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Dear Editor Letters… Hi Nancy: This is Caitlyn Flynn from Highland 4-H Club in the 100 Mile House area. I just wanted to send you an email to publicly give the Cariboo Horsey Ladies a huge thank you for donating money to us after their fundraising event last November! We aren’t a very big club this year, so this means a lot to all of us! Thank you again so much! Have a great day! – Caitlyn Flynn

Hi Nancy: I just only now came across an April 2009 edition of Saddle Up magazine. I’m specifically referring to an article on page 16 and 17 which was written by a person who was understandably kept anonymous considering the subject (starving horses). After reading it, I felt compelled to respond in a strong vote of support. If you still happen to have the contact information for this person, I’d really be warmly heartened if you could convey my thoughts and forward my email at your convenience. - Sincerely, Hugh Martell, Aldergrove BC (Editor’s note: Hi Hugh, we’ve printed this for you, so hopefully the author will see it.)

Dear Editor: I just wanted to say I read the May Saddle Up magazine and like all the Saddle Up magazines. They are just full of information, good stories, everything a horse person would like to read. I just found two really good books (in your May Book Review) that Christy Wood has written. I can’t wait for my daughter to read the two books as they are going to be her birthday presents. Keep the good work up! A very good magazine. - Bye for now, anonymous mother.

Dear Nancy: Well imagine a little girl’s surprise and thrill when picking up her favourite magazine and flipping through the pages, she comes across pictures of herself with Baby Raven (June issue, KIDS, page 30). I was so very pleased that they found their way to your KIDS pages but, honestly, not as happy as Abby. She is as high as a kite and I have you to thank for that. A million thank yous for including those pictures in Saddle Up. You have elevated me to “mother-of-the-year” in the process. We are all so tickled. Again, thank you. - Sincerely, Cari (mom), Okanagan Centre BC (Editor’s note: Below is a response from Abby’s grandparents…) Thank you so much for your focus on KIDS. What a thrill for Abby and us to see the pictures in your magazine. Abby took a copy of Saddle Up to school and shared her story with the classroom. Your magazine will be going to the next 4-H meeting and several copies will be sent to family and friends in England, Scotland and Australia. Thanks again Nancy, we are all so proud of our little (grand) girl and her endeavours. - Lee & Tom Nobles (grandparents), Grindrod BC HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Letters…, cont’d Dear Editor: I was fortunate to be in Armstrong when the Interior Gaited Horse Show was on. I had never been to a Gaited Show, so my friend and I went. It has been a long time since I have shown, but I didn’t think showing should have changed that much. When I used to show, we had pride in our horses and the way we turned ourselves out. I must say I was really disappointed in the way the majority of the persons turned themselves out. I saw maybe three people that looked like they cared about their appearance and that of their horse. If I had been a person that might have had an interest in becoming a Gaited Horse owner I would have some very serious doubts. Most of the riders looked like they didn’t care how they looked to the spectators or judge. There were a few that, in my mind, were inappropriately dressed. If that is what the show world has become, I must say that I am terribly disappointed. I am the first to say that I know nothing of how Gaited Horses are shown, but if what I saw was any indication, I would NOT go to another Gaited Show. To the three or so people that looked like they cared what they and their horses looked like, from a spectator’s viewpoint, Congratulations! The rest should take a page out of their book. By the way, one of the riders was a young girl, maybe 13-14 years old, dressed in English attire. She should be proud of herself. - Barb McLellan, Chilliwack BC

Hello Saddle Up: I once read in your magazine about a riding group of some kind in BC, who gather Nature’s Fare receipts from people and somehow that translates into some benefit for their riding club. I think it’s a riding club but am not entirely sure. I tore the page out of the magazine when I was finished with it so I could send my receipts to the group. However, I can’t find it anywhere and wondered if you know, off hand, what group it is so I can contact

them to see if they still save these receipts. I have a bunch I’ve been saving but if they are useless I’ll trash them! Thanks so much. - Cheryl Hogg 250-767-6788 (Editor’s note: Readers, can you help her?)

Hello Nancy: Saddle Up is always a MUST read for me. However, with spring chores piling up, I’ve only just gotten a chance to read the May issue. Once again, it’s full of great articles, but I just had to tell you that two of them have certainly given me food for thought. Barbra Ann King’s article (True Equine Leadership: Grooming Exercise) about the subtle ways that our equines scrutinize us out to check on our leadership skills while we are grooming them was an eye opener. I’ve tried to learn to be tuned into their cues while training them, but didn’t extend that to grooming time. Thanks Barbra... seems I was a bit of a pushover... which explains a lot. The second one was Luke Walker’s page (Through A Horse’s Eyes) with the article written by Hazel Plumbley (The Grounded Rider: Re-starting the Rider)… not only was it entertaining, it was well written. I think she speaks for so many of us and her honest, but tongue-in-cheek style really hit home. The quote she used from Stephen Covey, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood,” is something we can all take and use. And Luke, I’m tryin’ hard to see things from my horse’s eyes. I’ll be checking out your website. - Sincerely, Anna-Maria Robinson, Oliver BC

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hope all those affected by the floods this past month are able to get their lives (and properties) back in order as well as can be expected. If anyone has a ‘good-happy’ story about saving livestock or animals during this devastating time, do let me know. Well I rode a Rocky Mountain in the Gaited Horse Show – such fun! “Spike” won me ribbons (bonus!); such a nice ‘big’ gelding! Thank you to the Wilson family for allowing Nancy and ‘Spike’ at the me to ride their horse this year. Next year the Gaited Horse Show. plan is to ride a Tennessee Walker at the Gaited Photo courtesy of Loretta LeBlanc. Show. I am involved with the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club and we are hosting a tri-breed show (with open-to-all-breed classes as well) on July 13th in Pritchard. The W.A.M. Pot O Gold Show is also a BC Heritage Qualifier. Riding and driving and more… I am whipper-in – and hope to see some familiar faces there. See for prize list and more info on the show. Money to be had too! This month Saddle Up is heading down to the Region 17 Arabian Show in Langley as well as the Andalusian Championships in Chilliwack – a double duty weekend for me. Wave as you see me flying down the highway between the two shows!


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Tana’s Story, Part 3 By Marie Leginus, CJF The story continues on Tana, a black Quarter Horse cross mare in her teens, who foundered in the spring of 2012. Parts 1 and 2 can be seen in the May and June issues of Saddle Up.

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im and Luke had Tana’s new veterinarian come out and take some fresh X-rays of her feet. The amount of rotation in her coffin joint is very noticeable in these X-rays. There are two big black holes/spots at the very front of both of her hooves. Our best guess was that they were vacant areas that were most likely holding gas from all that had gone on. A big threat from these gas pockets was that they could cause an abscess from pressure, being held inside with nowhere to go. I had heard of other farriers actually drilling from the front of the hoof and into the hole to relieve any possible gasses. I decided to try this with Tana, seeing as there wasn’t going to be a downside to it. I used a dremel tool, with a rounded bit on it and slowly made a hole in each hoof. I went in about half an inch and did find the inner cavity that was seen on the X-rays. It’s hard to say whether or not this did anything, but she didn’t get an abscess in the front half of her foot, so either way it worked out. Summer During the month of July, Tana was fairly stable. At this point, her chest wound was the worse of her two issues. She would lift her legs one at a time and her heel would come right up and touch her belly where her wound was; we think she was irritated by it dripping so much. James, Harry and I had done each of her feet at separate times this month - of course with a struggle, even with some oral dorm. Near the end of the month, her once “bad” foot had taken a turn for the better and was now the stronger, stable one. Her left foot was now the worse of the two, and Tana would hold it up more and put willing weight on her right foot. August came and she was becoming more stable; there were ups and downs, but she was doing well. We decided it would be good to let her out of her stall for short amounts of time each day to get her moving again. Tana really loved this.

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Her feet were growing at such a rate that it was amazing to see so much change each shoeing. Of course, mostly heel was growing; because of the rotation and sinking of her coffin bone, it constricted the blood vessels in the front part of the foot, slowing any proper growth. Autumn The only issue we came upon was around October. She had grown a fair amount of foot, and around 3-4 weeks we came and did her feet. Her left front had a suspiciouslooking spot in the toe, a bit of a hole. We had thought that maybe this was leading to her sensitive structures. However, with some cleaning and wire-brushing, we found that she had grown an entire new sole, and was holding dirt and debris underneath the false sole. With that dirt and debris, we also came upon a handful of small maggots, which was disgusting and unbelievable. I had heard about this happening, but never thought I would ever see it! The decision was made to keep this foot wrapped well, like a hospital situation. I tried to stop in every day to help Kim and Luke change the bandage. Kim and Luke soaked her foot in Epsom salts, and then poured some peroxide into the areas that were holding maggots. I had them put a poulti-paste on the spots and bandaged and wrapped it up tight! After about a HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Tana’s Story, cont’d week, it became so clean and hard, we were able to leave the bandage off. Even though Tana had needed to overcome so many obstacles to get to this point, she kept pushing forward, giving us all hope for her future. Her belly sores were healing really well, and were now the least of our worries. We were very glad that Tana’s feet were growing at such a fast rate; this helped to correct the angles, and bring her feet back together. Tana’s whole team could only hope that this was the end of her many issues to deal with along the way! To be continued...

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Legalities with Harveen Thauli ARE WAIVERS REALLY NECESSARY?

There seems to be a general misunderstanding in the equine industry about the importance of legal Waivers and how they can protect you from costly liability claims. In my experience, most are poorly written and not enforceable in court, so even if you have a Waiver, you may want to look at it again. I’ve read some poorly-drafted Waivers that would never stand up in court.


f you are a stable owner or instructor, you should always have boarders and students sign a “Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement,” which is more commonly referred to as a “Waiver.” By signing a Waiver, the participant is giving up certain legal rights, including the right to sue or claim compensation following an accident. When determining whether a Waiver is enforceable, a court will consider the circumstances surrounding its signing, including the wording of the Waiver itself. If the Waiver is prepared and presented properly to the participant, the courts have upheld that the Waiver is enforceable and prevented the participant from receiving monetary damages for her injuries even when the injuries have resulted from negligence. Provided the Waiver satisfies certain questions in law, the courts, in my view, tend to be favourable to a defendant and enforce Waivers when the participant engages in risky sporting activities, such as horseback riding. It should be noted, however, that a minor child cannot enter into contracts, so when a parent or guardian signs a Waiver on behalf of her minor child and the minor child subsequently suffers an injury, the courts may hold that this Waiver is unenforceable. To be effective, a Waiver must be clearly worded and highlight that the participant signing the document is giving up certain legal rights, including the right to sue following an accident. If the Waiver contains unclear language and the person signing does not understand it, the courts will hold that the Waiver is unenforceable. Other factors that a court will take into account when determining whether a waiver is enforceable are: • Does the clause that the participant is agreeing to apply to the claim being made? Any clause in a Waiver will be subject to strict interpretation by a court. If, for example, the Waiver fails to refer specifically to liability for negligence and the participant’s injuries resulted from the defendant’s negligence, the Waiver will not be enforceable. • Is the effect of the exclusion clause contrary to normal expectations? There are situations when a court will not uphold a Waiver for public policy reasons. If, for example, a defendant 8 • Saddle Up • July 2013

knowingly or recklessly endangers the participant’s health or safety, the Waiver will not be enforceable. • What is the format? In other words, is the Waiver easy to read and understand? • How long is the document? • How much time was made available to read it? The participant should have adequate time to read and understand the Waiver. Furthermore, if you, the stable owner or instructor requires the participant to sign the Waiver, the participant should read and sign it in front of you and you should witness the participant’s signature. Requiring a participant to print your Waiver off the Internet is ineffective, in my view. How do you know if the participant read the Waiver and understood it? If used properly, a stable owner or instructor can effectively minimize their risk with a Waiver. Since stable owners and instructors often have unique circumstances that may have to be addressed in their Waivers, I do not recommend copying someone else’s Waiver. The law on Waivers is an area that I regularly research because of its complexities. Needless to say, you should consult an experienced equine lawyer to review your waiver to make sure it’s protecting you from liability. Check out my blog at for information about other horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and owner of a horse whose show name is “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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What Has My Horse Taught Me? By Mac Tebbutt (16), Penticton Trailbreakers 4-H Club. Photograph by Valerie Fehling-Tremblay


hat has my horse taught me? Now that is a tough question to answer. My horse Oscar has taught me many things in the three years we have been together. He has taught me skills that I will take with me for the rest of my life. He has taught me that if you want anything, you will have to work for it. Nothing in life is given to you. If you want it, you will have to go and put the time in yourself. Every inch you receive you must earn. He has taught me that. Oscar has taught me the true, unmistakable value of persistence. And I can tell you that he did not teach it gracefully. There were days that I got off Oscar wondering why I even bothered. What is the point in bashing my head up against the same wall over and over and over again? But, persistence pays off. Even though it may seem that, for every step forward there were ten steps you had to take backwards, in the end, it is those who stick with it, those who keep pushing forward who eventually regain those steps once lost and are able to move forward. He has helped me to learn to roll with the punches. He has taught me that as much as you want to live in yesterday, and as much as you would like to move into tomorrow, you must live in today. You have to face what life throws at you. The more

you back down, the more you try to avoid the issues that you are presented with, the worse they become. Oscar has taught me that in order to move forward, you must deal with the actual problem, no matter how frustrating, aggravating, or uncomfortable. Oscar has also taught me the importance of knowing my limitations. There will come a point in your life where you need to admit to yourself that you can’t do it on your own. It is important to learn that sometimes will is not enough. He has taught me that no matter how much I would like to push through a problem myself, I must sometimes ask for help. Oscar has been the worst, best teacher I have ever had. The lessons that he has taught me will stay with me for the rest of my life. I still have a lot to learn from Oscar.


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Trainer of Champions By Mark Sheridan TIPS AND INSIGHTS FOR CORRECTLY SHOWING YOUR HORSE AT HALTER, Part 2 (Part 1 can be seen in the June 2013 issue. We continue here.)

Moving on to more helpful tips, one of the most important ones is very simple, yet so many people struggle with it: mouthing your horse. If you show a mare or stallion, it is mandatory that you show their teeth or “bite” to the judge. A judge must be able to see where the incisors line up to determine if they are parrot mouth or have any other mouth issues.


he proper way to do this is to put one hand on their mouth and separate upper and lower lips to expose the bite. I find it amazing how many people fight with their horses over this simple maneuver. If you just spend a few moments every time you are around your horse, they will allow you to part their lips and show their teeth. Most of the Halter horse trainers will show you their horse’s teeth upon approaching the horse for inspection and, as a judge, this make our jobs easier so that we don’t have to ask to see their teeth. If more people would watch the really talented Halter trainers show their horses, they could pick up a few pointers just by watching. If you have the opportunity to view the right professionals, watching and observing people who are experts can be as valuable as taking lessons. My next tip is another very constructive and important thought. At most of the shows that I judge, there is always a horse or two that is acting up and rearing, spooking, misbehaving, and/ or will not set up or trot. The comment I hear time and time again from the exhibitor is, “This is his first show.” I am very patient in these situations and I try to be helpful, however, if these horses went to a show a few times just for the ride and learned to be around different venues and conditions, they would show so much better the first time they actually competed. I never take a two-year-old pleasure horse or green western riding or trail horse to their first show and actually exhibit them on their first trip away from home. I will haul them around to shows and ride them around, and let the young ones get used to being on the road and different situations and arenas. There is not much difference with the Halter as well.

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Take them to a roping event, open show or the neighbour’s arena and tie them to the fence and let them chill. This will go a long way in getting them to relax and show well at their first outing. Exposure for young horses is very important. One of the most important issues that exhibitors must realize is that if we cannot see their numbers, and if it is difficult for us to find their numbers, it can become a challenge. It is important for exhibitors to always make their numbers easy for the judges to see. When I show in the Halter classes, I put the number on my hip for two reasons: I can always see the judge and they can always see my number at all times. The last thing I want to do is make a judge hunt for my number or send the ring steward out to find my number. The second reason being that I don’t like putting pin holes in a $75 dress shirt! I understand that in the Showmanship class it’s Proper way to show bite mandatory to put your number on your back, but just make sure that, in the Halter class, the judge can find your number with ease. Many times in the Halter classes, the exhibitors will practice their Showmanship skills. This is fine as long as you make sure to let us judge your horse and are not bouncing around from side to side and obstructing our view. If your number is on your back and you have a HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Trainer of Champions, cont’d ponytail that blocks the number, this could be an issue for the judge and ring steward when we are trying to find your number. It’s so important for a judge to be able to find the right numbers with ease in order to place the class correctly. Keep an eye on the judges, and be ready to show your horse when they arrive for the inspection. It’s very important to be aware of where the judges are, especially in a multi-judged event. As a judge, I can say that we always strive to place the class in the right order and to get the numbers correct all Proper sharp left trotting turn at cone Completely improper day long; making it easy for us to do so will help you out as well! Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing In wrapping up, please keep in mind that these are my personal winning all-around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, opinions and not those of any breed associations. I judge alongside Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, many talented and knowledgeable professional horsemen and and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and horsewomen, and feel that these are the most helpful and useful coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western tips that will aid in future success with your horses. I also suggest riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) contacting the AQHA to find a talented professional horseman in your area who can help you with whatever guidance you might need and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA Professional for your horse, regardless of the breed, event, or type of training. Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Feel free to contact me any time with your thoughts or questions Professional Horseman in 2008. More information can be found at his regarding this article, or past articles, and enjoy riding, teaching, website, and learning with your horse!


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Is the BC SPCA Still Involved in Welfare? By Jean Robertson


t seems to me their standards are very, very low when it comes to the 2007 & 2009 Photos welfare of horses in our part of the province (Interior/Shuswap). LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS! Pot bellies, lice, neglected hooves and visible ribs appear to be of no concern even though they are supposedly monitoring the herd. This is not a new situation, this has been happening since at least 2007 at the same Arabian breeding operation. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have all seized neglected horses this past spring. The BC SPCA doesn’t have any horses (that I can find) up for adoption. The Okanagan Valley horses are in a similar situation. I believe if it were dogs involved something would have been done. Horses don’t bring in big donations like dogs do so they are very low on the SPCA’s welfare list. The BC SPCA can move when they are so inclined. I had three investigators appear at my door a few years ago to present me with an official BC SPCA order not to feed a half-starved old mare over the fence. There was nothing left in the field except thistle. I was also reported as having a lame mare on a Friday. Lo and behold, Saturday morning an investigator appeared asking to see my lame mare. The mare took off running and I was given an official BC SPCA order for lameness and overweight. She was neither. My vet was here the following week and was totally disgusted. He called the investigator but his call was neither answered nor returned. If the BC SPCA can’t be bothered with horse care they should admit it and give the job to someone interested in horse welfare. Unless they receive numerous complaints the BC SPCA prefers to ignore the situation with the hope that it will just go away. 2013 photos: (there are, I believe, 6 gray horses on this property)

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PAALH Show and Fiesta is Coming Up! By Crystal Hemsworth


he Pacific Association of the Andalusian & Lusitano Horse’s Canadian National Show and Fiesta takes place July 26-28 at Chilliwack Heritage Park and it is PAALH’s 10th Anniversary Show! There are classes for performance, in-hand, and dressage offered in Youth, Amateur, and Open divisions, as well as the ever-popular Baroque/Open Breed classes which have proven to be a great way to increase awareness of the show and the association in general. The Fiesta of the Royal Horse will be presented on Saturday July 27th at 7pm – this event always attracts a big crowd so be sure to arrive early and get a good seat.

many of the traits Andalusians are known for including her willing nature and desire to learn. “She loves people and likes to hang out in the barn,” says Anne. In addition to the live bidding on July 27, online bids will be accepted until July 15 and registered phone bids will also be accepted. See the PAALH website for forms and information. PAALH Annual General Meeting The AGM will be held on Thursday July 25th at 6pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park. All members are encouraged to attend and have a voice in the future happenings of the club. As with any volunteer driven organization, PAALH relies on the time and efforts of its members to function. If you have attended the show and would like to see it and other PAALH activities continue, please come out and show your support. Many hands make light work!! Connect with us online: pacificandalusian

ON AUCTION… Arrow Harley prepares to make her debut There’s a little extra excitement surrounding one particular filly making her first appearance at the 2013 Fiesta. Arrow Harley, a 2011 registered Andalusian x QH filly donated by Arrow Valley Farm in Edgewood BC, will be presented for sale by live auction on July 27. Arrow Valley’s resident trainer, Kyra Londos, is very pleased with Harley’s progress, “She has a beautiful mind and is suited for anything.” Breeder Anne Volansky notes that she possesses

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While teaching a clinic or even watching folks at an Equine Expo, I often see how difficult it is for people to understand one of the simplest concepts in horse training: LETTING GO.


etting go means asking a simple question to your horse and when he starts to guess, either leave him alone to try or guide him toward the desired response. Once the horse displays the correct response, we “let it go” by having relaxed quiet time with no further questions. With green horses that are just being started, or even ones who are more seasoned, leaders often ask a question but heavily restrict the guess when they think the horse isn’t going to answer the way they were looking for. They apply negative pressure which decreases the horse’s willingness to try. The pressure put on that horse may cause him to freeze up, or get anxious and display an outburst of speed or agile antics. The horse is simply not given enough time to guess.

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The key is to ask in simple terms and not kill the try but rather facilitate it. A horse or person willing to guess is already a big positive and we can’t start without it. If we cultivate and refine the try/guess - VOILA success becomes more easily attainable and the horse more interactive. To do so, we have to back off and LET THE HORSE TRY. First, as trainers, we have to give consideration to the question we will ask a horse. Is the question simple and do we have a pretty good idea of what the first try might be in response to the question? The more precise the question, the more likely the answer will be precise, as long as the question progressively goes from simple to more complex. As an example, a nine-year-old gal at a clinic wanted her horse to learn to step

onto a small pedestal, a skill the mare hadn’t learned before. The youth creatively figured out that the horse didn’t know how to do this, so she politely lifted the mare’s foot and put it onto the pedestal holding it there for a second. Needless to say, after she repeated this several times, the young interactive mare put her foot onto the pedestal before the girl could lift it, as she had anticipated what was going to be asked of her. The youth figured out how to ask the question very simply, so that there was little chance the horse would guess wrong. Her relaxed approach rewarded any try the mare made. By guiding her horse, she encouraged the mare to be interactive. The mare anticipated the question and guessed what the answer was. This is why I think that, as trainers, we have to be more childlike at times - it allows us to see a

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Training for Courage, cont’d challenge in its simplest form rather than complicate things. We want to apply a similar simple strategy to the more complex skills. Most complex skills can be broken down into sub-units and later recombined. Take for example the complex skill of “going forward with proper bend and balance on a circle.” The first part might be to just turn the nose and head in the desired direction, then reward. The second part could be to elevate the shoulder then cross the inside fore away from us, then reward. Finally, the third step could be to keep forward movement with pressure on the ribcage for a few steps, then reward. If we break a complex skill into simple steps, then it is very difficult for the horse to make the wrong guess and become anxious. The reward is a pause with no pressure, relaxation, and NO MORE QUESTIONS for 10-30 seconds. Amazing how difficult it is to do a pause. Good trainers may pause for a fraction of that, but there is a definite release of all pressure. Often people think they are relaxed and quiet but they are holding their breath preparing for the next question, which prevents the horse from knowing he is actually on the right track. More experienced leaders would just relax and take what the horse offered and just go along with it. So it might be the start of a step, several steps, a complete circle or several revolutions. When the horse wanted to stop to check out whether he was doing okay, they would just stop the horse and let him know he did really fine. If the horse was starting to look worried, they might

stop him and reboot after a short pause to encourage another try. Our training questions should have a hierarchy of importance if we want to develop a positive leader/follower relationship; these are the skills that constitute our role as the leader, and are very important for working safely with our horses. Our horses have to learn to respect our bubble but we, too, must respect theirs in not overwhelming them and forcing ourselves upon them without paying attention to their needs. Give the horse a reason to move out of your space but don’t cause him to feel the need to escape. For me, I find that I want to establish the yields in all directions, develop relaxation cues, get positive shape on a circle with balance, achieve bend with a relaxed poll, then move on to speed control, understanding driving from all angles, and then bomb-proofing... (Please read my previous article on “foundation skills” for more examples.) All of these skills can be broken down into basic parts that can be taught individually, then combined later to make it easier for the horse to succeed. Now we get to the tricky part: allowing the guess. When we pose a question, we have to allow the guess, whether it is correct or incorrect. If it is correct, quite simply pause and relax. If it is incorrect, shape the horse’s behaviour towards what you have in mind rather than telling him he got it WRONG. Punishment is counter-productive and only prevents positive learning situations. We create far less anxiety in our horses if we keep directing them towards what we have in mind rather than communicating that they are wrong. Quite simply, don’t focus on what the horse does wrong, but rather put energy into re-directing him to a better guess. Only stop asking the question when the horse is on the right track (this means that the “answer” doesn’t have to be totally right, just an approximation). Once the horse is on the right track, you can refine the behaviour to exactly what you want. A finished move at the start usually does not look very finished, but we keep fine tuning it a bit at a time. With less pressure on achieving a precise answer, and more focus on the “good try” in the correct direction, the sooner the behaviour will improve. Of course, experience here makes a big difference on how quickly something can be tuned and how to go about it. I recommend: “Less experience - go slower.” Not only horses but also people learn better in short bouts of questions with rest periods in-between. A good try followed by a rest period with relaxation allows the horse to consolidate what he has learned, maybe even feel good about it. When the horse relaxes Continued on page 16

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Training for Courage, cont’d between tries and the questions he has answered correctly, he does not become anxious when new questions are asked. Rather, the horse gains confidence and becomes more interactive. The more the horse stays relaxed about trying, the quicker he will learn. The most amount of training occurs in these nice, quiet moments of simple questions and calm guesses. Many people believe that training sessions should be short. I believe your session should only be as long as you can keep yourself focused and the horse interested. Also, you should always quit while you are on a roll. When we give a horse a direction or a suggestion, we need to allow the horse to try. If he goes forward even one step, whether on the ground or being ridden, we need to reinforce that. Too often, as leaders, we think of an idea on too large of a scale. We might be thinking of walking or trotting to the other end of the arena rather than a bunch of short tries to get there. Every time a horse makes a guess in the right direction and the pressure diminishes, the horse is more inclined to keep guessing. As an example, at a trainers challenge, a rider may ask the horse to learn “going forward” and the horse kind of picks a direction and goes. The reason why so many of these trainers improve their horses so quickly is that they kindly go along with the horse’s tries, rewarding the most general try without panic. The horse may get worried about his balance with the rider now on his back; he may stop or rush or hump a bit. If the horse has a hiccup, the trainer just tags along relaxed and guides the horse in a small way, possibly with a bend/flexion, or the horse bends naturally because he came up to a rail in a round pen or an object in the arena. By staying cool when a horse is unsure and guessing, you prevent the horse from getting a fear/excitement cycle going. The reaction that the average horse person has, when a horse gets a bit of a fear/ excitement cycle going, is to clamp on or pull back on both reins which really makes the adrenalin surge up. Knowing you will be safe to just let the rail or one rein soften a horse on a circle, just “going with it,” is an acquired skill. Knowing not to panic and continuing 16 • Saddle Up • July 2013

only to guide as much as is necessary, not killing the forward or the try, comes from much experience and evaluation. This is not something so easily done by every person that tries to ride a horse. At clinics, I so often find the best place for folks to learn about that is by experimenting from the ground first. I find that for most people, who are learning to lead their horses without the benefit of experience that comes from training a pile of horses, it is better that they get some success at controlling their emotions and relaxation on the ground. If they make an error, this is much more forgiving, as they will likely have their follower on a 12-foot line. That distance to the end of the line is a buffer, but it also allows the horse 12 feet of experimental space for answering the questions that might be asked. If a person makes an error on the ground, the risk of injury is less and the horse is less likely to be scared by it. Using a lead line is like the start of riding with one rein; it is much more difficult to teach a horse to brace on one rein. On a shorter line, the horse is more likely to improve his bend which will tap into his natural relaxation reflexes, if we don’t use excessive pressure. The point I am trying to make is that we need to be more open and accept the horse’s guess before we get into tuning it up to exactly what we would like. We accept a horse’s try by initiating with minimal pressure - just enough to get a response - and then we guide the horse to how we would like the behaviour to be. When a horse starts to have more confidence in that try, we then gently guide him to a more specific try, but with not so much “guidance” that he loses the desire to try. When horses or people make an effort to answer a question, what we want to do is not tell them they failed, but take the direction of the guess and point it to the desired response. The less time we spend telling them they got it wrong, the more time and energy can be spent getting it right. Sometimes what we have to remember is to reward the WILLINGNESS to guess. Horses or people who are too anxious or fearful of guessing at the possible answer are very

difficult to teach. Therefore, it may be to our advantage to get their attention and relax them first (as I often do with endotapping, i.e., obtaining an emotional re-set). You have probably noticed by now how I have shifted my discussion from the horse to the human leader. As a teacher, I am still learning that what works really well for teaching a horse never has failed me with people. A guess is never wrong, as it informs you that things need to go in a different direction. I try to steer you to a better guess with a question that might make more sense to you. It is not your fault if you don’t understand. It is my responsibility as a leader to make it understandable to you! In conclusion, I am hoping that you will be more aware about rewarding the willingness to try even when the guess isn’t looking like the end behaviour you were aiming for. Guide and shape the behaviour in the correct direction, showing the horse what you want rather than showing him that he failed. This is so simple but can be hard to apply in the moment, especially when we may have doubt in our approach, our emotions challenged by the physicality of the horse. The horse’s instinct is to run away or fight something that may appear threatening; by not causing the horse to panic, we make it possible for him to find the answer by staying and playing with us. This is not only useful in horse training, but also in our relations with other humans. Enjoy the journey! Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy CUE TRANSFER

Many people ask how to put a behaviour on cue. Remember that you shouldn’t put a cue onto a behaviour until you can reliably predict that the behaviour WILL happen. At a recent clinic with Alexandra Kurland, we played with the neat process of cue transfer. The more ways you can ask for a behaviour the more likely you are to get it in any situation.


fter the clinic, I decided to play with cue transfer with Oli and Sarah. We would play with transferring his very solid head down cue (from upward pressure on the rope) to having another cue for head down - the sound of the clippers. We played a bit with some easy cue transfer and head down to get him thinking about the hot behaviour. The methodology for transfer of a cue is as follows: new cue - old cue - click - treat. Eventually, the old cue is faded out (usually in only a few tries) and now the new cue will produce the same behaviour just like the old cue. So now you have two cues for the same behaviour. You can do this with as many cues as you would like. We chose to have as head down cues the

original lift of the lead rope, a hand held up over his head and, finally, the sound of the clippers. To make sure he was solid with the cue, Sarah lifted the lead rope and clicked and treated when his head dropped. If we could not have been sure he would drop it with the lead rope cue then we would need to train that more before attempting a cue transfer. Next, we presented the new cue for head down which was Sarah’s hand above his head and then the old cue of the lift of the lead rope, clicking and treating when his head dropped. Within a few repetitions, his head was dropping when the hand was raised, so we no longer needed to present the old cue - we could confidently ask with just the new cue. Now that we had the new cue solid and

Old solid cue for “head down” - the lift of the lead rope

New cue of hand over head will now get the same behaviour of head down

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reliable, we could once again transfer the same behaviour to yet another cue. In this particular situation, I chose to use another cue for head down first before transferring it to the sound of the clippers. In part, the raising of my hand while holding the clippers would help to remind Oli that he had two cues asking for head down and would make it easier for him to be successful. So now Sarah presented the new cue of the sound of the clippers followed by the now “old cue” of her hand raised by his head. Again, when he dropped his head first with the old hand cue paired with the new cue of the clippers he got clicked and treated. Soon, with just the sound of the clippers, he

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Perfect response to old cue for head down

Head down with new cue.

would drop his head and earn a click and treat. Now Sarah could turn on the clippers and Oli would drop his head. If he were hesitant, she could always add back in the old cue of the raised hand or the lift of the lead rope to help him remember they all meant head down. Now how cool is it to have a horse who drops his head at the sound of the clippers? Pretty cool, if you ask me - especially if he’s a really tall horse!

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Very soon, Oli would drop his head at the sound of the clippers alone.

Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development 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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Interior Gaited Horse Show Shines On! By Jackie Evans


ome weather, economy, gas prices, you name it - the show must go on and it did just that. Over 40 horses participated in the 16th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show in Armstrong on June 8 & 9, along with their keen riders. Participation was high this year from Rockies and Peruvians as well as Tennessee Walkers. Although we don’t know the age combination of our youngest horse and rider, we do know that it was 96 for our oldest pair, Joyce Brown Some of the Peruvian contingent. A Family Affair. Photo by Captured Grace and ‘Freddie’. Photo by Jackie Evans. Photography, The weather was pleasant, the volunteer help was gratitude to all those who fabulous, the interest was strong and there was lots supported the show this year. of positive feedback on the good times that were had (just ask Nancy There were many who would Roman, who took two first place on Steve & Jean Wilson’s Rocky/ Kentucky Mountain, ‘Spike’). Our judge, Christine Schwartz of Vernon, not say they were a volunteer, yet helped out by lending a ran the 39 classes efficiently and oh so smoothly! Thank you Christine! hand when needed, providing We missed seeing a few of our regulars this year but were pleased photos and so forth. All of the to welcome some new folks from Creston, Williams Lake and Barriere. efforts and contributions were On Sunday afternoon was the beautiful Garrocha pole demonstration undoubtedly what made the by Ilona Berbekar on her Paso Fino, as well as an impromptu Parade of show such a success. Thank Breeds led by Show Chair John McMillan on his Peruvian. you for supporting equine Have a look at the website www.interiorgaitedhorseshow.weebly. recreation in our area! com for more pictures. Some of our show In a time of scarcity of volunteers and sponsors having to pull The Garrocha Pole demonstration. committee members who back, the Show Committee expresses our sincere appreciation and Photo by Captured Grace deserve extra special Photography, appreciation are first of all 16th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show Steve & Jean Wilson for A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL being one of the founders THE BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS and sticking with the show who supported our show through for 16 years; Brenda Mason sponsorships or donations for her untiring imagination and work for the trail class, Armstrong Dollar Dollar prizes, show program and Askew’s Foods Armstrong making sure we are prepared; Beau Park Exteriors Ltd. - Mike Leblanc Lewis Hartman, ‘practically Some of the Rocky contingent. a professional’ gate person Brenda Hala’s Photography Photo by Jackie Evans. extraordinaire (who isn’t even Brenda Mason a horse person); Louise Country West Supply Burton, our forever Diamond H Tack announcer because Equus Environmental Inc. - Ilona Berbekar we can’t ever let her Gaited Meadows Ranch Rocky Mountain Horses go she is so good at it; Jean Thom, best ribbon HorseSense Horsemanship - Dennis & Karen Quilliams and prize organizer in Jean Thom & Jim Hegan the west, and Loretta Len & Joyce Kilbreath Some of the Tennessee Walker contingent, LeBlanc, who gifted Mountainview Stables - Pat & Belinda March the three on the right. Photo by Jackie Evans. us with our very own Price is Right Bulk & Health Foods website this year, does Ralph Livingston Foundation Training an amazing job with it and has started a blog to share for Gaited Horse enthusiasts. High Five! Saddle Up magazine Tolko Industries

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Desert Park Racing Returns After 15 Years Story and Photos by Richard McGuire, Osoyoos Times


he first of two horse racing days at Desert Park Saturday June 15th, after a 15-year absence, was successful beyond all expectations, drawing crowds estimated at close to 2,000 to the Osoyoos BC racetrack. “We ran out of everything practically by the end of the second race,” said Carol Youngberg, president of the Desert Park Exhibition Society. “We ran out of alcohol, we ran out of hamburgers, we ran out of hot dogs and we replenished our stock twice. We sold out of our programs 45 minutes after we opened the gate. And we had 500 printed.” Even though the first of seven races was a little late starting, many drivers were still jamming the road outside in search of parking spaces when the races got underway. “It’s exciting,” said Tom Shields, announcer at Saturday’s event and a former mayor, who also called the races at Desert Park before they shut down in the 1990s. “When you see the cars lined up, it’s just like the old days, with people scrambling for parking spots when they come in.” Horses thundered around the track kicking up dirt in seven races overall, including one featuring Quarter Horses that run a short, but fast course. Patrons lined up inside to place bets between races. The success of the event impressed many out-of-town visitors, including many in the horse business. “We didn’t actually send any horses up here this year for the inaugural event in Osoyoos,” said Rod McIvor, a horse owner with the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. “But we have several horses that we might consider – now that it’s been such a phenomenal success – to enter for the future date in August… I’m really impressed.” McIvor said he expects a number of horse owners held back from Saturday’s races to see how things would go before committing and they may regret not having brought horses to participate. Youngberg, whose large team of volunteers worked long and hard to pull off the event, admitted when it was all over that she was feeling very emotional. It was, however, a feeling of joy. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “We were so well supported. Over 100 volunteers… it’s been a wonderful day and I can’t thank everybody enough. The success of Saturday’s races is a positive sign for future races in Osoyoos. We’re looking forward to August 31,” noting that local wineries will be involved in the second race day this year. “We hope that will give Osoyoos a bit of a boost and regenerate horse racing and wine tasting.” Mayor Stu Wells, who stayed at the track side throughout the event chatting to visitors, said the solid stream of cars arriving was wonderful. “It’s a great tribute to the people who put this together,” he said. “All the volunteers who are out there and those thousands of hours gone into making this happen. That’s what I appreciate. This is good for the town, bringing it back like days of old.” Wells predicts the August date will be better and easier, and it will attract new horse owners. Arthur Harfman, a rancher from Bridesville, who raises Quarter Horses, regretted that he was only able to make it to the final race. He definitely plans to be back for August 31. He’s excited by the return of racing to Osoyoos and thinks it will be a big boost for the town. “Fantastic,” he said. “I love it.” HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Even just catching the final race was a thrill for Harfman. “I wished I’d have went and betted on it (the last race) actually,” said Harfman. “I picked the No. 5 horse coming off the wash rack here, but didn’t have time to go bet on it.” Woombroom Express came first in that race among six horses.

Quarter horses break out of the gates to start the sixth race Saturday.

Three horses round the last bend in the first race Saturday.

Between the races, hundreds of people lined up to place bets. Some went away winners, and the rest still had some fun.

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I am going to teach you how to try out a prospective horse with knowledge of what to look for, and give you some valuable tips to help you to pick “the right one.” It is much easier to make the right choice the first time! 1. Be very clear about what you want!


see many people set their goals and be very clear about what they want. They will look for a while and when they don’t find their dream horse they get overly anxious and “fall in love” and buy a horse that really isn’t right for them. So I encourage you to really give thought to exactly what you need and want. Stick

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with that goal as much as possible. Also, don’t get hung up on things that really aren’t super important, such as colour, unless you are specifically showing at a colour breed show. I even recommend that you stay somewhat flexible about age, unless you are looking for a futurity horse, and that you stay open-minded to slight imperfections on the vet check. I am not telling you to buy an unsound horse, but I have seen people be very rigid about the pre-purchase exam and miss a really great horse that was sound. He might have some minor radiographic changes or some other slight problem - I urge you to use caution and to trust your vet, but I also know there is no perfect horse. With all of this said, I recommend you set clear goals and stick to them as closely as possible. Some of the things that you might not want to waver on are quality of the horse, suitability for the show circuit that you want to show on, level of “brokeness” (especially if you are a green rider), personality type (which I will address later), and if the horse is safe for your level of riding. There are times when a person may choose to vary her decision on level of brokeness, such as when a person is deadset on buying a worldclass horse but the only way to afford one is to

choose a younger or greener horse that is less expensive. Do your best to not let your emotions or your impatience push you into making a wrong decision!

2. Evaluate your personality style I definitely feel that certain people and certain horses are a fit, while others are a mismatch. All horses and people have individual personalities. Some are laid back and nothing much bothers them, while others are high strung and easily rattled! Take a moment and honestly look at yourself and your personality style. Also, how much time do you have to invest in your horse? If you work or are very busy, you would probably get along best with a horse that is low key and low energy. A high-energy horse always takes more time because you will need to lunge or ride him longer. Some of them will also take longer to train, and you will need to allow more time at a show to prepare them because of their energy. When you look at a prospective horse, ask a lot of questions. How long do they lunge or ride before they show? How long did they ride or lunge before you got there to try him? If you have a lot of time and are a patient, low-key person, you may get along fine with a high-energy horse. There is also a difference between a high-energy horse and a sensitive horse. A sensitive horse may require a more experienced rider. The sensitive horse will need a rider very in control of her hands, legs, and seat. I do not consider myself a low-key person, however I am very patient with most horses and have been able to get along with a lot of sensitive hot mares. I didn’t start out that way, but have learned certain techniques to help a horse like that learn and like their job! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Dana Hokana, cont’d 3. Evaluate the horse’s personality style In the ideal situation, you will be dealing with a seller that you trust and, when you ask questions, you will get accurate answers. But you can find out a lot about the horse by watching his body language. A fast-thinking, sensitive horse will usually show you signs of his personality. If you cue him, does he quickly move off or do you need to keep asking him forward with your legs? Also watch his ears and eyes, and listen for movement in his tail. His body language tells you a lot about his personality. Also evaluate if he’s light in his sides to your leg cue but tough in the mouth or the bit. Horses can be sensitive in their sides but not in the face or vice-versa. It may also have a lot to do with their training. Be extremely mindful and attentive while you are looking at prospective horses. Evaluate them constantly and honestly, and try to keep your emotions out of it. I know that can be difficult, as I have many times really fallen for a horse that I have gone to look at!

4. Check the background of the horse If the horse has been shown at recognized breed shows, it’s easy to check the show record of the horse. Often the seller will tell you he has a certain number of points, but I like to go a step further and check out where he was shown and how many were in the class. Did he win or place? Different parts of the country have different levels of difficulty. I have looked at horses that had a lot of points, but with further checking found out that they were shown in a part of the country that had very little competition, but large classes. They would not have been competitive where I show. Also ask to see any vet records they have for the horse. Ask them if he’s ever been lame or if they’ve ever injected him anywhere. I would also recommend that, if you don’t know the sellers, you ask around about their integrity and honesty. I show primarily American Quarter Horses and AQHA has an association called the Professional Horseman Association. You can see if the trainer representing the horse is a member of this association. They strive to promote honesty. Also, if you buy the horse and you have any concerns about him, have your vet draw blood and check for any drugs that could change the behaviour or cover up unsoundness in the horse. Be aware that there are some long-acting drugs that may not show up in a drug test. That is why I try to buy from very reputable sellers.

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look on him. If you feel unsafe or if he intimidates you, get off of him, especially if you will be doing the training yourself. Is he smooth? If not, was that one of your requirements? Does he feel resistant or nervous? If he shows you any signs of balking or refusal (other than him just not understanding your cues) make a note of that. The sellers most likely did their best to have him ready and you are probably seeing him at his best! One of the traits that I look for, and they can have it at any level of training, is natural cadence. That ability to “lock in” (to hit a gait and want to stay there). The other trait I like to see is natural lift and the ability to perform transitions easily. Whether the horse is finished or just started, some horses have more lift and talent than others. If you like him, stay on him long enough to put him to the test. Does he get agitated or want to quit after a short time, or does he seem patient and enjoy his job? Watch his ears; does he seem to notice every sound? If he can see the barn, does he keep looking toward it, or is he focused on you and doing his job? If he does lose his attention, this does not necessarily mean he’s a bad horse, just make a mental note of it. Pay attention to if he’s dead to the world mentally, especially if his eyes are expressionless or sleepy - he may be drugged! Continued on page 24

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Dana Hokana, cont’d Pay close attention to his body language. Excessive tail swishing shows agitation, which can develop into a bad habit. Is he chomping at the bit or opening his mouth? This can show irritation or fear or resistance. If I take hold of my horse and he works his mouth a little, that is not a big deal to me, but if I drop the reins and leave him alone I’d like to see him keep his mouth quiet. One of the tests I put him through is to ask him to move his hindquarters over and see if he seems angry at my leg or if he accepts it. If he runs off of my leg, I may have a difficult horse. I see if he will let me push him around, drive him to his face in collection, and take a little bit of pressure. If at any time you feel him about to explode - get off! You don’t know his background and what he will do, so I caution you to be extremely careful! Remember that a horse’s ears, tail, mouth, and breathing will really tell you what he is thinking. I have a saying, “they tell you his heart.” Also pay attention to his steps. If his steps change cadence or get “rushy,” that tells you something. It may also be

reflective of how he was trained. If he was rushed or crammed, he may have learned to respond out of fear, or hate his job. Especially if you wish to buy an older horse, I recommend you buy one that was layered with a good, solid foundation. Horses can also learn to fight by bad riding and training. I hope these tips help you in your selection of your new horse, and that you end up with a wonderful partner that you enjoy for years. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)


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O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue By Theresa Nolet. (One @A Time Success)


n June 1st 2013 Shelly White from Curly Standard Place Ranch in Summerland hosted a birthday party for Rocky Fortune. The foal was abandoned by his mom, on rangeland in Penticton, Shelly rescued him and has been raising him since. Rocky was born on June 1st, 2012 right behind the back yard of a local woman who found this new born foal with no evidence of a mother. When the stallion of the herd tried to kill the new foal the woman intervened and bravely chased the stallion away, although Rocky Rocky as a new born. Courtesy of Shelly did sustain some injuries. After some frantic phone calls, White Rocky celebrating his birthday with she contacted Shelly who came out and took the injured Shelly White. Courtesy of Theresa foal under her care. Nolet. Rocky did not receive any colostrum from his mom and since horses are born without an immune system they require the colostrum from their dams to receive would like to antibodies in order to live. So, he had THANK ALL THE MARE OWNERS to be taken to a veterinarian to receive for a successful breeding season to: the lifesaving treatment of plasma from GUYS CASANOVA COWBOY – a son of Frenchmans Guy another horse. He also required aroundthe-clock care for the first couple of and HAYES BLUE VALENTINE – our blue roan stallion months; so a small army of horse lovers stepped up to assist with his feeding and care. I was one of them and have 3-YEAR-OLD BAY ROAN FILLY wonderful memories of night time Out of a Daughter of JET OF HONOR feedings with this precious little guy. This is a pretty filly. The purpose of the birthday party She has had 25 rides. was to celebrate all those who assisted in helping to keep Rocky alive during those precarious first weeks and to help educate people about the expense and time that go into a rescue. Shelly had a great turnout… even some people from Alberta showing up to enjoy the birthday cake and company. Donations were accepted and were turned over to O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue. 2-YEAR-OLD BAY FILLY Tahini, the filly rescued from Oliver this Out of a Daughter of JUDGE CASH spring, is currently being cared for at Curly Standard Ranch and is available for ALSO: Numerous Weanlings, Yearlings and 2-year-olds adoption as she is now up to full weight and healthy. Bill & Heidi Robinson To learn more about how you can help in the rescue of our local wild/feral horses, please call Theresa Nolet at Okanagan Falls, BC ~ 250-497-8452 250-497-6733 or email






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True Equine Leadership By Barbra Ann King PICKING UP FEET EXERCISE

We can learn a lot by asking a horse for his feet. For horses, handing over their feet is based on trust. That might sound silly to you, so allow me to clarify and explain why asking for a horse’s feet is a good way to find out if he trusts you, and sees you as a potential leader.


irst things first, you must not cause any pain, fear and/ or discomfort to your horse when you ask for his feet; otherwise, you will be dominating him and forcing him to accept something he may not be 100% comfortable with. I will show you how to do it further on in this article. Now back to the psychology of feet and what it means to a horse. As a prey animal, horses depend on their feet to cater to their fight or flight reaction. Basically, if you are holding onto a foot, they cannot run away or fight off a dangerous predator. So, if you ask for a horse’s foot and he doesn’t readily hand it over, he is not convinced that he can trust you enough. But, if he sees you as a true equine leader, he knows that you will keep him safe and will hand over his feet when asked. As mentioned earlier, you do not want to demand a foot, but instead “ask” for it. Here’s how to do it without causing any pain, fear and/or discomfort on any level.

Photo 1: Stand by your horse, petting the shoulder and showing him a mental image of his foot coming up. Photo 2: Run your hand down his leg. By the time you get to the tendon, if he hasn’t put his leg up, tap the tendon or chuck the skin by holding it in your hand and lifting it. Do not push your shoulder into him, squeeze tendons or wiggle chestnuts. You must trust and give your horse an opportunity to react to what you are asking. Photo 3: When his leg goes up, praise him, rub his tendon and put his foot back down. Stand up, pet his shoulder and do it again. Do not hold onto the foot any longer than you need to and don’t ask for more than the horse is able/willing to give at that time. Build on what you have; don’t take what is not offered to you. Photo 4: Keep your hand on your horse as you walk your way to the back foot, petting him along his back and all the way around his croup. Photo 5: As with the front leg, run your hand all the way down his leg and tap or chuck his tendon, if necessary. Photo 6: When the horse fully picks up his foot, take it and support it. Release slowly and let the horse take it back from you or put his toe on the ground before letting go.






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Leadership, cont’d Some DOs and DON’Ts DON’T pick up the foot until it is completely off the ground. It will be tempting to pick it up when the weight is off of it and only the toe is touching the ground, but resist doing so. Keep asking until your horse lifts his foot completely for you. The reason for this is two-fold: 1. If the toe is still on the ground, the horse still has weight on it. If you pick it up, your horse may be off balance and may pull it right out of your hands. 2. If your horse doesn’t give you his foot completely, he doesn’t trust you completely, so don’t insist. Instead, do another leadership exercise and go back to picking up feet later. DON’T take picking up feet for granted. It is not simply something we train horses to do. Using this method, I have picked up feet of very young horses (not for too long as they have less balance), abused horses and untrained/untouched horses. DO believe in yourself and your relationship with your horse. DO take your time and allow your horse to take all this in. If he is hesitant, encourage him. Your patience will pay off. If you have been following this series and doing the True Equine Leadership exercises properly, picking up feet should not be a problem. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website Visit the “Relationship Riding Academy” on Facebook.

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Learning to Drive in Prince George By Steven Dubas Want to learn how to drive? Mary Wall Ruff did, so she hosted a clinic on June 7-9 with Elisa Marocchi as instructor. The motivation to host the event was purely to learn how to drive. The options were to go to another community or to see if she could get enough interest in Prince George to bring an instructor to town. The instructor was Elisa Marocchi, a highly qualified driving coach, trainer and judge.


lisa became interested in driving in the late 1980s. She was a rider and had just bought a new riding horse; she was told it was also trained to drive. Being curious about the sport, she wanted to see what driving was about; she never looked back. Living in Surrey, she began working for Donia Farms, a Friesian breeding farm, gaining experience at driving singles and pairs. In 1995, she travelled to Holland to further her driving knowledge. Under the guidance of an FEI level driver, Leo Kraaijenbrink, she expanded her skill at four-in-hand and tandem. After the one-month training program, she returned to Surrey. Elisa is a certified driving coach, one of only a few in Canada, a master evaluator in BC for driving and a Horse Council BC senior driving judge. She served as the Chairperson for the Coaching Development Committee for Drive Canada,

the national driving association. So, stating she is an instructor is a bit of an understatement. Unlike riding, driving has less control and contact with the horse. When riding, the horse can feel your Mary Wall Ruff, Katie and Elisa Marocchi body’s weight shift and will adjust, legs give direction and motivation and you have contact through

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Learning to Drive, cont’d the reins. With driving, you sit behind the horse, holding reins, in a cart that makes noise and follows the horse. The whip is a substitute for leg aids. The clinic started with group education, work with a reining board, fitting a harness, fitting a harness to any horse, bit selection, steps to take when starting a horse and safe driving. The actual driving sessions were flexible; if you were new to driving then you could use her horse and training cart. Elisa explained that getting the horse used to pulling something takes a long time. It is not normal for a horse to pull something behind it, and it takes time to desensitize the horse to the activity. The steps are progressive and the horse has to be comfortable before you move forward to the next step. Elisa stated, “The horse should not notice anything different when you progress to the next step.” Safety is paramount when driving; the horse is never left unattended while hitched to the cart. Even how you get into the cart is important. Elisa stated that she wears a chest protector when driving for added protection and a helmet is always worn. The horse she brought to the clinic to help students develop their driving skills was Katie, her 16-year-old ¾ Arab ¼ Standardbred. Katie is trained to voice commands; while

instructing her students, Elisa had to spell the commands so the student could vocalize them. If you are interested in Michelle Read, Elisa Marocchi and Katie attending a future driving clinic, please contact Mary Wall Ruff at 250-963-9760. On July 19-21, the largest combined driving event in Western Canada will take place in 70 Mile House at Huber Farm. Saturday will be dressage and cones and Sunday will be a marathon. For more information about this event or about driving in general, check out the BC Carriage Driving Society website, at Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing!

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What Bit Do I Use to Drive My Horse? Part 1 By Judy Newbert The short answer is the bit with which both the horse and you are most comfortable.


he horse is comfortable with the bit because it fits properly in his mouth, does not pinch his lips or press on his tongue, and is not so severe that you cause pain or suffering in your horse when you use the reins. The horse understands the signals the driver gives with the reins and tries to do what you have asked (this requires that the horse is trained). You cannot expect the horse to do what is required WITH ANY BIT if he has not been trained to do it. The driver is comfortable with the bit because the horse carries the bit quietly, does not sling his head or fight the bit, and responds properly to signals the driver gives with the bit. The driver is comfortable as he has enough control of the horse that he can handle any situation. Like anything else to do with horses, there are fads in bitting, but you are far better off to go with what makes you and your horse comfortable. The fact that an advanced driver does well with a certain horse in a certain bit does not make it any more likely to work for you on your horse. As in most things with horses, keep it simple. The simple basic bits are best and most readily available. A severe bit is not an emergency brake. Despite what some people will tell you, if a horse wants to run away badly enough, he will - no matter what sort of bit he has in his mouth. No bit is MAGIC; the horse must be trained to understand the signals he is being given and what to do in response. That being said, horses are like people in that, if they are uncomfortable or in pain due to an illfitting or unsuitable bit, they are not very receptive to cooperation or learning and your training efforts will be in vain. FEI, ADS, and EC rules indicate that any bit is suitable for driving as long as it is not a twisted wire or a gag bit. Therefore, if the horse is already being ridden (as long as it is not a twisted wire or a gag) use the bit the horse is being ridden in. DO NOT think it is necessary to get a half-cheek snaffle, or a Liverpool or a Buxton bit because these are considered “traditional” driving bits. In the old days, common driving bits were made in a lot of

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different mouthpieces. Today, these bits are made in a few different mouthpieces but nowhere near as many different variations as riding bits. Therefore, your riding bit may be very suitable for your horse but impossible to find in a Liverpool or Buxton cheekpiece unless you are prepared to have a custom bit made which is prohibitively expensive. In most cases, traditional Liverpool or Buxton cheek bits are not necessary and are hard to get in a suitable mouthpiece, and therefore your horse will not be comfortable in them. If possible, simply use your riding bit. Make sure the bit fits the horse. A bit which is too wide or too narrow for a horse’s mouth will bother the horse even though the mouthpiece is suitable. To check for the correct size, place the bit in the horse’s mouth and adjust the cheeks of the bridle so that from none to two wrinkles occur above the bit. The number of wrinkles in the horse’s lips depends on the configuration of the horse’s mouth (the bit must be high enough to avoid the incisor teeth and low enough to avoid the molars) and how the horse prefers his riding bit is adjusted. If your horse has tushes (canine teeth), even though they have been trimmed, you must make sure the bit is adjusted so it does not contact these teeth. With the bit at the proper height in the horse’s mouth, pull the bit sideways in his mouth until the cheekpiece of the bit on one side is right up against the horse’s lip. The other side of the bit should have a quarter-inch space between the cheekpiece and the horse’s lip. If the distance is less than a quarter inch, you need a wider bit. If the distance is more than a quarter inch, you can get a narrower bit or you can fill up the space using bit guards, which come in varying widths. A horse, which has fat lips, will sometimes have a problem with the bit pinching the sides of his mouth; a horse’s fleshy lips can get caught in the joint where the mouthpiece joins the cheekpiece. The solution is to use the bit guards or get a bit where the cheekpiece is fixed to the Wilson snaffle mouthpiece (i.e. with no moving joint to trap the lip).


Bits come in only two types - snaffle and curb. A snaffle bit is a bit which acts directly on the horse’s tongue, bars, and lips. A curb bit is a

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What Bit, cont’d leverage bit, which has a curb chain or curb strap; it acts on the horse’s jaw as well as the tongue, bars, and lips but is more severe due to the multiplying of the pressure due to the leverage. Common traditional driving bits are the Wilson snaffle, Liverpool, Buxton, Elbow, Butterfly and Glory bits. The Wilson snaffle (also called a four ring snaffle) functions only as a snaffle. The Liverpool, Buxton, Elbow Buxton bit and Butterfly bits are combined snaffle and curb bits, and the name refers to the cheek pieces; these bits come in a variety of mouthpieces. The Glory bit refers to the mouthpiece in the bit and comes in a variety of cheek styles; for example, a Glory Liverpool and a Glory Butterfly are shown in Glory Liverpool the attached pictures. A snaffle bit has the rein attached directly opposite the position of the bit in the horse’s mouth. The Wilson snaffle shown can only function as a snaffle. A curb bit has a rein attachment in a position below where the bit is placed in the horse’s mouth. In the Liverpool bit picture, rein position A is the snaffle position; all other positions are varying degrees of curb with B being the mildest curb effect and D being the harshest. Elbow bit The Buxton, Elbow and Glory bits function similarly to the Liverpool depending on where the rein is placed. You should already know that the mouthpiece of a bit - jointed, French link, Dr. Bristol, arch, mullen mouth, etc. is IMMATERIAL to whether or not the bit is a snaffle or a curb. The fact that a bit is a snaffle or a curb is determined by the configuration of the cheeks and not by the mouthpiece. For driving, you need to know that a so-called Liverpool bit is a cheek style only Liverpools come in many different mouthpieces. Therefore, if you are driving a four-in-hand, all four horses can wear Liverpool bits so that the turnout looks more uniform but each horse can wear a different mouthpiece (whatever is most suitable for them). A PERSON WHO SUGGESTS THAT YOU DRIVE YOUR HORSE IN A LIVERPOOL BIT HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

HAS ONLY CONSIDERED THE EXTERNAL “LOOK” OF THE TURNOUT AND NOT THE HORSE’S NEEDS. One advantage of driving bits such as Liverpool, Buxton, Butterfly (post), or Elbow bits is that with one bit in the horse’s mouth you can change the bit from a snaffle to a curb bit merely Liverpool bit by moving the reins to a different location on the cheeks. This provides you with the ability to adjust the severity of the bit to the driving conditions. The further down the cheeks you move the reins, the more severe the bit becomes. It is an unwritten rule that you would never enter a competition or the show ring in the bottom ring or loop of any of the curb bits. This is an indication that your horse is nearly out of control and you have nowhere to go if you need more leverage. If you drive in a twoslot Liverpool and want to drive in the bottom slot, you should get a three slot Liverpool and put the reins in the second slot. The better alternative is to train the horse properly. Then your need for the more severe rein setting on the bit will likely disappear. Part 2 of this article will appear in the next issue of Saddle Up. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons. • 31

To Trust or Not to Trust? By Christa Miremadi

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Over the past few years, I have begun to realize just how misunderstood the word trust is when it comes to horsemanship. The word seems to be thrown around without too much thought these days. Everyone is hoping to gain the trust of the horse but, when I do a little digging, it almost always comes out that the person in question does not yet fully trust the horse.


n most cases, the person is waiting for the horse to trust first before he/ she will return the sentiment. This is understandable, but I don’t believe it is a realistic expectation. I believe that we should not be working so much toward getting our horses to trust us; rather, we should be working towards becoming trustworthy. Actually, in many cases, the horse already trusts his human, just maybe not in the way his human was hoping for. When you really think about it, trust is not always positive. We tend to think about trust as being a good thing but, really, trust is just the ability to be confident in your expectation. Trust is dependable. Trust is knowing that the individual in question will provide a predictable behaviour - that behaviour does not always have to be positive. As far as a horse is concerned, he may trust that the humans in his life will treat him fairly, unfairly or with anger or kindness. Some horses trust that dinner will come at the same time every day and others trust that they will be brought back into the barn if they stand at the gate when it rains. The most common form of trust I see between a horse and a human is the kind in which the horse trusts that the human in his life will treat him with kindness and love but is not entirely capable of maintaining his safety. This is the type of trust present when a horse is well-behaved, reliable and safe while at home but becomes “unglued” when faced with an out-of-the-ordinary situation like travelling to an unknown arena or trail. Trust is something that must be given, it can’t be taken. You must earn it in order to receive it and you must 32 • Saddle Up • July 2013

have it in order to give it away. The type of trust that most people are hoping for, it seems, is the type of trust in which the horse believes without a shadow of a doubt that no matter what, their human will be able to keep them safe. Unfortunately, for most people, one of the things that motivates them to pursue this type of trust is that they do not feel safe while they are with their horse. Many folks are looking for this kind of relationship, so that their horse will no longer frighten them. Of course they are also hoping to be able to provide their horse with a happy life and security and comfort and all of those wonderful things but, just like the horse, most people’s strongest motivator is self-preservation. We don’t want our horses to spook or get nervous in the event of going somewhere new or having to do something out of the ordinary because it makes us feel insecure. In actuality, it is our own abilities to control the situation and stay safe that we are not trusting. Some people are even a little bit confused about what it would mean if their horse did trust them. They may even feel that if their horse truly trusts them they will no longer experience fright at all or react like a flight animal. This is simply not true. No amount of groundwork, training or equine psychology will ever change the fact that a horse is a prey animal or that their strongest instinct, completely outside of their “thinking brain,” is self-preservation. What mindful groundwork, training and equine psychology can provide, however, is the boundaries, understanding and expectations necessary to keep the human caregiver safe, despite the fact

that they are sitting on top of (or standing beside) a 1200-pound flight animal of prey. Your horse will always react like a horse (we hope) but with the appropriate handling and a great deal of trust in one’s own abilities to be able to keep oneself safe, we can help our horses navigate their experience and find confidence in us as their leader. This leadership will give them the confidence to follow our directions despite the fear they may be experiencing and thus provide us with the ability to keep ourselves safe even while sitting on top of or standing beside such a powerful and often fearful creature. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

To Trust or Not, cont’d Most often, I see folks who do not trust their own ability to provide appropriate leadership to their horses and are frustrated by constantly being put in a position to provide directions that they do not clearly understand how to provide. The way I see it, if we can learn to trust our own abilities to keep ourselves safe, rather than relying on our horses to somehow become responsible for our safety, then we will be able to provide the kind of guidance to our horses needed to be able to earn their trust. Recently, my own horse suffered a slip inside the trailer that rendered him “off duty” for a few weeks. I was put in a position to borrow my husband’s horse for an out-of-town clinic. The facility at which I was teaching the clinic had a relatively small turn-around space in the yard, so I was also put in a position to catch a ride in an unfamiliar trailer. My poor demo horse

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had to follow a new person into a new trailer over to a new facility surrounded by new people and new horses, far from home. As he stepped off the trailer, he was shaking and one of the participants asked me about how I would deal with this situation. It was an interesting question because I hadn’t thought of his nerves as being a problem at all. He had followed every direction I’d given him since we arrived with ease. He was standing still and waiting to be saddled quietly, despite his nerves and he followed me politely to the arena when we were ready to start. It was not more than five minutes before he was licking his lips and letting down. I didn’t do anything other than continue to ask him to remember his boundaries and follow my directions. I trusted that I could keep us both safe and within minutes, so did he.

Trust is something that must be earned and when it is, it is given freely to those who deserve it. When we are working on “getting our horses to trust us,” in my opinion, we are working on the wrong thing. We should not be trying to get our horses to trust us. Rather, we should be working on becoming trustworthy. As soon as we achieve that, our horses will be waiting to hand over their trust to us without hesitation. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) • 33

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ypical Cariboo weather stayed with us through June with lots of rain but, at the same time, some nice days as well. It is starting to look more like summer here

Mike Brass snapped this photo of Peter Reid holding the post for Gary in the Bobcat at the Hills Health Ranch.

The South Cariboo Chapter Back Country Horsemen building new paddocks at the Hills Health Ranch. (L-R) Jeff Eastwood, Silvia Price and Joanne Macaluso. (Photo by Peter Reid)

now and the events list proves it - a lot has happened, and a lot is planned. Joanne Macaluso gave us a quick update from the South Cariboo Chapter Back Country Horsemen and Peter Reid sent a little to go with it, along with a couple of photos: “May 25th saw some dedicated Back Country Horsemen construct ten more

luxurious paddocks at the Hills Health Ranch campground. The dreary and drizzly weather did not dampen the spirits of our small group and the job was finished in record time. 75% of the funding was from a Horse Council grant with the balance from the local chapter of Back Country Horsemen. John Dobbs from 100 Mile Feed supplied gates and posts at cost and Timbermart gave us a special price on the 2x6s. Gary Kremsner of G. Kremsner Contracting did a fine job with his Bobcat putting in time over and above his agreed contract and his work was quality.” Peter added that the South Cariboo Chapter just got approval from forestry for trail projects at Fawn Lake and Greeny Lake and will be starting on them soon. Coming up, things look pretty busy... you should plan the rest of the summer/fall with a horse and an RV. Isn’t that what everyone does in the summer? There will be gymkhanas, endurance and competitive trail rides, combined driving events, bull riding finals, and even a country dance.

Outriders Gymkhana will be held at the Outriders arena in 100 Mile House. The Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride, slated for August 9-10, will be held at the Hills Health Ranch campground. Entries are coming in, so remember - this ride is capped at 30. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery that the Cariboo has to offer. Entry deadline is August 1, so check out www.bcctra. ca for more information and entry forms. For more information, contact Joanne Macaluso at Now speaking of Joanne, she sent us this, too: “The Cariboo Gold Rush Express inaugural endurance ride on Sunday, September 1, will also be at the Hills Health Ranch campground. There will be an “Endurance 101” clinic held on Saturday,

July 13 is the first annual Watch Lake/ Green Lake Gymkhana with the second one on August 10. Bring your horse and enter, or just come and watch. These are two favourite local events. For information, phone Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-7741.

The following weekend, July 19-21, the annual Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event takes place at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. This is another favourite weekend for both competitors and spectators. Dressage, a cone course, and a full marathon make up the weekend with Sunday’s marathon an actionpacked day - great for spectators. On that same Sunday, the 100 Mile

Joanne Macaluso out getting her horse in shape and ready for the Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride.

August 31, with Aarene Storms, from 9am to 3pm, touted as a “gentle guide to the sport of long-distance riding.” Cost is $25 and, if you are already planning on participating in the endurance ride, you will receive $5 off

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WHAT’S THIS? Readers -

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Nicola Maughn (left) and Joanne Macaluso getting ready for the Cariboo Gold Rush Express.

your pre-paid entry if you attend the clinic. Anyone interested in the sport of distance riding will not be disappointed and you do not have to be an entrant in the endurance ride to attend! Deadline for entries for the Cariboo Gold Rush Express is August 1, and the ride is capped at 50 entries. All ERABC and AERC rules apply. For further information, please contact Katrin at: katrinlevermann@gmail. com or visit”

Earl Call and Dave Atkinson will have some of their top bulls at BCPBR Finals in 100 Mile House in September.

This month’s item is from our own little Meadow Springs Ranch Museum. This should be an easier one this month... hopefully, anyway. It measures about three inches square and two inches deep. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

On August 25, there will be another 100 Mile Outriders Gymkhana held at the Outriders arena in 100 Mile House. Twenty cowboys will try to cover four bulls each over the two days, September 7-8.

What’s most people’s favourite part of a rodeo? Could it be the bull riding? If you’re a bull riding fan, this is one event you will not want to miss! The BC Professional Bull Riders Finals this fall will be held in 100 Mile House! The dates will be September 7-8. Imagine a weekend with 80 bull rides... or at least 80 “attempted” rides. Good luck cowboys!

good, old-fashioned country dance all in one - and just for $25 per person, too! The Hanson Family, Rae-Lee Fraser, Leslie Ross, and Ernie Doyle will be the evening’s performers. For more information and/or tickets, contact Mark at or 250-4562425. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

September 14, at Watch Lake, you’ll find the Annual Cariboo Country Night - a cowboy concert, a BBQ steak dinner and a

Last Month’s What’s This? The June issue’s item was a harder one. John Maxwell, a friend from Watch Lake, told us what it is - it belonged to his dad. It’s a necktie iron, shaped to fit up inside a man’s tie. We had a few guesses, but no correct answers.

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TIDBITS Holistic Horsemanship Clinic Review Here at ForTheHorse in Chase BC, we just finished a learningfilled clinic with Melanie Bulmahn from Germany. She is a certified School of Légèreté instructor and came to ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre to teach a four day holistic horsemanship clinic. The riders enjoyed a woman’s point of view and perspective on the principles of légèreté and had many “a-ha” moments. Each horse and rider had major improvements from small corrections and are eager for her return July 20-23 at For The Horse in BC; and then July 25-28 at Phoenix Equestrian in Alberta. Don’t miss out! Auditors are welcome! For more information visit

MANTRACKER Coming to Enderby BC Tina Knull of Ricochet Alpine Enterprises presents a “Learning How To Track” clinic with Terry Grant of the TV Series “Mantracker” on September 19-20, 2013. There are no horses for this event. It is done on foot. For clinic info contact Tina at 250-938-1217 or teenieknull@ Fees are due by July 31, 2013 if you are on the booked list. There will also be evening entertainment and a ‘public’ session with Terry on September 19 and 20 from 7pm to 9pm. Open to the public at $10.00 per adult; kids 10-17 years $6.00; and kids 9 years of age and under free (accompanied by an adult). All located in Enderby. The evening proceeds will be going to a local charity. This is NOT an audition for the TV series of MANTRACKER. “Know your Land, Know your Prey” - Keep checking www. or Facebook for updates on the evening (public) venue.

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Make Your Pledge To Stay STRONGER Today! June 15th, 2013 – July 31st, 2013 Voice For The Horse has launched their STRONGER Fundraising Campaign to raise the funds required to get their Theme Song STRONGER professionally produced in the studio which will include a music video to follow and be filmed in Langley BC. Co-written by long time Ambassadors of our organization, Tiffany Desrosiers and Cole Armour, STRONGER is a classic song which depicts much of what we seek in today’s challenging world which leaves one questioning “what it is which makes me STRONGER?” With several fundraising activities lined up over the course of the summer, our most prominent event is the PLEDGE TO STAY STRONGER Campaign. Based on our mission at Voice For The Horse, “to forever bridge the gap between horse and humans in our modern day world today and into our futures” and utilizing fine art projects for children to include literacy, music, and art with the horse as our subject, we believe we have created a sustainable organization which will take us well into our futures to include our up and coming generations. Both the horse and our youth today experience hardships however we recognize the authentic horse power energy the horses exude which today, is transforming the lives of many, to include others who utilize the services of equine facilitated learning, equine facilitated therapy and therapeutic riding. With this STRONG teaching tool and therapist, we believe the horse is set to merge into STAGE 2 of their evolution with humans. We invite you to join us and take YOUR PLEDGE TO STAY STRONGER today! Visit our web site at for more event details! Photos taken at our STRONGER Fundraiser May 31st, 2013 which included live performances from both Cole And Tiffany - a fabulous evening was had by all!

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SEptEmbEr 19-20 “Learn to Track with Terry Grant” Offering 4 Group Sessions 2 Groups are for Grade 6-12 (15 students per group) ~ $135.00 per student; 4 hour session

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The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame for 2013 By Mark McMillan



C’s early history was carved out of the wilderness by thousands of hard working and often forgotten cowboys. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame was started by, and maintained by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society to capture the memories of these living legends and share their stories. A complete list of inductees, with a photo and bio of each, can be found at as well as nomination information. Memorabilia from many of the inductees can be seen in the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake, home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Larry Ramstad induction “Hyde” induction

2013 saw eight new inductees - four in Kamloops and four in Williams Lake. Friday night, March 8th, the first four were recognized on main stage at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The Pozzobon Family was inducted in the Family category, Pooley Ranch as a Century Ranch, Steve “Hyde” Archachan as a Working Cowboy, and Mike Puhallo in Artistic Achievements. The next four were inducted on Sunday, April 21st at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, after a reception at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin; Archie Williams for Competitive Achievements, Frank Teer as a Ranching Pioneer, John Dodd as a working Cowboy, and Larry Ramstad as both Horseman, and Working Cowboy. Seeing cowboys like these inducted into

the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame makes the BC Cowboy Heritage Society proud of the fact that it’s preserving memories of the folks that helped make BC the Province that it is today. * Over 100 recipients have been inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame to date. * The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame was started in 1998. * To qualify inductees must have spent the majority of their cowboy career in BC. * First and foremost nominees must be working cowboys or ranchers that cowboyed for themselves. * A nominee may be nominated in one or more of the following categories: Horseman, Working Cowboy, Family, Competitive Achievements, Artistic Achievements, Ranching Pioneer and Century Ranch. * Anyone can nominate a cowboy if they have a seconder - the nomination form is available at * The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Top Dog! Hot Dog! By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP We’ve all heard about how dangerous it is to leave a dog in the car on a sunny or warm day. Even if it’s not really sunny, the temperature inside your car can climb very quickly to dangerous levels. As soon as warm weather begins each year, we should all leave our dogs at home to run our daily errands, adjust our routines or make other arrangements to keep our dogs safe and comfortable.


here are a number of other activities that also place our dogs at risk in warmer weather. Many people are not aware of the dangers of these situations and, as a result, dogs are routinely at risk when warmer weather begins. Dogs do not possess the same ability as humans to regulate their body temperature. Unable to sweat as we do, they rely primarily on panting and dissipating heat through the pads on their feet, their underbelly and through their ears – all far less efficient than humans. As a result, they heat up much more quickly than we do and are not able to safely work, exercise or play in the same conditions as we can in warmer weather. Your dog may be a super-athlete and physically fit, but he cannot handle warmer weather any better than the average dog. One guideline is that a healthy, fit dog in the prime of life shouldn’t work in temperatures over 29°C (85°F). For dogs that are very young, older or in poor health, this temperature will be much lower as they have a poorer ability to regulate their body temperature. Other factors also affect how a dog can cope with heat: - Shortened Muzzles – selective breeding has significantly decreased these dogs’ ability to cool themselves because they cannot pant properly. - Coat Colour – dark and especially black-coated dogs have an even harder time in the heat than medium or light-coloured dogs. - Coat Length – dogs with thick or longer coats have a harder time in heat as extra hair can trap heat. Also, hairless breeds or breeds with pale noses are subject to sunburn and must be protected from direct sunlight. - Large and Giant Breeds – with a larger body mass to cool, their systems are more stressed in hot temperatures than average-sized dogs. - Overweight Dogs – a few extra pounds affect dogs in big ways and how they can handle heat is definitely one of them. So, how can all of this information affect what you do with your dog? Let’s consider a midday walk or run. YOU may be comfy sticking to the streets and sidewalks in your area with your wicking fabrics and special footwear, but your dog could be suffering within minutes. Unable to shed his layer of fur, even minimal exertion will cause his body temperature to rise, with heat radiating off the pavement compounding the problem. Without access to water, his ability to cool via panting will be greatly hindered. The minimal benefits of heat dissipation through his paws will be completely gone from contact with 38 • Saddle Up • July 2013

hot pavement. Be careful where you do take your walks or runs. Dogs can easily suffer minor to serious burns and blistering on their foot pads from even brief contact with asphalt, concrete or other hot surfaces – even hot sand can cause serious burns. To minimize risk in hot Burnt paws weather, the obvious solution would be to walk or exercise your dog early in the day or later in the evening when the sun is less powerful and temperatures are lower. If you do go out during the day with your dog, then going into a treed park with lots of shade or an area with access to a river or lake are great choices. In general, choose areas that: - are shaded or have plenty of shade available throughout the area; - allow your dog to get off the pavement for the majority of the outing; and - have access to water or bring along a large water bottle. A dog’s primary cooling mechanism – panting – only works if there is sufficient moisture in his system. It is imperative that he have access to cool water for drinking. Without it, he can reach a critical state in a very short period. Even when they are not exercising, in hot/humid conditions, dogs must have adequate shade and water when they are outdoors. Access to one or the other, alone, is not enough – both are critical to their health. If natural shade and water is not available, you must provide it. Having a kiddy pool full of cool, clean water is a great option for HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! the yard. Keep the pool in a shaded area so the water doesn’t heat up. Change the water daily so it stays clean and fresh for drinking. Ensure that the shade that you have remains available as long as your dog is outside. When the sun changes angles, check that the trees, awning or other cover still continue to provide shade. Some people routinely shave their longhaired or double-coated dogs in the summer to help them with the heat. Even shaving your dog’s underside can offer a bit more cooling relief than his full coat generally allows. Note that if your dog has light-coloured skin under his coat, a too-short shave may bring a risk of sunburn.

Symptoms of Overheating

It’s often difficult to recognize when a dog is overheated. Initially, the dog appears distressed, will pant excessively and become restless. If the dog continues to overheat, he may drool large amounts of saliva from the nose and/or mouth. He may become unsteady on his feet. His gums may turn blue/purple or bright red in color, due to inadequate oxygen.

body temperature is about 38°C to 39.2°C (101-102.5°F). If it is above 39.5°C (103°F), call your veterinarian or local emergency centre. A temperature above 41°C (106°F) can be life threatening and demands immediate attention. • Wetting the pads on your dog’s paws with ordinary alcohol like vodka helps as the alcohol evaporates the heat quickly. • Do not use cold water or ice for cooling. Water that is ice-cold may cool too quickly. Cold tap water is more suitable for effective cooling. • Be careful not to over-treat! Discontinue cooling once the rectal temperature reaches 103 degrees or the pet may become too cold. • Do not force your dog to drink water, but ensure you have plenty of fresh, cool water available, in case he shows any interest in drinking on his own. • Whenever there is the slightest doubt, treat it as an emergency and seek veterinary care immediately. Dogs are often unaware of their own needs. Most often, they are willing to keep going as long as we keep going – either too excited or

What to Do If You Suspect Your Dog is Overheating • Immediately move your dog to a shaded and cool environment. • Drape cool, wet towels over your dog’s neck and back, as well as in the “armpits” and the groin region. • Wetting the earflaps and paws with cool water will also help. • Directing a fan on these wetted areas will help to speed evaporative cooling. • If possible, determine rectal temperature and record it. A dog’s normal

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Top Dog! too anxious to stop in case they miss out on the fun or lose sight of us on the trail. When you participate in activities like biking, jogging and trail running with your dog, it’s difficult to tell when your dog has had enough because you are in constant motion and most dogs feel they can’t stop and risk losing track of you. Make sure that if you do these activities with your dogs, you take very frequent breaks to give your dog a rest and some water. If he flops down and/or is panting excessively – he’s had enough – probably even too much, and needs to stop! Mountain bikers – remember that the trip up the road to the trail is already quite a bit of work for your dog even though your own exercise has barely begun. Consider leaving your dog at home if you’re biking on hot days. Like humans, dogs often will not feel thirsty or quit an overtaxing activity until damage has already occurred. As caregivers, the responsibility lies with us to ensure our dogs are safe. After a serious overheating episode, heat tolerance may be reduced for the remainder of your dog’s life. Using common sense and taking some precautions will ensure that you and your dog can enjoy all the fun that the warmer weather brings without the risks, for years to come. There are many products on the dog equipment market that are geared toward warmer weather.

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Here are a few that we found (note – we have not tested them all): Cooling coat from Ruffwear Cooling coat/vest from Mustluvdogs Cool-IT Bandanas PlayaPup Chilling Mat Crate cooling system Lixit Faucet Adapter Waterer for Dogs Portable water bowls Hydro Ball cooling toy Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

Pet Central IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DOGS (North Van),, Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, Group Classes & Private Consultations 9/13 Do you offer a dog service or training business? Sell pet feeds and supplies? You can advertise here! Prices start at only $195 per year (12 issues). Call 1-866-546-9922 or e-mail

On to Bigger Places… It comes with great sadness to tell you that we gave a final goodbye to our dear dog friend Kiya. She lived many long, happy years in our family and gave tremendous love and energy to those around her. Kiya was cherished by many and was known for her distinct smile that she gave everyone upon greeting. Many of you knew and admired Kiya when you were here visiting and would spend time with her. She really enjoyed the connections with you. Thank you. May she find peace eternally… - Christine, Scott and Isla Adderson, Chase BC HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Notes from the Office Horse Council BC

Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships 2013

September 13-15, 2013

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Calgary, Alberta Okotoks Agricultural Society Okotoks, Alberta

Recognized as a pilot project, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial/territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province/ territory. It also acts as a key event in the development of equestrian’s next generation of national, international and world champions. In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches and officials. The disciplines of Dressage, Jumping and Reining classes for both Junior and Senior riders are available for entry.

Nine Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) were represented by teams of athletes at the inaugural event that was held in 2012 in conjunction with the Quebec Equestrian Games in Bromont. Horses are made available for lease where shipping horses is too costly or logistically difficult for a P/TSO. The 2013 Championships will build on the 2012 edition, with many provinces expected to field teams. The 2013 CIEC will be hosted by the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and concurrently run with the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Medal Finals. TEAM BC Declarations of Intent must be received no later than the deadline of July 12th, 2013 at the Horse Council BC Office by 4:30pm. Official class and test results from 2013 must be submitted with Declaration. August 1st, 2013 Team BC selected and to be announced and published at Team BC medalists Darcey Woods and Whitney Watson-Wilson for Reining and Shelley Mills for Dressage in 2012.

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Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie April Gymkhana Results: Novice: High Point – Danika Silzer on Easter Reserve – Hanna Currie on Buddy Senior: High Point – Asia Cole on Oakley Reserve – Kara Cole on Jetta Youth: High Point – Jacey McQueen on Rio Reserve – Tori Reynolds on Dakota Junior: Toniesha Stukel on Preacher PeeWee: High Point – Danika Stukel on Dusty Reserve – Dylan Capp on Tiki May Gymkhana Results: Novice: High Point – Danika Silzer on Easter Reserve – Dominic Chernoff on Little Senior: High Point – Amanda Capuano on Easter Reserve – Kara Cole on Jetta Youth: High Point – Tori Reynolds on Dakota Reserve – Kaylee Gauthier on Buddy Junior: High Point - Toniesha Stukel on Preacher Reserve – Laatya James on Quick

PeeWee: High Point – Cash James on Barney Reserve – Vanesa Caverly on Stitch

Our next gymkhana is on July 28th, hope to see everyone there! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates or

Yvonne James on Tank

Vanesa Caverly on Stitch

Summerland Rodeo Grounds By Sasha Hopp


he Summerland Rodeo Grounds Equine Development Committee held its 4th annual Spring Discovery Dressage and Hunter/Jumper Show on May 3-5. We were joined by many competitors from around the Interior, and from as far away as Washington State. The weather was fabulous for our hunter/ jumper rounds on Saturday, and for the 49(!) dressage tests that were booked for Sunday. We were especially excited to watch the team hunter classes, a new (and totally fun) addition to our show program this year. Mary-Ellen Laidlaw worked hard all weekend as our judge, even giving lessons over her lunch break on dressage day. Thanks so much, Mary-Ellen - our competitors had nothing but good things to say about you! For our Western competitors, we held WDAA dressage tests, as well as an English/Western trail challenge on Friday night, judged by Mac Tebbutt. The junior championship was won by Sarah Dean on her trusty steed Dallas, and the senior class was won by Kristi Kambeitz and her fairytale Friesian mare, Wiesje. We are looking forward to our next event, the 4th annual Youth Fun Show, Taylor Schyrbiak, Danica Roos and Prentice Savage to be held at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds on July 6. through the combination in AND... we are very excited to announce this year’s big fundraiser to benefit Team Hunters. the Summerland Rodeo Grounds! The RCMP Musical Ride will be coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on July 20th, along with the Hearts of the West family trick riding team. They will be holding two shows, at 2 pm and 7 pm. The Musical Ride is a group of 32 police officers and their horses who perform choreographed movements to music - a definite Canadian must-see if you’ve never been. For more information, please visit Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone at 1-800-SOECTIX (763-2849), at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC), or Sarah Dean and Dallas, junior winners of at the Wine Country Visitor’s Centre in Penticton. the Trail Challenge 42 • Saddle Up • July 2013

Makayla Dematos and Gracie, all smiles after a great dressage test.

Jana Hill and Miss Mouse

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Kelowna Riding Club By Jill Veitch


nnual Adult Camp July 28-31: We’re pretty much sold out on this fabulous, annual event. Clinicians Brandy Saunders and Kiersten Humphrey are back by popular demand to host a wonderful, fun-filled horse lover’s event. Contact Kathrin Maxwell (via our website) for details. Our busy caretaker has been painting and painting. He has painted the dressage ring fence and is a good way around the jumper ring fence. The paint supplies are in the jump shed, so if you find yourself with an extra hour and want to get in your volunteer hours, stop down to the club and Tony can show you what needs to be painted. Tony is thrilled with his powerful new tractor. It was nice to see some Hunter/Jumper riders out participating in Kelowna Gymkhana`s events in June. The Gymkhana club has had some excellent participation so far this year. Everyone is welcome… there are several more gymkhana dates planned this season. The local chapter of the Back Country Horsemen have been meeting at KRC on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you’re looking for a new adventure, come and find out about this great group of people! Some of the sessions are theory, some are on horseback. New perimeter in the Jumper ring: We have had to deal with several irrigation issues over the past few weeks. We had a leak in the main line in front of the judge’s booth near the clubhouse. It turns out that this big 3-inch line is only a little more than one foot beneath the surface of the ring! It should be 3 feet down. So, horses pounding around the perimeter of the ring are likely causing problems for the pipes. PLEASE NOTE that we are putting up a temporary fence about 5 feet inside of the existing jumper ring fence. Please DO NOT ride on the outside of this temporary fence. We will find a permanent solution in the next few weeks. Also, we brought in some bedding sand. This sand is not to be used for footing. It is a packing-sand, so it will help when it comes to filling potholes, but NOT footing. This pile of sand is in an enclosed area beside the jump shed. It is for maintenance use by our caretaker only. Spring Classic Hunter Jumper photos: Onsite Digital Photography has loads of competitor photos available online, and the club has some super candid shots on our website – there’s a link to them from the homepage. In this picture, Patty Cake, one of 3 known curly-haired miniature horses in the world, helps us judge the Q103 Puppy Lead Line. It was a super event and we thank everyone involved, most especially our show chair Laurie Lazorko! Please visit our website for more info and event calendar

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


espite a major setback, our club has managed to be very busy in the past month. There was a local outbreak of Equine Influenza in the Oliver area and as a precaution D Bar K Ranch, very sensibly, locked down until July 5th to prevent any cases at their facility. Therefore, any June riding events scheduled at D Bar K on behalf of the club were put on hold. We are looking forward to catching up with some of the activities that have been delayed such as the Western/English Dressage Schooling Show, Improve Your Skills, Clear Round Jumping Day, and our social riding days. Our Trail Challenge took place on Saturday, 1st June. Everyone was welcome to come and join the fun whether riding or spectating. Max and Annette did an amazing job organizing this event - many, many thanks to both of them for all their hard work. The course was challenging and the barbecue delicious! Thanks guys! Club members manned (for the 4th, 5th, or 6th year?) an aid station for the Oliver Half Iron on June 2. Verla Strawn, once again, kindly agreed to organize. This is a fun ‘non-horsey’ event that we enjoy every year and it also earns our club a nice chunk of $$$! In July we are hoping to have a trail ride and we will also be HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

manning an aid station for the “Desert Half Iron” out of Osoyoos. For more info about the club: Margie Fisher 250-498-4579 or Max Alexander 250-497-5199.

Trail Challenge - Kenny Gimblett riding a very green horse… is getting some assistance from Ken MacRae. They got the prize for ‘most effort’!

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North Central BC Competition By Steven Dubas


he North Central BC Dressage, Hack and Show Jumping Competition was held on June 7-9, 2013 at the Prince George Agriplex. Approximately 50 riders took part, competing in all the combined events. They came from Northern BC, Burns Lake, Quesnel, Williams Lake, and 100 Mile House.

Championships Results Jumper Senior Champion - Jane Lloyd-Smith riding Paval Reserve Champion - Lana Smith riding Leeto Z Youth Champion - Ekaterina Filotov riding Watermark Reserve Champion - Kathryn Shiach riding Traviata Junior Champion - Myranda Dickson riding Shaz Reserve Champion - Mackenzie Ostberg riding Waterlilly Dressage Senior Champion - Alanna Eastcott riding Bullzeye Reserve Champion - Nicole Jackman riding Foxtrot Youth Reserve Champion - Cianna Beetlestone riding Allistar Reserve Youth Champion - Teagan Payne riding Spike Junior Champion - Jessica Hartwig riding Pheonix Reserve Champion - Myranda Dickson riding Shaz Hack Senior Champion - Carolyn Dobbs riding Presario Reserve Champion - Alanna Eastcott riding Bullzeye Youth Champion - Teagan Payne riding Spike Reserve Champion - Ekaterina Filotov riding Watermark Junior Champion - Myranda Dickson riding Shaz Reserve Champion - Jessica Hartwig riding Pheonix

Tegan Payne, 16 yrs old, riding Spike, 8 yr Quarter Horse cross

Kate Carter, 11 yrs old, riding Star Buck, 21 yr Welsh Shetland Pony cross

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club held their Schooling Show and Clinic on June 15-16 at the TCSC Grounds in Burns Lake, with Christine Hassell from Telkwa Western Horsemanship Senior class judging and coaching throughout both days. Meutzner, Garry Goertzen, Randy Rensby and The English day had a far lower turnout anyone else I may have missed (sorry!) – your than anticipated, but with the smaller class efforts were appreciated! sizes, the riders all got more than their share A shout out also goes to Horse Council of the judge’s undivided attention! After each BC for approving a Participation Grant for the class was placed, the judge spent a ton of time clinic, as their support made it possible for us with each rider – sometimes working the to hire Chris for two days. Thank you! entire class again while coaching the riders on We hope to see all of our competitors – their individual needs. and more – join us at the next TCSC horse The Western day had an amazing turnout show, the Lakes District Fall Fair Light Horse with up to nine riders in some of the classes! Show on September 7. The judge was still able to spend time coaching TCSC will be hosting two more the riders on various ways to improve their Gymkhanas on July 21 and August 17 - club performances. members can qualify for the Northwest Many thanks to the amazing volunteers Invitational Championships which are being who made this show such a success – Harley hosted by the Fraser Lake Saddle Club on Golder, Liz Kemppainen, Sharon Marr, September 14. Pam Meutzner, Shade Hartley, Dean Vessey, For more info visit http://tcsaddleclub. Chrissy Hartley, Rhonda Goertzen, Nelle, on Facebook, or contact Kristi at Zacharias, Kristi Rensby, Monica Dell, 250-692-5721, Amanda Magel, Caitlyn McMahon, Eric 44 • Saddle Up • July 2013

Ask Suzi! Having a hat attack

Hi Suzi: I have heard that you are not supposed to wear felt hats in the summer and straw hats in the winter. Is this true? If so what would be an acceptable time to switch over? - Ivy Hi Ivy, It used to be traditional to wear felt hats in the winter (keeping your head a little warmer) and straws in the summer (cooler obviously). But, this was back in the good old days when women wore white gloves with their dresses only between Memorial Day and Labor Day; in other words, a long time ago! There is still some of this tradition left, but it’s not very rigid. A straw hat is always considered more casual than a felt, so if you are trying to look very dressy or have an outfit that has shiny fabric, rhinestones, and so on, opt for a felt all year. However, if you are showing at local shows with say, a crisply starched cotton blouse, then the straw might be just fine anytime the weather is warmer. I also see more straws in events like reining, cutting, and trail where there is more emphasis on the horse than the rider. Use your own judgment, but think of this… If it’s really hot and you need to let your poor head have some air, go for the straw. If it’s nippy or you are trying to look fancy-schmantzy, go for a felt. The most formal look of all is a black felt, so use a buckskin or mist felt for a compromise. Have a great, cool summer riding! - Suzi Vlietstra

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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The Team’s The Thing Story and Photos By Daphne Davey


ikipedia hits it bang on! According to this unofficial internet bible, “a team comprises a group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks.” Surely a definition custom-made for therapeutic riding. Our riders with disabilities are each supported by a special team, in fact a team of specialists – the horse (of course), with the instructor, therapist, horse leader, one or two side-walkers, perhaps a speech or music therapist, and the rider’s family. Not to forget the all-important board of directors, fund-raisers and donors making sure it all happens. Their united goal: to provide a progressively beneficial and enjoyable horse experience in a safe and comfortable environment. Building a team takes expertise, time and patience. Obviously, the horse must be carefully trained for his part. Many therapy horses do understand their important role and, bless them, give more than we have a right to ask for the cause. Our CanTRA-qualified instructors, trained in this special field, work with therapists to ensure the best therapeutic benefit for each rider. Custom-designing warm-ups, positioning and exercises in the saddle, and progressive steps in cognitive development, is all part of the team approach to our riders. Of course, the arena would be empty without our essential volunteers who lead the horses and walk alongside the riders to help as needed. Their direction comes from the instructor in the centre, so team-minded volunteers are a must. Then in the viewing room, closely watching the progress of the riders, are the parents and siblings. Their cooperation with the instructor is significant because they are the link

Barbara’s mounting team includes CanTRA assistant instructor Marg (left) and Trish, a doublehatted assistant instructor and physiotherapist.

Kenneth is surrounded by his teammates: a horse leader and two watchful side-walkers.

between two worlds, that of the therapeutic riding program and of home and school environments. Much can be done to synchronize the experiences of each to their mutual benefit. Parents can report on how skills learned on horseback have positively influenced behaviour and learning at school, while alerting the instructor to issues at home that might affect the rider’s attitude to their riding lesson. The team’s the thing. The rider’s the thing! 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 www.cantra. ca or

Alberta Donkey And Mule News By Marlene Quiring


ur Jerry Tindell clinics across Alberta were once again a huge success with many horse, mule and donkey owners benefitting from the vast knowledge and understanding of this talented man. Along with his horse training business, Jerry has worked with, enjoyed and trained mules for 30 plus years and has become the leading expert in working with mules and donkeys. Many convicted, convinced and now committed owners left the clinics with a new training program for their stock. As a clinician, Jerry goes far beyond the call of duty in order to address each participant’s concerns, be it fitting tack, worming, trailer loading or farrier work. We wanted to make use of Jerry’s many years of farrier work as we always see mules and donkeys that are not trimmed properly [if at all]! So we held several Hoof Care Sessions while Jerry was here. Several donkeys and mules in bad need of proper hoof care received corrective trimming while their owners and other auditors soaked up some basic concepts. After all the clinics, Jerry also makes sure that all participants know how to reach him for personal help with any questions or concerns that come up later with their stock. There is a huge demand for him to come back next year for even more clinics, so sign up early with Marlene if you are interested: TEES LONGEARS DAYS is happening at Tees Alberta [east of HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Jerry trimming feet on a rescued Standard Donkey. This donkey’s feet had been severely neglected and could have caused her eventually to lose her life.

Jerry showing proper technique in picking up a hind foot of a Mammoth Jack Donkey.

Lacombe] on August 17-18. The full program is on our website www. Open to all, free camping, etc. This is a super weekend to bring your green or young stock to for exposure. We always have lots of fun classes to enter in which your mule or donkey only need to be halter broke. Also Riding and Driving classes. There is a BBQ supper Saturday and fun for the whole family all weekend. This will NOT be like your regular horse show… guaranteed! Come out and support this Unique Long-Eared Event! • 45

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


une 8 and 9th saw another successful VDRC Hunter Jumper Show, made possible by all our generous sponsors, many volunteers and our very hard working show manager Judith Olson. The Friday night BBQ hosted by Okanagan Restorations was well attended, not surprising with stabling completely sold out, as were many of the Hunter divisions. The Fox Springs Farm $500 Hunter Derby was very popular with 28 entries. Top spot went to Elizabeth Funk riding Jane Mastin’s Viola. Elizabeth and Viola also won the Micro Medal Class. Harry’s Cup was won by Shelby Skinner riding her own Romeo and the Jay Lalonde Memorial was tied for first between Charlyse Ranger riding Keelly Reggelsen’s Scotch Slide and Linden Tucker riding her own Simply Spotless. The Whip Award for trainer appreciation went to Kate Mincey, the Judge Award for turnout and Horsemanship to Megan Dalton and the Coach Award for Sportsmanship was given to Alix Schoenburger. Detailed class results can be found at and photos are on our Facebook page. While it is true that the VDRC is comprised of many competitive riders, the Club is there to provide an equestrian venue

for all the membership. The popularity of our new Crony Club brings to light a large demographic who enjoy their horses in different ways, including the simple pleasure of equine company. In the personal development line, the Sandra Sokoloski Clinic offered many “ah ha” moments for participants. Body awareness is something all equestrians deal with on a regular basis as tension or crookedness can cause us to struggle without even realizing it. Sandra has years of experience and was able to offer helpful insights both in the classroom and the arena. The VDRC EC Bronze/Gold Dressage show is being held July 5-7th. Bonnie Derry is putting together a top notch show with something for all competitors including a freestyle gala on Saturday featuring music, costume, prize money to competitors, and lots of fun. Post entries will be accepted providing there is space available. Entry secretary is the super Colleen Ingram who can be reached at The VDRC now takes Visa/ MC/debit, making it easier than ever to get those entries in. On July 24th and 25th Andrew Mclean will be giving a lecture and demonstration in Vernon. Dr. McLean uses training principles

that are directly derived from learning theory, embracing a scientific approach to arrive at training goals. His system focuses on making the connection from hoof to rein simple and clear. Andrew sums it up as, “By letting him know exactly where to put his feet, you give every horse confidence and reassurance.” For more details contact Dr. Susi Cienciala at Deep Creek Veterinary Services, 250-833-8585. There are many individuals who make all activities at the VDRC so great and it is impossible to find room to mention everyone.



rian Jensen from Lumby BC was our judge for the first in a series of two Heritage Qualifying Shows at Spur Valley Ranch in Armstrong. The weather was perfect, not only for the 3 driving classes offered but for the Arena Driving Trial Clinic that followed. Seven drivers took part in the day, with six drivers qualifying to go on to the HCBC Heritage Finals in July in Kamloops. The Arena Driving Trial Clinic consisted of three phases: Dressage, Obstacle, and Cones. Brian had an opportunity to talk to all the drivers over lunch and he also brought some great driving manuals that were available to purchase. Everyone enjoyed themselves and went away not only with some ribbons but great advice. We have arranged for Brian to come back for Driving Skills and Dressage Lessons in August - the clinic was full within a week. Drivers are looking forward to our next Driving Show and Clinic with Kathy Stanley in mid-June. That too saw all the clinic spots filled within a week of being organized, showing that drivers in Zone 2 are keen for lessons and events.

RESULTS FOR THE HERITAGE CLASSES Class 1 Working Pleasure 1st - Brenda Bert/Cookie 2nd - Deb Gardner/GG Little Masterpiece 3rd - Marilla Berkenpas/Bandit 4th - Chelaine McInroy/Danny

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Class 2 Reinmanship 1st - Brenda Bert/Cooki 2nd - Chelaine McIroy/Danny 3rd - Deb Gardner/GG Little Masterpiece 4th - Shannon Walton/Reggy

Class 3 Command 1st - Chelaine McInroy/Danny 2nd - Brenda Bert/Cookie 3rd - Deb Gardner/GG Little Masterpiece 4th - Marilla Berkenpas/Bandit

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Thunderbird Show Park By Pamela Saunders


hunderbird Show Park started their 40th season with a breathtaking grand prix, thanks to a field of 38 riders and an inspired course designed by Germany’s, Stefan Wirth. May 26th afternoon’s $25,000 Canadian Premiere Grand Prix offered a thrilling jump off, as Kyle King and Onyx galloped into the top spot. The first clear ride of the round came from the pair that always deliver, 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup winners and USA Olympic team members, Rich Fellers and Flexible. Kyle King was quick to follow on Quigley, along with the returning champion, Jenn Serek on Eleonora. As the field prepared for the jump off round, Wirth’s course promised to give spectators a thrill with a long gallop to the final fence of the day. Aboard Onyx, King proved unbeatable – and fast. With lots of encouragement from the crowd and a great deal of gallop, the pair took the day with a time of 37.70. Onyx, an 8 year-old gelding owned by Joelle Froese, is a sentimental ride for King. His sire, Laramie, was the Mobile, Alabama rider’s first international horse. In addition to prize money, King received the SSG ‘Ride Clean for the Green’ $1000 bonus for wearing the brand’s digital gloves.

Kyle King and Onyx

Kyle King’s young team delivered under pressure over the

June 1-2 weekend at the Purica Recovery EQ FEI World Cup qualifier at Thunderbird Show Park. In a field representing five nations, only three riders advanced to the jump off, with King and Quigley, his 10-yearold Oldenburg taking the day. International course designer, Peter Holmes, challenged the field with early spreads, big verticals, tight combinations Kyle King and Quigley and the opportunity to get in a good gallop at the end. King headed east to Spruce Meadows following the WC Qualifier, with plans to return to Thunderbird later this summer. In August, Thunderbird will host the Fort Classic Tournament from the 14th to the 18th and the Fort Festival Tournament from the 21st to the 25th – culminating with the $100k Canaccord Genuity World Cup qualifier. For those who can’t be on the grounds, Thunderbird launched a new Livestream feed this season that puts the Grand Prix field on air all day, every day. Watch it live during an event or tune in and watch it taped at canadianpremier2013 . Visit for more information and the full season schedule.

Great Summer Start at Spruce Meadows Photos courtesy of Spruce Meadows Media Services


leven nations competed at Spruce Meadows’ Summer Tournaments so far, with increased entries, and over $1.7 million in prize money. The National Tournament CSI-W 5* was held June 5-9 and The Continental Tournament CSIO-W 5* on June 12-16. Summer Tournaments will continue on June 25-30 with the ‘Canada One’ Tournament CSI-W 4*. Spruce Meadows also hosted the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ that helped Canada and the United States qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in September. But it was Ireland who won; with Team USA Stripes finishing second; and Team Canada One in third place. The final day of the National Tournament had two exciting competitions that featured speed and stamina. Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 took their second victory in the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m Derby, equaling their 2011 finish. And Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze went into another gear to notch the week’s first Canadian victory in the International Ring in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m. The Continental Tournament finished with a fantastic day of competition on June 16th, including another big victory for Kent HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Kent Farrington and Uceko

Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2

Farrington and Uceko in the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W, It was the second week in a row that they won the grand prix and received a CN Bronze Spike and a $50,000 bonus through the CN $1,000,000 Precision Series. Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo won the $60,000 Great-West Life Cup 1.50m. The million dollar series will conclude with the CN International Grand Prix during the ‘Masters’ in September. • 47

Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy


n enthusiastic crowd gathered Thursday, July 6th, at Calgary’s Heritage Park, for Pops in the Park, an annual concert the Philharmonic Orchestra offers for its numerous patrons. Again the added attraction was the Eaglesfield Percheron Hitch fielded by Brian & Colleen Coleman of Didsbury, Alberta; a black turnout of Percheron mares that sparked patron interest. Jessica Williams, this year’s Calgary Stampede Queen, together with her two Stampede Princesses, Danielle Kakoschke and Catherine Morneau; and the Stampede’s Indian Princess, Amber Big Plume, joined Brian Coleman on his show wagon. Since members of Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra first provided the rousing background music for Calgary Stampede’s World Six Horse Hitch Championship it has been a marriage made in heaven. The crowd gathered in the Saddledome at noon, the Calgary Stampede’s first Sunday, has grown in an exponential manner each year. Seating is now at a premium, while the spectators have become cosmopolitan judges of the equine competition. In fact

the Heavy Horse Show is currently considered one of the Calgary Stampede’s most popular attractions. To spectators’ delight, the tramping Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire hitches enter the Saddledome to the rousing music of the William Tell Overture, which is best known by the public as the Lone Ranger’s signature song. The new release of the Lone Ranger movie, July 3rd, coincided with this year’s Calgary Stampede. This star studded movie includes a salute to the Calgary Stampede; while Silver, the movie’s equine star, appeared on Stampede Park throughout the ten days. (Editor’s Note: It was at press time that we all learned of the unfortunate flooding in southern Alberta including the Stampede grounds. The city and its community members are rallying together to ensure the annual Stampede will go on! Our commendations to you all!)

Haney Horsemen Update By Stephanie Kwok


n celebration of International Trails Day on June 1, Haney Horsemen Association (HHA) invited local riders to experience Maple Ridge’s fabulous equestrian trail system with a “Ride Round the Ridge.” They reserved Allco Park for the day as a “base camp” and pairs of HHA volunteers led groups of riders on three different routes - into the lush forest of Golden Ears Park, through the Thornhill neighbourhood, and a shorter route out on the dykes. Twenty-five riders turned out for the event, with the majority being new faces to the HHA. The route into Golden Ears Park was a four-hour ride that offered a variety of terrain - two large river crossings, a waterfall, small creeks, moderate hills, some soft forest paths as well as pebbly/rocky sections. The Thornhill route was a five-hour ride that had water crossings, bridges, road riding, a couple of long, steep hills and lovely, winding forest paths. This route also served to highlight the history of the treasured trails in this area; they have been preserved and upgraded over the last 30 years thanks to the commitment of longtime volunteers such as Bill Archibald, David Smith, Jim Elliott, Dave Hodgens, Christine and Fred Voglmaier, Bud and Dina Popadiuk, to HHA “Trail Boss” Bill Archibald alongside name a few. the Maple Ridge Equestrian Trails Map Riders returned and his fellow “keeper of the pavilion” triumphant (and ready during the event, Gary Wheating, in the background. (Photo by Shelly Mooney) for lunch!) to Allco Park by 3pm, for a buffet that 48 • Saddle Up • July 2013

included lots of pizza, fresh fruit/veggies and jumbo-sized cookies. They had a chance to visit with each other while the horses rested and munched on hay in the Allco Park corrals. This event enabled local trail riders to meet other like-minded horse people and find riding buddies for future adventures. HHA president Dianne Darlington said, “Through our Haney Trail Riders Facebook page, we have been connecting with members of Mission Trail Riders and it was wonderful that quite a few of them came out to ride with us - kindred spirits! It was awesome to have Shelly Mooney, Director of Mission Horse Club and Dan MacDonald, Chair of Back Country Horsemen (Aldergrove Chapter) with us as well. Special thanks to Allison Geofroy, our Ride Manager, her committee, and all of our lead and drag riders for a wonderful day!”

Crossing the Alouette River; Fiona on Joe, Stephanie on Merlyn, Heather on Gabe. (Photo by Allison Geofroy)

HHA Vice President Allison Geofroy presents the “door prize” winner, Diane Kempton, with the “PowerRock,” a portable charge pack for mobile devices - perfect for those horse camping trips! Prize donated by Countrywide Communications. (Photo by Barb Jones)

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Langley Riders Society By Shauna Olsen


ell despite our on-again off-again weather, we managed to have a good turnout for our Jumping Clinic on May 25th and our soggy Jumping Show on May 26th held at the Langley Riders arena. Many thanks to Jay Jay Rogers for coming out to teach the clinic and to Louisa Nichols for judging! May was a busy month around Langley Riders with events every weekend and quite a few midweek events as well. June was just as busy especially with our Little Britches Rodeo held June 21-23. Hope everyone gets out to participate in or watch the events that interest them. There is literally something in this club for every rider. Check out the “What’s Happening” section of Saddle Up to see what’s happening and when! Langley Riders is also open to nonmembers; please remember all riders must have valid HCBC.

Jumping Results May 26 - High Point - Congratulations Riders! Tiny Mites: Emma Gildemeister Pee Wee: Brooklyn Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Senior: Alexis

Dani Olsen on Cassie

Equine Canada Update EC Mourns Loss of Two Profound Members Paul Rudolph Smith (1942-2013) Paul R. Smith, 70, passed away June 17th in Calgary, AB. Originally from Goderich, ON, Smith was an accredited CEF/EC Jumper Judge and EC/FEI Steward who spent the majority of his adult life officiating at Spruce Meadows. Dr. Sherman Olson (1928-2013) It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Dr. Sherman Olson, a passionate volunteer and equine industry builder. Olson served as Vice President of Recreation of the Canadian Equestrian Federation (CEF). Announcing Declared Riders for NAJYRC 2013 The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, will be held July 17-21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Endurance FEI CEI 4* will be held on July 19th. Declared riders for this competition are: * Jessica Yavis (Alberta) * Emma Webb (Ontario) * Jaylene Janzen (Alberta) * Katya Levermann (British Columbia) We wish these fine young athletes and their horses the very best of luck! Emma and Jessica will be returning to defend their Gold Medal performance in 2012, when they and teammate, Lee Hutten, crossed the finish line together to claim top honours at the first-ever FEI CEI 4* 120 km race - a very special moment for Canadian Endurance!

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CDI 2* OUTDOOR GELDERLAND Canada’s Pia Fortmuller, originally from Alberta, but currently living in Germany, earned impressive results at the CDI 2* Outdoor Gelderland, held May 29-June 2 in Arnhem, NED. Riding her longtime partner Orion, a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (who was her declared partner as the second reserve rider for the 2012 London Olympics), Fortmuller finished sixth in the CDI 3* Grand Prix with a score of 67.915%. The duo also received a score of 71.800% for their solid performance in the CDI 3* Grand Prix Freestyle to take seventh place. In addition, Fortmuller contested the small tour division with her 11-year-old Rheinlander mare Fabella B. Together they placed fourth on a score of 64.158% in the CDI Intermediaire I, as well as 10th in the CDI 3* Prix St. Georges (64.816%). Full results and additional info visit CCI 1* COLORADO HORSE PARK THREE DAY EVENT Two Canadian riders finished in the top 10 at the CCI 1* Colorado Horse Park Three Day Event, which took place from May 31 to June 2 in Parker, CO, USA. Caroline Smith of Spruce Grove, AB was the top-placed Canadian aboard her nine-year-old Paint gelding Lucas. Smith started and finished the competition in fourth place. After receiving a dressage score of 52.50 penalty points, she moved onto James Atkinson’s challenging cross-country course, guiding Lucas to a faultless performance. In the final stadium jumping phase, they pulled just one rail for four jumping faults, bringing their total score to 56.50. Fellow Alberta native Julianne Van Halst of Edmonton put in an impressive dressage performance, obtaining a score of 50.50 penalty points to start in third place aboard her 17-year-old Swiss Warmblood/ Thoroughbred-cross gelding Tristan. They held onto third place after a clear cross-country performance, but had two rails down for eight jumping faults in the stadium jumping to finish in sixth place overall on a score of 58.50. For complete results and further info visit www. • 49

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Terri Brown and Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2013 President: Michelle Charleston, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

West Coast Summer Classic July 18-21


elcome to the second circuit of the season. Once again, we invite you to come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Thunderbird Show Park and, of course, the amazing hospitality provided by LMQHA. This circuit is our always-popular class awards show. We will be welcoming AQHA and All Breed exhibitors to come try their luck. There are amazing goodies for each overall class winner. Lynda Harrison arranged an assortment of prizes ranging from gift certificates from two of our wonderful sponsors, Stampede Tack and Country Feeds, to gorgeous stall front blanket bags embroidered with our logo. Tons to be won and sure to be fun, especially when you throw in some of the best horse show hospitality around. The move-in Welcome social will be a potluck affair brought to you by the members of LMQHA - sure to be spectacular, and always nice to be able to sit and talk with our horse show friends. If that wasn’t enough, the LMQHA Bazaar Team has resurrected the wildly funny LMQHA “Fun”turities. This hilarious night promises to be unforgettable. A burger and beer fundraiser will kick off some of the funniest competition you’ll see anywhere! Please join us Saturday evening at 5pm or at the end of regular classes. Don’t forget there is also some money up for grabs. I know... it’s awesome! Thanks to our generous sponsors we have four jackpot classes at this circuit. The hunter horses are first up with an Open Hunter under Saddle jackpot with $375 added up for grabs. Next jackpot is for the youngsters; come see some up-andcomers in the two-year-old walk/jog Western Pleasure, again $375 added is what they’re jogging for. The next two jackpots are $375 added as well - the popular Novice Only Horsemanship and, for all our pattern people and trail enthusiasts, the Pro/Am Trail. This class is always fun to watch as two people best the obstacles, one riding the front part of the course then switch and the other finishes it off. Make sure you mark it on your calendar and come see what we are really all about.

a gorgeous handmade and painted wooden Tack Trunk valued at $500! Pictures to be posted on the LMQHA page of the BCQHA website. One ticket for $5 or three tickets for $10. The draw will be the Saturday night of our Evergreen Circuit in September; please contact Lynda Harrison at for tickets or more information.

Happy Trails Is hitting the trails, challenging your horse with obstacles and enjoying friendly competition your thing? Then come on down to the AQHA Trail Challenge/Trail Ride on August 3-4 in Hope. More information to come on

We Need You! Do you have any new foals that are scampering around this year? A new horse that you are excited about? We would love to hear from you with any news you have! Contact or with your tidbits. Looking for ways to be involved? We would love for you to join in! There are many opportunities to volunteer and be a part of your club that promotes, shows, breeds or enjoys Quarter Horses in your area.

Fundraising! LMQHA has several great fundraisers coming up! First we have a Wine Basket Draw. Participants may either bring a bottle of wine to put into the basket to receive a draw ticket or pay only $10 a ticket. The winner will be drawn at the West Coast Summer Classic show, and will receive ALL the wine! Next up is a Tack Trunk Raffle. Enter for your chance to win 50 • Saddle Up • July 2013

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013 Sept 13-15: SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC

since Quarter Horses have had a chance to ‘run’ in BC and we are excited to see them doing it right here in our own backyard.

Introducing for 2013… First time ever offered in BC at our Fall AQHA Show Circuit – an In-Hand Versatility Class. This is open to ALL breeds, all sexes and ALL age horses. Competitors will show their horses in halter, showmanship and on the lunge line, one right after the other. This exciting addition comes to us courtesy of Hutton Performance Horses - yet another opportunity for anyone to join in on the fun at our Fall Show.

HALTER MANIA RETURNS Cascadia Pacific Realty Box 505, Little Fort BC V0E 2C0 P 604 638 1802 F 250 677 4480,

2013 Fall Circuit Team Tournament Returns All the fun and excitement from 2012 is returning once again for our 2013 Team Tournament Challenge through the generosity of the Hutton Family. Just like last year, there is no cost involved in being part of a Team and pretty much anyone can join in on the fun. The prizes last year were out of this world… one young Youth exhibitor walked away with an electric scooter just for participating. This year promises to be even better!

AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure We have added AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure classes to our show schedule this year and are very, very excited about this addition to our circuit. It is the hope of SCQHA to grow the AQHA’s Ranch Horse initiative in our Zone and welcome our local working ranches to participate. SCQHA is very proud to boast some of the biggest working ranches in Western Canada who also breed AQHA registered horses.

Quarter Horse Racing Returns Did you know that Quarter Horse Racing is once again being offered in the Okanagan? Both of the Vernon and Osoyoos tracks are once again offering races this year. Be sure to check out the schedules. It’s been a long, long time HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

These two very popular Futurities keep bringing folks back year after year. Open All Breed All Sexes Weanling Blow Out Futurity with $1500.00 added and Open All Breed All Sexes Yearling Blow Out Futurity also with $1500.00 added. Exhibitors have come from all over BC, Alberta, Washington, Idaho and Oregon to participate in these classes. Come join the fun!

Open All Breed Ranch Horse SCQHA is extremely excited to be offering classes for working Ranch Horses of any breed at our show this year. Classes will be run under AQHA Rules and are open for ALL working Ranch Horses of any breed to participate. These classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday at our circuit and we are eager to have as many folks and their working equine partners participate. Open All Breed Halter, Pleasure, Trail and Reining classes will be offered for folks who have working Ranch Horses, to show everyone the skills and talents of your horses. Please check out our SCQHA website page for further details.

Further and Complete Details Check out our SCQHA website page for complete and full details on all coming events and our Fall AQHA Show Circuit at • 51

Endurance Riders Association of BC


ast month, Katya Levermann shared President -June Melhuish with us her amazing VP - vacant endurance experiences. Secretary - Lori Bewza Since then, by completing Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Fort Howes 75 Mile CEI Louise Abbott Ride in Montana on June Elaine Bessuille 8, Katya has qualified Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin for FEI North American Fred Dzida, Junior and Young Rider Christine Voglmaier, Championships in Katrin Levermann, Kentucky. The Endurance Riders Association of BC has more amazing juniors, who make the distances seem so easy... can it be youth? Thanks to Grace and Anya for adding their stories as junior endurance riders. Officers & Directors 2011

Grace My Name is Grace Logie. I am 13. I am so glad to be a part of the endurance riders group. I have only been doing this for a year and I am hooked! Last April, my Mom ran into a friend of hers and was telling him how much I enjoy riding (even though I had only ridden Quarter Horses, and didn’t even have a saddle that fit, nor did I ride with stirrups). This couple invited me to come ride at their ranch. Julius Bloomfield was kind enough to get me into the endurance circuit and has been my sponsor! I Grace Logie did my first race at Iron Horse Ride last year on one of his horses, Avtar. I did the 50-mile race. It was very fun; I even placed in the top ten overall. And that was it, I was hooked! Since that ride, I have been riding Avtar, Julius’s 20+ year-old Arabian. Avtar is an international horse; he has been to Germany and Malaysia. This year, I was fortunate enough to take Avtar to two rides in the USA. For me, that was very exciting, as it was my first time in the United States. I am looking forward to riding at the Nationals in Idaho, on Avtar.


Anya Levermann

My name is Anya Levermann and I am 12 years old. Our family lives on a farm with cattle and Arabian horses. My mom put me on a horse as soon as I could walk. When I was four, I had my first riding lesson on the retired Arab show horse Jea. Soon, I participated in horse shows. I won many ribbons with Jea. Then my mom learned about endurance riding and started competing. My sister Katya and I wanted to start

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endurance, too. So, my mom took me to my first ride at Skimikin Lake when I was six. I rode the Arab Nero Gallo in the 25 mile distance. For my next Stefanie Travers rides, I started riding Jamil Ben Rhys, an extremely forward-moving horse. He became my endurance horse and I did my first 50 on Jamil. He was my most trusted horse and he taught me to become an endurance rider and never give up. Together with my sister and my mom we travelled all over the country. We went to many rides in BC, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In 2012, I started riding “Tootsie,” an Arabian from the racetrack. At the Owyhee Canyonlands multi-day ride in Idaho last year, I rode with a friend of my mom’s on her 7-year-old Mustang, Bishop. We had planned to ride all five days 50 miles, but couldn’t because Bishop got kicked by another horse on day 3. Bishop was lame on the morning of day 4, so we gave him a day off and we managed to complete the final day. This spring at the Owyhee Fandango in Idaho, Bishop and I completed our first 100 mile ride together. On that day, we experienced sun, a lot of wind, rain, thunder and lighting. We rode in the pitch black and in the glow of the moon. Bishop took good care of me. We arrived in camp at 2:45 in the morning. What a great feeling it was to accomplish something like this. That ride got me qualified for the 100 mile Championships in September in Idaho this year. Until then, I will ride Tootsie and hopefully another multi-day ride on Bishop.

In other endurance news, the second annual “Fundamentals of Endurance” clinic was held again in Pritchard on May 25-26 and, like the first clinic, was well-attended by fourteen riders from the length and breadth of Southern BC. Day one of the clinic started with a PowerPoint presentation by Terre O’Brennan (Thanks, Terre!) on a full range of endurance topics and information, and was followed by an equipment demonstration and discussion of endurance equipment that has been developed to specifically answer the needs of long-distance riding for both the horse and the rider. Stefanie Travers of Lodestar Horsemanship, Merritt, joined the group in the arena, having gathered up their horses for lessons and tips on developing a calm and controlled relationship with their horses. Stefanie’s manner and skills were a real treat to behold and work with. Day two of the clinic introduced riders to the routine of the vet check before setting out on a 10 mile ride led by Fred Dzida, and joined by fellow ERABC members Lori Bewza and Brenda Miskimmin. The riders were shown the trail marking, pacing their horses, and trail etiquette. Arriving back safely, their horses were “vet-checked” by ERABC volunteers, and their journeys home began shortly thereafter. Thanks to Horse Council for their grant helping to support this event and to Stefanie for providing her home and its facilities! As always, check out for upcoming events. See you on the trail! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest.

Meet Lori Van Der Mey and her horse, Tex


ex and I have been together for three years now. I would say that we are a great match. I started out looking for the “right horse” after a riding accident in which I was hospitalized. My hunt for a new horse was quite the learning experience. First I had to sell my horse which was unsuitable for me. She was a super trail horse, but was ring sour and a little too green broke for a beginner like me. After finding a suitable match at a discount price for my horse, the search was on for a new one! All of my girlfriends and my riding coach and I were checking all the horse listings to find the “perfect horse” for me. I was looking for something broke, kind, gentle and, if at all possible, beautiful. What I experienced was that there sure are a lot of lame horses out there. Also, that everyone has a different idea of what BROKE means. I looked at many horses and had some rides that I don’t wish to repeat. I can’t tell you how many times I was told “he’s never done that before” or the horse “always moves like that.” Then we went to look at Tex. He is an Arabian x Morgan and he had all of the things I was looking for and he was beautiful. My trainer rode him first and I turned to my girlfriend and said, “If I can ride him, I’m taking him.” After what seemed like a really long test ride by the trainer, it was my turn. I could ride him and there were no surprises, if you know what I mean. We agreed on a price and I couldn’t get him into the trailer fast enough. He was and still is the perfect horse for me. So, for those of you looking for a good horse… they’re out there! Keep looking and don’t settle, your perfect horse is out there waiting to be found.

Insight from Dawn Heppner, Damarhe Training: “Confidence Begins on the Ground” I often see riders and horses struggle with simple maneuvers in the saddle. Horses may overreact to the request of the leg for a simple leg yield or do nothing as they don’t understand what is wanted. Riders don’t know how to ask or don’t have a feel for the reaction to the request. I feel the best way to build confidence and trust is to begin on the ground with the basic maneuvers of turn on the forehand, turn on the haunch, backing up, side pass and, most importantly, the whoa. This will establish that you are “alpha” as you are moving their feet much like the alpha mare would. A great end goal for the groundwork is to not physically push your horse into any maneuver, but ask only with HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

2012 / 2013 Executive: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz

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words. I haven’t found how many they can learn - I just keep using and they just keep getting it. Quite fun! Your horse will learn to respect your requests, be more polite by respecting your space and become more willing, both on the ground and in the saddle. Just remember horse and rider need to communicate as a team; and every team needs a captain, right? Spending the time on the groundwork helps the horses become more relaxed about the pressure you use, as you are asking and releasing, so they become more confident under saddle with you as their leader. Keep it simple and slow, doing your best to help them learn to be calm and put their feet where you tell them to. Before your rides, take a few minutes to go through the basics to reinforce that you are alpha and you can respect, be patient and confident in your requests. Your confidence will soar as you are able to ask your horse with a simple word or cue to move his hip or shoulder and he does without overreacting or being belligerent. Engage the thinking side of the horse’s brain to develop his attention span for work. This takes much patience and repetition. No matter what your discipline, your horse will become a safer and more willing partner! Always keeping your responses simple - “yes, you are doing it great” with lots of reward rubbing and words and feet not moving, or “no, try again.” Take the time to work both sides equally, be patient and don’t be discouraged. Just help them learn and, if needed, ask for help.

Dates to Remember

July 13: W.A.M. Pot O Gold All Breed Show, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard. This show is sponsored by BC Welsh Pony and Cob (www., BC Interior Arabian Horse Association ( and BC Interior Morgan Horse Club (www.bcimhc. com). This is a qualifier for 2014 BC Heritage. Post entries will be accepted on the day of the show. Show secretary is Carol Cody (604855-6890 or July 22-27: Region 17 Championship Show This show will be held at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Show Commission Chairperson is Marcia Freisen (204-267-2411 or marcia1@

Share Your News BCIAHA now has a Facebook page. Be sure to post all of your exciting news or share some stories there as well. Contact Dawn Heppner with any news you wish to share here in Saddle Up magazine! • 53

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Photos by Jill Hayward, Petra Migl, Connie Falk 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


Rendezvous 2013 endezvous, the annual gathering of the Back Country Horsemen of BC, was held at the North Thompson Fairgrounds in Barriere, hosted by the North Thompson Chapter. Rendezvous gathered together horsemen from all over the province to enjoy the weekend trail riding, partaking in various events, attending the demonstrations and lectures and raising funds for the organization. Funds raised are distributed to the chapters throughout the year to help with such things as trail maintenance and education for the members. Nearly 225 people, 125 horses and 60 dogs attended to create a fantastic fun-filled event. Demonstrations included Jessica Chappell and her horses Shiny and Cicero, who gave a riveting demo on liberty, riding backwards while spinning, bowing, you name it, and they did it. This young lady takes horses to a level most of us only dream of. Randy Brodoway demonstrated natural horsemanship from the rider’s perspective. He showed just how easy it can be to get the results we want when we know how to ask for it thus improving our communication with our equine partners. First Aid was provided by Dr. Norm Kienitz and his horse, Lady, who were roaming the grounds throughout the weekend. Dr. Kienitz gave a well-attended talk on wilderness first aid geared toward trail riders. Dr. Kienitz is an ER doctor in Kamloops and, as a member of the North Thompson Back Country Horsemen, has a keen appreciation of how difficult things can be in the wilderness. He emphasized the difficulty in dealing with first aid situations when there are horses to take care of as well as the injured trail riders. There was also a lecture on Equine First Aid on the trail, given by local veterinarian Dr. Darren Ludbrook, which was equally informative. The events were well-attended and extremely fun. The Obstacle Course was challenging and exciting plus a good opportunity for riders to work with their horses helping to desensitize and introduce them to new challenges. The Hoof and Woof Event, a relatively new sport in the horse world was an unprecedented hit! This event involved, the “hoof” - a horse and rider maneuvering an obstacle course - and then their “woof” partners, a dog and handler racing through an agility course. It was a crowd pleaser, especially when “Lilo” decided to take her own leash and finish the course free style. The Saddle Race was an exciting finish to the events. In the race to saddle and ride your horse to the finish line, the lesson was learned as to how tight your cinch should be before you jump on or you just might end up on the ground! The trails were the highlight of the weekend, with a beautiful 54 • Saddle Up • July 2013

loop around Genier Lake and two other trail options. It was a great opportunity for participants to see some of the beautiful trails in the North Thompson Valley and hopefully to entice them to come back again and explore more of the area. Of course the weekend wouldn’t have been complete without lots of food and entertainment. There were potluck dinners with the Kamloops Chapter serving up homemade bannock, and a great supper on Saturday night of chicken and ribs, along with campfires and music. The silent and live auctions were very successful and a lot of fun, as was the whole weekend. New friendships were made, old friends reunited and the Backcountry Horsemen of BC are already looking forward to Rendezvous 2014 in Maple Ridge. For more information about BCHBC and upcoming events, visit

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Rodeo Association 2013 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE

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

BCRA 2013 OVERALL SEASON STANDINGS UP TO AND INCLUDING KISPIOX BAREBACK 1 Steve Hohmann, $1,998.34 2 Jared Marshall, $1,973.33 3 Denton Sandy, $1,117.57 4 Christoph Muigg, $546.48 5 Daine Bortolussi, $244.95 SADDLE BRONC

July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA July 5-6: PWRA/BCRA Toppenish, WA July 6-7: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14: Valemount Rodeo July 13-14: Pritchard Rodeo – DATE CHANGE July 19-21: Quesnel Rodeo July 26-27: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA Aug 3-4: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake 1 Kaila Mussell, $3,980.07 2 Steve Hohmann, $3,527.33 3 Ryland Derose, $1,180.55 BULL RIDING 1 Lane Cork, $5,450.35 2 Ryan Jasper (P), $2,147.11 3 Matt O’Flynn, $1,470.01 4 Colton Manuel, $1,157.88 5 Evan Fuller, $935.54 TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Virgil Poffenroth, $1,503.23 2 Brad Thomas, $1,318.42 3 Dustin Shields, $945.13 4 Steve Pozzobon, $874.31 5 Clayton Honeybourn, $816.90 REGENCY CHRYSLER QUESNEL STEER WRESTLING 1 Logan Wharry, $1,549.46 2 Mike Gill, $1,303.92 3 Luke Simonin, $1,206.38 4 Wade McNolty, $1,086.18 5 Grant Fosbery, $1,061.82 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Charlie Soffel, $1,799.19 2 Katrina Ilnicki, $1,504.93 3 Allison Everett, $1,091.45 4 Richard Glassford, $1,009.84 5 Kyle Bell, $1,001.52 20X WRANGLER LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Joleen Seitz, $3,703.60

Aug 3-4: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Aug 9-11: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 17-18: Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Aug 23-24: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 24-25: PWRA Waterville, WA Aug 30-31: PWRA/BCRA Ritzville, WA Aug 30-Sept 1: PWRA/BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 30-Sept 2: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 13-15: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2 Judy Hyde, $3,417.88 3 Cathy Bueckert, $2,130.41 4 Laura James, $1,944.29 5 Julie Leggett , $1,684.62 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 Russell Glassford, $1,909.79 2 Cliff Bick, $1,381.70 3 Ralph Myers, $1,342.13 4 Nick Teixeira, $1,255.19 5 BJ Isnardy, $1,204.37 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 Carey Isnardy, $1,868.90 2 Richard Glassford, $1,653.95 3 Steven Lloyd, $1,637.54 4 Rod Spiers, $1,567.04 5 Troy Eli, $1,233.27 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 Callie Hume, $904.15 2 McKenzie Wills, $794.65 3 Taylor Cherry, $434.09 4 Mariah Mannering, $413.13 5 Sofeya Smith, $374.16 PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1 Elly Farmer, $504.00 2 Brianna Billy, $411.00 3 Sydney Schuk, $322.00 4 Dyson Leneve, $145.00

5 Riley Beier, $114.00 KD. SPIERS JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 Kyle Bell, $1,155.09 2 Jackson Scott, $588.60 3 Wendel William, $529.86 4 Isiah Elkins, $431.04 5 Clay Waterhouse, $394.25 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 Troy Gerard, $921.47 2 Kyle Bell, $733.34 3 Cole Spiers, $493.75 4 McKenzie Wills, $461.28 5 Jennifer Schuk, $339.48 GJ RODEO CO ROOKIE ROUGH HORSE RIDER 1 Chris Dieleman (BB), 620 2 Denton Sandy (BB), 538 3 Matt Klassen (BB), 400 4 Joe Roberson (SB), 300 5 Greg VanWinkle (SB), 100 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1 Lane Cork, $5,450.35 2 Logan Wharry, $2,807.30 3 Denton Sandy, $1,117.57 4 Odessa Gerard, $802.91 5 Tim Pellam, $285.68 JUNIOR ALL AROUND 1 Kye Bell, $1,888.43

2013 Season Leader Saddle Sponsors 2013 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles 2013 Team Roping Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2013 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Top 10 Ladies Barrel Finalists Jean Sponsor Committee Product Sponsor WRANGLER

2013 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle 2013 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947

2013 Junior Steer Riding Saddle Kd Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC 2013 Junior Breakaway Saddle Rock Construction & Mining, Kamloops, BC 2013 FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE SPONSORS: Breakaway Roping – BCES Entry System Rookie Roughhorse Rider – Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox Steer Wrestling – Regency Chrysler, Quesnel Heading/Heeling – Grassland Equipment Ltd. Pee Wee Barrel Racing – BAR E Contracting, R. & A. Everett Junior Breakaway – Quesnel Rodeo Club Junior Steer Riding – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association 2013 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: Glen & Coleen Duggan – Barrel Horse of Year Green Mobile Veterinary Services – Breakaway Horse of Year Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic – Heeling Horse of Year Gus & Nita Cameron – Jr Barrel Horse of Year PMG Communications, P. Gerhardi - Steer Wrestling White Ranches, R. & A. Doug White - Jr. Breakaway Horse

2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake WL & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Don & Nance Macdonald, Williams Lake PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet 2013 FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Wrangler Regency Chrysler Grassland Equipment Ltd. 2013 BCRA RACK CARD SPONSORSHIP Irvine Tack & Trailers, Viking AB

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover. Photos courtesy of Rob Ruutel (


ur venture into BC’s interior to Mackenzie Meadows, 35 minutes east of Kamloops, on June 8 with our “Back-to-Basics” horse show, was a resounding success! Exhibitors came from as far away as Powell River, the South Okanagan, the Kootenays, the Fraser Valley and even Alberta to join a nucleus of North Okanagan Paint Horse owners to prove there is a healthy appetite for “easy-onthe-pocket-book” Paint horse shows in BC and that we are capable of earning coveted APHA points here in our own backyard! Of course, APHA’s decision to allow half points to the winner of two horse classes was a catalyst for more entries as many classes were whole point, two, three and even five point earners. Case in point? Fifteen Amateur Paint geldings paraded into the ring before Alberta judges Lyle Jackson and Andrea Gutmann. That’s a five-point class that will now become part of the permanent record of Beverly Kniffen’s new yearling, Yankees Dani Doodle, a stunning red dun she bought from Ed and Jeanette Noble of Clearwater. Yankee won the class under Gutman, and later went Grand Champion Gelding under both judges, earning his Register of Merit in a matter of minutes! Talk about making an entrance! This was Beverley’s first Paint Horse show and first halter class ever and she credits trainer Laurie Takoff for coaching her through it. Beverley has only three previous local shows under her belt, riding a horse (Ima Sonic Herbies Fox) that is the granddaughter of a Paint mare I used to own and that she also brought to B2B. Certainly, that jaw-dropping performance in that huge Amateur Gelding class is the just the beginning of what will surely be a lot of time spent in the winners’ circle. Tami Hutton’s gelding, Heztheultimatedream, was shown by Tami’s better half, Matt Martel, in Amateur and Aged Geldings, picking up no less than 15 halter points at the show. It cost Tami a hefty $1000 to have “Jackson” registered with APHA (thanks to their new crop out rule) and his papers arrived just the day before, but according to her, it was “totally worth it!” Tami later rode him to earn points in Hunter under Saddle, Western Pleasure and Trail in some big classes. He is by the Hutton’s Quarter Horse stallion, Heza Poised Dreamer and already has QH points in Western Pleasure, Trail and Novice Amateur Trail (with Matt). Tami also won our first ever sportsmanship award, sponsored by Double Delichte Stables of Coldstream. President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Personal triumphs

It was awesome to see long-time Paint exhibitors like Lynn Freeland with a couple of Simply Terrific babies: a yearling and a two-year-old that was more finished than many much more senior horses - like mine! And Barb Hazel, who won the Amateur Walk Trot high point on Zipintomy Appointment, another two-year-old with a promising show career ahead of him. Terry Tompkins came up from Oliver with her reiner, Son of a Dunnit, and brought along Norfleet Roulette, a gelding she has just sold to Leslie Cooke of Naramata – another new member we can expect to see a lot of at our BC Paint Horse shows in the coming years. Rhonda Kopp was there with her new boy, Jakes Supreme, and missed out on the accolades she so richly deserved on the two cakes she brought to share with exhibitors at the show. There was a contingent from the coast: Dianne Rouse brought her World Champion Okanagan-bred Ima Special Delivery; board members Natalie Hall and Colleen Ebner made it a girls’ getaway in Colleen’s fancy new trailer, and Margo Murray came up and joined daughter Avery, who is making Mackenzie

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Meadows her home while she finishes nursing school in Kamloops. We had an awesome group of exhibitors from Alberta who promise to come back next year and will be bringing their friends! Stefany Forster and mom, Cathy, were there with yearlings and Nakita Delichte not only showed her own horse, Highcountry Sioux, but also led Kari Scott’s good mare, Sirtainly An Angel, in Aged Mares as Kari is on the mend from a broken ankle. We had six solid breds at the show – another record, no doubt, with several one point classes. Lori DeBruijn brought Black in the Game in from Alberta to see if “he was ready.” He most certainly was as he chalked up several elusive SPB points! It was awesome to see trainer and coach Wendy Price out of Grand Forks on a stunning Overo who won a very nice two-point Green Horse Hunter under Saddle. And youth exhibitor Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan came all the way from the Sunshine Coast to compete with our arena hosts’ daughter, Lyla Mackenzie, in the youth division.

Consummate hosts And then there were the Mackenzies. Al and Thea Mackenzie have been raising and showing Paint Horses since long before I was first involved with the club back in 1995. (Thea is a former BC Paint president.) They couldn’t have been more gracious hosts. The arena, designed by Thea and built by Al and their son, Kevin, is stunning with its natural light and log-cabin style siding, complete with chinking. It naturally blends with the surrounding landscape, high above the Thompson River. Thea showed in halter and showmanship and Lyla, 15, rode Classic Cheyanne around the barrels in a respectable 17.3 seconds, as well as a few other of the Mackenzie horses. Much or even most of the success of the Back-to-Basics model is the volunteers who sacrifice their time and their opportunities to show so others can. While we were definitely short-staffed, we are so grateful to those that stepped up. Marilyn Griffin and Kerry Sawyer, with husband George, came up from the coast just to help out. When my excellent plans for a premium sound system went sideways, they whipped together the BBQ and the raffle table as I struggled with something that should have been super simple.

Saving the day But then came Paul Defresne to our rescue. You’ll recognize Paul from his “Training for Courage” clinics and lessons. Paul trains out of Mackenzie Meadows and he and I ended up spending way too much time trying to figure out that blessed sound system. When we finally agreed it was impossible, he generously dug out his and saved the day. And then there was Joan. Joan Swetlikoff is a friend of cake-baker Rhonda Kopp and when Rhonda knew we were looking for show help, she volunteered Joan, who brought along her daughter-in-law Cassie Johnson (my right hand). We put Joan to work as a whipper-in. I didn’t know she had never been to a horse show before until we were half way through the day. It was trial by fire as those big gelding classes pretty much kicked off the show but it wasn’t long before she fully grasped her role ushering exhibitors and their pretty Paints into the ring. Joan also brought us Rob Ruutel, our photographer who, through his website (, has created a wonderful lasting record of the show. We’ll have a photo gallery of his work on our website by the time this edition of Saddle Up comes off the press and his prices for prints are extremely reasonable. Be sure to have a look! My personal thanks, as well, to my good friend Cindy MacKay, our entry secretary. Even though she doesn’t show, Cindy is also a very quick study – as everyone who has met her knows – and none of this would be possible without her.

We are a generous bunch

Rosalea Pagani won the APHA 50th anniversary jacket when her name was drawn from those who participated in our Children’s Wish Foundation/

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BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover Provincial Wish Trail Ride fundraiser. We raised just shy of $300 at this show and we’ll be doing it again at the show in Delta later this month. On a whim, just days before the start of the show, I started accumulating donations for a raffle to benefit BC Paint’s youth scholarship fund. (We’ll be awarding our first scholarship at the awards banquet early next year.) Many thanks to our sponsors: The Mill Store in Chilliwack, The Paddock Tack and Togs in Vernon; B2B sponsors and John Deere dealer PrairieCoast Equipment; The Cowboys Choice, also in Vernon; the APHA Journal; Lormar Farms from Alberta; Stephanie Conti Show Clothes; our Superhorse Silver buckle sponsor Stampede Tack and Western Wear in Cloverdale; McFli’s Feeds in Whonnock; Country West Supply in Armstrong; Bates Tack in Langley; and the Dog and Pony in Langley. As you can see, it was truly a Coast and Interior effort! Many thanks, as well, goes to our presenting sponsor, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group, and to B2B OK sponsors PrairieCoast Equipment (who brought a tractor and a Gator to the show!), the Harvest Classic Fall Show, Stampede Tack and Western Wear, BC Paint members and exhibitors Paul Sullivan, Windhorse Farm, Platinum Performance Horses, and High Arrow (Lynn Freeland) as well as Double Delichte Stables, sponsors of our sportsmanship award.

“Back-to-Basics” heads to the Coast So, where do we go from here? Well, we’re going to do it all over again on July 28 in Delta at Greystone Stables, when we host judges Teresa Sullivan (from Washington) and Jennifer Cignoni of Scottsdale, Arizona for “Back-to-Basics” Coast. It, too, will be a one-day, double- judged show featuring entry fees that “won’t break the bank.” Given the overwhelming support for the show in June and all the gracious and positive remarks, we’re expecting many more exhibitors out of the interior in addition to all those who supported the show at High Point last summer. There are lots of good stalls at this mostly hunter/jumper barn near Hwy 99 at the Deas Tunnel, and there is a good hotel close by and lots of great restaurants, too. Glenn Massey is announcing and Colleen Ebner has secured photographer Marion Cox, who shot those awesome photos at last summer’s BC Heritage finals. The show bill is on the website ( and you can email me ( if you have any questions. The entry deadline to avoid the late fee is Friday, July 19.

Working Hunter over Fences and fourth in Novice Youth Hunter Hack. With Surenuf Sensational, she made the finals in Hunter under Saddle with some of the finest horses in the nation. Dani and Dirty McLeaguer were fifth overall out of 52 entries in Novice Youth Trail, fourth in Ideal English 14-18. From Tulsa, they’re headed to Fort Worth and the Paint Youth World Championship Show.

Running out of room Well, I have more than used up my allotment of space for this issue (plus some) and I haven’t even mentioned the APHA workshop Jodie and I attended in Dallas at the end of May. Our efforts to remove the ownership requirements for Novice Amateur exhibitors will not go forward to convention for consideration, but the one that would allow Amateur Walk Trot exhibitors to show horses they don’t own will. Much more to come in the next edition of Saddle Up. “Back-to-Basics” Okanagan High Point Winners NOVICE YOUTH and YOUTH Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan R: Nakita Delichte and Highcountry Sioux NOVICE AMATEUR Devon Smith and Ima Sierra Surprise R: Natalie Hall and Ima Classic Coosa AMATEUR WALK TROT Barb Hazel and Zipintomy Appointment R: Rhonda Kopp and Jakes Surprise AMATEUR Devon Smith and Ima Sierra Surprise R: Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery SOLID PAINT BRED AMATEUR Lori DeBruijn and Black on the Game Lyla, Al and Thea Mackenzie of R: Rebecca Wilson and SWS Imprinted Fayth Mackenzie Meadows SOLID PAINT BRED YOUTH Lyla Mackenzie and Tomcat Jamacameclassic GREEN HORSE Tami Hutton and Heztheultimatedream R: Robin Zatti and HV Lopin Texas Style JUNIOR HORSE Lynn Freeland and Tarzan is Terrific R: Wendy Price and Sir Synergized SENIOR HORSE Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery R: Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan

More interior shows “Back-to-Basics” is certainly not the only Paint show in BC this summer. The “Three-in-One” Breed and Open Show for Paints, QHs, Appies and all breeds takes place in Smithers, July 12-14, and is BCPHC approved for year-end awards. BC Paint is donating an award for their high point Paint in the all-breed classes (which are APHA PAC-approved) and Devon has chosen something very special for this year. This show features a live auction with proceeds being donated to the Houston Retirement Housing Society. You can link to the show through the Calendar or APHA-approved Shows pages on our website or go to The Three Breed Classic (also APHA, AQHA and ApHCC approved) takes place in Terrace, August 10-11, has two judges and is BCPHC approved, as is the single-judged Bulkley Valley Fair, August 22-25, in Smithers, which features an APHA horse show as well. The Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association has an APHA special event on Friday, August 30, and a two-judge APHA show August 31 and September 1 at Thunderbird. That show bill should be posted to our website soon.

Gave us goose bumps!

Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan

Tami Hutton and Heztheultimatedream

World calibre A notable absence at B2B Okanagan was exhibitors from Moore Performance Horses. That’s because Jodie Moore is down in Tulsa at the Pinto Worlds with BC Paint members Dani Penloza and Kirsten Chamberland while Chris holds down the fort at home. So far, Kirsten and A Sexy Sensation were Reserve World Champions in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences, fifth overall in

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Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 6/14


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

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

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DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14



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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC Miniature Horse Club 8/13 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: 7/14 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,


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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 8/13 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (N.OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 ~ Bulk & Bagged Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 11/13


BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 8/13 EQUINE HEALTH ECO NETS, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 7/14

FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 10/13

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WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 10/13 Stacy Elliot, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound,



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GUEST RANCHES DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 7/14 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14 HEALTH PRODUCTS

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14 RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13 TRAILER REPairs



CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (Coldstream, BC) 250-275-6224 3/14 Western Tack Repairs and Custom Work, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl.,

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 3/14


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13

1-800-405-6643 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services TRAINERS/coaches

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13


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. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,9/13 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CLICKER TRAINING w/Monty Gwynne (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 3/14 Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921


Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. 9/13 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 11/13 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14 transport/hauling

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

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ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 3/14 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 9/13

The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14 (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 11/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14

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A small company based in the north Okanagan – Commercially Licensed and Insured Two brand new trailers operating on your schedule. Local moves 30 km/1 hour start at $75. Contact Ken Tunbridge for a quote 250-463-1415 or

We remember Pte. B.A. Tingley – Grandpa, a Vimy Ridge Survivor • 951.302-9463 •


Private Lessons

Certified Livestock Transportation – Specializing in Horses

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

Trailering Clinics


VETERINARIANS DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 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) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 3/14 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 9/13 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 12/13 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 11/13 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, • 63

Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

Salty Ole Jack

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Dragonfly Acres

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


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14

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


SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 7/14 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 ICELANDIC HORSES at TOLT AWAY Farm (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM Welsh Ponies/Cobs (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-7462 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; “B” Welsh Riding Pony; “D” Welsh Cob 7/13 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

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James (Jim) Boersma January 2, 1932 – June 4, 2013 Long time Warmblood breeder Jim Boersma passed away in Salmon Arm BC on Monday, June 4th following an accident while handling a young stallion. Funeral services were held June 8th in Salmon Arm BC. Jim was a vibrant 81 years old, still active in the operation of Pheasant Ridge Farm, which he and his wife Leny established using top Dutch Warmblood bloodlines from their native Holland. Jim and Leny have been active members of the CWHBA since they first started consigning horses to the CWHBA Fall Classic Auction in its very early years. Always energetic and enthusiastic with an unfailing sense of humour, Jim will be missed by us all. Leny has asked that, in lieu of flowers, individuals may donate in Jim’s name to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. (Submitted by Cathie Cross). Photo courtesy of Andrea Blair,

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On The Market herd reduction

GREAT DRESSAGE OR EVENTING PROSPECT “NAVAJO” 8-year-old Gelding Warmblood/Arabian/QH, 15.3HH $3,900. ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

GREAT HORSE SET UP 15 acres set up for horses in the beautiful South Cariboo. Extensive renovations have been done in this approximately 1,500 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a shop and barn with 5 box stalls, plus outbuildings. Too many features to list! Asking $497,900. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House area) E-mail

RARE 200 ACRES Surrounded by Provincial Park and Forestry land. Near Grand Forks BC. Three wells, septic, fish pond, fenced. Creek, timber, meadows. Truly a rare piece of property. Perfect for guest ranch or any other recreational activities you can imagine. $599,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC) 7/13

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE BC - WATERFRONT 4 bedroom home, 1 1/2 baths, country kitchen, stone fireplace. Full basement, garage. Large lot, fruit trees. Quiet street. Live your dream. $575,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC) 7/13



CAHR- 0045272, Born April 18 2006 Aur Mystique X Sralinka. Great manners, well-started, extreme athleticism, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded with endless energy. This mare is an excellent show prospect especially in any of the sport disciplines; she is very willing to please. Merry Leggs is measuring just under 16HH and very smooth under saddle. 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

Whispering Hills Friesians Home of Donius W Sire of Champions Standing at Stud FOR SALE Friesians & Friesian Sporthorses LA’S LADY JANE (Lady Jane) CAHR – 0045268, Born March 24 2006 LA’s Classic Colours X RH Bonny Real. Good manners, extreme movement, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded. This mare is an excellent show prospect, with her beautiful head and swan neck she would excel in the show ring under saddle or in the halter ring. Breathtakingly beautiful Lady Jane loves people and attention, she is a LADY and she knows it. 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner #48758 250-620-0006 8/13 780-675-3162 ~ Athabasca, AB

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On The Market 3 WINDS RANCH

OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

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

TW Smok N Hawk

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano A Smart Prescription 2001 AQHA Grandson of Doc O’Lena & Docs Prescription Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 12/13

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

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 •


16HH APPALOOSA GELDING 14 years old. Good on trails, dressage, all around fun. Good with farrier, clips, trailers, up-to-date on shots, teeth, de-worming and shoes. Very sweet and loveable. Long term home only. Sadly selling due to lack of time. $4,500 (would trade for a horse trailer) 250-706-8415 (Bridge Lake BC)


“ZEPHYR” – 7 YR OLD ARABIAN GELDING 15.1HH. Very healthy and loves finding cows. Big heart and a lot of stamina. For experienced rider. $2,000 250-747-8590 or 250-991-0143

REGISTERED ARABIAN MARE 13 years old. Approximately 15HH. For experienced rider. $2,500 firm 250-747-8590 or 250-991-0143

(Quesnel BC)

(Quesnel BC)


Pacific Carriage Superlite $4,000 - excellent shape, with hydraulic brakes, shocks and shafts; never rolled or abused. Respectfully driven by XENA, a beautiful 9-year-old Standardbred Mare $1,500. Ride or drive, this girl has lots of energy and loves the trails. Harness sold separately at $800. Also offered - an original antique single horse Canadian built Cutter (Al Oeming collection) used every winter. Offered at $1,200. For info please call 250-835-8854 (Salmon Arm BC) E-mail

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10 ACRE EQUESTRIAN HOBBY FARM IN SALMON ARM Large split level house with Bachelor suite, extensive renovations in 2004 and 2008. Situated on a hill, it has spectacular views of the property, equestrian centre next door and surrounding mountain views. RV shed is next to house, hay shed, heated tack house with bathroom, 10 corrals with shelters, round pen, a large level meadow with trees and a creek in the back. South Canoe trails are nearby. $810,000 250-832-4058 (Salmon Arm BC) E-mail More info at

10 acres in ALR. Custom built 3,950 sq. ft. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Victorian style home with complete daylight suite. This south facing picturesque property and superbly maintained home sits with a mountain backdrop, flat site with a 40’ x 50’ six-stall barn, with outdoor riding arena, pens, and well-kept rail and x-fenced corrals and pastures. This rural Salmon Arm location features swimming and boating at nearby Shuswap Lake. Hiking, biking and lots of horse trails from your door. Privately offered at $739,000. Please request additional information via text or phone 250-833-2070 (Salmon Arm) E-mail

“CHEYENNE” – GREAT ALL AROUND HORSE 8 yr old Reg’d APHA Gelding, 16HH. Ridden Western but goes English – Dressage prospect, BIG movement. Skipper W bloodlines. ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On The Market 2012 SUPER MOON COLT

Out of old Idaho bloodlines - maternal grandsire Cowboy Justice and on his Sire’s side, HH Lever Action, Race, Derby and Halter winners. Super Moon is the product of 50 years of select breeding. Has a beautiful, long muscular hip, small sculpted head and laid-back kind nature. Like to see him go to a breeder for his fine temperament & conformation. This colt will contribute size, colour and kind temperament to your breeding program. Would make a lovely gelding of show quality. Should mature about 16HH. Registration pending. $5,000 obo.

“ELFONDO’S SPICE” - 15 YR OLD REG’D MORGAN MARE Dark Chestnut, 14.2HH. She is gaited for a smooth ride. Loads well, and handles her feet. She has been ridden Western. Asking $2,000 obo.



19 years old, absolutely sound, with experience as a trail horse and show horse in Gaited shows. Active, with his go hour-after-hour smooth gait, good for an intermediate rider. Lovely ground manners, easy to trim, inoculate, worm, groom, load. Crosses rivers and ties - take him camping in the mountains as his back holds a saddle well and you can use a crupper on him if you wish. Solidly built, but slim enough to be comfortable, and though 14.1HH, carries an adult easily all day. $800 obo.

6 YR OLD MARE out of the above mare. Elfondo’s Torky Lady. Halter broke and loads. She is also gaited and stands 14.1HH. Asking $1,200 obo. ELFONDO MORGANS 250 843-7186 (Arras BC) 9/13


15.1HH. Jumping a solid 2’9”, schooling 3’, plus flying changes. English or Western on direct rein. Barefoot with the best feet a horse could have. Awesome trail horse, not spooky, forward and bold with a group or alone. Gentle temperament, no vices. Loves to Event, moves off the leg, soft mouth, very supple, good with water. To approved home at $8,000 604-938-3773 (Pemberton BC) E-mail


Rare in Canada. Strongly gaited, tri-coloured Gelding, 14.3.5HH. Has an eclipse marking on his forehead. Loves to be fussed over. Strong candidate for Extreme Trail. At 3&4 he had light trail riding with bears, moose, cattle, rivers, trailering, etc. Took him to one clinic with man-made trail obstacles, including a teeter-totter, he took every obstacle in stride. $2,800 obo 250-838-6637 (Enderby BC)


2013 AQHA/NFQH GRULLO FILLY Outstanding foal, straight and correct, beautiful eye-catching colour. Will probably shed out silver with standout leg markings. $2,000 plus taxes. Some delivery available at cost. More foals, pictures and pedigrees at: under the sale barn. 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) E-mail:

On to Greener Pastures… NITHE BALLY CHIEF (“Luke”)

Born Mother’s Day 1993 – March 9, 2013 Another era has ended as we said goodbye to our friend and companion, the last of our racehorses to run and win at Hastings Park. At over 17HH, the big, handsome chestnut stole our hearts and was the love of my life. Many wonderful memories and a life well served. Run free Luke until we meet at the Rainbow Bridge. - Kathy & Patricia Williamson, Quesnel BC

Kal Tire Derby, 1996, Vernon BC

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Rural Roots - Properties on the Market THIS PROPERTY HAS IT ALL! ON BEAUTIFUL 27.57 ACRES


One-of-a-kind private hobby farm perfect for horses. Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath rancher built in 2005 features: cathedral style ceilings, granite kitchen counter tops, and sits on 6.5 acres overlooking soothing Similkameen River. The property includes 3 paddocks with post and rail fencing, a 2-storey barn, 2 chicken coops, 2 animal shelters, hay storage, tack & feed shed and workshop. Irrigated pasture has excellent soil. This private acreage is 5 minutes to Princeton’s downtown amenities. Four season recreation is close by too.

$699,900 MLS® 140626 LEE MOWRY 250-295-1990 Century 21 Princeton Realty 9/13

HORSE LOVERS DREAM PROPERTY 3.7 tranquil acres with 22’x32’ barn, asphalt floors, removable stalls, water and power. The property is x-fenced and has a riding area. Also has an 8’x20’ lean-to for storage, 20’x20’ barn with concrete floor and water hydrant. Very well-maintained 4 bedroom 1,482 sq. ft. rancher with full walkout basement. Seasonal creek runs through the property. $529,000 MLS® #10065709 1534 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong BC MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.


Spacious rancher home has great open layout with large kitchen and dining rooms. Nice great room with wet bar for entertaining, large master bedroom w/full ensuite, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2-car garage. Large outside deck area overlooks this beautiful acreage backing on to the river. Numerous outbuildings including barns, open shops, 1-bedroom cabin and even an outhouse! Land has riding rings, paddocks, stables and everything to train/board numerous amounts of livestock! Back 15 acres is sub-irrigated and produces hay or room to expand for more boarding pens. All appropriate farming equipment is available and negotiable. Great property at great value!

$749,900 MLS® 10063148 2478 Hallfish Road, Sicamous BC CONTACT AARON LUPRYPA 250-308-4001 or 250-549-3944 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty, Vernon BC


6.56 acre Farmette adjoining the Slocan River and the Slocan Valley Rail trail. 3-5 bedroom home with many high quality updates. Entire property is level, fenced and x-fenced, with corral, riding arena and loafing shed. Amazing log barn with 5 stalls, rubberized flooring and giant loft. Rail trail provides 50+ km of riding opportunity from right outside your door. Just steps to a sandy beach and only minutes from shops and services. 30 min. to Nelson or Castlegar.

Beautiful Cariboo home and additional residences on 195 acres known as 150 Mile Ranch. 6,186 sq. ft. quality built main home with 5 bdrms/3 baths and spacious open floor plan. Covered BBQ/entertaining area with pool table and games room, plus a 2,500 sq. ft. indoor pool, new 8-man hot tub, plus change rooms and bathroom attached to home. Mature landscaping, fruit trees and endless views of the Cariboo. Many quality outbuildings, pens, paddocks, 2 creeks. Paved roads throughout the ranch. Completely fenced and x-fenced. 5 additional residences create income, all rented with good long time tenants. The 150 Mile Ranch has so much to offer; can easily sustain beef or horses. So much to list about this property.

A PARADISE surrounded by a natural oxbow, w/over 12 acres of pasture, large barn w/5 stalls, (2 double for foaling), tack room w/attached hay shed, grain barrel and 5 loafing sheds in the 7 pastures with auto waterers. The bordering oxbow meandering around the property has water rights for irrigation and surrounding fencing and x-fencing are all STEEL. The 3 bed/3 bath home is an open area rancher with over 3,000 sq. ft. offering large bright rooms with a workshop and utility room and unattached double garage. Living quarters for ranch help or ? on the property. Right in the middle of the Okanagan Wine Country.

Offered at $539,900 CONTACT NORM OR LEV 250-354-4089 Valhalla Path Realty, Nelson BC

$1,890,000 MLS® # N4505988 & N224989 CONTACT DANA HINSCHE 250-398-0914 Sutton Cariboo Realty,Williams Lake BC Barrie Cline (web site founder) leaves behind his legacy to his daughter Dana Hinsche

$1,069,000 MLS® 143334 259 Road 18, Oliver BC ALLAN TAYLOR 250-498-9886/1-866-495-7441 RE/MAX Realty Solutions, Osoyoos BC

WALK TO TOWN Private 8.57 acres located minutes from town. Beautiful 2,800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom/3 bath home with beautifully landscaped patio. 3-car garage. 40’x48’ workshop with 14’ door. Excellent well producing 60 gpm.

With 1 bedroom, 1 bath cabin, hay barn with tack room, horse paddocks, loads of water, fronts onto creek. Live in the cabin while you build your dream home or buy for recreation property. Gorgeous views of mountains and valley. Property is partially fenced and x-fenced. Approximately 4.5 acres in hay and 10 acres on lower level by Cherry Creek in light treed pasture. Springs and a pond on the property, water is gravity fed to cabin. Only 20 minutes to Lumby and 40 minutes to Vernon.


STEPPING STONES EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY Immaculate Log Rancher on spectacular 2.5 view acres just minutes from Vernon and overlooking the Spallumcheen valley and Grandview Flats. Home features 3 or 4 bedrooms; 3 full bathrooms; 3 gas fireplaces. Stable and 130’ x 65’ outdoor riding arena; irrigated pastures; 750 sq ft multi-use workshop. Golfing, boating & skiing on your doorstep too! $649,000 MLS® 10062594 115 Stepping Stones Crescent Rob Shaw REALTOR® Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon, BC 250.545.5371

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$794,000 MLS®#10064803 4009 Salmon River Road, Armstrong BC For info or to view CONTACT PATRICK PLACE 250-546-8791 Royal LePage Downtown Realty Ltd., Armstrong BC

$419,900 MLS® 10065420 221 Campbell Road, Cherryville BC CALL DARLINE SCOTT 1-888-547-9266 RE/MAX Lumby BC

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Horse Heaven! Architect designed custom built home on 5 fenced and x-fenced acres. A Southwestern design with exquisite finishing; huge windows to capture the views of the mountains, valley and Mount Baldy! Full partially finished basement could be made into a suite. The 30’ x 24’ barn has hay storage and pens on the lower level and an insulated workshop upper level. You can ride for miles from your gate onto miles of Crown land, trails and four Alpine Lakes. Only 5 minutes into Osoyoos. Country living at its best! The school bus stops nearby.

$549,900 MLS® 143542 For more information contact: BILL ROBERTSON 1-866-623-5556 Macdonald Realty Okanagan South

HORSE PARADISE CLOSE TO KAMLOOPS! EXPERIENCE FREEDOM by riding out on to crown land right from your own back door! Very private property and only 16 km from the Barnhartvale turnoff. This 79 acres comes complete with hay fields, irrigation, water rights, hay shed, 2 bedroom home, outdoor riding ring, workshop and loafing sheds. Fabulous views and lots of sun, even in winter.

AFFORDABLE HORSE PROPERTY IN ARMSTRONG Situated on the south facing slope of Hullcar Mountain, this 6.9 acre property is ideally set up for 2-3 horses with a hay barn and tack shed. The 2.5 storey home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a walk out basement, family room, laundry room, cold storage and much more. Main floor is an open plan off which sits a large deck offering a panoramic view of the Spallumcheen Valley.

$579,000 MLS® #113586 CALL KARINA SCOTT OR DEBRA FENNELL 250-672-5300 Royal LePage Westwin Realty, Barriere BC

$459,900 MLS® #10064450 TO VIEW CALL GORDON AIKEMA 778-821-2777 or 250-306-1580 2 Percent Realty Okanagan Ltd.


Your 1/9 page colour ad could be here CHARMING HOBBY FARM IN SHUSWAP! A creek runs through it! Immaculate 3 bedroom/2 bath 1,500 sq. ft. home with bright open floor plan on 20 picturesque acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been reseeded, fenced and x-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop. $399,900 MLS®# 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista BC CALL CYNTHIA BENTLEY – PREC 1-866-955-2256 Toll free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd, Scotch Creek BC

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Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). FACTOR #9: SYSTEM ALIGNMENT AND INTEGRATION “It’s not just the bricks; it’s how we put them together!” All programs should be athlete-centered and coachdriven, with all additional players as the supporting cast. The key players involved in equestrian sport are: Athletes (riders/ horses), Coaches, Parents, National Sport Organizations and Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs), Officials, Competition Organizers, Course Designers, Breeders, and Performance HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Enhancement Teams (PETS). - Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue for Factor 10 – the final factor. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna Riding Club. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial or confused horses and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 69

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MACHINERY FOR SALE: JD Tractor, Series 1640, includes blade, front/rear bale spikes, chains, harrows $12,500. 21’ Flatdeck Gooseneck trailer $1,000. JD Post Pounder, MF manure spreader, 100 treated 7” posts, etc. Bob Grimshaw 250-558-4241 (Armstrong BC)

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


3 Horse cHarmac lariat 7’ x 18’6” x 7’




7 Aluminum 3 horse angle haul w/tack room $1 swing out saddle rack, bridle hooks, blanket bar and brush bag. Horse area has hd drop-down windows, windows on butt side, roof vents, double rear doors, spring loaded padded slamlatch heavy duty aluminum divider, 1st and 2nd stalls have 5’ off-set, 128” diagonal, 30” hip-to-hip and 42” along wall, rubber floor mats and rubber on walls up 48”.

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,


W.A.M. POT ‘O GOLD SHOW, Open to all Breeds and Sizes! Halter, English, Western, Driving, Games, July 13, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard,


Ruzicka Ranch (Carolyn & Danny Van Cleave email or Greg & Lynn Ruzicka ph 780-336-2224)

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

• Proudly supplying the horses used in the Red Deer Mane Event Trainers Challenge

• Breeding rope, ranch, reining & recreation prospects

• Bueno Chex & Blueboy Quincy Bloodlines • (403) 783-9835

Ultimate Enclosures

Serving BC’s Interior

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Riding Arenas Shops Pole Sheds & Shelters

at end of trails ranch, Vernon, bc


Brad Reimer 250-253-2244


kids/teen summer camps Ladies riding retreats riding Lessons for Women & kids

250-309-6551 9/13

check our website for calendar dates and info:

Lessons/coaching WWW.SKOOKUMHORSERANCH.COM. Dressage lessons based on the French Principles of Lightness and Balance. Summer weekend clinics. Western Riders and other disciplines welcome! Catherine Clinckemaillie 250459-7772 (Clinton BC) 8/13

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HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 7/13

help wanted JOB OPENING FOR SEPTEMBER 1ST. Live-in stable worker. Must be experienced with horses. Duties include stall cleaning, feeding livestock, general maintenance and cleaning of barn. Some riding possible. Salary includes 1 bedroom apartment in barn. E-mail (Coldstream BC)

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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 6/14

Twisted Horseplay Indoors in Aldergrove Website has details!

A very unique

Land of Learning

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


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Shop & Swap! Miscellaneous

Leather & Stitches

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

The Leather Lady

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 3/14


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


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

Building a

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


It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Ki ds... where are you? horse? What are you doing with your YOU! It’s YOUR tu rn to tell us about Our thirsty cowgirl quenches her thirst while her horse Snoopy, patiently waits his turn. 4th generation Bett family, great granddaughter, still participating at the PINE TREE RIDING CLUB youth clinic at Barnhartvale, Kamloops May 2013 - Ava Leigh, age 2, Celista BC

This is my horse Freddy. I love spending time with him and I ride him all the time. He is my very first horse and my best pal. - Trevor, age 5, Creston BC

(Our granddaughter was at a youth clinic in Kamloops and she got thirsty and no one was getting her water fast enough. It was hilarious. We all ran for a camera rather than a glass of water.)

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”

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