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hope you are all staying safe, sane, and healthy through all of this! As everyone’s situation is different, hopefully you are managing as best you can. We will get through this… in time. We are having fun with our monthly Photo Contest on Saddle Up’s Facebook page. There is a different theme (for photos) every month. Check them out! And we thank The Finn & Fletcher Co. for sponsoring the contest. Last month and this month I put the word out to send us your HAPPY photos… of what you are doing with your horse during this social distancing pandemic… see some of them on page 20. Be HAPPY!!! We have some great stories in this issue, and a couple of them inspirational… take a look-see inside. You know, we rarely receive letters in from our readers anymore. Everyone seems to do the ‘private message’ thingy through Facebook. Have something to say? Something to share with us? Feel free to “e-mail” me a Dear Editor letter. Not everyone is on Facebook. Also, I have mentioned to club ‘news writers’ since there is a lack of activity with most groups, and nothing to report on, I invite you to send in some history on the club. When was it started? And by whom? Who was the first president and board? Or tell us about the first sportsmanship award recipient or volunteer of the year, your first show or event, etc. It might be interesting for our readers, and maybe for some to reminisce. Take care everyone… until next month,

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Top Dog!**New Sponsor



A Special Horse “Miss Twiss”


Riding After Time Off


What IS Courage?


Mahindra’s ROXOR


View from the Centre of the Arena


Tiny Tales Pony Rescue

Horse Council BC


What’s This?


Lower Mainland QH Assoc.


Back Country Horsemen of BC 31 Clubs/Associations 32 Rural Roots (real estate)



What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Homeopathy for Horses, Part 1


Business Services


For the Girls that Never Give Up


Stallions/Breeders 37

Happy Thoughts!


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Dear Editor‌ Dear Nancy:


hank you for the super article (April, pg. 14) on the Fundraising Effort on behalf of the Spirit of the Horse Garden - which of course could not take place. Hopefully our Open House planned for June 14 will be able to take place, keeping within distancing. Your magazine has developed into a well-informative magazine - keep up the good work. You are the only life-line within the equestrian community. - All the best, Ulli Dargel P.S.: Took time to look at some of our photos from our BC Sporthorse era. I look back with great pleasure - fond memories. Our Group was so fortunate with the support received by so many sponsors over all the years (10).

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On to Greener Pastures A SPECIAL HORSE - Miss Twiss April 1995 - August 2019 Beautiful Black Beauty, “Tess” has always been stoic and a survivor. Miss Twiss, foaled in April 1995 and likely brought to Canada for breeding stock.


n the year 2000, (aka) ‘Tess’ was purchased from a disbursement farm sale in the interior of BC. Tess proved that her North Carolina Quarter Horse halter bloodlines were not just for the show ring; she stood out and turned heads then, as she still did in 2019 at age 24 years. Tess was brought to the Comox Valley to be a broodmare and has delivered at least 5 lovely foals; but after realizing Tess passed along the PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy) gene, her motherhood days were over; but her next career and devotion to people was just beginning. After spending a couple of years finding her right place, 2007 found Tess free leased to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society. Tess's muscular body conformation offered the heavier riders a chance for therapeutic riding opportunities. Jill Ackerman, a volunteer at the time was asked to take Tess through the introduction process of the program; that's all it took, it was a perfect match between the two of them and Tess proved to be a capable, reliable, comfortable mount for any rider. Tess’s kind gentle nature won over the hearts of anyone who met her. During 'off program' months of summer and holidays, the CVTRS herd was either given back to the horse's owners or free leased out to capable caregivers. In 2010, Jill and another volunteer, Jennifer, were those caregivers who starting taking Tess on those breaks. In 2011 after many years of service, Tess's arthritis caused her more discomfort and she was retired from her life with the CVTRS, but now what? She needed a real home; a forever home. Jill was committed to another horse at the time, so she was unable to take on Tess. Jennifer also loved this gorgeous black mare but went away every winter, so together they worked out a plan. Jennifer would take ownership and responsibility for Tess, and Jill would look after her whenever Jennifer was away. Jill loved being able to spend time and help with Tess over the years. Tess stole many a heart. She attained many a compliment. She even converted many a non-riding husband to hold her lead line while she enjoyed a good graze; it was also the children to which she was so dedicated. Not only those with challenges, but up and coming riders who were learning how to care for horses. Tess patiently stood while tiny people brushed her face, picked her hooves, sat upon her warm wide back or wandered around her while she nibbled tender grass. Jennifer’s daily visits and rides enriched Tess’s life; nothing was spared in caring for the mare. Boarded at various barns within the Comox Valley, Tess adapted well to any of the changes required and

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traversed many different trails over the 8 years that Jennifer had her. It was a sad day in August 2019 when she had to say goodbye. Our Black Beauty in the flesh. Tess so many people wished you could have lived forever. Never to be forgotten - always in our hearts. Thank you for coming into our lives.

July 1, 2017 - This was a special day for us. We dressed up and rode down the roads while passersby waved. Tess was such a gorgeous mare. My makeshift bridle was due to riding bitless as she had a tooth that bothered her with a bit. Jennifer had a lovely bitless bridle but I used all kinds of rigs on Tess as she was willing for anything. – Jill Ackerman

Jennifer and Tess on her last day.

Jennifer riding with her grandson and her hubby.

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Planning your Riding Session after Time Off By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

As we begin a slow return to activities, many of our readers may not have been able to be with their horses during this pandemic. If your boarding stable reduced the amount of time you can spend with your horse or kept you away to protect their staff, then chances are your horse has had a reduced work schedule.


s you begin to work with your horse again remember that just like for the rider, time off means deterioration in strength, stamina, and suppleness. Also take into account that cardiovascular fitness is the easiest to regain, it is the muscles and soft tissues, ligaments and tendons that take the most time to regain previous condition. In fact, tendons and ligaments can take twice as long as the muscular system of the horse. If you have been following along with our ground work series you will have exercises that will help bring your horse back to a level of symmetry and strength in preparation for under saddle work. You can also add in lunging to improve cardiovascular fitness. These exercises can become your warm-up on some days as you are getting back in the saddle.

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Begin your back to work schedule with plenty of walking and trotting. Ride out if you can or work lightly in the arena. Once a degree of fitness has been built up over several weeks, then you can start varying your workouts and give the horse plenty of rest breaks between more vigorous work within your workout and during the week. One day you can alternate work over poles and then allow the horse to stretch long and low. This will have the horse work the abdominal muscles and lift his back as he goes over the poles (providing his head does not elevate) and will also allow him to stretch and relax those back muscles as he goes long and low. Another day work on lateral work - leg yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in. This develops strength, connection, and symmetry in the body. Begin with a few steps in the walk, then build back up to trot. Build up to adding a transitions day where you work on all the transitions that will be required in your dressage test or event. Working on upward and downward transitions will help build connection to the rider’s aids as well as improved push power in the horse, especially when working quick transitions - working trot to a few steps of walk, back to a trot, or when doing transitions within a gait, working trot to lengthen trot, back to working trot (do not add lengthening work until your horse has regained much of his strength and stamina - remember those tendons and ligaments take longer to rebuild). Add in a trail ride or an outside fun day. Always remember the horse requires 48 hours between vigorous workouts for the muscles to repair and rebuild. A light work day, like a trail ride or light lunging, will do much more good than another heavy work

Raised walk-overs day or even a day off. So with all that in mind here is an exercise that brings together elements of dressage and fitness building that you can add to your routine once a week after your horse is ready to resume work. Begin by setting up 4-5 raised poles set at 3 feet (.9 m) apart with the middle pole set at A (the middle of the short side). 1) Start by tracking right over the raised poles (horse will lift his back and engage core muscles). 2) Proceed straight ahead. At the corner move into a working trot and perform a loop either to the quarter line or the centre line (riding a loop develops the horse’s bend off the rider’s leg.) As the horse goes through the first corner the rider will use the inside leg to ask the horse to bend into the corner as the rider’s body begins to turn into the direction of the turn. The body will have to turn more to aim for the centre line than it would to aim for the quarter line. The outside rein and upper inner thigh of the outside leg will also help with the turn. Just before the centre of the line you will start to use your left leg and right rein to ask for the change of bend as your body starts to turn back toward the wall. As you begin to move into the corner ask the horse to bend around your inside leg and support with your outside rein. 3) Turn down the centre line (or quarter line if you horse is younger or at a lower level). Ride straight for a stride, then leg yield toward the wall aiming to reach the wall by F (the end corner). Use your outside aids to maintain the forward energy and straightness of the leg yield. Resist the urge to over-bend with the inside rein. 4) As you go through the corner develop

Riding the loop. Notice how she is bending in the direction of the wall as she finishes the turn through centre.

Leg yield. The mare is crossing over nicely behind in this step.

your working lope. Ride through the end and down to E, halfway down the long side (if your horse needs a little help with balance you can develop the lope between F and C, then lope a 20-metre circle, bringing the horse back to a working trot through the next corner. Continue to H for the halt.) 5) Transition to the working trot. 6) Halt through the walk (lower levels) or Halt at H. Back 4-8 steps.

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 improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics www. mountainviewtrainingstables.com. 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 indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Coming into the top of the loop. The mare is bending well through the turn and the rider is turning her body in the direction of the turn maintaining a supporting outside (left) rein.

After completing the exercise give your horse a 5-minute walk break, then repeat in the opposite direction. This exercise covers a lot of dressage movements and will give you an idea where the horse may need more work. That can be your topic for your next work session. Enjoy and happy riding! For a video on this exercise, check out https://youtu.be/hwTwUEM87Tg.

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What IS Courage? By Jenny Barnes, www.footnotefarm.com

My daughter has a low pain tolerance as do I. That doesn't mean that she's a wimp but it does mean that her nerve endings are ready to roll and her brain is ready to respond.


he and I could stub our toes and it feels like our legs are getting chopped off, just for a second, but that's a low pain tolerance and yeah, truthfully that's how it feels and it's not fun at all. Conversely, in our family, my husband and son are on the other end. Both have broken bones and not known it. They aren't tougher than we are but they are physically different and Since her fall, likely chemically my daughter different in their has started brains and entire riding again. nervous systems. In our house, the pain tolerance is divided along gender lines but although research suggests that hormones have some role in the pain experience there is more evidence that a more significant factor is temperament. Some of us are more like Eeyore and others are more like a hummingbird. In fancy talk, clinical anxiety and depression do some crazy things with the pain experience and the degree one feels the effects of these emotional states the more intense pain is experienced. So there you have it, those of us who run a little hot, the hummingbirds, or sad, the Eeyores, tend to have a low pain tolerance while the mellow, less intense, let’s not say apathetic, sort don't feel a hurt as much. Interesting right yeah that makes sense on many levels said the author to herself while writing. Pain is a crucially important sensation. If we didn't feel pain we would hurt ourselves all the time and ultimately die from injuries or infection. Our brains have another great adaptive feature that we call fear. Fear prevents us from getting hurt or injured which, oh yeah, could lead to our demise. There are times it makes sense to be afraid and most primates, including humans, have an instinctive fear of snakes and insects as we have not yet evolved where it doesn't make some sense to have a natural trepidation around these creatures. Since her fall, my daughter has started riding again and is very smartly taking her time to process and slow down when she is nervous. She's only 10 but she understands that she has to rebuild her foundation in skills and confidence to get back emotionally to where she was even though physically she is there already. My son is naturally 10 • JUNE 2020


tentative around the horses. He loves to groom and walk but he's not really inspired to go fast yet and so we go at his pace. Are my kids timid or fearful people? No, I think they're pretty smart and listening to their bodies and feelings which is what we're supposed to do when working with animals and riding horses. I teach a lot of clients, some kids but a lot of adults, that have been scared riding a horse or by being stepped on or bitten at one time or another in their past and it's a long slow journey of rebuilding their confidence. The goal of some adults is to get back to competition while others just want to heal an old emotional wound. With kids that come to me, like my own daughter I dread to tell, that have had a fright, I make sure that we give that space. We can all push through pain but it leaves us with cracks in our armour and you never know when that crack will fail. I’d rather find the dents, dings, and holes and take the time to repair them before sending my knights back into battle. Could it be that individuals with a lower pain tolerance which correlates to a higher baseline arousal level are more nervous when trying a sport like riding? Could it be that the inverse is true that people with a higher pain tolerance seem less afraid or nervous riding? It makes sense doesn't it? If you feel pain more intensely then wouldn't you naturally be more risk averse to avoid pain in the first place? In our culture, well, in most cultures I suppose, we judge quickly those that are more timid and value bravado pretty highly. Those riders who go fast and high are revered. But I wonder this, if the rider who is galloping at break neck speed isn't really scared to go fast but the rider who is struggling to ride outside of the arena at a trot is so scared she is shaking the whole time then, let’s ask: who really is the brave one? Courage, I tell my kids, isn't not being afraid. It's being afraid and doing it anyway! I want my riding lesson students to understand this: I won't judge them for their trepidation, in fact, it makes good rational sense. No one's agenda can be set by anyone other than herself and it's up to us, as instructors, to treat each client with respect regardless of their level of confidence or fear. Never apologize for being scared, never apologize if it hurts, be yourself and you'll be amazed how far you can go even if you are scared. If you are afraid but want to ride so much that you do it anyway I can guarantee you'll go farther than other riders who don't have to work as hard to get past their fear. Be proud if you are afraid you are the brave one you're doing it anyway and your courage is the one that gives me chills!

Old school simplicity meets current technology with Mahindra Roxor Abbotsford based business Handlers Equipment has formally welcomed the Mahindra ROXOR to their lineup of agriculture and construction equipment for sale.


o continue meeting the needs of the mining, construction, agriculture and off-road communities in British Columbia, ROXOR arrived on-site in early May. ROXOR continues to move people in ways and in places unique to any offroad vehicle and will do it with a new head-on look. The new ROXOR receives fresh styling in the grille/lighting area to offer a more pronounced and efficient lighting design. A 5:38 axle gear ratio allows the ROXOR to climb hills effortlessly and livens up the powertrain, enhancing power responsiveness. “We saw ROXOR continue to gain strength and momentum in 2019,” said Joel Venema at Handlers Equipment. “The ROXOR is strong, tough, and vastly outperforms light-duty utility vehicles when it comes to getting real work done. It will be great for fleet and ranch/ agricultural work around here, no other side-by-side can compare.” The ROXOR is developed and engineered in the United States based on the same rugged platform Mahindra has been using in India for decades. For model year 2020, ROXOR has released several new optional features and accessories, an industry first factory-installed lift kit, an allnew grille design and three new standard colour options. The sturdy boxed steel frame and the rock-solid reliable drivetrain with truckinspired 5-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission is ready to bypass well-trodden paved roads with modern innovation and extreme customization capabilities to take on almost anything a rugged stretch of terrain throws at it. A perfect blend of old school simplicity and current technology, when you purchase a ROXOR, you are investing in an industrial strength utility vehicle. For more information on the new ROXOR, please contact Handlers at 604-850-3601 or visit https://www.handlersequipment.com/ mahindra-roxor-powerful-off-road-side-by-side/ About Handlers Equipment Founded in 1991, Handlers Equipment has been a part of the Abbotsford BC community for 29 years, achieving its early success by selling used tractors and other agricultural and industrial equipment. Now representing a variety of leading ag and construction equipment brands, Handlers employs a team of highly trained professionals to meet its customers’ needs for new and used machines, parts and service. A family-owned business, Handlers supports the Abbotsford community by fundraising alongside a variety of local organizations.

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View From the Centre of the Arena By Glenn Stewart

Tips and Thoughts from the Clinics There are a lot of tips and thoughts that surface at clinics that really are valuable to everyone participating in them. I’m not sure why, but sometimes people have been shown an exercise and told what will help them and their horses and then they claim to have done it when it’s very obvious they have not.


he exercise that is being avoided is usually by the person and horse that needs it the most. The exercise is “kinda/sorta” being done, but not good enough to make the change that is needed. Even when students are standing in front of God and the whole world, they still say “yep, I do that all the time and my horse is perfect with it.” When, very clearly, they can’t do the needed exercise. So I say, “ok, show me,” and with a whole lot of effort and careful wording, they finally admit they haven’t really done the task quite like that. So they don’t get the results needed and the problem stays and gets in the way of everything else they are hoping to accomplish. For example, it is extremely important to build a horse’s confidence. There are many ways to accomplish this and you want to do all of them. One way is to rub your horse all over with a stick and string and progress to where you can throw it all around their legs; swing it in the air to where it makes noise and slap the ground. This should be able to be done from anywhere around the horse… in front, at the side and behind, until the horse is completely accepting and relaxed. There is a feel and timing to this technique that makes this happen quickly and works well. Done properly, the horse not only learns to get used to noise, movement and things touching him randomly, more importantly, the horse learns to think his way through things rather than react. They can learn to realize that if they think, everything gets better. They don’t magically learn, it’s our timing of the release that helps them learn to think when they get anxious or worried. Poor timing teaches them to get anxious and worried or to stay anxious and worried. So if you have been shown the technique, help yourself and your horse, and really truly get it done. It will help many other things and we will learn much from it, better feel, timing

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and understanding of horses. But only if you truly get this task done correctly and not just “kinda/sorta.” We are great at avoiding things we don’t quite understand or that are tough or challenging. It will get better each day or session, dramatically, better if done correct and if we stick with it until we see improvement within each session or all the sessions within the session. Think of every time you start and stop a task as a session, if it was 60 seconds long then that was a session, which would be 100 mini sessions in an hour session. If we start something and have been at it for 30 seconds and there is no change so we stop or take a break then that was a session. We are likely making things worse. We may have needed to stay with it for 60 or 90 seconds but there needs to be a positive change, we don’t need the end result just headed that way. While we are working at it watch the horse and his eye. There is more to see and learn about how the horse is feeling and about what’s going on than we will learn by looking at the ground or off in the distance. The horse’s whole body and his eye tell us what and when to do or not to do, to start or to stop. If you’re not watching the horse, you’re missing the whole show. It’s like watching a movie but you can’t even see the T.V. Work on the things that are the worst problem areas that you or your horse have. Look for the small positive changes and reward often by stopping, pausing take time to give them a rub and absorb and think about why we choose that moment to give them a mental break. Do enough mentally with a horse so they don’t get bored. The more particular we are watching for small improvements and rewarding them, the more engaged mentally the horse will be. We won’t know if they are engaged mentally unless you watch them very closely to see what they’re saying. Things to look for are: does your horse look to you or away; are their eyes half shut and looking like they are falling asleep; are they eating grass, smelling poop, pulling things off the fence, or heading towards other horses? These are all signs that what we are doing is not interesting the horse. Which, by the way, is not their fault. If we are boring, then that’s our problem. We can’t punish them for it by jerking on their head. We need to have enough knowledge to give them something to learn and not just do. If we circle a horse over and over, that can be very boring for them. If we circle them there is always more we can teach them if we know what that is. Moving a horse physically only helps them physically. Moving a horse physically and improving something helps them physically and mentally. Techniques done well will help them emotionally as well. No matter what it is we are doing, if we keep improving it can continue to be interesting for them. Some changes can be dramatic and happen quickly but often

people can drag out things for years when positive changes could happen in literally 10 minutes. The horse doesn’t like it being drug out and we are all too busy to be dragging things out. If we don’t know some of the knowledge and techniques that will help, then we need to find out about them. If we do know then truly finish, don’t let something easy drag on and interfere with all the good things we want to accomplish with your horse. Lots of people drag it out. Don’t be one of them.

Keep it fun and enjoy the journey, Glenn Stewart Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St. John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Tiny Tales can Help in this

Trying Time

Tiny Tales Pony Rescue Society is a registered Canadian Charity located in Delta BC. We started our rescue in June 2012, taking ponies in, but have since started accepting miniature horses too.


he rescue is run by volunteers, allowing 100% of the donations to go back to the care, feed and shelter of the ponies and minis. We accept these equines into the rescue for many reasons... life changes for the human family being one. Ideally, they are surrendered before going to an auction house which causes them trauma and anxiety, unfortunately this is not always possible. With this challenging time in the world it may be harder for families to keep their equine family and we would like to let people know we will help. When we receive a pony or miniature in, all their health needs are addressed - vet, farrier and body work. These ponies and miniatures will stay with us until all their needs are met both physical Pistol and Gideon


and mentally, and until a forever home can be screened and approved. If we feel a suitable home can't be found they will stay with us for the remainder of their days. We are dedicated to rehabilitating, re-homing and re-writing new tales for all ponies and miniatures in our care. There are surrender forms and adoption applications on our website www.ponyrescue.org. You can also find us on Facebook. Please "like" our page so you can keep up-todate with our arrivals and events. We are also looking for volunteers for our board and a computer wiz and researcher. Please contact us if you would like to surrender, adopt, volunteer or donate. We have several ponies and miniatures with us right now. Here are pictures of three that are looking for their forever home. Thank you Saddle Up for helping us Leah get the word out! JUNE 2020


Homeopathy For Horses - Part I By Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS

What is Homeopathy?


omeopathy is a natural yet sophisticated modality of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism. Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle that natural substances are capable, in a diluted form, of curing the same symptoms they cause in a crude form when taken by a healthy person. This is known as the Law of Similars or “like cures like.” A homeopathic remedy is prepared by diluting the original substance down to the point that not even a single molecule of that substance remains in the homeopathic solution. When a substance, especially a toxic one, is administered in large crude dosages to a healthy body, it will produce specific symptoms of disease, but when this same substance is reduced and diluted to the point where only the “essence” of the substance remains, the new remedy will then stimulate the body’s reactive forces to relieve the symptoms and overcome the condition. For example, crude arsenic causes symptoms of poisoning, diarrhea, restlessness and anxiety, but in homeopathic doses it will actually relieve symptoms of poisoning. Peeling an onion causes irritating eye and nose discharge, therefore homeopathic onion is a useful remedy for the common cold. Homeopathic remedies are prepared in laboratories and are commonly made from plants, minerals, animal products or even energy substances such as X-rays or radiation. How Does It Work? All diseases are first manifested in the energy field as a type of energetic “blueprint” in the electromagnetic field before ever causing symptoms in the physical body. Interestingly enough, similar disease states have similar “energetic signatures.” Experienced medical intuitives recognize these similar vibrations and are often able to identify the problems based on the “pattern.” The physical body then absorbs the information in the blueprint and uses the instructions to guide all of its activities at the cellular level. At this point the disease will manifest itself in the physical body. Homeopathy causes changes in the electromagnetic field by gently stimulating the vibration or frequency of the field. All frequencies contain information. In this way the vibrational pattern of the homeopathic remedy transfers its information with new instructions to the vibrational pattern of the disease or health condition. These energy fields then interact with one another, and the healing vibration of the remedy quietly cancels out or balances its counterpart which is acting on faulty or unhealthy instructions. Despite that the physical body is a much denser matrix than the energy fields within it its behaviour is nevertheless impelled to change with the new information conveyed to it. This information 14 • JUNE 2020


is transferred via the DNA which acts as the gateway between the electromagnetic field and the physical body. Homeopathy vs Pharmaceuticals Homeopathy is based on energy or vibrational fields and the action of homeopathic remedies are not determined by molecular or chemical activity as conventional medicines are. Drugs or medications are heavier energies as they initiate changes by crudely suppressing or replacing the body’s functions and natural defense mechanisms. In its extreme form it can be seen as “crowbar” medicine. And, unfortunately, because drugs simultaneously depress many healthy physiological functions all pharmaceuticals result in various side effects including the depletion of life-supporting nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. In contrast, homeopathy gently creates a shift in the body’s energy field which changes the immune response by informing it to alter its structure, function and physiology. Who Are the Skeptics? For homeopaths and the millions of fortunate recipients and animals who have benefited from the remarkable health effects of homeopathic remedies, it is hard to believe that some opponents are so outspoken. They have chosen to idolize evidence-based medicine, despite the fact that chemical medications of all kinds inadvertently harm or kill hundreds of thousands of people and animals every year. Science has brought healthcare a long way, but these numbers bear proof that science on its own still has a long way to go. Science often opposes holistic health modalities because it doesn’t know what to do with concepts that it cannot yet measure. The energy fields produced by the dilution process of preparing a homeopathic medicine, for example, is beyond scientific capabilities because they do not yet have the technology to measure the resonance. So it is more convenient for the scientific community to simply dismiss these therapies as ineffective or based on pseudoscience. But given the track record of safety and effectiveness in homeopathy we can’t afford to wait for science to catch up. It’s also very difficult to confront homeopathy with medical testing and clinical trials since homeopathic medicine, similar to other vibrational therapies, work on the principle of energy fields. The results are determined by the response of the immune system to a specific vibration, i.e. the remedy, which contains a

broad sphere of information capable of shifting disease patterns. However, because of the sensitivity of these energy fields, the remedy is easily influenced by the dynamics of the study itself, as well as the people involved and their mindset. The same is true in any chemistry lab actually which is why there is so much variation with therapeutic results in the field of conventional medicine as well.

the original biomolecules at all. The water molecules appeared to retain the memory of the antibodies that they had previously been in contact with. He explained that biomolecules can communicate with receptor cells by sending out low-frequency electromagnetic signals. He was vilified for his claims, of course, because he went against orthodox thinking, even though it was supported by a great deal of research.

Homeopathic Studies Have Begun Several studies have found evidence that vibrational fields can indeed transfer their information. One study showed that the DNA from bacteria and viruses is capable of producing structural changes in water, which persist even when the DNA is highly diluted. These changes actually create electromagnetic signals that scientists can measure. These signals then imprint the DNA structure on other molecules, which project the information from one cell to another. And in another study, a test tube was prepared which contained fragments of DNA while the other contained nothing but pure water. They were placed in a copper coil that emanated a small electromagnetic field. A few hours later, testing indicated that there were DNA fragments in both tubes. Studies on electrical fields are on-going but are often not publicized because the innovative and creative scientists who conduct them are at risk of attacks against their professional integrity and credibility. In the 1980s, the eminent French immunologist Jacques Benviniste reported that white blood cells could be activated to produce an immune response by solutions of antibodies that were diluted so far that they contained none of

What About The Health Industry? Homeopathy is now the second most widely-used system of medicine in the world and is currently practiced around the world by homeopaths, pharmacists, medical doctors, and veterinarians. It is available in most countries and is gaining in popularity every day due to its effectiveness, safety, and reasonable cost. Those of us who use it on a regular basis swear by it and keep various remedies on hand for every common ailment. Proponents and advocates understand that homeopathy is a specialized and sophisticated form of medicine that is growing rapidly because it is frequently as effective as chemicals but without the side effects. And this is precisely what has the pharmaceutical industry worried. Big Pharma is fighting hard to keep homeopathic medicines off the shelves and has instigated several lawsuits against homeopathic manufacturers. And, as major advertisers, they influence mainstream media to condemn homeopathy as well as other natural therapies, even though the media themselves have no training in homeopathy. To all of these major players who control the business of health it matters not that homeopathy is a highly effective system of medicine that has safely helped millions of people and animals worldwide. First, do no harm‌ Continued on page 16

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Continued from page 15 Why Should You Use Homeopathy For Your Horses? • Instead of suppressing symptoms, homeopathic remedies support the inherent ability of the body to heal by stimulating the body’s natural defense mechanism • Homeopathy treats the whole individual and improves general health, not just a specific problem. • It is very gentle but the results can be very powerful and effective. • Homeopathy has no harmful side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, and is non-invasive. • For acute conditions the effects are fast-acting and can provide rapid relief for issues such as bruises, injuries, insect bites, anxiety, indigestion, and physical discomfort. • It addresses both acute and chronic problems be they physical, mental, or emotional. • Homeopathic remedies are not contraindicated with any medications; however, medications can limit the efficacy of homeopathic remedies. • Homeopathic remedies are very cost-effective and usually provide many dosages per product. • Homeopathic remedies are not tested on animals. They are only given to people to record their experiences with the remedies. • Homeopathy does not negatively impact the environment.

There are no animals killed, no trees cut down, no pollution generated, and no industrial or medical waste. • Homeopathy is one of the safest health modalities that exists today. It can be used for horses of all breeds and ages including foals and pregnant or lactating mares. Part II Now that we have learned the mechanics of homeopathy and just how important it is to millions of people and animals we can learn more about how to use it. Next month in part II of All About Homeopathy I will discuss when to use homeopathy, selecting and administering the remedies, common single remedies, and combination remedies which I have personally formulated for commonly seen clinical health conditions. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS Equine Health & Nutrition Specialist Homeopathic Practitioner Medical Intuitive & Healer Educator & Author Marijke is a life-long horse lover, the author of the best-selling Healing Horses Their Way, and the founder, formulator, and CEO of Riva’s Remedies. She is a gifted healer who helps horses, and their people, from around the world live happier, healthier lives.

Cowboy Poetry Thundering Heartbeats

Horses In Heaven

By Maia Nunn

By Will Sturgeon

The thunder of hooves follows the beat of my heart. Flying mane and a wild eye. We fly along the ground, swooping, thundering and rolling over the countryside. Neither of us wants to stop this chase. The chase for freedom in a world where there are more fences and roads than forest trails and wild fields.

“A job that’s worth doing, is worth doing well.” My Father’s voice echo won’t fade. No matter the task, if the point comes where I’ll settle, That damn OCD perfection invades.

We stop, breathless, excitement dancing in our eyes. We look longingly at the long forest trail behind us, beckoning us to gallop across its length. It is all I can do to contain the bridled power of my horse. We must slow down and catch our breath before we can start again. When we turn back to the trail, the wind calls our names, pleading for us to race it across the open land. The ground waits with bated breath as we coil ourselves, preparing for the speed ahead. Then I release the reins, they slide through my fingertips and I can feel the power of the horse unleashed in an extension of hindquarters, muscles rippling, lungs expanding. We race over the ground, the wind howling in our ears, every thought erased leaving only the invigorating thrill of speed and release of the mundane world.

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And when my knees start to shakin’, my back long been achin’, As I’m bent over a horse’s foot with a shoe… I can hear Hank’s voice barkin’ in my ear every time, “Do you really think that tight fit’s gonna do?” And then there’s the horse, that poor innocent Soul, Who never had any say in this show… Who stands there and winces as my brain tries convincin’ I need to take a little more off the toe. And the ultimate Watcher, up there in the sky, Looking down as I trim on His mare… I’ve gotta believe He has horses in Heaven; Am I good enough to trim horses up there? So as the Client stands watching sweat creep down my back Like a tide flooding over a beach… She has no idea that she’s just one of five Critical Judges that I’m struggling to please. They say the Tough get going, when the going gets tough, But my back’s pretty much toast by eleven… I just hope He considers my results good enough… ‘Cause there’s gotta be Horses in Heaven.

Saddle Up Jingles ello all – this is the final leg of our JINGLES that we are sharing with you from our 2005 contest. See the winners and other submissions in our February through to May issues. Hope you enjoy these and maybe have a little chuckle. Thank you to all those that sent one (or two) in. Horses are a friend to all We can ride them big and small Some are pretty, some are plain But in our hearts we love them all the same Time is precious we all know So catch that friend It’s time to go and Saddle Up!!! - Debby McCurrach (adult), Yahk BC Horses put smiles on many faces They care not of colour or of races Could sure teach us a thing or two Keep life simple and don’t be blue So get a horse and Saddle Up!!! - Debby McCurrach (adult) Yahk BC ONE MORE RIDE Horses prancing and dancing Their manes blowing in the wind The breeze is cool, the sun is warm Shining on their backs The leaves are falling, winter’s coming Time is growing short The trails are beautiful The skies are clear One more ride this year So let's all Saddle Up. - Kathy Burton (adult), Drayton Valley AB

By Nancy Roman

SO PRETTY Horses are so pretty Some so big and some so bitty All colours they do come in Making you want to join in and Saddle Up. - Kathy Burton (adult), Drayton Valley AB

SADDLE UP LIMERICK Horses are known to Rear Up And it's not only Broncos that buck So to all you cow folk Be sure your horse is broke Before your young kids Saddle Up! - Shay Sutherland (12 years), Peachland BC

Horses need a lot of care So always remember to groom their hair If you want to hop on up Remember first to Saddle Up! - Kaylee Nelson (age 13), Mission BC

HORSES! Of course I am a Horse Morgan is my breed We are very intelligent of course I have found an angel with mighty good feed She loves and pampers us Oh! How I love all the fuss. Hope to see you in SADDLE UP. - Joan Griffin (adult), Armstrong BC

Horses must get a lot of attention To keep their foals in protection So don't pick that boat paddle up Find a horse that you can Saddle Up! - Kaylee Nelson (age 13), Mission BC Horses are.... "The best" by far So... park that car and Saddle Up!! - Irene Walker (adult), Salt Spring Island BC

Horses are my passion Money runs out my hand In all kinds of fashion When the weather turns bland I have a coffee in a cup And read my latest copy of SADDLE UP! - Nancy English (adult) Sorrento BC

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This one's for the Girls that never Give Up…

Emily Pamela Jansson, 2019 2x AIBR Semi-Finalist; 3x AIBR Money Earner.

My name is Emily Jansson. I live in

Langley BC with my spouse, Tyler, and two horses and two dogs. 'm a small town girl born in Mission BC with Swedish parents. I grew up on a ranch with horses. I moved to Europe (Sweden) with my mom and brother when I was 11 years old, after my parents split up. Since day one horses were a part of my family's life. I've been competing with horses since I was 7 years old; it all started on a trusty, slightly crazy pinto pony that I had named "Minnie Mouse." It's from that day on a fire got lit inside of me. While living in Gothenburg Sweden I got accepted into a riding academy post-secondary boarding school. At the young age of 15 I moved out from home full time. You can imagine before I knew it I packed my bags and left my mom's to pursue my life long dreams of possibly becoming an equestrian Olympian. Well shortly after the first semester… those dreams got put on major hold. In 2008 I got into a major horseback riding accident at the academy where the horse and I went to show jump, but stumbled bad, threw me off in front, then the horse got tangled up in the poles and had landed on top of me in the middle of a big "oxer jump." I was unconscious and broke 7 bones at once. The horse, unfortunately, suffered severe injuries and had to be put down right away. Months later I was able to leave the hospital and return to my mom's house in Sweden. Now I had a decision to make… to retake my semester year completely after recovery, or find another program within that boarding school and not have to skip a full year. Seems as much as I loved horses it had scared me far too much to go back. The long aftermath of the accident was worse than the actual accident itself almost. PTSD was strongly overpowering. I couldn’t travel in vehicles without thinking we would get into an accident every time. Once your body experiences such major trauma and pain it's a struggle to start over again even with the simple things… such as walking again. Later that year I decided to continue my schooling in a slightly different direction… with the Heavy Equipment and Mechanic Program (talk about life change!). I thought I'd give it a go - I had nothing to lose. Found out later working on machinery helped me heal. I continued putting horses on hold… as sad as it was… I didn't want to see them. A year and half went by, still no horses. I learned to operate heavy equipment and to fix big machines and weld in those three years. After graduating I decided to fly back to visit my Dad in Canada. 18 • JUNE 2020


It was about 2 years without touching or riding a horse. I was building up the courage. There still always was a fire inside of me that hadn’t blown out. I decided to get back into riding, but very slowly. Later on I went with a lease-to-own a horse and continued happily riding on. Years later I bought my first Barrel Racing horse, "Cowboy," a 15-year-old broke Quarter Horse, who taught me so much, and gave me a lot of inspiration and hope. Later that year he passed away… way to soon. Six years of competing on barrel horses that I've owned over the years and I ended up here. I am now 28 years old this year. I took a big leap and decided "to grab the scary bull by the horns again” so to speak. I had this dream some 5 years ago; something that I've always dreamt of doing was to compete in Las Vegas NV at the All In Barrel Race (AIBR). In the spring of 2019 my spouse, Tyler Rempel (who's a talented cutting horse rider) inspired me that I can do anything if I wanted it enough. He really pushed me to go to Las Vegas. Well, he knew I had one dream in mind; to be a small-town girl and make it to the AIBR; well, just being there was going to be enough to make the dream come true! I then sought help from a trainer by the name of Veronica (Ronnie) Swales. She also inspired me to go and told me that I was ready to go ‘south’. Earlier that spring we did well competing in the Alberta Barrel Racing Derby circuit. Me and Tyler, we packed our bags and trailer, and we took off with our two Quarter Horses, Valacat, a 5-year old, and Moon's a Truckin, a 7-year-old. Just being in Las Vegas, the atmosphere was unreal. Incredibly tough competition, but I did what I knew best… to have fun and enjoy the moment. The competition started from 630 riders. We had very average good runs the two first days. (It's a matter of not burning out your horse(s) in the long run at such big shows I had learned.) We managed to make the cutoff to the AIBR short go Finals. They announced my name twice on both horses. I’ve never cried so many happy tears! Wow was this real? Better yet, my mom flew in to watch from Sweden. I hadn’t seen her in 3 years. Well to top that off - the icing on the cake - the next morning was my 27th birthday; then the big short go Finals later that night. I had a moment for myself in the wild atmosphere. That's when I realized no matter where you came from or how you got there it's the journey that

matters the most and the people around you. I managed to win money on both horses that week; but it certainly wasn't about the money or the wins. It was much deeper than that. The happy tears and the emotions, the power that you gain from getting out of your "comfort zone." I would like to inspire every young lady or boy if I could - to get out of your comfort zone. You never know when your last ride will be. It will never be the "right time" to go, whether it be finances or enough horse power. And nothing is impossible so just chase your dreams. You can do absolutely anything.

I have some sponsors that helped me tremendously in getting down to Las Vegas and I would like to thank them so much: Hidez Equine Canada 360 Equine Therapy & PEMF Bobbis Braids Tack Adash Beadwork Tack Organa Wellness Center Endless Expressions Boutique NRF 2 Equine Saguaro Show Pads Complete Equestrian Company



ith profound sadness we announce the passing of a great lady, horsewoman, teacher, mentor, and friend, Mara Coote-Freeman. She lost her battle with cancer at the Olds General Hospital in the early hours of the morning of April 8, 2020 with family at her side. She is mourned by her loving and devoted husband, Barry Freeman; her sister and partner in MJ Farms, Jennette Coote; brother Max Coote and wife Connie Hahn; and her youngest sister Joanne and husband Mike Stewart; nieces Caitlin Coote and Jesse Stewart; nephew Josh Stewart; as well as relatives, co-workers, friends, former students and business associates, all mourn her passing. Born in Edmonton to George “Bud” Coote and Margaret (Keillor) Coote, she attended University of Alberta, earning a degree in physical education, traveled the world, taught in Alberta and Australia before entering the business world with her own craft store and as a sales representative. But overall, she loved horses, from riding at an early age, breeding and raising horses with her sister at MJ Farms and joining Olds College to direct equine programs training riders for the race track. She loved dogs in general, but especially Smooth Hair Fox Terriers, breeding and showing them for a time. Mara also contributed to many horse breed organizations throughout her life serving on boards, organizing horse shows, representing the interests of Alberta Arabian horses at meetings around the world. She passed away serving on the board of the Alberta Horse Racing Association. Mara took up photography several years ago, focused on horses, travel, and making digital art. Examples of her photography grace the walls of her home and many walls in the homes of her admirers. A Memorial and Celebration of her Life will be held when large groups of people can safely gather.

Mara Coote-Freeman April 19, 1945 April 8, 2020


the community. t is with great sadness that we announce the passing Julia was intrepid, courageous, gifted, kind, bright, of Julia Catherine Gerwien on April 2, 2020 at the age and she was a pillar of grace under fire for most who of 68 after a courageous battle with MS. knew her. She dealt with MS for many years in a way Julia was the second of five children born to John that most people didn’t notice her disability. They only Munkland Cross and Eleanor (Leggat) Cross. She was noticed her smile, her welcome, her humour, quick wit, raised with her four siblings on the A7 Ranche, west of and her graciousness, and those lucky enough to call Nanton Alberta. She attended the Braehead School, a themselves her friend saw her courage and grit, and one room schoolhouse for six years, and subsequently ability to face life straight up with an acceptance that attended Stratchcona Lodge School as a teenager on made you humble. Vancouver Island, where she boarded. Julia is survived by her husband Carl and her children When Julia finished her education, which included Blake, Carla Jo (Matthew), Steven, and her two a stint at The Emily Carr Art School in Vancouver BC, she grandchildren, Madden and Avalon. She is also survived returned home to Alberta, and there she remained for Julia Catherine by her sister Susan (Phil), her brother Bill (Arletta), her the rest of her life. sister Jane (Kerry) and her brother John (CaryAnn), as She married Carl Gerwien, her rodeo cowboy, in Gerwien well as many nieces and nephews. 1980 and they settled into their life at Willow Spring. November 28, 1951 – As we can’t all come together at this time, we hope Willow Spring eventually became known as Willow April 2, 2020 to have a celebration of Julia’s life when we can again Spring Ranch. There they had three children; Blake, Carla gather and remember happy times. Jo, and Steven who completed their beautiful family. Julia and Carl built up a ranch and successful cutting horse business If desired, memorial donations may be made in Julia’s memory together over 30 years; breeding, showing, and selling horses. Julia kept track to the MS Society of Canada. To email condolences, please visit www. of it all, loved each and every foal born, and named them to boot. Together snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral they created a wonderful home, made many friends, and were a big part of Home, High River. (403-652-2222)

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is being followed!

Sarah B and Beau

Marlene L Aaron W out for a run!

Colten B with his horse Winston

Gregory and Biscuit doing an online show (from a Halter class)

Marie P and her horse Austin Dheana R and Jazz

Jennifer M at her secret rest spot

We thought we’d share some Happy times with our readers. Let’s see what folks are doing during their social distancing or self-isolation. Happy times are ahead. Paula S and Magnum (smiling)

Janice R in Arizona, photo by Silver Buckle Photography 20 • JUNE 2020


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This could be YOU!

I’m Skylar and these are my ponies , Butterscotch and Mocha. Can you tell which one is which? I ride Butter and I hope to learn how to drive both of them soon. They are happy tha t spring is here and are having a res t after their breakfast. - Skylar (age 5), Kamloops BC

It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 24 • JUNE 2020


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office PREPPING FOR A GREAT TRAIL SEASON


t’s never too early to start planning for a terrific trail riding season. Checking gear, reviewing your horse’s trail competence resume, and scoping out new places to explore are all favourite trail rider occupations at this time of year. If you’re new to trail riding, joining a local club is a great way to learn about local trails, find riding buddies and join in on trail maintenance bees. Great trails don’t just happen! Equisearch.com has curated a collection of trail riding articles well worth a browse. Have a look here - https://www.equisearch.com/ articles/trail-riding/tips   Check out HCBC’s Online Trail database for new destinations and a growing number of geo-referenced trails here: https://hcbc.online/ Trails While you’re out hitting the trails, you can help HCBC expand our online data base! Why is this important to all of us who ride our province’s trails? Current information ensures that the trail you’re expecting is the trail you’ll find when you arrive. Is there potable water? Can you camp? How many pens are there? It’s important that we provide the best quality information we can obtain. Being able to download a map to your smartphone before you leave, allows you to ride the trails confidently. You won’t need cell service or use any data while using the Avenza Maps App on the trail. We hope that offering a comprehensive, reliable trails database may increase equestrian tourism, aiding the economies of our communities. What is Avenza Maps? Avenza Maps™ is a fast and powerful offline map reader for mobile devices. The easiest way to get maps is to download them directly from the Avenza Map Store. It renders maps quickly and features intuitive multi-touch gestures for easy navigation. You can download and open maps, pan, zoom, use GPS to locate yourself on the map, drop placemarks, record GPS tracks, and measure area and distance. Download the Avenza Map App to your phone for free using the App Store for iPhones and the Play Store for Androids. Once you have the App, you will need to load a map for the area that you are going to ride. The Map Store is accessed with the shopping cart icon. Many Maps are free. Download your maps while you have cell phone coverage or WiFi, before you head out on the trail.

Avenza Map Store The Avenza Map Store contains high quality maps from around the world including Canadian topographic maps. The Avenza Map Store can be accessed directly through the app to find maps for recreation, and other activities. Maps in the Map Store can be downloaded for free as well. HCBC will load all the Geo-referenced maps it creates to the Avenza Map Store and they will be free. You access the Map Store by clicking on the shopping cart symbol. Do I need to have a local Map on my phone to make a Track? Yes – any map of the area you will do. You will obtain the map from the Avenza Map Store. It is easier to find maps on the Avenza Maps website on a computer than on your phone. You can easily set up multiple filters while searching the website and since you will be on a bigger screen it is easier to view. When you find a map you like, it will place it in your account (even if it was a free map) it will prompt you to set up an account. You will receive an email explaining the next steps to download it onto your phone. The next time you start Avenza on your phone, it will be waiting for you to download. To get your new awaiting maps, open the Avenza Maps™ app on your device and sign in to your Avenza Maps account / on the Store page. Once signed in, you can download your purchased maps from the My Account page. Note that Natural Resources Canada has Toporama maps for all of Canada and they are all free. When you make a track it will look like the orange line above. Can I view Offline? Yes! All maps can be used offline. This is a great feature for travelers who wish to load maps before they travel outside of their home network coverage area - no roaming data charges! It works great with compatible mobile devices that have built-in GPS (GPS connectivity can remain active even when cellular data is disabled). To find out more, visit www.hcbc.ca and check out the resources page under Recreation.

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 • www.hcbc.ca

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, www.equestrian.ca


questrian Canada (EC) is closely monitoring news from the World Health Organization, Canadian sport system partners, national and local authorities to help minimize the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we endeavour to provide the best possible level of service while simultaneously protecting the

Urgent Federal Support Needed for Canada’s Working Horses Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to express its disappointment that the federal announcement on May 5, 2020, of $252M in funding for the agri-food sector did not include desperately needed support for Canada’s working horses. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, equine farms across Canada are currently facing unprecedented financial instability. Since all public-facing activities have stopped, many businesses are unable to pay for animal care as their incomes have largely disappeared. EC’s recent national survey indicated there were approximately 46,500 horses and 8,500 equine facilities with less than a month of financial reserves and supplies as of April 6, 2020. Without urgent government support, many equine owners are now or will soon be facing the horrendous decision to offload perfectly healthy, capable animals into a marketplace in which supply far exceeds demand. “Working horses are valuable, respected farm assets that require daily care and upkeep, including feeding, cleaning, movement and social connection,” said Kristy House, EC Manager of Welfare and Industry. “This level of nurturing requires animal care professionals and

Equestrian Canada Announces Operations Framework




Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to share a return to business operations framework with the Canadian equestrian community in anticipation of the conclusion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please note: The business operations framework is intended to be used a guideline and its implementation is not mandated or required. Therefore, EC cannot enforce or address any issues of non-compliance. Returns to business operations must be aligned with directives from your local and provincial government authorities. As states of emergency relating to COVID-19 begin to be lifted or phased out, equine farms and equestrian facilities can implement the appropriate protocols to prepare for the return to business operations. The goal of the framework is to provide guidelines that minimize the risk to participants and continue to limit the transmission of COVID-19 during the process of returning to pre-pandemic activity levels. “COVID-19 has dealt our industry many hard blows and it is imperative that we follow strict safety guidelines to ensure the pandemic stays behind us,” said Yves Hamelin, EC CEO. “I extend my sincerest thanks to the PTSOs, EC staff and Canadian equine business owners who contributed to the development of these guidelines. Together and with the support of our community, we look forward to focusing on rebuilding the Canadian equine industry and equestrian sport in a safe and successful manner.” 26 • JUNE 2020


health and wellbeing of our community and employees. We are counting on each and every member of the Canadian equestrian community to make responsible decisions based on the information available, the conditions in your geographic area and the recommendations from your local public health authorities.

regular agricultural supplies, and costs upwards of $350 per horse, per month. The current relief options that are accessible to equine facilities dealing with significant lost income while supporting many horses don’t come close to being enough to properly care for the animals.” House added, “In addition to the uncertainty of horse care, we’re facing sector classification and program eligibility challenges with the federal government. We feel strongly that an opportunity to help our working horses and equine businesses was missed by the current equestrian exclusion from the newly launched AgriRecovery fund.” EC has requested an emergency relief fund of $11.5M to $13M to provide COVID-19 pandemic relief and ensure the health and wellbeing of Canada’s working horses. The community is doing all it can to privately raise money for businesses in the greatest need but remains fearful that if help doesn’t come soon, the sector will suffer permanent damage. EC continues to advocate on behalf of the equine sector to the federal government and has launched a website initiative to empower the public to voice their support via direct communications to their local Member of Parliament. Visit www.equestrian.ca/industry/about/ covid-19-response to learn more.

The return to business operations framework can be found on the EC website, along with additional materials including biosecurity posters for facilities, templates and support resources to help adapt these guidelines to your individual needs. Additional guidelines and supporting documents for the return to competition are being finalized and will be made publicly available in mid-May. We at EC are fully aware and understanding of the immediate and long-term financial impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and individuals alike. We are diligently fighting for financial support for the equine and equestrian industries and professionals, as well as to have those businesses considered in the earliest stages of reopening at the provincial and federal levels. The framework has been sent to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, to demonstrate how equine farms and equestrian facilities can safely return to normal business activities as soon as possible upon the conclusion of the pandemic. Want to help to save our working horses? Visit the EC website for more information. For questions relating to the return to business operations framework, contact Kristy House, EC Manager of Welfare and Identification, at khouse@equestrian.ca.

Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Kristy Coulter



hese past few months with Covid-19 have been unusual ones for all of us. I know I am fortunate to have my horses at home. Working with them brings some normalcy back to life. This is where the Triple Challenge can give you some ideas for lessons to work on with your horse. It can help keep you on track. We might not be competing right now, but I am racking up the hours for my Ride/ Drive/ALT. (Agility, Liberty or Trick Training) Now is a great time to follow the CRTWH Triple Challenge Support Group on Facebook. The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking

Horse started this separate Facebook group to help people achieve their levels in this program. This group is a non-judgmental place, where you can ask questions, show off what you have accomplished, and bounce ideas off each other. The CRTWH Triple Challenge Support Group will be posting weekly challenges for their followers. This is a great way to help people get started on their levels. It is also just a good way to keep us all motivated and working with our horses. Please follow us on Facebook.

Cheryl and Treasure

Lisa and Ticket

Peachland Riding Club By Tera Lee Caverly


s with everyone else, due to the virus pandemic, the Peachland Riding Club has had to cancel and re-schedule most of our events. Therefore, we don’t have much to report, but at Saddle Up’s invitation to clubs to send in some history of the club, that we can do. The club was started in March 1969 under the name of Peachland Riding Club. It consisted of a show ring and track. In 1978, under Diana Chevallier’s presidency, a loan was taken out to build a clubhouse over the following years, and it was completed in 1985. Then in 2005, they received a grant for the purchase of 12 stalls. We currently operate from March to November and offer

2019 High School Rodeo

gymkhanas, barrel races, ropings, clinics and rodeos. The current president is Calista Collins, and she can be reached at calista1993@ gmail.com. Our revised event list is as follows: Double header Gymkhana/BCBRA Race July 25th and 26th Double header Gymkhana/BCBRA Race August 22nd and 23rd Gymkhana/BCBRA Race September 27th Gymkhana/BCBRA Race October 18th Find us on Facebook for more updates.

2018 Canada Day parking JUNE 2020


Bouchie Lake Saddle Club ď„ By Diane C Fletcher (Hennigar)


he idea of a saddle club for fun was first formed at the home of Frank and Margo Dolman who lived at the end of Norwood Road in Bouchie Lake, northwest of Quesnel BC. Margo taught riding lessons - both English and Western. Frank was the principal of the high school. The club held its first meeting on April 7, 1965, with Margo Dolman sitting as President. Bert Eberding granted the club the use of the field across from the Bouchie Lake School for the use of the riders. The first meeting was held in the old Bouchie Lake Hall. The club was formed to promote good horsemanship. Other activities included trail rides, riding sessions, showing motion pictures, building up a member owned library and to have guest speakers in attendance at meetings. A group was also formed to start a drill team and they participated in events such as the May Day Parade. Overnight trail rides happened also and we all stayed overnight at Amiots up the Blackwater Road. Every Sunday we would meet in the field at 10 am where everyone came with whatever horse you had in your yard!! George Hennigar and Frank Dolman organized many work bees to get an arena built. Almost the entire neighbourhood pitched in: the Hennigars, Dolmans, Fletchers, Dagneaus, Gerry McCauley, Edna McCauley, Richardsons, Malins, Streets, Scotts, Clarkes, Camerons and many more. Among events held before the new arena was built were flat races, meets featuring open half, quarter and three quarter mile races and pony express races. At this time, word spread and horses and riders from Prince George, Williams Lake, and Vanderhoof were showing up at Bouchie Lake for our Sunday morning play days! Soon after, Dragon Lake formed a riding club, as did Moose Heights and Milburn Lake. This was the start of horse shows and more gymkhanas. Many Sundays were spent with fun days and potluck suppers to follow. The Quesnel Rodeo also began in Bouchie Lake. Once the rodeo moved into Quesnel itself, the gymkhana grounds were then moved to their present location next to the Bouchie Lake Hall. They were the good old days. Many laughs and friendships were made and shared and you always knew who your neighbour was.

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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! Simonne Rempel


he Vintage Riders Equestrian Club has been active since 2003. Rita Rawstron, a long-standing member, was instrumental in the creation of the club. At the time, there were no adult horse clubs in the Lower Mainland for non-competitive horse enthusiasts that offered educational and social events. A meeting was advertised to determine if there was any interest. The meeting held at Fort Langley Community Hall turned out to be very well-attended. What a nice surprise! Things took off from there, making an application to incorporate in 2004. The purpose of our club is to provide a gathering for horse  riders and horse owners within the Fraser Valley to explore and offer all forms of horsemanship. With less importance placed on competition and more emphasis on welfare, fun and enjoyment of our horses, and learning new skills. Creating an opportunity where horsemen and women can share their knowledge and skills in a non-judgmental environment. We believe a non-competitive atmosphere creates a good environment for the educational and social aspects of our club. We enjoy networking with friends, learning, practicing horsemanship, and participating in a variety of safe activities together.

We have several long-term members and many friendships have been made over the years. The club maintains a membership between 45-65 enthusiastic members and newcomers are always made welcome. For our 10th Anniversary, we celebrated at Aldergrove Lake Park. We had a picnic with entertaining games, and of course, cake. We are approaching our 20th Anniversary in the next few years. Oh, what tales we will tell! 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, email: vintageriders@ shaw.ca 2020 Upcoming Events: Annual Treasure Hunt - Postponed Pole Clinic – Postponed Megan Pinfield - Postponed May Flower Trail Ride Otter Co-op Field Trip Destination Rides

From the May issue… We’re going to give you a bit more time to figure this one out! This item is 12” long, weighs about 1 lb. Most farmers owned one… back in the old days (prior to 1930). So far, only one correct guess… Congratulations to: Walter Furlong, Strathcona County AB From the April issue… It’s an egg scale, used for grading eggs, with 4 weight categories. Congratulations to: Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Kelsey Doerkson, Calgary AB

This tool weighs 7 lbs. Approximately 24” long and made of 1” flat bar. It hinges where the gooseneck meets the flat bar. READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to usedandunique2018@gmail.com

Long-standing members (l to r) Susan, Rita, Lillian – “Let there be cake!”

Rita and her ‘Zebra’ horse

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@ saddleup.ca for details. JUNE 2020


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley


e hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. The world has been turned upside down and our industry is no exception. At the writing of this article, the province has announced that we can start returning to some normal activities, which should hopefully mean that most of you should be able to return to riding at some capacity. This is so exciting! Most horse events have been cancelled through the summer along with many social gatherings. However, there is a growing trend of virtual horse shows! They are run on Facebook and there is anything from free local type ones to Breed clubs and Charlie Cole running them. You pay a fee, ride the pattern posted while having someone video your go, then post it. Seems like a fun way to stay motivated and still compete safely from home. Upcoming Events… As far as our events go, we are holding out hope that we can run the show at the end of September. Our judge is Canadian, so the border shouldn’t be an issue. The Bazaar in October... time will tell if this will be a possibility. We are currently looking into alternative virtual scenarios if we can’t hold the event. Wrap your arms around your horse, breathe deep and enjoy the moment. As we have recently seen, life can change in a heartbeat. We don’t know what is ahead. So treasure your loved ones (2 and 4 legged ones) and embrace your blessings. We are all in this together. Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


hile we are waiting with baited breath for the go ahead for Horse Shows, we want to keep the spirit of our shows alive. Some are lucky and have personal arenas to play in. Others have miles of trails at their disposal. A few have both. But what is missing is the camaraderie of the Show Day. The jokes, laughter, witty banter and, yes, even the tears. People helping people: Sharing our experiences, both good and bad. The AERC has always prided itself on our ‘Grass Roots’ philosophy. Some of our former members have shared some memories of the early days of AERC Shows: Cathy F – “I remember back in the late 60’s when fundays were held at members’ places. You got to make up your own events. So much fun. I remember musical mugs. Also matched pairs was a big hit and so was the hill climb. Ride a dollar; you rode bareback sitting on a dollar bill. Last one with their dollar won the pot. It paid to have a sweaty horse. I also remember shows being held in Grindrod and in Ashton Creek, where we all went swimming in the river afterwards; one at our place where they did the famous hill climb and rescue race. We also had sleepovers at the fairgrounds when they used to do their big two day show.”

Classes and events may have evolved, but one thing stays the same…

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Champion or beginner, all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome. It’s all about having fun in a relaxed, safe and affordable environment. Watch our Facebook page and Website, www. armstronenderbyridingclub.ca, for up to date information.

The Back Country Horsemen BC Volunteers – Part of the Ripple effect! Submitted By Rose Schroeder


he Back Country Horsemen Society of BC is one of the many volunteer organizations helping to maintain the thousands of miles of trails in this province. At times it might seem that we are competing with the other recreational organizations but in reality, we all have the same goal in mind: access to trails on public lands so we can recreate in our chosen form. We can always accomplish more as a group than we can on our own. This is where encouraging a strong volunteer group is so important. The ripple effect starts here. I am not talking physically strong (although at times that helps!) but a group that has a belief in what they are doing. Managing these volunteers, which is also done by volunteers, requires special skill. In general volunteers like to: - work on a project they believe will enhance their recreation - share ideas and learn something while doing that - have fun doing it - socialize, develop friendships and a sense of community - feel that their efforts are appreciated Here are 10 tips reprinted from the IMBA’s (International Mountain Biking Association) manual that have been given an equine twist. Use your imagination: 1. Just Ask - simply asking new people to join, attend or get involved is often all it takes to bring them into the fold. We all want to be part of something big and have a sense of community. Reassure potential members that we are not just about riding into the backcountry wilderness with pack horses; we are just as concerned with access to urban trails. 2. Publicize, Publicize, Publicize - it is impossible to over promote your activities. Publicize events early and in appropriate venues (feed and tack stores, vet offices). After events, update your website with pictures and a summary of what was accomplished. Send an account to the local paper (and horse magazine!). Get pamphlets out about BCHBC. 3. Take it to the People - highly visible efforts to find new club members and volunteers will bring results. Host an event at the most popular trailhead in town. 4. Look Beyond the Usual Suspects - ask Chamber of Commerce, youth or conservation groups, scout troops, environmental groups and other do-gooders to pitch in with your projects. In other words, partner with other user groups that will benefit from the trail. Remember that volunteers are made up of beginner to experienced, young to old and all have talents that can be used and appreciated. Keep them busy, find jobs for everyone.

5. Host Regular Group Rides - host regular rides that are purely social and you’ll likely see the same riders coming out for workdays. 6. Celebrate Good Times - make your meetings and trail work events something volunteers look forward to with raffles, food and fizzy beverages. Include someone’s birthday with a cake. Be creative with location, theme days, even costumes - volunteers will be plentiful if your events are dynamic. 7. Chunk it Down - divide volunteer projects into bite-sized chunks and make it easy for people to volunteer a little of their time. Set reasonable goals so you don’t burn out volunteers. 8. Swag it Up - pump shops for raffle items and giveaways. Also, look to your local businesses for support. Track volunteer hours and workquality and give prizes. Prizes don’t have to be expensive. Volunteers appreciate being recognized and appreciated! 9. Nurture Newcomers - look at a planned event from a new volunteer’s perspective. They need more guidance. Introduce them to the group, take time to explain the work being done and let them know they are doing a good job. Partner them with the more experienced. 10. Stay Regular - make a schedule and stick to it. Mapping out events well in advance lets participants plan ahead. Think about setting recurring events on the same day/weekend of each month/year.

Of all of the things that you wear, your expression is the most important......so.... put on a smile and volunteer! Even if it’s a little thing. United we stand, divided we fall. Do something just for the privilege of doing it. You will be helping to keep our equestrian trails accessible and the ripple effect expanding!!

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive • http://bchorsemen.org

President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290

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Clubs & Associations 31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


members from across Canada and the US

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information www.crhra.ca 3/21


CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 8/20 12/20

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


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 5/21

FRASER VALLEY’S OWN ‘GRASSROOTS’ CLUB dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram



or e-mail: bcrcha@gmail.com








BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.bcqha.com Contact Carolyn Farris, email cfarris@telus.net 6/20



BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 2/21



BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom. nobles@gmail.com, Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 4/21



BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 9/20 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca



Certifying equine professionals such as riding coaches & equine facility managers. CHA accredits equine facilities for insurance discounts & publishes educational horsemanship manuals & hosts networking conferences. Visit www.CHA.horse To find a certified equine professional or accredited site visit www.CHAinstructors.com


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 11/20 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. 1-866-282-8395 | inquiries@equestrian.ca | www.equestrian.ca

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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.

Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctcpa.net

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

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

2/21 11/18

BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 6/21

10/20 6/16


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323 cbwatson@telusplanet.net www.equinefoundationofcanada.com

3/21 9/20

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, kmespenhain@telus.net 3/21



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 7/20

Be Kind

KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 3/21

To One Another

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 9/20 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 11/20

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Clubs & Associations NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 7/20 OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156, anewdawn101@outlook.com, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 4/21 7/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 9/20

Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. Harvey President: Adam Mike Kidston E-mail: info@outriders.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins, calista1993@gmail.com, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at www.peachlandridingclub.com 5/21

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, santonick@hotmail.com See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 12/20 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 10/20 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun, vintageriders@shaw.ca, on Facebook 3/21 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 9/20


WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 5/21

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Rural Roots REALTORS YOUR AD COULD BE HERE HEY, FOR THE COWBOY AT HEART! This newer attractive southwest style Santa Fe 3 bed/4 bath home is located on 11.4 acres, 20 minutes east of Osoyoos. Ideal horse property with a 4-stall barn (30’x40’), tack room, hay storage and shelter. There are fenced irrigated pastures, a 70’x180’ riding arena, and land for riding just down the road. For the hobbyist, a large 25’x40’ shop. Home has a great view to the east of mountains and valley. Bonus… 9 mile creek crosses the property! Home uses an open floor design with high ceilings and decorated in a western theme. Spanish courtyards surround the home. Duplicate Listing Agriculture #180094. 657 Ravenhill Road, Osoyoos BC $998,000 MLS® 180095 BOB GRANHOLM 250-983-3372 RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty, Oliver BC rbgtroper@gmail.com



What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2020 Events? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com



6 ENG/WEST RIDE A PATTERN/% DAY, judged by Lillian Evaniew-Phelan, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Oliver & District Riding Club, see us on FB 6***CANCELLED - LRS JUMPING SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Julia 604-856-7567, juliaperry@telus.net, www.langleyriders.com 7***CANCELLED - LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Mary 778-878-0611, mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com 8-10 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION w/Dawn Ferster (Beg & Int sessions), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, dawnferster@gmail.com 9-12 HORSEMANSHIP CAMP w/Glenn Stewart (Stage 1), Fort St John BC, Sandy 250-789-3072, info@thehorseranch.com 12-14 TOUCH OF CLASS DRESSAGE Bronze/Gold, Thunderbird, Langley BC 12-14***CANCELLED - DOUBLE H BC GYPSY COB SHOW (& Gypsy X & Drum Horse), Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Cathy Huber 250-309-1208, www.bcgypsyshow.ca 13-14 BCRCHA, Bell Creek Arena, Chilliwack BC, info at www.bcrcha.com, email bcrcha@gmail.com, or call Robyn 604-318-4140 14***CANCELLED - LRS GAMES DAY, LRS arena, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, ngaire.smart@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 14 OPEN HOUSE, Spirit of the Horse Garden, Langley BC, spiritofthehorsegarden@gmail.com 14-17 HORSEMANSHIP CAMP w/Glenn Stewart (Adv Stage 1&2), Fort St John BC, Sandy 250-789-3072, info@thehorseranch.com 16 VREC FIELD TRIP, Langley BC, contact: vintageriders@shaw.ca, on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – Public 18-20 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 19-21 TWO RIVERS INDOOR CUTTING, Quesnel BC, www.bccha.ca 19-21***CANCELLED - LRS LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Elana 604-916-5920, wharryranch@shaw.ca, www.langleyriders.com 19-22 HORSEMANSHIP CAMP w/Glenn Stewart (Stage 2&3), Fort St John BC, Sandy 250-789-3072, info@thehorseranch.com 20***CANCELLED - POT O GOLD OPEN HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club (see club Facebook page) 20***CANCELLED - LRS BARREL RACE, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Paul 604-773-5319, pritchot@yahoo.ca, www.canadianbarrelracing.com 20-21 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE SHOW Bronze/Gold, Sun Meadows, Barnhartvale BC 20-21 BCTCPA CATTLE PENNING, Knutsford BC, www.bctcpa.ca 21***CANCELLED - WORKING EQUITATION SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC… more info to come. 21 PRC SADDLE SERIES & GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 21***CANCELLED - AERC CLINIC – ENGLISH & WESTERN PLEASURE, Armstrong BC, pre-register at AERCcanada@gmail.com 21-23 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 2), Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 24-Jul 2 HORSEMANSHIP INTENSIVE w/Glenn Stewart, Fort St John BC, Sandy 250-789-3072, info@thehorseranch.com

27-28 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, BHA Grounds, Grand Forks BC, contact Madalene at kmespenhain@telus.net or 250-443-3191 27-28 PRC CANADA DAY EVENT, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 27-28 BCCDS FDTs, Thompson Okanagan, The Ranch, Pritchard BC, rsdoutz@gmail.com, www.bccarriagedriving.com 27-29 BRIDLED STOCK HORSE SERIES w/Miles Kingdon, Horsemanship/ Cattle Handling, Kamloops BC, David Ciriani 250-377-5996, dvciriani@me.com 28***CANCELLED - AERC HORSE SHOW, 9 am start, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca 28 CARIBOO TRAILS DRIVING CLUB – Ride & Drive Poker Ride, 70 Mile House BC, info Lshedden@explornet.ca 28***CANCELLED - LMQHA AQHA/APHA SHOW, Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre, Maple Ridge BC, http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha


3-5 BRIDLED STOCK HORSE SERIES w/Miles Kingdon, Horsemanship/Cattle Handling, Kamloops BC, David Ciriani 250-377-5996, dvciriani@me.com 4 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Mary 778-878-0611, mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com 4-5 BHA ENGLISH & WESTERN DRESSAGE SHOW, BHA Grounds, Grand Forks BC, contact Madalene at kmespenhain@telus.net or 250-443-3191 6-8 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION w/Dawn Ferster (Beg & Int sessions), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, dawnferster@gmail.com 10-12 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field Circle Creek Equestrian Center, Kamloops BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 11 CRC SPEED EVENT, 9 am, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, contact chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com 11-12 VERNON DRESSAGE SHOW Bronze/Gold, Vernon BC 12 BCRCHA SUMMER SIZZLER, Langley Riders Arena, Langley BC, info at www.bcrcha.com, email bcrcha@gmail.com, or call Robyn 604-318-4140 13-17 5-DAY INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Falling Star Ranch, BC, 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca 14-19 HUB HOUBEN CLINIC, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, dbliron1@gmail.com 15-17 CANADA CUP DRESSAGE SHOW Bronze/Gold, Maple Ridge BC 17-19 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Pinnacle Stables, Surrey BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 18 (tent) BCCDS DRESSAGE & DERBY DAY, Thompson Okanagan (Armstrong), rsdoutz@gmail.com,www.bccarriagedriving.com 18 LRS GAMES DAY, LRS arena, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, ngaire.smart@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 18-19 INTERIOR SPORT HORSES SUMMER CLASSIC, Westwold BC, Sharon 250-319-3699, interiorsporthorses@hotmail.com 19 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226, Tyler.bethany2014@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 23-26 BC SUMMER GAMES (for juniors), includes Dressage, Para Dressage, Jumping, Eventing & Vaulting, Maple Ridge BC, www.hcbc.ca 25 LRS BARREL RACE, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Paul 604-773-5319, pritchot@yahoo.ca, www.canadianbarrelracing.com

MORE DATES AT SADDLEUP.CA Do you have your 2020 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website! 34 • JUNE 2020


Business Services EQUINE HEALTH


For Horses DR. REED’S Supplements

Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150


www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15 6/20


Hidez Equine Compression Products Canada Hoods, Ice Compression Socks, Compression Socks, Travel and Recovery Suits, Active Suits Check us out at acebook or call or text 403-704-6417 We will connect you with a rep in your area! 9/20

HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. www.hojoreddeer.com 12/20


2/21 12/20




Horse Shavings  Hog Fuel formerly David Beerstra Trucking  Bark Mulch Serving the BC Interior 250-503-7432 4/21

NATURAL TOUCH THERAPY INSTITUTE (BC/AB/SK) Certified Farrier & Equine Therapy Programs www.natural-touch.ca 4/21



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



BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB SILVERADO HORSE CENTER (Cochrane AB) Boarding, Clinics, Lessons, Training, www.silveradohorsecenter.com 11/20



 Driveways

 Barns

 Metal

 Garages  Houses Roofing  Metal Siding


Duncan Farrow  250-503-6099  farrowbuilt@gmail.com Serving the Okanagan and Shuswap 9/20

FARM SUPPLIES CATTLE FEEDERS, free-standing Panels, fence line Feeders, bunk silage Feeders made from oil field pipe. Call Dan 250-308-9218 (BC wide) 6/21

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 3/21

ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed



Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides

8/18 10/20


Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips www.chilcotinholidays.com

8/19 9/20


CANPRESSCO CAMELINA OIL. Omega 3-6-9 & Vitamin E. www.canpressco.com, Brand Rep: Amy Langevin 604-828-2551, amylangevin@live.ca 5/21

D E A D LI N E 5th of each month


JUNE 2020


Business Services FEED DEALERS


ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 9/20 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.

556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 940-4499 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870



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RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 10/20

FENCING 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders, Best Prices in the Cariboo!

Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 dgwangler@telus.net Armstrong 9/20



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 alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com

DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more, www.donloewen.com


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 8/20 WWW.HORSEGEARCANADA.COM - online shopping - always open! Tack, hoof boots, nutritional products, grooming products & more. 4/21


WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Bedding, Footwear 4/21

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

30 years Serving the Horse Industry www.ferrisfencing.com / info@ferrisfencing.com / 1-800-665-3307 5/21 3/19

GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Clinton BC) toll free 1-833-238-1200 Back country trails, bed & bale, multiple updated private lodgings on 700+ acres 7/20

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 6/21 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/20

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 10/20 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 3/21


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




BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 8/20 CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna BC) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts started, Farrier service 6/20

Solve Insurance Services Inc.  250-861-3777

DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 2/21 8/20


LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 4/21 36 • JUNE 2020


International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com

Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 9/20

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 11/20

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 6/20

INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 7/20

LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21

OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM, www.okanaganequinevet.com

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) Clinics & Horse Training, Working Equitation, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Wilderness Trail. www.mwsporthorses.com 7/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 7/20

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 7/20

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree , Bennett   3/21


WELL PUMPS Serving BC’s Interior for over 50 years GENERATION Pump Co.

rs. repair.. stall & the yea Meeting your water needs through ter system in a w Water well pump specialist. Full

Paul Moore 250-549-0780 | www.GenerationPumpCompany.com | Gary Moore 250-558-6812


YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE YEAR ROUND Starting at just $250 per year (for 12 issues). Plus we can add a link on our web site for only $50 per year!

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 8/20 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. www.footnotefarm.com 4/21 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 2/21

DEADLINE 5th of each month Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info JUNE 2020


On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

Peruvian Paso Horses

We Have the Blues!

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

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

2020 Foals will be available sired by:

www.ringsteadranch.com deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763


LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

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

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

9/20 7/18

6/20 3/17

Rare Breeds Dragonfly Acres Offering Quality Offspring By: Fell: Murthwaite Talisman Imported, FPS approved, FIS clear Versatile, working breed

Friesian: Otto Fan Kenettas Ster, FHANA, CFHA Graceful and majestic

2010 Amber Champagne AQHA Stallion Peppy San Badger, Hollywood Dun It 2007 Sooty Dunalino AQHA Stallion; Sugar Bar, Hollywood Jac 86 2008 Homozygous Black Tobiano APHA



per issue

www.dragonflyacres.ca Lisa 604-817-8596 • Langley, BC




BREEDERS SPECIAL 2 Tennessee Walking proven broodmares open, and ready for your choice to breed for a 2021 foal. Cocoa Latte Lady (US reg 20903998/BL/S) Born 2009


Super Gaited! Lead, load, not under saddle. Together $2,500 plus GST

REGISTERED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES Pop’s retired and Mamma wants to travel; so we have some nice broke mares and one hen-pecked gelding for sale. All are well-handled, well-maintained horses who will make excellent riding companions for experienced horse people.

Cocoa Buck’s Crown Ruby (US reg 21100817/CR Cremello) Born 2011 Buck Call or text 204-212-1960 (Invermere BC) E-mail: kinchcreek@hotmail.ca

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Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-6514 threewindsranch@hotmail.com www.3windsranch.weebly.com

Call 403-931-3575 (leave a message) Or e-mail us at dwbaker@platinum.ca (Millarville AB)

Shop & Swap! BOARDING


Double Delichte Stables

Full Board $325 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon  250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC  joannedelichte@gmail.com

8/20 11/19

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 8/20



Some training spaces available for 2020 Season

Happy Fathers Day

Upcoming Clinics listed on: Luttmer Training and Clinics Quesnel BC ~ 250-249-9613 9/20


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: theleatherlady95@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/20






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


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com

EDGE Wholesale Direct


26129 - 31b Ave., Aldergrove BC • 604-857-2436

ONLY $60 per issue (or less)

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