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From the Editor… Features

Mane Event Ready To Go 6 Training with Dana Hokana 8 HCBC Equine Conference 10 Horse Industry Assoc. of Alberta 11 TFC - Endotapping 12 Clicker Training 16 BC Equestrian Trail Study 18 Poncho the Porky Pony Project 22 Legalities with Harveen Thauli NEW! 26 Through A Horse’s Eyes 32 Fancy Becomes A Foster Mom 34

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Cariboo Chatter 28 Top Dog! SECTION 40 KIDS – It’s All About You! 43 Horse Council BC 44 BC Rodeo Association 59 Back Country Horsemen of BC 58 BC Interior Arabian Horse 56 BC Paint Horse Club 53 Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC 57 Lower Mainland Quarter Horse 54 South Central Quarter Horse Assoc. 55 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 60 Clubs/Associations 61 Stallions/Breeders 63 Business Services 65 On The Market (photo ads) 69 Rural Roots (real estate) NEW! 69 Shop & Swap 70


elcome to 2013 and Happy New Year to you all. As Saddle Up heads into its 13th year of publication I would like to thank all of our readers, subscribers, the clubs, the authors and our advertisers for all of your support. Since we are a FREE magazine (in print and online) we do rely on our advertising revenue to print eleven issues per year! Over the holidays I took on the task of creating a MAP showing where Saddle Up is distributed in BC and Alberta. Sure, I knew where all my bundles were going (cities, etc) each month, but visually was a different story once I completed the MAP. Now I know my geography and had fun creating it! Hope you take a look at it on our website, click on Advertise, then Click here for map… it’s rather interesting I think. And while you’re there… look at our advertising rates too… they’re still the ‘best’! (wink) I’m sure some of you remember a letter in our May issue (page 7) regarding the legalities of towing horse trailers, insurance, etc. That letter caused a bit of an uproar with horsepeople… so we are pleased to report that the Ministry of Transportation has made some changes… and I saw that Horse Council BC has posted the notice on their website – so that would be the easiest place for you to read www.hcbc.ca. Scroll down the right side of main page and click on Horse Trailers & Commercial Vehicle Licensing. Speaking of Horse Council BC, I attended their Annual Conference and Awards Gala in Kamloops. You can read all about it on pages 10 and 44. If you weren’t there… you missed out on a great weekend!

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outh 18 years and under have the unique opportunity to participate in Voice For The Horse’s (VFTH) 2nd International Children’s Writing Competition – Subject: The Rescue Horse! New for this year, VFTH will accept submissions in the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, persuasive writing. This writing competition was inspired by the many rescue horses out there needing public support. Horse Rescue Centers across both Canada and the United States dedicate much energy and care to horses who enter the gates to their facilities offering in many cases a second chance for a new life; one in which the chances of finding their new forever loving home becomes a reality. Voice For The Horse’s mandate is “to facilitate in creating a platform for change; a platform that supports the movement of quality equine information as well as seeking to find the new young faces who will become the supporters of our horse welfare and caring of tomorrow.” Voice For The Horse is optimistic with


the chosen subject of this years children’s writing competition, much awareness will be created for the rescue horse and those whose care they are entrusted to as they heal from past trauma, injuries and neglect. Children from the United States and Canada are invited to participate! Media Contact: Yvonne Allen, Yvonne@voiceforthehorse. com, Tel: 604-833-3983 The Voice For The Horse Essays from the Inaugural Children’s Writing Competition 2011 e-book inspired by “Atticus – The Wild Stallion From Deadman Valley, British Columbia, Canada” will be published and available soon! This e-book is filled with the top stories from the young writers who wrote about our wild horses in 2011. Cynthia Royal - owner and trainer of Shadowfax Star - Blanco in the Lord of the Rings movie has joined up with VFTH as spokesperson for our writing competition and is donating beautiful strands of mane from Blanco to be inserted in the creation of our two Talking Stick Grand Prizes for each age category! Cynthia and Blanco are strong advocates for the horse and we are excited to have this amazing horse/rider team join up with us.

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Red Deer’s Mane Event Ready To Go


n April 26–28, 2013 Westerner Park in Red Deer is again the venue for the Mane Event, Equine Education & Trade Show. The expo offers over 250 vendors and 115,000 sq. ft. of trade show shopping for the equine owner and rider plus 90+ hours of equine education including clinics on Reining; Jumping; Horsemanship; Dressage; Driving; Barrel Racing and of course the very popular Trainers’ Challenge. The Trainers’ Challenge will showcase the talents of three trainers working with colts in the Round Pen for 3 days, with the finals over an obstacle course in the arena on Sunday afternoon. The Mane Event is pleased to announce the first of their clinicians for this year’s expo – equestrian icon George Morris will be presenting the jumping/equitation sessions. George is well known as the founding father of Hunt Seat Equitation, the chef d’equipe of the US jumping team and a former Olympian who began his winning show career at the age of 14. Joining George will be Craig Johnson, who will be presenting sessions on reining. Craig has been training horses and coaching riders for nearly 40 years. He has won every major event at least once and accumulated 14 World Championships, 2 NRHA Futurity Championships and earnings over one billion. Craig competed in the first ever World Equestrian Games where reining was an approved event. Returning crowd favourite, Steve Rother, will be presenting horsemanship clinics as well as entertaining during the Friday and Saturday night Equine Experiences. Watch for Steve and Craig’s clinic titles to be announced shortly, as well as an announcement on the other trainers and clinicians participating in this year’s event. A few changes to this year’s Mane Event include an earlier opening for Friday morning making Friday a full day, the trade show opens at 9:00 am on Friday and the clinics and presentations start at 10:00 am. Also, the evening Equine Experience featuring equine entertainment which used to be presented only on Saturday evening will now go both Friday

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and Saturday nights. As these performances always draw a packed house we have added some guaranteed seating that can be purchased in advance, to this event. Also, due to popularity of the Trainers’ Challenge a VIP package has been added that includes guaranteed seating for Steve Rother all the sessions, including the finals in the Arena, a Welcome Reception to meet and talk with the trainers and judges, a VIP welcome gift, admission to the VIP Room upstairs and 20% off in the Mane Event souvenir booth. Visit www. maneeventexpo.com under the tickets tab for more information. General admission tickets, which allow access into all events, George Morris have remained at the same price of $15.00/day for adults or $40.00/3-day pass and $10.00/day for youth or $25.00/3-day pass ensuring that this event remains affordable for everyone. The Mane Event is pleased to announce that special giveaways will take place at both expos (Red Deer and Chilliwack) this year in celebration of their 10 Year Anniversary, watch their Facebook page, website and future articles for information on this. For additional information on the other clinicians, tickets and show hours visit www.maneeventexpo.com or call 250-5787518. See you in April!

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Training with Dana Hokana 7 STEPS TO SLOW YOUR HORSE DOWN WITHOUT SACRIFICING MOVEMENT, PART 2 STEP FOUR Improve your transitions. How your horse handles his transitions will directly affect his gait. If he surges off into the trot or lope, he will stay faster than if he softly steps off into it. When moving forward from the walk to the trot, if he is “up” with lift and selfcarriage, focusing on you, he should be able to lift up and trot right off. If he is barely paying attention to you and wallering into it or taking big long steps into the trot, he will start off faster and on his front end. If he starts off incorrectly, then stop him and try again. Raise your standard in your mind and pay attention to all his moves. When asking a horse to step off correctly into the lope, he should move over off your outside leg and you

should be able to control the step all the way into the lope. I want control of my horse’s hind leg with my leg. I carefully evaluate his reaction to my leg. Is he softly accepting my cue and stepping into the lope or do I feel some negative reactions, such as is he mad, ringing his tail or rushing over off my leg or rushing into the lope? If so, I need to stop him and work on his acceptance to my cue. Am I asking too harshly or not asking firmly enough? If stepping into the right lead, for example, and you need to work on his lope off, pull his head to the left, add your left leg, once you have control of his head then mash or ask with your leg a step at a time until you are driving or controlling the reach and each step of the leg. Also pay attention to his willingness. If he’s mad, then ask him and stop him until it doesn’t feel like it is such a big deal to him. He can then accept it as just a part of his daily job. Demand that he step off softly. If you perfect your transitions, you will perfect your gaits.

STEP FIVE Drive your horse to his face to encourage collection. The more collected your horse is, the slower he can go. Some people are afraid to do this as they are concerned it will promote forward motion, but I find most horses can learn to accept the pressure of being driven to their faces and also learn to tell the difference that when they are released they are to stay slow and carry themselves. But, in my opinion, the benefit is great as it encourages reach, flattens the legs and, if done correctly, rounds the back and increases flow. The way that I do this is to hold or contain my horse in the face. If he fights or pulls back, I will bump lightly to bump him off the bridle while I’m encouraging him forward with my leg. My favourite exercise is to mediumtrot my horse under light contact encouraging him to drive up deep underneath himself, lifting up and rounding his back. I will count with his rhythm and I like to see long, slow, soft steps while reaching deep behind. When I really feel my horse roll up underneath me, I may release and walk a minute for a break or I may lope off and see if I feel that it has improved the lope. I may also two-track at the trot from one corner diagonally across the arena to the other corner, while still driving and collecting my horse. If, after these exercises, your horse thinks go, simply stop and roll your horse back and teach him the difference.

STEP SIX Get the lean out. We often miss subtle areas of lean in our horses. If a horse is not staying between your reins and legs and waiting for your direction, he is not performing at his best. I often work on how my horse guides, as how he guides will directly relate to whether or not he has lean. A great exercise for this is to set up a series of cones in any pattern you want, 8 • Saddle Up • February 2013

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Dana Hokana, cont’d aim your horse straight for a cone and see if he fades one way or another. This is all part of self-carriage. He can let you be in the driver’s seat, not him. If he fades one way or another, he is leaning; usually when he has lean, the next step is that he is going to speed up. Correct his fading or leaning by stopping him and turning back away from the direction that he faded. Do this until he quits thinking ahead of you and stays straight waiting for your next cue.

STEP SEVEN Take your time. If you want your horse to slow down, you must also slow down. Often we don’t realize how fast we are sending our cues to our horse. Get fast-thinking out of his mind by taking it out of your mind. A basic principle that I train with is to encourage my horse to wait for me. If his mindset is always thinking “wait,” he will be less likely to make his own decision to speed up. When you slow your cues down, you project confidence and patience to your horse. This will give him confidence. Walk a moment in between each maneuver. After you do an exercise, stop, release the contact, let him think a moment, then slowly go back to it. Evaluate if he wants to step

or rush off or if he’s willing to stand or walk slowly. See where he is mentally. He may need to be walked or stopped until he’s ready to focus. Also, try to soften your legs and hands as he gets more responsive. If you give more cue than he needs, it feels like a punishment to him. Only give as much cue as it takes to get the desired response. Talk softly through your hands and legs. I hope these steps will help you to slow your horse down and improve his overall performance. Many of the exercises I describe are demonstrated in detail in my Winning Strides video series. Best of luck to you with your horse. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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HCBC Equine Education Conference By Nancy Roman


n January 18-20 I was fortunate enough to take part in Horse Council BC’s Equine Education Conference at the Coast Kamloops Convention Centre in Kamloops BC, along with almost 300 other horse enthusiasts. Why fortunate? Because rarely does an opportunity come along to have this caliber of professional speakers in the same place at the same time. Friday began with three concurrent sessions offered: a Coaches Education Day with clinician Heather Gentles of the University of Guelph; an Officials Education Day with Dr. Dennis Sigler, an AQHA approved judge, a Professor and Extension Horse Specialist in the Texas A&M Animal Science Dept.; and a Share The Trails Workshop (which was sold out!) presented by HCBC and the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC. My friend Cindy Kirschman (a coach and trainer) and I arrived Friday afternoon to take in the weekend’s events. One thing we both had hoped for was a sort of ‘meet and greet’ Friday night – a gathering place for all delegates. Well, maybe next year! (That’s our suggestion) The weekend was definitely jam packed with valuable information for all types of riders and breeders. Saturday morning began with Dr. Deb Bennett on the Principles of Conformation and the Bio-Mechanics of the horse. You could hear a pin drop in the room as everyone was listening to her every word! Dr. Dennis Sigler (who spoke at

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Friday’s session) was back to discuss Conditioning the Equine Athlete with some great slide presentations. During the lunch break, photographer extraordinaire Andrea Blair (Paper Horse Photography, Salmon Arm BC) HCBC staff: Aynsley Cairns, Mel Kositsky, Kelly Coughlin, Orville Smith. gave a presentation of her equine and canine images (it’s not always about ‘ears forward’) and is currently working on a “Senior Horse and Dog” project. Following the fabulous lunch buffet, Dr. Sid Gustafson, DVM, from Montana, spoke on The Language of Horses and Equine Behaviour, as well as stabling and confinement. Dr. A happy group! Nancy Roman, Pauline & Ralph Livingston, Susan Thompson, a Professor Cindy Kirschman, new friend Anja, and in front Joey Tompkins. Ralph accepted the award for Horse of the Year at Kwantlen Polytechnic – Strait of Dover. University and owner of Crescent Stables, spoke on Fear to questions galore from the delegates! and What is it Good For? And how we Following another great lunch buffet, Dr. can break fears into components and gain Juan Samper of JCS Veterinary Services control of ourselves. The final speaker in Langley BC, took to the stage. He of the day was Bill desBarres, chair of discussed Broodmare Management and the Horse Alliance of Canada, and an when to breed (or not), uterine infections advocate for horse welfare. He discussed and pregnancies. The final talk of the the importance of Equine Traceability in weekend was given by Wendy Harris and Canada. Ullie Schnable, members of the Kamloops Saturday night was the HCBC Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen Awards Gala honouring outstanding of BC, on Camping and Trail Riding achievement within BC’s equine with your Horse. Ullie then presented a community (see winners and full story wonderful slide show of her ride across on page 44). the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012 – all were in On Sunday morning, Dr. Deb awe of her trip! Bennett returned to discuss What Makes It was shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday Horses Tick? And how to read what your afternoon when the weekend concluded. horse is saying. Joining the conference The conference and gala organizing today was Dr. Chris Clark of the Western committees did a fabulous job and should College of Veterinary Medicine to talk be commended. about Parasite Control and Deworming, Overall comments were… “This is how often to deworm and which wormers the best educational weekend ever!” to use at what time of year. He was subject HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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by the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada, Canadian Sport Horse he 31st Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference Association (Alberta Chapter), Canadian Warmblood Horse in Red Deer in January welcomed hundreds of horse Breeders Association (Alberta Chapter), Horse Racing Alberta, enthusiasts for a weekend filled with fun and education. and three were made by Horse Industry Association of Alberta Over 660 people were onsite, hailing from all over Alberta, and were worn by a Board Member, Dan James representing the BC, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. The exhibit hall speakers, and a first-time conference attendee. Ron Anderson hosted over 50 booths sponsored by equine businesses and read the pedigrees and Danny Willows provided his auctioneer organizations. services. Peter Fraser designed an extreme cowboy obstacle The weekend started off with the 7th annual Stable Owners’ course for the “horses” to run. Syndicates who bought the lucky Seminar on Friday afternoon and included sessions specifically placing horses came away with prizes and everyone came away designed for stable owners presented by Christy Landwehr, Gary Millar, and Becky Taylor, respectively. The highly anticipated last with a lot of laughs. Dr. Stephen Peters took the stage again on Sunday morning; session was a Q & A with three representatives from Strathcona running concurrent with Dr. Bob Coleman speaking about body County, Red Deer County, and Rocky View County. condition scoring and Dr. Joe Bertone educating about equine Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception provided sleep. the first opportunity to see sponsor booths set up in the The very important Alberta exhibition hall. SPCA Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture, Saturday’s sessions began with dedicated to the welfare of the horse, Frank Merrill from Oklahoma, who was presented this year by Dr. Temple spoke about preserving the future Grandin. Dr. Grandin, who is Autistic, of the equine industry, followed by a is well known for her extensive work on session on equine vision given by Dr. the design of handling facilities and for Lynne Sandmeyer, Christy Landwehr developing welfare guidelines for the on marketing equine businesses and livestock industry. Dr. Matt Randall educating about Following lunch, Dan James took acupuncture and other alternative the stage again and presented training therapies. Horses lined up ready to have their go on the obstacle techniques for re-education, Dr. Peter After lunch, Dr. Stephen course. Physick-Sheard shared his expertise on Peters shared his knowledge about cardiac rhythm disturbances and Dr. the horse’s brain and nervous Michel Lévy spoke about neurologic diseases. system, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke on the controversial subject of The Horse Industry Association of Alberta thanks everyone cloning and a panel of industry experts, Ron Anderson, Shauna who attended and sponsored the event as well as the 20 Cook, Frank Merrill and John Scott discussed today’s horse presenters who brought their expertise and experience to Red market. After a quick ten minute break, Dan James took the Deer, Alberta. stage speaking about liberty training, Dr. Bob Coleman spoke about managing horses on pasture, and Dr. Saundra TenBroeck For more information visit www.albertahorseindustry.ca presented strategies to maximize financial return from broodmares. The News Hour is the last session of the day on Saturday, Keep your Fences in Good Shape this Winter! and offers information on current issues in the horse industry. Complete ElectroRope & ElectroTape Systems Dr. Darrell Dalton from the ABVMA updated the audience on Fence Controllers, Testers, Analysers BAYCO/FINISHLINE, HORSERAIL, PONYRAIL, HORSECOTE, HOTCOTE, a new emergency euthanasia initiative, Dr. Larry Frischke from NO-CLIMB, DIAMOND MESH Pfizer updated delegates on West Nile in the province, Floyd Ask for our Catalogue Mullaney from AFAC spoke about the new emergency livestock and See our Great Prices trailers, and Jackie Wepruk from NFACC spoke about the Equine Code of Practice. Saturday night offered live music by Matt Robertson, a host 1-800-665-3307, 250-757-9677 wine bar and cheese and dessert, and an equine sporting event. Fax: 250-757-9670 This year, delegates were encouraged to form syndicates and info@ferrisfencing.com “bid” using chips on cardboard horses. The horses were made www.ferrisfencing.com


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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne ENDOTAPPING: A NEW AGE TECHNIQUE

Why would endotapping be considered a “new age” technique? Many horse training techniques have been invented over the centuries and later revisited. Yet, few are as strikingly different as endotapping.

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Softening of the poll with head down

ndotapping consists of percussing the horse’s body with a soft ball attached to a whip. It somewhat resembles the tapotement technique used in massage therapy. The first area I usually tap is located where the legs hang when sitting in the saddle (offset a few inches from the centre of the topline to about two-thirds of the way down toward the abdomen). A regular tempo works best. Changing the tempo can be used to regain the horse’s attention. I tap the horse lightly enough so I don’t frighten him, yet not too softly that it is irritating. It is normal for the horse to want to move in the beginning and this should be allowed but slowed. I continue to tap the horse until he lowers his head. It is important to stop the percussion as soon as the horse begins lowering his head. I wait a few seconds and then resume the process. One can encourage the horse to lower his head by gently applying downward pressure on the lead rope. I gently ask the horse to bend his neck towards me throughout the process. These are mild suggestions with no forcing. Most horses go through predictable phases when they first receive endotapping. However, the rate at which they do so is highly variable among individuals. In general, their first reaction is to be fidgety. They may be irritated by the tapping sensation or by the noise the ball makes, or by previous negative experiences with whips. These reactions are usually short-lived with a calm handler. In the second stage, horses become indifferent to the tapping. This is a good time to change the percussion to a stronger tap. The final stage is what we strive to achieve with endotapping: the horse begins to display evident relaxation responses which include chewing, salivating, lowering the head, yawning and softening of the eyes, lips, jaw, stretching the poll and the back. Endotapping can be viewed as a conditioned response. The percussion becomes a cue for the horse to lower his head, which in turn starts a cascade of other relaxation responses. Through continued exposure, the relaxation responses are displayed more quickly and with more strength. Again, note that it is important that the horse be bent towards the handler. Horses in a counter flexed position seem to take longer to develop the conditioned relaxation 12 • Saddle Up • February 2013

First halter training session. This foal was asked to lie down at end of session, he was that relaxed.

responses. Endotapping is a great technique to use when a horse needs to remain calm - for example, when receiving physical therapy or a treatment for colic. It is a terrific adjunct to any training program. Most contemporary trainers recognize that horses are prey animals that are hard-wired for the fight or flight response. Endotapping assists training by promoting a state of relaxation in the horse. In turn, relaxation helps the horse to be more tolerant of frightening stimuli and to learn new tasks. Hence, endotapping instills resilience in the horse and promotes learning. Furthermore, a relaxed horse is more likely to improve his gaits. One advantage of endotapping resides in its simplicity. Almost anyone can positively influence the well-being of a horse. The fact that many of my beginner students have had quick success with this technique speaks volumes. Endotapping is best started on the ground, laying a good foundation. Later, it can be used mounted. The relaxation responses generalize very easily from the ground to mounted work. The underlying mechanisms of endotapping are not yet fully understood. The tentative explanation that follows is based on my fairly large volume of personal experience as well as on the accounts of the technique’s founder (to my best knowledge, J.P. Giacomini). We can speculate that the rhythmic percussion stimulates the horse’s neuromuscular pathways, which induces the secretion of endorphins, the so-called “feel good” neuro-hormones. The endorphins encourage the relaxation behaviours that I mentioned earlier. As the horse relaxes, he increasingly enjoys the percussion, stimulating the secretion of more endorphins, leading to more relaxation responses, and so on. Thus, what we create with this tool is a powerful, positive feed-back loop. I see a horse that has developed very strong relaxation responses to tapping as having a “reset button.” Indeed, when the environment or a particular task I am trying to perform creates stress in my horse, I simply cue the animal to relax by applying taps. The horse quickly relaxes and offers little resistance to the HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Amateur horse owner getting nice, soft, effortless carriage at the jog

Endotapping for a soft poll with a bit of a twirl-poll flexion

environment or to my lead, which I might further modify or repeat. Down the road, I would like to see researchers in a lab setting measure some of the various effects of endotapping, such as: 1. Muscular level, cell changes from normal states to relaxation levels, effects on muscle spindles and golgi tendon apparatus. 2. Physiological levels, heart rate, respiratory rate, salivary and plasma cortisol levels (stress hormone), and endorphin levels. 3. Inter-species differences in response variability, especially comparing prey animals to predators. Endotapping is a technique that goes far beyond that of other training tools. It is a powerful, yet simple, technique that can

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promote physical, intellectual and emotional well-being. When incorporated in foundation training, the effects are very impressive. They may be even more impressive with high-level competitive sport horses. I will be doing a series of workshops on endotapping at the Saskatoon Equine Expo in February as well as multiple exhibitions on both nights. Endotapping is integrated into all of my clinics; my previous articles on the topic can be found on my website www. trainingforcourage.com or in past Saddle Up issues. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.trainingforcourage.com.

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Little Hooves, Big Hope By Skye Davis Klikker is an 8-month-old miniature horse. He was born May 13, 2012. Skye Davis was looking for a companion for her mare Fancy, as well as a new project, when she came across this miniature foal.


he was informed he was loose on 40 acres with other miniature horses and large animals, that he had had no training or people contact, and was free of any conformation or health issues. She was given two pictures of him and several of his dam. She was unable to get any more pictures of him, or any pictures of his sire. She was also told that he had nursed not just off his dam but another mare as well. Skye brought him home and Klikker seemed fine until a few days after his arrival. When Skye and her mom took a good close look at him, they noticed that this little horse was actually malnourished. It hadn’t been obvious as he wasn’t used to people and his winter coat was so very thick. They tried several different ways to get nutrients into him. They tried dry feed, a milk replacer in a bucket as well as in a bottle. Finally, Skye’s mom was able to get him to eat his hard feed with the help of her mare, Fancy, who showed Klikker it was okay to eat the feed. He soon was eating both his hard feed as well as his hay. Skye was happy that Klikker was eating and getting the nutrition he needed but she observed that, besides being malnourished, Klikker also had some major conformation flaws. His back end was severely cow-hocked, his front knees angled in, and his toes turned slightly out. Not only was his conformation poor, but he seemed to be having issues with his back end some days. He would walk and drag his left hind leg as though he didn’t even feel it. Every few steps it would fix itself and he would be fine. At first, it only happened on the odd day, and it was only the left leg. But then it began happening more often and to both his hind legs. Sometimes, when it happened to both hind legs, he would be stuck like that for an 14 • Saddle Up • February 2013

hour or two. Skye was very worried at this point, and feared the worst. She did research on “locking stifle” which she believed to be the problem and also talked to other horse people she knew. Many of them also thought it could be locking stifle, however opinions did vary. Skye talked it over with her mom, and then phoned the veterinarian to make an appointment for Klikker to get checked out. In the meantime, Skye exercised Klikker as often as she could, and tried to go about as though nothing was wrong. It was hard some days. Her mom told her that if he needed surgery or something else that was over $200, then they would have him euthanized. Her mom said it was not worth spending too much money on a horse that wouldn’t ever be more than a companion. Skye understood, but she didn’t like the idea. She wanted to do everything she could to save him. Skye tried hard not to think about having to put this little guy down. Days went by and Klikker started looking much better with the weight gain and exercise; his posture also improved and his back end rarely showed any signs of problems. To date, Klikker is a very happy little guy. He loves his big friend Fancy, who has become not only his protector but also like a second mom to him. He has become very friendly and loves being around people. He now loves to run and play with anyone who is willing to join him. Klikker will be seeing the vet in February. Skye and her family are hoping all goes well for this little horse. He is a special guy who has gone through a lot for one as young as he is. He deserves to live a full and happy life. He may be little, but he has a big heart.

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EAL Training Program Comes to Calgary By Tamara MacKinnon


isiting an equine facility usually means riding lessons and horse training, but Daryl and Gayle Cartier at Cartier Farms have been doing much more. The Cartier Equine Center first introduced Equine Assisted Learning to youth in the fall of 2004 while partnering with many schools in and around Prince Albert, SK. This unique EAL Program addresses specific needs in youth-at-risk. In 2007, the Equine Center partnered with the Saskatchewan Horse Federation, launching the first nationally recognized EAL Certification Training Program, now known as the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning. The Cartiers’ Academy of Equine Assisted Learning has recently expanded to provide their proven EAL training techniques to Calgary. “Our goal is to provide certified EAL facilitators across the country,” says Senior EAL Instructor Gayle Cartier, to meet the growing demand for trained facilitators. The Prince Albert equine facility has entered into a unique partnership agreement with Kari Fulmek, owner and operator of Equine Connection, located on the east side of Calgary. Fulmek completed the EAL Certified Facilitation Instructor’s Course requirements with the intention of partnering to provide EAL Facilitation Training to interested participants in Western Canada. “Calgary is ideally situated in an area rich with western culture and recreational activities,” says Fulmek. This setting attracts some of

the most prestigious companies in the world, lending opportunity to learn how to facilitate EAL, while delivering quality leadership development seminars to a wide variety of groups in the arena. Kari is confident that she and the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Calgary Campus will be extending the same friendly, warm and supportive learning environment as Prince Albert provides. In addition to an extraordinary teaching staff, the EAL Calgary Campus will be offering an outstanding apprenticeship experience. They will be providing individualized training and mentoring opportunities. “Our team teaching, rotation style, will take place primarily in a free-standing, indoor arena created as a site which integrates apprenticeship education with EAL experiences.” EAL facilitation will be provided almost exclusively by those enrolled in the apprenticeship program, closely supervised by dedicated professionals. “I believe that we will be offering a superb training experience and hope that many will consider Calgary EAL as the way to foster their love, passion and excitement for horses and Equine Assisted Learning,” says Fulmek. For more information, contact Tamara MacKinnon at 306-763-0386 or tamara@ cartierequinelearningcenter.com, or Kari Fulmek at 403-519-6765.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy UP FOR DOWN

For the last few months, I have had the pleasure of working with a young woman and her newly acquired young gelding. Sarah wanted to train him right from the start with clicker training. They had progressed nicely with the foundation lessons of targeting, grownups are talking and standing on a mat.

Oli gets startled and his head goes up.


When he stops, Sarah asks for head down. This picture shows the starting hand position.

ead down was the next foundation lesson. With clicker training, we teach head down a bit differently. Head down is taught by lifting up on the lead rope. At first this seems rather counter-intuitive, lifting up to get down. Why

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Here Sarah has started to lift and slide to a point of contact.

Here Sarah has released the point of contact in response to Oli offering to drop his head, and he drops his head.

not just ask for head down by putting downward pressure on the lead? Or by pushing down on his neck behind his ears? There are some good reasons to teach head down by a lift. Teaching it with a lift is safe. Eventually, if you pull down for head down, to get the head all the way to the ground you are bending over or down and putting yourself in an unsafe position - especially with a young, untrained horse. When you ask for head down by lifting up on the lead rope, you are able to remain in a balanced, safe position. Teaching head down with a lift of the lead also allows you to use the same already-known cue once you are in the saddle. Lift up on the rein to lower the head. It is hard to ask for head down when riding while pulling down on the rein and staying in a balanced, safe position. How do we go about teaching head down with the lift of the lead rope? The first thing to remember is that head lowering is NOT a forward-moving exercise. His feet are not to move forward while his head is going down. In order to prevent forward movement, we will use our body position and the “tai chi wall” rope-handling skills. Our body position is in front of the shoulder, facing backwards at about 45 degrees. This is the position for teaching the exercise. After the head down cue is established, the body position can be varied and head down can be asked for from different positions. Start by standing in the position described above on the right side of your horse. Your right hand will be closest to the snap on the rope, your left hand further along the rope. With your left hand, lift the rope and slide your right hand along the rope as the left hand draws the lead up. Go to a light point of contact and wait. If the horse tries to go forward, tighten the rope between your two hands, forming a tai chi wall to block his HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clicker Training, cont’d He did not need to actually touch the target to get his click and reward. Within just a few repetitions, we no longer needed to present the target to have him lower his head in response to the lift of the lead rope. And even better, he had not learned that he could get a release by lifting his head way up out of our reach. Sarah could now use head down to help Oli learn to round and relax his back, and also use it as a calm-down cue for those exciting moments. Sarah asked Oli for head down again as he started to bring it back up and you can see it is even lower.

After head down, Sarah asks Oli to walk on. You can see the lovely relaxed walk off that the head down lesson develops.

forward movement, WITHOUT releasing the upward feel on the rope. If you release the upward “pressure,” you will have given a release which the horse views as a “yes” or correct answer to your request. If he keeps going up with his head, just follow without increasing the pressure - which is only enough to maintain contact. As soon as you feel him try to put his head down, click and release the rope completely with BOTH hands and feed him his treat. Repeat by lifting and sliding. Click, release both hands and treat. Very soon, if you have been consistent with your lift with the left hand, your horse will start to drop his head as soon as you start to lift the rope. Make sure to click on the down and work on building duration so he will leave his head down. Also make sure to teach this from both sides and remember to change hand placement. Why teach head down? Head down is a calming behaviour. Often horses that are taught this with clicker training will offer this behaviour when they feel stressed and actually use it to calm themselves down. I have seen clicker-trained horses voluntarily do this in the pasture after being scared. For most horse-handler situations, this works well, but how can you teach head down by lifting the lead rope if you have a short person and a very tall horse? This was the case with Sarah and Oli. If Oli put his head up high enough, Sarah could not follow him to maintain the contact needed to teach the behaviour. The beauty of clicker training is that the foundation lessons can be used together to make the horse successful. Oli already knew how to target, so we used that lesson to help us teach head down. We paired the old familiar lesson of targeting with the new lesson of head down. We reviewed targeting to make sure he knew that this was the “hot” behaviour. Next, Sarah would slide on the lead rope as described earlier, just to the point of contact. I would then present the target. When Sarah felt Oli start to go down to touch the target, she would click, release and treat him. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


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BC Equestrian Trail Study Story and Photos by Nicole Vaugeois In the summer of 2012, trail users from across the province of BC were asked to provide input to a survey conducted by the Joint Trails and Access Committee for Horse Council BC.


omprised of trail advocates from the Back Country Horsemen of BC, British Columbia Competitive Trail Riders Association and Endurance Riders Association of BC, with staff support from HCBC, the group had lots of questions for trail users. Specifically, the study asked about trail usage patterns, level of satisfaction and preferred enhancements. We thought it would be useful to provide a few short snippets of our findings here for Saddle Up readers and then refer people to the HCBC site in the trails section for the full report. There was a very strong response to the survey resulting in 725 completed surveys. The survey respondents can be described as a mid to late equestrian who were more often female (89.2%) and who had engaged in trail-related activity with horses for an average of 22 years. Approximately 94% of respondents own their horse or mule whereas the remaining Linda Warnock riding trails in 6% lease or ride another Courtenay in a CTR person’s horse. On average, each

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respondent owned 3.28 horses or mules. They were most likely to keep their animals at their own location (67.3%) or, to a lesser extent, by boarding them out (32.7%). The report found that these individuals are “not just trail riders” but people who are actively involved in a variety of competitive and recreational activities with horses. The most frequently indicated activities are natural horsemanship and groundwork (54.1%), ring work (48.3%), dressage (33.8%), jumping (25.2%) and competitive long distance sports like competitive trail and endurance (21%). Trails should, perhaps, be less defined as an activity and reframed as a venue of choice for equestrians. When asked what percent of time they spent using trails versus

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engaging in other activities in the ring, the study found 15% use trails as the exclusive venue for their equestrian activity. A further 42% use trails 80-99% of the time, followed by another 11% who use trails between 6079% of the time. In total, 68% of the sample spends over 60% of their time on trails. Trail users are also trail advocates and trail builders or maintainers. Approximately 63% of respondents indicated that they were somewhat (51%) or very (11.7%) involved in advocating for trail access or trail building work. People use trails for lots of different reasons. The top three motivations for trail users are to gain relaxation and stress release benefits (85%), to socialize with likeminded horse people (85%) and to improve their horses’ fitness and conditioning (85%). The next highest motivators were also around human and horse health; 77% used trails to improve their horses’ mental state

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and 61% for their own physical fitness. These results indicate that trail riding is a highly beneficial health and wellness activity for both horse and rider. Trail use is often combined with overnight stays in other locations. In total, 45.9% of the sample indicated that they combine trail activity with overnights, staying on average 12 nights away each year. In terms of accommodation used, 41% of overnights are spent at campsites that allow horses, followed by 32% wilderness camping. Similarly, 32% of nights away are spent at ride sites for events, and 20% are spent at friends and family accommodations. Commercial options account for the remainder of nights away, where Bed, Bale and Breakfasts are the accommodation of choice 9% of the time and Guest Ranches the remaining 7.5% of nights. Respondents provided some very clear direction to those wanting to enhance the trail system in BC. The most important priority is to get equestrian use as a designated activity on existing trail systems such as in Parks (82%). This is followed by the second priority which is to develop more information on where existing trails are located and how to access them (71%). The third priority is in line with the first, which is to enhance access on private land holdings such as timber companies and ranches (69%). Efforts to educate other trail users on etiquette around horses was a priority for 68% of respondents, the same level of support as those who want to see new trail systems developed in rural and remote areas of the province (68%). Two other priorities were noted by over 60% of respondents: 65% wanted to see enhancements to existing trail systems to improve footing, bridges, safety and another 63% wanted to see maps, particularly downloadable for GPS, developed. The report is available free for download on the HCBC site in the trails section. The JTAC would like to thank all respondents to the survey and congratulate the winners of the incentive

prizes. Thanks also to the sponsors of the prizes including Twin Creeks Bed Bale and Breakfast in Duncan, the BC Competitive Trail Riders’ Association and Back Country Horsemen of BC. We would like to encourage all of you that use trails to share the report widely with your regional district, parks and recreation departments and other groups. Collectively, we can all strive to move forward and enhance BC’s equestrian trail system.

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What’s Your Problem? By Christa Miremadi Photos courtesy of Kristina Belkina

Over the years, I’ve been asked for help regarding a number of different issues people were having with their horses. I’ve been asked to help with trailer loading problems, spooking problems, standing still for mounting, problems where the horse was afraid to go through his own stall door, biting, bucking, pulling, and catching problems...


t seems that, if there’s a challenge to be had, someone out there is dealing with it and looking for help. It’s been my experience that, more often than not, the issue folks think they’re having isn’t actually the issue at all, but rather a symptom of the issue. Although it can be easier said than done, it’s important to know where exactly your focus should be in order to be successful at adjusting an unwanted behaviour and therefore, the outcome. For example, almost two years ago I was asked to come see a horse who “didn’t like to be caught.” The horse was a pretty bay and white pinto filly, around four years old. As her owner told me about the issues she’d been having and explained why she felt as though her horse had a catching problem, I followed her to the fence that separated her very large pasture (60+ acres) from the stable’s yard. “There she is,” her owner said, pointing out the filly, who was not too far off of the fence line. She was standing just behind a group of horses eating at a round bale. As we came through the gate and entered her pasture, she turned to look at us and walked a few feet away from the other horses, stopped and turned her head to watch us approach. I stopped and stood back, watching the interaction as her owner continued the approach alone. Although she was indeed a little shy, she 20 • Saddle Up • February 2013

seemed to be very friendly and personable and she waited patiently as her owner threw a lead rope around her neck. It wasn’t until she went to slide the halter onto her face that “Frankie” pulled her head back quite violently, whipped around and took off. “See?” Her owner threw her hands up in frustration and irritation. “It seems to me you don’t have a catching problem at all,” I replied. “What it looks like you have, to me anyway, is a haltering problem.” As it turned out, once we managed to get the halter on, we discovered that Frankie had a very sore lump on her cheek. I suggested the owner have it checked by a vet and we discovered that Frankie had a badly abscessed tooth! Although it certainly seemed like a catching problem at first, Frankie had no problem being approached, touched or even being caught with the lead rope around her neck. What she did have was a problem with the halter touching her extremely sore face. After the tooth was removed and a course of antibiotics given, she was fine for catching again. However, had my focus remained on fixing a “catching problem” I wouldn’t have been able to do anything for her owner as far as creating a solution to her actual issue. Not all issues or challenges, however, are quite as easy to decipher.

A very common complaint I hear is “my horse is too spooky.” Spookiness certainly can become a problem, especially if a horse doesn’t have any boundaries or know how to express his fear in a healthy way. However, to me the problem isn’t the spooking at all; the problem is actually two separate issues that are being caused by and causing the nervousness. • A lack of sufficient, clear communication, resulting in an insecure horse. • Physical danger to the handler due to a lack of response to the handler’s aids and/or crowding of personal space. The spookiness is simply a symptom of an insecure horse. The insecurity is a symptom of a lack of sufficient, clear and positive directions. The physical danger to the handler (and the horse) is simply a symptom of a lack of response to the aids and/or crowding of personal space which is, of course, a symptom of a lack of clear boundaries. In this case, it is important to ask the following two questions: • What unwanted behaviours are showing up as a result of this nervous energy? • What can I do to improve these behaviours on an everyday basis? You see, the best time to help a spooky horse isn’t at the time that he is being reactive. At that time, the best thing HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

What’s Your Problem?, cont’d you can do is get through it the safest way you can. Horses, like people, retain information and learn best when they are relaxed, therefore, the best time to work on anything you want them to retain is when they are calm. When it comes to spookiness, you’re not actually working on “spookiness” they’re already plenty good at that. What you should actually be working on is relaxation. Relaxation can be created through the improvement of boundaries and responsiveness. With our focus in the wrong place it will be impossible to change the unwanted behaviour and ultimately the outcome of the situation for the better. In fact, energy focused in the wrong direction may actually cause problems to become worse. Sometimes the focus goes to the object or person who “spooked” the horse. This is also ineffective. Instead, the focus should be placed on the answer to one simple question: What behaviours, which your horse is not currently exhibiting, would you like to create? If our focus goes to the object or person as being the cause of the inability for our horse to follow our directions, then we will not be addressing the actual issue and therefore we will be unsuccessful at making any positive changes. In many cases the actual issue is that the horse doesn’t feel safe under the supervision of its handler. Sometimes this is because the directions are not being given clearly or because the handler is somehow inconsistent and the horse feels insecure, not knowing what to expect from the handler. Sometimes this is even because the handler is nervous being with the horse and therefore, inadvertently, sends a message of insecurity to the horse. In any case, the answer is to take note and pay closer attention to your everyday “Everything is A-OK” interactions and watch out for areas that could use improvement and clearly provide your HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

horse with an alternative behaviour to the unwanted one they are offering. In many cases, just altering our focus from what we don’t want to see to what we do want to see can mean Boston, a 4-year-old Lipizzaner gelding who came in for starting and confidence building. He went success all on its own. Other times, from a level 9 or so to a very low, almost nonfolks need a hand trying to determine existent level of anxiety, and now follows calmly. where their focus should be before they will be able to effectively address Sometimes all that is needed is the actual issue. Challenges and issues another perspective. are going to come up, but the only way to actually alleviate them and come up Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility with solutions is to determine what the manager in her family business in Langley, actual problem is, allowing us to put the Silver Star Stables, where she also provides focus in the right place. Many things are riding instruction and conducts horsemanship a matter of perspective and if you’ve been clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony struggling with a problem without success and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the have your focus in the wrong place or be horse’s point of view. under the impression that you are dealing with a problem when really what you’re (See her listing in the Business Services Section dealing with is only a symptom of another under TRAINERS) issue.

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Poncho the Porky Pony Project By Tania Millen Having retired her warmblood, my friend Nancy went shopping for the pony she dreamed of as a child - something short, friendly and bombproof. Poncho fit the bill. He was a cute, 14.1HH, 10-year-old, child-friendly Haflinger pony.


e was also obese. However, Nancy bought him assuming that he would shape up in a few months. What she didn’t realize was that an “easy-keeper” is not necessarily easy to keep. When Poncho arrived at the farm, he was a “land whale” - rock hard with fat. His cresty neck wouldn’t wiggle back and forth, the valley on top of his croup was inches deep and there were pouches of fat where the girth went. He had absolutely no hip bones, no withers, and his back was as flat as a table. He was foot sore and waddled rather than walked. Poncho was so rotund that the ends of the weight tape didn’t meet around his middle. He was well over 1320 lbs! Poncho the Porky Pony Project began. First, the farrier confirmed that Poncho hadn’t foundered. Next, a wide tree saddle was acquired and Poncho was ridden at a walk for 15 minutes each day. For the first month, poor Poncho waddled and

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ate every scrap of that, too! After two months, Poncho was walking for about an hour, five days per week. Occasionally some trot work was added, although he would pant after less than a minute. However, Poncho’s body started to change. The crest of his neck wobbled from side to side, the valley on top of his croup was less pronounced and his girth was a hole tighter. Poncho’s eating habits started to change, too. He was less frantic about hay. He could walk away from the hay net, stroll around his paddock and then come back to the net. Poncho’s hay ration lasted longer, although he was fed the same amount of hay. In the third month, Poncho was ridden for up to two hours per day with the occasional trot and canter. He became keen and looked forward to his daily outings. By the fourth month, the ends of the weight tape overlapped - Poncho had lost six inches around his girth! His hay consumption slowed dramatically and his ration lasted almost 24 hours. When the vet came to the farm, she provided excellent information about insulin resistance and how an obese horse’s body operates. She also said that Poncho needed higher protein hay as he became fitter and that he should weigh about 900 lbs. At the end of the fourth month, Poncho’s hay net was half-filled with higher protein hay and half-filled with lower protein hay. Two days later, he stopped finishing the hay in his net. On careful observation, Nancy determined that Poncho was highgrading the higher protein hay and leaving the rest. Over the next few days, the hay net was filled with the higher protein hay while some lower protein hay was left loose in the paddock. And guess what? After almost four months, Poncho started self-regulating his hay intake. He chose to eat only the higher protein hay, pick out the good bits of loose (lower protein) hay, and leave the rest. He also chose to leave the dirty sheep bedding on the manure pile rather than gorging himself on it! This was a substantial breakthrough, and suggested that Poncho’s eating habits were changing as his body became insulin sensitive again. During the fifth month of Poncho the Porky Pony Project, Poncho was fed loose alfalfa/grass mix hay plus a full hay net 24/7. Having lost eight inches around his girth, he would have done well in “The Biggest Loser” contest! His whole body wiggled and jiggled as he walked due to loose skin, he had a new-found set of withers, and the muscles in his neck and quarters were visible. After six months, Poncho still has more fat to lose plus a fair bit of toning to do; however, he’s sound, reasonably fit and keen to be ridden every day. The slow feed hay net combined with long, slow exercise gave this pony a new life and prevented an uncertain (likely foundered) future.

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True Equine Leadership: Exercises, Part 1 By Barbra Ann King

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I am a firm believer in True Equine Leadership as taught by the Relationship Riding method. It is a method based on zero stress for both horse and rider. When horses see and trust you as they do their own herd leader, they willingly follow you everywhere, including into a trailer. Riding also becomes safer as you will be able to ride without domination or causing pain to obtain results (bitless).

rue Equine Leadership starts on the ground and flourishes in the saddle. On the ground, there are six exercises that help you prove to your horse that you are a leader whom he can trust and respect. These six exercises are: Round Pen Conversation, Food Trials, Leading, Grooming, Picking Up Feet and Take My Space. Besides these exercises, there are also little things that we can do better in order to enhance and preserve the relationship we have, such as the way we put on a halter, what we do between putting on the halter and leading the horse to the barn, mounting/dismounting, etc.

Round Pen Conversation

If your body is pointing to the front of your horse, he will stop and/or change direction because that is what your body language is indicating. A good trick to stay in the right position is to look at the horse’s tail. Your body will naturally orient itself to where you are looking. Keep in mind that your horse is the one that will decide if you are a True Equine Leader or not, no matter how much you think you are! Also, your horse will “ask” you every day if you are still a good leader. Don’t take it personally, that’s what he does with his own herd leader. You are not training your horse, you are communicating with him in a language that he understands.

Most riders have had a chance to work or observe a round Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, pen exercise with a horse. They push him around one way, then the founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author the other, and correct the horse if he shows them his back end. living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing My version of having a round pen conversation is quite performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded different - you focus strictly on having the horse respect your horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website www.relationshipriding.com. personal space. This is done by creating a big bubble for yourself (the perimeter of the round pen) and making sure the horse doesn’t come into your space as you move him around. The horse does not have to run, but if you let him walk, make sure that it is an active walk and that the horse is paying attention to you. If not, push your horse to a trot, just enough for him to be focussed on you. If the horse In the next issue, panics and runs around with a high head, I will explain how back off and stand in the middle of your to do the Food space with your arms down and wait for your horse to calm down. Do not let him Trial exercise. into your space. When you are moving your horse around, make sure your toes and belly are Enjoy the journey! pointing to the horse’s tail and that the whip you use to establish your personal space is touching the ground. Any whip Athena in training that is held high is similar to using “shouty capitals” in an email. 24 • Saddle Up • February 2013

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Mules in Mounted Shooting By Marlene Quiring Cam Fleury, from southern Alberta, is a man who certainly loves his mules. Cam recalls that he has ridden horses ever since he could walk. While studying in Oklahoma to become a farrier, he got his first exposure to working with mules, but didn’t get a chance to own one until much later.


am’s employment was centered around working with horses, as a full time farrier and also as a guide and outfitter. He mainly worked with Quarter Horses and he used them in Team Roping, his favourite hobby at the time. After his initial introduction to mules in the USA, Cam became further intrigued with them after observing their hardiness and ability to travel so well in the mountains. With the bug to own a mule never leaving him, Cam eventually bought his first mule, Jazzie. Together Cam and Jazzie stacked up a pretty good portfolio of various working jobs, including packing posts and wire for the grazing association, doctoring yearlings, dragging calves to the branding fire, leading pack strings and just a few years ago, when Jazzie reached the age of 15, Cam added driving to her list of duties. (Jazzie unfortunately lost her team mate, Festus, in a freak fall on the ice last year.) Cam affectionately describes Jazzie as his “go-to mule.” Now, Cowboy Mounted Shooting has also been added to their list of accomplishments. Cowboy Mounted Shooting typically involves shooting ten targets on a set course with two single-action .45 colt revolvers while maneuvering and turning your chosen mount at a full gallop. It’s an adrenalin-packed sport that is drawing a lot of competitors. There are levels for all riders, so you compete at your own skill level. Jazzie has placed at many competitions since Cam started using her in Mounted Shooting and in 2012, they got a first in the 3D Level at the competitions during the Ponoka Stampede. Since then, Cam has also started competing with his younger mule, five-year-old Lace. Cam bought Lace as a two-year-old in HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Kalispel, Montana, and started riding her at three. Thinking he wanted to use her for mounted shooting and realizing that it might be a bit much with trying to train her in the sport while still learning it himself, Cam contacted World Champion mounted shooter, Kenda Lenseigne to see if she would be willing to take Lace in training. Expecting that Kendra would probably not be interested in training a mule, he was pleasantly surprised when Kenda said she would take on Lace, as long as Cam realized that she had never worked with a mule before. At first, Lace did not like the gunfire and her progression was slow, but Kendra and Cam both felt that she had great potential so she was kept in training. During that time, Kendra developed a connection with Lace which has developed into an appreciation for mules. In July 2012, Cam brought Lace home from the USA and directly into competitions culminating in a clean round and their first prize money at the Wildrose Mounted Shooting Association Finals in September. Cam says, “Lace is the most athletic mule I’ve had and the best equine I have ever ridden. We have a good connection and the potential is limitless.” Cam has set his goal at competing on Lace at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s World Championship in Amarillo, Texas. Cam only rides mules now, having slowly replaced all his horses with them and, just in case he needs more mules to compete with, Cam has started to raise his own, having purchased a Mammoth Jack and crossed him with Appendix Quarter Horse mares. Cam has not seen anyone else yet competing with a mule in Mounted Shooting but, if he has his way,

Cam and his young mule Lace at a Mounted Shooting event in central Alberta.

Cam and Jazzie in the Shotgun event - five targets are shot at with a .45 colt revolver, then a barrel turn for home - reins are thrown away and there are two more targets that you shoot at with a double barrel coach gun. Cam says Jazzie does really well in this event as she is very honest and runs straight in the rundown.

others will be checking out these longeared hybrids and the world will be seeing more of them in the winners’ circle in more Equine Events. Marlene Quiring lives with her husband, five mules, two horses and a few cats on an acreage near Ponoka, AB. Retired from raising mules, Marlene is still active in the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club and is still passionate about longears. www.saddleup.ca • 25

Legalities with Harveen Thauli Asking the Right Questions

Hardly a week goes by when I don’t hear about someone facing unforeseen issues and expenses with their beloved horse. What started out as a well-intended and heartfelt decision has led to unexpected situations and challenging decisions because they didn’t make a properly informed purchase in the first place.


he funny thing is that most people I speak to thought they were asking all the right questions, but in hindsight realize that their excitement got in the way of their business sense. While none of us has a crystal ball telling us the future, there are questions that every prospective buyer should ask, whether it’s your first horse or your tenth, to ensure that the decision is the right one and ultimately a happy one for you. The following scenario is all too common. Sally wanted to take her riding to a new level, but she knew she couldn’t do so if she continued to ride school horses. Since she always loved horses, she decided it was time to buy her own. Sally asked her riding coach, Anne, for help. Anne was aware of Sally’s abilities and knew that she wasn’t experienced enough to buy a horse that was too green. The horse had to be well-trained and not


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easily spooked. Sally and Anne looked at and tried various horses that were for sale, but none were suitable until one day, Anne saw an advertisement, which she knew described Sally’s dream horse. His name was Teko and he was an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that jumped up to 3’3”. Teko was also described as having a good demeanour and suitable for beginners. Besides, the price was right! Sally was excited to hear about Teko, so she and Anne made an appointment with Jean, the seller, to meet him and have a test ride. When Sally and Anne met Jean, they confirmed the basic information in the ad. They verified Teko’s age, height, breed, gender, when he was gelded, the selling price, and the owner’s name and contact information. They asked about Teko’s health, including if he had any health issues, current or previous problems with lameness, if he ever had colic, if he had any dietary restrictions, and when he last received his routine vaccinations and worming. They asked if he had any behavioural problems. For example, did Teko kick, bite, bolt, crib, weave, rear, buck, pull back when tied, or have problems leaving his horse friends. They asked about his training and his competition record. They also asked about his stable skills, including if Teko stood quietly for the farrier or vet, if he had problems loading into a trailer, if he liked other horses and if he had problems with clipping, bathing or blanketing. According to Jean, Teko preferred to go on trail rides with other horses and he was sometimes finicky when blanketed, but other than that, he didn’t have any other vices. When Sally rode Teko that day, she instantly thought that he was perfect for her. Sally told Jean that she would buy Teko subject to a prepurchase examination. Sally remembered that her lawyer friend told her about a legal term, caveat emptor or “let the buyer beware.” It meant that she was responsible for finding out as much information as possible about Teko before she bought him. Anne scheduled the vet examination for later that week. On the day of the pre-purchase examination, Sally was euphoric. Because her mind was abuzz, she relied on Anne to ask the vet all of the right questions. The vet carried out his usual examination, including checking Teko’s vital organs, his general body and skin condition. The vet then observed Teko on a lead strap at a walk and a trot on a straight line, doing flexion tests, and in a circle with a lunge line. The vet detected that Teko had some flexion issues in his left hind and some thickening of the suspensory ligament branches in the same leg. Sally wasn’t sure what this all meant, but was confident Anne would know. The vet then asked Anne about Sally’s riding abilities. Anne told the vet that Sally was just learning how to jump. The vet stated HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Legalities, cont’d that Teko was suitable for Sally’s purposes, but nothing more was said except that he recommended an ultrasound in the future. Sally gleefully bought Teko after the examination. It was true that Teko was suitable for Sally’s purposes, but Anne found other riders to lease Teko to help cover expenses. They were more experienced riders and could jump much higher than Sally, but within a year, the wear and tear on his left hind became too much and Teko became lame. Sally spent thousands of dollars on treatments to help Teko recover. Looking back, Sally wonders if she should have done anything differently. She realizes that Anne didn’t have much experience buying horses, so she should have asked someone with more experience to help her. She also recognizes that she should have been more objective and less emotional about Teko’s purchase. For example, she should have followed-up and asked the vet what the vet meant by Teko being suitable for her purposes. Did that mean she shouldn’t lease Teko to other riders or that he needed extra time off between workouts? Did that mean Teko could not jump as high as 3’3” as described in the ad, and if not, how high was he capable of jumping? When should she have ordered an ultrasound of his left hind? Perhaps it should have been right away. Despite her best efforts to learn about Teko before buying

him, Sally now has a permanently injured horse. Would a sales contract have helped Sally? Benefiting from the professional advice of a lawyer right from the beginning would have helped her think through all of the possible “what if” scenarios and protect herself and the horse from this kind of outcome. I will explore sales contracts in my next article and I will address how I would have advised Sally or Jean depending on who was my client. If you would like to share your stories with me or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at harveen@ myequinelaw.com. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and owner of a horse whose show name is “Legal Affair” as well as a highly experienced lawyer in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial, investigations and securities law. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


We finished up 2012 with another great Cowboy Christmas Concert. Santa showed up right on time and made folks happy as they got their photos taken with him. The entertainment was awesome and I don’t think there were many people in the audience that weren’t singing along!

ope you all had a splendid holiday season and that 2013 has started out to be another great year! We have lots on the calendar again this year so keep your eyes on Cariboo Chatter, and Saddle Up, so you don’t miss out on any of the exciting fun-filled events that are planned.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were really popular at the December Cowboy Christmas Concert. (Photo by Donna Smith)

A quick update from the Emerald Princess on January 17th. The Spirit of the West Cruise just left Princess Cays, Bahamas and we’re now heading for St Thomas. The weather is great, warm and sunny. Spent the day snorkelling (just like riding a horse except different :-). Oh ya, Hugh was right - the sand is like walking in silk. Cheers, K & M.

We’re starting the New Year right and as my deadline for Saddle Up approaches my thoughts are more on beautiful white sand beaches, colourful fish, and the ship’s swimming pool, than they are on Cariboo Chatter. That’s because we boarded the Emerald Princess on January 16 and are now lying on the beach at Princess Cays, Bahamas, soaking up some vitamin D. We have a trail ride booked at Rancho Washikemba on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, but unfortunately I won’t be

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able to get a report or any photos back to Canada in time for this issue. I will have an update for you in the March issue. The ride sounds like it should be awesome, as it will take in some of Bonaire’s outback as well as the lagoon where we will take the horses to swim and play in the blue sea. You can follow us on our trip by checking out our online diary with photos at both www.HughMcLennan.com and www.MeadowSprings. com.


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One of the first things to happen is the 13th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert in Martin Exeter Hall, on February 9. There will be two shows, a 2:00 matinee show and a 7:00 pm evening show. Both shows will be the same so it doesn’t matter which one you attend - the matinee is nice if you have a long drive home. This year we’re bringing back some of the past years’ favourites: Hugh McLennan, Matt Johnston, Gordie West, and the fastest cowboy poet in the west, Frank Gleeson. Tickets are only $15 each and are available in 100 Mile House at Work ‘n’ Play, 100 Mile Feed, and the Log House Western Wear, or by phoning us at 1-888-763-2221. Right after that, we’ll be heading to Kamloops for the 17th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. This event just seems to get bigger, better, and more popular every year. If you’ve been before, you’ll recognize some of the names on the performers list like Gary Fjellgaard, Mag Mawhinney, Frank Gleeson, Doris Daley, Bryn Theissen, Alan Moberg, and Tim Hus, to name a few. If you follow western music in the USA or have been to any of

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Harry, our ranch sitter, took his granddaughter, Jennelle, for their annual Christmas ride. (Photo by Jill Leis)

your chance! Gary guarantees that you’ll leave the one-hour workshop knowing how to play four western songs. I said that the workshops were free, and they are, but for this workshop you will have to purchase Gary’s package for $20. It includes a brand new harmonica and a music booklet. Reserve your spot early for this one as there are only 40 spots available and they’ll go quickly. Tickets are available by phone at 1-888-763-2221. More information on this workshop, Gary Allegretto, and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival can be found at www.bcchs.com. 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.

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Sital, from Victoria, on Sky, starting the New Year right - first time on a horse! (Photo by Jill Leis)

their big festivals, then you’ll probably have heard of some of the new faces we’re bringing in, such as Australian Bush Poet Carol Heuchan, top western music sensation Dave Stamey, the hilarious Rodney Nelson, and the Harmonicaplaying cowboy, Gary Allegretto. Over 40 entertainers will be there as well as over 50 exhibitors in the western trade show, and numerous artists’ work will be on display in the Art of the West Show and Sale. Eleven different workshop/ seminars will be free to anyone attending the Festival and will include topics like saddles, western hats, gold rush trails, song writing, cowboy poetry, bush poetry, showmanship on stage, dialling in sound, and new this year, Gary Allegretto’s “Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica Instantly.” Have you ever thought that you’d like to play a harmonica? Well, now’s HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Prince George Horsemanship Challenge By Steven Dubas When asked about the all-encompassing theme of the Prince George Horsemanship Challenge, Dawn Dreher, director with the PGRA, says that it is “not necessarily that your horse will go over or through an obstacle, but that your horse trusts you and is your partner to do it. The challenge is not about speed or technique; it’s about trust and working as a team.”


s all riders know when on a trail ride, it’s the mud, water, large rocks, and any number of strange-looking things that will have the horse question the rider’s sanity. We have a different point of view, as predators; but they are prey. If you think about it, the horse must let go of a lot of genetic coding to be with us. John Lyons says that the flight response is the only thing humans haven’t been able to change in the horse in the thousands of years we have been together. When we consider the flight response of the horse, trust is one of the core elements they must have in order for them to be with us. I could go on about this, but there are three principles of horsemanship: respect, trust and response - a philosophy drilled into me while I attended a horsemanship clinic with Peter Campbell when I first started riding. I wanted to know how to be safe and keep my horse safe. These three principles have been my mantra ever since, and they have worked wonders, both with people and with animals. Working with these ideas makes the challenge interesting. How much

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does your horse trust you? The course is set up with a number of obstacles; safety is a consideration when creating and building the obstacles. The horses at this level are not schooled by high-level trainers, as demonstrated at the Cowboy Up Challenge at the Calgary Stampede. We are talking about everyday people who own a horse. For this competition, it’s not so much the time, but how the horse reacts to the obstacles, which comes back to the level of trust the horse has with the rider and the rider with the horse. Somehow a horse can sense your anxiety and will give you, to its mind, an appropriate response. In Dawn Dreher’s Horsemanship Challenge course, there are twelve obstacles with varying degrees of difficulty. The most challenging is what I refer to as “The Curtain of Doom” or, as Dawn calls it, “Flapping Gate Walkthrough.” A tarp or shower curtain is cut into strips almost to the top, and hung across a trail which the horse and rider must go through “without hesitation.” The score sheet created is based on a decreasing scale starting with 10 points. For the first refusal, you lose five points;

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for a second refusal, lose two more; with a third refusal, you receive a score of zero points. Even though speed is not a main factor, it has to be considered in the overall plan - if the participant does all the obstacles within three minutes, they get 25 bonus points and if completed in under six minutes, they receive 20 bonus points. I have seen similar challenges, and while they may be named differently, it all comes down to having fun, helping the horse overcome some fears, working with the horse and building trust. Steven Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing!

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I saved my thoroughbred, Dancer, from the meat truck in Edmonton, AB, after her short but successful racing career. Dancer was born in Kentucky from a strong line of racehorse greats. At the age of two, she was brought to Alberta to race, and at the age of three, her career ended with an injury.

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ancer was rehabilitated and trained for trails and dressage by me in Edmonton. When my family relocated to Vancouver Island, she came with us and spent her time as our family pet. She and I spent hours together daily. She was my understanding friend when life wasn’t going right. Often, she would stand with me under our tree and just breathe in my hair, making all the problems in the world disappear. One day in August, a severe situation dictated that I had to leave our family home suddenly with my young daughter. I had no choice but to leave my horse in her pen with hay and water, and bolt back to Alberta. Leaving my best friend in the unknown left me panic-stricken, and I began calling frantically to all the horse rescues I could reach on both Vancouver Island and within the BC mainland. To my good fortune, Joey at the BCIHRS stepped up and said that Dancer could go into care immediately. Family and friends joined together to donate the shipping fees to Hooves and Hounds so that Dancer could get across the Georgia Strait by ferry and trailer to Kelowna. In the months that followed, Joey maintained excellent communication with me and I followed Dancer closely at the rescue through Facebook videos, photos, and phone calls. Joey noticed that Dancer was not doing well spiritually and seemed to have lost the sparkle that she had previously through our friendship. On receiving photos of Dancer, I noticed the new sadness in her eyes and that we needed one another. Joey and I worked out a plan to have Dancer transferred into a private board situation, while I worked out a way to have my friend back with me. At the beginning of December, much to my delight, Dancer returned to me from Kelowna with Hooves and Hounds transport. When I first walked into the trailer to unload her, I saw an unfamiliar horse. Her head was low and her eyes dull, not like the proud Secretariat granddaughter that she had been. I walked over to her, put my arms around her neck, and held out an apple. She took it gently from my hand and smelled my hair. Her head rose, and a glimpse of sparkle came back to her eye. She then pressed her head into my arm and breathed deeply, almost a sigh and thank you. We walked out of the trailer together and she is now again in my backyard. This time, we are on a 180-acre cattle ranch where there is a lot of room to run and play. Each morning, she happily munches a hot mash of oatmeal, carrots, kelp, flax, beet pulp, and high fat pellets that I cook for her. She knows that she is home. Thank you to Joey and the BCIHRS for caring for the people and the horses that are affected by life’s unexpected tragedies, and for caring enough to reunite friends. Dancer is home. Watch for members of the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society at the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, February 2, starting at noon. See you there!

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Through A Horse’s Eyes, Part 4 By Luke Walker Habituation and Personality


abituation is the fourth instinctual way horses learn. Habituation occurs when an animal learns to have a smaller response to a certain stimulus through repeated exposure. Usually, when we want a horse to learn not to be afraid of something, we’ll spend time with him around the object or in the situation he has had a hard time being comfortable around before. The hope is that, with repeated exposure, the horse will habituate and learn that the object or situation won’t hurt him and he will stop reacting completely. Habituation is, without a doubt, the favourite training tool of horse owners for a few reasons: 1. It requires little to no experience with horses to do and the handler gets to see fast results. Repetition is easy to perform because it doesn’t require any thought or planning. 2. It seems to have a narrow potential for error. We can practice repetition and habituation seemingly without risking error in our horsemanship skills. Unfortunately, though, because horses habituate naturally and become less and less afraid of objects or situations in their environment on their own, it only appears as if the handler has helped the horse overcome his fear by repeating the action over and over. In fact, this would occur naturally in its own time with little to no involvement from the handler. 3. Perhaps the most telling reason goes back to our cultural preference for comparing things to our own perception rather than exploring the perception of others, i.e. Comparative Psychology. We, as North Americans, typically like to teach our horses and other pets in the ways that we, ourselves, would learn best. So, because we may learn quickly through repetition, we jump to the conclusion that it would also be a great training tool for working with horses.

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Habituation as a double-edged sword How many times have you heard a friend or neighbour describe a “bad habit” of his horse by saying “That’s just the way that horse is...” or “He’s always done that; it’s just part of his personality.” Chances are, though, that the action the friend described is directly or indirectly a result of over-habituation. How can this be? The main ingredient in habituation is repetition, i.e. repeating the activity or “lesson” until the horse changes his response, whether the issue is that the horse is afraid of something or that he doesn’t understand a riding cue or maneuver in the arena. Our favourite tool is to repeat the maneuver or “lesson” over and over until the horse does it better. We are hoping that the more we repeat it, the better he will get at it. Unfortunately, the nature of repetition requires the student (the horse) to relinquish all personal thought and take pure instruction without being provided with a relevant reason or explanation. This would work well, if only our horses could always be as thrilled about repeating the lesson as we are about seeing the results we want to achieve. We all know that this isn’t always going to be the case, though. Therefore, repetitionbased training programs that don’t incorporate the horse’s other three learning styles, in a conscientious way, are often mentally unstimulating to our horses. When you stop offering the horse choice and thought, as with pure repetition, the activity loses its appeal to the animal very quickly. With a lack of choice and personal judgment required, the level of mental stimulation for the pupil (your horse) goes downhill fast! Habituation and repetition may seem like a cure-all from the handler’s perspective, but to a horse who has just had the need for choice, judgment and the ability for thought taken away in the activity, repetition might seem a little more like “brain jail” than a true partnership. There’s no doubt that repetition has its place in training, but it is better received in small doses and should always be coupled with other thought-provoking activities/lessons. Without the need for a constant presence of mind, a horse tunes out and soon finds other ways to entertain himself… like working against the rider. A lack of mental stimulation prompts a horse to find immediate mental stimulation in any way they can. A person identifying a bad attitude and a resulting bad habit as his horse’s “personality” or “just the way that horse is” is not hearing or seeing the inner horse or its instinctual needs. A horse who is said to have “soured” or is “ring sour” is just that, a horse who has been put on a mentally-deficient training program. To me, this is a sad reality, but true everywhere you might look. It doesn’t mean the horse won’t still like the owner or enjoy his company. Horses will always seek company and are incredibly forgiving… it just means that they will continue displaying signs HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

A Horse’s Eyes, cont’d of annoyance and contempt for almost any instruction they are given, out of perceived necessity and self-preservation, rather than a personality trait. The handler may be calling the display of discontent and disapproval he sees the horse exhibiting as the horse’s “personality” when it may just be the indirect result of overhabituation and repetition “lessons” obscuring the view of the horse’s true personality. Often, folks misinterpret a horse’s habits as being part of, or a result of, that particular horse’s innate personality. However, we all know horses aren’t born annoyed or discontent. They can, however, become that way, despite the best intentions of their handlers through the lessons they’ve learned both consciously and subconsciously. Habituation is a double-edged sword. It can be good to a point but is more easily overused than we like to admit and can actually obscure our view of the horse. If you think about it for a second, habituation is actually contradictory to what we actually want… while we dream of developing a responsive horse, one who is “in tune” and light to the touch, we continue repeating the same actions and habituating him to the point where he actually becomes more

and more unresponsive the further we go. Despite the best intentions, mentally starving a horse in training encourages all kinds of “bad habits” to form in an otherwise responsive, mindful horse. It’s not so much the repetition that is bad - it’s the lack of mental stimulation that it typically involves that’s negative to the horse’s outlook on us and the instruction we have for them. For your horse, “life is what you make it!” Be creative in incorporating a level of unscripted activity in your training while at the same time maintaining the structure of principle rules. Keep your horse’s mind “in the moment” and he is bound by his instinct to be curious and engaged with you. It is then that a horse’s true personality can be seen. Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo. Walker develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers, coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines.

Tidbits near you! For bookings or if you’re interested in trying out with the team, contact Brenda Phillips at 250-296-3276.

Do you enjoy riding the trails at Golden Ears Park?

Wild West Riders ride into Season #2 With the craziness of Christmas and New Year’s behind us, and the rodeo season upon us The Wild West Riders are gearing up for the 2013 show season. We are excited to kick off the season with a return to 100 Mile House for their annual BCRA Rodeo on May 19-20. The WWR will also be returning to Quesnel for the Billy Barker Days Rodeo on July 19-21 and then wrapping up the BCRA season with the best of the best at the BCRA Finals September 13-15 2013. Many more exciting ventures are tentative and will be posted as soon as possible. These Wild Williams Lake Ladies are looking forward to their second season of rodeo and fun. Check out their Facebook page to see if they are performing in a city HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

If so, please help ensure that equestrian interests are protected in the new Park Management Plan! BC Parks has drafted a new management plan for Golden Ears Park that will affect current and future use, and time is running out for equestrians who value riding in the park to have their say. Members of the Haney Horsemen Association have been advocating on behalf of all riders who enjoy Golden Ears Park, promoting equestrian interests at the recent open houses held by BC Parks in January. But the more horse people that get involved, the better - our collective voice will be louder! We ask that all riders who value trail riding opportunities in Golden Ears Park take a few minutes to read the draft Management Plan on the BC Parks website and then offer input on the plan through the online form (directions are given on the website). The new Draft Park Management Plan is located at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/golden_ ears/golden_ears_mp.html Want to make your voice heard? Then don’t delay! The deadline for input is February 15, 2013. www.saddleup.ca • 33

Fancy Becomes a Foster Mom By Yvonne Hillsden On May 16, 2011, our Thoroughbred mare, Missy, delivered her foal (by our Canadian stallion Ranch Lac G Fanfaron Zipper) early in the morning. Despite the fact that it was a miserable day, pouring with rain, it appeared to be an uneventful foaling and the black colt was very vigorous; he was up feeding well and galloping around within the hour.


t 8:45am, I left for work, snapping a very blurry photo of Missy and her new foal in the rain with my cell phone as I drove down the highway. Little did I know it would be my last one of her, forever. A mere two hours later, a devastated Jim paged me at work to tell me that our mare had died, and that I needed to pick up foal milk replacer at the veterinary clinic immediately. He told me how, just 15 minutes after I had left for work, he heard Missy whinnying frantically for help and he found her down - flat out on her side. He called the Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic immediately and they sent one of their vets out within the hour. Despite the best efforts of the vet, she was gone by 11am, having died of a ruptured uterine artery; the post mortem revealed that huge amounts of blood had filled her abdominal cavity. It must have been excruciatingly painful for her and sadly there was nothing that could be done. We are so thankful to this wonderful mare who died giving life to a strong, energetic foal. She was an exemplary mom and was probably one of the best broodmares we ever had. After Jim’s panicked phone call, I rushed to the vet clinic to pick up mare milk replacer as well as some frozen colostrum that they had on hand. The vet clinic quickly sent out a widespread email to see if anyone had a nurse mare available. I arrived home to find a starving colt - no problem learning to drink from a bucket for that one! It took him about 20 seconds to figure out that is where the food was and he just slurped everything right up from the bucket - both the valuable colostrum, as well as the milk replacer. Fortunately, we never had to deal with bottle-feeding him, which made caring for an orphaned foal that much easier! Later that day, Lea Thorson of Dreamscape Ranch in Kamloops, responded to the request for a nurse mare. Within hours, she very kindly hauled over her mare, Cookie, who was still nursing her own nearly year-old foal. Unfortunately, it 34 • Saddle Up • February 2013

seemed that Cookie had decided that she was totally “done” with nursing and looking after another baby - she was completely uninterested in adopting the foal. With no other nurse mares available locally, we had to embark on the timeconsuming, exhausting, and very expensive journey of feeding an orphaned foal ourselves. To our surprise, we discovered that the foal milk replacer cost nearly $200 a bucket. We learned that one bucket would be enough for the first week; then the volume needed would just skyrocket as the foal grew and consumed more. It became obvious that raising an orphaned foal was soon going to become financially unfeasible! Not to mention the labour of getting up every one and a half hours to feed the little guy. Within a couple of days, Jim and I were utterly exhausted. Luckily, Jim is “retired” and at home, and my work was very forgiving, letting me work short days and allowing me to use vacation time (some vacation!), so we were thankfully able to manage feeding the foal. But it was clear that this would have been completely impossible if both of us were working. So, what to do? Enter Fancy, the wonder mare! Fancy (Roval Xno Fancy) is my wonderful riding horse that embodies everything we love about the Canadian Horse - obliging, kind, a wonderful work ethic and versatile. Fancy has had one foal of her own, 11 years ago. Despite her many

Fancy and her new “orphan” foal.

Missy and her foal as I was leaving that morning.

other wonderful characteristics, in all honesty, she was not the best mother in the world - not maternal at all; in fact, she was rather mean to her first and only foal. Due to this, as well as her very busy show schedule, we never bred her again. However, we had observed that Fancy had become increasingly fascinated with other foals over the years, and she was totally entranced by our orphan. After his arrival on the Monday, she spent the next three days hanging her head over the fence intently watching him. It was as if she sensed that something was not right with this picture; she was clearly concerned about this foal. By day three, we realized that continuing to feed this orphaned foal was not sustainable for us. Too expensive and too tiring; also, the foal was imprinting on us and showing abnormal behaviours. Orphaned foals have a bad history of being socially inept in a herd situation, as well as being badly behaved horses later in life (it seems they don`t realize that they are a horse and figure they are “people”). We didn`t like what we were seeing behaviour-wise and were now getting frantic to find a horsey “mom” for our foal. I did extensive research on the Internet and found some interesting articles reporting that non-partuitant (non-pregnant) mares that have had at least one foal before can be induced to lactate and adopt orphaned foals HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Foster Mom, cont’d with good success, given the appropriate combination of medications, hormones and other treatment. Given Fancy’s fascination with the foal, we decided to give her a try. When we put Fancy in with the foal for the first time, she was receptive to him right away. With some encouragement, she allowed him to nurse even though she was dry. That sealed the deal - we were going to move forward with Dr. Dael’s protocol. With the aid of Kamloops Veterinary Clinic and pharmacist Aaron Glover at Glover’s Pharmacy, we started her on the medication regimen. The first part consisted of a shot of Estradiol, followed by a week of Regumate. This series is to simulate the hormones of pregnancy and delivery, i.e. “how to compress 11 months of pregnancy into one short week!” Simultaneously, she was started on massive doses of domperidone pills that were crushed up and given to her in applesauce twice per day. After three days on Fancy starting to accept her new foal. the protocol, Fancy’s udder started to enlarge and produce small amounts of milk. With encouragement and the odd disciplinary “no” if she gave the foal the “stink eye” or threatened to kick, she began to allow him to nurse at will. This was important, as constantly stripping milk from the udder is an essential part of getting this protocol to work. Luckily for us, he nursed well; otherwise we would have had to manually milk her ourselves, multiple times a day. At first, we only let her out with him for an hour at a time, with supervision to make sure that she was not inadvertently rough with him. However, she was generally good with him and each day we were able to lengthen this period. Unfortunately, on the Friday (five days after he was born), we had a setback. Up to this point, in addition to getting small amounts of milk from Fancy, he was getting the majority of his nutrition from the milk replacer. He had been taking this really well - too well, as it turned out! We made the mistake of allowing him to drink however much he wanted, figuring that he was making up for a shortage immediately after being born, and that he would eventually self-limit. Uh, no… The directions on the milk replacer are quite misleading as they do not direct one to feed the foal nearly often enough. We knew from experience that a new foal drinks many times per hour, so realized immediately that the frequency of “every four hours” as directed on the label would not be nearly enough. Our vet, Jennifer Jackson, advised us that we were to go no longer than two hours between feeds and, optimally, to feed every hour. But the sleep deprivation got the better of us when preparing the milk replacer - we weren’t thinking about quantity and ended up feeding him the full amount suggested for each four-hour feed, every hour and a half. As it turns out, we probably gave him at least double what we should have. Duh… Before we figured this all out, our little guy developed a raging HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

case of diarrhea. This was not a normal case of foal scours but full out, projectile, shoot through the eye of a needle from three yards away, straight green water-like diarrhea. With the advent of this, he went off his feeds, too. After two missed feeds and even more diarrhea, we could see him getting dehydrated and suddenly quite lethargic. Instead of waiting to see if he picked up on his own, we decided that we had better be aggressively proactive about the situation; we hauled him into the clinic for some IV fluid rehydration. Within the first treatment, he was clearly looking better. We also took this opportunity to do a SNAP test to check for immunoglobulin levels, to ensure he had gotten enough colostrum. Thankfully, he had. A couple bags of IV fluid later, he had perked right up and went home with us, IV catheter in place. After copious amounts of Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, a couple more bags of IV fluid and administration of smaller, more appropriate amounts of milk (now diluted with water), he was right as rain in a day or so. Later on, after doing some more reading, I made the surprising continued on page 36

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Foster Mom, cont’d discovery that the milk replacer formula is actually twice as concentrated as mare’s milk. Following the mixing instructions on the label results in a 19% concentration solution whereas mare’s milk is only about 10%. With this realization, we started diluting the formula to make a solution with a concentration closer to that of natural mare’s milk. I suspect that the directions on the label recommend making a more concentrated formula for those foals who are not strong enough to drink the larger volume that a more diluted formula would necessitate; with a vigorous foal such as ours, he had no problem with the higher volume, and the additional fluid and decreased richness of the milk seemed to be just what he needed. After that trip to the vet, Fancy completely adopted him and by about week three, we stopped supplementing him with milk replacer as she was providing enough milk to completely meet his needs. As time went on, we tried to transition him over to foal creep feed and milk replacer pellets but gave up on that idea for, no matter what sort of creep feeder we tried, Fancy would figure

out how to get into it and hoover those milk replacer pellets right up. Pretty expensive treats for the mare! With this foal, we also noticed that he started eating grass and hay a lot sooner than our other foals had. The decreased workload for us notwithstanding, the best part of all of this was that he ended up with a “mommy.” This way he was able to have proper equine socialization and appropriate horse-style “behaviour modification” lessons from Fancy. Within days of being adopted by her, we could see a vast improvement in his behaviour; from her, he quickly learned what “no” meant! We did geld him early (at about 5 months of age) due to his rather “precocious” and studdy behaviour - poor Fancy was getting tired of his jumping up and climbing all over her! In the end, we left “Little Man” with Fancy until December (8 months old) before we weaned him, just to ensure that he got a really good start. When we separated them, there was a lot of the typical crying and carrying on that occurs when weaning a foal, but we were surprised as to how strongly Fancy had bonded to her adopted son ironically, way more than she had been to her

Little Man (foal) in June 2012.

own foal. Now, well over a year later, he is growing like a weed and is very healthy and strong. As a yearling, he stood over 15 hh and now is close to 16 hh on the rump. He is one of the largest foals we have ever bred, and still remains very tall and lanky. It has actually been hard to keep weight on him - we suspect this has nothing to do with being an orphan, but only because he is growing so quickly and is so tall. We just weight-taped him in June 2012 and he came out at 800 lbs – an increase of more than 700 lbs in one year. Amazing when you consider the rocky start he had! In closing, we are pleased to say that what started out very tragically, has so far had a very happy outcome!

TIDBITS Alberta Equestrian Federation to Host 2013 CIEC The AEF will host the 2013 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) in the Calgary area from Sept. 1315, 2013. “We are thrilled that the national CIEC committee accepted our submission to host the games in Alberta,” says Tara Gamble, president of the AEF Board of Directors. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase Albertans — horses, riders, coaches and trainers.” “This is the third year of the competition and the first time that the championships have been held outside of Quebec,” says Sonia Dantu, executive director of the AEF. “The disciplines of dressage, jumping and reining for junior and senior competitors will be represented at the championships.” The entry process for riders and leased horses is currently being finalized and will be broadly shared by the AEF when it is complete. 36 • Saddle Up • February 2013

For more information about the CIEC, visit: www.cec-en.ca. To learn more about the AEF, visit: www.albertaequestrian.com.

School of Légèreté 2013 marks the final year of study for the first class of the School of Légèreté at ForTheHorse. The Teachers’ Course, the only one like it in the world, educates horse professionals to become teachers of riding Master Philippe Karl’s School of Légèreté, which is based in France. Students attend three 4-day clinics from April to October. In depth content of the clinics varies from individual lessons with their horses, to jumping lessons, to pedagogical sessions where they learn how to teach guest riders. All of this preparation culminates in a final exam to perform for Mr. Karl in April 2014. Clinics are open to auditors to experience Légèreté, French for lightness, ease and grace! Applications are now being accepted for the next Teachers’ Course class to begin April 2014. More information, www.ForTheHorse.com

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Rescue Epidemic By Rhonda Leanne Stock


According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 89,348 horses were processed by slaughter plants in 2011.

he large numbers of horses facing slaughter in this country and the abandonment of horses that were previously slaughtered in the USA has led to a rapid rise in the number of equine rescue organizations around North America. These groups work to save horses from slaughter or abandonment and neglect and re-home them so they can live long healthy lives. The majority of these rescues do a very good job, saving lives and making people’s dreams of owning horses and helping those in need a reality. Unfortunately, along with the rise in reputable horse rescues, there is also a rise in horse-traders masquerading as rescues. So how does a person make sure they are giving to a cause that is actually helping the horses? And how does a person make sure that the horse they adopt will be suitable for their riding level, their financial circumstances or their general situation? We all want to believe that the term “rescue” means that the people in charge have the best interests of the horse in mind and are doing their best to insure that the animal finds a forever home. But the reality is that there are bad rescues out there and, unfortunately, they often prey on beginners who do not have the knowledge to protect themselves. Here is a set of ten “rules” you should follow when supporting equine charities or adopting from a rescue: 1. Give your time and money to registered charities. This is no guarantee that they are reputable, but it does mean that they have taken the time and energy to fill out the paperwork. If the rescue is not registered themselves, see if they are under the umbrella of a registered charity. 2. Support charities that are affiliated with larger, reputable groups. For example, I support The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada on a regular basis through both sponsorships and fundraising. I feel very comfortable supporting them because I know they are affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary in the UK, which is a very well-known, very reputable, public charity. 3. When adopting a horse, understand the risks. Many rescued horses come with emotional baggage that you may need to work through. Do not expect a perfect animal. Many have food aggression or fear issues from previous mistreatment. You need to be prepared to work your horse through these things. 4. A reputable rescue should try to pair you with the most suitable horse, one that is safe for your experience level. They should not be shovelling horses out the door as fast as they can. Ask the rescue about their assessment process for the horses. At the very least, each horse should be evaluated by an experienced horse person in a variety of situations with and without tack over a period of several days. A five-minute bareback assessment fresh off the trailer is not a reasonable way to determine whether a horse is suitable for beginners. 5. Talk to other people who have taken horses from the rescue you are considering. Ask them questions about their experience and make it clear that you want to know the good and the bad. Previous adopters’ one-on-one experience with the rescue is invaluable. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

6. Adopting a rescue horse should be no different from buying a horse when it comes to the necessary steps an adopter should take before bringing the horse home. Always get a vet check done on the horse, ask for medical records, test-ride the horse and spend some time thinking about it before you purchase. If you are a beginner, have an experienced horseperson come with you for the test ride so they can give you a professional opinion. Taking on a horse is a longterm commitment. 7. Be sure you understand as fully as possible the horse’s medical issues and future needs. Rescue horses that have faced severe neglect often have a long road to recovery ahead, and the adopter needs to be prepared for the financial burden this will entail. My rescue was a severe neglect case and, since her rescue, she has required thousands of dollars of dental work. Fortunately, I knew about it prior to taking her home, so I was prepared. Unexpected vet expenses can be a serious strain on the adopter. 8. Ask the rescue about their animal care and vet policies. They should be willing to share information with you about what they do when they bring in a new animal, including any vet care, quarantine period, etc., as well as information on the horse’s most recent shots and deworming. Ask questions about feed and farrier visits. A reputable rescue should gladly volunteer this information to you and do so in a professional manner. This also applies to a rescue you are giving money to, even if you are not adopting. If you are supporting them, they should be willing to answer questions. 9. Do an online search for reviews of the rescue you are considering adopting through. A quick Google search will often yield interesting results. Pay attention to rumblings - if people are questioning practices at a particular rescue, keep your eyes open and investigate it more thoroughly. Remember, where there is smoke, there is usually fire! That’s not to say that the rescue is doing anything wrong, but proceed with caution. 10. Look at how the owners of the rescue conduct themselves. In my experience, reputable rescues conduct themselves very professionally and do not respond in anger or with profane language. If a rescue owner can’t respond professionally to any and all inquiries, even ones that bring their conduct into question, walk away. Taking in a rescue horse or supporting a rescue with money and donations can be extremely rewarding, and I highly recommend it. But in order to keep the experience rewarding, make sure you keep your eyes, and not just your heart, open. Rhonda Stock is a writer and horsewoman from Estevan, Saskatchewan. Rhonda is passionate about equine rescue and devotes a great deal of her time to raising money for donkey rescues through fundraising and selling homemade gifts. She has shared her life with two rescue horses of her own, giving four happy years to a buckskin gelding in his thirties and, most recently, devoting time, energy and money into rehabilitating a severely neglected mare. To learn more about Rhonda’s fundraising, humane training or the adventures on her ranch, visit her website at www.ridingrainqh.com. www.saddleup.ca • 37

Be Accountable to Your Horse By E.J. MacDonald We have all seen this before - a horse and rider canter towards a jump when suddenly, for some reason, the horse refuses.


ight away, the rider punishes the horse with yanking on the reins, jabbing with spurs or smacking with a riding crop, perhaps even accompanied by a few muttered words. To some, this may be a regular frustration. Or, it could just be once in a blue moon. Either way, it’s because of something we, as riders and horse people, are doing that could be done differently. This is called being accountable for our actions, and pertains to how we react to our horse’s natural behaviours. At the racetracks, I have seen people punish a horse for spooking at a loud noise or the wind flapping a tarp. By punishing the horse in these instances, we are reinforcing the fact in the horse’s brain that there really is something to be afraid of. If we were to not react at a spook, and just reinforce the times when the horse DOESN’T spook at the noise or that tarp, we may find that the horse starts to really look to us for cues as to how we expect him to behave when faced with a scary object or sound. Horses, by nature, are run-first-andask-questions-later creatures. We have managed to gain their trust and as such, override this basic first instinct. However, as we all know, they still have their moments. This is when taking responsibility comes into play. According to Isaac Newton, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I have put a scenario below where this applies to handling horses: It is finally a nice day, and you decide to take your horse out for a ride. The horse has been in a stall for longer periods lately because of all the wet weather. After he is tacked up, you take your horse to the outdoor arena to do some laterals. But the horse is just not focused on the work, instead choosing to make lazy half-circles across the arena. In a moment of frustration, you smack the horse with a riding crop, 38 • Saddle Up • February 2013

hoping to make him focus. Instead, he gives a huge jump sideways, and you are deposited onto the ground. What happened? Should you have put the horse into the round pen first? Or just not smacked the horse with the crop when you did? Or perhaps YOU, too, were not focused, and your mental load passed onto the horse, thus sending the signal that you were worried by something in your life, even subconsciously. In any case, you acted and the horse reacted to your action. You cannot blame the horse for acting like a horse. He may not have thought he was doing anything wrong and, as a result, was not expecting punishment. When we lose our focus, we also lose our ability to give clear cues. But when we push too hard, we set ourselves up for another kind of disaster. A case in point: When I was 24, a friend of mine had a mare with whom she spent time pleasure riding once in a while. The mare was calm and quiet, but the young woman was prone to giving inconsistent cues and it set the horse up for a failure every time. She was a lovely little mare, and I agreed to work with her for a while, so I could see what the problem was. I asked my friend to demonstrate how she rode the horse and her riding was near flawless, except for one thing. She used a gag bit, using only her reins and not her seat, legs and breathing to let the mare know it was time to slow down or stop. She also used this method to change direction and bend the mare into and through a corner - a death grip on the reins. The constant strong-arming on the bit had the mare in a state of stress, and she was losing herself over the lack of clear cues. I tried to suggest that the woman try a lighter snaffle bit, but my idea was met with icy contempt. So I decided to step back from it since it was clear my suggestion wasn’t welcome anymore. Some months later, I saw the mare going through the auction, with the words “difficult to control, experienced

rider best” on the sign on her pen. Apparently, the mare had taken to rearing to escape the pain caused by the bit, and had fallen with a rider on her. I never found out if that rider was my friend or not. Had my friend held herself accountable for the mare’s response to her cues, then this mare may not have seen the auction pen. The mare ended up with an unhappy ending, though bid I tried. My father later told me over the phone, “You can’t save them all.” Although he was right about the “can’t save them all” part, I realized that by being accountable for the way we ride and handle our horses, we may actually be able to prevent a lot of stress on them and, as a result, prevent accidents that stem from the horse’s reactive behaviour due to that handling. In my own training methods, I have used laughter to respond to some behaviour. If the horse won’t move forward right away, and looks around, I chuckle. If he snorts a bit and looks nervous, I chuckle quietly. If he bolts, I slow him, get him stopped and chuckle a bit more. This may not sound like horse training, because it isn’t. I call it ME Training. If I can relax and not be rattled by anything, then I can get the horse to relax and focus, too. It’s easier to work with a horse when your endorphins are working for you and you aren’t stressed or frustrated. Hopefully, 2013 will be a year when we all get to do some training on ourselves, horse-related and otherwise.

E.J. MacDonald has been active in the horse industry since 1989. Leaning towards natural horsemanship, E.J. is a private trainer on the “B” track for Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, offers insight to people with problem horses, and will start horses of all ages.

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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. Nancy Roman 1970 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.



fter years of begging and pleading, I finally got my first horse at age 14, after my parents purchased 20 acres of dry, treeless land at Dunmore, just east of Medicine Hat, Alberta. My best friend also bought a horse, so we had to haul water from the city almost every day for the two horses. It was a lot of work, but we all enjoyed our after-school and weekend retreat. Although I wasn’t alone in this photo (I’m on the right), taken about 1960, I often rode across the prairie by myself. One day I had the experience described in the following poem, which I felt motivated to write as soon as I got home. PRAIRIE WINDSONG We are alone At the top of the hill At the start of the sky My horse and I. The wind comes. The grass bows down before it as it walks And reaches out with arms of withered stalks To hold it close, to make it stay. But there is no kinship No reason to delay It goes its way. And we are alone And more lonely than before… - Donna Quick, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Donna Quick on the right

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. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Top Dog! Bringing a Second Dog into the Family By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP


ven though you already have a dog in your home, bringing in a new dog requires some planning and time to ensure the introduction and transition phase goes as smoothly as possible. Regardless of how easy-going either of the dogs may be, it is still important to use good management and care to ensure both dogs are set up for success in their new life together. First meetings should happen in a neutral location The most successful way to have dogs meet is to actually skip introductions and just go for a walk. They will have some time to be in each other’s presence and focus on things in the environment, with no pressure to actually meet. Ideally, the handlers will walk with each dog on their outside, so there is a buffer. Walk as far apart as is necessary for the dogs to be calm and uninterested in each other. Gradually the handlers can walk more closely together. It may take a number of walks before the two dogs can walk calmly six feet apart. Taking the time to do this will allow them to get used to each other first and then they can greet in a lessexcited (or worried) manner. When they have had appropriate time together (this could mean a 20 to 40 minute walk or several walks), then you can set them up to meet. Any greeting will go more smoothly if the dogs involved are in a calm and polite state before actually contacting. This means hard staring, lunging, barking or pulling on leash (even in excitement) is not appropriate and should not be reinforced by allowing them to greet at that point. If you have gone through the tandem walking process slowly enough, these behaviours should not be present. You can help even further before the greeting by providing a dozen or so super tasty treats for requests of polite behaviours or even choices to look calmly at the other dog or just wait quietly. Once they are settled, allow them to approach for a sniff. Dogs are more comfortable during greetings if they don’t feel trapped. Keep the leash loose. You can even drop it once they are together - just make sure that the leash is well within your reach so you can grab it if necessary. Most people are in too much of a hurry to have the dogs interacting in the beginning. Taking some care and a little extra time will minimize the chances of there being any issues. Since they will be sharing the rest of their lives together, what’s the rush?

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Now the second dog is coming home - avoid free run of the house This seems to be the toughest part for most parents. Whether because of the extra initial effort or because they feel freedom is the kindest welcome, most dogs new to their homes are given too much freedom to start. This actually causes stress because the dog has to make too many choices on his own without the skills to make them comfortably. This extra “responsibility” can take its toll over time. Having our dogs believe that they can safely defer to us comes from our actions and the choices we make on their behalf. It is through our actions that we display our capabilities and thereby earn their trust and respect so they can feel confident that we will guide and keep them safe. In addition to anxiety, free run in the home can also create other problems as it takes away the chance to teach real-life skills like patience and tolerance. Many dogs are left to decide their routine for the day - when they eat, where they go, when they take breaks or choose to be away from the family. This can appear to work smoothly. No fussing, no barking - everything seems great. Why shouldn’t it? The dog can do as he chooses. Now try having the dog stay in a spot of your choosing and remain there (in another room, in a crate, on a tether) while you go about your business. Many free-choice dogs really struggle when faced with requests that weren’t their idea. At some point, whether at home or in the outside world, your dog is going to have to do something that isn’t part of his plan. It’s much fairer to teach him that skill by incorporating it into his daily life. Learning to be home alone Very early on, you should begin preparing the new dog for being alone at home - both with and without the first resident dog. This starts with short, daily periods away from you, while you are still in the home. Plan to keep the dogs separate for the first while Setting the norm to have time alone will help prevent the dogs from becoming completely reliant on each other. The first dog will probably appreciate some alone time and the new dog will benefit from time away from the other dog. Allowing the dogs to hang out without actually interacting is beneficial for a couple of reasons: - The initial situation of the new dog should have minimal HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! negative associations and ideally all positive ones. - Why leave it to chance by allowing dogs to sort things out and work them out on their own? Use baby gates or other management tools to keep the dogs away from each other for the first few days. Let them get used to each other in the home at a comfortable distance. This will prevent anxiety over resources and help develop good habits. This is especially important during feeding times. Give them as much space as they need to be relaxed while eating. Have a second set of everything for the new dog In addition to basic equipment, have resting spots, feeding stations and sleeping spots organized before the second dog comes home. These should be spaced so that the dogs don’t feel crowded or start to feel anxious about resources. Eventually they may choose to rest together. To start, keep the new roommates separate. This way

they can both enjoy their own quiet times, toys and chews without the other dog present. A special note regarding food: Every dog will place different value on different things. It can be contextual too, meaning specific situations may increase their concern about maintaining possession of things. Some dogs may only show guarding behaviour around meat chews or bones, while others may get worked up about paper towel rolls. To be safe, it’s always wise to be particularly careful about food. This means structured feeding times with clearly defined eating areas. The dogs should not be able to go into each other’s area during meal preparation or when either is eating, until continued on page 42

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Top Dog! they have clearly finished and left the area altogether. If you free feed now, this will be a great opportunity to get onto a new and better feeding schedule. Frequent small meals will help develop more interest with a picker, and allow you to get everyone on a safe and healthy meal program. Maintain a normal routine for the first dog Suddenly having his regular routine disrupted, including walks and playtime, can be upsetting to an “only child.” Through the transition phase with your new dog, it’s valuable to maintain the first dog’s schedule with occasional private walks and play. Activities together can be a bonus. This will also help the two dogs not become cling-ons! How this works: First dog should be able to go out for regular walks on his own as usual. The new dog should also go for solo walks for the first while, to make sure his skills outside, including polite leash manners, are solid. This will give you a chance to get to know the new dog and develop a relationship. An extra walk with both dogs (with a second handler) is shorter and packed full of treats or other things both dogs really enjoy. Take care that the dogs have lots of space at this early stage whenever treats or toys are present and being distributed. Over time, reduce the length of solo walks and increase the dual walks. Before choosing to walk both dogs with a single handler, it is important that both dogs can walk politely on leash. This includes being able to give attention and not being hyper or reactive. These behaviours will not get better with a second dog present. Maintain the same household “rules” regarding furniture, greeting guests, getting fed, going outside, etc. for the first dog. Different ones can apply to the new dog, at least for the first few months. This will again show dog 1 that things are staying the same and afford him the comfort of normal routines. You have the advantage of starting from scratch with the new dog. Providing clear, gentle boundaries will help her understand how to be successful in her new home. You can designate special spots where she will feel included in the family, but not infringe on the other dog’s space. For example, if your first dog routinely rests on the couch while you watch TV, you can provide a cozy bed near the couch for the new dog. We often get hung up with this concept, but the dogs will still be getting individual attention and these differences can be tolerated as long as they are consistent and fair. It’s always nice for a singleton dog to have a buddy join the family. Taking the time to prepare and have a plan mapped out will help both dogs (and you!) enjoy all the benefits.

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Ki ds... where are you? horse? What are you doing with your YOU! It’s YOUR tu rn to tell us about Hi. My name is Kieran and I love to ride and this is Holly. I do not have a horse of my own, but my gramma has friends with horses and so I get to ride their horses. It is so much fun, maybe someday I will have my own pony. - Kieran, 3 ½ years, Nelson BC

This is Lillianna and she is practicing riding on gramma’s saddle. She will be ready to ride in the spring. - Lillianna, 1 ½ years, Nelson BC

y favourite horse. m ith w s lli Ta is e ed. Hi. My na m a very pl ayful bre is e sh so r e g in fl Bu ff is a Ha been e is 14.2HH. I have sh nd a ld o rs a for 4 Bu ff is 9 ye been rid ing Bu ff ve ha I ut b rs a ye rid ing for 7 weeks. ceton, BC - Talli s, ag e 9, Prin Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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Notes from the Office Horse Council BC 2012 HCBC AWARDS GALA REPORT Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair, Paper Horse Photography


he Horse Council BC Awards Gala was held at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre on January 19, 2013 to celebrate the athletes, coaches, horses, volunteers and all around amazing people who stood out in 2012. Our Award Recipients Youth High School Recognition Achievement Award: Charlotte Galbraith, Rebecca Alves, Natalie Alves, Lauren Miller, Lindsay Stuart, Sophie Scoones, Emily Hopton. Alf Fletcher Youth Sportsmanship Award: Shaylene Hawkins, Caily Mellot, Halle Smith, Andrea Dobbs, Tegan Payne. BC Athlete Assistance Program (funding recipients): Show Jumping: Brian Morton, Katie Waring; Dressage: Joni Lynn Peters, Rochelle Kilberg; Para-Equestrian: Tristiana Allwood, Jennifer McKenzie.

In photo, l to r: Orville Smith, Tristiana Allwood, Jennifer McKenzie, Joni Lynn Peters. Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award: Janice Spenst. Janice is a tireless volunteer with Mt. Cheam Pony Club, Pony Club BC and Island 22 Equestrian Park. In photo Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian awarding Janice. Coach of the Year: Fionna Christensen. Fionna is a remarkable coach from the lower mainland that has coached people with disabilities as well as able bodied riders for years. She is a star.

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The “Gala” took place during the 2013 Equine Education Conference held January 18-20 and was enthusiastically supported by attendees. Many of the guests came just to celebrate at the Awards Gala and get a chance to meet and mingle with the nominees and other guests. (See the Conference report on page 10 of this issue.) Paralympian Ashley Gowanlock was the host for this year’s big Gala and was an absolute star. She entertained the crowds with her charm, wit,

and electric enthusiasm. The Gala would not have been the same without her. Event photographer was the brilliant Andrea Blair from Paper Horse Photography. After having been a speaker earlier in the day during the Equine Education Conference Andrea was more than up for the challenge of being the official photographer for the evening. Andrea made sure everyone had a good photo, even asking George Tidball to tip his cowboy hat so she could get a better photo.

In photo Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian awarding Fionna. Athlete of the Year: Alisa SchmidtAnema. Alisa is the highest ranked vaulter in Canada according to FEI standings. In photo Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian awarding Alisa. Horse Industry Professional of the Year: Karen Robinson (writer of the popular Equine blogs Straight-Up and Low-Down) accepting award from Stephanie Tidball Cindrich from Asmar Equestrian. Horse of the Year Award - non-competitive: Kasey - a horse from Lantzville, BC who was a great teacher and taught many people how to ride. Kasey later became a therapy horse who was so popular he was requested by name from many students. Sadly he passed away earlier in 2012. Accepting award is Jennifer Payne, Kasey’s owner.

Horse of the Year Award – competitive: Thoroughbred racehorse, Strait of Dover. Strait of Dover was born in Kelowna, BC and was the first BC horse to win the most prestigious Thoroughbred race in Canada, the Queen’s Plate. Not only did he win the race, he won in record time. Accepting award is Ralph Livingston with Orville Smith. Competition of the Year: Orville Smith awarding Barb Schmidt with the trophy for CVI Chilliwack & Future Champions Vaulting Competition. Lifetime Achievement Award: George and Dianne Tidball, founders of Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. In photo is George Tidball, Jenny Lamberton of Capri Insurance and Orville Smith. Congratulations to all the 2013 nominees and a big thank you to all of the sponsors and attendees.

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Equine Canada Update Para-Equestrian Canada Funds Competition Programs Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce that they have once again partnered with Sport Canada to encourage the participation of riders with a disability in competition. As part of this project, therapeutic riding centres that offer new competitive opportunities, or increase their existing competition program to riders with a disability will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $500. After the second series of the season came to a close, a total of four grants of $500 each were awarded to the following centres: Stella French-ManeStream, Victoria, BC Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society, Richmond, BC WindReach Farm, Ashburn, ON Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan, BC Some examples of how the grants will help therapeutic riding centres introduce riders to Para-equestrian sport include: subsidies for riders to participate in competition, a new mounting ramp, a wireless headset communication system, in-house shows, dressage letters and funding for new “introduction to competition” riding programs. Centres interested in applying for the March 15, 2013 deadline are urged to visit Para-Equestrian Canada’s website at www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian for more information. Eventing Course Designer Clinic The Canadian Eventing Officials Committee is pleased to offer comprehensive course designer training during a four-day combined clinic and theory course to be held February 21-24, 2013 in Surrey, BC. The course facilitators are renowned FEI (I) level Eventing Course Designer Jay Hambly of Guelph, ON, and EC Senior Level 2 Eventing Course Designer Laurie Rowan of Cherryville, BC (who was part of the team that built the cross country course at the 2008 Beijing Olympics). The practical building portion of the training will take place February 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Campbell Valley Sunnyside Greenhouse. The theory course will follow on February 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, and will focus on the theoretical aspects of eventing course design. For further information please contact Crystal Labelle, clabelle@equinecanada.ca, 613-248-3433 x 109. One Vision - New Strategic Plan Sets the Course to 2018 Canada’s national equestrian federation has released One Vision - Equine Canada’s Strategic Plan to 2018. The most comprehensive plan in the federation’s history comes after months of national stakeholder consultations with people from all walks of life, and in all parts of Canada, involved with the equine industry and equestrian sport community. “One Vision is Equine Canada’s most ambitious strategic plan to date,” states Mike Gallagher, President of Equine Canada. “We have established a rigorous set of objectives covering a broad range of activities, from horse welfare to equine and human athlete performance.” “Everyone, from volunteers, stakeholders, members and staff must be acknowledged for their tremendous commitment to our strategic planning process,” states the President. “Their contributions were absolutely vital.” One Vision can be downloaded from www. equinecanada.ca.

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Ask Suzi! LEADLINE HINTS Hi Suzi: I need to know more about Leadline. What to wear in it for little girls and mother. Also in men’s Western Pleasure. Thank you! – from Michelle Hi Michelle: Thanks for your note. Look on our website (hobbyhorseinc.com) at the “What Should I Wear?” page for Western Pleasure ideas that also work for Leadline. In general, Leadline turnout should mimic the adult version of style for a Western Pleasure class. I suggest that the emphasis be on the child with the leader having some tie-in (color theme, similar shirt, etc.) that makes them look like a team with the child, but not like twins. It’s important that the child’s clothes fit and be appropriate for the class, but chaps aren’t necessary until you get to the really big shows. Try to find a hat that is actually a kid’s size so that the ‘leadee’ won’t look like a mushroom, and don’t forget the two rules for Leadline: 1. Keep it fun. Kids don’t understand the difference between ribbon colors, and don’t need to. 2. Take lots of photos. Your little ones will be in Walk-Trot, then college, before you know it. Thanks, have fun, and Good Luck. Suzi V Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to suzi@hobbyhorseinc.com and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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Kelowna Riding Club Sets Course for 2013 By Jill Veitch 2013 Show Dates

Kelowna Spring Classics are: ~ Dressage Festival April 20-21, 2013 ~ Hunter Jumper Show April 25-28, 2013 KRC Adult Camp July 28-31 (Kiersten Humphrey-Dressage and Brandy Saunders-Jumping) Clinics TBA More info at www.kelownaridingclub. com.


f you are planning to book an event or rent our facility this year please contact our facility rentals director, Sarah Osachoff, for more info. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact us soon as our deadlines are quickly approaching.

It’s Membership Renewal Time Remember that while we love having you drop in to the club (for $25 per day), we would love to have you join us. Membership prices have remained the same for the past few years. We are a very reasonable $123.20 (including tax) for an adult membership, and $86.24 for 17 & under, and the bonuses to you include: 10% discount at Diamond H Tack in Kelowna, reduced entry fees for club

events, and reduced facility rental rates. We charge an $84.00 volunteer fee that is refundable upon completion of six hours of volunteer work. We are working on new programs this year, including Show Nights for members and we may also host more flat shows and a dressage schooling show. Did you know that Clubs & Associations receive reduced facility rental costs by becoming Affiliate Members of the club? Plus, we have non-riding memberships at KRC. You don’t have to have a horse to belong to the club. We have lots of horse lovers involved.

New Energy For 2013 New 2013 Board additions include Sebastien and Katinka Devrainne of K&S Elite Sport Horses. This dynamic couple are making a huge impact in the Kelowna horse community and are bringing their enthusiasm and capability to the club. We are thrilled to have Katinka get involved with facilities and equipment management and Sebastien is taking on the role of VP. Natalie Murdoch is another super addition. This mom of two young riders and horses is stepping in to help keep us organized. We are also pleased to

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welcome back Sarah Hayes. Thank you to outgoing board members Sherri Paiement, Lynda Ramsay, Pamina Biedermann and Delia Smith. We cannot properly express our appreciation for your hard work. We should mention that our caretaker extraordinaire, Tony Jopling, has agreed to round us up again this year. If you’re wondering why the club has looked so terrific for the past three years, you need only meet our dynamic Tony. His passion for the club is very much appreciated by the board and our members.

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). Continuing from December’s tip in Saddle Up… FACTOR #4: DEVELOPMENTAL AGE Children of the same calendar age can differ enormously in their level of maturation. Coaches should design training and competition programs that match the individual readiness of their young athletes. Two very useful indicators are the beginning and the peak of the growth spurt. Females mature faster than males. Without printing all the age/physical sign/ maturity process charts… you can see as much as a 4-year 46 • Saddle Up • February 2013

2012 KRC High-Point Award Winners - HP Coordinator Angie Norman with winners: Amanda Lamberton, Jillian Thomson, Domonique Murdoch, Kirsten Wickland, Emma Poulin, Emma Bosma, Alanna Eastcott, Kathrin Maxwell, Melissa Ramsay

physiological advantage between early maturing boys and girls to later maturers. Eventually, though, they do catch up when they experience their growth spurt. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: Factor #5. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit www.tranquillefarms.com. Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna Riding Club. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial or confused horses and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under “Trainers”)

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Percheron Power for Alberta Linesman By Bruce Roy Photo by Jordan Hewitt


his past year 67 American and Canadian shows participated in the North American Classic Series. 184 hitches were shown in the 2011-2012 season, contesting over $500,000 in prize money. The four Belgian, Clydesdale/Shire and Percheron hitches that collected the most points qualified for the Finals at Oklahoma City, the third weekend of September. Judging this year’s Finals were Ryan Black of Fergus, Ontario; Chad Cole of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania and Steve Gregg of Paisley, Ontario. The Percheron turnouts in the Finals had a stellar show. Ames Percherons fielded by Ames Construction, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota, topped the twelve finalists. All Star Farms of Bellevue, Michigan, were second; Shining Star Percherons of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, was third; the Jackson Fork Ranch of Bondurant, Wyoming, was fourth. The twelve finalists came from nine American states and one Canadian province. Wheeling the six Percheron mares Jackson Fork Ranch fielded was one of Alberta’s most respected horsemen. For the past two years Brian Coleman has been in the employ of Jackson Fork Ranch. He assembled, schooled, fitted and shod the tramping turnout for Joe Ricketts, CEO of Ameritrade; whose Jackson Fork Ranch is found in northwest Wyoming. Here 4,000 buffalo reside. The lodge at Jackson Fork is a world class fishing and guest lodge. In Coleman’s hands, the Jackson Fork Ranch’s all-mare hitch has been shown to top honours across Canada and

Brian Coleman, one of North America’s greatest linesmen, wheeling six Percheron mares fielded by the Jackson Fork Ranch at Bondurant, Wyoming. Loren Mast riding shotgun.

the United States. Since the Classic Series Finals, Brian has returned to Alberta, with his wife, Colleen, their young family and Platte Valley Nicodemus, a dapple grey Percheron stallion that has horsemen talking. This 3-year-old heads their Percheron stable. Brian and Colleen will continue to school, shoe, fit and show horses for clients across the continent. While talk is cheap, there is reason to suspect Brian could be wheeling six Clydesdale mares come the 2013 Calgary Stampede. A skilled horseman, whose expertise has won international acclaim, Brian is ever willing to share his knowledge, with interested youngsters in particular. His return is welcomed by Alberta horsemen for he sets a high bar in competition.

Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Assoc. (CAWSDA) By Jen Losey


t our November 28th meeting, the new 2013 New Executive was voted in: President - Jen Losey; VicePresident - Angel Roberts; Treasurer - Katharine May; Secretary - Dora-Jean Knoblick. The Western Dressage Clinic with Elaine Ward is being held February 22-24 at Good News Riding Centre in Leduc County. Nine people have registered so far and there are 3 spots remaining. For info call 780-464-0447 or visit www. goodnewsriding.ca. We’re looking at possibly hosting another clinic later in the year, perhaps with a different instructor. We are considering taking a booth at The Mane Event in Red Deer (April 26–28) to bring awareness to our new club. Volunteers are needed to help with the organizing of promotional material, videos, etc. and to man the booth over the weekend. Pending AEF approval, Western classes may be offered at the upcoming PAADA Dressage Daze shows in February, March and May. All three shows are being held at the Ponoka Ag Event HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Centre. http://albertadressage.com/shows-and-events/shows is where the prize list will be posted should approval be given. We are looking to have a summer show, and/or possibly approaching other shows to add a new Western Style Dressage class to their program. It was suggested to have a fun show at Georgina’s facility where we judge each other – give each rider two complementary tips and one constructive. Each member would be responsible to re-reimburse Georgina for the costs of bringing their horse, shavings, hay, etc. This way we could all learn from each other since we are at a very basic level and the costs would be minimal. If we were to host our own show all agreed we should find local judges as this is the most economical choice for us in our start-up phase. For info on CAWSDA please contact Jen, info@ albertawesternstyledressage.com, call 780-686-3423 or visit www.albertawesternstyledressage.com.

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Christmas With The Horses Story and Photos By Ulli Dargel


urnaby Horsemen’s Association (BHA) celebrated their 11th Annual “Christmas With The Horses” Open House on December 2, 2012. This annual event is giving back to the Burnaby community. It brings families from Burnaby and the surrounding areas; many have come for several years and don’t want to miss this event. There was no shortage of children wanting to take part in our free pony rides. A total of 140 children had the pleasure of experiencing the thrill sitting on a horse/ pony. The itinerary for the day covered various horse demonstrations, including our own Burnaby Horsemen’s Drill Team, facility tours, craft tables and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The Maple Ridge Concert Band entertained the crowd by playing Christmas songs. The BHA is pleased to annually contribute to the Burnaby Food Bank. Thanks to the non-perishable food items donated

Sally, Ulli and Lauren manning the BHA welcome table.

Burnaby’s Sparks Girl Guides proudly wearing their t-shirts (“We promise to share and be a friend”) holding their Horse Council BC button (“I Love Horses”).

by our members and visitors, six boxes were dropped off to the Burnaby Fire Station (on Brighton/Government Road) for distribution. We would like to thank everyone that came out and contributed to the success of our 11th Annual Open House. Burnaby Horsemen’s Drill Team.

Vernon District Riding Club’s own Crony Club By Judy Olson


his spring we are offering a great new opportunity for riders to enjoy the beautiful Vernon & District Riding Club. “The Crony Club” aims to provide a fun, group lesson or activity for adult recreational riders in a supportive and non competitive atmosphere. Activities will include group riding lessons, trail class, scavenger hunts, versatility, maybe even a musical ride. Activities for the fall include a “sleepover” weekend at the club with guest speakers and a selection of mounted and non-mounted activities. Perfect for returning riders, green horses, or anyone who wants to have fun learning new things with their horse. Seven 1.5 hr sessions will take place at the Club on Sunday mornings under the direction of VDRC coach, Ruth Moore, starting at the end of April. Books of 5 tickets are available for $50.00. For details or to buy your voucher contact Kathy at 250-545-4185 or e-mail rkvbc@shaw.ca. VDRC membership as well as HCBC membership is required for all participants. Updates will be posted on the website www.vernonridingclub.com. Winter riding for members took place on an Equistool when Sandra Sokoloski (esportphysio.ca) was back for the weekend of Dec. 15-16. Ten riders had full body physio assessments including ultrasound analysis of core muscle activation. Amber Hahn, EC Level 2 coach, and a registered massage therapist (RMT, A1 Massage Therapy) from Vernon charted for Sandra, took notes while each 48 • Saddle Up • February 2013

rider was given specific exercises for their weaknesses and participated in the day long exercise session on Sunday. We want to thank Shannon Walton and Dr. Ron Flater for the use of their fabulous new White Valley Veterinary Clinic in Lumby for the venue. Sandra will be back in the late spring. As for 2013 activities... The season opener will be the Second Annual VDRC Fashion Show in late March. Rumour Sandra is assisting has it that the very popular Adam Shannon Walton on the Degenstein (Farrier Services) will be back Equistool, while Jan as a feature model and will be joined by Jollymour, EC Level II coach, assists from Sebastien Devrainne of K&S Elite Sport behind. Horses. Linda Parker Fisk is promising another fabulous night of entertainment, so buy your tickets early as this event is sure to sell out. The VDRC is your Club, so please contact any one on the Board of Directors with your wish list for activities. We welcome new ideas and would like to have something to offer all riding disciplines. www.vernonridingclub.com. “Come Ride With Us”.

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From The Barriere & District Riding Club to our 2012 Sponsors for their wonderful support!

he Barriere and District Riding Club wrapped up a busy and exciting 2012 season with their Year-End Banquet and Awards on Oct 27, at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere. Approximately 100 members and their families turned out for this event. A delicious potluck dinner was enjoyed before the awards were handed out. Trophy buckles and bronc-style halters (for the Novice gymkhana classes) were awarded to the high point winners, embroidered saddle blankets to the runners-up, halters for third, embroidered saddle covers for fourth, and a set of polo wraps for fifth in all age divisions for the horse shows and the gymkhanas. The B&DRC held four BC Heritage Qualifier horse shows, and eight gymkhanas in 2012, along with several group trail rides, clinics, and our annual Vet Day. Recognized for their efforts were the Volunteers of the Year: Wendy Sabyan (competing member), Joanne Pettersen (director) and Gail Yon (recreational member). Riley Leduc, Helen and Ron Woods, Peter and Marylin Maidment, Tami and Jim Myram, Al Threatful, Cindy Somogyi, Pat Dickie, Cat Elliot and Pam Jim were all recognized for the extra effort they put into the shows and gymkhanas throughout the year. The awards for Most Improved Rider went to: Doris Luhowy (recreational rider), Chantal Holt and Cherie Witts (horse shows) and Wendy Sabyan and Sarah Pringle (gymkhanas). Sportsmanship awards went to Lori Witts and Katie Elliot (horse shows) and Patti Aldrich and Catrina Daniels (gymkhanas). The Spirit Award was given to Haley Pringle.

Year End Award Winners - Horse Shows Small Fry: 1. Alexis Nelson Green: 1. Chantal Holt 2. Kristina Leduc 3. Jane Leamy 4. Lori Witts 5. Suzanne Emerson Novice: 1. Nicolle Dupont

2. Sarah Underwood 3. Jane Leamy, Richard Arthur 4. Petra Migl Junior: 1. Kaylee Huddema 2. Lizzy Elliot 3. Zoe Ovenden 4. Lane Robinson Intermediate: 1. Hailey Blattler 2. Jenny Jim

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3. Katie Elliot 4. Shaye Turcotte 5. Veronica Blattler Senior: 1. Darcey Woods 2. Dani Noble 3. Rhonda Kopp 4. Jen Leighton 5. Judy Banks

We partnered with the 100 Mile Outriders riding club to bring the first (hopefully annual) “Thompson-Cariboo Show Circuit” to encourage our horse show competitors to venture out of their home town “comfort zone,” and to increase the number of riders competing in each club’s shows. Thompson-Cariboo Show Circuit Results Junior: 1. Caily Mellot 2. Kaylee Huddema Intermediate: 1. Hailey Blattler 2. Cassidy Mellot Novice: 1. Nicolle Dupont Senior: 1. Darcey Woods 2. Dani Noble Junior Sportsmanship Award: Caily Mellot Year End Award Winners - Gymkhanas Leadline: 1. Gabriel Polleck 2. Matthew Fothergil

Thompson Cariboo Show Circuit: Darcey Woods, Kaylee Huddema, Haley Blattler, Nicolle Dupont, Dani Noble.

Pee Wee Novice: 1. Jake Bradley 2. Alexis Nelson 3. Becky Bradley 4. Rylan Baker Pee Wee Advanced: 1. Kamryn Cousins Intermediate Novice: 1. Sarah Pringle 2. Haley Pringle 3. Shaye Turcotte Intermediate Advanced: 1. Catrina Daniels 2. Katie Holland 3. Katie Elliot 4. Jenny Jim and Jamie Myram 5. Katie Holland Senior Novice: 1. Chantal Holt

Horse Show Junior: Club President Darcey Woods presenting Kaylee Huddema, Lizzy Elliot.

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2. Petra Migl 3. Jane Leamy 4. Sarah Underwood 5. Paula Cousins Senior Advanced: 1. Wendy Sabyan 2. Sharon Threatful 3. Noah Baker 4. Michelle Baker 5. Connie Holland Jack Benny Novice: 1. Jill Dunbar 2. Patti Aldrich 3. Sheila Cousins Jack Benny Advanced: 1. Cat Elliot 2. Dave Holland High Point Paint Horse Award: Jane Leamy with Texas Style Rose

AND to all of the Volunteers who helped make all of our events possible! Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made our 2012 events possible! We are looking forward to a very exciting 2013 (our 40th Anniversary), and hope to see more new faces at our events, which now include the North Thompson Fall Fair Light Horse Program!

Gymkhana Pee Wee Novice: Kristina Bradley (gymkhana organizer) presenting Alexis Nelson, Jake Bradley, Becky Bradley, Rylan Baker.

Gymkhana Senior Advanced: Kristina Bradley presenting Sharon Threatful, Wendy Sabyan, Noah Baker, Michelle Baker and Connie Holland.

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BCCTRA Update By Nicole Vaugeois


he BC Competitive Trail Riders Association (BCCTRA) hosted its year-end awards at the home of Nancy Gourlay on December 29, 2012. The names of award winners are now available on the BCCTRA website. Congratulations to all award winners for the 2012 season and a special thank you to the hard working ride managers Myrna Thompson, Joanne Macaluso, Shelley Balme, Nancy Gourlay, Tammy Nancy Gourlay receiving the Gaited Horse Award Mercer and Keir Gervais for their efforts. Kevin Gourlay receiving the High from Joanne Schneider Point Junior Award from Joanne The 2013 events calendar is taking shape with Schneider Committee for Horse Council at least six competitive trail rides planned in the BC. BCCTRA’s representative province. Mark your calendars and start to train! Rides start with on this committee, Nicole a new ride, the Timber Ridge CTR, taking place near Lumby on May 31 and June 1. This will be followed by the Cowichan CTR on Vaugeois, says that equestrians July 6-7 in Duncan, the Sunset CTR in Kelowna on July 12-13 and will now have evidence of what is needed to enhance the trail a new Mid-Island CTR on July 26-27. Later in the summer, the system in the province. Thanks popular Cariboo Hill Plateau ride will be hosted at the 108 Ranch August 9-10. The final ride of the year is planned for Sept 28-29 in to all the competitive trail riders who participated in the study. Chemainus. There is talk of a couple of new CTRs happening as The report is available on the well, so make sure to check the website regularly for updates. BCCTRA and HCBC websites. Not sure how to get started? Get some of the members It was used to advocate for together in your area and plan a training ride. These have been Rhonda Hittinger receiving the equestrians at the Kamloops Paint Horse Award from popular on the island the last two years and more are planned in Jo Hull-Sykes “Share the Trails” roundtable the spring months. The first two are being planned Feb 24 near held January 18. Qualicum River and another is scheduled for April 27 in Fanny As a friendly reminder, all members are encouraged to Bay. Check the website for contact details and other dates and get renew their BCCTRA membership and HCBC membership your conditioning started early. soon. Congratulations to the winners of the early bird entry BCCTRA was an active member of the recently released competition! “BC Trail User Study” conducted by the Joint Trails and Access

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


he Oliver Riding Club executive have been busy planning the program of activities for 2013 and it is going to be an action-packed year covering skills sessions for English, Western and Jumping. We are also planning trail challenges at the Gillespie Ranch, a dressage show and a trail course clinic. I am hoping that another “Riders’ Challenge” will be planned as well - it was such fun last year. To stave off the winter blues we held another “Horsey Quiz Night” at the end of January at the Welcome Inn in Oliver. Last year’s winner was Sasha Hopp – will report next month on our 2013 winner. We hold this quiz night in lieu of a January meeting. It’s a fun event with lots of laughs and knowledge shared. We are pleased to welcome a new instructor to the club events calendar… Carrie Fisher, who will be teaching jumping 50 • Saddle Up • February 2013

skills classes and helping to organize a couple of clear round jumping days. We are hoping to persuade Carrie to put on a couple of clinics on bandaging and show preparation during the non-riding season. The club’s Christmas Party was, as usual, a blast with members participating in the fundraising games with gusto. Verla Strawn was our most gracious host for this event. Proceeds from the party games go to the Penticton SPCA and the Oliver Food Bank. This year we raised $224.50. MEMBERSHIPS ARE NOW DUE. The rates are $35 for a single and $60 for a family. Please do not forget to fill in your membership form along with your payment. Contact Kathy Malmberg 250-498-2396 for the next couple of months, until Margie returns from down south!

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Ramona Rizzi


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club held their year-end Banquet November 24th with great food, an impressive array of prizes and the presentation of awards. Thank you to those who worked so hard to get the party off the ground; it was an enjoyable evening for everyone. Now the club is looking forward to the coming season of riding. End of last season saw the new jumps set up a couple of times. AERC now offers low schooling jumps for those who want to practice jumping in an encouraging, relaxed atmosphere. We welcome all riders of all abilities who want to join a friendly group where fun and support are the flavour of the day. Visit our website for more information www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. Award receipients: 1st High Point Senior Overall, Ashley Hilbrander 2nd Highpoint Senior Overall, Rebeca Pachmann 3rd Highpoint Senior Overall, Shari Gurney Galbraith 1st Highpoint Intermediate Overall, Tasia Bronson 2nd Highpoint Intermediate, Melissa Thielman 1st Highpoint Junior Overall, Charlyse Ranger

Tasia Bronson, HP Intermediate; Ashley Hlbrander, HP Senior; and Charlyse Ranger, HP Junior.

Healing Through The Ages by Daphne Davey


ong, long ago there lived a man who loved horses, understood how best to train them according to the knowledge of his time, and who put his thoughts on paper for posterity. His manuscript, “The Art of Horsemanship,” has come down to us from over twenty-three centuries. The author’s name was Xenophon. Xenophon was a Greek cavalry officer who wrote about how to turn out versatile and reliable war horses to meet the demands of their work. For in ancient Greece there was no such thing as a pleasure horse. Almost all horses of that time were trained for battle. Not only did they have to be physically up to the demands made on them but mentally tough as well. Physical agility and stamina coupled with implicit obedience in the midst of raging battle could save a rider’s life. Of those soldiers who lived to tell the tale, many of course were injured, and the luckier ones were even rehabilitated – thanks to the horse. The ancient Greeks knew all about therapeutic riding! In the modern era, we could say that therapeutic riding as a formal movement, which now spreads around the world, received its impetus from the Olympic successes of Danish dressage rider Lis Hartel, who won silver medals in both the HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

1952 and 1956 Games. Hartel, whose lower legs had been paralyzed by polio, had to be assisted to mount and dismount. In those days, the Paralympics were still a dream, so Hartel faced and overcame a double challenge. Ironically, while Xenophon’s chargers were trained for battle, it is today’s pleasure horses that supply the demand for reliable mounts in programs offering therapeutic rehabilitation. And an increasing number of these programs in Canada and elsewhere are facing a fast-growing demand from a previously underrepresented category of clients - war veterans. We already know about the physical benefits of horseback riding for both ablebodied and disabled riders. But perhaps even more important for war veterans is the psychological healing that can and does take place through their connection with therapy horses. Particularly, for those veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), about which so much has been written and it seems so little has been done, this special opportunity to discover a renewed hope for healing is without parallel. If it were possible to beam Xenophon down to earth now and interview him on his experiences with rehabilitating war veterans using the horse, it is a sure bet we would find

Dana. Photo courtesy of Clinique de Réadaptation Carolyne Mainville.

common ground. We would share belief in our clients’ ability to succeed beyond their ability to imagine, and belief in the horse’s ability to make it happen. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www. CanadaHelps.org.

Tinker. Photo courtesy of The Equestrian Association for the Disabled

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Fraser Valley Hunt Update By Heidi Telstad, Photos by Sjoerd Nap


e are happy to report that 2012 Fraser Valley Hunt Season was well attended and enjoyed by many throughout the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast and Whatcom County, WA. We ended the season with the Annual Boxing Day Meet held at Dr. Bate’s residence in Agassiz. The Boxing Day Meet is one of the only meets that rivals the popularity of our Opening Meet in Gibsons. Please remember that our hunts are drag hunts, meaning that the scent of the fox is laid down or dragged in a manner to simulate live hunting. We invite one and all to join us for a chance to participate in the unique and timeless tradition of riding to the hounds. We are very thankful to the landowners who graciously give us permission to ride over their private land. Although winter can often play havoc with the Winter Hunt Season due to frozen ground conditions, we still book meets every Saturday at 11:00 am and if a meet has to be cancelled, we will gather for a trail ride, often around one of the local equestrian parks. In February

we are planning on hunting Seabird Island south which is east of Agassiz, the Kerkhoven’s Nicomen Farms as well as private land located close to Aldergrove Lake Park. Check our Facebook page or website often for a list of meet locations www. fraservalleyhunt.com. Our last meet of the 2013 winter season is scheduled for the weekend of April 20-21 in Pemberton Valley. We have the luxury of being hosted at Drumkeeran House which is strikingly set on the headland point of Ivey Lake with a stunning and unforgettable 5 acre private estate. We look forward to seeing you there.

BC Carriage Driving Society By Margaret A. Clark


oin us on February 23rd when we are hosting a Burger ‘n Beer fundraiser ($18.00 advance ticket) with a silent auction and other activities, to be held at the 14th Avenue Pub in Mission. Bring your ‘adult’ family and friends or even donate an item or a service to the silent auction. On March 9th at Chilliwack Heritage Park we are hosting an all-day Indoor Driving Event - the first of three shows in the 13th Annual Cool Runnin series. April 20th at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley is the 2nd in the series and on May 18th we’re back at Heritage Park for the 3rd and final show of the series. Our shows are very family-friendly and offer lots of fun with some driven dressage in the morning followed by a cones course and obstacles. 52 • Saddle Up • February 2013

August 16-18 we are back at Postma Farms in Deroche for the BIG Combined Driving Event - this is THE event we practice for all year. Everyone dresses up in their finery and drives dressage and cones on the Saturday (17th); then out on the cross country field to test skill and endurance on the Sunday (18th). If you wish to come watch, volunteer or support us in any way, we would be happy to have you come out. For more information on any of these events please feel free to contact me, Margaret at 604-309-4362, or anyone on the zone 3 executive. Keep an eye on the BC Carriage Driving Society web site for updates and information in other zones around the province. www.bccarriagedriving.com

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BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover Paint Your Ride BC is officially launched Are you a recreational rider? Do you prefer the solace of the trails and the camaraderie of friends to the pressure of the show ring? And don’t you think it would be great if you could get some recognition for the way you choose to enjoy your Paint Horse? We do, too! The BC Paint Horse Club is very pleased to announce “Paint Your Ride BC.” Using APHA’s “Ride America” program as a model, we have created a new “rider-friendly” program that every member of BC Paint will be eligible for! For just the cost of your BCPHC membership, you can start logging the hours you spend in the saddle on your registered Paint Horse and send a copy of your log to us! When you reach your first 50 hours, we’ll send you a certificate acknowledging your milestone - all the way to 1000 hours or more! The inaugural year of Paint Your Ride BC starts NOW and ends November 30, 2013. Then, we’ll determine who logged the most hours riding their APHA registered horse this year based on submitted logs and there will be not only recognition but awards for those of you who logged the most hours! How cool is that? It’s pretty darn cool, according to Ron Stolp clocked over 1000 hours on Kelly Allen, who will horseback in APHA’s Ride America program be Paint Your Ride last year. BC’s point of contact this year! Kelly and her husband, Ron Stolp, logged over 1000 hours in the saddle in 2012 - milestones that have been recognized by APHA because Kelly and Ron are registered in Ride America. “I keep log forms everywhere (if you’re not registered for Ride America, you’ll be able to download our Paint Your Ride BC log sheet from our website),” Kelly told directors at our January meeting. “And, honestly, I only send in the log once a year.” That’s why, until she got her calculator out early in December, she thought - at best - they only had 500-700 hours each. But those hours on horseback add up! And, because they are members of Ride America, those hours will become part of their horses’ permanent record. Just like APHA points and PAC credits! For (lots) more information, go to our new Paint Your Ride BC page on the website [www.bcphc.com] or email kellyallen@shaw.ca. www.bcphc.com President Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Vice Pres. Natalie Hall nataliedhall@hotmail.com APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore jmoore-1@hotmail.com

Youth scholarship in the works It’s not quite official, but the BCPHC board of directors has been scheming and is confident we’ll soon be able to announce the creation HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

of an annual youth scholarship for BCPHC members heading into post-secondary education. We saw our first draft of the application requirements at our January meeting that will assess applicants based on a written essay, high school marks and show and/or volunteer efforts. We’re gunning for $500, which will be awarded for the first time at our 2014 year end awards banquet. If you are (or have) a high school student who rides, shows or cares for a Paint Horse, we would encourage you (or them) to join BCPHC this year - we’re so much more than just shows! All kinds of reasons to be a BCPHC member If you haven’t already, it’s time to get out the cheque book and send in your 2013 BC Paint dues! This year, more than ever before, we are providing all Paint Horse owners with all kinds of incentives to be a part of our great group of Paint Horse people - and our dues are the same as last year! A membership application is available from the website - and don’t forget to include a donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation (if you can)! NWCC winners announced Congratulations to Emma Schellenberg who rode All Reddy Smoke N (Cotton) to many top five class awards and was named Reserve High Point Youth and Reserve Novice Youth overall at the NWCC awards banquet in Hood River, January 19. NWCC is made up of APHA horse clubs from throughout the Pacific Northwest (including BC) and our members have competed at NWCC-approved shows here in Langley and across the line. With limited showing, 2012 Emma Schellenberg and All World Champions Dianne Rouse Reddy Smoke N and Ima Special Delivery coveted enough points to be named the NWCC Reserve High Point Amateur Masters. Kirsten Chamberland also had many top three class awards riding One Cool Promise and A Sexy Sensation. Chrissie Penaloza’s Dirty McLeaguer was third overall in Youth Halter Mares. Chrissie, Kirsten and Emma all ride with Chris and Jodie Moore of Moore Performance Horses. Lots of shows We could have as many as 16 APHA judges in BC this year! In addition to two “Back-to-Basics” shows (one in the Fraser Valley and one in Pritchard), LMQHA will have their Spring and Evergreen circuits BCPHC-approved, and Barb Bowerbank has confirmed the “Three-in-One” Show in Smithers, July 12-14, will also be BCPHC approved. Lots more news on the website! And on Facebook! Ask to join our group page! www.saddleup.ca • 53

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Jeneane Evans, jeneane63@gmail.com Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, hmqh@hotmail.com AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, hmqh@hotmail.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA


here’s fresh blood on the new board of directors of the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association for 2013. Long-time inthe-trenches committee member Jeneane Evans, who recently moved back to the Mainland from the Sunshine Coast, is heading the organization. She takes over from Michelle Charleston who will remain active on the board as past president. “I hope we have a really good year,” she told directors at their first board meeting in early December. “I’d personally like to work to get the cattle back (at the July circuit). I’m all about versatility,” she added. Lynda Harrison is LMQ’s new vice president and representative on the BC Quarter Horse Association’s board. Haidee Landry is taking over as secretary, and Pia Petersen is back on the board, taking over the treasurer’s position. Tami Hutton will chair the show and youth committees while Terri Brown and Mellissa Buckley will have their hands full with sponsorships and the bazaar. Cathy Glover joins the board as the media liaison. Banquet tickets available “I’m tired of winter,” Jeneane told directors in January, and for that reason she’s going with a “Spring Fling” theme for the club’s annual year end banquet, February 16 in the Copper Room at Newlands Golf Course in Langley. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for youth aged four to 12. Happy hour gets underway at 6 and you can expect door prizes and a silent auction to round out the evening. Reserve your tickets by emailing jeneane63@hotmail.com. Justin Rookie of the Year awards go to LMQ members Two LMQ members have topped AQHA’s 2012 Justin Rookie of the Year leader list for BC. Youth member Mackenzie Inksater rode her gelding, Bow Tie N Dreams, to impressive wins in the 11 and under youth division that included ROM’s in open and youth performance and youth halter. They also won the 2012 National Youth 13 & Under All Around high point. The Inksater’s purchased Bo from the Hutton family in the fall of 2011 and started competing last May. “Kenzie’s dedication, determination and love for Bo created a competitive bond like no other,” writes mom Cara Inksater. Amateur competitor Tina Maynard has also been no stranger to the winner’s circle this year. She rode Oughta Be Western (Harry) to win top spot among BC’s amateur riders for the Justin Rookie award. Among their accomplishments: Region One Amateur All Around Champion (and reserve Novice Amateur); South Central QHA’s Amateur All Around Champion and finalists in Horsemanship, Western Riding and Hunter under Saddle when they attended AQHA’s Novice Championship Show in Las Vegas this past fall. Both Mackenzie and Tina ride with trainer Tami Hutton in Chilliwack, and credit her for much of their success. The Justin Rookie of the Year title is awarded to the top novice and youth exhibitors in 54 • Saddle Up • February 2013

Tina Maynard & Oughta Be Western

each province or state. Mackenzie and Tina will each receive a silver buckle and a pair of Justin western boots from AQHA.

Mackenzie Inksater & Bow Tie N Dreams

Big changes for 2013 shows Show more for less! There are big changes in store for LMQ show circuits this coming year – especially when it comes to what you pay. This year, the show committee is pitching an almost all-inclusive circuit fee that will include your stall. The fee ($525 for early birds at the four day circuits) includes everything but the drug testing/breed fees, your RV spot and tack room, and stakes class entries. You will be able to enter at the gate without worrying how it will affect your show tab – and that means more people in classes, more points and more entries for the circuits overall. We think it’s a win for everyone and will bring back the disenchanted and bring in new exhibitors to our AQHA shows. The Spring Circuit (May 2-5) and Evergreen (August 30-September 1) will also feature APHA-approved classes and we’re negotiating to keep cattle classes at the four day West Coast Summer Classic, July 18-21. We’ve added the new Ranch Horse Pleasure to our Quarter Horse line-up which should appeal to the reiners, and the Paint classes will include the addition of APHA’s new green horse division. Bazaar bigger and better than ever The bazaar committee has been meeting weekly since early fall and the result is going to be a bazaar for the record books. This year, the committee has recruited the carriage operators from Stanley Park to come out and shuttle visitors from parking areas to the hub of Thunderbird - the pancake breakfast being run by Valley Therapeutic. Willing Clinging and Jay O’Jay will be back with their natural horsemanship demonstrations. The Stewart family – trick riders from Alberta - will be performing; there’s dog demos all day, Fraser Amusements is coming in with carnival rides for the kiddies and JR FM will be on site. The Bazaar is on Sunday, March 17. (See our ad on page 18). Memberships due Your Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association membership is automatic when you join the BC Quarter Horse Association. Pay your membership securely online [www.bcqha.com] and don’t miss a single issue of Saddle Up! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

South Central Quarter Horse Association http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, streakin-qhs@telus.net Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 cathie_cross@telus.net Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 streakin-qhs@telus.net Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 csmeeton@shaw.ca

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 csmeeton@shaw.ca Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 laurianquarterhorses@telus.net Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 laurianquarterhorses@telus.net

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013 March 3: SCQHA Annual General Meeting, 11:30 am, Duffy’s Pub (upstairs meeting room), 1797 Pacific Way, Kamloops March 8-11: AQHA Annual Convention, Houston, Texas March 16-17: BCQHA Annual General Meeting, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC May 11-12: SCQHA Fuzzy Clinic/Show Weekend, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC Sept 13-15: SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC

2013 BCQHA/SCQHA Memberships To keep you currently informed and eligible for full Provincial and Zone membership privileges this is a must have for any AQHA enthusiast. Join today!! Please visit the BCQHA website for your 2013 memberships. Easy online forms and payments make this quick and easy. Visit www.bcqha.com.

Awards and Recognition Initiatives Cutting, Dressage, 4-H, Roping, Endurance, Jumping, Team Penning, Rodeo, the list goes on and on... AQHA horses are used every single day in so many different ways by folks right here at home in our own region. SCQHA wants to recognize the diverse achievements of the American Quarter Horses that are excelling throughout our Zone. We are offering support to local clubs and organizations within the SC Zone who would like to recognize the achievements of their members who participate in your club’s events with their AQHA registered horses. The goal is to make this an annual initiative. While we might not be able to support every request, we encourage local clubs to apply for a year-end award or some other form of support. Give us your input or ideas, and we will work with your club or organization to celebrate the achievements of the AQHA registered horses in your club. For further details and/or information please contact SCQHA Directors Cheri Smeeton or Laurie Takoff (see contact information above).

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About AQHA Ranching Council Highlighting the efforts of the American Quarter Horse Ranch Breeders and their heritage to AQHA is the reasoning behind the AQHA Ranching Council. The AQHA Ranching Council’s three initiatives are: - AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders - AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge - AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program To become part of the first initiative ranchers must be members of AQHA and their ranch remudas must consist of Quarter Horse mares that are used to produce the remuda and the ranch must have received an AQHA 10-year Breeder Award. The first exclusive opportunity for Ranching Breeders is the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. The Ranching Heritage Challenge will eventually grow to six or seven regional competitions with the goal of having a $100,000 to $150,000 event to drive the market for ranch horses. Specific classes will be offered for ranch bred horses showcasing their athletic abilities and versatilities. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program will help youth learn how to develop young horses the right way and get Breeders’ foals into the hands of future buyers. For more information on this exciting initiative please visit www.aqha.com or call 806-376-4811

AQHA Leveling Program Full implementation of the AQHA Leveling Program started January 1, 2013. While leveling is not mandated for every AQHA show, all shows have the option to level classes. The Leveling Program was created to ‘level the playing field’ at AQHA shows. AQHA Staff, Directors, Competitors and Professional Horsemen recognized the need to add a middle level, meaning Intermediate or Progressive levels between Novice and Green classes and Open classes. The Leveling Program provides more opportunities for exhibitors and horses to compete and be recognized for their efforts on more levels. It also allows for more points to be earned, resulting in more chances to qualify for World Championship Shows and earn AQHA Incentive money. For further details check out the YouTube interview with AQHA Executive Director of Shows - Patti Carter-Pratt “Straight Talk” AQHA Leveling Program - Part 1 or go to www.aqha.com/ leveling www.saddleup.ca • 55

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy tamora@shaw.ca Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutadoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wishing everyone a year of adventure and good health. Be sure to watch the 58th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on Feb 14-24, there is live feed available. Congratulations to Cori Wilson and her achievements: Chattanooga Shoe Shyne Boy (Shy Gayfeen x Margarita Monday) Canadian Nationals ~ Top Ten HA Gelding Futurity ~ Top Ten HA St/Hu Type Geldings Open ~ Top Ten HA St/Hu Type Geldings AAOTH ~ Top Ten HA Sport Horse Geldings in Hand Open ~ Top Ten HA Sport Horse Geldings in Hand ATH

Camera Shy (Shy Gayfeen x Canadian Red Rose) (Photo by Ferrara with Ron Copple up) Canadian Nationals ~ Res. Champion HA Futurity Geldings ~ Res. Champion HA Sport Horse in Hand Open ~ Top Ten Sport Horse Geldings in Hand ATH ~ Top Ten HA St/Hu Type Geldings Open US Nationals ~ Top Ten HA Hunter Pleasure Futurity ~ Top Ten HA Futurity Geldings Congratulations to Robert Mawson and his 3-year-old mare Josapheen (Shy Gayfeen x El Phaira). At Canadian Nationals this mare earned the following titles… achieving her Legion of Honour. ~ National Champion HA Sport Horse Mares in Hand Open ~ National Champion HA Sport Horse Mares in Hand ATH ~ Res. Champion HA Futurity Filly ~ Top Ten HA St/Hu Type mares Open ~ Top Ten HA St/Hu Type mares AAOTH Congratulations to the following Recreational Riders for their achievements: Ayla Schwarz 50 and 100 hrs Brandon Redman 50 hrs Heather Redman 200 and 300 hrs Joni Goldenthal 300 and 400 hrs Sheila Goertz 750 hr Damarhe Training is offering a refresher/beginner training program. A sensible program where we get together weekly to work through any problems that we may be having with our horses or our own bad habits. E-mail Dawn at damarhetraining@hotmail.com or go to our Facebook page for further details. Lots of great information on the BCIAHA web page! Happy trails and safe returns! 56 • Saddle Up • February 2013

Congratulations goes to 11-yearold Joni Goldenthal. We are all very proud of your achievements. Joni won 2012 Youth High Point on Wizko (a 28-year-old purebred Arabian gelding).

Joni was in the Youth Top 5 on Vinny (a 25-year-old purebred Arabian gelding).

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - vacant Secretary - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net Fred Dzida, fred.dzida@weyerhaeuser.com Christine Voglmaier, meinmozart@yahoo.com Katrin Levermann, katrinlevermann@gmail.com



eep up to date with The Endurance Riders Association of BC’s growing and changing Ride Event calendar at www. erabc.com - new rides are shown on July 27 for High Sage Ride in Cache Creek and September 1 for Gold Rush Express at 100 Mile House, and a date change for Skimikin Lake Ride to August 17. Is your ERABC membership up to date for the 2013 season? The winter months give us a chance to rest, clean up, repair and replace equipment, contemplate our ride experiences and review our goals with an eye to the season awaiting us... and to share our thoughts about our sport. Terrie LaPorte began endurance riding a few short years ago, but has trained and competed an amazing number of miles. Here is her story: Endurance: What a sport After a “once around the park” ride at Campbell Valley Park with my friends, I wanted to do another round around the park and they all said, “No, that was enough.” I was very disappointed, after the travel and preparation to get there, let alone the gas and time it takes to drive, three rounds would do me just fine, but no my friends had had enough. To my good fortune, Chris Thomson just happened to be at the park with her horse Paisley. (I had never met her before but she overheard the conversation.) She walked up to me and said, “Have you ever heard of Endurance? I think you might be a candidate.” That was in early 2009. I had a backyard pony, a “Morab” who was nine years old; I had his grandmother, his mother and his brother, and I told him, “Montana, I think we want to do this.” He has been very obliging. I know that it is only because of his big heart and willingness to please that we have come this far, and that we have this partnership that is working. All horses have one issue or another and we are working on ours, together.

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My first ride was a 50 miler at Golden Ears Park in June 2009, and I know that if it hadn’t been for Danny Grant, we wouldn’t have made it, but we did it and earned our first completion. I must add that that was the first time ever, after ten hours in the saddle, I was truly ready to get out of the saddle. That had never happened before. I always wanted to ride longer than all of my friends… Endurance is something that is very addictive… That first 50 miler, when we crossed the finish line, I just was overwhelmed with emotion. I couldn’t believe that my horse did that for me. It was just one week shy of my 58th birthday that I found a sport which I wished I had discovered 20 years earlier. Since then, I have changed my saddle, my bridle and my attire from the bottom up, surrendered cowboy hat to helmet, all to accommodate those long hours in the saddle. I have gone from sleeping in my horse trailer, where I thought I would never get the smell of horse urine out of my hair, to a nice fancy rig with a push out (not roughing it any more), and back to a camper on the pickup and a two horse trailer (so I can handle it if need be); from doing local rides last year and this year, 2012 Winter and 2013 spring, being older and retired, having the opportunity to take my horse south. Last year, our endurance mileage through AERC was 900 miles. So far in the 2013 season, we have logged 200 miles and are hoping to make the 1000 mile mark this year. I have met some of the most wonderful, inspiring, helpful, fun-loving and young-atheart people that anyone would ever want to encounter. I’ve ridden in conditions that truly should make me certifiable - we are talking 70 mph winds, snow, 26 degree F weather… they don’t call it endurance because it is easy! I have been as close to God as I am ever going to get when we rode in New Cuyama, CA; through the mist and fog, we rose above the clouds to a 5700-foot elevation and saw the billowy white clouds with the mountain peaks peeking through, and the ocean in the distance, absolutely breath-taking and awe-inspiring. These rides take you to places and sights that we are privileged to be a part of. I have learned to tail with Laurie in Gavilin Hills. I know for sure that my horse has figured out that we are looking for ribbons and I have almost been dumped when he turned unexpectedly! He was right, the ribbons were to the left and I missed them. And no horse can be too sure-footed, especially over the ridges of Death Valley. I love the fact that you ride all day, have a meal that tastes incredible no matter what it is, enjoy a glass of wine with good friends, and talk another three hours about the day’s ride…

Bar H Elevator Ride, March 2012

does it get any better than this? I love it that my husband, Keith, has started crewing to help me and now understands about pulsing down, that he has also found camaraderie with other husbands that are there supporting their wives and truly enjoys these wonderful adventures that we are embarking on each time we load up the trailer. I love that he puts up with the nerves and sleepless nights before the rides, (and I think he is getting known as the go-to guy, if any of the other participants needs a helping hand.) I love endurance and all those who participate, they are real people. I have no idea how some of these people do 100s. I am very content to do 50s which often turn out to be more, when you make a wrong turn. These competitors have my greatest admiration; I don’t think I am a wuss… but this is tough stuff. Some of these rides are tougher than others, but 50 miles is a long way! It is a special bond between you and your horse and every ride you learn something new, about over-riding, electrolyte use, dehydration, weather factors, altitude, humidity, tack, deep sand, horse massage, nutrition, proper feeding and you just keep learning. I am so glad for Chris, Louise Abbott, Terre O’Brennan and Laurie Birch, for all being there for me; I am truly grateful that I have a horse that brings me home safe and makes this so much fun. Without the ride managers and volunteers, we would have no rides, so, “Thank you!” Horses are not the only ones to get “Race Brain,” and the Motto “to finish is to win” really says it all. I sure hope that Montana and I can do this for another ten years - that is my current goal. I know that right now I am “living the dream!”

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Ybo Plante, president@bchorsemen.org - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, cdavidso@telus.net - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730

Getting the Work Done! Brushing the Dewdney Trail in E.C. Manning Park


still cannot believe that we got to ride the Dewdney Trail in E.C. Manning Park on October 10, 2012. Usually by that time, the weather has turned back to cold and wet. But this time, John Gardner and I left the dreary, fog-shrouded Fraser Valley to arrive at the Cascade Trailhead in frosty, glorious sunshine and brilliant fall colors. It was good to be back in my favourite park, volunteering on one of my favourite trails. As of this writing, the Dewdney is a historic, 152-year-old trail. It was built in 1860 as a route from the coast to the interior to keep resources (like fur and gold) from ending up in the United States. It was completed all the way to Fort Steele near Cranbrook in 1865. The trail was in use for 25 years. The section we were to open up (from the Cascade Parking lot on Highway #3 to Paradise Valley) was

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abandoned a few years after 1865 for another that was easier to keep clear and had a longer use season. It really is only open from July to end of Sept. This fact we still appreciate today as we struggle to find the resources to maintain it in a useable state. Did you know that more than 80% of Highway #3 follows the route of the Dewdney Trail? Earlier in the season, a group of SCA (Student Conservation Association) student volunteers (website: http://www. thesca.org/) were brought in to brush out the overgrown portions of the trail. In some places, the overgrowth was so bad that we couldn’t see our horses’ feet, let alone the tread. You just guessed you were still on the trail. Hikers had a really tough time fighting their way through even when it was dry, let alone when the stuff got wet! The students worked really hard for three days with brush saws and loppers. I would estimate they got six out of eight kilometres cleared before they were whisked away to the next project on their schedule. Next it was time to finish the job. This time a pack mule was organized to haul in two chainsaws, gas and supplies to the work area. This allowed the two-man crew (actually one man and one woman) to hike in with light packs. Much easier, as the first eight to nine kilometres of this trail are uphill all the way! Two members of the Yarrow Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC supplied the pack and riding stock. You will notice

that each crew, brushing and packing, were comprised of two people. That is a recommended safety standard when working or travelling in the back country. What a great way to partner on a project to keep one of BC’s world class trails open. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca www.rodeobc.com Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10 am - 4 pm November to February March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

2013 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 19-21: 23rd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 27-28: NEW Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 11-12: Princeton Rodeo May 18-19: Keremeos Elks Rodeo May 19-20: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 25-26: Clinton May Ball Rodeo June 1-2: 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo June 15-16: 52nd Ashcroft & District Stampede June 29-30: 28th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 6-7: Anahim Lake Stampede July 13-14: Valemount Rodeo July 13-14: Pritchard Rodeo – DATE CHANGE July 19-21: Quesnel Rodeo August 3-4: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 3-4: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo August 9-11: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 17-18: Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 23-24: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 30-Sep 2: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 13-15: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

Congratulations To The 2012 BCRA Season Leaders!

Photo by Liz Twan

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2013 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events.


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


SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 2 AGM, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club & CMHA BC/Yukon Zone, 10:30 am Armstrong Inn, Armstrong, BC, www.bcimhc.com 2 HORSEMANSHIP & OBSTACLE CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 7 BODY LANGUAGE & BASIC GROUND WORK CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 9 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 9 ALBERTA EQUESTRIAN AWARENESS SOCIETY Awards Banquet, St. Albert, AB. Info Lynn 780-358-2388, digbits@msn.com 13 AGM - KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, 6 pm, Kelowna Riding Club Grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, www.kelownagymkhana.com 14 HORSEMANSHIP/GROUNDWORK CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 15-17 SASKATOON EQUINE EXPO, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, Demos and Booth, Russ Shandro 780-632-7510, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com 15-17 SASKATOON EQUINE EXPO, TFC Clinics/Demos w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon Prairieland Park, www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com 16 INTRO TO TRAIL CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 16-17 PET LOVER SHOW, Tradex, Abbotsford, www.petlovershow.ca 17 BC SPORTHORSE YEAR-END Award Presentation, Langley Golf & Banquet Centre. Info Ulli 604-421-6681 or actionfilm@telus.net 21 DESENSITIZING CLINIC, with objects & obstacles, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 22-24 WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Elaine Ward, Leduc AB, Loretta 780-464-0447 or Jen 780-686-3423, www.albertawesternstyledressage.com 23 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com 23-24 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, Willow Ridge, Bonnie, bonnie.n@horseownertoday.com, 306-220-5797 24 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove BC, Natalie Vonk, info@horseplayyourway.com, info@twistedterrainhorsepark.com 28 HORSEMANSHIP & OBSTACLE CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dawn Heppner 250-808-0738. E-mail or FB, damarhetraining@hotmail.com


SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 2-3 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, Willow Ridge, Bonnie, bonnie.n@horseownertoday.com, 306-220-5797 3 AGM, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, 1:45 pm, Ponoka Drop In Center, 5015–46 Ave., Ponoka AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com 3 SCQHA - Annual General Meeting, 11:30 am, Duffy’s Pub (upstairs Meeting Room), Kamloops BC, www.bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 7-10 17th ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2221 or www.bcchs.com for details 9 USED TACK & EQUIPMENT SALE (Thompson Valley Pony Club), 9-2pm, Barnhartvale Comm. Hall, Kamloops BC, Tracy 250-319-1222, gregntracy@shaw.ca 9-10 TAMI HUTTON CLINIC, Briarwood Stable, Kelowna BC, Tami 604-799-5562 10-13 BRANDON, MB, Vertebral Realignment Course, Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 13-17 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO Queen Seminar, Peachland BC, sandylw@shaw.ca 16-17 BCQHA Annual General Meeting, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, www.bcqha.com 16-22 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca

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17 HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Terri 778-549-1297 or Mellissa 604-729-6616 20 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, BC Paint Horse Club, Langley, Cathy 604-328-3814, cathyglover@telus.net, www.bcphc.com 21-24 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford BC, Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 info@jonathanfield.net 22-24 KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, sandylw@shaw.ca 23 BADLANDS SPRING SELECT HORSE SALE, Brooks, AB, Gateway Auction Services, www.badlandsspringselecthorsesale.com 23-24 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk, info@horseplayyourway.com, info@twistedterrainhorsepark.com 23-26 EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course. Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 24 MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SOCIAL, 10am to 2pm, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337 29-31 LYNN LARSEN JUMPING CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Carolyn 250-395-6346, summitph@hotmail.com 30-May 1 REGINA, SK, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca


4-8 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINICS, Colchester- Sherwood Park AB, Lisa, lisa_f@mailcan.com, 780-237-7587 5-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Saanich Fair Grounds Agriplex, Victoria BC, info Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018 roma@jonathanfield.net 6 MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SERIES, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337 11-13 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford BC, info Angie Field 1-888-533-435 info@jonathanfield.net 12-13 CDN MORGAN HORSE ASSOC. Annual Mtg & Nat’l Awards, Best Western, Leduc AB, Karen kamorgan@telusplanet.net, www.morganhorse.ca 12-13 SALLY SAUR CLINIC, Windhorse Farm, Coldstream BC, windhorsefarm@shaw.ca 12-14 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park,Hope BC, Horseplay Your Way, info@twistedterrainhorsepark.com 13-14 CHETWYND HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, www.bchsra.ca 14 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, info@twistedterrainhorsepark.com 19-21 ARMSTRONG HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, www.bchsra.ca 19-22 DEVANEE CARDINAL PNH CLINIC; Level 2/3 Freestyle riding, On line and Liberty, Errington BC, Sue 250-248-4716, asbowie@telus.net 21 PERCENT/DRESSAGE DAY Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, sheila.forsythe@hotmail.com www.deltaridingclub.com 26-28 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, www.maneeventexpo.com 26-28 THE MANE EVENT, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, Booth and Demos, Red Deer AB, Vicki at 780-987-3746, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com 26-28 FORT ST JOHN HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, www.bchsra.ca 26-28 WHISPERING PINES HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, www.bchsra.ca 27-28 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB, 2-phase event, Chilliwack BC, info at www.island22horsepark.com 27-28 MARCELLO & AMY CRUZ REINING CLIINC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, foothillsfarms@hotmail.com 28 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 cathyglover@telus.net www.deltaridingclub.com 29-30 CALGARY CASINO at Stampede Grounds, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. To volunteer contact Ron at 403-646-2624, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com

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Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country



Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid. www.cdart.org, www.critteraid.org, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0

Canadian Fjord Horse Association Supporting the purebred Norwegian Fjord Horse through registration, promotion, education, improved awareness and understanding.

Alberta Equestrian Federation

The Voice of Equine Alberta and the premier source for education, information and support for Alberta’s entire equine community. 1-877-463-6222 www.albertaequestrian.com 4/13


www.cfha.org CQHA

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: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or hmqh@hotmail.com 8/13

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 2/14

DELTA RIDING CLUB www.deltaridingclub.com. English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 2/13

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 15 & 16, 2013 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 15 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

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EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C.


BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Ybo Plante 250-743-3356 or www.bchorsemen.org 2/13

Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or fraservalleyhunt@ymail.com


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.ca 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com BC Miniature Horse Club www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com. APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: colleen_doug@shaw.ca 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit www.bcqha.com Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, bcqha@hotmail.com


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062, dodgegirl77@hotmail.com, www.kelownagymkhana.com 2/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333, mcharleston@telus.net, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 4/13


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! hmqh@hotmail.com www.lowermainlandranchsorting.com 3/13


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Clubs & Associations NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT, www.chaaps.ca, chaaps2@gmail.com, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326, debrett7@hotmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 8/13 Peachland riding club  Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com, Sherry 250-490-0397 3/13 Peruvian Horse club of BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 2/13 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 8/13

PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, www.critteraid.org 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 3/13 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, www.totemsaddleclub.com 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13

Club Listings start at only $90. per year PLUS a FREE Link on our website. NOW OFFERING COLOUR!

New Product On The Market New Organic Equine Supplement: The Edge


ntario-based natural health and wellness professionals Stella Fokas and Greg Emerson are proud to introduce a new equine health supplement, The Edge™ EQ. It offers owners, breeders and trainers 100% certified organic and wild-crafted AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, a blue-green algae sourced solely from Oregon) that delivers outstanding results for entire equine body/mind wellness. The Edge™ contains over 65 perfectlybalanced nutrients including every B-vitamin, every amino acid, every trace mineral, Omega 3 and Omega 6; it has the highest source of protein, chlorophyll and micronutrients of any known natural food. This supplement is FEI-approved and consists of only one ingredient - the unique blue-green algae. It is not manufactured or synthesized, has no sugars, no colours or flavours, no pesticides or additives. Packaged in three convenient sizes, 62 • Saddle Up • February 2013

it only costs between 85 cents and 1 dollar per day to keep your horse in optimum health with The Edge™; it is available globally through their website as well as selected tack shops and retailers The Edge™ EQ is available throughout Canada. in 150g, 500g, or 1kg packages. This supplement is easy to use: simply sprinkle it daily on dampened feed. Its nutrient-intense properties help mobility. AFA is a natural selective encourage the regeneration of damaged COX-2 pain inhibitor with strong antihoof tissue and aid in the quick recovery inflammatory properties. from laminitis, founder, cracks and more. Interested consumers can obtain It helps strengthen your horse’s immune detailed product information at the system and is the only food known to product website, www.theedgeup.ca. If stimulate the migration of immune you will be in Ontario in late March, (NK) cells. It also helps regulate body Stella and Greg will be showing their new weight (ideal for insulin-resistant horses) supplement at the following events: and helps enhance energy, vitality, and Can-Am Horse Expo in Orangeville endurance. (March 28-31) AFA helps aid recovery from All About Pets Show at the respiratory conditions like C.O.P.D., International Centre, Toronto (March heaves and allergy-related symptoms, 29-31). and helps maintain healthy joints and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Stallions and Breeders Appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 BACK40HORSES.COM 250-379-2913 3/13 Top Performance Bloodlines. Breeding and Sales

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

A Place Where Champions Are Made

Breeding, Training & Quality horses for Sale 250-558-4743 Vernon, BC CANADA


Foundation Bred Morgans ~ Standing WWF Stallions A1 Duplicate Eagle (lvr ch) OGO Sellman Hill & Co (smky blk) www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110 3/13

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.saltyolejackquarterhorses.com 6/13

CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale, www.curlystandardplace.com, sm.white@shaw.ca DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee $850 Stud Fee www.thehuntsman.info Call 604-831-1519, E-mail canoa@shaw.ca 3/13

Dragonfly Acres

CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTO” (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses E-mail: lisa@dragonflyacres.ca www.dragonflyacres.ca Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)



FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales; keilenranch@gmail.com; www.keilenranch.com 2/14

ICELANDIC HORSES at TOLT AWAY Farm (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM Welsh Ponies/Cobs (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-7462 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; “B” Welsh Riding Pony; “D” Welsh Cob 7/13 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC) lisiohm61@gmail.com, 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 8/13

The Stallion issues are HERE! Your Breeding Farm should be here! Call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@saddleup.ca

Salty Ole Jack

Saltyolejack quarter horSeS Glen Black

Turning Point Ranch

*Rosedale El Senor

Driftwood Zultaan

Imported Section B Welsh Stallion, 13HH Bay Exceptional Sire. Champion and Sire of Champions. 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Turning Point Ranch Standing

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut


Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca

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Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC



Purebred Arabian Stallion 15HH True genetic Black, SE AK, SCID, CA and LFS clear Superior Conformation and Disposition 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC


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Stallions and Breeders Own Son of Special Effort



2007 aQHa Sorrel Stallion

NCHA earnings with limited showing of $14,692. 2012 5/6 BC Classic Challenge Non Pro Champion ¾ brother to 2012 NCHA Derby Non Pro Champion Bet On A Cat LTE $211,532.

Sire: Wr This Cats Smart NCHA earnings of $236,514. Dam: Bet on Houston NCHA earnings of $42,089. and daughter of Peptoboonsmal

For Sale - Mares in foal to “Milkman” alSo STaNDING: lazy WIND, 2003 aQHa Sorrel Stallion

2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs Sorrel

Special Effort: SI 104, 2-year-old World Champion and the only horse in history to win the Triple Crown of Quarter Horse Racing. Kansas Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Winner of 13 of 14 races, LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, producing daughter of the great World Champion and All American Futurity Winner, Easy Jet. Mares in foal, yearlings and two year olds by “Special” for sale ALSO STANDING:

Bet On The Smart Cat, 2007 Sorrel Stallion

250-546-9766 ~ Standing in armstrong, BC


250-546-9766 - Standing in Armstrong, BC




2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved) Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses. Breeding Fee: $400 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

San Tule Boonshine NCHA money earner 2011 BCCHA Maturity Non Pro Champion 2011 AQHA Region 1 Open Champion

Sire: San Tule Freckles NCHA earnings of $203,118 2001 NCHA Open Futurity Champion Dam: Classic Boonshine Sired by Peptoboonsmal NCHA earnings of $165,308 and 1995 NCHA Open Futurity Champion Standing at Salmon Arm, B.C. Call: 250-833-1047 E-mail: wsagmoen@telus.net

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Cherry Creek Canadians Photo credit Paperhorse Photography

2005 AQHA Red Roan Stallion

1997 AQHA Sorrel Stallion

2013 StuD Fee: $800

ALSO StANDING: Mr Leo Express - APHA ROPH Got Xtra Pep - AQHA

Direct Son of High Brow Cat offspring earning over $42 Million Out of an own daughter of (Snapper Cal Bar) LTE $267,000 NCHA $17,697: Bluebonnet Open Derby Champion; Southern Open Derby Reserve Champion; finalist in the Augusta Open Classic. Home 250-567-4269; Cell 250-567-8685 www.roperformancehorses.com 4/13

2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR APHA Approved There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR! Breeding Fee: $600 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

Standing at: Colour V Ranch

Standing at: Colour V Ranch 4/13


Snappin Cat

My Beau Vanzi

Kid Lena

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC colourv@thelakebc.ca www.colourvranch.com

Randy Ophus Performance Horses

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC colourv@thelakebc.ca www.colourvranch.com


Jaz Poco Goldun Blue 1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun All his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare!

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

Cherry Creek Canadians Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076, cdnhorse@telus.net

www.cherrycreekcanadians.ca 4/13

HERDA N/N, GBED N/N, PSSM1 N/N AQHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining IBHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining Multiple Champion Reserve Champion NRHA Money Earner Fresh cooled or frozen semen available anywhere in North America. 2013 Fee $950

Ryan Smith Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses 403-634-0042


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

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Dynamic Balance Equestrian

SUPER 8 RED DEER NORTH, 7474 50th Ave., Red Deer AB 403-343-1102 Clean friendly & reasonably priced. Minutes to Westerner Park 10/13

(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • dynamic.balance@hotmail.com 3/13

TRAVELODGE MOUNTVIEW, 1225 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC 250-374-4788 Proud Sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, www.travelodge.ca 12/13

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 6/13 www.jeffreyrkelly.com Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 5/13


For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Paterson

Chartered Accountant

250-546-4014 or e-mail patricia.paterson@telus.net




Offers Ready-to-Win western show apparel, tack, and accessories from authorized dealers and our website. 8/13



BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 8/13 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 4/13 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 11/13


BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. www.dreamscaperanch.com 8/13



ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 2/13 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier



Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 highcountryhorseshoes@telus.net 10/13

NATURAL HEALTH FOR ANIMALS, Helga Brink, Classical Homeopath 250-838-0926, 250-804-9477, www.naturalhealthforanimals.com 6/13 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

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SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/13 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

Horse portraits PERFORMANCE HORSE PORTRAITS Original Charcoal Art, Giclée Prints & Commissions, www.performancehorseportraits.com 2/13

VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-546-8254 Certified Farrier Service, Bob Johnston and Jim Ferguson 5/13



Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC

ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 2/13 Otter Coop and Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street

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JUDGES 10/13

OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, www.otter-coop.com 2/14

DOREEN HOOKER, HORSE SHOW JUDGE, 403-646-3023, Equine Canada (GP & West.) ApHC/ApHCC/PtHA. Open/Sch, Fairs, 4-H. cranappy@platinum.ca 6/13 MASSAGE THERAPY


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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com




WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 10/13 Stacy Elliot, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound, www.wildhorsepower.ca ZABRINA BARTEAUX 250-938-7126, Cert. Equine Massage/Acupressure, Canine Massage, Human Holistic Health Pract., www.phi-starholistichealing.vpweb.ca 3/13 photographers Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, reinbeau@bcwireless.com 12/13 RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 3/13 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons www.ribbonsonline.net



CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. www.chaganjuu.com 3/13 DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. www.dreamscaperanch.com 8/13 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 www.redwillowranch.com (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 www.tyaxadventures.com (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13

CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, www.cossentinesaddlery.com 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, www.cowboyclassicequipment.com 3/13 JASON MCKENZIE Custom Made Saddles (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, www.jmcustomsaddles.com 4/13 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@shaw.ca, www.nickerssaddlery.com R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl., www.rodssaddlemakingschool.com


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ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program, ester21@telus.net, www.ester.ca 3/13

BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food


DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14


RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13



Philippe Karl School of Légereté Canada • Spine Based Riding • Barefoot Program • Natural Horsemanship • Equine Bodywork • Holistic Equine Management • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 9/13

WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western www.windsum.ca TRAILER REPairs


PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, zenwelding@hotmail.com 12/13 TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 3/13

The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal www.lodestarhorsemanship.ca • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14

lpPerformanceHorses.com (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 11/13 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, mgwynne@xplornet.com 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY www.relationshipriding.com A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13

Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker www.eurohorsetrailersales.com 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13


KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), Kittequipment.com 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. www.thehorsegate.com 3/13 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics


CARDINAL RANCH.com 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,9/13 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com

Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. www.texstables.com 9/13 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. www.tranquillefarms.com 250-766-1975 11/13 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. www.mwsporthorses.com 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, www.chevyequine.com 6/13 transport/hauling

Your Cross Border Specialist!

Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921 doug@dougmills.com


We transport across Canada, USA & Alaska. We offer tie or box stalls. Cameras for monitoring. Certified for Commercial Livestock Transport. 1-877-246-4355 • www.CroftonTransport.com


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale


danahokana@aol.com • 951.302-9463 • www.hokana.com

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Kevan Garecki “It’s All About the Horse”


Trailering Clinics

Private Lessons 8/13

Quality Horse Transport 778-858-7301 www.h-4.ca

Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

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Business Services VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, www.greenwoodvetservices.com 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 2/13 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 9/13 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 12/13 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 11/13 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, vernonvets@shaw.ca WEBSITE DESIGN


Your Business should be here. Listings start at only $195 p/year - That’s 12 issues! Call 1-866-546-9922, email nancyroman@saddleup.ca

On To Greener Pastures Sadly on December 24, 2012 our Stallion (Half Way Leo) by Doc Freckles Leo out of Docs Rondo Leo passed away.

Halfway gave us many years of enjoyment. His versatility was what an AQHA horse should be; he was used on the ranch, he showed in cutting, team penning, and team sorting. We put him over jumps, was roped off and a perfect gentleman no matter where or what we were doing. This is what a friend (that has a couple of foals from him) had to say on our Facebook page... “We join all your friends to express how sad we are for you, and for the loss of such a wonderful stallion. He certainly was a character, very talented, and produced many wonderful foals. Those of us that own his offspring marvel every day at the outstanding disposition he passed on to his babies. They are all very talented and athletic, but their most admirable trait is their calm, intelligent minds. Halfway Leo - Rest in Peace buddy! He was nobility without conceit; a friend without envy; beauty without vanity and a willing servant yet never a slave.” - LeRoy and Kathy Vossler Halfway, as we called him, sired 26 registered foals and 10 unregisterd in his short life. We would like to thank all the mare owners and fans of Halfway that gave us many years of support. - Gloria And Mike Dodd

68 • Saddle Up • February 2013

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On The Market CARIBOO HORSE PROPERTY 12+acres, 2 Titles, 2 Dwellings Unlimited Fabulous Trails

Dwelling One 2,100 sq. ft. open concept Quality Home 2-3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Gorgeous office or studio Landscaped, drip irrigation, Good well at 36 GPM ~ 2-3 stall Barn with shop on cement foundation. Includes tack room and hay storage, covered walkway, good pasture. ~ Well designed and constructed outbuildings. Dwelling Two PERFECT FOR CARETAKER OR MORTGAGE HELPER!! 1,352 sq. ft. 14x70 Mobile Home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom New addition, roof, well & septic $569,000.00 FOR BOTH! Will consider selling separately For more information 250-395-7758 or e-mail: berkanaberryfarm@gmail.com


Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AqhA/Nfqh 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

Sired By: JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 • oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca


2008 APPALOOSA MARE Quiet in every way and beginner friendly. Lots of trail miles by herself and good with others. Quality mare for only $4,500. We only sell what we raise. 250-963-9779 appaloosacentre@telus.net www.appaloosacentre.com

2003 KEIFER BUILT, 4 HORSE TRAILER With custom weekend living quarters. Sleeps 4, has sink, stove, fridge, pull down couch, a/c, toilet, NO SHOWER, furnace. Short wall is 8ft, long wall 12ft and weight of trailer is 3230kg. 250-463-1944 or e-mail tpeacock_23@hotmail.com (Grindrod)



Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 www.elfondomorgans.webs.com

Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)


Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 3/13


Realtors - your client’s ad could be here for only $85. + HST In Colour HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales on Wednesdays. Twice a month Horse Sales. Innisfail Pro Rodeo June 13-16. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket. com (Innisfail AB) 12/13


4 Horse Maverick

6’6” x 20’ x 7’ Steel 4 horse angle haul with 38” stalls, 4’ offset, 113” diagonal, 29” hip to hip and 38” along wall in stalls. Single rear door, 1 piece fibreglass roof, sealed tack room with swing-out saddle rack, 10 bridle hooks, brush bag and window in side door.



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604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988




Timbery Portable Sawmills for personal use. Mill dimensional lumber, decking, posts, beams, and siding. Put our 20 years of sawmill design experience to the test. We also sell/service thin kerf sawmill blades and blade maintenance systems. Mills starting at $4,150.00 1-866-460-MILL, info@westernsawmills.com


Twisted Horseplay Indoors in Aldergrove Website has details!

A very unique

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for you and your horse. 604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411

CLINICS & EVENTS www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com


On To Greener Pastures I miss you so much... MAGNUM... (Bingo Skip Bar) My magnificent Magnum born May 14, 1987 and put to rest October 10, 2011. It’s taken me a while to be able to say this. Goodbye to my boy. Magnum, you brought me so much love in our 13 years. We had so many awesome experiences and got each other through so much. You touched so many hearts. May you run like the wild stallion you once were, run pain free my boy. And may your spirit live forever in my heart. Thank you Magnum for giving me all you had. You were one magnificent horse.... - Tammy Aiello 70 • Saddle Up • February 2013

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Shop & Swap! BOARDING

Capall Acres

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters

Lessons • Training • Starting young horses Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI (250) 275-2683 • www.nort.ca “Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoyment”

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman

(Chris Irwin Certified)

Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527



Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC djdelichte9@telus.net

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

The Leather Lady

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13

WANTED USED TACK BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0


www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

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Country Life in BC • February 2013








Save Up To

$4,262 $3,390

BC’s Kubota dealers are offering exceptional $AVINGS



MX5100DT 50 HP 4WD GEAR CASH SALE PRICE* $21,500 was $25,762 B2320DT 23 HP 4WD GEAR

for the month of

February. Please stop by for a coffee at your nearest dealer ! 2012 BX25 models will not last long!

MX5100F 50 HP 2WD GEAR CASH SALE PRICE* $16,450 was $19,668

CASH SALE PRICE* $10,200 was $12,432 B2320HSD 23 HP 4WD HST


CASH SALE PRICE* $11,800 was $14,312 L3800DT 37.4 HP 4WD GEAR CASH SALE PRICE* $15,600 was $18,853

MX5100 2WD



L3800HST 37.4 HP 4WD HST CASH SALE PRICE* $16,700 was $20,127

* The cash sale prices abov discount, freight, PDI and L3800 Limited time offer. Taxes

1521 Sumas Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604/864-2665 3663 South Island Hwy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/334-0801 N.W. Boulevard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/428-2254 11508-8th Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/782-5281 2928 Sprott Rd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/746-1755 706 Carrier Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/851-2044 1090 Stevens Road Hwy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/769-8700 97 South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/498-2524 Upper Mud River Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/560-5431 Highway 97 North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/991-0406 7155 Meadowlark Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250/545-3355

* The cash sale prices noted above include the cash-in-lieu of special low rate financing discount, freight, PDI and set-up charges. Please contact dealer for details. Limited time offer. Taxes and administrations fees are extra.

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