Saddle Up June 2010

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JUNE 2010


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From the Editor… Features Is That Carrier Safe and Legal? Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Move That Horse! - Shipping Myths about Clicker Training Dana Hokana - Performance Training Gary Hunt Horsemanship Fish Trap Campsite Grand Opening Chris Irwin - Raising the Bar

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Cariboo Chatter


Roman Ramblings


Back Country Horsemen of BC


BC Cutting Horse Assoc.


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


Pine Tree Riding Club


BC Quarter Horse Assoc.


BC Paint Horse Club


BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.




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Welcome to ‘almost summer’! We are all (Canadians) getting some extremely unusual weather from coast to coast. But then again, so is the U.S. I hope we can all manage with more rain in the areas that need it most, as reservoirs are lower than usual; and less rain for those that cannot take any more for fear of flooding. Good luck to all of us. I hope a lot of you are planning to participate in the Children’s Wish Trail Rides that are happening around BC, and one (so far!) in Alberta. If you can’t ride, then please consider donating to this worthy cause and/or volunteering your time at any of the events. This issue happens to have two great write-ups on Transporting Horses - locally and internationally - each is a ‘must-read’ for all horse owners. And of course we have some great articles on all sorts of training Also available methods... you be the judge! Digitally! We are now receiving a lot more articles each month which we are happy to print and I THANK YOU for your submission(s). BUT (there is always a but) space only allows so many per month (as it’s the advertising dollars that pay for this magazine to be printed). All I can suggest is, keep your news brief, and to the point, stick to the facts, send a couple of photos (NOT 10 photos for me to pick from) AND, most importantly, get it in by the 15th. Meeting our deadline gives you a better chance to get printed.

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Shelley Newman, Stephanie Kwok, Irene White, Roger Matas, Trish Craig, Dana Hokana, Kevan Garecki, Dr. Britt Mills, Jennifer Zachary, Chris Irwin, Shannon Wheeler, Gary Hunt, Greg Roman, Mark McMillan, Mike Puhallo, marteau, Robert Magrath, PhotoJoe Photography, Alan Smythe, Rein-Beau Images, Ruth Donald, Eva Cassidy. ON THE COVER: Riversong Retreat, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.

Main Office TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 Fax: 250-546-2629 Publisher/Editor Nancy Roman Mailing Address Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B0

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Dear Editor… Hi Nancy and Greg; "Oops," please forgive me for letting our subscription expire. Got our last copy of your mag, in February, and put it in a pile of stuff to catch up on, and did not notice the "Subscription has Expired" notice on the label not that it's not plain enough to see, duh!! So, please find enclosed money to cover costs for our next year's subscription. Keep up the good work guys! Love your new (for a while now) colour scheme, very, very effective. Also, the horse cartoons on special days, Valentine's, Easter and Christmas times. The Poetry, etc.!! The articles, boy, horse training sure has changed since the old days. For the better hopefully! Thanks once more. Take care, keep the hoof side down. - Terry C., Merritt, BC Good day Nancy: We wanted to do a letter to the editor for your next issue. James and I took the Doug Mills Training Thru Trust clinic last weekend which was held here in Armstrong at Cathie Gimse's beautiful farm. We of course saw Doug's demo at the Stallion Showcase held in Armstrong in April and were very impressed with what we saw. We were though "extremely disappointed" as were a great number of other people (the stands were full) to see his demo being pushed out and not able to complete all the work he had done on the beautiful Warmblood Stallion "Cross Country's Without Question" over the two days. For Pete's sake everybody there wanted to see him get on that horse; the suspense was killing us as to what actually happens when a horse with only 4 hours of training is slid up to the rail and sat on. We can tell you that the 3-day clinic course we took with Doug is

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the best $$ we ever spent, for less than one month's training fees at most facilities. We took two young 4-year-olds to the clinic and by day 3 we were able ride both horses with "no drama" - no games - no restrictive tack - no bits. AND best of all he gave us the knowledge to start our own horses - no need to send them off for 90 days to someone else's facility to get them started. We have taken a number of other clinics with "natural horseman" only to be left after three days confused and unsure, with more questions than answers. Doug made sure thru each step that each individual understood the pattern and treated every person with dignity and respect no matter their level of horsemanship and skill set. No we are not sponsors of Doug, just horse owners/breeders who are tired of being handed a bill of goods and BS. We would highly recommend his clinic Training Thru Trust for all no matter if you ride English or Western as this program is a great start to both styles. Trust us - you will not be disappointed. - Sincerely, Nancy & James, Custom Chrome Gypsy & Drums (Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. As one of the organizers of the OK Breeders Showcase, I can only say that we were wrong in stopping Doug on day 2 of his demonstration. It was a judgment call to keep the schedule of events on time; as it is not fair to the other presenters/clinicians. Doug did ask me in advance how much time he could have if he needed more; and he was given a bit more time. Had we scheduled Doug at the end of the day (as we did on day 1) then I am sure everyone would not have been disappointed. But we chose to change up the scheduling different on day 2, and obviously, that was our mistake and we do apologize for that.)

Dear Editor, cont’d Hi:

As a response to the letter in the May issue, I didn’t know what NHSRA was (sorry, I’m just “imported” from Europe) so I googled it. The first thing I found was the rulebook with on page 4 their mission statement. The last statement is “maintain the highest regard for the livestock.” Maybe this organization should have somebody who checks on his members to see if they handle according to their statements. I should say that if a member doesn’t handle in the right way, the member should be helped to reach these goals and if they don’t... Bye, bye, exit only. I hope his penalty is high. I just hate abusers and especially animal abusers. - B. Slikker, Cochrane, AB Dear Editor: I would like to give a big public thank you to the BC SPCA for all their work on the Vernon, BC case of the 28 emaciated horses and 40 dogs that were seized from Carla Christman’s Scenic Valley Ranch in September 2009, and their continued work to prevent the remaining animals in her possession from being at risk. Calls from members of the public began to come into the SPCA as early as September 2008. People had seen the thin state of Christman’s 86 horses and were worried they did not have enough to eat. SPCA staff tried to work with Ms. Christman, over the following months, to improve their care but she refused to comply. More complaints came into the SPCA during the summer of 2009 as people were worried about the poor body condition of the mares foaling out and the fact that mares, stallions, colts and foals were all being kept together, with the consequences of injury and improper breeding practices. As a result of the September seizure, criminal charges were laid against Ms. Christman for animal cruelty but she kept the SPCA tied up in court for many months demanding her horses be returned, that the seizure was illegal and evidence against her was fabricated. The judge dismissed all of Ms. Christman’s claims but by then, SPCA legal costs were mounting and they were unable to adopt out the seized animals until the end of the case and had to pay for their care and rehabilitation. While some of the animals in the worst condition were seized, Christman still had another 50 or so horses, many of which were due to foal out this Spring. A large number of dogs, cats, a dozen or so cattle and some donkeys also remained in her care. It has been thanks to the SPCA, there have been inspections on the remaining animals’ health and safety. For most people, the fact that they had 6 charges of animal cruelty and assaulting a peace officer against them would be enough. Not so for Ms. Christman. Another 4 criminal charges were added recently, more animal cruelty charges and a breach of her bail conditions. At long last, the legal system appears to be taking this situation seriously. A judge has ruled as part of her bail conditions, from 22 May 2010, Ms. Christman is forbidden to have care and control of any animal and cannot have any animal living with her. It would have saved the SPCA a lot of time, trouble and money if this could have been done a year ago but at least the animals will no longer have to suffer at the hands of this woman. Clearly, Christman has been running a puppy mill and an out of control horse breeding operation. As a community, maybe we should consider asking Local Councils to adopt a system of licensing and inspecting these backyard breeders. That way the breeder is responsible for paying the costs of inspecting his or her establishment through the licensing process and our donations to Societies like the SPCA can be used for animal care instead of fighting backyard breeders through the courts. Not all the animals made it out of Scenic Valley Ranch alive, but thanks to the SPCA, those that did have a chance. They need all the support we can spare. - Name withheld by request.






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2nd Annual Alberta Wish Ride Set To Go By Roger Matas Riders are already registering for the 2nd annual Alberta Wish ride following the event’s inaugural success in 2009.


ast August, 77 riders, their horses and a couple of dozen volunteers converged on Little Elbow campground in Kananaskis for a day in the mountains to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. And raise money they did, turning over a cheque to the foundation for $20,000. “It was an incredible first year for the event,” said committee chair Irene White. “With the help we received from the community, our volunteers and the riders, expenses were negligible and we were able to dedicate the maximum donation to this great cause. And we had a lot of fun doing it.” The Children’s Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. Wishes can be virtually anything, but often it’s a trip to Disneyland or something similar. “It was a no-brainer to bring the ride to the Calgary area. This is horse country, after all, and people are always looking for an excuse to mount up and spend some time on horseback,” she said.

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The 2009 ride attracted riders from as far away as Kelowna, Ottawa and Nelson, BC. Riders chose between three trails depending on their endurance and level of experience. Janyne Akins, General Sales Manager at Frontier Western Shop in Claresholm with The day started Irene White, Committee Chair (and daughter with a pancake of Wish Ride founder, Walter White) displaying breakfast and this year’s saddle. ended with supper, entertainment, an auction and prizes. “We’ve already had people who were on the ride last year register for this year,” White said. “We plan to use the same format, provide breakfast and supper and have lots of great prizes. The province limits the number of riders we can have on each trail, but we have some room to increase our numbers from last year.” One of the big prizes already secured is a saddle, donated by the Frontier Western Shop in Claresholm. All riders are eligible to win the saddle. Every $25 in pledges a rider brings in gets them a ticket on the draw for the saddle. Riders need to have a minimum pledge of $40 to participate. Children’s Wish Fundraising coordinator Trevor Eagles said the support the event provides makes a big difference in the lives of very sick children. “For a child whose wish is about to be granted, the pain and discomfort of the illness, and often harsh treatment regimes, somehow become more bearable. For many, the excitement of planning and anticipating their dream has a dramatic effect on their healing. These courageous youngsters often experience a renewed sense of energy and hope as they see a different kind of light at the end of the tunnel.” The 2010 event is Saturday, August 21 at Little Elbow. All the details as well as pledge forms and registration forms are on the web site at www.


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Is That Carrier Safe and Legal?

By Kevan Garecki

Many carriers claim to be “licensed and insured”; let’s take a close look at what that really means. Any motor vehicle used for business or commercial use is subject to enforcement under the National Safety Code of Canada; a “code of conduct” for motor carriers enacted to help make our roads safer.


his applies not only to haulers, but could encompass a trainer moving clients’ horses, coaches taking students’ mounts to and from shows, breeders delivering sold stock and anyone transporting horses to and from a public sale or auction. The pivotal word in the act is “commerce”; any time a vehicle is used in conjunction with “commerce” (whenever the owner is compensated in any way for any service in connection with the move under way at the time), the vehicle used must be commercially licensed and insured.

Every carrier who hauls for hire must first apply for and receive an NSC Carrier number, which must be quoted on the registration of all motor vehicles used for the transport of goods on behalf of that carrier. The truck must also be correctly licensed for the work it is doing. Here is a simple example. A properly outfitted commercial truck and four-horse gooseneck trailer will tip the scales between 6,000 to 8,000 kilograms, and that combination must be licensed appropriately. The tow vehicle must have a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of its own weight plus that of the trailer and any

load it might carry. So our sample truck should reasonably be licensed for at least 9,000 kilograms; the 7,000-kilogram average empty weight, plus 500 kilos each for four average-sized horses. An experienced carrier is realistic about the varying loads they handle and will allow for larger horses, extra tack, feed, water tanks, etc. A reasonably anticipated GVW for this combination would be at least 10,000 kilograms, putting it well within the realm of a “commercial vehicle.” There are also specific limits placed on light-duty trucks (those licensed under 11,000 kg) as to how much they can legally “SINGING LANDS RANCH”

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Serenity can be yours - just a few hours from Vancouver. Comfortable acreages, good views, clean air and peace. These properties are close to Merritt and are the first available properties on your way up from the coast. Prices have been discounted to fair value for quick sale prior to HST. Come have a look. Call Rob Teit 250-574-6838 or Barrie Cline 250-371-7222. Ranches Only at RE/MAX Kamloops 1-877-374-3331

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Is That Carrier Safe and Legal?, cont’d carry. For instance, a one-ton must be equipped with dual rear wheels to legally tow any trailer designed to carry five horses or more on any public road in Canada. All commercial motor vehicles must be regularly inspected according to a strict set of conditions and bear a valid inspection sticker, the number of which must be quoted on the current registration along with the NSC number. If a properly licensed tow vehicle does not have that safety sticker in plain view, it cannot legally tow that trailer on any public road anywhere in North America, even if it is not loaded. There is NO exception to this law, anywhere, for any reason. Have you ever noticed those signs preceding a big hill; the ones that read “Trucks, Stop Here, Check Brakes, Steep Hill Ahead”? This directive applies to all commercial vehicles licensed for 5,500 kilograms or more; so every responsible carrier should be able to tell you about what they do at brake checks. They are also required to stop at every open weigh scale anywhere in North America. This will have specific ramifications for privately licensed combinations as well; I would strongly suggest anyone who may fall into the above category to carefully research their own licensing with an Autoplan agent skilled at commercial service. With the exception of a house/RV unit or one solely designed as such, every trailer that exceeds 4,600 kilos, loaded

or not, is considered a commercial vehicle in BC, and the tow vehicle must be driven by a commercially licensed driver. It is very easy to go over this limit and pretty much any four-horse or larger gooseneck falls into this weight class even when it’s only half loaded. Regardless of this stipulation, the preceding paragraphs clearly show the driver must be commercially licensed anyway. Whenever a motor vehicle is operated on a public road by a person not properly licensed that person is doing so illegally, and if the vehicle is involved in an incident all insurance coverage is void; this could apply to coverage you put on your own horse, as no insurance provider is obligated to cover losses resulting from or involving illegal activities. Even if the incident was not the drivers’ fault, the entire costs can be levied against that person; so by not licensing and insuring correctly many “carriers” are irresponsibly putting the general public at risk. They could be financially ruined if they were ever hit; the owners would be on their own for any costs associated with their horse, and could actually be seen as partially liable when the case goes to court (any incident like this is going to court, that’s a given!). If there are injuries involved, the liability could be staggering. So an improperly licensed carrier is not going out on that limb alone; anyone who contracts them to haul their horse could be seen at risk too. Commercial vehicles are required by law to carry motor truck cargo insurance; however the law is woefully inadequate where horses are concerned. The minimum policy must be $32,000, but the payout for livestock essentially equates to the value if the animal were sold for meat, or at best limited to “tariff”; which is $2.20 per kilogram. Only a very specific general liability policy will address risks not covered by the cargo policy, and even then there are clauses that will severely limit payouts to horse owners. In short, most GL policies protect the carrier, not the horse owner. The ones that do offer coverage with the horse owner in mind bear extremely high premiums. Take out your own policy on any horse worth more than $2,500 as most GL policies won’t pay out any more than that. All this coverage and licensing are expensive; add the cost of comprehensive vehicle maintenance to ensure the safety of your horse and it’s easy to see why transport rates seem so high. It’s not much of a stretch to understand then why that “good deal” may not really be so great after all, when you consider the risks a careless hauler puts the public at. Kevan has over 35 years commercial transportation experience and has extensive accomplishments in equine rescue and rehabilitation. His professional accolades include serving on commercial traffic advisory boards, contracting to ICBC as a road test examiner and most recently being chosen to teach the new Certified Livestock Transporter’s course in BC. Kevan operates his own horse transport business based in Langley, BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.) • 11

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

By Dr. Britt Millls, DVM

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a method of sending acoustic or pressure waves into tissue to promote healing of chronic lameness issues.


he exact mechanisms by which it works are unclear, but it has been shown to increase blood flow and new vessel formation, and change inflammatory chemicals in the injured area. It is used to speed healing of tendons and ligaments, reduce lameness in horses with osteoarthritis of the hock (bone spavin) and pastern and reduce lameness in horses with navicular syndrome. It can speed up wound healing and reduce scar tissue on chronic wounds. It is also being used on trigger points for local muscle pain and for chronic back pain, and can be used to stimulate specific acupuncture points.

It is showing promise in treating angular limb deformities in foals. There are two different devices used to produce the pressure waves an ESW machine and a radial pressure unit. They have different penetration depths and different waveform characteristics, and some conditions respond better to a specific device. The machines can produce a temporary analgesia, or pain relief for up to 2 days after treatment which is independent of the healing process. It is important that the horse is not exercised excessively during this time of decreased pain perception to avoid re injury. Generally a horse is treated 3-5 times with a rest period of 7 to 10 days between treatments. For chronic conditions, the horse may need to be treated on a maintenance Offering an Integrative basis every 4 to 8 and Complementary weeks. Approach to the The treatments Treatment of Horses are not painful but and Small Animals. they can be mildly

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uncomfortable especially on the lower limbs, and most horses are sedated for treatment. Side effects are minimal, and if the injured area was swollen, owners report that the swelling goes down quite quickly after shock wave treatment. This technology is becoming more popular with horse owners because it offers a drug-free way to help horses that have been injured or have chronic lameness issues return to better function.

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2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Pat Parelli Brings Natural Horsemanship Clinic to Equine Village

As the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games approach, guests should not only be looking forward to the competition, but also to the multitude of equine entertainers and clinicians that will be a part of the 2010 Games Equine Village, Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Among the entertainers that are part of the Equine Village is Pat Parelli, known around the world for his Natural Horsemanship training method. Parelli also will be doing demonstrations on his world famous mare, Magic, who he said can jump, slide, spin and piaffe all in the same demonstration.

Stacy Westfall to Perform in Opening Ceremonies

Champion rider and equine competitor Stacy Westfall will entertain audiences as she performs without a saddle or bridle on her champion horse, Roxy, in the opening ceremonies.

By Lauren Greathouse

Westfall, who has appeared on Ellen and is a YouTube sensation, will bring her champion reining horse, Whizards Baby Doll (Roxy), out of retirement to participate in the Opening Ceremonies for the world’s most prestigious equestrian competition.

Tickets for Finals Rounds Going Fast

Tickets to the eight world championships of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are selling quickly, with many sessions, particularly finals sessions, approaching sell-outs. The Dressage Individual Freestyle and the Reining Individual Finals could be the first to reach full capacity. Less than 1,000 Level A tickets are available for the Dressage Freestyle on Oct. 1 in the outdoor stadium. Only 400 tickets remain for the Reining Individual Finals on Sept. 30 at the indoor arena. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit

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Move That Horse! – International Shipping By Trish Craig, Crofton Horse Transport

Horse transport has changed dramatically in the past decade; possibly the most notable change is how international measures affect horse transport. Being prepared for every eventuality can reduce or even eliminate lengthy delays. In this installment we’ll look at international shipping; subsequent articles will look at North American and domestic moves.


or those who are not familiar with customs and other requirements, international shipping can be daunting. The most important piece of advice I can offer is to hire a reputable forwarder who is familiar with the routines that you and your horse will encounter. Do some homework, ask for references and verify them. Experienced ground transport companies will already have solid partnerships in place with the right people for international shipping, so this is always a good place to start. They can often co-ordinate both ground and air movements for you. They are also aware of the various rules, laws and regulations of both the origin and destination countries, and will facilitate virtually every step of the process. The preparation for international shipping can be time consuming, so it’s best to initiate your shipping plans at least six months in advance.

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Once you have secured the forwarder to handle the air transport and related duties, the horse will have to be inspected by a vet. Provided the vet clears the horse for travel, they will issue an international health certificate; this is valid for 30 days, so timing is important. Most countries require a declaration from a vet stating the horse conforms to the health requirements of the receiving country, and has not come into contact with certain health risks within a given length of time. The only way to ensure this is to put the horse into quarantine for the specified time required, so this step will of course affect when the health certificate is prepared and issued. There are specific risks that will have to be addressed as well, and these will change according to which country the horse is destined for. Your forwarder will be familiar with all of these needs and will use vets who understand each step of the qualifying process. The average quarantine period is anywhere from 21 to 30 days. In the case of the horse travelling through multiple countries, more than one quarantine period may be required, or the quarantine may have to be co-ordinated in the final country that the horse arrives in, prior to its final destination. The forwarder will try to use quarantine facilities that are close to the airport to reduce that costs of ground transport. The horse will still effectively be in quarantine, so will have to travel alone unless there is a group travelling together. The horse will be inspected by another vet at the airport to make sure that everything has been done correctly up to that point. After the vet has given the all-clear, the horse is taken from the trailer and loaded onto a specialized container. The containers hold one, two or three horses at once, and allow access by a groom or attendant so the horse can be given water, food and any other attention during the flight. This may be the most traumatic step for your horse so it might be a good idea to consider a mild tranquilizer or sedative to help ease the anxiety. Many horses are just fine with all the changes and others are not. You should talk to your vet about what they think is best for your horse. Most forwarders will require horses to be properly prepared for transport, and since the horse will be in quarantine, this is normally done by the groom at the quarantine facility. If the horse is likely to be injured due to being stressed or excited, discuss this with the forwarder so their people can take appropriate steps. The airline will not accept horses in standing wraps; it has been proven over and over again that this practice is not only ineffective, but can actually be unsafe when shipping horses. The same goes for ground transport, by the way! The best approach is to keep your forwarder informed of anything

Move That Horse!, cont’d about your horse that they need to know, then let them make the decisions how to best look after your equine friend. Once all of the horses are loaded onto the containers, each box will be loaded onto an aircraft that accommodates live animals; the hold is air conditioned and pressurized the same as the cabin in a passenger airliner. A specially designed 747 with the main entrance to the cargo area exposed. The lift seen at the front of the aircraft raises the stall containers up to the cargo deck; from there the boxes are rolled into the hold and secured for the flight Two containers are loaded and await transfer to the plane. Care is taken to assure the horses spend a minimum of time awaiting the actual loading sequence, as this particular portion does expose them to the greatest degree of stress from the noise levels on the tarmac. Multiple duties are performed on the aircraft simultaneously; regular cargo is being loaded through the side entrance, while the aircraft is being fuelled at the same time. Turnaround is typically less than an hour from taxiing into position until the engines are restarted for departure. The departing horses were loaded into their respective containers immediately before boarding, and were loaded last; so their wait was a fraction of the total turnaround time. Arrival at the destination is basically a reversal of the loading regimen; the horses are unloaded first, and the containers moved into a separate building dedicated to livestock. The vet is on hand

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BC’s best-kept equine secret is out of the bag…


en riders took part in the TREC event held at Nelson & District Riding Club grounds on Saturday May 8. Some had already taken part in clinics held in the Kootenays in recent years, but to others this was a new experience! This three-phase competition is designed to test the ability of riders to take themselves out for a trail ride finding a pre-determined route that they copy onto their map from a master map provided by the organizer, control their horses while they are out while maintaining set speeds and to negotiate any obstacles they find on their way such as small jumps, ditches, steep inclines, gates, etc. TREC allows any kind of tack and any safe and comfortable clothing – no expensive uncomfortable long boots or show jackets needed here! We had people riding English, Western, one on a Barefoot saddle and even one rider whose horse is “in between saddles” on a bareback pad, and all dressed for comfort in whichever saddle rather than looking pretty. The event started with the Control of Paces, which is normally run in canter and walk, but at the Discovery Level we were using trot is allowed in place of canter to encourage people to bring their young or green horses for an outing. This phase was won by Cathie Droucker on her steady Percheron/QH mare Lorry who produced a fabulous



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slow trot to gain maximum trot marks. Riders found that marks are hard to earn in this phase, with only one scoring any points at all in the walk where a very forward march is needed. Next was the Obstacle phase which was won by Teresa Precious riding her very obedient 4-year-old Paint/AQHA Nifty, only losing 9 marks out of a possible 120 total to finish on the excellent score of 111. The final phase was the Orienteering, or map reading, which Monica Spencer took competitors on a trail out of Overall Event Winner the riding club grounds to a neighbouring property to find a “ticket” or route marker before heading back into the grounds to find two more tickets to prove that they had found the correct route and were carefully following their maps. All riders found the correct route, and most spotted the cunningly placed tickets! Riders were permitted to go individually, in pairs or in small groups and the trio of Monica Spencer, Teresa Precious and Karen Sowiak combined their skills to Teresa Precious and Nifty finish with maximum points to win this phase. Overall event winner was Monica Spencer riding her 4-year-old Luna, with Teresa Precious and Nifty in second place and Karen Sowiak on Juan Cool Jan in third. These three riders scored highly in all three phases to gain excellent overall scores of 370, 367 and 353 respectively. This event does include things you would find in Competitive Trail, Western Trail show classes, Dressage, Eventing and even Natural Horsemanship, but it also includes simple common sense and basic enjoyment of spending time on the trail with your horse and brings all forms of riding together. I think it combines all the best parts of riding, and provides a relaxed form of competition where anyone could have a go. It appeals to people who would otherwise not even consider taking part in a competition and, dare I say it, also to the more mature rider who has been there, done that and doesn’t really want to do it again, whatever it was! For more information on this relaxed, fun, inclusive competition check out the TREC web site at and contact any of the people listed in the contacts section at the end of the Newsletter. • 17

Debunking Myths about Clicker Training

By Stephanie Kwok

There is always more than one way to train your horse a new skill. If you’re like me, you tend to try more traditional methods first, but are flexible and open to different ideas when your horse’s feedback indicates the need for another approach.


have found many applications for which clicker training is particularly well suited, and enjoy introducing this approach to other horse owners. But as I talk with people, I’ve noticed that there are still some myths about clicker training circulating out there, and I offer some clarity for those who are curious to learn more about it.

Myth: Clicker training is new-age feel-good nonsense

The fundamental principle of clicker training is the use of positive reinforcement, a solidly researched subject in the analysis of human and animal behaviour for more than 70 years. Starting in the 1960s, animal trainers began using positive reinforcement in real world situations, with great success, and there was a surge of activity in the 1980s as this method started being applied to dog training. With the advent of the Internet in the mid-1990s, word spread and clicker training gained popularity among horse trainers as well. The basic idea

of positive reinforcement is to provide the horse with precise feedback about what he is doing correctly, instead of what he is doing wrong. He is given a “Yes!” signal at the exact moment he is performing a desired behaviour, and receives a reward as reinforcement shortly after the signal is given. Decades of scientific research has established that a behaviour which is marked and rewarded in this way will increase in frequency.


Myth: Your horse won’t listen to you if you don’t have your clicker

The clicker is simply a tool to help achieve clarity in communication. It is not a remote control. You don’t get the behaviour with a clicker, you mark the behaviour with Station on mat a clicker. In fact, you don’t even need to use a clicker at all. You can be effective with just your voice or a tongue-click, so long as your signal is consistent, distinct and well timed. Once a particular behaviour is being performed consistently, can be cued multiple ways and is strong in a variety of environments (on the trail, in the ring, with/

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Clicker Training, cont’d without distractions present, etc.), use of the clicker for that behaviour is phased out.

Myth: Clicker training is just for teaching tricks, not “real” training

While the improved communication that results from clicker training can certainly enable you to teach a horse some tricks, the primary goal of most clicker trainers is a familiar one: to improve everyday ground handling and behaviour under saddle, to teach new skills and to build trust.

Myth: Clicker training can’t be combined with other training methods

There is no need to abandon your favourite techniques and you do not have to clicker train exclusively to see results. Any behaviour or skill that you are working on will be improved by marking and reinforcing the best efforts of your horse during a training session.

Myth: You need to use food

The click must be followed by a reward that is motivating to the horse. This reward is called the reinforcer, and it can be anything the horse is willing to work to obtain. While food is motivating to most horses, other commonly used reinforcers include praise, scratches, rubs, or even the opportunity to do something else the horse likes to do, such as going for a roll after a workout.

Myth: Using treats will spoil a horse and make him mug/bite you for them

It is not the treats themselves, but how you use them that is the issue. If you frequently give a horse rewards for no reason, even when he displays unwanted behaviour or nags you for them, then you confuse the horse with mixed messages and degrade the value of the reinforcer at the same time. This is ineffective and undisciplined handling. To clicker train correctly, you must control yourself as well; your horse must earn the click, and therefore the reward, by making good choices about his behaviour and doing what you ask. No correct behaviour, no click, no reinforcement. In addition, one of the foundation

lessons for a horse new to clicker training is safety and good manners during food delivery. This specific training on hand feeding is very effective and makes clickertrained horses noticeably well behaved about treats. Good manners As you learn more about clicker training, you will discover many creative ways to add it to your “training toolbox.” Visit and for excellent information for beginners. If you have questions, you can rely on freely shared advice from a supportive on-line community of seasoned clicker trainers; you’ll find them easily by searching for “clickryder Yahoo group.” Take your time in working through the foundation lessons and listen to your horse – he’ll tell you what he needs to work on next. Stephanie is a freelance writer living in the Lower Mainland. She received her bachelor of applied science degree from UBC and writes for special interest and trade magazines on a variety of topics including horticulture, continuing education and horsemanship. She continues to be amazed by the dramatic improvement in communication with her own horse since starting clicker training.

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I feel that in today’s competitive world our show horses will move and perform better if they are in good physical shape. Muscles that are toned and conditioned have more strength and flexibility than tight unconditioned muscles. The exercises that I do are done to not only condition my horses but to increase their range of motion. I specialize in Western pleasure horses but these techniques will help in any discipline and any event. We want our pleasure horses to move like ballerinas but they need our help to keep them supple and flexible. Improving your horse’s movement will always make your horse look better and place higher. It will also make your horse like his job more. A horse that is tight and choppy and one that looks and feels uncomfortable could not be as happy as one that is conditioned and reaching and flowing! We find ourselves spending a lot of money on equipment, clothes, trailers, etc., our horses are expensive hobbies. I feel we need to invest the time in conditioning our horses and then maintaining their condition. I am not a veterinarian; I am a horse trainer, so the exercises I give you are ones that I have grown to like through my own personal use. Ask your veterinarian for a more detailed fitness program.

I always start and finish my ride by walking my horse to warm up and cool down.

This is so important. When your horse first comes out of the stall his muscles, tendons and ligaments are tight and cold. I know a top veterinarian once said you will have a lot less soundness problems if you walk your horse to warm up, before every workout. I always walk at least five minutes preferably 10 for my warmup and also to cool my horse down when my workout is finished.

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Top Condition, cont’d I will then start jogging or trotting for five to 10 minutes.

I will start in a slow jog, I take a hold of my horse’s face and push or drive with my legs to encourage collection in my horse. I start slow and encourage my horse to step and reach into a medium trot, I care more about roundness in their back and the length of their step than I do speed. I listen for their footfall and most always their stride will start out short and choppy, I hold and drive until I get a longer flowing step. If you count with your horse’s two-beat trot you can feel when the stride changes from a quick one-two to a slower one-two. On stiff horses this might take you 10 to 20 minutes to get them to reach but if you do this in their daily workout it will get easier and easier for them. The next thing I look for is consistency. As the horse is strengthened he will be able to “lock in” as I call it and

carry himself and stay with that reach. At the beginning you may only get a few consistent steps as your horse gets more conditioned you can hopefully get longer stretches of consistency. I will let my horse walk a moment in between stretches of trotting to catch their breath and cool down.

“I hold and drive until I get a longer, flowing stride at the trot.”

It is very important to watch your horses breathing.

I am very mindful of my horse’s breathing while I ride. As you are conditioning your horse try not to work your horse when he is out of air. When your horse is breathing hard and running out of air he will not only dislike his job but he is also more prone to injuries. Let him walk a moment in between exercises to catch his air. Also in your ride you may find that sometimes his breathing changes and appears more laboured or louder. Be mindful of this as I find some horses will

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Top Condition, cont’d asking my horse to trot sideways. I will trot at a medium speed trot and ask my horse to trot from one corner of the arena on a diagonal line to the other. When you first start this you will find that your horse will probably lead off with his shoulder or his hip. My goal is that he trots evenly sideways taking equal steps with his front feet as his hind feet. This is important to know, because if he is leading off with his front feet he may need maintenance on his ribcage and hindquarters. He is probably either stiff or resistant to your leg. He may be dropping his shoulder so badly that his hindquarter cannot keep up. Whatever the reason, it is important for you to know your goal or expectation. You want him to trot sideways while going slightly forward collected and with contact. Identify if he is trotting forward and sideways and is even with his steps front and rear. You don’t want him to rush off your leg or be too worried. It’s just part of the workout. Work on both sides equally unless one way is really stiff. Then you may need to spend a little more time on that side. You will trot from the left to the right moving off of your left leg and then from the right to the left moving off of your right leg. Next I advance this exercise by paying attention to the reach my horse has with his inside front leg. When my horse is lifting and driving at his fullest I can see the inside front leg

taking a full step and I can see him pointing his toe. When you can get control of his steps you will be thrilled with how much flatter he moves with his front leg.

Another important tip is to be sure you keep your horse well hydrated.

Especially during these warm summer days ahead. Also make sure he is sweating properly for the amount of work he is doing. There is a very dangerous condition that causes “I will trot at medium speed and ask my horse to trot from a horse to be unable to sweat in one corner of the arena, on a diagonal line, to the other, asking response to work and/or body them to two-track.” temperature increases, it is called anhydrosis. Anhydrosis can develop suddenly or slowly over a period of time, and is usually, but not always, seen in athletic horses. It is usually found in horses that are raised in cooler areas and then shipped south to regions that have high temperatures and high humidity. Being sure that your horse is well hydrated and even supplementing with electrolytes in the warmer months can possibly help to reduce the chance that your horse will suffer from this condition. As I do work my horses with these exercises I try to be very mindful as I ride. I’m not just putting in my time going through the motions I am being intentional about looking for results. I want to feel more body control, lift and step. I want them soft and pliable and moving with more brilliance of movement and reach. Learn to ride mindful and you will be thrilled with your results. My training DVD Maximizing Your Western Pleasure Horse has many other exercises that you can continue on with after you have mastered these. Remember to pay attention to the details. Champions are made by paying attention to the details. Good luck and good riding.

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Vern Sapergia Reining Clinic in the Chilcotin


pinning, sliding and sunburns! The reining clinic in the heart of the Chilcotin was all of that and more! On April 17-18, seven lucky riders from Kelowna, Armstrong, 100 Mile House, Hanceville and Alexis Creek eagerly took advantage of an unexpected opportunity to learn from world renowned reining competitor and coach, Vern Sapergia. Each rider rode three 1 ½ hour slots in the two-day clinic to achieve maximum benefit from Vern’s time-tested program. Outlining a logical, harmonious, step-by-step program from warmup to competition strategy, Vern shared his considerable knowledge with clinic participants and spectators alike. Riders and horses refined techniques or corrected problems under Vern’s calm, no-nonsense approach to coaching and training. Although Vern is not a stranger to B.C., having taught many clinics in the province in the 80s and 90s, he has not been available for clinics for many years because he is living in Austria. He squeezed in the Chilcotin clinic before competing in the CRI competition in Cochrane April 24-25, where he qualified for the World Equestrian Games Canadian Team Selection Finals! The clinic was hosted by Wildwood Reining Horses near Crystal Grier and Jill Imrie. Hanceville, tucked Photo by Sharon Gates. into a wooded area off

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of highway 20 overlooking the Chilcotin River. Under Douglas fir and sunny skies, participants enjoyed shirt-sleeve weather for both days. Who would have thought that keeping the dust down in an outdoor arena in the Chilcotin in April would be a problem? Thanks to Bella Macquarrie for hose duty! For Sunday lunch, surrounded by horses, everyone roasted wieners and marshmallows on the open fire in the picnic area beside the arena. Throughout the weekend, Sharon (and others) kept a watchful eye on her mare, ready to foal at any time. Though everyone hoped the foal would Vern Sapergia stopping be born during the clinic, Poco Running With Wolves. Easter Lena waited until after Photo by Crystal Grier. everyone had left. The little sorrel filly, daughter of Running With Wolves (the stallion Vern demonstrated on during the clinic), was born at 2:00 AM with only Sharon in attendance! Wildwood Reining Horses will be hosting more Vern Sapergia clinics in the future. Watch for them!

Vern on Running With Wolves, Sharon on Walking With Wolves. Photo by Isabelle Macquarrie.

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Saddle Up Your Dream Lifestyle are three communities planned and approved in British Columbia. Saddle Up Estates is aware of only one other similar development in the marketing stages, in central Alberta, namely the Antlerhill Equestrian Estates between Innisfail and Red Deer, AB.


he society we live in today no longer looks and relies on the horse in the same way as our ancestors did, but our love affair for this majestic animal is far from over. In fact, some see this impressionable passion as an opportunity to develop a new housing model – the Equestrian Lifestyle Community. These developments typically cover large tracts of land, and are unabashedly high end. They are also a rarity in the real estate marketplace. Currently there


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orses that buck are always a concern when starting a colt. If you do your homework in the round pen, you should be ok, but there is always one or two, depending on how many you are starting, that want to buck when you get on in the early stages of your ground work. The first time you saddle your colt, I don’t worry about them bucking, in fact, I would prefer to see them buck. In my Five Day Program, I pull the back cinch up so they can feel it. By not pulling the back cinch up on the first saddling, you are avoiding the issue which will come up at a later date, only to cause surprise and perhaps an accident. So, I pull the back cinch up on my colts every time I saddle them. Some colts won’t buck at all, some will buck on the first saddling and then some won’t buck until the 3rd or 4th day. I have had them buck on the 5th day and the reason I think a colt will hold back until later in the program, is they start to be comfortable with the handler and then they show their true personality. After you have done your ground work, you’re ready to get on. To prepare your colt for the time when you get on, I use a 20’ braided cotton rope which is very soft and will not burn. It has an 8” loop braided into it. So,

I check my colt up by putting the reins in the D of your saddle so they are out of your way, then I put the soft cotton rope on the horn of the saddle and let my colt jog around the pen. While the horse is moving, I put the cotton rope around my waist and let him pull me off the saddle horn. This simulates weight in the stirrup and if he is going to buck, this will bring it out. If he does buck, just keep on letting him pull you while he is bucking. It won’t take long before he finds out it’s a lot of work to buck and pull you at the same time. As soon as he stops bucking and relaxes, he should be pulling you with no reaction. After doing this I have never had one that wants to buck. Then you can take the cotton rope off and just step on up the right side a time or two and then on the left. By doing this, you have done two things. 1. Taken the buck out of him, and; 2. You have introduced him to pulling off the saddle horn. Sometimes people will have been riding their colts for a while and decide to rope something and if the horse has never had that feeling of pulling off the saddle horn, they might just blow up and buck then. It is the reason why I try to introduce everything you can in the early stages of training. There is more information on my website

Q&A with Gary Hunt Indirect Rein Question: What is indirect reining? Answer: First of all, direct reining is when you pull to the left, your horse goes left, when you pull to the right, he goes right. Indirect reining is when your horse moves off his shoulder and lateral with his whole body. Why would you use indirect reining? I find if you ride your colt too long with just direct rein, it’s harder for the individual to understand the indirect rein. Therefore, 26 • Saddle Up • June 2010

TESTIMONIAL: Hi Gary! Thank you for making a wonderful video which enabled me to start my colt with no prior starting experience, and with great physical limitations! I ordered equipment from you to continue the project as you have demonstrated. Thanks again for sharing your skills so well! - Janny Freeze After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the creation of his Colt Starting DVD and his passion for solving horses’ problems. He has done clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary believes it is important for every horse to have ‘Ground Manners’ and to know how to stop, turn both ways and back up BEFORE getting on him. (For contact info see his listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

on my first ride back to the barn, I begin to put indirect rein on my colt. All horses like to come home, so use that forward motion to your advantage as you need forward motion in order to put indirect rein on him. As you are walking home, lift up on my left rein and make him give to that side and I put my rein on his neck and help with the right rein using my left leg with my left hand and start to push him over to the right. I ask for one step then drop him out (relax your reins). Then I do the other side until he is understanding what I am asking for. By the time I get to the barn, I have my colt getting off my leg and my indirect rein and now I have shoulder control which is a must in training your colt.

Doug and Ruby Smith Fundraiser Fun Day

cancer. Doug and Ruby are long time residents of the Tappen area and they have had a great and positive impact on the horse community over the years. They’ve run Riding Camps for kids, trail rides, a breeding program and have lent a helping hand in one way or another to a great many people in this community. This special day was organized to say “Thanks” for all that they have done. The games were a huge success; for both riders and non riders. Foot games like the three-legged race and the sack race were laugh-outloud entertaining. Games on horseback including the musical tire game and the balloon race were equally as fun. There was a Silent Auction with over 35 items up for bid. Live music and of course food,



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Fish Trap Campsite Grand Opening By Jennifer Zachary

A gloriously sunny day Saturday, May 1, 2010 marked the grand opening of the Fish Trap Creek Campsite. “A long time in the planning – and the making – this Campsite is a ‘unique’ campsite in B.C.” says Noelle Kekula, from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.


ocated at what is known as Fish Trap Creek at 12.5 km Westsyde Road, just north of McLure, B.C., this campsite, is located on Crown Land, and is modeled somewhat after the well-known Ya-Ha-Tinda (Ranch) in Alberta and has been designated as a Recreation Site by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. It also represents the culmination of several years of determined hard work on the behalf of many volunteers with the support of varying levels of government, non-profit and private organizations, local bands, businesses and local ranches and individuals. After the devastating fires in 2003, the Fish Trap Creek area was one of the hardest hit and appeared to be doomed to remain a charred remnant of the former forest and grasslands, home to wildlife and resplendent with local history and folklore. However, the project started out of necessity after the 2003 wildfires – building local corrals to hold cattle coming in off range. That started the plan, and fueled the passion for some dedicated horse enthusiasts, determined to build a local campsite and trail head for horse enthusiasts and hikers. At the helm of this, was Connie Falk, long time resident of nearby McLure and virtual lifelong outdoor, and horse, enthusiast. As Manager of the

Barriere Employment Services office, Connie had been instrumental in coordinating much of the efforts during, and after, the 2003 fires. She and her husband, Butch are avid horseback riders, camping and hiking enthusiasts and had ridden the local trails for most of their adult lives as well as experienced many other trails in B.C. and Alberta. Over the course of the last few years, they, together with many other dedicated individuals, have been instrumental in bringing this lovely area literally, back from the ashes. 28 • Saddle Up • June 2010

Fish Trap, cont’d In celebration of the completion of this campsite, approximately 60 people shared in the festivities of the grand opening of the Fish Trap Creek Campsite. Local dignitaries included Terry Lake, MLA North Shuswap who spoke very encouragingly of the project and its future. Others included representatives of the Simpcw First Nations, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts, and from varying funding organizations that had supported this. Along with many miles of scenic trails and a local creek, the site boasts such amenities as outhouses, shower stalls, campsites, fire rings, horse corrals and a large log gazebo – constructed from timber from dead trees in the immediate area, otherwise deemed to be useless. Fresh coffee as only can be made over a smoky outdoor fire, was aplenty, as friends and newcomers alike found much in common to talk about. About a dozen riders rode some of the many nearby trails, each of which averages 4-5 hours in duration and can cover many miles. Long before most folks arrived, starting early in the morning, local resident Joe Jules and his family prepared a veritable feast to feed the visitors. A traditional “pit cook” featuring elk roast, venison, salmon, potatoes, corn and

carrots was truly the ‘highlight’ of the day. Prior to the meal, Joe Jules, a Simpcw elder, spoke an opening prayer and told the tale of “Thunder Bear” and explained some of the stories of Skull Mountain and the area and its meaning to the Simpcw First Nations. Connie Falk will be the first to tell that many hands played a part in this and that there are many to be thanked, for their efforts over the years. The effort continues, as the camp is maintained and improved by local volunteers to this day. Horse Council B.C. has been very supportive of this project and it is hoped that there will more like it in other areas of the province in the near future. With summer now upon us, be sure to visit the Fish Trap Creek Campsite. Bring your trailer, your tent, your horse or your hiking gear. It is people, horse and dog friendly! You will find miles and miles of different, scenic trails, a place to park your rig, corrals for your horses, a fresh stream and a place to camp safely and securely… Surely a great place to be a August 21-22, 2010 ‘tourist’ in virtually Barriere, BC our own ‘backyard’. * Pre-registration required For more * Entry Deadline August 18 information contact * Details and payment available online Connie Falk 250672-9691 or connie@ barriere-employment. ca.

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Raising the Bar – the Evolution of Horsemanship

By Chris Irwin

Albert Einstein could’ve been a horse whisperer. The great scientist was famous for quotes such as “problems cannot be solved at the same level they are created” and “to do the same things over and over again - while expecting a different result - is the definition of insanity.”


et there are many horsemanship students hearing the same old training clichés from their trainers and coaches while little improvement with the horse is being achieved. Typically the coach blames the student or the horse for “not getting it,” or “not trying enough.” Well, according to Einstein’s logic, perhaps it’s time to find a new trainer or coach. For instance, lately there is great debate on the Internet as one of the most famous natural horsemanship clinicians suddenly has a multitude of people accusing her of horse abuse. Watching the controversial video on YouTube I could feel my own inner dark horse become angry and ready to strike out at what I saw as shameful hypocrisy packaged up and marketed as “natural horsemanship.” So, it’s only natural now that I give myself a free rein and allow my dark horse to speak his mind.


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“Despite the hype in natural horsemanship it has been my experience that ‘talk is cheap’ and that ‘actions speak louder then words.’ I hear people talking about love, language and leadership with horses, but why do people believe that aggressively jerking on my head with a rope and halter is somehow ‘natural’ and going to endear me into loving the jerk as my leader?”

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Raising the Bar, cont’d North American race horses “killed in action” for every one horse that dies as a result of sport related injuries in other parts of the world. The Times also reported that the Barbaro tragedy has become “a rallying point for improving safety for Thoroughbreds.” But why leave it at Thoroughbreds? Why not strive to improve the well being of all horses? Here’s a message from the renowned veterinarian and equine behaviourist Dr. Robert Miller: “The national cutting horse futurities were being held in Fort Worth, Tex., and I accompanied three Swedish colleagues (veterinarians) to the show. After watching several horses perform, the senior Swede, a professor from the vet school in Sweden, said, “This is incredible! It must take years to obtain such performance from a horse.” “But,” I answered, “this is a futurity.” “I do not understand this word,” he said. “These are colts,” I explained. “These are just three-year-olds.” He looked shocked and said to me in English, “I have only two comments: One, it must take great skill to be able to train a horse to do this in so brief a time. And two, what is happening to their poor legs?” Dr. Miller also said “Such abuses exist in every breed, every discipline, in every equine sport. We need to step back and analyze what we are doing because

a great trainer’s horse doesn’t need to unfortunately, human nature, vanity and buck.” greed have corrupted the horse show In closing, I’d like to circle back industry.” to Einstein and basic logic. I have been The good news is that the winds asked by the University of Guelph and of change are blowing and the horse Kemptville College to work with them to industry appears to be ready to raise develop curriculum and research projects the bar of horse training ethics and that will allow us to scientifically measure competencies. the physiological effects that a variety At a recent equine expo I watched a of different training methods have upon trainer mount up on his horse for its first ride and the horse started bucking. While horses. The goal being to use science and technology to be able to discover for a riding through the bucking the trainer was glibly taunting the audience by saying fact, once and for all, which methods of horse training are the most user friendly that anybody who wants to start young and beneficial for the well-being of horses. horses under saddle needs to be “cowboy Meanwhile, until next month, may enough” to be able to ride the buck out of the horse be with you! a horse. While approximately half of the audience was applauding the trainer the other half saw that the horse had been pushed too hard, too fast, and too aggressively, and in protest most of them, myself included, stood up and walked away from the demonstration. The horse had been severely stressed out merely for Indulge yourself with the glorification of the human ego and the a Pink Equine bridle! Add a touch of glamour without entertainment of the compromising quality: - hand set audience. So, it was Swarovski stones on padded browband somewhat encouraging Special Orders Welcome! - choose from many colors of stones & to see so many people paddings - available in brown or black who understood that “a Italian leather priced from $229.00 to $249.00 good trainer can ride a bucking horse – but

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Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Port Authority.

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Selena O’Hanlon and Columba.

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Michele Mueller and Amistad.

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Four Canadians Finish in the Top 10

Four Canadian riders, Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, Selena O’Hanlon, Hawley Bennett-Awad and Michele Mueller finished in the top 10 at the 2010 edition of the CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, held April 22 to 25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

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Rhodes-Bosch, 21, of Summerland, BC, rode Port Authority to fifth place. O’Hanlon, 29, of Elgin, ON, rode Colombo to eighth place. Bennett-Awad, 32, of Langley, BC, and Gin & Juice finished in ninth place. Mueller of Port Perry, ON, and Amistad finished in 10th. 2008 Olympic Team member Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB, and now based in Sparr, FL, rode Madison Park to a 13th place finish. Also competing at Rolex was Chelan Kozak of South Surrey, BC, rode Tasman Sea to 34th place. Jessica Hampf, 25, and High Society III rounded out the Canadian entries in 35th place.

Leahona Rowland Top Canadian in CCI 2* and CCI 1*

Leahona Rowland finished as the top Canadian rider in both of the international divisions at CCI Florida International Three Day Event, held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL, on April 15 to 18, 2010. Leahona Rowland took second place. Photo by Rowland, 26, originally of Kelowna, BC, took second place in the CCI 2* division riding Lorenzo III. Riding her second horse, Lambrusco, she finished in fifth place. Kyle Carter rode Final Watch to ninth place. In the CCI 1* division, Rowland rode El Paso to second place. Lisa Marie Fergusson, 27, of Langley, BC, rode Smart Move to ninth place overall. Katelyn Ziegler, 19, of Beiseker,

Equine Canada, cont’d AB, riding Peninsula Lion finished 15th. In 23rd place was Claire Roper, 25, of Vancouver, BC and Mullentine.

Government of Canada Helps Improve Animal Care Practices

The Code of Practice for Horses will now be updated. This follows the Government of Canada’s announcement, made at the University of Guelph on April 30, 2010, of its investment in the further development of best-practices for livestock handling. For more information about the code, please visit the NFACC website,

Ashleigh Luca-Tyson Earns Top Scores at CDI3* Del Mar

Canadian Ashleigh Luca-Tyson originally of Pitt Meadows, BC, placed in the top three among strong competition at the CDI 3* Y/J Del Mar National Horse Show’s Dressage Week, held April 29 to May 2, 2010, in Del Mar, CA. Luca-Tyson, who is based in Phoenix, AZ, placed third in the Prix St Georges test riding Uniek (Gribaldi x Haarlem), a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. In the Intermediaire I, Luca-Tyson and Uniek again rode to third place. The pair won second place in the Intermediaire I Freestyle.

Dressage Canada Announces 2010 European Tour Participants

The Dressage Canada European Tour Selection Committee is pleased to announce that the following rider/ horse combinations have been selected to participate in the European Tour: Ashley Holzer (Toronto) and Pop Art, Belinda Trussell (Newmarket, ON) and Anton, Wendy Christoff (Delta, BC) and Pfalstaff, Shannon Dueck (Loxachatchee, FL) and Ayscha and Bonnie Bonnello (Calgary, AB) and Pikardi.

Canadian Reining Committee Announces WEG Declared Riders

The Equine Canada Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce the declared riders aiming for a spot on the Canadian Reining Team for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games to be held in Lexington, KY Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, 2010. Rider Home town Lisa Coulter Kelowna, BC/Pitol Point, TX Brad Giesbrecht Swift Current, SK/Pitol Point, TX Duane Latimer Bienfait, SK/Ardmore, OK Pierre-Luc Phaneuf Laval, QC Shawna Sapergia Cochrane, AB Amanda Self Pritchard, BC Patrice St-Onge Valleyfield, QC/Gainesville, TX Amanda Self and BH Gunners Enterpriz. Photo by PhotoJoe Photography, • 33

CHHAPS Planning a Fun Season!


t’s been a few years since the Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society (CHHAPS) held their last show at Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, but this year everyone is looking forward to returning there for a “Canadian Horse Extravaganza” in July. CHHAPS was founded in October of 2002 to promote the preservation of the traditional Canadian Horse, or Cheval Canadien, and since then members have

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Topline Spring Fling 2010 – Fun for ALL

By King and Sonya Cambell

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opline Stables and Show Park hosted the Spring Fling Horse Show May 7-9. Topline has been hosting shows for six years and the events continually improve with the help of many people from the office to the show ring; we are thankful to everyone for their help. Sponsors continue to support Hack Hi Point Winners Left to right: Rebecca Pachman - Novice Horse; the jump ring, making it more colourful Lauren Jacobsen - Junior Rider; Lindsay Whitehead - Youth rider; Loreli Zinger and exciting each year. Topline is truly - Senior Rider; Danika Zinger - Novice Rider. a quality facility where you can ride the environment where many riders high quality courses; only minutes from reached their potential. The show Shuswap Lake. started with warm-up jumper Competitors at Topline expressed appreciation for the rounds on Friday. The hack classes excellent course design, the quality jumps, and the well held on Saturday were well attended organized show. The atmosphere around the show ring is and Judge Kelly McIntosh offered always positive originating with the Topline mission - where valuable advice to competitors riders support each throughout the day. Kelly also other in their pursuit of judged the hunter classes from trot equine achievement and rails to three feet and on Sunday the excellence. Coaches are competitors jumped from cross-rails Darby Ramsay and her pony complimentary about the Just Joey - 2ft9 Hunter through to an exciting four feet by welcoming environment Champion and 2ft6 Jumper the end of the day. Andrea Blair for their students at Champion. was enthusiastically recording the Topline. weekend events and her work can be The Spring Fling found on her website at an excellent Shows/2010-May-89-Topline-Spring competition in a Championship ribbons and prizes were presented to positive and pleasurable Daphne Greenwood the following riders: Loreli Zinger, Danika Zinger, Lindsay Whitehead, Rebecca Pachman, Darby BC Interior Derby Series Ramsay, Aja King, Connie Good, Amie PROGRAMS/REGISTER AT: WWW.TOPLINESTABLES.CA McKinney, Lauren Jacobsen, Julia Knopp, Maureen Stromgren, Anthony Lothian. Visit us at and to TOPLINE SHOW PARK stay up to date on our shows you can be a Salmon Arm, BC Topline Stables “fan” on Facebook.

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CPRA Rodeo News

By Pamela Porosky

Kananaskis Pro Rodeo and Dawson Creek Spring Break Up Party

It was two wins in a row for B.C. barrel racer Joleen Seitz when the Broncs and Honky Tonks Indoor Pro Rodeo wrapped up in Medicine Hat, AB, on April 18. Seitz, of Savona, BC, earned a first place cheque of $1,956 in Medicine Hat and $1,029 in Lethbridge at the Dodge Extreme Pro Rodeo, held March 26 to 27. In the tie-down roping, J.C. Crowley from Poplar, MO, won first place for $1,687. First place in the steer wrestling was split by Lorne Knittig of Vanscoy, SK, J.D. Hays from Rocky Mountain House, AB, and Jerry Stojan of Sexsmith, AB, each receiving $1,937. Chase Simpson of Claresholm, AB, and Rocky Dallyn of Nanton, AB, won $1,418 each with first place in team roping. Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek, AB, took first place in the saddle bronc earning $1,429. Michael Solberg of Sunnynook, AB, won $1,085 for bareback riding during the final performance, while bull rider Jason Finkbeiner of Wardlow, AB, won $1,410. In the novice saddle bronc Jake Brown from Eckville, AB, won first worth $349. Austin Nash of Sangudo, AB, won $359 in the steer riding.

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Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo Review

At the 41st annual Black Gold Pro Rodeo Riley Wilson, Cardisty, AB, and Marty Lillico, of Spirit River, AB, won team roping for a combined $2,835. Todd Herzog and Denver Daines split first and second place in the saddle bronc event. Herzog rolled into the money aboard Harvey Northcott’s Red River, while Daines shovelled up his share on Wintering Hills. Bareback rider Michael Solberg, Sunnynook, AB, won $1,219 and bull rider Denton Edge won $1,472. He also picked up an additional $910 in day money, as the only rider during the second performance to ride the full eight seconds. Logan Hofer won the tie-down roping, earning $1,514, while Donalda, AB, cowboy Curtis Cassidy picked up the first place cheque in the steer wrestling, winning $2,249. In the ladies barrel racing, Gaylene Buff cashed $1,559. Two novice roughstock events were afield in Leduc. Royden Griffith of Hanna, AB, won first place and a cheque for $446 in the novice saddle bronc; Cole Goodine of Carbon, AB, won $387 in the novice bareback.

IPE to Host Wrangler Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour Finals

The Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and Stampede will host the championships for the Wrangler Professional Rodeo Tour this year. After two years hosting the Tour Finals at the Stampede Corral, the Calgary Stampede chose not to continue, herding the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) board of directors into the meeting room to explore a number of alternative options. The top 16 point-getters in each of the six major events and team roping at the completion of the tour will qualify for the Wrangler Canadian Rodeo Tour Finals in Armstrong, with an additional four contestants qualifying for the Tour Finals from the Last Chance Rodeo Tour. The finals will run for five days and there will be two pools, each competing at two performances, with the top four from each returning for the final performance.

Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo Recap

Kyle Felker, of Ponoka, AB, won the steer wrestling event at the Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo, for 2,027. Curtis Cassidy of Donalda, AB, picked up a $1,067 cheque after splitting fifth and sixth with Tanner Milan, of Cochrane, AB. Cassidy then picked up a second cheque, this time for $1,676 and for first place in the tie-down roping. Jacqueline Stojan from Sexsmith, AB, took the top honours in the ladies barrel racing, earning her $1,884, while a rare triple

CPRA, cont’d split for first in the team roping - Ty Flewelling (Lacombe, AB) and Travis Gallais (Olds, AB), Jenner Meston (Tees, AB) and Monty Gertner (Stettler, AB), and Chase Simpson (Claresholm, AB) and Rocky Dallyn (Nanton, AB) - sent each pair home with $2,628. Over at the bucking chutes, Rod Hay of Wildwood, AB, won $1,579.

A split for first in the bareback riding between Clayton Strutt (Brock, SK) and Matt Lait (Seven Persons, AB) sent both cowboys back on the road with $1,211 each. Zane Lambert, riding out of Westbourne, MN, won $1,482. Bryan Symington of Asquith, Sask. placed first in the steer riding for $456.

Cowboy Poetry Father’s Day

No Fear

Mike Puhallo


Trying to think up what to draw, on a card for Father’s Day. Putt... putt... Bang! You could hear the ol’ John Deere fire up, from over a mile away!

Barely three feet high he stood, wore black boots up to his knees. A neighbour’s boy came to our farm, “Can I see your horses please?” I scratched my head and thought a bit, “I guess it’d be OK.” Oh those big brown eyes and melting smile, what else was I to say? As we walked up to the paddock, the horses moved to see who or what was walking up taggin’ ‘longside of me. “What’s her name? She’s pretty! The black one sure is fat. I think the baby loves me” - to her said this and that. “Hay Bud you be careful, and where you’re walkin’ to. Those horses, they don’t know ya, to them a kid is new.”

I was a ten year old prisoner, on a perfect summer day. Putt... putt... Bang! Trapped there in a classroom, while my Dad was cutting hay! I don’t suppose that card survived, but in my mind’s eye it’s still clear. Putt... putt... Bang! It’s my stick-man Dad, cutting hay with the ol’ John Deere.

I feared they might hurt him, not knowin’ what he was. Then I’d have to tell his Mom; of course I’d be the cause. He dug into his pocket, pulled out a rubber ball. How could he fear the unknown, to him he knew it all. He bounced in between them, hit one on the rear. Instinctively they knew it and they too showed no fear. He bent to pick a Lady Bug - showed me how it flew. Then climbed up on a fence rail, sat like stuck with glue. He jumped down, and walked backwards, worked his way on through. Four thousand pounds of horses, a cinch for him to do. “Don’t you fear those big guys will knock and push you down?” With a curled up lip and squinted eyes... he thought, but made no sound. “Watch now they’re getting close - you’re standin’ way too near.” He raised his head, tugged my shirt, and asked me “What is fear?” What I’d never thought of, but now I understood. He’d not been taught the meaning and that for him was good. His baggy t-shirt made me laugh... on such a little kid. The logo said “Just Do It!” And that’s exactly what he did. • 37

Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan


s a guest ranch I think I can say that the economy is picking up. At this point in time last year we were slow, and things never really did pick up much through the summer. This year though, things are already looking like it could be a busy summer as we have quite a number of bookings … in fact July is looking really busy and typically we aren’t usually that busy until August. So let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the economy really is starting to improve. Now speaking of guest ranching, we’re changing things a little here at Meadow Springs. We’re going to focus more on people that want to bring their own horse(s). We’ve got great riding all around us and if people have, and know how to use, a GPS, then the riding on all sides of us can be endless. If and when

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Courtesy of Museum.

This cowboy/girl and her horse are one of the many displays at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams. Courtesy of Museum.

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I ever get time to work on our own website you’ll be able to check out all the options on our brand new site at: Oh … before I forget to tell you … we get to go on the Spirit of the West Cruise again! January, 2011 - I’ll keep you up to date in future articles as to where and when we’re going - I know this; it’ll be warmer than here! In the last issue I mentioned going to the farm equipment sale at the stockyards in Kamloops on May 8 which I did. Even if I don’t buy anything it’s sure fun to watch one person’s junk sell, and another person thinking they bought such a treasure … and so cheap! Although I did sell some junk there, oops … I mean good stuff, I think I fit the description of the buyer better. I didn’t buy much but boy they were definitely treasures. Actually if I’d had any money I would have bought a ton of stuff - tractors and farming equipment went for extremely low prices - hope this isn’t a reflection on the agriculture industry … The BC Cowboy Heritage Society had a booth in the trade show at the BC Cattlemen’s Convention in Williams Lake last month and we came home feeling that we got some great exposure. The attendance numbers were good and the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association did a phenomenal job of putting the event together. I think most folks that attended enjoyed being there and hopefully went home with some new knowledge picked up from one of the many speakers that were present. A Cowboy Museum? Cool!! Yes - in Williams Lake and it was one of the stops for the BC Cattlemen Convention’s “Companion Tour.” It’s not only the home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, but the whole main floor is devoted to only cowboy/ranching type memorabilia. They’ve done a superb job and its well worth the visit. Keep your eyes open in

Sarah and Taylor compete in ribbon race at the Watch Lake/Green Lake gymkhana. Photo by Mark McMillan.

One of the competitors at last year’s 70 Mile House Driving Event. Photo submitted.

the near future for an article on them the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin. German clinician Uwe Jourdain will be at the Red Willow Ranch on June 29 and July 7. He will be conducting twoday courses as well as private lessons on ground work and gymnastics with your horse. For more details phone Elke at the Red Willow Ranch at 250-395-3017. July is just around the corner and there are two back-to-back gymkhanas that you won’t want to miss. Saturday, July 10, is the Watch Lake Green Lake Gymkhana, and the next day is the 100 Mile House Gymkhana. If it’s driving you’re interested in then check out the 70 Mile House Driving Event July 10 to 15. Both the gymkhanas and the driving event are not just for competitors, but are fun and exciting for spectators, too. Last month I said that August sounds like it’s a long ways off and maybe it was, but it’s getting closer quickly! You need to

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is?

mark your calendars for the August gymkhanas and, if there’s still room, the third Annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) Aug. 13 and 14. The entry deadline is July 26 but last year they were full by mid-June. This year the ride is shaping up to be one of the best yet, especially at the new location - the Hills Health Ranch/Spa just north of 100 Mile House at 108 Mile Ranch. Three levels of distances will be offered - approximately 15 miles, 25 miles and 35 miles. For more information, and/or to download an entry form, visit or e-mail the ride manager Joanne Macaluso at: or phone her at: 250-456-7320.

Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess? This month I figure I need to give you all a break so here’s an easy one. It’s made of wood, is about 6.75 inches long, 3 inches wide and 7 inches tall including the handle.

Cariboo coming events:

June 20 - 100 Mile House Gymkhana - Jen 250-791-6207 June 29 and July 7 - Clinician Uwe Jourdain at Red Willow Ranch Elke 250-395-3017 July 10 - Green Lake Gymkhana - Dimps 250-456-7741 July 11 - 100 Mile House Gymkhana - Jen 250-791-6207 July 10 to 15 - 70 Mile House Driving Event - Dennis or Ken Huber - 250-456-6050 July 17 and 18 - BC Heritage Circuit July 24 and 25 - Highland 4-H Achievement Day Aug. 14 - Green Lake Gymkhana - Dimps 250-456-7741 Aug. 13 and 14 - Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride - Joanne 250-456-7320 Aug. 15 - 100 Mile House Gymkhana - Jen 250-791-6207

If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This?

In the May issue there was a photo of a canvas-covered object - I thought we’d get some guesses but I didn’t think we’d get any right answers … well Debbie Dean in Hixon proved me wrong by sending in the correct answer. It’s an ice cream cooler from the days of the horse-drawn milk wagons. The lady that gave it to me remembers the ice cream coming to their Sunday school picnics in this cooler, in the back of a horse-drawn buggy. The milkman would put the ice cream in the cooler with dry ice to keep it frozen. Correct answers: Debbie Dean, Hixon, BC

E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This? June” in the subject line.

Broken Springs Ranch Pollitt Ranches Performance Horse and Production Sale Sunday, August 15 at 1 pm

Preview at 10 am

Sale to be held at Pollitt Ranches Directions: From Eckville 6 miles North on 766 to Hwy 12 then 6 miles West to Withrow Road 1/2 mile South Rope and Ranch Geldings Broodmares and Foals Yearlings Lots of colour, Roans, Grays, Buckskins & Blacks Sired by: Driftwood, Hancock, Peppy San Badger, Tuff N Buzy, Streakin LaJolla Bred Bloodlines For more information or to make an appointment to view the horses, please call: Shane or Kelly Pollitt 403-746-5756 7 day al Rory or Geraldine Patten 780-388-2139 ition Jim or Fay Pollitt 403-746-5667 uncond ntee a guar horses Catalogue available June 1 online at broke a on ll • 39

Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team By Lynn Dent-Wilson


009 was a whirlwind of rodeo action for the Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team Society! We concluded the year giving our finale exhibition at the Chilliwack Mane Event. What a grandiose event to conclude the performance season! After the 2009 performance year dust settled, the tack cleaned and put away for another year, the horses turned out for a much deserved rest, the Cowgirls regrouped for their AGM to summarize and reflect on their 2009 season. The 2009 calendar year proved to be an arduous and intense one, indeed! In a six-month period the Cariboo Cowgirls performed at 12 different venues and events throughout BC. It was a notable accomplishment for the team and coaching staff and at the conclusion of the AGM the members voted unanimously, in true team spirit, to make the upcoming year as professional, memorable and enjoyable as 2009! So here we are in 2010 and the calendar says spring has arrived! Of course, for the Cariboo Cowgirls this advent means the start of our performance season! Practices started early February as the girls were anxious to get back in the saddle and have their horses conditioned for drill runs. Twice weekly they have been gathering at the Williams Lake Trail Riders to practice

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routines, share ideas, try new maneuvres and hone their skills! We have several new members amongst the ranks and have had the good fortune to have a majority of our past riders return! We have spent many hours teaching the 2009 drill to our new members and honing the old drill with our past riders, so that in April we were ready to kick off the 2010 Performance Schedule with an exhibition performance opening Eagleview Equestrian Centre’s annual event, Horse’n Around In the Cariboo followed by a three-day exhibition, April 16 to 18, opening for the BCRA Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. At both events we were overwhelmed with the supportive reception they received from the event directors and spectators, but we were left in awe with the explosive response from the audience to Shot In The Dark, our Saturday performance at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. It is these moments that make the Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team proud to be a “Home Town, Cariboo Grown Team” and we are delighted to be the Ambassadresses to the Cariboo. Over the winter months two of our senior members worked on a new drill routine. Where our first two events were performed using last year’s drill, our intent is to implement our new drill in time for the 2010 Williams Lake Stampede. It is proving to be one of the more intricate, difficult maneuvre drills that we have performed. Our coaching staff, John Young and John

Pinchin, have been both patient and diligent in helping our riders and the horses make an easy transition from the old drill routine to the new one! If you have an opportunity, come and watch us at practice or one of our performances. Practices are at the Williams Lake Trail Riders and Stampede Grounds each Thursday evening (7 to 9 p.m.) and Sunday morning (9 to 11 a.m.). All spectators, visitors and potential participants are welcome to take in our weekly practices. Our next local performance will be in 100 Mile House, the annual Little Britches Rodeo and the Roughstock Rodeo on May 22 and 23. We are presently updating our webpage (, thanks to the talent and focus of our webmaster and creator, Mark McMillan of Meadow Springs Ranch! The website has our 2010 updates, schedules and pertinent contact information, so please log on and check us out! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at riders@ and one of our members will get back to you. Of course if the opportunity presents itself, stop by and see us! So stay tuned, there’s a great year ahead of us! Till next time, ride hard and ride fast.

Roman Ramblings


Greg’s column

ole hills and horses just don’t mix but before I get into that, I have to ask other horse husbands how they feel when they hear the words, “Oh Hon! I almost forgot” ... or the long version of “Ohhhhh! Hon! I forgot to tell you earlier.” ... It usually means that a rail is down or there is something that needs to go to the barn, right! And it is almost dark when this happens. Right again! This time it was, “There is a rail down and there is a fresh mole hill about 6 feet from the south gate.” Foolishly and without thinking, I heard myself say, “So! Hon! What is stopping you from picking up a shovel and digging to find the entrance and setting the mole trap?” I should have uttered more of a statement, not a question. Later when I had finished replacing the broken rail, I still had the crow-bar in my hand when I walked by the mole hill and I used it to easily locate the entrance to their hideout. A couple of pokes into the hill sure beats digging around with a shovel without ever locating the opening. On the second jab, the bar went in about a foot and I thought I heard a squeal come out of the ground. I slowly pulled the bar out, half expecting to see little mole bits on the end of it but thankfully there weren’t any. Belle, our Golden Retriever was sure there was something in there so I left her to dig away. I went back into the house and a few minutes later Belle wandered in and proudly dropped a big dead mole at Nancy’s feet and gave a little high pitched whine to show how pleased she was. Nancy’s high pitched scream clearly indicated how displeased she was with this token of appreciation and the poor dog didn’t know if she had been good or had done something wrong. Upon scooping up the offending dead rodent I gave the dog a pat of approval and told her she was a good girl and then added that we have to get a cat, especially since Belle was almost nose to nose with a mouse in the barn yesterday and didn’t do a thing. The next day our Vet called to ask if we wanted a rescue cat. Go figure?

Rusty is a two year old sandy coloured, long haired male that had undergone a few operations two weeks ago. He is unique because he is sort of but not really a girl cat. The story goes that due to a severe urinary tract infection he was essentially turned into a she. We now have a trans-gendered cat living with us and as long as he catches mice in the barn and doesn’t get stepped on by one of our horses, I don’t care how he squats in the litter box. Ride safe and return safe. • 41

Congratulations Laurie Takoff! On May 12th, 2010 on behalf of the 2010 American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee, AQHA Executive Vice President, Don Treadway appointed local AQHA Professional Horseman Laurie Takoff to the AQHA Show Committee.


ach AQHA standing committee serves as the primary avenue for rules, policies and procedures to be recommended and is extremely important to the workings of AQHA. Committee members are ambassadors for AQHA and along with her role as a B.C. Professional Horseman, Laurie will enhance AQHA’s presence within our Province and Region. This appointment reflects Laurie as the only AQHA member in B.C. or in the Region One area to have a seat on the 2010 Show Committee.

When asked about her appointment Laurie expressed, “It is truly a lifetime honour and privilege to be appointed to the Show Committee. I hope to bring the voice of B.C. to the table at AQHA and in turn enhance AQHA’s presence here in B.C. I welcome anyone who owns or is interested in AQHA and our versatile horses to contact me at any time if they would like to share their ideas or concerns with me. It will be those ideas and suggestions that I will bring to AQHA.”

For the Love of Horses


he experience of Bobolink’s injury and journey (Bobolink’s story, Saddle Up’s November 2009 issue) has propelled me into an amazing journey of self-healing and many transformations on all levels of my life. It has taught me to be aware of my thoughts and how I desire to create the lifestyle what I desire, and allowed me to forgive myself and others and to move forward with my life and to be introduced to many other healing modalities. My intention for this year and the following years is to assist others on their journey of creating unlimiting beliefs about their personal, professional and riding goals. Are you willing to change? “Let go of limiting beliefs, create a more fulfilling life for yourself … create and achieve your riding goals with your equine partner …”

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Heza Poised Dreamer - 2009 AQHA World Championship Show Open Performance Halter Stallion - 4th Place. AQHA Champion with 199 AQHA points in 15 different events. Shown by Laurie Takoff and pictured here with owners Norma and Jamie Hutton (not in photo are owners Jerry and Tami Hutton)

In addition to being a BCQHA and SCQHA member, Laurie Takoff is also a Lifetime member of AQHA, an AQHA Professional Horseman and a World Conformation Horse Association founding member.

By Heather Bundschuh

Backman Emotional Technique (BET is a natural holistic healing method, by using kinesiology (muscle testing), that addresses the emotional aspect of health and disease. It can facilitate the transformation of negative emotional feelings into positive emotional feelings. Find out how dealing with emotions in the here and now can eliminate past and deep-seated negative emotional patterns and beliefs. Your body never lies - no need to tell your story; results are immediate and profound - choose to create positive beliefs about your life Our thoughts and emotions are linked together. These thoughts and emotions are literally stored in information molecules traveling through our bloodstream that affect our bodies at a cellular level. So the sayings, “What you talk about is what you become,” or “Careful what you ask for” are all true.

It is effective with healing issues of depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, chronic pain, panic attacks and phobias. Works well with animals also, by using the owner as a surrogate able to test the animal we can find out what the emotional issue is. Once finding out the emotion, we can use forgiveness techniques to diffuse and release the cell memory of the issue. Our judgments create physical pain and emotional blockages. Outer circumstances can shift when the limiting beliefs realized and forgiven and the emotional issues are healed. By increasing our ability to forgive is when true healing takes place! Heather Bundschuh, practitioner of the Backman emotional technique, is an equine massage and Reiki therapist and a registered veterinary nurse. Her website is www.

BC SPCA Appeal Marcie Moriarty, General Manager, Cruelty Investigations


y name is Marcie Moriarty and I have been the general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA for more than five years. During this time our constables have investigated more than 25,000 complaints of animal cruelty, many of them involving abused and neglected horses. On average, the BC SPCA spends $500 per month to care for a horse. In just 12 months, the BC SPCA has spent more than $200,000 to rescue, transport, board and care for the unprecedented number of cruelty cases involving horses. One particular case, involving the seizure of 28 severely neglected horses, continues to haunt me. When our officers arrived on the scene, the horses were in a state of great distress, suffering from unacceptably thin body condition, internal parasites, multiple wounds, untreated lameness and overgrown hooves. The horses were taken into SPCA care and their owner, Carla Christman of Vernon, BC, was charged with animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. When the BC SPCA refused to return the neglected horses to her care, the accused turned to the courts to dispute the decision, delaying the SPCA’s ability to adopt the horses to new, caring guardians. Just last month the B.C. Supreme Court confirmed that the SPCA’s decision not the return the horses was in the animals’ best interests. Sadly, the accused is appealing the court’s ruling, further prolonging the case. This is why I am writing to you today. To date, we have spent nearly $200,000 on medical care, legal fees and boarding for the animals rescued in this case. As we await the outcome of the appeal, the costs of caring for these horses

is growing, along with costs for another 17 horses seized in other recent cruelty investigations. Please support the Heroes Fund for Animal Protection as a tribute to horses like Blackie and Shakira – just a couple of the horses rescued from Vernon who are still recovering in SPCA care. The Heroes Fund for Animal Protection supports the many heroes connected to our organization. Our Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) works under the authority of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to respond to the thousands of complaints of animal cruelty and neglect the BC SPCA receives each year. Our Special Provincial Constables work in communities across the province and when needed, seize and rescue animals from neglectful and abusive conditions such as puppy and kitten mills, animal fighting rings and hoarding. In many cases, animals are found dehydrated, starving, without shelter and in certain cases, they are found suffering from wounds that have been intentionally inflicted. For more information, visit The BC SPCA is a not-for-profit organization primarily funded by public donations. That is why I am asking you to support the horses who desperately need your help. Though not everyone has the ability to adopt a horse, I hope you will show them you care with a small gift. I know you will be standing in solidarity with us when we appear in court once more, early this summer, to seek justice for these beautiful, gentle animals. On behalf of all of the gentle giants in our care, we thank you. The BC SPCA could not exist, without your support. Please give generously.




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Fundraising Raffle for Bobby Louis

Bobby Louis of Vernon, BC has won a shoot out spot with his Dad, Cecil, in the World Series Team Roping Championships to be held at the South Point Hotel and Casino Arena in Las Vegas on December 7–10, 2010. Entry fees are $2,000, plus travel with his horses to and from the event, and meals and accommodations. It is an honour to be able to compete at this calibre of event. Our fundraising raffle will be able to assist Bobby with these costs. First prize will be $1,000; and Second prize $500. The draw date will be July 25th at the Louis Estates Rodeo Arena which is hosting: “Rope for the Truck” on July 24th and “Barrel Racing” on July 25th. Spectators are welcome, free admission and concession on site. Look for raffles at the stores near you or purchase tickets on site at the arena on July 24–25. You can also contact Bobby, Carol, Lynn, or Cecil for more information at 250-542-4527 or E-mail: And don’t forget to enter the Roping for a brand new Ford Pick-up - or just enter the Barrel Racing.

North Central Appaloosa Club Cancels Events

The North Central Appaloosa Club has decided to cancel all of our scheduled horse activities for 2010, including our two scheduled summer gymkhanas. During this time we will continue to get our club paperwork in order, while we build our membership base and hold club 44 • Saddle Up • June 2010

get-togethers. All horse enthusiasts are invited to attend. You don’t need to own an Appaloosa, or even a horse, in order to belong. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, June 21 at the A&W in 100 Mile House. For information call Dennis at 250-395-4232, or Barry at 250-456-2436. To do away with any confusion, the Watch Lake Gymkhanas have always been the second Saturday of July and the second Saturday of August. To the best of my knowledge, this has not changed.

Trails for Troops!

The Edmonton Garrison Saddle Club at CFB Edmonton will be holding “Trails for Troops” on July 1. This Canada Day Trail Ride and Camp-out, a “Soldier On” fundraiser, will include a live concert, beer gardens, silent auction and fireworks hosted by the City of Edmonton. The ride is 10 kilometres and only 100 rider spots are available. Cost is $20 plus more than $50 in pledges to the “Soldier On” Fund. The Soldier On fund provides rehabilitation support for wounded soldiers of the Canadian Forces and gets them involved in athletic programs. See for more info. Horses do not need shoes for this ride and beginner riders are welcome. For more information, please contact Dianne Weir 780-973-6503 or 780-8935984, e-mail at You can also contact Maureen Dwyer 780-718-0561, e-mail at maureen.dwyer@

Kenny McLean Unveiling Ceremony By Mike Puhallo Nearly eight years after his final ride, Canadian Rodeo legend Kenny McLean is back in the saddle again. The life-sized bronze statue of McLean on the great bucking horse Warpaint was unveiled in his home town of Okanagan Falls on May

l to r: Bill Schwarz, chairman of the Kenny McLean Memorial Committee, Kevin Krueger Provincial Minister of Tourism Sport and the Arts, Federal MP Stockwell Day.

8, 2010 in front of a large crowd of family, friends and admirers. Kenny McLean was World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1962 and won a total of 14 major titles in his professional career. He won his first buckle in 1956 at the age of 17 and 45 years later won the World Senior Pro Calf Roping Championship. Kenny was the first cowboy ever to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and in 1976 he received the Order Of Canada. He has been inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame, The BC Cowboys Hall of Fame and the National Cowboys Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In addition to being one of Canada’s greatest rodeo athletes of all time Kenny was also a mentor to several generations of rodeo cowboys. He was a gifted horse trainer and teacher and a tremendous ambassador for Canada and the Sport of Rodeo. Kenny was on his rope horse waiting to compete at a senior Pro Rodeo in Taber, Alberta July 13, 2002, when he suffered a major heart attack and passed away. He was 63 years old. Family and friends who gathered to watch the unveiling of his memorial agreed that the life-size statue, created by BC bronze artist Lois Hannah, was indeed a fitting tribute to a truly legendary cowboy.

TIDBITS, cont’d Canadian Authorities Probe Horse Deaths

Canadian animal welfare and law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of 40 horses discovered crowded near a fence at the Peigan Reserve in Southern Alberta. The horses were among more than 1,000 equines residing on the reserve. The animals’ owners are unknown. RCMP discovered the horses’ carcasses in the remote 30,000-acre grazing area near Brocket, Alberta, on April 30 after a caller reported seeing a dead horse on the reserve. The horses may have crowded near the fence to escape high winds, wet snow, and rain caused by a winter storm moving through the area. “The storm made for tough conditions, especially for the younger animals,” said Morris Airey, director of animal protection services for the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the agency assisting in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing. Courtesy of

Horsemanship with Patricia Skinner

Recent clinics in the North Okanagan with Master Horse Coach Patricia Skinner are proving to be a huge success. Patricia teaches everything about our horses from the hoof up... trailering, hoof care, nutrition, conditioning, first aid, bandaging, behaviour elements... more. Clinics cater to the basic beginner up to advanced and for all disciplines whether you’re a barrel racer, pony clubber, eventer, dressage or pleasure rider. Upcoming clinics in Monte Creek are being held in June thru August including: 3-day Foundation; Developing the Rider; as well as 2-Day Trail and Outriding Challenges. Patricia is also available for out or town clinics. For more info contact Debbie 250-577-3320 or Patricia Skinner 250-375-2528.

Running Horses, 2007, by Joe Fafard. Photo © National Gallery of Canada

Le CHEVAL - the HORSE Exhibit, Gatineau, Quebec

May 28, 2010 to January 2, 2011, Canadian Museum of Civilization. See how ‘The Horse’ has influenced every facet of civilization, from trade and transportation to warfare, agriculture and sports. The most striking addition to the exhibition is a work of art titled Running Horses, by acclaimed Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard. This sculptural installation, created in 2007, consists of a procession of 11 separate laser-cut steel and bronze horses, their manes blowing in the wind. Running Horses, on loan from the National Gallery of Canada, captures the speed and grace of these majestic animals. Visitors will see a horse-drawn steam fire engine that was jointly owned by the E.B. Eddy and J.R. Booth lumber companies, and used to fight the great Ottawa-Hull fire of April 1900. Some crafts include a weathervane in the shape of a horse and rider, made in Quebec circa 1850–1925; a toy horse and cart from 19th-century Quebec, and a tin model of a horse-drawn field ambulance circa 1890s–1920s. There is also a display of art from the First World War, as well as reproductions of a First World War print and recruitment poster from the Canadian War Museum. The exhibition highlights the sport of thoroughbred racing with trophies from the Canadian Triple Crown races: the Queen’s Plate, Breeder’s Stakes and Prince of Wales Stakes. The Queen’s Plate, the oldest thoroughbred race in North

America, has been held in Toronto since 1860. The section on rodeos highlights the Calgary Stampede, which dates back to 1912, and the section on Olympic sports celebrates the Canadian equestrian team, led by Ian Millar, that excelled at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Elsewhere in the exhibition, visitors learn about the RCMP Musical Ride and Canada’s wild horses, including those that have roamed free for centuries on Nova Scotia’s Sable Island. During the exhibition dates there are many other inter-activities including: “Miniatures,” “Equusketch,” “The Canadian Horse,” to name a few. If you can get away to Quebec for a vacation, this exhibit and its activities could very well be a great family vacation. Best to visit their website for schedule.


to Wally Goertz for his continuing assistance to ALL CLUBS and USERS while at the Armstrong Fairgrounds, year after year! • 45

The Mane Event Draws Record Crowds in Red Deer By Shelley Newman Photos by Rein-Beau Images

Another successful show has just concluded at The Mane Event, and organizers estimate that approximately 45,000 people attended the equine expo.


e’ve had an amazing time here in Red Deer,” said Gail Barker, president of The Mane Event. “The crowd was made up of knowledgeable and enthused horse people, so it makes for a really exciting event.” Throughout the weekend, the public packed three arenas, a lecture hall and a demonstration area to watch over 100 hours of clinics provided by 14 world-class instructors. Canadian clinician Jonathan Field, who has presented at each Mane Event, was impressed with the Albertan attendance. “I’ve seen this show grow every year, and it’s incredible to have such a large group of horse-loving people together,” he said. “When people come to the clinics, they have their notepads in hand and they’re ready to learn.” Clinic riders are a key element in The Mane Event and, while learning from top-level clinicians, the participants also benefit from riding in front of an audience. The Trade Show featured over 240 exhibitors with everything from horse trailers to clothing. It was also an important event for the exhibitors, who rely on sales to support their businesses. “We were very pleased because we substantially exceeded our goals for this show,” said Jim Townshend, a regular trade show exhibitor. “Overall, this is the best run show that I’ve ever been to, period. The organizers, the Westerner staff and the public were all great to work with. That tells me that they’re really onto something special here.” The Mane Event organizers are looking to their next show, which will be held from October 22 to 24, 2010, in Chilliwack, BC. In 2011, the expo will be returning to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Red Deer. The Red Deer show will run from April 29 to May 1, 2011.

Trainer’s Challenge Finals

Ken McNabb of Wyoming took home the championship trophy at this year’s Trainer’s Challenge finals. “The Trainer’s Challenge is such a great opportunity for us to come together and learn from each other,” he said after receiving his trophy from Diane Anderson of Tymarc Art Studio. “It’s not about winning or losing, because when we can learn together we really all become winners.” McNabb’s positive and encouraging attitude was evident throughout the weekend, and he kept this same mindset in the finals. “We’re on a time clock during the finals, but a horse doesn’t understand what

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that means,” he said during his ride. “So, you really have to take your time and hurry slowly. I’ve also got to make sure that I’m giving him as much as he’s giving me.” Joining McNabb in the finals were Brent Trout of Alberta and Tom Forehand of Colorado. A strong relationship developed between the three trainers, as they learned from each other and spent time together between their training sessions. “It has been just amazing to work with trainers the calibre of Ken and Tom,” said Trout. “This Trainer’s Challenge has provided an incredible experience for me, and I feel very fortunate and very blessed to be here.” For Trout, the most memorable moment of his work with Jose came during his final round pen session, when he rode the horse for the first time with the Olympic theme song “I Believe” playing over the speakers. “It was really a shared moment between me and Jose and about 1,600 other people,” he said. “People were emotionally connected with what was happening and how big of a moment that was. A lot of people were crying and some came up to me after and said how much that meant to them.” Tom Forehand also had a positive experience during the Trainer’s Challenge. Riding the three-year-old gelding, Blue, Forehand was encouraged with his performance in the finals. “Blue did pretty good today,” he said after his round. “I knew that I wouldn’t try for the lope, but Blue did a lot of other things really well – he did the serpentine at a trot, he went over the bridge and he took the snaffle bit better than in any other session.” The Trainer’s Challenge often provides unique connections between horse people, and this year was no different. Forehand’s horse, Blue, has been purchased by new owners, who will be sending the gelding to Trout for further training. “Blue will be going home with Brent, and it’ll be fantastic to see where he takes this gelding,” Forehand said. For more information on The Mane Event, including dates for the 2011 show, visit www. • 47

Oliver Wish Ride

By Kathy Malmberg

We had the best day - ever!


hat was Sunday, May 2, for the Oliver Riding Club’s annual “Childrens’ Wish Ride” fundraiser. The temperature was perfect with minimal wind. Geoff and Janet Neily were our most gracious hosts whose home on Green Lake Road we used as our base. There were a total of 21 riders who managed to raise $2,907.65 in pledges and the “loonie draw.” I have never seen a group of horses head out so quietly for a trail ride - and return just as quietly! The group was treated to a beautiful couple of hours in the hills near Mahoney Lake. They rode alongside of the lake for a short time before heading up into the hills again. The trail itself is very open so that even the least experienced trail horse wasn’t intimidated at all. It was truly a lovely ride - the wildflowers are very abundant at this time of year The senior rider to collect most pledges was Cate Turner - for her efforts, she received a voucher from Riverside Trails B&B for two night’s bed and bale accommodation plus a meal for two at Savio’s Restaurant in Oliver. The junior rider to collect the most pledges was Amanda Martino - she received a hoodie and a Roxie watch from Unity Clothing in Osoyoos. Our volunteers arrived early to prepare the bag lunches for the riders and all the volunteers. The bags were very gaily decorated by the students of the Tucel-nuit Elementary school.

Many local merchants were also very generous with their donations of prizes for our loonie draw. They are: Anderson’s Diamond Shop Osoyoos; Super Value - Oliver; South Valley Sales - Oliver; All Round Outfitters - Oliver; Pik-a-Flik - Oliver; Inner Visions - Oliver; Almerios Pizza - Oliver; Unity Clothing - Osoyoos; Miller Springs Water - Bridesville; Freybe Meats; Athinas Desert Spa - Oliver. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is dedicated to granting exceptional wishes to Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The administration ratio is less than 15 per cent of the revenues. If you would like to refer someone for a wish, or if you would like more information, please call 1-800-267-WISH (9474). You can also visit the website at: There are so many wonderful stories there, you can only agree that this is truly a remarkable foundation. The foundation has never refused a wish after 25 years and more than 15,000 wishes, they have built an amazing legacy.

summer, and we always welcome new members. If you are interested in any of our many clinics, trail rides and potlucks, give us a call at 250-498-4326 - Margie Fisher, membership. You can also visit our brand new web site at (still under construction).

“Apache” - he didn’t get to go on the ride, just there for the fun.

The Oliver Riding Club has many social activities lined up for the Margie Fisher tacking up

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Brent Lines tacking up

Just Horsin’ Around Fundraiser for BC SPCA

(Background photo) Courtenay Cadora Quadrille Team

By Shannon Wheeler Photos by Greg Howard Photography,


n October 2009 a group of like-minded women got together and came up with an idea for a weekend event to try to help the BC SPCA, specifically to help horses via the “Emergency Equine Fund” (a fund that is set up Provincially to be used only for horses). Just Horsin’ Around was created and held at Beban Park, in Nanaimo on May 15-16 2010; to raise awareness of the drastic increase in horses being seized, and to rally and support the BC SPCA in their efforts to help these animals. We wanted the SPCA to have a chance to address on a large scale the steps that they have to follow, as per the laws that they work under. Marci Moriarty, Head of the Cruelty Investigation Division held a lecture and question period that was well-attended, and helped to share what those rules are and the steps that are done when dealing with a situation of neglect from the time the report comes in until a successful ending, or a seizure. Another goal was to raise education of how to properly care for a horse, in

Peter Holmes FEI Course Designer sharing tips and tricks of how to set a safe and challenging jumping course.

the hopes to avoid them being in those situations in the first place. Five Equine Veterinarians gave talks all weekend in clinics on proper health care and more. Three Nutritionists shared their knowledge and to how to properly achieve that! Saddle fit was well-covered with six available Saddle Fitters. In total 44 clinicians, lecturers and demonstrators stepped in to provide almost 47 topics per day of information to the public in sport, rider fitness, chiropractic, massage, hoof care and much more. Clinics covered dressage, english flat classes to western performance from the “judges eye” or how things look from their prospective. Also jumping, eventing and driving. Hauling and trailer loading were given by “Saddle Up’s” very own Kevan Garecki in a light and fun atmosphere; and spectators walked away with much needed and valuable information on hauling safely. Demonstrations included Marion Weisskopff and Tribuno, the Courtenay Drill team, Friesian Stallions driving, Minis driving, Dressage freestyles and in total 2 hours of fun and interesting sports.

All of this celebrating the horse in an evening showcase. At the end a touching video was played in remembrance of those that made it, and those that did not. Noel, the Christmas Pony was then brought in for us to see the deplorable “before” condition and the healthy and happy “after,” and to remember that this is why we had gathered in the first place. Eighty vendors attended as well and covered everything from stall mats, to fly parasites, to jewelery and art, and of course tack galore. Thank you to our MC Mike Razberry; and a super nice group of fellows in the band “Heads Up”; Greg Howard Photography for all of the photos; and to our volunteers - we are very grateful. A wonderful weekend of talented people gathered to help horses and in the end a cheque was given at the event for $3500, and a second one will be issued for $2000, for a total of $5500. Much more than the financial benefit was gained though, and for that we are very happy! Thanks to all that joined us at “Just Horsin’ Around” and made it the successful weekend that it was.

The infamous Kevan Garecki during his trailering demo.

Marion Weisskopff and Tribuno.

Dawn Ianson driving her Friesian Stallion

Dr Danielle Fritz, DVM teaching how to properly deal with injuries and bandaging on horses. • 49

Jinglin’ Spurs Show Report


great time was had by all at the Jinglin’ Spurs’ Spring Show on May 1-2, held at the Paradise Exhibition Grounds in Powell River. While the weather threatened dismally in the morning, it cleared up just in time for the first class on Saturday.

Frannie Porter riding Candy.

By Valerie Hodgins

A huge thank you is in order for our many volunteers, and to our fantastic judge Liz Sahlstrom. We couldn’t have pulled this off without you! Plans are well underway for our fall show on September 25-26, to be judged by Chris and Jodie Moore of Langley, BC. Hope to see some of you there! High Point and Reserve Winners Overall: High Point: Rosalea Pagani - Scootin Hot Scotch Reserve: Sandy McLeod - SF Fashion Review English: High Point: Rosalea Pagani - Scootin Hot Scotch Reserve: Sandy McLeod - SF Fashion Review and Bobby-Jean McLeod - Azi Tekida (tie) Walk/Trot English High Point: Valerie Hodgins - Bonnie Almahurst Reserve: Taylor Ward - Stars Go Blue Western: High Point: Rosalea Pagani - Scootin Hot Scotch Reserve: Sandy McLeod - SF Fashion Review Walk/Jog Western: High Point: Nicole Cote-Jackson - Hot Touch Girl Reserve: Taylor Ward - Stars Go Blue

Nicole Cote-Jackson riding Hot Touch Girl.

Sandy McLeod riding SF Fashion Review.

Valerie Hodgins with Bonnie Almahurst, Taylor Ward with Stars Go Blue, and judge Liz Sahlstrom.

Kristine Boxall with Dancing Dart and Jessie Nault with Shark Bait Hoo Ha Ha.

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By David Parker


e are more than halfway through our show schedule with the last two cutting shows being a great success. The April 24/25 show was co-hosted with the BCCHA and held at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. This venue offered members the experience of cutting in a large arena with assistance from a number of our BC cutting horse trainers. The show was a big success and a lot of fun, details of the show can be found in the BCCHA News in this Saddle Up issue. Our May 9th show, Mother’s Day, was hosted by Randy and Joanne Brandt in Chilliwack. Thank you to the Brandts for providing the venue and setting things up 50 • Saddle Up • June 2010

so well. We had about 48 works as well as practice cattle after the show. I would like to thank all those that assisted with turn back, placing the banners up and working on the entry fees, etc. Joyce McCluskie did a great job of announcing and thank you to all those that assisted with timing. The club was very appreciative to Mary Lynn Zirnhelt who did a great job of judging and for making the trip down from Kamloops. At this show like our previous shows we had a concession stand to provide hot food and drinks. Thank you to the 4H club for providing these tasty treats.

In our OPEN class Mike Stradling riding Streakin Out to Play, rode to a 71 to win the class. In the NON-PRO, Corinna Williams on Tuff Budha had the high point of 69. The 10,000 NH class was won by Marty Ross riding Billy Shorty, way out in the lead with a score of 71. Cayley Wilson took the 3,000 NH class with a 65. Our 2,000 Limit Rider class had twelve riders, but was definitively won by Eric Sagmoen riding Skat Cat Kitty with a score of 72. Corinna Williams with a 68 and Toni Anne Jonnson with 67, battled it out for the reserve position. Our 750 Progressive horse class was a little tighter, with Joanne Brandt riding San Taris Bandit winning the

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


quine lovers, whether you prefer ‘’short ears’’ or ‘’long ears,’’ this is your last chance to get yourselves signed up for the Jerry Tindell Clinics that we are sponsoring for ALL equines, starting at the end of this month and running into July. Those of you who were fortunate enough to witness Jerry at work at the Mane Event in Red Deer in April saw first hand what a powerful teacher he is. Jerry’s training involves safe, sensible techniques that work. He has the gift to accurately read both handler and equine and deliver instructions that are positive and clear. The following are the Clinics planned with him and this will be your last chance to sign up! • June 25–27, Jerry Tindell Ground Work Clinic • June 28–30, Jerry Tindell Colt Starting Clinic • July 2–4, Jerry Tindell Basic Mule/ horsemanship • July 5–7, Jerry Tindell Intermediate Mule/horsemanship All clinics will be held at the Lakedell arena, Westerose. AB and are open to mules, donkeys and horses. You do not have to be a club member to participate. Contact Marlene Quiring at 403-783-5210

By Marlene Quiring

or email or find the registration form online at www. Winners of our 2 draws at the Mane Event were: 1) Heather Kalita, Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta. Linda owns a Fjord and is interested in donkeys; and 2) Linda Stevens, Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Linda joined the club and was amazed at all the events that the club has listed for the summer. Unfortunately, not all was “roses” at the Mane Event. Some dishonest person took off with Bob Leggette’s expensive Rubbermaid wheel barrow. If you know of a breed member that came home with a “new” wheel barrow, please contact us! It is sad to know that there are such people amongst equine lovers! JOIN US: July 23–25, Hummingbird Trail Ride. Always a great scenic ride and great times around the campfire in the evening. Contact Keith Kendrew at 403-843-3293 for more info. All equines are very welcome!! August 21-22, Tees Longears Days – Donkey and Mule Show - Riding, Driving, Gymkhana and Fun classes. Trade Fair, Tack Sale/Swap, BBQ Supper and entertainment. Contact Colleen Campbell at 780-672-6105 or our website

L to R. Russ Shandro, Colleen Campbell and Jerry Tindell at the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club’s booth at the Mane Event.

Clinic participant Ed Burles with his Appy mule and admirers.

September 8–12, Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds, Showcase and Equi Fair. Team Mule will be competing once again. Join us there!

BC Ranch Cutting, cont’d class with a 65, and Bandy’s Badger ridden by Terry Preast and Playin For Sugar ridden by Haidee Landry both at 64. Janice Reiter riding Canadian Forces won the 500 Limit rider with 61, while the 500 Green horse/Ranch class was won by San Taris Sonita ridden by Lorne McAvany scoring a 68. Lorne also took the NOVICE/NOVICE class riding San Taris Sonita with a high score of 69. Our YOUTH class had 4 riders and had a close finish, with Haley Stradling riding Boogies Dual Rey scoring 71; edging out Logon McCulloch placing second on Disco Ruby San with a 70. All class winners received a gift certificate from Nutrena towards the purchase

of one of their feed products. Thank you for your sponsorship. What to do till our fall shows? To keep you and your horse in cutting shape during the next few months, consider attending the upcoming BCCHA and ICHA shows in the interior. Check out their websites. Also, do not forget that the AQHA is holding the Regional Championships in Langley, July 21-25 with cutting classes running on Saturday July 21. See the CQHA website,, for details. Our next BCRCHA show is schedule for September 12th at the Brandts in Chilliwack.

We welcome new members to our club, so come out to one of our shows and see what cutting is all about. Our membership for an individual is $30 and a family membership is $40. Visit our website at Contact our directors to find out how you can get involved.

Upcoming Show Schedule:

September 12 - Approved by BCRCHA, at Brandts, Chilliwack, Judge: TBA, contact Deb Murray. 604-467-2573, October 17 - Approved by BCRCHA, Location: TBA, Judge: TBA, contact Deb Murray.604-467-2573, • 51

Kelowna Riding Club Update By Ashton Wiklund


ith two of the season’s biggest shows behind them, the Club is both celebrating and a enjoying a well deserved break. On April 17-18 the Club welcomed Leanne Niddery who came up from OK Falls to teach a barrel racing and pole bending clinic. The clinic quickly filled to include 15 riders. As a BC Rodeo Association and Junior Champion, as well as a North American Futurity and Canadian Professional Rodeo Money Earner, Leanne provides valuable lessons and exercises for riders of all ages and levels. Amanda Blamire, who runs the Kelowna Gymkhana Club, is new to the Riding Club’s board of directors this year and plans to bring in more events and clinics for western riders. The Spring Dressage Show held April 24-25 was labeled as a success. As an EC Gold and Bronze rated event the show attracted riders from beginner all the way to FEI level. The show committee would like to thank its newest sponsors Greenhawk and EquiProducts for their contributions. A full list of sponsors can be found on the KRC website under “Sponsors”. On the evening following the show a clinic was held with FEI Judge Joan Macartney. The clinic was titled “Through the Judge’s Eye” and gave riders a judge’s perspective in order to improve their riding and test scores. A combination of lectures, discussions, and videos were used in the morning’s lesson. Mounted sessions followed the theory where riders were encouraged to

bring their score sheets from the previous day’s show in order to work on their personal strength and weaknesses. The clinic was well-attended and plans for Jennifer Turton-Molgat and Lazaro. a similar event are already Photo by PhotoJoe Photography in the works. As always the Spring Classic Hunter Jumper show is a much anticipated event held at KRC on the first weekend of May. The show is an EC Bronze rated show that is part of the BCHJA circuit. With 179 entries this is the biggest show the KRC has ever held with entries coming from both BC and Alberta. Of the 179 entries, 75 Photo submitted of them came from Alberta, probably with hopes of enjoying some Okanagan sun. Wardle guided Zingeroo to the Beginner Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too kind Hunter Classic win. For complete show results as it rained throughout the show. However, visit the sun did make some appearances and A special thank-you goes out to Laurie no issues were had with the footing. On Lazorko who has spent countless volunteer average there were about 20 riders in each hours playing an invaluable part as the show division providing convincing competition. manager liaison. Laurie has been part of the Interestingly enough local talent took home Spring Classic for the past five years and has the champion and reserve placings, while the become a huge asset to the show’s success. specialty jumper prixs and classics were won Thank-you to both Sean Davies and Ron by out of town riders. Brydon who were responsible for grounds set Congratulations to Dennis Connor who up, among many other tasks before, during piloted Madd Maxx, owned by Inga Martinoff, and after the show. Jen Lazorko was also to win the $400 Jim Mills Memorial 1.10 Mini a huge help in the show prep and grounds Prix. Wayne Staudt beat out 25 other riders work. The team continues to work after all the to win the $400 CF Farms 0.85 Mini Prix trailers have cleared, so a big thank-you to all aboard his horse Elmira. The Children’s/Adult of you who volunteered your time to ensure Amateur Hunter Classic was won by Jennifer the success of this event. Turton-Molgat with her horse Lazaro. Lindsay

South Okanagan Horse Assoc. Update


OHA ran its first show of the year, a BC Heritage qualifier and a PAC approved show through APHA, and the Paint breed was well represented at Sunday’s show. Judge Jodi Moore from Langley was unbelievably good. It was a heavy judging schedule with running our normal two-day show with all of our divisions in one day. Like most clubs we still needed more volunteers to help out at the show. So we thank all of those people who helped out during the day when we called for assistance. Without you the show would not have run 52 • Saddle Up • June 2010

so smoothly. I think at the end of the day we need to take our hats off to those few people who keep showing up time after time and year after year putting on shows, club rides, and fundraisers, without them we would have very few organized horse activities. On June 5-6 SOHA has their second show, a trophy show, as well as a BC Heritage qualifier and a PAC approved show through APHA. Sheila Neumann will be our judge. Sheila judged our 2009 June show and was the judge for IPE last September. We are so pleased that she has agreed to judge for us

By Alex MacRae

Ima Cool Luke owned by Gaylene Ridley and all of his ribbons from the SOHA May Points Show.

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H News

By Emily Allen, Ashley Robson and Bobbie-Jo MacMillan

Showmanship And Trail

On Monday, May 10 the Kelowna Hoofbeats had their annual showmanship and trail lesson. At showmanship, we were divided into two groups by experience. Members who had participated for two or more years, and members who had participated for one or less years. Then they told us what the judges would be looking for. At trail we practiced opening and closing gates, taking a coat/bucket from one post to another, sidestepping, a polo related event and much more.

Eager kids waiting for customers

Ramsay Murray, Ewan Murray, Colin Allen and Parker McLean

Judging Rally

On March 2 we had our annual District Judging Rally at Reynolds Barn. There were four clubs represented there; the Valley Lopers, the Wild Westside Riders, the Creators and the Kelowna Hoofbeats. Some of the classes we judged were pet rabbits, mountain bikes, horses, picture frames and healthy snacks. Since our club is ‘horse project’ we had to judge horses but we got to pick the next three classes. After we finished judging we had a potluck lunch. Then we played soccer in the indoor arena. It was lots of fun.

Emma Klassen and Kristen Bransfield (Emma celebrated her 16th birthday with all the kids at Judging Rally)

Fundraiser Hot Dog Sale

On April 17 we ran the concession at the annual Diamond H Tack garage sale. Some of the things we sold were coffee, tea, hot chocolate, baking, hot dogs and smokies. The Hoofbeats have run the concession for many years and it is always a fun event. Thanks to our many customers and some generous donations our club raised over $500.

Park Ollson and Feather

Ashley Robson on Shinga

South Okanagan Horse, cont’d again this year. The club has also added some new classes this year. You will find we have a combined high point and reserve award at this show for those people who compete in both English and Western disciplines. We have added Stake Classes and a Buckle class each day. There are trophies being awarded for every class. We are also lucky that the Summerland Rodeo Grounds has camping available (it is dry camping but there are washrooms and a shower in both the men’s and women’s washrooms) lots or trails can be accessed from

the rodeo grounds and we have 30 pens for your horse’s overnight stay. It is a perfect setup for a fun family weekend of competition and recreational riding. The KVR train is just across the tracks from the rodeo grounds and there is access to the Trans Canada Trail, and there are the 40 acres the grounds are on. It is a fabulous place to come and visit. A quick reminder that the BC Heritage Finals are in Armstrong this year on July 17-18 and the South Okanagan Horse Association shows are one way you can get your points

for the Heritage Finals and still have a fun weekend of camping and riding. Don’t hesitate - come on out and see how much fun you can have at a show. Marion Weisskopff will be back again in June for another two days or riding and teaching. For more information on our clubs activities you can go to our website at www. There you will find our clinic days, our show programs and upcoming information on a new series of clinic we will be running over the summer months on a weekly basis. • 53

BC High School Rodeo Update

By Eva Cassidy


he North Okanagan Rodeo Club hosted the Jr. Wrangler and BC High School Rodeos at the IPE Fairgrounds in Armstrong, May 7-9. The weather held up on Friday for the start of Jr. Wrangler, and Saturday and Sunday just got better and better with Day 2 of Jr. Wrangler and the High School Rodeos! Sr. BC High School All Around Cowboy Cole Scott Sr. BC High School All Around Cowgirl Sarah Wright Jr. Wrangler All Around Cowboy Cole Churchill Jr. Wrangler All Around Cowgirl Fallon Fosbery It is always a treat to see the local spectators come out to cheer on our young and upcoming rodeo stars! The kids practice hard all year round to compete in the many rodeos throughout BC. Be on the lookout in August (15-16) when our BC Little Britches Rodeo takes the stage in Armstrong. A special thank you to all the dads that helped out in the arena! And a HUGE thank you to all our loyal sponsors... without your generous donations we would not be able to put on these rodeos.

Senior All Around Cole Scott and Sarah Wright.

Eva Cassidy (on left) with Fallon Fosbery

Meghan Townley and friends Nevada and Cheyenne

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. Update It was a beautiful sunny weekend on May 7-9 in Langley, BC at Thunderbird Show Park where LMQHA held its first show of 2010. There were many familiar faces as well as some new ones that came from all over the BC Interior, Vancouver Island, Washington State, and Idaho. The weekend began with an amazing spread of food at the welcome social on Thursday evening sponsored and hosted by M&M Quarter Horses. The “Fun-TieAffair,” sponsored by Pike Buckley Performance Horses, brought everyone together on Saturday night to watch our 2nd annual FUNturities, sponsored by KBL n Bits. Ellie Gerbrandt

By Lynne Carter

The attendance for this show increased from years past partially due to the All Breed classes introduced at all our shows for 2010. A special thank you to our exhibitors and to all of our great sponsors and volunteers, as well as a big thank you to our show staff for putting on a great show. Please congratulate our High Point winners: Halter Stallion - Debbie Garcia - Skips Cool Phoenix Halter Gelding - Sherry Sulz - Mysterious Romance Halter Mare - Graham Tobias - Craven The Finest Novice Youth - Katrina Mulford - Zippos Star Shuttle Reserve - Carly Glick - Triple Fisted Youth 13 & Under - Katrina Mulford - Zippos Star Shuttle Reserve - Mayson Schumann - TCD Execution Annie Novice Amateur - Tanna Daley - A Regal Presence Reserve - Kimberly Servoss - A Little Two Deluxe Amateur - Norma Siebert - Muddys Mr Diamond Select - Carole Walton - Alittle Reality Reserve - Janet Crich - Skip To My Image Jr Horse - Tami Hutton - Hezthemanofmydreams Sr Horse - Tami Hutton - Pink Cadillac Dreams Youth All Breed - Kirsten Chamberland - Desis On The Street Reserve - Emma Schellenberg - All Ready Smoke N Amateur All Breed - Jennifer King - Ready To Dream Reserve - Kerry Sawyer - Justa Ez Rider Open All Breed - Kirsten Chamberland - Desis On The Street

Sarah Hill

Western Pleasure class

North Vancouver Island Horse Association

By Marg Camp

Photos by Isobel Springett The first points show of the North Vancouver Island Horse Association Open Western Performance 2010 show season was held on Sunday, April 25, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay, BC. Competitors from up and down Vancouver Island vied for both day high points and year-end high points, under judge Patti Woods, who currently trains out of Norwood after successful competition and training on the major US circuits. The next show is scheduled for May 22 and 23, with judges Jodie Moore and Tammi Hutton, coming over from the Lower Mainland. Show High Points All Ages Walk/Jog: High point: Chunky Chips Ahoy – Jayde Christian Reserve: Streakin San Sousa – Morgynn Bishop Green Horse: High point: Wink If Your Invited – Katrina Hamilton Reserve: Ima Cool Canuck – Chloe Cox Green Rider: High point: Scribbling Lacey – Taylor Wilson Reserve: I Can Live With Red – Megan Komori Youth 13 and Under: High point: Wink If Your Invited – Katrina Hamilton Reserve: Scribbling Lacey – Taylor Wilson

Youth 14-18: High point: Ima Princess Pearl – Laura Evans Reserve: Great by Inclination – Krista Davis Senior: High point: Milto’s Bo San – Nancy Garner Reserve: A Little Reality – Carole Walton

Inga Smith on Leo

Sherry Corrigan

Pretty in Pink! • 55

BC Miniature Horse Club News Could we have asked for better weather to start working our horses??? This has been wonderful for getting everyone out and starting to work on all those little things we know we have been forgotten over winter. All the critters are feeling good and are shedding their coats rapidly. Clippers are coming out also and body shaving is happening everywhere. The clipping is finishing up the job Mother Nature does not quite seem to complete to our satisfaction. Nesting birds are getting supplies to make up some very warm nests. Good weather also means spring cleaning in the barn and house (for most of us, it is mostly the barn). While you are doing that, remember BCMHC is having a garage sale and can use lots of items to sell. The garage sale is going to be at the end of August and will be located in the parking lot of the Co-Op in Aldergrove. So think twice before throwing those items away, call me and I would be happy to see if it would work in our sale display. With Spring arriving and all the good weather we decided to have our first fun day. The event was held at Fred’s ranch in Cloverdale. (I know Fred has a last name but we all just know him as Fred!). Melissa Schryvers and Diana McVey set up and hosted the event with Shirley Bradbury helping run the classes. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of kids playing all sorts of games with their minis. Everyone got a chance at winning something. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles cheered as their kids all competed to be first or just make it through the course. It was

Peachland Riding Club Report

Top left to right: Amanda Capuano, Asia Cole, Jacey McQueen, Debbie Wright, Nikki Harris, Courtney DeMattos, Alana Ensign Bottom: Leah Keller, Dylan Capp and Darby Ensign.

RESULTS Classics 1st Holly Dickinson - Tate - High Point 2nd Debbie Wright - Lily - High Point Reserve 3rd Kalin Keller - Savanah Seniors 1st Amanda Capuano - Easter - High Point 2nd Lisa Nowell - Cruiser - High Point Reserve 3rd Lisa Nowell - Jess

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By Margaret Walmsley

The line up

nice to see so many kids and grownups having such a good time with their minis. Don’t forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 12-13. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or

The carrot race

By Erin McQueen

Hey All…What a great spring start! The weather has been so cooperative and allowed us all to enjoy horses and the outdoors in an unusual spring fashion. Our first PRC Gymkhana was a great success! The sun was shining, the grounds were well prepared and the new crew, being led by Gymkhana Director Brenda Pierron, pulled off a smooth running start to our season. The horses were certainly fresh! Most of us were riding dynamite sticks that day but the smiles were plastered on each face anyway! Congrats to all participants and winners! We have added a fresh new horse to our executive and it is with great excitement we welcome Christa Lang as our Clinic Director. Christa has a vision to provide educational clinics for all ages and expertise. She has already contacted clinicians such as Carl Woods; Robyn Hood (TTouch); Marion Weisskopff; and Gina Allan as potentials to bring to the PRC. Christa is anxious to hear your thoughts and has created a questionnaire so we may be able to bring in experts from your field of interest. Please take a moment to follow the links on the PRC website Look forward to seeing you at the next Gymkhana! Results and dates are updated on our site… go have a look.

Junior A 1st Asia Cole - Oakley - High Point 2nd Candace Chevallier - Red - High Point Reserve 3rd Amanda Dickinson - Skeeter 3rd Nikki Harris - Mariposa Junior B 1st Courtney DeMattos - KitKat - High Point 2nd Jacey McQueen - Rio - High Point Reserve 3rd Allie Sorenson - Dell 3rd Tori Cheyne - Bo

Junior C 1st Darby Ensign - Cutter - High Point 2nd Alana Ensign - Queenie - High Point Reserve 3rd Ryelynn Gardiner - Amethyst Junior D 1st Leah Keller - Caramel - High Point 2nd Dylan Capp - BC Dun On The Money - High Point Reserve

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update What great weather for the OMHC Clipping Clinic at the Rempel Ranch! The BBQ Banquet was delicious and the show committee was so productive we were already making plans for next year! The friends/members in attendance were just the kind of people I enjoy being around. They’re enthusiastic about their minis and don’t mind sharing their secret tips and encouraging others to be the best they can be. With so many other things to do at home, I am so glad that I chose to hang out with our friends at the clinic. Thank-you Scott and Louellen for opening your barn and that creaky ice box for a builda-person-up kind of day. “Fantastic clinic. We learned many valuable tips for preparing our miniatures for the show ring. I appreciate the time and shared knowledge of those who were there to help. Thank you to our hosts, Louellen and Scott Rempel.” ~ Shelley Todd “Thank-you for sharing your tips and knowledge in miniature show ring prep. I enjoyed meeting the members of your club.” ~ Debbie Schmolke Entries for our annual Spring Fundraiser show are up this year. It should be another fun way to get ready for the “big” shows. Final preparations are in place for the Okanagan Classic Sanctioned AMHA

& AHMR shows, July 2-4 at the IPE Grounds in Armstrong. Entry forms and contact info can be found at www. 2010 OMHC Mini-Related Important Dates: Jun 19 – Club Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong: Scott Raphaela & Hawkeye Rempel (250-542-3433) Jul 2 – OMHC AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong: Joan Mc Naughton (250-992-7485) Jul 3 & 4 – OMHC AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong: Joan Mc Naughton (250-992-7485) Aug 21 – Club Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong: Scott Rempel (250-542-3433) Sep 1-5 - IPE, Armstrong: Anne Iceton (250-546-0998) Sep 10-12 - Salmon Arm Fair: Anna Dewolff (250-832-9832) Oct 16 - Wrap Up Fun Day & AGM, VDRC: Joy Viel (250-545-2168) Nov 13 – OMHC Formal Dinner & Year End Awards, Vernon: Louellen Rempel (250-542-3433)

Git ‘Er Done!” Gymkhana Club The weather cooperated for both May 1st and May 15th Gymkhanas. The one thing I have noticed about our riders this year already is the improvement. Usually we start out pretty green and work up to BAM but this year everyone is taking their times a bit more serious. I’m thinking another shot at the saddle is going to be a lot more work. Speaking of such, I just want to remind everyone that the saddle is game for all riders from peewee to open divisions to win. I haven’t seen it yet as Jeanie is getting the fenders tooled but she said it’s a nice looking barrel saddle with a black suede seat and matching bridle and breast collar… there’s your new saddle that you’re looking for Alana. Keep up the riding and it could be yours!! We had a nice surprise guest at our last Gymkhana. Auntie Karen came out and I know my horses sure did enjoy the Kookies that she made and it made me feel pretty good too that I was feeding Jack something nutritious besides chips and grape pop (his favourite). It is with a sad heart that we were forced to cancel REDNECK-aPALOOZA! 2010. We just recently found out that due to recent changes in underwriting insurance our event is not able to obtain the proper insurance that is required. But on a happier note, we are still planning for next year and if anyone has any suggestions on who to approach that we already don’t know about please let us know. You just can’t keep us REDNECKS down. Next Events are: JUNE 13 - Double Run Day JULY 3 - JACKPOT/Double Run Day JULY 17 JULY 25 - Double Run Day AUG 1 AUG 28 SEPT 18 - JACKPOT/Double Run Day OCT 23 - Double Run Day NOV 6 or 7 - this date is to be announced and will be a JACKPOT NOV 13 - Year End Banquet – tentative date.

By Melanie Russo

By Bev Hall

For more info contact Bev 250-577-3154, or Jeanie 250-573-2206, May 1st Gymkhana: PeeWees: HP - Tricia Hall RHP - Jackson Guynn Juniors: 1D HP - Alana Goldney 1D RHP - Paige Dickens Adults: 1D HP - Bev Hall (Jack) 1D RHP - Jeanie VanDenHam 2D HP - Tamara Tuyttens 2D RHP - Mary Ann Yarama 3D HP - Krysta Pitman 3D RHP - Kelly Mezzatesta (Kara) 4D HP - Bev Hall (Mac) 4D RHP - Cathie Dickens May 15th Gymkhana Leadline: HP - Justin Mitchell RHP - Camryn Mitchell PeeWee: HP - Cora Lee Mitchell RHP - Tricia Hall (Jack) Juniors: 1D HP - Danielle Hall (Jack) 1D RHP - Paige Dickens 2D HP - Savanah 2D RHP - Danielle Hall (Sas) Adults: 1D HP - Joe Wodyga 1D RHP - Tamara Tuyttens 2D HP - Krysta Pitman 2D RHP - Bev Hall (Sas) 3D HP - Norma Mitchell 3D RHP - Cathy Arnouse 4D HP - Kelly Mezzatesta (Kara) 4D RHP - Camilla Williams

Auntie Karen’s Kookies

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BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


n May 15 the Selkirk Saddle Club in Revelstoke graciously hosted our Club for a trail ride, pot luck lunch and meeting. One of our members, Alan Smythe, is also a member of the Selkirk club and we would like to thank Alan and their club’s members for their invitation and hospitality. They certainly have a great set up there for the riding club. Seventeen riders, including a lot of Morgan horses, had a great 2 1/2 hour ride meandering by the river, through fields and some very tall grass (which some horses got to enjoy). Once the ride was over, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club members enjoyed a fabulous pot luck buffet. The highlight of our lunch was when a horse, tied to a Hydro pole, couldn’t wait any longer... pulled back... and bam, down goes the Hydro pole... and another... and another... all in a row, in sequence. Thankfully the horse and no one was hurt. Although a truck (with a dog inside) had the wire fall over it, leaving only scratches on the hood. The power was immediately turned off, all horses were double checked (and the dog) and we resumed our lunch. During our meeting we decided to participate in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st in Chase. If you’d like to ride or drive with us, contact Pat at cremapat@ Following the parade, our member Rachael Sdoutz of GNR Morgans invited us all back to her place for a Farm Tour and BBQ. Contact Rachael for more info at gnrmorgans@xplornet. ca. Members unable to attend the parade are welcome at the Farm Tour. Hope to see you all there to meet Rachael and her Morgans. On July 17 we will be co-hosting an Equine Foundation of Canada ride and drive with members of the Back Country Horsemen. This will take place at Ellen Hockley and Steve Laughlin’s property, “The Ranch” in Pritchard. It is a beautiful place with lovely riding and great views; and great hospitality! For info contact Pat again. 58 • Saddle Up • June 2010

The Club has decided to hold another fundraising raffle with the draw being held at Armstrong’s IPE over the Labour Day weekend. We hope members will assist us in selling tickets; which should be available in the next couple weeks. We are looking for 5 or 6 top prizes to be donated. Already we have confirmed a night at Meadow Springs Guest Ranch; and One Ton of Hay (thank you Gunther!). For more info or your donation, contact Nancy at nancyroman@ Anyone interested in Morgan horses or wanting to join our club is welcome to come out to any of our events and we’ll sign you up! Membership is soooo reasonable - why not support the breed you love? Riding photos courtesy of Alan Smythe. Hydro poles and lunch photos by Nancy Roman.

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Sarah Casley, Alberni Valley Chapter endanger a horse - just a fairly rough area on my summit-push, with a lot President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 of log debris and loose Vice President: Carol Creasy, IT & Membership, - 250 835-8587 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 rocks - but nothing my Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 tough little Arab couldn’t Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 handle! As I descended Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 from unfamiliar territory Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 to recognizable trail…I Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 was elated! But thank god Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 for cellphones … I called Mike, and asked him to I am fortunate enough to live in one of pick me up in the mill the prettiest outlying areas of Port Alberni. parking lot. Suddenly I was exhausted, my legs Our property backs up to the Beaufort ached and I felt unable to walk another step! Mountains and the Log Train Trail. Riding But, what a high! I couldn’t wait to do the out from the pasture - I literally have an same trip on my horse! entire playground at my back door. How The following Wednesday dawned with a lucky is that? For years, however, I’ve made deluge. However, it cleared by afternoon - so the mistake of listening to others about why out I dashed and saddled Sadhaka. By 2:30 it’s “not a good idea” to ride horses up there. p.m. we were climbing. It was dank and misty, Everything from ravines, to gates, to rocky but I was ecstatic to be out and “doing it.” footing is touted as an excuse. So … on Sept. Occasionally the mist cleared and, although 13, I decided to take a hike up the Beauforts not the perfect views of the previous Sunday, a kind of scouting trip - to see for myself. I could still see the world laid out below me. Armed with my day pack, I set out from True to his spirit, Sads bounded up those zigmy back porch at 11 a.m. Several years ago, zagging turns with seemingly limitless energy. our neighbouring farmer, Todd Thompson, Close to the top, we startled a flock built a logging road that switchbacks up the of about 30 ravens. They flew cawing from mountain, to remove trees from his woodlots. a cluster of trees, on a hill below us - a This was the route I took. The climb was somewhat different perspective, where I was gradual, and I was surprised to find it pretty looking down on their backs. After initial easy going. But then, I consider myself to be fright at these scary black monsters, Sads in good shape from both riding…and my ignored them and carried on! Apart from the riding-driven obsession…trail-building! Every views, the other aspect I considered important so often I stopped for water or snack, or to just was the ample water available, in drainages take in the incredible views. At one point I emptying down the mountain. No scarcity looked down below me and thought “Cool… of drinking water for thirsty horses climbing that’s my house down there!” It was neat to the top on hot, dusty summer days! The looking down on my roof from that height, ascent is exposed, so access to water is crucial. and I thought how cool it’d be on a future Once up top, however, trees started to close in, ride, to get my husband, Mike, to stand on the offering shade. porch with his spotting scope and wave at me! Being a deactivated road, there were spots It was a bluebird day, and I found myself where Todd had excavated swales, to prevent taking one photo after another. My goal truck traffic. But these dips had been made was not so much to find the top, as it was to more passable by ATV-traffic that regularly find a safe, accessible trail to take horses on uses the mountain, and I found myself silently an uphill route, level out, then descend on thanking these guys for creating access points the same side of the mountain - eventually where my horse might not otherwise make it dropping down to the Log Train Trail behind through. Discovering that last passage to the McLean’s Mill, where many of our local summit was a high and I whooped until my trails connect, and then head home from that horse thought I was nuts! Once I’d reached point. I made it in six hours - no ravines, the top, I knew the rest would be plain sailing. no gates, and no major obstacles that would The entire ride took a mere four hours. “We BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE

did it Sads!” I yelled. “We rode the Beauforts!” Albeit only ONE side … I still felt it was an achievement. My horse pals, Erica and Carolyn, couldn’t wait to enjoy the same experience. So, the following Sunday we all made the trip under brilliant blue skies. Perfect weather - but without the intensity of summer heat. Instead, one of those cool fall days, where you can smell and feel the season’s change. We snapped photos and stopped for lunch in the shade up top, and to let the horses graze. Then we found a spur veering upward green, lush …and extremely tantalizing! So we ascended…and found a stretch of road which I promptly dubbed “The Ledge.” The whole of the Alberni Valley lay at our feet! What a feeling! We figured we were up 2,500 feet and had fun pointing out familiar landmarks spread out like Toyland way below us! The remaining trip home found us pretty punchy, and the day couldn’t end without an alcoholic celebration! So, after seeing to the horses, we sat beside my lily pond, to share the afterglow of a fabulous day, with a bottle of wine! Our toast to one another? “We’re Serious Back Country Horsemen …AND OUR HORSES RULE!!”

Beaufort Range Ride

Est. ride time: 4-5 hours Terrain: Some steep sections, easy water crossings, rocky - boots recommended (or shod horses) Time of year to ride: May through September or early October What to bring? A camera! Depending on time of year - bug repellant/sunscreen. • 59

BC Cutting Horse Association Photos by Robert Magrath, Coming up on June 5 and 6 we have the NCHA Days being held at Haughton Ranch in Knutsford. Riders from BC and Alberta will compete. Our biggest show of the season, the BCCHA Maturity, Classic/Challenge and CCHA Days will be held at Zirnhelt Ranch outside of Kamloops from June 24-27. The Limited Aged Event with $22,000 added money, championship buckles and awards will have some of the top horses in Western Canada showing. The CCHA Days weekend show Laura Connell on Valerie Dettwiler on Peppers will have $4,000 added with riders from BC and Alberta. Come and watch some DFL Mabelena winning the Fancy Page winning the $50,000 Youth Amateur great cutting. The second annual BCCHA/BCRCHA Coast Cutting was a huge success!! The goal was to bring back the fun and camaraderie to the sport, with the excitement and competitive spirit that is exhibited at every show. What a weekend it was. The facility was perfect! Roof overhead therefore no worries on the weather. Amazing herd and turnback help. Cayley Wilson, Denton Moffat, Wendy Garrard, Rick Hook, Bob Zirnhelt and Les Timmons, you all made the show with your longggg hours in the saddle, thank you never seems like enough. Thanks to Ken Pearson from Fraser Valley Auction and John Wynnic Cattle Company, the cattle were fresh and fantastic. Bob Magrath, our incredible announcer, along with wee Pat as our timer, as always kept things moving along and super fun. The Coast Show offered two new additions to our show. Joanne Brandt on Firstly we had our first annual BRIDLELESS Class. This was by far Santaris Bandit winning the Rob Teit on Smart Little $750 Progressive Horse Adan winning the Non-pro the hit of the show. Riders and horses alike pulled out all the stops!! The club auctioned off each duo the evening prior making a huge pot for the winner. Val Martin cleaned house in this class with a 76 riding her super horse High Heel Kitty, with Rick Hook close on her heals with a 75 riding Norm and Sue Majeau’s great gelding, Jeweler’s Out. Our club also had a Saturday night BBQ and dog races which put smiles on faces and cheers from the crowds. Great fun!!! We had huge sponsor support and a big thanks you to all our high-point and show sponsors. The high-point winners were as follows: Open class (sponsored by Country West Supply) Denton Moffat riding the absolutely amazing Kit & Kaboonsmal with a 146. Non-pro class (sponsored by Wilson Performance Horses) Rob Teit on his own Smart little Adan with a 139. $3,000 Julia Wilson on Smart O Novice Horse class (sponsored by Traveland RV Super Center) was again, the Man winning the $2,000 outstanding showman Dr. Denton Moffat on Smart as a Whip with a 143. $5,000 Limited Rider Norm Majeau on Jewellers Out N.H. Non-pro (sponsored by Fix Auto Abbotsford and Chilliwack) was our own winning the Never Won A Buckle local fella, Peter Knott, riding everyone’s favourite little gelding Playboys Short Class Cut with a 143. $15,000 N.H. Non-pro (sponsored by Gail and Kevin Tienkamp) was Shirley Telford aboard Golden Ohyes Mate with a 139. $10,000 N.H. (sponsored by Abbotsford Chrysler) was taken by Les Timmons riding Lyle Pambrun’s Boot Scootin Jae Bar with a 144. $50,000 Amateur (sponsored by Sherman Quarter Horses) was sealed by a great gal Valerie Dettwiler on her pretty lil horse Peppers Fancy Page with a 146. $2,000 Limit Rider (sponsored by Otter Co-op Aldergrove) was a clean sweep by local girl Julia Wilson riding her big bro Cayley Wilson’s cool horse Smart O Man with a 142. $500 Ranch Horse class (sponsored by R & E Saddle and Tack Repairs) was won by another local gal, Toni Jonsson, on her horse All Reddy Badger Boy (great name!!) with a 141. The show also offered a chance for young horses to be worked in the four-year-old Open Derby. The winner of this both days was local trainer Cayley Wilson riding Sarah Sherman’s great lil horse Smooth as a Lady scoring a 141. This class was sponsored by Dickson, Stokjak and Brown Chartered Accountants. Again, thank you to all that helped make this show wonderful and mark the date, April 23-24, 2011, on your calendars for next year to come and cheer on your favourites and have some fun!! 2010 Board of Directors President: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Vice Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Directors: Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Robin Hay Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendell Stoltzfus Area 20

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Gary Forde Brenda Miskimmin Cheryl Dzida

RIDER PROFILE – Sandy Laing – Going Strong

Sandy Laing started riding with his dad and his uncle in 1943 at his uncle’s ranch in Cypress Hills, AB. Horses were used there and at his father’s sheep ranch in Brooks for choring - hauling feed by team, moving sheep camp and work around the ranch. Sandy and his brother would ride their horses the four miles to the school bus stop, leave them with the ditch rider (irrigator) for the day, and ride them four miles back home when the school bus returned them at the end of the day. There wasn’t a day without horses. As he grew up, Sandy spent some time cowboying - moving, rounding up and branding cattle on a big Alberta ranch. At age 19, Sandy’s lifestyle changed and he began the horse-free part of his life that was to last almost 40 years. The attraction he felt for horses remained, but the time and opportunity to reacquaint himself did not materialize again until 1994. It was then he met up with neighbour Anne Mackay, long-time competitive trail and endurance competitor, and was once again drawn into horse life. He got himself a QH/ Arab mare, and started riding with Anne in the hills nearby, getting his first hint of what distance riding might be like. He rode “drag” at the Lil Schmidt Ride in Westbank, and decided then he would try a competition. His first ride was in 2002 at Ride Over the Rainbow in Merritt. He rode with Anne and Fire, and was amazed the rate of speed, and just how well the horses could do. And he still is. These days, Sandy has four horses – he still has that good QH/Arab mare ... and her

foal, bred from a Quarter Horse sire, although living and eventing in Alberta, remains one of Sandy’s horses. Coady, Sandy’s second endurance campaigner, is 17 years old now, and has taken on the backup role, ready to stand in should Sandy’s new-last-year horse, Jetstreemer, need to have a break. Jetstreemer is a Arab/American Saddlebred gelding whose dam produced two North American Champion National Show horses; his sire is Skywatch, multiple-time North American Saddlebred Champion, and inductee to the Kentucky Hall of Fame. Despite this breeding, Jetstreemer didn’t work out in the gaited world, and from four years old to meeting up with Sandy, didn’t have a job. Sandy liked his size and strength and brought him home last year to try a new kind of life. And to present Sandy with a whole new set of challenges - not the usual circumstances for a person of 72, but isn’t that what they say keeps us young? “It’s been a bit of a rough go. Jetstreemer’s not a trained trail horse. But he’s coming around.” Sandy has found that daily work with Streemer produces the best results and so is on the ground or in the saddle on a regular basis. He’s taking riding lessons for the first time in his life, and enjoying them – finding they are giving structure and focus to the pair’s work in the arena. It’s a place where Sandy hasn’t previously spent a lot of time, but it’s helping to slowly and steadily change and improve Streemer’s behaviour. When Sandy decided to ride at endurance competitions, he outfitted himself with camper and trailer, but it took some time before he gave up his Eamore. Sandy rides in a lighter endurance saddle now, is working toward managing Streemer bitless as he did with Coady so that eating and electrolyting on the trail has no interference from a bit. Other changes? Helmet and endurance leggings, lightweight, rub-free biothane headstalls, the use, understanding and appreciation for electrolytes, feeding nutraceuticals for strong bones, joints and tissues, beet pulp, kelp – and no more oats. “These horses get fired up enough without giving oats!” Sandy says if it were not for endurance, he wouldn’t be riding. He enjoys the type of


First horse QhArab mare

horse that competes in endurance, the type of country they ride in, and the competition. Sandy sees the “competition” as being between himself and the distance. The satisfaction of having a good horse at the end of a ride is what it’s all about. Eighty miles is his longest distance – so far. His mileage to date is 1,340 miles of endurance and a couple of hundred competitive trail. And what does he think about while he’s riding those miles? A lot of the time, he’s just blown away by the ability of the horses – not just his own, but any that he meets on the trail, going so far, so fast. “The horses I rode as a youngster – no way they could do that!” Sandy plans his season from ride to ride, ready for conditions to change as they sometimes do. He successfully completes one before looking on to the next. He’s at Rock Creek Roundup May 23, and then, who knows ... Montana, Washington, and of course, BC. • 61

Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter contact: Bert, Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

Everybody’s getting a workout... the horse, the bouncing kids, the parents and the helpers!

Website News

Check website frequently for updates. The following forms and schedules are available on the website: • Membership, Playday and Gymkhana forms • Registration forms • New insurance waiver form • Calendar of Events: • 2010 Gymkhanas remaining: June 5th, August 14th and September 11th • 2010 Playdays remaining: June 6th, August 15th and September 12th • Trail results from each Playday will be posted on the website • Krista is working on a Chris Irwin clinic, dates will be on the website soon. Check the website frequently!

Everyone is in top form and this is the 1st show of the year.

Due to the fact that we are now running Gymkhanas on the Saturdays before each Playday we will no longer have games at the end of the Playdays. Those that want to do games can come on Saturdays and have more games to choose from! IMPORTANT: Reminder to please send in Memberships, Playday and Gymkhana forms.

Mel and her new best friend.

It all starts somewhere! Great form!

It is all about having fun with family and friends!

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Beth is working with her new horse in the poles event.

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

Calendar of Events

June 5-6 – VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit (tentative) Port Alberni - Margaret (604) 856-1419 or June 10-13 - VIQHA North - Glacier Valley Classic - Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay, Laureen 250-546-3527 or July 2-5 – Peace River and Area Quarter Horse Association - Dawson Creek, BC Debbie 250-719-1776 or July 11-12 - Smithers Quarter Horse Association, Smithers, BC Reka - July 17-20 – LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, Darlene 208-798-0763 or Darlenechase@ July 21-25, 2010 - Region One Experience Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC - Aug. 7-8, 2010 - Terrace Quarter Horse Show Terrace, Laurie 250-635-9401 or Aug. 15, 2010 – VIQHA (Duncan) – Open All Breed Show Duncan Fairgrounds - Duncan, Tamsin 250-743-1735 or Aug 27-30, 2010 – NBCQHA Super Circuit Prince George Exhibition Grounds – 250-567 4807 or hotmamax4@live.c

Website - Request for Proposals We are in the process of evaluating our website and are seeking proposals from interested parties. Please visit www. to view what we currently have to give you ideas from which to work with. Please submit all proposals to Lynne Carter at Proposal deadline – June 10 Attention AQHA owners/competitors BCQHA will be hosting the AQHA Regional Championships at Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park in Langley, BC, July 21-25, 2010. There will be a trade fair, an AQHA test ride, professional horsemen clinics, demos, fun socials and entertainment. Riders will be competing for over $100,000 in awards in numerous AQHA classes such as Barrel Racing, Cutting, Reining, Western Pleasure, Roping, Ranch Sorting, Working Cow Horse, Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences classes. You must be an AQHA member to compete. Go to www.R1AQHA.COM for a complete class list and more info. LMQHA Congratulations to Phyllis MacDonald and her outstanding gelding “Chip In The Dark” who recently earned the coveted title of AQHA Amateur Champion! Way to go!

Lynne Carter recently participated in the Ride A Horse – Grant A Wish Trail Ride held in Ladner in May. Twelve horses and riders turned out raising $4,878.25 for the Children’s Wish Foundation, which in turn benefits kids with life threatening illnesses. Lynne once again earned the top “Fund Raiser” prize raising a whopping $2,060 herself! The premium for the July circuit is up on the website. Please visit lmqha and be sure to book your stalls early!

Phyllis MacDonald

VIQHA Courtenay is waiting with baited breath for the 26 new stalls to arrive. The whole story has been quite the drama from the puck board still in China, to a driver quitting, to a snowstorm, to forgetting the bolts and those are just the highlights. Once again we are told the stalls are on their way and at this point we are taking bets on what other catastrophe is waiting in the wings. The good news is WACO (Dave Atkinson) donated all of the equipment and labour to lay the aggregate. Many thanks to WACO for stepping up and doing such a great job! We also want to thank Corix, Leighton and WACO, who donated the many truckloads of aggregate required. Thank you all so much!! SCQHA The 13th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show held at the Armstrong Agriplex on April 24 was again a success this year. A huge “Thank You” to our sponsors who generously donated the fabulous prizes and class awards. Special thanks go to Darhl Paley of Prince George who volunteered his time to judge for us. We hope this was a fun day for everyone and that exhibitors took home a positive experience from this event. Our show volunteers that were there first thing in the morning to make sure this show was off and running, SCQHA cannot thank you enough for dedicating your day to this organization, without all of you this could not have been the success it was. UPCOMING EVENTS: Clinic and Social - June 19 and 20 with Roger and Sally Saur at the Armstrong Agriplex - stabling is available. Please contact Cheri at 250-573-2541 or e-mail for details. • 63

BC Paint Horse Club Pres Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 VP vacant Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 APHADirector (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore 604-532-9305 Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 APHA 817 834-2742

It’s that time of year again – the smell of fresh cut grass, the glitter of show outfits, the sparkly white of our beautiful paints as show season is in full swing. The first show of the year was Under the Big Top, co-hosted by the BC Paint Horse Club and the Pacific Northwest Paint Horse Club in Monroe on March 19th - 21st. It was a fabulous show with a great turnout! Horses arrived to compete from Las Vegas, California, Oregon, Washington and of course BC! BCPHC members well represented their club and took home many awards and points. Tallie Letourneay of Langley, riding Amaretto Waltz, won the Youth Walk-Trot 5-9 division and saddle; Giorgina Libera of Langley, riding Maximum Intensity, was Reserve High Point Novice Youth 18 & Under; Alina Bosa of Langley, riding Just Passin Time, was 3rd in the Novice Youth 18 & Under division and Reserve High Point in the BC Owner/Handler division; Emma Schellenberg of Langley, riding All Reddy Smoke N, was Reserve High Point Youth 13 & Under and won High Point and the embroidered sheet donated by Bates Tack Shop for the BC Owner/Handler division and the High Point BC Owner/Handler Equitation award; Calli Rouse of Langley, riding Ima Special Delivery, won the Youth 14-18 division and saddle and the Youth 14-18 Equitation award; Jan Myren of Langley, riding BWF Classic Sonny, was 3rd in the BC Owner/Handler division. For a complete list of winners, please visit our website, The BC Paint Horse Club would like to thank the High Point sponsors, without whom it would not have been possible to provide the excellent prizes and awards to our hard worker competitors! A huge thank you to The Quorum Group; Safety Grid Pavements Ltd, North Vancouver; Alison & Bruce Maitland, Maitland and Associates; BCPHC; Schellenberg Trucking; and Louise Bruce and Teresa Albrici. Also a big thank you to Moore Performance Horses for their sponsorship of the show and their willingness to lend a helping hand! July is fast approaching and with it the date for the fifth annual Three In One Breed and Open Show. This year’s show dates are July 9th - July 11th and the variety of classes offered should appeal to almost everyone. There are your regular flat classes plus Reining, Trail and Halter, and on top of that some futurity classes are added, as well as Beginner and Advanced Working Cow Horse and Ranch Cutting. With breed points to be earned for Quarter Horses, Paints and Appaloosas, this show also awards buckles for the most versatile high point horse from each breed. Some of the classes offered are open to any breed, like the ‘Never Won A Reining Buckle’ competition. The breed divisions offer classes for Amateurs, and easily downloaded entry forms and rules are available at The Three in One Show is well worth the travel, double judged, loads of hospitality and growing every year. This year’s show is 64 • Saddle Up • June 2010

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint sanctioned by the BCPHC, making it part of their high point circuit. When you make your plans for which shows you are attending this year, make sure to include Smithers as one of your destinations! I have some baby news from the stork! Marianne Warland is beaming on the arrival of BCPHC members at the LMQHA Spring a bay tobiano colt “Colour Show in May. Tracks” (pending) out of a Two Eyed Jack mare by Specialist In Colour. Very pretty and can’t wait to see him in the show pen! The BCPHC Board of Directors is looking for an adult member to volunteer to contact the “youth” members of the Club. The purpose of the contact is to find out if the youth members Kristen Chamberland and Emma have any desire to plan Schellengerg at LMQHA’s show in May. and or participate in fundraising activities. Any youth-raised funds would be deposited into the existing “youth” bank account for the benefit of the BCPHC youth members as a whole. If a consensus is reached by the youth members in favour of fundraising activities, a subsequent volunteer request will be made for an adult member to oversee the youth activities, youth funds, and submit an overview/report each month for the Board of Directors meeting. In the event a youth-contact volunteer cannot be found prior to the next Directors meeting (Monday June 14th), the volunteer request will be closed and the Board of Directors will determine the future of the youth bank account and existing funds. Please contact bcphc@ if you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions or comments. For those of you who don’t show in the APHA-breed pen, another option to get the recognition your Paint horse deserves is to participate in the PAC Program. This program, offered by APHA, allows you to earn points at local, non-approved shows that will become part of your horse’s permanent show record. They offer high point awards for the Top 20 horses in each category, as well as Certificate Programs similar to ROM’s that you can work towards. For a yearly fee, you can enrol your favourite riding club’s shows at no charge and begin earning points! On top of the regular performance and halter classes offered at most shows, additional categories include Barrel Racing, Combined Training, Cutting, Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Competitive Trail, Jumping, Reining, Roping, Team Penning, Working Cow/Ranch Horse, and all 4-H events. Check out for forms and additional information. Well that’s it for this month. I look forward to hearing from you ( with your results, baby pictures, etc.

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the wonderful spring weather and getting lots of riding in. We had a great time at the Debbie Story clinic at Asmara Farms in Armstrong. Debbie is a great instructor, who makes everyone feel relaxed with her laugh and easy going demeanor. There were many different breeds attending, including a Morgan, a Thoroughbred, some Quarter Horses and of course, Arabians. All the riders walked away happy and excited about what they had learned. There was definitely something for all disciplines, ages and abilities. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the lunches and snacks! The food was great and the coffee always hot. A big thank you to Wally and Sheila Goertz for hosting the clinic at their beautiful farm and Karel Nordstrom for putting the clinic together. I know that I and many others are hoping to see Debbie again. BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Elroy Karius sent us an exciting letter that I can’t wait to share…

We are soooo busy on the final run for qualification to Canadian Ranking, have had a pretty unusual start to our season with Gail’s injury at HOTR and thankful that she has recovered and more thankful for the helmet protection she was wearing. A happy ending. I finished second on Jolly Holiday in the 75 ride. From there we went to Inyokern California competed FEI 75 miles. Gail unfortunately feeling the effects of her injury opted out at 47 mile mark; Jolly Holiday finished 6th in very strong competition. A happy ending to a story for me at a ride in Oregon, April 17 at Grizzly Mountain Ride, Redmond Oregon. I was within sight of the finish line after 75 miles, with a strong 50 minute lead on the second place rider, at a nice jog trot on a trail that was centered between deep old vehicle ruts, just thinking about the great ride I’d had with my horse Diamond Reo, was strong and going so well, when without warning, no stumble I realize I’m going into the dirt, off forward and sideways at a 45 degree angle, riding Reo into the ground. All I could think of was I do not want to hear bones breaking, my total knee replacement in January 12, 2009 was about to be mushed under my horse. Reo crash landed in the rut, I managed to get my leg out from under him, intact but some pain. Reo had accepted that the position he was in OK, so much so I thought for a minute that he might be dead, he did not struggle to attempt to get up. I think he was in as much shock as I was at this turn of events. I tried to get him to get up, realized he was in a cast position and try as I may, 900 hundred pounds of horse is not an easy move. The rut was approx. 24” wide and 14” deep and he was downhill; legs unable to get any purchase on the ground. Two 50 mile riders following me, one a veterinarian who saw me go down were quick to help. Examined Reo for any injury, while I was stripping tack; concluded that he seemed fine. With help I managed to lift his head, roll it back towards his body and then took some risk in proximity of his legs, pulled towards the rear, encouraged him to try and he squirmed free off his trap and up he came. Dusty, dirty, sheepish expression, like “what was that about.” There was no indication of what caused the fall. I think he simply stepped off the trail, and into the rut, similar to stepping off a stair or change in floor elevation without warning;

lost his balance and in we went. Well I re-tacked, thought I would walk him in, since I was in full view of the finish line and help was arriving by the score. When I realized I was in worse shape than he was, walking wasn’t going too well. I mounted up and rode him in. Gail was waiting for me; she wasn’t riding that day. We decided to get him completed quickly, as we fully expected him to be unsound in short order. Reo pulsed down to criteria in 3 minutes. We presented and he trotted sound and he was completed. At the 10 minute mark we presented again for the Best Condition CRI and again he was sound. The challenge would be the one hour mark. Could we keep him loose enough to trot sound. Blankets, walking, massage, bending both ways, groceries to keep the recovery metabolics right. Gail worked her buns off. At one hour Reo was sound at the trot. At the awards next morning, Reo was awarded 1st place in 9:42 and Best Condition. He remained sound; a tender spot on his ribcage from impact with the stirrup. Yours truly, a sprained ankle and pulled ligaments, but good to go riding in a week. Reo ever the warrior finished his second 75 in a month last weekend in Prineville Oregon carrying Murray Mackenzie, with tack at 240 lbs to a 4th place finish in 10:00 hours even. Good Boy Reo! Yours truly still unsound, finished Ellensburg April 24, 75 Ist and BC on Jolly Holiday; and last week with Murray in Prineville, 5th on Apache Eclypse. Not without bumps... it’s been a great season start. Faye Fox sent us some pictures and a note to tell us what she has been up to... sounds like fun! Here are two pictures taken of Zorro Amir at his first ever competition of any type. It was great for him. This was a ‘show us what TREC is’ day and we had a wonderful time. Zorro was just started this spring, so only did a walk/trot but was so calm. He was a marvelous example of the Arabian breed and was the only Arabian there. He was also one of 3 grey, long 3 year olds. All in all, there were 10 people taking part and Zorro came away with a 5th. His control of paces were smooth and he didn’t break gait. His obstacle course was tons better Faye Fox on Zorro. than I expected of him, and he even did the immobility, which is where the horse must stand still while the rider walks away from the horse. I was so proud of him. His orienteering was calm and quiet. We were paired up for this ride and it helped him explore new territory very calmly and quietly.

Sheila and Wally got their pictures back from their wonderful time in Scottsdale. Here is Bright City Lights and Sheila in their costume class and their Country English Pleasure class. They looked GREAT!! • 65

Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 armstrong/enderby riding club  Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 10/10

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Shannon 250-751-4685 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156, or web Area 20 3/11 BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance  11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC Interior Morgan Horse Club  Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter,  12/10 BC Miniature Horse Club Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale 6/11 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB  President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION  Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 8/10 BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 3/11 BC sPOrthOrse-sPOrtPOny Breeders grOuP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. equine Canada Bronze, BC heritage Circuit and PaC Qualifier shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11

Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART)  Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152,  0 Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society  Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772  3/11


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 6/11

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ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground., 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB  Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397,  11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail:, 6/11 Peachland riding club  Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 2/11 Peruvian Horse club of BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 6/11 South Okanagan Horse Assoc.  Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,  9/10 western canadian reining assoc. Sharon 604-856-3348,  10/10

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274

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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

1 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, 1 BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland,, Sandy 250-718-2761 1-2 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Spirit 4-H) Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, 2-4 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203; 4-6 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, 4-6 YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 4-6 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Schooling Show/Clinic, Armstrong, BC,, Rob or Jan 250-832-1188, Cathie 250-546-3704 5 RIDE-A-THON, help send underprivileged kids to camp, Brightwood Ranch, Evansburg, AB, or 780-727-3840 5 SOUTH OK STOCK HORSE DAY, Fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Marron Valley (Kaleden), Alan or Dorothy 250-490-0280, 5 TREC, Twincreeks, Glenora (Vancouver Island). Deborah 250-746-8769, 5 HORSE-FUN FUN DAY, Celebrating Nat’l Horse Week, Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, Lorraine Pilon 250-766-7180 or 250-575-3772 5 CERA BOLLO CLINIC (all ages/levels; English/Western) Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, BC 250-550-6266, 5-6 SOHA SUMMER TROPHY SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Entries or Sherry 250-490-0397 5–6 HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, EC BRONZE, Vernon Riding Club, BC, 5-6 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, 5-6 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Dawson Creek (Pending), 5-6 ROPING SCHOOL, Intermediate, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug or Kris 250-546-6494, dallyup2@telus 5-6 VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit, Port Alberni, Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419, 6 PTRC Playday, Kamloops, or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 6 JACKPOT TEAM ROPING, Marron Valley (Kaleden) Alan or Dorothy 250-490-0280, 6 DELTA RIDING CLUB Percentage Day, Cathy 604.328.3814, 6 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS Grounds, Nicola Gildemeister, 6 CHILDRUN FUNDRAISER for Logan Johnson Lay, 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, 8 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Rocky Mt Transport Office, 2906- 41st Ave, Vernon, Ralph 250-764-4482, 9-10 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, 10-13 DRIVING CLINIC w/Gail Jones, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen 250-577-3366, 10-13 VIQHA NORTH - GLACIER VALLEY CLASSIC, Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay, Laureen Guenther 250-546-3527, 11 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Summerland, Denise 250-494-3447, 11 HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail, 11-13 Margit 250-362-7679 11-13 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS,

11-13 SANDY LANG CLINIC (former Parelli professional), Qualicum Beach. Riders can ride for 3 hrs or 3 days. More info contact Vicki 11-13 EVAN HOWARTH Horsemanship Clinic, Logan Lake, Rebecca 250-523-6660 or 250-315-5274 11–13 HUNTER/JUMPER CLINIC with Leigh Payne, Vernon Riding Club, BC, 12 POKER RIDE-A-THON, Anarchist Mountain, BC. (east of Osoyoos), info Jon 250-401-0622,, 12 ERABC GOLDEN EARS 22/50, Maple Ridge, Kim Hoffmarks 604-466-1007, 12 GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Ngaire Niven 778-277-0015, 12-13 BC AMHA MINIATURE HORSE SPRING CLASSIC, Cloverdale Agriplex, Tina 604-533-1168, 12-13 DARYL GIBB Horsemanship Clinic, Hope Riding Club, Hope, Val Medley 604-869-9377 12-13 13th ANNUAL INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, John 250-546-6621, 12-13 GIDDY UP GOGO PLEASURE RIDE, Nanaimo, BC, Nicole Vaugeois, 250-245-4405,, 12-16 NH WITH LARRY STEWART Focus Camp, Cookshire, QC 1-877-727-3554 12-17 STARTING YOUNG HORSES w/TTEAM w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, 13 RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Get to know the 100km of Trails at Skimikin (Shuswap), Leah 250-832-4943 eve. 13 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, 13 AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Pam Lemaire 250-546-3375 13 JUMPING DAY, LRS Grounds-Katherine Kowalik 778-241-1932, 13-18 CHA STANDARD CLINIC, Brightwood Ranch, $850 incl. clinic, accomm. & food. 780-727-3840 for info. Near Evansburg, AB 14-19 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna, 250-765-7853, 15 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, 15 BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland,, Sandy 250-718-2761 16-17 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, 17-20 “THE GATHERING” Cowboy Heritage Weekend, Agricultural Fairgrounds, Pincher Creek, AB, 18-19 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Powell River, Kuxy 604-487-0476, 18-20 PACKING CLINIC with Colleen Murphy, Pritchard, 250 309 -2528, info 18-20 RED DEER CLASSIC HORSE SHOW, Westerner Park, AB. 18-22 TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, 19 *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE, 1st of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome) Grand Forks, 19 NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW, Didsbury, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries 19 2nd ANNUAL BALE FOR BILLY DINNER FUNDRAISER, Symons Valley Ranch, Calgary AB, or 403-803-9002, tickets at 19 TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247,,

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FLAT & FENCES SHOW, (HCBC Permit Show), Lanyard Stables, Kelowna, 250-491-1282 EQUINE HEALTH CLINIC, Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, Lorraine Pilon 250-766-7180 or 250-575-3772, RODEO CLINIC & COW WORK, LRS Grounds, Wendy London 604-454-4966,, 10am - 1pm BC SPORTHORSE SUMMER SHOW, Cloverdale, Ulli 604-421-6681 or SCQHA Clinic with Roger & Sally Saur, Armstrong Agriplex. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541, e-mail BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry,, 250-546-6494 DELTA RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, Cathy 604.328.3814, GYMKHANA, New Dawn Ranch, Sorrento (Notch Hill), Dawn 250-835-4482,, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Gibsons, Bette-lyn 604-886-9600, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, NH WITH LARRY STEWART Focus Camp - New Richmond, QC 1-877-727-3554 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, St. Andrews, MB, 250-765-7853, 4th ANNUAL HUMAN BE HERD WORKSHOP w/Thea Fast & Others, Gavin Lake Forestry Ctr, NE of Williams Lake, 250-392-7599, TOPLINE SPRING EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; LADIES HORSEMANSHIP EXPERIENCE, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, BC, 250-573-5800, JERRY TINDELL Ground Work Clinic, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB. 403-783-5210., BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, PTRC Annual Show, Kamloops, or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 WEST KOOTENAY ALL BREED COMMUNITY HORSE SHOW, Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, Holley Campbell for entries or info 250-362-9065, OPEN HORSE SHOW, (BCHQ), Dawson Creek,West/Eng/Gymk/Jump. Lynne 250-789-3217, or Jane 250-789-6851, NOTRA Annual Ride-A-Thon, Coldstream Ranch, Dani Goldenthal 250-549-0105,, DELTA RIDING CLUB Hunter Jumper Show, Cathy 604.328.3814, JERRY TINDELL Colt Starting Clinic. Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB. 403-783-5210., BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Essex, ON,, 1-888-378-4632 UWE JOURDAIN CLINIC, Red Willow Ranch, Lone Butte, 250-395-3017, Mon-Fri GIRLS RIDING CAMPS, Wildhorse Mountain Ranch, Rocky Mtn. House, AB, Diane 403-729-2910,, CANADA DAY PARADE, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, at Chase, BC, followed by Farm Tour & BBQ at GNR Morgans, Chase, BC. Info Pat, TRAILS FOR TROOPS Fundraiser, 10km ride, CFB Edmonton, AB, Dianne Weir 780-973-6503, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 OMHC AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 JERRY TINDELL Basic Mule/horsemanship. Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB. 403-783-5210., PEACE RIVER AND AREA Quarter Horse Association, Dawson Creek, Debbie Pavlis 250-719-1776, PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, ERABC RIDE OVER THE RAINBOW 30/50/100, Merritt, Barb Holmes Balmer 250-768-8206,

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TWINCREEKS CTR, Duncan, BC, Linda Warncock, 250-752-1062, OMHC AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 LRS Little Britches Rodeo, Drill Performance at Half Time, LRS Grounds 9am, Wendy London-604-454-4966, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Ft. Qu’Appelle, SK, 250-765-7853, 48TH ANNUAL DIDSBURY HORSE SHOW, Didsbury Exhibition Grounds, Didsbury, AB, Contact Arlene 403-518-6454, JERRY TINDELL Intermediate Mule/horsemanship. Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB. 403-783-5210., MARION WEISSKOPFF NH Home-base Clinic, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, JONATHAN FIELD Demo 6PM, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. or Roma 1-877-573-4018 DRESSAGE PERCENTAGE DAY, Vernon Riding Club, BC, ALCHEMY OF THE HORSE, Calgary, contact Laodas-Way, or 780-621-0765 *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE 2nd of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, POKER RIDE, Skimikin Lake (Shuswap), make it a weekend of camping fun for the whole family,, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. SUMMERLAND Rodeo Grounds All Youth Show. Summerland, BC, TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247,, DRESSAGE SHOW, EC BRONZE/GOLD, Vernon Riding Club, BC, ROPING SCHOOL, Beginner, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug or Kris 250-546-6494, dallyup2@telus JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Liberty/Better Rider Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. or Roma 1-877-573-4018 AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Sandy Murdoch 250-832-1878 GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Ngaire Niven 778-277-0015, HORSE RACING, Kin Race Track, Vernon, Robert 250-545-9655, SMITHERS QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Smithers, Reka Schippers, schipp@bulkley JUST FOR KIDS CLINIC w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna, 250-765-7853, WCRA WEST COAST CLASSIC, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, Sharon 604-202-9131,, W.E.G. CDN. REINING TEAM SELECTION FINALS, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, Sharon 604-202-9131,, TOPLINE INTERIOR DERBY Series #2; Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; PACKING CLINIC with Colleen Murphy, Pritchard, 250 309 -2528, info EFC TRAIL RIDE Fundraiser, The Ranch, Pritchard, Hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club & Back Country Horsemen, info Pat Crema, BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW, Didsbury, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries OPEN HOUSE, Chris & Kathryn Irwin’s Riversong Retreat, Whitecourt, AB, TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, STEVE ROTHER Horsemanship Clinic & Colt Starting, Courtenay, BC, Denise 250-897-3150,, LMQHA WEST COAST SUMMER CLASSIC, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Darlene Chase 208-798-0763,

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Stallions and Breeders 2004 Aqha Perlino Stallion

Radical French GOLD


K Performance Horses

Stallions Standing for 2010

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability... come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2010 FEE: $850

Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 7/10



ALSO STANDING: TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)



2010 Stud Fee: $650

available to limited mares

TRIPLE COLOUR GUARANTEE OFFERED! This stallion will never give you a solid or red-based foal. If you breed and do not get a BLACK Tobiano or Tovero foal you get a FREE BREEDING.


We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd, Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Little Peppe Leo

What’s this? These ads appear on IN COLOUR

AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 9/10


‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2010 FEE: $750. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! COLOUR GUARANTEE If you get a solid foal you get a FREE BREEDING.


We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd. Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Now in Canada!

Salty Ole Jack

15.3HH APHA Stallion

DS Boomin Enterprise

Painted Coos



Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion

Own Son of Special Effort

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

“LAZY WIND” 2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs

2010 Fee: $500


• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint

Standing for the 2010 breeding season in Armstrong, BC

Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

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

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

Saltyolejack quarter horses For 2010 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black

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Jessies Snappy Doc 4/11

W • Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0


Special Effort: SI 104, 2-year-old World Champion and the only horse in history to win the Triple Crown of Quarter Horse Racing. Kansas Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Winner of 13 of 14 races, LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, producing daughter of the great World Champion and All American Futurity Winner, Easy Jet. Buckskin - Doc Bar, Jessie James, Poco Tivio bred

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Stallions and Breeders Colour V Ranch is the new home of

Imperial Reign 2005 APHA Grulla Tobiano Stallion

A Legend in the Making...

www.appaloosacentre.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11 DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 8/10 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada. DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 6/11 GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH,

Introductory Breeding Fee for 2010: $500 reg’d / $400 grade

ALSO STANDING: ($100 Booking Fee Applies to all breedings.)

* Kid Lena AQHA Homozygous Black Stallion

icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 •

2010 FEE: $450 reg’d / $400 grade

* Nifty TC AQHA Palomino Stallion (throws 95% colour)

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228  3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano,

2010 FEE: $400 reg’d / $350 grade

For more info and coloured pictures visit: 250-296-0186, 7/10

K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10 L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan,


murray creek ranch (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA,

The only AQHA Silver Gene Breeding in Canada!

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan 6/10

* Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver * DNA: AA, EE, NZ

Peebles mini donkey ranch (Falkland) 250-379-2373  9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or www.radicalfrenchgold.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11

World Champion Pedigree * Freckles Playboy * Doc Bar


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Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217  8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 4/11

Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 6/11 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail. WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729  8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-378-3886 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 3/11

Debora Morgan Neufeld

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058

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Armstrong inn, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 PENTICTON RAMADA INN & SUITES. 1-800 665 4966. Resort Style Hotel with Poolside Service & Full Convention Services. 2/11 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 4/11

J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10 RICOCHET ALPINE ENTERPRISES. Dog & Horse Grooming and Veterinary Hauls. Large 3 horse angle. Reasonable rates. 250-938-1217 (Enderby). 2/11

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FARRIERS EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond. Healthy Hooves, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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Same Location


Full Mechanical - Tires BIG or SMALL - We Sell All Leigh & Darlene Taylor Proudly Serving Armstrong for 21 years • Gas • Diesel • Propane • Lotto • C-Store


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otter co-op at pitt meadows, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651  9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. Town & Country feed Store, (Invermere) 250-342-9433  12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years. FEncing

KAL PARK FARMS (Vernon) 250-308-8138. Log cabin (sleeps 6) on 8 acres adjoining Kal Lake Prov. Park. Quiet location. 10 min. from downtown Vernon. 4/11 Minutes from Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Accommodation for you, your family, your horse(s) 3 Bedrooms in B&B or complete privacy in The Homestead guest cabin. 1-877-607-3840 4/11


Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer for your Construction needs • Customized Bale Spikes for your Farm Equipment • Custom Welding & Horse Trailer Repairs

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324  6/11 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch  2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch  2/11 CONSTRUCTION Fixit renovations, Hans van der Stel (North Ok./Shuswap) 250-804-6662 (Vibrating) post pounding, excavating, shelters, reno’s and upgrades. 3/11 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11 •


FOOD CONCESSIONS BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10 GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 6/11 HAY SALES J&E HAY SALES (Serving BC) 604-819-6317 5/11 Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw, Grass, Mixes. By Bale or Load. • 71

Business Services HAY SALES


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales

Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

We know what’s riding on it. 2/11

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs  12/10 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 6/10

HEALTH PRODUCTS HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses,  12/10 INSURANCE

g Leatherwork g Custom Orders g Leather Goods g Repairs Al Cossentine, 250-498-0280

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members •

• CALL  TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 11/10


COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 12/10 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs

Voice For The Horse Consult ing

Kamloops Saddlery

Custom Saddlemaker, Bob Goudreault Custom Horse Gear & Repairs

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Where your advertising dollars support horses at risk and equine educational programs.



Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10

MASSAGE THERAPY Certified Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-826-6979, Kelowna, BC 10/10 Learn equine massage therapy or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 8/10 OHMS HORSE & HOUND MASSAGE,, 250-828-2279. Serving BC Interior/Fraser Valley. Massage, structural balance, herbal supplements. 5/11

Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •

knight’s saddlery (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker, 3/11 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD…

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization.

photographers 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton

Rein-beau images, (Enderby) 250-838-7904  12/10 Animal Photography, RETIREMENT retirement home for horses

600 acres of lush open pasture and woodland shelter in a herd dynamic. Ideal horse haven is situated 1/2 hour from Kamloops. Regular boarding also available.

Suniva Bronson, 250-573-4581 Pinantan Lake, BC 2/11

R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11 TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS

equine retirement Centre

2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC

Stevie Pearson, 1-866-447-6355



ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078  9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food

RIBBONS & ROSETTES dikor ribbon technologies, 1-866-503-2510 ph/fax 1st Place for Award Ribbons, 3/11 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons 72 • Saddle Up • June 2010




CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. 12/10 COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011  6/10 English & Western, New & Used venkat saddlery (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10

RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential.

TRAILER REPairs Trans National Trailer INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist TRAINERS/coaches Gus Evagelopoulos, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11

An EQUESTRIAN CENTRE LIKE NO OTHER in the world Barefoot Program •Connected Riding® • Classical Dressage Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11


Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 • TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Lake Country) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-7180 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11 transport/hauling

CROFTON HORSE TRANSPORT Canada / USA / International

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

DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 10/10

Jumping lessons

Quality Horse Transport

Michael Rabe

Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 9/10

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

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10 • 951.302-9463 •

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10 NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11

doug mills training thru trust

Proven Foundation for all disciplines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-573-5442 6/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 3/11 Lee Poncelet Performance Horses, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 Start to Finish, Reining/Cowhorses, Clinics/Lessons, Sale Horses. 5/11



Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”

778-858-7301 Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 6/11 yOur OKanagan hOrse transPOrtatiOn sPeCialist Commercially Licensed and Insured. Your Okanagan Shuttle and Long Distance Connection Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS Deep Creek Vet. Services, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486  6/11 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service  8/10 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller • 73

On The Market


Shown on the Alberta Paint Horse Circuit as a yearling and has 10 months training currently under saddle. Would be suitable as an open all-around, 4-H horse, high-school rodeo or even cow horse events. This mare is not only pretty but is extremely quick to learn and loves to please. Quiet, sound and reliable. No Vices. $8,500. Contact Stefany at 250-308-0340 (Mara)


“Boot Scootin Spook” - 12-year-old Reg’d APHA Stallion,15.1HH. Great bloodlines, producer of amazing offspring. REDUCED TO $6,200 obo. More info: 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:


9-year-old Double Reg’d Morgan Gelding 14.1HH. Shown both English & Western and also has many trail miles. Trained with Chris Irwin methodology. Gorgeous, friendly, loves attention and has a willing attitude. Looking for a confident rider for trail and maybe some easy arena work. $1,300 obo. Julia 250-344-6077 (Golden) E-mail:



7-year-old, 14.3HH Gelding. Currently ridden English and in the mountains, and also goes Western. An awesome horse with personality and a ‘go anywhere’ attitude. He is very friendly and an easy keeper. Trained with the Chris Irwin methodology he’s a fun horse to ride for an experienced rider. Sadly selling due to too many horses. To approved home only. $5,300. Julia 250-344-6077 (Golden) E-mail:

2001 Black Purebred Arabian AHA Sweepstakes Gelding; ridden dressage and trail. Asking $4,000. 250-492-6908 (Penticton) E-mail:


With Invitation Only and Zips Chocolate Chip bloodlines. Very kind, quiet, brave and slow legged horse. Goes quietly wherever you point him. AQHA Incentive Fund. Too many horses and not enough time. $5,000. 604-530-8051 or 778-839-8051 (Langley)



Spectacular lake and mountain views from open spacious rancher. Set-up for horses, barns, shelters, fenced and x-fenced. Lots of water with good well, plus water rights for domestic and irrigation. 16 km from Penticton and 21 km from Apex on paved roads. Call 250-493-6663 (Penticton) E-mail: for info or photos

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Peruvian Paso Gelding, 9 years old, 15.1HH. Incredibly strong, well-gaited. Excellent prospect for endurance, trail or showing. Very eye-catching! “Experience the Smoothest Riding Breed in the World!” $4,000. 250-379-2711 (Armstrong)

Safe, sound, well broke, been there and done that. Multiple grand championships and AQHA Justin Rookie of the year winner. AQHA Incentive Fund. Too many horses and not enough time. $5,000. 604-530-8051 or 778-839-8051 (Langley)

On The Market


2006 APHA Reg’d Mare. Out of Okies Last Chance & Streakin Calicleo. Homozygous Mare open for season – would be an asset to Paint program or pleasure to start as a project. Very personable mare. UTD on worming and farrier. $5,000 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail:


2006 PtHA Reg’d Pinto Gelding. Tonka is a great PtHA gelding by Painted Coos out of buckskin tobiano mare Livin On Tulsa Time (PtHA halter and colour winner). Tonka has been lightly saddled but handled extensively since birth. He’s a very quiet, laid back fella waiting for a job. Very personable and willing to please his handler. UTD on worming and farrier. $2,500 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail:


2004 APHA Reg’d Mare. Out of Spectacular Flash & Sheza Calico Ghost. Sire’s Grandson of World Champion Sunny Dee Bar. Sire’s Grand-dam full sister to Impressive. Has produced one exceptional foal. Open for season or ready to start. UTD on worming and farrier. $4,000 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail:



Sire: SVR Royal Checkmate (Perlino). Dam: Sweetline Finesse, daughter of IMA Cool Irwin. 14.2HH, mild mannered, easy to work with, a real little lady. Will mature to about 15HH. Asking $1,200 obo. Call 250-542-2085 (Vernon) Email:

8 Year Morab Gelding, 14.3HH We raised him and was broke by our son who rode him when he was 10 to14 yrs of age and now has outgrown him. A great little horse that loves attention. Would make a great trick horse as he is afraid of nothing and would play with our kids. Even trying sledding with them by putting his front feet onto their sleds and sliding. Been used trail riding, ridden on highway, and hauls well. Asking $2,500 obo. 250-545-9631 (Vernon)



Lightly started under saddle and will continue training until sold. Needs a confident person to take him in any direction they want. Will have a laid back attitude. By “Drag and Fly” stallion and goes back to the Zippo line on his dam’s side. Will be a tall boy. Clips, bathes and loads. $3,000. 604-617-1513 (leave message) (Surrey) E-mail:

This outstanding 6 year-old-mare is a granddaughter of North America’s #4 sire, Guys Laughing Leo, going back to Frenchman’s Guy; all ages, all divisions with progeny earnings in excess of $800,000. Dam is Diamond Te Rhonda. Had basic training as a 2 yr old. Been Western ridden but would also make a good English prospect. Just had 2 months with Carl Woods. She is soft and supple, side passes and a great Whoa! Quiet, likes attention, trailers well. All shots up to date. Ready to go onto her next endeavour. Asking price $4,500. Angela 250-765-2878 or cell 250-470-3797 (Kelowna)


3 Horse with finished insulated and carpeted dressing room (we use it for camping). Trailer is in excellent condition, serviced every year. $15,500 250 566-1071 (Valemount)


Registered American Shire, DOB April 8, 2003 Sire: Illusion Crystal Clear of Ox Kill. Dam: Big Foor Princess Academy. Stands 17+HH. Tosh has had 3 months of professional training in 2008; single and team driving, as well as started under saddle. A very athletic, kind gelding that will do well in any discipline. Asking $5,000 obo. Call 250-765-7784 or 250-215-7463 (Kelowna) or for more details • 75

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5-year-old Mare. Well started, 12.2HH. $3,000 obo. 250-766-0932 or 250-212-0964 (Winfield) E-mail:

5-year-old Mare. Very cute. Well started. $1,000 obo. 250-766-0932 or 250-212-0964 (Winfield) E-mail:

Lady has a great temperament and is easy to handle. She is awesome on trails and very experienced in driving. Sweet, easy keeper, UTD on everything. To approved home only. More photos available. $2,500. 250-803-8814 (Enderby) E-mail:


She has lots of potential with a unique, one-of-a-kind personality. Easy to trailer, bath and groom; as well as saddling, bridling, lunging and other ground work. Has only had a little bit a riding time but she is really malleable to touch. Selling her because I don’t have the money to support her anymore sadly, and being a full time student makes it hard for me to be out with her all the time. Heidi needs someone who is experienced in riding or training, who can finish her off. Would be the perfect horse for someone to work with if given the chance. Selling price $1,600 obo. Call Katelyn 250-804-6673 (Salmon Arm) or 250-379-2733


2 Horse Weekender LQ. Fridge, microwave, porta pottie, Red Oak cabinets, 10 foot short wall. Large awning 2 years old. LOTs of storage, sleeps 4. Light weight; easy to tow. Purchased new, excellent shape. Original tires; 90% tread left. $20,000. 250-833-1993 (Salmon Arm) E-mail:


Going well under saddle. This TB/Paint mare is well built and extremely quiet and sensible. She is not ‘mare-ish’ at all. Quick, willing learner, loves people. Easy keeper, no vices, sound and healthy. $1,500 obo to loving home. Call Elaine 604-856-4679 (Aldergrove)

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3 Horse Angle Haul. Nicely appointed, full living quarters, 10’ short wall. Large fridge and microwave, 3 burner stove, and big bathroom. Less than 5000 miles, and can be towed with a 1-ton truck. Excellent value at $27,500. Barb 604-886-9470 or Amanda 604-886-9477 (Roberts Creek) 6/10


6-YEAR-OLD MARE. Very pretty, excellent conformation, trained to Level 1 Dressage, very forward moving. $5,800 obo. Contact Linda 250-766-0932 or Cell 250-212-0964 (Winfield) 6/10

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