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Dear Editor… Hello Nancy: am hoping you can print the following announcement. Arion Therapeutic Farm is very excited to receive a grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation in the amount of $20,000 for our Therapeutic Riding Program! The grant allows us to continue to offer invaluable services to many individuals with diverse abilities. Thank you C.O.F for the fantastic work you do!


- Dustin Drader, Executive Director, Arion Therapeutic Farm, Kelowna BC

Dear Editor: just wanted to let your readers know how corrupt our system is in regards to theft of equines. Anyone can lease a horse from an unsuspecting horse owner. All they need to do once they have the horse in their possession is to put an illegal lien on the horse as the livestock lien act is very vague and they can do this without the owner knowing about it. Then they can take the horse to a cattle sale and have a relative purchase the horse for pennies on the pound. They don’t have to prove ownership as all that they need is a manifest to put the horse through the auction. If you don’t have a visible brand on your horse, you are out of luck. I had a horse stolen from me and this is the method they used. The RCMP are a joke; the officer treated me like a thief even though I had proof of ownership, emails, etc. that he would not even look at. In speaking with an RCMP member involved in the livestock division, and a brand inspector who is also very aware of this situation from the beginning… you would be surprised at how many people this has happened to. I write this to teach the public how easy it is to steal a horse and how to protect themselves. There are quite a few stories out there where people have been ripped off by not only boarding barns but horse trainers as well. I know that many people learned quite a bit about the system and what can happen to them. Link to the livestock lien act document/ID/freeside/00_96272_01 Link to the livestock lien declaration lhmr/forms/livestock_lien.pdf Link to the livestock manifest livestock_manifest.php


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From the Editor… Features New ‘Equine’ Coalition 5 American Horsewoman’s Challenge 6 Rescues (Part 1) 8 CDE Second Phase (Part 3) 10 Evaluating Hoof Health 12 Is Your Coach Full of…? 14 Canadian Western Agribition 16 Environmental Challenges 18 An Instructor/Trainer’s Perspective 20 Saddle Fitting (Blankets & Pads) 22

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ven though 2014’s ‘Year of the Horse’ is over, I say not… it should always be about the HORSES! Speaking of which, we have a few stories in this issue that may be of interest, including the introduction of a newly formed (equine) ‘Coalition’; and an eyeopening story on ‘Rescues’ (part 1); amongst many other good reads. Are you a riding instructor or trainer? Maybe you’ll share the same opinion of Stacy Sutton’s “Trainer’s Bobbi Perspective” article. You might want to post this one in your barn! I hope we have some Canadian horsewomen entering the American Horsewoman’s Challenge this year. As of our deadline no Canadians have yet entered. If you do… Let us know! Do check out our “What’s Happening” Calendar page… events and activities are pouring in! We may not be able to print all the dates in the magazine, but they are ALL on our website. Thanks again to Andrea Blair of Paper Horse Photography, for featuring my “Bobbi” (age 28) in her book “The Senior Horse Project,” amongst 44 other senior horses. Congratulations to all those that love (and ‘keep’) their older horses - they still have so much to give. (Andrea’s photo above is of Bobbi) And please REMEMBER, our new deadline is the 5th of each month to receive ads, articles, club news, etc. (with a few days grace of course). All the best,

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Making Educated Decisions! By Lynda M. Vanden Elzen and Sharon Wells-Ackermans Photo courtesy of Media-North


very dollar a horse rescue spends on veterinary costs is a dollar we no longer have for the endless list of everyday expenses like feed, housing, not to mention training, bedding, blankets, facility and equipment maintenance, etc. That’s why, last spring, Horse Protection Society of BC (HPSBC) formed a coalition of registered equine rescue charities called the Equine Veterinary Fund Coalition (EVFC). Joining the HPSBC are Circle F Horse Rescue Society, Greener Pastures Standardbred Rescue, and New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. The foremost mandate of the coalition is to raise funds for the veterinary care of all horses in our care, with the secondary objective of raising veterinary funds for other horse welfare initiatives throughout BC. In the future, the fund hopes to expand to include gelding and euthanasia programs, educational initiatives, and the formation of province-wide horse rescue standards and guidelines. To introduce the Coalition, Dr. Antonio Cruz, of Paton Martin and Cruz Veterinary Services will be hosting a series of six seminars about horse care and rehabilitation. All funds raised will benefit the EVFC. Dr. Cruz is the only Board Certified Rehabilitation Specialist in the Pacific Northwest, and has extensive experience on the faculty of Guelph University.

The next clinic will be held on February 26th at W.C. Blair Recreation Centre in Langley. The topic for this seminar is: Emergency Care: At home, at the show, on the trail, be prepared… you could save your horse’s life! Coming up in March will be Care of the Geriatric Horse: Knowledgeable geriatric care can keep your horse happy and useful in later life stages. The horse industry today is in crisis, and the resulting issues are too numerous and complex for one group to manage alone. Together, we can make a huge impact on the welfare of BC’s horses. For more information on our clinic series, or to register, visit our website at www.HorseProtectionSocietyofBC. com

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he American Horsewoman’s Challenge, a womenonly equestrian competition, is launching a nationwide crowdfunding campaign to help sustain the momentum created by the first event and fund expansion in 2015. The Horsewoman’s Challenge is a ten-month competition that recognizes and crowns the top female horse trainers in the United States and Canada. The competition is open to women trainers of any breed or in any discipline who would like to prove their skill and their horse’s talents in Liberty, Western Dressage and Ranch & Trail Versatility. The capital campaign, running through February 27, 2015, will help provide grassroots funding needed to continue shining the spotlight on these horsewomen. “The initial years of any equestrian competition are the toughest to sustain,” said event producer James Hutchins. “The crowdfunding initiative is a way for individuals, who believe in encouraging and honoring North America’s women trainers, to invest in keeping the momentum going.” The campaign is being hosted by Plum Alley, an online platform started by Deborah Jackson, who spent more than two decades on Wall Street helping clients raise money. Plum Alley helps entrepreneurs and innovators raise capital for women’s projects. According to the company, crowdfunding is an efficient and inexpensive way to increase access to capital for women-centered

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businesses. “Corporate sponsors, who are tasked with being good stewards of their company’s marketing dollars, are rightfully cautious of young startup events,” said Hutchins. “The crowdfunding initiative gives the Challenge the necessary capital to sustain the initiative, but also prove to potential sponsors the incredible interest in the Challenge and the fans’ commitment to its continued growth and success.” Contributors can choose one of several levels of support. Funding opportunities start as low as $30. Depending on the level of commitment, contributors receive incentives from t-shirts and membership in the Challenge Remuda Club to 2015 event tickets, invitations to VIP workshops and hotel accommodations. Those wishing to learn more about the American Horsewoman’s Challenge and be part of sustaining this unique event, can visit The American Horsewoman’s Challenge was founded to recognize and crown the top female trainers in the United States and Canada. The competition is open to women trainers of any breed or in any discipline. The initial competition was held in 2014. Entries for the 2015 competition are already being accepted. More information on the Challenge and how to enter is available at:

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Rescues: Help or Hindrance? Facts and Flags By Advocates for Equines

At a glance, your first impression of a “rescue” is great. We all make the assumption that, if a few people have come together to save a horse from a dire situation and give it a better life, these people must have the skills, experience and, importantly, the financial resources to “rescue” this helpless animal.


he unfortunate reality is there are rescue groups that are sadly lacking in all three of these areas. An example of the disservice unqualified rescues pose is that the mishandled horse can be re-abused over and over. There is only a financial gain to that society. The horse is left with no voice/no gain. Rescue groups run to both ends of the spectrum when it comes to professional care. There are many good rescue groups and individuals that are experienced horse people who are pragmatic and resourceful and do a fantastic job of helping the horses that so desperately need it. These are the organizations that we as horse people need to support and ensure the good work they do is understood by those not closely involved in the “horse world.” This is why a group of concerned equine professionals are bringing this to you, so you know the Facts and Flags. This is the start of a three-part series that will help you make educated decisions, whether you must surrender a horse to a rescue or are considering adopting.

FACTS What is a Not-For-Profit? A not-for-profit organization registered under the provincial or federal Society Act is similar to a for-profit or business corporation as it is considered to be a legal entity with an independent existence separate and distinct from its members. If an organization becomes registered as a “charitable organization” with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, it will be permitted to issue charitable tax receipts and will not pay tax on income. Not all not-for-profit groups are able to gain charitable status since this privilege is granted only to organizations that pursue the defined charitable causes of “relief of poverty, advancing education, advancing religion, and activities beneficial to the community as a whole.” Any organization which fails to benefit the community as a whole or has as their main purpose the promotion of a particular viewpoint could be denied charitable status. A not-for-profit rescue society, without charitable status, must follow several rules set out by the Government and explained thoroughly in the Society Act. Any profit, gain or dividend generated by a society cannot be distributed to any of its members. Societies must have a constitution or by-laws. Not all societies are registered (anywhere). Not all societies 8 • Saddle Up • February 2015

are registered to file income tax. Not all societies are incorporated. The Society Act provides that every Society must have a street address in British Columbia to which all communication, notices and court documents may be sent.

FLAGS Their adoption contract is unconstitutional, e.g. they can come onto your property without your permission. No person can demonstrate any former training or accountability to any other organization. Attendance to meetings is not welcomed, or invited, or meetings not even announced. Poor stable management practices, e.g. manure not picked up, all horses in one pen (special needs or sick with healthier animals, etc.), dangerous fencing, inadequate housing. No history on an animal, or is incomplete, inadequate or not revealed. No professional assessments completed or recorded on animals received or adopted out. No professional who is accountable and reputable who works consistently with the Society (i.e. trainer, veterinarian, farrier). No fixed address or moves frequently. Constant change of members and directors. Financial records not open to public (upon request). Does not reveal how many times any animal has been adopted out/returned. Any statement that cannot be verified or backed up. “Sadvertising” methods used. Statements used to force adoption, especially for those harder to adopt, e.g. “If you don’t take this one, we will be forced to euthanize.” Or, asking for donations after purchasing a horse from an auction. “I saved a horse at auction, now need money for food and board.” If the funds for care are not already available the horse has not been rescued. When considering giving money to a rescue or buying a horse from a rescue, these are just some of the points that are very important to consider. We will provide more facts and flags in the next issue. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Foundation Horsemanship 1 With Fawn Anderson By Kim Rienks


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oundation Horsemanship (FH) is part of a ‘Signature Series’ of clinics developed by Fawn Anderson (www. Brand new for 2015, FH is geared towards Natural Horsemanship students interested in learning more about the Vaquero style of riding in the Fawn Anderson tradition of Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman, in a ‘Parelli friendly’ environment. This series is meant as a supplement to the standard Horsemanship Levels, by placing more emphasis on specific topics. Feel, timing, flexion, softness, ‘life’, and quality of movement will be some of the topics covered. Half of the clinic focuses on groundwork to get your horse connected and teach you to time up with the feet, and the other half is ridden. Did you know that a large number of riders are forced to retire their horses due to mechanical breakdowns that could have been prevented by a better understanding of healthy movement? Particularly if they rode regularly? Learn how adding simple elements of Classical gymnastic schooling to your ground and riding creates healthier movement so you can enjoy your horse for many years to come. Because Fawn has studied around the world with internationally acclaimed horsemen such as: Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, Philippe Karl, Karen Rohlf, Walter Zettl, Silke Vallentin, Michael Wanzenreid, Larry Stewart, Steve Byrne, Ronnie Willis and Aimee Brimhall… she has been able to study all three areas of Classical, Natural & Vaquero Horsemanship and how they work together for the good of the horse. It is her unique ability to bridge the gap between these worlds that is sought after. Presented from a Parelli perspective, with the filter of psychology and adult learning, to get the most from this clinic, students should have a solid understanding of the basic principles around pressure, release, phases and zones. See Pat’s book ‘Natural Horsemanship’. A great video resource to prepare for the clinic is Buck’s ‘7 Clinics’ DVD set, Ground Work & Snaffle Bit DVD’s. Kim Rienks is organizing a clinic in Revelstoke BC for July 2527, 2015 at the Selkirk Saddle Club grounds on Airport Way. For more info visit or contact Kim at 250-814-1007, e-mail


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CDE Second Phase: Scoring Your Best on the Marathon By Judy Newbert In parts 1 and 2, we discussed the dressage test and the judge’s expectations. All of the work we have done on our dressage test will increase the horse’s maneuverability so that the obstacles can be executed in the shortest possible time with the smallest number of penalties.


he marathon tests the driver’s ability to condition his horse to do the marathon distance and to figure out how to drive the obstacles quickly. Again, like the dressage test, the expectations of the marathon are graduated, so Pre-Training is easier than Training which is easier than Preliminary, etc. The distances get longer, the speeds get faster and the obstacles get harder as the levels go up. In a Training-level marathon, you will be expected to drive three to five obstacles with a maximum of three gates (A-B-C) in each spaced within the eight to 12 kilometres of the marathon. You will not have to cross water and there will be no turns on slopes. You must travel at a trot between obstacles and can use a walk or trot in the obstacles. No cantering is allowed.

Conditioning For Training Level, the horse must be capable of going eight or more kilometres at a trot; this includes the time in the obstacles. If the course is hilly, the weather hot or humid, or the ground deep or sandy, the horse will have to be fitter or the driver will have to consider taking time penalties as a result of going more slowly on the course. The prize list will tell you what the required distance and speeds are for the marathon. To fit a horse for a marathon, you will likely have to start at least eight weeks before the competition. Know what your horse’s normal pulse, temperature and respiration are. Your horse must recover to his resting temperature, pulse, and respiration within ten minutes of finishing his workout. Before you start conditioning, he must be sound and healthy. Long, slow work (walk and slow trot) are best at the start, gradually working up to longer distances and faster speeds. You must commit to working your horse at least four days per week and always allow one day of rest. Your horse will do better if he is turned out, not kept in a stall. You must carefully feel his legs for heat and swelling before and after every workout.

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Numerous conditioning books are available; one of the best is Dr. Hilary Clayton’s “Conditioning the Sport Horse” which has a chapter on conditioning the driving horse. Unless you Tire Obstacle from Nicomen CDE are driving a small pony or a VSE, you must carry a groom/navigator (gator) on the marathon, so if you do your training runs alone; remember to add additional weight to the carriage to simulate the load the horse will have to pull in the competition.

Before the Competition You must decide if your horse must be shod for the competition at least several weeks before the competition. Some courses are so rough or rocky that horses must be shod even if you condition your horse at home barefoot. With shoes, you can decide to use caulks if the footing is especially slippery (most competitions go ahead even if it rains). Hoof boots can be an option to conventional horseshoes on the marathon, but the horse must be used to them before the competition. You should check over your harness and cart/carriage several weeks before the competition to make sure everything is safe and ready for the competition. You should carry a spares kit so that if something breaks on the marathon, you can fix it and continue.

The Competition Maps of the course and the obstacles will be provided to all competitors before the official course walk. Study these maps and diagrams and listen carefully during the official course walk. The officials will announce a Time Allowed for each division. If you arrive at the finish either under or over the Time Allowed, you may be assessed time penalties. As well, there is a Time Limit for the course and for each obstacle. Unless you are driving a VSE or a small pony, you must carry a gator with you on the carriage. They can help with watching the route, checking for compulsory gates or flags, and keeping track of the time so the driver is free to drive. The gator can also help remember the gates in the obstacles. As a rule, the course is well-marked, but make absolutely sure that you do not miss any compulsory gates or deviate from the marked track. You can also walk the obstacles (on foot without the horse and cart) as often as HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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down your gator to fix the harness unless it is necessary. These sorts of mistakes can be costly in terms of penalties assessed, which vary from a few penalty points to elimination. Read your rule book’s penalty section so you know what NOT to do. Get ready for the marathon with all your required items: your score card, spares kit, stopwatches, and helmets for you and your gator. Make sure you arrive ready with your score card at the start before your official starting time. The starter will mark your card and start you off on the marathon. Once you have completed the course, a timer at the end of the marathon will record the time you arrived on the same card which will then be turned into the scorer. Your gator should check these times using his/her own stop watch. If a veterinarian or other official is at the end of the marathon, you must receive their permission before you can take your horse back to the stables to unhitch. You can walk your horse or apply water or ice to help cool him down while at the end of the marathon. The scores will be posted and there will be a set time for you to object to penalties which were assessed against you if you think they were unjustified. Next month, we will discuss how to score well in the cones course.

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you wish (up until the marathon course is closed for the competition) to determine the easiest and quickest route for your horse. In any obstacle, there is always one easy but relatively long route. If you take this route you will be safe but not likely fast enough to win. This is the route you should take during your first few competitions to help you and your horse have a pleasant experience in your first few competitions. As you get more accomplished, you can try some of the narrower spaces and tighter turns to get your obstacle times lower but only if your horse can handle them. All horses turn better in one direction than the other, so if you can drive an obstacle with all the turns to the horse’s better side, you will likely take less time. Since horses lose time when they switch from turning right to left or left to right, the more you can drive the obstacle with several right turns in a row or several left turns in a row, the smoother and therefore faster your time is liable to be. Turning left, then right, then left, the right will be slower than four turns to either direction. The obstacle gates must be driven in the correct order and direction in order to avoid penalties. Remember to do all the gates in the correct order, keep the RED letters on the right, don’t forget the in and out gates at each obstacle, and try to keep an even pace without stressing the horse too much. Make sure to note and avoid knockdowns and do not push the horse fast in the obstacles until he is ready. Know what penalties are assessed and make sure you do not do things like lose your whip or put


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Evaluating Hoof Health By Kristi Luehr, BC School of Natural Hoof Care For many horse owners, evaluating and trimming their horse’s hooves is a task left up to their farrier/ trimmer. But how do you know that the person that you have hired is doing a good job?


ou have to be able to evaluate your horse’s hooves beyond the scope of how sound the horse moves. While soundness in the present is important, the horse’s long-term hoof health is also a major factor owners must consider. I see many cases where long-term, incorrect hoof shape or function has led to irreversible damage while the horse appeared sound until it was too late to correct. However, I also see a lot of horses that I am able to rehabilitate and return to use after a deformed hoof has broken down.

There are five key points horse owners can use to evaluate their horses’ hooves: • Heel Placement – The heels should be positioned at what we call the “baseline.” The baseline is an invisible line that runs across the back of the frog and collateral grooves and, in a welltrimmed hoof, also aligns with the heel’s rearmost surface. When heels are allowed to overgrow or migrate forward from this line, the balance of the hoof is distorted and excess stress and tension is placed on the horse’s joints, tendons and ligaments. Long or forward heels can also shorten stride length.

• Frog Integrity – When a horse moves forward, his natural stride should allow him to land heel first. If the heels are in the correct position as mentioned above, the heels and frog will contact the ground simultaneously. The frog’s primary function is to protect the digital cushion. The digital cushion lies underneath the hard calloused frog and is a large pad of fatty tissue. The digital cushion absorbs impact and dissipates energy. If the frog is infected with thrush or bacteria, or underdeveloped from long heels keeping it elevated and not touching the ground, this portion of the hoof’s function cannot be performed. Without the energy dissipation of a healthy frog and digital cushion, excess stress is placed on the horse’s joints. • Wall Connection – A well-connected hoof wall supports the coffin bone and allows the hoof to function as intended. The hoof wall grows downward from the coronet to the ground and should not flare or deviate in angle as it descends. A hoof wall

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Hoof Health, cont’d that changes its angle part way down the hoof will have a poor connection and decreased concavity in the sole. A disconnected wall can lead to the coffin bone sinking down into the hoof capsule causing inflammation in the sole resulting in sensitive hooves. • Sole Thickness – Sole thickness is key to soundness and comfort. A thick sole protects the coffin bone and pads the hoof. The sole should be firm and calloused; you should not be able to flex it when pressing with your fingers. It should have a smooth appearance, and it should have a slight concavity. Concavity varies for each individual horse dependant on their coffin bone shape but the bottom of the hoof should not be flat. A flat hoof signals a balance issue, perhaps in the wall connection or a problem with overgrown bars. • Bar Definition – The purpose of the bars are to support the back of the hoof upon impact. The bar is an extension of the hoof wall as it wraps around from the heel surface. The bars should run at a downward slope from the heel to the mid-point of the frog. The bar should also be upright and defined, not laid over or blended into the sole. When bars invade the sole it can cause many different issues, the most common are: sensitivity on hard ground and reoccurring abscessing. In rare cases embedded bar can also cause navicular-like symptoms. Horse owners must learn to recognize what a healthy hoof looks and functions like. Hoof care is a fundamental component

of horse ownership and you must know how to recognize a problem before it causes longterm damage. Kristi Luehr is a Natural Trimmer, and founder of the BC School of Natural Hoof Care. She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)

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We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the horse community for their outpouring of concern and support following Devon’s accident in November.

We are especially grateful to Cindy MacKay & Courtney Kind, Naomi, Dean & Lexi McGeachy, Janet & Buck Crich, Lynn Parker, Cathy Forster & Corrie Stachiw, Travis Haambuckers and Tamara Jameson for their sweat equity during the early days and weeks of Devon’s recovery. We would also like to thank the members and leaders of the BC Paint Horse Club, South Central Quarter Horse Association, the Okanagan Horsey Ladies, Kelowna Hoof Beats, Hoof ’n Boots, Salmon Valley Trail Dusters and North Okanagan Beef 4-H clubs and the staff at Country West, as well everyone who sent messages, cards, food, flowers and gifts to help us through this very challenging time. Your support will never be forgotten. Thank you!

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adia has been bringing horses to me for training or to take part in one clinic or another for around ten years now. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of her equine partners over the years and feel honoured to have been trusted with her beautiful horses. For years, Nadia competed in endurance racing with her equine partners. Recently, she has dialled things back and become more involved in equitation and “riding lessons” with various instructors in her area. She’s not alone in her confusion. I’ve heard that very same frustrated query escape the lips of many clinic participants and students. Although I do address equitation and offer “riding lessons” at my facility, my main focus and passion is teaching horsemanship; compassionate communication between horse and rider for the purpose of relationship development. Because of this, many of my discipline-specific clients also take lessons with other instructors as well. Those that do, on occasion, run into minor conflicts of instruction and for obvious reasons, this creates some challenges for the student. Whenever I’m faced with the question of how to decide if an instructor is worth continuing on with or not, I always answer the same way: let the horse decide. I know, it sounds hokey and woo-woo, but I assure you, it’s much more straightforward and scientific than it sounds. I’m not suggesting that you call up an animal communicator or throw down dragon bones to find the answer to your question. What I’m talking about is educating yourself about what is right for your horse, or any horse for that matter. Ultimately, you’re the best person to manage your own education! You have the power to learn to assess each and


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Five Primary Environmental Challenges Facing Horses in the Lower Mainland by Ross Buchanan With nearly three million people jammed into the Lower Mainland, stretching from Hope to Richmond and White Rock to North Vancouver, the challenges of raising a horse in an environment that is far from the horse’s natural environment becomes a difficult one.


hile I will focus on what I call “the 16th avenue corridor” of Langley, horses in other areas that are adjacent to dense populations and industrial agriculture will face similar challenges. With over 7,000 horses in Langley and perhaps three times that throughout the Lower Mainland, our equine friends struggle to overcome the chronic effects of the collision between industrial agriculture and urban density. In my opinion, five of the primary environmental challenges facing horse wellness in the Lower Mainland include: 1. Toxic Heavy Metals - including a very serious aluminum crisis from hay produced in some areas of the Fraser Valley. The maximum USDA concentration for the neurotoxin aluminum in hay fed to horses is 200 ppm and I consistently see results that exceed 500 ppm for local hay. 2. Glyphosate - comes from agricultural chemicals and negatively alters the bacterial makeup of the cecum and limits the uptake of nutrients.









3. Water - unfortunately, the once pristine Mount Baker aquifer has been severely impacted by the use of pesticides and herbicides for intense berry production. If you are on city water and if your water is chemically treated with fluoride or chlorine you then have a totally different challenge as the chemicals kill the good bacteria in the gut. 4. Footing - in order to overcome the mud issues created by the winter rains, many people have used gravel in their paddocks. The wrong gravel, sharp-edged gravel, can easily create lameness issues in soft-soled horses during the wet winter months. 5. Limited Movement - from a biomechanical perspective, one of the big differences I see between “city” horses and horses “upcountry” is that horses in the city tend to be more asymmetrical and unbalanced. By limiting the space available for a horse to move,

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Environmental Challenges, cont’d graze and develop balance and symmetry, we limit the ability of the horse to grow out properly. Of these five primary environmental challenges facing horses in the Lower Mainland, the issue of toxic contamination from heavy metals, especially the neurotoxin aluminum is very alarming. I find that many people are not aware of the severity of this situation. The acidic soils of the Fraser Valley naturally contain a high level of aluminum. This situation is further complicated by the high presence of glyphosate from weed control chemicals that bind with the nutrients, blocking them from being available to the grass. It also clears the way for the absorption of higher levels of aluminum. Now that a genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa has been approved for Canada, this will become an even greater issue. Recently, China blocked the shipment of Monsanto’s GM “Roundup Ready” alfalfa hay from Washington State. As a neurotoxin, aluminum crosses the bloodbrain boundary resulting in behavioural issues in horses. It is my belief that horses are impacted by the inflammatory effect of aluminum in the brain and, at the same time, the body is being denied the essential nutrients it requires to build the amino acids. The other major problem with aluminum toxicity is that aluminum blocks the uptake of calcium and phosphorus. By blocking the same pathway as these essential minerals, aluminum is having a negative impact on the elasticity of muscles, ligaments and tendons at the cellular level. I believe that this is the main reason that we have so many “tight” horses in the Lower Mainland compared to other areas where the horses have a higher level of elasticity to them. Optimum elasticity in horses in their tendons, ligaments, muscles and flesh is in direct relationship to the proper calcium/phosphorus ratio at the cellular level. The best way to defend against aluminum toxicity is to limit the amount of aluminum fed to the horse. This includes many personal

decisions as aluminum is prevalent in many horse products including vaccines and bagged feed. A strong strategy to prevent a chronic case of aluminum toxicity in a horse would be to test the hay for heavy metals. Labs offer reasonably-priced heavy metal tests of horse hay. This will ensure that you are not feeding toxic hay to your animals. Another idea would be to do a trace mineral and toxicity test using hair samples to determine what is really happening at the cellular level of your horse. Recent advances in technology now allow horse owners to directly utilize tests such as these to monitor the wellness of their horses. The bad news is that aluminum is a nasty heavy metal that can quickly erode the behaviour of even well-mannered horses and it tends to tighten and tense the horse up, predisposing it to all kinds of muscle, ligament and tendon issues. The good news is that if you do decide to do a trace mineral and toxicity test of your horse and it does show the presence of aluminum, as found for over 50% of the horses tested in the Lower Mainland, then it can easily and effectively be removed from the horse using natural chelating agents that are gentle on the liver. Healthy horses are dependent on good nutrition. Aluminum toxicity at the chronic level we are seeing in the Lower Mainland can severely alter a horse’s ability to access essential nutrients. Next time you are wondering about the wellness of your horse, perhaps aluminum toxicity is something that you might want to consider as a possibility. In future articles, I will address some of the other environmental hazards that our equine friends face. From his base in the Fraser Valley, Ross Buchanan provides equine therapy and digital infrared scanning services to clients. Best known for his specialty of relieving equine back pain, Ross also offers trace mineral and toxicity testing services.

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You charge HOW much for an hour riding lesson?! I am cancelling my lesson today - sorry for the late notice. I am cancelling my lessons this month - sorry for the late notice. I am going to put off full training for my young horse this month, but I want you to show him late next month.


ost likely every riding instructor/trainer has heard these types of statements and cringed. When riding students schedule and commit to lessons and/or a training program for their horses, they may not realize just exactly what is behind the fees or the amount of effort the instructor/trainer has put into these plans; nor do they realize the negative impact a hasty, last-minute decision can have on their instructor/trainer. Riding instructors/trainers most likely have spent the majority of their lives riding, managing and caring for horses, competing, participating in and auditing clinics and learning about the business; they spend unusually long hours and energy and the majority of their hard-earned money in order to obtain and then offer this knowledge and experience to their students and clients. Yes, it is a passion and, most likely, the trainer is doing what he/she loves, but

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it is truly a LABOUR of love and quite an unpredictable and difficult career on many levels. The profession is HARD work, which means it is also hard on the body. Most riding professionals need to spend income to maintain body wellness with some sort of personal bodywork, especially as they age, not to mention receive some type of “repair work” from a life of horse-related injuries and falls. Many professionals also supplement their riding with specialized fitness routines in order to be great at what they do. These people literally put their lives and physical well-being on the line every day due to the risk factor of riding and working with large, powerful, unpredictable, fight-or-flight animals. Instructors/trainers often work extraordinarily long hours in every climate imaginable. They often miss holidays and weekends so that their students can enjoy their lessons in their free time. As a general rule, there are often no paid holidays or sick days, no company-provided health care insurance, company benefits, or retirement plans. Quite simply, when these people do not work, they do not get paid and whatever future financial planning they may want to have must come out of their own doing and business planning. Most instructors/trainers have costly overhead expenses in order to offer services. This means everything from facility maintenance, specialized liability insurance, advertising expenses, riding and training equipment, lesson horses and their costly care to maintenance of trailers and trucks, upgrades to arenas, feed costs, and dealing with the general constant rise of equine-related costs. Instructors and trainers must also stay aligned with what the going rate is for other businesses in their geographic area, in order to attract and maintain business. If they are not lucky enough to have a covered arena, income loss during the winter months can be substantial and, even with a covered arena, loss of student motivation and the holidays always have an impact on income. When a trainer spends his/her time with a horse in training, there is a goal in mind for the progress and development of that animal. Training is progressive in nature and cannot and should not be rushed. Suddenly pulling a horse out of a good training program on a whim can often disrupt the progress and confuse the horse. This can then lead to behaviour problems, especially when the horse is asked to perform by a person less qualified. If the owner then wants the trainer to show and compete the horse after a break in this process, there is increased risk to the well-being of both the horse and trainer because the horse is not HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Labour of Love, cont’d adequately prepared mentally or physically. This can also publicly reflect on the trainer’s abilities if the performance is less than adequate and/or dangerous, potentially having a negative impact on the trainer’s business. Just as show horses are, school horses are expensive to maintain and must be used enough to maintain their fitness level and so that they can “pay for their expenses” or this cost comes directly out of the instructor’s pocket. Trainers must allow time to train and school these horses so that they are of good quality and stay “tuned up” for the various riders that ride them in lessons, and so that they can participate in horse shows with these students. The instructor/trainer is also responsible for paying for any veterinary costs related to injuries that the horses may incur, and must also deal with the “double whammy” of loss of use and loss of income if the horse is laid up due to an injury. A trainer/instructor only has so many hours per day in which to earn a living and often lessons and training spaces are carefully scheduled to ensure they are “paying the bills,” so to speak. When a student or client casually cancels lessons or makes hasty training plan decisions, this can financially impact the instructor/trainer dramatically. Cancelling lessons or training sessions and not rescheduling them means the instructor gets a “pay cut” that month. If just a few students are cancelling lessons over a month’s time, this can add up very rapidly. Even when the student reschedules missed lessons, this means the instructor has to Providing equipment, supplies and technical expertise to stallion and mare owners for the implementation of successful artificial insemination (A.I.) programs.

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find time slots in the already-busy schedule as well as find times when the school horse is available so that it is not being over worked. Monthly scheduling and rescheduling also involves lesson plans, training schedules, show calendars, fitting in time for all the equine-related services such as farriers, body workers and saddle fittings, staff schedules and, if they are lucky, scheduling a vacation or time to visit family and friends.... all this takes TIME. Time to make phone calls, time to return emails and texts, time to coordinate schedules, time to review and set show calendars, time to order monthly deliveries, not to mention time to work on their business financials. So, if one sees the trainer/instructor when the long day at the barn is done, after the horses are fed and the clients have gone, one should realize that this same person may still have anywhere from 30 minutes up to several hours of work to continue at home during “off” time. Good instructors/trainers have to be “on” every moment when working with students and horses in training; they must also understand and accommodate the unique learning styles of their students and horses in training. This means staying positive, mentally alert, physically fit, emotionally stable and quiet, staying fresh and inspiring even when at times they may be physically and mentally exhausted, or have their personal life stresses and troubles. This also means staying flexible and dealing with a multitude of client personalities, some with unrealistic aspirations or undesirable personality traits, in a consistent, tactful, and professional manner. The point being, even though ultimately instructors/trainers choose this field due to their love of horses, it is not a hobby; it is their profession and a business, and the means of their income and ability to lead a happy and productive life. Hopefully, having an understanding of what this role means will help students/clients maintain a more positive and productive relationship with their instructors/trainers. This can lay the foundation for a wonderful student/teacher partnership of achieving one’s goals and dreams with one’s horse, which is truly the highest joy and reward for any professional riding instructor and/or horse trainer.

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Saddle Fitting and Common Sense By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery UNDERSTANDING BLANKETS AND PADS

be a ¾” felt pad and a 32” x 64” wool blanket ‘next’ to the horse; sturdy, yet somewhat flexible.


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here is more than one reason to use a blanket or pad: 1 - protect the saddle from the animal’s sweat; 2 - offer a level of forgiveness between the stiffness of the saddle and a moving horse; 3 - a less expensive way of fitting numerous horses with one saddle; 4 - protect your horse from getting pinched when the saddle gets pulled out of alignment; 5 - help your horse stay cool with a heat and moisture absorbing product; and 6 - colour coordinate for show purposes.

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A Cutter Classic pad or Professional’s Choice SMX pad, where extreme athleticism is expected. The pad has to be crushable and flexible allowing the horse to move as freely as possible.

Show Ring Arena use, Reining, Western Pleasure, Trail A ¼” wool or polyester pad and a 34” x 36” wool blanket cover, and in some cases a no-slip waffle pad next to the horse. The priority is on overall visual presentation, cleanliness and flexibility.

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A ¾ - 1” felt pad with a wool blanket ‘next’ to the horse. The felt pad protects the horse on a diagonal pull and the wool blanket to absorb sweat and offer flexibility next to the horse.

Use a home-made hooked wool pad, Cutter Classic or Professional’s Choice SMX pad, where long days can stress your horse. The pad must absorb heat and sweat, be flexible and crushable.

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Two 32” x 64” wool blankets work the best as it gives protection and flexibility with the layers and easy to rotate the layers to dry out overnight after long miles. Another option would

Again, use a home-made hooked wool pad, Cutter Classic or Professional’s Choice SMX pad. For short rides, and horses that are not in shape, the horse needs as much protection as possible.

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Saddle Fitting, cont’d Cleanliness Cleanliness is a big part in keeping your horse sound. Using a vacuum cleaner can cut down on some of the washing. In no case do I recommend a thick felt pad next to the horse, reasons being: 1 – It tends to lock onto the hide where you see the dry spots. This dry spot is a potential future white hair area; 2 – Felt is very limited in its ability to absorb sweat, particularly after it has been used a dozen times. Dirt and sweat clog up the surface quickly; and 3 – Felt offers no flexibility when it is directly next to the horse. Where pads are primarily used for fitting purposes – be aware of the ridges the build-up types create. If these build-ups were tapered they should help. Unfortunately most have a ridge or edge that can create more of a problem than they solve.

Pads and blankets have their specialties, similar to the differences in saddles. One of my pet peeves is those who choose a pad ‘they think’ takes no maintenance. It is easy to spot, even in magazine pictures. Very, very few people have the facilities to wash their blankets or pads on a regular basis. So in the majority of cases they tend to use a felt pad because they think of the low maintenance. When you have a quality custom built saddle and a very well built horse that is in shape, a 6lb 32” x 64” or 7 1/2lb 36” x 68” “wool” blanket works for everything. A tradition that has worked for the last 100 years… work or play!

Take note: 1 – In all disciplines, a good fitting saddle is a given. 2 – Blankets and pads must be washed regularly. 3 – Blankets and pads wear out, so be prepared to replace them.


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ebruary... wow! When this issue of Saddle Up comes out, Billie and Hugh McLennan and their group of Spirit of the West cruisers will be on the Diamond Princess somewhere between Hobart and Sydney off the coast of Australia. What’s the bet that they are having fun in the sun? For the first time in four years we weren’t able to join their cruise, but we hope we can again next year - watch for destination and details next month. We do have a trip of our own planned for May, but you’ll have to wait until next month to hear those plans, too. The weather in the Cariboo has been mostly good this winter and we didn’t have to feed the horses until well into January. We did bring two of the old timers in (both around 30 years old) to let them eat hay and Kathy is graining them every day to try and help them keep some weight on. There was a lot of good grass in the meadows and the rest of the horses actually looked fat, even in January! We feel that the pawing for feed keeps them fit and they are healthier and happier getting the exercise - Kathy calls it a weight management program, as they were all really heavy last fall. Hmmm... maybe she should make me paw for my food, too... We had a bit of a scary experience moving the horses from one meadow to another at Christmas. It’s the first time our meadows have been all flooded this time of year and the horses had to cross sheer ice to get where we wanted them (a meadow closer to home). They looked like Bambi on the ice, very nerve-racking for us and them. My brother-in-law caught it on video with his phone and it was quite funny watching, after the fact, once we knew all were okay. After that, we set up a couple of hockey nets, got in some great hockey games, and had some really fun outdoor ice time!

Cariboo Chrome once again showed his newly-gained comfort level with us. We needed to lead a couple of horses in the group through the last gate for the others Boo was the only horse that walked flat-footed on the ice as they to follow. I saw Boo crossed the meadows. and thought this might be a good opportunity to see what he was like after being turned loose for a long period of time. I put the halter on and led him in like he was an old pro. In fact, our dog led him a good part of the way. It was interesting, too, watching him on the ice... the other horses were all using the toes of their feet and were sliding around quite out of control, whereas Boo stayed flat-footed and slid his feet instead of lifting them. I let our border collie “Bunch” lead Boo in after they got He definitely had the least amount off the ice. of trouble. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame has picked the inductees for 2015. The first induction will be at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on Friday evening, March 13. We’re thrilled to announce that Her Honour, The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be on hand to present the plaques as the following are inducted: the Louis family (Vernon) as a Family, Haughton Ranch (Knutsford) as a Century Ranch and Lloyd Creek Ranch (Pinantan Lake)

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Hard to believe that we’ll be cutting hay right here next summer.

Coldwell Ranch will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Century Ranch on April 19 at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

chocolates. There will be two shows, a 2:00 pm matinee and a 7:00 pm evening show in Marten Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. The matinee should end at approximately 5:00 pm, so that folks can get home at a decent time if they are travelling from out of town. The team of Tom Cole and Brian Salmond from Fort St. John will amaze the audience - Tom with his great baritone voice singing and Brian with his awesome cowboy poetry, which is often quite hilarious! Local Vic Piva working cattle at the Lloyd Creek Ranch which will be inducted into the BC musicians Lesley Ross and Jason Ruscheinsky Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Century Ranch on are also a team but will perform their own March 13 at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. sets as well. These two went over really as a Century Ranch. A second induction well at the Canada Day Celebration at 108, ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 19 Cariboo Country Night at Watch Lake, and at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. Here the the Museum’s Christmas Concert in Williams following will be inducted: Coldwell Ranch Lake. All proceeds from the concert’s ticket (Big Bar) as a Century Ranch and Charlie sales go to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Coldwell as a Working Cowboy, Bob Kjos and/or the BC Cowboy Heritage Society (Fort St. John) for Competitive Achievements Student Scholarships. More information and and Artistic Achievements and Tom tickets can be obtained through Mark at Desmond (Alkali/Dog Creek) as a Working 250-456-2425 or at msprings@bcinternet. Cowboy. net. Kamloops Cowboy Festival tickets are also now on sale; they’re available at Coming Up the Horse Barn if you’re in Kamloops or give The 15th Annual 100 Mile House the BC Cowboy Heritage Society a call tollCowboy Concert: a Valentine’s Day free at: 1-888-763-2221. The website has (February 14) concert with tickets that pretty much all of the information posted are only $15 - cheaper than flowers and and it can be found at: There CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSORS will be over 30 of North America’s top western Welsh Ponies & Welsh Cobs entertainers performing Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies during March 12-15. Driving Ponies for Sale A must-see weekend Driving Lessons & Lesson Ponies available Sponsors of Cariboo Trail Combined Driving Event if you like cowboy entertainment. 250-456-7462 or 250-456-7404 ~ Green Lake BC 6/15 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

This month’s item comes from the Meadow Springs Museum. One side has the word, “SHUT,” and the other side has the word, “OPEN.” It’s roughly three inches high and two inches wide. A clue: you might need it at this time of year. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

Last Month’s What’s This? The December issue’s item was one that Roy Goodman showed us while at the Mane Event in Chilliwack. It’s a very old candle-powered flashlight. At press time, we had not yet received any correct answers. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet. net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. • 25

News from the 100 Mile Area By Cat Armitage


ast fall Foothills Farms of 100 Mile House held their first New & Used Tack Sale in their lovely indoor arena. Multiple vendors turned up to sell their wares which covered items from English and Western clothing, saddles, blankets, boots, bridles, to even packing equipment. While the turnout was maybe not as large as we’d hoped for, the sellers themselves were very happy with the sales they made, and the buyers were seen hugging their great finds as they wandered from table to table. From 8:30 am to 1:00 pm a steady flow of customers made their way through the various tables scoring great buys! It also became a gathering place for old friends to catch up with the latest happenings in the area, while sipping on the free piping hot coffee supplied by Foothills. And to top it all off, hostess Susan Bowen supplied the last few customers and all the sellers with sandwiches for lunch! So for all of you who missed out on the

sale, watch for another coming this spring. Mark your calendar for April 19th, 2015. More information will be available for booking tables, etc. in the next few months. So start cleaning out those tack trunks! And mark your calendars for April 18th at Foothills as well. Foothills Farms and the 100 Mile & District Outriders will be offering the first in what they hope will be a series of education days. This first one is called “So You Want to Show.” The day will be designed for people to wander from station to station learning about classes, showmanship, what the judge is looking for, turnout for horse and rider, new classes that the 100 Mile & District Outriders will be offering and many other things. This should be a great weekend for everyone! A great educational day followed by a tack sale. What could be better!

Cowboy Poetry Friendship By Katrina Woodward (This poem is dedicated to MLP ‘My Little Pony’) You came into my life and I will never forget it. There was a reason why our paths crossed, it was so we both can benefit. We both had our problems but we GREW TOGETHER and now we’re a TEAM. You have taught me that hard work and dedication pays off and it’s not just a dream. You are my angel and you saved me. You have given me confidence and the independence that I need. When I have been sad, lost, confused or angry you were always there for me. Since the day you have entered my life, you have healed me in more ways than one. I can’t thank you enough for what have you done. When I’ve been hurt you haven’t left my side. You bring joy into my life, maybe one day it’ll be known nationwide. You have taught me how to speak up and stand my ground. I wanna thank you cause I needed to be found. When I look into your eyes I know you can read me. I can be who I am and you won’t judge me. Just so you all know I wrote this about my pony; cause let’s all admit people are phony. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have trust; cause quite honestly humans make me distrust.

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Top Dog! Clipping Nails Using “Pawsitive” Reinforcement By Emily Corrie, Deep Creek Veterinary Services



n the December issue we learned that positive reinforcement is the addition of something pleasurable that rewards a specific behaviour. We learned that dogs are more likely to repeat a behaviour if they are rewarded for it, and we discussed that small treats are the most motivating reward for your dog in this exercise. It will be easiest if you have a helper to assist with this training session. You should hold your dog (if he’s small enough) or sit next to him and have a large supply of small treats readily available. Your assistant will hold the clippers. Step 1: Hold your dog and supply him with a few treats until he becomes focused on you and comfortable with his surroundings. Step 2: While patting, talking to your dog, and distracting him with treats, have your assistant briefly touch his paw. He should remain focused on you and distracted enough that he will not worry about the assistant. Repeat this step until he becomes obviously comfortable with your assistant touching his paw. Make sure that you reward him by feeding treats only when he is relaxed. Gradually increase the amount of time the assistant handles his paw. Step 3: Next, have your assistant briefly touch the dog’s nail. Again, he should remain focused on you and not react to the assistant. Reward relaxation by feeding treats, petting, and praising. Repeat as necessary. Step 4: Following along the same pattern, have your assistant now touch the dog’s nail with the clippers. Step 5: Have the assistant place the nail inside the clipper. Step 6: Clip the nail.


If you have been patient and repeated each of the steps as necessary to keep the dog comfortable and relaxed, it should now not be a problem to clip the dog’s nails. If your dog becomes worried or anxious during any of the steps, you may need to return to the previous step again and make him comfortable with that before advancing, or you may need to divide the steps into even smaller increments. You want to slowly shape the behaviour so that he never has the opportunity to become scared and aggressive again! It may only take one session to make your dog comfortable with this process or it may take many sessions—be ready to adjust your expectations. Always make sure you end training sessions on a positive note before the dog loses interest and while the game is still fun!

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Top Dog! Barn Dogs, Barn Horses - Safety and Consideration By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

We were dog owners and trainers before we were horse owners so when we see dogs at the barn or on rides, we tend to think about not only our horses’ safety but also about the safety of the dogs we see. Quite frankly, we rarely bring our own dogs for many of the unsafe or unsanitary situations we see frequently.


hile these might seem like very obvious things, they bear mentioning. We’ve been at many shows, visited many barns and had our own horses in a few boarding situations. We routinely see situations that aren’t always in the best interest of the dogs and these are our observations and suggestions. 1) Clean up after your dogs. Hard to imagine that we need to mention this – but we see it all the time! Just because it may be a more casual environment, or perhaps even a country setting, doesn’t mean people appreciate stepping in your dog’s waste any more than they would on the street in front of their homes. Having potential grazing locations soiled isn’t really a good practice, either. 2) Keep your dog on leash. Check and see if everyone in the vicinity is okay with your dog on the loose. If you have a shyer dog and want to give him a bit of exercise but a larger or rambunctious dog is bounding around, it’s not fair for the shyer dog to have to be defending himself. Maybe one of the children or even adults at the barn is afraid of dogs or even allergic – you just never know. Be considerate. 3) Keep your dogs out of horse paddocks, working areas and fields. This is particularly important if they like to chase things.

Loose dogs and horses can be a dangerous combination.

If horses get excited and start racing around their paddocks or free lunging areas, you don’t want your dog to get involved. Some horses like dogs and some don’t - you don’t want to find out which one it is after it’s too late. Dogs are obviously much smaller than most horses and can be very quickly seriously injured or even killed when one or more horses are moving quickly. 4) Respect personal space. Teach your dogs to respect a horse’s personal space and don’t let them charge at horses, chase or follow horses closely or investigate the hoof scraps or poop around their feet in the tacking up areas. Allowing your dog to wander around the horses while being tacked up just seems blatantly unsafe. Even though the horses are often tied up – they still have their feet free and may not necessarily be comfortable with dogs sniffing at their toes. 5) Be careful! Extra caution is needed with your dog in the barn and tack up areas. There are some chemical wormers that are toxic to dogs if ingested. Certainly a large quantity of horse grain or feed wouldn’t be comfortable on the tummy if ingested. Many barns use poison to control vermin. 6) Keep your nose to yourself. Prevent your dog from investigating riders’ personal belongings. Many riders bring their lunch or bring treats for their horses and keep these with their tack and grooming equipment – often at nose level for curious dogs.

This dog is being supervised when arriving at the barn.

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Top Dog! Barn Dogs, cont’d 7) Do some training. If your dog gets wound up watching horses being ridden or free-lunged – this is a training opportunity. No one wants to hear your dog barking hysterically while they’re trying to enjoy their ride. See our article, “Dogs and Ponies” (Saddle Up, September 2014, p. 34) for training ideas for this situation. 8) Do some more training! Working areas need to be If you trail ride with your dog, keep safe for horses and humans. his safety in mind as well as the You should be able to safely safety of and consideration for other focus on your horse in riders with or without their dogs. grooming and tie up areas. See our “Trail Etiquette” article (Saddle Up, August 2013, p. 36) for more information. A little care and thought will help to keep everyone safe and comfortable and make barn time enjoyable. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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Lost Chance By Lindsay Hartley (Readers… we began this story in the September issue, but erred in printing part 2. Below is the story in its entirety)


hance was gone. Sally scanned the field again, hoping for a miracle. But there was no sign of her chestnut gelding. A wicked storm had ripped through the area the night before. The wind brought trees crashing down, and lightning split the dark sky. Chance must have jumped the fence in terror. “Well, we had best get a move on.” Sally’s dad gave her shoulder a gentle squeeze. “You take Blue Belle and search the river trail. I’ll head up to the mountain bluff.” He placed Belle’s supple leather reins in her hand and gave her an encouraging smile. “Don’t worry, sweetie.” Her dad mounted his Quarter Horse, Bucky. “We’ll find him.” The fourteen-year-old nodded, but she wasn’t so sure. She felt a lump of fear in her throat. Her beloved horse was loose, maybe even hurt. She shuddered at the thought. “Well, Belle,” Sally said, taking a deep breath, “let’s go find Chance.” She secured her helmet and mounted the blue roan. The teen urged the mare into a steady jog, heading for the woods behind the barn. A short trail through the trees took the pair down to the river, where they broke into a rhythmic canter. Sally kept a sharp lookout for any sign of Chance as they followed the wide path along the river’s edge. A warm breeze teased through Belle’s mane and sunlight danced on the birch leaves. Sally, however, was too worried to enjoy the beauty of the day. Where was Chance? At a fork in the trail, they paused. To the left, the trail led through the woods to an orchard. To the right, a bridge crossed the river. “Now, if I were a scared horse galloping in the dark,” Sally mused, “I’d 30 • Saddle Up • February 2015

want shelter, not rushing water.” She reined Belle left, kicking her back into a canter. “Chance?” Sally called out, scanning the woods for her gelding. “Chaaaance?” As they came around a bend, Sally’s heart leapt. “WHOA!” She quickly leaned back, hauling on the reins. Belle skidded to a halt, sending Sally lurching forward. She grabbed a handful of mane to keep herself from falling. There, just inches in front of Belle’s nose, lay a huge cedar tree that had come down in the storm. It was completely blocking the path. “Wow! Close call!” Sally shook her head in wonder, as she settled back into the saddle. “Good job, Belle!” The mare tossed her head and danced in excitement. “I guess we’ll have to find another route.” She reined in a tight circle, suddenly remembering an old, narrow side trail they’d just passed. It was rarely used and mostly overgrown. As they pushed through the branches, Sally gasped – one branch was broken, and some strands of chestnut hair dangled from it. “We’re on the right path, Belle!” She urged the mare on. Shrubs caught and pulled at Sally’s clothes and stirrup leathers. The path finally emerged at the edge of a meadow dotted sparsely with apple trees. There, under the largest apple tree, with his head up against the trunk, stood a chestnut horse. “Chance!” Sally called in relief, “Boy, am I glad to see you!” The gelding neighed loudly at the sight of his friends. Tail swishing, he pawed nervously, but did not come to her call. Sally and Belle trotted up to him and the girl quickly slipped from the saddle. She was at the chestnut’s side in a flash, quickly scanning his legs for any obvious signs of injury. She saw none, but the ground was torn up from his pawing. With a perplexed frown, Sally lightly grasped his halter, and rubbed his forehead. “You okay, goofball?” Then she saw the problem. His nylon halter was entangled with the wire mesh that encircled the tree trunk. The mesh was there to discourage deer and woodpeckers from damaging the tree, but now it held Chance captive. Sally quickly reached up to undo his halter, but

the buckle was stiff and had bent from his struggles. Hands shaking, she wiggled and pushed on the nylon strap, her fingers aching at the strain. “Easy, boy,” she murmured, as the horse pawed and fidgeted. “Just another second...” Suddenly, the buckle gave way and the halter slipped from the gelding’s head. Chance took off like a shot, sending Sally leaping backwards. The teen quickly grabbed Belle’s reins to stop her from following her friend. In a wild display of energy, Chance bucked and leapt, tossing his head furiously. Around the meadow he ran, shaking off his fear and frustration. Sally was about to mount up again, frightened that he might take off down one of the trails, but he slowed to a walk and then stopped. The chestnut dropped his nose to the ground and, a moment later, his body followed as he went down for a roll. The girl could feel her shoulders relaxing as she watched him. She was sure he’d be easy to catch now, and he had shown no signs of lameness during his romp. As she led Belle towards him, Chance clambered to his feet. He shook himself off and sighed deeply. Sally found herself sighing, too, glad that it was all over. “Oh, Chance!” She wrapped her arms tightly around the chestnut’s neck. “I love you so much. Please don’t run away again!” With a relieved heart, Sally slipped her spare lead rope around his neck. “Ready to go home?” she asked, kissing him on the forehead. Chance pushed his nose gently against her shoulder and whickered softly in reply. Lindsay Hartley has a B.A. in Biology/ Environmental Studies and enjoys a deep connection to nature and to her favourite animal, the horse. She also enjoys writing for children and the child in all of us, and still dreams of owning her own horse one day. She is pictured here with a saucy Shetland named Razz, and can be reached at woodnymph123@


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.

DO YOU HAVE A STORY FOR US? Send Saddle Up one to 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.

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e you? r a e r e h w r se? . .. o h r u Kid s o y h it u d oing w o y e r a t a h t YOU! W u o b a s u ll e r n to t It’ s YOU R tu This is my horse Lucy. Lucy’s a 25-year-old Quarter Horse that loves to run. We like to go to gymkhanas, trail rides, and barrel racing competitions. Lucy and I even reached year-end overall high points for Peewee in our gymkhana club this year. - Jessica, age 11, Prince George BC

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Horse of the Year – Non-Competitive: Snap Around Jackie

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2014 HCBC Award Winners Big congratulations to all the recipients of the 2014 awards! Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Grimshaw Junior Athlete of the Year: Courtney Palleson Coach of the Year: Rochelle Kilberg Horse Industry Professional of the Year: Jodi Moore Bob James Volunteer of the Year: Charlene Kostecki Horse of the Year – Competitive: STLA Hey’s Dance Class Horse of the Year – Non-Competitive: Snap Around Jackie

2015 BC Equine Education Summit - Featured Speakers This year’s Equine Education Summit will take place March 13-15 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, in Richmond. Each month leading up to the event, we will introduce two of the equine professionals who will be making presentations and their topics of expertise.

Dr. Antonio Cruz DVM MVM Msc DrMedVet Dipl.ACVS Dipl.ECVS Dipl.ACVSMR Topic: Sport Conditioning and Rehabilitating Your Horse Dr. Cruz is the only board-certified equine surgeon and board-certified sports medicine specialist in the Pacific Northwest with extensive experience with various horse breeds and disciplines of horse sport including Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, show jumpers and dressage horses. His clinical activities, albeit broad, have always leaned towards lameness and orthopedics and his research at the University of Guelph was Dr. Antonio focused on lameness and bone adaptation to Cruz exercise and arthritis. Dr. Cruz grew up surrounded by a family of very wellaccomplished veterinarians in Spain. His love for horses developed throughout the years due to his involvement with show barns as a stall cleaner, groom and exercise rider. Veterinary medicine and 32 • Saddle Up • February 2015

horses came hand in hand and thus he became a horse lover and doctor, and as his Dad taught him… be the best that you can be! Dr. Cruz loves surgery and to help people. “I find that surgery provides a venue to be creative and to use my hands to bring relief to horses and see instant gratification. I love the operating room ambiance.” He is a very personable and kind individual with a zest for life and a nice sense of humour which makes him very easy going and easily approachable. His extensive background as a university professor makes him a great communicator and he is able to explain things to horse owners in a comprehensive manner. He is very well-published and a sought-after international speaker. Because of his qualifications and past experiences, Dr. Cruz has a wealth of knowledge that he can apply to help horses. Dr. Cruz’s qualifications are unsurpassed in the country being both a surgical and sports medicine specialist (the only one in BC and one of only three in Canada), in addition to his other postgraduate degrees. But more than anything, Dr. Cruz shows empathy and likes to help people by helping their horses. Dr. Cruz is also fully trained and experienced in all facets of equine surgery including arthroscopy (joint/OCD surgery), laparoscopy, colic, oral/dental, foal surgery, cervical stabilization (wobbler) surgery and all aspects of soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Rebecca Gimenez PhD of TLAER, Inc. Topic: Emergency Preparedness for Horse Owners Fire, flood or...? Are you ready? Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. offers training nationally and internationally for emergency response services such as fire departments, rescue squads, law enforcement agencies, emergency management, county and state emergency response teams and animal control officers. You will learn valuable skills to help Dr. Rebecca prevent emergency situations from occurring Gimenez on your property or while hauling horses. Horse owners will learn the best course of action to take if an emergency does happen and will be given an overview of techniques involved in large animal rescue. This seminar will cover basic horse behaviour, hazards on your property, fire prevention and trailer safety. Dr. Gimenez is an internationally-known speaker and instructor on large animal emergency rescue techniques; she has a PhD in animal physiology and is a decorated officer in the U.S. Army reserves. Rebecca co-authored and edited the only textbook available to the fire service and veterinarians on technical rescue of large animals. In 2000, she became a primary instructor with TLAER and has continued to grow the research and development of new equipment and techniques internationally. She is a past member and Logistics Officer for Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT -2), and currently serves as a Major in the US Army Reserves. Rebecca's current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality, and a study of physiological responses to Technical Rescue procedures and equipment. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Canada Update Photos by Dessia Miller

The Canadian team heading from the quarantine barn to the vetting area for trot-in

Canadian Endurance Athletes head to Dubai Canadian endurance riders, Kathy Irvine of Blackfoot Alberta and Jessica Manness of Oakbank Manitoba were honoured with an invitation to compete in His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 8th Annual Endurance Cup beginning January 10, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. UAE time. This invitation-only event is an FEI 3* 160km race across the sandy Dubaï desert patterns. (left to right) Kathy Irvine, Denise Blanchet, Passing their first and Jessica Manness waiting for the trotinspection, Irvine and ins to start Nightwind’s Savannah, her 16-year-old Canadian bred Arabian mare sired by Dakotas Keyanti, along with Manness and Greater Glide (Flaming Tigre X Flaming Streak), her 13-year-old Arabian gelding, are looking forward to this incredible opportunity to let their horses shine against some of the leading international riders. The team arrived in stages; Irvine, Manness and the horses arrived in mid-December to acclimatize and get in some cross-training on the new terrain. Sand dunes, gravel and dry temperatures reaching up 30 degrees Celsius become new challenges for the team as they prepare themselves and the horses for the race. The professional support team members accompanying the riders are grooms, Denise Blanchet and Dessia Miller; Canadian Endurance Team Veterinarian, Dr. Glenn Sinclair; and Canadian Endurance Team Coach/Technical Advisor, Kim Woolley. From Endurance Canada’s Facebook page… Jessica and Kathy did an awesome job starting Greater Glide and Nightwind’s Savannah. It was very humid at the start of the day, and despite efforts from the OC to reroute parts of the trail, the sand was deep and challenging. Jessica and Greater Glide were pulled at the end of the first 40km loop for a very minor lameness. Kathy and Nightwind’s Savannah rider optioned on-trail after completing approximately 85km. Unfortunately, the Canadian team was in good company with none of the North Americans completing the event; however, everyone (including the horses) are in great spirits and the horses will all come home healthy and ready to challenge another trail. Race results are at SHMCUP.pdf HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Nominations for the 2014 Equine Canada National Awards Equine Canada’s national awards recognition program celebrates the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organizations who have contributed to the growth and success of our community. Take the opportunity to recognize those you feel have made a significant impact in the Canadian equestrian community by nominating them for a national award. ~ Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Award ~ Canadian Breeder of the Year Award ~ Equine Canada Media Award-The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy ~ Volunteer of the Year Award ~ Equestrian of the Year Award-The Doctor George Jacobsen Trophy~ Junior Equestrian of the Year Award-The Gillian Wilson Trophy~ Lifetime Achievement Award Full award criteria and nomination forms can be found at www. Nomination deadline is February 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Launching of Horse Experience 2015 Equine Canada is pleased to announce that Horse Experience 2015 - A Canadian Horse Industry Showcase will be held in Ontario during July 2015, in parallel to the Pan American Games in the Orangeville/Caledon/Mono area. The objective for Horse Experience 2015 is to maximize the opportunity presented by the Pan American Games as a showcase for the horse industry. With industry’s participation, Horse Experience 2015 will demonstrate the diverse range of horse-related activities in Canada and the quality horses available from Canadian breeders for domestic and international customers. Details for participation are available on, in the Industry section (under the disciplines and departments option) under news.

Educational Course coming up Equine Canada and Canadian Eventing Officials Committee are pleased to offer an educational course for eventing officials, technical delegates and judges. The course may be used towards promotion or maintenance of EC Eventing Official’s accreditation of technical delegates, three day event judges and eventing jumper judges. The course will be facilitated by Andrew Bowles (NZL) - FEI Level 3/4 technical delegate and Jo Young, FEI Level 3/4 eventing judge. The course will be held in conjunction with the Campbell Valley Horse Trials, August 15-16, 2015 in Langley BC. The registration deadline is July 23rd, 2015. Register today! • 33

Draft Horse News By Bruce Roy,


ach year’s end is time for reflection. It is also a time to look ahead. Therefore, let us look at the 2014 World Percheron Congress a last time before looking to 2015 World Clydesdale Show forthcoming. In draft horse circles these are signature events. The 16th World Percheron Congress, held October 6-11 at the Eastern States fairgrounds West Springfield, Massachussets, was a roaring success. Entries included 13 gelding sixes, 12 mare sixes, 37 feed teams, 28 barrel racers, 33 English riders, 36 log skidders and 38 obstacle course entries. The trade show at a World Percheron Congress has never been larger. Thirty-seven trade stands were present. Ringside excitement was sparked by more than 100 competitions. Sixty-three stallions, 174 females and 48 geldings were shown on halter. For the first time ever, the World Champion Stallion and World Champion Mare were siblings. The Supreme Champion Six of Mares was a unanimous decision. Each of three judges worked alone. Hidden View Melody, $50,000 Percheron mare, sold in February, at Michigan’s Great Lakes Draft Horse Sale, was in the turnout’s lead team. This, after she had won the Mare Cart Class. A tie occured in the class for a Supreme Champion Six of Geldings. A

tiebreaker decided the winner. Over 500 head of Percherons were shown by exhibitors from six provinces and 37 states on halter and in harness. Australian, Columbian, British, French, German and Italian horsemen joined Americans and Canadians ringside. Jean-Jacques Leon, President of the French Stallion Jason Goodman of Fort Collins, Colorado, an electrifying Approval Board, ambassador of the Percheron breed, roman riding his 18 hand inspected a number Percheron wheel team, his six Percheron geldings on the gallop, at of the American and the 2014 World Percheron Congress. (Judy Broadland photo) Canadian stallions shown. Four North approved. This was Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan, American stallions were approved. a 2-year-old bred by Robert Black & Family Consequently, Percheron breeders in the of Hillsburgh, Ontario. Purportedly, Jordan European Union can purchase frozen semen is the most expensive Percheron stallion to from these four sires. Six Western Canadians ever arrive in Western Canada. - Gordon Ruzicka of Viking; John Walker Now heavy horsemen look to the of Calgary; Dr. David Bailey of Madden; World Clydesdale Show. This colourful Chris Laycock of Lloydminster and Brian breed classic will be held in London, Ontario Coleman of Didsbury, Alberta; together September 29 - October 3, 2015 at the with Farmington, British Columbia’s Bill Western Fairgrounds. For complete details Newton, purchased one of the Percheron visit stallions that the French Stallion Board

In Memoriam COJOCAR, Dr. Ronald George April 3, 1931 – November 19, 2014


on Cojocar passed away peacefully in the Chilliwack General Hospital with his beloved wife Claudia at his side. Ron, the eldest son of Mike and Lillian Cojocar, was raised in Assiniboia SK, with his sister Shirley and brother Bob. Ron was never far from the family pets and the horses his father bred and trained. Ron first attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a B. Sc. – Geophysics. This led to work with USGS and entailed exploratory work throughout western Canada and the far north. Perhaps missing the animal world, Ron re-enrolled in university in 1961 and graduated in 1966 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, he and his young family moving back west with Ron establishing his own practice in Calgary in 1969, serving the thoroughbred horse community of Alberta for the next 20 years. In 1974, Ron met Claudia at an equestrian event, and they 34 • Saddle Up • February 2015

spent the following 40 years together as familiar members of the western Canadian equine community, initially outside of Calgary AB, then Kelowna BC and finally settling in Hope BC in 2003. Ron and Claudia were active and well known in the local community for their volunteer work. Ron was a kind and gentle man, a loving father and grandfather, a great companion and a loving husband. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Claudia Cojocar, his daughters Alison Cojocar and Jocelyn Wensley, son Michael Cojocar (wife Tunde), stepson Jeff Campf (wife Shelley) and their respective children. A Service was held on December 30 in Hope BC. Donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders. The family will be having a “Remembering Ron” celebration on May 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Timberframe Building at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC . (As published in The Calgary Herald on Nov. 29, 2014. See more at: http:// ash.7DLEYwC0.dpuf)


Happy New Year from the BCMHC! By Terri Brown


e are so pleased to be able to share our BC Miniature Horse Club news with you all. Let me start by introducing our lovely club president Vicki Schulz. Vicki is very passionate about miniature horses and all the wonderful things one can do with them. Vicki is a fierce competitor with a heart of gold. You will see her smiling her way thru class after class, everything from halter to driving... Showmanship too!! She is always willing to help out even lending her fabulous horses to a few of our youth members to show. If you have any questions about joining this great club or curious about something “mini” please don’t hesitate to reach out to her. She’s a wealth of knowledge! Vicki’s contact is As for what we do - how about everything! Miniature horses are so versatile. You can do a multiple of in-hand activities; halter, halter obstacle, jumping, liberty, showmanship, agility, you can do almost anything in cart if that’s your fancy, Show driving, CDE driving, or just recreational driving. Heck, if single driving isn’t enough try multiple hitch… unless you’re Dave Franklin in a chariot that is. Our club offers something for everyone. We host one fabulous AMHA/AMHR sanctioned show in June (June 12-14, 2015 to be exact). Mark it on your calendar and come see these little guys in show action! Wait there is so much more. Last year we hosted two Adiva Murphy clinics that were so much fun and challenging at the same time. As well as a showmanship clinic with our two local seasoned members Taylor Josiassen and Laila Wilson. More of these types of clinics to come in 2015. BCMHC also puts on Fundays for

Pepper the Reindeer

Making new friends at the Mini Fun Day

kids and adults. What a great way to make new friends and play with your mini. Stay tuned to Saddle Up for all the upcoming events in 2015! A wonderful evening was had by all at the 2014 year-end Awards Banquet and AGM. The Aldergrove White Spot was our venue and the food was fantastic and the awards were stunning. A huge Thank You to all the organizers. A list of our high point winners from the 2014 season will be available at www. Make sure you stay reading Saddle Up for all upcoming events and news.

Alberta Donkey And Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


ebruary is here and with that our thoughts turn to the hope of spring eventually coming, even here to Alberta and points west! With that thought in mind, four of our club members have been preparing as much as possible in our cold and snowy climate to represent the Mules at this year’s Battle of the Breeds being held February 13-15 at Saskatoon’s Equine Expo. Katherine Cook and her mule Dixie will compete in Jumping; Joe Kress and his mule Annie in Trail; Laureen Kress and her mule Roxy in Barrel Racing; and our youngest competitor Megan Jagersma will be in Compulsories on her mule Jessie. We wish them all a great time and success in the competition. Our membership Director wants to remind all current and possible new members that he will NOT be mailing out membership reminders this year; so unless you are planning on attending our Spring Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 29 in Ponoka AB, please mail in your 2015 family membership along with $20 to Jerry Forsman, RR 1, Huxley, Alberta T0M 0Z0. Membership forms can also be found on our website www.albertadonkeyandmule. com. We are optimist that this year we will be successful in our planned series of clinics with Jerry Tindell from California. ALL CLINICS are sponsored by the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club and are OPEN TO HORSES, MULES & DONKEYS. The cost of a 3 day clinic is $450 and a 4 day clinic is $550. Clinics are limited to a maximum of 12 students. Private Lessons may also be available HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Laureen and Joe Kress with their mules at last year’s Tees Longears Days; now to be competitors at the 2015 Equine Expo in Saskatoon SK. Laureen’s mule Roxy is 7 and prior to purchasing her, Roxy was used mostly for coon hunting in the States. Joe’s mule Annie is 9, and spent several years with an outfitting business. Now both mules are mostly used for trail riding and working cattle in Hanley, Saskatchewan.

depending on Jerry’s schedule. Auditors are $30 per day and can register at the door [Paid up club members receive a discount]. Visit for clinics or view the Saddle Up “What’s Happening” page. For information about Jerry visit For more info regarding clinic schedules contact Marlene at 403-7831723 [cell], • 35

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he Annual Christmas Party was quite a bit of fun as always – the potluck lunch was particularly delicious this year and the Mexican Gift Exchange is always a point of conversation! Thank you to Liz for hosting this annual event and for recognizing our Junior Saddle Club members with their achievement awards! The first meeting of the club was held January 28 and was also an Events Committee meeting. Due to a small network of volunteers, we are scaling back a few of the events for 2015. Watch Saddle Up’s March issue for a complete list of what is to come this year (sneak peek: cattle sorting, horse show, poker ride, gymkhana). The Annual General Meeting will be held on February 10th at 6:30 pm at the Forestry office in Burns Lake. If you can only make one meeting a year, please make it this one! As always, for more info on the TCSC

or its events, please contact Kristi at 250692-5721 or e-mail tcsaddleclub@gmail. com. Check us out on Facebook, or our website Our apologies for things not being really current – we need another volunteer or two!

TCSC Poker Ride 2014

TCSC Horse Show 2014 TCSC Clinic 2014



his month our featured horses are some more mature ladies. I must admit, I have been guilty of looking for a younger horse when I was looking to buy. The younger the better is what I always thought. And though there are many advantages to bringing home a “baby,” older horses can have just as much potential, and in some cases, just as many years in them as youngsters. I think every horse owner should try raising a weanling at least once in their lives; it is truly a unique and amazing experience. There is a level of trust and a strong foundation in a partnership built from the ground up. And I definitely wouldn’t advise a novice trainer to take on a full grown, unhandled horse without an experienced advisor on hand. But there are many adult horses with so much potential taking up long term residency in so many rescues and being passed by time after time, day after day, for horses that are cute and little. Princess “Rich MS Poco Doc” is a 1996 registered QH palomino mare, about 15HH, from auction in 2010. She is shy, doesn’t seem to have been handled much and needs work picking up her feet for the farrier. Maggie #2 is a 2002 palomino Paint mare who came to the Rescue in 2013 from another rescue, purchased at auction. She is halter broke and has had Princess her feet trimmed. 36 • Saddle Up • February 2015

Blondie is a palomino mare, 14.315HH, and born about 2001. She came to Bear Valley in 2008 from a hoarding situation. Blondie is halter broke, but could use some practice. One last thought on the topic… when you bring home a young horse, you get to watch your horse grow and mature; but when you bring home an older horse, you are the one with the opportunity to grow and mature! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! You can find Princess, Maggie #2, Blondie and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue, You can e-mail or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre, Alberta.

Maggie #2



Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association By Daphne Davey THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


nce in a while, we find ourselves in an unexpected situation that gives us a new perspective on life. Our daily routine, our daily relationships, get shaken up like a kaleidoscope and a new picture emerges. Some weeks ago I suffered a nasty fall requiring surgery with hardware to piece me back together again. If I’m told I have a screw loose I shall be glancing at my arm before my head. And so I have become a One-Armed Wonder, severely and painfully restricted inside and outside the home as my injury begins the healing process. Of course, people are always having to recover from accidents or illness. But I am actively involved as a CanTRA assistant instructor in my local therapeutic riding program. Throughout most of the year I work closely with children and adults with disabilities. I see them coping as best they can with their mobility, clothes and shoes, snack food and drinks, equipment, and the horse’s reins. They do all this with whatever movement and strength they can muster in their bodies. But in many cases, even with the great benefit of horseback riding and other therapies, they will not be able to walk away one day completely able-bodied. Their condition tags along with them at home, to school or employment, and into the saddle.

Until now, how well did I as a therapeutic riding instructor really understand or (as far as possible) feel what such a daily life is like for these riders? Of course we can’t truly know, but my own at least temporary incapacity has certainly heightened my appreciation and admiration for the grace with which our riders accept the daily limitations of their condition. Yes, therapeutic riding can and does produce some pretty wonderful results, from a child developing sufficient strength to walk without aids to a non-verbal child overheard talking to their horse in the stable, and many, many exciting landmarks of progress along the way. Still, one day soon I will be able to “walk away” from my injury, drive my car, go wherever I want to go, do whatever I need to do. So when our riding program starts up again this spring, I will be looking through a quite different ‘Looking Glass lens’ as our riders happily and proudly mount their horses and show just what they can do, despite all. For more information on the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or

Sun Meadows and The Grinch By Kerrie Jewell-Harrison


very Who down in ‘Whoville’ liked Christmas a lot… and so do we at Sun Meadows. Saturday, December 14th saw our 5th Annual Musical Ride - Sun Meadows adaption of ‘The Grinch who Stole Christmas’ – starring local riders and horses as a fundraiser for the Kamloops Food Bank. The support from Kamloops was wonderful with over 200 people in the audience. The performances were magical, and each year the riders work so hard with their costumes and the turnout of the horses and produce a fun afternoon for everyone. “We were very delighted with so many people coming to see the show, despite the cold and snow. We are so proud that everyone helped us put it all together and to see the children and their families so happy, it’s what Christmas is all about,” said Jutta Jealouse, owner/operator of Sun Meadows and Whoville resident.

Some snapshots during the performance and Finale ‘We are the World’.

Our wonderful Grinch was played by Glen Jealouse, with our narrator Pam Ketter.


CDART’s Equine Emergency Course By Petra Leinemann


n Saturday, November 1st, 2014, participants gathered at the Old Friends Canada horse property in Lake Country BC, for CDART’s Equine Emergency Care & Handling Course. Instructor Lorraine Pelletier Andres kept everybody on their toes, from horse novices to long-in-the-tooth horse people, refreshing themselves on equine emergency care. The course covered horse documentation for the horse owner/ guardian as well as CDART responders, disaster preparedness, equine psychology, horse anatomy, diseases/conditions, diet, body

Lorraine instructs student Doris on capillary refill to check for circulation.

scores and basic first aid. The class learned how to check for vitals and broke off into different labs with the full cooperation of some of the horses from Old Friends Canada. They had a great time with bandaging and finished off the day with different techniques available for loading horses. To their horror, participants were required to complete an exam. Well done, everybody! CDART is looking for more volunteers to join in all areas of BC, so please contact us at today.

Cheyenne the mule gets her hoof cleaned out by Sophie.

Durance adjusts a stable bandage on Rafferty.

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier Andres, EC Certified Western Coach Q&A with Lorraine I’d like to invite you, the reader, to email your question, concern or comment. Put ‘Saddle Up question’ in the subject box and send to: Question: As a young rider (age 10), I’m wondering about muscle tension in a horse. Specifically, I’m wondering what a horse might do, what muscle tension could mean, if he/she tenses up while you are riding? - Alexa Answer: That’s a great question, Alexa. This is very common. This is also what I call a “loaded” question because there are several reasons that could cause this problem. First, let’s start by reviewing the rider. Is this a new horse? Perhaps you are experiencing ‘first ride jitters’. Have you loosened and warmed up your muscles before mounting? Have you warmed up your horse before mounting? Breathing is very important. It would be great if you could learn about diaphragmatic breathing. Here’s a link to learn more: Diaphragmatic_breathing. Comfortable, deep breathing is the key to relaxation. Here is a link to learn how to practice: http://www. Now, let’s have a look at the horse. Horses, especially 38 • Saddle Up • February 2015

school horses, should be adequately assessed to the level of the rider. Starting with a sound, healthy horse, each and every horse has to have the ground work basics that establish trust, respect and communication. If that is covered, and you still experience a horse that is tensing up, it could be that he is not understanding your question. If he was ever harshly handled, he may be bracing for a quick snap of a crop. If you’re not relaxed, he will feel that. You need to be confident and ‘cue’ him easily into a maneuver. How you are communicating with your horse could be another reason for causing tension. Perhaps your rein and body position needs to be addressed. Are the reins held too tight, causing an inverted back? Because I can’t see you ride this horse, I hope I’ve helped you in some way. If not, please call to arrange a time we can deal with your situation in detail. Never stop learning. Helping horses, and helping people! EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier Andres. Call our Horse Help-line today: 250-999-5090 and visit our web site www. Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, abuse and trauma rehabilitation… helping people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Communication, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


he Vernon Young Riders would like to wish all 4-H members and their families a Great New Year! We had a big celebration before Christmas where we also handed out our Achievements for the year. I’m happy to report that everyone in our club achieved their levels! CLOVERBUDS *Gabe Coates, *Georgia Batten ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE JUNIORS *Lillie Batten, Top Horse Judge Badges... Equitation, Showmanship, Horse Judge and Demonstration ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Jyssica Heiss, Top Junior High Point Most Improved Junior Badges... Husbandry and Horse Judge ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Gabrielle Heiss, Most Sportsmanship Award Badges... Husbandry, Horse Judge and Demonstration ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Abby McLuskey, Top Record Book Junior Badges... Farm Safety, Showmanship, Educational Display Board, Demonstration and Horse Judge ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Lydia Coates. Badges... Equitation, Educational Display Board and Showmanship ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Kiera Newman ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE SENIOR *Morgan Sengotta ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE *Aylvia Fair ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE

Congratulations To All Our Members!

Penticton Pony Club By Sil Huber


he Penticton Pony Club is a branch of the Canadian Pony Club. The Canadian Pony Club is a member-based association, managed by volunteers, mandated to serve the needs of Canadian youth, ages 6 to 25, who are interested in riding, learning about and/or caring for horses or ponies. Our theory classes are in full swing at the moment. We have a few of the older members teaching the younger members of the club. The older members of pony club generally work on a “pilot” program where a lot of their learning comes from self-studying and hands-on experience throughout the year.

We are currently looking for sponsors. Our club offers not only theory classes but also riding lessons, camps, as well as the opportunity to participate in regional and national events. Donations will be tax deductible. Any inquiries can be made to Tracey Barnett at 250-486-2364.

The Awards for the 2014 years were: Ambassador Award - Lily Hurst Most “Dedicated Sr.” Award - Jordann Shyrbiak Most “Dedicated Jr.” Award - Kennedy Smith Most Improved Sr. Award - Avery Barnett Most Improved Jr. Award - Mya Halladay/Ellen Ball Sportsmanship Award - Annika Wright Outstanding “Loyalty” Award - Sophie Hurst Outstanding “Character” Award - Charlie Smith Yearling Award - Lillith Stuer Most Determined Sr. Award - Kim Stuer Most Determined Jr. Award - India Barnett Highest Riding Score Award - Olivia Linton Highest Academic Award - Eva Sombrowski High Point Awards D Level - Ellen Ball D1 Level - Annika Wright D2 Level - Kim Steur C1 Level - Jordann Shyrbiak C2 Level - Sophie Hurst


Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


ur Christmas Party was held at the home of Verla Strawn on Saturday December 13th - she offered and we eagerly accepted as she has a lovely property with lots of room. The party, in fact, started on the Friday night when the organizing committee assembled at Verla’s to blow up balloons, wrap millions of prizes for the games, the door prize, for the worst or best Christmas costume competition (depending on which way you approached the contest), and for the ugliest Christmas sweater! Needless to say there were many great contenders for the costumes and sweater, some even qualified for both competitions at the same time! So, with all the arrangements in place on Friday we departed in good “spirits” to re-assemble on Saturday. The theme for the party was the “Traditional Christmas” with turkey and hams, a variety of potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce and… wait for it salad… we all thought someone else was to cook some vegetables! It didn’t matter, as there was plenty of food and some quite delicious desserts, including mince pies and éclairs. This was all accompanied by excellent wines

and even better company - a grand meal. Prior to dinner we held the costume and sweater competition with some fine entries, but the clear winner of the most outrageous Christmas costume was won by Adrienne McLaughlin - you have to see the picture to believe the work that went into her outfit - it was brilliant. The sweater contest was a really close call, but the judges all agreed that the best ‘worst’ one was worn, owned and proudly displayed by Chrissie Siebeck. After dinner we had some fun with the games and I think that everyone ended up with a prize or two. We finished the evening with the Chinese gift exchange - which provided some really hilarious moments and some interesting gifts - most of which found a loving home in the end! The Club wishes to thank the organizing committee - chaired by Verla Strawn and supported by Dorothy McLaughlin, Margie Fisher - who also bought some great presents on behalf of the Club at the Mane Event as did Annette Glover, Carol Lydiatt and the token male Max Alexander! Thanks also to Vince for wrestling with and cooking the turkey

Winners Adrienne (costume) and Chrissie (sweater).

Some of the members getting going!

and to Dawn for “hamming it up”! We also thank our members for their generosity as we raised a fair sum from the sale of tickets for the games which will go to a local animal charity and everyone also brought a contribution for our local Food Bank. Thanks again.

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club is currently tucked away for the winter but we will be ready to open soon… spring is on its way! 2015 promises to be a good year with our usual events already in the works and promises of clinics on the horizon. The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show will be held April 22-26, 2015. Look for entry forms to be posted to the website soon. The Spring Dressage Festival will continue on the May 16-17, 2015 long weekend. We will be reinstating our annual riding camp in the summer and will be hosting various clinics throughout the year. Keep checking our website for up to date information. Like us on Facebook to receive posts of all our happenings! Kelowna Riding Club Membership has its benefits – remember that in addition to receiving a better rate for club events you will also receive a discount on club rentals. You can rent the club grounds for clinics or events, or just the clubhouse. We have very low out of town membership rates and if you prefer to just pay as you go, our drop in fee is $25. All riders must be current Horse Council of BC members. If you haven’t already bought your 2015 membership, please go to and click the “Join KRC” link for membership forms. 40 • Saddle Up • February 2015

The Kelowna Riding Club is open to all riders and all disciplines – the one thing we have in common is the love of our horses. If you have any questions about the club or its events, please go to our website and feel free to contact any of the directors. We look forward to an exciting 2015!


Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


ur 2014 KGC Awards Banquet was held in December with over 80 people attending! Thank you to all the members and volunteers for the 2014 year. A big thank you to the Jardine family and our awesome president Amanda Lamberton! AWARDS: Linda Lamberton Memorial for Most Improved: Simone LambertonBlamire Rod McMillan Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Lisa Flan Fastest Times: Winner of custom bronc halters Flags: Amy Russo on Mia Keyhole: Kayla Stromsten on Skittles Barrels: Ayla Schwarz on Muffin Pole Bending & Stakes: Lisa Flan on Tellee

Masters: 1 Donna Hinchliffe on Badger 2 Chris Robinson on Diego 3 Barb Redlick on Mayzie 4 Cheryl Egeland on Bucky 5 Liz Gibbs on Kilo Senior: 1 Amanda Lamberton on Lightning 2 Amy Russo on Mia 3 Kayla Stromsten on Skittles 4 Amy Russo on Hoden 5 Tarja McLean on Cash Youth: 1 Ayla Schwarz on Muffin 2 Robin Couch on Prince 3 Abbey Ranseth on Pheonix 4 Kathleen Egeland on Penny Mae 5 Arlyn Stirling on Levi

Junior: 1 Lauren Couch on Cinnamon 2 Kiara Redlick on Monopoly 3 Carter Jardine on Gypsy Peewee: 1 Daylce Davis on Misty/Skittles/Gage 2 Marina Jardine on Jewel 3 Shayl Jardine on Flicka 4 Simone Lamberton-Blamire on Tommy 5 Ashlyn Wade on Pippy Leadline: Addy on Holly Rylee Dion on Spring

2015 dates to be announced!

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


he month of November 2014 started off with Melanie Price and Emily Allen going to Provincial Club week in Naramata. This was a fun-filled week where members from many 4-H clubs all over the province met other members and took part in team building activities. Melanie Price was chosen to go to the National 4-H conference in Toronto, and Emily Allen was also chosen to go to the USA National 4-H conference in Washington DC and represent the whole province of BC. Way to go girls. These girls have made the other seniors in our club want to take part in many trips as we wrap up our many years in 4-H. Also, on November 29th the whole group of Kelowna Hoofbeats celebrated a huge year of success with our year-end Awards Banquet. All of the members throughout the year shared wonderful memories. The Awards for the night were: Most Improved Rider - Sydney Augustin Most Improved Horse & Rider (Junior) - Steven Robson and Sheeza Most Improved Horse & Rider (Senior) - Kathleen Egeland and Lily The Citizenship Award is voted on by the members at the end of the year; and is awarded to a Senior and a Junior who has been the most Sportsmanlike, helpful and encouraging throughout the year (the original trophy was donated by Dick and Linda Lamberton): Citizenship Award Senior (Most Sportsmanlike) - Ashley Robson Citizenship Award Junior (Most Sportsmanlike) - Jordan Schell High Point Aggregate and Reserve Aggregate go to a Senior and a Junior member who has earned the highest score by combining Equitation, Judging, Showmanship, and Record Books: Aggregate Junior (High Point) - Steven Robson Reserve Aggregate Junior - Marina Jardine Aggregate Senior (High Point) - Emily Allen Reserve Aggregate Senior - Alana Ensign Record Book Pre clubber - Brooke McGee Record Book Junior - Steven Robson Record Book Senior - Emily Allen and Ashley Robson Public Speaking Junior - Marina Jardine Public Speaking Senior - Emily Allen Demos Junior - Isabell Hultgren and Paivi Mclean (How to carve a pineapple) Demos Senior - Taylor Schell and Alana Ensign (How to make homemade french fries) Educational Display - Colin Allen (displayed at Stock Show where it was placed 2nd in the reign and also at the BC 4-H 100TH Anniversary) Speak and Show Junior - Steven Robson


Awards Banquet Winners Speak and Show Senior - Mia Wishlow Showmanship Junior - Steven Robson Showmanship Senior - Taylor Schell, Alana Ensign and Ashley Robson Equitation Junior - Payton Schell Equitation Senior - Taylor Schell Judging Junior - Sydney Augustin Judging Senior - Alana Ensign

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! This was also a huge year for Megan Moffat and Kristen Bransfeild who both got 4-H scholarships and went on to the RN program at UBCO and the LPN program at Okanagan Collage. 2015 also brings changes to the club as the amazing leader Leah Allen steps down to help the former club members Kyra Casorso and Amanda Lamberton in taking on the leadership role of the Kelowna Hoofbeats. We all look forward to another great year in 2015 and all the new things the club will take part in. • 41

North Vancouver Island Horse Association By Marg Camp WESTERN PERFORMANCE 2014 YEAR-END HIGH POINTS


he Western Performance shows, like many others in 2014, had fewer competitors than usual; Powell River riders and the introduction of Western Dressage testing kept our head above water, so to speak. GREEN HORSE HIGH POINT: Patrick’s Golden Image shown by Sandy Mcleod YOUTH 13 & UNDER (Whale’s Tales Trophy): Camille Lucas - TJ’s Doc SHOWMANSHIP HIGH POINT: Tara Dobler - Dun In The Shade Reserve: Rosalea Pagani - JWR The Last Juan HORSEMANSHIP (Double K Perpetual): Samantha Riggs - Cee My Assets Reserve: Sondra Butler - Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel WESTERN PLEASURE (Sundance Perpetual): Sondra Butler - Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel Reserve: Morgynn Bishop - One Last Luke YOUTH 14-18 HIGH POINT (Stubbs Perpetual): Morgynn Bishop - One Last Luke Reserve: Megan Komori Kennedy - Sheza Trottin Chip WALK/JOG HIGH POINT: Tara Mawle - Dark Ambition Reserve: Madison Bishop - Streakin San Sousa HALTER HIGH POINT: JWR The Last Juan - Rosalea Pagani Reserve: Mito’s Bo San - Nancy Garner TRAIL HIGH POINT: JWR The Last Juan - Rosalea Pagani Reserve: Mito’s Bo San - Nancy Garner REINING HIGH POINT: Rosalea Pagani - JWR The Last Juan Reserve: Mito’s Bo San - Nancy Garner RIDING HIGH POINT (Merle Rimmer Memorial): JWR The Last Juan - Rosalea Pagani Reserve: Mito’s Bo San - Nancy Garner SENIOR HIGH POINT (North Star Stables): JWR The Last Juan - Rosalea Pagani Reserve: Mito’s Bo San - Nancy Garner GREEN RIDER HIGH POINT: Kandyce Wagar - Consider It My Turn

Rosalea Pagani being presented with the High Point Senior buckle by Estelle Shaughnessy of North Star Stables

Unfortunately, Morgynn and her sister, Madison, could not attend the awards ceremony, so their trophies and gifts will be given to them later. Nancy Garner was also unable to be present, as she was sunning in Maui, so her five reserve awards will be picked up later. Now to thank the volunteers who helped out so much... Thanks to Noelle Pagani, Brenda Robson, Jill

Sondra Butler

Tara Dobler

Tara Mawle

Camille Lucas

Ackerman and, of course, ANGIE CRISP (who ably organized the Trail and the Western Dressage) and her daughter Jayde Christian who posted the programs and entry forms to the web page. THANKS! By the way, we are going to need volunteers for 2015.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e had a lovely Christmas party (luncheon) at the Funk’s home in December with the fun gift exchange too! Amazing how personalities change when you play the ‘steal gift’ game! Thank you for your hospitality Dagmar and Gunther – and for the leftovers too! The BCIMHC and the BC/Yukon Zone has their AGM(s) set for Saturday February 28th at the Anchor Inn Pub (upstairs) in Armstrong starting at 11 a.m. We have invited Sure Crop Feeds representative Laura Johnson to speak over the lunch hour on ‘hay analysis and equine nutrition’. I’d love to see all past and present members attend this meeting – we need you! Please re-consider joining us – many minds and hands make for a very productive and ‘active’ club! 42 • Saddle Up • February 2015

The Canadian Morgan Horse Association is hosting their AGM on Saturday March 28th in Kamloops at The Plaza Hotel (405 Victoria Street) starting at 9 a.m. Morgan owners are welcome to attend. We will be co-hosting the Pot O Gold Open Show once again this year, to be held on Saturday May 23rd at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Our main judge will be Jodie Moore from the Fraser Valley. Classes include Halter, Showmanship, Driving, Trail (in-hand and ridden), English and Western Performance. This show is open to all breeds, shapes and sizes. A show program should be available shortly on our website and our Face Book page. More news next month.


BC Rodeo Association Photos courtesy of Cassie Cooper-Snell

BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 • FAX: (250) 398-4101 • Winter Office Hours: Monday to Wednesdays 9:30 am – 4 pm 2015 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

2014 BCRA Lifetime Achievement ~ Steve Hohmann

BCRA 2015 TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 11: (One day Rodeo) True Grit Indoor Rodeo, Barriere April 17-19: 25th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 25-26: Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 17-18: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 23-24: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 6-7: 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 13-14: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 20-21: 54th Ashcroft & District Stampede June 27-28: 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 4-5: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 11-12: Valemount Rodeo July 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo July 17-19: Quesnel Rodeo July 25-26: Esket Rodeo, Alkali Lake August 1-2: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 7-9: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 15-16: Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve August 28-29: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Sept. 4-7: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept. 18-20: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2014 BCRA Rodeo Person Of The Year ~ Allison Everett

2014 BCRA Sportsmanship Award ~ Cole Scott


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Past President: Colleen Schellenberg

A sense of belonging Why join a horse club, like the BC Paint Horse Club, or any club for that matter? In Sally Saur and Roses Are Special this day and age, when social media, email Friendship: Joan Swetlikoff and Rhonda Kopp (Marion Cox photo) and publications like this one have displaced once-coveted newsletters that kept members discipline-specific shows, and the Otter Co-op Free Trophy Program connected, really, why pay for what you now get reaches out to clubs and provides them with an award sponsorship for free? for the Paint Horses competing at their events. As a member, you A Google search tells us belonging to a club provides us with can participate in these programs – or help us promote them in your a “sense of meaningful existence.” How many horse people do communities. That’s an interest we can share. And the information you know say they can’t imagine their lives without their horses? is all available to download from our website. Who can’t relate to that? It’s human nature for people with Calling on youth similar interests to congregate in groups. (Think church, hockey, There are so many opportunities out there for young people Facebook…) now. Fewer people living in rural areas means less exposure and Breed clubs like ours are often accused of being strictly a show access to horses. Dance, hockey, school… all of these things club and in many respects, that’s true. But we shouldn’t apologize compete with our industry for youth participation and we’ve seen for that, and those that don’t show shouldn’t hold that against us. their decline in the show ring. That’s truly a concern for horse clubs Shows are where horse owners come together to compare their like ours – and even the community clubs. We need to support and breeding and training programs with each other, and with breed encourage youth participation in our industry – in and out of the standards. Shows are an important promotional tool for breed show ring - so, last year, we created a new $500 youth scholarship clubs and their members! They attract an audience and potential to be awarded annually. This year, we had only two applicants. If new club members and horse owners, and it’s where members can you are finishing high school and are looking at post-secondary foster relationships with people who often become friends in and education, invest $25 in a youth membership now so you can apply out of the show ring - arguably the best membership benefit of all! next fall for the 2016 award. The odds are in your favour! Shows are not only the primary revenue stream for clubs like ours, they also generate financial opportunities for our members and sponsors: trainers, coaches, stallion owners, buyers and sellers all benefit – directly or indirectly – when we promote Paint Horses at our horse shows. Shows are good. They bring members together to organize them and the more you No such thing as too much fun! are involved – whether organizing (Tracy Schell photo) or competing - the more “fringe” benefits you are going to receive. (A Google search says group participation increases self-esteem! They must have been talking about horse people!) Membership has its perks! Pay your dues! But, BC Paint does more than just promote breed shows...

As unique as our horses Several years ago, we created a couple of unique programs to provide membership benefits to Paint Horse owners and competitors that can’t or choose not to attend APHA shows. The Open Show and Competition Program provides awesome yearend awards to members who compete at their local all-breed or 44 • Saddle Up • February 2015

Website gets a facelift If you haven’t been to lately, you should take a peek. The website received a new look in January and all the information and forms you need to reap the most from your BC Paint membership are now (much) easier to find and download. Our 2015 membership application is there, show rules have been updated and there’s a calendar of – you guessed it – horse show dates for BC, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. You’ll also find the list of 2014 year-end award winners. Before the days get longer and the snow melts, take a personal tour through the website – then support our efforts to promote Paint Horses in BC, pay your dues and be “guilty by association.” We promise: you’ll be in Memberships help our promotional efforts good company! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. By Mellissa Buckley

Officers & Directors 2015 President: Mellissa Buckley, Vice Pres: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Your Board for 2015 We are pleased to introduce you to your 2015 Board of Directors! Everyone is dedicated to serving LMQHA and its members, and is looking forward to the new year! President - Mellissa Buckley Mellissa has served on the LM Board or on various committees of LM since 2003. From co-chairing the Bazaar to chairing the banquet, awards, sponsorships and shows, she has been involved in many aspects of the club throughout her time and brings this experience to the group. She is an All-Around AQHA/APHA trainer in Langley, as well as standing AQHA stallion Blazin On Through and looks forward to working with the Board towards a great season. Vice President - Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz Mary has served for several years on the BCPHC board and she and her husband run their own business. She showed hunters, then Paint and has in most recent years shown Quarter Horse in all-around events. All of which she draws from to bring to our group. She looks at things from a business perspective when dealing with club matters, which is fantastic. She is also expecting this spring so she will be a busy lady! Treasurer - Pia Petersen Pia has been involved with LM since 2004, either as a director (most often as treasurer) or committee member, as well as a dedicated sponsor. She and her husband also run their own business as well as serving on various non-profit boards, which gives her a good perspective on what is needed to have a successful organization. She started out showing Thoroughbreds then switched over to American Quarter Horses, which she now breeds and shows. Secretary - Haley Russell Haley brings youthful enthusiasm and outlook to our team as the youngest of our group. She is dedicated to helping LM be a great club to be a part of. She started showing APHA after years of successful open showing and since 2013 has been showing AQHA and APHA. We are excited to have the newer generation stepping up to become involved and learn the ropes of LM!


Director - Tami Hutton Tami’s family has been involved with LMQHA for many years - Jerry and Norma both having served on the Board in the past. Tami has served as BCPHC director. She is an All-Around AQHA/APHA trainer in Chilliwack, and her family stands AQHA stallion Hesa Poised Dreamer. She looks forward to focusing on the Youth contingent of our club this year. Director - Sherry Sultz Sherry has been a board member of LMQHA in previous years, and returned to it in 2014. She and her husband run their own business and church - experience she draws from for club matters. She is an AQHA/APHA trainer in Langley, raising and breeding AQHA horses. Director - Jaimy Hutton As with her sister Tami, Jaimy has been involved with LMQHA through her family for many years. Riding and showing All-Around AQHA from a very early age, she is looking forward to focusing on the Amateurs in the club this year. Her input is well thought out and considered; she is full of enthusiasm and bright ideas for the future of LM. Director - Jeneane Evans Jeneane has shown in multiple events in APHA most recently. We are excited that she will be concentrating on reviving the organized recreational riding part of our club. Stay tuned for her ideas and plans for 2015! Director - Flora Kippan Flora joined the board in 2013 and is dedicated to helping LMQHA be a great inclusive organization. She is a familiar face at our shows with several of her horses showing in all-around events as well as raising AQHA horses. She and her family have also been fantastic volunteers at the Bazaar, shows and more. We look forward to serving you and encourage your input. We would love for you to be involved! There are many ways in which you can help, please ask your directors.

Shows - We are excited about our 2015 lineup of show circuits! ALL will feature our flat rates (individual class fees also available for those that don’t show in enough classes to require a flat rate), so there is essentially a “cap” on what you pay. Also returning for 2015 is this great feature: for every eight stalls booked on a Trainer/Group list, receive a tack stall free! New this year are the AQHA Rookie classes! Our Show Manager is the ever-fantastic Rod Ash and the marvellous Kathie Mackenzie as Show Secretary. Starting May 3-4, we have our “Fun Circuit”

with prizes, Team Tournament, Funturities and more! An AQHA/APHA show, this year it will be a four-judge, two-day circuit. For those of you who wish to qualify for the 2015 Novice Championships, this is your chance to qualify at one show! Plus, with it being a two-day format, we don’t have the one epic-long day, and it requires less time off work/school and expenses! Next up, in July, we have our AQHA “Big Prize Show,” being held July 23-26. This was a very successful show last year with great class numbers - we are anticipating that we will enjoy a repeat experience in 2015. We are aiming again to offer saddles for High Points as well as a Superhorse and Halter Champion of Champions Award! Finally, on Aug 29-30, we are proud to host a three-judge, two-day show. Like the May Circuit, get more bang for your buck only having to show the two days with no extra-long day at the beginning to tire your horse (and yourself). As an added bonus, have a chance at winning your money back and then some! This is our “Stakes/ Futurity” focused show. Last year, we had a minimum of $1000 added to each and we are aiming to offer the same this year. It will be an AQHA and APHA show.

Sponsorships - We are ever grateful for our Sponsors of 2014 and hope you all will consider it again in 2015! Members, please contact Mellissa for sponsorship forms; we need your help to make our 2015 season a successful one. Forms need to be in by February 15 to be included in our awesome Program Book.

Banquet - Sian Russell was a busy bee preparing for our Awards Banquet celebrating the 2014 year and social event to bring in the 2015 season. It was held January 24 at Adrian’s at the Airport, in Langley. Stay tuned for the next issue of Saddle Up for details on the evening and the winners!

Bazaar - Planning is underway for the Bazaar on March 15 at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park; the committee is working away at making it a great event again in 2015! We have JRFM on board again as well as a lineup of demonstrations, clinicians, tack sale and more! We need members to help both on the Saturday set-up day and the day of the Bazaar, please consider volunteering as this is our major fundraiser and community event! • 45

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

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

Toy Story


et me tell you a story... a Toy Story! Like every good story, it has to happen at a place. In this case, it happened November 2, 2014 at the Cultus Lake Horse Trail. I Beautiful falling fall colors Winning poker hand also need to describe the characters: 15 men, women and youth belonging to the Yarrow Chapter of the Back Country rider brings a new toy that will be collected and donated to a Horsemen of BC. There was “Big John” giving out bear hugs, local community services group. They in turn will deliver them to riding his long-eared mule Bobby Sue, and Suzy - bless her huge children at Christmas. Once our horses were taken care of and heart - who trailers the teenagers we enjoy having along. They each happily munching from hay nets, we each brought over our potluck ride a different coloured horse. Donna was there with her horse addition and toy donation. The picnic table was crowded with friend Echo. He watches her like a hawk. She has a pocket full of presents for all ages! This toy ride also included a Poker Ride and treats for any horse who smiles at her. Ed and his horse - both are you could only draw a hand if you had donated a toy. John and strong, silent types who just do what they’re told! Kara and trusty Mark dealt the cards and the prizes were claimed. Finally it was Rusty, a perfect match of horse and rider. Debbie and Wrangler, a time to eat! There was everything from veggies, wings and cheese true blue partnership. Lastly, me and my buddy Jake; always looking to fresh homemade apple crisp with whipped cream. A comfort for a challenge! We all keep up a constant conversation as we troop food: hot chicken soup was also served! After everyone was full we along. Ann arrived for the short ride, after we had started out on sat around the campfi re for a while sharing stories and chuckles, the long ride, so we missed her. At some point along our back trail, thanked Karin for organizing, then packed up and headed for home. Val and the girls found us. With a buckskin, an Appaloosa pony and This Toy Story has a happy ending. Henry Ford said, “Coming a bay, they followed us back to camp for the potluck. together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working A Toy Ride would be considered a group ride in Back Country together is success!” This group ride was another Yarrow success! lingo. Really anything more than one is a group ride and for it to be For information on joining Back Country Horsemen of BC, safe and successful there needs to be a few guidelines that every please visit our website at and be sure to like rider adheres to. The more riders, the closer the need to stick to us on Facebook. them! The more you have to be able to think like a horse! One of the first and most important ones is to keep your spacing: one horse length in front and behind each horse. Our group came up with some novel, fun ideas to make the ride memorable. I had mini prizes in my saddlebags for the correct answer to questions like, “How many ergots does a horse have and where are they found?” and “Name that smooth gait that Icelandic horses do?” or “What’s the name of Canada’s national horse breed that is coming out on a commemorative coin?” John pointed out the wild horse hiding in a stump and we found a geocache. Many artful pictures were taken of the riders in the colourful, falling, fall foliage. Before we knew it, we’d been out for a twohour ride and were back at the trailhead. We call it a Toy Ride because each Toys that will be donated to Community Services

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

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


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, q @ 11/15 President 604-530-8051 or


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

Back Country Horsemen of B.C.

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

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

BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. For info: or

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



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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15

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

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


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

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

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

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


HAVE TROPHIES AND ‘GENERIC’ RIBBONS TO RECYCLE? These folks would be happy to re-home them to their club. * Suzanne 250-587-6427 (in Barriere BC) * Vivian Pearce 604-947-0942 (on Bowen Island BC) Anyone else? Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

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

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Zans Peppy Cassidy: 2008 Sorrel Gelding, 15+HH, solid heading horse. Consistent team roping horse, gorgeous and fast. Twenty X By Zan: 2011 Sorrel Gelding, 15+HH, well-started heading horse. Spent 2014 in the roping arena, bold and fast. 2012 Geldings: Cowboyz N Diamonds, TD Cowboyz Dream, Zans Young Gunz

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PHOTO ADS only $60. plus GST ELEGANT 2003 BLUE ROAN AQHA MARE 15.2HH. Quiet, nice mover and a proven broodmare. This is a sweet mare that would make a great English or Western Dressage horse, as well as Ranch Pleasure. Also well-started in Reining maneuvers. $7,500 For more information Call 604-462-9179 (Maple Ridge BC) or e-mail


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Stallions and Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 5/15

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