Saddle up February 2018

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The Importance of Salt in Your Horse’s Diet By Robert Fera, AHR

Salt (NaCl) is made up of Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl) which are important and sometimes overlooked minerals in a horse’s diet. Providing salt is more than just giving them a salt block.


alt comes in many forms for your horse, from different types of blocks and loose salt. The best way to get salt into your horse is by using loose salt. Whether you give it to them free choice in a feeder or top dress on their feed it is simply a matter of management. Salt blocks are better than giving no salt, but your horse’s tongue is smooth and has a difficult time getting enough of their daily requirements from the block. Horses require sodium in their diet for many functions; from nervous system and muscle function, to facilitating the transport of nutrients across cell walls. Sodium and Chlorine come together to form common salt and have a close relationship along with potassium as they regulate body ph and blood pressure. If sodium levels are low in a horse, the body will hold onto sodium and release potassium creating an imbalance. Sodium deficiency also impedes protein and energy metabolism which can lead to weight loss and overall health decline over time. Most commercial feeds and ration balancers contain added sodium (Na) but not at adequate levels. According to NRC 2007 guidelines horses require 10 grams of sodium and 40 grams of Chlorine per day (so around 2 tablespoons of common salt). Of course, horses in moderate to heavy work or in humid conditions will require higher levels, for example horses in strenuous work such as racing can need up to 40 grams of sodium. Salt consumption in cold climates cannot be overlooked either, since salt intake will drive water intake and help reduce the chances of impaction type colic. Horses can tolerate higher levels of salt if clean water is available as excess sodium is excreted in the urine. Horses without water or restricted access to water can suffer salt toxicity resulting in kidney damage, poor feed efficiency and electrolyte imbalance. Getting to know your sodium requirements starts by calculating your horse’s maintenance needs and then increasing based on level of activity and humidity levels. Horses on complete rations and vitamin/mineral balancers do not require trace mineral salt, this salt is the red block or red salt. These horses will receive enough trace mineral from their feed if they are fed to the tag specifications. To meet the sodium needs, white loose salt intended for livestock use or white table salt (I prefer the coarse salt for horses) is all you will need. Top dressing ensures your horse gets the needed salt and prevents over consumption and possible waste and contamination of free choice salt in a feeder. What about commercially available electrolytes? As stated above sodium is a major electrolyte needed by the horse. Other electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous to name a few all have roles to play in maintaining body functions. If your horse is sweating a lot due to strenuous exercise and humidity conditions, then electrolyte supplement is warranted but I would not use them daily just to maintain sodium needs. Giving an oral electrolyte, specifically paste electrolytes to dehydrated horses, can cause stomach and abdominal

discomfort. The electrolyte paste will attach itself to the stomach wall while it is being dissolved, possibly irritating the stomach lining. Just like salt is important to the overall wellbeing of your horse so is the absorption of nutrients and a healthy digestive system in maintaining body and immune function. The digestive system is broken into two parts, the fore gut where digestion is done by enzymes and the hind gut where digestion is done by bacteria. Salt (NaCl) plays a major role in transport of nutrients across cell walls but first those nutrients must be able to digest properly. The use of digestive supplements containing enzymes, live yeast, probiotics and prebiotics will increase feed efficiency and optimize digestion of nutrients as well as protect the digestive system from toxin overload that can cause damage to body systems. A well-functioning digestive system allows sodium uptake along with other minerals thus creating a system that keeps the horse drinking and eating well, leading to overall health benefits. A final thought is to listen to your horses, as they will always be the best reflection of your efforts. References: Frape, D. 2004 Equine Nutrition and Feeding 3rd E. NRC 2007 Nutrient Guidelines for Horses 6th E. About Robert Fera Robert is the animal health specialist for Animal Pro Products, a leading Canadian manufacturer of digestive supplements and probiotics for multiple species. Formally educated in animal nutrition, Rob has worked for several animal nutrition companies over the past years, published articles and been the guest speaker at animal nutrition conferences in Canada and the US. In addition to his work with Animal Pro Products, Robs also owns and operates Deerpath Breeding and Development, an equine reproduction facility in Ontario.

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appy New Year to all! It was nice to have a break over Christmas (since I don’t print a January issue). I think I did at least 20 jigsaw puzzles (500-750 piece’ers) starting near the end of November. What a great way to relax. I’ve recycled them all at the local thrift store or swapped with friends. Keep them coming, I’m not stopping (until winter is over ha!). We’re gearing up for a busy year ahead, looking at my yearly calendar, between trade shows, horse Photo by Kathy Mydske and club events and fillies weekends! I might have to be a bit more choosey which to participate in – if I am going to have any ME (and my horse) time. We’ve got a lot of ‘good read’ in this issue – so grab that ‘hard copy’ sit back and enjoy. The What’s Happening calendar is filling up for the year already. If you have your dates, send them in. Saddle Up likes to be the ‘leader’ and most informative in listing what is happening in your horse community! We can’t print them all in the magazine, but we do print them all on our website – for the whole year! Take a look! See you in the ‘jigsaw’ aisle!

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FEATURES Importance of Salt 3 Words Create our Reality 6 Legalizing Comp Healthcare 7 World According to Horses (EFW) 8 Communication, Leadership… 10 Horses of Nicaragua 12 Agribition Sets Records! 13 Western Dressage, Ride a Corner 14 Euthanasia 16 Living The Dream 18 21 Dressage Growing Pains Horsey Ladies Okanagan 22 Cariboo Horsey Ladies 23 A Battle with Laminitis 24

Our Regulars KIDS 25 Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 28 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 37 Back Country Horsemen of BC 38 BC Rodeo Association 39 Clubs/Associations 40 41 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! Business Services 42 Tails to be Told 45 Stallions/Breeders 45 On The Market (photo ads) 46 Rural Roots (real estate) 46 Shop & Swap 47

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Letters to the Editor

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have to say that I support the slaughter and consumption of horses as a meat animal. Why? Because of over breeding. There are simply too many horses, and too little demand. People in the racing industries breed far too many horses, and race them far too young, then these break down, are destroyed, and they simply get more horses. Is this the world I raised my kids in? To just throw away something if it doesn’t suit us, or isn’t useful to us? If it wasn’t so over medicated, eat it. We over-medicate ourselves, and over medicate horses. To those of you worming every month or so, try examining if you even should be? Ulcers, colic, etc.. You are the cause of your horse’s discontent. I am no longer a horse owner, by the way. Too many crazy people and back stabbing at barns, led my kids away from riding, and I followed suit. But yes, I would eat horse meat. Raised in Germany, I see nothing wrong with eating horse meat. Just saying, there’s a use for all the unwanted, and over bred horses out there.

Let ters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis.

Winifred Jantz, Kaslo BC

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Words Create our Reality By Glenn Stewart

There are over 500,000 words in the English language, and some other sources say up to 750,000. The average person uses between 2,000 and 10,000 of these words. That is only half of 1 percent to 2 percent of the words available.


he words and metaphors we habitually use shape our experience and the way we feel about different situations. In other words, watch what you say. The mind will want to make you right. Two people can witness the exact same situation and have two completely different experiences or feelings about it. The reason for this is what each person chooses to apply as a meaning or the words they use to describe their day or situation. Almost anything can have a positive part to it or something can be learned from it. What we choose to focus on and the words we use to describe it creates our reality. Two people living the same life can have completely different viewpoints on the same life they are both living. Of course, this can be applied to anything or any situation. When we talk about our horses, what are the thoughts, words and

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metaphors we use involving our horses or our time with them? What might seem like a minor comment might not be so minor. How we choose to describe any situation with our horses is how we will be sure to view it and treat the situation. Take the example of a person’s horse that jumps, bucks and kicks when they bring it out of the pen. One person may choose to say the horse is crazy and unrideable. Another person might smile and say, “WOW, is he ever feeling good/ playful today.” If a person’s horse pins its ears at feeding time, one person might say, “Aww, he’s protecting his food, isn’t that sweet?” Another person might say, “He hates me.” Someone else might say, “He doesn’t know the rules yet and that’s not acceptable.” Someone who has a mare that kicks at other horses might say, “That’s the way mares are.” Another person might say, “She’s such a b-tch.” Someone else might choose to say, “I better get to work on building her confidence with other horses coming near her.” Someone might say a horse is really stubborn. Someone else might say nobody has taken the time to show that horse what he’s intended to do. Somebody might say, “My horse is really stupid; he was good when I bought him, but gets worse every time I handle him.” Someone else might say, “Look in the mirror.” Someone might say, “My horse doesn’t like the trailer/arena/the trail/ being caught).” Someone else might say, “I’m going to have to change my approach or what I do in these places so my horse will enjoy the experience and not feel threatened or worried.” We can put a positive or a negative spin on anything that happens. The words and thoughts we use will absolutely determine the method, feel, timing and attitude we use with our horses. The more negative the talk, usually the less the individual understands horses and the quicker they are to blame. The more positive we can look at things or come up with a plan or solution, the better chance we will have of getting amazing results. They say when we point a finger in blame there’s only one finger pointing away and 3 fingers pointing back at ourselves. I know that whenever I take the time, and that only means a few seconds, to try to come up with a positive thought with wording that matches, the results I’m after come quicker and prettier with less fuss, and my horse wants to be caught the next day. Of course, I hope we all realize that running around with wonderfully positive thoughts floating around in our heads isn’t the only thing it takes to get positive results -- it is one of many things. With all the words in the English language why not choose ones that put a positive spin on things around us, such as our horses and other things we hold dear, to help move towards positive outcomes. Whatever thoughts we hold will show up in our hands, which will speak volumes to our horses. Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at The Mane Event in both Red Deer and Chilliwack. Glenn offers year-round Horsemanship Courses at his home base in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Courses, High and Wild, and Brazil 2018. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit the website at (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Legalizing Complementary Healthcare for Animals Submitted by the BC Animal Owners Association

Do you hire a massage practitioner to work on your horses? Or an equine chiropractor or physiotherapist? Or a farrier? Or anyone else?


id you know that massage practitioners, chiropractors, farriers, equine dentists and rehabilitation professionals ARE operating ILLEGALLY in BC?! The same holds true for nutritional advisors, body workers of all kinds, animal trainers, aromatherapy practitioners and all other complementary healthcare practitioners. Shocked? You should be! According to the BC Veterinarian Act, all of these modalities are considered “authorized practice,” which means that only a veterinarian may perform them. For a non-veterinarian to practice their trade, they would need to be directly supervised (i.e. watched over) by a vet. Not only is this impractical, it’s also unnecessary and carries with it a financial burden to the animal owner. Secondly, should a veterinarian choose to work with a non-veterinarian, they, too, may suffer legal ramifications under their own bylaws! In the end, it is YOU, the animal owner, who loses access to valuable services and the animals SUFFER. The BC Animal Owners Association was formed last year. Since that time, we have been busy exploring the legal climate in BC and researching complementary healthcare practice models all over the country and the world. Simultaneously, we have been gathering members who share our concerns and motivation to make a positive change in our province. Our work brought us before the Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, in December to introduce ourselves, our organization and our willingness to be part of the SOLUTION. We presented our partnerships with other organizations who share our mission to find a regulated and respectful place for complementary practitioners to be registered, so that animal owners can have a CHOICE and practitioners can provide their service without fear of prosecution! We have another planned meeting with ministry staff at the end of January. Our first goal is to increase our membership -- this is you, the animal owners! We are an organization speaking for hundreds of

(L-R): Sharon Edgar (BCAOA member), Hon. Lana Popham (Minister of Agriculture), Jennifer Edgar (BCAOA President) and Leah Hope (BCAOA member) thousands of animal owners in this province, who want a choice and who need a voice! It really doesn’t even matter if you use alternative, complementary modalities, but having the choice is an important democratic right! Our second goal is to form relationships with practitioners, education organizations, and professional associations, so that when the time comes, those parties will have a seat at the table so that they may be involved in a legislative SOLUTION. What happens if we don’t push forward now? Today a monopoly already exists. There is a risk that legislation could tighten-up even further in future, and ban non-veterinarian options for animals altogether. If any of this sparks concern for you, and you want a choice, then BECOME A MEMBER, NOW! It’s easy, and it’s free! Visit our website at, or check us out on Facebook (“BC Animal Owners Association”). Question: If not us, who? If not now, when? (~ John F. Kennedy)


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Communication, Leadership and Partnership - Part 2 By Christa Miremadi

Once a productive and appropriate form of communication has been established, and a person and horse have developed a healthy, reliable method of letting each other know how they’re feeling, the way I see it, developing leadership would be the next step towards building a rewarding partnership.


t’s important to be clear, consistent and reliable in order to become someone that your horse can really trust. This means that there should be no secrets or hidden agendas. In other words, if I develop a relationship with a horse based on carrots and cuddles and then start telling that horse what to do and how to do it, there’s a good chance I may inspire a touch of resentment in that horse. It would be as if a friend invited you over for free pizza and beer and when you arrived, you find out you first have to paint their house. Chances are pretty good that you’d have been happy to help them had they been upfront about what was involved with the free pizza and beer but you may feel a bit duped under the circumstances and it’s quite likely that following future invitations you may be tempted to ask “what’s the catch?” before accepting. When I’ve watched others developing leadership, what I’ve often observed is people creating an almost military experience for the horse. Similar to how things sometimes appear while observing communication, there can often be a sense of “I tell, you do” or “When I say jump, you say how high?” during the process. Although I do appreciate the value of clarity and consistency that this kind of attitude brings (and I’ll admit, this kind of relationship seems to produce considerably more obedient horses than the kind based on bribery and gift giving), I often wonder, however, if the leadership has been given over for the wrong reasons or if an even more rewarding relationship could have been built? What difference does it make, you might ask, as long as the result is a well-behaved horse? Well the truth is, it might not matter too much as long as you’re not too interested in the part about building a rewarding partnership or about your horse’s experience. If you are 10 • February 2018


interested in those parts however, it would make a difference. In the same way you might find certain bosses you’ve had to be supportive or an ally and others to be more of an obstacle, this more dominating form of leadership development can actually contribute to the challenges the employee (or the horse) faces, rather than becoming someone that they feel confident relying on or asking for support. As far as I’m concerned, once my horse and I have developed a form of appropriate, productive communication, I want to use that communication to help establish an understanding of what my expectations are while continuing to communicate that I have my horse’s best interest in mind. I’ll do this through establishing clear and reliable boundaries in a consistent manner that my horse can count on and becoming patient and supportive, yet unmoving, in my requests. In my experience, being truly aware of myself and insisting that my horse do the same is enough to get a horse’s interest, attention and cooperation. For example, when teaching a young horse to lead properly and when faced with the task of asking the horse to learn to follow as opposed to drag the handler, if the handler’s focus is on communicating a boundary that can’t be crossed to the young horse rather than teaching the horse they did something wrong and making the horse go back over and over again, the young horse will learn much quicker. This can be a very difficult thing to explain. Let me try again… The difference between the two areas of focus is very subtle and can be challenging to understand but, once the penny drops, it makes a monumental difference to developing leadership and the relationship between a human and a horse. The point is not to control the horse but rather to control the space and the situation. If you’re in control of the space, the horse learns to look to you for guidance and direction, thus giving you leadership. If you try to control the horse, you may gain the obedience but not the confidence. For example, if you’re catching a horse who lives in a herd or riding past other horses and one rushes the fence or the horse you’re leading/riding, you’ll gain more confidence and trust by controlling the space around you; stopping or blocking the horses who’re attempting to crowd and threaten your horse, (thus, removing the stimulus or challenge) than you will by making the horse you’re leading/riding behave. Your horse should feel safe under your protection and not be put in a position to feel the need to have to defend himself or discuss hierarchy with others while “on the job.” Does that make any more sense? One more time… In a situation where a horse has learned to be obedient, you may be able to control where his feet are and in turn where his body is, but there’s very little you’ll be able to do about

how he feels. Horses who’ve learned to be obedient are often worried, anxious or downright terrified on the inside. If that same horse learned to look to you for direction because you seemed to be in control of things, including yourself and the space around you, and you’ve managed to develop a certain level of obedience through consistent and reliable expectations and productive communication, even in situations where they do feel worried, anxious or terrified, you’ll be able to provide them with guidance that will help them to feel better about the situation. For example, in a situation that may be unexpected and unavoidable, such as the attack of a jacket or rain slicker or lariat that’s

come loose from the saddle strings and taken your horse by surprise, a horse who‘s simply obedient may become over-faced and blow apart becoming impossible to control and possibly dangerous to himself and others, whereas the horse who’s learned to look to you for direction and support is more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt and let you override his own instincts, at least momentarily, possibly giving you the 30 seconds you need to remove the offensive attacking rain slicker or pick up the trailing rope before things get too far out of control. Developing this kind of trust and leadership takes time not technique, patience and consistency not ego and although it can require a strong feel or firm boundary, these louder, more clear moments of communication should demand attention and presence and not inspire fear or worry about their safety. A deep understanding of equine physical development, mental development and biomechanics is essential to making sure you’re not asking too much too soon or more than is reasonable to expect. The next piece of the puzzle, building a rewarding relationship happens as a result of how you went about achieving the leadership. It’s something that will happen all on its own. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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The Horses of Nicaragua By Christine Schwartz

This past November, I had A black stallion. Not the first image that the amazing opportunity to comes to mind when you think of a black stallion. This guy lives and works in the dump travel to Nicaragua to help in Nicaragua and searches through the build a house for a single garbage for food. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Wiens) mother who is part of a group of locals whose houses were destroyed due to rising tides. Close to 80% of Nicaraguans have inadequate housing in this second-poorest country in Central America.


y first impression when leaving the airport in Managua, was how crowded the roads were and I marvelled at the mixture of crazy drivers beeping their horns and horses pulling their carts ignoring the commotion. Even in the capital, many people rely on the thin, tough Nicaraguan horses for transportation. Harnesses don’t fit and are patched together with twine or wire, saddles are old and bridles often just a piece of string with a chain across the nose. There were scars and open sores on most of the horses I saw. The majority of them, especially in the cities, are so thin that their ribs, spines and hipbones protrude and I was amazed that they could still work. There are approximately 400,000 working horses in Nicaragua and, while one sees well-fed, high-stepping Spanish types in the Hipico, the annual horse parades in Granada or Managua, most of the horses are smaller, around 14-15 hh, tough, wiry and gaited. You see them carrying two, or sometimes three, people at once and while it can be hard to gauge the age of an emaciated horse, many were far too young to be ridden. The wagons they pull are loaded high with firewood, people or fruit to be taken to the market. Life is tough in Nicaragua for people and animals alike, and the horses are no exception. As we drove north, there were even more horses and the ones that were not working were tied with a rope around their necks in the ditch to eat or they roamed free. Every car that drives past beeps their horn and our driver told us that horse versus car accidents are a frequent occurrence, a statement which was confirmed a few miles down the road where we saw a dead horse in the ditch. Water is scarce and the horses that live near the ocean head to the beach to get a drink. One of our outings took us to El Limonal, a community of about 300 families who live and work in the local dump of Chinandega, making a living of about $1.00 per day collecting recyclables. We were able to cook a hot, nutritious lunch for the local children. What was most shocking to me was seeing several cows and horses foraging in the dump, searching through garbage for something to eat. Sad and heartbreaking? Yes, absolutely. Can something be done? Yes, absolutely. The resort we stayed at in Jiquilillo, the northern part of Nicaragua, was called Monty’s Beach Lodge; it hosts veterinary students from US

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Davis, CA to spay and neuter dogs, deworm cows, pigs, dogs, cats and horses and assist horse owners who need help with their animals. World Horse Welfare sends volunteers who teach the locals about saddlery, farrier work and general equine husbandry. In 1994, Dr. Sara Gomez-Ibanez, DVM, of Sustainable Veterinarians International, was curious about the poor body condition of the horses in Nicaragua. She studied 35 horses with an average body condition score of 2.9 (from 1-10) and found that 33 of them were anemic, 24 of the 29 horses for which fecal samples were available had high strongyles counts, and 34 suffered from the tick-born disease, piroplasmosis. Help for these horses is badly needed, but it takes money to bring medication and equipment to this poor country. However, a dollar goes a long way in Nicaragua and every little bit counts. Horses Helping Horses is a Facebook page where I hope to raise some money to help. There will be a silent auction for Valentines Day, so if you have any horsey or non-horsey items to donate to this worthy cause, I would love to hear from you, either via email at or through the Facebook page. And, of course, have a look at all the lovely items that will be donated and bid, bid, bid. In many places, the horses used to take tourists riding are the ones with the tough life. Here it is reversed. These guys, looking for a drink in the surf, are in pretty good shape.

Our lovely water horse who brought us water to mix the cement for the house we built. The community does not have running water and drinking water is delivered once a week and stored in old garbage cans. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Wiens)

47th Agribition Sets New Records in 2017 Photos courtesy of CWA


anadian Western Agribition (CWA) was the first event to be hosted in the new International Trade Centre November 20–25 in Regina SK, and organizers are calling it a success, including the setting of several new records. Total livestock sales were the best they’ve been since 1997 and the second highest in CWA history, at $3.5 million. Purebred cattle sales were at $2 million, a new record high. Total show attendance increased by 2.7% over 2016, with 126,500 visitors at the 2017 show. Attendance at the evening entertainment events reached a new record, with over 27,000 attendees taking in the Equine Extravaganza, Full Contact Jousting, and Agribition Pro Rodeo combined. CWA continues to be a global marketplace for livestock buyers and producers. The 2017 show saw a 40% increase and record high in international buyers at 365 total buyers from 86 different countries.

Total international guests numbered 1,250. Other exciting events that took place include awarding the inaugural Celebrating Women in Agriculture Award to Belinda Wagner, and announcing renewed partnerships with the Federal and Provincial governments. The Honourable Lawrence McAulay, Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Canada, travelled to CWA from Ottawa to announce the details of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP). This is a five year, $3 billion federal, provincial, and territorial investment for Canada’s agriculture and agrifood sector. Honourable Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Saskatchewan announced the Province will renew its partnership with CWA with a $200,000 four-year funding agreement. For results and more photos visit

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Western Dressage

How to Correctly Ride a Corner By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Photos by Lisa Wieben

Jacklyn Hegberg riding Maverick through a corner.

Jacklyn riding Maverick through a corner.

This is a good example of the horse’s inside hind leg stepping under.

This is our third year collaborating on writing articles on western dressage, and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve been getting. Some of the readers asked us to write more about simple exercises that they can do with their horses. So, in this month’s issue, we would like to explain a very basic movement: how to correctly ride a corner.


corner is not just a way to get from one maneuver to another, but can be very useful in rebalancing the horse in preparation for the next maneuver. A well-ridden corner will do just that! Each corner you ride in the dressage ring can be defined as the arc of a circle, which is one of the various arena (or school) figures. Riding arena figures correctly helps develop lateral flexibility, suppleness, balance and straightness in your horse. Straightness means that a horse is straight on straight lines and bent on bending lines, with his poll through to the tail on the line of travel. Riding arena figures accurately will also help your horse become ambidextrous, meaning he can bend as easily to the right as he does to the left (bend refers to the horse’s lateral bend through the ribcage). Furthermore, riding arena figures develops obedience and responsiveness to the rider’s aids and helps assess both your horse’s training level as well as your own skill level. Depending on the level of your horse, the arc of the corner may be that of a 10-metre circle or, in higher levels, that of an 8-metre circle. If your horse struggles with small circles and loses impulsion, rhythm, and/or balance, only go as deep into the corner as your horse can manage. We like the following exercise to help the horse and rider learn how to properly ride corners: - Begin in the walk. - Ride a 10-metre circle in a corner. - Proceed to the next corner. You can use the long sides of the arena for some transitions (e.g. walk to halt, walk to trot, trot to halt, etc.), but make sure you are back in a relaxed, forward walk before each corner. - Repeat the exercise in the opposite direction. 14 • February 2018


tilting his head to the outside, and dropping the inside shoulder into the corner. To correct this, go back to basics and work on the bend in the walk and keep the circle size appropriate to the horse. We will be bringing you more exercises to help you develop your horse’s rhythm, suppleness, and flexibility. Until next time, enjoy the ride!

How to set up cones for riding a corner properly - Using cones to mark the circles will give you a better idea of the arc that you need to ride. Cones will also help the horse with a visual line of travel. - If your horse is evenly bent on each circle, go large and omit the circles. - If your horse maintains the bend in each corner repeat the same exercise at a jog. - If the horse struggles with the smaller circles in the jog, discontinue the corner exercise and take the horse onto a 20-metre circle for the jog work. You can spiral this circle down to find the size your horse is still comfortable with in the jog. As the horse develops more suppleness, the smaller circles will become easier. Rider aids/positioning When riding your horse through a corner, he should be bending into the direction of the corner, with his body equally bent through his entire body from poll to tail, and his inside hind leg more engaged. The following are the aids for riding a corner to the left: - Half-halt your horse (using your outside rein) before you reach the corner to let him know that something is changing as well as to rebalance him. - Draw your left hip back slightly and allow your right hip to move forward. - Inside (left) leg directly under your body, asking your horse to bend the rib cage as well as to maintain the activity. - Outside (right) leg can be moved slightly back to prevent the horse’s hindquarters from swinging out. - Gently ask for flexion to the inside with your inside (left) rein. This rein should remain slightly off the neck and you should just see your horse’s inside eye and nostril. - Outside (right) rein supports the bend and is kept steady in order to limit the degree of bend in the horse’s neck. The outside rein also helps in turning your horse’s shoulders in and will be closer to the neck. The deeper you ride into the corner, the more the outside rein will be needed to turn the horse’s shoulders and maintain bend. The outside rein also helps maintain the horse’s rhythm. It is important to remember that, while riding a corner, always turn your body from your centre (core), while your eyes are tracing the line of the corner a few strides ahead of the horse toward the next reference point. In order to bend and turn a horse correctly, we need both inside and outside aids to work together, with your inside aids bending the horse and your outside aids supporting and turning him. The horse’s hind legs should be on the same track as his front legs, and he should be bending around your inside leg. One of the biggest mistakes we see is the horse cutting the corner. The rider, instead of bending the horse through the corner, tries to pull the horse into the corner with the outside rein as the horse is trying to avoid going into the corner. This causes the horse to counter-bend,

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, EC Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Specializing in Western and English Dressage, she coaches near Bowden/Olds, AB. Lisa is also a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, working with riders, in class or privately, to learn movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. A balanced rider equals a balanced horse. www. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, lessons (English and Western), clinics, mentorship programs, horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, and working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology, body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills. www. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Euthanasia A

When I decided to tackle the subject of equine euthanasia, I felt the need to add the disclaimer that I am not anti-slaughter, as it remains a viable partial solution, for the time being, to the growing number of unwanted horses, saving them from a worse fate than death. By Judy Ullmann

ll cannot be adopted or managed in rescues. However, the source, i.e. overbreeding, must be slowed or shut off. However, a horse owner has the right to choose euthanasia for a horse he regards in his heart and eyes, as being more than livestock, regardless of official classification, and that is what this article is about. So, where does the word euthanasia come from? Like many of our medical terms, it comes from the Greek language. Eu: Good Thanatos: Death Combined: “A Good Death” What, then, is a good, or humane death? To achieve a humane death, the horse must be immediately rendered unconscious and go on to die without regaining consciousness. Unpleasant as the prospect of euthanasia is, it still remains the ultimate gift a horse owner can bestow on his horse, and a gift that is often yet denied our species. Recognizing when the quality of life for a horse has ended, then putting the horse first, granting the horse a “good” death, no matter how personally painful, is not only right, but just. Knowing what to expect can save both the owner and his horse needless stress and suffering. Once the horse is dead, the method of disposal becomes just a personal choice, but must adhere to any provincial or environmental laws. When burial is chosen, after a planned euthanasia, the owner should arrange for the backhoe in advance, allowing the horse to be buried shortly after being euthanized. Winter can make the option of burial difficult. When rendering is chosen, the dead stock truck should be scheduled for pickup on the same day as the euthanasia. The horse should be euthanized in an area that is easy to access by that truck. A horse that has been euthanized with an overdose of barbiturates can’t be left to be scavenged upon, prior to burial or pickup, and it is the owner’s responsibility to prevent it. It is not legal to drag a horse who has been euthanized by an overdose of barbiturates into the bush. So, what are the methods available for a planned euthanasia? The most common veterinary-assisted euthanasia is by lethal injection. The veterinarian will administer an intravenous tranquilizer, followed by an overdose of a barbiturate. This is a very fast and pain-free method of euthanasia and is also less traumatic emotionally to the owner, than other methods. The second accepted method of euthanasia is by gun shot, but requires someone with both firearms experience and the knowledge of the correct location on the horse’s skull for a bullet to penetrate the brain sufficiently so that death is instantaneous. A captive bolt pistol is the third accepted method. The location on 16 • February 2018


the skull and angle of the bolt is the same as that recommended for euthanasia by firearm. A captive bolt pistol should only be used by an experienced operator. Since the pistol must be placed against the skull, it should not be used on a standing horse, to prevent the possibility of the horse falling on the operator. A captive bolt pistol does have the advantage that no permits are required, and it can be legally transported in a vehicle. Captive bolt guns are now available specifically for on-farm euthanasia. Unlike the old traditional stunner gun, where a second step like exsanguination (bleeding out) had to be used, these new captive bolt guns are effective as a one-step euthanasia. Available resources for an emergency euthanasia often depend on location. In case of a trailer accident, local police can provide contact information for local veterinary services or, in extreme cases, provide that service themselves, by gunshot. One dreaded scenario, for those that ride in Canadian provincial parks, is an emergency euthanasia on the trail, such as when a horse breaks a leg, for instance. Cell phone service is often not available, it is not legal to carry a firearm, nor can a lay person carry barbiturates. What then? One trail rider that I know, faced this situation on a pack trip in a provincial park. He euthanized the horse, using the blunt end of an ax. Not a pleasant prospect! Because of the severe anxiety associated with hypoxia (lack of oxygen), exsanguination should not be used as the sole method of euthanasia. However, if that horse owner is “between a rock and a hard place,” faced with the options of exsanguination, abandoning the horse to a slow death, or easy predation, I believe the “less-hard place” becomes the choice. During my many years of raising horses, I had to walk down this difficult path myself. Each time, it was not easy. However, when I knew the time was coming, the time I would have to offer that “good” death to the horse that held a special place in my heart, I wrote the following poem for my ‘Cody Chrome’ (Einstein) to whom the poem is dedicated. I hope that sharing it will help others facing this decision. Judy’s formal education is as a medical technologist; she’s worked in a teaching hospital, implementing new laboratory procedures in haematology, as well as a general RT in all divisions, including bacteriology/parasitology and immunology. That background had useful application, when life changes allowed her to raise, train and show horses for over 30 years. She served several terms as Director of the Appaloosa Horse Association of Alberta, and was also the Appaloosa Representative for the Alberta Horse Improvement program. Contact her via email at

Horses from A to Z…

with a lot of FUN in -between By Joanie Thompson Interested in learning about ponies, horses, and horsemanship? Looking for riding lessons covering different disciplines taught by qualified instructors?


ook no further because with Pony Club you have found the world’s largest organization for young riders. It caters to like-minded members eager to learn how to ride, and learn about horse care, first aid, and riding theory at their own pace. In addition to regular Pony Club instructors, members learn from equine industry experts such as veterinarians, grand prix jumpers, nutritionists and farriers. What could be more fun than taking your horse to summer camp? Pony Club members get to do this at Rally. Attendees form teams of riders and grooms, led by a captain, to participate in dressage, cross country and show jumping, as well as stable management and stall decorating in the annual theme. Everyone camps on site with their friends and horses, and parents aren’t allowed to do anything! You might wonder how kids as young as seven could be left in charge of horses, but everyone works as a team under the guidance of their captains and more experienced riders. Rally is where Pony Club members get to apply all the knowledge they have gained from the various riding and education programs. Looking for something horsey to do when the weather isn’t cooperating? Most Pony Club members are taking advantage of the slow season to take stable management classes. This doesn’t always mean being stuck in a classroom, as real-life challenges like grooming properly, bandaging your horse, or checking its teeth are practiced. Quiz is a fun way to test your horse knowledge against your friends

through questions and games. This annual one-day event is also a great way to prepare for testing at the different levels, if this is something you are into. When you hear someone has their “A” level, you can think of them as a black belt in Pony Club. Show Jump and Dressage are opportunities for members to compete in these disciplines in a more informal and less stressful environment than at a “Big Show,” but that doesn’t make the prizes any less coveted. Prince Philip Games is quite a mouthful, so most members who partake in this riding discipline call it PPG for short. Something completely different from most events, these relay games on horseback are a fun (and fast!) way to ride as a team and hone skills like balance and steering, while completing a variety of tasks under the pressure of a race. Pony Club also allows members to experience Tetrathlon, a very demanding sport that combines swimming, running, shooting, and riding which was originally based on the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon. If you are an adult and think all the unique experiences and benefits of Pony Club are only available to the young, not to worry, Horsemasters is there for you, providing many of the same education and riding experiences. Want more information about Pony Club? Please contact Tracy Carver at (778) 999-7400.

February 2018


Living The Dream By Monika Walker

Like many, my love of horses began when I was a little girl.


rowing up in a small village in Germany, I would ride my bicycle to the nearest barn just past sunrise and quite happily muck poop, feed the horses carrots, play in the field all hours of the day and still not be ready to leave when the evening sky was approaching. Now in my thirties, not much has changed in my attachment to horses; if anything, it has become a more intense obsession than ever. My parents could not afford to buy or keep a horse for me as a young girl but, whenever they could, they would allow me to take lessons and indulge my obsession with horse stickers, books and magazines. As soon as life made it possible, in my late twenties, I started taking riding lessons, again. Then came the big step -- I finally bought my first horse. What a humbling experience it was. I had no experience in actually owning a horse. I had a good grasp of the cost and amount of time it would take, but not the challenges that come with wanting to be a true horsewoman. One of the many mistakes I made in the beginning was buying a horse that was extremely challenging to ride. (Lesson #1: get a horse to match your level of experience.) I loved the exuberant personality of my hot paint mare, Abi, and that is what attracted me to committing to her as my partner in crime. Off I went at a full bolting gallop into another lesson horse in the arena, having no control whatsoever. Thanks to the patient and “nothing can phase me” pony I rammed into, no one got hurt and I left the arena only with a bruised ego. Long story short, Abi is one of the many horses that taught me how to ride (or fall off), some more gracefully than others. Riding is, of course, a never-ending pursuit of perfection, that will take a lifetime of commitment to excel at. 18 • February 2018


Aside from Abi being a challenge to ride, she also came with physical challenges that I was unaware of the day I purchased her. (Lesson #2: always vet-check a horse). Abi was diagnosed with ringbone and arthritis in both front legs at 10 years of age. I have no regrets bringing this horse into my life, as she is my best friend to this day and we still get ourselves in trouble on a regular basis. I cried like a baby the day the vet gave me the diagnosis; I thought I might never be able to ride her again. Stubborn German that I am, I decided to give her six months off and try cold water therapy on her front legs (Kneipp/Hydrotherapy for horses). After six months of patience, hand walking, liberty work, ground work and endless sessions of cold hosing Abi’s legs, she was sound -- for a short period of time. Of course, with her exuberant personality, she often overdid it while playing. I overdid it riding and, before we knew it, we were back to square one. She in pain and me, hurting in my heart. The vet did suggest for me to look at purchasing another riding horse and, of course... First lessons are hard to learn, I purchased Abi’s paddock mate, Nina. Nina had had a rough life up to this point, she permanently pinned her ears at people, liked to kick, buck, bolt and all the other things a horse will do to fight for its life. But my husband, Bill, and I loved her to bits. Nina will have to have her own article written, since she was one of my greatest teachers in life. Back to Abi. I tried pretty much everything, money and time would do to get this horse sound. Injections, Previcox, glucosamine, shockwave therapy, cold water therapy, hand walking... the list goes on. Through this process, I was blessed with learning how to properly communicate with a horse on the ground. So many of us have lost the skill to use body language and feel of a person or animal as a way to communicate. And this is one of the many things to thank our fellow equines for, being such fabulous teachers. And then there was the farrier thing... Abi hated the farriers. The first one was plain and simple mean; her fighting and him beating. And me, just standing there, not knowing how to stand up for my animal. (Lesson #3: listen to your horse.) After the greater part of two years with Abi, I learned about this thing called thrush, a bacterial infection of the frog that will literally rot the soft tissues of the foot alive. Well, Abi had it bad.

So here I went again… copper sulphate, Thrushbuster, formaldehyde and iodine, hiring the best farrier I could find. Still a never-ending battle. For the following years, through battling Abi’s thrush and arthritis issues, we became true partners. I had no idea how long it takes for a horse to truly trust and accept a human as a partner. Abi was not an abused horse, she was always quite confident in people but, until the later years, not very affectionate or excited to see me. Oh - the nickers to greet me! And coming galloping from the field she lived in, to come see me! It made all the heartbreak and time spent trying to get her sound worth it, by a thousand-fold. After five years of boarding, my husband and I set out to get an acreage of our own. After years of obsessively reading every horse book and magazine placed in my presence, helping as a working student at the barn I most recently boarded at, I felt comfortable enough having horses of my own and taking care of them in the best way I had learned up to that point. It was time for a change in our life. Not being able to afford land in the city we were living in, we sold our business and city pad and set up

shop on a small 5-acre homestead near the Thompson River. Leaving the busy city life behind was such a pleasure in itself, never mind being finally able to live the dream: having horses at home. Here comes the next challenge: finding a good farrier in the boonies. My previous farrier had recommended a couple of people, so I got on the phone and tried to schedule an appointment. “Sorry... we don’t service that area. It’s too far out of town.” Living in horse paradise comes with the convenience of having good horsey neighbours, some of which are experienced enough to trim their own horses! Inspired by the thought of independent hoof care, I decided to take a trimming course. Abi never did love having strangers around her feet and I did not see the harm in learning to take care of her feet myself. Summer came and, with it, fires. This past summer was terrifying for so many. My trimming course date neared and, having been put on evacuation alert days before I was to leave the farm to take the course, I contacted the barn where the course was held to see if I could bring my two horses with me. Did I mention I had never trailered a horse before? Well, I guess we all have to learn sometime, especially in a time of a crisis. Thanks to my ever-so-patient father-in-law, who accepted the challenge to teach me how to drive my rig, park it, back it up and navigate it through city parking lots, I felt up to the task. The day I was to leave, the smoke from the fire was so thick I could not see my neighbour’s house on the next property over. Abi, challenging in many ways, also had an intense fear of trailering. Time, patience, persistence and five hours later, we were all loaded up and heading down the road. I placed a glass of water in my drink tray in the truck so Continued on page 20

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I would be able to monitor my driving, being as considerate as possible of the equines in the back of my trailer. It was two hours of sweating and concentrating before we finally got through the smoke. It had been a year of many firsts, and taking my horses on that somewhatnecessary camping trip was one of the many things to cross off my “bucket list.” Me and my father- in-law Bruce Walker, the day We arrived, safe and sound. Seven days we picked up my trailer were spent learning about horses’ feet, trimming cadaver feet, then trimming the herd of horses owned by Kristi at the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care and, of course, learning to trim my own horses. Did I mention it is the hardest job I have ever done?! As a fairly tall, somewhat-fit person, having worked a physical job most of my life, this was hard work like I had never experienced before. The trimming course itself was extremely inspiring; but what was the biggest eye-opener is how Kristi kept her horses. Her horses lived on a track system, called a “Pasture Paradise” Me and Abi (from a book by Jaime Jackson). My husband, so supportive and a lover of horses himself, had mentioned to me a while back about a track system called “Pasture Paradise.” Not giving it much thought at that time, I now recalled the conversation and there it was right in front of me: nine horses, all barefoot, most of them rescue or rehab cases that were shod most of their life. Kristi’s horses were not just sound, but in good shape physically and mentally, capable to go on a long trail ride that included pavement, rocky ground, steep hills up and down, jumping over logs and all of this barefoot! The way the track system works it quite simple; feed the horses hay on one end and water them on the other with rocky areas, logs to walk over and hay nets for nibbling along the way. The horses get much needed movement, simulating a domesticated version of a “wild horse” lifestyle, while conditioning their feet through the different topography on the track. That was it for me. I decided, on the spot, to build one of these on our own property. On the fourth day of the course, it was finally time to bring Abi over and get Kristi’s opinion on her feet. Aside from thrush and contracted heels (often these two go hand in hand) she had an infection in her digital cushion. Kristi suggested to soak her feet religiously and use a combination of athlete’s foot cream and Polysporin daily in her central sulcus until her frogs start to heal up. I cried... finally someone with some answers and solutions. The day we went home, the sky was blue and the air was clean -- what a relief. The fire did go on for another month or so, devastating the lives of so many. I went home, with my firecracker of a paint horse and some hope that I might just finally be able to fix her feet. It has been five months since that week in the summer; our track system went in, costing our farm less than $300 in electrical fencing and some time to put in the posts, some logs and some rocks (that I previously would try to pick out of our fields). Abi has been sound, without the use of Previcox (anti inflamatories), without the need of injections on her fetlock joint. I still give her a shot of glucosamine for her comfort. I balance her feet religiously, her frogs have grown out, the infection blew out at the back of her foot and her feet are gradually de-contracting with the added movement on the track. We can walk, trot and gallop (we still are not great at the cantering thing... this horse just loves to run way too much) on the trails and she is as happy and content as can be. As in so many circumstances, whether human or animal, we live such sedentary lives that we forget the simple healing power of movement. It’s a matter of looking at our life and seeing what is missing and where it needs to be balanced. We domesticated horses so long ago, it can be hard to imagine keeping them in a different way than paddocks and box stalls; but there is. It is the 21st century of horse-keeping and I am proud to be part of the change. 20 • February 2018


What’s this? IT’S BACK...! After the retirement of What’s This? in early 2017, a group of Oldsters who were entertained by Mark McMillan’s brain teasers, approached Saddle Up to see if they could continue challenging the readers. The gang said that they have some, well … Used and Unique … items that just might get you guessing again? They assured management that they have enough items to challenge the readers for a year.

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Growing Pains

with Dr. Thomas Ritter,

Mindset, Strategy


In one of our online courses a participant recently felt discouraged because she thought that she and her horse had become worse. This is a feeling we are probably all familiar with. But it’s not always accurate.

ometimes we don’t realize how much we have already learned and how much we have improved. Our quality standards and our awareness have grown faster than our skills, and so we feel like we are riding worse than ever, although in reality we are riding better than we used to be, just not as well as we would like.

Here are some of my thoughts on this topic: There are several aspects to this issue. In my own experience every new learning cycle has started with me becoming aware of problems that had always been there, but that I hadn’t noticed up until then (ignorance really is bliss). When my awareness and theoretical knowledge had expanded so that I noticed them, I became intensely unhappy and felt like the worst rider in the world. Then I went to work to conquer these issues. Oftentimes this involved reinventing my seat from scratch. The new seat felt horrible and awkward at first, and I felt like I was getting much worse. But once I had become used to the new way of sitting and riding, I was able to progress to a higher level than before. For a little while, my awareness and my skill level matched each other, and life was good. And then my awareness and understanding increased, and the cycle started over. After a number of years I realized that these periods where I felt like I couldn’t ride at all meant that I was about to learn something new and important and that I was about to have a breakthrough. Then I didn’t feel so bad about myself anymore. I also realized that each version of my seat and aids could only take me to a certain level. In order to break through to the next level, I had to disassemble myself completely, like an engine that doesn’t run well, examine every single piece, discard the broken ones that no longer work, replace them with new pieces, and then reassemble everything and then try to get used to the new feel, the new balance, the new muscles I was using, etc. Since the new muscle coordination is still foreign at first, it can happen that we actually do ride worse for a little while, until this new coordination becomes the new normal. Another aspect is that progress is addictive. We get used to it very quickly. We take it for granted and assume subconsciously that there will be a linear ascent. But in reality, progress takes place in fits and starts. There are growth phases and plateaus. Plateaus can feel like you’re sliding backward. It’s a little like when a construction crew

puts all the dirt from an excavation into a big pile. The pile grows quickly, and then it starts to settle, which makes it smaller because the material gets condensed. Learning seems very similar. You may make big breakthroughs occasionally, and then you have to consolidate the new skill and the new knowledge. These consolidation and plateau phases can be intensely frustrating because you feel like you’re stuck or actually getting worse. At least, that’s how I experienced it. The plateau phases are very important, though. They are not glamorous or spectacular. They are more like “chopping wood and carrying water” from a Zen perspective. Honing elementary skills, practicing the basics. But eventually these humble basics add up to tempo changes and zigzag half passes, or piaffe and passage. Sometimes you see the progress you have made only after you are able to put together these humble little elementary pieces into something big and prestigious. Stopping and looking back at how far you have come is sometimes very healing because it makes you realize how much you have progressed without noticing, because you have taken the progress for granted. Yet another aspect of this is that our exercises have a diagnostic element and a therapeutic element. It is quite possible (and perfectly normal) that our exercises bring out issues that have been there for a long time, but that were not so visible in your previous riding routine: If you don’t ask certain questions, you don’t notice that the horse doesn’t know the answer to them - but the horse also won’t learn the right answer. That’s why the first couple of attempts at a new exercise often don’t look or feel very pretty, but they reveal important knowledge gaps. They give us something to do. I sometimes used to joke that if horse and rider were able to do everything perfectly, there would be no point in riding any more, because we could only make it worse. As long as there is something that isn’t perfect we have something to do, and we can work on improving ourselves and the horse. Eric Clapton said something very similar in an interview a long time ago. He said that if he were able to play everything and play it perfectly, there would be no point in playing guitar anymore. But as long as he felt that he still had things that he needed to learn and improve, he would keep on playing. With the repetitions of the exercises, both horse and rider have a chance to reflect on the exercise, the balance, the technique, etc., so that it gets better over time. February 2018


Horsey Ladies Okanagan at it for 20 years By Nancy Roman


he 20th annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction took place November 17th once again at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club north of Vernon BC. One hundred and thirty two horsey ladies came from all over the interior. Last year we sold out in 3 weeks, this year in 10 days! Over dinner we offer ‘open mic’ when anyone can get up and introduce themselves, or pitch for their favourite charity. Lots of gals took the mic this year! Over 120 items were on the auction tables and brought in approximately $8,000 (over $90,000 raised to date). The top two vote-getters were Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue from the Salmon Arm area (receiving $5260.00), and second was the BC SPCA Cruelty Investigations Department (receiving $2600.00). Fellow committee members include: Elspeth Manning, Sheila Sperling, Donna McNab, Sly Keyes, Patti Thomas, Holly Wood, Kathy Woodward, and Kathy Mydske. Our volunteer ‘auction tabulator’ for the evening was Lisa Warren with help from Sheila and Sly. The golf course also hosts a Toy Drive for the kids at Christmas and the horsey ladies never let them down! We would like to thank everyone that was able to donate this year. You are so important to us and our cause and we are very much appreciative. More photos are on our Horsey Ladies Okanagan Facebook page. Top photo: Prizes on the Silent Auction tables (Photo by Patti Thomas) Middle photo: Prizes on the Toonie Auction tables (Photo by Patti Thomas) Bottom photo: All the donated toys under the tree (Photo by Elspeth Manning)

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Cariboo Horsey Ladies By Lisa Hobbs Photos courtesy of Cat Armitage


Handing over the reins… Lisa (on left) and Cheryle

Krista Blades ‘pitching’ on behalf of ELS Equine Rescue

MC Cat with Lisa (Photo by Cheryle Hickman)

reat fun was had by all at the 7th Annual South Cariboo Horsey Ladies dinner on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The dinner was hosted by the Wildmans Restaurant at the Inter-Lakes corner, and as usual put on a fabulous buffet dinner. The service was fabulous and the food was so yummy!! This year there was a transition of the guard… Cheryle Hickman, who had been the chair for the past 6 years, and the key organizer for this fundraiser event, has stepped down for a well-deserved rest and recruited me and my team to take over this event. Cat Armitage did an amazing job as the MC and helped keep us all on track. Joanne, Jenny, Kay, Gizelle and Gloria did a wonderful job of the silent auction, as well as ticket sales. 2017 was a tough one for the surrounding community and businesses due to the wildfires and consequential evacuations. The amazing support and donations that were contributed though, from our local businesses, gave a fresh meaning to the terminology ‘Cariboo Strong’. Eighty ladies came out for the evening and all together we raised over $3500. The registered charity of choice turned out to be the Cariboo’s very own ELS Equine Rescue, which is based out of the 108 Stables, and run by Emmylou Stoeter. They also suffered many hardships over this past year and this donation will help them out immensely!! Special THANKS go out to all of our amazing sponsors. We had many last minute sponsors as well and I am hoping that I am not missing anyone. It is truly unbelievable how the community comes together, even in hardship, to help support this great event. Please in return, help support your local retailers!

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February 2018


Lessons from a Battle with Laminitis

By Kathie Dorval

I own and operate a riding school and boarding stable in Cobble Hill, BC. I have 11 horses here and my own dressage horse Libby, who was diagnosed with insulin resistance in October 2016.


he was doing well with her hay being soaked and her diet restricted, so I continued to ride her and turn her out with the herd. I dewormed the herd on December 22 and on December 25, Libby walked out “funny.” I thought it was from the ice and snow in the paddock, but when I felt for the digital pulses, they were pounding -- laminitis! I called the veterinarian and she came and gave me a strict diet for Libby. We padded the stall with six inches of sawdust and began locking her in the stall at night. This was the beginning of three long months of a battle to save Libby! She was on Bute and Gabapentin for the pain. We tried “heart bar” shoes to see if they would help, but they did not so we removed them after two days. Libby was lying down for hours at a time in her stall because it hurt to stand on her feet. When she did stand, she would place her hind feet so close to her front feet that she could have stood on a basketball. Her muscles were all so sore that it hurt her if we brushed or even touched her. She gained 117 pounds on her “diet” so I cut her rations back even more. She then developed an abscess in two feet and was in terrible pain. The vet dug out the abscesses and bandaged both feet up. We even got an equine podiatrist from Kentucky involved in the case; he sent special shoes to glue onto Libby’s feet to raise the angle to keep the deep digital flexor tendon from pulling the coffin bone up. We couldn’t keep them on and they seemed to make things worse, so we discontinued using them. On March 31, my vet and farrier both came to see Libby and said they could offer nothing more and that it might be time to think of Libby’s quality of life and let her go. She was only 8 years old and I refused to think about putting her down. I called my massage person to come over and at least make her feel more comfortable for awhile. She suggested that I call her farrier who was helping her with a laminitic donkey. I called him, crying and barely able to talk; he said there might not be anything he could offer but, as he was coming up to Cobble Hill the next day, he would stop in and have a look at Libby. He came and said not to give up just yet. He called a friend who had soft ride boots and would let us borrow them for Libby. As soon as they were put on, she seemed more comfortable and could walk a bit. I got together with a friend and brainstormed about what to do and what would help. I had read an article in a magazine about bovine colostrum helping with lots of different problems with horses, one being insulin resistance. I put her on that right away, along with cinnamon and psyllium. I also began soaking her hay for only one hour before feeding, and fed it in a slow feed net, only five pounds at a time. I took away her mineral supplement, which had too much iron in it for an IR horse. Exactly two weeks to the day that I was told to think about putting her down, she trotted five steps in her paddock! I found out there were a lot of things that I had been doing wrong while trying to help her recover from laminitis. 24 • February 2018


Our first ride, 7 months after she was to be put down. Among the lessons I learned: The pain meds don’t work for laminitis after the acute stage, and they can cause ulcers (which Libby had). Iron is very bad for the IR horse. You cannot starve the horse to get weight off -- they must have 18 lbs of hay per day. You cannot fix laminitis in an IR horse by trims, shoes, bandages, etc. You must fix the diet to heal the inside of the horse first. I also put magnets on both pasterns to see if they would help, and opened her little paddock gate to encourage her to move a bit more. I gave her psyllium in her night feed for one week of each month to help her feel full and help balance the blood sugar and add fibre. These are the things I found to be helpful on my search to help Libby live. They may help someone else in their battle against laminitis. Seven months later, I had my first ride on Libby! She is doing well and has been ridden every day for about 20 minutes. She is sound and walks to and from the ring without her boots on. I had a pair of boots ready to put on her for riding, but found that she didn’t need them so gave them back to my farrier to be used on another horse. I really owe a big thanks to my massage person, Kirsten Giglio, for her help in making Libby feel better and for suggesting Joe McLean. He continues to be so supportive and helpful in keeping Libby well. Don’t give up until the horse gives up.

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My name is Sienna and my horse’s name is ‘Miss Daisy’, she is a POA pony. I’ve owned her for one year. I’ve competed in dressage, started her driving, and participated in a costume class. We are looking forward to the next year and many to come. Daisy is my best friend! - Sienna, age 11, Lake Country BC

Keaton - age 8, Beaudon - age 4, and Hudson - age 3. “Riding” with Grandpa Laurie. Lucky boys! - submitted by Carol Dodsworth, Lloydminster SK (P.S. Love that you’re promoting kids riding)

Hi, my name is Ava! And this is my pinto miniature horse, Flower. Flower is a beautiful mare. She is twenty years old. I bought her a year and a half ago. And I have loved her with all my heart since. -Ava, age 10, Oyama BC

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ittle Casey was almost one year old when he came under the care of the BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch around June 2010. He was very fearful of others when he came to the shelter but it didn’t take long for him to get comfortable. We discovered he actually had a very outgoing personality just waiting to be let out. His ideal forever home would be an active one with a family that can give him lots of attention. Casey would also love to have another dog sibling to run around and play with to burn off some of that crazy puppy energy he had. It was a very short time before he found the forever family he was looking for and they brought him home. His guardians gave us this update on how he has been over the years… On June 2, 2010, I travelled from Vancouver to Nanaimo, with daughter dog Annabelle, to meet Casey (now called George) who was up for adoption. Unfortunately, the first ferry from Horseshoe Bay was full and we arrived at the BC SPCA after closing. The wonderful staff had kept the shelter open late for us and had already taken the necessary steps to approve the adoption. In short order, Annabelle and I were back on the ferry with her baby brother George, heading home to introduce him to the rest of the family. We all fell in love with George immediately and he has formed special bonds with all of our extended family. He is the king of comfort and will often squeeze behind you on a chair, spread out, and eventually displace you. He loves to cuddle too. George had been assessed, by the BC SPCA, as being good with other dogs and ideal for adoption to a home with another dog. They were bang on! George and Annabelle have been inseparable since day one. He has a special girl who is our neighbour dog (a wheaten terrier), a rugby buddy (who is a Ridgeback), and a favourite boy - his cousin dog (a blue heeler cross). We have endless pictures of George’s sleeping positions—mostly on his back with legs up in the air—and when he senses you enter the room where he’s snoozing he starts a swimming motion with both 26 • February 2018


front paws to say “rub my belly.” When he’s excited he stands on his hind legs and makes the same motion. This solicits lots of smiles and comments from passersby when we are out and about. George has travelled extensively with his family—trips to the cottage, Christmas in Disneyland, and camping all over western Canada and the US in our trailer. But his favourite thing is being off-leash in the Canyon or at the dog beach. In good weather he heads straight for the water, fresh or salt—his Island roots. George turned eight in September and Annabelle turned nine the same month. They still play like puppies, are happy and healthy, and are so loved. They don’t even mind their budgie sibling Mickey, who flies all over the house. Thank you for bringing George into our family! It brings us so much joy to hear that George has grown up with such love and support around him. It sounds like he’s getting plenty of activity and exercise, while getting to be his silly self. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better fit for him and want to thank you so much for giving him the forever family he deserves by making adoption your first option.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Applications for 2018 are now open for BC Equestrian Trails Fund and Core Grants! Core Grants The Core Grant Program is open and accepting applications. Core Grants are for major projects that would be unable to go ahead without assistance. Projects include, but are not restricted to, equipment purchases, facility upgrades, and high-level competition. Just a reminder - clinics and trail projects do not qualify for Core Grants. Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support equestrian sport growth and development within the province of BC. For example, an eligible event or project will be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. Core Grants can be applied to all manner of things as long as it supports equestrian sport growth and is for public use (or open to the public as the case may be). In 2017, the Canadian Pony Club BC Chapter received a grant for an International Mounted Games Exchange. The exchange is held every year and rotates between Canada, Australia, the UK and the USA; this year it was hosted in BC and brought together Pony Clubbers from around the world in friendly competition. This project increased awareness and generated excitement about another, less-common equine discipline, Mounted Games, by giving local equestrians a chance to see a thrilling competition with world-class athletes. This event was well-promoted and very spectator-friendly, allowing many to join in and watch the fun at Campbell Valley Park in Langley. Horse Council BC was pleased to give a Core Grant to help this world-class event run in BC. Many other organizations were able to make upgrades to their facilities, including 100 Mile & District Outriders, BC Cutting Horse Association, Creston Valley Horse Association, Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association, Pine Tree Riding Club, Valley Riders Sparwood Society, Vernon District Riding Club, Wells Gray Riders Association and many more. To apply for Core Funding or to find more information, visit the Funding for Members section on Application deadline is April 1st 2018. BC Equestrian Trails Fund The BC Equestrian Trails Fund (BCETF) was established to provide support for HCBC clubs and affiliates who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in BC for public use. Since its inception in 2011, the BCETF has disbursed over $175,000 to member clubs around the province for a wide variety of trail projects. In 2017, the Fund was able to assist four groups with their projects: • Back Country Horsemen of BC, Central Vancouver Island Chapter, with improvements and trailer parking at Spruston Road Recreation Site • Back Country Horsemen of BC, North Cariboo, with an information kiosk at the head of the historic Collins Overland Telegraph Trail • Haney Horsemen Association, with repairs and improvements to the equestrian campsites and pens at Allco Park in Maple Ridge • Back Country Horsemen of BC, Yarrow Chapter, with their Canada

150 Legacy Project work on the historic Dewdney Trail The Trails Fund is made up of hundreds of donations generously made throughout the year by members, and from funds provided by Horse Council BC. The submission period for the BCETF in 2018 is January 1 to April 15.

Haney Horsemen ‘s Allco Park project dedication in 2017. This is Bill Archibald, a legendary Maple Ridge equestrian advocate, and Maple Ridge City Councillor Corisa Bell.

BCHBC Yarrow Chapter’s work on the Canada 150 Legacy project in Manning Park in 2017

BCHBC Yarrow Chapter’s Canada 150 Legacy project in Manning Park

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Alberta’s Royal Recognition By Bruce A. Roy,


he keynote in draft horse circles at Canada’s 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 3-12, was the unparalleled optimism of exhibitors. The bumper Jocelyn Leclaire, Clydesdale entry surpassed every expectation. Excellence characterized the twice Royal stallions, par excellence the females. While Percheron and Belgian entries were Champion lighter, it was an honour to exhibit a horse in such company, let alone with it. Junior Showman Following established custom The Royal Horse Show was devoted to a mixture of pony, light and draft horse classes. And what a show the exhibitors staged. This year’s draft horse turnouts were the talk of Toronto. Single cart horses, teams, plus unicorn, four and six horse hitches sparked continuous ringside applause, as the colourful Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons, reached a pinnacle never seen before in their carious performance classes. Canada’s celebrated horsemen that Gor-Dey Key, Dennis Gordeyko’s have passed on could never have imagined the appeal of today’s gentle giants! Western winners included Gor-Dey Key, the winning 2-year-old Clydesdale 2-year-old Clyde stallion. This magnificent bay colt, bred and shown by Dennis Gordeyko (Gor-Dey stallion. Photo Clydesdales of Ohaton AB), captured the eye of everyone ringside the moment he by Lynn Casselsstepped centre-ring. He was a popular class winner. Jocelyn Leclaire (Green Leaf Caldwell. Clydesdales of Didsbury AB), won the Junior Showman Class, which was hotly contested by youngsters from across the continent. Jocelyn set a precedence for she is the first youngster ever to win this class twice at The Royal.

Horse Industry Association of Alberta News Announcing our first new educational platform for 2018! Join us April 7, 2018 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (3280 Hospital Drive NW in Calgary. HIAA and University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine faculty will be hosting a one day seminar featuring three dynamic educational presentations for horsemen of all ages and experience! The knowledge to be gained will help the first year backyard horse owner as well as the coach training his young protégé to compete on the world stage. The following specialists being featured are:

DR. RENAUD LEGUILLETTE - an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head of the department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Leguillette specializes in inflammatory lung diseases, like heaves, and Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD), as well as a focus on cardio-respiratory physiology. The topic will include issues concerning equine breathing and up-to-date research.

Horses 101 Seminar Series Everything you always wanted to know about horses but didn’t know who to ask! The Horses 101 seminar covers the topics of horse care and nutrition, assessing stables, keeping horses at home, and horse selection. Horses 201 expands on the topics from the 101 seminar and includes demonstrations on live horses. Learn about reading horses’ body language, horse behaviour, bits, tack and equipment. And introducing Horses 301! This new seminar continues to build on understanding horse behaviour and will cover preparing the horse for riding and developing effective horsemanship and communication skills in the saddle. You do not have to attend the 101 before attending the 201, or the 201 before the 301. Please note that these seminars may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10. If your club or organization is interested in information on hosting a Horses 101/201/301 seminar in your area of Alberta, please contact our office at 1-800-814-3935 or 1-780-325-3782. Please check our Website or Facebook Page for future announcements!

DR. MIKE SCOTT - an Associate Professor in Equine Surgery and Equine Sports Medicine. Dr. Scott specializes in sports medicine and rehabilitation and will focus on the challenging diagnosis of common lameness and what the layman can do when confronted with this huge issue. More to be announced soon. Tickets on sale February 1st. February 2018


Equestrian Canada Equestre Para-Equestrian Video Competition Results for the fifth leg of the 2017 Para-Equestrian Video Competition Series, which began in March and ended in late November, are now officially available. The final leg of the series featured fun and excitement during the Sea-to-Sea Para-Dressage program, focused on para-dressage tests at a variety of levels, and the Coast-to-Coast program, offering classes in a variety of disciplines, including Equitation, Obstacle Courses, and Combined Jumping. For more information on the Para-Equestrian Video Competition Series, visit

Real-World Feedback: Athletes and their personal coaches can review test feedback from EC certified dressage judges and identify areas for improvement. Competition Preparation: Those looking to enter EC sanctioned competitions for the first time, or advance to a higher level of competition, can get a leg-up on preparation by implementing judge feedback at home before entering the ring. Development Opportunities: Those who don’t want to travel to EC sanctioned competitions, or don’t have access to competitions in their geographic area, can receive formal evaluations from EC sanctioned dressage judges without leaving their stable. For more information, visit programs. Questions regarding the Am I Ready program can be directed to Christine Peters, or 1-866-282-8395 x 138.

Hartvikson starts 2018 strong at Wellington CPEDI 3* Winona Hartvikson of Langley BC kicked off the 2018 season with top placings at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Jumping Youth Bursary (AGDF) CPEDI 3*, held January Recipients Announced for 4-7, 2018 in Wellington FL. 2017 Riding her 11-year-old Equestrian Canada Andalusian gelding, Ultimo (EC) is pleased to announce (Invasor III x Teodoro), the hard-working young Hartvikson claimed third athletes who were chosen by place with a score of 69.286% the EC Jumping Committee in the Grade I Team Test to receive Jumping Youth on Jan. 5. The next day, she Bursary funds for 2017. nabbed second place in the In recognition of the Individual with a score of challenges young riders face 71.131%, before wrapping up as they strive to continue their the weekend with her best education while competing score yet on Jan. 7, earning at high levels of the jumping 73.622% in the Freestyle. sport, the Jumping Youth “Our newest rider, Bursary was developed for Winona Hartvikson posted Hartvikson and Ultimo. Photo by Susan J. Stickle. athletes between the ages very good scores, including the highest mark of the day from the German judge,” said Clive 14-21 who compete in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. The Milkins, Equestrian Canada Para-Dressage High Performance program is made possible through a generous donation by Mark Technical Leader. “Ultimo’s harmony, correctness and softness were Samuel and Samuel, Son & Co. The following athletes have been awarded $2,000 each through remarked upon by all four judges.” the 2017 Jumping Youth Bursary in recognition of their hard work and dedication: Am I Ready Program for Dressage Affiliates Bria Gainey, 17, of Kelowna BC Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to introduce the Am I Ready Halle Gainey, 15, of Kelowna BC Program, created as a tool for EC Dressage Affiliates to receive Vanessa Krohn, 15, of Hemmingford QC feedback from certified officials without leaving the comfort of their home stable. Am I Ready features an online portal that allows athletes to About the Jumping Youth Bursary: Each year, the Jumping record their performances of EC Dressage Tests at their own stable, Committee selects recipients of the Jumping Youth Bursary and upload the videos for review and evaluation from an EC certified program based on the strength of applications received. Elements dressage judge. Tests of all levels can be uploaded, from Training to considered in the application process include a transcript of grades and outline of academic curriculum; future educational plans; FEI. Available exclusively to EC Dressage Affiliates, Am I Ready is a equestrian experience; commitment and dedication to their sport; a user-friendly, cost-effective and convenient development resource positive image within the sport; achievement of notable competition for Canadian dressage athletes from coast-to-coast or anywhere in results, whether at the local, regional or national level; goals within the world! A digital video recorder (or even simply a smartphone or the equestrian industry; and financial need. For additional details tablet) and internet access is all that is needed to take advantage of regarding the Jumping Youth Bursary Program, please visit www. the following benefits: 30 • February 2018


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News submitted by Marlene Quiring Meet member Lorraine Williams In 2015, I was looking around for a 55th birthday gift to myself, when, lo and behold, a white mammoth donkey came out of nowhere! Abel is 10 years old, and trained to drive and ride, and he was free. He is a celebrity at Christmas parades and carolling. Loping him is as if I am floating above the ground. Pure joy! My plan is to explore the mountains with him and my mule, and expose them to parades, guns, etc. Annie, my mule, was born on my farm 6 years ago, out of a Paso Fino mare. She taught me almost everything I know today about

‘Abel’ the Mammoth donkey in the Christmas parade

Lorraine and ‘Annie’

mules. The rest of the credit goes to Jerry Tindell’s Mule School. His annual clinics here in Alberta, as well as his training DVD’s are priceless. If it were not for his encouragement at clinics, I would have sold the mule a long time ago. I am so glad I didn’t. Most mule owners in Alberta are spread a few hours apart, geographically. We gather for the weeks that Jerry is here, learn from the best, and grow in friendship. From these clinics, we can practice at home, and take in other opportunities to expose our mules to new situations. The ADMC has been a source of information, encouragement, and mulemanship that is much appreciated by this gramma. Annie and I have a “connection” that is amazing. I have earned her trust, and that is huge. One of my riding buddies uses a wheelchair. The first time Annie saw her motorized scooter zipping around the trailer; she looked at me, then ignored it. Mules deserve the accolades they get if trained properly, with patience, and safety in mind. They will go the distance for you, but be patient, learn everything you can, and love those longears! Remember, you ride the mule you lead. - Lorraine Williams REMINDER: Our Annual General Meeting is set for Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 pm at 5015-46 Avenue in Ponoka AB. Mark your calendars.

The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik


appy Winter riding! The Canadian Tennessee Walking horse is well-suited for our Canadian winters. Despite the breed’s roots in the southern United States, they grow a lovely thick winter coat, and seem to prefer to stand out in the middle of a field even with the best shelter available! Some of our CRTWH horse owners are equally hardy and love riding and playing outside with their horses during the long winter. Trail riding in the winter is a great way to get out and enjoy your horse (and it’s even better if you do it bareback to take advantage of the horse’s body heat!). The trails look so different in winter compared to summer. Some members hook up their horse to a sleigh and enjoy their horses with family and friends. When the weather is just too much, many members turn to arena riding. Arenas are a great place to try new activities, whether trail obstacles, cattle work, gaited dressage or just some gait work. We’ve updated our CRTWH website headers so if you haven’t been on it in a while, be sure to check it out at Also here’s a reminder that the AGM will be held in May, along with a clinic, details to be announced. We have a big show announcement coming - once the details are ironed out… so here’s a hint… keep your calendar open for the September long weekend.

Our Registration committee has fielded many calls regarding horses and their papers. If you are a buyer, and you are interested in buying a horse advertised as registered or purebred, you are entitled to that horse’s papers. If you are a seller, you are obligated under Canadian Law to send those papers to CLRC (Canadian Livestock Registry) and have them recorded and the updated papers sent on to the new owner. If you have any questions and have a Walking Horse who should have papers but doesn’t, perhaps we can help. You can contact our CRTWH secretary at

February 2018


Peachland Riding Club News By Tammy Hobbs


e had a very successful 2017 at the club. This year we saw even more riders participate in our annual Barrel Racing Saddle Series where we awarded the top 10 riders with prizes. Congratulations to Jesse Tarr the overall series leader and winner of the saddle! Also congratulations to Jordan Lepine, Sandy Lewis, Payton Ramage, Kendall Brooks, Amanda Capuano, Amy Russo, Angela Milroy, Emily Jones and Cassie Hobbs. We would like to thank our Saddle Series Sponsors: Vertical Creations, Global Roadway Maintenance, Peachland Wildfire Drill Team, Barski Industries, Westpoint Mobile Home Park, Lisa Legace CPA, CGA, Ultimate Woodworking Ltd., Lisa Augustin, Sandy Chevallier Royal Lepage, Telus, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Neyedli family, Jones & Mitchell family for your support. Congratulations to our 2017 Gymkhana Season winners! Nervous Novice – Lisa Legace on Joey; Pee Wee – Nia Mitchell on Thorson; Junior – Jordan Lapine on Ace; Youth – Morgan Brooks on Petey; and Senior – Linda Brooks on Kat. We are always looking for new members! If you live in the Okanagan and would like something FUN to do with your horse, feel free to check us out! We have events that suit every rider and ability. Peachland Riding Club is located in beautiful Peachland BC. We have over 8 acres of gorgeous park

land with a multitude of trails, an oversized main arena and 2 huge warmup arenas. We have a full concession on site and a beautiful clubhouse that holds approximately 110 people and hosts all sorts of different events. Our club was founded in 1969 and has grown ever since. Besides the monthly Gymkhana Shows that we hold throughout the riding season, we now also hold other events such as Saddle Series and High School Rodeos. For more information check us out at http://www.peachlandriding or look for us on Facebook!

Saddle Series Winners

Gymkhana participants High School Rodeo

Kelowna Riding Club By Jenny Bouwmeester


he Kelowna Riding Club welcomes everyone back for an exciting brand new year! There are a few new faces on the board, which will mean more variety in events happening for 2018. We are looking forward to bringing in more Dressage and Western riding to the grounds. Our biggest show is the annual Spring Classic Hunter Jumper show, it is open to the public to come watch and enjoy. We are working on introducing new flat schooling shows that will have English/Western pleasure, trail, and ranch horse classes. Last year, we held two Dressage Percentage days that we will bring back because they were a huge hit! These Percentage days are great for first time showers and green horses to come out and practice without paying the higher show fees. We will have our Spring Dressage Festival, and adding a Fall Dressage Festival. The Equi Life Sport Horse team will also be hosting its own jumping show at the facility. These shows are open to everyone, not just riding club members. However, riding club members do receive reduced rates for shows and non-competitive activities held at the grounds. At our year-end meeting we handed out three special awards to three members. Melissa Ramsey received the Horsemanship award; in memory of Rick Pohl whom was always very supportive, and positive to others. Rick enjoyed spending time with his horses and was known for driving them around the facility. Melissa received this award for her dedication and care not only to her own horse, but to other horses at the barn. She is always on top of the horse’s behaviours and health and makes sure to let owners know of any changes. The Volunteer award was given to Jesse Legroulx for his tremendous efforts and time organizing the Kelowna Spring Classic. Jesse also volunteered much of his time to ensure that the grounds and jumper ring were in working condition after the unusual flooding the valley experienced this spring. Judi Lebihan received the Sportsmanship award for her passion towards her horses and the sport of dressage. Judi is seen at the barn regularly taking great care of her beloved equines, and is always supportive and friendly to other members. This award is in memory of Carol Schellenberg, whom demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship in the riding community. Follow us on Facebook, and check out our website,, for show and clinic dates. You can also purchase your yearly membership online.

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Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


e have so many people and businesses to thank this month! We’ve wrapped up another successful year at the Chilliwack Riding Club and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support from the fantastic people we’re lucky to call members. We hosted our Annual General Meeting & Awards Banquet on November 18 with a really great turnout from members and guests. A new president was elected, directors extended their terms, and we happily added a few new directors to the board. The generously donated silent auction items were a hit and of course the prizes were second to none. Thank you so much to all of our personal and corporate 2017 sponsors: AQHA, Carla Bekkering of Swadden & Co., Rupa Bhullar, Barb Bodholdt, Penny Boldt, Judy Bos, Carrie Brennan, CJ Brooks, Erin Cyrankiewicz, Andre Fournier, Melissa Abbot of The Foxy Hound, Horse Effects, Jen Kabernick, Corinne Kriegl, Lisa, Monica Lowe, Megan McKay, Noble Outfitters, Panago Pizza, PureForm Performance Supplements, Science Pure, Western Outfitters, Bernice Whiting, Wild West Revival, and Claudia Zamprogno. A huge round of applause goes to our very own Barb Bodholdt for rounding up all the fabulous prizes for this year’s winners listed below. A well-earned shout-out goes to… Leadline: 1st Hayden Thompson 2nd Peyton Haan 3rd Jordyn Folk 4th Michaela Neels 5th Autumn Schuwalah 6th Madison Mazuerenko Honourable mentions: Colton Adam, Hannah Lewis, Kinsley Lewis, Pritnam Pandher, Priya Pandher, Kolby Neels, and Tallazja Wright Novice: 1st Jeremy Moffitt 2nd Shane Thomson 3rd Rupa Bhullar Junior: 1st Layla Thomson 2nd Kassie Brennan

Youth: 1st Mikayla Peter 2nd Selena Hartskamp Senior: 1st Debbie Garcia 2nd Monica Lowe The Fastest Times Awards for Barrels, Poles, Keyhole and Stakes all go to Debbie Garcia! Sportsmanship Junior: Kassie Brennan Sportsmanship Senior: Rupa Bhullar Most Improved Horse: “Ella” owned by Shane Thomson Most Improved Rider: Jeremy Moffitt Service Award: Corinne Kriegl

We ushered out our former president, Wolfgang Kriegl this year. He’ll be missed, but we know we’ll see him at our meetings and events and we thank him kindly for the work he did as president these past two years. Riesa Kyne was voted in as the new president. Our board of directors going forward in 2018 will be: Lindsay Adam, Rupa Bhullar, Barb Bodholdt, Penny Boldt, Erin Cyrankiewicz, Tanya Jones, Corinne Kriegl, Riesa Kyne, Sarah Lefebvre, Melanie Millin, Jeremy Moffitt, Kristen Moffitt, and Kaitlin Tottenham. The director’s specific roles and contact information can be found on our website. The ladies of our very own Denim & Diamonds Drill team rode in the Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack on December 2. They absolutely lit it up! They even took home 2nd place in the Agricultural Division of the parade! Looking forward… we’ll be posting schedules of upcoming gymkhanas, shows, clinics, rides, and events. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website

Denim & Diamonds Drill Team

Corinne & Wolfgang Kriegl

Silent Auction

Year End prizes February 2018


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


hank you to Deb & Jim Miyashita for hosting our Christmas party at their home in December. The gift ‘stealing’ exchange was particularly fun! We have a few events to announce. Our Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday, February 17 at the Anchor Inn Pub upstairs (children welcome) at 11:30 am in Armstrong. We’ll order lunch, have the CMHA BC/Yukon Zone meeting followed by our own club AGM, then a general club meeting to finalize events, etc. Anyone interested in joining our club is welcome to attend. Next up our annual fundraising TACK SALE on Saturday, March 31 in the Armstrong Curling Club at the fairgrounds from 10 am to 3 pm. There is more room at this venue and can fit approximately 40 tables/ vendors. Used tack and other horse related items are welcome, as well

as businesses flaunting their wares and services. Our POT O GOLD SHOW is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 at the Armstrong Agriplex. This is an all breed/sizes show with halter, riding and driving classes. We are happy to have judge Karan Moore from Grand Forks return for the day. The prize list will be out in a couple months, and pre-entries will be required in order to know if the show is a go or not (and if certain classes will be cancelled). Prize and/or cash donations are gratefully appreciated as this is also another fundraiser for our club. For information on any of the above you can call me, Nancy, at 250-546-9922. You can also check our Facebook page for updates

Peruvian Horse Club of BC By Monika Lauterbacher Rob Sjodin (president of the PHCBC) and Jan Sjodin on their Champion Geldings RSTD Sonador and RSTD Trueno at the Wild West Classic at Armstrong 2017

Having some fun -- Jan Sjodin taking 1st in the costume class

Deanna Decosta and Ainsley Bouveur enjoying their Peruvians riding trails

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he Annual General Meeting held on November 12, 2017, marked the completion of the 2017 season for the Peruvian Horse Club of BC. Our busy year started with several mini-clinics held at the Agriplex in Armstrong, followed by our Regional Show on June 2-4, also in Armstrong. Local participants had the opportunity to compete alongside other Peruvian horse owners and breeders from BC, Alberta and from as far as Washington, USA. A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors and volunteers for making this a successful show as well as our two honorable judges: Kim Montee-Cavataio and Juan Garayar. In July, a number of our members travelled to Monroe, WA, to compete at their regional show and, in August, a large convoy of trailers headed out from BC to Stavely, AB, to participate at the Canadian National Peruvian Horse Show, bringing home many Championship awards. Over a dozen local horses and club members travelled a 7000-km round trip to compete at the US Nationals in Dallas, TX. Some other interesting activities that our membership was involved in with their Peruvian horses: Deanna Decosta -- horseback camping John McMillan -- trail riding in the Rockies Monika Lauterbacher -- ranch work and cattle drive Sarah Bossier and Samantha Zaitsoff -- gymkhana (Sara on her Peruvian mare won reserve champion of the year at the 60-member gymkhana club in Kelowna) With a new committee voted in at the general meeting, we are off to a great start for the 2018 season. The 2018 club executive members are: Rob Sjodin, President Tracy Brown, Vice-president Deb Cones, Secretary Sue Watson, Treasurer Deanna Decosta, Director Monika Lauterbacher, Director Plans for 2018 include mini-clinics and fun rides during the winter and early spring. Dates to be announced. Come and check out how much fun we have. Contact any one of our Board of Directors for more information and to see if you would like to participate in any of our activities or shows. Horse Council BC membership is required if you wish to bring your horse. Mark your calendar: our Regional Show is set for June 8-10, 2018 in Armstrong. For more information, contact numbers and updates, please go to our website (www. and click on the PHCBC link, or check us out on Facebook (Peruvian Horse Association of Canada).

Langley Riders Society

By Bethany Hill Photos courtesy of McCarthy, RGM Photography


angley Riders Society is very excited for this New Year! Our board of directors is already hard at work planning lots of fun events! We’re going to be having some new and different events added to our schedule for 2018. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website for the latest news and events Emma Gildemeister and Brooklyn Gildemeister

(l to r) Emma Gildemeister & Zale Hammren being presented the 2017 Sportsmanship Award trophy by John Scotton

Allyssa Belanger during Showmanship

Carmen Martin

All Arabian Horse Association of BC By Joan Arnett


ith the recent announcement that the 2018 Region 17 Championship Show would be held here in Langley, the All Arabian Horse Association of BC (AAHABC) annual Fall Frolic saw 90 horses from all over BC and Washington descend on Thunderbird Show Park September 15-17, in order to get their qualifications early. Competition was there in all of the Arabian-recognized disciplines – from hunter, western and country pleasure to halter, sport horse and dressage. The newly recognized divisions of western dressage and ranch riding were both well-represented. And even the ever-popular (with the spectators) classes of Liberty, driving and Arabian native costume saw participants at the show. But not all the classes were aimed just at the Arabians. With open breed classes offered throughout the show, several entries were from outside our Arabian circle but no less eager to participate. The beautiful late summer weather made the well-groomed facility look even more lovely than usual. And it helped bring many exhibitors out to support our fundraising hot dog barbeque during the Saturday dinner break. The silent auction had people bidding up a storm for the many and varied items donated by sponsors and club members. Our fundraising committee was able to gather some wonderful prizes for our exhibitors, with each session of the show seeing names drawn from those who had placed in a class during that session. Prizes such as gift cards, feed, supplements and various grooming products were well-received by draw winners. As an added bonus and a welcome surprise for the younger competitors, several of our members donated rose garlands to award to the winners of all the junior exhibitor classes.

All the results are posted on the AHA website ( If you couldn’t make it out to the Fall Frolic, we hope to see you in the spring. AAHABC will be hosting the pre-show for Region 17 in May and BCHAA will be holding their annual Spring Show in April (exact dates to come). Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the show and constant updates, and our website ( for dates and forms.

Joan Arnett and her half-Arabian gelding, VA Wyatt Earp+, competing in the Western Dressage

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Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association By Cherie Corrigan


ell I know this is late, but like they say, better late than never. The Glacier Classic AQHA Show in Courtenay BC held on July 1-2, 2017 was a great success. Thank you to all the competitors for coming and having such a great time. Thank you to our Judges - Lyle Jackson and Lita Hottel for your help and advice you gave the competitors. Thank you to Patti Woods for the clinic she gave on “How to Ride the Pattern” on Friday night and to all of our great volunteers. But the biggest THANK YOU goes to our wonderful sponsors, for without them we would not be able to have a show.

Platinum Sponsors: Saddle Up magazine, Black Creek Farm & Feed, VIQHA, Epona Veterinarian Equine, Summerside Tack. Gold Sponsors: Gayle Begin, Joanne See, Dorothy Brown, Kelly Olson, Dr. Tom Van Dyke Bronze Sponsors: Carole Walton, Dr. Candace Hall, McEachen Quarter Horses, Nancy Garner, Green Forest Ltd, Rebalance Equine, Dr. Peter Park, Dr. Quesnel, Discovery Foods, Ferris Fencing, Rob Passingham Farrier.

The next Glacier Classic is on July 7-8, 2018. Go to for your entry form and more information.

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association By Jennifer Barnes van Elk


he Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) provides equine-based therapeutic interventions, para-equestrian sport, and adapted recreational opportunities for persons with special needs in the Cowichan Valley. Over its 30 year history, CTRA has delivered life-enriching services to countless individuals and families in the region – providing community members with a vital space of inclusion, belonging, and personal growth. CTRA’s work is made possible thanks to unflagging community support that ranges from donated horses to thousands of volunteer hours contributed each year. This fall CTRA was selected as one of the recipients of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Champions Fund – an initiative that aims to break down financial barriers for amateur female athletes as they work towards their goals in sport. Thirty grants of $5000 were distributed to individual athletes and sports organizations across Canada. With this grant, CTRA will provide an equestrian summer camp for girls with special needs. This is an important opportunity for young women with special needs that may face exclusion from other sport/recreation opportunities because of their disability. Moreover, equestrian sport is notoriously expensive which can preclude participants and their families already facing multiple barriers. Through this funding, CTRA will be able to provide female riders of all abilities with an empowering and enriching camp experience that will help introduce new participants to the world of para-equestrian sport and help existing clients develop as athletes. “Grants like Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Champions Fund are critical to our ability to offer high-quality, accessible programs for riders with special needs,” says Jennifer Barnes van Elk, Development Officer for the CTRA. “The nature of horseback riding means that equestrian sport is intrinsically inclusive, allowing for riders of all genders and abilities to train and compete together. The biggest barrier that developing equestrians face is usually financial, a prohibition that disproportionately impacts athletes with special needs due to the fact that persons with disabilities generally face significant income or employment challenges along with heightened expenses relating to both sport and daily life. CTRA actively works to bridge this gap in order to provide accessible equine-based therapeutic, sport, and recreational

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opportunities for persons with special needs. The support of funders like Dairy Farmers of Canada through grants like the Champions Fund are elemental to our ability to provide this service in our community.” The Champions Fund, and the overarching initiative, Fuelling Women Champions, aims to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport. Follow and join the movement online with the hashtag #ChampionHer. For more information on Fuelling Women Champions or Dairy Farmers of Canada, please contact Geneviève Fontaine at 514-284-1092 ext. 286 or For more information on the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association please contact Jennifer Barnes van Elk, CTRA Development Officer at 250-746-1028 or CTRA rider Julie Dann practices dressage on “Valaddi”

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Bazaar 2018 Plans are well underway for the Bazaar which will be March 11th at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. The booths and vendors are coming in, if you would like to book space please contact Jenn at krynns@telus. net. We have many demos and clinics in store in a variety of disciplines. We are excited to say we will have AQHA Team Wrangler Nancy Cahill attending. We will need a lot of help for set up and more - so please volunteer. Nancy Cahill Clinic at Bazaar We are thrilled to announce that AQHA Team Wrangler Nancy Cahill will be teaching TWO clinics at this year’s Bazaar! Some of Nancy’s accomplishments include: - World Champion - Coach/Trainer of multiple World and Congress champions - Many time Team USA coach for AQHA Youth World Cup - Trainer of National Hi Point winners - One of the premier sought after AQHA clinicians worldwide - Many articles for Horse and Rider - Many articles for AQHA - Horsewoman of the Year

it easier for you to get them - your friends and family can help you too! Also keep in mind ANY BCQHA member can go for year-end awards for LMQHA! You just need the volunteer hour requirement, and some or all of that can come from sponsorship. Please contact Mellissa if you would like more information. We can’t do this without sponsors making it possible and appreciate all of your sponsors past and present who have contributed to the club.

Nancy Cahill

We will be looking for participants for the clinics, as well as encouraging spectators to take advantage of this opportunity to see this amazing clinician and trainer. First option will be given to BCQHA members, so it is a great time to renew your membership or join. Year End Awards The Banquet will be a fond memory by the time this article comes out, but congratulations to the winners! Pics and more will be in the March issue. ‘No Bling’ Spring Fling We are excited to be offering this show again for 2018 for both AQHA and APHA, March 31st and April 1st at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. High points to be Harris Saddle Pads (AQHA Hi points sponsored by Tami Hutton), reserves are a LMQHA gift bag filled with branded goodies. We once again will be offering a Ranch Riding Stake at this show, flat rates for affordability and 4 judges over 2 days to get you the most bang for your buck with minimal time off work/away from school. The idea is to have a down-home relaxed feel to the show, as a first show of the year for some, or a great warm up for the Level 1 Championships. Please support your local QH clubs to keep the shows successful and well in the province. West Coast Summer Classic This is the Big Prize Show and also where we hold the Breeders Incentive Futurity along with other Stakes classes. Please mark your calendars for July 21-22 for a great weekend of showing to 4 judges! Again you get a lot of bang for your buck with 4 judges in a weekend! Volunteers and Sponsors needed We have changed some of the volunteer hour rules to make

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page February 2018


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Harley Golder, Northwest Chapter


ast July, 2500 Girl Guides and leaders from around the world descended on the little northern community of Smithers for their 2017 Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) gathering. The Northwest Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen provided a horse camp experience for forty of the girls and their leaders at the newlydeveloped BCHNW Coalmine Horse Camp as part of the SOAR programming. In the months prior to SOAR, the NW Backcountry Horsemen worked on completing their new horse camp. This is a project that the club has wanted to take on for several years. Once they received permission to use a coal mine property just outside of Telkwa, they began in earnest to build a clubhouse with a covered area and built-in wood stove, horse run-in shelter, a corral/arena and a privy. They also scouted and opened up 7 km of trails. On July 24, the first set of 20 girls rolled into the site in a big yellow school bus and got busy setting up their tents and camp. Once they were settled, the fun began. Our instructor (a BCH member with *** certification) and volunteers started them off with an orientation on what and what not to do around a horse. The girls broke into groups of two to one horse with a volunteer and learned to brush, clean the feet, and lead the horse around the arena safely. All the horses were perfectly matched to the girls and their varying levels of experience. Some of the girls were so nervous to be there and others were very confident, but they all seemed to love every minute. A few girls had never touched a horse before while others had completed lessons or even owned their own horse. The girls were then divided into riding lesson groups based on their experience. By the end of each twoday camp, every participant was able to go out on a group trail ride accompanied by volunteer rider escorts. The pure happiness and pride of accomplishment in the girls was so exciting for the Back Country members to witness. Other activities were wagon rides, a horseshoe decorating craft in the clubhouse, walking down to the creek, helping keep the pens clean for the horses, and in the evenings a sing-a-long with Jenny Lester, a chapter member and singer/songwriter. On the final evening of both sessions, the participants were treated to a bridleless and a liberty demonstration by two of our members done to live fiddle music.

The girl guides left with some wonderful memories, new skills and new friends. The Backcountry Horsemen members were left with a feeling of pride for a successful event in a wonderful new facility. As the chair of the NW Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen, I am impressed with how well everything went and wish to thank all our volunteers for their hard work. It was definitely a trip the girl guides will remember for a lifetime.

Group shot

Wagon rides

Connections made

Safety meeting with the horse

The arena

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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April 20-22 April 28-29 May 20-21 May 26-27 June 2-3 June 9-10 Jun 30-Jul 1 July 7-8 July 14-15 July 20-22 July 21-22 July 21-22 July 28-29 Aug 10-12 Aug 18-19 Aug 18-19 Aug 24-25 Sept 1-3

Check out our website to view our sponsor package for partnership options or contact the BCRA office at 250.457.9997.

28th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo Keremeos Elks Rodeo Clinton May Ball Rodeo 71st Kispiox Valley Rodeo Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Fort St John Rodeo Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere

Chilcotin Award Winners 2017

2018 RODEO GUIDE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY A great opportunity to advertise your business at venues across British Columbia. The 2018 Rodeo Guide Ad Contract is on the BCRA website or contact the office at if you would like to advertise in this year’s Rodeo Guide.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Barb Swampy, presented by Gord Puhallo

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Winter Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2018/2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-613-2633,

Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Patti Gerhardi 250-961-9667, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

February 2018


Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 10/18



CanTRA promotes the benefits of therapeutic riding across Canada through awareness, education, and setting standards for therapeutic riding instructor certification, centre accreditation, hippotherapy, and equine-facilitated wellness.

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 6/18 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 2/18


Contact: • Website:

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 9/18 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | |


Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines. 7/18

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 2/19 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 11/18

Info on clinics and events at



The Equine Foundation of Canada We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 9/18 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!


BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC.,, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 4/18

Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head,, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 2/18

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

Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-694-3521 5/18

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 8/18

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship.


For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit



WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 7/18

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2018 Events? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

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


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 12 PLANNING MEETING, 7 pm, Delta Riding Club, Delta BC, 17 BCIMHC AGM, 11:30 am, Anchor Inn Pub (upstairs), Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, new members welcome


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, tan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Livermore CA, 3-5 1-888-533-4353, LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 11 Booths & Demos contact Jenn Meriam KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Coast Kamloops Hotel, Kamloops BC, 15-18 1-888-763-2221, STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Blackstock’s Arena, Chilliwack BC, 16-18 Karin 604-793-8147, STRIDE WITH US AT AEF AGM, 3pm-9pm, Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc AB, 24 Ashley 403-253-4411, EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, 24-30 Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT USED TACK SALE 10am-3pm, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, 31 Nancy 250-546-9922 31-Apr 1 LMQHA ‘No Bling Spring Fling’,


2-May11 KAMLOOPS, BC, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Abbotsford BC, 1-888-533-4353, 7 HCBC AGM, Holiday Inn Express, Langley BC, see website for more info and Zone AGMs,

8 BROOKSIDE SPRING SHOW, English & Western, Brookside Stables, Salmon Arm BC, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 3, Abbotsford BC, 10-12 1-888-533-4353, 14–15 BCCHA BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Knutsford BC, NCHA/CCHA/BCCHA Approved. Kathi 250-819-5974 or visit SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, 16-18 19-22 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 20-22 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Victoria BC, 1-888-533-4353, 21 DRC 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, Delta Riding Club, Delta BC, 21 BUCKERFIELD’S CLUB DAY & POULTRY SWAP, Salmon Arm BC, Heather 250-832-8424 22 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 27-29 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 27-29 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Dawson Creek BC, 1-888-533-4353, 28–29 BARRIE CLINE MEMORIAL CUTTING, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC, NCHA/CCHA/BCCHA Approved. Kathi 250-819-5974 or visit


3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, 4-6 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Contact Carolyn 778-214-3587, 6 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, 11-13 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Edmonton AB, 1-888-533-4353,

Dates continued at February 2018


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. 11/18

arena maintenance


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch



WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch


BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 12/17 Turning point ranch (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, recreational, rest, retirement or rhab. 3/18



DR. DANA BLOOMQUIST, D.C., B.Kin (Surrey/South Surrey),,, 604-591-5569


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 12/18


Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or (Sorrento BC)



10/18 7/18

EQUINE HEALTH ANIMADERM (Okanagan) Equine skin care specialist for scratches, sweet itch, mane & tale rubbing, insect bites. 100% NATURAL. Call 778-212-6555 4/18


Supplements For Horses 2/19


BEING PREPARED MAKES THE DIFFERENCE Pre-order your Baumalight generator now for delivery in 8 weeks and get an 8% discount for planning ahead.

EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 5/18 1-866-820-7603 •

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Business Services GUEST RANCHES


CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed


FARRIERS & SUPPLIES Bring your own horse or ride ours!


affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs 2017 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE! 250-593-9807 7/18

Harness manufacturing



Healing with horses

etreat Come for a massage or for a week-long healing retreat Individual healing plans designed by therapist with 30 years of experience.


Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 (Bridge Lake BC)

VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254 Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18



FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 7/18

We protect what we love.

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance 7/18


Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l l

COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 8/18

FEncing 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

Sandy Chevallier

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •

Listing & Selling Equine and Residential Properties in the Central Okanagan Cell: 250-718-2761 or




“PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh 30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307



GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Princeton BC) 250-378-6520 Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses


OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 8/18 February 2018




CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 4/18

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 6/18




Visit our Langley BC location 106-22575 Fraser Highway w w w. e q u e s t r i a n f a s h i o n o u t f i t t e r s . c o m

WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 2/19

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 3/18 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 8/18 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 12/18

TOll free: 1-844-955-2445 or 780.955.2445



TRAINERS/coaches ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.



LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree 12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year!

Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course. training

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC) See Damarhe Training on FB



DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 2/19 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 44 • February 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day

Tails to be Told


. . .A treasure chest of memories .

lice Bye was born 93 years ago in Newfoundland, one of a pair of tiny twin girls. Alice has had a lifelong passion for horses starting when she was two. When she and her family moved to Summerland BC, she was instrumental in organizing and enlarging the Summerland Trail Riders and, with her daughter Bev, was involved in the annual horse show and then rodeo well into the 1980s. Her passion was broad - from week long trail rides in the Cathedrals to racing at the Osoyoos or Princeton racetrack to being on the hide in the cowhide race at horse shows! This past summer, as she does every birthday, she went riding with her daughter and their best friend Annie, at the A-P Guest Ranch in Princeton. I enclose a picture of her riding one of Andre Patry’s Morgan horses this summer, as well as a picture from the 1970s at the Osoyoos race track riding T2. (This gives you an idea of her size.) Two knee replacements and a broken hip has not slowed her down and she is truly a remarkable woman. - Submitted by longtime friend Madeline Moilliet

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

Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/18 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 2/18 5/18

February 2018


On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch

Check Out Our Blues!

2018 Foals will be available sired by:

Extraordinary horses that fulfill your dreams and last a lifetime. Standing coloured foundation Morgan stallions. Offspring for sale.


Krystina Lynn Photography

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)




The Peruvian Horse

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

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

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

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

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Rural Roots - Real Estate

YOUR EQUESTRIAN DREAM COME TRUE! This rustic style rancher is situated on over 31 acres. Property features an impressive 255’ x 69’ indoor riding arena with 14 10’ x 12’ holding stalls and a farrier/groomer’s bay, spacious workshop, sauna house, chicken coops, hay storage, shaving shed, exerciser, 20’ x 60’Dressage arena, 16 small holding paddocks, 10 larger paddocks, and 3 pastures. Hardwood floors, tiles throughout with 3 wood/pellet stoves and sliding barn doors. Open concept living room to kitchen make entertaining company very enjoyable and personable. Riding arena has a small 2 floor apartment with viewing windows and laundry in unit for guests or ranch hands. 2404 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $2,200,000 MLS ® 10142855 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 3/18

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MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN & VALLEY VIEWS Two residences on this 22.09 acre property, each with their own fruit trees and gardens. Perfect for cattle, horses or any livestock lover. Featuring a 44’ x 80’ barn with 2 holding stalls and a 110’ x 220’ outdoor riding arena. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, large family room, living room with floor to ceiling white quartz natural gas fireplace and dining room. Master bedroom has a walkout to the deck where you can watch the local fireworks or enjoy a hot tub to relax in. Second residence has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and own yard area. 4240 Noble Road, Armstrong BC $1,650,000 MLS ® 10134250 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 3/18

BREATHTAKING SPALLUMCHEEN RANCH Gorgeous ranch with a heritage style 6 bedroom, 2,530 sq. ft. house on 32 flat useable acres. Shop, hay shed, paddocks, outdoor riding arenas, rail fencing, fruit trees and excellent water. New in-door boiler furnace. Includes a second 1,600 sq. ft. as-new building currently used as an office/health clinic. This is a well-kept rare property in the heart of farm country, perfect for equestrians, home businesses and/or large families. Find peace and tranquility here in a beautiful park-like setting with incredible views. 3991 Hullcar Road, Armstrong BC $1,795,000 MLS ® 10141359 ID# 92745 Info: 1-250-434-3057

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Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/18 12/17

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


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong


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Room Rental ROOM TO RENT in recently updated home on 5 acre hobby farm three minutes from Armstrong. $450/ month includes private bathroom, utilities and Wi-Fi. 250-550-4487 (Armstrong BC)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 3/18

For Sale HAY FOR SALE – Alfalfa/Grass mix, small square bales at $8. Large quantities available. Long term contracts available. Can deliver. ALSO ‘21 bales in a bundle’ – easy loading and handling system. Triticale Green Feed in round bales at $70. Rock Creek Ranch 250-689-2710 (Rock Creek BC)



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