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The Benefits of Equine Sports Therapy By Hansi Thomson, Hansi’s Equine Sports Therpay



ike all other mammals, the horse is born with minor imbalances. Unlike other mammals, the horse naturally carries most of its weight on its front end. This front-heaviness compounds the damaging effects of the minor imbalances. Equine sports therapy helps restore the horse’s balance and relieves the pain by unlocking the tension throughout the body. It increases the range of motion and flushes out the toxins that build up in the body. It also assists in rehabilitation by reducing the time needed for recovery. By keeping the horse flexible and balanced in body, mind and soul, therapy reduces the risk of injury and allows the horse to achieve its potential. A responsible horseperson knows the signs of pain and calls the therapist before a major problem develops. The sooner the therapy is given, the better. A horse in pain is stressed and unhappy with work. It may grind its teeth, hollow its back, pin its ears, toss/tilt its head, buck, bolt and/or rear. Some call this “acting out,” but, in reality, the horse is signaling pain. Performance suffers. For example, the stride may shorten and/or the tail is carried to one side or the other. The eye tells a lot. If it is small and squinty-looking, or if the sclera is red, the horse is most likely in pain. We human rider/trainers are also mammals, and like the horse, are born with imbalances. We need to remember that our imbalances

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can transfer to the horse and hinder its performance. For that reason it is important to keep ourselves balanced along with our equine partner. Through finding my passion for horses at a young age I decided to pursue a career in equine therapy. I attended BC College of Equine Therapy located in Vernon BC, and completed Chiropractic assessment and Technique program, Reiki Therapy levels 1 and 2 and Chiropractic assessment and treatment focus on Crainiosacral and Energy Techniques. After graduating in 2001 from BC Collage of Equine Therapy, I began practicing throughout the lower mainland at various show barns. I find it very satisfying to help both horse and rider reach their peak performance as I, too, show both English and Western. I am very dedicated to my practice and offer a mobile service. So I will come to you and your horse. (See Hansi’s listing in our Business Services section under Equine Services)


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ow many more sleeps till Christmas? This year is just whizzing by! Hopefully winter will go by just as fast so I can get out and about with my horse(s). Of course we can still do groundwork playtime in the snow… something to look forward to. In November we had the (two) annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Banquet; one in Vernon and the following weekend in the Cariboo. I decided to attend the Cariboo banquet this year (since my buddy Cheryle Hickman is the organizer), and just got back at deadline. Both ‘fundraisers’ were quite a success… see more on pages 40 and 41. We have our second Christmas Gift Guide in this issue for you last minute shoppers. I hope you find that something special for that ‘someone’ special in your life!

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Alberta’s Annual Horse Breeders & Owners Conference


he 33rd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference takes place January 9-11 2015 in Red Deer, Alberta, at the Sheraton Hotel. Presented by the non-profit organization Horse Industry Association of Alberta, the conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders with topics of interest for every horse enthusiast. The Conference welcomes delegates at 7 p.m. on January 9th with an “Open Barn” reception in the Exhibit Hall; open to the public free of charge to attend, socialize, network and shop around the equine trade show of over 50 sponsor booths. Quarter Horse News editor, Stacy Pigott, will kick off Saturday morning’s session at 8:40 am. Saturday evening provides a chance to network and socialize with wine, dessert, and entertainment. The conference continues until Sunday afternoon, and closes with the Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture delivered this year by Dr. David Fraser.

Internationally recognized speakers are coming from all over Canada and the United States: Dr. Brenda Abbey (Alberta) - Healing with Horses: The Impact of Horses on the Human Brain Martin Black k (Idaho) - Reading the Horse: An Operator’s Manual Claudia Cojocar (BC) - Being Better Caretakers of Competitive Horses

Dr. Bob Coleman (Kentucky) – The Young Horse: Growing Up Is Hard Work and Is My Horse Fat? There’s an App for That Dr. David Fraser (BC) – Understanding Animal Welfare Dr. Rebecca Gimenez (Georgia) – Improving Safety on the Road and on the Trail Dr. Sheryl Kingg (Illinois) - How Stable Management Practices Impact Horse Behaviour Patterns Dr. Stephen Peters (Utah) - Your Horse’s Brain: An Owner’s Manual Stacy Pigott (Texas) - What is Acceptable? Dr. Tony Willing (Ontario) - Fair Market Value: Equine Appraisals Panel Discussion – Strategies to Grow the Horse Industry Tickets and registration for the Conference are available at www. Registrations will also be accepted at the door. The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is an annual event organized by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta and sponsored by a generous group of equine organizations and businesses. For more information, please visit www. or contact Robyn Moore at 403-420-5949,

Cover Feature Murray Creek Ranch It’s that time of year again when we all start thinking about Stallions and Breeding and Foals! We have a fine line-up of beautiful STALLIONS for every discipline… from pleasure, reining and cow horse, to the English disciplines, to Thoroughbred racing and showing. We couldn’t be more proud of our BOYS (standing for 2015): Shinin N Stylin (AQHA) ~ Palomino son of the great Shining Spark Dream Leaguers Tune (AQHA) ~ Jet black hunt seat Stallion (16.2HH) Paid For A Chic (AQHA) ~ son of World Champion Paid By Chic HG Spark McCue (APHA) ~ true black and white overo (85% colour producer) Fisher Pond (TB) ~ gorgeous Stakes Winning son of AP Indy, producer of both race AND show horses

Murray Creek is a full service facility. We have 170 rubber matted box stalls located in 5 barns, 9 wash stalls, TWO indoor arenas, pipe round pens, a sand 1/2 mile training track, and a separate foaling barn with 6 foaling stalls that have cameras. We cater to both the novice and the professional. If you would like someone to look after your horse(s) while you are on holidays, you can drop them off here, and not worry about house/horse sitters or if someone is going to show up to feed/water. We also welcome those who would just like to haul in and ride at an attractive monthly rate. Planning a Show or Event? Give us a call. We’ve hosted everything from… barn dances, weddings, llama and dog shows, to event and breed horse shows and bazaars. Our rates our very competitive and we’re willing to tailor things to your needs as best we can! You can rent our arena(s) for an hour, an evening, weekend or week.

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Horsin’ Around By Jane Hurl, Trail Boss, Wild Pink Yonder Charitable Society On June 17, 1968, Hugh Ashwell of Edson, AB, signed on as a track maintenance man for CN. About eight years later, Foreman Frank Hall asked Hugh to get his Class 2 Driving License and bid on the bus driving job, moving gangs from section to section for fixing and replacing the tracks. Hugh did, and he got it. It was a life that suited Hugh well.


e enjoyed the physical labour and it kept him out in nature where he feels so at home. Whenever Hugh wasn’t working, he was still outside - riding his beloved horses. For many people who fool around with horses, there isn’t much that’s more fun than a trail ride. At 76 years of age, Hugh is still one of those people. He was excited when he read in the Edson paper about a trail ride called Wild Pink Yonder that would happen in August. Wild Pink Yonder is a not-for-profit charitable society that raises money for breast cancer research. But the thing that caught Hugh’s eye was the fact that this happens via a 500km trail ride! Five hundred kilometres! Unique in the entire world, this ride takes horses and equestrians on a 23-day trail that goes through a minimum of 23 towns, all of which participate in this venture! Hugh has a big chestnut Tennessee Walking Horse, a truck and a stock trailer. He Hughie posing with TWH figured he was set – until he discovered that he had to come up with $4,000 in pledge money! That posed a problem he wasn’t sure he could overcome, but the Wild Pink Yonder organizers offered to waive his fees if he would allow us to use his story and his picture in the media. Hugh was in! With the help of a media release to radio stations and newspapers around the province, support from total strangers who wanted to help this 76-year-old cowboy didn’t take long to follow. (Meanwhile Hugh carried on looking for his own sponsors, too.) The ride Fjords and wagon with outriders started in Lloydminster, going next to Vermilion, then Myrnam and on to the Graham family’s Nothing Barred Ranch near Marwayne. It was the day after that, at Dewberry, when Hugh joined us. His biggest surprise wasn’t the day’s ride but the supper and next morning’s breakfast that Dewberry put on for the riders. That kind of hospitality, sharing and caring happened again and

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Horsin’ Around, cont’d again as our group went from Dewberry to Heinsburg, then on to the Iron Horse Trail: Lindbergh, Elk Point, St Paul, Bonnyville, Glendon, Mallaig, Ashmont, Spedden, Vilna, Bellis, Smoky Lake, Warspite and Waskatenau. We rode from town to town, moving our trailers ahead in the morning, being shuttled back to our horses and then riding to our rigs. At the end of the Iron Horse Trail, we trailered to rides around Gibbons, St Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and finally, the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. Twentythree towns in 23 days and every town did its level best to help the cause. Even now, months after the fact, Hugh still finds it hard to believe the astounding support this ride gets from the towns we visit. But none of this support is on a whim. Each year, the towns visited are challenged to see which can be “The Pinkest Little Town in the West.” To win, a town must raise more money (per capita) for our cause and make itself the pinkest - literally! (We have seen some amazing pink sights over the years!) The winning town gets beautiful reflective highway signs proclaiming its status plus a free music concert that the town can use any way that it sees fit. (Many towns charge for attendance and use the money for library books or to spiff up their municipal playground.) Towns raise money any way that they can think of. They put on beautiful dinners followed by fantastic entertainment (free to our riders but at a cost to everyone else) and pancake breakfasts in the mornings (same deal). For months before we arrive,

the towns that have a competitive streak hold fundraisers: car washes, poker rallies, strawberry teas, barbecues, baseball tournaments and any other fundraisers they can think of. From Dewberry on, Hugh rode every day. Fortunately, we didn’t have any bad weather this year. (In the past, we’ve had monsoons and tornadoes and days of crushing heat.) Each day our intrepid equestrians, Hugh included, rode for about four hours, on average. At the end of the day, they paraded down Main Street in many of the towns, set up electric fencing for their horses for the night, and then partied with the locals. In its first six years, Wild Pink Yonder (WPY) has raised $700,000. The majority of our funds stay in Alberta to be used as directed by Alberta Cancer Foundation, because Alberta is where we are most active, and where the majority of our money is raised. Smaller amounts are also raised in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Money raised in those provinces stays in those provinces. This year, Hugh Ashwell raised nearly $6,000 for Alberta Cancer Foundation, and I think he’s hooked! He’s already asking which towns “we” will be visiting in 2015. If you’d like to ride with Hughie in August of 2015, please visit us at www.WildPinkYonder. com for details.

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CDE First Phase: Scoring Your Best on Your Dressage Test Part 2 By Judy Newbert

Last month in part 1, we reviewed the information from the test that told us what the judge’s expectations were at this particular level. For Training Level Test 1, the judge is looking for a well-started driving horse, capable of a working walk, working trot, free walk, a halt through a walk, and a 40-metre circle.


t the bottom of the reverse side of the test sheet is the PURPOSE: “To establish that the correct foundation is being laid for the training of the driving horse requiring the green horse to move freely and energetically forward in a steady rhythm in the working walk and the working trot, while accepting the bit with relaxation, through transitions and 40m circles. Increased engagement of the hindquarters (impulsion) cannot be expected yet. This level is also intended to encourage the inexperienced driver.� Note the comments regarding the green horse is to move freely and energetically forward in a steady rhythm in the working walk and the working trot, while accepting the bit with relaxation, through transitions and 40m circles. Most drivers fail to drive freely forward; they restrict their horses too much by trying to get them to travel “in a frame� by pulling on the reins, and generally discourage the freely forwardmoving horse. The development of the gaits in the driving horse is from the back to the front; the horse moves freely forward into a steady hand which keeps

a light contact with the horse’s mouth. A driving horse is not a western pleasure horse who travels at an incredibly slow pace with virtually no contact of the reins with his mouth. A driving horse was and is an animal with a purpose in mind going down the road with miles to cover before sundown. Therefore, encourage your horses always to go forward with rhythmic, even, long steps. They must travel evenly and calmly but they must cover distance. To best develop a good working walk and trot it is preferable to drive the horse outside the arena, down the road (if it is safe) or over the fields where there is lots of space. Horses with good basic forward gaits are to be prized and you must do everything you can to preserve these natural good gaits. All horses, even when they learn to travel freely forward, have problems with corners and circles. You may think because the horse is not carrying weight (a rider) on his back that he should have no balance issues, but remember that the horse must pull the cart forward and lean into the shafts on the corners and on a circle to turn the cart. This is not something that is natural to the horse. The horse will likely travel better to one $RIVING 2IDING ,ESSONS #LINICS side than the other as $IAMOND . ULTRA LIGHT CARBON lBRE WHIPS WHIPS a result of his natural #ARTS #ARRIAGES (ARNESS -INI TTO $RAFT CHRISTMAS (some asymmetry 3ADDLERY AND HARNESS REPAIRS BELLS in stock say) or more likely his #ARRIAGE LAMP REPAIR RESTORATION NOW! earlier training. You Judy Newbert must be patient and s NEWBERTEQUINE NUCLEUS COM always drive forward. "OX #ROSSlELD !LBERTA 4 - 3 Keep your turns gradual (a 40m circle

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is really large!); do not drive too deeply into the corners so that you have to make a sharp turn to get out. When developing the bend you need in turns and circles, the arena becomes a help in your training since you have to drive straight lines, then a quarter-circle for a corner, then another straight line on the short side, etc. Drive forward, ask the horse for a SLIGHT inward flexion and let him sort it out. Do not pull on the reins or try to hold the horse up by using the reins; that’s another horseman’s myth – holding the horse up with the reins! If you drive forward, on a loose enough rein to allow the horse to move his head and neck for balance, the horse will figure it out. Take some lessons from a driven dressage coach or a driving judge who knows what is required. In general, it is best to stay away from ridden dressage coaches as the problems and methods of solving ridden and driven dressage problems are quite different. At the working walk and working HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CDE First Phase, cont’d trot, the horse should march forward briskly with the hind that is his reward feet stepping into the prints of the front feet. If the horse steps for doing it correctly short of the prints of his front feet he is either proceeding too and helps him sort slowly and needs to be reminded to go forward or the driver is out his balance. restricting the horse’s use of his head and neck by holding too 7. Make your tightly. circles round; no Looking at movements which have coefficients of 2, eggs or squares. Movement 7, “Free walk on a long rein from H to B and 8. Make your transition to working walk at B” is the only one in this test. This transitions when the horse’s head is at the marker. A halt at X is highlights the importance of the free walk on a long rein as a test executed so that the horse’s head is over the marker X when he for the horse going forward (which is why it has a coefficient of stops. For turns, you make the turn when the cart or carriage 2). As the driver comes off the wall at H and heads toward B, he reaches the marker; for Movement 7 in this test, a free walk on gradually releases the rein, the horse reaches for the contact (he a long rein starting at H, you turn onto the line H to B when the tries to keep a contact with the rein and gradually lengthens and carriage reaches H so that you are aimed correctly at the letter B. lowers his neck). This causes the horse’s back to relax and rise If you turn when the horse’s head reaches H, your line to B will not be straight. up, allowing the horse to walk so that his hind feet land ahead of the prints of the front feet. If this does not occur, the horse is Paying attention to these eight items and maximizing your not forward or relaxed enough. The driver does not throw the scores on the coefficient 2 movements will help you achieve the reins away all at once but only gives the horse as much rein as highest dressage score for you and your horse. he is prepared to accept. As the horse approaches B, the driver In the February issue (as Saddle Up does not print a January will gradually take up the reins so that the horse continues the issue) we will discuss how to score well on the marathon. working walk (must not break into a trot) but accepts the slightly At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned shorter reins and the contact with the driver’s hands. Since there are no other movements with a coefficient of 2, and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed we are free to discuss other errors drivers make which can cost driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic them points. They are as follows: harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on 1. The driver drives too slowly; remember that the horse restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy must march forward. also travels to give clinics and lessons. 2. Poor use of the arena; remember that the arena has four corners - each a quarter of a circle connected with straight sections. Bend the horse in the corner and keep him straight on the arena sides. Keep on the track near the arena boundary so that you use the entire arena. 3. Plan your turns onto the centerline so that you turn onto the centerline not too soon and not too late. This is a matter of practice. 4. Do a proper salute and do not rush it. 1465 Cariboo Place You must train your horse to stand quietly for Kamloops, this. British Columbia V2C 5Z3 5. When you halt, make sure it is long 1-250-374-1486 enough. Movement 10 in this test says halt for three to five seconds; count to yourself, “oneone-thousand, two-one-thousand” and so on, Dr. Jennifer Jackson up to five-one-thousand, to make sure you Dr. Jason McGillivray Dr. Colin Mikkelsen halt for long enough. Too long is better than Dr. Robert Mulligan too short. Dr. Heather Pedersen 6. When you ask for either an upward or downward transition, you must give with your Photo by Studio Five-O hands when the horse executes the transition;

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Maintaining Frog Health in the Winter Months By Kristi Luehr, BC School of Natural Hoof Care

Maintaining frog health through the winter can be a challenging task in our climate. A healthy, robust frog is one of the main supporting structures in the back of the hoof. As the horse strides out, the heel and frog impact the ground first, absorbing the impact energy and dissipating the forces on the horse’s joints.


weak or infected frog will cause the horse to alter his stride and can cause the horse to land toe first. This is detrimental to the functionality of the limb and can wreak havoc on hoof health as well as cause a myriad of body issues. A healthy frog is calloused and firm to the touch with no snags, flaps or crevices for debris and manure to get trapped inside. The central sulcus (small “V” shaped crevice at the rear of frog) should be shallow and wide. The collateral grooves (indented area on each side of frog) should be open and be easy to slip a hoof pick in for cleaning. If they are too tight, your trimmer might open them up to allow you better access for cleaning during the wetter months. An unhealthy frog is one with flaps and tags of material that appears ratty and loose. In many instances, thrush and other fungus and bacteria can get trapped in deep grooves and fissures creating further infection. Once the frog and its underlying structures become infected, it can be very hard to treat and heal. A balance of cleaning with topical anti-fungal and anti-bacterial solutions as well as keeping the hooves clean and dry is the best remedy. In the winter, with the mud and snow, manure management can be difficult, but keeping your horses’ heavier-trafficked areas clean and dry is a priority as well as picking their feet regularly. A great strategy is to treat the horse preventively twice a week as the ground becomes wet with a mild anti-fungal like apple cider vinegar. The vinegar kills the bacteria and

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On the left: healthy frog. On the right: thrush-infected frog.

fungus but will not harm the healthy tissues. There are many products on the market for treating thrush, but whenever possible I prefer to recommend something natural when using it as a preventative measure. If you are dealing with an active surface infection the apple cider vinegar is still effective, but more frequent treatment is needed. My preferred method of application is to put the vinegar in a spray bottle or a bottle with a pointed tip to apply it only to the infected area. After applying, I use an old toothbrush to massage the vinegar into any small cracks or crevices. Too much vinegar on the skin or heel bulbs could cause irritation or sensitivity and should be avoided. The aim is to apply only to the infected areas of the frog or hoof. For deep central sulcus thrush causing toe-first landings or altered stride, serious effort must be put into healing the hoof before lasting damage is done to the horse’s hoof, joints and body. In this instance, I recommend a soaking boot and a solution called White Lightning. White Lightning is a liquid that, when mixed with equal parts white vinegar, creates a Chlorine Dioxide Gas. This gas kills the fungus and bacteria on contact without irritating the sensitive tissues that could be irritated from the underlying infection. Soaking is recommended daily for 20 minutes until the infection is starting to dry up and the cracks can start to close. As the infection starts to clear, treatment can be gradually reduced until the crack is healed. A word of caution: during soaking, keeping the solution low on the hoof so that it does not irritate the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Frog Health, cont’d skin is of great importance. The liquid can discolour the hair and irritate the skin if left saturated for too long. A little solution goes a long way; on average, I use two tablespoons of WL mixed with equal parts vinegar. It is also important to note that this solution must be mixed up on an as-needed basis and will not be effective if mixed ahead of time. It is the chemical reaction that causes the gas and so the soaking boot should also be wrapped to trap the gas inside while soaking. An old polo wrap or vet wrap works well for this. With any medical treatment, consult your veterinarian or hoof care practitioner if you have any questions or concerns or if the infection persists. For more information on treating thrush and bacterial infections of the hoof, visit my webpage at articles. In some cases, what works for one horse might not be effective for another and there are other treatment options available. Kristi Luehr is a Natural Trimmer, and founder of the BC School of Natural Hoof Care. She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)


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Love is All We Need By Christa Miremadi I don’t know about you, but as a kid I must have watched “The Black Stallion” about a million times! Not just that, but also “Black Beauty,” “National Velvet,” “International Velvet,” “Thunderhead,” “Black Stallion Returns” and every other movie that had a horse anywhere in the script.


was in love with the idea of that magical, cinematic connection that can be formed between a person and a horse and how (at least the way it was portrayed in the movies anyway) if a person loved a horse and the horse loved the person back, they could do anything together. Many years later, after hundreds of riding lessons and countless hours spent begging for more horse time, dozens of falls off of various horses, a broken toe or two from being stepped on and more than a few reality checks, I finally found it… My (now late) mare Carlotta was six years old when I saw her for the first time. Skin and bone, green snot coming out of one nostril, her coat flecked with white hairs from malnutrition - it was love at first sight! For me anyway... I was in love with this fiery, spirited, red Arabian mare. Whether she liked me or not, I didn’t really care. I just had to be with her. It didn’t take too long before I believed she loved me back. It was only a few weeks into our relationship when she began calling and pacing her fence every day at 3:15, moments before the bus would drop me off at the

top of the hill and I would walk to her paddock and begin our doting ritual. This love affair lasted over sixteen years before I finally lost her and her unborn foal during a foaling problem. Carlotta’s story is a very long and turbulent tale fi lled with My beautiful Carlotta and I as we rode love, fear, excitement, around the grounds of our home, The adventure and humility; Rock’n Star Ranch, for the first time. however, one of the most valuable lessons I learned from her was that love really is all we need. Just not necessarily love the way we humans usually show it. I have met more than a few people over the years who seemed to believe that showing a horse they loved it by buying it things, feeding it treats or brushing it a lot was all they would need. Since growing up, learning what I know today and having the privilege to be in a position to help others to develop their relationship with their own horses, it has become very clear how many people out there believe that if they can just love their horses enough (and their horses love them back) nothing bad will happen to them. It would be nice if this were true and although I do believe that horses are capable of such complex emotions as love, I do not believe that love alone will keep a person safe from potential injury caused by a horse or that treats and cuddles can replace horsemanship (which, in my opinion, is how we humans can show our love to our horses the way they understand it). Love alone will not keep a horse feeling safe or secure with a person. It takes confident, reliable boundaries and clear, consistent and firm direction to achieve the safe, reliable relationship that we all want to achieve and that gives our horses that sense of security. Now, this is not to say that there is no Jan and her mare, Abby, who are able to place for expressing share this moment of human affection thanks human love with to the countless hours of horsemanship they have worked through. Photo by Aynsley treats or cuddles in Cairns.

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Love is All We Need, cont’d a relationship with a horse. That would be absurd. We have horses because we love them. Sometimes I think that it would not be possible to love my horses more and I, too, love to show my affection “the human way” from time to time, but I don’t rely on that love to keep me safe. A horse will always be a horse first and that means that its number one priority is survival. They are guided (hard wired even) to behave like prey animals first and show affection later. Not only that but, to a horse, stepping on you, kicking out, running over or through you or biting or pushing you has nothing to do with whether or not it loves you. Those things are irrelevant. It’s only in the human world where those things don’t belong in the same relationship as love. We often confuse human emotions and equine emotions to the point where anthropomorphosis takes place. As a result, perfectly natural behaviours like testing boundaries, pushing through us or even getting scared, are taken personally by a horse owner. It also seems as though the more a person believes he/she loves a horse, the more difficult it is to apply those boundaries and provide the necessary discipline required to create a feeling of security for the horse. A strange phenomenon, but true none the less. If we could only wrap our minds around the fact that horses show love differently than we do and that they not only will not believe we no longer love them if we provide them with boundaries and discipline but they will actually feel more loved and more cared for than if we had allowed their unwanted or dangerous behaviour to continue. Not only does this misapplication of anthropomorphosis apply to our interactions but also to our daily care decisions. Many people feel that love is shown to their horses through how many blankets they wear, how many stall toys they’re given, how many fancy halters, saddle pads or coloured boots they’ve given them. Although I definitely enjoy decorating my equine friend as well, I know that these frills are for me, not for my horse. What my horse wants is the freedom to roll in the mud, space to roam and friends to play with, even if that means it ends up with some little cuts and scrapes or a muddy coat. At the end of the day, we can show our love for our horses to other people or we can show our love to our horses directly. What matters to our horses is boundaries and clear direction when interacting with a person, the freedom to move and have friends and behave like a horse, and our consistent dedication to fulfi lling their needs, both emotionally

and physically. I do believe in love between a human and a horse and I know firsthand how magical it can be, but I also know that love is shown differently in the horse world than it is between humans. When shown through good horsemanship, love really is all you need. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business Thanks to their boundaries, trust in Langley, Silver Star Stables, and connection, Melody and Lilly where she also provides riding share another “human” moment of instruction and conducts affection. Photo by Tina Harnet. 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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Saddle Fitting and Common Sense By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery Information or opinions tend to be confusing for most people. When do you separate the two? Most clinicians are doing their best from the ‘their’ vantage point. The product was designed for a purpose. Whose purpose? Example ~ If you rope calves at a rodeo you use a saddle that has full double rigging. ~ If you drag calves to the fire at a branding you may get away with ¾ double rigging. ~ If you team rope, a thick felt pad prevents your saddle from pinching your horse on a diagonal pull. ~ If you trail ride, a fleece crushable pad allows your horse to stay cool and flexible. The misunderstanding comes from taking someone’s opinion out of context. Do you agree with an opinion or information? Who does your thinking for you? You make that decision. Sore Horses Most of the factory made saddles do not have the skirts blocked adequately, which results in the front edge of the skirt digging into or pinching the horse’s shoulders. To combat this, a number of companies are offering 7-9” gullets; expecting you to use a heavy felt pad to keep it up off the horse’s withers. I disagree with this wider gullet approach as it puts the weight bearing down further on the horse’s back. The upper part of the back has muscle and fat as a cushion. The minute you put weight on the bone area the horse has no protection. I have had numerous barrel racers come in with the problem of skirts pinching their horse, and a few with very lean thoroughbred types with little muscle or fat on the upper part of the back. Both resulting in sore horses. A good way to get a first-hand experience with this muscle or bone pressure is to press your knuckle into your shin, then into your calf. When you put the weight of the rider on this problem area you are certain to have a sore horse. The second potential problem area is the 3-place rigging plate. This may encourage some riders to use the ¾ position which will encourage the saddle to ride up on the shoulder blade. I am sure ‘their’ rigging plate solution came about for the same reason as the wider gullet. The skirts were not blocked adequately thus causing the saddle to ride back because the shoulders were pushing the skirts back.

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Saddle Fitting, cont’d Blocking the skirts 1. The tree is designed to fit the horse’s back in the wither pocket and along each side of the upper back. This part of the back has little movement; the most stable area on a moving horse. 2. The skirts are a passive fitting device to help stabilize the position of the saddle. 3 The tree is the weight bearing area. 4. The skirts are the passive fitting area. When building a quality saddle the skirts are {blocked} which means they are shaped away from the tree so they do not have any weight bearing. If they are not blocked adequately they will now be weight bearing. This causes the weight bearing to be now out on the horse’s back in the moving parts area which causes the saddle to move out of its intended position. Now you have ‘after market’ solutions: ~ breast collars ~ 3-place rigging plates ~ heavy pads ~ shims ~ cinches All to cover up the original problem. 2/15

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Almost Time By Jennifer Morrison FROM TOP B.C. STAKES HORSE TO TRAINER CHALLENGE SUCCESS STORY Reprinted courtesy of Canadian Thoroughbred. Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair.

Almost Time was named the 2011 BC-bred Horse of the Year. For five consecutive years at Hastings Park in Vancouver, Almost Time flaunted his speed and stamina while winning at least one stakes event each season.


natural athlete and a hard-trying competitor, Almost Time is one of the best horses ever raced by Swift Thoroughbreds, a leading Canadian stable owned by Horatio and Jackie Kemeny and Mark and Naudia Maché. More recently, he has been demonstrating his jumping and showing skills. The solidly-built chestnut with the bold, white blaze was so well regarded at the outset of his racing career that he made his first two career starts in stakes races. Competing for breeders Suzanna Anderson and David and Dennis Deyagher, Almost Time was second in the Ladnesian Stakes and Nursery Stakes in the summer of 2008 before he joined the Swift team. From there, Almost Time took the Swift team and his new trainer Dino Condilenios on a great ride as he won 10 of his next 22 races, including the Jack Diamond Futurity, the BC Cup Sprint and BC Cup Classic as well as the George Royal Stakes. He was named the 2011 BCbred Horse of the Year, and twice won for Champion Older Male in that

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province. Almost Time, a son of Finality, was six years old when he ran and won his last race, the George Royal in the spring of 2012. “Best word to describe AT? Honest,” said Condilenios. “He always showed up no matter the distance, track condition, pace or scenario. He always gave it all.” Condilenios said the best qualities about Almost Time were that he “was a real nice horse to be around and he never missed an oat.”


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Almost Time, cont’d to recreational show and riding horse a smooth one for the gelding and his new coach Keelly Reggelsen. Almost Time has been part of the 100-day Trainer Challenge put on by New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society that began in June 2014. Five horses and coaches had 100 days to train a former racehorse in a new discipline while being documented in writing and on video on social media. On October 4, the finalists were to participate in one last competition to determine the winner. The five horses were then to be offered for sale. Almost Time had a lot of shipping to do as he began his journey with Reggelsen, an accomplished rider and trainer from Armstrong. The gelding went from Canmor Farms in Langley to Topline Stables in Salmon Arm to his final destination at Stride Away Stables, owned by Reggelsen and her parents Cathy and Steen. The van rides were long and hectic but Almost Time took everything in stride. “I can honestly say I [was] very impressed with the willingness to cooperate of this boy,” said Reggelsen. “I feel like he has been brought along in his past to trust his people and follow along.” Reggelsen brought Almost Time along slowly, focusing the gelding on being a quiet and collected riding horse. She was pleasantly surprised. “He is calm, quiet and does everything I’ve asked,” said Reggelsen in a diary for the 100-day Trainer Challenge. “The first goal [of] this program is to have AT learning to stretch and supple his muscles. Despite having some time off from racing he is very hard muscled and solidly built. I would like to have him stretching laterally and reaching out in his stride.” By early August, Almost Time was in his first schooling show and strutting his stuff against 14 other competitors. He picked up two ribbons. At the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong in the last week of August, Almost Time competed in shows alongside paddocks and barns of sheep, pigs and cows. Beside the show ring was also a dance tent with loud music, a kids play area and nearby, there was the noise of the midway rides and games. “AT handled all this like a champ,” said Reggelsen. “He was so good that I let one of my 10-year-old students lead him around the grounds while I cleaned his stall. He brought comfort to some of the show horses, too.” Almost Time, a favourite in many of his races, is also a favourite of anyone who has contact with him and, odds are, he will make more people very happy in the years to come.

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New TV Series Celebrates Horse-Human Connection


ree Meadow Productions and Oasis HD announce the online launch of their exciting new pilot, “Free Rein.” Hosted by holistic horsemanship practitioner, Jessica Fobert, Free Rein is a new television and online factual series about horses and holistic horsemanship. Over thousands of years, our relationship with the horse has evolved from predatory to partnership. Once omnipresent in mythology, war and agriculture, we now commodity horses as playthings, status symbols and investments. Throughout history, the horse’s wild spirit has survived domestication and continues to inspire our imagination. This new half-hour program takes audiences on an adventure of natural horsemanship, personal discovery and equestrian communication, celebrating the timeless connection between horses and humans. An enthusiastic practitioner of holistic horsemanship, Jessica guides us to a heightened awareness of the horse psyche... and of ourselves. Jessica believes that the key to overcoming communication challenges between humans and these majestic, often misunderstood creatures is to employ techniques that encourage confidence in horses. In her work as a holistic horsemanship practitioner, she strives to create a safe

learning atmosphere, where both horses and humans leave behind their fear of making mistakes and are able to connect on a new level. The result is a natural and magical bond as Jessica, her clients, and the horses she works with find common ground where anything is possible. Free Rein will provide a rich collection of personal stories and soul-searching horse adventures. Currently, Free Rein is available in three segments, launched as a pilot: Part 1: “Bellator’s Voice” - Jessica demonstrates specific skills and techniques to help resolve problematic behaviour with Bellator, an 18hh Sport Horse and dressage champion that bites his owner. Part 2: “Prospero’s Encore” - Jessica rescues a draft cross gelding from a livestock auction, and nurses him back to health. Part 3: “Horse Connections” - With the help of horses trained for therapeutic exercises with humans, 12-year-old Olin overcomes his separation anxiety and builds self-confidence at an Equine Facilitated Therapy facility. Free Rein was featured at the Equus Film Festival in New York City in November and already has over 30,000 online views. All three parts are now featured on the Oasis YouTube channel ( and on the website ( Free Rein will also be broadcast on Oasis HD during their free preview month on December 16 at 9:00 pm. Follow story updates and Jessica’s work on our Facebook page @FreeReinHD. Jessica Fobert bio: Jessica Fobert is a 26 year old holistic horsemanship practitioner who displays knowledge far beyond her years. Jessica began to develop an authentic connection with horses when she was very young. Without the pressure of traditional equestrian training or competition, her natural instincts and understanding of horses flourished. After high school, Jessica immediately found a full time job working as a stable hand at a western show barn, where she witnessed the harsh methods of horse care that are

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accepted in many circles. Working within that system, she was able to change handling and care methods with obvious and undeniably positive results. Soon afterward she began the work she continues today, sharing her gifts with clients and their horses.


Abbotsford Trainer Leads By Example By Bill Rempel, ‘a proud father’


ravis Rempel created, built and is running TR Performance Horses out of Abbotsford BC. Currently, he is the only Canadian trainer to be actively showing and winning money in NCHA, NRCHA and NRHA-approved events. His 2014 earnings were over $48,000 and he hopes to break $60,000 in earnings for 2015. He recently took horses from all three disciplines to the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer AB, and became one of two trainers in Canadian Supreme history to show 3-year-olds in each futurity at the same show. Highlights include winning the Canadian Supreme Open Cowhorse Derby, making the 5/6-year-old Open Classic Challenge cutting finals on two horses, and making the open bridle finals on another horse. He finished third in the Canadian Supreme Open Reining Futurity as well as the Open in the World Snaffle Bit Futurity. His 2014 Canadian Supreme earnings were over $13,850. Other highlights of the year include winning the BCCHA maturity 5/6-year-old Open Classic Challenge, the 2014 Cowtown Derby and Stock Show Limited Open and the Level 1 Limited Open Derby Champion in Claresholm AB. He also won the NRCHA Canadian and Northwest Regions and is leading the National Championship for the Limited Open Bridle. In addition, Travis was a 2014 Calgary Stampede Cutting Futurity Finalist. Travis plans to attend the NRCHA World Show in February to try to win his first world title and plans to show at major NRCHA and Canadian NCHA events as well as multiple NRHA shows throughout the year for 2015. Travis is friendly, influential, charismatic and a huge contributor to his community and his craft. Currently, Travis is a Director at Large for the BC Cutting Horse Association; he is a Past President of the Fraser Valley Reining Club. He has been on the panel for multiple local

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The Mystery of Torque’s Near-Fatal Illness By Karyn Greenlees-Worsfold

Torque is a Belgian/Morgan gelding that belongs to Sally Watson. Sally boards him on our farm, Twin Acres Farm, at Green Lake BC. We have spent many an hour riding together, exploring the beautiful backcountry around our beautiful countryside.

Torque on March 18


hough Torque is a large guy, he is also a little bit of a coward and when something on the trail or in the bush unnerves him, he is not beyond hiding behind my horse Tango. In early February of 2013, we noticed that Torque was not himself, but we could not put our finger on what was bothering us. Slowly, we realized that he was laying down more and that he was late to arrive for feed and would quit eating before the food was done. Definitely not the glutton that we knew him to be. We continued to watch and worry as his weight slowly diminished. On March 5, we went out to put out the morning feeding and he wouldn’t get up to eat. A call to his owner and to the Cache Creek Veterinary office and we were off to see if they could help. At first, the vet did not feel that it was too serious; he felt that Torque had lots of weight left - but he did not know “Porky Torquey” like we did. The vet decided to do a dental check, a fecal count, tubed him with mineral oil, gave him some pain medicine, and dewormed him with Strongid as the fecal count did show some tape worm; we went home, hopeful that that would be our last trip. Little did we know the journey that was about to happen as we would fight to save Torque’s life. 20 • Saddle Up • December 2014

Torque was feeling fine when we got home, so he was turned out with his buddies and he seemed to have his appetite back. For a few days, everything seemed fine. On the 10th of March things changed. Torque was showing signs of full colic! A call to Sally, a call to Cache Creek and we were once more racing for help. Upon arrival, we were met by the vet, who sedated Torque to relieve his discomfort and tubed him with Anti-gas to try and relieve some of the pain. Torque would not eat or drink. He was dehydrated and rather dopey, but gut sounds seemed normal. We remained overnight with Torque while he was on the IV to raise his fluid levels; the vet checked him and changed his IV bag throughout the night. The next day, he was once more treated for colic and given a rectal exam, which told us nothing out of the normal, so the watch continued. No change through the day, so we spent one more night at the vet office as the vets tried to figure out what was happening. During this night, Torque kept us awake as he played in his water bucket, splashing water all over the place with his lips and making a mess everywhere. The next morning, March 13, he was hydrated from the IV and drinking small amounts of water, so it was decided that he would be brought home to be doctored by us. Before we left, he was dewormed again with Quest Plus Gel. We were sent home with Uniprim Oral Powder to fight any infection that might be happening. I backed the horse trailer up by my living room window and slept on the couch as I nursed Torque day and night, getting him to eat a little and encouraging him to drink. If he got noisy, I went out to check on him and calm him down. If he was too

quiet, I went out to check to see if he was okay. I medicated faithfully and took him for walks to try and keep his spirits up. I cleaned his stall/trailer and counted his stool, and watched every time he voided his bladder. His eyes were dull and sad, but I knew he did not want to give up. He was blanketed in warm blankets and walked in the sunshine through the day. I would take him down and feed him alongside his buddy’s fence line hoping that would help him feel better. He continued to barely pick at his food and only drank small amounts of water. A friend on the coast, Deb Harper, suggested Equisure to help stimulate his hind gut, and she quickly sent it off to us. His appetite improved a little and his stool was not rock hard any more but, still, he was not well. The morning of March 18, I walked out to the trailer to find Torque standing with his massive head in a corner and, when I lifted his head, I noticed something very scary - the whites of his eyes were yellow! I quickly checked the floor and noticed that his urine was very dark. I knew that this was a very bad thing, so once more we rushed off to the vet. Torque was having severe liver shutdown. What we had been treating as colic was actually an inflamed liver! It turned out that he had somehow gotten a parasite in his liver and it had become inflamed, causing symptoms similar to colic. This explained why nothing had been adding up. When he was dewormed,

Torque in June


Torque, cont’d the parasites were killed, setting off a chain of events that would bring Torque to the brink of death. It can only be assumed that when the parasites died, they set off an immune reaction and the liver became inflamed, slowing down in function - it was obviously already compromised from the parasites’ invasion, giving us the “colic” symptoms, and shutting down his digestive system. The vets told us that the prognosis was grim, but they would help as much as possible - they knew we were stubborn nurses when it came to our sick animals and we would do what we could to bring him through this. There would be no easy fi x. We were told definitely no protein, no grain, and no alfalfa! We bought Torque a round bale of clean green grass hay and he was moved into a paddock with a run in and lots of clean water, close to his buddies for emotional support. He was taken off of the Uniprim and put onto a steroid injection instead. He was fed cut-up carrots, a treat he loved. I immediately got on the Internet, asking friends on Facebook for suggestions. I was told to give him Dandelion Root and Milk Thistle. Sally ran to town and picked some up, then she contacted Riva’s Remedies and they shipped us some Equi-Cleanse. Torque was put on that as soon as it arrived. His eyes were very yellow, his urine the colour of coffee, his appetite was poor and he drank little. He was, by that time, so weak that I did not have to halter him in order to tend to him - he just stood while I

gave him his injections. Sally had left to go to Alberta as her brother had passed away and the funeral would be in a few days. I watched as Torque got thinner and thinner, but I just could not bring myself to let him die while my friend was going through such a sad time. I contacted Torque’s previous owner and she kept encouraging me, assuring me that I would know when to give up. On the night of March 25, I went to bed after spending time outside watching Torque stand with his head lowered, skinny, scruff y and sad. I wondered if I was doing this to be selfish or was I truly doing it because Torque wanted to live. I was so unsure of my motives and Torque looked so sad. The next morning I dragged myself out of bed and headed out to the paddocks with dread in my heart. I walked around the corner of the house to be greeted by a loud whinny and a large face looking eagerly up to at me. Torque was back to his almost full glory - skinny and scruff y, but the look on his face was, “Hello! Bring carrots.” He was going to live; there was no doubt in my mind. His entire aura had changed - he was back. I raced to him and hugged him, then ran back to the house to call Sally with the news. Torque remained on the Equi-cleanse until the container was

A picture of Torque at his finest

empty. His blood tests showed that his liver slowly rejuvenated. Six months later, he still showed signs of liver problems but, by the one-year mark, his tests were normal. Torque has been hale and hearty ever since. He spends the summers out on grass, and he is back to work as a riding horse - fat and shiny and so much loved. Thanks to everyone who played a part in his recovery, the makers of Equisure, and Riva’s Remedies for their product Equi-Cleanse.

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his month I have decided to include a “before” picture of Beth. In July, Mike and Kathy received a call from Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue about a little black fi lly discovered near-death. Mike and Kathy brought her home, unsure of her fate. This poor little thing was in dire straits; she had either been attacked or hit by a vehicle. It did not look good for her, but as usual, Mike and Kathy and their volunteers called the vet and began planning for Beth’s care and recovery. As well as having had a halter that had grown into her face (and eventually fallen off ), Beth had damage to her pelvis. She was not able to get up from lying down, which in many cases means certain death for horses. Not for this horse! Every night since July, Beth has had to be lifted up with a hoist so she can lie down to rest.

To someone seeing her “after” picture today, she still looks shockingly underweight, but compared to when she first arrived, she is a brand new horse! She has even given a few bucks and gallops! Beth may or may not be available for foster or adoption, but she has a guaranteed position as Farm Greeter at Bear Valley Rescue! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! You can find Beth and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue, www.bearvalleyab. org. You can e-mail or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre, Alberta.

Beth in summer

On to Greener Pastures “Marley” (Misty Mint SunFlower, AQHA) June 2, 1992 – September 4, 2014

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Kayla and I said goodbye to our beloved mare Marley today, after several days fighting very profound pneumonia. I never had my own animals growing up, and never would have expected to form such a bond with a horse. She was a heartfelt gift from Kayla, who introduced me to these incredible animals, but Marley’s gifts were immeasurable. Whether carefully packing me on our various adventures or speeding Kayla to victory in events she refused to retire from, she served us as faithfully and gracefully as she likely did on the ranch years ago. I feel privileged that she shared so much with me, letting me hang on while we chased cows, swam in the lake, or explored new trails. Chantal-Michelle and her husband Frank graciously helped us lay her to rest on their property, where I’m glad she’ll be where she likes it best. Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Jackson and Kamloops Large Animal Vet for what we can only describe as world-class care, and to Barry and Gloria Gallant for helping us give Marley the best home possible. You were my best friend on four legs, Marley, and we both feel deeply grateful to you for what you added to our lives. - Steven & Kayla, Kamloops BC HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue By Theresa Nolet WHERE ARE THEY NOW?


he year of 2014 is drawing to a close and it was a busy one for O.A.T.S. In early May I received a call regarding a horse that had fallen into the swollen waters of Trout Creek (see story in Saddle Up’s June issue page 3). The little fi lly was pulled from the fast moving waters and was sent to a foster home, where she received some basic training. Named “River” this beautiful little fi lly has been adopted by a wonderful family with lots of experience and knowledge. River will now lead a great life and that is why I do what I do! Also in May I took on the care of two orphaned foals, Maybe Baby (MB) and Allbay. Allbay was injured and did not receive colostrum from his dam, and proved to be a challenge to nurse back to health. Both are doing very well now health-wise and were recently gelded and are now ready to be adopted and start their new lives. Born on May 1st “MB” is quite large at 13.1 hands or 53 inches at the withers and is a beautiful red roan colour and I have nicknamed him ‘Steady Eddy’. MB is always calm and never seems to get excited no matter what is going on around him. He loves being in the pasture with my other mares and is doing well with his training. MB could be a great trail horse for someone or who knows what other talents he could develop with training. “Allbay” is as his name describes, a bay colour with beautiful black legs. Right now he is like a little teddy bear with a wonderful thick coat. Allbay loves to run in the pasture and is VERY smart. He seems able to connect the dots and catches on quickly with what is being asked of him. I would really love to see him go to someone with experience in training so that he can reach his potential. I think he would make a great barrel racer with his intelligence and love of racing around the pasture just for fun. Allbay is not as social as MB, and is quite content to be by himself, although he is really bonded to MB. In a perfect world they would get adopted together. Born on May 23 he is presently 11.3 hands or 47 inches at the withers. Allbay


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan

Local musicians Leslie Ross and Jason Ruscheinsky will perform at the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. One of the colourful Cowboy Poets, Bryn Thiessen, who will entertain at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Australian Bush Poet Carol Heuchan will once again be at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Singer Tom Cole and Cowboy Poet Brian Salmond will make the trip from Fort St John to perform in 100 Mile!


ard to believe that another year has gone by! And, for Nancy, I imagine it’s really hard to believe that 14 years have gone by! Congratulations Nancy and Saddle Up magazine - keep up the good work. We’ve had a terrific fall with nice weather and no snow... so far! Having said that it was almost twenty below last night (November 10) so I guess we should be battening down the hatches and stoking up the fire. The horses know it too, as they are all woolly. In fact, I hope the amount of winter hair is not an indication of what’s to come - if it is, then we

Chevonn and I with Heartland TV series’ actresses Michelle Morgon (Lou) and Alisha Newton (Georgie) at the Mane Event. Wesley Harding accompanied Alan Moberg two years ago and went over so well that we had to bring him back!

could be in for a cold one. I won’t have any updates on Boo now until spring as he’s turned out with the herd. He looks great though - fat and fluff y. His winter coat is definitely showing us his grey hairs. I go out and check the horses every day do a quick head count and give a few scratches and pats here and there. I always make sure that Boo is one that I approach and pat. The Mane Event in Chilliwack has come

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Hall in 100 Mile House. There will be a 2:00 pm matinee and a 7:00 pm evening show; so, if you don’t want to drive in the dark, or you want to come from out of town, the matinee works perfectly. There will be close to three hours of cowboy entertainment which will include the awesome singing voice of Tom Cole and the hilarious cowboy poetry of Brian Salmond, both from Fort St John. Joining them for the first time at the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert will be local musicians Lesley Ross and Jason Ruscheinsky - both went over super well at Cariboo Country Night at Watch Lake. So, for only $15 you get all this entertainment and all the proceeds go to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and/or the BC Cowboy Heritage Heather Higgins had a day off of school and work in Kamloops so came up to get in a ride Society Student Scholarships. Tickets will on her horse Shae. be on sale, as Christmas stocking stuffers, in 100 Mile at 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply, and gone for another year. What can I say, it PMT Chartered Accountants, and at Work N was another super weekend with so much to Play. More information and/or tickets can be see and do. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible obtained through Mark at 250-456-2425 or at to take in everything. I know people are still talking about different trade show booths Now, speaking of the BC Cowboy and I’m like “what - where were they?” We Heritage Society... the Kamloops Cowboy spent our weekend at the round pen taking Festival tickets are now on sale. If you’re in in the Trainer’s Challenge, so missed most of Kamloops, the Horse Barn has them; if you’re the clinics but I heard they were great, too. not, just give us a call toll-free at: 1-888-763The Trainer’s Challenge was once again great 2221. The website has a lot of the information and congratulations to Dale Clearwater from posted and it can be found at Saskatchewan for a well-deserved win. Nice This will be the 19th annual and will once to see those shiny silver trophy spurs stay in again take place at the Coast Kamloops Hotel Canada, too! See the full weekend review on and Convention Centre, and the Calvary page 39. Community Church. The dates are March COMING UP... 12-15, 2015. Weekend passes are just $75; a Speaking of anniversaries, I guess we one-day pass for $35 gets you in all day and are both working on 15 years now, Nancy, as into the evening main feature show. If you this will be the 15th Annual 100 Mile House add a $30 upgrade to your weekend pass and/ Cowboy Concert. This year, the concert date or daytime feature pass then you can take in a lands right on Valentine’s Day (February 14) dinner theatre show (highly recommended). so, guys, keep that in mind - tickets are only A must-see weekend if you like cowboy $15 which is way cheaper than flowers and/ entertainment - there will be over 30 of North or chocolates. Once again, we’ll be offering America’s top western entertainers there for two shows in the beautiful Marten Exeter the Festival. If you have any CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSORS Cariboo Chatter that you would like included Welsh Ponies & Welsh Cobs please email Mark at Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies msprings@bcinternet. Driving Ponies for Sale net and put “Cariboo Driving Lessons & Lesson Ponies available Sponsors of Cariboo Trail Combined Driving Event Chatter” in the subject line. 250-456-7462 or 250-456-7404 ~ Green Lake BC 6/15 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

What’s your guess? **NEW** Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page. Then the correct answers will be printed in the next magazine; and acknowledged on Facebook.

This month’s item is one that Roy Goodman brought to the Mane Event to show us - thanks Roy! You can see the size of it by looking at Kathy’s hands, but she didn’t open the object’s front door as that might give it away. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

Last Month’s What’s This? The November issue’s item was from our Meadow Springs museum and one that I thought would be an easy guess... and I guess it was for those who got the right answer. It is indeed an old wallmounted light switch. You turn the knob on top to turn the light on and off. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Pam Hall, Greenvalley, ON Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House Bonnie Winsley, Crescent Valley • 33

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e you? r a e r e h w . .. u r hor se? Kid s o y h it w g in u do YOU! t What a re yo u o b a s u ll r n to te It’ s YOU R tu My name is Fletcher, I am 6 years old and live in Kelowna BC. I share “Frankie” with my great gramma Pearl. I like to ride on him and share duties like feeding him apples and brushing him. Frankie makes me happy! - Fletcher (age 6), Kelowna BC

I’m Phoebe oebe and this is my friendly and curious Morgan pony, Jiminy Cricket. When I ride him I feel very safe. He has a nice steady canter. We enjoy doing hunter/jumpers. He is my favourite pony in the whole world. - Phoebe (age 9), Kelowna BC

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BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier Andres, EC Certified Western Coach FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR HORSE’S PERFORMANCE This month, let’s explore one factor that may affect your horse’s performance. Sometimes, we can identify an underlying issue preventing our horse from progressing. However, it can be possible to overlook something microscopic that can be to blame: parasites. Horses are classed from low, medium to high shedders. Your deworming options are commercial products or natural. In any case, because parasites have the potential to seriously cause damage to the horse’s intestines and digestive system, it is necessary to have a deworming program in place. Minimizing parasites starts with good pasture management. Th is is key to minimizing parasitic infestations in your equine friends. Management practices include feeding hay in mangers, nets or on mats (not on the ground). Also, clean manure from pens and pastures regularly and avoid overcrowding of pastures. Do not spread uncomposted manure on your fields and pens and be sure to harrow during the hottest part of the day to break up any existing manure. Harrowing is usually between April and October. Your horse(s) can graze pastures periodically with another species such as 34 • Saddle Up • December 2014

cattle, llamas or sheep to break the life cycle of the equine parasites and to decrease weeds that the horses do not normally consume. INVITATION With a vast number of topics within the equine industry, I invite you to email your questions or comments, starting today! Starting in 2015 (with the February issue), we will post questions and answers in this section of Saddle Up. Please email: and put ‘Saddle Up question’ in the subject box. We’re here to help horses and people, too! EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier Andres. Call our Horse Help-line today: 250-999-5090 and visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, abuse and trauma rehabilitation… helping people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Communication, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


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by a reward are more likely to occur again in the future (unfortunately, we can also inadvertently train undesirable behaviours this same way so we have to be aware of what behaviour the reward is following). In dog training, positive reinforcement could take the form of praise (“Good Boy!”), petting your dog’s head, letting him play with a toy, or giving him a small treat. In this case, we are going to use treats because they are highly motivating for most dogs. The response we are looking for in this situation is your dog not reacting aggressively to SPONSORED BY having his nails clipped, so we will reward him when he is relaxed and does not respond to the nail clippers. This is the first installment of a two-part This is, Mia, a 5-year old Malamute, with my brother series. Now that Wyatt. She’s the top dog in our you have learned family. Mia has been a cute dog what positive since she was a pup. She’s very reinforcement is loyal, she keeps our family safe, and why it is an and she keeps the small animal population low. She’s definitely effective training our Top Dog! method, check - Jessica and Wyatt, back next month Prince George BC (February issue) to Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! learn the steps you Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. will need to take We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: to train your dog TOP DOG OF THE MONTH to have his nails Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. clipped.

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Polish Up For The Holidays! By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP One of the things we look forward to during the holidays is taking some time to relax and enjoy the slowing down in our daily routines. Why not take time out this holiday season to spend some quality, family time with your dogs? Maybe teach them something new – a trick or a new skill.


ow about polishing some of those allimportant life skills that we teach when they’re young but never quite take the time to “perfect” as they mature? There are many skills that help your dog be well mannered and a pleasure to live with, but some My first Sit things just stand out in importance. The Sit is one of those critical skills. It’s a polite choice for meeting people, a nice way to ask for something, a neutral way of greeting other dogs and even life-saving if it stops a mad rush across a busy road. Strangely, even though the Sit is one of the first things a puppy learns, it’s The Triple one of the least-practiced skills! Puppies are taught to sit first by their moms and then later by other adult dogs. The Sit is a neutral position and a polite choice either to a correction received by another dog, or as a way of asking for something that another dog has. We have a theory that because a Sit is often used as a response to conflict or confrontation from a more mature dog, puppies easily pop into a sit when we ask because of how we ask. We’re usually standing in front of our pups, and we tend to lean forward as we ask, maybe using a stern tone. Dogs are 36 • Saddle Up • December 2014

masters of body language, so if you’re a puppy used to dealing with confrontation by sitting, the answer is an easy one! We often hear dog owners confidently say, “My dog knows how to sit.” But does he really? Try something new: lie down on your living room floor and ask your dog to Sit; or turn your back and ask your dog to Sit. What happens? Frequently, we find that owners and their dogs seem to have different meanings for Sit. A Sit has a pretty simple criterion - “butt on the ground.” But, to a dog who isn’t consistently giving a Sit when asked, his criterion seems to be “when someone is standing in front of me sounding stern, play the odds and put the butt on the ground.” Those are pretty different meanings! How do you teach your dog your criteria for Sit? The answer The throw-the-ball Sit is practice! You need to practice everywhere and every way you can so that it becomes clear that Sit is just “butt on the ground.” We need to help our dogs understand that it doesn’t matter whether we’re standing, sitting or lying down, whether we’re close by or further away, whether we’re sounding worried and upset or relaxed and happy, or even whether we’re moving or standing still – it’s simply “butt on the ground.” In order to make your practice as effective and efficient as possible, follow these simple guidelines: 1. Give your cue only once. If you don’t get a Sit, then you need more practice; you don’t need more intimidation or urgency Looking for a Handout HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

in your request. 2. Mark it. Make sure you give a Click or a verbal marker (“Great!”) as soon as the butt hits the ground so the goal is clear. 3. Pay generously. Offer a treat, a toy or something your dog loves as a reward for each successful Sit. 4. Be successful more often than not. Start your practice in areas Sit, maybe no one will notice how dirty I am that are easy for your dog, like the kitchen, and keep him on leash so he can’t just wander off. 5. Don’t rush the process. Move on to new distractions gradually after getting frequent success at each point. 6. Be flexible. If your success rate goes down, scale down your expectations. If necessary, go all the way back to using a treat lure at his nose to get a Sit and Malcolm sitting pretty in his new Christmas collar gradually work back up to a good response to a verbal cue. Remember not to keep making the job harder occasionally make it easier. If you find a spot where you’re having trouble, there’s no need to get bigger or stronger. This is your dog’s feedback that you may have upped the distractions too quickly, or maybe he just needs a mental break. Keep your training sessions short and fun and enjoy some quality time with your dog this holiday season! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.


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Now I lay me down to sleep, The king-sized bed is soft and deep. I sleep right in the center groove, My human beings can hardly move. I’ve trapped their legs, they’re tucked in tight, And here is where I pass the night.


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No one disturbs me or dares intrude, Til morning comes and “I want food!” I sneak up slowly to begin, And nibble on my human’s chin. For morning’s here, it’s time to play, I always seem to get my way.

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Poem Courtesy of Everything Pets Facebook page. 38 • Saddle Up • December 2014

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So thank you Lord, for giving me, This human person that I see. The one who hugs me and holds me tight, And shares their bed with me at night.

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The Mane Event By Mark McMillan One of our favourite annual getaways is in October when we head south to Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC to take in three days of fun and excitement at the Mane Event. This year the weekend of October 24-26 was their 11th anniversary... and it was a good one!


e headed down on Thursday to make sure we didn’t miss out on anything. Friday morning we cruised around the trade show to see what the weekend specials were - this year Chevonn rode down with us and she thought she was in heaven when she saw some of the prices. There were 168 booths in the tradeshow area and some of them were huge - like the size of 20 tradeshow booths in one! It was a great weekend for Christmas shopping. The clinics... no matter what your discipline, I’m sure there was a clinic there to suit you. Jumping with the legendary George Morris, Dressage with Jan Ebeling, Barrel Racing with Dee Butterfield, Reining with Sandy Collier, Horsemanship with Steve Rother, Western Dressage with Adiva Murphy and/or Elaine Ward, Driving with Brian Jensen, and Gaited Horses with Dennis Quilliams were available to all who attended the Mane Event. The Trainer’s Challenge was where we spent most of our time, and it turned out well. Throughout the four round pen sessions (one hour on Friday, two one-hour sessions on Saturday, and one half hour go on Sunday), the spectators were guessing as to who would win in the finals in the big arena on Sunday. It could have gone any one of three ways. On Friday night, Dale Clearwater from Saskatchewan looked like he was maybe trailing behind both Brandi Lyons (Arizona) and Scott Purdum (Maryland) but he had his ground work done, and obviously well, because in the finals he came out on top, winning the silver trophy spurs. The Saturday Night Equine Experience is always a favourite and even though we’ve seen it every year now we still enjoyed it. It’s pretty cool to see the different breeds and especially to watch some the outstanding horsemanship by some of the entries. Roughly an hour and a half of non-stop routines and a great job by all the participants. A nice added touch this year was a visit from two members of the cast of the CBC TV series, Heartland. Alisha Newton (who plays Georgie) and Michelle Morgan (who plays Lou) were there to sign autographs for fans and allow them to have their photo taken with them. The line-up of fans was super long and, unfortunately, due to

Thompson River Boot Company’s tradeshow booth with their custom-made cowboy boots

Ron Barker presents Dale Clearwater, winner of the Trainer’s Challenge, with the trophy spurs.


time commitments had to be cut off at a certain point. Many fans left with big happy grins and a signed photo. Once again, approximately 22,000 people came through the doors of the Mane Event. Next year might top that though, as already plans are being put in place for something new and exciting... actually a couple of different exciting new ideas are being looked at, and from what I’ve heard you won’t want to miss them! The 2015 event will be held October 22-25 - see you there.

Mr. Mane Event, Ron Barker, with Heartland TV series’ actresses Michelle Morgon (Lou) and Alisha Newton (Georgie).

Mr. and Mrs. Mane Event, Ron and Gail Barker, with the legendary George Morris.

Canadian Barrel Race Champion Dee Butterfield put on several workshops/clinics.

One of the Saturday night Equine Experience entries, West Coast Thunder Drill Team.

Dale Clearwater from Saskatchewan showing off in the Trainer’s Challenge finals.

Scott Purdum from Maryland showing off in the round pen during the Trainer’s Challenge. • 39

Horsey Ladies Okanagan By Nancy Roman Photos by Patti Thomas and Nancy Roman


ne hundred and thirty Horsey Ladies converged on the Spallumcheen Golf Course for the 17th Annual Horsey Ladies Okanagan Charity Auction on November 14th. The gals came from all over BC’s interior to socialize, shop and give back to charity. Out of curiosity we asked each lady coming through the door how many horses she has? Collectively we have just over 340 horses! Committee members and numerous volunteers that evening made for another very successful event. One hundred and thirty-eight ‘prizes’ were on the auction tables. The Golf Course was also holding a Toy Drive and ladies had the option of bringing gifts and their name be entered in a draw. The gifts arrived in abundance! Ten charities were nominated and/or pitched that evening and the top two vote getters were the Vernon Women’s Transition House (Equine Assisted Therapy Program – Wendy Elrick) and BC SPCA Cruelty Investigations (Constable Kathy Woodward). We are pleased to announce, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the ladies bidding, we raised $8,600+ (exceeding last year’s $7,400). Once the final tally is in, we will split equally between the two charities. This brings our total fundraising amount to over $65,600+ raised. THANK YOU HORSEY LADIES!

Photo by Bev Ward. (l to r) Our 2014 committee: Elspeth Manning, Sheila Sperling, Amy Vaughan (front), Sly Keyes, Patti Thomas, Michele Gould (front), Donna McNab (helped out that evening), Ruby Edwards, Nancy Roman.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS Alfa-Tec A-P Guest Ranch Armstrong Co-op Gas Armstrong Dollar Dollar Store Armstrong Flower & Gift Shop Armstrong Pharmacy Medicine Centre Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Armstrong Veterinary Clinic Askew’s Foods A Twist Of Yarn Avalon Creative Art Barkers & Babes Barkerville Historic Town Bar Nunn Therapy (Craig Nunn) Zabrina Barteaux, Horse Centred Beachcomber Big Bar Guest Ranch Blue Creek Outfitting Kjara Brecknell Osteopath BCAA - Vernon Buckerfield’s (head office) Butcher Boys Hellen Byron Capri Insurance Caravan Farm Theatre Cariboo Plateau CTR Cat & Mouse Designs, Deborah Strong Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc. Chilcotin Holidays Chocoliro Finest Chocolate Country West Supply The Cowboys’ Choice Crony’s Club (VDRC) Damarhe Training (Dawn Ferster) Deep Creek Veterinary Services Diamond H Tack Diana’s Monogramming Eagle Mountain Leather Econo Shelters Elegant Wood Products Enderby Jewellers Equine Body Work (Guliz Unlu) The Equine Connection (Wendy Elrick) Fern Rigg Welsh Ponies & Border Terriers Jonathan Field Horsemanship Final Touch Framing Fisher’s Home Hardware Fix-It Renovations Fly Feather Jewellery (Erin Gunoff ) Shannon Ford, Artist

Four Foot Farm (Ruby & Ken Edwards) Gilbert’s Parts Depot Grand Saddlery & Western Wear Greenhawk Kamloops Greenhawk Kelowna Green Sheep Fibres Happy Horse Riders Hay Smart Slow Feeders Healthy Horses / Animal Pro-Biotic Products Henry’s Hay Home Depot Vernon The Horse Barn Horse Centred International (Helen Russell) The Horse Gate Trailer Sales & Gift Shop Hour Glass Studio Ltd. HUB International Sherry Hudson Debbie Hughes Quarter Horses Impact Transport Ltd Leanne Ingham Kactus Western Wear Kamloops Cowboy Festival Sly Keyes Kindale Developmental Association KISS FM Radio Lammle’s Western Wear Lordco Armstrong Louisiana Hayride (Lori & Gil Risling) Elizabeth MacLeod, Author Elspeth Manning, Sutton Group Mary Kay Cosmetics (Rhonda Evans) Donna McNab Meadow Springs Ranch Merial Canada Mills Veterinary Services MJO Tours Monashee Medi-Spa & Shoe Emporium Moose Mulligan’s Pub & Restaurant Morning Star Newspaper Gayle Mortenson Nag Bags Slow Hay Feeders Nelson’s Glass Nor-Val Rentals NuCerity Skin Products The Paddock Tack & Togs Panorama Veterinary Pampered Cowgirl Patricia Paterson Chartered Accountant Puetter Automotive

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Pure… An Organic Salon Quilting For You Quyta Place for Animals (Kristin McCallum) R&E Saddle & Tack Repair Ltd. Rebel Concepts Red Apple Armstrong Riva’s Remedies Roger’s Foods Saddle Up magazine Shear Kreation Hair & Esthetics Shepherd’s Home Hardware Silhouette Fashion Boutique Simply Delicious Carol Simpson-Taylor, Artist Soapernova Spallumcheen Golf Course Sundance Guest Ranch Tandy Leather - Surrey BC Terrific Creations Timber Ridge Trails Tod Mountain Ranch Tolko Industries Touch A Texas Town Centre Dry Cleaners Twisted Terrain Horse Park Tyax Adventures Ultra-Kelp Vernon Veterinary Clinic The Village Cheese Company Waterway Houseboat Vacations Western Outfitters Karen Wilkie Yarn Animals

The 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. See photos and more info on the ‘Horsey Ladies Okanagan’ Facebook page. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cariboo Horsey Ladies Story and photos by Cheryle Hickman


herd of 78 Cariboo Horsey Ladies gathered for our 4th Annual Christmas Banquet & Charity Auction on November 21st; with a total of 206 Horses and Donkeys represented. A BIG THANKS to Debi and her team at Wildmans Restaurant (at Interlakes Corner), who gave us a ‘Kick Start’ to the Festive Season. A class act presentation of food and service as always. We can’t thank enough our Sponsors for their generosity who participated in the Auction helping us raise $3,100.00 this year. And congratulations to our 2014 recipient – 100 Mile House SPCA. An overwhelming (ballot) vote by the ladies that evening was cast in favour of purchasing credits at local stores so that food and supplies would be available for the ‘fostering of animals’ in the area; since there is not a physical shelter available. To date, the Cariboo Horsey Ladies have donated $12,700 back to local charities. Past recipients being Turtle Valley Donkey Society, Local 4-H Clubs, Mixed Up Mutts, 100 Mile House Women’s Centre, and local young Para-Dressage rider in training, Tristi Allwood. A Hug to ‘Team HORSE’... which stands for: H orsey ladies O rganizers R ecord S uccessful E vent … plus all our Santa’s Helper ‘Elves’ for working hard to make it all happen.

‘Team HORSE’ (l to r): Ann Gallob, Andrea Glatz, Joanne Macaluso, Lynda Greer, Cheryle Hickman, Gisele Poliseno

I thank all Horsey Ladies for coming together to ‘Join Up’ with us. Our appreciation to Nancy Roman and Michele Gould [Horsey Ladies Okanagan] for attending this year. The Cariboo Horsey Ladies are sending you all good wishes and an invitation to the Okanagan to share our event any time… the more the ‘Merrier’!! Our Banquets are an endorsement of how unique the event is in bringing all of us who share the ‘Love of Horses’ together. Merry Christmas to all. P.S. I really believe that Santa Claus arrives on Horseback!! — I BETCHA!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply 3 Amigos 70 Mile General Store B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society Barb Lamont Cariboo Hand Woven Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride Management Team Centennial Law Corporation Country Pedlar Cralin Hanoverians – Linda Poel Crystal Waters Guest Ranch Crystal Waters Quarter Horses Diana’s Deli Donex Pharmacy DP Photography Econo Shelters Flacks Ultra Kelp

Foothills Farms Genieve Amy German Glatz Pewter Works Gina Myhill-Jones Gisele Poliseno Greenhawk Healthy Horses Horse Lake Garden Centre Hour Glass Studio Interlakes Markets Just 4 U Soaps Kal Tire Lone Butte Veterinary Services – Dr. Brian Considine Michele Brewis More Than Kettle Korn – Lorne & Tina Laursen Mrs Santa Claus


One Another A Coffee House Remax Country Lakes Realty – Robert Young Remax, Country Lake Realty, Darrel Warman Riva’s Remedies Rosi’s Alpaca Farm Café & B&B Running Times Ranch – Pat Hayward Ruth Donald Saddle Up magazine Santa Save-On-Foods 100 Mile House Science Pure Nutraceuticals Sharon’s Jewelry and Watch Repair Sheree’s Shirt Shack Skookumhorse Ranch Soggy Dog Spring Lake Ranch

Super Save Gas – 100 Mile House The Log House The Sugar Shack Therapy Piri Tim-Br Mart 100 Mile House Tod Mountain Ranch Total Pet Val Hougen Whimsey Gift s Wild Th ings In Wood Wildmans Outdoor Store Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital • 41

A Big Thank You from ‘Healing through Horses’ (Vernon Women’s Transition House’s Equine-assisted Therapy Program) Submitted by Wendy Elrick WOW! Thank you Horsey Ladies! Once again Healing through Horses has been honoured as one of the recipients of the monies raised at the Horsey Ladies Charity Auction on November 14th of this year! A huge, heartfelt thanks to all the women who came out for the dinner and auction, and thank you for voting for us. Thank you especially to the committee members, who have created this awesome fundraiser. We are extremely grateful. Last year we were very fortunate to be one of the recipients of the monies earned again by the Horsey Ladies. That was our third time lucky being recipients of these ladies’ generosity. Those monies were used for programming throughout 2014. Thank you ladies! What We Are About Equine-assisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where we view the horses as teachers and healers. People find great support for their individual healing processes through the relationships they develop with the horses, and the learning done through the exercises. Women have described the learning as life changing. Participants describe how the horses bring them back into contact with their feelings and their selfworth. The Horses The big news this year was the arrival of Amiga and her daughter Pi. They joined the herd on July 25th. Pi was born on May 28th. I never imagined we would have a mare and foal teaching equine-assisted learning. However, that is exactly what has been happening. Amiga has a permanent limp, due to an old injury to one of her legs. She does a fabulous job of providing teachings around the topic of physical challenges, as well as sacrifice and mothering. Pi brings the topics of innocence, curiosity and a lust for life to the table. Vienna is very grateful to have a foal on the property. Sadie, on the other hand, is not sure about it all. She has had to share Landor. Landor has fully embraced the role of father. It is a highlight of my day to see this giant guy with tiny Pi. Kara continues to see the glass as half full. She is a furry ball of joy to be around. Bandit and Joe are well. Chunky has been struggling with some health concerns, but is 42 • Saddle Up • December 2014

always happy to work. Peaches is looking for a two-legged buddy. Anybody interested in financing an older horse for the Healing through Horses program, please contact Wendy at 778475-6077. It is a great opportunity to have one on one time with a horsey angel. Learning from Horses This year we ran three equine-assisted trauma recovery therapy groups spanning 10 weeks each. Sessions were offered for two hours each week. This year was the first time we offered a group during the winter – thanks to a new indoor arena. We also ran two groups for girls, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, with a focus on personal leadership. During the Spring and Fall we offered a drop-in grooming session once a week with the goal of teaching girls and women the importance of making self-care a priority in our lives. This group is partially supported by volunteers. Thank you to Paige, Corrie & Sly for your time! In November we are running a four week pilot project for mothers and their children with a focus on healthy coping skills and self-care. Donations I would like to thank our 2013 donators. The Paddock Tack & Togs has continued their monthly donation to the program, which has been supporting us for ten years now. Thank you Karin and Darryl for your ongoing support. Arise Chiropractic continues to donate to the program - thank you Alana and Elliot and your team. Individuals have also made donations to the program. Thank you to each and every one of you. We have also received funds from Nature’s Fare. They donate 3% of the total on receipts we collect from the store. (We continue to collect Nature’s Fare receipts and are grateful to anyone who drops off their receipts for us – call 778-475-6077.) The bulk of this year’s expenses were funded by an individual donator. Thank you from the administration of Transition House, from myself, and the herd. Best wishes to you all for the coming year!


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

2015 BC Equine Education Summit Featured Speakers

Each month leading up to the Summit in March we will be introducing two equine professionals that will be speaking at the 2015 BC Equine Education Summit and their topics of expertise. Dr. Stephen Duren MSc PhD Topic: What is the best hay for your horse? Hay!? What exactly are you feeding that horse? First cut local, second cut local, Alfalfa mix from North South East or West - it does makes a difference. Come to listen and bring your questions to Dr. Duren for this informative session that will help you choose the best hay for your horse. About Dr. Duren: Dr. Stephen E. Duren MSc PhD - completed his Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences at the University of Idaho. He then went on and earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Duren, a former consulting equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research, Versailles, Kentucky, has formed his own company, Performance Horse Nutrition, Dr. Stephen E. Duren MSc PhD LLC. and consults with feed manufacturers and horse owners throughout the world. Dr. Duren is also the co-author of the sold-out book The Concise Guide To Nutrition In The Horse, and The 101 Most Frequently Asked Horse Nutrition Questions. Jochen Schleese CMS CSE Topics: Saddle Fitting for the Horse Saddle Fitting for the Rider Is your horse suffering in silence? Learn about the anatomical and biomechanical impact of poor saddle fit to equine back health. Jochen Schleese discusses causes and solutions for saddle fit issues in an insightful and often humorous presentation, with a take away of 9 points of saddle fit that every rider can check to ensure that the saddle is correct for the horse. The Gender of Saddle Fit: men and women are built differently! Why not accommodate these anatomical differences in saddle design? HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Discover the issues that females commonly face when riding in saddles built for men and solutions offered with gender appropriate saddles. About Mr. Schleese: Former member of the German young rider’s 3 Day Event team, Jochen qualified for European Championships in 1984, but had to retire his horse due to lameness and his riding career abruptly came to an end. After years of research Jochen discovered Pirat’s lameness was caused by an illJochen Schleese CMS CSE fitting saddle which damaged the scapular cartilage. This became the catalyst for Jochen’s life-long mission to prevent this from happening to all horses. After graduating from Passier in 1985 as the youngest Certified Master Saddler, Jochen came to Canada as the Official Saddler for the 1986 World Dressage Championships. As saddlery was not an established trade in North America, Jochen registered the trade, and operates the only authorized training facility for saddlery in Ontario. His research revealed that female riders are often plagued with pain and health issues simply from riding in saddles designed for male riders, due to the pelvic and anatomical and differences between the sexes. Schleese developed, and is the leading specialist in, saddles designed for women. Schleese was selected as the Official Saddler to the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas (2005, 2007, and 2009) and was part of the educational roster at 2010 WEG. Jochen has received numerous business and trade achievement awards, most recently awarded as 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year (Chamber of Commerce) for ongoing innovation in: research and development, company growth, products and services, creative business initiatives, and community service. Jochen Schleese has been profi led in prestigious media including the Wall Street Journal and the Discovery Channel (“How it’s Made”). In 2006 Jochen established Saddlefit 4 Life to teach and certify equine professionals in saddle analysis around the world. As the leading clinician in saddle fitting, Jochen teaches at the German Professional Trainers Association in Warendorf, Germany, trains veterinarians in Brazil, and speaks regularly at clinics and equine forums worldwide. Saddlefit 4 Life has received accreditation by the United States Dressage Federation, the Certified Horsemanship Association and is education partner with the Ontario Equestrian Federation and American Riding Instructor Association. Jochen’s DVD “Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting” illustrates issues as well as critical principles of static and dynamic saddle fitting. Jochen is the author of “The Silent Killer” – the Painful Truth of Saddle Fitting and Why it Doesn’t Work” (Wu Wei Germany 2012) and “Suffering in Silence – the Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” (Trafalgar 2013). • 43

Equine Canada Update Haley Stradling Wins at Royal West Aldergrove BC’s Haley Stradling emerged the winner of the Running Fox CET Medal Final on October 30th at the Royal West Tournament, in Calgary AB. For the first time since the inception of the Running Fox CET National Medal Finals, the prestigious class was held outside of the province of Ontario at the inaugural Royal West Tournament. Four riders from each of the four separate regions - Atlantic, Ontario, Prairie and British Columbia - qualified in their own circuits to compete in the National Medal Finals for a total of sixteen top equitation riders. Riding Jenna Powell’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Stanley SM, Stradling won the CET Medal Final which was held over two days and included three phases-Flat/Gymnastic, Jumping and a Final Four test. Running Fox CET Medal Final Top 5 1. Haley Stradling / Aldergrove BC 2. Chelsea Walsh / Calgary AB 3. Jessie Jia / Victoria BC 4. Sarah Barker / Halmilton ON 5. Kassidy Keith / Duncan BC

of the Year, Horse of the Year, Canadian-bred Horse of the Year and Media Award to name a few. Members of the equestrian community from across Canada are invited to participate in a selection of meetings and clinics tailored to address the unique needs of participants involved in equestrian sport, recreation and industry. Awards announced November 9 in Toronto France “Fran” McAvityy of Vancouver BC, was honoured as the Jump Canada Volunteer of the Year for 2014 in recognition of her loyal support and dedication to the furtherance of the hunter and jumper sport in Canada. Canadian Pacific (CP) has been named the Jump Canada Sponsor of the Year for 2014 in recognition of the railroad’s renewed commitment to the sport of show jumping in Canada. Jan Stephens, a native of Oakbank, Man., was named the recipient of Jump Canada’s Official of the Year Award for 2014. She has been a member of Equine Canada since 1974.

Fran McAvity receives the Jump Canada Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 from Jump Canada Chair, John Taylor. Photo by Michelle Dunn.

The Watermark Group, the owner of Showgirl ridden by Yann Candele, has been named the Jump Canada Owner of the Year for 2014.

Winners Haley Stradling and Stanley SM. From left to right : Pedro Cebulka, John Anderson, Laura Balisky, Haley Stradling, Debra Smith and John Taylor). Photo by Anna Skripets.

Annual Convention The 2015 Equine Canada Annual Convention is set for March 25-29 in Gatineau, Quebec, at the host hotel Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa. The Convention will play host to the 2015 Equine Canada Awards Gala, which consists of an evening of dining and entertainment in honour of our 2014 successes. Awards presented include Equine Canada’s coveted Equestrian of the Year, Junior Equestrian of the Year, Volunteer 44 • Saddle Up • December 2014

Equine Canada and Para-Equestrian Canada are pleased to announce that Andrea Taylor, of Langley BC, has been awarded the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award in recognition of her achievements at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014. Andrea Taylor assists Ashley Gowanlock, riding Maile, at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan.


CanTRA -‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Daphne Davey


inter is no longer just around the corner. For most parts of Canada it has already turned the corner and is at our doorstep. As the cold weather closes in, many of our therapeutic riding centres will close their programs, take a break, and emerge refreshed the following spring. (A few hardy souls will ride throughout the winter in heated arenas.) To celebrate the festive season, many centres inevitably hold social events - parties, for instance, when no one recognizes anyone else because they are now dressed up in glad rags and not barn clothes. And to complicate the identity crisis, some party-goers will find themselves by some mysterious magic transformed into strange characters, never seen in a riding arena. Or, if they are lucky, they get to hobnob with fabled personalities who only make their appearance at Christmas. Horses, on the other hand, get to play together in the snow with thick fur coats to keep them warm. They also will come back in the spring mentally refreshed after a well-deserved winter holiday. Fortunately, some of these unusual sightings were caught on camera. All of us at CanTRA wish readers of Saddle Up magazine the very best of the season. Let the festivities begin! For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra. ca or

Volunteer Coordinator Deena and Assistant Instructor Gilles. Photo: Daphne Davey.

Rachael tries to jolly Santa out of the doldrums. He was feeling weighed down by his sack of goodies. Photo: Daphne Davey

Marg and Spencer (normally an assistant instructor and a rider) now Santa’s Chief Elf and Assistant Chief Elf. Photo: Daphne Davey.

The “boys” at Peterborough Association Riding for the Disabled, Ontario, enjoying their winter holiday. Photo: Wendy Carruthers.

BC Carriage Driving Society By Deb Gardner, OK Chapter Rep OK CHAPTER 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW REPORT


ur driving year started off in March with an In-hand and Ground Driving Fun-day here at Spur Valley Ranch in Armstrong. Miniature horses, Welsh ponies and one big horse got together for a fun day in which we took our horses through several obstacles. Everyone had a great time and it was fun to get the horses out. Lunch was provided after the event which gave everyone a chance to have a horsey chat before heading home. On April 6th I hosted a Horse Council Scoring Clinic with Carol Cody. Carol gave us a very informative course on Scoring which was very helpful for Judges and competitors alike. For the driving judges that attended, it saved them a long drive down to the coast. Lunch was served after a Q&A period with Driving Judges Brian Jensen and Elisa Marocchi. It was great fun having Carol and her hubby here as our guests. A big thank you again to Carol, Elisa and Brian! May 3-4 and June 21-22 - The Kathy Stanley VSE Driving Clinics were both held here at Spur Valley Ranch in Armstrong. The clinics were full with each driver having private lessons daily as well as group lessons. Each person came away with lots of information and help with their driving skills. Dave (my hubby) cooked up an amazing turkey


dinner with all the fi xins for everyone attending our last clinic of the year in June. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2014 BCCDS executive, all the members and volunteers for putting on another awesome driving year! The Okanagan Chapter is looking forward to having another fun and educational driving year in 2015! Anyone interested in driving is welcome to join the BC Carriage Driving Society. Check out the website http://www.bccarriagedriving. com/ for a list of driving instructors, events, upcoming clinics, or a BCCDS chapter Rep in your area, and a Membership application. • 45

Eaglesfield Percherons Prove Invincible By Bruce Roy, Photos by Lynn Cassels-Caldwell


lberta horsemen at the World Percheron Congress (Springfield, Massachusetts), the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show (Lansing) and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (Toronto), were in the fore lift ing a number of the prestigious awards. At Springfield, 141 Percheron exhibitors at the 2014 World Percheron Congress contested the honours; 141 breeders from 19 American states and six Canadian provinces. The World Champion Team of Percheron Geldings was fielded by Brian Coleman, Eaglesfield Percherons of Didsbury AB, for the team’s owners Brian and Randi Thiel of Pleasant Grove, California. Their big, 18hh hitch horses were matched for colour, style and stride. Tramping like two Grenadier Guards on parade, their heads set, “Pride” and “Guy” never missed a beat. Brian Coleman says, “These athletic, black geldings are the greatest pair of horses I’ve ever had occasion to draw a line over.” Not pet-a-ponies, Pride and Guy know what work is. Last winter, they were harnessed six days a week, spreading countless loads of manure, often in snow to their knees or above. By show season, these Eaglesfield horses knew what “team work” was. Few horses shown in 2014, light or heavy, had their muscle tone. The sharp joints on their underpinning were clean as hound’s teeth. Coleman also fielded the winning Ladies Cart Horse and Four Horse Hitch of Geldings at Springfield’s 2014 World Percheron Congress. Shown at the Michigan Great Lakes

International on their return trip to Alberta, the Eaglesfield Percherons proved themselves invincible. Stable turnouts topped the Ladies Cart, Gelding Team, Unicorn, Four and Six Horse Hitches in the Percheron Performance Classification. The Eaglesfield Percherons were Overall Champion Six Horse Hitch in their final class. Clydesdale breeders in Alberta can also celebrate. Dennis Gordeyko, Gor-Dey Clydesdales at Ohaton AB, showed six head at Toronto’s 2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Supreme Champion Clydesdale, his two-year-old stallion, 2S Barnaby’s Grand Luchesse, was also Grand Champion Clydesdale Stallion. Purchased for $6,200 as a weanling at the 2S Clydesdale Dispersal Sale, this powerful colt was Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. This stallion was sired by Bogton Barnaby, and Gordeyko also purchased his dam, 2S Grandeur’s Lady Katherine, at the 2S Dispersal. She cost him $6,900. Calico Isabell was Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare at Toronto. She was exhibited by Alan and Mary Knobloch, Alamar Acres of Princeville, Illinois. Steve Gregg, Gregglea Clydesdales at Cargill, ON, purchased the three-year-old from Kevin and Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm at Huxley AB, as a two-year-old fi lly. Sadly, the Peloneros lost Cedarlane Carter, Calico Isabell’s sire, while still a young horse. All in all, it has been a winning year for Alberta’s draft horse breeders.

Pride and Guy, World Champion Team of Percheron Geldings at the 2014 World Percheron Congress; Brian Coleman has the lines in hand.

2S Barnaby’s Grand Luchesse, Supreme Champion Clydesdale, Grand Champion Stallion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Calico Isabell, Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Vernon Young Riders Update By Abby McLuskey


any members of our club recently attended ‘Catch the Clover’ on November 1st held at Fulton Secondary School in Vernon BC. We participated in many events like Self Defense Classes, Healthy Barnyards, Record Book Keeping, but still there was much more. This event is held every 2 years and involves all 4-H groups and includes guest speakers, door prizes, lots of friends and a whole lot of fun. Throughout the day we were able to purchase all kinds of 4-H items like hoodies, bags, mugs and nick-nacks. Then we had pizza for lunch!!! It was an awesome 4-H day. We have made plans for our annual Christmas Party. It’s on December 13th and we are going to the H2O Centre and then dinner and a party at the Heiss’ home. On behalf of Vernon Young Riders... WE WISH EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


s we face our long prairie winters in our part of the world, let me give mule and donkey owners a refresher on some basic care that they require. First, even though mules and donkeys require less feed than a horse their size and actually do better on a coarser quality of feed [grass hay is best, with little or no alfalfa], they still do need to eat and also require access to fresh water [not snow] and loose minerals and salt to supplement their diet. Salt blocks that are sold for cattle work fine for them and their coarse tongues, but mules, donkeys and horses have much smoother tongues and would have to lick for a very long time to get the salt they require. Straw bedding is very much appreciated as they do like to spend some of the day lying down. Shelter from wind and rain is absolutely NECESSARY, especially for donkeys!! Donkeys tend to grow longer, coarser coats that lack the protective undercoat that horses have in the winter. Their coat does NOT provide the protection needed during periods of weather extremes (colder and Both feet properly trimmed - by Jerry Tindell wet weather). Once a donkey gets wet and then it turns cold, the outcome can be deadly! We must [also a farrier] remember that the donkey originates from the dessert and they retain some of that ancestry. Please make sure your donkey has a shelter to get into and that he is allowed by other equines to use it. I can’t stress how important that is. There are far too many mules and donkeys that suffer from lack of proper trimming or any hoof care at all! Mules and donkeys have hooves that are tougher and more elastic and they are narrow in shape. The hoof wall is rounded and thick in the toe area, more pinched in and thinner at the quarter and flared out and thick at the heel. The bars are thick and prominent and the length of the hoof wall itself is relatively long and upright. They are generally trimmed at a steeper angle than a horse, but again Close up of the right club foot and all its should follow the angle of the shoulder. Too many in our part of extra growth the country are left with heels too low and toes too long and that can cause lameness. At our semi-annual meeting in October, we laid out plans for our events in 2015 including hosting a series of Jerry Tindell Clinics at several locations across Alberta and one clinic in Saskatoon SK. You can contact me at for updates on the clinics. Visit our website for much more information on donkey and mule care under the RESOURCES tab at www. A donkey with his left foot trimmed and the other untrimmed

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


nother season is officially in the books and it’s all fuzzy horses, cold fingers and holiday party food for the foreseeable future. The VDRC wrapped up the 2014 season on November 8th with a small group of dedicated members. We enjoyed potluck dinner together which included some excellent versions of 7-layer dip, delicious perogies and a great chocolate cake to name a few. The winner of our membership draw was Monique Hubbs-Michiel and the majority of attendees signed up for their 2015 season with the VDRC. After dinner awards were presented. The Horse on Course award for exceptional horsemanship went to Sandra Marbry, while the Kim Heinrich Memorial award for sportsmanship was presented to Joni Miskovich and the hard working and passionate Suzanne Wallace is our Volunteer of the Year for 2014. We do keep track of all the extra hours our members put in and this year we introduced a random draw to reward their hard work… Kelly MacIntosh won a gift certificate to Sparkling Hill donated by Full Throttle Equestrian! Speaking of hard HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

work, the Parker-Fisk family really went above and beyond this year. The VDRC treated Linda, Talitha and Jonathon with personalized gift cards to Home Depot and Spa Pur. High point awards were as follows: Youth 1st Emma Elders – Peachy Keen; 2nd Zoey Urban – Wall E; 3rd Hailey Freathy – Yu Kon Fly. Junior 1st Talitha Parker – Bella; 2nd Aja King – King Lear; 3rd Georgia Tooke - Juliette. Senior 1st Sandra Marbry – Gandolf the Grey; 2nd Gail Hooykaas - Reason to Liv; 3rd Terry Leggat – F.S. Miata. Elections were a quiet affair with no one stepping forward to contest the re-election of Julia Bostock (President), Linda Edwards (vice President), new Secretary Shauna Naka, new Treasurer Christine Doyle and new directors at large: Sandra Marbry and Monique HubbsMichiel. These ladies join returning directors Linda Parker-Fisk, Calle Mirkowsky, Sara Vey, and Jeff Demetrick for the 2015 season. Best wishes to you and your families this holiday season from the VDRC! • 47

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


s part of our wind-down to winter, the ORC met on November 2 at the D Bar K Ranch for our Fall Clear and Clean! It was very timely as the Clubhouse needed a major cleaning after so much use over the summer. After tackling the inside, we moved to the arena and surrounds for the big stuff (jumps, etc.); everything is now neatly stacked and winterized with tarps. Many thanks to the clean-up team: Kathy Malmberg, the queen of the industrial vacuum; Carol Lydiatt, for covering all the ground level jobs; Verla Strawn, who offered much encouragement to the team as she had a bad back; Dorothy McLaughlin, who is farm-girl strong and heaved equipment and trailers all over the place (and also brought the coffee and donuts!); Sandie Boothman, who seemed to be everywhere at the same time and got the dust covers; and Max Alexander who provided the muscle where needed. Thank you all for a job well done. The final BIG riding event for the year was held October 19 - our Annual Spooky Halloween Event, organized by Debbie House with a team of volunteers in close support. What a wonderful day we all had. The event commenced with the costume competition, and the judges Janice Goodman, Sasha Hopp and Simon Strong - agreed that Shelby MacRae as the Headless Horsewoman was the winner. Kristi Kambeitz came second as a Damsel in Distress and in third place was young Rosa with a little pony as a Carousel! This was followed with the Halloween Trail Challenge, an evil course designed and judged by Ken MacRae and featuring ghouls and goblins, tombstones, the pool of despair, the web and the “Gates of Hay-dees!” The winners were Keanna James (Junior Trail) and Donna Cooke (Senior Trail). After lunch, we had the Halloween Gymkhana and the Pairs Barrel Racing. The Gruesome Poles was won by Laatya James (Juniors) and Melissa Reimcke (Seniors). The James Girls romped to victory in the Junior Barrels and Team Haflinger gaited the Seniors!

At our AGM in November, we elected our new committee: President - Max Alexander Vice-President - Debbie House Secretary - Maggie Strong Mail Secretary - Chrissie Siebeck Costume winner Shelby MacRae Membership - Margie Fisher as the headless horsewoman Treasurer - Trish Osland Trish Osland was also elected to be a Life Member of the Club after many years as an active member and Treasurer. The committee is looking forward to the 2015 Clean-up team: Sandie, Max, Kathy and programme; we have Paul Dorothy Anna Maria Robinson Dufresne booked for the start of the season and we will include our traditional events and some new challenges. We will also soon have a new website, so keep an eye out for that! We close off the year with our Club Christmas party on December 13 at the house of Verla Strawn; there will be lots of prizes! The first event of 2015 will be the Anna Maria Robinson Annual Pub Quiz at the Welcome Inn on January 15. If you are interested in joining our Club, come meet us at the pub.

Kelowna Riding Club News By Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club held its 2014 AGM on Saturday, November 8, 2014. With two directors stepping down, two new ones were appointed being Darryl Ramsay and Kate Mincey. Welcome to the Board, Darryl and Kate! We look forward to working with you in 2015! In addition to the AGM, we also had a potluck, door prizes, yearend awards and silent auction. We had a free membership draw which was won by KRC member Lynne Arbuthnot. A special appreciation was presented to Dwayne from Prairie Coast Equipment/John Deere for providing the club with a tractor at a very reasonable rate and we look forward to continuing this great relationship in 2015. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors who support us throughout the year and provided us with silent auction items to help our club fundraise. Congratulations to our 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Mark Prevost! Mark was instrumental in helping out the club with grounds and ring maintenance this summer and fall. Thank you Mark for helping to keep the rings in fabulous condition! We also wish to congratulate our 2014 Carol Schellenberg 48 • Saddle Up • December 2014

Memorial Sportsmanship Award recipient, Tatjana Gjesdal! Tatjana exhibits exemplary sportsmanship qualities and is an inspiration and role model to our up and coming young riders. Way to go Tatjana! Be sure to join us for an Equestrian Christmas Fair at the clubhouse on Saturday, December 13th! This mainly equestrian-themed fair will include tack boutiques, local Tatjana Gjesdal, presented by Lynda Ramsay. Photo credit to Jesse crafters and artists as well as a Alexander Photography. quality used tack and clothing sale. Contact Lindsay KernLegroulx at for more information. As always, stay safe and in the tack! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Interior Cutting Horse Association By Joan Gibson Photos by Shannon Chaffee


he Interior Cutting Horse Association held its AGM and Awards Banquet at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon on Saturday, November 1. The banquet was well attended with all enjoying food, drinks, dancing and a great silent auction. Thank you to all who donated time and items to this event. It was a nice evening to round out a good year of cutting. Champions for each event were as follows: OPEN HORSE (sponsored by Dr. David Ciriani and Rebecca Ciriani) I’m a Genuine Player, ridden by Jerry Rath NON-PRO (sponsored by Bryan Schultz Construction) Jim Rhodes 10K NOVICE HORSE OPEN (sponsored by Dave Paton, Paton and Martin Veterinary Services) Torys Girl, ridden by Lee Poncelet 10K NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO (sponsored by The Horse Barn) DFL Super Foxolena, ridden by Lori Farmer 2500 LIMITED RIDER (sponsored by Lee Poncelet Performance Horses) Jim Rhodes YOUTH (sponsored by Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Kamloops) Maddison Mills 750 PROGRESSIVE HORSE (sponsored by Dr. Dale Henry and Marilyn Henry) Perrys Peppy San, ridden by Kevin Bennett 750 PROGRESSIVE RIDER R (sponsored by ICHA) Tanya Garfield 350 RIDER R (sponsored by Brandt Ranch and Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Services) Sheryl Wurtz GREEN HORSE (sponsored by AJF Wholesale) Noble T Colt 45, ridden by Tom Nobles NERVOUS NOVICE (sponsored by Big D Products, Vernon) Erin McKay RANCH HORSE (sponsored by Doug and Laurie Haughton, Southlands Ranch) Pepto Molly, ridden by Sheryl Wurtz

After the awards presentation, it was time for the saddle draws. There were two saddles available, one for competitors in the Rider classes and one for competitors in the Horse classes. Both saddles were beautiful examples of the Martins Performance saddles. The ICHA donated the saddle for the Horse classes and Marilyn Henry graciously donated the saddle for the Rider classes. Congratulations go out to Donna Cook who won the saddle donated by the ICHA and to Joan Gibson who won the saddle donated by Marilyn Henry. It was an exciting end to the awards and a great way to start the dancing! Thank you to all those who put in the hard work and long hours to make this club the success that it is. Looking forward to a great time in the cutting pen in 2015!

Saddle winner Joan Gibson

Saddle winner Donna Cook

Kelowna Hoofbeats Update By Ashley Robson, Kathleen Egeland, Paivi McLean and Lauren McGee


his month was a huge success as we wrapped up our year with our annual fundraiser at Olympia Greek Tavern on October 27th. A huge thanks goes out to the staff at Olympia for all their service, and to all our family and friends who come out and support us. Whether it’s every year, or this year was their first, we always look forward to seeing them. We had huge success with our 50/50 draw and the silent auction. A huge thank-you goes out to all of our sponsors – we appreciate it very much! This fundraiser is something we are all looking Paivi, Isabel, Marina and Shayl The amazing silent auction room forward to next year even though this year’s just passed. At the end of November the Kelowna Hoofbeats are looking forward to the Awards Banquet. We can’t wait to celebrate all the memories and congratulate everyone on all their awards; as well as do a little gift exchange. Hope you all have a safe and happy winter season.


Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he Annual Halloween Party was as much fun as ever, with decorated horses as well as jack-o’-lanterns. Check out the photos from Caitlyn! Thank you to Liz for hosting this event yet

again. The Annual Christmas Party, a potluck luncheon event with a Mexican Gift Exchange, is set for Sunday, December 21. Horse enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to bring a potluck item and a gift exchange item ($20 value) and take part in the festivities. The gift exchange is always exciting as some strategic gift “stealing” goes on! Afterwards, the adults will stick around for an evening social. We are very excited to announce that our expansion projects are going forward in the coming months. In the works is the purchase of a second set of bleachers, the purchase of a number of panel pens for housing horses (there are currently no overnight facilities at the TCSC grounds), and two parking lot expansions, one for spectators and one for horse trailers. These expansions are much needed for the growing number of participants at our club events. Of course, we couldn’t achieve a project of this magnitude without the much-appreciated support of a number of funding partners. The Nechako-Kitimaat Development Fund Society is providing the lion’s share of the funding, as is the Federal Gas Tax Fund accessed through the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s Recreation Infrastructure

category. We thank them both very much for helping our club achieve such a large project! We also must extend thanks to the Burns Lake and District Community Foundation and the Burns Lake Community Forest as both entities assisted with funding the bleachers portion of the project. It is great to have the opportunity to access local funds to improve local facilities! We’ve also started plans for next year already. So far, we are looking at hosting another Cattle Sorting, the Annual Gymkhana, the Fall Fair show and the Annual Poker Ride. For more information on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi 250-692-5721 or email; check us out on Facebook or

Totem Saddle Club Rides at WDAA Worlds By Marty Cox


rom Terrace, BC, to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was quite an adventure for Danielle Sexton. Lillian EvaniewPhelan, one of the club’s clinicians and judges, invited Danielle to go with her and ride at the World Finals of the Western Dressage Association of America held Nov 1-2. They had an eventful trip down there but did quite well. Danielle rode one of Lillian’s horses, Sweet Shinin Remedy, aka “Blondie,” and placed sixth in the WDAA Western Dressage Basic Level Test 2 Amateur with a score of 68.472%. Lillian placed seventh in the WDAA Western Dressage Level 3 Test 3 Open on Listos Last Sugar. We are all quite proud of Danielle congratulations! October was the end of the season with the Annual Banquet held at the Terrace Arena on October 26. In the Gymkhanas, High Point Horse and Rider went to Lyn Rempel and Whisper. There were some really fast times must be the new footing. The fastest times were: ~ Lyn Rempel and Whisper - Figure 8, 19.398; Barrels, 15.946; Scurries, 8.955 ~ Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeky - Keyhole, 8.623 ~ Cassie Penfold and Tabu - Pole Bending, 22.580; Flag, 9.538 ~ Jennifer Rempel and Diggy - 10.761

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High Point Awards Master 1st: Lyn Rempel 2nd: Jason Rempel 3rd: James Muller Senior 1st: Jocelyn Benoit 2nd: Danielle Sexton Junior A 1st: Cassie Penfold 2nd: Jessica Melia 3rd: Tianna Hooker Junior B 1st: Jennifer Rempel 2nd: Megan Glawe Junior C 1st: Justin Rempel 2nd: Dylan Currie 3rd: Kylie Tremblatt

Lyn Rempel High Point

Danielle and Lillian

Clear Round Days Senior 1st: Lyn Rempel and Whisper 2nd: Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeky 3rd: Terri Cameron and Duelly Junior 1st: Jennifer Rempel and Diggy 2nd: Kylie Tremblatt and Sultana

As the year ended, it was time for the Annual General Meeting and Elections. The Executive for next year are: President - Alice Sexton Vice President - Rowena Chambone Treasurer - Lyn Rempel Secretary - Pati Dougan Directors - Michalla Heighington, Jason

Clear Round Days winners Jocelyn, Terri and Lyn

Rempel and Melissa Glawe Congratulations! Looking forward to a great year in 2015.


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Your Club By now the AGM will be but a memory, and your Board and committees are working away toward a super 2015 lineup. Please check our page of the BCQHA website for information on these. We are always looking for volunteers for our various committees to help shape our wonderful organization to be the best it can be - please consider joining us! Our amazing Bazaar and Sponsorship Committees are the backbone for us to be able to offer the programs and shows that we do, and can always use more involvement... many hands make light work! Have any new ideas for how to make our year outstanding in 2015? Contact us and let us know! Stay tuned to our page on the BCQHA website also for details about the Awards Banquet in the new year. Sian is working away on this fun-fi lled evening which is sure to be a great one. Have any exciting news to share? Let us know! Contact

Congratulations are in order Congratulations to Tina Maynard both

on her recent marriage and job opportunity! Her job is taking her from our Zone, but we are sure she will make a sunshiny welcome part of the South Central Zone! We wish you the best in this new chapter of your life, Tina.

Our deepest condolences Just a little while ago, our long-time dedicated member, director and Bazaar Committee Chair Terri Brown said a tearful goodbye to her four-legged best friend “A Buck A Dimension.” This beautiful buckskin mare was an icon at our LMQHA shows spanning ten years. She was a many-time Year-End Award winner, Regional Champion, Class Winner and more. Watching Terri and her mare show together was always a joy and inspiration as their love for each other was evident in everything they did. No matter how their classes went, “Ducky,” also affectionately known as “Poohpooh LaRue,” was always the recipient of a genuinely joyful pat from Terri as what they were doing together transcended the show pen. She was a character and a kind girl; everyone who frequented our circuits will have seen Ducky very successfully begging passers-by for a carrot or two that were always hanging in front of her stall. No one could resist! Sadly, Ducky suddenly became ill at home on the farm from what was, at the time, unknown causes. She was cared for lovingly

A Buck A Dimension and Terri Brown

around the clock by Terri, supported by her friends and the amazing vets/staff at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services. One week after the first symptom and after a valiant fight from a mare with more heart than most people would ever know, she succumbed to what we now know was Colitis X. She was truly a once-in-a-lifetime horse who touched the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be dearly missed and always loved.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year With Christmas fast approaching as well as the New Year, we are sure you are all bustling about with plans for the holidays. Season’s Greetings to you and your families including the four-legged variety, of course!

CQHA Member Wins at Royal Submitted by Canadian Quarter Horse Association


e are extremely proud of Haley Stradling, our former AQHA Youth World Cup Team Canada member 2010 and 2012, for winning the Jump Canada Medal Final on November 11, during the 2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON. Following the completion of the four Jump Canada Medal Regional Finals, the top finishers from across Canada were invited to contest the Jump Canada Medal Final Championship at the Royal Horse Show. The Jump Canada Medal Final Championship course, set at a height of 3’6”, rode forward while incorporating three broken lines, two tight rollback options and two twostride combinations. Stradling, 17, navigated the challenging, 11-obstacle course, effortlessly HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

riding Ceylon, Toni Hickox’s eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Out of the 22 entries, nine riders were invited back for the flat phase where they were required to show a sitting trot, the three gaits of walk, trot and canter in both directions, counter canter, a turn on the haunches and a lengthening of stride at the trot and canter. For the final test to determine the overall placings, the top four riders returned to the ring for a ride-off over a shortened course, which included a canter fence to start, an inside turn and a final fence at the hand-gallop followed by a halt. Stradling, who was second last to go, demonstrated all the elements perfectly to be selected as the judges’ top pick. “This is amazing,” said Stradling, who

had only ridden Ceylon three times prior to competing in the Final. “It is a big honour to win the Jump Canada Medal.” “My trainers found Ceylon for me; we tried him once and he is the one we ended up using for the class. I was really lucky to have been able to ride him in the Final. He was perfect,” added Stradling. She is coached by Laura and Brent Balisky and Laura Jane Tidball. • 51

BC Rodeo Association THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 • FAX: (250) 398-4101 • Office Hours: Monday to Thursdays 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082 Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

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BCRA BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION Photos courtesy of Cassie Cooper

ALL AROUND COWBOY – COLE SCOTT Sponsors: Whirlwind Ranch & BG Self Loading

The BCRA Annual General Meeting & Banquet was held Saturday, October 25th at the Quesnel Seniors Center, Quesnel BC. The evening started out with dinner, a silent auction and then the awards and dance. A big thank you to all that helped organize and make the banquet a success. Thank You To The Following For Helping Us At Our Banquet: ~ Nita Cameron ~ Barb Swampy ~ Kelly Walls ~ Glen & Coleen Duggan ~ Shaun Oxtoby Thank You To The Following For Your Donations To The Silent Auction: ~ Twilight Ranch ~ WL Indoor Rodeo Association ~ Smithers Rodeo Club ~ Grassland Equipment Ltd. ~ Ty Lytton ~ Glen & Coleen Duggan ~ Circle S Western Wear ~ Carey Isnardy, Rhoda Antoine ~ Allison & Brock Everett ~ Surplus Herbies ~ Acklands ~ Gus & Nita Cameron ~ Cache Creek Veterinary Hospital ~ Vivian Macneil ~ White Ranches

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2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader REGENCY CHRYSLER, Quesnel 1-888-726-4947 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle & Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor TY POZZOBON PBR INVITATIONAL 2014 Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle Sponsor 2014 Bull Riding Finals Champion Buckle NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION 2014 Jr. Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle Sponsor 2014 Jr. Steer Riding Finals Champion Buckle HDI CONSTANTIA RESOURCES LTD 2014 Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Sponsor WHIRLWIND RANCH / B.G. SELF LOADING All Around Cowboy Saddle Sponsors THE HORSE BARN / SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP All Around Cowgirl Saddle Sponsors WL INDOOR RODEO ASSOC. / THE GREEN PLACE Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider LITTLE FORT HEREFORDS, Little Fort Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle QUESNEL RODEO CLUB Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle MARWEST UTILITY SERVICES, R. MCLEOD: 2014 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE LOG HAULERS ASSOCIATION 2014 Bareback Finals Buckle Sponsor 2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse GUS & NITA CAMERON Junior Barrel Horse of the Year 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald BC Livestock & Coop, Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet, Williams Lake

JR ALL AROUND – TAYLOR CHERRY Sponsors: WL Indoor Rodeo Association & The Green Place Kelly Walls & Shaun Oxtoby – WLIDR presenting.

ALL AROUND COWGIRL KERI MIKKELSEN Sponsors: Spectrum Resource Group & The Horse Barn Trish Kohorst presenting on behalf of Spectrum


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

Feed your volunteers well - keep them energized!



he term “work bee” doesn’t really suit what we do at the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC). When you are doing something you enjoy, it doesn’t feel like work. When it supports your passion, in this case trail riding, we’re happy to BEE there! You’ve previously heard about the success of our first-ever BCHBC multi-chapter Provincial work bee that was held at Lundbom Lake. Here is how it came about and why it was such a success! It all started in 2013, when concerns were raised about the state of disrepair at Lundbom. Two people volunteered to research it, devise options and make the initial contact with the Recreation Sites and Trails Officer. He liked our plan, and was able to help with funds and materials. The list of supplies and equipment that needed to be calculated, coordinated and scheduled was extensive. Drill pipe for the rails needed to be sourced and transported from northern Alberta. An excavator, bobcat and tractor were required to level the ground, plus chop saws, welders and torches, sand and gravel for footing, lock blocks, lag bolts, safety equipment and, of course, food for volunteers.

Day One Volunteers pulled apart the old wooden corrals. When spikes couldn’t be pulled, we sawed the ends off, burned them to keep coffee hot and heat lunches. The nails were sorted out of the ashes for recycling. When the pipe arrived, I remember the sound of it coming off the trailer deck - like rolling thunder.

Day Two There was a job for everyone and everyone found a job! Even members who couldn’t attend had sent pre-cooked lunch. This was the day to get everything ready for assembly. We welded caps on the open ends of the pipes, to keep wasps from building nests inside. Later, it was awesome to watch the ingenuity when a group of the women put their heads together to devise and build a rock wall along the back and a rock-armoured drainage ditch on the hillside. This will keep the corral footing from being pushed and washed off the corral pad. By the end of the day, the bay for the manure bin had been dug, and the corner posts pounded in.

Day Three More cutting and laying out of pipe and more post pounding. Soon it was time to raise the back rails. Holes for the lag bolts were burned into the rails. A cheer was heard clear across the campground when it was in place. At one point, I was sitting at the top of the hill trying to get cell reception so I could order more acetylene and oxygen for the torches. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Ed, the RST Officer who had been helping for the past two days, came over and plunked down beside me. He looked tired and dirty. “You people are crazy!” he exclaimed. But he and his wife came back out for a potluck dinner, stories and songs around the fire later that night.

Day Four

There should be a job for everyone and everyone should have a job! Keep volunteers busy but don’t wear them out!

It was going to take a huge effort to get the corrals and manure bin finished. One gang laid out rails with the bobcat, while another torched the holes. Generators powered the tools for pre-drilling the posts. The next group followed, setting the top rail and driving the lag bolts in with impact guns. A couple of people manned the spacers to set the next rail. The process then repeated itself. All the while you could hear chuckles and sounds of encouragement, see smiles and the backs of hands wiping away sweat. Friends handed each other bottles of water or lag bolts as needed! Two groups were working, slowly coming together. At the same time, the excavator had finished pounding the last post and was placing the lock blocks to form the manure bin. It was 4:00 pm. The excavator needed to be loaded and heading home to Kelowna for work on Monday. Other volunteers who had travelled a long way to help had to do the same. Finally, about 6:00 pm, the last hole was torched, the last lag bolt driven. We had succeeded! We had achieved our goal. Forty-six volunteers from eight different Chapters had put in 744.5 hours and built 28 pipe corrals, complete with gates, solid footing plus a brand new manure bin. There are things that made this effort successful: a vision, good planning, resourcefulness, partnerships, leadership, communication, but mostly invaluable volunteers. Thank you from the bottom of my volunteer heart! Oh! And by the way... we’re not finished yet! • 53

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Vice President: Natalie Hall

That’s a wrap! FTP winner Geri Brown and R Bandits Tessa Gildemeister It’s hard to believe we are reading our last edition of Saddle Success (Chance) Up for 2014. What a year this has been! There have been lots of show opportunities for BC Paint Horse exhibitors this year, and American Paint Horse. We encourage all clubs to submit an application for we’ve had the pleasure of meeting many new competitors who ventured beyond your all-breed shows next year where you expect to have at least three APHAtheir local communities to participate in not only BC Paint-hosted shows, but registered horses in attendance. also the combined shows that our breed partners included us in. With more Congratulations to our 2014 Otter Co-op Free Trophy Program winners: options than ever, the board would like to extend congratulations to all who 100 Mile and District Outriders Club - Karen Wares and RDR Independence participated this year, and share in your successes, accomplishments and Day learning curves. Barriere and District Riding Club - Karen Wares and RDR Independence Day We certainly couldn’t do it without the support of our generous sponsors. WAM (Welsh, Arabians and Morgans) All Breed Show, Armstrong - Nakita Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Delichte and NSP Butterscotchbambi Group, and to PrairieCoast Equipment, Mackenzie Meadows, Lazy 3 Ranch, Bulkley Valley Exhibition - Geri Brown and R Bandits Success Sears Travel, Harvest Classic Fall Show, The Horse Barn, Stampede Tack Boundary Horse Association - Wendy Price and Sir Synergized and Western Wear, Otter Co-op, Hutton Performance Horses, Schellenberg Th ree in One, Burns Lake - Bibs Dallaire and Gold Bar Tristan Trucking, Dale Chavez and The Painted Horse, Dog and Pony, Lynn Parker IPE, Armstrong - Tessa Gildemeister and Docs Rocking Conclusion from High Arrow, Sally Saur and Delichte Stables. Their support cannot be South Central QH Fuzzy Horse Show, Armstrong - Alexia Hazeldine and Just a understated. We appreciate them all! Fancy Sensation Busy! Busy! Mission Horse Club - Madyson Smith and Twisters Norfleet Th is year was a busy one for the board, starting with our amazing awards On a personal note banquet last January, a new edition of Paint Connections, the LMQ bazaar, By now, many of you know that negotiating show venues and class lists, an extreme trail clinic (under the Devon Smith (Ima Sierra Surprise) was excellent direction of Rhonda Kopp), hosting our “Back-to-Basics” shows in seriously injured in early November May and July, socials, and seasonal fundraisers. while helping her dad repair a fence at BC Paint was promoting our breed club for the second year in a row at the our farm in Enderby. The outpouring Mane Event in Chilliwack in late October. It was a pleasure to speak to all that of support from the horse community stopped in to say hello, share the news of their new Paint additions and request - and especially our new friends in information on many topics relating to our equine breed. Th is is a costly event the Okanagan/Shuswap - has been for us and we do appreciate your visits and enthusiasm as attending every year overwhelming and greatly appreciated. isn’t possible. A special thank you to Lynn Parker, Now, the wheels are already turning as we prepare to do it all over again in Janet and Buck Crich, Naomi and Dean 2015. Your ideas and reflections are always welcome in order to keep BC Paint McGeachy, Colleen Schellenberg, and fresh! Cindy MacKay and Courtney Kind for Come celebrate! Devon Smith their front-line support (and horse care) We will be hosting our 2014 awards banquet at Adrian’s at the Airport in these early weeks of Devon’s recovery. Restaurant, Saturday, January 31. Members and guests will be personally (What would we - and the herd - have done without you?) contacted with cost and dinner options in the coming weeks. Th is will be Facebook messages, cards and culinary contributions have all meant another occasion for you to consider a donation for the always-popular silent so much to Allan, Devon and I. We are hopeful Devon will be home from auction and balloon “POP.” If you have company contacts or retailers you could the hospital in time for Christmas and that she will continue to exceed the approach for a donation, we would be very grateful for your support. The 2014 expectations of her surgeons, doctors and nurses in the months ahead. Give APHA and Open Show award winners will be posted on our website, www. blood this season if you can; volunteer at your local hospital. We wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone but we have a new appreciation for the institutions Winners acknowledged and people who save lives like Devon’s every single day. They are worth their The BC Paint Horse Club, with the generous support of Otter Co-op, weight in gold! offers horse clubs and show organizers throughout BC an award to acknowledge All the best to you and yours as we head into this holiday season. We the top-performing APHA-registered horse at their all-breed competitions. will be celebrating a very special Christmas this year - and our own precious It’s our way of showing support for the work that all breed, discipline-specific miracle. We hope it will be special for you, too. - Cathy Glover (like reining or dressage) and community clubs do in helping us promote the

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

Cheer for the Ears!



AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15


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 q @ 11/15


ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

Back Country Horsemen of B.C.

CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

Contact: Website:


ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15

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

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15



BATEMAN EQUESTRIAN EDUCATION In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15

BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY Y (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 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: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15 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,

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@telus. net, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 11/15 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15


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Clubs & Associations PERUVIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, or phone 403-935-4435 Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15

PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15 Overnight g it or Stayy in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15


CLUBS: Do any of you want old trophies and show ribbons? We get inquiries from people wanting to donate them. Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367 EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING WORKSHOP, Vernon BC, Wendy 778-475-6077,, EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING WORKSHOP, Vernon BC, Wendy 778-475-6077,,


1-888-763-2221 or visit LMQHA HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,

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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2/3 Advanced Clinic, Smithers BC, Contact Anika 250-846-5494, e-mail NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Contact Anika 250-846-5494, e-mail THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,

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CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367 ANNUAL HORSE BREEDERS & OWNERS CONFERENCE, Red Deer AB, CANADIAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. AGM, at Holiday Inn, Cambridge ON, Info at or call Marnie 204-834-2479 PRC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,,

february 2015 Sundays

CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367

march 2015 Sundays 12-15

CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367 19TH ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC,

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TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, TFC Center, Kelowna BC, 250-317-7725, WCRA ROCKSLIDE, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanichton BC,, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Spur Valley BC, 250-317-7725, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, 250-317-7725, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, St. Andrews MB, 250-317-7725, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Oliver BC, 250-317-7725,,


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ELEGANT 2003 BLUE ROAN AQHA MARE 15.2HH. Quiet, nice mover and a proven broodmare. This is a sweet mare that would make a great English or Western Dressage horse, as well as Ranch Pleasure. Also well-started in Reining maneuvers. $7,500 For more information Call 604-462-9179 (Maple Ridge BC) or e-mail • 61

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