Saddle Up June 2018

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ell April was a whirlwind month, where is the time flying? Went to another successful Mane Event in Red Deer. The weather held out for my 8 hour drive back and forth – no snow! And less pot holes on the Trans Canada this time – way to go road crews - although highway construction is happening everywhere! As some of you know in the past few years I have been dabbling in Mountain Trail clinics and competitions with my Morgan mare ‘Angie’. This sport continues to be the newest rage and Mountain Trail courses are popping up all over, with the latest being (still under construction) in Kelowna (see page 28). People of all ages are joining in which is great to see! Now if they would only number the obstacles for we ‘oldies’ (and the young ones too) – they do it for the jumpers! See you on the ‘course’! Spring is here.


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ON THE COVER: Ciro BR of Spanish Cross Ranch, CONTRIBUTORS: Glenn Stewart, Birgit Stutz, Lisa Wieben, Christa Miremadi, Vicki McKinnon, Donna Hawkins, Natalie Cooper DVM, Gabi Mayrhofer, Dawn Ferster, Bruce A. Roy, Mark McMillan, Russ Shandro, Sherry Sikstrom, Mag Mawhinney. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association.


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World According to Horses


Rebalancing on a Serpentine


BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductions 18

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Equine Authors of Canada


Poetry in Motion


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Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 29 It’s Back! What’s This? 30 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 36 Back Country Horsemen of BC 37 BC Rodeo Association 38 Clubs/Associations 39 KIDS 40 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 41 Business Services 42 On The Market (photo ads) 45 Stallions/Breeders 45 Rural Roots (real estate) 46 Shop & Swap 47

Ciro BR

2009 Perlino AndAlusiAn stAllion, 15.3HH (SapHiro x rHianna Br)

Ciro has amazing progeny on the ground, now spanning many disciplines, all very beautiful and talented, and showing great promise. He is, most importantly, the perfect gent with the ladies, and his manners are always impeccable, at home and on outings… a trait that is an integral part of our wonderful breed – the Andalusian. Ciro was awarded Canadian National Amateur to handle Senior Stallion at his first show in 2016. In April 2018 he won Reserve Champion Open Pleasure Driving at the Springfest Horse Show in Corning CA. We have big plans for 2018 – watch for us at the shows. He is easy to work with and shows a great training attitude, with elastic and powerful gaits. His canter is well-balanced with good cadence. He has great front movement and is a very expressive mover.

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Trainer: Renee Phillips (on front cover) Phillips Performance Horses, Castlegar BC 250-354-8168

Vikki & Tony Souto Spanish Cross Ranch, Oliver BC 250-498-7446 or 250-498-7720

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Dear Editor… Dear Editor:


n response to Frank Desmet’s Letter to the Editor in the March 2018 issue in which he is seeking help for the Kamloops Exhibition Association (KXA) to acquire federal land for an agriculture facility in Kamloops. I would like to point out that the KXA was given a piece of land by the City of Kamloops in 2012 on which they could build a facility. The KXA has not made any improvements to this site or hosted an event there for several years. The land is sitting abandoned at this time. I am curious as to why the KXA would need another piece of land, when they already have one available to Dear Editor:

Listen to your Silent Partner


was very interested to read Christa Miremadi’s ‘Silent Nature’ article in the April issue, as it reminded me of what I went through with my own horse in our early days (years, actually) together. Tali came into my life as an unbroke 6-year-old. He was the most friendly, calm, unbothered horse until you tried to get on him. He accepted a saddle perfectly happily, including having the girth or cinch done up nice and snug, but try to take a step in walk and all hell broke loose. I eventually decided perhaps at age 40+ I didn’t have one last start in me and got someone else involved with excellent results, albeit those results took some gentle persuasion on the part of the rider, and time, patience and a good deal of bravery. When I got Tali back we ventured forth into our riding career together, with almost no problems. Almost. Every now and then he would buck, always for a seemingly genuine reason. Once I landed in not quite the right place after a jump; once we jumped huge out of an unexpectedly deep snow bank and again I ended up not quite in the right place. You would forgive a green horse for not being happy with that. He also had a few episodes of very low grade gassy colic. Nothing particularly alarming there either (actually there is, but that’s another story...). Then one day he was acting just a bit “odd” while I was tacking up, kind of sucking his stomach in and grunting as if someone had poked him in the ribs when he wasn’t expecting it. I even got a friend to come and look, and we both agreed it was strange. Still, I got on and headed out into the arena. We hadn’t gone even a third of the way up the first long side when he bucked me clean off. I swore at him, picked myself up, took him back to the tack room, tied him up

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them for this purpose. For several years now the KXA has been collecting money to go towards building a facility on the property designated by the City of Kamloops. As of today the KXA does not even have a website or any source of information for people who have contributed to their building fund to inform them of their plans. It seems strange that an organization that barely seems to exist anymore needs more land or more resources. - James Roberts

and went inside to call the vet. I think she thought I was probably a bit bonkers, but she came anyway. Worms. Yup – lots of nasty, irritating, painful worms. Poor Tali had been trying to tell me for probably two years that “something” was up, but due to his ‘Silent Nature’ I couldn’t hear what he was saying. Everything fit with a green horse, and I had a rational explanation for all of it. Until that day, when he finally managed to Me and Tali. shout loud enough for me Photo by Monica Spencer. to hear and do something to help him. No more bucking. No more colic (no, it is NEVER “OK” for any horse to have colic on any kind of a regular basis). All I have now is the best horse I have ever had, and he is happy and healthy, and now I watch, I listen as hard as I possibly can for those ‘Silent’ calls for help, and I act. - Jocelyn Templeman, Tali-Ho Stables, Crescent Valley (Editor’s note: I replied to Jocelyn’s email asking if she had de-wormed him ever… her reply “He was wormed, but not very regularly. Some horses just seem to suffer more with them if you don’t keep them under control which they certainly are now.”)

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By Glenn Stewart Put the Glide in your Ride is a catchy slogan for “Shocker Air Ride Hitches.” I happen to own one and my horses sure are happy about it. The air ride system is designed to give the horses in the trailer and the humans in the pickup a smoother ride and they make an amazing difference. All loaded up and almost ready to go – and never travel with the windows open.

was on one of my many long trips with the horses in the trailer and I was thinking about all the stress they must go through being hauled. I would look in the rear view mirror when those frost heaves, bumps and potholes showed up and see how much it shook the trailer around. If you haven’t ridden in a trailer and hit a frost heave (within the speed limit, of course) you haven’t truly lived. It will give you some real perspective on what a horse goes through on their trips to wherever they are going. There are a few things we can do to help with our horses’ safety and comfort on long or short trips in the trailer. The Shocker Hitch is one. It not only softens the ride for the horse, there is also a very noticeable difference in the cab. When I bought mine we started down the road and didn’t have time to set the air, so we made the adjustments at a gas station (which means add air with the air hose). Anyway, the difference was surprising. We were on the road for two hours when my traveling companion looked at me and we both realized we hadn’t felt the trailer since we had set the air. There is a recommended tire pressure for your trailer and truck. The more air the stiffer the ride, less air softens the ride but you still must stay within the suggested air pressures. The manufacturers of horse trailers have different suspension systems they use and some have a better ride than others. The bedding in a trailer is very important. I prefer shavings and lots of them. It can give the horses a much better cushion to stand on. However, if you go very far, they will have the shavings brushed away where their feet hit the floor and will be standing pretty much on the floor. If you are a really nice person, you can unload a few times and fix the shavings for them. However, the most important part about shavings is that the horse

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can urinate without getting splashed. Lots of shavings will eliminate the splashing problem, plus you can clean up the mess and keep the trailer smelling better. You might be shaking your head, but a horse will go in the long grass if given a choice rather than on any hard surface. In any pasture you will see long grass areas and short grass areas. The long grass is where they do their business; the short grass is where they have been eating. The noise in a trailer is something else to check out. There should not be rattling, whistling and banging. More noise equals more stress and an uncomfortable trailer for the horse. Don’t buy a noisy trailer! If you happen to have one, it is often easy to fix much of the noises with a bit of ingenuity. Another very important thing to look for is all the places a horse might catch a halter or bang a hip. Trailers can be designed inside and out to have smooth finishes that make it almost impossible for horses to hurt themselves. Many times the cost of one vet bill will equal the money you could have spent for a safer trailer. Check the back door where your horse steps in the trailer. Is there a sharp edge that he could hit his leg on or is there a rubber guard? Are the hinges inside and out, sticking out and waiting for a hip, shoulder or eye socket to be gouged out or are they recessed and smooth? I’m also a big fan of the angle haul trailers with dividers so that horses can see each other. Horses are herd animals and get comfort from being around other horses. Another area to check trailers is under the floor mats. How is the floor holding out? Are the boards rotting? Even aluminum floors will rot through if urine is left on it. Common theories are to make the panels solid so they won’t fight and can’t see each other. However, if the panel is low enough so they can’t kick

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under it or high enough so they are unable to bite over it, then this would be sufficient for me. The more boxed in the horses feel the more stressed they will be. The horses hopefully should be trailer-ready and trained so there isn’t any fighting. Sometimes a situation has occurred where I have hauled horses that aren’t as ready as they should be. I believe solid panels prolong the problem rather than help. I would like to get where I’m going with my horse learning something along the way. It’s like building a round pen that the horse can’t see out of so they will pay attention to the trainer and they can’t jump out. If that is needed, then you might think the trainer must not be very interesting and shouldn’t be putting that much pressure on the horse that it feels it needs to jump out. The trailer we use, the round pen and box stall we build all can be built and used for the horses’ comfort and development. We could build solid cages that prolong issues as well as develop new issues but, this is exactly what we should stay away from. So there are many little things we can do to make things safer, more comfortable and even help develop our horses with a bit of thought. You can check out shocker hitches at {} Happy Hauling! Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States, and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at the Mane Event in Chilliwack this fall. Glenn offers year-round Horsemanship Courses at his home in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Camps, High & Wild, and Brazil. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit Trailer is loaded up with fresh shavings for a smooth ride hauling.

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By Natalie Cooper, DVM,

(Natalie Cooper will be speaking at the June 22-24 clinic, ‘Exploring Equine Health, the BIG PICTURE’ Part II in Slocan BC, along with Drs. Teskey and Taylor)

In order to ensure that foals are afforded the opportunity to thrive, their nutritional needs must be met by starting with a broodmare program that focuses on optimizing nutrient utilization. urrent research highlights that mares on a rising plane of nutrition prior to and during breeding are more likely to conceive and carry a foal to term than their cohorts who are not maintained in an appropriate energy balance. Lack of appropriate body condition (BCS <4 (1-9 scale)) can lead to incomplete ripening of follicles, delayed onset of estrus, and irregular estrus cycles, all of which contribute to decreased rates of conception. (Van Niekerk and Van Heerden, 1972; Belonje and Niekerk, 1975; Henneke et al., 1984 and Gill et al., 1983) Despite popular belief, no scientific evidence supports reduction of fertility in obese mares (BCS >7 (1-9 scale)). (Cavinder, et al., 2005) There is also little evidence to support feeding a vitamin and mineral supplement to mares prior to breeding improves fertility, however; a deficiency in vitamins and minerals could certainly lead to decreased fertility and/or contribute to early embryonic death. (Ellis 2006) Optimal body condition scores should be maintained throughout pregnancy and lactation in order to ensure return to estrus, as well as to ensure appropriate colostral immunity transfer, and optimize milk production. Note that it is not always necessary to feed concentrate to mares in early gestation if good quality forage is available. A small amount of ration balancer can be fed daily to ensure appropriate mineral and vitamin uptake. As nutrient requirements increase (around month 5 of gestation), mares may require supplemental feeding with a concentrate, particularly if they are housed out of doors during winter months. (Geor, et al., 2013) It is important that the addition of concentrate feed to the ration never exceeds 2 grams of simple sugar/starch per kg of body weight per meal, as any amount over this predisposes simple sugar/starch spill-over into the hindgut. This can lead to hindgut acidosis, bacterial inversion, and inflammation of the gut tissue, which can manifest clinically as nutrient malabsorption, colic episodes, and laminitis. (Harris 2006) As failure of passive transfer is one of the predominant causes of septicemia and death of the newborn foal, colostral antibody formation should also be considered when discussing the nutritional requirements of the peripartum mare. One study shows that mares fed a polar lipid based

supplement in the 90 days prior to foaling were shown to have a 97% increase in colostral IgG concentration (average 14038 mg/dl colostrum) when compared to their cohorts that did not receive supplementation (average 7078 mg/dl colostrum). The supplement, although primarily used to support the health and functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, was shown to have immunomodulatory effects, and as such could be considered to be an option for broodmares with a history of poor colostral IgG concentrations. (Carter and Pellegrini 2006) Finally, it is of importance to mention monitoring feedstuff for contamination. There is a known link between mycotoxin ingestion and fetal absorption, abortion, weak foals and infertility. (McCann, et al., 1992) Also, mycotoxin metabolites (zeranols) are sometimes used as growth promotants in cattle and swine feeds, so care should be taken with regard to feed isolation in mixed equine and livestock operations. (Fitzpatrik, et al., 1989) Fescue pasture and hay should also be monitored as endophyte contamination alters prolactin metabolism and decreases blood levels of progersterone. Mares that ingest toxic levels of endophyte are at risk for dystocia, thickened/retained placenta, abortion and aglactia. (McCann, et al., 1992) Careful planning with regard to the nutritional needs of broodmares prior to breeding and throughout pregnancy and lactation is essential for maintaining the reproductive soundness of the mare, as well as providing an optimal start in life to the foals they carry.

“I am looking forward to joining my colleagues Drs. Teskey and Taylor in Slocan BC at our June 22-24 clinic.” – Natalie Cooper

References: ~ Belonje, P.C. and Van Niekerk, C.H., 1975. A review of the infuence of nutrition upon the oestrus cycle and early pregnancy in the mare. J. Reprod. Fert., Suppl. 23: 167-169. ~ Carter, S, and Pellegrini, F., 2006. Effect of adding SUCCEED ® to the diet of pregnant mares 90 days pre-foaling. Clinical trial. ~ Cavinder, C.A., et al., 2005. Reproductive parameters of fat versus moderately conditioned mares following parturition. ESS symposium. ~ Ellis, A.D., et al., 2006. European Association for Animal Production. 120: 341-366. ~ Geor, R., Harris, P., Coenen, M. (Eds.), 2013. Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition Health, Welfare and Performance. Edinburgh, London, New York, Oxford, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Sydney, Toronto: Saunders, pp. 521-534. ~ Gill, R.J. and Potter, G.D., 1983. Postpartum reproductive performance of mares fed various levels of protein. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. ~ Harris, P., et al., 2006. Countermeasures for pasture associated laminitis in ponies and horses. Journal of Nutrition. 136 (7): 2144S-2121S. ~Henneke, D.R., et al., 1984. Body condition during pregnancy and lactation and reproductive efficiency of mares. Theriogenology 21: 897-909. ~ McCann, J.S., A.B. Caudle, F.N. Thompson, J.A. Stuedemann, G.L. Heusner and D.L. Thompson Jr., 1992. Influence of endophyte-infected tall fescue on serum prolactin and progesterone in gravid mares. J. Anim. Sci. 70(1): 217-230. ~ Van Niekerk et al., 1972. Nutrition and ovarian activity of mares early in the breeding season. J. S. Afr. Vet. Med. Ass. 43: 351-360.

About Natalie Cooper: Currently the Vice President, Veterinary Medicine for Freedom Health LLC Co-owner of a 5-doctor mixed animal practice in central Arkansas specializing in high quality preventative medicine, surgery and regenerative medicine Previously worked for the USDA as an animal welfare specialist involved in agricultural animal research 2007 graduate of LSU-School of Veterinary Medicine Currently pursuing a Masters in Equine Science via the University of Edinburgh Enjoys riding reining horses and hiking in her spare time. 10 • JUNE 2018


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Cisco grazing in a deep, rich pasture while horse camping. You can imagine that it might only take a few minutes of this stuff to start red-lining on the sugar content.

Story and photos by Christa Miremadi (Part 1 printed in the May issue)

Most of us have had the benefit of watching a clinician or trainer working with a horse at the early stages of training at least once or twice, either on a DVD, in person or at some kind of an event.


ou’ve likely heard the spiel about licking and chewing and how it represents relaxation or “letting down” but not only is that only partly true (however I won’t get into that just now) but it does a whole lot more than just show relaxation… it can actually promote relaxation as well. And when it comes to the equine digestive system, horses were actually meant to be licking and chewing for the majority of the day as it’s an essential part of the salivary production necessary to protect their stomach. When you consider that horsemanship, diet and lifestyle are all factors that play a major role in influencing a horse’s emotional and physical wellbeing and thereby their ability to both enjoy their work and enhance their performance, it’s well worth taking a good look at each. I’ve spent a little time talking about lifestyle and the things to consider such as living conditions, social interactions and exercise, but another important consideration is diet. As natural grazers, horses were never meant to eat the kind of feed (or in the manner) the majority of horses are currently being fed and this can create challenges for both the horse and human. Remember when I said that the five most common challenges I’ve observed that influence a horse’s performance and enjoyment were: hoof care/imbalance, residual body pain, muscle weakness, confusion and emotional distress? Well a horse’s diet can be (and often is) a contributing factor, or the solution to, pretty much all of the above. Think about it… we’ll start with the more obvious and “duh-worthy”. Too many carbohydrates in a horse’s diet can cause laminitis, weakness in the hooves’ structures and tenderness. Hoof pain can and will cause a change in natural biomechanics and movement as well as tension throughout the body as the horse attempts to rock their weight off of their sore feet. This shift in weight distribution and change in movement can cause muscle soreness, damage to tendons and reluctance to work. As a flight animal, being physically compromised (such as the horse described above) can be emotionally distressing. This emotional distress can cause all sorts of issues!

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Mineral imbalances can also wreak havoc. They can cause muscle tremors, muscle weakness or inability for muscles to relax properly. Overfeeding or feeding high energy grains to a horse who does not need rocket fuel can cause all sorts of behavioural and health issues and of course, not feeding a horse enough of the things they need will cause problems as well. Sometimes under or overfeeding can contribute to saddle fit issues, body pain or any number of other problems as well. This is to say nothing of how a horse being is fed. The concept of “slow feeding” for horses is not a new one. I’m not going to attempt to cover all of the science of equine digestion or spend much time talking about the physical benefits of dragging out a horse’s meals, other than to say that the equine digestive system was never meant to eat meals. Period. It was, however, designed to take in small amounts of food almost constantly, foraging over large distances and gathering a wide variety of minerals and nutrients. Keeping a horse’s jaw working and chewing keeps the saliva flowing and this in turn buffers the stomach acids that can (and often do) cause ulcers, not to mention it provides hours of distraction to a stabled horse or a horse without herd mates and it completely eliminates the possibility of meal-time anxiety. Aside from the physical benefits that trickle feeding provides, the psychological benefits are also huge, but let’s go back to ulcers for a minute as they can affect a horse both physically and psychologically. When I first got my mustang gelding, Cisco, he was a mess! I still don’t know exactly what happened in his past life to cause the trauma that he was experiencing, but I do know that he couldn’t be tied, couldn’t ride in a trailer without experiencing panic, couldn’t think clearly, shook uncontrollably when introduced to new experiences (and sometimes even when standing in his own barn at home) and couldn’t even finish eating a bowl of grain! He would get halfway through the bowl and turn his nose up at it. A horse that won’t eat grain should be a red flag for any horse owner! All of this was hard to watch and I wished I could have helped him feel better but it wasn’t until I took him to an event at which we were supposed to do a Garrocha (Spanish pole dancing) demonstration that I realized his issues had to be more than just in his mind. After saddling up and entering the arena it became apparent that Cisco was in over his head. He couldn’t handle the stress of the event and it would be unfair of me to ask him to try, so I chose to dismount, take him back to the trailer and let him wait there in the shade while I assisted the other clinician in teaching our demonstration. Over an hour and a half later, when I finished up and went back to the trailer to check on Cisco, he was standing quietly, not sweating but still shaking… hard. He had been shaking the whole time! I did some research and phoned some friends and finally one friend asked if I had considered the possibility that Cisco was suffering from ulcers.

I hadn’t even thought of it until she mentioned it to be honest, but it was like someone had just slapped me upside the head. Of all the symptoms that commonly present themselves when dealing with a horse suffering from ulcers, Cisco displayed about nine out of ten of them. I called my vet, ordered the medication he needed and began his treatment right away. It wasn’t more than a few days before Cisco was eating everything in his bowl and standing calmly in the barn and not too much longer after that, he began to build muscle and gain weight after years of trying. I don’t know what caused the ulcers in the first place or how long he had been suffering from them but certainly for as long as I’d known him. Regardless of what caused Cisco’s ulcers, part of treating them was to be sure he was provided with a virtually endless supply of hay that was available through a safe grazing net, slowing his consumption down so that he could only eat small amounts at a time, all day long. Since learning this valuable lesson from Cisco, I’ve learned to recognize the symptoms quite quickly and have found that many of the horses brought in for behavioral challenges, anxiety issues and muscle building, have actually been quietly suffering from ulcers. Once treated and provided with continuous “grazing” many of the issues went away on their own but not always all of them. If a horse’s lifestyle has been addressed and their diet has been looked into and they are still not reaching their full potential, struggling with behavioural challenges or not enjoying their work, it’s time to take a closer look at the horsemanship! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

My horses in Pritchard, grazing the way nature intended, on thin, sparse, dry, hard-to-fill-up-on grass. They have to work for hours and cover a lot of ground to get their fill of this stuff.

One of our “grazing” boxes at home in Aldergrove. Our horses can nibble away at this for about 3 days before they run out of hay, simulating the trickle feeding. dry, hard-to-fill-up-on grass. They have to work for hours and cover a lot of ground to get their fill of this stuff.

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A Lesson on the Importance of Movement from Dr. Teskey DVM

By Gabi Mayrhofer

Kaia ran with a wild herd until she was a yearling when I acquired her. Her feet were the model of a tough, wild hoof with ideal hoof structure and digital cushion due to the ideal environment they developed in – varied terrain and lots of movement. ven though Kaia had a tendency to be an ‘easy keeper’ her feet stayed healthy and sound with routine trimming and the movement my small track system and feeding regime provided. In October 2015, I introduced a new horse to my herd along with new hay that was gradually incorporated into the feed program for all of the horses. In November Kaia suddenly had a sole abscess and in December she showed signs of severe laminitis. She was diagnosed as having foundered and X-rays done in January 2016 showed a rotation on both front coffin bones, as well as distal descent. And while she was very sore on both fronts, the coffin bone had not penetrated the sole, thankfully.

Kaia July 31, 2016 The new hay tested at 18.3 % WSC and with Kaia already obese, the additional high carb levels in the new hay likely pushed her metabolism to the point of chronic inflammation, resulting in the founder. We changed her hay to something with acceptable sugar levels (5.6 WSC / 1.5 NEC). As she was so foot sore, I moved her to a smaller paddock so the

Kaia scratching manes with her new Fjord buddy (July 5, 2017) other horses wouldn’t move her around (ultimately not helpful, as you’ll read later), started soaking her hay (nasty job in -10 Celcius!), and put her in hoof boots (front feet) to give her some relief so she could move more comfortably on the frozen ground. She started to slowly but surely drop weight but remained lame. With other farriers input, I micro trimmed her to keep the pressure off the hoof wall and I did a lot of hand walking with her. However we never graduated to actual riding or enough exercise to put a light sweat on her to get her lymph and blood circulatory systems really working. I had no idea how important that was until the Tomas Teskey clinic. In the fall of 2016 I stopped soaking her hay and kept her on a very low sugar hay fed in a hay net, keeping her on the vitamin/mineral supplements, probiotics, flax, and salt throughout the ordeal. She was still very sore in the fronts. Frustration and discouragement set in! In July 2017 Kaia and I attended an ‘Exploring Equine Health’ workshop in the Slocan Valley taught by Dr. Teskey. I learned some amazing things about founder and laminitis. I had been on the right path, but was missing one of the biggest elements of rehabilitation for a foundered horse - EXERCISE!!! Real exercise, up and down over different terrain, walk, trot, and canter - all gaits as they are able to safely manage them. Upon Dr. Teskey’s advice, I did not take my mountain pony home after the clinic. Instead I moved her directly to a friend’s location, who had an extensive track system that included varied terrain, a variety of ground types and most important of all, other horses who would ensure that Kaia would be on the move continually from feed station to feed station. She now lived with two Fjords and two Miniature horses, on the side of a mountain on rocky terrain. The water source is at the top and the hay at the bottom of the track, which encouraged A LOT of movement. Kaia was still tender on the fronts and even though I was concerned at making her move that much, off she went. She remained on her usual feed supplements and joined the new herd. Gradually her lameness began to disappear. In September 2017 I started riding Kaia again and we have not had a lameness episode since. In October 2017 I moved her back home by which time she had lost over 120 pounds. She had almost grown a complete new hoof capsule and it was amazing how the lamellar wedge was getting trimmed out with each micro-trim. She’s now out on my small track, and I make sure she keeps moving! This was not an easy journey to have travelled, however I have learned so much and Kaia restored patience, faith and perseverance in me. I’d highly recommend Dr. Teskey’s workshop as he addresses equine health issues from a bigger picture than most of us are normally exposed to. Dr. Teskey, and others, will be in the Slocan Valley June 22-24 and in Vernon BC on September 28-30 –see their ad to the left.

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By Vicki McKinnon

Going with the Flow We are going to take a bit of a break from introducing my 5 C’s because my herd made it quite clear that I need to heed my own words. My lesson this weekend was about losing my agenda, both for my articles and for my riding lesson. had a wonderful experience with my horses and I want to share it because it pulled together so many of the bits I have been discussing so far. I went to the corral that my horses live in to collect one for my session with my instructor, Helen Russell. I usually let them choose which is going to participate and it is usually my mare Maggie. She is not only the main horse that I ride but is also the boss mare of the herd. This time it was the youngest of my mares that came forward first, but then Maggie realized what was going on and came running down the hill to let me know it was supposed to be her. What was unusual was that my 3-year-old was in front of her with my other mare coming right on their heels. Now we know I can’t ride 4 horses at once and since Maggie can be pretty insistent I put the halter on her and headed out of the corral to get ready for my lesson. Normally the horses left in the corral would head back out to rummage around for any remaining bits of breakfast hay, but not this time, nope. All of them remained lined up in the shelter throughout the entire grooming session. Now I am starting to think that maybe today’s session needs to be a little different and more inclusive. I would usually take Maggie to my riding ring for my lesson, but maybe I need to take her

back into the corral and have my lesson in the presence of the rest of the herd. No, this is not a completely comfortable idea as trying to ride with a bunch of loose horses, one of them being a playful 3-year-old, is something I don’t do on a regular basis, but it really feels it is what needs to happen. When Helen arrives I tell her about what has been happening, and in typical Helen style, she says, ‘Well, let’s go in and see what happens.’ So, we go into the corral and up to the ground where the round pen used to be only to find that the only horse that came up with us was Midnight, my 3-year-old. The other girls just stayed in the shelter. Hmm. We began our discussion about what has been going on and what direction we both feel the lesson will go and of course Midnight keeps trying to make it about him. Now Helen, Maggie and I all have to make our boundaries very clear and consistent in order to make this situation work and Midnight is getting a valuable lesson too. With some boundaries established and behaviour modified we began the riding lesson. Maggie was actually very relaxed and seemed to be enjoying the change. Midnight sometimes followed us, sometimes got a little playful (bit Maggie in the butt), but mostly just hung out close to us watching. Something changed for me too, because instead of thinking about aids, I was actually working more from how it felt. When I was balanced and relaxed, so was Maggie. A clear lesson on the value of being present and in your body. I am very grateful to my horses for their lesson of the day.

About Vicki: I have raised and trained Morgan horses for over 40 years. I know that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person and my passion is sharing the valuable lessons horses have taught me with others. I offer introductory sessions and weekend clinics for groups of 2-4 people. Sessions are held at my farm in Blind Bay in the Shuswap. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS) OPEN HOURS 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat VISIT US 3014 - 29th Street, Vernon, BC Call 250-260-PONY JUNE 2018


By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Lisa Wieben. Rider Jacklyn Hegberg and her horse Cash.

Last month we discussed a rebalance exercise on the circle. In this month’s issue we will take that same rebalancing exercise out into the arena onto a serpentine. For this exercise the rider will need to be familiar with riding a 3-loop serpentine. tart by warming up your horse on random bending lines in the walk and working jog (posting). The changes of bend will begin to supple the horse’s ribcage and frequent transitions will encourage hind end engagement. All transitions should be on bending lines in the warm-up to prevent the horse from leaning on the bit, inverting (lifting the head above the withers), or getting heavy in the front. Many horses, when doing a transition on a straight line, will lift the head and pull themselves forward, rather than keeping the head level, pushing from behind, and lifting the back and withers. To get an image of how a horse should move forward imagine a power boat starting forward. The back of the boat sinks down as the front of the boat lifts up. The power is in the back. For the horse, if the hind end is lacking power and the legs are out behind, the horse inverts (hollows its back and lifts its head), and pulls forward from the front end. This would be equivalent to someone in the front of the boat paddling to get the boat to go forward - there is no power. The person paddling will likely get a sore back from the effort and your horse will also become tight and sore in his back from the hollowing. Saddle fit will also change if your horse is lifting his back correctly. The ultimate goal of collection is developing the horse, over time, to carry more weight on his hind end and lighten the forehand. 16 • JUNE 2018


Riding the half circle of a serpentine. The following exercise, as well as the previous rebalance exercise, is a great way to start teaching the horse this transfer of weight. For this exercise you will be riding a 3-loop serpentine in both directions of the arena. In our last exercise we used transition points on the circle to create a little anticipation in the horse, which allows us to use more leg to tell the horse “not yet” when they want to do the downward transitions on their own. In this exercise the transition points will be just before and after the centre line of the arena. You can set 12” poles to keep the straightness and to give a visual for the transitions. Begin the first serpentine in a working jog (posting) and ride through the entire serpentine to get the feel of the half circles and straight lines across the centre of the arena. When you reach the end of the arena proceed back up the arena again in a 3-loop serpentine. This time, just before the centre line, ask the horse to come back to a walk by inhaling, growing tall (creating a feeling of lightness in your body tells the horse a change is coming), exhaling and sinking down. Make sure to maintain straightness in your body, no leaning forward or back, legs close to the horse to maintain straightness and forward energy into the walk. There should be no feeling of ‘halt’ in a downward walk transition. Allow the horse to walk forward a few steps, begin to change bend onto the new arc of the serpentine, and ask the horse back to a jog, maintaining light contact throughout the transitions. Repeat on the next straight line, bringing the horse to a walk across the centre line, walking a few steps, changing bend into the new arc and jogging forward. Repeat this transition

Entering the straight portion of the serpentine. The 12’ poles maintain straightness through the centre. until the horse begins to anticipate the downward walk transition. Once the horse is thinking ‘slow down’, begin to ask for a halt transition at each centre point of the serpentine. You could also add a transition on each short side as well, at A and C. For the halt transition use the same breathing of inhaling and growing tall and exhaling and sinking down, but this time stop your seat from following, giving the horse the cue to stop. Maintain leg contact into the halt to keep the halt straight. Keep your eyes lifted and body tall to keep the horse light on the forehand. Once the horse begins to anticipate the halt, then you can repeat the serpentine using a slight rebalance at each centre line. Keep the horse in working jog and as you approach the centre line, slow your posting and ask the horse to ‘come back’ very slightly in his gait. Only ask for a couple of steps, then immediately ask the horse to go forward again by increasing the tempo of your rising. Maintain contact throughout the rebalance, especially as the horse goes forward again, to prevent the horse from lifting the head and pulling forward. You want to feel a push from behind. To make this exercise more interesting, you can add trot poles at each centre line transition point. When adding poles just use the two points on the centre line and not A and C. You can use the rebalance before the poles to adjust speed and length of stride and after to adjust speed and balance. Some horses will get excited when adding poles. Go one step further and place your poles at different distances. For example, place the first set at just under one metre or (three feet) apart and the second set at just over

Transitioned to the walk at the start of the poles. The rider will then begin the working jog as she leaves the poles.

Transitioning to a halt. Notice the rider’s hands lifting slightly.

a metre (3’6”) apart. With poles set at different distances you can use the rebalance to set your horse’s stride length. Experiment with different distances and placements of poles. Have fun! Lisa is passionate about working with riders of all ages to help them develop flexibility, balance, feel, and timing both on the ground and in the saddle. Combining her skills as an Essential Somatics Practitioner, a Centered Riding Instructor and an Irwin Insight Master Level 4 Trainer, she creates a deeper connection and partnership between the horse and rider. She empowers students to take control of their health and wellness, and enjoys working with clients one on one through Somatics and Energy Medicine.

A square halt shows the horse is halting balanced. The rider kept both legs on the horse to maintain straightness and to keep both hind legs stepping under.

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The 2018 BC Inductions By Mark McMillan

They came with the gold miners … the miners ran out of gold and left … but the cowboys are still here today! nce again the BC Cowboy Heritage Society had two induction ceremonies; one in Kamloops during the Friday evening main feature show at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on March 16; and the other at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on Sunday, April 22. Both events went well and a total of six very deserving cowboys and one ranching family were honoured. It was obvious at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival that both of this year’s Kamloops inductees were extremely well respected as friends, family and co-workers came from all over BC … and in large numbers that reflected well over a third of the total sold out audience. Ken Fawcett from Vanderhoof was inducted as a Ranching Pioneer and Lois Tucker Daling from Pavilion/Upper Hat Creek (and now from Quesnel) was inducted as a Working Cowboy. Hugh McLennan did the honours. In Williams Lake on Sunday, April 22, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosted a luncheon at the Senior Citizen’s Activity Centre. It was a super event that was very well organized. Because of space this is an invitation only event with each inductee inviting a limited number of family and friends. There was a ton of sandwiches and vegetable platters set out and an amazing cake

Kaylee Billyboy, Mark McMillan, Mike Jasper, Pat Jasper, George Atamanenko (President of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin) that said congratulations to the inductees with all their photos in icing on the top. At about 12:30 Roy Mulvahill, with a wagon and his team of Percherons picked up all the dignitaries and shuttled them to the Indoor Rodeo, arriving just before the 12:50 start time. The inductees were: Mike and Pat Jasper and David Maurice as Working Cowboys; Charlie Brous as Competitive Achievements; and the Joe Schuk family as a Family. Mark McMillan did the honours. Following the inductions, and a few outside photos (the weather was great) everyone took up their reserved seats and enjoyed another sold out Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo! The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees memorabilia and is well worth a visit. They have a new location in the Williams Lake Visitor’s Information Centre and are planning a grand opening all day open house on Saturday, May 26. Anyone can nominate a cowboy for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. There are a number of guideline categories including: Working Cowboy, Ranching Pioneer, Century Ranch, Competitive Achievements, Artistic Achievements, and Horseman, but first and foremost, the nominee must be a working cowboy or rancher that has made his/her living physically working with cattle and horses in the Province of BC. The number of inductees varies from year to year and could be anywhere from four to eight.

Ken Fawcett and Lois Tucker Daling 18 • JUNE 2018


Roy Mulvahill and his Percherons brought the VIPs from the luncheon to the rodeo

All inductees at lunch

Kaylee Billyboy, Mark McMillan, 3 generations – Katie (in front) son Clifford and his daughter Sidney Schuk, George Atamanenko, and Kelly Walls (President of the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo)

Kaylee Billyboy, Mark McMillan, David Maurice

Pre + Pro Kaylee Billyboy (WL Stampede Queen), Mark McMillan, Charlie Brous


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They say it broke all records--The worst they’ d ever seen When w ild f ires blackened the land In the summer of ‘17 Thousand s f led the Dev il ’s rage Some ref used to walk away A nd others wavered on the edge “Should I go or should I stay?” The tear-stain ed, t ired faces Of those hardy count r y folk Showed sig ns of desperat ion As they peered through all the smoke So many doors sw ung open To shelter those who f led They of fered food and clothing A nd a place to lay your head Ranchers loaded up their stock Others ran to cut the w ire But that couldn’t save the w ild ones Racing madly through the f ire They at tacked the f ires f rom the air Spreading red on red below How many fought to hold the lines No one w ill ever k now Ashes fell upon their back s A nd mi xed w ith all their sweat E x haust ion didn’t stop them ‘Cause they weren’t f inished yet St rong breezes fanned the embers A nd the f lames rose up again But nature helped to snuf f them out With the coming of the rain Finally, it was over A nd folk s could now go back To homes they hoped were standing Not f lat tened, cold and black Some would mourn their losses Sav ing what they could rev ive A nd many prayers were answered ‘Cause they were st ill alive Those who lived the t rauma Showed resilience at its best By pushing through adversit ies Like the pioneers of the West.

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By Sherry Sikstrom

Anytime we work together for a common goal we stand to move mountains ome time ago, Linda Finstad, a talented photographer, artist and prolific author put out a call via Facebook, inviting fellow equine focused Canadian Authors to join into a group to collaborate and support one another. Very quickly the group grew… currently 35 members strong! We have had lively and varied discussions on publishing options, marketing and shared thoughts and photos all with the common interest of helping to make each new publication better. Collaboration began there and has grown. Each day we celebrate and support our fellow authors. Most recently, five of us joined forces and attended the 2018 Mane Event in Red Deer. Our booth displayed works by: ~ Linda Finstad, prolific author and photographer, who has several books in her repertoire including ‘How To Decode Equine Body Language’, ‘The Horse Watcher’, and ‘Don’t Shoot the Horses’, to name a few. ~ Sherry Sikstrom, poet, farmer, mental health recovery worker and equine assisted learning coach, has had an enduring love of animals and literature in nearly equal parts through her life. She currently has two books in print of Cowgirl Poetry, ‘Telling Tails’, and ‘Tails, Trails and Campfire Stories’. ~ Shelley Olfert, author of ‘Shining Through’. A personal development coach and so much more; Shelley’s story of triumph over tragedy is soul inspiring! ~ Ross MacInnes, after retiring from a career in law enforcement, continued his work with at risk youth opening Higher Trails Equine Assisted Learning facility and EAL Canada, where he and his wife at their home ranch, and across Canada, facilitate Train the Trainers programs in Equine Assisted Learning. His collection of critically acclaimed titles includes: ‘I am Cadillac’, ‘Children in the Game’, and ‘The other Side of Here’. ~ Nancy Mackenzie, author, editor, communications specialist. Her titles include collections of poetry: ‘Soul’s Flight’, ‘The Illuminated Life’, ‘Communion’, and a novel ‘Nerve Line’. Many thanks to Linda Finstad for creating our bio boards and banners! We had a wonderful weekend introducing our special brand of Canadian Content and enjoying

(l to r) Sherry Sikstrom, Ross MacInnes, Shelley Olfert, Nancy Mackenzie, Linda Finstad. all the event had to offer. We met other authors and are looking forward to not only increasing our numbers in the group, but future collaboration in trade fairs and sharing out work. For all Canadian Authors whose work is

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By Donna Hawkins Poetry in motion is optimized dynamic balance. Balance and relaxation go hand in hand. Both of these qualities are enhanced by the correct management of laterality. [In this context the adjective, “correct,” means “evidence-based”.], The May issue of Saddle Up briefly explains some of the common symptoms of natural crookedness. This issue focuses on the postural changes actualized by the correct management of laterality. These changes are seen in the movement of the horse.


efore we explore the poetry of balanced motion, let’s review the answers to the questions posed in the “Putting It Together!” section at the end of the May article on laterality.

Question 1: The checklist below identifies the 8 criteria that help determine the horse’s dominance. Tick the items you can see in the photo of the horse (Fig. 2: Putting It Together!)

√ Body Shape The horse is concave to the right (1a) and convex to the left (1b). If you are unable to detect the slight inward bend in the horse’s right side, especially in the ribcage area, look at the shape of the backbone. The vertebrae are marked with brown diamonds. • Foot stance • Heel balance • Forelimb alignment • Pectoral muscle tension √ Shoulder Development The left shoulder, shown in the white oval (2b), is larger than the right shoulder. It also has a different shape than that of the right. The right shoulder (2a) “falls off.” • Hind limb tracking

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√ Posture of hindquarters • The hindquarters are outlined in blue dots []. The left hindquarter (3b) is larger, higher and rounder than the right hindquarter (3a). The slanted blue line (4) reflects the difference in the height of the left and right sides. • The hamstring groups, bounded by green dots [] are a key part of the horse’s drive train. The left group (5b) is significantly more developed than the right group (5a). Question 2: Do the symptoms indicate a right-sided or left-sided dominance? All of the symptoms explained in Question 1 above are characteristic of right-sided dominance. Question 3: Consider each of the symptoms that were not visible in the photo. Mentally visualize and describe the characteristics you would expect the horse in Fig. 2 to show. In question 2 you determined that the horse is most likely right-sided. Therefore, the obscured characteristics are most likely that of a right-sided horse. • Foot stance: The left front foot is placed in front of the right, especially when grazing. • Heel balance: The heel of the right front foot is higher than that of the left. The bottom of the left front foot is wider than that of the right. • Forelimb alignment: The point of the knee is higher on the right than the left. • Pectoral muscle tension: The right pectoral muscle is higher and more developed than the left. (Explanations and photos of the above are in the May issue of Saddle Up.) Question 4: Note any other feature that indicates imbalance due to muscle tension. How does this feature relate to the dominance of the horse? The neck of the horse is concave to the right, another characteristic of right-sided dominance. It results from the spread of inborn muscle tension in the right trunk area up the neck. You answered most, if not all of the questions in “Putting It Together!” correctly, didn’t you? Well done! Now that you can identify some of the symptoms of laterality, you need to be able to identify the effects of managed laterality. Managing laterality is only one piece, albeit, an extremely important one, of a training program. It demands correct training techniques -techniques based on how the horse learns and moves. In other words, to identify the effects of managing laterality is to recognize both the static and the dynamic effects of a correctly trained horse. Begin your quest for this knowledge by observing the horse in motion

as a whole. Compare and contrast the two photos in “Fig. 3: Choose Your Horse” with the following questions in mind: • What are the similarities in the two photos? • What are the postural differences in the two horses? • Which horse, A or B, would you to prefer to ride? • Which horse, A or B, will remain productive longer?

The white lines indicate balance. Unlike horse A, Horse B’s forelegs and hindlimbs are parallel. Horse B’s hocks are under its point of buttock, as shown by the black line. Horse A’s hocks are strung out behind. The tail reflects the horse’s degree of relaxation and suppleness, especially in its back. Note the “V” shape of the end of Horse B’s tail. The “V” is marked in black. It is created by one part of the tail flipping over the other. The deeper the “V,” the greater the suppleness and relaxation. Horse A’s tail lies flat. The balance evident in Horse B facilitates its ability to lift its front end and work off its hind end. The resulting uphill posture is evident in “Fig. 5: Compare the Postures.” Horse A is outlined in red. Horse B is outlined in white.

In both photos the horse is loping on the right lead with a relaxed rein. The rider and the tack, including the bit, a smooth, single-jointed O-ring snaffle, are identical. Each horse is captured at a similar point of its stride. The most obvious difference between the photos, except for the performance of the horse is the external environment. Horse A is being ridden in an arena. It has had a successful career in reining without laterality management. Horse B is being ridden in an outdoor arena. It has had approximately one year of correct laterality management. Which horse, A or B did you choose to ride? If you chose Horse B, you made a great choice! The information in “Fig. 4: Assess your Choice” supports Horse B as being more balanced and relaxed.

Most likely you realize that Horse A and B are one and the same. You’re right! The photos were taken approximately one year apart. Thanks to correct laterality management this horse’s productive longevity has been increased significantly. The horse now has a new rider. It continues to remain an icon of poetry in motion. As always, your questions and comments are welcomed. Feel free to email me. Your comments are appreciated. About Donna: Donna Hawkins promotes the use of evidence-based practices in the training of the horse. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the large body of currently available scientific knowledge and the practices commonly seen in the field. Donna is available for consultations and clinics. Email her at for further information. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Bruce A. Roy, Photos courtesy of the Heavy Horse Herald

Several entries failed to appear at England’s 2018 National Shire Horse Show, March 16-18, when a spring snow storm in the British Isles made many roads impassable. hile the exciting performance classes had to be cancelled, the halter classes were successfully shown inside Bingley Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire. The 32 stallions, 34 females and 34 geldings shown put on a brave display. Entries from England, Wales and Scotland, contested the honours, as did two Shires that were bred and are owned in Sweden. Shown in all their glory, the impressive Shire entry managed to draw a large crowd in spite of the foul weather. Landcliff Charlie, a massive 4-year-old, was Champion Stallion. Bred and exhibited by William Bedford, Chequer Hall Farm, Escrick, Yorkshire; H.R.H. The Countess of Wessex awarded the magnificent King George V Champion Challenge Trophy to Bill Bedford, one of the four Bedford Brothers who are leading Shire breeders in England. Woodhouse Calendar Girl was Champion Female. Bred and exhibited by Martin Fountain, Woodhouse Farm, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, this eye-catching 8-yearold brood mare, was the mother of the Reserve Champion Stallion, Woodhouse Rainman. The breed pundits gathered ringside maintain this 2-year-old stallion is the Shire breed’s ‘future king’. Given the number of the impressive entries trotted forth, these were stellar wins for the Fountain Family, who have bred Shires for four generations. Shires are the largest of the equine breeds. Developed in the industrial heartland of England, these great horses were bred to haul raw materials and the manufactured goods from the countless factories in England’s Midlands. A number of Shires currently found in British Columbia and Alberta are English-bred Shires that Western Canadian breeders have imported. Today, few horsemen in Western Canada realize the foundation sire that the Calgary Stampede employed in their bucking bronc breeding program was a Shire.

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The Yearling Colt Class

Landcliffe Charlie, The King George V Champion Challenge Cup winner

Herkules What’s Wanted, the Swedish colt that topped the yearlings.

As shared by arlier this month, the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) was made aware of the genetic disorder Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS), following the announcement by a USA breeder of withdrawal of one of their stallions from their breeding roster due to him testing positive for the recessive WFFS gene. WFFS is an inherited systemic connective tissue disorder characterized by extreme skin fragility resulting in tearing and ulceration, especially at the joints, from normal contact with everyday surroundings. Unfortunately there is no cure and affected foals must be euthanized soon after birth. Since WFFS is an autosomal recessive trait, a foal can only be affected when it inherits the recessive gene from both parents. A single copy of the gene can be “carried” through many generations without WFFS being expressed. WFFS was first reported in the Journal of Veterinary Research in 2015, about a foal born in 2012 (see photo). This is still a rare condition, with very few reported cases as there appears to be few live births. The potential impact of WFFS and

recommendations going forward, require facts and data. CWHBA members may wish to talk to their Veterinarian and consider testing their breeding stock for the recessive gene to determine any that may be carriers in order to avoid carrier to carrier breeding. Testing could apply to frozen semen as well. At present, only one Laboratory In North America, Animal Genetics Inc., in Florida, has a commercial test available for detecting this recessive gene. The American Hanoverian and the KWPN-NA have both been in communication with their European studbooks, as well as mounting internal task force in North America on WFFS. The WBFSH will be addressing hereditary disease at their annual meeting this fall. The CWHBA acknowledges and appreciates member concerns. We will continue to monitor the available information, and actively seek more from our own Veterinarian teaching and research centres. We encourage our members to have open dialogue with the CWHBA association, and their veterinary community. For more information on WFFS and links, visit


Clinical presentation of the WFFS foal. The foal presented with severe ablation of skin on the right front leg (above) and an open abdomen and eventration of the small intestines (below). Photo courtesy of National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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Two- and Four-legged Heroes Honoured at BC SPCA Awards Courtesy of the BC SPCA

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, with fur and without, with two legs and with four. The BC SPCA honoured a wide range of heroes at the society’s annual awards ceremony, held at a special dinner event on May 4 in Richmond BC.


e care for tens of thousands of abused, neglected, homeless and injured animals each year, and each one has a unique and inspiring story to tell,” says BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell. “I am also constantly amazed and humbled by the outstanding staff, volunteers, community partners, supporters and others who help us save the province’s most vulnerable animals. Our annual awards program is an opportunity to express our profound gratitude for those who make our communities more humane.” PRESENTING THIS YEAR’S WINNERS Animal Hero – Nuke Nuke, a Japanese mastiff weighing in at 160 pounds, was rescued by the BC SPCA in 2008 when he was found at a marijuana grow operation. He was cared for at the Nanaimo SPCA Branch before being adopted by Jeff King, a renowned Canadian wildlife artist, who helped Nuke overcome the issues related to his life of neglect. When it was discovered that Nuke had a Universal blood type, King registered him as a canine blood donor. For many years Nuke offered numerous life-saving transfusions to help sick and injured dogs. After successfully beating cancer himself Nuke, now 12, has retired from the blood donor program. Animal Courage – Rascal For Rascal, a senior dog rescued by the SPCA in Nanaimo in 2017, canine blood donors like Nuke mean the difference between life and death. When BC SPCA special constables seized Rascal from his home in Lantzville, he was covered in more than 100,000 fleas, causing him to lose about 85% of his blood. The fleas had sucked out so much blood that his gums were white and his emaciated body had become anemic. In critical condition, Rascal would have died without the emergency blood transfusions he received at Island Veterinary Hospital. The resilient little terrier fought back from his near-fatal condition and is now living happily with his loving new family in Nanaimo. His former owner was charged with animal cruelty last year, following a BC SPCA investigation. Animal Courage – Cedric Cedric, a brave boxer pup, was severely emaciated with a body condition score of only one out of nine when he came into SPCA care in Vancouver in January. Barely alive, with every rib protruding, Cedric required around-the-clock care, being fed one tablespoon of food at a time so that it would not overwhelm his compromised system. Despite his life-threatening condition, Cedric fought back with courage and resilience to become a healthy and happy dog. Today he is a loving, cuddly pup who is enjoying life in his new forever home. Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. Ross Hawkes Dr. Ross Hawkes of the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital was honoured for his outstanding service to abused and injured animals in the SPCA’s care for the past decade. His efforts have included accepting strays at all hours of the day and night, fitting SPCA emergency cases into his clinic, even on his busiest days, supporting the SPCA’s fundraising and outreach programs and providing support for low-cost spay/neuter initiatives. Dr. Hawkes also provided an invaluable service to the community and the SPCA during last 26 • JUNE 2018


All the Award Winners – congratulations! summer’s wildfires in the Cariboo region by providing unlimited access to his clinic 24 hours a day, as well as attending warrants with SPCA constables to rescue pets and farm animals trapped behind evacuation lines, housing stray animals and ensuring that all the animals, including wildlife, received the treatment they required. Humane Community Award – City of Dawson Creek The city of Dawson Creek was honoured with the BC SPCA’s Humane Community Award in gratitude and recognition of the city’s progressive approach to humane welfare for animals. In 2015, the city introduced an animal responsibility bylaw designed to address cat overpopulation by encouraging spay/neuter and permanent identification. In 2017 nearly 800 cats were licensed – more than the number of dogs licensed that same year – which has enabled the BC SPCA’s South Peace Branch to increase the return rate of lost cats to their guardians from 10 to 40%. Volunteer of the Year – Linda Scott Linda Scott, a dedicated animal lover and community advocate from Prince Rupert, was honoured as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. As coordinator of a trap-neuter-release program at the Prince Rupert SPCA, Scott helps to care for countless colonies of feral and abandoned cats in the community. By feeding, vaccinating and sterilizing the cats, the program ensures that the animals receive urgently needed care, but are unable to breed, so that the colonies will eventually disappear through attrition. In addition, Scott chairs the Community Council for the Prince Rupert SPCA, working with branch staff to promote the mission of the society and helping with numerous fundraisers throughout the year. She has also fostered countless cats and kittens for the Prince Rupert SPCA, ensuring that they receive love and care in a home environment while awaiting adoption. Leadership Award – Enjulie Bedi Kelowna-based SPCA volunteer coordinator Enjulie Bedi is this year’s recipient of the BC SPCA’s Leadership Award. The award was created to recognize the outstanding achievements of SPCA staff who go the extra mile to achieve the society’s goals, and who lead and inspire others to live out the mission and the purpose of the BC SPCA. In her role at the BC

TOP DOG! SPCA’s Kelowna Branch, Bedi oversees more than 200 volunteers – offering regular orientations for new volunteers, scheduling shifts and providing training and support. Last year, Kelowna SPCA volunteers logged more than 12,000 hours on behalf of animals in need. Bedi is also a front-line reception staff member who deals with hundreds of interactions with the public, businesses and supporters. Outstanding Contribution Award – Dr. Emilia Gordon The BC SPCA’s senior manager of animal health, Dr. Emilia Gordon, was recognized for her outstanding efforts during a devastating outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease, an extremely infectious and lethal disease for rabbits in BC this spring. In addition to her heavy workload overseeing all animal health matters for SPCA facilities across the province, Dr. Gordon became a central source of information during the RHD crisis for both SPCA centres and other shelters and rescue groups across BC. She created urgently needed fact sheets and biosecurity protocols, provided information for members of the public on how to protect their pets and liaised with government officials to help reduce the spread of the deadly disease. Branch of the Year The BC SPCA Kamloops & District Branch took home this year’s BC SPCA Branch of the Year Award. The branch, which began work on a new Community Animal Centre in May, was recognized for its efforts to reduce the length of stay for cats and dogs in the shelter by maximizing use of the society’s Drive for Lives animal transfer program. By increasing their transfers by 22% in 2017, the branch was able to reduce the average length of stay for cats in their care from 17 to 12 days and their average length of stay for dogs from 10 to 7 days.

TOP DOG! OF THE MONTH This is my ‘Sunshine’, a 3-yearold SPCA rescue mutt. DNA tests found her to be a Border Collie x Golden Retriever x Elkhound x Staffordshire Terrier. She loves horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and playing fetch. She’s really high energy but loves a good nap. She’s incredibly smart and easy to train. She struggles with separation anxiety and is really protective of me with other dogs. I love her so much. - Heather Bardgett, Dawson Creek BC

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awn’s teachings have always been ‘from the ground… up’. Her belief is body language is the key to success in every day handling and ground work. And ground work is the key to success as horses learn quickly to watch for us. The horse’s job is to keep you safe! So the sooner we teach the horse that, the sooner they learn their job. Learn how to use your seat and legs. Establish your ‘safety bubble’. Learn your ‘feel’ and find your timing as you develop ‘the ask’ through your body language. It’s how horses communicate and now you can too. Dawn can help you learn and become confident in handling your horse. Most recently Dawn received her accreditation as an international Mountain Trail Judge. Currently she is working with Serendipity Farms in Kelowna BC, designing and building a new Mountain Trail course with the anticipated opening sometime in early July. Once open, Dawn will be available for Mountain Trail clinics, with private and group lessons on the new course.

Dawn and Pirjo on the stair obstacle

Dawn and Chris are developing the course at Serendipity Farms.

She is having so much fun!

Dawn Ferster

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Upcoming events for Dawn are: Back Country Horsemen of BC has asked Dawn to come to their annual Rendezvous (in Barriere this year) on June 1-2 to give a Mountain Trail clinic. June 3 – Dawn is doing a Mountain Trail clinic for the Vernon Cronies group at the riding club. Wednesdays in June and July, she is offering workshops in Mountain Trail, balanced riding and confidence building for both horse and rider, at the Rittich Road location in Kelowna. June 16 - Beginner Introduction to Mountain Trail clinic, again at Rittich Road. June 23 – Intermediate/advanced level Mountain Trail clinic at Rittich Road. August 24-26 – she is hosting her 2nd Annual Desert Sands Mountain Trail competition in Vernon at the Riding Club. Forms for these will be available on Damarhe Training Facebook page. Dawn’s experience also includes… being a certified General Performance Judge, coach and trainer, specializing in… In-Hand Trail, Mountain Trail, (standard) Trail, Western Pleasure, Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Sport Horse and Arabian Halter. She works with all breeds and sizes, and has shown Arabians and coached to National Level. If you are interested in learning more about Mountain Trail, or need help with your horse, feel free to contact Dawn via phone or email. You can also follow Damarhe Training on Facebook or check Saddle Up’s What’s Happening calendar for upcoming events. Dawn is also willing to travel… coming to you for private or group sessions.

Dawn Ferster

Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Horse Council is Pleased to Award 2018 Grants to the Following Groups Core Grants


ore funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development. An approved event or project will be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. The event or project must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. Clubs are expected to charge participants reasonable registration fees. Money will be released only after a financial report, receipts and an event summary are received by HCBC. 2018 Core Grants were awarded to the following organizations: BC Interior Morgan Horse Club for jump equipment, $2500 BCHBC Alberni Valley Chapter for ring revitalization, $2065 BCHBC North Cariboo Chapter for an equipment trailer, $4000 BCHBC Vermillion Forks Chapter for horse shelters, $4000 BCHBC West Kootenay Chapter for a Mountain Trail course, $4500 Campbell Valley Equestrian Society to replace the liner of their water jump, $4500 Cowichan District Riding Club for horse barn flooring, $5000 Double H Saddle Club for a pen upgrade, $1800 Kelowna Riding Club for an irrigation system, $1800 Langley Riders for arena lights, $2900 North Peace Light Horse Association for a tractor, $5000 South Cariboo Equestrian Association for a projector, $450 Squamish Valley Equestrian Association for an indoor arena, $5000 (and an additional $1000 from the zone) Vernon District Riding Club for a jump shed, $1500 Zone 1 for facility upgrades, $2300

Goose Lake to Blackwater River 2018 BCHBC North Thompson Chapter, for the Skull Mountain Rehabilitation Project 2018 BCHBC Aldergrove Chapter, for the South Langley Regional Trail Completion Mission Horse Club, for the Stave West Corral Project 2018 Haney Horsemen Association, for the Allco Park Project – Stage 2 BCHBC Shuswap Chapter, for the South Canoe Trail System – Goliath Trail Thank you to everyone who has donated, past and present, to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund! Thanks to you, we‘re able to continue funding these great projects that benefit BC equestrians and fellow users who love our trails. Submitted to the 2017 Focus on Trails Photo Contest Submitted by Catherine Royle

Submitted by Dakota Jayde

In total $47,345.00 was awarded for these worthwhile projects. We look forward to hearing about their progress and are excited to see the end results.

The BC Equestrian Trails Fund


he BC Equestrian Trails Fund was established to provide support for HCBC member clubs and affiliates who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in British Columbia for public use. The BC Equestrian Trails Fund has completed its 2018 round of funding, and we‘re pleased to report Horse Council BC was able to fund $38,130 in trail work this year, for projects all around BC.

Submitted by Dawn Folliott

Recipients of funding in 2018 are: BCHBC (Back Country Horsemen of BC) Robson Valley Chapter, for Belle Mountain Multi-use Trails Rehabilitation BCHBC Yarrow Chapter, for Manning Park Trail Works 2018 BCHBC North Cariboo Chapter, for the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail: Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

JUNE 2018


Equestrian Canada Equestre Canadian Dressage, Para-Dressage & Driving Athletes Show Up Strong


anadian athletes showed great promise for a successful 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) with strong finishes at the Dressage, Para-Dressage and Driving WEG Test Event, held in Mill Spring, NC, from April 19-22, 2018. Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick, who resides in Reddick, FL, not only earned a big win, but also cemented her qualification for WEG 2018 during the Para-Dressage WEG Test Event. She and Engelbrecht (Vivaldi x Rimini 41), her 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, won the CPEDI 3* Grade III Freestyle on April 22 with an impressive score of 72.233%. They also earned two second place finishes in the CPEDI 3* Grade III Individual on April 20 (67.402%) and Team Test on April 21 (67.735%). In the CPEDI 3* Grade II division, Sharon Buffitt of Pointe Claire, QC and her 13-year-old Oldenburg cross mare, Elektra II (Radjah Z x Rastar), added another win to Canada’s tally after topping the Individual on April 20 with a score of 66.716%. Jason Surnoski of Whitby, ON, followed up with a win for Canada in the CPEDI 3* Grade II Freestyle on April 22. He scored 66.878% riding Cynthia Nugent’s Phoenix, a 19-year-old Westphalian gelding sired by Potsdam. He was followed by Buffitt in second place on a score of 66.233%. That same day, Winona Hartvikson of Langley, BC and the 11-year-old Andalusian gelding she co-owns with Jane Macdonald, Ultimo (Invasor III x Teodoro), earned a spot for Canada on the leaderboard in the CPEDI 3* Grade I division, taking third place in the Freestyle on a score of 68.556%. On April 21, Laura Hall of Ladysmith, BC, nabbed a third place finish in the CPEDI 3* Grade IV Team Test, scoring 67.125% aboard her 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Wendolin (Metall x Amethist). In the Dressage WEG Test Event, Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON kicked off the competition bright and early on April 20 with her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding, Tattoo 15 (Tuareg x Ramiro’s Son), taking third in the CDI 3* Grand Prix with a score of 70.043%. The duo returned on April 22 for another third-place finish in the CDI 3* Grand Prix Special, scoring 69.319%. Catherine Levasseur of Sainte-Sophie, QC represented the maple leaf in the CAI 2* FEI Single Horse division of the Driving WEG Test Event. The competition was an important stop for Levasseur and Fizz Forever (sired by Whiskei S-148), her 8-year-old American Dutch Harness Horse mare, on their journey to the 2018 FEI World Singles Driving Championships. Levasseur and Fizz Forever kicked things off in the WEG Test Event with a fifth place finish in the initial dressage phase on April 20 after scoring 63.79. The following day they picked up another fifth place finish in the marathon phase on a score of 91.84. This brought Levasseur’s two-phase total to 155.63 for third place overall heading into the final cones phase on April 22. Levasseur held onto her third place finish after guiding Fizz Forever to seventh place on a score of 13.30 in the cones phase, allowing her to finish on a total score of 168.93.

A very popular item through the 50s and 60s, made of metal with a diameter of a quarter, and 3” tall. It’s a bullet lighter (they had to do something with the leftover shells from WWII). We had 3 correct guesses! Congratulations to: Tina Makinson, 100 Mile House BC George Hrehorets, Andrew, AB Julie Krynen, Williams Lake BC

This hand held item is about 10” long and they open and close like pliers. The staining was created by the heat that was applied to this implement. Popular when there was not any access to electricity.

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Catherine Levasseur and Fizz Forever. Photo courtesy of Catherine Levasseur.

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Lauren Barwick and Engelbrecht. Photo by Susan J. Stickle.

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers • Photos by Kiara Bridge and submitted


hat better way to spend a sunny Sunday than to grab your equine partner and head down to the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club schooling show at the Armstrong Fairgrounds on May 6. With over 30 riders and horses, there was plenty to see and do. With the popularity of our Fall Costume class, we thought a Spring Costume class would be just as much fun too. We were right! Our Costume Class is not just for the kids; we had participants from age 4 all the way to 54. Everyone was in the spirit. After careful consideration, it was a tough decision, but “Rapunzel” took home the ribbon. Adding to the day were our “FUN” events; TP race and an obstacle course with a hula hoop in the centre. Yes, our participants had to hula hoop, much to the dismay of the horses. It was great fun. Our Western Stakes class proved to be a hit, with over 10 entries of all ages and skill levels. The laid back, no pressure atmosphere, and the smiling faces, confirmed everyone had a good time. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers, you all are amazing and helped make the show successful. Thank you to our Judges - Theresa Tremeer and Glenn Perran, who made time for each participant, offering support and encouragement. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. So if you find yourself there for the day anyway, or want to experience the world of horse shows… contact us at, on Facebook, or www.

Kelowna Riding Club By Jenny Bouwmeester & Emma Bosma


e are so fortunate to live in the beautiful Okanagan, and to have this beautiful riding facility in downtown Kelowna to come ride together. So far this spring has kicked off with tons of fun! At the end of April we held our Spring Dressage Percentage Day. This show is one of our fundraiser events and was a huge hit, with a big turnout. We had over 35 horse and rider entries performing two tests each. Thanks to all our volunteers and board members for making this day run smoothly and efficiently. The best part about this show is that it brings out a variety of Dressage levels to ride together. We had tests ranging from Walk/Trot, Eventing Prelim, Western, to Third Level Dressage. Not only was there a range in tests ridden, but an array of individuals such as; beginners, advanced, and coaches. We will be holding more Dressage Days throughout the year. The beautiful sunny weather during the first week of May set the tone for another Spring Classic horse show. The club was proud to showcase their brand new sponsor and signature jumps, as well as the Reiten Right footing that was added to the hunter ring last year. G r e a t quality horses and riders travelled from all over British Columbia and Alberta to compete in the largest KRC fundraiser of the year. Our hometown riders held their own against tough competition, with many division championships and top placings in the classes such as; the Hunter Spectacular and 1.10m Mini Prix. The KRC would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, and hard working crew, (especially our show manager) for making this show possible! We look forward to seeing all our competitors again next year! Check out our website and our Facebook page to see more upcoming events.

Top: Paige Meyers with MJ Beckham Middle: Daisy Milner with Chocolate Bottom: Tara Bruschinsky with Hooligan

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Tennessee Walking Horse News By Fran Kerik


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse has had a busy spring. We co-hosted a booth with the Alberta Walking Horse Association at the Red Deer Mane Event the last weekend of April. This is our 11th year of having a booth there and every year I say was better than the last. We had lots of visitors, some new Walking Horse owners looking for information and activities for their Walkers, and many long-time owners looking to touch base, have a good visit and make plans for the coming riding season. Some of the plans include mountain riding, the Dressage for

Gaited Horses Clinic on May 12-13, the Gathering near Whitecourt, a trail ride at the Blackfoot Grazing Reserve east of Edmonton, and a Horse Rally at Fort Assiniboine. Finally, to finish off the season we’ll have ‘The Canadian’ Event, our UNSHOW, at the Almond Arena, Ponoka, AB on the Labour Day long weekend September 1-3. By the time this Saddle Up magazine comes out, we will have held our Annual General Meeting at Klondike Victory Farm, at which we also hosted a Gaited Dressage Clinic, which I will report on next issue.

Left: AWHA President Alynn Ward presenting the CRTWH booth’s prize basket to the winner of the draw, Nicolas Brown of Westlock AB, at the Mane Event. Right: Members enjoying the first endurance ride of the year, hosted by Endurance Riders of Alberta. Cindy Lashowski is riding CSR Money’s Gold Penny, and the ears belong to CSR Blaise of Glory ridden by Fran Kerik.

Peruvian Horse Club of BC News By Monika Lauterbacher


t was all “Fun and Games” at our spring events organized by Jan & Rob (club president) Sjodin. The turnout was great at all three events held at the Agriplex in Armstrong. Besides our locals from the North Okanagan, we had members make the trip from Princeton, Monte Lake and Chase. On our March 18 ride day, even though most horses still had a pretty good winter coat, they all felt ready for a work out. For the April 8 ride, Rob & Jan set up some obstacles for riders to introduce their horses to. Some of those will be used in the Trail class at our Regional Championship Show June 8-10 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. It was very interesting to find one’s horse being suspicious of the same old tarp that they go over at home without hesitation. Great practice! April 29… just like back in pony club days, we older folks did some races and the so funny toilet paper pair ride. Most pairs did not even manage to make it through round one. Guess we were all laughing too hard. Each of the three events ended with a great lunch and get together. Two of our longtime members came out to each event. Joyce Brown, more than 80 years young, currently without a horse, observed from the side line and signed up to help at the upcoming show. John McMillan, age 82, is still very active with his 15-year-old mare. John is a very strong competitor and hard to beat in some classes. Watch out John - I will try to take some of those ribbons this year! The board of directors and the show committee had several meetings via Skype and tele-conference to address business and the upcoming show. As with most clubs proof of insurance is mandatory now to participate in club events and compete in shows. This was discussed in detail at the board meetings before announced to the membership. The first entries for our Regional Championship Show (June 8-10) 32 • JUNE 2018


came in to the show secretary, including some of the U.S. competitors that have come for the last few years, making the long trip from Oregon and Washington. Peruvian horse shows are fun to watch. Anyone wishing to come out to see what we are all about is welcome. We love to show off the smoothest horses around. For more details on shows, times and more, visit us on Facebook or visit the PHAC website and click on the PHCBC link.

14 horse and riders at the March fun ride lining up Rob Sjodin introducing his young gelding to some different items

John McMillan rode over to the concession to get a cup of coffee, never spilling a drop

Ainsley Bouveur racing against Jean Thom while Jan Sjodin is timing the event

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ello sunny days! I have to say this is my favourite time of year. All the spring flowers, pasture fields opening and of course the FOALS!! Mini babies are hitting the ground running and they are so cute. This month we will pay tribute to these little cuties by sharing some pics from our local BCMHC members. As well as these cuties, we are busy getting ready for our big show on June 9-10. By the

Crystal McKay’s two babies

time this article hits we will be done showing and next month I should have some lovely show shots and a list of our big winners. We also held our annual Pub Night in May and it was a huge success again this year. Over 35 people came out and supported our club and a great time was had by all. Make sure you hug your mini today and enjoy the sunshine.

Lena McMurtry’s baby

Sandy Frank’s baby

TJ Miniatures baby

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Pam Piddocke


he BC Lower Mainland Pony Club held our annual Regional Tetrathalon Championships this past April 21-22 at Panorama Ridge in Surrey. This year saw an increase in participation as our Pony Club region rebuilds the sport of Tetrathlon. Tetrathlon encourages, promotes and develops a Pony Club member’s interest in horses and horsemanship by combining riding with other athletic activities. Tetrathlon is a sport that includes running, swimming, pistol shooting and riding, and it is the entry into the Olympic sport of Pentathlon, a discipline which includes the four Tetrathlon sports as well as fencing. The riding phase in Tetrathalon is very difficult as the riders must ride an unknown horse and the phase can present them with a course consisting of both cross-country obstacles and stadium jumps. Unlike traditional jumping, the Tetrathalon competitors may be faced with obstacles such as sliding gates and riding your horse through gates that you need to open and close behind you. At the completion of each phase the competitors receive a score, and at the conclusion of the competition their scores are totalled to determine the winners. The great positive about the sport of Tetrathlon is you don’t have to own a horse to enter and compete; in fact, over half of the members who competed at our Championships don’t own their own horse.

Many of the competitors this year were new to the sport of Tetrathalon and had never competed in the discipline before. The ages ranged from 7-15 years old, with the largest division being the women’s junior ages 12-14 years, where the competition was close between the members. Their sportsmanship was impressive as older members cheered on younger members in each phase of the competition. Congratulations to this year’s Regional Tetrathalon Champions! SENIOR women: 1st place Allison McDonald, JUNIOR men: 1st place William Jack, JUNIOR women: 1st place Theresa Krasny, 2nd place Hadley Jack, 3rd place Lizzie Lawson, 4th place MacKenzie McDonnell, NOVICE boy: 1st place Nathan McWhir, 2nd place Harrison Jack, NOVICE girl: 1st place Amryn Takhar, 2nd place Hennessy Escobar, TADPOLE girl: 1st place Clare McWhir. Each year the top competitors of the Junior and Senior divisions in each region have the opportunity of being selected to represent their Region at the National Tetrathalon Championships, this year being held July 31-August 4 at Northwest Equest in Saskatchewan. Pony club is a wonderful organization that encourages members to have good sportsmanship and builds great character. To learn more or to become involved in this exciting equine focused organization, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-999-7400.

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Barriere & District Riding Club By Darcey Woods

Photos by Forever Young Photography & Carole Nelson


ur first events of the season are under our belts! April 21 Gymkhana had 21 riders competing, and our General Performance and Dressage Show on April 22 had 16 entries. The Gymkhana was a ton of fun with riders of all ages enjoying the family friendly environment. We offered Stick Horse Games as well and it is possible that the adults had more fun than anyone – check out the video on our Facebook page! The Horse Show started off with Dressage, with both English and Western tests being ridden, we followed this with English performance classes, Showmanship and Western performance classes closing the day with Ranch Riding and Trail. Judge Ellen Smailes had great feedback for all exhibitors, classes ran smoothly and the laid back, fun atmosphere made for a great start to the show season. A huge THANK YOU to the event organizers: For Gymkhana – Rhonda Kershaw & Sharon Threatful. And the Horse Show – Darcey Woods. Without their hard work, and the work of ALL of the fantastic volunteers who support them in pulling the day together these events would not be possible!

GYMKHANA HIGH POINT: Senior 18+: 1D Pam Rupp, reserve Dawn Kobayashi 4D Wendy Johnson, reserve Sharon Threatful Junior 17-: 1D Alexis Nelson, reserve Hannah Kershaw 2D Bobby-Rae Farrow, reserve Martha Taylor 3D Cheyenne Veninga, reserve Connor Farrow 4D Kaiya Kobayashi, reserve Corey Bourque HORSE SHOW HIGH POINT: Senior: Nicolle Dupont & JB Peace Machine Youth: Alexis Nelson & Joker Walk/Jog 18+: Chantal Holt & Major Doc Walk/Jog 17-: Isabella Macdougall & Pebbles PeeWee: Teagan Allen & Lacey

Judy Lane & Lacey.

Brigitte Mitchell & Spirited Charm.

Our Stick Horse Racers!

Gymkhana High Point.

Teagan Allen riding Lacey with Grandma Judy Lane

Horse Show High Point.

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


hings are getting busy at LRS this month! June 2nd is our Western and English Open Show (Western is first in the morning), June 3rd is our Jumping Day, June 9th is a Games Day - those are always super fun! June 15-16 is our 52nd annual Little Britches Rodeo! APRIL 14 LRS 5D BARREL RACE RESULTS 1st Go Open: 1D Mary-ann Muskett 2D Amanda Buhler 3D Tina Player 4D Erin Cyrankiewicz 5D Shane Thomson 1st Go Youth: 1D Maceyjane Freemantle 4D Layla Thomson 1st Go Senior: 1D Mary-ann Muskett 4D Erin Cyrankiewicz 1st Go Novice: 1D Kineta Brown

4D Jaylene Herbst 1st Go Pee Wee: 1D Autumn grace Rooke 3D Jordyn Folk 2nd Go Open: 1D Courtney Pearson 3D Tiffany Braithwaite 2nd Go Youth: 1D Maceyjane Freemantle 3D Layla Thomson 2nd Go Senior: 1D Mary-ann Muskett 3D Sandy Douglas

BCLBR, LRS LBR, Open 4D barrel race! Then to wrap up the month on June 30 we have our LRS 5D Barrel race (entries are through CBR website). Hope to see everyone out this summer!! 4D Erin Cyrankiewicz 2nd Go Novice: 1D Jaylene Herbst 4D Kineta 2nd Go Pee Wee: 1D Autumn grace Rooke 4D Jordyn Folk 1st Go Poles: 1D Courtney Pearson 2D Kim Weise 4D Shane Thomson 2nd Go Poles: 1D Kim Weise 2D Shane Thomson

Thank you to everyone that helped to put on the events and all those that came to ride.

HIGH POINTS FOR APRIL 29 ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW English: Senior - Cassie Glover Intermediate - Marie Peters tied with Carmen Martin Junior - Ryan Young Tiny Mite - Reese Zachanowicz Walk/Trot - Alex Harvey Lead Line - Max Morisset Western: Senior - Bethany Hill Intermediate - Carmen Martin Junior - Emily Renolds Tiny Mite - Reese Zackanowicz Walk/Trot - Alysia Belanger Green - Jennifer Boyes Lead Line - Max Morisset

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Maddy Shannon & Phoenix

Cassie Glover & Stanley

Cora Boyes & Carly

Alberta Equestrian Federation Update J.C. Anderson Athlete Bursary Development Program The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal is a skills-based jumper medal series with the intent to identify athletes who have the potential to become Canada’s next high performance athletes, and, your opportunity to receive over $100k in athlete development bursaries. To be eligible to participate athletes are required to complete the Athlete Declaration Form. For information on this exciting opportunity please visit the AEF web site.

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (RMSJ) Under 30 North American 1.30m Championship The RMSJ Under 30 North American 1.30m Championship is a brand new competition which will be held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, south of Spruce Meadows. The top three athletes will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The championship is designed to give young athletes the feel and experience of Olympic style competition. For more information on this opportunity and athlete bursaries available visit

Protecting Your Families, Your Pets and Your Livestock As an agriculture producer that owns livestock, you must have a Premises Identification (PID) account that identifies your location(s) and the livestock you have there. The PID system is an important tool in identifying at risk livestock during an emergency and notifying the owner or manager registered in the system. That is why it is so

important to keep your information in the PID system current. In any emergency situation that affects animal health or safety, having animal locations and other key information in one system is critical for quick, accurate and cost-effective emergency response. The traceability system includes Premises Identification together with Animal Identification and Animal Movement which together determine where animals are, where they have been and what other animals they have come into contact with. More information is available on the AEF website.

Members Only Benefits AEF and “CapriCMW” have been working collaboratively in service to the horse community in Alberta for some time. Over the years, the products and services offered to members have changed dramatically - all in response to a changing landscape in the horse industry and evolving risk assessment practices we have been able to employ as specialists in this field of work. In 2018, our insurance program includes more risk management and loss prevention education than ever before and yet - yet another insurance option designed for “members only.” On January 1, 2018 - we launched an add-on to our existing horse insurance product (Members Name Perils) called “Emergency Life Saving Surgery.” As the name implies, the intent of coverage is to help members whose horses are having a life threatening situation that requires immediate intervention at a surgical facility. Learn more about “Emergency Life Saving Surgery” on the AEF website.

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Sandra Harper


pring has finally arrived in Alberta. The ice has melted off our long-eared friends and the babies are starting to arrive. ADMC has lots of exciting news to share this month. If you follow us on Facebook, and are wondering what happened to us, we are still there but you will have to join the group again… search under the name Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. We have a new e-mail for the club: info@ Our web page is under construction and will be down for a while, but should be up and running by the beginning of June. Join some of our members on July 27-29 for the 105th annual Bruce Stampede including the 38th running of The Great Canadian Mule Race! On August 11-12 we have our Alberta Long Ears Days show at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch west of Bowden. This is the longest running Mule and Donkey Show in Canada! Fun for the whole family. Contact Russ Shandro at 780-632-7510 for more info or our club website. And just a reminder for members to contact the club if you are taking your long ears to any events, parades, shows

or clinics, so that we can let other members know what’shappening, and they have an opportunity to come watch or join in!

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley LMQHA Members at Level 1 Championships Members Pia Petersen and Andy Helqvist travelled to the Level 1 Championships at Southpoint in Las Vegas in April, to compete with their horses Thumb Moxie and Blazing Hot Money under the guidance of their trainer Mellissa Buckley. This was Andy’s first time showing at this show, and he was very excited about his results. He and his horse ‘Cash’ earned Bronze Champion in their Western Riding class (the first time either has ever competed in it!), 10th in their Ranch Riding and 17th in Trail! This was Pia’s second trip to this show, and was also thrilled. She and her horse ‘Tyrone’ earned 10th in their Hunter Under Saddle class, 9th in their Equitation and 13th in Showmanship. Congratulations to them both! We love giving kudos to all our members’ successes, so please let us know about them so we can add them to our monthly Saddle Up articles.

West Coast Summer Classic Our next show is the West Coast Summer Classic on July 21-22 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. This is our BIG PRIZE SHOW with Frank Principe Spurs, saddles, mayatex pads, sheets, halters, hat cans, bronzes and so much more up for grabs. This is also the show where our Breeders Incentive Futurity is held along with the Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake, 2 yr old Walk/Jog Stake and new this year, Tag Team Showmanship! All with a minimum $500 added!!! This show also features our flat rates and more! Visit the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assn FB page or the LMQHA page at for more details.


Fundraising Stay tuned for updates on fundraising we will be doing such as pub nights and another tack sale! If you would like to help with these, please contact Mellissa at


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

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


pril was a busy month for the Vernon Young Riders. Every Thursday we joined Glenn Perran for group riding lessons at Brewer’s Arena. On April 28, the 4-H district of Armstrong-Vernon-Lumby held their annual Communication Day at the Armstrong Seniors Centre. Clubs participating were: Armstrong Multi 4-H Club, Okanagan Shuswap 4-H Lamb Club and the Vernon Young Riders 4-H Club. Lydia Coates and I placed 2nd in Demonstrations. Thank you to the judges for their time: Marina Frederick, Lorne Hunter and Rob Short. Also, on April 29th our club organized to wash dogs as a fundraiser, it was so much fun and we had a great turnout! Many, many thanks to Paw Street Market in Vernon for allowing us work in your awesome store for the day. We will definitely come again. AND HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADS!

Abby and Lydia with Brock and Tab Webster at District Communications. 36 • JUNE 2018


Connor and Ben

Caralynn and Faith

Bobbi and Miah

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Submitted by Erin Bryant, East Kootenay Chapter of BCHBC

Sleighing in the East Kootenays


hat do you do when you and your horse are faced with the winter months, several feet of snow, and no indoor arena? Go sleighing, of course! Several members of the Back Country Horseman of BC, East Kootenay Chapter, take on this activity with great relish. Sam Mitchell, a former chuckwagon racer, spends many summer hours perfecting his network of trails through several pastures on his mountain ranch, just out of Wardner. The result is a 4km sleigh trail that snakes uphill and down, through clearings, and around trees. The route makes loops and dipsy-doodles that add interest, challenges and provides gorgeous views of the countryside. One portion of the trail leads to the top of “Hangman’s Hill” where stands an old fir tree with two nooses dangling from a lower branch, reminiscent of cowboy years gone by. The snowy trails and temperatures above -10C are all that are required for a good sleigh season. On any given day, sleighs can be spotted running the trails. Teams of two horses pulling bob-sleighs or a single horse pulling a cutter or sled follow the trails at leisurely walks, spritely trots, or energetic gallops. Numerous spots afford panoramic views of the surrounding snowcovered mountains and forested hillsides, as they stand in stark contrast to brilliant blue winter skies. Other days, trails are shrouded in fog, the sleighs sliding between snow-laden trees as their branches reach out to drop their chilly load on some unsuspecting passer-by. Sam has always welcomed interested people to join the activities and bring their horses if driving is a desire. At least once a year an organized club event is held that provides sleigh rides and campfires with wiener roasts. Members can enjoy their time socializing and experiencing a unique way of playing in the snow. Four months can be a long time to travel the same sleigh trail so things soon get creative. The teamster is always looking for the most efficient hitch. A team of horses must work together, not trying to outrun the other and turning the whole trip into a race. Likewise, the lagging horse needs to step up so the load is shared equally. Harness and tugs are regularly adjusted and horses are alternated to determine which combination works the best. Sometimes drivers go in alternate directions so the

horses can learn to be on their own, always a challenge for the herd-bound horse. Safety is a priority when around the horses. They are trained to stand still as they are harnessed and hitched to the sleigh. The horse must then learn to stand quietly after being untied and wait for the command to walk off. Fine tuning the communication between driver and team is ongoing, the goal being to have your horse(s) respond by voice and to the lightest signal through the lines, moving accordingly. If things are going pretty smoothly, try changing gaits. Notice how exciting the trail can become with the everpresent obstacles approaching at much quicker speeds! Is your horse or team as responsive at the lope? More advanced training may involve driving your horse(s) with an openfaced bridle (no blinkers). The new perspective of seeing the big red sleigh seeming to chase him down the trail can turn the most sedate horse into a racy thoroughbred. The driver’s challenge is to remain calm, steer with calm hands, use a reassuring voice, and don’t hit any trees! It is no surprise that a season of sleighing quickly slides by and drivers consider parking the sleighs and dusting off the saddles, or perhaps, hauling out some wagons. For some there is no better way to break up the winter months, connect with one’s horse, and enjoy the magnificent sights of winter in this beautiful country we call home!

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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BC Rodeo Association


2018 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE June 2-3 June 9-10 June 16-17 Jun 30-Jul 1 July 7-8 July 14-15 July 20-22 July 21-22 July 20-22 July 28-29 Aug 10-12 Aug 18-19 Aug 18-19 Aug 24-25 Aug 31 Sept 1-3

71st Kispiox Valley Rodeo Princeton Rodeo Chetwynd Rodeo ***NEW*** Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Fort St John Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Wildcard Rodeo ~ TBA BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere

STAN THOMPSON MEMORIAL RODEO, PRINCETON BC Princeton Rodeo Club brings you the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo on June 10-11 at the Sunflower Downs in Princeton BC. This action-packed rodeo brings extra events like the wild horse races and cowboy/cowgirl horse races. The West Coast Drill Team will be performing both Saturday and Sunday as well. Join everyone Saturday night for some after rodeo entertainment. Local entries are May 26 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 250-438-0033. For more info CHETWYND RODEO The 2018 BCRA rodeo season has a NEW rodeo that we are very excited about. This action-packed rodeo will be June 16-17 held at the Pine Valley Exhibition grounds. Join everyone Saturday night for some after rodeo entertainment. Local entries are June 1 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. by email only @ For more info ANNUAL BELLA COOLA RODEO Join us at the annual Bella Coola Rodeo on June 30-July 1 with its beautiful scenery. There are 2 full action-packed days of rodeo with many local events, such as the Businessman’s Cow Ride and Wild Cow Milking. They kick off the weekend on Friday with their local Gymkhana and the Barrels and Bucks wraps the fun weekend up on Monday. Local entries are June 19 from 12 noon–4 p.m. at 250-799-5420. For more info

Congratulations and thank you to Thomas Camus for the 2018 Rodeo Guide cover photo. Watch your local tourist centres, tack, western and feed stores for the 2018 Rodeo Guide.



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


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

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

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



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

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

OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18

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

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 8/18 WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19


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


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Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


1-3 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, 1-3 RENDEZVOUS (Back Country Horsemen of BC), Barriere BC, 2 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, High Sage, Cache Creek BC, June Melhuish 250-256-7035,, 2 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, 3 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari, 3 BCLM PONY CLUB, Reg’l Pony Club Prince Phillip Games Day, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Spectators welcome! Ian McLean 3 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 3 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW II, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150,, 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, 8-10 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Regional Championship Show, Armstrong Agriplex, see 8-10 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC (Kelowna Back Country Horseman), Laura Lawrence 9 OBSTACLE CLINIC, 10 am start, (am)Groundwork & (pm)Riding, at CINDY KIRSCHMAN’S, Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-9277 9 AERC CRONIES FUN GROUP, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, 9 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, 9-10 SPRING PINTO/OPEN SHOW, MegaDome, Olds AB, for Prize Lists and information 9-10 FIRST AID & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CLINIC, 16 Hand Ranch, Spruce Grove AB, Info 9-10 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Port McNeill BC, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, 11-12 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, 13-14 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, 15-16 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, 15-16 TAMI HUTTON PERFORMANCE HORSE CLINIC, Boundary Horse Association, Grand Forks BC, Maralynn 250-442-2330 or check the BHA FB page 15-17 TOUCH OF CLASS DRESSAGE SHOW, Langley BC, contact TBA 15-17 LRS LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Elana Wharry, 15-17 HORSE TRIMMING CLINIC W/HOOF GEEKS, TFC Center, Kelowna BC, 16 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC W/DAWN FERSTER, Kelowna BC, 250-808-0738,, Damarhe Training on FB 16 AERC CRONIES FUN GROUP, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, 16 SIDA % DAY, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, 16 ARMSTRONG BULLRIDERS CHALLENGE, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Advance tickets $20 or $25 at door. Doors open 5pm. 250-462-8707 16-17 RYDER LAKE RAMBLE YOUTH CLINIC /CHALLENGE, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 16-17 BCTCPA DEERE COUNTRY CHALLENGE SHOW, Knutsford/Kamloops BC, 17 ALL WESTERN HORSE SHOW (Heritage Qualifier), Boundary Horse Association, Grand Forks BC, Maralynn 250-442-2330 or check the BHA FB page 22-24 EXPLORING EQUINE HEALTH (The Big Picture Part 2) w/Tomas Teskey DVM & Laura Taylor DVM, Slocan BC, 23 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Intermediate/Advanced, w/Dawn Ferster, Kelowna BC, 250-808-0738,, Damarhe Training on FB 23 POT O GOLD ALL BREED/SIZES SHOW, Halter/Riding/Driving/Gaited, Agri plex, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, see BC Interior Morgan Horse Club FB page

CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #1, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 23 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW #3, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Janeen 604-855-1152, 23 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Chase Creek Cattle Co., Chase BC, Lori Bewza 250-679-8247,, 23 BDRC CLINIC & GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, 23-24 BCCHA 100 MILE HOUSE CUTTING, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC, contact Kathi 250-819-5974 23-24 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 23-24 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE SHOW, Sun Meadows, Barnhartvale BC, 23-24 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-9001, 23-24 ROCK N KETTLE RODEO, Rock Creek Fairgrounds, Rock Creek BC, John 250-446-2576, 24 BDRC SHOW & CLINIC, Barriere BC, 24 PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, 25-29 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 DAY CAMP, (Classical Dressage & Western Dressage), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 29-Jul 1 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Nelson BC, Jocelyn Templeman 250-359-6885, 30-Jul 1 CANADA DAY RACE & ROPE, Peachland BC, 23


3-7 OKANAGAN 4-H STOCK SHOW, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Lorna Kotz 250-545-7140 or 250-503-4600, 4 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #2, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 4-8 EXPERIENCE MOUNTAIN TRAIL DELUXE w/Mark Bolender, Clinics & Compe -tition, Sylvergrove Horse Park, Smithers BC, 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Fraser Valley area BC, 1-888-533-4353, 7-8 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Grand Forks BC, Madelaine Espenhin 7-8 VERNON DRESSAGE SHOW, 7-14 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Horsemanship & Colt Starting, Princeton BC, 8 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW III, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150,, 8 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz, 9-13 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 DAY CAMP, (Vaquero/Reining/Garrocha), TFC Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 11-13 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE W/MELANIE BULMAHN, Open Clinic, Chase BC, 12 CROSS COUNTRY SCHOOLING DAY #3, Campbell Valley Park XC Field, Langley BC, Annet Moerman 604-504-3125, 13-15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Duncan BC, 1-888 533-4353, 14 ENDURANCE RIDE 11/25/50, Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, Bianca Mackenzie 250 878-4542,, 14-17 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE W/MELANIE BULMAHN, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 14-17 HUB HOUBEN CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, 15 FUN DAY, 10 AM START, AT CINDY KIRSCHMAN’S, Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-9277 20-23 FOUR IN ONE OPEN & PINTO HORSE SHOW, Calnash Arena, Ponoka AB, for Prize Lists and information 21 BDRC CLINIC & GYMKHANA, Barriere BC,

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


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

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

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




Bring your own horse or ride ours!

affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs

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

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



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JUNE 2018




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

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

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




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


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



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

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

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

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



TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.



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

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

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DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

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


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

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



On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch

Check Out Our Blues!

2018 Foals will be available sired by:

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The Peruvian Horse

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

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

5/19 3/17

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


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




3 Horse A/H, G/N, oversize. Aluminum protected with ‘nyalic’. 7’6” tall x 80” wide x 27 1/2’ long. Side unload door for horses. 5/8” rubber ribbed trailer mats. Trailer is completely undercoated – spray foam insulation on roof of horse area. 12’ burgundy awning. 40 gallon water tank w/outside spout. Rear tack room with 3 racks, coat &bridle hooks, blanket bars. Two roof vents, one is an escape hatch. People portion has furnace, fridge, stove, sink & oak cupboards, queen bed & lots of halogen lights. Divider wall access door into horse area. 5 aluminum panels - clip together and attach to each end of trailer for a horse enclosure. GVWR=5345kg/12,000lbs. GAWR=2672kgs/6000lbs $25,000 NOW $20,500 PRICED TO SELL PRISTINE CONDITION! Madeline 250-579-1882,

Stallions & Breeders

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

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



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

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

JUNE 2018


Rural Roots - Real Estate

EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY West coast designed 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 10+ flat acres with amazing views. Horse facilities include a 6 stall barn, heated tack room, paddocks, 7 fully fenced and x-fenced pastures with over 9,000 feet of chain link fence with 7” treated posts vibrated into the ground plus a perfect area for a riding arena, and easy access to back country trails. There is also a secondary 60x40 shop. The well is 220 ft with a 10,000 gallon cistern. A 2,000 foot underground water system supplies various farm hydrants and an automatic waterer.

RIVERFRONT ACREAGE Gorgeous ranch style home with unbounded views of rolling grounds on 27.57 acres! 750’ of riverfront on Eagle River. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open concept kitchen with a huge dining room. Great room for entertaining with a wet bar and wood stove. Many upgrades such as a roof in 2016, flooring, wood burning stove and more! Land has riding rings, paddocks, stable, 50’ x 60’ barn (100 amp/240 service), year-round water. Back 15 acres is sub-irrigated and produces hay. 5 minutes to Sicamous for access to Mara and Shuswap Lakes and sledding locations.

5675 Deadpine Drive, Kelowna BC $1,489,000 MLS® 10139984

2478 Hall Fish Road, Sicamous BC $739,000 MLS ® 10140276

RACHAEL GAYLARD 250-550-5064 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty

CHARLOTTE HUTCHINSON, PREC* - Cell: 250-833-6545 Remax at Mara Lake


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

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

HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc.

TURN KEY EQUESTRIAN ESTATE ON 20 ACRES!! Two stunning homes on a cul-de-sac; one with over 4,000 sq. ft.; and the second with 3,000 sq. ft. and a 2 bedroom rental suite, on 20 BEAUTIFUL, very private, park-like acres. Property has 2 barns, 4 arenas (lit/covered options!), 10 fenced pastures, 12 paddocks with shelters, box stalls, tie stalls, grooming/farrier bays, tack rooms, locker rooms, exercise track, private Mountain Trail Park and trails. All of this PLUS access to the South Langley Trail connecting you to Campbell Valley Park! Currently accommodating up to 30 horses in indoor and outdoor boarding options. TONS OF INCOME GENERATING POTENTIAL!! Too many features to list! 699 - 261 Street, Langley BC $3,988,000 MLS ® R2264601 For more detailed info please visit:

MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN & VALLEY VIEWS Two residences on this 22.09 acre property, each with their own fruit trees and gardens. Perfect for cattle, horses or any livestock lover. Featuring a 44’ x 80’ barn with 2 holding stalls and a 110’ x 220’ outdoor riding arena. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, large family room, living room with floor to ceiling white quartz natural gas fireplace and dining room. Master bedroom has a walkout to the deck where you can watch the local fireworks or enjoy a hot tub to relax in. Second residence has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and own yard area. 4240 Noble Road, Armstrong BC $1,498,000 MLS ® 10134250 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 6/18

YOUR EQUESTRIAN DREAM COME TRUE! This rustic style rancher is situated on over 31 acres. Property features an impressive 255’ x 69’ indoor riding arena with 14 10’ x 12’ holding stalls and a farrier/groomer’s bay, spacious workshop, sauna house, chicken coops, hay storage, shaving shed, exerciser, 20’ x 60’Dressage arena, 16 small holding paddocks, 10 larger paddocks, and 3 pastures. Hardwood floors, tiles throughout with 3 wood/pellet stoves and sliding barn doors. Open concept living room to kitchen make entertaining company very enjoyable and personable. Riding arena has a small 2 floor apartment with viewing windows and laundry in unit for guests or ranch hands. 2404 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $1,780,000 MLS ® 10142855 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty 6/18


SHARI MORRISON, PREC* ~ Shari Morrison & Associates Cell: 604-992-4563 ~ RE/MAX Results Realty



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Large Indoor and Outdoor Arena 24 Stalls and Paddocks Available for April 2018 Also available 2 bedroom apartment (optional) Currently run as an Equestrian Centre offering full/self board, clinics, lessons and agility classes. Contact: 250-717-5673 or 250-878-5102 Email:


HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/18

~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong


Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/18 12/17



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