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Alberta Wish Ride By Roger Matas


he Alberta Wish Ride is taking to the air this year with a raffle to assist in their fundraising efforts for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. In addition to two rides being organized in the province, the group has organized a raffle with two Westjet tickets for a scheduled flight anywhere in their system as the first prize in the draw. There is also a prize of a custom painting of Kananaskis done by a local Alberta artist. Tickets for the raffle are $10 and are available from committee members. Meanwhile, riders are signing up and getting their fundraising underway for the 4th annual Alberta Wish Ride scheduled for August 18th at Kananaskis. There is lots of room left for riders while the inaugural event scheduled for Cypress Hills September 8th is almost at its maximum number of registered riders.

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The events are a fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Riders register, raise pledges and then spend the day riding the designated trails. Riders are provided a pancake breakfast before they head out and a hot meal when they return. There’s entertainment, prizes and a silent auction after the ride as well. For every $25 raised in pledges, riders get a ticket into a draw for a new saddle. Entertainment scheduled for the Kananaskis event are cowboy singers and poets Jim Peace and Mike Dygart; as well as a Calgary group called PCB. Organizer Irene White says it’s been a busy year for the organizing group. She attended the annual Children’s Wish gala in Calgary to accept a Merit Award from the foundation in recognition of the group’s efforts. Volunteers have also spent time staffing booths at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and Southcentre Mall to

Volunteers Steve Kennard, Roger Matas and Irene White at the Calgary Farmer’s Market promoting the Alberta Wish Ride.

raise awareness of the ride and Children’s Wish. Full details of the event are available at The website also has links for registration, selecting which trail a rider would like to be on, and ways to set up a personal web page for fundraising. Riders interested in participating are encouraged to get their registrations in as soon as possible. Camping with horse stalls at Little Elbow campground is available through Alberta Parks.


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nd the winner is‌. Colleen Ross of Merritt, BC had her ballot drawn from the thousands of entries that we received for our “Gator Giveawayâ€? contest. The call to notify Colleen was very exciting and emotional to say the least. The excitement nearly turned to tears on both ends of the line as Colleen struggled to choke back her emotions. “You don’t know how much this is going to help us!â€? she exclaimed. It turns out Colleen’s husband, Norm, has been fighting a severe illness for the past several months, and between frequent hospital treatment visits, doing the daily chores on the farm, including looking after several horses, donkeys and miniatures; it has been a struggle (although you would never know it if you visited their picturesque acreage). Colleen listed Purity Feeds in Merritt as her local feed store on the winning ballot. She said she went to Michelle at Purity for a feed recommendation for a 30-year-old horse that wasn’t keeping well, and she was afraid that another cold Merritt winter might be too much for the old mare. Michelle recommended trying the Step 6 Senior ration. Not only did the horse survive the winter, but it thrived and looked great coming into spring! Because of the results she’s seen, Colleen has also switched a few of her other horses onto the Step Right Feeds including the new ProFibre Crunch for one of her horses that is sugar sensitive.

Colleen mentioned that it was Michelle at Purity Feeds who reminded her to fi ll out the ballot because “Hey, you never know!� The Gator was presented to Colleen on location at Purity Feeds in Merritt, and then loaded up and delivered to their acreage. We know Colleen will put the Gator to good use and hope that it will make chore time that much easier. From all of us here at Hi-Pro and ProForm Feeds, we would like to congratulate Colleen and wish her and her husband Norm all the best going forward. We’d also like to sincerely thank every ProForm Dealer that got behind Michelle of Purity Feeds, this promotion and encouraged their Colleen Ross, and Justin customers to participate. We received Donaldson of Hi-Pro Feeds literally thousands of entries from throughout Western Canada.


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Features Alberta Wish Ride Gator Giveaway Royal History Foal Health - Part 2 TFC - Paul Dufresne Stress & Transport - Part 2 Balance is the Key Training - Dana Hokana Mountain Trail with “Hoovers” Clicker Training Courage Canada Trail Ride

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ell I did it! I finally rode in the Gaited Horse Fun Show on a Peruvian. I have been a faithful spectator every year – and thanks to Rob & Jan Sjodin who loaned me their “Luxury Gelding” – I was a participant. Such fun! See the whole story on page 35. Just as we were putting this issue to bed (to press) I was off at the annual Elvis Festival (yes, I said Elvis, as in Presley) in Penticton. This is my 6th year going – what a hoot! The performers do not call themselves impersonators, they are Tribute Artists… and do they put on a show – Me and Loreto del Oeste RJ all weekend! It is actually a competition and a at the Gaited Show. “Hunka Hunka” good time! Artists come from Photo by Jackie Evans. all over the world to compete. And Penticton is a great host city! We are receiving more and more articles each month and I apologize if yours wasn’t printed in this issue; we had to hold some back. We anticipate they will be in the August issue. Enjoy all the shows, events and clinics this month – there sure are lots to choose from! I’m sure I’ll see you out there! Next stop? I don’t know… I can’t even keep up! I have to look in “What’s Happening” to make my own plans!

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Royal History for McRae By Frank Peebles, courtesy of The Prince George Citizen


Prince George resident has made royal history as the first woman to ever serve as part of the mounted unit guarding the Queen and the royal family. Constable Jennifer McRae, born and raised in Prince George, has been a member of the world famous RCMP musical ride for the past seven months, after a long training period. The team was dispatched earlier this month to Europe for a tour there, and after shows in Germany and England, they took up positions in a rare post: the Queen’s Life Guard. The royal foot guards are well known for their red tunics and tall, fuzzy black hats and stoic professionalism. There is a mounted contingent as well. These are all active soldiers and the position is far more than ceremonial. They are charged with protecting the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs to the throne of the Commonwealth. Other Commonwealth nations have been invited to form

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part of the Queen’s royal guard, none before or more often than Canada. Australia provided the first women soldiers to stand on guard in the foot patrols, in 2000. The first British women received the honour in 2007. On only two occasions prior to this year have personnel from Commonwealth nations comprised the mounted division. The RCMP was the first, in 1937, and the Royal Canadian Regiment’s Lord Strathcona’s Horse division did so in 2000. In all those cases, and in all domestic mounted units utilized by the British forces over the years - the royal guard dates back to about 1660 - the riders have been men. That changed on May 23, 2012 when McRae rode out with her fellow RCMP officers to take up their official positions at White Hall. “This is significant... there are three of us that were chosen to participate in this incredible piece of history,” she said. The musical ride had already performed for the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Some were invited to have tea with her majesty. Others were invited to escort the riders out for a ceremonial polo match. McRae said there was a list of red serge events the members were requested for while in England.


Royal History, cont’d “It is like a mini village here [at Windsor Castle during the Diamond Jubilee events] and is very exciting for me to be here. It is an honour to be chosen to perform for the Queen... I had butterflies,” she said. The Mounties also got to perform in Germany for events organized by the Hanoverian Society. Their first show in Europe was in Verden, Germany as a warm-up for the royal occasions. Thirtysix horses and their riders were flown over for these appearances. McRae said the Verden event was in front of 3500 people. “It was my first show and it was incredible,” she said. “We performed inside an arena and it was loud as the people were cheering and clapping. There was a standing ovation at the end and I felt very proud of what I and the ride collectively accomplished.” McRae said the training is intense


to qualify to sit a musical ride horse, and each show is designed (there are several different routines the group learns) and rehearsed for months. The choreography is part dance, part parade, part historical spectacle. “You go to the shows and you really want to do a good job and you definitely feel the pressure. But once you get into the arena and start the show, you are doing the movements and you almost forget that people are watching.” McRae also forms a family line of Mounties with rare jobs tied to the history of the force. Her father, retired member Glen McRae, ended his policing career in the rank of Sergeant Major for all of northern and western Canada - the rank dedicated to RCMP comportment and public presentation. He presented the badge to his daughter in 2007 when the junior McRae

Constable Jennifer McRae

officially graduated into the RCMP. Her first postings were to units in Kelowna and Westside. She moved to Ottawa one year ago to focus on the musical ride posting. The musical ride is a touring ambassadorial unit of the RCMP. McRae will soon be riding the equine choreography in Manitoba, southern Ontario, the Topsfield Fair near Boston, the Wyoming State Fair and the Calgary Stampede. • 7

Foal Health Part 2: The First Week By Sarah Greenwood, DVM, Greenwood Veterinary Services

You made it through the foaling and, with any luck, your foal was delivered easily and you have a happy, healthy mare as well. Here, I’ll review some of the more common foal diseases that can appear early on and when veterinary intervention is needed.


n the previous article, I discussed failure of passive transfer (FPT). I think that this is such an important topic to understand that I’m going to review it again here. FPT essentially means that a foal did not get antibodies from his dam via her colostrum during the first day of life and as such, is starting off his life with no immunity against the bacteria and other invaders that normal, adult horses would be able to combat effortlessly. The result is bacterial infection in the blood (sepsis) or organs and, often, death or euthanasia. The more common sites of infection include the lungs, belly button, digestive tract, joints or central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). There can be many compounding factors that lead a horse to increased risk of FPT (including hypothyroidism, uterine infections, immaturity, dysmaturity, rejection by the dam, etc.) but these are beyond the scope of this article. Unfortunately, I have seen far too many septic foals in my career, both in the field in smallscale practice as well as in large referral equine veterinary ICU practices. These poor foals are often heart-breaking and bankbreaking, even when the most advanced and intensive treatments are delivered. I think that there is no case truer than FPT when it comes to the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I should mention that your mare needs to be closely evaluated post-delivery as well. Three of the more common mare complications seen at, or shortly after, foaling include vulvarrectal tears, mastitis (infected udder) and retained placentas. Be sure to have your mare evaluated closely by your veterinarian immediately after delivery to identify vulvar tears, as they can range from mild to those requiring fairly invasive and complex reconstructive surgery. Keep her udder clean and check it daily for evidence of heat or pain. Don’t assume that a mare that is kicking out at her foal when he tries to nurse is simply “being a poor mother.” Consider that her udder may be sore and infected. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect mastitis, as an infected udder is not only very painful to the mare but can also act as a source of pathogens to a newborn foal. In the previous article, we discussed the importance of checking a mare’s placenta to ensure that it was expelled in its entirety. Should a mare fail to fully pass this organ, it could lead not only to infection in the uterus, but also to sepsis, fever, colic and laminitis and can be life threatening if not treated appropriately. Now back to your newborn foal. Foals are sneaky little creatures. Don’t get me wrong, I adore them, but they can appear to be bright, alert and nursing well at 8 am, only to crash at noon. 8 • Saddle Up • July 2012

One way to catch problems early is to pay careful attention to the mare’s udder - it should be soft and producing some milk most of the time. If it is becoming hard or overly full - you have a foal who is not nursing adequately. This is one of the earliest warning signs of a problem. Another early sign is increased sleeping. Now, I find this pretty darn tricky to identify because the normal foal will alternate all day long between short periods of play, nursing and sleeping. Regardless, the message is: by the time a foal has obvious symptoms (not wanting to rise, depressed, colic, coughing, difficulty breathing, lameness), the chance of successful treatment has diminished greatly. They are not miniature adults in this respect - time seems to happen faster when it comes to foals. Some of the more common diseases seen early on in a foal’s life include: Dummy Foals - This term really describes what is, most likely, a variety of different syndromes. Regardless, the end result is a foal that fails to show normal reflexes, such as udder seeking, suckling, being able to rise and moving normally. They may have abnormally high breathing rates or abnormal heart rates; they may appear clumsy and vacant, often staring off into space; they may fall down when dummy foal – they fall asleep, and may or may not have physical abnormalities. Dummy foals are at higher risks of FPT and, therefore, sepsis, and may require intensive, supportive care, depending on the severity of the syndrome. Sepsis - This is, by far, the most common cause of death or euthanasia in newborn foals. Symptoms will vary depending on which parts of the body are infected/affected. septic foal – Lethargy, inappetance, diarrhea, colic, respiratory distress, fever, enlarged joints with lameness and sudden death can all occur. As far as I’m concerned, any sick foal under the age of 14 days is considered septic until proven otherwise. Treatment is intensive and aimed not only at fighting infection but also at boosting immunity. This often requires HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Foal Health, cont’d hospitalization, intravenous fluids, intravenous antibiotics, pain relief, nasogastric feeding, supportive care and medication, plasma transfers, etc. Meconium Impaction - I have to give credit to the horse owner. They are second-to-none when it comes to reporting on the bowel movement habits of their newborns. I won’t belabour the point other than to say that foals should pass their meconium within the first few hours after birth and certainly no longer than 24 hours. Meconium is the first manure produced by the foal and is made up of cells from the digestive tract and amniotic fluid swallowed whilst in utero. It is hard, dark and pelleted, which is very different from milk feces. Colts may be more likely to experience impaction than fi llies. Symptoms include hunching, straining to defecate and colic. Enemas may be given to aid in the passing of meconium - small volumes of warm soapy water are best. Gentle application is important, as rectal tissues are fragile. Also, be wary of enemas that contain phosphorus as they can cause problems for foals. Yellow Foal Syndrome - This is an interesting disease with a delayed onset (often around four to seven days) whereby antibodies in the foal’s blood that were acquired from his dam through colostrum are actually attacking his own red blood cells, leading them to be destroyed and causing liver and kidney damage as well as anemia. The treatment is typically supportive as well as finding a new source of nutrition/foster mare, but in severe cases may require blood transfusion, antibiotics and steroids. Ruptured Bladders - It’s debatable but, colts seem more likely to suffer from bladder tears and they are thought to occur as the foal is being squeezed through the dam’s pelvis. Symptoms take some time to appear, usually about four days, and include lethargy, straining to pee, distended abdomen and sometimes fever. The treatment is typically surgical and the outcome is best if the problem is identified early, before major complications occur. Patent Urachus - During his time in the uterus, the foal’s urine is mostly collected by a tube running from the tip of his bladder out the belly button. Normally, this area fuses so that urine is instead emptied through the urethra to the outside world. Occasionally, due to a variety of reasons, this embryonic structure fails to fuse and instead, urine continues to drain across the belly button. This structure should be patent urachus (peeing surgically removed to prevent from both penis and umbilicus) www.vetnext. infection and potential sepsis. com


Congenital Abnormalities - Congenital simply means “born with” and does not equate to “genetic” or “hereditary.” Malformations can include cleft palates, heart defects, lack of parts of the digestive tract such as the anus, abnormal bites (monkey jaw or parrot mouth). Symptoms of cleft palate may include milk exiting the nose, coughing or aspiration pneumonia. Cardiac abnormalities, such as failure of holes to fuse between different compartments of the heart, may result in ill thriftiness, elevated respiration rates and exhaustion. Severe abnormalities of the jaw may prohibit a foal from properly latching on to the udder, thus increasing the risk of malnutrition and of FPT (see page 8). Limb Abnormalities - They are fairly common and may include contracted limbs (folded up) or the opposite, laxity (limbs are overly extended), and sometimes angular limb deformities (parts of the limbs do not line up properly due to abnormal components of joints). Each can present with a varying level of severity and treatment options may range from benign neglect to surgical intervention. The important thing is to Septic growth plates with collapsehave foals evaluated quickly by your veterinarian, as some treatments are timelimited (can only be done at a certain age due to growth plate changes) and early evaluation may better help to plan for such treatments. So, is every foal born with some kind of ailment? Of course not. Is every newborn foal at risk of major disease? Absolutely. Should we live in fear for the first 30 days of every foal’s life? Maybe, but I think early veterinary intervention limb contracture – for these little guys, and better yet prevention, is a more proactive approach. Goodness knows they deserve it! Sarah Greenwood, BSc, DVM, owns and operates Greenwood Veterinary Services, a mobile equine practice, out of Lake Country, BC, since 2010. She came to the Okanagan in 2007 to practice equine and small animal medicine and surgery. She has worked in researching equine microbiology and antibiotic use in foals, and interned in equine medicine and surgery in both Australia and Edmonton. Currently, she is involved in endurance race vetting as well as BCSPCA cruelty investigation cases, in addition to regular equine practice. • 9

Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne GAIT DEVELOPMENT: WALK, PART 4

The walk is important. It is the slowest gait, but it allows the rider and the horse to gain confidence in movements without the added ingredient of speed. Just as in Gait Development Part 3, we have to remember that any softening exercise ALWAYS causes a horse to be in a more relaxed emotional and physical state.

Leg Yield


Reverse Arc out of Leg Yield (bend decreases as horse gives good flexion and better balance)

his relaxed state will be seen and felt, as the horse will move in a looser and calmer way, often with a longer stride and a relaxed back while using its core/ring of muscles to drive stronger. I discussed doing fundamental exercises like the serpentine, then going into a roll-over and reach. It is a great idea to keep going back to the serpentine any time a horse gets tight/heavier in the reins. If the horse gives you a poll flexion easily, you can then go to shoulders-in, haunches-out and leg yields as discussed in Part 2. When your horse is relaxed and coordinated in these, you then can progress to the Reverse Arc, Travers/ Renvers, then Half-Pass and Pirouettes, which will be the focus of this article. These next exercises require more control of the body (the horse’s and yours) thus increase in difficulty... but are really only difficult if you don’t make sure the horse is supple before you start. These movements will improve the horse’s balance, coordination, and suppleness; they are useful in spins, exhibition/dressage moves and trail, and of course will facilitate flying lead changes later on. This is a simplified discussion of these skills and one could easily elaborate considerably more; 10 • Saddle Up • July 2012

Travers out of corner, also left canter lead position

Renvers about 4 feet off rail, flip side of Travers

but keeping things simple works best! Let’s start with the Reverse Arc. To set this up, you will first go into a leg yield. The horse has bend to one side and you focus the energy of your core to the opposite side just behind that shoulder as you elevate the inside rein. Your inside leg initiates the bend and then asks the horse to keep moving away from it to where you are looking. If the horse can do so in a relaxed and coordinated manner you can then elevate the inside rein just a bit more - almost as if you were half-halting - but now the rein asks the horse to move the weight off the inside fore and to also cross over more strongly with larger steps in the forehand and with smaller steps in the hind. The key when starting to play with this exercise is to not stay with it too long and only ask for a few steps at a time. You start a circle away from the bend, crossing with the fore and beginning to pivot more with the hind. The smaller the circle, the more the horse will pivot with the hind. I prefer to keep both fore and hind crossing. This movement will be very handy in the canter later. The next progression will be to start the Travers (haunches-in) at a corner. It works well to do a smaller circle to the


corner, and as you come to the rail your horse will be bent on the inside rein. You then proceed to ask with your outside leg for the horse to cross its outside hind in front of the inside hind. Your inside rein will cause a flexion in that bend as well as your inside leg, but you may use the supporting outside rein to steady the horse so it stays moving forward in that bend. This helps to keep the fore legs moving forward while the hind legs cross. The front end of the horse will look like it is going straighter forward while the hindquarters will look like they are moving sideways. This is a great exercise but considerably more difficult than leg yields because you are moving in the opposite direction of the bend. This is a great leadup to the pirouette or half-pass but also great as you are now in a canter lead position with engagement of the hind. From this Travers position, move both the front and the hind off the wall laterally and focus with your eyes and core forward and to the side behind the shoulder and start to travel in the half-pass, allowing the fore hand to get slightly ahead of the hind. This movement always has a forward and lateral crossing component of both fore and hind. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d supporting rein which will cause the forehand to start travelling stronger than the hind, nearly pivoting around the hind. The hindquarters keep crossing but in much smaller steps. If you go from setting the half-pass for one step, then go to asking the horse to circle around with the fore for only a step or two and then straighten out going forward, the horse will get less congested. As the supporting rein slightly guides the horse away from Pirouette crossing both it, we may even slightly raise it so the Half-pass with open front and hind, more on horse loads the hind quarters more, supporting rein front. accentuating further freeing the front end to move more reach of hind than the hind. All kinds of drills can be When a horse is reasonably comfortable done with this move. One may travel with both the Travers and Half-Pass, you forward and then take a couple of steps could try the Renvers (haunches out) which of pirouette in one direction, then travel means the horse’s hindquarters would be forward for several steps and repeat again moving laterally forward with its butt closer until you have created a box with partial to the rail rather than away from it. I set walking pirouettes at each corner. When the horse can do this with relaxation, you can this up by travelling about four feet from the rail and cause the horse to bend with move to full pirouettes. The key to developing good lateral my outside leg aid on the rib-cage (toward the rail), then I ask with the inside leg movements that soften a horse is to only ask for one to three steps of a lateral movement (opposite to rail) to move its hip and cross. Your shoulders and core should be directed and then release with a short break of forward with the horse’s shoulder and the forward travel, so that the horse will have time to contemplate that it must be guessing hind moving laterally forward. This is the flip side of Travers. correctly, on a looser rein. It may be useful to use a whip to support your leg when The next great exercise is to move from the half-pass/Travers to the asking the hind to cross over. If the horse Pirouette. In the Pirouette, I will focus is a bit stuck you can open the supporting more sideways and behind, keeping the rein with a bit of tension which will cause horse on its hind end. In the half-pass stronger engagement in the crossing of the hind outside. The horse may have more bend movement, the horse receives more

at first, but as I get better poll flexions there will be minimum bend. In French classical dressage, the idea is to effect the change you would like with as little use of the aids or combination of aids as possible. I believe this is just good horsemanship, regardless of discipline, and will help any performance movement. When you set these movements up correctly, with as little of the aids as possible, you may even succeed in doing them by mostly looking at where you want to go, once you have the correct bend, flexion, and your seat. When doing it right, the lips of the horse will whiten with saliva and may have streamers. The horse will become lighter to the aids and be more relaxed... if you are doing it correctly. Again, the key is to keep it simple and do it well. Never be afraid to review the serpentine, as this will relax an anxious horse, and also remember that practice is only good if it is done correctly and your horse is more relaxed/willing! Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America.


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Stress and Transport Part 2: Air Quality and Thermal Stress by Kevan Garecki

There are several environmental factors to consider for the horse’s sake while in transit. Attention to temperature and air quality, the physical environment (flooring and bedding, lighting, suitability of the unit for the horses on board, cleanliness), the loading plan (arranging compatible horses together, keeping incompatible horses apart, stall size) and even the trip plan can minimize stress from unfamiliar surroundings.


ir quality is always a major concern, yet frequently overlooked or misunderstood. Ventilation is important during transit, and seasonal conditions will dictate how we maintain an acceptable quality of airflow through the trailer. Roof vents should most commonly be open towards the rear of the unit; in this direction they act as exhaust points, allowing the air inside the trailer to escape. With side windows open, this creates a steady flow of air through the trailer while in motion. On extremely warm days, opening the roof vents to the front will reverse the flow of air to a degree and force more fresh air into the trailer, but doing so also causes turbulence inside, which can result in more debris and dust for the horses to inhale or become embedded in their eyes. Simply wetting down the bedding and misting the hay slightly will usually control the majority of airborne debris.


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I would like to address an all too common and potentially dangerous practice - leaving drop-down windows open while moving. Drop-down windows were designed to allow additional ventilation while the vehicle is parked and allow head access to the horses. These windows should never be left in the fully open position when travelling. With the drop-down window open, a horse cannot avoid the blast of incoming wind, at the very least being uncomfortable, but also increasing the risk of injury from airborne debris. I have seen some rigs underway with both the drop down windows and the window bars open, allowing the horses to poke their heads outside. This should never be done! Even a moderately-sized insect can strike the eye, blinding the horse permanently! There have been many cases where passing trucks have struck horses with their mirrors, horses have spooked and tried to climb out the window, and some have been decapitated when the trailer passed an oncoming vehicle. Transport regulations share a constant throughout North America in that all livestock in transit must be held completely within the vehicle, so that no part of the animal may protrude from it. Allowing a horse’s head outside while moving is not only completely inconsiderate of his safety, but also illegal. Thermal stress is simply that which the body experiences when temperatures rise or fall out of the norm. Older and very young horses are most susceptible to thermal stress, as they frequently lack the ability to regulate their own body heat beyond minor changes. Temperature control is another topic that seems to hold some mystery for many folks; this is primarily due to a simple misunderstanding of a horse’s

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Stress and Transport, cont’d physiology and metabolism. Horses are comfortable within a broader thermal range than humans are (-1 to 20 Celsius, or 30 to 70 Fahrenheit), so what may feel cool to us is just right for them. The equine “thermostat” which controls a series of temperatureregulating functions is quite remarkable. Tiny muscles just under the skin can alter the angle of the hair follicles, allowing them to raise the hair shaft up to trap insulating air underneath and thereby minimize heat loss. As the ambient temperature rises, the hair shaft is laid flat against the skin to facilitate dispensing heat through the skin. Blanketing interrupts this ability, and the horse can no longer adjust to temperature changes on his own. Metabolic changes can also be regulated to increase or decrease heat production when needed, assuming the horse has sufficient forage and water to do so. Contrary to a popular myth, grain and other concentrated feeds do not help a horse to warm up; more heat is generated through the digestion of forage or roughage. If you want to help a horse stay warm, increasing his hay ration will stoke the furnace far better than grain. Horses can experience considerably higher and lower temperatures while in transit than we may think. There are many factors affecting the interior temperature of a horse trailer - size, ventilation, number of horses on board and whether they are blanketed or not, ambient temperature and humidity. The insulating qualities of the trailer itself are dependent on the materials used in its construction, such as bare metal walls or those lined with rubber matting, metal floors versus wood plank, and even the exterior colour can have a significant impact on interior temperature. These variants complicate things to the point that there is no single “right answer” for all situations. On longer trips, I may remove and/or replace blankets when the ambient temperature dictates. With sufficient forage and water, a horse can deal with moderate cold more efficiently than excessive heat. Be mindful of weather changes and make adjustments as necessary to the ventilation, blanketing or feed/water. Cleanliness of the trailer provides a healthier environment for the horses inside. Manure sheds bacteria,

urine gives off toxic ammonia, and the dust emanating from dried manure can easily overwhelm the cleansing functions of a horse’s respiratory system. This is a good time to remind everyone about the debate on tying; I haul loose whenever possible and safe. Horses need to lower their heads to a point equal to or slightly lower than the withers in order to expel contaminants from their airways. They also use their heads and necks for balance, so a loose horse is significantly less stressed than one that is restrained. I may tie during loading and unloading, just to ensure everyone behaves, but once on the road I remove head ties and offer them as much freedom as possible. Proper training of horses, a loading plan, suitable vehicle(s) and driving/handling techniques are also easily controllable factors which combine to create a less stressful experience for our equine friends. Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC.

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Balance is the Key By Christa Miremadi Balance is the key. Whether you ride English or Western, are a beginner or a seasoned professional, or even if you’ve never so much as sat on a horse before - balance is essential to progress; but I’m not just talking about physical balance here.


lthough physical balance is important, of course, what I am talking about here is emotional balance. Remaining in control of your emotions (like anger, frustration and fear) is essential to remaining in control, not only of your horse but also of your life. Interestingly enough, emotional balance will also affect your physical balance. The human (and equine) body has a shape for each emotion and that shape will affect your seat in the saddle and your centre of gravity. At the risk of stating the obvious, horses need boundaries, direction and support in order to understand what is expected of them. Discipline and correction are a natural and necessary part of horsemanship. As the leader, it is your responsibility to deliver these without getting thrown off balance emotionally into frustration, anger or fear. If you watch horses interacting together, it won’t be long before you will see them setting boundaries with one another. They aren’t gentle about it either! They use teeth, hooves and horsepower to get their messages across; however, what you won’t see is any emotional attachment to those actions. When a horse sets a boundary with another horse, it’s either strong enough, or it isn’t. If it is, horse #1 will move horse #2 away. If it isn’t, horse #1 will recognize his/her defeat and move away from horse #2, accepting that horse #2 ranks higher. Neither horse will become upset by the interaction, nor will there

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be hard feelings. In fact, horse #1 and horse #2 will probably be grazing together in peace, moments later. Horses live in the moment. However, when a human sets a boundary, although the same rule still applies (either it’s strong enough or it isn’t), we tend to get thrown off balance, emotionally. Unwanted outcomes may cause us to be overwhelmed by feelings of anger or frustration that lead to emotionally-driven physical reactions like hitting, pushing or yelling. Far too often, I’ve seen someone try to set a boundary (such as “personal space”) with a horse that wasn’t strong enough, only to get mad when the horse comes a little too close. This is understandable, for sure, even necessary, in order to regain a position of safety and control, but it doesn’t effectively teach horse or human. Anger might have provided the person with enough energy to rebuild the boundary and move the horse out of her space, but it also does something else that I don’t think either human or horse wants. It muddies the waters, so to speak. What I mean is, it gets everyone’s blood racing and makes it difficult for both horse and human to think clearly or learn from the interaction. If the person could see the horse’s unwanted behaviour (in this case, the act of crossing the boundary) as the critique that it is, and simply make the boundaries clearer to the horse, both human and horse could make some incredible progress. The horse’s “misbehaviour” is nothing more than information - letting the human know that the boundary was not strong enough for the horse to understand or react to; it is not a personal insult. Communicating clearly and in an

emotionally-balanced way is essential to being successfully understood by our horses. Now, the obvious question is: how do you make a boundary clear enough to be respected by a horse? How much pressure is too much? At what point do you cross the line from clear to cruel? In my experience, if you’re worried about being too tough, you’re not likely to be too strong. It’s also been my experience that, as long as you remain emotionally balanced, there will be no risk of being excessive or unfair. Sometimes it can be hard to muster up enough energy or strength to back a horse out of your space without evoking the feelings of frustration or anger. (Remember I said that each emotion has a shape?) When this happens, folks can go overboard. Using a tool of some sort is a good way of increasing the pressure without losing control of your emotional balance. Even just a plastic bag tied to a willow branch could do the trick. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to work, and it shouldn’t be used to create fear but rather to help promote a healthy respect for a person’s space. As long as the human’s intentions are not to create fear, but rather to help the horse to understand an unclear boundary, any fear the horse has for the tool will quickly be replaced by a feeling of comfort and relaxation. The tool you choose to use is simply an extension of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Balance is the Key, cont’d emotional balance will not only help you in your work with your horse but also in your everyday life. Controlling yourself is directly related to controlling your horse. Regardless of your discipline of choice, whether you ride English or Western, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, balance is the key. yourself. As I tell my students, it will amplify your energy, whatever that energy may be. Think of it as “the magic feather” in Disney’s movie, Dumbo. Dumbo didn’t need the feather to fly; he only needed the confidence that holding a “magic feather” gave him. The tool you choose to use (if you choose to use one) will amplify whatever you already possess. If you are not in control of your emotions and you aren’t balanced, then you’ll need to find a way to achieve a feeling of calm, quiet leadership (which I call “being centered”) in yourself before attempting to amplify your energy to your horse. Amplifying the wrong type of energy can have an undesirable effect. Sometimes this is where we need help from another experienced horseperson, instructor or friend who can offer feedback. Learning to balance in your saddle is, without a doubt, an important and necessary part of becoming a successful horseperson but that is not where it ends. Learning to find

Christa Miremadi has been working with and around horses since 1984. She’s had experience in English and Western competitive riding, guiding trail rides, overnight out-tripping, ranch work, facility management and much more. For the last 12 years, Christa has been a partner in her family business located in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she acts as: facility manager, riding instructor, horsemanship director and co-herdsperson (along with her husband, Amin aka Pinto Miremadi) for more than 30 horses. Sharing her horsemanship through clinics, Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships by opening the lines of compassionate communication between humans and their horses. Addressing mind, body and soul, Christa strengthens partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view.

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Dear Editor‌ Hi Nancy: The June issue was great. Loved the article on Appaloosa colour patterns, among other informative stories. The cover is exceptionally beautiful; I would have that as a wall poster. Hope you had a great time at the Gaited Show. Sorry I couldn’t make it (3rd year in a row missed) - too much work, not enough good weather. - Genevieve Amy, Interlakes, Cariboo (P.S. Say ‘hi’ to Brenda Bettles for me)

Hey there Nancy: You mentioned that you were looking for viewer feedback regarding the Tennessee Walking horse cruelty and I am happy to weigh in for all the Walker breeders, show competitors and casual Walker riders. I have owned and ridden Walkers for many years. Had one of the best show mares in Western Canada and she had been shown extensively in Canada and Washington by the previous owner. I have also had the pleasure of knowing several reputable breeders personally. I am here to clarify that what was shown in that video is NOT acceptable nor is it practiced here in Canada showing. Canada Tennessee Walker shows are flat or plain shod Walkers who are gaiting naturally thru conditioning and training. Good trainers will understand the gait well and square a Walker up into a 4 beat gait and then work on transitions from flat walks to running walks. Due to the conditioning nature of the walk, Walkers are rarely worked in the three beat canter until the 4 beat walk is conditioned and trained to completion. The “Big Lick� Walkers from the lower States, Kentucky and Tennessee, breed for real “pacey� loose moving horses and instead of conditioning them with training using good seat and hands, they use artificial means and torture to get that big walk and four beat, head nodding gait. They also go for the extreme gait which is why they do what they do to get the maximum

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animation in the front end. As well they also break the tails as to “perch� them up high. Not all that different than what some Saddlebred show competitors have done. I am passionate about this breed and don’t want any misunderstanding about the Tennessee Walker breed or how they are shown here in Canada. Matter of fact most Walker shows in the states do not accept or condone this type of torture. Tennessee Walkers are a man-made breed going back to the Pacer, Standardbred, Morgan, Saddlebred and Thoroughbred amongst other breeds, some introduced to add colour. Two important foundation stallions were Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy. They both possessed a loose moving lateral pace gait that could be squared up into the wonderful running walk that so many well and selectively bred horses have today. A side note. I see a lot of recreational Walker riders riding their horses in pace rather than walk. Folks that do not understand the gait think that the pace is comfortable but in fact it is a side to side lateral motion instead of the smooth as glass four beat walk with a head shake. “If the head’s not nodding the horse is not walking� is a common phrase used by Walker trainers and educated riders. Riding Walkers in the lateral gait or pace for extended periods of time can affect the horses stifle and/ or hocks. These horses have looser hind end ligaments which allow for that big loose moving walk but if not conditioned and ridden properly in the four beat gait can affect soundness over time. Hope this clarifies that Walker shows overall should not be painted with such a bloody brush. The cruelty of a few greedy, over-indulged, self-serving cretins in the deep south should not influence the idea that the Walker world on the whole is this corrupt and cruel... it simply isn’t. To all the dedicated Walker Breeders and trainers I know, thank you for promoting the breed in its best form... naturally. Hope all is well and take care, Ginger Chappell, Barriere, BC

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Project Equus Update By Theresa Nolet


here is a saying that money cannot buy happiness. I say those people have never adopted a rescue! If you are interested in buying some happiness Project Equus currently has three horses available for adoption ranging in age from 2 years to 7 months old! If you are considering getting a horse that you can train from the ground up, so to speak, please consider one of our rescues! Here are the beauties we have available - all looking for love! “Abercrombie” is our two-year-old and is a sweet and gentle boy. Born on the range, he was at his mom’s side when he joined us. Since arriving he has been gelded, halter trained and is currently being started with an introduction to the saddle. He is small-sized but suitable for a Abercrombie and Applejack shorter person. He has one blue eye.


“Aurora” the first born, of the foals from the pregnant mares that we rescued, turned a year old on May 5, 2012. Her mom is Anastasia, the flea bitten grey mare, and Aurora will turn grey as well. She is sooo very smart and eager to learn. Her foster mom has started doing some Clicker training with her. “Applejack” is the last foal, born on October 10, 2011 and is Abercrombie’s brother. Applejack has been gelded and is halter trained with Aurora showing off! just a touch of ground work under his belt. He is much like his brother in his disposition, with just a little bit more confidence in him. No guarantees, but we think he will be taller than his brother. If you think you would be interested in any of our youngun’s… call Theresa at 250-497-6733 or e-mail projectequus@ for more info or to arrange a visit! • 17

Equine Facilitated Life Coaching By Ken Buck What is it? Why is it so powerful? Coaching with horses as co-facilitators is a collaborative and focused performance-improvement and experiential dialogue (spoken and unspoken) based on disclosure and feedback, and deepened by curiosity, courage, and commitment. Coaching is distinct from therapy (dealing with events of the past). Coaching is all about looking forward by creating a process for fulfi llment, balance and “Life” with a capital L! While coaching offers a powerful problem-solving platform, it serves best for teaching, developing, and performance improvement for individuals and groups. In the course of ongoing coaching conversations, both parties are working together toward predetermined goals and performance improvements.

Coaching is about designing the future: • Creating and achieving the client’s full potential • Filling the client’s heart and soul; re-igniting spirit • Making informed choices for the long term; recreating and living “Life” People are attracted to coaching because of an implicit knowledge that aspects of their lives are not serving them as well as they would like. This could be in the areas of career,

relationship(s), finance, health, personal development or a variety or combination of other motivations. The role of the coach is not to prescribe what their clients “should do” in any particular set of circumstances, but to empower the client to find his/her (or their) own best answers.

Coaching is based on four philosophical cornerstones:

Equine Coach Sadie and Maude (client) having a powerful coaching conversation. (Photo by Kenneth Buck)

• People are naturally creative, resourceful and whole - whereby the coach is the champion for the client’s “greatness” • Focusing on the whole person - including mind, heart and body - the spirit of the client; creating whole life, through emotional intelligence and emotional agility • Dancing in this moment, without scripts, creating consensual (or co-created) leadership/relationship through vulnerability and trust • Evoking transformation; connecting today’s goal and life’s full potential - creating the “a-ha!” moments Life changes are inevitable and becoming more and more frequent. Change can be fought, or it can be embraced. If nothing changes, nothing changes! The coach is the “change agent” for the client’s transformation. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”” - Charles Darwin.

Why do the horses make Equine Facilitated Coaching so powerful? Horses are prey animals (meaning that they are food for others further up the food chain). As a herd, and as individuals within the herd, they must rely on each other for their very survival, yet most of their communication is non-verbal (even more than the 90% of all human communication that is nonverbal). The horses “speak” with their bodies, their souls and their spirits. In a time of crisis, such as an approaching, hungry cougar, they all instinctively know what to do and who will do what. Horses are black and white - they have thrived for centuries based on simple answers to simple questions: flee or fight or eat? As a herd, they deal with the cougar crisis and then “go back to grazing.” On the other hand, people are generally multiple shades of grey, with perhaps no black or no white at all. In life, let alone a crisis, the grey can result in indecisiveness (as teams or as individuals), confusion, and incomplete or 18 • Saddle Up • July 2012


Equine Facilitated, cont’d unfulfi lled lives/careers, despite all of the luxuries people have created for themselves. Horses are very suspicious of incongruity in the individuals comprising the herd, or in people trying to interact with them. When the body language being depicted on the outside of a person does not match the language speaking from the inside of the person, (much the same as what horses “read” from a predator), the horses can sense the incongruity a mile away and leave the scene immediately if they have that choice. If humans only make the effort to notice, they will find that the horses speak very loudly and very vociferously when someone is trying to “pull the wool over their eyes” in such a way. Alternatively, when there is consistency in what a person’s body language is saying and their intent, horses are among the most willing of partners and communicators! All we as the humans need to do is recognize, learn and apply their lessons. For example, one of the most fundamental equine facilitated coaching exercises is to experience and work with the energetic boundaries established both by people and by horses. Science has proven that there are invisible energetic layers around sentient beings that define the layers of a relationship. If those boundaries are violated without the other’s consent (as we do every day when


approaching our horses, our colleagues at the office, or other drivers on the highway), it can create fear, anger or mistrust sometimes very subtly and other times explosively. Pretty simple isn’t it? All we have to do is experience these lessons using our whole bodies, (mind, heart and gut) and not just the space between our ears! For example, the energetic field created by our hearts is 5,000 times greater than that created by our brains. Horses have supported human existence for millennia. Despite all of the injustices which continue to be perpetrated on them, they still support us unconditionally. Learning their lessons through Equine Facilitated Coaching is perhaps the way that we can repay their generosity. Ken Buck is a Registered Landscape Architect and a Certified Equine Alchemy Coach in Training (graduating in August 2012). He and his wife Helen Russell offer a variety of equine related services through their new corporation International HorseCentred Collaborative Ltd. in Armstrong, BC. • 19


I am asked the question often, “How do I get my horse over his fear of other horses?” I have some tips that I’ve learned that I believe will help you! Horses have their own individual personalities just like people do, which can vary from being bossy and bold to timid and easily intimidated.


n a group setting, horses have their own natural “pecking order,” or ranking, to decide who “the boss” is, so to speak. There’s always a top dog and a bottom dog. Some horses get downright mean and seem to get all the food, while other horses get along with everyone; still other horses are afraid of all the other horses. Often the horse that is afraid of other horses has experienced being at the bottom of the pecking order in a group setting, while in other cases, the horse may have had a bad experience and become truly frightened.

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If you have a horse with the personality that puts him at the bottom of the pecking order, he will be more prone to getting easily intimidated; he may not be so forgiving if he has been run into or kicked by another horse. If you are struggling with a fearful horse, it will help you to identify what your horse’s personality is like. If I am riding a horse that is on the timid side, I will be very mindful to protect him from being run into or scared at his first few horse shows, as he is learning to work in a crowded new environment. The best way to get a horse over any fear is to put him in an environment that you can control, present him with his fear, and create a positive result. Do this over and over until he overcomes the fear. As your horse’s confidence grows, protect him until you know that he has truly overcome his fear. Some horses will become ear-pinny or aggressive and appear mean, although the root of that aggression is really fear. If you are working with a horse like this, you need to be sure that you stay in control of your horse and don’t let him get away with being aggressive toward other horses. I often tell the story of Pavlov’s dog when I teach people to train their horses. If you don’t know the story, here it is: Pavlov was a scientist who studied behaviour and formulated behaviour modification. Most of training is behaviour modification. He took a dog and found that every time the dog would see and smell food, it would salivate. He then found he could train the salivating response to the ringing of a bell. To do this, he would bring the food and ring the bell at the same time and the dog would salivate. After a while, Pavlov could ring the bell without any food and the dog would still salivate. The dog’s response (salivating) became conditioned from seeing and smelling the food to salivating when hearing the ringing of the bell. This story really struck me and I think of it often while training horses. If another horse frightened your horse, that horse became a stimulus that developed a conditioned response in your horse, such as jumping sideways. This response, or fear of horses, can develop into a problem that can take time to overcome. Remember, good and bad habits are both conditioned; with positive results, you can change or do away with a bad habit. This is why it is not a good idea to severely punish or frighten a horse when he is afraid. It often just makes your problem worse. The best way to overcome your horse’s fear is to present the situation that frightens him, over and over, and control HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d the outcome so that it ends in a positive result. One of my veterinarians is very wise in this regard, as I have a mare that hates shots. She is terrified of them, and most people cannot give her a shot. He started giving her treats as he’s giving her a shot, and he became able to give her a shot without any restraint. Remember, breaking any negative cycle will take a lot of reconditioning which will include time and patience. I will give you some techniques that I have used to get some of the horses that I have trained over their fear of other horses. Now that you have the formula that often creates a bad habit, you can become creative and think of ways that you can apply this to many areas of your horse’s learning and habits, and help create the results that you want! One of the most important tips for success that I have is, don’t leave or end your workout until you get a positive result. Do your best to get a breakthrough. The first few times you work with your horse, be prepared to spend the time it takes to “get to the other side� so to speak, or at least get a small win. That’s why it is so important to allow plenty of time to break through, because if you end the day with no improvement, you have further conditioned (and deeply engrained) the fear. One of the reasons why it may take so long to break a bad habit or fear is that negative stimulation can make a greater impact on horses or people than positive ones.

Building Positive Experiences around Other Horses Here are some confidence-building exercises that I did on my mare that was very afraid of other horses. You will need to enlist the help of other people and their horses to do these exercises.

Tip #1: Pony your horse off other horses The first thing I did for my horse was to pony her off other horses. I would pick a safe, quiet horse that I knew would not kick or frighten her. I started at the walk and I would stop often and pet her on the face, neck, and shoulders. Every time I pulled her toward me on the other horse, she would be afraid, but I would pat her and talk to her and she gradually became willing and happy to walk up to me while I sat on another horse - because each time it ended positively! This mare was so afraid that it took me hours the first time I did this, but I was patient and I kept at it. I also talked to her a lot as I was ponying her, as the human voice can be a soothing reward to horses. Look for signs of relaxation such as licking the lips, or taking a deep breath. This also shows acceptance of the situation.

Tip #2: Pony other horses off your horse The next thing I did was to ride her and pony other horses off her. You need to make sure that she does not kick at the other horses. If she is aggressive or prone to kick, you may not want to do that. Remember, control or limit the horses touching noses or touching one another, so they do not “argue� and perhaps kick out at one another. That could take your forward progress HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

backwards, quickly! Also, remember that if you turn her nose to face the horse, then her hindquarters move away. So, by controlling her front end, you can control her hindquarters! Once she was relaxed at the walk, I would step up to the trot and even the lope as I am ponying off her and ponying her. Take your time and build up slowly!

Tip #3: Have people ride around your horse The next thing I did was to sit on my mare, then have people ride around us and up to us, then pet her and talk to her from their horse. This really helped a lot; she started out afraid of horses coming up to her, but it ended in a positive with her being petted and talked to. You could even use treats if you wanted to. One important tip, as the rider is coming up to her, you will break through much quicker if you have the other rider touch or pat her each time before moving away. I have spent hours having a horse move towards her, and away from her, with her still being afraid. Then I tried having the rider come up to her and just keep touching her until she was quiet, before moving away. I also get people to ride next to me and with me a lot. I took her to a lot of shows and rode around crowds of horses. I would also pony her off other horses when I would first get to the show. One thing I was careful to NOT do, was put her in a situation to get more afraid. At the shows, I would ride defensively and, if someone looked out of control, I would keep her away from that horse! I hope this knowledge will help you to help your horse overcome his/her fear of other horses! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Horse people, helping horses and their people‌ Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/ Coaches.)

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Biggest Human Mistakes By Barbra Ann King As you arrive at the barn, grabbing your halter and making your way to your horse in the pasture, you are suddenly bombarded with questions in your mind… “What shall I do with my horse today? Will I be able to catch my horse easily today? Should I be firmer, stronger without being aggressive? Should I back off? Maybe I’m scary and that’s why he always runs away from me.


hat am I doing wrong? Why is my horse good one day and not the next? I think I’ll ride today. Well, maybe not, I’ll see how he is.” Do you recognize yourself here? If so, you are committing one of the biggest human mistakes when dealing with horses.

Mistake #1: Ambiguity Horses do not understand ambiguity. Ambiguity equals confusion. When we try to convince our horses that we are true equine leaders, as taught in the Relationship Riding method, and we simultaneously question ourselves in their presence, they can’t see us as a leader that will keep them safe. We must have a clear mind before undertaking anything with our horses.

Mistake #2: Not Being in the Present Moment Horses live in the present moment. It is a question of survival for them. If a horse living in the wild, surrounded by predators, started questioning the reason and purpose behind why his leader is asking him to move now, he wouldn’t live long enough to get an answer. Horses are able to associate a certain situation with pain and/or danger because of a past experience. For example, a halter may trigger a reaction in them because they associate it with what comes next, simply because they have experienced it in the past. All this still happens in the present moment. Their minds and bodies are reacting to what is happening in the present. If we wish to attain a close understanding and clear communication 22 • Saddle Up • July 2012

with our horses, we must be in the present moment with them.

Mistake #3: Being Dominant Whether we wonder what we are going to do with our horse today, or have it all planned out to the exact detail, it all takes place in our conscious mind. We may want to believe that we are not being dominant with our horses, but if we have a plan, no matter how big or small it may be, and we carry it out without even considering our horses and how they feel about it, then we are being dominant, expecting them to be subservient. For those of you who listen to their horses and pay attention to what they are saying, you probably have a close relationship with your horse. For those who think “Humbug! I call the shots here!” you have probably been thrown off, kicked and/ or bitten, and left in the dust more times than you would have liked.

Mistake #4: Assuming Horses Don’t Know What You Are Thinking The biggest human mistake is to assume that our horses don’t know what we are thinking. Because they don’t always comply with our demands, and some have very good reasons not to, we think they need to be taught how to move, how to use their bodies, how to live, etc. We presume they need to wear clothes, shoes and live in houses because we do. I’ve heard many people say that we should never give horses an opportunity to discover that they are stronger than we are. That being said, many people hurt

horses and scare them to make sure they have control over them (dominance). Think about that last sentence; isn’t it ironic? I can confidently say that every horse owner/lover out there is standing in front of a special teacher. I believe that the horses’ biggest wish is for humans to start listening to them telepathically, like they used to many, many years ago, and to believe in the magical relationship that is possible between horse and human. Enjoy the journey! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviourist, founder of the Relationship Riding method and a published author living in Alberta. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners. She also offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website (www.relationshipriding. com).


2012 Barrel Bonanza By Chantelle Prentice Photos courtesy of Salmon Arm Observer


arrel racers from throughout the province descended upon the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds on June 2-3 for the first ever Salmon Arm Barrel Bonanza. Just under 140 competitors came as far away as the Sunshine Coast and Dawson Creek for a chance at $3,000 money added and donated prizes from sponsors. The Salmon Arm Barrel Bonanza was a B.C. Barrel Racing Association and Canadian Barrel Racing sanctioned event. Competitors were able to receive race credits towards qualifying for the BCBRA Finals and the CBR Finals. The weather held out for the weekend Candice Mitchell Open 4D Average Winner and the race was enjoyed by many. Tack vendors also set up booths to enjoy the successful turnout of racers and spectators alike. The two day race paid out money each day to 9th place, and also provided prizes to the weekend average winners. The total jackpot payout was just over $17,000! Kyla Clarke from Kelowna and her mare Sail on Fast Chic were the big weekend winners taking home 2nd on Saturday & 1st place on Sunday in the Open 1D. These placings edged Kyla into winning the Open 1D Average and posted the fastest time of the weekend, a 16.974! Many local riders from Salmon Arm and area placed very well. Lissa Quinlann from Grindrod won the Open 2D Average; Sue Bleile from Chase won the Open 3D Average; and Candace Mitchell from Salmon Arm won the Open 4D Average. All Open Average winners won money and Montana Silver Smith Buckles. Race producers Chantelle Prentice and Lindsay Bartko would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who made this weekend a success. D. Webb Contracting supplied their water truck and arena groomer; and Kioti Tractor donated a tractor for the event. To locate another fun and exciting barrel race near you, please check out and

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Mountain Trail Competition: You’ve Got To Try It! By Jennifer Woodward

We are lucky as equestrians - there is an almost endless variety of ways to spend time with our equine partners. Some folks specialize, some are a jack of all trades, and others simply enjoy their partners as beautiful pets. However, a relatively new sport has emerged over the last 12 years... quietly at first, but now growing in such popularity that it is expanding throughout the USA, Canada and into European countries.


egional competitions, horse expos, and even reality-type TV shows are now fi lled with folks eager to show off their skills in various types of Mountain Trail Competitions. Mountain/Extreme Trail is a diverse discipline that can be accomplished by all breeds, from minis to mules, and by all styles of riding, from western to dressage and everything in between. The obstacles and tasks that comprise these events are more applicable to everyday recreational or ranch work situations than regular breed show trail is.

Champion All Around Ranch Hand: Mitch Hoover and TJ Fox. Obstacle: Cross Bridge

We asked Mitch and JoLinn Hoover, six-time National Mountain Trail Open Division earner of MJ Rising H Ranch, to share a few details about mountain trail competitions. Mitch and JoLinn have been involved in this sport since its inception and hold numerous championships and world records. Their students are consistent topplace earners throughout the various off-shoots of the sport. Q: Why would someone want to check out this sport? A: It’s fun, challenging, diverse, and interesting for horse and rider. It can be accomplished by any breed and any style of rider wanting to learn. The people drawn to Mountain/Extreme Trail are fun, encouraging of others, positive, and the sense of “family” runs deep. Since we’ve been involved in it from the foundation, both as competitors and as instructors/clinicians, we have seen it evolve into what it is today

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Mountain Trail Competition, cont’d with its variety of event styles. We are excited to see the continued expansion and development of the sport. Q: What advice would you give to someone wanting to check it out? A: It is beneficial for you to go watch one or two events first, before you ride in one. The lack of prior Canine Companion Champions: Mitch preparation is the single most Hoover, Shania and Tucker. Obstacle: common error we see in Traverse obstacle course with dog doing all obstacles with rider. riders new to this discipline. In addition, our advice is always to seek the help of a KNOWLEDGEABLE person who has experience in all aspects of this discipline, including competition strategy, to help direct you. It’s not enough that you have ridden in the great outdoors all your life, or have shown arena trail, or have a great JoLinn teaching trail skills through log horse. If you want to have a safe, positive experience, it jumble. is worth your time to seek some counsel on how best to do that. Q: Ok, so say a person checks out a couple of events and decides they would like to give it a try. What kinds of obstacles should they plan to encounter? A: Bridges, log piles, platforms, water obstacles, ditches, gates, smoke - really, the list is quite extensive. Most riders get too focused on the obstacles. You can never put all the obstacles in front of your horse that you may have to face, either on the trail or in a competitive setting. However, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you and your horse are prepared to handle the unexpected in a manner that will not only bring you safely off the course, but may also garner you points from a savvy judge. A good coach and opportunities to practice during clinics at professional places like Twisted Terrain can be very helpful. Plus, the more that person strives to learn true biomechanics and footfall, the faster they will excel at Mountain/Extreme Trail. In our clinics, we teach riders to take the focus off the obstacle and onto maneuvering body parts so that they have control of their horse regardless of what is under, over, or around them. Q: Do you have any parting words for the readers? A: Come out and give it a try! The sport is full of really great people having fun with their equine partners and we’d love to have you join us! Competitions, clinics and demonstrations of mountain trail are growing fast here in Canada. Check out the “What’s Happening? Let’s Go!” section at the back of each issue of Saddle Up to stay informed on the latest events. Mitch and JoLinn have clinics scheduled in Hope, BC at Twisted Terrain Horse Park on July 27-29 and October 26-28, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

2012. Visit or www.twistedterrainhorsepark. com for more information. You also have an opportunity to watch the Hoovers at the Mane Event Expo in Chilliwack on October 19-21 (visit Mitch and JoLinn Hoover each have 35+ years experience training and coaching in the horse industry. Their accumulative lifetime Champion and Reserve Championships and World Record setting awards span a variety of disciplines, including Mountain and Extreme Trail, Cowboy Challenges and Races, Versatility Ranch Horse events, cattle and stock dog events, and Team Sorting and Team Brandings. In addition, JoLinn holds the world record as six-time National Mountain Trail Open Division earner. Having worked with well over 2,000 horse-rider teams, during these past fifteen years the Hoovers have focused intently on developing student performance through teaching and coaching. Their vast knowledge of horse-rider biomechanics, combined with their uncanny ability to access and analyze each horse/rider’s problem areas, finds them highly sought by all level of riders. As a result, they succeeded beyond measure in their goal of seeing the MJ Rising H Team Hoover students fill the top five in every type of competitive Trail Horse and cattle event competition in all states west of the Rockies.



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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy CHANGING “OH NO” INTO “A-HA!”

Our society looks at things that are not working, the way we’d like them to, with a negative “oh no” reaction. I want you to learn to see those “oh no” moments as “a-ha!” moments instead; to view them as positive opportunities to build and strengthen behaviour, relationship and balance with your horse.


urning an “oh no” into an “a-ha!” will not work if you just practice the same old same old. How many times have you seen someone dealing with an issue simply doing the same thing over and over? Let’s take lunging for instance, as it was something I presented last month and will be fresh in your mind. The horse refuses to move away from the handler or falls in on the circle or turns, and the handler becomes the one being lunged. The handler repeats the same cue, yet expects a different result. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein. This statement makes perfect sense, yet I constantly see this behaviour when riders work with

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their horses! By the end, both are tired and frustrated, and the handler may have damaged the relationship that she was trying to build. If you recognize yourself here, stop and ask yourself these questions: Does the horse understand all the cues that I think he does? Is my body language actually asking for what I am getting? Am I aware enough of my body to be able to tell if this is happening? Am I trying to get the correct part of the horse to leave first? Does he want to be with me and bend on the arc of the circle, or does he want to leave and is looking away from the inside? Do I have his mind? Making a video of your session is invaluable to give you the information you need to answer these questions. Stopping the session if you are not getting anywhere is fine and a much better choice than “making” it happen. Getting bigger may get what you want, but does he really understand what you want? Or was it a lucky guess? Does he want to readily do the behaviour again or is he looking to escape because he really doesn’t understand what you want? Component clicker training ensures he does understand and is very willing and eager to repeat the behaviour because he understands. Remember that you and your horse should be calmer at the end of the session than when you started. “A-ha!” moments allow us to see where communication and understanding is weak. Good clicker trainers will stop and think. They will make sure that each part of the behaviour is taught and reinforced before trying the whole behaviour again. They will dissect the behaviour into its component parts to see exactly where it is falling apart. This is like taking your car to the mechanic. He plugs it into the computer and finds where the problem is. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that with our horses? But we can achieve a similar result with component training and the clicker. And we can also find out which member in the relationship the issue is coming from - the horse or handler. Is it the horse? The issue may result from a lack of physical balance. Is he having a hard time bending to one side? Is it a physical issue? Is he sore? If so, why? Where is the stiffness originating? It could also be psychological in nature, such as distraction or fear. Does he want to get back to his buddies? Does he have a harder time being okay with you on a specific side of him? Is it the handler? Perhaps it is your own lack of physical balance. Are you better lunging to one side than the other? Do you need to work on your co-ordination and skills away from the horse until you can ask the same way when lunging either side? I always HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d find it curious that we expect our horses to do everything equally well on both sides but not many of us can do the same. (Just try writing or brushing your teeth with your other hand.) Have you ever thought that the imbalances in your body are causing the imbalances in your horse? Perhaps that is something you should seriously consider. Maybe you are the reason why he can’t get his right lead, or do shoulder-in to the left. Maybe it is a lack of mental balance in the handler? Are you concerned that others are watching? If so, be brave enough to take the time to find out why. Your horse will thank you for it. This is the important relationship you are working on at this time. Would you treat a human friend differently, in a way that would damage your relationship, if someone was watching? Or, did you have a rough day at work and are not mentally present? Again, we want our horses to respond immediately but it is as hard for them as it is for you if you are mentally distracted. Take a deep breath and try to be present with your horse and ask soft ly again. If you THINK differently, then you will BE different. Try the lunging lesson (Saddle Up June 2012) and focus on component behaviours; watch for those “a-ha!” moments that will help build a better relationship. Try component clicker training – what have you got to lose?

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

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Saturday and Sunday, August 4 & 5 Grab your hats for the

Ranch Horse Rodeo and the Cowboy Skills Competition Also: The Reata Long Throw Competition, Farrier Demonstration, Les Folles Jambettes Can Can Dancers, Guitarist Matt Johnston, Armstrong Dance Studio Can Can Girls, Gold Panning & Kid’s Activities, Food Concessions. English & Western Tack Specializing in Light Pleasure Driving Harness and Equipment for Miniature Horses and Donkeys, Ponies and Light Horses. Horse Care Products, English Riding Clothing. Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles

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wo Quesnel youths have their sights set to compete in Equestrian Jumping at the BC Summer Games July 19-22, in Surrey. The competition, held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, is open to youth 12 to 18 years of age who qualify within their zone to be eligible to compete. Each Zone Team is comprised of five members - two jumpers, two in dressage and one reiner or vaulter; the team can vary between disciplines. Kim Garvin (16 years old) started show riding by competing in hack, dressage and jumping. At the age of 12, while watching other competitors jump 3ft 6in, she made up her mind that would be her focus. Asked how riding has changed her outlook on life, she stated, “Riding has completely changed how I look at life. I have learned how to really commit to things. I have learned that if you have drive and commitment, every day you can improve more and more and one day reach those goals you thought were impossible. Riding has taught me about sacrifice. I spend most of my free time with Friday (her horse) and often don’t get to take part in activities with my friends. But, looking back, it’s all worth it.” Shalynn McCauley (18 years old) was born into a riding family. She is mainly a three-day event rider and has four threeday events planned for this show season. Competing in the BC Summer Games has been a lifelong dream that will soon be realized. When asked how riding has changed her life, Shalynn responded by saying, “The complete dedication riding requires has helped shape me as a person. It has instilled qualities in me nothing else ever could. Your horse depends on you for life and we depend on them to keep us safe. The incredible bond I share with my horse is like no other.” Both Kim and Shalynn have Susie Ramsey as their coach, and share stories of first meeting her while competing at

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Kim Garvin

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horse shows. Both admire Susie’s coaching ability and positive approach to not only instruction but also to how they conduct themselves at shows. Her students are told to help each other and to respect their parents; they are the ones making the sacrifice so their kids can ride. At the last Spruce Ridge Pony Club show held in Prince George, both did well. As preparation for jumping 3ft 9in, the qualifying height for the BC Summer Games, they easily jumped 4ft. Even though they are competitors, they support each other. While watching them jump, it was evident that they both have ability and their horses can take them higher. We will have to wait for the final results to see who brings home the gold. Jumping is an individual sport where horse and rider do the best they can. The physical and psychological strength of the horse and rider team that is “on their game” at that particular moment will bring them to the podium. It is the experience of the Summer Games that will make them winners.


Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, CJF


his is my second term as President of the WCFA. One of the things that I hoped the WCFA would do, and has done very successfully, is to help expose new farriers to understanding proper farrier work, whether it be anatomical understanding and assessment of the horse, trimming skills, shoe fitting skills, shoe making skills, or bettering their business. In my practice, I have had many of the same clients for a number of years. It is not very often that I come across horses done by another farrier who is not one of my colleagues. This is what I saw today. To make it short, I was recommended by a veterinarian to try to help a new horse owner with a lame horse. We went to the appointment and encountered this (see photo). This horse was done ten days before I saw it by a “natural farrier” who had taken a weekend wonder school. I got a little upset. In March, I hosted a farrier clinic at my house. I went to the farrier supply shop in town and got a list of all the farriers in the area; this one, who had worked on the horse in the photo, was also on the list. I called and informed him of the clinic we were doing, but he had no use for what we were learning. After I trimmed that lame horse, he walked out much sounder than when he had walked in. I trimmed a few other horses for that owner, all the same. When I handed her the bill,

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she stated how happy she was with it. When I asked why, she said that the last farrier was ten dollars more per trim than me. I wish I had known that before. The horse’s left front - I trimmed. The right foot If you know a (the close one) was done days prior. young farrier, or a more experienced one, politely enquire if they do any continuing education hours. If not, drop a couple hints, carefully. Farriers such as this one, whose work we ran across, seem to have a tough time with someone showing them an easier or better way. Most professions have a mandatory quota of continuing education hours that must be filled by attending clinics, workshops, lectures, seminars, etc. As farriery is an unregulated profession in North America, we do not have to fi ll a quota, however it is recommended - for the horse’s sake.

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Sunday, August 19 at 1 pm - Preview at 10 am Rope & Ranch Horses, Yearlings, Fillies & Colts Lots of Colour (Roans, Greys, Buckskins & Blacks) Sale To Be Held at Pollitt Ranch From Eckville 6 miles North on 766 to Hwy 12 then 6 miles West to Withrow Road, 1/2 mile South. For more information please call:

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Courage Canada Trail Ride By Francois Biber, Vermilion Standard Photos courtesy of Willie Davie

In June 2002, Alberta cowboy Curtis Anderson was in Ponoka competing in a bull riding competition. The last thing he remembers is sitting on a 680-kilogram bull. He was struck in the head twice by the bull; and woke up three weeks later from a drug-induced coma. It has been a long journey of recovery, and Anderson has had to learn everything all over again.






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had to learn how to walk again, put letters to words and words to sentences,� said Anderson. “Now I can do an hour and a half of exercise, I’ve regained my driver’s license and I have gone back to helping out on my uncle’s farm.� Since suffering his injury Anderson has been working with Courage Canada to support brain injury awareness. The Courage Canada Trail Ride began in 2004 and is held every year on the last Saturday in May with all proceeds going to local brain care centres. “This year we had 101 riders on horseback, 12 wagons carrying 74 riders and over 250 at supper. Numbers were pretty Curtis Anderson. Photo by Derek R Anderson. close to last year’s turnout. Plus we had a silent auction after supper and that was very successful. Because of the sponsorship dollars still coming in and all the items sold at auction, we’re not sure how much money in total we raised,� said Anderson. “Last year the event raised over $20,000.� 2012 proceeds will be split between local organizations such as FOCUS in Vermilion, Lloydminster Area Brain Injury Society (LABIS) and the Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity (VALID); as well as the Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury, where Anderson spent eight months in rehabilitation after suffering his 2002 brain injury. “The money we raise will go to helping injured patients from day one and support them throughout their recovery,� said Anderson. Anderson had family, friends and former employers at this year’s trail ride who turned out to be major contributors to the ride’s success. “I’m not really a collector, I just like big knives,� said Michael Young, who purchased a knife for $2,700 at the trail ride’s auction in



Courage Canada, cont’d Innisfree on Saturday, May 26. Young was Anderson’s last employer before suffering his brain injury; and although they haven’t worked together since, Anderson and Young have kept in touch. Prior to the ride Jim Myhovich of Mannville, Alta., crafted a knife especially for the silent auction and said he’d be happy if the knife sold for $1,100, but it ended up bringing in $5,400. “It started at $1,000 and it kept flip-flopping between two gentlemen, one from Edmonton and the other from Edson (Young),” said Myhovich. “I’m still grinning over the sale.” Young had the final bid, but the other man from Edmonton simply matched the final bid and just donated it. The Courage Canada Trail Ride also featured individuals from Lloydminster, Vermilion and Vegreville who had suffered a brain injury and were in recovery. Anderson said one of the original goals of the trail ride was to get brain injury survivors out for a day under the sun, and this year, that wish came true. “It feels pretty good knowing I was able to help survivors come out and participate, and I think there’s potential that more will be coming out to the trail ride next year,” said Anderson. As June 26 draws closer, Curtis said it feels pretty good to sit on his deck and think about the 10 years that have passed. “I was there for every day of it,” said Anderson. “Now I look at how I’m progressing while at the same time I’m getting my speaking career going.” Anderson is heading out for a few speaking opportunities in Two Hills, Slave Lake and Ponoka over the next few weeks. As a professional motivational speaker, he has spoken to businesses in Nisku, 4-H clubs in Ponoka and more recently to the Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury, where he spoke to patients and families, therapists and nurses about his recovery. “I have mountains to climb and I always will,” said Anderson. “The mountains I have climbed in my recovery have taught me that what you put in is what you get out.” For more information on the Courage Canada Trail Ride, contact Curtis Anderson 780-581-4802 or Karen and Norman Anderson 780-592-2268. (Editor’s Note: Saddle Up met Curtis while at the 2012 Kamloops Cowboy Festival and this is when we learned about the Courage Canada Trail Ride. Curtis will be returning to the 2013 Festival and will be available to groups and clubs for speaking engagements while in Kamloops.) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


aturday, June 16, was a day that a lot of folks will remember for a very long time... especially Vi and Ray Young! It was the day that a lifetime of collecting antiques came to an end and everything in the 83 Mile Museum was sold! I would guess that there were over 1000 people on site and I know there were over 500 bid cards taken. There were people from Fort St. John, Vancouver Island, Smithers, Burns Lake, Rock Creek, and even Alberta. Prices were good for both the buyers and the sellers, if that makes any sense. Some items went a little high and some too low, but all in all at the end of the day the average prices were right around where they should have

the sale, “It’s not so bad right now, but tomorrow morning when we get up and look out the window...” I know one thing, though, he won’t have to worry about one of the main reasons they decided to sell everything - he won’t have to worry about cutting all the grass around all that machinery... I just can’t imagine!

They dropped to one auctioneer while the buggies and sleighs sold; Larry Jordon on the mic here.

Wilf Smith hollers and Wayne Jordon just about leaves the truck as Wayne Pincott pulls in some good bids. Ray Young checking things out where the tractors were selling.

Kenny Allison holds up two of the six bundles of three bells that brought about $600 per bundle. One bidder took them all.

been, at least right around the same prices as equivalent stuff had sold elsewhere. The really nice thing at the end of the day was the fact that, no matter whom I spoke with, everyone was happy. All the BC Livestock staff, including the manager and the auctioneers, said they were happy. Vi and Ray said they were happy. Every buyer, and even the lookie-loos, said they were happy... to please everyone like that, I think, is really something! Now I said above that Vi and Ray were happy, but I’m sure deep down there was some sadness. So many memories... so many years of collecting, fi xing, painting... Ray told me near the end of

Well, it’s almost here - the weekend of July 14 and 15. Saturday is the first of this year’s Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas. It will be held at the Green Lake Gymkhana grounds which are probably the most beautiful grounds in BC, and definitely one of the oldest grounds is BC. It is one of everyone’s favourite Gymkhanas! There will be a beer garden, a great concession with hamburgers from A&W and lots of room in the grandstands. The next day, just down the road in 70 Mile House, you’ll find the Huber Farm which is where the 70 Mile House Carriage Driving marathon is held. This event actually starts on July 13 with the dressage test and a cone course. Sunday is the best day for spectators though, as that’s the day of the marathon. The course is really well laid out for both spectators and competitors, and there’s a super concession right in the middle - so you can grab a burger and a drink without missing any of the action. If you want to make a weekend get-a-way for these events, check out www.CaribooVacations. com for restaurants, camping and/or accommodation in the area. Dimps Horn can give you all the information on the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas at 250-456-7741.


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Haller Ride scenery (Photo by Joanne)

Anne McDonald on Chinook taking in the beautiful view from the Haller Ride (Photo by Joanne)

Joanne Macaluso, an annual Haller Ride participant, sent us this feedback: “The annual Haller trail ride in Clinton, BC, was held May 23-27. The Manitoba clan (Jim, Mert, Corrie and Joel) honoured us with their presence once again and newcomers Anne, Jack, and Peter came from 100 Mile House. Tonette and Al (very handy with a chainsaw!) arrived from Pemberton with their lovely Norwegian Fjord mounts. Resident rancher Charlie Coldwell provided beautiful and steady horses to those requiring steeds. Charlie guided us through some very interesting terrain, not the least of which was the

odd cow trail through willows and mazes of downed trees, concluding with some amazing vistas overlooking the Marble Mountains and, of course, the mighty Fraser River. Founding Haller trail boss, Larri Woodrow (this year aboard Greg’s solid mule) provided history of the trails to returning and new trail riders alike. Sorely missed at this year’s ride was cofounder Hank McEwan who was unable to attend this year due to the loss of a good friend. The roar of Hank’s voice on the trail and the campfire storytelling was absent this year, kind of like riding with one cowboy boot! Nevertheless, the “old and the new” had a good time and we will see what tales and trails next year will bring.” Endurance and competitive trail riders... mark your calendars, and get your entries in for the annual Cariboo Plateau CTR. It will once again be held at the Hills Health Ranch and the beautiful area surrounding it. The dates this year are August 10 and 11. All the information can be found at: or by contacting Joanne Macaluso at 250-4567320 or

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This month’s photo is one of the treasures that I brought home from the 83 Mile auction to add to our own Meadow Springs Ranch Museum. The object is about 11 inches in diameter (without the handle) and 15 inches high. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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elevators was graded. This is a mechanical dockage tester that was used to test, or grade, the grain. Congratulations to Bill Mohninger of Salmon Arm who had the exact answer and Mary Relkov of Grand Forks, was mostly right. To all the others that took a guess, nice try and better luck this month.

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BC Interior Horse Rescue Society Update By Lauri Meyers


ur newest addition is creating quite a stir. “Annie,” a Belgian Quarter Horse, was surrendered to us by her owner, who did what he thought was best for the one-month-old fi lly. Annie’s mom had passed away just hours earlier, and Annie’s owner knew he was unable to give the little fi lly the care she required to grow and prosper. So, he called the BCIHRS asking if we could take her, with hopes that we would have a suitable foster mom. Once our Equine Director, Joey Tompkins, heard of the situation and the sadness in the man’s voice, she did not hesitate to accept the little fi lly. It was decided that “little orphan Annie” would go to our Web Director Susie Bairstow’s farm, as she has the facilities to care for a foal. Susie has a couple of mares, one of whom was due to foal any day. With luck, the new mom would take on both babies. The plan to buddy her up with Susie’s

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mare (named Fearless) did not quite go as planned. Hormones were making Fearless very grumpy and she did not take to the fi lly. To everyone’s surprise, Melody, adopted from the BCIHRS, decided she wanted this baby. Melody has never foaled, but has fabulous mothering instincts and is turning out to be an excellent foster mom. Nutritionally, the foal is getting whatever she needs. Her hydration is monitored multiple times a day as well as food and water intake. One area of concern is an umbilical hernia that will possibly need surgery at a later date, if it doesn’t close up on its own. After a week at her new home, Susie is pleased with Annie’s progress. While she is not accepting of the bottle or bucket of milk, she is eating hay, drinking water and eating her milk-soaked beet pulp mush with some gusto. Annie and Melody have created quite a close bond. Annie is no longer “shellshocked” from her ordeal and is showing

Melody and Annie

herself to be quite calm and easy to handle. Annie will be halter broke and will learn to lead. She will learn life skills that will help her to be an excellent companion and horse. Go to our website to see Annie’s updates and progress, as well as more pictures ( Now all she needs is a new name… “little orphan Annie” just will not do!


Gaited Horse Show a Winner for Success! By Jackie Evans


n spite of the cool, rainy weather we’ve been having, 42 Louise Eccles on Lady, riders registered for the 15th Annual Interior Gaited Rocky/Kentucky Mtn.; Horse Show in Armstrong on June 9-10. Bill Roy on Willow’s Benjamin, TW; Steve Breeds dominating in numbers this year were Rocky/ Johnson on Uphill Penny Kentucky Mountain Horses, Tennessee Walkers and by Chance, TW. Peruvians. We also welcomed an Icelandic and a Paso Fino. Unfortunately, some of the Icelandic horses registered had to be scratched at the last minute when Tolt Away Acres sustained serious flood damage from the previous week’s rains. Our condolences go out to Iris and Erhard – we missed you and your horses! Patti Thomas of Armstrong graced us with her judging. She had a few large classes with 18 in both the Variety Pack (Command Class) and Country/Western Pleasure. We had a new Tricky Trail course this year, designed by our resident trickster, Brenda Mason, that drew 14 participants to challenge both their nerves and skills on the course. The biggest and most popular class was the Schooling Class, with 20 entries. This class, a new feature offered by Patti, had each rider evaluated in part 1 of the class on Saturday morning; and then judged again on their overall improvement on Sunday afternoon. The special prize package for Most Improved Rider of the show was earned by Mel Baird of Fruitvale, riding Kings Aliyah, a Rocky/Kentucky Mountain Horse. One of the highlights of the show had to be watching Saddle Up’s Nancy Roman Joyce Brown on Don Alfredo, Peruvian; glide around the ring on her loaned Peruvian, Loreto del Oeste RJ, from Rancho del John McMillan on Polete IJB, Peruvian Oeste Peruvians. She got right into the act, wearing her “whites” and even picking up a few ribbons along the way. Now she knows the pleasure of a gaited horse! Thanks for joining in the show Nancy, and thank you to Rob and Jan Sjodin in providing such a wonderful mount for the ‘first timer’. Comments at the end of the show were very favourable – riders liked the casual, recreational style of showing, with opportunities for both fun and competitive classes. Riders enjoyed the ‘lottery’ style of drawing numbers for their first place prize(s); how organized and well-run the show was; and how much ‘FUN’ everyone had competing or socializing despite the weather. Thanks to all the supportive sponsors and those who donated prizes. Our sponsors are the heart and soul of (Left): Natalie Payette on Lukka II Lyslie Remme on Joya de Rosada SC, Fra Fijamyri, Icelandic; Len Kilbreath the horse community, so let’s remember to support them Peruvian, with Jackie Evans ribbon too. on Blaze, Kentucky Mtn. presenter

Nancy Roman and Loreto del Oeste RJ, Peruvian

Michele Gould on Gata Lisa CPDN Peruvian


Heather Dangelmaier and Shakers Silene, TW

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Top Dog! Puppies!! By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley Summer is here and many families bring home a new puppy this time of year. With warmer weather and longer days socializing opportunities abound. As soon as puppy comes home, you need to get him out and having positive experiences with anything and everyone you can think of.


he early imprinting period is short – it ends before your puppy is 6 months old. This is the best time in his life to experience his world and learn the skills to become a wellmannered member of your family. The first few weeks are a golden opportunity to set him up for success. HERE ARE 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR PUPPY GET STARTED: 1. Pick a spot where you would like your puppy to do his business. This should be your first stop when you come home with your new puppy. During each day take your puppy out to his spot frequently - after a nap, after mealtimes and drinks, after a short play session or in the middle of a longer one, and any time he starts sniffing the ground. Your puppy asking to go out is advanced potty training, and it might not happen until he is over 3 months of age. In the meantime, you need to learn to recognize his signals - suddenly becoming distracted during an activity, sniffing the ground, or circling - and get him out to his designated spot quickly. Don’t forget to praise him when he goes where you want him to! 2. Don’t allow puppy complete freedom in your house. All too often we give our young puppies way too much freedom too early and put them in a position to have to make choices they do not yet have the skills to make. Our puppies do not come to us knowing what is and isn’t appropriate in our world. They’re going to chew and they’re going to go to the bathroom, along with a number of other doggy behaviours. It’s our responsibility to teach them the ropes in a positive way. Many of the behaviors that we label as inappropriate in adult dogs have been accidentally reinforced in puppyhood and can be easily avoided with a positive training plan and proper management. Carefully supervising your puppy with the use of a crate, leash and play pen will fast track your puppy in forming good habits, including housetraining. 3. Get your puppy into a routine of short but frequent breaks away from you when you are home. By having your puppy regularly spending time in his play pen while you’re at home, you will also be setting him up to spend time 36 • Saddle Up • July 2012

alone when you have to be away. Continual attention and access to you won’t give your puppy the skills he needs to be on his own. We can create separation issues by making too much of a distinction between time when we are at home and time when we are away. Instead, create a basic routine that puppy can get used to and rely on. Put him in his crate or play pen area for short, frequent periods throughout the day – choosing times that are easy for him like when he is tired from play or a walk. Ignore any fussing and reward calm behaviour quickly by releasing puppy from his confinement time. 4. Have lots of appropriate toys on hand to keep your puppy entertained. Puppies chew – it’s a fact of life. Providing them with suitable ways to do this will make things go more smoothly. Choose toys based on your puppy’s age and size. Interactive toys that encourage your puppy to play on his own and settle himself will keep him out of trouble and encourage good habits. 5. Make meals a learning experience. If you simply put food in a bowl, you will be throwing away some easy training opportunities when your puppy is highly motivated to work! Providing meals and snacks from a Kong toy or other food dispensing toy, will help your puppy to settle and become addicted to interactive toys (trust us, it’s a good thing!). Eating from something like a Kong toy will slow your puppy down, which is good for digestion. Your puppy will also figure out how to how to entertain himself in a good way by learning how to settle and focus on getting at the food inside. Working for their food is something dogs were designed to do. Kong and other interactive toys will help your puppy to use up far more energy than kibble in a bowl! 6. Make every cuddle count. Being touched and handled is something that a lot of dogs aren’t comfortable with, so it’s a vital part of a good socialization program. Use your daily cuddle sessions as an opportunity to get your puppy used to being touched all over. By routinely handling your puppy everywhere (legs, paws, tail, tummy, mouth, ears, toenails, etc.) you will be preparing him for a pleasant experience at the vet or groomer, meeting your friends and interacting with your children. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Sparkle is an 8-year-old purebred German Shepherd. Ever since she was a puppy she loved to chase squirrels and sticks but will never go near water. She also loves to go for walks down the trail to the creek. Whenever we leave somewhere, she’s always there waiting for us when we come back. Although she may look mean to some people, she is the sweetest dog we’ll ever have, and that you will ever meet. I could never ask for a better dog. - Sarah, Baker Creek BC Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 37

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Top Dog! Look at Your Dog By Christine Schwartz


ou probably look at your dog several hundred times a day, but how often do you really LOOK at your dog? Do you know if he prefers the right or left lead when cantering? Does he ever use the other lead? Does he to turn right or left more often? I bet you can answer these questions easily about your horse, but many of us don’t pay that much attention to the movement of our dogs. Next time you play with your dog or take him for a walk, watch his movements. What is his favourite gait. Does he trot (diagonal) or pace (lateral)? If he paces, does he always pace or will he trot sometimes? What makes him trot, hills, deeper ground, as he gets tired or more animated? Can your dog trot slowly and then extend into a faster, more extended trot? When loping, can you influence the dog’s lead? Throw a ball or stick in an arch or run the dog parallel to a slope. Are his gaits free and even with a rhythmical swing of the ribcage? Do the hips look like they move evenly on either side? Does your dog look balanced or is he always rushing? When he moves on a curve does he take the head and neck to the inside or outside of the arch? How does he carry his tail? Does that change as his mood changes? If you attach a leash, does your dog’s balance change? Does he pull and lean on the forehand? British author, TTouch Instructor and star of the British TV animal training series Talking with Animals, Sarah Fisher has identified a series of Tension Patterns in dogs and horses. She looks at the animal standing still and moving and finds areas in the body and patterns of movement that inhibit the dog or horse. Watch for patterns when the dog is standing still. Does he have even weight on all four legs? Does he always stand with one leg further underneath the body; can he stand square when you ask him to? Does he curve his body? How does he carry his tail? Is it straight behind him or off to the side? Is it always off to that side? Does it change as the dog starts walking? Does he carry his head straight? What about his coat, is it the same texture everywhere on the body? Are the rough areas or spots where the hair stands up or the colour shade changes? Those are usually areas where the dog carries tension. Pick up your dogs paws – do each of the toenails grow evenly? Is the paw asymmetrical? Is there more wear on the inside or outside of the paw? Are all four paws being worn the same way? When you are petting your dog, are there any areas he prefers not to be touched? Many dogs will start to play, roll over onto their back or start to fool around when they are uncomfortable about being touched. We often just associate growling or shying away from contact with discomfort, but most dogs are too polite to show aggression and find other ways to keep us away from sore areas.


Dogs who have tension or soreness in their body often show it through: Uneven gait – may be reluctant to trot and go right into a lumbering lope Pace or walk with his body slightly curved Reluctance to being petted, picked up, getting off the bed Difficulty getting into the car Nervous around children Dislike being groomed, towelled off Pull on the leash or be reluctant to walk Be overly protective Below is a list of reasons by Sarah Fisher why Tension Patterns occur. While breed type and genetic makeup obviously influence posture other factors can also come into play. Injury. As well as greatly reducing tolerance levels, pain can alter a dog’s normal posture and movement. Even after the injury has healed the dog may still move in the posture it adopted to compensate for the original problem. He may have to learn how to move in a more effective manner once more since the muscles may have developed unevenly thus maintaining the posture the dog adopted to protect the injured area. Medical Problems. Changes in hormones, thyroid imbalances, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other medical problems give rise to many issues. Whilst veterinary care is paramount, awareness of how the underlying problem is affecting your dog gives you the opportunity to reduce stress and minimise the effect the issue may have on your dog’s posture and behaviour. Trauma. Shock as a result of an accident or an emotional upheaval such as being in kennels, bereavement, or change of circumstance can cause tension throughout the body. Just as with humans, even low levels of stress can cause physiological changes and influence the dog in his day to day existence. Management/Training. Lack of exercise, inappropriate environment, or unsuitable training methods can all cause stress in a dog and exacerbate habitual and instinctive behaviour. Poor nutrition and food allergies can also cause tension through the body. Born that way. Some dogs present tension patterns right from birth. Puppies with higher levels of tension in their skin or in specific parts of their body will generally be more vocal and more demanding from even a few days old. Unless these tension patterns are reduced it is likely that the problems will grow as the puppy matures. For much more detailed information on tension patterns in dogs or horses go to and click on the articles button on the right hand side. • 39

TIDBITS Andalusian Show and Fiesta!

Old Friends Canada Society

Mark your calendars for July19−21, the 9th annual Canadian National Championship Andalusian & Lusitano Show and Fiesta of the Royal Horse at Chilliwack, BC. We began in 2004 and never looked back, each show building on the successes of the previous ones. This year, Thursday will be devoted to Dressage, while Friday and Saturday are dedicated to in-hand and performance. There will also be classes for other Baroque breeds (Friesians, Lippizans, and crosses). Iberian horses are excelling in international events such as the World Equestrian Games, the Olympics and others. Our Fiesta, which has become quite famous over the years and always plays to a standing-room-only audience, will take place on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The weekend will include exhibitions by Paul Dufresne and his Andalusian stallion, Mystique’s Padrino. See our ad on page 2. Looking forward to seeing you there!

This is a recently incorporated non-profit society in BC under the Society’s Act of Canada. We are a group of individuals dedicated to finding safe retirement homes for previous race/ competitive and non-competitive horses. Our goal is to save horses from ‘unsavoury’ situations. We are focusing efforts on those that need retirement in safe venues. None of our horses are being competed or ridden now. Countless race horses end up in slaughter, even those who have had long and successful careers. We are helping these first and foremost We are modeled after Old Friends (of Lexington Kentucky), a well-known US foundation, and are in the process of acquiring charitable status to allow for income tax receipts. So far we have saved five horses from untimely death and are hoping to have our home(s) open to the public for viewing in the not too distant future. For more info contact Deborah Battrum at 250-545-0292, e-mail

V Arrow Valley Farm V Edgewood, BC

(Editor’s Note: They are having a fundraising Tack Sale and BBQ on July 22. See their ad on page 78)

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TIDBITS, cont’d

Cedar Hill Mr. Jones

R Lena and proud owners

Cedar Hill Ranch Wins Again! A Canadian Donkey and Mule brought home ribbons and trophies from the largest Mule and Donkey show in the world in Bishop, California. Cedar Hill Ranch of Falkland, BC brought home two 1st Place winnings with their two-year-old Mammoth Jack (Cedar Hill Mr. Jones); and a 5th and 7th place with their yearling Molly Mule (R Lena) out of a registered Doc O Lena mare. This is the second year Cedar Hill Ranch has travelled to Bishop to compete against the best. Last year they also brought home a 1st place with another of their Jacks; and a 2nd and 4th with a two-year-old QH Mule. Mavis Ulansky and Tom Barker have been raising, training and selling Donkeys and Mules for about 15 years and use mostly foundation QH mares and registered Mammoth Jack stock.

CWHBA National Tour Schedule The 2012 National Stallion and Mare Inspection Tour schedule is set ready for owners to commit. It will take place September 18-30. The 2012 National Stallion Performance Test (SPT) will be held at Carousel Ridge Farms in Sherwood Park, AB September 15-22. Open to all stallions ages 3 to 8 this is an opportunity to get your stallion performance approved with CWHBA. The schedule has September 15-17 as pre-test training period with our guest trainer preparing the stallions and owners

for presentation to the judges. September 18 is the licensing day for Alberta Stallions and testing days are September 19 and 20 with test riders evaluating stallions September 21 and 22. This test is well within the reach of a young stallion getting ready to start going out to shows and is very possible for 3 year olds. This is confirmed by the fact that three of the past test champions have been 3 years old. To hold the test we must have 6 confirmed entries by Aug. 1. Mares presented to the international inspection team will be evaluated for jumping and gallop, the same as stallions. The high scoring mare will receive the National Inspection Tour Championship Award. Entries due September 1. For information and an entry form contact Jennette Coote, Stud Book Director, at For complete schedule visit

Canada Bids to Host 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ Equine Canada, together with the Bromont (Quebec) Bid Committee for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) has received word that Canada is one step closer to hosting this prestigious international equestrian event. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) reports that five countries have been confirmed as bidders and move to Official Candidate status: Rabat (MAR); Bromont (CAN); Budapest (HUN); Vienna (AUT) and Wellington (USA). “This is great news for Canada and the entire equestrian community,” stated Paul Côté, chair of the Bromont Bid Committee. Mike Gallagher, president of Equine Canada, and a member of the committee added, “If successful, this event will create a lasting legacy for our equestrian nation, not to mention world-class facilities for our athletes to train and compete.”

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2012 Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous DESTINATION 100 MILE HOUSE CARIBOO CALLING! By Joanne Macaluso. Photos by Rein-Beau Images


articipation” was the theme for this year’s Rendezvous held June 1-3 and the approximately 200 members in attendance were not disappointed. The setting was the Rodeo and Outrider’s grounds located in the heart of downtown 100 Mile House. Typical Cariboo weather greeted one and all with a variety of everything from warm sunny skies to smatterings of rain to all out hail and wind! There was something (besides the weather!) for everyone at this year’s Rendezvous. Highlights included: introductory GPS course by Peter Crawshay; sports therapy seminar by certified practitioner Loni Koch; driving clinic by certified driving coach Elisa Marocchi; geocaching by Faye Zilkowsky; “leave no trace” introduction by Mary Huntington; managing horse injuries/general discussion by veterinarian Ross Hawkes; invasive weeds seminar while mounted and on the trail by CRD representative Emily Sonntag; farrier Ron Burfoot working wonders on the ground with his horses; and a packing clinic by Pat Evans. Of course what would a BCH Rendezvous be without a Dutch Oven cookoff ? The Yarrow Chapter was the winner of this popular culinary contest. Team member Rose Schroeder tells us… Yarrow Chapter the “De Dutch” Team cooked: Appetizer - traditional Pea Soup; Main Course Hamburger Streudel; Boerenkool (potatoes, Kale mashed and served with sausage). “It was considered a “hearty peasant’s dish, served on cold winter nights.” Asparagus with Holland... days... sauce! And Dessert - Lemon Sponge Cake. The crowd was also delighted with the mounted shooting demonstration by Doug “Porcupine” Sayewich. The smashing success of the weekend was the challenging trail course constructed and set up in the arena by local horseperson David Hickman. Many members spent hours introducing their mounts to a variety of obstacles. Passing through pool noodles, under strips of blowing pieces of tarp and over a wooden bridge (at the same time grabbing a hulahoop at one end of the bridge and depositing it at the other end) were some of the fun-fi lled (ok, perhaps terror-fi lled for a few!) encounters. June 2nd was the day to test the partnership with equines and local coach/trainer Carolyn Dobbs judged the event. Judy Carter from the Northwest Chapter was crowned the winner. Tatiana Hill from William’s Lake won in the junior division. Members were overheard, on many occasions, laboring over the decision of whether to ride the well-marked and mapped nearby trails into the 99 Mile Ski hill or to stay on the grounds and participate in one of the many activities. Group social events included the annual (and famous) dinner/auction club fundraiser with entertainer Gordie West, as well as the pancake breakfast and cowboy church. A group of dedicated souls (small but mighty) gathered by the campfire each night crooning cowboy melodies into the wee hours of the morning. The annual general meeting concluded with outgoing President Jonathan Driesen handing the reins to incoming Ybo Plante. The newly formed South Cariboo Chapter of BCH was honoured to host this very special event. Volunteers worked tirelessly for many months preceding the affair which paved the way for a memorable BCH Rendezvous!

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation ? a re you hor se? e r e h Kid s. . . w ng with you r doi ut YOU! u o o b y a e r s lu What a n to tel r u t R U It’ s YO Brianna (8) and Lainey (7) helping Lainey’s pony “Just Dandy” live up to his name!” - Both from Langley, BC

Preston is practicing her vaulting moves. She always has a smile on her face when she’s tumbling on the ponies! - Preston, age 4, Langley, BC

B Brianna is celebrating her filly Sparrow’s 2nd b birthday. The day was complete with party hats and bobbing for apples! - Brianna, age 8, Langley, BC

Ju st wo n you r f Ju st bo i r st ri bb u on? Do you g ht you r fi r st hor se? g ive yo u r ho r s e k i s se s? Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”


Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

You do not have to be a Horse Council BC Member to join the Pony Tails Club, but we would love to have you join us one day. Find out more information and join the club through the Horse Council BC website.

PONY TAILS KIDS CLUB! Pony Tails Kids Club is brand new from Horse Council BC. Launching in June 2012, Pony Tails is a club for horse crazy kids ages 12 and under. You don’t need to own your own horse or pony to join and it’s free! Once your kids join Pony Tails they will receive: • A Club Card • A Pony Tails Passport (details on use included for parents) • A Fun Fact Horse & Pony Chatterbox Art Project • “I Love Horses” Button and Ribbon • Discount to the P’tit Trot Program Alice, the Pony Tails Kids Club spokespony, also has all sorts of fun information, games and contests for kids to take part in as well as great resources for parents and teachers of horse crazy kids.

Know of a good trail that’s not on our list? Let us know by e-mailing or by phoning us at 1-800-345-8055. EQUINE EDUCATION CONFERENCE & AWARDS GALA 2013

HCBC’S ONLINE TRAIL GUIDE Will you be trail riding in BC this summer? HCBC’s Online Trail Guide provides maps of equestrian friendly trails throughout the province of BC. The maps are always

Horse Council BC’s 3rd Annual Equine Education Conference and annual Awards Gala will be held on January 19-20, 2013 at the Kamloops Convention Centre, BC. The Awards Gala celebrates BC’s best equine achievements over the 2012 year. The Equine Education Conference is two full days of top industry experts delivering the latest information on topics to help you get the best out of your horses. Stay tuned and check our website for more conference announcements and details! being updated and added to so that the most current information is available. If you would like to submit your comments on a given trail, there is room on the form provided at the bottom of each trail’s page. To visit the Online Trail Guide go to and click the Recreation & Trails section of the website.

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 44 • Saddle Up • July 2012


Nelson & District Riding Club by Heather Farrell Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 3 & 4 Camp with Fawn Anderson


elson & District Riding Club is proud to host Parelli Natural Horsemanship Licensed Three Star Instructor Fawn Anderson for clinics and camps each year. Fawn is one of Canada’s most experienced Parelli instructors and has been teaching the Parelli program since 2001. In 2011 we were the “guinea pig” group for a new format of four day Excel camps. This year, we’re hosting her for a Level 3 & 4 Excel Camp for five full days of camping out with our horses at the beautiful NDRC facility in the West Kootenays. Last year, a local group of dedicated students and spectators began each morning with a “remuda” of introductions, questions, theory and found out what to expect. The first morning we had a fun tournament to find the holes in our programs. After lunch we had theory sessions and some time ‘turned loose’ on the obstacles to work on the holes we found, with the theory in mind. We prepared our horses for riding by learning some bridling awareness and teaching our horses to come up to us on the fence to mount. There was a lot of riding done, including many of the key Parelli Patterns, learning about Pattern integration, rope handling skills, teaching our horses to drag objects, first

from the ground and then from their backs. There were also individual Liberty sessions in the round pen building on what the students and horses had already established. Time was provided for trailer loading (even sending the horse in from the top of the trailer). Student Brent Wray had this to say, “I almost jammed on this several times for numerous reasons. BEST decision of the year was NOT to!! Fawn: knowledgeable, inspiring, capable instructor and horseperson as always. THANK YOU!!” The auditors also got a lot out of the weekend, being involved in every remuda and theory session. Jai Sequoia posted on the event’s facebook page, “It was so fabulous to watch this year. I agree it was the best clinic ever. Fawn your teaching skills have really blossomed! Thank you everyone for allowing me to follow your journey, learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes with you!” Everyone is looking forward to this year’s camp August 9-13 near Nelson, BC. For information on participating in this and other upcoming Nelson & District Riding Club events see the club website at or follow us on facebook.

Brent Wray & Beau

Fawn Anderson and her horse Billy demonstrating a rope handling exercise using the barrel.

Kathleen Comstock & Poco preparing for liberty in the round pen

WorkSafeBC supports BC 4-H Farm and Home Safety Conference


orkSafeBC has provided funding in support of the BC 4-H Farm and Home Safety Conference. Ninety members and leaders will be attending the conference which will take place October 12–14, 2012. District Safety Coordinators (Leaders) and Club Safety Officers (members) will travel from across BC to Salmon Arm for 3 days of hands–on learning and safety awareness training related to farming, home and workplace settings. A variety of safety related topics will be explored HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

from first aid/first on scene, sun safety and hand tools to farm/lawn equipment, social media, and underground and hidden hazards. Conference attendees will also be provided with the tools to share this knowledge back in their home communities. BC 4-H is a unique co-ed youth organization with their roots in rural BC. In more recent years, 4-H has also expanded into urban and suburban areas with a place for everyone to grow in a 4-H club! Through the continued support of

the BC Ministry of Agriculture, private donors, and generous partners such as WorkSafeBC, BC 4-H has withstood the test of time as it approaches its 100th birthday in 2014. WorkSafeBC is a proud supporter of BC 4-H and is joined in support of this initiative by the Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Organization (FARSHA). For more information visit or contact us at or 1-866-776-0373. • 45

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club News By Lacey Bormke


ell the year is well underway with shows starting all over the place, and the heat coming as well. A few of the OMHC members were lucky enough to make it to the BCMHC Spring Classic in Cloverdale, BC held on June 8-10. Those members who went did very well. The Breeders Showcase in Armstrong in May was a funfi lled two days. The horses had fun and most of the people there enjoyed seeing the minis there. We have a few more events planned ahead of us this year so stay tuned as to what we have to offer.

Our booth at the Breeders Showcase

Vista Valleys Dynamic Top Gear, Yearling colt at the BCMHC Spring Classic

Philippe Karl School in Chase, BC By Chris Adderson


he famous Philippe Karl School of Légèreté Canada, based in Chase, BC, is well underway for another year. An extremely successful clinic in April with master Philippe Karl comprised the 4th clinic in a series of 10 clinics for the Teachers’ Course certification. Philippe Karl, the author, classical educator and highly respected former écuyer of the Cadre Noir, has become very wellknown in recent years as a champion of horse-friendly schooling and riding as well as a staunch critic of modern coercive training methods. The Canadian campus of his School of Légèreté instructor training course began at the ForTheHorse Equine Education Centre in April 2011. Since announcing this instructors’ course, we have had many enquiries from people asking about the possibility of having riding lessons with Philippe Karl in person.

Unfortunately, Mr. Karl’s commitments around the world make it impossible for him to teach individuals outside of the instructors’ courses. Hence, we have set up Open Clinics at the Canadian Philippe Karl School of Légèreté, with Philippe Karl’s top licensed instructor, Bertrand Ravoux. Open Clinics at the school are available to any rider and auditor who is wishing to study légèreté or “lightness” with their horse. The concept of légèreté, based on simple scientific data from the greatest masters, La Gueriniere, Baucher, Raabe, Beudant and L’Hotte, is an answer to the horse’s deep and demanding nature and assembled in Philippe Karl’s process for all types of horses in all riding disciplines. Dates for Open Clinics are: July 15–17, 2012 and Sept 28–30, 2012. For more information visit,

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ue to terrible weather conditions, flooding and rivers rising, we cancelled our June 16th ride and meeting in Revelstoke. Instead, at the last minute, we pulled together and met in Armstrong – thanks to the Funks for their gracious hospitality. The meeting was basically to plan and add the final touches to our “Find the Golden Horseshoe” Poker Ride which will be held on July 21st at Timber Ridge Trails outside of Lumby. Last year our October ride at Larch Hills was such a success, we thought to hold one earlier this year. This fundraising ride is open to ALL riders, but you must have Horse Council BC Insurance (or a recognized affi liate). You can buy HCBC at the ride if needed. There will be a choice of a 2-hour (leave at 12 noon) or a 5-hour loop (leave at 10 am). Times are based on a good steady walk. There is loads of room for trailer parking and some great camping spots if you want to arrive the night before or stay over Saturday night. Saturday night Timber Ridge offers campfire 46 • Saddle Up • July 2012

music with local musicians - so sit a spell and enjoy. Camping is only $20 per night and includes a corral for your horse. They have a few small cabins for rent as well. Contact Darlene to book 250-309-3544. Entry fee for the ride is $10 per person which includes one poker hand. Additional hands may be purchased. Registration starts at 9 am. After the ride we’ll gather at the cookhouse where some tantalizing treats will be for sale… such as… Smokies, Chili on a Bun, and maybe even Perogies! Visit our website for directions or contact Nancy for info 250-546-9922. For August we have a few enthusiastic members that want to plan a Play Day in Salmon Arm – no competition – just good old-fashioned fun with a potluck picnic too. Watch next issue for details, or go to our website. Next meeting is July 13th at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant in Salmon Arm, 6 p.m. where you can indulge in their fabulous buffet. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Barriere & District Riding Club By Patti Aldrich


ith spring being just a soggy memory, summer is now laid out before us and what a great summer it’s going to be! Be sure to view our website to see the dates of all of the upcoming “Here comes summer” Gymkhana events… as well as trail rides and clinics, organized by our club. We welcome all horse lovers to join us and get to know our club members. Not a member(?) not to worry, there are several “Open” events coming up or better yet, join the club and attend them all. With summer upon us we must ask ourselves “what’s the plan”? Is there somewhere you would like to check out on horseback or maybe a new clinic you would like to attend? Make this the season to do it! We all know how fast the seasons turn! Get out your camera and get out there on your trusty steed and make Getting the job done! Spring Gymkhana some great memories!!

On a personal note, speaking of cameras, if I see one more picture of me on my horse with my helmet slightly off to one side I am going to spaz!! I am off shopping for a new one before I blow! I can’t encourage everyone enough to get serious about wearing helmets. I know, it looks better and feels Another successful Vet day provided by KLV for BDRC better with your hair flowing in members the wind… ya..ya… heard it all; BUT we have to remember we are protecting ourselves and most importantly our personal computers conveniently tucked in between our two ears. * Open Gymkhanas: Summer Heat July 21; August 11; September 29. * BC Heritage Shows: July 22; August 12. Check out our website: and read about the new to us B.C. Paint Horse Club Trophy Program.

- Petra Migl on Brownie

AERC Hosts Shows, NEW Gymkhanas! By Tammy Thielman


he Armstrong-Enderby Riding Club had a strong turnout of 29 riders and many new members at the June 16 Fun Day held at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Club membership is now well over 100. IMPORTANT!!... Our Gymkhanas are now being held at the ARMSTRONG FAIRGROUNDS, starting at 10 a.m. and they run for about two hours. A simple concession is on-site. Dates for gymkhanas are (Sundays): June 24, July 22, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7. Come and ride in games for only $10/rider! Riders of all levels and disciplines are welcome. Ride for fast times and ribbons, or just come and trot around the barrels and in the other games. Our next Fun Day Show is Sunday, July 8 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This fun day will feature our WIN BLING! Costume Class with many lovely donated prizes, including a Painted Pony figurine from Enderby Jewellers, and a bling belt from The Horse Gate Trailer Sales. This is an Open class, and participants may ride or lead in their horses. This will also be a day to give our very hard-working president, Rebecca Sophie Dennis, age 8, from Vernon a day off. Hillbrander, Photo by Suzanne Dennis HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Rebecca puts in several hundreds of volunteer hours for the club. So, on July 8, it’s time to GIVE REBECCA THE DAY OFF! Let’s come together to meet at the fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and help set up the show office, the concession items, and other Lynda Flato of Enderby, a new AERC equipment. There will member, rides 9-year-old Double also be a few fun surprises Diamond D-Cromwell Nico, a rare liver in store for Rebecca! We chestnut-coloured Canadian Horse. want to show her that we Tammy Thielman photo. appreciate her devotion to the club. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the June 16 Fun Day. A special thank you to directors Rhonda Bennett and Michele Gould who donated delicious home-made baking as a club fundraiser at the concession. If you’d like to contribute a baking item for the concession, please bring it to the Fun Day. All proceeds to the club! For more information about AERC please go to our webpage and check us out on Facebook. Rebecca may be reached at 250- 546-0046 or call Tammy at 250-832-3409 for more info. • 47

Oliver Riding Club Report By Kathleen Malmberg

Club members Sasha Hopp on Clydesdale, Storn; and Larry Robinson on Shire/Quarter Horse X, Razzie.

2012 Wish Ride participants


he Oliver Riding Club held their Children’s Wish Ride fundraiser on May 26 this year and was hosted by Little Mountain Stables in Osoyoos. The event was well supported by club riders and also riders from the Stables. John Wilkinson led the 2-hour ride and Stella Johnson led the 1-hour ride into the countryside above Osoyoos. Stella was our ‘most senior’ rider at the young age of 89 - she also collected the most pledges at $645! Our youngest rider was 7-year-old Morgan Bohn. A BBQ lunch was provided by the Club and also by Gordon Brownjohn, owner of the stables. A total of $3820.44 was raised in pledges and silent auction proceeds. Dawn Muller did a wonderful job organizing the day. As a result of her hard work, we were very fortunate to have some wonderful items donated for the silent auction by numerous supportive businesses and we thank them greatly!

The club has been very busy with many activities. We had a great time at the Trail Challenge at Gillespie Ranch organized by Max and Annette. A great turnout and a great time. We have also enjoyed jumping classes, baby mini classes, social riding at the Ranch, Improve Your Skills sessions with Ken and Caroline, Western/English Dressage Schooling shows, and a Musical Ride. July and August are looking very busy with many activities planned - something for everyone. The real biggy is happening July 1st “The D-K Love Story!” starring Dawn and Ken - hitchin’ up! We all look forward to that. We invite any and all disciplines and riding skills (or not) to join us. Margie Fisher is our membership person and can be reached at 250.498.4579.



n May 26-27 the Kelowna Hoofbeats hosted a clinic with Ian Tipton and Stefanie Travers of Lodestar Horsemanship from Merritt, to share their wisdom with our 4-H members and their families. The weekend consisted of lessons for a wide range of both novice and advanced riders. We really appreciated how much time they spent with each group. They also took the time with individual members that needed to work on specific skills. Stefanie’s groups had a lot of riding time but she also did some ground work and quality “leading” with the riders who needed to go back to some basics before mounting. On Saturday night we all enjoyed a potluck dinner and some socializing. It also gave us some time to discuss the day’s events and plan for the next day. Ian and Stefanie did a presentation for the group after dinner. They discussed the different influences and traditions that have evolved into what we take for granted as “Western” Riding from Stefanie talking with Isabel Hultgren Texas and particularly California. 48 • Saddle Up • July 2012

They brought out samples of their gear and explained how each piece was developed, fit and used, explained and demonstrated the use of Ian Tipton and Kama graduated sizes of the rawhide bosal (hackamore) and a mecate and the all-but-lost tradition of the “two-rein”. Both Ian and Stefanie did a riding demo on their own horses, using the Vaquero gear and the amazing process of developing such refined and soft, happy horses. This was a real “aha” moment for many of us to see just how an almost invisible signal or gentle cue can result in the horse doing exactly as asked and to realize that this was the same stuff they were teaching us in the clinic, just at the level we were at! Seeing where it could go and how graceful and connected they were to their horses was a privilege for all of us to see firsthand. Overall, the entire weekend was a wonderful experience. As always, the riders who participated in this clinic improved their skills both on the ground and in the saddle. And both our riders and auditors came away having seen a new perspective on an old art form. (See Lodestar Horsemanship’s listing in Business Services under Trainers) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten Photos courtesy of


hat a great season so far! Lots of good rides and laughs. Really enjoying the horses getting back into the groove of things. New members joining every show! June 24 is the next show. Can’t wait to see you there! June 3rd Gymkhana Results MASTERS HP - Liz Gibbs, Patch 69 Res - Lisa Flann, Tellee 56 SENIOR HP - Cassandra Lawley, Boo Boo 64 Res - Amy Russo, Mia 57 YOUTH HP - Tori Reynolds, Dakota 64 Res - Kayla Stromsten, Skittles 60 JUNIOR HP - Mya Geiger, Stitch 66 Res - Ayla Schwarz, Cloud Dancer 60 PEE WEE HP - Dalyce Davis 68 Res - Rylee Geiger, Bongo 62

Kelowna Riding Club News By Jill Veitch


e are pleased to announce that this spring we laid new Nike footing in our jump ring. It was a labour of love organized by board member Cindy Eeckhout-Foster and her gang of volunteers and contractors. 49 dump truck loads of sand, plus a solid week of work, and we managed to provide lovely new footing for our Spring Classic Dressage Festival and Hunter Jumper Shows in late April. The feedback on the footing was terrific. We had one day of torrential rain and the old ring would have been a wading pond, but with the new footing, we were full steam ahead! We had an excellent turnout for our Spring Clean Up, and the mini-facelift (including a new kitchen patio at the clubhouse and a fresh layer of green on our main barn) helped make the facility look pretty darn good for both Spring Classics. We were fully subscribed for the HJ show two months ahead of schedule. I guess word is out that KRC, in combination with the Caroline Jones team from Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, puts together an event worth attending. Thank you to everyone who joined us in April and especially to our fantastic sponsors. At the end of May we saw the return of the All Breed Flat Show. It’s been a long time since we’ve held this type of broad-reaching event. Competitors as young as seven years old are able to enter the ring and find some success. We are hosting another flat show before the end of the season, dates to be announced soon. We have welcomed some new faces to our board and feel a sense of renewed energy. Our freshly brewed website (www.kelownaridingclub. com) is much easier to use and provides quick access to membership rates, the events schedule, and club info. Did you know we have great daily rates to rent our clubhouse and kitchen? Check our Facility HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Rentals page under About Us on the website. Our infamous KRC Adult Camp takes place Monday July 9 through Wednesday July 11. It’s three days of no cooking and tons of fun! Take instruction in dressage, jumping, western or ground work, and camp on-site with a bunch of new compadres. It’s a reasonably priced getaway for YOU! Details on our website. Please know that you are welcome to ride at the club any time it’s not booked (calendar is online). We have a $25 self-serve drop-in rate, and we’re a great place to exercise a new pony or do some training.

Horse girls like to work! Kelowna Riding Club president Sherri Paiement, Spring Classic Hunter Jumper show chair Laurie Lazorko and KRC vice-president Cindy Eeckhout-Foster are hard at work, midApril, prepping the jump ring for new Nike footing.

KRC members getting out and pitching in, April, 2012. • 49

LMRSA Update By Bonnie Davis


ell, the Lower Mainland Ranch Sorting Association has officially made it halfway through its first year, and what a great start it has been! A team of two riders sorting ten cows in sixty seconds is just as addictive as it sounds! With over 80 members, and counting, our events are a guaranteed great time for all ages and levels of riders. We have hosted five jackpots so far, and have been excited to give away some cool door prizes as well as cash prizes for fast times at each event. The standings so far this year: Deb Molnar is in 1st place; with Trish Esworthy in 2nd; and Sandy Price a close 3rd; but it’s not a runaway… with 6 shows still to go, anyone could bump our leaders out of their standings. Thanks to our many sponsors, it looks like we are going to have some

incredible year-end awards. Don’t miss our upcoming show July 22nd at Thunderbird Show Park. There will be an AQHA Ranch Sorting immediately prior for the AQHA members on AQHA Registered horses that want to get points on their horses and ride for the AQHA prizes. For entries in the AQHA event, please check out their website at php/lmqha/events-a-shows. It should be a fabulous day at an awesome venue. Come out and ride or just come to check it out! To enter in the Lower Mainland Ranch Sorting Jackpot, please contact Cheryl Vernon at 604-798-7637 or e-mail For more information, please check out our website at www.

Debbie Molnar on Blue sorting her cow

Sandy Price and Lexi putting their cow away

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Assoc. Story and Photos by Janice Reiter


t rained, it poured and the mud quotient rose exponentially as the day progressed but it did not deter any cutter from coming out and supporting the club show on June 17. Held at Ralph and Sonja Anderlini’s in Langley, our judge, Wendy Magrath-Garrard presided over 68 runs and when the mud dried the following kept their heads above water.

Haley Stradling (riding Boogies Dual Rey) will be a force to be reckoned with this summer in Kreuth, Germany.

The BCRCHA offers classes for everyone, the $500 Ranch Horse class is a great way to gain experience, just ask Debbie Hall of Aldergrove.

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Open: Sneakin Out To Play, owned by Mike Stradling, ridden by Brent Stewart Non-Pro: Savannah Day, owned and ridden by Sally Rees $10,000 Novice Horse: San Man Shorty, owned by Jim Mann, ridden by Travis Rempel $3,000 Novice Horse: San Taris Lena, owned and ridden by Heath Stevenson $2000 Limit Rider: Haley Stradling riding Nurse Holly Rey, owned by Dee Stradling $750 Progressive Horse: Smartee, owned and ridden by Leslie Wallace Youth: Logan McCulloch, riding San Taris Dual Oak $500 Limit Rider: Karen Popil, riding DFLS Dunn Playin $500 Ranch Horse: Krystle N Nu Cash, owned by Heath Stevenson, ridden by Brent Stewart Novice/Novice: Lena Dunn Me Too, owned and ridden by Carrie Murray

representing Canada at the AQHA Youth World Cup. Go Team CANADA! Cutting in the summer? Well that is almost an oxymoron. So what does a cutting club do to keep members engaged when cattle are out frolicking in the middle of nowhere? How about holding a poker ride and follow it up with a chicken BBQ. Sounds like a great way to spend a summer afternoon, so circle Saturday, August 25 on your calendar and check the club website ( for further details. How would you like a new saddle? Just ask Randy Brandt how he is enjoying the Roohide Brumby he won simply by participating in BCRCHA events in 2011. If you would like a chance to win this year’s saddle simply join the club and come out and have some fun. There are still lots of opportunities to earn entries. Check the club website or facebook to keep informed of all the goings on.

The month of July sees the Stradling family of Langley, BC boarding a jet and heading for Kreuth, Germany, where Haley, the red-headed dynamo, will be HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


opefully, by the time this goes to print, the weather will be sunny and hot so we can get some hay cut and everything else growing! Langley Riders has been abuzz with events these last few months. We had our first-ever demo performance at the Cloverdale Rodeo on the May long weekend - that was really fun! All the horses and participants did great! Don’t forget to look for highlights and pictures from our Little Britches Rodeo in the August issue of Saddle Up!

June 11 Games George Burns: Vicki Mason, 23 points Jack Benny: Jenny Leibenzeder, 34 points Senior: Courtney Pearson, 30 points Intermediate: Cassie Glover, 26 points Junior: Allissa Tubbs, 22 points Pee Wee: Marie Peters, 34 points Jenny Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister, Leibenzeder 30 points and Ellie doing Lead Line: Sydney Ball, 36 points

“Three Pole Scurry” at the June Games Day

HIGH POINT WINNERS May 20 Jumper Day Senior: (Tie) Katrina Vavrovics, Sandie Valko Intermediate: Cassie Glover Junior: Emily Lock Pee Wee: Cassandra Hillyer Tiny Mites: Brianna William May 27 English Day Senior: Deanna Thompson Intermediate: Danni Olsen Junior: Allissa Tubbs Pee Wee: Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister May 27 Western Day Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: none Pee Wee: Lexi Langset, Marie Peters Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister

Cassie Glover on Cheyenne and Chelsey Dakin on Turbo doing “Texas Barrels” at the June Games Day

Danni Olsen and Monty at the May English/Western show



is the season... to get out your rubber boots, hat, sunscreen, swim suit, towels, snacks, lunch, water and change of clothes? Yes! Summer camp season is here. What better way for our young therapeutic riding clients to enjoy a day or three in the sunshine than messing about with horses. Summer camps are offered by many of CanTRA’s 85-plus member therapeutic riding centres. And they are popular. Arion Therapeutic Farm in Kelowna, BC, (responsible for the rubber boot checklist), warns clients that their camps sell out early each year. They offer a program of horse care, farm duties, farm animal and craft activities, and swimming. It sounds like just what the therapist ordered. The camps at Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) on Vancouver HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Island are designed for “children of all abilities.” CTRA offers safe, exciting, and educational riding camps, directed by CanTRA-certified instructors. We’ve said it before and it bears repeating: our riders deserve only the best. Riding helps improve balance, muscle strength and tone, coordination, mobility, self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. But of course mixing with horses offers far more than that. Family members observing the progress of their children in therapeutic riding programs understand this well. One CTRA parent wrote: “Riding has given my daughter an opportunity to experience success and has given her an area of her life where she feels responsibility and control. This confidence and self esteem is supporting her to be more successful in all aspects of her life.” The spill-over effect. Summer camps for young riders with disabilities offer a wonderful recreation experience. A little out of the ordinary.

Camper Kiara Caplin tries a little neckpainting on Ember, a patient therapy horse at the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association’s program. Photo courtesy of Cowichan TRA.

A lot of fun. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or CanadaHelps. org. • 51

Thunderbird Show Park Report By Pamela Saunders $32,000 Thunderbird Show Park Spring Classic

$53,000 MIBROC World Cup

California’s Ashlee Bond made her debut at Thunderbird Show Park two years ago, alongside USA Nations Cup teammate, Richard Spooner. She returned this past May, taking top mount, Cadett 7, and her nine year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Wistful, into the World Cup qualifier, the $32,000 CSI2* Thunderbird Show Park Spring Classic. With a packed jump off, it came down to the last two thrilling rounds. Thirty-one riders, representing four nations, delivered an exciting first round. The final fence on course proved tricky for many, keeping local favourite, Samantha Buirs out of the jump off, followed by Lauren Crooks on Dancer and Dominique Shone on Ka Ching. Eight-time Irish Nations Cup competitor, Jennifer Crooks, was the first to go clear on her mare, SF Uryadi, with a time of 44.24. Calgary’s Jenn Serek tipped a rail in the combination on Brown Thomas, but later posted a beautiful clear ride on her 11year old Belgian Warmblood mare, Eleonora. Tiffany Sullivan and Tristan went clear with a time of 42.49. Morton delivered a fast round on Spitfire, leaving all the fences up and then bested his own time on Vaust with a blazing 37.72. Riding last in the order, Bond and Cadett 7 shaved just a few tenths of a second off Morton’s time to take the lead with 37.27. Bond was all smiles as she entered the ring for presentations. Known as one of the fastest women in the sport, she was quick to recognize Morton’s rounds. As the top Canadian in the class, Morton was thrilled with double clear rounds on both his mounts.

Last year, Olympian Jill Henselwood led the victory gallop at Thunderbird Show Park’s first World Cup event of the season. This year, it was her student, Jenn Serek, who took the lead early and never let it go. Twenty-three entries took to the grass, but a difficult course set by veteran, Peter Holmes, quickly narrowed the field. “We started off with a couple of turns, which gives it an indoor flavour that’s much like the FEI finals, and then the jumps got big,” Holmes explained. “The course really had two halves and I think riders may have liked one half and not the other.” Prior to the start of the class, the winner of the $32,000 qualifier, Ashlee Bond, had a similar take on the course. “It’s a much more technical course. He tried to simulate a lot of indoor turns,” noted Bond. Serek and her World Cup horse, Eleonora, held the only clear round until Bond and Langley’s Samantha Buirs posted two in a row. It looked like it would be ladies only in the jump off, until Florida’s Sean Crooks on Armegedon and Canadian Olympian, Jonathan Asselin on Showgirl, closed the class with a pair of clear rounds. Serek and Eleonora were first up in the jump off, posting a time of 43.67 and leaving all the rails up. Known for her speed, Bond shaved more than four seconds off Serek’s time, but brought down a heartbreaking rail at the last fence. Crowd favourites, Samantha Buirs and Total Touch went clear, but were just off the pace with a time of 44.68. Sean Crooks’ clear round was fast, but not quite fast enough, edging Buirs out of second with a time of 44.27. The final pair, Asselin and Showgirl, delivered a winning time of 42.35, but like Bond, tipped the last fence to finish with four faults.

$32,000 Thunderbird Show Park Spring Classic Top 5 1. Ashlee Bond riding Cadett 7 owned by Little Valley Farms; time 37.27 2. Brian Morton ridingVaust owned by Melanie R. White; time 37.72 3. Brian Morton riding Spitfire owned by Brian Morton; time 39.06 4. Jenn Serek riding Eleonora owned by Shin Shin Group; time 40.54 5. Tiffany Sullivan riding Tristan owned by Haley Farms LLC; time 42.49

$53,000 Mibroc World Cup Top 5 1. Jenn Serek riding Eleonora, owned by Shin Shin Group; time 43.67 (clear) 2. Sean Crooks riding Armegedon owned by Crooks Show Jumping; time 44.27 (clear) 3. Samantha Buirs riding Total Touch owned by Samantha Buirs; time 44.68 (clear) 4. Ashlee Bond riding Cadett 7 owned by Little Valley Farms; time 39.04 (4 faults) 5. Jonathan Asselin riding Showgirl owned by Jonathan Asselin; time 42.35 (4 faults)

The next event at Thunderbird is the Western Family from July 4-8. Visit for a full schedule, results and details on upcoming tournaments.

Ashlee Bond (Photo courtesy of Totem Photographics)

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Jenn Serek (Photo courtesy of Totem Photographics)


Beaverlodge Ranch Horse Sale Brings Great Prices By Linda Yaciw


illowview Auctions in Beaverlodge, AB, held a very well attended “First Annual Ranch Horse Sale” at their auction mart on May 5. The high seller was a good-looking 7-year-old, 15.2hh Grullo Quarter Horse gelding named Wrangler Hawk Blue, consigned by Robert and Veronica Bedard. Wrangler was purchased by Wayne Tollefson for the very respectable price of $7000. The next four highest selling horses sold for $3800, $3500, $3300 and $2775. The sale was well advertised and attracted many potential purchasers, with the parking lot full of their horse trailers. There were some serious bidders on hand when the sale got underway. Willowview Auctions is unique in the Peace region in that they have an outdoor ring to better demonstrate the ridden horses and in-hand registered horses, weather permitting. Not only can bidders get a good idea of the horses’ abilities and temperaments, they can also better judge height and colour. At this sale, the crowd was able to watch two horses demonstrated at the same time when a ridden saddlehorse’s rider led a packhorse, complete with pack rigging, inside the ring. The ring is large enough to accommodate teams and carts or small wagons as well.

Willowview Auctions is owned locally by Jed and Barb Willis. “We like horses here,” said Jed. “We do our best to offer good horses to buyers, and to get good prices for sellers. At the Ranch Horse sale, we put several of our own cattle into the outdoor sale ring so the horses’ cattle-handling skills could be demonstrated. We had also upgraded the ring with some softer footing. These two additions helped to bring better prices for sellers.” Wayne Tollefson (middle) accepts horse blanket Jed said he was pleased that the local donated by Canwest Trailers and presented by horse industry also supported the sale. Travis Krahn. Tollefson bought this Quarter Horse “Canwest Trailers generously donated gelding, handled by owner Veronica Bedard, for a high bid of $7000. a horse blanket for the high bidder, which was presented by Travis Krahn, said with a grin. immediately after the sale,” he said. “If consignors let us know what kind of Barb says Willowview Auction holds horses they are bringing in, like kids’ horses, horse sales on the first Saturday of every mules, minis, ranch horses, well-broke horses, month, with the exception of July and January. teams, a quantity of young stock, or even rare “Holding the sale on a Saturday benefits sellers breeds, we can advertise this information on as we think more people are able to attend our website and elsewhere. This information then,” she said. “We also offer new and used helps both sellers and buyers, as it encourages tack starting at 9am to get bidders warmed people who are looking for those types of up. We find selling tack helps with horse sales, animals to attend the sale,” said Barb. because if a person gets a bid number for tack, More information can be found at then they are more likely to bid if they see a horse they like. We like tack and horses,” she

BC Competitive Trail Riders Assoc. Update By Tammy Mercer


or many years now, spring time for the BCCTRA has meant hosting its “Schooling Ride” for new Club Members, or those considering competitive trail riding (CTR). The event sees experienced Club Members pass along years of collected wisdom to the new CTR riders so they can compete in the upcoming season in a fun, safe and competitive fashion! This year’s event experienced a few changes and became 2012 Schooling Ride & Equine Educational Fair. The normal half-day classroom session specific to CTR was expanded to a full day, and a newly created series of equine related workshops were developed so to create an opportunity for the broader equine community to mingle and learn together. Lead by facilitators Tammy Mercer and Shannon Mayer, the Schooling Ride participants had an interactive and informative classroom session on the Saturday, followed by a “mock ride” on the Sunday morning. The various workshops covered topics such as GPS and map reading, Trailer handling, Saddle Fit and much more. Judging from a variety of perspectives, the event was a fantastic success! The host facility, the Cowichan Exhibition Park in Duncan, proved to be central enough to attract participants from the Lower Mainland and the Gulf Islands. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Shannon Mayer leading three participants on a mock ride. Photo by Nicole Vaugeois

Participants repeatedly commented on the camaraderie they enjoyed throughout the weekend, and indicated “very satisfied” in nearly every evaluation category. Organizers Tammy Mercer & Keir Gervais say, “The weekend wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for our generous sponsors and volunteers – THANKS everyone!” The event also served as a Club fundraiser, with a Silent Auction and Used Tack Sale to round out the weekend. Tammy & Keir are happy to report success on all fronts and are eagerly looking forward to next year’s event! • 53

Wild Rose Draft Horse Club News By Bruce Roy


lberta’s Wild Rose Draft Horse Club found themselves in a hotbed of activity this past month.

The Club had a booth at The Mane Event in Red Deer in April, with numerous members volunteering in shifts over the weekend. For the Saturday evening gala we had four entries showing their ‘drafts’: Keven & Jodi Graham - 4 abreast; Gordie Campbell & Kelby Tannis – Unicorn; Kristen Wilkinson - Mare Cart; Jessica Branch Mare under saddle. Keven and Jody also worked the parking lot with a team during the day transporting people back and forth from the parking lot.

Kevin & Jodi Graham with their Double T Percherons hooked four abreast at Alberta’s Mane Event. Photo by Fay Campbell.

The Annual Wild Rose Draft Horse Field Days and Double Tree Village Museum Pioneer Days were held on June 2-3 and was a great success again this year. There were 20 head of draft horses working in the field pulling implements right from a plow to a seed drill. We had everything from a team to an 8-horse hitch pulling the implements. Everyone enjoyed the wagon ride to and from the field. Listening to the stories that the teamsters have to tell, and the older teamsters tell of their experiences all while watching the young teamsters trying out new skills that they have learned. We also had a Side Saddle demo and a Hack horse demo. The Spruce View Lions club provided food all day both days with a roast beef supper on Saturday evening and a breakfast during cowboy church Sunday morning. Next year our Annual Field Day and Pioneer Days will be held on June 1-2nd, 2013.

Gordon Campbell with Kelby Tannas beside him, with the Riverside Clydesdale Unicorn at Alberta’s Mane Event. Photo by Fay Campbell.

Calgary’s 4-H on Parade I believe something like 1,500 4-H Club members were there. Each club had an exhibit, i.e. beef, dairy, light horse, crafts, art, etc. The young gal in the photo, Emily Harris of Olds, AB bought her mare as a weanling foal, raised, schooled and showed it, as her 4-H project. She has mastered the art of rolling the mane and tying the tail, and has learned how to present her in the show-ring. She learned how to feed, handle, crosstie and break the young mare. She has successfully been taught the rules of safety by the many horsemen who offer her club members clinics. I cannot say too much about this enthusiastic youngster. Her mare gave birth to a fi lly foal ten or twelve days after 4-H on Parade.

Pops in the Park – a Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra special event

Ray Stanton with three Belgians in hand seeding. Photo by Anna Stanton.

One of the biggest draws is the spectacular six horse hitch from Jackson Fork Ranch in Wyoming, winner of the World Champion Six Horse Hitch at the Calgary Stampede for the past three years. Teamster Brian Coleman brings this hitch to the event as his first full outing in Alberta in the spring. The hitch brings in the orchestra conductor Melanie Leonard and special VIPS to the event.

Emily Harris with Eyebright’s Amber, her Percheron broodmare that was Champion Heavy Horse at 4-H on Parade. Photo by Barry Harris.

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Running Barrels at the Prince George Exhibition Story and Photos by Steven Dubas


unning Barrels will be a major part of the Prince George Exhibition this year. The Exhibition will celebrate its 100th anniversary August 8-12, 2012, so planning the event is a little different this year. The light horseshow will be taking a break and replacing it will be barrel racing. Barrel Race organizer Nora Wallach is hoping to have one of the biggest races in Northern BC, with competitors coming from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington and Oregon. It is being advertised in Western Canada as well as the Northwest USA. There will be stalls and camping available on the exhibition grounds. The event is sanctioned through the Canadian Barrel Racing Association. So what are they racing for? The chance for a big prize - $5000 has been added to the Friday and Saturday competitions, making each day’s event more exciting. Thursday is the slack day where competitors can still have their time considered for the Friday and Saturday competitions. Cut-off for entries is July 15, but post entries are allowed. There will be two class categories: “Youth,” for riders up to the age of 18 years, and “Open,” which is where the prize money is.

Prince George is home to some of the best barrel racers in BC. Kirsten Gjerde is the number one barrel racer in the province for the 2011 season. In the top 10 along with Kirsten are Judy Hyde, Melanie Beeton and Kassi Simpson. On Sunday, the last day of the exhibition, a gymkhana will be held in the outdoor arena. Poles, Pole Bending, Barrels, Stakes and Thread the Needle will be open to anyone who wants to compete. Times for Thursday’s slack day start at 6pm; Friday and Saturday have a start time of 10am and go until 7pm. Times may change, so check the Prince George Exhibition website for confirmation ( Other exciting events that will be at the 2012 Prince George Exhibition are Team Penning, Bull Riding, Draft Horse Pull and competitions, Top Dog Agility and 4H Livestock/Rough Stock Competitions. Celebrating 100 years of agriculture and industry in Prince George suggests a more exciting party, and to help with the festivities there will be a parade of top Canadian talent; 54-40, The Stampeders, Rick Stavely, Powder Blues Band, KROME, and for the Bull Rider’s Ball, Julian Austin will perform.

To find more information about the 2012 Prince George Exhibition, check out the website (, or call the office at 250-563-4096.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Update By Donna Quick STRATHCONA HORSE SHOWCASE


n Sunday, May 27, six of our club members took part in the Strathcona Horse Showcase, a two-day horse expo held just east of Edmonton. Mule riders taking part were Colleen Campbell on Ruby, Katherine Cook on Whistlin’ Dixie, and Russ Shandro on Ruger, along with Donkey rider Donna Quick on Spider. Don and Anne Fossum drove single carts hitched to two of their miniature Donkeys. The riders and driver did a few laps around the outside arena, each showing off what they do best. Several members took turns having their longears in a pen in Breed Alley, answering questions and giving out our very attractive new buttons, with individual photos of each animal and rider. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The club members had a chance to see some unusual breeds in Breed Alley: a Drum Horse, similar to a large Gypsy Vanner; and an Akhal-Teke, resembling a Thoroughbred with an iridescent gold coat. Our next club event is the All Equine

Don and Anne Fossum’s miniature Donkeys from Edmonton, AB.

Show in Nanton, AB in June, and then in July our club demos during the Calgary Stampede, followed by our annual Club Trail Ride July 27-28 at the Hummingbird campgrounds, west of Rocky Mt. House. AB. For more current information go to our website

Colleen Campbell of Camrose AB, and her mule Ruby. • 55

Wish Ride at Williams Lake By Andy Sullivan


he Williams Lake Children’s Wish Ride took place June 27th, once again thanks to Karla and Rene Leclerc of Minton Creek Ranch. In spite of all the rain we have had this spring Mother Nature came through with a sunny day. A light breeze throughout the day kept the bugs somewhat under control and all 30 participants enjoyed their trip along the Aspen and Firlined trails. Two trails were available, one 15 km and one 8 km. Matina Durfeld raised over $350 The two routes provided all riders with an interesting The funds raised at the outing given their choice of distance. The main group annual Children’s Wish Ride this of riders started off from the ranch around 10:30 a.m. with year totalled $6,200. Also thanks additional participants going out as they arrived. As the riders to all the volunteers who made returned they were treated to hot dogs, chili, cold drinks and dessert along with an opportunity to relax and visit with friends. the ride a great success. The top fundraisers were The 30 riders did a great job in raising pledges for the Adult - Rose Reid over $1,000; Children’s Wish Foundation. Sixty of our local merchants were Youth - Matina Durfeld over also very generous with their donations which made up a silent $350; and Junior - Regan auction table raising $2,000. Schwartz over $100.

Rose Reid raised over $1,000

Regan Schwartz raised over $100

Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox


ork on the TSC outdoor arena has begun! Most of the old footing has been removed and a work bee has been planned to do some of the hand work of digging around the fence posts to get the old footing and dirt dug out. This will be to help with the drainage around the arena. The fence has been removed so that more of the old warm-up area can be cleaned out. Then it’s on to the surveying and setting the grade. This is all getting very exciting and we are looking forward to having it completed this summer. It’s something we really need. We are having a raffle to help with some of the funding to go along with a grant we got from the Northern Development Initiative Fund; with support from our community and members, it looks like we’ll have a great new arena. 56 • Saddle Up • July 2012

We also were fortunate to have Deanna Reimer come for a clinic at the beginning of the month - well attended. Always great to have clinicians come and help us out. Also, we again had Jill O’Neill, and plan to have Carolyn Dobbs in for the end of July. She will also be judging our next Schooling Show on the weekend of July 27. Check out Facebook or the TSC website for more information. Two event weekends have been held since last report with all disciplines showing a rise in participation. Clear Rounds had some pretty consistent jumpers with Danielle Sexton riding both Tally and Fly, and taking Fly to clear rounds at 3ft 3in. Percentage Days had two good days with June 10 showing 14 tests ridden. Greg Wilson rode Hollister in First Level Tests 1 and 3 and received a 65.5% and 68.00%.

The gymkhanas also saw an increase in riders with 36 participating at the event on June 10. Most of the added riders have been new young riders who are great to watch. Some are pretty good riders already for only riding in them a couple of times. Jacob and Joel Hallet did quite well along with Lily and Summer Smith, and there is much improvement from Dylan Currie and both Tatum and Denver Long. These are the riders of the future and we welcome all young and older riders to come out and join us. Another schooling show update will have to wait until next month. More clinics, events, and more work on the outdoor will come this month. For more information you can check out www. or Facebook.


NCBC CADORA News Story and Photos by Steven Dubas


he NCBC CADORA Dressage, Hack and Jumper Show was held June 8-10. Horses from around the region and riders from 100 Mile House to Burns Lake attended to make this a very exciting show. The NCBC CADORA show had taken a short hiatus; however, with the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers, the show made a comeback this year. There were a little over 80 entries; post entries had to be cut off early simply because the judges could not accommodate the high volume of riders wanting to participate. The judge for the Hack and Dressage portion of the show was Maureen Walters, a FEI-Certified Judge. Walters was kept busy working the three days of the show. Hack classes began Friday, with Dressage taking over the indoor arena on Saturday and Sunday. The Evening of the Horse was a showcase of horses and riders, with a demonstration of an FEI Freestyle (Intermediate 1), Pas de Deux, Quadrille, Team Glitter Class, and a Costume Freestyle. The Team Glitter Class was a competition where the team was given eight minutes to come into the arena and decorate their horse in the most “glitzy” attire. One of the team members must then ride the horse in a walk/ trot style hack class. Teams were very creative, with Myranda Dickson’s team taking first place. Jumping events took place in the outdoor arena on Saturday and Sunday. The first day of competition had jumps for beginners (18-inch

cross rails) to jumps for more experienced riders (3ft 6in). Combined with the higher level 2012 Championship and Awards Results: Hack Division Championship jumps were Power and Speed Classes which Junior Champion – Ocea Gunn riding Miss Irish Junior Reserve Champion – Jessica Hartwig riding Phoenix started at 2 feet and continued up to 3ft 6in for Senior Champion – Jacqueline Richards riding Dessoe Doo each class. Reserve Senior Champion – Lana Smith riding Cyklon Youth Champion – Andrea Dobbs riding Presario Sunday had some unusual events with a Youth Reserve Champion – Isabell Pavlik riding Remington Tandem Pair Class, starting at 18 inches, where Dressage Championship a team of two riders rode the jump course one Junior Champion – Myranda Dickson riding Prince behind the other. If the rider in the lead had a Junior Reserve Champion – Ocea Gunn riding Miss Irish fault, the second rider would take the lead with Senior Champion – Marlo Likke riding Da Vinci Senior Reserve Champion – Karen Andrews riding Bergen the first rider falling into second position. Youth Champion – Natasha Grapes riding Café Vienna Fault and Out was another class requiring Youth Reserve Champion – Cianna Beetlestone riding Alistair Alberta Springs Award – Highest Score in First Level awarded to Karen a team of two riders; one rider was confined to Andrews riding Bergen with a score of 75% a holding area in a corner of the arena and one Jumper Championship rider jumped the course. The team with the Junior Champion – Myranda Dickson riding Prince highest number of successful jumps completed Junior Reserve Champion – Jessica Hartwig riding Ginger Senior Champion – Jacqueline Richards riding Dessoe Doo in three minutes was declared the winner. If a Reserve Senior Champion – Susanne McLeod riding Kenly Youth Champion – Jillian Gregory riding Rising Spirit rider had a fault, they would have to return to Youth Reserve Champion – Emily Sinclair riding Majestik Kemmel the holding area and the second rider would Ahlam come onto the course, starting from where the fault occurred and then trying to complete a round before the rider could tag back to the holding area and the other rider could enter the course. The winning team was Dezirae Wall and Jessica Hartwig with 23 jumps completed; Lee Verge and Alex Verge were a close second with 22 jumps, and Andrea Dobbs and Ocea Gunn came in third place. The day’s events were completed with Junior Champion Myranda Gambler’s Choice at 2ft 6in and Senior Champion Jacqueline Richards and Dessoe Doo Dickson and Prince 3 feet.

Rock Creek Poker Ride By Lynn Paul


he Discover Rock Creek Society hosted their second fundraising Poker Ride on June 10 at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds. This year, 23 riders joined us on the sunny, scenic ride through the Kettle River Trails. We were most impressed with the youth that rode in it. There was a 7 km or 11 km ride to choose from. A BBQ hosted by Discover Rock Creek pretty well wrapped up the event. Loretta Jurome won the best poker hand. Every one that rode ended up with a prize to take home. Riders came from Kelowna, Bridesville, Beaverdell, Carmi, Westbridge, Rock Creek and Grand Forks. The Kettle River Trails Association started the first two Poker Rides to help promote the trails we developed in Rock Creek. We assist horse groups to coordinate their events and will keep the trails open for all horseback riders. Proceeds from our fundraisers enable us to put on other events and undertake projects for our community. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and local volunteers – thank you. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Local residents Ryan and Stacy Elliot with their two children, Grandpa Wally Elliot and other family members made up a group of 8. • 57

NBCQHA Schooling Show Report By Kristi


he weather forecast did not look good. There was a 90% chance of rain… and to make matters even worse, a Rainfall Warning went into effect Friday night. The Northern BC Quarter Horse Association’s Show Committee gave a collective groan as they set up for the NBCQHA Schooling Show on June 16, 2012 at the Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds in Vanderhoof, BC. Horse owners in the area proved tough enough to brave the daunting forecast, with entrants coming from Terrace (a 5 ½ hour drive!), Smithers, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, and Prince George. And in fact, other than the mud outside, most of the day was pretty decent, with some unexpected sunny breaks turning up the heat! Under the watchful eye of master exhibitor and AQHA Professional Horseman, Darhl Paley, Prince George, over two dozen riders and horses of all ages and skill levels went through their paces. The judge took tons of time with the “schooling” aspect of the show, giving lots of good tips and advice to the competitors after their classes. The best part was at the end of the six-horse Youth Trail class, when Darhl put each rider back to the obstacle they most wanted help with, and he coached them through the obstacle. Let me tell you, THAT was worth way more than the price of the entry ticket! A huge thanks to Darhl for taking so much time with the riders – they really appreciated it! The Silent Auction went well, with the highlight being the postauction bidding war on the framed Pam Morrison print “Perfection,” which ended up going home to Terrace with another print promised to Burns Lake. Thank you to our many donors for this club fundraiser! The NBCQHA also started their wheelbarrow raffle – over $1000 value in this large-wheeled Rubbermaid wheelbarrow full of horsey stuff. You will want to get your tickets quick! We have done up a poster to thank the many sponsors of this raffle – you are amazing! We couldn’t have made this show work without our many volunteers, so a big thanks to Pam, Lianne, Rena, Doug, Sharon, Ashtynn, Alyshia, Sharon, Randy, Darien, Edith, Caitlyn, Joanna,

Bailey, Kaja, Stephanie, Lara, and Carlina and anyone else I may have missed on this list. An extra special thank you goes out to our Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area “F” Director, Jerry Petersen, for the RDBN financial assistance with this show. To keep up with the goings-on of the NBCQHA, join our NBCQHA Facebook page, check out the NBC Events page on the BCQHA website (, or email Kristi at

BCLM Pony Club News By Lezah Williamson


C Lower Mainland Pony Club members continue to have a busy spring. Under their belts they now have two more Prince Philip Games competitions; May 13th at Southlands Riding Club where Campbell Valley Pony Club swept all three divisions; and the second being May 27th at Panarama Ridge Riding Club, where Campbell Valley again won the A and C divisions, but were soundly trounced by the Hazelmere/Richmond mixed team in the B division. Regional finals took place on June 17. Golden Ears Pony Club held its annual Derby under cloudy skies May 26; the same weekend, many BCLM Pony Club members travelled to Vancouver Island to compete in the largest Tetrathlon competition in recent history. June 10 saw Milner Downs bustling with activity as Campbell Valley Pony Club held its annual trophy show, while on the same weekend, Vancouver Pony Club hosted a 2 3/4 phase event at Southland Riding Club. 58 • Saddle Up • July 2012

While most clubs have now finished with their lesson programs, members are gearing up for spring and summer testing, Rally, and camps. In addition, BC Lower Mainland Pony Club region is hosting the Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships at MREC in August, so the hunt is on for both volunteers and 40 horses for riders from across the country to use in this competition. A new initiative this year from BC Lower Mainland Pony Club region involves recognition of its members in open competition. At the June MREC Event, two High Point awards were given out: in the Starter division, Campbell Valley Pony Club member Aleyna Giffi n walked away with the 2012 Starter High Point award, while in the Preentry division, Emily Lock of Hazelmere Pony Club was the winner of the 2012 Pre-entry High Point. More events have been earmarked for this program over the year, as has the Rising Stars Dressage Show. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, VP: Denise Hill, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

LMQHA’s West Coast Summer Classic, July 19-22, will feature cattle classes. Photo courtesy of Janice Reiter.

High fives There was a decent turnout at the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s general membership meeting in late May. The board and members seemed generally very pleased with the outcome of the Spring Circuit, noting it was well run and showed a respectable profit. It was the first membership meeting since the bazaar at Thunderbird in March and the first opportunity to publicly thank the committee, co-chaired by Pia Petersen and Terri Brown, on their success. Pia noted that it was “very, very hard work but very rewarding,” expressing her appreciation to the various committee chairs on behalf of herself and Terri. This year’s bazaar was one of the best attended in recent memory, and featured an outstanding group of vendors and clinicians. Pia and Terri have already agreed to co-chair the 2013 bazaar, and are hopeful they can mentor newcomers to take over the reins in 2014 as planning gets underway for next year. Any takers?

Incentive fund changes BCQHA director Haidee Landry reminded members that they can pay for their AQHA Incentive Fund licences at the show office. Earlier this year, AQHA announced changes to the Incentive Fund that has been rewarding AQHA horse owners with dollars for each point earned for 30 years. The fund had lost some of its initial momentum with the overall downturn in the horse industry. Now, in an effort to revitalize the program, exhibitors will pay a competition licence of $50 for the amateur division and $50 for the open division per horse in order to earn Incentive Fund payouts. The fee can be paid any time during the year and will become effective when it’s received by AQHA or by show management. Points earned prior to paying the annual licence fee will not be Incentive Fund eligible for the nominated horse.

Opportunities to get involved, improve skills Haidee also noted the BC Quarter Horse Association will be seeking three representatives from the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association to sit on its board in 2013, under the new bylaws passed at their meeting held during the LMQHA’s Spring Circuit. LMQHA’s Evergreen Circuit will provide the backdrop for a Ring Steward seminar on Friday, August 31, hosted by BCQHA, with support from the Horse Council of BC. “Whether you want to be a ring steward, or not,” Haidee told members, “it’s an education.” There will be a nominal fee for the clinic, and you can contact Haidee at hmqh@ for more information and to register. Ontario judge Joe Carter will be delivering an AQHA judge’s seminar in the Fraser Valley early next year for those considering becoming a judge or wanting to improve their skill sets. More information will be coming soon.


Four-day circuit this month LMQHA has a four-day/four-judge show coming up later this month, July 1922, at Thunderbird. The West Coast Summer Classic will be judged by Doug Ingersoll and Jim Edwards of California on Thursday and Friday, and by Jennifer Thompson (Nevada) and Gary Hersom (Indiana) on Saturday and Sunday. Ingersoll will be judging the cattle classes on July 21-22, which will feature AQHA, BCCHA and BCRCA-approved cutting classes, AQHA Working Cow Horse and Boxing classes, AQHA Ranch Sorting and an all breed Ranch Sorting Jackpot featuring a 50% payback. There are three Jackpot buckle classes (sponsored by Hutton Performance Horses and Valour Farms) including a Hunter under Saddle All Ages, Two -Year-Old Western Pleasure Walk/Jog and an “All Novice” (Youth and Amateur) Horsemanship, as well as a full slate of AQHA and all breed classes for riders. Tracy Olny will be back designing our famous trail courses, and there will be complimentary coffee and donuts in the barns all four days of the show. Enter early to avoid post entry fees. And make sure you familiarize yourself with the rules regarding show high points! You can download the schedule, stall and entry forms from our link on BCQHA’s website (

Last chance If a four-day show is too much of a commitment, you might be interested in something different that LMQHA is trying later this summer. The Evergreen Circuit has been organized as a two-day/ three-judge show on the Labour Day weekend, leaving the Monday free to make your way home, enjoy the final day of summer holidays, or prepare for the new school year or coming fall. Usually, Evergreen is a split/combined show over three days. As there is among any group of horse people, there are mixed feelings about whether a two, three or four-day concept is best (and most sustainable). It will be interesting to see whether this two-day show has a positive impact on entries as the season draws to a close in the Fraser Valley - that is the intent, of course. The show is on September 1 and 2, at Thunderbird, and features a Yearling Tri-Challenge, so it might be time to start putting a little polish on your youngsters! The Tri-Challenge is open to all breeds, and entries will compete in Halter, Lunge Line and In-Hand Trail. The Evergreen Circuit also has the Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail and a Western Pleasure Maturity (5 and over). Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses have put up a saddle for the top novice AQHA exhibitor (amateur or youth) over the two days, so there is lots of incentive to spend most of the Labour Day weekend with us! • 59

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives:

Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

Off to the AQHA Youth World Championship Show with SCQHA Youth Member – Tamara Barker from Kamloops We will be anxiously watching SCQHA Youth member Tamara Barker as she makes her way to competing at this prestigious event. It’s been a long time since we had a local SCQHA Youth member compete at the Youth World Championships. Memory brings to mind that the last one was fifteen years ago in 1997 when Lisa Atkins, also from Kamloops, riding Skip Zan Fox made the trek down South to represent our Province and Zone. Tamara and One Hot Goods are qualified in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Riding and Trail. Tamara also qualified Macs Goodbar Seeker in Trail, Showmanship and Horsemanship. We will be keeping everyone informed on how the Barker Team is making out. So check out Tamara Barker and Family our SCQHA website page and watch the following issues of Saddle Up to see how they are doing!

Calling All Old Timers!

SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit September 14–16, 2012 Armstrong, BC Featuring the return of: HALTER MANIA Open All Breed Weanling Super Halter Futurity Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies - $1500 Added Open All Breed Yearling Super Halter Futurity Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies - $1500 Added Sponsored by: STS Quarter Horses Halter Division, Sherry Sulz, Langley, BC and KPN Farms, Flora Kippen, Abbotsford, BC

New this year… *Open All Breed 2 yr old Stallions Halter Futurity *Open All Breed 2 yr old Geldings Halter Futurity *Open All Breed 2 yr old Mares Halter Futurity +Open All Breed Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity – Halter, Lungeline & In-Hand Trail +Open All Breed Two Year Old Western Pleasure Futurity $500 Added Sponsored by The Hutton Family & Hutton Performance Horses, Chilliwack, BC +Open All Breed Western Pleasure Stake with $200 Added Sponsored by Carrie Humphries, Kamloops, BC Hi Point Non-Pro Award to be presented +Open All Breed Hunter Under Saddle Stake with $200 Added Hi Point Non-Pro Award to be presented

Also Featuring: AQHA Rookie Amateur and Youth Classes in addition to our Open Youth Walk, Open Green Horse Walk/Trot & Nervous Novice classes. Please contact our Show Secretary – Cherie Corrigan 250-337-5090 or (new e-mail)

We are on the hunt to find the oldest living AQHA registered horse in the SCQHA Zone. If you have an Old Timer who you think might be the oldest, please send us a current photo along with a brief biography and your senior AQHA horse just might be featured in the next issue of Saddle Up! E-mail to Laurie, 60 • Saddle Up • July 2012


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: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

Welcome To The BCRA ~ Nakusp Rodeo JULY 27- 29, 2012 Performance Times: Friday 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm 8 Major BCRA Events @ $2,000 added prize money in each event Junior Barrels, Junior Steer Riding $2,000 added prize money in each event Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday Horseback Scavenger Hunt – Click on for details Critter Catch – Click on for details Live Bands Friday & Saturday Evening Admission: $20 each day (access to all events each day) Weekend Pass: $60 (access to all events all weekend) Tickets Available at the Nakusp Rodeo Office or Admission Gate For more information visit

2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA SedroWoolley, WA July 7-8: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 14-15: Valemount Rodeo July 14-15: WIREA/BCRA Whispering Pines Rodeo, Kamloops July 20-22: Quesnel Rodeo July 27-28: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA July 27-29: Nakusp, BC August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake

August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo August 31-Sept 1: PWRA / BCRA Ritzville, WA August 31-Sept 2: PWRA / BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Tania Millen, Northwest Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Mount Assiniboine Loop Ride During the 2011 Spruce Meadows Masters, Wendy and I decided to do a pack trip, if we could agree on a location between the Kootenays where her horses were, and Prince George where mine were. Fortunately, Mount Assiniboine was on both our hit lists and ten days after our conversation, we started a six-day ride. Mount Assiniboine is located in the triangle between Banff, Canmore and Radium Hot Springs, on the BC side of the continental divide. The peak soars over 3600m and with its distinctive pyramid shape is one of the most recognizable peaks in the Rockies. Historically, First Nations used the area extensively, which is documented in photos of tipis situated on the shores of Lake Magog. Early explorers, mountaineers and tourists accessed the area by horse and in 1922, the area was designated a provincial park. Commercial horse pack trips are not currently available to the park, which is used almost exclusively by hikers. However, permission to ride horses in the park is easily acquired from BC Parks. Accessing the park by road is more challenging. Horse access is via the southeast (Spray Lakes and Bryant Creek), north (Brewster Creek), or southwest (Highway 93 to Baymag Mine and Mitchell River). Due to a fire in 2003, the easiest access - via the Simpson River - is not yet possible. We chose the Baymag Mine road, and I endured the distinct unpleasantness of meeting five (!) ore haul trucks in 42km of narrow gravel road. Our loop ride took six days including one rest day. It could easily have been extended, but late September weather kept us moving. The Banff and Mount Assiniboine Hiking Map was suitable for trail finding and a topographical map helped with the Simpson River portion of the route. The Mitchell River trail starts from an outfitter’s shack in the middle of a clear-cut. After a short bushwhack down to the river, the trail was straightforward, although it hadn’t been cleared in some time. Our first camp was at a BC Parks shelter, which had one night’s worth of grazing. The second day we headed up to Ferro Pass in rain and snow. The trail had been ribboned a few years back, which kept us onroute when we couldn’t see the trail for the white stuff. The trail down the north side of the pass was wide and easy travelling, and the BC Parks cabin and well built corral at the Simpson River/Surprise Creek junction almost made up for the poor grazing. The 16km route along the Simpson River might cause some riders grief. The western portion of the route follows the riverbed and gravel bars. From Scout Camp east, the horse trail is on the south side of the river. Aside from a bit of confusion about how far along we were, we didn’t have any trouble. However, from logbook notes, I suspect that an earlier group of riders tried to avoid the riverbed and follow an 62 • Saddle Up • July 2012

uncleared trail. Riding into Police Meadows in pouring rain, our eyes bugged out. It’s an absolutely stunning five acres of knee-high grazing surrounded by mountains. BC Parks has done a superb job keeping invasive weeds out, and the cabin is in great condition for an old-timer. It was the perfect place for a rest day, and after getting snow overnight, we were happy to hang out. With sunny skies the next morning, we decided on a 24km day. The trail went southeast up Valley of the Rocks, which is a rather bizarre jumble of, well, rocks, then south through lovely meadows towards Magog Lake. The views of Mount Assiniboine in fresh snow and sunshine were eye-popping. A grizzly bear startled the dogs but not the horses, and we saw hardly any hikers. Horses are restricted to a trail that skirts the lakes, and we followed it west to complete our loop. Our last campsite was a meadow with a view of the west face of Mount Assiniboine glowing pink in the setting sun. Lovely. We had a great trip and Wendy’s off-the-track thoroughbreds did just fine. So, if you’re looking for a straightforward weeklong pack trip in a stunning location, I’d recommend Mount Assiniboine. It’s a bit out of the way, but well worth the effort.


Endurance Riders Association of BC


he Rock Creek Roundup Ride on President -June Melhuish May 29 was blessed VP - Ruth Moorby with perfect weather for Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden the event – cool and dry. Directors: Ride Managers Lynn Paul Louise Abbott and Louise Abbott offered Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan participants FOUR levels of Cory Anthony competition to satisfy every Brenda Miskimmin level of experience and Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier, conditioning. The ride was “capped” at 50 riders, to make best use of wonderful vets, Sarah Greenwood and Rob Mulligan. There were fi fteen riders in the 22-mile, ten in the 35-mile, and thirteen in the 50-mile, so the levels were obviously appreciated! Six riders travelled from Alberta. Fourteen “fun riders” joined in for a ride loop... one riding bridleless and bareback - most impressive! Desiree MacKenzie, unable to attend as she had hoped, donated her entry to the ride - thanks, and see you next time! Gail Jewell and Sassy (NL Temptation) swept the 50-mile event, completing in 4:50 and earning First Place, Best Condition, and High Vet Score. On accepting her awards, Gail gave complete credit to Sassy, but mentioned new conditioning protocols she was developing, so maybe some of the success should be shared! Larry Henslee, our most senior rider on our most senior horse, Solodan, completed the 35-mile level first in 4:48. Larry credited Solodan’s success to a re-shoe by local farrier Ted Rexin, who also helped out with pulse checks throughout the day. Thanks, Ted! Kandace Krause and Jasmin earned High Vet Score for this distance. Liz Whitley and Zorros Geronimo arrived first in the 22-mile ride in 3:53; Claudia Astfalk and Quinn earned High Vet Score. This year, ride management awarded completion prizes at all levels as usual, but also awarded the top five vet scores at each level, which recognized more great horse and rider teams, and also provided riders with more information about their management of their horse - great idea! Complete results can be found on the website. Kettle Valley Trails Association has done a wonderful job over the last six years developing mapped trails at the Rock Creek site, and it’s a great horse camping destination at any time of the season! High praise for the trails goes to Del Paul, Chris Abbott and Larry Henslee at Rock Creek Ride Ross Elliot, and thanks for Officers & Directors 2011


Louise and Lynn

Gail Jewell, vet Sarah Greenwood, RM Louise Abbott

making them better every year. Louise and Lynn have completed their sixth year managing this site and, sadly, are stepping down. They offer their advice and experience to that new Ride Manager waiting in the wings, and the May weekend date is being held for 2013. Last minute planners may still have time to attend the “Fundamentals of Endurance Clinic” being offered in Pritchard on July 7-8. Contact Stephany at for information. Results and reports for the Coutlee Canter held June 23 at our wonderful ride site in Merritt will be available next issue or on our website at Site and trail preparation prior to the ride date revealed our old trails intact, wildflowers in abundance, and access road improvements! The summer calendar next has scheduled the Ironhorse, with 12/22/50-mile rides in Summerland on July 21, followed by Skimikin Lake 22/50-mile in Tappen on August 25, with the season closing with the Last Chance Mountain Run in Westbank on September 15. Entries must be pre-registered and pre-paid - see the website for forms and ride information. If you need a little more riding, check out the Third Annual Anarchist Mountain Poker Ride on August 11. Thanks in advance to the new Ride Managers of all of these rides! See you on the trails! • 63

Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


he weather has been unpredictable so far this year, but that has not stopped our members from coming out to take part in the gymkhanas and playdays. We seem to be enduring soggy Saturdays, but are rewarded with sunny Sundays. A big thank you to Greenhawk, one of our Platinum sponsors, for supplying us with a Sportsmanship gift for each gymkhana/playday weekend. The Annual Show is underway as this goes to print and there will be a full report on that in the next issue. A general meeting and grounds cleanup was held on Monday, June 4. You can find all the minutes to our meetings on our website. In our Upcoming Events section on the website, you can also see when all upcoming meetings and events are. There has been a special meeting called for Monday, June 18, to address the issue of the city’s proposal of creating a safer school route through the Pine Tree grounds. Please check the website for minutes from this meeting. One of our club’s prestigious awards is the Ernie Bourgeois Showmanship Award. A Grand Championship and Reserve Championship award is presented at the year-end banquet to the members who take first and second place in the special Ernie B Showmanship class held at the final playday. Members who take part in every showmanship class throughout the show year are eligible. The history, past winners and significance of this award will follow in an upcoming article. Thanks to all who donated items at the May gymkhana/playday weekend “Drop and Shop.” The club earned $80 from the donations. Speaking of donations, thank you to our sponsors. We currently have five Platinum sponsors including: Brent Miller - Re/ Max Kamloops (, 64 • Saddle Up • July 2012

Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic (, TD Excavating, Nathan and Alice Wilms Greenhawk (, - taking a refreshment break and The Horse Barn (http://www. We are currently/always seeking more sponsorship, and have varying levels (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze). Through our generous sponsors, we are able to keep our fees as low as we do. If you would be interested in helping out in this area at all, please contact Krista Blades ( Any help at all would be greatly appreciated Jan Daly and will be noted on our web page, in Saddle Up magazine and at our gymkhanas and playdays throughout the year. Our year-end banquet is approaching and we are in need of someone to organize/ chair the silent auction that will be held at the banquet. This is a very important source of income for our club - please Waiting patiently for the contact Lynnaea Rawlings at next class! Devon Hoholuk, if you are the person for this job! Also, it has been agreed that our club could use a grant writer. There are so many opportunities for funding that we would benefit greatly from having one person committed to this job. Please contact club president Michelle Tondevold (mtondevold@ if you are interested. Owen McGivern on Holly

Upcoming Dates July 14-15: Gymkhana/playday weekend Aug 18-19: Gymkhana/playday weekend Sept 29-30: Gymkhana/playday weekend Oct 13: First Annual Gymkhana Nov 3: Year-end banquet

Judy and Babie

Final request - our Quonset hut’s roof is in serious need of repair. We are needing a quote on a price to have it fi xed so we can apply for a grant. Is anyone able to help get a quote?! Please?! Contact Krista Blades at kristablades@hotmail. com. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Message from the President BC Paint Horse Club celebrates 40 years as an APHA Charter Member It gives me great pleasure to welcome and congratulate the newest members to our Paint family. From around the province, we are honoured to have over 20 new members who show support and enthusiasm for the addition of BCPHC approved shows, stretching from the west coast to the central northwest communities of our beautiful province. The summer promises to provide several opportunities for you to join your APHA neighbours and become reacquainted with old friends as well as meeting new ones! There have been many challenges over the years in our efforts to organize and interest Paint horse owners located in our vast province to get involved and support the activities of the club. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we invite you to share our accomplishments at one of the BCPHC approved shows in your community, even if it’s simply to cheer on the exhibitors and their beautiful Paints! There are hundreds of Paint horses registered to residents of BC - if you are not a member, we would love to hear what would attract you to get involved and become connected with the other like-minded individuals in the province. Countdown! Entries are starting to arrive by mail for the “Back-to-Basics” APHA Horse Show at High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley on July 29. The one-day show will be double judged by Sally Jo Freund and Kim Gately, both of Washington, and features an all-inclusive flat fee for exhibitors, a concept gaining wide acceptance at Paint shows south of the border this year! We’re very pleased at how members are embracing the show, vowing to haul every horse they can to help fi ll classes and boost our overall entries to ensure the show’s success! We were very fortunate to receive one of 30 APHA Regional Club grants of $1000 to help offset the show’s operating costs, and the show was also written up as a featured “Coming Attraction” in the June edition of the Paint Horse Journal, alongside our beautiful cover photo taken by Kim Kamstra at Thunderbird last season. Many thanks to our B2B sponsors, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, Lazy 3 Ranch, Traveland RV Supercentre, Days Inn and Suites (Langley) and Stampede Tack and Western Wear, sponsors of our Super Horse Silver Buckle, for their support! This is going to be great! Go to our website and click on APHA shows to download the program and entry form, and get your stall reservations in quickly as they are limited. For a good cause Early last month, BC Paint Horse Club applied to APHA for “Gold Star” status. It’s a program that recognizes regional clubs like ours for their efforts to offer a variety of activities for all their members, not the least of which is supporting community service projects. As part of our Gold Star application, we have agreed to support the Provincial Wish Trail Ride and we think it’s a perfect fit - not only because of the equestrian connection but also because this awesome cause that raises money for the Children’s Wish Foundation has rides in just about every corner of the province. In a province that is five times larger than HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Washington state (which has five Paint clubs!), it’s challenging to find activities that are inclusive for all our members in all regions. We think our renewed association with the Provincial Wish Trail Ride (we were among the first clubs to organize a ride back in the late 90’s) is a win/win/win and we invite you to show your support. Pledge to win For every $10 pledged Sheila “Caravetta” Hicks and APHA Stallion “The Huntsman” - Cloverdale to BC Paint Horse Club’s Rodeo, May long weekend (Photo by Deb fundraising efforts for Barnes) the Wish Ride between now and the “Back-toBasics” show on July 29, your name will be entered in a draw where one lucky person will win APHA’s stunning 50th anniversary buckle! The draw will take place at the B2B show, where we will also be celebrating BCPHC’s 40th anniversary. You don’t have to be a BCPHC member or even a Paint Horse owner to show your support for the Wish Ride. Send your cheque or money order payable to the “Children’s Wish Foundation” to 6055 Brodie Road, Ladner, BC V4K 2B6, before July 29 and be eligible to win. (All donations over $25 will receive an official tax receipt from the Children’s Wish Foundation.) APHA/Show Info APHA has released a Code of Conduct video created at the youth leadership conference in Texas earlier this year. Google “YouTube APHA Code of Conduct” and see if you can’t spot our own Calli Rouse in the video! APHA judge Karen Banister is conducting a two-day clinic in Terrace immediately following their Three Breed Classic Horse Show there on August 11-12. That’s such a great idea. The Three-in-One Show in Smithers, July 6-8, is doing something similar with judge Lita Hottel, although we understand that clinic was booked solid a few months ago. Way to go! And not to go without mention, the Bulkley Valley Fair, August 23-26, is featuring a single judged APHA show, but also features a Battle of the Breeds and a very popular Trainer of the North Challenge, similar to what we all enjoy at Mane Event. B2B show manager Cathy Glover is already putting the feelers out to host a “Back-to-Basics” show in the Okanagan in 2013. A September date in Armstrong has been poked around, although feedback has suggested a June date might be better. Be sure to let us know what you think - on Facebook or by contacting us through the website, www. Great news! At our special request, the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association has agreed to offer APHA Amateur Walk/Trot classes at their Evergreen Circuit, September 1 and 2, at Thunderbird. They’ve also added an APHA Reining; check our website for an updated version of APHA classes offered at the circuit! • 65

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BCIAHA FUN SHOW NEWS On May 27, 2012 the Kelowna Riding Club partnered with the BCIAHA to host an Open Show. Sherri Paiement and Wally did a good job of keeping the fun show moving smoothly. Sherri did a super job on the PA system, helping to keep the show low key and everyone having fun. 39 riders and mounts arrived to fi ll the day’s classes. It was wonderful to see a good turnout for the two classes of halter and the showmanship for all ages. The riding classes Wally and Sheila with their stunning new filly! went smoothly with the English flat classes in the morning and then moving to the Western classes and Games in the afternoon. An excellent concession kept everyone well-fed. The BCIAHA Silent auction was in the Club house. We are very grateful to Ann and Jim Fenton who so generously offered their time to help out at the show. Ann helped Sherri in the office and Jim enjoyed his day with our judge, Jody Moore from Langley, as ring master. Jody is a well-qualified judge and was pleasant and encouraging throughout the day. Jo Ann Hubbard of Armstrong did a great job as whipper in… getting all the riders gathered for their classes. Bob Mawson manned the tables for the Silent Auction and kept a watchful eye on the “buyers”. Sheila and BC Thank you to all of those who helped. We greatly appreciated the time you gave to help out the KRC and the BCIAHA. Watch the KRC and the BCIAHA web sites for the date of the next Open Show on the KRC grounds. BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

BCIAHA would like to wish Good Luck to Alaina Braybrook and her family on their recent move to Southern Alberta. We will miss you!

Asmara News On May 29, 2012, we welcomed our stunning half-Arabian Saddlebred fi lly by the leading English Pleasure stallion Afires Heir and out of our big Saddlebred mare Attaches Royal Scandle. This fi lly is bay, tall, upright and beautiful. We are so very thrilled with her… so it looks as if she will trot off to do halter as a yearling before growing up to be a performance horse. We are making preparations to breed our half-Arabian mare Yessir That’s My Baby back to Afires Heir later in June. This mare is by Sir William Robert, second leading Saddlebred stallion in the US and out of Empress of Bask, a full sister to Baske Afire. Exciting times ahead.

Cassie and her beautiful half-Arab.

Alaina at her Goodbye Party at Asmara Stables

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Cori and Sheila in Pairs Class

Western Riders

Fabulous volunteer!


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The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 7/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 10/12

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, @ p 7/12 President 204-834-2479 or

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0

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Clubs & Associations, cont’d SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 3/13 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,,

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28-Jul 17 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC Intensive Clinic, 15 day International, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, BC, Thea




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SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, Dougle Header, 1pm, Peachland Riding Club, CANADA DAY CANADIAN HORSE SHOW, Cowichan Fair Grounds, Duncan, BC. For more info/entries contact Claire MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, or Chloe 250-720-6658, LEVEL 4/5 PARELLI-DRESSAGE Focus w/Don Halladay, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 TRAINING THRU TRUST YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, register at MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, AGES 8-12 DAY CAMP, Space Limited. Stride Away Training Stables, Wallbridge Rd, Armstrong, Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288, CALGARY STAMPEDE TEAM PENNING COMPETITIONS, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 CALGARY STAMPEDE WORLD CHAMP. BLACKSMITHS’ COMPETITION, Calgary, AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, MARTIN BLACK Ranch School, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Ground Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, THREE-IN-ONE AQHA, APHA, APHCC & Open Show, Smithers. Barb 250-692-4347,, REINING ALBERTA SUMMER CLASSIC, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, CALGARY STAMPEDE HEAVY HORSE SHOW PRESENTED BY Halliburton, Calgary, AB, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, SRGEDG Youth Fun Show, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Summerland, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228,, VDRC EC BRONZE/GOLD DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Kelly MacIntosh 250-540-7344, ZABRINA BARTEAUX CLINIC, Massage Therapy for Horse Owners, Windhorse Farm, Coldstream, BC, Carolyn 250-549-2439, SMITHERS QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Smithers, BC, Reka 250-847-4529, ENDURANCE RIDING FUNDAMENTALS, Pritchard Rodeo Grounds, Pritchard, BC Stephany,

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HORSEMANSHIP & INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Natalie Vonk, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, CALGARY STAMPEDE COWBOY UP CHALLENGE, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 EQUANIMITY EDGE Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course,Edmonton, AB, Intensive 4 week massage and VR course,, 1-888-378-4632 VERNON RACE DAY, Kin Race Track, Vernon, BC, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, AMNHC, Ladner, BC, Susan, ADULT RIDING CAMP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Michele Anderson 778-436-9864, MARTIN BLACK Ranch School, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or CALGARY STAMPEDE CUTTING HORSE COMPETITION, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 CALGARY STAMPEDE CDN NAT’L MINIATURE HORSE SHOW, Calgary, AB, AGES 12-18 OVERNIGHT CAMP, Space Limited. Stride Away Training Stables, Wallbridge Rd, Armstrong, Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288, WEST COAST CLASSIC Reining Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, CALGARY STAMPEDE HEAVY HORSE PULL, Calgary, AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Princeton Area Camping Clinic, Marion CALGARY STAMPEDE WORKING COW HORSE CLASSIC, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 MARTIN BLACK HORSEMANSHIP, Stockmanship and Ranch Roping Clinic, Hidden Lake Guest Ranch, Quesnel, BC, Tia 250-992-1229, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 SUNSET COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Kelowna, Myrna Thompson 250-317-8347,, SOUTH OK SERIES Desert Park Opener Horse Show, Osoyoos, Ashley 778-437-2092, SOUTH OK SERIES Dressage Schooling Day, Osoyoos, Ashley 778-437-2092, FUN DAY Y Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277


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VERNON RACE DAY, Kin Race Track, Vernon, BC, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK Fundraiser, Kelowna Gymkhana Club, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, MISSION HORSE CLUB EW SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, Amanda 250-763-8253, TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 TRAINING THRU TRUST APPRENTICE CAMP Part 2 w/Doug Mills, Kamloops, BC, Doug Mills 250-319-8921,, info at CANADIAN NATIONAL ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW & Fiesta, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Brian 250-359-7740,, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Princeton Area Camping/Pack Trip Clinic, Marion LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic AQHA/All Breed Horse Show, Thunderbird, Langley, Barbara 208-683-1617,, PAUL DUFRESNE TFC Fiesta Exhibitions at Nat’l Andalusian Show July 19-21, Chilliwack Heritage Park, POKER RIDE Open to All, hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, at Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby, BC, details at D BAR K SHOW SERIES, D Bar K Ranch, Oliver, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228,, BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Summer Heat Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry forms at CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton IRONHORSE Endurance ride, Summerland, 12 mile fun, 22 mile Limited Distance and 50 mile Entries/info or Dana 250-492-8225 EQUI-LIFE SUMMER SIZZLER H/J Schooling Show, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, Lindsay, YOUTH AMBASSADOR CONTEST, 9am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox ENG/WEST SCHOOLING SHOW, (Heritage Qualif. & PAC Appr.), Barriere & District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410,, NORTHERN LIGHTS ANNUAL DRIVING SHOW, 10 am, Rich Valley Fair Grounds, Rich Valley, AB, Show Secretary Valerie Harris 780-470-3786 TAILGATE TACK SALE & BBQ, Apple Flats, Lake Country, Sarah McMillan 250-878-9367, BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or TOLT-ALLY ICELANDIC HORSE SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC, Nathaly Jones 604-309-1151, ADULTS 18+ DAY CAMP, Space Limited. Stride Away Training Stables, Wallbridge Rd, Armstrong, Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288, TOPLINE SUMMER EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, RIDING WITH AWARENESS TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES #3, BC Heritage Qualifier, 9am Thornhill Fair Grounds, contact Marty Cox or Elaine Rempel VERN SAPERGIA REINING/HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Wildwood Reining Horses, Hanceville BC, Sharon 250-394-4403, ERIN VALLEY GYMKHANA, 11:00 start, Kamloops, BC, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, info at HORSEMANSHIP MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie Thompson 604-869-3733, “BACK-TO-BASICS” APHA HORSE SHOW, High Point Equestrian Centre, Langley, 2 judges,, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club,


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SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, TREC Competition, Crescent Valley, BC, Jocelyn 250-304-2247, jocelyn., VERNON RACE DAY, Kin Race Track, Vernon, BC, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 REINING ALBERTA FALL CLASSIC, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB,

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DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP ADULT CAMP, Kamloops, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at RIVERSLIDE Reining Show, Kamloops, Kim Stordahl 250-577-3637 ADIVA MURPHY TWINCREEKS EXPERIENCE, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, BC, Deborah Flinn, AGES 8-12 DAY CAMP, Space Limited. Stride Away Training Stables, Wallbridge Rd, Armstrong, Keelly Reggelsen 250-307-7288, O’KEEFE COWBOY SUMMER FESTIVAL, Dinner Show, Ranch Horse Rodeo, Entertainment and more, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, or 250-542-7868 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, RIVERBOAT DAYS PARADE, Terrace, BC, TWO DAY CATTLE SORT, Thornhill Fair Grounds, PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation, (Demo Aug 3), Yellowknife, Jolene Hughes , Aurora Horse Association EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Calgary, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 VERNON RACE DAY, Kin Race Track, Vernon, BC, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 JONATHAN FIELD Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, TRAINING THRU TRUST YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, register at STARTING YOUNG HORSE CLINIC w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 5-DAY PNH LEVEL 3/4 CAMP w/Fawn Anderson, Nelson & District Riding Club, Nelson, BC, Heather 250-505-5270 CARIBOO PLATEAU COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, Joanne Macaluso 250-456-7320, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Summer Sizzler Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry forms at POKER RIDE, Anarchist Mountain, Osoyoos, BC, Jon 250-491-0622, SOUTH OK SERIES August Heat Horse Show, Osoyoos, Ashley 778-437-2092, OPEN HORSE SHOW, Heritage Park Sand Arena #1, Chilliwack, BC, Dawn 604-617-7354, VDRC ANNUAL OPEN SHOW, BC Heritage Circuit Show, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Kelly MacIntosh 250-540-7344, HORSE CENTRED OPEN HOUSE, Equine Facilitated Life Coaching & Training, Armstrong, 250-546-9640 or DELTA RIDING CLUB Summer Classic, Delta, 604-328-3814, , TERRACE THREE BREED CLASSIC APHA, AQHA, ApHCC & Open Horse Show, Terrace. Lynn, HORSEMANSHIP & INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Natalie Vonk, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Regina, SK, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410,, ENG/WEST SCHOOLING SHOW, (Heritage Qualif. & PAC Appr.), Barriere & District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, JONATHAN FIELD Purpose Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD,

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Stallions and Breeders BACK40HORSES.COM 250-379-2913 3/13 Top Performance Bloodlines. Breeding and Sales

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12 PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 11/12 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 6/13

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Oh Royal Chic 2006 Sorrel Stallion Watch for him this year in the NRHA Open Derbies

BET ON THE SMART CAT 2007 AQHA Sorrel Stallion

Salty Ole Jack 1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

NCHA earnings with limited showing of $12,114.00

Sire: WR This Cats Smart NCHA earnings of $236,514.00

Dam: Bet On Houston First foal crop on the ground this spring of 2012 SIRE: Royal Blue Quixote (Superior in Open AQHA Reining & a ROM in Amateur AQHA Reining. Earned 77 AQHA points and a Top 10 at the AQHA Select World Show in Reining) by the infamous Peptoboonsmal out of Otro Mundo DAM: Chics O Rosa by Smart Chic O Lena Best producing mare of Jim Babcock STUD FEE: $850. Live Cover, AI and Shipped Semen Available Owned by Justin and Jen Sanderson Jen 1-778-885-8854, Standing at KE Performance Horses, Kelowna BC 7/12

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NCHA earnings of $42,089.00 and daughter of Peptoboosmal

ALSO STANDING: Lazy Wind, 2003 AQHA Sorrel Stallion Sire: Special Effort, SI 104, 2 yr old World Champion. Winner of 13 of 14 races. LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, back to Easy Jet

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GUEST RANCHES CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake, BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 11/12 WWW.HIDDENLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Quesnel, BC)1-877-482-8569 12/12 Come and experience a truly authentic working ranch in BC’s Spectacular Cariboo WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 WWW.REDWILLOWRANCH.COM (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13 HEALTH PRODUCTS



REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/12 RIBBONS & ROSETTES FIRST PLACE RIBBONS (Canada wide), 604-820-3332 or Toll Free 1-866-332-3170, e-mail: 7/12 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 3/13 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 3/13

A complete p line of Treeless Saddles English, Western, Trail and Accessories s 4OLL &REE 9/12

JASON MCKENZIE CUSTOM MADE SADDLES (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 KAMLOOPSSADDLERY.COM 1-877-493-8881 or 250-573-5496 Custom Saddles, Horse Gear & Repairs by Bob Goudreault 8/12 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 9/12 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

OKANAGAN EQUISTORE (Vernon) 250-542-5953 9/12 For all Equine Health Needs: Salt, Supplements, Homeopathics, Essential Oils 72 • Saddle Up • July 2012


Business Services, cont’d TRAINERS/COACHES

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale


GRAND SADDLERY Armstrong BC 250-546-9722 We measure your horse for the best tree ďŹ t. Western saddles for all breeds of horses. An EQUESTRIAN 7/12

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HORSE’N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items & more



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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 8/12 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, 8/12


WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western

The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and ConďŹ dence with Awareness, Feel and Signal WWW LODESTARHORSEMANSHIP CA s -ERRITT "# s 250-315-1098 12/12

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics


CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13 PROVEN FOUNDATION FOR ALL DISCIPLINES AND AGES * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921


LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 or 250-567-8685, Reining, Working Cow, Cutting, 8/12 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, 1 Star Junior Instructor Carolyn McTaggart 250-359-2922, (Kootenays) 9/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975


Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12


ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 3/13 WWW.DARYLGIBBHORSEMANSHIP.COM 250-499-5844 8/12 All Disciplines – Horsemanship Clinics, Colt Starting, Problem Horses

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 7/12 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 6/13

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Business Services, cont’d TRANSPORT/HAULING


CROFTON HORSE TRANSPORT Canada / USA / International

A trusted name in ‘safe’ animal transport. 877-246-4355


KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 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 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,



VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13


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


TOO MANY SADDLES Two 15” Western Trail Saddles $300 each or $550 for both. And one 14 1/2” Barrel Racing Saddle $750. 250-295-7320 after 7 p.m. Jody or Ken (Princeton)

7 YR OLD GELDING, WARMBLOOD/QH/ARABIAN Well broke, great potential for English, Dressage or all-round Western. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: 74 • Saddle Up • July 2012

16-YEAR-OLD DONE IT ALL Peppy San - Doc O’Lena bred, 15.3HH. Used in penning and sorting on buffalo and cows, team roping, reining cow horse, ranch work and mountain trails. Laid back personality, very willing and good with other horses. No vices, trailered lots of miles, lots of experience. Asking $4,500 obo. Call 250-342-9881 or e-mail for more info, pictures or video (Windermere)


On The Market, cont’d PROJECT EQUUS Aurora was born October 10, 2011 to one of the wild mares rescued from Kamloops by Project Equus of Critteraid.


7 YEAR MARE. AQHA #4650428 Larks Lil Jessie Rugged Lark bred. Used as a trail horse but has abilities to go into any discipline. Used to an arena, as lots of training in arena/ round pen. Great disposition, quiet and willing. Nothing seems to spook her, very alert on the trail. Great ground manners. Asking $2,500 Call 250-342-9881 or e-mail for more info, pictures or video (Windermere)

TRAILER AND TRUCK FOR SALE 2003 Southlands Trailer, 34’, 5th wheel, 5-7 horse cross haul. With dry sleeping quarters in the front. $16,500. The truck is a 1981 International 5 ton with 466 diesel engine and air brakes, 12 speed. It is commercially inspected yearly; so well-maintained. Very steady machine. $8,000. Sold together or apart. Pictures and DVD available. 250-547-6303 (Lumby) E-mail:

TRAIL HORSE FOR SALE Lilly is a 13-year-old Shire x Paint, proven brood mare and trail horse. She is 16.2HH and is very calm and willing. Sale to approved home. $3,500 Contact Dayna after 8:00 pm 250-620-0006 (Horsefly) E-mail: 8/12


Stainless steel exterior. First horse escape door w/mangers in 2 stalls and storage under, stud divider, drop downs on head w/face guards, rear ramp, collapsible rear tack w/swing out, walk thru to LQ. J-lounge floor plan, DVD player w/AM/FM/CD player and exterior speakers, satellite radio ready, ducted AC/Heat, M/V, Refrigerator, 2-burner stove, full size shower, walk-in closet, electric hydraulic jack, 2 40#LP tanks, awning, wood like floor, combination lock on door, control panel, J-lounge makes into a bed, wood covered speakers and vents, birch moldings and cabinets, generator ready, TV antenna. Original value over $100,000, asking $55,000. Located 1 hour south of Vancouver

360-435-5264 (Arlington, WA) E-mail:

8 YEARS, 14HH, Blue-eyed Reg’d Sorrel Overo APHA mare An own daughter of The Corn Husker. Good on trails and arena work. Trailers, good with farrier. Up to date on teeth, farrier, vaccines and worming. Used for 4-H and as a therapy horse for special needs children and adults. $4,000 obo. Call 250-549-2439 evenings or leave message (Coldstream)

“ABIGAIL” Registered Appendix (Northern Presence/Cat’s Fling). 10 years, 16HH. Arena and trail; just started jumping. Excellent mind, no fuss going out on her own or at new venues. Sound, UTD on herd health. Ridden in English and Western saddles. Two references required and a forever home. $6,500. Lease can be discussed. 250-833-1930 (Enderby)

Aurora will be grey like her mom. She is halter trained and is starting on ground work and clicker training. Aurora is one of three young horses we currently have for adoption

Adoption fees are $300-$500. Please call Theresa 250-497-6733 or e-mail (Summerland)

CART HORSE FOR SALE Clancy is a 5-year-old Clyde x TB, 17.2HH, calm gentleman. Trained for team, single cart and has just been started under saddle. No vices, except playful! Gets along with everyone in the herd. Sale to approved home. $5,000 Contact Dayna after 8:00 pm 250-620-0006 (Horsefly) E-mail: 8/12

ICELANDIC – “HRAFEN” 17 years. Sound and UTD on all herd health. Hrafen is very solid in body and mind. Good in arena but prefers trails, ridden both English and Western. Used at kids’ camps, but the last six years ridden exclusively by one lady. References and a forever home please. $4,500 250-833-1930 (Enderby) • 75

On The Market, cont’d

“MISS REEDS JOY” (Missy) 14-year-old Bay Reg’d Quarter Horse. Sire: Reed’s Snipper 9; Dam: Joys Finale. 14.2HH of Mischievous Intellect! Lots of energy for an experienced rider. Has been trained in Reining. $2,000 obo. Call Brenda at Chestor’s in the Piccadilly Mall 250-833-1971 or e-mail for more info: (Salmon Arm)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

2005 FEATHERLITE 8541, 3H ANGLE HAUL With Weekend LQ Package. Full aluminum. New condition. Stove, fridge, microwave, furnace, hot water heater, fresh water storage, finished in pine. Rear tack, escape door, padded dividers. Too many other options to list. Serious inquiries only please. $22,500 Don or Susan 250-835-8472 or e-mail at (Tappen)


Sired By:

(private sales)

Jaz Poco Silverado

AQHA/NFQH A 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

only $60 per issue

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

+ tax Book online or contact office (see page 4)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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ELFONDO’S WHISPER OF SIN Sire: Foxtails Triple Threat; Dam: Elfondo’s Ebony Joy. 7-year-old Reg’d Morgan Mare. Excellent trail horse, crosses bridges, not afraid of water. Can play with the bouncy ball around her. Loads and hauls well. Good with feet. Asking $3,200 obo. Check her out at Amber 250 843-7186 (Arras, BC)



3-YEAR-OLD HOMOZYGOUS APHA REG’D COLT “COMANCHERO BLACKGOLD” He’s a Tobiano beauty with black and brown, highlighted by gold tips and many paw prints. Just started under saddle. Having a great foundation of round pen and halter work. Standing until sold. Check out for more pics 250-459-7963 for further information (Clinton, BC) 7/12


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

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

TW Smok N Hawk HORSES FOR SALE FROM YEARLINGS TO FINISHED Barrel, Rope and Ranch horses. ALSO FOR SALE: Jessies Snappy Doc, Buckskin Stallion. Doc Bar, Jessie James, Kings Pistol, Poco Tivio bred. 250-546-9766 (Armstrong, BC)

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2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186



Rural Roots - Properties on the Market COAST REALTY GROUP (Powell River) LTD.

Country Charm! 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 4.5 acres of sub-dividable property! The warm, rustic home has 3 levels; sunken living room with sliding doors to the patio and a large woodstove that heats the whole house. Huge mudroom. Two stall barn with hay storage. Fully fenced and cross fenced. $329,000. 10018 Sierra Road, Powell River, BC




Below assessed value - 2 homes on 18.6 acres. Updated home with huge open kitchen and lots of cupboards. Second home could be your mortgage helper. Many outbuildings. Beautiful manicured lawn. Well produces 50 gal/minute. Irrigated land. $749,000 MLS# 10013518 168 Westside Road, Grindrod

Beautiful log home on 16.5 acres set up for horses. Barn, tack room, riding arena and hay storage, as well as a double garage with oil pit to work on your equipment. The home offers 3 bedrooms, 1 and a half baths, and an open concept kitchen. $989,000 MLS# 10041001 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong

Brandy Peterson 604-344-1234


Call Karin Vassberg 250-540-4879


Call Karin Vassberg 250-540-4879



Amazing property with highway access and loads of potential for agriculture business! Amazing views of Okanagan Lake and Spallumcheen Golf Course. 2 large family homes and huge outbuildings for storage of large equipment. 2 driveways. $1,100,000 MLS# 10041902 9279-9307 Hwy 97, Spallumcheen

only $85 per issue + tax Book online or contact office (see page 4)

Call Karin Vassberg 250-540-4879

Tip of the Month!

$1,100,000 7334 Clover Road, Pemberton BC Call Betty Jarvis 604-932-9877 (mobile)

What is the Rider 3 Program?

The Rider 3 Learn to Ride Program consists of four parts: Stable Management ~ Preventive health care, emergency care ~ Diseases ~ Bandaging ~ Equipment Riding ~ Reining ~ Leg aids ~ Turn on the forehand, and turn on the haunches Turnout and Conduct ~ Rider’s attire ~ Code of ethics, and psychology of the rider HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A Horse Lover’s Paradise! 4 bedroom + den, 4.5 bath home with 1 bedroom revenue suite situated on 10 acres of fenced grasslands, gardens and horse pastures. The state-of-the-art barn accommodates 4 horses comfortably, separate tack room with a little studio suite. The property is close to all Pemberton has to offer; outdoor recreation, equestrian centres, golf, fishing, shopping. Only 25 minutes to Whistler, 2 hours to Vancouver.

Rider 3 Pattern Can you do all these tasks? Great! Call today to arrange to take your Rider 3 exam. Upon successful completion of this program, HCBC will send you a Certificate and badge. High school credits are available too! Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: What is the Rider 4 Program? Courtesy of EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 77

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12 15 YR OLD APPALOOSA MARE, 14.1HH. Great little trail horse. $1,000. 250-706-2577 (100 Mile House) 2004 REG’D AQHA GELDING, “Playboys Pokerjoe” – awesome mind, any discipline. $2,500. 2000 QH GELDING, “Torque” – big and flashy. 2 months team roping training. $3,500. 250-265-3454 (Burton/Nakusp)

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas


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1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616

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



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




7’ x 14’ x 7’6” Aluminum 2H angle g haul w/tack room,, s/o saddle rack,, water tank, drop-down p windows, butt windows.

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 9/12

FREE If it’s FREE, we’ll run it for FREE POWELL RIVER THERAPEUTIC RIDING needs to retire two of our hard working Reg’d QH Mares (20 & 22 yrs). FREE, easy keepers, need to be together. Lovely to ride at a senior level - slow and easy! 604-485-0177, e-mail:

ADD-VENTURES ON HORSEBACK at End of Trails Ranch, Vernon, BC Kids/Teen Summer Camps Ladies Riding Retreats Riding Lessons for Women & Kids

250-309-6551 Check our website for calendar dates and info:

2000 THOROUGHBRED MARE, Chestnut, approximately 16.2HH. Free to approved home. 250-547-9210 (Cherryville) 16.1HH PAINT GELDING to approved home only. Trail riding sound or would make an awesome liberty horse. Very well-broke and great on the trails. 250-838-9373 (Enderby) OFFERED TO APPROVED HOME. 16 year QH Gelding black w/white star and hind socks. Well broke with no vices, not being used enough. Easy keeper, 15HH, soft mouth, very responsive horse. Not recommended for beginner. E-mail for more info Located in Prince George.



Shop & Swap! BOARDING

BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm


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

Capall Acres Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONS s 4RAINING s 3TARTING YOUNG HORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI s WWW NORT CA “Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoyment�


starting at only $60 p/month (discounts on multiple issues)


ASMARA STABLES Large individual Paddocks w/shelters. Feedings 3x/day. Daily Paddock cleaning. Indoor Arena. Outdoor 100x230 Arena w/Dressage ring. Large grass Jump ring w/access to a Cross Country course. Easy access to trails just off the facility. Welcome riders of all levels and horses of all disciplines. Lessons available or bring your own instructor! Clinics and shows. Trainers welcome. Enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere.

Wally and Sheila Goertz 5026 Pringle Rd, Spallumcheen, BC 250-546-6004


Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 5/13

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A N I M A L H E A LT H TECHNOLOGY 2 year diploma offered since 1974. Training with large & small animals! On-site working farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1.888.999.7882 12/12

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


The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13 11/12

RECESSION PRICE FOR TRAINING HORSES, MULES AND DONKEYS $650 includes board and training for one month. Together we have more than 50 years experience. We start young horses, mules and donkeys, restart mature animals and problem-solve with owners. We can also offer real-life trail training: stream-crossing, mud, grouse, bears, range cattle, bridges, trailering, tying, ng, hobbling, and high-lining. high-linin ~ Calm ~ Kind ~ Consistent Consiste Please email mapleleafmules@ya North orth Okanagan, Enderby, BC B (Pick up and nd delivery; and hoof trimming available)


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

250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong