Saddle Up August, 2022

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From the Editor…


HCBC 2010 Business of The Year 2014 A/S Chamber President’s Choice Award Publisher/Editor Nancy Roman MAIN OFFICE TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922


adly, the fire season has started… in Yukon, and now again in Lytton BC (the town burned to the ground last summer). Our hearts go out to all those affected. A reminder to our readers Horse Council BC offers their Animal Disaster Relief Fund helping those in need from acts of nature. And/or you can donate to the fund for future emergencies – see their web site. It is nice to see (and hear about) all the horse events happening out there – you can tell horse folks are really happy to be up in the saddle once again! And if your horse club has some events coming up… do let us know… our What’s Happening? Let’s Go! page lists all events for FREE! In print AND on our web site.

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This year’s Rocking Heart Ranch Colt Starting Challenge is quite the mix of trainers with numerous new trainers competing against some returnees.

The 90-day Challenge will feature trainers from all over Western Canada including newcomers: Austin Dow (Dow Ranch Performance Horses), Dakota Burnett (Burnett Performance Horses), Talon Phillips (Fox Tail Equine), Travis Beaton (Rafter Diamond Equine), Anya Kuziw (Dunright Equine), and Iris Altermatt. They will be holding returning competitors; Kyle Fisher (KF Performance Horses), Jake Kruideinier (JK Performance Horses), Trevor Mertes (Horses That Work), Kayla Zielke (Eclipse Equine), and Carola Sossdorf (ProHorse Training) to a high standard. Besides new trainers, there have also been a few changes Carola & Reba

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made to the Challenge this year. Instead of each trainer spending 60 days with their horse, they have had 90 days! This will help ensure that the foundational training is locked in, and they are ready to start their next chapter. This year’s showcase includes a 4-year-old horse “Oakley” ridden by Ali Massie, returning champion from Buckskin Ali Horsemanship, as well as a few 2-year-old horses that have had a light start on them of 30 days. All trainers will be on-site and ready to chat, so we invite you to join us on September 10 at Rocking Heart Ranch near Waterton. Trevor & Emmy Lou



Dear Editor…

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

Dear Editor:


i Nancy, it's been a while (-: I am contacting Saddle Up regarding a new registration rule applied to APHA foals. APHA stallions and mares both must be DNA'd as of this year to register the foal. I submitted the registration application for my first 2022 foal, on-line, last week. My credit card was charged $188.34 for one, under three month old foal. I called APHA to inform them that an error had been made and they charged me twice for the mare DNA. I knew I'd have to DNA her as she was not done yet, but they charged me for 2 kits. The January 2022 ruling, voted on by APHA members is that all foals must be DNA'd before they can be registered. This means $60 US paid up front to APHA, along with $25 for registration, then the DNA kit is sent to the breeder who fills out the forms,

pulls the hair and sends the kit to University of California for testing. This ruling is so unfair to breeders, keeping in mind that all breeders are members - not all members are breeders. This should have been voted on by the breeders only. The sire and dam already have their DNA on file; the foal can be done any time in the future. The breeder should not be responsible for this extra time and cost.

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I am a lifetime member of AQHA and APHA and have been breeding registered horses for over 40 years. Because of this ruling I will now be registering my colour foals as Pinto and will supply the buyer with the registration application for the APHA if the buyer chooses to do that. The solid foals don't qualify for Pinto so will not be registered. I went on-line just to see how many horses I've registered over the years... I didn't even get to that because, apparently, I am still the registered owner of 185 head. These are horses I've sold over the years whose owners just never transferred them. The majority of horse owners don't care about papers, those of us who are breeding do, and for $25 US I register every foal, solid or paint. Not anymore. I am so disappointed with this ruling. I've put many years into bloodlines, breeding, etc. and feel a huge loss with this basically redundant foal DNA requirement. With the sire and dam already on file why can't the foal be done at a future date if their DNA is necessary? Geldings will never breed so why even do them? This should be the current owner’s decision. If a colt turns out to be stallion material at some future date, then DNA him. If someone has a mare for years then decides to breed her, DNA her then. Some people may think 'it's only $60' but it's not when you have more than one mare. I've owned and bred up to 30 mares per season in the past, have 5 bred for next spring. This will be a $500 bill to register these 5 foals. It's just too much. I am one of the only breeders in my area, so haven't spoken to many others, but I feel they are having to make some tough decisions as well. APHA informed me that they are doing this 'to maintain the integrity of the breed.' There is nothing to maintain if the horses don't get registered. Thanks for your time and bye for now. - Granny Quintal, Diamond Willow Paint & Quarter Horses, Oliver BC

Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition is BACK!

“We are so happy to be able to present an entertainment program which truly signals the return of the annual Fair as we knew it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says President and CEO Shelley Frost. “This will be a year of incredible celebration.”


rom August 20 to September 5… prepare to be entertained by the Stars of the Peking Acrobats, SuperDogs, Flying Fools High Dive Show, BCAA ToonCity shows, Dueling Pianos, Electric Fire, For the Love of Drag tribute show, Coca-Cola Stage bands, and the return of Summer Night Concerts on the GMC Stage at the PNE Amphitheatre. This year, we are also proud to bring back the Pacific Spirit Horse Show running from August 24 to September 5. Showcasing various disciplines of equestrian sport, the Pacific Spirit Horse Show offers a blend of entertainment and competition in the Agrodome during the annual PNE Fair. Shows change daily, so please make sure to check what shows are featured on the days you visit the Fair! Events include Draft Team Demonstrations and Drill Team Performances, Extreme Trail, Eventing, and Jumping Competitions. Plus daily exciting horse activities! Learn more at

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Can a Horse Smell Your AT TITUDE? By Glenn Stewart

Our annual Extreme Horsemanship competition and clinic was held one summer years back at the end of June. It was well-attended with the 4-H club joining us and trying out a junior course for the first time in the morning before lunch. The more advanced course was in the afternoon followed by a tug of war and an egg and spoon race done by standing on the back of a wagon pulled by a team of Percherons. After that, we had a potluck supper, chili cook-off and a dance.


he day before was what we call the Competition Clinic where I explained to the participants how the competition works, how to get points, and help them prepare a bit for the competition the following day. This year I managed to get Mark Grafton, a wellknown horseman, to do the judging of both competitions. Mark and his wife Laura joined us at the ranch a few days before the competition. He brought two young horses he wanted to get started and to be able to ride together before the event started. I was really looking forward to having them join me at the Horse Ranch. While I hadn’t known them long or very well, I had a feeling they might be my type of people and had a lot of horse experience and knowledge to share with me and my students. My radar was right on track. Mark and Laura have been cattle ranchers for 30 some years. Mark has been starting colts and dealing with all the tough horses his father could find since he was a kid. I believe he was working with the tough ones when he was 9 years old. His father would bring home any horse that other people couldn’t deal with and give it to his two boys and tell them to get to work. Mark’s father was a trainer for the cavalry and trained the last cavalry horses that actually went into battle. Amazing really to stop and think about. Getting people and horses ready to go into battle. The training had to be incredible to train horses to go into that type of situation. That’s another story in itself. I asked Mark if he would mind sharing some of his thoughts about horses and horsemanship as he worked with his colts in the 8 • AUGUST 2022


round pen. I was enjoying each day watching someone that was comfortable, skilled and efficient at their job. I’ve started over two thousand colts myself and I really appreciated this rare opportunity to hear and watch someone of Mark’s experience share his thoughts and techniques. I’m guessing that Mark has started that many or more horses and having Mark here was an incredible opportunity to learn something that you may never learn on your own. As the round pen session went on, Mark shared his thoughts and one in particular I had not heard before and had not thought about myself. It was like looking in a creek and seeing a big nugget of gold. I have since spent much time thinking about it. I guess before hitting the cowboy trail, Mark had spent time at University studying something to do with science and animals, smells, hormones and their ability to smell and how smells affected animals. I have long preached that a horse can sense our attitude and that a good attitude will go a long way with a horse. Mark added that he believes that they can smell our attitude or what we are feeling. He went on to say that horses have a keen sense of smell and I would definitely agree with that. They are always smelling the grass, the air, each other, objects and then there is always some kind of response after they have done their smelling. I’ve watched a gelding put his nose under the flank of a stallion and smell; watched them smell each other; watched stallions smell mares and walk away and, other times, stay right there. Mark believes, and I’m leaning strongly with him, that our attitude or thoughts which creates our attitude can be smelled by a horse. I have definitely seen the immediate difference in behaviour of a horse from one person to another at the same moment. We give off different smells if we are scared, mad, happy, angry, and so on. I was thinking about how, over the last 10 years or so, I have been getting more and more horses that seem to want to have their muzzles close to my face. Mark mentioned he also has horses that do the same thing and he believes they are smelling something they like. I had noticed a change over the years but just thought I was spending so much time with horses I was starting to smell like them. I hadn’t given it much thought until he brought it up.

I have long preached that a horse can sense our attitude and that a good attitude will go a long way with a horse. He told us a story about a horse that tried real hard to buck him off and the horse finally stopped and he rubbed the horse and said, “Thanks a lot. I really appreciate that.” His wife was standing there and asked, “Why did you thank that horse for bucking?” Mark said, “I was thanking him for stopping bucking.” Mark could have moaned and groaned, got mad and blamed the horse that was trying to buck him off; but instead, he watched his thoughts because they become your attitude and chose a positive, progressive viewpoint that just maybe that horse could smell. I like the way Mark thinks. It is really easy to look for things to complain about but maybe it makes you smell, “bad.” The thoughts and attitudes we have impact much more than we realize and can make for an enjoyable day or life or a miserable day or life. What lies before us or what lies behind us are small matters as to

Mark at The Horse Ranch 2016

what lies within us. Something to think about! A big thanks to my friends Mark and Laura for sharing their years of experience and knowledge. - Glenn Stewart

Glenn Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics, demonstrations, and colt starting sessions, and also offers Camps and a 3 month Horsemanship Course at his home The Horse Ranch, as well as the Horsemanship Learning Adventure Series; two completely different experiences, High & Wild in the Northern BC Rockies, and Working Equitation with Lusitanos in Brazil. He rides 30-60 client horses per year, including young horses, restarts, challenging horses, and foundation training. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)












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LET’S GET SIRIUS about Horse Trailers! Designed and manufactured in Osoyoos Canada (as well as the Netherlands), Sirius Horse Trailers offer safety, convenience, and design benefits. The Sirius development team consisting of professional riders and industry experts has come up with a new trailer concept, which is revolutionary in space, design, convenience and safety: the perfect transport solution for your horse.


ou easily recognize a Sirius trailer by its tough and streamlined modern design. Spaciousness, safety, versatility, convenience and design are distinguishing features of these horse trailers.

The Sirius advantage. • Your Sirius trailer is manufactured in Osoyoos BC and comes standard with a 5 year warranty. • Sirius horse trailers are the perfect combination of design and functionality. A weighted back makes your trailer much stronger than other brands. • Starting at 1,874 lbs empty weight, these full aluminum trailers are ultra-light and can easily be towed by a smaller truck or larger SUV. So no need for a big expensive truck and costly installation of a trailer brake control system in your towing vehicle as Sirius trailers come with hydraulic surge brakes. • Special negative air pressure windows eliminate draft on your horse’s eyes and the exhaust fumes from your car cannot enter the trailer from the front. Sirius Trailers come standard with a so-called ventilation chassis. • The door/ramp combination, left front escape door, removable divider and retractable jack wheel are only some of the many features on the Sirius horse trailers. • Depending on the model, some options are a split divider, tack room, front exit ramp and additional windows. The focus point of the design of a Sirius horse trailer is your horse’s experience during the transport/stay in a horse trailer. Being a flight animal, by nature a horse is moving its head and neck constantly. Can

he still do that while he is in the average trailer, often for hours? No, he can’t! The head of an average 16.3 hands horse can reach a height of about 8 feet, with both front legs on the ground. From the shoulder, the horse needs a space of about 36 inches at the front. A regular trailer, with an interior height of 6.5 feet provides insufficient headroom for most horses. It will therefore be forced to keep his head down and, because the roof is so close to his head (very sensitive for a horse), the horse will put his head down even more than he actually needs to. The net interior height/length used by the horse will therefore be 2-3" less. If, in addition to this, the horse does not have enough length in the trailer (39-43" measured from the shoulder), he will also be forced to bend his head to the inside, due to the sloping front of the trailer. Particularly during long trips, this position may lead to intense cramps, which may result in inferior performance and resistance during loading. There is no such thing as a trailer that is too big for a horse; however, there are many that are too small! The Sirius trailers have an interior height starting at 8 feet and an interior length of 134" X 136" X 193". With these dimensions, your horse will be able to comfortably stand in the trailer, even for a longer period. At this time only 2-horse trailers are available for sale in Canada. When purchasing a trailer, ask yourself: who am I buying this trailer for… myself or my horse? Choose Spaciousness, Quality, Comfort, and Safety. Choose Sirius! NIGHTS at Complimentary WINE & CHEESE kets to find your barn while trying on our blan on! mpi Cha your for fit t righ the

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Mounted Archery’s Most Essential Element: THE EQUINE PARTNER It is not a mystery that great mounted archers cannot do their jobs without great horses. It really does come down to the horse in this

sport – we can be the most accurate archer on the ground, or the strongest rider with a grasp on the reins, but if our horses are not

in tune with us and willing down the archery

track then we have nothing. Once you go into the track and drop your reins, you need to be able to trust your horse and concentrate on shooting your bow.


here is no worse feeling than picking up the canter at the start gate to find yourself flying down the lane too fast to shoot your arrow, or be trying so hard to keep your horse cantering that you can't focus on your shot. This is why the training you put in to build the relationship with your archery horse is of the utmost importance. It does not happen instantly between horse and rider, but with lots of patience and time the relationship between archer and equine can be one of the most rewarding connections. It starts from the moment you decide to do archery with your horse; you ask for their absolute trust in your decisions. You ask them to allow this entirely foreign action of a bow building tension and releasing an arrow from their most vulnerable space… on their back. Through years of training horses for mounted archery we have developed a step-by-step program to safely introduce horses to archery. We always start from the very basics, desensitizing the horse to the sounds of the arrows touching each other. Holding a handful of arrows, we rub them down their neck, back and even legs. We imagine every possible scenario that the horse may encounter an arrow’s movement, for example, accidentally falling from the quiver or tapping them on the croup. Horses need to become familiar with the arrow’s touch on all parts of their bodies. Then, progressing forward, we desensitize them to the bow, lightly twanging the string to allow the horse to feel the vibration and energy of the bow. Following this, we slowly bring up their confidence until they are quiet and calm with us shooting around them, and then find a ground person to hold the horse while the rider shoots from their back. Rushing these steps almost always creates a tense or spooky horse. It’s why we never move to the next step until the horse has found relaxation and totally accepts the stage it is at. A horse that thinks archery is boringly inconsequential has the ideal disposition. You may be wondering what kind of horse you’d need to go out and purchase to get started in this sport. Luckily there is no single breed that is naturally adept – everything is in the attitude, which can be trained. I have personally witnessed horses of every breed not only do well, but be absolute superstars in the archery lane. Our biggest obstacle to members’ progression into the next 12 12 •• AUGUST AUGUST 2022 2022


Horses from left to right: a wildie, a quarter horse, a gypsey vanner, an icelandic pony, a mustang, a thoroughbred, and another wildie. stages is their worry that their horse may not ‘be good enough for archery’ or ‘be too spooky.’ However, I truly believe with the right approach, any horse can be a phenomenal archery horse. For example, I personally have ridden everything from arabians, wildies, quarter horses, and thoroughbreds down the lane with great success. I know of a young 4-year-old warmblood in Alberta who loves to do archery, as well as a number of draft horses and cobs who have succeeded amazingly. We have even had mules and the occasional donkey show up and prove to us all that it’s not about what breed you have, but rather it is about the training and time you spend developing that equine. Naturally, embarking on this journey alone can be intimidating and uncertain. That is why connecting with a community of helpful, experienced horse archers who have gone through the same apprehensions and growing pains is so important. If you have a willingness to face these challenges and a desire to reap the rewards for overcoming them, Okanagan Khanate Mounted Archery is here to help. So saddle up already and let’s ride! (See their listing on our Clubs & Associations page)

Interior Provincial Exhibition Celebrating 121 Years!


Long term preparation is well underway at the Interior Provincial Exhibition, and we are delighted once again to host the largest agricultural fair of BC August 31- September 4, 2022, in Armstrong.

ach of the 21 divisions of exhibits, including Beef, Dairy, Goats, Sheep, Light horses, Miniature horses, as well as the Heavy horses have been working and planning for exhibitors to showcase their best to the spectators attending the fair. There are music stages with local entertainment, a grand parade, Miniature Horse Chuck Wagon races, multiple children's events, and 4-H demonstrations. Plus… food cooking competitions, local artisans and breweries. And that's not all... The IPE is also part of the CPRA tour finals performing in the evening rodeo. Our light horse director, Kelly Kennedy, has some exciting additions to the 5-day horse show including buckles and coolers made possible with new sponsors for the finalists of the show. Todd Bailey from Ridgetown Ontario is the official Judge for the show. And there is $30,000 added prize money! Returning is the ever-popular extreme Cowboy Challenge with Trevor Mertes (Horses That Work) with additional classes for the exhibitors to enter. Walk Trot/Jog divisions have also been added to the program. The English Hack division, Western Pleasure Ranch horse, and Driving classes are all part of the exhibits for the light horse show. The Heavy Horse division has $25,000 added prize money, and the Judge will be Rob Fargo from Kennedy Saskatchewan. The draft horse division will have representation of the large horses including Belgians, Percherons, and Clydesdales. Cart and an assortment of hitch classes will be in the program in Ring #1 during the 5 days. The Log Skid and Heavy Horse Pull will also return for the spectators to cheer on their favourite teams. Braiding and Harnessing demonstrations have been added to the program. For further information & details please contact: or The Prize list is online at Follow us on Facebook @ IPE Lighthorse show. Or you can call the office at 250-546-9406. See you at the Fair! AUGUST 2022


IN THE Driver’s Seat


Photo 2 - Getting comfortable following the cart Photo 1 - Meeting the cart for the first time

Whether it has taken you a few months or a lot longer, the methodical, careful foundations you’ve put into place have led you to this point – the introduction of the cart. As with the other work we’ve undertaken so far, the first hitching is only done after your horse is completely comfortable and unconcerned with the steps leading up to it. Be sure to remind your horse of his previous lessons – pulling a tire and wearing the green poles – as you warm up for today’s big event.


hile the other exercises have benefited from the help of one assistant, today’s work requires two competent and knowledgeable helpers. At least one person should be an experienced driver who can oversee the process, so now is the time to elicit the help of a driving coach or trainer. All involved should be wearing helmets, gloves and appropriate footwear. Ideally, the first hitching should take place in a secure, enclosed work area with minimal distractions – hopefully somewhere your horse is familiar with and comfortable working in. While eventually you will expect your horse to work most anywhere, setting the stage for success for the first few hitches is wise. If you’ve been working in an open (regular) bridle for all of the previous steps, continue to do so for today’s lesson. At some point you will likely move to a blinkered bridle, but if your horse is comfortable with the prior exercises without blinkers, you can take your time doing so. For this lesson, fit a halter over your bridle (or under if it is made to do so). The first steps in hitching will sound familiar to those of you who have been following this series. With your horse in full harness, allow him to examine the cart (Photo 1). I use a very lightweight jog cart for the first hitching; however, any safe two-wheeled cart can be used. Once he’s had a look at the cart, have your helper pull it around him in a wide circle, just as you did with the tire and the poles. Watch your horse carefully for signs of relaxation with this exercise. Moving on with the usual routine, ground drive your horse behind the cart as it is pulled around by one of your helpers (Photo 2), then work with the cart to both sides and finally behind your horse. Stop and start frequently, and have your helper occasionally drop the shafts onto the ground to gauge your horse’s reaction. If your horse is showing any concern with these latest steps,

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continue working on them until he is relaxed. If he’s ready to move on, gather two leadlines and your second helper. With your helpers positioned on either side of your horse and holding a leadline each (attached to either side of the halter), bring the cart shafts up and forward. Make sure to lift the shafts high enough that the tips clear the hindquarters (Photo 3). Ease the shafts down to the level of the shaft loops, hold them in place for a few moments then lift them back up and push the cart back away from your horse. Repeat this several times to check your horse’s level of comfort. If all is well, you can push the shaft tips through the shaft loops and with your helpers holding the tips (to prevent the shafts from sliding out) ask your horse to walk forward in a straight line. Watch him carefully for any signs of nervousness and be prepared to stop and remove the cart should he be overly worried. Some interest in this new experience is just fine though – he may well be curious about the process. At this point, you may wish to do a few laps of your work area, changing direction once or twice and ensuring any turns are very gradual and gentle. Stop on a good note - you’ve accomplished a great deal to get to this point so be happy with this progress. In subsequent work sessions, you will increase the time you spend walking with the cart shafts through the loops. Your helpers, though they’ll be holding the leadlines, will not be directing your horse; you will be doing so through the lines and they will simply be there to reassure your horse and assist if needed. After a few sessions, one helper is probably enough if your horse is comfortable with the work (Photo 4). Expect to spend at least 3 to 4 more sessions working on this stage of training. For the final step – actually hitching your horse to the cart and driving him – you are best to hand over the lines to a coach, trainer or

Introducing Your Horse to Driving – Part 7

Photo 3 - Once the shafts are passed through the shaft loops, the lines must be in the driver's hands

Photo 4 - Using 2 assistants is preferable for the first few times the horse walks around with the shafts through the shaft loops

experienced driver, unless you are a seasoned driver yourself. Ensuring the harness is correctly adjusted and attached to the cart safely requires “hands on” to be sure things go smoothly. Congratulations! By paying attention to how your horse moved through the training process and only progressing when he was ready, you’ve now got a driving partner that is relaxed, happy and well on his way to a long, safe driving career.

Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients.

Safe Driving!

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PRESSURE, It’s Only Natural

“It takes pressure for relief to be effective, and relief for pressure to be effective.” - Martin Black This is the quote that has offered the most value for me in a succinct little package. It sounds simple, but the proper application of pressure takes a lifetime of refinement to get really effective at.


artin Black, a horseman from Idaho who I take virtual lessons from, and have studied his work extensively, is masterful at using pressure. He only uses as much pressure as it takes to clearly communicate his ask of the horse, but always as little as possible. Martin fully understands how subtle of communication the horse can pick up on, and based on this understanding, has learned to apply and release pressure with excellent feel and timing. I see horses really appreciate Martin’s honed skills, as he is clear and fair. Glenn Stewart, another accomplished horseman and mentor of mine, also wrote a great article in this very magazine that relates well to this topic of pressure in horsemanship. He had a creative way of helping readers understand the horse’s point of view. He gave a metaphor that explained how all relief and no pressure with horses can be ineffective, and not really feel like relief at all. Glenn’s metaphor was “if you offer a piece of pie to someone that just finished supper, ate too much and has already had two pieces of pie and you offer them more, it doesn’t have the value as it would to someone that hasn’t had any pie for months and is still hungry from supper.” (Excerpt from Glenn Stewart’s “A Reason to Care… Physically and Mentally Stimulating Horses” article Saddle Up November 2021 issue). This metaphor gives us a concrete mental picture that we can relate to; how to time a release so that it actually has the value we intend. Another great saying, from another great horseman, is “Does what you are doing have meaning to the horse, or is it all Vanilla?!” That is something Jonathan Field (another mentor of mine) often would say. What I believe he meant by this is are you nagging, or keeping the pressure at a detectable, but ineffective level, so that the horse just learns to tune you out, and is only irritated by your aids, or, are you getting in, getting the message across, and getting out. The horse, I have learned would much prefer the latter. The last memorable metaphor I would like to share with you is from a friend and mentor of mine, Miles Kingdon. Miles gives the example of a teacher who drones on and on, talking and talking, until you don’t hear anything he is saying, and you just tune him out. Like a fly buzzing in your ear he says, after a while you become desensitized and don’t hear it. But, if a teacher were to only say what is absolutely helpful and timely, you hang on every word, like it is life’s bread. The reason I am sharing this example is it relates strongly to the person who will apply pressure, but again, at a level that is not effective, so eventually, like the droning teacher, gets tuned out by the horse. Now folks, that may seem like I just did a whole lot of name dropping, and I sure did! However, it was all for your benefit, those were all tremendously useful and pivotal moments in my understanding of the proper use of pressure with horses. You see, what it all boils down to, is these horsemen, through experience, understand the very nature of a 16 • AUGUST 2022


horse. If you observe any group of horses interacting, you will notice they use pressure. That is how horses communicate, through the application and release of pressure. Think of the less dominant horse standing at the water trough on a hot day. He is having a long, cool slurp when a horse higher ranking in the herd comes along. The more dominant horse gives him a look as he approaches the trough that says “clear off buddy.” Picture this as the first level of pressure. This is similar to us having a clear intention to do something with a horse, and lifting our energy, eyes and focus towards the horse we plan on communicating with. Next, the dominant horse, if he doesn’t get the less dominant horse to move after his menacing look, will usually kind of bunt his head towards the horse he wants to move, and pin his ears. Picture this as the second stage of pressure, no physical contact has been made, but there is a clear gesture. This would be like us now adding to our clear intention, a motion with our hand on the rope, directing the horse in the direction we want. Next, if the less dominant fellow still hasn’t got the idea, the dominant horse may now reach out to bite or kick the horse who is still standing in the way at the trough. This is when we may have to lift our stick and string, or tail of our rope and eventually make contact if necessary. The key here is… AS SOON AS we get a change, towards what we are asking, RELEASE!! It is as they say the release that teaches! So, if we want our horse to learn what the right answer is, we need to back off the pressure and let him find comfort within our ask. That way it becomes a sweet spot, and he understands, this is the right answer. So, as you have heard many times before I am sure, clear communication boils down to feel and timing. Using pressure, with good feel and timing is the goal. I hope this has shone some light on the topic of pressure in relation to communicating with horses. Pressure if applied with feel and timing, is a communication style that is natural to the horse. I hope to see you soon at one of my clinics and we can further expand on the pressure conversation. Until then, happy trails friends.  Elisha Bradburn and her husband, Clay, own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for clinics, expos, demonstrations and speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS) AUGUST 2022


NOTRA is ON THE MOVE! By Anna Scott, Program Director

The North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding

Association is excited to announce that we

will be making a permanent move to the BX Area of Vernon BC!

NOTRA is so grateful for the wonderful 30+ years the O’Keefe Ranch has had us on their


property and the many special memories created there.

t is now time for a new adventure and we are excited to have found a location where we can work towards a year-round operation and newly expanding programs! We need help getting set up at our new place! There is lots to be done before Fall Sessions start including putting in fencing, levelling a spot for our new arena, landscaping, building, packing and moving, clearing land and a million other odd jobs… so let us know if you and your friends are available to lend a hand! Other volunteer opportunities include general help around the ranch, lead walkers, fundraising committee or serving on the board of directors. Alongside our regular Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Sessions for people with diverse abilities offered this fall, we will be adding Therapeutic Cart Driving, Adaptive Vaulting, Equine Assisted Learning, Seniors Visitation, and our new Hug-A-Horse program! Hug-A-Horse is a new equine program offering the opportunity to experience the calming presence of a horse; free of judgement or expectation and is available now! Subsidized rates are available for

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all our programs for low income families. Find out more about NOTRA's programs and register online at In other news, we have decided to hold off our Ride-A-Thon until September 2023, however, we hope you will join us for our Fall Kick Off BBQ and Open House on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at our new location 6102 Star Road in Vernon! We will also be having a Bottle Drive on Saturday/ Sunday August 5-6, 2022 at our new location. If you cannot make it on those dates, you can donate your empties to any Express Return-It location by printing off a tag using our phone number 250-549-0105! We have big dreams and we need your help to bring the therapeutic benefits of being with, and riding, horses to the North Okanagan! Get involved today by emailing us at and see how you can make a difference in your community. Like to chat in person? Visit us at our booth at the IPE in Armstrong and let's figure out how we can partner together!

55+ BC GAMES - “Meet the Moment” By Jocelyn Adams, HCBC Communications

Don’t miss out on attending this fun, low key, inviting opportunity to compete and of course socialize with Equestrian friends from around the province!


oin us for 4 fun-filled days of Equestrian Competition at the Saanich Fair Grounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Rd in Saanichton BC

Events for the 2022 55+ Games will include: Arena Driving Trial Dressage Western Dressage and 2 new events – Working Hunter and Working Equitation

We are very pleased to announce: Cara Whitham, EC SS, FEI 3, FEI 4, will be judging the Dressage and Western Dressage Competition at the 2022 55+ Games in Victoria! This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy fun, lower level competition and be judged by one of Canada’s highly regarded Dressage Judges. For the first time 55+ is offering a 2’3” Working Hunter Division: This is a fun low-key division where you can jump around friendly, easy 2’3” Hunter Courses, including a Derby and a Handy Hunter. Judge: HCBC Sr and EC Sr Status Hunter Judge, Phyllis Attril Courses by Victoria’s own HCBC Sr and EC SR Status Course Designer: Peter Holmes Working Equitation will be judged by: Kim Voss Kim received her EC Medium Dressage judges' qualification in 2016. Before that she was a Medium Dressage judge in her home country The Netherlands. Currently enrolled in the Working Equitation Canada's LOP program, she is looking at being a licensed WECan judge before the end of the year. Arena Driving Trial Judge will be announced soon!

2019 Games Winners, Kelowna BC For more information contact your 55+ Games Discipline Rep. Please Note: Registration is now closed, but be on the lookout for more BC 55+ Games News! Information can be found on the HCBC website competitions/55-bc-games/ Or the 55+ Games website Getting to the 55+ Games: Horse Trailers Qualify for BC Ferries Commercial Savers Fares Commercial Saver fares from $4.71 per foot (33% off), including a FREE reservation are available on select less busy sailings between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island for travel between June 15 and October 12, 2022. Saver fares must be booked and paid for online in advance with a credit card, TC and deferred payment are not accepted. Promotion is applicable for commercial vehicles over 5,500 kg registered GVW (no buses or vehicles over 9 feet wide). More Information on the BC Ferries Website.



In one of our courses, a member asked a question about crookedness. She wanted to know which exercises to ride on the hollow side and the stiffer side to combat the symptoms of crookedness.


By Dr. Thomas Ritter, here is unfortunately not a simple, straightforward answer to this because crookedness leads to imbalance on several different levels, such as:

~ left to right balance ~ front to back balance ~ a difference of muscle strength between the left and the right hind leg ~ an imbalance between the flexor muscles (carrying power) and extensor muscles (pushing power) in each hind leg ~ a difference in stride length between the right and left hind leg ~ a difference in body awareness and coordination between the left side and the right side of the body ~ a difference in flexibility of the muscles on both sides of the body ~ a difference in lateral mobility of the shoulders ~ a difference in lateral mobility of the hindquarters ~ a difference in lateral mobility of the spine That’s why you may have to ride some of the same exercises in both directions, but perhaps for different reasons or to address a different set of issues. ~ The legs on the stiffer/convex side have to support more weight than the legs of the hollow/concave side. ~ The front leg on the stiffer side carries the largest share of the weight. ~ The hind leg on the hollow side carries the smallest share of the weight. ~ The hind leg on the stiffer side pushes more but doesn't flex enough because it tends to lag behind so it never steps enough under the body. Its extensor muscles are stronger than its flexor muscles. ~ The hind leg on the hollow side neither really flexes/supports nor extends/pushes because it's always off to the side. ~ The hind leg on the stiffer side tends to move more slowly and take shorter steps because the hind leg on the hollow side doesn't stay on the ground long enough, forcing the hind leg on the stiffer side to touch down too early. Both hind legs have to be strengthened and made more flexible. In order to be able to do this, both hind legs have to be brought under the body first because the hind leg on the stiff side is too far out behind, and the hind leg on the hollow side is off to the side. Only 20 • AUGUST 2022


when a hind leg steps underneath the centre of gravity can you use the body mass to strengthen and supple it vertically. Once the hind leg on the stiffer side is underneath the body, you can strengthen its flexor muscles with down transitions, turns, and half halts. Once the hind leg on the hollow side is underneath the body, you can strengthen its extensor muscles by lengthening the strides or asking for a more powerful push, and through up transitions, and you can strengthen its flexor muscles with down transitions, turns, and half halts. You also have to develop the horse's mobility equally in both directions. The shoulders tend to drift towards the stiffer side. Turning in the opposite direction tends to be more difficult. The haunches tend to drift towards the hollow side. Yielding towards the opposite side is often more difficult. The spine tends to bend better towards the hollow side because the majority of the weight usually rests on the legs on the stiffer side. Getting a good bend towards the stiffer/convex side is often difficult, if not impossible. And it doesn’t improve until the horse learns that he has two perfectly healthy legs on the hollow/concave side that are capable of supporting the body mass. As soon as he trusts his legs on the hollow side to support the weight, he can start bending towards the stiff/convex side. In other words, in order to straighten the horse, we have to teach him to: 1. turn his shoulders equally easily towards the hollow side as towards the stiff side 2. move his haunches equally easily towards the stiff side as towards the hollow side 3. support his weight equally easily with the legs on the hollow side as with the legs on the stiff side, so that his spine is free to bend towards the stiffer side. This entails rocking the weight back and forth between the left and right pair of legs. For these reasons, it is too simplistic to say e.g. that we only ride shoulder-in in one direction and haunches-in in the other direction. We need to ride all movements in both directions, but for slightly different reasons and perhaps with a different focus or a different emphasis.



e were delighted to be able to bring the Kamloops Dressage Show to you this year on June 18-19 at Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre. Our 2022 Officials were: Joan Macartney, FEI 4*R and Senior EC and UESF Judge Susan Hewton-Waters, Medium Judge Sarah Laxton, Steward, BC We would also like take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful sponsors of the 2022 show.

Maribeth Callahan and Diomedes

Kristine Hansen and Shadrack

Kathrin Maxwell

Brynlee (owner Meghan Gordon)

Sarah Hayes and Zoe

Our 2022 Champions FEI Grand Prix Champion Leslie Reid - Goldana Reserve Kristine Hansen - Shadrack FEI PSG/INT Champion Terry Leggat - Bolero Reserve Stephanie Schacke Footprint NR Gold 3rd Level Gold Champion Kathrin Maxwell Windermere DDB Reserve Sarah Hayes – Zoe Gold 1st/2nd Level combined Champion Meghan Gordon - Brynlee Reserve Wesley Schild - Ferragamo Gold Training Level Champion Sabine Rusticus - La Reine Reserve Jacquelyn Parker - La Vie Lesca Bronze 1st/2nd Level combined Champion Cindy Eeckhout - Fergie Reserve Jackie Cross - Con Brio Bronze Training Champion Brittany Moore - Mercedes Reserve Maribeth Callahan Diomedes Gold High Point Sabine Rusticus - La Reine Bronze High Point, Brittany Moore Mercedes Best Turned Out, Stewards Choice Brooklyn Hendry - Milo Wesley Schild - Ferragamo

Sabine Rusticus and La Reine



BC Regional (Peruvian) Horse Show, followed by some Fun! After two years of Covid…we are back! The Peruvian Horse Club of BC held their annual show on June 10-11 in Armstrong BC.


mall but mighty! We had a fun and successful show even with a smaller group of horses attending. We would like to thank our judge, the Honourable Andres Ponciano for coming all this way to judge our horses. Qualifying classes were held Friday and on Saturday morning; with the Champion classes held Saturday afternoon. We would like to thank our sponsors and our volunteers – we are very appreciative. Our Champion of Champions: Pleasure Mare: RSTD Paloma Pleasure Gelding: RSTD Expresso Performance Mare: RSTD Alessandra Performance Gelding: RSTD Sonador Performance Stallion: BDS Domenico Luxury Gelding: RSTD Brilloso Breeding Mare: JR Alharaca Breeding Stallion: JR Alarde Best Bozal: RSTD Destello Best Gait: BDS Noble Sol HP Novice: Deanna DeCosta

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Sarah and her mare Shakita SADDLEUP.CA

Laurie Hardingham - show manager and gate steward

Jan Sjodin and her gelding Caruso entering the arena

Jean Thom with her Champion Pleasure Gelding RSTD Expresso

Cindy and Shannon with a good luck kiss

Anne with Magico and Larry with Salvador

Monika and Champion Performance Mare, RSTD Alessandra

THE FUN WAS ON SUNDAY! Following the 2-day show, on Sunday June 12 we offered the All Gaited Challenge. The fun included games such as: Backup Challenge, Pole Bending, Gate Challenge, Triple Threat, Ribbon Grab, Champagne, Trail Challenge.

Samantha with Valentino

Ben and Sarah from Paradise Ranch

Ilona and Festival

Rick Cones with Reserve Champion Performance Gelding Tesoro and Rob Sjodin with RSTD Sonador, Champion Performance Gelding

Our youngest competitor, Noah age 2, in Leadline Class with (l to r) grandpa Shannon, mom Sarah and the Honourable Judge, Andres Ponciano



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EMERGENCY RECALL – The one word every dog must know Courtesy of / Photos by Alpine Dogs

Suppose you unexpectedly face a scary wildlife encounter or an aggressive dog on your off-leash walk and need to call your dog back immediately. Do you have an effective, distraction-proof recall?


n emergency recall can be life-saving and it is the one essential skill for you and your dog to master. An emergency recall is different than your regular recall. It is used only in emergency situations, when you want your dog to get back to you immediately, with no hesitation, regardless of the circumstances. An emergency recall is the one cue every dog must know. We spoke to BC SPCA AnimalKind accredited trainer Saundra Clow, owner and trainer at Alpine Dogs, about emergency recall, the advantages of having it and how to train your dog so they can enjoy more freedom in your outdoor adventures. What is an emergency recall? According to Clow, an emergency recall “is one that, like the name implies, you only use in an emergency when you really need to ensure your dog comes to you no matter what.” Every dog guardian wants their dog to come when they call and your everyday recall should do that, but it can sometimes fail when the environment is more exciting to your dog, or they are simply having too much fun. For this reason, an emergency recall is different because it is a unique cue. “The difference with the emergency recall is that it will be so salient that your dog will disengage from more major distractions because they heard the magical emergency recall word or sound that is different from the recall they hear daily outdoors,” explains Clow. “The novelty of this alone will help ensure your dog’s success in disengaging from the environment to come running back to you.” What are the advantages of having an emergency recall? Having an emergency recall is beneficial for both you and your dog. Clow explains, “Dogs that have an emergency recall can be offered more freedom,” which makes off-leash trails more enjoyable to dogs and their guardians.

“British Columbia is a beautiful province and there are so many dogfriendly off-leash trails to explore. It’s important to have an emergency recall trained with your dog before going on these adventures in case you need to use it to call your dog back from a person, another dog or wildlife,” says Clow. What makes a good emergency recall for dogs? For Clow, for a good emergency recall, consistency is key, “Dogs learn by association so it’s important to have a consistent recall that uses the same verbal cues or sounds (like a whistle) that you say in the same order and in the same way every time you use it. This consistency will help your dog recognize that you’ve just said their recall cue and they’ll know what behaviour to offer.” The other essential component of a good emergency recall is the rewards. Clow says, “ensure you have built up a very strong history of pairing the recall with delicious, high-value food rewards. You need to use a type of reinforcement that your dog is motivated to recall off dogs, squirrels, etc.” And it is not just any food rewards. “Dried biscuit-type treats won’t cut it here. You’ll get better results with your training efforts by rewarding with boiled chicken, cheese, roast beef, etc.,” explains Clow. How do you train an emergency recall? Training an emergency recall requires patience, so don’t rush the process, or you could risk overusing the recall losing its novelty and efficiency. The process has different steps. Clow says, “you first need to choose what your emergency recall word will be. You can also train your dog to a whistle as it is a sound that carries well and will be consistent for your dog.” The next step involves preparing in advance those high-value food rewards. Clow explains, “Once you’ve decided on your recall cue word or whistle, then you need to pair that with delicious, high-value food rewards. To do this, have a container of food prepared ahead of time in the fridge. You’ll need a big handful – think a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chicken, cheese, etc., depending on the size of your dog.” After you have everything ready, it is time to start practicing at home. Clow says, “Say your recall cue once, very clearly, when your dog is in the room with you. Then encourage your dog to run to the fridge with you, where you’ll give them the food. Feed your dog the highvalue treats, all while praising them. Then repeat daily, only once a day, for a minimum of 7 days in the house only. Be sure to vary the room you are in, the time of day you say their emergency recall and always have cont’d on page 24 AUGUST 2022




EMERGENCY RECALL cont’d from page 23 the food prepped and in the fridge, well in advance.” Once the training at home shows results, it is time to move the training outside and start practicing outdoors. Clow explains, “practice once a day outdoors, without any distractions with your dog on a long line, slowly building up to practicing your emergency recall when your dog is off-leash. It is very important to ensure your dog comes when they hear the cue the first time without hesitation.” Remember, you need patience. “Avoid the temptation of using it outdoors too soon. My general rule is if you are not willing to bet $100 your dog will be successful, do not use your emergency recall cue,” says Clow. See our guide to training an emergency recall on the AnimalKind site. How can you practice the emergency recall? Practicing your emergency recall gives you the confidence that it works and that your dog knows what to do when you use it. Find the

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right environment to practice and do it only once per day. “Using a long line outside with minimal to no distractions is a great way to practice your emergency recall. You can work up to practicing it when your dog is off-leash as well. It’s important to practice at random to keep your emergency recall familiar for your dog, but no more than once per day. Long-term, practicing it once or twice a week is ideal. “says Clow. All about safety The safety of your dog is top-of-mind for you. A solid emergency recall is one thing that will help you keep them safe. Knowing you can confidently call your dog in an emergency situation and have them immediately respond gives you peace of mind and could help with unexpected encounters. An emergency recall can be trained, but remember to be patient and use only the most delicious treats! If you need help with training an emergency recall or want to find a dog trainer, check out, where you’ll find the list of trainers the BC SPCA recommends.

Tip of the Month - Is Your Dog Suddenly Barking Out of Character? (Courtesy of Harmony Farm Kennel & Lamb)


ears ago when boarding a regular dog guest, I noticed she was barking - out of character she was barking inconsistently at night and intermittently especially at dawn and dusk. She was fine during the day but as soon as the light dimmed she’d bark while staring out to nowhere with a faraway focus. When I’d walk her sometimes she’d suddenly stop and glare at things that I knew she’d seen before and was familiar with. Curious, I took a closer look at her eyes and saw there was an extra glazey film about them that I hadn’t noticed before. Of course... cataracts were causing a blurry film over her eyes making her second guess her vision as she tried to focus. During dim and dark light she’d just bark, her ‘defense becoming her best offence.’ Basically, cataracts appear as a cloudiness that develops in the eye’s lens. The lens focuses light into the retina, which absorbs light and transfers information to the brain. When a dog has a certain amount of cloud cover over the lens, the light is unable to reach the retina and results in various degrees of blurry vision. Dogs seem to see shadows and lights, and are better at recognizing moving objects, but 24 • AUGUST 2022


extra guarded in low light. One thing I have found that helps cataract dogs immensely is to have a good night light on during dim or dark hours. Walla, as soon as I did this, the barking stopped and calm returned for that cataract dog’s world. If you notice your dog has out of character barking (especially in dim light) or see them kind of staring trying to recognize things, be sure to consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and possible treatment to help your pooch have clearer days and calmer nights. Patricia Skinner-Porter is the owner/operator of Harmony Farm Kennel & Lamb at Monte Lake BC. Offering custom care boarding (non-dog park style) Patricia provides personal care, attention and daily exercise for ALL dog types, breeds and doganalities! She also offers one-on-one dog-owner training, helping individuals to create healthy happy relationships with their dogs. Here she shares her vast array of experience with a beneficial monthly tip for you and your pooch to enjoy! (See her listing under Pet Central)


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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office CARA WHITHAM EC / HCBC DRESSAGE JUDGES CLINIC HCBC is very excited to be hosting the upcoming Dressage Judges Clinic with EC Senior and FEI 5* Dressage Judge Cara Whitham. Registration is open for the EC/HCBC Dressage Officials Clinic. The clinic is open to EC and HCBC Dressage Judges needing updating, EC Judges wanting status promotion, prospective new Dressage Judges, or anyone wanting to learn through the eyes of one of Canada’s highest-ranking Dressage Judges. The Clinic will take place at the Saanich Fair Grounds on September 16–18. Register at RECORD YOUR TRACKS AND SUBMIT THEM TO HCBC’S TRAILS DATABASE If you’re out for a ride on your favourite trail consider recording

BC SUMMER GAMES Horse Council BC is excited to announce the athletes that have been selected to represent equestrian at the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George July 21-24. Equestrian events consisted of Dressage, Para-Dressage, Jumping, Vaulting, and for the first time Eventing! Athletes age 12-18 from different Zones throughout the province made the journey to Prince George to compete, a full recap will be in the next issue! Competing were: Dressage: 10 athletes representing 5 different Zones. Para Dressage: 9 athletes representing 3 different Zones. Jumping: 6 athletes representing 5 different Zones. Vaulting: 12 athletes representing 4 different Zones. Eventing: 11 athletes representing 5 different Zones. COACHES Zone 1 Maeve Drew Zone 2 Brandy Saunders Zone 3 Nicole Berthelot Zone 3 Val Mckay

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The Canadian Show Jumping Team for the 2002 World Championships. (l to r): Mario Deslauriers, Beth Underhill, Amy Millar, Tiffany Foster, Erynn Ballard and chef d’equipe Eric Lamaze. Photo Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk. CANADIAN TEAM NAMED FOR 2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Erynn Ballard of Tottenham ON; Mario Deslauriers of New York NY; Tiffany Foster of Langley BC; Amy Millar of Perth ON; and Beth Underhill of Mulmur ON, have been named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team for the World Championships scheduled for August 8 to 14, 2022, in Herning, Denmark. Ballard has been named to the team with Gakhir, an 11-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Spartacus TN x VDL Indorado), owned by Ilan Ferder and Esperanza Imports LLC. Foster will ride Figor, a 12-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Querly-Elvis x Indoctro), owned by Artisan Farms LLC and Foster. Millar has been named to the team with Truman, a 13-year-old bay Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Kolibri), owned by Millar Brooke Farm Ltd. and Overlund. Underhill’s partner will be Nikka van den Bisschop, a 9-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Emerald x Nabab de Reve), owned by Rein Family LLC and Torrey Pines Stable Inc. Deslauriers will serve as the traveling alternate with Bardolina 2, a 13-year-old bay Holsteiner mare (Clarimo x Landos), owned by Deslauriers and Wishing Well Farm LLC. Eric Lamaze, who has represented Canada at the last seven consecutive World Championships, will act as chef d’equipe for the first time at a major games. He will be supported by James Hood, Director, High Performance; Karen Hendry-Ouellette, Manager of Sport – Jumping; and Dr. Eduardo Felix, Team Veterinarian. The schedule of events for show jumping is as follows: Monday, August 8 – Horse Inspection Wednesday, August 10 – Individual Competition – Speed Thursday, August 11 – Team and Individual Competition – Round 1 Friday, August 12 – Team and Individual Competition – Round 2 (Team Final) Sunday, August 14 – Individual Final For those unable to attend in person, FEI.TV will be livestreaming the events. 28 • AUGUST 2022


Shaina Hammond

Averill Saunders

CANADIAN VAULTING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR FEI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Equestrian Canada is proud to announce the vaulting team selections to the ECCO Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Championships from August 6–14, 2022 in Herning, Denmark. The following Canadian vaulters will represent the maple leaf at the quadrennial equestrian event later this summer: • Averill Saunders, 18 years old, from Sundre AB has been vaulting since she was nine and representing Canada on the international stage for the past seven years, most recently at the 2021 Junior World Vaulting Championships where she became Canada’s first female individual to ever make the top 15. • Shaina Hammond. Dual citizen Shaina is 21 years old and splits her time between Parksville BC and Utah USA. She has been vaulting for 10 years and competing internationally for six. She is a three-time US National champion and began representing Canada in 2018. • Talmage Conrad of Lethbridge AB, started vaulting at the age of twelve. Now 20 years old, he’s been competing on the international stage since 2016. He represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in the Netherlands in 2019 where he achieved a top ten finish. Conrad now trains with the West Coast Vaulters on Vancouver Island. “We are thrilled to have three vaulting athletes heading to Herning this summer,” said Director, High Performance James Hood. “The sport has been growing in pockets in Canada and continues to evolve with the changing health and safety standards in the different provinces. It is exciting to see a contingent of younger athletes stepping up to represent Canada. All have been competing internationally for some time and have the maturity and skills to make a statement at the Worlds this year.” Vaulting was recognized by the FEI in 1983 and has been a central part of the FEI World Equestrian Games since its inception in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be on display at the championships in Herning. The Canadian vaulting team has competed in three championships – 1998 in Rome, Italy, 2014 in Normandy, France and most recently 2018 in Tryon, USA. Support for the triad will be provided by Chef d’Équipe Kathleen Saunders and team leader James Hood. “Averill, Talmage and Shaina will be settling in Europe before anyone else to acclimatize to their local horses and build connections that will help their performances in August,” said Hood. “We are all looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish and have confidence their passion and competitive spirit as a team will make Canada proud.”

Canadian Cowboy Challenge By Hans Kollewyn


e have the results of the Rosebriar Ranch Rally in Westlock AB held June 4-5 and judged by Al Bignell. There was about 70 entries for both days. Rosebriar June 4: Shootin’Sprouts (SS): 1-Baily Black riding Jazzy; 2-Kara Lawrence riding Duke. Youth (Y): 1-Jenna Lawrence riding Judd; 2-Juliet Webb riding Bo. Older Than Dirt (OTD): 1-Alana Eaton riding George; 2-Greg Paranich riding Sonny. Novice (N): 1-Karl Taylor riding Judd; 2-Melissa Ball riding Misty. Rookie (R): 1-Lisa Lawrence riding Judd; 2-Eric Frogley riding Archie. Non Pro (NP): 1-Murray Buxton riding Ross; 2-Greg Paranich riding Sonny. Open (O): 1-Leane Buxton riding Badger; 2-Murry Buxton riding Ross. Buckin’ Crazies (BC): 1-Denton Keith riding Bender; 2-Leane Buxton riding Captain. June 5: SS: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy. OTD: 1-Greg Paranich riding Sonny; 2-Alana Eaton riding George. N: 1-Tricia Melanson riding Chance; 2-Hans Heiniger riding Geronimo. R: 1-Eric Frogley riding Archie; 2-Judy Hill riding ITCHY. NP: 1-Murray Buxton riding Ross; 2-Greg Paranich riding Sonny. O: 1-Alana Eaton riding George; 2-Murry Buxton riding Ross. BC: 1-Denton Keith riding Bender; 2-Leane Buxton riding Captain. The following weekend we had the Pine Rock Ventures Challenge in Pigeon Lake AB on June 11-12 and judged by Hans Kollewyn. There were 80 entries for both days. Pine Rock Ventures June 11: SS: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; 2-Bailey Black riding Festus (June 12 as well). Y: 1-Sasha Rodriguez riding Sunny; 2-Sasha Rodriguez riding Tennyson (June 12 as well). OTD: 1-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines; 2-Alana Eaton riding George. N: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; 2-Tricia Melanson riding Chance. R: 1-Koren LeVoir riding Shadow; 2-Faye Paranich riding Lenny. NP: 1-Greg Paranich riding Sonny; 2-Eric Frogley riding Archie. O: 1-Al Bignell riding Dusty; 2-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines. BC: 1-Denton Keith riding Bender; 2-Leane Buxton riding Captain. June 12: OTD: 1-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines; 2-Alana Eaton riding George. N: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; 2- Tricia Melanson riding Chance. R: 1-Koren

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LeVoir riding Shadow; 2- Eric Frogley riding Archie. NP: 1-Koren LeVoir riding Shadow; 2- Eric Frogle riding Archie. O: 1-Alana Eaton riding George; 2-Al Bignell riding Dusty. BC: 1-Denton Keith riding Bender; 2-Leane Buxton riding Captain. Next up we have the August Challenges… Bar U Ranch in Nanton AB on August 13-14; and YKnott Double Header in Lac Ste Anne County AB on August 27-28. Please check our web site for any new listings for the remainder of the CCC Challenge season. The finals and year-end awards will be announced in September once the date and venue have been finalized and confirmed.

The obstacle that I have chosen to describe this month is the “Back Around” using pictures with Alana riding (with her permission). Their entry was really good as Alana’s approach lined her up for the back around in the middle of the logs. Backing was straight back up finishing and steady. The first picture, execution, is the start of the turn in the back around, around the pylons. Alana has the horse’s head and neck slightly turned to the left. This is indicating to the horse that Alana wants the front end to move to the left. At this point though, the head and neck should be slightly to the right. Slightly to the right indicates to the horse that the front end should be following the hind quarters to the right. With the left leg guiding the hind quarters, the horse should be moving backward in a smooth motion around the pylons. The front end is following the hind quarters. The second picture shows that the front end has moved towards the log (to the left) and not following the hind quarters. The horse is following the rider’s request. The mixed messages of what is being requested by the rider leads to the third picture. The front end has been moved too much to the left while the hind quarters are moving to the right. This results in the hind quarters moving too far to the right and stepping into the pylons loosing points. Alana corrected herself but has lost that smooth back around around the pylons to (exit) finish the backing out. Backing out in the middle of the logs gains some points as she finishes, to be able to move on to the next obstacle. As a horse is moving forward, the hind quarters follow the front end. The same applies as the horse is backing up, the front end follows the hind quarters.



Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES By Karen Gallagher

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f I get one good take-away from a clinic, I feel it was a success. By that standard, our recent Liberty Clinic with Caeli Cavanaugh was wildly successful! With nine horse/handler teams participating and a number of auditors, it was two very busy days of learning. Caeli started off each day with a lecture, introducing her philosophies and the movements we would work on. One concept we’ve all heard is the one that says whatever goes wrong in your training sessions, it is your fault as the trainer – never the horse’s fault. Caeli suggested, while true, this is a very negative way of approaching training. Assigning blame puts us in a negative mindset – not a helpful place from which to launch further efforts. Instead of placing blame, Caeli prefers to start with the idea that “it is your responsibility to find solutions.” If we approach our interactions with our equine partners from this position – “It is my responsibility to find ways to help him understand what I want” – we stand a much better chance of those interactions being positive and successful. If this was the only thing I learned from this clinic, I would have gone away happy. But this was just the beginning. Caeli introduced us to a range of liberty movements, showing us how to start and how to improve them. All the horses quickly grasped the idea of keeping pace with their handlers, stopping on cue, staying and coming on command. We had all worked on yielding shoulder or hind quarters before, but now these moves have advanced to being done without reliance on the halter and lead rope. We can put them together for a side pass. What I was most excited to learn was how to begin teaching the draw – having the horse move towards you. And of course, what we all really want is to have fun and teach our horses some tricks. By the end of the second day, most of the horses had made excellent progress on a lovely pirouette with their humans. Some started working on the Spanish Walk and others were ready to end their performance with a graceful bow. Caeli Cavanaugh’s Liberty Clinic has given us plenty to work on to improve our communication with our horses and advance our partnerships. Liberty really is the epitome of what Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is all about! A big Thank You to our hard-working Clinics team for putting this together for us! Also, thanks to our photographers, Kathy Paterson and Susan Chaworth-Musters for capturing the memories. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club… for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics according to PHO. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email:

First ‘Platinum Plus’ Tennessee Walking Horse Stallion in Canada! By Windi Scott,


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse has designed many programs to encourage development and improvement of the breed in our country. The CRTWH Program For Excellence is the program for breeders. The highest achievement attainable is the Platinum Award for Stallions and Mares. In order for a Stallion to achieve the Platinum Award, he must sire a set number of offspring (according to his age) that have themselves achieved Gold in this program. These offspring must be assessed in hand and under saddle by a qualified judge to prove correct conformation and movement in all three gaits (flatwalk, running walk, and canter). In the case of the first ever stallion in Canada to achieve this award, Uphill Heir Trigger #3008 has sired nine offspring that have achieved the Gold Award standing! Wow! … plus he himself also achieved the Gold standing (years earlier) thus giving him the distinction of Platinum Plus! This gorgeous palomino stallion has stood at stud in both Alberta and British Columbia. He has been ridden by more than a few folks who have all commented on his gentleness and smooth gaits. He was initially trained under saddle by Bill Roy of Falkland BC, and a full account of his life so far, and comments from many of his handlers and fans, can be found in the June 2022 Walking Horse News. Uphill Heir Trigger, owned by Marjorie Lacy of Edson AB, is currently standing in Alberta at Maple Lane Acres. Marjorie’s mare Uphill Sand’N Sable also achieved the Platinum award last year, the first mare to achieve this. Way to go, Marjorie and Uphill Farms!

Bill Roy and Uphill Heir Trigger

Uphill Sand’N Sable and one of her colts

Uphill Heir Trigger

Vernon District Riding Club News By Holly Baxter


he Vernon District Riding Club had a full roster for July. The Dressage Test Fest was on July 2. Our Jump Into Summer Show was on July 9-10 with opportunities to ride over poles on the ground right up to fences set at 2’9” as well as flat classes. Thank you to Keelly Gordon for her organization and the show sponsors who are listed on our website. July finished up with the Stable Management Youth Rally in conjunction with the Bill Ulmer Youth Clinic. For the past 18 years, Bill has had tremendous professional success as a rider, winning in A rated shows in the Hunter Derbies and jumper divisions. The Youth Rally was in teams of four with the judging focused on stables, tack, feed plans, basic care, safety and cleanliness. Riders presented their horses in hand prior to each lesson and performed a simple in hand pattern. August brings our Summer Show slated for August 20–21. See our web site for details. We welcome all riders but please put your entries in early as every show has been fully booked. Currently the only clinic booked in September is Cheryl Keith for September 2-4. Cheryl was the head coach of the Equestrian Program at Queen Margaret’s School and, under her tutelage, the team dominated competitions throughout Canada and the US. She was Coach of the Year in 2016 and has continued to compete in the hunter/jumper rings to the Grand Prix level. If you are wanting to go to the next level, catch a clinic at our Club! Approved instructors are available as well, see our web site.

VDRC has had a mini-facelift with the addition of two gorgeous boulders inscribed with our club logo courtesy of Boulder Designs. We would like to give a big thank you to Tris and Bruce for installing these massive rocks which are so beautifully carved. Along with that, we also have a social media wall to keep everyone current with all the activities throughout the year. The Club is open to all those who love horses. We welcome visitors, drop-ins and our valued members. This has been a terrific season of activity with more to come until the club closes at the end of October.

Charlie McGinty on Jude at the EC Bronze Hunter Jumper Show. Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson.

Tris and Bruce of Boulder Designs



The Back Country Horsemen of BC 2nd Annual ‘Adventure or Experience’ Fundraiser was a Great Success! A recap of ‘Horse Camping Adventure 101’ at Rainbow Trails, near Merritt Story by Rose Schroeder, member of BCHBC Shuswap Chapter


of ‘tie-up,’ also called ‘Monday Morning n December 2021, BCHBC held another Rose teaches Kim and Kayla the five Sickness’ or myositis. This is caused by successful ‘Adventures or Experiences’ essential knots cramping muscles and an imbalance of On Line Auction with net proceeds in electrolytes. It’s important to recognize the excess of $12,000 raised. Special thanks symptoms and know how to treat them to everyone who provided items, and a quickly. We aren’t vets, but our endurance ‘hip, hip, hurray’ for all the bidders helping ride training taught us how to recognize raise funds for BCHBC initiatives. Kim a horse that is ‘ADR’ — ain’t doin’ right! Hensens and her daughter Kayla were the Fortunately, this was a mild case. Quietly successful bidders of the ‘Horse Camping walking, keeping his hindquarters warm, 101 Adventure,’ supported by the Shuswap and letting him drink and graze facilitated Chapter of BCHBC and led by Linda a quick recovery. This incident gave our Buchanan and Rose Schroeder. Kim on her mule Huggy, and Kayla on apprentices an opportunity to learn how We chose to hold this adventure at the her horse Jeb, learn how to water their to take a horse’s temperature, pulse and Rainbow Trails site near Merritt and crossed horses safely respiration, and when to use electrolyte our fingers for good weather for the May therapy. long weekend. The plan was to combine Around the dinner table and campfire teaching skills for safe horse camping with we shared lots of stories from our mentors some riding, good food and campfire time. and the “School of Hard Knocks.” We The Hensens came with basic discussed feeding, both us and our horses. horse camping skills, gleaned from their On one of our rides out, we noticed what we membership with BCHBC’s Aldergrove thought might be wild potatoes. So, we tied Chapter. We started the weekend off with up the horses (and one mule!), which was a the most important principle of Leave No good opportunity to teach the safest way Trace (LNT) — Plan Ahead and Prepare. One to do that, and literally dug in. To go along way to be prepared is to know the quick with the spuds, we found wild onions and release, half hitch, bowline, butterfly and dandelion flowers and leaves for our salad. clove knots. “I really don’t know how to express After practicing getting ‘knotty,’ we how much my daughter and I enjoyed this showed Kim and Kayla how to set up a camping 101 experience,” said Kim. “Rose highline; how to prepare and clean up the and Linda went above and beyond to make area following LNT principles, and why we sure that we experienced many outside shorten the highline at night; how to feed, activities. The knowledge that they shared hobble and general horse care. was so valuable. I couldn’t have imagined Then, we tested their preparedness that this auction adventure could have and resourcefulness. On our first ride, we turned out any better.” came across a small tree lying across the Linda’s and my goal was to trail. Linda yelled out “Who has a saw?” And encourage those new to horse camping Kim did. (She passed!) We also threw a lot to feel comfortable, provide some basic of teachable moments at them. Like “Lost knowledge, share how to live each moment shoe, whatcha-gonna-do?” (Put it back on, to its fullest, find teachable moments, and have a spare boot, or sock and duct tape). most important, ‘take only memories and One afternoon we came across a feral horse Linda teaching how to use the Avenza leave only hoofprints.’ — a good time to discuss how to react and trail mapping app Thank you, Kim and Kayla, for supporting keep everyone safe. On one ride, Kim’s mule leaped across a small shallow ditch. This BCHBC and sharing your time with us! presented a good opportunity to learn how to approach and cross at If you would like to offer something for the December 2022 online an angle, where the footing is solid. auction, please contact us at: One day, a horse came in from a ride and showed symptoms

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ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 10/22 2/23


BC ANIMAL OWNERS ASSOC. Mission is to get ‘legal’ access to non-vet practices to support our companion/farm animals.

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 12 /22


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 6/23


BC EQUINE ARENA 2 TRAIL ASSOCIATION (on FB), Clinics & Coaching Building your & your equine’s confidence, 4/23

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BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/22, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

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BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see FB) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/23 BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 11/22 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 4/23

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 9/22 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 11/22 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Tamara Jameson,, 12/22

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RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, & Find us on Facebook! 12/22 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 12/22 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/23 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB (Vernon BC), check out our website at or visit our Facebook & Instagram pages 2/23 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/23

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

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3-DAY TRUST & CONFIDENCE CLINIC #2 w/D’arcy Luttmer, on FB Wildhorse Ventures at Merston Creek Ranch, Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 KIDS & YOUTH WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC & Fun Show w/Darcy Henkel, Paradise Hills Ranch, Lumby BC, Susanne MOUNTED ARCHERY Skills Clinic/Revelry, Salmon Arm BC,,, 250-899-4344

AUGUST date TBA 3-10 5-6 5-7 11-14 13-14 13-22

RIDE & DRIVE POKER RIDE, Cariboo Country Carriage Club, Karyn HIGH & WILD LEARNING HOLIDAY ADVENTURE w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, NOTRA BOTTLE DRIVE, 6102 Star Road Vernon BC, CRTWH 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT, all Gaited Horses welcome! Thorsby AB, ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP (Beg. to Adv.) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, BAR-U CHALLENGE, Bluffton AB, Al 403-828-2044, HARCAN TRAINING CAMP (Mounted Archery), Olds AB,,, 250-899-4344

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STAGE 1 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart, Mission Acres Arena, Cochrane AB, 250-789-3072, VDRC SUMMER SHOW, Vernon BC, PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION, Vancouver BC, STAGE 2+ HORSEMANSHIP WORKSHOP w/Glenn Stewart, Mission Acres Arena, Cochrane AB, 250-789-3072, PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW at the PNE, Vancouver BC, HEART OF THE HORSE Colt Starting Competition, Silver Sage Arena, Brooks AB, tickets at HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart, Agriplex, 100 Mile House BC, Kendra Debit 250-392-2454 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE, Armstrong BC,

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SALMON ARM FALL FAIR, Salmon Arm BC, COLT STARTING CHALLENGE & SALE, Rocking Heart Ranch, Waterton Lakes National Park AB, ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP (Beg. to Adv.) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 55+ BC GAMES, Victoria BC, ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,

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CHRISTILOT BOYLEN MASTER CLASS, The Barn Equestrian Center, Kelowna BC, Sarah Skogland RANCH HORSE REVOLUTION SHOW, Judge: Jodie Moore, Falkland BC, r or see page on Facebook AERC HORSE SHOW, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, NOTRA OPEN HOUSE / BBQ FUNDRAISER, 6102 Star Road, Vernon BC, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dustin Drader, Grassland Grazers Ranch, Beaverdell BC, BC AGRICULTURAL EXPO (4-H), Agriplex, Barriere BC, LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO (Rodeo for kids 15 & Under), Peachland BC, 250-718-2761, POKER RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, fundraiser for the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club (on FB), Nancy 250-546-9922, ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP (Beg. to Adv.) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, or 403-329-3101 OKMA ‘Turkey Shoot’ Skills Clinic & Potluck in Vernon BC,,, 250-899-4344

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WEANLING CHALLENGE, Rocking Heart Ranch, Waterton Lakes National Park AB, 14-25 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, 18 HORSEY LADIES BANQUET, Spallumcheen Golf Club, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, 29–Dec 10 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072,



HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072,


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ARENA 2 TRAIL COMPETITION (2 of 2) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, INTRO TO MOUNTED ARCHERY CLINIC, Grand Forks BC,,, 250-899-4344 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, Francine 204-771-5335, PRC BUCKLE SERIES BARREL RACE & GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761,

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Beautiful 2,300 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom country home on 11.41 acres of flat land, fully functioning HORSE RANCH in the Heart of Wine Country! Fenced and cross-fenced, riding arena, paddocks, many outbuildings and pasture for hay. 205 Greasewood Avenue, Oliver BC $3,950,000 MLS® 194606


1,642 sq. ft. Rancher on 19.84 acres with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, N/G furnace with A/C, wood stove, Telus internet. Double garage, large heated shop built in 2016, 30’ x 36’ hay barn with two stalls and tack room, large heated greenhouse, riding ring. Approximately 15 flat acres in hay, water rights for irrigation, separate well for the house, fruit trees, deck with N/G BBQ hookup, wired for a hot tub. The new well was drilled in 2009 and produces an estimated 60 GPM. Lots of parking, additional outbuildings and amazing mountain and valley view! Contact Todd Armstrong 250-689-9600 or Allan Taylor 250-498-9886 EXP Realty, Penticton BC ~

1027 Salmon River Road, Salmon Arm BC $1,490,000 MLS® #10249764 RON LANGRIDGE 250-833-6236 Century 21 Executives Realty Email


1-866-546-9922 for more info AUGUST 2022


Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES








VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254 Certified Journeyman serving North Okanagan & Shuswap area




FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 11/22

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Ph: 250-503-7432 NATA FARMS Serving BC’s Interior including South Okanagan WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-838-0111. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch

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Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips


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ARMSTRONG 250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

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FARM SUPPLIES DAWSON CO-OP HOME & AGRO CENTRE, 250-782-3371 10020 Parkhill Drive, Dawson Creek BC, 36 • AUGUST 2022


WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/23


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TRAINERS/COACHES LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8 /22

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DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 10/22

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Focus Working Equitation, Natural Horsemanship, 9/22 WILDHORSE VENTURES AT MERSTON CREEK RANCH (Quesnel BC) 250-249-9613, Horse Training & Clinics, Horses & Cariboo Mountain Dogs for sale. See us on FB 12/22

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 7/23


TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 4/23

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 10/22 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching all levels using obstacles, in-hand, equitation. Clinician, IMTCA and GP judge. See Damarhe Training on FB. 250-808-0738 3/23 ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, 5/23 10/22

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987

Build Something Lasting

Elisha Bradburn is available for Clinics & Events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley, BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Deitrick 4/23 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 9/22




WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 9/22

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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

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

Looking to the future with:

AW Blue Fire N Te AQHA Blue Roan AW Poco Kintaro | AQHA/NFQH 98% Palomino with dun dilution Axels N Steel Dust | AQHA/NFQH 98% Grullo


We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

(Princeton BC)


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

If you’re looking for your “Heart look no further!

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APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/22


5 Panel Negative AQHA Stallion Standing at: Charles Rance Equine, Ashcroft BC and (owners) Circle M Farm, Qualicum Beach BC For breeding inquiries email

FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 5/23

5-year-old proven stud, throws beautiful, strong colour. All babies have a quiet, gentle temperament. Thick, strong feet, fabulous straight legs. So far… 15 babies throwing even sexes.

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/22 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales, on

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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 10/22

Leather & S titches

MOUNTAIN VIEW HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIR, pick up & delivery, serving Chilliwack & Lower Mainland, 604-845-7179,

Leather Hats, Belts, Moccasins Holsters, Knife Sheaths Upholstery Work & many Repairs

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