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30th Annual 55+ BC Games

By Nancy Roman


y the time you read this the deadline for ‘Equestrian’ entries will have passed – they were to be in by June 30. We are lucky here in the Vernon/Armstrong area to be hosting the 30th Annual 55+ BC Games, as it is a hit-and-miss each year to host ‘Equestrian’, all depending on the community and whether it offers the appropriate equestrian facilities. Janice Reid, Zone 5 Equestrian rep for the Games, was able to get funding for Zone 5 competitors (a $20 reduction in entry fees); and teamed up with Diamond H Tack in Kelowna to donate an assortment of ropes and lunge whips for said competitors to be used at upcoming clinics and competitions in preparation of the Games. The 55+ BC Games are being held September 12-16 in Vernon BC; with Equestrian taking place on the Thursday and Friday in Armstrong. Dressage (English & Western), Mountain Trail, Ranch Riding & Ranch Trail, and Driving are being offered. The equestrian portion of the Games has been slowly growing over the years as word gets out to the 55+ crowd. This could very well be one of the largest [equestrian] events the Games Society will have hosted. This is our 55+ riders/drivers opportunity to come out and show in a relaxed and supportive setting. I hope we see a huge turnout in Armstrong… and I have said before, if you are not showing in the event, please do your part and consider volunteering! For more info visit or

Left to Right: Dawn Ferster, local 55+ Games trainer; Heather Robson of Diamond H Tack; and Janice Reid, Zone 5 rep.

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t has certainly been a busy past month with obstacle clinics and mountain trail events, a poker ride, an open barn day, our annual fillies weekend away, the Gaited Show and the Pot O Gold Show! Whew – looking forward to a few quiet (do nothing) weekends coming up. Thanks to Jodi Towell for bringing to my attention a ‘Fall Safety Training’ clinic that is available in the U.S. and Australia. She is hoping there is enough interest from Canadians to bring the clinician(s) up here to BC. The clinic teaches you how to fall properly to reduce injury. See more on page 15. I hope you enjoy the magazine this month!

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FEATURES Western Dressage – Common Errors 6 Kin Park Fundraiser(s) 8, 9 Heart Horsemanship Challenges 10 Alberta TB Award Winners 12 Trail Walking 14 Fall Safety Training 15 Saddle Fit 16 Canadian Warmblood Winners 19 Noble-T Morgans Open Barn 20 Maybe I Could (ride) Too! 22 Royal Horse Show 23 Horse Archery 24

OUR REGULARS KIDS 25 Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 28 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 36 Back Country Horsemen of BC 37 BC Rodeo Association 38 Clubs/Associations 39 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 40 Business Services 41 On The Market (photo ads) 45 Stallions/Breeders 46 Rural Roots (real estate) 46 Shop & Swap 47

Connection Training – Worldwide Tour Comes to BC By Lisa Kerley


his spring and summer international horse trainer Shawna Karrasch of Connection Training will visit over ten states during her worldwide tour, and will make a stop in Delta BC on July 22-23. Shawna has been training horses (with rewards) for over 25 years. She started her career training marine mammals, such as dolphins and sea lions. She then moved on to horse training, starting with Olympic Gold Medallist Beezie Madden. Her success with these high-level riders has made her the top reward-based horse trainer in the world. “I’ve used Shawna Karrasch (Connection Training) for everything from clipping ears to starting piaffe. I love any training technique that’s based on reward (positive) reinforcement.” - Jane Savoie | USA Dressage Trainer Shawna’s goal is to give leisure owners a safe and fun relationship with their horse. With more advanced riders, she helps create top performance in all disciplines, from Dressage to Western Pleasure. She

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Shawna Karrasch is one of the trailblazers in reward-based training, which is growing in popular interest. During the two clinic days, Shawna will explain how reward-based training will lead to better results, safe daily handling and a lot of fun! Those interested can see Shawna working with ‘Bugs’ on free jumping at this link: watch?v=TLuPqWNCy80. For more information on the Delta BC clinic, e-mail Lisa at or visit

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Rider has shifted her weight to her outside seat bone, dropping her outside shoulder. This will make it more difficult for the horse to lift his outside hind.

Horse is too straight through the body and appears to be on three tracks instead of four.

Rider is leaning into the direction of travel. Dropping her shoulder. This will make it more difficult for the horse to lift his inside shoulder and to lift his inside hind. Impulsion may become an issue.

Horse has a nice bend, but too much angle off the wall.

Western Dressage - Common Errors During Haunches-In By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Photos by Lisa Wieben

In last month’s Saddle Up, we discussed what the lateral movement “haunches-in” is and also how to properly execute this fourtrack movement. In this article, we will be looking at common errors while performing haunches-in (travers).


s a review, a correctly-executed haunches-in will have the horse’s head and shoulders straight on the track, while the hind legs will move off the track toward the inside of the arena. Seen from the front, the legs will show four tracks. The haunches-in is a Level 2 movement and is the first movement where the horse is bent in the direction of travel. The horse must be supple throughout its body and the rider must be aware of body position. The inside leg will be at the girth to maintain impulsion. It is also the “post” for the horse to bend around. The outside leg will be behind the girth to move the hindquarters off the track. The inside rein keeps the head and shoulders in position, while the outside rein controls speed and amount of bend in the neck. The rider will sit in the direction of travel, to the inside, with the bend. The rider’s shoulders will be in alignment with the horse’s shoulders, with the outside hip moving back to bring the outside leg back. Common Errors

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The horse loses impulsion or rhythm: the horse may not be strong enough or supple enough yet to perform the movement. You can help him by asking for less angle. As well, with any new movement, only ask for a few steps at a time before either asking the horse to straighten or perhaps asking for a few strides of lengthening down the long side. A horse that does not want to bend will become tight and lose impulsion. Go back and ride some spiral-in/out circles, and shoulder-in exercises to confirm bend and suppleness. The horse is travelling with its haunches slightly to the inside of the arena without bend through its entire body: this generally occurs when the rider focuses on moving the hindquarters off the rail, but forgets to hold the horse’s shoulders with the inside leg at the girth. You could start the movement as a leg yield down the wall with the head facing the wall, the bend around the leg to the outside of the arena, and the haunches moved off the rail. After a few steps add the inside leg at the girth and begin to change the bend into the direction of travel. Sometimes doing the movement in steps helps the rider to feel the difference in bend created by the holding inside leg as the horse is brought into correct alignment with the outside leg. The correct amount of angle is 35 degrees. Difficulty maintaining the bend: start the haunches-in exercise from a circle to create the bend and then go into the haunchesin movement. Go back on a circle if you lose the bend. When you first start this exercise, the horse may only be able to do a couple of steps before losing bend and impulsion. Build up gradually. The horse is overbent through the neck, but not moving the haunches off the wall: this is caused when a rider uses her reins instead of leg aids. Remember to keep the neck and shoulders straight with the rein aids while the legs and seat move the horse’s

body. If the horse becomes overbent he will not be able to maintain impulsion as he will get “blocked” at the shoulders. The horse won’t respond to the outside leg: go back to the leg yield on the wall exercise until the horse quickly and easily responds to the leg cue to move the haunches off the track. It may take several sessions of this before the horse is ready to move into haunches-in. The horse’s shoulders are leaving the track: this may occur if the rider tries to create too much bend with the reins or does not support enough with the outside rein. If the outside hand moves forward too much the horse will bend more to the inside and take the shoulders to the inside. The rider will need to maintain the elbow position on both sides of the body, keeping a soft feel through the hands on both sides. The rider sits incorrectly: the weight for this movement must be in the direction of travel. Many riders, as they work to get the outside leg back while maintaining the upper body alignment with the shoulders, will shift their weight to the outside. When this happens, the horse will struggle to bring the hind legs up and under for the movement. This will affect impulsion and make the movement more difficult for the horse. Imagine sitting on a balance beam; if you lean to one side you will fall off the balance beam. Your goal is to work with the horse’s movement with as little interference as possible. The shift in the direction of travel is very subtle. The haunches-in improves your horse’s response to your aids, increases mobility in the shoulders and hip joints, and improves weight carrying ability. As you move up the levels this will also become an exercise to prepare for the half-pass. Keep working toward your goals and have fun!


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Lisa Wieben is a versatile riding coach and trainer, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Her website is Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is (See their listings in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)


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Save Kin Park! Local Artist Donates Original Painting Story and photo by Maria Besso

The Blue Horse is an original oil painting by the renowned mural artist, Michelle Loughery, and the first in a series titled ROUTE BLUE CREATIVE HIGHWAY TO PROSPERITY.


t was donated to the Okanagan Equestrian Society (OES) by the artist to help raise funds and awareness of the fight to save historic Kin Horse Race Track from being demolished by the City of Vernon. The ROUTE BLUE CREATIVE HIGHWAY TO PROSPERITY honours Kin Park’s history as the oldest in situ horse racing track in Canada. Michelle Loughery’s amazing donation has a particular significance on this 150th birthday of Canada. Limited edition prints of the original painting will be sold by the OES. The original oil painting will be available for purchase to the highest bidder. Anyone wishing to buy a print, or donate money to the Okanagan Equestrian Society should contact the president of the Society, Robyn Dalziel at 250-542-6456 or cell 250-308-1152. The City’s dispute with the OES over the use of Kin Park will be heard in court at New Westminster in late July. Read more about historic Kin Park in this issue on page 9. Artist’s Comments about “Blue Horse” This is the Blue Horse. She is community and heart and she is brave. There is a place in communities between the cities and

the system and this is where those that are unconnected can be connected. They are the design thinkers and the city builders, the dreamers and the champions, the creatives and the visionaries. They are the blue horses. The ones that run the length of road to the finish line, for the act of the passion that knows no reason. The heat and the dirt and the explosion of potential. The Blue Horses are those that seek excellence in everyday living. The board used for this painting was part of an art collaboration that told the human rights infraction stories of all the first people in Canada. The ones that we borrow the land from and the new Canadians that toiled to get and stay here. First people of the land and the hand ancient learning that passed through us all in the talents lent to us by all of our fore tribes. We are all of the Blue Horse tribe, we use creative strength and skills taught us down the generations to take hard steel to bend steel for shoes for horse feet. We run and create like the wild blue horses. We are not red or white or brown or yellow… we are blue horses of one tribe; our commonality is the hands that build and protect our lives and loves. That toil and till. And run like the horses do.


Extra training, different saddles, new girths & bits, dental work, massages and STILL your horse acts naughty; kicking out, spooking, rushing or rearing!

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Fundraiser for Kin Park a Success By Sorrel Schoenberger • Photo by Maria Besso


mong the donated items was an oil painting, titled “Blue Horse,” by Michelle Loughery. See the article in this issue about her donation on page 8. The amazing silent auction consisted of over $20,000 in items generously donated from as far as Ontario, Langley, Grand Forks and Prince George, as well as much local support. The attending crowd was treated to a delicious steak, chicken or vegetarian dinner. Live music was provided by LegionHQ and had people busting their moves on the dance floor to classic rock favourites as well as current top hits. The fundraiser was to raise funds to help cover legal costs for the OES’s upcoming court case with the City of Vernon over the use of the historic Kin Park racetrack and equestrian facility. Kin Park has the honour of being the oldest in situ racetrack in Canada, with racing having first been held in 1885. The site was donated to the City of Vernon for equestrian use. In recent years, the facility has fallen into disrepair due to dispute over the historic covenant regarding the use of the race track and the maintenance of the facility. All efforts to negotiate a resolution between the OES and the City of Vernon have proven fruitless, and the City has taken the OES to court. The trial will be heard in the Supreme Court of Canada in late July of this year. The mission of the OES is to promote equestrian and agricultural activities at Kin Park. The OES is committed to the rebuilding of Kin Race Track and the ongoing use of the facility for all equestrian activities for future generations to enjoy. We recognize

The recent fundraiser for the Okanagan Equestrian Society (OES) was an overwhelming success. The sold-out event was held on May 20 at the ANAF Spitfire Lounge in Vernon, and consisted of a dinner, dance and silent auction. A big thank you goes out to all of our generous donors and supporters.

the important role agriculture and the horse have played in our local history, and want to see this historic site preserved for what it was originally gifted for: horse racing and equestrian activities. Additional usage such as hosting the local Farmers’ Market, dog agility, and poultry swaps have also been discussed, should the site remain available for agricultural use.

If you’d like to learn more, or support the OES’s fundraising efforts by purchasing debentures or donating to our GoFundMe account, please visit our website at www. Membership to the OES costs $10, and is a great way to show your support for Kin Park and equestrian activity in the Okanagan. Forms are available on our website.

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Overcoming Heart Horsemanship Challenges By Christa Miremadi

One of the last pictures I have of Carlotta, taken days before her uterine torsion. Photo by Kristina Belkina.


They say you’re lucky if you can find a horse you connect with like no other. I’ve even heard it said that you only get one horse like that in a lifetime. Although I agree that you should count yourself lucky if you’ve experienced the kind of relationship that many refer to as having a “heart horse,” I don’t believe we’re limited to just one horse like this per lifetime.

hat we need to be aware of, however, are the horsemanship challenges that can come along with having a “heart horse,” especially one who may evoke extra emotion due to a lessthan-ideal past, as so many of them seem to have. It’s no secret that my mustang gelding, Cisco, has a pretty big chunk of my heart. I can’t say it was love at first sight. I certainly wasn’t looking for a “heart horse” but, somehow, we found our way into each other’s lives just a few years after I lost a horse so special to me I honestly never thought I’d get over her passing. Carlotta was a 6-year-old, scrawny, underweight, snotty-nosed, ex-kid’s camp horse when I met her. She spooked, she bucked and she baulked like crazy. The first day I saw her, she was being ridden around the local riding club with a “For Sale” sign pinned to her saddle pad. I was about 13 years old and fell instantly head over heels for the little chestnut Arab mare! With her, it was love at first sight. The next time I saw her, she was standing in her paddock with her bridle on and her bit tied with twine between her front legs and over her withers. Apparently, she’d broken a good leather martingale and needed to learn a lesson about head tossing. It was pouring rain and I was there to try her out for lease. She was difficult and, quite frankly, borderline dangerous; but, for whatever reason, I was smitten! It wasn’t long before Carlotta was mine, against my coach’s advice. Over the next 16 years, Carlotta and I learned to look after each other. I learned how to fall off, how to recognize what happens just before I fall off and how to get back on, no matter how many times I fell off. She learned that no matter what she did, I would still love her, still look after her and still get back on. Somewhere amidst all that, we learned how to get along. We developed trust and a relationship unlike any relationship 10 • JULY 2017


I’d ever had with a horse before. She waited for me every day after school. She called to me when I arrived and, after I’d proven myself, she was always game for an adventure (so long as I rode her bareback and bit-less). Granted, I had a time limit -- after an hour or so, I was getting off one way or another and walking home from wherever we were, but I didn’t mind. It was a small price to pay for the company of such a great horse. I had other horses over the years and I loved them, too, but there was something different about my relationship with Carlotta. I’m pretty sure it was the trust piece. She’d obviously had a pretty unpleasant experience with people and she was pretty convinced that we were all the same. It took years of dedication, compromise and proving myself to her to convince her that we weren’t ALL bad. It took a lot for her to hand over the trust that she eventually did, and I’m fairly certain that was the key to what made my relationship with Carlotta so different. Although I’d earned the trust of many other horses, they’d never taken a great deal of convincing. Winning their trust was like winning a “free play” on a lotto ticket. Carlotta’s trust was very hard to earn and very easy to lose. Winning her trust was like winning the jackpot! This kept me on my toes and very aware of considering my horse’s perspective. Unfortunately, it also created a situation in which I compromised a lot in order to keep her happy. I often wonder, if I could go back in time with the knowledge, skill and understanding I have now, could we have developed a healthier relationship? One without all the time limits and co-dependent imbalances? Could she have been happier, more relaxed and less anxious about life if she’d had clearer, more consistent boundaries and if I had treated her less like a victim? In June of 2009, she was in foal to my stallion with her second filly,

due in July, when she suffered a uterine torsion. This meant she basically had a severe colic-like twist in her reproductive organs. She underwent surgery (twice) to try to save her and the foal but, sadly, I’d end up losing them both. Carlotta initially survived the surgeries but the foal didn’t. Though Carlotta made it through the surgeries, she never fully recovered. After fighting for her life at my vet’s clinic for two weeks, I brought her home to pass in her own pasture with her best buddy because it was clear she was not going to win the battle. After losing her, I honestly didn’t think I’d ever experience a relationship like that with another horse again. It came as a bit of a surprise when I discovered that a quirky little mustang would steal my heart only a few years later. Now, after having experienced the relationship I did with Carlotta and having had a chance to reflect on the unique horsemanship challenges I faced when working with her, it’s almost like getting a second chance. Working with a horse who carries the kind of baggage that both Carlotta and Cisco have carried requires a huge amount of understanding, compassion and perseverance. I must stay sensitive to his perspective and his level of trust so as not to damage his feeling of security, while remaining aware of where I could be making compromises that could ultimately be damaging to our relationship. Although I’m not always successful yet and we still have our share of co-dependencies at times, I’m working hard to provide Cisco with the things I missed with Carlotta. Each and every horse is different and, of course, each and every relationship between a person and a horse is unique; but, sometimes, it seems the more head over heels we are about a horse we care about, the harder it is to clearly see where we might be falling short and provide the solid foundation needed to give the horse

Carlotta and I exploring the property when we first moved to our new home, The Rock’n Star Ranch, back in 2006. Photo by Zahra Miremadi.

the feeling of security that allows him to truly thrive! It can be hard to see the bigger picture when we are lost in the emotions created by such a powerful relationship, especially if the horse came with baggage we may need to overcome. I count myself very lucky to have found not only one “heart horse” in my lifetime but two, and even luckier to have a second chance at tackling the unique horsemanship challenges they can present. 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 our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

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Ready Intaglio, winner of the Horse Racing Alberta Trophy for 2016 Horse of the Year

Alberta Thoroughbred Award Winners Announced By Lindsay Ward The contributions and accomplishments of the Alberta Thoroughbred industry stars were celebrated recently at the 43rd Annual Night of Champions held at Century Casino in Edmonton.


pproximately 130 Alberta Thoroughbred industry members attended the awards evening including breeders, owners and trainers in addition to representatives from Horse Racing Alberta, Northlands, Century Casino and Rocky Mountain Turf Club. This event also honoured the long tradition of horse racing in Canada as the industry celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. CFL Hall of Famer and Edmonton Eskimos legend special guest Henry “Gizmo” Williams was the keynote speaker offering a positive message about facing the challenges in life and coming out ahead. His talk was followed by the presentation of the Thoroughbred awards announcing the champions of 2016. The Champion Alberta-bred title was awarded to Onestaratatime, winner of five races and $187,311 in 2016. This threeyear-old filly is owned by Curtis and Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield. Ready Intaglio was named the 2016 Horse of the Year for a season that included five wins and earned owner Eurico Martens $169,889. The Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award and Horseperson of the Year title was presented to Don Danard, long-time Alberta Thoroughbred industry supporter and sponsor, who noted that his involvement has offered him a life filled with “great partners, great friends and great trainers.” The Lloyd and Mary Wilson Trophy Special Appreciation Award went to a “friend of racing” and Canadian Racing Hall of Fame journalist, Curtis Stock. Curtis commented that he got his start in racing back in high school -“[the other students were studying] Henry the VIII while I was trying to figure out who the 8th horse was!” The year 2017 promises to be an exciting one for Alberta horse racing! A spring and summer meet at Northlands in Edmonton is to be followed by a fall meet from September 23 to November 5 at Century Casino in Balzac. This will mark the return of “A” track racing to southern Alberta after a nine-year absence. 12 • JULY 2017


2016 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED AWARD WINNERS The H.B.P.A. Trophy, 2016 Champion Claimer: Caro’s Song The Century Downs Race Track and Casino Trophy, 2016 Champion Sprinter: Killin Me Smalls The Roy McLellan Trophy, 2016 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Ruffenuff The Rocky Mountain Turf Club Trophy, 2016 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt: Norm’s Big Bucks The Dave Kapchinsky Memorial Trophy, 2016 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Onestaratatime The Galileo Equine Insurance Trophy, 2016 Champion Three-Year-Old Colt: Ready Intaglio The Moore Equine Veterinary Centre Ltd. Trophy, 2016 Champion Older Mare: Hero’s Amor The Northlands Park Trophy, 2016 Champion Older Horse: Killin Me Smalls The Ted Connor Trophy, 2016 Champion Alberta-Bred: Onestaratatime The Horse Racing Alberta Trophy, 2016 Horse of the Year: Ready Intaglio Backstretch Appreciation Award (Sponsored by Dr. Steve Smith): Rod Cone 2016 Apprentice Jockey of the Year Award (Sponsored by H.B.P.A. and Northlands): Isabelle Wenc The Lou Davies Memorial Trophy, 2016 Leading Jockey: Rico Walcott The H.B.P.A. Trophy, 2016 Leading Trainer: Greg Tracy The Jockey Club of Canada Trophy, 2016 Leading Owner: Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. The C.T.H.S. Trophy, 2016 Leading Breeder: Highfield Stock Farm Ltd. The Lloyd and Mary Wilson Trophy Special Appreciation Award: Curtis Stock The Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award and Horseperson of the Year: Don Danard For more information and/or photographs contact Lindsay Ward, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division) at 403-229-3609 or via email at cthsweb@, or visit

Curtis Stock, winner of the Lloyd and Mary Wilson Trophy Special Appreciation Award Onestaratatime

Don Danard, winner of the Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award and Horseperson of the Year

Onestaratatime, The Ted Connor Trophy for 2016 Champion Alberta-Bred

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Trail Walk to Improve Your Horsemanship By Glenn Stewart It seems like not too many people have heard of trail walks with their horses, but we like to do it here at the Horse Ranch often throughout the camps in the summer. It is a very enjoyable way to develop a horse. It gives the horse and the person a chance to get out of the corral and test some of the stuff they have been working on in the corral.


asically, a trail walk is taking your horse on a line out on the trails and asking him to do some of the things you might want him to be able to do if you were riding him. It is a great way to see what your horse’s behavior is going to be like without being on his back. We have had people and horses here that compete in horse shows of different sorts, but can’t actually leave the confinement of the corral. They don’t have enough control or depth in their horses to ride in a field or down a trail. Yes, believe it or not. Sometimes it’s only the person who is worried and the horse would be fine if the owner would relax. So, one way of bridging the gap, whether it is a horse or human problem, is to do a trail walk. I’m fortunate here because I have miles of trails -- wide ones, narrow ones, ravines, and gentle and steep hills to go play on. When we are out on the trails, we ask them to walk up and down hills at the speed of the person, stop on the hill if needed, and even back up and down the hills. We will also back them along crooked trails, both on the flat and up/down hills. In the corral, we practice sending them over poles and logs so that, out on the trail, we can send them jumping over windfall. The goal is to really check them out and to expose them to the bush and trails so they can become relaxed and thinking. The person gets to see that the horse is very capable of being led quietly up a steep hill and doesn’t need to run or lunge and that they can stop or walk slowly going down. We also have water holes that we send them through and a few man-made, scary-forthe-horse obstacles to use as well. This tests the horse’s ability to navigate the trails and find out that it is easy to do and nothing that they need to get emotional about. At the same time, the humans get to work on the same thing. It is very common to see people get very worked up, even when they are leading their horse through the trails. If they were on the horse, the horse would really feel the anxiousness of the rider and if the horse weren’t anxious before he probably would be now. All you need to have is some bush and preferably some hills, then head out with your horse and have a play. It is also fantastic for older “broke” horses. It’s surprising how many horses that have been ridden for years that won’t back up or down a hill or between two trees. Heading for the bush to play after you can do all the seven patterns with your horse is a great experience. I like to have the seven patterns established and working well in the corral before asking the horse to go on a trail walk. I feel it is too much to ask of him if you haven’t taught and or learnt how to have good 14 • JULY 2017


body control from the ground. If you don’t know what the seven patterns are, you can find more information on our website at www.thehorseranch. com. Try a trail walk with your horse. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with your horse and put some depth into his skills and yours. What is your dream with horses? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch this summer and live the dream! Now accepting bookings for the summer horsemanship camps and High and Wild Adventure. Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John, BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Long-term study and professional programs are now available. For more information, visit www. (See his listing in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

Bring Fall Safety Training to Canada


e are trying to spread awareness about fall safety training, and be able to create enough interest to bring seminars and clinics to Canada (currently BC). Fall Safety Training is offered by Keli Warrington of LandSafe Equestrian in the US (, and/or Horse Rider Fall Safety intro courses offered by Lindsay Nylund of Australia (www.

The fall safety skills have been developed in consultation with doctors, scientists, jockeys, riders and industry professionals to minimize the risk of injury during a fall. Fall safety training provides a practical and effective solution to reduce injury risk. Riders who learn these skills from a young age - in particular pony club riders, and/or those doing higher risk equestrian activities can benefit significantly from the training and the associated muscle memory. It is a known industry problem that the majority of serious injuries to horse riders are a result of falling from a horse. Improving rider confidence in how to respond in an emergency will also improve the rider’s ability to recover when they become unbalanced. Following a review of fall and incident scenarios, several typical scenario types that horse riders may encounter have been identified. The training program is designed to prepare for these scenario types. It is conducted mostly outdoors on grass with equipment such as spring boards, vaulting boxes, foam shapes, crash mats, landing mats and tumbling mats. Gymnastics is a sport that requires good aesthetics (eg. point your toes!) as well as

good technical execution of skills. However the Horse Rider Fall Safety Program is not concerned with the aesthetics of gymnastics. The conditioning, landing and tumbling skills that are taught in this program are tailored to maximize safety in various scenarios specifically related to horse riding; and protecting the rider from injury when dismounting, falling or being thrown from a horse. It is quite possible, if we get 60 riders over 2 to 3 locations, this clinic can be offered in BC. If you are interested please contact Jodi Towell 250-463-1734, or e-mail ad_libitum86@

Inspiration Education Fun!

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Saddle Fit and the Wide-Backed Horse By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE

Anyone who has ever owned a pony or wider horse knows the trials and tribulations of finding a saddle to fit these often “Thelwell” lookalikes. Many people end up breaking out the special saddle pads, cruppers and breastplates in an effort to keep their saddles in place.


here are several considerations when fitting a saddle for a wide-backed horse, but the key ones to keep in mind are tree width and angle. Most riders are aware that saddle trees come in narrow, medium or wide, but those designations can refer both to the width and the angle of the tree. If the saddle is a “wide narrow,” this means the saddle has a wide tree angle with a narrow tree width. Understanding Tree Angle It is important that the saddle stay behind the horse’s shoulder. If it does not, and constantly moves forward, the tree points of the saddle will drive into the horse’s shoulders, first producing a buildup of scar tissue on his scapula, then chipping away cartilage and bone. This is irreversible long-term damage and can lead to persistent unsoundness and premature retirement.

In order to avoid this kind of damage, it is crucial that the angle of the tree be adjusted to match the angle of the horse’s shoulder. Think of two sliding doors. If they are properly aligned, one will slide freely past the other. If they are not, one door will jam into the other. It is the same with the horse’s shoulders and the angle of the tree. As the horse moves, his shoulder rotates upward and backwards. If the tree angle does not match the angle of the shoulder, it will be unable to rotate freely under the saddle, compromising movement, sometimes severely. At the very least, a saddle with a tree angle that is not adjusted correctly is extremely uncomfortable; at worst, it can lead to irreversible long-term damage. Checking Tree Angle To determine if the tree angle on the saddle is correct for the horse, put the saddle on without a saddle pad. Check if the angle of the piping on the saddle matches the angle of the horse’s shoulder. If it does, the angle of the tree is correctly adjusted.

The 3 diagrams in the left column illustrate identical tree angles with various tree widths. The right-hand column illustrates identical tree widths with different tree angles. Place a pencil or other straight object as shown on the shoulder and a second straight object along the piping of the saddle panel to ensure these are parallel.

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Tree Width The tree width must be enough for the horse’s shoulders to rotate freely. Often, we see a saddle with a tree width that is too narrow for a particular horse. Not only do the shoulders not move freely under such a saddle, but the saddle can also be driven forward on top of the shoulders while you are riding. If the tree width is too wide, the entire saddle may rock or slip from side to side when it’s being ridden in, or the back half of the saddle may twist to one side or the other (this may also happen when one side of the horse – usually the left – is more heavily muscled, forcing the saddle over to the other side in compensation). Both tree width and tree angle need to be considered when fitting a saddle, and need to be adjusted together for optimal fit. Adding or removing flocking from the vertical panels of the saddle will not solve the problem – the gullet plate needs to be adjusted. Some self-adjustable gullet plates will accommodate angle adjustment, but will not allow width adjustment (over the wither area). Telltale Behaviours If you are still uncertain if the angle of the tree is correct, observe the horse’s behaviour under saddle. If the tree angle is too wide, there may be clearance on the top of the withers, but the saddle will pinch the sides of the withers. It will also restrict movement in the shoulders and makes the horse unwilling or unable to move forward freely. The horse will raise his head or hollow his back, or exhibit other forms of resistance until the reflex point/nerve becomes numb. If your horse behaves in this manner, it may be because the tree angle of the saddle is incorrect. This is not an ideal situation: the saddle is pressing on the horse’s shoulders, the hind end is not moving in parallel with the forehand, the horse is not stepping under from behind, the back is hollow and the croup musculature is completely tight (tense).

Training for Courage 5-day Summer Camps in Kelowna

Come and play! Geared to the individual’s level of ability, first learning to apply foundation to progressive skills in the arena; then to the trails and even to the lake swimming. Learn to apply Classical Dressage skills and Endo-tapping relaxation cues to keep horses happy and riders safe. By developing a proactive leadership that causes horses to feel good, learning is facilitated. This is an opportunity for an equine vacation to form a solid relationship with your horse and some like-minded supportive people. Dates are: July 10-14: Vaquero/Reining/Garrocha July 24-28: Working Equitation/Extreme Trail August 7-11: Camp CD (Classical Dressage & Western Dressage)

Your horse cannot consciously exhibit bad behaviour, but if the saddle keeps hitting that reflex point, he has no choice; he cannot engage the muscles he’s being asked to engage. This can lead to unnecessary fights between horse and rider. One of the most common “excuses” heard is that “he has to be ridden for a while and warmed up before he’ll listen.” What is really happening here is that the horse is being ridden until he becomes numb to the pain! Even though a saddle may look like it fits while the horse is standing still, the angle may actually change when he begins to move. The Spinalis Muscle A properly-fitted saddle has a tree that is wide enough and an angle that is correctly adjusted so as to avoid hitting the spinalis muscle. Pinching here inhibits or completely stops forward movement. When a stallion breeds a mare, he bites her on this reflex point so that she stands still, hollows her back, and rotates her pelvis. In order to locate the spinalis muscle, draw a line 4” down from the base of the withers, and then draw a horizontal line back. The saddle must stay off that triangle (shown in red) -- we call it the “triangle of doom” if you want to get really dramatic about it. If you pinch the horse in this triangle, you doom him to pain and he will not move forward (at least not very well or willingly).

The Saddle-Support Area (SSA) is shown here by the white and yellow chalk lines on the horse’s back, with the sensitive area at the withers in red symbolizing where the saddle should never sit.

One of the questions I am often asked by my female clients especially is, “Can riding a wide horse cause my hips to hurt?” The answer is yes – but there is an easy solution. Too many times the concept of twist of the saddle is misunderstood – it is defined

Paul Dufresne

Fall Schedule:

Sept. 16-17: Kelowna Foundation Clinic Oct. (tba): St. Andrews MB, 2 Clinics, 1 Foundation, 1 Progressive

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in saddler terms as being that part of the tree that the rider feels between the inner upper thighs. As such, the twist is absolutely instrumental in combatting the feeling of being “pulled apart” at the hips. You can have a very narrowly-built horse and still have this feeling, if you are riding in a saddle which has a twist that is simply too wide for the rider’s conformation.

Hip pain can result when the twist of the saddle is too wide for the rider. (Image by Michelle J. Powell)

The tree shape and design is critical in determining the final fit of the saddle to both horse and rider – everything else is just “fluff.” As such, the bottom of the tree should be made to accommodate the needs of the horse, including panel shape and length, gullet width, and tree point position. Crucial for the rider will be stirrup bar placement, the twist, the seat depth and the cantle height and position. Therefore, you can have a tree built for a wider-backed horse while still accommodating the needs of the rider with a narrow twist and, thus, avoiding the pulled-apart feeling that usually comes with riding in a gender-inappropriate saddle on a wide horse. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but most women will feel more comfortable riding with a narrower twist and extended stirrup bars. The reasons for this are purely physiological and are actually quite logical when you think about them. The hamstring and quadriceps muscle on female upper thighs are much rounder than a man’s, which means there is less space given between the upper inner thighs). A man’s quadriceps and hamstrings, on the other hand, are much flatter and positioned more on the front and backs of the femur rather than being as round as the female’s. Consequently, he

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will usually feel more comfortable riding in a wider twist, since there is simply more room between the upper inner thigh. In addition, the length of the female upper leg is usually 1-2” longer than her lower leg (measured hip to knee and knee to ankle) versus a man’s upper and lower legs – which are usually more equal in length. This means that the natural position and inclination of the female’s leg when she is sitting in the saddle is to hang forward beyond the perpendicular, often putting her in a chair seat. The reason for this position also has to do with several other factors that I won’t discuss in detail here, but include: a) it hurts to sit on the pubic symphysis, b) the hip joints are articulated differently than a man’s and thus automatically turn out the leg, and c) there is not enough support from behind to keep her sitting straight in the saddle. The solution to assist in the position of the legs is to have extended (or sometimes even extra-extended) stirrup bars, which will pull the leg back underneath the rider and allow her to more easily stay in the “shoulder-hip-heel” plumb line. With consideration given to the twist, especially, riding a widebacked horse should not cause issues that result in hip pain for the rider. Obviously, though, the saddle needs to accommodate both parts of the equation.

CWHBA Congratulates 2016 Award Recipients


he Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) is proud to sponsor the National Performance Awards for registered Canadian Warmblood horses competing in recognized competition. Horses must be registered as Canadian Warmblood; Studbook-entered mares/stallions may accumulate points towards Achievement Awards.

Awards are given in Dressage, Jumper, Eventing, Hunter and Driving. There are three levels of performance in each discipline for Year-End Awards, based on Equestrian Canada and/or USA Equestrian standards. Join us in congratulating these Year-End and Achievement Award recipients.

Lifetime Achievement Award: FPH Findley (Zazou) Cabardino x FPH Jazzy Lady, Jumars Owner/Rider: Courtney Thomas, NS Breeder: Julie Fulton, NS

Jumper Year-End Award - Level 3: Overcast (Iron Man) Orlando x Nova, Ninja Magic Owner/Breeder: Holly Erith, NS Rider: Jennifer Sarsfield

Dressage Year-End Award - Level 1: Roulette II Routinier x Latte III, Lancaster Owner/Rider: Kayla Andrusiw, AB Breeder: Amanda Pidborocynski, AB

Eventing Year-End Award - Level 1: Southern Attraction Tramino x Southern Temptation, Kingston Owner/Breeder: Mirrabook Farms, BC Rider/Lessor: Brook Gamble, BC

Dressage Year-End Award - Level 2: Tuxedo Tramino x Dayo, Boraks Owner/Breeder/Rider: Lindsay Joyce, BC

Eventing Year-End Award - Level 2: Heirloom Hadrian x Star-Lynx, Lynx Owner/Rider: Chelan Kozak, BC Breeder: Sandra Corsan, BC

Hunter Year-End Award - Level 1: Imajacres Lionheart Lordanos x Free Lahsa TY, Freedom Z Owner/Breeder: Ingrid Matthiessen, QC

Elite Mare Award: GLORY W (11 points) AB-[CAN]APPR1258-94 MM Gauguin de Lully x Melanie, Mark’s Pretender xx Owner: Sigma Warmbloods/Amber Astill-Dudley Pictured: Glory W progeny

Hunter Year-End Award - Level 2: Electric V2 (Lieben) Zeno H2 x Cadence, Vagant Owner: Shirley Mawson, SK Breeder: Sigma Warmbloods, AB

Jumper Year-End Award - Level 2: Donndiego Donner Bube x Airaminta, Zodiak Owner/Rider: Madison Ricard, AB Breeder: Cynthia Adams, AB

Special Mention It is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of Christina Tann in early April 2017. Chris was a valued member of our Awards Committee, our US representative and a good friend to the Warmblood horse. We extend our condolences to her husband, family and many friends. RIP Chris. Achievement Award Winner Dressage, Levels 1 & 2: Alero Arkansas x Mazurka, Major Won xx Owner: Chris Tann, WA Breeder: Charlotte Sanford, SK

Find all results including 2016 Achievement Awards, USDF winners, and Mare Production Premiums on our website ( on the “Awards” page. Also on that page, you will find the Awards Nomination Form and Reporting Form for Show Results. JULY 2017


(Left) Noble-T Lena Lui and Noble-T RanchHand (Above) Mel (l) and Tom (r) on horses. The Lyons (blue shirts) with members of the BCIMHC. (Right) Greg and Kathy Lyons with Lily and Abby (Bottom Right) Mel Nobles – cutting demo, working the flag (Bottom) Tom Nobles and Noble-T Colt 45 – bridleless demo

Morgans a Hit at Open Barn!


n May 28 we were looking forward to welcoming new and old friends to our Noble-T Morgans ranch in the North Okanagan for our Open Barn. The day did not disappoint, although with the temperature nearing 35 degrees, it was a hot one!! Our goal was to introduce horse lovers to the Morgan breed and share the activities we’ve been up to with our horses. A special feature of the day was Tom Nobles riding his stallions, Noble-T Desperado and Noble-T Colt 45, in bridleless reining patterns and cutting demonstrations. We set out to show the versatility of the Morgan with demos in cutting, trail, reining, western pleasure and a variety of rail work. Tom’s brother, Mel Nobles, also came out and rode both his horses in cutting. Other demos were given by Lillian Batten riding her mare Noble-T Rosaleta, and Abby McLuskey riding her gelding Noble-T Remington. The crowd was pleased to see, and enjoyed, a younger generation showing off their skills with their Morgans. Special guests, Greg and Kathy Lyons of Wilga Park Morgans (breeders from Queensland Australia), stayed with us in our home for a one week visit. For over one year, we had been exchanging emails, questions, photos and information about each other’s Morgans. We made the decision to purchase frozen semen from their stallion ‘RanchBoss Cortez’ to breed our mares. Collectively, we waited another 11 months. Finally on the 15th day of May, Noble-T Lena Lui safely delivered the first foal born in Canada to RanchBoss Cortez; named 20 • JULY 2017


Noble-T RanchHand (RAF), a beautiful little colt that quickly became “everybody’s baby” – affectionately known as “Boss Baby.” He is joined by our other spring baby Noble-T Bandito (RAF), (Noble-T Colt 45 x Mystiks Black Ember). The new additions to our ranch are always a highlight and we were delighted in having so many visitors see these little guys up close and hands-on. We were pleased to introduce Larry Nielsen of Leander’s Morgans to Noble-T Remington (a son of Larry’s last stallion, Leander’s Grand Prix) and his owner Abby McLuskey. Abby and Remington were tickled to show Larry their five National High Point Awards from the Canadian Morgan Horse Association including Noble-T Remington’s certificate in the CMHA Versatile Morgan Medallion Program. Some of our other guests included past CMHA president Dr. Harvey Sawatzky and his wife June of Birch Meadow Farms; Ted and Karen Sikora of T Bar K Ranch, and some of the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club members. Noble-T Morgans’ latest endeavour is to start a club and promote Cowboy Dressage in our area. Anyone wanting to join us please contact Tom or Lee via email or on Facebook Noble T Morgans. Thank you to all who came by... we are looking forward to more events together. And a special thank you to the Batten family who worked many hours helping us put this Open Barn together.

It takes More than Luck to Forge a good Horse Shoe


addle-up, the rodeo is coming to town and that means lots of horses, lots of horse shoes, and lots of trips to see Aaron Maida, KPU’s apprentice farrier. Maida studied farriery at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and now works as a program assistant in the university’s farrier program. Working a traditional forge, Maida’s hammer clangs on red-hot iron amidst the occasional whuff and whinny from the horses overlooking the process while waiting to be re-shod in the barn located on KPU’s Cloverdale campus. “Few people realize that horses still need shoes that have to be made by hand,” said Maida. “There are no machines that can do this job. It still requires a human touch and effort.”

He would know. Maida’s mom is a horse trainer and he grew up around horses on the family farm in Kelowna. The Cloverdale Rodeo brings back childhood memories of watching calf roping and barrel racing as a child growing up in the Okanagan. Horses have been a part of his life for a long time. Maida decided to pursue farriery as a career and came to KPU to study the theory and to master a range of skills necessary to be successful in the trade. Students learn about the anatomy and biology of horses in order to understand how shoes will affect the internal structures and tissues of the horse and their overall health and performance. The work is physically intense and requires focus and concentration. To prepare for the rigors of working with animals that weigh over 1,000 pounds, students take part in fitness training twice a week. Farriers also need patience and confidence in working with animals. Trust must be built between the animal handler and the horse so that the job can be completed quickly and efficiently with no injury and minimal discomfort to either party. Local ranchers and riders bring their horses to KPU’s farrier barn on a six-week rotation for regular care and maintenance of their horses’ hooves. The students each have their own forge right in the barn and work on the horses under the watchful eye of Maida and awardwinning lead instructor and farrier Gerard Laverty. Maida recalls the first time he placed a shoe on a horse that he forged himself. “That was the greatest feeling, to see all of my hard work and long hours spent practicing come together and watch that horse trot off happily.” Farrier training is offered through the Faculty of Trades & Technology at KPU’s Cloverdale campus. For more information, visit

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Maybe I Could, Too By Chris Brauer


y friends had been calf roping all afternoon in the dust of a hot summer’s day and, as they took a break to have a snack, I wondered how difficult it was to ride a horse and wave a bit of rope around. Roping has been around for hundreds of years and practiced by various cultures and, if they could do it, then maybe I could, too. I walked around the arena in contemplative silence. From a distance, the horses looked to be well-behaved, majestic creatures. I chose my favourite, based on nothing more than appearance. “What’s this horse’s name?” I asked Meredith, the teenage daughter. “Sunny,” she answered as she was finishing her sandwich and washing it down with water from a beat-up bottle. “Is he a good horse?” I asked. “Oh, yeah,” she said. “Mom rides him all the time.” “He behaves well?” “I think so.” Meredith brushed her blonde hair away from her forehead. “You can probably take him for a ride, if you like.” I looked into the horse’s deep brown eyes and felt we had a connection – an agreement that we would both behave. I walked over to Rebecca. She was leaning on the fence, with one foot on the bottom rung, and finishing an apple. “I was wondering if I could have a go on Sunny – maybe just a short walk around the arena? Meredith said it might be okay.” “Yeah… I guess,” said Rebecca, a little hesitantly. “Sunny is usually good with new riders. You should be fine.” As an afterthought, she asked, “Have you been on a horse before?” “Oh, yeah,” I answered. “Not a problem.” I wasn’t lying. But I failed to mention it was twenty years earlier. A bad decision is one thing, but a bad decision that involves a 1200-pound animal is a recipe for disaster. I should have stopped and thought it through. I should have proceeded with caution, or at least gone over the basics with Rebecca. But I didn’t. Instead, I approached the horse with misplaced confidence. “It can’t be that hard,” I whispered under my breath. “Besides, thinking about these kinds of things just gets in the way of doing these kinds of things.” Without a second thought, I put my left foot in the stirrup and swung my right leg over. Falling awkwardly into the leather saddle, I should have admitted to myself that I had no idea what I was doing. But I didn’t. I gave the horse a kick. The horse moved forward. I thought this was a good start and I was feeling confident, so I gave Sunny a harder kick. The horse picked up speed – from a slow walk to a fast walk. That’s when it occurred to me that I didn’t know how to slow the horse down, or make it stop. I pulled on the reins, but that didn’t have the desired effect. I was hoping the horse would read my mind, but that didn’t work either. I started to get nervous.

My instinct was to hold on, and squeeze my legs for support. But this somehow signaled that I wanted to go faster and Sunny went from a fast walk to a trot. I squeezed even harder. Sunny went from a trot to a canter. I only learned later that I was giving the horse mixed messages. As he was trained to do, the horse went even faster as I squeezed even harder. Sunny went from a canter to a full-out gallop. I started to swear profusely and fear for my life. I was finding it difficult to stay in the saddle at a full gallop, and I started to bounce around like a ragdoll. I hung onto the horn for dear life, fearing the next bounce would launch me off and onto the hard ground. Then I started bouncing to the left, and landing more and more awkwardly. I didn’t know how much longer I could last. That’s when I looked ahead and noticed the end of the arena was rapidly approaching. I had completely lost control. All I could do was wait for the horse to decide. Sunny was either going to stop suddenly or jump the fence. Neither option seemed ideal. I found it hard to focus on anything beyond survival. Somewhere in the back of my mind I heard someone yell at me, but I couldn’t concentrate. The arena was a blur. All my muscles were tense. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it out alive. Seconds from the fence line, I held my breath, closed my eyes and gave myself up to whatever fate had in mind. But nothing bad happened. Sunny chose to stop instead of jump and I managed to stay in the saddle. It was suddenly over. I opened my eyes and looked around, wondering if anyone had witnessed what had happened. I looked over my shoulder and saw Rebecca running towards me. I calmly dismounted as Rebecca took the reins. I could tell she was trying not to laugh. “That was more difficult than I thought,” I said casually, as if nearly dying wasn’t a big deal. “You put on quite the show.” “Yeah. I think I’ll walk back from here.” “Good idea,” she said. It would take five years and a solo adventure to the far reaches of western Ireland to get me in the saddle again.

The whole thing lasted less than ten minutes.

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Chris Brauer is a Canadian writer and teacher. He has recently completed a travel memoir about living and teaching in the Sultanate of Oman, and is currently working on a book about his travels in Ireland. His work has appeared in several websites and magazines including Celtic Life International, Ireland of the Welcomes, Our Canada and A New Ulster. He does better in a Volkswagen than on a horse. Check out his website at or follow him on Facebook.

ROYAL HORSE SHOW Highlights 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair By Lindsay Brock • Photos by Ben Radvanyi Photography

The world-renowned Royal Horse Show will return to Toronto as part of the 95th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held at Exhibition Place from November 3-12, 2017.


he Royal Horse Shows hosts more than 1,000 competitors and offers more than $900,000 in prize money over the course of its ten-day run. International show jumping athletes make their way to Toronto from all corners of the world to compete in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 8. It is one of only four Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping events to be held on Canadian soil, and the competition acts as a qualifying event for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris, France. Royal Horse Show fan-favourite McLain Ward won last year’s $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto riding HH Azur before going on to claim victory in the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska. The two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist will return to this year’s Royal Horse Show in the hopes of defending his Royal title. “This venue has been very good to me over the years, so it feels like coming home,” said Ward, who is consistently among the top five riders in the world on the Longines rankings list. “I remember my father competing at the Royal Horse Show and now I bring my family with me each year. It feels like a vacation, but I think it is even better than a vacation; it is a step back in time,” continued Ward, speaking to the history and grandeur of the Royal Horse Show. “It has a special environment that you don’t see any more in any sports arena, and I really appreciate that they stick to their traditions. It is a very special place to me, and Toronto is a great city.” In addition to international competition, the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship returns in 2017. Top-ranked Canadian riders, including 12-time winner and defending champion Ian Millar of Perth, ON, will go head-to-head over two days on November 3 and 4, with the winner being crowned the Canadian Show Jumping Champion. The Royal Horse Show is a true celebration of the horse and hosts events spanning multiple disciplines. The $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge on November 3 and 4 combines the exhilaration

McLain Ward (USA) aboard HH Azur at the 2016 Royal Horse Show

of jumping natural cross-country obstacles as well as traditional show jumping fences against the clock in an indoor setting. The $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, presented by Butternut Ridge, showcases the Olympic discipline’s finest riders and their graceful equine partners on Thursday, November 9, the same evening that Team Canada will take on Team USA in the second-annual Polo Championship Cup.

Teams from Canada and the USA will return to the 2017 Royal Horse Show to battle it out for the second annual Royal Polo Championship Cup on Thursday, November 9.

The Royal Horse Show also features the strength and power of draft horse breeds in the $25,000 Royal Six-Horse Hitch Championship, presented by Ames Construction, on Saturday, November 11. The race is on nation-wide for those hoping to qualify for the Pony, Junior, and Amateur Jumper divisions at the Royal Horse Show. Featured classes for hunters and young riders include the Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby on Sunday, November 5, and Tuesday, November 7, and the return of the Uplands Under 25 National Final, presented by Equestrian Canada, on Saturday, November 11. Several fan-favourites will once again return in 2017. The $15,000 K9-Equine Challenge on Saturday, November 11, pairs horse-and-rider combinations with professional agility dogs. Each rider navigates a show jumping track before their canine partner tackles agility obstacles with the fastest combined time winning. In addition to world-class competition, The Royal features inspiring entertainment, including the renowned horsemanship of Australian trainer, Guy McLean, and ever-popular performances by the Canadian Cowgirls, to name a few. Outside the competition arenas, riders and spectators alike have countless shopping, dining and entertainment options available within the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Highlighting the entertainment options, Amber Marshall of CBC’s Heartland will make special appearances on Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, while the Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo returns on Sunday, November 12. For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, please visit www.royalfair. org/horseshow. JULY 2017


Ferenc Olah on Apacsi

Victoria Csongradine on Charm

CA NA DI A N HORSE A R C H E RY By Robert Borsos


e closed another successful year in Canadian Horse Archery. We organized three competitions, our team was in Europe, in the USA, and our biggest moment was in South Korea with the First Martial Art Mastership where Horseback Archery was introduced as a martial art for the first time. There were 21 countries represented with 90 horseback archers. Our best positioned rider was in the top twenty. Logistics about the competition(s)… we are a self-sponsored team of five, and we try to adjust to the time difference in each country, and to either monsoon-like rain or extreme humid burning sun in between. We do not take our own horses… we just show up in places and compete… we pick our ride from a stable (not being able to try the horse on the competition track). This was in 2016 September. We just finished our first competition this year in Mount Currie BC on May 20-21, 2017. After a week of training camp, on the Saturday we offered a Lill”wat multiple shoots event, where we had stationary and rotating targets, one warm-up run and nine runs for the competition. On the Sunday, we hosted the Kassai Open World Cup. Kassai rules have one rotating target, three warm-up runs, and nine runs for the competition. Results are below. We are selecting our team for the 2018 3rd Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz government is protecting their cultural

heritage and ancient sport games by organizing their own “Nomad Olympics.” That was the idea behind the first Martial Art Mastership Games in South Korea too. Our team will face new challenges which will involve some politics. Since we ride under the Canadian flag, we require endorsement from either the Canadian government, Archery Canada, or Equine Canada… OR… we just endorse ourselves as the Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery based in Mount Currie BC. Our next competition is in Edgewater BC on August 12-13 2017. For more information visit and Saturday - Lill”wat Multiple Shoots: 1. Robert Borsos (Canada) on Apacsi, 215.75 2. Zoltan Csontos (Canada) on Pajkos, 167.60 3. Donat Koller (Canada) on Princton, 165.60 4. Ferenc Olah (Hungary) on Apacsi, 154.74 5. Alvin Nelson (Canada) on Princton, 154.41 6. Maya Nelson (Canada) on JJ, 152.93 7. Nataliya Perchatkina (Canada) on JJ, 150.74 8. Peter Zathureczky (Canada) on Charm, 106.02 9. Victoria Csongradine (Hungary) on Patch, 56.12 10. Victoria Csongradine (Hungary) on Charm, 47.67 11. Lily Etchinghem (Canada) on Patch, 00.00 12. Willow Heaton (Canada) on Pajkos, 00.00 Sunday – Kassai World Cup: 1. Alvin Nelson (Canada) on Princton, 112.66 2. Zoltan Csontos (Canada) on Pajkos, 112.47 3. Robert Borsos (Canada) on Apacsi, 105.40 4. Ferenc Olah (Hungary) on Apacsi, 82.63 5. Maya Nelson (Canada) on JJ, 75.66 6. Peter Zathureczky (Canada) on Charm, 75.05 7. Nataliya Perchatkina (Canada) on JJ, 65.90 8. Victoria Csongradine (Hungary) on Charm, 42.54 9. Victoria Csongradine (Hungary) on Patch, 15.75 10. Jesus Alan (Mexico) on Patch, 13.98 11. Lily Etchingham (Canada) on Patch, 00.00 12. Willow Heaton (Canada) on Pajkos, 00.00

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WHAT’S THIS? (final photo) Hi readers – Mark McMillan usually offered this in his Cariboo Chatter column. But since he has retired from writing for Saddle Up… there will be no more ‘What’s This!’. So we are acknowledging the guesses from our Facebook page and printing them here. JUNE ISSUE (page 27) Missing signature is Roy Rogers and Trigger. I knew Mark made this one way too easy! Congrats to: Jodie Jackson, Susan Brownell, Abby Koop, Pamela Sabo, Jeanne DesRochers, and Yvonne Olson THANK YOU TO ALL that have participated over the years!

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is an Me and my friend My ryha - she yea rs American Mini we rescued a few hing ago, she is 10 yea rs old. She’s teac me to become a little west coa st ks Cowboy! We mostly just go for wal right now. BC - Kai , age 2 1/2, Vancou ver Island

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Famous Dogs! Lassie She wasn’t just a Collie who became popular because of the films and television series she starred in. She was “the” Lassie, whose name is generic to popular dogs in modern times and is one of the three who owns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame plus a couple of Emmy awards for her films. More than that, her history is rooted from acts of bravery and courage during the First World War. The original Lassie character was played by a Rough Collie named Pal. 10 generations of Pal’s direct descendants have portrayed Lassie in film and on television, starting in 1943 and most recently in 2007. Toto He’s Dorothy Gale’s terrier in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. In the 1939 film adaptation, The Wizard of Oz, he was played by a female brindle terrier named Terry and was paid even more than other human actors at $125 per week. Due to Toto’s popularity, there were a couple of apocryphal Oz books created based on the dog; Toto in Oz (1986) and Toto of Oz (2006). Moreover, an autobiography was also penned by Willard Carroll entitled, “I, Toto” (2001). Old Yeller Old Yeller, or the dog that played Old Yeller, was a homeless dog found in a shelter in Van Nuys, California. The dog’s real name was Spike. Spike almost didn’t get the part in the movie about Old Yeller because everyone thought he was too much of a sweetheart. Old Yeller was a novel by Fred Gipson that was turned into a movie in 1957. It featured the endearing tale of a boy (Travis) and his dog (Old Yeller), chronicling the friendship and adventures of the two. Old Yeller is considered a family tragedy and houses one of the most tearful scenes in cinematic history. Hooch Beasley, a Dogue de Bordeaux, was a perfect choice to portray the role of Hooch, a slobbery hunk of a canine who turned police investigator Scott Turner’s life upside down. This 1989 comedy drama featured Tom Hanks as detective Scott Turner who finds a friend in the lovable dog. Buddy Remember that movie poster with that dunking Golden Retriever? Yes, that was Buddy in Airbud, the first film jointly distributed by rivals Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. The story revolves around Josh 26 • JULY 2017


Framm, a new kid in the area who becomes friends with Buddy the dog who apparently knew how to play basketball (and what’s more exciting and heart flipping better than a dog that can play ball and dunk?). Rin Tin Tin Rin Tin Tin was a male German Shepherd dog which was rescued by the American Soldier Lee Duncan from a World War I battlefield. Duncan trained the dog and obtained silent film work which made Rin Tin Tin famous. The dog went on to appear in 27 Hollywood films bringing much fame and success to Warner Bros. studios. Rin Tin Tin was so famous that he received the most votes for the first Academy Award for Best Actor; however, the academy determined that only humans can hold that honor. Benji Benji is a mixed breed whose original name was Higgins and starred in several films from 1974 through the 2000s. Known for its personable charisma, Benji hand a knack for being in the right place at the right time in order to be a source of comfort to those in need. Marley Many could attest how tear-jerking the movie “Marley and Me” was. It wasn’t the famous actors, it was just Marley, the high strung, boisterous, too playful and later on diagnosed as neurotic yellow Labrador Retriever. It was actually a true story of the life of the real Marley and his owners Josh Grogan and his family. Keeping house with a canine who can be too carefree and destructive was a challenge and eye opener to the owner himself as he learns to accept love and forgive a furry friend who never truly understood what his human family expects of him. Beethoven Imagine a humongous St. Bernard clobbering you at any given opportunity. Sweet, icky, cute, cuddly, charming and helpful just like “the” Beethoven who became a household name in the 90′s and remained in the hearts of millions as other films of his canine adventures were released over the years. Who could forget him?



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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office

Share the Trails Workshop


osted by Horse Council BC in cooperation with the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), this forum meets the strategic goals of HCBC by building partnerships and improving government relations with the equine industry. It continues the dialogue started in 2011 during the BC Equestrian Trails Roundtable held in Kelowna, where there was a focus on building bridges between outdoor recreation groups with shared interests and learning how to represent the interests of the outdoor recreation community to government, industry and to the public. At each workshop, there has been a clear message that in order to be able to work collaboratively with all orders of government, First Nations, and private land owners, all trail user groups must work together when advocating for new trails or improvements to existing trails. This year’s workshop was held May 12, in Penticton. Its purpose was to bring together diverse users of rail trails in the South Okanagan to share their needs, learn about the views of other users and explore options for more effective use of these trails. Participants included government land managers, trail riders, cyclists, First Nations stewards, motorized vehicle users and hikers; after a welcome from Stilyx Elder Ms. June Paul, the workshop heard from speakers: • Mike Overend, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association • Justin Shuttleworth, Regional District Okanagan Similkameen • James Pepper, Penticton Indian Band • Phillip Young, Summerland ATV Club • Ciel Sander, Trails BC • Terre O’Brennan, Horse Council BC • Tennessee Trent, Rec Sites and Trails BC We were also fortunate to have the input of trail stewards off-site via video: Thanks to our interviewees - Chris Moslin of the Grand Forks Community Trails Society, Mike Nelson of Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association and Randy Ellenchuck of Tabor Mountain Recreation Society. After a day of discovery, finding commonalities as well as areas where conflicts may occur, a steering committee comprised of attendees has been formed that will, in turn, help guide local multiuser committees to a more effective model of trail sharing. Many thanks to our sponsor Backroad Mapbooks for the terrific door prize and stuff bags, and congratulations to Bryn White on winning a basket full of BRMB folding maps, mapbooks and a provincial GPS CD.

(Photo by Susanna Haas Lyons) Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous 2017, Merritt It’s always a pleasure for Horse Council BC Recreation to get together with BCHBC members, and we were happy to accept an invitation to Rendezvous again this year. As a major force for preserving equestrian use of BC’s myriad trails, Back Country Horsemen have spent countless volunteer hours maintaining and expanding trails and trailheads that ultimately benefit every trail rider in our province. HCBC is pleased to be able to help support that good work with programs such as the BC Equestrian Trails Fund. Rendezvous offers a chance to ask and answer questions, share views and ideas and get to know people (and dogs!). Thanks, BCHBC, for the hospitality and welcome – see you next year!

Booth shot (Photo by Nancy Moore Spratt)

RV panorama (Photo by Kelly Brook Allen) Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

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Canadian Show Jumping Team Second in Langley Nations’ Cup

Chris Surbey and Chalacorada

By Jennifer Ward Courtesy of Starting Gate Communications (Saddle Up has edited for space) Photos by Rebecca Berry


he Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, Ian Millar of Perth, ON, Chris Surbey of Calgary, AB, and Keean White of Rockwood, ON, finished second in the $100,000 FEI Nations’ Cup held Friday, June 2, at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, and qualified for the FEI Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, ESP. The FEI Nations’ Cup acted as the third and final qualifier for the North American, Central American and Caribbean League, with the top two teams in the standings advancing to the FEI Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, ESP, from September 29 to October 1, 2017. It was a tight race to the end, but when the points were calculated, the United States and Canada earned their starting spots with scores of 280 and 250 respectively. Mexico, also in the hunt, finished third with 240 points. In addition to the three countries chasing points for the Final, Ireland also fielded a team in the $100,000 FEI Nations’ Cup in Langley, as did a second non-points team for Mexico. At the end of the first round, the United States was at the top of the leaderboard with four faults while Canada was in second position with 14 faults, ahead of the Mexico I team with 18 faults, Ireland with 22 faults, and Mexico II trailing on 39 faults. Mexico II opted not to return for the second round, leaving four teams to battle it out for victory. Team Canada returned with its sights set firmly on improving its first-round performance and earning a ticket to the Final. Foster, 32, had jumped clear in the first round but exceeded the tight time allowed of 77 seconds to pick up a single time fault over the course designed by Canada’s Peter Holmes. She would make no such mistake the second time out with Brighton, leaving all the rails in place and racing through the timers for a clear performance. Brighton is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contender II x Quick Star) owned by Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines Stable. In next for Canada, Surbey, 30, improved on his five-fault performance in the opening round to jump clear, putting another score of zero on the Canadian team score sheet riding Chalacorada, a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Chalan x Corrado I) owned by Linda Southern Heathcott and Spruce Meadows Ltd. White, 34, incurred eight faults plus one time fault in the opening round riding For Freedom Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding (For Pleasure x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Angelstone Partners. The pair kept it to one rail in the second round but were still caught by the clock, picking up a total of five faults which would again prove to be the drop score, as only the best three scores for each team are counted. With the United States beginning to falter, anchor rider Millar, 70, turned up the heat by producing a faultless second round performance riding Dixson. The pair had incurred eight faults the first time out, but the ten-time Canadian Olympian was cool under pressure, producing an age-defying performance riding Dixson, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco) owned by Susan Grange and her daughter, Ariel Grange. With Canada’s final score confirmed at 14 faults, it was all up to US anchor rider Margie Goldstein-Engle. Like Millar, the veteran rider kept her cool despite having one rail down with Royce, keeping America’s

all-female team total to 13 faults for the win. Ireland finished in third position with a team total of 25 faults aided by the only double-clear performance of the day from 22-year-old Daniel Coyle riding Cita. Mexico I finished fourth with 32 faults, leaving them out of the running for a ticket to the Barcelona Final. Canadian Show Jumping Team chef d’equipe, Mark Laskin, of Langley, summed up his team’s performance by saying, “With this year being a non-championship year, our primary goal as a team was to qualify for the FEI Nations’ Cup Final, so it was an awesome day for us as we were able to accomplish that objective. The first round didn’t go quite as well as we had hoped, however, everyone rallied in the second round and we made a real run at the Americans, almost catching them and making it a close and very exciting class. Barcelona, here we come!” For more information on the CSIO4* Nations’ Cup at Thunderbird Show Park, visit Further details on the FEI Nations’ Cup series can be found at

Keean White and For Freedom Z Tiffany Foster led Canada to a second-place finish riding Brighton

Canadian Show Jumping Team anchor Ian Millar riding Dixson

JULY 2017


Working the sawbucks

Friday night talk with Debbie Hughes

News from the Cariboo By Cat Armitage


he 2017 Show season in the Cariboo is off to a great start. The 100 Mile & District Outriders hosted their first in a monthly series of gymkhanas on May 7 at the Outrider Grounds. Next came the Wild and Woolly Show on the 14th of May which was a beautiful sunny day. It was exciting to see 25 horses and riders at the first in the series of three shows towards overall Champion and Reserve Champion awards. New this year is the “Beginner Adult Only” classes to try and encourage all you adults out there to give it a try without having to compete against the kids. And there are now more classes for the green horses. On that same weekend (May 12-14), the Spruce Ridge Pony Club held their three-day show of Dressage, Jumper and Flat Classes at the Prince George Agriplex. The show was very well attended with riders coming from many miles and hours away! The first in the Little Britches Rodeo series was held May 20-21 in 100 Mile House. Being the first competition of the year, the kids were busy catching up with all their friends which might have been just as exciting for them as the actual competition. Travelling from all over the province to come and compete, the added bonus this year was the competition being blessed with a fantastic sunny weekend! We ended the month of May with a Mountain Trail Clinic with Debbie Hughes. Trying a little different format, we started on Friday evening with a talk and slide presentation on Mountain Trail at the Lone Butte Community Hall which also included dinner. Saturday started with the first group working in-hand and learning how to get through the obstacles. Day two was the riding portion with many obstacles such as the water which caused a variety of issues for different horses. But with the help of Debbie walking ahead for some, everyone conquered this obstacle. Other obstacles included sawbucks, tipping bridge, the square, balance beam, the carousel and, of course, the “scary” mattress to help make horses more comfortable with “squishy” footing. It was a very hot weekend but a lot of fun and incredible learning. The 100 Mile Outriders are looking at hosting another Mountain Trail Clinic on the long weekend in August with a beginner level class and a level two class for those that have already been to a clinic. This clinic may also have a third day of a despooking clinic. For more information about horse activities in the 100 Mile House area, please check out the website For Prince George, check and the BCIHJA website is www. For the Quesnel area, the website is www.alexfraserpark. ca/riding_club. Wishing you all the best in your horse endeavours this summer! 30 • JULY 2017


Sometimes you just have to get wet feet!

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring Meet our Members


raig Wohlgemuth makes his home at Bluffton Alberta, with his wife Aleah and their daughter Katie. Craig recently won the 2nd annual Trainers Challenge, organized by MacGregor Quarter Horses of Thorsby AB. Eight trainers competed for the $5,000 grand prize plus a handmade saddle by Vern Rempel of DeBolt AB, and a beautiful horse blanket. Two months prior to the challenge, MacGregor Quarter Horses hosts the trainers at their ranch and by draw; each trainer chooses two 3-year-olds out of the MacGregor herd. These colts go home with the trainers to work with for 60 days, culminating with each trainer having six minutes at the challenge to show what they have accomplished with each horse. This final event is held at the Calnash Center in Ponoka where an appreciative crowd does the judging. Craig drew the top scores on his horses and demonstrated calmness, consistency, and fluid movement in his stock, plus roping and ranching skills. A great accomplishment for this young man at his first-ever Trainers Challenge! Craig was raised on a mixed farm in western Manitoba and was intrigued with horses and animals early on. At the age of fourteen his family moved to Alberta and Craig first worked in the construction industry for several years. During that time he became exposed to the teachings of Jerry Tindell

(Tindell’s Horse and Mule School in California) who opened his eyes as to how horsemanship should be applied. Realizing that this was something he wanted to pursue, he got a full time job riding on a 27,000 acre ranch in northern BC. Craig was also interested in learning farrier work, so he tutored under the watchful eyes of Owen Bexon and Jerry Tindell, both exceptional farriers, and now also trims and shoes for his own clients. Craig states, “Several years ago I was invited to work with Jerry over the winter. The experience helped me to hold myself accountable to what I’d learned from him in the past. Now for the past couple of years, I have been starting colts and riding horses and mules full time, and feel I have something to offer to the equine industry. Always a student of the horse, I try and help horses/mules and people to work together so both can feel like they accomplished something. I am always happy to talk horses or mules with anyone and help with any questions they may have.” Watch for Craig riding in the Advanced Jerry Tindell Clinic July 7–9 at the Lakedell Arena, by Pigeon Lake. He can be contacted at 780 832-5462, Check our website www.albertadonkeyandmule. com for our events, including our Annual Longears Show August 11-13 at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds.

Craig with a young Arab stallion he was training in California

Craig on the Mule ‘Louise’

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ell hello there July! I have to say I’m loving summer so far. There is always something for one to do. Some of our members have been outside driving at Island 22 and I have to say it does look lovely. It’s definitely on my list of things to try! June was a busy month for BCMHC as we hosted our sanctioned AMHA and AMHR show. Once again this was held at the beautiful Heritage Park in Chilliwack. We had a decent amount of entries and attracted participants from all over BC and Alberta as well. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard making this show happen… it really does take a bunch of passionate people to pull this off. I want to thank our fabulous sponsors as well which without them we wouldn’t be able to do any of this. Lastly, a thank you to these lovely little horses that come out and try their hearts out

for us and are so much fun to work with. They really are the stars of the show! Don’t forget we have Casey Campbell coming up from California this month for another awesome clinic. Please contact Tina Harrison for more info 604-533-1168. Casey is a wonderful teacher and really takes the time for each person. You will certainly leave this clinic with some new tools in your horsey tool belt. He is one of the best in the business! Don’t miss out! Stay tuned for upcoming info and more summer fun dates. If you have any questions about our club, or suggestions as to what you would like us to offer please contact me, Terri Brown 778 549-1297. I would love to hear from you whether you are a member or not.

Casey Campbell

Let’s all band together to making minis really BIG!! Don’t forget to hug your mini today! JULY 2017


Kelowna Hoofbeats

By Lauren Mcgee, Brooke Mcgee, Kalli Krehbiel


he Hoofbeats kicked off the warm weather with a meeting on May 1. We talked about what proper show day attire looks like for both English and Western riders. Former Kelowna Hoofbeat Alana Ensign came out to help demonstrate what our Western riders should wear on show day, while current member Melanie Price modelled her English show wear. On Saturday, May 6 we met at our club leader’s house to sort through truck loads of donated bottles and cans. With the hard work and effort from our club members and parents we raised $550.88! Our first riding lesson of the year was on May 15 with Dustin Drader on Trail class. We worked on controlling our horse’s steps over obstacles

like a bridge, a gate, trot poles, and a stride box. We then jumped right into our regular lessons on May 29 taught by Carl Woods (Western), Brianne Mensing (English), and Dustin Drader (Western). The Hoofbeats are looking forward to a lesson-filled month in June, with summer vacation and Stock Show right around the corner.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver


e have a report on our recent BCLM Regional Show Jump event, held on the showgrounds of Mission Horse Club May 27-28. On May 27, our focus was on those members who are new to pony club offering four different Introductory Divisions ranging from ground poles up to 2’3” vertical heights. Every class of every division was preceded by a coached course walk, allowing riders to discern lines of sight between jumps and approaches for each obstacle. By offering this event at the ground pole level, members could learn this important skill before heights are an issue. These course walks would not have been possible without the generous donation of her time and expertise by Karen Hind of Whiskey Inch Sport Horses, one of our own incredibly dedicated coaches. Thank you, Karen; so many of our members learned so much from your coaching during the event! On Sunday, our Competition Divisions began with 2’6” heights and increased throughout the day to our Championship Division courses at 3’6”. Course designer, Kevin Holowack, provided incredible jumper rounds for our members, challenging both riders and their mounts with courses requiring progressively higher skill levels throughout the day. Congratulations to our Division Winners! Ground Poles: Amelia Thrift (BLPC) X-Poles: Chandra Rumley (BLPC) Starter Jumper 2’0”: Chandra Rumley (BLPC) Pre-Entry Jumper 2’3”: Lauryn Cartier (CVPC) Entry Jumper 2’6”: Lucie Shaver (CVPC) Novice Jumper 2’9”: Shayla Minosky (LPC) Schooling Jumper 3’0”: Emma Marshall (MCPC) Junior Jumper 3’3”: Ariel Carver (MHPC) Championship Jumper 3’6”: Stephanie Struys (MCPC) This year, we also offered a Medals Qualifier Division, a unique division featuring three phases: a flat ride ridden from memory, a gymnastics round consisting of several varied obstacles, and a full stadium equitation 3’0” course. Competitors are judged in all three phases and the most successful riders win with the highest combined scores. Our show jump competitors are encouraged to compete in the Medals Division to qualify to represent the BCLM Region at Canadian Pony Club National Show Jump competition held in different regions of Canada each year. Congratulations to our medals winners: 1st place 32 • JULY 2017


- Jami Struys (MCPC), 2nd place - Rachel Spencer (LPC) and 3rd place Jordan Carver (MHPC). This year’s Combined High Point Awards are being sponsored by Noel Asmar Equestrian. Our Combined High Point Award is offered to members who compete in both our Show Jump and Dressage events; they must ride the same mount for both events, and points are tallied based on their performance at both events.

Division Winners. Photo by Tracy Carver.

Lucy Shaver. Photo by Tracy Carver.

Jordan Carver riding Mallico. Photo by Brenda Calnek.

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


usy, busy we Vernon Young Riders! We had a huge schedule for May. We started the month by having lessons with Glenn Perran every Monday. Then on May 13 we had an amazing clinic with Glenn to prepare us for the AERC show the very next day! On Sunday May 14 all of our Vernon Young Riders competed in the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club show and we all did fabulous in my book! We are looking forward to July because we have our annual 4-H Stock Show and our theme this year is Canada 150! We are already making plans and throwing decorations around to see what we can come up with to have an amazing Stock Show!

Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister Hill • Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy, RGM Photography


e are in full swing at Langley Riders now with events happening almost every week! Shows, Games Days, Jumping Days, Wednesday pole and barrel practices, Cowgirl Creations Races and more! Check out our website at www. or like us on Facebook for all the latest news and updates! April 30th English & Western Show Results: ENGLISH Senior: Jill Spavour on Sam Intermediate: Lucia Bot on Element Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Sugar & Spice Walk-Trot 10 & Over: Marie Hol on Broken Arrow Overall English High Point: Lucia Bot WESTERN Senior: Leanne Christine Lok on Gin with a Little Twist Intermediate: Carmen Martin on Cee Cee Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Tzar Tiny Mites: Allyssa Belanger on Cinderella Story Walk-Jog 10 & Over: Mary Z on Keeper Overall Western High Point: Allyssa Belanger May 7th Games Day Results: George Burns: Zale Hammren, 24 points Jack Benny: Mary Ratz-Zachanowicz, 32 points Senior: Leanne Lote, 31 points Intermediate: Cheyenne Grindrod, 29 points Junior: Marie Peters, 31 points Tiny Mite: Reese Zachanowicz, 34 points Lead Line: Liam Classen, Emma Hilderman, Radiance Zachanowicz

May 20th Games Day Results: (rescheduled from April due to rain) George Burns: Jeneane Evans, 32 points Jack Benny: Mary Ratz-Zachanowicz, 31 points Senior: Leanne Lote, 30 points Intermediate: Cheyenne Grindrod, 34 points Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister, 31 points Tiny Mite: Reese Zachanowicz, 34 points Lead Line: Emma Hilderman, Jake Page May 21st Jumper Show High Point Results: Tiny Mite under 2’0: Alexandria Brown, 24 points Junior under 2’0: Trey White, 22 points Junior over 2’0: Emma Springman and Ashley Nixon, 16 points Intermediate over 2’0: Alyssa Choo, 27 points Senior under 2’0: Flora Balducci, 20 points May 27th English & Western Show Results: ENGLISH Senior: Bethany Hill on Saskia ut t Westen Intermediate: Lacee Filiatruilt on Yogi Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Tiny Mite: Brooklyn McKellar on Bamboo WESTERN Senior: Bethany Hill on Hollywood Harley Intermediate: Carmen Martin on Cee Ci Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Tiny Mite: Allyssa Belanger on Cinderella Story Walk-Jog 10 & over: Mary on Keeper

Jill Spavour

Maddy Shannon

Jordan Hamilton

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club News Story and photos by Lauri Meyers


une 4 was a beautiful day for a horse show. The morning breezed by with our English classes, giving way to an afternoon packed with Western excitement. Local 4-H horse club, Vernon Young Riders, topped up our youth division, with all of them bringing home ribbons. It was great to see our 4-H youth at the shows again. Not to be outdone by our youth, our Senior class was almost as large. The walk/trot all ages division held their own with almost 1/3 of the entries. Our afternoon announcer, Roy Terpsma, brought his guitar and entertained us during the breaks with some good old-fashioned country music. It is common consensus that we will be asking him back for more… it was a treat! We ended the day with some Gymkhana games - a great way to blow off any extra energy. Thank you to our judge, Dawn Ferster

(always smiling)… and to our volunteers, they were stellar! Our next show will be August 13, and any

patterns will be posted on our website, www., one week prior for those who want to practice.

Kelowna Riding Club Update By Kelly Bose


ay proved to be another wet month and definitely made a lot of work for our show committee and groundskeeper, but the KRC Hunter Jumper Classic was a great success! Even with the wild thunderstorm mid-show, the footing in the rings held up incredibly well and the riders were able to enjoy some great competition over the week. We are so grateful for our many sponsors, volunteers and competitors for making this show the biggest and best to date! Unfortunately the rainy weather continued, and increasing water levels and the threat of flooding led to the Dressage Show being postponed. The new date will be July 21-23; surely we will be into our typical beautiful Okanagan summer by then! June 3 marked the 9th annual Equestrian Canada Horse Day which coincided with our Ricky Quinn Horsemanship clinic. The KRC was honoured to be one of the national hosts to help celebrate all things equestrian! Ricky Quinn shared his great depth of horsemanship knowledge with clinic participants and auditors. As a club we are always looking for new ways to include the entire equestrian community at our facility; have a clinic, show, and/or a fun activity you would like to see happen? Contact us!! The KRC is excited to be hosting our Clear Rounds Jump Night Summer Series. The courses will be set by various local coaches who

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have donated their time and expertise for us all to enjoy. Our first date was June 14 – with the course being set by K&S Elite Sport Horses. The next dates will be July 12, August 16 and September 13. Three rounds for $30, and stabling is free for members ($25 for non members). This will be a great opportunity to get in some valuable schooling and enjoy our great facility in the summer sun! Contact or to book your spot. As always, check our website or our Facebook and Instagram pages for all upcoming events and news, and you can now follow us on Twitter @KelRidingClub!

Killam 4-H Light Horse Club By Laura McGowan


n east central Alberta, 4-H horse members gathered in Coronation on April 8 to have a learning day ‘all about horses’ and to celebrate Alberta’s 4-H 100th Anniversary. In the morning, 4-H members worked on identification stations all pertaining to equine knowledge. The members had 2 ½ minutes to complete each of the 30 identification stations. A guest speaker came to share information about massage therapy as a career for both horse and human. Then the 4-H horse members had a record book workshop on how to improve their skills at keeping records. After a pizza lunch and 100th anniversary cake and cupcakes, the members were split into groups working on horse theory games, pictionary, jeopardy and slide quiz. The members then tested their art skills at print marketing to sell their horse or tack; with the day ending making a paracord rope halter. This was a great day for some of the east central Alberta 4-H members to learn more about horses and to celebrate 4-H in Alberta… 100 years in 2017.

Club members celebrating Alberta’s 100 years of 4-H showing their paracord rope halters.

Oliver Riding Club Update By Paddy Head


he month of May signaled the end of a long, cold winter in the southern Okanagan. The warmer temperatures brought some smiles and some gasps of horror as mudslides and floods damaged properties and roads. But Oliver Riding Club members didn’t let that spoil planned activities. On the first weekend of May, Ken MacRae held his 2-day Spring Tune Up at D Bar K. A group of mixed level riders and horses showed up on a sunny day. Everyone completed the exercises successfully with the older horses encouraging and sometimes leading the younger ones. The finale was a trail ride to the local Montacarn Winery where the riders were treated to wine tasting and the horses to fresh, cold water. The following weekend was the D Bar K Trail Challenge. Ken put together an inviting course of obstacles that challenged both horse and rider in horsemanship, communication, and courage. Once again, both young and older horses and riders could tackle the obstacles at their own speed to ensure success. The month wrapped up with a booth at the Osoyoos Medieval Faire where several families were introduced to the club and all of the annual activities that are planned. ORC is now gearing up for the June Horse Show which is expected to draw many horses and riders from all over the Okanagan. JULY 2017


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley West Coast Summer Classic This is our BIG PRIZE show! Frank Principe spurs, Mayatex pads, embroidered halters, sheets and quilts, bronzes and more! Three days, four judges and some great stakes and our inaugural Breeders Incentive Futurity with $2,800 added! Check out the FB page to see if your 2016 baby is eligible! We offer flat rates! Our stakes classes are: Cathy Dumaresq Trail $750 added Non Pro Horsemanship: $750 added We are also hosting Equestrian with Developing Abilities classes FREE Show date is July 21-23 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley All Novice Show Our one-day show is August 20 at Milner Downs in Langley featuring

AQHA Walk/Trot Youth and Ammy, Level 1 Youth and Ammy, Rookie and All-Breed! Come join us for this grass roots fun show for all! We are offering AQHA bronzes (trophies), very reasonably priced and we offer a flat rate! AQHA Ride Jeneane Evans is once again running an AQHA Recreational Ride in Merritt! Prizes, great food and entertainment, and of course lots of riding in beautiful surroundings. Date is September 8-10. E-mail for more info Volunteers Needed Please consider volunteering -- many hands make light work. Remember all BCQHA members are eligible for LMQHA year-end awards if you fulfill the volunteer or sponsorship requirements!

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

Tennessee Walking Horse News By Fran Kerik


ay is our highlight month here at the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH) when we jointly host a clinic, and hold our Annual General Meeting at Klondike Victory Farms, just north of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. This year we held a different type of clinic… a “Connections” clinic, one that considers the ‘Whole Horse’. The clinic was designed to recognize the emotional, mental and physical needs of the horse as well as the handler or rider. The connection between relaxation, rhythm, balance, communication, forward and straightness was emphasized. The connections are not considered in isolation, but integrated into a philosophy considering the whole horse. Connections included responsibility for both horse and human. On Saturday mini clinics were held featuring all work “in-hand.” Our clinicians were: Bill Roy - Basic Fundamentals for all horses and humans no matter the age or training (this was a demo only); Dianne Little – In-hand work to develop communication and connection between horse and handler – emotional and mental support for the horse (recognition of the role of biomechanics, conformation and

Left: Jade Dye trying out some massage moves on Dawn (Karlas Enticing Dawn) Middle: Clinician Bill Roy Right: Harnessing up - Chloe Buck (Alynn Ward’s granddaughter)

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posture for horse and human); Windi Derman - Long Lining and Line Driving, including further development of communication from the ground; Alynn Ward presented an introduction to correctly harnessing a driving horse; and Kara Paisley - Equine Massage, support for the whole horse through body work. Sunday the clinic participants were up on their horses, under the direction of Dianne Little and Bill Roy, practicing the concepts and skills covered on Saturday; working with the whole horse – balance, posture, relaxation, rhythm, communication, straight, and forward, and connections in the saddle. Saturday evening the AGM was held, and awards were handed out. Owners received recognition in the various programs offered by the CRTWH including Program for Excellence, Training Level Challenge and Ride Your Walker. Congratulations everyone for all your hard work in achieving these goals! The CRTWH also received a wonderful donation from a longstanding member and supporter, Lori Dyburg, who generously donated $500 towards our education program.

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Lisa Galanov

Rendezvous 2017


he Back Country Horsemen of BC returned to the beautiful town of Merritt this year for their annual gathering, Rendezvous. With 22 chapters scattered over the province, Rendezvous is an opportunity for Back Country Horsemen to get together and visit, raise money, hand out awards, learn from clinicians, participate in some fun activities and get out on the trails and ride. This year’s edition attracted about 200 attendees and 110 horses. There was a diverse array of clinics this year; Sam Sunderland came back and worked on teaching his clinic participants how to train the trail horse. Andonia Reynolds taught Equine First Aid, where participants learned how to prevent injuries, different bandaging techniques and learned horses’ vital signs. A new clinic for RV participants was Mounted Archery put on by Stephanie Laversin and Robert Borsos of Fraser Valley Mounted Combat. This was a new experience for many BCHBC members with many now off to buy bows and arrows to continue practicing in this unique activity. The Packing Clinic and Competition returned again, with two clinics, one taught by Jamie Davidson and Andrea Thomson of Tyax Adventures and the other by Stan Walchuk of Blue Creek Outfitting. They all have years of experience and spent time presenting their knowledge and teaching hands-on. The weekend culminated with a Packing Competition where four teams competed for an amazing prize of new pack boxes donated by Custom Pack Rigging in Lillooet. Rose Schroeder and Cole Barker were declared the winners and, at 17 years of age, Cole is off to a great packing career. The Dutch Oven Dessert Cook Off was held and our judges, Brian Wallace, Richard Christenson, Ron Stolp and Nancy Spratt from Horse Council had the difficult task of eating a lot of desserts and deciding on a winner. Michelle James took home first place with her “Chocolate Caramel Coconut Bar” and Eleanor Elston was runner-up with her “Chocolate Raspberry Cake.” Eleanor seems to have caught the DutchOven cooking bug having won or bid on all three Dutch Ovens in the Auction! The Ernie Buckles Cowboy Poetry Contest was held again and we had a great turnout of performers. Our audience were alternately laughing and crying with the range of wonderful poems, some original and some old favorites. Kevin Gourlay was the winner of this year’s buckle with his rendition of The Man from Snowy River. We were thrilled to be able to announce the winner of the BCHBC’s new awards, The John Gardner Volunteer of the Year Award and The Outstanding Project Award. The BCHBC developed these awards last year to honour our volunteers who put so much time and effort into the organization and the great projects our chapters work on in their areas to preserve, protect and maintain our province’s trail system and staging areas.

The Central Vancouver Island Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Project for their work on the Spruston Rec Site. They worked over the past four years to develop infrastructure at the Spruston site, which is next to the Trans Canada Trail. The John Gardner Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Rose Schroeder. Rose has been working with the BCHBC and many other organizations for more years that we can count, helping to advocate for BC’s trails system, promoting and teaching safe horsemanship and horse packing skills and working to bring together all the user groups to make our trails safe and accessible. Her work is invaluable to the BCHBC. After a fabulous potluck dinner, the Mack Family provided entertainment on Friday evening and, on Saturday, it was our annual Live Auction. The Auction is held to raise funds for trail projects and the ongoing work of the BCHBC; a great time was had by all. We had an amazing group of sponsors including Tyax Adventures, Blue Creek Outfitting, Timber Ridge Trails, Cahilty Lodge, Chilcotin Holidays, the A-P Ranch, Quail’s Gate Winery, and Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, just to name a few. Rendezvous 2017 was the culmination of many months of hard work by a great and hard-working team plus numerous volunteers on the weekend itself made it another successful year.

Top left: RV organizing team Top right: Dutch Oven dessert winners Left: Archery clinic Below: Volunteer of the Year

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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BC Rodeo Association THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! 2017 BCRA SCHEDULE July 1-2 July 3-4 July 8-9 July 8-9 July 14-16 July 22-23 July 22-23 July 28-30 Aug 4-5 Aug 5-6 Aug 11-13 Aug 11-12 Aug 19-20 Aug 19-20 Aug 25-26 Sept 1-3 Sept 2-3 Sept 2-4 Sept 15-17

Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Sedro Woolley, Washington (PWRA Prime Rodeo) Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Fort St John Rodeo Cle Elum Round Up, Washington (PWRA Prime Rodeo) Lake Chelan, Washington (PWRA Prime Rodeo) Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Grandview, Washington (PWRA Prime Rodeo) Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Monroe, Washington (PWRA Prime Rodeo) Roy, Washington (NPRA Prime Rodeo) North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Vanderhoof

80th ANNUAL ANAHIM LAKE STAMPEDE 2017 celebrates Anahim Lake Stampede’s 80th Annual Rodeo on July 7-9. This year they will be hosting two one-day rodeos for cowboys to hang out all weekend and compete for money on each day as a separate rodeo. Rodeo dances Friday night and Saturday night. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, BBQ beef supper and don’t miss the parade on Saturday at 11am. For more information visit www.rodeobc. com. PRITCHARD RODEO Pritchard Community Association brings you the annual Pritchard Rodeo with lots of rodeo action from bull riding to mutton busting. Join us on July 8-9 to watch all the cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money and year-end standing points. Always great rodeo food and be sure to stay for the dance Saturday night. For more information visit 52nd ANNUAL QUESNEL RODEO Join us at the 52nd annual Quesnel Rodeo on July 14-16 brought to you by the hard working Quesnel Rodeo Club. The Quesnel Rodeo weekend is in conjunction with Billy Barker Days and is a must see with events going on all weekend long. Friday is tough enough to wear PINK, Saturday wear BLUE, Sunday wear RED. Join us for the wild horse race, wild cow milking and the flat race along with all the other rodeo action. Get your tickets ahead for the barn dance featuring Trick Ryder. For more information visit ESK’ET RODEO, ALKALI LAKE Esk’et Rodeo in Alkali Lake on July 22-23 is brought to you by Esk’et Rodeo Club, Alkali Resource Management Ltd., Ecolink Forest Services Ltd. & Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd. Just south west

If you would like to keep the cowboy way alive please check out our sponsor package for partnership options at or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997. MAJOR SPONSORS:

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Vanderhoof & Districts CO-OP, Armstrong Regional CO-OP, Otter CO-OP


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CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: WILLIAMS LAKE & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION WEST FRASER TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION from Williams Lake on Dog Creek Road. You will love the steak dinner Saturday evening and the famous bannock. Come check out all the great family fun rodeo action in this beautiful part of BC. Local entries are July 6th from 5pm-9pm at 250-440-5772. For more information visit www. FORT ST JOHN RODEO We are excited to have Fort St John Rodeo on our schedule as a new rodeo on July 22-23, brought to you by North Peace Light Horse Association and their hard working committee. Come out and support this rodeo with all the main rodeo events with bareback riding being the featured event. After the rodeo on Saturday you will want to stay for the dance. Local entries are July 11 from 8am-8pm at 250-263-4731 or email For more information visit www.rodeobc. com. Get your BCRA Polaris Raffle tickets at the next BCRA rodeo. Come see us at our Polaris Booth for your chance to win a 2017 Polaris Side by Side!

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Office Hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633,

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, Allison Everett 250.296.4778, Jay Savage 250.421.3712, Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678,

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

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


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CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 8/17 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

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The Equine Foundation of Canada 7/18

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

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

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 7/17 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 10/17 4/18

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 8/17 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!

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Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 8/17



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

North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 6/18 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head,, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 2/18

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

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

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PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 7/17 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 7/17 7/17

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship. For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit



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

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2017 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


1 ENDURANCE RIDE 25/50/75, Magic Mountain, Merritt BC, Terre O’Brennan,, 1-2 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Peachland BC, 1-2 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 2 RIDE AND DRIVE POKER RIDE, Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 2-5 NATURAL DRESSAGE w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch 250-573-5800,, 3-6 COLT STARTING w/Jerry Tindell, Lakedell Ag Arena, Westerose AB, JoAnne 780-898-1732, 5-16 MARION WEISSKOPFF - Intensive Horsemanship & Colt Starting Clinic, Princeton BC, 5-18 10-DAY INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801,, 7 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, Sherri-lynn Prest 7-9 BRONZE/GOLD DRESSAGE SHOW, Coldstream BC, 7-9 INTERM./ADVANCED RIDING CLINIC w/Jerry Tindell, Lakedell Ag Arena, Westerose AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 7-9 CLINTON ANDERSON CLINIC, Northwest Washington Fair, Lynden WA, 1-888-287-7432, 8 EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WITH HORSES, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Bridge Lake BC, Piri de Vries 250-706-2778, 8-9 VERNON DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon BC, 9 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 9 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, 9 Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 9 POLO/CARRIAGE DRIVING OPEN HOUSE, Victoria Polo Club, Victoria BC, Rachel 250-748-0708,, 10-14 VAQUERO/REINING/GARROCHA CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center,, Paul 250-317-7725

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14-16 WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN SHOW, Rimbey Agrim Centre, Rimbey AB,, See Wild Rose Show on FB. Open to all. 15 BRIDLE SERIES SHOW4, Eng & West, Blackstock Performance Horses & Arena, Chilliwack BC, Patty 604-823-4980, 15 BATTLE RIVER RIDE FOR STARS, Hoofs to Helicopters, Bar L Lazy T Ranch, Castor AB, Henry 403-741-5092, BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Vernon & District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 15-16 Dawn, 15-20 TELLINGTON TTOUCH W. CONNECTED RIDING CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 16 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 16 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, 6921 Chadsey Rd., Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest 20-23 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 21 INTRO TO MASTERSON METHOD, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 22 OLIVER RIDING CLUB SUMMER PARTY, Gillespie Ranch, Kaleden BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 22 ENDURANCE RIDE 11/25/50, Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, Bianca Mackenzie 250-878-4542,, 22-23 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie, 22-23 SHAWNA KARRASCH CLINIC, worldwide tour, Delta BC, Lisa or 23 MISSION HORSE CLUB English, Western & Games, mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 23 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, 23-28 STARTING & RESTARTING HORSES - TELLINGTON TTOUCH, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 24-26 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, 24-28 WORKING EQUITATION/EXTREME TRAIL CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center,, Paul 250-317-7725

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch ED BASTAC (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214, Animal Bedding, Dry sterile Pine shavings, 55-120 cu. yd. loads delivered. 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 8/17


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

Certified Equine Therapist: Structural Alignment and Massage Certified Equine Thermographer: Interpreted Imaging Certified Coaching: CHA English and Western All Breed - All Discipline

Travels BC and AB – Call 604-992-7945


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


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 11/17

SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 9/17






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



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



Bring your own horse or ride ours! affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs 2017 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!


VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254 Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18 250-593-9807 7/18

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 7/17

ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 9/17 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 10/17 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 11/17 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

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

EC Ventures


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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

Visit our Langley BC location: 106-22575 Fraser Highway 12/17

WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 12/17

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

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 7/17

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

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 11/17 11/17

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Business Services VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 8/17 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 8/17

VETERINARIANS PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069, Large and small animal vets, on-call 24/7 for emergencies, 7/17 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year!

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28-30 FUN IN THE SUN ENG/WEST DRESSAGE & FLAT SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388, 30 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 30-Aug 5 LANGLEY BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


1-14 10-DAY INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801,, 4-6 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE at ChilliwackFair, Chilliwack BC, Debbie, 5-7 ENDURANCE RIDE THREE DAY12/25/50/100, Titanium Run II, Fort St John BC, Tara Macleod, 7-11 CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center,, Paul 250-317-7725​ 7-Sep 15 EDMONTON AB, Advanced 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 9-13 HUB HOUBEN CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, 10-13 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS, Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 11-13 ALBERTA LONGEARS SHOW, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB. Classes for all sizes of mules & donkeys and all levels of training. Contact 11-13 CDN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Brian 250-359-7740,, 12 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 12 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Chase Creek Cattle Co., Chase BC, Lori Bewza 250-679-8247,, 12-13 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Mark Bolender, Sylvergrove Horse Park, Smithers BC, Ellen 250-877-9639, 12-13 HORSEBACK ARCHERY Team Selection 2018 Nomad Games, Edgewater BC, 13 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, 13 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 13 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 18 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, Sherri-lynn Prest

18-20 GABRIEL ARMANDO CLINIC, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Southlands, Vancouver BC, 18-20 19 BRIDLE SERIES SHOW5, Eng & West, Blackstock Performance Horses & Arena, Chilliwack BC, Patty 604-823-4980, 19 EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WITH HORSES, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Bridge Lake BC, Piri de Vries 250-706-2778, 19-20 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, 19-20 SUMMER SHOW, Coldstream BC, 20 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, 20 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 22 WTBOA SUMMER SALE, Sales Pavilion, Emerald Downs, Seattle WA, 253-288-7896, 23-Sep 4 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581, AUGUST CLASSIC H/J SHOW (BC Interior H/J circuit), Outrider Grounds, 25-27 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388, LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, 26 Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 26 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel 250-213-9817,, 26-27 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Quesnel BC (info TBA), Debbie, 26-27 DRESSAGE & MOVEMENT AWARENESS CLINIC, Catherine Clinckemaillie & Ann Wallin, Kamloops BC, & 27 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 30-Sep 3 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION, Armstrong BC,


2-3 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE - Bronze/Gold, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 2-3 ENDURANCE RIDE TWO DAY 12/25/50, Two Day 100, Last Chance Mountain, Westbank BC, Brittany Linnett 778-829-3433, 7-10 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS, Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC,

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


The Peruvian Horse

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

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

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

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“CAPTAIN” 2011 Reg’d ApHCC Gelding, 14.2HH

“DIAMOND RUSTLER” 2010 Reg’d ApHCC Gelding, 14.1HH

“WHAT TO DO” 2012 Reg’d ApHCC Filly, 15.3HH

A sturdy built guy, with a moving out way about him, that is short enough so it’s easier to get on him. Has trail miles and some arena time. A bit timid to catch in big groups, stands tied, loads and trailers well, and is easy to handle. Great trail horse at $4,800

Lots of trail miles and some arena work. Well-suited as a 4-H prospect or trail partner for youth or smaller lady. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well, friendly personality. Outstanding value at $5,000

Gorgeous black filly with that great easygoing, pleasing Appaloosa personality. Has trail miles and a bit of arena time. Ready to go whatever direction you choose. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well. A pleasure to own at just $5,500

Others for sale at 250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

Others for sale at 250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

Others for sale at 250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

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Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 12/17 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/17 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 10/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 2/18

Breeders, your listing should be here!


Rural Roots - Real Estate


Situated in a community of horse farms. The property backs onto crown land and is close to lots of riding trails. It has a newer barn with 6 stalls, plenty of hay storage, and heated automatic waterers. About half the property contains several fenced flat pastures. The 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was built in 2000. Access is located just off the Falkland Chase Road. Only 40 min to Vernon and 40 min to Kamloops. You will not be disappointed! 3919 Maddox Road, Falkland BC $500,000 MLS®

MARK KAYBAN 250-826-4920 Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty


CUSTOM POST AND BEAM HOME ON 4.49 ACRES OF PRIVACY This 3,139 sq. ft. 3 bed / 3 bath log home is halfway between Rutland and Big White on a school bus route. Top floor features a loft that overlooks the great room, and has the master bedroom with its own private deck, walk-in closet and ensuite. Downstairs bedroom is set up for B&B or inlaws. Property backs onto crown land and trails, chicken coop, 500 sq. ft. guest cabin, 600 sq. ft. storage building, 24x24’ pole barn, and horse paddocks. RV parking with power and dump. 310 Philpott Road, Kelowna BC $899,000 MLS® 10133853 MONIQUE (MICKY) KAETLER 250-808-0305 agent99 Century 21 Assurance Realty, Kelowna BC

YOUR DREAM PROPERTY ON CANIM LAKE HAS JUST BECOME AVAILABLE! 20 fenced acres with 688’ of lake frontage and southern exposure for the garden (raspberries and currants already established). This property has 2 dwellings: 1 log with 3 bedrooms - 1 den/bedroom, and 1 frame with 3 bedrooms. You can live in one and rent the other one out or use it for guests. There are subdivision possibilities and timber value on the property, and it has lively Allens Creek running through it. Too much to mention, so please come and see for yourself! 4049 Harriman Road, Canim Lake BC $799,000 MLS® R2156310 TAMARA VAN LOON Cell: 250-706-2742 RE/MAX 100 – 100 Mile House


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