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ell summer is almost upon us – let the heatwaves begin! And let it rain please… lots, we don’t want fires. It looks like Covid regulations are easing up, and ‘sport’ can get a bit more active - allowing up to 50 spectators outdoors (not indoors yet). From what I am seeing on the internet there are many virtual shows available (for all breeds) and others offering clinics and seminars through their website. So if you cannot get out and about at least you can ‘show’ Photo by Diane McIndoe via video, and maybe learn something new on the internet from the comfort of your home. Having a video of your ‘show’ is a bonus, so you can see how you and your horse did, and might even see things you were not aware of, which helps you in your training. I’ve heard about some new equine trade shows that are supposed to be happening in 2022. We are awaiting the news on them and hopefully will have more to tell in our August issue. This will excite many of us I am sure!!!
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he Equestrian Canada (EC) Equine Health and Welfare Committee is committed to ensuring that EC facilitates maximum welfare for our equine partners and athletes. As part of this commitment, it is imperative that our policies and the EC Rules for all disciplines are aligned with current, science-based research. The Equine Health and Welfare Committee will be working towards the implementation of a rule that reflects the scientific recommendations that an equine’s noseband should not be tight enough to prevent the placement of two adult fingers between the noseband and the frontal nasal plane. As the size of two fingers can vary between the person who applied the noseband to the equine and the official assessing compliance with the rule, the committee plans to recommend the standardized use of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Taper Gauge to help ensure consistent measurements and an equine welfare-friendly field of play. A shift like this, though much needed and welcomed by the community, will require significant communication to and education
for both officials and competitors. To that end, a pilot project will collect data focused on the following: - Current compliance with proposed rule (i.e., current state of the industry); - Where targeted education and awareness is needed; - Competitor willingness to comply and adapt; - Practicality; and, - Training requirements for assessing compliance. The pilot will take place with 25-30 EC Officials at all levels of EC sanctioned competition across the country in 2021. If approached to participate in the pilot by an EC Official, please consider participating to help inform the future implementation and education strategy for this exciting project. For questions regarding the noseband measuring pilot project, contact: Kristy Laroche, Director, Active Equine Industry and Development at email@example.com.
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Join us for the 2021 BC Ag Expo By Evelyn Pilatzke
With the announcement of the Province’s 4 Step Restart Plan and timeline, the BC Ag Expo planning committee heaved a huge sigh of relief.
t the start of planning for the 2021 BC Ag Expo, a decision was made to try to deliver an in-person event for the 4-H and Open Contributors, and the Committee was prepared to do whatever it could to make that happen in keeping with Provincial Guidelines. This year’s fair will take place at the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo grounds in Barriere BC on September 24–27, 2021. Even though the 2020 Virtual BC Ag Expo was very successful for the large number of 4-H and Open Youth who entered, everyone, organizers included, missed the personal connection to the large 4-H and agricultural community who attend each year. We are hopeful the Province will be ready for Step 4 of the restart plan and BC Ag Expo will be able to be mostly back to normal operations.
“A Covid Safety Plan will be developed and we may have to make some modifications to keep everyone safe, but we are so excited that we will be seeing all those familiar faces again. Our fair is more than just competitions, it is our extended 4-H and agricultural family, having a chance to get together, learn and compete and grow together,” said Evelyn Pilatzke, BC Ag Expo Society President. “The 4-H program is a hugely important part of many of our families’ lives and one of our Society’s main purpose is to promote and encourage youth involvement.” We would like to thank our 4-H and Open Contributors for their patience this last year. So much appreciation goes out to our Sponsors and Buyers who didn’t waiver and continued to support our 4-H and Open Youth and all that we do at BC Ag Expo. Our Society volunteers worked tirelessly to provide our youth a platform to showcase their projects in 2020 and will now turn their attention and enthusiasm towards our 2021 Expo. As we all know, our BC Ag Expo has always been about youth development and community and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outlook for an in-person Expo. Our Horse Division is happy to once again welcome back Mr. Rob Kershaw as the Horse Judge for 2021. Rob competed at the NCHA, NRHA and AQHA Levels. As an experienced judge and show producer he has a wealth of knowledge to share and an approachable manner. He has trained horses for over 25 years and has a foundational equine knowledge and sense allowing horse and rider to see their potential.
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SOFTNESS - Before, During, and After By Glenn Stewart
Often in clinics I will say to the participants to look for and try to create softness before, during and after the maneuver. Whatever they are asking of their horse, try to find the softness throughout.
our horses are soft to the rein, leg and lead line it will show up in many areas but the most noticeable is the head and neck. When a horse understands the request and the request is within the realm of what it has been taught, then the head and neck is soft and relaxed looking and feeling on the lead line or rein. This is only true if the rider has been handling the horse and looking/ trying to create softness before, during and after. If we didn’t realize that we needed to ride and handle our horses looking for softness then the horse may completely understand the task or exercise but has been taught to be heavy, stiff and braced. If we release for anything other than softness that is what we get: anything but softness. Softness is not something you can make a horse be. You can make them light but you can’t make them soft. A light horse can have tension, it may move quickly and easily but with tightness. A soft horse cannot be soft and tight or tense. The goal is to try to do enough to create a light horse without sacrificing the softness. The horse is in a different mind space when there is tightness than when they are soft. If we do everything slow it is very easy to keep a horse soft. If you need speed and quick responses then it becomes much more challenging to keep the softness, but that would be the goal. Tightness can come from the horse getting emotional about what is happening and it very often originates from the rider not looking for softness. An example of this would be when riding and you pick up a rein
to stop or turn, the moment you touch the rein you should be looking for a soft feel on the other end. The horse should give to the rein by bringing its nose in and down or to the side wherever the pressure is taking it. The opposite of softness is when the rein is touched the horse’s nose goes up and away from the direction asked or doesn’t move at all. This might seem to some very obvious but to many they have never had a horse actually give to the rein. The feet turning and going the direction you want to go and a horse that is giving to the rein are two different things. You can have a horse turn to the right while they turn their head to the left. If you asked for that kind of head position, great; if you didn’t, then not so great, and the horse would not be considered soft. Many times horses are turned to the right or left with their heads pulled the opposite way but the rider doesn’t realize they are the ones doing it. Anything we purposely or accidentally do 3 times starts to create a habit. Creating good habits is much easier than repairing bad ones. An example of what to look for on the ground is when leading or circling a horse the goal would be to never feel the horse on the line. When you walk off, while you’re walking and when you stop the line stays loose, never pulls on the handler. When circling the goal is the same, when you send the horse out onto the circle, while he is circling and when you ask for the circling to end the line never gets pulled on by us or the horse and the horse should be looking in towards us not away from us. These are some signs that softness is on the way and we have been correct in looking for and creating softness. Next time you are out with your horse take notice of what happens when you touch the rein or lead line. Enjoy your time with horses and what they have to offer, Glenn Stewart What is your dream with your horse? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch and live the dream! For more information visit www. thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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Competitive Trail Obstacle Challenge By Janice Reid instructor Dawn Ferster, HCBCGP, IMTCA, who will be accompanied by four BCEA2TA approved judges. Obstacles offer great cross-training tools for a variety of equine disciplines and these workshops will advance you in your riding skills, ground manners and educate you on scoring and judging in a competitive situation. Next year, with the addition of new venues, it is hopeful that there will be a circuit for Arena 2 Trail. If anyone is interested in becoming a judge, contact BCEA2TA. For further information see the link below and follow us on Facebook at BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association.
ark your calendars for August 24-29 and choose if you would like to improve your skills by participating in private lessons, workshops, judging and scoring, ground manners or a Schooling Competition. These will all be directed towards making you and your horse more skilled on obstacles and riding the trail. Along with the lessons and workshops, the BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association (BCEA2TA) and the beautiful Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby, will be hosting one of the first Trail Obstacle Schooling Challenges to be held in the province. This Challenge will be different from other Trail Obstacle events, in that it will incorporate a scenic 5- to 6-mile trail ride with intermittent obstacles spaced at varying distances along the trail. This event will be for the rider who wants to add a trail ride to the competition component. Everyone is welcome to compete, whether a seasoned competitor or if it is your first competition. Riders will ride in groups of four or less, regardless of rider category. See HCBC, BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association rules and category divisions, to determine your level. Each rider will be judged individually on obstacles along the trail and advance to the next obstacle when all riders in the group have completed the obstacle. Winners will be selected from each rider’s category with the highest score on the total obstacles. A team challenge may be included if there are sufficient entries. A lead up to the Trail Challenge will be a more traditional Arena Schooling Competition, held on August 28th in the arena area. This is a good place to practice your obstacle skills and competition in preparation for the Trail Challenge on August 29th. Everyone is welcome to take part in these events but must be a current HCBC member. The clinician and head judge is well-known, trail obstacle
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=5367036076670469&id =100000923904645&sfnsn=mo BCEA2TA UPCOMING EVENTS AT TIMBER RIDGE, LUMBY BC July 14 - Private lessons July 15-16 - Workshops July 17 - Out on the Trail August 24 - Private lessons August 25-26 - Workshops August 27 – Competitor’s Edge - understanding scoring and judging for competition August 28 - Arena Schooling Competition August 29 - Trail Challenge Schooling Competition Sept 28 - Private lessons Sept 29-30 - Workshops Oct 1 – Competitor’s Edge – understanding scoring and judging for competition Oct 2 – Arena Schooling Competition Oct 3 - Trail Challenge Schooling Competition
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Lessons from the Herd:
Applicable Language Skills
By Christa Miremadi
Bojangles was a stunning buckskin gelding. He’d been bred, born and raised to be a Western Performance Horse. He was both athletic and attractive, a perfect combination for succeeding as a competitive horse (which he did).
This is another performance horse I was working with who was being asked to do something outside of her "programming." This is the kind of response that is typical when first trying to interrupt the patterning and when inspiring new thought pathways and stimulating conversational interactions with a highly "programmed" performance horse.
That’s where I came into their story. I was initially hired to help chip ike so many performance horses, he was started young, trained through repetition, patterning and drilling and ridden in such a way the rust off Bojangles after a winter of standing around the feeder but as to produce submission and predictability. Unwanted behaviours as we chatted about goals, challenges and expectations, it became clear were met with discomfort and consequence while desired responses that they were in need of more than just a leg-up. It didn’t take long for me to crack through the patterned responses and trigger some honest were met with release, creating a reliable performance horse. Over time, Bojangles learned to become more of a flesh and blood feedback from Bojangles and, just like in so many of these cases, when robot than a partner and after years of ‘performance’ it became clear that the routine that he had become so reliant on was disrupted, he came to his physical body wouldn’t be able to keep up with this level of training life, in all directions! It was fascinating to watch his eyes, body language and posture forever. His owner, Carla, decided they needed a change. She began looking for an alternative discipline, another way of being with her horse. as he’d come in and out of programmed responses, and to see the simultaneous looks of both relief and anxiety as he realized he didn’t She wanted him to last a long time and to enjoy his experiences and know what he was supposed to do next. At first he became she wanted to find something they could enjoy together. anxious and flighty, running around the round pen with She searched a long time for something that felt no thought of me as a possible source of help. It wasn’t right, before finally discovering the art of the bridled It’s not easy to too long though (after working with him the way I have stock horse and the incredible partnership that could “un-program” with so many others), before he began to look to and be developed through the old Californio Bridle Horse a horse once for me, seeking guidance, suggestions and feedback. system. This was just what she was looking for. They At least from the ground. began to attend clinics and changed their old ways but they’ve been THIS is what I need from any horse that I can consider Carla quickly realized how difficult it would be. You see, “programmed.” a partner. If I’m going to expect situationally versatile it was next to impossible for her to know if Bojangles was cooperation from my horse I’m going to need to develop actually listening, feeling and responding to her or if he a language with which we can communicate. Without this, was just repeating programmed behaviours. Without a point without an open line of communication, a back and forth, a checking of reference, Carla wasn’t even aware that there was a difference. In fact, it wasn’t until they began leaving the arena to practice their new in and a way to give and receive feedback, how can a human or a horse feel safe with one another when faced with an unpredictable experience? skills out in the pasture that she became aware of this phenomenon. Unless you can predict and reproduce the outcome of a situation You see, up until now, it was easy for Bojangles to get the answers right, they were all pre-programmed into his automatic responses. But 100% it is impossible to use a “programming” style of training to develop outside the arena, when the herd began to move or there were hills a partnership. In fact, I’m quite confident in saying that you can’t use to navigate or the wind picked up or a calf did something he wasn’t “programming” to develop partnership. Period. In my opinion, any expecting, Bojangles not only had no pre-programmed answers for training style that uses “programming” to produce results is developing the unpredictable stimulus but he had no working understanding of “performance.” For some, this may actually be the desired result but not for me. checking in with his rider, no applicable “language skills” with which to communicate with her. Carla was equally as surprised and anxious to find I’m looking for a working partner. A horse I can rely on when things go herself aboard a horse who had suddenly come to life and didn’t seem to sideways. A horse who can recognize that if they’re lost, confused or worried, they can look for me, ask for guidance and trust my ability to be responsive to the aids that she was using to attempt to guide him. As you can imagine, this was not a comfortable experience for either keep us both safe and a horse who if I find myself in a sticky situation Carla or Bojangles so she began to search for an understanding of where with, I can ask for their help and rely on their ability to think their way the breakdown in their communication was happening and how to through things, wait for me and use their problem solving skills to help us both. rebuild their relationship through developing communication and feel.
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A group of riders during a Bridled Stockhorse workshop, heading out to gather the herd. Some of these horses are used to this kind of thing and some are performance horses, learning to do new things. Photo by Susan Dahlstedt.
Partners. It’s not easy to “un-program” a horse once they’ve been “programmed.” Those neuro pathways run deep and may never truly go away, but you can develop new neuro pathways and new methods of communication. You can teach your horse to check in and promote thought processes that will lead to developing problem solving skills, empowering your horse and helping to boost their confidence, both in themselves and in you. You create a new partnership.
This picture shows the kind of stimulation and terrain navigation that is required of a horse, outside the arena when developing a Bridled Stockhorse. It's a much bigger "ask" of the horse; navigating uneven ground, trees, wildlife and the energy of the other horses and riders, not to mention the unpredictable nature of a herd of cattle, rather than just a few cows in a sorting pen or arena. Christa and Pinto Miremadi own and manage The Rock'n Star Ranch in Pritchard BC. They offer Natural Care Boarding, horsemanship lessons, training and clinics focused on building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence between horses and humans. Through compassionate communication and sharing the horse's point of view, Christa shares her passion for horsemanship, hackamore/bridle horse development and the art of developing a working equine partner. www. therocknstarranch.com (See their listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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Sound from the Ground Up,
For over 2,000 years, the quest for the golden ratio has expressed itself in mathematics, art, music, design, and nature. It is the universal perfect equation of harmonious proportions that governs the universe. It is seen in a pentagon, the spiral pattern of leaves, the Mosque of Uqba, Salvador Dali’s “The Sacrament of the Last Supper.” And it is seen in a horse’s frog. 12 • JULY 2021
oldenWingsHorseshoes.com has revolutionized horseshoe design with the intent of creating perfect hoof balance starting with the frog… in the design of the unique horseshoe. The frog is exposed to allow it to have contact with the ground to provide shock absorption and traction while acting as a pump to move blood through the hoof. Frog health improves, protecting digital cushion, deep flexor tendon, navicular challenges, heels, and entire horse, hoof to spine. GoldenWingsHorseshoes are the first and only shoe that allows the sole and the outer structure of the hoof and wall to be supported and used as nature intended in a barefoot horse. The shoe provides connectivity and flexibility for the entire hoof structure. Except for the frog, the shoe covers the entire foot, supports the sole and outer structures of the hoof and hoof wall with traction and absorbs shock. Designed with a concave area directly above the tip of the coffin bone to flex and absorb shock of each stride like a catcher’s mitt for baseball players. The concave area also encourages a thin layer of dust to accumulate, providing additional padding with each stride. The greater area that is covered by the shoe aids in the prevention of stone bruising, a frequent cause of lameness when horses land on sharp objects. GoldenWingsHorseshoes provide more square centimetres of hoof protection than conventional shoes, while allowing the foot to flex more naturally and light in weight, slightly over three ounces (about 85 grams). As weight is placed on the hoof, pressure is simultaneously transferred to the frog then onto the digital cushion. The frog and the heel contact the ground first. The frog presses up on the digital cushion, flattening under the pressure and is forced outward within the hoof capsule. It pushes against the bars and the flexible hoof capsule providing flexible hoof mechanism to provide the blood pumping action believed to aid hoof health. When the hoof is lifted, the frog and other flexible structures within the hoof quickly return to their normal position. GoldenWingsHorseshoes work in concert with hooves physical properties. GoldenWingsHorseshoes provide protection for the entire hoof structure avoiding quarter cracks, sheared and crushed heels, low heels and long toes, and are fit from the heel buttress forward, since this is where the most impact occurs during each stride. The shoes allow the entire hoof capsule to become the bearing surface as it lands with a material simulating an extension of natural hoof. Metal shoes only provide wear and durability for the outer hoof wall, the rim of the hoof, and prevent flexibility for a healthy hoof. Do metal shoes cause more problems than they help? Every creature has flexible feet and hooves until metal shoes are applied. Doesn't it make sense to protect the entire hoof and structures up to the spine with an extension of natural hoof-like material for softer landings? GoldenWingsHorseshoes believes good shoeing technique begins with properly measuring and trimming. Using the Golden Ratio, Fibonacci numbers found throughout nature, and Leonardo Di Vinci’s Canon of Proportions can help achieve hoof balance for each specific horse naturally. The "Golden Ratio Measuring & Trimming Protocol" is based on each horse’s specific Golden Ratio/Divine Proportion. More information can be found about "The Golden Ratio" of each individual horse at GoldenWingsHorseshoes.com. The best way to correct angles is accurately measuring and trimming to avoid problems, and/or solve problems created by "eye-ball trimming" and metal shoes. Nature’s Golden Ratio determines the correct angle for each specific horse, thus the Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion as determined by Leonardo Di Vinci’s Canon of Proportions. Golden Ratio Measuring & Trimming Protocol provides for more accurate
On the Edge of a Miracle! hoof radiography images, and better results with barefoot and/ or any type or style of metal horseshoes or boots as well. Golden Ratio Measuring & Trimming Protocol is all about the horse. Did you know that 80% of all lameness problems come from incorrect shoeing? The Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association reported that American horse owners lose $800 million in lameness problems every year. It has been well-documented for centuries that incorrect hoof balance, improper angles of hoof, insufficient frog size and adequate sole thickness are among the major causes of lameness. Check the proper angulation of each hoof and check for inconsistencies and balance of each hoof. You can check the angles of your horse’s feet, with a hoof gauge. The best insurance you can buy for avoiding lameness for your horse is to use a good hoof gauge. For more information visit GoldenWingsHorseshoes.com or feel free to contact our Canadian distributor Dennis Maltais at Happy Horse Used Saddles & Tack in Alberta 780-723-3152, djmaltais@ outlook.com.
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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Gary Wieben Rider Lisa Wieben. Horse Pirro, young Warmblood gelding. Pirro is currently being ridden English, but will be shown in both English and Western Dressage.
Exercises with poles are not only fun, but are also very beneficial for horses of all levels. Riding over the poles will engage the horse’s abdominal muscles and lift his back (providing his head does not elevate).
he following exercises require only four poles, so are easy to set up and can be ridden at a walk, jog, and/or lope, depending on the training level of horse and rider.
Heart exercise: Ride over the first pole, then arc to the angled pole to the right before circling around and back down across the centre pole. Or you can ride straight across the centreline, then circle around to the angled pole, then over the first pole again. Imagine riding half of a heart. Ride both sides of the heart. Aim for the middle of each pole and maintain straightness in your horse (straightness in relation to the line you are riding).
Riding the Heart: Either ride to the angled rail, then back down centre, Pirro changing bend from the right or go up the centre two poles, then arc to left bend over the last pole (the arc to the angled pole. first pole on the centre line)
Teardrop exercise: Jog across the first pole, arc to the angled pole to the right, then jog onto a larger half circle, pick up the lope and lope over the next angled pole (this is a good one if your horse hasn’t done many lope overs and you just want to try one pole). Aim for the middle of each pole and maintain straightness in your horse. Do the exercise in both directions. Circle over two angled poles: The next version is riding a circle at a jog or lope over the two angled poles. Make your circle big enough so you have enough strides between each pole. Depending on your horse’s stride length and whether you can shorten or lengthen the stride will determine where you cross the poles and how many strides to ride between the poles. As with the previous exercises, ride the exercise in both directions. Lisa was riding a fairly green horse so she rode more toward the outside of the poles on a slightly bigger circle. The poles were spaced so three to four strides fit between. Remember to always keep your eyes up and look where you are going and turn your body in the 14 14 • JULY 2021
Riding straight down the centreline after riding over the angled pole.
direction of the bend. Riding circles and bending lines helps develop the horse’s bend off the rider’s leg. Ask the horse to bend by applying rhythmic pressure from your inside (inside of the bend) leg at the girth while at the same time turning your body into the direction of the turn (outside hip toward the horse’s inside ear). Depending on the size of the circle/ bending line your body has to turn more or less. Your hands will follow the turn of your body. If your horse needs more help turning, use your outside aids – the outside rein against the neck will help turn the horse’s shoulder and your outside leg against the horse’s side will help turn the body. Pulling on the inside rein could cause the horse’s neck to overbend, which will then allow the body to continue to drift away from the turn. Thinking of your reins and legs as blocking where you don’t want the horse to go and funneling the horse where you do want to go will also help. Your horse should change from bend to bend without inverting (lifting his head and hollowing his back). If the horse inverts while going over the pole or starts to lean into the turn and not bend through his rib cage the exercises will not be as effective. If your horse has a tendency to fall in when on a circle or bending line, think leg yield out and shift your weight slightly to the outside of the horse’s bend without leaning or collapsing in your hip. Aim to ride a few strides straight – one stride before, over, then after the pole before beginning a new turn.
Lope a circle over both angled poles. Trotting the circle over the angled poles in more of a stretching frame.
Loping the circle over the angled poles.
Be sure to keep the horse connected from back to front using your seat and legs to send him forward into your receiving (never pulling) hands. Your horse will be using many different muscles as he bends his body in both directions and lifts when going over the poles. Maintain a consistent, steady rhythm at the gait you are riding.
If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org as we will answer another reader question next month.
Have fun with these pole exercises and feel the difference it makes in your horse! For a video of this exercise, check out https://youtu. be/15YsSOL8o5w.
Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities! www.somaticrider.com As an Irwin Insights Level 6 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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T rue Love
What does Look Like?
By Elisha Bradburn
“I really, really love my horse, I mean he is so spoiled! I just got him the latest Scottie dogs licking ice cream cones print rain sheet, and the pink buck stitched saddle pad with matching pink skid and bell boots! I also closed him up real snug in his stall so he would be nice and cozy at night, and I bought him the fancy bit with real silver on the cheek pieces.”
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hile all these things are quite nice, they are ways we might feel loved, but not actually what horse’s love, value, or need. Learning to think from the horse’s perspective, not putting our perspective onto them, is a process. A process that takes time and the desire for something MORE with horses to achieve. The beginning of this process is to truly understand the horse as a creature and to truly begin to think about what we could do to show him/her love in a way he/she might actually appreciate. Horses are prey animals, and their basic needs are safety, comfort, food, play and reproduction. This is a good place to start understanding horses so we can love them better. Horses, being prey animals, feel safest with the freedom to flee. Box stalls are generally not conducive to granting a horse this freedom. So contrary to some of our beliefs, horses by nature, would most often choose being outside rather than confined in a stall. Ever notice this on a rainy day when your horse is standing outside rather than in a stall or shelter, if given a choice? Horses are designed to move. A stall impedes this basic need. Horses’ coats (without blankets interfering) are designed to look after them very well in almost any weather. The exception is probably where there is no shelter from trees or a roof, and it is very rainy, cold, and windy all at once for extended periods. Horses, unlike us, do not care what they look like, so the latest gear
Elisha loving on her horses Soda Pop and Hefner. Photo by Heidi Shuster.
Elisha and her horse Doodle. Photo by Riata Imagery.
or grooming products are of no consequence to helping a horse feel appreciated. We can, however, do the bare minimum of ensuring our gear fits well and is comfortable for the horse. Details such as, whenever possible, having gear made of natural fibres, such as mohair cinches or leather girths, wool felt saddle pads, and real leather latigos are most comfortable and last the longest. Man-made materials such as nylon and neoprene tend to have no give to them for expanding and contracting rib cages, and do not breathe well, therefore they sweat which can cause sores/galls and create discomfort and pinching. Having head gear for your horse that you have studied the way it functions, so you are using it appropriately is also a bare minimum courtesy. When you understand the way a bit, hackamore, side pull, or whatever you use works is very helpful in riding compassionately and with accuracy in our communication. We can give horses enough space to be horses whenever possible. If we don’t have much space to offer we can keep the space we do have clean and free of manure to minimize flies and mud. We can take good care of our horse’s hooves with regular trims and shoes when necessary. We can provide excellent hay and water, and a mineral block. We can
provide space for play, and interaction with other horses, since horses are very social creatures. We can be the kind of human we would want stewarding us if we were a horse. We can have empathy, patience and grace. We can put principles first, and goals second, so we don’t miss the big picture stuff. We can appreciate the amazing compatibility God created in that a 1000 lb prey animal allows little predators (us) to ride around on their backs when they could easily squish us. Appreciating the horse as a horse, in ways that have meaning to them is true love. As you probably already figured, this idea works wonders when applied to our human relationships too. Learning to love people in ways that have meaning to them, and realizing it may be different from our own thoughts on what love looks like is key. This is true love, loving a person or creature how they want to be loved, not how we think they should be loved. Love well my friends! Elisha Bradburn and her husband Clay own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on both Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at email@example.com. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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2020 Award Winners Announced at Virtual Night of Champions By Lindsay Ward, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division), www.cthsalta.com • Photos courtesy of Ryan Haynes, Coady Photo Ltd.
The accomplishments of the Alberta Thoroughbred Industry in the 2019 and 2020 seasons were celebrated at the 47th annual Night of Champions on May 20th. Breeders, owners, trainers and fans participated in a virtual format through social media and industry websites as the champions and award winners were announced.
aster of Ceremonies, Ken Gee, started the program with an introduction from Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer of Horse Racing Alberta. “I bring greetings and thank you for all of your unwavering support, dedication and contributions to the Alberta Horse Racing industry. I extend my congratulations to all of the Night of Champions nominees and thank you to our breeders, owners, trainers and back stretch employees for all that you do for Alberta racing.” REAL GRACE was awarded the 2020 Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt titles for his impressive performance over the season including winning the Grade 3 Canadian Derby and earnings of $89,162. The Mineshaft gelding was bred by Peter Johnson and is owned by owner/ trainer Shelley Brown, Jean McEwan, Bette Holtman and Bernell Rhone. C.T.H.S. Alberta sale graduate MASKWECIS was named the Champion Alberta bred for his outstanding performance in 2020 with wins in the Western Canada Handicap, the Beaufort Stakes and a third place finish in the black type Count Lathum Handicap. The Jimmy Creed gelding was bred by Doug Oberg and earned $57,760 last season for his owners Jim and Carole Barker and Red Ron Farms. Highfield Investment Group was named the Leading Breeder in Alberta with Highfield runners earning $290,736 and 16 wins. Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. earned the Leading Owner title with Riversedge horses earning $417,781 and 23 wins. Tim Rycroft received the Leading Trainer title for the third consecutive year with Rycroft trained runners earning 42 wins and $646,551 in earnings. Canadian Sovereign Apprentice Jockey, Mauricio Malvaez, was named Leading Apprentice Jockey for his remarkable season that included a win in Alberta’s biggest race, the Grade 3 Canadian Derby. Rico Walcott was named Leading Jockey for the ninth time in the past ten years for an outstanding meet with Walcott ridden horses earning $820,968 and 68 wins. Special appreciation goes to the Master of Ceremonies, Ken Gee, and 18 • JULY 2021
the sponsors of the Night of Champions including Horse Racing Alberta, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, the CTHS Alberta Division, the H.B.P.A. of Alberta, Bar None Ranches Ltd., Roy McLellan, Moore Equine Veterinary Centre Ltd., Paddockhurst Stables Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Turf Club. A complete listing of the 2020 Alberta Thoroughbred winners is listed below: Champion Claimer - The H.B.P.A. Trophy: SOMETHING ABOUT ME Champion Sprinter - The Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Trophy: STONE CARVER Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - The Dwight McLellan Memorial Trophy: SHE LIKES TO PARTY Champion Two-Year-Old Colt - The Rocky Mountain Turf Club Trophy: BANG ON Champion Three-Year-Old Filly - The Dave Kapchinsky Memorial Trophy, Sponsored by Paddockhurst Stables Inc.: PEARL OF KNOWLEDGE Champion Three-Year-Old Colt - Sponsored by Bar None Ranches Ltd.: REAL GRACE Champion Older Mare - The Moore Equine Veterinary Centre Ltd. Trophy: SUNBURST Champion Older Horse - The Century Mile Racetrack and Casino Trophy: GO AWAY Champion Alberta Bred - The Ted Connor Memorial Trophy: MASKWECIS Horse of the Year - The Horse Racing Alberta Trophy: REAL GRACE Leading Apprentice Jockey - Sponsored by the H.B.P.A.: MAURICIO MALVAEZ Leading Jockey - The Lou Davies Memorial Trophy: RICO WALCOTT Leading Trainer - The H.B.P.A. Trophy: TIM RYCROFT Leading Breeder - The C.T.H.S. Trophy: HIGHFIELD INVESTMENT GROUP Leading Owner - The Jockey Club of Canada Trophy: RIVERSEDGE RACING STABLES LTD. Further details and the 2019 award winners may be found on the C.T.H.S. Alberta web site at www.cthsalta.com
How we’re helping Carriage Drivers and Motorists stay Safely on Course (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, www.tranbc.ca)
70 Mile House is a hotbed of horse-drawn carriage activity and it’s also where one of our more unusual signs originates, to keep carriage drivers, horses and motorists safely on course.
ack in 2011, our Cariboo District office was contacted by the Cariboo Country Carriage Club whose members train on local side roads. The club requested signage to warn local and visiting motorists that around the next corner, they could come upon a unicorn… Yes, that’s correct – there are unicorns in the world of carriage driving! But don’t expect to see a horse with a spiral tusk on its forehead – a unicorn is a trio of horses harnessed in a triangular formation. Other kinds of “horse power” harnessed for carriage driving might be Draft horses, Welsh ponies, Miniature horses, a Canadian (Canada’s national horse), or even Mules. The carriages are two- or four-wheeled, and can be antiques, modern technically optimized conveyances or something in between. Whatever the setup, carriage drivers who want to take part in competitive events, must have well-trained horses and that’s where BC’s side roads come in. The horses need to be in excellent physical condition to compete in dressage (a predetermined sequence of movements) and marathons (timed events on a course of sharp turns around trees, through ponds and other natural features). There’s also obstacle driving – weaving through a course of narrowly set cones (we love the cones aspect!). Harnessing the Sign Idea for Safety When Michelle Schilling, South Cariboo operations manager was asked about the possibility of carriage driving signs for side roads in the 70 Mile House area, she agreed that bright visual warnings would make travel safer for drivers of carriages and motor vehicles. Michelle worked with others in our ministry including a traffic engineer, policy analyst and a sign designer to consider the request and develop a carriage driving sign for BC. (One is not yet standardized for Canada, in the manual of uniform traffic devices). Signs were installed along side roads in the 70 Mile area, that are frequently travelled by carriage drivers. Interestingly, some of the roads where carriage drivers train were once part of the old Cariboo Wagon Road (or “Cariboo Waggon Road” as it’s spelled on maps from that era). Sharing the Roads with Horse-Drawn Carriages One important thing to recognize is the operator of a horse and carriage has the legal right to use provincial roads (except for busy, higher-speed highways), and has to obey the rules of the road just like a motorist. A horse and carriage is a “vehicle” as defined in Section 1 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Obstacle driving (also known as “Cones”) at Cobble Hill. Photo courtesy Gerry Breckon.
Competing in a marathon. Photo by Mary Michelle Schilling, South Putnam, courtesy Thompson-Nicola Film Cariboo Operations Manager Commission. • Watch for horse-drawn carriages when you see the warning sign, especially on weekends. • Give these vehicles lots of space. • Slow down when approaching and accelerate gradually after passing a carriage. • Don’t stop to take photos of carriage driving (as interesting as the sight might be). • Be aware that horses are sensitive and can be unpredictable – turn off your stereo and don’t honk or yell. Carriage Driving in BC While 70 Mile House might be the birthplace of BC’s carriage driving sign, carriage driving also happens on southern Vancouver Island, in the Okanagan, Barriere, Kamloops, other parts of the Cariboo, and the Peace area. Events are advertised by the BC Carriage Driving Society. After Michelle Schilling worked to develop BC’s carriage driving sign, she began volunteering at Cariboo Country Carriage Club events. “It’s a really good family and spectator sport,” says Michelle. “These are beautiful events – very polite, very organized. It’s fun to watch them run through water and to see the commitment to safety. I hope people get a chance to see it.” Carriage driving brings together equestrian skills, athleticism (horses and drivers), competition and history. We’re happy to have contributed in a small way to this pursuit that links with BC’s transportation past, so it can be safely enjoyed in the present. JULY 2021
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In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi Photo Mac Henderson Photography
How to Improve your Dressage Score Without Having to Get a New Horse (and without your horse having to get a new driver!) Part 2 Continuing from last month’s article, here are a few more easy pointers to help you garner higher marks on your test. 20 • JULY 2021
Pay attention to specific requirements Be aware of the number of steps required for reinbacks, and the amount of time required for halts. ADS Training Level C test asks the driver to halt for 3-5 seconds, and to rein back for 2-4 steps. Halting for 2 seconds or for 8 seconds, or reining back 1 or 6 steps will not meet the requirements of the test. I understand how long 3-5 seconds can seem! We halt for what we think is enough time, only to find the comment “halt not long enough” on our test. So as you come to a stop, take a deep breath and slowly count to four or five. If we know our horses will rein back perfectly from the very first step (i.e. with diagonal pairs of legs), we could ask for only 2 reinback steps. However, sometimes the first step the horse takes is not perfect. Because of this, ask for 3-4 steps. The judge may see one poor reinback stride, but it will hopefully be followed by 2-3 correct steps. Our goal is for our horse to rein back perfectly! But asking for 3-4 steps will give you a bit of a cushion in case things don’t go quite as planned. Make the best of glitches What if your previously willing pony has decided not to budge when asked to rein back? You’ll have to use your judgement, however you should attempt the movement or you will risk being deemed “off course” or receiving “0” for “not executed.” Use your same good judgement if your horse is anxious and won’t stand. It’s better to get a few really good seconds of immobility and be slightly short on the test requirements than to get into a battle and have things deteriorate. Understand the geometry of the arena Understanding the landmarks for various figures is essential. You need to know where the quarter lines are, the distance between letters, and how the figures fit into the arena. Look at the diagrams for the test you’ll be driving and ensure you know exactly where the figures will be positioned. Practice looking up at landmarks you’re driving towards. For circles, looking up at your next quarter-circle landmark and picturing the arc in front of you can help keep your circles round. While we need to “check in” with our horses and observe how they are reacting to our aids, we also need to look up and pay attention to our intended track. As I tell my students, unless your day is going very wrong, your horse will always be right there in front of you so look where you’re going! Serpentines are driven as half-circles connected by straight lines. To begin a three loop
serpentine, stay on the short side of the arena until the quarter line, then begin the first halfcircle. The half-circle should be symmetrical. Finish the half-circle, drive straight across the centre line, then start the next half-circle as you reach the next quarter line. Don’t sweat the glitches! Making an error on a test or really flubbing a movement can rattle a driver, but it’s important that one moves past the mistake and concentrates on the remainder of the test. When I am teaching and a student drives a movement poorly, they often want to start it again. While I occasionally let them, I often make them continue with the test. Getting your concentration back on track after a problem is an important skill to master. If you’ve made an error and the judge rings the
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bell, approach her and she will tell you where you went wrong. Listen carefully and don’t be afraid to ask a question if you don’t understand where you erred. As you head back to where you will pick up the test again, put the mistake behind you and think about how you can drive the next movement accurately. Remember, tests consist of many movements; each one is a new opportunity to get a good mark. Focusing on making the rest of the test the best it can be can often make up for lost points from an error or poorly driven movement. Final Impressions One of the last movements of a dressage test involves turning up the centre line. This is a good place to practice your accuracy, as overshooting the turn is very obvious to the judge at “C” (Diagram 1). Having said that, if you instead have turned a bit too early, you can salvage points by simply easing the tightness of the turn and “drifting” onto the centre line (Diagram 2). I hope these tips and tricks will help you get a few “free” points on your next dressage test!
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EQUINE GUELPH By Jackie Bellamy-Zions
Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that our partnership program, Taking Science to the Stable, FREE summer webinar series (which began June 16) continues and will run every two weeks until August 18.
osted by Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph, this webinar series features informative and insightful knowledge from experienced industry professionals. You can sign up for the webinars at www.uoguel.ph/ equine-science-webinars. Earlier webinars included: * Broodmare Management and Nutrition * What’s Next? How to restart your business after a shutdown Upcoming webinars include: Foal Management and Nutrition of newborn, suckling, growing and orphan foals - Don Kapper July 14 at 7 p.m. EST Start them right from the first day. In every growth phase, foals need to meet all nutrient requirements to reach optimal growth rates, immune response, and performance. Join Don Kapper in this webinar and find out what, why and how the newborn foal needs to be fed based on the maturity of their digestive system and ‘rate of growth’. Routine equine handling using low stress and cooperative care techniques - Dr. Robin Foster July 28 at 7 p.m. EST Horses are expected to tolerate a wide range of handling and health care procedures, such as tying, trailer loading, grooming, bathing, taking oral paste, being injected, having a temperature taken, and more. While these routine procedures are only mildly unpleasant, some horses react with fear, avoidance, and aggressive behaviours. This webinar will describe how equine distress can be reduced and safety increased by sleuthing out and addressing the underlying reason for the horse's distress, and by practicing low-stress handling, positive training, and cooperative care techniques. Performance Nutrition – feeding and management of the performance horse - Don Kapper August 4 at 7 p.m. EST This webinar will concentrate on meeting all of the nutritional needs of Performance Horses, based on their level of performance. This includes selecting 'optimal' feed for the appropriate 'fuel' (fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscles) and recovery after exercise to help
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horses 'bounce back” and perform on following days. This will include information to determine the calories in a feed, based on their 'fat and fibre' percentages and which is best to feed, based on their muscle fibre types and intensity of work plus help them recover and extend their longevity as a performance horse, thus performing to their genetic potential now and in the future. Turning Science into stories for horse owners - Emily Esterson August 18 at 7 p.m. EST Horse Owners count on equine writers to provide accurate and relevant information. It is possible to write a great news story or an informative article by using the contents of a research paper as your starting point. This webinar will discuss finding research studies and teasing out the horse owner-focused content for your audience for multiple communication streams, while ensuring your stories are entertaining, informative and based on science. *Please note: the registration survey will close at 12 p.m. (noon) the day before an equine webinar. It will re-open the day after an equine webinar. This is to ensure participants receive the webinar Zoom link on time. Register at: uoguel.ph/equine-science-webinars Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca. LINKS: Story web link: https://thehorseportal.ca/2021/06/free-equine-webinar-series-takingscience-to-the-stable/ Register at: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Lfxz9rlHuoeKIm
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Being at home during the pandemic might have had its fair share of challenges, but one of the perks for pet guardians was having the opportunity to spend more time with your pooch.
ut all good things must come to an end. As pet guardians anticipate a return to the workplace, you might also be wondering how the change in your routine will affect your dog, namely that they will be left at home alone for longer stretches of time again. Which is why it’s likely your dog could experience some separation anxiety as you begin to ease into the “new normal.” Here are some tips on how to prepare your pooch for a new routine. Identify signs of stress and anxiety First, it’s important to distinguish between what’s normal type of behaviour for your dog, and what they are typically triggered by, and when they are undergoing signs of separation anxiety. According to Dr. Karen van Haaften, the BC SPCA’s senior manager of behaviour and welfare, dogs can suffer from different kinds of anxiety – triggered by certain noises or specific situations such as car rides or nail trims. Dogs can also suffer from more generalized anxiety in which there are multiple triggers for anxiety. “Some dogs are more prone to anxiety due to genetic factors or lack of socialization during their sensitive socialization period of six to 16 weeks,” she says. Signs of anxiety are specific to the individual dog, but can include: panting, excessive yawning, restlessness, inability to pay attention, repetitive behaviours, shaking, loss of appetite, or extreme attentionseeking behaviours. In some dogs, anxiety is manifested by social withdrawal, avoidance behaviours, or a profound lack of behaviour (‘shutdown’ behaviour). A sign of separation anxiety could be any destruction or damage the dog may have done while you were away from the house. Additionally, since dogs are so attuned to your habits and routines, they might even start to cry or show signs of nervousness as you prepare to dress and leave the home. They might even bark as soon as you close the door and/or rush to the window to see you go. Alternatively, they could shut down and withdraw in anticipation of you leaving. “If your dog shows signs of anxiety,” says Dr. van Haaften, “the first step should be to rule out underlying medical causes. Your pet may not be suffering from anxiety, but may have a medical condition that is causing pain or distress. Several studies in recent years have found a link between anxiety conditions such as noise phobia and painful conditions such as arthritis. Once you have ruled out a medical cause for the symptoms, 24 • JULY 2021
observe your dog closely to identify their specific anxiety triggers so that you can begin to address them.” Start to leave your house more frequently In order to prepare your dog for your absence, start leaving the house more frequently, increasing the duration each time. Maybe it’s simply going out for an afternoon stroll or running some errands. The point is, to get your dog used to the idea of you being away, and understanding that you always come back. Go back to your old routine Undoubtedly your routine has changed due to the pandemic. Your walks might be more or less frequent and/or sporadic. Maybe your dog is eating later along with your pandemic snack time. In order to help your dog adjust to what’s to come, it’s a good idea to return to your old routine or at least one that’s similar to what they can expect when you return to work. For example, if you’re due to be at work at 9 a.m., reinstitute a feeding and exercise schedule that would occur beforehand to align with your new schedule. If normally you would walk them after work at 5 p.m., pick up the habit again. Another tip: you might even want to leave the house at your typical time of departure in the morning even if it’s just to go for a short walk. It could help your pup get used to you leaving at that time. Keep them occupied In order to prevent your pet from being bored, it’s a good idea to ensure they’ve had a decent bout of exercise before you leave the house. In addition, leave activities, like interactive puzzles, and toys available to your dog in order to keep themselves busy. Anything from a favourite chew toy or a kong filled with treats will do. This way they will resist gnawing on any furniture or from barking or crying if they’re bored. Give them a space of their own Your pet’s security is number one while you’re away from the home. Having a space to call their own might help make the transition easier on them by creating some much-needed comfort and safety. If they don’t already have a crate or dog bed that they love, you might want to help
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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Provincial Officials Program Revamp
s the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining”and our COVID silver lining has been the realization of how accessible, easy and affordable virtual webinar formats can be! To cut down on the expense of travelling to attend Officials Certification Clinics or to maintain current certification, HCBC has developed a new program offering affordable and accessible Officials’ Development Programs, Clinics and Educational Opportunities. These will be made available through HCBC via virtual webinars, online formats, and in person sessions. This gives you the affordable option to work at a more personalized, self-paced speed to maintain or reach certification requirements. Not an Official? Not a problem, the educational material will be available for everyone! This is a great way for competitors, parents or just lovers of equestrian sport to educate themselves on the specific requirements of a discipline, as well as help to understand what judges are looking for and how or why they place a class. Changes in fee structure, costs for obtaining or maintaining certification will be reduced. Those who are applying for official status will pay a non-refundable $25.00 fee. To achieve status requirements, you can access the self-paced education, by enrolling for online webinars, attending in person sessions, or both! Once all requirements and timelines are met there is a non-refundable fee of $75.00 to take the test for the discipline applied for. This is considerably more affordable than attending a one, or two day certification clinic. Our hope is to grow our pool of highly qualified Officials by providing a program that can be easily accessed across the Province and consists of up-to-date, top notch education offered in a way that fits into everyone’s schedule and budget. Please visit the “become an Officials’ page on the HCBC website for more information: https://hcbc.ca/competitions/become-an-official/ Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org TRAIL ETIQUETTE COLLAB WITH THE OUTDOOR RECREATION COUNCIL OF BC Horse Council BC and the Outdoor Recreation Council teamed up to create content that would help spread awareness about trail etiquette and horses. Each week in June we shared on our social media page a series of images that showed a specific user group how to pass a horse safely on a trail. Also, behind the scenes we have been contacting clubs, groups and businesses in the outdoor recreation community to see if they will share these images on their pages as well. The goal is to get this information into the hands of other outdoor user groups to help educate them about horses and safety on the trail. Check out the Horse Council BC Facebook and Instagram Pages to see and share!
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BC SUMMER GAMES 2022 The Road to Prince George Starts Now! If you are an Equestrian athlete competing in Dressage, Jumping, Vaulting or Eventing and will be 12 to 18 years of age as of Jan 1 2022, or if you are a Para Equestrian athlete, 13 years of age to 30 years of age, you are invited to qualify for the 2022 BC Summer Games being held in Prince George BC July 21–24. Make it your goal and part of your yearly training plan to set your sights at competing at the BC Summer Games! More information and athlete declaration forms available at www. hcbc.ca.
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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES By Simonne Rempel
reetings from our barn to yours. We continue to hold our general meetings online with hopes to meet in person soon. During the pandemic, the online meetings have been a nice way to meet as a group. For our May meeting, we invited Sylvia Hall Andrews to join us online. Sylvia is a Vancouver Island veterinarian who has perfected the fine art of spending weeks on the road in a bumperpull trailer with a bossy grey mare and the “Worst Dog in the World.” Sylvia has hauled her horse from BC to Prince Edward Island and back twice, riding and camping along tthe way, having adventures and misadventures. She has spent weeks at a time criss-crossing the western provinces in search of new trails to explore. Thank you for joining us, Sylvia, and many happy trails to you. We had our first clinic experience with Obstacle Trail Sports at Footnote Farms. This clinic had us doing obstacles on a course with the focus on completion not style, and suitable for all types of horses and riding/training styles. We met with small groups of riders and followed the Provincial Health Orders. Members continue to meet online for our Virtual Happy Hour. Cheers y’all! As British Columbians continue to be vaccinated and things start to open up, it looks promising that we can have more adventures together as a club. Check us out!
Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet online every 3rd Tuesday with a speaker and host a variety of clinics according to PHO. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: email@example.com
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2021 Upcoming Events: Online General Meetings Virtual Happy Hours Ranch Trip
Club members at the Obstacle Trail Clinic
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Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Chapter News By Bev Routledge
e’d like to introduce our 2020/2021 Executive as follows: President - Bev Routledge, V/P – vacant, Secretary - Leslie Stewart, Treasurer - Lynda Flato.
After a slow start during the Year of COVID, 2020, our new and official Chapter for Working Equitation has an abundance of activities planned for this year! If you are looking for “something to do” with your horse that involves a little bit of dressage (any style from English to Cowboy), obstacles with a European flair (try spearing a ring off a bull!), some speed (if you’re ready), and SOMETIMES some cow punching, then Working Equitation is for you. Come and join our Play Days and Clinics! There’s even a SHOW scheduled for September 23-26th! Yes! We are kicking off the postCOVID world with our Thompson Okanagan Welcome Back WE Classic! Details will be in the next issue of Saddle Up, and information can be obtained from the Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Executive. Join our Facebook page to find out who to contact, and to see updates! Email: email@example.com
Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Marjorie Lacy
t’s spring! Many new foals are arriving, so here are just a few that have been reported to me. Remember, owners, that you have one year to register them at the $40 member’s fee. After one year of age the cost of registration increases to $120 for members. (Both are double that for non-members.) And if you have an “almost yearling” TWH, better get the paperwork done pronto! Coming Event: There will be a GATHERING at the Sawhorse Ranch July 16-18. It’s a special time to learn and relax with your horse as we work on various components of The Canadian Triple Challenge programs. Bring your young horses along and expose them to a group setting and a varied environment. Obstacles will be set up. Pens and stalls are available, and there’s lots of room for camping and RV’s. No charge for this event but waiver to be signed on site. AEF and AWHA memberships required. Please RSVP Windi at 780-786-2115.
Here are a few of the 2021 newcomers to our breed.
Paige Sargeant of Rimbey AB reports these two foals, with one more to come: Palomino Filly (Northfork Big Sky Spirit x Northfork Stardust Blondie) Black Filly (Northfork Top Traveller x Silky Reward)
Marjorie Lacy of Edson AB has one new foal: Red Filly (Uphill Heir Trigger X Kodiaks Dyna C.F.)
Arna Erhart of Ardrossan AB has these two foals on the ground: Palomino Filly (Uphill Heir Trigger x Walkien Grand Finale) Red Filly (FF-16 He’za Cruzin Legacy x Willow’s Flaxen Queen)
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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Geology on Horseback Exploring the back country in the name of science By JoAnne Nelson, South Vancouver Island Chapter, BCHBC
ony Wass and JoAnne rock that makes up most of the Nelson are new secondary road surfaces. members of the South Over the next two weeks, we Vancouver Island chapter of put them to work carrying us the Back Country Horsemen up those long stretches, and of BC, but the couple is not us and our rock samples down. new to back country riding! Every morning, after a good (Tony is the current vice-chair solid breakfast, we loaded the of their chapter.) This story is horses into the trailer for the a recollection of a two-week half-hour commute up the main adventure they embarked on roads along Kleanza Creek and in 2007, when Nelson was a BC Zymoetz River. government geologist and her We would saddle up at the road field area was near Terrace BC. junction, bushwhack through This story sheds some light on the thick alder growth along the the scientific secrets of ‘what valley bottom, and then clamber lies beneath’ the many trails across the huge swales where Tony and Jed on lunch break. we are privileged to ride and culverts had been pulled. Past the work that goes into unravelling the mystery and history of the these early obstacles, the roads turned to magic highways, climbing mountains. slowly but steadily up the sides of the ridges. Here we could even trot I was running a field crew that was required to map and some of the time – but we were required to stop to document every sample the bedrock in a large area near Terrace. The challenge was rock cut. that access to the rock outcrops was difficult because many of the Our job was to come to an understanding of the geological former logging roads had been ‘put history of this region by collecting to bed’ …with culverts pulled out volcanic rocks to date by isotopic and other changes made. methods and characterized by geochemical analysis, along with We could cover the main roads fossils and ore samples. In the end, with our truck, and the alpine areas my students and I realized that we by helicopter, but there were some were walking over the eroded stumps very long decommissioned logging of huge ancient volcanoes, 205 to 195 roads and abandoned mine roads million years old. But with Tony and that would have made grueling work on foot. Any other project the horses, I wasn’t coming to any big conclusions, just doing the repetitive, geologist would have just rented systematic, necessary work. (Scientific ATVs. I had this thought: ‘Here I am, toiling up and down the mountains analysis would be done later in the lab.) with a pack full of rocks, while our Bridge near the old Dardanelle gold mine entrance (warning two horses are hanging out in their When the long days were done, we sign many years old, site abandoned). pasture in Victoria doing nothing would take Jed and Soleil back to their temporary pasture where they could useful.’ I called my husband, Tony Wass, and asked if he would like to eat and sleep and roll. Tired workers that they were, they spent a lot of bring Jed, our Quarter Horse, and quality time sleeping flat out; but the Soleil, our Dutch Warmblood, and join the project. Three days later next morning they were keen to climb they rolled into town. into the trailer for their next adventure. This was a special summer for those I had arranged a base camp two horses …and us! They got to for them on a friend’s acreage in sample all sorts of unusual trail-side Pine Flats, east of Terrace. Tony had treats, young salmonberry, fireweed, got our farrier to equip them with highland grasses. They passed moose plastic pads under all four shoes, for and bear with a prick of the ears and protection from the riprap and blast Getting ready for the Dardanelle mine road traverse. 30 • JULY 2021
a good sniff. They drank out of every little creek that crossed the road, each with its own taste of moss or broken rock or meadow. For a special treat on a sizzling-hot day near the end of the job, we took them swimming in Lakelse Lake. And then, this part of the work done, Tony headed back to Victoria. I watched sadly as the back of the trailer vanished from sight. Jed and Soleil stayed with us for many years after that; Jed passed away in 2015 and Soleil just last year, both age 28. We took them on many adventures on the Island, but these trips were just for fun. There’s something very special about that one time when we all worked hard and happily together, that made us lifelong friends.
JoAnne locating an outcropping on the field map, an unnamed tributary of Zymoetz River.
Trail snack, Mattson Creek road.
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Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update By Hans Kollewyn
he Canadian Cowboy Challenge season has begun. The first Alberta Challenge was approved for an Equestrian Exemption from Alberta Health Services. Health protocols were followed as outlined in the exemption. It was a little more work but well worth it for the opportunity for competitors to show their skills and abilities at a Challenge. Our Challenges are a Western ranch/trail riding based event. Under western tack and attire, competitors maneuver obstacles based on everyday ranch and trail activities and encounters. Obstacles can be as they appear naturally or can be made to look or mimic a natural one. Challenges can be held in an indoor or outdoor arena with other courses being set up in a natural setting. Obstacles can include ravines, streams, bridges, opening/closing a gate, heading/heeling, water crossing, and the list goes on. Challenges are judged and scored. Judging is based on how well the team, horse and rider, work together. The judge will be looking for a team’s connection, or trust, with one another. The more trust within the team the better they are able to work together in unison. An indication of how well the team works together, the judge will watch how the rider instructs their horse and/or how the horse responds to the rider. It is always a two-way communication process while a team is demonstrating their skills and abilities. The CCC season has had a late start but that has provided more time this spring to prepare. And besides, any reason to ride is a good one. It keeps us and our horses going and healthier.
A family affair at a Challenge. JULY 2021
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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Marilyn Griffin
adly for us, the wilds of Alberta have beckoned another board member. Jenn Merriam and her horse Hemi have moved to Strathmore, Alberta. Jenn has been a major contributor to LMQHA both on the board and as the booth coordinator for the LMQHA Horsemen’s Bazaar & Country Fair. We will miss her vitality and enthusiasm for everything quarter horse and she has left us with a big hole to fill. We also say goodbye to Linda Roberts who has resigned due to work commitments. We will miss your smile and thank you for all you have done to help promote the club. On that note, we are pleased to welcome two new board members, Rebecca McIvor and Leigh-Anne Couchman. Rebecca is an all-around trainer and coach for the AQHA/APHA circuits. She offers training in both English and Western disciplines. Rebecca has completed up to level 4 in the Equine Canada program (western) and level 5 intermediate. Rebecca says she was thrilled to be invited to join the LMQHA Board so she can give back to the club where she first started showing. Leigh-Anne Couchman is the mother of youth member Emily Firth. Leigh-Ann recently started riding lessons with Jodie Moore and horses are now truly a family affair. Her daughter, Emily Firth, was featured in an earlier Saddle Up article. It is wonderful to have a parent of a youth on the Board who can provide us with input on what we can do for our upcoming youth riders to keep them interested and enjoying the sport. Good news! Covid-19 cases are declining and the BC Government has laid out their re-opening plan. Keeping in mind that we all need to be mindful to continue to practice social distancing and not become complacent, we are now very hopeful that our August show (real time) can now move forward. Save the dates: August 14–15, 2021 at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. The August show is a collaboration with BC Paint Horse Club. There will be classes for quarter horses, paint horses and open classes, including Barrel Racing. Please follow us on Facebook for more details, a class list willv be posted soon. LMQHA has also collaborated with the BC Paint Horse Club to create the BC Virtual Show which offers cash payouts instead of ribbons. This virtual show is open to all levels of riders, all breeds and every discipline, your horse does not need to be registered. Series 1 of the BC Virtual Show is behind us and the entries for Series 2 will be closed by the time this edition goes to print. Please go to the BC Virtual Show Facebook page to check out the placings and to find details and patterns for Series 3. You can also watch the video from each entry and make your own comparisons. This is a great opportunity to help you see what the judges are looking for so you can set your own goals.
Leigh-Anne Couchman New Board New Board member Rebecca McIvor member
Retiring Director Jenn Merriam
Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, email@example.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page
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Clubs & Associations Join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Membership is FREE!
31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.ca
members from across Canada and the US
ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 9/21
The CQHA is the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd. Visit us at www.cqha.ca.
NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.
Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information www.crhra.ca 4/22
BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 6/22
BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association
Working with obstacles to overcome obstacles Building confidence, patience, respect and trust in your equine partnership! bcearena2trail.com facebook.com/BCEA2T 4/22
CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.cantra.ca
BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 10/21 email@example.com, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.
CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION (CHA) www.CHA.horse. Certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, & publishes educational manuals, webinars & videos. 8/21
BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22
CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 12 /21
BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. email@example.com 3/22 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.bcqha.com Contact Carolyn Farris, email firstname.lastname@example.org 7/21
1-866-282-8395 | email@example.com | www.equestrian.ca
FRASER VALLEY’S OWN ‘GRASSROOTS’ CLUB dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram
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. 10/18 2/22
Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.
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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!! www.bctcpa.net
Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com
A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.
DONATIONS WELCOME PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE HELPING HORSES
Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323 email@example.com www.equinefoundationofcanada.com
BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see Facebook) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, firstname.lastname@example.org. Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/22 BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 6/21 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, email@example.com 4/22
Canadian Cowboy Challenge
A SPORT for the whole Family! Hoping to host a full season of Challenges in 2021 For more info please call 403-828-2044 or visit www.canadiancowboychallenge.com
INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 8/21
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Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 10/21
PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, firstname.lastname@example.org See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 2/22
LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Tamara Jameson, email@example.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 12/21
RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, Rustyspurshorse4h@gmail.com & Find us on Facebook! 12/21
NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 8/21
SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 11/21
100 Mile & District Outriders
Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. Harvey President: Adam Mike Kidston E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.100mileoutriders.com
PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kevin Froese (Kevin.email@example.com). Info, Gymkhana dates & events at www.peachlandridingclub.com 6/22
VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook 4/22 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/22
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Peruvian Horse Club of BC Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent www.phac.ca/BC/index.html
SPIRIT OF THE HORSE GARDEN, a place to honour our equine friends; memorial plaques available, email@example.com, FB 11/21
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5 CQHA/AQHA VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES Showmanship, Horsemanship & Equitation, https://cqha.ca/home/register/ 8-11 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Victoria BC, www.hoofgeeks.ca/upcoming-clinics 10-11 CONNECTION DEVELOPMENT w/Christa Miremadi at The Outriders Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, contact Robin Hunt at email@example.com 12 CQHA/AQHA VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES Hunt Seat Equitation, https://cqha.ca/home/register/ 14-17 ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP w/Dawn Ferster at Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, firstname.lastname@example.org 17-18 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL SHOW, Shumway Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC. Contact Donna Barker at email@example.com CCC PINE ROCK VENTURES DOUBLE HEADER, Bluffton AB, 403-848-1780 or 17-18 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canadiancowboychallenge.com 19 CQHA/AQHA VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES Trail, https://cqha.ca/home/register/ 23-25 TRAIL SKILLS CAMP w/Christa Miremadi at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact email@example.com 24-25 PRC SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACES & GYMKHANA, www.peachlandridingclub.com 25-31 LANGLEY BC, Learn equine massage! Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, https://www.equinerehab.ca
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31-Aug 1 ADVANCING THE BRIDLED STOCKHORSE w/Miles Kingdon at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2-Sep 10 EDMONTON AB, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, https://www.equinerehab.ca 7-8 PRC ANNUAL BEACHTOWN SHOWDOWN Race & Roping, www.peachlandridingclub.com 13-15 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT w/Christa Miremadi at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact email@example.com 14-15 AQHA/APHA ALL BREED SHOW, Maple Ridge Equi-Centre, http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha 14-15 CCC PRAIRIE SKY RANCH DOUBLE HEADER, Saskatoon SK, 306-371-1682 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canadiancowboychallenge.com 15 AERC OPEN SHOW (Virtual?), Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca and FB 20-22 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT 2 w/Christa Miremadi at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact email@example.com 24-27 ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP w/Dawn Ferster at Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 10/21
DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 4/22
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.
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Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations
Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides
Custom built and installed to your needs
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ABBOTSFORD DUNCAN KELOWNA LANGFORD NANAIMO PARKSVILLE SANNICH SALMON ARM WEST KELOWNA
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Ph: 250-503-7432 NATA FARMS Serving BC’s Interior including South Okanagan
GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years
Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662
email@example.com • www.cffence.com
WHOLESALE PANELS & GATES countrywestsupply.com ARMSTRONG 250-546-9174
NEW NANAIMO 3501 AQUA TERRA ROAD
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Business Services GUEST RANCHES
TRAILER REPAIRS 5/22
TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/21
TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 4/22
TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Western, available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 2/22
Spring Lake Guest Ranch
Close to nature Far from crowds 8-10,000 acres & private lake
www.springlakeranch.com • 250-791-5776 (100 Mile House BC)
LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22
BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22 ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, www.wildwoodfarm.ca 5/22 9/21
CASIE MENHINICK REALTOR®
Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities
778-209-0305 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate
International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 10/21 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 7/21
HORSE FIRST HORSEMANSHIP
Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 email@example.com Armstrong 10/21 7/22
SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more, www.donloewen.com
Build Something Lasting
Available for speaking engagements & events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
LUTTMER TRAINING AND CLINICS, starting horses, building trust and confidence, Quesnel BC 250-249-9613, see updates on Facebook 10/21 5/22
TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 9/21
SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 8/21 SOMATIC RIDER AND ENERGY MEDICINE - Lisa Wieben (Vernon BC) Balance the Rider, Balance the Horse, www.somaticrider.com, 403-335-5993 7/22 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. therocknstarranch.com 3/22
VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22
TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 7/22
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INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21 OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM, www.okanaganequinevet.com
WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 8/21
A RARE PIECE OF PARADISE!
ACREAGE | HOME | BARN
Beautiful 3 bed/3 bath home on an 18 acre private and partially fenced forested property with ocean views from the home. The 34’ x 47’ barn has 4 stalls and could be rearranged for more or less or turn this into a workshop. There is an all-weather paddock outside for the horses with lots of space for grass turnout. The property is nicely sloped and the owners took full advantage of the height to maximize the ocean view. Around the home, pond, greenhouse and barn is cleared and the rest is lightly forested.
1235 Coats Drive, Gabriola Island BC $2,350,000 MLS® 871289 CONTACT: MARTIN VELSEN, PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORP. Cell 250-327-2324 / email@example.com
40 private park-like acres only ten minutes from the city of Powell River and beautiful beaches. Open concept, two-bedroom westcoast home with vaulted ceiling and exposed fir beams. Stunning masonry stove faced in river rock. Completely off-grid and self-contained. Two storey barn with three box stalls and heated studio/storage above.Tack room and hay shed. Paddock, pastures, gardens, orchard and ponds. A horse lover’s dream within 2 kms of two equestrian rings (indoor and outdoor) and unlimited backcountry trails.
4990 McLeod Road, Powell River BC $965,000 MLS ® 15864 www.realtor.ca/real-estate/23251698/4990-mcleod-roadpowell-river CONTACT: JOHN ZAIKOW 604-485-7788 Westview Zaikow Realty firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTWOLD BC - FOR THE HORSE LOVER Featuring a 70’ x 144’ indoor riding arena with attached alleyway with 9 stalls and a tack room. Separate covered hay and sawdust storage. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom nicely finished house, 26’ x 36’ shop, 24’ x 7’ greenhouse. All on 65 acres with access to thousands of acres of Crown land. Property is fenced with page wire and cross-fenced into 3 large pastures with equine grade fencing. A very private setting with spectacular views of the Douglas Lake and Falkland valleys. Virtual Tour/Photo Gallery: https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/23303856/6775douglas-lake-road-westwold-mlww-monte-lake-westwold
$1,298,000 MLS® 10223467/160329 (Interior & Kamloops) CONTACT: ROSS GORDON 250-540-7534 Century 21 Excellence Realty Ltd. Email: email@example.com
REALTORS, YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE ADS ARE ONLY $85 OR LESS!
1-866-546-9922 for more info
Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. www.footnotefarm.com 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/21 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22
BREEDERS YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE.
ONLY $250 PER YEAR PLUS A WEB LINK AT JUST $50 PER YEAR
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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse
THE VERSATILE PERUVIAN HORSE
We Have the Blues!
The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at PHAC.ca!
for Trail ~ Work ~ Show
2021 Foals will be available sired by:
LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan
Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!
www.ringsteadranch.com • firstname.lastname@example.org 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21
Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) email@example.com www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy
To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.
Glynn Irish Sport Horse If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!
We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure!
PHOTO ADS ONLY $60 (OR LESS)
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Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) firstname.lastname@example.org www.PonderosaRidgeRanch.ca 10/21
Shop & Swap! MISCELLANEOUS
HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 9/21
Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles
DEEP CREEK GENERAL STORE
Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: email@example.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm
ARMSTRONG’S GENERAL STORE
that has a little bit of everything Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES Contact: Brigitte MacKenzie, 604-768-9558 (cell/text) WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM 1-888-357-0011
Double Delichte Stables
Full Board $350 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC firstname.lastname@example.org 9/21
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3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC
FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena 10/21
Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 / email@example.com
NEXT DEADLINE JULY 5, 2021 FOR THE AUGUST ISSUE JULY 2021
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AVENUE MACHINERY CORP.
1521 Sumas Way ........................................ 604-864-2665
NORTH ISLAND TRACTOR
3663 South Island Hwy ............................... 250-334-0801
KEMLEE EQUIPMENT LTD.
1309 Northwest Boulevard.......................... 250-428-2254
ISLAND TRACTOR & SUPPLY LTD.
4650 Trans Canada Hwy ............................. 250-746-1755
AVENUE MACHINERY CORP.
1090 Stevens Road Hwy ............................. 250-769-8700
GERARD’S EQUIPMENT LTD.
5592 Hwy 97 South ..................................... 250-498-2524
Upper Mud River Road ............................... 250-560-5431
AVENUE MACHINERY CORP.
7155 Meadowlark Road .............................. 250-545-3355
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