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ell July just f lew by… and Christmas is 4 ½+ months away; and I will have to put away my whites one month from now. Seems like I just did my winter/ summer (clothes) changeover! Do you all remember your mom telling you… you don’t wear white before the May long weekend, or after Labour Day? Always stuck with me. This issue has a bit of every thing, from the horse’s perspective in a barn… compassion for your horse… a bit of foot work… committing to your horse… minis to drafts, mules to gaited… Doctor demos… horsemanship of course… and even talk about generators! Folks at the coast should be getting ready for their Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver starting August 18, while here we are awaiting our Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong starting August 29. There are numerous fall fairs out there – I hope you enjoy yours!


Enjoy the Fairs and Rodeos! Yes, that’s me back in the early 90s!

ON THE COVER: Storybook Ponies, CONTRIBUTORS: Glenn Stewart, Christa Miremadi, Bruce A. Roy, Sherry Sikstrom, Russ Shandro, Vicki McKinnon, Miles Kingdon, Doug Geiger, Barb Malashewsky, Leah Hope, Darlene Wolney, Monika Lauterbacher, Thomas Ritter. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association.


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FEATURES Barns & Arenas from the Horse… 6 World According to Horses 8 Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst 10 Ride as if You Don’t Care 12 Mane Event Coming Up! 14 Releasing on the Feet 16 Breeder David Anderson 21 Connecting with the Mind of any Horse 22 Exploring Equine Health – Part 2 24

OUR REGULARS Top Dog! 26 KIDS 28 Horse Council BC 29 It’s Back! What’s This? 32 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 36 Back Country Horsemen of BC 37 BC Rodeo Association 38 Clubs/Associations 39 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 41 Business Services 42 Rural Roots (real estate) 45 On the Market (photo ads) 46 Stallions/Breeders 46 Shop & Swap 47

Dear Editor… Dear Editor:


just wanted to say how much I enjoyed attending The Pot O Gold Open Show, hosted by the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, in Armstrong on June 23. Congratulations and kudos to the organizers, judges, competitors and volunteers. It was an enjoyable and full day of classes that included something for everyone. Lots of entries of all ages. The day flowed well and the atmosphere was fun and friendly. It was great to see and observe the many different breeds of horses represented; from minis to drafts and everything in between!


would like to commend the organizers and exhibitors that attended the recent BC Interior Morgan Horse Club’s Pot O Gold Show held in June at the Armstrong Agriplex. In the past 3 years of judging, I have watched it flourish and grow exponentially under the care of an enthusiastic show committee, supported by a dedicated core group of volunteers, to provide a venue that offers something virtually for everyone. Regardless of discipline, breed preference, ability level, or age, the Pot O Gold welcomes all equestrians, offering an opportunity for camaraderie, friendly competition and to showcase their

Letters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis.

A wannabe driver, I especially enjoyed the driving classes! I browsed the tack sale, vendors table, enjoyed a nice lunch from the concession and made some new friends. I am looking forward to the next show and coming back to Armstrong very soon. Well done everyone! What a super bunch of people you have up there. - Mary Relkov (volunteer), Kelowna BC

horses at a grass roots level that exceeds the scope of all other shows in the BC Interior. This year’s show surpassed all expectations in both the numbers of exhibitors, the diversity of classes and the caliber of horses, drivers, and riders. Congratulations to all who have been involved in the enormous success of this show. The Pot O Gold is truly a gem within the Okanagan. - Karan Moore, Grand Forks BC



By Glenn Stewart

Horses prefer to be in as open a space as is available. The best barns and/or arenas you could build are the ones that are as open as you can build them. For example, have the riding area of your barn open to the box stalls. This way you and all the horses in the indoor arena are able to see from one side to the other. Seeing as much as possible - preferably the length of the arena - is the best design. For the horse and rider it seems like you’re riding in a much bigger area than you actually are.


n an arena that is built in this manner it allows all horses to see and hear all the things that are going on in the arena. Some would say that would upset the horse. I would say then that if that was all

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it took to upset your horse much work is needed. The more horses are sheltered and hidden away from noises and activities the worse the horse becomes. Horses should gain more and become better because of human involvement, not worse. The more they are exposed to things - noise, movement, activity, sights - the calmer and smarter they become. They will be getting used to all kinds of things without you going near them. You are, in reality, to some extent training every horse in the barn without going near them. I have seen it happen over and over

again, the barns where the horses are segregated, with closed-in stalls, that see and hear little to nothing other than the opening at the front of their stall, are the horses with the most problems. The more they are sheltered and caged the more issues that develop and the less they can handle because they never get to see or experience anything.

Go stand in your bathroom and leave the door open a bit. Stay there all winter, except for an hour a day, and see if by spring you start chewing on the sink. Mentally and emotionally it would be much tougher than being able to see out three or four sides of your bathroom, visit with the person on either side of you, watch TV, watch supper being made or watch someone vacuuming. Even if you couldn’t participate, at least this gives your mind something to do. Horses in the open stalls get to watch the other horses canter by, the arena being groomed with the tractor, the watering system turned on, the alleyway cleaned, maybe a tractor in the alley with a wagon hauling manure, hay coming and going, the farrier, the shavings truck, the jumps being set up, the ropers galloping by, someone getting bucked off and so on. Which is much better than looking at a wall! The things I’ve heard in regard to not having an open concept: “The horse in the stall will get upset when a person rides by or the horse being ridden will be distracted, worried and hard to handle.” Yes, maybe, sure shouldn’t be, but the horse will remain that way unless they can be exposed to it. If the rider can’t get their horse to stay with them then that is a big red flag to many issues. Avoiding the area or getting everyone else to stop what they’re doing is not the answer to the problem. It only enhances the problem. If a horse gets upset by other horses moving around or by a noise in the arena, then someone has spent a lot of time sheltering this horse and he needs help. Seeing and hearing things, is exactly what the horse has been missing. The other one I hear is that “dust gets to the horses in the stalls.” If it is so dusty in the arena that it is affecting the horses in the stalls, then it is also really bad for the horses cantering around in it breathing heavily. So water it! Like everyone else, it seems that I just do not have the time I would like to ride all my horses and the young ones we have coming up. However, when they are in our arena they are all getting to see everything that is going on, so I’m able to accelerate all the amazing things a horse should know. Anything that will help them become calmer, braver, smarter, more athletic, is of interest to me. As I said earlier horses should become more because of us. We are doing a real disservice to them if they become less because of us. Plan for the Horse Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States, and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at the Mane Event in Chilliwack this fall. Glenn offers yearround Horsemanship Courses at his home in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Camps, High & Wild, and Brazil. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Vicki McKinnon

Embrace the 5 C’s I discussed the importance of Communication last time (May issue) and will now discuss the 3rd C, Compassion.


ompassion is defined as ‘a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for the misfortune of another with a strong desire to help alleviate their suffering. It is about being kind to another being. A truly amazing aspect of compassion is that it feels as good to give as it does to receive. It is about trying to see another being with love instead of judgement. It is the attempt to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. There is an increased awareness of compassion in our world today. It is being brought to our attention by scientists doing research, personal growth gurus and by respected religious leaders. In the horse world there is more awareness about how some accepted training methods and tools cause our horse’s pain and distress. Most of us are pretty good at being compassionate with our family members and our close friends. Our dogs and cats usually benefit from our capacity for compassion. Few of us are very good at being compassionate with ourselves and this tendency often overflows to our horses. The need for a feeling of control and the competitive drive often overpowers any compassion. Every one of us that has horses has either had an accident or certainly knows someone who has had an unfortunate situation. Horses are big and we allow ourselves the illusion that if we can control their every move we will be safe, when in fact this kind of micromanaging just makes the potential for explosive behaviour that much stronger. Most of us actually began our journey with horses from a place of joy, freedom and compassion, as silly kids in love with their best friend. Somewhere along the way we were taught that our relationship with our horse had to be more disciplined. How very sad. If we greet our horse with an open heart and utilize our non verbal communication skills we will be better able to sense and understand what our horse feels at any given time. By being able to

take a moment to allow and respect that feeling in your horse you are in fact showing compassion. By doing this often your horse will learn to feel they are heard and respected. Now you are actually building a genuine relationship with your horse instead of just boring them with endless drills. When you are in a relationship with your horse and being compassionate, the time you share becomes fun for both of you and your performance goals will be easier to attain because there will no longer be so much struggle and fighting. Anger and frustration do not enter into this arena because you no longer see your horse as being bad. This is where all the effort and frustration and money you spend become a small price to pay for the joy your relationship with your horse gives you. I have experienced and witnessed the compassion my horses share freely with each other, with clients and with me. My lead mare, who can be very bossy, has twice taken a weanling under her protection when they have been added to the herd. I have watched the members of my herd stay present with a person who is grieving. I felt my horse restrain a playful buck when I was riding at liberty with the herd. They are all kind and compassionate beings who are willing and able to connect when given the opportunity. Let’s give it to them. About Vicki: I have raised and trained Morgan horses for over 40 years. I know that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person and my passion is sharing the valuable lessons horses have taught me with others. I offer introductory sessions and weekend clinics for groups of 2-4 people. Sessions are held at my farm in Blind Bay in the Shuswap. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Story & photos by Christa Miremadi

Smoke learning to take his directions from my 16 year old daughter

Horse ownership is a gift. It can also be expensive, a lot of hard work and a huge responsibility! Having a horse requires that a person take care of their horse’s needs, dedicate their lives to learning and developing themselves, commit to caring for and looking after their horse until they’ve either found someone else who is willing and able or until their last breath.


orse ownership also requires that a person be prepared for anything; financially, emotionally or otherwise, and sometimes requires a person to make tough choices. I’ve written about this before and it’s a topic that I have felt strongly about for a long time but recently it became a little more real for me when I met a big, grey gelding named Andy. Andy’s story began as so many horses’ do: Promising and full of potential and possibility! He was young, playful, sound, big and had his whole life ahead of him. He was purchased by a young man who had big dreams and a big heart. As a young horse, he was cared for well and was given a short stint at a trainer’s to help him develop a foundation but as he was young, it was a short stint. Before long, Andy’s owner became ill and despite his big dreams and Andy’s promising future, he was unable to give Andy the time and education that he needed. His health had to come first and as he fought to regain his health, Andy sat. The years went by and Andy grew. His owner became sicker and time passed. Eventually, Andy’s owner lost the battle and passed away and Andy was left alone. The young man’s family didn’t really know what to do with a big, young horse full of potential, so they sent him for another short stint with a trainer to make him a little easier to sell and set out to find him a new home. Now fully grown and 12 years old, Andy found himself “out there” in the world with virtually no skills and no way to become “useful” to the vast majority of folks who were looking for a horse. Most folks who want a project are looking for a horse under 5 years old, and those looking at 12 year olds are usually searching for something that can work, show or at the very least, be a safe and reliable riding companion. Andy didn’t fit any of those bills. Eventually Andy was purchased by a compassionate and experienced horsewoman named Sandra who chose to let Andy join her herd. She put time and effort into feeding and caring for Andy and she began to teach him some basic skills that he would need. She taught him to lead and stand for brushing, how to respect space and follow directions and she was happy to let Andy take the time he needed to feel comfortable. She even got Andy working under saddle again and gave him a job but being that she had a number of other horses, Andy was still not in the regular rotation. Sandra had no intentions of rehoming Andy anytime soon so she wasn’t too worried about him making any quick progress. That is she wasn’t too worried until she got the news… After experiencing a great deal of physical discomfort and pain and seeing a number of specialists, Sandra discovered that she had

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Smoke learning to tolerate ropes being swung around his head. Photo by Pat Dymond. a degenerative disease in her spine. She would be lucky if she could continue to ride at all and riding a less experienced, higher risk horse was definitely out of the question. Much to Sandra’s grief, Andy would need to find another new home. Now 18 years old and with little more than what a 4 year old would have had in the way of skills, Andy was going to be a very difficult horse to rehome! This is how I came to meet Andy. Sandra asked for my help in preparing him to find another home and I was happy to do what I could, but his story is an important one, and it inspired me to take a closer look at my own horses and how I have or haven’t prepared them for life, should anything happen to me. It also inspired me to share it with the general horse-owning public, hopeful that it may inspire some others to take a look at their own horse and how they have prepared them for the unexpected. As horse professionals, there are horses we buy with the intention of rehoming and those horses are given lots of time and attention and training in the specific discipline in which we think they will shine. We cover the basics: teach them to tie, lead, trailer load, wear a saddle and bridle, carry a rider and usually we spend time with ropes around their

Smoke learning to stand quietly while tied to a trailer legs and even teach them to hobble. You never know what each horse will encounter in their life and the more prepared they are the better. But then there are those horses we buy to keep. When it comes to my own horses, I don’t work with them from the same “who knows where they’ll end up” perspective. I take things slow, I prepare them for the things I will want them to do. I teach them the skills I want to use and with my special needs horse, Cisco, I work around some of those things that I know we’ll never change. After meeting Andy and Sandra I’ve become more aware than ever of the need to expect the best but prepare for the worst. Best case scenario, I will have Cisco and Smoke (and a few others) until the day they die! Worst case… if something happens to me or my situation changes and I find myself in a position needing to find them new homes, you can be damn sure that I will have done everything within my power and skill level to help prepare them for whatever they may encounter out there! Cisco came to me with baggage that we may or may not ever be able to fully unpack but I will keep trying, and Smoke will learn as much as I can teach him! He will learn to load into any trailer. He will learn to tie in as many ways as possible: high line, to the wall, cross tie, tie to a tree, and the side of a trailer. He will learn to wear a bit and how to take direction from one. He will learn to hobble, he’ll work in arena, on the trail and in open spaces. He will learn to be hosed down, stand well for grooming and how to let me bandage his legs. He will develop his skills at following directions given by people other than myself and he will learn to spend the night in a box stall, a paddock or a pasture with other horses. Smoke will learn as many things as I can think of and although I expect to keep him until his last breath, in the case of the unexpected, he will be prepared for as many things as I can think of in order to provide him with the skills he might need to be useful to someone else. These are just a few of my responsibilities as a horse owner and although it’s a lot of hard work, expensive and a huge commitment, I consider myself lucky to share my life with such incredible animals. This is a privilege and a gift that I am more than happy to earn!

Smoke learning to follow directions from my husband on horseback Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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By Dr. Thomas Ritter

MINDSET We received an e-mail from a woman with a question that probably many, if not most riders can relate to. he writes that when she chooses an exercise to ride she sometimes gets stuck on one detail and continues with the exercise for too long. She loses track of her original plan and of the big picture. When she gives up her expectations and goals for the exercise or the ride, things start to improve. She also says that when she tries something for the first time on the spur of the moment she often succeeds, but when she tries it again she can’t recreate it. This used to happen to me as well in the past. Everyone who is very passionate about their riding and who defines themselves through their riding is at risk of seeing every mistake as an “existential threat.” As a result, you get tense, you try harder, you use more strength (perhaps involuntarily because you feel pressured to get it “right”). This makes the horse tense. Instead of getting better, things get worse. The downward spiral continues until you give up, frustrated, feeling bad about yourself. The harder you try, the worse you ride. Eventually you give up because you think you are hopeless and you are never going to learn to ride anyway. And suddenly things go better because you are more relaxed. You no longer have big expectations of yourself or your horse. So you feel better about yourself and your riding. Maybe you’re not hopeless, after all. Then you get ambitious again. You had a good ride yesterday, so you expect to have another good ride today. You want to continue today where you left off yesterday. Then the horse feels stiff and things don’t go at all as planned. You think “this can’t be! Yesterday we did this so well! Why is it not working today?” And the cycle begins again. At least that’s what used to happen to me fairly regularly in the past. Over the years I realized that in order to ride well and make progress I need to have a healthy detachment from the outcome of the ride. I have to stay relaxed when things don’t go immediately as planned. I have to take a step back, analyze why things aren’t working as I had envisioned them, and then try other solutions. I have to avoid spinning my wheels. If one approach fails the first three to six times, it is very unlikely that it will work during one of the next one hundred attempts. It 12 • AUGUST 2018


is better to keep moving mentally, perhaps encircling the issue, approaching it from different angles, trying to identify what it is that is preventing me and/or the horse from doing the exercise or the movement correctly. One major lesson I needed to learn was that a single ride doesn’t define my riding overall, and my riding doesn’t define me as a person… there will always be good rides and bad rides. There will always be days on which we don’t find the solution to a problem, but they will be followed by days where we do find a solution, and vice versa. Having a good ride doesn’t make me a great master. Having a bad ride doesn’t make me hopeless. Being a good rider doesn’t make me a superior human being. Being a bad rider doesn’t make me an inferior human being. When we give up all the value judgments that are often subconsciously attached to something that is very important to us, we are free to play with the horse, with the exercises, and with the theoretical knowledge. We can explore ideas and see what happens. We start seeing opportunities rather than problems and threats. We stay mentally and physically more relaxed, and as a result the horse stays more relaxed. Both horse and rider can then enjoy the rides more, and if we don’t like the way something is going, we change it until we find a better way. Sometimes it takes a while before we find the right solution, but that’s ok, too, because we learn something from every “wrong” answer we give and from every failed attempt. In fact, we often learn more from our mistakes than from the things we do right, because mistakes make us go back to the drawing board and rethink our approach, whereas when something works it just confirms in us what we already know. So it’s typically our mistakes that lead to an expansion of our knowledge. So, for me personally the solution was to ride as if I didn’t care about the outcome, which was very difficult. And I had to learn not to have expectations of how the ride would go or what we would accomplish but just to explore what is possible here and now, with this horse. That way I, and the horse, can stay relaxed and enjoy the ride more.

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He would say… “Come on down to the Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 19–21, 2018 and ask me in person!” As a celebration of its 15th year in Chilliwack BC, the Mane Event is inviting back a number of clinicians and trainers that YOU TOLD US you wanted to see again!


on’t miss sessions by many great clinicians and trainers that you said were your favourites over the years, plus we’ve added in a few new faces for you to enjoy. George Morris, Steve Rother, Glenn Stewart and Doug Mills will be presenting sessions over the three days of the expo, plus Jonathan Field will be joining us as a very special guest speaker on Saturday and Sunday. Jonathan and George will have an “Up Close and Personal” session on Sunday, October 21, and Jonathan will also have a speaking session on Saturday, October 20. The Mane Event is also extremely pleased to work with another BC equestrian, Shannon Dueck, who will be presenting the Dressage sessions at the expo. Shannon grew up in the Langley area, her mother Jacqueline Oldham was an “S” dressage judge in both Canada and the USA, and she instilled in Shannon a love and knowledge of classical dressage from an early age.   To celebrate 15 years of support from all our horse owners and riders, the Mane Event will be conducting draws throughout the weekend. As usual we are offering clinic sessions with our clinicians, so check out the application page on the website The deadline is September 10, 2018. A new feature this year will be a draw for semi-private sessions with George Morris on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning prior to the expo opening. For information on this draw please visit our website under the Features Tab. Don’t forget the great exhibitors and shopping – come check out all Steve Rother the vendors on the website. We have some new vendors and are pleased to welcome back many others, and some that have missed a few years as well. For new attendees… the Mane Event is three days of equine education, shopping, entertainment and a great place to meet new and old friends. All events are indoors, parking is by donation and tickets are available in advance AND at the door. For information on the expo, plus a list of clinicians and presenters visit www. or call 1-844-578-7518. George Morris Glenn Stewart 14 • AUGUST 2018


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By Miles Kingdon

A working cowboy’s job is about going places horseback. His life, while on the ranch he’s riding for, will be exposure to horses; at least six to eight, which will be his string. Prior to becoming part of a cowboy’s string; the ranch horse, during the first two or three years of his life, will have very little contact with the human.


hey would have been handled when they were weaned, and halter broken. Possibly a week of handling at most. Then again as a yearling, when they were branded, gelded, de- to get the horse thinking ahead, rather than thinking behind. This wormed and had their wolf teeth pulled. Another day in the year, depends on whether the rider kept his horse from getting too their feet will be trimmed, and they’ll be detroubled during his last day out to work. If wormed again. the horse gets troubled, and the rider makes So, on average, their exposure to humans an adjustment, then the next ride will be will be two weeks out of a year. The rest of better. the year, they roam the range with the rest of An adjustment may mean riding the the cavvy. One might think it’s unfortunate horse to a ridge, or hilltop, so he can still these young horses never had more exposure see another horse doing the same thing he to humans, but I say, “Good for the horse!” is. Then, if his mind is still busy (his energy is Everything I need that horse to know; to up), keep his feet busy, instead of pulling on continue his training towards becoming a his face. Too many want to pull on a horse’s AUGUST 18, 19 AT 7 cowhorse, can be communicated to the horse face to control his energy. When the horse HALF DIAMOND RANCH in those few weeks. is back with another horse, his mind slows 35 MIN. SOUTH OF MERRITT, BC. The most important thing for that horse down, and the rider slows down his riding. is to grow strong of bone and muscle, from 2 DAYS OF HORSEMANSHIP, LEARNING Ultimately, I want my horse to mirror my walking and running around the hills. He will energy; to pick it up when I do, and let it TO READ LIVESTOCK, EMPHASIS ON WORKING CATTLE SAFELY, QUIETLY, learn to find water, to think for himself and will down when I do. EFFICIENTLY AND IMPROVING RANCH learn where and where not to go. In all these Pretty soon, that young horse looks ROPING SKILLS... situations, his feet are looking after him. forward to going out to work, because other Horses that travel a lot, and know how horses are there, and also, he gets to see a lot to look after themselves, have a different of country. That’s the very thing he did the FOR REGISTRATION AND MORE ‘metabolism’, if you will, from horses that have first years of his life… and, he gets to chase INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL not had the same opportunities. It just takes a cows. After this horse has gone to work for a KPOSS77@GMAIL.COM lot less to maintain that horse. But this is a topic month or so, he’ll get his shoes stripped and in itself. he’ll be turned out with the cavvy again for a To continue with the growth of the ranch horse… couple of months. He has now spent a couple of years learning how to live and The next time this horse is shod up for work, he’ll be asked to think for himself. His feet carry him to and from the things he needs do a few new things, besides travelling and gathering cattle. He will the most; feed, water, companionship, and safety. As a two year need to get accustomed to a swinging rope, holding the weight of old, he is started under saddle and is turned out again. At three, he a lively cow as well; also, learning to be still and making smaller and is ridden, but briefly. Ideally, when he should be ridden next is five; fewer moves inside a corral, while sorting cattle. but as that isn’t always an option; his changing teeth must be taken As much as it may seem to be such a big deal for a horse to get into consideration, and also the fact he isn’t yet fully mature. comfortable with roping and handling cattle, it is every bit as much Now we go to work with this young horse. Cowboys and an adjustment for their active mind to accept the slow moves in a cowgirls have all experienced the issues that arise when trying to corral; sometimes, even more so. ride the young horse away from his buddies. It takes a few rides The horse is now asked to stand quietly, in close proximity to


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the very creature that they have just spent their working days thus far, getting close to at a trot or a lope. The horse is of a mindset to travel at a trot to put some country behind him, and always look ‘way ahead’, not only for his buddies, but also for cows. From the time the rider halters and saddles the horse, that horse is becoming geared to think ahead, way ahead. And now the horse is in a corral, where we need him to be quiet, to make smaller moves sooner rather than later. This is because the cow is not accustomed to confined spaces. As a result, fast moves frighten the cow and they will bunch up closer for protection, thus making the sorting job much more difficult. It takes time to get the horse to a mindset where he is now thinking about this ground where he is standing. To think of making one or two steps this way and that way, rather than to move fast towards the cattle. The reason I relay this story about the developing of a ranch horse, is so riders can realize how very important it is to the horse that we ‘release on the feet’. This applies to all disciplines of horsemanship; whether in the saddle or doing ground work. We ask the horse to move his front feet in a direction, and then release when the feet start to go. Our hands rest on his neck when we want him to stop his feet. If we can do the same thing every time, the horse becomes happier to make small moves, now that we provide relief for the horse, with release. It is easy to get a horse’s feet moving forward, especially fast. It is quite another thing to break his energy down to one step at a time. The release tells the horse that this is what you wanted. He’s happy to give you what you want, when you release on his feet, consistently. So, practice releasing on his feet. The timing on this is of utmost importance. Many great horsemen realize this. Work on your timing of the release. You may think your feel and timing are good, but if the horse is not ‘checking in’ with you, (i.e. flicking an ear back, paying attention to you), that should tell you something. Miles has spent over 40 years cowboying, and as cowboss, on some of BC’s largest cattle ranches. Inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame; and having judged the Trainers Challenge in Chilliwack (Mane Event) for 12 years, Miles also judges the “Skills of the Rancho” competition, put on by the Californio Bridle Horse Association in California. His riding is based on this traditional style of riding from the ‘jaquima to the bridle’. Miles offers workshops on horsemanship, stockmanship, cattle handling and ranch roping.



By Nancy Roman


he Pot O Gold Open Show, hosted by the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, was held on June 23 at the Armstrong Agriplex. Fifty entries hauled in their 57 horses from all over the Interior/Cariboo for the one day show. This is an annual fundraiser for the small club, and it was a tremendous success! Driving, Riding and In-hand classes were offered for all breeds. Sponsors and donations came in from dozens of businesses and individuals – you were all so very generous. And because of that… prizes and coins were given out in every class! Thank you to our main judge Karan Moore from Grand Forks, and trail judge Lorraine Andres-Pelletier from Lake Country. The judges commented they haven’t seen an open show this big in a long time! Thank you to the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club for the use of their trail equipment and radios. Our High Point Winners were: VSE High Point - Joan Cunningham, Vernon Driving High Point - Amelie Bak, Oyama English High Point - Tahn Towns, Armstrong Western High Point - Christine Fisher-Gaskell, Kelowna Tri-Challenge Award - Tom Nobles, Grindrod BC Paint Free Trophy Program/APHA PAC - Christine Fisher-Gaskell, Kelowna AQHA High Point - Carmen Letawski, Armstrong Breed Challenge Fun Class – Quarter Horse owned by Gail Howard, Salmon Arm We had some great volunteers that stuck it out till the very end! Everyone that helped out is so appreciated. THANK YOU ALL!


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By Darlene Wolney


ontana Hill, which is about a 3.5 hour drive from Vernon BC, is an amazing place to go riding... breathtaking scenery, lovely trails and soooo peaceful. It is located near Bridge Lake in the South Cariboo. Our hosts Allan and Elaine ensure their guests are well taken care of... the food was superb and there was lots of it. Aside from the filling breakfasts, we had spaghetti with Elaine’s home-made sauce and meatballs (yum), BBQ chicken, ribs and the biggest steaks I have ever seen! And, if you get up early enough you can help milk Lexie, the ever so patient Jersey cow.

Allan was our trail guide for the first day and then after that we were on our own. The cabins were lovely, complete with our own hot tub. Our two horses were in a large pen (arena) together, but they have large undercover 15x15 individual pens in the barn that we could use if we wanted to. They have their own string of trail horses (about 11 or so) that were ridden by overseas guests when we were there and they were very well-behaved out on the trail even with our two horses in the mix. There are many lakes in this area within easy riding distance. The terrain is rolling hills with awesome lake views. I would highly recommend Montana Hill to anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing get-away.

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By Monika Lauterbacher


n May 26-27, Ringstead Ranch, breeders of purebred Peruvian Paso Horses, hosted an “Introduction to Working Equitation for the Gaited Horse” clinic at their Chase BC location. Ilona Berbekar had just returned from Europe and was eager to introduce us to the “relatively new to Canada” sport. Ilona has trained in classical riding at Santo Andre Lusitanos in Lisbon in 2016 and again in 2017 where she took a lesson with the famous Pedro Torres, the top trainer in Working Equitation. Saturday morning started with Ilona showing videos and a slide presentation of her trip to Portugal full of photos from the riding school and from the Golega National Horse Fair, a mustsee spectacular Lusitano Festival. Twelve participants lined up as Ilona gave us a demonstration on her beautiful Paso Fino gelding, Festival, on a precisely laid out course that included obstacles like the bull pen, jump, gate, bridge, and bull with a ring skewer. Precision is the most important part being judged in this component of Working Equitation. As participants concentrated on completing the course, everyone soon realized their own individual level and teamwork with their horse. What a fantastic experience. The clinic fee was “a donation to the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge” in Chase. A big Thank You to Deb and Rick Cones from Ringstead for their hospitality (all meals, camping and stabling were included) and the use of their facility. And of course, a HUGE Thank You to Ilona for sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with us.

Deanna and her mare Mia navigating the course June 6th saw the first trailer with Oregon license plates roll into the Armstrong Fairgrounds for the BC Regional Championship Show. Soon after, exhibitors from Washington, Alberta and of course BC arrived. The Honourable Lucho Dapelo of Pecan Valley Ranch in Weatherford Texas accepted the invitation to come to BC and judge the show. Being judged by this prominent, third generation breeder and trainer who has shown his horses at the national level in both Peru and the U.S. was truly an honour and learning experience. Lucho gave helpful advice to the novice and junior riders and also took the microphone frequently to make this an experience for the audience as well. During the first two days of the competition, exhibitors ranging in age from 10 to 82, had the opportunity to ride in some of the 44 classes in Gait, Breeding, Pleasure and Performance as well as Dressage in Gait and Trail to name a few, in hopes of qualifying for Sunday’s Champion of Champions Classes. Sunday is always the best time for spectators as they get to watch the top horses, some of which have competed at the national level in both Canada and the U.S. The show ended 20 • AUGUST 2018


Lucho (left) with PHCBC President Rob Sjodin Sunday afternoon with the Barrida of Champions, the highlight of the show watched by a good-sized audience, just before a big rainstorm moved in and got us all scrambling to get the horses in their stalls and us under cover. No show is ever possible without sponsors and volunteers. Thank you to those that helped in making this show the success it was by donating their time and energy putting it all together so that exhibitors could concentrate on showing their horses to the best of their ability. Beautiful neck ribbons laid out for the Champion of Champions classes

Sponsors for the show included: Capri Insurance, Bar T5 Agra Services, Ringstead Ranch, Paradise Ranch, Moffat Equine Services Ltd., Hornby Equipment, Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic, Paso Llano Magazine, Centaur Awards, Mills Vet Services and Shepherd’s Home Hardware. Congratulations to the Champion of Champions pictured below from L-R: BDS Domenico – Best Gaited Horse; RSTD Trueno – Pleasure Gelding; BDS La Sirena – Breeding Mare; RSTD Lucero – Performance Gelding; RSTD Gustavio – Breeding Stallion and Performance Stallion; BDS Orgullo de Peru – Pleasure Stallion; RSTD Sonador – Luxury Gelding; RSTD Alelita – Performance Mare. Missing: VRR Evita Pleasure Mare; RSTD Tesoro – Best Bozal; High Point Junior – Maria Statia; High Point Novice – Larry Eades; and High Point Versatility Horse – BDS Sabrosada.

With summer in full swing, watch for these events coming up featuring the Peruvian Horse. TRAIL RIDE/CAMP OUT at Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp on August 4-6 (club sponsored event with a free roast beef dinner on Saturday evening for club members). For more information visit the Facebook page of the Peruvian Horse Club of BC. PHAC Canadian National Peruvian Horse Show in Stavely Alberta on August 24-26. Visit for more information or visit Peruvian Horse Association of Canada’s Facebook page

By Bruce A. Roy,


avid Anderson of Anderson Farms, Inc., St. Thomas, Ontario, one of Canada’s best known horsemen, bred Wonder Gadot, the 3-yearold Thoroughbred mare that won this year’s Queen’s Plate. Months earlier, Ireland’s celebrated Coolmore Stud, the largest Thoroughbred breeding establishment in the world, bought another of Anderson’s homebred Thorougbred fillies for a staggering seven figure price. It is interesting to note, this world famous Irish Thoroughbred breeding farm often employs Clydesdale mares to foster rejected or orphaned Thoroughbred foals. These are Clydesdale mares that are often fielded at Scotland’s Royal Highland Show with considerable success. The Thoroughbreds Anderson’s father bred and raced captured David’s interest, as did the Percheron geldings his father showed in harness on occasion. On taking charge of Anderson Farms, David assembled a Percheron breeding stable at Oelwein, Iowa. Like his Thoroughbreds, Anderson’s Percherons are well known. Rocket’s All-Star Flash, his honour laden Percheron stallion, has been America’s Premier Percheron Sire for seven years. His offspring have been consistent winners at the leading exhibitions held across North America. In 2012, David paid $119,200 for five Clydesdale females at Howe, Indiana; where the celebrated 2S Clydesdales from Schulenburg, Texas, were dispersed. Months later, Anderson purchased Cawood Commodore, the Reserve Champion Stallion at Scotland’s 2013 National Stallion Show, to head his Clydesdale stable. Like the Thoroughbreds and Percherons David Anderson breeds, his home-bred Clydesdales are lifting their share of tanbark honours. This October, the Anderson’s Percherons will contest the honours at Des Moines, Iowa’s 2018 World Percheron Congress. Two weeks later, the Anderson’s Clydesdale will be at Madison, Wisconsin’s 2018 World Clydesdale Show. At each of these breed shows, held every three years, 600 to 800 Clydesdales and Percherons will be entered. The Anderson Percherons and Clydesdales will command public interest, as will the Anderson-bred Thoroughbreds that are scheduled to race at the year’s end in international competitions. David Anderson is a Canadian horseman who is on a mission!

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By Doug Geiger

They say it takes practice, practice, practice to become a master of anything. Some say over 10,000 hours. Bruce Emlyn has put in his time plus, perfecting the art of pure horsemanship. From his initial training in Texas as a young man, Bruce has worked with and trained thousands of horses.


o watch Bruce connect, communicate and train these large animals with respect, consistency, gentleness and patience is to observe a master teacher in action. His results speak for themselves. “What I share works with any horse. The horse’s focus is on survival and what most folks offer further ignites the horse’s fear which can produce dangerous circumstances. You don’t ever want to box in a scared 1200lb animal. That is not fun.” It takes time and patience to gain the respect of these magnificent animals and to have tips, pointers and tools from an experienced master can make all the difference. “Having confidence in yourself, an open mind, good horse skills and experience means everything. The horse will read you quicker and more completely than you can the horse.” Bruce loves sharing with students to enhance a safe and enjoyable experience. Working with “problem” horses is also Bruce’s forte because he knows there isn’t a problem horse. There are only folks working with horses that are not connecting with the horse’s mind, misreading the horse’s communication and allowing the horse to train the person. Bad people habits projected onto the horse create the problems. Fortunately these can be readily fixed with a person open to learning

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and through consistent practice. Owning a horse or being around horses should never be taken lightly but with the right guidance and support, horsemanship changes from a chore to an ongoing pleasure. No whips. No spurs. No gimmicks. You won’t see any of these in Bruce’s training. That’s because Bruce routinely uses a traditional hackamore with a bosal nosepiece to connect with the horse. The bosal hackamore is a bitless halter originating in Spain and has been used in horsemanship for centuries. Whips and spurs were adopted as a western way to instil fear and subordination in the horse. Bruce’s method is the opposite… to connect with the horse by being empathetic, gentle and using intuition. It’s not about humans being superior over an animal, but understanding the mind of the horse. Bruce offers two day clinics, semiprivate and private schooling sessions throughout western Canada. To have a horseman of his calibre offering and applying the skills to new and experienced folks of any discipline is a gift that keeps on giving. For more information visit www. Bruce’s next clinic is August 11-12 in Lumby BC. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Barb Malashewsky and Leah Hope

The greatly anticipated return to Slocan BC for the opportunity to spend three days with like-minded horse folks was a huge success.


une 22-24, 2018 marked the second clinic by world renowned veterinarian (and one of the most amazing humans), Dr. Tomas Teskey DVM in the picturesque Kootenay town. The Veterinary expertise also included holistic vet and doctor of osteopathy, Dr. Laura Taylor EDO/DVM, from neighbouring Alberta, and Dr. Natalie Cooper DVM of Arkansas with Freedom Health LLC., who has clinical expertise in equine digestive management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Equine Sciences. And we welcomed back the Hoof Geeks, who travelled all the way from Manitoba to share with us an incredible display of horse skulls and feet.

Dr. Taylor doing a demo We were thrilled to host these amazing experts in advanced equine wellness into our remote location. It was a warm and harmonious event over the three days of classroom learning mixed with demonstrations, plenty of question and answer and hands-on opportunities.

we were so fortunate to have the passionate and knowledgeable Hoof Geeks ladies there to share with us their collection of bones (lower limbs and skulls) and drive home the very important message: “Balanced feet and teeth matter - they are Dr. Tomas Teskey – you can see his playfulness! interconnected!” Dr. Taylor supported this concept with her osteopathic modality to help improve the quality of movement. She discussed how a full range of movement can help our equine partners to live actively and be balanced to be the best they can be. Dr. Natalie Cooper’s extensive clinical background was evident as she presented us with a basic understanding of the inside of the equine digestive system from tip to tail. All of the material presented, helped us horse owners to understand better how to care for these beautiful creatures we are entrusted with. Clinic demonstration horses returning from last year showed remarkable improvements. We were challenged to understand that laminitic horses can gain tremendous turnarounds. We explored some ‘what ifs’, embraced the ‘why not try’. Let’s see what happens when we get natural with our animals. Be curious, listen, watch, take notice. We gained many motivating insights, thinking outside of the box (or better yet, to quote Dr. Teskey, “Throw away the box!”). The take-away was inspiring for everyone in attendance. Natural hoof care, balanced equine dentistry, ‘Feed your Horse like a Horse’, and Move, Move, Move that horse.  One big take-away is the three-point balancing of the teeth (including reduction of the incisors when needed) for proper function, which also affects front and hind end movement. Changes that are very simple can make a big difference in horses’ overall health.  We would like to extend our thanks to all the clinic sponsors, the attendees and the Slocan Valley Outriders for hosting such an inspiring weekend.

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For a look at new science, holistic healthcare approaches and paradigm shifts, how organ function and dental balance can impact movement, what really goes on inside the hoof, and how energy fields may be playing a role in your horse’s health – JOIN US this fall! Dr. Tomas Teskey and Dr. Laura Taylor will be joined by Loesje Jacob as they share their knowledge and wisdom. Exploring Equine Health - Beyond Traditions Workshop in Vernon, BC September 28-30, 2018,

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O’Keefe Ranch and the First World War

2014-2018 marks the centenary of the First World War. 2018 specifically sees the 100th anniversary of major Canadian ba�les, such as the Hundred Days campaign.

In my youth I k new a horse Satan, was his name To tell the truth It isn’t fair He was mostly Pret t y tame Easy to catch More of ten than not A nd he stood Just where you t ied him He wasn’t really all that hot Unt il you tried to ride him.

The First World War was a turning point for the O’Keefe Ranch. An economic depression swept through Canada in 1914, and Cornelius O’Keefe’s successes in the late 19th century were overturned in the first decades of the 20th. The O’Keefe Family shared the war�me experiences of many other Canadians—sending their sons, brothers and husbands to join the fight, while trying to keep up morale at home. Each member of the O’Keefe family experienced the war in their own way. Helen O’Keefe’s husband, Captain Herbert Dawson, enlisted in 1915. He died during an a�ack on an electricity genera�ng sta�on in Northern France on June 4, 1917. In May 1919, just months a�er the war ended, Cornelius O’Keefe died. His family carried on the family business un�l 1967 when the 100-year old Ranch was opened as an historic site. Cowboy Dinner Show: Every Friday night July & August July 22: Family Fun Water Play Day Aug 19: Family Fun Country Fair Day September 7 & 8: Murder Mystery Show

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TOP DOG! OF THE MONTH This is Hercules, a rescue I got a year ago. He’s a 19 month old Rottie/Shepard/Lab aka ‘Labarottie’. He’s amazing, pulls a sled full of wood and enjoys goose hunting. It took a long time and lots of tlc to get him back on his feet. He loves water and smiles lots. He is social and caring and has that clumsy Rottie prance. He’s our jokester and our kids’ protector. Everyday he sings to his favourite songs on the radio. - Amberlee Benjamin & Brad Borgerson, 100 Mile House BC

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Hi, my name is Kadance and I am 2. I was visiting my Gramma in Nelson and she took me to see some horses and told me when I get a little bigger she will take me riding. I can’t wait. - Kadance, age 2

Hi, my name is Is high Quar ter Horsabelle and this is my 15.1 hand a Snapchat pic in e ‘Rye’. Here we are posing for around the arenahis paddock. We love to canter and will - Isabelle, age 13 soon be joining 4-H. , Lumby BC

It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 28 • AUGUST 2018


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office KEEP CALM, TRACK ON & WIN!


e prepared for your next adventure with trail info and maps from Horse Council BC and Avenza Maps. We have partnered with Canadian company Avenza Maps https://www.avenza. com/ who offer a free Smartphone App that tracks your position on a map. The Avenza App also allows you to create and save GPX tracks of your trails. Send those tracks to us at HCBC and we can add them to the trail listing in the Online Database. Head over to the trails database at to see all the website improvements. You can quickly see the trails in your area as pins on a map, print trail maps, upload and download GPX tracks and send us photos. We do need your help to review the information already listed for the trails you know. Please send us updates and comments on the trail conditions using the forms provided on the trail database. We will accept your GPX tracks data and then create “Geo-referenced” maps that will be available in the Avenza App on your phone for free. How can you partner with us on this Project? Visit the trails database at to review the trail information already there for the trails you know. If the trail record needs corrections, you can send us corrections and updates using the form provided on this page. Visit the Knowledge Base section of the HCBC website, under trails and recreation to find a “how-to” document covering downloading the Avenza Maps App to your smartphone, saving your tracks while riding your favourite trails, and sending us those tracks to be added to a downloadable map.

Leslie Mathews submitted to the 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest

Sharon Pickthorne and her husband, Dave out hitting the trails with their Avenza App

We’ll equip your tracking expedition! Take advantage of our loaner Garmin 64 ST GPS units. We’ll send you a kit with GPS unit, NiMH batteries and charger, and a cheat sheet on using them, for up to a 3 week period. Why is this important to all of us who ride our province’s trails? Current information ensures that the trail you’re expecting is the trail you’ll find when you arrive. Is there potable water? Can you camp? How many pens are there? It’s important that we provide the best quality information we can obtain. Being able to download a map to your smartphone before you leave, allows you to ride the trails confidently. You won’t need cell service or use any data while using the Avenza Maps App on the trail. We hope that offering a comprehensive, reliable trails database may increase equestrian tourism, aiding the economies of our communities. Win a Garmin 64 ST GPS unit with NiMH batteries and charger! The contest is open from June 1 to September 30. The biggest contributor of GPX files, new trail information and existing trail updates/corrections and comments will win a new Garmin 64 ST GPS unit complete with Energizer rechargeable NiMH batteries and charger.

Melissa Gervais submitted to 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest

Sue Kosh submitted to the 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest

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



Equestrian Canada Equestre Canadians Excel at 2018 Reining Alberta Spring Classic CRI 3* Two Canadian athletes achieved qualifying scores for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Reining Alberta Spring Classic, held June 7-10 in Red Deer AB. Canadian Sean McBurney, who resides in Arlington, WA, took the top prize in the CRI 3* competition on June 8, which was organized by the Canadian Quarter Horse Association and Marie Whitmarsh. He rode Gaylene Sawchuk’s top breeding stallion, 12-year-old American Quarter Horse, Chics Loaded Gun (Gunner x Smart Chic Olena) to an outstanding score of 75.00. Coordinator. Vessey has held almost every director capacity possible for the Victoria-Saanich CADORA Society, including several years as President, and Chair of their annual Capital City Classic Dressage Competition. In her diligent manner, Vessey has organized the annual CADORA Inc. Victoria clinic with FEI 5* Dressage Judge and Dressage Judge General, Stephen Clarke (GBR). Her thoughtfulness and care Claire Vessey. ensures that Clarke, whom CADORA Inc. has hosted Photo credit: Lorna Moth. for thirteen years of clinics, enjoys the utmost comfort, privacy, and professionalism during his visits. An EC certified Competition Coach, Vessey is also heavily involved with the Elk/Beaver Lake Equestrian Society – a public equestrian facility built, organized and operated by a small group of volunteers – and is the barn manager of a private equestrian facility. Students, competitors, fellow organizers and volunteers alike have all been touched by her selfless love of horses and dressage. EC commends Vessey for her long-time support of the local dressage community and beyond. It is the enthusiasm and contributions of volunteers such as Vessey that allow the sport of dressage to thrive.

Sean McBurney and Chics Loaded Gun. Photo credit: Waltenberry Inc. “Chics Loaded Gun was great for me,” said McBurney. “We need to work on a couple things before WEG in September, but I was very happy with him. He just went out and wanted to be good!” Right behind McBurney on the leaderboard was Austin Seelhof of Cochrane AB. He placed second on a score of 73.00 with Marie Whitmarsh’s 10-year-old American Quarter Horse mare, Lipstick Jungle (Big Chex to Chash x Lenas Wright On). Seelhof and Lipstick Jungle returned on June 9 for the second CRI 3* go, this time earning first place with a score of 69.5.

Austin Seelhof and Lipstick Jungle. Photo credit: Eric Smith | HD2 Sports.

Lisa Marie Fergusson aboard Honor Me. Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman.

Canadian Eventing Team Takes Second in FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Canadian Eventing Team pulled off a three-peat, earning second place for the third consecutive year in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™, presented by Adequan®, held at the Brook Ledge Great Meadow International in The Plains, VA from July 6-8. Launched in 2016, the CICO 3* FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Great Meadow International brings together top international athletes competing for their country in a team format, and is the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup hosted in North America. For the 2018 edition, the Canadian Eventing Team was represented by Shelby Brost of Red Deer AB and Crimson, Lisa Marie Fergusson of Vancouver BC with Honor Me, Jessica Phoenix of Cannington ON aboard Bogue Sound, and Waylon Roberts, a Port Perry, ON native currently residing in West Grove PA, partnered with Kelecyn Cognac.

“I was really happy with Lipstick Jungle’s performance,” said Seelhof. “She was 100% attentive and tried her guts out for me. I am very confident in getting the two of us prepared for WEG in September.” Claire Vessey named Dressage Volunteer of the Month for June 2018 Equestrian Canada is delighted to announce that Claire Vessey of Sooke BC has been selected as the June 2018 recipient of the Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award. Vessey has worked tirelessly as a dressage volunteer for more than thirty years in the Victoria area. She has been the Western Vice President of CADORA Inc. for many years, and currently acts as National Awards 30 • AUGUST 2018


The Canadian Eventing Team (l to r): Waylon Roberts, Dr. Rob Stevenson, Shelby Brost, Jessica Phoenix, Lisa Marie Fergusson. Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman.

Alberta Equestrian Federation Congratulations – AEF English & Western Rider Bursary Recipients Sonja Burton English Rider Level Bursary awarded to: Taylor Stock of Ardrossan AB

Charlene Baker Western Rider Level Bursary Recipient awarded to: Piera Zemlak of Calgary AB

Sonja Burton, age 17, was an accomplished equestrian with two horses that both complemented her personality: one a cowgirl, the other a princess. Sonja started riding at the age of 8 years old and was immediately hooked. Sonja spent at least 4 times a week in the saddle training at Amberlea Meadows, in Edmonton AB. She was a very technical rider and took to the sport like a fish to water. She collected a slew of trophies and ribbons over the years. Sonja graduated in June 2015 with distinction from Harry Ainlay High School and planned to pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree and eventually study law. The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Sonja Burton’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian. This bursary is available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the English Learn to Ride Level 8 test each year.

Charlene Baker was a western level 2 course conductor and western level 2 certified coach for the province of Alberta. Charlene was heavily involved in 4-H as well as provided many clinics and teachings for Lakeland College in Vermillion AB all based on the EC guidelines. Charlene was a very competitive rider, in addition to her successful coaching career, and was instrumental in organizing many competitions in the NE region of Alberta. Charlene believed that it was important that people see coaches out there progressing and using the EC program.

The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Charlene Baker’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian. This bursary is available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the Western Learn to Ride Level 4 test each year.

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Sandra Harper Warning… “donkeyitis” can be contracted from a single Donkey


he year is 1978. Keith Kendrew’s kids wanted a horse but he was so busy with work he resisted; then his wife Lil suggested they get a donkey. Keith hated to see it stand around without a job so they started leading the donkey carrying a pack when they went hiking. As Keith puts it he then caught “donkeyitis” and has now raised and trained over 100 foals. Lil has her favourite but Keith loves them all and says they still find the new additions as exciting as the first baby. Keith gets out to the mountains two or three times a year for at least a week at a time providing his kids, grandkids and countless other tagalongs the opportunity of a lifetime to trail ride, listen to his cowboy poetry, and violin music. He is well-known in the Rimbey area as the ‘donkey man’ and gets blamed by many parents for causing their kids to become equine crazy. Community events all around Keith are honoured with donkey rides, and he tries to attend as many parades in the area as he can fit in to his schedule. He is always seen proudly wearing his Alberta Donkey and Mule Club vest with the donkeys decked out in the club’s saddle pad. In 1989 when a small group started planning the club Keith was involved, and is proud of the belt buckle he was awarded years ago as a founding member. At 77, Keith is just starting a new driving team, a three and four year old. The pictures accompanying this article (taken in the last couple of months) should be motivation to all of us to stay active. In other club news, Long Ears Days on August 11-12 is proud to present the world renowned Dr. Amy McLean. Her specialty is research focused on Donkey and Mule welfare and management. The topic for Saturday night is “Donkeys are Different.” The lecture will discuss in-depth nutrition, behaviour, reproduction, management, health topics, as well as global donkey topics. Long Ears Days is being held at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch, 11 km east of Bowden. For more information visit or email us at info@ AUGUST 2018


Tennessee Walking Horse News By Fran Kerik


ummer’s now in full swing with many horse activities to keep us all busy. I’ve heard from some of our Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH) members who have been taking part in rallies, trail rides, obstacle challenges, clinics, branding, roping and mountain trips. I should have a great set of pictures for next month’s article! But this month I want to look at the future of our breed - our foals! Pictures have been coming in of this, the sweetest season of all, Spring foaling. It is really wonderful to see the number of foals on the ground this year, in all sorts of colours and sizes. I’d also like to mention our CRTWH ‘Unshow’, the Canadian Event. It will take place during the Labour Day weekend, September 1-3. How to describe it? It’s an event for Gaited Horses, not a show. Come out to experience this event that goes beyond the traditional. It will be relaxed, friendly, and helpful, to educate, encourage and evaluate. Hosted by the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse at Almond’s Arena in Ponoka Alberta, it is open to all Gaited Breeds, registered or not. Your horse just needs to do a middle gait. You DO NOT NEED show experience! We will have a judge from the Independent Judges Association licensed by FOSH (Friends of the Sound Horse). There are classes for everyone - even a class for those without a horse. There will be the traditional rail classes showcasing the signature gait of your breed, gaited dressage, gymkhana, costume class, trail obstacle, lead line, Tennessee Walkers Got Talent, Equitheatre in hand and under saddle... and the list goes on. Show clothes and saddles are not required; but helmets are. Please check out our website and click on “The Canadian Event” for all information. We want to keep this weekend as family oriented as possible, so we are keeping the price as low as we can. You can show for the whole weekend for $100 bucks! Stalling is only $41 for the weekend, kindly donated by Almond’s Arena. So we look forward to seeing you there!

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Kelowna Riding Club By Jenny Bouwmeester


ime sure flies when you’re having fun with your Equine Friends in our Okanagan summer months. In July the KRC grounds held the Equi-Life Summer Sizzler show which is always a huge success. The Equi-Life team always runs a good Hunter Jumper show. These shows hold many divisions for a range of levels of riding. As well, they offer specialty classes and hunter derbies. This summer show attracts riders from all over the Okanagan, Kamloops, Merritt, and Boundary areas. Spectators are always welcome to come watch horse and riders take their big leaps. The grounds also held two gymkhana events where equine ‘gamers’ come to compete in Western events such as barrel racing and pole bending. The gymkhana community is always a welcoming environment for all ages to come get your horses out and run the patterns. The Back Country Horsemen also used the grounds to host their Mountain Trail clinic with Debbie Hughes. These mountain trail events always capture the interest of both Western and English Riders. We hope to be able to provide more of these clinics in the future. The club is pleased that many riders from different disciples can come and enjoy these beautiful grounds in the downtown area. Looking forward into the fall, the grounds will be hosting a Dressage Clinic at the end of August. As of now this clinic is fully booked, however spectators are welcome to attend; auditing fee is $30. In September, we will hold another Open show, Fall Fun Hunter Jumper show, and Percentage Day. We will also be hosting a Western Dressage Clinic prior to Percentage Day. In October there will be an Equi-Life Harvest Show. Check out our calendar of events on our web site for more details,

Katinka Devrainne

Chiki and Jacques

Sydney Augustin on Lil’ Lady

BC Team Cattle Penning Association By Russell Armstrong


he 3rd annual MAY PAY DAY on May 11-13 had team penners from all over ride in to Armstrong BC making it the LARGEST team penning ever held in the history of the province, and the 3rd biggest team penning in the country behind only the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals. With strong contingencies travelling from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Oregon, and even as far away as Wisconsin, to make up a whopping 976 teams who competed for their share of over $166,000 in prize money.

Sunday Open Class

Quick Draw Shootout

OUR WINNERS Friday Quick Draw Shootout: Russell Armstrong, Graham Armstrong, Don Goodbun #11 Shootout: Brody Conan, Corey Conan, Terry Gallais Saturday Open Class: Russell Armstrong, Justin Armstrong, Graham Armstrong #12 Incentive: Rocky Davis, Heather Davis, Pat Bolin #10 Class: Russell Armstrong, Carrie Murray, Lissa Quinlan #8 Incentive: Cheryl Dyck, Shawna Eshelman, Lissa Quinlan #7 Class: Don Glover, Ben Thorlakson, Michael Noullett 2 Plus Class: Meghan Johnston, Alex Pinterits, Randy Ophus Jr. Youth: Isabelle Fouty and Brooklyn Ruby

Saturday 10 Class

Sunday Senior Youth

7 Class

Sunday Open Class: Dusty Wigemyr, Pat Bolin, Ron Scott #12 Incentive: Spencer Gamache, Danielle Gamache, Savannah Rumary #10 Class: Brian Watt, Joanne Watt, Nicole Sigouin #8 Incentive: Aspen Ledger, Lisa Ledger, Gord Thomson #5 Class: Tammy Harmatuik, Sheri Williamson, Carrie Murray #3 Incentive: Harley Salmond, Mike Welyk, Carrie Murray Jr. Youth: Taylor Webb and Kayden Conan Sr. Youth: Kendal Brooks, Gabby Fouty, Robyn Alexis A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS SHOW RUN SO SMOOTHLY.

Sunday Junior Youth

Saturday Junior Youth AUGUST 2018


Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill • Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy,


hanks to all those that came out to try the first ever LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge just held on July 7 (more on that next month). On June 15-17 we held our Little Britches Rodeo. Results are listed below.

LRS Little Britches Rodeo results are: Overall Tiny Mite: Paige Cady Runner Up: Lydia Marie Felling Overall Jr Girl: Zoe Hamming Runner Up: (TIE) Hanna Cady and Ashlyn Wade Overall Sr Girl: Taya Hamming Runner Up: Tyanna Cholette Overall Jr Boy: Dane Robinson Runner Up: Will Roberts Overall Sr Boy: Brock Everett Runner Up: Wyatt McCullough Overall Cowboy: (TIE) Dane Robinson and Brock Everett Overall Cowgirl: (TIE) Zoey Hamming and Taya Hamming

Lydia Marie Felling

Marie Peters

Our events for August: 18 - English and Western Show 19 - Cowboy Obstacle Challenge 25 - Games Day 26 - Jumping Show.

John Scotton & Dane Robinson

Payton Marfleet & Brook Wharry

Memorial for LRS co-founder, Will Singer

Lochlan Beaune & Logan Wharry

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


few of us had the chance to go out to the Pot O Gold Show in Armstrong on June 23. It was an awesome show. Lots of young riders and 4-H members competing with their horses. Can’t wait for next year!!! Vernon Young Riders would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to Timberstar for allowing us to attend their big Grand Opening on June 9 in Vernon. We were able to do a hot dog/hamburger fundraiser for our club which was lots of fun. Your staff was wonderful. We have been keeping busy with group lessons every Thursday with Glenn Perran. THANK YOU Glenn for all your time and dedication to making sure we are both having fun and learning proper techniques. Our club is lucky to have you as an instructor. We are having a busy summer with Stock Show in July (news next month) and Summer Sizzler in August. Looking forward to seeing all our friends from the many 4-H clubs that we get to spend time with during these schooling shows. 34 • AUGUST 2018


Bobbi and Tanner memorizing their pattern at the Pot O Gold Show

Fundraising at Timberstar

Caralynn, Abby and Lillie waiting for Showmanship at the Pot O Gold Show

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


ot much can beat this summer weather! We at the Chilliwack Riding Club were able to take full advantage of it on June 10 for our first outdoor Gymkhana. We had a nice little turn-out with the following folks taking home high point for the day:

Leadline – Alec Kyne Junior – Kassie Brennan Youth – Selina Hartskamp Novice – Megan McKay Senior – Monica Lowe Due to high demand we were able to host our second Gymkhana clinic of the year. Tanya Thompson was our clinician and the participants had a great time and took home a lot of new skills and information. We look forward to hosting more in the future. We’ll continue through the summer with open ride dates on some Thursdays and many Tuesdays. Please remember to check the website, www. or Facebook for all availability before making your way out to Heritage Park. All rides for the summer, unless otherwise noted, will take place in the rodeo arena.

June Gymkhana High Point winners (l to r): Alec Kyne, Selina Hartskamp, Megan McKay, Monica Lowe, Kassie Brennan

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Kate Landels | Photos courtesy of Chris Richardson


s the show season at large is only just getting into full swing, the BC Lower Mainland’s Pony Club Prince Philip Games (PPG) season has already wrapped up for the year with its regional finals on June 17. Members from the Campbell Valley, Richmond, Boundary Bay, Hazelmere, and Alouette Pony Clubs met at Joe Brown Park for the conclusion to a great season of PPG. Prince Philip Games is an event in which teams of four riders race against each other on ponies or small horses to complete various relay races, which range in complexity from pole bending to feeding a wooden cow in order to collect its milk. To be successful in these races, riders must master various skills, which include picking up and putting down objects while mounted on the pony, handing items off to other riders while moving, and of course, vaulting onto the pony from the ground. The faster and more accurately riders are able to do these tasks, the more likely they are to succeed in the races. Skills like these are not the sorts of things most young riders would be taught in their everyday riding lessons, which is part of what makes PPG such a valuable discipline for Pony Club. As someone who has taken part in PPG for years and coached many young Pony Clubbers from their first play days all the way through to national competitions, I can attest to the confidence and enthusiasm it often brings forward in kids, even those who haven’t been riding that long. Much of the challenge of PPG is making yourself extremely comfortable on a horse, so that you’re able to reach down those extra inches to pick up something barely a foot off the ground, or to take a literal leap of faith as you launch yourself onto a moving pony with an object in your hand. Along with the teamwork involved in the races, and opportunities for national and international travel, these things make PPG a discipline worth exploring for any young rider. Finally, congratulations to our winning teams from this year’s

Kealy Hagerty (C division) from Alouette with Pepsi

Mackenzie McDonnell (A division) from Richmond on Starburst finals: in the ‘C’ Division, Quinn Wrayton (CVPC), Hadley Teague (CVPC), Presley Teague (CVPC), and Natasha Newman (RPC); in the ‘B’ Division, Paige Kennedy (CVPC), Jemma Kennedy (CVPC), Anika McGill (CVPC), and Devon Wrayton (CVPC); and in the ‘A’ Division, Mackenzie McDonnell (RPC) won as the sole ‘A’ rider on a team mixed with Masters. AUGUST 2018


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley LMQHA Members at the AQHA Youth World Cup


MQHA is very proud of two of our youth members who travelled to the AQHA Youth World Cup as part of Team Canada. Ellie Gerbrandt and Mackenzie Inkstater were selected out of many applicants throughout the country to be a part of this amazing experience. The girls also fundraised and applied for grants to pay for the trip so they definitely earned their way there in every capacity. The competition hosts teams from all over the world, this year it was held in Texas. Throughout the competition, each team competes in cutting, reining, horsemanship, ranch riding, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. Each team is supplied with horses by the host country that are considered fairly equal in training and ability. The team members have a limited time to get to know their horses through practice time, instruction from their team coach and clinics. The competition was not yet completed at the writing of this article, but so far Ellie Gerbrandt had earned a 1st and 6th in Hunt Seat Equitation, and a 3rd and 6th in Showmanship. Mackenzie had earned a 4th in Horsemanship, two 8ths in Hunter Under Saddle and a 12th in Hunt Seat Equitation. We are excited for the girls’ placings so far and are confident the rest of the show will be stellar for them be it in results or the experience. Check the LM Facebook page and the BCQHA website for updates. (Editor’s note: at press time we found out… the team ended up 2nd out of 19 countries, tied with Germany)


Shows and more By the time this article is printed, our West Coast Summer Classic will be a fond memory. Look for results in next month’s news. Now is the time to start thinking ahead to 2019… what you want to see for shows, dates and more. Also, we will need a lot of help and volunteers going forward for LMQHA to be a success. So we encourage you to consider being an integral part of the club’s future. As a non-profit, we are completely volunteer-based and only work if we have a strong community of support making it the best it can be.


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


s the Summer of 2018 flies by, so does the Show Season. Hard to believe, but we only have 2 shows left in the year; August 12 and then September 23. Trail will be the Stakes class in August. September will have all 3 Stakes, English, Western and Trail. We are gathering trophies for our September show, so if you have any extra kicking around, let us know at AERCcanada@gmail. com. Remember to get your volunteer hours in. You need these to qualify for our year-end awards. There is something for everyone to help with. Club meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month and everyone is welcome to attend. Join us at 7 pm at the Chamber of Commerce building in Armstrong. Updates are on Facebook and our web site www.

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Some of our riders at the June 3 show

The Back Country Horsemen of BC

Here is the Good News! BCHBC Trail Projects for 2018


he Back Country Horsemen Society of BC is pleased to announce our Chapter’s trail projects for 2018. BCHBC has a Trail Grant program that our regional Chapters can apply for funding to help them re-open and maintain trails, staging areas and campgrounds on public lands for equestrian use. (It should be noted that these trails are also hiking and some mtn biking, x-country skiing and snow shoeing trails in winter. Some equestrian trails are also shared with motorized). Providing a small grant helps our Chapters secure larger funds from other sources… seed money is the term. Here are the successful applicants for 2018: North Thompson Chapter: $1,500 for Skull Mountain Rehabilitation Project. This is a provincially designated Wildlife Management Area and is used for non-motorized recreation only. It is located across the North Thompson River from Barriere, north of Kamloops. The area was burned by wild fire in 2003. Back Country Horsemen have participated in many projects to re-open the trails here and build a horse camp called ‘Fishtrap Creek’. The 2018 project continues this work. More information at www. Yarrow Chapter:  $1,000 for Stave West Corral Project. Located in the newly formed Stave West Recreation Area between Mission and Maple Ridge in the Lower Mainland. RSTBC (Recreation Sites and Trails BC) have built a 10-site equestrian campground. Yarrow and Aldergrove BCHBC Chapters, with the Mission Horse Club, Haney Horsemen and Vintage Riders have raised funds, purchased materials and will construct 20 corrals with volunteer labour. More info at https://   North Cariboo Chapter: $1,500 for COTT (Collins Overland Telegraph Trail) Goose Lake~Blackwater River Project. The portion of the trail the North Cariboo Chapter is working on is located near Quesnel. The Collins Overland Telegraph Trail (sometimes just called the Telegraph Trail) was an ambitious project to try to link Europe with North America via long distance communication (Morse Code). Trail work started in 1864 but was abandoned as a failure in 1867 when a cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic. It is now considered a successful failure because of the many benefits the exploration of the area brought to the region. North Cariboo Chapter is continuing its work this year with new information kiosks, bridge repairs and more clearing. Google: Collins Overland Trail for more info; there is so much interesting info on this historic trail.  

Aldergrove Chapter: $2,500 for The South Langley Regional Trail (Completion 264th St. to 272nd St.) Project. This is the trail we in the lower mainland have all been waiting for! It will connect 2 Regional Parks: Campbell Valley and Aldergrove Lake. Both used extensively by trail riders, hikers and bikers. Aldergrove Chapter will be using the funding for gravel and other materials to help complete this last section. Alberni Valley Chapter: $500 for Alberni Valley Log Train Signage Project. The Log Train Trail is near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. Old train track beds make excellent horse, hiking and biking trails! It is largely due to equestrian groups that this historic track has been opened and preserved. It was originally built in the early 1900’s to bring logs to the Bainbridge Mill. Alberni Valley Chapter will be improving directional, interpretive and courtesy signage along the route. Many, if not all of these projects are also being funded by Horse Council BC’s BC Equestrian Trails Fund. BCHBC would like to express their appreciation and thanks for their support of BC’s recreational trail rider. Remember to leave only hoofprints and take only memories… or pictures! Happy Trails from Back Country Horsemen of BC.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

August 2018


BC Rodeo Association


2018 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE Aug 10-12 Aug 11-12 Aug 18-19 Aug 18-19 Aug 24-25 Aug 31 Sept 1-3

Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Whispering Pines, Kamloops **NEW** Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo ~ ***CANCELLED*** Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Great West Equipment Wildcard Rodeo BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere

CHILLIWACK RODEO – August 10-12 Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo brings you the annual Chilliwack Rodeo with lots of rodeo action from bull riding to barrel racing. Watch all the cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money and year end standing points. Take in all the great fair events & rodeo and be sure to stay for the entertainment Saturday night. For more info WHISPERING PINES RODEO, KAMLOOPS – August 11-12 **NEW** Join us just outside of Kamloops for lots of rodeo action including a specialty event, Ranch Bronc Riding. This Rodeo is new to the BCRA for the 2018 season but this hard working committee has been hosting great successful annual rodeos for many years. For more info REDSTONE RODEO – August 18-19 Redstone Rodeo is brought to you by the Alexis Creek First Nations. The 4th Annual Jason Coutlee Memorial Mountain Race is held in conjunction with the Redstone Rodeo. This is a famous downhill race that you will want to see, along with trying some of their great bannock. Local entries are August 1-2 from 8:30 am-4 pm at 250-481-3335. For more info SMITHERS FALL FAIR & RODEO – August 24-25 Smithers Rodeo is brought to you by the hard working Smithers Rodeo Club & The Bulkley Valley Exhibition. Join us for lots of action from bull riding, novice bareback and saddle bronc riding to the cute peewee barrel racers, along with cow milking and wild horse racing. Check out the fall fair that is in conjunction with the rodeo, along with all the carnival rides. New is a $10,000 added Bareback Riding on Thursday evening and a BRC Bull Riding on Sunday afternoon. Local entries are Aug 11 from 8 am-8 pm at 250-847-3816. For more info WILDCARD RODEO, BARRIERE – August 31 New this year is the Great West Equipment Wildcard Rodeo hosted by the BCRA! We are excited for this last chance ride-off for BCRA competitors to make the BCRA Polaris Championship Finals on September 1-3 in Barriere at the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo. See for more details!

WildCard Rodeo SPONSOR:


Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake

RUBY SPONSORS: JD KNIVES & CUSTOM WORKS West Fraser Truckers Association






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

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Patti Gerhardi 250-961-9667, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 10/18




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

Contact: • Website:

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 3/19 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19

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


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 3/19



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

Info on clinics and events at

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 3/19

8/18 6/16

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

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.


Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

10/16 12/18


BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 2/19 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 11/18 5/19


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

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


BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19


KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 8/19 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 8/19

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


PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19 August 2018


Clubs & Associations WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19


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


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

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 8/18

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

Nancy Roman

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

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2018/2019 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


1 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #5, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 2-5 ROCKIN’ RIVER MUSICFEST, Merritt BC, tickets and info 2-15 INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, 4 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50/75, Cariboo Gold Rush Express, 100 Mile House BC, Nicola 250-791-6331,, 4-5 BCCHA Jackpot Cutting, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC, contact Kathi 250-819-5974 4-5 POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT CLINIC w/ Shawna Karrasch, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Kristen 403-597-5928, 4-5 DRESSAGE TRAINING DAY/WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW IV, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, 6-Sep 14 EDMONTON, AB, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT 10-12 2018 WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW, Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County AB, all forms at 10-13 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Sylvergrove Horse Park, Smithers BC, Ellen 250-877-9639, 11-12 BCTCPA Homer Alexis Memorial Show, Falkland BC, 11-12 BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Lumby BC, 12 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 12 SCEA LAZY B GYMKHANA SERIES #2, 10 am, Watch Lake/Green Lake Riding Grounds, Hansi Thomson 778-378-0460, 13-17 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, (Classical Dressage & Western Dressage), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 15 LRS BARREL RACE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC, 17-19 BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Southlands, Vancouver BC, 17-19 CAMPBELL VALLEY HORSE TRIALS, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Carol McDonald 604-534-1676, 18 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Skimikin Lake, Tappen BC, Shawnee Venables 250-517-0602,, 18 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, 18-19 IRWIN INSIGHTS CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Chris Irwin, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 18-19 MILES KINGDON CLINIC (Developing the Stock Horse), 7 Half Diamond Ranch, Merritt BC, email 18-19 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 19 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC,,  21 WTBOA SUMMER YEARLING & MIXED SALE, Emerald Downs Racetrack, Auburn WA, Susan 253-288-7896, 22-Sep 3 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW AT PNE, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581 23-24 SCEA MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Lone Butte BC, Cat Armitage 250-644-4388, 24-25 RISING STARS DRESSAGE, Chilliwack BC, see us on Facebook 24-26 DESERT SANDS MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Vernon Riding Club, Vernon BC, Dawn 250-808-0738,, Damarhe Training on FB 25 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, 26 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari, 26 PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, 28 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #6, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 29-Sep 2 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE, Armstrong BC, 31-Sep 1 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/GlennStewart (Advanced Stage 1 clinic), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494,

THE CANADIAN EVENT (fun show for all easy-gaited breeds), Almond Arena, Ponoka AB, see or for more info NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/GlennStewart (Advanced Workshop clinic), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 10 Day Camp, (CD & WD, Vaquero/Reining, WE & Trail, SEAT, video analysis) TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Camp 2, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, 1-888-533-4353, JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, 1447 Airport Way, Revelstoke BC, Kim 250-814-1007, THE GLOW SLOT (BARREL) RACE, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Hailey 778-242-4482, DRESSAGE RIDE THE TEST SCHOOLING w/Lillian Evaniew-Phelan (Eng/ West), Grand Forks BC, Wendy Price MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Sagewood Mountain Trail Course, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer DRESSAGE SHOW Judge: Lillian Evaniew-Phelan (Eng/West), Grand Forks BC, Wendy Price 55+ BC GAMES (Equestrian), RDEK Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds, Kimberley/ Cranbrook, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Camp 4 (Full), James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, 1-888-533-4353, BCCTRA COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Levels 1,2,3, Trapping Creek Trails, Beaverdell BC, Myrna 250-317-8347,, POKER RIDE (Find the Golden Horseshoe), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW #5, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Janeen 604-855-1152, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-9001, GYPSY VANNER HORSE SHOW, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, (Details TBA) BCTCPA Finals, Armstrong BC, CALGARY (Priddis), AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course,  Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 2-PHASE EVENT (Dressage and X-Country), Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Val 604-534-8316, LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, BDRC SHOW, Barriere BC, ENDURANCE RIDE /COMPETITIVE TRAIL 25/50/CTR, Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel 250-213-9817,, LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari, CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #7, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Horsemanship & more, Kelowna BC (Friday night demo 6:30pm), Paul 250-317-7725, 22-23 CARIBOO TRAILS BACK TO BACK FIELD TRIALS at Huber Farm, 70 Mile House, Karyn 250-456-7404, 22-28 REGINA, SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 23 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 25-26 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069,  27-30 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 28-29 FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 28-30 EXPLORING EQUINE HEALTH (The Big Picture Beyond Traditions) w/Tomas Teskey DVM, Vernon BC,

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SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE SHOW, Barnhartvale BC, ENDURANCE RIDE 2-DAY 12/25/50/100, Last Chance Mountain, Westbank BC, Brittany Linnett 778-829-3433,,

Dates continued at August 2018


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


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

arena maintenance 8/19


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch


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



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

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 12/18








Supplements For Horses 2/19

EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 6/19

DEADline 5th of each month

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

1-866-820-7603 • ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed

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Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES


adventure | riding | hiking

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




VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 5/19

Your Partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance 8/19


Get coverage today!

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

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!


We protect what we love.

31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

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




130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders, Best Prices in the Cariboo!

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Listing & Selling Equine and Residential Properties in the Central Okanagan Cell: 250-718-2761 or

Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations


Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •

8/19 11/18


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


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

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

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 8/18




CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/19 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, 6/19

Bring your own horse or ride ours!

affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs

2018 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE! 250-593-9807 8/19 7/18

DEADline 5th of each month August 2018


Business Services TRAINERS/coaches

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 5/19 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 4/19




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

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



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


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 6/19

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 4/19 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 6/19

Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or (Sorrento BC)



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

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 9/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 6/19

TOll free: 1-844-955-2445 or 780.955.2445



KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 3/19 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888, Sheila McDonald DVM and Tara Trimble DVM, 9/18

TRAINERS/coaches ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 10/18

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 6/19

BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19

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

BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIp (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19

Well pumps

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.



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

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC) See Damarhe Training on FB

8/18 7/17

DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 7/19

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 8/19 44 • August 2018


GENERATION PUMP CO. (Interior BC) 250-549-0780 Paul Moore Variable Speed Experts! 6/19

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OUTSTANDING COUNTRY ESTATE! 84 very private acres with outstanding views. Quality log home from the best! 39.5 acres in ALR + 44.5 acres NOT in ALR. Zoning allows 2 residences, 10 cabins, B&B, equestrian, tree farm, animals, Bed & Bales, camping. Trails allow access by ATVs, mountain bikes, horseback riding, hiking and snowmobile. Main house is set up for B&B or Bed&Bale. Plus cottage w/1 bedroom, bath, and loft, carport. Garage, gym, storage, and a heated workshop. 50 minutes to international airport. 150 Cooper Road, Lumby BC $$1,699,000 MLS® 10156329 Air Drone Footage: For more information CHRISTIANA PFEIFER – 250-306-5351 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd. Email:

COUNTRY ESTATE FOR HORSE LOVERS! 39.52 acres fenced, x-fenced, 52’x64’ barn w/electric overhead doors, 6 box stalls, tack room, spectacular view. Rancher w/fully finished walkout basement (possible in-law suite), 10’ ceilings, 100 gal/min well, 4-6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, family and games room. Attached double garage 23’x20’. New windows, heat pump, water softener, flooring, deck, digital water pump, newer appliances, high speed internet. Private location just 7 minutes from town/ fairgrounds. Two ponds. In ALR. 4580 Hallam Road, Armstrong BC $1,450,000 MLS® 10161899 Air Drone Footage: For more information CALL KELLIE PITTMAN - 250-804-9946 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd. Email:

HOBBY FARM OR RECREATIONAL PROPERTY? Private and picturesque 40 acre parcel at the base of the Monashees. Adjacent to Crown land for easy access to a playground of options – fishing, hunting, quadding, horseback riding, snowmobiling and hiking. Approximately 7 acres fenced for pasture, w/round pen, loafing shed, hay barn and tack room. Quaint 1 bedroom/1 bath cottage with power, wood heat, gravity fed well water, laundry hook up and septic. Mature landscaping and access to all that nature has to offer! Live here year-round or make it your recreational getaway! Only a 1/2 hour to Lumby, 50 minutes to Vernon. 221 Campbell Road, Cherryville BC Asking $399,999 For more information CALL OWNER 250-547-9017 Email:


16.5 ACRES - PRIVATE SETTING - IDEAL FOR HORSES! Located in the beautiful North Okanagan region. The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley is surrounded by many productive hobby farms. This private acreage is a fabulous set-up for horses, featuring a riding arena, 24’x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shelters, paddocks and covered hay storage. Property is fenced and cross-fenced, with heated water lines to pens and water troughs. Alfalfa field of 8+/- acres produces approximately 30 tons. Enjoy the farm and valley views from this cozy 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, ranch style log home. Property is zoned A2 for 2nd dwelling upon approval. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at TRISH GLAZIER 250-558-9598 VantageOne Realty Inc.

4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $889,000 MLS® 10148779/10148818

HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc.

LOVE HORSES?! THIS 6 ACRE ESTATE IS FOR YOU! Custom built main house w/2 separate living areas. Main floor residence has 9’ ceilings, 2 spacious bedrooms, gas fireplace and custom country kitchen w/solid maple cabinets. Kitchen and bath have heated floors, bathroom w/custom tiled shower and soaker tub. Take a private separate entrance up to the second floor with 2 or 3 bedrooms, an open concept oak kitchen w/island and doors to 2 concrete decks. There is an amazing 84’x165’ indoor riding arena, workshop, and greenhouses. Main barn w/6 stalls, 2 tack rooms and insulated hayloft. 4737 Gordon Road, Campbell River BC $1,299,800 MLS® 441821 For more information CALL PAUL STAPLEY – REALTOR 250-286-1877 RealPro Real Estate Services Email: Web site: 10/18

STUNNING 28 ACRE PROPERTY SET UP FOR HORSES Incredible custom built home features a bright and open layout w/vaulted ceilings and large granite island in the kitchen. Master bedroom w/large windows, and ensuite w/shower and soaker tub. There is a 1 bedroom mortgage helper with separate entrance leading to the garden. Double carport, 46’x80’ barn/shop, 50’ riding ring, 24’x28’ barn, 80’x180’ riding arena and various outbuildings for storage. Double garage/workshop, tack room, wash bay and 5 separate horse stalls, machine storage and 3-bay hay storage with 15’ ceilings. Extensive horse paddocks throughout the property w/ electric fencing and a 3 acre hay field. Park-like trails throughout and Gardom Lake is across the road for fishing/swimming. 800 Gardom Lake Road, Enderby BC $1,159,000 MLS® 10150368 For more information CALL TRACY LAURIENTE Re/Max Vernon 250-540-4143 or 250-549-4161 |

YOUR PARADISE IS WAITING Log home on 45 acres w/25 acres pasture, fenced and x-fenced hillside property, remainder trees. The 3 bedroom/2 bath home offers stunning valley and mountain views. 2 barns, chicken coop, outside hot-tub-area, Finnish-sauna w/wood stove and other outbuildings for your machinery. Plenty of room for your animals. 6 heated livestock waterers in fields. Approximately 7 acres in hay fields. Water license. Come home to a comfortable log home w/ new kitchen, open floorplan, master-bedroom and ensuite, main bath w/walk-in shower. 198 Bluenose Rd, Vernon/Lavington BC $919,000 MLS® 10141870 For more information INGRID BERGER - CALL OR TEXT 250-706-7215 Royal LePage Downtown Realty Vernon Email:


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