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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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animals. The page has just started, though I will be adding educational videos, interviews, as well as blogs to support rodeo in a way that is professional and results in a mutual agreement between all individuals. Along with all of this information and resources on the website it will be promoted through interviews. Please help spread awareness by sharing the page, as banning the sport of rodeo or specific events is harming us all. If you feel this way about the sport of rodeo, now is the time to speak up in a positive matter. Facebook group – Helping Educate About Rodeos - H.E.A.R and web page - http://helpingeducateaboutrodeos-hear.yolasite.com/ - Jaime Macdonald, Helping Educate About Rodeos, Williams Lake BC
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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From the Editor…
Features American Horsewoman’s Challenge Dreamcatcher Meadows Awards Are We There Yet? Mounted Combat Long Lining & Ground Driving 4-H Stock Show Mane Event - Chilliwack, BC Preserving & Protecting the Back Caveat Empor Para-Reining Saddle Fitting & Common Sense Calgary Stampede Highlights
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Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter Top Dog! Section Kids Horse Council BC Ask Suzi Lower Mainland Quarter Horse BC Rodeo Association BC Paint Horse Club Back Country Horsemen of BC Clubs/Associations What’s Happening? Let’s Go! Business Services Rural Roots On The Market (photo ads) Stallions/Breeders Shop & Swap
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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.
Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Christa Miremadi, Ross Buchanan, Judy Newbert, Hazel Plumbley, E.J. MacDonald, Brad Ettleman, Julie Koppes, Mark McMillan, Ken Cameron, Lisa Kerley, Valerie Barry, Lorraine Pelletier, Suzi Vlietstra, Frances Weeks. ON THE COVER: Old Baldy Ranch Production Sale, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Rodeo Association MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC and BUSINESS MEMBER WITH AEF
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