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Dear Editor Letter to Editor: I hope you will publish my letter as a response to the one published in the June issue by T. Lee of Texas. oo many times people make the erroneous assumption that how something went down in one country means it would go down the same way in our own. Proper and complete research has since proven that is it untrue that the closure of the horse slaughter plants in the USA resulted in thousands of abandoned horses. There was an unfortunate convergence of various factors that coincided with the plant closures leaving everyone to jump to fast conclusions. Whereas in fact the root cause was a terrible drought that caused hay prices to skyrocket at a time when the USA was facing the worst financial crisis in decades. Suddenly people could no longer afford to feed their horses. If those same people had wanted to send their horses to slaughter they still had the option of shipping them to Canada or Mexico. Instead they chose what they thought was a more humane option which was turning them loose to fend for themselves. Sadly, it was far from humane. Here in Canada not only do we not face the same drought risk, but the vast, vast majority of horses that are slaughtered within our borders are imported from the USA. If we closed the horse slaughter industry in Canada there would be virtually no effect on horse welfare in our country. Furthermore, if the USA passes the SAFE Act, then they will no longer be exporting horses to our slaughter houses which



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would effectively shut down our industry in one swift move. Educate yourself on the full scope of the issue so you know all the facts. Opinion without facts is not helpful to anyone, especially the horses. - Laura Cull, Kelowna BC (Readers should refer to a report, “The History and Causes of Equine Abuse and Neglect: A Statistical Analysis” by John Holland, President, Equine Welfare Alliance, Inc.)


Good Day Nancy: n response to the letter from T. Lee in the June 2014 issue, in regards to his support of horse slaughter plants, I would like to point out a few facts. Fact: horses are not raised for slaughter in general and therefore may be given many drugs and deemed to be banned from the human food chain if given to a horse even once in their lifetime. One of those drugs is phenylbutazone, commonly known as Bute or horse aspirin, which is commonly prescribed by veterinarians. Fact: it is estimated that up to 40% of the horses sent to slaughter are from the racing and sport industries where many drugs banned from the human food chain are given to horses as part of their maintenance and treatment to keep them performing when suffering from injuries. This should exclude them from slaughter but it does not. Fact: In 2013, there were 68 THOUSAND Quarter Horse foals born in North America! Plus 23 THOUSAND foals registered by the Thoroughbred industry. By the way, these stats are released as “crop” numbers; a total of 91 THOUSAND foals born just to these two industries! Fact: In 2013, 71,961 horses were slaughtered in Canada. Fact: Horses are slaughtered for human consumption, not dog food. Since the 1970s, horse meat has not been used in North American dog food due to the fact that the drugs given to horses have been found to harm dogs, especially the Collie breeds. Fact: 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are between the ages of two and seven and are in good physical condition. Slaughter is not for the old, injured and sick horse. It is used as a method of disposal, and to get the last dollar possible out of the horse. Who wants to eat old sick horses? Fact: the reports of abandoned horses in US State Parks are in fact myths. Extensive study was done, contacting State Parks, humane organizations, etc., and the fact is the numbers of unclaimed horses in the USA has not risen since the closure of the US slaughter plants. Reference: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/6685-deleting-the-fictionfalse-claims-of-abandoned. Finally, a quote from a report done by Temple Grandin, observing 1008 horses arriving at a Texas slaughter plant in 1998 (http://www.grandin.com/references/horse.transport.html ). “Approximately 73% of the severe welfare problems observed at the slaughter plants did not occur during transport or marketing (Tables 4, 5 and 6). Some examples of severe welfare problems which were caused by the owner were severely foundered feet, emaciated, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dear Editor, cont’d skinny, weak horses, animals which had become non-ambulatory and injuries to the legs such as bowed tendons. Four horses were loaded with broken legs. One of these horses was a bucking bronc that had broken its leg during a rodeo. It died shortly after arrival at a plant. Out of 1008 horses observed at the slaughter plants, 7.7% had severe welfare problems. Some of the worst animal welfare cases were brought in by two “junk” dealers. Two “junk” loads contained two horses which were loaded with broken legs, one dead on arrival and three non-ambulatory “downer” horses which were in very poor body condition.” Under US law, it is illegal to transport horses with such severe injuries, yet no mention is made of charges being laid against the drivers of the trucks. In the USA, there are TWO people in charge of monitoring ALL of the animals transported to slaughter in the country. The worst part of slaughter is not in the kill box. It starts the moment a person decides to send a horse to slaughter. Slaughter is NOT “humane euthanasia.” It is a journey of fear, pain and suffering for many horses who once were treated like prized possessions, until they were no longer able to provide income for their owners and then they were only valued by the pound. Slaughter is not a “necessary evil.” It is only evil and the solution lies in stopping the breeding of so many horses. Sea Biscuit was not of good conformation and it is likely he would have been shipped to slaughter if born in todays “crop.” - Theresa Nolet, O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue, South Okanagan BC

Dear Editor: Re: The 17th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show hat an unbelievable and amazing weekend our “Trail Team” from Smooth Trails Horses had in Armstrong BC the weekend of June 7-9 at the Gaited Fun Show! Our whole group came away with many 1st to 5th place ribbons and prizes, as well as our very own Haley Knox of Smooth Trails BC winning “High Point” overall show with her amazing Spotted Saddle Horse, Dawn!! We are each so proud of our horses and accomplishments in learning how to show in a ring, riding bareback


and the ever-competitive ‘Gone Fishing Race’ which ended up with my daughter (Haley Knox), sabotaging my run by racing over and knocking all the eggs off my spoon! I’ll get you, my Precious! Next year is ON!! (mwhahahaha) Our Smooth Trails Team of riders consisted of Haley Knox on Dawn (Spotted Saddle Horse), Tina Hurd on Princess (Missouri Foxtrotter), Tyra Sander on Pascal (Missouri Foxtrotter), Paul Sander on Delta (Spotted Saddle Horse), Sandra Sander on Niche (Tennessee Walking Horse) and Gary Anderson on Charlie (Missouri Foxtrotter). The majority of our riders had only been riding from 3 months to a year before showing in Armstrong for their first show! What an amazing achievement to see their horses performing in many various fun events! We enjoyed the camaraderie of the organizers and participants of this show and the games were so much fun for everyone! From our trail ride (the day before) with Michelle, and our horses staying with Belinda March, to meeting John, Loretta, Brenda, Steve and many more friendly faces! I also got to ride a Peruvian Paso in the class of ‘switching horses’ with someone else as John and I had traded mounts! It was a wonderful experience to ride a Peruvian! Thank you so much for letting me try out your beautiful mare, John! John led us in the Parade of Breeds in the half time demos at lunch and that was so enjoyable for everyone involved! We were glad our team was asked to participate! Gary Anderson particularly enjoyed that event and found it amazing fun! He was worried he wouldn’t be doing it correctly, but he did it perfectly! Thanks John, for giving us that opportunity to share our pride and joy with our horses.  We all learned so much on our showing abilities as well in the ‘Schooling Class’ and lessons with the Judge advising how to achieve better results in a ring. What a gift to us to get such great advice! We thank the Judge to have helped our Smooth Trails Team and we had such a wonderful time meeting new friends from across Canada! Until next year, THANK YOU Armstrong BC for such wonderful memories of an amazing weekend of family, friends, fun and of course our wonderful HORSE partners!! - Tina Hurd, Smooth Trails Horses, BC & Ontario, www.smoothtrails.com

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hank you to all that sent wishes on Saddle Up receiving the Chamber’s President’s Choice Award (see June Editor’s note). Here I am pictured with Bill Roy who graciously allowed me to ride his Tennessee Walking Horse “Woodhills TS Trooper” in the Gaited Horse Show held in Armstrong in June. I had so much fun and we won Bill Roy and Nancy at the Gaited Horse Show. Photo some ribbons and prizes courtesy of Ralph Livingston. too! Thank you Bill and Susan for the opportunity to ride your ‘smoothie’! (See more on the show on page 35) Each year I put the word out ‘am looking for a gaited horse’ to ride in the show… so what’s next year? Maybe an Icelandic or a Missouri Foxtrotter?… can hardly wait. Summer is finally here and so are ALL the events. Although I can’t physically be there, Saddle Up is sponsoring the WCRA’s West Coast Classic, and PAALH’s Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Show, both being held at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park in July; as well as VIQHA’s The Glacier Classic in Courtenay BC. Good luck to all competitors!


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Training for Courage By Paul Dufresne HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE SAFE ON YOUR HORSE?

The more people I see at equine events, the more apparent it is to me that many riders are very unsure as to whether they are safe or, in many cases, have no idea that they are not safe! Then there are those who know they are not safe but don’t know how to change that.


he key to knowing you will be safe riding your horse into various situations is to learn how to test your horse in a safe manner. In this article, I propose some guidelines that could assist in your personal game plan. Horses are born with a startle response that helps keep prey animals alive. When they have learned that their world with humans can lead to many unreliable situations, some horses are always on edge. Some resist going into certain situations, others may just slowly move away and some explode when pressured to persist when it is all too much for them. As a trainer, I don’t want to lose the startle response, as it keeps a horse paying attention to a changing environment and for survival. What I want to do is teach the horse to discriminate more on what it should get excited about. Horses make these decisions unilaterally if they don’t have the help of a herd leader. As a human, I would like to show my horses that I am reliable at knowing what is safe and what is not as a good lead horse would. To behave like a good herd leader requires some education and some experience. Many people think you just tell the horse what you want it to do, and therein often lies part of the problem. If a horse understands what is being asked, it can be very compliant. A horse not accepting you as a reliable leader or respecting you in that position just looks after itself - beware if you happen to get in the way of his flight! The best way to be safe in any situation with a horse if there is a concerning stimulus is to be between it and the horse (S-L-H). This is easier done on the ground safely than riding. When one learns to do so safely on the ground it is then less of a stretch to progress to the riding with leadership. Before tackling anything that may elicit the startle response in a horse, the leader should have consistent yields from the follower in all directions. The next most important piece is to have relaxation cues that will help a horse come back to a good place emotionally when he is worried. A horse with tension that keeps getting augmented from a fear-provoking stimulus that 6 • Saddle Up • July 2014

isn’t diffused is an accident waiting to happen. In preparing for challenging stimuli, I teach the horse to yield on a circle and bend correctly with balance and later how to soften his poll. I also add endotapping cues which cause the release of endorphins in his body which lessens the likelihood of an adrenalin surge. With pretty good relaxation cues, I am then ready for the next step of challenging him and learning to read him. Challenging horses is not difficult. Learning to read them when they start to get worried and diffusing the situation, that is where the skill and experience comes in. Any time my horse perks up looking at anything with concern, hesitancy and maybe wanting to move its feet away from that area, my immediate reaction is to change my position so I am ahead and in-between my horse and the stimulus. From this point, I could do partial circles not losing my in-between position, endotap my horse, or just calmly go ahead of my horse to the stimuli. I may even destroy the demon that caused the concern, with the horse following me at a safe distance (this could be in the form of investigation or just go beat it with my whip or kick it around unworriedly). Remaining calm and confident is a must. This is more easily done when the horse is not running us over. Horses have never run me over to get to a scary situation first. Many people have difficulty discerning whether a horse is concerned because they get pre-occupied about what they themselves want to do or are distracted. I find it a very useful exercise to take the horse in hand and go check out different environments to see how the horse responds to these things. One could also set up an environment with all kinds of challenges to test the horse’s responses. Whenever the follower shows concern about anything, develop a strategy to help the horse not be concerned about it. Often leading by example and playing with whatever it is that may upset the horse may help him reconsider the stimulus as a nonthreatening one (kids often naturally do this). Using relaxation methods such as endotapping in these situations is VERY useful, as it helps a horse “reset” and feel good. If a leader tackles all the scary stimuli one at a time, it is quite amazing how much confidence a horse can build, sometimes even to the point where the horse will look to the leader and, if the leader is not concerned, he won’t be either. Some horses with strong startle responses require lots of practice at this before they build their confidence to have much more subdued responses. Some horses have been bred to be excitable through poorer breeding practices HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d and others have been spoiled by owners who have scarred them with bad experiences, often without knowing it. The key is to develop confidence in a horse and leader one step at a time in a safe manner and keep building from that. When it becomes difficult finding new stimuli to challenge the horse follower, try doing the same tests under saddle, remembering one can always go back to the ground to help the horse if the horse is too excitable. The old approach of “riding it out” is not a healthy one if you feel at risk. It’s better to go where you are safe and lead by example and not put yourself or the horse at risk. When riding, you will want to be able to bend the horse well so he can relax. Also, doing jaw flexions and poll flexions will elicit the relaxation reflexes in the horse, helping him find a better emotional state thus causing him to be more accepting of stimuli that might otherwise put him “over the top.” A horse ridden in counter-flexion or inverted will always be more anxious, thus any additional stimuli he doesn’t understand can make him a real handful to ride. Proper shoulder-ins, leg yields, roll-over and reach are all great movements with body shapes that will help a horse find a positive physical/emotional state where he will be less inclined to be excitable.

In conclusion, I would strongly recommend that people practice and experiment paying attention to the horse and find a safe place to lead the horse from. If in doubt, being on the ground between the stimulus and the horse is always a great place to start from. Every time we are with horses we are training them and affecting them, so watch what you train for. I have written numerous articles on bomb-proofing, endotapping and the use of bends, jaw flexions, poll flexions and lateral movements for interested people to review if they would like. At clinics, this is always one of the most important focal points to help people be safe, allowing them to understand and enjoy their horses by being able to read them and help them as good leaders should. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.pauldufresne.com

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Bear Valley Rescue By Kelly Principe RESCUED HEARTS: THE THROES OF EQUINE REDEMPTION AT BEAR VALLEY RESCUE (Mike and Kathy Bartley of Sundre Alberta have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out hundreds of horses.)


he most heartwarming are the BEFORE & AFTER pictures. This is a shot of one of the horses from a group recently rescued, that Kathy and Mike fondly call “the Hungry Herd.” Unfortunately, not all horses are this lucky. It seems that for every horse rescued, there are plenty more that end up going to slaughter. Kathy and Mike are well over full capacity and have to regularly turn down frantic calls for help on behalf of horses in need. Sometimes they are able to work with the agencies involved to find temporary shelter, but sometimes entire herds of horses seem to slip through the cracks and end up at auction despite the mountains Mike and Kathy have moved to spare them.

The horse(s) I would like to introduce this month is actually a group of buckskins or dunskins they purchased from auction as yearlings last year. Every stud colt is gelded before leaving the rescue. The best thing about most of these horses, in my opinion (other than the steal of a deal at $500), is they have had little or no training. Better to train right from the beginning to your own preference than to have to un-train or rehabilitate years later. For more information, to adopt, or to donate, visit www.bearvalleyab.org or LIKE us on Facebook.

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Bear Valley recently rescued 12 Morgan Horses that had been abandoned by owners (a caretaker was able to look after them). They are looking to re-home these horses, including two 15-year-old Stallions. “They are all very nice, well-mannered, all are halter broke, even the 2-year-old filly. Hooves on most of them are in pretty good shape, considering. Some of them have minor scars on their legs, a couple are not sound, but overall they look really good,” says Kathy.

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aving spent 43 years behind the retail counter, plus 5 years training horses, I find that I must remind myself why people have horses? To keep things in perspective so that I may serve. Criticism never works. Understanding does.

This is my list in order of the volume I see.

EIGHT GROUPS OF HORSE OWNERS 1) SOCIAL – interaction, common interest, drawn by the camaraderie 2) BONDING – connection people have with their horses – emotional bond 3) RECREATION – physical outing, exercise, mentally relaxing (therapy) 4) COMPETITION – the challenge and rewards of competing, honing competence 5) TRANSPORTATION – check the pasture, go hunting, trail riding 6) HORSEMANSHIP – the psychology and art of working with horses 7) BUSINESS – make a profit in the horse world 8) NOSTALGIA – a longing for an image long since gone, now remote or irrecoverable

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What’s Really Best for Our Horses By Steve Rother We all want the best for our horses. We stall them, blanket them and feed them at exactly the same time, twice a day, 365 days a year. We match their blankets to their boots, buy the best feed possible, purchase a $2000 saddle, a $10,000 trailer and, of course, a $40,000 truck to transport it all.



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e don’t like to let our herd animals have contact with any other horses and we always have the carrots handy at the end of the day. Basically, some of our horses are 1200-lb bottled-up bundles of joy - with a prey animal’s mind. The above description seems pretty normal for most horses in today’s fast-paced society, especially those that live within a few miles of a city. Equine wellness comes in many different forms. There are many different supplements, vitamins, pills, medicines, therapies, stretches, adjustments, along with many different exercise programs, training routines, housing arrangements and feeds that can go into the proper care of your equine partner. On average, I handle 800 horses a year and the majority of problems that I see are from the people that don’t know they are “killing their horses with kindness.” Owners that worry about everything but lack the proper research or professional observation, tend to have the most problems: colic, injuries and lameness. These owners always have

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The equine mind One of the most important tools that you have to achieve the best results (for your horse’s wellness) is your horse’s mind. There are many things that go into creating a healthy equine partner, but no matter what you choose, they are best if supplemented with a strong mind. Over the years, I have noticed that some of the hardest horses to handle are the ones that shine like a copper penny, but don’t understand their purpose in life. They are simply a big explosion waiting to happen. Some people use the expression “over-bred, over-fed, and underworked.” The over breeding and over feeding might appear to be the issue, but the horse typically just requires and craves more purpose. Regardless of the look of the horse, the mind is what operates the body. The late Ray Hunt would always say, “The mind operates the life in the body, down through the legs, to the feet,” and this is something that I always come back to in my teaching. It is so very true on the topic of equine wellness. The life in the body is the driving force for so many things in the partnership with your horse, and it is the mind which operates this life. If you raise your horse like something it is not, i.e. a child, a dog, or a human friend (which are all predators), you will miss out on many things that are available for you and your horse. This is not to say that you can’t enjoy a meaningful relationship with your horse. But just imagine what the outcome would be if you tried to bottle up a child or a dog into a 1200-lb prey-animal body! If you outline what a horse is and then work with your horse within those guidelines, you might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Now this isn’t to say that you can completely avoid all problems with your horse just because you have developed a strong mind.

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What’s Really Best, cont’d However, I have seen a huge difference in the overall instances of colic, injury and lameness when horses have a chance to live as they are meant to - as horses. If they are treated as though they are something other than a large prey animal, they will become stressed and confused.

The key is in the purpose A purpose-driven horse can overcome many other things that may be lacking in its life, so the goal is to take your bundled-up prey animal and give him a job. Something with some meaning, something that they would desire to do: opening gates, packing a lunch or even looking for a lost dog. The sky is the limit here. Just find something that you can do together, with a beginning and an end. So don’t be afraid to get out there and enjoy your horses. Fire up that $40,000 truck with the $10,000 trailer, saddle up and head out on a short journey. Break up the normal barn routine and go find the joy in your horse. And always remember: “It is the mind that operates the life in the body” - and it is you who helps to create the mind. Steve Rother is an internationally-acclaimed clinician and two-time winner of The Mane Event’s Trainers Challenge colt-starting competition. Known as The Horseteacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves. He is not limited to specific disciplines, but the development of a willing partnership between horse and rider. Steve conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the USA and


Canada, as well as camps (from 5 days to 21 days) at his ranch, The School of Horse, in northeast Washington. His Excel with Horses club allows students to come together to achieve their horsemanship dreams through a levels program. His seven DVDs include a just-released Liberty DVD. For more information, please visit Horseteacher.com or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook. (Editor’s Note: This is the last article from Steve Rother as he is onto a busy schedule. We thank him for sharing his knowledge, wisdom and humour, with Saddle Up readers. He will be back at the Mane Event in Chilliwack BC in October)

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Why Lungeing May Be Harmful to Your Horse By Ross Buchanan


As an Equine Therapist, I am often asked to help people when their horses have not benefited from traditional approaches. Based on this experience of working with horses, I have come to believe that 90% of the movement problems I see in horses, and the resulting discomfort and pain, are all about the natural crookedness of the horse.


ather than treating the horse for whatever the symptom may be, my approach is to identify and eliminate or minimize the problem. Typically, this is referred to as “aligning and balancing” horses, but the reality is that what I do is show people how to permanently correct the horse’s way of going in a relatively short period of time. Simply put, making the horse straight or correcting the crooked horse has major impacts on issues such as tension, nervousness, panic, ligament strains, joint problems, disobedience, bad attitudes, crankiness, stiffness, leaning in or out and difficulty bending either right or left. Research shows that the damage created by extended lungeing sessions can be severe and definitively needs to be considered. Studies have shown that lungeing at a canter, even in a widediameter circle, for 3 minutes or more can overload the lower limb joints. The heavier the horse, the smaller the circle and the faster the speed all combine to increase the likelihood of damage to the joints. Clinical research has confirmed what common sense already tells us. Continual turning may be damaging to the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and joints) of horses. A kinematic (movement) study (Chateau et al., 2005) evaluated the adverse effects of turning a corner on the joint motions. It showed that the lower leg and foot actually rotates as the weight of the horse moves over the limb. The potential negative impact of repetitive, uncontrolled lungeing has also been highlighted with respect to the muscular system. Dr. Pat Harris PhD MA VetMB (University of Cambridge Veterinary School) MRCVS, warns us to 12 • Saddle Up • July 2014

“avoid lungeing, or work in tight circles” and also warns that is especially true “in the initial stages of a return to work.” While the natural crookedness of a horse is a major issue in the horse world, the great news is that it is an issue that can be easily addressed. All you need is a round pen, a lunge line, a cavesson and a good program to follow. Note to western horse people: in order to achieve the desired results of straightening your horse, you are going to want to think about whether a lunge line attached to a halter gives you the kind of specific control and precision you are looking to achieve. Nothing hurts me more than to watch a rider “get after” a horse from the saddle knowing that the issue is not a behavioural issue but rather a body issue that can best be dealt with from the ground. Ground work focused on correcting natural crookedness eliminates these kinds of problems. Following a more European-like approach to training young horses, what I prefer to see is a month or so spent on ground work showing the horse how to overcome the combined effects of both centrifugal and shear force that flow from the natural asymmetry of the horse. These powerful forces of nature can endanger the soundness of your horse if your horse is not properly balanced and aligned. While best taught to the young horse prior to training it is still possible to help horses of any age in order to avoid the costly consequences of centrifugal and shear forces that cause enormous strain on the joints and bones. Horses are not meant to run endless, uncontrolled circles at high speed. Horses are creatures of fear and in flight they are best suited to run short distances at high

speed. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s use an imaginary right-handed horse. When moving to the left you will notice that the longissimus muscles that run from the C3, 4 and 5 through on the neck to the sacrum are under a lot of tension. It is like a bungee cord that we are stretching as the horse arches on the left and concaves Weight shifted unevenly to to the right. The pull the right front of the centrifugal force unweighting the on the right dominant left hind, and the horse balancing leg draws the horse the uneven weight to the outside of the distribution by lungeing circle. We all using its head and neck as rudder to know that horses lose artificially create their balance and shift balance. their center of gravity by falling in or out of the circle through their shoulders. Having seen what I have witnessed I am very careful and cautious about moving a horse on the lunge line at a canter that is anything other than highly controlled, meaning both balanced and aligned. When you consider the strains resulting from centrifugal force on the front end and shear force on the hind end the potential for doing harm is seriously heightened. Horses of all ages can benefit from becoming straighter and are certain to benefit from preserving the integrity of the joints. Riders of all ages can HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lungeing May Be Harmful, cont’d benefit from the pleasure of a stress-free horse. If you are looking for a sound and sane horse then addressing the issue of straightening the natural crookedness of your horse may be something that you would want to explore. Once the signs of left or right limb dominance show up, the impact of centrifugal and Horse on left showing how shear force have had their way weight is shifted diagonally with the horse for some time. from left hind to right front. To balance horse off of the front Crookedness leads to tension and end the weight needs to be tension impacts the entire horse. moved back diagonally. Horse The blood supply to the muscles on right showing balance and alignment. is reduced, which affects the metabolic process. This causes a further deterioration in the horse’s performance. Crooked horses do not breathe deeply. Their muscles do not receive adequate supplies of oxygen, which results in additional stress and circulatory issues and the performance of the horse continues to spiral downward.

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Now that the impacts of centrifugal force and shear force have become clearer to me, I wish I had paid more attention in Grade 9 Physics. What I do know is that every horse has to contend with centrifugal force on the front end which either pulls the horse in or out of the circle and shear force in the hind end which again, either pulls the horse in or out. Put these two together, centrifugal and shear force, in a horse cantering a circle and you have a formula for imbalance, discomfort, pain and panic. Centrifugal force is the apparent force that draws a rotating body away from the centre of rotation. A horse circling to the left with the right shoulder going to the right. Shear force is unaligned forces pushing one part of a body in one direction, and another part of the body in the opposite direction. An example would be a right-handed horse moving to the right with the hind left leg thrown to the outside to maintain balance. In addition to the huge amount of weight that a right-handed horse is putting on its right leg, there is also a constant strain on the tendons, navicular bone and spine from centrifugal force. Damage is often debilitating and results in early retirement or worse. As damaging as the effects of centrifugal force can be, when you combine it with shear forces on the hind end the situation can become nasty. Shear force creates huge strain on the joints and the ligaments. This is why those horse sports that include heavy doses of running circles as part of their training regimen see high incidences of knee and hock problems. Shear force also places a heavy strain on the sacroiliac joint, the stifle and the patella. The warning is clear. In my opinion, recklessly running circles may be endangering the soundness of your horse and causing irreparable harm. The solution? Balance and alignment. Without a doubt, balanced and aligned horses are both healthier and happier. Healthier and happier horses are more pleasant to work with and outperform horses that are handicapped by natural asymmetry that, left unchecked, will erode their soundness and jeopardize their functionality. From his base in the Fraser Valley, Ross Buchanan provides Equine Therapy and Thermal Imaging services to clients. Best known for his specialty of aligning and balancing horses to eliminate pain and ensure soundness, Ross also focuses on the importance of rebooting the muscle memory to ensure that the preferred movement is retained. Ross is passionately committed to Happy, Pain Free Horses & Winning Rides!

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e feel very fortunate to be able to continue these events with the support of our volunteers, riders and sponsors,” said Alberta Wish Ride Co-founder Irene White. “We help to light up the life of a child and their family at a very difficult time. The funds we raise make a huge difference in a child’s life and can often give them hope to keep on fighting a terminal illness.” The Alberta Wish Ride saddles up at Sierra West Ranch near Lundbreck on September 6th. Another ride is set for the historic Reesor Ranch east of Medicine Hat on September 20th. This is the third year for the event at the Reesor Ranch. Accommodations and horse rentals are available at both locations. The ride is a one day affair. Riders collect pledges and donations, then show up for a great day of trail riding with meals and entertainment provided. There are also prizes, and a silent auction. A saddle is available to be won at each of the rides. Funds are raised by riders who obtain pledges before the ride and the prizes are donated by generous individuals and businesses.

All the details regarding the rides including registration and pledge forms are available at www.albertawishride.ca. Once riders register, they can set up their own fundraising page to encourage online donations and expedite tax receipts for their supporters. The Children’s Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity which helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a lifethreatening illness. With every wish we create moments of joy to ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope. For further information please visit the website or contact Irene White at 403366-8199 or 403-607-6108. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



n each of these regions, awards of $1000 will be lifted by the Supreme Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire Halter Horse and to the Best Halter Horse of each show. The Western Canadian sites for Fiske’s Ultimate Challenge are: Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic (Olds): June 28-30 Calgary Stampede: July 4-7 Colonial Days (Lloydminster): July 9-12 Vermilion Fair: July 24-26 Dawson Creek Exhibition: August 6-10 The three high point winners will be announced following the Dawson Creek Exhibition. The high point winner will receive a $500 cheque; the second high point winner will receive $300, while the third high point winner will receive $200. The high point winner in each region will be featured in a full-page, full-colour advertisement in the Draft Horse Journal’s 2014 Christmas issue. The four supreme breed champions at the five Western Canada fairs will each receive a handsome neck sash plus one litre of Fiske’s Hoof and Skin Balm; the Best of Show at each fair will receive the ultimate award offered - a distinctive neck sash with an additional 2.5 litres of Fiske’s Hoof and Skin Balm. Points are allocated as follows: each breed’s grand champion stallion, mare and gelding at the five Western Canada fairs will earn three points, while each breed’s reserve grand champion stallion, mare and gelding will earn two points. Grand and reserve grand champion stallions, mares and geldings in each of the four breeds at the above fairs listed are eligible for their respective breed’s supreme championship. In this class, the horse that is the supreme breed champion earns three points, the horse in second place earns two points, and the horse placed third earns one point. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Points at the ultimate level are allocated as follows: the Supreme Champion Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire contest points offered for the Best of Show. The Best of Show at each of the five Western Canada fairs will earn three points, the horse in second place earn two points, while the horse placed third earns one point. The Challenge is offered by Melanie Fiske, CEO of Fiske’s Horse Care Products Ltd. in memory of her parents, Leon and Shirley Fiske, who bred and exhibited draft horses in Atlantic Canada.

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Do the Right Thing at the Right Time By Christa Miremadi Photos by Aynsley Cairns

Just as every great musician knows, sometimes it’s the notes you don’t play that ring out the loudest. Every great artist knows it’s the use of negative space that can create the mood or feel of a painting. Horsemanship, the way I see it anyway, is an art as well and is no different than beautiful music or an inspiring painting.


ometimes it’s the negative space, the notes we didn’t play that let our horses absorb the lessons we’re trying to share most effectively. And because I believe that our horses are also our greatest teachers, it’s often the time away from my horse that the lessons they were trying to share comes through the loudest. Most of us are aware of how horses learn through the use of pressure and release, a concept also known as “negative reinforcement.” In this case, the word negative is used in the sense of subtraction, i.e. the removal of a stimulus such as a leg aid, voice command, gesture or touch. This method of working with horses has been taught and practiced in many, many ways. Some ways come across as gentle, restraint-free and full of choice for the horse while others are more domineering and controlling. Either way, it’s the release that teaches, not the use of pressure; the pressure is necessary in order for a release to occur. It’s the natural balance of all things, the Yin and Yang... Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese master and the author of Tao Te Ching (The Book of The Way) written sometime between 551-479 B.C.E. wrote: “We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the centre hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it liveable. We work with being, but non being is what we use.” When it comes to horsemanship, we work to create, but it’s the getting out of the way to allow that benefits the horse. 16 • Saddle Up • July 2014

Recently I took my Arabian gelding, Fire, for a ride in a new place. He’d never been to this particular spot before and, to be perfectly honest, I’ve put so much time and effort into bringing my mustang, Cisco, along this past year that he really hasn’t gotten out much at all. Despite his time off and his being out of practice, he loaded up well, stood for me while I saddled and willingly marched off down the trail. This particular trail was full of obstacles - railroads, bridges, water, logs - even a tunnel that goes under the train tracks and a flooded bridge that was fully submerged in water! As we approached each obstacle, I could feel him beginning to question my sanity. He’d continue his forward movement but it would feel as though he was stepping through very sticky, deep mud. As soon as I felt this hesitant movement (because he had not been properly prepared for this ride) and because I had all day - the sun was shining and I was enjoying the good company of my sister and her mare, so I was in an especially relaxed mood - I would sit back, relax my leg and simply support our direction. I would not push him forward but at the same time he was not to turn around and leave. I just sat, quietly waiting for him to make his choice about what to do. My leg remained softly at his side, ready to support my need to stay facing forward, my reins sat quietly against his neck, helping him remain in position but I made little attempt to push him on. After a few moments of eyeballing the trail and whatever blockage it was that was causing him concern, he would offer a small stretch in the direction we were headed. This was the moment I had been

waiting for and I would lift my reins, press my calf ever so gently into his barrel and he would tentatively march on. It was the non-action that gave him the time he needed to process what I was asking of him. It was the quiet opportunity to make his choice that allowed him to choose to move forward. It was the firm foundation of boundaries and support that helped him to feel secure enough not to bail on the situation altogether, and it was the listening to his feel and timing of my request that allowed him to be successful and move forward when he was ready. Had I pushed him during that moment that he needed to assess his surroundings, I’d have triggered defensive behaviour. In fact, his (likely) decision to refuse would have been a reaction to me! As a result of not pushing him, he HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Do the Right Thing, cont’d turned away from nothing that day. Each and every challenge we came to was met with patience and support, and he was given the opportunity to choose his action before I reacted to it. After all, how can I react to something that hasn’t even happened yet? I wish I could say that I was always this way when working with horses. We’re all only human and our own mood and level of tension will affect us. It’s only through self-control that we can learn to positively influence another being. I often see people reacting to what they think the horse is going to do rather than what the horse is actually doing. This can be very dangerous. One of the catch phrases many of my students are familiar with and likely very often frustrated by is “do the right thing at the right time.” It sounds easy but it requires a great deal of patience and confidence to wait for the right time; unless you wait, how will you know what the right thing is? We so often allow our imaginations to run wild with all the possibilities that we may have to deal with, and we react to imagined threats rather than what we’re really facing. In actuality, we often create that which we are trying to avoid! After my ride with Fire, sitting on the porch, enjoying the evening sun later that day I began to realize that my relaxed, seemingly lazy attitude of the day had actually played a very important role in our ride being so successful. I was not in


“trainer” mode; I was just feeling my horse and supporting him where he needed it, giving him the time it takes to make a wellthought-out, calculated decision. I can’t help but think that he did the same thing as only a few days later we went back to that same trail and he confidently marched through each and every obstacle without hesitation. Very often it’s the pressure we don’t use that our horses need most and when they do need a little encouragement or support to help them along it’s the release that helps to build their confidence and understanding. It’s when we can get out of their way and allow them to make their choices that our reactions can be lessons and it is the quiet time spent absorbing those lessons that can become seeds that take root and grow into understanding. 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 Mane Event Red Deer Wrap-up Report By Nancy Roman


nother successful event put on by the Barker Family and their fabulous crew of volunteers. It did not snow in Red Deer that April 25-27 weekend – a first since Saddle Up has been traveling there. Some believe attendance was down slightly from their usual 43,000, and that may have been due to the fact that, new this year, they offered a ‘live stream’ of each Trainer’s Challenge session (available on their website www.maneeventexpo. com). The 2014 Trainer’s Challenge winner was Kent Williamson from Alberta. Overall it was a great show, one that I look forward to (along with Chilliwack) every year! Here’s what you missed!

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The Grounded Rider: In Pursuit of Perfection By Hazel Plumbley “I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.


stumbled across this quote looking for inspiration for my own writing this month and it was like entering a house of mirrors where my reflection was constantly looking at her own feet – so I went looking for horse wisdom about perfectionism. I found a Parelli DVD that features Dr. Stephanie Burns, a renowned educator who specializes in teaching adults ‘learning to learn’. Turns out Dr. Burns has a hockey sock full of wisdom on what we grownups do when faced with a new learning experience. The majority of new adult riders are more likely to observe the new skill to be learned, be numbed by fear of failure and try to find a private place to practice. We don’t ask questions when we’re not clear, we PHOTO CREDIT: LIV GUDE don’t want to try when others are watching and we do our best to distance ourselves from the people who could help us learn more quickly – or as Burns puts it “slink under the radar.” Why do you think that is? Maybe it’s because perfectionism wrings the living daylights out of the courage to try for fear of negative scrutiny. Journalist Karen Robinson, writing in the February 2014 issue of Horse Sport about the Global Dressage Forum (GDF), quoted GDF founder Joep Bartels as saying, “The (elite dressage) riders have resisted coming to the GDF (as demonstration riders), fearing they would be torn to pieces.” Imagine. The best riders in the world struggle with the same anxieties as the new kid on their first day of Pony Club. Suddenly, I find myself in fine company as well as in the majority. What a wonderful place to be! Burns suggests the key to moving past perfectionism “I am delighted with the results from LifeLine Horse Feeds manufactured by Otter Co-op and and fear of failure is curiosity, and for me it’s also taken the personalized help they have given me. Otter Co-op is in it for the right reasons, to make ingesting a critical mass of information. After 14 years of everyone’s horses better, stronger and healthier. I am honoured to be sponsored by such a sporadic riding and an infinitesimal amount of reading fantastic company.” Courtenay Fraser, Professional Champion Dressage Rider. about riding, it seems I’ve finally become curious enough about something to allow myself to be bad at doing it. Bioavailable organic Stabilizes hind Probiotics for Chelated organic Having allowed myself that grace, I enjoy riding more, selenium gut environment gastrointestinal health trace minerals spend more time in the saddle and am finally making progress. I love quotes because they confirm that someone else has not only stood where I stand, but lived to write about it. So here’s another one from Leonard Cohen: “Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.”


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Your First CDE/ADT, Part 2 By Judy Newbert THE COMPETITION (see Part 1 in the June 2014 issue) Registration This usually occurs the night before or the morning of the competition. You will pick up a packet with your registration confirmation, competitor number, dressage and marathon start times, safety checklist, and various other information. Find the stabling area, unload your horse and equipment, bed, feed and care for your horse and get ready for the competition. Safety Check Before entering the ring for your dressage test, you must present yourself to the Safety Officer who will inspect your equipment and turnout for safety. The horse must be clean, well-groomed, properly trimmed, and his feet must be suitably trimmed or shod. If your horse is shod, only conventional non-weighted shoes are allowed. Harness and vehicle must be clean, safe and must fit the horse and be properly adjusted. The driver must wear a hat (can be a helmet), and gloves. The driver must carry a whip. Your carriage will also probably be measured for cones sometime before or after the safety inspection. Dressage The dressage ring is an enclosed area (generally a low white fence of some sort) that is 40m by 80m or as close to that as possible. At the appointed time, you will enter the dressage ring and drive your test. Before you get to the dressage ring, you will warm up in the designated area. Horses take different lengths of time to warm up, so hitch up early enough to get properly warmed up. The test was likely included with the prize list or in your competitor’s package. You may be able to practice in the dressage ring before your dressage Single horse in Dressage test if there is no suitable warm up ring. in a CDE (This will be noted in the prize list or registration information.) The judges will blow a whistle or ring a bell when they are ready for you to begin your test. At Training level, the test can be “called” for the competitor. This means another person (the caller) can stand outside the ring and read aloud the test for the competitor. This helps if you are not used to

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memorizing dressage tests or are worried that you might forget it. If you carry a groom, he must remain seated in his proper place. He may not stand, handle the reins or the whip, or speak unless dismounted (out of the vehicle). You drive your dressage test and are marked for the individual movements; as well, you are scored for a set of four collective marks. You will receive your complete dressage test with marks and judge’s comments at the end of the competition. The dressage marks on the test are added up and converted to penalty points. Since the score shown is penalty points, a low mark is best. Cones For single horses and ponies in Training, the width between the cones will be 40 cm larger than the track width of your carriage. This means the cones width may have to be adjusted numerous times as the vehicle track varies. At the organizer’s discretion and to save time in Mini single in cones in CDE the competition, the cones may be set at one width (40 cm larger than the track width of the widest vehicle). You will be shown the cones course at a specified time and allowed to walk it. You will need to warm-up your horse prior to the cones course. Depending on when you have to start, you may need to have your groom/navigator hold your horse during the course walk since you may already be part way into your warm-up. A well-designed cones course will have Cones Set 2 visible from Cones Set 1, Cones Set 3 visible from Cones Set 2 and so on. This will make it easier to follow the course and make it less likely that you will go off course. Walk and memorize the course. Check all the approaches; to do this, stand at each set and look for the next, and consider where you will need to go slowly and where you could go faster without taking knockdown penalties. Make sure you know where the start and finish lines are. Cantering may or may not be allowed in the cones course - this will be stated in the prize list or the rule book. The cones course is best driven at a trot. Drive into the ring, salute the judges, wait for the start signal, go through the start makers, and drive the course by going through the centre of each pair of cones in numerical order with the red marker on the right. Finish the course by going through the finish markers and then leave the ring preferably at a slow trot or walk. Although the groom is on the carriage, he cannot speak or indicate the cones course route to the driver. Going off course will be penalized by elimination. The cones will be scored by the total time it takes you to drive the course and with three penalties assigned for each cone or ball knocked down. Penalties are also assigned for being over the Time Allowed and for other occurrences on course. The scores from cones will be totalled; the penalty points from cones will be added to the penalty points from the dressage test.


Your First CDE/ADT, cont’d Marathon Obstacles For an ADT, the same arena where the dressage and cones were held may be used for the marathon obstacles. There shall be four marathon obstacles but not more than two will be in the arena at one time. The gates in the obstacles will be labelled with A, B, C, etc. and must be driven in order. The course will be open for 10 minutes for inspection by drivers and grooms before the start of the Single in water hazard in competition. All competitors will drive Marathon in a CDE Obstacles 1 and 2, then the obstacles may be re-lettered and known as Obstacles 3 and 4, or the first two obstacles may be driven again. The time taken by you to drive the obstacles will be recorded and converted to penalty points which will be added to any other penalty points incurred in the obstacles. The sum of the marathon obstacle penalty points will be added to the penalty points previously incurred in the dressage and cones, and the placings established. If there are no protests or once they are finished, the prizes will be awarded. You may or may not need to be hitched up to receive your prize. This information should be in the competitor’s package. Receive your prize, or not, graciously and have a safe trip home.

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Equine Canada Update Canada Wins Bid to Host 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Members of the Bromont Bid Committee, along with Equine Canada President, Al Patterson and CEO, Eva Havaris, are extremely pleased to announce that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has unanimously awarded the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ to Bromont/Montreal as host city, with the Games to be held at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. This will be the first time in the history of the World Equestrian Games that the prestigious event has ever been held in Canada and only the second time outside of Europe, with the first time being in 2010 in Lexington, KY.

National Dressage Symposium Featuring Axel Steiner Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 National Dressage Symposium with FEI Dressage Judge, Axel Steiner. This will be an exciting educational opportunity for the entire community. As an FEI 5* judge since 1988, Steiner has been involved in the sport his entire life. He has judged Olympics, World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, as well as many other championships in the United Photo courtesy of www.terrimiller.com States and across the world. The format for the symposium will be based on improving your test through the judge’s perspective. Day one of the symposium will focus on the national tests, while the second day will feature the FEI tests. Steiner will judge each test and provide running commentary for the audience. At the conclusion of the test, he will provide feedback on how to improve the ride and may ask each rider to perform movements or segments of the test again to demonstrate the improvements. The 2014 National Dressage Symposium is being held November 22-23, 2014 at the High Point Equestrian Club, Langley, BC, www.highpointequestriancentre.ca.

Canada Loses Top Event Rider - Jordan McDonald It is with deepest regret that Equine Canada announces that Jordan McDonald, 30, suffered a Photo courtesy of fatal injury while competing www.bbc.co.uk at the Nunney International Horse Trials held at Southfield House, Whatley, Frome, Somerset, GBR on Saturday June 14, 2014. Born in British Columbia, Jordan McDonald resided in Oakville, ON, but was currently based in Great Britain with his wife Shandiss McDonald. Jordan McDonald was riding Only Me, a seven-year-old gelding owned by Jordan. The horse was not injured. Graeme Thom, Chair of Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee has provided the following statement. “The entire Canadian 22 • Saddle Up • July 2014

Eventing community is devastated by this tragic event. I have known Jordan as a great friend for over a dozen years and also as a member of our national team program. My heart goes out to Shandiss, his lovely wife, and deepest love to his fantastic parents, caring siblings and all relations. I extend my sincerest condolences and equally those of our entire Canadian eventing family.” Equine Canada would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the McDonald family.

Para-Dressage Team for 2014 World Equestrian Games Equine Canada is pleased to announce the Canadian ParaDressage Team members who will be representing Canada at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Normandy, FRA August 23-September 7, 2014. The selected Canadian ParaDressage Team members are: Robyn Andrews, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock and Roberta Sheffield. “I am delighted that we have such a solid team for this year’s WEG. All four athletes proved themselves on the recent European tour, so we can expect strong performances in France,” said Elizabeth QuiggRobinson, chef d’équipe for the Canadian Para-Dressage Team. The WEG Para-Dressage competition will take place August 25-29, 2014. Complete details about WEG may be found at www. normandy2014.com.

The Trail Network Project Announces New Expert Group Equine Canada’s Recreation, Trails and Tourism Program is pleased to announce the team of experts conducting the new Trail Network Project that will be governed by the Canadian Trails Federation. The initiative was brought forward by Audrey Lapointe, Equine Canada’s Recreation, Trail and Tourism Manager, and the support led to a successful expert team selection. The following members will form the new expert group for the Trail Network Project: • Albi Sole - Outdoor Council of Canada, • Audrey Lapointe - Equine Canada Recreation and Tourism Manager, • Holy Woodhill - Nova Scotia Trails Association, • John Cushing - Canadian Trails Federation, • Linda Strong-Watson - Alberta TrailNet Society, • Mark Schmidt - Parks Canada • Melissa Sitter - Manitoba recreational Trails Association, • Patrick Conner - Ontario Trails Federation, • Poul Jorgensen - New Brunswick Trails Council, • Robert Greer - Scouts Canada, and • Simone Moretti - Sherbrook University. One of the Trail Network Project’s goals is to increase awareness of riding trails and trail programs in Canada, and to improve the accessibility of information on trails. With the formation of the expert group, they will work towards implementing new strategies to meet these goals.   With the support of many influential leaders, Equine Canada’s Recreation, Trails and Tourism Program is looking forward to the enactment of the long-term plan, Trail Network Program.


Equine Canada, cont’d Canada Loses Top Industry Investor and Businessman - George Tidball The Canadian equestrian community is saddened to learn of the loss of a Canadian equestrian industry icon, George Tidball, who passed away June 3 at the age of 83. George was born October 4, 1930 in Carstairs, Alberta, and upon graduating high school became a chartered accountant. Furthering his education at Harvard University in Boston, George became a successful business man with incredible vision. Recruited several times to work for various companies, George decided to venture out on his own and his first success was bringing the McDonald’s franchise to Canada in 1967. His second restaurant chain was one he created called The Keg (n’Cleaver), which opened its doors in 1971 in North Vancouver. George and his wife, Dianne, purchased 26 acres of land, and with the same incredible vision and customer service that made them so successful in the restaurant business, they built the original Thunderbird facility in 1973 on a site that housed one of the first Keg restaurants. In 1998, the first Thunderbird Equestrian Centre had out grown the site and was closed down and plans were quickly put in place to redevelop the centre as a much larger venue. In 2000, the Thunderbird Show Park opened its doors at the more spacious 85 acre location.

“George Tidball will be greatly missed by the equestrian community,” said John Taylor, chair of Jump Canada. “He was a driving force in establishing horse shows George Tidball and Ian Millar at Thunderbird and was a mentor at the 2009 Jump Canada Hall to many. As a patriarch of a great of Fame Gala. Photo courtesy family, his sense of humor was of Michelle Dunn. renowned. Jump Canada sends their sympathy and condolences to the Tidball family.” In 2009, George and Dianne Tidball: Thunderbird Show Park were inducted in to the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in to the category of Builder (organization) for their incredible vision, contribution and passion for equestrian sports in Canada. Equestrian sport has been a family passion of George’s for many years. While his daughter Laura was a two-time member of the Canadian’s Olympic Show Jumping Team, his sons were avid ropers and Dianne bred, raised and showed the first British Columbia bred AQHA Champion. His daughter, Jane, is Thunderbird’s President and Tournament Director. Equine Canada would like to extend its deepest sympathies to George’s family and friends.

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Journey to Bishop By Les Sjogren My journey to Bishop, California for the World Championship Mule and Donkey Show, on the Memorial Day weekend in May, began with the excitement of Alberta Donkey and Mule Club fellow club member, Brenda Jagersma. Brenda had found a mule for her daughter Megan, whose dream it was to go and show in Bishop.


t really didn’t take much arm-twisting to convince me to bail in with them. There was lots of prep work to be done long before our trip south. We had all the paperwork to do in order to get across the Medicine Line (blood work and brand inspections). Then there was the question of which classes to enter. Probably the hardest hurdle of all was to get our mounts ready to show! Our never-ending winter made it very difficult to get them in show shape; I rode Katie nearly every day for the two months prior to our trip. With ducks swimming in my outdoor arena, several times I had to haul to an indoor arena. I also showed her in ARCHA classes when I could and took her to a couple of ranch ropings. I wasn’t going to teach her anything she didn’t already know, but if you are going to travel that far and show against the best mules and riders in the world, physical and mental conditioning was of utmost importance!


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Then came the day to leave; we started the journey at 3:20am. Crossing the border turned out to be a breeze, especially because we had our paperwork in order. Four fuel stops and Megan and Jessie 1900 kilometres later, we arrived in Bishop at 11:30pm local time. In just a few minutes, we found our stalls and parking spot. We were dog tired but still couldn’t sleep. On Sunday, we just let the mules relax and led them Les and Katie around to get used to the grounds and other critters. On Monday, we both had nice easy rides in all three arenas. Megan had three classes on Tuesday - English Equitation, English Hunter Hack, and English Pleasure. She placed 4th in Hunter Hack and 5th in English Pleasure. I didn’t show until Friday, and our first class was the Reining. It had poured during the night Thursday and the ground could not have been worse for a Reining class, plus it was only 6 degrees Celsius. Katie hates the cold, wet weather and no matter what I tried in the warm-up, I knew she was not a happy girl. Our Working Cow class was later that afternoon and it had warmed up nicely; the main arena was good. We had a terrible cow, but still had a very good run. We had the class won but then got a DQ for illegal equipment (two rein), then got a score, then ended up DQ according to AMA rules. I was disappointed in that I was about 9th in the draw and not one person told me about not being allowed to use the two rein. On Saturday, we participated in the parade; who doesn’t want to be in the largest non-motorized parade in the world? I was near the end so didn’t get to see much of it. Saturday afternoon was my Trail class and even with a very clean run HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Journey to Bishop, cont’d we only ended up in 10th spot. Sunday brought the Cutting and Working Ranch classes. I made a nice clean, deep cut on my first cow and got some great action, then cut a good one that went end to end. While we were coming across the pen, a cow squirted out of the herd and ran right into us and almost knocked herself over, resulting in us getting beat by the cow we were working (5 point penalty), and we ended up in 6th place. Our last class was the Working Ranch class; it’s like a Ranch Versatility class all in one go. You had to ride into the arena, up to the cones, dismount, drop the bridle, remount, ride over to the fence, side pass over the rail, pick up the slicker, put it on, side pass back to other end, put it back on the fence, ride to truck and trailer, load, close the door, unload, remount, ride over the bridge into the herd of cows, cut one out and drive it down the arena, then drive it between two 45-gallon barrels and then do a modified reining pattern, all in five minutes. I got 119 out of a possible 120 points - a new record! The next closest was a nice buckaroo gal from Wells, Nevada, with 115 points. There were 37 entries in that class - the largest class in the show which included many professional trainers. Katie took home the World Championship Ranch Mule award! All in all, it was a good experience. One neat thing that


happened was when I had just bathed Katie and was leading her back to her stall - Meredith Hodges noticed her and came over and introduced herself; she wanted to know about us. (Meredith is a renowned equine trainer, competitor, author and long-time advocate for inclusion of mules and donkeys in equestrian competitive sport.) I met many nice people that I will keep in touch with, and was surprised about how many folks were there that I knew from other shows. There were some very good vendors - I ended up with a sweet set of romel reins - and the exhibitor lounge was a great retreat, offering a breakfast and snacks all day long. The Thursday night wine and cheese party was exceptional, along with the live music. Monday morning came along very fast, and we were loaded up and on the road by 3:50 am. We reached the Canadian border before midnight; by 2am, my tired old bones were once again in my own bed.

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Spruce Meadows By Caroline Weilinger Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services


he “National” Tournament, the first of five tournaments in the Summer Series, ran June 4-8 at Spruce Meadows. More than $1 million in prize money was awarded; athletes from 15 countries participated and more than 1000 horses came to Calgary to compete.

$85,000 ATB Financial Cup 1.55m This was a jump-off class, where four of the 26 entries advanced to the shortened course. The first would prove to be the best - Eric Lamaze and 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Powerplay, blazed around the course with no faults. They set a time of 39.52 seconds for victory.

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Eric Lamaze and Powerplay

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083

McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm, had a speedy clear round of 58.581 seconds and earned the victory out of 54 entries in the one-round class.

$33,500 Bantrel Cup 1.50m Of the 47 entries, sixteen went on to the jump-off, and 12 of those were clear over the second course. The fastest was McLain Ward on HH Cannavaro, a 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion. Ward has only ridden HH Cannavaro since March, but they have connected quickly; they won the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show just three weeks earlier.

McLain Ward and Zander

This class had a large starting field of 71 entries, and 23 of those moved on to the jump-off. The early leader was Frances Land (USA), who set a blistering pace of 41.40 seconds with Vieanne, which held up for second place. The only one to come close to Land’s time was Darragh Kenny, who rides for Ireland but is based in the United States. He and Picolo, an 11-year-old warmblood gelding, were so smooth and quick that even Kenny didn’t know he was fast enough to win. They stopped the timers in 41.04 seconds for victory. This was Kenny’s first win in the international ring.

$35,000 Encana Cup 1.45m Darragh Kenny and Picolo set an early unbeatable pace; the 11-horse jump-off was stacked full of big names like Spooner, Foster, Lamaze, and Ward, but Kenny and Picolo completed the jump-off course in their usual smooth fashion in 38.90 seconds.

$35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m McLain Ward and HH Cannavaro

$85,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.55m Thirty-six entries went to post in the first round and 10 competed in the jump-off. Eight horses later, Eric Lamaze and Powerplay made quick rollbacks on course and lowered the leading time to 40.86 seconds. With this win, Lamaze passed the $4,000,000 earnings mark, the leader in prize money winnings in the history of Spruce Meadows.

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McLain Ward made up for a mistake in the previous night’s class when he and Zander had a rail at the last jump to finish second behind Eric Lamaze. In this class, Ward was extremely fast throughout the jump-off course but slowed down to the final vertical, leaving it up and stopping the timers in 31.23 seconds for the win.

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A speed class with 53 entries, the win went to Shane Sweetnam (Ireland) and Cyklon 1083, owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC. Sweetnam and Cyklon recorded a time of 55.20 seconds.

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Darragh Kenny and Picolo

This class had just 22 entries, but the exciting format brought back the top 10 to compete for speed in the second round. Going last in the class, Jaime Azcarraga (Mexico) and his 12-year-old Dutch warmblood stallion, Matador, sped to victory in 45.77 seconds. Azcarraga is a familiar face at Spruce Meadows, having first come to compete in 1985, and he has won through four decades. This was Matador’s second international competition.

Jaime Azcarraga and Matador


O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue By Theresa Nolet May was a busy month for O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue. On May 1, we took in a day-old foal that had been born in someone’s yard where the stallion had chased the mare away and tried to kill the foal.


he owners of the property intervened and the foal was rescued and I was contacted and asked if I could take him on, which of course I did. He is called Maybe Baby (MB) and is one big colt! I was able to source some colostrum for him and when he was taken to the veterinarian, he was given a clean bill of health. On Friday May 23, I was again contacted and asked if I could help with a foal that had been found on the KVR trail behind the Summerland Research Station. The foal Allbay being transported to was alone, no other horses in sight, injured and showing O.A.T.S. signs of dehydration. Since MB had been such an easy keeper, I saw no reason why I could not take on a second baby. However, this little guy, called Allbay/Gigi, proved to be much more of a challenge. He had been taken to the veterinarian in Kelowna by Shelley White, where it was determined that he had not had any colostrum and therefore needed to have a plasma transfusion. The vet did not have any at the time and therefore we needed to bring him back the following Tuesday. I drove to Shelley White’s to pick the little guy up and boy was he little, standing only 31 inches at the withers; he was still weak and wobbly on his feet and had swelling on his stomach area and a bite wound to his neck. With the help of another volunteer, I took him back to my place and MB providing turn down service for the exclusive Blue Tarp Motel. we got him settled in for the night. I slept with him in his shelter for the night thinking it would be only for the first few nights as it had been with MB, but that theory soon went out the window. Allbay seemed to need small but frequent amounts of milk, meaning that he slept an average of 45 minutes between feedings the first few nights. It was round-the-clock attention - he needed his wound washed, antibiotics administered and bottle feeding. When he returned to Kelowna for his infusion of plasma his neck wound had become infected in spite of the antibiotics and he needed a drain inserted; it was also discovered that he had a ruptured hernia, which meant that his muscle wall had been torn, probably from being stepped on either by his mom or the stallion. I was warned that he needed to be kept quiet - if he were to get a twist, it would be the end of the road for the little guy. He was too weak for surgery and it was a “wait and see” game. Thankfully, as of the writing of this article, both foals are thriving. Allbay is finally able to go for longer periods of time without milk, so I have moved back into my own bed and the future looks positive for both foals. Hopefully, his next check-up will reveal his hernia has completely healed on its own and he will not need surgery. Once that issue is resolved, he can be let out to run and romp with his cousin MB and his four aunts in the pasture. Special thanks to all the volunteers that have helped with the care and feeding of these little guys! It takes a village to raise a foal, apparently! At least, it does if you want to get some sleep! Allbay and Maybe Baby will both be available for adoption once they are old enough. If interested, please contact Theresa at O.A.T.S.Horse_Rescue@shaw.ca. Donations are always appreciated and can be done through PayPal using the above email address.


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Thunderbird Show Park Report By Pamela Saunders $25,000 International Gems Grand Prix *SSG World Cup show jumping returned to Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park on May 21-25, as the facility welcomed competitors from around the world to its 41st season opener, The Canadian Premiere. On Sunday, it was a Canadian who triumphed in the Brian Morton and Spitfire. Photo by $25,000 International Jeremy J. Saunders. Gems Grand Prix. Langley’s own Brian Morton held the lead for all but two rounds in a packed field of riders representing five nations. After six years together, Morton and his 17-yearold Selle Francais gelding, Spitfire, continue to deliver. Results - Top 5 1. Brian Morton (CAN), Spitfire; Owner: Equimark Inc.; 39.22 2. Andrew Ramsay (USA), Absie; Owner: Shalanno Farms LLC; 40.22 3. Amelia Vernon (CAN), Udolente; Owner: Jane Vernon; 40.63 4. Brian Morton (CAN), Atlantis T; Owner: Nicole Grafton; 42.12 5. Brenda Riddell (CAN), Dutch Amouretta; Owner: Silverstar Farms; 42.82

Andrew Ramsay and Absie Photo by Onsite Digital Photography

Enrique Gonzalez of Mexico followed, but tipped a rail at the second to last fence to finish out of the top spots. After Brenda Riddell posted a clear round at 47.03, it was Nassar’s turn on Lordan. Known for speed, the pair made a tight turn to take the inside track to fence two. As the only pair to try it, the gamble paid off. The crowd erupted in cheers as Nassar galloped to the final jump, leaving little room for the field to challenge with a lightning fast time of 40.22. Results - Top 5 1. Nayel Nassar (EGY), Lordan; Owner: Nayel Nassar; 40.22 2. Andrew Ramsay (USA), Welfare; Owner: Shalanno Farms LLC; 41.81 3. John Anderson (CAN), Terrific; Owner: Foxdale Farm; 44.38 4. Nayal Nassar (EGY), Uitteraard; Owner: Sheila Sosnow; 44.47 5. Alec Lawler (USA), Agamemnon; Owner: Alec Lawler; 44.95

$55,500 Purica Recovery EQ CSI2*-W World Cup Qualifier Riders from nine nations took to the grass on June 1, with just eight competitors advancing to the jump-off. It took ten rounds and a lot of rails to get the first clear ride from Israel’s Danielle Goldstein, but Canadian Brian Morton was right behind her, clear with the fastest first-round time. When the class wrapped up twenty-eight rounds later, Morton was still on top and, in the jump-off, was quick to prove the course could be mastered, earning victory with a time of 35.63. Results - Top 5 1. Brian Morton (CAN), Spitfire; Owner: Equimark Inc.; 35.63 2. Eduardo Sanchez Navarro (MEX), Afie Scappino BMW; Owner: Eduardo Sanchez Navarro; 35.82 3. Enrique Gonzalez (MEX), Quilebo Du Tillard; Owner: Enrique Gonzalez; 36.07 4. Benjamin Meredith (AUS), Bernadien Van Westuur; Owner: River Farm Sporthorses; 37.87 5. Lisa Carlsen (CAN), World’s Judgement; Owner: Alycia Hayes; 38.25

$33,000 CSI*2 Maui Jim Grand Prix There were plenty of shades in the stands as 59 riders took to the field on Friday, May 30. Under sunny skies, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar made a successful return to British Columbia’s horse capital, besting an international field in the hunt for points on the World Cup circuit. Aboard his 10 year-old Hanoverian gelding, Lordan, Nassar put it all on the line, literally, as the only rider to take an inside track and ultimately, the win. After a tough first round through Peter Holmes’s course, fifteen riders advanced to the jump off. Canada’s John Anderson was the Nayel Nassar and Lordan. first into the ring, riding clear and Photo by Onsite Digital setting the pace with a time of 44.38. Photography.

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Ben Meredith gets congratulations from the sponsor for his 4th place finish. Photo Red Gown Photography.

Top 3 finishers in the Purica WC qualifier celebrate (Brian Morton, Eduardo SanchezNavarro, Enrique Gonzalez). Photo by Red Gown Photography.


Mobile Farm Animal Vet Service in Cariboo By Mark McMillan


r. Brian Considine DVM has started a farm animal mobile veterinary service in 100 Mile House and its surrounding area, from Clinton north to Lac La Hache, east to Lac des Roches, and west to the Fraser River. This is great news to farmers, ranchers, and horse owners. “I could see the need for a mobile large animal vet in the area and understood the difficulties farmers and ranchers face at times,” said Brian. “It’s not always possible for other vets in the area to get away from the clinic, and not everyone has the means to transport a large animal to 100 Mile.” Brian graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. After a few years in mixed practise in Vanderhoof, Brian settled down in 100 Mile House, and in 1998 went into partnership at Lakeland Veterinary Clinic. A decade later he decided to semi retire, or at least change the way he worked, and sold his shares in the clinic. Since then, and right to present, Brian has been doing locums as far away as Alberta and the Yukon. When I asked Brian why on earth he’d want to un-retire he, in typical Brian fashion with a big cheesy grin replied, “it’s a get rich scheme” and he laughed ... then he added, “Actually I was initially planning to only be available for birthing season, mainly for the local ranchers, but it seems there is as much or even more demand for horse work, so I’ll be doing the mobile work through the summer at least. Brian will be doing meat inspection at the local abattoir in the fall, and wants to continue his winter work in the Yukon, so he won’t always be available for farm calls, but when he is, he’s willing to take on just about anything, any time of the day, any day of the week. Here’s a few key things that Brian’s wants to help with. Horse dental care - a lot of vets don’t like floating teeth and Brian enjoys it. He has built a portable horse stock for use mainly to make handling tranquilized horses easier and safer. It will also make rectal exams safer. He can handle most cattle work. He is also happy to look at small ruminants like sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. Brian is a vet that truly cares, and is always thinking about the animal’s well being. Farm animals in general are his concern. “They all need some help at some point,” says Brian, “and that’s what I want to do - help the animal. Nothing fancy, just basic, but good medical and surgical care.” Brian has not hired a receptionist, so you’ll probably have to leave a message on his machine at 250-395-4701 but he’ll get back to you as soon as he can. Information for Dr Brian and his services can be seen on his web site www.LoneButteVet.com.



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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ariboo Chrome is the name Kathy and I picked for our new wild colt. He’s coming along very nicely and because he’s young we probably won’t do too much more with him this year. Gelding him is high on the list right now though, and then we can turn him out with our horses. We’ve being trying to introduce him to different people as often as possible because, although he’s good with Kathy and me, he knows instantly if there’s someone new in the area - and they are just as scary as we were when we first met. He’s doing better each time.

My sister, Jill, meets Cariboo Chrome. Since this photo, he’s turned pretty much all black in the body.

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We’re really looking forward to Saturday, July 12, as that’s when the first of this year’s Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas is happening. Kathy and I volunteer for the day and thoroughly enjoy the event - Kathy is a judge and I’m the whipper-in. We’ve watched the contestants grow up over the years, going from age group to age group; now we’re even seeing many of them in BCRA Rodeos but they’re still coming back to enter the gymkhana. The gymkhana is held in an arena completely surrounded by trees and provincial Crown Land on one of the oldest and most picturesque gymkhana grounds Riders sit and relax waiting for their turn at in Canada. It’s a the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana. favourite for both competitors and

spectators. There’s a concession stand (with one of the best burgers of the year) and beer garden on site, Elisa is an Equine Canada Certified driving bleachers and coach. lots of room for lawn chairs. This is always a fun day, with entries coming from all over southern BC. The second annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana will be held Saturday, Rounding the dice in the hay fields during August 9. For more the Cariboo Trails CDE. information, phone 250-456-7741. On the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 14-16, Elisa Marocchi is hosting “Wheels at Wildwood” - a driving clinic at Wildwood Farm. This is one of three “driving camps” this summer; one was in June and the third will be in September. Drivers from around BC come to the carriage driving centre for driving lessons, theory instruction, shared meals and fun times! Elisa is an Equine Canada Certified driving coach, a Horse Council BC senior judge and has many years of experience teaching both new and seasoned drivers. She has safe, well-trained lesson horses to learn with or drivers can come with A driver navigates the course their own horses. The farm through “Huber Town” at the offers a 100m x 40m fenced Huber Farm in 70 Mile House.


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d driving arena, kilometres of trails and several driving obstacles. Contact Elisa at emarocchi@wildwoodfarm.ca or 250-3972979 for information on the camps. Another favourite event for us is the Cariboo Trails CDE, which will take place July 18-20, at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. It’s a perfect location for a combined driving event and the Hubers have a done a superb job of setting things up - like the western town complete with bank, stable, church, etc., the scary moose, wolves, and other critters, the huge dice that are laid out in the freshly cut hay fields, and all the teddy bears hanging from trees. The water hole is where we hang out as the photo opportunities are wonderful, although the course is set up so we can bounce between all the obstacles/hazards and not miss anything. The hazard course takes place on Sunday, the best day for spectators, and on the Friday and Saturday there’s a cone course and a dressage course. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank. For more information, phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 or send email to huberx3@telus.net. The Outriders Gymkhanas in 100 Mile House will be held at the Outriders Arena on July 20, and another will take place on August 17. The BCRA rodeo schedule through July and August is pretty full, so if rodeo is your thing then you’d better mark your calendar: July 5-6 is Anahim Lake, July 12-13 is Valemount and Pritchard; Quesnel is July 18-20, Interlakes is August 2-3; Smithers is August 22-23; and the

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Heading out on the CTR at the Hills Health Ranch in the beautiful 108 Mile area.

North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo is August 29 to September 1. The BCRA Championship Finals are September 12-14. For the past few years, the Annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) has been enjoyed by trail riders who have travelled from far and wide. This year’s event will be held on August 8-9, at the Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile Ranch. They are offering three levels of distances; Level One is approximately 15 miles (2 loops), Level Two is 25 miles (2 loops) and Level Three will top out at around 40 miles (3 loops). This is a distance riding adventure for all levels of riders and any breed of equine. Visit the BCCTRA website at www.bcctra.ca or you can contact the ride management team via Joanne Macaluso at joanne_macaluso@ bcit.ca. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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This month’s item is one that Shirley and Gordie West saw in a Lee Valley Gardening Newsletter... but it doesn’t have anything to do with gardening. I have to guess at the size, as I only have a photo - the wooden handle is about 12 to 14 inches long. Good luck! E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

Last Month’s What’s This? The June issue’s item was sent in by Dennis Clausen of Clinton. It’s a grain sampler. It’s used for getting grain samples out of a sack. You poke it into the sack and the grain runs through the handle into your hand. Thanks Dennis. We received no correct answers by press time.

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Top Dog! Top Tips for Hot Days - Warm Weather Wisdom By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP



ven if they are not doing anything strenuous, taking them out during the hotter parts of the day or walking them on pavement can be very uncomfortable. Often, leaving your dog at home may be the best option. And we all know, or should know by now, that leaving a dog in the car on a hot day is an absolute no-no – yet, it continues to happen, so it clearly bears repeating. Just play it safe and leave them at home! It doesn’t matter how short the time period may be, it’s just not safe! Below are some more warm weather tips and cautions. Comfort at Home Make sure your dog has access to a cool, well-ventilated area to rest. If possible, allow your dog access to an unheated tile or stone floor. Providing a cooling mat will help dogs who “feel the heat” be more comfortable. Cooling mats are available for dogs in various sizes in many pet stores or online. You can also make your own by wetting a towel, wringing it, and chilling it in the fridge. By preparing a couple at a time, you can always have one ready. Have a full bowl of fresh water available at all times and check on it frequently. Remember that increased consumption will mean that your dog Providing fresh water on the go needs more frequent potty breaks and that may change your usual routine a bit. Of course, this also means that the water bowl will empty that much faster. If you have more than one dog, consider using more than one water bowl in case everyone ups their water consumption. Some dogs “play” in their water and spill more than they drink; you can compensate by using a larger bowl or putting the water bowl in a larger tub to catch the spills and ensure there is still water available to drink. Crate Comfort If you use a crate, remember that the confined space can quickly become unpleasant on warm or humid days. Choose a cool location for the crate. Keep it away from areas that get hit by the sun in any part of the day, and position it to provide lots of ventilation. You can increase airflow by making use of doorways, windows or fans. Keep the crate away from walls or other objects that will restrict airflow and keep it uncovered during the heat of the day and possibly the night as well if the humidity is keeping temperatures warm after dark. Remove any blankets or warm bedding. If the crate does not have a flat bottom and 32 • Saddle Up • July 2014

is uncomfortable to lie on, you may need to use a cool-material pad to fill in the contours and make it comfortable for standing or lying down. Even if your dog is only crated for short periods, provide fresh drinking water inside the crate for him. Comfort in the Yard When in the yard, your dog should have easy access to fresh water and shade at all times. We do not advocate tying dogs in yards and leaving them alone in any circumstance. However, if you do have your dog tethered while you’re gardening in an unfenced yard, ensure that the tether cannot get tangled in such This girl can stay cool and a way to possibly prevent free access to comfortable thanks to a nice patch of shade shade and water. If you have a sun worshipper, encourage him to regularly get into the shade and take a cool break. Remember that, if it’s humid, even the shaded areas can be pretty warm. A plastic wading pool is an inexpensive way to provide refreshment in hot weather, not to mention, loads of amusement for your dog. Remember that a dog with a short coat and/or black fur can often Protect your sun worshipper heat up faster or stay hot longer, and from over-exposure short-coated, light-coloured dogs, breeds without a lot of fur or dogs who have light-coloured noses may require sunscreen (made for dogs) when they’re out in full sun. Exercising in Comfort Walk or exercise your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and the sun is less intense. Remember that your dog can only cool himself through the pads of his feet, his ears and by respiration. Asking him to exert himself when it’s warmer is unfair This little guy’s cool as a cucumber and potentially dangerous. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Top Dog! Top Tips, cont’d Consider sticking to leashed walks or off-leash hikes and leave biking or jogging with your dog for another, cooler day. In sports where dogs may feel compelled to keep up with us, it’s difficult to know when they need a break and in hotter weather, it can be very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for them. During the day, stay off paved areas. Stick to grassy, shaded areas where the footing isn’t too hot. Take water with you AND a container to put it in that your dog is comfortable drinking from. Not all dogs can get enough water from our cupped hands or lapping from a stream coming out of a water bottle. Taking water is important even if you’re hiking where there are usually streams. You can’t always count on fresh running water from streams that may dry up in the heat or ponds that become too stagnant during hot days. Sometimes, streams can be running too fast to be safe heading into. Travel Comfort If you are going somewhere in the car where your dog is welcome to join you and not remain in the car, it still pays to prepare for travel. Depending on where you park, some cars can heat up and maintain their temperature (dark, smaller interiors) for some time even after you begin driving. Cool out your car before you and your dog get in – run the air conditioning or open the doors/windows for some time first. Ensure there is adequate ventilation but the windows aren’t too wide open – it can be dangerous for a dog to hang his entire head out of an open window. Objects flying into his eyes can be dangerous, painful and a potential vet bill. Consider providing water during longer trips either by stopping frequently or having a non-spill container of water available in your vehicle. Just For Fun! Here’s a fun, warm-weather toy/treat dispenser idea to keep your dog entertained and hydrated: Frozen Kong Pie - Stuff a Kong product (or other rubber treat-dispensing toy) with your usual assortment of yummy treats (we like kibble, liver treats, wet cat or dog food, peanut butter – the assortment is limited only by your imagination). - Freeze the Kong. - Fill a plastic container with water and drop in the frozen Kong and an additional assortment of treats. We recommend a few that are The “KONG” Pie light enough to float as well as a few that sink to the bottom. - Carefully move the entire bucket to the freezer and wait until it’s frozen solid. - Un-mold and give to your dog outside to enjoy! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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17 Years of Fun in Armstrong BC By John McMillan and Jackie Evans Photos by (group effort) Sweetiron Pixs, Loretta LeBlanc, Bill & Susan Roy, Ralph Livingston


t was great to see several strong breed showings this year for the 17th Interior Gaited Horse Show held at the Armstrong Fair Grounds on June 7-8. Overall numbers were up, with close to 50 entries. We were so pleased to have 14 Peruvian, 9 Tennessee Walkers including Spotted Saddle Horses, 11 Rocky Mountain/ Kentucky Mountain, 1 Icelandic, 4 Missouri Fox Trotter, and 5 Paso Fino horses. Exhibitors came from as far away as Creston, Vancouver, Williams Lake, Calgary, Banff and Ontario! The Judge was Karan Moore from Grand Forks BC, whose easy interactive style was Most Improved Rider in Show Bradley Hlina appreciated. This show is promoted as the ‘Place for Fun’, with show or casual attire and any style of tack. From the positive judge and participant feedback, a good time was had by all! There were lots of ribbons and prizes for 40+ classes. Several classes were very big, with as many as 23 entries, particularly equitation and games. The grand awards went to: * Most Improved Rider in Show - Bradley Hlina of Sorrento on Paso Fino Bo. An awesome junior, he`s definitely hooked into showing now! Saddle Up’s own Nancy Roman on Trooper. (Bill Roy, owner). * Overall High Point Horse & Rider - Haley Knox of North Vancouver on Missouri Fox Trotter Dawn. Haley and her mom Tina (flew in from Ontario) are from Smooth Trails and did awesome in their first show ever! * Early Bird Entry Winner of their Entry Fee - Alexandra Penalva The weather was perfect for showing. Very good food and drink was served by our own volunteers (M&M), along with a get to know your fellow competitors Pizza Party dinner on Saturday evening. At noon on Saturday, the audience was treated to a Parade of the Breeds. As the performance began, our fantastic announcer, Louise Burton, introduced each of the breeds with a short history of each. Then a winding patterned Barrida with over 40 horses was ridden to show the smoothness of each horse. Following that, Ilona Berbekar on her Paso Fino Festival performed a beautiful Spanish Garrocha Pole dressage demonstration. Thank you so much to our volunteers, sponsors and show participants who make it all happen. We are looking forward to next year’s show on the second weekend of June 2015. For some more great pictures of the show and list of classes and winners go to the IGHS website at www.interiorgaitedhorseshow.weebly.com.


Overall High Point Horse & Rider Haley Knox

Ilona Berbekar on her Paso Fino “Festival”

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Believe By Lindsay Hartley


ou don’t still believe in unicorns, do you? How old are you? Two?” A snide voice cut into Laura’s daydream. She had been staring at her favourite unicorn poster hanging at the foot of her bed. Laura looked up to see her older sister Jessica standing in her doorway. “I know they’re not real,” Laura said with a glare, “but at least I daydream about something other than boys!” Jessica stuck out her tongue, and then spun around and marched down the hall. Laura turned back to her poster with a sigh. She did know unicorns weren’t real. Didn’t she? “Well, goodnight Quicksilver,” Laura whispered to the silver unicorn, and then crawled into bed and turned off the light. Laura awoke with a start. The full moon shone through her bedroom window. It lit up her room like a silver spotlight. “Laura,” a voice called gently. “W-who’s there?” She whispered nervously, glancing around her room. She could see no one. Her bookshelves were packed with horse novels and ribbons hung above her door. Her bridle was still hanging on the chair. Nothing seemed out of place. Then her eyes came to rest on the picture of the unicorn. He was a beautiful silver steed with a finely chiselled head and a sleek, powerful body. Quicksilver stood beside a small pond in a forest clearing. His mane rippled in the wind and his horn flashed silver in the moonlight. His horn flashed silver in the moonlight?! Laura gasped and sat straight up in bed. She could have sworn she saw his horn twinkle and his foot stir. She stared intently at the poster, her heart pounding. After what seemed like forever she let out her breath. “I must really be tired. I’m starting to think my picture moved!” She let out a small laugh. “What would Jessica say?” Laura began to lie down again, but something stopped her. Goosebumps ran across her skin and a shiver traced down her neck. There! Quicksilver did move! His mane was blowing and he suddenly reared in a salute. “Believe!” whispered the soft voice in 36 • Saddle Up • July 2014

Laura’s head. Then the unicorn broke into a gallop and disappeared off the edge of the picture. Laura suddenly knew where she had to go. There was a clearing in the woods behind the house. He would be there! Quicksilver was coming! Laura leaped from her bed, her heart pounding. She quickly tiptoed down the hall to the front door. She pulled on her paddock boots and threw a warm jacket over her PJs. “Believe!” There was the voice again! As she stepped out into the moonlight,

she broke into a run, heading for the woods. She slowed as she reached the tree line and crept quietly through the ferns. The clearing was empty, except for a small pool in the middle. Laura stopped to listen. Silence. Then she heard distant pounding, as cloven hooves lifted and returned to the earth. They beat a song as ancient as the moon. The pounding grew louder and then slowed. Laura gasped as she glimpsed a silver hide among the trees. Then a stately head appeared, with nostrils flaring and eyes gleaming. A silver horn flashed upon the stallion’s forehead at he stepped into the open. “Quicksilver!” Laura whispered, her eyes wide and body tense. “You believe in unicorns, don’t you?” Laura heard his teasing, gentle voice in her head. She could have sworn that he was smiling at her. She nodded speechlessly as he stepped towards her. She reached out to run her fingers through his long luxurious mane.

Then he knelt and Laura scrambled onto his back. They were off in a flash, galloping through the trees. They raced past her house and began to climb into the sky, galloping up the moonbeam. They raced up to the stars where other unicorns and winged horses danced. There were silver mares with silk ribbons in their manes, and foals with tiny horns. Winged horses of all colours flew around them. Laura laughed with glee and Quicksilver neighed joyfully, eager to join the play. They leapt and pranced and galloped among the stars. Laura’s cheeks stung in the cool air, but her arms wrapped warmly around the stallion’s neck. It seemed like a moment, but hours passed as they danced and played. Darkness began to fade. Whickering goodbye to the other unicorns, Quicksilver cantered back to the ground. Laura dismounted at the pool’s edge, her eyes shining. The stallion reared, his hooves flashing in the fading moonlight. “Believe, Laura,” the unicorn called as he galloped away. “Always believe.”

Lindsay Hartley has a B.A. in Biology/ Environmental Studies, and enjoys a deep connection to nature and to her favourite animal, the horse. She also enjoys writing for children and the child in all of us, and still dreams of owning her own horse one day. She is pictured here with a saucy Shetland named Razz, and can be reached at woodnymph123@ yahoo.com.


It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation u? o y e r a e r e Ki d s. . . wh doing with you r horse? u What a re yo ut YOU! o b a s u ll e t r n to It’ s YOU R tu Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words).

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

d DO YOU HAVE A STORY FOR US? Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

Official Team photos are credit to Linda Finstad. Other photos were taken by HCBC staff.

Horse Council BC Wants YOU For Team BC at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships in Quebec!


he Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) takes place on October 3–5, 2014 at Parc équestre de Blainville, Montreal. This team event offers athletes in the Learning and Training to Compete and the Learning and Training to Win stages within the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) model, the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada. Recognized as a pilot project, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial or territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province or territory. It also acts as a key event in the development of an equestrian’s next generation of national, international, and world champions. In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches, and officials. Nine Provincial or Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) were represented by teams of athletes at the inaugural event that was held in 2012 in conjunction with the Quebec Equestrian Games in Bromont. Horses are made available for lease where shipping horses is too costly or logistically difficult for a Provincial Sport Organization.

Interested In Becoming A Part of Team BC?

Be a part of this exciting opportunity! Horse Council BC is sending a team of up to 12 riders in the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping and Reining. Each discipline team will consist of two Junior and two Senior riders in good standing of Horse Council BC. Each Team BC rider requires a minimum of an Equine Canada Bronze sport license to compete. Riders in all disciplines who are interested in becoming a part of Team BC, must submit a Declaration of Intent to the HCBC Office no later than July 30th, 2013. Official Results must be attached to the Declaration. The Declaration of Intent can be found on and downloaded from the Horse Council BC website at: www.hcbc.ca/C-I-E-C.html

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W.A.M. Pot O Gold Show Report By Nancy Roman Photos courtesy of Naomi McGeachy, Sweet Iron Photography


he very first “Welsh, Arabian and Morgan” Horse Show was held May 25th at the Armstrong BC fairgrounds. This was also an open show to all breeds and all sizes, offering halter, trail, riding and driving classes. Fifty entries from all over BC attended showing under judge(s) Sheila Neumann and Patti Thomas. This ‘new’ show was jointly hosted by three clubs, the BC Welsh Pony & Cob Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., and BC Interior Morgan Horse Club. ~ Overall our larger classes were Showmanship Senior with 14 entered and In-hand Trail with 16. ~ Our largest age group was the ‘Seniors’ with very few juniors attending. ~ Our Leadline and Green Classes division had minimal entries (if not class cancelled). Due to the length of day (and we apologize for that) the Gymkhana games were cancelled. We thank the drivers for their patience waiting for their classes to begin; just as the rain came in. Real troopers! Full show results are posted on both the Welsh and Morgan clubs’ websites.

On behalf of our show committee, including Debbie Miyashita, Wally & Sheila Goertz, show secretaries Carol Cody and Laurie Lyons, THANK YOU to all that came out and supported the show! Till next year! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & DONATIONS Fern Rigg Farm Asmara Stables Country West Supply North Okanagan Physiotherapist Corp. Timberstar Mfg. Ltd. (KIOTI) Pine Ridge Tack BC Interior Horse Rescue Society And our fabulous crew of VOLUNTEERS! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


his is the time of year when we all try to get in a lot of time riding and driving our mules and donkeys. Sure is unfortunate that so many of us still have to hold down full-time jobs! It does put a limit on what can be accomplished, and the older one gets the more it becomes evident! Despite our long, cold and very weary winter, we had some members find themselves ready and able to tackle the journey to Bishop, California to attend the big Mule and Donkey Show there. Fourteen-year-old Megan Jagersma of Coaldale, AB, and her 17-year-old mule Jessie, travelled with mom Brenda and Les Sjogren to compete against some of the finest world champion mules and donkeys. They had some very tough competition in the 13 and under classes, but still placed 4th in Hunter Hack and 5th in English Pleasure. Many of the young contestants had professional trainers that kept their mules tuned up, but Megan did not have that luxury. She had the experience of a lifetime in Bishop, made many new friends and is looking forward to going back. Read more about their experience in Bishop on page 24-25. Our annual Hummingbird Trail ride happens July 18-20 and mules, donkeys and horses are all welcome. Please call Keith Kendrew at 403-843-3293 for more information. On August 16-17, we host our big celebration, TEES LONGEARS DAYS, at the Rodeo grounds at Tees, AB, which is about 12 miles east of Lacombe. Twenty-five YEARS

is quite a long run for this mule and donkey show and we would like everyone to join with us in this momentous event! We have a new format for this year with all classes being run on Saturday, and Sunday being a laid-back day with practice time for all in the arena with our club trail equipment and obstacles. Our special entertainment for Saturday evening will be THE WARDENS, a group of working wardens from Banff, AB, with a fantastic repertoire of original songs, tales and images from their work in the National Park. Together with our sumptuous catered supper and a fun auction, it’s a total evening package that you won’t want to miss! Please call Marlene at 403-783-5210 or 1723 to reserve supper tickets by August 12. Our Jerry Tindell clinics scheduled for this spring and summer have been postponed until October. Marlene will have the new schedule ready and hopefully up on the website early this month. Most members have been pleased with the new time frame as they feel they won’t be so busy with other summer events. Our current tentative date for our semiannual AGM is Sunday, October 19 in Ponoka, but may have to be changed if there is conflict with the Tindell clinics. A letter will go out later to all members. Our Tees Longears Days programs have been mailed out. If you did not get one, please contact me and I will get one out to you ASAP.

Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


ow! What a great way to start the 2014 season – our club has had amazing turnouts for the first two gymkhana’s and saddle series races. Thanks to everyone who comes out to support our club and all our volunteers that make our events a success!! The remaining dates for our gymkhana’s and saddle series are July 27, August 24 and September 14. Our High School Rodeo will be October 10-12. Happy trails. See y’all at the next event.

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June 1st Gymkhana results: Novice HP – Annamaria Pinterits on Coronita R – Christine Fillipchicke on Feathers Senior HP – Ashley Bose on Tequila R – Amy Russo on Hoden Youth HP – Sierra Stukel on Popeye R – Kiera Smith on Sherry Junior HP – Payton Ramage on Willie R – Ayla Schwarz on Muffin Pee Wee HP – Danika Stukel on Dusty R – Kadence McCafferty on Razzle

Ask Suzi! HATS AND BOOTS Dear Suzi: I was wondering about the different styles of creases in Western hats. What style is more flattering for a heart-shaped face? What about a more rounded or oval face? I recently read an article that said crepe-sole boots are a necessity for the show ring, but I have a good pair of Justin Ropers that I’ve shown in for a while, are these acceptable or outdated? – Caitlin Hi Caitlin: Hat creases aren’t as important to the overall hat/face combo as the brim. In fact, almost the only crown crease you see these days is what is called a cattlemen’s style. Brims can make a bunch of difference though - taking about a 1/4” off a brim can do wonders for a woman’s small face, and shaping a brim up on the sides a bit, with more drop in the front and back, can be much more flattering than standard ‘made for Garth Brooks fans’ brim shapes. The key is to get a hat from someone who cares what it looks like on you! Go to a store that sells nicer hats and ask them to help you. As for the boots, crepe soles are very popular for two reasons: 1. they’re trendy and new and 2. they’re very comfy on the old bones when you stand around in them on concrete or asphalt all day. They are not my favorite for riding though, as most crepe soles are double welted and make for a very big ‘footprint’ of the boot, so big it can be a safety hazard in a snug stirrup. Unless you really love crepe soles or have to ride/stand all day, I’d stick with good old ropers. They work fine for showing and are safe in a standard stirrup. Thanks for asking, and good luck showing... - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to suzi@hobbyhorseinc.com and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Tasia Bronson


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club is thrilled with the memberships we have been receiving and the great turn out, even in the rain. There will be pictures and news to come from the June Schooling Show. We have a fun “FUN” day on July 13. It will have a few gymkhana events as well as some other fun games, like the egg

and spoon race and the donut race, as well as some other original events created by the great volunteers. There’s some great food available too. We hope to see you there! Reminder you need to bring a copy of your HCBC and volunteers are always needed, to inquire contact aerc@live.ca

Remembering Big Ben By Daphne Davey


wenty years ago, the most famous show jumper in Canadian history officially retired. His name was Big Ben and he won the hearts of fans around the world. His eleven-year show career was stellar although, sadly, an Olympic medal eluded him (he was a member of the fourth-placed Canadian team at the 1984 and 1988 Games). Those of us who are involved in therapeutic riding have particular reason to be grateful to Big Ben. Thanks to his partner, Ian Millar Big Ben (who has been an honorary director of CanTRA for many years), fifty percent of the funds from Big Ben’s Cross-Canada Retirement Tour in 1994 were donated to CanTRA. Ian, Big Ben, and a special needs child also made a promotional video for our organization. Big Ben was a 17.3hh Belgian warmblood who started life in Belgium before being brought to Canada by Ian Millar. The pair bonded so strongly that Big Ben’s syndicated owners refused all bids to purchase him. So Big Ben made his home at Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, Ontario, for the rest of his life, and on his death in 1999 was buried there with full honours. Here is a summary of Big Ben’s accomplishments, partnered with Ian Millar: * More than 40 Grand Prix victories * The mount for nearly half of Ian Millar’s Grand Prix wins * Represented Canada in more than 30 Nations Cups * Member of seven winning Nations Cup teams * In the top eight in the World Cup final for five consecutive years * Won the Derby at Spruce Meadows National six times in eight years * First horse ever to win two World Cup Final titles back to back * First horse ever to win the World Cup by winning all three HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

competitions that comprise the World Cup Final * Only horse to have twice won the world’s richest Grand Prix, the du Maurier International Big Ben was honoured in many ways over the years. Here are some highlights: 1995: Inducted into Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Ian Millar (right) presents a cheque from the Fame (Ian Millar was Big Ben Retirement Tour in 1994 to Ann Caine and Karen Sibbald representing CanTRA inducted in 2013). 1996: Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (the only other horse so honoured was Northern Dancer). 1999: Canada Post honoured Big Ben with his own stamp. 2005: Perth and District Chamber of Commerce erected a bronze statue of Big Ben and Ian Millar in the community. 2011: Publication of Unbridled Passion: Show Jumping’s Greatest Horses and Riders, by Jeff Papows, the most recent of several books featuring Big Ben. We dedicate this article to Big Ben for his great accomplishments and all that he stood for, and especially for his personal contribution to therapeutic riding. Always in our hearts. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www.cantra.ca or email ctra@golden.net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org.

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Oliver Riding Club By Midge Corey


he month started off at a fast pace as club members volunteered at the Oliver ½ Iron Man. Manning a water station, members encouraged and supported athletes from all over, during the bike portion of the event. This annual event has always been a great deal of fun for the club and we are told we are the most entertaining station on the course! Another club highlight has been our ‘Learning to Rope’ series. The photo here shows the skills of our very own Jim Tompkins as he attempts to instruct a new roper in the art and technique of twirling a lariat. What

Jim has made look so graceful and simple, has proved to be a skill many of us need some work on before we even hope to be sitting atop a horse and roping!! The series continues. The ‘Improve Your Skills’ series also continues. June’s focus is Lateral Movement and for both disciplines, folks are concentrating on side passing, leg yielding, turning on the haunches and forehand. It’s a lot of work but we can all appreciate the importance of laying down these fundamentals whether for the arena or riding out on the trail. Happy trails to all!

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club held its 2014 Spring Dressage Festival over the May long weekend. The show was very well attended by participants from all over Alberta and BC, including Vancouver Island. Highlights of the show included the FEI Young Riders, who demonstrated very impressive dedication and talent and, new to the Spring Dressage Festival, Western Dressage. High Test Senior was awarded to Kathrin Maxwell with a score of 71.6%, and High Test Junior went to Harmony Hoefler. Championships were awarded as follows: FEI (Gold) Champion: Femke Onderlindin and Royal Subtilia Reserve: Angie Golley and Warello FEI Youth (Gold) Champion: Ashlyn Mackey and Mec Kide Reserve: Monika Zillinger and Diva Third Level (Gold) Champion: Femke Onderlindin and Chanel Subtilia Reserve: Andrew Rommens and Valor DG Second Level (Gold) Open Champion: Angie Golley and Dontango Reserve: Elenore Elstone and Malachi Second Level (Gold) AA Champion: Andre Sigmond and Phedra Reserve: Lindsay Gill and Vegas Time Second Level (Bronze) Champion: Sarah Jolly and Ecko Reserve: Elizabeth Easterling and Zip Two Dust First Level (Bronze) Open Champion: Lisa Schultz and Glastonbury Reserve: Patricia Hambling and Fabulous First Level (Bronze) AA Champion: Laurel Casey and Bronze Knight Reserve: Brenda Bennett and Waitomo Training Level (Bronze) Champion: Kathrin Maxwell and Roksana Reserve: Patricia Hambling and Saving Grace

Congratulations to all riders, the show committee and volunteers for an awesome show!

Femke Onderlindin, FEI and Third Level Champion

Harmony Hoefler, Junior High Test winner

A Schooling Dressage Show also was held in May, which was a great opportunity for riders to practice tests and get feedback in a more relaxed, informal setting with no pressure and more opportunity to learn. We even had some Prix Caprilli tests - so much fun! Again, thank you to the coordinators and participants for making these events the successes they are. We are looking forward to the upcoming Adult Camp. If you haven’t signed up yet, do it quickly Kathrin Maxwell, Training Level as this popular camp fills up fast! Check the website or contact Ashton Koroscil-LeClair at ashtyn_@ Champion after her 71.6% High Test Senior winning ride hotmail.com or 250-862-0516. The Kelowna Riding Club will be hosting John Turner for a Hunter-Jumper clinic on August 30-31. For more information, contact Lindsay Kern-Legroulx at lindsaykern868@hotmail.com or 250-8708884. Check our Facebook page and website regularly for more upcoming clinics and events. Stay safe and in the tack! 42 • Saddle Up • July 2014


Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


ongratulations to the Welsh, Arab and Morgan Horse clubs for putting on a great show in Armstrong in May. The show was very well-attended with many different breeds as well as the miniatures. It was really great to see miniatures alongside their larger cousin performing in halter, showmanship, and driving classes. For several of our club members this was a first time experience showing with their newly acquired minis. Bev Pearson excelled with Vista Valleys Target Wizard (Wizard), as did Joan Cunningham with Alacadebra (Ali), while Katie Iceton (Teaka), Joy Viel (Tee) and Peyton DeGelder (Pippin) also placed very well in the showmanship and driving classes. Way to go ladies, all your hard work really shows in the ring. (See more on the WAM Show on page 39) On June 14 our club held a “Show-n-Shine “demo, perfectly in time to polish those skills for the busy upcoming show season that is upon us now. The wonderful thing about a club is the rare opportunity to be mentored by

seasoned horse enthusiasts who truly love to share their knowledge and techniques. July 26 the OMHC will be hosting a “Heritage Qualifier” Driving Show at the Vernon District Riding Club open to all sizes of driving horses. The judge will be Kathy Stanley from 70 Mile who brings enthusiasm as well as expertise. Kathy is a well-known professional in the sport of driving large or small horses. Kathy will also be teaching a clinic the following day at the club. There will be an on-site mobile tack store, professional photographer and concession stand. All our entry forms can be found on our website link through http://www.bcminiaturehorseclubs. com/okclubinfo.htm then choose Okanagan Club. We hope to see there!

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky Photos courtesy of Coralie Nairn


appy summer all! After a whirlwind busy spring, here’s to a relaxing summer filled with good horses, great friends and fantastic memories. The VDRC Hunter Jumper Show took place June 6-8 and was a huge success. Thank you to all the competitors who joined us, to all our generous sponsors and the volunteers, without you this event wouldn’t be possible. Speaking of volunteers, NOTRA ran our front gate at the horse show this year and we couldn’t have found a more enthusiastic and well organized group of friendly people, they are one super organization. Okanagan Restoration sponsored a Nations Cup, this was essentially a timed team costume jumping class which was won by the Super Heros. The Fox Springs Farm Hunter Derby provided a great deal of action and entertainment for spectators, this class was won by Halle Gainey and the lovely Sterling Silver. On Sunday Gina LeBel took first spot in the CET Mini Medal against some tough competition. There isn’t room for all Hunter Jumper Show results here, check out HorseShowTime.com for full details. Coming up July 11-13 is our Dressage Show. We encourage you to join us Saturday between 3-4 p.m. for the Info-Tel Freestyle Gala and hospitality event. We are expecting competitors from all over BC and Alberta, they will be riding a variety of tests over the weekend including Western Dressage, Para, FEI young horse, Grand Prix and Equitation under judges Joan Macartney, Manotick, ON, “FEI-I” and Doreen HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Horsey, Calgary, AB, “SS”. Further details can be found on our website under events. This year Baron Insurance has made a generous donation to the club and requested we use it to promote youth. What do you think about us offering a fun games day in August? Emphasis would be put on ensuring the event is affordable, inclusive and fun for Pony Club, 4-H and local young riders. Any input can be directed to Calle Mirkowsky, balancepoint@hotmail.com or call 250-540-9343. Have a great summer and come ride with us at the VDRC! www.saddleup.ca • 43

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Ashley, Kathleen, Paivi and Lauren


t’s been exciting riding our horses and we are looking forward to having a few busy months ahead of us. The month started off with us working on a few of the things we will need at the 4-H shows throughout the year. On May 26, Kathleen and Arlyn created games for us to have fun with and win some candy. Some of the games we played were the cracker race relay, the eggs stomp relay and the egg-on-thespoon race. Our 4-H lessons every Monday are taught by Dustin Drader (young western riders), Carl Woods (advanced western riders, reining lessons), Andrea Kowenhoven (English riders, jumping lessons), and Kyra Casorso, who is teaching Sydney in her beginning western lessons. We have an amazing barbecue every week at the lessons. Later in the month, we are hoping to do a bottle sort and create decorations for Stock Show. The show’s theme this year is “100 years of 4-H.” We are thankful for the instructors who will be coming to Stock Show: Ross Hanson, Daryl Gibbs, Dustin Drader, Andrea Kouwenhoven and Glenn Perron. Kelowna Hoofbeats would like to thank Lorna Kotz and Diana Door for making Stock Show a great success in the past years, and what they continue to do to make it a success for our future. Some of the things we have done

in past years at Stock Show are Judging Horses, Heifers and Steers. We have also done ground school where we get to do little quizzes about facts on horses like healthcare, grooming, breeds, etc. We also get to practice showmanship and trail throughout the week before the show. Throughout the week, we decorate our stalls; there is an award for the best decorated stall as well as the cleanest aisle. There are games on horseback organized by Kyra Casorso and we have fun competing with our friends. There is a banquet at the end of the week to celebrate and hang out with everyone, followed by a dance. There are six clubs attending this year Vernon Young Riders, Penticton Trail Blazers. Double L, Valley Loppers, our club and two new clubs which we are happy to welcome: Eagle Valley and Hoof and Hounds. Looking ahead, we are excited for Summer Sizzler in Salmon Arm, the Rock Creek Fair and the bottle sort. Maybe a trail ride is in order as well. Have a great summer and we look forward to making more memories and having a ton of fun. Howdy!

Kyra Casorso and Carl Woods

L to R: Isabel, Melanie, Ashley and Mia

L-R: Payton, Parker, Dustin, and Steven

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach AIDS

To assist the rider, there are two types of aids: artificial and natural. When do you use them? How do you use them?  Why do you use them? I invite you to join me in taking a closer look at developing a desired ‘conditioned response’ in your horse. This is an extensive topic, as we will come to learn how the ‘conditioned response’ in the horse has developed from our own (or lack thereof) of knowledge, ability and understanding. Natural aids are the use of your legs, hands, voice, balance, and energy. Artificial aids may be spurs, whips, or use of additional tack, etc. Aids can be used or abused, thus causing a desirable or undesirable response. How they are used defines the difference between ‘asking’ and ‘demanding’. When you choose to spend time with your horse, ask yourself if it is because you want to achieve recognition of your goals, or accomplish positive goals using your trained ability incorporated through communication skills and development of true talent to produce a partnership through challenging hurdles. Your horse is a being within himself. He has needs, wants and limitations. To bring out his and your best qualities and abilities, we start with basic tasks

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and incrementally build on maneuvers while combining basic gaits, and endurance. Learn to be patient! Work with a smile. Know that you have the ability to draw the willingness from your horse all through natural aids. Take the time to find the right professional to show you how. The more dependent you become on artificial aids, the more you’ve underestimated your equine partner and yourself. If your response does not agree with my opinion, then perhaps this is showing you that you are there for personal gain and not for your horse. Can you still smile and whip your horse at the same time? Learn willingness not violence. We’ll continue an in-depth look at aids in the next issue of Saddle Up.   For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-999-5090 or visit our web site www.tranquillefarms.com. Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby Photos by Brenda Campbell


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club’s Red Robin Cattle Sorting was a resounding success! Competitors travelled from as far away as Quesnel to take part in this unique sorting event with $2500 in cash prizes paid out. In the Round Robin, every one of the 20 participants rode with every other person once. No amount of team strategy counts when you change partners every run! We had many great comments on how smooth the event ran, with special kudos to our cattle handlers: Sharon, Marla, Sidney, Bailey and Aiden. Many riders commented on how fast the herd changes were – there was no down time! Big THANK YOU’S also to our whipper-in (Liz), concession crew (Rhonda and her helpers), event organizer (Pam), and Jeff and Rhonda who did the judging and time-keeping all day. You are all amazing! And the winner is… Heather Bowing of Prince George, sorting a record 82 cows! Second spot was hotly contested between Russell Cassidy and Bob Macdonald, with Russell’s total time on 61 head 1.03 seconds faster than Bob’s. So close!! Russell and Bob also took the fast time with 67.2 seconds on 10 head. When it all works, it is pretty amazing to watch! Photo credits to Brenda Campbell, another of our amazing volunteers. Thank you to everyone who came out and competed, helped or watched the event! For more info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi 250692-5721 or email tcsaddleclub@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook, or visit http://tcsaddleclub.webs.com

Pam Meutzner presents 2nd place $750 to Russell Cassidy (right) and 3rd place $250 to Bob Macdonald (left). Russell and Bob also won the Fast Time Team award of $250.

Kyla Pollard

Rena Betemps and Heather Bowing celebrate a successful run

Organizer Pam Meutzner presents the $1250 cash award to winner Heather Bowing who sorted 82 cows!

BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Taylor Boyce


his has been quite the busy month! We have done fundraisers, meetings, fun days, organizing of the Open Heritage Horse Show for this month and members of our club have been around showing! I’m sure you have seen them or even heard their heavy hooves hit the ground. Draft horses are wonderful show horses that everyone loves to fall silent and watch. And if you see our BCDUSC members wearing our logo feel free to stop and ask them some questions! We can also be reached at http://bcdraftundersaddleclub.com/ or contact us for any information. News from the Members • Kendall Campbell and Taylor Boyce showed off their stuff at the June Horse Trials on June 14-15 at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. • Dawn Germscheid and Christa Dunsford had fun at the Mission Horse Club Heritage Qualifier Show on May 25. • Members from the BCDUSC put on a beautiful drill performance at the Back Country Horsemen of BC event at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre early June. • And congratulations to member Lucy Melanson who has recently purchased her dream horse “Missy” a 7-year-old Belgian mare who is currently going green under saddle. Lucy is already handing in her “Butt in Saddle” hours to hopefully win some year-end BCDUSC Prizes! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kendall and Andy

Christa and her mare

Dawn and Shasta

Taylor and Vieva

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North Vancouver Island Horse Association By Margaret Camp Western Performance Show Despite dire predictions of downpouring, show-stopping, windy rainstorms, our show on May 25 got under way with just cloudy skies and we were spared the soaking that had been forecast for us. Thirty competitors showed up to participate in regular western performance classes. Our offering of Ranch Horse Pleasure only drew two competitors, but the Western Dressage was well-attended. The Western Dressage judge was Alison Waller, while Shelley Scott judged the rest of the events. Results OPEN HALTER 1: JWR the last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2: Mito’s Bo San; Nancy Garner 3: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikolaisen 4: Sheza Trottin Chip; Megan Komori Kennedy 5: Ragtime Red Rock; Caitlan McGill 6: Cashes Smokin Ecko; Jayde Christian SHOWMANSHIP Age 13 & Under (3) 1: Jamie Fraser; Dolly McMadison 2: Madison Bishop; Streakin San Sousa 3: Camille Lucas; TJ’s Doc Age 14-18 (5) 1: Megan Komori Kennedy; Sheza Trottin Chip 2: Jayde Christian; Cashes Smokin Ecko 3: Caitlan McGill; Ragtime Red Rock 4: Paloma Houle; Patrick’s Golden Image 5: Tara Mawle; Dark Ambition Senior (7) 1: Rosalie Pagani; JWR the last Juan 2: Nancy Garner; Mito’s Bo San 3: Carole Walton; A Little Reality 4: Kayla Lebeuf; Golden Cedar Sunrise 5: Kim Gourley; JDG PT Cruiser 6: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel Open (10) 1: Megan Komori Kennedy; Sheza Trottin Chip 2: Rosalie Pagani; JWR the last Juan 3: Jayde Christian; Cashes Smokin Ecko 4: Caitlin Nikolaisen; Dark Ambition 5: Carole Walton; A Little Reality 6: Nancy Garner; Mito’s Bo San HORSEMANSHIP Age 13 & Under (2) 1: Jamie Fraser; Dolly McMadison 2: Camille Lucas; TJ’s Doc Age 14-18 (3) 1: Megan Komori Kennedy; Sheza Trottin Chip 2: Morgynn Bishop; One Last Luke 3: Caitlan McGill; Ragtime Red Rock Senior (5) 1: Carole Walton; A Little Reality 2. Samantha Riggs; Cee My Assets 3: Rosalie Pagani; JWR the last Juan 4: Nancy Garner; Mito’s Bo San 5: Kayla Lebeuf; Golden Cedar Sunrise Walk/Jog (4) 1: Madison Bishop; Streakin San Sousa 2: Tara Mawle; Dark Ambition 3: Paloma Houle; Patrick’s Golden Image 4: Kim Gourley; JDG PT Cruiser Green Horse (2) 1: Sandy McLeod; Patrick’s Golden Image 2: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel Open (11) 1: Samantha Riggs; Cee My Assets 2: Rosalie Pagani; JWR the Last Juan 3: Sondra Butler; Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel

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4: Carole Walton; A Little Reality 5: Megan Komori Kennedy; Sheza Trottin Chip 6: Nancy Garner; Mito’s Bo San WESTERN PLEASURE Age 13 & Under (2) 1: Dolly McMadison; Jamie Fraser 2: TJ’s Doc; Camille Lucas Age 14-18 (3) 1: One Last Luke; Morgynn Bishop 2: Sheza Trottin Chip; Megan Komori Kennedy 3: Ragtime Red Rock; Caitlan McGill Senior (6) 1: Love My Investment; Carol McEachen 2: A Little Reality; Carole Walton 3: Caitlin Nikolaisen; Dark Ambition 4: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs 5: JWR the Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 6: Mito’s Bo San; Nancy Garner Walk/Jog (4) 1: Streakin San Sousa; Madison Bishop 2: JDG PT Cruiser; Kim Gourley 3: Dark Ambition; Tara Mawle 4: Patrick’s Golden Image; Paloma Houle Green Horse (3) 1: Love My Investment; Carol McEachen 2: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler 3: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod Open (11) 1: One Last Luke; Morgynn Bishop 2: Love My Investment; Carol McEachen 3: Sheza Trottin Chip; Megan Komori Kennedy 4: A Little Reality; Carole Walton 5: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler 6: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs TRAIL Youth 13 & Under (2) 1: TJ’s Doc; Camille Lucas 2: Dolly McMadison; Jamie Fraser Senior (4) 1: A Little Reality; Carole Walton 2: JWR the Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 3: Mito’s Bo San; Nancy Garner 4: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs Walk/Jog (5) 1: Legally A Blonde; Carole Hilton 2: Streakin San Sousa; Madison Bishop 3: JDG PT Cruiser; Kim Gourley 4: Dark Ambition; Tara Mawle 5: Patrick’s Golden Image; Paloma Houle Green Rider (1) 1: Consider It My Turn; Kandyce Wagar Green Horse (2) 1: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod 2: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler Open (6) 1: JWR the Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2: A Little Reality; Carole Walton 3: Mito’s Bo San; Nancy Garner 4: Dolly McMadison; Jamie Fraser 5: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs 6: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler In-Hand Trail (3) 1: Patrick’s Golden Image; Sandy McLeod 2: Streakin San Sousa; Madison Bishop 3: Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel; Sondra Butler WESTERN RIDING Open (2) 1: JWR the Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2: Legally A Blonde; Carol Hilton REINING Modified (1) 1: Cee My Assets; Samantha Riggs Open (3) 1: JWR the Last Juan; Rosalie Pagani 2: Mito’s Bo San; Nancy Garner 3: Legally A Blonde; Carol Hilton RANCH HORSE PLEASURE Open (2) 1: Dark Ambition; Caitlin Nikolaisen 2: TJ’s Doc; Camille Lucas

HIGH POINT AND RESERVE WINNERS Youth 13 & Under: Jamie Fraser (Dolly McMadison); R: Camille Lucas (TJ’s Doc) Youth 14-18: Megan Komori Kennedy (Sheza Trottin Chip); R: Caitlan McGill (Ragtime Red Rock) Senior: Rosalie Pagani (JWR the Last Juan); R: Carole Walton (A Little Reality) Green Horse: Sandy McLeod (Patrick’s Golden Image); R: Sondra Butler (Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel) Green Rider: Kandyce Wagar (Consider It My Turn) All Ages Walk/Jog: Madison Bishop (Streakin San Sousa); R: Tara Mawle (Dark Ambition) Open: Rosalie Pagani (JWR the Last Juan); R: Carole Walton (A Little Reality)

Rosalie Pagani with JWR the last Juan, who was high point senior at the show

Rosalie and JWR the last Juan


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ell we had our W.A.M. Pot O Gold Show on May 25th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds and aside from being a very long day, it was quite successful (see report on page 39) and see all show results on our website www.bcimhc.com. Personally, I was very disappointed to see only two Morgans there – although the Arabian turnout wasn’t that great either – the Welsh dominated the tri-breed show. But the “open breeds” were the largest turnout for the show and we thank those that participated. Thank you to Alan for getting some colour copies of our new BCIMHC Brochure out to the show.

Our Plant Sale fundraiser in May was another great success for the club – thanks to those who ordered flowers. We haven’t heard any more on a trail ride at Revelstoke as part of the Children’s Wish Ride – tba. Our Larch Hills trail ride will now take place on Sunday August 10th in conjunction with a Back Country Horsemen ride. Be ready to ride out at 11 am and bring your own snacks for later. We encourage Morgan owners (members or not) to join us for this social ride or drive. There are some very nice logging roads for ‘driving horses’ – all breeds welcome to join us!

Our annual “Find the Golden Horseshoe” Poker Ride is set for Saturday September 6th at Timber Ridge in Lumby – details in the next issue (or on our website). All horse people are welcome to this ride as it is a fundraiser for the club as well. Volunteers are needed. Our club has a Facebook page, so members are welcome to post photos of newborns (foals) or Morgan-friendly horse photos… this is your page… toot your horn… spread the word of Morgan cheer!

BC Carriage Driving Society By Deb Gardner


pur Valley Ranch in Armstrong BC hosted another wonderful BCCDS Driving Clinic with Kathy Stanley, instructor and driving judge from 70 Mile House on June 20-22. Our group activity for this month’s clinic was all about Arena Driving Trials; the 3 phases, Dressage, Obstacle and Cones. Kathy gave us a presentation on Friday night, going over all the HCBC rules and answering any questions the drivers had. On Saturday, the drivers and their miniature horses had an hour of private lessons each covering everything from ground driving to long lining, improving our driver skills and exercises to help get the correct bend from our horses. We then broke for a tasty lunch, followed by the group activity. Everyone stayed for a very tasty turkey dinner with all the trimmings that Dave Gardner prepared (he did all this in between haying!!). On Sunday, everyone was back having their private lessons in the morning and early afternoon. After lunch we all were able to drive the 3 phases of an Arena Driving Trial! Our youngest driver was 10-year-old Peyton Degelder and her 15-year-old mini Pip... they both did a fantastic job! Not going to say who the oldest driver was - but here’s a hint, it was the only ‘guy’ attending and he was driving the most senior horse as well. ‘He’ and his mini Bentley did a great job and had all the women drivers wondering… just how does he do it!! Great example of beautiful bends weaving through those cones! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Thank you to Cathy for the yummy Timbits and cupcakes; Marilla for the snacks and a big thank you to Dave for the fantastic turkey dinner!! Thank you all that attended. I sure enjoyed spending the weekend with all of you. And thank you Kathy for making this another successful and fun clinic! Look forward to many more!

Our oldest driver and Bentley.

10-year-old Peyton and Pip having fun - just look at that bend!

Clinician Kathy and Moon in action - poetry in motion!

Marilla and Bandit looking pretty in purple. Smoking that course on Sunday - Best Time!

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Kelly Hawes and Gene Peters BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290



he weekend we have all been waiting for, Back Country Horsemen’s Rendezvous 2014, was held at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre on May 30 to June 1. Many months of planning and hard work finally paid off for Peter Thiessen and his team of 16 volunteers from the Aldergrove and Yarrow Chapters of BCHBC, helped by the generous donations of many great sponsors like Budweiser, Boston Pizza, Super Save Group, Canadian Tire, just to name a few. The weather wasn’t in our favour on Wednesday; it caused big pools of water in the campsite area. So, as folks arrived on Thursday evening, the unofficial entertainment was Mud Bogs! My Chevy truck didn’t get stuck, but others were not as fortunate. Thankfully, the rest of the weekend was in our favour - sunny and warm. My job for the weekend was helping organize the BCHBC booth, which seemed to be quite busy most of the weekend. Our logowear girls, Juanita Gibney and Anke Smit, ran out of most of the logowear merchandise by Saturday evening! Other booths ranged from artists, tack and clothing to livingquarters horse trailers and the trucks to pull them. There was something for any budget or, like me, any level of dreaming. Friday evening’s Boston Pizza Bud Bash was held outdoors on the cross country course. With trees for shade and the Chris Buck Band on a hay wagon to dance the complimentary pizza and beer off, what could have been better? It was fun to watch everyone enjoying themselves and all ages up dancing. Saturday and Sunday were packed with entertainment and learning opportunities, often at the same time. There were three clinicians to try to keep up with. Debbie Hughes helped horses and their people get through a mini extreme trail course. Sam 48 • Saddle Up • July 2014

Sullivan helped horses and people get going in a mutually agreed upon direction and speed. Glenn Stewart had an attentive audience and participants trying to decipher the finer points of horsemanship and packing. Others demonstrated classical dressage, vaulting, sheep dogs, western dressage and even an unscheduled dismount. For a taste of yesteryear, John Boles brought his team and wagon to give complimentary rides on both days. Saturday evening began with a perusal of silent auction items before sitting down to a steak dinner. A live auction followed and Jonathan Driesen dominated the buyer’s corner; he did allow a few items to go to other eager bidders. Another live concert, opening with One More Girl and closing with Aaron Pritchett, finished off the night! Sunday morning started with a pancake breakfast that was well worth the wait; after cowboy church, the packing competition was a must-see. There were some very accomplished packing teams, but what impressed me most was how quickly at least one horse could unpack his load and distribute it over such a wide area at the same time. The winning team over the three days of competition was Scott Walker and Malcolm Dion. Much of my weekend was spent following three teenage girls around (my daughter Kassandra Hawes, Amy Vanderwyk and Trinity Carlow), which was quite entertaining.

They were able to attend many of the clinics - Debbie Hughes Trail Challenge, Hoof and Woof, Learning to Rope and Horseback Archery. They also did some volunteer work by selling 50/50 tickets at Friday night’s Boston Pizza Bud Bash and also assisted with the live auction on Saturday evening; goods sell much better when paraded by a pretty girl. I believe the weekend was truly a success as it was fun for all ages and riding levels. It will very hard to repeat this Rendezvous - it was Kicked Up! Or should we say they Kicked Ass?!


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: lyndaharrison13@gmail.com Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: florakippan@gmail.com Treasurer: Pia Petersen: pia.petersen@aurelsystems.com Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: mellissa1@hotmail.com AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, hmqh@hotmail.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA

West Coast Summer Classic, July 17-20, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley Time to gear up for our “Big Prize” circuit! We are offering seven roughout training saddles for AQHA High Points, sponsored by Chestnut colt owned by Haidee Landry Greenhawk, Cavalia and Pat Waroway. For Reserves, we are presenting custom lasered award headstalls, sponsored by Fred Mackenzie, Kerri Rocky, by Blazin On Through, DeKubber Show Horses, Andy Helqvist, Petersen out of Priceless Artwork; owned Management, Country Feeds, Carrie Humphreys by Pia Petersen and Moore Performance Horses. Do you think you Open Hunter Under have a Superhorse? We have a special prize just for you, a gift certificate for Frank Principe custom spurs! High Point horse Saddle Stake - $1000 added; sponsored by Sandra wins it; all classes to count! Even easier to do with our flat rates (new Morgan Quarter Horses/ this year). Prefer to “lead ‘em” than “lope ‘em?” We have bronzes for the High Mechanic Embroidered coolers Point Halter Mare, Gelding and Stallion as well as a special bronze will go to the highestfor our Champion of Champions Halter class! All Grand and Reserve placing non-pro in most Champions for AQHA classes to qualify. For those who want to enjoy stakes, sponsored by Coast our All-Breed classes, we have iPods for High Points and awesome Country Tack. custom lasered grooming items in a custom bucket with a leather As enticing as all plaque for Reserves for Youth, Amateur and Walk/Trot 11 and Under. that is, we have more in Something amazing for everyone! We also have new for this year the store! For our High Points, Canadian Barrel Racing Association running jackpots after our regular One of seven saddles up for grabs at AQHA and APHA, we our July Show classes are done for the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Of course, are awarding wool saddle we will have our always-tasty and much-appreciated complimentary pads with leather-lasered Exhibitors Social and Dinner on move-in night, supplied and hosted corner plates, For All-Breed, there will be custom leather spur straps by LMQHA members, and complimentary coffee, tea (thank you Bar and, for Halter, leather award frames. BCPHC will be hosting our BW Paints) and doughnuts in the mornings. For more information and complimentary Welcome Social on move-in day, and coffee and entries, visit the LMQHA page at www.BCQHA.com. doughnuts for all at this circuit also. Of course, we are offering our new flat rates here, too. Returning will be our CBRA Barrel Jackpots on the Evergreen Circuit, August 29-31, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley Sunday night, as well. So much in store! We have some amazing Futurities/Stakes lined up for this exciting circuit! Futurities/Stakes are open to ALL BREEDS. Foaling Around and Other News Weanling Halter Futurity - minimum $1250 added; sponsored by Have any new foals scampering around your pastures? Send us STS Quarter Horses and KPN Farms pictures! We would love to see them and share your four-legged bundles 2-Year-Old Walk/Jog Western Pleasure Futurity - $1000 added; of joy on our page! Email mellissa1@hotmail.com with your photos or sponsored by Hutton Performance Horses and Cavalia any other exciting news you would like to share. We are always happy Freestyle Showmanship Stake - $1000 added; sponsored by Tina’s to have members get involved in many different aspects of our club, and Catering and Cavalia would love for you to join in! Contact your directors to learn how you Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake - $1000 added; sponsored by Pyke can be involved. and Buckley Performance Horses, Aurel Systems and Go West Quarter Horses; a silver belt buckle will go to the highest-placing non-pro, sponsored by Coast Country Tack Open Ranch Horse Pleasure Stake - $1000 added; sponsored by Natalie Vonk, Kim Hanley and Cavalia; a quilted blanket will also go to the winner, sponsored by Avilas Pro Shop HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover. Photos By Tamara Jameson www.bcphc.com President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Vice President: Natalie Hall nataliedhall@hotmail.com


s it an anomaly or the beginning of a trend? Entries at BC Paint’s “Back-toBasics” Okanagan show in Pritchard surged from a respectable 200-ish per judge at the previous B2B shows to nearly 300, on May 31 and June 1. And that had everyone from show management to exhibitors beaming! There were many three point (nine horse) classes as riders took advantage of the pocket-book-friendly flat fee to compete in front of our two esteemed APHA judges on an overnighter from Ontario. For BC-bred horses, the stakes were high as a surprising number of qualifiers (probably 75% of those shown) competed for the Mackenzie Meadows BC-Bred awards - a stunning Kathy’s silver buckle for high point and engraved spurs for reserve. Ultimately, the buckle went to Okanagan-bred Ima Special Delivery and new owner Emma Schellenberg; they are now on their way to the AjPHA Youth World Show in Fort Worth. (Be sure to watch them competing on APHA’s live stream starting June 27.) Challenging them was Lynn Freeland’s Tarzan is Terrific, a three-year-old Simply Terrific gelding who was the unanimous pick of judges Janet McClure and Todd Bailey in a large, very competitive all-ages Hunter under Saddle class. Tarzan earned 18 APHA points at the show, according to Lynn (who was almost speechless when she saw the spurs). Houston-based Bibs Dallaire came all the way to Mackenzie Meadows (13 hours, give or take) with her beautiful stallion, Gold Bar Tristan, and competed in everything from Halter and Hunter under Saddle to his forte, Reining - a testament to his talent and good mind. Good will prevailed as exhibitors stepped up at the end of a long day to give her some reining competition and points! She promises to be back next year! There was lots of support from the Coast - Dianne Rouse brought world champion 50 • Saddle Up • July 2014

The Armstrong 4-H Club horse members had an awesome concession.

Colleen Ebner and What a Sinful Image jumped for points!

Chansation; Rosalea Pagani came from Powell River (again!) and Colleen Ebner brought her new acquisition, Coos I Aint No Fool, to compete in Halter and Colour. And there was terrific support from the Okanagan bunch - cake queen Ronda Kopp on her new horse, Magic Moment in Time, in Amateur Walk/ Trot; the Schell girls (Taylor, Jordan and our little walk-trotter, Payton) from Kelowna; Barb Hazel and Zipintomyappointment, trainer Colleen Hazeldine and her daughter Alexia, to name just a few (I’m finally putting faces to names!), and Sally Saur came up from Lynden, Washington with Kari (Scott) Goodfellow’s Roses Are Special! Natalie Hall found the trip more than worthwhile. Not only did her gelding, Ima Classic Coosa, score a grand championship, she had the best poker hand in a game open to all exhibitors, winning a stunning silver headstall sponsored by Dale Chavez and delivered by Wendy Price of BC’s only official Dale Chavez dealer, The Painted Horse. Taylor Schell won the Children’s Wish draw. We jumped for points! Thanks to Keelly Reggelsen for not only loaning us the jumps but also designing the course, then riding Lynn’s mare, Priceless Bling, in competition with Colleen Ebner’s What A Sinful Image and Nakita Delichte’s Highcountry Sioux. Over fences points are hard to come by - we had ‘em in Pritchard, by golly! We had an unbelievable crew - all volunteers. Thank you to the brain trust in the entry office, Barb Bowerbank who came all the way from Burns Lake and Cindy MacKay from Princeton; Cathy Forster on the mike and her trusty sidekick, Willow. We insisted Tamara Jameson come up from the Coast to whip and she brought along our “muscle,” Russell

Beautiful horses! Fantastic arena at Mackenzie Meadows

Payton Schell won the Youth Walk/Trot high point.

Bissett. Kerry Sawyer resumed her role as ring steward and Marilyn Griffin was our “dealer.” QH recruits Buck and Janet Crich commuted from Armstrong both days - Buck found his niche as ring steward (quick reflexes are an asset) and Janet (who is committee chair for South Central’s APHA/BCPHC-approved Wine Country Classic, September 12-14) comanaged so that I could show. Rob Ruutel was back as photographer (www.widewanderer. com) and the Armstrong 4-H Club ran a great concession for two days - many thanks to them, their mothers and ring leader Cathy HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Paint Horse Club, cont’d Forster. Al, Thea and Lyla Mackenzie have a beautiful venue in Mackenzie Meadows, high above the South Thompson. Past president Colleen Schellenberg stepped in as needed; Allan Smith escorted the judges. When you have the right people in the right positions, everyone wins! We are very grateful to our sponsors that help keep our B2B shows fun and affordable: presenting sponsor Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group, PrairieCoast Equipment, Mackenzie Meadows, Lazy 3 Ranch, Sears Travel, Harvest Classic Fall Show, The Horse Barn, Stampede Tack and Western Wear, Otter Co-op, Buck Crich puts Rosalea Pagani through Hutton Performance Horses, Schellenberg Trucking, Dale Chavez her paces and The Painted Horse. A list of high point winners is on Facebook and our website, 49. It’s going to be more B2B fun! Tarzan is Terrific and Lynn www.bcphc.com. Get your entries in early. Early bird entries for our Our northern members have a Freeland were reserve BC-Bred Coast show need to be mailed by July 18 and the high point awards couple of summer dates to keep in winners (Sally Saur customs!) are crazy-amazing. Check our Facebook group mind: the double-judged Three-Inpage for updates and photos! That show gets underway at Maple One show is July 11-13 in Smithers Ridge Equi-Sports Centre, July 26-27, and we’re expecting a good and the Bulkley Valley Fair’s APHA show runs August 21-24. Support representation of Okanagan exhibitors and even some from below the them!

BC Paint’s First “Extreme Mountain” Trail Clinic By Rhonda Kopp


hose attending BC Paint’s first “extreme mountain” trail clinic were very fortunate with the weather: some rain, some sun and a whole lot of fun! On May 23-25, ten riders descended to Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope. Two came from as far away as Quesnel and the single male rider, Kevin Kopp, fit right in with a bunch of horse ladies! We met our hosts, Laurie Thompson from Twisted Terrain and Debbie Hughes, our instructor, on Friday afternoon. Laurie and her crew provided excellent, healthy lunches for everyone. In the classroom every morning, there was fresh coffee and warm cinnamon buns. Our horses had paddocks under the trees to provide protection from the rain. After meeting our hosts, we worked our horses in-hand and learned to give signals to send the horses out. This prepared us for the obstacles in-hand the next day. A busy Saturday ahead, everyone met in the classroom first. The first group headed off to try in-hand and ride some of the obstacles. The swaying and teeter bridges caused some issues with a couple of horses. In the end, they all were able to walk over. Next up, the second group of riders and horses were quicker to accept and get over the first set of obstacles. They even made it through the piggy pond - complete with pink pig and water! The day ended with two of the horses feeling comfortable enough to walk on the balance beam. A fabulous BBQ was put on by Laurie and Debbie on Saturday night with a chance to socialize and bid on some awesome items. Bidding was very competitive and we raised $665 for the Children’s Wish Foundation! Sunday morning brought more rain and more obstacles to try. The afternoon consisted of a trail challenge: Phase 1 was an in-hand course; Phase 2 included bridges, railway tracks, rock climb and a gulch. Over to Phase 3, teams were up and down a mountain, over logs, through the piggy pond, down into a gully, up, over and down a tiered box set. At the end, most riders were able to ride over the trestle bridge. A few highlights? The graceful dismount at a standstill by Joan due to a loose cinch, the perfect ride over the balance beam by the gorgeous black and white Paint mare, Eidee, and the unexpected jump out of the water over the rocks by Charm (not only once but twice!) ridden by yours truly! A definite success, we hope to offer another clinic next June. A special thank you to our sponsors: Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hughes Quarter Horses, Sears Travel Kamloops, Greenhawk Kamloops, The Horse Barn, The Rusty Spur and Sign Design. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kevin Kopp and Andy master the teeter bridge.

Joan Swetlikoff and Snipper consider the Piggy Pond!

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca www.rodeobc.com

Office Winter Hours: Monday to Thursdays 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates July 3-4 July 4-5 July 5-6 July 12-13 July 12-13 July 18-20 July 25-26

Rodeo/Town PWRA/BCRA in Sedro Woolley, WA PWRA/BCRA in Toppenish, WA Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo PWRA/BCRA in Clayton, WA

Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

250-457-5391 250-280-7653 250-394-4034 250-462-5853 250-296-4778

July 26-27 August 1-2 August 2-3 August 8-9 August 8-10 August 16-17 August 22-23 Aug 29-Sep 1 Sep 12-14

Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725 Jay Savage 250-421-3712 Laura James 250-318-9430 Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061 Brenda Ferguson 250-567-2792

WIREA/BCRA Esket Rodeo, in Alkali Lake PWRA/BCRA in Chelan,WA Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake PWRA/BCRA in Yakima, WA Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals

2014 BCRA OVERALL SEASON STANDINGS Up to and including Kispiox Rodeo BAREBACK 1 Steve Hohmann $1,889.28 2 Tyrone Hunlin $1,032.93 3 Chris Dieleman $861.47 4 Brady Thomas $702.33 5 Cash Kerner $652.65 SADDLE BRONC 1 Cole Scott $5,328.66 2 Steve Hohmann $2,267.68 3 Ryland Derose $850.95 4 Joe Roberson $770.99 5 Garrett Madley $495.90 BULL RIDING 1 Matt O’Flynn $5,529.50 2 Justin Davis $1,245.31 3 Levi Lawlor $1,101.98 4 Colton Manuel $1,069.24 5 Brady Smith $989.00 TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Dustin Shields $2,073.14 2 Logan Wharry $1,223.95 3 Steve Lloyd $1,150.06 4 Jonah Antoine $1,121.85 5 Willee Twan $942.49 STEER WRESTLING 1 Cole Scott $1,581.69 2 Logan Wharry $1,218.85 3 Wade McNolty $1,042.16 4 John Davies $1,012.96 5 Jackson Scott $1,006.38 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Bailey Fuller $1,670.55 2 Kristin Bell $1,468.22 3 Rike Wieth $1,433.34 4 Denise Swampy $1,281.37 5 Kelcie Mills $1,004.30 LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Ginelle Talarico $3,018.22 2 Joleen Seitz $2,684.89 3 Judy Hyde $2,240.79 4 Laura James $2,071.61 5 Keri Mikkelsen $1,874.24 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 Tim Terepocki $2,749.75 2 Rod May $2,367.57 3 Joel Isnardy $1,886.37

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4 Aaron Palmer $1,467.46 5 Myles King $1,125.26 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 Tim Pellam $1,993.01 2 Mark Pozzobon $1,753.40 3 Jeff Wills $1,687.07 4 Ty Lytton $1,682.21 5 Carl Hyde $1,367.31 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 Taylor Cherry $1,012.06 2 Tosha Seitz $832.27 3 Callie Hume $381.29 4 Mariah Mannering $370.92 5 Sofeya Smith $301.19 PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1 Kira Stowell $340.60 2 Gracie Antoine $214.00 3 Taya Hamming $193.60 4 Sydney Schuk $159.80 5 Riley Beier $156.00 JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 Tristan Brackman $1,227.37 2 Owen Hawkings $912.80 3 Rhett Bloomfield $673.32 4 Tristan Holt $671.46 5 Emmett Beeds $375.70 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 Harley Antoine $1,057.97 2 Dyson Leneve $905.02 3 Taylor Cherry $543.28 4 Brianna Billy $166.50 5 Courtenay May $166.50 GJ RODEO CO. ROOKIE ROUGHSTOCK RIDER 1 Brady Thomas 598 2 Matt Klassen 300 3 Clint Quesnel 200 4 Chris Dieleman 169 5 Dave Dieleman 100 ALL AROUND COWBOY 1 Cole Scott $6,910.35 WLIR JUNIOR ALL AROUND 1 Taylor Cherry $1,703.85 2 Jamie Myram $210.22

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: sales@grasslandequipment.ca Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader REGENCY CHRYSLER, Quesnel 1-888-726-4947 ~ www.regencychrysler. com Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle & Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION www.wlindoor.ca Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider LITTLE FORT HEREFORDS, Little Fort www.littlefort.ca Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle QUESNEL RODEO CLUB Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle


2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse GUS & NITA CAMERON Junior Barrel Horse of the Year 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald BC Livestock & Coop, Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet, Williams Lake


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

Cheer for the Ears!



Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14

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

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, www.bcrcha.com 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 7/14 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.com 6/15


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or hmqh@hotmail.com 10/14

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 4/15 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. www.equinefoundation.ca & Facebook, equinefoundation@outlook.com 10/14

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


Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders.

For info: president@bchorsemen.org or www.bchorsemen.org



In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, ruth_neveu@sd34.bc.ca Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15 www.cayleywilsonperformancehorses.com

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison, lyndaharrison13@gmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 6/15


BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, hannahgarden@hotmail.com Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979, emarocchi@hotmail.com, from Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, www.bciaha.com 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.ca 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit www.bcqha.com Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, bcqha@hotmail.com

Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! trishe@shaw.ca www.lowermainlandranchsorting.com 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities   2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Allylebel@hotmail.com. Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, www.100mileoutriders.com PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www. paalh.com, Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, jessecapp@shaw.ca 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 6/15

PERUVIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA GusMcCollister@efirehose.net, or phone 403-935-4435


Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15



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Clubs & Associations PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. www.phcbc.ca Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, hcperu@telus.net 2/15 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, www.totemsaddleclub.com 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721, torikari@hotmail.com, tcsaddleclub.webs.com 7/14

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 4/15 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics, www.wrdha.com, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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


1 PRC DOUBLE HEADER Saddle Series Barrel Race / Roping Event, Peachland RC, Darlene 250-462-0169, ddpappas@shaw.ca, www.peachlandridingclub.com 3-8 TELLINGTON TTOUCH® FOR HORSES with Connected Riding®, Vernon BC, Mandy 250-545-2336, ttouch@shaw.ca, www.ttouch.ca 4-5 BCCTRA COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Levels1-2-3, Myrna 250-317-8347, equiessence@hotmail.com www.bcctra.ca 4-6 DRIVING HERITAGE FINALS, Maple Ridge, www.hcbc.ca 4-13 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, The Calgary Stampede, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, www.thehorseranch.com 5 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC, info@missionhorseclub.org, www.MissionHorseClub.org 5-6 MLM SUMMER FESTIVAL 2, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, www.mapleleafmeadows.com 5-6 ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB, adiva@adivamurphy.com, www.adivamurphy.com 6 WILLIAMS LAKE REINERS SCHOOLING SHOW, 1 pm start, Eagleview Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake BC, anustad@gmail.com pre-registration 6-12 BLUE CREEK TRAIL RIDING/PACKING CLINIC, McBride BC, 250-569-3423, www.bcoutfitter.com 9-12 PARELLI PROGRESS DAYS w/Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, www.cardinalranch.com or 250-968-4481 10-13 WCRA WEST COAST CLASSIC, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, www.westcoastclassic.info 11-13 VDRC EC Bronze Gold Dressage Show, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream BC, Suzanne 250-545-5573 or suwallace@shaw.ca, www.vernonridingclub.com 11-13 JIM ANDERSON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kelowna BC, contact Wanda, hardrockmtnranch@yahoo.ca or cell 250-718-0500 11-13 THREE-IN-ONE BREED & OPEN SHOW, Smithers BC, Barb Bowerbank 250-251-1505, info@3in1horseshow.com 12 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB TRAIL RIDE - location tba, www.chilliwackridingclub.com 12 OPEN SHOW FOR ALL BREEDS, 1528 Stelly’s X Road, Saanichton Fairgrounds BC (Vancouver Is), events from 9-5, entries & info www.viarabianhorse.com 12-13 HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Edgewater BC, www.horsebackarchery.ca 12-13 TTEAM TAMERS CLINIC FOR KIDZ w/Jo Buckland, Icehorse Ranch, Creighton Valley, Lumby BC, Gillian 250-306-3206, www.icehorse.ca 12-14 PHCBC Wild West Classic (hosted by Peruvian Horse Clubs of BC & Alberta), Claresholm AB, www.phcbc.ca or www.peruvianpasoalberta.com 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Powell River BC, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com

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12-17 STARTING YOUNG HORSES with the Tellington TTouch® Method, Vernon BC, Mandy 250-545-2336, ttouch@shaw.ca, www.ttouch.ca 13 AERC Funday, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.armstrongenderbyridngclub.com 13 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, dallyup2@telus.net 13-19 GREAT CARIBOO RIDE SOCIETY, ride the Gang Ranch, ride miles of open Cariboo country. Enjoy entertainment / catered meals, info Doreen dmenu@sd91.bc.ca 14-16 WHEELS RETREAT, 100 Mile House, emarocchi@hotmail.com 14-17 RANCH SCHOOL FOR DUMMIES w/Buddy Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, www.cardinalranch.com or 250-968-4481 17-25 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 5/6 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, www.thehorseranch.com 17-Aug 3 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Horseman’s Intensive, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, www.thehorseranch.com 18-20 CANADIAN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW & FIESTA, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Brian 250-359-7740, paalhinfo@gmail.com, www.paalh.com 18-20 FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC, www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca, or 250-459-7772 18-20 CARIBOO TRAILS CDE, 70 Mile House, Ken Huber 250-456-6050, huberx3@telus.net 18-21 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Courtenay BC, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 19 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 19 COWBOY TEAM CHALLENGE, Langley Riders Arena, Langley BC, for info e-mail kerri@langleeacres.com or call 604-813-9186 19 SUMMER HORSE AGILITY ‘Fun in the Sun’ SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net, FB, www.adivamurphy.com 19-20 ART WORKSHOP, PLEIN AIRE w/Rhona Armes, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com 19-20 LUXTON AQHA TRAIL RIDE, Luxton Fairgrounds, Langford BC, Mike 250-889-0875, coachcoop@hotmail.com 19-22 FOCUS CAMP – Level 4 Parelli w/Don Halladay, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, www.cardinalranch.com or 250-968-4481 20 FUN DAY (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca or Cindy 250-547-9277 20 GYMKHANA SERIES (3of4), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Register at grounds 20 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 24-30 MARTIN BLACK RANCH SCHOOL- Stockmanship and Ranch Roping, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, www.cardinalranch.com or 250-968-4481 25 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB PM GYMKHANA, Rodeo Arena at Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, www.chilliwackridingclub.com


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 25-27 MAN TRACKER INVITATIONAL, Naksiska Ranch, Clearwater BC, candus@wellsgrayriders.com, www.wellsgrayriders.com 25-27 WILD & LAWLESS REINING & WESTERN SHOW, Lakota Ag.Center, Dawson Creek BC, www.pchra.com or call Jane Lewis 250-793-8842 25-27 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Northern Saddle Club Grounds, Smithers BC, Geri 250-847-3105, www.northernsaddleclub.com 25-28 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Olds AB, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 26 SUMMER DRIVE SHOW, w/Kathy Stanley, Vernon BC, Ally 250-542-6739 or Allylebel@hotmail.com 26-27    HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca  27 SUMMER DRIVE CLINIC, w/Kathy Stanley, Vernon BC, mjvhorses@shaw.ca 27 PRC GYMKHANA and Saddle Series Barrel Race, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169, ddpappas@shaw.ca, www.peachlandridingclub.com 26-28 JODY HARTSTONE EQUITATION SCIENCE & DRESSAGE CLINIC, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Emily Corrie, emcorrie@yahoo.com 27-30 KRC ANNUAL ADULT CAMP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Ashton Koroscil-LeClair, ashtyn_@hotmail.com, www.kelownaridingclub.com 28-Aug 3 HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart & Dan James, High & Wild Colt Starting, Northern BC Rocky Mtns, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, www.thehorseranch.com 29-31 EVENTING CLINIC w/Sandra Donnelly, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or toplinestables1@hotmail.com


1-3 NDRC –24th Annual Horse & Buggy Clinic w/Kristin Dornan, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 1-3 WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Karen Podolski, 780-850-1101, www.Facebook.com/WildRoseShows 1-4 MARTIN BLACK HORSEMANSHIP & STOCKMANSHIP CLINIC, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, Terry Hewitt (days) 250-574-4743 or (after 6 pm) 250-372-0743 1-4 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Cochrane AB, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 2 SUMMER COMBINED TEST (Dressage & Show Jumping), Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or toplinestables1@hotmail.com 2-4 ART WORKSHOP, Horsemanship and Art, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com 2-8 REGINA, SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 3 AERC Schooling Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.armstrongenderbyridngclub.com 3 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, dallyup2@telus.net 3-4 SUMMER HORSE TRIALS EVENT, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or toplinestables1@hotmail.com 3-9 HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart & Dan James, High & Wild Wilderness Adventure, Northern BC Rocky Mtns, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, www.thehorseranch.com 7-10 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Edmonton AB, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 7-10 OMAK STAMPEDE, Omak WA, 1-800-933-6625, www.omakstampede.org 8-10 KATHY STANLEY Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, lflint@bulkley.net 9-10 ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB, adiva@adivamurphy.com, www.adivamurphy.com 9-15 CALGARY (Priddis), AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 10 LARCH HILLS RIDE ‘N DRIVE, 11 am ride/drive out (all breeds welcome), Salmon Arm BC, www.bcimhc.com or call Nancy 250-546-9922 15-19 DEROCHE CDE, margaret@wingsmassage.ca 16 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 16-22 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 16-Sep 1 PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION “Pacific Spirit Horse Show” Vancouver BC, www.pne.ca 17 FUN DAY (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca or Cindy 250-547-9277 17 GYMKHANA SERIES (4of4), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Register at grounds 17 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096


17 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, dallyup2@telus.net 21-23 TRAINER OF THE NORTH TRAINERS CHALLENGE, BVX, Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers BC, 250-847-3816, tootsbrown@hotmail.com, www.bvfair.ca 21-24 BVX LIGHT HORSE SHOW (AQHA, APHA, ApHCC & All Breed), Bulkley Valley Exhibition, Smithers BC, www.bvfair.ca 22-24 FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC, www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca, or 250-459-7772 23-24 ART WORKSHOP, Let’s Draw Horses, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com 24 PRC GYMKHANA and Saddle Series Barrel Race, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169, ddpappas@shaw.ca, www.peachlandridingclub.com 24-30 LANGLEY, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 25-29 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, 5-day camp Sundre AB, info@pauldufresne.com or text 250-317-7725 27-31 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE, Armstrong BC www.armstrongipe.com 28-29 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Stage 1) w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, gattiker@telus.net 29-30 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca  29-Sep 1 SAANICH FALL FAIR & OPEN SHOW for all breeds, 1528 Stelly’s X Road, Saanichton Fairgrounds BC (Vancouver Is), events 9-5, www.viarabianhorse.com 30 MLM SUMMERTIME FUN Devel. Show, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, www.mapleleafmeadows.com 30-31 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Stage 2) w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, gattiker@telus.net 30-Sep 1 CANADIAN NATIONAL PERUVIAN HORSE SHOW, Chilliwack BC (Heritage Park), www.phac.ca 30-Sep 1 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC, www.fallfair-rodeo.com 31 TRAIL CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca


1-Oct 2 EDMONTON, AB, Extended 25 day Advanced Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 5-7 WHEELS RETREAT, 100 Mile House, emarocchi@hotmail.com 6 POKER RIDE “Find the Golden Horseshoe” - Fundraiser for BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, www.bcimhc.com, Nancy 250-546-9922 6 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Trophy Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC, info@missionhorseclub.org, www.MissionHorseClub.org 6 MLM SUMMER WRAP-UP DRESSAGE SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, www.mapleleafmeadows.com 6 ALBERTA WISH RIDE, Sierra West Ranch, near Lundbreck AB, Details and pledge forms at www.albertawishride.ca 6-7 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE SHOW (Judge: Anne Gribbons), Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, www.sunmeadowsequestriancentre.com 6-7 ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB, adiva@adivamurphy.com, www.adivamurphy.com 6-7 TTEAM CLINIC w/Tammy Steen, Icehorse Ranch, Creighton Valley, Lumby BC, Gillian 250-306-3206, www.icehorse.ca 6-7 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) Quest Ranch/TFC Training Center, Kelowna BC, Paul info@pauldufresne.com or text 250-317-7725 7 AG PRO DERBY DAY, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, www.mapleleafmeadows.com 7 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, dallyup2@telus.net 8-9 ANNE GRIBBONS CLINIC, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, www.sunmeadowsequestriancentre.com 12-14 NDRC 14th Annual Kootenay Getaway Driving Clinic w/Ellen Hockley followed by Fun Day Driving Trial, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Okanagan Falls BC, www. horseteacher.com, Simone 778-516-5599, simone.kutos@happyhorseriders.com 13-14 MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Trophy Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC, info@missionhorseclub.org, www.MissionHorseClub.org 13-14 ROCK CREEK & BOUNDARY FALL FAIR, Rock Creek BC, www.rockcreekfallfair.ca

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN (Armstrong BC) 1-866-546-3056, www.armstronginn.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 8/14 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford BC) 1-877-336-6156, 15 min To Heritage Park, Pool/Hot tub, Restaurant, info@bestwesternabbotsford.com 8/14

DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. www.dreamscaperanch.com 9/14 CAMPING WITH HORSES WWW.HIDDENVALLEYRUSTICHORSECAMP.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-1848 Creekside Camping w/Corrals, Miles of marked trails, min. to new Cidery 7/15

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

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. 8/14

www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15

EQUINE HEALTH ECO NETS www.econets.ca, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 7/14 EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 www.littleoasisequine.com Products and support for equine digestive health. 2/15


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EQUINE SERVICES BAR NUNN THERAPY, Craig Nunn Certified Equine Sport Therapist 250-503-6735, barnunntherapy@gmail.com, info@barnunntherapy.net


Dynamic Balance Equestrian

(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • dynamic.balance@hotmail.com 4/15 5/15

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLAND’S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-2600110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14 56 • Saddle Up • July 2014

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 www.jeffreyrkelly.com Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 7/15 THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 www.theperfectsaddlefit.com Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14


Business Services FACILITY RENTALS


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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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


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



www.FIXITRENOVATIONS.ca Vibrating Post Pounding – Excavating – Renovations

Call Hans at 250-804 6662



FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 4/15 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. www.dreamscaperanch.com 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 7/14 HARNESS MANUFACTURING

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SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 2/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience



FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, www.ashcroftirly.com 4/15 BAG’N BLOK AGRI CENTRE (Morinville, AB) 780-939-4600, Pet Supplies, Tack, Animal Health, Feed, Agri Blok, Agri Melc 2000, Equest Products 5/15 Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street

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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, www.otter-coop.com 3/15 SORRENTO TIMBERMART BUILDING CENTRE, 1280 TC Highway, Sorrento BC 250-675-4112. Your local dealer for SURE CROP FEEDS. 11/14


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Equine Maintenance & Performance Massage Lynette Schmidt

Certified Equine Massage Therapist • Certified NWSAM * Also Horse Boarding available *

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PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, reinbeau@bcwireless.com 12/14 REALTORS



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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14


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ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories www.happyhorsebacksaddles.ca Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 3/15

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TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 8/14 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, wwwreimerranching.com 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. www.thehorsegate.com 5/15 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/

Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee

Work, Casual and Formal attire For the Whole Family. Plus horse taCk and saddles. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry


PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15



BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 3/15

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING  Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program    Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity


              www.bcoutfitter.com              1-250-569-7575

CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 5/15


CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, www.chevyequine.com 7/14


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 10/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales, www.diamondwbarrelhorses.com, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15 ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm. www.wildwoodfarm.ca, 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, www.thehorseranch.com 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal www.lodestarhorsemanship.ca • Cache Creek, BC • 250-280-8959 3/15

LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, manesuccess@gmail.com 10/14

MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) “Helping you put the pieces together” All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. www.mariamichel.com 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 2/15 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, www.texstables.com 10/14 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. www.tommydurocher.com 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Jordan 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 6/15 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, vernonvets@shaw.ca

On to Greener Pastures SALTY OLE JACK 1996 AQHA Stallion June 4, 1996 - June 14, 2014 SALTY OLE JACK had to be euthanized due to a twisted gut. He sired 6 registered foals and 2 unregistered foals. Salty will always be remembered for his gentle nature that he passed on to all his kids. He was often thought of as a gelding because he always was ready to be petted by all those who stopped by to do so. People used to stop and watch him grazing his personal pasture - the back lawn. He was never shown due to an injury as HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

a foal. I don’t think he believed me when I threatened to use “the biggest horsey wacker” I could find on him for sneaking out into the neighbour’s hay field and playing hard to catch. SALTY may be gone but will never be forgotten by all who had the honour to know him. - Glen Black, Lumby BC www.saddleup.ca • 59

On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


Sired By:

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

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

Visit appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 7/14

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler


Dawson Creek, BC

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



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 and unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.

www.ringsteadranch.com 12/14


“SKIPPS SAN LEO” - 8 YR REG’D APHA GELDING 15.1HH, Skipper W bloodlines, well broke, great beginner rider horse, all round horse and great dressage prospect. $3,500 ALSO: 5 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 9 Reg’d QH/PH STARTING FROM $1,500 See website www.pro-horsemanship.com 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail: pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com

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deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE, BC WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE 130 feet of Waterfront. Boat dock. 5 bedroom home, 1 ½ bath with many updates. 200 amp service. Large yard with lots of privacy plus fruit trees. Quiet street. Perfect for large or multi family. By Owner $495,000 250-447-9000 or (cell) 520-820-5777 8/14


CLEAR SPAN METAL STRUCTURE W/ INNER & OUTER MEMBRANE Ideal for Farm Use or Horse Riding Arena 26,400 sq. ft. “Cover All” (110’ wide x 240’ long) 1 - 12x12 overhead door 3 - metal man doors 1 - double door (storefront style) 20 - 1000 watt Metal Highlight fixtures 400’ of gas fired radiant heaters 250-682-1001 (Guy) or e-mail: GuyMr@shaw.ca (Kamloops BC) 8/14

PENTICTON TIMBER FRAME COUNTRY VIEW HOME Situated on 12 private acres with panoramic views overlooking the valley, only 10 min. from town. Custom built post and beam open concept, 3 bed, 2 bath home with wrap around porch and carport. Set up for horses with a barn, 80 x 160 riding arena and pastures. The property also has a unique 1,350 sq. ft. shop and guest home. $849,000 To view call 250-492-8087 (Penticton BC) E-mail: carmicountry@gmail.com 9/14


On The Market

6-YEAR-OLD HANDSOME ANGLO-ARABIAN GELDING Bay, 15.3HH. Professionally trained, trail ridden, trailers well. $2,500 plus GST. Located in Okanagan Falls 250-497-8914

16HH QH/APPY ANGLO-ARAB MARE Handsome, attentive, sound and strong. Extensive trail experience and Natural Horsemanship. Trailers well. Asking $1,500 obo Contact Deb 604-820-2684 or 604-807-3514 (Roberts Creek BC) 9/14

IMA ROWDY LENA DESIGN Sire - Ima Lena Too, ApHCC. Dam - High by Design, ApHCC. She’s a 15HH yearling Appaloosa growing quickly with colour coming through daily. Alert, athletic, quality, champion working lines. Excellent addition to your herd. $3,500 obo 250-499-5336 evenings (Keremeos BC)

MISTY MEADOWS FARM Located in Pritchard, 35 km on TCH east of Kamloops BC 22.5 acre Equestrian Property with Architect designed 3 bed, 2 full bath, 2,400 sq. ft. home. Immaculate condition with continuous updating. 4 stall barn with hay loft, water and electricity. Fenced 70 x 180 sand riding ring, and 6 fenced pastures. First domestic and irrigation rights on Desmond Brook. Full landscaped yard. Move in ready! $688,000 More pics and info available at: mistymeadowspritchard@gmail.com or 250-577-3305

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE 2 Horse open stock-type trailer with manger in front. New wheel bearings and seals, all new brakes in 2013. Paint is a little tired, which you can pretty up to your taste, but in good mechanical and electrical condition. Well-maintained. An easy hauler. I pull it with a Ford Ranger, even loaded with approximately 2,400 lbs hay/40 bales. 7 feet mid axle to roof top, or 78” real inside clearance, suited to a max 16HH horse. $1,700 or best offer. Can be seen at Selkirk Saddle Club grounds in Revelstoke BC or phone 250-814-9353

5-YEAR-OLD VERY PRETTY PAINT MARE Very well-started, has had some trail riding, ready for finishing. 15.1HH, extremely athletic, fast and full of fun. Taz loves people and loves being handled. $1,500 Please phone 250-833-2070 for more info and video. (Salmon Arm BC)

BEAUTIFUL MULES! “Acadia” is a 3-year old Molly Mule from registered Spotted Mammoth Jack and National Spotted Saddle Horse mare. KD gaits sometimes. Very friendly and easy to catch, good withers. Will be packed soon. $1,900.


Two Spotted Yearlings: her half-sister and brother at $1,500 each or $2,500 for the pair, they are identical. Bay Yearling, half-Arab for endurance $1,300

40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. www.horseflyhobbyfarm.com for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm 9/14


8-year-old dun ride and pack Mule $2,700 and two Spotted Weanlings.

See also Facebook ~ Maple Leaf Mules 250-838-6637 mapleleafmules@yahoo.ca (Enderby BC)

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Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), fuzzy_dln@hotmail.com 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 12/14 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 www.gnrmorgans.com SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 5/15 ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, www.jwquarterhorsesinc.com 6/15 NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, northpeacewelsh@gmail.com 3/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,” www.nickerssaddlery.com, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15

SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 10/14

Dragonfly Acres Bringing out the best Standing Purebred Friesian Star Stallion

OTTO fan Kenettas 16.1 Modern Style AI/Shipped, local live cover Winning offspring www.dragonflyacres.ca lisa@dragonflyacres.ca



Rural Roots

CARIBOO PARADISE FOR HORSES AND THEIR OWNERS! South-facing 18 acres at end of cul-de-sac close to beautiful Canim Lake. Park-like, sunny setting; fully fenced and x-fenced; 90’x180’ training ring; round pen; 36’ x 30’ barn w/hydro and water, 4 box stalls and hay storage. 16’x32’ detached garage. Character home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, w/open living concept. Vaulted ceiling w/log and wood accents gives you this warm country feeling. Wrap-around deck to watch those horses in the field or riding ring. On city water. Only 25 min. from 100 Mile House. Come and have a look before it’s gone! $385,000 MLS N 235807 7220 Summit Road, 100 Mile House BC FRANK URBSCHAT 250-395-0272 1-800-663-8426 Royal Lepage 100 Mile Realty urbschat@shaw.ca www.100milerealty.com

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SETTLE DOWN IN GRAND FORKS 10 acres of animal ready land, fenced and x-fenced, including a 3-stall barn with plenty of storage for hay and equipment, insulated garage with wood stove and workshop with a cooler, water and 220 power. The driveway is shrouded by trees as you head up to the house where you will find a beautiful post and beam style home with a stunning rock mantel, newer maple kitchen cabinets, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The wrap-around deck is a great place to relax and cool off after the day. Everything here shines, in the Boundary country’s sunshine valley! $449,000 MLS 2398286 5085 Siminoff Road, Grand Forks BC


CINDY ANTHONY - REALTOR 250-442-7379 Grand Forks Realty Ltd Cindy7379@gmail.com www.grandforksbcrealestate.net 9/14


Shop & Swap! FOR SALE

J&E HAY SALES INC. For all your hay needs!

CARTS PLUS & INSANE MOTOR SPORTS New & Used Golf Carts, UTVs, ATVs. Sales, Service, Repairs. 1-866886-6893 (Kelowna), 1-888-371-3946 (Kamloops), www. cartsplusbc.com, www.golfcarparts.ca 4/15


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Contact Info: Tel: 604-819-6311 Fax: 604-795-4863 Email: jehaysales@gmail.com


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EVENTS 29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988 www.cummings.ca

250-567-8590 4 Horse sooNer

All aluminum, rear tack, 4’ short wall with tack room. Weighs 4800 lbs. $27,500. 10509 Snell Road West, Vanderhoof BC 10/14 www.reimerranching.com FREE

Quality Hay Sales Horse Training and Pack Horse Clinics Tim Caldwell - 30 years Training Experience

Ranch: 1-250-395-2201 or Cell: 1-250-706-9564 7527 Watch Lake Rd, Lone Butte BC (100 Mile House area) Dynamitelakeranch@hotmail.com and Facebook


FOOTHILLS FARMS 74 x 160 Indoor Arena 100 x 200 Outdoor Arena * Clinics * Lessons * Boarding

If it’s FREE, we print for FREE. BEAUTIFUL, SOUND, SPUNKY 25-year-old Appendix Mare looking for loving home. Lovely ground manners, loads, bathes and is excellent on the trails. She needs an experienced rider as she has lots of go. If interested e-mail nanick833@gmail.com (Enderby BC)

250-706-2577 foothillsfarms@hotmail.com 100 Mile House, BC 10/14

A very unique

Land of Learning

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

CLINICS & EVENTS www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 8/14 EVA’S HORSE BLANKET REPAIRS & CLEANING (Kamloops) 250-554-3727, eva-p@telus.net 7/14



Leather & Stitches

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

The Leather Lady

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 4/15


ENGLISH & WESTERN ~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store 0


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

Building a

HORSE BARN or RIDING ARENA? Please call: Intercoast Construction Harry van Hemert Cell: 604-793-5252 Email: harco9@telus.net


Milagro Farms Celebrating 25 years

Breeding fine Pure Spanish Horses for Dressage, Doma Vaquero, Pleasure Horses like: Milagro Estimado Trained and shown by Val Hellerud. Reserve Champion twice at the Alberta Dressage Championships and Reserve Champion against all breeds at the Western Canada Regional Championships. Now owned and competed by Highland Stables.

Potential Champions - Yearlings for Sale Both are sired by Senorito RA, a bay from a long line of AREnA’S Classical Dressage Capriole horses. Astuta Dictador’s huge half-sister

RESERVE YouR 2015 MilAgRo FARMS FoAl Three precious 2015 foals are expected, sired by either: Comanche ii, a ‘qualified’ / ‘califacado’ stallion, son of olympic Dressage competitor Flamenco XXiii; or ladino gF (black bay), son of gaucho iii, from the black mare ladina.

Dictador This colt is pictured at one month old… imagine the stallion he will become.

Milagro Farms is located in the Wildcat Hills of Cochrane Alberta. Contact the Hagels for more information 403-932-7067 ~ e-mail: 7milagro8@gmail.com Proud supporter of the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse

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