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ULY ALREADY?? What a crazy spring we have had with Mother Nature throwing us everything she’s got. Now hopefully summer will appear as it should – then we will all be bit*hing about the heat! Let’s cross our fingers we do not get another serious fire season. We’ve got a good mix of articles in this issue – I hope you enjoy them. If ever you have read one of our articles, and it helped you out, or changed your outlook, even brought a smile to your face or a tear to your eye… do let us know! We love reader feedback. And I am sure the authors would appreciate it too! Enjoy the club news too! They are all busy hosting shows, clinics and events – and you can read all about them in Saddle Up! And don’t forget our What’s Happening? Calendar… limited dates are in the magazine but ALL dates are on our website calendar. Go see! Enjoy your summer!


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10 Rules of Horse Showing 6 Becoming an Equine Entrepreneur 7 Lifestyle, Diet & Horsemanship – Pt 3 8 Alberta Thoroughbred Winners 10 Putting Feel on the Line 12 Mountain Trail Challenge 14 Cariboo Trails B.S. & Drive 15 Rollback Collection Exercise 16 Calgary’s Heavy Horses 18 CWHBA Inspection & Fall Sale 19 O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome 21 Horseback Archery 22

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erritt is proud to be home of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Country Legend downtown murals, and Walk of Star bronze hand prints. Enjoy a tour and see what makes Merritt the “Country Music Capital of Canada.” The Nicola Valley is conveniently located at the junction of Highway 97C, Highway 5, 5A and 8. Only three hours from downtown Vancouver, one and a half hours to Kelowna, and forty-five minutes to Kamloops, Merritt is accessible from all regions of BC. Within the City, we invite you to explore the trail networks, newly rebuilt Rotary Bike Park, and many local ranches. There is nothing better than heading out to visit one of the many surrounding lakes via horseback. The City of Merritt hosts a large variety of annual community events from the Merritt Country Christmas Week to the Rockin’ River Musicfest. There is always something going on in Merritt BC! Visit for more to see and do in Merritt and the beautiful Nicola Valley.

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10 Unwritten Rules of Horse Showing Almost everything in life is governed by a set of rules, even if they aren’t written in a rulebook – a general set of rules that are just implied but never documented. This applies to horse shows as well.

By Julie Hoefling As seen on Facebook, courtesy of Photo courtesy of Dressage Today


f you are a veteran in the show pen, you know there are some unwritten rules that should be followed. You may have even noticed some rule breakers at some of the horse shows you’ve attended. We’ve come up with 10 Unwritten Rules to keep in mind the next time you pull into the show grounds.

1. Eyes up in the warm-up pen. The warm-up pen can be one of the most stressful and chaotic areas at the horse show. Trainers, veterans and novice riders are all in the same arena practicing for a multitude of classes. Make your experience a good one by keeping your eyes up and avoiding any potential issues. We all make mistakes, so if you bump into someone or don’t move off the rail, apologize. Everyone is trying to make the most of their practice and a simple apology will go a long way.

2. Be gracious to the office staff.

We’ve all seen (or heard) that person in the

show office complaining about lost entries or show fees. Don’t be that person! Most show staff work long hours and deal with hundreds of people in a day. Make their day a little easier by being nice. After all, we are at a horse show – what could be so bad?

have your trainer or your cheering section let you know you did well, but when an outsider or fellow competitor tells you that, it can really brighten up a day. Showing support for another exhibitor spreads positivity and good will and someday you may see this come back your way.

3. Know your draw and be ready in your work order.

7. Don’t tell your trainer you are tired.

Do your homework before you get to the gate. Know your draw and know where the show is in the work order. The gate staff do not want to track you down and you definitely do not want to make the judges wait for you. As a courtesy to the show and your fellow competitors, be ready when it is your turn.

4. Help someone who needs it. Their chaps are rolled up and they don’t know it, their hair is falling down or their helmet is on the fence post and they’ve already gotten on their horse. If you notice someone needing an extra hand, give it to them. Not everyone has an entourage of people assisting at the horse show and some could use an extra hand.

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Everyone has a bad ride, a bad go or just bad luck at a horse show. Go back to your stall (never pout or throw a tantrum in public – see rule number 9) and get it together. Have a moment to yourself and then move on. Attitudes are infectious and horse shows are supposed to be fun. While it can be a frustrating sport at times, do not let your attitude ruin someone else’s experience.

6. Congratulate others. If you watch a great run or ride, tell the person they did a great job. It is awesome to

They have not sat down all day, hardly eaten and have been up since about 4 a.m. feeding, grooming and riding your horse. Don’t tell them you are tired. Don’t tell them your feet hurt or you are hungry. Chances are they are all of those things and are working really hard on your behalf. Instead, ask them if there is anything they need.

8. Support show events. Attend clinics, workshops and exhibitor parties and lunches. The show management work hard to coordinate events that will bring exhibitors together and that create a positive environment. Show support and graciousness by participating in these events.

9. Judges are always watching. This industry is a small one and the trainer stalled next to you could be judging you at the next horse show. While judges judge their impression of you in the ring, they could notice you outside of the ring for the wrong reasons. Make a good impression in acting responsibly and putting your best “boot” forward in all situations.

10. Be welcoming to newbies. A simple good luck to a new face at a horse show could give an exhibitor a huge boost of confidence. If someone looks confused about a pattern or maneuver, offer some assistance. We have all been a newbie at one point, so make them feel like they belong.

By Jennifer Knappe

Deciding to become self-employed was one of the scariest, most rewarding choices I’ve ever made. But it was just that… a choice. It takes two things to create major change in life. A desire and a decision. f you have the desire to be your own boss in the equine realm, you only have to make the decision to do so. Everything else you will need to be successful can be acquired, learnt, developed, honed, purchased, or borrowed. I am living proof that you can create a million dollar business from nothing. No entrepreneurial experience. No great investment. No silver spoon. It did, however, take courage, heart, determination, and tenacity. Playing big in the arena of life might not be easy, but it just might be exactly what your soul is craving. To get started, it boils down to three simple, yet surprisingly difficult tasks: 1. Get Crystal Clear - Being an entrepreneur means that you are constantly in creation mode. You get to create your business. Your business will be as unique to you as your fingerprint, so getting crystal clear about what you want is really important. What services do you want to provide? When? How? To whom? As an employee, you don’t get to make many of these types of decisions. As a business owner, you’ll have to get really great at making decisions. Write down a description of your perfect customer, and explore how you’re going to add massive value above and beyond the ordinary. What does your perfect day look like? Dig deep and get specific! 2. Become a Possibilitarian - Successful entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for income opportunities. Getting in this habit is a great way to explore all the ways you could create an income with horses. I challenge most of my clients to come up with 3 new ways they could create more income every day for 10 days. Give yourself permission to write down every idea that comes to mind. Whether you act on one or seven of them, either way, you will have thirty new ideas to explore. 3. Find What Sticks - Most people assume that successful businesses are built without having to stumble through some sort of trial and error period. Starting a new business is a bit like learning to ride. You get on, experiment with concepts and ideas, feel what works and what doesn’t, and eventually you fall off. Knowing in advance that it isn’t always going to be smooth sailing makes it easier to get back on and keep trying. Successful entrepreneurs never stop trying. Adjust the saddle, try a new approach, and keep moving. Staying in action creates momentum in business. Being self-employed means constantly conditioning your mind for wealth. As an employee, it’s usually not your role to create the income opportunities, so this may be a big mindset change for you. Ask yourself on a daily basis how you can add more value. How can you make a massive difference in people’s lives? We all have gifts to share with the world, and I’m here to tell you that the world is waiting for you to share yours! Success begins with a mindset. A prosperous mindset leads to inspired action. Inspired action opens the door to unlimited opportunities. The great entrepreneur, Henry Ford, hit the nail on the head when he said…

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Often times, my clients have the desire to start a business, but feel as if now is not the right time. Either they are too busy, or they feel they are just not ready to step out. Want the cold hard truth? You will never feel ready. It will be scary, and it will take courage. Find an accountibili-buddy who will hold you accountable to your goals. Find a mentor who stokes the fire in your belly for more. The world of entrepreneurship is not only available to the already wealthy, or the well- educated. It is available to everyone who is brave enough to go for it. “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.” ~ Napoleon Hill Jennifer Knappe is a dynamic, adventureloving life coach, entrepreneur, and an eternal optimist who specializes in helping other equestrians tap into their inner guidance so they too can create their own version of Heaven on Earth. (See her listing ‘Live Radically’ in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)


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Cisco and I working in a way that promotes a forward stride and a heel first landing, consistent with correct bio-mechanics and healthy movement. Photo by Stephanie Travers.

Story by Christa Miremadi (Part 2 printed in the June issue)

If after addressing a horse’s lifestyle and their diet, they’re still suffering from an inability to really enjoy their work or struggling with performance, it’s time to take a closer look at the horsemanship that they’re being exposed to. know some of you reading this have been screaming all along as you’ve been reading that the horsemanship should have been looked into first and in some cases you’re absolutely right! There are definitely going to be situations where it’s obvious that the horsemanship being used to manage the horse is a contributing factor (if not THE contributing factor), and in these cases I’ll begin to address their handling immediately, however, not without also taking a look at the horse’s lifestyle and their diet. My reasoning for this is that no matter how good the horsemanship is, no matter how skilled the person working with the horse is, if there’s a problem with the horse’s lifestyle or with their diet, even the best horsemanship in the world may not be able to overcome the challenges created by over feeding, stabling related anxieties or something as disruptive as gastric ulcers or laminitis. It’s most effective to eliminate the negative influences from a challenging lifestyle and inappropriate diet before (or at least, at the same time as) addressing the horsemanship. Assuming that the horse’s lifestyle and diet has passed the inspection, if a horse is still suffering from residual body pain, muscle weakness, confusion, emotional distress and yes, even hoof imbalance, the horsemanship (or lack thereof) could be to blame. I know it may be hard to comprehend how some of these issues could be being caused by horsemanship but I can assure you, all of them can be. For example, if you understand the importance of a heel first landing to the overall biomechanics of a horse’s skeletal system, muscular system and the health of the horse’s joints, ligaments and even the development of a horse’s hoof, you’ll see how allowing a horse to move in short, slow gait, shuffling along, whether it be at a walk, a jog/trot or a lope/canter can cause a horse to move incorrectly. Because they’re not reaching properly with their limbs, they begin to land toe first causing all of their joints and ligaments a great deal of stress 8 • July 2018


as, biomechanically, they begin to work in the reverse of the way they were intended to! This stress can begin to cause residual body pain, navicular syndrome, underdevelopment of the frog, lateral cartilages and digital cushion of the hoof and then begins the vicious circle in which due to their discomfort, the horse is now quite unwilling to move correctly! This will lead to further joint issues, body pain and possibly conditions like thrush or muscle atrophy. If, on the other hand, a person has developed their horsemanship to a place where they not only understand the way nature intended for a horse to move but also how to communicate with their horse well enough to cause correct, forward movement they’ll actually help to promote joint, body and hoof health. Of course physical discomfort, such as joint pain, muscle stiffness and hoof pain (such as that which can be caused through incorrect movement) can contribute to emotional distress, poor feel, incorrectly timed releases or unintentional pressure is an even more likely cause for confusion or stress. I would be willing to say that 99% (or probably even 100%) of the time, even if a horse’s diet and lifestyle needed adjustment, the horsemanship was also a contributing factor to the challenges the horse and human have been facing. Generally, timing and consistency are the biggest factors. Most people have a least at one time or another been exposed to the idea of pressure and release as an effective method of communicating to their horses. For those of you who may not know what I mean, put in a very simplified way, if your horse is experiencing some form of pressure, be it a steady pull on their lead rope or reins, a pinch from the legs, a voice cue such as clucking or kissing, the twirling of the end of your lead rope or even something as subtle as your weight being momentarily off balance, it’s a signal to the horse to do something and as long as it continues, it’s communicating that your horse has not yet done what you would like him to. Release, on the other hand, is the absence or removal of pressure, meaning that the rein is relaxed, the lead rope has slack in it, the legs are soft and hanging loosely, your voice is quiet and your body is centred, balanced and neutral. These things will communicate to the horse that whatever they did right before the release was given was the right thing to do. The application of pressure and release in a consistent manner are our greatest tools when communicating with our horses and teaching them what we expect from them and almost everyone I’ve ever watched work with a horse has only been partly aware of how or when they’re using them. Trust me; I know how discouraging that sounds! And I am in no way excluding myself from that statistic. Most of us are not even aware

that we’ve been unintentionally reinforcing unwanted behaviour through improperly timed releases or unintentionally discouraging wanted behaviour by accidentally allowing pressure to remain even after a positive behaviour was delivered. We are ALL struggling to improve our consistency, timing, feel and awareness every day and both fortunately and unfortunately, every horse has a different level of sensitivity and tolerance for imperfection. This is why having a helpful, skilled set of eyes on the ground can help you to isolate the areas of miscommunication between yourself and your horse and ultimately improve your timing and refine your influence. More forgiving, less sensitive horses (or horses who’ve developed learned helplessness) will tolerate a great deal of inaccuracy when it comes to pressure and release and even put up with total unawareness when it comes to the horsemanship that they’ll put up with and still deliver an acceptable performance. These horses however, will often be referred to as dull, lazy or suborn. More sensitive horses however, can become nervous, flighty, explosive, bulky, pushy, and unpleasant to be around and in some cases, downright dangerous even! In either case, the horses are not as happy as they could be, not performing at their best and they may be experiencing emotional distress and confusion. These emotional states can and often will cause as much physical tension and discomfort as incorrect movement. However, the more consistently we can apply our use of pressure and release in whatever way we are presenting it, the more relaxed, more comfortable and happier our horses can become. The better educated we are as horsemen and horsewomen, about our horse’s psychology, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, nutritional needs and hoof care, the more comfortable we can keep our horses and when this is coupled with correctly applied horsemanship we can greatly increase our horse’s chances of enjoying their work and enhancing their performance! 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)

A gelding in for training and I enjoying a moment of release together as we develop a foundation from which to communicate during our time together, based on pressure and release. Photo by Amy Hay.

This sketch shows the mechanics of how the joints of the lower limb work and how a toe first landing affects the joints vs how a heel first landing effects the joints.

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Submitted By Lindsay Ward,

The successes and accomplishments of the Alberta Thoroughbred industry stars of 2017 were celebrated this past May 19 at the 44th annual Night of Champions held at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton. ver 175 industry members took part in the evening event including breeders, owners, trainers and representatives from the Alberta Owners and Breeders Association, Century Casino, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division) Horse Racing Alberta, Northlands and Olds College. Dinner was followed by a speech honouring, in memoriam, the tireless champion of the Alberta Thoroughbred industry champion, Lynn Chouinard, given by close friend Max Gibb. A video celebrating the industry was next on the program along with the presentation of the Thoroughbred awards. The 2017 Champion Alberta bred and Two Year Old Colt title was awarded to SHIMSHINE, winner of 4 races and earnings of $110,911 in his first season on the track. The Wilko gelding is owned by White Pine Ranch and was bred by Wally Pugh and Andy Stronach. TROOPER JOHN was awarded the title of 2017 Horse of the Year for a season that included 3 wins and earnings of $138,900 for owner Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. The Pennsylvania bred gelding is by Colonel John and was bred by Smart Angle, LLP. The 2017 Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award and Horseperson of the Year title was awarded to Ken and Maxine Anderson to reward lifelong personal involvement and contribution for the love of the Thoroughbred. Jean Kruse, CTHS Alberta Manager, addressed the audience highlighting the contributions of Ken and Maxine and their immense value especially as mentors for 10 • July 2018


people new to the Thoroughbred industry. Theresa Sealy accepted the award on behalf of Ken and Maxine who were unable to be present. The 2017 Special Appreciation Award in recognition of exemplary services to the Thoroughbred industry was awarded to Lynn Chouinard in memoriam and accepted by his daughter, Jennifer Mundy.





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By Glenn Stewart

Having feel, working with feel with horses isn’t something you are born with. Feel is learned over time, if the right circumstances arise, or quicker with help and the right exercises. Horses would be much happier if we could quickly get some feel. Another way I’ve said it is “Don’t be a big jerk on the end of the line.” he example I often use in clinics is: if you had a ring in your nose, which a lot of people do these days, and I had a rein or lead line hooked to it, how would you want me to handle the rope or rein? It is easy enough to learn, but many do not realize that they are being a big jerk. They are not meaning to, but it accidentally happens over and over again. If, by accident or otherwise, your nose ring got jerked over and over what might your response be? There are a couple of things that we can try to remember when we have a horse on a rope or rein. Practice being able to slide your hands down the rein or rope as well as letting it slide through your hands. The greener the rider is the less often you will see their hands move on the rein. Many just squeeze tighter and pull. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people come off a horse that turned or stopped because when they went to use the reins they squeezed tight on the rein and then lifted their arms in the air over their head until they got contact. It’s hard to stay on with both your hands above your head. You

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would look as if you were in a bank hold-up or were lifting your nightie. Above your head is no place for hands when you’re riding. You’ve seen it at times when the hand just gets up under their chin - still too high. Other times someone might get their hands behind the saddle before there is contact, that’s no good either. Hands that are able to slide up and down the rein are hands that can offer a feel to the horse. Another thing to think about is when you slide your hand down the rein or lead line, pick up all the slack before moving your arm. If there is any slack, drupe or belly in the rope, it is difficult to not accidentally

“Hands that are able to slide up and down the rein are hands that can offer a feel to the horse.”

jerk the horse as the rope or rein comes tight. You can try an exercise on yourself or with a friend. You need a lead line. One person hangs onto each end. Leave slack in the line and then move your arm until the rope tightens and you will feel a jerk even when moving your arm slowly. Then slide your hand down the rope until the slack is gone. Hand on top of rope, little finger closest to horse

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then close your pointer finger, then your middle finger then your ring and finally your little finger and then move your arm. Done correctly the other person feels each finger close and there is a distinct feel on the rope before moving your arm that will eliminate the jerk. Remember if you have a ring in your nose hook the lead line in it and try the two different techniques and you will quickly know which you prefer and which your horse prefers. The better our feel can be the better results we will achieve with our horses. If they could talk they would thank you for any practice time you put in before going to see them. Putting the horse first makes us better. Happy Horsemanship. Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States, and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at the Mane Event in Chilliwack this fall. Glenn offers year-round Horsemanship Courses at his home in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Camps, High & Wild, and Brazil. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit www. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Colleen Meyer ircle Creek Equestrian Centre in Kamloops hosted the first Mountain Trail Challenge of 2018 on the Sagewood Mountain Trail Park. We had a great turnout of 30 participants and classes went smoothly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The judging was very capably handled by Christa Miremadi and Dawn Ferster. With perfect weather, competitors were on course in classes such as Youth, Mares in Hand, Geldings in Hand, Back to Basics, Junior Horse, Explorer Horse, Novice Horse and Novice Rider, Amateur and Open. Two new classes this year were added, Open In Hand and Open Ranch Trail. Nestled in an old creek bottom , participants were challenged with trails, both gradual and steep, ponds to cross, tunnels to pass through, bridges in all shapes and varieties, rock scrambles and log sawbucks to traverse.

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While Mountain Trail is a fairly new equestrian sport, it is growing in leaps and bounds! This spring, Circle Creek hosted 4 sold out clinics with Debbie Hughes from Chilliwack, with approximately 36 of the 48 participants being new to the sport. Additional Challenges will be held throughout the year with the Finals being held at Circle Creek September 8-9. Another challenge was held at Hanging H Arena in Chilliwack on June 23-24, and upcoming is July 21-22 at the Back 40 Ranch in Armstrong. We are then back to Hanging H Arena on August 18-19. Classes for the beginners are offered at each of the Challenges so don’t be afraid to come out and have some fun! For more info please contact Colleen at

Submitted by the Cariboo Country Carriage Club he Huber Farm, located in 70 Mile House BC, was a hub of activity on the May long weekend. Lessons were full with Dennis and Ken Huber busy teaching and coaching new and long term drivers hone their skills on Friday and Sunday. The B.S. and Drive is an annual event and draws drivers from all over the province. Pleasure classes were held first thing Saturday morning followed by the Driving Trial, which consists of a Dressage test, a Marathon and Cones course. There were two levels of drivers; Training or Level One, and Preliminary or Level Two. Both levels were well-represented and the courses did not disappoint; they were challenging and exciting to drive and to watch. The weather was perfect, and all events flowed smoothly. I know all the drivers are very grateful for all the volunteers that make this event possible. Many people volunteer their time so that all of we drivers can come together and participate in this sport. We are deeply grateful. Special thank you to the Judge of the event, Kathy Stanley, who gave us tips and feedback on our driving, so we can improve for upcoming events and make it easier on our equine partners. The potluck dinners at this event are to die for! Frank Huber’s outstanding cabbage rolls tops the list of everyone’s favourite dish. Thanks

Terry Worsfield and his team of Welsh Ponies to all the cooks for contributing to the meals… once again the volunteers shine! Placings for the event are as follows: Level One 1 - Heather Dolemo and Joker 2 - Karyn Greenlees and Phantom 3 - Marion Roman 4 - Barb Gorsline Level Two 1 - Joan Bourke and Bob 2 - Michelle Davis-Ralston Heather Dolemo and Joker 3 - Ken Huber and Bolero

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We love the following collection exercise. Doing this exercise with your horse will create more ‘push power’ in your horse’s hind end, as well as lift in the front end. or this exercise, you and your horse should know how to execute a turn on the haunches. You can review by reading our article on turns on the haunches in the September and October 2016 issues of Saddle Up. Start by riding your horse in a working jog on a 20 metre circle. Ask your horse to come to a walk by inhaling and growing tall (creating a feeling of lightness in your body tells the horse that a change is coming), then exhaling and sinking down. Hold through your centre through the transition. Make sure to maintain straightness in your body, no leaning forward or back, with your legs close to the horse to maintain straightness and forward energy into the walk. There should be no feeling of ‘halt’ in a downward walk transition. Shorten your horse’s stride with your seat and rein aids while maintaining rhythm. Keep your legs on the horse in order to maintain the activity of the horse’s legs. Ask for a turn on the haunches to the outside of the circle. If circling to the left, perform the turn on the haunches to the right. Open the inside rein to flex the horse slightly into the direction of the turn. The outside rein limits the amount of bend in the neck while allowing the shoulders to move around the turn. Move both hands slightly in the direction of the turn to lead the forehand around the hindquarters. The inside rein is a leading or opening rein, while the outside rein is brought closer to the neck to guide the horse around the turn as a supporting rein. You can slightly shift your weight onto your inside seat bone and keep your inside leg on the girth to maintain bend and suppleness throughout the body and encourage engagement of the inside hind leg and to prevent the horse from stepping back in the turn. Move your outside leg slightly behind the girth to help bend the horse around the inside leg and to prevent his hindquarters from swinging out. The

Turn on the haunches: nice bend through the body in the direction of the turn.

upper inner thigh can help push the horse around the turn. The inside hind leg will become the pivot point, however instead of a pivot foot, imagine the horse walking his hind legs around a dinner plate, while the forelegs and outside hind leg step around on a larger circle. If the horse pivots on a foot the foot picks up and sets down close to the same spot maintaining a walking rhythm. The outside front leg should be crossing over the inside front leg. Allow your outside hip to move forward slightly as you turn your body to match your horse’s turn. However, too much turn through your hips will push the hindquarters out of the turn so keep the movement subtle. Keep the buttons on your shirt or your belt buckle lined up with the horse’s mane and your eyes looking through your horse’s ears. Overturning with the head will create too big a shift in your body weight and cause the horse to get heavy on the forehand. Maintain a following seat and keep the walking rhythm. The horse must maintain its bend and remain forward throughout the movement. Once the turn is completed ask for working jog onto the circle. While executing the exercise, the horse should stay forward, relaxed, balanced, and on the bit, while maintaining rhythm and correct bend. If the horse pivots on the outside hind leg instead of on the inside hind leg, the horse is backing up instead of staying forward. You may need to use more leg to keep the horse forward. Asking for the turn with a straighter neck or slight counter- bend may also help get the horse more onto the inside hind leg. To increase difficulty, you can also do this exercise from a lope. Lope a 20 metre circle, ask for a jog, then walk, shorten the steps in the walk to a turn on the haunches, maintaining the forward steps, complete a 180 turn on the haunches, then lope out.

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Working jog on the circle.

Walking to the turn on the haunches.

Overview of exercise: 1) Begin on a 20 metre circle in working jog. 2) Pick a spot to perform a downward transition to walk. Ask for transition using seat, voice, and rein aids if needed. 3) Shorten the steps in walk by using seat and rein aids. 4) Perform a 180 degree turn on the haunches to the outside of the circle with horse in correct bend for the turn. 5) Jog out of turn. 6) Repeat exercise. This is a fun exercise and you will find your horse will enjoy the challenge! Lisa Wieben is passionate about working with riders and helping them develop a partnership with their horses through increased awareness and understanding

Turn on the haunches: the rider’s body is balanced with the turn.

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By Bruce A. Roy, attlemen who left the Calgary Stampede with their brand, George Lane and Patrick Burns were two of “The Big Four,” that financed the 1912 Calgary Stampede. More than cattlemen, Burns and Lane were also horsemen, who exhibited their heavy horses at the Calgary Stampede. Lane, a Montana cowboy born in Iowa, foresaw a need for Percheron horses to open Western Canada. Given charge of the Bar U Ranch by Gorden, Ironside & Fares, Lane pastured 30,000 head of cattle and 1,000 head of Percheron horses at its peak. Home to the largest Percheron breeding operation ever, the Bar U Percherons were shown in Western Canada and America’s Pacific Northwest with stellar success. When visiting the Bar U in 1915, to purchase Percheron horses for France’s war effort, Louis Aveline stated Bar U Percherons were as good as any bred in France. When the Great War ended, Lane shipped 50 Alberta-bred Percherons to England. They founded today’s British Percheron breed.

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Burns Clydesdale Six in Calgary’s Stampede Parade (approx. 1946) Patrick Burns, the Ontario-born, Irish cattleman, also built a ranching empire in Western Canada. Stocking the Burns Ranches with cattle, he built the Burns Packing Plant in Calgary. An enthusiastic champion of the Clydesdale breed, countless Clydesdale horses bred by Burns were employed on Calgary’s streets. Archie Currie, skilled Burns horseman, wheeled back Burns’ hitch at Calgary’s Spring Horse Show and Calgary’s Exhibition & Stampede, year after year. Entering Victoria Arena on a dead gallop, the Burns Clydesdales always received a standing ovation. Those planning to attend Calgary Stampede’s 2018 Heavy Horse Show can google Calgary Stampede Agriculture; Events/Schedule; Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show Schedule, for show times. Halter classes are in the Northern Lights Arena; performance classes are in the Nutriem Events Centre, from July 5-11. To view the show at home, google Nutriem Centre Ustream.

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WHBA is now accepting applications for stallions wishing to present for Licensing and/or Performance Testing in 2018. The contact is Stud Book Committee Member Jennette Coote, email or call 403-556-8046. 2018 National Inspection Tour Including Stallions & Mare Long Format Test & 2018 Stallion Performance Test Mark these dates on your calendar: Sept 3-9: SPT at Saddlewood Equestrian Center, Bethany, Ontario - SPT final judging 6-9 Sept 5: Ontario Stallion Licensing & Inspection Sept 10: Quebec City Licensing & Inspection Sept 11: Maritimes Licensing & Inspection Sept 13: B.C. Licensing & Inspection Sept 14: Alberta Licensing & Inspection Sept 15: Saskatchewan/Manitoba Licensing & Inspection This year we are very pleased to announce Hakan Wahlman as our SPT Test Master and welcome esteemed Swedish judge Jan-Ove Olsson, as senior guest inspector. For more information contact or visit our website as above. The Fall Classic Breeders Sale is October 5-6 at Westerner Park in Red Deer The Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA presents the Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale on an annual basis each autumn since its launching in 1995. This is an elegant event, held in the European tradition, presenting and offering some of the finest Warmblood Horses for sale by auction! There was an outstanding response to our Equine Artist Contest. The posters and catalogues are distributed across Canada and the United States and catalogues contain a bio page for the successful artist, as well as a full page advertisement. “Royal Tales” was the winner of the equine art contest. The beautiful acrylic painting was created by Shannon Lawlor. Congratulations, Shannon! Equine Art Contest Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019 We are soliciting submissions of original artwork for consideration for use in our promotional materials, catalogue cover, website, and advertising. The selected piece will be sold as Lot 0 of the sale in October of 2019, with 80% of the proceeds going to the artist. Artwork of any medium — oil, pastel, watercolour, photography, etc. — is acceptable, including limited edition prints of original work. The committee is looking for an image that depicts or represents the Warmblood horse in some fashion related to breeding and/or sport. To enter the contest, please complete a submission form for each entry, along with a corresponding photograph/scan of the work.

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Cowboy Poetry THE YELLOW HORSE By Patrick Eugene Thomas

The yellow horse is get t ing old His hooves have walked t heir mile But just like ever y t hing he’s done He’s get t ing old in st yle Chilcot in bred, he was born Up on t hat hig h plateau He k new t he summer’s scorching heat A nd w inter’s ice and snow There’s some who canter, some t hat t rot A nd some who pace of course But none of t hem can match The easy gait of a Walk in’ Horse Cowboys and horses r ide for t he brand A nd Yella did his par t He packed t he hunters and t he dudes For his hip read Teepee Hear t His summer work was steady A nd young Yella earned his pay Come sunup he was ready To head out for t he day The dudes called him t he Steady One They asked for him for years For w ilderness is loveliest Throug h palomino ears When w inter fell, t he Teepee herd Saw snow upon t he branch A nd ever y horse and cowboy k new It was t ime to leave t he ranch The tack was stored and shoes were pulled The people went away The horses walked into t he w ild Where t hey were born to stay The lit t le gelding learned to live Wit h w ildie st ud and mare A nd deep inside, he always k new The herd was in his care He k new t he f ut ure of his k ind Was car r ied in t he mare A nd t hey would need protect ion f rom The cougar and t he bear Chilcot in meadow g rass g rows tall It ’s r ich beneat h t he snow A nd horses can g row fat and sleek If t hey f ind t he food below In spr ing t he lit t le yellow horse Would lead t hem home w it h pr ide But no one k new t he tales behind The scars upon his hide He lef t t he ranch and came to me But not HIS choice of course Thoug h not a lot of opt ions For a worn out yellow horse He teaches now and children come A nd want to learn to r ide But it ’s not t he easy ones who sit Upon t hat yellow hide For one has t rouble learning A nd one can’t see too well A not her needs protect ion From an epilept ic spell There’s people walk ing by t heir sides But t he children k now of course That t he one who really keeps t hem safe Is t hat old yellow horse! With thanks to Debbie Davies who thought of me when Yella needed a new home and told me of his role in protecting his herd there, just as he does here and with the therapy herd. And to Karen Tanchak and Helen Russell who gave Yella and I something constructive to do in our retirement.

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Campfire Stories By Sherry Sikstrom

Sit and listen to the g uys Tell their tales and tell their lies Rev isit ing the youthf ul glories Disg uising them in campf ire stories As the nights g row late and old The big ger stories now are told The f ish, the bear, the 10 point buck The day they nearly rolled the t ruck Faster horses, big ger climbs As they relive those good old t imes Adventure s they had in their lives It ’s a wonder any one sur v ived The ladies sit there all the while Quiet w ith a k now ing smile Not say ing much ag in or for But when the men beg in to snore A nd just us g irls we are alone Well, we have stories of our ow n!

Living with O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome By Scooter Grubb

Just recently, after years of research, I have finally been able to give a name to what my wife and I have been living with for years. It’s an affliction, for sure, which when undiagnosed and misunderstood can devastate and literally tear a family apart.


ery little is known about O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome. But it is my hope this article will generate interest from researchers involved in the equine and psychological sciences. You will, no doubt, begin to identify similar symptoms in your own family and hopefully now be able to cope. Obsessive Compulsive Equine Attachment Neurosis Syndrome (O.C.E.A.N.S) is usually found in the female and can manifest itself anytime from birth to the golden years. Symptoms may appear any time and may even go dormant in the late teens, but the syndrome frequently reemerges in later years. Symptoms vary widely in both number and degree of severity. Allow me to share some examples which are most prominent in our home. The afflicted individual: 1. Can smell moldy hay at ten paces, but can’t tell whether milk has gone bad until it turns chunky. 2. Finds the occasional “Buck and Toot” session hugely entertaining, but severely chastises her husband for similar antics. 3. Will spend hours cleaning and conditioning her tack, but wants to eat on paper plates so there are no dishes. 4. Considers equine gaseous excretions a fragrance. 5. Enjoys mucking out four stalls twice a day, but insists on having a housekeeper mop the kitchen floor once a week. 6. Will spend an hour combing and trimming an equine mane, but wears a baseball cap so she doesn’t waste time brushing her own hair. 7. Will dig through manure piles daily looking for worms, but does not fish. 8. Will not hesitate to administer a rectal exam up to her shoulder, but finds cleaning out the Thanksgiving turkey cavity for dressing quite repulsive. 9. By memory can mix eight different supplements in the correct proportions, but can’t make macaroni and cheese that isn’t soupy. 10. Twice a week will spend an hour scrubbing algae from the water tanks, but has a problem cleaning lasagna out of the casserole dish. 11. Will pick a horse’s nose, and call it cleaning, but becomes verbally

violent when her husband picks his. 12. Can sit through a four-hour session of a ground work clinic, but unable to make it through a half-hour episode of Cops. The spouse of an afflicted victim: 1. Must come to terms with the fact there is no cure, and only slightly effective treatments. The syndrome may be genetic or caused by the inhaling of manure particles which, I propose, have an adverse effect on female hormones. 2. Must adjust the family budget to include equine items - hay, veterinarian services, farrier services, riding boots and clothes, supplements, tack, equine masseuse and acupuncturist - as well as the mandatory) equine spiritual guide, etc. Once you have identified a monthly figure, never look at it again. Doing so will cause tightness in your chest, nausea and occasional diarrhea. 3. Must realize that your spouse has no control over this affliction. More often than not, she will deny a problem even exists as denial is common. 4. Must form a support group. You need to know you’re not alone - and there’s no shame in admitting your wife has a problem. My support group, for instance, involves men who truly enjoy Harley Davidsons, fourday weekends and lots of scotch. Most times, she is unaware that I am even gone, until the precise moment she needs help getting a 50-pound bag of grain out of the truck. Now you can better see how O.C.E.A.N.S. affects countless households in this country and abroad. It knows no racial, ethnic or religious boundaries. It is a syndrome that will be difficult to treat because those most affected are in denial and therefore, not interested in a cure. So, I am taking it upon myself to be constantly diligent in my research in order to pass along information to make it easier for caretakers to cope on a day-to-day basis.

July 2018


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By Robert Borsos


n May 2018, I attended the Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Training Camp and Competition. Located in Mount Currie BC Canada, the grounds for the training camp and competition were spacious and included a variety of different horses for people of varying skill sets. The training camp included both mounted archery as well as ground archery to help refine the skills necessary for the sport. While the training camp aimed to prepare competitors for the competition, I found that it also catered to those wishing to learn a new style and approach to the different types of courses which were represented in the competition. The hosts and instructor were very hospitable and helped to create a positive and supportive environment in which to learn. The competition was by far one of the most fun and exciting horse archery competitions as well as any horse competition I have ever been too. The competition ran smoothly and had competitors from Canada, the United States and Japan. It was a great experience to learn new skills, improve as a horse archer and make new friends.” - Katie Dezsofi Oregon, USA

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New Book The Sureness of Horses

A story of second chances, romance and a love of horses Author: Kevin Arnold


n unexpected meeting leads one man to take a leap of faith in this stunning novel of romance and second chances, set amongst the equestrian world around fast-paced Silicon Valley. When divorced Wade Middleton meets wealthy Diana Buchanan, a beautiful horsewoman relocating to Palo Alto, California, from Texas, he is introduced to the exhilarating world of horses and fox-hunting, and a whirlwind romance spins out of control. Talk about a culture clash. Problems arise in the relationship when Diana cannot let go of her high-horse lifestyle, nor disengage from her powerful husband. Wade’s love of poetry isn’t exactly embraced by Diana —they are worlds apart. Yet for some reason, the two are saddled by an attraction that neither understands. A story of second chances, romance and a love of horses, The Sureness of Horses is sure to captivate and entertain not only horse enthusiasts but fiction fans looking for an exciting new voice in fiction this spring. The Sureness of Horses by Kevin Arnold (published by Manzanita Writers Press May 2018 in paperback) is available to order from online retailers including Amazon and to order from all good bookstores. Paperback: 302 pages ISBN-10: 0996885838 ISBN-13: 978-0996885836 Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm Shipping Weight: 445 g Kindle Edition $9.99 / Paperback $22.62

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Tidbits 2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show Centered on Welsh. Open to all. Join us on August 10-12 at the Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre in Leduc County, Alberta. All forms can be found at This is a family-friendly show with competitive and fun classes for all ages and skill levels. A variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes are offered—from Welsh breed, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter halter classes to English, Western, Hunter, Sidesaddle, and Gymkhana ridden classes to Driving, Trail, Showmanship, and Costume. Classes for Welsh Ponies and Cobs, alongside many open classes—registered and unregistered ponies and horses are most welcome. Our judges include: - India Baker (Waterford Welsh Cobs, ME): Sat-Sun double-judged show - Karen MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Sat-Sun double-judged show - Kathy MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Friday Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake Sarah Lindsay Miller of Sarah’s Equine Design will be the show photographer. Join us on Facebook for show announcements: www.

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Fathers of Historic O’Keefe Ranch Cornelius O’Keefe (1838-1919) came west having heard of the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1858. He did not arrive until 1862, after the good ground had been taken. Undeterred, he made a handsome fortune driving cattle from Oregon to the Cariboo, and during a cattle drive in 1867, he decided to stop and settle down near the Head of Okanagan Lake. O’Keefe’s initial success in the Okanagan was undoubtedly made possible by his Aboriginal wife, Alapetsa, and their relationship set forth a new chapter of his life: that of a father.

Cornelius and Alapetsa likely had two children together, though it has been dif�icult for Ranch staff to �ind archival documentation to reveal more of the story. Our knowledge of O’Keefe’s �irst family comes through oral histories, and we don’t have a clear-cut view of Cornelius the young father.

O’Keefe married two more times, and had a further 15 children. His youngest daughter, Eileen, was born in 1913 when he was 76 years old. The 2500+ archival documents housed in the Greenhow Museum at O’Keefe Ranch give us more snippets about family life.

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Fun with the Fillies!


ell our annual FILLIES trip happened June 1-3 at Aspengrove Country Resort east of Vernon BC. Fourteen horsey gals took part this year, which was down from our usual norm. Our group has been here before and we keep coming back, not only because of the great accommodations for us and for our horses, but for the fabulous FOOD and hospitality from Alisha, her (workaway) helper Andi, and family members Hilda and Lorne. It is always a relaxing weekend at Aspengrove, and the weather held out for us this year. Gals had the choice of heading out on the trails, playing or riding in one arena or jumping in the other. Friday night was pasta night, and Saturday night a BBQ. And Alisha lays out quite a spread for all the meals. Breakfasts both mornings were huge – we never can eat it all! And FOLKS… this country resort is now on the market for sale… what an opportunity for a horsey family or group to buy into this place. It’s all set up for horses, and from what I could see nothing is in disrepair – ready to start your new venture! THANKS AGAIN ASPENGROVE… LOADS OF FUN AS USUAL!.

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In Memoriam

Joseph Steve Sabyan 1932-2018


ith a sad heart and mind, the family is sorry to announce Joe’s passing on June 10 at Royal Inland Hospital. Recovering from a quad accident Joe was doing well; but all was not meant to be and he passed away with his partner of 30 years Cherie Jardine and loving daughter Heather by his side. “Joe was not the most eloquent, famous, articulate man of the world… but he was in my world. He will be greatly missed by his 4 children and their spouses, grandchildren, great grandkids, his brother Adam of Oliver BC, extendend family members and his closest treasures - His Friends. Anyone who was in Joe’s presence knew they were in for a treat! Stories of his past growing up in Saskatchewan, moving to BC to find job opportunities, raising his family and always, always dragging a horse trailer behind headed to his next adventure! He was always ready to buy that next good mare and a ton of hay! Not always easy or simple to live with, Joe was one of a kind, and I would not change one memory. Details are being worked out but tentative plans are in the works for a service for Joe Sabyan on June 23 in the Barriere Lions Hall.” - Cherie Jardine, Barriere BC

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How to Prevent Your Dog from Overheating

With spring here and summer just around the corner it’s important that you have a plan to keep your dog comfortable and prevent overheating during these hot months.


hile it is true that some breeds are more susceptible to the heat, it’s a good idea to have a plan for your dog no matter his breed. The most important thing to remember this summer is that your dog has no way of expressing to you that he is overheating. In fact, he may not even know. A dog that is having fun playing in the sun is similar to a small child, and as long as he is enjoying himself he’ll keep playing long after it’s safe. Here are some important tips to keep in mind as you and your pup enjoy the summer heat.

1. Be sure to keep a bowl and water with you at all times. Keeping yourself and your furry friend hydrated is the first step to beating the heat this summer. It’s good to keep in mind that ice cold water, though it feels refreshing to us, is actually hard on a dog’s stomach. It’s best to give them water that is below or at room temperature. 2. Make sure your pooch has access to shade. It is often up to 10 degrees cooler in the shade. So, if you notice your pooch is panting excessively it may be time for him to take a break until his breathing is back to normal.

few minutes you never know what could keep you in the store, and while you are cool inside it’s easy to forget your companion is outside overheating. 4. Don’t give your dog large meals when it’s hot outside. Like us, a large meal on a hot day can cause a dog to get an upset stomach and possibly even cause him to vomit or have diarrhea. Both conditions can cause dehydration, so it’s best to feed smaller meals throughout the day.

5. Kiddie pools. Kiddie Pools are a great way for your dog to stay cool while outside in the summer. You can usually get them for about $10-20 at the store, and your dog will thank you for it. Be sure to change the water every 2-3 days or sooner if you see it’s dirty. 6. Be Mindful about Exercise. Try to only exercise your dog in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. Also, never let dogs walk on hot pavement as they could burn their paw pads. If it is over 90 degrees outside your dog should be inside where it is cool, or calmly relaxing in the shade.

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If you are following all these tips but notice your dog is panting excessively and can’t seem to cool off it’s important you get him inside as soon as possible. Sometimes heat exhaustion can sneak up on us and it can be very dangerous for our dogs. Offer your dog water and soak two towels with cool water. Have your dog lie on one towel and drape the other over his back. If you have a thermometer take his temperature. The normal temperature for a dog is about 102.5, if your dog’s temp is over 104 you

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Share the Trails 2018 - What is Share the Trails?


hare the Trails is hosted 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.

Horse Council BC and the Outdoor Recreation Council have wrapped their 7th annual Share the Trails Workshop

Leonard Krog, Nanaimo MLA

Keynote speaker Tim Ryan, former Chair, Forest Practices Board


he 2018 Share the Trails Workshop was held on Vancouver Island for the first time, taking place in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel. Key topics presented this year were the rise in popularity of e-bikes, and their feasibility on public trails; defining mixed-use/ multi-use trails; public access to private lands. Equestrian interests were well-represented, with delegates from Silver Spur Riding Club, Horse Trials BC, Haney Horsemen Association, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Gabriola Horse Group, and Gabriola Lands and Trails Trust. The day’s speakers: - Richard Campbell - Executive Director, BC Cycling Coalition - Morgan Lommele - e-bike Campaign Manager, People for Bikes (prerecorded video) - Daniel Scott - Trails Specialist, Recreation Sites and Trails BC - Sarah Fennell - Recreation Business Specialist, BC Parks, and Kirby Villeneuve - Recreation Section Head, Provincial Services Branch, BC Parks (co-presentation) - Jeremy McCall - Executive Director, Outdoor Recreation Council - Orville Smith - Director, Tabor Mountain Recreation Society - Daniel Scott - Trails Specialist, Recreation Sites and Trails BC - Megan Hanacek - Private Forest Landowners Association - Keynote Speaker Tim Ryan - Forest Consultant & Former Chair of BC’s Forest Practices Board Just under 50 invitees enjoyed a day of sharing ideas and points of view in a round table format. If you would like a copy of the report on Share the Trails 2018, contact

Dawn Folliott submitted to 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest

Melissa Gervais submitted to 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest

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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Equestrian Canada Equestre Canadians from Coast-to-Coast Celebrate Horse Day 2018


questrian Canada (EC) would like to thank the event organizers and participants who made Horse Day 2018 a huge success from coast-to-coast on June 2, 2018. Held annually to raise public awareness of equestrian sport, industry and recreation, and promote the beloved horse, Horse Day 2018 was the 10th annual National Horse Day, which is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. A total of 75 official Horse Day 2018 events were held from coast-to-coast, which attracted more than 6,000 people to take part in a wide range of activities, including horse shows, demonstrations, clinics, trail rides, social events, harness races, and even a “foal shower.” Just a few examples of some of the unique events held to honour the horse included a lesson from Golden Valley Equestrian Center in Three Hills AB about the history of the Canadian horse. The Prairie Skye Equestrian Drill Team held their debut performance at the Stonewall Horse Show in Dugald MB, while free riding helmet assessments were being offered in neighbouring West St. Paul MB. In Mirabel QC, participants learned about meditation with horses. And in Coldbrook NS, Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix taught a cross-county clinic. “Horse Day is a great opportunity for my students to share their passion with other kids and their friends,” said EC certified Instructor, Catherine Hachey, who hosted an open house at Poneys du Nord in Saint-Eustache QC. “The stars in their eyes say everything!” EC also gives special thanks Birds Hill Flat Fast Forest endurance event in Oakbank MB to the provincial/territorial sport – which inspired smiles from the participants, including organizations (PTSOs) for helping to Shannon Yaskiw and Tammy Dawn. Photo courtesy of Darice Whyte. make Horse Day 2018 such a success, and to the Canadian equestrian community for their continued involvement and commitment to spreading awareness of the wonders of the equestrian world. Watch for more Horse Day coverage at and on EC’s Facebook page, including the announcement of the Horse Day 2018 Photo Contest and National Drawing Contest winners! About Horse Day Each year, the first Saturday of June is marked as Canada’s National Horse Day. Together, Equestrian Canada and the provincial/territorial equestrian organizations invite all Canadians to take this unique opportunity to honour, discover, and explore the equestrian world. For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. Horse Day is also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge both the important contributions made by horses in our nation’s heritage, as well as the fact that people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure. For more information on Horse Day, visit www.

In the June issue, the hand-held item is a curling iron. We had 3 correct guesses! Congratulations to: Ray Cody, Abbotsford BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Sandra Harper, Nanton AB

These 1/4” x 4”-6” half moon pieces of steel were a staple when the population was spreading west, prior to the railroad being built.

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email for details.

July 2018


Alberta Equestrian Foundation Alberta’s Newly Certified Instructors/Coaches – Spring 2018


he Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to congratulate the following individuals on their recent accomplishment of becoming a certified Instructor/Coach: Shannon Wiens (of BC) - EC Certified English Instructor with Jump Rachel Thompson - EC Certified English Instructor with Jump Dominique Painchaud (of SK) - EC Certified Western Instructor Allison O’Donnell (of NB) - EC Certified Western Instructor Sarah Tucker - EC Certified English Competition Coach

This creative program has stirred up a lot of interest and enthusiasm over the years, open to AEF members aged 7-15. Not surprisingly we receive a lot of support from parents too! Young members keep track of how they are spending their time this year from April 1st until September 30th of each year and win great prizes. You don’t even have to own a horse to participate!

Live Outside The Box - April Winner


e are VERY excited and pleased to announce our April 2018 Live Outside The Box monthly HANSBO SPORT North America draw winner - Addison Rock! Congratulations Addison! We hope you enjoy your new Hansbo HS IC Halter with lead rope and LOTB tag! Special thanks to McNiven Ranch Supply Ltd., official North American Supplier of Hansbo Sport, and proud sponsor of AEF Live Outside the Box program. About the Live Outside The Box program Dust off those boots, get outside and have some fun with a horse. You could win some great prizes for doing just that. We want you to spend less time in front of the TV and computer and spend more time outside and being active. Less screen time and more horse time equals great prizes, it’s that easy!

Addison and her equine pal in action!

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

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

Nancy Roman

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

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Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey | Photos by Ashley Kotz


he A/V/L 4-H District Rally was held in the Cow Palace at the Armstrong Fairgrounds on May 26. Members from Armstrong Beef, Armstrong Multi-Club, Okanagan Shuswap Lamb, and Vernon Young Riders participated in judging beef, dog, horse, lamb, llama fleece, photography and swine. That was followed by a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers and pot luck desserts. A big thank you to KODA for providing chocolate milk for our participants. After lunch, the 4-H members were treated to a demonstration from Shuswap Spinners and Weavers. They also learned valuable safety information. Topics included “call before you dig” (underground utility safety), power line safety, building a campfire and Farm Safety Jeopardy. The A/V/L District 4-H members would like to thank... CASA, The Progressive Agriculture Foundation and FCC for sponsoring the safety and lunch part of the event. The big winners of the day were: AGGREGATE SENIOR 1st. Connor Seehaver 2nd. Brookelyn Koersen AGGREGATE JUNIOR 1st. Esther Thurgood 2nd. Tessa Elliott

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Sandra Harper What happens when an awesome mule meets an incredible human?


inda Leggette discovered her mule Rudy at the Innisfail Auction. He was two years old and the friendship has continued to grow for 27 years. Since then Rudy and Linda have traveled a lot of miles together trail riding, doing arena work, they even tried drill team, and have shown English and Western. Rudy drives single and double. This team has also enjoyed many poker rallies and sleigh rides. Rudy and Linda truly shine together as a volunteer partnership for the Mount View Special Riding Association, where they have been volunteering for many years. They give riding lessons to mentally and physically challenged children and adults. Even though Rudy is blind in one eye he trusts his human so much that he has been pulling the special wheelchair cart for many years, and is also used as a saddle mule for several riders. The cart is specially built for wheelchairs, with four quad wheels, and a small deck just large enough for a wheelchair and a foot of space for Linda to stand and drive. The wheelchairs are strapped down with tie straps, so you need to trust what you’ve got hitched to it. Rudy stepped into that job like he was born for it, right from the beginning. He’s trustworthy, and loves all the attention. July 2018


On to Green Pastures Bubba Jazz 1998-2018


ubba passed peacefully on May 17, 2018 surrounded by family. He was well-known throughout his career in the vaulting community as a “nice and steady” boy, especially for vaulters who were nervous about moving up to the next level or just starting out. His love could always be bought with treats, cookies and a couple scratches. He would never say no to going another round whether the vaulter was 4 years old or 24 years old… he was happy to please and loved the constant attention. Throughout his career in vaulting he won several high point horse awards and carried many vaulters to win their divisions all across North America. He was the first horse purchased for Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club when they founded, and later in his career became one of the horses who qualified Team Canada for the World Equestrian Games in 2014. After many years of success, achievements and awards in the vaulting world, Bubba was retired after WEG 2014 and spent his time relaxing on the trails and occasionally putting his vaulting gear back on to play with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by anyone who had the opportunity to know

this great horse and will be remembered by all. Thoughts go out to Shianne who said goodbye to her “once in a lifetime” horse.

Somewhere in time’s own space There must be some sweet pastures place Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow Some paradise where horses go For the love that guides my pen I know great horses live again. - Submitted by Ciara Mattheis

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Jill Barnett | Photo by Jadessa Brown Photography


he BC Lower Mainland Regional Pony Club hosted its annual Show Jumping Championships May 26-27, 2018 at Greystone Stables in Ladner BC. This event sees pony club members from Vancouver to Chilliwack come together to test their skills in various show jumping competitions. The event is run in a two day format, with Saturday hosting Introductory Divisions with the goal of introducing members new to horse showing to jumper competitions. Sunday runs Competitive Divisions from 2’6” to 3’6” for more seasoned members. Saturday afternoon also hosts our Regional Medals Qualifier to help determine BCLM’s 2019 representative for the Pony Club National Medals Competition, as well as a Medals Clinic for members who want to learn about Medals before returning to compete in future years. Many of our prizes were generously donated and sponsored by local companies, allowing us to offer extra awards for Sportsmanship and Best Turnout for each day of the competition, along with regular Division awards. The organizing committee celebrated a total of 6 Sportsmanship awards and 4 Best Turnout awards over the weekend, proving that the Pony Club motto of “Loyalty, Character, Sportsmanship” is alive and well in our membership base! A huge thank you to all of our 2018 Show Jump sponsors: Equine Essentials, Greenhawk Langley, Pégase Equestrian, Keith Dixon Farrier Services, NAG Bags (Natural Alternative Grazers), Kick Cookies, and Honey Field Farm. Results: Ground Poles Champion: Elizabeth Savoie on Justin Time Reserve: Quinn Wrayton on Rio’s Bravo Cross Poles Champion: Emilia Thrift on Sparrow Reserve: Quinn Wrayton on Rio’s Bravo Starter Jumper 2’0” Champion: Kiran Niet on Azucar Reserve: Katelyn Kendall on Miss Morgan Pre-Entry Jumper 2’3” Champion: Lauryn Cartier on Without A Doubt Reserve: Allison McDonald on JayDee

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Successful pony club members at our recent Regional Show Jump event Entry Jumper 2’6” Champion: Hadley Jack on Evergreen’s Jet Set Jo Reserve: Lucie Shaver on Marc-My-Word Novice Jumper 2’9” Champion: Faith Ray on Sir Teddy Bear Bandit Reserve: Kooper Lilly Mansell on Black Tie Affair Schooling Jumper 3’0” Champion: Paige Mathison on Amnesty Reserve: Jami Struys on Kovu Junior Jumper 3’3” Champion: Ariel Carver on Palakiko Reserve: Jordan Carver on Mallico Championship Jumper 3’6” Champion: Morgan Swaan on Far Cry Reserve: Shayla Minosky on True Cosmopolitan Horsemasters High Point Saturday: Jonathan McWhir on Quince Sunday: Leah Coers on Pharaoh Medals Qualifier Gold: Paige Mathison on Amnesty Silver: Chloe Oswald on Azucar.

Congratulations to all our competitors! To learn more about the Canadian Pony Club in BC’s Lower Mainland Region, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-999-7400.

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


pring has finally sprung! The weather has been fantastic and the club members are making the most of it. We’re building up to a busy summer season, but continue to host monthly group rides, open rides at Heritage Park, and Gymkhanas. On June 2nd some of our enthusiastic club members participated in the Yarrow Days Parade. The theme was Knights and Dragons and our riders didn’t disappoint with their beautifully crafted costumes. Congratulations are in order as they took home the 1st place ribbon in the Horse Division! Looking forward, keep your calendars open for July 8th. We’ll be hosting a Speed Event at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. For anyone unfamiliar with a speed event, it’s quite like a Gymkhana but there are loads of prizes to be won. There are events and divisions for all levels of riders. There are 4 divisions and 6 prize-winning events and Jackpot classes. We will be awarding prizes to 3rd place. We’ll have at least one rider draw per class, and fun awards for things like Best Turned Out, Oldest Horse, Oldest Rider, Youngest Rider, etc. We even have spectator prizes! It’s going to be a really exciting day and we’d love to see riders from all over the region come out for some great

Riding out to the Yarrow Days Parade fun. Inquiries or pre-registrations can be to Barb at 604-793-3616 or at Any information, including details for the Speed Event, can be found on our website at or on our Facebook page: The Chilliwack Riding Club. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries.

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill • Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy,


ello everyone… hope your summer is going great. We are very busy this time of year at Langley Riders. A big thank you to everybody that helped with, came out to compete, or watch, the LRS Little Britches Rodeo last month.

High Point Winners for May 26th English and Western Show: English Senior: Bethany Hill Intermediate: Dominique Ward Junior: Jordan Hamilton Tiny Mite: Reese Zachanowicz Walk/Trot: Alyssa Belanger Green: Jordan Hamilton Western Senior: Bethany Hill Intermediate: Cheyenne Grinrod Junior: Jordan Hamilton Tiny Mite: Reese Zachanowicz Walk/Jog: Alyssa Belanger Green: Martina Montgomerie High Point Winners for May 27th Games Day: George Burns: Dennis Hooge Jack Benny: Mary Ratz-Zachanowicz Senior: Chrissy Paquette Intermediate: Lexi Langset Junior: Autumn Rathgeber Tiny Mite: Reese Zachanowicz Lead Line: Toby Austen, Evelyn Paquette, Beatrice Swaddling, Stella Swaddling, Scarlet Weisenburger

Cheyenne Grindrod

High Point Winners for June 3rd Jumping Show: Senior under 2’: Loretta Manley Senior over 2’: Cassandra Manley Intermediate over 2’: Emma Springman Junior over 2’: Ciara O’Rorque Tiny Mite under 2’: Sarah Springman Mark your calendars! - July 7th to come check out Langley Riders first Cowboy Obstacle Challenge Day. This will be a fun timed event for anyone who wants to try something a little different. - July 8th English and Western Show - July 29th Games Day - Entry deadline for the Abbotsford Agrifair is July 14th. LRS is hosting the Games portion of the fair but there is also Open Mini, English, Western, and Driving Divisions.

Reese Zachanowicz

Jessie & Toby Austin

Levi Wagner

Jeneane Evans

LRS President Paul Richot and his grandson Toby July 2018


Peachland Riding Club By Tammy Hobbs


he Peachland Riding Club has had a very busy and exciting start to our season! Along with two very successful Gymkhanas, we also played host to an ‘Equine First Aid Clinic’ facilitated by Andonia Reynolds, Everything Equine, Equihealth Canada. Thank you for an amazing day of Equine First Aid training with lots of information and hands-on practice! In June we also ran a sold-out Barrel Clinic with Renee Willis. Thanks Renee for all of your great drills! Canada Day saw our annual Canada Day Race and Rope event… look for more details on the winners in the next issue. Thank you for the many Sponsors and Supporters of all the events. Peachland Riding Club has many more events planned for the remainder of the year. Keep up-to-date by visiting or visit us on Facebook. It’s never too late to become a member and receive discounts to events! Next Gymkhana is July 29. Come and check us out – you don’t have to be a member to try a Gymkhana… all ages and abilities are welcome.

Riding club members attending the Equine First Aid Clinic

Kelowna Riding Club By Jenny Bouwmeester


his spring has been full of fun-filled events at the club. We have already held our Annual Spring Hunter Jumper Show, Dressage Percentage Day, and our new Open Show! This is the first Open Show the club has held in nearly 20 years. We have wanted to make our club more inclusive to our Okanagan horse community. We were searching for ways to have youth and novice riders feel more comfortable coming and sharing this beautiful piece of property. The club also wanted to bring in more Western riders to be more diverse in the events we offer. So, we decided to hold an Open show, which showcased horses and riders in both English and Western disciplines, and ranging from experienced to novice riders. The show was a huge success, and it was great to see so many different levels of riders coming and enjoying the facility on their beautiful horses. We included classes such as English/Western Pleasure and Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Hack, Halter, Showmanship, Handy Horse, Trail, Command, and Ranch Pleasure. We had a range of riders from senior show goers, coaches, seasoned juniors, and first time show goers from different ages. Other than a hiccup with our irrigation, the show ran smoothly and efficiently. The amount of support and time given from volunteers was incredible. This show would not have been what it was without the hard work and enthusiasm from all our volunteers that attended. We also had two sponsors sign up to support our first Open Show. Top Tier Rock Walls supported our fabulous Judges with lunch from our lunch truck guy, Peter Ze German Street Food. Le Tack Truck sponsored our Show Champion with an embroidered wool cooler, and our Reserve Champion with an embroidered half sheet. Le Tack Truck also set us up with our Champion and Reverse Champion prizes for each division. Thanks to everyone who came and rode, volunteered, and supported our show. The day would not have been as amazing without your attendance. Hope everyone can make it to our fall Open Show in September. 34 • July 2018


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers | Pictures by Sheryl Dyck Terpsma


ind, Rain, Sun, Clouds, we had it all! For the most part, the weather was quite kind to us for our June 3 show. Another fantastic turnout, with exhibitors coming from as far away as Williams Lake to the north, Oliver from the south, and all points in between. Thank you to our Judges for the day, Andrea Mann and Madeleine Flahr and their Ring Stewards. Also a big thank you to our members for volunteering their time to help the show run and bringing food for all to share. Our next Show is August 12 and we will be having a Stakes Trail Class. September 23 will be the final Show of the year, with 3 Stakes Classes, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure and Trail. We are also working on making September a Trophy Show… stay tuned for more details. There are 2 more shows to help get your volunteer hours in; which are required to qualify for the year-end awards. For the latest pictures and information, find us on Facebook, or our website

FOUR OF THE BEST! - 2018 CanTRA Awards By Daphne Davey Andrea Gillies Award Outstanding Instructor of the Year Sponsor: Gay Wood Jo-Anne Billington Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association Edmonton AB

Jetty Chapman Award Outstanding Administrator of the Year Sponsor: Christine and Oren Birch Janice Cole The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association Hunter River PEI

Jo-Anne started volunteering thirty years ago. As a CanTRA Basic Instructor, her trained eye, upbeat encouragement, and insightful methods achieve success for her riders, and ensure volunteers provide a safe, progressive and fun ride. The miles she has walked, in the arena Jo-Anne Billington and on the trails! Jo-Anne is a team player who turns her hand to anything: cleaning stalls, organizing rider files, fundraising. She is one in a million!

Janice has been a board member, president, and lesson volunteer. In these roles she has demonstrated outstanding skills, especially in raising thousands of dollars for the program. Her outreach work has raised the Joyriders’ profile Janice Cole in the community. Her leadership has strengthened the board, although she would say this is a team effort. But teams have to be led by example, motivated , empowered and recognized. She has done an exemplary job.

Rhonda Davies Award Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Sponsor: John and Donna Davies Linda Leggette Mount View Special Riding Association Olds AB A volunteer for 17 years, Linda also hauls her trained horses (and a mule!) to the program. Her careful observations ensure a better experience for riders, horses and volunteers. She promotes MVSRA in the community, bringing in volunteers, horses and donations, Linda Leggette with Rudy and is a great fundraiser. Linda says, “I get so much out of the time I spend with these riders. I can’t imagine anything that could be more important than this, or more fulfilling.”

CanTRA Therapy Horse Sponsor: CanTRA Pebbles TROtt Therapeutic Riding (Ottawa ON) Pebbles became a therapy horse in 1998 and is still a favourite. Her levelheaded temperament makes her the go-to horse for rider assessments, and she doesn’t flinch when riders become upset or unbalanced. Her patience makes her ideal for mounting wheelchair riders. One rider’s mother says, “I think the most notable benefit is that she is steady and calm. She walks at a moderate Pebbles pace and never varies. Her balanced energy and peacefulness is imparted into [my son’s] body through the rhythm of her gait. He really enjoys his time working with Pebbles.” Your donation to or will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability.

July 2018


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Artwork Raffle valued at $5000


e are so blessed and unbelievably grateful to have had a generous donation by BC Artist Shannon Ford of an original 30 x 30 piece for a raffle. As she was still working on this amazing artwork by the deadline for this issue, we were unable to print a picture of the actual painting. However we are sharing with you some examples of her work here, and by publication you will be able to see a photo of the actual painting on the LMQHA page of and the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association FB page. Tickets are $20 each and we are selling only 250! Those are great odds! Contact Mellissa at if you would like to buy a ticket. Thank you so much Amberlee for all your work facilitating all of this. The draw will be Futurity night at our July Circuit (July 21st at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley). About the artist - Shannon Ford, Bachelor of Fine Art A natural born artist and an animal lover since childhood, Shannon Ford was born in Regina Saskatchewan, totally enchanted by the natural world. She was raised on a farm west of Calgary where she grew up loving art and knowing horses, cattle and wildlife. Shannon’s collectors value most the unique way her paintings appear well-drawn and technically accurate from a distance while being free flowing, naturally abstract and infused with multiple colours when viewed from close up. She binds her love for sculpture and gemstones with her love for painting by incorporating her own handmade precious and semiprecious gemstone powders (and sometimes even cut gemstones and 24 Karat Gold or Palladium) to create paintings with a unique quality of surface, light and colour; capturing more deeply the true essence and beauty of the subject she is painting. Shannon and her work have been featured in many publications including “Chronicle of the Horse” and her work is featured in four Canadian galleries.

We also have our 2nd annual Breeders Incentive Tri Challenge with approx $2000 added!! Foals from the following stallions are eligible: Zips Heaven Sent, Gonna Wanna Watchit, Mechanic, Consider His Source, Blazin On Through, Potential Goldmine, Idol Eyes This, Slow Mount N Music, Sir Array, Spooks Hired Gun, VS Code Blue, Dress Western, Just Alito Flashback. Those who didn’t get the free entry with the purchased breeding through the program, you can still enter your yearlings by these stallions for just $100. Entries get added to the pot!

Artwork is photos of examples of Shannon Ford’s work

West Coast Summer Classic Our BIG PRIZE SHOW is this month!! July 21-22 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. It features 4 judges, a flat rate and of course PRIZES! Superhorse wins a SADDLE, Halter Champion of Champions takes home a Bronze, 7 High Points get a $500 Frank Principe gift certificate for spurs or a bit. The others get a hat can, jacket and Mayatex pad! Reserves receive embroidered Big D halters and sheets! ALL BREED High Points take home a Mayatex pad. Wow!

Saddle is prize for Superhorse

We also have our Stakes classes open to ALL Breeds: Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake $750 added - Sponsored by Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses, Go West Quarter Horses and Back Country Horsemen Tag Team Showmanship Stake $500 added - Sponsored by Aurel Systems and DeKubber Show Horses 2 yr old Walk Jog Stake $500 added - Sponsored by Hutton Performance Horses

Spurs and bit are examples of Frank Principe’s work

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

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Submitted by Tara Rice, Central Vancouver Island Chapter Photos courtesy of Jill Hayward, Catherine Davidson

Rendezvous 2018- Boot It Up


he Back Country Horsemen hold an annual weekend of horsemanship and learning as well as its AGM called “Rendezvous.” This year’s Rendezvous “Boot It Up” was held at the North Thompson Fair Grounds in Barriere June 1-3. Seventeen of the 23 BCHBC Chapters from across the province were represented at this fun-filled event, which included approximately 140 people and 90 horses. Attendees were treated to some great clinicians including Dawn Ferster with Mountain Trail, Mark Fletcher with Equine Massage (The Masterson Method), and Miles Kingdon with Trail (In the arena and on the trail), Driving Demos from Mark Ralko, CPR and AED Awareness training by BC Emergency Health Services, and Limbering up with Linda Buchanan.

Miles Kingdon clinic The packing clinic put on by Jeff Eastwood of the North Cariboo Chapter was followed by a competition which was judged by Andrea Thomson and Jamie Davidson from Tyax Adventures. First prize was a pack saddle donated by Custom PackRigging and it was won by Jennifer and Roger Vanderkooi. Sharon Pickthorne, our BCHBC affiliate Director for Horse Council BC, spent the weekend teaching people about the smartphone App “Avenza Maps,” the updated Horse Council Online Trails Database, as well as GPS training. Check out this trail repository at https://hcbc. online/trails. You can do your part by reviewing/correcting the trails listed in your area for accuracy, submitting GPX trail tracks, uploading pictures and posting comments for the trails in your area. If you want to make GPS tracks of public trails and don’t have a GPS, HCBC will happily lend Pat Thomas you a brand new Garmin 64st. recipient of the Ernie Buckle I didn’t bring my horse, so I didn’t

Packing competition get a chance to ride the trails this year but I heard they were incredible. There were guided rides or you could go out on your own on the flagged trails. Maps and trail descriptions were given to everyone upon their arrival. Special thanks to Norm and Lisa who arranged for us to be able to ride through some of the surrounding private lands. Friday night was a lovely Potluck dinner which included entertainment by Butch Falk, Matt Johnston, Gordie West, and the Mack Family. Everyone had fun visiting, catching up, listening to the music and dancing around the room. The AGM was held Saturday morning with Brian Wallace being re-elected as President, Karen Tanchak being re-elected as Treasurer, Lisa Galanov as our new secretary, Rose Schroeder, Scott Walker, and Verna Houghtaling as our new Vice Presidents. The North Thompson Chapter really raised the bar this year with their roast beef and salmon dinner on Saturday night. The food was plentiful and delicious leaving everyone raving. I must admit it was extra nice to be served by the smiling faces of fellow BCHBC members who took great pride in the food they were serving. The John Gardner Volunteer of the year award went to Juanita Gibney who has put countless hours of work into the BCHBC Logowear. The Cowboy Poetry Contest had many great readings but the Ernie Buckle was won by Patrick Eugene Thomas who touched everyone with a poem he wrote about his yellow horse (see that poem on page 20 in this issue). You would be hard pressed to find a dry eye in the house after hearing him recite his touching poem for a second time – during the awards. The Silent and Live Auction were full of great donations from everyone raising some much needed funds for trail and education grants which can be applied for by each Chapter. Sunday morning everyone was greeted once again by the smiling faces of North Thompson Chapter with their pancake breakfast complete with warm syrup and huge fresh fruit trays on a beautifully decorated table. Big thanks to all of our sponsors, Cavallo Horse and Rider, Tyax Adventures, Montana Hill Guest Ranch, Arrowvale Farm, A-P Guest Ranch, Timber Ridge Trails, and Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp. A huge heartfelt thank you to everyone involved, especially the many volunteers. Without everyone’s participation it would be impossible to hold such an event, so hats off to all of you. I know, I had fun volunteering and met a lot of new people. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year brings and hopefully you are too. For more information about BCHBC and upcoming events, visit www.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


West Fraser Truckers Association


PRITCHARD RODEO – July 14-15 Lots of rodeo action from bull riding to mutton busting. Always great rodeo food and be sure to stay for the dance Saturday night. For more info www.rodeobc. com. 52nd ANNUAL QUESNEL RODEO – July 20-22 In conjunction with Billy Barker Days and a must see with events going on all weekend starting with a gymkhana on Thursday at 6 pm. 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. Local entries are July 4-6 from 4 pm–8 pm at 250-249-5805 or email For more info 26TH ANNUAL INTERLAKES RODEO - July 21-22 Exciting for this year is the RCMP Musical Ride during intermission both days! Join this fan-packed rodeo Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, rodeo burgers and lots of action. Local entries are July 9 from 10 am-7 pm at 250-593-4447. For more info FORT ST JOHN RODEO – July 21-23 Brought to you by North Peace Light Horse Association and their hard working committee. Support this rodeo with all the main rodeo events with saddle bronc riding being the featured event. Saturday night dance. Local entries are July 4-6 from 8 am-11 pm at 250-262-1032 or 1-855-262-1032. For more info ESK’ET RODEO, ALKALI LAKE – July 28-29 Brought to you by Esk’et Rodeo Club, Alkali Resource Management Ltd., Ecolink Forest Services Ltd. & Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd. Just south west from Williams Lake on Dog Creek Road. You will love the Steak dinner Saturday evening and the famous bannock. Great family fun rodeo action! Local entries are July 6 from 5 pm-9 pm at 250-440-5772. For more info





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

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

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 10/18




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

Contact: • Website:

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 3/19 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19

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


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 3/19



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.

Info on clinics and events at

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 3/19 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 8/18

8/18 6/16

The Equine Foundation of Canada

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

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

6/17 10/16 12/18


BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 2/19 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 11/18 5/19

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


BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC.,, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19



Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 6/19 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 4/19 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19

100 Mile & District Outriders


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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19 JuLY 2018


Clubs & Associations WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 7/18 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19


PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email 3/19 Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC


CLUBS... your listing could be here for a non-profit rate starting at $100 per year (for 12 issues); and includes a free link on our website.

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

My daughter recently joined 4-H with the Rusty Spurs in Abbotsford. She and her horse Missy were at their first horse show ever. Needless to say both were nervous. Missy was losing her mind at the beginning and my husband got this crazy shot of her. Luckily she calmed down afterwards and my daughter Brooklyn (age 12) won some ribbons. A friend told me the crazy picture of our horse was too good not to share and to send it in to your magazine. - Regards, mom Nicole, Langley BC

What are you doing with your horse? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 40 • JuLY 2018


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2018/2019 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,


3-7 OKANAGAN 4-H STOCK SHOW, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Lorna Kotz 250-545-7140 or 250-503-4600, 4 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #2, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Fraser Valley area BC, 1-888-533-4353, 7 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC,, 7-8 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Grand Forks BC, Madelaine Espenhin 7-8 PLAY DAYS WITH KELLIE, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, 587-876-6488, 7-8 VERNON DRESSAGE SHOW, 7-14 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Horsemanship & Colt Starting, Princeton BC, 8 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW III, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150,, 8 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, 9-13 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, (Vaquero/Reining/Garrocha), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 11-13 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, 12 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #3, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 13-15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Duncan BC, 1-888-533-4353, 14 ENDURANCE RIDE 11/25/50, Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, Bianca Mackenzie 250-878-4542,, 14-17 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 14-17 HUB HOUBEN CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, 15 FUN DAY, 10 am start, at Cindy Kirschman’s, Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-9277 15 SCEA LAZY B GYMKHANA SERIES #1, 10 am, Watch Lake/Green Lake Riding Grounds, Hansi Thomson 778-378-0460, 18 LRS BARREL RACE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC, 20-23 FOUR IN ONE OPEN & PINTO HORSE SHOW, Calnash Arena, Ponoka AB, for Prize Lists and information 21 BDRC CLINIC & GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, 21 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #4, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 21 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW #4, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Janeen 604-855-1152, 21-22 LMQHA ‘West Coast Summer Classic’, 21-22 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Back 40, Yankee Flats/Salmon Arm BC, Daina Hillson 22 BDRC SHOW & CLINIC, Barriere BC, 23-27 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, (Working Equitation/Extreme Trail), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 24-Aug 26 CARAVAN FARM THEATRE, ‘Law of the Land’ summer production, Armstrong BC, or 26-29 ADVANCING YOUR HORSEMANSHIP w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, 250-573-5800, 27-29 CANADIAN CUP DRESSAGE, Maple Ridge BC, contact TBA 27-29 CARIBOO COUNTRY CARRIAGE CLUB CDE at Huber Farm, 70 Mile House, Karyn 250-456-7404, 28-29 BCCHA Quesnel Indoor Cutting, Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel BC, contact Robin 250-249-5278 28-29 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 28-29 (TBC) MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC & SCHOOLING SHOW, Debbie Hughes 28-29 MOUNTED ARCHERY COMPETITION, Edgewater BC, 29 PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, 29 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC,

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Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, LANGLEY, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


1 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #5, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 2-5 ROCKIN’ RIVER MUSICFEST, Merritt BC, tickets and info 2-15 INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, 4 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50/75, Cariboo Gold Rush Express, 100 Mile House BC, Nicola 250-791-6331,, 4-5 BCCHA Jackpot Cutting, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC, contact Kathi 250-819-5974 4-5 POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT CLINIC w/ Shawna Karrasch, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Kristen 403-597-5928, 4-5 DRESSAGE TRAINING DAY/WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW IV, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, 6-Sep 14 EDMONTON, AB, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT 10-12 2018 WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW, Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County AB, all forms at 11-12 BCTCPA Homer Alexis Memorial Show, Falkland BC, 12 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 12 SCEA LAZY B GYMKHANA SERIES #2, 10 am, Watch Lake/Green Lake Riding Grounds, Hansi Thomson 778-378-0460, 13-17 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, (Classical Dressage & Western Dressage), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 15 LRS BARREL RACE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC, 17-19 BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Southlands, Vancouver BC, 17-19 CAMPBELL VALLEY HORSE TRIALS, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Carol McDonald 604-534-1676, 18 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Skimikin Lake, Tappen BC, Shawnee Venables 250-517-0602,, 18 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, 18-19 IRWIN INSIGHTS CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Chris Irwin, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 18-19 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 19 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, Langley Riders Society Arena, Langley BC,, 21 WTBOA SUMMER YEARLING & MIXED SALE, Emerald Downs Racetrack, Auburn WA, Susan 253-288-7896, 22-Sep 3 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW AT PNE, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581 23-24 SCEA MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Lone Butte BC, Cat Armit age 250-644-4388, 24-25 RISING STARS DRESSAGE, Chilliwack BC, see us on Facebook 24-26 DESERT SANDS MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Vernon Riding Club, Vernon BC, Dawn 250-808-0738,, Damarhe Training on FB 25 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, 26 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari, 26 PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, 28 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #6, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125,

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

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


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

arena maintenance 7/18


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


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



BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. or see us on Facebook 4/19

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








Supplements For Horses 2/19

EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 6/19

DEADline 5th of each month

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

1-866-820-7603 • ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed

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Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES


adventure | riding | hiking

Corrals & Camping – Bring Your Own Horse! 1-800-668-2233 • 108 Mile Ranch BC 5/19


Healing with horses

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


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

VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254 Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 5/19




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

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!



31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

We protect what we love.

556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 940-4499 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l l


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

FEncing 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders, Best Prices in the Cariboo!


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



Custom built and installed to your needs

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

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

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



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


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


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


Saddle Fitters


Bring your own horse or ride ours!

affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs

2018 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE! 250-593-9807 7/18

THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT (Lower Mainland ) 250-526-1868, Saddle Fitting, Consultation & Sale, individual solutions for you & your horse


DEADline 5th of each month JuLY 2018




CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/19 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 5/19 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 4/19 LIVE RADICALLY 306-314-4002 LIFE COACH, 4-H AND PONY CLUB CLINICS, WWW.LIVERADICALLY.CA 4/19

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19




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

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


MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 6/19 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 6/19 Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or (Sorrento BC)



PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 4/19 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 6/19

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

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree 12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 6/19 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 3/19

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



TRAINERS/coaches ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.



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

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

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

8/18 7/17

DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 7/19

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


OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888, Sheila McDonald DVM and Tara Trimble DVM, 9/18 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 6/19 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 5/19

Well pumps GENERATION PUMP CO. (Interior BC) 250-549-0780 Paul Moore Variable Speed Experts! 6/19

year-round listings

starting at $ 250 per year!

On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch

Check Out Our Blues!

2018 Foals will be available sired by:

Krystina Lynn Photography


The Peruvian Horse

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

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


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


2011 BISON “STRATUS EXPRESS” Peruvian Paso Horses Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s Largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB.

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

5/19 3/17

Gooseneck with Living Quarters. Shower/toilet, 7’ slide, 2 horse straight haul. 7’ 4” high x 6’ 8” wide, with EZ lift ramp. Bought new in 2013, used about 20 times. $42,000 Call 250-937-1259 or text (Vancouver Island)

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. 403-860-9763


Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 7/19 AWARD WINNING FRIESIAN STAR STALLION AI/FRESH. Quality Purebred and Sporthorse Foals,, 604-539-8108 6/19 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 5/19 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/19

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Rural Roots - Real Estate

BRING THE HORSES! CENTRAL TO VERNON AND ARMSTRONG 16.2 useable flat acres, perfect for the horse enthusiast. Completely fenced and x-fenced with 4 heated waterers, 4 paddocks and 3 fields, 100’ x 200’ riding ring, round pen, 5 stall barn, and heated tack room. Approximately 8 acres of good producing hay land, with a new 22’ x 32’ hay shed. The recently updated 1,900 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, cozy family room and lovely views of the property. Home has had many upgrades including new furnace, new bathroom fixtures, new flooring, HW tank and rain gutters. The 38’ x 25’ heated shop with separate office, bay door, and separate septic field completes this very functional property. Lots of privacy here and the pastoral views are amazing! Gardeners… there are lots of fruit trees, irrigated raised bed gardens and berry patches. 1437 Otter Lake Cross Road, Armstrong BC $859,000 MLS® 10161335 VAL DACYK 250-546-8791 OR 1-866-854-6049 Royal LePage Downtown Realty

THE PERFECT 10 ACRE FARM! Fabulous and productive 10 acre farm all set up for horses. 5 acres in hay yielding approximately 1,100 65 lb bales per year. Home is 2,700 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and a fully updated kitchen. Barn is 60’ x 30’ with cement floors and 9 box stalls, turnouts and another 21’ x 13’ shelter. Property also has a 100’ x 150’ all weather riding ring with 2 separate shelters. 1544 - 268th Street, Aldergrove BC $2,100,000 For more information CALL OR TEXT MARK COLLETT 1-604-351-0211 RE/MAX North Valley

realtors 16.5 ACRES - PRIVATE SETTING - IDEAL FOR HORSES! Located in the beautiful North Okanagan region. The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley is surrounded by many productive hobby farms. This private acreage is a fabulous set-up for horses, featuring a riding arena, 24’x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shelters, paddocks and covered hay storage. Property is fenced and cross-fenced, with heated water lines to pens and water troughs. Alfalfa field of 8+/- acres produces approximately 30 tons. Enjoy the farm and valley views from this cozy 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, ranch style log home. Property is zoned A2 for 2nd dwelling upon approval. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at TRISH GLAZIER 250-558-9598 VantageOne Realty Inc.

4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $889,000 MLS® 10148779/10148818

HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc.


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TURN KEY EQUESTRIAN ESTATE ON 20 ACRES!! Two stunning homes on a cul-de-sac; one with over 4,000 sq. ft.; and the second with 3,000 sq. ft. and a 2 bedroom rental suite, on 20 BEAUTIFUL, very private, park-like acres. Property has 2 barns, 4 arenas (lit/covered options!), 10 fenced pastures, 12 paddocks with shelters, box stalls, tie stalls, grooming/farrier bays, tack rooms, locker rooms, exercise track, private Mountain Trail Park and trails. All of this PLUS access to the South Langley Trail connecting you to Campbell Valley Park! Currently accommodating up to 30 horses in indoor and outdoor boarding options. TONS OF INCOME GENERATING POTENTIAL!! Too many features to list! 699 - 261 Street, Langley BC $3,698,000 MLS ® R2264601 For more detailed info please visit: SHARI MORRISON, PREC* ~ Shari Morrison & Associates Cell: 604-992-4563 ~ RE/MAX Results Realty

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