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he Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse proudly presents the Canadian National Andalusian Show at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park July 5-7, 2019. After a three-year stint in Alberta, the National Show Committee is excited to be returning to BC this year and we are working hard to present an entertaining, educational and competitive event to showcase the truly remarkable Andalusian and Lusitano horses of the Pacific Northwest. Our highest priority for this show is to have fun, compete in the spirit of excellence and enjoyment, and bear witness to the equestrian arts that these capable and gorgeous horses and their dedicated handlers and companions can do. There are classes for all; from National Championship halter and performance classes, to walk /trot hack classes, or more specialized and demanding equitation challenges for higher-level participants.  We also offer an interesting lineup of All-Breed classes for any horse owner to enjoy. We are hosting a full-day Working Equitation Clinic on

Sunday for those who want to get involved in this growing sport or want to improve the equitation abilities of themselves and their equine partners. A hallmark of our breed Show is the Fiesta of the Royal Horse on Saturday evening. The Fiesta offers a unique selection of equine exhibitions, specialty classes, a silent auction and art sale and, finally, a live horse auction. Valhalla Andalusians has once again donated one of their incredible purebred Andalusian fillies for sale, and the beautiful twoyear old Sueno de Ayer will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Bids will be accepted online, by phone or in person but we really encourage you to come to the Show to enjoy the event and really get to know Ayer before you bid on your new Andalusian partner in life. Admission to the Fiesta is by donation and seating is limited so come early. Have a look at our PAALH website for more information, to register for the Show or just to have a look at the Show Premium.

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By Glenn Stewart

If we were to just look at two types of riders, confident and unconfident, which would you think possibly is more crippling to your growth and/or health?


o you think it is the confident or unconfident riders that are more likely to get in a wreck? Is it the confident or unconfident riders that are more likely to seek advice?

Often, a confident rider might just go for it because they believe it can’t be that hard, whereas the unconfident rider might hesitate as it looks too scary and they couldn’t imagine where to begin. Who would these riders approach when they need advice? Do they do their homework and approach the person they believe to be the best in that field? What are your criteria for what the best is? Would you call a complete stranger and ask for advice because you believe them to have the most experience in this area? For example, if you were going to put on a music festival, would you seek some advice or just go for it? If you did ask for advice, who would you approach? Would you ask a neighbour, a friend, your parents or maybe the plumber because they organized the local Christmas concert each year? Or, would you seek out a top entertainer like Corb Lund or the organizer of the Big Valley Jamboree? Personally, I would ask the Big Valley Jamboree or something equivalent for their advice because that is their business and they are one of the biggest and most successful outdoor concerts in Canada. I think it’s clear that the advice we received would be vastly different coming from an expert versus someone with no experience in that field. If we relate this back to horse people it seems to me confidence can sometimes be as crippling as a lack of confidence to our personal growth and/or health. I have been around horses and horse people all my life. In earlier years, I was overly confident which made me think I kind of had it all figured out. I practically had to be run over with information before I realized how much I was missing. If it had not been for some good luck that came my way, I could easily have gone the rest of my days doing and thinking the same thing as I did when I was 20. Back then, I was doing what I think most of us are guilty of and taking

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horsemanship advice from all sorts of sources: the carpenter, plumber, truck driver and all because they also rode horses. What if we had known professional horsemen? I’d like to think we would have asked them for their opinion, but what if we didn’t? This would be somewhat similar to asking a neighbour or friend about putting on a music festival simply because they had helped with the community Christmas concert. I know we have to start somewhere but I also know that you can sure save a lot of agony, money and time by getting good advice from the right sources from the start. I proved this to myself by getting lots of bad advice and then seeing the difference when I finally received good advice. How will you know where to find good horsemanship advice? Do your homework and take a hard look at their horsemanship skills. An easy place to start is search for the individual’s website. Does their website provide free information and does it make sense? What can you learn about the individual on the site? What have they done in that industry? How long have they been around? Where have they been? If they compete, what areas do they compete in? Do they have a wide range of experience? What

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can they do with their horses? What is their schedule like? See if you can attend an event and watch them give a demo or audit a clinic. Often people are drawn to someone that looks like them, talks like them or rides like them. That might be the exact wrong person. You might get more of what you already have which could prevent you from making progress. If you have been getting lessons for 6 months, can you see an unbelievable difference in your horse and yourself? You absolutely should. Do they have a program to follow so you can map your progress? There is a lot to learn and you deserve the best information you can get when you are spending your hard-earned money. A few stories of unfortunate advice that my students have received include some wonderful people that spent a bunch of money on new saddles that didn’t fit and were unsafe to ride. Some of these people had bought as many as 3 saddles! These students used a trainer that had their horse in for 6 months of training or longer and the horse continued to run over them and had yet to be ridden. They were also getting lessons each week and had only been on their horse once in the course of a year. When anyone at this facility went to catch a horse out in the field and happened to see it jump, buck and spin around, it was considered crazy. This was all information they had paid for and this is where it got them. At another facility, the trainer had a bunch of clients that had been taking lessons for several years and they were not yet able to trot or canter their horses. Yet, they were encouraged to ride through a river and told to simply let their horses go wherever they wanted while crossing because ‘horses know rivers’. I asked the student if her horse had ever even seen a river, let alone if they knew where every big rock was situated in every river? These are true stories that would make me want to pull my hair out if I had any. The cheapest trainer in these two very real stories charged $60 per hour and gave 6 hours of lessons per week. Do the math. That’s $360/week! Let’s multiply that by 30 weeks and you’re looking at $10,800 per year in lessons alone. For that kind of money, you had better be getting extraordinary results. Last piece of advice I’ll give you is do not believe or get caught up in a name. If someone uses Canadian or International in their business name, is it really? They can name a business anything they’d like but that doesn’t make it so. If their business is successful and people come from all over Canada or the world, then their name is closer to the truth. Often, a fancy title is a fancy marketing ploy that does trick some folks.

What is your dream with your horse? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch this summer and live the dream! Now accepting bookings for the summer horsemanship camps and High and Wild Adventure.  Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John, BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Long-term study and professional programs are now available. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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ith no way of identifying these animals, too many families were left with no answers and broken hearts. Their devastating stories weighed heavy on us. We believed if we could create an international database and an alert system with the local community, we would then reunite the family units sooner. This would reduce a lot of stress, not only for the families, but for their animals as well. Hence, International Pet Registry was founded. In 2016, Terrie Kennedy and Angel Shaw-Martini dedicated their time and worked consistently to ensure the success of the business. International Pet Registry is registered with AAHA to provide you peace of mind that we are genuinely invested and reputable. We also provide legal products that are approved by AKC, CKC and traceable in over 33 countries globally. In order to better serve our clients we have organized our equine database to ensure it remains separate from our domestic pets database. Our mission statement has been developed with the single minded vision dedicated to “bringing them home.” We are

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able to bring this vision to life by providing approved microchips that carry a unique identification number. This number allows us to communicate with anyone who has the ability to scan microchips, be it a Veterinarian practice or an Animal Shelter. The animal in question will be scanned with an approved scanner, which will then announce a registration number. Once we are contacted we will enter the number into our database and begin the process of connecting the animal with its family once again. In order for everyone involved to be successfully reunited, the contact information must be kept up to date. Without this information, the process becomes lengthy, and the success of the lost animal returning home may be impeded. time we interact with Each professionals and pet owners, we find ourselves continuously faced with a wide range of diverse situations; this is why the International Pet Registry is dedicated to providing superior service to our clients and our community. We are dedicated to continuously growing our knowledge and expanding our education to ensure we are able to cater to expat and



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By Cari McLuskey

Instructors Donat and Doug with the youth group ver the weekend of May 4-5, a Mounted Archery clinic was held in the Silver Creek area of Salmon Arm BC. A fantastic weekend for both adults and youth from around the Okanagan, who were able to learn and try the sport of Mounted Archery, which has been growing in popularity in recent years, not only in Canada but internationally as well. It began with ground work, des p o o k i n g and learning d i f f e r e n t s h o o t i n g techniques. Saturday group of adults with Then once instructors Doug and Donat both horse

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and rider were comfortable, they were up on their horses practicing what they learned on a competition sized track equipped with 5 targets. Shooting forward, sideways and even backwards. It was a great day spent with horses, knowledgeable instructors, having fun and learning a new sport. The clinic was facilitated by Donat Koller, Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery who has recently opened a training facility in Silver Creek BC. Donat has been involved in MA for 10 years, competing both nationally and internationally, and is a strong believer in the teachings of the Hungarian Kassi School. And Doug Goodwin, Secretary of the CFMA and an outfitter from Edgewater BC with 10 years experience in MA, also competing nationally and internationally. Both instructors are heavily involved in the development of the sport in Canada and have a broad knowledge of Mounted Archery worldwide. All participants in this clinic, some as young as 9 years old, had a fantastic time and are intent on continuing with training and developing their skills. Some are even considering participating in a 3-day competition in September. Look for Donat and his Mounted Archery horses to appear at other local events around the Okanagan during the summer, definitely worth it and a must see! For more information on the Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery check their website or contact Donat at June 2019


By Christa Miremadi

When it comes to getting along with our horses, understanding their nature is essential. It can mean the difference between success or… not. or example, understanding that they’re a flight animal of prey helps us “get” why loud noises and quick movements could be scary to them; and understanding that survival is by far their strongest motivator helps us recognize why they’re so quick to react when they’re faced with something they perceive as threatening. But recognizing everything that a horse might see as threatening isn’t always so simple. It’s fairly common to hear humorous banter between horse owners, about the silly things their horses spooked at. Most people have a pretty good handle on identifying things that, to their horse, may be terrifying (such as loose plastic bags, scraps of tarp, overturned recycling bins or puddles). A little less obvious are the large rocks or things that are usually present that have mysteriously gone missing, but after the spook, the culprit

can usually be spotted fairly easily. The anxiety and emotional strain, however, which comes along with leaving their herd, is often misunderstood as “naughty behaviour” rather than seen as a physical manifestation of a horse acting out their strongest instinct. Dealing with a herd bound horse can be extremely frustrating, extraordinarily challenging and at times, downright dangerous. It’s easy to forget how important their herd is to a horse, especially in the domestic setting in which many of them live. In the wild, however, or even in a more rural setting where horses might be living in a large group and out on the land, it’s much easier to see just how important being accepted into the herd really is. In most cases, it’s even more important to a horse than eating. To a horse, their herd means safety. Being away from it is similar to, as a

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Our herd at The Rock'n Star Ranch, enjoying the co clearly displaying the level of relaxation and peac nature intended for t woman, taking a walk alone downtown in a short skirt, Gucci shoes, and a Prada purse and carrying handfuls of cash. It’s just not smart and makes one feel extremely vulnerable! Being away from their herd means that they’re no longer one of many prey animals for a predator to choose from but they’re the only choice. It also means, rather than having 12 or even 24 eyes and ears keeping watch, they have only their own to rely on. It means there will be no warning system, no decoys and no assistance in the face of trouble and when we’re taking them away from their herd (often making plenty of noise), it also means they’re somewhat restricted/ compromised and being advertised to lurking predators as though they’re wearing a flashing beacon. It’s important to understand that when a horse expresses a desire to get back to the herd/barn and displays what we consider “herd bound behaviour” or acts “barn sour,” they’re simply following their deepest routed instinct. It’s not a choice they’ve made with the intention of upsetting us. They, quite literally, have no choice. Their survival instinct is so strong that they simply can’t just override it when we ask them to. Not without some serious preparation and support. Different horses experience different levels of intensity and of course, they’ll all express their anxiety and desire to get back with the herd in their own way but the driving force behind each of them is the same: the need to survive. When we acknowledge this desire to be close to their herd is not so much of a choice as it is a need then we can begin to understand

omfort and security they provide each other and ce attained from the social structure and lifestyle them to experience. how to help them rather than focusing on how to fix them. The first step is to understand what their herd is doing for them that we might not be. When they’re with us, do they feel supported? Do they feel heard? Do they feel as though we don’t notice the world around us as efficaciously as their herd mates do? Do they feel as though we might not be able to control the space around us and that they might be attacked while they’re with us? Do they feel as though we have altered or hindered their balance or their ability to flee in any way? Like it or not, vegetarian or meat eater, we’re predators and as such, we behave like creatures who live at the top of the food chain… because we do. We don’t give the stink eye to big rocks, we don’t give the scrap of tarp a wide berth and we walk haphazardly through puddles as though there’s no chance of them swallowing us whole. To our equine partners, this is completely reckless! And worse still, we very rarely seem to notice when they try to tell us that we’re making them feel uncomfortable. In my experience, if I can let a horse know that I recognize we’ve reached the edge of their comfort zone (by respecting that edge) and work with them there, along the boundary, dipping back and forth over the line but never getting so far as to make them feel as though they couldn’t get back to comfort in a hurry if needed, they begin to feel heard and that edge begins to soften and stretch. This is the second step to working through herd bound anxiety (and actually,

many other challenges as well). Taking my horse away from the herd in small steps, possibly even with an equine friend to help ease the feeling of vulnerability, I move farther and farther from comfort until I feel my horse reach a “tipping point.” This is the critical moment where your timing and feel must be advanced enough to know the difference between releasing tension and releasing a try. If you’re not certain you know the difference, ask for help! When my horse is trying for me and giving me a good effort (i.e. staying where I’ve asked them too with my e-break off) I’ll show them I’ve heard them and reward their effort by letting them return to a more comfortable position. Step three! Reward and repeat. If I miss my moment and take them to a place of extreme tension it will be very hard (if not impossible) to find a soft place to release and thereby, build confidence in leaving the herd into my horse. Dealing with our horses strongest instinct and finding ways to safely develop their trust in us, to leave the security of their herd and move away from what they’re hard wired to stay close to is a process and it takes time, patience,

understanding and perseverance but it absolutely can be done. Next month I’ll offer a few more thoughts on ways of dealing with this matter but remember no amount of exercises or techniques can change our horse’s strongest instincts. Because of this, fully appreciating the motivation behind the frustrating behaviour is essential to helping them develop the confidence leaving their herd and overcoming herd bound behaviour in our horses. Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience working with horses. From guiding trail rides to starting colts, she’s dedicated her life to developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her husband, Pinto Miremadi, recently left their home and jobs of the past 18 years at Silver Star Stables in Langley BC to realize their dreams of owning their own ranch. They now own and manage The Rock’n Star in Pritchard BC where they offer boarding, lessons and clinics: building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence for horses and humans through compassionate communication and by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS).

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r win will not only be demonstrating work with a small herd of horses, but also coach four par ticipants (separately) over the course of two af ternoons working with a herd at liber t y. The herd work sessions are par t of an Ir win Insights horsemanship clinic. Ir win is well-known for his non-resistance training concepts, and his evolutionar y methodology based on learning to think horse, speak horse, and play horse games by horse rules. Ir win teaches people how to use equine body language and horse psychology to build a solid foundation for long-lasting results and help take their relationship with their horse to new levels. Ir win’s mantras ref lect a focus on seeing the world through the eyes of the horse: “Ask not what your horse can do for you. Ask what you can do for your horse”; and “Care enough about horses to learn to speak their body language

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so well that we truly ‘hear’ how they feel about being handled and ridden, then develop the skills to give a horse what it needs so that he or she will happily give us what we want.” Ir win said such a relationship is not second nature to us humans. “We need to be open to change,” he stressed. “The more we know, the more willingness we can get from our horses with greater ease and less resistance. However, changing our nature and learning another language takes patience and commitment.” In order to gain a horse’s trust and respect and become a benevolent leader to the horse, Ir win teaches that humans need to be proactive, empathetic, consistent, highly aware, and have the right amount of asser tiveness without aggression. “If we can be a benevolent leader to the horse, ever y thing star ts to improve, for them and for us,” he said. One of the biggest concepts in Ir win’s methodology is that the shape or frame of the horse’s body is directly linked to the horse’s frame of mind. “How a horse feels is how he’s shaped,” explained Ir win. “Horses don’t lie. Their body language speak s volumes.” Canadian-born Ir win is a trainer and clinician in big demand in Nor th America and Europe. Ir win and his Belgian wife, Sof ie Dethier, have been dividing their time between Cochrane, Alber ta, and Europe for the last few years. The ever-increasing global demand for his unique methodology - Ir win Insights - means his trips to British Columbia are becoming increasingly rare. For those who want to learn directly from the Master Chris Ir win, this is an event you don’t want to miss. For more information or to register contact Birgit Stutz at 250 -968- 6801 or by email at For more information on Ir win visit w w w.chrisir Spectators are welcome at both the clinic and herd work sessions.

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By Wanda Dee Thompson

ome of us have seen the horse that was literally wor th their weight in gold by taking care of a young child or beginner riding them. I’ve had the incredible privilege to raise a few golden horses! Time together; once Rider and Horse f ind their E. E. line they can climb Mountain Zones to be the best team they can be. Working with a trainer is the optimal way to reach the top of your mountains! Horses are not robots. Horses only per form to the level of the Rider. A Universit y level horse is like a f ine -tuned instrument, but the rider must learn to be a musician. The more solid the horse’s foundation is, the sooner you will f ind your E. E. line.

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Like I mentioned in 2. A . a horse will regress towards the rider; for example a Universit y level horse with a Non Pro rider may ac t like a High School student. The stronger pull is always towards the rider, you are the musician. Remember it ’s totally OK ! We are all a work in progress. I guarantee you that someone like Casey Dear y ( Top 20 NRHA Professional) doesn’t wake up in the morning, swing a leg over and say, “ Well I’m going to quit climbing Mountains, no need to tr y anymore.” LIKE NE VER! Enjoy your climb even on the days that seem like you are heading down the mountain on shale. You will have many valleys along the way. Remember without the tough days there would be no good days. UNDERSTANDING, DESIRE, CONFIDENCE, TRUST, FLEXIBILIT Y, AND FEEL

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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Lisa Wieben

In last month’s article, we discussed how to prepare the horse for a groundwork exercise called long-lining (or grounddriving). Before attempting to long-line your horse, the horse should have learned to go forward into contact both in-hand and on the lunge line. hen learning how to long-line or when starting a green horse in long-lines, it is a good idea to have a helper head the horse with a halter and lead rope over the bridle while you get into position standing behind the horse. You could also start with ground driving from the halter, with a helper using a lead rope. We prefer to teach both human and equine students with a halter first instead of with a bridle. This allows the handler to get a feel for the contact without inadvertently bumping the horse in the mouth. To begin, collect the lines in your hands. Make sure you stand slightly to

Turning by stepping to the outside of the turn. Jacklyn is maintaining contact with both lines while turning her body and stepping to the outside of the turn. The inside line pushes against the inside hip while the outside line determines ‘how much’ the horse gets to turn. Too much contact and the horse will get tight, too little and the horse will turn in too quickly. hands. Make sure you always have contact with the driving lines, however, there is a fine line between contact (no slack in the lines) and pulling back. Streaming release into walk-offs When asking your horse to walk off (voice commands, .e.g. “walk on” and/ or whip), it is important that you stand still for a moment as your horse walks off. Do not walk forward with the horse right away. Instead, simply allow your hands to be soft and slightly open so that the horse can pull the lines through your fingers (streaming release). Wait until the horse has taken two or three steps, then softly and gradually close your hands on the lines to disallow anymore slipping as you join in with the horse at the walk. Asking for the walk in this way prevents having too much slack in the line as the horse moves forward. If the handler steps first the horse may feel that gap in contact and get worried.

Step 1 - driving in a halter. Birgit is standing off to the side so the horse can get used to the contact on both sides of the halter before feeling the lines along both sides of his body. Photo by Kyra Tyerman | Handler Birgit Stutz | Horse Cody, 22-year-old APHA gelding the inside of your horse so that he can still see you. Do NOT go directly behind him. Make sure you have enough rein length left so you are out of kicking range. Do not let the lines go underneath the horse’s tail. Always be aware of the horse’s bend. The horse should not be bending into you if you are standing off to the side. If the horse’s bend changes it would be easier for him to be in kicking range of you. Contact Hold the lines in each hand like you would if you were in the saddle holding the reins. In order to have appropriate contact with the horse, we need to time the movement of our legs with the stride of the horse. If we walk too fast, the lines go slack and the horse finds gaps that allow him to make unwanted turns. On the other hand, if we walk too slow, the horse feels too much contact and will not want to move forward into the bit. This may lead to the horse being inverted (high-headed and hollow-backed) or behind the bit. Having elastic contact with the horse’s mouth requires developing a feel for absorbing the forward movement as the horse moves forward into your 18 • June 2019


Common mistakes and problems with contact Once your horse is moving, if he is wandering like a drunk and making unwanted turns, then you’re most likely walking too fast which creates slack reins and thus creates gaps in your boundaries. On the other hand, if your horse is high-headed with a hollow back, refusing to move forward, or walking

Streaming release into the halt. Jacklyn is allowing some line through her hands, but is starting to squeeze the lines. In this pic she is using more right rein to block him drifting out through that side.

A nice balanced halt.

Jacklyn is starting to step out to the left to get into position to disconnect the lines.

sluggishly with his nose behind the bit, then you are either walking too slowly or pulling your hands and arms back into or behind your body. Think of your lines as blocking the unwanted movement. Using gentle squeezes on each line individually if you feel the horse pulling into a new direction will prevent the horse from wandering. Turns without pulling To turn a horse right while long-lining step to the outside of the turn (to the left) and give or decrease your left rein contact to allow or release a right turn. Keep your inside right shoulder back and with the inside right line push the horse’s inside hip over. To turn a horse left, step to the right of the turn and give a little of your right rein contact while pushing the horse’s inside left hip over with the inside left line. Turn your body in the direction of the turn while stepping to the outside of the turn. Do not step to the inside of the turn with your inside leg ‘leading’. Think wheel-barrow push! Think of your outside contact as determining the amount of turn you are allowing. Never pull your horse into a turn. The contact with the horse should be giving, taking and blocking, never pulling (elastic – imagine a bungee cord!). Common mistakes and problems during turns When learning to give or hold the outside rein of a turn, most people tend to release too much and cause the horse to overturn and go off track. This then triggers the human reflex to pull to straighten the horse. This, however, can lead to all kinds of behaviour problems as the horse becomes confused by the aids. Be proactive by blocking unwanted movement, rather than reactive. Streaming release into halts Halting the horse should be done in three and a half steps. When asking your horse to halt, inhale and grow tall, then exhale, relax, slow your movement down, half-halt with your back and core, and then come to a halt. You may also want to use a voice cue such as “whoa.” Just as with the walk-offs, be sure to do a streaming release with your longlines by softening and opening your hands slightly so that the horse can pull the lines through your fingers. This prevents the horse from being bumped by the bit. Then as the horse slows you can squeeze the lines bringing the horse into a full halt. Unhooking the lines Your horse should already be used to the lash of a lunge whip being draped over his back. It’s also a good idea to get your horse used to ropes being thrown over his back. This way there shouldn’t be any issue when you bring the long-line up onto his back. Walk to the horse’s side gathering up the lines without losing contact.

Standing close to the surcingle and away from the kick zone, Jacklyn is maintaining contact with the line closest to her, while bringing the outside line over his hind end. Handler Jacklyn Hegberg | Horse Pirro, 4-year-old Westphalian gelding

Again if the horse is green or you are inexperienced, have a helper head the horse with a lead rope attached to the halter while you gather up the lines and unhook them. Lay the gathered lines on your horse’s back and unclip the offside line and remove it from the surcingle ring and connect it to the halter (if you do not have a helper). Then undo the near side and remove it from the ring. Have fun! Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Somatic Rider Clinics and Confidence Connection Clinics. As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on in-depth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Cowgirl Poetry Threw my leg up over the saddle. Soon up the creek without a paddle. Lifted the reins, then shot like a rocket, My eyes nearly blew out of their sockets. A few expletives had escaped from my lips. The horrific situation, my mind soon grips. From zero to 35 in half a second, A mighty force I’d have to recon. Down went the horse’s head, back -end skyward, My cry for mercy, a mere byword. Braced myself, tried riding it out. The outcome though, I did not doubt. Each successive buck launched me harder, With this bronc, I couldn’t barter. Into the saddle horn, my groin did crash, My pelvis then did quickly smash. Shocked and silent in disbelief, Soon to know untold grief. Merciless gravity kept me in place, While death stared me in the face. Suddenly my horse twisted sideways, and I was ejected. From the saddle horn I was hence protected.


“My Bucking Horse Blues” By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Launched seven feet in the air, Not much more that I could bear. Plummeted to ground, and on my back I landed. A cruel twist of fate I was handed. Beside a tree trunk, I came to rest. Just missed my head, I was most blessed. Grateful for having not hit the tree, But from the damage I couldn’t flee. Tried to stand up but could not, Another solution had to be sought. Dragged myself, hands clenched the green grass. Felt like a sheet of broken glass. Faced the neighbour’s property and cried for help. They were soon to hear me yelp.

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The doctors were amazed at my survival, Perhaps their hearts would see a revival. Extreme blunt force trauma, the doctors said. Many medical problems loomed ahead. Retroperitoneal hematoma, broken pelvis, and internal bleeding. A miracle, I was surely needing. The bladder was badly lacerated, While other injuries, exacerbated. Blood vessels suddenly had torn open. The excruciating pain, not left unspoken. Four surgeries later, a bone infection set in. An uphill battle so hard to win.

Inspite of their diesel truck engine’s rumbling, My voice was heard, but more like mumbling. Over the fence my rescuers then climbed, And a sorry sight they would find.

Sepsis became my strongest foe, And would seem, the final blow. Antibiotics prescribed-were Piperacilin + tazo, And for six weeks, I would undergo.

A kind man and his sons kept me calm, Their comforting words, a healing balm. Gently they assured help was on the way. And by my side they’d surely stay.

69 days of being hospitalized, Left me utterly traumatized. How I survived, many had marveled. However, the answer was not garbled.

A lone cavalry woman then also arrived. And with their help I somehow survived. She prayed aloud, while I writhed in pain. Her suplications to God were not in vain.

Alhough my body met with much resistance, I thank the Lord for my existence. A skilled trauma team of surgeons and medical personnel, Saved me from that living hell.

Our cries reached His ears before even spoken. Real help He would give, and not a token. An ambulance screamed its way up the road, And to them all my life was owed.

“Wood Merchant”

Aloud I called on Jesus by His many names, While the devil played his deadly games. “Yea though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death,” I quoted. My life in God’s hands, I had devoted.

At the Emergency theatre, I underwent the first surgery. My life in the balance, so cursory. Suddenly I could no longer see, Everything went black as could be. Heard someone say I was dead. An unearthly voice, which I would dread. Though he did not have the final say, Cause I trusted my God and I did pray.

Under God’s protective wings, I’d hide, With my husband and daughters by my side. Hundreds of Christian brothers and sisters prayed, And right beside me many stayed. A walking talking miracle I am to date. Death was not to be my fate !

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

It was in the 30's that the Helfrich family lived in Viking Alberta on a dairy farm. Sixty to seventy cows were milked by hand with the help of two hired men. All the kids are on the horse with my dad, Henry Helfrich, being the oldest of six children, and first on the horse. The cream was hauled to Viking with horses. - Written by Henry Helfrich’s oldest daughter Jennie, Wetaskiwin AB

This is my grandfather (with reins in hand)

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

June 2019


TOP DOG! Top Dog Poetry

Cross Breeds for Fun! (found on social media)


he following new cross breeds are now recognized by the Kennel Club – allegedly!

Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport

I’ll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau (in 1981 author Jimmy Stewart read this poem about his Golden Retriever on Johnny Carson’s ‘The Tonight Show’)

Pointer + Setter = Pointsetter, the traditional Christmas pet Pekingese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as mountain air Terrier + Bulldog = Terribull, not a good dog Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point, owned by… oh, well, it doesn’t matter anyway Collie + Malamute = Commute, a dog that travels to work Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere, a dog that’s true to the end Bull Terrier + Shitzu = … you figure this one out!

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e never came to me when I would call Unless I had a tennis ball, Or he felt like it, But mostly he didn't come at all. When he was young He never learned to heel Or sit or stay, He did things his way. Discipline was not his bag But when you were with him things sure didn't drag. He'd dig up a rosebush just to spite me, And when I'd grab him, he'd turn and bite me. He bit lots of folks from day to day, The delivery boy was his favorite prey. The gas man wouldn't read our meter, He said we owned a real man-eater. He set the house on fire But the story's long to tell. Suffice it to say that he survived And the house survived as well. On the evening walks, and Gloria took him, He was always first out the door. The Old One and I brought up the rear Because our bones were sore. He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on, What a beautiful pair they were! And if it was still light and the tourists were out, They created a bit of a stir.

But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks And with a frown on his face look around. It was just to make sure that the Old One was there And would follow him where he was bound. We are early-to-bedders at our house -I guess I'm the first to retire. And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me And get up from his place by the fire. He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs, And I'd give him one for a while. He would push it under the bed with his nose And I'd fish it out with a smile. And before very long he'd tire of the ball And be asleep in his corner in no time at all. And there were nights when I'd feel him climb upon our bed And lie between us, And I'd pat his head. And there were nights when I'd feel this stare And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair. And sometimes I'd feel him sigh and I think I know the reason why. He would wake up at night And he would have this fear Of the dark, of life, of lots of things, And he'd be glad to have me near. And now he's dead. And there are nights when I think I feel him Climb upon our bed and lie between us, And I pat his head. And there are nights when I think I feel that stare And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair, But he's not there. Oh, how I wish that wasn't so, I'll always love a dog named Beau.

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Meet our much loved Small Munsterlanders, (l to r) Diava, Rico and young Jixy. They are so loyal and such a good natured breed, they are also excellent hunting dogs! (Small Munsterlanders are purebred German pointing hunting dogs; in the family of Spaniels but a German breed) - Janet Riava, Small Munsterlander Hunting Dogs, Sylvan Lake AB

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This is Cassie, a 6-year-old Border Collie who's smarter than myself, and likes winter so much she could have been a sled dog in a previous life. - Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC

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orse-pony) and this is my hony (h Hello! My name is Ava Arab-x gelding and loves hugs, Rio. He is a 27 year oldy anything involving affection. kisses, pets, basicall r his age and the BEST HORSE He is very energetic foEVER!!!!!!! BC - Ava, age 13, Nelson

The grandchildren that ride "Dolly." Dolly is in her late 20s and is an Arab Paint. She won the North Vancouver Island Horse Association 2018 "Heart of Gold Horse" Smokey perpetual. Molly (left) is 11, Frida (right) 5; left up Magnus 3; and right is Benjamin 4. - Submitted by ‘grandma’ Deb Evans of Comox Valley on Vancouver Island

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Request Road Signage in Your Area


he Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) has made a welcome change to the way equestrian warning signage is implemented on British Columbia’s roads. Effective immediately, equestrian groups around BC that would like to add or improve road signage in areas where riders must use public roads will be able to contact Ministry district and sub-district offices and ask for enhanced signage. The familiar diamondshaped, yellow and black profile of a horse and rider warning sign will be either installed, or if already present, augmented upon written request, by a supplementary tab stating ‘Share The Road’, or a tab stating the kilometre or metre count within which motorists can expect to see horses on the road, or a ‘Crossing’ tab. MaryJane Bowie of Dr. Rocking Horse Loop Riders in Nanoose Bay, in cooperation with the Recreation desk at Horse Council BC, worked with Ross McLean, Manager of MoTI’s Provincial Sign Program and Jennifer Hardy, MoTI Senior Traffic Standards Engineer to come up with the enhancement program. On behalf of all our members, and all road riders in BC, we are grateful to Mr. McLean, Ms. Hardy and to the Ministry for recognizing a need and taking positive steps to address it. Road riders are encouraged to wear high visibility items such as fluorescent vests whenever they’re coming into contact with vehicle traffic, and to ensure that their horses are road-trained and ready for the experiences they’ll encounter. How to Request Enhanced Equestrian Warning Signage from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure From the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Technical Circular “Horse and Rider Warning Signs”: “The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) has been approached by a group of riders and the Horse Council of BC regarding improvements to the horse and rider signage. Specifically, they are seeking to remind drivers to be more aware in areas where riders may be present and more courteous when passing horses and riders. Previously, the horse and rider sign (W- 064-11) was used on

its own with minimal guidance on application or placement. Incorporating tabs that clarif y where horseback riders may be present or reminding drivers to “share the road,” as they do with cyclists and pedestrians, may improve driver awareness, consideration, and safety for the horse and rider as well as the driver. From the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings: The horse and rider sign warns motorists of potential horseback riders on the roadway. This sign may be used on narrow or winding roadways where horseback riding is known to take place. The W- 064-11 sign shall be installed just prior to the start of any roadway used for horseback riding. These revised guidelines provide more information about applications of the signs and introduces the use of tabs to provide more information for all road users. REVISED GUIDELINES: Horse and rider signs (W- 064-11) alert motorists to the potential presence of horseback riders on the roadway. Drivers in rural areas may not be expecting horses nor be familiar with the behaviour of horses. Loud noises or passing vehicles can spook a horse, causing them to throw their rider or move into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Applying tabs, to W- 064-11 signs, that provide more information about where horses can be expected, or to share the road, can help prevent surprise and promote courtesy.” Your signage options are, the basic equestrian warning sign plus ONE of the following tabs shown below if needed. All MoTI district and subdistrict offices have received the MoTI Technical Circular T- 02/19 regarding e q u e s t r i a n requested signage. You’ll need to provide the following to the district or subdistrict Operations Manager or their designate, in writing: Your designated contact person, with their email and telephone contact information. It ’s best to choose someone who will be readily available to work with MoTI personnel. A detailed map of the area where you wish to improve signage, clearly marking the stretch of road equestrians must use, and showing suggested locations for signage. Questions? Please see our Road Sign Help page on or contact

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 2019


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club


By Nancy Roman

embers are busy finalizing all details for our upcoming Pot O Gold Show on June 22 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We remind Saddle Up readers this is an OPEN show, all breeds, and sizes are welcome. The show offers Halter, Showmanship, Driving, Trail, English & Western performance, Gaited, Ranch Tri-Challenge, Walk / Trot/Jog, Select 50+ classes, as well as the Breed Challenge after lunch (such fun!). AND… there are 7 High Point Awards!! Pre-entries are preferred by June 7th (postmarked), but you can enter the day of the show for a $20 late fee. There is MONEY to be won and PRIZES to be given away. Come out and join us. The BC Paint Horse Club is including this show in their ‘Open Show & Competition Program’ so Paint owners can earn points! And the BCQHA has a prize for the high point registered Quarter Horse. See our club’s Facebook page for the prize list, or contact me and I can email it to you,

BC Cutting Horse Association


 By Cheri Smeeton | Pictures courtesy of Janice Reiter Photography

e hosted our first show of the season, our Bonanza Cutting on April 13-14 at Circle Creek Ranch in Knutsford BC. Thank you to everyone who showed up to make it a successful show with 180 entries. A big "Thank You" to our show boss, Campbell Garrard, who took time out from his busy work schedule to put this show together, our turnback help, and those who helped with the cattle and to our Sponsors for their support. Congratulations to our winners! 2019 BONANZA AGGREGATE CLASS WINNERS Open - Glen Beveridge & Catsa Spot; Owner JT Bell Non Pro - Doug Wiens & This Cats Max $15,000 AM - Penelope Broad & Wood She B A Wendal $5,000 NH NP - Nancy Wells & Right Again $2,000 Limit Rider - Michelle van den Brink & Catsonova $5,000 Novice Horse - Travis Rempel & Wood She B A Wendel; Owner Penelope Broad and Travis Rempel & Boon On the Moon; Owner Dwight Fisher $35,000 Non Pro - Sandra Horne-Price & Caughtin Hickin $50,000 AM - Janice Gray & Ctr Smart Jazzy Boon and Roger Smeeton & TH Freckles Youth - Greta Wurtz & Sonitas Colonel Pep $25,000 Novice Horse - Glen Beveridge & Hot Metal Smarts; Owner Hollingsworth Farm $25,000 NH NP - Haley Stradling & Krk Lucky Rey 4 Yr Old Non Pro - Rob Leman & Flos Tom Cat 4 Yr Old Open - Denton Moffat & Spots Montana Doc

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Equestrian Canada Equestre  | Photo by Cealy Tetley


questrian Canada (EC) extends congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to Ian Millar of Perth ON, upon his retirement from international competition. Millar announced his retirement from international show jumping competition on May 5, 2019. “It’s hard to put into words what Ian Millar means to the sport of show jumping in Canada,” said EC Director of Sport, Jon Garner. “Right from the early days of his career, he transcended the sport and quickly became a household name from coast-to-coast. You don’t have to be a horse fan to know who Ian Millar is and what he means to Canadian sport.” Millar’s accomplishments on the world stage are too numerous to list in full. A 10time Olympian, he holds the world record for the most Olympic Games appearances of any Partnered with In Style, Millar was an athlete, in any sport. This includes his 2008 essential member of the Canadian Show Jumping Team that captured appearance, where, partnered with In Style, the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing he helped the Canadian Show Jumping Team Olympic Games. bring home the silver medal from the Beijing Olympics. In addition, Millar has 10 medals from the Pan American Games to his credit, including two individual team gold, and has earned a record 12 Canadian Show Jumping Championship titles and amassed over 150 Grand Prix wins. Millar is also a three-time winner of the coveted CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows, including the $1.5 Million Edition, presented by Rolex, in 2014 aboard Dixson. In fact, Millar has won over $3.5 million at the prestigious Spruce Meadows venue alone. A staple of the Canadian Equestrian Team since the 1970s, Millar became a household name with his legendary partner Big Ben. Together, they dominated the international show jumping scene for two decades, winning everything from back-to-back FEI World Cup Finals indoors (1988 and 1989) to Grand Prix derbies in big outdoor fields (including the CP International at Spruce Meadows in 1987 and 1991). “Representing Canada many times over my career has been my greatest honour,” said Millar. “Each time I wore the red team jacket was very special to me, and the fact that I was able to share this experience with so many great riders is a testament to the quality of horsemen and horsewomen here in our country.” A well-respected horseman at home and around the world, Millar was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986 and together with Big Ben, was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was also presented with an honourary doctorate from the University of Guelph in 2005 and joined the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Millar’s extraordinary career was also honoured by EC with the Gold Medal Award for 2018. While Millar may be stepping down from international competition, his love for the sport and horses is second to none, and he will remain as involved as ever. At the age of 72, he continues to be enthusiastic about coaching and developing young horses, stating, “Over the past few years, I have found myself more and more drawn toward working with young horses and riders, and I am excited to expand my coaching to share my knowledge and passion with the next generation.” Garner added, “We are proud and grateful to have Ian’s involvement in several athlete development programs that will allow equestrians, from the grassroots to the world stage, to benefit from his incredible depth of knowledge and talent. While his retirement from international competition changes the face of the Canadian Show Jumping Team, there is an opportunity for the next generation of team athletes who grew up in the sport with Ian as their icon, to ride under the maple leaf with similar pride.”

From the May issue… This is a Button Stick. It was slid behind the buttons on a Military Dress Uniform. The brass buttons were polished. It prevented the “brasso” button polish from being applied to the uniform. Another sneaky contribution from Walter Furlong! Only one correct guess in by press time. Congratulations to: Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC

This item is about 4" wide x 2.5" high. It looks like an ornament, but it has a function at the dining table. Please guess on this machine's function. Good luck!

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. June 2019


Oliver & District Riding Club


he club held a ver y good meeting on April 18. Not only was it a good planning session but dates and organizers were decided. So we have some interesting ac tivities and events to look for ward to especially now that the weather we are having in the South Okanagan has got ever yone out riding again. Our f irst event on May 12 was a follow up prac tical session on hoof care by Dana from Nickers Saddler y in Pentic ton… the place to see the amazing line of “Sensation Saddles” that she and her husband Mark and team produce. Dana also introduced a new saddle f it ting pad that ensures your saddle is a good f it for your horse. Dana is a ver y busy lady and the Oliver and Distric t Riding Club so appreciate her suppor t to our club. Thank s Dana. On May 25 Ken MacRae of the D bar K Ranch conduc ted a Trail Clinic at the Ranch and in June the club is once again suppor ting the Oliver Half Iron Event with volunteers manning one of


the suppor t /rest areas. On June 8 -9 the club is hosting a clinic by Brenda Renneberg to be held at the D bar K Ranch. Full details are on our club Facebook Page. We had a clinic given by Brenda before and she is a great instruc tor. This time a new feature of the event will be a Picnic Lunch provided and sponsored by the Gillespie Ranch which is near Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. The af ternoon session may be a challenge in itself af ter a great lunch! Finally, the club is hosting a Debbie Hughes clinic July 6 -7. This is an amazing oppor tunit y to take one of her clinics on our home tur f. Debbie is a specialist in de -spooking for general riding and in preparation for Mountain Trail classes. Debbie will be bringing a wide variet y of obstacles and props for the various exercises and task s she will be teaching. Clinic fee is $30 0. Deposit of $150 payable when you book your place. To book your spot please contac t either Margie Fisher 250 - 498 - 4579 or

Kelowna Riding Club


Max Alexander and Annette Glover, the Gillespie Ranch, sponsors for the Brenda Renneberg Clinic. Cate Turner 250 - 498 -2117. We are under way and ver y much looking for ward to the events and sharing our time and stories of our rides in the friendship of our club. Remember that our monthly meetings are always on the third Thursday of the month – so check our Facebook Page for the venue and come along and meet us. You will receive a warm welcome. Stay inspired by horses and ride safe.

By Jill Veitch

t takes a team working well together to present a great riding event, and that’s what the board, volunteers, show management, adjudicators and sponsors accomplished at our 2019 Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show May 1-5. This year we had three rings going (what a circus!), with a new cross-pole ring providing a low-stress introduction to show jumping for newer riders. The weather held, the courses were set (by the creative Kevin Holowack of Global Sport Horses in Vancouver), and most of the rails stayed up, but there was time for some fun, too. night Friday featured 32 riders testing out our new derby jumps, with 13-year-old Svea Hay taking first place in the event. The Hattie Hayes, of Vernon, young rider did it riding Lascaux Mojito. again Saturday night, placing second in the annual hunter spectacular, which was won by Bill Ulmer, one of the club’s all-time great riders. Once again the KRC team pulled together to present a welcoming community for 130+ riders and their families

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By Max Alexander

who arrived from across BC and Alberta. Thank you to our generous c o r p o r a t e sponsors and to the many people involved in producing the show. April was A capable young Calgary team walking a jump also a busy course, with course designer Kevin Holowack month, with two getting things just right. clinics (Leahona Rowland and Chandra Hanke), as well as the South Central QHA’s 22nd Annual Fuzzy Horse Show, and Equi-Life’s hunter schooling day. Emma Bosma and her team turned our annual pub night fundraiser into a Battle of the Barns trivia night with Betker Horse Park winning the right to post their name on the clubhouse as champions of our popular event! Riders, you are welcome to pay the drop-in fee and ride at our 10-acre facility, or become a member and try out the inaugural season of the SOS Club. “Sundays on Saddles” is a coached group session, Sunday mornings from 10-11:30am through July 7, for full details.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club


beautiful day in May… what better way to spend a sunny Sunday than playing in the sandbox with your horse and several other like-minded people? Over 25 horses and riders participated in the May show at the Fairgrounds in Armstrong. There were many new faces in the stands and the arena. Some came to play while others came to cheer and support the participants. Many proud parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles and friends were watching as a couple of the first time participants were awarded ribbons. So many smiles and so many great memories. Youth Ambassador During the mid-day break, Vienna Meyers Youth Ambassador, Vienna Meyers gave a short speech introducing herself and her horse. She talked about her experiences in ‘showing’, as well as plans for the future. The speech was part of the requirement for the AERC Scholarship Application. Scholarship information can be found on our website Our Youth Ambassadors are at all the AERC shows, as well as other events in the region. They are easily identified by the royal blue

Story and photos by Lauri Meyers

sashes they wear. Thank you to our Judge, Glenn Perran, for your expertise and feedback. Our participants truly appreciate it. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who jumped in and helped wherever it was needed, you are the backbone of the club. Our next show is June 2, then August 11 and the final show is September 22. Members can preregister for a discounted day fee, paying with e-transfer. Show Entry, Membership Forms and a Horse Council BC link can be found on our website www. Completed forms and e-transfer can be emailed to Don’t forget volunteer hours - to be eligible for year-end awards, members must volunteer at least 5 hours during the show season. There are a number of ways to get those volunteer hours. Ask one of the Board of Directors for more information on what you can do to qualify. All of the AERC shows are now HCBC sanctioned shows. Now you can track your points with our Volunteers… you gotta luv ‘em! shows.

Kelowna Hoofbeats Update By Ashley Robson, Trinity Stawnich and Oliver Wright


he Kelowna Hoofbeats have been busy! On April 13 we had a riding clinic at Brooklyn Stables with clinicians Dustin Drader and Glenn Perran. Some of the things we worked on were rating the walk, trot and lope, simple changes and a mock pleasure class. We enjoyed a pot luck lunch provided by our club members. A HUGE thank you to Brooklyn Stables. Suzanne graciously donated the use of the indoor and outdoor arenas, which was the perfect venue to start our riding this 4-H year. On April 27 we had a fundraising concession at Diamond H Tack’s annual storewide and sidewalk sale. We offered hot dogs, hamburgers, sweets, pop and coffee. The coffee and warm food was essential because it was the coldest Diamond H Tack concession fundraiser we have had yet… it even tried to snow twice!! Thank you to all of the grocery stores that donated items to our concession so that we could optimize our fundraising efforts (IGA Rutland, Urban Fare, Natures Oven, Safeway, McDonalds, Independent Grocer, Choices Market, Natures Fare and Diamond H Tack). Plus we want to thank the support of the horse community for shopping the deals and supporting our club! Also on April 27 Simone Lamberton was in the 4-H Regional Public speaking competition at Trinity Baptist Church and she WON FIRST! There was tough competition and all the speakers did a wonderful job! Carter at ‘ground school’ On April 29 we had a ground school lesson with horses, and Dustin Drader showed us some amazing tips to get our horses listening to us, as well as working around us on a circle and walking briskly, so when we do showmanship (showing in hand) at shows they will be more alert and listening to us. Then Glenn Perran refreshed our showmanship tips. We talked about some ways to get our horses to listen to us better and do the commands we are asking of them when we are showing. May and June are going to be very busy… on May 6 we start our first of 6 lessons, and Dustin Drader and Glenn Perran are teaching two lessons each Monday, an earlier one at 5:30 and a later one at 6:45. Lessons have always been a great way for our club to learn a bit about each other along with some more information on riding, along with one trail lesson and one showmanship lesson, to polish our skills a little bit more. There is more to come for the club so stay tuned for next month’s article . Judging Rally June 2019



Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses!

recently had the joy of taking a horseback riding vacation in another country. A requirement of the registration was to give an account of riding ability. I paused and thought on this for a time. Being part of a great riding club has exposed me to a variety of different riding experiences and the opportunity to listen to great speakers as well as attend clinics. All of which have greatly broadened my riding horizons. Recently, the club hosted a Miles Kingdon clinic. I have had the pleasure of trying mountain trail, cross country, ranch riding, dressage, trot pole work, and even square dancing with our mounts just to name a few. So, though I wouldn't dare put myself in the category of "experienced" - you know the saying… "The more you know about riding, the more you

realize that there is to know." I can say with confidence that Vintage Riders has allowed me to move beyond the level of beginner and to venture outside of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to new adventures with upcoming clinics in working equitation, ranch riding, and mountain trail and who knows maybe drill team or work with the Garrocha pole are in my future. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, or email:

Chilliwack Riding Club



Miles Kingdon clinic 2019 Upcoming Events: May Flower Trail Ride Vet Talk - Saying Good-bye Working Equitation Clinic Mountain Trail Ranch Versatility Clinic Summer Social Ranch Trip Gina Allan Clinic

By Riesa Kyne

pril was a relatively quiet month for us at the Chilliwack Riding Club, but we continue to host regular Open Rides at Heritage Park. We’ve now moved outdoors to the sand rings for the warmer weather. Be sure to check the website for our updated schedule. We participated in our quarterly Adopt-A-Trail clean up at the Browne Creek Wetlands on April 27. Thank you to Corinne Kriegl and Penny Boldt. They reported back that the trails are in relatively great shape. On May 5 we hosted Anna Gimblett who offered a Flag 101/ Back to Basics riding clinic at Blackstock Performance Horses. We had five riders which made for some excellent oneon-one time. All Riders at the Anna Gimblett clinic the riders had a great time working on their individual needs and trying their horses out on the flag. This month we thought we’d introduce (or re-introduce if you’ve already met her!) a long-time Chilliwack Riding Club member and former club director, Sarah Lefebvre. She’s been training diligently to represent Canada this summer (August 4-11) at the Icelandic World Championships in Berlin, Germany. This year Canada has a team of three. Two of the horses going are bred, raised and trained in Canada. One of the riders is Sarah Lefebvre. She has been training Fjalar from Triple D for the past two years. Sarah has been in the saddle since the age of two. For 29 years she has been training in different disciplines, typically with

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By Flora Balducci

Quarter Horses. Seven years ago she began riding Icelandic horses. Sarah has always been a competitive rider, pushing herself to ride more effectively. She even spent some time recently in Iceland riding under the tutelage of an accomplished trainer with the opportunity to compete there as well. Sarah at the World Over the past two years Ranking Show in Sarah has been fundraising for Shelbyville, Kentucky costs involved for taking a horse overseas to compete. The riders for the Canadian team are responsible for funding their own way to Germany. The Canadian Icelandic Federation has helped with a donation of $500 to each rider. Sarah also applied for and has received a $250 travel bursary from Horse Council BC. T r a v e l costs include transport to Calgary to fly to Luxembourg, transport from Luxembourg to Berlin. Other costs are personal flights, team clothing, accommodations and stabling for Fjalar. Sarah has been sponsored by Equine Choice which supplies Fjalar with the probiotic line of supplements. Ongoing fundraising has taken the form of training horses, working an extra job, hosting fundraisers like pub nights, comedy nights, and paint nights, as well as selling flowers and collecting bottles. But every bit helps. Follow Sarah on Facebook and Instagram @sarahjanelefebvre for upcoming fundraising events and for ways to help donate to her mission. “Thank you to my sponsor Equine Choice for keeping Fjalar feeling great. Also to everyone who has donated and supported my fundraisers. I am so thankful for everyone’s help to bring this goal to reality.” -Sarah Lefebvre

Walkers at the Mane Event 2019


ane Event 2019 was one of change for The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH). We had a new

Bobbie Buck and Chloe Buck setting up our display location, new booth, new coordinators, new banner, new videos, new brochure focusing on The Canadian Triple Challenge, an updated Coat Colour Chart… and an unexpected spring storm. No matter how big the change, some things remain constant – the

generosity of CRTWH/AWHA members with time, expertise and energy. No question or concern is too small or too big - if one does not have the “answer,” another will. The community comprises amazing members who attend and take time to share their love of the TWH with others. For the last 10 or maybe even 11 years, knowledge and experience are freely shared without any limit on time, folks often missing a presentation because talking Walking Horses is more important. They ensure the booth is friendly and welcoming with the goal of a positive experience for all. Karla Hanson, Windi Derman and Alynn Ward developed the theme for the booth. For the first time in many years, Karla’s professional obligations kept her away. Thanks to Bobbie Buck, Alynn Ward, Windi Derman, Kat Brennan and Tanya Johnson booth materials arrived and set-up was smooth. In addition to the previous people, Lisa Parrish, Chloe

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


he Alberta Donkey and Mule Club was very active at the Mane Event in Red Deer at the end of April. The club booth was busy with lots of

By Dianne Little

(l-r) Cindy and Richard Holyoake, and Windi Scott Buck, Leslie Hunchuk, Dianne Little and Lori and Blair Dyberg greeted visitors. Accolades to Windi for video production, Bobbie and Chloe for the brochure on the Canadian Triple Challenge and the CRTWH committee for the updated Guide to Coat Colour. Over the years, the sense of community has developed. “It’s old home week with friends new and old – always a lovely time.” “I really enjoy meeting new people who are interested in TWH and the CRTWH Programs.”

By Sandra Harper

Friday in the breed demo. Bob Leggette, who is 87 years old, drove his amazing mule ‘Jessie’ who is 29, and they showed off what a great team they have become after so many years together. Louise Givens and Sandra Harper took turns driving the donkey team ‘Sassy and Tonka’ in the breed demos. A new member, Melissa Glowinski, joined the breed demo on her Mule ‘Jessica Rabbit’, and also participated in the Cowboy Challenge.

Melissa and Jessica Rabbit

Bob and Jessie strutting their stuff. An amazing pair! members helping to answer questions, many wonderful stories were shared, new members joined, and a few past memberships were renewed. The limited edition calendar was very well received, and many people stopped in to enter the draw for a calendar and some of the Kick Ass 30th Anniversary mustard. Les Sjogren represented the club in the Ranch Riding clinic and rode ‘Sissy’ his Mule Saturday in the breed demo, and Michelle Thompson rode ‘Sissy’

Michelle and Sissy

Louise driving Sassy and Tonka (with Bob and Jessie in background)

Although the snow storm created some white knuckle moments for some members who drove home Saturday night, everyone still agreed it was a wonderful weekend. Member Joe

Hartung spent the weekend rolling around in the dirt and snow, and has provided the club with many more of his amazing photos. Thanks to all the members who came out to run the booth, help with demos, participate in clinics, take pictures, and Cheer for the Ears! June 2019


Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister | Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy,


Western Walk/Jog - Marilyn Griffin riding Titan Reserve Reese Zachanowicz riding Honey

Congratulations to our High Point Winners:

May 4th Games Day High Point Winners: George Burns - Bonnie Proctor Jack Benny - Stacey Northy Senior - Cassie Glover Intermediate - Cassie Selig Junior - Ryan Young Tiny Mite - Lydia Felling

angley Riders is in full swing now with lots of great events planned for this season. Our first events had wonderful attendance and were organized and run famously by our directors and volunteers. A big THANK YOU to all who pitched in! Our April 28th English and Western Show had a huge turnout. Our biggest class was walk/trot with up to 10 riders in it!

English Senior - Jillian Sterkenburg riding Fleur des Lis Reserve Bethany Hill riding Phoenix English Intermediate - Marie Peters riding Corona Reserve Maddy Shannon riding Jackie English Junior - Alex Harvey riding Zara Reserve Ryan Young riding Jack English Tiny mite - Evee Hockley riding Taylor Reserve Ryder Zachanowicz riding Trixie English Walk/Trot - Bobbi Kellen riding Cappella Reserve Megan Dutoit riding Strider Western Senior (tied) - Kerry Sawyer riding Archie and Aleasha Meloshinsky riding Foster Reserve Bethany Hill riding Phoenix Erin Wagner in Western Intermediate - Maddy Shannon Pole Bending riding Jackie Reserve Marie Peters riding Corona Western Junior - Alyssa Belanger riding Issacc Reserve Alex Harvey riding Zara Western Tiny mite - Evee Hockley riding Taylor Reserve Ryder Zachanowicz riding Trixie

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club


he 2019 Prince Philip Games (PPG) season is upon us. Kids and ponies alike are excited to race against their fellow competitors in the arena. Eager kids are up early to brush and decorate their ponies for a fun day of competition on horseback. The riders are dressed in team colours and the ponies are adorned with glitter and

ribbons. PPG is like a school spor ts day but even better - it ’s on horseback! There are four riders and ponies in each race, plus sometimes a 5th rider not on horseback. They compete against other teams in relay races such as weaving through bending poles, placing tennis 36 • June 2019


Evee Hockley jumping

Come out and join us at the LRS Little Britches Rodeo and cheer on the little cowboys ‘n cowgirls on June 21-23 with Jackpot Barrels, LRS LBR, BCLBR and more! Check out our website or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Jessie Austen in the Obstacle Challenge

Roan McCarthy during English Showmanship

By Heather Kennedy

balls on road cones, picking up milk cartons with a long stick and dropping it in a basket, placing a soup can on top of a pole, tossing a ball across the finish line with a hockey stick, popping a balloon with a sharp ended stick, or placing and picking up flags from road cones. This is all done while mounted on their ponies. As the riders gain experience, they learn to vault onto their pony while running beside them, grab a prop and hand it of f to the nex t rider at speed, or even hang of f the side of the pony to drop the prop in a bucket while galloping. PPG is geared toward kids from 6 to 14 years of age. There are three divisions for dif ferent skill levels. The A division is for experienced riders, the B division is for riders improving their PPG skills and the C division is for ver y beginner riders competing in the races at the walk and/or lead line. For the older kids who still revel in the fun that PPG of fers, there is the Masters Division for Pony Club members 15 to 25 years old. The BC

Lower Mainland Region of the Canadian Pony Club hosts three games days plus the Regional Finals each year in the spring. The winners of the A division are invited to attend the Canadian National competition in the fall. You can find us nex t at Campbell Valley Equestrian Park on June 2, and Panorama Ridge Riding Club on June 16 (which happens to be Father’s Day). Come out to watch us race. Or better yet, become a member of your local Pony Club and join us in the PPG arena! Direct any membership inquiries to:

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley West Coast Summer Spectacular

At the printing of this ar ticle, our All Novice Show will be but wonder ful memories. Stay tuned nex t month for photos and a recap. Up nex t is our BIG PRIZE SHOW! 4 days and 6 judges with lots of added goodies! When: July 18-21 Where: Thunderbird Show Park Prizes: AQHA High Points - Silver Belt Buckles with branded trophy plaque AQHA Reserves - 2 Branded Leather and Wood Barstools All Breed High Points - Red Horse Tack Saddle Pads Reserves - TBA Superhorse - Kathy’s Show Halter Halter Champion of Champions - Branded Leather Footstool Stakes/Futurity classes: 3/4 yr old WP $500 added Tag Team Showmanship $500 added Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake $500 added

Ranch Riding Stake $500 added Breeders Incentive Yearling Tri Challenge $2900 added Draw Prizes: For ever y class you enter, you get a FREE entr y into a draw for: Leather Directors Chair $500 hay/deliver y from Tina Maynard Additional tickets for the draw can also be purchased at the show We are ver y excited about this show being the biggest format we have ever of fered! We hope you join us! We have f lat rates, etc. You can enter by either printing of f entr y forms from BCQHA.COM or look for the online entr y form link on the website and Facebook. Thank you We would like to take this oppor tunit y to once again thank our amazing sponsors for your incredible suppor t, without whom none of this would be possible. Thank you also to all of the volunteers who put in so much passion and ef for t to make ever y thing happen.

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

NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK The Happy Horse By Carolyn Williams Illustrations by L.E. Stevens Great little book for bedside reading, large print, good for children learning to read, and can also be a colouring book, as illustrations are left to your colourful imagination. From the Author: “This story is about the life of a horse I raised. His time on this earth was short, but was lived to the fullest! He taught me to love life again, to always find something good in every situation, to never stop learning new things, and most of all, to HAVE FUN every day!” - Dedicated to ‘Snoop’ About the Author: Carolyn is a transplanted Englishwoman living life (and loving it) out in the wilds of the great Canadian prairies. She is surrounded by the two passions of her life – her horses and her dogs. ISBN 978-1-9994737-0-9 38 pages 5 ½” x 8 ½” $20 CDN plus shipping To order email: Or visit FB page Ghost Mountain Publications June 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Preserving History:

BCHBC Grant Funding for Trail Projects in 2019 By Linda Buchanan


he Provincial Trails Committee of Back Country Horsemen of BC is thrilled to help support our Chapters by providing a total of $5,000 in Grant funding towards some very exciting projects. These Chapters are working hard with their Community Partners and I believe we are starting to see the development of Equestrian Tourism for BC. Here’s what’s happening around the Province.

other trail networks. The next phase of the project (2020/21) will be the development of a rustic user-maintained equine campground.

North Vancouver Island - North Loop Salmon Brewster Trail. Photo by Deb Oakman.

NORTH CARIBOO CHAPTER The Collins Overland Telegraph Trail (COTT) has historic value for its role in establishing communications between the Lower Mainland of BC and the various communities in the Cariboo Region in the later 1800’s to early 1900’s. The COTT was also critical in the development and growth of settlements along its route. The original COTT was approximately 275 kms long extending from 70 Mile House to the border of Quesnel. Today much of the trail is largely covered by Highway 97. The remaining portions of the COTT is valued today for its use as a recreational trail by hikers, horseback riders and those interested in the history of the Province. This is the third year the North Cariboo Chapter has been working on the COTT trail and in 2019 they received $2,000 towards the development of a staging area at Blackwater Road to access the trailhead. This staging area will provide a safe and functional location where all members of the public can access the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail, and will have a specific sign to allow for horse use of the area. Come join the opening celebrations June 15-16th. ROBSON VALLEY CHAPTER The Bell Mountain Project in McBride is an exciting project that will fill the need for an established equestrian campsite and trail network off Hwy 16 between Prince George and the Alberta border. The Robson Valley Chapter received $1,000 towards the first phase of this project of building the trail network through the re-establishment of old historic ski trails and construction of connecting trails that will connect the historic trails with two

Alpine meadows above the Bell Mountain project. Photo by Eileen MacDonald.

NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND CHAPTER The Memekay Equestrian Campsite and Trail network was officially opened in 2014 and is one of the most visited sites on the Island. In 2018 there were approximately 819 visitors and 125 horse visits. Now that’s popular! From the Memekay camp the Salmon Brewster North Loop Trail is one of the main user trails for equestrians and offers riders a beautiful 3-4 hour ride through diverse terrain. The North Vancouver Island Chapter received North Cariboo - Kiosk at the Blackwater Trailhead. $1,000 towards the Salmon Photo by Rob LaFrance. Brewster North Loop Trail Improvement project to hire a contractor to complete heavy brush clearing and blow-downs on this remote trail system. YARROW CHAPTER Lundbom Lake Equestrian Camp near Merritt is the most popular in the Province. To take some pressure off this site, Back Country Horsemen Chapters headed by Yarrow and Okanagan Chapters in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, is to build an equestrian use campground at the Harmon Lake East Recreation site near Merritt/Aspen Grove. Yarrow Chapter received $1,000 towards the Kane Valley project plan which includes the development of a 400 metre access road through an equestrian campground of 10 sites with 20 corrals, signage and a watering source. We look forward to the progress of each of these amazing projects as we continue to build our community relationships and making our HOOF PRINT around the Province.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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BC Rodeo Association 2019 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE June 1-2 72nd Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 1-2 Chetwynd Rodeo June 8-9 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 15-16 Fort St John Rodeo Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo June 22-23 June 29-30 Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo … more at

OUR BCRA 2019 SPONSORS Thank you for your continuing sponsorship for the 2019 season! New 2019 Sponsorship Package available at for partnership opportunities


BCRA OFFICE MANAGER/ENTRY SYSTEM SECRETARY CONTRACT POSITION Proposals are being accepted by the BC Rodeo Board of Directors for a contract position to fulfill the duties of Office Manager and Entry System Secretary. This will be a single contract submitted by individual(s) who are able to fulfill the duties and obligations outlined in the Request for Proposal. The Request for Proposal is available on the website (there are 2 pages) or contact the BCRA office to have one emailed directly to you. All proposals must be submitted to by the Closing Date of July 15, 2019 at 9:00 am. STAN THOMPSON MEMORIAL RODEO, PRINCETON BC – June 8-9 Princeton Rodeo Club brings you the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo 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. Join everyone Saturday night for some after rodeo entertainment. For more info


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FORT ST JOHN RODEO – June 15-16 Brought to you by North Peace Light Horse Association and their hard working committee. Come out and support this rodeo with all the main rodeo events with saddle bronc riding being the featured event. After the rodeo on Saturday stay for the dance. For more info

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NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION INDOOR RODEO – June 22-23 Held at the Exhibition grounds in Vanderhoof BC. Saturday’s performance will start at 4pm and go right into the barn dance. Sunday’s rodeo performance will start at 1pm. Bull Riding is the featured event with the top prize money. As well as the other 7 major events there is Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Barrel Racing, Jr. Breakaway, Jr. Pole Bending, and Peewee Barrel Racing and Peewee Pole Bending for the younger kids. This year they are offering the Novice Bareback, Novice Saddle Bronc and Novice Bull Riding for those that would like to try it and get started in rodeo. A fan favourite is the mini bronc riding and wild pony races! For more info ANNUAL BELLA COOLA RODEO – June 29-30 Two full action packed days of rodeo with many local events, such as the Businessman’s Cow Ride and Wild Cow Milking. This is a great family fun event. 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 18 from 12:004:00pm at 250-799-5420. For more info Our first BCRA rodeo (April 26-28) is in the books. Thank you to the hard working Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo committee.



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BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * June Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678,

Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Denise Swampy 250-392-7153 or 250-305-9109, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725,

Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

June 2019


Clubs & Associations 30 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


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Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 2/20

CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19 11/19


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20

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

Contact: • Website:


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 10/19

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 4/20

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.

Hosting BCCHA, CCHA & NCHA Shows, Clinics and Youth Events. Visit our website for upcoming events


BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 3/20

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Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

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A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 5/20 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19

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BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 6/20

Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


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BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 10/19 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 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 2/20

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BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 2/20

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 8/19 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 10/19 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19


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OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20

Clubs & Associations 100 Mile & District Outriders

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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins,, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 4/20

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 9/19 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 2/20 WELLS GRAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (Clearwater BC) www.wellsgrayriders. com, find us on Facebook! Gymkhanas, clinics, trails, drill team & more 2/20 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19



WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 4/20

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


1 LRS open Jumping Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226, tyler., 1 HIGH SAGE, Cache Creek BC, June Melhuish (25/50) 1-2 BHA MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 1-2 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., DOUBLE HEADER, Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford BC, 1-2 ROPING CLINIC SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 2 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 5-9 SPRUCE MEADOWS ‘NATIONAL’, Calgary AB, 7(Fri) INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 7-8 BC REGIONAL PERUVIAN HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Jan, 8 SUMMER SALE AT EQUINE ESSENTIALS TACK, Prize Draws, BBQ Lunch, 6087-64th Street, Delta BC, 604-992-5676 8 TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 8 LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC Jessie 778-246-0068, 8-9 JEC BALLOU CLINIC, Increasing Equine Athleticism & Suppleness, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, David 250-377-5996, 8-9 BHA TAMI HUTTON PERFORMANCE CLINIC, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 8-10 CHRIS IRWIN CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, Kelly & Ben Mezzatesta 250-679-2815 9 ALL GAITED VERSATILITY CHALLENGE, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Sarah 250-307-5629,

POKER RIDE & DRIVE at Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC, 9 Michele 204-761-7745, 9 GYMKHANA, Smokin True Ranch, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 9 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 14-16 COURSE 1: LEADERSHIP & PARTNERSHIP, Pinnacle Stables, Surrey BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353,, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship 15 BDRC Buckle Series Horse Show, Judge: Joan Miller, Barriere BC, Darcey 250-318-9975, or on FB 15 LRS Open English & Western Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 15-16 TOM RYAN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kicking Horse Ranch, Clearwater BC, Christine 780-712-1659, 15-16 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 16 LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 16 MILES KINGDON CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or (Sponsored by BCHBC/Shuswap) 21-23 MILES KINGDON Bridled Stock Horse Workshop Series #1, Kamloops BC, David 250-377-5996, 21-23 LRS Little Britches Rodeo, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Elana 604-916-5920,, 21-23 LADIES WELLNESS WEEKEND, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, 21-23 BROOKE REMPEL CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or 22 BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 POT O GOLD OPEN SHOW (Pre-Entry deadline June 7), Fairgrounds, 22 Armstrong BC, info Nancy 250-546-9922,

June 2019


What's Happening? Let's Go! June

22 TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 22-23 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE, Kamloops BC, 22-23 NARCHC SHOW, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, 22-23 BCCHA 100 MILE HOUSE SHOW, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC, BCCA/CCHA, 22-23 BEHIND THE BIT 4H MOUNTAIN TRAIL Overnighter, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Glenda Olson 23 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 23 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB, Intro to Working Equitation Clinic, Fort Langley BC, 23 GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 23 BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, Kyra Blackburn 250-214-1924, or on FB 23 BHA’S ANNUAL ALL WESTERN SHOW, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 23 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 28-30 COURSE 1 & BEYOND CLINIC, Riverlands Equestrian Facility, Pemberton BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353,, 29 NO BITCHIN’, Barriere BC, Terrie Laporte (25/50) 29 RUSTY SPURS 4-H INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/ Debbie Hughes, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Jennifer Oswald…messenger 29-Jul 1 ROCKY MTN WORKING EQUITATION CLASSIC, Cochrane AB, 30 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see


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SPRUCE MEADOWS ‘NORTH AMERICAN’, Calgary AB, PAALH CANADIAN NATIONAL SHOW & All Breed classes, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,


5-7 COURSE 1 & BEYOND: Connection & Riding Excellence, Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 6 BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 6 LRS Open Jumping Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 6-7 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centred Riding Instructor Lisa Wieben, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801,http:/// 6-7 ROPING CLINIC SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 6-11 SIDA CLINIC w/Hub Houben, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, 7 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 7 LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge, LRS Arena Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 7 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 8-10 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION, working w/obstacles, confidence-building, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn Ferster 250-808-0738, 12-14 BROOKE REMPEL CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or 13 TIMBER RIDGE, Lumby BC, Bianca MacKenzie (25/50) 13 TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 13-14 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Back 40, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 14 GYMKHANA, Upper Clearwater Arena, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 14 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., Langley Riders, 4303-208th St., Langley BC, 20 BDRC Buckle Series Horse Show, Judge: Wendy Price, Barriere BC, Darcey 250-318-9975, or on FB

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Horse Shavings  Hog Fuel  Bark Mulch Serving the BC Interior 250-503-7432

formerly David Beerstra Trucking


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

11/19 10/19


BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB JJ’S PLACE (Coombs BC) 250-248-4050 Self, semi, or Full boarding for injured, ageing, retired, or casual pleasure horse. Also on Facebook

11/19 10/19

SILVERADO HORSE CENTER Boarding  Clinics  Lessons  Training Located north of Cochrane AB, at 274254 Range Road 40 Madden AB (GPS coordinates) 9/19 7/19

TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. or see us on Facebook 5/20

LAKOTA AGRIPLEX Dawson Creek BC, 100’x200’ indoor arena, outdoor arena, 50’ round pen. Rental inquiries to Caretaker 250-782-1445, 2/20

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-309-0629, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 2/20



Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides


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ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

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8/18 9/19


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SPRING LAKE GUEST RANCH, (100 Mile House BC) 250-791-5776 Beautiful Ranch on 600 acres & private lake,

adventure | riding | hiking


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

ROB TEIT, Journeyman Certified Farrier (Kamloops & Area) 250-574-6838 4/20



ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 8/19 31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

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Solve Insurance Services Inc.  250-861-3777

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


Custom built and installed to your needs


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

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

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FAWNDALE FARMS (Thompson/Okanagan area) Farm & Residential Fencing. Lance Savage 250-260-0848, 10/19

FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307 4/20 3/19

GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-6520 Weddings, Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses 6/19 44 • June 2019



RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 9/19



RT LEATHER (Kamloops) 250-574-6838. Saddle & Tack Repairs (English & Western), Custom Leatherwork, 4/20

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving,

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 6/19

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19 WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 3/20

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 5/20 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, 9/19 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 2/20

BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19 BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIp (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19

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

12/19 7/17


International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987

Debbie Hughes |

Clinician, Trainer, Competitor

Specializing in Mountain Trail, De-Spook and Horsemanship Clinics

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 4/20


JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 8/19 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 6/20 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 5/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 6/19

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

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.

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DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 10/19

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CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna BC) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts started, Farrier service 6/20


ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      2/20

OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888, Sheila McDonald DVM and Tara Trimble DVM, 10/19



THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC), Horsemanship, Training, Rehab, Clinics, Horse lay-ups, 4/20





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On The Market (Private Sale)

We Have the Blues! 2019 Foals will be available sired by:


The Peruvian Horse

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

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


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



CHOCOLATE TENNESSEE WALKING MARE (in foal to black stallion)

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

Cocoa Latte Lady (20903998) Born Sept 16/2009 15.1HH. Super long striding gait. Lovely personality. Good mom.

$3000 obo

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

6/20 3/17

ALSO: Icelandic Filly, under saddle.

$4500 obo

Call or text 204-212-1960 E-mail: (Invermere BC)

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

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Ad deadline JUNE 5th for the JuLY issue Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 7/19 AWARD WINNING FRIESIAN STAR STALLION AI/FRESH. Quality Purebred and Sporthorse Foals,, 604-539-8108 6/19 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC), 778-822-3276, Registered imported performance lines 3/20 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/19

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SUNSET RIDGE RANCH km 408 N Klondike Highway, Yukon, 867-332-8832. SS: APHA Leo's Bar Yazhi (homozygous) offspring for sale, 2/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 12/19 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/20

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2006 PRE Andalusian Mare 16.1HH $9,500. 2016 AQHA Mare dunskin colour, Shining Spark, Zan Parr lines $6,500. For info email (Duncan BC)) 8/19

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 7/19

FREE: 13 used horseshoes for crafts or?? Located in Coldstream BC. 250-545-6307


WINTER HORSE BLANKETS, 3 size 82”, 2 size 80”, used, clean and well-maintained. $25 each. Located in Coldstream BC. Marion 250-545-6307 8/19

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