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ello Nancy: I cannot believe the backlash as a result of Mrs. Speight’s well-written article “Selling Horses at Auction” regarding sale entry, presentation and fitting in your September issue. Clearly the ‘protesters’ did not read or appreciate the nature of horse sale Mrs. Speight was referring to, nor did they glance at her advertisements. It is clearly not the intention of a wellrun annual breeder’s sale to send horses to slaughter, quite the contrary. I don’t think you or Mrs. Speight need shed any tears in regret! Please keep up the good work with well-written, informative articles for serious horse people… there are still some of us out here.

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ear Editor: I just wanted to let your readers know about Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre’s “Jingle Bell Rock” event coming up on December 18th. When students, boarders, and friends mount their horses on this day, they’ll be prancing to international tunes and searching for Santa Clause. Equestrians of all ages will be participating in a variety of musical rides with story and poetry readings celebrating customs from around the world. The public is welcome to join the Christmas celebration on December 18th at 2 p.m. Donations raised will go to the Kamloops Food Bank. Coffee and holiday cookies will be served. - Laura Hawkins, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre in Barnhartvale

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inter is fast approaching; or already here for some. Mother Nature is warning us all about what is to come. We are hearing this will be the coldest winter on record in a long time; less snow, but much colder. I hope your water hydrants and auto-waterers are ready for it! I thank those of you for your heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear “Gem” – he will be much warmer up there I am sure! November just flew by… with events and AGMs… am glad December is here and I can finally have a month off. Why? Because we don’t print a January issue… remember? So I will be relaxing with a coffee (or wine) in hand and doing jigsaw puzzles! That is my R&R over the holidays; or of course doing ‘poop’ patrol or grooming our fuzzy horses; maybe ride too. We have some great articles in this issue, as well as Club wrap-up reports – don’t miss out on some great reading over the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

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Healing Horses Naturally By Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS Should Horses Eat Grain? Q: I am feeding my horse crushed oats, but am getting conflicting information on whether or not oats are really good for horses. What do you recommend? A: The old-time tradition of feeding horses oats - or any grain for that matter - has certainly come into question in the last few years. This is mainly due to the epidemic of metabolic disorders including Insulin Resistance (IR), Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM) and Cushing’s, as well as the increasing knowledge of the impact of diet on laminitis. It is likely that the practice of feeding horses grain began in past times when grass, especially hay, was not readily available. Grains became an alternative feed to sustain the livestock over winter and periods of harsh climates. However, the majority of horses should not be eating concentrated grain of any kind (oats, barley or corn) since the lives of most domestic horses are too sedentary and their exercise programs minimal. There are certain performance horses who can tolerate grains, yet, despite their sometimesgruelling training schedules, many of them are still prone to metabolic problems as well as inefficient digestion. Grains have a very high glycemic index - meaning that the sugar is rapidly absorbed from the small intestine into the blood resulting in increased insulin production, blood sugar spikes and, eventually, metabolic problems. In addition, any of the starches present in the grain that are not fully digested in the foregut (stomach and small intestine) are forced to ferment in the hindgut (colon and cecum) producing excess gas, acids, heat, yeast and unfriendly bacteria such as streptococcus, e. coli, and salmonella, for example. This toxic gut effect predisposes horses to colic, bloating, 6 • Saddle Up • December 2011

gas, leaky gut, blood sugar disorders, hormone changes and laminitis, to name a few. Of the grains, oats are the most digestible; 55% - 70% of the starch is digested in the small intestine making the nutrients readily available and easing the fermentative load in the cecum. Compare this to barley (20% - 25% digestible) and corn (less than 20% digestible), making these two grains unsuitable feeds for horses unless cooked or extruded. However, while processing these grains might make them more digestible, it also raises the glycemic index which is undesirable. As well, barley and corn have very little fibre, making them “risky” feeds for digestive problems and other health disorders. Because the starch in oats is relatively digestible, there is little to be gained by further processing such as rolling or crimping. In fact, there is more to be lost, since the valuable nutrients in the kernel lose their protective shell. In whole oats, the hull is intact; this not only keeps the minerals and vitamins fresh, but also provides much needed insoluble fibre. If fed at all, oats are best fed in whole form and should be reserved for healthy performance horses that need the energy - providing that they have good teeth, no digestive problems, no metabolic weaknesses and no predisposition to laminitis. Horses with acute or chronic problems such as indigestion, ulcers, laminitis, metabolic disorders, skin problems, joint pain, allergies and respiratory problems should not be eating grain nor grain based feeds of any kind. Horses thrive on fibre - 75% of a horse’s energy (performance or not) is produced from fibre, as provided by grass, hay and beet pulp. Fibre maintains probiotic levels, increases gut motility, significantly lowers the glycemic index, provides satiety, prevents

cribbing, increases the intestinal water content and regulates weight - up or down! In order to ferment fibre for energy, horses need a tremendous quantity of probiotics (friendly bacteria). Probiotics not only ferment fibre, but they also discourage harmful bacteria, improve digestive efficiency, decrease gas, bloating and diarrhoea, improve immunity, reduce allergies and promote the synthesis of B-vitamins. They should be administered in all cases of colic, metabolic syndrome, laminitis, prolonged stress and immune issues. For a complete intestinal cleanse, combine with Riva’s Pro-Dygest for detoxification, added fibre, and healing of colonic ulcers. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS is an Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist, Homeopathic Practitioner and Medical Intuitive. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and is a regular speaker at equine seminars and conferences. She has also recently published, “Healing People: The Marijke Method™.”


A Dream Come True in Kentucky By Ann Turner It was my honour and pleasure to be invited as a keynote speaker for the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington this year. This is a lifelong dream for me, as I owned a Secretariat grandson back in the early 80’s in Jamaica, and together we managed to short list for the Pan Am Games in Dressage in 1990.


o, you can imagine my excitement when I boarded the plane to fly there! Lexington is a beautiful place, with miles of white wooden fences and rolling pasture - horse heaven for sure. Before I left, I had a dream about Secretariat; he came to me and said, “You must tell the people that if they have enough heart, they can do anything.” So I started my first lecture with that message, as this great horse wanted people to know that he never gave up and beat all kinds of odds. No other horse has ever won the Belmont by 31 lengths and many of his track records remain unbeaten to this day - inspiration for us all! While visiting the Horse Park gift

shop, I told the ladies in there about my red horse and well, they pulled out every bit of Secretariat memorabilia they could find to show me! I bought a wonderful book written by Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. He was a jockey at the same time as Ronny Turcotte, but had an accident and had to stop riding; he became a photojournalist and wrote this wonderful book with all the insider stories and photos. Being one of the track boys, he was able to gain access to the special moments, like when they took Secretariat back to Kentucky to retire at stud. There is a wonderful photo of Eddie Sweat, the groom, watching his great horse and friend run out into a pasture. It was a sad goodbye for Eddie and the horse, as they had been together 24/7 for three years. I cried at the photo the emotions were so deep for me, as I know the value of horses as friends, life coaches, and counsellors, as I faced life’s challenges. In the midst of my Secretariat experience in Kentucky, I had so much fun meeting people from the four corners of

Ann standing with Secretariat.

the continent at the CHA conference. It was a wonderful melding of disciplines, with our love of the horse as our main reason for being there. I have found the CHA to be a great big family; whether you do penning, dressage, jumping, therapeutic riding or trails, everyone is welcome in the CHA. This onemanship needs to be cultivated and encouraged in the horse world. I hope to visit Kentucky again one day as a tourist, going to Keenland to the races, and visiting the Museum and Hall of Fame. I will treasure this visit for the rest of my life.

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“So You’re Buying a Used Car... Or Is That A Horse?” By Barbra-Ann King

The mileage is just right. So are the make, model and year. The colour is beautiful and there aren’t too many marks on it. After trying it out, you realize there is nothing wrong with it, so you buy it. Congratulations! You just bought yourself a horse!


group of people shopping for a good horse spent the weekend at an annual horse sale watching horses go through “hoops” - friendly gymkhana competition, trailer loading, etc. The seller advertised all the horses as “bombproof,” which is attractive to those who are inexperienced riders or new to horsekeeping, or both. These people do not necessarily notice the seller wearing spurs or the expression on the horse’s face when the seller rides them. Even if the horse is not moving away and seems to lack facial expression, an experienced horseperson (or someone who is “tuned

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in” to horses) will know this may mean the horse doesn’t dare move. The horse already knows it has to be submissive to the dominant seller, or else. The jingling sound made by the spurs reminds them, very clearly, what will happen if they choose to be resistant. So they stand quietly, obeying every demand as quickly as possible to avoid feeling the sharp metal against their flanks. They are submissive horses, with no joy in their eyes, and they have a deep mistrust of human beings. For the people buying these horses, all this probably doesn’t even cross their


“So You’re Buying�, cont’d minds. They like what they see and they are willing to pay the price to own it. Pay the price they will. When these horses arrive in their new homes, they are usually given a little down time to settle in. It’s the start of a new relationship and everything is different - the environment, herd mates, living area, food and handlers. The horse needs to know who the leader is in order to be safe. Keep in mind that safety is the most important thing on a horse’s mind, not food. Knowing who the leader is means knowing who has your back. During the first interactions with our new horse, we often allow subtle, undesirable behaviour because we want our horse to feel welcome. We may be nudged, nearly stepped on, or pulled around by our horse so he can eat grass. But our horse is new to this place and to us, and we need to be tolerant, right? Wrong. The day arrives when we decide to ride. Although the horse moved around when we slapped on a saddle, he calmed down afterwards; we ran him around the round pen before getting on, just to make sure the buck was completely out. After the first couple of rides, our horse starts to be lazy and is slow in responding, so we put spurs on. After all, that’s how he was trained. He still moves around during saddling, but we fi x that by yanking the lead shank and yelling, “Quit!� Picking up his feet is also an issue, but we figure that it’s not a big deal and will go away eventually. One sunny day, we decide to take our horse for a trail ride. He is a little stubborn getting into the trailer, so we quickly slam the door shut behind him. He is a little jumpy when we arrive at the meeting place, but we figure it is because of the trailer ride. After a while riding on the trail, we start relaxing because our horse’s head is down. Then, out of the blue, he bucks as if he is possessed. He just doesn’t stop, and we land hard. Our horse runs back to the trailer, leaving us behind. Why did he spook? Where is the dead broke horse we bought at the sale? The short answer to this question: Our horse doesn’t see us as a True Equine Leader, so he doesn’t trust us. He takes over leadership, making the right decisions for himself, which includes getting rid of the weight on his back that may be detrimental to his own safety. A horse will follow and trust the leader in his herd. If we are willing to learn the proper skills, he will trust and follow us, both on the ground or under saddle. Being a leader that our horse can trust does not involve any form of dominance. Causing pain, fear or discomfort will never earn us the position of True Equine Leader, but instead will make our horse fear us. We may get our horse to obey us, but it won’t mean he sees us as a leader. If you are shopping for a horse, please educate yourself and don’t assume that everything the seller says about the horse is completely true. Find a professional to work with you - someone you trust, are comfortable with, and whose methods you approve of. It will be well worth the time and money you put HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

into it. If you already bought a horse that is now having behavioural issues, don’t give up. In my career rehabilitating horses, there have only been two horses that I was unable to help. Both had neurological disorders based on abuse, causing them to have unsafe and unpredictable reactions. Find someone to help you with your horse. Instead of making assumptions about your horse’s behaviour, educate yourself about why he acts the way he does - that will help your horse trust you and see you as a partner that is willing to listen. That’s really all they ask of us. Enjoy the journey! Barbra-Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviourist, founder of the Relationship Riding method and a published author living in Alberta, Canada. She travels year-round sharing her passion with likeminded horse owners, specializing in horses with behavioural issues. She also offers video consultations for trouble-shooting through her website www.relationshipriding.com. Get in touch with her via email at barb@ relationshipriding.com.

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It Only Takes a Minute By Kevan Garecki Travelling through Langley recently, I came upon a truck and horse trailer stopped in the middle of a rural road. As I approached from the rear of the unit, it was obvious from the angle at which the trailer sat that it had come unhitched from the truck. The horses inside seemed reasonably unconcerned, but the driver was thoroughly frazzled as she scurried to and fro between the truck and trailer.


he trailer tongue had popped off the ball hitch and was wedged underneath the truck’s bumper, damaging both the bumper and the tongue jack. The damage to the truck and trailer was minimal; all of it was easily repairable. I walked back to check on the horses one more time before heading to my own rig to fetch a heavy hydraulic jack, blocks and long pry bar. With a little effort, we soon had the tongue hooked back onto the ball securely and latched in place. It was during this process that several things came to light. Please do read on, it’ll only take a minute... The driver had failed to close and fasten the latch on the tongue, which allowed it to bounce off the ball on the first bump the rig went over. However, what ensured this result was the fact that the two horses on board the 3-horse angle-haul were placed into the centre and rear stalls, leaving the front stall empty. This overloaded the rear of the trailer and left virtually no weight on the tongue whatsoever. I suppose loading a horse trailer is such a basic skill we take it for granted, so perhaps a review might be in order. In any conventional trailer design (tongue, bumper-pull, stinger-steered), at least 60% of the weight that the trailer carries must reside ahead of the trailer axles. This not only ensures proper distribution of the weight, but also increases the stability of the entire combination. Increased stability provides for a better ride, reduced sway and a safer ride for Dobbin. Take the time to load that trailer correctly! It only takes a minute... While working at getting the rig hitched up, I noticed there was no breakaway switch on the trailer. When I questioned the driver about it, she nonchalantly admitted that it had been missing for some time. I was surprised that anyone could be


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so careless and uncaring about such a critical piece of safety equipment (and one required by law). In the event of a separation of the truck and trailer, the breakaway switch is the only thing that can reliably stop a runaway trailer (provided the rest of the braking system is in good working order). Given the terrain in the area, it was certainly a stroke of luck that this trailer rammed into the back of the truck, instead of careening over the bank! Doing so into the deep ravines on either side of the road would have severely injured both horses, if not killed them. The “last straw� was the presence of the woman’s young daughter and the lessons being taught then; not only did the mother proclaim no concern for the horses whatsoever, but displayed this quite effectively to her daughter. She was more worried about the damage to the trailer, and her obvious haste to attend whatever event it was she was hurrying off to. In the time I was present, the woman did not even check on the horses at all! It only takes a minute to teach our children... In relating this incident to a few close friends, I was satisfied that everyone else saw the same glaring mistakes long before I had to explain them; improper coupling habits, unsafe equipment and not loading the trailer correctly. There remained one thought that persisted throughout these conversations though, and finally someone else mentioned it: did the driver understand how fortunate she and her horses were? Based on all the things that had been done wrong, those horses narrowly escaped serious injury or death - but the driver was blissfully unaware of any of it! Not only did she not understand how narrowly disaster was averted, but she also seemed far more concerned with the damage to her truck and trailer than the


Wishing you & your horse a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year

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It Only Takes a Minute, cont’d welfare of the horses whose lives were entrusted to her. There is a line I use in many of my clinics that bears repeating here: there is nothing in a horse’s instinctual response mechanism that can help him in the event of a crash. This means that every horse we transport is utterly and completely dependent on us for its safety and well-being. Think about the magnitude of that statement for just a minute... Perhaps some of us have been at this for so long that we’ve forgotten some of the basics; maybe there are a lot of people out there who’ve just not been taught those basics; or, possibly, there are just a few honestly ignorant folks who need a friendly reminder of a few salient points. Whatever the background, the solution is simple: take the time to do it right. Make sure all is in order before taking those horses out on the road, and if you haven’t taken at least some formal training in trailering then maybe you are missing out on a few things that can make you and your horses safer. It only takes a minute to double check that the trailer is hitched up properly. It only takes a minute to see to loading the trailer correctly. It only takes a minute for even a few seemingly discordant items to compound into a disaster... but it may take a lifetime to forget what happens next. Oh, by the way, to that lady I stopped to help: you have free admission to any of my clinics - please!

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Wishing all our clients and friends and everyone who loves horses a very Merry Christmas and a happy, relaxing holiday season. We are planning events for next year so keep in touch with our website or send an e-mail if you want to be kept advised on the clinic dates. We run a friendly, safe boarding facility where all are welcome to come and enjoy their equine friends.

Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)


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Twincreeks: A Special Horse Retreat By Diana Mark Ever wanted a getaway with your horse? Figured you could never afford it? Well, I’m about to share with you one of the best-kept secrets around. I arrived at Twincreeks for an Adiva Murphy clinic.


’d been here the previous year, but this year I invited my sister to join us near the end of the clinic for a little extra “Cowgirl Getaway.” Little did she realize that she was in for a “horsey immersion” surprise! Twincreeks is a beautiful, eight-acre ranch, located in the rural area of Glenora in the Cowichan Valley. It’s located ten minutes southwest of Duncan, on Vancouver Island, and only a ferry ride away from the Lower Mainland. The facility has a huge, beautiful, sand riding ring, wonderful paddocks under the trees, a creek running through it, and a giant, five-acre field to run around in or play with your horse.

Deborah Flinn and Launie Gratto are wonderful hosts. They are passionate about making your experience at their facility something special. The “down home” cooking is wonderful. Sitting out on the deck in the evening, enjoying a glass of wine while watching our horses in their paddocks - this is a treat we city slickers don’t often experience. Who ever thought mucking out a paddock would be fulfi lling? There’s something about waking up, pulling on my boots, and heading out to bring feed and water to my horse that is anything but work. And her head coming up in delighted greeting at seeing me is a great start to my day. If you are like me, our

horses are boarded out at stables. If I get out there to ride three times a week, I’m doing really well. But to interact with my horse all day long - that brings a big smile to my face! Another fabulous part of this experience was getting to watch other

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Twincreeks, cont’d

(L-R) Gayle Robinson (Diana’s sister), Susan Randall (Diana’s friend) and Diana Mark enjoying wine on the patio above the outdoor ring.

women working with their horses. Seeing how they connected differently with their horses - I learned much this way. The spiritual bond we as women share with our horses is pretty special. Being able to learn so much about my horse and myself in such a supportive environment is an extraordinary opportunity. It’s like going away to summer camp, only better... and with much better food... and wine... and the flavoured vodka! Twincreeks is constantly evolving. This year they have focused on offering Adiva Murphy Natural Horsemanship Clinics, Cowgirl Getaway Weekends (an all-inclusive package) and Bed, Breakfast and Bale (bring your own horse). Also very popular are the annual weeklong ladies’ camp and kids’ camp. This fall, the ranch will host horse-centred writers’ and artists’ workshops. A new addition this year was Horse Agility clinics with Adiva. The back field sports a horse playground. This includes

various structures on which to teach and test your horse. There are poles to weave in and out of, large and small platforms for your horse to walk on, giant upright tires to walk between, and overhead streamers to walk through, as well as other challenges. Another wonderful aspect to Twincreeks is that the gate from their back field opens directly onto the Trans Canada Trail. Turn right, and you head onto wonderful flat trails that go on for miles. (This is wonderful for us Type A personalities who want to gallop fast!) Turn left and you have the joy of climbing trails that head up into the mountains. And I mean UP! Or meander along old logging trails or through miles of winding brush trails. There are so many different places to go - no traffic, just the wonderful out-of-doors. Being able to hire Deb to come along as the host of our trail ride made it even more enjoyable - no stress about getting lost! Deb also offers individual and group lessons, always based on “Natural Horsemanship Twincreeks Style.� This is all about seeing from the horse’s perspective and learning the language of the horse. Too fascinating... in fact, I’m going back for more! As a busy professional, when I’m on holiday, it had better be a genuine break. And this is exactly what Twincreeks was for me. I was able to enjoy my horse, have all my meals cooked for me, and at the

Diana Mark riding Eppie’s Girl in the back field

Adiva Murphy and Eppie’s Girl (owned by Diana Mark) on a teeter-totter in the back field

end of the day I sat out on the patio deck, watching the horses and enjoying the company of others. Before bed, I had a soak in the hot tub - a perfect finish to a perfect day. I found I was unable to stay up very late; I was simply wonderfully tired after a day out in the fresh air with my horse. Yes, Twincreeks was my little secret. But it’s too good to keep to myself. You, too, will want to enjoy this unique retreat and have your own, genuine “horse immersion� experience. For more information, check out the two websites: www.twincreeks.ca and www. adivamurphy.com.

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What is feel and timing? Feel and timing go hand in hand. Feel is knowing when to have contact with your horse, how much or how hard of contact to have, and when to release contact. Feel is knowing, with your hands and body, what is going on with your horse and what your horse is doing underneath you.


lso, feel tells you if your horse gave or softened to your pick-up, and tells you if your horse is drifting or leaning. Feel can also tell you if your horse dropped to his front end. Feel involves a lot of awareness and training of your own body to become extremely aware and attentive to your horse. You communicate or talk to your horse with your hands, seat and legs. You can develop good communication by having good feel and timing. There is an age-old theory that says either you have feel and timing or you don’t, and that they can’t be taught. People believed that feel is some elusive, mysterious ability that some great horsemen possess. That is just not true. While there is no

doubt that there are highly talented people who have loads of natural ability in this area, anyone who puts their mind to it can greatly improve. With time, patience and discipline, you too can develop feel and improve your timing. The following five principles will help you accomplish this.

1. Raise your level of awareness The first, and most important, principle to remember is to “pay attention.” Pay attention to what your horse is doing underneath you. Learn to read your horse, to diagnose what he’s doing and what you are doing while you are riding him. Shane Dowdy once told me that too many people ride “mindlessly,” that is, they don’t pay attention to their hands or their bumping, or what their horse is even doing underneath them. I’ve told my amateur and youth riders for years that the best riders don’t ride along bumping their horse’s face and talking to their friends unless they can talk and really pay attention to their hands and horse. The best riders are so in tune with their horses that they know what their horse is doing at all times and if, while they are talking, they need to pick up or correct their horse, they do it “mindfully” not “mindlessly.” They focus and get the job done and it shows through their results. So start improving your feel and timing by paying attention while riding. You can only fi x something if you become aware that there is a problem; so, raise your level of awareness to help develop better feel and timing.

2. Follow through The next important principle is to “follow through.” To follow through means to stay in or bump with your hands or legs until you get the desired response which is a “yes” to your cue! So pay attention because your horse learns by the release. If you bump or take hold of your horse and he pulls down or away from you and you release at the wrong time, you just taught him something, maybe the wrong thing, with your release. If you are careful to release each time after you get your desired response, he will become lighter and lighter to your cue. So don’t release until you feel him get light and soft in your hands and feel a definite “yes.” You can teach him to accept and even like his training, if you are reasonable and consistent. Be aware that you may have taught him to be dull or resistant by dropping him at the wrong time.

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Training, cont’d 3. Push through resistance When you raise your level of awareness and demand the desired response, you may encounter resistance. I encourage you to stay with it until you get your desired response. If he becomes extremely resistant or dangerous, stop what you are doing and seek the help of a professional. Sometimes a horse argues with me right before a big break-through. Once I feel him give, I drop right away to teach him that he gave me what I wanted. Remember, a horse learns by the reward. Make him want and look for that reward by being clear and consistent. One tip to remember: if you are having trouble getting your horse to give in the face, try driving him forward more with your legs until he gives. Often forward motion helps him to bridle and give, by encouraging him to collect and engage his hindquarters and round up his back, making collection physically easier for him.

4. Use a fair approach with your hands and legs The next principle is to pick up fairly. To pick up fairly means you do not snatch your horse’s mouth out of mid-air. If you need to bump or correct your horse sharply you can do so, but first approach your horse fairly. That means draw up on the slack in your reins slowly, until you feel his mouth and he knows you are there, and then you can bump or correct or lightly jerk. A horse can take correction if it is given to him fairly, with a warning that you are there at the end of the bridle reins. It is unfair to hit the bridle reins with no warning. He needs to feel you coming and good feel means your approach is slow. I tell my riders to simply draw up on the reins until they feel the horse’s mouth. Horses can learn to brace or block your pick-up, and even set their jaw against you if they have been grabbed out of mid-air. Teach your horse to trust your hands and take your correction. He will get softer and lighter than ever in HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

your hands. The same principle applies to your approach with your legs or your spurs. If you just booted or kicked him with no warning, you might frighten him or anger him. If, instead, you closed your leg slowly against him and then gave your cue, he will be more likely to willingly respond. I like to teach my riders to put their legs against their horse’s side and then mash or push with their legs. This is good communication on your end. Then evaluate his response and see if he is willing; if he says “yes” to you. If you learn to ask, to speak soft ly through your hands and legs, you will develop a willing partner. Of course, there are times you need to get tough to get your point across, but make that the exception, not the rule.

5. Learn to tell the difference between a refusal and an “I don’t understand” Be open to the possibility that you are not giving a clear cue or that he just doesn’t get it. Make your cues extremely clear and easy to understand. Now, once you’ve pushed to this new level and you know what it feels like, don’t settle for less than that. Refine your feel in

Brook Hokana riding Dimensionally Rosita

your hands and legs and rise up to a new standard. I hope these pointers will help you to improve your performance and your relationship with your horse. Become a team - you and your horse. It is truly awesome when your feel becomes so good that you can feel your horse trying under you, and you and your horse become a team! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

2012 LMQHA Q Bazaar and Country Fair March 18th 2012 at beautiful Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC The Bazaar Team is well into the planning stages, and have some exciting new attractions and changes being introduced to make 2012 a fantastic event to attend either as an exhibitor or visitor!

Admission Some highlights include: Only $5. BATTL A E OF THE BREEDS, Rider participation CLINICS, ““COUNTRY FAIR” F additions, amazing DOG DEMOS and more, along with the staples of the event such as the famous USED TA T CK sale.

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Canadian “Morgans” Win at Oklahoma Nationals!


randview Acres and Kimlina Morgans enjoyed a most successful 2011 Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show in October 2011, bringing home the roses with their two lovely mares, BMF Whisper of Love and Miz Scarlett. This success was thanks to the wonderful support, expertise and guidance of Sonja Lorenson, Cold Creek Inc. and team Trafalgar, Greg Ferguson and Daryl Hopson. BMF Whisper of Love (“Mint”) was crowned the 2011 Classic Pleasure Saddle Ladies World Champion; the first time for a Canadian team, after winning both of her qualifying classes earlier in the week in Oklahoma City. This six-year-old daughter of stallion Aftershock.com was the unanimous choice of the judges for the Grand National Champion Classic Pleasure Saddle Mares title. Her consistency showed by claiming the Grand National Champion Classic Pleasure Saddle Ladies Mares title the following day. “Mint” is lovingly owned by Bernd and Nathalie Langstaedtler of Grandview Acres of Morinville, Alberta; was bred by Harvey and June Sawatsky of Birch Meadow Farms, Enderby, BC, and is exhibited by Nathalie Langstaedtler. Miz Scarlett (“Blush”) trotted her way to the 2011 Classic Pleasure Saddle Junior Horse Reserve World Champion title with the signature style of her World Champion sire, Mizrahi. “Blush” exhibited the manners, beauty and athleticism necessary to shine at this level of competition. Her show season included numerous In-Hand wins and the 3-Year-Old English Pleasure title at Far West Regional before making the switch to the Classic Pleasure division. Miz Scarlett is owned and was bred by Roger and Patricia Poulin of Kimlina Morgans and is exhibited by Nathalie Langstaedtler. As the announcer calling Mint’s WC class said, there was “an international flair” to the world championships that night - Yeah, Canada! - Nathalie Langstaedtler

BMF Whisper of Love Photo by Howie Schatzberg

Miz Scarlett Photo by Howie Schatzberg


aya Beakhouse, riding Bred To Boogie, made their first trip to Oklahoma this year. Competing in the 9 and under Classic Saddle Walk/Trot division, they made the cut in their class for a call-back ride. Starting out with 17 young riders, Maya and Bred To Boogie came home with a 6th placing. Awesome!! Kaydee Crow and her gelding DVF High Chapperall were on their second trip to OKC. This year they competed for the first time in Hunter Seat Equitation and Hunter Pleasure 8 and under Walk/Trot, bringing home a Ashley Comeau and Talk Back Maya Beakhouse and Bred To Boogie 3rd in each class. They also were 3rd in 9 and under Showmanship & Fitting in a class of 9 youngsters. Annie Get Your Gun, with owner Willa Schwab riding, Catriona Kozijn, riding DVF Seacrest Out, had their first collected a very good 7th out of 17 horses in the Amateur Masters OKC experience together and made the Top Ten in the World Western Pleasure division. With Stephanie Abel riding, Annie Junior Seat Western Equitation Class. Each rider had to do a was Top Ten in the Open Western Trail and World Western pattern in this division, in which Catriona guided her borrowed Trail. horse through. This team has only been working together for Talk Back and Ashley Comeau, riding for the Comeau a month. They also placed 5th in a very large Showmanship & Family, took back a good 4th placing in the Hunter Pleasure Fitting 10-13 age group class. 4-year-old Stallion & Gelding class. 16 • Saddle Up • December 2011


Hidden Lake Guest Ranch By Mike Hawkridge


t’s about 5:00pm, mid-November, and I just got in the house after riding colts all day. The heat is starting to reach my bones, driving out the chill, as I sit down in front of the computer and try to illustrate “what and who” Hidden Lake Guest Ranch is. We are a lot more than the facts you’ll read below; we are a small group of ranchers who really enjoy what we do and want to share what we love with others - great times, good food, country livin’, laughter, and a whole mess of other grand western customs. Hidden Lake Guest Ranch is one of BC’s newest working/guest ranch destinations. The ranch is located 45km west of Quesnel on the Nazko Highway, in an area known as Baker Creek Country. Baker Creek has a long history of ranching, western traditions and colourful characters. HLGR takes pride in keeping the western way of life alive and well, and thrives on sharing it. At HLGR, we offer a complete working ranch experience to our guests, with a focus on horses and horsemanship. We have horses that fit any level of riding ability and experience, with a spotlight on

safety. Ranch activities can vary according to the season, with brandings in the spring, range riding in the summer, and roundups in the fall. We keep a number of cattle back in off range, to allow guests to experience livestock handling. Riding fence lines is a great way to spend time with a horse and check out the ranch land; occasionally, a moose or a tree has us making fence repairs. HLGR also offers special events including our “Hell on Heels” womenonly weekend and the annual Baker Creek Cowboy Gathering. In addition, we also run clinics with some of the industry’s top trainers and clinicians. For non-horse related activities, we have some incredible fishing, swimming at our local beach, bike riding, hikes, canoeing, or just sitting back and relaxing. The ranch also serves as a great base for guests to stay while they enjoy all that Quesnel and the local area has to offer. With proper planning we can help guests map their ultimate adventure, both on and off the ranch. Accommodations at the ranch include the big house, cozy cabins and

our large traditional teepee. At the ranch, guests will find all the comforts of home, including Internet access for those that are unable to be away completely. The food is time-honoured ranch cooking that will have guests going back for more. Anyone looking for a non-typical guest ranch adventure, need look no further. Hidden Lake Guest Ranch is a little piece of paradise, jam-packed with good times and western adventures. Give us a call or drop us an email and together we can help you plan a western vacation that will be almost impossible to beat. (See their listing in Business Services under Guest Ranches.)

Morgans, cont’d Everyone had a great time in Oklahoma; the weather was wonderful, and there is already talk of who is going in 2012. Trained and instructed by Dawnville Farms. - Karen Abel & Stephanie Abel, Leduc, AB

Annie Get Your Gun and Willa Schwab Catriona Kozijn and DVF Seacrest Out

Kaydee Crow and DVF High Chapperall

Editor’s note: Saddle Up requested this information from these exhibitors and we thank them for their contribution. A third Canadian did well at the Nationals, Tina Porter of Nova Scotia, but we did not receive a reply. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne THE SECURITY BOX

It’s almost Christmas and a good time to do something special for your horse and yourself. What I would like to see is folks teach their horses that they can be secure when they are with their human leader. Of course the human has to act like a good leader. The leader quite simply has to offer security to the follow.

High flag whip swish and Coal staying in the box.


Endotapping Coal to relax and diffuse anxiety so it doesn’t build

ne of the best ways to achieve this is by using a flag, as Buck Brannanan would say, “to keep the horse’s feet in our rectangle.” I like to call it a box. A SECURITY BOX. It is not about just waving a flag around to desensitize the

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Loose rein, moving shoulder away reaching with forequarters on departure

Roll over or quartering of hind quarters to a stop with bend

horse. It is about causing a calm security in the horse. A sense of trust. I first have my horse on a lead line where I pressure it to move away from me. More specifically, I move its nose, head and then shoulder directly away from me as in the first step of a spin or roll-back. Then I elevate the line towards the horse’s hindquarter so it bends towards me and crosses over with its hindquarter to a stop. I also will make sure the horse knows how to back up from me when asked. This creates my bubble so the horse learns that I am important and should not come into my space unless specifically invited. This is best done several feet away. If you get in their face you may provoke them into feeling they have to defend themselves. Whatever I ask the horse it has to understand there is a path out of this pressure (and this should be the path I made available to them). I make sure these yields are SOLID! I can then show the horse that it doesn’t have to fear the environment, nor me, when it is compliant with my clear guidance. My favourite way of doing this is with a flag whip. My whip is double ended with a flag at one end and an endotapping ball at the other. This tool is an extension of me. I can cause the horse to understand it cannot ignore my request and I can cause the horse to feel DARN good. Possibly better than it has ever felt before. When waving any tool that carries energy/noise, like fluttering or snapping, be careful to allow the horse to see what it does AWAY from them first. With some horses this could be some distance from them as they have an explosive fear excite cycle. For some, their only experience with a tool like this was with someone who intended to cause fear to move them. Fear is difficult to avoid but it should be a phase that we spend very little time in. We should progress through that insecurity as quickly as HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d

Relaxed in low swish of flag and staying in box

Swish of flag to touch behind ear with Coal accepting it without fear

possible. A horse that is fearful is learning nothing positive. I first ask my horse to stand still with its four feet in place. I will flap the flag further away from them, perhaps even looking away from them if they are very sensitive to this pressure. If the horse attempts to move I show it how to return back to where I established my “security box.” I gently move them back to that spot but become more specific every time. The horse has to understand that security is in the spot I chose and no other. I guarantee to that horse that nothing bad will happen to it when it stays in that box. On that spot the horse has nothing to worry about other than staying there. I will take care of the noisy contraption, the social order, and then make the whole deal very comfy. This is such a simple concept - if the horse moves its feet, I move them back. I increase the activity and proximity of the whip action in a confident relaxed manner. I correct the horse fairly and calmly (never punishing). I am cognizant of the fact that if I wave the flag too close to the front or hind feet it may strike or kick at it if it doesn’t understand so I make sure I am at a distance first. I go from shoulder to girth, to neck to head, then to rear and legs. The key is as soon as the flag can be waved near the horse we should go from an energetic wave to a calm quiet touch on the horse. The energy gets the horse paying attention and when it starts to think “well it hasn’t killed me yet” I then touch it before it puts up its guard. I then take it away almost as quick. When the horse has no time to react and nothing bad happened it is less inclined to move away from it the next time.

DR REED’S SUPPLEMENTS FOR HORSES Cheers as we enter a new year! Here’s to health for you and your horse!

I build this so the horse gets confidence in the rhythm of the activity. I touch them with comfort and care and when I swish the whip there is never intent to cause fear or harm. Now when I ask the horse to move out onto the circle with a very light rein I will use the flag to suggest they should not ignore my request. The flag is not to scare them onto the circle but to bring to their attention that my light request requires an immediate response. If the horse looks like this experience is getting a bit much my whip will be flipped around so I can endotap the horse into relaxation. We have to be able to diff use the excite cycles through manipulation, stimulation and then understanding which will lead to trust. Say what you mean in a quiet, light way and back it up in a way they can’t ignore. This process can cause an incredible calm in the horse where it totally relaxes, yet the horse is alert and ready to respond when requested with no fear of outside stimuli. The reason being the stimulation of endorphins in its body, combined with the knowledge that there is nothing to fear when with you. You ask in ways that make them feel successful with no emphasis on failure. It is not about how quick they get it but rather that when they do get it they feel good about what they just learned and won’t forget it. This is the responsibility of a good leader. Developing the security box in a stationary position can lead to skills like tying, trailering, standing calmly while waiting for an activity or just relaxing while taking in a scenic view. Later, we move the box with us - but that is fodder for another article. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.trainingforcourage.com.

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World Clydesdale Show By Bruce A. Roy Photos courtesy of Lynn Cassels-Caldwell (www.horsephotos.ca)

Horses bred in Western Canada made it three on the trot at the 2011 World Clydesdale Show. They lifted all three World Championships, in a coup without precedent in the breed’s colourful history, for more than 600 head of Clydesdale horses from Canada and the United States vied for these honours. Supreme Champion and Grand Champion Stallion, Donegal Mr. Pepper


reed enthusiasts from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand joined those from across America and Canada ringside. The spectacular breed show, held at Madison, Wisconsin, October 20-23, attracted horses, equestrians and spectators in record number. The Supreme Champion Clydesdale was Donegal Mr. Pepper, the Grand Champion Stallion. Shown by Bob and Laura Gookin of Boulevard, California, he was purchased a year ago from Gregg Gallagher of Canora, Saskatchewan, his breeder. A big, black horse, impressive in front, he made a powerful impression; few horses, whatever their breed, can flash their steel shod bottoms as he can. A superb athlete, turned out in tremendous bloom, his sire was bred by Gallagher, as were the first three mares in his pedigree’s distaff. He topped the massive breed entry to the ringing cheers of Clydesdale enthusiasts from around the world. Willow Way Jolie, a bay filly, bred and owned by Wes Gordeyko of Ohaton, Alberta, was Grand Champion Mare. Before advancing to these honours, she topped a class of thirty-three 2-year-old fi llies. Near perfect in design, she was shown in great hair. Not one hair on her well furnished feet and legs was broken. A big fi lly, beautifully turned over her top, sweet about her head and neck, she travels true, flexing her knees and hocks. Willow Way Chanel, the home-bred 20 • Saddle Up • December 2011

dam of Willow Way Jolie, was Reserve Grand Champion Mare at the 2005 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Grand Champion Gelding, GV’s Justins Mr T, was bred by Gordon Reinhardt of Didsbury, Alberta. Sadly, Reinhardt passed away in July. How proud, how very proud he would have been, had he lived to see his home-bred grade gelding top the exciting field of registered and grade geldings shown at Madison. Darryl Cobbs and family of Huntington, Indiana, drive the handsome, Reinhardt gelding in their Champion Six Horse Hitch of black Clydesdale geldings. W.V. Greendykes Charismatic Finale, an American-bred female was the Reserve Grand Champion Mare for Reg and Carol Madsen of Hamiota, Manitoba. The Reserve Grand Champion Gelding, Boulder Bluff Lynne, now owned in America, was bred by Calvin and Jane Martin of Strathclair, Manitoba. Delvin Szumutka of Stockholm, Saskatchewan, suffered a heart attack while preparing his 3-year-old gelding for his class. Fellow exhibitors rallied, to ensure his horse was shown, while Szumutka was rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance. This Saskatchewan breeder owes his life to the medical care he received. His gelding, Crack A Dawn’s Red Rock, bred by Calvin Mason of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, won his class of twenty-four! There was a buoyant private trade for Clydesdales in the barns stabling the

massive entry. Handsome five-figure offers were reported by breeders, for international buyer interest was without precedent.

Grand Champion Gelding GV’s Justins Mr T

Grand Champion Mare Willow Way Jolie (photo submitted)


BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Lauri Meyers Oh, what a year it has been. As many horses as we have had surrendered, we have also adopted out. Many times we have been told what a necessary group we are and the work we do is so important and needed. Thankfully, we are not alone, as there are several other rescues doing the exact same thing.


n one hand, it is heart breaking that we are all so busy with rescues, but on the other hand, it is heart-warming to see so many new beginnings. “History was written on the back of the horse.” “It was the horse that built civilization.” Horses have done so much for mankind; it’s time we returned the favour. On November 12 and 13 we had a work bee for fencing and corrals. Tolko, from Vernon, donated poles for rails and Home Depot donated 2x6’s for the corral fencing. We would like to thank our volunteer, Ketina, for organizing this. After the work bee we held a BBQ and bonfire to relax, eat and forge new friendships. Our newest arrivals are: Mac, lovingly called Junior: he is a 3.5-year-old QH with a crooked leg. The leg is not as bad as we had first thought. He is a total sweetheart and he really loves people. He will be an excellent companion horse for someone. Tonka: a mini stud, he is the colour of chocolate with a white mane and tail. He has been broke to drive and has shown in halter, where he cleaned house. We are expecting a few more that have been on our waiting list; stand by for their introductions. November has been a busy month at the

Hub. We have now adopted out five residents, one in October and four, so far, in November. Sandy will be living in Prince George with her new friend, Cyndie; Buckshot is in Penticton with Ingrid and Wally; Shiraz is moving to Westbank with her new friend, Justine; Mac is going to Armstrong with Barb, and Lacey has found a home and new best friend with Nadine, in Lumby. Our website, www.bcihrs. ca, has up-to-date information for currently available residents at the Hub. Last month, the Board of Directors voted on donating $50 from each adoption, for the months of November and December, to the family of Ava and Austin Claassen, who died tragically in a motor home fire in Lytton. With the adoptions so far, we are able to donate $200 to the family. Joey, BCIHRS President/Equine Director, had the pleasure of meeting Mandy from N.A.G. Bags. Mandy and N.A.G. Bags donated three small N.A.G. Bags and a large square bale bag. Mandy is a fountain of knowledge about feeding and has given Joey lots of advice to help the horses that need a little extra. Thank you, Mandy and N.A.G. Bags, for your donations and advice.

Mandy (on right) showing the N.A.G. Bag

Mac “Junior”

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Vernon’s Transition House Equine-assisted Therapy Program By Wendy Elrick. Photos courtesy of Rein-Beau Images

What We Are About Equine-assisted therapy is an experiential form of therapy where horses participate as co-counsellors. Client goals are addressed through the impact of exercises done with the horses, not on the horses. People find great support for their individual healing processes through the relationships they develop with the horses. The model applied by the program uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play therapy, storytelling, and problem-solving exercises. This program in Vernon, BC is offered to women in the community who have been the victims of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse, and who are unable to cover the full costs of therapy.

The Horses Currently our herd consists of six horses. Landor is a 20-year-old Holsteiner, who has been facilitating equine-assisted therapy for seven years now. This week, a woman was walking around the arena with him and he would place his nostrils into her ear and remind her to breathe every time her breathing became shallow and panicky. Chunky is about 18 years old. He is a miniature horse, and, like Landor, has been in the program since the beginning. He is a wonderful teacher of intimacy. Bandit is a 9-year-old Arab/ Tennessee Walker, who teaches people to be in a relationship without touch. Athena continues to help people connect with their vulnerability and raw emotions. Vienna is the mother of the herd and is a magnificent teacher of assertiveness and the importance of staying in the present. Angel continues to amaze us with her wisdom and gentleness. She teaches how one can look after oneself and still stay soft and gentle. Cheyenne left the herd in August. I am sure she will continue to support her rider and those that engage in a relationship with her.

Learning from Horses This year, we ran two equine-assisted therapy groups spanning ten weeks each. 22 • Saddle Up • December 2011

Sessions were offered for two hours every week. During the winter, we offered a traditional assertiveness training for eight weeks. Some of the feedback from women who have participated in the equine-assisted therapy groups includes: - Go with my gut feeling and pay attention to my body. - Not to give up so easily. - I love equine therapy; it makes me feel like I’m worth it. - I am amazed and honoured to have come here. Equine therapy has helped me connect with my body and myself in a healthy way. - Equine therapy is a wonderful method to use to calm yourself and be peaceful. - I learned that animals teach you a lot about yourself. They can really help you calm yourself. - I learned about letting go of things. - Equine-assisted therapy is good for people struggling with addiction or mental health problems. - It taught me to focus on the moment and not be overwhelmed by thoughts. - I can now define my very own personal space. - I can’t stress enough how the equine therapy program has enabled me to work on my issues in a safe and supportive environment with the horses, who are completely non-judgmental. - This is a tremendous opportunity to connect the mind and body that all women deserve to experience. - The horses have taught me that I do have boundaries and to respect theirs, as well as mine. - Equine therapy has taught me how to go inside myself, where to find my centre, and to stay there long enough to work through my thoughts and feelings. - This work done here was instrumental in letting me actually feel deep inside myself again. It is the most powerful work I have ever done.

Donations I would like to thank this year’s sponsors. For the past two years, the bulk of the monies used to run the program have come from a very generous private donator. A big thank you to this kind soul. The Paddock has continued their monthly donation to the program, which has been supporting us for seven years now. Thank you, Karin and Darryl, for your ongoing support. Likewise, Dave Collins has always been available for consulting and treating the horses. Thank you, Dave. Your emotional support is greatly valued. Arise Chiropractic has continued to donate to the program this year. Thank you, Alanna and Elliott. Likewise, we have continued collecting receipts from Nature’s Fare. Nature’s Fare donates 3% of the total on receipts we collect from the store. Anyone willing to contribute their receipts can call me at 250-309-0351 and I will pick them up. Thank you from the administration of Transition House, from Helen, myself, and the herd. Best wishes to you all for the coming year!


Horsey Ladies (Okanagan) RAISE OVER $45,000 TO DATE


he 14th Annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction took place at Spallumcheen Golf Course on November 18th. This fundraiser attracted 130 horsey gals from all over the Okanagan, Shuswap, Merritt and Kamloops. Over 100 items were on the Silent and Chinese auction blocks. Thanks to the generosity of numerous businesses and individuals, this year the Horsey Ladies raised over $6,600 bringing their total to over $45,000 given back to a local charity. “All the proceeds from this event are given back to a charity that the gals vote on that evening. We never know who is going to win,” says committee member Nancy Roman. In previous years recipients have included Mona’s Cowboy Inspiration Fund; Angel’s Animal Rescue; BC Interior Horse Rescue; North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association; Equine Assisted Therapy; and Shuswap and Vernon SPCAs. This year, proceeds will be given to the top two vote-getters, Vernon Women’s Transition House (Equine Assisted Therapy Program) and the Community Dental Access Centre in Vernon.

“We had so many items up for bidding, including 13 donated Weekends at Guest Ranches and Spas; these are always a big hit with the ladies.” The Horsey Ladies are not a club nor a society, there is no Board or bank account. They are just a bunch of gals that get together to celebrate their love of horses in the Christmas spirit. The committee members volunteer all their time in asking for and gathering the auction items in the months and days prior. A big hand to this year’s committee: Ruby Edwards, Elspeth Manning, Amy Vaughan, Michele Gould, Ester Gerlof and Nancy Roman. Watch for us on Facebook (thanks to P.A-T.) in the coming weeks… for Horsey Ladies Okanagan.

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How Horses Changed My Life Welcome to My Dream Come True! By Nichole Kennard

Tammy is the most extraordinary person I have ever met. Her life story could easily fill a thousand pages, but all she really wants to talk about is her horses. She wanted me to title this “Welcome to my dream come true.”


haven’t known her very long and yet we are already like family. We met when she hired my husband and me to build a custom gate for her farm, and we have become good friends over our shared love of animals. Like many young girls, Tammy dreamed of having her own horse. This dream would not be realized for over 60 years. Having grown up within a wealthy European family who even owned a number of horses, she was not permitted to do any riding. God forbid a young lady should get dirty. She married and

immigrated to Canada, but lost her husband and young daughter in a tragic car accident. After remarrying a farm boy and relocating to a farm in Alberta, Tammy’s dream of owning her own horse and learning to ride was still not realized. Her new young husband believed, and rightfully so, that horses cost money and his cows made money. But no recognition was given to how much more than money earned a horse would give her. A few years ago, she found herself suddenly alone and although she now had complete control for the first time, she was unsure of how to build a life on her own. Where All Around Athletes Are Created Shortly thereafter, she Breeders of Quality APHA and AQHA Stock was diagnosed with leukemia and began her battle with cancer. After several months of treatment, Tammy was having debilitating back pain. Although she was no stranger to the physical demands of a cancer battle she was finding CLUMINATION RKR HEARTS SONNY DEE it more difficult than – 1994 Sorrel AQHA – 2004 Red Dun Tobiano HDF IMPRESSED BY CLU COOLRIDGE TOFINO ever to find relief. One – 2002 Bay AQHA – 2005 Black/Brown TB day a friend mentioned HDF BRANDY SNIFTER RKR HEARTS STYLISHFOX to her that she had – 2003 Sorrel Overo – 2007 Sorrel Tobiano heard horseback riding CBS LEGACY YMR KISS MY BAGGINS was good for managing – 2003 Red Roan Overo – 2008 Grey AQHA the back pain often KINGOFHEARTS MCCUE – 1997 Red Dun Tovero associated with her Dorla Malo, 403-647-3774, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com disease. P.O. Box 572, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0

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Realizing that she had, for the first time, an opportunity to do something she had always wanted to do, Tammy found someone who would let her ride a few times and to her amazement, the pain began to recede. Not only had the “treatment” worked but she was also hooked. She began looking for someone who would give her riding and horsemanship lessons. Because of her age and her illness, she was turned away from most places, but eventually she found someone two hours from home that would take her on. For four months, she made the four-hour return trip twice a week to learn how to ride. Then about two months ago, at the age of 68 and embroiled in her fift h battle with cancer, Tammy bought her very own horse (she now has two). She has suffered many tragedies in her life and she told me once that there were times she questioned why she was still here. Now her eyes sparkle and dance with the joy of having found her reason for being. She is beautiful and she is in love with her life and her horses. Since she is humble, Tammy will only say that her dream came true, but I say that she made it come true. I continue to be inspired by her perseverance and consider myself a better person for having got to know her.

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Horsey Ladies - The Cariboo Connection By Cheryle Hickman Photos courtesy of Rein-Beau Images


n Friday, November 25th, the ‘First Annual’ Bridge Lake/Interlakes Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction boasted a huge success. There was no shortage of food, fun or chatter during the sold out evening. Thirty-six horsey gals herded themselves to the festively decorated Crystal Waters Guest Ranch in Bridge Lake, where they celebrated Christmas and the Love of Horses together. The attending gals chose Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge in Chase BC (as they were the high vote), and the Refuge will receive all proceeds from the auction totaling $1,525.00. Special thanks to Nicole our hostess, and to Doug, the cook, everything was so yummy. Having Nancy Roman join us during her busy ‘Saddle Up’ deadline was an honour; we thank you for the encouragement. We thank all who attended and wish all Horsey Ladies a great Christmas!

Group of happy horsey ladies!

- Your 2011 committee: Cheryle Hickman. Ann Gallob and Andrea Glatz,

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(Editor’s Note: Cheryle Hickman was a big part of our Horsey Ladies fundraiser here in the Okanagan, until she and her husband, Dave, moved to the Bridge Lake area in 2010. This year she started her own Horsey Ladies event… and look at its success! And, for your info, Cheryle IS Rein-Beau Images Animal Photography… in case some of you didn’t know.) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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In the last few installments, we talked briefly about circles and riding them correctly and with symmetry. In this installment, I want to elaborate a bit more on being able to ride perfectly round circles. Almost every pattern today will consist of circles, multiple circles, circles in different directions, and also at different speeds.


ith everything else close to even with the exhibitors in a tight class, there is always something that separates one from another. Usually, that is how correctly they ride their circles. If you are riding an oval, teardrop, triangle or lopsided circles, you can plan on that part of the scoring to go way down. Making up with the rest of the ride may not be enough to bring your score back up to where it was, or needs to be. This also includes riding your circle in the correct location in the arena. You might be able to get your round circles figured out, but they end up off to the right or left of center. As a coach and trainer, I feel that circling is probably the biggest issue that people have problems with. They might be able to ride round circles at home due to the comfort and familiarity of their arena, but when they go to a different arena to compete, all the surroundings look different. It is very important to look at the arena while just walking around on your horse and find waypoints for centering your

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circles, such as end gates, center markers, fence markings or beams on indoor arena walls. Take note on the size of the arena so that you will not be bouncing off the walls if the arena is very small. On the other hand, make sure not to ride your circle too big if you are in a huge arena. Look at the arena and get a game plan for where you are going to ride your circles. Where are they going to start, and where are they going to end. Always try to ride the pattern as close as possible to the description of the pattern provided. Make sure that, when starting a circle, you keep these two things in mind. Number one is to always position your horse to depart into the circle from a walk, or a jog, if asked for in the pattern description. Never try to ask for a lope departure from one step or a complete standstill. I tell my students to untrack their horses from a standstill at least a couple of walk steps or more, to straighten the horse’s body out, and to get a clean, responsive lope departure. Number two is, always lope a couple of strides straight and then gradually find your circle and enter it. If you start dramatically into your circle, your horse will start dropping his shoulders into the center of the circle

and then you will not have any control on the size or symmetry of your circle. You will have to take what he gives you. If you have a very small first half or your circle, you will have to finish it that way, you have to keep both halves the same size. The size of the circles is very important, and when a judge specifies in the pattern for a small circle followed by a larger circle, there must be a definite change in the overall diameter of the circles. Body control and steering will be necessary for riding really great circles. Speed usually goes along with this request on circles. If the judge wants a fast, large circle then a slower, small circle, that is how you must ride them if you want a big score. I would say that the majority of the time, many riders trope, or lope their horses so slow in the small circles, that it is hard to tell if they

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Trainer of Champions, cont’d are actually in a three beat lope. Then when they go to the large circle, they simply go to the regular nice lope. This will make for a very dramatic reduction of their score. This usually happens for a few reasons. Some reasons might be that their horse is not broke to do the faster circles, they are afraid they will lose their seat in the process, they are just too uncomfortable riding the gallop, or maybe just because other people get away with doing it. I would suggest that people practice going fast at home and teaching your horse speed control. Start slow, increase to galloping a few large fast circles, and then back to the small slow circles. Remember that the Horsemanship class is the stepping stone to Reining. Training your eye for the circles is something that, once you figure it out, will stay with you forever. Forward vision is the most important factor in riding great circles. I always have my students visualize a clock. The north end of the arena is noon and the

south end is six o’clock. If they are riding circles to the right, when they approach twelve, their vision should be focused between three and four. Keep the vision with your location, so that when you are at six, your forward vision should be between nine and ten. This will give you a fi x on where you want to be in your circle, and give you enough time to make corrections and adjustments to get there. Sometimes I will have my riders use four cones placed in a square about 100 feet apart and lope the circles inside the cones, then graduate to one cone in the center of their circles, and then to no cones in the circles. Peripheral vision and feel should take care of most everything else with your horse. Make sure to get out of the habit of only looking down or straight ahead a few feet when riding. If you have a hard time with continually looking down, I have small goggles that I designed to not allow looking down. My students get to use them quite often, and it breaks bad habits


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Horse Expo Ends 8th Year With Record Attendance By Jan Mansfield. Photos courtesy of Mark McMillan


he Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Fair held October 21-23 at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park Sunday was the most successful event in its eight-year history. Over 25,000 equine enthusiasts took advantage of the clinics conducted by the international equine experts who shared their knowledge of everything from reining, horsemanship, and barrel racing to dressage, show jumping, extreme trail, equine nutrition and horse care. “We are pleased that interest in the Mane Event just keeps getting stronger,” said Gail Barker, spokesperson for the Mane Event. “It’s nice that people come from afar, as well as locally, to take advantage of all that we have to offer. We were happy to see several new attendees here this year, and several new exhibitors. A number of our vendors reported high Friday sales, which pleases us of course.” Over 160 booths fi lled the trade fair this year.

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Horse Expo, cont’d The popular Trainers Challenge ended Sunday with Kade Mills being awarded the championship after going head to head with Jon Ensign and Steve Rother. In the final, all three trainers successfully completed all the mandatory challenges with the colts they had been working with since Friday. The young horses were brought in by the Douglas Lake Ranch. Another weekend highlight was the appearance of two of the stars from the hit family television drama, Heartland. Fans lined up to meet Jessica Amlee (who plays Mallory Wells) and Kerry James (Caleb Odell) and to have their photos taken with them. The Mane Event opens again in Alberta at Red Deer’s Westerner April 27-29, 2012 and returns to Chilliwack October 19-21, 2012. “We are always looking for ways to improve and add fresh interest to the event so next year, and leading up to our 10th anniversary in 2013, we will be adding some exciting new features,” said Barker. Videos of the event: http://maneeventexpo.com/Chilliwack/Chilliwack-News.aspx

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan free with an adult. Tickets are available at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, or by phoning us at 1-888-763-2221. If you’re from out of town, check out the Coast Kamloops Hotel (formerly the Kamloops Towne Lodge) as they are offering special room rates for the night ($79.00). Don’t forget your food bank donation! Back Country Horsemen... keep your eyes open here in Cariboo Chatter over the next few months, as we’ll be keeping you posted on the June 1 to 3, 2012 Rendezvous. Plans are already being put in place for what sounds like a pretty fun and exciting weekend in 100 Mile House. The South Cariboo Chapter has booked the rodeo grounds, the curling rink, and the arena for the event and at least some of the entertainment has been booked, too.

Jayden Stafford won the Country 103 Rising Star Showcase at last year’s Kamloops Cowboy Festival and will be at the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert and the 2012 Cowboy Festival (photo by Jerry Stainer)


anta Claus is coming to town! To Kamloops anyway... and he’s agreed to stop in for a visit at our Cowboy Christmas Concert. He’ll be letting folks get their picture taken with him - for free! Just bring a donation to the Kamloops Food Bank. Friday, December 16 is the day and 6 p.m. is the time. The place is the Calvary Community Church where the BC Cowboy Heritage Society will be hosting the Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Jeremy Willis, Gordie West, Butch Falk, Shirley Field, and Hugh McLennan will be singing Christmas songs and telling Christmas stories, and Santa will join them on stage. The second half of the show will be an audience-driven sing-along to requests - just plain good oldfashioned family fun. Tickets are only $20 per person and kids 16 and under get in

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Snippets: A big welcome to “The Log House” a tack, harness and apparel store that just opened in 100 Mile House! See their ad on page 42. Cheryle Hickman and friends of Bridge Lake, organized a fundraising Horsey Ladies dinner at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, see their report on page 25. I guess I could say, “It figures!” as it snowed on the first day that I got to ride since the summer. It was still a pretty nice day, though, and we had a good ride as we gathered our cattle at our leased property at the 105 Mile. It wasn’t the riding in the snow that I was complaining about but more the roads and the driving conditions... always a worry when hauling

horses and cattle. The surprise for us was the fact that, in the Cariboo, we usually have the worst weather conditions. Note that I said usually. Well, the day we hauled our calves to the Kamloops Stock Yards, the roads up here (at least the back roads) were nasty and slippery, but the worst snowfall was out by the stockyards. The best part of this ordeal? We got the best calf prices we’ve seen in years! Yeah! Finally!

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d

(L to R) Kade Mills, Jon Ensign, and Steve Rother with Jessica Amlee (Mallory) and Kerry James (Caleb)!

Kathy and Mark with Mallory and Caleb from the ever-so-popular TV series, Heartland

and demos, but our focus is mainly on the round pen and the Trainer’s Challenge. Congratulations to Kade Mills, who came out in the top spot, but a big congratulations to Jon Ensign and Steve Rother, too, as you were all amazing! One of the biggest line-ups of the weekend was for people to get an autograph, and a photo taken, with two of the actors from the Heartland TV series, Mallory and Caleb. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the 12th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert on February 11, 2012. Two shows to choose from - a 2 p.m. matinee, or a 7 p.m. evening show (both shows are the same). The lineup will consist of cowboy poetry from 10-yearold Jayden Stafford, music (including the fiddle) from 16-year-old Dale McEachern, some real cowboy tunes from the Loose Rooster Band and cowboy poetry from HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Gord Colliar. Tickets are only $15 and make great stocking stuffers! Starting January 1 or 2, you can follow Kathy and I, Billie and Hugh McLennan, and about 100 other cowboy/ ranch/horse-interested people on the Spirit of the West Cruise to Hawaii. We’ll be keeping two different diaries as up-to-date as possible while we travel; one at www.hugh-mclennan.com and one at www.meadowsprings.com. The diaries will consist of a short paragraph of text and some photos... just to brag about the sun and fun we’re having! There’s still room left if you want to join us (it’ll be better than looking at photos). Just look for the details on Hugh’s website. Kathy and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from us and all the critters at Meadow Springs Ranch! If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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

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This month’s photo is taken in our little Meadow Springs Museum, although we have one of these items in our kitchen, too. An easy one this month - it is about 3 inches high and about 2 inches in diameter. It says what it’s used for under the rectangular box (we’ll show you that in February’s issue). E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

Last Month’s What’s This? The November issue’s photo was taken here by our little Meadow Springs Museum. I think we’ll have to make the next one easier as we didn’t get many guesses on this one. The item is called a “truck” and is used to help support the tongue weight of an implement, therefore reducing the downward pull on the horses’ necks. In the photo you can see one set of discs with a solid tongue and one set with a “truck.” The one with the truck could be pulled with or without a tongue (kind of scary without one, though). www.saddleup.ca • 31

Cowgirl Poetry Bernice

By Sheryl Hare This is a story of a foal named Bernice, She had a very big head and crooked round knees. She was short in the front and long in the back, She was not quite brown she was not quite black. She had six fine hairs to call her mane, Sadly to say, her tail was the same. Her ears laid over to one side, Bernice was ugly, but she still had pride.

She never once worried when the other foals teased, She held her head high and did as she pleased. When the time came for the autumn foal show, Bernice was so happy she was able to go. As soon as Bernice had her chance, She showed everyone there how she could dance. The judges all sighed as they stopped to stare, “She moves like a poet, floating on air.” Then the ugly brown foal leaped up so high, That she seemed to have wings and was able to fly. “What talent! What grace!” the spectators cheer, Things are not always as they appear.

Doc Par Dallas (“Dally”) March 1, 1994 – October 26, 2011 By Linda Parent

She was the Filly who’d caught my eye; bloodlines so fine I had to make her mine. A Quarter Horse mare so fit, so young, her life had just begun. She had a coat shiny like a new copper penny. She was full of spit, polish and energy, she gave 110%, a part of her soul every time she spent. The ‘Trainer’ while on her back stopped Dally dead in her tracks. He pushed too hard, she gave it her all. He wouldn’t be happy till he’d confi ned her to a stall. “For Sale” went up on Dallas, the ‘Trainer’ caused his malice. Afflicted his abuse then decided Dallas was no longer of use, he slit the noose and cut her loose. That little gal’s eye said, please, give me another try. Call it a gut feelin’, a notion. I had to set a plan in motion. The vet’s examination said Dally could have OCD… No I couldn’t believe. Off to the Veterinarian College Dally’s X-Ray’s I sent with heed. To God every night I’d pray, that Dally’s X-Ray’s would come back with the OK. The prognosis I was hopin’ would be sublime, give young Dally time off and she would be just fine. Yipee! There’s no OCD! Dally really was meant to be with me. It took time for both her and me, lessons, muscle ache and burn… we began to heal, trust and learn. Before we knew it years flew by, we had been through a lot Dally and I. We formed friendship, bond and trust. When burdens were heavy, bein’ with Dally for me was a must. She was my “Happy Place” while on her back there was a smile on my face. A horse like Dallas will never be replaced - One in a Million, in my heart for her there will always be a place. I trusted her with my one and only son, he’d climb up in the saddle, I’d say take care of him Hun. I’d give her a nice soft pat on the bum, I trusted my Dally to get the job done. My life’s greatest treasure, other than my son, a horse like Dallas will always be Number One! Man she was beautiful, ‘cowy’ as they come, point her to a cow and we were in for some fun! She was fast! Chasin’ cows through mud, bush and slash. She gave it her all no matter what I asked. This horse of mine, once so confined had been passed over by others, I’m glad they were so blind. My mare of 15 years is again confined to a stall. I wish instead of her, I could take the fall. The prognosis for my Dally just isn’t good, so makin’ the right decision for her now, I must, will and should. My heart will ache for her, she will never be replaced. She was my One in a Million. My life’s “Happy Place!” 32 • Saddle Up • December 2011


Canadian Finals Rodeo Report By Imran Gill River City Round Up brought out the west within! City slickers turned cowboy to celebrate River City Round Up – a city-wide festival celebrating Edmonton’s agriculture and western heritage from November 4-13. Northlands’ Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo helped Edmontonians find the west within with cattle shows, horse sales, and some of the best rodeo contestants in the country. Northlands and the City of Edmonton were proud to partner to start off the ten-day festival with the River City Round Up kick-off celebration in Sir Winston Churchill Square on November 5. There was entertainment, a caravan of covered wagons, cultural displays, family activities and the evening concluded with a fantastic fireworks display. Northlands’ 522,000 sq. ft. Edmonton EXPO centre was full of agriculture education, entertainment, commerce and competition at Farmfair 2011. This year 93,624 guests took part in equine events, cattle sales, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and much more. Highlights include the Alberta Supreme Championship which made its debut at this year’s Farmfair and included all beef breed winners from Northlands Farmfair Agriculture Showcase, Olds Fall Classic and the Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up. This was an exciting competition as the provincial female and bull champions were declared. Exhibitor Miller Wilson Angus won the Alberta Supreme Champion title for both the bull and female champions and drove away in not one, but two 2011 Dodge RAM trucks. A total of 91,174 guests enjoyed the 38th edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo which brought world-class athletes to Rexall Place. Competitors were vying for bragging rights, national titles and money – close to $1.4 million was taken home! This year’s Miss Rodeo Canada was also crowned. Arleta Bowhay from Sundre, Alberta will travel the world as an ambassador for the sport of rodeo.

Rodeo Highlights Rodeo highlights include Tyson Durfey tying the arena record for Tie Down Roping at 7.1 seconds. Dufrey was also the overall Tie Down Roping Champion at this year’s CFR. During the two performances on Saturday, bullrider Chad Besplug had three re-rides for a total of five different rides that day alone. His decision to take the re-rides with the hopes of getting a higher score was worth it. Besplug came out on top and was declared the overall Champion Bullrider with total earnings of $73,790.14 for the season. “This was a great year for rodeo,” said Dale Leschiutta, President of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. “We had over 100 rodeo contestants who showed Edmonton what rodeo is all about – dedication, athleticism and passion for the sport.” HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This year CFR presented a feature concert live in the dirt. Blake Shelton provided an intimate experience for those in attendance, playing acoustic versions of some of his biggest hits. In addition, CFR fans were entertained on several nights at The Buckle - the official party headquarters for the CFR. Emerson Drive, Sweet Tequila and Chad Brownlee all rocked the Edmonton EXPO Centre with some of country music’s biggest hits! “Rodeo fans demonstrated their passion for rodeo over these past five days,” said John Windwick, Canadian Finals Rodeo Commissioner. “The tremendous support shown by rodeo fans is what allows us to bring the best of the best to Edmonton each year.” Canadian Finals Rodeo Final Results. For full results visit www.cfr.ca Bareback Champion: Dusty LaValley, Total Seasons Earnings (TSE) $72,138.57 Steer Wrestling Champion: Cody Cassidy, TSE $65,748.86 Novice Saddle Bronc Champion: Coleman Watt, TSE $7,980.00 Novice Bareback Champion: Ky Marshall, TSE $9,906.00 Boys Steer Riding Champion: Brian Symington, TSE $11,092.99 Team Toping Champion Header: Levi Simpson, TSE $23,220.57 and Champion Heeler: Tyrel Flewelling, TSE $22,957.00 Saddle Bronc Champion: Taos Muncy, TSE $68,468.14 Tie-Down Roping Champion: Tyson Durfey, TSE $60,031.71 Ladies Barrel Racing Champion: Trula Churchill, TSE $76,184.86 Bull Riding Champion: Chad Besplug, TSE $73,790 All Around Champion: Kyle Thomson High Point Champion: Curtis Cassidy

Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships Awarded at CFR Four students were awarded the prestigious Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships at the 38th Canadian Finals Rodeo on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to the students pursuing an education in broadcasting or agriculture. Congratulations to Rosie Templeton, Rebecca Gilday, Jordan Bremmekamp and Nicole Briggs. Bremmekamp and Gilday will be both pursuing a post secondary education at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Briggs and Templeton will be pursuing an education in Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. The Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships were established in 2003 by Edmonton Rodeo’s Cowboy Benevolent Foundation and Northlands in honour of Bill Kehler. Known as the voice of Canadian Finals Rodeo, Spruce Meadows and the Calgary Stampede, Kehler demonstrated a life-long commitment to rodeo, broadcasting and the agriculture industry. The 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo will take place November 7-11, 2012 at Rexall Place.

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Now how can that be? How can I take the same exercise and use it to solve opposite issues?


t a recent clinic, I was presented with two horses. One was leading like a husband going Christmas shopping and the other one was like someone after too many of those new energy drinks. How was I going to use the foundation lessons that these horses knew to solve these “no go” and “no whoa” issues? In their training toolboxes, the handlers had the foundation lessons of Grown-Ups Are Talking, Head Down, Mat Work and a bit of Why Would You Leave Me. Luckily we had several mats available for use and I came up with a plan. Standing on a mat is a wonderful exercise for teaching many behaviours. It helps develop light cues for forward and back from the lead rope, weight shifts to improve balance, and the ability to place individual feet using the lead. It can also be used for teaching ground tying and comes in handy for standing quietly during grooming sessions. As clicker trainers, we know that when a behaviour is highly reinforced it will tend to be offered. Both horses had already learned the mat lesson well and were drawn to the mat because of the reinforcement history with it. They liked to be on the mat Presented by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society


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and I was going to use this to help with the “no whoa” and “no go.” To start solving the “no go” issue, we began the exercise without the horse. The handler walked through it with a “human horse” partner, making sure they were clear on the mechanical skills and exactly what they were reinforcing. We planned to start with the mat and reinforce mat work, but not stay on the mat very long as that would not help our stuck horse at all. We would have him step off one mat Initial mat set-up for “no right onto another mat, with a click go” horse (Can you spot and treat. Since he understood that the difference between good things happened on the mat, part this photo and the second one?) of his reward for going forward was to end up on another mat. We were reinforcing his forward by letting him get to the next mat. The handler was to be clear with her start up cue but not drag the horse; the mat was going to be her draw. She was to set it up and wait. When the walking on the close-together mats was working well, we would move the mats a bit farther apart and repeat the exercise; we would continue doing this until the horse walked on from the start up cue and could go a good distance before getting to the next mat. Our plan worked well and soon the “no go” horse had some get up and go. How did this same exercise help sort out the “no whoa” horse? Once again, we discussed the plan without the horse and walked through it until the handler had the mechanics down pat. Why did we do this? It is important in training to manage the environment to ensure success. By taking the horse out of the equation, the handler could focus on what needed to be done without worrying about having to deal with the horse at the same time. It is much less stressful for both handler and horse, especially in the case of the “no whoa” horse. Again, we started out by placing the mats very close together, but this time we spent more time on each mat, rewarding the horse for standing quietly before moving on. The horse had to stand quietly before being allowed to move on to the next mat. (Although, to start with, it was only for a split second!) We used a very high rate of reinforcement for standing on the mat. That means lots of clicks and treats in a short period of time. The handler would allow the horse, after the moment of stillness, to move to the next mat and click and treat for landing and standing on the mat. The mats would be kept relatively close HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d together until things were going really well, so that there would be no tendency to get up a head of steam. Following this plan, they got into a nice rhythm and the horse, now attentive to what was going on, became content to wait for the handler’s cue. Perhaps the “no go” horse had been reinforced more for standing than for going, and the training had gotten out of balance. Perhaps the “no whoa” horse’s handler was high-energy and didn’t do Initial mat set-up for enough chill time. It is always important “no whoa” horse to train opposite behaviours so that things remain in balance, and both these horses had gotten out of balance in their training. We all do it. We get so focused in training one thing that we forget to train the opposite, and create an imbalance as a result. Remember: if you teach forward you must teach back; if you teach stop you must teach go; if you teach left you must teach right. What had really changed in these interactions? I think the really important one here was, “If we think different, we are

different.” The mats and the exercise allowed the handler to think about the issue differently. By taking the focus of the handlers off the “no whoa” or “no go” and putting it onto the mats, they allowed their thoughts to change, which in turn changed how they were with their horses and how their horses were with them. Each pair was focused on getting to the mat and the positive click and treat when they got there. The mat exercise was the catalyst to change the thought process of each handler and horse, and the click and treat reinforced this new pattern and allowed for success to occur for all concerned. The balance had been restored to the relationship. The new behaviours would be stronger because of the use of the positive reinforcement and the neural pathway that the click (the marker signal) makes in the brain of both the horse and handler. Until next time, keep it positive. Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadian-approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years.

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Equine Canada Report By Julie Cull Jump Canada Announces 2012 Talent Squad The 2012 Jump Canada Talent Squad has been announced. During the 2011 season, 13 Talent Squad qualifying competitions were held in the Eastern Division while 10 qualifying competitions comprised the Western Division. The top five riders from each division form the 2012 Jump Canada Talent Squad. They are, in alphabetical order, as follows: Tamie Phillips, Strathmore, AB, Lerche 37 owned by Tamie Phillips Ryan Roy, King City, ON, Limbo 124 owned by Doug Bannister Dominique Shone, Langley, BC, Ka Ching owned by Caroline Shone Lanie Thomas, Richmond, BC, Albion owned by Lanie Thomas Femke van den Bosch, Red Deer, AB, TomTom owned by John van den Bosch Jennifer Whyte, Cochrane, AB, Peninsula Apollo owned by Bryte Enterprises Ltd. The National Talent Squad Series is a means of recognizing up-and-coming riders who are preparing to enter the grand prix ranks and demonstrate the ability to become future members of the Canadian Equestrian Team.

Canadian-bred Horses and Canadian Breeders to be Honoured by Equine Canada Equine Canada is pleased to announce the addition of two new national awards for 2011 — Canadian-bred Horse of the Year and Breeder of the Year. The Canadian-bred Horse of the Year award will be presented to the breeder or owner of a horse who has raised the profi le of Canadian-bred horses with exceptional competition results. To be eligible, the horse must be foaled in Canada and registered with any of Equine Canada’s member breed associations. The award is also eligible to an outstanding sire whose offspring have accumulated national and international victories. The Breeder of the Year award will recognize a Canadian breeder for their contribution to the quality of Canadian-bred horses. Nominees must be members of an Equine Canada breed association.

IN MEMORIAM Sea Fox Condolences to Canadian Olympian Leslie Reid and her mother Edith Thomson. Sea Fox, a Dutch Warmblood stallion sired by Roemer, was born in the Netherlands in 1982 and imported by Reid as her new dressage partner in 1986. Sea Fox easily moved up the ranks, usually scoring top marks in each outing. Under the tutelage of Udo Lange and Christilot Boylen, Reid 36 • Saddle Up • December 2011

trained in Europe from 1993 to 1996 in order to maximize the development of her handsome and talented stallion. In 1995, the pair made their debut at the international grand prix level, earning many top 10 finishes at prestigious CDI competitions in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Donaueschingen. Reid was the first Canadian rider to be named to the 1996 Olympic Dressage Team, qualifying after the first two Olympic Trials. In November of 1996, Sea Fox. Reid and Sea Fox captured the Volvo Photo by Cealy Tetley. World Cup Dressage Canadian League Final held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show. Reid and Sea Fox competed at Grand Prix until he was 17 year of age. For the next few years, Sea Fox taught Reid’s young rider students the ropes of upper level dressage until he was officially retired at the age of 20. “He was the perfect horse,” said Reid. “Handsome, honest, and the most gentle stallion one could ever have.” Sea Fox’s well-earned retirement consisted of relaxing in his field until he was almost 30-year-old.

Monopoly Condolences to Beth Underhill and everyone at Beth Underhill Stables. Born in 1979, Monopoly, a Hanoverian Thoroughbred cross gelding, was imported from New Zealand by the Ierullo family. In 1989, Monopoly was sent to Terrance Millar for training and his student, Beth Underhill, became Monopoly’s rider the following season. The pair made their Canadian Equestrian Team debut in 1990 when they were members of Monopoly. Photo by Cealy Tetley. Canada’s winning Nations’ Cup team at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, a feat they repeated in 1991 and 1992. Beth and Monopoly also won both the team and individual silver medals at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. The following year, they were part of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and represented Canada at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague, the Netherlands. In 1993, Beth rode Monopoly when she became the first woman to win the Canadian World Cup League, and, in 1994 and 1996, Beth and Monopoly won Canadian Show Jumping Championship titles at Spruce Meadows. The Ierullo family donated Monopoly, at the height of his international HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Canada, cont’d career, to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 1993. Monopoly won his last grand prix, $100,000 Treatwells Grand Prix at HITS V Ocala Winter Finals in Florida, at the age of 20. Monopoly was officially retired from competition in 2001, and enjoyed his well-earned years of retirement at Beth’s farm in Schomberg, ON. All of Monopoly’s fans are invited to visit the Equine Canada website to post their thoughts and sentiments on his tribute page at http://bit.ly/v4OzxF.


Together, Hickstead and Lamaze brought Canada gold and silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, won a vast array of titles and championships and topped the global rankings. Hickstead passed away shortly after completing the course at the Rolex FEI World Cup in Verona, Italy on November 6th. Out of respect for Hickstead, riders from across the world entered the ring dismounted and immediately cancelled the class. “We will always be grateful for the time and triumphs we all shared with Hickstead,” said Maharaj. “We know that generations of future equestrians will draw inspiration from his life.”

Condolences to Eric Lamaze and Torrey Pines Stables, the Fleischhacker family and Ashland Stables, and long-time groom, Delphine Roustan. “Hickstead and Eric have been one of equestrianism’s most legendary partnerships,” said Akaash Maharaj, CEO of Equine Canada and the Canadian Equestrian Team. “Our team, our sport and our country grieve with Eric, Delphine and the Fleischhacker family on the passing of one of Canada’s greatest equine heroes.”

My Tribute to Hickstead By Cheryle Hickman, Rein-Beau Images When Hickstead entered an arena with his best friend Eric, they created an excitement. Hickstead was poised—he was so handsome - athletic - a true competitor. Becoming an Olympic winner more than once brought great pride to not only those in the equine world, but the twosome brought attention to ‘’horses” to those who were not. I, as a photographer, was lucky enough to meet Hickstead and Eric while doing photo shoots at Spruce Meadows for Saddle Up magazine over the years. And by the way I think, as a Canadian, everyone should be given the opportunity to visit Spruce Meadows in Calgary. It has so much to offer all family members. When I was positioned in the field to photograph Hickstead, I was always in awe. Close up, while jumping, I could hear his breath - feel his strength - admire the drive - mostly see him when he had accomplished a best. Photos I have taken of Hickstead and Eric hang in a special


place in our home. He always set the standard high. Hickstead is a true Canadian Hero known and respected throughout the world. With the amount of e-mails I have received in conversation of the loss of Hickstead, I do realize that he touched with his talent and finesse a great many; and had a following beyond the Equine Community. The loss of Hickstead we mourn. Sometimes… it just has to be said.

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2011 Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale By Teresa van Bryce Photos by Nollind van Bryce


he 2011 Fall Classic Sale had terrific weather, full spectator stands and many try-outs. The horses came with great pedigrees and good presentation, particularly the 2-year olds. From this exceptional group of 2-year olds three were sold to Kansas City, Missouri: Air-O-Matic, a very talented jumper son of Air Jordan; MJ Salsa, showing exceptional dressage potential, a daughter of Whirlwind II; and Grandus W, a nice jumping son of Gervantus II. The high selling Section A horse, sponsored by Sparks Innovations, was Upstart, a weanling son of Uphill x Royale x Why Not G, bred and owned by Key Warmbloods and purchased by Donald Toney of Lethbridge. The high selling Section B horse, sponsored by Victory Tack Shop, was Cavaluna, a CWHBA mare by Silverstone x Riviera x Ferro, bred and owned by John and Jacqueline van den Bosch and sold to Nathalie Green of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. In 2011, the Fall Classic Sale reflected the stock market - up and down and all around. All averages were down except the 2-year old category, which slightly increased over 2010. The biggest average decrease was in Section A, falling from a high of $12,875 in 2010 to $4,750 in 2011. This section offered some good horses but no special addition to drive up the average, like the Contender daughter, Contikki, offered in the 2010 sale. Buyers seemed very specific about the horses they wanted and were reluctant to pay over $10,000/horse, with only six reaching this threshold. Despite the prices, 58% of consignors were motivated to sell. The Unigroup Gala played to a full house once again this year. This popular event, co-sponsored by Unigroup and JLT Insurance, started with a battle of the breeds scurry driving competition, won by Judith Orr-Bertelsen and her Haflinger gelding Masterpiece. Following the driving, a fabulous demonstration of dressage movements up the progression to Prix St. George was presented by Lois Girard on her lovely CWHBA stallion Riolized. Then it was on to the big event, the young horse 3-bars jumping competition. Attended this year by seven competitors, a number of them sale grads, the excitement created a hotly contested Young Breeder Calcutta. The final jump-off at over 5 feet went to Belvedere, a sale grad and son of Beach Boy, bred by Touchstone Farm and owned and ridden by Erin Okada. Once the horses and jumps were out of the ring, DJ (and 3-bars competitor) Lyle Peterman started the music and much “dancing in the dirt” followed. A good time was had by all.

Three Bars winner Erin Okada and Belvedere

High Selling Section B

High Selling Section A

Scurry Driving winner Judith Orr-Bertelsen and Masterpiece

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Our passion for horses, and a flair to design, led Karen and Jen to create “Tails Forever.”” Our desire is to present you with a beautiful handcrafted bracelet or necklace, made from your horse’s tail. The elegant jewelry pieces and key chains will be a true keepsake for the love of your special friend!

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! How about a Custom Hat made just for you? Double D Custom Hats can create a Hat that suits your lifestyle and your budget. Whether for working, rodeoing, or an evening on the town, your Custom Hat will have the distinctive mark of quality, style, and comfort to make you look the best you can. Gift Certificates make a great gift too! See our ad on page 78.

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation a re you? e r e h w . .. s Kid or se? h r u o y h it d oing w u o y e r a t a out YOU! b Wh a s u ll e t r n to It’ s YOU R tu My name is Lauryn. I’m learning to ride on Grandpa’s quarter horse “Rocks Of Love” aka Foxy. She is so gentle and patient. I’m riding by myself and can back her and turn her. She likes to stop at the mounting block for some reason? - Lauryn (almost 4 years old), Kelowna, BC (turning 4 in December) HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY LAURYN! – from your Grandma Sharon

My name is Halle, I am 5 years old. This is my pony Joker, he is about 20 years old. He is my best friend and I love riding him. He has taught me a lot. We love going on trail rides and walks down the road but we really like going fast the most. I learned how to canter this year and how to run a barrel pattern. I just love spending time with him and bringing him apples. Joker you are the best. - Halle, age 5, Armstrong BC

Hi my name is Heather and this is my 28-year-old half Arab gelding. I love him and he loves me. We are best friends. We have been over and around everything. He loves to win first place ribbons. We have been to many horse shows. - Heather, age 10, Kamloops BC (Love, from your brother Brandon)

n? ? Just won your first ribbon? Just bought your first horse? Do you give your horse kisses? Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca Put in the subject line “KIDS”


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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, r re and share your photos and memories with us us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything ing from days gone by.

Nancy Roman, 1970

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.


would like to tell you about the first horse I had. When I was 13 my dad promised me a horse after a lot of bugging and after the death of my goat. He knew I would never stop based on all the half-dead animals I would drag home to nurse back to good health (most of them would die). So he took me to a dealer and told me to pick one out of the herd. There must have been 30 horses and foals running around in that pasture. I happened to spot a foal standing in a small corral, head down, horribly bloated and looking pretty rough. I went in and started petting him and told my dad that was the one I wanted. I already decided I would call him “Pinto Pete.” The dealer told me that the foal was dying and to look at the healthy ones. Well, this was the foal I wanted. My dad finally gave in and asked the man how much he wanted for him. He ended up paying $25 (which was a rip-off considering he thought the animal was dying). When we took him home he promptly collapsed on the ground and I thought he was a goner, but he did manage to stand up. Now, we were beef farmers and knew nothing about horses.

I started him on calf milk replacer that we used when calves had to be separated from their mothers for one reason or another. I think I kept him on that bottle for a year. Even when he was grown up if he saw me headed to the barn with a bottle he would insist on sucking some milk out of that bottle. Obviously the foal survived and grew up to be strong and sound all of his life. He was the love of my life and we spent all my spare time together. We used to chase cattle through the fields and he proved to be quite cowy. Unfortunately he took to chasing them on his own. He would round them up and run through the middle of them causing them to scatter in fear. After that he was evicted from the cattle pasture into his own field. Dad would cover his eyes when we went racing through the fields, tears streaming from my eyes, somehow avoiding groundhog holes and come to a screeching halt at the gate. My first saddle was a World War I army saddle and I rode in that for years. Pete lived well into his twenties. I still have to smile when I think of him. Thanks for listening. - Sue Kerth, Armstrong, BC


Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 48 • Saddle Up • December 2011


Dressage Students Delighted by Expert’s Visit By Laura Hawkins


or a dressage rider, getting the chance to train with a world-renowned master of the sport is a rare treat. When that same instructor also has the credentials as a breed inspector, it’s a win-win for life-long students of the sport. On October 4-5, Margarete Dieckmann-Grosshundorf came to Sun Meadows Equestrian in Kamloops to share her wealth of experience and unique perspective with ten eager adult students. Dieckmann-Grosshundorf is an instructor and Westfalen breed inspector. She is qualified to inspect mares and foals to be entered in the German stud book. Inspectors determine if a horse meets breed standards. The Westfalen is highly prized as a dressage horse and a show jumper. For some of the students attending the clinic, it was a chance to improve their dressage and have their mares/foals inspected and branded at the same time. The multi-tasking Dieckmann-Grosshundorf hails from Germany where the highly-qualified clinician, did her training at the famous Warendorf German Riding School. In Germany, unlike many other countries, instructors and trainers must be certified through a grueling 4-6 year program before they can teach.

Every spring and fall, Dieckmann-Grosshundorf comes to Canada and the U.S. sharing her wealth of experience and insight in classical European Dressage with super-keen clinic participants from Montreal, Vancouver and California. Lynn Blake is one of those students. As a rider and a horse breeder, Lynn is constantly in search of new perspectives and ideas that can improve her training methods and riding. As a 30-year veteran, Blake was delighted with the progress she made with her two green young horses. “It opened a door into dressage that I had not seen before. A feeling of riding that I’ve never experienced,” said Lynn. Sonaco, a 3-year-old had only been under saddle for 5 months. “He was super! It was a very good lesson for a young horse,” Lynn beamed. “Margarete is a tough task-master, but I think everyone walked away with a feeling of accomplishment.” For more information, or to sign up for the next clinic, call Sun Meadows Equestrian at 250-573-5812 or e-mail Laura Hawkins at laura.hawkins@sunmeadownsequestrian.com

DVD REVIEW By Carol M. Upton Ride from the Heart DVD The Art of Communication By Jenny Rolfe Cracking Media 50 minutes - $37.00 To purchase on-line, go to: http://www. spanishdressagehorses.com Also available on Amazon


raining is about connection with our horse with love, harmony and respect. The more we understand the ways of the horse, the more we understand our own feelings. As a result we can live in more harmony - not only with our horse - but with ourselves. ~ Jenny Rolfe U.K. riding instructor Jenny Rolfe teaches innovative techniques of core breathing to connect with the horse and help the rider to find harmony in body, mind and spirit. Now these techniques are available in progressive and well-organized detail on the DVD Ride from the Heart. Rolfe’s principles are based in dressage, but applicable to all forms of riding. She demonstrates with her Iberian stallions using liberty work, not only as a training aid, but also as a warmup, re-establishing connection on the ground prior to riding. The object is calm, assertive leadership, and total empathy between horse and handler. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The DVD includes common training tips such as not pulling on a horse’s head when leading. There are also excellent demonstrations of Rolfe’s exercise system to improve the rider’s body awareness. Exercises, loosely based on Tai Chi, are done in standing positions. The rider is then soft and relaxed when mounted, and thus the horse is as well. Most athletes already use such techniques prior to competition, but not much has been offered on DVD for the equestrian. Instructors will value this DVD as a teaching tool for all levels, but it additionally offers fresh perspectives on position and groundwork. It is really for anyone who wants to help their horse become a more confident athlete and simply create a better ride. Jenny Rolfe’s clients come from all over the world and include those professionally involved with horses, among them BHS trainers, physiotherapists and natural horsemanship instructors. She is also an artist and author of the book Ride from the Heart. www.saddleup.ca • 49

Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, Certified Journeyman Farrier


ot too long ago, I went to a very large equine event to listen to a proclaimed expert farrier give a lecture. I have spent approximately 700 hours seeing and participating in different horse lectures or demonstrations. Some of them have been good, some of them... not so good. I realized something when I went to this one. When I go to these, the speaker usually adjusts his/her talk to the people that they are addressing. This fellow did not know me or the other farriers that I was with, so we were treated and spoken to as horse owners. This lecture started off with a big surprise. He said that if your farrier does not use two different types of measuring devices, to “run ‘em off your yard!” Good morning! Now he had my strict attention. He went on to explain his theories and experience, drizzled with a little incorrect anatomy. Then a couple of horses were brought in for him to evaluate. These horses were recently done for the demonstration of their discipline, and although neither the owners nor

their farrier had any idea this was going to happen, they were nice enough to cooperate. As this expert evaluated the trim, balance, and shoeing of these horses, he did not say a single positive thing about the other farrier’s work. Another surprise is that he did not ask the history, or the foot history of these horses. After this, the crowd was invited down to see the horses and what he was talking about. As we looked, I told the young lady that while this horse does have bad feet, the farrier did a great job with what he had to work with. She agreed and quietly told me the horse was unsound before the current farrier started working on that horse. Then we all went back and sat down as he continued to explain his thoughts. He was concerned that he had a lot of information to share and other farriers would not listen to what he had to say. Ok, I thought, this is enough. I stood up and introduced myself. I told him about the WCFA, and that we have a publication and a website that would enable him to share his ideas with other farriers. He accepted my offer, but we still have not

received a membership form from this gentleman. What I took away from this two-hour lecture is mixed. He actually had a fair bit to say that was good, but I had a hard time getting past the trashing of our colleagues’ work. When you see a commercial for Dodge, they aren’t running Ford down to make themselves look better. Let your own work and education speak for itself. I’m not saying don’t describe what you are doing or what you are hoping to accomplish, however, be gentle on others. He went on to offer clinics for horse owners and stated that he “could teach them more in a couple of days than most farriers know.” Sounds too good? All this for a mere $1000 for a weekend. This is a pretty hard shot to farriers who spend many hours and many dollars educating themselves. It doesn’t matter if it’s another farrier, barefoot farrier, veterinarian, or trainer, that is not a proper way to behave or to promote your business, in my opinion.

New Product Two Fair Mares Introduces “The Neigh Station” - First Ever Activity Center for Horses A 3-in-1 Activity Center, which features components that are designed to keep horses entertained and stimulated. The product includes: • Shatterproof mirror, which is designed to provide visual contact for horses that are separated from their stable mates. • Sliding latch with clicking sound that is fun for any curious horse and provides needed oral stimulation, which may prevent cribbing and chewing. • Rope with detachable rider toys - available in a Western or English model - which encourages play. “Horses, like people, need creative outlets to increase happiness and reduce stress,” says Two Fair Mares founder and owner, Susan Lyon. “In addition to providing hours of entertainment, The Neigh Station also helps to minimize unwanted horse habits, which are widely linked to anxiety and frustration related to a horse’s feeding, social and leisure-time activities.” The Neigh Station offers visual and oral stimulation, as well as play, which are essential for horse wellbeing. 50 • Saddle Up • December 2011

• Horses are herd animals, naturally seeking the company of companions. Equine behavioral studies often find stalled horses are happier with a mirror or enrichment tool. • Stalled horses are often fed “meals” instead of being able to graze; however, a horse’s preference for continual grazing is both psychological and physiological. The Neigh Station’s toys offer oral stimulation for horses that don’t graze regularly. • Curious and inquisitive, horses enjoy play. In the absence of other equine companions, leisure-time should include something to keep horses occupied and engaged. For more information and supporting studies, please visit www. twofairmares.com.


Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

Four Ways to Beat the Winter Blues 1) Ride a Horse! 2) Attend an Equine Educational Conference! 3) Celebrate Outstanding Achievements within BC’s Equine Community! 4) Keep Warm! It’s that time of year again when the temperature dips and the winter blahs kick in. It is well known that it is hard to stay motivated to go and ride in the evenings after a hard day at the office. So, what keeps us pulling on those warm woollies and heading out the door when the couch is clearly calling our name? Could it be that the close association between humans and horses brings about positive and profound change in our lives? Is it that horses seem to possess a natural healing power, and that somehow the stress of the day just melts away while we are mounted on our trusty steed? No one would deny that farms, horses and riding are good for one’s health and wellbeing. Riding horses has been shown to increase balance, flexibility, muscle tone, strength and coordination, as well as improving posture. It also helps to develop concentration, patience, self-esteem and discipline. We all learn a lot from our relationship with horses which can lead to an overall sense of wellbeing. And then there is that happy little bubble we walk around in after that really good ride. So, with all of the benefits that we derive from owning and riding horses, what are some of the responsibilities that we assume for their care? I can name a few, although I am sure that the list is much longer than this: * The care and management of our horses should be based on their individual needs. * Whatever type of riding you pursue, it is important that you are aware of and provide for the horse’s physical and mental wellbeing. * Every horse should be treated with dignity and consideration. * The rider should always strive for the best possible harmony between himself and the horse.


* A horse’s performance must be within its physical means, ability and level of fitness. * Responsibility for a horse is for life, and any decisions made must be based on what is best for the horse. Now that we understand and accept our responsibilities for our horses, how do we take care of our own bodies during these cold winter months? Here are a few tips for taking the chill off of winter riding: 1) Wear layers. If you’re not doing barn chores or schooling your horse, wear heavier clothes. If you are going to be working hard and getting your heart rate up, dress in layers.

2) Warm up. A good grooming session before you ride will warm you up and will help to warm up your horse’s muscles, too. 3) While grooming, make sure to check your horse’s hooves for snow or ice and pick out his feet. 4) Take time to stretch and warm your muscles before climbing into the saddle. Give your horse plenty of walk time in the warmup before you start a strenuous schooling session. 5) Plan extra time to cool your horse down after a ride. If your horse is clipped, consider using a quarter sheet - it will keep him a little warmer during cold-day rides. 6) If you wear insulated boots, make sure you’re able to move them easily in the stirrups. Consider ordering over-sized stirrups for use during the winter months. You can also try gel-pack foot warmers to protect against frozen toes. These also work well for warming up your hands. 7) If you’re going on a long ride, carry drinking water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the winter, and dehydration makes you more

susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. 8) Water is a concern for your horse, too. Studies show that when they’re offered warm water, horses will drink more in the winter than if their water is ice cold. Decreased water intake can increase the risk for colic.

Want more tips on horse care including equine welfare and nutrition? How about rider fitness? There is still time to register for the 2012 Equine Education Conference. The conference will be held on the weekend of January 21-22 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond. Join us for an exciting weekend of education and networking. Learn from leading experts on a wide range of topics relevant to current equine issues. The conference pass is $175 + HST and includes breakfast, lunch and the HCBC awards reception. Can’t make it to the conference? You can still join us for a fun-fi lled evening of champagne and desserts while we honour BC’s best in Equine Achievements. The nominations are in and we have some exciting awards to give out. Who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award? Who is Coach of the Year? Come and join us to find out while we honour these exceptional equestrians. The ceremony will begin at 7:00pm at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel on Saturday January 21. Tickets are only $30 + HST, and can be purchased online at www. hcbc.ca or simply call the office, at (604) 8564304 or 1-800-345-8055. Merry Christmas to all, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

How to Reach Us HCBC 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

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Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


heard it said many times, “That was the best Halloween Show - EVER!” Apparently, we even ran out of entry forms! The Costume class was absolutely magnificent. Everyone went all out there were unicorns, knights, piñatas, scarecrows, clowns, Japanese and Spanish ladies – just spectacular. The winner of the costume class was Brent Lines as a Mexican man with his pony, ‘Cheetah the Piñata’. The Trail class was a lot of fun and a special thanks to Dawn Muller, Ken MacRae and members of the club for making the course so spooky. The winner of the adult class was Tahn Town and the children’s class winner was Shelby MacRae. The Gymkhana classes were just a tad out of the ordinary with “Don’t drop the eyeball,” “Ghostly barrels,” ”Off with their heads,” and lots more fun and games. The final “Jump A Round” schooling show of the year - October 30, was a great success. Organized once again by Sara Brown, this attracted ORC members and people outside of the club to jump the course Sara designed and built with a Halloween theme. Sara’s enthusiasm is contagious - she is hoping to build this series into a bigger and better event in tandem with other local clubs in 2012.

Chris Seibeck on ‘Tivy’ dragging the dummie at the Halloween show.

Many thanks to Sharron Piazza for judging this event. She took the time to talk to each rider after their round and the riders were very appreciative of her comments and feedback. Our Christmas party plans have begun. Carol Lydiatt has offered her home once again. The organizers are looking for a few more volunteers and some new ideas for games. If you can help, please contact Debbie (e-mail error, sorry) or Janice sundancer@telus.net and let them know what you could help out with. The Fall clean-up was held on a Sunday morning at the D Bar K - wow! There were so many helpers show up that everything was cleaned up and stowed away in half an hour – way to go everyone! Plans are in the works for another Quiz Night. This was a really popular event organized last time by Debbie

Sara Brown on Montana at the “Jump A Round” schooling clinic, with judge, Sharron Piazza giving her some pointers.

Verla Strawn and her mini, Lokie.

House. Cate Turner and Janice Goodman have volunteered to organize it this time so that Debbie can participate. We are looking forward to this fun date sometime in January.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Katie Iceton


he club participated in a chilly, but fun, Hot Dog Sale at The Paddock’s Dutch Auction Sale in Vernon. It was a cold day, however, there was a good turnout and I would like to thank Joan and Bruce Cunningham and Lawrence Humphries for bringing the always handsome “Prizm” to introduce people to the wonderful fun of Miniature horses. Also thanks to Diane Wigglesworth for coming down to help us sell our wares. The club is looking for more great 52 • Saddle Up • December 2011

fundraiser ideas and possible events club members would like to see. The OMHC had its AGM meeting on October 15th, and elected a new “office”: President - Katie Iceton Vice President - Paige DeWolff Secretary - Joan Cunningham Treasurer - Ann Iceton Director - Gabriele Russo We look forward to a great new year, fi lled with lots of clinic, fun shows and fun with our minis! The club will meet every third Saturday of every second

month starting in January, which is also when dues are to be in for the upcoming year! Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our elected officials by going to the club website at www. okanaganminiaturehorseclub.com. We love to welcome new members into the fun world of owning/showing and loving our miniature equine friends. Have a great winter and hope to see you at the meetings!


Peachland Riding Club Update By Courtney DeMattos


erry Christmas everyone, Happy Holidays and all that great Cheer. Wow! That seems weird saying that, as it was only a couple weeks ago that we were at the PRC Gymkhana. Where did all that time go? It’s been a great year here at the PRC; with our new saddle series, and just our good old Gymkhanas. We will end the year off as always with our year-end Banquet. This event is always so much fun. With kids running around on the dance floor having a blast and everyone sharing old stories and having a great time! This year it is being held on November 19th (an update will be in the next issue). Now the one we’ve all been waiting for. The star of the show - the Saddle Series! Who’s going to win that beautiful saddle? This saddle is a gorgeous Circle Y sponsored by our own Diamond H Tack’s Heather and Heather! The final results for the saddle series are… 1D - Jessie Tarr 2D - Amanda Capuano 3D - Darby Ensign 4D - Jacey McQueen

I can feel the excitement already! Good luck to all the finalists and thanks to all who made this a success. Hopefully with some input and advice, we will be able to do the saddle series next year as well. ‘Fingers Crossed.’ As the season ends, we need to thank all the volunteers who have made this past year another success. We would like to thank all of our past directors for their extra efforts and time into making our club what it is now. Without them there would be no club events. So thank you to Holly Dickonson, our President; Verne Kaiser, our Vice-President; Loree Currie, our Treasurer; and Sandy Chevallier our Secretary and the Rodeo president. We look forward to inviting new executives into the 2012 year and wishing the past executives the best of luck. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the new season. Anybody looking for a place where you can share your love for horses, surround yourselves with new friends and old friends? Where everyone is there to enjoy the fun and family? Well the Peachland Riding

Dylan Currie racing through the poles with the help of her dad.

Club is known to be the best place in town for that. Thank you. And be sure to check out our website www.peachlandridingclub.com Until next year…

Vancouver Island Miniature Horse Club By Carol-Ann Rolls VIMHC Awards The calibre of miniature horses and handlers keeps getting better on the Island. More than 50 club members celebrated a successful show season with the Vancouver Island Miniature Horse Club on November 20, 2011 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club. Youth Handler Maegan Scheiber was one of the big winners, capturing eight high point trophies showing Youth Handler Maegan Scheiber won 8 high point JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy. She was also the trophies recipient of the Youth Sportsmanship Award. Lena McMurtry, showing Karlena’s Chocolate Dakota Blue, collected three trophies including Junior Youth high points. Candace Cornock took the high point trophies in Halter Obstacle, Adult Showmanship and Solid Colour with Black Magic Zeta. Other members collecting hardware included Ed and Denise Watson, Kathy Harrison, Lesley Roy, Morgan Billings, Kerry Hollebone, Olivia Kuyvenhoven and Cash Heiland. The People’s Choice Award, for which spectators’ votes from local fairs are tallied collectively, was presented to Rol-Kin’s Little Irresistible (aka Miss Lily). The club members also vote for the “You Made a Difference” award, recognizing one of their own who has made a significant contribution to the club HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and miniature horses. The 2010 recipient, Dawn Nedelski, presented this year’s award to Carol-Ann Rolls. For more information about the VIMHC, check our website at www.bcminiaturehorseclubs.com and follow the links.

2011 Winners Obstacle Driving: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Adult Driving: Ed Watson and Hawthorne Hills Dunkeld Youth Driving: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Jumping: Lena McMurtry and Karlena’s Chocolate Dakota Blue Junior Showmanship: Lena McMurtry and Karlena’s Chocolate Dakota Blue Barrel Racing in Hand: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Barrel Racing in Cart: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Halter Obstacle: Candace Cornock and Black Magic Zeta Junior Stallion: Lena McMurtry and San Sujo’s Midnight Wrangler Senior Stallion: Kathy Harrison and Oak Bay Rio de Oro Edition Gelding: Denise Watson and Freedom Hills Lads Hustler Junior Mare: Lesley Roy and Wild Blue Legacys Miracle Zafirah/Kerry Hollebone and Enchanted Acres China Doll Senior Mare: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Solid Colour: Candace Cornock and Black Magic Zeta/Ed Watson and Hawthorne Hills Dunkeld Multi-Colour: Denise Watson and Freedom Hills Lads Hustler 1st year Driving Horse: Denise Watson and Freedom Hills Lads Hustler 1st year Showing Horse: Morgan Billings and Chickadee Cinnamon Touch Adult Showmanship: Candace Cornock and Black Magic Zeta Novice Horse/Driver: Olivia Kuyvenhoven and Karlena’s Chocolate Dakota Blue Hunter: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Youth Halter: Maegan Scheiber and JBARH Kaliko’s Sassy Combined Driving: Cash Heiland and LCA Pride’s Victory People’s Choice: Rol-Kin’s Little Irresistible High Points Senior Youth: Maegan Scheiber High Points Junior Youth: Lena McMurtry Sportsmanship: Maegan Scheiber You Made A Difference: Carol-Ann Rolls

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Alberta Horse Trials Association By Nancy Watson


ow, that seemed like a really quick season. Hope you got out there and had fun with your horse. We had a really good number of members turn out for our Annual General Meeting in October. Members actually outnumbered board members. Thanks so much to all of you who came out to support our association and our board. We’ve elected a few new board members as a few have decided to put themselves “out to pasture.” We’re hoping we can get them back from retirement soon. Lots and lots of awards and prizes were handed out at the banquet that followed the AGM. Here are a few of the highlights: AHTA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: Preliminary Open Champion: Erica Ingraham, Zacky Vengeance Reserve: Kayla Bushell, Malibu Training Open Champion: Rebecca Lee, Mardigrks Mardigras’ Reserve: Denise Nitschke, Andante Training Regular Champion: Abbey Busch, Klondike Mike Reserve: Donna White, Cortez Pre Training Open Champion: Susan Bercha, Wyndira Reserve: Karen Nyrop, Binger Pre Training Regular Champion: Shelby Friesen, Heathcliff Reserve: Heather Gnenz, Elusive Entry Regular Champion: Kendyl Stretch, Fear Factor Reserve: Courtney Benton, Lexus Pre Entry Open Champion: Erika Andrews, Jazzette Reserve: Melissa Stephen, Idle Time Pre Entry Regular Champion: Hunter Trombley, Montego Bay Reserve: Stephanie Stafford, Ice Starter Champion: Burke Simpson, Just a Jolly Molly Reserve: Kelly Stasiuk, Prime Time Scooter

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Hunter Trombley - Pre Entry Regular Provincial Championship winner

AHTA 2011 YEAR END DIVISION CHAMPIONS Advanced Champion: Sandra Donnelly, Buenos Aires Intermediate Champion: Joelle Baskerville, Malibu Reserve: Katelyn Ziegler, Peninsula Lion Third: Sandra Donnelly, Buenos Aires Preliminary Champion: Rebecca Lee, Jaunty Star Reserve: David Ziegler, Peninsula Top Man Third: Kayla Bushell, Malibu Training Open Champion: Rebecca Lee, Mardigrks Mardigras’ Reserve: Denise Nitschke, Andante Third: Christine Austerman, First Place Feeds Jackpot Training Champion: Donna White, Cortez Reserve: Abbey Busch, Klondike Mike Third: Georgia Tooke, Coolmore Pre Training Open Champion: Margo Gaglione, Azarius Reserve: Karen Nyrop, Binger Third: Susan Bercha, Wyndira Pre Training Champion: Shelby Friesen, Heathcliff Reserve: Allie Busch, Wanja Third: Heather Gnenz, Elusive Entry Open Champion: Sharon Roberts, W.C. Mighty Mac Reserve: Noel Clark, Levi’s Liaison Third: Emily Martin, My King’s Alegro

Katelyn Ziegler Intermediate year-end Champion

Shelby Friesen - Pretraining Regular year-end Champion

Entry Champion: Kendyl Stretch, Fear Factor Reserve: Courtney Benton, Lexus Third: Charlotte Adams, Sun River Pre Entry Open Champion: Erika Andrews, Jazzette Reserve: Pari Vinden, Brierly Third: Zoe Taylor, Emanuel del Rio Pre Entry Champion: Courtney Benton, Lexus Reserve: Hunter Trombley, Montego Bay Third: Kelsey Soldan, Bodacious

While you are working hard on your dressage and show jumping over the winter, the Board of Directors will be busy preparing for the 2012 season. We look forward to seeing you out there in 2012. Please feel free to contact any of our board with any comments or suggestions. Contact information is available on our website at www.albertahorsetrials.com. We are here working for you!


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring Calendar of Events March 12: Annual General Meeting, Ponoka March 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline for Tindell Clinics April 27-29: Mane Event, Red Deer May 4-7 & 10-13: Jerry Tindell Clinics, Westerose May 26-27: Strathcona Horse Showcase June 16-17: Equi-Opportunity Show, Nanton (new) July 10-12: Demos at Calgary Stampede July 20-22: Hummingbird Trail Ride August 18-19: Tees Longears Days


e have sad news to report from south of the border. If there was one mule that has really made an impact on the acceptance of mules and donkeys in Canada, it would be HORSE, beloved partner of the late Deloit Wolfe of Missoula, Montana. His son, Deloit Wolfe Jr, and partner Deanne Martin of Monroe, WA, caretakers of Horse since Deloit Sr’s passing, shared with us some of their thoughts: “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that this morning, October 22, 2011, Horse was hit and instantly killed by an SUV, when she and her sidekick Pony escaped from their pasture. Thankfully, no one in the vehicle was hurt. Horse touched everyone that met her in the many years she had with Deloit Sr and her short time with us. Having her in our lives allowed us to meet the best “mule folks” there are. Horse was always there to perform, whether it was her return trips to Spruce Meadows, Tees Longears Days, or Mule Mania in Dayton, WA. As we travelled this summer, she was always the star of the show, not always placing in events, but was surely the fan favourite. Horse’s final event this year was pulling our 1900 John Deere Doctor’s buggy in the Evergreen State Fair Parade. She was such a sport on the short, but hectic, parade route. When the parade

Deloit Wolfe Sr and Horse on their last appearance together at Spruce Meadows

was over, we took the long detour back to the truck and trailer. It was the highlight of my day, trotting down the middle of the road waving to every bewildered resident that came out to gaze at the sight of us. Horse slowed her pace just as we passed a retirement home and it brought tears to my eyes as I watched the senior citizens smile at us. I am most sure we stirred up a memory of horse-and-buggy days from their past. I just wanted to continue down the road forever and told Deloit to just keep going right into the sunset. At 30 years of age, we figured Horse deserved to spend her remaining time playing in her pasture. We will miss her dearly, and there will truly never be another mule like her. It’s been very hard to stand in the barn and look around at the carts, buggy, giant rainbow ball and everything that has her blonde hair attached to it. It’s going to be tough looking out to her pasture and not seeing her sweet face covered in the mud she so loved to wear. We know in our hearts that Deloit Sr and Horse are together again, riding in greener pastures.” - Deloit Jr, Deanne & Allie

TIP OF THE MONTH Riding Issues - we all experience them. Factors to consider: Different horses, tack, arenas/fields and people. Always start from the beginning. There are two parts to a partnership that doesn’t seem to be ‘working’: one is the horse; the other the rider. The first place to look is in the mirror. Contributing factors: attitude; traumas; diet; medication; lack of education or skills. Many other things can contribute to a change of behaviour in our horse(s). Horse-related issues can be vast, but start by simply reviewing the feed program, exercise, health (physical and mental) and all tack. Horses can change over time, just like we do. Low confidence levels in the horse can, in itself, be very challenging for the rider. It could even be dangerous. Tips on building confidence will be in another issue. Have a question? Let us know at: tranquillefarms@hotmail.com Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier EC Certified Coach Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, BC HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Delta Riding Club Report By Cathy Glover


elta Riding Club celebrated another successful year of competition with a potluck dinner at the Odd Fellows Hall in Ladner, November 12. The big winner of the evening? Tamara Jameson was named 2011 Aggregate Overall, taking home perpetuals for Overall Senior Rider, English, Equitation and Western, a reserve in Trail/Handy Horse, and the coveted Buster Bojo Brown Versatility award from the Brodie family. In addition to keeper awards, Tamara accumulated $155 in gift cards from club platinum sponsors Greenhawk, Dog and Pony and Roddicks for class awards. The bubbly 20-year-old rides Cathy Glover’s APHA mare, Super Miss Lucy; this was her first year of competition as a “senior” exhibitor. It was a “veteran” senior exhibitor (and another infectious personality) that took the reserve overall award for the year. Diane Prosser thought, at best, she and her Quarter Members Choice Cindy Mackay, Devon Smith, Horse mare, She’s Amusing, would win the Hunter Hack class award. Not only did they Bruce Walker, Diane Prosser and Cathy Glover. score the class award in Hunter Hack, they were reserve aggregate with Diane finally getting a coveted directors chair that eluded her at the Summer Classic in August. Diane’s and Becky’s last big wins at DRC were back in 2007; this year, they were also overall Hunter and reserve Senior exhibitor and were the members’ choice to win the “Horse on Course” Horsemanship award for her compassion for her four legged friends. Lauren Proudlove and Fall ‘En Rain capped off an excellent year of competition, winning the Overall Junior award by just two points over contender Mackenzie Loyer and Foxy Lady. With Mackenzie Loyer and Bruce Walker Vanessa Melney and Bruce Walker just two qualifying shows under their belt, three time aggregate winner Devon Smith and her APHA mare, SW Roxy Barlink, were champions in Intermediate and Trail and reserve in Western. Vanessa Melney and Pacific Mackenzie took home reserve awards in both Intermediate and English. Megan Schiewe was back in the show ring this year with her three-year-old Pinto gelding, Tuxedo. She won the overall Walk/Trot award besting barn buddy Teri Agle and Clairvoyant. Pam White rode Cavalier to her second consecutive overall win in Dressage; Megan and Tux were reserve. Megan Kenny and Hylee Classical QT Lauren Proudlove and Bruce Walker lost the tie-breaker for the Hunter overall award giving Tamara Jameson and Bruce Walker Diane and Becky a solid run at the big prize. And after a broken back curtailed her show season this summer, Keya Milaire thought she was out of the running for year ends but not so. She and her palomino gelding, Kahlua Cream, were reserve Equitation overall and chased Tamara on a few class awards as well. DRC president Bruce Walker has won his share of Members’ Choice awards over the years but probably no prize was as sweet as this year’s; the committee honoured him with a melton “letter” jacket for his years (and years) of dedicated service. Bruce was our “special appreciation” award winner. Treasurer Cindy Mackay was voted “most enthusiastic” while Devon Smith won her first members’ choice ever (sportsmanship). Mom Cathy Glover won the Wayne Schiewe Memorial award for “most supportive parent.” The club’s annual meeting was held just days before the banquet. Bruce remains as president, Cathy is vice. Cindy is treasurer and Tamara will take on secretarial duties from retiring director Alicia Harper (who is changing her allegiances and moving to Mission). Sheila Forsyth, Francie Shuttleworth, Lynne Carter and Marg Brodie remain on the board, joined by newcomers Leslie Dowler, Megan Schiewe, Diane Prosser and Louise Douglas. 56 • Saddle Up • December 2011


Langley Riders By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy

LRS 2011 Royalty left to right Brooklyn, Tessa, Tara, Taylor, Haley Lexi Langset and Games Director Ngarie


t is Year End Awards season again, and I’m sure you’re all excited to find out the results of all your hard work and effort this year. Langley Riders Society had their awards banquet on November 12 and what a good time we all had! Dining, dancing and visiting with all the other members was so much fun. We had door prizes, a silent auction that provided quite a bit of entertainment and some healthy competition, and the Royalty also had a 50/50 Marie Peters and LRS Treasurer John Scotton draw. Of course, the highlight of the evening Shelly Kellner, Tessa and Sandy Valko was seeing all the awesome prizes and sharing in everybody’s accomplishments and victories! LRS President Ted Hall and By the time this goes to print we will have had our AGM and elected our Jr Princess Tessa 2012 directors, who will be working on scheduling the events for our 2012 season. Keep an eye on the website (www.langleyriders.ca) for updates. In 2012, we will be having more BC Heritage Qualifying shows as well. Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for another great year!

English 2011 Year End Award Winners: Senior (19+) 1st: Bethany Gildemeister 2nd: Holly Blight Intermediate (14-18) 1st: Dani Olsen 2nd: Haley Russell 3rd: Tessa Gildemeister Junior (13-14) 1st: Ashley Dell 2nd: Griffon Zalesky Peewee (9-12) 1st: Cheyenne Grindrod 2nd: Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mites (Under 9) 1st: Brooklyn Gildemeister 2nd: Marie Peters Walk/Trot (all ages) Emma Gildemeister English Overall High Point 2011 Brooklyn Gildemeister

Western 2011 Year End Award Winners: Senior (19+) 1st: Bethany Gildemeister 2nd: Graham Tobias Intermediate (14-18) 1st: Tessa Gildemeister 2nd: Dani Olsen 3rd: Haley Russell 4th: Cassie Glover Junior (13-14) 1st: Darcey Pyke 2nd: Ashley Dell Peewee (9-12) 1st: Cheyenne Grinrod 2nd: Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mites (Under 9) 1st: Brooklyn Gildemeister 2nd: Marie Peters Walk/Trot (all ages) Emma Gildemeister Western Overall High Point 2011 Brooklyn Gildemeister


Games 2011 Year End Awards Winners: George Burns 1. Ted Hall, 177 points 2. Deb McGovern, 108 points 3. Sian Russell, 90 points 4. Pam Phillips, 89 points Jack Benny 1. Shelley Kellner, 184 points 2. Sandi Valko, 184 points 3. Jenny Leibenzeder, 133 points 4. Dave Goodwin, 77 points Senior 1. Shelby Huish, 118 points 2. Bethany Gildemeister, 102 points 3. Kate Schoen. 83 points 4. Angel Marsh, 76 points Intermediate 1. Jazmine Langset, 194 points 2. Tessa Gildemeister, 168 points 3. Cassie Glover, 137 points 4. Ashley Sykes, 98 points

Junior 1. Amanda Langset, 156 points 2. Summer Goodwin, 137 points 3. Rachel Fortier, 134 points 4. Kassie Hackel, 98 points Peewee 1. Lexi Langset, 218 points 2. Cheyenne Grindrod, 126 points Tiny Mite 1. Sabrina Langset, 185 points 2. Marie Peters, 184 points 3. Brooklyn Gildemeister, 164 points 4. Emma Gildemeister, 108 points Lead Line 1. Brenna Morson, 139 points 2. Sydney Ball, 125 points 3. Spencer Ball, 94 points 4. Parker Sorenson, 73 points

Fastest Barrels: Jazmine Langset, 16.946 Fastest Poles: Cassie Glover, 21.781 High Point Barrels: Lexi Langset, 41 points Year End Games Overall High Point: Lexi Langset, 218 points Sportsmanship Award: Marie Peters Overall Jumping High Point: Sandy Valko Overall English, Western, Jumping, Games High Point: Brooklyn Gildemeister, 621points

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BC Young Riders – Dressage By Jacqueline Sauve YEAR END AWARDS CELEBRATE A MEMORABLE YEAR!


C Young Riders – Dressage members hosted their annual Awards Banquet on November 5 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows. Just over 90 guests attended to celebrate the member’s milestones in 2011. Special guests were Ali Buchanan of Horse Council BC, Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage, Leslie McGill the Saddle Doctor and Ellen Bontje two-time Olympic Silver Medalist. A special presentation to Wendy Christoff was made as she steps down from the board after more than 20 years. Wendy’s wealth of experience and knowledge will be greatly missed. A special thanks to our major sponsors Bates Tack Shop, Dog and Pony and Equestrian Factory Outlet. The Level Awards were presented to: Training Level: Natalie Bell on Braviolet First Level: Hannah Beaulieu on Pharoh Stephanie Ross on Wiesenblute Second Level: Lindsay Stuart on Bugaboo Third Level: Ashley Mytting on Hannah Brooklyn Reid on Rhythmic Blues Sven Smienk on Valerie Diar FEI Junior: Julia Burke on Patrick Colby Dodd on Jyl Sander and on Capri Monica Houweling on Stentano Angelica Kilberg on Lex Ashley Mytting on Hannah Monica Zillenger on Nucari FEI Young Rider: Ellika Crichton on Pellegrini Colby Dodd on Capri Monica Houweling on Stentano Esmee Ingham on Norseman Alysha Sauve on Cassat FEI Paraequestrian Grade 3: Stephanie Ross

Grand Champion Bull Rider Sven Smienk Our Award winners

Monica Houweling and Colby Dodd having fun selling Wine raffle tickets

Silver Sonata and Most Improved winners with presenters Ali Buchanan and Wendy Christoff

The Silver Sonata Award for exceptional dedication to the improvement of themselves and their horse was presented to Lindsay Stuart and Bugaboo. The Most Improved Rider Award which is nominated by a coach was presented to Ellika Crichton. The “8” Award presented to riders who score an “8” on rider’s position was presented to Natalie Bell and Esmee Ingham. To round the evening out, we had the Roosters Cabaret ‘bull’ attend for members and parents to take a spin and tumble on. The Grand Champion Bull rider was Sven Smienk who lasted 6.4 seconds on level 6; Reserve Champion was Devon Luca and in Third place was Colby Dodd. Congratulations to all our members for a successful year in competition and reaching your goals.

Wine raffle winners Karen Robinson and Jacqueline Sauve

Eagerly awaiting to ride the bull

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BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel


he BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group successfully completed their 5th Annual BC Sporthorse Fall Classic on September 23–25, at the Cloverdale Agriplex, in Cloverdale, BC. We would like to thank our Judges Mike Osinski from Lacey, Washington, Patrick Newby from Abbotsford and our mystery Judge, for our Saturday Evening Cup Classes, Mark Carter from Woodenville, Washington; our competitors who came out to support our show; our sponsors without them we would not be able to present the many beautiful prizes to our competitors and, of course, we must not forget our volunteers that work behind the scene – Thank you all. Grand Champion Dressage-Type: Santina (Sir Donnerhall x Brize x Brentano II) Owner: Jill Trasov Grand Champion Hunter-Type: Bravia (Braveheart x I Be Dutch) Owner: Josephine De Freitas Grand Champion Sport Pony: Northwind Image Owner: Nicole Stefenelli Grand Champion Coloured Horse: Paisleys Hip Czech (Snowbound Paisley x A Barlink To Czech x BC Revenue Barlink) Owner: Melissa Rigby Grand Champion Thoroughbred and winner of the Ahshling Memorial Trophy: Styx and Stones (Snowbound Paisley x Lady Strongheart) Owner: Sarah Fraser Joy Richardson Trophy: Bravega (Braveheart x Lou Lou Bell x Zodiak) Owner: October Farm Inez Propfé-Credo Trophy: Westpointe (Westporte x Kiera x Wodan) Owner: Christine Harris Dragonfly Acres Trophy: Coronation Street (Snowbound Paisley x Alex) Owner: Jan Blackhall Dr. John Gilray Memorial Cup: Westpointe (Westporte x Kiera x Wodan) Owner: Christine Harris B.C Legacy Trophy: Bravega (Braveheart x Lou Lou Bell x Zodiak) Owner: October Farm

Standing: Bonnie Schneider, Krista Pfaff, Amanda Vidas, Sophia Robson, Carey Robertson, John Dargel. Sitting: Robyn Marjoribanks, Eve Grebert, Richelle Cornell, Angel Robson. Photo by Ulli Dargel.

Thoroughbred In Hand Champion. Photo by Ulli Dargel

Hi-Point Performance Champions: Walk/Trot Horse: Lauren Baker on Partner; Walk/Trot Pony: Sophia Robson on Bramble Fairy; Youth 13 Years and Under: Eve Grébert on Poco Lita Rojo; Junior 14 to 18 years: Krista Pfaff on Ace of Diamonds; Amateur Rider: John Dargel on Forrest; Junior Horse: Angel Robson on Bravega; Open Horse: Angel Robson on Bravia; Open Pony: Robyn Marjoribanks on Calypso; Thoroughbred: Richelle Cornell on Coronation Street; The Canadian Horse: Carey Robertson on Gaudali Flesh Livia; Coloured Horse: Amanda Vidas on Mickey; Aramis Memorial Trophy: Bonnie Schneider. For further information and show results, please check our website: www.bcsporthorses.com

Bravia. Photo by Ulli Dargel.


Mother & Daughter: Sophia Robson and Angel Robson. Photo by Martin Robson.

Westpoint. Photo by John Dargel.

Aramis Trophy. Photo by Ulli Dargel.

Bravega. Photo by John Dargel.

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Totem Saddle Club News By Marty Cox

Judge Sherry


hew—seems like a long season but it was a good one. Gymkhanas, Clear Rounds, Percentage Day, Cattle Sorting, 3 Schooling Shows and the Timberland Horse Show all made for a busy year. Throw in some fundraising with Wagon Rides and the time off till next spring will be enjoyed. The Octoberfest Schooling Show was chilly, but as usual great fun with Sherry Kirsch for our judge. She even donated prizes—pretty exceptional for a judge. We had a Wanna Be Age Group for the over 30 rider either wanting to get back into showing or totally new to showing or new to showing a horse. Was a great group and brought out several “Horsey Moms” who are always there for their daughters. Some had quite a case of nerves but by “Gentle” persuasion they were great. One of the most popular classes was the Costume Class which was won by Pip Crosby and Tom. The picture shows all Tom wanted was the toast. Thanks Pip for your enthusiasm. We had horses who had never jumped—jumping, barrel racers who had never gone around a barrel, very entertaining Freestyle Dressage, and chute 60 • Saddle Up • December 2011

jumping with some young horses. It was a fun show and got our “Wanna Be’s” ready for showing next spring. Then it was time to be serious with our AGM and elections. President-Dan Muller; Vice President-Alan Wiese; Secretary-Alice Sexton; Treasurer-Vera Heaman; 1st Year Director-Natasha Candelora; 2nd Year Director-Marty Cox; and 3rd Year Director-Terri Cameron. Congratulations! We’re looking forward to a great new season. On to fun time with a pot luck Banquet. High Point Awards: Horse & Rider-Lyn Rempel & Whisper; MasterLyn Rempel; Senior-Jocelyn Benoit; Jr. A-Isabelle Heaman; Jr. B-Kassie Vipond; Jr. C-Jennifer Rempel; Jr. D-Justin Rempel and Kore Hugstedt for Lead Line. Fastest times went to Poles, Fig 8 and Barrels to Cassie Penfold; Flag to Isabelle Heaman; Keyhole to Jocelyn Benoit; and Lyn Rempel for Scurries and Rings. For the Skills events with the Gymkhanas, Jennifer Rempel showed the way with Pixie. Clear Rounds: Highest Jump Danielle Sexton on Tally; Hi Pt Jr.-Jennifer Rempel; Hi Pt Sr.-Lyn Rempel. Percentage Days: Highest % and Hi Pt Pip Crosby. Our Best Cross Dresser Award for the rider who does the best in Gymkhana, Clear Rounds and Percentage Day went to Kyle Wargovcsik. Looking forward to wagon rides at the Christmas Festival in December and then we will be planning and getting ready for 2012. Have a great Holiday Season and don’t forget to give your furry friends some extra treats.

Patti Dougan

Pip Crosby and Tom

High Point Horse & Rider Lyn Rempel and Whisper

Wanna Be’s Alice Sexton and Peggy Moore


Ranch Horse Versatility Re-Cap By Sandy Chevallier


n October 30, Chevallier’s Arena in Peachland hosted the first Versatility Ranch Horse Competition in the area. Although this is a recognized American Quarter Horse Association event, our trial version of this event used the AQHA rules only as guidelines with a few modified versions of the judged categories, including easier reining patterns and trail course, and we eliminated the roping in the beginner division. Five categories are judged and all horse/rider entries were required to compete in all five: Ranch Horse Riding, Ranch Horse Trail, Ranch Horse Cutting, Working Ranch Horse and Ranch Horse Conformation. Twenty-three riders, 12 in the beginner and 11 in the open categories, came out to enjoy the fun; feedback from everyone was really positive. The weather only challenged us for a short period in the middle of the day and the sun eventually came out. Really nice bronc halters were awarded to the “Most Versatile” Beginner and Open Horses. The Horse Gate Trailer Sales in Falkland donated one and we really appreciate their support of this event. Lots of people helped out and we would like to thank everyone that helped and took part. Verne Kaiser, our judge for the day, spent a lot of hours online researching ranch horse competitions all over North America and we really appreciate his time and interest. We hope to see everyone out in the spring for another event like this. OPEN RANCH HORSE PLEASURE 1. Tombstone, Josh Klassen ($44) 2. Bulls Eye, Shiloa Bradburn ($33) 3. Doc Chex My Eyes, Sarah Schryver ($22) 4. Razzs Dun Deal, Doug Henry ($11) BEGINNER RANCH HORSE PLEASURE 1. QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross ($48) 2. Levi, Kathy Bezugley ($36) 3. Gryffin, Amber Crutchley ($24) 4. Sweet Sherry Pepto, Amy Jaschinsky ($12) OPEN RANCH HORSE TRAIL 1. Star, John Vanhorlick, 75 ($44) 2. Sonitas Mist, Grant Beyer, 74.5 ($33) 3. Tombstone, Josh Klassen, 71 ($16.50) 4. Zans Diamond Quetee, Wolf Beyer, 71 ($16.50) BEGINNER RANCH HORSE TRAIL 1. QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross, 71.5 ($48) 2. Bluff, Erin Culligan, 71 ($36) 3. Jeanie, Dori Watts, 69.5 ($24) 4. Buster, Ryan Culligan, 69 ($12) OPEN RANCH HORSE CUTTING 1. Sonitas Mist, Grant Beyer, 72.5 ($44) 2. Bulls Eye, Shiloa Bradburn, 72 ($33) 3. Doc Chex My Eyes, Sarah Schryver, 71 ($22) 4. Just Nitro, Kris Henry, 70 ($11) BEGINNER RANCH HORSE CUTTING 1. Buster, Ryan Culligan, 70 ($48) 2. Jeanie, Dori Watts, 68 ($30) 3. QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross, 68 ($30) 4. Bluff, Erin Culligan, 67 ($12) OPEN WORKING RANCH HORSE (Reining, Cow Work, Roping) 1. Bulls Eye, Shiloa Bradburn, 139 ($44) 2. Razzs Dun Deal, Doug Henry, 136 ($22) 3. Doc Chex My Eyes, Sarah Schryver, 136 ($22) 4. Blue, Keith Dinwoodie, 136 ($22)


BEGINNER WORKING RANCH HORSE (Reining, Cow Work, Penning) 1. Jeanie, Dori Watts, 142 ($44) 2. Doxie, Ray Campbell, 140 ($33) 3. QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross, 136 ($16.50) 4. Buster, Ryan Culligan, 136 ($16.50) OPEN RANCH HORSE CONFORMATION 1. Bulls Eye, Shiloa Bradburn ($44) 2. Blue, Keith Dinwoodie ($33) 3. Razzs Dun Deal, Doug Henry ($22) 4. Qunicy’s Poco Rubio, Abby McNeish ($11) BEGINNER RANCH HORSE CONFORMATION 1. Huey, Kaci Vanhorlick ($48) 2. Bluff, Erin Culligan ($36) 3. QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross ($24) 4. Sweet Sherry Pepto, Amy Jaschinsky ($12) OPEN CHAMPION VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE Bulls Eye, Shiloa Bradburn BEGINNER CHAMPION VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE QR Riata Mirada, Jackie Cross

Carl, Jackie and Verne

Doug, Grant and Kris

Shiloa Bradburn

Kaci Vanhorlick

Josh Klassen

Kathy Bezugley

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2011 Horizon Equine Show Report By Tanya Ryan


s another great riding season winds up, I have finally found a moment to reflect on this past year’s event. Our annual spring horse show, held June 11-12, 2011 at Horizon Equine Facility in Cranbrook, was another excellent event as entries grew once again. Sixty-three horses and 59 exhibitors came for fun and tough competition at the two-day show. Mother Nature challenged the show and competitors with intermittent thunder and downpours, but she saved the show committee time, as they did not have to water the arenas! An English Flat class division was added to the show this year. Alpine Toyota of Cranbrook sponsored the new division with a horse cooler which was won by Linda Smith (Abraham). The judge, Sally Schiller of Spokane, WA, made the show successful also with her smiles and encouragement to the competitors. We look forward to another great year in the show ring in 2012. High Point Division In Hand Champion: Laurie Darling and Pegasus Electra Reserve: Cora Tschetters and SGR Lynxs Dry Genie Green Champion: Shea Blackwell and Storm Reserve: Pamela Sabo and DD Taro Lena Hickory Junior Champion: Dilon Zaugg and Partner Reserve: Tamara Zaugg and Stoney Novice Youth Champion: Talyor Holt and Cassandra Curl Reserve: Courtney Pellietier and Ginger Intermediate Champion: Terrace Starnes and Slide On Lena Reserve: Marlow Salanski and Roulette’s Tuxedo Senior Champion: Pam Malekow and Tejonas Gold Sierra Reserve: Deb O’Brien and Ritz English Division Champion: Linda Smith and Abraham Reining High Score Champion: Petra Stewart and Shasa Hollywood Jess Youth All Around Champion: Marlow Salanski and Roulette’s Tuxedo Fox’s Horsemanship Challenge Champion: Anna Blackmore and Wrangler Reserve: Jodi Savage and WFR Peponatas Penny Youth Scholarship: Shayla Leacock, Creston

New Riders Class (ages 8 and under)

English Flat class group shot

English Division winner Linda Smith (Abraham) with Tanya Ryan presenting

Trail class

Petra Stewart (Shesa Hollywood Jess) won High Score Reining

High Point Green Division Winner Shea Blackwell (Storm), presented by Roy Ryan of R&L Trucking, and Reserve Pamela Sabo (DDR Taro Lena Hickory)

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Champion Halter Winner Merna Boltz (Royal King Zantanon) and Reserve Kim Jackman (Sky Ghost Excuse)


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, houliojule@yahoo.com Club contact: Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Photos courtesy of Tanya Epp - Optical Delusions.


ur Pine Tree banquet held on November 5th at the Barnhartvale Hall was a blast of a great time for all involved. Friends sharing stories of the summer riding, awards were doled generously out, the potluck food excellent and the silent auction a huge success! Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the silent auction items, the list of items was varied and interesting with lots of competitive bidders! The year end results of this past summer’s shows are listed below. Senior High Point Overall: 6th - Marie McGivern; 5th - Tracey Reynolds; 4th - Linda Loshuk; 3rd - Allyson Herman; 2nd - Jeanette Brandt; and 1st - Kayse Allan Jr. B High Point Overall: 10th - Tori Braun; 9th - Deseree Jennings; 8th - Nerissa Jameus; 7th - Lauren Miller; 6th - Sophie Taylor; 5th - Tristan Wintrup; 4th - Emily Balfour; 3rd - Beth Reed; 2nd - Jordan Schindel; and 1st - Megan Daly Jr. C High Point Overall: 5th - Katie Miller; 4th - Macaylan Jolicouer; 3rd - Mackenna Fink; 2nd - Cayleigh Cote; and 1st - Amanda Daly Jr. D High Point Overall: 5th - Alicia Blackford; 4th - Emalee Higgins; 3rd - Alana Higgins; 2nd - Bryson Daburger; and 1st - Brodie Daburger Jr. E/Beginner Rider High Point Overall: 7th - Aubrey Higgins; 6th - Hailey Sample; 5th - Sascha Hall; 4th - Maria Herman; 3rd - Elsie Rawlings; 2nd Cally Sample; and 1st - Braden Daburger

Brodie Daburger, Winner of the Overall High Point Award

Our 2011 Award Winners

Leadline Winners: Sailor Mayer, Ben Sample, Julia Blackford, Kelsey Voss, Gage Rawlings, Tess Rawlings, Helena Schular, Jackson Schular, and Lucas Bischoff Most Improved: Cayleigh Cote and Alana Higgins Most Sportsmanlike: Alana Higgins (voted on by the members) Ernie B Showmanship: Runner up: Jordan Schindel; Champion: Megan Daly High Point Performance: Runner up: Bryson Daburger; Champion: Brodie Daburger High Point Gymkhana: Runner up: Beth Reed; Champion: Braden Daburger High Point Overall: Runner up: Braden Daburger; Champion: Brodie Daburger

That’s it for this year! See you in 2012.

Barriere & District Riding Club Report By Ginger Chappell


he Barriere and District Riding Club had their year-end potluck on Saturday, November 19th and there was an excellent turnout from members of this very diverse riding club. There were awards for High Point achievements, Most Improved riders and recognition for all club volunteers, sponsors and contributors, of which there were many. The club’s membership has doubled this year with huge interest in the Fun Days with the new timer and the Heritage point shows. There

were also a few club trail rides as well as clinics, vet day and tack sale. The Barriere and District Riding Club would like to thank its sponsors who donated so many prizes and other items which were integral in the clubs success this year. There were also many who contributed to the construction and materials of the new light horse arena and there will be a thank you sign posted on the club’s new Seacan which was a kind donation as well, in gratitude.

The Barriere and District Riding Club would like to Thank The Following Sponsors for their kind contributions in prizes and support. Ag Foods Barriere All Glass Kamloops Amarok Timber and Log Badger’s Haunt Hay Sales Bar K Treats Barriere Country Feeds Barriere Irly Bird Building Centre Brandt Tractor Canadian Cutting Horse Association & Jaeden Resources

Canadian Western Bank Circle W Quarter Horses Dave & Sheila Cousins Dearborne Ford Equalign Equine Therapy Funk Signs Future Shop Kamloops Grandma Alice’s Concession Greenhawk Kamloops Horse Barn


IDA Pharmacy Barriere Sara Underwood Photography Jim McKirdy Farrier Service Shappens Enterprises Knight’s Inn Station House Restaurant Lucky Star Stables Thompson Valley Charters Mortgage Alliance-Interior BC Tri-Service Mortgages Upcott Trucking Prince George Rodeo Association Wadlegger Logging and Construction Purity Feeds Kamloops Wrangler Ralko Welding Sam’s Pizza www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com www.saddleup.ca • 63

BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S2 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, (250) 337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Treasurer: Norma Siebert, (604) 789-0150, nsiebert@telus.net Membership Secretary: Lynne Carter, (604) 880-6138, palomino2@hotmail.com AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson, (604) 323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca Saddle Up Contact: Carolyn Farris, (250) 546-6083, cfarris@telus.net LMQHA Directors: Haidee Landry, (604)-530-8051, hmqh@hotmail.com Denise Hill (HCBC), (604) 888-0475, denisehill@shaw.ca VIQHA Director: Kirk Walton, (250) 724-0389, kirk.walton@hotmail.com SCQHA Director: Cheri Smeeton, (250) 573-2541, csmeeton@shaw.ca NBCQHA Director: Darhl Paley, dapaley@telus.net Amateur Advisor: Doug Baker, (250) 612-4770, horsinaround67@hotmail.com

Kudos - Submitted by Lynne Carter Eleanor Peardon and Perfect Deception were big winners at the Canadian Nationals

in August. After numerous placings and big wins in Select Hunt Seat Equitation and Select Western Horsemanship they wrapped up the show being “crowned” Reserve All Around Select! Congratulations Eleanor and “Noah”!

President’s Report – Oct 23, 2011

The fall is here and the winter is just around the corner. The summer was interesting with another very successful Regional Championship show held at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. This was the second year for this show in Canada and thanks to the many volunteers, the AQHA Professional Horseman and show committee comprised of AQHA members from BC, Alaska, Washington and Idaho. The Regional Championship Show will now move to Tacoma, Washington next year. The summer show and recreational riding season did not start without some controversy and concerns for the safety of horses in the Pacific Northwest. The disease EHV-1 was detected and all precautions were taken

to limit the spread of this disease including the cancelling of some shows, clinics and recreational rides. I found the BCQHA web site to be one of the leaders in providing accurate and timely information regarding this disease. A big thank you goes out to the volunteers that made this information available to all horse owners in BC. AQHA continues to evolve as an organization. This can be observed through changes to the AQHA rule book, the development of the Ranch Horse Pleasure class, the development of the AQHA show levelling program, seminars to develop the recreational riding program and the use of electronic communications aids. For more information regarding these and other programs go the BCQHA and AQHA web sites. The BCQHA board of directors will start the fall and winter meeting season to deal with the business of running this organization. Our first big session will be the board of directors meeting on Oct 29 and 30 in Langley, BC. The next BCQHA Annual General Meeting is being planned for Vancouver Island on Mar 31 & Apr 1, 2012. Enjoy the fall and your rides. Gordon McEachen President

Dawson Creek Horse Club News By Judie Stanley


he leaves have blown east, the geese have flown south, and the horses’ coats have fuzzed north. After a busy summer of farming and attending local shows, the club members now have a burst of clinics. Robin Hahn has completed two fall jumping clinics. He is wonderful to travel north to hold spring and fall jumping clinics. We have a number of talented riders in the Peace River area who benefit greatly from Robin’s vast knowledge and amazing instruction. Our own coach, Tara Norman, has continued to motivate and encourage better balance, use of the leg and quiet hands in her weekly lessons and fall clinics. Tara’s adult camps in the spring and fall are favourites of the adult club members. The kids love her kids’ summer camps. Horses and riders alike appreciate her 64 • Saddle Up • December 2011

instruction so much! Our young riders, 4 to 18 years of age, have enjoyed weekly lessons with western instructor Coleen Mathews and English instructor, Joyce Benson. The end-of-the year fun day included games, a trail ride and a picnic at the home of Stan and Coleen John. Averee Whitewood was awarded the club’s “most improved rider overall.” Rikki Fields was the most improved English rider. Meagan Reynen was our most improved Western rider. Thanks to all of the parents and grandparents who hauled horses to the Lakota Arena, hauled kids out to the highway cleanup. taught classes, set up jumps, barrels and poles, and trotted lead-line ponies around the arena all summer. Because of dedicated parents, we saw the new riders progress from lead-line

to independent walk, trot and even canter, and saw the more experienced riders increase their enjoyment of their horses and skill levels in local shows. The more experienced riders hope to help our trail guide, Jacqui Walmsley, establish posted trails around the area. Our club promotes knowledgeable horsemanship skills both in Western and English disciplines. We welcome anyone who enjoys the social interaction and activities of the horsey set. Our monthly meetings are held every 3rd Thursday, at 5:30pm, at the Lakota Arena classroom. Our AGM is the 3rd Thursday of January (location to be announced). For more information on our club, contact Rose Cousins, rcousins@pris. bc.ca or visit www.dchorseclub.org.


BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint New members at Mane Event A big thank you goes out to our BC Paint Horse Directors and to Jodie Moore of Moore Performance Horses for the many hours spent at the BCPHC booth at The Mane Event. Take a look at the pumpkin carving done by our own Natalie Hall! Way to go, Natalie! We said hello to lots of our current members, met quite a few Paint Horse owners we hadn’t met before, and were pleased to have a few new members join our club. There were a lot of questions about the Paint Horse and we were all happy to be able to answer questions and provide information. Awards Banquet at High Point Our 2011 annual Awards Banquet is booked for the evening of February 4, 2012 at the fabulous lounge at High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley. If you haven’t seen it, please take a look at www. highpointequestriancentre.ca. We have lots of fun planned, including great food, a silent auction and, of course, being there to support friends and family who have worked so hard to earn their year-end awards. All of our members (past, present and future) are welcome to join us and we look forward to seeing you there. Dinner prices are $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for 18 and under. An RSVP is requested by January 21, 2012. For ticket information, please contact Marilyn Griffi n by email at mgriffin2@shaw.ca, by phone at (604) 817-5345, or go on-line to www. bcphc.com. Silent Auction Once again we will be holding a Silent Auction and Balloon Pop fundraiser at the Banquet. Your gift donation is very much appreciated and will help defray some of our club’s annual operating expenses. The Silent Auction also adds some fun to the evening. If you would like to make a donation please let Marilyn know when booking your tickets. Stampede sponsors Super Horse award Stampede Tack and Western Wear of Cloverdale is the first official sponsor of the “Back-to-Basics” Paint show we announced in last month’s Saddle Up. They are sponsoring the “Stampede Super Horse Silver Buckle” to be awarded to the owner or exhibitor of the Paint Horse earning the most points overall during the show, July 29, 2012 in Langley. It’s the perfect incentive, says show manager Cathy Glover, to encourage exhibitors to show off the versatility of our breed and bring back the all-arounds (and bigger classes) to breed shows. We’re very pleased to have Stampede on board! The APHA and BCPHC-approved show at High Point Equestrian Centre will be double judged by Kim Gately and Sally Jo Ward Freund. If their names are familiar, it’s because, in addition to being APHA Judges, they train horses and riders in Washington State. We are very lucky to have judges of Kim and Sally’s calibre within driving distance. One of the goals of the “Back-to-Basics” show is to keep expenses low so those savings can be passed on to exhibitors who can enjoy an awesome day of showing at the breed level at a reasonable cost! Never shown at a breed show before? This is your chance! www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg colleen_doug@shaw.ca Vice Pres Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Sec Marilyn Griffin mgriffin@davis.ca Treas Dianne Rouse lazy3@telus.net Communications Director Andrew Thomas barnslave@live.com APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore mphorses@telus.net APHA www.apha.com 817 834-2742


Chilliwack awards Paint horse prize The final BCPHC “free trophy” award winner of the year has been announced. Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Kubillus and her 14-year-old APHA gelding, PNP Painted Warrior (Tux), were the Chilliwack Riding Club’s high point Paint horse this year, besting seven other APHA-registered horses Pumpkin by Natalie Hall competing for the title. They received their award from the BC Paint Horse Club at CRC’s year-end banquet, November 26. Kaitlyn has been riding Tux for two years, competing in CRC’s gymkhanas and horse shows, but their real passion, says mom Cheryl, is barrel racing. At the end of their first full year competing at Canadian Barrel Racing Association-sanctioned events, they topped the peewee division Kaitlyn and PNP Painted Warrior for all of BC. Kaitlyn says Paint horses are her favourite – she likes how their different markings make them stand out in a crowd, and she especially likes how Tux has one blue eye! Congratulations to an awesome team! For more information on BCPHC’s Free Trophy Program, visit our website, www.bcphc. com. Natalie Hall, Kerry Sawyer and Website gets a facelift Colleen Schellenberg at The Mane Event Have you checked out the BC Paint Horse Club website recently? If not, you may be in for a surprise! It has been totally updated with new, easy-to-navigate pages about all the activities, programs and things you need to know as a BCPHC member and Paint Horse owner in BC. We’ll be updating information regularly (like the list of APHA PAC-approved shows here in BC and APHA-approved shows throughout the Pacific Northwest) and we also intend to update the photos we use on the site from month to month. Do you have a photo of your Paint to share? Send a highresolution jpeg fi le to cathyglover@telus.net. Membership Renewal It’s time to download your membership application for 2012 from the website and - while you’re at it - check out the information about our Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP) and the Free Trophy Program (FTP) for next year! It’s all there at www.bcphc.com. (We’re on Facebook, too!)

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@telus.net www.rodeobc.com

DISCOUNT ON 2012 BCRA MEMBERSHIPS IF PURCHASED BEFORE JANUARY 31ST, 2012: Download a Membership Application from our website (www.rodeobc.com) or contact the BCRA office and we can email, fax or mail you an application. Take advantage of this great deal! 2011 BCRA Lifetime Achievement Winner Patti Gerhardi Having been involved with the sport of rodeo for the past 30 or so years, I love to promote the value of this sport and the western lifestyle and culture. It is my firm belief that, in this day of so many poor choices that the youth of our communities (urban and rural alike) have, rodeo is a “good” choice. Working with animals, one learns responsibility, the value of good health and the hard work it takes to produce a rodeo champion. Dedication, education, experience, and motivation are all required. Being a good sport, a best friend, compassionate, trusting and trusted are all qualities required to reap the benefits of being a rodeo person. This sport provides the opportunities for young people to learn from, associate with and be in the company of their heroes. And for those heroes, they have the opportunity to share and continue traditions that have become a

Merry Christmas From The BCRA Board Of Directors! critical part of their own history. The “family of rodeo” extends in some families over four generations participating as contestants. For myself, the rewards are many, specifically, the friends that I am lucky enough to count in my “rodeo family.” During the 2011 BCRA Banquet and Awards held in Quesnel, while sharing in the celebration of our Rodeo Champions (both two and four legged), I had the opportunity of once again sponsoring and presenting the Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year. This year was particularly rewarding as I was giving the Award to Wade McNolty and his horse “Fancy.” Wade has been one of our own since he lived with us as a teenager. As the evening progressed, Wade was called upon to give one of the annual awards and while he was giving his speech about his rodeo career (right from the heart), he mentioned “...and this lady is my Rodeo Mom.” Well, I started to shake when I realized he was talking about ME! Others had already clued in. I was not only visibly shaken, but also at a loss for words as he presented me with the BC Rodeo Association 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. The only thing that could have made the moment more special was if my Tim, Kandace, Kassidy and Tanner, Jim and Danielle Hayze (and now

2011 BCRA Lifetime Achievement Winner Patti Gerhardi

Kesley, as of October 4, 2011) could have been there. I am truly honoured and humbled by this recognition from our Rodeo Family. The buckle by Troy Fischer is a piece of art. To have my name listed on the trophy with all of those Rodeo Stars, I am in elite company with many of my own heroes. Thank you to the British Columbia Rodeo Association for sponsoring the award - I am blessed to call you family and friends. Travelling from one end of BC to the other, during the rodeo season, I am able to appreciate the wonders and beauty of our glorious province and the people in it, loving each and every day.

2011 BCRA Season Leader Champions

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442



iding up the trail, I said to Naomi, “Do you smell bacon cooking?” She looked at me as if I were nuts. An hour later, as dusk fell and the rain started, we eased into our first camp where members of the BCHBC Robson Valley Chapter were having ham for dinner. The trip had been borne on a trail ride in our home town of Terrace, when spring was in the air. I had ridden part of the route previously, while Naomi had some packing experience but hadn’t done a longer trip in the BC wilds. The route the two of us were travelling started from the Holmes River Forest Service Road near McBride, traversed an alpine section, and then headed into Jasper National Park (JNP). We subsequently followed the North Boundary Trail in northern JNP to Twintree Lake. With steep sections, heavy mud, roots and creek crossings, the Blueberry Trail at the start of the route is not for inexperienced trail horses. I was alternately riding and packing my seasoned trail horse, Molly, and putting miles on Sunny, while Naomi had rented two horses from Blue Creek Outfitting in McBride. So we were in good shape horsewise. As it’s unusual to meet other horse parties in northern BC, it was good fun unexpectedly sharing the first night with some new horsey friends. As the evening wore on, things got a bit strange. In HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

2010, I had found a gold ring at a camp further along the trail but had no way of identifying the owner. So, when a woman at dinner lamented how she had lost her ring last year, I blurted out, “Oh, I found that. I’ll mail it to you!” Oddly, I knew her son as well. The next morning, we were really thankful to have company. Molly caught a shoe in her sideline and promptly yanked it off. The start of an eight-day trip is no time to lose a shoe, so I tried my luck with our new friends. Must have had some good karma, as one of the group was a farrier who happily met the challenge of banging a torqued shoe back on. Following that incident and with bluebird skies, we headed up what is known locally as “the goat trail” - for good reason. Sunny slipped off that trail and rolled down the slope until he found his feet again. A scary moment, but now he uses his hind end when going up hills! From there, we travelled through the alpine and down to Jackpine Pass where a trail appears. The alpine section is one of the most stunning portions of the trip, with extensive views of glaciated peaks split by steep valleys. The third day took us over Bess Pass into JNP. The trail down from the pass is steep, with wither-high willow and rocky creek crossings. Once off the mountain, the route is fairly straightforward, following Chown Creek to the North Boundary Trail. The trail over to Twintree Lake was in excellent condition, and a group of three hikers was the sum total of the people we met on the trail. Permits are required to ride in JNP

and are easy to acquire, but information on trail conditions can be a bit difficult to come by. It appears that JNP trails don’t see much use by horse parties. So if you’re looking for a wilderness experience on good trails, then northern JNP is a good bet. But with less use, the more remote trails are growing over and becoming harder to follow, so it’s worth having good backcountry skills for these trips. The horses had a well-deserved rest at Twintree Lake, before we turned around and rode back the way we’d come. We enjoyed dry weather, minimal bugs and good luck, all while riding through stunning vistas in northern BC. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Story written by Anne Mackay


he Endurance Riders Association President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net of BC held its VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Annual General Meeting Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com on Saturday, November Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: 12, 2011 in the Kamloops Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Ramada Inn. The AGM is Toni Bloomfield toniabloomfield@gmail.com held each November after Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net the year’s event schedule Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net sadly concludes, and Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca optimistically, before the Cory Anthony cwanthony@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net onset of winter conditions. www.ERABC.com For many of us, it is the last opportunity to visit face to face until the next season, and the Annual Awards Presentations and Club Banquet certainly help make the all-day event festive! Twenty-five members ran the winter conditions “gauntlet,” with only those travelling the Coquihalla Highway feeling the slap of snow and ice. While the official minutes of the meeting have not been posted to the ERABC website as yet, here are some of the highlights that affect us all: Officers & Directors 2011

2012 Ride Schedule

to tell about how she learned them. Following a great meal, the Annual Awards presentations began. Special thanks go to sponsors BC Gaming Commission, Fuzzy Logic Equine, and the Horse Barn in Kamloops. Top Ten Senior riders for 2011 (highest points to a horse and rider team) 1: Brandi Anthony; RK Sterling Venture; 470 Points - GRAND CHAMPION 2: Elroy Karius; Apache Eclipse +/_; 418.8 Points 3: Gail Jewell; KD Colonel; 355 Points 4: Terre O’Brennan; Koszaar; 350 Points 5: Phyllis Madge; Paladin BF; 310 Points 6: Kerri-Jo Stewart; Darginka; 290.5 Points 7: Brenda Miskimmin; MC Penny Too; 275 Points 8: Fred Dzida; RP Zubaydas Northern Thunder; 235 Points 9: Fred Voglmaier; My Dance; 235 Points 10: Barb Hart; Kool as Ice; 230.5 Points High Point Junior GRAND CHAMPION (one rider/one horse): Anya Levermann with Jamil Ben Rhys ERABC High Mileage (one rider/any number of horses): Elroy Karius with Apache Eclipse +/- and Diamond Reo Rookie of the Year (ERABC member in first year of competition): Gina Huber with Closefirestorm and Chinooks CK ERABC Overall High Mileage Senior (one rider/any number of horses at any sanctioned endurance ride): Terre O’Brennan with Koszar ERABC Overall High Mileage Junior (one rider/any number of horses at any sanctioned endurance ride): Anya Levermann with Jamil Ben Rhys ERABC Family award (points from ERABC rides of any distance): Katrin, Katya, and Anya Levermann ERABC Volunteer of the Year: Del Paul

May 20, Sunday: Rock Creek Romp; 22/35/50 Miles The Board of Directors will be meeting through the winter to enact Aug 5, Sunday: Wine Country Wrangler; 12/25/50 Miles (75 may be many of the wishes expressed by the membership during this day. Keep added!) in touch! August 25, Saturday: Skimikin Lake; 22/50 Miles Sept 8, Saturday: Westbank Rocker; 12/22/50 Miles (to be confirmed) In the works are another Clinic with Christoff to precede Rock Creek Romp on May 17 and 18 at that site, a workshop for prospective Ride Managers, and a revival of the Merritt ride site in July... cross your fingers! Anya, Katrin and Katya Levermann Members voted that Kamloops was the best central location for our annual general meetings, and revised by motion the practice of alternating those meetings between the Lower Mainland and the Interior - subject to change upon application and organization by a member so inclined.

Also of note: - a big welcome to the Board of Directors to Fred Dzida and Christine Voglmaier and thanks for stepping up! - another big welcome to Corrie Stalker and Shawnee Venables to Ride Management; the pair have assumed the reins for the Skimikin Ride! - lifetime membership fees of $250 will be added to the membership application, with the amount reviewed annually. - prepayment to all events will be requested; cancellation and refund policy to be announced. - a survey question will be distributed to determine membership preference as to the holding of rides on Saturdays or Sundays. The meeting ended on time, and our honoured and esteemed guest speaker, Nancy Beacon, took the floor. Nancy has been a leading light in distance riding in Canada since the 60’s, and is still going strong from her bases of operation in Ontario and Florida. Her tips and comments on conformation and conditioning were given life by the stories she had 68 • Saddle Up • December 2011

Brenda Miskimmin presenting Grand Champion award to Brandi Anthony

Nancy Beacon and Terre O’Brennan


BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy tamora@shaw.ca Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutadoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca

We would like to thank Debbie Storey for another successful clinic. The trail sessions were a HUGE hit. We are looking forward to starting the clinic’s again this spring. BCIAHA would like to remind everyone that it is time to renew your memberships.


CIAHA would like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas Party & Awards Banquet on November 20 at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon. We all had an amazing time catching up with old and new friends. As always dinner was fabulous and the DJ kept everyone on their feet. We had a variety of items contributed to our silent auction and would like to thank our members and local businesses who generously donated.

Jon Goldenthal presenting award to Colleen Kramer

Klassical Jazz, the school master mare and Karel deep in concentration following Debbie’s instruction.

BCIAHA HIGH POINT WINNERS Purebred Champion: Faye Fox Reserve: Faye Fox Partbred Champion: Colleen Kramer Reserve: Alaina Braybrook Top 5: Faye Fox Youth Champion: Joni Goldenthal Reserve: Flynn Johnson Top 5: Adam Fox Top 5: Alyssa Johnson Top 5: Kathleen Fox RECREATIONAL RIDING RESULTS Heather Redman 50 and 100 hrs Kathy enjoying her lesson with Debbie Joni Goldenthal 200 hrs Storey riding Chiron her pleasure gelding. Steph Goldenthal 200 hrs Adam Fox 100 hrs Fay Fox 400 and 500 hrs Kathleen Fox 300 hrs Flynn Johnson 750 hrs Maddie Driscoll 750 hrs Special CONGRATULATIONS to our BCIAHA 2011 Volunteer of the Year - Colleen Kramer!

Michelle and Debbie discussing the progress of her pretty palomino mare Lena at the recent Debbie Storey clinic.

Youth High Point Winners

We would like to thank Nancy Roman and Saddle Up magazine for being the “Voice” of the BCIAHA. We are looking forward to this partnership again in 2012. Hope Everyone has a fun and safe holiday season!! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Recreational Rider Winners presented by Cori Wilson

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Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country



THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 12/12

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 3/12 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 bccha@telus.net or web www.bccha.ca 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 7/12 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 10/12 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@telus.net, www.rodeobc.com 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 5/12

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461, bhanews@hotmail.com, visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid. www.cdart.org, www.critteraid.org, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 4/12


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com @ p 7/12

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 12/11 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 12/11 MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, www.missionhorseclub.com 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, www.okanaganminiaturehorseclub.com 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326, debrett7@hotmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, www.critteraid.org 0 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 a aphcc@appaloosa.ca

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 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 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com 13-16

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DOMINIQUE BARBIER CLINIC, Highpoint Equestrian Centre, Langley, Burgi, burgi_rommel@hotmail.com COWBOY CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Calvary Community Church, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, www.bcchs.com JINGLE BELL ROCK (2 pm) at Sun Meadows Equestrian, Barnhartvale. Proceeds to Kamloops Food Bank. Laura 250-573-5812 www.sunmeadowsequestrian.ca

jjanuary 2012 3-18


SPIRIT OF THE WEST CRUISE from L.A. to Hawaii for 14 days, www.hugh-mclennan.com EQUINE EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC. Contact Kelly Coughlin at industry@hcbc.ca

february 11 17-19

COWBOY CONCERT, 100 Mile House, 1-888-763-2224, www.bcchs.com SASKATCHEWAN EQUINE EXPO, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, 306-931-7149, www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com

18 18-24 25-28 30-Apr 5

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10-16 12-15 28-May 4

may 6-12


jjune 9-10


KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, www.bcchs.com LMQHA BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Tack Sale, Clinics & more, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Pia 604-889-9120 or Terri 778-549-1297 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Ladysmith, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

EQUANIMITY EDGE Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, 4 week massage& VR course, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632


PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase, www.ForTheHorse.com “BACK-TO-BASICS” APHA HORSE SHOW, High Point Equestrian Centre, Langley, 2 judges, www.bcphc.com, cathyglover@telus.net


august 11-17 18-24 25-28


15-21 22-28 29-Oct 5

EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Langley, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Kamloops, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Rocky Mt. House, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Saskatoon, SK, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Brandon, MB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

november 16

EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase, Armstrong, www.okbreedersgroup.com

EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Calgary, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Regina, SK, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course Edmonton, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

september 8-14

EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course Langley, BC, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Peachland, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase, www.ForTheHorse.com EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Grande Prairie, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

BARBRA SCHULTE CLINIC, Performance & Cow Work, Armstrong, register at www.reinininthesun.com

7-Aug 3


march 8-11


EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Regina, SK, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

15TH ANNUAL HORSEY LADIES Charity Auction & Banquet, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon, BC. Nancy 250-546-9922 (See our event on Facebook)

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ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, www.armstronginn.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 2/12 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford) 1-877-336-6156, janice@ shawcable.com, Indoor pool/hottub, trailer pkg, rest. 15 min. to Heritage Park

Dynamic Balance Equestrian (serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds   sDYNAMICBALANCE HOTMAILCOM 2/12


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FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150

FOALING - 5 PINE RANCH (Okanagan) Foaling w/Webcams. Superior mare care and full boarding services. 250-215-7463, www.fivepineranch.com 2/12


SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 4/12

Best Value in Red Deer! Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park www.hojoreddeer.com Toll Free 1-800-424-8454 or 403-343-8444


SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260, mmarshall@sandman.ca, www.sandman.ca 5/12 BED, BALES & BREAKFAST BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout, www.bluecoyote.ca FARM SUPPLIES

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 7/12 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 3/12 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 10/12


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CATERING & CONCESSION SERVICES HERMCO CATERING & CONCESSION (BC Interior) 250-681-0939 Awesome Food and Excellent Service, hermcocatering7@gmail.com

309 Culbertson Way, Princeton, BC Princeton’s largest Farm and Garden Centre


Otter Co-op Lifeline Horse Feed, Pet Feed, Vet Supplies, Farm Feed, Garden Supplies & Fencing

250-295-0255, E-mail: farmctr@telus.net


CONSTRUCTION QUALITY STRUCTURES LTD. (BC’s Interior & Fraser Valley) 250-280-1429 Agricultural, Residential, Commercial and Custom Jobs 5/12 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 3/12


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


FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop and Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods 72 • Saddle Up • December 2011



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CORNER CORRAL TACK & FEED Farm Market (Coldstream) 250-545-2134 PRO-FORM Feeds, Consigned Tack/Apparel, Minerals & Supplements 4/12

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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 11/12 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. www.otter-coop.com

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 2/12 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons www.ribbonsonline.net SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 2/12 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, ckclassicl@yahoo.ca Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, www.cossentinesaddlery.com 5/12 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 2/12 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs www.happyhorsebacksaddles.ca

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KAMLOOPSSADDLERY.COM 1-877-493-8881 or 250-573-5496 Custom Saddles, Horse Gear & Repairs by Bob Goudreault 8/12 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@telus.net, www.nickerssaddlery.com R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 9/12 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 5/12 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com 2/12

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THE RANCH - Home of “Robbie� – Percheron/TB Stallion Driving Lessons/Clinics. Horses broke and trained for driving. For Sale: Eventing/Jumping/Driving/Trail prospects.

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TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, tnt125@shaw.ca RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12

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VETERINARIANS DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dawsoncreekvet.com 5/12 DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 5/12 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 3/12 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 5/12 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, vernonvets@shaw.ca


Stallions and Breeders POLAR PINTABIANS (Winfield, AB) 780-682-2659 3/12 Breeding for Colour & All Around Quality. www.polarpintabian.webs.com Butte Morgan Horses ~ Western Foundation Breeding

RIVERSIDEPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Prince George) 250-612-4770 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA Perf. Horses. Boarding/Coaching/Judging/Clinics

For Family Fun or When There’s Work to be Done! Standing WWF Stallions ~ Stock For Sale ~ Visitors Always Welcome

www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110



SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.saltyolejackquarterhorses.com 5/12

CARTWRIGHT QUARTER HORSES (Rock Creek) 250-446-2881 3/12 SS: 2 AQHA/NFQHA Gold Palomino 26% LEO Blood. www.cartwrightqh.com

SKYVIEW RANCH (Vanderhoof) 250-567-9754 3/12 Breeding Quality Reining & Working Cow Horses. www.skyview-ranch.com

DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 7/12 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info

Dragony Acres CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTOâ€? (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses


E-mail: lisa@dragonyacres.ca Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley) www.dragonyacres.ca

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com


WWW.WHOAANDGOQUARTERHORSES.COM 250-551-4739 SS: Hortons Triple Skip, AQHA/APHA Palomino, 16HH, standing in Fruitvale 6/12


HNROCKINHORSERANCH.COM (Waseca, SK) 306-893-4478 (4 hrs/Edmonton) SS: Hollywood Dream, 2007 AQHA Gold Champagne Dun (Homozygous) 4/12

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Milk River, AB) 403-647-3774 12/11 SS: AQHA, APHA & Thoroughbred Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com

HYPOALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES (Summerland) 250-486-6773 Stallion service, all ages horses for sale. www.curlystandardplace.com

ZIRNHELT CUTTING HORSES (Kamloops) 250-828-1033 3/12 Training/Breeding Quality Cutting Horses, zirnheltcuttinghorses@telus.net


ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com

Lone Larch Akhal Tekes Discover the Turkmen Purebred Home of golden stallion MARUK Stallion service – Foal sales ,UMBY   sWWWLONELARCHCOM 4/12

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, www.paradisehorses.com Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12 PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 11/12 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

YEARLY RATES starting at $195 (For 12 issues)

Salty Ole Jack 1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Jaz Poco Goldun Blue 1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun - all his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare! HERDA N/N, GBED & PSSM N/N

AQHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining IBHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining 2001 Open Reining Circuit Champion 2001 MHBHA Working Cow Horse 1st Place 2000 NRHA Limited Open Res. Champion Sandhills Slide 2000 NRHA Limited Open Res. Champion High Desert Slide 2000 Working Cow Horse Circuit Champion Colorful Colorado 1998 MHBHA Reining Champion 1998 AQHA Junior Reining Colorful Colorado Circuit Champion 1998 IBHA Open Reining Colorful Colorado Circuit Champion NRHA Money Earner

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

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502






Fresh cooled or frozen semen available anywhere in North America. 2012 Fee $950

Owned By: Ryan Smith, Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses !LBERTA #ANADA  sCHAMPIONAUCTIONS GMAILCOM


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On The Market

“RHINESONE LADY” 2000 Chestnut AQHA Mare (IN FOAL TO CLASSIC DUN/GRULLO CHAMPAGNE AQHA My Beau Vanzi for 2012, LFG). A great mama, easy foaler, easy breeder; ready to go at weaning time. Blaze was brought up from Texas and carries excellent speed bloodlines; she is a granddaughter of Go Coon Go and Ladies Choice. Also on her papers are: Go Man Go, Diamond Charge, Pacific Bailey, Lady Good Bar, and French Sabre. Her foals will be excellent barrel/rodeo/speed prospects, they will excel in the rodeo arena. Don’t miss out on the chance to own one of the first “Beau” foals, you’ll make your money back on this foal alone. $1,000 with LFG. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, www.colourvranch.com colourv@thelakebc.ca or 250-296-0186

MANTLE & BLACK GREAT DANE PUPPIES Striking black and white markings. 3 boys left, 7 girls. Tall Momma, taller Dad - most should be Big. *Very basic* training started. Delivery possible. Available now. $1,000. On Facebook - Great Dane Puppies in BC 250-379-2022 (Falkland)






2007 REG’D MORGAN GELDING If you’re looking for a fun, athletic, personable horse who loves going for rides as much as you do - look no further! Beautiful, well built, smooth and responsive, this boy has been shown in Western Pleasure, and loves to trail ride (traffic, dogs, wildlife, snow, water, mud... no problem). Many more photos can be seen at www.couleebendmorgans.com 780-583-2128 E-mail LCDIETZ@cciwireless.ca (Galahad, AB)


(ON LEFT) AQHA YEARLING FILLY: FancyCueBarDreamer. Filly should be in show ring. (ON RIGHT) Mother of filly, AQHA MARE, 10 years old, Sassy T Im A Musing, 15HH, (4x Boston Mac on top side, and 4x Leo Bar on bottom). Mare won 2 Grand Champions in Yearling Halter, 6th Overall in BC. These horses are bred for show and performance. For Sale or Trade for Gelding, between 4 - 10 years old.

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CV PEPS BLUEBERRY LENA (PENDING) 2011 Bay Dun AQHA Filly. This is one exceptional filly!! She is an excellent reining, cutting, or ranch horse prospect. Blue has a top notch pedigree to back up her natural athleticism. She’s just born to be great! She has an amazing hip that allows her to sit and stop, spin, and do rollbacks so naturally already. Smart Little Lena, Solanos Peppy San, Dry Doc, Sonny Dee Bar, Peppy San Badger, Rey Jay, and more. Let this filly be your next great prospect. $1,200. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, www.colourvranch.com colourv@thelakebc.ca or 250-296-0186





CV LADY BUGS MOCHA 2005 Red Dun (with blanket) ApHCC Mare (Homozygous pattern). Mocha is in foal to Palomino AQHA Nifty TC for a 2012 LFG (last time they produced a dunalino with blanket). Bloodlines: Lady Bugs Moon, Goer, Go Bay Go, Rustler Bill, Peppy, The Accelerator, Mighty Paul, and more. Easy foaler/Great Mom! $1,500 obo. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, www.colourvranch.com colourv@thelakebc.ca or 250-296-0186

PERFECTLY SET-UP 8.5 ACRE HORSE FARM FOR SALE In Armstrong/Spallumcheen. Magnificent 3,465 sq. ft. post-andbeam Farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Large 100X200’ riding ring with great sand footing, 3 paddocks with shelters, 5 turnout fields, excellent fencing, 2 stall heritage barn. 14 km from Armstrong, 30 minutes to Vernon or Salmon Arm. Reduced price! $584,000. See photos at www3.telus.net/absolutehorse 250-546-0531 (Armstrong)


With Living Quarters. Very clean, 8’ wide x 34’ long, mangers walk through door to living quarters, queen bed, fold down couch, dinette seats 4 to 6, full bathroom, TV, stereo, large hay rack, lots of side storage. Can deliver. E-mail for more photos highcruisenquarterhorses@hotmail.com







REG’D PASO FINO GELDING, BORN 2005 Has lots of trail riding experience, travels well, clips, bathes, good with farrier, intelligent, agile, tough and strong. Gaited. 14.3 hands.



3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

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

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

Sired By:


FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 www.elfondomorgans.webs.com

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)

(Black 15HH)



Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 2/12

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC




$60. + HST

FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses www.appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 appaloosacentre@telus.net

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2007 REG’D MORGAN GELDING This 14.2HH Gelding is a ton of fun to ride. He has been shown in Hunter Pleasure, trail ridden (hills, bridges, water, traffic, dogs, wildlife… ), working towards Western Performance competition, and loves to be worked with!! Many more photos at www.couleebendmorgans.com









“AOC SASSY PINE PEARL” 2009 AQHA Cremello Filly; exceptionally well-bred Foundation Quarter Horse. Goes back many times to King, Wimpy, and Joe Hancock. Also bloodlines of Blondys Dude, Peponita, Sassy Doc, Doc Bar, King Hankins Two, Barry Pine, Poco Pine, Jesse James, Three Bars, Driftwood, Blue Valentine, Moon Deck, and Bueno Chex. This filly will produce some excellent ranch versatility horses in colour! Or start her training under saddle and have a beautiful riding horse. Pearl’s round penning has been started and she is facing up nicely. Will make an exceptional all around horse and will produce 100% colour.






TH D L T SO S O M Antique, excellent shape, restored wheels with grease cups. $2,500.“Cou Has car wheels, removable basket, will carry bales or camping equipment or? $950.ld hav

e sold

twice ove SLEIGH: Two seater and in good shape. $300. r wit h the All items always stored in barn, and come with single and double trees. n u m be r of ALSO: calls I HARNESSES (lots of chrome) received !” SADDLES (Western, children and adults, and one Aussie) WATER TROUGHS AND FEEDERS C&M 2 HORSE TRAILER, walk through with tack room, barn stored, in good condition, tires, brakes and bearings excellent. $4,500.

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

Save your Hay! Save your Money!


VISIT FINE LINE ARABIANS on Facebook for beautiful Breeding Stock, Pleasure, Show and Endurance prospects. Rare Ferzon-Azraff pedigrees. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

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


COMMERCIAL TRAIL RIDING BUSINESS in Jasper National Park. Seasonal May to October. Reputable and established. Serious enquiries only. 780-865-4021 (Jasper, AB) 12/11

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

3 sizes starting at $89.95 1-866-389-9952 www.bigbalebuddy.com




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Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC www.swisscarpentry.com 250-547-6616 www.swisstimberconstruction.com


By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740



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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 3/12

ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. www.ruready2dream.com 12/12

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Horse Boarding in Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters


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





Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm


GLENEDEN STABLE 3261-50 Street NW, Salmon Arm, BC

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Full Board (3 feedings per day) Indoor Arena 75’ x 274’ Outdoor Riding Ring 205’ x 107’ Large Paddocks w/Shelters Box Stalls, Wash Stalls, Heated Tack Room ~ Trainers Welcome ~ Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm

Call 250-832-7959 www.holsteinersporthorse.ca




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


Top Quality Australian Saddles

From Nancy & Greg Roman

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BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

250-546-3955 www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong



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