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ighs of 25 to 27 degrees coming up – woo-hoo – lookin’ good! Summer is almost here! Sadly, the month of June is usually when we FILLIES indulge in our annual weekend away for horse play time and camaraderie. So there is nothing planned at this point sorry to say. We are all looking forward to more guidelines from our Provincial Health Authority after the May long weekend. Possibly things will open up a bit more – only time will tell. I don’t believe we have it so bad as our friends in Alberta (and the other provinces too of course). We’ve been lucky. And we all know to stay closer to home and stay within our ‘region’ if we must travel. Keep in mind our enforcement officers along the highways are only doing what is best for us all. We received an email newsletter from Horse Council BC updating us on what some of the coaches in the province are doing to keep active and keep their students on track with training and other exercises – see more on page 8. I was very sad to learn of Ruth Flack’s passing in March. Most horse people were very familiar with her business Ultra-Kelp. A long term employee is taking over the business. See more about Ruth on page 18. Our sincere condolences to the family. We will all miss her for sure. Let’s try to stay focused, and continue on in a safe manner, may the HORSE be with you!

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KIDS 22 Top Dog!


Lessons from the Herd


Horse Council BC


Coaches Feedback


What’s This?

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In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa


Lower Mainland QH Assoc.

Update on Farrier Regulation


Back Country Horsemen of BC 32

CWHBA Spring Horse Sale


Calgary Stampede Lotteries


Glenn Stewart Close Up


Drawing Contest Winners


Stallions/Breeders 37

The Mysterious Half-Halt


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Clubs/Associations 33 What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


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Last month we put out to our readers

What are you

thankful for?

With all that is going on in our lives, we felt some might want to share with us. Dear Nancy: ‘The things I am most thankful for’ In the horse world, I am most thankful for Saddle Up :). It is a great way for us to feel connected and still though on hold, we through Saddle Up are kept positive and ready to resume the horse world we all love. If everyone uses this time to get to know their horse better,

spend time just riding, and doing simple things, trail rides by just you and your horse, no big deal, just go for a wander! That is magic! I’m thankful for health, my shots(!) and lots of good books! But Saddle Up is champion! Thanks lady! - Ellen Smailes, Kamloops BC




JUNE 2021


Lessons from the Herd:

Disrupting the R hythm Story & Photos By Christa Miremadi

Watching my herd moving around their “territory,” an area that in winter is as small as 50 acres and in summer can be as large as 300 acres, I’ve witnessed how predictable their migration routes can be.


hey travel around the allotted area two to three times per day, stopping by the various water sources and shade trees at regular intervals and resting with the rhythms of nature. It’s not always at exactly the same time each day but you can bet the farm that if you wait in the upper meadow long enough, they’ll make an appearance and that if you watch the lower bench for a while, eventually they’ll show up. These rhythms are important to the herd and they’re driven by the horse’s needs and experiences. You can tap into these natural rhythms if you’re paying attention. And if you’re mindful, you can use their natural predisposition toward predictable patterns to add in your own desired habitual behaviours. For example, in the early hours of the day, around dawn, the herd likes to make the rounds past our winter feeding area, close to our catch pen. If I tap into this rhythm regularly and add some predictable cues and reliable rewards (such as calling the herd and providing oats for coming when I’ve called), I can add coming into our catch pen on call to their regular rhythm. This routine makes catching the horses in training, or catching my own horses much easier, much less stressful and much more enjoyable, for both the herd and for us humans. The whole herd is on board and happy to oblige and if I don’t call them in, it doesn’t upset their day. They just make their regular round past the back gate of the catch pen and carry on. However, now that they’ve learned this routine, if I need the horses in, even if it’s not during their regular “pass by” time, having

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developed this predictable pattern and establishing the regular, reliable reward, I can call them and they’ll come from anywhere (so long as they can hear me) at any time. Make no mistake. They come because they’ve been patterned to do so. Sure, most of them like me well enough but they don’t come because they love me. They come because I’ve tapped into their natural rhythms and created a predictable pattern that’s become part of their regular routine. As long as I’m fully aware of this and understand what’s happening, as long as I’m under no illusion that this is anything other than what it is, then we can all stay safe and happy. It’s when I let myself believe that something is happening that isn’t, that I could get myself or my horses into trouble. For example, I could tell myself the horses are so obedient (as proven by their willingness to come when I call them) and I could get them to do anything! But if I decide to disrupt their rhythm, to stand in the middle of the run (our narrow fenced area that works as a chute, funneling the horses safely into the catch pen without getting them too bunched up at the gate) and try doing my best Cavalia impersonation, asking them to do something other than what I’ve trained them to do (like stop or turn around and go back out), I’ll find out pretty quickly that they’re not in fact listening to my command of “COOOOOOOOME BOYS!!!” but rather, they’re performing a predictable pattern and a trained habituated response. I would in fact, create quite a disaster! There would be a pile up, horses would kick each other, I would get

The herd coming when called Making the rounds past the east pasture water hole/lake

run over and it’s quite possible that (if I was still standing) I’d be fixing fences for the rest of the day. Another example. Have you ever tried to ride a trail horse in the arena or relocated one from the back country to an urban area? The horse who safely and so steadily packed you up mountains, through rivers and over all kinds of terrain may start head tossing, walking sideways or refusing to move forward at all in the arena. And in most situations, the rider is quite surprised to discover this lack of cooperation coming from the horse they thought was so well trained. That same reliable, confident, solid horse who marched past bears, never batted an eye at the fleeing white tail deer and could stand tied to a tree for 3 hours while you had lunch might shy at recycling bins or garbage cans, balk at baby strollers or bicycles or even jump the painted lines on the road when they’re taken out of the back country and introduced to an urban area that’s unfamiliar to them. Is this a bad thing? No. Not necessarily. If what you need that horse for is climbing mountain trails, crossing rivers and packing gear, I’d say you’ve got the right horse for that job. But if you decide you’d like to move to town, join a drill team or try your hand at competitive western performance you may find that your solid back country mount is seriously un-prepared. What is the point of all this? Well, put simply, the learning that this lesson from the herd reinforced for me is as follows: All can be running quite smoothly and the relationship can appear to be quite

Coming down the run towards the catch pen's gate solid, until you disrupt the rhythm and attempt to do something out of the ordinary. When this happens, you may be forced to confront the reality that the relationship you thought you had is actually based on patterns and routines and not on connection, communication or trust. If this is the case, it’s time to do some work on developing applicable language skills that can be used to support, guide and direct your horse through uncertain or unpracticed experiences. Christa and Pinto Miremadi own and manage The Rock'n Star Ranch in Pritchard BC. They offer Natural Care Boarding, horsemanship lessons, training and clinics focused on building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence between horses and humans. Through compassionate communication and sharing the horse's point of view, Christa shares her passion for horsemanship, hackamore/bridle horse development and the art of developing a working equine partner. (See their listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

JUNE 2021


Horse Council BC provides some Feedback As we are all eagerly waiting for things to get back to "normal" we put a question out to some of our Certified Coaches. How are you using the time away from horse shows to work on skills and training for your students? What are you doing differently to keep your students progressing without competition (in the near future) as a goal? Here is what they had to say:

Lynda Ramsey Carolyn Dobbs Ann McMann “I have taken this opportunity to have all my students doing the rider levels. Whether they are going to use them towards school credits or just expanding their stable management knowledge and riding skills, they are very excited. Often in our riding lessons we do not get the opportunity to go over these different subjects. Everyone looks forward to receiving the certificates in the mail too.” - Ann McMann

“My students are being challenged to step up their skill levels. What once was adequate is now excellence in the making.” - AJ Bain

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“We have been working on rider levels. With a relax of schedule, we can go more in-depth with technical knowledge. Including in these is increased awareness of biological health as well as transmission of diseases and prevention. To keep lessons interesting and challenging, we do a lot of cavaletti and cones work. We've taken a step or two back to review the basics, and how they build the foundation of further movements and strengths. As Spring has finally poked her head up, we will include out of arena riding… finding natural jumps along the way. I have found an increased interest in the instructor and coach program, which I am stoked about. Individuals who have been giving 'instruction' without training is a little scary, to say the least. I enjoy mentoring our candidates for the program, and get a chuckle when they all exclaim, "wow, there's so much more to this, than I thought." As well, training horses has kept me busy. Not only the riders are going back to basics. The horses are getting a chance to fill in 'potholes’.” - Carolyn Dobbs


“DIVERSITY, flexibility, compassion, empathy. Enjoy your horses, be creative!” - Lynda Ramsay

"When it first started we all thought we would be back at it in a couple months, still have a summer show season. As show by show was canceled the hope was fading and there were tears. I thought how can these riders have something to work towards? Maybe it’s not about those horse shows, maybe we get back to the reason we first started in the first place? Maybe become a better horse person all around? How many riders can jump a 1m course but can’t tie a safety knot, or know the 5 rein aids! I am a strong advocate of the rider levels because it will make you a better equestrian!" - Stacey Carlos

Sarah Bradley “We have a broader focus on skills and building relationships with our horses, and have added lots of trail riding to our activities. It's great to see how skills learned in the arena make a safer and more effective ride outside the arena.” - Sarah Bradley

“We have been spending time on loading training for some of our less than eager participants, both equine and human. Planning beach riding trips which still get the horses out in a different environment and broaden the skill set of the rider.” – Susan Thompson

WandaDee Thompson “I’m keeping myself and my students on track to show as we would normally. I will do a mini show/competition for my students at the same time that our first real show would be. They will wear show attire and have their horse groomed. I will video their reining pattern, score it, and discuss in detail each maneuver. And finally I will post their videos on my FB page.” - WandaDee Thompson

"I have discovered, as have my students, that being able to train without the pressure of upcoming competitions and their attendant requirements allows us the freedom of becoming more empathetic and listening riders." - Jan Jollymour

JUNE 2021


In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi

How to Improve your Dressage Score Without Having to Get a New Horse

(and without your horse having to get a new driver!)

Do you love driven dressage, or is it “that thing you have to go through to get to the fun part” of competitions? Love it or hate it, improving on your driven dressage score will pay off, no matter how you feel about it.


ew things are more disheartening to a dressage judge than those moments a competitor has to be penalized for inaccuracies. These are completely unnecessary marks to lose, and in many cases make a big difference in placings. Well executed transitions that take place at the wrong spot in the arena will sometimes garner a lower score than an average transition that is completely accurate in timing. Circles shaped more like eggs or rectangles will also lose marks. In the first of a two-part article, I will share with you some easy ways you can improve your dressage score simply by being accurate and paying attention to a few important details.

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Get out your dressage test, grab a cup of tea, find a comfortable chair and read your test. Get a sense of the flow of the test, the gaits asked for, and the places transitions happen. Eventually of course, you’ll need to memorize the test, but for now, just read it over. Pay close attention to the “Directives.” They indicate specific things each movement is meant to highlight. Of course, the judge will look at other parts of the movement as well but the directives will help you concentrate on the most important features. Let’s look at an example together: American Driving Society (ADS) Training Test C, movement 5 directives state “Suppleness in change of lateral bend, accuracy of figure” (Diagram 1a). So from this, you know that correctly changing from the left bend we hope you will have during movement 4 to the right bend in movement 5 is especially important. In particular, the directive is telling you that it should be a nice, supple, smooth change. The importance of driving a round, symmetrical circle of the correct diameter is also indicated by the directive. Make sure you understand what the movement is telling you to do. A common mistake people make is not following the directions properly. Let’s examine another part of the same ADS test. The first part of movement 8 indicates “Btw (between) C-H Transition to Working Trot” (Diagram 1b). Pay attention to word “between.” This means that in this particular test, the transition should take place AFTER you have passed the letter C, and BEFORE you get to H. Many times, in tests with this instruction I have observed drivers start the trot as their horse’s nose is at the letter C. Transitioning to trot at C is, in this case, an inaccuracy and should be penalized by the judge. Other tests may ask you to transition at C, but it isn’t the case in this test. Paying attention to the details means extra points! Another bonus to carefully following the test instructions is that in this particular example, you are able to choose when you make the transition. Does your horse tend to pop his head up during transitions? Many horses that will do this while moving in a straight line are much steadier if asked for the transition when they are in a corner and bending. If this is the case for your horse, waiting until you are moving through the corner to ask for that gait change can result in a much smoother transition and a better mark. For some horses, transitioning while straight might work better. You know your horse, so use these sorts of movements - where you have some leeway - to get the best results. Another common and costly error is failing to show enough

steps of a given gait. Diagram 2 shows movements 5 and 6 from the Horse Council British Columbia Level 1B test. Drivers are asked to first demonstrate a free walk, transition to a working walk at X then develop the working trot between X and H (Diagram 2). Sometimes drivers will anticipate the trot and move directly from the free walk to the trot, failing to show any working walk. This will cost you marks, so be sure to show a good number of working walk strides before picking up the trot if the test has this sort of direction. Incorporating these simple techniques into your regular driving habits will result in smoother, more accurately driven tests and improved scores. Give them a try and see what you think! In the next article I will share with you a few more tips on improving your dressage score through better accuracy.

Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Until then, safe driving!

JUNE 2021


Update on Farrier Regulation in BC and the Association of Farrier Trainers of Canada By Rachel Vowles

WCFA VP, Will Clinging, CJF and his apprentice


n British Columbia, all animal health care is governed by the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC). The Veterinary Act of BC states that a person is prohibited to "perform, offer to perform, or imply that the person is entitled to perform, in British Columbia, any act described in the definition of "veterinary medicine" in section 1;" (College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, 2010). Section 1 of definitions goes on to describe "veterinarian medicine" as "the diagnosis and treatment of animals for the prevention, alleviation or correction of disease, injury, pain, defect, disorder, or other similar condition." (College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, 2010). As this act states, farriers are technically only allowed to trim horse and cow feet. They cannot receive payment without the oversight of a veterinarian for diagnosing, treating, or preventing. Therefore, a farrier cannot add shoes (without the guidance of a veterinarian) as this application is preventing pain; or tell a horse owner that their horse has thrush (without veterinarian guidance) as this is diagnosing. It is not often that we hear of a vet reporting a farrier for doing their job to the CVBC, but it is still certainly a concern. The BCAOA and the WCFA proposed the solution of regulation of the trade of Farriery in BC. This proposal strongly coincides with the BCAOA's mandate, “to promote an increased variety of wellness options available, including veterinary and complementary animal health care services.” (BCAOA, n.d.) Other groups supporting farrier trade regulation in BC are the Horse Council of BC, BCSPCA, and the Farrier's Registration Council of The United Kingdom. The members of the WCFA that are in support of regulation have stated that “regulation and registration in BC would be modeled after the Farriers Registration act of 1975 in the U.K." (Farrier Regulation BC, Facebook, Jan 2019) The WCFA Vice President, Will Clinging, CJF, stated that “this regulation would mean all farriers that practice in BC must be registered with the governing body of Farriers." (Farrier Regulation BC, Facebook, Jan 2019). The proposed model indicates new farriers entering the trade will be

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In 2019, the BC Animal Owners Association (BCAOA) and the Western Canadian Farriers Association (WCFA) joined forces to propose Farrier Regulation and Registry to the BC Minister of Agriculture in an attempt to increase animal welfare, improve consumer protection, and increase the level of skill developed amongst professionals in the trade of Farriery. "expected to complete a formal apprenticeship" (Farrier Regulation in BC, Facebook, Jan 2019) while "existing farriers will be eligible to register under a grandfather clause." (Farrier Regulation in BC, Facebook, Jan 2019). There would be three levels of certification available: trimming Farrier, Farrier, and training Farrier. All three would require completed apprenticeship hours, examinations, and continuing education hours. (personal communication, May 2019) In personal communication with the WCFA Vice President stated that the advantages of self-regulation would be: - increased animal welfare - improved consumer protection - farriers become more professional - formalized training model in place - increased level of skill developed - group insurance protection - consequences for negligent or unprofessional practice Potential disadvantages of regulation would be as follows: - regulation fees - compulsory continuing education - group oversight of individual practice - consequences for negligent or unprofessional practice - not inter-provincial regulation (Alberta farriers unable to work in BC) As Clinging states, "regulation is important to our industry so we (farriers) will have initial control of the standards we create. The potential to raise our industry into professional status will give us more credibility with the veterinarians we work with. It will give our clients more confidence in who they choose [as Farriers] will be trained, qualified, and competent." (personal communication, Mar 2020) However, in May of 2020, the government made everyone involved

aware that a regulatory body for non-veterinarian animal health care would not happen. But at that time, the ministry informed the parties involved they would initiate a conversation with the CVBC to discuss the possibility of exclusion from the vet act for Farriers. Or inclusion to the vet act with a specific definition of Farriery and an agreed-upon scope of practice. Unfortunately, WFCA members were informed in the March 2021 WCFA newsletter that this “conversation has not happened to date.” (Clinging, 2021) Despite these results from the government on the regulation front, the WCFA has not given up on promoting education and professionalism in the trade of Farrier. Representatives of the WCFA, the Ontario Farriers Association, the Association des Marechaux- Ferrants du Quebec, the Atlantic Farriers Association, and the Canadian Association of Professional Farriers are working hard at developing The Association of Farrier Training of Canada (AFTC). Certified Farriers from across the country have been assembled to educate training farriers through a Canadian accreditation to complete a formal three-year apprenticeship. This voluntary apprenticeship would be available to any new farrier that wishes to continue their education and training with a structured path to work towards accreditation as a Journeyman Farrier. There will be exams at the end of each year of the apprenticeship with a Red Seal accreditation exam after a minimum of three years. Exams will encompass anatomy, physiology, lameness, disease, forging handmade shoes, and modifying keg shoes. There will be a written exam, a forging exam, and a live shoeing exam. While the AFTC is still in the development stages, the committee members are determined to create a world-class system of teaching and testing farriers with cooperation from the Farrier Registration Council, the Worshipful Company of Farrier, and the AFA. The AFTC is hopeful that they will soon be accepting apprentices into the first recognized apprenticeship for Farriers in Canada. Suppose you are interested in supporting the path of Farrier Regulation in BC? In that case, the BCAOA will be launching a letter-writing campaign asking the public to send a letter to their MLA in a click-the-link letter format found on their website. The WCFA will also be launching a letter-writing campaign for farriers and the horse owing public (in the same format) to send a letter to your MLA requesting the government engage the CVBC with the WCFA on this matter. You can also find this letter on the WCFA website and the WCFA Facebook page. References: BC Animal Owners Association. Personal communication, May 2, 2019. BC Animal Owners Association (n.d.) Welcome to the B.C. Animal Owners Association. BC Animal Owners Association. https://www. Clinging, Will (2021, March). From the Vice President’s Desk. WCFA News, Page 5 Farrier Regulation BC (n.d). Home [Farrier Regulation BC]. Facebook. Retrieved March 17, 2020, from Queens Printer (2010). Veterinarians Act. bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_10015_01#section1 W. Clinging. Personal communication, March 8, 2020. (See Mile 0’s listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES) JUNE JUNE 2021 2021


CWHBA Spring Riding Horse Sale a Resounding Success

$94,000 Letty Boo

The inaugural Spring Riding horse sale presented by Canadian Warmblood – Alberta Chapter and hosted by ClipMyHorse held April 23–26, 2021 was a resounding success. Twelve of the fifteen horses found new homes including the two hotly contested FEI competitors!


$92,000 Elle Carrera

$43,500 Chuxerio Z

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he hammer fell at well over $90,000 in the final moments on two mares, Letty Boo and Elle Carrara. The high selling performance horse was Lot #3 Letty Boo who has a long and extensive record in both the U25 and the FEI competitions with a young rider. With the final bid of $94,000 this beautiful Lesotho x Kolibri DSP mare will be making her way to Illinois to continue her career with Scott Lisitza. Lot #10 the stunning Elle Carrara was the second high seller with a final bid of $92,000. This Canadian Warmblood, Tempranillo x Indorado mare will be moving just a couple of hours away to Calgary AB to continue her Grand Prix winning ways under the ownership of Carrera Horses Inc. Next was the handsome and chill Lot #9 Chuxerio Z who brought $43,500. This Chopin x Luxury Z Zangersheide stallion will be heading to Kelowna BC to train at Patrick Investments with Terri Cormier. The other two horses with show miles were Lot #5 the gorgeous black CWB mare Sapphire (Emerald x Calido I) who will remain in Calgary AB with Anna Dumoulin and Lot #1 the elegant KWPN – NA mare Janieka BF (Bosch Blue x Damiro) who will head to Sorine Winther Holdings of Prince George BC. In the prospects under saddle division, we saw a lovely collection from ready to start 3-year-olds to ready to show 4- and 5-year-olds. The elegant Casparo x Quidam Blue Hann gelding Comic was the high seller of this division with the final bid of $31,000. He will be making his way to Christine Dubord of Oakville ON. In the schoolmaster division we had the phenomenal 1.60m horse Granit S who is ready to step down and take care of a very lucky rider. For a final price of $41,000 he will now be heading down to Battle Ground Washington to compete with Winning Time Training / Zoe Conlee. There was a lot of buzz about the sale on social media with a reach of over 500,000 people across the world. Bids came in from all over Canada, the USA as well as Mexico and Ireland. There were 663 registered bidders with 265 of them being brand new accounts and 6,100 unique users visiting the site over the 4 days of the auction. Buyers and sellers were thrilled with the process and are excited for the next edition which will be our Fall Classic Breeders sale held October 1–4, 2021. We look forward to welcoming another great group of horses and consignors. Horses available in this sale will include weanlings, yearlings, broodmares, 2-year-old prospects, and prospects under saddle (age 3-6), as well as riding horses! We hope you are as excited as we are to see the next catalogue!

70 Years

Stampede Lotteries


of Supporting Local Charities

For 70 years, buying a ticket to the Stampede Lotteries has offered the opportunity to win incredible prizes each July. But more than that, it has offered hope and support to charities within the community.


n the 1950’s, the first prizes were flashy cars, quickly followed by the very first Dream Home. It was a six room, two-car garage bungalow, valued at $35,000. Ticket buyers came in droves, hoping to win the modern home or one of the extravagant vehicles in a draw that took place in front of the packed Grandstand. And just as the value of the prizes grew each year, so did the support of local charities. Stampede Lotteries, run by a team of passionate volunteers, exists for the benefit of the community. Each ticket purchase supports the Calgary Stampede as well as our community. In partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park, more than $28 million has been shared with local charities in the past 10 years, directly benefitting thousands of people in our community. “Our partnership with Stampede Lotteries helps to ensure that the proceeds get to those who need it most. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a substantial impact in our community,” says Penny Leckie, President, Rotary Club of Stampede Park. That sentiment is echoed by the Kinsmen Club of Calgary. “We rely on this vital partnership to support many charitable programs in Calgary and surrounding communities. The generosity of those who buy tickets every year allows us to continue giving where it is needed the most,” says Mark Greenwood, President, Kinsmen Club of Calgary. With more than 100 prizes valued at more than $2.2 million, the Calgary Stampede Lotteries is bigger and better than ever in 2021. It includes the most valuable prize ever offered, the Rotary Dream Home by Homes

by Avi, with bonus $100,000 cash. Tickets are now on sale to win the Dream Home as well as the new Kinsmen Lottery, which is now worth more than a million dollars. It features 8 grand prizes, including a truck & fifth wheel package valued at more than $230,000, and a wide assortment of other big-ticket items including a cash prize of $100,000. There are also more than 50 additional prize packages to win, plus the largest ever Early Bird prize, a ready-to-goanywhere class B motor coach valued at nearly $155,000. “After being forced to put our plans on hold in 2020, we were determined to make the 2021 Calgary Stampede Lotteries greater than ever. With the support of our partners we have more prizes and more money to be won than any

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"What is the most common issue you see with your clients and their horses, and how do you solve it?" This is a question I was asked to write about. Here are some thoughts I had around that topic... Hard to trailer load. Won’t slow down. Can’t get him to go. Won’t stand to be mounted. Won’t stand to be saddled. Can’t take him away from the other horses. Can’t ride with other horses. Spooks at things. Jigs on the trail. Bad with his feet. Hard to catch. Pulls back. Bucks when I try to canter. Doesn’t lead very well. Kicks at other horses. Horse doesn’t mind stepping on the owner or running into them. Doesn’t like water. Can’t ride him through mud. Runs up all the hills. Pins his ears at feeding time. Only spooky inside arenas, only spooky outside. Bangs his head in the trailer. Tosses his head. Hard to bridle. Hard to needle. Hard to worm. Can’t get a right lead. Can’t get a left lead. Jumps too high. Won’t jump. Aggressive to other horses. Can’t get him to quit bucking. He’s got a hard mouth.

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he list goes on and you’re welcome to add any that you can think of. These are just a few that crop up regularly; I’m not sure which is the most common. I think I was meant to pick an issue and give an answer. A person might take a more lateral approach and talk about something that could benefit all these areas of issue. The list above of can’t, won’t, doesn’t, hard to, is very common with the horse owning public but does not have to be. I could pick one but thought it more effective to talk about something deeper than what is on the surface; and that is: being open to learning. I have found that the more I learn, the more I see the value in being open to learn and the more I actually learn to learn. I wish I would have been blessed to be the perfect student. When a person starts a young horse, if they know what to look for, they can witness the horse slowly learning to learn. The horse learns from the herd but is not used to learning from humans. I thought I was open to learning, because my first clinic for 2 days cost $300 and I organized it for 3 months prior. My next clinic cost me $15,000 for a 3-month course and that was 25 years ago. A lot of money today; and quite a bit more back then. That sounds like someone that surely must be open to learning. Looking back, there were many things that I did or didn’t do that really affected the pace at which I learnt. At times pride and ego got in my way, at other times my ability to be able to really stay focused on what I should be doing slowed things down. I didn’t know that watching and then doing was only one of the ways to learn; it was just the way I preferred to do it. Over time it was shown to me that reading and writing about the things I was learning were very valuable. I refer to things now that I wrote down 10 years ago. I just wanted to do it, not read or write about it. I barely wanted to talk about it, let’s just get on with it. That whole ‘charge straight ahead’ thinking gets in the way of good horsemanship. Reading, writing and watching DVDs alone is also very ineffective for good horsemanship. There is no substitute for experience, but back it up with the reading, writing and watching. Some people have a much more open to learning attitude and they are always the ones that go the furthest the fastest with their horses regardless of their physical abilities. After 25 years of teaching horsemanship clinics it has been proven to me over and over. That is not to say do whatever a person tells you because there will be lots of information that you might want to stay away from. If the person

giving the advice has any of the earlier mentioned problems with their horse and doesn’t know how to fix them or says that it can’t be fixed or the horse likes acting that way, a fella might want to look for a different source for advice. There are two places to get information and learn about horses. One is from a person that knows, the other is the horse. The horse is harder to learn from, because he can’t speak any language, English or otherwise. They will tell you in their own way if they like or understand and also if they don’t. That is where the big list of issues above comes from. These are all ways the horse is saying he doesn’t understand, doesn’t like a person’s approach, the feel or timing; or has not been prepared for the thing you are expecting him to do. The horse would like us to get the knowledge we need so that we can understand what it is he needs from us. It is good to understand horses well enough to get the real “why” behind all these behaviours, then get out there and get some dirt under our fingernails. Spend time with the horses, and set real goals to go after. We can watch all the DVDs and read all the articles but then it’s time to get out there. Practice the techniques that have been shown, and start to develop the feel and timing that can always be improved and really make things much easier for horses to understand. When I say being “open to learning,” it means considering what you have been shown, even if it is the opposite of what you thought or what you’ve

always been told. Pride and ego, or fear, will really get in the way of learning. If it is fear, knowledge is exactly what will help. It will give you what you need to develop the skills to stay safe. With a proper set of goals to work towards and good information you can get on a track that will develop your horsemanship skills and knowledge; which will in turn help you get rid of the fears, and leave pride and ego on the shelf while with horses. A good set of goals means not putting the cart ahead of the horse. For example: personally, I would not compete if my horse had any of the list of issues at the top of this article. I know that any of those issues will negatively affect any competition I was entered in. I also know I would be lacking a good deal of knowledge if I had any of those problems and didn’t know how to fix them. Therefore, my goal would be to learn more. If a person felt the urge to argue with the last statement, it might be pride or ego getting in the way of learning. I was once told I needed to get to a much higher stage of horsemanship before I started young horses. I thought “I’ve been starting young horses for years, why should I stop now?” I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. I now see why I was told to wait, stay focused and improve my horsemanship skills. It was a real challenge to put my ego on the shelf and stay focused long enough to get to where I could appreciate being told to learn more. I’m a big believer in working Continued on page 18

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Continued from page 17 on myself and the horse problems will be few. The more skill and knowledge I can give myself the fewer of these problems arise, and what I learn is mine to keep forever; with all horses. Being open to learning will give a person the knowledge and understanding, so they will know the why and have the feel and timing to change any behavioural troubles they may run into. How I help my clients with this is to give them tasks to do with their horses. Very simple tasks at first and then more challenging as the human and horse are ready. The tasks are designed to develop feel, timing and let them experience the affect they can have on their horse, good or bad, depending on the approach. Giving them exercises that help the horses and humans learn to learn. Show them that consistency and rhythm are very important to getting the results they would like. I have my clients set goals for themselves and their horses so they can get real results and be moving forward rather than being stagnant or worse, going in reverse with their relationship with their horse. I believe people get into horses because they love the thrill and connection that is possible. I also believe the connection and

thrill of a good partnership with your horse is much deeper than most realize but is absolutely worth the effort. One might want to challenge themselves to do more learning this year than last. It would be a New Year’s resolution that both horse and human could really benefit from. Learn the art of learning. What we want might not be what we need - what we need, likely, will give us what we want. ....Glenn Glenn Stewart has a complete horsemanship program and offers year round educational opportunities at his facility near Fort St. John BC. He is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. He also offers on-line learning and has a complete Horsemanship DVD Educational Series on his stages program, a great way to learn his horsemanship program from home. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www.thehorseranch. com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



uth Adrienne Flack passed away at home in Pritchard BC on March 4, 2021 at the age of 84. Ruth was predeceased by her parents William and Mabel Orr, sisters Helen Gardiner of Manitoba, Joyce Hewitt of Alberta and brother Wayne of Manitoba. Ruth grew up on the family farm with her four sisters and two brothers. Ruth moved to BC in 1957 and worked as a telephone operator in Chilliwack BC for many years, but her love of horses and farming was always strong. Ruth and Cary were married on July 7, 1972 and a few years later bought a farm in Aldergrove BC where they raised beautiful Arabian horses and purebred Hereford cattle. The awards and trophies they won for both the horses and cattle would fill a small room. It was in Aldergrove that Ruth started to study about kelp and how this natural product could benefit crops, animals and humans. Flack’s Bakerview Kelp Products turned into a thriving business where both Ruth and Cary poured their heart and souls into it. If you wanted to see the sparkle in her blue eyes you only had to mention her animals or business. Ruth, we will all miss you so very much but we know you are watching, saying “get on with your lives.” Ruth is mourned by her husband, Cary, sisters Edith McKay of Alberta, Doreen Hayward of Manitoba, and brother William (Bill) and wife Carol of Agassiz. BC. Ruth has numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Her husband Cary and family will always be grateful to George Coey and the home aid ladies that worked so hard to make Ruth’s life as comfortable as possible in her last days.


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In this photo the horse is leaning in with weight on the inside shoulder, as well as moving the haunches to the outside. The rider can correct this by using the outside rein to guard the horse from overbending and falling in (rein opens slightly with contact) and the inside rein to help guide the horse back onto the circle with an indirect pressure on the neck. The rider's outside leg will move back slightly to guide the hip back behind the shoulder. The horse may need a half-halt on the outside rein to prevent him from speeding up as the rider adds the leg or on the inside rein to maintain flexion as the horse steps more underneath.

Here the horse is more balanced over all four legs and is stepping the inside hind under the rider's centre and between the front two hoof prints. He is also filling the outside rein.

The Mysterious Half-Halt: What is it and When to Use it By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Gary Wieben Horse: Pirro, 6-year-old warmblood gelding Rider Lisa Wieben

You have heard us mention the half-halt in many of our articles. But what exactly is the half-halt, how do you set up for it, and when do you use it?


n Western riding the half-halt is commonly called a ‘check’ as you are basically checking in with the balance of your horse. Ideally when the horse is moving forward correctly his centre of balance will be placed under the rider’s centre of balance and the hind legs will be stepping under with the shoulders evenly balanced, without leaning in or out, and the horse will be in an uphill balance. The horse will be bending correctly on a bending line and will be straight on a straight line. The horse’s weight has a tendency to move more forward which places more weight over the shoulders and ahead of the rider’s centre or more to one shoulder which causes the horse to drift out or in on a circle. You can think of half-halts in two ways: rebalancing or corrective. In a rebalancing half-halt the rider will check in with the horse’s balance by squeezing the rein. Ideally the horse will give immediately, the rider will release, then the horse will move into self-carriage. If the horse feels heavy, stiff, or doesn’t yield to the pressure, then the horse is missing some key points. He may not be bending correctly, the inside hind leg is not stepping under with the inside hip forward and he is not off the rider’s aids. If on a circle half-halt from the inside rein. If the horse responds immediately the rider will feel the horse shift back, the inside leg will step under, the inside rein will remain soft when the rider gives and the horse will ‘fill’ the outside rein. The horse is now bending correctly on the circle with good self-carriage. The rebalancing half-halt helps the horse move his centre of balance back toward the hind legs. 20 • JUNE 2021


If he is stiff during the rebalancing and pushes against the rein this means the horse is out of alignment and you will move to the corrective half-halt. Something to practice is to check-in/rebalance every quarter of a circle and a few times during each maneuver. The rebalancing halfhalt is a quick check in to make sure all is well. It can also be used just before a change of gait or before starting a maneuver to prepare the horse for the change. A rebalancing half-halt can also be used with the outside rein to rate speed if the horse is moving forward with quick steps or you need to slow the forward energy to perform a lateral movement. The corrective half-halt is used when the horse is moving out of alignment and needs more correction than just shifting the weight back. In this case there are four other corrections that may need to be made: more weight to inside shoulder, more weight to outside shoulder, shoulder falling into circle while haunches drift out, or shoulders drifting out while haunches move in. In these cases the rider will not only use the rebalancing half-halt, but will also use the seat and legs to encourage the horse to shift his weight back and bring the body back under the rider with correct bend. For example: 1) If the horse is falling too much to the inside of the circle the weight will move to the inside shoulder or the weight shifts to the outside shoulder causing the outside shoulder to bulge out. The hind legs will not be stepping under the body. The rider can use an indirect rein against the shoulder to move the shoulders back in front of the hind legs while guarding the position of the hip with her legs. The horse’s inside hind will step more under the centre and the inside rein will become soft once the horse is rebalanced on the circle. 2) The horse may shift his haunches into or out of the line of the circle. In this case the rider will half-halt while using his inside or outside leg to move the horse’s hips back into position. The aids need to be used simultaneously. 3) The horse moves the shoulders in while shifting the haunches out the rider will use an inside indirect rein against the shoulder to move the shoulder out while using her outside leg to bring the haunches back in line. 4) The horse drifts out with the shoulders while moving the haunches in - the rider will use an indirect outside rein against the shoulders while using an inside leg to move the haunches out. In these cases the rein not being applied to the neck can give a subtle

Horse moving haunches to the inside of circle. Notice the inside hind leg to the inside of the inside front footfall. To correct, the rider will move her inside leg back to push the hips out while having an indirect outside rein to guard the shoulders and maintain tempo.

rebalancing half-halt which will slow the horse down slightly which will shift the weight back. This rein will also prevent the horse from moving too far in the opposite direction. After the correction is applied the result will be more bend and self-carriage. Half-halts may be used during shoulderin, haunches-in, leg yield, half-pass, etc. as the horse may also move his weight more to one shoulder or drift more in or out with haunches. The key to effective half-halts is becoming aware of where the body is situated and being able to feel the difference in the hands.

Finding this feeling will help the rider correct the horse when on straight lines as well as the rider will begin to feel immediately when the weight shifts forward or the horse moves out of alignment. The mouth of the horse will tell if the horse is balanced. If the horse feels heavy, pushy, not yielding, then that is a sign to correct the body. Change the body, the head will follow. Corrections cannot be made head first, it always comes back to the body alignment. When applying the half-halt the squeeze of the hand should be like Centered Riding’s

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Horse moving in uphill balance with even connection on both reins. Note: The horse pictured is a young warmblood who has a tendency to be very wiggly. When riding on a circle the rider uses half-halts, both to check balance and as a corrective aid in order to guide him to straightness. This horse will be ridden in Western and English Dressage. At this time the English saddle fits him well.

idea of squeezing a bird. Your goal is a light squeeze to hold the bird, but you also want to keep the bird alive! Your corrective aid is applied until the horse responds. Sally Swift said, “Ask, Receive, Give.” When executing a half-halt the rider will sit deeply in the saddle, breathing down into her centre. By continuing to breathe the body will carry less tension which could be transferred to the horse. If doing a ‘check’ the rider will squeeze the rein, wait for the change (a stride or two), then release. In a corrective half-halt the rider will sit deeply with legs ready to aid in moving the hips into position or to maintain position of hips. The rider’s legs also keep the horse using the hind legs under the body as opposed to letting them move behind with a longer back. Think of the image of your horse staying within a circle - round back, stepping under the body. The hands will work together; if the inside rein is moving against the shoulder to block the shoulder from falling in or to help move it over, the outside rein opens to allow the shoulder to move over. If the outside rein is against the outside shoulder, the inside rein will open. Maintain even contact on each rein throughout the correction. When the horse rebalances, the inside rein will feel softer and the horse will fill the outside rein. The rider will use her torso to help with the rebalancing; legs, seat, and hands work together. As the rider squeezes the rein the shoulder blades will move toward the spine, the seat will deepen, the lower back will remain flat (arching will lose the effectiveness of the half-halt) and the legs will guide the horse into the reins. The half-halt is mysterious because there are so many times we use them during a ride. With practice they will become second nature and feel, timing, and balance will be improved! Continued on page 22

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Continued from page 21 As always have fun and feel the difference it makes in your horse! If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea to connect with a coach who knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions (for us) to nancyroman@saddleup. ca as we will answer another reader question next month.

Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness

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Cookie and her Crumbs: a tail of a mother’s love from trauma to safety Courtesy of

When the BC SPCA took in 119 small dogs from a property near Fort Nelson in March, among them was a terrier mix later named Cookie who was rescued along with her seven puppies, now dubbed her ‘crumbs.’


t the time the SPCA provided grooming and nail trims for the dogs, many of whom were severely matted, and treated them for dental issues, hernias, nose abrasions, eye issues, nutritional needs and other concerns. Afterwards, Cookie and her crumbs were placed under foster mom Paige Wards’ care. “When I first got her, she was terrified of people, myself included,” recalls Wards. “She hid in her blanket fort and did not come out when I was around. Her puppies were super friendly but she was very concerned when I would pick them up.” Up until her rescue, Cookie had little to no socialization. Wards says she was scared of people, loud noises, and people touching her or her babies. After a lot of time and TLC, Wards says Cookie is “now absolutely obsessed with me. She follows me up the stairs and around the house wherever I go. She enjoys being around my other dogs and finds comfort in them. She even sits on my lap and lets me pick her up, brush her, check her teeth and bathe her.” What’s remained constant is Cookie’s love and devotion to her puppies. “She is a wonderful mother,” says Wards. “Her babies love her so much. She hides their food when they’re done eating just to make sure they get some later on (even though I feed them every three hours) and she brings them new toys and slippers every day and barks to wake me up first thing in the morning when her babies are hungry.” While she enjoys being a little more independent now and letting her babies roam and learn new things, Wards says Cookie is always concerned about her puppies and their whereabouts. “I’m sure her last home was very hectic and keeping track of them would be difficult. I think it’s pretty special that she steals items from around my house to take for her babies.” According to Wards, the puppies, who were born in early March, are so full of personality now. Named after cookies (Wafer, Sugar, Shortbread, Teddy, Graham, Oreo, and Chip), she says. “They’re constantly jumping all over each other and playing. They’re also starting to walk more so they want to go everywhere. I absolutely love all the puppies and how much fun they are, and they will be amazing pets in the future.” No doubt the puppies have both Wards and their amazing mom 24 • JUNE 2021


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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Equestrian Parking Space Handout


e ALL love getting outdoors and with the influx of people exploring beautiful BC it has posed some challenges for equestrians. We have been hearing over the past year that many trail heads are packed with cars and it makes it challenging to maneuver a horse trailer and sometimes even get a parking space. We are happy to hear about a success story in the Nanaimo Regional District where the Central Vancouver Island Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen worked together with the district to create an equestrian parking and staging area at a trail head for The Great Trail. If you are interested in getting involved with your local Back Country chapter you can find more information about them here: This is a great group to be a part of to advocate for trail improvements in your area. We are happy to see the work that has been done at some equestrian staging areas but we are hearing about difficulties at others. That’s why we have created equestrian parking handouts that you can use if you find yourself in a sticky situation. Our goal is for us to educate other user groups in a respectful and lighthearted manner. No matter which outdoor activity we choose we all have the same goal of enjoying our time outside! Feel free to place the handout on a wind shield of a vehicle or place at a trail head kiosk. You can print off your own at home by going to this link: https:// Or you can email recreation@hcbc. ca to request a bundle to be mailed to you.

BC SUMMER GAMES 2022 The Road to Prince George Starts Now! If you are an Equestrian athlete competing in Dressage, Jumping, Vaulting or Eventing and will be 12 to 18 years of age as of Jan 1 2022, or if you are a Para Equestrian athlete, 13 years of age to 30 years of age, you are invited to qualify for the 2022 BC Summer Games being held in Prince George BC July 21–24. Make it your goal and part of your yearly training plan to set your sights at competing at the BC Summer Games! CONTACTS: Provincial Sport Organization Equestrian Horse Council BC (604) 856-4304 / Provincial Advisor Equestrian Lynda Ramsay (250) 470-0424 / More information, Athlete Declaration Forms and Technical Packages available at

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 •

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ERC has gone International! Our April Virtual Show had 25 participants from all over the world. Literally! One of our entries came in from Andernach, Germany. Here are the results from the show with our judge Mellissa Buckley (thank you!):

SHOWMANSHIP Pee Wee: 1st Macey Steinkrug Senior: 1st Carmen Letawski - Dyck 2nd Cathy Forster 3rd Meighen Rees ENGLISH PLEASURE Youth All Ages: 1st Avery Caron 2nd Azera Murdoch Walk/Trot EP All Ages: 1st Felicia Harvey ENGLISH EQUITATION Youth All Ages: 1st Azera Murdoch WESTERN PLEASURE Pee Wee: 1st Macey Steinkrug Youth All Ages: 1st Azera Murdoch Walk/Jog WP All Ages: 1st Aleasha Meloshinsky 2nd Cathy Forster 3rd Donna Holland 4th Sara Walkem 5th Meighen Rees 6th Tracey Hamilton 7th Sandi Murdoch 8th Melanie Koltusky

Walk/Jog HMS All Ages: 1st Kristen Lazaruk 2nd Nina Karbach 3rd Tracey Hamilton 4th Cathy Forster 5th Donna Holland 6th Aleasha Meloshinsky 7th Maxime Clarbonneac and Melanie Koltusky 8th Meighen Rees RANCH Youth: 1st Emily Firth Walk/Jog Ranch All Ages: 1st Donna Holland 2nd Crystal Phung 3rd Alana Vos-Lindsay 4th Sara Walkem 5th Meighen Rees Senior: 1st Wendy Johnston - Luv 2nd Candace Chevallier - Cowboy 3rd Candace Chevallier - Blue 4th Wendy Johnston - Holly

From the May issue We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out. It might not be what you think! This unit stands 3’ tall. The handle is an integral part of making this item function. The wooden drum is approximately 12” across and 18” deep. So far correct guesses are: (Congratulations!) Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Sandra Vavrek, Rocky Mtn House AB From the April issue It’s a Can Opener key! More correct guesses: (Congratulations!) Although we had TOO MANY correct guesses to print! But we thank everyone! Guess it was too easy this time!

TRAIL Walk/Jog All Ages: 1st Donna Holland 2nd Bill Yake 3rd Tracey Hamilton 4th Melanie Koltusky 5th Meighen Rees Senior: 1st Crystal Phung 2nd Marilyn Griffin

Congratulations to all participants. Watch our Facebook page for more upcoming show dates.

HORSEMANSHIP Pee Wee: 1st Macey Steinkrug Youth: 1st Azera Murdoch

This item stands 43” tall and 48” wide. Built in the 1700’s. Good luck!


PeeWee Macey Felicia

Our German entry Nina!

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Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. JUNE 2021


Equestrian Canada Equestre, Canadian Show Jumping Team remains disqualified from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Court of Arbitration for Sport exonerates Nicole Walker and highlights her commitment to clean sport. EC has learned of the reasoned rulings by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the Arbitral Award concerning Nicole Walker, EC and The Pan American Sports Organization. EC is firmly committed to clean sport and recognizes the breach in the Panam Sports Anti-Doping Rules during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. We also believe in fully supporting our athletes through the execution of those rules with fairness and technical precision. EC is pleased that the CAS Panel accepted that Nicole innocently drank a cup of coca tea, believing it to be green tea. EC is further pleased that CAS found that the Canadian Show Jumping Team was not warned about the prevalence of coca-based products in Peru and that neither the Canadian Show Jumping Team nor Nicole had any knowledge that coca meant cocaine. Specifically, CAS found that the

ingestion of the prohibited substance contained in the tea “was the result, and only the result of, the unintentional ingestion of cocaine… as a result of her using a teabag containing cocaine which she took from the breakfast service area of the Los Incas Lima Hotel.” However, EC is extremely disappointed that despite the Panel’s recognition of Nicole’s integrity and commitment to clean sport, her affected results at Lima 2019 were not reinstated, resulting in the Canadian Show Jumping Team remaining disqualified from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. EC has stood by Nicole throughout the discipline and appeals process and together, we will explore the option of appealing the CAS decision to the Swiss Federal Tribunal in Lausanne, SUI.

Para-Dressage Video Competition Series: Official Results for Third Leg of 2021 Results are now officially available for the third leg of the 2021 ParaDressage Video Competition Series, presented by Ride Every Stride, judged by EC Senior Dressage Judge, Doreen Horsey of Foothills, AB. The official results are on our website, including a link to view each athlete’s submitted video for the third leg, which closed April 15, 2021. Congratulations to all athletes who competed in the third leg of the 2021 Para-Dressage Video Competition Series! Want to get in on the action? The deadline for the fourth leg is coming up fast on July 15, 2021!

The 2021 Para-Dressage Video Competition Series kicked off in February and ends in November. The Series provides riders of all levels and abilities with the opportunity to experience competition conditions in the comfort of their home stable and on a familiar horse. Participants compete against riders with similar abilities nationwide by submitting videos that are judged by EC certified Dressage or ParaDressage Judges. For more information on the Para-Dressage Video Competition Series, visit programs.

Equestrian Canada Launches National Rankings EC is excited to announce the launch of a national ranking system for equestrian sport, which shows where athletes and equines fall on a national competition results leaderboard. “We are very excited to be able to offer athletes and horse owners the opportunity to see where they rank vis-à-vis their equestrian peers across the country. Until now, they had only been able to see results on an event-by-event basis,” said Meg Krueger, EC CEO. “The national rankings are part of EC’s commitment to offer increased value to our community and we look forward to how it will continue to grow in the years to come. It also represents the successful meeting of a key goal for competition development as set out in our 2018-2022 Strategic Initiatives Plan, as well as alignment with the hard work operational committees are doing regarding athlete development pathways and the EC Rules.” The rankings currently include results for EC Gold sanctioned competitions in the hunter/jumper and dressage disciplines. Formulas for point calculation are outlined in the EC Rules, Section A: General Regulations and discipline-specific sections. Miscellaneous classes and riders/equines competing on Temporary EC Sport Licences will not be counted. Rankings will be continuously updated as the results are

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submitted by competition organizers. “We will be collaborating closely with our competition organizers to ensure the accuracy of the rankings is paramount,” said Rachel Huebert, Director, Sport Operations. “The mechanisms we have developed will ensure that result submission is easy and timely.” The ranking system will be hosted in the Competitions & Results portal on the EC website and will go live once results from the 2021 season have submitted by competition organizers. The EC team will continue to develop and expand the current system and national recognition strategies. “This is version 1.0,” explained Huebert. “We’ll expand the rankings features every year and roll out new and innovative ways to recognize the achievements of our athletes, horses and owners.” The rankings launch has been coordinated with the gradual resumption of competition for the 2021 show season, as competitions in many provinces/territories are still awaiting clearance from public health authorities to resume activity due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Questions regarding the national rankings, contact: Rachel Huebert, Director, Sport Operations,

The CWTWH Ride/Drive/A.L.T. Program Story and photos by Sue Gamble


e’ve featured the Ride/Drive Your Walker Program several times but what’s ALT? Well, it can stand for Alternate ways of spending time with your horse, or specifically for Agility, Liberty or Trick training. AGILITY is a sport for people who want to have fun and a challenge with their horses! Just as in dog agility a handler takes a dog through an obstacle course, so too horses can be put through agility obstacles. Agility can be part of an organized competition or can be practiced for its many benefits for fun at home. Agility training starts with the horse on line; however the goal is to have the horse navigate the obstacles entirely off line. Some agility challenges can be as simple as having your horse stand in one spot without moving; walk over a tarpaulin or go through a gate; there are many more imaginative tasks. The challenge is attempting these obstacles off line. Agility can also be the perfect activity for those who may not be able to work their horse under saddle. Agility work builds confidence in the horse and the handler while improving relationship, communication, fitness, balance, and connection. There are many sources of information on agility. See Linda Tellington-Jones and Virginia Bee for inspiration. And best of all it is fun! LIBERTY TRAINING is all about communication. The handler works from the ground. Liberty should be engaging for both the handler and the horse. You can begin on line and in a round pen with the goal of going off line and outside of the round pen. Never play with your horse in a space where the horse can leave and endanger himself or others. Once off-line and outside of the round pen, a large fenced pasture is ideal. Liberty should be friendly and engaging, never angry and frustrating for either party. It can become a dance, with your horse as a partner. Keeping a positive attitude is one of the challenges it presents. The challenge with liberty is to find the balance between draw and drive that allows you to perfect the task at hand whether that

be having the horse circle around you, change direction and gait on command, sending the horse away and having him return to you like a boomerang, having the horse spin, or any other ground work exercise that make up the basket of liberty manoeuvers. Liberty is the ultimate body language exercise both for horse and human. To communicate softly as if there is no cue between the two is the aim for many liberty trainers. And once you have mastered liberty with one horse you can challenge yourself to add in another and work with two or more horses at the same time. Such fun! Overall Liberty training is a superb way to enhance connection, build confidence, improve bonding, find purpose, and improve physical fitness for horse and human. There are many references on Liberty training but taking a look at Jonathan Field or David Lichmann (who has worked with TWH), is a good place to start. TRICK TRAINING goes beyond simple entertainment. There are the usual tricks like saying yes, saying no, counting, picking up gloves or other objects, which all lead an audience to appreciate your horse and think he is so very clever. Who can resist? Ultimately trick training should lead to bowing, lying down, kneeling, the Spanish March and more. Keep tricks to movements the horse can do naturally. Teaching rearing as a trick remains controversial, with some people teaching it and others not. Trick training enhances your relationship, communication, and connection with your horse. There are many references available for trick training including ‘Imagine A Horse’ with Sue DeLaurentis and Alan Pogue. Sue and Alan have worked with Tennessee Walking Horses and referred to them as ‘the best kept secret’ because Walkers are generally easy to teach, gentle, willing to please and people-loving. So even if you don’t ride or drive your horse, there are other options for joining in the CRTWH Ride/ Drive/ALT Program and spending time together!


1. Karla Hansen’s stallion, Karlas Hustler, that she has trained to rear on command. 2. Koki with the ball and Fixie on the pedestal 3. Parelli games 4. Koki and Fixie waving the flag



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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES By Simonne Rempel


e held our April meeting online. Cristina Rennie with Shamrock Counselling joined us and talked about the use of equines in counselling. She is a registered clinical therapist. We held the session, podcast style, asking 20+ questions and Cristina answering. We concluded with an open Q&A period. At the end of April, we had a Mountain Trail Clinic with Debbie Hughes at her facility in Chilliwack, Hanging H Arena. This has become another annual clinic that our members thoroughly enjoy. We had small groups of riders and followed the Provincial Health Orders. Thank you Debbie, you are always willing to share your knowledge with us. In May, we celebrated with a Flower Power ride through Campbell Valley Park. Members decorated themselves and their horses with beautiful May flowers. For safety, our group rides are walking only and follow the Provincial Health Orders. Members continue to meet online for our Virtual Happy Hour. It’s

a nice way to catch up with one another. Enjoy your horses and the fabulous weather. 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: 2021 Upcoming Events: Online General Meetings Virtual Happy Hours Obstacle Trail Sports Clinic Ranch Trip

Our group had some fun with Debbie Hughes!

Canadian Cowboy Challenge News By Hans Kollewyn | Photos by Eric Frogley


e are well into spring and soon to be into another show season. The CCC has planned a mid June start to our Challenge year. We are optimistic that our season will unfold as planned. Challenge dates for August and early September have been tentatively booked. One will be held in the Carstairs area and the other at the Bar U Ranch, both in Alberta. Two others have been tentatively set in Saskatchewan. As soon as the dates have been confirmed, they will be posted on our website. Talking to some of our competitors, they are once again looking forward to riding obstacles at a Challenge. Most have been riding and conditioning for the past six to eight weeks. The virtual CCC judges clinic went very well. The clinic was only four hours long but we accomplished a lot in that time frame. Areas covered were rule changes and updates, issues that judges have encountered in the past and a discussion on judging consistency. The discussions were augmented by viewing videos of riders completing obstacles. As a board, we are looking forward to the upcoming Challenge season. It will be nice to host Challenges and be little closer to a normalcy we are all looking forward to. Until then, keep on riding and enjoying your equine partner.

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Tamara Jameson


e are encouraging members and non-members to head on over to our virtual show series happening now! We had a very successful first series, with the second set underway with new classes. We cannot thank the judges enough for taking their time to score all the riders, as it gives them some feedback on how well they are doing. LMQHA & BCPHC board members have been working hard to have classes for different disciplines, including jumping and reining classes! Moving forward we are still planning our AQHA/APHA/All breed show in August with the BC Paint Horse Club; taking place at the Maple Ridge Equi- Sports Centre. We have a class for everyone so we hope to see you there! The yearling Tri challenge will be held at the August show, granted if due to Covid restrictions we are not allowed to hold an in person show, we will be moving forward with holding an online version the same weekend. Just a quick reminder that you may enter Halter, Yearling Longeline and In Hand Trail individually for a payout, with an overall aggregate award. Offspring of the following stallions are eligible for this year’s Tri Challenge: Idol Eyes This Simply Terrific Hesamanfromsnowyriver Ice N Tidy My Sleepy Valentine Sky’s Blue Bentley The Peppered Kid Sir Array The Mile High Club Kissin The Girls Mechanic

Audrey: Sired by Kissing the Girls out of Im Talkin Faancy. Owned by Go West Quarter Horses.

Judy (Dolly & Reece), Bethany (Slick), Tamara (Garth), Maegan (Gainer), Haley (Markus)

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STS Quarter Horses – showing last year Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, Website: Visit our Facebook page

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC On the hunt for COVID-friendly fun on horseback By Rita Morency (game creator) and sidekick Linda Roberts, Aldergrove chapter, BCHBC Aldergrove chapter creates the ‘Campbell Valley Park Observation Game’ for its members


or those of us living in urban areas, riding the same parks over and over can get rather monotonous. During the winter months, most of us stay close to home. One way to make it more interesting is to have a purpose when riding or walking on local trails. How many times have you passed the same thing and not noticed it was there… until someone points it out to you? Taking the time to look for specific things brings awareness of Joan Springs and her horse ‘Decaf’, were your surroundings and provides an added part of the winning team. element of adventure and fun! Linda Roberts and I worked on creating an ‘Observation Game’ for members of BCHBC’s Aldergrove chapter to play during the winter at Campbell Valley Park in Langley BC. We created the game as a COVID-friendly way for our members to do something together, yet apart. It was a lot of fun designing the game over the course of a few rides. Even our horses seemed to join in the fun as we became more adventurous and began seeking out interesting obstacles and hidden pathways. (All while following the ‘Leave No Trace’ rules of conduct that are core to Back Country Horsemen activities and adhering to rules that protect the park and our right to ride in it.) The game clues were created over a few weeks in the fall and riders were invited to participate in this casual event from late November to December 31, 2020. Invitations to participate were emailed to the Aldergrove chapter members with an attachment that gave a short explanation of the items they should look for. While there was no official registration process, about 10 teams indicated their interest in the game. As a participation incentive, a prize of a beautiful lamp was donated by a chapter member. As is not uncommon during that time of year, the weather was frightful most days, but at least one team weathered the storms to meet the deadline and discovered 28 of the 30 clues! If it had been better weather I am certain more would have tried. As per the instructions, participating individuals and teams emailed their answers to our treasurer. She evaluated the answers and picked the winner on Dec. 31. Joan Springs and Jenny Reade had teamed up to search for items and ended up taking home the prize. Some clues were obvious… others, not so much! The clues were in sequential order. If you missed one or two, you might

recognize another while searching for it, and then you could go back to find the one(s) you missed. Or find some on each ride. Walkers were also welcomed to join in. “We enjoyed the game, although a couple of the clues had us stumped,” recalls Joan Springs. “We certainly learned more about Campbell Valley Park! It took one ride with Jenny and I, and a follow-up walk on foot with my husband, to try and make sense of the clues that we thought may have been in the wrong order.” We realized after we talked to Joan that we had reversed the order of two of the clues. It just made it a bit more challenging and was all good fun! Our goal [with the game] was to find a combination of natural and unnatural things as clues. Not knowing what the path would look like in the different seasons was a bit of a challenge. (Would items be hidden by snow?) For example, one of the clues was: ‘Six times I have been stumped’ and this is what they were looking for! Another clue was: ‘It isn’t natural, it makes noise at times and has spooked many horses’. Folks had to look for this semi hidden pump…

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Business Services GUEST RANCHES


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/21

TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 4/22

TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Western, available for training, lessons/clinics, 2/22


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

BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21


LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22





ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, 5/22 9/21

Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities

778-209-0305 E-mail: Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate

Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 Armstrong 10/21

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

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 10/21



DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/21 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21 LUTTMER TRAINING AND CLINICS, starting horses, building trust and confidence, Quesnel BC 250-249-9613, see updates on Facebook 10/21


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 9/21

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, 8/21 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. 3/22



ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 6/21

OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM,

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 8/21





Rural Roots


Beautiful 3 bed/3 bath home on an 18 acre private and partially fenced forested property with ocean views from the home. The 34’ x 47’ barn has 4 stalls and could be rearranged for more or less or turn this into a workshop. There is an all-weather paddock outside for the horses with lots of space for grass turnout. The property is nicely sloped and the owners took full advantage of the height to maximize the ocean view. Around the home, pond, greenhouse and barn is cleared and the rest is lightly forested.

1235 Coats Drive, Gabriola Island BC $2,350,000 MLS® 871289 CONTACT: MARTIN VELSEN, PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORP. Cell 250-327-2324 /



1-866-546-9922 for more info

Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/21 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22



JUNE 2021


On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse


We Have the Blues!

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

for Trail ~ Work ~ Show

2021 Foals will be available sired by:

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

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed! • 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21


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

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

7/21 3/17

Glynn Irish Sport Horse If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure!







Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) 10/21



HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/21


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm



that has a little bit of everything

Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM


Double Delichte Stables

Full Board $350 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  9/21

Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena 10/21

Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 /



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