse Show in Smithers, held July 11-13. It was HOT, she says! There were just six Paints – but two youth, an improvement over the past couple of years when there have been no youth exhibitors. The free kids show was a huge success, she says, and you can expect a more detailed report in the September edition of Saddle Up! Don’t forget the single-judged APHA show at the Bulkley Valley Fair coming up later this month. It takes place in Smithers on August 21-24, and is a BC Paint year-end award qualifier. If you’re registered for our Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP), the open classes at this fair and others taking place around the province, including IPE (August 26-31) and Salmon Arm (September 7), are all eligible if you send in your paperwork! Don’t forget to support your local shows by riding your Paint! LMQ will host an APHA single-judge APHA special event on Friday, August 29, and a double-judged APHA show on August 30-31 at Thunderbird (their Evergreen circuit), and South Central’s Wine Country Classic in Armstrong (same format) takes place September 12-14. I know a lot of folks have their sights on Armstrong with some terrific money classes and a team

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story by Juanita Gibney

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A Weekend in the Hidden Valley


f you close your eyes and go way, way back in time and think about the sounds and feel of a buckboard as it winds along a winding wagon trail you may experience something very close to the ambience of the Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp. In a peaceful and serene setting on the valley floor, the spacious camp stretches along a meandering creek (which I understand will yield a good catch if you like to fish). Here and there are artifacts that bear evidence to the valley’s rich and longterm relationship with pioneers and cattle. My friend Anke and I arrived there on a Friday morning and were greeted at the entrance by our hosts Clint and Cathy Mack who escorted us down into the Valley and to our camp site. As we drove through the quiet and serene setting we got very excited and knew, somehow, that we were in for a wonderful weekend. Cattle were just outside of the camping area and everywhere you looked they could be seen grazing. Our hosts provided a good map and after saddling up we set off with a destination in mind - Cougar Lake - about a nine-mile round trip. It was fabulous trail and good exposure for my young Arabian who had no experience passing close by cattle and even got to cross his first bridge that day. The trail in and back also had puddles and stream crossings so much appreciated by the horses on a warm day. On day two, we teamed up with friends who were also camping with us and after exploring some different trails, we set off for the Left Field Cider House, where were treated to some great cider. I was delighted to learn that much of the apple juice comes from Bill Boerboom and our own Summerland jewel - The Apple Barn. A couple bottles purchased (all we could carry in our small packs) and we made our way back to home base where we discovered the 58 • Saddle Up • August 2014

Mack boys had replenished our horses’ water, which was very thoughtful and welcome. Saturday evening, Cathy came down to collect any campers wishing to attend the concert they were hosting in their concert hall and little did we know we would be in for such a treat. Once again, I could close my eyes and drift back on the stories and music of my grandparents as I listened to the polished and professional old time cowboy music of the Hanson Family - a trio of young artists from Eugene, Oregon. I was “drifting along like a tumbling tumbleweed.” The evening didn’t end there though - the Mack Family followed up with some more contemporary country tunes (all five of the Mack kids sing and play an instrument) and a lovely duet performed by Clint and Cathy. Up in the morning on day three ready for another great day in the saddle, exploring more trails and making a lovely loop that brought us home via the west side of Mamit Lake. The afternoon rain showers got a little more persistent as the miles went by so we were glad to get on the home stretch by the time it settled in, and after cutting a wide berth for the cattle lounging around the bridge crossing, we were happy to get back to camp, dry out and start a campfire to cozy up to. The Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp is located about 16 miles out of Merritt towards Logan Lake and is a great destination for anyone wanting to have great facilities that you can book ahead (there are even two cabins you can rent) and plenty of trails to explore. Set in the rolling grasslands, there are 12 large camp sites with hitching rails, tables and fire pits and private paddocks. There’s even a hitching rail at the pump house if you want to hose down after a hot day. One near the outhouse too! I can’t say enough about the great hospitality of the hosts the Mack family, who have just opened the camp this year and truly know what hospitality is. Find them on Facebook or visit HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, q @ 10/14 President 604-530-8051 or

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15

EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook,


ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15 3/15

ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

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


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

BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15 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, 12/14


INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15

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

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15

PERUVIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, or phone 403-935-4435 Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15

PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15 • 59

Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2014 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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

CARAVAN FARM THEATRE, Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy, Armstrong BC 1-866-546-8533, NDRC –24th Annual Horse & Buggy Clinic w/Kristin Dornan, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Karen Podolski,, 780-850-1101, MARTIN BLACK HORSEMANSHIP & STOCKMANSHIP CLINIC, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, Terry Hewitt (days) 250-574-4743 or (after 6 pm) 250-372-0743 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Cochrane AB, 971-533-6865, SUMMER COMBINED TEST (Dressage & Show Jumping), Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or ART WORKSHOP, Horsemanship and Art, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, REGINA, SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, AERC Schooling Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, SUMMER HORSE TRIALS EVENT, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart & Dan James, High & Wild Wilderness Adventure, Northern BC Rocky Mtns, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Edmonton AB, 971-533-6865, OMAK STAMPEDE, Omak WA, 1-800-933-6625, KATHY STANLEY Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, CALGARY (Priddis), AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, LARCH HILLS RIDE ‘N DRIVE, 11 am ride/drive out (all breeds welcome), Salmon Arm BC, or call Nancy 250-546-9922 DEROCHE CDE, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,

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PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION “Pacific Spirit Horse Show” Vancouver BC, FUN DAY Y (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, or Cindy 250-547-9277 GYMKHANA SERIES (4of4), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Register at grounds KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, TRAINER OF THE NORTH TRAINERS CHALLENGE, BVX, Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers BC, 250-847-3816,, BVX LIGHT HORSE SHOW W (AQHA, APHA, ApHCC & All Breed), Bulkley Valley Exhibition, Smithers BC, FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC,, or 250-459-7772 ART WORKSHOP, Let’s Draw Horses, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, PRC GYMKHANA and Saddle Series Barrel Race, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,, LANGLEY, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, 5-day camp Sundre AB, or text 250-317-7725 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE, Armstrong BC NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Stage 1) w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Purpose Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC 1-888-533-4353, WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, SAANICH FALL FAIR & OPEN SHOW W all breeds, Saanichton Fairgrounds BC (Vancouver Is), events from 9-5, entries & info MLM SUMMERTIME FUN Devel. Show, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Stage 2) w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, CANADIAN NATIONAL PERUVIAN HORSE SHOW, Chilliwack BC (Heritage Park),


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NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC, TRAIL CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801,

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EDMONTON, AB, Extended 25 day Advanced Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Liberty/Finesse Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC 1-888-533-4353, WHEELS RETREAT, 100 Mile House, 4-H HORSE SHOW, Salmon Arm Fall Fair, Salmon Arm BC, (entry deadline Aug 23) POKER RIDE (everyone welcome) “Find the Golden Horseshoe” Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, or Nancy 250-546-9922 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Trophy Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, MLM SUMMER WRAP-UP DRESSAGE SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, ALBERTA WISH RIDE, Sierra West Ranch, near Lundbreck AB, Details and pledge forms at SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE SHOW (Judge: Anne Gribbons), Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, TTEAM CLINIC w/Tammy Steen, Icehorse Ranch, Creighton Valley, Lumby BC, Gillian 250-306-3206, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) Quest Ranch/TFC Training Center, Kelowna BC, Paul or text 250-317-7725 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Eng/West and NEW ‘Versatility’ Award, Salmon Arm Fall Fair, Salmon Arm BC, (entry deadline Aug 23) AG PRO DERBY DAY, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, ANNE GRIBBONS CLINIC, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, BC SENIORS GAMES (Equestrian events), Milner Downs, Langley BC, Natalie Vonk 604-309-6873, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Williams Lake BC, NEW: send photo/info for website, Call Pam to consign 250-398-7174, NDRC 14th Annual Kootenay Getaway Driving Clinic w/Ellen Hockley followed by Fun Day Driving Trial, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Okanagan Falls BC, www., Simone 778-516-5599, HOOKED ON HORSES CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, or MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Trophy Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, ROCK CREEK & BOUNDARY FALL FAIR, Rock Creek BC, WSDAC TRAIN THE TRAINERS CLINIC w/WDAA, Red Deer AB, Adiva Murphy will be a participant, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo), Millet AB, Lindsey Fraser 780-619-8019 or PRC GYMKHANA and Saddle Series Barrel Race, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,, EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops BC, NEW: send photo/info for website, Call Laura to consign 250-573-3939, KATHY STANLEY Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC,, or 250-459-7772 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE DEMO DAY (Fundraiser), Copper Hills Equestrian Ctr, Kamloops BC, for info contact Frances ALBERTA WISH RIDE, Reesor Ranch, east of Medicine Hat AB, Details and pledge forms at


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TWINCREEKS EXPERIENCE, Duncan, Vancouver Island BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Deborah,, FB, FIELD DRIVING TRIALS, 70 Mile House, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sundre AB, Jonna or 403-402-6897 or 403-638-0988 JONATHAN FIELD & FRIENDS! Intl Horsemanship Edu Conference, Agrium Western Event Centre-Stampede Park Calgary AB 1-888-533-4353, MLM FALL FINALE Party & Tack Swap, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, FUN DAY Y (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, or Cindy 250-547-9277 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Grand Forks, Robin Armstrong 250 443 4059, FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250 229 4203, 20TH ANNUAL WARMBLOOD AUCTION, Fall Classic Breeders Sale, Olds AB, HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, PRODUCTION SALE for Old Baldy Ranch, Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co., Dawson Creek BC, CARIBOO TRAILS Field Driving Trials, Mile House, Ken Huber 250-456-6050, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) Saskatoon SK, Desiree or 306-520-2789 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Millarville AB, Krystal Meade 403-471-7666, DELTA RIDING CLUB DRESSAGE % SHOW, Delta BC, Sheila, sheila., WILLIAMS LAKE REINERS SCHOOLING SHOW, 1 pm start, Eagleview Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake BC, pre-registration MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250 860 2785,

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MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250 379 2913, THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (during Canadian Supreme), Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Denise Gorman 250 494 3447 FALL FINALE Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Horse in Hand Ranch, Blacklands AB, Tamara Chmilar 780-720-5198, AMERICAN HORSEWOMANS CHALLENGE (including 3 Canadian women), Oklahoma City OK, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Annual Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 POKER RIDE, Helmcken Falls Lodge, Clearwater BC,, STEPHEN CLARKE SYMPOSIUM, Applications via, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) Saskatoon SK, Desiree or 306-520-2789 ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, E-mail or FB,, GAMES DAY, Blackpool BC,, AERC Funday, Armstrong Fairgrounds, MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,,

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN (Armstrong BC) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 8/14 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford BC) 1-877-336-6156, 15 min To Heritage Park, Pool/Hot tub, Restaurant, 8/14 Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 WWWCHOICEHOTELSCACNs#HILLIWACK "# 4/15

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CAMPING WITH HORSES WWW.HIDDENVALLEYRUSTICHORSECAMP.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-1848 Creekside Camping w/Corrals, Miles of marked trails, min. to new Cidery 7/15 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 8/14


EQUINE HEALTH SCHUBERT ESTATE B&B (Armstrong BC) 250-546-2479 10/14 9.5 acre Country Estate, 3 Deluxe Rooms, ACCOUNTANTS

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLAND’S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14 BOARDING/RETIREMENT

BAR NUNN THERAPY, Craig Nunn Certified Equine Sport Therapist 250-503-6735,,


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TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee


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CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15 ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


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LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) “Helping you put the pieces togetherâ€? All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Jordan 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.â€? 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 10/14 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. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14

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Fabulous 7.7 acre property with 2,100 sq. ft. 3 bedroom log home midway between Armstrong and Vernon. Finely crafted log home features vaulted ceilings, hardwood and tile ooring, cedar ceiling, hickory cabinets, built-in appliances and granite countertops. 1 bedroom and full bathroom on the main oor, with loft master bedroom and en-suite. Large family room downstairs with 3rd bedroom, full bathroom and laundry. Covered wrap-around deck features 360’ valley and mountain views. Fenced for horses, with numerous paddocks, large covered riding arena, pole barn and heated tack room. $749,000 MLSŽ 10085544 1581 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong BC


13.15 acres with approx. 10 acres in crop ďŹ elds. Large home and in-law suite, double detached garage with 680 sq. ft. carriage style suite above, 92’ x 30’ shop and 36’ x 24’ barn with 3 stalls and heated tack room. Some fencing is in place. Home offers over 4,700 sq. ft. ďŹ nished living space, completely remodeled on main oor. Upgrades include open concept living area, hardwood ooring throughout, light ďŹ xtures, new bathrooms and much more. Solid 50 gpm well. Road access from Hwy 97 or McLeery Road, between Armstrong and Enderby. $829,900 MLSÂŽ 10079841 4758 McLeery Road, Armstrong BC CHRIS HOLM, REALTOR 250-309-0039 Toll Free: 1-800-667-2040 RE/MAX Vernon WWW6ERNON"#(OMESCAsWWW!RMSTRONG"#(OMESCA

16.5 ACRES – SET UP FOR HORSES Beautiful log home on 16.5 acres. Lots of paddocks, x-fenced, riding arena, hay storage, tack room, numerous out-buildings, 7 heated water lines run throughout the property. 8 acres in Alfalfa. Set up for cattle, 24 x 36 barn with stalls for horses, hay storage. The log home has an open kitchen to the living room and dining rooms. This property is great for a Hobby Farm or the Horse Enthusiast! $979,800 MLSŽ 10072492 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 E-mail:

130 ACRES - BUILT WITH RANCHERS IN MIND 4 bedroom home and 130.7 acres with amazing city, lake, valley and mountain views! With a large enclosed riding arena (285’ x 73’), a shop for all your toys (80’ x 68’), hay storage (83’ x 52’), and stalls already built for cattle and horses (3 paddocks), this property was built with ‘ranchers’ in mind. The shop is heated so you can work in it year-round, rain or shine! Located just minutes from recreation and downtown Vernon! $6,800,000 MLSŽ 10085117 3399 Davison Road, Vernon BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 E-mail:

40 ACRES – MOUNTAIN VIEWS Calling all Developers with a Vision! You can own this stunning property with evening valley twinkles. The summer morning light is spectacular as the sun comes up and over the mountain. Go for a walk to really appreciate what this investment has to offer. With rolling hills, forested areas, flat mountain tops, this property will yield the most prestigious/ desirable future neighbourhoods. This future development land is located minutes to Silver Star Mountain Resort and the City of Vernon and can be yours to invest in. $2,500,000 MLSŽ 10017548 7376 Hitchcock Road, Vernon BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 E-mail:

40 ACRES – VIEWS OF MOUNTAINS AND THREE LAKES Amazing lake views from this stunning property located minutes to Silver Star Mountain Resort and the City of Vernon. Future Development Potential! The summer morning light is spectacular as it rises over the mountains. Located in desirable Foothills area. Bordering Silver Ridge, Tabor and Nakiska Roads in the newer area of the Foothills. $2,500,000 MLSŽ 10084222 7250 Hitchcock Road, Vernon BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 E-mail:


FALKLAND EQUINE PROPERTY ON 23 ACRES This 3 bedroom home combines exquisite scenery with charming living quarters. Inside, the gleaming hardwood flooring spans throughout a spacious living room and expansive family room. Outside, there is a spacious 10-stall pole barn, and riding arena, complemented by copious corrals, paddocks and pastures with Electro-Braid fencing. Only 25 minutes to Vernon. $659,000 MLSÂŽ 10069698 3662 Smith Road, Falkland BC For more information call THE SALT FOWLER TEAM 250-549-7258 RE/MAX Vernon Or View at

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Executive 2 storey home with 130 acres in the Rock Creek area. Fabulous barn, equipment shed and other out-buildings. Everything well done, almost new. Property is fenced, very private. Majestic home sits on a bench overlooking the Christian Valley; an area that has ranches/retreats with no zoning/rules other than the ALR. Area is full of lakes on crown land for outdoor enthusiasts; hunting or fishing, cattle ranching or enjoying nature on horseback. Great place to retire and call home. Irrigation is available if you wish to do a little farming. Potential for commercial tourism venture. Lots of bedrooms for guests, including a self-contained guest suite. $829,000 MLSÂŽ 10078169 / 10078174 5855 Christian Valley Road, Westbridge BC

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DRAMATIC & SPECTACULAR 54 ACRES This 54 acre hobby farm is located on the grand hill overlooking the Kettle Valley and Rock Creek. Plant what you like in the all-day sun exposure or continue with the hay fields and mixed farm use. All kinds of fruit trees and history galore are here waiting for you to add your family and pets. Home is large and roomy ready for some updates but the new efficient wood/ electric furnace will keep you warm while you make your plans. Plenty of water with 2 Artesian wells for all your farming needs. Accessed off Highway 3. 1/2 hour east of Osoyoos. $449,000 MLSÂŽ 149283 4405 Highway 3, Rock Creek BC JOHNI DE GROOT 250-446-6808; TOLL FREE 1-888-299-0592 Macdonald Realty Westbridge


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CRAFTSMAN HOME ON 10 FLAT ACRES Estate property with 2001 built custom home, 2 additional residences, and massive shop. Beautiful setting only minutes to services and Okanagan College. $2,195,000 MLS®10065388 3002 East Kelowna Road, Kelowna BC

1000’ OF PRISTINE WATERFRONT Located on Lake Okanagan. Over 14 acres. Stunning property. Lower half would make an excellent equestrian estate. Only 3 minutes to downtown Kelowna. $9,900,000 MLS®10083965 2211 Campbell Road, West Kelowna BC

EXCELLENT HORSE PROPERTY! 101.38 ACRES! Great barn/stable, riding ring, creek, and privacy! Large country home. Outstanding views of valley, city, and lake!! 6 minutes to Kelowna International Airport. $2,899,900 MLS® 10073103 6025 Upper Booth Road, Kelowna BC

JERRY GEEN - DIRECT: 250-870-3888 RE/MAX Kelowna

JERRY GEEN - DIRECT: 250-870-3888 RE/MAX Kelowna

JERRY GEEN - DIRECT: 250-870-3888 RE/MAX Kelowna


SETTLE DOWN IN GRAND FORKS 10 acres of animal ready land, fenced and x-fenced, including a 3-stall barn with plenty of storage for hay and equipment, insulated garage with wood stove and workshop with a cooler, water and 220 power. The driveway is shrouded by trees as you head up to the house where you will find a beautiful post and beam style home with a stunning rock mantel, newer maple kitchen cabinets, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The wrap-around deck is a great place to relax and cool off after the day. Everything here shines, in the Boundary country’s sunshine valley! $449,000 MLS 2398286 5085 Siminoff Road, Grand Forks BC



CINDY ANTHONY - REALTOR 250-442-7379 Grand Forks Realty Ltd 9/14

Tipp off thhe Monthh ! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach COMMUNICATION Definition: “an act or instance of transmitting information.”

This is the path to your horse through AIDS (a continuation from the last issue in Saddle Up). Let’s focus on natural aids. Horses, in a herd, communicate to survive. Domestic horses are quite vociferous; however, wild horses tend to be very quiet. They do not want to attract predators. Domestic horses will call out to their pasture buddies to fi nd out where they are and to locate them. Horses will learn how to react to certain human sounds like “whoa,” but this is habituation rather than communication. Body language is the most powerful conveyor of our emotions and intent. Not only is violence not necessary, it is not nearly as effective. If a person causes the horse pain at any time, the horse will perceive you as a predator. There instinct is to flee; they’ll switch into survival mode. What we want is to cause the horse to want to be with us. We do this through practicing effective body language and avoiding all forms of pain. If you

don’t know what that is, step up to the plate and fi nd someone to help you, who does. Just because ‘traditional training’ methods are common, it does not mean it’s right. If you, or someone you see, treat a horse with any painful or violent methods, it’s wrong and the damage cannot only be irreparable, it could put you in danger! The moment you lose the ability to achieve the desired response from your horse, if you don’t know how to change how you’re asking, then most resort to violence. You become the predator!   Your horse is seeking your leadership not domination. Leadership is a role that you must earn to establish communication.    For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Horse Help-line 250-999-5090 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location.  At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, abuse and trauma rehabilitation… helping people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Communication, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


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E SAL R O F Peruvian Paso Horses Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB. To learn more about this beautiful and unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. 4/15 403-860-9763

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE, BC WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE 130 feet of Waterfront. Boat dock. 5 bedroom home, 1 ½ bath with many updates. 200 amp service. Large yard with lots of privacy plus fruit trees. Quiet street. Perfect for large or multi family. By Owner $495,000 250-447-9000 or (cell) 520-820-5777 8/14

CLEAR SPAN METAL STRUCTURE W/ INNER & OUTER MEMBRANE Ideal for Farm Use or Horse Riding Arena 26,400 sq. ft. “Cover All” (110’ wide x 240’ long) 1 - 12x12 overhead door 3 - metal man doors 1 - double door (storefront style) 20 - 1000 watt Metal Highlight fi xtures 400’ of gas fired radiant heaters 250-682-1001 (Guy) or e-mail: (Kamloops BC) 8/14


PENTICTON TIMBER FRAME COUNTRY VIEW HOME Situated on 12 private acres with panoramic views overlooking the valley, only 10 min. from town. Custom built post and beam open concept, 3 bed, 2 bath home with wrap around porch and carport. Set up for horses with a barn, 80 x 160 riding arena and pastures. The property also has a unique 1,350 sq. ft. shop and guest home. $849,000 To view call 250-492-8087 (Penticton BC) E-mail: 9/14

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16HH QH/APPY ANGLO-ARAB MARE Handsome, attentive, sound and strong. Extensive trail experience and Natural Horsemanship. Trailers well. Asking $1,500 obo Contact Deb 604-820-2684 or 604-807-3514 (Mission BC) 9/14

40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm 9/14


On The Market BEAUTIFUL MULES! “Acadia” is a 3-year old Molly Mule from registered Spotted Mammoth Jack and National Spotted Saddle Horse mare. KD gaits sometimes. Very friendly and easy to catch, good withers. Will be packed soon. $1,900.


Two Spotted Yearlings: her half-sister and brother at $1,500 each or $2,500 for the pair, they are identical. Bay Yearling, half-Arab for endurance $1,300

8-year-old dun ride and pack Mule $2,700 and two Spotted Weanlings.

See also Facebook ~ Maple Leaf Mules 250-838-6637 (Enderby BC)

SKIPPS SAN SIOUX – 7 YR REG’D APHA GELDING 15.1HH, Skipper W bloodlines. Just started, allaround prospect, will make a great show horse. $3,500 ALSO: 3 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 6 Reg’d APHA STARTING FROM $1,500. See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

PHOTO ADS Only $60. + GST HIGHCOUNTY FAWN 6-year-old Reg’d Paint, 14.2HH. Stands for the farrier, loads, ties, hobbles, high lines and pickets. Fawn stands to be saddled, mounted and dismounted. Good stop and back. Good trail or barrel prospect. Never offered to buck. $2,800 250-379-2076 (Falkland BC) E-mail:

REG’D TENNESSE WALKER, BAY ROAN MARE 14.2HH, 11 years. Excellent feet and health; don’t need shoes. Used for trail riding. $3,800 obo 250-542-4146 (Vernon BC)



MORGAN/ANDALUSIAN MARE 15.2HH, 12 years. Dark bay, excellent feet and health. Used her for driving and trail riding. $3,800 obo 250-542-4146 (Vernon BC)

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ALX MALIK HALEEM - 06/01/2006 Reg’d Grey Arab Gelding, 8 years old, 15 hands tall. This horse has done many trail rides. Good conformation and impressive papers. He is a real people horse and easy to handle. $3,000 obo 250-498-2414 (Oliver BC) E-mail:

STAINLESS STEEL SULKY With independent suspension - very smooth driving. $1,400 obo ALSO: DELUXE SYNTHETIC HARNESS - fi ts horses 14HH to 15.2HH. Almost new. $900 obo 250-542-4146 (Vernon BC) • 69

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FRONTIER’S DARKSIDE Z (“DAPPER”) Reg’d Tennessee Walker, Black Roan Gelding, 16.1HH. 9 years old. Bold, gentle, and loving. Great running walk, easy to handle, excellent on trails and roads, started in Mountain Trail class. Stands quietly for mounting and farrier. My health issues force sale. Must go to appropriate home. $4,000 Linda 250-679-3557 (Chase BC) E-mail:

CLEVELAND BAY PARTBRED FOAL Filly, 16+ hands and liver chestnut at maturity. Substantial, big bone, big feet. Registration pending. $1,500 250-786-5860 (Dawson Creek BC) E-mail

STUNNING 14.3HH BUCKSKIN FILLY 3 years old. Well started, English and Western. Free lunges, has had a lot of ground work done. Has shown and won In-hand. A pleasure to have at the show grounds. $6,500 604-857-5212 (Langley BC)

Stallions & Breeders Year-round listings start at only $195. p/year. (12 issues) KEEP YOUR NAME, PEDIGREE AND WEBSITE OUT THERE FOR ALL TO SEE. APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 12/14 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 5/15 ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 70 • Saddle Up • August 2014

SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14

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