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Dear Nancy Roman: ongratulations on being the recipient of the 2014 Chamber of Commerce President’s Award, as well as being nominated for the Tourism Award at the recent 2014 Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and Gala. It was exciting to attend the event and learn more about the many creative businesses operating in our community. It fi lled me with great pride to see so many Spallumcheen businesses receive the recognition they deserve. Each business plays an important role in our local and regional economies. I wish you continued success in 2014 and beyond. - Sincerely, Janice Brown, Mayor, Township of Spallumcheen


Dear Editor: aving read the article on Horse Slaughter in Canada (November 2013 issue) by Jacquie Sharpe, I felt compelled to clear up some misrepresented information. First and foremost everything Ms. Sharpe declares will not happen already has. The Canadian horse market follows the trends of the U.S. market over time. The closure of the U.S. slaughter plants caused rapid overpopulation; people turned horses out to fend for themselves. Abandoned in places and circumstances they could not survive in. Abuse in the form of lack of proper care literally became an overwhelming concern. Centres for unwanted horses sprang up, only to concede defeat in the face of inadequate funds to keep up with the influx of horses. Canadians can learn from this. After traveling extensively in Canada for many years, we have noticed a real “ostrich with their head in the sand” mentality on the part of many acreage owners and urbanites. As unfortunate as it is, horse slaughter plants, like the predator in the wild, keeps the base herd healthy. You may not like it, you may lobby for better treatment in slaughter facilities, but the fact is, they have their place. There are only so many people out there willing and financially able to adopt a lame 3-year-old with a life expectancy of roughly another 25+ years. The breeder is not at fault, he did not purposely breed to have an accident happen to his horse. As for backyard breeders, they have raised their share of fine horses including some world contenders. We would all love the world to be a perfect place. Fact is it’s not. Burying your head in the sand, and making misinformed statements that are meant to inflame and ignite, is in no way helping your horses or ours. Take our word for it; we are still living with the collateral damage the plant closures caused. Closures that were caused by just C MORGAN such well-meaning Try a but short sighted people as your Ms. Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds CHAMPIONS: Sharpe. 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010 and 2011 - Respectfully yours, visit: T. Lee, Burleson, Texas all:


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River’s Rescue By Theresa Nolet At about 8:30 am on Saturday, May 3, as a member of O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue, I was called out to help with a rescue of one of the local feral/wild horses that had fallen into Trout Creek in Summerland.


truck and it only took me a few moments to gather up a few items I thought would be useful and I was off. I arrived to see the rescue well underway with the Summerland Fire Department and the RCMP already on site as well as many private citizens. All were intent on getting a small chestnut horse out of the swollen rushing waters of Trout Creek. I must admit that it did not look good -- the horse was on her side and obviously suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia. No one knew how long she had been in the water or where she had originally entered the creek. The banks of Trout Creek are steep and walled with large rocks and boulders, making it difficult to find an exit point where the horse could climb out safely. All in all, the little fi lly was in those cold waters for at least an hour and a half before she was finally pulled up the embankment using a sheet of plywood, a tarp and LOTS of muscle! She was in full-blown shock, unable to stand and hypothermic. At this point, we were unsure of what the outcome for this little fi lly was going to be. Once pulled safely onto the shoreline, we set to work drying her off and trying to get some circulation going in her little body. Then the moment of truth, could we get her back onto her feet? She was willing to try and stand but still too weak to get up on her own. However, with the muscle of several men who were by her side, they were able to sort of rock her, while giving her some support, and finally she was standing -- wobbly, but on her feet! A big sigh of relief went through the crowd. We gave her some time to adjust and then with the help of ropes and brute force provided by the Summerland Fire Department, she was pulled up the embankment and onto the walking path. Almost home free! She was pushed, pulled and supported along the pathway to where the horse trailer was waiting. However she could not muster the strength to get her back feet lifted high enough to enter the trailer. Again muscle power was used and finally she was safe inside and ready to go to her foster home for recovery and to start a new life. Once safely inside the trailer, I took the time to actually look around at the people who were there and had been helping. I was surprised to see Ken MacLennan of the SPCA had been part of the “muscle!� We have named her River and so far she is doing well. Once she started to recover, she developed a bit of attitude appropriate for a wild horse that has most likely never been touched before her “swim.� River suffered quite a few abrasions and lacerations but almost all were superficial. She was put on antibiotics to ensure she did not develop pneumonia, as she did totally submerge a few times in the frigid waters. All in all, it looks like May 3 was actually River’s lucky day! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

If you want to see the video of the actual rescue, it is on YouTube at Great big thanks to the Summerland Fire Department and especially to whoever had that sheet of plywood in their vehicle! Without the plywood the outcome may have been tragic for River. River is doing fabulous and is ready for adoption! If you would like to help O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue with the care of River and the other horses in our care, PayPal donations can be made using the email or by snail mail to: Box 510 Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R0. O.A.T.S. stands for One @ A Time Success and that is what Theresa Nolet concentrates on. An independent rescue, Theresa is focused on helping the feral/ wild horses that come from the local First Nations reservations, although she has stepped outside of the box from time to time to rescue or help other horses in need. Theresa can be contacted at O.A.T.S.Horse_Rescue@







From the Editor…


Features River’s Rescue Shannon Burwash Memorial Award Giving Your Horse Purpose The Grounded Rider/McLean Clinic Prascend - Approved Training with Dana Hokana The PAINful Truth… Saddles Your First CDE/ADT Western Dressage Borrowed Freedom, Returned Learning to Speak Horse

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Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter Top Dog! Section Horse Council BC Ask Suzi Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Back Country Horsemen of BC BC Rodeo Association BC Paint Horse Club What’s Happening? Let’s Go! Clubs/Associations Stallions/Breeders Business Services On The Market (photo ads) Rural Roots Kids Shop & Swap

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ell we did it… (again)! The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce held their 2014 Business Awards & Gala in early May and Saddle Up received the President’s Choice Award for exceptional community and equestrian promotion. From the Chamber… “Longtime chamber member Saddle Up magazine editor and owner Nancy Roman was recognized for using the magazine to showcase local and regional events. Nancy Photo courtesy of Photography By M helps drive tourism and business into our (Presenter Andrew Laird, President of community, region and provincially. She has the A/S Chamber of Commerce) also been active in many equestrian events and activities in our community – including the ‘Horsey Ladies Charity Banquet’ event held each fall to raise money for worthy local charities. Nancy quietly goes about her activities without any thought to recognition for the part she plays in ensuring our equestrian events and proud history are showcased.” Saddle Up received this award a few years ago as well but I cannot find the date. I was thrilled and certainly did not expect this… I love this community and in my travels, when I say I live in Armstrong (actually Spallumcheen) a lot of folks are envious and know the North Okanagan is a beautiful valley. Thank you A/S Chamber of Commerce. There is so much news in this issue… I hope you all enjoy!

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Steve Rother, Ross Buchanan, D Duncan Murray, Christa Miremadi, Dana Hokana, Birgit Stutz, Judy Newbert, Donna Cromarty, Hazel Plumbley, Mark McMillan, Bruce Roy, Suzi Vlietstra, Lorraine Pelletier, Lisa Kerley, Valerie Barry. ON THE COVER: Twisted Terrain Horse Park, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Rodeo Association MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC

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he Alberta chapter of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) is now accepting nominations for the 20th annual Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale in September. This is a 3-day European style auction presenting and offering some of the finest Warmblood horses for sale. The weekend includes Ecstasy (CWHBA), sold demonstrations and try-outs of the horses, a through the Fall Classic Saturday evening gala showcase and on the Breeders’ Sale as a twoSunday afternoon the auction. year-old prospect. To qualify for consignment horses must be registered Canadian Warmblood or with another recognized Warmblood registry, Canadian born (except in the case of broodmares), aged eight or under for performance horses and fi fteen or under for broodmares. Horses are offered in five categories: Young Prospects (weanlings and yearlings), Two-Year-Old Prospects, Performance Horses, Broodmares, and Mare/Foal Packages. The sale will be held in Olds, Alberta September 26-28, 2014. Full nomination requirements and information can be found at www. Nomination deadline is Thursday, July 10.




Horseback, a new trail riding stable located near the Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park officially opened on May 15th. With more than 20 years experience as Outfitters in Jasper, AB, owners Lynda and Dave Flato specialize in safe guided trail rides making it accessible for everyone. Accommodating first time riders is not a problem at Okanagan Horseback, as beginners can choose to have a short riding lesson to increase their confidence on their horse before hitting the trails. You and your horse will enjoy riding the hillside of the Enderby Cliffs with the trails offering great views of the Shuswap River valley. No experience required although the minimum age is 9 years old. Pony rides are available for children under 9. Open 7 days/week and reservations are required. Call us at 778-212-6555 and come share our passion for horses!

Cover Feature TWISTED TERRAIN HORSE PARK is a very unique ‘land of learning’‌ with endless opportunity to expand and develop YOUR HORSE S MIND ENHANCE ALL LEVELS OF HORSEMANSHIP FROM IMPROVING IN THE SHOW RING OR ENJOYING time out on the trails. 7HATEVER TYPE OF HORSE YOU RIDE THE KIND OF SADDLE you sit in or the reason you’re ‘hooked on horses’ Twisted Terrain is designed to be an extra ordinary outdoor classroom for you and your horse! The PARK S ACRES OFFERS AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF obstacles and elements that provide a purpose and A JOB FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT CONlDENCE TRUST AND respect. If it’s the sport of Mountain Trail Horse that INTERESTS YOU THERE ARE EXCITING CLINICS AND TRAINING programs to participate in and some that include Mountain Trail Horse with cows!

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Shannon Burwash Memorial Award Submitted by Marnie Somers, Canadian Quarter Horse Association


r. Wayne Burwash is pleased to announce the launch of the Shannon Burwash Memorial Award for Equine and Agricultural Studies at The Calgary Foundation. Established to honour the legacy of Shannon’s love for the horse and her contribution to the horse industry, the award will benefit Canadian post-secondary students in any field of study, with a preference for those pursuing agriculture, agri-business or equineoriented studies. Shannon’s involvement with the horse industry, and more specifically the Quarter Horse industry, was extensive. She was an active director and treasurer for the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta and the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, and an Alberta director for the American Quarter Horse Association. Shannon also was very active on Equine Canada committees. She loved riding and showing horses and promoted good horsemanship, sportsmanship and a love for their pursuits. She passed away suddenly in 2013, after returning from the Sun Circuit in Arizona with Soo Good, the threeyear-old gelding she and Wayne raised. “Besides her family, Shannon had two big passions in life,” says

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Wayne. “First, she loved the horse and was devoted to enriching the horse industry. Her second passion was education. She felt strongly that all young people should pursue post-secondary education.” Guided by these passions, Wayne knew that a scholarship supporting young people involved with horses and agriculture and pursuing advanced education in those fields was a fitting tribute to Shannon. His commitment to this award is such that he will personally match all other donors’ contributions up to $50,000.

Award Overview Annual scholarships at a minimum of $2,000 will be distributed commencing mid-2015. Preference will be given to eligible, full-time, post-secondary students whose studies have emphasis on the horse, agriculture, agri-business or equine veterinary medicine. Eligibility and application details will soon be available at The Calgary Foundation’s website at To donate, visit, choose “Donate Online” at top, right-hand side of the home page, then choose “Select from Funds to support a current celebration, remembrance or fundraising activity,” and then search for “Shannon Burwash” Fund in the drop down menu; to donate by phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours, 8am - 4pm. A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25.


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Giving Your Horse Purpose By Steve Rother Horses thrive when they have a purpose. Mustangs, straight out of the wild, are fairly easy to keep curious and engaged. However, once they are gentled they can become bored with their day-to-day routine, especially if it lacks purpose. Purpose plays a key role in maintaining the valuable traits of any breed of horse.


hen I ask people at my clinics how far they live from where they work, and if there is a hitching rail, they tend to look at me with a “you can’t be serious” look. However, if you could take the things that you already have with your horse and just add some purpose, you might just be amazed at the difference. So much so, in fact, that you might never want to go back to the “average” things you have been getting from your horse. Horses are much like us. If they have a purpose for doing something that you are training them for, they tend to perk up. If you are just planning another

mindless circle, they can get cranky and dull. This cranky and dull feeling is never fun, but some people just put up with it. They may attribute it to a poorly-fitting saddle, a mineral deficiency, or the person that trained the horse. Although these things are important, they are missing a huge ingredient: purpose. Most people don’t want to over-train or drill their horses, but they don’t seem to mind boring their horses. In the end, this causes a worse situation than if they had drilled their horses. It is very important for your horse to be able to answer an important question -- WHY? “Principles are the foundation, but purpose creates the

passion.” Recently, I had a clinic participant who was struggling continuously with her mare. Every time she would ask her horse to do something, the mare would seem to reply, “Make me.” I could tell that the owner was getting frustrated, so I asked her to try it on one of my horses, a work horse who, at one time, had been a wild horse roaming in the desert. This horse immediately focused on her new handler and seemed to say, “How fast, and how far?” The client said it was an unbelievable feeling. With this new feel, all of my words started to have more meaning for her. She started to understand why it was

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Giving Your Horse Purpose, cont’d so important to not only go through the exercises, but to give them a purpose. Both of these horses were actually at similar places in their training; the main difference was that her mare was a retired show horse that had lost her “try.” My horse was a retired clinic horse that had only ever been ridden for a job. The main difference between these horses was just purpose. Here is a list of jobs that you can do to help create a little purpose for both you and your horse: • Opening gates from horseback • Tracking cattle, goats, sheep, etc. • Riding out to get the mail • Taking your horse with you to do chores • Backing and side passing your horse from location to location, instead of leading • Leading another horse from horseback • Dragging ground poles

• Creating a new trail course for your horse every week • Riding to work

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At the end of the day, it is about you and your horse working together as one. If either of you are looking for a welfare cheque, this relationship will never have the feeling that you are looking for. It takes hard work and determination on both parts. You have to be willing to always follow through and build desire with purpose in your horse. Principles are great, but without purpose, they are just mindless lateral flexions and circles that never seem to end. So don’t be afraid to get out and give your horse a job and a purpose. Put your dressage horse on cows, take your reining horse over a jump, ask your trail horse to canter half pass in the arena, and maybe even ride your horse to work.

Steve Rother is an internationally-acclaimed clinician and two-time winner of The Mane Event’s Trainers Challenge colt-starting competition. Known as The Horseteacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves. He is not limited to specific disciplines, but the development of a willing partnership between horse and rider. Steve conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the USA and Canada, as well as camps (from 5 days to 21 days) at his ranch, The School of Horse, in northeast Washington. His Excel with Horses club allows students to come together to achieve their horsemanship dreams through a levels program. His seven DVDs include a just-released Liberty DVD. For more information, please visit or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook.


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The Grounded Rider: Under the Spell of Science? By Hazel Plumbley

I read a magazine article recently where the author labelled herself a natural born sceptic. She went on to write that her attraction to the occupation of equine journalist was therefore another natural phenomenon, the former attribute being required to have a successful career as the latter.


s a recovering cynic (a.k.a. a sceptic run amok), I have a tendency to swing 180 degrees from that stance, trying to find wonder in everything. A wise, long-time friend tells me 180 degrees from sick is still sick. We should all have someone like her in our lives and yes, we’re still friends. Apparently it’s about where the plumb bob settles, which is in the middle. That’s called discernment. I wrote in this magazine in April about embracing the theory of equitation science as a bright light in horse training. In May, I had the chance to observe equitation science in practice when its harbinger, Australian Dr. Andrew McLean,

Jumper coach Anthony Lothian of Topline Stables in Salmon Arm works with Cirquey, a 9 year old Canadian Warmblood gelding, through some conflict behaviour and later consults with Dr. McLean about the results of their session. Lothian says of his second clinic with McLean, “I really believe that my horses, myself and my students have all benefited from working with him.”

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landed in the BC Interior for a lecture and clinics. It was time to find out if my opinion of equitation science was out of whack and the bob was still swinging wildly. For background, in the late 1990s, European research found that the majority of horses ending up at the slaughter plant were not ill, aged or dying animals; they were younger horses with “behaviour problems” attributed to human handling and riding that subsequently created a risk for riders. Considering that a horse being ridden is a horse being trained, McLean wanted to understand where our riding was going wrong. His fascination with equine psychology lauded the end of his competitive riding career and launched him towards his PhD on horse cognition and learning. According to McLean, great trainers often don’t know why they are great. However, everyone needs to know what they do; he’s very clear that using training methods horses understand to teach them to respond to the lightest of aids is about horse welfare. “If we use animals for sport, they have certain rights,” noted McLean in his 2012 lecture at the Horse Council BC Education Conference. “Their right to be not in pain, not suffering and not afraid. All horse sport is under the spotlight and this welfare philosophy should be the guiding tenet for all riders and trainers.” Good in theory and from what I observed, holds true in practice. On each of three days of auditing McLean’s clinics, I was so intrigued I was oblivious to my environment, so let me apologize in print for any social ineptness. Like horses, I can’t do two things at once. Here’s my beginner’s understanding of practical equitation science: Train the horse from the ground and then under saddle to reliably respond to light aids for stop, go, stand at a halt, turn, lengthen/shorten stride and increase/decrease

tempo. Train the lightest of hand and leg aids thoroughly, but never use both at once. This is how we converse with our horses and using two words at once is confusing. The horse cannot respond to two aids at one time and it is this fundamental riding/training error that contributes to confusion, anxiety and more worryingly, to conflict behaviour in the horse. Most damaging is being asked to stop and go at the same time. The less trained the horse, the slower the conversation. You can add other conditioned responses like using the seat to slow or stop the horse, but science has proven that there is always a “rein spike,” even when we think we are using our seat alone. Some “take home” quotes from Dr. McLean With regard to conflict behaviours like bolting, spooking and shying: • “Fear is reinforced by fast legs and distance. Immobilization (through deeply trained light aids) suppresses fear.” • “Training is about wresting the control from the environment and bringing it under control of the (light) aids.” • “Take the emotion away from the behaviour and don’t buy into the (horse’s) reaction. In every behaviour issue, think about what reinforces the behaviour. It will almost always be involved with random acceleration or line-deviation. Fix that! When an error occurs, stop the horse to “delete” (the wrong response) and repeat (with the original aid).” • “Reward frequently; the best reward is several stokes just in front of the wither, where science has proven you can reduce the horse’s heart rate. This is also the site of attachment theory as it applies to horses. Frequent touch reduces the terror of isolation for an animal as fearful as the horse.” With regard to the use of the whip tap as a training tool (McLean notes the whip and spurs should never be used as a punishment): HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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The Grounded Rider, cont’d • “If you can’t take it on your own skin, don’t do it. If the horse’s arousal levels are too high that he won’t “hear” the light aid or whip tap, take him to a comfortable place and start again.” In the interest of partnership with our horses: • “Train self-carriage – is the bird “trained” to sit on your arm or are you holding his wings? Holding is not training.”

• And finally, “Think of lightness as politeness.” McLean doesn’t promote his method over others. He says that all good trainers and riders train the horse without confusing it and their methods are humane when they are congruent with what science has proven about how horses learn. “In the majority of cases, the biggest issue is not what trainers do but what they say – how they explain what

they do may be inconsistent with what they do. They frequently talk in human-centred language. Translating good training into (equine) learning theory terms is a powerful accelerator for all methods.” Looks like the horse training plumb bob can hang under many bright lights and still be in the middle, as long as it’s not just humans who understand the concepts. If this synopsis has piqued your interest about equine learning theory but you want to use your own discernment, see www.equitationscience. com/learning-theory-in-equitation. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

Level IV Eventing coach Lynne Larsen of Merritt helps her horse develop some investigative behaviour and courage (left) and shares a laugh with Dr. McLean as a finale (right).


PRASCEND® (pergolide mesylate) Approved


urlington, ON, April 2014 – Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. announced that the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada has approved PRASCEND® (pergolide mesylate) for the treatment of clinical signs associated with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses, also known as Equine Cushing’s disease. PRASCEND® is the first and only Health Canada approved product for the management of PPID in horses. Administered in tablet form, treatment with PRASCEND® can improve the quality of life for PPID-affected horses by managing clinical signs and decreasing the risk of complications of the disease, including those that have the potential to be life-threatening. It is estimated that one in seven horses over the age of 15 has PPID and horses as young as seven years of age have been diagnosed with the disease1. In addition, up to 70 percent of clinical laminitis cases also may be affected with underlying PPID2. The most common clinical signs of advanced-stage PPID that occur in horses are hirsutism (hypertrichosis) or an abnormal amount of hair growth, abnormal sweating, weight loss, muscle wasting, abnormal fat distribution, lethargy, laminitis, polyuria/polydipsia and chronic/recurrent infections. Unfortunately, PPID is not a curable disease. However, PRASCEND® does offer a safe and efficacious treatment option to veterinarians and horse owners that can help reduce the clinical signs of the disease and effectively improve the quality of life of infected horses. Because the early symptoms of PPID may be difficult to recognize, some horses with PPID may go undiagnosed until

the disease becomes more advanced. Through regular veterinary wellness exams, oftentimes the disease can be caught earlier. By beginning treatment in the earlier stages of the disease, it is possible to reduce the risk of some potential complications associated with PPID, such as laminitis, recurring infections, dental disease and other potential issues of uncontrolled PPID. Not only can PRASCEND® aid in the management of clinical signs of disease, the Health Canada approval also assures the product has been thoroughly evaluated for safety and efficacy. In addition, PRASCEND® has met the standards set by Health Canada in regard to production to preserve its identity, strength, quality, purity and consistency from batch to batch, and the product has demonstrated stability and effectiveness over time through a variety of environmental conditions. For more information regarding PRASCEND®, please contact your veterinarian or your Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. Animal Health representative. About Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. The Canadian headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim was established in 1972 in Montreal, Quebec and is now located in Burlington, Ontario. The company employs more than 550 people across Canada. For more information please visit



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NOTRA RIDE-A-THON By Dani Goldenthal


questrians young and old are invited to download a pledge form from and join us at Coldstream Ranch for our 23rd Annual Ride-AThon on Sunday, June 23rd. Prize packages are awarded to the individuals who raise the top and runner up in pledges in three age categories: Adult, 14-18 and 13 & Under. For every $20 in pledges raised, your name is added to the draw box for the Grand Prize Draw. The ride itself is a poker ride and takes approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace from Coldstream Ranch, into Kal Lake Park down to Cosens Bay, then through Bear Valley back to the Ranch. There are 7 card stations along the ride where participants pick up a card sealed in an envelope. Once back at the ranch the cards are opened in front of the Poker Hand Scrutineer and the best 5 cards are used to make a poker hand. Prizes will be awarded for the top two poker hands. There will be a Chinese (ticket) Auction going on throughout the day and a barbeque lunch with entertainment after the ride. Draws and presentations are done and the auction closes at 3:30 p.m. We will again be running our TEAM CHALLENGE - gather some friends from your club, 4-H group, boarding stable, etc. and the group of 5 or more that raises the most in pledges will

win a full day workshop with Zabrina Barteaux, CEMT, HHP on equine body work. Our Ride-A-Thon is NOTRA’s single biggest fundraising event of the year. All of the money raised goes directly toward providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. Gather a group of friends and help us celebrate our 23rd Annual Ride-A-Thon and NOTRA’s 30th Anniversary year by making it the most successful yet!


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Training with Dana Hokana THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WALK

Many riders today discount the importance of the walk. In fact, the walk is the gait that is practiced the least by most riders! I train show horses, but these principles can be used in horses that are ridden on the trails as well as competing in the show arena in performance classes!


believe that how the horse walks tells the heart of the horse. When a horse is anxious or tight he will show it in his walk; he may walk fast or in an extreme way, even break gait into the jog or a jiggy-jog. When your horse takes control of his stride, you as the rider lose a degree of control of the horse! Many riders in the show arena lose control at the walk and don’t even realize it. That is a primary cause of those classes you may have seen or experienced where the horse is a totally different horse in the

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show arena than he was in the warm up! Most of the classes enter the arena at the walk. In those moments of walking, if you lose your horse’s attention and focus, when he starts jogging, trotting or loping you will have already lost him. I will spend a lot of time on the walk. Practicing the walk, and showing my horses that I am still in control, “the driver” so to speak, at the walk. One habit that many of us have is that when we warm up or cool our horses out at the walk, we completely let them go. When we do this we are programming our horse that he can perform the walk as he wants, without our direction. I still walk my horses to warm up and cool down, but if I am in the saddle I do it with focus, as I demand, or I get off and hand-walk them. In the show ring our horses need to learn to relax, wait for our cues and walk willingly. We need to retain their focus on us to have that great show ring ride that we all strive for. Here are some suggestions that will help your horse at the walk, as well as fi x your horses who have learned to cheat at the walk. I want to really stress to you that most horses will not want to jog or lope slow and relaxed if they don’t walk relaxed. For the western pleasure class, I don’t want my horse to walk unnaturally slow. However, I want them to walk flat footed and relaxed, and soft over the ground. Even in the faster events like reining, if a horse walks in ready to go and too uptight, he will not show with the control that is needed to make the big marks. I have seen so many classes lost because the horse walks in and looks off and loses his focus on the rider. Practice walking in hand and on a loose rein. Don’t jerk or scare your horse at the walk, just pick him back up if he gets uptight and stay in hand until you feel his footfall become soft and cadenced. I will often pick up and soft ly handle my horses until they relax and then drop them. If they HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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lose focus I pick them back up and handle them until they are relaxed. Work on the walk outside of the show arena. If I know my horse doesn’t like to walk, I will do a lot of it. Often we are working on the jog and lope all of the time during training and spend very little time on the walk. When I work on the walk I will take hold of his face and rub my legs on my horse’s sides. Not in an aggressive or angry manner but rather just slide my calves back and forth until my horse relaxes and accepts the pressure. Often part of the problem is your horse is anticipating the cue of your leg to move forward into the next gait. By desensitizing your horse to your legs, you will help him to relax. It also reframes in his mind that the walk is a gait that is done in collection and with pressure just as the lope and jog. At the walk, as I have hold of my horse’s face, I will often ask for him to slow the step down and speed it up, all while maintaining my collection. I will then walk my horse on a loose rein just like in the show arena. Then I will pick him back up and rub my calves and often say walk repeatedly. I want this time to be soothing and for my voice to help him relax. I also can use my voice in the show pen after they associate it with this positive experience. Try not to bump or be heavy handed. It is not meant as a punishment, just part of his work out. Then I will practice reversing and walking while I pick him up and relax him. Find some schooling shows or classes where you can walk without taking the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

desired gaits. This is another way to reprogram their thoughts about the reverse and walk. Go to shows where it is allowable to school your horse in a class without distracting others and while you reverse, keep walking. Even in the classes when you are showing try to wait a moment before you go. Your horse can learn bad habits from years of getting to go right off in the new gait. I try to always be very respectful of other exhibitors and the judges by not waiting too long to go forward. I will often just count one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three and then make my departure. Make sure your horse isn’t too fresh. Most horses that are “jiggy-joggy” are anticipating the lope off. When a horse jiggy jogs they are usually either fresh or nervous, so during this period where you are trying to retrain your horse, make sure that she is a little more tired than usual so that you aren’t dealing with nervous energy on top of your other issues. It may be a good idea to lunge your horse before you ride at home and at the

horse shows as well. These suggestions will help you to develop a soft, willing walk with your horse. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry and currently operates Dana Hokana Quarter Horses in Temecula, California. She has trained multiple Western Pleasure circuit champions as well as some major Futurity winners. Dana has also trained horses to top ten placings in Western Pleasure at both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show. Riding her stallion, Invested Dimension, she captured an AQHA Reserve World Championship title in Senior Western Pleasure. • 15

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The PAINful Truth of Poor-Fitting Western Saddles By Ross Buchanan

In my practice as an Equine Therapist, I have come to realize that many of us in the Western Horse Community need to wake up to the painful truth… that our horses may hate their saddles.


or those that do care about the health, happiness, comfort and performance of their horse, a properly-fitted saddle will give you a more enjoyable ride and allow the horse to do what you ask of


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Many of us have had suspicions about the damage that our western saddles are doing to our horses but we have left it at that. You may have wondered if the resistance you saw in training and the show ring may be paininduced but, without the ability to see what is happening, that is as far as we could go. Now, with the availability of Thermal Imaging, we can see the exact impact of poorly fitting saddles on our horses. Our horses have been quietly suffering in silence. The word “stoic” is often used to describe the behaviour of horses and now that I see what I see with the Thermal Imaging scans, I can certainly confirm that to be true. Webster tells us that “to be stoic is to endure pain or hardship without showing feelings or complaining.” Understanding the relationship between inflammation, heat and pain as I do, when I see the heat of the scans of many horses, I have no doubt of how stoic horses are.

Once I view a Thermal Image of a horse’s back to identify abnormal heat, the next logical step is to take a look at the underside of the saddle after it has been ridden. Again, what I see can be very concerning. With many western saddles it is frightening to see how much weight is being carried in a very specific area with temperature readings and psi (pounds per square inch) levels that can be the source of behavioural issues. In many cases, the physical and psychological trauma to horses caused by poor fitting saddles is the source of Back and withers of all kinds of behaviour and performance horse with areas of white issues. showing the greatest Poorly-fitted saddles are the cause heat. of back problems in many horses. In approximately 90% of the horses, there are degrees of damage to their backs due to an ill-fitting saddle.

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The PAINful Truth, cont’d Poorly-fitted saddles will deform a horse’s back and interfere with his ability to perform his best. Time and time again I have seen how an ill-fitting saddle can cause training and behaviour problems as well as unsoundness in the horse’s back. While many riders are aware of the importance of saddle fit, very little research has been conducted on this critical issue. Over a six month period of time, I conducted Thermographic Surveys to detect variations in temperature of 100 horses with the intent of analyzing how the western saddle may be creating issues that impact the performance and behaviour of horses. Based on my observations here is what I have discovered: 1. 57% of the horses studied showed extreme heat readings (30 degrees Celsius or more) along their back and withers. 2. Of the 57% noted above, 94% of the horses studied showed extreme heat reading in the area of the withers. 3. Of the 57% noted above, 49% of the horses studied showed extreme heat reading along all or part of the spinal column. 4. Of the 57% noted above, 85% of the horses studied showed extreme heat primarily on the left side. 5. Of the 57% noted above, 91% of the horses studied showed indications of saddle bridging. The bottom line? A high percentage of riders of western saddles are unknowingly doing harm to their horses. The results of my study parallel the results of a study conducted

by New Mexico State University. The NMSU study of the fit of roping and barrel saddles show that a large percentage of riders do not have properly-fitting saddles and that they are contributing to compromised blood flow, leading to tissue damage and the underdevelopment of muscle groups. The NMSU researches Heat at pressure point on withers collected data from 200 roping and from a saddle that did not barrel racing horse-and-saddle provide a wide enough gullet combinations. The NMSU study to accommodate the horse and from bridging of saddle. categorized any point at the saddle bars or spinal processes that showed more than 3.6psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure as “poor fitting.” In the sample of roping saddles, 41.3% showed saddle bar pressure higher than 3.6psi. 26.9% showed spinal process pressure in the harmful levels. Fit problems were far more likely to occur at the front of the saddle, with 93% of poorly fitting saddles showing pressure points at the pommel. Nearly three-quarters of those saddles showed more pressure on the left side than the right. Bridging was also found to be an issue with 84.6% of the roping saddles.

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The PAINful Truth, cont’d Nearly half of the barrel saddles in the study (49%) showed excessive pressure from the saddle bars. All but one of the saddles that showed excessive bar pressure showed it occurring in the front. Pressure points were fairly evenly distributed across the left and right sides. 16.3% of barrel saddles showed spinal pressure. 93.9% of the sample population of barrel saddles showed some bridging. While there are many saddle fitting issues, I believe that the number one issue facing western riders today is the tendency to ride with saddles that do not have adequate gullet width for their horses. Many saddles are creating pain, destroying the withers and “choking” the muscle development of our horses. Next time you go saddle shopping, I encourage you to use the knowledge of the people at your local saddle store to ensure the saddle properly fits your horse with special emphasis on the need for an adequate gullet to accommodate the width of the withers of your horse. The good news is that the majority of issues with western saddles can be immediately solved with proper fitting saddles. From his base in the Fraser Valley, Ross Buchanan provides Equine Therapy and Thermal Imaging services to clients. Best known for his specialty of aligning and balancing horses to eliminate pain and ensure soundness, Ross also focuses on the importance of rebooting the muscle memory to ensure that the preferred movement is retained. Ross is passionately committed to Happy, Pain Free Horses & Winning Rides!

These scans show heat on the left withers. This one is real interesting as it is what I often see in English saddles. Combination of bridging from front to back, uneven distribution of weight laterally and excess heat at the front of the saddle where it contacts the withers. This will result in tension in the front scapula and all of the way down to his hoofs.

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Things You Can Do with a Driving Horse, Part 2 By Judy Newbert

YOUR FIRST CDE/ADT, PART 1 OF 2 A Quick Summary A Combined Driving Event (CDE) consists of a dressage test, a marathon (simulates driving on roads or trails and up and down hills interspersed with obstacles which have to be negotiated), and finally a cones competition. The CDE tests both the horse and the driver. The dressage test evaluates the horse’s basic paces and obedience, the marathon tests his fitness and maneuverability, and the cones test his suppleness and his ability to come back after the rigors of the marathon day. As for the driver, the dressage tests his ability to train and drive his horse correctly, the marathon tests his ability to condition his horse to do the marathon distance and to figure out how to drive the obstacles as quickly as possible, and the cones test his ability to drive accurately and quickly through the cones pattern. A CDE at the higher levels is a threeday competition. Simpler competitions can be done in one or two days and we now have Arena Driving Trials (ADT) which is a simplified format including all three phases but which can be done in an indoor or outdoor arena only; the marathon phase then consists of only four obstacles driven in the arena (only two obstacles will be in the arena at any given time). A Training Level ADT - the lowest level recognized by Equine Canada (EC) and the American Driving Society (ADS) - is an ideal place to start. Levels in ADT are Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced. The requirements become progressively more difficult as you rise up through the levels. The classes offered are at the discretion

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of the organizer and depend somewhat on the number of entries. Classes may be divided by horse/pony/donkey/mule size, single/multiple turnout, two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles, competitor experience, or by the dressage test.

Requirements You need a horse or pony at least four years of age, a two or four-wheeled vehicle, a harness, and yourself (the driver). Multiples must carry grooms during dressage and cones as well as during the marathon. Clean, neat marathon dress may be worn for all three phases and the same vehicle and harness may be used for all three phases. Helmets are recommended for anyone riding on a vehicle. Singles must have a groom during the obstacles but small ponies and Very Small Equines (VSE) are not required to carry grooms.

Prize List and Entry Forms Read the prize list carefully. It has a wealth of information in it. Stabling instructions will be included, directions to the site, and all kinds of other useful information. The prize list will also tell you what rulebook will be followed. CAREFULLY READ THE ENTIRE PRIZE LIST AND ASK QUESTIONS OF THE EVENT SECRETARY IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING. Make sure you have answered all the questions, enclosed the required paperwork (e.g. Coggins tests or vaccination certificates, etc. for your horse and liability insurance or information for yourself), and included the proper fees. For the remainder of this article, I have used the ADS or EC rulebook but clubs or

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organizers can modify the rules for their own competitions.

Horse You must have a safe driving horse that is at least four years of age, fit enough to handle the competition, and capable of the various movements of the dressage test. For Training Level, he must perform a working walk and working trot, and a halt when asked. He must be able to perform a 40-metre circle at the trot.

Harness Your harness can be nylon, leather, or synthetic. It must be safe (no broken or cracked parts) and it must fit (none of the straps can be buckled in the last hole). You


Things You Can Do, cont’d can use blinkers, or not, as you wish. There must be some means (breeching, tug stop, thimbles, false breeching, or brakes) to prevent the vehicle running into the back of the horse. Your reins must attach to the bit using a buckled connection, not a snap. You cannot use overchecks, martingales or handholds. At Training level, you may use a sidecheck if you wish. You must use a bit; hackamores are not allowed in driving. You cannot tie the horse’s tongue in any way nor tie their tail to the vehicle or traces.

Vehicles Any safe two or four-wheeled vehicle is suitable. Make sure to check your bearings, wheels, singletree and all bolts and nuts before the competition. Your vehicle should have a rear lamp or reflectors affi xed to the back. Pneumatic tires and wire wheels are allowed at Training level.

Driver The driver must be a member of AEF or other provincial sport organization. The

driver must show proof of liability insurance when entering the competition. Junior drivers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a knowledgeable adult horseman at all times. Junior drivers 14 to 18 years old may be accompanied during dressage and cones. Juniors cannot drive stallions in competition. A whip must be carried by the driver at all times. Dress varies for each of the phases but helmets can be worn for all phases. Check next month’s issue of Saddle Up for Part 2 of this article, “The Competition.” At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.

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Western Dressage and I thought I could ride... By D. Duncan Murray

About 25 years ago, in and amongst my academic and her senior executive careers, my wife and I rediscovered our childhood passion for riding. Her background was recreational with some endurance riding while mine was the many challenges provided by my father -- green broke horses.


fter our rediscovery, she gravitated to dressage while I drifted back to my love of the western saddle and the Quarter Horse. She went on to compete and judge, while I spent my time starting horses, getting them rideable, selling and buying the next one. We bred Warmbloods until we tired of losing money. We owned a Canadian Team dressage horse. Along the way I owned and started Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, a Paint, a few Thoroughbreds, an Aztecca, a Lusitano and a Welsh Cobb. Towards the end of this equine This is Arrow Verono (bred by Anne exploration, we settled on PRE Volansky of Arrow Andalusians), Andalusians which we have owned by my wife Noni Hartvikson. continued to pursue. Over the course of our marriage, our discussions about riding have been daily and spirited. I’ve always maintained that it was possible to ride correctly in a western saddle; she was a firm believer in the effectiveness of the dressage saddle. Our arena has often reverberated with opinions regarding correct riding. The joys of matrimony on horseback -- judge and be judged. The emerging discipline of Western Dressage has totally ramped all of our discussions. She went to the USA to add Western Dressage credentials to her dressage licensing, whereas I came to a place where I had to let go of some cherished misconceptions. Let me say that I won’t admit to her being right all the time, but in review it’s not looking good for me because the tests and directives look very similar for both disciplines. On to our present horse situation. I had been bringing along a very well-bred Andalusian and I found our progress firmly stalled at Training Level. He was spooky in a way only young Iberians can be and I was unable to influence this problem. In fact, I think I was making it worse! So, this good horse went to the USA to be trained and sold. Meanwhile, my wife played with upper level movements and competed at Third Level on her Andalusian. Fast forward eight months. Having not sold, my improved and no longer spooky Andalusian came home for the winter. However, I could not access his training and he did not like me to ride him. My wife, who had followed his progress including a rather spectacular clinic with 22 • Saddle Up • June 2014

Olympic rider Lisa Wilcox, had no such limitations. They fit together like a hand in a glove. We were at an impasse. Whereas she had two good rides, I was a bit light on agreeable horseflesh. As I fired up to head out in pursuit of yet another young horse, she said, “Wait a minute. Maybe my trained horse can teach you a thing or two, instead of you going out and doing the same damned thing again.” That was the moment I put a divorce lawyer on speed dial! Western Dressage here I come, eh? No problem, right? I broke her horse as a young stallion many years ago and knew him well because he would be turned over to me when he needed a break from training. I knew he was a very technical horse to ride and would go above the bit at any opportunity. When she rode him, he had spectacular moments; my rides would better be described as hacking. Above the bit, reins too long, strung out, we struggled for months to find our way. So here begins my observations on Western Dressage for the Adult Amateur. Be warned. The difference between recreational riding and the pursuit of correct dressage of any kind is vast. What you and I thought was good stuff doesn’t even get on the scoreboard. I guess as a summary statement, I should say that a good First Level ride is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. It is a reasonable goal for us mere mortals but not easily attained. But getting beyond that and the ability to keep the horse reliably on the bit is a whole other story. In fact, the pursuit of collection and moving up the levels requires a large investment in horses, time and training, as well as the focus and talent to deliver the goods. To do well at any level of dressage becomes a lifetime pursuit. So, back to the basics. As my wife’s horse and I learned about each other, the bridle that worked for us, the training and application of the aids, I became aware of my shortcomings as a rider. I had to upgrade to get any result from this trained horse. He knew, and like any trained horse, he knew that I didn’t know. An added challenge is that I have real difficulty listening to the horse and a trainer at the same time so I have to work things out on my own. The less charitable might call me unteachable! I always felt that I had a good set of hands and feel for the horse and I had been told that I had a good position. However, what I had always lacked was a clear understanding of contact and a feel for HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Western Dressage, cont’d balance and engagement. I knew that it was not correct to bring the bit to the horse but I had to learn how to get the horse reliably on the bit. I can’t tell you the number of times I was harped on about “the timing, coordination and effectiveness of the aids.” Ah, the trained horse. How lucky to have one as a teacher. How painful to realize that with any lapse of attention, a moment of quality can disappear. A pivotal lesson learned from this horse has been the ability to lengthen or shorten his stride within the gaits. This requires an effective half halt, which is a whole other can of worms and I won’t even mention the degree of suppleness and straightness necessary to achieve this. What ever happened to pleasure riding? Truth be told, my pleasure is in getting it right and it’s a fleeting pleasure at that. So back to us ordinary mortals and Western Dressage, an exciting concept for both horse and rider. A journey that can go on forever with mutual benefits. Perhaps one should start at Walk/Jog in order to familiarize themselves with the requirements and being judged. Training Level provides the opportunity to review the basics, and the directives are clear. A good First Level test is a reasonable longer term goal and when done well should be an acknowledgement of the mastery of your basic training. Remember that dressage just means training, and the dressage test is a measurement tool to evaluate how your training is progressing. It doesn’t always have to be seen in the context of completion, nor

should it be. And then there is the scoring. The scores reflect the quality of your test movements. The numbers are different from those we took home from school after a test. Whereas 60% in Western Dressage is considered satisfactory, back at school I would have been grounded indefinitely. Above 80% would have made my mother smile. Such a dressage score might only be seen at the Olympic level, so be nice to yourself. Being able to do a movement, even something as simple as a transition is one thing. Doing it at the proper letter in the dressage arena at the proper time is quite another. I’m not there yet. Just sayin’.



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American Horsewoman’s Challenge (see original stories in March and May issues) addle Up is proud to be a media sponsor of this Challenge that has three Canadian horsewomen taking part. Unfortunately the fourth Canadian, Stefanie Travers of Cache Creek BC had to pull out due to an injury. The third contender is Marion Weisskopff of Princeton BC (bio in May issue). Further below are the bios on Pam and Winnie. To be brought up to speed you can also visit where each contender has her own blog to update you all on their progress.


The 40+ participants have the summer and fall to train their horse with the final competition taking place in Oklahoma City October 3-5, 2014. Our Canadian ladies may need some financial assistance to get down to Oklahoma for the finals, so if anyone is interested to sponsor or fundraise feel free to contact the ladies personally (through their blog on the website). Watch upcoming issues for more info on the ‘fabulous three’!

Pam Asheton, Cochrane AB, Photo by Shannon Daly

Winnie Stott, King Township ON, Photo by Ann Clifford

An Easterner, then transplanted to France and England, Pam Asheton has since migrated steadily westwards and now lives NW of Cochrane, Alberta which is, she comments, “close enough to satisfy a serious addiction to backcountry and high wild places.” An accomplished author and photographer, her Backcountry Equestrian Guidebook, recently published, has received rave reviews from top equestrian publishers and journalists. Pam began riding at the age of eleven in France and Germany, learning early the benefits of classical riding. Later, she qualified with the British Horse Society, obtaining first her British Horse Society’s Assistant Instructor certificate and then the highly prestigious Instructor’s ticket. Pam was a regular at the top-level Harrogate Equestrian Centre, and later coached freelance to riders, from Pony Club national and European qualifiers, Young Riders, and adults interested in being seriously competitive to national and international levels – and competing herself in eventing, show jumping and dressage. Working at re-starting challenging horses, she wrote about, and listened to clinicians from Canada and the United States, increasingly fascinated horse language and psychology. Her own influences stem particularly from renowned coach and outstanding eventer Lucinda Green, and Jon Evans, another national event rider who was strongly influenced by his own trainer from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; definitely the Canadian Chris Irwin, Kiwi Bert Elstob and a few others besides. She specializes in re-starting difficult horses, particularly the no-brakes variety, and strongly believes in solution based centred rider teaching where horses find their niche, competitive or otherwise, too.

For the Challenge, Winnie is partnered with Spring Song, a three-year-old fi lly born in Ontario. Her dam is a Holsteiner and her sire is a Thoroughbred. Winnie and husband Bill have a 25 acre farm in King Township (north of Toronto). Through the decades they’ve enjoyed eventing, dressage, orienteering on horseback and raising two Lusitano geldings. It was the Lusitanos that introduced them to liberty and trick training. They also love Working Equitation and are enjoying learning how to pull a cart. “One of my first instructors in dressage was Penny Zavitz (now Penny Rockx, living in Belgium). I also had the great honour of grooming her horse, Winsome. Penny and Winsome represented Canada twice in the Volvo World Cup. Currently Alex Reinfels is politely, kindly, expertly guiding us on this lifelong equestrian journey. Allen Pogue (Austin, Texas) conducted a trick training clinic here and is always helpful when we have questions or want to bounce ideas off him,” says Winnie. “I entered the 2014 American Horsewoman’s Challenge because it has a liberty component. I’ve found that working at liberty with horses and dreaming up tricks and games to play is a wonderful way to enjoy being with your horse every day, regardless of the weather conditions, your own health/possible injuries/time constraints, the horse’s age/fitness/soundness. With the American Horsewoman’s Challenge calling attention to Liberty I’m hoping more people will become curious about playing with horses. Truly, if you can dream it the horse can do it!”

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ODYSSEO by CAVALIA By Donna Cromarty on behalf of Saddle Up


don’t know what to say about this show that hasn’t already been said. I guess you could say it has left me speechless. Having seen Cavalia in Calgary a few years ago, I can say that this show has surpassed by far anything I expected under the white big top. It was literally jaw dropping. Cavalia has created a spectacular equestrian experience with this breathtaking 30 million dollar ode to horse and man, featuring 48 artists and 67 horses, 2 of which are the rescues Hawke and Eagle. The theatrical landscape created by 8 different cameras transported me to places I’ve only seen in magazines. It was incredibly hard to tear my eyes away and left me with goose bumps at times. From the very moment the lights went down and the curtains parted, I was transported to a magical land where horse and 1225 Main Street, human performed in a partnership of freedom Pincher Creek, AB and mutual respect. It was this, the honesty between these horses and their human partners that 403-627-3606 has left me feeling humbled. High tech theatrical effects take you from the American southwest to frozen tundra to Easter Island to lunar landscapes and ice caves. At one point centre stage was flooded with water and galloping horses splashed up long trails of glittering water. ODYSSEO truly focuses on the horse’s freedom and celebrates their natural talents. The relationship between the performers and horses and the tenderness and attention shown to these magnificent creatures is very evident. Cavalia’s Odysseo was a magical evening, one that I will remember for years to come. If you 0INCHER #REEK #O OP AND 2OCHESTER love horses, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to see this show. (ATCHERY OFFER YOU THE BEST Th e show is playing in Calgary until June 15th, then heads to Edmonton opening July 9th. SELECTION IN 0OULTRY 0OULTRY SUPPLIES







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Borrowed Freedom, Returned By Christa Miremadi Photos by Joanne Blake

Winston Churchill once said “the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” I couldn’t agree more but after all that horses do for us, what can we do in return? Sure, we feed them, pay their bills and offer them shelter but how can the outside of a man be good for the inside of the horse? the stars and explore their world, never staying in one place too long. As a result of domestication they have given up their right to choose their friends, My group of clinic riders together. stay with their families, ow can we repay them spiritually forage for their favourite grasses, and for the freedom and the good travel as a group and most importantly, they do for our souls? How can they’ve had to give up their freedom. we help them feel lighter, more hopeful They see the same four walls of their stall and freer? Through partnership and trust, night after night and they’re limited by with good horsemanship, reliable and safe the fences of their paddock or arenas by boundaries and clear leadership, we can day. Their friends are chosen for them return that freedom that they give to us. as well as their diets and even their body Domestication of the horse has condition and daily activity is determined brought mankind success and progress by their human counterpart. in so many ways; it’s hard to even begin A few weeks ago, my husband to identify them all. They have helped “Pinto” and I loaded my Kiger mustang countries to defend themselves, conquer gelding, “Cisco” and Pinto’s beautiful new ground, cultivate and harvest food, Morgan/QH mare, “Lyric” into our transport and protect both people and trailer and made the five-hour drive livestock. They’ve provided us with to Osoyoos to meet a number of my enjoyment, entertainment and service. students for a two-day adventure in From jousting, bull fighting and racing to the desert led by my good friend (and guided tours of New York, mounted police incredible horseman), Daryl Gibb. We and search and rescue mounts, we have spent the first few hours of each day in the benefited greatly! arena brushing up on our horsemanship The horses haven’t done too badly skills and making sure we had the tools either, gaining protection and safety we would need to keep ourselves, each themselves, food and water, shelter and other and our horses safe in the back medical attention they wouldn’t otherwise country and then we headed across the receive, but what have they had to give up? road, through a barb wire gate and up What have they had to let go of as a result into the hills. of their servitude to mankind? Would you All year round we practice our trade your freedom for the things they horsemanship, develop our balance, have had to give up? timing and feel, brush up on our skills, Horses are naturally nomadic, and push ourselves to improve on travelling many miles a day, foraging for our communication skills with our a wide variety of grasses and developing horses. We participate in clinics, learn big families and social groups that move Mountain Trail Skills or practice our together across the land. They sleep under discipline of choice and as we wove


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Pinto and his mare Lyric, enjoying the view after a big climb.

Cisco and I working on directing his feet back at the track before the second day’s ride out.

Daryl Gibb on one of the participants horses, Bramble the Haflinger.


Borrowed Freedom, cont’d our way through the sage brush, climbed over rocks and up the hill we were reminded of the very real importance of being able to direct our horse’s feet. The ability to influence each foot with accuracy and soft ness was rewarded and the importance of the ability to hold our horse’s attention, even in the face of extreme distraction (like a pack of dirt bikes and ATV’s rushing past), was reinforced. All those months of “practicing” our horsemanship suddenly had reason and purpose to us people but more importantly, to our horses. It wasn’t until we reached the vantage point a few hours up the mountain, as I watched my Mustang stare out over the valley, eyes wide, fi lling his nostrils with the sweet smell of sage, his mane blowing in the wind, that I was reminded that through the practice of good horsemanship we can give back that borrowed freedom. We can help our horses to leave their problems, stresses and challenges back at the barn and take them away to a place where everything else melts away just like my mare did for me all those years ago. After years of the outside of a person being good for the outside of the horse (feeding, grooming and exercising), finally, here in this place, each and every one of us on that hillside was doing something to give back to the inside of our horses. Through the good horsemanship, reliable leadership, safe


boundaries and clear direction that we’ve dedicated ourselves to developing, we were able to not only keep ourselves and each other safe so far from home but also keep our horses safe, provide them with the ability to cover ground the way their ancestors did, taste grass from the top of a mountain, smell the strange smells of a new place and go beyond the fences that confine them. For a few brief hours, our horses were free to explore the world, see new places and climb the distant hills. This adventure was an incredible experience for everyone who joined us and fulfi lled a lot of dreams; but for me, and I believe for my horse Cisco, it was an escape from the everyday and a chance to remind ourselves what our partnership and a little trust can provide to both of us when we work together... freedom. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) • 27

Learning to Speak Horse By Birgit Stutz Unlike humans, who use sound extensively to communicate, horses rely almost exclusively on body language and postures when communicating with other horses and with humans.


ow “speaking horse” and understanding herd dynamics and equine psychology positively influences the relationship humans have with their horses was the focus point of a workshop on equine behaviour and body language held at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster on Saturday, April 12. Taught by Birgit Stutz, a Chris Irwin gold certified trainer and coach, the workshop focused on teaching people how to properly read equine body language, the importance of awareness of one’s own body language, as well as horse psychology. Participants had the opportunity to observe horses in a herd environment and learn about herd dynamics and behaviour, how horses interact with each other and why horses do what they do, as well as the differences between predator and prey behaviour. “Body language is essentially energy, and energy is movement, and because we want to maximize the potential energy in the horse by engaging the hind end effectively - riding back to front under saddle - we need to pay attention to communication starting from the hind end and begin our assessment there,” explained Stutz. “We need to learn to read and interpret every message from

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every body part from back to front and then add it all up for the big picture. Body language, however, is not a static thing and, like verbal communication, body language must convey many messages so the messages may change constantly. There are three energies that come into play when communicating with horses: impulsive/pushing/herding energy, blocking/boundary energy, and passive/drawing energy. These three energies are always present. We need to know which, and how much energy we need in order to establish that bond of trust and respect, build confidence in the horse, and engender willingness in the horse by shaping the horse into a feel-good position consistently. Too much push, and the horse will never truly trust you. Not enough, and the horse will never truly respect you.” Stutz said it is important to understand that a horse’s body and mind are hardwired. “Frame of body is frame of mind. How they are shaped is how they feel. They don’t separate how they feel and how they act.” “Horses read humans the same way they read each other,” she said. “As soon as a horse starts interacting with a human, everything means something. So if your body is sending a message

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Birgit explains to Melissa how to apply the three different energies pushing, blocking, and drawing - to the horse’s various body parts.


Speak Horse, cont’d to the horse, the horse believes what it is saying, which may be completely different from what you intended. We may think we are saying one thing with our body, but the horse reads something completely different. This is very confusing for the horse.” “We need to learn to communicate clearly with our body language so as not to give the horse mixed messages. As well, often times our own body language is inadvertently sending messages which are considered rude in the horse world, for example sending impulsive energy into the horse’s head and neck. This is very stressful for the horse and can cause anger, fear, stubbornness, defiance, and sullenness/poutiness. So learning correct body language is of utmost importance, not just in order to be clear and fair to the horse, but also in order to develop a positive relationship with a horse, build trust, respect and confidence, and become a benevolent leader to the horse. Horses live in the moment, so how they feel can change very quickly. This requires the human to be highly aware, not just of the horse’s body language and their own, but also of the environment.” Stutz said in order to properly use equine body language, humans need to re-program their bodies to change their innate predator behaviour and adapt it to the prey behaviour of horses. “Humans, who are essentially predators, tend to be focused and generally take a direct approach, to go in for the kill or to tackle an opponent. Horses, on the other hand, are prey animals. They have a high level of awareness and are highly in tune with their environment. These traits are in their DNA, even in domestic horses, and are essential for horses in order to survive.” “While it is in the predator’s DNA to pull on things, for example to pull on a horse’s lead rope to make it go forward or to pull on the reins to turn or stop a horse, the language of prey is to herd the body forward and provide boundaries in the front. Pulling is an unwanted behaviour in horses and as such should be eliminated from training. Horses don’t pull on each other, and the times that they do pull – for example if they are pulling you out of the saddle, or if they are tied and pull back on the rope - it is a negative reaction to something negative. Pulling only causes resistance. Horses push each other around to establish

Birgit shows Melissa how to send a horse out to free-lunge while Krista Hill looks on.

dominance. It is the human’s responsibility to learn how to speak and understand the language of equus and adjust to the horses’ prey animal behaviour. Verbal commands are secondary when communicating with horses.” Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s mission is to help humans improve their relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language as well as fundamental riding skills. www. (See her listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

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Third Annual Ranch Horse Sale By Linda Yaciw Willowview Auction sponsored the third annual Ranch Horse Sale on April 5 at their consignment yard in Beaverlodge, AB. Owner Ged Willis said he was a bit worried about attracting a crowd to the sale due to the recent wintery weather, but Willis needn’t have worried.


he seating was full to capacity even though Grande Prairie Livestock Market had booked a horse sale for the same date. The sale started early in the morning with volumes of new and used tack, then proceeded to horses in the indoor sales ring, ranging from some good-looking colts, to run-throughs, fancy broodmares, and drafts. At 1 pm, everyone moved outdoors to take in the Ranch Horse portion of the sale. Manager of the sale, Travis Krahn, said it took several months to round up horses that qualified to be Ranch horses. Asked what a Ranch horse is, Krahn explained that a Ranch horse is one that has a diversity of experience and ability in carrying out work on a ranch; the horse may or may not specialize in any one discipline, however, he would be expected to be an all-rounder, being able to work with cattle in a quiet, stress-free way to cut, rope, carry a calf, cross waterways, go through bush, muskeg, down roads, be good with dogs and other farm animals, be quick to respond, be obedient, willing, have a good work ethic, be dependable, honest and not spooky... and with all this experience the ranch horse often makes a family pleasure horse as well, although not being a kids’ horse would not disqualify. Horses were designated either as a Ranch horse or a Ranch horse prospect. The prospects had to have at least 30 rides on them, be at least four years old, be able to handle cattle, and be comfortable with the rider swinging a rope around them. Horses that were well broke and had lots of experience doing many things but which lacked extensive roping experience, were classified as prospects. Willowview had prepared a new sales area for the sale -- a large, outdoor arena with good footing and pipe fences around the perimeter. The night Home & Agro Centre before the sale, Willis’ fresh 500-lb steers were We carry a wide hazed into the arena. selection of: Since the steers had had little handling, a practice Horse Feed jackpot was held that Minerals night to give the cattle some experience being Tack & supplies! roped and handled. This was to make it easier to Dawson Co-op Home & Agro Centre 10200 Parkhill Drive, focus on the working Dawson Creek BC Ranch horses during 250-782-3371 the preview the next day, rather than having 6/14 scared and running 30 • Saddle Up • June 2014

(l-r) Travis Krahn, Ken Goodbrand, Kayo Toews, Terry Lee and Sicily Aven pose with $12,100 high-selling Ranch horse prospect Kings Smartest Jac, wearing the sheet provided for the popular event by sponsor Canwest Trailers.

cattle in the arena. The jackpot was carried out in three-man doctoring style ranch roping, following the Canadian Ranch Roping Association rules. Krahn said, “I was surprised at how many spectators came out that night. It was very relaxed and a lot of fun for everyone. We will be looking to do the jackpot again next year.” On sale day, the riders had 10 minutes each to work the cattle and a second person was provided to display the horse’s roping skills. Krahn stated, “This gave the crowd a good, solid idea of what each horse was capable of. Most of the on-deck riders and horses were right near the arena, so prospective buyers could ask them questions about the horses they were interested in. This allowed potential purchasers to see all horses in action prior to the sale.” During the preview, spectators were surprised with prizes by generous sponsors Greenhawk Harness and Equestrian Supplies, and Kenny Burt Farrier Services. The high seller of the sale was the 15.2 hh eight-year-old palomino registered Quarter Horse gelding prospect, Kings Smartest Jac. He was consigned by Ken Goodbrand and ridden by Kayo Toews. The bidding war finally stopped at a whopping $12,100 bid, going to Terry Lee Aven of Fort St. John. The next highest seller was the 12-year-old black Ranch horse, Casper, a 16.2 hh gelding consigned by Glen Stahjl of Manning, AB, and sold for $4,600. Ranch horse Freckles Twig, a 14.2 hh six-yearold bay registered Quarter Horse gelding sold for $3,300, followed by Ranch horse VBR Two Eyed Rambler, a 15 hh 11-year-old sorrel registered Quarter Horse gelding for $3,250. The average price for the top seven horses was $4,575. Willis and Krahn agree, this was a great sale! Krahn invites anyone who has a qualifying horse and would like to participate in next year’s sale to contact him at 780-882-5560. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



ike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out hundreds of horses. Just last month they placed nine horses (eight horses and one donkey, to be exact) in permanent homes. The latest herd in distress was a group of 11 Clydesdales. Within this group, 4 mares were pregnant, one had a foal at foot, and one foaled shortly after arriving at her forever home. The horse I would like to introduce this month is a stunning little chestnut gelding called Riley. He was born in 2010, arrived at the rescue and was gelded in 2012. Riley’s sire was MJ Blondy’s Captain and his dam was Sandridge Mable, but he is unpapered. He’s not incredibly tall, he’ll probably finish out at about 15 hands, but he is good and stocky. He is very nicely put together! I can see him working as a great little cowhorse. The best thing about most of these horses, in my opinion (other than the steal of a deal at $500), is they have had little or no training. Better to train right from the beginning to your own preference than to have to un-train or rehabilitate years later. You can find Riley (and over 100 more horses) by visiting the Bear Valley Rescue website or LIKE us on Facebook. Bear Valley Rescue was founded in 2004, and registered federally as a charity in January of 2005. Our Mission • To save from slaughter useable and healthy horses and find them good homes; • To rescue injured or ailing animals from auctions and feedlots or abusive situations and rehabilitate them, or alleviate their suffering; • To educate the public on the plight of unwanted or aging horses and other animals; and • To network with other rescue organizations and provide support through these networks for finding and placing distressed animals. “As the Rescue has grown, we’ve come to meet a lot of great people and now have a lot of dedicated supporters and some really great volunteers who share our vision. We are passionate about the animals and feel they all deserve a humane and peaceful existence, no matter what their past or future potential.” – Kathy Bartley


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


n the last issue, I spoke of an extra horse that showed up one day. At that point in time we didn’t know anything about him -- pony or horse, wild or runaway, etc. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with him and Kathy has spent whatever chances she’s had with him. He’s We’re just getting to a point where he trusts defi nitely young (we’re us enough to lift his hind feet; he’s good thinking a yearling), with his fronts. and he’s definitely wild -- we presume he got kicked out of his herd this spring. We have him living in our round pen (the only fence we have that he can’t jump) and he’s coming along nicely. He’s smart and remembers everything; he also picks up on what you’re asking very quickly. We’ve just got to a point where we can pick up his feet and touch his face, etc. I think he’s going to be a pretty goodlooking horse and we’re enjoying the challenge. I’ll keep you posted month to month as we progress. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Williams Lake on Sunday, April 20, went super well with three very deserving inductees. Mack Bryson was present to receive the plaque for his dad, Clarence Bryson (Ranching Pioneer); the Telford Family (as a Family)

plaque was accepted by Val Telford, her daughter Bev Madley, and two grandchildren, Brooke and Garrett Madley; and Clarence Petal was there in person to be inducted for both Working Cowboy and Competitive Achievements. The museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosted a lunch for the three families prior to the ceremony which took place during the intermission at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. The 48th annual Little Britches Rodeo was run on Saturday, May 17, in 100 Mile House. 114 contestants came from Maple Ridge, Surrey, Kamloops, 150 Mile House and Prince George, as well as points in-between. They competed in 18 events to make a very full rodeo. Although they were wet and muddy, it was a great rodeo and I think that fun was had by all. The Annual BCRA-sanctioned 100 Mile House Rodeo was held May 18-19. Sunday, the first day of the rodeo, it rained all day -- most of the time quite heavily. This didn’t stop the diehard rodeo fans, and it sure didn’t stop the competitors. A few went home a little muddy and some quite wet, but it was still a great day. Monday was totally different -- nice and warm and mostly sunny. The stands were packed and the competition was terrific! Here’s what happened in the placings: Bareback - 1st: Steve Hohmann (Quesnel); 2nd: Tyrone Hunlin (Williams Lake) Saddlebronc - 1st: Wacey Marr (Williams Lake); 2nd: Steve Hohmann Steer Wrestling - 1st: Wade McNolty (150 Mile House); 2nd: Andre Aspell (150 Mile House) Calf Roping - 1st: Jake Herman (Chase); 2nd: Steve Pozzobon (Cawston) Bull Riding - 1st: Steve Hohmann; 2nd: Brady Smith (Salmon Arm) Barrel Racing - 1st: Joleen Seitz (Savona); 2nd: Vanessa Leggett (Kamloops) Junior Barrel Race - 1st: Callie Hume (Williams Lake); 2nd: Mariah Mannering (Quesnel) PeeWee Barrel Race - 1st: Yaya Hamming (Vernon); 2nd: Kaitlyn Lulua (Williams Lake) Junior Steer Riding - 1st: Owen Hawking (Barriere); 2nd: James Johnston (Quesnel) Team Roping - 1st: Allison Everett (150 Mile House) & Garrett Hinsche; 2nd: Troy Gerard (Savona) & Jason Gerard Breakaway Roping - 1st: Bailey Fuller (Riske Creek); 2nd: Kelcie Mills (Kamloops).

Congratulations to all!

BC Hall of Fame: (l-r) Mack Bryson and family; Clarence Petal and family; Valerie Telford and family; Mark McMillan and two of the Williams Lake Rodeo Royalty

Coming up in the Cariboo July 12 is the date of the first Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas. This is always a fun day! There’s a concession and beer garden on site, bleachers and lots of room for lawn chairs, and it’s held in an arena surrounded by Crown Land and trees that’s just gorgeous. It’s also one of the oldest gymkhana grounds in Canada. Entries come from all over southern BC. The Cariboo Trails CDE will take place July 18-20, at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. This driving event consists of a cone course, dressage course, and hazards course and is one of our favourite events -- especially the Sunday hazard course. It is set up so that spectators can walk the course following a




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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d The second annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana will be held Saturday, August 9. Another fun day with tons of action going on all day in one of the most picturesque gymkhana grounds in the country.

The Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana is an annual favourite!

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Update from Joanne Macaluso Mark the dates of August 8-9 on your calendar for the popular annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) held at the Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile Ranch. Three levels of distances will be offered: Level One is approximately 15 miles (two loops), Level Two is 25 miles (two loops) and Level Three will top out at around 40 miles (three loops). Come and join us for a distance riding adventure that you won’t forget! Fun for all levels of riders and any breed of equine. Visit the BCCTRA website at or you can contact the ride management team via Joanne at: If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. Last Month’s What’s This? The May issue’s item is owned by John Maxwell, who showed it to me for a possible “What’s This” question. It’s a Nabob coffee dispenser that would be wall mounted. As you can see by the photo, the bottom has a measuring compartment so when you turn the lever it automatically fi lls and dispenses the right amount of coffee! Thanks John.

WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

This month’s item is owned by Dennis Clausen in Clinton. Note: it’s bigger than it looks in the photo. The total length is 13 inches. The length of the handle is 2 inches and the shaft is 11 inches. The diameter of the handle is 1.5 inches and the diameter of the shaft is ¾ of an inch. At the pointed end, there’s a slot that’s 2 inches long and a half-inch wide. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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Safety First! Freedom Reined In By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP One of the most basic things you can do for your dogs is to keep them safe. “Safe” means safely confined in an appropriately fenced yard when outside; safely confined on-leash in certain areas or in an unfenced yard, safely trained to be off-leash in appropriate areas, and kept safely housed and fed; etc. Surely, this is the most basic responsibility we have when we share our lives with dogs -- keeping them safe? Well, we are constantly amazed at the casual and unsafe manner in which many people look after their dogs. Although I think we are close to the point of “nothing surprises us anymore!” One of our biggest pet peeves is people not keeping their dogs safely leashed and/or not managing their leashed dogs appropriately. Is it ego or just a lack of concern for their dog’s well-being, or is it simply that some people believe that rules only apply to others? There are many reasons why dogs may need to be on leash at times: • your dog is not yet trained to come when called • your dog is reactive to other dogs or people • your dog is ill or recovering from injury • you are walking in an on-leash area like a city street or public park • someone else is walking your dog If you choose to have your dog off-leash when he should be onleash, you are taking a huge risk and you are putting others at risk – either physically or emotionally. If you allow your off-leash dog to get into the space of a dog who is reactive and fearful of dogs in her space – you are creating an extremely difficult situation for both that dog and her owner to handle, and you are also giving your dog a very unpleasant experience. Clearly, if you allow your dog to get into the space of a dogreactive dog, your dog could easily be injured and even start to become reactive themselves. Here are just a couple of real-life examples of the types of situations that occur with alarming frequency: 1. A few weeks ago, I offered to take a client’s dog out for a walk. He had just had a medical procedure done along with a number of tests. I thought a relaxing outing where he could get some fresh air, stretch his legs and have a good dose of therapeutic sniffing would do him some good. Wanting to keep the walk uneventful and as stress-free as possible, I chose to take him to an area that was clearly marked as on-leash only. We also went at a time of day when I presumed it would not be busy. I knew that my guy might be a bit guarded and concerned about dogs or people getting too close because he’d had a couple of rough days and was still a bit uncomfortable. Within five minutes of heading into the trail, we came across our first dog. I was happy to see that the young dog was on-leash. As we approached one another, I left the trail and moved my charge well 34 • Saddle Up • June 2014

away from the path so the other dog could pass comfortably without either dog interacting. I also positioned myself slightly in front of him. I figured that my obvious move to get away and make room would make it clear that I did not want the two dogs to engage in any way. No such luck. Just as the pair was passing in front of us, the mom let the leash out and the dog came right up to us. When my dog growled to say, “Please keep your distance!” the lady yanked her dog back and gave him a stern reprimand along with a leash-pop. Poor dog. Simply, if the other lady kept her dog’s attention as she passed or kept an appropriate distance, all that could have been prevented. Because of her lack of care, not only was my guy made to feel uncomfortable, but also she gave her young dog a nasty association with another dog. Not a good experience for either. 2. My neighbours across the street have several small children and recently acquired a young puppy. All of the children and the dog play together in their front yard but the yard is unfenced and the puppy is off-leash. Because the dog is young and untrained, lots of things catch his attention HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Safety First!, cont’d on the street and then he is off -- chasing, greeting or playing with anything that goes by. The street between us is a main thoroughfare and very busy. Several times, he has also rushed across the street straight to my front door to charge at my dog and me as we leave our house. Because my dog is newly adopted and very fearful, this creates a huge problem for both of us. My dog has now started barking at their house as soon as we leave our house – perhaps in an effort to stave off any rude approaches before they take place. In any event, the actions of this family have almost killed their dog on many occasions, annoyed countless people trying to walk their own dogs, and hindered my training efforts with my dog as well as causing her to be very wary of dogs approaching off-leash. Planning to have your dog off-leash? Consider this: • Have you taught your dog the skills he needs to be safely off-leash, such as a reliable recall or how to wait quietly while others pass without interacting with them? • Is he capable of making appropriate choices with that much freedom, such as not running up to or jumping on people? • Is he socially skilled, able to approach and interact with other dogs politely? • Is he relaxed and confident, not barking or reacting to people or dogs? • Is he able to reliably follow direction from you, even when he’s excited or distracted?

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orse Council is excited to bring HCBC Horse Day to The Fair at the PNE for 2014! Come visit us at the Agrodome to experience lots of interactive booths and displays, horseless jumping activity for kids and adults alike, “Horses of the World” breed aisle in the barn, and demos aimed at getting people interested in horses and horseback riding! Horse Day happens on August 20th, so save the date! Horse Council BC is currently looking for some enthusiastic, passionate, and fun-

loving horse owners or horse clubs that want to participate in our “Horses of the World” barn aisle displays. This involves bringing your horse to the PNE for a day so that they can be admired in their stall by the public. Along with bringing your horse, we would love for you to prepare a visually appealing display that educates the public on the history, origins, and use of your specific horse’s breed. The display will be roughly the size of one full stall wall. Photo submitted by Tamara Alves. The breeds we are looking for: Clydesdale – Breed spot has been fi lled. Icelandic Pony We are very open to suggestions for what you’d like to see at Horse Day and alternate Arabian – Breed spot has been fi lled. Tennessee Walker Paint – Breed spot has been fi lled. Norwegian Fjord – Breed spot has tentatively breed ideas for the “Horses of the World” barn aisle! If you’d like to help create and man a Canadian – Breed spot has been fi lled. been fi lled. Miniature Horses – Breed spot has been fi lled. Appaloosa booth for the day, contact Jennifer at 1-800Warmblood 345-8055 ext 109 or email recreation@hcbc. Thoroughbred – Breed spot has tentatively Thoroughbred been fi lled. Lusitano – Breed spot has tentatively been ca to get in on the action. Standardbred fi lled. Quarter Horse Andalusian – Breed spot has tentatively been We can’t wait to see you there! Friesian fi lled. Fell Pony Hanoverian

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BC Carriage Driving Society - Okanagan Chapter By Deb Gardner

Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic


e had the first of 2 booked Driving Clinics with Kathy Stanley on May 3-4. The weekend had a mix of weather, but as the group was small enough we were able to work around the rain. Five drivers attended the weekend of private and group driving lessons with Kathy. Our group and a 2 hour presentation for this month’s clinic was all about Field Driving Trials. The weekend started off with 11 folks attending the Friday evening of theory and walking the dressage, cones and obstacle course phases of a Field Driving Trial. Kathy explained what field driving was all about and answered any questions anyone had. Kathy also gave a lesson to 10-year-old Peyton and her new Miniature Horse ‘Pip’, they did a great job doing their first ever dressage test! Saturday and Sunday saw all the drivers work towards improving their driving skills as well as take part in the group lesson driving a Field Driving Trial. Dressage tests were marked and the cones and obstacle courses timed; it was not a hard time to beat as my time set the bar... and I was ground driving my new Mini RMS Circle of Colors. Anyone taking longer than me would have to have gone off course taking the scenic route or was taking a bathroom break! We had fun catching up, talking horses and tack over yummy lunches and on Saturday watched part of the Live Oaks CDE DVD,

Natalie and Noon

the Dressage phase - that was Deb and Shawny our ‘dodge the rain’ activity! I would like to thank Katie and her 2 Minis Tekea & Shadow, Marilla and her Mini Bandit, Natalie and her Mini Noon, Cathy and her Mini lad Bentley for joining me with my 3 lads, Shorty, Scotty and Shawny in what was a very fun and informative clinic! Kathy thank you again for such a wonderful clinic, really enjoyed having Katie and Shadow with your baby Corgi Cadet join us as well. Kathy Stanley We all have driving skills homework to do and will get a chance to showcase what we have learned in June, when we see you again!

BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Taylor Boyce


he BC Draft Under Saddle Club invites YOU and your Draft Horse or Draft cross to become a member! Not only can you learn more about your horse from other members with similar horses but you can collect points gained from riding your horse towards Year End Prizes! Members of the BCDUSC do everything from Jumpers and Eventing to Western, Dressage and Trails. If you or anyone you know are interested in joining, receiving our newsletter, or have any related questions, feel free to contact us through the website. BCDUSC will be hosting the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest Open Heritage Qualifier Horse Show on Sunday, July 27th. The show

Scarlett and Shasta

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Christa with her Haflinger

is an OPEN HORSE SHOW! English, Jumping, Western and Games... Stake classes too! Prize book can be found on our website. News from the members: Dawn and Shasta, her 17HH Clydesdale Mare, successfully achieved Highpoint in Western at Mission Horse Club’s English Western Show/Heritage Qualifier on April 27. New Member Christa and her Haflinger mare Margo have recently joined the club, and also was showing at the Mission Horse Club Show, and did quite well also. The BCDUSC welcomes all shapes and sizes of Draft breeds. Even Draft ponies. Our youngest member, Scarlett 3 years old, also rode Shasta and won her Leadline class. Too cute! We are always thankful for any donations made to us and want to thank anyone who has sent help our way. Don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Page!

Dawn and Shasta


Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


pring is in the air and the PRC is off to a good start. We have established an affi liate membership with the Okanagan chapter of The Backcountry Horsemen of BC and would like to welcome them to Peachland. Be sure to check out their website http:// to learn more about whom they are and what they do! They just hosted a 2-day Packing Clinic at the PRC on the May long weekend and we’ll tell you more about that next month. We held our first Gymkhana and BCBRA/ Saddle Series Races on April 27th and WOW… what a turnout! It was a full house, with over 50 riders in the Gymkhana and 45+ riders in the BCBRA/Saddle Series Race! It was the best turnout we have had in years!! Thank you so much for your patience.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch this club grow so much in the past couple years and we couldn’t do it without all our great members and awesome group of volunteers. Our next Gymkhana and Saddle Series Race is on June 1st. April 27th results: Novice High Point - Annamaria Pinterits on Coronita Reserve – Poppy Psyllakis on Koche Senior High Point – Amanda Capuano on Easter Reserve – Nikki Harris on Mariposa Youth High Point – Toniesha Stukel on Yukon Reserve – Sierra Stukel on Popeye Junior High Point – Mya Geiger on Cruz Reserve – Ayla Schwarz on Muffin Pee Wee High Point – (tie) Danika Stukel on Dusty and Penny Hinton on Stike Reserve – Kadence Mccafferty on Bailey

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association News By Daphne Davey

A CARING CANADIAN This article is adapted from the citation submitted by CanTRA on behalf of Dr. Lawrence. The award was presented to her in Ottawa in April 2014.

Dr. Gillian Lawrence receives the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award The contribution Dr. Lawrence has made to the therapeutic riding movement in Canada and internationally is both long-standing and vast. Without doubt, she is more than deserving of this prestigious award and such recognition is long overdue.

Regional Mingling her passion for children, horses and medicine, Dr. Lawrence started a therapeutic riding program in Amherst, Nova Scotia, that ran for more than thirty years. She was a founding member and first president of the Nova Scotia Riding for the Disabled Association, which helped to strengthen fledgling programs and develop the expertise of their instructors and helpers. Therapeutic riding cannot truly be learned from books. Handson training and practice is essential to develop a successful program. Before CanTRA was formed and when other training options were out of reach, Gillian generously shared her knowledge, time and facilities for workshops for Maritimers.

National Gillian was a founding board member of CanTRA in 1980 and later served two terms as president. The first program developed by CanTRA was Instructor Certification, for which a training manual was needed where none previously existed in Canada. At that time, when few local programs were in operation and almost no one knew where the others were, a great learning process was occurring across the country. Gillian chaired the CanTRA Medical Committee that wrote the Instructor Certification Manual. Today, all trainees and graduates use this manual as their main study and reference guide.


interest in elite para-equestrian sport led to her becoming an International Classifier, serving as an official at the debut of Paralympic Dressage competition during the Paralympic Games in Atlanta (1996), and again in Sydney (2000). Largely due to Gillian’s leadership, Canada’s first venture into international competition was at the 2nd World Dressage Championships for the Disabled in Denmark in 1991 when she served as chef d’équipe. The results spoke for the major role she played: an individual gold medal and a team bronze. She later served as chef d’équipe at the 3rd World Dressage Championships in England in 1994 when Canada won the team silver medal. CanTRA warmly congratulates Dr. Lawrence on this award! For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www. or email ctra@golden. net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www. or

Dr. Lawrence receives her award from Governor General David Johnston (Photo by MCpl Vincent Carbonneau)

Lelia Sponsel, representing CanTRA, with Dr. Lawrence at Rideau Hall. Lelia was a founding board member of CanTRA and chaired the Certification Committee in its pioneering years. (Photo by Sarah Lawrence)

Gillian served as president of the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International (now HETI) from 1997 to 1999. Her budding HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 39

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club’s Red Robin Cattle Sorting will be happening as this issue hits the presses; watch the July issue for a report on that event to see who took home the big cash prizes! Coming up in June is our ever popular TCSC Spring Show on June 14-15. With a full slate of Western Performance classes being judged by Deanna Reimer (Vanderhoof), a set of progressive Reining patterns being scored by Danny Morrison (Prince George), and a complete complement of Kasha Obarianyk and Tequila both flat and over fences classes under the watchful eye of Lisa Hamer (Terrace), this show has something for everyone! Prizes, high points, and added money stakes classes – it will be an the support of these exciting venue for riders to get their horses out!! A BIG THANK YOU groups and our sponsors to our amazing sponsors! Riley Bassett and Mr Peppo San – THANK YOU!! Funding has also been secured from the Burns Lake Community As always, for more Forest and Burns Lake and District Community Foundation to help out with another set of bleachers for our spectators, and BL&D Community info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi at 250-692-5721 or e-mail tcsaddleclub@ Foundation and Horse Council BC are also helping fund our Youth, check us out on Facebook, or our website Clinic in August. Horse Council has also agreed to assist with our Pre Show Clinic in June – we truly couldn’t do everything we do without

Smithers, BC - Three In One Breed Show By Barb Bowerbank

Photos courtesy of Design by Lonesome Pine


he Three in One Breed Show Society is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Three in One Breed and Open Horse Show scheduled to be held July 11-13 at the Northern Saddle Club Grounds in Smithers, BC. The last six years, through the generous support of our sponsors, we coordinated shows for 3 popular stock horse breeds; the American Quarter Horse, the American Paint Horse and the Canadian Appaloosa Horse, along with Open All Breed classes, stakes and specialty classes. The Breed Association shows are double judged, and this year we welcome Cindy Chilton-Moore from Oklahoma and Charlene Carter from Tennessee as our official judges. Our AQHA show will be sanctioned for provincial BCQHA High Points and our APHA show will be sanctioned with the BC Paint Horse Club for Provincial High Points, so members of those organizations will benefit again from their performances. The committee has been hard at work bringing back the favourite well attended classes and adding the new and exciting. We have added a Free Youth Show, (yes FREE) being held on the Friday morning starting at 8:00 am. There will be 12 classes, Leadline, Games, lots of Beginner Walk Trot classes and more, with a simple and straight forward list of rules to keep kids safe and provide that first fun show experience. There will be ribbons and trophies to the winners. Following the show there will be a free Horsemanship Clinic provided in 2 sessions (split by skill level) under the guidance of Rochelle Van Geloven, between 1 and 3 pm. Spaces for the clinic are limited though so be sure to register early! All details to enter the show or clinic are provided on our Free Show Registration Form available on our website – see below for contact info. 40 • Saddle Up • June 2014

Our regular show starts at 3:00 pm. Back are the well attended In Hand Challenge, Never Won a Buckle Reining, and All Breed Stake classes. This year there will be a full slate of Youth Walk/Trot Classes and Amateur All Breed Walk/Trot classes which will be included in the Hi Points. Hi Point awards include Bronzes, Blankets and Sheets, for the various divisions, along with a few Buckle Classes/Awards. On the Friday night come on over to the Tents for our Friday Meet and Greet Social, sample the snacks provided and meet new exhibitors and catch up with those returning. And don’t forget to attend our live auction where sponsors and friends of the 3 in 1 Breed Show donate some fabulous items. Every year we donate 20% of the net proceeds of our auction to a charitable organization in the Bulkley Valley and area. This year the Burns Lake Food Bank will receive those proceeds of our auction. Don’t forget to download your show entry forms from our website: to avoid a post entry fee charge, and be sure to get your entry in by July 4th, 2014 (postmarked). For any questions contact our Show Secretary, Barb Bowerbank at 250-251-1505 or e-mail HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Competitive Trail Riders Assoc. By Tammy Mercer


he BCCTRA has hosted several training rides this spring, with the latest held in the Spruston area in Central Vancouver Island. This new ride site will be hosting the first combined CTR & Endurance Ride in the BCCTRA & ERABC history. We have another new ride site in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island – check out the BCCTRA website for details and dates for this and other upcoming rides. The last training ride for 2014 was organized by Central Island Director Nancy Gourlay and was held on May 11. Approximately 20 riders came to view the new Ocean Vista camping area and enjoy approximately 18 miles of Spruston Training Ride beautiful trails. Big thanks to trail boss and leader Justine Saunders for leading the way. The first official CTR of the year will be held in Chemainus on Vancouver Island June 29. This ride will include Levels 1 & 2 and is a popular ride due to its friendly ride hosts, scenic mountain trails and majestic river crossings. Contact Christine Pacukiewics at or phone 250-881-8153 for entry and ride information. Up next is the spectacular Timber Ridge CTR July 4-5 in beautiful Lumby, BC. This will be the second year at this spectacular ride site and one you don’t want to miss. Ride Manager Myrna Thompson must have a minimum of 20 registrations or it will be cancelled, please register early so we can preserve this ride.

Pray for Sun Run By Steven Dubas


he 2nd Pray for Sun Run was held at Alex Fraser Park May 3-4, in Quesnel. It had $1500 added money to the Open each day, $800 added to the Juniors each day and $400 added to the Pee Wees each day. The event had a total of 104 riders, with 74 in the Open class, 23 in Youth and 7 in Pee Wee. Funds are raised throughout the year by their members; they do not get money from sponsors. Amanda Mero is the organizer of the event under the umbrella of the Quesnel Barrel Racers Association. The Association was started in 1991 and became a registered non-profit society in 2000. In that time, they acquired a timing system, scoreboard, pole bending set and computer soft ware program to manage events. “I’ve seen huge growth in barrel racing -- not only the number of horses, but also the amount of money added to the races. We are, however, way behind Alberta and the United States in amount of entries and added money,” stated Amanda. “I would love to be able to have a

Gabby Fouty, age 10, from Quesnel, riding Topaz, an 11-year-old registered Paint gelding


large barrel race and be able to have prizes such as a horse trailer and saddles like they have in Alberta and the USA.” The vision Amanda has is for a barrel racing association in northern BC, “because of the cost of fuel and the large number of northern barrel racers, we thought a northern barrel racers association that would hopefully include Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George and Vanderhoof would give us northern girls a chance to pool our resources and work together.” Despite the inclement weather, the event was well organized with competitors coming from all over northern BC. Congratulations to Amanda and the Quesnel Barrel Racers Association for having the initiative to make their dream a reality. MAY 3 RESULTS 1D Placings 1st 17.823 Nicole Hoessl on Oreo 2nd 17.854 Heather Stewart on Teddy 3rd 17.923 Jen Pederson on Butter 2D Placings 1st 18.440 Devynn Rutz on Felon 2nd 18.456 Chelsea Wallach on Delta 3rd 18.458 Coulter Gould on Money 3D Placings 1st 18.862 Candace Beier on Steel 2nd 18.890 Teresa Pedersen on Faith 3rd 18.909 Karen Yaworski on Zoom 4D Placings 1st 19.905 Pauline Brandson on Boomer Tie 19.905 Jenna Waterhouse on Jewels 2nd 19.995 Robbie Twerdochlib on Zoey 5D Placings 1st 20.757 Danaya Rankin on Coppertone 2nd 20.932 Kyle Wargovcsik on Rookie 3rd 21.490 Audrey Cooper on Looker ACBRA Table 2 Jackpot in Pee Wee 1D Placings 1st 19.077 Riley Beier on Tucker 2nd 20.162 Tatum Long on Montana 3rd 20.464 Kira Stowell on Pennies ACBRA Table 1 Jackpot in Youth 1D Placings 1st 18.089 Megan Smith on Vegas

2nd 18.227 Callie Hume on Reb 3rd 18.555 Sarah Twerdochlib on Red 2D Placings 1st 18.704 Carli Wardrop on Sunny 2nd 18.985 Sierra Jones on Jet 3rd 19.006 Taylor Cherry on Johnny 3D Placings 1st 19.144 Kaylie Girouard on Jazz 2nd 19.168 Amy Hume on Cuda 3rd 19.309 Emma Lanevin on Kit 4D Placings 1st 20.340 Keaton Collett on Katie MAY 4 RESULTS 1D Placings 1st 17.524 Nicole Hoessl on Oreo 2nd 17.710 Heather Stewart on Teddy 3rd 17.881 Joleen Seitz on Fame 2D Placings 1st 18.157 Jody Gilson on Pie 2nd 18.174 Ashley Zappone on Lady 3rd 18.219 Jen Pederson on Butter 3D Placings 1st 18.547 Teresa Pedersen on Roxy 2nd 18.612 Samantha Gagnon on Dually 3rd 18.634 Dawnna Robertson on Babydoll 4D Placings 1st 19.619 Amber Teed on Shady 2nd 19.774 Danaya Rankin on Coppertone 3rd 19.951 Kyle Wargovcsik on Rookie 5D Placings 1st 20.129 Angie Bell on Monte 2nd 20.427 Nora Wallach on Cortez 3rd 20.551 Bridget Rosette on Squirt Jackpot in Youth 1D Placings 1st 18.089 Megan Smith on Vegas 2nd 18.227 Callie Hume on Reb 3rd 18.555 Sarah Twerdochlib on Red 2D Placings 1st 18.704 Carli Wardrop on Sunny 2nd 18.985 Sierra Jones on Jet 3rd 19.006 Taylor Cherry on Johnny 3D Placings 1st 19.144 Kaylie Girouard on Jazz 2nd 19.168 Amy Hume on Cuda 3rd 19.309 Emma Lanevin on Kit 4D Placings 1st 20.340 Keaton Collett on Katie Pee Wees 1D Placings 1st 19.077 Riley Beier on Tucker 2nd 20.162 Tatum Long on Montana 3rd 20.464 Kira Stowell on Pennies • 41

Terrace Totem Saddle Club—We Did It! By Marty Cox


ith the help of too many to name we are pleased to have our outdoor arena back up and running. Haven’t ridden in n it myself but the reports are really great and it sure looks nice. Again a BIG THANKS to all who helped—without everyone it would still be a plan and not an arena. The first event was held on May 4th—the first Gymkhana of the season. The official opening will be on June 22nd with big plans. It’ll bee a great day—everyone is invited to attend or ride in the Gymkhana. Also the first Horse Show was held—Carolyn Dobbs was our judge and clinician. All the riders had a fun time and learned some tips on how to ‘wow’ a judge. High Point Riders included Michalla Heighington and Silhouette for Dressage; Maggie Kennedy and Colby for Junior A; Claire Hernes and Pippa for Junior B; and Terri Cameron n for our Senior rider with Duelly, Tucker and Lola. The next show was May 23-24th with Lillian Evaniew-Phelan as our judge. It will have been our first show in the outdoor (weather permitting). Finally we’ll be able to have a real jump course again. Unfortunately there were no Percentage Days, but Clear Rounds had 7 riders. Highest jump went to Crimzon LeBlond and Minka—3’, and the riders with the highest number of points were Lyn Rempel and d Whisper; and Rowena Chambone and Dusty—both with 30 points. We are proud to have one of our members have her article in

Kore in Gymkhana

Canadian Horse. Tania Millen has Maggie Kennedy and Colby spent the last 4 years doing pack trips. This article is about her travels to Saskatchewan—“Prairie Dreaming.” Tania has always been active in the horse field from jumping, eventing and now pack trips. Upcoming will be the Grand Opening of the Outdoor Arena on June 22; more Gymkhanas, Clear Rounds, Percentage Days; and in July the 2014 Timberland Horse Show. Going to be a busy riding season.

Chilliwack Riding Club News By Penny Boldt


he Chilliwack Riding Club (CRC) has been active for 79 years. We started 2014 off with our annual New Year’s Day Trail Ride on the Rotary Trail/TCT along the Vedder River. Our social committee had a nice hot lunch waiting for us when we returned from the 2 hour ride. February and March rides were on the south side of the Vedder River and once again riders enjoyed a nice hot lunch after the ride. On April 13th, CRC members joined Debbie Hughes and Twisted Terrain Horse Park to host the “Mountain Trail at Its Best” event at Heritage Park, here in Chilliwack. We had a tack sale, several vendors, a bake sale, and a select horse sale. The Mountain Trail demo by Debbie Hughes was well attended. SHOWS: We started our show season in February with two Schooling Shows, and regular monthly Horse Shows started in April. Our shows are BC Heritage Qualifiers, both Western and English. Check our website for Show dates. GYMKHANAS: We hold monthly Gymkhanas and they are BC Heritage Qualifiers. OPEN RIDE: This is a fun time when we get together at Heritage Park; indoors from October - April and outdoors during May – 42 • Saddle Up • June 2014

September; to work with our horses, whether it be preparing for a show, gymkhana or starting a young horse, or a relaxing ride. We’re all there to help out and support each other. We often end the evening enjoying some fresh home baked goodies and a hot drink put on by our Open Ride Director/President, Sharon Peel. CLINICS: On May 3-4, we held a clinic at Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope BC with clinician Debbie Hughes. The morning of the first day we were introduced to the course and went through it in hand. After lunch, we saddled up and rode the course. Saturday evening we enjoyed a wonderful BBQ dinner. Sunday morning, we saddled up and introduced our horses to more of the course obstacles. After lunch there was a show, where each rider had to do a total of 4 obstacle patterns. It was great to see the confidence that was acquired by both horse and rider during the weekend. What an awesome two days! DRILL TEAM: Our drill team practices every Tuesday evening and performs at our local horse shows. For more information on our club please visit HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

News From Arion Farm By Dustin Drader


rion Farm in Kelowna BC recently held our first ever Toppy Cowan Memorial Horse Show. Over a hundred people came out to support 30 students who rode in Dressage, Equitation, Jumping and Games classes. We would like to thank all the riders, volunteers, sponsors, judges, staff (and horses) that helped to make the show such a great success! The sun was out for most of the day and a great time was had by all. With three rings running, it was a very busy place. The greatest rewards were the many smiles displayed by riders and their families. Arion Farm will be running our summer Instructor Preparation Course on June 9-13. This 5-day course introduces candidates to therapeutic riding and counts towards mandatory volunteer and mentor hours needed to complete certification with CanTRA. Limited

accommodation at the farm is available. To register please contact Dustin Drader at

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


e are now gearing up for the season… the jumps have been painted, the club equipment given the Spring overhaul, the club house has been cleaned and we have more comfortable furniture in place and all the club members have a spring in their step as we begin our year with a very successful Dressage Event. The May 4th event took place at the home of the Oliver Riding Club… the D-K Ranch in Oliver. We had two sessions; the first being Western Dressage, which was wonderfully conducted by Janette Lauritzen, whom we are very fortunate to have on board as a club member, as she is without doubt, one of our top Canadian coaches. Her students were Kathy Malmberg, Tara Sackett, Dawn Macrae (who was all smiles) - in fact we weren’t sure who had the biggest smile Dawn or her horse; and Midge Corey who has crossed the great

divide from riding English to Western with great results for her and her horse Timbits. In the afternoon we were delighted to have the session conducted by Julie Johanssen, another greatly respected coach. Her students included Dorothy McLaughlin, Sharon Piazza and Maggie Strong who always rides while smiling with all her cheeks! Each session was the first in a series of three sessions leading to a Percentage Day in early Fall. The sessions were greatly appreciated by the participants and spectators alike and the club again thanks Janette and Julie for providing superb instruction. We encourage any horse-minded people in our area to visit our website at and we would be delighted to welcome you to our club meetings held in the clubhouse at the D-K Ranch every third Thursday of the month. See you there!

Dawn Macrae is delighted with the performance her horse put in during the Western Dressage session with instructor Janette Lauritzen. Both horse and rider have BIG smiles!

Happy Trails to all the readers of Saddle Up and special thanks to Nancy Roman the Editor - we appreciate what you do very much.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Tasia Bronson


n May 18 the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club held their second Schooling Show of the year at the Armstrong Fairgrounds with judge Andrea Naka. Riders bared the rainy and cold morning for a perfect afternoon. The concession had excellent food and several riders tried the Games at the end of the day. We would like to thank the awesome volunteers who keep the club going! June 23 is the next Schooling Show again at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. For a class list and membership forms visit the AERC website. And if you’re interested in volunteering and becoming eligible for year-end awards, please contact a club director at We hope to see you at the next show!


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Kelowna Riding Cub News By Sarah Hayes and Emma Bosma


e kicked off the 2014 show season with the Kelowna Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show on April 24-27. The show was a great success; there was a large turnout and we even had good weather! Many of our competitors came from Alberta, including Julie Allen and Isabella Maddalo, first and second place winners of the $400 Coast Capri Hotel/Chances Gaming Entertainment Gamblers Choice class. This class was exciting and entertaining to watch, and spectators got to enjoy food donated and served by the Coast Capri Hotel. Also from Calgary was the winner of the $500 The View Winery Hunter Spectacular, Centim, owned by Trish Mrakawa and ridden by Angelica Edwards-Jones. In the $400 Okanagan Equine Veterinary Beginner Hunter Classic, Olivia Austin and Del Rio beat out twenty other competitors to win the last class of the horse show. Local rider Halle Gainey and her pony Sterling Silver showed pony power by winning two big classes at this horse show, the Okanagan Restoration Pony Challenge, and the $400 CF Farms 0.85m Mini Prix.

Winning the $400 Jim Mills Memorial 1.10m Mini Prix was Jada Wagner and Bali from Cali. The CET Mini Medal title sponsored by Drummond Law was won by Tasha Otto. The Kelowna Riding Club would like to thank all of the generous sponsors and volunteers, as well as the competitors for making this show a success. The Kelowna Riding Club wishes to thank Doug Mills for his horsemanship clinic May 2-4. The weather held out and we had some amazing breakthroughs for horses and their owners, lots of “light bulb” moments in understanding clear communication. There is no better feeling than having that connection with your horse! Eiren Crawford was at KRC for her popular Dressage lessons prior to the Spring Dressage Festival. We hope to have Eiren back later this summer and will also have a few more clinicians coming up this season. The Spring Dressage Festival was held May 17-18, highlights of the show will be reported in the next Saddle Up issue. The infamous Adult Camp will be

Katie Beunder of Calgary at our Hunter Jumper Show. Photo by Sarah Hayes.

held at KRC July 27-30. This year we will have something for everyone, whether your favourite discipline is dressage, jumping or Western. Coaches on the roster for 2014 are: . Shelley Malbeauf - EC Level 3 Dressage . Robin Hahn- EC Level 3 Eventing . Wendy Price- EC Level 2 Western This is a great camp not to be missed! Check for more info. Check our Facebook page and website regularly for more upcoming clinics and events.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


e had a very successful weekend at the Mane Event in Red Deer on April 25-27. Our booth was brimming with Donkey and Mule information and new T-shirts. Several club members participated in the Breed Parade each afternoon and we had some very special guests this year from the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, ON. The club was able to assist with bringing in Kim Hayes, an operations manager of the Sanctuary and Chris Gerber, the Sanctuary’s farrier. Over the three days, Kim and Chris gave excellent and well-attended lectures pertaining to donkeys and mules, including a live demonstration on hoof trimming with lots of information and advice for the interested spectators. Many of our members have responded on how much they learned from this couple about the differences in understanding and caring for mules and donkeys, especially as compared to horses. Our AGM was also held during the event; necessitating a short meeting as many of us had limited free time. New members to the executive are Vice President Bob Leggette and Director Brenda Jagersma. Our Kim Hayes of the Donkey next club-sponsored event will Sanctuary of Canada with the be our annual Trail Ride at the donkeys waiting to be trimmed Hummingbird on July 25-27. 44 • Saddle Up • June 2014

Please call our host Keith Kendrew at 403-843-3293 for more information. All equines welcome! The 25th anniversary of Tees Longears Days takes place on August 16-17 at the Rodeo Grounds at Tees, AB. Our new format this year includes only a few judged classes and more fun classes and demos! Then on Saturday evening we offer our delicious catered beef BBQ supper followed by a fun auction (donated items gratefully accepted) and then very special music and entertainment by THE WARDENS of Banff, AB. This is a highly enjoyable Les Sjorgren and his mule group from the Mountain National Park Katie from Coalhurst, AB, Warden Service who will share original part of the Breed Parade at tunes, tales and images of their chosen the Mane Event in Red Deer work. Sunday will be a day set aside for some mini clinics including a practice trail course open to everyone. Our scheduled clinics this year with Jerry Tindell of Tindell’s Horse and Mule School have been postponed to the month of October. Check our website for the list of clinics or contact Marlene Quiring at or call 403-783-1723. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Shows Submitted By Karen Podolski


he Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Shows take place twice per year in Red Deer, AB. This year, the dates are June 21-22 and August 2-3, with a Futurity Youngstock and Performance Stake on August 1. Between the two double-judged shows and the Futurity, we have five well-qualified judges from the UK, USA and Canada. JUNE 21-22: Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show #1 Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Judges: Edwin Prosser, UK, Mintfield Stud; Iona Pillion, USA, Conwy Stud AUGUST 1: Futurity Youngstock & Performance Stake (plus a Driving Clinic) Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Judge: Kirsten Brunner, ON, Beaverwood Farm AUGUST 2-3: Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show #2 Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Judges: Gwyn Berry, UK, Betws Stud; Cynthia Doll, USA, Doll House Farm Our shows have a division for Welsh breed, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter, along with a good selection of classes for registered and unregistered ponies and horses. Additionally, we have a great selection of riding (English, Western, fun/gymkhana, hunter/jumper, trail, etc.) and driving classes (reinsmanship, pleasure, cones, ride ‘n’ drive, and fun). Some of our classes are breed specific, while others are for ponies only, and more yet are open to all. We are so grateful and appreciative of our sponsors for their generous donations and support! We very much look forward to bringing our exhibitors some fantastic prizes from quality shops and, most importantly, a great show with a wide variety of classes and very knowledgeable judges officiating. We invite all equine enthusiasts to come out to enjoy the Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Shows in Red Deer, AB!

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


oming up is our Hunter Jumper Show on June 6-8. If you are not entered in this show it’s still worth stopping by the club during the weekend to check out the action. Friday evening will be a BBQ and exciting Nations Cup sponsored by Okanagan Restoration, and Saturday afternoon brings the famous Foxspring Farms Hunter Derby. Hope to see you there! Last month brought many busy weekends to the VDRC. Our Spring Schooling Jumper rounds and Dressage Clinic was well attended even with the soggy weather. We would like to thank our judges and course designer for volunteering their time and all competitors for being so plucky. The following weekend had the club buzzing with activity playing host to a Sandra Sokoloski clinic all weekend, Crony Club meeting on Sunday, plus Dale Irwin also teaching all weekend for the Vernon Pony Club. We love to see our grounds getting so much use by local equestrians! If you like something a bit different, we HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

hope you took in Lorraine Pelletier’s Equine Emergency Preparedness clinic the last weekend of May. Lorraine is trying to offer an alternative to English competition based clinics which we think is super. Coming up fast is our annual Dressage Show on July 11-13. The three day EC Bronze/ Gold show features freestyles, standard tests up to Grand Prix and the increasingly popular Western Dressage tests. We still need volunteers for this show too, if you are interested in competing or helping out please contact show manager Suzanne Wallace at 250-545-5573. Is there something you would like to see at the VDRC? Maybe interested in a Western Dressage clinic, Games Day or helping make the General Performance show happen? Contact us at or find us on Facebook!

Ask Suzi! LOST AND CONFUSED Dear Suzi: This is my first year showing. So to say the least I am not sure what I am doing or what to wear. I ride a sorrel and white Paint. I was thinking about using mostly black for a slimming look, I am an older woman and I do not have that perfect young figure any more. My idea was black hat, boots, pants and chaps; with a hunter green saddle pad and a hunter green blouse, black show vest for riding and black jacket for halter and showmanship. What do you think? – Cindy

Hi Cindy: You’re not lost and confused - you’re doing fine! Your idea of the black (simple, slimming, easy to deal with) with green accents on your sorrel horse is a great first outfit. Black is kind of universal, and the green will definitely be attractive on your horse. Plus, there won’t be a great color contrast at the waist, which will be flattering for you. If you want to be more cool and casual at a show, you might try a nice neutral straw hat for something different, and you can really change the personality of the whole look with various pins and earrings. You’ll be fi ne, don’t panic, and remember to chant the Hobby Show-Girl Mantra as you go in the ring “I’m having fun, I’m having fun, I’m having fun.” Go show a little and get your feet wet, and worry about complicated outfits later! Thanks for asking, Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 45

Spring Fever By Bruce Roy,


hile spring may have been slow to arrive in Western Canada, much of this year’s foal crop appeared before the weather turned. So, too, did a number of stallions new to the region. Dale Campbell of Windcharger Heritage Farm Ltd, in Dawson Creek, imported Manor Mac T, a black four-year-old Shire stallion. Bred in Wales by Mrs. J. Pleavin-Edge of Shordley Manor at Clwyd; this big, powerful sire was shown with success at England’s National Shire Horse Show on three occasions. The impressive son of Moorefield Manor Mac was accompanied on his flight to Calgary by a yearling fi lly. Horsemen can see this grey daughter of Metheringham Upton Hamlet June 18-30 at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic (Olds) and at the Calgary Stampede from July 4-7. In March, Meg Phillips of Diamond Echo Percherons in Didsbury, AB, purchased the Lone Oak 12 Ike, a black two-year-old, bred by Jim Lane of Lone Oak Percherons in Birtle, MB. This sire prospect arrived in Alberta following the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Placed with Brian Coleman for three weeks,

the handsome colt was broke to harness. He is a son of Lone Oak 07 Pride; his dam, Mountain View Illuminate, is purportedly the largest American-bred mare sired by Pleasant View King, the World Champion Stallion at Calgary’s 1998 World Percheron Congress. Drew Mundie of Mundie’s Belgians in Innisfail, AB, has bought the 12-yearold stallion, Camelot Chip’s du Marais, the Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at Toronto’s 2002 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The red sorrel breeding horse, whose mane and tail are light, is a last son of Remlap Chip du Marais, one of the Belgian breed’s name sires. He was purchased from Brenda Bradshaw of Bradshaw Belgian in Wilsonville, ON -- the stallion’s breeder; Nelson Yoder of Millersburg, Ohio, has had Camelot Chip’s du Marais on lease for several years. A proven sire, this Belgian stallion’s arrival in Alberta has sparked excitement in breed circles. While details are few at this time, five more Percheron stallions have come to Alberta. However, exciting as these breeding horses are, it was Wes and Kristen Gordeyko of Willow Way Clydesdales in Ohaton, AB,

Westerdale Pearl with her twin filly foals pictured at Willow Way Farm.

who sparked the conversation in equine circles. Their spirited mare, Westerdale Pearl, bred by the late Dale Rosenke of Westerdale Clydesdales in Didsbury, AB, has foaled twins to the cover of Willow Way Bacardi. The lively pair of twin sisters, named Little Little and Big Little, required no assistance at birth.

Kelowna 4-H Hoofbeats Update By Kathleen, Ashley, Lauren and Paivi


e are all very excited to have started riding this month with a Judging Rally at Wendy Wise’s barn. This is where we get judging cards where we write our reason for placing the class on. Some of the classes that we had the option to judge were… extension cords for an indoor Christmas tree, bird houses, laying hens, agility dogs, western show bridles and riding horses. We all get judged on our reasons and placing. This month was also the first time some of us got on our horses and rode. But all in all the horses were really well-behaved. We started the night off with practicing Showmanship. This is where we had to handle our horses on the ground. There is a judge in the arena and we have to present our horse the best and remember some key points. This is why we practice to become better. When we all go on and rode we practiced Trail obstacles. In Trail we have to ride over a bridge, open a gate, back through a “L”, open a mail box, and show the proper bend through poles. We are all looking forward to the next meeting we have with our horses where we will further practice Showmanship and play some Games on horseback. Later in the year we are looking forward to a bottle sort, riding lessons, and the two 4-H shows we attend, Stock Show (at the Armstrong Fairgrounds) and Summer Sizzler (at the Salmon Arm 46 • Saddle Up • June 2014

Everyone learning a few tips from Taylor about Showmanship

Fairgrounds). We all look forward to the awesome things we will be doing later in the year and we all can’t wait to start riding more and having fun hanging out and making memories. Sydney and Mia judging the riding horses


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Terri Brown and Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


e were graced with beautiful weather for the movein day of the LMQHA Spring Circuit “fun show,” held the first weekend of May. Spirits were high as everyone was riding or lungeing their horses before indulging in the tasty food at the Exhibitor Social organized by volunteer Tina Maynard. Friday morning proved to be sunny as well, but quickly turned blustery, showering the arena with cherry blossom petals as Hunt Seat riders trotted along. At that point, Mother Nature decided to turn on the waterworks, which drove the rest of the showing to the indoor for the remainder of the weekend. We saw an increase in numbers compared to last year, with showing on the Friday and Saturday into the evening hours! Saturday evening was our Pizza Party, BCQHA awards presentation and our ever-popular “Funturities.” With over 30 participants, we all had a blast! The games began with Backwards Stick Horse Barrels, “riders” slapping their imaginary mounts’ hindquarters as they raced around the course, adding even more laughter to this fun event. The carrot race was next, in which participants coaxed their horses one by one on foot thru a course of pylons using just carrots or grain for incentive. A great time was had by all in this one, not the least of which were the horses who were often kicking up their heels on the way “home.” Finally back due to popular demand was costume showmanship. Participants were given random costumes and encouraged to create a showmanship routine in the spirit of their character. We saw a flying “Superwoman,” a “Mad Scientist” who did the whole pattern backwards, a tough “pirate,” a “Hawaiian Native” who plied the “judge” with tropical cocktails during their quartering, two little princesses who did a pattern in tandem... the list goes on. It was amazing to see everyone’s creativity and humour. Small prizes were sprinkled throughout the night for whimsical reasons -- most creative, fastest, fiercest, etc. Thank you to all who participated! Also that night, we held the draws to Vegas and the Youth Draws. Our AQHA Vegas winner was Gord McEachen, and our APHA Vegas winner was Colleen Ebner. It was a close race, but congratulations go to the Team Tournament winning team: Devon Smith, Emma-Lee Schellenberg, Tina Maynard and Colten Buckley! They received gorgeous coolers sponsored by Coast Country Tack. Congratulations also go to the reserve winning team: Mackenzie Inksater, Paige Hinchcliff, Avery Caron and Virginia Olafson who received blanket bags, caps and embroidered halters. Our high point awards for this circuit were gorgeous leather barstools and personalized Padfolios, with LMQHA medals in HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Some of our awards

rosewood boxes for reserves. For those of you that attended the show, our official photographer Ron McCarthy took a ton of great shots. Visit to view and order photos. Thank you to everyone who attended our first circuit. Our next one is in July when we will be offering high point saddles, reserve custom headstalls, iPods, and Frank Principe spurs certificates for Superhorse and Halter Champion of Champions. Please contact or mellissa1@ with your news; we would love to share it with the membership!

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder and Juanita Gibney

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Horse Camping in BC The recreational trail rider’s most valuable treasure, next to a good horse, are the public riding trails. Of the more than 100,000 horses in BC, there are more equestrians recreating by trail riding than any other equestrian activity or discipline. The Back Country Horsemen Society of BC is one of the many volunteer organizations helping to maintain the thousands of kilometres of trails in this province. At times it might seem that we are competing with the other recreational organizations but, in reality, we all have the same goal in mind: access to trails on public lands so we can recreate in our chosen form. Below are estimates of the kilometres of trails in BC: Crown Land (Recreation Sites and Trails BC) - 12000 km BC Provincial Parks - 7000 km Canadian National Parks - 1000 km Municipal - 9000 km Regional Districts - 1000 km That totals a whopping 30000+ kilometres of trails that need to be managed and maintained! How many kilometres of those are available for equestrian use is difficult to determine because we share many of them with other user groups. But you can bet there are more than you could ride in a lifetime! The Online Trails Database and the Horse Camping Sites on the Horse Council BC website ( show daily activity. From January 1-29 of this year, 4118 people visited the site looking for information. From there, you can do research on a trail either by trail name or by the nearest city centre. There are 134 trails listed with some being areas that have many trails in them; for example, EC Manning Park has ten trails that allow for equestrian use.

Some great horse camping awaits! For example: Barkerville Campgrounds/Forest Rose Campground – near Barkerville $ Fish Trap Horse Creek Camp - near Barriere Gardner Trail – near Princeton Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite in Manning Park Hideaway Horse Camp – near Oliver $ Kettle River Trails at Rock Creek $ Larch Hills - near Salmon Arm $ Lundbom Lake - near Merritt $ Rainbow Trails – near Merritt Skimikin Lake - near Salmon Arm $ Squamish Valley Campground and RV Site – near Squamish Tabor Mountain – near Prince George The Hills & 108 Mile Trails - near 100 Mile House $ Timber Ridge Trails – near Vernon $ Trapping Creek Horse Trails – between Kelowna & Beaverdell Tunkwa Lake – between Kamloops/Logan Lake $ Whitworth Horse Camp – Skagit Valley, south-west of Hope You can learn more about the Back Country Horsemen of BC by visiting us online at

Horse Camping Sites in BC Like camping? Why not take your horses camping with you? There are some great places to go in BC where you can take your horse camping with you. Some areas require your horse to be familiar with high-lining, and in some camps you may bring portable panels. Several campsites listed below have corrals. Some of the sites charge a modest camping fee, indicated by a $ sign. Be sure to check out the Horse Council BC Online Trail Guide for a full listing of all trails, maps and amenities for horse camps and trails around the province. 48 • Saddle Up • June 2014



Office Winter Hours: Monday to Thursdays 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates June 14-15 June 28-29 July 3-4 July 4-5 July 5-6 July 12-13

Rodeo/Town 53rd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft 29th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo PWRA/BCRA in Sedro Woolley, WA PWRA/BCRA in Toppenish, WA Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo

2014 BCRA OVERALL SEASON STANDINGS Up to and including the Grand Coulee, Vernon and Princeton Rodeos BAREBACK 1 Chris Dieleman $861.47 2 Tyrone Hunlin $844.56 3 Steve Hohmann $701.38 4 Brady Thomas $430.73 SADDLE BRONC 1 Cole Scott $4,000.37 2 Joe Roberson $770.99 3 Ryland Derose $581.50 4 Garrett Madley $495.90 BULL RIDING 1 Matt O’Flynn $4,651.39 2 Colton Manuel $1,069.24 3 Bryan Adolph $647.63 4 Brady Smith $576.32 TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Dustin Shields $1,168.96 2 Jonah Antoine $989.99 3 Willee Twan $942.49 4 Logan Wharry $560.56 STEER WRESTLING 1 Joel Isnardy $887.00 2 Andre Aspell $727.61 3 Jackson Scott $709.92 4 Logan Wharry $689.78 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Kristin Bell $1,379.04 2 Denise Swampy $1,281.37 3 Rike Wieth $1,278.55 4 Bailey Fuller $952.65 LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Ginelle Talarico $2,205.87 2 Keri Mikkelsen $1,104.02 3 Jody Gilson $942.76 4 Judy Hyde $825.08 GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEADERS 1 Tim Terepocki $2,456.01 2 Rod May $1,660.73 3 Aaron Palmer $1,467.46 4 Dustin Spiers $856.71

GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. TEAM ROPING – HEELERS 1 Jeff Wills $1,687.07 2 Tim Pellam $1,660.73 3 Mark Pozzobon $1,481.08 4 Ty Lytton $1,388.47 JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL JUNIOR BARREL RACING 1 Tosha Seitz $409.69 2 Taylor Cherry $374.70 3 Callie Hume $238.97 4 Perri Lynn Leneve $158.88 PEE WEE BARREL RACING 1 Gracie Antoine $164.60 2 Kira Stowell $143.80 3 Riley Beier $70.20 4 Taylan James $50.40 JUNIOR STEER RIDING 1 Owen Hawkings $574.80 2 Tristan Brackman $468.03 3 Rhett Bloomfield $416.72 4 Tristan Holt $239.39 ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING JUNIOR BREAKAWAY 1 Harley Antoine $487.95 2 Dyson Leneve $419.44 3 Taylor Cherry $419.25 4 Brianna Billy $166.50 GJ RODEO CO. ROOKIE ROUGHSTOCK RIDER 1 Brady Thomas 262 2 Matt Klassen 200 3 Chris Dieleman 169 4 Dave Dieleman 100


Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

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Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo PWRA/BCRA in Clayton, WA Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader REGENCY CHRYSLER, Quesnel 1-888-726-4947 ~ www.regencychrysler. com Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle & Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider LITTLE FORT HEREFORDS, Little Fort Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle QUESNEL RODEO CLUB Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle


2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse GUS & NITA CAMERON Junior Barrel Horse of the Year 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald BC Livestock & Coop, Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet, Williams Lake • 49

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover. Photos By Tamara Jameson President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Vice President: Natalie Hall


he first Paint show of the season is now water under the bridge – no pun intended. Unseasonably hot weather at the end of April morphed into a weekend monsoon on the Coast as the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association hosted Paint exhibitors at their annual Spring Circuit at Thunderbird May 2-4. In spite of that (we can’t predict the weather), the show saw several Paint exhibitors from Kip Larson’s barn down in Washington as well as interior riders Wendy Price (all the way from Grand Forks) and Taylor Schell, the daughter of South Central QHA president Tracey Schell, from Kelowna. It was a local gal, however, that won the much anticipated trip to Vegas that LMQ anted up for one lucky Quarter Horse and one lucky Paint exhibitor. Congratulations to BC Paint director Colleen “whathappens-in-Vegas…” Ebner. The trip was one of many incentives LMQ introduced this year to bring riders back into the show pen. The flat fees certainly made an impact (we knew they would!) – especially for QH entries which rebounded significantly after struggling last fall. It was great to see point classes for both breeds. Congratulations to high point winners: Amateur Walk-Trot Avery Murray & No More Toyz R: Margo Murray & Alito Too Dynamic Novice Youth Taylor Schell & Looking Glass Alice R: Rebecca McIvor & Justa Ez Rider Youth All Ages Emma-Lee Schellenberg & Ima Special Delivery R: Elli Bernards & I Will If You Will Novice Amateur Devon Smith & Ima Sierra Surprise R: Jessica Thorndycraft & TE Resolution Amateur Dianne Rouse & Chansation R: Devon Smith & Ima Sierra Surprise Green Horse Sir Synergized & Wendy Price R: Invitation Required & Jan Frizzel Senior/Junior Horse TE Resolution & Jessica Thorndycraft R: Invitation Required & Jan Frizzel All-Breed Walk-Trot 11 & Under Avery Caron & Zansational Luck R: Paige Hinchcliff & Amaretto Waltz

AB and Taylor Gardner from Saskatoon. The girls will compete in horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, trail and showmanship following the world youth classes on borrowed horses and against teams from Germany, England, Sweden, Austria, Australia and the USA. This is Emma’s first trip to the Worlds. She’ll be riding new mount Ima Special Delivery, who is no stranger to world show circles. Dianne Rouse rode him to a World Championship in Western Riding 18 months or so ago and that is only one of this BC-bred’s very long list of accomplishments. Kirsten, of course, was honoured at last year’s youth worlds with the Sportsmanship award after her hilariously funny (albeit unscripted) shankless showmanship and was the recipient of BC Paint’s first annual youth scholarship earlier this year. She’ll be riding Surenough Sensational. Be sure to watch (and root) for Emma and Kirsten when APHA live-streams the show from their website ( It’s the best viewing you’ll see all summer!

Free classes The 3-in-1 Horse Show in Smithers, July 11-13, is offering free youth classes at their all-breed show on Friday. In addition to the open show, the show is APHA, AQHA and ApHCC-approved. There’s a meet and greet social planned for the Friday night and they’re putting together another live auction with proceeds going to the Burns Lake Food Bank. Go to their website ( to download the show bill and entry form. My good buddy Barb Bowerbank would love to see more Paints at the show. And it’s BC Paint-approved for those of you setting sights on year-end awards! (See more about the show on page 40)

Round up Don’t forget to send in your Open Show results forms and log your hours in the saddle for our Paint Your Ride BC program. Entry deadline for our Back-to-Basics Coast show at Maple Ridge Equi Centre is July 18. Lots of information about BC Paint is available on our website ( For immediate news updates, join our Facebook group and if you prefer the personal touch, contact any of our directors for more information. We’re here to help you enjoy your Paint Horses!

Jodie Moore gives walk-trotter Paige Hinchcliff a hand

World Show bound BC youth exhibitors Kirsten Chamberland and Emma Schellenberg are Texas-bound this month. They’re headed to the big Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, July 27 to July 5, and will be representing Canada on a youth team that will also include two Prairie-based exhibitors, Brooklyn Moch from Lethbridge, 50 • Saddle Up • June 2014

Michelle Hinchcliff and Amaretto Waltz Rebecca McIvor and Justa Ez Rider make showmanship look easy


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

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14-15 KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA (outside), Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250 589 5981, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stages 2/3 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250 245 2829, KAMLOOPS HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops BC, 250-573-3939, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250 956 8223, VDRC EC Bronze Hunter/Jumper Show, Vernon Dist. Riding Club, Coldstream BC, Judith 250-547-8812 or, MASTER HORSEMAN LARRY NELLES, Horsemanship/Mtn. Trail/Colt Starting Clinic, Circle Cr. Equest. Centre, Kamloops BC, 6TH ANNUAL DONKEY DAY CELEBRATION, Family Fun Day,(new address) 7877 Skimikin Road, Turtle Valley BC, 250-679-2778, MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, SAFETY RIDE, Clearwater BC,, ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, 17TH ANNUAL INTERIOR GAITED FUN HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, Brenda:, CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB Horse Show & Gymkhana (outside), Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, DRIVING CLINIC w/Ellen Hockley, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, KATHY STANLEY Y Driving Clinic, Vanderhoof, Buzz Hamilton, TTEAM CLINIC w/Tammy Steen, Icehorse Ranch, Creighton Valley, Lumby BC, Gillian 250-306-3206, BLUE CREEK GUIDES PROGRAM, McBride BC, 250-569-3423, DELTA RIDING CLUB DRESSAGE % SHOW, Delta BC, Sheila, sheila., WILLIAMS LAKE REINERS SCHOOLING SHOW, 1 pm start, Eagleview Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake BC, pre-registration PARTNERSHIP - Level 1/2 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB, or 250-968-4481 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stages 3/4 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Chloe Wangler 250 720 6658, WHEELS RETREAT, 100 Mile House, ADVANCING THE CONNECTION -Level 2/3 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB, or 250-968-4481 VDRC, Western Riding Lessons & Remedial Training, Vernon BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975,, SHORTGRASS CLUB CLINIC, Brooks AB, w/Adiva Murphy, Lesley, lesley., FB, OPEN HOUSE/GRAND OPENING of Falling Star Ranch’s new indoor riding arena, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Meeting (10:30 am), Armstrong Inn, Armstrong BC, or Nancy 250-546-9922


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FUN & FROLIC SCHOOLING SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Rhonda OPHA Summer Sizzler Regional, Burlington ON, ASHCROFT RODEO, 1 pm daily, Rodeo Dance Saturday night, Ashcroft BC, TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, FUN DAY Y (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, or Cindy 250-547-9277 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Anne Smythe 250 860 2785, ART WORKSHOP, Intro to Soft Pastels, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, RANCH SCHOOL FOR DUMMIES w/Buddy Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250 379 2913, FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC,, or 250-459-7772 MLM SOLSTICE HUNTER/JUMPER & More Show, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, EQUINE BASIC FIRST AID & Bandaging Clinic, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975, CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB TRAIL RIDE - location tba, KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE SHOW W (Judges: Axel Steiner & Ali Buchanan) Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, TWINCREEKS EXPERIENCE, Duncan Vancouver Island BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Deborah,, FB, VSE Kathy Stanley, WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Karen Podolski,, 780-850-1101, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250 229 4203, AERC Schooling Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, GERRY GRINER MEMORIAL FUN SHOW, Mission BC,, NOTRA RIDE-A-THON (Fundraiser), Coldstream Ranch (Vernon BC), download a pledge form from BLUE CREEK TRAIL RIDING/PACKING CLINIC, McBride BC, 250-569-3423, AXEL STEINER CLINIC, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Grand Forks, Robin Armstrong 250 443 4059, EVENTING CLINIC w/Sarah Selmer, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or COMBINED TEST (Dressage & Show Jumping), Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or MANURE COMPOSTING WORKSHOP, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975,, RANDY OPHUS CLINIC, Horsemanship, Houston BC, DRIVING CLASSES w/Kathy Stanley, Vernon, CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB Horse Show & Gymkhana (outside), Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, GYMKHANA SERIES (2of4), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Register at grounds

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TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, 29-30 JUNE HORSE TRIALS EVENT, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or 29-Jul 5 BLUE CREEK TRAIL RIDING/PACKING CLINIC, McBride BC, 250-569-3423, Jun 29-Jul 11 CAN DRIVE, Invermere

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TELLINGTON TTOUCH® FOR HORSES with Connected Riding®, Vernon BC, Mandy 250-545-2336,, BCCTRA COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Levels1-2-3, Myrna 250-317-8347, DRIVING HERITAGE FINALS, Maple Ridge, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, The Calgary Stampede, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, MLM SUMMER FESTIVAL 2, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, WILLIAMS LAKE REINERS SCHOOLING SHOW, 1 pm start, Eagleview Equestrian Centre, Williams Lake BC, pre-registration BLUE CREEK TRAIL RIDING/PACKING CLINIC, McBride BC, 250-569-3423, PARELLI PROGRESS DAYS w/Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 WCRA WEST COAST CLASSIC, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, VDRC EC BRONZE GOLD DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream BC, Suzanne 250-545-5573 or THREE-IN-ONE BREED & OPEN SHOW, Smithers BC, Barb Bowerbank 250-251-1505, CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB TRAIL RIDE - location tba, HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Edgewater BC, TTEAM TAMERS CLINIC FOR KIDZ w/Jo Buckland, Icehorse Ranch, Creighton Valley, Lumby BC, Gillian 250-306-3206, PHCBC Wild West Classic (hosted by Peruvian Horse Clubs of BC & Alberta), Claresholm AB, or STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Powell River BC, 971-533-6865,

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STARTING YOUNG HORSES with the Tellington TTouch® Method, Vernon BC, Mandy 250-545-2336,, AERC Funday, Armstrong Fairgrounds, TEAM ROPING BUCKLE SERIES, 11 am start, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, WHEELS RETREAT, 100 Mile House, RANCH SCHOOL FOR DUMMIES w/Buddy Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 5/6 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Horseman’s Intensive, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, CANADIAN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW & FIESTA, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Brian 250-359-7740,, FRENCH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE & Horsemanship w/Catherine Clinckmaillie, Clinton BC,, or 250-459-7772 CARIBOO TRAILS CDE, 70 Mile House, Ken Huber 250-456-6050, STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Courtenay BC, 971-533-6865, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 COWBOY TEAM CHALLENGE, Langley Riders Arena, Langley BC, for info e-mail or call 604-813-9186 SUMMER HORSE AGILITY Y ‘Fun in the Sun’ SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, ART WORKSHOP, PLEIN AIRE w/Rhona Armes, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 1-800-573-5881, FOCUS CAMP – Level 4 Parelli w/Don Halladay, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 FUN DAY Y (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, or Cindy 250-547-9277 GYMKHANA SERIES (3of4), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Register at grounds KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 MARTIN BLACK RANCH SCHOOL- Stockmanship and Ranch Roping, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB PM GYMKHANA, Rodeo Arena at Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, MAN TRACKER INVITATIONAL, Naksiska Ranch, Clearwater BC,,

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Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach “That horse won’t stop, put a chain in its mouth, that will teach him a lesson!” “He kicks? Let’s see if he wants to kick this 2x4!” “You bit me! I’ll teach YOU, take a knuckle sandwich, POW!”

Achieving goals for both the horse and rider cannot have forms of abuse in their background. First, establish the relationship. Leadership follows, however, that is earned through respect, trust and communication. No one has the right to abuse another person or animal. There should be absolutely no pain involved while riding or training. It will cause the horse to build resentment towards you and/or what you are asking of him. Starving a horse is not the only form of abuse. (This, by the way, does NOT teach him anything, either). Everyone knows of, or has first-hand experience with some form of abuse. Do your part in May 2014 52 • Saddle Up • June 2014

stopping it! Horses are not born mean. They do not have an ego. They live ‘in the moment’. They are reactionary animals. They will fight or flee. If you can’t train or ride with a smile, then DON’T; seek professional help. There’s always a reason why things don’t go as you hoped. Be responsible; take the time it takes. Keep it simple, slower IS better. Be Safe and have fun! For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-999-5090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!


BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15


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: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or q @ 10/14


Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook, 10/14

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15 ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. For info: or


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 12/14

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 5/14

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NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15

PERUVIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, or phone 403-935-4435 Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15

PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15 • 53

Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!� 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 4/15 BAG’N BLOK AGRI CENTRE (Morinville, AB) 780-939-4600, Pet Supplies, Tack, Animal Health, Feed, Agri Blok, Agri Melc 2000, Equest Products 5/15 ABBOTSFORD 34633 Vye Rd DUNCAN 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KELOWNA 103-1889 SpringďŹ eld Road NANAIMO 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. P RKSVILLE PA 587 Alberni Hwy. SAANICH 1970 Keating Cross Rd. SALMON ARM 1771 10th Ave. SW WESTT KELOWNA A 2565 Main Street

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Business Services PHOTOGRAPHERS


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TACKINTHEBOX.CA (Manitoba) 1-866-882-3712 10/14 Exclusive lines for Exclusive Horse People! On-line sales too!

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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14



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RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 5/15 SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15 TRAILER SALES

CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 8/14 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 KICKINGHORSESADDLERY.COM (McBride BC) 250-968-4346 Custom Handmade, Quality Built Saddles & Tack & Repairs 3/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY Y (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/


Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee WORK, CASUAL AND FORMAL ATTIRE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. PLUS HORSE TACK AND SADDLES. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry Come explore Hometown Hospitality at 4924-51 Avenue, High Prairie, AB Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri, Sat. 9:30 – 5:00. Two blocks south of main street.


BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 3/15

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING ~ See us on Facebook Owner Teresa Gale Yanishewski ~ 780-523-3800 5/15

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 3/15

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CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15

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Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 11/14


ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


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LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) “Helping you put the pieces togetherâ€? All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.� 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

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“LENA” - 2006 MARE, 14.1HH Well broke, beautiful mind, smooth mover. $3,500 ALSO: 5 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 9 Reg’d QH/PH STARTING FROM $1,500 See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:



HOUSE ON 74 ACRES, WILLIAMS LAKE BC Split level home, recently updated, next to Crown land with endless riding trails. Fully fenced and x-fenced, set up for horses and livestock, hay shed etc. Hay in production. For information call 250-296-4164 • 59

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ORIGINAL F. EAMOR ROPING SADDLE, MODEL 110 6.5 inch gullet, 15 inch seat, semi-quarterhorse bars. Comes with back cinch, matching bridle w/reins, breast collar. $1,200 obo 250-392-0026 (Williams Lake BC)

“TERYN KAZOO“ 2009 Reg’d Welsh Cob Gelding. Kazoo is a bay, 14.2HH. Has had a little training, saddled and backed. Good ground manners, loads and ties. Leaving to a trainer in June to continue training. $2,500 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

“HUBER`S CROWN JUELS” (2009) AND “KOOTNEY SPIRIT GHOST” (2011) Reg’d Section A Welsh Pony Geldings. This is a very handsome PAIR of ponies, they are unstarted as of yet and only offered as a PAIR. Training for them will also begin this season. These boys have chrome, large white blazes, blue eyes, flaxen manes and tails. Wonderful action and presence. $3,600 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

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BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE, BC WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE 130 feet of Waterfront. Boat dock. 5 bedroom home, 1 ½ bath with many updates. 200 amp service. Large yard with lots of privacy plus fruit trees. Quiet street. Perfect for large or multi family. By Owner $495,000 250-447-9000 or (cell) 520-820-5777 8/14

“HUBER`S PEROS KIRIA” 2008 Reg’d Welsh Cob Gelding. This gorgeous guy was started lightly as a two-year-old, spent the 2013 season with a trainer in Quesnel, will spend the 2014 season learning to be a dressage horse. 15HH, deep chestnut with large blaze, high white and blue eyes. Chrome and a sensitive gentle nature. He loads well, stands for farrier, has good ground manners, elegant, ground covering stride. Will get you noticed. $8,500 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

“RAINBOW`S END EXQUISATION” (SQUIGGY) 2010 Reg’d Section A Welsh Pony Gelding. This is a really elegant dark grey, standing at 11.2HH. He has been started in cart through the winter and will continue his training program here at home for the season. $1,800 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

“RAINBOW`S END ESQUIRE” 2010 Reg’d Section A Welsh Pony Gelding. This guy is unstarted. This season will see him introduced to the cart. Standing at 12HH. Esquire has good ground manners, standing well for the farrier. $1,800 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

“BMU ULTRA LIGHT “ 1999 Reg’d Morgan Mare 14HH. This mare has had some success as a driving horse and is a nice trail horse. Loads, ties, stands for farrier. Has been ridden by teens and young adults. $2,500 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC) E-mail

IMA ROWDY LENA DESIGN DOUBLE REG’D APPALOOSA FILLY (Pictured at 2 months old) Sire: Ima Lena Too, ApHCC. Dam: High By Design, ApHCC. Big, bold, beautiful, athletic quality yearling Appaloosa Filly with lots of colour and excellent working background. Is frosting out now, lots of mottling, spots coming out. Should mature to 15.2HH+. $3,500 obo/trade 250-499-5336 evenings (Keremeos BC)


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CARIBOO PARADISE FOR HORSES AND THEIR OWNERS! South-facing 18 acres at end of cul-de-sac close to beautiful Canim Lake. Park-like, sunny setting; fully fenced and x-fenced; 90’x180’ training ring; round pen; 36’ x 30’ barn w/hydro and water, 4 box stalls and hay storage. 16’x32’ detached garage. Character home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, w/open living concept. Vaulted ceiling w/log and wood accents gives you this warm country feeling. Wrap-around deck to watch those horses in the field or riding ring. On city water. Only 25 min. from 100 Mile House. Come and have a look before it’s gone! $385,000 MLS R 235807 7220 Summit Road, 100 Mile House BC FRANK URBSCHAT 250-395-0272 1-800-663-8426 Royal Lepage 100 Mile Realty

41 ACRES OF SPECTACULAR VALLEY VIEWS 10 ACRES SUNNY SHUSWAP! Nature and horse enthusiasts will love this custom built 3,921 sq. ft. beautifully kept 5 bed, 3.5 bath home, with big wrap around decks and lovely view. South facing picturesque property has a mountain backdrop, 40x60 4-stall barn, outdoor riding arena, pens, rail fenced corrals and pastures, and lots of horse trails from your door. This rural Salmon Arm location (Sunnybrae) is minutes from swimming/boating at Shuswap Lake, or hiking, biking, quad, skidoo, skiing. Situated 15 min. from Salmon Arm, it is a “one-ofa-kind” very well-kept acreage. Additional features: Hydro and water for a second residence; water license for irrigation; and has a fully contained daylight suite for family, friends or mortgage. $725,000. Additional information at 250-833-2070 or e-mail

Fabulous 4,350 sq. ft. Executive Estate. 4 beds, 4 baths, with a huge games room (or bedroom?) above attached two car garage. New gourmet kitchen has all new stainless appliances. Detached triple carport has light and power. Next to the riding arena, round pen, and large hay shed, is a 5-stall stable with its own well, bathroom, heated tack room, wash zone, and feed room. The second floor is an unfinished suite. This 41 acre paradise is fenced and x-fenced; with access to Crown land at the back – unlimited riding. Zoning allows a second dwelling. Not in the ALR. Two excellent wells. $889,000 MLS R 10080464 4374 Hullcar Road, Armstrong BC

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This amazing Equestrian Estate is perched on 5 useable acres with 360 degree views of the mountains and valley below. The property features a cozy well-built 2,000 sq. ft. home, numerous horse paddocks along with an outdoor riding arena, amazing 9-stall barn with deluxe office/tack room, hay storage and so much more. This property is a Horse Lover’s Dream! Truly must be seen to be appreciated. $679,900 MLS R 10072246 4920 Malpass Road, Armstrong BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 Farm and Acreage Specialist The Acreage Group RE/MAX Kelowna

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On to Greener Pastures “SPRING” (1983 – May 4, 2014)


uring her 31 years, Spring became a very well-known pony in our community. She was so fortunate to have many good homes during her life. She taught many children how to ride, quickly gaining their trust and respect. She absolutely loved children, offering them her patience, safety and friendship. Spring was known to people in the Pony Club as well as the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. She was used in both English and Western disciplines, as well as driving. We had


the honour of owning this beautiful black Welsh pony for the past 8 years. Both of our children learned to ride on Spring and she was still enjoying leisurely rides with Adam until one week prior to her passing. Her death was unexpected and has left our family with great sadness. We empathize with all the families who were involved in her life, as we realize we are not alone in this loss. Many people have a favourite story to tell about Spring. I always enjoyed watching her show off in trail classes with our kids. She was unfazed by any obstacle and was particularly helpful to the kids when she would push the gate open for them once the latch was lifted. She was always rewarded with cheers from the crowd! This is only one of many happy memories we will keep with us forever. From everyone who knew you and loved you Spring, “Happy Trails and Thanks for the Great Ride”! - Pam, Paul, Melanie and Adam Lemaire, Armstrong BC • 63

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