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he sale moved to Saturday night this year and a wonderful presale cocktail party, hosted by Alberta Veterinary Center, and a during-the-sale event, sponsored by Valleyfield Farm, Creekside Farm, and Carousel Ridge, were totally enjoyed by all in attendance. The Westerner Park venue was beautifully decorated by the crew from Klondike Victory Farm under the direction of Coreen Jamieson. The horses were wonderful—well-bred, well-prepared, and an exciting offering to the public.

High Seller Nobu CR (l to r): Nobu CR, Shaun Cook (Carousel Ridge), Katrina van den Bosch (Sale Co-Chair), Joyce & Allan Sparks (Award Sponsor) Forty horses were catalogued and thirty-five went through the ring. The increased proportion of foals, yearlings, and broodmares versus riding horses was reflected in the overall average which took a slight dip to $10,635. However, smart buyers invested in the future and the young prospects sold for a good average of $7,585. The high seller in this category at $15,000, receiving the Sparks Innovations cooler, was Nobu CR (Jethro Tull x Matterhorn) consigned by Carousel Ridge and purchased by Holly Dietz of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of note in this section, the sale of an embryo consigned by Klondike Victory Farm, the offspring of Jethro Tull x Tacorde, sold for $11,000 to Joco Trucking Ltd of Bentley, Alberta. The consignment of two-year-olds was again very strong with good pedigrees, great horses, and a selling average of $9,000. Top selling 2-Year-Old Prospect, winning the Key Warmbloods cooler, was the

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Here the colt shows the softness and focus available through the feel Kalin has offered him. iguring out who to listen to and whose opinions actually are the right ones can be a real challenge but it seems to me the only opinion that really matters is the horses’. By watching your horse’s reactions and noticing how our handling techniques are impacting them (their comfort, their feelings of security and whether or not we’re getting closer or farther away from our desired results), we can easily narrow down the helpful opinions from those that might be detrimental, either to our horse’s emotional or physical wellbeing or to the overall goals that we’re hoping to achieve.

One of my students, Kalin, is working with a colt. This photo shows the colt’s confusion and lack of confidence with the signal that is coming through weakly due to the extra length in the rope between them. The sideways ears, the head tipped slightly away indicate that this colt is still seeking the clarity. When I’m helping people who are learning to communicate more clearly with their horses, I do my best not to limit the type of equipment they use or dictate the desired results that they are looking for; after all, those desired results often differ from individual to individual. For example, some people are looking for a good pack horse who can follow quietly while being ponied off a trusty saddle horse while others may be looking for a competitive show horse. The traits that each person holds valuable in their horse may be quite different so rather than telling folks what they should be trying to create, I try to listen to their ideas of what they’d like and then help them the best way I can to reach their goals. That being said, the horse’s experience and point of view is of upmost importance to me and although I’m very happy to 8 • DECEMBER 2018


This photo shows the results Kalin achieved by picking up the slack and improving the feel between her and the colt. The horse is now bent towards her, focused on her and has his ears gently rotated towards her, showing his interest in her signal. help the humans I work with, it’s the horses who I’m there to act as an ambassador for. Helping the people understand where the breakdowns are happening and to make the necessary adjustments so as to improve the communication between them and their equine partner is as good for the human as it is for the horse. One of the most common breakdowns that I’ve observed is a lack of feel between the human and the horse as a result of an inaccurate tension in the connection between them. The topic of what feel is could fill an entire book so I’m not even going to attempt to try to tackle that one right now but what I will say is that when I say feel, I’m referring to the connection (sometimes physical and sometimes energetic) that can occur between a person and a horse. To me, it’s both intuitive and very real and although it can travel through energy and cross the open space between a person and a horse (or cow, or dog, or whatever) that are quite far away from one another, it’s most palpable and most obvious when the human and horse are connected physically, via a lead rope, leg against a horse’s side, through the reins or even through the seat and balance of a rider sitting astride their horse. Most any horseman or horsewoman will refer to feel and talk about the part it plays in the work they do with horses and most people will have at least an idea of what they mean but as a person develops in their timing and their observational skills, their understanding of feel will also deepen and change and grow. Recently, I’ve been noticing the extreme importance that lies in the tension (both physical and energetic) that exists in the horse, the human and/or the equipment and the connections (or breakdowns)

Working with horses is an adventure. It can be rewarding, exciting, frustrating, challenging and confusing, among other things. Not only are there about one million and one ways to do just about everything when it comes to horsemanship but everyone has an opinion and it would seem as though they’re all different and they’re all right!

that this tension or lack thereof, can create. When I refer to tension, I don’t just mean tightness, stiffness or bracing but also the lack of tension. Obviously a tight or hard muscle will move slower, feel less and be more difficult to sense your equine partner through and in the same way, reins or a lead rope that’s being held tight or pulled taut will muffle (or even silence completely) the signals that could have otherwise have been available. Leaving a rope too loose, leaving your reins too long or being completely void of any life in your own body can be just as detrimental as being too tight, too tense or holding your reins or lead rope with too much brace. As far as providing a strong conduit for the signals and energy we’ve learned to refer to as feel, to travel through goes, there is a happy medium that must be found. Whether it be a rider in the saddle or a person working with their horse from the ground, it’s amazing to watch the changes that can take place through a little experimentation with the length and tightness of the line connecting the human and the horse. Sometimes the very same signal coming from a rider with their hands on the reins, can come through to the horse in completely different ways, simply by adjusting the length of the rein between their hands and the other end of the rein! I’ve watched nervous horses go from confused, scared and self-reliant, to licking and chewing, softly accepting support and finding comfort and security in their handler just by asking the person to pick up the slack in their lead shank or reins. Communicating with our horses, as I’ve said before, is not about teaching them how to do all the things that we want them to do, but rather, it’s about developing

the understanding and horsemanship necessary to support them the way they need us to. Helping them to understand our desired results through communicating our needs with an effective feel; picking up the slack, supporting their needs and helping them to feel secure, however they may need us to. In my experience, finding the perfect length of lead rope or rein, finding the most effective feel between you and your horse and bringing the life up or down in your body until you’ve found the most effective combination is the best way to communicate clearly with your horse and to achieve the desired results, whatever those results may be. Experiment, observe and always keep your horse’s best interest in mind while working towards your goals. There’s no shortage of opinions available to you but at the end of the day, your

This photo shows Kalin finding this same feel from the saddle. The horse is softly bent in the direction she’s offering him. horse will be your most effective guide when it comes to sorting out the good ones from the bad. 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 our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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he BC Senior Games were hosted by Kimberley and Cranbrook; the horse competitions were held on September 12 and 13 at Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds, located between the two cities. The following sports were included: Western Dressage, Traditional Dressage, Mountain Trail and Western Performance (both Ranch Riding Horse and Ranch Trail Horse). The judges were chosen and supported by Horse Council BC. Dressage was judged by Dale Irwin, who is from Chilliwack. The Ranch Riding and Mountain Trail were judged by Dawn Ferster, from Kelowna. In addition, Dawn designed the layout of the new Mountain Trail Course. Thirty nine entries were received for the equestrian sports. This number was excellent considering the distance and trailering required over mountain passes. As in the 2017 Games, fire and smoke, resulted in cancellations. However, the incredible local interest, with over two thirds of the competitors, coming from the Kootenays, kept the final numbers at 31. The participant that travelled farthest was Joyce Felker, from Lac La Hache. Joyce rode Touch of Mint, who at 30 years was the oldest participating horse. The Equestrian Sports were a tremendous success with participants and volunteers saying “a great time was had by all.” There was a real sense of camaraderie with all disciplines and many

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Joyce Felker and Touch Of Mint commented on the beauty of the facility. The success was due to the incredible support from the community: the East Kootenay Regional District, the local businesses, and the many helpful volunteers (over 40 of them!). Thanks for the excellent Games, also to the judges, and sportsmanship of the riders. In the past two years, a number of upgrades, such as the revitalization of the dressage and jump arenas, as well as the building of the Mountain Trail Course (with sections that can be used for cross country) were made to the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds in preparation for the Games. Thanks to the support given by the Host 55+, HCBC, RDEK, businesses and many hours of volunteer labor, local riders, both young and old, can now participate and compete in Dressage and Mountain Trail at a public facility. The 2019 55+ Games are being hosted by Kelowna. Consider participating or volunteering. CELEBRATE OUR RIDING!! For 55+ Results: For more 55+ photos:

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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

As we move through life we develop patterns of movement as we respond to our environment, our jobs, our lifestyle. Within these patterns are habitual reflexes... the ‘fight or flight’ response of moving forward, we arch our backs and get taller as we are called into action, the ‘startle or stress reflex’ which closes us inward, curling us forward. This can be in response to fear, stress, or even a developed repetitive pattern such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time. To avoid pain or discomfort we may find ourselves bending to one side or twisting our body. These reflexes are natural and for the most part, subconscious, but we can often become ‘stuck’ in one or all of these patterns as the brain holds on to the pattern (called Sensory Motor Amnesia) until our awareness is brought to them. “If you can sense it you can change it” - a saying by Thomas Hanna, the founder of Somatics - a movement modality that addresses the muscle imbalances caused by these three reflexes.

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Exhale flatten with arms rolled in. Photo by Rebecca Wieben


n our last article we addressed the Green Light Reflex, the fight or flight reflex. In this article we will discuss the opposite of that, the Red Light Reflex, otherwise known as the startle reflex or stress response. Imagine you are riding your horse and he spooks at a bird on the trail. As the horse jumps sideways your body immediately curls forward to protect your internal organs, everything in the front of the body tightens, your abdominals, the front of the neck as your head is drawn forward, the shoulders roll forward, the upper back will become tight and rounded, your pelvis will roll under slightly and your inner thighs will tense. In the case of a spook this reflex will be momentary, but in day to day life this muscle reflex is created again and again through sitting at a computer for long periods, looking at your cell phone constantly, as well as ongoing stress and anxiety. Seen standing a person with this reflex will seem to have a depressed (sunken) chest, shoulders rolled forward, head jutting forward, back slightly rounded, soft knees with feet and knees turned in slightly. Because the chest is depressed the body will have more difficulty getting oxygen as the lungs cannot fully expand. The person may experience tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, and could develop heart issues. To see this reflex in a rider you would see someone who is carrying more tension in their shoulders and neck and they will sit in a more rounded position. The rider will be tight in the front of the body and will likely grip with her inner thighs. A beginner rider will be more likely to sit in this position, especially if they are a little fearful about the horse they are riding. With the imbalance between the front and the back of the body the rider will not be as steady in the saddle. Imagine piggy backing someone who is a little ‘floppier’ than someone who can maintain their balance. The horse will have to adjust his balance more often to adjust for the rider’s lack of balance. Another common occurrence with a rider who is a bit more forward is her heels will tend to come up to help balance her, and she will most likely grip with her lower leg. With the body rounded forward the rider’s head will tend to jut forward or look down. This will put more weight onto the horse’s forehand which can lead to front end lameness. Ideally the horse would be able to lift the front with more weight to the hind end. Some riders will slouch forward and put more weight to the back of the saddle as they lean more onto their pockets. In this case the horse could develop soreness over the lumbar area as this is the weakest part of the back and the area the horse needs to lift to really take weight behind and step fully under himself.

Our rider, Jacklyn Hegberg, experimented with rounding her back and curling forward. Her horse Maverick immediately tipped onto his forehand and became heavy. Compare this to the second photo. Photo by Lisa Wieben A nice exercise to start to undo this reflex is to lay on your back on a yoga mat with your knees bent. Begin with a simple inhale and very slightly arch your back (this turns on the green light reflex). Your pelvis will tilt down toward your tail bone and your chin will drop toward your chest. Exhale and allow your back to slowly flatten and widen into the mat. Feel your ribcage drop toward your navel, your pelvis will tilt upward, and your chin will lift (this is the red light reflex). Inhale arch, exhale flatten. Do this for about one minute slowly. Follow a nice deep breath cycle. Then add the arms. With your arms about 30 degrees out from the body as you inhale and arch, allow your arms to slowly roll away from the body and your shoulders to press back. The front of the chest will open as the back of the body arches. Exhale and slowly begin to roll the arms toward the body until the back of the hands are resting against the outside of your thighs. In the finished position your back will be flat, your abs will be contracted slightly, shoulders, head, and pelvis will all be lifted. Repeat the full movement four to six times, then relax on the mat and notice any changes. Done slowly and with awareness this will address neck, shoulder, back, and abdominal tension. Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County, AB. Somatic Rider Clinics and Confidence Connection Clinics. www.mountainviewtrainingstables. com. As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on in-depth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven

As her body came back into balance, her horse became more elevated and light. Jacklyn has worked through all the Somatic reflexes in private sessions as well as classes. It has improved her flexibility, balance, and muscle tension. Photo by Lisa Wieben by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results.









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he Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) has announced this year’s award winners. Each year, CAFE accepts nominations for several awards to recognize leaders in the fair industry. A panel of judges evaluates the submissions and selects the winners. “There were several highly qualified submissions to each award this year, and it was a tough decision, so we would like to congratulate all the nominees,” says Christina Franc, Executive Director of CAFE. “The winners have shown extensive commitment and involvement to their organization and it continues to amaze us at CAFE the level of passion and dedication each individual contributes. Congratulations to all.” Saddle Up would like to announce one of the CANADIAN FAIR CHAMPIONS (thanks to CH for the tip). This award recognizes volunteers or staff members who have continually exceeded expectations within their fair or event through their actions and involvement in the fair community. CONGRATULATIONS TO JILL HAYWARD OF THE NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO IN BARRIERE BC Below is the nomination letter submitted to CAFE by Jane Milburn. Please consider our outstanding president, Jill Hayward, as a nomination for your Canadian Fair Champion Award. She is an extremely dedicated leader and volunteer, always giving of her time to whomever without a second thought. Jill has been a member of the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo working as the publicity convenor for many years, before she became vice-president in 2005. She held the position of President 2007 to 2009, then again from 2012 to our present day, all the while still holding the job of publicity convenor. Because of Jill, we get tremendous coverage of our fair. She works very well with the politicians, both locally and provincially. In 2011, Jill was Vice-Chair of the construction of the Agriplex, a 30,000 square foot building erected in six months on our fair grounds. The plan for this building was to house not only livestock events, but also serve as a multi-use facility. With this committee at the helm they started in March, raised over $400,000, and housed the Provincial Winter Fair in it in September. This facility has been used for many large events, including the Canadian Sheep Breeders Show, indoor rodeos, New Year’s Eve Bullarama, major team roping events, trade shows, the annual BC Ag Expo, many weddings, open riding, and housing our Beef and Sheep Show at our fair, to name a few. Jill has been the facilitator, looking after the booking of this facility, since the beginning and still is. It is a huge job in itself. As well as looking after the bookings for the Agriplex, Jill does the bookings for the whole fair grounds throughout the year. There are many rodeos, light horse gymkhanas, logger shows, an annual Elvis Festival, Back Country Horsemen conventions, and many 4-H events. The Agriplex was a huge improvement to our fair grounds. Under Jill’s guidance we have built a covered outdoor eating area with a 14 • DECEMBER 2018


barbecue and picnic tables, a new 20 stall horse barn, Jill at work during the July 2017 fires and put in an underground sprinkling system. All this was done without going in debt. Jill is instrumental in securing sponsorships and grants for us. Amongst others, she helped us secure a large enough grant to get steel panels for the Agriplex and a three year sponsorship from Pacific Breweries this year. Last year Jill put Barriere on the map when she opened up the fair grounds to hold over 540 animals who were evacuated due to BC’s wild fires. To do this she orchestrated and managed over 100 volunteers from the first week in July until the middle of September. Many animals returned home just in time for our fair on Labour Day weekend, but some were moved to nearby farms and returned after the fair until the middle of September. She was entrusted by strangers with their valuable animals. She created intake and release forms for the animal’s security to be returned to their rightful owners. Her work is highly respected with the Thompson Regional District, the Provincial Disaster Preparedness and the Red Cross. She did this while working a full time job and overseeing the Fall Fair. She has been with the Star Journal newspaper since 1993, and editor since 2004. She has won awards for outstanding community journalism and photography. She has won the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and BC Community Achievement Award. Jill has a relentless passion for her community and is a strong advocate for agriculture and agritourism. She has a special ability to bring people together in working for a common goal. Her cheerful drive to get things done is contagious. As well as President of North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, she serves on the board of directors for the Lower North Thompson Tourism Association, and is Literacy Outreach Coordinator for our area. All the while our fair is foremost in her mind. She is constantly thinking of ways to improve it and make it grow. It is very fair to say that she is a dedicated leader and volunteer, always giving of her time to whomever. We all go to Jill with our problems. Many times she is stretched in different directions, but seems to always manage to treat each case individually and with class. She is the heart and backbone of our fair. She goes about her work, never seeking or asking for recognition. One night one of our members couldn’t sleep and went on Facebook at midnight. Who responded to her, but Jill. When asked what was she doing at that time of night. Her reply was that she was answering questions about our upcoming fall fair. You may find Jill mopping the hall floor, cleaning out a horse stall or painting a horse on the light horse area fence. It is great to have this high energy, positive lady as our leader. We are very lucky to have her. I truly hope you find her deserving of this award. Thank you for your time and considering my nomination. Please do visit for all award winners.

The Canadian Horse continued to show off its versatility and performance capabilities to Western Canadians during 2018. he heritage breed is still in the endangered category, but dedicated supporters have been doing their best to preserve and promote Canada’s National Horse, a breed that exemplifies the hardiness, adaptability and strength of North America’s early settlers.

Quadrille Team. Photo by Deb Harper. In BC, a drill team of Canadian Horses participates at community events to show off the breed. The CHHAPS Quadrille performed at the Ridge Meadows Country Fest, the Abbotsford Agri Fair and Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition, introducing the breed to people who may not have even known it existed. The intrepid team members — Sarah Lindsay, Jackie Poirier, Jessica Tonn and Elaine Ullrich — are all from the Lower Mainland. Also in the Lower Mainland, Sahara (registered name Five Winds Prince Sahara), a 12-year-old Canadian gelding owned and ridden by Alana Hilton, has been successfully competing at 2nd Level Dressage this year. The pair won the 2nd Level Adult Amateur

Alana Hilton on Sahara. Photo by Cara Grimshaw.

Championship at this year’s BC Dressage Championships Gold show held at Southlands in August, and they were also the winners of Dressage BC’s Champion 2nd Level Adult Amateur for the 2018 competition year. Alberta CHHAPS member Kelly Hamzic’s 6-year-old mare, Cache Phenom Zara, is a great example of the breed’s versatility. Showing incredible willingness and ease of handling, Zara regularly competes in Extreme y err alike Cowboy Challenge events, M parades s the tm Calgary Stampede, 3- day eventing ris and local h C fox hunting club rides.

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Also from Alberta, Heidi Eijgel has been training her Canadian stallion, Zefyr (registered name Windy Coulee Dawn Zefyr), for Working Equitation, including a 5-day clinic in Oregon this summer. In their last Western Equitation show in September, Zefyr and Heidi both had fun, approaching all the obstacles with a calm and balanced rhythmic gait, and scoring a decent 63% in the Dressage test.

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believe it’s a skill because it can be developed. It can be used without thought once you’ve practiced it enough. It’s like shooting a basket or getting a puck in the net from centre ice. We all have the capacity to do it. We might miss a few times until we have practiced enough. And then, without even thinking about it, the puck is in the net. It’s not something you would think anyone would need to develop or be told to do so, but after 20 years of teaching horsemanship I know it undoubtedly needs to be mentioned. It’s something we all can improve on. It doesn’t take any effort, we don’t have to be fit and we don’t have to be athletic. We can do it immediately and we don’t use it remotely enough. Our horse would love it if we did this. The other people you’re riding with would love it if we did this. It will keep you many times safer and having more fun. I’m betting your response is, “I’m so excited, where can I buy one of theses things?” Great news! It’s free! Let me give you some recent examples. As some of you know, I have the extreme pleasure and honour of taking clients all over the world for learning adventure holidays with horses. I take people into the mountains 80 miles from the nearest road, beautiful ranches in Brazil, rides on the beach in Costa Rica, and other adventures throughout the year. For every trip I’ve taken I could tell stories about people who didn’t use this skill. If they had, the results would have been much different. On the last adventure 16 horse enthusiasts joined me in the mountains. I love this trip for many reasons, but one is the amount of horses we can play with if we choose. The clients range from very green to very experienced. There is always something for each level of student to learn and can be very challenging or not at all depending on their wishes. This particular day some of us were playing with the horses trying to do everything from brushing them to trimming feet to halter breaking. Some people watched and some people wanted to play with a horse or two. My job that day was playing with the range stallion. The owners had asked me for a week if I would round up the broodmares and bring them in with the stallion so I could play with him. We had lots of horses ready to play but they seemed to want me pretty badly to help them out with the stallion. So we rounded up the herd that was out grazing on the 16 • DECEMBER 2018


mountainside. The stallion is a big paint, part draft, 16.5 hands tall. He’s as hard as rock, ribs showing, cuts and visible battle wounds from keeping his mares together and fighting off the geldings. The hair on his mane was hanging below his neck and his forelock was covering his eyes and hanging to the end of his nose. Very impressive looking typical range stallion and on guard 24 hours a day. So we separated him into a round pen where I could try to catch him and start the process. He looked at me and I could see him deciding how this battle was going to be won. I looked at him and thought, “I sure don’t want to go to battle with this big fella, he will tear me up and spit me out at will.” I had to get to where he understood that I wasn’t there to do battle and we could work together. In fact, I let him know that with me he could take a break, drop his guard and relax. In short, we got to where he could relax and take a break from being on guard and he enjoyed not having to be the one calling the shots and doing battle. But this story is not about the stallion or me. This story is about that skill I mentioned. The stallion looked for ways to take me out and it took some doing to get the changes in him I needed. While I was working with him making sure I didn’t end up in his teeth or on the end of one of his feet I was watching the other students. There were many other horses that could be rubbed, brushed, feet picked up and other jobs. I found myself continually asking the other people if they had noticed what just happened with their horse while I was keeping my eye on the stallion in my pen. Sometimes they were in the corral next to me or two corrals away. Some of the other horses were broodmares with new babies. All hadn’t been handled since last year. The mares, every year, are a bit wary and those with babies even more protective. Some students claimed to have had lots of horse experience and some less. “Experience” is a big word and “lots of experience” or “little experience” is relative to the person telling the story. If someone has started 2000 colts when they

say lots of experience they might be talking about people with 2000 or more colts, someone who started 20 colts might think that is lots of experience so it’s all relative. So all these different levels of people were doing their best but were many times missing very important signs and sometimes dangerous signs. Some people that were leaning on the fence “watching” were missing the same very visible signs that I could see two pens away while dealing with the stallion. Many times a horse would swing its head, ears pinned towards the handler or cow kick at them all unnoticed. And this happened not just with one person but with people in all pens. What was the skill they were missing? They were not watching their horse. They were not looking at the horse. Often people are looking at the ground, looking at the foot they are picking up, looking at the rope in their hand or the flag they are holding - but not the horse. Every twitch of the ear, movement of the eye, flash of the tail, tightness in the ribs, height of the head, quiver of the flank are all of the signs horses are giving to let you know what they are thinking and what you should or should not be doing. Seeing all their different signs gives useful information to move left or right, forwards, backwards, rub here, rub there, watch out you’re on the edge of a threshold. When we do not watch the horse because there is something so interesting on the ground, we miss all the feel and timing required to get horses into a willing partnership and we miss the opportunity to learn. Have you ever heard a horse owner say, “I don’t know what happened, it just happened, no warning at all. It just came out of nowhere.” Well, it doesn’t come out of nowhere. Just like this story, the horses were telling as well as requesting, but nobody was paying attention. One lady paid a bit higher price and her mare grabbed her love handle with her teeth and lifted

her up on her tip-toes and shook her around. I didn’t get to see the actual bite but I could sure hear the squawking. It scared all the folks pretty good and especially the ones that saw it. It was a fantastic lesson for all to witness. The love handle was still in tact but very bruised. She had enough layers on that it didn’t take any skin but sure could have if it was a hot t-shirt type of day. All of this was completely avoidable if she had been watching the horse instead of staring at the foot she was trying to pick up. You cannot see what’s coming, what needs to be done or learn if what you’re doing at the moment is giving you the results you are after if you don’t watch the horse. They tell us what we need to do. I know, sounds simple but I spend many days asking, “Did you see what the horse just did?” All too often the answer is no. So the secret skill is watch your horse. Anybody can do it. Some might say “shoot the horse.” I would say she’s a good mare and she taught a valuable lesson. When I was done with the stallion I was able to have the mare do a couple little things thereby earning her respect and confidence. This took about 3 minutes. I trimmed her feet

in the middle of the corral with the rope on the ground. Her ears were forward, her eyes were soft and she was happy to have her feet trimmed. Until next time… keep both eyes on your horse and one hand on your love handle. Have fun!

Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St. John, BC and is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. Long-term study and professional programs are also available. Visit www. for more information or call 250-789-3072. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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From all of us at Hoof & Nail we would like to thank our customers for their past patronage. Wishing you all the best of the season & may 2019 find us all in good health and good company.



Saddle Up presents our annual Gift Guide. We hope you enjoy the many gift ideas – just in time for Christmas. Splurge on yourself, or for a loved one, or your ‘bestie’… human, equine, or canine!

What to get the horse person who has everything? Designed by equestrians… for equestrians! The unique Discovery Trekking Outfitters Saddle Skirt is wind and water repellent to keep the English or Western rider warm and the saddle dry! Worn around the rider’s waist, it does not attach to the horse for safety. The ‘Regular’ Saddle Skirt covers the rider’s legs and the saddle, while the ‘Extended Skirt’ also covers the horse’s rump. The lightweight skirt is ideal for mild days, whereas the heavier-weight skirt provides additional warmth. Standard or custom colours available. (See their ad on the front cover and on page 5)

We not only offer Slow Feed Hay Nets, but also a selection of CoolAid Cooling & Recovery Products, and a variety of Pet Accessories. This year Knaughty Nets is proud to introduce our own line of Canine Winter Blankets!!! 600 Denier Ripstop, water resistant black outer layer and 300 Gram poly fill with a choice of colourful trim in a variety of sizes. Keep your pet (from dog to pig) warm and happy all winter long!!

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For the hunters… we’ve opened a Guns and Ammunition Shop within our regular location! Take a look at the rifles we have in stock, as well as ammunition and scopes. Keep your horses warm this winter with 300 gram fill full neck winter turnout blankets in a variety of sizes. Come get your Fallon Taylor Helmets by Troxel - carrying all sizes, from kids to adults! Not interested in crazy colours? We carry a wide range of other branded helmets to protect your head! Ensure you get your helmet fitted by an expert in our store, if they are not fitting properly they will not be able to offer full protection!

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e especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how dogs look with fake antlers. Crazy.

A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem Based on the epithet that: “A dog is not just for Christmas” ‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town every shelter is full - we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call “Come here, Max and Sparkie - come fetch your new ball!!” But now we sit here and think of the days... we were treated so fondly - we had cute, baby ways. Once we were little, then we grew and we grew, now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new. So out the back door we were thrown like the trash, they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash?

The Christmas Tree: They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so here are some things canines need to know: - Don’t pee on the tree. - Don’t drink water in the container that holds the tree. - Mind your tail when you are near the tree. - If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open. - Don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree. Discretion Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on the part of we dogs: - Not all strangers appreciate kisses. - Do not eat off the buffet table. - Beg for goodies by all means but do it........ subtly. - Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa. - Don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach. Manners: Likewise, your humans may take you visiting at Christmas. Here your manners will also be important: - Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house. - Tolerate children. - Turn on your charm big time. - A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. Do not bite him.

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We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,” we “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.” We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed, now we suffer the consequence of the errors they made. If only they’d trained us, if only we knew... we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too. We were left in the backyard, or worse - let to roam, now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home. They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye, “Maybe someone else will give you a try.” So now here we are, all confused and alone in a shelter with others who long for a home. The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat, with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat. They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer... we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here. We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds. Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears, our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear. If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn, could you help with the bills and fill our food bin? We count on your kindness each day of the year… can you give more than hope to everyone here? Please make a donation to pay for the heat and help get us something special to eat. The shelter that cares for us wants us to live, and more of us will, if more people will give. Author unknown

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office


he purpose of this grant is to encourage and support learning by equestrians and equine lovers. We want you to choose what you would like to learn, therefore the scope of this grant is quite wide. It can be classroom, demonstration, or mounted and attendees do not have to be Horse Council members. This grant is open to all current member affiliates, clubs and branches. An approved grant will cover 50% of expenses up to a max of $500. The Back Country Horsemen of BC, Skeena-Stikine chapter, was given an Education grant to help them host a Liberty clinic which was held at the Thornhill Community Grounds in Thornhill BC and taught by Heather Nelson. The clinic taught people to interact and understand their horse through the body language of the horse. As one observer aptly put it “learning how to speak horse.” Sixteen teams of horse and person came together for a full day of learning. “Participants were excited to learn new ways of communicating with their horses (and one mule). We all learned how to better use our body language to “talk” correctly and positively with our horses. We are all so used to doing any ground work with halters and lead ropes; it was great to have our horses interact us without any physical connection. We learned what they responded to and how, also, what message our body is telling them. I’ve had several requests for follow-up clinics. We had dressage horses, a mini horse, a mule, trail horses, back country horses, horses aged from 1 1/2 years to 22, and folks from teenage to 77,” said Pati Dougan, chair of the organizing committee.

The $500 grant that BCHBC Skeena-Stikine chapter received helped cover the costs of bringing Heather north so the event could take place. If you have an educational event you would like to see happen and your club needs financial aid to manage it, please apply for an Education grant by completing the form found on the HCBC website under Membership/Funding for Members and sending it to If you have questions about the grant or wonder if your event meets the criteria, please contact Lynn at the HCBC office.

Photos courtesy of the Back Country Horsemen of BC, Skeena-Stikine chapter.

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Hi! My name is Amy and this is ‘Rumor’ one of our horses. She’s a 7-year-old Pintabian mare. I love brushing her and riding around with her. She is super sweet. We have 4 horses but I love her the most. - Amy age 9, Mara BC

1 1/2 This is my granddaughter Everlee only year20boy years old and loves to ride on her and just old Quarter Horse ‘Rooster’. He’s so kind . rlee Eve s love - Proud Grandma Cindy M., Monte Lake BC

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Equestrian Canada Equestre Photos by Cealy Tetley THE “ROYAL” REPORT

Defending Champions from 2017, Amy Millar of Perth ON and her 2016 Rio Olympic partner, Heros, the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Canadian River x Clinton I) owned by AMMO Investments. They earned the Reserve Championship title in the 2018 Canadian Show Jumping Championships on Nov. 3.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre ON received the 2018 Orion Cup after earning the highest average of three scores from the Under 25 (U25) Grand Prix level with her veteran mount, Devon L, (De Niro 6 x Wolkenstein II), an 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding co-owned by Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale. The award was presented by Canadian Olympian Pia Fortmuller at the Royal on Nov. 6.

Fan favourites, Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, (D-Day x Napoleon 625), a 19-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage Inc., performed one last Freestyle at the Royal Horse Show on Nov. 6, during an emotional and heartwarming performance to honour the 19-yearold gelding, who will now officially enjoy retirement. To celebrate D Niro’s retirement, Brooks performed interestingly to an acoustic cover of Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Sound of Silence” by the metal band, Disturbed.

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Susan Horn of Bolton ON closed out the Junior/ Amateur 1.40m division just one point behind Macpherson to take the Reserve Champion title on 10 points aboard Egano van het Slogenhof (Electro x Nagano), a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Kingsfield Farm on Nov. 4.

Isabelle Lapierre, 39, of Levis QC won backto-back classes at the Royal Horse Show to claim the 2018 Canadian Hunter Derby Series National Championship title on Nov. 7 aboard Carrera S, an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding sired by Corrado I and owned by Johannie Legare.

The 2017 Canadian Hunter Derby National Champions, Erynn Ballard, 38, of Tottenham ON, and Enchanted, a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare sired by Bustique and owned by Christel Weller, returned in 2018, finishing a close second in both derby classes at The Royal Horse Show.

Miranda Burruano, 18, from Orchard Park NY won the 2018 Jump Canada Medal National Final on Nov. 6. Riding Quioxte, her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Quidam de Revel, Burruano returned to the National Final after finishing second in 2017. Winning the 2018 title proved extra special, as it allowed Burruano, who will age out of the junior level in 2019, to cap off her equitation run on a high note.

Sam Walker, 16, of Nobleton ON has had an incredible week, first winning the ASPCA Maclay Championship at the National Horse Show in Lexington KY on Nov. 4, then heading to the Royal Horse Show to finish as Reserve Champion in the Jump Canada Medal National Final aboard Willem owned by Nicole Loochtan.

Nicole Walker, 24, of Aurora ON claimed the 2018 $125,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship title aboard aboard Falco van Spieveld (Toulon x Lys de Darmen), her 13-yearold Belgian Warmblood gelding on Nov. 3.

Jordan Macpherson, 29, claimed the 2018 National 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumping Championship title aboard Fiestamunde, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Sved Stables, in front of her hometown crowd on Nov. 4.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ur Annual General Meeting was held on November 7 at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. We are proud to announce the 2019 Board of Directors: President – Carmen Letawski Vice President – Sheryl Terpsma Secretary – Emily Stobbe Treasurer – Lauri Meyers Executive Director – Donna Holland Directors - Roy Terpsma, Patti Thomas, Vanessa Schikowski, Alissa Korberg Schultz, Lisa Babij, Shari Gurney-Galbraith Junior Council – Vienna Meyers and Lynndsay Terpsma

We would like to thank Isabel Postill for her generous donation of trophies. The trophies have been added to our perpetual trophies, allowing us to have more categories and winners. These exquisite trophies will be treasured and admired for many years to come. Our year-end Awards Banquet was held on November 17 at the Enderby Seniors Centre. More on that next time.

Isabel Postill

Don’t forget our meetings for 2019 will be on the first Tuesday of the month, starting in February, 7 pm at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. These meetings are open to everyone who would like to attend. It’s never too early, or too late to become a sponsor for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. Sponsorship gets you: a linked logo on our website, logo on our show bills, Facebook and acknowledgment at our shows. You can contact us on Facebook or at, for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Alberta Clydesdales Reign By Bruce A. Roy,


orses fielded by Albertans at the 2018 World Clydesdale Show in Madison, Wisconsin, enjoyed a stellar show. The 3-year-old mare, Willow Way Puzzle, bred and shown by Allan & Wes Gordeyko of Willoway Farm, Ohaton AB, was Grand Champion Mare and The World Champion Clydesdale. She defeated the 342 catalogued stallions, females and geldings that were shown on halter. Six hundred and fifty head of Clydesdales from 6 Canadian provinces and 26 American states contested the colourful breeding and exciting performance classes. Never in breed history, have Clydesdale horses of greater quality been shown in such numbers. Spectators gathered in the Alliant Energy Center for the performance classes, while the halter classes were showcased in the New Holland Livestock Pavilion. A large delegation of Scottish, English and Northern Irish breeders, were ringside throughout the show. Albertans won the coveted Heartland Class, fielding a powerful provincial exhibit of Clydesdales. Willow Way Puzzle, The World Champion Clydesdale mare Each province and state entry, that contested the honours, brought their 8 top ribbon winner centre-ring. The Reserve Grand Champion Stallion, the Champion Stallion bred in the United Kingdom, the Reserve Junior Champion Stallion and the Reserve Junior Champion Mare were found in the Alberta entries. The Best Shod Six Horse Hitch was shown by Willow Way. Jason Bexson was their farrier. A field of 23 Six Horse Hitches was catalogued. The Champion Mare Six was fielded by Brand AAA Cattle Co. of Caledon ON; the Champion Gelding Six was fielded by Highpoint Clydesdales of Mona, Utah. Turnout entries from across Canada offered fast competition, the turnouts Western Canadians fielded in particular. Our grandfathers would never believe a Clydesdale entry of this magnitude would be shown in the 21st Century. Thirty Canadian breeders fielded entries in the Breeding, Performance and Youth Classifications offered at Madison’s 2018 World Clydesdale Show. Two from BC, 7 from AB, 4 from SK, 3 from MB, 22 from ON and 4 from QC and 1 from New Brunswick.



Our Stay at the A-P Guest Ranch By Cindy Richard


y husband and I had the pleasure of using our gift certificate that was donated last November 2017 to the Horsey Ladies Banquet by A-P Guest Ranch.

there is in the Merritt area. We have our own horses at home, but chose to leave them behind this trip. Owners Susan and Andre Patry were so excited to have us join them, as we had gotten to know this wonderful family over the many years visiting this beautiful ranch. What a wonderful relaxing place to take your horse (or not), sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. If you haven’t experienced A-P Guest Ranch, and their wonderful heartfelt hospitality, what are you waiting for?

23 years ago at A-P! We just went there in early October for our anniversary, as we had gotten married there 23 years ago. We enjoyed a beautiful ride on Saturday. The sun was out, and what beautiful riding

A partial selfie with my hubby Maurice behind – beautiful day!

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Nancy Roman

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


he Alberta Donkey & Mule Club hosted Dr. Amy McLean this summer, and one of her big projects has just wrapped up. The sixth annual Donkey Wellness Symposium 2018 was held October 26-28 at the University of California Davis animal science department. Theme this year was Donkey Psychology and Behavior: A Celebration of the Thoughtful and Loyal. Participants came from Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, Mali, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Spain, Mexico, Slovenia, Serbia, Iowa, Kentucky, and many others. ALL had one goal: Make the lives of donkeys BETTER! It was a big group, with a lot of knowledge and a lot of camaraderie. Donkeys have been hard working partners for 6000 years, even in the 21st century donkeys are critical to human survival in much of the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and many parts of Latin America. Yet many government agencies and aid programs ignore the value of these animals seeing them as a quaint anachronism at best. The status of donkeys and their often deplorable state of welfare should be of concern for all people but particularly those of us in well-resourced societies with the ability to improve the donkeys’ status and quality of life. Most recently the slaughter and industrial farming of large numbers of

Dr. Amy McLean donkeys for food and industrial products has made their future look particularly bleak. In western countries where donkeys are kept primarily for recreation and sentimental value, these animals face substantial welfare challenges too. Abandonment, subjection to cruel exhibition events, and poor care due to lack of knowledge by novice donkey owners are just some examples. Further population of feral and unwanted donkeys has recently been growing posing problems for the animals, the environment, and local communities. The mission of the symposium is to provide information to owners, students, and scientists. Here is the link to the symposium home page h t t p s : // d o n k e y w e l f a r e s y m p o s i u m . h o m es tea d .co m /Sy mp osium - Co ntent . html Here you will find valuable information as well as links to download full video recordings of both this year’s and past years’ lectures. It is a wonderful source of reliable information based on scientific research. The price to attend the symposium is very reasonable $106 for the general public, and provides 10.50 educational credits for Veterinarians and Veterinary Techs. Definitely something to consider for 2019. The Donkey Wellness Symposium can also be found on Facebook ht tps: //w w w.faceb ook .com/ DonkeyWelfareSymposium/

Photo by Joseph Harrtung

It is a butter churn. Cream and salt were put in the jar and the children “just went to town cranking” with the eldest (usually the strongest) completing the task as the mixture thickened, taking the mixture to butter, as we know it. Just 2 correct guesses in by press time. Congratulations to: Jackie Scheepbouwer, Cloverdale BC Andrew at Ashcroft Home Building Centre



This is a rectangluar box 1/2” thick, 2” deep and 3” across (just a little bigger than a 9V battery). The string goes through the box and is drawn slowly back and forth. This tool was popular amongst the men in the 1930s to 1950s, until the era of “disposable” began to take over, society and customs. Folks, you have to 2 months to figure this one out, until we provide the answer in the February issue. Ask your Dads, Grand-dads and Great Grandfathers!

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2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

August 10 –12 at Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County, Alberta By Karen Podolski | Photos by Sarah’s Equine Design


elsh Ponies and Cobs are known for their kind, trainable minds, for their exceptional movement, for their hardiness, and for their beauty. My mother has been breeding Welsh for over 50 years, so I grew up with the breed—as well as loads of Welsh books and journals and magazines and videos—so I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to see and read about the best of the breed throughout its long history. A great Welsh Pony or Cob is a magnificent animal. The show ring atmosphere can have a number of downfalls, but seeing our animals lined up for critique can offer us greater perspective to be more critical breeders and encourage us to strive for that magnificent breed standard that has made famous the Welsh Pony. Sixty ponies and horses came out to be considered by three judges over three days of the show—all three said they were impressed with the quality.

Drogheda Jedi Knight Under judge Kathy MacLeay, the overall Young Stock Futurity’s Welsh and Sport Pony Champion was Drogheda Jedi Knight, a 2-year-old buckskin gelding sired by Double Diamond Raindancer II and out of the Futurity English Pleasure winner, Memory Lane Easter Bunny. Kathy says, “This pony had it all—type as a sport pony, a typey Welsh head, size, conformation, great bone, movement, and a beautiful eye.” “He’s been a pleasure in our lives,” says owner, Renée Sward. “He shares his dam’s good personality and loves to come for grooming, attention, or ground work. All credit for his good breeding is owed to Brian Donegan, and to those breeders before him who have for generations passionately bred beautiful, smart, strong ponies.” Classes over the next two days were judged simultaneously by Karen MacLeay and India Baker. The young stock classes culminated in the Welsh Young Stock Championship, of which both judges made the yearling bay filly Alvesta Audelia their champion, and would later award her Reserve Grand Champion Section B against the mature animals. Judge Karen says, “I loved this pony’s type. She’s a very balanced 32 • DECEMBER 2018


Alvesta Audelia individual who showed freedom of movement and should excel in any performance division.” Judge India agrees Audelia is a “very nice youngster with plenty of depth of body. I look forward to seeing this one mature!” Sired by the Welsh Mountain Pony Nerwyn Gwyn and out of a Welsh Section B mare Alvesta Electra (CadlanValley Pirate x Alvesta Fantasia by Llandefalle Bonheddwr), Audelia is one of the rare A x B crosses coming out of Alvesta Farm. The Podolskis say, “We believe there can be great breed value with periodically infusing typey, big-moving Welsh Mountain Ponies to the right type of B line. We were delighted to see that in good company, and of classes with at least six, Audelia was well received in the Welsh, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter classes. She has plenty of growing and developing y`et to do, but we’re happy to see so much of both parents in Audelia—two big-moving, beautiful ponies.” While judges Karen and India agreed on their top two choices of the day—for both the Welsh and Sport Pony divisions—they flipped their placings.

Sunburst Heart of Jubilee Karen awarded the Supreme Welsh sash to a promising Welsh Mountain Pony stallion bred by 20-year-old Kasandra Miller, from a long-time Welsh family. Karen says, “Sunburst Heart of Jubilee

exhibited true Welsh Mountain Pony movement, presence, and conformation—truly an outstanding individual. It was a pleasure to judge him.” This 3-year-old palomino stallion is a result of using frozen semen from the UK with a domestically bred mare—sired by prolific winner and sire, Sunwillow Jubilee, and out of a Young’s Country Rock daughter: Young’s Heart Breaker. India would award him reserves, and said, “He’s a lovely young stallion that has bone, quality, and pony character—another one I look forward to following throughout his career.”

bone and full of Welsh type, he showed good gaits in harness and was consistent under saddle with a young jockey.” India awarded Step-On another Welsh Gelding Championship and the Reserve Pleasure Driving Champion. “Step-On is very eager-to-please and genuinely loves to work,” says owner, Stacey. “He enjoys his job, loves children, and can be mischievous. This was his first showing under saddle, and together with his 9-year-old rider, Logan Kropp, rode to a Reserve Champion English Pleasure Pony finish. He’s recently been doing well driving CDEs, as well as competing in several driving derbies. Step-On truly is a once-in-a-lifetime pony.” India, however, made Shannon Comeau’s Rhiannon’s Ffiona (Young’s General Lee x Young’s Golden Fascination by Liseter Star Design) her Pleasure Driving Champion, feeling this mare performed consistently in the driving classes and showed beautiful gaits.

Morgan Hill Twinkle For her top spot in the Welsh and Sport Pony divisions, India chose another 3-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony: Morgan Hill Twinkle (Nerwyn Gwyn x Shell-Crest Starlite by Young’s Country Rock). “She’s a lovely mare with real Welsh character and powerful movement in hand and in harness,” says India. “Plenty of bone, but full of quality, she was shown to perfection in-hand and showed her ‘look at me’ personality in the Liberty class.” Meanwhile, Karen awarded Twinkle reserves and said, “This pony is an outstanding example of true Welsh Mountain Pony: very balanced conformation and possessing extraordinary movement— just a joy to watch this pony perform.” Morgan Hill Twinkle was one of the first Welsh foals Shannon Comeau bred—as the prefix suggests, the Comeaus are Morgan horse breeders, though have recently delved into Welsh, breeding and training ponies for their grandchildren.

Menai Step-On While the Welsh and Sport Pony halter classes wrapped up, the driving ponies stepped up. Menai Step-On (Knolton Daylight x Menai Slip-On by Friars Generous) is a big-moving, grey Welsh Mountain Pony who competed in the halter, driving, and riding classes this year under the ownership of Stacey Schaber. Karen MacLeay made this 11-year-old gelding her Welsh Gelding Champion, Pleasure Driving Champion, Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony, and Reserve Champion English Pleasure Pony. Karen says, “This pony represents my ideal Section A driving pony—very typey, maintained a great frame, showed transition of gaits, and had a good attitude. Any driver should strive to create this perfect picture.” “A real little Welshman!” agrees judge India Baker. “Plenty of

Rhiannon’s Ffiona Ffiona went Reserve under Karen, who said this 9-year-old chestnut mare, “showed true Welsh type, and a distinction between working and strong trot. She was soft in the mouth and had a good attitude.” The final championship the judges would award went to the same animal for Champion English Pleasure Pony: Kerry Marit’s 7-yearold Welsh Mountain Pony stallion, Coyote Run Frezno (Anderin’s Caerwynne x Young’s Golden Fascination by Liseter Star Design). Karen says, “This pony was a true English Pleasure entry, displaying a good attitude, very soft and collected in all gaits, and the most outstanding english pleasure pony I have seen in many years of judging—a true pleasure to watch.” India offered praise as well, saying, “He showed the perfect Coyote Run Frezno pleasure frame: moving well underneath himself and with correct headset on lovely, soft contact. A pleasure to judge and I am sure a wonderful ride.” “He’s the ultimate pony,” says owner Kerry Marit of Marit Stables. “Frezno has a wonderful and pleasing disposition.  He proudly wins driving classes against horses, goes smartly in a dressage ring, and can pull off a spectacular jump course any day of the week.” Kerry drives Frezno in a buggy in the summer and a cutter in the winter, and it is a common sight to see her driving Frezno down the road to the feed store. Waving the Welsh flag, Frezno also goes to open shows, and won the Grand Champion Halter Stallion Open Class at a Paint Horse show. For the full article, including pictures of all show champions, please visit: DECEMBER 2018


Canadian Quarter Horse Association riding light horses and it drove her to a point in her life where she believes a career in this area is best suited for her future. Her plan is to at tend McGill Universit y to obtain a bachelor ’s degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science while specializing in Animal Biology. Olivia is currently in the process of becoming cer tif ied as a prac titioner in both equine kinesiology taping and canine hydrotherapy, and she also plans to obtain a diploma in Equine Studies from the Universit y of Guelph, become a registered equine massage therapist (REMT ), and acquire qualif ications to be an equine f irst-aid instruc tor.

Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund Scholarships awarded for 2018


he Calgar y Foundation is ver y pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2018 Shannon Bur wash Memorial Fund. Qualif ied students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June. $2 ,000 Awarded to Mar the Wildsmith Mar the Wildsmith was born and raised in Edmonton AB, and is currently completing rotations in her f inal year of the Doc tor of Veterinar y Medicine program at the Universit y of Calgar y. Growing up, Mar the had t wo passions - music and riding. These passions have been formative in her career choices, f irst as a musician, and now as an equine veterinarian. She star ted riding at a local stable when she was sevenyears- old and what star ted as a summer horse obsession has turned into a life -long passion for the horse industr y. Her interests lie in equine reproduc tion, lameness, and ambulator y medicine. She hopes to complete an internship in 2019 and own a small equine veterinar y prac tice where she can provide compassionate care to both horses and owners. $1,000 Awarded to Olivia McDonald Olivia McDonald grew up in Lunenburg ON, and was introduced to the equine industr y at a young age due to her maternal grandparents having showed Clydesdales for over 20 years. Being around horses so much led her to begin showing an interest in

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$1,000 Awarded to Jourdyn Sammons Jourdyn Sammons was raised on a mixed farming operation southeast of Calgar y AB. She was always ac tively involved in agriculture, whether that be through ex tensive involvement in 4 - H (projec ts ranging from beef to sewing), or helping out with the day-to - day operations on the farm. In the fall, Jourdyn will be continuing her studies at the Universit y of Saskatchewan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biosciences. Af ter she f inishes her degree, she plans on studying veterinar y medicine, and becoming a large animal veterinarian. Since 2016, there have been t wo dif ferent categories of scholarship awards. One for f irst or second year students (2 - $1,0 0 0 awards); and the other for students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,0 0 0 award). “ We were ex tremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year,” said Dr. Wayne Bur wash. “ This is the four th year that The Calgar y Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013.” Shannon Bur wash was a leader and a lover of the horse industr y across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deser ving students who are focused on get ting a postsecondar y education, and being involved in the horse industr y in their future. Help CQHA reach the target goal with a donation to the Shannon Bur wash Memorial Fund for Equine and Agricultural Studies Our objec tive is to raise $125,0 0 0 so the fund can keep generating annual awards to deser ving students into the future. The fund has reached $119, 86 4 (to date) and we ask for your help to reach the target goal of $125,0 0 0. To donate, visit w w w.thecalgar y or call 403- 802-770 0 during of f ice hours 8:0 0 am - 4:0 0 pm. If mailing, make cheques payable to The Calgar y Foundation, indicating “Shannon Bur wash Memorial Award” in the memo sec tion, and send to: The Calgar y Foundation, 1180 - 105 12 Avenue SE, Calgar y AB T2G 1A1. A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25. For more information, contac t Ms. Darlene Chrapko, Student Awards O f f icer, at The Calgar y Foundation, phone 403- 802-7711 or e -mail dchrapko@thecalgar y foundation. org.

Princeton Riding Club By Lothar Greczmiel 2 PHASE SHOW - September 29-30, 2018


s we wrap up our 2018 show season, we’re thinking ahead for 2019 season. This year as our President, Stephanie Antonick remarked, “The outcome of our events far exceeded our expectations. Our goal was to provide a fun, low pressure environment, for riders to test their skills and as always the horse and riders did not disappoint.” Our Autumn 2 Phase - 2 day Show held at the Princeton Fairgrounds was a huge success. Our youngest competitor was 5-year-old Nova Amantea. Nova won the “ALL STAR” ribbon on grandma’s horse “Ruby.” Saturday we had 23 classes with 9 Nova Amantea (5 years old) on Ruby divisions and 3 Western Trail courses, judged by Sasha Hopp. Thank you to Sasha for judging this event. With 20 classes from ground poles to x-rails and jumps up to 3’3”, we finished off a great day with a dinner social and campfire, where we thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the competitors and friends that evening. KUDOS go out to Dale Arnet for cooking up a great spaghetti dinner and Natalie Ross (6 years old) on Mr Tipps those mouthwatering pies! Mmmmm good!! Sunday was Dressage Test Day with 26 classes judged by Mary-Ellen Laidlaw, who made a cool, wet day, enjoyable with her sense of humour, to where the horses even nickered! Thank you to Mary-Ellen for judging this event. We are so proud of the PRC team who volunteered their time from building and painting the jumps, to the set-up and take-down and so much more. Most of all a BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors: Skaha Ford, Princeton Standard Pellet Corp., Princeton Wood Preservers Ltd., Everything Pets, Livin It Fitness, Hairyback Ranch, Barry Beecroft Fuels, Copper Pit Restaurant, Watertec, Edge Wholesale, Greenhawk, Tack Addict, and Country Feeds Aldergrove, who Kristi McKay on Wiejse through their generosity helped us put on our great shows. THANK YOU!!!

Mikhaela Perez Bakalos on Lacey

Emma Jameson & Mary-Ellen Laidlaw

Following are the results of the Autumn All-Star 2 Phase Show: WESTERN DIVISIONS A Senior Champion - Shannon Wells Barnes Junior Champion - Sienna Stein Junior Reserve Champion - Sophie Elko B Junior Champion - Wyette Antonick C Senior Champion - Mikhaela Perez Bakalos ENGLISH DIVISIONS A Junior Champion - Sienna Stein Junior Reserve Champion - Grace Lawlor Scollon Senior Champion - Megan Dunsmore Senior Reserve Champion - Val Davenport B Junior Champion - Kaydence Hickie Junior Reserve Champion - Emma Barron Senior Champion - Emma Jameson Senior Reserve Champion - Michelle Pinel C Junior Champion - Emma Barron Junior Reserve Champion - Sarah Goodall D Junior Champion - Olivia Schmid Junior Reserve Champion - Louise Fox Senior Champion - Kristi McKay E Junior Champion Wyette Antonick Junior Reserve Champion - Olivia Schmid F Senior Champion - Mikhaela Perez Bakalos Olivia Schmid

Val Davenport


Jana Hill on Mouse


BC Lower Mainland Pony Club Story & Photos by Tracy Carver


t’s that time of year again; fall is in the air, the trees are sporting their autumn splendor, and our BC Lower Mainland members have been very busy with National Quiz and the annual High Point Awards! National Quiz was held in Ottawa this past Thanksgiving weekend, October 5-8, 2018. Our top four AB members and top for C2 members each earned a berth on our National Quiz teams, and headed out east for a weekend of intense - but friendly(!) competition. Pitting their equine knowledge against other finalist teams, these competitors spent two days immersed in the world of the horse: 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 BCLM 2018 National Quiz teams featured trivia and team games, each further testing the depth of their knowledge. Congratulations to our National teams, who represented us so well! We are so incredibly proud of our members who showcased the education they have received through Canadian Pony Club. Our C team finished 8th out of teams from all across Canada, and the team members individually placed as follows, from amongst finalists nationwide: Captain Bailey-Jayne Chapman 10th, Sarah LeGear 19th, Hadley Jack 29th, and Brooklyn Moon, 32nd. Our AB team also turned in an amazing performance placing 5th in Canada, with team members placing individually as follows: Jordan Carver 9th, Captain Ariel Carver 11th, Emily Shaver 16th and Laurel Gavin 22nd. Thank you to our competitors who represented us so well; we are proud of our members and their fantastic efforts! October was a busy month for us and also saw the annual presentation of our High Point Awards. The BCLM region initiated a High Point program six years ago to inspire and encourage its membership to build upon and elevate their riding skills through participating in multiple disciplines throughout the show season: Show Jump, Dressage, and 3-Phase Eventing. Since its inception, the program has grown and now bestows High Point awards to all levels, from new untested E levels right up to and including our A graduate level members. This year we had the honour of having George Morris himself present our High Point winners with their awards in front of packed grandstands at the Mane Event in Chilliwack. What an incredible experience for our pony club award recipients! Our 2018 BCLM High Point Award winners are: Combined High Point E level – Elizabeth Savoie – Campbell Valley PC D1 level – Emilia Thrift – Burnaby Lake PC D2 level – Kiran Niet – Burnaby Lake PC C level – Hadley Jack – Alouette PC C1 level – Stephanie Struys – Mt. Cheam PC B level – Ariel Carver – Mission Hills PC B2 level – Jordan Carver – Mission Hills PC Horsemasters level – Leah Coers – Mt. Cheam PC Eventing 3-Phase High Point D2 level – Prabjot Sabharwal – Boundary Bay PC C level – Hadley Jack – Alouette PC C1 level – Karis Mackie – Mission Hills PC C2 level – Sarah LeGear – Mt. Cheam PC B level – Morgan Swaan – Hazelmere PC B2 level – Jordan Carver – Mission Hills PC For more information about BCLM Pony Club, or to become involved in our equine centred program, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-999-7400.

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Our 2018 High Point Award winners pictured with presenter George Morris

HILTON HACK – Founding Member of the CRTWH By Marjorie Lacy


he Board of the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse regrets to announce that Director and CRTWH founding member Hilton Hack of Calgary has decided to retire from the Board after more than 35 consecutive years of service to the breed. Hilton was part of the beginning of the Canadian Walking Horse Association when a group of people with a love and respect for the Tennessee Walking Horse decided that it was time the breed was represented with its own association in Canada. As a founding father of the CRTWH, Hilton and that small group had a Hilton in the carriage drawn by Calta Victry Mission and vision and the tenacity to carry out that vision driven by Cheryl Gostola, at Spruce Meadows in Calgary in the midst of opposition. Hilton was firmly convinced that we must identif y and retain the strong, correct conformation and the true four-beat walking gaits for which the TWH was named, and he never faltered in his dedication to ensuring that the Registry upheld Canadian ideals and standards. We will miss you Hilton, but we know we can always ask for your Cheryl Gostola with top scoring advice when needed. You have certainly done more than your share Calta Miss Maya, by Calta toward establishing the TWH breed in Canada, and we are grateful Commander, a grandson of for all that you’ve done for the Registry. Calta Midnite Victry’s at ‘The Canadian’ Futurity in 2003 We know you won’t be retiring from the horses; you’ll still be as busy as ever with your Walkers at Calta Stables. Hilton on the noted Alberta stallion he bred and raised, Calta Midnite Victry

Kelowna Riding Club By Jenny Bouwmeester


he Kelowna Riding Club is wrapping up af ter another fun f illed riding season. This year we have been pleased to hold Dressage Schooling Shows, Hunter Jumper Shows, English/ Western Flat Shows, and Clear Rounds Nights. As well, we have been able to share these beautiful grounds with the Gymkhana Club for their gaming days.

On November 3rd we held our Annual General Meeting where members are welcome to come meet the board of direc tors, hear what we were up to all year, and access the budgeting. Our club is solely run by volunteers and all funds made from fundraisers goes back into the club to pay bills and maintenance fees. Af ter our meeting, we held our 60 th Anniversar y par t y. There was much fun to be had with the live band, dancing, and silent auc tion. Okanagan Restoration ran our bar, and the View Winer y was there to hand out champagne. We had a gracious donation from the Bennet t family, thank you! Loraine Kemp (founding member) and Autio were there signing and distributing copies of their book “Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon.”

We are pleased and thank ful to see so many newcomers to the club this year, as well as a variet y of dif ferent disciplines being seen at the grounds. The goal of the club is to be a communit y hub for horse lovers and riders in the area to come reconnec t with friends, and feel comfor table. If you have any suggestions or events you would like to see at the club please let me or any of the fellow board members know. Feel free to email us or Facebook us. Also, check out our website to see upcoming events for the following year w w w. kelownaridingclub. com. A f inal thank you to all our members, volunteers, and sponsors. Thank you for your contributions to the club, we could not have this beautiful facilit y without you! DECEMBER 2018


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley


s this article went to print before our AGM, stay tuned for updates. The BAZAAR date has been changed to April 7th this coming year. This should help increase attendance due to our usual date being on daylight savings, and not conflict with other events. We will need lots of help both on the committee and at the Bazaar, so please mark it on your calendars and plan to pitch in! It is our main and integral fundraiser as well as being a much loved community event with so much history. We are planning another TACK SALE in December, aiming for December 9th, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and the

LMQHA page of BCQHA.COM. Spaces will be $20 each and we are planning chili and buns again, etc. We are hoping to set an Awards Night date at the AGM, as well as confirm show date plans, so stay tuned for that also. LMQHA would like to thank everyone who contributed this year, from volunteers to exhibitors and of course our amazing, generous sponsors. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. We hope that all of you are blessed with a wonderful Christmas filled with love, warmth, memories and of course lots of carrots and treats for the horses.

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

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


e are slowly winding down for the season here at the Chilliwack Riding Club. We’ve been lucky with the weather, although we have now moved our functions indoors. We continue to host Open Rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays (schedule permitting) at Heritage Park, so keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for times. We hosted a fun Halloween Gymkhana on October 28 and had such a fun turn-out! This one was hard to judge! The costumes were great and everyone’s effort really showed. Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made it such a fun afternoon. Spookiest: Mikayla Peter Creative: Hannah & Kinsley Lewis

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Funniest: Hanna Horton Cutest: Everly Marshall

Tanya, Corinne, Kip, and Kristen at the Browne Creek Wetlands On November 2 a few of our dedicated club directors and their families volunteered to do a trail clean at the Browne Creek Wetlands. The Chilliwack Riding Club participates in the adopt-a-trail program through the City of Chilliwack and we love to do our part to keep the trails that we equine enthusiasts love to use clean and accessible year round. Thank you to Corinne, Brandon, Tanya, Kristen, Kip, and Flo. For upcoming events and more info please check us out on our website at or our Facebook page. Mickey & Minnie

The Back Country Horsemen of BC

TATLAYOKO - One for the Bucket List!


n intrepid group of SVI and Kamloops BCHBC members, with an equally intrepid guide, explored the extreme backcountry trails in the Niut mountain range above Tatlayoko Lake for two weeks in July. We arrived at the spacious and remote lodge (1200m elevation) where our guide welcomed us and introduced us to his mother, the legendary Gerry Bracewell, first licensed female hunting guide in BC. Once we had chosen the horse which would be ours for the ride, we rode to Chesi Falls and Potato Mountain rising to 2100m elevation. The views were beyond description. We could see Tsuniah and Tatlayoko Lakes surrounded by rugged mountains including Mount Waddington in the far distance. Billy goat trail extremely technical. We started our journey Most got off their horses due to loose with the pack horses a day footing and precarious drop-off. This later and headed towards trail is on the way to the Stikelan Valley. Stikelan. After a ten hour day of crossing creeks, streams, mountains and a billy goat trail at the top of a shale slide (200m down), we arrived at our campsite (1500m elevation) overlooking a lush meadow where the horses were turned out for the night. We rode to a glacier the next day, through a breathtaking alpine valley with streams flowing like blue veins into the Stikelan Creek, and hiked to one of the peaks at 1900m elevation.

Copper zone of the Morris Mine on our way to Rafferty’s Basin We rode on to Rafferty’s Basin along a steep trail to an alpine meadow crowded with colourful flowers, followed by a narrow trail with death defying drop-offs. After another long day we camped in the shadow of a looming mountain. From there we crossed the mountains to Copper Creek Ranch

(1900m elevation) and had to get off and walk across the lunar landscape. It was so steep that the horses could not keep their footing. We could see forever from the top where we ate Snowman, taking it easy at lunch, with his pack still on a leisurely lunch at the abandoned Morris mine before heading to the cabins to camp for two days. Another long ride followed to Hesche’s Haven through the Hamathko River and along a bluff and over another mountain top to a spectacular camp spot overlooking the Hamathko at the foot of Maggis glacier. From there the Storm Creek trail took us over another mountain range to Jamieson camp where we relaxed for two days. We camped next to a sapphire alpine lake nestled at the foot of a towering 300m crag. We played in the snow after supper and had an exhilarating swim in the Crossing Tatlayoko Lake at dawn with the horses icy lake. We rode to the head of Storm Creek and hiked the last part of the trail and ate lunch overlooking a crystalline lake 300m below us. Not for the faint hearted. A four point mule deer sat in the snow and watched us before nonchalantly walking away. The next day we rode down the Jamieson Trail to Tatlayoko Lake through dense bush and forest coming out at the lake after another ten hour ride. We removed the saddles and packing equipment off the horses and tied them to trees lakeside as it was too stormy to bring them home that night. At dawn we returned to load our horses on the 80’ x 20’ raft and crossed the lake. On shore the horses were turned loose and galloped to the lodge, seven miles away. The days were hot and humid. The nights cold. The extremes in temperature were mirrored by the extremes in terrain and elevation from 1200m to 2300m above the tree and snow line. The riding was exhilarating and challenging. The days were long and we covered many kilometres moving from camp to camp. The scenery defied description and needs to be seen to be believed. Extreme wilderness riding but definitely one for the bucket list!

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290



BC Rodeo Association


Thank you for your continuing sponsorship for the 2019 season!

2019 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE April 26-28 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 19-20 Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 25-26 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1-2 72nd Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 1-2 Chetwynd Rodeo June 8-9 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 15-16 Fort St John Rodeo June 22-23 Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo June 29-30 Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 6-7 Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14 Pritchard Rodeo July 19-21 Quesnel Rodeo July 27-28 Alkali Lake Rodeo July 27-28 R edstone Rodeo August 3-4 Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 9-11 Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 17-18 Whispering Pines, Kamloops August 23-24 Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo August 30 Great West Equipment Wildcard Rodeo Aug 31-Sep 2 BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere



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Merry Christmas from our BCRA rodeo family to yours! BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Winter Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678,

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Denise Swampy 250-392-7153 or 250-305-9109, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725,


Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 11/19




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.

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ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 3/19 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 10/19 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 | |


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 3/19


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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.

Info on clinics and events at

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 3/19 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

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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. Pres: Bob Watson 403-378-4323,

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 2/19



BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19 5/19


INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 6/19 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 10/19 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!!

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BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19


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 8/19 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 10/19 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19

100 Mile & District Outriders

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


PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19 DECEMBER 2018


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SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 9/19


PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email 3/19

WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19

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


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3-13 GLENN STEWART Personal Horsemanship Journey, Baldonnel BC, 17-27 COSTA RICA HORSEMANSHIP VACATION w/Glenn Stewart,


14-17 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, Mark 1-888-763-2221,


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KTRA HOE-DOWN Fundraiser, Columbo Hotel, Kamloops BC, see Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association on Facebook THE MANE EVENT EQUINE EXPO, Scottsdale AZ, TACK SALE, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, Table rentals call Nancy 250-546-9922

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7* *DATE CHANGE - LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 7 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, 26-28 THE MANE EVENT EQUINE EXPO, Red Deer AB,


5 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, 10-12 JATON LORD HORSEMANSHIP & COW WORK CLINIC, Heatherdown Hills Arena, Parkland Country AB, contact Darlene 780-554-5090, 24-26 CANADIAN OPEN HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Mount Currie BC,


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ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19

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BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIP (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.



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DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 7/19

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OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 12/19 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/19

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 5/19 DECEMBER 2018


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2018 Foals will be available sired by:

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