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Who doesn’t want to be more connected to their horse? I mean, isn’t that what we are all after? Isn’t that the promise of so many clinicians and horsemanship programs out there today? But what does it take to really, truly develop connection with your horse and what will it look like once it’s been “achieved”?

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’ve been teaching horsemanship for more than 20 years, and throughout that time I’ve also been a student. Although I’m a firm believer in the horses I’ve worked with being my greatest teachers and the most influential factor in my development as a horsewoman, I’ve also had the opportunity to learn with a number of talented horsemen and women who’ve all had their part in shaping me into the horsewoman I am today. Each and every one of these teachers has had their own gifts and their own unique perspectives and shared from their own well of knowledge and lifetime of experiences. I feel lucky to have had the opportunities to learn with all of these people and I’m grateful for their willingness to share. Each one has lit a spark that still burns today in one corner or another of my horsemanship journey. One of these teachers was Mark Rashid, who I was lucky enough to ride with a number of years ago, just outside of Santa Barbara, California. Mark is an incredible horseman and an engaging, entertaining author as well as a Master in Martial Arts. Riding with Mark had been a goal of mine for quite some time, ever since I had begun reading his books as a kid. When the opportunity arose I jumped at it! Of course, being that the clinic was in Southern California, I’d have to fly down and ride a strange horse. This was not ideal, given that I wouldn’t be able to work on the challenges I faced with my own horses, but ultimately, I understood that more often than not, those challenges are mine, and not my horse’s at all, so I developed a list of what I felt I needed work on. Having taught clinics myself, I knew how much more I’d get out of my time with Mark if I had some ideas around what I wanted to work on: Relaxation in my legs and seat, transitions, improving my timing, lead changes… the list went on. That night before the clinic began, all the participants sat together with Mark. We discussed our individual challenges and our goals for our time together and Mark also shared some ideas that he’d been thinking about. In particular, he shared how he had come to realize that although so many people are desperately trying to achieve a better connection with their horses, they’re often getting in their own way. He mentioned how he felt that if we could only stop trying to connect to our horses long enough to relax and create an opening for our horses to connect to us, we might find that the connection is readily available to us all. Well this got the wheels in my head turning and lit one of those sparks I mentioned before and as I sat and listened to him talk, I thought about how I was going to be riding a strange horse who I’d never met before and how the nature of my job is to, not only ride strange horses often but also to ride strange horses with issues! The light bulb flickered on and I decided that THAT was going to be my focus for this particular clinic! I wanted to work on creating an opening and allowing for the horse I was riding to connect to me. Attending that clinic with Mark started an obsession and a passion that’s lasted for years! It spring-boarded me into a way of riding that I am still working on and sharing today and that’s created the ability to develop much stronger relationships with the horses I ride, as well as those between my students and their horses, and it has ultimately improved all those things that were on my list. The way I see it, developing a better connection to your horse is not about “doing” anything. It’s not a technique or a method and it’s not something that you can do to your horse. It is about first asking yourself, what would a better connection with my horse look like? What could my horse do that would make me feel as though that better connection has been attained? To me (and to most folks that I ask this question to), I get an answer that sounds something like this: She’d listen more. He’d be available for quicker, softer transitions. He’d trust me when he gets scared. She wouldn’t be worried about her buddies back at the barn when we go out alone. He’d be more tuned in to me and what I’m asking for. I began to ask myself, am I giving these things to my horse? Am I asking for something that I’m not giving myself? What could I do to be more tuned in to my horse? I began to think less about what I wanted from my horse and more about what I could do to become more dialed in to my horse. I began to pay closer attention to their foot falls and to really feeling their movement and making sure that we were together. I began to put more thought into what I’d asked for and what I was accepting and I began to, without tension or harsh correction, clarify myself and fine tune my requests as I became


I took these photos during a recent private stockmanship workshop. They show a student, Robin, working on Connection Development with her mare Meeka who has struggled with herd-bound behaviour in the past. The first two photos show Meeka and Robin working on their timing and feel together in an arena, with minimal distractions. The third photo shows adding a distraction into the mix as they challenge their connection. The last photo shows Robin and Meeka moving cattle together, away from Meeka's calling herd mate and the connection they developed that allowed them to do this so quietly and with such confidence. more and more aware of where we were missing opportunities to be together. I discovered that the more attention to detail I placed on things, the more specific my horses movements became. The more tuned in to my horse’s body and movement I was, the more accurate my horse’s responses were. Ultimately, I discovered that by taking responsibility for knowing, feeling and hearing my horse the way I wanted him to know, feel and hear me, I could create and allow the kind of connection to develop that caused him and I to trust each other better. We were able to find comfort in each other’s company and support that allowed for us to go away from his herd mates back at the barn without drama and his transitions and responses started to get so smooth and quick that sometimes I wasn’t even sure if I’d actually asked yet! Learning to recognize where I was falling short and how to take responsibility for my side of the relationship has opened the door to developing a better connection with all the horses I ride. It has also helped my students to develop connections with their horses which truly provides a feeling of trust, support, togetherness and the kind of partnership that inspires me every day. I am so grateful for the lessons I’ve received and the support that I’ve had from so many different horsemen and women as well as the always honest feedback I’ve gotten from the horses and I am excited to share my experiences with others as they develop connections and open doors of their own. There is no greater feeling than that of being truly connected to a horse, even if it only lasts for a moment. Sometimes, a moment is all you need to create an opening that will change your way of riding forever.

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Winter is coming. For those of us with old or ailing horses, we go out each morning, wondering if it's time. First, let me say that I can’t tell you what you want to hear. For that, you will have to listen to your horse and to your own inner voice. can only share what I start mulling over when I’m wondering about saying goodbye. I will also say that to me, personally, knowing when to let go is as important a part of loving my horse or pet, as it was in bringing them home when they were young and vital. It is a key part of horsemanship that nobody wants to talk about or plan for. How we say goodbye is more important than how we braid, or what we feed, or how to ride with a soft feel, or whether we can really rock a lead change. This is where our love of horses gets real. I do believe that the longer I’ve known my horses, the harder this decision to euthanize becomes. I’m always hoping there will be that morning that I walk out and the old-timer will have drifted away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by green grass and all of his friends. I do know that when I start wondering ‘when is it right?’ and ‘how will I know?’ that the time is drawing near. This is my gut speaking gently to me. I have learned to listen. I live in a part of the world where much of the decision making is done for me. Winter is a brutal mistress. Every fall, I have to stand back and really take stock of my old, unwell or frail horses. Can they possibly make it through six or more months of -20 temperatures, with cold winds and hard, icy ground? Are their teeth going to be able to chew their food well enough to sustain them? If not, what am I going to do about it? Soaking and serving soft food is a long-term commitment, not something to flirt with whenever we have the time and energy. I start to look at my old horse’s quality of life. Just because he can no longer serve me as he once has, is NOT enough reason for me to end his life. If he is having trouble keeping up with his friends, though, unable to negotiate the little hills and dales that make up our pasture, I’m going to be concerned for him. If he is afraid to lie down or roll because he mightn’t be able to get back on his feet again, I’m going to start watching him. This is not as harsh as it sounds because if he is failing, I would rather he say goodbye in my loving arms with the vet nearby… rather than at the mercy of a pack of coyotes. Is my horse still happy to greet the day? Does he look forward

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to his meals? Is he the same to handle with my hands on his body and isn’t showing signs of pain? Because the term ‘quality of life’ refers to his life and not to mine. I will not keep a chronically sore horse alive just because I can’t face the pain of not seeing him in my corral. A little medication on the hard days is one thing but a horse that has deteriorated to the point of limping constantly is not okay with me. Is my horse putting on a brave face? Animals do, especially our dogs. They will come up to make us happy, they will try to eat to reassure us. I so love them for this effort but a week or so of watching them tells me that things have taken a turn. Horses and other pets go through depression due to pain or sickness, just as we do. Often, the downhill slide has been so gradual that it is hard to see how bad it is. A trusted friend, vet or family member can sometimes shed some light. For some of us, finances will play a part. This is hard to talk about! If we are paying monthly board or a horse requires a lot of vet care, particularly in the case of recurring or worsening colic, we have to be practical. Sometimes we have to draw a line. I cannot afford surgery on an old horse, nor do I want to see him stabled for weeks or months in an ‘iffy’ recovery. Nor will I put my other horses’ or my own family’s well-being at risk by pouring untold amounts of money in one horse. This is my own harsh reality; yours may well allow it. I have decided that there is no reward for keeping an old horse alive when he is telling me that he or she is tired of this life. I’m not inclined to let horses pass naturally, if that is going to take a long time and it’s going to cause suffering. If so, I will give my horse some help. We live in a very rural area, which means we have some different options than do urban horse owners. I have two veterinarians here who have helped me say goodbye to my dear horses. These men and I have a long-term relationship, of sorts. They are quiet and very proficient at euthanizing sick or injured horses and I trust them to do so with dignity. That said, when animals are euthanized by injection, they are now toxic to the food chain (wild birds and other scavengers). Their bodies must

be ethically disposed of. This means burial, cremation or removal by the rendering truck. Our own resources, where we live and the time of year all play a part here. Your vet can advise you beforehand. A safe way, ecologically, is to have them humanely destroyed. Unless municipal laws ban the practice, the bodies can be left in a lovely and remote spot, to feed all of God's creatures. They can also be composted. I’ve not wielded the gun but some of my friends and family have, all while the horses were enjoying a pan of grain. Rurally, we are, for the most part,

licensed gun owners. We have the history and knowledge of ending the lives of large animals, whether it’s managing the cow herd or filling the freezer. The same can be done for our horses… a bullet, well-placed, can be a quick blessing and the horse can pass quietly at home. I do know that it is far harder on us than it is on them. Horses, for all their years of being flight animals just trying to stay alive, seem very matter-of-fact when facing merciful death, as compared to the agonies suffered by their owners. In the end, I can only tell you to trust your intuition. That you are asking yourself this question points to the fact that you know a decision is coming. If you have two herd-mates that are failing or suffering, it is a kindness to consider letting them go together. One old horse left behind, missing his lifelong buddy, is almost too sad to bear. When we own failing horses, I know we are looking and listening for signs on how best to care for them when they most need us. They have served us so well, brought us such joy! Horses are generous, patiently waiting to say goodbye until that time when we are ready. Is there an easy way for us? No, almost never. I believe with all my heart that a planned goodbye – with a kind hand on the neck and a loving voice in the ear – is the most meaningful thing I can do.

Lee McLean is a ranch wife, rider and writer who lives in southern Alberta. Her Facebook blog, Keystone Equine, is based on her everyday experiences training horses, along with her fortyfive years of keeping riding journals. You can follow Lee on Keystone at @livingwellridingbetter. Her first book, HORSE WOMAN: Notes on Living Well and Riding Better, has just been published. Lee is best-known for her performance ponies which are competing in Dressage, Pony Hunters and Combined Driving across North America.

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The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Association's Fall Classic Sale was a great success. The arena was standing room only as the sale got underway at 6 pm on Saturday, October 5. he decorations were outstanding, the food and wine offered were superior, and the horses set a new standard in quality and pedigree. Of the 40 horses offered, 31 sold, with 6 going to outof-province homes and 1 traveling to the US. The gross sales of $377,250 Cdn, is an increase from 2018 of $90,000 and the highest gross since 2007. There was also a $1,500 increase from the 2018 average sale price to $12,169 ($9,360 US). The sale hit the ground running when Lot 0, the cover and poster art “Baby Steps,” a beautiful chalk pastel created by Rebecca Shuttleworth of Airdrie, Alberta, was hotly contested and sold for the sale-record price of $3,000 to Rosemary Church. The energy remained high as the horses were brought through the sale ring. The cooler for the high-selling young prospect, sponsored by Sparks Innovations, went to O’Star de Chacoon (Chacoon Blue x Zeno H2), bred and consigned by Klondike Victory Farm. This excellent weanling filly sold to Rocky Mountain Show Jumping of Calgary, Alberta for $19,000 ($14,615 US). Receiving the high-selling 2-Year-Old Prospect cooler, sponsored by Key Warmbloods, was Diamond in the Sky (Diamond Stud x MJ Fusion), consigned and bred by Shirley England and purchased for $11,250 ($8,654 US) by Annespohie Canut of Foothills, Alberta. The high-selling Prospect Under Saddle, sponsored by High Thorne Equestrian, was the 3-year-old gelding Nobody’s Fool (Numero Uno x Contendro I), bred by Spruce Meadows and consigned by Tiffany Sullivan/Valleyfield Farm, selling for $19,500 ($15,000 US) to Jolinda Botha of Calgary, Alberta. The high-selling Performance Horse and the high seller of the sale overall, taking home the cooler sponsored by Quadriga International Horse Transport, was the 9-year-old gelding Diasandro (Diarado x Santander H) consigned by Jennifer Winkler and purchased by Joco Trucking of Bentley, Alberta for $28,000 ($21,538 US). A first for the Fall Classic Sale was the charity auction of a Rebecca Shuttleworth pencil sketch entitled “Frontier Freedom.” This lovely piece sold for $4,200 to Dave Jamieson with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society in the name of Tracey Ricard, a valued CWHBA member who passed away in the summer of 2019. This year’s silver anniversary event was sponsored by many generous businesses and individuals with our sale title sponsor, Elite Three Inc., topping the long list of supporters. The hardworking volunteers of the CWHBA Alberta Chapter put in many hours to make this a sale to remember, and the consignors, once again, showed their expertise in breeding and raising truly superior horses for sport. We wish the buyers good luck with their new purchases and welcome your stories of successes in the coming months and years. 10 • December 2019


High Selling 2-Year-Old Prospect (l to r): Bernie & Doreen Kulcsar of Key Warmbloods (sponsor); Shirley England (consignor); Diamond in the Sky.

High Selling Performance Horse (l to r): Montana Millar (buyer); Diasandro; Chris Starr; Jennifer Winkler (seller); Krista Mergen; Marc Boyer of Quadriga Horse Transport (sponsor).

High Selling Prospect Under Saddle (l to r): Jennifer Arbuckle of Valleyfield Farm (seller); Rebecca Berndt of Valleyfield Farm (seller); Nobody’s Fool; Jolinda Botha (buyer).

High Selling Young Prospect (l to r): Kelly Hirsch of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (buyer); Lorrie Jamieson of Klondike Victory Farm (breeder/ seller); Ruth Jamieson of Klondike Victory Farm (breeder/seller); Coreen Jamieson of Klondike Victory Farm (breeder/seller); O’Star de Chacoon Joyce & Allan Sparks of Sparks Innovations (sponsor).

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By Glenn Stewart

Have you ever broken a promise? Do you break promises all the time? When you say you’re going to do something but don’t, is that breaking a promise? Do you rarely make a promise because you know they can be hard to keep? Do you only say you’re going to do something or make a promise then will you keep it? f you don’t use the word “promise” in the sentence, is it still a promise? What does it feel like when someone makes a promise to you and then breaks it? Do you promise this, that and the other thing because it seems to help in the moment? When you make a promise, do you do everything in your power to make it come true, no matter how difficult the situation might have changed for you? I don’t think man or beast like to be promised anything unless they are going to get it. Don’t even mention it then if it happens, it can be a nice or not nice surprise. Some promises are easy to keep. I promise to drive you to town. I promise to mow the lawn. I promise to always do the right thing when I’m with my horse. Now the last one is a challenge to say the least. It would be a very noble and amazing feat to keep that promise. I don’t think it’s possible to always do the right thing. You have to know what the right thing is for every horse in every moment then have the skill to get it done. I do, however, believe that we can become much better at doing the right thing and improve ourselves each day. I also believe that with self-discipline, knowledge and skill we can do the right thing most of the time but we are going to make some mistakes once in awhile. I work at keeping three promises when I work with my horses: 1) building their confidence; 2) earning their respect; and 3) doing things 12 • December 2019


in a manner they understand. That might sound straightforward but there is so much that goes into keeping those promises. Every time I’m with a horse I ask myself if I’m keeping one or more of those three promises and helping the horse. In order to help, I have to correctly read what is going on with the horse. I have to know why is he doing or not doing something before I can possibly know how to help. If I read the “why” incorrectly then I don’t know whether he needs help with his confidence, respect or understanding. If I guess the “why” correctly, I now have a chance to be able to have the feel, timing and exercises that will help the situation. If a horse is hard to catch, I will hear people say they chased him into a round pen using their quad or some other way then round penned him. Then they say he is still hard to catch even in the round pen. Hmmm, I wonder why? What does round penned it mean anyway? I have a round pen but it’s never been used to get a horse want to be caught. Why doesn’t he want to be caught is the question? The answer is he doesn’t like people or maybe, more to the point, it’s just that person he doesn’t like. The cure is to be the person that horses like. Chasing them around doesn’t make them like us. If you would like to have more friends don’t chase them into a round pen with your quad and then chase them some more around the pen. If a horse goes into a trailer, it doesn’t necessarily mean their ready to even have the door closed behind them let alone be hauled anywhere. We need to read what the horse is saying and work towards build his confidence, respect and understanding. We personally have to have confidence, respect and understanding to be able to help the horse with theirs. If your horse pulls back when tied

or when you are handling him, you have to answer the “why” first. Remember, it is the release that teaches the horse. So, do you release for the wrong things at the wrong time making or teaching by accident the very things you don’t want? When you ask your horse to go forward on a line and his head goes up, or when you get to the trailer and he pulls you across the yard or rears up, do you usually release all pressure from the horse making it comfortable for him to do the wrong thing? Instead, you should make the wrong thing uncomfortable and the right thing comfortable. If I had a dollar for every time I have seen people release the pressure and make the wrong thing easy for the horse, I would have a nice place in Costa Rica on the beach. If I read the situation incorrectly and/or release for the wrong things at the wrong time, and I do it regularly, I’m promising through consistency to my horse, he can keep doing what it is he’s doing, and I will make it comfortable for him to continue doing it. Whatever we do consistently with a horse is our way of promising them everything is okay. They don’t speak English, so our way of doing things becomes our promise to the horse. If we change for a better way, we need to keep the new promise for a while, maybe a long while, before they will trust in the new promise. If we slip back to the old way and release for the wrong thing, or read the situation incorrectly, or trailer them when they are not prepared then we lose what we were gaining. Therefore, we would be causing them to be less confident, respectful and understanding. Make some good promises to your horse. Keep those promises as much as you possibly know how and then be ready to be amazed at the horse that shows up.

Glenn is now offering year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St. John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

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

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This is a great walk exercise using poles that we learnt from American clinician Jec A. Ballou. It teaches the horse to shift his weight back which gives greater ability to maneuver between working gaits and more collected gaits. he walk is a very important gait in our daily training and is often overlooked by many riders. We sometimes spend an entire session at the walk doing various exercises that help our horses improve their balance, suppleness, and fitness. Training in the walk can also greatly improve the horse’s other gaits. With colder temperatures coming up, the walk is also a great gait to exercise your horse while preventing him from sweating. The walk isn’t just for warming up and cooling down! This exercise requires a certain amount of collection, so your horse should be balanced, supple and accepting of half-halts. Before beginning the exercise be sure to warm up for at least 15 minutes in the

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walk adding some working jog, leg yields, serpentines, etc. to prepare the horse for the required bend and connection of the exercise. Finish your warm up by having your horse at a free walk, allowing the horse to stretch his neck forward and down with a stride that reaches forward covering ground and the hind steps clearly reaching in front of the front hoof prints. Set up five poles to create a fan shape. Raise the inside ends of the poles 6” to 8” off the ground while the outside ends are sitting directly on the ground. Place the raised ends of the poles so they are 2’ apart from each other. The centre of the poles should be 4’ apart from each other. The outside edge of the poles should be 6’ apart from each other. Begin the exercise by riding your horse in a working walk. Maintain light, soft contact with your horse’s mouth. The hoof prints of the hind feet will step into or slightly in front of the front hoof prints. Align your body with a line towards the outside of the poles asking the horse to take two steps between the poles (poles approx. 6’ apart). Depending on the horse’s stride this will either be an easy step for the horse, or the horse will need to shorten or lengthen the stride slightly to fit two steps between the poles. The horse’s body will be bent on the half circle line and the rider’s body will also turn onto the line of travel, rotating from the centre. On the next circle ride more toward the centre of the poles (approx 4’ apart). Again ask for two steps between the poles. With the shorter distance and slight rise in the poles the horse will need to shorten his stride to maintain two steps between. To slow the tempo of the walk use your body by not allowing your hips to follow the walk as much. Use the idea of kneeling into your knees to create more contact with your seat and legs to both support and slow the horse. The lower leg maintains contact so the horse continues to push forward from the hind end. The hands will maintain contact to ask for smaller steps. Essentially you will be making your horse’s body shorter from back to front as the hind legs step a little further under and the hands prevent the neck from reaching as far forward. Continue to allow your hands/ elbows to follow the motion of the walk, even though the follow won’t be as big as in the working walk. Avoid pulling back on the reins to shorten the horse’s steps. This front to back action will slow the front end, but the hind legs will be left behind. Use your seat and weight aids to ask the horse to slow the tempo. Instead of a backward pull with the hands you can lift the reins slightly to or slightly above the level of the saddle horn. The combination of the weight aids and the reins lifting shifts the weight to the horse’s hind legs. After crossing the fifth pole, go back to a working walk while continuing on the circle. Before reaching the poles again, slow the horse’s walk and decrease your circle so that you will cross over the inner edge of all five poles, aiming to get one step between each pole. With the poles at their highest point the horse will have to lift considerably more while in the slower walk. Repeat this sequence and stride count a few times in both directions, switching back and forth between a working walk and a slow walk. As always when riding a circle, look ahead three to four strides, turning your body onto the line of the circle. Your belly button should be aligned with the horse’s bend. Use your inside leg at the girth to maintain the bend in timing with the swing of the horse’s barrel. As the

The horse is walking through in a relaxed frame (Basic Level) taking 2 steps between each pole.

Stepping closer to the centre of the poles. The horse is becoming more compact and you can see a little more lift in the step.

The set up. The ends of the poles on the blocks are 2’ apart and the other end is approximately 6’ apart. barrel swings out, press with your inside leg. The inside rein maintains the bend and the outside rein supports, preventing the horse from overbending in, or with pressure on the shoulder prevents the horse from drifting out. If the horse drifts out use the outside rein against the neck and outside leg pressure to turn the horse as the horse’s barrel swings in. The inside leg also prevents the horse from falling into the circle. Feel as if you can push the horse from your inside leg into the outside supporting rein. Your horse should stay straight (evenly bent) during this exercise, with his nose in front of the middle of his chest. Once your horse is able to do a slow walk/working walk on bending lines, ask for a slow walk to working walk on straight lines. Always be sure not to compromise relaxation. Changing the length of the horse’s steps develops the horse’s ability to maintain balance and connection. With improved balance comes improved transitions and lateral work at all levels. For a video of the exercise:

The horse has elevated slightly more and has to step higher and bend more on this line. One step between each pole.

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics 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 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. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS) December 2019


t should not be a surprise that more than 60% of horse owners enjoy nature through trail By Stan Walchuk Jr., Blue Creek Outfitting riding. No matter what discipline you intended when you bought your horse, what your financial standing is, or what the economy is doing, trail riding keeps us connected with our horses and with nature. Horse camping is simply trail riding with enough gear to stay overnight. It adds a new dimension to your relationship with horses. Adventure! new country, scenery, trails, and learning more about yourself and your horses. Whether you love camping or would rather stick a needle in your eye, trail riding with pack horses can be a rewarding experience. It is difficult to predict how you and horse camping will get along until you try it. Through the years of helping literally hundreds of riders take horse camping trips it still comes as a surprise who thrives with the experience and who does not, but even the few who give it up are usually glad for the experience. There are many unknowns on camping trips. That is why it is called adventure. Some would have you believe that a new horror lies

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around every tree, be it bugs, bears, crossing water or getting lost. Nonsense! Pack trips are much safer than the drive getting there, or riding along your road at home. Horse camping is all about freedom. When we pack that last horse and say ‘giddy-up!’ it is like a big weight lifted off of our shoulders, the stress melts away with the first few steps. Let’s go horse camping! You need to prepare yourself, your horse, gear, transportation, and make choices about where to go. Be practical about where you are going and how you are going to get there. First time horse packers should try to make a trip an enjoyable experience rather than a huge adventure. Pick trails that are traveled and easier to follow. Avoid deep or dangerous water crossings or terrain that is too steep or too rugged. Get input from riders who have taken the trip before and from the riders in your group. Horse trailers spend the off season thinking of ways to sabotage your next trip. They are famous for failing lights, electric brakes, and wheel bearings. Check the trailer floor for rotten planks. Check over saddles and bridles for loose screws, worn and weathered latigo, billets, stirrups, fenders, etc. that should be repaired or replaced. Check the rigging to see that it is securely attached to the tree. Serious accidents can happen if faulty rigging lets go on the trail. Travel light. Lighter loads reduce the likelihood of saddle sores, cinch sores, foot and leg problems, and cumbersome bulk. Do not waste time and effort packing unnecessary items. If you have a 900 to 1200 pound pack horse, aim for a maximum of a 150 pound load per horse or less. Dead weight is harder on a horse than live weight. Reduced weight is less likely to sore a horse during use on long days and rough trails or if a load slips. One pack horse is minimum for two people on a one week camping trip but two pack horses is better. It will allow for less weight per horse and more gear and food to enjoy. Examine your personal gear with an eye toward warmth and comfort. Is your sleeping bag warm and comfortable? You do not need a large arctic type bag but it should be rated for colder weather than you expect. Is your footgear well fitting and warm and will they keep your feet dry and protected? Cowboy and riding type boots are adequate for day rides but a light hiking boot that fits easily in a large stirrup is more practical for trail conditions and poor weather. You will do more walking during a horse camping trip than a day ride. Take plenty of extra socks. A

vest that covers low on your backside is nice. A treated, quality cowboy hat is practical as it keeps off the rain, regulates body temperature in fluctuating weather, and protects your head and eyes when riding through brush. A tie string to keep it on your head is a good idea. A riding helmet is safer but it should be weather proof. Weatherproof yourself. Good rain gear, warm gloves and a toque are a must on most camping trips. You can wear a toque for sleeping during cold nights. A couple pairs of cheap thinsulate lined ski gloves make excellent camping and riding gloves, better than lined leather gloves, as they are warm, dry in wet weather, and dry out well. You do not need doubles on knives, cameras, pots, pans, cutlery, lantern, stove, etc. Simplify your pack system. Your bedroll, a gear bag (better yet, share one gear bag), a set of pack boxes, a day pack, and you’re off! Plan your food to the meal and do not take large sizes of ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc. Using freeze-dried back packers food is great but not necessary as there are many light meal ideas at your supermarket. Using horses does mean you can spoil yourself somewhat and take a steak, fresh fruit, peanut butter and jam, but weight adds up quick so be careful. Tape a waterproof list of what is in each box on the lid. Have your personal gear bag, bedroll, and pack boxes packed and ready to go at home. Be sure that opposing boxes, bed rolls and gear bags are weighed to be the same weight. Within one pound is ok but more than one pound difference is not ok. Keep your boxes at less than fifty pounds each, and your top pack of gear bags/bed rolls at less than twenty pounds. The best way to ensure that you are going to have an enjoyable horse camping experience is to use a friendly, sturdy, forgiving, easy to catch horse. I do not have the space to relate the countless stories about people and horses hurt, horses lost, and great

hardship because the wrong horses were taken on trail rides and camping trips. How do you know your horse is the right horse? Go back to basics. Basic foundation training is everything in a trail or pack horse. It needs to be soft, easy to control, respectful of your commands, and easy to catch. It must not spook at noisy objects, items hung from the saddle, or trail surprises. I will take a good, calm, friendly, green horse every time over a nervous, spooky, contrary horse even if it does have lots of training and use. Calm horses will get you through a tight spot rather than over react. If you are not sure about your horse then put in lots of riding hours close to home, until you have a sense of whether you feel good about your horse or not. Trail riding demands a pro active, hands on attitude, and, at times, appropriate discipline. Truthfully, some riders who may do well in short, planned, day rides may have too gentle a spirit to handle horses under horse camping conditions. Camping trips require horses standing tied for hours at a time while packing and saddling, hobbles for unfenced grazing, and possibly struggling through tangled forest, mud holes, and bog. Do not jump into a remote camping adventure before testing the water. There are good books and DVDs, and clinics that go a long ways in providing information on safety, trail tips, knots and hitches, packing up, wrangling, and horse care, for camping trips. Practicing technique at home will go a long way toward smoother trail rides. Our Blue Creek book and DVD are the two most complete on the market. Happy Trails!

On To Greener Pastures “Tequila” (APHA “EL BEE POCAHONAS”) July 3, 1993 - November 6, 2019 Great granddaughter of APHA Supreme Champion ‘Sky Bug Bingo’ Kind, Soft, Quiet, Bright Her eyes mirrored her soul Tequila will always stand tall and beautiful in our memory - Dave & Cheryle Hickman, Rein-Beau Ranch, 100 Mile House BC

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Enjoy the holidays and have fun shopping for all your beloveds! We have some great gift ideas on the following pages… do tell them you saw their offering in Saddle Up! 2019 Gift Guide Diamond H Tack THANK YOU everyone for your support in making 2019 a successful year. We have a huge selection of horsey giftware for CHRISTMAS including: cowboy collectibles, Painted Ponies, Breyers, games, books, cards, ornaments, calendars, frames, mugs, jewelry, wallets, ball caps and slippers. Outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and a huge variety of Western and English saddles and tack. Get their favourite treats, feed and supplements. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions for your horse enthusiast or canine friend. Visit our complete onsite custom repair shop and laundry service. We’re your one stop shop, with knowledgeable and friendly staff!


Hickman Saddlery has some great gift ideas for that special someone. How about a back cinch Bottle Holder with hand-tooled leather work ($79); or a Cowboy Toilet Seat with premium quality solid wood decorated with genuine leather and brass nail heads ($129) - note: because these items are made with real cowhide, design and colour will vary; or a leather Cowboy Wine Rack holder to show off your bottles (3rack holder $74).

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Cole’s Western Wear The Kix’ N’ Bux coat is the ideal coat for all your riding needs. Unlike heavy oilskin coats, it is lightweight and supple. Waterproof and durable, it will not get damp, stiff, smelly, or heavy and is machine washable. EquiPedic saddle pads (for all disciplines)… There is no other saddle pad like it! EquiPedic, Inc. has utilized the latest in space age technology and proven existing technology to bring you the ultimate in equine comfort! A saddle pad that actually lowers the body surface temperature of your horse, increases the transcutaneous oxygen levels of your horse's back, increases energy levels, and speeds muscle recovery. All while protecting its back!

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Highland Tack & Feed Supply What horse lover wouldn't want a saddle for Christmas?! We have a huge selection of new and used saddles at incredibly affordable prices. If you can't make it in to browse, check our Facebook page or let us know what you're looking for; with usually over 30 in stock, we have just about every size, style and quality of saddle you could hope for, from kid’s saddles to something that would suit a professional.

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OF Le Tack Truck Once again Christmas is nearly upon us! Let us help you shop for the equestrian in your life as we have lots of great gift and stocking stuffer ideas! We are also so excited to introduce NEW lines such as SPICED EQUESTRIAN and NAG BAGS just in time for the holiday season. Shop in store or online at www. and enjoy our new flat rate shipping of just $5! Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Cariboo Outback Staying warm has never looked this good! Sheila's Delight Jacket offers a sleek finish while keeping the functionality. Outback Trading Oilskin coats will keep you warm all winter. The cotton fabric breathes, while still blocking the wind and rain. Our Men’s Deer Hunter Jacket is specifically designed for the huntsman in mind, equipped with pleated pockets to extend to fit your essentials! And they are both on sale now!

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2019 Gift Guide EC Ventures Rodeo Equi-Orb – A Success Story! I had a 13-month-old colt that severed a tendon travelling 2 ½ hours. My vet gave me two options, “euthanize him” or “lock him up for 6 months” – “no exercise, nada nothing.” I took the second option. His recovery was slow and painful. Now being almost 2 years old I bought a ball from a store to help his inquisitiveness, boosting his confidence on things that move, and then progressing to a much larger ball. His confidence grew exponentially, releasing hidden play drive. Now at 19 years old, my go-tohorse has never been lame! Introduced correctly, the Rodeo Equi-Orb ball works! A perfect gift for your favourite pal!

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Champion Horse Blankets Did you know that we are Canadian owned? Now owned by an amateur rider out of Maple Ridge BC and striving to be your blanket choice! Check out our new colours this year – all blankets are 1200 Denier and waterproof and adjustable up front giving you flexibility in sizing. The regular necks have rings to attach hoods and all blankets include surcingle straps across the belly and 2 hind leg straps. We carry rain sheets in sizes 54”-94” (high neck options available as well) and heavier blankets in 72”-94”. Also new this year, our moisture wicking coolers! The blankets are light weight, with a waffle weave like material, great to use after a hard ride or as a layering option limited sizes available.

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TOP DOG! A Dog's Christmas Story - by Dawn Ross, © December 2010 My early life has had some extreme ups and downs. I have felt extreme cold, comforting warmth, abandonment, and companionship. It took two Christmas’ for me to find what a dog’s life should really be like.


was born in a cold cage. But I had my mom, my brothers and sisters, and a meager blanket on the floor. My mother kept me warm and fed me well so I grew fast. At first, I only felt and smelled my family, but then I was able to see them as well. And as soon as my limbs grew strong, I was able to play with them too. But this comfortable time was not to last. Soon a few of my brothers and sisters and I were taken away from our mom. Our tiny little world suddenly grew into a big scary place. When we were crammed in a tiny crate and taken out of the building where my mom lived, we saw the vast outside world for the first time. But we saw only a glimpse before

We are thankful for our customers and your patronage in 2019. May your wishes and dreams come true.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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we were put in the back of a truck. The ride took all day and we were not fed and did not have anything to drink. By the time our crate was taken out of the truck we were hungry, thirsty, and we were a mess with urine and feces. The man who took us brought us to a woman. She bathed us, fed us, and gave us water but did not comfort us or even speak to us. But we were put in a much nicer cage. We had warmer blankets and the floor was not all wire. And someone actually cleaned up our messes when we made them. We also had visitors who came to play with us. We had never experienced the joy of being petted and played with by people before and we thoroughly loved it. One by one, some of these people took one of my brothers and sisters away with them. It didn’t take long for a man and woman to take me away too. They took me to an older woman who took very good care of me. But I was lonely. I missed my brothers and sisters and I would sometimes cry. The older woman often comforted me and by the time three days had passed, I was a much happier pup. On the fourth day, very early morning, the man and woman came back. They put a big red bow around my neck and took me to their home. I was to spend a few moments in a dark box where I cried and cried. But my crying must have worked because soon I heard some children’s voices. They tore the lid off the box and it was the happiest moment for us all. Life with this family was much different than it had been the brief moments with the older woman. I was left all alone in a crate most of the day. When the family got home, I was so excited that I jumped up and down and licked everyone. But they were not as happy to see me. The children cried, the parents yelled. And I got put outside. By the time I was let back in, I was put back in the crate for the night. One day, I must have done something very very bad. I got an awful spanking and was thrown into the crate and taken to the car. They took me to this big place with lots of other dogs and left me there. I was put in a wire cage all by myself and never saw my family again. My cage was not as bad as the one I had lived in as a newborn pup. I had a warm blanket, sometimes I had toys, and there

were always people who fed me, pet me, and cleaned up after me. Sometimes people would take me out for a walk. The only really bad part about this place was all the noise. But I was only there for a few weeks when a very nice man took me to his home. He was a nice man but sometimes he forgot to feed or water me. He potty trained me somewhat. I learned that I was supposed to make my messes outside, but sometimes he would forget to let me out. Despite these occasional minor inconveniences, I was an overall satisfied dog. I lived with this man all through the summer and fall and was growing to be a very big dog. One day, while looking outside the fence, I saw another dog. I was so excited and agitated at the same time that I started jumping up and down. And lo and behold! I found that I could jump over a certain low part of the fence. The owner of the other dog put me back inside and told my man. But he never fixed the fence. A few days later, I jumped that low part of the fence again and went to visit the neighbourhood. At first, visiting the neighbourhood was very exciting. There were smells of food, other dogs, more people, and even different animals of which I have never smelled the likes of before. But then I got lost and I couldn’t find my way back. I almost got hit by a car twice. Some people threw things at me

TOP DOG! in anger. And no one offered me any food or water. The outside world became a cold and scary place. I began to avoid people for fear of being kicked or having something thrown at me. I rummaged through garbage cans in order to eat. When it snowed, I found a small dark place under a patio and slept. This place became my refuge. The patio was attached to a building where I often heard a lot of people inside. And sometimes whenever someone came outside, they put a lot of really nice food in the garbage can. One very cold evening when I was going through the garbage can, a woman from the building came out and caught me. I ran away as fast as I could before she could hurt me. But her voice stopped me short. She wasn’t shouting at me. She was calling me. She wasn’t calling my name, of course, but I knew she was talking to me. Her voice was so sweet that I turned around to look back. She was squatting down and making a bunch of sweet kissing noises. I cautiously slunk my way back towards her. And when she reached out to pet me, I rolled over on my back in submission. She rubbed my tummy lovingly and I knew that I was safe. Despite how frightened I was of a place with a bunch of people, I let her lead me inside the building. The building was warm and cozy and decorated with a bunch of shiny lights and a big tree which reminded me of when I was brought to my first home. The woman gave me a warm and delicious meal and water which was not frozen over with ice. She took me to her home that night and made me a nice warm bed. In the morning, she took me outside on a leash. I have never been on a leash before and wasn’t sure what to think. But with her warm assurances, I quickly learned that all I needed to do was walk with her and only stop once in a while to go to the bathroom. After that, she gave me a bath. The bath was nothing like the bath I had been given at the pet shop. It was actually fun. She didn’t just wash me, she played with me. And when she was done, she brushed me with care and tenderness instead of with mundane rapidity. After that, I was taken back to the building again. I met a lot of people there and was a little scared at first. But with her assurances I soon warmed up to everyone. I had forgotten what it was like to be around people and I enjoyed every moment of it. I soon learned that this building was part art gallery and part work shop. The people who came regularly, including the woman, were artists. Sometimes strangers came to visit to look at the art – and to pet me. Going home at night and coming to the art gallery during the day became our regular routine. I was called Scamp and everyone loved me. I loved everyone too, but I loved the woman most of all. It was with her that I experienced my second Christmas. This time was better because I wasn’t the gift in the box and I received gifts instead. I was never put in a cage again and was very seldom ever left alone. People played with me and pet me regularly. I always got my meals and even got special treats like biscuits and bones. I was never thirsty and was taken out regularly for walks or trips to the park. I am on my twelfth Christmas now and life is still as good as it was ten years ago when I first met the woman. The turbulence of my youth is gone. My first Christmas family didn’t work out, but I found something better. I found someone who was prepared to handle all the responsibilities involved in my happiness and well-being. And now Christmas is a very special time of year, one in which I will cherish for the rest of my days.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office BC EQUINE EDUCATION SUMMIT RETURNS APRIL 2020


t’s Back! BC’s premiere Equine Education Conference will once again be bringing you top internationally recognized professionals presenting the latest findings in equine health, welfare and training.

APRIL 24-26, 2020 Where: Quality Inn and Conference Centre 36035 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford, BC Tickets: $200+GST Full Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday) $125+GST Single Day Saturday Pass $125+GST Single Day Sunday Pass Tickets available for purchase at Speakers & Topics ~ Dr. Brian Nielsen, Ph.D., PAS, Dpl. ACAN Professor Equine Exercise Physiology Department of Animal Science Michigan State University ~ Dr. Tania Cubitt “Microbiome of the hind gut and intestinal tract.” ~ Professor Paul McGreevy BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, MACVS (Animal Welfare), Cert CABC, Grad Cert Higher Ed. VetCompass Australia (Chair of Board) “The health and welfare issues relating to the use of bridles and nosebands.” ~ Dr. Christine Fuchs is a Veterinary Specialist for horses at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. “Silent suffering: Lack of REM sleep in horses.” ~ Dr. Jan Ladewig DVM PhD “Equitation Safety, everything about your safety in connection with horses.” ~ Dr. Katherine (Kate) Robinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Equine Practice) More Information & Schedule to come!

THE PONY TAILS KIDS CLUB COLOURING BOOK IS HERE The Pony Tails Book of Colouring Fun is packed full of fun facts, colouring and games. Order yours now from the Horse Council BC Bookstore or it is also available online through, Barnes and Noble and Friesen

Press! Authored by our very own Alice the Pony and illustrated by Sandy Underwood. It makes a great gift for the horse crazy kid in your life!

HCBC HONOURARY LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP GRANTED TO GORD MACKENZIE HCBC is proud to announce that Gord Mackenzie has been granted an Honorary Lifetime Membership at our November 2019 Board Meeting. Gord Mackenzie is a long-time volunteer at Horse Council British Columbia, and has been outstanding in his contribution to the organization. Gord first served on the HCBC Board of Directors in 1997 as Back Country Horsemen of BC’s Affiliate Director, and has served nearly continually since that time, most recently as a Director at Large. During his time on the HCBC board, Gord was Treasurer at a time when the organization greatly benefitted from his expertise and sound financial management, aiding us in moving to a robust financial model. He brought with him an appreciation and knowledge of technology and business tools from his professional experience, and shared them willingly. Gord established budgeting tools, encouraging investment in technology and staff that has led to the growth and financial stability of HCBC. Over the years, Gord has served on the Horse Council Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Service Agreement Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Nomination Committee. He is generous with both his time and knowledge, and has mentored and encouraged other directors and staff in their development. He has served both officially and un-officially in the important job of board recruitment. Gord Mackenzie retired from his successful business and has dedicated much of his time and expertise to Horse Council BC and other groups. In 2012 Gord received the Sport BC Presidents Award for outstanding volunteer service. He is the Past Provincial President of Back Country Horsemen of BC

Liz Saunders, Gord Mackenzie and Gary Patterson

HCBC Executive Director Lisa Laycock, Gary Patterson, HCBC Senior Program Director & Manager of Agriculture & Industry Kelly Coughlin, and Gord Mackenzie and was awarded a lifetime membership from BCHBC. It is because of Gord Mackenzie’s truly outstanding contribution to Horse Council BC that we are proud to present him HCBC’s Lifetime Membership. Gord’s strong business acumen, coupled with his approachable and thoughtful nature, have been influential in implementing sound business decisions to successfully steer HCBC policy and programs. Lifetime Membership is an acknowledgement of Gord Mackenzie’s exceptional contribution to our organization and to the larger equine community.

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

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2019 EC Convention: A Royal Wrap-Up

Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to thank the delegates, speakers and supporters who helped to make the first-ever EC Convention held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto, ON an inspirational and valuable weekend. The Convention featured a variety of educational, networking and social events from November 1-3 that provided up-close and personal experiences with elite equestrian athletes and industry experts, and allowed Canadian equestrians to get engaged with vital new EC programs and initiatives.

EC Strategic Initiatives Plan Report Card

The 2019 EC Convention kicked off on November 1 with a Welcome Social, which hosted a special presentation from EC President, Meg Krueger. Delegates were provided an exclusive first look at the EC Strategic Initiatives Plan 2019 Report EC President, Meg Krueger Card, created based on the results of an opened the 2019 EC extensive survey conducted in July 2019 Convention with a special regarding the Plan. presentation of the EC “The purpose of creating the Strategic Strategic Initiatives Plan Initiatives Plan is to actively shape the 2019 Report Card. future of our sport and industry and not just wait for it to happen,” said Krueger in her opening remarks. Through the Plan and the Report Card, we are investigating and seeking answers to the questions, ‘How can we better plan for the future? How can we better operate today? What do we want our equestrian landscape to look like in five years?’”

Safe Sport

The Safe Sport session provided an in-depth look at the international Safe Sport movement to end abuse and misconduct in sport, and the steps being taken at the federal government level and by EC to foster a safe environment for all sport participants. EC Complaint Manager, Brian Ward of W&W Dispute Resolution spoke about the hard truth of today’s sport environment, stating, “If we do not take action and implement safe sport protocols, sport will die. Parents won’t put their children in a sport if they can’t feel confident they will be in a safe environment.” He continued, “It’s not enough to put processes in place. There is an education element to all of this. We have to help people understand what ‘the wrong things’ are. We have to educate people on two things; the level of conduct expected, and the importance of reporting misconduct. That’s how we will make a difference.”

Coach Licensing

Further details on EC’s Coach Licensing Program were unveiled during Convention, highlighting the vision of every equestrian and instructor becoming licensed and certified by 2025 to meet societal expectations of providing a respectful, safe and inclusive experience for current and future equestrian participants. More information, including Coach License types, benefits, costs 32 • December 2019


and requirements were also launched on the EC website at www. To conclude the session, delegates were asked to actively participate in a live Q&A, with each table taking time to discuss and present their top question regarding the Coach Licensing Program. All questions were also submitted to EC at the end of the session, and will be reviewed and responded to, plus used to help further develop the online FAQs.

The Future of Equestrian Competition in Canada

Key findings of Phase 1 of the EC Competition and Structural Alignment Committee (CSAC) project were outlined, showcasing EC Competition and Structural the extensive data mining that Alignment Committee members has provided the opportunity to (l to r on stage), Chris Sorensen, examine equestrian sport in Canada Anna Johnson, Craig Collins in a whole new light. and Douglas Duncan, presented The end goal of Phase 1 of delegates with exciting findings the Competition and Structural from Phase 1. Alignment project was to answer the question, ‘Does the current competition pathway provide a coherent flow and appropriate progression from stage-to-stage?’ However, EC High Performance Manager and CSAC Project Manager, Anna Johnson spoke to how the collection of competition data has had additional unexpected, but remarkable outcomes. “This approach to data collection, visualization and analysis was a first in Canadian equestrian sport history, and has provided EC with the building blocks for regular competition and program design review. Helen Richardson, Coordinator, The investment in data Technical Programs – Coaching & visualization and analysis will Education, leads delegates through a significantly support other areas demo of movements from the Rookie of the organization’s business Riders program development initiatives, increase the ability to report to funders and compellingly engage with partners.” “I want to thank everyone for their passion, engagement and participation in Convention,” said EC Interim CEO, Yves Hamelin in his closing remarks. “There is alignment on the desire to change and we need to keep the EC Interim CEO, Yves momentum going. What I see from everyone Hamelin, provided final is that there is a commitment to bold results remarks to bring the and bold progress and that’s what the past few 2019 EC Convention to days here have represented.” a close.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


am sure our members are looking forward to our annual Christmas Party at the end of November! Always a good time – especially the ‘games’ that are created for us! It was great to see our members Tom Nobles and his granddaughter Abby at the Mane Event in Chilliwack doing a Morgan horse demo – and Tom did his bridle-less! Very nice indeed! We will be having our AGM at some time in February or March – so stay tuned for date and location. Our annual Tack Sale has been booked again at the Armstrong Curling Club for Saturday, March 28, 2020 and we will have tables available for rent to sell your new or used tack, etc.

Our Pot O Gold Show has been booked for the June 20-21 weekend at the Armstrong fairgrounds, with the possibility of a Working Equitation clinic on the Sunday (which is quite exciting news!) – more to be told in the coming months. Just my own question… why is it there are so many Morgan horse owners out there, but they do not belong to our club? If we had more members (meaning more volunteers too, smiley face) we could offer more events! Interested to join us? Call our president Mr. Tom Nobles at 250-838-2228 or visit our club Facebook page. We just want to share our love of Morgans!

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Sandra Harper


he Alberta Donkey and Mule Club held its fall general meeting on October 19 in Stettler Alberta. Membership reported 7 new families were signed up at the Mane Event, and 4 new families joined at the Long Ears Days. Long Ears Days committee reported the event was very successful and the new location in Stettler seemed to work very well for the club. Grizzly Bear Coulee Trail ride saw 8 riders cover 47 km over three days. Several members reported participating in an obstacle weekend at Bellereeva. The club was well represented in the Great Canadian Mule Race at the Bruce Stampede. Work is continuing on the club’s web page. It is planned that the

.ca and .com pages will soon be completely merged and in a new easy to update format making it much easier to keep members informed. A booth will be booked so the club can return to the 2020 Mane Event in Red Deer. Members will again participate in the breed demos with plans to include mini donkeys. A committee was formed to organize an in-hand practice day to be held sometime in June which will give people with young stock and minis a great chance to participate. It was decided to book the Stettler Ag grounds again for August 8-9 weekend for Long Ears Days 2020 and a committee was developed to start organizing this fun weekend, which will again be held in conjunction with the Taste of the Heartland.

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s an athlete, you need to take responsibility to ensure you have good body awareness and posture when you ride so that when you initiate even the slightest movement in your position, you will know and expect your horse’s response. Horses can’t achieve both good balance and self-carriage if you are unable to maintain your own self-carriage through proper position. Therefore, an understanding of the dynamics of the seat and back is essential. Why not Let Becoming a Better Rider, to help you become the Best you can be? Your horse will love you for it! Happy Riding! Gina Now available in e-book Kindle Edition, 156 pages, Kindle Price $9.99 Published October 21st 2019 by Equifit Production Services ASIN B07ZDP292Q

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


ur Annual General Meeting and elections was held on November 5 at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. We are excited to have some new faces on the Board and look forward to a great 2020. The AERC is proud to announce the 2020 Board of Directors: President – Carmen Letawski Vice President – Sheryl Terpsma Secretary – Emily Stobbe Treasurer – Lauri Meyers Executive Director – Donna Holland Director – Roy Terpsma Director – Patti Thomas Director – Alana Vos-Lindsay Director – Alissa Korberg Director – Anne-Marie Wass Director – Cathy Destree-Puetter Junior Council – Vienna Meyers Junior Council – Lynndsay Terpsma We would like to announce that Isabel Postill has been made a Lifetime Sponsor of the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. Her generous donation of trophies has allowed the Club to upgrade some older awards and allow us to have more categories and winners. These exquisite trophies will be, and are, treasured. Don’t forget our meetings for 2020 will be on the first Tuesday of

The Board hard at work! 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. 2020 Show dates have been booked: April 19, May 31, June 28, August 16 and September 27. We will still be in the Armstrong Agriplex and start time remains at 9:00 am. Updates will be on our website, and Facebook page. 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.

Canadian Tennessee Walking Horse News By Kristy Coulter


inter is upon us and it’s time to get out and enjoy the snow and our Tennessee Walkers. The Canadian Tennessee Walker is very versatile and many of our members enjoy the winters driving their horses. There is nothing like a sleigh ride on a sunny winter day! These sleigh rides are a great time to start training your Canadian Tennessee Walker for the driving levels. Level 1 is nice and easy and you don’t need to invest in harness to do it. You can use a surcingle, a saddle with the lines through the stirrups, or just long lines attached to the bit. For Driving Level One, the flat walk is the only gait asked for. You will need to ground drive your Canadian Tennessee Walker through obstacles such as upright poles, do several changes of direction, maneuver through 10 poles on the ground, be able to halt for 30 seconds and do a 20 metre circle in both directions. Driving Level Two is done with the horse hitched to the sleigh or buggy. A pleasure pattern is requested and must contain certain elements. Some of these elements are: changes of direction, 20 metre circles, halts and backing up. These can easily be videoed in a field at home or in an arena. Driving Level Three is a combined obstacle driving course with the horse hitched to a sleigh or buggy. The Programs give several obstacles that could be used, but your course only needs to contain 10. Some of the suggestions are cones, a bridge, water and backing up 20 feet. Again this could be done at home or you could try entering a driving competition and have a friend video it for you. If you are interested in doing the Driving Levels with your Canadian Tennessee Walker, you can check out our website at There is

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a lot of support for anyone wanting to do any of our Canadian Triple Challenge Programs, which include the Program For Excellence and the Ride/Drive/ALT Program as well as the part of the Training Levels Challenge I described above. If you are not sure where to start, follow us on Facebook and reach out to our members. We are always ready to give you a helping hand.

Alynn Ward and Rocky

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Oliver & District Riding Club By Max Alexander


s the weather reminds us daily that we are approaching winter the O&DRC has held its final riding event of the year. Our Halloween Show was a great success despite the fact that it was a rather cold and at times damp day. That did not keep the ghosts and ghouls away as they were very much a part, and the general opinion was, a welcome part of the proceedings! You can see from the photos that the stars of the show were Tessa Hopp (along with Mum Sasha of course) and Donna Cooke who won the Trick or Treat Trail Challenge Event, and Debbie House who won the “Best in Show Costume event. We would like to thank all the club members who put so much effort into ensuring that the show was a terrific… or is that… terrifying success. The club has had a good year but we have to confess that the members are aging and it is difficult to encourage young guys to get into or even onto horses. We will however keep trying and we are working on some great ideas for the future. One that should appeal to them is we are going to engage in shooting from horseback both with pistols and maybe bows and arrows. We will be brainstorming in committee over the winter so watch for our programme as it develops next year on our club Facebook Page. I would like to thank our club officers Dawn MacRae, Trish Osland, Maggie Strong, Margie Fisher and Debbie House for keeping the club going with their enthusiasm and effort on behalf of all the club members. Also a big thank you to all the club members for being part of our successful club. This will be my last article for Saddle Up as I am retiring from the club having been a member for some years serving as President for four years and this past year as Vice-President. I have so enjoyed the company of our wonderful members, many who are now dear friends. Good luck to all who ride and love horses throughout BC. Thanks to Nancy Roman for such a useful and informative publication with Saddle Up. Remember Ride Safe, wear a helmet and always, always stay inspired by horses.

From the November issue... It’s a Honey Extractor (belonging to Walter Furlong). It is a sample unit (almost miniature) that the traveling salesmen would take for display and to demonstrate to potential customers. It is estimated that this unit is close to 80 years old. Congratulations to: Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House BC From the October issue... (the Butter Press) John Isley, Barrhead AB Len Taylor, Armstrong BC Yvonne Olson, Courtenay, BC Colleen Ross, Merritt BC Virginia Wasieczko, Smith AB Faye Gustafson, Merritt BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB

This is quite easy to figure out… BUT can you guess the era that they originate? Tessa Hopp and her Mum Sasha. Winners of the Junior Costume class.

(l to r) Donna Cooke, Debbie House, Maggie Strong

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to 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@ for details. December 2019


BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By Julie Karlsen


ellow cutters got together again for our 2019 BCRCHA annual year-end Awards Banquet & Barn Party on October 5 in Langley BC. Members celebrated highlights of the year in ambiance of a true western ranch style banquet. 50/50 draw, fire pit draw, and prize draws... it was a great time! We would like to thank all of our buckle sponsors, prize sponsors and ALL of our sponsors who supported the Fraser Valley’s only ‘Grassroots’ club in 2019; not to mention all of those incredible people who give their precious time volunteering to make it an amazing year - You Rock! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association. See you in the sandbox... 2020! Our 2019 BCRCHA Year-end winners Open: 1st - Smart Little Anne (ridden and owned by Lois Clough) 2nd - Boonlight N Jewel (ridden by Kathrine Kowalik, owned by Lisa Mowat) Non Pro: 1st - Deb Hall (riding Sanjo Royal) 2nd - Lorn McAvany (riding Hylyte Sliding Chase) 3rd - Erin McKay-Schweiger (riding Shirley Shimmer) 2,000 LR: 1st - Janice Reiter (riding Canadian Forces) 2nd - Julie Karlsen (riding SQH Thriftshop) 3rd - Dale Jarvis (riding PF Scription Man) 1000 Open: 1st - Pistol Packin Micha (owned and ridden by Patti MaGrath) 2nd - Dual R Choice (ridden by Anna Gimblett, owned by Azyiana Begg) 3rd - Sweet N Salty (ridden by Cayley Wilson and Anna Gimblett, owned by Lori-Jo Balanchoff)

750 Ranch Horse: 1st - Hickory Traveln King (ridden by Bailey Underwood) 2nd - Running with Wolves (ridden by Jill Hamilton) 3rd - Dual R Choice (ridden by Azyiana Begg)

Amy Bratebo, winner of headstall in the show entry prize draw

500 Limit Rider: 1st - Tracy Brown (riding Olenas Rio Drift) 500 Ranch Horse: 1st - Shesa Quick Cat (ridden by Kathryn Dolphin) 2nd - Sweet Peas Starlight (ridden by Colleen MacDonald) 3rd - Smoke Shesa Rising (ridden by Kathrine Kowalik) Youth: 1st - Ryley-Ray Wilson (riding Jewellers Out) 2nd - Kristen Burke (riding Docs Sandee Freckle) 15K Am (SADDLE CLASS): 1st - Lois Clough (riding Smart Little Anne) 2nd - Dale Javis (riding PF Scription Man) 3rd - Deb Hall (riding Sanjo Royal)

Grassroots Incentive trophy headstall, winner Julie Karlsen, sponsored by Paton & Martin Vet Services and presented by David Paton and Kathrine Kowalik

1000 Non Pro: 1st - SQH Thriftshop (ridden by Julie Karlsen) 2nd - Pistol Packin Micha (ridden by Patti MaGrath) 3rd - OK Smart N Chex (ridden by Deb Murray)

Gerry Sharpels award winner Robyn Dubord, presented by Kathrine Kowalik

Custom saddle winner Lois Clough, sponsored by Dominic Transport and presented by Lori-jo Balanchanoff and President Kathrine Kowalik 36 • December 2019


Party time for our youngest members Macen and Amanda having dinner by the fire

Special ‘high five’ to Amanda Fill for help securing our judges for the year and also working with buckle manufacturer Skyline Silversmiths in California. Cheers Mandy!

Dale Jarvis winner of Classic Equine air flow boots in the show entry prize draw

Progressive Rider award winner Dwayne Slater, presented by President Kathrine Kowalik

BC Cutting Horse Association By Cheri Smeeton | Photos by Janice Reiter


very big THANK YOU to our exhibitors, our cowboys and turn back help, our directors, volunteers and sponsors that helped make 2019 a successful one.


CCHA DAVE ROBSON $500 LIMITED RIDER - Greta Wurtz & SanTaris Dual Oak HIGH POINT RIDER — Travis Rempel HIGH POINT HORSE —This Cats Max

NON PRO Sponsored by Super Save Gas Champion - Doug Wiens & This Cats Max Reserve Champion - Haley Stradling & Swampware, Mike Stradling owner


OPEN Sponsored by Clint Ellis Cattle Co. Champion - Travis Rempel & This Cats Max, Doug Wiens owner

$50,000 AMATEUR Sponsored by Clint Ellis Cattle Co. Champion - Janice Gray & CtrSmart Jazzy Boon $35,000 NON PRO Sponsored by Troy Fisher Silverworks Champion - Sandra Horne-Price & Caughtin Hickin $15,000 AMATEUR Sponsored by Super Save Disposal Champion - Doug Vandekerkhove & Rio Merada Reserve Champion - Colin van den Brink & Catsonova 3rd Place - Penelope Broad & Bosses Dreamgirl $25,000 NOVICE HORSE Sponsored by Kami Countertops Champion - Lois Lain, James Mann owner, Travis Rempel rider $5,000 NOVICE HORSE Sponsored by Wales Equine Veterinary Services Champion - Boon Onthe Moon, Dwight Fisher owner, Travis Rempel rider $2,000 LIMITED RIDER Sponsored by Craig & Sandy Cook Champion - Michelle van den Brink & Catsonova, Colin van den Brink owner Reserve Champion - Laura Connell & Dfl Hickorys Badger 3rd Place - Meredith Simister & Dreamin Sweet $5,000 N.H. NON PRO Sponsored by Dr. David Ciriani Champion - Haley Stradling & Sdp Tr Quiver Rey Reserve Champion - Lois Clough & Smart Little Anne

Janice Gray & Ctr Smart Jazzy M Boon

Greta Wurtz & San Taris Dual Oak

Travis Rempel & Lois Lain

OPEN DERBY Sponsored by Norcan Fluid Power Ltd. Champion - Little Fashonista, Meaghan Huffman owner, Kaylan Eek rider Reserve Champion - Rh Pepto Driven, owned by Ventures Reid Equity, Travis Rempel rider 3rd Place - Spotalilcatbaloo, Greg Birchard owner, Kaylan Eek rider

Michelle van den Brink & Prettiest Cat Yet

OPEN DERBY NON PRO Sponsored by Dwight & Kathi Fisher Champion - Cd Stylin Cat Play, Robin Hay owner & rider

Haley Stradling & Sdp Tr Quiver Rey

Sandra Horne-Price & Caughtin Hickin

Doug Vandekerkhove & Rio Merada

Doug Wiens & This Cats Max

Robin Hay & CdStylin Cat December 2019


Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill | Photos courtesy of RGM Photography


ongratulations to all the yearend Awards Winners for 2019 that received awards and prizes at our Banquet in November! All of us at Langley Riders Society would like wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in the 2020 season.

Ryan Springman

October Show Results: ENGLISH Senior High Point - Maddy Shannon / Reserve - Sasha Penner Junior High Point - Alex Harvey / Reserve - Ryan Young Tiny Mite High Point - Ryder Zachanowicz Walk Trot High Point - Kristen Mozel / Reserve - Bobbi Kellen WESTERN Senior High Point - Maddy Shannon / Reserve - Sasha Penner Junior High Point - Alex Harvey / Reserve - Reese Zachanowicz

Julie Macmillan

Tiny Mite High Point - Ryder Zachanowicz Walk Trot High Point - Tamara Jamison October Games Results: George Burns - Kelly Porter Jack Benny - Heidi verHeyden Senior - Chrissy Paquette Intermediate - Kassie Selig Junior - Adrianna Gussen Tiny Mite - Ryder Zachanowicz Lead Line - Abby Paquette, Aiden Wiggins, Evelyn Paquette

Brooklyn Gildemeister

Jessie and Toby Austin

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


hat good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck

In late October, we had a fabulous clinic with Gina Allan. She got our bodies moving with her Equifit class on Friday evening, followed by a 2-day riding clinic. Gina helped us improve our posture, increase our fitness level, and become more effective riders. We also enjoyed a Pumpkin/Fall Leaves Group Trail Ride at Campbell Valley Park. It was a beautiful day for a ride with great people and wonderful horses. In November, we had a fun paint night with one of our talented members, Vivian Harder. She led us in an evening of painting. Artistic or not, it didn’t matter, as the company was excellent and the painting fun. The club enjoyed our annual Greenhawk Shopping Night at the Langley location. It’s always a good time to get some Christmas shopping done. The past month we also held an Intro to Working Cow clinic with

Pumpkin/Fall Leaves Group Ride 38 • December 2019


Carleigh Jensan at Fast Times. It was a great clinic that gave our horses a safe introduction to cattle. Our AGM was on November 19, followed by a potluck and slideshow of our members and their horses. As the holiday season comes upon us, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From our barn to yours. 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 in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2019 Upcoming Events: Christmas Party Pub Night Movie Night

At the Gina Allan clinic

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Breeders Incentive Auction We are pleased to announce that at the submitting of this article (early Nov) that we are well under way with stallions signing up for the auction! At present we have Mechanic, Mile High Club, Only The Best Will Do, Meant To Be, Mightty Mouse, Simply Terrific, Bux Dunnit Commando, Its All Too Good, Gators Dont Blink... Thank you to Tamara for your hard work so far! This is a very unique program in that half the funds raised from the stud fees go into the club as a fundraiser, the other half go into a yearling tri-challenge futurity open only to the get of stallions who donated. Also, those that win the breedings get a FREE entry to the futurity! Payouts have been ranging between $2,000-$3,000! So you get a breeding to a wonderful stud, support LMQHA, AND get a free

chance at a great payout! What a deal! Please stay tuned to BCQHA.COM for info and auction dates and the LMQHA Breeders Incentive Facebook page as well for info and to bid! Coming Events We are well underway with the Bazaar prep, planned for April 5, 2020! This will be the 50th Anniversary! Wow! We are always looking for help to plan this event and the day of also. Our shows etc. are TBA as at the submission of this article, the AGM hadn’t yet happened for approvals. We are looking into several options and ideas. We also encourage you to become part of the Show Committee to help the year be a success!

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

CQHA Offers New Recognition Awards In 2019 By Marnie Somers,


n behalf of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) we would like to introduce the CQHA award categories for 2019. CQHA is a proud international affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) which is the largest equine membership and breed registry in the world. With over 245,000 horses CQHA represents the largest breed in Canada. Our Association is honoured to offer recognition to the outstanding individuals who help promote the American Quarter Horse by using, owning, breeding, training, or volunteering. These awards are received and chosen by a committee made up of CQHA directors from across the country. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the CQHA website at: Some important dates and information are as follows: 1. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on December 15, 2019. 2. Awards will be presented at the CQHA AGM on February 15, 2020 in Saskatoon SK. 3. Winners unable to attend will have the option of participating though video conference. 4. The award categories are: Breeder Awards • Canadian AQHA Ranch Horse Breeder of the Year • Canadian AQHA Performance Horse Breeder of the Year

• Canadian AQHA Best Remuda of the Year

Trainer Award • Canadian AQHA Trainer of the Year

Youth Awards • Canadian AQHA Youth of the Year • Rising Star Award

Leadership and Development • Canadian AQHA Development Leadership Award

We look forward to receiving your nomination and learning more about you and your contribution to the industry. While CQHA membership is not a requirement to nominate someone or for someone to receive an award, we cordially invite everyone to join CQHA. Did you know Current AQHA members are eligible to become CQHA members AT NO ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP FEE? - Sincerely, The CQHA Nominations and Selections Committee, 2019 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Awards

December 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Seal Bay Nature Park Users Have Their Say By Terri Perrin, North Vancouver Island Chapter


hen the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) met to discuss upgrades to the 642-hectare Seal Bay Nature Park, they invited park users to have their say on the enhancements. One of the results of the public meetings and community collaboration between walkers, cyclists, runners and horseback riders is a newly expanded parking lot at 2201 Hardy Road, Courtenay, that has room for 62 vehicles and three truck and horse trailer units. There are also new picnic benches, a pit toilet, a horse manure containment area and even hitching rails. In addition, there were many upgrades to the existing trail network and the ‘horse and bike’ loop was rerouted, moving equestrians a safer distance from the busy traffic on Bates Road. “The 70+ members of the North Vancouver Island chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC were eager to provide input on the park enhancements because we are committed to the maintenance and development of all multi-use recreational trails in our region,” explains BCHBC member and CVRD liaison, Sharon Pickthorne. “In addition to providing feedback, we also regularly provide the Regional District with volunteers who help construct and maintain trails by doing everything from flagging routes, to trimming back overgrown vegetation, operating machinery, compacting gravel, and directing foot traffic around trail builders during work bees. In the last couple of years, about 30 BCHBC members have volunteered over 160 hours in Seal Bay Park alone.” Ron Crowther, president of the 260 member Comox Valley Road Runners, says that his organization – representing joggers – welcomed (and appreciated) the opportunity to give their input on this treasured wildlife habitat and trail network. “Contrary to our name, we don’t really run on the roads that often,” says Crowther

While both organizations are thrilled about the park enhancements, they remind all park users that there is basic trail etiquette that should be followed, to ensure safety for all. Those traveling by foot or bicycle must always yield to horses. If possible, approach horses head on, and don’t step off the trail where you may be hidden in the bush or in the shadows. (The horse will think you are a predator.) If a rider is struggling with a frightened horse, removing your bike helmet and speaking in a relaxed tone may be of assistance. Listen for any suggestions from the rider. If you are approaching horses from behind, slow down and stay well behind the horse. Call out to the rider and never assume that it is safe to ride by. The rider will likely want to turn their horse to face you and will advise you when you may safely continue past them at a slow speed or while walking your bike. New and improved trail signage that is planned to be installed later this fall will help to ensure that horseback riders and cyclists stay on their designated 10-kilometre loop and away from pedestrian only footpaths. This reduces the risk of rider/walker encounters and mitigates the issue of horse manure on pedestrian-only trails.

with a smile. “We prefer to get our exercise in the many multi-use recreational areas, like Seal Bay Park. Running on trails like those at Seal Bay provides softer footing and a more technical workout that involves the whole body. Not having to watch for vehicular traffic makes it more relaxing, too. Seal Bay Park, with its spectacular second-growth forest, is one of our favourite places to go and the new parking lot is a welcome addition.”

Learn more about: Back Country Horsemen at Comox Valley Road Runners at For park info, visit and search for Seal Bay Park. MEDIA CONTACTS: Back Country Horsemen of BC – NVI Chapter Sharon Pickthorne 250-337-1818 Comox Valley Road Runners Ron Crowther 250-338-8004

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

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Clubs & Associations 30 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


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Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 2/20

CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 8/20 12/20

CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION 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.


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20

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BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 9/20, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 3/20 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Carol McDonald, 5/20 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19




Visit our website for upcoming events






Hosting BCCHA, CCHA & NCHA Shows, Clinics and Youth Events.



BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 4/20


Certifying equine professionals such as riding coaches & equine facility managers. CHA accredits equine facilities for insurance discounts & publishes educational horsemanship manuals & hosts networking conferences. Visit To find a certified equine professional or accredited site visit

dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 11/20 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 | |

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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

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A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 6/20

Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club



Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323




or e-mail:

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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BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 2/20


Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 7/20 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 2/20


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5th of each month

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 9/20 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 11/20 December 2019


Clubs & Associations North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 7/20 OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20 7/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 9/20

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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins,, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 4/20

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 12/20 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 10/20 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 2/20 WELLS GRAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (Clearwater BC) www.wellsgrayriders. com, find us on Facebook! Gymkhanas, clinics, trails, drill team & more 2/20


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 9/20 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 4/20

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2020 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,

december – Merry Christmas!

1 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 10-Jan 4 CARAVAN FARM THEATRE Winter Production ‘The Nutcracker’, Armstrong BC, 15 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 22 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 27-31 BOXING WEEK SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC,

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CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required TACK SALE, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, table rentals Nancy 250-546-9922,

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CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR (50th Anniversary), Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,


More dates at Do you have your 2020 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! 42 • December 2019


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SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS RT LEATHER (Kamloops) 250-574-6838. Saddle & Tack Repairs (English & Western), Custom Leatherwork, 4/20

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TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 5/20 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/20

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Business Services TRAINERS/coaches

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 2/20

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) Clinics & Horse Training, Working Equitation, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Wilderness Trail. 7/20


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 7/20

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THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC), Horsemanship, Training, Rehab, Clinics, Horse lay-ups, 4/20

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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

Peruvian Paso Horses

We Have the Blues!

Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s Largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB.

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.

2020 Foals will be available sired by:

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


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One on right is a Tobiano Filly out of a Major Bonanza/Burnt Spur mare. One in middle is a Tobiano Colt out of a Peppy San Badger/Rey Jay mare. One on left is a Tovero Colt out of a Doc O’Lena/Three Bars mare. All are from our CV Dunit In Scribbles, a Doc Boomernic/Hollywood Dunit bred Stallion, which is also one of our main ranch working horses. He puts super minds on athletic beautiful foals.

2010 Amber Champagne AQHA Stallion Peppy San Badger, Hollywood Dun It 2007 Sooty Dunalino AQHA Stallion; Sugar Bar, Hollywood Jac 86 2008 Homozygous Black Tobiano APHA

$1,500 + GST each

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Colour V Ranch ~ 250-296-0186 (150 Mile House BC) 46 • December 2019

250-499-9159 (Keremeos BC)


Shop & Swap! Boarding


Double Delichte Stables

Full Board $325 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon  250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC 

For Sale

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 2/20


For Sale

Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES

THE HOME OF Solo-Ride AND OUR Signature Hoodies ®





Leather & Stitches Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store

The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/19


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong


EDGE Wholesale Direct


26129 - 31b Ave., Aldergrove BC • 604-857-2436



7 3,



29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988


December 2019


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