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The Mane Event Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 14 years in Chilliwack BC!


huge year is ahead of us in Chilliwack and we want your help! Vote on our Facebook page to tell us who your favourite trainer/clinician was in past years. The Mane Event had it all in Chilliwack on October 20-22. It was a fun-filled horsey weekend for those that attended. Those who drove through the torrential rain and even snow on the northern highways enjoyed the sessions on jumping, dressage, barrel racing, cowboy dressage and more! The Trainers Challenge competitors showed a great spirit of camaraderie and support for each other over the 3 days of the event, but Ben Baldus from Texas was crowned the Trainers Challenge Champion on Sunday. It was a close competition between the three competitors - Severin Pederson, Ben Baldus and Dan Keen. An outstanding job was done by all trainers to give the colts a great start in their riding career. A huge thank you goes out to Douglas Lake Ranch for bringing the colts for the Trainers Challenge. These colts will begin their working life on the ranch this coming spring.

Planning for the next two upcoming Mane Event expos – Scottsdale AZ March 30–April 1, 2018 and Red Deer AB April 27 – 29, 2018 is well underway. We would like to invite any Snowbirds or those that need a break from the winter weather to Scottsdale to see expo headliners Chris Cox, Al Dunning and Mustang Maddy, plus many more. Weather in Scottsdale at the end of March is expected to be in the mid-70s (doesn’t that sound great!). The Red Deer expo is shaping up fantastic as well with two confirmed (to date) Trainers Challenge competitors Alex Alves and Kade Mills - this is going to be a great one. Stay in touch with the Mane Event Facebook page for all the news! Come and experience the 15th Anniversary of the Chilliwack Mane Event on October 19-21, 2018 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC. We will have giveaways and a few surprises up our sleeve to celebrate this special event! Visit for information on all the expos. Once again a huge thank you to everyone for their support and we hope to see you at a Mane Event in the near future!

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t has been one heck of a year for most (weather-wise), from floods, to fires, now the snow season. What will 2018 bring? I hope our winter season is a calm one for all. In our 17th year of publishing Saddle Up, I want to thank our readers, our advertisers, the authors that send in news/training articles, the clubs that send in their reports, and overall general supporters in one form or another. Since we are a free magazine, we solely rely on Photo by Kathy Mydske advertising revenue each month to print. The social media craze is not an easy one to compete with… but we have… and we are still publishing 11 issues per year (just not January). I am still a firm believer in, and enjoy holding, a ‘paper copy’ of any newspaper or magazine, reading with a coffee or a glass of wine in my hand – as I know most of you do too. And I thank you! Keep up with us… and we will keep up with you. I hope you enjoy our last issue of 2017… cozy up by the fire and grab that ‘hard copy’ to read… and a beverage of your choice of course! I know I will. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! From your ‘community-minded-horse-friendly’ (printed) magazine! And available for your viewing pleasure online for free to anyone (if you so choose).

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FEATURES Mane Event 14th Year 3 World According to Horses (EFW) 6 Communication, Leadership… Part 1 8 Mountain Trail at Back 40 10 Horses, Hats and Hope Fundraiser 11 Alberta Rider… Championship in WD 12 Trailer Loading & Hauling Tips 14 Fall Classic Breeders Sale 16 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity 17 4-H Spirit Riders & RCMP 18 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE, Part 2 20

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Cover Feature Merry Christmas and Happy New Year This is the time of year when we get to look back and reflect on our past and think about all the good people who’ve helped us along the way. Without you we’d be nothing but another empty barn. Thank you one and all for your time, trusting us with your training horses, mares for breeding, renting our facilities for your shows and clinics, sometimes giving us gales of laughter or headaches, both of which are just part of a learning curve. Either way, it’s not over yet and we love it all! There’s not a lot new on the horizon so far... but... We are still standing our 5 beautiful stallions (as seen on the cover) HG Spark McCue - black and white overo APHA Dream Leaguers Tune - black 16.2HH AQHA Shinin N Stylin - palomino AQHA Paid For A Chic - chestnut AQHA Fisher Pond - bay TB Murray Creek Ranch offers boarding tailor made for your needs. We can do and supply everything for your horse, or just part. Whatever suits you the best. We have TWO indoor arenas (110x220 & 70x140), a SAND 1/2 mile training track, sand pipe outdoor round pen, pipe indoor round pen, 170 matted stalls, separate foaling barn with cameras, hot water wash racks, laundry for blankets, and ample parking for the biggest of rigs. We also offer short term boarding if you want to go on holidays, or overnight stalls for travellers. Murray Creek Ranch John and Lucille 3652 – 216th Street, Langley BC Office/Fax 604-514-8700 or Cell 604-807-5519 ~ Check us out on DECEMber 2017


ost of us were taught that power corrupts and there is so much evidence of this in our modern world. This belief causes us to deny ourselves the benefits that being able and willing to stand in our power can provide. While there is certainly merit in trying not to be the bully that nobody likes, we also need to embrace our power if we are to be happy and effective in our lives. So, how do we learn to embrace our power without abusing it? How do we find the balance that works? My best and clearest lesson on this topic came about from trying to learn how to work with my lead mare at liberty. My dear Maggie can be quite demanding in her lessons with her human and she began making it quite clear that I was ready to learn the next step in developing our relationship. “Stand in your power and own it.” If you want your horse to accept you as a partner/leader you have to show them you are able to be a leader/herd member that they can trust. Not an easy task when your horse is already the leader of the herd. You must lead with conviction that reveals not a speck of doubt. There is no room for “what if I am doing something wrong?” or “what if I hurt her feelings?” If you have doubts, they will know it and you will absolutely not get the desired result. On the flip side, when working with an alpha mare, if you get bossy or angry, you will not get what you are hoping for either. Clarity, conviction and congruency are required. So began my lesson in strength, power and balance. This would prove to be an ongoing and difficult lesson that would bring to light many of my limiting beliefs around power and reveal how many different ways I had created to make myself seem small and unthreatening in a world that discourages feminine power. While Maggie is my taskmaster, the herd may decide that the lesson needs a different approach and one of my other horses will step forward to participate in the session; sometimes it will be two of them that wish to 6 • DECEMber 2017


work together. Those tend to make me a little nervous because I have come to realize that it means we will be working on a belief that needs to be released. Not a comfortable task. The reward for being willing to go through this process with my horses is beyond anything I could have imagined. When I go out to the corral that my horses live in, they all want to be chosen for play time that day. Now that I have embraced my power, interact with my horses with an open heart and employ effective boundaries, I can play with my 2-year-old without fear of his antics. I love the feeling of joyful, childish abandon I experience when I am running around the paddock, chasing and being chased by my handsome boy. This is the kind of connection I have always dreamed of having with my horses. To allow myself to be a kid and play with my horses without fear or an agenda is liberating. Liberty is not work, but play that allows both of us to express ourselves, let go and just revel in the present moment.

About Vicki: I have enjoyed the company of my own horses for the past 36 years, but have loved horses and all animals for my entire life. Courses in Equine Facilitated Wellness have shown me the science behind what I have always known: the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person. Their presence in my life provides me with a sanctuary from the insanity of the civilized world. (See her listing in our Business Services section under EQUINE SERVICES)

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By Christa Miremadi

Smoke enjoying a good belly rub. A very useful reward that I use often thanks to his ability to express how much he enjoys it. ometimes it seems like there’s a handful of catch phrases that all the trainers know and throw them around while their true meaning is somewhat lost or overlooked. Of course, to each individual, the meaning or expectation may be slightly different. However, I think it’s important that the understanding or expectation you hold is at least in the same ball park as that of the trainer you choose to help you. Sometimes when I sit in the stands at a horse expo or a clinic somewhere, or watch a video someone sends me, the words I hear don’t quite match the actions I see in front of me. Words like partnership, leadership and communication are used when what I see is control, domination, and force. At the risk of

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sounding like a bit of a “horsemanship hippy,” I thought it might be helpful to spend a little time talking about what each of these powerful words means to me and how they might look if I were to witness them between a human and a horse. I’m going to start with communication because I feel like neither partnership nor leadership can be accomplished without first truly understanding and implementing it. Much like how I balance (without prioritizing) freedom of speech, communication and training while using a round pen, when it comes to horsemanship, clear, healthy boundaries, trust and consistency must all be given a front seat in order to truly engage in developing partnership or leadership and none of that

can be achieved without understanding what communication really means. The definition, if you were to look it up on the Google search engine as I did, would read something like this: the sharing or exchange of information, news or ideas. For me, the key word here is exchange. Far too often, when I watch folks working with their horses it appears that their understanding of the word communicate is: to impart on another your desires or ideas. Or maybe even: to make another prove through action an understanding of your desires or ideas. This perspective may seem extreme but so do some of the “training” techniques and auxiliary tools that I see being used to “communicate” with our horses these days. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that there are times where a piece of equipment is required in order to keep a horse or rider safe while they’re doing their job. There will always be situation in which the horse may not have the necessary preparation required in order to perform the task at hand safely without the use of a bit of leverage or power but let’s call it what it is, shall we? These tools are not there to exchange information, they are there to stifle the exchange and amplify one side of the conversation’s influence over the other. Communication with a horse requires listening. It requires understanding what the horse is feeling and what the horse is trying to share. It means that when a horse is resistant or hesitant the trainer or rider must reflect on why. What part of this activity or exercise is the horse having trouble with? Is there something that can be done to help the horse be more successful? It means paying attention to what brings the horse confidence, security and support and what causes anxiety, fear or shutting down.

Cisco communicating his displeasure with the young horse we’re schooling through his raised head, laid back ears, squinty eyes and drawn out nostrils. Despite his clearly-expressed opinion, he continues to follow direction and oblige me. (Photo by Aynsley Cairns) Granted, some horses are easier to understand than others and that can make it quite a bit more challenging to exchange information but, trust me, your horse is feeling something about the experience they’re having, the question is: what? It doesn’t always have to be positive since no horse or human can grow or learn without stretching a comfort zone or two, but in order to stay safe and to truly be communicating, we need to recognize what they’re telling us and use that information to help guide us. This can be especially challenging for a trainer who’s been hired for thirty days and a client is expecting big changes in a short time. The pressures placed on the trainer will transfer to the horse and sometimes a trainer may feel as though they don’t have time to consider the horse’s experience. This is a very unfortunate truth when it comes to training horses these days and something that contributes to a large number of the re-starts that I’m hired to do. Hearing our horse’s feedback is important, not just when it comes to whether or not they’re enjoying their experience but also, quite literally, how they feel. Does their back hurt? Do they have sore muscles from working hard the day before? Do they have tender feet because it rained last night and their feet have absorbed a lot of moisture and become soft after a long dry spell or because the wet, soggy ground of fall just froze overnight and they’re now walking on an uneven, poky frozen surface? In my experience, once a horse realizes that you’re listening to them and taking their feedback under consideration, they begin to express themselves more freely and give you more effort and try harder. This open feedback can be a good thing (especially when you’re working with the more introverted horse) but it also requires balance. We and our horses must learn what methods of communication are productive and what sorts of things warrant making an adjustment. For example, I know we’re all capable of recognizing the communication attempt when a horse lets us know how much they’d like to eat the grass they’re being led or ridden over. Just because we heard and understand them does not mean we must oblige. This is an area that we can let them know that despite their desire to stop and eat the grass, they will need to continue walking forward. However, if a horse’s cinch has been done up too tightly and they’re having a difficult time moving out due to a shortness of breath or restriction of movement, they may express this through a reluctance to move forward, which could be mistaken for obstinate resistance. If you can realize that this behaviour is actually an expression of a physical challenge and address that challenge, you may find that the horse communicates its appreciation for your attention and understanding through a renewed and amplified effort in return, once the cinch has been adjusted. These are just two of literally millions of examples, but without

My daughter Zahra and her mare Lexi as they work with the mechanical cow/flag for the first time. Lexi is showing her interest, curiosity and caution through her body language. (Photo by Carol Dymond)

this exchange of information, communication is not taking place. Once communication has been established, however, and handler and horse have developed a healthy and reliable method of letting each other know how they’re feeling, developing leadership and a rewarding partnership can begin. Check out Part 2 in next month’s issue for more!

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

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Mountain Trail at

By Laureen Guenther


arly August, Circle Creek Equestrian Center in Kamloops BC made the announcement that, due to the opening of their facility for wildfire evacuees, they would be unable to host the BC Mountain Trail competition that was scheduled for August 19-20. So we, Laureen Guenther and Daina Hillson, decided we would step up to the plate and organize a point earning show that would also provide a venue for some of our 55+ Games contestants to get a taste of Mountain Trail. We enlisted the brains and brawn of our husbands, Brian Guenther and Murray Hillson, to build obstacles and upgrade the course. Thank you so much to them both! Next we had to find some volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to Denise Stanley who went above and beyond finding people willing to sponsor us as well as taking on the monumental task of getting some really cool certificates made for the winners. We would also like to give a big shout out to Bonnie Pardell, Alice Westlake and Danielle Westlake for a super job keeping the office running and the results posted. A wonderful concession was provided each day by Gary Janot and Terri Ratcliffe. Their lovely granddaughter, Mataya Ratcliffe, was our official pooper-scooper for the weekend. Rebecca and Kyla Tingstad filled in wherever needed. To ALL of our volunteers – THANK YOU. We couldn’t have had a show if it wasn’t for our wonderful exhibitors. You were all great and we thank you for coming, as well as to all of those who helped in every way. Daina welcomed them all to “Disney Land” on day one, and with our large entry numbers we even had some line-ups to simulate the famous amusement parks as well as some extra fun obstacles. We had a total of 83 goes on Saturday and 89 on Sunday for our judges to watch and score. Thank you to our judges, Dawn Ferster and Nancy Pellikaan for a job well done. For some added fun we had a team tournament on Saturday and a wild card draw for some prizes on Sunday. Both events were successful in increasing the interaction of participants. The winning team was the Yellow team and it was reported that the other teams were “Green” with envy, “Blue” about not winning and “Red” in the face… Next time! Our aggregate winner for Saturday was Crystal Pellikaan on GeeGee. She took home the amazing RV carpet from Tri Crown RV of Salmon Arm for her efforts. Sunday’s winner was Janice Reid on Bella and she took home a

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beautiful scarf provided by Wild Rags by Doris from Washington. A silent auction was held and raised $500.00. The funds from the auction will be given to HCBC to distribute to victims of these terrible fires. Thank you to our incredible sponsors: Hillson Contracting, M. and D. Hillson Pristine Developments, B. and L. Guenther Destiny Bookkeeping, Denise Stanley Scott Livingstone Farrier Tri Crown RV Wild Rags by Doris

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etween the Smithbilt/Cam Clark Ford Gala and the inaugural C Cup Classic charity race, an impressive total of $15,929 was raised over the ‘Horses, Hats and Hope’ charity weekend. All funds are going directly to support breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA). The Horses, Hats and Hope gala, hosted by major sponsors Cam Clark Ford and Smithbilt Hats, took place on Saturday, October 14th at the Smithbilt location in Calgary. $7,395 was raised through the ticket sales, virtual horse race and silent auction. Presentation to winning jockey Michael Mike Nault and Asbigastexas won the C Cup Nault by Jack Johnston Classic race held on Sunday, October 15th at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Five amateur rider and horse teams competed for a purse of $4,000 in the charity race held over almost four furlongs between races 6 and 7 on the regular race card. $6,857 was raised by the riders and their teams through online donations, pledges and donations made to specific riders at the track on Sunday. Further donations brought in an additional $1677. The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association (AQHRA), Century Downs, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Alberta Division (CTHS), Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) funded the $4,000 C Cup Classic. Our appreciation and thanks goes out to the following sponsors: Cam Clark Ford, Smithbilt Hats, Alberta Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ATOBA), Bar None Ranches Ltd., Energy Equine, Equine Extreme, Highfield Investment Group, Peaceful Valley Stables and White Windows Thoroughbreds. For further details or photos, please visit the CTHS Alberta web site at or contact the office at 403-229-3609.

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Michael Nault and Asbigastexas

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Western Dressage

Alberta Rider Brings Home World Championship By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Don Stine Communications & Photography


Lisa Hannaford of Valleyview, AB, and her 14-year-old AndalusianThoroughbred mare Cloud Nine (“Drew”) recently brought home a Championship and two Reserve Grand Championships from the 2017 Western Dressage World Championship Show, held September 28 to October 1 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. 12 • DECEMber 2017


ttending the Western Dressage World Show was a fantastic experience,” said Hannaford, who is originally from Edmonton, but now resides in Valleyview, about 3.5 hours north of Edmonton. “I’m 51 years old and have been riding since I was six. While I began in the hunter-jumper world, my interest in dressage began about eight or nine years ago. While the majority of those years have been training and competing in classical dressage, western dressage has piqued my interest, and for some reason my current mount seems to prefer it. I was very familiar with western as I had completed my national coaching certification in western about 17 years ago, and while I am not currently hanging my hat as a coach, competing in western dressage was not a stretch for me. Last year, we competed in English, western, prix caprilli, and succeeded in winning the senior championship in the Peace Country Circuit for English, western and all-around champion. This year we did not focus on that specific circuit as much, but instead focused on western dressage.” Hannaford and some of her close friends have been instrumental in getting several western dressage shows sanctioned in the Peace Country. “Drew and I were competing in a show in Grande Prairie in August, and upon completion of my final salute the judge, Mary-Ellen Laidlaw, came up to me and said, “Wow, you better go to the Worlds.” It never occurred to me to go to the Worlds, and I wasn’t even sure she was serious. A couple of weeks went by and I had a chance to do some research about the show, talk to a few close friends and family, and although there were so many reasons not to go, the stars aligned and the reality of travelling to Oklahoma became a real possibility. Once I made up my mind, there was not too much that got in the way!” Hannaford said it took a huge amount of energy to get organized before leaving for Oklahoma, as she only had about six weeks to prepare once she decided to send in her entries. “Things like time off work, a travelling companion, veterinary certificates, training and learning the American tests, organizing horse hotels, etc., but my lifelong friend Brenda Dunbar stepped up to the plate and was the best travelling companion and groom one could ask for. Brenda and my 16-year-old daughter, Chloe, who flew in to the Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City, played an instrumental role in my experience and journey. They were awesome!” Hannaford has owned her current horse Drew for about five years now. “She’s awesome,” said Hannaford. “She was a star travelling all the way down as well as in the ring. Although the heat and humidity were not what we are used to, Drew gave me her very best each and every day. She is a dream, and I still feel like I’m on Cloud Nine. I love her to the moon and back.” Hannaford said the experience at the World Show exceeded her expectations. “The grounds and facilities were amazing, and the folks who organized the show were extremely organized and friendly. The other competitors were also very friendly, and I was lucky enough to meet some new Canadian friends as well as many Americans. I heard that over 10,000 people tuned in to the live streaming to watch the competition. That’s a huge indication this is a growing sport. What was so fantastic was the wide range in age of the competitors; although lots of youngsters, many people were my age and older. The other very refreshing thing about this horse show is the vast diversity of breeds. There were close to forty

different breeds and crosses represented; all types and levels were embraced, so one never saw your cookie-cutter breed highlighted like you find in many other disciplines. I would encourage other riders, whether you are new to western dressage or a seasoned competitor, to keep this diversity in mind, as no matter what type of horse you have or what level you are currently riding at, opportunities such as this show are in reach, and it truly is a once in a lifetime experience. I would advise, if you are going, to take your time travelling down and enjoy the journey. We treated it as a show-cation, and that was a good mental spot to be in; for as much as I wanted to do well, having fun was more important than winning, which was the icing on the cake as it is pretty cool to come home with that World Champion jacket!” Hannaford said she’s been very fortunate to have a plethora of coaches throughout her riding career. “My horsey friends at home helped me a lot to prepare for this show, from eyes on the ground, reading tests and borrowing of tack items to moral support,” she said. “The weeks prior to leaving, I was blessed with the services of Jenneke-Hoogendoorn-Baker, owner of Highthorn Stables in Stony Plain. Jenneke is a fantastic, hard-working, excellent rider and coach. She really went above and beyond helping Drew and I learn the new tests and perfecting the movements required. I can’t say enough good things about Jenneke, and I look forward to continuing up the levels with her mentorship.” This was the fifth annual Western Dressage World Show, with more than 800 rides and 170 exhibitors from 29 states, five Canadian provinces as well as New Zealand. Congratulations, Lisa, on your achievement!










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Trailer Loading &

Hauling Tips

There are a lot of things to know about horses and trailers that are helpful. I’ll start with loading. The interesting thing to know is that you do not need a trailer to prepare a horse for trailer loading.


orses that unload fast or panicky-acting are usually horses that were not loaded correctly. In Stage 2 of The Horse Ranch program, one of the tasks the person is required to be able to do is stand outside the trailer and send the horse into the trailer. The horse needs to stay in the trailer for one minute without the person blocking the door. If the horse turns and sticks its head out of the door before one minute then there is more preparation to do before I would say he was ready to haul or close the door. The best way to prepare a horse, is to make sure you can stand still and send your horse under things, over things and between things



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without moving your feet. You put a feel on the lead and you have taught him to follow the direction of the feel you put on the halter. You should have this working well enough that you can send your horse at different speeds. If, while standing still, you could pick up the lead line and suggest a canter from your horse without moving your feet or chasing him with a stick, then you’ve done a very good job of teaching your horse to “follow a feel.” It doesn’t have to be that good for trailer loading but it is an example of how good it can be. There are three reasons a horse doesn’t load easily or unloads too fast. It can be one, two, or all three of these reasons. It could be an issue of confidence, of respect, or of understanding. If we learn how to build these three areas, there will not be a trailer-loading issue going in or out of the trailer. Being able to send horses at different speeds with and without obstacles in their way, such as over barrels, suggests that we have achieved what the horse needed and we have prepared the horse for tight spaces. It isn’t about the trailer. Every trailer-loading demonstration that I’ve done across Canada, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and for students in the last 15 years, the horse and owner did not understand these concepts. Sending a horse into the trailer is proof that the horse is more ready to haul. If he can stay in without you blocking the door that is more proof. If you can go in and out of the trailer, pet him, and he is not tied but stays in the trailer -- again, that is a horse that has had good preparation for hauling. Once a horse is at this point, I’m happy to go to the next step. I get asked all the time -- should I tie the horse or leave him loose? There are lots of variables to this. If they tie great, then tying is fine. The question is, what is “great?” If a horse gets worried, what you called a great-tying horse might not be so great. If I’m using an angle haul trailer, I will put the horse in its stall. I take the rope and run the rope up through the ring in front of him, then bring the rope back to the next stall and run the rope through that ring. I close the partition while holding the end of the rope then tie it in the stall that the horse is not in. So, horse goes in first stall, his rope goes through the ring in his stall, but I tie the knot in the second stall after the stall partition is closed. To let him out, I undo my knot in the second stall then open the stall partition. This way you don’t need to be next to the horse and have him tied hard with no protection for you if he gets worried and pulls back.

Some of the things I think about for tying or not tying are: - if the horse is loose, is there anything for him to bang into or cut himself on? - if there is more than one horse, will they get to fighting? - if I tie a horse or many, is there a way to tie them so that if they get worried and try to pull they couldn’t because they had a wall or partition that would stop them? In an angle haul, I generally tie them so they can’t get their heads all the way around, because they will often think they can turn and will try. This can really cause a bunch of trouble for you and your horse. You want to make your horse’s trailer experiences as good as you can so he can relax in the trailer. Another thing to remember is when you get to where you’re going and untie your horse, wait a few moments, stand there and pet him for a bit. Make sure you don’t start the habit of untying, turning and getting out of the trailer. Have the horse stand quietly, rub him a little then turn, stop, rub him some more and calmly lead him out. I hope these suggestions help. We have DVDs that show what we need to do and how to teach a horse to follow a feel, what to do when you get to the trailer and what to do in the trailer. Trailering never needs to be anything but fun and relaxing for both the horse and the human. Happy hauling!

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High-Selling 2-Year-Old Kincade CR with Shauna Cook of Carousel Ridge (on left) and Casey Dermott of Royle Farms

High-Selling Riding Horse Born Free with: (l-r) Chris Gould of Touchstone Farm, Jennekke Hoogendoorn of High Thorn Equestrian, Penny Yeager


Fall Breeders’ Sale High-Selling Young Prospect Maverick 5Z with new owner, Joyce Greenfield of 5Z Farms (on left), and Kerry Marit

High-Selling Young Prospect Maverick 5Z with Joyce Greenfield of 5Z Farms (on left) and Joyce Sparks of Sparks Innovations

The 23rd annual Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale is now in the books. The sale offered 35 horses, of which 28 found new homes. 16 • DECEMber 2017



By Teresa van Bryce Photos courtesy of CWHBA

his year’s event featured a very nice selection of horses: an embryo from top bloodlines, some well-bred foals and yearlings, several exciting 2-year-olds, a large selection of well-started young prospects with good pedigrees and performance horses with show records. The increase to the overall sale proceeds, from $297,750 in 2016 to $335,200 in 2017, is a testament to the quality offered. Excellent attendance on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a very strong online viewing audience, kept all the bid takers busy from the telephone desk to the auctioneer Don Oberg and his crew. The high-selling young prospect, 2017 colt Maverick 5Z, sold for $20,000. Consigned and bred by 5Z Farms of Didsbury, AB, Maverick is a son of top jumper producer Kannan out of the mare Davanta v/d Renvillehoeve by Vleut, a top jumper mare. This big, good-moving, standout colt has the potential for a great sport career and the pedigree for a stallion for new owner Kerry Marit of Cochrane, AB. High-selling 2-year-old and sale topper was Kincade CR, bred and consigned by Carousel Ridge of Sherwood Park, AB. At $24,000, this stunning gelding by Utrillo Z x Beautifuldence x Indoctro went to Wes Pringle of Washington State and is aimed at a high-level jumper career. The high-selling prospect under saddle was 4-year-old Born Free, bred and consigned by long-time consignor Touchstone Farms of Mayerthorpe, AB. Born Free is a son of Beau Soleil x Ebon’s Freedom x Freestyle. A young horse champion as a foal, he continues to live up to his promise as a riding horse with a very amateurfriendly disposition. Selling for $23,000, he went to Penny Yeager of Saskatoon, SK. The Fall Classic Breeders sale is run and supported by the members of the Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA. These members put in significant time as volunteers to create a pleasing venue and make this the longest running warmblood sale in North America. Of course, we also have great supporters of the association including sponsors Sparks Innovations - High-Selling Young Prospect/Broodmare; Royle Farms - High-Selling 2-Year-Old; and High Thorn Equestrian - High-Selling Prospect Under Saddle/Performance Horse. Without the generous support of our sponsors and advertisers, this event would not be possible. Put the Fall Classic Sale on your calendar for next year, on Canadian Thanksgiving. A great place to see, try out and buy quality horses in one easy shopping trip.

The Wild West’s Dynamic Duo By Bruce A. Roy,

This fall, Western Canada’s dynamic duo, Doug Hobman of Nokomis, SK, and Gordon Ruzicka of Viking, AB, had plenty to celebrate.

Egan Home Torin, Carson’s 2017 Draft Horse Futurity winner


heir 2-year-old, Quebec-bred Percheron gelding, Egan Home Torin, topped Ponoka’s 2017 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity, held October 7-8. At Carson’s Fall Colours Draft Horse Futurity, held in Listowel, ON, on October 27, they scored once again, for Egan Home Torin topped seventeen Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons contesting the honours. Their red ribbon winner won a purse of $13,300. Consigned to Carson’s Fall Colours Draft Horse Sale on October 28, eight of the 2-year-olds contesting this year’s Futurity sold for a $7,725 average. The high seller, Belle Epic Ryan, was the 2-year-old Percheron gelding consigned by Barry and Clarke Gregg of Cargill, ON. Cal Lipsett, Jr. of Schomberg, ON, paid $22,000 to own this athletic colt. Nine of the eighteen 2-year-olds that contested this year’s Futurity were retained by their respective owners. The twenty-eight Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron weanlings eligible for Carson’s 2019 Fall Colours Draft Horse Futurity sold for an average price of $4,166, realizing a total figure of $116,600. Stoney Lake Steam Roller, a March 28th Belgian colt, was the high-selling foal eligible for Carson’s 2019 Fall Colours Draft Horse Futurity. Bred by Darrel and Susan Drain, Stoney Lake Belgians of Lakefield, ON, this big, eye-catching colt won a $13,000 bid, which was placed by Reg Wynes of Petitcodiac, NB. The purse offered at Carson’s 2019 Fall Colours Draft Horse Futurity now totals over $100,000. Eligible as 2-year-olds, they will be shown in three divisions - on halter, pattern driving and in a cart class. Three judges, each working on their own, will place the eligible entries. This year’s Futurity judges were Jon Hayes of Charters Settlement, NB, Mark Hoshstetler of Middlebury, Indiana and Mark Barie of East Bethany, New York.

Carson’s 2017 Draft Horse Futurity Final Results

Doug Hobman and Gord Ruzicka, winners of Carson’s 2017 Fall Colours Draft Horse Futurity, receiving their $10,800 cheque from Heather Frank

Canadian horsemen from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who contested Carson’s 2017 Draft Horse Futurity

Egan Home Torin with Gord Ruzicka, lines in hand, warming up for the Futurity Cart Class DECEMber 2017


Photo courtesy of RCMP

A Great Canadian Horse Story By 4-H Spirit Riders’ Members

Like any good story, there needs to be a cast of interesting characters and a great story line. This story has a cast that includes horses, the renowned Canadian RCMP Musical Ride and a group of 4-H members from the Yukon Territory.


t all started four years ago in 2013, in Whitehorse, Yukon, when our local 4-H horse club needed a team-building exercise for the year. We decided to do a drill ride. Retired RCMP officer Cory Hoehn was living in Whitehorse and had the distinction of riding with and training the RCMP musical ride. He was quickly recruited to lead us in the basics of drill ride. That year, to great reviews, our group presented the “Spirit Ride” at the annual YHRA horse show and also at Carolyn Campbell’s Midnight Sun Alpaca farm fair. The community loved it and we enjoyed it. Coach Cory was keen to carry on and we got matching jackets! For the next three years, we had a few members come and go, we added and changed horses and we grew as a club. We worked hard. We practiced, we presented, we fundraised and we had fun while doing it. We developed stronger partnerships with our horses, and built better relationships between members, leaders, family and our community. We had an incredible amount of support from everyone around us. To our 4-H calendar year, we added riding our horses in the annual Canada Parade. Family members and leaders joined us as we celebrated our country’s 150th birthday this year. Riding, waving and picking up horse manure, we finished off the day with a trail ride down 2nd avenue. We were led by a large John Deere tractor (thank you Gerry Stockley) and a 1954 GMC truck (thank you Lloyd and Leah Bjork). With our amazing parents as bodyguards, carrying manure-fork shields, we stopped at the Tim Hortons drive-through for iced-capps, something which has become a Spirit Rider tradition. We think it’s a fun time and don’t understand why we get some curious looks for holding up the line. All that while, we dreamed of what it would be like to be part of the Big Ride, the RCMP musical ride. A dream turned into a plan and that plan turned into a reality. The Whitehorse 4-H Spirit Riders horse

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4-H Spirit Riders (Photo by Vince Federoff)

club is a family club, and we have nothing if we don’t work together. This year, after two years of fundraising, our 4-H club reached our goal and headed to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, to spend a week with the Ride that inspired us all. The RCMP Musical Ride members opened their barn to us where we could learn everything there is to learn about being part of the famous Drill Team. We spent time with their farrier, vet, saddle maker and, of course, the stars of the show -- the horses. We learned about the importance of their traditional attire, what kinds of injuries they deal with and types of equipment they use. During our week, we got a guided tour of the parliament buildings in Ottawa and were fortunate enough to meet the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Our photo made the local paper. We toured the Food and Agricultural Museum, the museum of Nature and the Canadian War Museum. We had a horse and sleigh tour of a familyowned Maple Farm where we got to sample the goods. We also spent an evening swimming in the vintage pool at the historic Chateau Laurier. We also visited a Quebec cheese and chocolate shop. It was an amazing action-packed trip. In August, Whitehorse had the good fortune to host the Musical Ride for three shows. We recruited Doug Harris, also a retired RCMP member, to fill in for Cory while he could not be there. The 4-H Spirit Riders horse club opened for the Ride for all three shows and presented our “Spirit Ride” to a crowd of thousands. We reconnected with the RCMP members and their horses and spent as much time as we could at the stable or Takhini Arena. Our group was presented Challenge coins, by the RCMP Inspector of the “M division,” which represent special achievement and team work. The entire experience has given lasting memories to all involved. Great stories start with an idea, turn into a plan, proceed with dedicated hard work and ends with success. That’s what makes a Great Canadian Horse story. Horses, Canada 150, 4-H, RCMP Musical Ride and the true Yukon north. We would like to thank Joie McBryan, Judy Linton, Carolyn Campbell, Gail Riederer and Angelique Bjork for running our club and always supporting each and every one of us. Next is Doug and Cory, for putting up with our group of misfit girls and horses and turning us into performers. We couldn’t do it without our amazing parents and family members for loving and supporting us, and paying the bills. Finally, thanks to the most important members of our club, the horses. This would not be possible without the participation of the most amazing animal on earth -- the horse.

Horse Industry Association of Alberta News

2018 Alberta Horse Conference Postponed Horse Industry Association of Alberta regrets to inform everyone that we have postponed the January 2018 - 36th Annual Alberta Horse Conference until 2019. We will be looking to incorporate alternative and new educational opportunities over the next year. Please check our website and Facebook page for future announcements about the conference! ALERT - Equine Infectious Anemia (issued November 8, 2017) Equine Infectious Anemia was found in Red Deer County. EIA is an infectious and potentially fatal viral disease, affecting horses, donkeys and mules. Horse owners should take precaution to protect their animals, particularly if they’re purchasing or receiving animals from areas in western Canada from equine infectious anemia (EIA), officials say. There has been one confirmed case in Red Deer County this year, with other confirmed cases in Beaver County and the County of Two Hills. The incubation period of the disease is generally two to four weeks, but could range from one week to three months, according to the Canadian Food Inspection’s website. Infected horses could show signs of anorexia, depression, general weakness, jaundice and more.

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Race Meet a Winner! Following a nine year absence, thoroughbred racing returned to the Calgary-area this year and is here to stay for the foreseeable future thanks to a commitment from the provincial government. “It’s been an exciting racing season,” said Paul Ryneveld, general manager of Century Downs Racetrack & Casino. “We’re very excited to have thoroughbred racing return to Calgary and I think it’s done a lot for the thoroughbred racing industry in Alberta already.” The inaugural season of thoroughbred racing at Century Downs, north of Calgary, kicked off in September following the signing of a 10 year agreement between Horse Racing Alberta and the province. The memorandum of understanding provided Century Downs officials with the confidence to invest in the infrastructure required to accommodate thoroughbreds. “This (memorandum of understanding) has brought stability back to the industry,” said Shirley McClellan, Horse Racing Alberta’s CEO. “It’s inspired confidence in the breeding industry, as well as in our owners, our trainers, our back stretch workers. It inspired the confidence to have a new, one mile, $50 million-plus investment in a track in the Edmonton market which is so desperately needed for our industry.”

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

This is a photo from 1962 at the 24th of May parade in Victoria. My parents owned a restaurant, “King Arthur’s Round Table,” and a feature was an original suit of armour. My mom had the “brilliant” idea that I could ride in it in the parade. We got a horse from the Victoria Riding Academy where I rode. They loaned us ‘Vanguard’ and he was absolutely awesome. Fearless and proud to be there. I am being led by Gus, our doorman, in his Beefeater suit. All I remember is the heat! The knights must have been very small, as I am 5’ 2” and the armour fit me perfectly. Blast from the past. - Darla Flack, Keremeos BC

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

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s a m t s i r h C a o f r y s a r e r d e I MMerry Christmas

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Mukluks with black rabbit fur; made in Canada, hand beaded, and made with Genuine Canadian suede too. The traditional Mukluk gum sole adds comfort and absorbs the shock of each step you take. The lining and insole are lined with 100% fleece, keeping your feet warm all winter.


Best Selection on the Island for BOOTS BELTS & BUCKLES MOCCASINS & MUKLUKS Variety of colours available

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Hay Nets but also a full selection of CoolAid Cooling and Recovery Products - using chemical free cooling fabrics that utilize a unique combination of fibres and cross-sections that deliver three distinct functions… wicking, moisture transportation and regulated evaporation. The products are completely machine washable. CoolAid Cooling comes in polo wraps, hock boots, bandanas, horse and dog blankets and dog vests.  Keep Equines, Canines and Humans alike a step above the competition by staying cool all summer long!!

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The Slow Bale Buddies are back… now in stock. Great grazing net for horses 24/7 – keep them happy and fed! We also carry Fallon Taylor helmets – in some fabulous colours! Don’t forget to blanket some of your furry equines, we have every size of Winter Blankets in store from 36” to 87”.

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your favourite furry friend! Lots of sizes and colours in stock. We have everything you need for your pet(s) this Christmas! Christmas Hedgehogs, Stockings, Christmas sweaters, Christmas food and special treats galore! Stock up today!

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Just in time for Christmas – the Strip Hair grooming kit – we can ship too! It’s got ‘Gription’! Grooms, sheds, scrubs, and slicks. There are so many uses you and your hose will love. Easy to use, also stimulates circulation and gently massages, distributes the skin’s own natural oils, shines and polishes, and you’ll be ready before show time!

Wishing all of our customers a Merry Christmas and Happ y New Year

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2017 Gift Guide f s o a r e a Id s y C r a h r e r m ist M Diamond H Tack We would like to THANK everyone for their support in making 2017 a successful expansion year. We have a huge selection of horsey giftware for CHRISTMAS, including: Painted Ponies, Breyer’s, Games, Books, Cards, Ornaments, Calendars, Frames, Mugs, Jewelry, Buckles, and Slippers. Outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and a huge variety of Western & English saddles and tack. Get their favourite treats, feed & supplements. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions for your horse enthusiast, or canine friend. See our complete onsite custom repair shop and laundry service. We’re your one stop shop, with knowledgeable and friendly staff!

Summerside Tack & Equestrian Wear

Looking for a unique gift for your favourite horse person? Sweet Water Saddle Soap and Conditioner is a Vancouver Island made leather care line. Handcrafted in artisan batches and made from the finest, sustainably farmed natural ingredients. For cleaning, restoring, beautifying and protecting all types of leather. The soap comes in 5 delightful scents; Modern Lavender, Fresh Grass, Grapefruit Bellini, Lemon & Earl Grey and Ke Aloha. Paired with the pure leather conditioner, it is bound to leave your tack pristine. Shop for Sweet Water Leather Care and more exceptional gifts at Summerside Tack & Equestrian Wear. Make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram for all the latest news and sales.

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Selkirk Mountain Tack

Keep your horses warm and dry this winter with a great selection of blankets, rainsheets and coolers! Brands like Goliath, Canadian Horsewear, Big D and Century! Special orders always welcome. Enter Promo Code XMAS at checkout to receive 10% off your order until December 31, 2017!


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Giddy-Up Western Wear Merry Christmas – lots of new items in stock. Excellent selection of western wear for the whole family. Giddy Up stocks equestrian supplies with a full line of horse feed, supplements and horse wear, as well as tack, ropes, Montana Silver, kids bedding and toys. For all your ‘Western Lifestyle’ needs. We ship too! Stop in or give us a call.

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Canadian Saddlery More great gift ideas for the equine enthusiasts. These AWST classically styled, faux leather bags are embellished with a big bold snaffle bit. The main compartment has a zippered top and flap over enclosure with a magnetic clasp. The inside compartment has an attractive striped lining, with a zippered compartment and accessory pouch. The shoulder strap adjusts from 50-54�. Fergus signs from Kelley are a fun way to keep your stall areas safe, with a bit of humour, featuring the fun and internationally loved cartoon character Fergus the Horse.

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TOP DOG! Winter Care for Working Farm Dogs Courtesy of

Winter is coming and with it lots of well-meaning folks saying that all dogs need to come inside.


owever, many hardworking farm or ranch dogs need to be outside in weather of all types, especially livestock guardian dogs who need to protect their charges day and night. These breeds are hardy and well-adapted to outside living even in winter. Besides providing acceptable shelter and care for the winter, there are guidelines you can use to assess a particular dog’s ability to be outside for extended periods in winter. Proactive preparation demonstrates your concern for your working dog and will also help you answer any potential concerns or complaints. Winter Assessment for Outside Dogs Acclimatization. Being outdoors continuously from warmer weather into winter helps a dog adapt his body and coat to cold weather. Dogs cannot be thrust suddenly from warm to cold temperatures, but require time to adjust. Age. Very young (under 8 weeks unless with dam) and older dogs may be vulnerable to cold, if they are unable to regulate their body heat or have a meager or poor coat. Coat. Only double-coated dogs with water resistant outer hair and dense undercoats are suitable for living outdoors. Although long hair is not essential; slick, very short, or single-coated dogs do not adapt to very cold weather. Dogs with poor working coats or cottony soft coats may lack the needed water resistance. A clean, dry coat provides better insulation than a dirty or wet coat. Dogs with proper dense coats can lie on snow without melting it. Health. Dogs in poor health, underweight, or recovering from surgery, injury, or illness may need special consideration. Nutrition. Outdoor living dogs need more calories in cold weather, high quality or energy food, and sufficient fat calories. Size. The body mass of larger dogs allows them to cope with colder temperatures more successfully than smaller dogs. Muscle mass and a small fat layer also help provide insulation, although dogs should not be overweight. Dogs should be monitored closely in extremely cold weather and checked for good body condition and any signs of frostbite on ears, tails, or paws. Areas of potential frostbite can feel extremely cold to the touch. 26 • DECEMber 2017


Signs of Distress or Hypothermia • Strong shivering • Reluctance to move, weakness, abnormal stiffness, or slow, shallow breathing • Remaining in a tightly curled position • Reduced alertness or listless behavior • Ice on coat due specifically to snow melting and re-freezing, due to loss of body heat. In an emergency, call medical professionals. Immediate care includes removing the dog from the cold, warming, and drying the coat. Shelter Although many working farm dogs are well-equipped for living outdoors they all need shelter from cold, rain, sleet, or snow. LGDs are often on patrol or watching from higher locations; but when they do bed down or seek protection many owners have observed that they prefer to be with their stock where they can share a windbreak or shelter, dry bedding, and body heat. Although they may use it only rarely, it is best to provide all working dogs with an optional shelter of their own. In some localities a doghouse may be required.  Wooden doghouses are warmer than plastic and dark colours absorb heat in winter. The doghouse should be raised off the ground at least a couple of inches. The house only needs to be large enough for the dog to stand comfortably, lie down, and turn around. Smaller entrances are better for keeping out wind and weather – about three quarters of the dog’s height. Doors should be offset to maximize the wind- or rain-proof area and be covered with a flexible flap. It is usually best if the door faces south or east, depending on local prevailing winds. The roof should be slanted to facilitate drainage. Plans are available online for insulated dog houses including removable interior walls, which can block wind or reduce a too large space to help conserve body heat. Tunnels or baffles can also be created outside of a pre-made house. The best placement is a high and dry area. The entire house can also be placed inside a larger building or shed. Bedding Dry, thick bedding such as wood chips, straw, or hay is preferable to blankets or rugs that can become wet and then freeze. Replace all bedding when it is wet. Water Efforts may be needed to prevent dehydration in winter. Heated buckets are useful in freezing temperatures. Buckets can also be placed in insulated boxes. Foot Care Check on build-up of snow or ice. Prevent exposure to non-safe deicers. Some dogs may need a protective coating of a paw wax protectant. With preparation, attention, and good care, your working  livestock guardian will continue to protect his stock throughout the winter.

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Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us the dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. E-mail to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH. Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. DECEMber 2017


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office It’s Renewal Time! New Membership Types and New Optional Insurance Options Come to HCBC. 2018 Renewal Reminder HCBC 2018 memberships are now available. Renewing before January 1 ensures uninterrupted coverage in your membership and the most value. Renewing early (before January 1) makes your membership cost work out to only about 16¢ per day! As a HCBC member, you have exclusive access to our various equestrian programs, funding, and educational resources in addition to the liability insurance provided by Capri Insurance. New Type of Membership Starting on September 5, 2017, HCBC launched a brand-new 2017/2018 Joint Membership option; this membership gives any new or lapsed HCBC member coverage for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. In previous years, this membership was only available to those who had never been an HCBC member before, but we have opened it up to everyone and it has been extremely popular as an option. The price for this membership is $75.08 (including tax) for a senior, which is only a $17 difference from a regular 2017 or 2018 membership. Travel Insurance is Back for 2018! HCBC has worked hard with our insurance provider to come up with a new and improved out-of-province travel policy available to purchase with your 2018 membership. It will provide $2,000,000 out-of-province/country coverage for emergency medical/hospitalization; for trips up to 90 days in duration, any number of trips per year, worldwide, including participation in and/or preparing for equine activity/competition. Must be under the age of 75. DEPARTURE from province or territory of residence must be ON OR AFTER JAN 1, 2018.

Zone AGMs Coming Up The Zone Councils were established to encourage zone and local activities in each of the eight geographic areas of the province designated by BC Games. Each zone must hold an annual general meeting (AGM) at least 30 days before the AGM of HCBC. This is your opportunity to talk to the HCBC directors that represent your area on the HCBC board of directors. You will be able to get information on HCBC programs and give feedback and insight to your directors. See the list below for when your zone’s AGM will be happening. ZONE 1 – Kootenays Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Time (11:00 AM Mountain Time) Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018 Location: Teleconference – Toll Free: 1-866-830-9434 Participant Code: 6178785 ZONE 2: Thompson Okanagan Time: 1:00 PM Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018 Location: Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Road, Kelowna ZONE 3: Fraser Valley Time: 7:00 PM Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Location: Horse Council BC Offices – Aldergrove ZONE 4: Fraser River Time: 6:00 PM Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018 Location: Teleconference – Toll Free: 1-866-830-9434 Participant Code: 6178785

ZONE 5: Vancouver – Squamish Time: 6:00 PM Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Location: Teleconference – Toll Free: 1-866-830-9434 Participant Code: 6178785 ZONE 6: Vancouver Island – Central Coast Time: 1:00 PM Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018 Location: Saanich Fairgrounds, Oak Room – 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton ZONE 7: North West Time: 7:00 PM Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Location: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge – 3251 East Highway 16, Smithers Teleconference – Toll Free: 1-866-8309434 Participant Code: 6178785 ZONE 8: Cariboo – North East Time: 1:30 PM Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 Location: Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George Teleconference – Toll Free: 1-866-8309434 Participant Code: 6178785

The HCBC 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 4pm, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Magnolia Room, located at 8750 - 204 Street, Langley, BC, V1M 2Y5. Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

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Equestrian Canada Equestre Lisa Marie Fergusson claims Third at CCI 3* Galway Downs International Three-Day Event Lisa Marie Fergusson of Langley BC clinched a third-place finish in the CCI 3* division at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, held November 2-5 in Temecula CA. Fergusson and her 11-year-old Welsh Sport Horse gelding, Honor Me, sired by Brynarian Brenin, finished the dressage phase on Nov. 3 in seventh place with a score of 60.0 penalties. Due to the duo’s reputation for incredible speed, they were expected to shine in the cross-country leg of the event, and their performance the next day did not disappoint. Fergusson and Honor Me, fondly called ‘Tali’, finished the course double-clear, allowing them to rise up the rankings to third place.

Anya Levermann scores another victory with Monk at CEI 3* Get-R-Done Endurance Ride Anya Levermann, 17, of 100 Mile House BC continued to prove she is a force to be reckoned with in international endurance after her first-place finish in the CEI 3* division of the Get-R-Done Endurance Ride in Inyokern CA, held November 4. Levermann was partnered with Monk, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding owned by Chris Martin that she first began riding in 2016. Inyokern marked the pair’s second victory to date, having also won the CEI YJ-2* 120km division in Trout Lake WA this past May. The pair covered the 160 km distance in just under 11 hours, riding at an average speed of 14.58 km/h. The course was located in the middle of the desert, with the barren landscape providing its own unique challenges.

Lisa and Tali

Anya and Monk. Photo by Chris Martin.

Julia Madigan crowned National 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumping Champion Julia Madigan, 21, of Vancouver BC claimed the 2017 National 1.40m Junior/ Amateur Jumping Championship, presented by Dominion Regalia, on November 5 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto ON. The title capped off a stellar year for Madigan, who was also an individual gold and team silver medalist at the 2017 Adequan/ FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Saugerties NY in July. Her steadfast partner has been Farfelu du Printemps (Action Breaker x Darco), a 12-yearold Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by her father, John Madigan.

Julia aboard Farfelu du Printemps. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

CQHA Confirms Team Canada 2018 Selections


he American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an international event held every two years and hosted by a different country each time. American Quarter Horse youth competitors from around the world will flock to the next Youth World Cup which will be held June 28-July 8 in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Throughout the competition, each country will ride for gold medals in cutting, reining, western horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. The Youth World Cup is more than just a competition - it offers a chance for international youth enthusiasts to learn from the industry’s leading riders and trainers. While at the event, five youth riders plus one coach and manager from each country will take part in educational seminars, discipline clinics, leadership training and, finally, competition. Up to five additional youth from each country may be invited by each international affiliate to attend the education and leadership portion of the week’s events and to support their team. Representing Canada at international events such as this one is a costly initiative and Team Canada members and their families are each responsible for fund-raising a portion of their travel expenses. To help them reach these goals, please consider supporting an individual team member, or the team as a whole, with a business or personal

sponsorship. To learn about the benefits offered for various sponsorship levels, visit the CQHA website ( to download the Team Canada 2018 sponsorship package. A major initiative of the CQHA is to field youth teams for these biennial Youth World Cup competitions and we are pleased to announce that we have selected the following ten qualified youth participants from applications received from all across Canada for Team Canada. The competing riders are Hannah Buijs (Lisle, ON), Ellie Gerbrandt (Roberts Creek, BC), James Heitzner (St. Clements, ON), Alexandra Hibbert (Calgary, AB) and Mackenzie Inksater (Roberts Creek, BC). The alternate riders are Cassidy Cressman (Belleville, ON) and Madison Holmes (New Glasgow, NS). The leadership members are Kylie Bond (Warren, MB), Darla Leroux (Sudbury, ON) and Abby Schapp (Midland, ON). The team coach is Della Cryderman (Murillo, ON), and the team manager is Karen Westerback (Thunder Bay, ON). Della and Karen have worked together as Team Canada coach and manager at three previous Youth World Cup events (2008, 2010 and 2014), and bring an impressive combination of skills to CQHA and Team Canada. For more information visit the CQHA website ( and be sure to check out all the Youth World Cup links. DECEMber 2017


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers • Photos by Sheryl Terpsma Year-End Awards Banquet The food, oh the food. Best potluck dinner ever! AERC hosted its annual Potluck Awards Dinner on November 4 at Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong. Enchanting decorations by Alissa Korberg-Schultz and her team, Lee and Tom Nobles and Cari and Abby McLuskey, lent to an evening of lively conversation and fun. The evening started at 5pm with Canadianthemed mocktails. (“Polite Caesars,” anyone?) AERC announcer, Roy Terpsma, entertained with music and song. The potluck dinner consisted of over 30 different dishes; one simply could not sample every dish, but we tried. After dinner, President Carmen Letawski took to the microphone and introduced the new 2018 Executive Board and thanked the past Board members for all their hard work. Finishing the evening was the awards presentation. High Point 2017 Year-End Awards: WESTERN PeeWee - Isabella Donn; Reserve - Ella Canning Junior - Abby McLuskey Intermediate - Vienna Meyers Senior - Emily Stobbe; Reserve - Kelly Doyle ENGLISH Intermediate - Vienna Meyers Senior - Vanessa Schikowski; Reserve - Emily Stobbe OVERALL PeeWee - Isabella Donn; Reserve - Ella Canning Junior - Abby McLuskey Intermediate - Vienna Meyers Senior - Emily Stobbe; Reserve - Vanessa Schikowski

TRAIL Vienna Meyers; Reserve - Emily Stobbe WALK-TROT Donna Holland; Reserve - Lauri Meyers Honorable Mention - Lynndsay Terpsma

Senior Volunteer - Lauri Meyers Junior Volunteer - Lynndsay Terpsma

Members Choice Awards: All-Around Participating Member - Emily Stobbe Citizenship Award - Lauri Meyers Grooming Award - Abby McLuskey Senior Sportsmanship - Dana Martin Junior Sportsmanship - Lynndsay Terpsma Hard Luck Senior - Vanessa Schikowski Hard Luck Junior - Makyla Hnatiw Most Improved Senior - Donna Holland Most Improved Junior - Lynndsay Terpsma

Congratulations to all the award recipients. For more pictures, go to our Facebook page or our website, 2018 Show Dates Mark your calendars for the dates of our 2018 shows, which will be held at the Agriplex: April 22 May 6 June 3 August 12 September 23

Interior Cutting Horse Association By Carol Schepp


he Interior Cutting Horse Association had its year-end awards banquet and AGM on Saturday, November 4, at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon. It was a fabulous meal, slideshow and fun evening of catching up. Thanks to all the organizers and everyone who attended the memorable evening. Congratulations to all award winners.

2017 Buckle Winners and Nettles Stirrups

Open Horse Sponsor: Dr. David & Rebecca Ciriani Im A Genuine Player; rider: Jerry Rath R: San Taris Dual Oak; rider: Sheryl Wurtz 10,000 Open Horse Sponsor: Paton & Martin Veterinary Services, Grindrod Feed Store Smart N Genuine TR; rider: Lee Poncelet R: Cats Inheritance; rider: Wendy Garrard Non-Professional Sponsor: Probyn Motors Lori Haywood-Farmer, riding DFL Superfoloxena R: Carol Schepp, riding DFL Hickadixie Chick Green Horse Open Sponsor: AJF Wholesale Auspicious Freckle; rider: Carla Hanaghan R: Neat Little Cheetah; rider: Tanya Garfield

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Youth Rider Sponsor: Zappone Aggregate Processors Greta Wurtz, riding Sonitas Colonel Pep 750 Progressive Horse Sponsor: Vision Quest Advisors Smart N Genuine TR; rider: Lee Poncelet R: Hocuspocus Aristocat; rider: Kevin Bennett 10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro Sponsor: Armstrong Veterinary Clinic, Stefan Schwieger DFL Superfoxolena; rider: Lori Haywood-Farmer R: Intentions Good Cat; rider: Jim Rhodes 2500 Limit Rider Sponsor: Ed Hurd Carol Schepp, riding DFL Hickadixie Chick R: Erin McKay-Schwieger, riding Shirley Shimmer 750 Rider Sponsor: LP Performance Horses


Sandra Rhodes, riding Royally Sweet Badge R: Tom Danyk, riding Freckles Paranha 350 Rider Sponsor: Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Sandra Rhodes, riding Royally Sweet Badge R: Sharron Piazza, riding Dualin With A Twist

Smart N Genuine TR, Top Horse, with rider Lee Poncelet; presented by Carol Schepp

Lori Haywood-Farmer, 10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro; presented by Stefan Schwieger

Nervous Novice Sponsor: Troy Fisher Silverworks Jeanette Perry, riding Hydrive Olena R: Adrienne Olsen, riding Rags to Riches Cat Never Won A Buckle Sponsor: ICHA Cali Brandt, riding Playin Dually Top Horse: Smart N Genuine TR; rider: Lee Poncelet, owner: Lynn Borden Top Rider: Sandra Rhodes, riding Royally Sweet Badge Top Hand: Ken Hartley

Sandra Rhodes, Top Rider; presented by Lee Poncelet

Horse Association of Central Kootenay Reprinted with permission from The Hot August Hooves Show!! We held the Hot August Hooves show August 25-27 at the Trail grounds, with 65 entries this year. Riders and spectators came from the East and West Kootenays, as well as some from the Okanagan area and as far away as Grand Prairie Alberta. Our youngest rider was 8 years old from Creston, and wow could she ride. We had riders showing off their talent for English riding, Western riding, and some for the very prestigious Dressage riding. We even have some brave souls that did jumping!! The weekend started off with Dressage on Friday morning with 76 tests performed in both English Dressage and the growing in popularity, Western Dressage. What an incredible number!! Our Dressage judge was the very knowledgeable Jocelyn Templeman from Tali Ho Stables in Crescent Valley. Jumping ran at the same time and was judged by Laura Sobkiw from Creston. Competitors showed off their jumping skills going over jumps that ranged from cross rails to 3’9” in both Hunter and Jumping divisions. Saturday was English flat classes and Sunday was Western flat classes as well as halter. There were classes for beginners to experts, with everyone riding and looking their best to win that trophy!!! There were pleasure classes which were judged on the horse, and equitation classes which were judged on the rider, and our favourite class, the buckle challenge where the winner receives a beautiful silver buckle. There were lots of other classes as well. Whatever discipline they entered, they were definitely put through their paces by our very knowledgeable judge, Mr. Glenn Perran from Kelowna. Kind and encouraging words were given to the competitors after each class, so everyone had things to work on once they were home! Our amazing Trail Judge, Ms. Jeanine Issel, from Fruitvale put everyone through some tough courses for both Handy Horse and Trail. It was a terrific weekend and great fun was had by all!! BUT none of this would have been possible without the help of ALL the volunteers, the many sponsors, and the community help. It is so greatly appreciated!!!!!

stable management. Everyone enjoyed a great family BBQ, followed by the always fun Treasure Hunt. Then to end the night, everyone gathered at the round pen and had a huge silly string fight. Pam Malekow, organizer, would like to thank Karen Van Der Merwe, Rebecca Horkoff, Christy Geist, Amy Lou Berukoff and Allison Ritson for their great teaching skills, and Deb Miller and Trina Walsh for their organizational help with the kids and the clubhouse. She would also like to thank Zoe McGovern and Yvonne Kiwior for taking such great photos, and everyone else that lent a hand. “This great weekend would not be possible without all the help and great sponsors,” said Malekow. The sponsors for the event were the Columbia Basin Trust, Areas B, F, G, H, I and J of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the City of Castlegar, the City of Nelson, the Town of Creston, Beaver Valley, Warfield, Area B of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Area B of the Regional District of East Kootenay, Columbia Power, Black Press, Debri Resources Ltd., TECK Metals Ltd., and Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground.

Participants and organizers got together for a photo after the Third Annual Youth Polish Shine and Show. Haunted Halloween Ho-Down We hosted the Haunted Halloween Ho-Down on October 1. “It was so much fun, and such great outfits,” said organizer Pam Malekow. “We all learned a little something.” Judge Wendy Price had the challenge of judging Halter, Showmanship, Equitation, Pleasure, Command and Trail class. Organizers were pleased that the lead line class had a couple of young first-time riders. “Such fun was had by all and only thanks to my amazing helpers, including Darlyne Pasin, Charity Ellis Barbour, Miguel Legere, Sarah Wyatt, Amy Lou Berukoff and Sheana Green,” added Malekow.

Our youngest rider gets a high five from judge Glenn Perran 3rd Annual Youth Polish Shine & Show We held our 3rd Annual Youth Polish Shine & Show kids’ camp at the Trail Riding Grounds over the September 23-24 weekend. The kids learned different riding skills, how to manoeuver trail obstacles, halter and showmanship, nutrition, health and care, and

Kelsey Scott with Diego DECEMber 2017


The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik • Photos courtesy of JD Photography


he Canadian Registry Board of Directors has had several meetings since the summer break and we have some exciting new events planned for the coming year! We will again have a booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta the last weekend of April 2018.  We will be co-hosting it with the Alberta Walking Horse Association but we will be in the same spot as we’ve been the last several years so we will be easy to find.  The AGM will be held in May in conjunction with a clinic.  While plans are not finalized yet, it’s going to be an exciting program. And finally we have a special event planned for the September long

weekend. More to come on that later.  Members have been working hard to get their DVD’s or electronic submissions in for The Canadian Triple Challenge deadline. Program For Excellence entries have been received for Bronze, Silver and Gold evaluations. In the Training Levels there is an entry for the Horsemanship Level 3 Challenge. There are also three candidates vying for the Ultimate Canadian Horse Award. I’m including some pictures from Horsemanship Level 3 and the demonstration portion of the Challenge.  If you are interested in participating, The Canadian Triple Challenge is laid out in the website

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club HIGH POINTS DONKEY: Lessons learned from Lisa By Louise Givens and Ken Colby Meet ADMC members Louise and Ken

I Louise and Lisa with their high-point donkey award from the Alberta Longears Days, 2017

n the picture, you see me, Louise, astride my mammoth, Lisa, holding her red, high-points ribbon. You don’t see what I was thinking: “But it’s been only two years; there’s still so much we need to work on.” Two years earlier, both Lisa and Dixie, her half-sister, were green -- 13 years old and halter broke, but green. Almost as green as their new owner. My equine experience was measured in hours. Green animal plus green owner usually equals disaster, so what went right? Reflecting on those two years, I avoided many pitfalls and made some good decisions. By chance, at first; later, by design. I worked with a professional trainer almost daily in their first summer -- the donkeys learned

Kelowna Riding Club Update By Jenny Bouwmeester


s the year ends we reflect on another fun riding season at the Kelowna Riding Club. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our members, volunteers, and sponsors. Without your support, hard work, and involvement the riding club would not be able to offer this great facility to the Okanagan riders. This spring brought on many challenges with heavy rainfall and flooding infringing the club’s bigger shows. Thanks to hard work and muscle we were able to have the riding club ready for the annual Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show. This show is always a big hit, and is open to the public to watch. The club offered other jumping shows throughout the season, put on by the Equilife team. Unfortunately,

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the Spring Dressage Festival had to be set back into July, but was a big success in the end. This show is a Gold and Bronze EC competition. During both the spring and fall the club offered Dressage Percentage days for both English and Western. These schooling shows are great for getting your horses used to showing and competition. We had 20 riders come whom have never shown before. Schooling shows such as these are a fun, low pressure atmosphere geared to developing horse and riders’ skills and confidence. Throughout the season the Kelowna Gymkhana club came to use the facility, and hosted 7 shows from April to September. Plus their Spookhana show where horse and rider dressed in costumes.

Don’t forget that the CRTWH is here to answer your questions. If you would like to get a Walking Horse registered, or have any inquiries about registering or transferring your horse you can email the secretary at For any questions regarding our programs you can email our president  To learn more about our Walkers, the magazine Walking Horse News is a good source of information. Just contact the publisher at and ask for your free e-sample issue. And of course, even if you don’t have a Walking Horse, we invite you to visit us on Facebook - www.facebook. com/crtwh.

Top Left: Windi Scott and Ghost Top Right: Windi Scott riding Rocky, owned by Alynn Ward Left: Kristy Colter and Lady

Louise and Dixie giving rides in the snow

pair-driving; I learned to read their body language and to have patience. Donkeys want to please, but they are cautious creatures. They need time to think; you’ll actually see their chins moving as they mull over what you’re asking. To build confidence and trust, I systematically exposed them to all sorts of new things: tarps, kids, bicycles, wobble boards, mailboxes, curtains of pool noodles, every obstacle I could create. There are always new ways to expose your animals to new things. When Lisa developed a cinch sore -- no riding, for sure – it looked as if I’d have to cancel a planned mountain ride with friends; but she

could walk, so we hiked together. And together, we learned about mountain trails, rushing rivers, scary bridges and sleeping in a horse stall. Today, Lisa and Dixie drive as a pair (we have a marathon carriage), and work – dragging harrows, logs and (Dixie’s winter favourite) pulling kids on a calf sled. Both are broke to ride – me on Lisa, assorted kids on Dixie, a large standard. Last summer, during a refresher lesson, Rise Massey – trainer and mentor – remarked, “Your donkeys are lucky, they have such interesting lives.” Me, too. That’s my red ribbon.

The club is happy to offer the facility to other clubs such as Kelowna Gymkhana and Pony club. It is great to share this amazing facility to all disciplines and riders in the Okanagan Valley. Other fun clinics and training days held at the club were clear rounds night and the Ricky Quinn clinic. We are excited to offer more events in 2018, with an increasing interest in western riding coming to the club. With many new faces and a growing interest in different disciplines we are anticipating the next year to be even better. See everyone in the New Year, and happy holidays from the Kelowna Riding Club.

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Ride a Boo Day at Brookside Stables By Lynn Higginbotham


Witchy Diane Prinsen

n October 22nd we hosted a Ride a Boo Day – with games, and more games at Brookside Stables in Salmon Arm BC. Such a wet day! We kept the day fun, no judge, just timers and public input. But, that did not stop the enthusiasm of the riders that participated. We started out playing on Brookside’s outdoor obstacles. Encouraging horse and rider to be comfortable on wooden obstacles, gravel, slopes, and even with the “spooky” additions. Everyone got a chance to go as many times as they wanted. Then we moved indoors to compete with a round of Command Class, and a Barrel race before lunch with yummy food and a portable fire pit to keep us warm. Thank you to Barbara Lawson and Diane Prinsen. Costume Class came next… Everyone had put time and effort into their costumes - great job! Even had a neighbourhood visitor stop by to watch, we gave her the task of judging – thank you. In the afternoon we offered games, bringing in some that were no longer played, meant there were a lot of laughs shared with the Potato Sack race, Poles, Musical poles, Putting on the Jacket, and Keyhole to name a few. We had riders on horseback, owners on the ground with young horses, youngsters on leadline, and those that thought they would “never” be able to do it. But they all did! Everyone went home with a prize to remember the day. Thank you to Diane Prinsen and Brookside Stables for hosting a great event. A great time was had by all, including those of us on the ground.

Quesnel & District Riding Club


ur club was thrilled to host a packed Cavaletti Clinic over 2 days at Alex Fraser Park Indoor Arena on October 7-8. The Clinician - Erika Jansson, is originally from Sweden where she did her Education at the Flyinge National Stud and then trained for Dressage under Bo Jenå, Olympic Medalist Jan Jönsson for Eventing and Swedish Olympic Team member Peter Eriksson for Show Jumping. Erika now  lives and works in California where she is a professional dressage trainer, educating horses up to Grand Prix Level. The clinic was held hourly over 2 days in groups of four riders. We started with 3 poles and worked up to 12 in 45 minute lessons which was plenty for both horse and rider! Cavaletti training is highly beneficial to all horses and riders no matter what the discipline or activity. We had English, Western, Barrel, Jumper and Gaited horses participate. When Cavaletti/polework is practiced regularly - horses gain elasticity, respond better to half halts, learn to ride straighter and develop top line, strength and flexibility.  20 riders filled 56 spots for lessons and all enjoyed it tremendously. We are excited to be planning another spring clinic with Erika - which is filling up already!! 

Erika telling us to hold the reins like baby birds in our hands.

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Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Receives Parasport Jumpstart Funding


CTRA rider Ava Hatton on “Valaddi”

he Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association is a Duncan-based charity that provides therapeutic riding and adapted equestrian programs for persons with special needs, the majority of whom are children. CTRA’s multifaceted program offers a range of activities for youth with special needs and provides important opportunities for parasport, recreation and play for children who may be “side-lined” because of disability or other persistent barriers. Through the 2017 Parasport Jumpstart Fund, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association will be receiving $27,693 from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. This funding will help CTRA expand and enhance its services – creating more opportunities for children with special needs in the Cowichan Valley. Funds will be used to offset the costs of specialized coaches and will help CTRA acquire new equipment for its Adapted Equestrian Vaulting program, creating additional spaces for new participants and enriching

the experience of existing clients. In 2017, 35 organizations across Canada were selected to receive a grant through the Parasport Jumpstart Fund. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. “Since 2005, Jumpstart has been committed to removing financial barriers to sport and recreation, helping more than 1.4 million kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford to play, get in the game,” said Marco Di Buono, Associate Vice President of Programs and Operations at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “We are proud to expand on this mandate through programs like the Parasport Jumpstart Fund, which create greater opportunities for sport and play for children with disabilities.” The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association is a communityfunded program that relies on donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraising initiatives to support its services. “This contribution makes a tremendous impact,” says Jennifer Barnes van Elk, CTRA Development Officer. “This funding will allow CTRA to introduce more children to para-equestrian sport and provide important developmental opportunities for emerging athletes with special needs. We are a small charity with limited resources, but our kids have big dreams. The support of funders like Canadian Tire and the Canadian Paralympic Committee help make these dreams a reality.” For more information, visit the association’s website at; you can also contact the CTRA by phone at 250-746-1028 or via email at

CanTRA News By Daphne Davey

Lis Hartel and Jubilee. Photo by Terry Fincher



anish dressage rider Lis Hartel is known by name to so many people in the therapeutic riding world. She was already the Danish dressage champion–twice, in 1943 and 1944–when, at age 23, she contracted polio that permanently paralyzed her legs below the knees and affected her arms and hands. Nevertheless, she rode in the 1952 Olympics (there were no Paralympics in those days) and won a silver medal on her horse, aptly named Jubilee. Until that time, dressage was only open to commissioned military officers. That 1952 medal was the first by any woman in any individual sport when in direct competition with men at the Olympics. And she did it again with Jubilee in 1956! In addition to her two Olympic silver medals, Lis was to be Danish dressage champion four more times. After her retirement from competition, she supported causes for polio and for therapeutic riding. In 1992 she was inducted into Denmark’s Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was named one of Denmark’s top 10 athletes of all time. But did you know Lis Hartel had a connection with CanTRA? She donated the silver tray she received at the Olympics to the 1991 World Dressage Championships for Disabled Riders in Denmark (forerunner of Olympic Para-Dressage), to which Canada sent its first international team, fielded by CanTRA with Dr. Gillian Lawrence as Chef d’Équipe.

The Liz Hartel Trophy was to be presented to the rider who overcame the biggest challenges at the competition. Voting was open to all competitors and coaches. Canadian team member Tricia Lovegrove, a blind and partially deaf rider from British Columbia, received this award! For more information on the life and career of Lis Hartel, google Lis Hartel at Wikipedia. To catch up with the indomitable Tricia Lovegrove, watch this inspiring YouTube video at (Empower Team Series #1 - Story of RMT Tricia Lovegrove). For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Your donation to www. or will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability. DECEMber 2017


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


meeting after that. Do plan to attend – we need you in order to make decisions. We’re going to have another Tack Sale – these are so much fun and a successful fundraiser for the club. It will be Saturday, March 31 at the Armstrong Curling Club on the fairgrounds, from 10 am to 3 pm. We are looking for a 4-H or Pony Club to offer an outdoor BBQ concession. More details in the February issue of Saddle Up. Merry Christmas to one and all! And Happy New Year.

e had a great meeting on October 28 and started plans for the Christmas party and 2018. The date for the Christmas Party is Saturday December 16 at the Miyashita household in Canoe. Details are on our club Facebook page. Our Annual General Meeting is set for Saturday, January 20 at the Anchor Inn Pub (upstairs, children welcome) in Armstrong starting at 11:30 am. We’ll have lunch, then have the Zone AGM, followed by our own club’s AGM, with a quick general

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver


ctober has been a spectacular month for our BC Lower Mainland Pony Club members! We wrapped up our adventure-filled summer show season with two eagerlyanticipated events for our members: National Quiz and our annual High Point awards. Early this year in February, our BC Lower Mainland members competed in our Regional Quiz event, and the top four C2 finalists qualified to represent us at the National Quiz event held this year in Kelowna. Over 100 top competitors from across Canada pitted their equine knowledge against other C and B-level members in a series of tests designed to reveal the full extent of their mastery of all things equestrian. From written tests to hands-on identification of obscure and little-known equine-related items, competitors earned scores that gave them individual rankings. Day two was composed of team challenges, which featured trivia and team games, and even a station where members were blindfolded and had to assemble a cavesson bridle with the clock ticking. Congratulations to our National team, who competed against 15 other teams and took home the gold! In addition to winning the top team award, our members finished with fantastic individual results. Out of 60 C-level competitors across Canada, Kassandra Hawes

Our 2017 Combined High Point winners and Eventing High Point Award recipients, pictured with Michel Vaillancourt (Photo by Robin Ray) 36 • DECember 2017


placed 2nd, Jordan Carver finished 3rd, Ariel Carver took 8th and Emily Shaver placed 10th; we are proud of our members and their fantastic efforts! October also brings the presentation of our Combined High Point and Eventing High Point Awards. Every year, two separate High Point Awards are given for each Pony Club level from E through A. Our Combined High Point Award is for the member, at each CPC level, with the highest points earned from competing in both our BCLM Show Jump and Dressage events on the same horse. Our Eventing Award is based on scores achieved by our pony club members in Canadian, full 3-Phase EC-governed events, and include dressage, cross country and stadium phases. This year, we had fourteen High Point Award recipients; awards were presented by Michel Vaillancourt at the Mane Event on October 21. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to Noel Asmar Equestrian, which once again generously sponsored our High Point awards program by donating this year’s award prizes: amazing riding polos which will be worn with pride at future local riding events. For more information about BCLM Pony Club, or to become involved in our equine-centred program, please contact Tracy Carver at (778) 999-7400.

(l to r) Ariel Carver, Jordan Carver, Emily Shaver and Kassandra Hawes (Photo by Kelly Hawes)

Congratulations to our 2017 High Point Award recipients! COMBINED HIGH POINT E level: Alysha Chilton – Burnaby Lake PC D level: Emilia Thrift – Burnaby Lake PC D1 level: Hazel Carver – Mission Hills PC D2 level: Karis Mackie – Mission Hills PC C level: Faith Ray – Mission Hills PC C1 level: Stephanie Struys – Mt. Cheam PC C2 level: Ariel Carver – Mission Hills PC B level: Jordan Carver – Mission Hills PC EVENTING 3-PHASE HIGH POINT D2 level: Karis Mackie – Mission Hills PC C level: Lucie Shaver – Hazelmere PC C1 level: Jami Struys – Mt. Cheam PC C2 level: Morgan Swaan – Hazelmere PC B level: Jordan Carver – Mission Hills PC A level: Marlies Kerkhoven – Mission Hills PC

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley


appy Winter ladies and gents! The show season is a fond memory and we are already looking ahead to the 2018 events.   The Bazaar Team has had several meetings and demos/ booths are already coming in. Mark it on your calendar, March 11, 2018 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen, so if you have the time, we would love more members of the team.  We are also looking for members of other committees such as: Banquet, Hospitality, Fundraising and more. Many hands make light work, and there is a lot that makes LMQHA tick along. Please consider pitching in to help make our club the best it can be. Our Show committee started meeting in October and are committed to making our 2018 season the best ever! We hope you plan on joining us for our 2 main circuits: No Bling Spring Fling March 31/April 1st and our West Coast Summer Classic July 20-22nd. We are still considering an all Novice Show, we are just talking viability and logistics. Our AGM occurred after this article had to be submitted, so please stay tuned to our Facebook page and the LMQHA page of www. for updates. We are going back to our roots and having an old fashioned Tack Sale Fundraiser on Dec 3rd at 21220 32nd Avenue in Langley. It will be in an indoor arena so come on by rain or shine! Great for buying

Christmas presents! Stay tuned to the Facebook page and the LMQHA page of the BCQHA website for Awards Banquet information as that hadn’t yet been set by article submission. We hope that you had an amazing 2017, filled with personal accomplishments, reached goals, good times and great friends. We wish you a spectacular 2018 of new beginnings, fantastic rides and a sparkling journey wherever your trail may take you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

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

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


he chill is in the air, we’re bundled up to ride, but turn-outs to the gymkhanas and open rides have been inspiring! The Chilliwack Riding Club hosted a Halloween Gymkhana on the 29th of October and it was so fun to see our smallest to our tallest members out participating in their well-crafted costumes. The Denim & Diamonds Drill Team are still holding tryouts, so any interested parties should contact Kaitlin Tottenham (kt_ for more information. These lovely ladies will kick-off the Christmas season by riding in the Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade on December 2nd. Dress warm and bring your friends and family to help support this fun event! We’re hosting an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ open ride on December 21st at Heritage Park. Come on out with your ugliest seasonal sweater for some fun and prizes. Keeping an eye on December - we continue to host open ride on Floor 3 at the Chilliwack Heritage Park. Dates are available for December 7, 14, and 21. (Please always double check the Chilliwack Riding Club Facebook page or website to confirm dates are still available before heading out in the weather.) For more information please check out our website at www.

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Bonnie Hull, North Vancouver Island Chapter

Building Confidence for Group Trail Riding with Clinician Severin Pederson Thank you to our hosts, Al and Sherley Bergquist of Just-About-Ranch in Comox. Your facility was the perfect setting, providing an indoor arena, open areas in the yard where we could all work on separation from the group, and the trails to practice what we learned. Our nine Back Country Horsemen members gathered in the indoor arena at 9 am, where we introduced ourselves and horses to our clinician Severin Pederson. We are lucky to have this talented clinician living in our area; it was great being able to book him for this clinic. We started out by just leading our horses around the arena, but not just leading. We practiced the horse staying out of our space, following behind, and leading from both sides, you never know what situation you may run into while out on the trail. Another practical exercise we learned was having the horse move over for mounting, starting at the rail to teach it, and once the horse was getting it, moving out into the arena to increase the difficulty. Okay, so then we really got put to the test! Separation... oh boy! Severin used this great exercise to help all of us with leaving the herd, and some of us got more exercise than others! He took one horse and handler at a time out of the indoor arena, leaving the rest of the horses behind. Out in the yard, he helped each of us deal with our horse neighing, looking away, moving their feet, being with the herd, not with us. Once he gave you the tools to deal with your own handling issues, he would go in and take another horse out, and leave the last person to wander around the yard keeping their horse connected to them. It’s a lot of work, and changes constantly, especially if their barn buddy is calling them! While all this was happening, Severin’s partner, Jackie Mercer, was teaching the rest of us how to ground tie our horses. It was truly amazing how well everyone did, considering they had other horses outside as a draw. Jackie showed us how to drop your lead, rub your horse towards their hind end, then walk behind and around them, versus walking away in front of the horse, as they will want to follow you. Eventually we

were all able to leave our horse and be standing on the far side of the arena. We were cautioned to “not” do this while out in the wilderness, even a horse really well trained to ground tie will leave you. After lunch, we were ready to ride. We headed out to the back of the property to do short loops through the single-track trails. Severin brought a young horse, so he brought up the rear. The first short ride was the hardest for everyone, and Severin got to see where we needed to work on things to help us deal with the group ride. Lots of jigging, rushing up into the next horse’s butt, anxious and not listening to the rider. When we came back out into the meadow, he demonstrated an exercise to ride straight to a tree, but with bend. We all then took turns doing this until he thought we were ready for another jaunt in the bush. Much better the second time, still a long way from being the perfect ride, but there was a definite improvement over the first ride. Each time we came back to the meadow, he would talk about things he had seen with each of us and how we could help the horse by using a few different techniques -- it’s never “always do this,” you need to adjust to the situation. Offering another pattern for us to use – he picked a lone tree, and had us trot around it, with the rest of the horses hanging out in the shade to the side. You were to keep trotting until you felt your horse staying on the circle, and stop drifting closer to the herd, then you could stop and dismount on the far side away from them, that was their release. As we each had our turn, he added in more difficulty by having another horse join in, but going in the opposite direction; we even had some cantering, what a fun drill! We did one last trail ride and were able to try our new techniques. He also had us stop on the trail observing if our horses could just relax and stand. Thank you very much to Horse Council BC and Back Country Horsemen of BC who both provided funding, which made this clinic very affordable. We made sure Severin and all the participants were aware of our funding so that the word gets out – get out and learn!

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

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep the cowboy way alive please check out our sponsor package for partnership options at or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997. MAJOR SPONSORS:

BC Rodeo Association

Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


BCRA Banquet & Silent Auction Thank you to the following for helping us at our AGM and Banquet: ~ Diana Puhallo ~ Kelly Walls ~ Nita Cameron

Vanderhoof & Districts CO-OP, Armstrong Regional CO-OP, Otter CO-OP

SILVER SPONSORS: Thank you to POLARIS and all the participating dealerships throughout BC for all your support! West Fraser Truckers Association INTERIOR SILVI-SERVICES LTD


Banquet Season Leader Saddle Winners. Photo by Rona Macdonald Photography.

Aaron Palmer TR Heading Season Leader


Ty Hamill Bull Riding Season Leader

Polaris booth in Keremeos

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633,

Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, Allison Everett 250.296.4778, Jay Savage 250.421.3712, Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678,

Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, Ray Jasper 250.991.8391, Tom Danyk 250.540.2030, Ryan Hume 250.267.1642,

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Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US




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

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 6/18 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 2/18


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


Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines. 7/18

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 11/18

Info on clinics and events at



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

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

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


BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC.,, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 4/18

Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head,, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 2/18

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

Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-694-3521 5/18

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18


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


Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship. For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit



WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 7/18

It Is All About The Kids!

! n o i t a r e n e G t x e The N Hi, I am Wyat t and I am 12 years old. ou ?

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My horse’s name is Oakie. Oakie is a 17-year-old Paint.  - Wyat t, age 12, Banff AB

Hello! My name is Chloe. This is my horse Lexi, I sometimes call her Lit tle Lady Lexi. She’s a 14.2 hand Quarter Horse mare. I am starting to do barrel racing with Lexi. In this photo I am just having a fun ride in the arena. - Chloe, age 13, Chilliwack BC

What are you doing with your horse? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”. DECember 2017


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE HEALTH EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 5/18

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

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


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

arena maintenance


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch ED BASTAC (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214, Animal Bedding, Dry sterile Pine shavings, 55-120 cu. yd. loads delivered. 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 9/18


BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 12/17 Turning point ranch (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, recreational, rest, retirement or rhab. 3/18

Chiropractic DR. DANA BLOOMQUIST, D.C., B.Kin (Surrey/South Surrey),,, 604-591-5569


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


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



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EQUINE HEALTH ANIMADERM (Okanagan) Equine skin care specialist for scratches, sweet itch, mane & tale rubbing, insect bites. 100% NATURAL. Call 778-212-6555 4/18


CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed 12/17

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Business Services FEncing


FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh


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

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




Bring your own horse or ride ours! affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs 2017 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!

5/18 250-593-9807 7/18

Harness manufacturing



Healing with horses

VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18



Come for a massage or for a week-long healing retreat Individual healing plans designed by therapist with 30 years of experience.

Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 (Bridge Lake BC)

For a Distributor near you call 1-877-253-2832 email:



We protect what we love.

ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 7/18

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance 7/18


Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l l

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

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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

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




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

DECember 2017



Business Services TRAINERS/coaches


ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 7/18

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.

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

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,



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

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

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



DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 6/18 Ride. Dress. Live. Visit our Langley BC location: 106-22575 Fraser Highway



WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 12/17

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 3/18 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 8/18 Bassano, alBerta

Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 12/18

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International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

Business Services VETERINARIANS


ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year! What’s Happening? Let’s Go!

2018 Events? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

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


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 2 ANNIVERSARY SALE, Equine Essentials Tack & Laundry at Greystone Stables, Delta BC, 604-992-5676 3 LMQHA FUNDRAISER TACK SALE, 10:30am-3:30pm (indoors), Langley BC, contact Mellissa to book a table 604-729-6616 or 12-31 CARAVAN THEATRE Winter Production “The Gift of Magi,” Ticketseller 1-866-311-1011,, 26-30 BOXING WEEK SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 31 NEW YEAR’S ON HORSEBACK, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367

january 2018

(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 13 CQHA Annual General Meeting, Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer AB, Marnie 204-834-2479,


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367

Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, 12/17 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/17 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 2/18


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YOUR EQUESTRIAN DREAM COME TRUE! This rustic style rancher is situated on over 31 acres. Property features an impressive 255’ x 69’ indoor riding arena with 14 10’ x 12’ holding stalls and a farrier/groomer’s bay, spacious workshop, sauna house, chicken coops, hay storage, shaving shed, exerciser, 20’ x 60’Dressage arena, 16 small holding paddocks, 10 larger paddocks, and 3 pastures. Hardwood floors, tiles throughout with 3 wood/pellet stoves and sliding barn doors. Open concept living room to kitchen make entertaining company very enjoyable and personable. Riding arena has a small 2 floor apartment with viewing windows and laundry in unit for guests or ranch hands. 2404 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $2,200,000 MLS ® 10142855 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 3/18

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MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN & VALLEY VIEWS Two residences on this 22.09 acre property, each with their own fruit trees and gardens. Perfect for cattle, horses or any livestock lover. Featuring a 44’ x 80’ barn with 2 holding stalls and a 110’ x 220’ outdoor riding arena. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, large family room, living room with floor to ceiling white quartz natural gas fireplace and dining room. Master bedroom has a walkout to the deck where you can watch the local fireworks or enjoy a hot tub to relax in. Second residence has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and own yard area. 4240 Noble Road, Armstrong BC $1,650,000 MLS ® 10134250 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 3/18

BREATHTAKING SPALLUMCHEEN RANCH Gorgeous ranch with a heritage style 6 bedroom, 2,530 sq. ft. house on 32 flat useable acres. Shop, hay shed, paddocks, outdoor riding arenas, rail fencing, fruit trees and excellent water. New in-door boiler furnace. Includes a second 1,600 sq. ft. as-new building currently used as an office/health clinic. This is a well-kept rare property in the heart of farm country, perfect for equestrians, home businesses and/or large families. Find peace and tranquility here in a beautiful park-like setting with incredible views. 3991 Hullcar Road, Armstrong BC $1,795,000 MLS ® 10141359 ID# 92745 Info: 1-250-434-3057

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