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he Keystone Centre and Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba will host their unique Horse3 event in the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, MB, once again, next Spring. In its seventh year, Horse3 celebrates the power and wonder of the horse-human relationship through its weekend of equine guided education and entertainment, April 18-20, 2014. At Horse3, a multitude of equine disciplines are featured; fans attend clinics, see demonstrations and entertainment, get the opportunity to Ride-with-the-Experts and purchase products at the H3 Trade Show for all aspects of their horse-centric lives! Returning this year is the NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge – Colt starting competition. Three clinicians take a young horse out of a supplied select herd and individually call upon their knowledge, skills and ability to quickly form understandings and relationships between horse and trainer. This year’s competitors include Sean Patrick, Steve Rother, and by popular demand we’ve brought in a female touch to the competition… BC’s own Kaylee Mills will be flexing her extensive horse knowledge in the Trainers Challenge Arena. Returning this year as well is a long list of clinicians offering classes in differing equine disciplines and skillsets ranging from saddle fitting, all the way to vaulting. Act fast and attendees can become participants in some of the clinics and learn first-hand from their favourite horse professional! Get unique hands on experience at the 2014 Horse3 event. Horse3 is also home to one of the largest equine related tradeshows in Western Manitoba. Take a walk through an extensive range of equine products and services made by equine

Our Exciting 40th Anniversary!!!


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enthusiasts for equine enthusiasts. Have a question in regards to any product and the fine folks in our tradeshow area would be happy to offer you their insight. New this year to Horse3 is the Ranchers Block, where not only can you browse the many different breeds of horses, but you can also purchase a new addition to your equine family! Horse3 has been continually Kaylee Mills growing since its start up seven years ago, and is a staple event for any one who is serious about horses! Take advantage of Early Bird Pricing until March, tickets are available at tickets., or by phone 204-726-3555. (See our ad on page 30)


Amazing things planned for this exciting year

Dog Extravaganza Yummy Mamas Home Baking

Super clinicians, acts and demos for all

Prizes and Entertainment

All disciplines and interests from English to Driving Western and more!! Fun for the whole herd! Bring the kids

Tons of great Vendors and Booths for all

NEW format for the famous Used Tack Sale! Photos Jennifer Russell and Ron McCarthy

Sunday March 16th @ Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC Contact Co-Chairs: Terri (778) 549-1297 or Mellissa (604) 729-6616 Booths: Lynda (604) 626-0578

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Equine Body Language Legalities with Harveen Thauli Trailer Loading 101 BC Children’s Wish Ride Update Clicker Training Digestive Health Challenges Winter Horse Sports – Part 2 Don’t Take a Gift Horse for Granted The Classical Californio Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2 Cariboo Horsey Ladies Okanagan Horsey Ladies

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Cariboo Chatter 36 Top Dog! Section 42 KIDS – It’s All About You! 45 Horse Council BC 46 Ask Suzi 54 Lower Mainland Quarter Horse 56 South Central Quarter Horse 57 BC Interior Arabian Horse 58 BC Paint Horse Club 59 Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC 60 BC Rodeo Association 61 Back Country Horsemen of BC 62 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 63 Clubs/Associations 64 Business Services 65 Stallions/Breeders 68 On The Market (photo ads) 69 Shop & Swap 70


ell we survived the Mane Event in Chilliwack BC. Survived meaning… what a fabulous BUSY weekend – it sure keeps us hopping and on our toes. Thank you to Ruby and Barb for helping me at the booth. Congratulations to the Barker Family on their 10th Anniversary of Nancy and Ruby. Photo by Mark McMillan organizing and hosting this ‘lookedforward-to’ annual event for all! I’ve heard complaints about Saddle Up arriving late each month. That is because they are now mailed out of Manitoba… they do finally get to your home or store… but around mid-month. Thank you for your patience! “Worth the read” I have been told (smiley face). We have our second Christmas Gift Guide in this issue with some great products for all you horse lovers out there. Shop till you drop! Tell them you saw it in Saddle Up! Congratulations to our FIRST winner of the Cavalia-Odysseo ticket contest, Tracy Arnold of Vernon BC. We have a second draw on December 18th… see our website for contest details. Those that have already entered are still in the draw… unless of course you have not found the 4 hidden photos on our website pages! Try again… good luck!

REMEMBER… we do not print a January issue, next one is February (ad/article deadline is January 15th).

Happy Holidays everyone!

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Monty Gwynne, Tom Durocher, Christa Miremadi, Birgit Stutz, Harveen Thauli, Judy Newbert, Stefanie Travers, Jan Mansfield, Hazel Plumbley, CJ Grambo, Cheryle Hickman, Mark McMillan, Bruce Roy, Suzi Vlietstra, Lorraine Pelletier. ON THE COVER: Shinin N’ Stylin, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., South Central Quarter Horse Assoc., Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC., BC Rodeo Association, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC

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To the Editor: am writing in regard to the article and picture (page 58) of the October 2013 issue of Saddle Up. In particular, the picture of Shelby MacRae and her 2-year-old Arab cross mare “Tieka,” aka DWR Jazz Moccasins. Tieka is a registered Half Arabian/Paint cross sired by P.W. Freejazz by P.W. Freed’m, sire of many purebred and part bred Champions. P.W. Freejazz is proud of his daughter! She and Shelby continue the winning ways of that great Crabbett bred bloodline. Way to go Shelby and Tieka! - Diane Fitzgerald, owner of P.W. Freejazz, Keremeos BC


Dear Nancy: anted to say thanks to you for including the articles in the September (page 27) and October (page 6) Saddle Up issues. Those articles generated a lot of traffic to my Healthy Horses booth at the Mane Event in Chilliwack. This was our third year there and we saw an increase of very aware horse owners that are looking for ways to be proactive in avoiding/minimizing digestive issues for their horses (yeah!!). Many of the people who came to our booth had read both of the articles in Saddle Up. It is obvious that your magazine is well circulated and well read! Thank you. - Tahn Towns, (Editor’s note: Tahn has provided another article in this issue on page 15)

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Murray Creek Ranch It’s that time of year again when all of us at Murray Creek Ranch would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for all your past support and friendship over the last 16 years. Now is the time to be thinking of selecting a stallion to breed to your favourite mare, and we’d love to show you what we have to offer. There’s no need to go to the USA to have the very best in your discipline. We have stallions by sons and daughters of World Champions for Reining, Cow Horse, Hunt Seat, and the Thoroughbred Racing game. We’d love to show them to you. Just give us a call. Once again, on the COVER is my personal favourite, ‘Shinin N Stylin’, a palomino AQHA stallion. He’s absolutely the best minded and trainable stallion a person could ever have. Then there’s the colour... I know you shouldn’t breed for just colour, but who doesn’t love that golden sheen? He AND our black and white overo stallion ‘HG Spark McCue’ were selected to represent their colour / patterns for a book on breeding for colour. To me that says a lot. Standing for 2014: Shinin N Stylin - Palomino AQHA Stallion There is alway There is NEVER sa selection of AQ Paid For A Chic - Chestnut AQHA Stallion a dull moment around and TB horsesHA Dream Leaguers Tune - Coal Black AQHA Stallion Murray Creek! HG Spark McCue - Black & White Overo APHA Stallion for sale. Fisher Pond - Bay Thoroughbred Stallion Murray Creek was built as a training facility, primarily catering to Thoroughbreds. We expanded that to include some of the best sliding ground for Reiners and recently Jumpers. We offer to the public, 170 stalls, 2 indoor arenas, round pens, a 1/2 mile sand training track and separate foaling barn with cameras. Haul-ins are welcome. We offer full, semi- and self-board. We can tailor a program to your needs. If you’re going on holidays and worry about leaving your horses at home, leave them with us. It’s about the same price as putting your dog in a kennel. We’d be more than happy to look after them for you. 3652 216th Street Langley BC ~ Office/Fax 604-514-8700 or Cell 604-807-5519

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The Big Picture By Birgit Stutz In a previous article, I talked about how horses communicate with one another and with humans. The ability to understand what our horses are telling us – and respond appropriately – makes the relationship safer and more rewarding for both horse and human.


hile it is important to correctly read each individual signal the horse sends to you (see my article in the August issue of Saddle Up), in order for you to fully understand what the horse is telling you and how strong his message is, you need to consider all the signals, from tail to head, together. As well, if you want your horse to both respect and trust you, don’t ignore any of his “messages.” Since horses are prey animals whose lives depend on an extremely high level of awareness, they are experts at constantly testing each other to find out where they stand in the herd hierarchy, and that includes us humans. Understanding the big picture of the horse’s body language is of utmost importance because without that understanding you cannot give the appropriate response. Most horse people know that they have to respond to the horse’s message immediately in order for their response to be effective. However, what is equally important is where you apply your response and with what type and amount of energy.

horse is doing it out of self-defense and/or fear because you have, in fact, asked or caused the horse to do so. In order to know how hard of a push is needed for that particular horse in that particular situation, you need to look at the rest of his body. If, for example, his tail is clamped tight between his hind legs, which is a sign of fear, don’t push him too hard or he won’t trust you. A low to level flick of the whip towards his hind end is most likely more than enough energy. On the other hand, if his tail is wringing, which is a sign of aggression, you’d better push him a little harder, or he won’t respect you. Another good example is a horse’s head. If he flips his head indignantly into the air, he is challenging your leadership and needs to be pushed away. If the horse’s head is twirling, which is a sign of aggression, a strong push from you is needed to let him know that you don’t put up with his ignorant attitude. The push, however, should be aimed at the horse’s body, never at his head. Sending

For example, if your horse turns his hind end to you, it is up to you, the trainer (remember, every time you are with a horse, you are training the horse, for better or for worse), to figure out whether the horse is being disrespectful and defiant, or if the

Tarp: This horse is okay with having a tarp draped over his back. His tail is curled and relaxed, his ribcage is politely bent away from me, his head is low and his ears are forward.

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Focus: This mare is nicely focused on me. Her head is low, her ears are forward and her body is relaxed. She is in a frame of mind where she can learn.

impulsive (pushing) energy towards the horse’s head and neck is bullish behaviour and only causes stress, anger, fear, defiance, and/or sullenness. To know what type of energy and how much energy to apply to the appropriate body part at any given moment takes a lot of observation and experience. Remember, if your horse is being disrespectful, make sure his rude behaviour wasn’t caused by you in the first place. Often, horses’ actions are actually reactions to our own body language and how we are working with them. So, if you are trying to fix what the horse sees you as causing in the first place, it will be difficult to earn his trust and respect. Horses don’t know what we don’t know. Often they don’t know we have made a mistake, they just think we did something offensive or weren’t paying attention. For example if your horse is reading your body language as telling him to come closer to you, but you Ball 1 + 2: No matter what we do with horses, it is important that we read their body language all the time. This horse started out being afraid of things touching his body. In the first picture, he is still fearful of the ball. He is holding his head high, his body is braced and his tail clamped. In the second picture, he is starting to relax - his tail is lifted and curled, and his head is low. The brace in his body is gone. Bending button: Standing in a polite mutual bend to each other. The horse’s ribcage is bent away from me, and I am folded in my core and bent in my left hip to allow the horse to bring his head towards me. The horse’s topline is slightly inverted so Birgit is gently massaging the girth area of the horse to encourage him to drop his head.

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The Big Picture, cont’d thought you were telling your horse to stay away from you and therefore punish him for coming to you, this will lead to confusion and possibly fear or rude behaviour from your horse (cause and effect). Depending on your horse’s character, passive, passive-aggressive or aggressive, he may challenge your leadership in several ways. An aggressive horse may fight you by kicking, biting, striking, rearing or pressing in against you to push you, while a passive horse may be stubborn, evasive or lazy. A passive horse may also just run away. If you have ever watched a great horseman (or horsewoman) communicating with a horse, you were most likely amazed at the subtle, almost unnoticeable human body language. We have to remember, however, that, in order to achieve this high level of communication, it takes a lot of awareness and observation on the human part, and a willingness to listen to and focus on the human on the horse’s part. This, again, means having earned the horse’s trust and respect

first. It may also mean that at first we may have to “shout” with our body language in order to get the horse to focus and listen. “Shouting” with correct body language produces not only much better results than does using physical force, but also proactively prevents a great deal of “challenge” from the horse. Correct timing is of utmost importance with body language. For example, you can push a horse’s shoulder back onto the rail of the round pen by randomly hitting the horse’s front end somewhere with a rope or a whip, and the horse will most likely go back to the rail, but his frame will likely be inverted (high-headed and hollow-backed) and not aligned (his hind end will likely drop in). On the other hand, a correctly-timed (when the horse is physically able to move the part you want moved) precise push to the point of the shoulder will typically move the horse back to the rail more quickly and often without inversion. If you learn to consistently use the proper energy, at the right time, at the right spot (body part), with the right amount of energy,

your horse will eventually respect and trust you and be willing to focus and listen to you. This, however, requires consistency in your actions and body language and awareness to constantly reading the horse’s body language and responding to it appropriately and immediately. Remember, a horse’s body and mind are linked to the point of being one. Horses don’t pretend or lie. So, if you are able to read a horse’s body language, you are actually reading his mind and know what he feels. Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s mission is to help humans improve their relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language as well as fundamental riding skills.

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Legalities with Harveen Thauli WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ABOUT ME!?!

I often receive calls from people in the horse industry wanting to know if they can bring a lawsuit against someone else for allegedly making a false statement about them. In most cases, the answer is usually no. Gossip is, unfortunately, rampant in the horse industry.


f you have a good professional reputation, you will hopefully be able to withstand any false statements made about you. Gossip generally and fortunately fades away with time because gossipers move on to talk about new issues or perceived problems. Even if you decide to bring a lawsuit against someone for making a false statement about you, you still have to prove that you suffered damages as a result of that false statement. This is often difficult to do. As a result, you risk spending more money in legal fees and other related costs for bringing a lawsuit than what you may actually recover. Even if you are successful, consider whether you will be able to collect your judgment award from the gossiper.

Defamation is defined as the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of a person or business. That false statement must also be made to someone other than the person defamed. Defamation is the general term used internationally. If you bring a lawsuit in defamation, you will be suing in either the tort of “libel” or “slander.” Libel and slander both require publication. The primary distinction between libel and slander is solely in the form in which the defamatory statement is published. Slander is making a defamatory statement orally or in a more transitory form, whereas libel is a permanent or written form of a defamatory statement. In order to succeed in an action for defamation, the person defamed must prove the following three criteria: 1. The statement is defamatory. This means that it lowers the person’s reputation in the eyes of other people. The test is an objective one. Therefore, it is not relevant if the person defamed thinks that the words are damaging. The relevant question is what a reasonable person would think about the statement. 2. It must be proved that the statement referred to the person defamed. Therefore, people who heard or saw the statement must realize that it is the person defamed whose reputation is being tarnished. 3. It must be proved that the statement was communicated to or published for someone other than the person actually defamed. If these three elements are proved, the action will most likely succeed unless there is a defence. Truth, for example, is an absolute defence. If it can be shown that the defamatory statement was substantially true, the defendant will not be held liable even if the defendant published the statement to harm the

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Legalities, cont’d person defamed. The following statements are not considered defamation: • A statement that is damaging and true is not defamation. For example, stating that a barn is infested with rats may be damaging to the barn owner’s reputation but, if such story is true, it cannot be defamation. • A false statement that is not damaging is not defamation. For example, stating that a horse has four white socks when it has only two, although false, is not damaging. • A false and damaging statement about a large group of unidentifiable persons is not defamation. Defamation must relate to an identifiable person or persons. • A false statement about a dead person is not defamation. Even if you can prove the three elements above, you must still show that the statements harmed you in some concrete way. You must consider how the statements affected you and determine whether you can prove that your life has changed for the worse because people now view you differently. For example, if you’ve lost work or business, been ignored by family and friends, or been harassed as a direct result of the statement, you can consider the statement to be injurious. If you lost work or business, you must be able to quantify how much you lost. You will not likely succeed in defamation if you already had a bad reputation since it will be hard to prove that you were defamed by any particular statement. In addition, if most people didn’t appear to believe the statement, and no real harm came to you as a result of it, you will not likely succeed in defamation. Whenever possible, if you know who is gossiping about you, try confronting that person and asking her to stop. If that doesn’t work, asking a lawyer to write a letter to the gossiper telling that person to stop may be enough to make her think twice about gossiping about you in the future. I would like to thank Nancy Roman for giving me the opportunity to write for Saddle Up this year. Please continue to check out my blog at for articles on horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and a former owner of a horse whose show name continues as “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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Tom Durocher is Canada’s only Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. He completed his instructor internship in 2005. He has toured with Monty in both Canada and the USA. Tom has been training horses for the past 34+ years at his ranch on the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement in east-central Alberta. Tom rode in the Fishing Lake Community Pasture for 20 years, looking after 1800-2000 head of cattle. He also managed the Community Pasture as well as the Fishing Lake Cattle Company. Tom believes “Violence is never the answer.” His goal is “to leave the world a better place for horses – and people, too.” Visit Tom’s website at

orking with a raw horse or one with trailer loading issues takes time and patience. First, you should back your trailer up to a corral or a round pen. This will help you should your horse decide to explode or get away on you. Remove all stall dividers and centre/end posts in the trailer as well.

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Next, you should introduce your horse to a “Dually Halter” and a 30-ft longline. (A Dually Halter is a training halter designed by Monty Roberts.) Once it is fitted properly, you and your horse will start what is called the Introduction to trailer “Dually Dance.” You ask your horse to take one to two steps backwards. You stop and reward him by giving a rub on the head and loosening off the noseband on the halter which releases the pressure. You will then ask your horse to come forward one to two Exploring options steps. Keep in mind that this part of the lesson should take place in the corral away from the trailer. You continue this “Dually Dance” by increasing two to three steps at a time in each direction, always rewarding your horse when he does the steps right. When you feel that your horse is responding well to the Dually, you line him up Keeping tension on longline to the trailer approximately 15 feet away from the back of the trailer. Repeat your Dually Dance keeping your back to the trailer. You are working closer and closer to the trailer. The horse may hesitate at this time. If this happens, break your session down to one to two steps back and forth until he softens again. Keep in mind that if your body doesn’t move, your horse won’t HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Trailer Loading, cont’d turn. As you walk out of the trailer, don’t look back at your horse, move either! Once you get to don’t hesitate. Walk like a leader and he will follow you. It might the trailer, step approximately not be the prettiest step down - he may jump - so allow him a lot half-way into the trailer. (You of room. Don’t get run over! After this first successful load, circle are still backing up at this your horse and walk straight into the trailer. Don’t hesitate or point.) Keep steady pressure on the longline and the Dually. look back, as your horse will stop. Once you feel/hear that he has loaded, let the line slide through your hand allowing your horse Your horse may explore to load himself. Again, go all the way to the front of the trailer. moving his head and/or body from side to side, up and down. Stop. Reward your horse, gather your lines, and walk out. Do this several times until he starts loading himself. Always Be cautious, because after exploring these four directions, reward for a job well done. This will become a game for him. Loading self Once he has loaded himself two or three times, end the session he may rear backwards. If he there, on a good note, or he may become bored with it. Once does, let the line slide through your end your session, walk your horse to the other end of the your hand. Don’t let him pull pen. Unsnap your line and walk away. This gives him back his you out of the trailer; get a quality time. good grip on the line, possibly I have loaded literally hundreds of horses (both raw and problem behind your hip for leverage. loaders) using this method. The most important thing to When he stops backing up, remember is PATIENCE. Some horses will get it on the first or ask him to come forward to second go-round, while some may take up to two hours. the trailer by pulling on the longline. When he comes to Approach your session like you have all day, and it will only the trailer, reward him with a take 15 minutes. If you approach it like you have 15 minutes, pat and loosen the nose band it will take you all day. on the halter. You may have Successful load to repeat this process several times. When he gets to the trailer, YOU back up ALL the way to the front of the trailer, giving him all the room he needs. If he is stopped at the doorway, keep pressure on the line and walk from one side to the other in the trailer. Remember, if you stand directly in front of him, he won’t move. When you see your horse stepping into the trailer, RELEASE ALL PRESSURE ON THE LINE! Once all four feet are in the trailer, ask him to come to you by applying slight pressure on the line. If he wants to back out, let him! Don’t let him toss his head up and hit the top of the trailer. Once he has all four feet on the ground, immediately stop him. Walk towards 1465 Cariboo Place him, and loosen the nose band. Reward him, Kamloops, and then start backing up again. Keep a slight British Columbia tension on the line. When he comes in, ask V2C 5Z3 1-250-374-1486 him to come all the way to you. KEEP CALM and BREATHE! He will feel your tension! If you want, you can open the side door, if it has Dr. Jennifer Jackson a bar across it that would prevent the horse Dr. Jason McGillivray from trying to jump out there. Dr. Colin Mikkelsen Once the horse is in the trailer, DO NOT Dr. Robert Mulligan close the back doors! Gather your longline and Photo by Studio Five-O get ahead of your horse before you ask him to

Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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Highlights from the 2013 Provincial Wish Trail Ride By Hannah Smith


his past spring, communities across British Columbia hosted Provincial Wish Trail Rides inspiring horse enthusiasts to “ride a horse, [and] grant a wish” in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Raising an incredible $32,000 in 2013 alone, this campaign remains one of the foundation’s largest community run fundraisers. Over the past two decades, this ride has raised more than $1 million, providing many local children with the magic of a wish. The rides took place in Kamloops, Kelowna, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake all thanks to the dedicated ride coordinators, participants, supporting businesses and donors in those areas. This event continues to be a success because of everyone’s combined generosity. Highlights from 2013 include the Williams Lake ride that nearly doubled 2012’s fundraising efforts, bringing in upwards of $10,000. Another success was the inaugural ride in Revelstoke with its top participant being only 8 years old. Young Rhenna raised an impressive $800 at her local ride by motivating her schoolmates to also get involved in the fundraising process. Children’s Wish is busy gearing up for the 2014 event in spring, recruiting coordinators and event volunteers. You can help provide hope to a child in need and grant their most heartfelt wish by attending a ride or holding one in your area. For more information, contact 778-383-1414 or check out our website for more details


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t’s been five years since the BC Breeders Group dissolved and with it, a notable absence of high-profile, multi-breed halter and pleasure horse futurities for BC stock horse owners. Now, a new effort is underway to create a new futurity horse competition that will see weanling entries all the way through to their three-year-old year. “We’re re-inventing the BC Breeders Group,” says Lynn Freeland, of Enderby. But instead of stallion owners footing all the financial responsibility for funding the purses, BC Breeders Futurities will be user-pay – it’s up to owners of fillies, colts and geldings to nominate their horses – and all that money goes into the pot! Owners of BC-born registered stock horses will be able to nominate their babies to compete for significant cash prizes in weanling halter, yearling longe line, two-year-old Walk Jog (or Walk Trot) and a three-year-old modified Western Pleasure/Trail futurity class starting next Fall. Mare owners will not be limited to who they can breed to, either. The only stipulation is that the horses are registered with an approved association (AQHA, APHA, Jockey Club or one of the colour breeds) so their age is verifiable, and that they were foaled (but not necessarily bred) in BC. The proposal is still in the development stages but includes

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a membership of $25 to join the group. That money will be directed toward promotion and advertising. Then, to build the There’s a new opportunity to purse money, in 2014 members nominate your babies to a BC can nominate weanlings ($200) futurity. and yearlings ($150) that will be competing for their share of the purse next fall. In 2015, next year’s yearlings will be eligible for the two-yearold Walk Jog (Walk Trot) class; by 2017, the weanlings nominated in 2014 will be competing in the three-year-old Pleasure class and eligible for a significant aggregate award (Lynn hopes it’s a saddle), in addition to the purse. “We need to provide an incentive for mare owners to get breeding again,” says Lynn. “And it needs to be something that adds value to their babies, too!” Once nominated, providing membership dues are paid annually, even when a horse changes ownership, they will be eligible to compete – a benefit for both buyers and sellers. For more information, visit the BC Breeders Futurities Facebook group page or contact Lynn Freeland at or call 250-838-9373.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy NEW VENTURES

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope all of your New Year wishes come true and you have the best year yet.


t is with mixed emotions that I write my last article for Saddle Up for the time being. I would like to thank Nancy Roman of Saddle Up for allowing me the opportunity to spread the word about clicker training to so many people through my articles in her magazine. I know I have many faithful followers and I hate to not be there for them for a while, but I will be back! In the meantime, you can always follow me on Facebook at The Pony Fairy or on my website (www.theponyfairy. com). I would love for you to check out my new and exciting events there and keep abreast of the latest happenings in the world of clicker training. One of these new happenings is partly the reason I won’t be writing for the fabulous Saddle Up magazine. Alexandra Kurland’s new online Clicker Training Course was launched recently and I am fortunate enough to have been chosen to be one of her online coaches; with all my new students I just don’t have the time to write articles for the magazine. The reviews of the course by those taking it have been fabulous. It is very affordable and includes an hour of coaching with your choice of coaches. Additional coaching is available, too! There will be access to advanced modules on specifics like dressage, jumping, etc., for those who have completed the course as well, so the course will continue to grow. If you want to try clicker training but can’t find one of Alexandra Kurland’s approved coaches near you, this is the next best thing! Check out the course at: course-contents.html. 14 • Saddle Up • December 2013

Just one of the many great reviews: “I am taking the class and it is EXCELLENT! I am an almost-20-year clicker trainer and I am getting my money’s worth in observing and being reminded of the little details that are so easy to forget. To me, the biggest drawback with clicker training is working alone. This course takes you inch-by-inch and step-by-step into developing a solid foundation from which you can clicker train whatever specialty you are interested in. You have a one-on-one coach to consult with and a forum on which to ask questions and share experiences. You never have to feel alone because you aren’t. The 100-plus videos allow you to see, in detail, correct handling and training techniques on a variety of horses in a variety of environments. You can work at your own pace that fits your schedule. The price is a bargain and the technical quality of the entire presentation is first class. You can check it out on the site listed above. This is such a wonderful addition to the information available on the Web. Check it out and see if you agree with me.” - Cathi in California. It is wonderful to see so many more people turning to positive methods of training animals, not just horses. Yes, it does require you to look long and hard at your belief system. Perhaps we have almost reached that critical ‘tipping point’ where clicker training will become the norm in the animal training world. Now, that will be MY wish for the New Year! I look forward to hearing from all of you and hope you will keep in touch. Until we meet again, keep it positive. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development of clicker training for horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Season for Digestive Health Challenges By Doug Campbell During the fall and winter months, some horses experience an unwelcome problem – loose stools and even diarrhea. Some of these horses will exhibit behavioural issues, mild abdominal discomfort, are gassy and may dribble after passing manure. A few of them develop chronic gastrointestinal problems year-round.


he causes vary and serious illness or disease must be considered - and the veterinarian called - if the horse has a fever or is off his feed. Parasites are a common cause of loose stools and fecal counts, pasture management and wormer resistance should be considered. The horse’s teeth should also be checked as poorly chewed food can adversely affect digestive function. But, what if none of these seem to apply in your horse’s situation? A healthy pastured horse grazes 16-20 hours per day and is almost continuously foraging and chewing food. Because of this, the horse’s stomach continually produces hydrochloric acid and pepsin which is used to break down the food and begin digestion. The constant chewing action when grazing produces saliva which buffers the stomach acid. In addition, the horse also ingests billions of bacteria, enzymes and other microorganisms (probiotics) from the grasses, weeds and dirt. This combination of acid buffering by the saliva and microbial ingestion ensures that microbial populations in the hind gut are continually replenished and kept at healthy levels. When the horse’s hind gut (cecum and colon) is constantly supplied with adequate microbes, quality fibre and ample water, it is able to maintain proper pH levels. This allows the “good” bacteria to ferment fibre and produce volatile fatty acids (energy), B vitamins, amino acids as well as other nutrients such as electrolytes. A healthy hind gut’s mucosal lining is able to facilitate the absorption of these nutrient-containing digestive fluids back into the horse’s body. This continually nourishes and hydrates the horse. The horse is fine... but now comes the change of season. During fall and winter, many horses have minimal access to natural bacteria and enzyme sources. Their hind gut struggles to maintain the healthy microbial population needed for good digestive function. Add to this other changes in the hind gut pH created by starch overload, lack of continual fibre to chew on, antibiotic or antiinflammatory therapy, deworming, trailering and moulds in the feed. The result can be a drop in the pH levels which means an increase in hind gut acidity, commonly called Hind Gut Acidosis. This causes the good fermenting bacteria to die off, and harmful (pathogenic) microorganisms to increase. Digestive function becomes impaired, toxins are produced and absorbed into the horse’s body, and the mucosal lining is compromised. It is unable to effectively absorb the nutrient-containing digestive fluids from the hind gut and they are lost - in loose, watery stools. This problem can affect all ages. Foals, especially after weaning, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

senior horses, rescue and race horses, as well as stressed show horses can be affected. Gastric ulcers may be identified, but the problem frequently involves the hind gut being overly acidic and having insufficient levels of good probiotic microorganisms. Solutions to gastrointestinal problems are an inexact science at best, but the addition of broad spectrum prebiotics and probiotics can have beneficial effects on the digestive process. Prebiotic and probiotic products (if live and high quality), can provide the “good” microorganisms needed to repopulate, nourish and re-balance the digestive tract. Of course, it is also important to evaluate the entire feed program for adequate quality and quantity of fibre, protein, carbohydrates, fat sources, minerals, vitamins and water quality. The hind gut of the horse is the key to fibre digestion, appetite, immune function response, hydration, attitude, overall health and, ultimately, performance. The digestive system of the horse requires billions of microbes and enzymes to function properly. The challenge is to maintain higher levels of good bacteria and enzymes and minimal levels of pathogens. It is a balancing act that probiotics and specific prebiotics can help with. Doug Campbell is the product specialist for Equine Choice, manufactured by Animal Pro-biotic Products in Ontario, Canada. Doug has worked extensively in the areas of ration, vitamin and mineral formulation for over 35 years in Canada and the US. For the past ten years, he has worked developing and testing Equine Choice Probiotics and Prebiotics and Acid FX in the Ontario equine industry with input from veterinarians, farriers and top trainers.

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Winter Horse Sports, Part 2 By Judy Newbert INTRODUCING THE HORSE TO THE SLEIGH

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he fact that the horse has been driven for years in a cart will help, but a number of issues need to be addressed before putting the horse in the sleigh. Typically, horses get a lot of exercise in the summer but less in the winter, given weather and footing conditions. The horse that is sensible and calm in the heat of July may be considerably more spirited in December in the cold air with generous feed and much less exercise. Lunge or ride the horse before hitching him the first time so that he is a little tired. You are less likely to have issues if the horse already has the edge taken off him. Wear your helmet and use a kicking strap – a sensible precaution when starting anything new. Remember that you and your helpers will be less nimble dressed in your heavy winter wear than you would be when lightly dressed in July. Reins may be slippery in the cold and your gloves will be bulkier. Check that your regular driving reins are long enough, since some sleighs have a greater distance from the seat to the dash than do most carts. (See picture 1) Seated in a sleigh, you are much lower than normal wheeled vehicles. This makes it much more difficult to get out of the vehicle if there is trouble (this is why you have Portland cutter with rear-facing child’s seat – helpers). You will requires extra-long reins. likely not be able to

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walk or run alongside the sleigh once the horse is hitched and going. If he tries to run off, you will not be able to keep up. Get in the sleigh and use helpers with lead shanks or lunge lines to help control the horse if required. Sleighs don’t go backwards easily. Carry a whip and for the first hooking have a halter on over the bridle and an assistant with a lead shank to make sure the horse goes forward. Snow is slippery and may be deep. This will slow down and tire the horse more quickly. Consider any changes you want to your horse’s shoeing before you hitch for the first time. Snowball pads (snow rim pads) are helpful in keeping snow from building up in the horse’s feet and borium or screw-in caulks can improve grip. Runners sometimes stick to the snow even in the short time it takes to hitch up the horse. The horse will not be familiar with the noise the runners make when they break free or the effort required to break the runners loose. Setting the runners on a strip of cloth will prevent them from freezing down. A strip of Teflon riveted to the runners is a more permanent fix. Cutters require wide sweeping turns and packed snow. Bobsleighs turn more easily and in a tighter radius. Turning in deep snow will require wide sweeping turns and a lot of space. Don’t start in a small arena where turning will be more difficult. Sleigh bells are part of the fun of sleighing but you MUST get the horse used to them beforehand. Start with the bells near the stall and advance to leading, lungeing and ground driving with the bells. When working with the bells make sure they can be removed quickly if the horse has a problem with them. Just to be safe, don’t Pair pulling a bobsleigh. Note prepared and packed trail use bells for the first couple of hitchings to the sleigh. (See picture 2) Know where you are going to drive on your outings but especially on the first. The snow can cover up many hazards into which it would be dangerous to drive. Stay on prepared trails where you know it is safe. Don’t get trapped where you cannot HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Winter Horse Sports, cont’d make the wide turn required to do a 180 degree turn. Plan your route to avoid areas with no snow, such as salted or sanded pavement or plowed gravel or dirt roads. Pulling Small pony pulling two people; prepared over these surfaces surface, no bells is very heavy and you and your passengers should get out and walk in these instances. Don’t do it on the first hitching. (See picture 3) Be aware of the consequences of the snow conditions. Deep powder is wonderful but will be hard for the horse to plow through; packed but not icy snow makes the job easier; icecrusted deep footing is dangerous when turning a cutter due to the resistance to the turn; this may damage the runners or shafts and is hard on the horse. Ideally, for the first hitching, you will have a couple of inches of light snow or packed but not icy footing. Your horse will likely get tired more quickly than he did in July since he has not been in consistent work and has likely lost

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My Oldest Equine Friend is Gone By Lynn Freeland Wades Jigger Cat (May 1975 - September 2013)


e was born May 4, 1975, on a ranch on the outskirts of Drumheller, AB. The strong sorrel colt was out of the mare Alta Cee Dee and by the stallion Fintry Page Cat. His pedigree boasted such greats as Page Lee, Old Tom Cat and Leo. He was the first registered Quarter Horse that I bought. I was 18 and attending Olds College when I met my dear friend Bernice Wade and she invited me to come to their ranch for the weekend. The first time I saw the sorrel colt I knew I had to have him. Getting him back to Revelstoke was a challenge. Revelstoke had a population of about 20 horses and only two people had horse trailers at the time. No one with a trailer was able to help, so we constructed stock racks for the back of a pickup truck and headed to Alberta to pick up “Wades Jigger Cat,” affectionately known as “JC.” He made the trip back like a pro. I finished my second year at college and, in 1977, High Arrow Quarter Horses was born. I bought a new two-horse trailer and hit the Quarter Horse show trail. Although he was not at the top of his halter game, placing second consistently behind Heza Dandy Too, who was owned by John Haughton of Kamloops, he proved to be a versatile riding horse and accumulated points in trail, western pleasure

and western horsemanship. He was named Horse of the Year in the Okanagan Light Horse program many years and won a gold medal at the BC Summer Games in Western Riding. Although he sired only 14 registered Quarter Horse foals and three other part-breds, his one son, Ducatti, went on to earn numerous BC Quarter Horse high-point awards, multiple ROMs, as well as accumulating over 60 points and qualified for the world show. His daughters became valuable broodmares and produced world-show qualifiers, multiple ROM earners and superior performers. At the age of 10 years old, he was gelded, as his future was destined to become a horse show star all over again under the guidance of my daughter Kirbi Kozek. She began riding him when she was two years old by herself on trail rides and began showing him on her own when she was five, competing against the older kids in all the western events. It was because of Sheridan Weir and Kirbi that the Okanagan Light Horse Program had to make a new age division “Junior D” for kids under 10 years of age. She was so small that I could not find stirrup leathers small enough, so we used two leather belts to hold the stirrups on the saddle. No class was out of their skill range, including the western riding horse class with its six flying lead changes (although sometimes she added a few more for flair!) His show ring attitude and his personality while riding was

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My Oldest Equine, cont’d great but this horse, from the get-go, tried my patience on the home front. He was constantly dominant and, even after being gelded, still announced to everyone that he was the ruler of the property and my fences were the constant brunt of his strong will. He could never be turned out with other geldings, only mares which he considered his personal harem. Kirbi moved on to her new gelding and “JC” then stepped into another phase of his life and went to the coast to become the personal mount for my friend, Donna Huls. At the age of 27 years old, he won a cattle penning stake, earning Donna $500. He continued ruling her place with the same dominance he exhibited with me and when Donna didn’t take him back into the barn first he would do a couple of laps around the field and then jump the gate and go to his stall. It was always “all about him.” I had always told Donna that when she thought it was near the end that he should come back to me for his final days. He arrived back at my place at the age of 31 years. His downfall was always his thin soles and when he arrived back he was not walking well and was obviously in a lot of pain. I knew the only person that would be able to help him was Jim Ferguson. When he arrived, he just shook his head and explained that it would be in my best interest to have him euthanized. I totally disagreed and asked him to put pads and shoes on him first to see if that would help and, if not, he could go to horse heaven with new shoes. He reluctantly agreed and after two and half hours JC had front shoes and pads on. As I went to lead him away he started out very slowly and then within 10 steps was walking near normal. We were both stunned at the drastic change in both his physical and mental outlook. His eyes brightened up and he was back. Each year, Jim came back and put shoes on JC so that he could get around comfortably, and each year Jim was surprised that JC was still here. The fall and winter of 2012 were starting to wear on the old sorrel gelding that just wouldn’t quit. He lost his best friend Mesa Madonna (27 years), my old Quarter Horse show mare, on December 12, 2012, and after that some of the life

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had left his step. He was still trotting and loping around in early spring of 2013. He had teeth removed over the past couple of years but was still holding his own with beet pulp and pellets and hay that I would chop up with my lawn mower. However, in May, he suffered a stroke and I thought that would be the day - but, no, he jumped up and staggered off and refused to give up just then. We nicknamed him Fred Astaire, as he now had a swagger and dog-tracked when he walked. He was still full of life but, in early September, he began to have issues getting up and we both knew it was time for him to cross the rainbow bridge. Thank you to Jay Thorogood for making his pass through the gates an easy one. At 38 years and 4 months, JC joined his many mares that preceded him. I know there are no fences in heaven that he has to deal with, which is probably a good thing because he would have figured a way around them anyways. Take care of your girls, we will miss you.

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The Christmas Pony By Theresa Nolet Photo courtesy of Shelly White


hristmas is fast approaching and children all across North America are sending lists off to the North Pole and waiting to sit on Santa’s lap to tell the jolly old fellow face-to-face what their hearts’ desires are. At the top of the list for many will be a pony, and some of the lucky ones will actually receive one. Many of these youngsters and their parents will spend the next years taking riding lessons, travelling to different events and collecting ribbons to decorate bedroom walls. However, once these children go off to college, the horse that meant so much that special Christmas morning will become a part of their past with no place in their future, put away with all of the other symbols of their youth. The parents make the decision to sell the horse and, if the horse is lucky, they will be successful in finding someone to love and take care of him; if the parents are unsuccessful, the horse will be sent off to auction. This is where the Christmas joy ends. What most people do not know is that, because of the high costs of taking care of a horse and the troubled economy, 80%-plus of all horses that go through auction are purchased by kill buyers, people who buy horses at low prices and ship them to slaughter for profit. According to Agriculture Canada, over 82,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2012, averaging 316 horses killed each work day! The meat is mainly exported to Japan, France and Belgium, but is consumed within Canada as well. Horses come to the slaughter house from various sources – former race horses, event horses and the unwanted Christmas ponies. Kill

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Don’t Take a “Gift Horse” for Granted By Christa Miremadi Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you really deserved the kind of co-operation you’ve received from your horse? Have you ever found yourself catching up to your horse when he has seemingly read your mind and given you what you were thinking about asking for? Have you ever had anyone tell you what a “saint” of a horse you have?


lthough I usually get calls regarding the opposite type of horse, I thought, in the spirit of the holidays, I would talk a little bit about the “gift horse.” It’s not uncommon for my students to hear me say, during a lesson, “That was a gift - you didn’t earn that.” My Gift Horse “Cisco” Horses are so very forgiving and so willing to get through their days with as little conflict as possible and as harmoniously as can be that, often (but not always), if you are 90% of the way there, they’ll cover the other 10%. This is both a blessing and a bit of a disadvantage. Having an equine partner who will cover your butt, so to speak, when need be, is great - in the moment. It will provide you with the opportunity to pick up the correct lead even though you were off balance, make the jump you were not lined up for properly, or get the stop you were hoping for but for which you were actually unprepared. It will allow you to gain confidence and give you time and leeway while you learn, and it will let your horse avoid unnecessary conflict or consequences for the refusal, wrong lead or rough stop that you accidentally tried to create.


The only problem with the “gift horse” is that we often take him for granted. As riders and horse people, we can become a little comfortable when it comes to horses like this. We can begin to take for granted that we will get the things we want, or even develop a false sense of confidence, believing that we do know how to set our horses up for a left-lead canter departure, when in fact we may be falling short. If we take them for granted, these “gift horses” can actually stunt our development rather than provide us with the springboard to self-improvement that they could be. I often refer to my own horse, Cisco, in terms of giving me gifts, but it’s not exactly in the same way. Cisco is a very special individual with a pretty interesting personality. As the colt of two range-caught Kiger mustangs, he has an incredibly inflated sense of self-preservation and an intact fight-versus-flight instinct. He has pulled mangers off barn walls with his head, jumped out of paddocks, run through closed gates, carried feeders across fields over his back, broken dozens of lead ropes and had his butt kicked by numerous herd mates for displaying imbalanced behaviour. He was a troubled individual with bolting, bucking, baulking, tying, leading and pushiness issues when he came into our lives and now, as my personal “go-to” horse, I never take ANYTHING he gives me for granted. Although Cisco won’t hand over anything that I didn’t earn with dedication, accuracy and persistence, I never forget how lucky I am to have his co-operation. It’s pretty easy for me to recognize the gifts that Cisco gives me on a daily basis, thanks


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“Gift Horse” cont’d to the contrast he showed early in our relationship, but it’s not always so easy to recognize the gifts our horses give us when they are less obvious. For most of us, a great deal of humility, honesty, constructive criticism and self-policing is essential. Just because your horse gives you what you asked for does not mean that you couldn’t have asked for it in a better way, or that you were perfectly balanced, centered or staying out of your horse’s way when you asked. Many times our horses give us what we’re looking for in spite of us, not because of us. I believe that it is our responsibility to give back to our horses, even if we may not recognize that they are giving us gifts; without a doubt, they are. There are many ways to give back to our horses. Some people like to do it with treats, giving their horses carrots or apples. There’s certainly nothing wrong with showing your appreciation for their hard work in the form of a healthy and tasty snack, but I’d like to offer a few alternative ways of giving back to your horse this holiday season - ways that may be a little more lasting and make your horse’s day-to-day life just a little bit more enjoyable: Check in with yourself: Are you centered in both mind and body? Are you feeling relaxed or tense? If you are tense, are you accidently squeezing or pulling on your horse? If you are relaxed, are you carrying yourself or sitting heavily on your horse? Are you present and with your horse, or thinking about picking up groceries on the way home from the barn or catching a movie you want to see? Plan ahead and prepare your horse: All too often, we make late decisions about gait transitions or direction changes, throwing them at the horse out of the blue. Make a plan, prepare your horse and give him time to connect to you before you expect the change of gait or direction. Wake him up or pick up a feel and be sure he is present and with you, too. Cover all your bases: I always say, “If you leave a door open, you can’t be upset with your horse for going through it.” Make sure that you have covered all of your bases by providing

your horse with all the necessary information to get the job done. Don’t throw out a general suggestion and hope he figures it out. Help him to be successful by being thorough with your directions. Give your horse your gratitude: Recognize the gifts you get, such as when your horse gives you the correct lead, despite your accidentally leaning to the inside on the turn; or when he stays true to a fence and jumps anyway, even though you have turned late and brought him to it off the line; or when he sits down and carries you into a soft and balanced stop even though you’ve lost a stirrup; be sure to acknowledge your horse’s contribution and thank him for covering your butt and promise him you’ll try harder next time. Checking in with yourself, planning ahead and preparing your horse, covering all the bases and showing your gratitude are just a few ways to give back to that special horse in your life this holiday season. We all get gifts from our horses. Some of us know we’re getting them, some of us haven’t realized it yet; I’d be willing to bet that we all are getting even more gifts than we know. At the end of the day, nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes. Learning to recognise these mistakes and, more importantly, how often our horses cover up our mistakes will ultimately help us to improve ourselves. I have yet to meet another creature as incredibly patient and forgiving as the horse, and I feel honoured to have the companionship and partnership of my own “gift horse.” Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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Thank You to our Customers, Friends and Visitors for making 2013 our best year ever. Looking forward to seeing you in 2014. - Howard and Marylin 250-963-9779 Prince George, BC HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Classical Californio Style By Stefanie Travers Vaquero. It certainly seems to be the buzz word these days - the “Rage of the Sage.” Anything buckaroo is hot. High boots, slick fork saddles, handmade gear, flat hats, long ropes and armitas.


Secretive about sharing this knowledge, it almost became the undoing of this very fine way of being with a horse as the old ones died, taking with them their knowledge; few young persons cared for the “old ways,” preferring faster, harder, time-effective methods. Fortunately, there is now this renaissance of sorts, by those seeking out information on all aspects of Old Californio before it truly does pass to the past. As beautiful as this style of riding is, it must never be forgotten that it is meant to allow the horse to do a JOB with the human to its maximum potential and greatest ease for both. That job is working cattle and, fittingly, they are also handled in this method of slow, easeful respect. As with most things equine, there are a number of interpretations of this method. The Classical Californio folks strive to maintain a style as close to the old vaqueros as possible. The Great Basin and more northern points such as BC evolved more into a Buckaroo (Anglicized version of the word Vaquero) style that was very aware of the weather and winter’s imminent return - jobs had a necessary urgency to them. Some folks start horses in a snaffle and then progress through the hackamore in stages; others adhere to the old ways of beginning in the bosal. The hackamore or bosal is rawhide or leather braided on a rawhide core; It has been a Joy horses will to share the Journey! begin in the 3/4inch diameter size, working progressively smaller until they transition into the two-rein stage, almost a lost art unto itself. Some use what is called the “Half Breed” or other modified, lower port bits, but they are “With Blessings for Abundance, leverage bits as opposed to the true spade; with its 3 1/2 to 4 1/2-inch port, it is meant to be a purely Play and Friendship” signal-based bit. For all its intimidating looks, the spade is quite possibly the mildest bit a horse Merritt BC ~ could ever pack, being quite dull and lifeless at first. All parts of the bit were designed on the

re folks drawn to it because it is unusual? On the everconstant quest for something different? Because it looks cool, elegant and refined? Seems like “cowboy dressage?” The obvious fundamentals are that the horse is started in the hackamore, moving into the two-rein and finishing straight up in the bridle, wearing the spade bit. This is a process that is meant to be unconcerned with the length of time it takes to develop a truly fine horse with a strong sense of connection and communication with its rider. Less obvious is the way it is meant to be ridden. It can be tricky to source out folks willing or able to share their knowledge of this style of horsemanship and this, perhaps surprisingly, is actually part of the long and colourful history associated with it. The vaqueros developed their horsemanship in Alta California, sometime in the 17th century, influenced by Spanish conquistadors, nature-revering natives of the area, unending days of mild weather, of course, cattle by the bucket load. It was considered one of the highest honours to be a vaquero, earned by quality horse and stockmanship, and a certain, almost-regal bearing was developed by them and the horses in response to this process.

At this Magical time of year... I am filled with Gratitude and Thanks to all of you who rode with me this year and trusted me with your horses for both training and foot care.

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Classical Californio, cont’d very steep hillsides of California in working conditions to best allow the horse to be comfortable, relaxed and athletic. The spade is introduced after several years of preparation through the hackamore so that the rider’s more subtle body, balance and energy cues combined with the horse’s high level of sensitivity allows for this more refined piece of communication equipment to be effective. It is introduced in the two-rein stage, worn passively under a small diameter bosal. The old saying “velvet-mouthed spade bit horses” alludes to the high level of respect the Old Ways had for the horse’s mouth. This entire system is designed and intended to operate off signal and one hand. The hackamore’s genius design operates in exactly the same way as the spade, through movement, balance, signal, straightness, softness and elevation. The spade has the ability to act as an incredibly delicate and subtle means of communication and,

ironically, once a horse had achieved “straight up in the bridle” status, they could essentially be ridden bridleless. Developing a bridle horse is, in the end, not for everyone. It requires an entirely new level of patience, feel, awareness, selfcarriage, posture, curiosity, humility and dedication. You will become vastly aware of yourself, enormously respectful of the horse and, quite possibly, hopelessly enamoured with the process. And oh, okay… the gear is pretty darn cool. Stefanie Travers lives in Merritt, BC. She spends her time working out how to ‘do less, feel more and be conscious’. After being with horses in numerous occupations and experiences for almost 4 decades... she has worked out that she knows enough to get in trouble and likely can’t ride. She is fascinated with the entire spectrum of horse/human connection and shares the journey with a few brave horses and people.

On To Greener Pastures SPOT ON SPECIALIST, aka “ STYLE ” July 12, 2010 – Sept 16, 2013


hen we bought Style for our daughter Tianna’s 13th birthday, people said we were crazy. Style was 1½ and Tianna had never ridden a horse but the two of them struck up a friendship after Tianna’s sister bought Style’s half-brother Justice. The bond that Tianna and Style developed was unbelievable! They became each other’s best friend. The trust Style had with Tianna allowed her to become a great rider and him the best horse ever. Anyone could ride Style with a halter and lead rope, even very young kids. Style was truly amazing. We think even one-of-a-kind. But on September 16th, Style’s destiny was not to be with Tianna… it was for something greater and he peacefully slipped away while being held by those who loved him most. Then Style was buried close to his favourite tree out in the field. We had a beautiful memorial service for Style at the barn. Over 30 people came to say goodbye to the horse they had all come to know and love. Tianna, her sister and their Dad had spent hours that day making an amazing grave decoration for him and we had roses for everyone to place when the HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

time came. We were told that Style’s job now is to help Tianna find another horse and only then Tianna will be the one that can let Style go to where he now belongs. And Style did just that, and Tianna then told him it was time to go, everything will be ok now. We know that Style is with us every day and that he is happy BUT he will forever and always be missed! WE LOVE YOU STYLE!! - Tianna, Kassidy, Samantha and Shane

DELTA FEED & FARM formerly Roddick’s Feed, Farm & Garden

Thank you to all of our customers for their support, loyalty and patience through our recent changes. We look forward to serving you in 2014.

Happy Holidays to you all! 4119 – 40th Street, Ladner BC ~ 604-946-2771 • 25

Happy Ho Ho Holidays! Enjoy the Gift Guide… there are great shopping ideas for everyone in your family and herd! LODESTAR HORSEMANSHIP… Seeking a deep connection and fun with your horse? Love to develop greater feel, timing and balance? Or maybe you are fascinated with the Old Californio Traditions, Jaquima to Freno? Gift Certificates for that special someone are available for our lesson/clinic program. Visit or call Stefanie Travers at 250-280-8959 (see her article and ad on page 24)


Many generations of horse lovers have chuckled over the endearing antics of the Thelwell characters. Once again The Paddock can help bring smiles to Christmas morning with a selection of Calendars, Mugs, Clocks, Colouring Books, etc. all with Thelwell cuties doing a variety of equestrian endeavors! A great idea for stocking stuffers and fun décor!


Christmas is fast approaching and it’s not too late to order a customized gift for that special someone on your list, or how about one of the beautiful saddle blankets from the “Good Medicine” collection. These blankets are 100% New Zealand wool and feature symbols that protected and empowered both horse and rider of the Plains over 100 years ago. Check us out on Facebook for a look at some of the items we carry and make. Rick and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year.”

Repairs on English & Western Tack & Blankets Custom Work available Rick and Edith Davidson 604-856-2350

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! HIGH HORSE TACK Merry Christmas to All! Come see what we have ‘in store’ for you this holiday season! Phone/fax 250-658-0011 5481 Hamsterly Rd., Victoria BC V8Y 1S4


Is full of wonderful gifts for everyone on your list. SSG gloves and NZ wool socks will keep hands and toes toasty warm. For your horse and dog nothing is better than a cozy Bucas blanket to keep them warm and dry on those winter days. Beautiful Western and English saddle pads are great gifts and no one can resist fun horsey socks. We have lovely bridles and halters and plenty of grooming supplies to fill the stockings. Don’t forget an approved helmet for those you love.


Wouldn’t you like THIS under your tree? The Canadian made original Solo-Ride (equine mounting aid) can help you get back up in the saddle or bareback. Made with 100% heavy duty nylon webbing, stainless steel hardware, and includes a polished lightweight aluminum stirrup. Comes with a safety thread embroidered waist pack adjustable up to 55 inches. Order yours online now!


Has everything a horse lover would want including this new Saddle Trolley! They are priced to sell and will go fast. They can hold up to two saddles, many grooming tools, bits, bridles, lunge whips and more! Great for a Christmas gift! We have loads of kid’s Jodphurs in a variety of bold colours. And the new rage - Equine Body Bling art – as well as colourful Grooming Totes, and pink Zebra Headstall sets. We do accept Pay Pal so we can do online orders.

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Our Specialty JUST TACK Hundreds of Saddles in Stock!

Full line of English and Western TACK & APPAREL DRIVING CARTS, HARNESSES and more… * We take trades * 403-345-2992 Coaldale Alberta 3 miles east of Coaldale on Hwy #3 Open Monday to Saturday 10-6 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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BR Jackets, we have long ones, short ones, waterproof ones, sleeveless ones, insulated ones and lightweight ones. For the latest riding fashion; the most modern technical fabrics; in the season’s hottest colours. With BR you feel comfortable! BR continues to design creating new articles to keep up to date with riding fashions and to meet the requirements of riders. Match up these awesome jackets with BR Breeches in matching colours for the complete look.


Stop in now for a great variety of tack, gifts and wear for all shapes and sizes. These booty slippers will keep you cosy around the house (only $34.95); and make a fashion statement with these fuzzy flip flops (only $24.95) sure to impress all your friends! We also offer Gift Certificates for that hard to shop for person!

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Your consignment store for horse and rider. Nose to tail and head to toe, you are sure to find something here, plus we can order items for you from our many suppliers. You will find pieces made by local artisans, unique equine products, cool gifts, jewellery and other perfect treasures for the season of giving. Follow us on Facebook and check out our website for lots of information about what we do. So, stop Horse’n Around and come on by!


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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! FERRIS FENCING…

Offering fencing for all reasons – through the seasons. Why not have Santa put a Gift Certificate under the tree for you? You might need fencing accessories, energizers, insulators, portable fencing… or? Leave it up to Santa to get you exactly what you need! Visit our website for a catalogue of options.

Keep your Fences in Good Shape this Winter! Complete ElectroRope & ElectroTape Systems

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Joy is a Pendleton blanket! The combination of beauty, quality and the superior warmth of these wool blankets make them popular Christmas gifts. (Full size - $229) At The Horse Barn, be amazed - blankets, towels, tableware and purses, there are thrilling Pendleton gifts for everyone on your list! Come on in and see a great selection of saddles, tack, clothing, jewellery and more!


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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! PinCHer Creek

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1225 Main Street, Pincher Creek, AB 403-627-3606 •


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PINCHER CREEK CO-OP… We carry a great selection of gifts for your home, farm and all your critters. Collector of Bernie Brown? We have it all here! Western tack, winter blankets to warm your horse, and dog and cat toys to keep them occupied! How about a Coop Gift Card as a stocking stuffer? They’ll thank you for it!

HORSE 3 EVENT… Horse3 Thank you for your patronage this past year. returns April 18–20, 2014 at the Wishing you the Best of the Holiday Season. Keystone Centre in Brandon MB. From all of us at Pincher Creek Co-op Right now you can take advantage of Early Bird pricing; Adults $39, Youth/ * QUALITY * PRICING * SERVICE Senior $29 for the entire weekend. With Christmas right around the corner, COME SEE US FOR ALL YOUR AGRO NEEDS these tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer. This year’s event showcases the talents of Steve Rother, Sean Patrick, and Kaylee Mills as NAERIC Trainers Challenge Competitors! Tickets available at, and by phone at 204-726-3555! See you there!

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H O R S E S U PP We make Chr LIES… istmas shoppi ng for your ho easy. Beautif ul rse and your hand-hooked horsey friend sadd le pads, ho items for min s me decor, spec is and donkey ia lt y s, sl eigh bells, bo warm w inter oks for al l ages hats and glov and es. Lots of gift staff. Check ou ideas, no crow r Used Depar ds , fr iend ly tm ent... huge savi and clot hing. ngs on gent ly used tack

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Tack, Grooming Supplies, Saddles, Horse Blankets, Bits, English, Western, Jeans & Clothing, Outerwear, Cowboy Boots, Cowboy Hats, Jewellery

“Everything for the Horse & Rider at Christmas” Located in Cloverdale at the corner of #10 Hwy. & 180th Street since 1966

604-574-7427 • 1-800-745-5511 Open Monday - Saturday • 9 am - 5:30 pm • Closed Sundays CALL STORE FOR HOLIDAY HOURS

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for Specials & New Arrivals!

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! 100 MILE Feed & RANCH SUPPLY…

Get ready for Winter and Christmas all under one roof! Supplies for you, your horse and your pets. This Horse Savvy Day Planner is a yearlong scheduling companion and a great way to keep track of all your ‘equine’ endeavours, appointments and expenses, even horse show results too! Keep all the information in one place! A must for every horse owner!

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We’re ready for Christmas too! Check out our great Gift Ideas or pick up a Christmas Gift Card

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100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply Ltd. “Much More than just a feed store” 1/4 mile up Exeter Rd. 100 Mile House, BC • 250-395-2408 Store Hours: Mon. - Sat. 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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A Western store and so much more… We carry Vancouver Island’s largest selection of western wear, boots, belts, buckles and moccasins for the entire family. We also stock southwestern pottery, jewellery, artifacts, giftware and carvings, souvenir t-shirts, fleece, hoodies, vests, tank tops and baseball caps, local Native art, carvings and boxes and the largest selection of leather goods, from designer fashion jackets to bike jackets, chaps, vests and skirts, dresses and a full leather pant.

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! DIAMOND H TACK…

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250-762-5631 1953 Kirschner Rd, Kelowna BC

You can outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and exciting western saddles and tack. Huge variety of English saddles, bridles and accessories. Visit our complete onsite custom repair shop. Get their favorite treats, feed and supplements. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions. Huge selection of giftware including: Painted Ponies, Montana Lifestyles statues and dinnerware, Breyer horses, Games, Books, Christmas Cards, ornaments, stationary, calendars, frames, mugs, jewelry and buckles. Also, check out our new selection of dog and fencing products.


Santa says, “You must shop at The Okanagan’s most unique Western Store.” Their friendly, knowledgeable staff makes shopping a breeze. Outstanding variety of dress wear, outerwear, shirts and denim for the whole family; specializing in custom hat and boot fitting with the largest selection of hats and boots in the WEST. Accessories include everything from belts to purses, and authentic moccasins to Maui Jim sunglasses. For the horse owner, chaps, spurs, bits and more. We ship WORLDWIDE! We are your Western Lifestyle Shopping Destination!

8 SECONDS WESTERN WEAR… Happy holidays from the 8 Seconds team. We’re ready to help you with all your gift ideas, your horses too! We carry a huge selection of Montana Silversmiths Jewelry to spoil that special someone with. Got a little Cowgirl or Buckaroo on your list? We’ve got you covered with a whole herd of Breyer Horses, rodeo gear and hunting toys! Something for everyone. Boots, chaps and cowboy hats, 8 Seconds is where it’s at!

Visit Amazing deals on Western clothing for the whole family! Drop into our store and see everything from the perfect fitting Jeans and Shirts to Saddles and Headstalls! 10036 Beaver Road, Fort St. John BC 250-785-1987 YOUR NORTHERN CONNECTION TO ALL THINGS HORSE!

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250-545-0458 • 1-866-359-1831 7851 HWY 97. Vernon, BC. Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm • 33

Happy Ho Ho Holidays! THE MILL STORE…

Come visit with Santa on December 14th and enjoy beverages and snacks while shopping for your Christmas gift ideas. All winter horse blankets are 15% off until January 15, 2014. Stock up on Step Feeds at $1.00 off per bag until December 31st, 2013 and there’s one less thing to worry about this holiday season! Treat yourself with a selection of inventories of Western wear including shirts, jeans, boots, hats and jewelry!

Come on in and find the perfect horsey gift for you and yours! From Montana Silver to Alamo ‘Bling on Tack’!


Was founded to provide you and your horse with quality tack and riding equipment without having to drive to larger cities. Located in the Oliver Place Mall, inside the all new SEARS Hometown Store, open 7 days a week. Great selection including: halters, lead and lunge ropes, bridles, reins, bits, spurs, blankets, grooming and equine health care aids. We also carry a lot of giftware such as Montana Silversmiths jewelry, leather belts, Christmas cards, frames and more, all at very competitive prices. Gift certificates are available.

Or how about a Gift Certificate? Located in the Hometown Store

We also carry hunting supplies and some unique western gifts!

Bonnie Hayes • 250-498-4324 1400 5955 Main St., Oliver Place Mall, Oliver, BC


Beat the wasted hay/bored horse cycle and the many health issues with limited feedings. N.A.G. Bags Slow Feeder Hay Nets will break up the monotony and simulate a more natural feeding environment. Many sizes and custom installations for large and small equine facilities. Our very strong, knot-less netting is soft on muzzles and is a 100% Canadian made product. N.A.G. Bag is a simple design, safe and easy to use. Helps with digestion, colic issues, cribbing and boredom. Veterinarian used, Merry recommended Christmas and approved. 34 • Saddle Up • December 2013

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$1.00 off all Step Feeds December 15 - 31 Stock up on grain now... one less thing to worry about this holiday season! Visit our stores 46255 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack BC 604-792-0678 Highway 2A, 306 Avenue, Okotoks AB 403-938-8370

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


t is Cowboy Concert time again... and then we get to cruise in some warm weather, and then it’ll be Cowboy Festival time! Actually, there’s a little more to the next couple of months than that, but first off, here’s what’s happened lately. On October 25-27, it was the 10th anniversary of the Mane Event and, of course, we were in Chilliwack for every minute of it. We all thought the trade show was one of the best yet and the clinics and seminars were well Al Dunning’s cutting horse clinic went over really well (even the Trainer’s Challenge judges attended. Then there were at it). was our favourite part, the Trainers Challenge. Three top trainers from around the world competing - wow - how do you beat a show like that? Truly a wonderful weekend and you can bet we’ll be back in Chilliwack October 24-26, 2014. See the write-up on page 41. Cheryle Hickman of Reinbeau Images did a phenomenal job of putting on the third annual Cariboo Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction on November 15. This year’s event was sold out at 79 seats and, despite the horrendous snow storm that day, all but five people made the commute to Interlakes - the furthest traveller was from Glen the announcer thanked the Barker Mission. Kathy attended Family for their ten years of dedication with Joanne and Elisa making the Mane Event what it is today. and they all said that the meal was great and there were a lot of donations - for both a silent and live auction. The proceeds total from the silent auction was $1927; from the live auction, it was $1960, but they were still counting when Kathy left. The girls voted on which charity would receive the donation and, with only one vote difference between them, they picked two: 100 Mile Women’s Centre and Paralympic/Para-Equestrian hopeful Tristiana Allwood. Good job Cheryle! Something to be proud of, ladies! Storme Camarillo-Robbins, with a student, during her very popular barrel racing clinic.

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Get your photo taken with Santa for FREE at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 12, at the Calvary Church in Kamloops (donations for the Food Bank will be accepted). Then sit back and enjoy the Kathy with her favourite magazine on BCCHS Annual Thursday night after Nancy had disappeared. Cowboy Christmas Concert that starts at 7:00pm. Tickets for the concert are $20 and kids 16 and under get in free. All the music will be Christmas music, as the entertainers do one set each before This pretty cool gingerbread stable was sold in the live auction at the Horsey Ladies the intermission. Banquet. (Photo by Kathy McMillan) After the break, the audience will be asked to shout out requests; the words will be projected on the big screen, the entertainers will sing the song, and the audience will be encouraged to sing along. All the proceeds from this concert will go towards the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and/ or the BCCHS Student Scholarships. Gordie West, Matt Johnston, Hugh McLennan and Country 103’s Louis “Big Rig” McIvor will be the performers. Tickets are available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops, or by phone at: 1-888-763-2221. This bridle and the The second fundraising concert for two halters were just the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and/or the three of the many items BCCHS Student Scholarships is the annual that were sold in the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, which live auction. (Photo by Kathy McMillan) will take place in the Martin Exeter Hall on Saturday, January 18. There will be two shows - a 2:00pm matinee and a 7:00pm evening show. Jeremy Willis, Mag Mawhinney, and Tim Hus will be the entertainers with Not only did she put the event together, a surprise opening but Cheryle also donated one of her framed act. Ticket prices will photos. (Event photo by Kathy McMillan) remain at only $15

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d for us! We were at this ranch in 2009 and I’m really looking forward to returning. If you can’t join us, you can follow along with us at; in the top right corner, you’ll see a link to “Panama Canal 2014.”

Between all the items like this at the two auctions, the Horsey Ladies raised close to $4,000. (Photo by Kathy McMillan)

per person and are available at 100 Mile Feed, Work N Play and the Log House Western Wear in 100 Mile House. For information, call 1-888-763-2221. I mentioned earlier that “we get to cruise in some warm weather” - can hardly wait. We’ll leave home January 28, spend an extra day in Fort Lauderdale, and board the Island Princess on January 31. From there, it’ll be fun and sun, pools and beaches, food and drink... ahhh, it could be tough, but someone has to do it. We’ll make a few stops on the way to the Panama Canal, where we’ll do a full transit with an extra day there to tour the canal and area. A couple of days later, our Spirit of the West group will get a private tour of a Brahma cattle ranch in Costa Rica, and rumour has it they’ll have horses waiting

I took this photo in 2009 at the same ranch we’ll be going to on this year’s cruise.

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The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

Last Month’s What’s This? The November issue’s item was spotted out in the boonies above Churn Creek by Jan and Mike Kidston, while they were out riding. They took the photo and sent it to me asking what it was.

This month’s item is one that Dennis Clausen, from Clinton, found in the Clinton Emporium. The bowl diameter is about five inches and the handle is four inches long. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

It was referred to as a “Power.” Depending on the size (the photo we had was a small unit), it could be a “Four-Horse DoubleGeared Power” or a “Two-Horse Power,” etc. Basically, the unit is a horse-driven PTO (power take off), like on a tractor. You can see in this photo the rod on the left, that the horse just walked over, which would go to a machine that needed rotary power like a saw mill, grain elevator, threshing machine, winch, etc. This unit was 845 pounds and sold for $45.

Congratulations for having the right answer: Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park AB Bob Dempsey, Kelowna BC Tim + Jeneen Awckland, Dawson Creek BC (River Run Clydesdales) **Last month Arlene Catt from Drayton Valley AB, had the right answer to the portable ashtray, but we didn’t get the answer in time to print. Good job, Arlene.

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Cariboo Horsey Ladies By Cheryle Hickman


he song “Here comes Susie Snowflake” was not the tune we were singing en route to our 3rd Annual Cariboo Christmas Banquet on November 15th. And yet 70 Horsey Ladies braved the 10” snowfall to gather at Wildmans Family Restaurant to celebrate Christmas and the love of the Cheryle, Piri, Andrea and Ann Horse together. 277 Horses, along with 3 Donkeys and Mules were represented. I’m sure that if a team of horses and sleigh had been on our auction table it would have been a popular item. Debi and her staff as always provided great service, yummy food, and the Christmas décor helped put everyone in the Christmas mood. “Oh the weather outside was frightful,” but that didn’t put a damper on the warmth shown inside. With reunions of old friends as well as introductions to new, our evening succeeded in doing exactly what we wanted. Our generous sponsors enabled the ladies to show their gift of giving. Donna Nivison our honorary Horsey Lady Auctioneer provided a truly entertaining Live auction. With the Silent and Live auctions we raised $3,915.00 and after the voting it was decided to split between: Tristiana[Tristi] Allwood, a 16-year-old local Dressage rider in training with Brenda Embree at TrueLine Equestrian Centre of Interlakes BC… with hopes of entering the 2016 Para Dressage in Rio; and to the 100 Mile House Womens Centre Society, both very deserving recipients. A big thanks goes out to Andrea, Ann, Piri, Gisele and Jonelle for keeping the evening going and of course to all the ‘Cariboo Horsey Ladies’ who came out. Quoting another song… “You’re Simply the Best!!’’… and now you can ‘’Let it snow, let it snow let it snow!” MANY THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS 100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply Ltd 108 Building Supply A&B Photo Aurum Custom Goldsmithing BC Heritage Society - 100 Mile House Bill Bays Canadian Horse Heritage Preservation Society Candle House Cochrane Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride Team Cariboo Spurs, Tack & Apparel Centennial Law Century Home Hardware - 100 Mile House Coreen Granger - Epicure Selections Country Pedlar Crystal Waters Guest Ranch Diana’s Deli & Sub Shop Diane Adams Donex Pharmacy Dusty Rose Pub Elisa Marocchi Exeter Forest & Marine Exquisite Floral Gifts Foothills Farms Free Rein Guest Ranch Genevieve Amy German Glatz

Gina Myhill-Jones Give A Dog A Bone Photography Greenhawk Gringer Business Equipment & Stationery Higher Ground Natural Foods Hour Glass Studio Ltd Jandana Ranch JD’s Full Service Salon Joni McBride Klaus Vogel - Remax Country Lakes Realty Little Wool Shop Marg Mitchell Marianne Van Osch Michele Matthews Napa - 100 Mile House Nazko Molten Works Nuthatch Books One Another - A Coffee House Peter Mayr Pharmasave Pottery By Ramona Quaaout Lodge & Spa Regency Dodge Rein-Beau Images Riva’s Remedies Rosi’s Alpaca Farm Café/B&B Running Broke Quarter Horses

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Saddle Up magazine Sandy Law Santa’s Gifts Sharon’s Jewellery Sheree’s Shirt Shack Shilom Esthetics Skookumhorse Ranch Smilies Café Spring Lake Guest Ranch Summit Creek Sausage Sunyam Thai Restaurant The Log House The Markets Sheridan Lake & Interlakes The Sugar Shack - 70 Mile House Therapy Piri Tim Br Mart - 100 Mile House Total Pet Ultra Kelp Val Hougen Village Hair & Nails Whimsey’s Gifts Wildmans Outdoor Store Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital WLD Credit Union - 100 Mile House

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Okanagan Horsey Ladies By Nancy Roman


he 16th Annual Okanagan Horsey Ladies Charity Auction took place on November 15th at the Spallumcheen Golf Course north of Vernon BC. One hundred and thirty gals from all over the interior came out to socialize, shop and give back to charity. A big hand to our committee this year – great job - Ruby Edwards, Elspeth Manning, Michele Gould, Amy Vaughan, Sheila Sperling, Patti Thomas, Ursula McHugh and myself. Twelve charities were nominated and/or pitched that evening and the top two vote getters were the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society and Vernon Women’s Transition House (Equine Assisted Therapy Program). We are pleased to announce, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the ladies bidding, we raised $7,400 (exceeding last year’s $6,400). The amount was divided equally and $3,700 was given to each winning charity. This brings our total ‘Okanagan’ amount to over $57,000 raised. Add in the Cariboo Horsey Ladies amount raised over the 3 years at $9,500 putting us at $66,500 between the two groups. THANK YOU HORSEY LADIES!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Alfa-Tec Armstrong Co-op Gas Armstrong Dollar Dollar Store Armstrong Pharmacy Medicine Centre Armstrong Vet Clinic Askew’s Foods Barkerville Historic Town Bar Nunn Therapy Beachcomber Big Bar Guest Ranch Bolynn Stables BC Paint Horse Club Buckerfield’s (head office) Butcher Boys Canadian Pinto Horse Association Capri Insurance Caravan Farm Theatre Cat & Mouse Designs, Deborah Strong Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc. Chaganjuu Retreat Chilcotin Holidays Chocoliro Finest Chocolate Country West Supply The Cowboys’ Choice Val Dacyk - Royal Lepage Damarhe Training (Dawn Heppner) Deep Creek Veterinary Services Diamond H Tack Diana’s Monogramming Dove Esthetics Tom Durocher Horse Training Elegant Wood Products Enderby Jewellers The Equine Connection (Wendy Elrick) Jonathan Field Horsemanship Final Touch Framing Four Foot Farm (Ruby & Ken Edwards) Galaxie Powder Coating Grand Saddlery & Western Wear Greenhawk Kamloops

Grey Wolf Metal Art Happy Horseback Saddles Happy Horse Riders Harmony and Balance Equine Therapy Henry’s Hay Hoffman’s Minerals Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Home Depot Vernon Homestead Hill Farm - Patti Thomas The Horse Barn Horse Centred International The Horse Gate Trailer Sales & Gift Shop Hour Glass Studio Ltd. HUB International Debbie Hughes Quarter Horses Impact Transport Ltd Jandana Ranch Jimmy D’s Auto Kactus Western Wear Kamloops Cowboy Festival Kindale Development Association KISS FM Anita Klein (Artist) Lalli Loves It (Horseshoe Bay) Lammle’s Western Wear Lordco Armstrong Lynn’s Custom Rope Halters Ursula McHugh Meadow Springs Ranch Merial Canada Mills Veterinary Services Monashee Medi-Spa & Shoe Emporium Morning Star Gayle Mortenson Nag Bags Nelson’s Glass Nor-Val Rentals North West Equine Rangers Society The Paddock Tack & Togs Panorama Veterinary Pet Smart - Langley Phi-Star Equine Therapy

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Professional Graphics Puetter Automotive Quilting For You Rancho Vignola Nuts & Dried Fruit Riva’s Remedies Rocking Horse Park Roger’s Foods Steve Rother Horsemanship Saddle Up magazine Sears - Armstrong Second Glance Hair Design Shepherd’s Home Hardware Shukanagan Equine Dentistry Silhouette Fashion Boutique Simply Delicious Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Ranch Spallumcheen Golf Course Sheila Sperling Sundance Guest Ranch Tandy Leather - Surrey BC Terrific Creations Timber Ridge Trails Timberstar Manufacturing (Kioti) Tod Mountain Ranch Tolko Industries Touch A Texas Town Centre Dry Cleaners Twisted Terrain Horse Park Tyax Adventures Ultra-Kelp Vantage One Realty (Mike Beck) Vernon Veterinary Clinic Waterway Houseboat Vacations Gail Wilson

(Horsey Ladies is neither a club nor a society, we have no president or bank account. We are just a bunch of gals that get together and meet at Christmas and seek out donations throughout the year) • 39

The Grounded Rider: Confessions of a Mane Event Nut By Hazel Plumbley

It started out pretty innocently. All I wanted was one short weekend away from mucking the house; we had no barn. “It’s a chance to watch some great equestrian clinicians,” I said to my husband. He looked like he was wondering if I knew how to spell ‘equestrian’. I tried another tack.


can get wormer for the horses on sale; pick up some socks for you…” I left that last phrase hanging as I batted my eyelashes (back then I wore mascara). I counted on the socks being my ticket to the first Mane Event in Chilliwack, BC but just in case, I thought using ‘horses’ and ‘on sale’ in the same sentence would clinch the deal. It worked; off I went. Back in 2003, I was someone Hazel Plumbley with a lifelong love of horses, but new to owning them. My involvement in the horse world then was limited to my role as a truly dreadful pleasure rider. I thought it would be interesting to literally sit on the margins of the equine arena and look in. There’s so much to learn when you know next to nothing; the Mane Event was like Horse U. I was addicted. That was a decade ago. Other than a few years when competing life events took centre stage, I’ve managed to hit every Barker family production held in BC. But by 2008, something about these annual solo weekends began to change for me. Everyone at the Mane Event started to look familiar. I learned how to spell ‘equestrian’. I began booking my room for next year when I checked out on Sundays. I became just a marginally dreadful pleasure rider. Now, I plan months in advance for my annual Chilliwack retreat away from mucking the barn (we popped that up lickity split over about three years). I try to make it just like a weekend at those high end spas. I pack my Neti pot, take my toe nail clippers, and bring that hot oil treatment for my hair I bought in the late 90’s. I set the alarm for 6 a.m. on Friday morning and crash the gate when it opens at nine. So, what’s the draw? It’s the gathering of the clan, the sense of community, the opportunity for learning. I see more of my neighbours at the Mane Event than I do at home. I run into people I haven’t seen for 20 years from past lives in northern BC and southern Alberta. Vendors who don’t have what I want send me around the corner to someone who carries what I’m looking for. I sit in a circle and learn from Olympic-level, world class coaches and feel like I’m in my living room with a bunch of close 40 • Saddle Up • December 2013

Mane Event masterminds the Barker family (l to r): Tamara, Gail, Ron and Nicole, in a quiet summer moment before their 10th anniversary expo this past October. Photo by Mallory Beinborn, Impulse Photography.

friends. For ten years, the Barkers, their extended family and people they consider friends, have hosted a great big bejeezly party for all of us nuts. They’ve consistently created something worth waiting a year for. And rather than paling as it progresses, this party just seems to get more colourful. It’s like attending a big family reunion. And in a sense, that’s what it is. The Grounded Rider is Hazel Plumbley. A late blooming boomer, Hazel has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

What the Barker family started in Chilliwack 10 years ago, grew to a second Mane Event being held in Red Deer each April since 2007. And something new this year, the Barkers have added a Canadian Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in Red Deer at Westerner Park on December 13-15. See www. for more info on this new shopping experience! And kids will be able to meet Santa too!

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First Decade Ends - Next One Begins For Horse Expo By Jan Mansfield. Photos courtesy of Mark McMillan.


he first decade of The Mane Event ended on a high note in Chilliwack in October after three successful days of non-stop activity at Heritage Park. Over 23,000 spectators, participants, attendees and shoppers came through the doors over the weekend. “Everything from the sunny skies, to the incredible clinicians, to our happy exhibitors, and all the spectators who attended, made this a wonderful show to celebrate our 10th anniversary,” said show organizer Gail Barker. “Everyone really enjoyed the little extras at this year’s event, including the door prizes provided by our very generous exhibitors.” As usual, one of Sunday’s highlights was the Trainer’s Challenge final which ended with Kerry Kuhn of Kansas being named the Champion after a count of the final scores revealed that they were extremely close. “Everything can change with this obstacle course, and it really did,” said judge Miles Kingdon. “This has been the toughest judged final session that we’ve ever done.” Judge Mark Grafton agreed saying, “It was a real fun challenge because all three of those trainers really shone at different points.” “It was really about the horse and I’m just thankful that I didn’t get in his way any more than I did,” said Kuhn, after accepting the championship. “I don’t really want to say that I was competing against these guys, maybe just hanging out with them, learning from them,” he said, referring to Paul Clarkson of Australia, and BC trainer Cayley Wilson. The stands were filled to capacity for the reining and cow work clinics presented by Al Dunning. “I don’t remember a better crowd than I had here; it was really an educated crowd,” he said. Dressage clinician Anne Gribbons also commented on the knowledgeable audiences. “They were very tuned in and they really listened,” she said. A presentation was made to the Barker family, recognizing their efforts over the past ten years, from the conception of The Mane Event as a comprehensive, equine specific educational event to the major horse expo that it is today with events in both Chilliwack and Red Deer. “It is hard to believe that an event of this magnitude is put on by only the four members of the Barker family, with a very small core group brought in to help on event weekends,” said media consultant Jan Mansfield. “The Mane Event is so well run and such a great environment that the international clinicians they bring in regularly ask to be invited back and exhibitors sign up as soon as the weekend is over to ensure they have a place in the trade fair for the next one.” View videos and interviews on YouTube – ManeEventExpo

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Trainer’s Challenge Champion Kerry Kuhn (centre) with Australia’s Paul Clarkson (left) and BC trainer Cayley Wilson.

Cayley Wilson Al Dunning

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Kerry Kuhn

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Top Dog! Safety in the Dark By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Basic Safety During winter months, most outings with our dogs are in the dark. Although we often just want to get these excursions over with, taking the time to gear up safely shouldn’t be overlooked. Although the value of reflective gear and high visibility clothing is recognized, there are still too many people who don’t use it when out in the dark. Almost every day, we run into dogs (luckily not literally!) on the end of leashes that are barely visible. Reflective or flashing gear on the handler is NOT enough for drivers to be aware of the presence or location of your dog. Although there are all manner of safety products now available for our dogs, not all of them offer the same the level of visibility. Compare the photos below. Although the flashing collar is really bright, the dog only becomes really visible as more of her body is in reflective wear. Ideally, the vest material should be light-coloured to increase visibility even more. A flashing tag or reflective collar is a great idea, but on its own isn’t really enough to identify the position of a dog.

first by going out to flush out any wildlife. This can prevent potential skirmishes and save you the hassle of having to deskunk your dog and house. 2. Keep your dog on leash in lowlight or dark conditions. Manage your dog so she stays with you and does not root around bushes or other potential skunky hiding spots. What do you do if your dog does get skunked? You might reach for the tomato juice, but there are some better options available nowadays. Enzyme cleaners and skunk shampoos can be purchased at most local pet stores. Having a bottle on hand is a great idea because your dog will most likely get skunked when the shops are not open. Be prepared! There is also a simple deodorizing recipe (you can get it online) that only requires three basic ingredients that you probably have in your cupboard - hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap. Whichever you product choose, it’s important not to wait. Prompt, thorough treatment will guarantee better results.


Having adequate gear is especially important for darker dogs – they are literally invisible in the dark. An extra tip to keep your dog safe: Keep your dog near you. Dogs walking at the handler’s side will be in a safer position than those that walk at the end of the leash or extendable.

Skunks With the advent of shorter days also comes the appearance of night-time critters. One of the most problematic is skunks - if you have a dog, that is. Although interactions with any wild animal pose a risk of injury, we usually view skunks as a real nuisance because of the smell they leave behind. Although you can’t prevent run-ins completely, there are precautions you can take to reduce the risk: 1. Before sending your dog out into your yard, check the area 42 • Saddle Up • December 2013

Reduced light conditions can be worrisome to young or inexperienced dogs because objects often appear unclear or unfamiliar. They may even be startling because they appear “out of nowhere.” By regularly exposing pups and young adults to twilight and dark conditions, you will help build their confidence and ability to deal with changing conditions as they mature. A good socialization program includes getting your pup out for regular outings at twilight, dusk and after dark. Like any part of your pup’s early learning, these excursions should be pleasant. 1. Don’t force your dog to explore things she is worried about. Allow her to just watch from a comfortable distance. 2. Help build a good association by providing a tasty treat. 3. If she puts on the brakes, give her time to assess before trying to continue. 4. Keep the outings short. Long, occasional sessions are not as useful as short, frequent ones.

Aging Dogs At some point, your adult dog begins to turn into an aging dog. Sometimes this is a series of subtle changes and sometimes the changes seem quite dramatic. Most dogs’ hearing and sight are HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! affected as they age. Both can sometimes happen quickly or more gradually, which makes it a bit harder to pick up on until it becomes obvious. You may begin to notice that your dog starts to become a bit reactive during walks that take place at night or twilight when the sun is beginning to set. She may begin barking at approaching people or startling at objects that appear out of the gloom. With any change in behaviour, you always want to rule out any potential medical issues before going down the road of behaviour modification. If your dog’s eyesight is beginning to dim, formerly recognizable things may look different enough to cause her concern. Keep your dog on leash and closer to you when you’re walking in the evenings. Make sure you speak to her frequently so she remembers that you’re on the other end of the leash and she can feel reassured by your presence. Your dog might also become more reactive in your yard when you let her out for her bedtime bathroom break. Again, objects may look unfamiliar in the dark or small creatures may be startling as they move quickly in the dark. You can add brighter lights to your yard, or consider taking your dog out on leash for her bedtime pee instead of running the risk of her stumbling into a raccoon or skunk in the darkness of your yard. Also, diminishing eyesight can make it more difficult to judge distances and depth in the dark, so going up and down stairs may start to become an issue. Consider adding brighter lights to stairs going into a dark yard. Maybe leave a small night-light burning close to the area where your dog sleeps so she can safely get up and move

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about. If you have a stairwell close by your dog’s sleeping quarters, consider blocking it off temporarily at night if you think it might present a falling hazard in the dark. When you’re out on walks at night, pause before going up and down curbs to make sure your dog has noticed them. If you run with your dog, consider doing slower walks in the dark and keep the running to daylight hours to minimize the risk of stumbles and falls. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

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Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 43

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Although many come with their own fur coats, your pets still need your help to keep them safe from winter’s chilly temperatures.


old weather conditions can pose a serious risk to your pet,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Extra caution should be taken to ensure that your pet stays warm, safe and healthy this winter.” The BC SPCA is vehemently opposed to keeping dogs permanently outdoors, but it acknowledges that some pet guardians still house their dogs in this manner. In these cases, the dog must have shelter that protects him from cold, wind and dampness that is appropriate to his weight and coat. To accomplish this, the shelter should be elevated, insulated, ventilated and regularly cleaned. Cold weather safety tips: • Make sure you thoroughly clean the pads of your pet’s paws after they’ve walked on sidewalks or roads to remove any coarse salt that can cause irritation. For your own sidewalk, choose a pet-friendly, noncorrosive de-icing compound readily available through retail outlets; • When winterizing your camping gear, ensure your pets are not hiding inside, as some equipment can exert intense pressure when being expanded or dismantled; • Use pet-safe propylene-based antifreeze instead of ethylene glycol antifreeze, which is toxic to pets and wildlife. A mere tablespoon of ethylene glycol antifreeze can kill a cat or small dog; • “Think and Thump” before starting your car. Cats and wildlife gravitate to warm engines during cold weather. Banging on the hood before getting into your car can avoid a tragic ending for an animal seeking refuge from the cold;

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• The SPCA strongly urges pet guardians to keep all animals indoors during cold weather, but if you must keep domestic or farm animals outside, ensure they have access to shelter that is off the ground, provides protection from wind, cold and dampness and is properly insulated. Regular checks to ensure drinking water has not frozen over are also a must. Companion pets are not the only animals at risk in cold weather. People with farm animals must also make sure these animals have adequate cover from the elements and that all water containers are kept ice-free. “When the temperature drops outside, we need to take extra care with our pets,” says Chortyk. “Ideally, we should keep our pets indoors with us where they are warm and safe and where we can enjoy their companionship throughout the winter.” The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/ neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Pet Central IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DOGS (North Van),, Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, Group Classes & Private Consultations 12/13 Do you offer a dog service or training business? Sell pet feeds and supplies? You can advertise here! Prices start at only $195 per year (12 issues). Call 1-866-546-9922 or e-mail HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation you? e r a e r e h w hor se? r u Kid s.. . o y h it w u d oing o y e r a t a YOU! h t W u o b a s u ll r n to te u t R U O Y s ’ t I This is “Irish” and we love to go on trail rides with my Mom. I went on my first poker ride this summer and had so much fun. Next year we will be doing Gymkhanas. - Brett (4), Prince George BC

Hi my name is Heather and I am 12 years old and this is my new horse named True Colors MR but I call him Nemo. I have only had him for a few weeks and he is my dream come true. - Heather (12), Kamloops BC

o nd n at h is sec e d y a K is is Th y Ju li ette , on h is pon w o sh e rs o h b. His on R id ing Clu at th e Vern uth g ra nd ma , R very p rou d ving im with h ha re e th is , re M oo ute me la st m in g iven h im so d in th ey h ead e re fo e b rs te po in g. th e show ri n Vernon BC - Kayd en (3),

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 Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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Notes from the Office Horse Council BC

Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair

HORSE COUNCIL BC AWARDS NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 15th! We have received some terrific nominations so far and wanted to give everyone just that little bit of extra time before the holiday season to make sure they get their nominations in!

Celebrating BC’s Best in Equine Achievement

HCBC’s Annual Awards honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community. These awards acknowledge those who stand out from the crowd and have made a positive impact on the equestrian community throughout the year. Help us in recognizing these outstanding equine enthusiasts by nominating someone you know for an award! You can even nominate your favourite horse! We are still accepting nominations until December 15th for: • Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award • Athlete of the Year Award • Coach of the Year Award • Horse of the Year Award (Both competitive and non-competitive) • Horse Industry Professional of the Year Award • Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award If you have the perfect person or horse in mind, send in a nomination form with a brief biography and photo of your nominee. Nomination Forms can be found at www.

You Are Invited to Attend the HCBC Awards Gala

The evening of Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Annual Horse Council BC Awards Gala will take place at the Hilton Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC. Come out and celebrate BC’s Best in Equine Achievement over the past year! There will be live entertainment, appetizers and a champagne reception. You don’t want to miss this Awards Gala!

Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian presenting Fionna Christensen with her embroidered Asmar Equestrian Jacket and Coach of the Year Award

Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian presenting Janice Spenst with her embroidered Asmar Equestrian Jacket and Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award

There is limited seating so make sure you get your tickets now at *Tickets for the Awards Gala can be purchased separately, together with a Summit Day Pass or are included complimentary in a Weekend Summit Pass for the 2014 BC Equine Education Summit.

Jenny Payne and Family standing in front of the HCBC logo screen with their NonCompetitive Horse of the Year Award for Kasey

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Orville Smith, HCBC President taking the mic at the 2012 HCBC Awards Gala in Kamloops

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The Perfect Therapy Horse By Daphne Davey What makes the perfect therapy horse? In three words: Soundness, Sense, Sensitivity.


hopping around for that special therapy horse or pony - a future candidate for CanTRA’s Therapy Horse of the Year takes time that is well spent. A scouting sheet will include conformation, training, temperament, experience, health and price. Therapeutic riding clients cover a range of ages, disabilities and weights, so different breeds, crosses or types of horse give flexibility. Another consideration is weight. Some riders may tip the scales near CanTRA’s maximum recommended weight of 180 lb. (including clothing and tack), so a stocky, medium-sized horse works well (a large Belgian-cross may be up to the weight but too tall for effective rider support by the side-walkers). A horse with a narrower barrel will work better for a rider with cerebral palsy, who may otherwise spasm from overstretched adductor muscles. Sometimes there can be a disconnect between the seller or donor offering a cheap or free mount and the actual requirements of the program, so a thorough inspection and try-out of the animal, followed if necessary by a regretful refusal, is essential. It all comes down to what - or who - is the most important part of the program. So back to the three Ss. Soundness: Surprise! Obviously, an inconsistently sound animal creates problems. Scheduling aside, riders with disabilities often bond with their favourite mount and can be distressed, even angry, if “their” pony is periodically stallbound. Therapeutic riding is a holistic activity providing more that physical therapy. Emotional bonding can break through barriers of communication, behaviour, and learning. Sense: Surprise again! The best therapy horses have “been there, done that” in the show ring or on the recreational Cue adapts to a trail. They can cope with almost anything and, with adaptive training, can safely add “therapy horse” to their résumé. variety of children with But a young horse that broke down on the track and is looking for a new home is likely not suitable. different needs. Sensitivity: The biggest surprise! It is impossible to teach riding, driving or ground-handling skills to anyone, (Photo by Daphne let alone a rider with a disability, using an animal whose flanks and mouth lost their feeling years ago from rough Davey) or repetitive work. Many of our riders with physical disabilities do not have full strength in their legs, full coordination in their hands, or perfect alignment in their trunks. Imagine their frustration and discouragement if their every effort produces no response from the horse. On the other hand, when a sensitive horse responds promptly to the aids, however imperfectly applied (many horses learn the idiosyncrasies of each rider and generously “roll with the punches” accordingly), both learning and self-confidence soar. Such experiences can be life-changing. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email ctra@ Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability Teddy models his useful Rain, a slim and sensitive by donating to CanTRA at or Andalusian mare, gently challenges her riders to tune in to her. (Photo by Daphne Davey)

conformation of medium height and strong legs. (Photo by David Beach)

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Interior Cutting Horse Association By Carol Schepp


he ICHA held their year-end Awards Banquet at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon BC on November 23, 2013. It was well attended, with a great dinner, awards and dance following. Fun was had by all! The ICHA prides itself as a grassroots, friendly and supportive club for all its members, whether experienced or just starting out. Encouragement and camaraderie provide a great atmosphere to learn no matter what level you are at. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and organizers for their support, time and dedication. Congratulations to the Buckle Winners in the following classes: OPEN HORSE (Sponsored by Dr. David & Rebecca Ciriani) Winner: Tory’s Girl – Lee Poncelet Reserve Champion: DFL Hickadixie Chic – Dale Henry NON PRO (Sponsored by Bryan Schultz) Winner: DFL Hickadixie Chic - Marilyn Henry Reserve Champion: Little Pistol Pete – Dale Henry 10,000 OPEN HORSE (Sponsored by Dr. Dave Paton) Winner: Dreamin Of Hollywood – Lee Poncelet Reserve Champion:  Haidin A Chic – Jerry Rath 750 PROGRESSIVE HORSE (Sponsored by Dr. Dale & Marilyn Henry) Winner: Im A Genuine Player - Jerry Rath Reserve Champion: One Smooth Bobcat – Joan Gibson YOUTH RIDER (Sponsored by ICHA) Winner: Dreamin Of Hollywood – Kendall Page Reserve Champion: Perrys Peppy San – Emily Bennett GREEN HORSE OPEN (Sponsored by ICHA) Winner: Hocus Pocus Aristocat – Kevin Bennett Reserve Champion: Noble T Colt 45 – Tom Nobles 10,000 HORSE NON PRO (Sponsored by The Horse Barn) Winner: Intentions Good Cat – Jim Rhodes Reserve Champion: Noon Date – Marion Sapergia 2500 LIMIT RIDER (Sponsored by LP Performance Horses) Winner: Dreamin Of Hollywood – Carol Schepp Reserve Champion: Spoonikiss – Diane Lindsay 750 PROGRESSIVE RIDER (Sponsored by ICHA) Winner: Rio Merada – Doug Vanderkerkhove Reserve Champion: Torys Girl – Carol Schepp 350 NOVICE RIDER (Sponsored by Brandt Ranch and Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic) Winner: Im Independent – Krista Vankoughnet Reserve Champion: Sonitas Jazzy Tivio – Tanya Garfield RANCH HORSE (Sponsored by Doug & Laurie Haughton) Winner: Shorty Ala King – Amanda Fill

Kevin Bennett receiving his buckle

Carol Schepp (on left) presented by Sandra Rhodes

Tom Nobles

Lee Poncelet and Jim Rhodes

WINNER OF THE TOP RIDER 2013: Carol Schepp WINNER OF THE TOP HORSE 2013: Im A Genuine Player owned/ridden by Jerry Rath

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Winners for the 2013 Season and we look forward to seeing new and old members in the Cutting Pen for the 2014 season!

Voice For The Horse Theme Song By Yvonne Allen


oice For The Horse proudly presents our Theme Song STRONGER which has been written specifically for our nonprofit Organization! After many years of building and creating our mission, STRONGER depicts the very heart of Voice For The Horse. Written by our unique and talented Ambassador Team from Langley, BC, Cole Armour and Tiffany Desrosiers have cleverly drawn from 48 • Saddle Up • December 2013

the wisdom of our younger generation, and combined with a strong advocacy put forth the importance of joining together as one, to build a KINDER and STRONGER WORLD for ALL! Cole and Tiffany could not have written a more powerful and compelling song. Voice For The Horse has created two music videos for STRONGER with the theme: “Empowerment For Our Youth.” The lyrical one shares the “Message from the Horse” and is dedicated to the children who participated in our 2011 and 2012 Annual Children’s Writing Competitions. The instrumental version of STRONGER delivers our “Tribute to Victims of Bullying.” Both very compelling pieces! We invite you to view them at We are setting our sights on creating our Official Music Video for STRONGER in the spring of 2014! We look forward to the creation of many Children’s STRONGER Music Videos which we will be creating annually, dedicated to the children who participate in our future Writing Competitions and other fine art projects we will be offering! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club Update By B. Ingle


Mountain Trail Horse Clinic

ow! Another year over and what have we done? Quite a lot, as it turns out. We’ve had a tour of the Payton and Martin Veterinary Clinic, a presentation by Sandra Verda on “Pilates for Riders” and a talk by Dr. Steven Stark on “Structural Change and the Human Body” (a follow-up to his previous presentation, “The Stark Reality of Stretching”). Interspersed between these informative evenings have been a number of clinics. In June, twenty VREC members were introduced to the sport of “Mountain Trail Horse Challenge.” Instructed by the Jessie Blackmon, a “Prep Clinic” was held at Shirrocco Farms in Langley, followed by a trip to Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope where Jessie guided us through the obstacles. Our thanks to Laurie Thompson, owner of Twisted Terrain, for her hospitality and assistance throughout the weekend. Our annual “Ranch Road Trip” took place in early July. This popular event had us returning to 7 Half Diamond Ranch in Merritt. Eighteen members made the trek up the Coquihalla to enjoy four days of wonderful trail riding, good food, companionship, and lots of laughs. Our thanks to Jim and Heather O’Connor for being wonderful hosts and taking such good care of us. Of course, after all that trail riding up country and trips to local parks, it was time for the always-popular “Tack Cleaning and Social.” Graciously hosted by VREC member Kendra Kowalski and her husband, members were provided with a variety of cleaning products to use and left feeling good about finally getting “that job done!” August heralded another “Old Ladies Camp” where 12 members camped out at PRDA across from Campbell Valley Park for three days. Our clinician, Maureen Walters, guided us through various exercises to enhance our trail riding abilities. Also in August, our VREC 10th Anniversary Party was held at Aldergrove Lake Park, where members played games and enjoyed some delicious food.

The cutting of the VREC 10th Anniversary Cake

Our “Play Day,” held in mid-September, had members dressing in costume while participating in organized non-competitive activities with their horses. Thanks to Carolyn Hunter for organizing this event. The last major clinic of the year took us back to the sport of Mountain Trail. This involved a series of three clinics culminating in a mock “Mountain Trail Horse Challenge” competition, set up by our clinician Jessie Blackmon at Shirrocco Farms. The growth in ability and confidence of both riders and horses was wonderful to witness. Thank you Jessie for all your hard work and efforts in coaching, organizing and setting this up for VREC. Our year ended with our AGM on November 19 and the election of a new executive. A big “THANK YOU!” to our previous executive for all the time and energy you spent in helping to make Lisa dressed as Dolly VREC such an amazing club! Thanks Parton to the 2013 VREC Executive: Suzanne Skaaning, Susan Chaworth-Musters, Darcy Racine, Frances Rach, Kim Smith, Rita Rawstron, Carolyn Hunter, Donnalee Andrews, Nanette Arsenault. Our strength is the willingness of our members to step forward and contribute their time and talent. Well done everyone! Visit us at for the love of horses!

Voice For The Horse 3rd Annual Children’s Writing Competition By Yvonne Allen


his year Voice For The Horse takes on a new and exciting subject for creative writing: War Horses! Serving mankind worldwide, War Horses have left a legacy; one of bravery, triumph, partnership and trust. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn, grow and practice their unlimited and creative talents and be a Voice For The Horse! Entry submissions will be accepted from December 15, 2013 – April 30, 2014. Competition is open for children 6 - 18 years of HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

age from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: Fiction, NonFiction, Persuasive Writing, Personal Essay, Poetry. For contest details visit our web site • 49

Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy


wice this fall, Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB, has come up trumps. His two-year-old Percheron gelding, Trippcrest Fury’s Ajax, purchased as a weanling at Carson’s 2011 Fall Colours Draft Horse Sale (Listowel, Ontario), topped the Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity and Carson’s Draft Horse Futurity in October. Purchased on a bid of $4,500, Ruzicka has won over $11,000 with his Percheron colt to date. Trippcrest Fury’s Ajax is also eligible for NAERIC’s Draft Horse Classic Futurity at Brandon’s 2014 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. A Draft Horse Futurity has three divisions - a Line Class, a Pattern Driving Class and a Rail Cart Class. These three divisions level the field for the horses entered. A hitch horse prospect is likely to excel in a Rail Cart Class; draft horses who are more traditional in type will likely excel at Pattern Driving. Whatever their type, it takes a sound two-year-old Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron or Shire that is structurally correct to win the Line Class. Bred by Jane Gray, Trippcrest Farm at Harrison, Maine, Trippcrest Fury’s Ajax is a son of Eyebright’s Fury, an Alberta-bred horse. Pleasant View King, World Champion Stallion at Calgary’s

1998 World Percheron Congress, sired Pennwoods Andromeda, his dam. A big, high headed colt, fired with nervous energy, Ajax is well schooled. He caught the eye of cosmopolitan horsemen in Alberta and Ontario the moment he came before the judges of the three divisions. One of 17 entries shown in halter in Ontario, Ajax topped the class, which he also did in Alberta. Shown in the Rail Cart Class, Ruzicka kept a tight hand on his colt in each Futurity. Driven at a steady trot, he surprised fellow horsemen ringside who had expected an exciting drive. However, Ruzicka knew that his colt, given a light line, would break stride. He knew it would be curtains if Ajax broke into a gallop while shown before the judge. Big, bold and fired up as Trippcrest Fury’s Ajax was, in Pattern Driving, he performed all his figures and manoeuvres without once missing a step. Manoeuvres such as the keyhole and raised parallel rails were quite tricky, as the space in which to move was mere inches wider than the cart’s wheels. Neither Ruzicka’s colt nor his cart’s wheels touched the keyhole outline or popped a suspended rail off the pylons. Given success at Brandon in the

Krebsie’s Krosby, a two-year-old Belgian gelding seen at the 2013 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity, backing the cart and owner, Darwin Krebs, Krebsies Belgians of Didsbury, AB, between suspended rails in the Pattern Driving Class. (Photo by Kristen Wilkieson)

coming year, Ruzicka could lift over $20,000 in prize money with Ajax. While his colt was at a disadvantage, given his size and desire, this will make him a valuable hitch horse. Ajax is certain to command a five-figure price as a threeyear-old. The Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires contesting each Canadian Draft Horse Futurity are broke. These horses, when employed on the street, in a forest, on a farm or ranch, are foolproof; so are the hitch horse prospects patterned like Ajax. He is a colt that will perform in a competitive or professional hitch, whether in the show-ring or on parade.

CD Review - Wind Blown Buckaroo, a new CD By Ryan Fritz Reviewed by Mark McMillan


yan Fritz’s big baritone voice catches you right off the bat in the first track, “Cowboy Cowboy”. It doesn’t stop there, as this whole CD is loaded with good stuff - 14 tracks, all of which are written by Ryan. He plays acoustic guitar too, and there’s lots of other instruments played by Bruce Hoffman, Jonathan Black, and Craig Young. John Cunningham engineered, mixed, and mastered the CD and added his own bass and his wife, Eli Barsi’s, great background vocals. After listening to, and enjoying this CD so much, I moved Ryan from the 2015 entertainers list to the 2014 list as I thought this new CD should be available at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival where folks can grab one and get Ryan to sign it. If you can’t make the Festival for some reason then you can get your copy by emailing Ryan at: or go to Face Book and find “Ryan Fritz Wind Blown Buckaroo,” and this album is also available on iTunes. Good job Ryan! 50 • Saddle Up • December 2013

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


adly we have lost two of our long-time club members. Harold Kohrs, of High River, succumbed to cancer in March of this year and more recently, Fred Godberson, of Barrhead also passed away due to cancer. Many of us will remember riding with Harold and his mule at the Spruce Meadows demonstrations or trail riding with Fred. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families. Are you a first-time owner of a donkey or mule? New owners might be a bit overwhelmed by the different “characters” that their new donkeys and mules can display as compared to horses. Check out our website ( and look under the tab, “RESOURCES,” for helpful articles about keeping donkeys and mules. A donkey is very ‘’space protective’’ and will protect herself from other animals on your property that she has never seen before, such as goats. It is best that she is exposed to them from the other side of a fence, which will safely enable her to start to bond with them without giving her the opportunity to harm them. Mules and donkeys do not generally do well in stalls. Donkeys also need coarser feed than horses. They evolved as desert animals and we in North America tend to overfeed with high protein diets. Better to feed a grass diet and stay away from alfalfa.

Do not be intimidated by your new donkey or mule. Be her herd leader and treat her kindly; but do not let her move your feet. It is your job to teach her that YOU are the mover Mammoth Jenny and her foal with a young of HER FEET, not the admirer. Donkeys belong to Tom Barker and other way around. Mavis Ulansky of Falkland BC. Give her short lessons in grooming, leading, walking around obstacles, etc. - anything that involves the two of you working together will help with your bonding and her learning process. Donkeys are not really stubborn; they ARE very protective and will not do something that they view as possibly dangerous or confusing. Keep a stick or crop with you if you feel that your new donkey or mule is threatening you with her feet or teeth - use it to stop any such action. Make sure this “extension” of your arm is used ONLY as a deterrent, not as a weapon of abuse! Teach her to respect you, treat her kindly and fairly, and give her time to bond with you.

Wild Rose Shows By Karen Podolski


he Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Shows are taking place at Westerner Park in Red Deer. Show #1 is on July 12-13, 2014 (unconfirmed) and Show #2 and Futurity is August 1-3, 2014 (confirmed). A Welsh and Open Pony Show that offers great facilities, judges, and a large variety of classes. The Wild Rose Show takes place twice per summer, with the Wild Rose Show #2 including the Youngstock Futurity and Champion of Champions. Brian McClelland, who put the shows on for the last 16 years, has stepped away from management in the hope of having more time to train and show his own ponies. Thank you to Brian for keeping the Alberta Welsh shows going for so long. Karen Podolski has taken on the 2014 shows. In 2014, we’re looking forward to two great shows with a variety of in-hand classes, including large divisions for Welsh, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter Ponies, plus a range of other in-hand classes including Half-Welsh, grade, horse breed of pony size, Produce of Dam, Get of Sire, In-hand Trail, and more. We also have lots of ridden and driven HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

performance classes with some new fun classes to add to the mix. In an effort to make the shows as affordable as possible while still offering top judges, great prizes and ribbons, we are looking into sponsorship options large and small. If you are interested in sponsoring our show, have questions, or would like to participate in the show, we would love to hear from you! For further information check us out on Facebook ( WildRoseShow) or email (piper_p13@hotmail. com).

2013 Wild Rose Show Champion of Champions under judge Prue Richardson of Northwind Farm, Ontario: Welsh Section A mare, Alvesta Cherish (*Nerwyn Gwyn x Alvesta Bubblicious by Gallod Twm Sion Catti) owned by Linda and Bruce Christensen, Alberta. Judge Richardson referred to her overall champion as “a beautiful bodied mare that could really move well.”

2013 Wild Rose Show Champion of Champions under judge Megan Burtness of BridleWood Welsh, California: Welsh Section C mare, USA Railside Rosalee (Pwllmelin Re-Spin x Synod Rosanne by Synod Roy Rogers) owned by Abbey Alexander, Alberta. Rosalee has been a consistent winner in-hand and under saddle at the Wild Rose Shows. She is photographed here with her owner and judges Prue Richardson (left) and Megan Burtness. • 51

BC Interior Horse Rescue by Joey Tompkins and Angie Gee A Look Back at 2013


t has been another amazing year for the rescue. We had the pleasure of welcoming five new friends into our lives (Bella, Chance, Rio, Shady, and Roxy). Nine horses have been adopted out to loving families that are still on their six-month probation period, and wonderful forever homes have been found for another three of our residents. Joey and Laura recently attended the Horsey Ladies Dinner and had a fantastic time. We have an amazing community that truly supports what we do. We are so grateful that we were one of the chosen charities this year. Thank you so much to everyone who supports us. All of the kind comments and support really blew us away. Our 2013 Hoedown for Horse Rescue was a huge success thanks to hard work by our board. Shout out to Laura Cull! We are also extremely excited for our 2014 Hoedown which is coming up in January. We hosted three trail rides at Timber Ridge Trails with our hostess, Darlene. There were great turnouts and many friends were made. Did we mention that the food is incredible? Thank you so much, Darlene! The rescue hosted a silent auction on Facebook for a pair of WestJet tickets. The funds raised from these tickets went to the purchasing of four winter shelters for our residents. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We are doing an online fundraiser called “Fill the Barn” where we are hoping to raise $9100 to help keep our residents fat and full over the winter season. To donate, please go to to send our rescues the Christmas present that they ask for every year - a bale of hay. We are continuing to grow and help those in need, but we would not be able to do this without the help of our many volunteers. Thank you so much for helping us be able to do what we do. It would not be possible without you. From all of us at the BC Interior Horse Rescue, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to another year full of friends, love, and adventure.

BC 4-H Lottery Grand Prize Winners


erad Anderseen of Prince Rupert and Laurie Norstrom of Terrace were the Grand Prize winners of the 2013 BC 4-H Lottery. The draw was made at 10:00am on November 1, which also marks the first day of National 4-H Month, celebrating 4-H across the country. The winning tickets were drawn by Lorna Kotz, BC 4-H Provincial Council member. The Grand Prizes for the lottery were two John Deere XUV 550 4x4 Gators, generously donated by PrairieCoast Equipment of Kelowna. This is the second time that PrairieCoast Equipment has donated the Grand Prize for the BC 4-H Lottery. “We are happy to provide the grand prizes for the BC 4-H raffle once again, as we did in 2011,” stated Brian Crowley, PrairieCoast Equipment Kelowna Branch Manager. Tickets were sold by 4-H members and clubs and were in high demand by 4-H-ers and their friends, families and neighbours in communities all over the province. Proceeds will be shared between participating 4-H clubs and BC 4-H Provincial Council. Over $34,000 was raised for BC 4-H clubs and 52 • Saddle Up • December 2013

Hands. For more information on BC 4-H, visit Provincial Council. The winner of our fastest our website ( or call us tollticket-selling contest was the Cowichan 4-H Community Club. Thank you to everyone who free at 1-866-776-0373. purchased a ticket this year and supported the 4-H program! BC 4-H is a youth development program designed to develop the young people of today into the leaders of tomorrow. 4-H-ers learn many life skills through the 4-H motto of “Learn to Do by Doing.” Members achieve lifelong learning through conducting meetings, holding an office position within their club, maintaining accurate records and public speaking opportunities. Working in a team, developing leadership skills, meeting deadlines, becoming responsible citizens and giving (l to r): Brian Baehr - BC 4-H Foundation Trustee; Karen back to their communities is all a Fenske – BC 4-H Fund Development Coordinator; Kevin part of the 4-H experience. These Rothwell – BC 4-H Manager; Devon Smith – BC 4-H critical skills are developed using Ambassador; Brian Crowley - PrairieCoast Equipment the four Hs that make up the 4-H Kelowna Branch Manager; and Lorna Kotz – BC 4-H Provincial Council member symbol: Head, Heart, Health and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Quarter Spot Ranch Report By Cindy and Bob Kirschman


uarter Spot Ranch held its year end Funday and High Point Awards Day on September 15 in Lumby BC. This year’s winners were: Senior All Around and also Barrels and Poles Champion Tamara Wasylyszyn; our Junior All-Around Champion was Kierra Newman and this year for the 1st time we also had a Lead Line Champion with the award going to Taylor Wasylyszyn. We also gave out Gift Certificates to a few special volunteers that have been here to help for as long as we’ve been hosting Fundays. A special Thank You to Jan Johnstone, and Lauren and Tamara for running the concession stand for us. We couldn’t do it without all your help. Also thanks to Randy and April.

Cindy, Taylor, Tamara and Bob.

Kierra Newman

On October 20 we held our annual Horse Spooktacular event and the weather cooperated again! The Costume Class was absolutely spectacular and we would like to thank all of you for making it a big part of the event. You all put so much thought into your costumes it’s making it nearly impossible to choose a winner. Our winners for the Costume Class were: 1st (Zorro)Wendy Cuddeback; 2nd (Mountain Man)Tammy Vandenborn; and 3rd (Kiss) Margret Vollmin. The High Point Winners for the day were: Seniors - Tammy Vandenborn; and Junior - Emily Stoebe. That concludes Quarter Spot Ranch’s events for this year. The arena is still open for drop-in riding, and lessons are available throughout the winter months. We can never thank all of our friends and volunteers enough… you are great, thank you! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope to see you over the winter and we look forward to another year of fun in 2014. 

4-H Achievement By Amanda Stella


he Terrace Shamrock 4-H Horse Club has wrapped up another year with our 4-H Horse Achievement. 4-H in Terrace was established in 1978 with as few as 10 members. Thirtyfive years later we are happy to have 19 dedicated members with 9 being enrolled in the horse club. This year’s horse club activities consisted of various clinics, lessons and trail rides, as well as four of our members attending the Smither’s 4-H Horse Camp. Our 2013 annual Achievement Day was held at the Thornhill Community Grounds on November 2nd with members completing Showmanship and Equitation patterns at all sorts of levels. The members who achieved the highest overall scores in each unit were: ~ Ashlin Jones with Jackson in Unit 1      ~ Megan Evans with Willow in Unit 2   ~ Amanda Stella with Cadence in Unit 3 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Thank you to our judges Kelly Jean and Rachel Haliski who made our Achievement Day possible!

Amanda Stella and Cadence

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Peachland Riding Club High School Rodeo By Sandy Chevallier


ur 6th Annual High School Rodeo ended another successful year at the Peachland Riding Club with over 60 High School and Junior High rodeo competitors from all over southern British Columbia attending the Thanksgiving weekend event. Mount Boucherie Secondary School rodeo competitors included current Miss BC High School Rodeo Queen, Keira Smith cutting at Peachland HSR. Courtney DeMattos, grade 12, who Photo by Sandy Chevallier. competes in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying. She finished 10th in the Goat Tying on Saturday and 7th on Sunday and 7th in the Barrel Racing on Sunday. Our most outstanding local competitor of the weekend was Peachland’s multi event cowgirl, Keira Smith also grade 12 at MBSS. Keira placed 2nd and 3rd in the Girls Cattle Cutting which is a new event for her this year. She was 3rd and 1st in the Goat Tying. In the Barrels, she placed 8th on Saturday and 6th on Sunday and she was 9th in the Pole Bending on Sunday as well. Keira was also 2nd in the Team Roping on Sunday with partner Taneesha Beaupre from Kamloops. All these great runs really boosted her up in the BC Points standings BCHSR Queen Courtney DeMattos. in all her events and also resulted in Keira Photo by Candace Chevallier. winning the top “Local High School Rodeo Competitor” and earned her a really nice award and gift certificate sponsored by Diamond H Tack Store from Kelowna. Other outstanding Peachland Rodeo Team competitors included: Shaun Greenough, Penticton Secondary School grade 12 student who won the Bull Riding both days; and Raija McLean, grade 10 from Okanagan Mission Secondary school who placed 9th in the Breakaway Roping on Sunday. Also competing were Tori Cheyne grade 12, and Amanda Piche grade 10 students from MBSS, Autrey Derickson, grade 9 from CNB Middle School and Mac Tebbutt grade 12 from Penticton Secondary. This year we lost Peachland Riding Club’s long-time member… Larry Chevallier. He was instrumental in the early years building these grounds. Funds were donated at his memorial in March and the Chevalliers directed those funds towards scholarships for High School Rodeo competitors. The two Larry Chevallier Memorial Scholarships for $250 each were awarded to the rodeo high point Boy and Girl and those were won by Rachel Kerr of Kamloops and Jake Herman of Chase. They will each have two years after their graduation year to use those scholarships.

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Ask Suzi! Perfect Princess

Dear Suzi: My 9 year old daughter is participating in a Rodeo Princess competition. She will do one horsemanship pattern, then interview and photo. What should she wear? I want her to be appropriate. - Thank You, Amanda Hi Amanda, I suggest finding someone who is familiar with your pageant and research what has been done by the winners in the past. Ask the organizers for last year’s program for photos, and ask them your questions. Depending on your contest, it could be very casual or very fancy... just depends on the local tradition. However, as an example, if Wrangler is involved in sponsoring the rodeo then Wranglers (colored jeans, not denim) are always a politically smart choice. New starched, fitted Wranglers, let’s say in a pink color with polished boots could be your start, then a flashy shirt with some sequins, rhinestones, or fringe in perhaps pink, purple, and cream would be great, topped by a cream colored felt or straw hat that is correctly shaped. Chances are, especially as young as your daughter is, you will have to have her shirt custom made. Make sure her clothing is age-appropriate (no low necklines) and appropriate for the event: traditional western with a sweetheart appeal. The pageant should be fun and a learning experience. Win, lose, or draw, your daughter will be richer for the experience. - Suzi Vlietstra

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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Vernon and District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky Photos by Linda Parker Fisk


he Fall Work Party and Clean-up was held at the club on Sunday, November 3rd. Thank you to everyone who attended and worked so hard. Our groundskeeper, Jack Smith, gives a high five to all those who helped with stowing away jumps, shovelling dirt in the shed, taking down signs, general organization and raking the copious amount of leaves. Snacks were enjoyed by the bonfire and many marshmallows devoured by hungry helpers, both young and old. The VDRC held its Annual General Meeting and Year-end Celebration on November 22nd. Silent auction items had a Christmas theme this year and included a beautiful wreath and other seasonal decorations as well as a host of culinary delights. Also donated were services from a local makeup artist, masseuse and horse trainers, plus an emergency preparedness basket from a local automotive shop. Our President, Julia Bostock, gave an overview of the very active year we have had. The Annual Awards were presented by our Vice President, Linda Edwards, who spends hours every year calculating

High Point accomplishments. Kim Shippam presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, in memory of her late mother, Liza Shippam, to Terry Leggat. The Horse on Course Horsemanship award, sponsored by Val Woida, was awarded to Holly Smith, and Chloe Boisvert received the Kim Heinrichs Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship. The planning for 2014 is well underway and lively discussions took place over how to best handle the shortage of stabling during horse shows as well as other upgrades to our Club. The VDRC wishes to remind members that their annual membership renewal is due January 1, 2014 and that a photocopy of their 2014 HCBC membership card is part of the required paperwork. HCBC has sent out their renewal applications, so it is time to get all that pesky paperwork done.

The VDRC 2014 membership application is now available on our website (www. and suggestions for clinics and other activities for the upcoming year are always welcome at

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


ou know winter is coming when the call goes out for the Fall clean-up. This was done in record time with many hands to help - thanks to everyone who showed up. October was an amazing month for riding and we have had some pretty nice days in November as well. The Halloween Show was a lot of fun - many prizes and lots of laughs. The organizers did a great job as usual. A number of our members were lucky enough to attend the Mane Event in Chilliwack again this year. I hear that they picked up some great prizes for our Christmas party. Our committee always comes up with fun games and contests to vie for the prizes. The food is always very yummy as well! Our vests, hats and logos are still available - contact Max for info on how to purchase 250-497-5199. We are looking forward to our ‘Quiz Night’ to be held at the local pub in January. Always a lot of fun to find out how much we don’t know. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Coming up in 2014 are a couple of different clinics: one is about ‘Riding Ring Etiquette’. I will be very interested to learn from someone who has a lot of experience at many different venues. We Work party at Fall clean-up are also planning a ‘Judging Clinic’ which will be very interesting for those who would like to learn to be a judge and for those who are in the position of being judged. We look forward to many more activities and clinics in the New Year. • 55

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Officers & Directors 2013 President: Michelle Charleston, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Merry Christmas from all of us at LMQHA! Let’s take this time to love our equine friends and relish in all of our personal accomplishments. I know for myself, I had a few. My beautiful mare packed around not only me, but also a novice rider who just lost his mount, and my 12-year-old daughter. It goes to show how magnificent this breed really is. Versatile is an understatement. Whether you show or just enjoy riding, the amazing American Quarter Horse is a wonderful equine partner.

Bring Out The Kids! As we near our year-end awards celebration, I would like to take this time to invite all of our LMQHA members who have younger kids to think about coming out and participating in our 2014 horse shows. Did you know that LMQHA

offers fantastic youth awards? As well as AQHA classes, we record and recognize our 11-and-under All Breed Walk/ Trotters! We reward them with an All Around winner and individual class awards at our year-end banquet as well. This amazing opportunity to reward the youth of our industry is thanks to all of our amazing sponsors. These awards are open to all LMQHA members, so make sure you join up for 2014! Keep tuned to Saddle Up for information on the Yearend Celebration or check in on the website (www. for upcoming news.

Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair 2014 Let’s all mark our calendars for March 16, 2014, and come on out and enjoy a spectacular day hosted by LMQHA. With admissions at only $5, over 100 vendors, and three arenas of both horse and dog demonstrations, there will be something for everybody. Different this year - our famous used tack sale will be taking on a new format; we will offer tables for people to sell their used

tack themselves. What an opportunity to showcase your used tack to thousands of people, with the freedom for sellers/buyers to barter directly with each other. This will be housed in its own arena, inside and secured. So stay tuned for details! Any questions - please don’t hesitate to contact me (Terri Brown) directly:

In Other News By the time this issue of Saddle Up hits the shelf, we will have wrapped up our annual AGM. So please stay tuned for news of your 2014 board selections, as well as upcoming events for 2014. We always welcome new faces and involvement in our organization. There are so many levels for you to get involved, whether or not you currently own a horse. We give back to the community as well as promoting and enjoying Quarter Horses, so come on board; we would love to see you! On behalf of LMQHA, our condolences to Sandra Morgan on the loss of her lovely stallion, Good I Will Be. Our hearts go out to the whole team.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Amanda Lamberton


he Kelowna Gymkhana Club hosted its annual Spooktacular Fun Day in October with a record 11 teams of three participants each entered. It was held at the beautiful Jardine Arena in east Kelowna. Results are as follows: 1st: Clan of the Cave Moms (Nicole Jardine, Barb Redlick, Amanda Lamberton) 2nd: The Buckaroos (Amy Russo, Meghan Dion, Kayla Stromsten) 3rd: Dream Catcher Cuties (Robyn Couch, Madison Couch, Lauren Mcleod) 4th: The Tony the Tiger (Mia Wishlow, Ayla Schwarz, Amy Russo) 5th: The Stingers (Kiara Redlick, May Geiger, Marina Jardine) 6th: Duck Dynasty (Amanda Fedirchuk, Brooke Halldorsen, Arlyn Stirling) 7th: Fairies (Brooklyn Owens, Coco Geiger, Jordan Jardine) 8th: Fairy Dust (Simone Lamberton, Ashlyn Wade, Dalyce Russo-Dion) 9th: Litter of Bunnies (Adrianna Babcock, Rylee Dion, Shayl Jardine) 10th: Law and Disorder (Liz Gibbs, Dan Gibbs, Jackie Schleppe) 11th: Lone Ranger Squad (Kathleen Egeland, Kayla Egeland, Ashley Robinson)

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541

SCQHA Annual General Meeting

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014 Time: 11:30am Location: Duffy’s Pub - Upstairs Meeting Room, 1797 Pacific Way, Kamloops

The South Central Quarter Horse Association would like to wish our sponsors, members and volunteers A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cascadia Pacific Realty Ltd. Sherry Sulz, STS Quarter Horses Flora Kippan, KPN Farms The Hutton Family Hutton Performance Horses The Nelson Family Smart and Lucky Lena SCR Im Awesome Laurian Quarter Horses Sir Array Streakin Quarter Horses Pinnacle Animal Bedding Carts Plus The Horse Barn Saddle Up Magazine Cowboys Choice Riva’s Remedies Otter Co-Op - Lifeline Feeds

BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WALK/TROT WINNERS: Emily Gauthier, 13 & Under Walk/ Trot and Tatiana Schikowski, 14 & Over Walk/Trot

Diamond H Tack Cross Country Horse Sales CM Manufacturing Ltd. The Paddock Tack & Togs Justin Fountain Farrier Service Dave Beerstra Trucking Tolko Industries Greenhawk, Kamloops Country West Supply Diane Olson, Ultimate Show Apparel Buckerfields Mountain View Stables Total Pet Riverbank Quarter Horses ProForm Feeds

SCQHA Fall Circuit High Point Overall Mare: Covergurl, shown by Randy Kitagawa.

Blue Mountain Nursery Brandt Ranch Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Vantage One Beelites Limited Edition Show Clothing Maureen Chester Lammle’s Western Wear Dream In Design Dirt Road Designz

SCQHA 2013 Yearling Super Halter Futurity Champion: STS Got Em All Talkin, shown by Sherry Sulz, STS Quarter Horses.

On to Greener Pastures Dynamics Impression (1992- October 2013) Dynamics Impression, lovingly called Dino, was born and raised at Hayton Creek Ranch in Oyama BC. This sorrel stallion overcame great odds throughout his life and was a beloved member of the family. He enjoyed a natural life in his own pasture able to watch over his girls. As we say goodbye to our friend and companion we are blessed in knowing that Dino’s legacy lives on with his offspring that he sired and we will be able to see his kind and willing spirit in the horses he has produced for us. Dino had the biggest heart of any horse you will find and he will always remain in ours. He was truly a gift to us all. We will miss you Dino. - The Conti Family, Oyama BC HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 57

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest.


hanks everyone, for reading along these past few months. The BCIAHA has decided to discontinue our news in Saddle Up magazine. The good news is that you can still find out all the news on our Facebook page and share it there as well. For those of you looking to join the club, we are still here, just not at this time in Saddle Up. Thanks, Nancy, for your patience as I am learning my new computer and for the great magazine you put out monthly. For those of you interested in the foal updates, please contact Dawn Heppner and Damarhe Training for that. We will be heading up to Kamloops shortly for our first lesson and consultation. Everyone is welcome to learn and have some fun with their foals! Contact Dawn at 250-808-0738 for information.

Fun Facts • After the Greeks were introduced to the Arabian horses, they fashioned a god-like creature called Pegasus - a winged Arabian horse which occasionally descended to earth from its home on Mount Olympus. • There are few dedicated owners of Arabian horses who do not attest to a special, almost spiritual, bond and kinship between the Arabian horse and his master. • Arabians have associated closely with humans for centuries, and the Arabian horse of today enjoys human companionship and learns quickly from its human counterparts.

In Memoriam: Carmen Her name was Grazioso Carmen, to be exact. She was a pure Polish Arabian mare who was bred by the famous breeder, Lorna Phillips, owner of Grazioso Arabians in Kelowna. For those of us lucky enough to have spent time with Lorna, she was a no-nonsense gal. Her horses were her life and she did the best to promote the breed. When I first met Lorna, I was drawn to this 10-year-old broodmare with the most beautiful doe eyes - Carmen. She was not broke, except for some halter training. Lorna kept asking me to love another mare, but to no avail; this chestnut mare with the four socks and a blaze took my heart. As the years passed, she taught me many things. One was that 58 • Saddle Up • December 2013

2012 / 2013 Executive: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz

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Lorna was wise. Early on, I decided I should be a halter and reining trainer. So, this unbroke broodmare had to put up with me turning her into a reiner and, eventually, a western pleasure and trail horse. Well, we had some excitement along the way - a few ambulance rides, a stay in rehab (a gal needs a rest, right?), and a couple of surgeries. We learned many things together, took our Equine Canada together, showed some, taught some more, trail-rode and realized she was a broodmare, after all. She gave me some great foals and, now, a great granddaughter has come from that and I am so thankful she is with us forever. I had this mare for over 20 years and this past month, at the great age of 29, she went home to the great pasture in the sky. Thanks to my husband, Paul, for everything he did to help with this difficult decision. It is a hard one. Happy trails, Carmen. I miss you every day, my girl. You taught me so much; thank you for that! ~ Dawn Heppner

Debbie Storey Clinic The November clinic with Debbie Storey from Alberta was enjoyed by all. The clinic was full of enthusiastic handlers and riders. The participants are happy to work forward to a 2014 spring clinic with Debbie again. 2014 Region 17 Show Schedule April 18-20: BC Half AHA Spring May 8-11: AAHABC Classic May 17,18: Parkland May 30-June 1: Aurora June 14-15: VIAHA June 20-22: Western Canadian Breeders Show (Carrot River) June 28,29: MAHA (two 1-Day shows) July 5: Working Western show (Calgary) July 21-26: Region 17 Championship (Calgary) Aug 1-3: AAHABC Junior Am Sept 6,7: Parkland Sept 12-14: AAHABC Fall Frolic

Debbie long-lining Fashionista

Dianne on Kahlua

Battle of the Breeds Team Arabian won first in Trail, second in Jumping and was fifth overall. Twelve teams competed altogether. Good job, everyone!

Equine Canada Report Members, please be advised that earplugs will not be permitted in Arabian Dressage starting in 2014.

Colleen on rail

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

One for the record books

This has been a remarkable year for the BC Paint Horse Club and its members. We’ve hosted two very successful shows and we’ve had the honour of sanctioning five other APHA-approved shows (or circuits) around the province that offer opportunities to all Paint Horse exhibitors, not just BC Paint members. But showing is not for everyone. In fact, at the APHA convention in Dallas last year, delegates were told only eight percent of Paint Horse owners actually compete. A staggering 92% do not. Not only does that present challenges to APHA, but also to regional clubs all over North America, including BC Paint. How do we provide value to their membership?

Paint Your Ride deadline this month

Ron Stolp ponies colts Huntya’down by The Huntsman and Heza Hot Streaker by Heza McBear Tom Cat on APHA gelding Winddancers Cimaron. Ron is participating in BC Paint’s Paint Your Ride BC program.

Earlier this year, we introduced Paint Your Ride BC. Fashioned after APHA’s Ride America program, we are asking our members to document the hours they spend in the saddle of their American Paint Horses. Kelly Allen is heading the PYRBC committee and she wants to remind members it’s time to send in your log books. (Deadline is December 15.) The member who has logged the most hours will be recognized at our annual awards banquet at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre on January 11 and it’s an honour long overdue!

And the winner is… how do we choose? We also launched a Youth Scholarship initiative this year that some would say is also long overdue. We invited youth members to apply for a scholarship that will also be awarded annually (at our banquet) and for our pilot year, we have received four very worthy applications. The hard part now will be choosing just one to receive the $500 award. We have some very talented, smart, articulate young people among us, and that is certainly worth celebrating!

World show honours come home Also worth celebrating - how about an absolutely entertaining 11 days of live-streaming APHA World Show competition? Watching BC Paint treasurer Dianne Rouse competing in so many classes made it even harder to focus on work or chores! Congratulations to Dianne and Chansation on their top ten placings, competing in Hunter under Saddle, Masters Amateur Senior Hunter under Saddle, Senior Western Pleasure and Showmanship, and Novice Amateur HUS and Western Pleasure.

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Mane “amazing” Event From all reports, our booth at the Mane Event in Chilliwack in late October was every bit the show-stopper as are our amazing horses. “From the time we opened in the morning ‘til we closed at night,” says booth co-ordinator, Girlfriends! Natalie Hall & Colleen Ebner work the vice president and booth at Mane Event. wreath-wizard Natalie Hall, “we had someone in the booth asking questions and telling us about their Paint Horses.” Other members who manned the booth - like Colleen Schellenberg (and daughter Emma), Colleen Ebner, Blodwyn Bristow, Margo Murray, Marilyn Griffin and Tami Hutton - said the same thing. “There were a lot of people from the Island,” enthused Colleen Ebner, who said they were interested in finding a way to co-ordinate so they could share costs to bring their good Paints over to our shows on the Mainland in 2014. We think that’s great!

Grateful As I’ve been preparing for our AGM, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the past year and on the sponsors who have made our success possible, in particular, those who provided us with some impromptu prizes to raise money for our youth scholarship at our “Back-to-Basics” show in Pritchard. Many thanks to Stephanie Conti Show Clothes, The Paddocks, Country West Supply, The Dog & Pony Shop, The Mill Store, McFli’s Feed, Stampede Tack, the APHA Journal, Cowboy’s Choice, Greenhawk, the Horse Barn, Lormar Farms, High Arrow Quarter Horses and to PrairieCoast Equipment, who not only brought an award, but also their farm equipment, and were a major sponsor to both “Backto-Basics” shows. (APHA members get a discount when they buy their farm equipment at John Deere - did you know that?) Their support means so much. We would also like to thank our B2B presenting sponsor, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group. If you’re considering farm, home or auto insurance, they’re the best! We are equally grateful to Lazy 3 Ranch, Traveland RV Supercentre, the Harvest Classic Fall Horse Show, super horse sponsor Stampede Tack and Western Wear, our long-time Free Trophy Program sponsor Otter Co-op and to Nancy at Saddle Up. They help make everything we do throughout the year possible!

Honoured We have some great energy in this club; we’re already scheming for next year and we’re looking forward to hosting many of you at our awards banquet in Maple Ridge on January 11. Check the website (, our Facebook group and your inbox for details. We have the outcome of this fall’s APHA election for our region’s director; I am honoured to assume that role starting in March next year. Thank you so much for your support and thank you to Jodie Moore, now our alternate, for her years of service as our APHA director. As Jodie pointed out, we bring different strengths to the table and that should make for a well-rounded representation of Paint Horse owners throughout BC, Alaska and Yukon. Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy Christmas holiday and for a colourful new year! • 59

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2013 President: Murray Mackenzie ( Vice-President: June Melhuish ( Treasurer: Lynn Wallden ( Secretary: Lori Bewza ( Directors: Elaine Bessuille ( Stephany Dean ( Fred Dzida ( Barb Holmes-Balmer ( Brenda Miskimmin ( Terre O’Brennan ( Vancouver Island Rep: Karen Ellis ( Caribou Rep: Katrin Levermann (


he Endurance Riders Association of BC met in Kamloops for its Annual General Meeting on November 9th. Serendipity amongst the various members’ lives made the meeting small and intimate, and offered the opportunity to stray from agenda items to discuss events of the year not included, and to discuss agenda items fully. The club welcomes new President, Murray MacKenzie and Directors Barb Holmes-Balmer and Stephany Dean, and thanks retiring directors Louise Abbot, Christine Voglmaier and Katrin Levermann for their service and support of club activities. The most exciting event in our AGM has to be the unveiling of the next year’s Ride Calendar, and 2014 looks like an exciting year! Here’s the plan:

2014 ERABC Ride Calendar (tentative)

May 17-19: Titanium Run 3-Day, Fort St. John; 25, 50, 75, 100 miles June 7: High Sage Ride, Cache Creek; Fun Ride, LD, 50 miles June 28-29: Merritt 2-Day Ride, Merritt; LD, 50 (maybe CTR too!) July 19: Timber Ridge, Lumby; 25, 50 miles August 2: Endurance Canada, Merritt; LD, 50 miles August 23: Skimikin Lake, Tappen; LD, 50 miles September 13: Last Chance Mountain, Westbank; 25, 50, 75 miles The schedule offers a new ride site in Lumby, and makes full use of our designated trails in Merritt - it’s even more beautiful there in the fall! Also watch for information on an Introduction to Endurance Clinic to be held in Pritchard, hopefully as soon as the spring mud dries! Kevan Garecki of H4 Horse Transport took the floor following the AGM, sharing his experience and knowledge of horses and horse trailers, answering so many questions that the presentation came close to edging out Happy Hour! Kevan de-mystified the correct matching of truck, trailers, hitches, and horses in a very engaging way, and many members would be checking their rigs upon their return home. The Ramada Inn served up a great dinner, and the ERABC Annual Awards Ceremony and presentations followed: ERABC High Mileage Award - 285 ERABC miles - Fred Voglmaier Limited Distance Mileage Award - 104 ERABC & Out-of-Province miles - Cindy Penno Rookie of the Year Award - mileage for first year of membership - 155 miles - Stephany Dean Overall High Mileage Award (Senior) - 1075 sanctioned endurance miles - Terrie LaPorte Overall High Mileage Award (Junior) - 725 sanctioned endurance miles - Katya Levermann Family Award - Shawnee and Darien Venables ERABC Top Ten Awards (Points) (Senior) (ERABC rides) GRAND CHAMPION: Brenda Miskimmin & Paladin BF - 469 Points Fred Voglmaier & My Dance (Memphis) - 456 Points Murray MacKenzie & Ransom - 345Points Wyatt Laing & JV Jazz - 340 Points Brandi Anthony & RK Sterling Ventures (Steve) - 310 Points Gail Jewell & NL Temptation+/ (Sassy) - 253.3 Points Cheryl Dzida & RP Zubaydas Northern Thunder (Torden) - 251 Points Terrie LaPorte & Madison’s Montana (Montana) - 235 Points Kim Hofmarks & Indy - 220 Points Joanne Macaluso & Cinco Bey B - 209.2 Points

Stephany Dean, Rookie of the Year (clinic manager and new director) and Brenda Miskimmin

ERABC Top Three Juniors (Points) Anya Levermann & Sey Wiking Tu (Tootsie) - 465 Points Katya Levermann & Kharmichel LK - 220 Points Grace Mary Logie & Dapper Dan - 198.4 Points

Congratulations to all! Please see our website (www.erabc. com) for updated ride dates, and additional award presentations. If you’re interested in endurance riding, or can’t ride all the rides, please consider volunteering – a great learning experience for everyone! 60 • Saddle Up • December 2013

Brenda Miskimmin, Grand Champion, and Madeline Bateman

Grace Logie, Third High Point Junior, and Madeline Bateman

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901

Directors: Ty Lytton Neal Antoine Derek Mobbs Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Mike Gill Allison Everett Rob Everett Trish Kohorst Laura James Court Smith Ray Jasper

2013 BCRA SEASON LEADER SADDLE WINNERS: Bareback: Jared Marshall, Prince George Saddle Bronc: Steve Hohmann, Quesnel Bull Riding: Lane Cork, Quesnel Tie Down Roping: Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek Steer Wrestling: Luke Simonin, Naramata Breakaway Roping: Charlie Soffel, Vanderhoof Ladies Barrel Racing: Laura James, Monte Creek Team Roping – Header: Chad Evenson, Pritchard Heeler: Carey Isnardy, Cache Creek Jr. Barrel Racing: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Jr. Steer Riding: Kyle Bell, Houston Jr. Breakaway Roping: Troy Gerard, Savona Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Elly Farmer, Savona All Around Cowboy: Steve Hohmann, Quesnel All Around Cowgirl: Laura James, Monte Creek Junior All Around: Kyle Bell, Houston Rookie of the Year: Lane Cork, Quesnel

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE BCRA 2013 AWARD WINNERS: (250) 396-7710 (250) 457-5391 (250) 315-9498 (250) 280-7653 (250) 394-4034 (250) 315-9625 (250) 296-4778 (250) 305-7901 (250) 961-9005 (250) 318-9430 (250) 302-1176 (250) 991-8391

Rookie Rough Horse Rider: Denton Sandy, Kamloops

2013 BCRA HORSE & ROUGHSTOCK OF THE YEAR WINNERS: Bareback Horse of the Year: 703 Shakin Not Stirred – WWE Rodeo Co. Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year: W27 Hollywood – WWE Rodeo Co. Bull of the Year: 528 High Roller – C+ Rodeos Tie Down Roping Horse: “Donk” Owner: Virgil Poffenroth, Riske Creek Steer Wrestling Horse: “Yankee” Owner: John Vanhorlick / Rider: Luke Simonin Barrel Horse: “Mocha” Owner: Monica Oram, Logan Lake Breakaway Horse: “Snoop” Owner: Katrina Ilnicki, Riske Creek Team Roping: Head Horse: “Rooster” Owner: Aaron Palmer, Knutsford Heel Horse: “Klinger” Owner: Mark Pozzobon Jr. Barrel Horse: “Nikki” Owner: McKenzie Wills, Kamloops PW Barrel Horse: “Snap” Owner: Elly Farmer, Savona Jr. Breakaway Horse: “Casey” Owner: Riley Isnardy / Rider: BJ Isnardy

Steer Wrestling: Luke Simonin, Naramata Breakaway Roping: Troy Gerard, Savona Ladies Barrel Racing: Claire Myers, Lone Butte Open Team Roping: Header: Chad Evenson, Pritchard Heeler: Jeff Wills, Kamloops #8 Team Roping: Header: Cassidy Evenson, Pritchard Heeler: Dustin Spiers, Quesnel Ladies Goat Tying: Norma Macdonald, Williams Lake Junior Barrel Racing: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Breakaway: Kyle Bell, Houston Junior Steer Riding: Kraig Loring, Clinton Junior Goat Tying: Jennifer Schuk, Tatla Lake Junior Pole Bending: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel PW Barrel Racing: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake PW Goat Tail Tying: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake PW Pole Bending: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake 2013 BCRA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT ~ CARMEN ROSS, Barriere 2013 BCRA RODEO PERSON OF THE YEAR ~ COURT SMITH, Williams Lake 2013 BCRA MOST SPORTSMANLIKE COWBOY/ COWGIRL ~ LUKE SIMONIN, Naramata

2013 BCRA CHILCOTIN SERIES TOUR CHAMPIONS: Bareback: Denton Sandy, Kamloops Saddle Bronc: Ryland Derose, Kamloops Bull Riding: Lane Cork, Quesnel Tie Down Roping: Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek

2013 Season Leader Saddle Sponsors 2013 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles 2013 Team Roping Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2013 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Top 10 Ladies Barrel Finalists Jean Sponsor Committee Product Sponsor WRANGLER

2013 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle 2013 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947

2013 Junior Steer Riding Saddle Kd Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC 2013 Junior Breakaway Saddle Rock Construction & Mining, Kamloops, BC 2013 FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE SPONSORS: Breakaway Roping – BCES Entry System Rookie Roughhorse Rider – Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox Steer Wrestling – Regency Chrysler, Quesnel Heading/Heeling – Grassland Equipment Ltd. Pee Wee Barrel Racing – BAR E Contracting, R. & A. Everett Junior Breakaway – Quesnel Rodeo Club Junior Steer Riding – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Junior All Around – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

2013 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: Glen & Coleen Duggan – Barrel Horse of Year Green Mobile Veterinary Services – Breakaway Horse of Year Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic – Heeling Horse of Year Gus & Nita Cameron – Jr Barrel Horse of Year PMG Communications, P. Gerhardi - Steer Wrestling White Ranches, R. & A. Doug White - Jr. Breakaway Horse

PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet

2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake WL & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Don & Nance Macdonald, Williams Lake

2013 BCRA RACK CARD SPONSORSHIP Irvine Tack & Trailers, Viking AB

2013 FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Wrangler Regency Chrysler Grassland Equipment Ltd. • 61

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Work Bee at the Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite, EC Manning Provincial Park


ike everything we plan, it is always a good idea to keep your options open! So it was with our fourth annual opening of the Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite in EC Manning Park. The Campsite opens for the season the first weekend of July each year. Headwaters Corral was built in partnership with BC Parks, Manning Park Resort and the Yarrow Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC). The opening weekend usually involves many volunteers pitching in to clean up the seven parking pads, roofing the manure bin, installing signs, pulling weeds and chopping firewood. Volunteer crews also go out with Park Rangers to fix bridges and clear trails that are designated for horse use. It takes a lot of volunteer help and donations to keep this project thriving. This year, our major contributors were Emil Anderson Maintenance (EAM) and Horse Council BC (HCBC). EAM kindly donated and spread 11 loads of gravel needed to refresh parking pads and build the “bubbles.” Bubbles allow for a fire ring and picnic table at each site. Many thanks to Bob and Kenny for that! Cash funds for materials have been obtained through grants from HCBC and BCHBC. You might be wondering why this article started off with the need for options? Maybe a better term would be “flexibility!” Blessed are the flexible... for they shall not be BENT out of shape when the plan changes! The original plan called for the Rangers and volunteers to re-deck bridge #4 on the Similkameen Trail. But, once inspected, it was found to be sound for horse traffic except for one board. That was a 30-minute fix - now what? The Similkameen trail has five bridges before the Windy Joe intersection. Last year, the deck on bridge #1 was completely re-done. This year #4 and #2 were slated for repair. But again, the original plan called for #2 to be done in September when the river is low and our decking milled. But here we were with Rangers and volunteers, so why not make #2 as safe as possible for summer traffic until September rolls around? It did mean a few more trips back and forth with the ATV to transport Rose Schroeder packing the chainsaw for the tools and materials.

Later in the day, a few of the volunteers contemplated sabotaging the ATV with a cheese sandwich in the gas tank, so we might call it a day and get on with the potluck! With so many volunteers, we were also able to start Park Rangers and the Yarrow volunteer crew, some trail clearing. repairing bridge #2 on the Similkameen Trail The Rangers really appreciated the horses being able to pack saws and gear. This allowed them to labour harder and longer. Matter of fact, we nicknamed them the “Power Rangers!” Rangers Eddie, Hayden and Nick were a pleasure to work alongside. The Similkameen trail was opened to almost Castle Creek. This is an important connecting trail to Monument 78, Monument 83 and the Pacific Crest Trail. Horses also carried a saw and gear along the Poland Lake Trail. It was cleared all the way to the hitch rail and then around the lake (horses are only allowed to the hitch rail). This trail goes up past the Gibson Pass Ski Hill. You can ride with a gorgeous 180-degree view of snow-capped mountain peaks at eye level! It just feels good to help BC Parks keep traditional and sometimes historic trails open for horses and mules, hikers and mountain bikers. There were too many volunteers to name here, but you know who you are. BCHBC, BC Parks and a whole lot of other users take their hats off to you! You can find more information about the Headwaters Corral from the Visitor Centre at Manning Park; contact Camping@manningpark. com or call 1-250-840-8807 or visit the Manning Provincial Park webpage: ecmanning/. If you value EC Manning Provincial Park and want to be involved in preserving the history and trails, consider joining Friends of Manning Park on its Facebook page. For more information about Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia, visit

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On to Greener Pastures Shakespeare Stornoway was a registered Clydesdale gelding, a 1700lb, 18-hand gentle giant whom we were blessed to know for the last seven years. We bought him for all the wrong reasons, really - my husband saw a picture of him and fell in love with his looks. We borrowed a trailer and drove to Alberta to pick him up, sight unseen. Before he came to us, Storny had really only been ridden in arenas, although he was broke to drive as a youngster. The first thing we introduced him to was our mountain trails. I don’t think he’d ever seen a hill before, but he took it all in stride, leaving other trail users to wonder what monster had left those enormous footprints out there in the bush. After that came swims in the lake, parades, flat shows, costume classes, jumping, gymkhanas, and yes... cattle work. He impressed us with his impeccable show ring manners, his patience with young horses on the trails, and his flying lead changes through the poles at gymkhanas. Most of all, though, he was our gentle friend.  Storny was always the first to meet us at the gate and would practically put his halter on his massive head himself. He carefully looked after beginners and little ones who came to visit him or have pony rides, and was happy to go for a spirited

canter if his rider was brave and able. He made us chuckle affectionately with his incredibly dextrous upper lip and his mysterious “ninja” ability to materialize out of the dark completely silently during evening winter hay feedings. We are so sad to have lost our beloved Storn to complications of colic at the young age of fourteen on October 5, 2013. There’s a Clydesdale-sized hole in our hearts... we are privileged to have known you Storn, and may we meet you again someday. - Sasha Hopp and family, Penticton BC

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


3 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Dental Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 13-15 CANADIAN COWBOY CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 250-578-7518, or 20-Jan 4 FRANK DOUTHEIL CLINIC, Apache Spirit Ranch, Tombstone AZ, 21 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB,

2014 january

30-Feb 15 ANNUAL SPIRIT OF THE WEST CRUISE, Panama Canal, Atlantic to Pacific,, 1-800-530-0131


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SEMINAR - First Aid for the New Horse Owner w/Dr. Susi Cienciala, Hassen Arena Banq. Room, Armstrong BC, 250-833-8585, PET LOVER SHOW, at Tradex, Abbotsford BC,


1 SEMINAR – Horse Behaviour & Learning Theory w/Dr. Susi Cienciala, Hassen Arena Banq. Room, Armstrong BC, 250-833-8585, 13-16 18th KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221,

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LMQHA 40TH HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Terri 778-549-1297 or Mellissa 604-729-6616 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,

KAMLOOPS, BC, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, HORSE 3 EVENT, Keystone Centre, Brandon MB, Exhibits, Clinics, Trainers Challenge, Demos, KAMLOOPS, BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,

LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, RENDEZVOUS 2014, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Maple Ridge Equi- Centre, Maple Ridge BC. Facebook “Rendezvous 2014”

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Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!



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

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

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

For info: or

Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook, 10/14 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 5/14


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 7/14

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Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN (Armstrong BC) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 8/14 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford BC) 1-877-336-6156, 15 min To Heritage Park, Pool/Hot tub, Restaurant, 8/14

ECO NETS, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 6/14

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Best Value in Red Deer!

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FIRST AID COURSES are hands on with horses and cover: * Pain detection/prevention, *Lacerations/bandaging, *How to flush foreign bodies out of eyes, * Hoof puncture wounds, thrush, etc., * Digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, * Poison, stings & bites, * What your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, * Pantry solutions... and more To register for a clinic or to host one: contact Cindy Houghton 403-936-0221 4/14

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JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 6/14


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Patricia Paterson

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THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14 10/14


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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLAND’S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14 BOARDING/RETIREMENT



DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 9/14 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 8/14 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 65

Business Services Harness manufacturing


Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 11/14

Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer



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Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

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SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/13 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

He aling Horse s The ir Wa y FEED DEALERS




ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 3/14 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street

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INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC 11/14

OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14 SORRENTO TIMBERMART BUILDING CENTRE, 1280 TC Highway, Sorrento BC 250-675-4112. Your local dealer for SURE CROP FEEDS. 11/14

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photographers Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/13 RIBBONS & ROSETTES


GUEST RANCHES DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 7/14 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14

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COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14

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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13 TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14

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Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14 (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-6140490, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14


TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • • 67

Business Services trainers/coaches


TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14

GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 3/14 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 12/13 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 11/13 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,


VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14

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Stallions and Breeders SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14

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CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTO” (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses E-mail: Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)


DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14 SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 7/14

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1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

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 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

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Professionally started at 3 years. 2 months professional training last fall, been consistently ridden since. Has done several different clinics and camps, tons of hours on the trail, goes English/Western. Kali has been started over fences, is a very quick learner, confident and honest over the fences. Great Pony Club horse for a confident rider. UTD on feet, vaccines, dental and vet care. Sound, no vices. $4,000. Pictures/Video available. Kimberly 250-574-0292 (Kamloops BC) E-mail

14 YEAR OLD, 14.2HH QH X GELDING SOLID seasoned 1D Junior horse. Runs consistent 20s and 21s in the Poles. Very easy to ride, for any level of rider. PCBRA Pee-Wee 1D Champion 2011/2012; BCHSRA National Qualifier 2013; and BCHSRA Provincial Finalist 2013. $7,000. Call for more info 250-219-2254 (Dawson Creek)


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions


Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

2500 SILVERADO TRUCK… Comes with 2 horse Kiefer straight haul trailer. No rust, only 50,000 km on 2008 short box, loaded LTZ leather etc. Golden Eagle top shape, both have been stored inside. $29,400 for both 250-492-0399 (Summerland)

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Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

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Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 12/13

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Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano A Smart Prescription 2001 AQHA Grandson of Doc O’Lena & Docs Prescription

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales on Wednesdays. Twice a month Horse Sales. Innisfail Pro Rodeo June 13-16. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket. com (Innisfail AB) 12/13

WANTED TO RENT, 2-3 bedroom house on acreage within 1 hour of Vernon BC if possible, for up to 5 horses. Equestrian family relocating in summer of 2014. kimberlee. or call 250-981-0983 4/14

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CLINICS & EVENTS FREE 12-YEAR-OLD, 15.2HH PALOMINO MARE (not registered). Halter broke, trailers. Needs loving home as companion only. Major trust issues from being abused. No meat dealers! Call 250-309-4369 (Armstrong BC)

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BRIGHTWOOD RANCH - a Christian ranch near Edmonton operating summer programs for kids from single parent, foster and group homes requires a full time Head Wrangler plus seasonal summer wranglers. Send resume and cover letter to Salary plus housing. 12/13

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QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons

Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 6/14

* Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman

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3/14 Coldstream BC (minutes from Vernon) 250-549-2439 or text 250-307-7010 Lighted indoor Arena Outdoor Arena and Round Pen Outdoor board in large paddocks with water and shelter Indoor board with daily turnout Heated Tack room Quiet, respectful surroundings for your equine partner Available for clinics, events and lessons Trainers welcome 12/13

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach There are Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have solidly in place before you become sport specific! These are so important; I will continue to break them down individually. These are part of the Learn to Ride Western Rider 1 program.  Incremental learning in incremental steps! (*Last Issues: #1 STAND STILL, #2 BACK UP, #3 FORWARD)   #4 - TURNING LEFT - When a rider pulls on the reins one way or another, the horse can become ‘conditioned’ to the response. ‘Pulling’ is not what the reins are intended for. It does not create a willing partner and may possibly hurt his mouth at the same time! This will not encourage a proper head set, or the proper maneuver. Yet, I see it all the time.  When desiring a left turn, begin to look to the left. Do this as you are moving forward. Do not raise your left hand up, rather ‘open’ out and to the left; hence a left Open Rein. Note: left hand stays on the left, right hand on the right. It is not desired that you open your HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

hand two feet over, either. You are not starting a green horse, the student is YOU. The Open Rein is a leading rein. It bends the horse toward the rein and leads it into a large circle. The off or outside rein gives, as it should not interfere with the action of the Open Rein. This maneuver will allow the horse to feel your body weight shift (from your shoulders). He should naturally ‘go with the flow’ and turn to the left. Leg yielding is not yet part of this maneuver at this stage. When you have acquired the desired response, relax. Well done. As for all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’, and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it!  Be safe and have fun! For more information contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-9995090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 71

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