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What is the Filter or Grid you Look Through?

By Glenn Stewart

We are not born with these filters or grids. They are slowly built or weaved over time. The experiences we’ve had, the things we have seen or think we’ve seen, what we have been told or overheard or thought we heard. It is our perception, and perception is reality until it can be proven differently to us and then we get a new perception.

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ears ago a lady brought a stallion to me to work with. The stallion was shown as a halter horse at different shows and was winning top honours and taking all the trophies. However the stallion was getting to be more and more out of control as time went by and finally was banned from any more shows. The trainer that trained and showed the horse from the start couldn’t handle him any longer either, so the stallion was left with owners. One day when the husband was feeding, the stallion took him down with his teeth and front feet. By the time the fellow crawled under the bottom rail out of the pen, the stallion had broken his collarbone and a rib or two and bruised him up pretty badly. The horse wasn’t safe even to feed anymore. Someone that knew me suggested to the owners that they give me a call. I agreed to have a look at the stallion to see if I could help. When they arrived they led the stallion to a steel round pen and turned him loose. When I say “led him,” the stallion was actually the one doing the leading, squealing, rearing, trying to bite and I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it to the round pen alive, let alone in one piece. I was working with another horse at the time and while I was finishing up I got to watch the stallion. All by himself in the round pen he would squeal, rear, throw himself on the ground, urinate all over himself and bite at his ribs. He would swing his head so fast and hard that his teeth would thump into his ribs. Then he would bite a bunch of his own hide and pull until it would come out from between his teeth and you could hear his teeth snap together. I finished up with the first horse and it was time to go have a visit with the stallion. I was thinking that I would be in the arena by myself as usual with the horse, and maybe the owner, but as it was getting closer to the time to start with the stallion, people started arriving. At first I didn’t know why they were all there but they all headed to the sitting area above the stallion’s pen and were waiting for the show. Someone had talked about the stallion and the word had got out and it had created quite a bit of interest with the local

cowboys. As I approached the pen the stallion ran at the fence, turned his head sideways and tried to bite me through the rails. Then he would turn, run away and come at me again. The people that came to watch really were not my supporters. After watching the stallion for a while, they thought I was out of my mind to actually be trying to get in the pen. They suggested getting a gun and shooting the horse and that the horse was a waste of time. At the very least a 2X4 to chase him away or rifle in case the stallion got me down and they could shoot him to save me. As I said earlier, they weren’t really my supporters, but they were really beginning to dislike the horse and kind of warming up to me just because I was actually going in the pen. The owner was hopeful something could be done but to date had only seen the horse get worse. The other fellows that came to watch clearly figured the horse only needed lead between the ears… that he was no good for anything and was a crazy man killer. I looked at the horse with my filters and wondered what had happened to the poor fellow to make him hate humans that much. I saw a smart horse that had learned all these behaviours from the handling he had been receiving. He wasn’t born biting himself, rearing, squealing, throwing himself on the ground and attacking people. I also wondered what kind of anxiety he must be feeling to be biting his own body and thrashing wildly around the pen even when no one was near. My filters based on what I’ve learned and seen indicated to me that he doesn’t want to be like that, but has had enough of whatever he had been getting and had found a way to keep people away from him. I knew the horse had his own filter that he viewed humans through, and it was a filter that was not going to be easily changed.

The people watching, the owner and me were all looking at the same horse, same situation all with our own set of filters.

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This is Keily and "Hunter" - another pair who will view each other through a positive set of filters or grids.

Carson Stewart with River

Here is River all grown up, with her owner Candice. River is a confident inquisitive mare, and because of her upbringing here on The Ranch as one of Jet’s foals, she filters everything she sees from a place of calmness and curiosity, and her behaviour stems from how she perceives humans as fair and fun. I spent 10 days with that horse and changed his perception at least towards one human and was happy to know that my filter was working. He didn’t want to be the way he was, and with a different approach and looking at him through my own particular filters, a horse emerged that wasn’t trying to mutilate itself and everything around it. The owner cried daily at the transformation. Many times in the 10 days I thought, “I’m not going to get out of this round pen alive,” but each day got better as a trust and respect grew between us. There was obviously much that went on in the 10 days and much

Misty Morning by Andrew Kiss

Horses are born with genetic and innate characteristics, a filter or grid in which they view the world is changed by interactions with humans. This paint foal “River” (with Glenn) has a filter that humans are safe to be curious about, and that when they touch her it feels nice.

more to the story but this is what I know… A positive filter, even if only for one of the two in the pen at the start, still created a positive for both in the end. Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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The Drader family: Dustin and Heidi, Dominic and Dylan, Carlo

Kelowna’s El Centro Equine Services Dustin giving instruction at a clinic

El Centro client Audrey Campbell and Paris at the MCR Eventing Derby

As 2020 wound down and came to a close, many of us breathed a sigh of relief, and the hope and anticipation of a better year in 2021 was almost palpable.

Dustin introduces a young horse to cattle work

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owever, we soon realized that the pandemic was not going away anytime soon, and although Covid-19 protocols eased somewhat in the spring, the summer brought with it unprecedented heat waves, massive wildfires and poor air quality that for many days had horses and riders brought to a halt. Here at El Centro Equine Services, the challenges that accompanied all of these served to pique our creativity and motivate us to pursue new ventures. In April, the El Centro Therapeutic Riding Program kicked off, providing the Okanagan’s only year-round service to riders of all ages with diversabilities. We were very pleased to welcome CanTRA certified instructor Michelle Warren to our team. Michelle comes with 12 years of experience and manages the program of 16-plus participants, with a waiting list for this much-needed therapeutic activity. As restrictions lightened, El Centro’s clients were able to once again participate in larger outdoor group events. 4-H lessons in shifts, clinics with small group sizes and in-house schooling shows at Mission Creek Ranch in Kelowna were a welcome return to some sense of normalcy. In July and October, Dustin Drader’s students were delighted to ride in Mission Creek Ranch’s first Eventing Derbies. These were highlights for all of us, as many shows around the province had been cancelled throughout the season. In June, El Centro partnered with the Kitchen family of Grassland Grazers Ranch in Beaverdell BC, to provide the first in a series of Horsemanship and Stockmanship weekend clinics. September’s clinic saw another fantastic turnout, with participants especially enjoying the cattle work aspect of the weekend. We look forward to partnering 8 • DECEMBER 2021

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CanTRA instructor Michelle Warren with a student, volunteers, and Jandy

with Grassland Grazers again in 2022 to offer another three-part clinic series! For more information on these clinics, please visit www. elcentroequine.com. Dustin Drader’s training and coaching style is heavily influenced by the methods of Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and he has become known in the Okanagan Valley for solidly starting horses and teaching lessons to riders of all disciplines. El Centro Equine Services considers it a continuing privilege to be operating out of Mission Creek Ranch alongside like-minded industry professionals such as Daryl and Lynda Ramsay of D&L Equine. The beautiful 70 acre property is centrally located in the heart of Kelowna and has been home to us for over six years. We thank all of our clients for making it a great year. Team El Centro is a family that encourages each other. Together, we overcame the challenges of 2021 and we are very much looking forward to taking great strides in the New Year.


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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Lisa Wieben Handler - Andrea Morrison, Horse - MCR Silver Dream, 9-year-old Quarter Horse gelding

Whether we like it or not, winter is here to stay. While some riders are fortunate to have access to a heated indoor arena, or at least an indoor arena, many riders don’t. Cold temperatures, snow, ice, uneven footing, and short daylight hours can make it difficult to safely exercise our horses. Don’t feel guilty. There is nothing wrong with letting your horse have a break. It may be beneficial for him physically and mentally to have a break from his regular workout (as long as he still gets some turnout).

The handler’s position is between the neck and shoulders with her hand underneath the throat in line with the middle of the chest. The horse is stepping nicely back in diagonal pairs.

owever, if you are looking for things to do with your horse that keeps your horse and you in shape, as well as keeping you warm… there are lots of groundwork exercises you can do. Here’s a groundwork exercise that we like. It’s also great for horses who can’t be ridden. The exercise can be done anywhere, as long as the footing is reasonably even. In this exercise the horse will first be learning how to back-up, which is a two-beat movement where the horse moves backward in diagonal pairs. Many horses can be lazy in the back-up and back incorrectly in four beats (each foot moving separately), drag their feet back, or invert (lifting their head and hollowing their back). As you move through the exercises the horse will become lighter and more true in the back-up as well as develop more push forward when asked to walk or jog/trot forward. Ideally you want to start the exercise along a wall or fence, but it can also be done without it. If you need a refresher on proper leading, check out our articles in the March and April 2019 issues of Saddle Up (see www.saddleup. ca, click on ‘Archive’). You can also find the articles at https:// fallingstarranch.wordpress.com/. To cue the horse to back-up Start by standing next to your horse’s shoulder or just between the shoulder and throat, facing forward. Hold the rope like a rein, with your wrist turned so the thumb is level. The basic hand position is under the horse’s throat directly in line with the middle of the body in order to keep the horse straight. Keep your body aligned with the horse. Your belly button (core) should be facing straight ahead, in alignment with the centre of the horse’s chest. Imagine a railroad track, with you walking on the one track and the horse’s spine following the other track. The two tracks are always aligned (parallel or congruent). To back the horse, stand tall beside the horse and holding pressure on the lead to prevent the horse from stepping forward, cue the horse to move forward into the blocking pressure by clucking and either tapping with the whip near the flank or using your lead rope behind you. Once the horse feels the block in front he should round and step backward. At this point many horses will push through the block and step

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forward. If this happens you can push the horse into a circle around you, then ask for the halt by breathing out or saying ‘whoa’ when you get back to the fence line or wall. Repeat the cue into the contact until the horse takes a step back. When he does, reward him well. Teaching the back-up in this way prepares the horse to back-up by rounding his back and stepping back, much like we do when backing the horse using leg pressure when riding (see previous article). Once the horse understands the backup cue, then you can move onto the next part of the exercise. Walk, halt, back-up, walk Stand beside your horse and pick up contact on the lead rope, then ask the horse to take the first step before joining in. This will maintain the contact without you inadvertently pulling on the rope. It is important to work the horse from back to front by “pushing” the horse from the hind end into your receiving, never pulling hand. Maintain contact on the lead. After several steps forward, stop your body, then cue your horse to back-up (as above). Don’t change your body position during the transitions and remember to breathe through the transitions. At first the horse may be a bit sluggish to step back but continue to cue until the horse steps back, then proceed immediately forward. The reward is going forward. Continue to work walk, halt, back-up until the horse moves easily from one movement to the next and is backing in clear diagonal pairs. If the horse needs a little extra encouragement to back-up you may use your whip level across the chest or your lead to tap the chest. Keep your energy low so that the horse does not lift his head to step back.

Here the handler is pushing the horse’s hind end around on a circle as a correction for him pushing through her back-up cue. practice your horse will begin to tune in to your body language and move quickly from one movement to the other. Once he can do this in a walk, then begin to ask for a jog/ trot forward. Walk, back, trot or trot back trot. You will be amazed at how responsive your horse gets and how light on his feet he becomes as you play with this exercise. Then you can practice walking and trotting circles, adding transitions anywhere. Eventually you won’t even need your lead to play with your horse! Remember to practice from both sides of the horse. If you are unsure of where you are heading, it is always a good idea to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions to nancyroman@saddleup.ca as we will answer another reader question next month.

Trotting forward after the back-up. Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities! www.somaticrider.com As an Irwin Insights Level 6 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 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. www.fallingstarranch.ca.

Walk, back-up, walk Next we will test how well your horse follows your lead. Begin in the walk, then after several steps forward change your mind and step backwards. Does the horse follow your body or does he continue forward? If he continues forward turn him in a circle again, ask for a halt on your track and then back-up. Go forward one or two steps, then ask for the back-up again. Keep your body language quiet as you move from forward to backward. You may at this point use your whip lightly on the horse’s chest to help him get the idea of moving backward immediately from the walk. With DECEMBER 2021

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Babies Encourage Mentorship, Friendship, and Horsemanship By Melody Garner-Skiba | Photos by Red Dog Imagery

Ladies love babies! Especially when those babies are horses. This year’s Rocking Heart Ranch Weanling Challenge in Fort Macleod was no different as five teams of ladies were chosen to be partners for the 2021 foal crop. Mentorship, friendship, and horsemanship were the themes of the annual event hosted by the ranch.

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Grand Champions Laurie and Maggi with Angel Garner (in green) and Melody Garner-Skiba (on right)

Reserve Champions Hannah and Jocelyn with Angel

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he combo is simple; two weanlings and two trainers travel home together to start a journey of fun and foundation. By using this equation, Rocking Heart offers the chance for people who want to learn more about working with a young horse by partnering them with a mentor. To see people sharing their knowledge and helping encourage people to get engaged in the industry gives the ranch hope for the future of the industry. A shining example was the team consisting of Laurie Messner and Maggi McIvor. Laurie owns Winning Strides (in Nanton AB) and wanted to offer her clients another level of experience by adding a couple of foals to the barn. Maggi wanted to expand her knowledge, so the team worked together on their weanlings Merlot and Cosmo. The result, AMAZING! The team ended up being the Grand Champions of the event. Mentorship is not just for the humans, it is also helpful for the young horses to have a buddy to be partnered with during this phase of training. They can learn from each other and be calm as their buddy is right there with them. Friendship abounds at the Challenge with many of the partners being friends already or developing friends throughout the course of the weeks leading up to the Challenge. This year we had two total strangers connect to become partners and the combo was outstanding. Tara Powell and Chera Uschenko trained Mojito and Sangria. Unlike their weanlings, Tara and Chera met only a month before the Challenge as they were both looking for a partner. The ranch introduced them and the rest is history as these ladies worked together and gave these colts a fantastic start. Hannah Ingram and Jocelyn Giesbrect, who had Guiness and Sambuca, were friends before the Weanling Challenge and this helped them have lots of laughs and work together to put their little colts on the path to success. Their friendship landed them the position of Reserve Champions. It was the same with Isabelle Wiggins and Natalie Kowalenko, who wanted to spend more time together and could do so, through working with Pinot and Bellini as their project horses. This dynamic duo took home the Runner-Up spot. This was an element to the Challenge that the ranch had never truly understood until this year, the power of the friend, whether you are a horse or a person! Horsemanship is the final element that the Challenge showcases. The Challenge asks that each pair of trainers set up the weanling for success. They must train the weanling to be led at all gaits, have their feet picked up (this is for our farriers), touch the mouth for de-worming, back-up, and load into a trailer. All the basics that these horses will need over the next couple of years as they spend time being horses out on pasture, yet are still very manageable when brought in for their regular farrier and health checks. The trainers must be tuned into their animals and watch for the slightest amount of resistance or in some cases an injury. Heather Gagne and Nicarra Ensor exemplified this over the course of the Challenge as they worked with Whiskey and Moonshine, two little stud colts. These two babies were the most cautious when loaded onto the trailer at the beginning of the Challenge but by the end of it, kids in Heather’s reading program were hanging out and being read to. A big THANK YOU to our two judges, Kayla and Kara Zielke, a dynamic mother/ daughter duo who have won the Weanling Challenge in the past for several years. Every year we are amazed by what the trainers do with these babies while they respect their age and mindset. It is definitely a highlight for the ranch. If you are interested, make sure to check out our website a www.rockingheartranchltd. com for details in 2022 on how you can become involved in this Challenge.


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Kindness “We are all telling ourselves stories. The question is, does your story empower you or hold you back?” -Tony Robbins By Elisha Bradburn | Photos by Denver Deschenes Elisha and Boone reflecting

You may be asking yourself, what does the story I am telling myself have to do with kindness and horsemanship? The story we tell ourselves can be either kind or unkind to ourselves and our horses. Allow me to clarify what I mean by “story.”

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mean the story you tell yourself about you, your horse, what your relationship is like, what “always happens,” and what it all means. It is all so simple, and yet so complex. Simple, as the horse really is just trying to have his needs for safety, food, comfort and play met in each moment. Complex, because we all know how much horses pick up on our feelings, conviction and confidence which are all dictated by the story we are telling ourselves. The simple “needs met” part of the kindness equation is a bare minimum, yet often overlooked, so let’s unpack that a bit first. The beginning and bare minimum kindness we owe our horses is to meet their basic needs. By needs, I mean needs according to a horse. Safety for a prey animal, such as the horse, is on top of the needs list. The horse is always evaluating whether he feels vulnerable, worried, or at ease with

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his current environment. As a part of your horse’s environment, are you aware of your effect on your horse? Do you make your horse feel confident as you are consistently trustworthy and fair? If not, sadly, you could be enough to put your horse on edge. If your horse scares you, and puts you on edge, your horse feels your anxiety and also feels fearful. After all, if his meat-eating predator is scared, shouldn’t he be too?! Safety therefore, has to be addressed first, as if you never become at ease with each other, it is very difficult for either of you to learn in this survival state. The next basic need is a species appropriate diet, meeting all nutritional requirements. Is he fed enough, or too much? Does he, at least most of the day, have access to forage to satisfy his natural grazing behaviour? Is the horse in an environment where he is comfortable? Does he have a good hair coat for the weather, or is he blanketed appropriately if you blanket? Does he have shelter for when it is very windy, wet or hot? Whether that be a treed area or a shelter of some sort. Are his feet well-balanced and maintained by a knowledgeable farrier? And lastly does your horse get opportunity for play? This is as important to his mental well-being as it is ours. The opportunity to socialize with other horses and move freely is so good for the horse’s mind and body. So, given all of this, whether the horse’s basic needs are being met can be measured empirically, so it should be easy to assess whether this basic kindness is being met. With needs met, we can move on to kindness on another level. This is where things get a bit more complex (and interesting!) and bring us back to the story you tell yourself. “He always bucks when we go on trail rides.” “He knows I am nervous, so he takes advantage and rears and bolts to get rid of me.” “My mare is cranky because she was abused in her past home.”


Kind communication between Elisha and Boone These are all stories we tell ourselves about our horses. The problem with stories, is they influence the complex bit of horsemanship. That is the intangible, the invisible, the feeling about us, the energy, or whatever you want to call it. When we say “this always” or “he never,” we are not making room for any other outcome. Pat Parelli puts it well when he says, "Never say never, don't always says always, usually say usually.” This all goes back to spirit and intention, which I touched on in a previous article, and is very powerful. The self-fulfilling prophecy, so to speak. So, if we can be honest with ourselves about the story we hold onto about ourselves and our horse, and humble enough to own whether or not we are providing for our horse’s basic needs, we can see if we want to make some adjustments, perhaps write a new, kinder story. If we approach the horse with kindness, unconditional kindness,

we have the power to change our relationship with our horse for good. Unconditional kindness is dependant on us, not the being we are interacting with. We decide to be kind, even if we don’t get kindness in return. When we are kind, we have the self-control needed as a horseman, to make the best decisions and actions for the horse’s well-being - on the fly. Kindness does not allow anger to decide, but reason instead. Keep in mind kindness isn’t always fluffy either. At times it can be downright firm, in an effort to protect ourselves and our horses from dangerous behaviours and outcomes. Kindness means drawing clear boundaries so we don’t make our horse feel he needs to be the leader. Not being the clear leader can put our horse in a position of feeling on edge and vulnerable, as he thinks he has to take care of himself if he is indeed the leader in his mind. Being a good leader is being the kind of leader we would want to follow. It means pausing when necessary, and really paying attention to the feedback our horse is giving us. Kindness makes way for understanding and empathy. As Pat Parelli also says, “Your horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.” Consider what it might be like if everyone approached you with unconditional kindness. It really meets the deepest needs of any being. It makes it possible to rewrite our story with our horse. By letting go of an old story that doesn’t serve us anymore, we make room for endless possibilities! We even fulfill some dreams just by starting out with limit blasting kindness! Wishing you a Christmas full of kindness and love, from our farm to yours!

Elisha Bradburn and her husband Clay own Faithful Farm, an equestrian centre in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on both Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at legacyhorsemanship@shaw.ca. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi

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Carriage driving is a unique equestrian activity. There is no other discipline where even non-horsey friends can join in on the fun in the form of a carriage ride! Equipment intensive, it can appear confusing to a newbie, and people often think it is an expensive discipline to take part in. Some consider it something “only old folks do”!

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ver the coming months, I’ll be presenting a series of articles describing the method I use to start horses in harness. Before starting though, I’d like to share some information about the sport of driving, dispel some misconceptions and help you decide if your own horse or pony is a suitable driving prospect. This article will also help you determine if you have the necessary skills and determination to take on the task yourself or if you should leave the training to a professional. First though, know that the process I follow when starting driving horses is only one of many safe and effective ways to start your horse in harness. There are a multitude of professional trainers in the driving community who are talented, skilled and competent horse people. They may have different approaches to starting horses, so keep in mind that this works for me, but others may use different methods. Remember also that the final step in the training process – the actual hitching of your horse to a cart, and subsequent initial drives – should be attempted only with the assistance of a competent and experienced driver, trainer or coach. Any horse or pony has the potential to be a good driving horse, and anyone can learn to drive. It is an ideal sport for those people who have some sort of physical limitation that prevents them from riding. Providing variety in the work you ask of your horse can keep him fresh and interested in his job. Driving can also be a great way to keep older horses working and fit. As for the driving world and the people who participate in it, one would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming environment and a more positive group. Have questions as a newbie? Experienced drivers are more than happy to share their knowledge with you. Driving doesn’t have to break the bank. A good dressage or stock saddle can easily cost $3,000-$4,000; add in a nice bridle, some saddle pads


don’t ask them to pull a very large load or work in difficult terrain, they usually do very well as driving horses. Here are a few things you can do to see if your horse has the potential to be your new driving partner: - Pull a bucket on a rope while you walk beside your horse and bounce it along the ground (Photo 1). While he may startle initially, see if he settles down and begins to ignore it. Try having someone pull the bucket along the ground behind the horse (out of the kick zone) and watch for his reaction. - See what your horse does when a rope or strap is placed between the hind legs (Photo 2). Again, initial concern is fine but panicking and wild kicking out may not bode well for a driving prospect. - Lead your horse while someone pushes a wheelbarrow behind him. Have your helper stop and drop the handles occasionally and note your horse’s reaction.

Photo 1 Photos by Joanne Macaluso Photo 2 and a girth and one can quickly be in for another $1,000. In comparison, a complete set of harness, suitable for recreational driving and lower level showing can be found for approximately $2,000 (less for ponies and minis). Decent second-hand carts can be purchased for $1,000 and up; a good quality new entry-level cart can be found for approximately $2,500. Properly cared for, both the harness and cart can last a lifetime. So now you know that drivers are by and large a friendly, helpful group of people, that driving doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and that pretty much any horse has the potential to drive. What now? Although you won’t know for certain if your horse is suitable for driving until you begin working with him, there are some points to consider that will help you decide if he’ll be a good candidate: - Is your horse generally quiet? Does he stand well for saddling and mounting? - Has he been exposed to cars, bicycles, neighbourhood dogs? What does he do when he sees these? A horse that stops in his tracks and stares is a better choice than one that spins and bolts at the sight of something frightening. - Does he have reasonable conformation? There are no special absolute requirements for driving horses, however, they should possess good basic gaits and be strong and fit enough to pull you and your cart over whatever terrain you’ll be driving through. For those of you with minis, keep in mind that despite their small stature, they are incredibly strong. As long as you

Poor reactions to any of these triggers may not mean your horse won’t eventually be a safe and reliable driving partner, but starting with a laid back attitude certainly makes things easier. If your horse is very reactive, or unreliable with his reactions to new situations, it may be best to leave the training to a professional. Finally, consider your own skill set and time constraints. Are you experienced working with horses on the ground? Can you walk behind your horse for extended periods of time? Are you agile enough to move quickly should a situation arise requiring you to do so? And (most important of all) do you have the time and dedication to work with your horse on a very regular basis for an extended period of time? If you don’t have the time to commit to work sessions at least several times a week, it will be safer to have a professional trainer start your driving horse. Next month, I’ll explain the equipment you will need to have on hand (very simple and not expensive!!) and the first few steps you’ll want to tackle on the road to driving your own horse. Safe Driving! Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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The Benefits of

Neurolymphatic Massage By Lisa Wieben

Since we are heading into colder weather and your horses may not be moving as much as they do in the summer months, here is a wonderful energy technique with many wonderful benefits that you can do with your horse while standing in the barn.

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tart by ‘hooking up’ the energies of the spine by placing one palm over the sacrum (you may feel a dip in this area, let your palm rest over the dip; this is a powerful energetic point) and the other palm at the withers (where the withers angle toward the back). Wait for the horse to lick, chew, or yawn (while taking a few deep breaths yourself) then place one hand at the withers and the other near the poll. Again wait for the release… the horse will always tell you when the energies connect. Connecting these points will begin to relax the nervous system. Next you will do a spinal flush. Standing beside the horse’s throat facing the rear put one hand on either side of the neck just behind the ears. Begin to make small circles with your fingers moving along the upper edge of the cervical vertebrae of the neck about an inch at a time, then from the withers down both sides of the back an inch or two off the spine, continuing all the way down to the base of the tail. Using pressure as you massage helps to move lymph, which begins to release toxins and at the same time calms the nervous system. (Bladder meridian which governs the nervous system runs through this area). As you are massaging take note of any tight areas. If you repeat the process two to three times you may notice those areas releasing and becoming softer. Finish by sweeping the energy down the body and off the feet. Start at the poll and swipe your hand down the neck to the withers and down the front leg to the ground, then from the withers down the spine and down the outside of the hind leg. Do one side then the other. Moving slowly through this will connect the energy to your hand as well as relax the horse. Be careful with body position as you swipe down the hind leg. Keep your body near the flank, facing toward the hind end as you move down the hind leg. This will keep you in a safer area and will also allow you to feel if the horse shifts towards you. If you would like a lovely treat for yourself, enlist a friend or partner to do a spinal flush on you. You can show them how to do it first on them, then they can return the favour. This can be done with one person either lying down on their stomach, seated, or even standing with their hands resting on a wall in front of them. The partner can begin the same way as above by hooking up the spine with one palm at the base of the spine and the other at the top of

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Use either your finger tips or thumbs when massaging along each side of your partner’s spine. See which one they prefer. Rub in small circular motions about an inch or two away from the spine.

'Hooking up' from poll to withers, then withers to sacrum. Follow by massage along the spine of the horse either from poll to tail or withers to tail if the horse is too wiggly or curious with their head.

the spine… the palm can be placed so that the fingers are pointing toward the dip at the back of the skull (at the top of the neck) with the palm over the spine or sideways over the base of the neck. Take a few deep breaths together. Depending on the position you have chosen (lying, seated, or standing) you can either decide to massage from the top of the spine down or from the bottom up. Again, stay an inch or two off the sides of the spine as you massage down. Play with the amount of pressure you use. You may find you can press quite hard. Make note of any particularly sore areas as you move down (or up) the spine. These are areas of congestion. Repeat 2-3 more times and spend a little more time at the sore areas as you proceed. Notice if they begin to become less sore. Finish as above by sweeping the energy down and off the body by moving your hands from the head down the body to the feet. Lymph serves the purpose of eliminating toxins, but can become stagnant if we are not active. Unlike blood, lymph does not have a built-in pump and relies on movement to do its job. Neurolymphatic points are found mainly on the front and back of the body. Deeply massaging the points helps to: bring energy to the body, remove toxins, clear stagnant hormonal and emotional energies from the body, balance the meridians and their organs, and help with overcoming illness as well as preventing illness. What a wonderful, quick way to help the body, especially as we move into cold and flu season. Enjoy!

Lisa Wieben is an Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, an Eden Method Clinical Practitioner, a Centered Riding Instructor, Bach Flower Level 1 Practitioner, Equine Canada Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 7 Coach. Her passion is developing Confident Healthy Riders. Available for online Somatics sessions, Energy Medicine sessions, and lessons. www.somaticrider.com (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)


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10 THINGS YOUR DOG WOULD TELL YOU... (courtesy of Forrest Surber on Facebook) 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial to my wellbeing. 4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment. 5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you. 6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me. 7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget. 8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you. 9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak. 10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. “I found this and thought I would share to remind us all to treasure the humans and dogs in our life.” – Forrest Surber

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office HCBC’S PROVINCIAL COMPETITION SYSTEM

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s the somewhat shortened 2021 show season comes to an end we can start looking forward to what hopefully will be a successful, booming 2022. What better time than now to refresh everyone on just what the Horse Council BC Provincial Competition system is and how it can support your competition. Did you know… Horse Council BC is one of the only provincial sport organizations to have their own competition system that includes multi-discipline rules, competition sanctioning, official’s development and carding. The HCBC Competition system delivers multi-discipline entry level, grass roots competition opportunities. These competitions are an integral piece of building Equestrian Sport in BC. By providing our equestrian athletes with an affordable, fun, safe environment on a level playing field, we will continue positive growth within our multidisciplined sport. Horse Council BC provincially sanctioned horse shows are able to run under the guidance of the HCBC multi-discipline Rule Book. This affords Competition Organizers the tools and support they need to operate within the recognized sport framework, follow current safety rules and guidelines and be aware of risk management that is necessary and of the utmost importance for hosting a well-planned, successful competition. BC’s own Competition system also allows competitions access to qualified, trained and certified Officials. The Horse Council BC Official’s Certification Program provides a pool of educated officials in the following disciplines: * Dressage (basic) Judge * Driving: Pleasure and Combined Judge * General Performance Judge * Hunter Judge * Jumper Judge * Hunter/Jumper Course Designer * Vaulting Judge HCBC Provincial Officials are independent contractors and may officiate at sanctioned or unsanctioned competitions and may hold multiple cards with other equestrian organizations without restriction. A Guest Card is available for Officials who may have let their status lapse or are from out of province but is able to provide good references and suitable qualifications. Officials who work under a Guest Card may do so three times at which time they will be asked to reinstate or become recorded if they wish to continue working Provincial Competitions. A question we often get asked is, can a Nationally certified official

work at a Provincially sanctioned competition? The answer is YES, these are two distinct and separate designations, each with their own set of qualifying criteria and selection process. The HCBC Official’s Development Program includes recognition of certification from other national and breed association sanction bodies. An official can be granted provincial status based on their current qualifications and carding from other organizations. It is an easy process and allows officials to help build the grass roots, entry level competition and encourage best practice. There is also an application process for those who are interested in officiating but are not currently recognized. Contact competition@hcbc.ca for more information. 2021 HCBC AWARDS NOMINATIONS Nominations are open for the following categories: - Coach of the Year - Bob James Volunteer of the Year - Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award Horse Council BC’s annual awards serve to honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equestrian community. These awards acknowledge those who have stood out from the crowd over the past year and who have made a positive impact on the community as a whole. Each award recipient was nominated by two or more other Horse Council BC members. Nomination deadline is December 30th 2021. Nomination forms and more information can be found at hcbc.ca > about > HCBC Awards

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Tennessee Walking Horse News By Windi Scott

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he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse will celebrate its 40th ANNIVERSARY this year… with a great lineup of events, programs and goals! We are so excited to announce that there will be a fun UNSHOW at Thorsby, Alberta this coming summer on August 5, 6 & 7, 2022. This event will feature a full lineup of ‘classes’ designed for participants to enjoy in an atmosphere of fun and learning with IJA Judge Diane Sept officiating. There will be demonstrations, craft and product tables, a stallion auction, entertainment and a Saturday night social. There will also be opportunities for ‘virtual’ participation for those living too far away to attend. Keep posted on this one! CRTWH will be unveiling their new YOUTH PROGRAM in conjunction with the 40th. A new registration application that includes up-to-date and wider colour choices is coming soon. Members of the registry board are working on exciting projects including a new video on gaits, a new online photo-reference resource for past and present Canadian registered horses, and an updated Directors’ Manual. Come join the party! See https://crtwh.ca

Santa and his ‘reindeer’ Trigger (aka Uphill Dusty Gold) “Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas” from CRTWH

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Duke and Ilana Flawless in the 2021 U25 National Championships

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n October 30, Alberta’s own Halle Duke was crowned Equestrian Canada’s (EC) National U25 Champion. The record setting $40,000 National Finals event consisted of three competitions, and the duo of Duke and her own Canadian Warmblood mare Ilana (Kvf Tacorde x Contender) finished at the top of the podium with the gold medal draped around her neck along with the title of Canada’s National U25 Champion. EC’s U25 Championship was contested over three days, beginning with Wednesday’s $5,000 MarBill Hill Table C competition, followed by Thursday’s $10,000 Devoucoux Saddles Jump off competition, and concluded with Saturday’s $25,000 Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Cup. Athletes carried their scores from Wednesday’s Table C competition into the next two phases of the Championship, where the first round scores were added to the Table C scores to determine the ultimate winner. The Table C phase proved to be the ticket to victory for young Duke, who zipped around the track in 59.18 seconds winning the event and giving her the lead with a score of zero faults. Combined with a clear round and the win in Phase 2, she carried that score of zero into the final phase of the Championship. “I really appreciate that Royal West was given the chance to host the National Finals. I’m not sure we would have been able to make the trip east this year. It was my horse’s first indoor competition, and I wasn’t sure how she’d respond, but of course was really happy with her performance,” said Duke. The native of Spruce Grove AB, added “we show at many RMSJ horse shows throughout the year but Royal West is on a level of its own, and is really a special event.” Alberta’s Claire Doty and Stella Chernoff recorded scores of 5.71 and 5.02 respectively, had to post clear rounds for a chance at gold. Unfortunately, the two talented riders didn’t keep pace with Duke in

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Duke and Ilana clearing a jump during the U25 National Championships

Top three finishers from U25 National Championships, Halle Duke, Claire Doty and Stella Chernoff on the podium.

Saturday’s competition with both athletes faulting in the first round. Doty finished with the silver medal and Chernoff won the bronze. When the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was cancelled earlier this year, Royal Mountain Show Jumping (RMSJ) was awarded the national show jumping and equitation championships. “We are extremely delighted that RMSJ agreed to host the 2021 National Championships for Jumper and Equitation at Royal West in Calgary,” said EC’s CEO Meg Krueger. “We understand the significant planning and effort it takes to host such an event and appreciate the work of John Anderson and his team to make it happen. We’re looking forward to seeing all the athletes compete in the second week.”


Seasons Greetings from the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers

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ur annual AGM was held on November 3 at the Glad Tidings Church in Armstrong, as well as Virtual via Facetime and Phone. We are proud to announce the 2022 Board of Directors. President – Em Stobbe Vice President – Lauri Meyers Secretary/Director – Chelsey Richards Treasurer – Meighan Rees-Miller Executive Director – Donna Holland 1 year Director – Alissa Korberg 1 year Director – Patti Thomas 2 year Director – Vienna Meyers Best wishes to our outgoing Executives and Directors, Alana Vos-Lindsay, Anne-Marie Gellein and Carmen Letawski-Dyck. We will see you again in the Show Arena in Spring 2022. We would like to thank our members for their continued support and understanding

in these extraordinary times. While we do not have a year-end Awards Banquet, the Board of Directors agree that all our members and participants are winners. Thank you. Our meetings for 2022 will be starting February 2, first Wednesday of the month. Keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook for locations and times. These meetings are open to everyone, but with current protocols, we do offer Virtual as well. 2022 Memberships are now available on our website, armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca, and we accept e-transfer for payment. 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 AERCcanada@ gmail.com, for more information on Sponsorship opportunities.

Our new President Em Stobbe

Executive deep in thought!

Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update By Hans Kollewyn | Photos by Charlie McNamara

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he CCC has had some challenges in hosting our events for the 2021 season. But the CCC has been able to host a near full Challenge season which resulted in enough Challenges to be able to tabulate year-end awards. A year-end awards banquet was initially proposed for the end of October in Camrose, Alberta but due to Covid-19 complications, the banquet was moved to November 13 to the Western Development Museum in North Battleford SK. The evening was a great success with everyone enjoying an end of season gathering. An excellent way to end a great Challenge season. The banquet had over 25 members attending. The CCC would like to thank our buckle sponsors for their support: RTU Power and Controls Ltd., Optimised Installations and Kollewyn Consulting Ltd. We would also like to recognize Challenge sponsors throughout the year. In Alberta, Yknott Challenge had support from: Tsunumi Equine, Ertmans Saddle Shop, Water Lily Boutique, Town of Onoway, The Brass Cactus, The Estates Bakery, Harmony in Motion Equine Therapy and Kim Hilyard of Black Pine Ranch. The Rosebriar Ranch had support from: Buxton Performance Horses, Out Back Veterinary Centre, UFA Farm Supply and Ranch Store in Westlock, Mel’s North 40 Performance and Marilyn Labrecque. Saskatchewan Challenges had support from: Cut Dirt Equine Therapy, Smart Earth Camelina Oil, Greenhawk Cowtown and Kim’s Pet Grooming. Thank you all for your loyal support throughout the year. The CCC board would like to thank all the members and sponsors for their ongoing support throughout this challenging year. It was a fun year and everyone seemed to adjust to the requirements which were in place. We made it through the year and our equine friends benefited from the experience without noticing that we humans were under Covid-19 restrictions.

Merry Christmas to All and have a Happy New Year. Cheers to all and looking forward to a great 2022 Challenge show season with family and friends. Shooten Sprouts - over poles

Youth Division - opening a rope gate

Shooten Sprouts group walk through

In each division, Championship winners were awarded buckles while Reserve Champions were awarded jackets. The recipients are: Shooten Sprouts: Hailey Reddekopp riding Beau with Reserve - Violet Ranson riding Scooter Youth: Leah Vielhauer riding Sandy with Reserve - Laikyn Thomas riding Dusty Novice: Judy Hill riding ITCHY with Reserve - Tricia Melanson riding Chance Bucking Crazies: Janet Goltz riding Peanut Rookie: Eric Frogley riding Archie with Reserve - Melissa Deveau riding Ally Older Than Dirt: Leanne Buxton riding Badger with Reserve - Greg Puranich riding Sonny NonPro: Shane Goltz riding Jazzy with Reserve - Murray Buxton riding Sonita Open: Shane Goltz riding Jazzy with Reserve - Murray Buxton riding Sonita Horsemanship award was won by Janet Goltz riding Peanut in the Bucking Crazies

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Peachland Riding Club Update By Tera-Lee

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n October 16-17 we held our final two Buckle Series Barrel Races as well as our last two Gymkhanas of the season! Thank you so much to all who attended our races this year! Our volunteers are important of course, but so are our competitors. Without entries there are no races! We had a Champion Buckle and a Reserve Champion prize for each D at the end of our 8 race series. There was a small fee at the beginning of the series to sign up, and then each race the competitors earned points in the D they placed in. The more consistent you placed over the series, the better!

Congratulations to all of our award winners! 1D 1st Nevada Dynneson and Justa Cadillac Queen (Savannah) 2nd Angela Milroy and Draw Mia Firewater (Sweets) 2D 1st Kyli Haugland and Time To Be Swift (Dazzle) 2nd Brooke McGee and Charity

3D 1st Amanda Capuano and Dusty 2nd Candace Chevallier and Blue Tequila Lena 4D 1st Kyli Haugland and CW Kings Nakid Gem (Nakid) 2nd Sandy Lewis and Wiley

Angela Milroy, Candace Chevallier, Sandy Lewis, Amanda Capuano, Kyli Haugland, Nevada Dynneson, Brooke McGee and then President Kevin Froese and Buckle Series Director Calista Collins.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club… for the love of horses! By Simonne Rempel

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is’ the season to be jolly and that we are. We have been busy planning for our annual Christmas Party. Last year it was held online with a gift exchange using Elfster. We will do this again! Ho Ho Ho In October, we had an informative and well-attended lecture with Kamla Hoekstra. We focused on physiotherapy aspects and how the rider’s posture affects the horse and rider. The lecture was followed by private lessons the next day. The Halloween Group Ride was another success with six members riding. I think they spooked all the ghosts and goblins out of Campbell Valley Park. It was a beautiful day and their costumes were great. Our October general meeting was held outside with speaker Cheri Craig. Cheri has discovered the many health benefits of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF). Magnetic therapy is to aid in the healing and the well-being of horses based on our natural magnetic fields. The November AGM was held in Fort Langley on November 16th. Thank you to our past executives, you made a great team. With the holiday season upon us, we are looking forward to spending time with our families and friends. May your Christmas be merry and bright. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: vintageriders@shaw.ca Vintage Riders Equestrian Club… for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday with a speaker and host a variety of clinics according to PHO.

Halloween Ride

2021 Upcoming Events: General Meetings Theme Trail Rides Christmas Party

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Marilyn Griffin

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021 has been a successful year for the club, with our virtual show and Summer Icebreaker collaboration with BC Paint Horse Club. Plans are in the works for 2022, but in order to make those plans happen, we need your support in our upcoming fundraisers. Christmas Basket Auction Dates: DONATIONS accepted from November 15 to December 1. Auction starts Friday December 3, 2021 at 4pm and ends Sunday December 5, 2021 at 7pm. Please contact Marilyn Griffin marilyngriffin2@gmail.com to make a donation to the auction. If you have a business that would like to donate and require a letter from LMQHA requesting a donation Marilyn will provide that to you. Last year’s Christmas Basket Auction was a huge success and lots of fun. The funds raised in last year’s auction went a long way toward making the Summer Icebreaker happen. While Christmas Baskets remain the theme, Gift Certificates or other items such as saddle pads, saddle blankets, or other miscellaneous items are all welcome and greatly appreciated. Stallion Auction Dates: Wednesday January 26, 2022 to Sunday January 30, 2022 at 7pm PST. Last year we had an amazing list of Quarter Horse and Paint Stallions in the auction. If you are planning on breeding your Mare in 2022 make sure you take a look at the Stallions in our Stallion Auction. If you are the winning bid, your resulting foal will receive a free entry to the yearling Futurity in 2024 with payouts ranging from $1,500 - $2,800. So not only do you get a breeding to an amazing stallion you have the possibility of winning your stud fee back plus some. Even if you are not the winning bid, breeding to one of these amazing stallions will provide you with the opportunity of entering the 2024 Futurity with your resulting foal (entry fee required). Only the offspring of the Stallions in the 2022 Stallion Auction may enter the Futurity. This is a great program! We have included pictures of five of the Stallions who will be donating a breeding to the Stallion Auction. Irwinvitation, Kissin the Girls, The Huntsman, Obviously I’m McDreamy and Spooks Hired Gun… this list of quality stallions is growing daily. Rules and regulations can be found on our Facebook page “LMQHA Breeders Incentive Program” h t t p s : // w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / L M Q H A - B r e e d e r s - I n c e n t i v e Program-1617950788427546/ Below is a list of our officers who can be contacted through Facebook messenger if you have any questions or suggestions for us. President: Tamara Jameson Vice-President: Tami Hutton Treasurer: Pia Petersen Secretary: Marilyn Griffin

Kissin The Girls

The Huntsman

Obviously I’m McDreamy

Spooks Hired Gun

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, tamarajameson@hotmail.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Kane Valley Equestrian Camp Adventures Yarrow chapter members combine work with play  By Marny Zischka and Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter

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ummer 2021 was not a ‘normal’ riding season. First there were the COVID restrictions, and then intense heat and wildfires. But the Yarrow chapter managed to pull off a Chapter Ride July 16-18 at the new Kane Valley Equestrian Camp. This camp was built in 2020 and is located about 20 minutes south of Merritt. As well as the group rides, a small work bee to install some signage was planned. We are pretty sure that Rose Schroeder had something to do with that! The Yarrow chickies and Pete (Marny’s husband) arrived and set up camp. We got the group site that has room for three rigs and has six corrals. In true horse camp fashion, Pete and Marny pitched their tent on the soft grass under the whispering Aspens right next to the corrals. (Which is also right next to a manure containment bin.) The blocks of the manure bin made for a great place to set up the camp kitchen... but we ate at the picnic tables. Horse folks are flexible! After camp set up on Friday afternoon, there was time before the supper hour to do a ride on the north trails (Harmon to Ravens Ridge to Menzies and back). We stopped for a snack in the shade at Menzies Lake. The view across the lake is very pretty, with a ranch homestead for a backdrop. We relaxed back at camp with a cool one. Rose had set some wildflowers on the table which is a Yarrow tradition started by a long-time member Dianne Karr. Saturday was the adventure day. Marny got to ride her dad’s (Hank McEwen) mule – Samule. A planned two-hour jaunt turned into an intense three-hour ride. The trails west of camp are not marked so we tried to find our way by dead reckoning, using the sun, topography, fence lines and landmarks as our guides. But just to be safe, we were plotting our route on the Avenza app as a backup. We ended up at the viewpoint right where we planned to be... just on the wrong side of the fence. No problem, the gate was just down a very steep hill. (Range cows must be part mountain goat.) Back at camp, more members of our group had arrived. They were, of course, keen to get riding. Some of those who headed out again for a ride that had a few ‘Man from Snowy River’ moments. Marny’s FitBit tallied 7 hours in the saddle, 17 miles and 43,000 steps! Somewhere in between, Pete and Mikayla helped Rose set a post for the Aspen Trail sign. We ended the day with a fun new card game that played with our minds and provided a whole lot of laughs. Best part: all under clear skies and a cool breeze with no smoke nor bugs to complain about. Sunday was a short day as everyone had to head home. The group, including Pete riding Samule this day, set out for the Hills Homestead and hilltop lookout. Marny was quite sore (a month of heat and no riding had softened those riding muscles and calluses) so she headed out for some kayaking with her dog Junior. Rose went to work to put up more signs. Scott Walker (past BCHBC President)

was there to help with the signs and brush out the Aspen Trail over the hill. (Thank you, Scott.) It was soon time to pack up our horses and head home with fond memories. Thank you BCHBC for such a perfect equestrian camp destination. And if you qualify, don’t’ forget to ask for the Seniors discount!

Menzies Lake

Returning from the watering hole

There are all kinds of trails

Aspen Trail back to camp

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2022 Events? LET US KNOW – THIS IS A FREE SERVICE FOR NON-PROFIT EVENTS. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

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We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out. This item stands 12” high and 16” wide Weighs about 7 lbs. Congratulations (so far) to: Lynda & Harry Norris, Spallumcheen BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC From the October issue It was a meat grinder! (too easy) Had lots more correct guesses… Marie Graham, Coldstream BC Lori App, Mystery BC Beverley Fraine, NorthVancouver BC Kevin Toews, Bowen Island BC Brenda Gordon, Williams Lake BC Penny Bearss, Coldstream BC Shirley Dudla, Onoway AB Debra Ralston, Port Alberni BC Vicky Winder, Sylvan Lake AB Rosemary Parkin, Mystery BC Barb Barber, Delta BC Jim McKay, Lacombe AB

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Do you have your 2022 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website!

Stands 10” high x 12” long. Weighs 2.5 lbs. Vertical lever adjusts to accommodate different size items on the right, at the end of the bolt. Good luck! READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to usedandunique2018@gmail.com

Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ saddleup.ca for details. DECEMBER 2021

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NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information www.crhra.ca 4/22

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BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/22 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail: akylles3_kozyn@hotmail.com, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 3/22

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CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 12 /21 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 | inquiries@equestrian.ca | www.equestrian.ca

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Business Services GUEST RANCHES

TRAINERS/COACHES Close to nature Far from crowds 8-10,000 acres & private lake

DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22 7/22

Spring Lake Guest Ranch

www.springlakeranch.com • 250-791-5776 (100 Mile House BC)

ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, www.wildwoodfarm.ca 5/22 10/22

LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22

REALTORS

WESTWIN REALTY

5/22

CASIE MENHINICK REALTOR®

Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 8 /22

HORSE FIRST HORSEMANSHIP

778-209-0305 E-mail: casie@royallepage.ca Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate 7/22

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more, www.donloewen.com

Build Something Lasting

Elisha Bradburn is available for Clinics & Events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley, BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to legacyhorsemanship@shaw.ca

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Focus Working Equitation, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 9/22 5/22

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 10/22

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 7/22

TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 4/22

SOMATIC RIDER AND ENERGY MEDICINE - Lisa Wieben (Vernon BC) Balance the Rider, Balance the Horse, www.somaticrider.com, 403-335-5993 7/22 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. therocknstarranch.com 3/22

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 9/22

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC

ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Western, available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 2/22 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 10/22

9/22

TRAINERS/COACHES OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM, www.okanaganequinevet.com

12/21

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 9/22

YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE HERE!

LISTINGS START AT ONLY $250 PER YEAR (FOR 12 ISSUES);

PLUS WE CAN ADD A WEB LINK FOR JUST $50 PER YEAR. SEE PAGE 4 FOR CONTACT INFO. DECEMBER 2021

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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at PHAC.ca!

We Have the Blues!

If you’re looking for your “Heart look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS

2021 Foals will be available sired by:

LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan

Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066

12/21

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

Horse”

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

(Princeton BC) ponderosaridgeranch@outlook.com PonderosaRidgeRanch.ca

8/22 3/17

11/22

PHOTO ADS ONLY $60

Glynn Irish Sport Horse

(OR LESS)

10/21

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Mick 403-325-5556 mghorse7@gmail.com

2/22

NEXT DEADLINE JANUARY 5


Shop & Swap! HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS

MISCELLANEOUS

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 12/21

NEXT DEADLINE JANUARY 5, 2022 FOR THE FEBRUARY ISSUE. REMEMBER, THERE IS NO JANUARY ISSUE

DEEP CREEK GENERAL STORE Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles

ARMSTRONG’S GENERAL STORE

that has a little bit of everything Dealer for

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: theleatherlady95@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/21

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE

250-546-3955

3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

Rural Roots

REALTORS, YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE ADS ARE ONLY $85 OR LESS! AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

1-866-546-9922 for more info

KOOTENAY MOUNTAIN ACREAGE

Be inspired by our Big Sky in Passmore! Located on a sunny bench above the Slocan River, here’s your chance to live in a contemporary and high-efficiency designed 2 bed/2 bath home with office, garden room and workshop attached. The 5+ acre property offers a fenced garden, a storage/outdoor work building, a 3-piece outdoor washroom and guest accommodation. Additional multiple building sites, RV hookups, newly developed infrastructure, future development space, and breathtaking views! The adjacent 5-acre land parcel could also be negotiated with the sale.

3811 Passmore Upper Road, Passmore BC $1,700,000 MLS® 2460992 CONTACT: TRENT WHALE 250-551-8654 trent@trentwhale.com Coldwell Banker Rosling Real Estate (Nelson)

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