Saddle Up June, 2023

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Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends and neighbours in Alberta dealing with all the wildfires.

While I was in Red Deer attending the Horse Expo Canada show, the fires were just starting west of Edmonton. There are notices all over Facebook of people able to help with hauling or boarding. Let’s hope we can all get through this fire (and flooding) season safely. Almost every time my farrier is here, I am reminded of those chestnuts on my horses’ legs; and why are they there? Well, we will shed a bit of light on that… on page 12. Who knew!?

I don’t know about the rest of you but I am getting pretty fed up with the amount of baling twine I have to chuck in the garbage. Recycling (at least in my area) won’t take it; they say it goes in the garbage. Why is that? IT’S PLASTIC! Other plastics go into recycling, but not twine. Well you can always re-purpose twine or even get a bit crafty… see more on page 11. But if any of you know where to recycle it, can you let me know please?

Let the show/event season begin!

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Manitoba, Alberta & British Columbia Race Tracks

To Stage 2023 Western Canadian Triple Crown

The new Western Canadian Triple Crown in thoroughbred racing not only has a nice ring to it, there is also an awareness of companionship attached that transmits goodwill within the sport.

That is precisely the feeling shared among Assiniboia Downs, Century Mile, and Hastings Racecourse as the three western racetracks band together to present a combined Derby extravaganza during the 2023 live racing season.

The Western Canadian Triple Crown connects the $125,000 Manitoba Derby (August 7), the $200,000 G3 Canadian Derby in Alberta (August 26) and the $125,000 G3 British Columbia Derby (September 16).

In addition to $450,000 in purse money, there will be an additional $100,000 bonus should a horse win all three of the prestigious Derby events.

“ To link a meaningful financial bonus to the already robust purse offerings should only elevate the participation and competitiveness of the races,” says Darren Dunn, Assiniboia Downs Chief Executive Officer. “It also results in a rewarding outcome for both the racing fans and related horse connections. We are excited to work collaboratively with our western provincial partners who are so energized to put an even brighter spotlight on these historic Derby events.”

Allen Goodsell, Racing Manager at Century Casinos, saluted officials at both Assiniboia Downs and Hastings Racecourse for their participation. “This initiative will bring additional fanfare and excitement to Western Canada’s premier races for threeyear-olds,” Goodsell said. “We look forward to additional collaboration in the future which only strengthens our collective industries.”

Nichelle Milner, BC Director of Racing, is pleased Manitoba and Alberta asked Hastings Racecourse to be involved in the concept. “A Western Canadian Triple Crown has such great potential. I can see eventually awarding points for first, second and third place finishes and have the top three connections profit from it. We’re thrilled to be part of it.”

Western Canadian Triple Crown

$125,000 Manitoba Derby

Assiniboia Downs

Monday, August 7, 2023

$200,000 Canadian Derby (G3) Century Mile

Saturday, August 26, 2023

$125,000 BC Derby (G3) Hastings Racecourse, Saturday, September 16, 2023

$100,000 bonus to the owner who wins all three of the 2023 Derby events.

For further information please contact: Mike Vanin

Executive Director HBPA of Alberta

For all other inquires: Darren Dunn

Chief Executive Officer – Assiniboia Downs

Trainer Robertino Diodoro on the right with jockey Rico Walcott. Photos by Ryan Haynes of Coady Photo Both are of the win by GREAT ESCAPE in the 2022 Canadian Derby

Equine Foundation of Canada Annual General Meeting - President's Report

April 22nd, 2023

The past year has again been a challenging one for the Equine Foundation of Canada. This is beginning to sound like a stuck record but fundraising has been an ongoing problem for the past few years, especially in Alberta due to the economic slowdown.

Since early 2020 fundraising was further complicated by the pandemic and all the various shutdowns and lock-downs which limited in-person. We did receive funds from Veterinary Simulator Industries, which I had solicited, and upon review of their financial position this month they may donate more. The relationship with VSI has been mutually beneficial, we have promoted their products and they have donated funds to us. The original owners sold the business in the fall of 2022. I met the new owner and renewed acquaintances with the manager in January when I traveled to Calgary and presented four of our prints to them as a thank you.

T he endowment that we granted to AOC in September 2021 bore fruit last fall and the first Equine Foundation of Canada/George F. Wade Memorial scholarship was presented. Unfortunately the original presentation date was postponed due to the devastating storm that hit the Maritime Provinces. None of the Wade family, myself nor Susan Nelson were available to attend on the replacement date. That was very disappointing, but a veterinary student was very happy to receive the scholarship. Also, the simulator horse approved for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was presented after a lengthy delay and Director Pat Crema was on hand for the presentation. We plan to contact the family of Morris Clarke to arrange a suitable memorial to him. The scholarships in Saskatoon and Calgary were presented by Candas Rolls and Les Burwash respectively. Thank you to both.

We are continuing to advertise in various horse magazines which has brought us name recognition, however the inquiries continue to be asking for funding rather than making donations.

We made changes to our advertisements in 2021 to include “Donations Welcome” which unfortunately did not attract any new funds in 2022. We are very grateful to Horse Journals for donating advertising free of charge, Canadian Morgan magazine and Saddle Up magazine for reduced rates because of our charitable status. We appreciate these benefits very much and have sent prints with engraved plates to them as a thank you. I have been sending reports/ articles to these magazines to keep horse people informed about the Equine Foundation of Canada. I also gave an off-the-cuff verbal report to the CMHA annual general meeting in Leduc in March of this year (2023).

It was with great sadness that we announced at last year’s annual meeting that Morris Clarke, our Manitoba Director, passed away October 1st, 2021. He has been greatly missed. We have another sad announcement this year, Peggy MacDonald passed away in January 2023 and Eldon Bienert in April 2023. They were founding board members when George Wade’s vision became reality over 40 years ago. They were very active and well-known in Morgan horse circles Canada-wide and in all things equine in Alberta. Eldon was the Past President of EFC and a tireless volunteer in his community,

his province and his country, and they received many awards and honours for their volunteer work.

T he EFC board has been blessed to have a fantastic group of volunteers who have contributed considerable of their time to EFC. Susan Nelson deserves special mention for her 42 years of contribution to our board in her position as treasurer. Also her husband Gary has been the legal counsel for EFC from the birth of the foundation. Some good news is that Quebec Director Helen Belliard is rejoining the board after time off due to illness. Her daughter Kristin will be sitting in at meetings and helping Helen at home. Welcome Helen and Kristin.

T he Board will continue to review and discuss the future of the Equine Foundation going forward. A heartfelt “Thank You” to the officers, board members and promotion committee, for all their hard work and dedication not only this year but for many years, we could not do it without you.

- Respectfully submitted, R. J. (Bob) Watson, President

Automatic Horse Feeding –Your Innovative Feeding Solution

The AutoFeed was developed after looking at a problem differently — how can we mimic a horse's natural feeding preference when they don't have the opportunity to forage 24/7?

And how can we do it by leveraging technology that eases the workload and cost for caregivers or owners?

With over 15 years of horse ownership, AutoFeed is a familyrun business based out of Kelowna BC. As amateurs with full-time jobs, they needed to design a solution that put the needs of their horses first, while giving them the time and freedom to do more.

Having suffered the loss of a horse to colic related to limited daily feedings at boarding facilities, they felt motivated to provide their horses with better feed management. The AutoFeed allows them to manage each horse's diet individually and proactively throughout the changing seasons.

“ The Nordic AutoFeed is our solution for any home farm, high performance or boarding facility. Regardless of discipline, the common goal is to provide optimal care to our horses.”


The current methods to feed horses are both labour and time

intensive, and can impact a horse’s health and wellbeing.

Horses’ digestive systems were designed to have small, frequent meals. When horses are fed only a few large meals each day, it can lead to health problems such as colic, ulcers, and laminitis.

Prolonged periods of time between feeds can also lead to bad behavioural habits such as cribbing, biting, weaving, pacing and food aggression.

As any horse owner knows, feeding hay is often a messy and timeconsuming task. Labour can be difficult to find, unreliable or costly. Handling hay on a regular basis can also cause respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma exacerbations and long-term lung damage. Fortunately, the Nordic AutoFeed can address these concerns and provide a more optimal feeding solution.


The Nordic AutoFeed is the industry’s first automated and weight-


based feeding solution. Built to only require hay every 1-3 days, it can reduce feeding time by 80%. With continuous, scheduled feeds, the AutoFeed provides horses with a consistent feeding program each day.

This feeding schedule can be customized for each horse, allowing for modifications based on a horse’s exercise routine, age, and dietary requirements.

How it works

The Nordic AutoFeed utilizes weight-based technology to provide small rations up to twelve times a day. The feed schedule is customizable by choosing start and end times, number of feeds and pounds per day for each horse.

The feed door automatically opens at each feed interval. Once the horse consumes the designated amount, the door closes until the next feed time.

Different bar setups are included to encourage or slow down feeding.


- Reduce workload and save time: Refill a single feeder every 1-3 days.

- Increase wellbeing: Prevent unnecessary stress and boredom between feed times. Aid in reducing the risk of colic and ulcers.

- Manage weight: Adjust feedings based on activity, age, size or chronic illnesses.

- Eliminate bad habits: Help alleviate boredom and anxiety related issues such as cribbing, pacing, pawing and biting.

- Improve performance: Regulate insulin levels and provide consistent nutritional support for optimal performance.

- Save money: Eliminate hay waste and costly labour bills.

- Decrease human illness: Cut down on exposure to harmful dust, allergens and irritants that can lead to respiratory illnesses in those who regularly handle hay.

The Nordic AutoFeed is an innovative approach to feeding horses. It promotes a healthy digestive system and overall health and welling. For caretakers, it reduces the workload and expense associated with feeding.

To learn more about adding the AutoFeed to your horse’s care routine, please visit or email to book your product demo.

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BC Agricultural Expo

Promoting Youth in Agriculture Through the Legacy of the 4-H Program

An Interview with… Riley Knoll, age 17, Beef and Sheep Division

South Thompson 4-H Club Senior Member and 2023 4-H BC Provincial Ambassador

Tell us about your 4-H career

I have been in 4-H for 8 years with projects in the Sheep, Rabbit and Beef Divisions. Over my time in 4-H I have participated in many shows, judging opportunities, public speaking and Provincial and National trips. I have gained many lifelong skills, friendship and experiences that will be with me for a lifetime.

What are your 2023 projects?

This year in 4-H I have a Market Lamb, Ewe with Lambs and a Market Steer. This is my first year showing beef and it started out with a bang! As soon as we got him home, my steer jumped a fence and headed for the hills. My brother roped him to bring him home but at the same time my horse spooked, I came off and broke my arm. I was told showing a steer would be exciting but had no idea it would start on day 1.

What skills has 4-H taught you?

The 4-H program has taught me the importance of hard work. I have gained confidence in public speaking, leadership, animal husbandry and teamwork. Through 4-H I have learned to take responsibility for myself, my livestock and for others as I now take on the role of a mentor in my 4-H community. As a Provincial Ambassador for the 4-H Program this year, I am proud to promote the program in my region and throughout the province.

Best part of the 4-H program?

As a senior member who has been given many opportunities in my 4-H career, I have found the best part of the 4-H program to be the industry connections I have gained. Meeting people who I have been able to build lifelong connections with and expanding my knowledge of the

agriculture industry through 4-H has greatly impacted my life path. I have also been asked and had the opportunity to put on showmanship and clipping clinics for other 4-H youth. Giving back to the agricultural community is a big part of 4-H.

Where do you compete and sell your projects?

I compete with my animals mainly in the interior of BC. This includes North Thompson Fall Fair, Rock Creek Fall Fair, Prospect 2000 and BC Agricultural Expo. I sell any marked projects at the BC Ag Expo at the end of September. The support at our auction has been incredible and I plan to use the money I have made to fund my post-secondary education. Our agricultural and business communities have rallied every year to make the auction a success and make sure kids are rewarded for their year of hard work with great livestock prices.

How does BC Ag Expo incorporate the 4-H program at the fair?

BC Ag Expo has been a large supporter of the 4-H program since it was first established. By offering bursaries, postsecondary education funds, and large awards, this show helps support the future generation of youth in agriculture. Currently as one of the biggest shows in the province, BC Ag Expo gives 4-H members the opportunity to showcase their projects at a year-end show, producing high-end livestock and then selling them at the Monday auction.

What would you like to tell new 4-H members about the 4-H program?

The 4-H program is filled with unlimited opportunities so take every one you can! Be willing to put in the extra work as it will bring you to the top and give you a boost in life as you age out of the program. Build connections, get out of your comfort zone, and work hard at it. I believe that 4-H is by far the best youth development program in all of Canada so use it to the fullest of its potential.


101 Uses for Baling Twine (Almost)

In addition to the ubiquitous orange baling twine, you can also get hay baled with blue or black nylon, as well as natural twine, not to mention baling wire – but that’s a whole ‘nuther story!

A discussion in the EquiSearch Horses Forum quickly showed that baling twine has as many, if not more, uses than duct tape! Here’s a selection of uses for baling twine from our forum members, ranging from the utilitarian to the wildly creative!

In an emergency, baling twine can be used to: make a makeshift halter make a makeshift lead rope temporarily fix fence boards and gates replace broken blanket straps make a makeshift martingale make a grab strap for beginner lesson takers make anti-grazing reins temporarily tie a gate closed when the latch breaks temporarily fix broken halters, bridles and reins be a temporary replacement for broken boot laces create an emergency fly fringe cinch your jeans up

Around the barn and pasture, baling twine can be used to: tie the feed buckets to the stall walls tie fans up in the stall rafters tie a jolly ball to the rafters tie up stall guards use as breakaway ties on hitching posts create a pull for the loft stairs make pulls for light switches make a hay net ( eqhaynet3477/)

make handles for the ends of electric fencing cordon off sections of muddy pasture in spring tie down the office pen (**good one!)

tie a big orange loop on the scissors and hoof pick so they don’t get lost in the bedding tether things down in the pickup tie down tarpaulins

And, in my opinion, the most original (and possibly the most bizarre) use for baling twine:

You can braid it into a sparse tail as an emergency fly swatter (separate strands first)

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Why Do Horses Have Chestnuts and Ergots on Their Legs?

One of our older horses has chestnuts and ergots that are very apparent, which stirs my grandchildren’s curiosity. They routinely ask, “Why does he have them and what are they for?” So I decided to do some research to provide an answer.

Ergots feel like a rough protruding structure coming down from the fetlock. They can usually be peeled off with your fingernail, but you can use a sharp knife if necessary.

I would advise having your farrier check the ergot and take care of it before using a knife to cut it. Ergots can vary in size from the size of a bean or pea to 1.5 inches in diameter.

Unlike chestnuts, ergots can be significant on the forelegs and much smaller or not present at all on the hind legs.

Can I trim the chestnuts?

Chestnuts are located on the inside of the horse’s legs, and they are living tissue that continues to grow throughout the horse’s life.

Horse chestnuts and ergots are callous on a horse’s legs. Chestnuts are believed to be remnants of an extra toe lost through evolution. They are flat and crusty areas devoid of hair. Ergots are callous growths located at the bottom of the horse’s fetlock, often covered by hair.

Chestnuts and ergots are, for the most part, cosmetic and typically require very little attention. However, it’s beneficial to have an in-depth knowledge of horses if you have to answer your child’s questions.

What is a chestnut on a horse?

If you notice a bare rough patch of skin on your horse’s leg is likely the animal’s chestnut, and be assured it’s normal. These bare spots are not a health risk unless injured and bleeding.

Some scientific studies indicate chestnuts and ergots are inherited from the earlier species of the multi-toed horse known as the “Equidae.” These types of horses are descendants of the “Eohippus,” a modern period ancestor of around 40 million years ago with vestigial toes.

Researchers believe horses evolved slowly, and the extra toe lost its functionality, shrank, and became chestnuts and ergots. The third toe theory is just that, a theory, it’s not accepted as fact.

Chestnuts are located on horses’ legs.

The chestnuts typically appear on your horse’s front legs just above the knee and just below the hock on its rear legs. They can seem quite large or be small, but most are scratchy, flat, and devoid of hair.

Much like a snowflake, a horse’s chestnut pattern is unique to every horse. Horse chestnuts are also known as the “Night eyes” based on the lore that they provide an ability to look around in the dark.

Are chestnuts different from the ergots?

Not all horses have ergots, and some horses may have them only on one or two of their legs. If your animals have ergots, they are on the back area of the horse’s fetlock, usually covered by its hair.

Because the hair is usually long in this spot, ergots are often challenging to see. But if you rub beneath the horse’s fetlock, you will feel them; they are narrow and pointy.

Because they always are growing, they need to be maintained by trimming or peeling. This can be a painful process for the animal, so extra care is required not to hurt your horse.

Most chestnuts don’t require trimming but rather just peel off layers to flatten them out and look cleaner.

You can use a knife or a similar tool that can scrape the area relatively easily when wet. I find that peeling the chestnut or trimming is made much easier when wet.

But always stop if your horse starts to signal you’re hurting it because, if done correctly, the process should be painless. You can also apply petroleum jelly or baby oil to remove hard chestnuts.

Don’t twist the chestnuts; this causes pain and often makes the chestnut bleed. Pulling off a dried chestnut is another way to cause bleeding.

Grooming chestnuts

For show horses, the chestnuts should be neatly groomed to make your horse look well-maintained. It’s the attention to detail that matters. When grooming your horse, peel or trim the chestnuts.

To peel your horse’s chestnuts, you can use your hands and fingernails. First, soften them with water, baby oil, or moisturizer so they are easier to remove.

After you finish, you can enhance the appearance of your horse’s legs with petroleum jelly. Applying petroleum jelly regularly keeps the chestnut tissue soft and makes maintaining it more manageable.

The tissues present on the chestnut’s base will bleed if you pull off the chestnut’s dry layer. On some horses, chestnuts are hard or become unsightly over time; in this situation, clipping them with a pair of nippers might be a viable option and won’t hurt your horse.

At the same time, if you use a razor or blade to remove them altogether, you may end up hurting your horse by cutting it too deep or close to the skin.

You should talk to your farrier if you aren’t experienced in clipping chestnuts. Most farriers will clean up chestnuts when shoeing or trimming



If your horse’s chestnuts show exuberant size or growth, it can be an indicator of bad health like laminitis. Laminitis is a painful condition for horses and can have much more significant welfare implications for the owners as well.

Laminitis is the tissue bandings’ inflammatory condition that may be recurrent for individual horses.

You can use the following process to take care of the horse’s chestnuts:

Apply petroleum jelly on the surface of the chestnuts before and after trimming or peeling the chestnuts.

You can also apply a hoof moisturizer to the chestnuts. After some time, the chestnuts might split into chunks, making it even easier to maintain the chestnuts.

During regular grooming, peel off excessive growth.

If your horse begins to bleed at the site of the chestnut, apply antiseptic. Follow the application of antiseptic with a water-resistant and

breathable seal of liquid bandage.

Both chestnuts and ergots can be taken care of with just your hands without much pain.

There is no reason to peel them off entirely, but some horse owners do it for horse shows.

Interesting chestnut facts

• Zebras and donkeys have no chestnuts on their legs

• The appearance of a horse’s chestnuts often changes

• Chestnuts are similar in appearance to the wrist pad of dogs and cats

• Horse chestnuts look similar to vestigial scent glands found in the deer and some other animals

• Chestnuts, when scratched with your fingernail, will release an excellent peppery musky smell

• Most horses have chestnuts on all four legs, including the last known “wild horse” breed, the Przewalski, but there are a few horse breeds that don’t have any chestnuts on their legs:

- Caspian pony

- Banker horse

- Icelandic horse


Should you cut off or trim your horses’ chestnuts?

You really should leave your horses’ chestnuts alone. But if they look unsightly and you want to trim them, you can. Just don’t cut deep or use your fingernails to peel them.

What is the purpose of a chestnut on a horse?

The chestnut doesn’t serve any practical purpose for the horse. However, some breed registries use it as an identifier because each is unique, like a human fingerprint.


Tails to be Told . . .A treasure chest of memories .

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

READERS Tell us stories!

Love of Horses

My father read “Black Beauty” to me when I was 3 and I was hooked! Real live horses were rare in our mill town, but I longed for horses. Dad made a stick horse so I could “ride,” who lived on the porch, and provided many imaginary adventures. Growing up, prairie stories with his brothers often involved horses. One uncle in Saskatchewan still had horses, including a mare rumoured to be from the famous harness horse “Dan Patch,” with stories of her beauty and natural ability. True? Who knows now, but oh the source of many childhood dreams!

As I grew up, I held that dream of one day having my horse. In my 50’s, a couple of lovely saddle horses came to me. My old dad loved to come to see them too, and listen to my stories. Then tragedy struck and one died. On my next visit, the local ‘Buy, Sell and Trade’ paper was open to the ‘horses for sale’ page, with one ad circled. Dad said, “You should go look at this one.” I had already seen that ad… but the Morgan gelding was too expensive. Dad pulled out a stack of cash to buy that horse, if he was good. I went to see Shilo, fell in love, and he is still with me years later, retired in the pasture. My dad passed away years ago, but he is always in my heart, with gratitude for the gift of a lifetime love of horses.

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

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Syd Stubbington, about 1943, near Wawota, Sask Kerry on Shilo in 2010

Kamloops 85th Provincial Winter Fair: The Tradition Continues – “Let’s Stirrup Some Family Fun”

The year was 1939 and WWII had just begun when word was received that the Army had taken the Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver over to serve as a base, thus forcing the cancellation of the British Columbia Winter Fair that had been held there annually for some years. This was a major concern to those who were preparing their cattle, sheep, and swine for the show.

While stockmen were left wondering what to do, a group of people saw this as an opportunity to establish Kamloops as the livestock centre of the province and steps were immediately taken to create a new show and sale in Kamloops.

W ith the help of the BC Beef Cattle Growers Association (the forerunner of the BC Cattlemen's Association), the BC Sheep Breeders, the Interior Swine Producers, the Dept. of Agriculture, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kamloops, the idea started to take shape.

M att Hassen, well known Auctioneer, started out in search of the $1,200 needed for prize money. He went to the Vancouver Exhibition Association and asked for $100 of the Federal money that had been allotted to the now cancelled BC Winter Fair and was, of course, refused. (This refusal likely had a long-lasting helpful

effect on the Kamloops endeavour because when the Vancouver Exhibition Association wrote the next year to the Interior asking to have the participants return, most remained loyal to the newly formed venture.) Hassen approached the Provincial Government and received $500. Business people in Vancouver and Kamloops were canvassed but the $1,200 goal was not reached.

T he BC Beef Cattle Growers had previously planned renovations to the Bull Sale arena with grant money from the Federal Government and with this money the sales ring was improved, seating enlarged, and a furnace installed, as this was taking place in December and the weather could be very cold.

T he first “Annual Provincial Christmas Fat Stock Show & Sale” came into being on December 4, 1939, located at the Kamloops Stockyards. The Boys and Girls section, (which evolved by the late 1970s into one of the major 4-H competitions in Canada), started with only a modest number of calves in that section. In fact, there were fourteen calves in the Boys and Girls Section and Elmore McMorran of Harper Ranch was the winner. The Open cattle competition dominated the show and sale with 314 being sold of which 290 had been entered in the carload of 15 or group of 5 classes, while 24 were entered in the individual halter classes.

T he Swine show had an exhibition of 100 brood sows and 5 Yorkshire Boars with 176 market hogs being sold. An undisclosed number of sheep were sold with final figures indicating a total of 797 head of cattle, sheep and swine being marketed for a grand total of $37,732.

T he Calf Scramble (later the Fred Nichol Event and now the Pioneer Event) had its origin in 1959 with the first one being held in an old airplane hangar across from the BC Beef Cattle Growers yards. Those who caught a calf kept it for their project the following

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4-H calves at the Christmas Fat Stock Show, 1941. Can you identify any of the club members?

year with the calves being donated by area ranchers. The event has evolved from chasing livestock around an arena into a practical obstacle course of ranching activities.

T he Christmas Fat Stock Show & Sale changed its name in 1961, when it became the Provincial Winter Fair. The fair then moved locations in 1970 to the previous KXA Agriplex on Mount Paul Center.

Today, the fair occurs on a smaller scale, but with the same heart, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers of the past. In 2016, we moved to the gorgeous grounds at Circle Creek Ranch in Kamloops. We are proud to offer highly entertaining family events and activities. The fair is still a tradition for multi-generational families, however there are numerous newcomers.

In 2023, we are celebrating our 85th Anniversary – it’s been 85 years since the BC Winter Fair was moved to Kamloops in 1939 during War Time.

T he show has come a long way, but the 4-H & Open livestock and photography competitions remain at its core. However, we are happy to celebrate with a few new and returning events to the 2023 fair.

T he popular Grapes & Grill Wine Food Pairing event returns showcasing the local Kamloops wine region with local beef and lamb pairings.

We are excited to also welcome “SuperDogs” – the popular dog agility performance with amazing, athletic, and adorable SuperDogs showing off their skills in a fast-paced celebration of fun, guided by a professional host and elevated with great music! This fun family entertainment will be a popular event for sure! Plus, a fun kid zone and educational stations for everyone to enjoy!

PLUS, we are so excited to welcome back our horse division that had suffered over the COVID years. Our 4-H & Open Horse Show returns with Showmanship, Unit Work, Equitation, Pleasure, Trail, Games and more

in both English and Western disciplines! We are excited to welcome back Glenn Perran of Kelowna BC as our General Performance judge, and Kelsey Hays of 100 Mile House as our Trail judge.

We hope everyone can come out and experience history taking place by either exhibiting in the fair or just coming down to the fairgrounds!

We appreciate the great support we get from our fair sponsors, livestock buyers and 4-H clubs throughout the Cariboo and the Thompson-Okanagan Valleys!!

V isit our website provincialwinterfair. com for entry and schedule information.

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Rafter Six Ranch – where the west stays alive!

The flowers are blooming in the Albertan mountain meadows. The horses are saddled and ready. The campground is serene and the people are smiling. This is the time of year we have all been waiting for!

Rafter Six Ranch welcomes you to come and enjoy the beauty of the Bow Valley on well-trained horses and joined by our experienced guides. Don’t want the standard nose to tail? You are at the right place!

Rafter Six Ranch, the “Trail Riding Specialists of the Canadian Rockies,” offers an intimate and interactive atmosphere that caters to all levels of riders… from green as grass beginners to advanced riders looking for a

new adventure. Private and custom rides, cowboy college and games, wagon rides, private riding and horse training lessons and more!

Family owned and operated since 1976, for over 47 years Rafter Six has welcomed visitors to experience the Cowboy Way of life. And though it may be a little different, the heart and the spirit of the horse and the desire to share the lifestyle comes alive! Come join us at Rafter Six Ranch, where the west stays alive! We look forward to riding with you.

Wrangler Week a tradition that lives on at the Flying U Ranch

Before British Columbia was even settled, the Flying U Ranch had set the simple timeless principles of cowboy life. It turns out that the cowboy traditions struck a chord with people from all walks of life for generations that followed. The iconic cowboy represents the best of Canada — the courage, optimism and plain hard work. Cowboys are heroic not just because they do a dangerous job, but also because they stand for something — the simple, basic values that lie at the heart of the cowboy way. 150 years later, cowboys still honour and live by their code. Respect for the herd and every wild animal that lives in the forests, living each day with courage and commitment regardless of weather, keeping their word, talking less and saying more, total discretion, and always finishing what is started.

That tradition lives on at the Flying U in a special annual event called

“Wrangler Week.” That’s when city folk come up and spend a special week working alongside our wranglers and hanging out with friends around a campfire. Last month, the volunteers did a variety of chores working the land clearing trails, picking stones off a 40 acre pasture, opening up an irrigation channel, and cutting up deadfall to help fireguard the ranch. It was so popular this year, we even had a group of school kids join in the fun. Now it's not all work, because the afternoons were dedicated to horseback riding and the May weather was very cooperative with some warm and sunny days. Well, there was a freak storm that did cause a quick snow shower, but that’s what cowboys expect in the Cariboo. We even had some brave souls that did the polar bear plunge off the dock!

The next Wrangler Week is in the fall starting October 5. It's a great way to cowboy up and enjoy simple basic values of ranch life. It’s a tradition at the Flying U that spans back to 1849.

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Barkerville’s Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal in Barkerville will be opening earlier this year with previews of their new family friendly variety show launching June 3rd. This was made possible due to a generous donation made by Osisko Development and Osisko Gold Royalties, as well as personal contributions that were made by senior Osisko executives bringing the total to $80,000. This allowed Barkerville to call its performers back to work early for rehearsals, and also covers costs for script development, music composition, and seasonal salaries for the theatre’s talented musicians.

Kate Cox, CEO of Barkerville Historic Town & Park, adds, “Since 1868, the Theatre Royal has been the heart of Barkerville's gold rush community, sustained by successful and famous gold miners who craved entertainment as a reprieve from the Cariboo's harsh living and working circumstances. Through their support, Osisko is following in those footsteps by supporting the community's tourism, arts, and culture economy, employing 13 professional historic interpreters, accelerating the growth of ancillary programs and businesses, and bringing Barkerville's magic to an estimated 40,000+ visitors.”

Chris Lodder, President of Osisko Development, says, “It is a real pleasure to continue to support Barkerville Historic Town & Park and watch it grow into the diverse, sustainable, economic fabric that has been developing in the Wells, Barkerville, Bowron Lakes region of the Cariboo.”

Shows at the Theatre Royal will launch on June 3rd each day at 2 p.m., with dark days on Thursdays through the month of June. Performances will move to seven days a week after the Theatre Royal’s Grand Opening during the Dominion Day festivities on July 1st.

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Horse Expo Canada 2023 Leaves Crowds Wanting More!

Horse Expo Canada took place April 28th-30th at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta and

This year’s show schedule was chocked full of new additions to the usual lineup of amazing activities to attend, which made for a fresh and exciting show. The event as a whole saw substantial growth both in attendance, with ticket sales up 50% from last year, as well as numbers of exhibitors in the trade show, with a 30% increase over last year. This made for a successful show, with vendors reporting up to quadruple the sales over last year, and attendees having a truly tremendous selection of goods to shop!

The trade show was every horse lover’s dream with everything from custom adjustable saddles to the impressive Western Outfitter’s booth with everything western chic, cutting edge feed and supplement manufacturers, and every kind of product you can imagine to help you, your horse and your equipment be more comfortable, perform better, and all in high style!

New this year was live music from popular TV series “Heartland’s” own Shaun Johnston (who plays Jack Bartlett on the show) along with musician Greg Coxx. Crowds gathered daily to hear the talented Shaun sing, play guitar, get his autograph, and swap stories about how Heartland has touched the lives of fans.

Also new for this year was the well-received Horseman’s Hot Seat, where world-renown clinicians were interviewed live on the Cowboy Channel Canada stage. Through the interviews, attendees were given an inside look at the keys to success of these talented horsemen and women, as well as getting to know them on a more personal level.

Another very exciting addition to the Expo lineup for this year was the fashion show, which featured all the latest in equestrian and western fashion. There were many offerings modeled on the catwalk from many of the Expo’s well-stocked vendors. On top of these exciting

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new features to the Expo, the regular lineup of crowd-pleasing events shone like never before.

The organizers of Horse Expo Canada, Marg Shulz and Ryan Gordon, brought together the horse industry’s most talented and inspiring horsemen and women to put on phenomenal clinics. It was a spectacular buffet of horsemanship education being offered with clinicians such as Jonathan Field, Doug Mills, Jason & Bronwyn Irwin, Dana Hokana, Britany Fraser-Beaulieu and Robert Gharibzadeh to name a few. There really was something for every discipline and interest.

In addition to the clinics going on throughout the day, the everexciting Trainer’s Showdown was a crowd favourite event of the Expo. This year’s competing trainers were Dustin Sippola, Jason Irwin and Wylene Wilson. Each trainer put an impressive start on a 3-year-old colt over just the 3 days of the competition. It never ceases to captivate and inspire how these trainers take a previously untrained colt, and by the end of day 3 are riding it, even with style and cadence, through a challenging obstacle course. Dustin Sippola took the win this year, and displayed his trademark smoothness as his colt looked like he was at ease with Dustin, even in the midst of the obstacles and crowds. Wylene Wilson took the People’s Choice Award with her flare for being skilled, fun, and engaging with both horse and human. Jason Irwin also put forth an impressive display of his years of colt starting experience, which made for a good competition that was challenging for the judges to judge. Another fun feature carried over was the VIP ticket program which sold out this year. VIP ticket holders had access to a

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meet and greet with the trainers and clinicians Friday night, complete with excellent food, cold drinks, and lots of smiling faces!

As you can tell there was no shortage of everything excellent in the equine world (and wagon loads of fun) at this year’s Horse Expo Canada. Marg and Ryan would like to thank everyone who attended

and participated in this year’s event and helped make it a great success. If you didn’t get to make it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for April 26th-28th 2024 to ensure you get in on some awe-inspiring fun and inspiration for you and your horse next year!

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Horseman's Hot Seat with Bronwyn Irwin Wylene Wilson – People’s Choice Award Dustin Sippola with colt facing up Clinicians Jim Greendyk and Jonathan Field Exciting Fashion Show outfits Robert Gharibzadeh Cowboy Church with Jim Greendyk Jason Irwin Dustin Sippola

Supplementing Kelp in Horses

Kelp is a type of seaweed used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health conditions in humans and animals. One of the key benefits of supplementing kelp in horses is its high content of essential minerals and amino acids.

Kelp is an excellent source of iodine, which is essential for thyroid function. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can include dry, scaling skin and a dull coat; dullness and lethargy; poor performance and exercise intolerance; obesity despite a reduced appetite; poor tolerance to cold weather; and patchy hair loss.

Some areas in BC have lower levels of iodine in the soil. This can be from the over farming of the land and because of low rainfall from the sea. Low levels of selenium go hand-in-hand and both minerals are essential for thyroid function.

Kelp also is a source of the prebiotic fucoidan which may feed the good bacteria in the gut and prevent bad bacteria from attaching to the lining of the stomach. Kelp also contains polysaccharides which may support digestive function and hindgut health.

It is recommended to start supplementing kelp in horses gradually, starting with a small amount and gradually increasing the dosage over time. This will allow your horse's body to adjust to the new supplement and prevent any digestive upset or other adverse effects. By incorporating kelp into your horse's diet, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can help to support its overall health and well-being.

Lyle Sunada is a pharmacist specializing in veterinary medicine and alternative medicine at Cloverdale Pharmasave. Lyle has helped small and large animal owners for over 30 years and believes in looking at the root cause of health conditions. Everything mentioned in the article is available instore.

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Did You Know… ?

The urine of a dog is acidic enough to corrode even metal. So, don’t let them urinate on valuable things.

Most dogs have paws that smell like corn chips – a phenomenon dubbed “frito feet.” This happens because of build-up sweat and bacteria on the paws.

The average dog can run at the speed of 19 MPH (miles per hour).

The average dog is as smart as the average 2-year-old toddler. Additionally, they understand roughly the same amount of words and/ or gestures (250).

Amazingly, dogs have twice as many ear muscles as humans and can hear four times better too.

Wagging the tail doesn’t always mean “happy.” For example, dogs will wag their tails to the right when happy, to the left when scared and wag it low when insecure.

Dogs like to curl up because of inherent instincts to protect their vital organs and keep warm while asleep.

It’s a lot easier training a puppy if there’s an older dog in the house. This is because puppies do a great job modeling behaviour of other dogs.

Tip of the Month - It’s Time to Dig in the Dirt!

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My dogs often accompany me and help dig (sometimes way too helpful!), playing with the weeds and clumps of dirt and occasionally uproot the odd plant or bulb, just for fun! Most dogs love to dig in the dirt! Unlike prey animals, dogs actually have zero instinct to know what plants are dangerous for them and what to avoid and sometimes... curiosity gets the best of them when it comes to sampling buried treasures! Is what you're about to plant safe for your dog's excavations?

While stocking up on your flowering plants and bulbs, please be aware of the plants that can do your dogs harm if they take their playful adventures to an intriguing snack. Many bulbs and some flowers are toxic enough to make your dog sick to their stomach while others are very poisonous and can do serious harm to your dog, if ingested. Note that if you know or suspect your dog has eaten a toxic plant do not induce vomiting as this may cause more damage – call your vet right away.

Here is a quick planting list for review to help you keep your dog's gardening interests healthy, fun and safe.

Flowers that are toxic and/or harmful for dogs (there are quite a lot!)… most bulbs including: Daffodils, Tulips, Lilies (including Calla Lily), Iris, Dahlia, Peony, Gladiola Lily of the Valley, Pansy, Crocus, Primrose, Rhubarb, Azaleas, Hydrangea, Hyacinth, Lavender, Morning Glory, Clematis, Oleander, Alyssum, Sweet Pea, Begonia, Carnation, Cannabis, Pink Dianthus, Sweet William, Coleus, Chrysanthemums, Cosmos, Gardenia, Geranium, Foxglove.

Please make an extra plan to plant these flowers out of reach of your dog or protected from their access to them. Planting flowers in baskets out of reach, raised boxes or adding a dog fence around their beautiful garden presentation may save your dog a lot of physical stress and you a vet bill! Happy gardening!

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If you're anything like me, you can hardly wait to get into the dirt and start planting some colourful flowers for your decorative boxes and gardens!

In the cult classic Wizard of Oz, the dog Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier named Terry.

An Australian Kelpie Dog named Maggie set the record for longest living dog, reaching an age of 30 years old. For reference, she was 200 years old in human years.

Maggie, age 30


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She was given to my husband when she was 8 weeks old, as our previous dog REIGHN got run over by a car. It took my husband Larry a couple of weeks (he just called her “BURRITO”) before he chose a definite name for her, HOPE. Hope was born in Fraser Lake BC. Her mom was a German Shepard mix Rottweiler; her dad was a Boxer mix with Red Healer. Larry’s boss put the puppy on the passenger seat (she curled up on the seat and went to sleep) of Larry’s Logging truck and he drove home to Burns Lake with the precious cargo. She is 5 years old now. She is an excellent guard dog, but also very sweet and calm. She loves to come riding with the horses rounding up cows and loves to be in the bobcat with my husband.

- Manon, Burns Lake, BC.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office

Rural and Regional Funding ($100 - $1,000)

Horse Council BC (HCBC) strives to provide funding, when available, to all categories of members throughout the province. In order to fairly determine distribution of any available funds, all requests for funding must be done through a completed application during the application period(s). In all cases, funding approval will be based and aligned with the HCBC’s Vision, Mission and Values.

HCBC will strive to provide funding for:

• Club/Affiliate facility & equipment improvements

• Events that are available to all HCBC members

• Programs/projects that contribute to the overall equine community

HCBC will not provide funding for:

• Sponsorships

• Events of a social nature, e.g. banquet

• Competition related expenses

• Supplementing salaries, wages and benefits

Application Requirements

The following must be completed for the application to be considered:

• Application form (including a budget and amount being requested from the HCBC);

• Signed checklist;

• Received during the application period and submitted by the deadline.

Applications are accepted between:

• May 1 to August 31

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are received. All applicants that are approved for funding are required to provide subsequent information on the event or how the funds were used within 30 days. Any unused funds must be returned to the HCBC.


• Club or Affiliate applicants must be current HCBC members;

• Club or Affiliate applicant must have been a member in good standing for the (2) two previous years;

• Clubs applying for funding must require that their members have HCBC individual memberships;

• HCBC requires that all participants in an event (which funding is being applied for) be current HCBC members. HCBC must be prudent about liability issues that may arise from equine activities;

• Applicants that have not received any HCBC funding in prior years will be selected over applicants that have received funding in previous years;

• Applicants who have contributed to the HCBC through volunteering or referring new members will be selected over those who have not done so in the past;

• Applicants who have proven their ability to make excellent use of funds will be selected over those who have not done so in the past.

Sample expenses that may be considered:

• Club events

• Club facility improvements

• Equipment

• Programs/projects that contribute to the overall equine community

Sample expenses that are ineligible:

• Activities of a social nature, e.g. banquet

• Purchase of items of a personal, social or promotional nature

• Sponsorship

• Honorariums/Gift Cards

Application form can be found at: funding-for-hcbc-members/regional-funding/


Wondering how to get EC Coach or Instructor certification? HCBC administers the Equestrian Canada Instructor and Coaching Programs and there are 3 ways you can be evaluated:

1) Attend a scheduled in person evaluation

2) Work through the Coaches Handbook and Resource Guide and be evaluated in person or by video (CHAR)

3) Work individually through the pre-requisites and with a mentor to be evaluated by video

In person evaluations allow the candidate to be evaluated in a formal session with the Evaluators observing the candidate directly. These dates are set up in advance allowing the candidate to work towards a specific date. Candidates must bring their own horse for the lunging component. Demo riders are provided.

CHAR allows the candidate to have access to all of the information, help sheets, templates and forms located within the digital handbook plus a step-by-step process to follow to go forward to be evaluated. CHAR users can be evaluated by component or the complete evaluation at one time. Video candidates must have demo riders for the evaluation. Users of CHAR that attend an in-person evaluation have the demo riders supplied, but still must bring their own horse for the lunge component.

Working individually and submitting video for the teaching evaluation can save time and money for the candidate and bring the evaluation process to all parts of the province. Candidates submitting video must have access to demo students and a lunging horse. Video can be submitted at any time the candidate is ready.

For all methods of evaluation, the candidate must have all of their prerequisites completed before they can be evaluated.

For more information contact To sign up to use the CHAR digital handbook go to this link: equestriancoach.

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National Grants Program Launches with Provincial and Territorial Partners

Equestrian Canada (EC) and the Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) are launching new grants to help support education, participation, and emergency response efforts across the country. The three national grant streams will be available to the PTSOs to support programming and initiatives around National Education, Sport Development, and Emergency Response with a total initial investment of $137,000 in 2023.

National Education Fund

The National Education Fund (NEF) is a $50,000 per year national education bursary program, available to the PTSOs to assist in delivering, hosting, or participating in EC clinics for officials or coaches. The NEF will support initiatives that increase nationwide access to education for EC curriculum programs designed to build skills and foster increased experience and opportunity for individuals progressing through the EC officials and coach pathways.

National Sport Development Fund

Participation in equestrian sport has declined over the past decade and there is a need to boost participation at the base, beginning at the provincial/territorial level. As part of a broader plan, the National Sport Development Fund (SDF) will offer support to PTSOs in this area with an initial $41,923 available for grant allocations in 2023-24.

National Emergency Response Fund

Environmental and biosecurity disasters are more frequently affecting the equestrian sport community, riding schools, and shows. To help prepare for future needs, the National Emergency Response (NER) Fund will provide supports for emergency response efforts and recovery because of environmental or biosecurity disasters affecting horses across the country.

The NER Fund has been established with $45,166.50 and will continue to grow annually.

In partnership, EC and its Provincial and Territorial partners are excited to launch these national grants to help support accountability, responsive services and provide increased value to the greater membership of equestrians in Canada.

Para-Dressage Video Competition Series: Official Results for The Second Leg of 2023 which closed April 15, 2023

Results are below for the second leg of the 2023 Para-Dressage Video Competition Series, presented by Ride Every Stride. The second leg was judged by Equestrian Canada (EC) certified Dressage Judge, Marianne Fizet, Burritts Rapids ON.

Placing | Athlete | Horse | Name | Riding Centre | Prov. | Score Division 1 – Introduction to Dressage - Beginner Classes

Class #1 – Walk Level 1 or 2 With Leader & Sidewalker(S)

1 Reghan | Funk | Cowboy | Pards | AB | 62.308%

Class #3 – Walk Level 1 or 2

1 Sandra Bogart | Trevor | Pacific Banner Riding Club | BC | 69.167%

2 Milania Keeler | Odin | Equilibrium | SK | 59.444%

Division 2 – Intermediate/Preparation for Bronze & Silver Levels

Class #6 (Para-Dressage Walk/Trot Level 1 & Level 2)

2 Bryanna Boland | Gracie | Rainbow Riders | NL | 63.125%

Class #7 (Para-Dressage Walk/ Trot Level 3)

1 Emma Bolzner | Copper | Richmond Therapeutic | BC | 67.500%

2 Kassandra Rabstein | Luxor | CJ Equestrian (CS 29.5) | ON | 67.000%

3 Seamus Reardon | Pickles | Rainbow Riders (CS30) | NL | 62.000%

Division 3 – Intermediate Classes (Preparation for Bronze & Silver)

Class #9 (Walk/Trot/Canter Level 1)

1 Anne-Sophie Prévost | Malbrook Kia | Domaine Agricole Prévost | QC | 67.143%

Division 4 - Advanced Classes (Preparation for Gold Level)

Class #12 (FEI Novice B)

2 Rupan Sambasivam | Appie | Equilibrium | SK | 64.286%

Division 5 – Gold Classes

Class # 14 – FEI Grand Prix B (Old Individual Test)

1 Jennifer Angus | Lady of the Dance DMV | Dreamcatcher Meadows | BC | 66.500%

2 Calla Gross | Calibre Sr | Moonglow | SK | 57.297%

Class #15 – FEI Grand Prix A (Old Team Test)

1 Sarah Cummings | Beaujolais | Dunraven Farm | ON | 74.000%

2 Calla Gross | Calibre Sr | Moonglow | SK | 60.694%

For more information on the Para-Dressage Video Competition Series, visit

Emma Bolzner and Cooper Photo Credit: Christina Bolzner Jennifer Angus, Kirsten Mitchell and Lady of the Dance DMV Photo Credit: DMV Kabota Sandra Bogart and Trevor Photo Credit: Robyn Cowan Photography

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club

It was a beautiful day for our first horse show of the year on April 30th and the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club delivered a fun-filled, family-friendly day.

Several new exhibitors came out to join our regular entrants for a day of learning, showing and making new friends. A variety of exhibitors from ages 6 to 76, beginner to advanced, took part in the funfilled day.

Thank you to our judge, MaryLou Barker, for your expertise and feedback. Also, a big thank you to Joni Miskovich for volunteering to assist our judge as ring


In order to keep the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Facebook page organized and efficient, the Board of Directors made the decision that only current 2023 members, in good standing, will be approved to post a limited number of items for sale on the page.

Watch our website and Facebook page for updated information regarding our fun day shows and meetings. See you in the sandbox.

Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update

The Challenge season has begun for 2023. At this time the CCC Board would like to thank the Challenge hosts for confirming their respective Challenge dates. Their support, effort and dedication makes it possible for the CCC to have a successful Challenge season. Hats off to you all for contributing to the success of the CCC.

We have started the Challenge season with the Haleyonia Double Header held in Saskatchewan on June 3 and 4 (results will be listed next month). New confirmed Challenges are: Haleyonia Double Header in Saskatchewan on July 29 and 30; and YKnott Double Header in Alberta on August 26 and 27. Another play day has been confirmed at YKnott North, Alberta on August 25. For more information and details go to the CCC website.

I need to apologize for stating that the photo of Janet and Jazz in the March issue was taken at Sunwest. The photo was actually taken at YKnott North. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Melissa wrote in, “My horse Elly and I were a new pair last year doing obstacles. Most she had not seen before. We worked a lot on trying to just look forward and let her find her feet and ‘where’ she needed to be going over or through an obstacle.”

Melissa’s approach for doing obstacles for the team is an effective one. For the horse, familiarity of the obstacles is important as it gives the horse confidence and a sense of competency. The team is building trust within the relationship and is able to depend on one another when the occasion arises.

Also helpful at this time is just plain riding in the arena or field. Working on obstacles all the time can bring on boredom or saturation of obstacles to the point the horse is not paying attention any more.

With just riding (time in the saddle), working on the communication skills within the team can be accomplished. There is less pressure to perform and a way to just enjoy and have fun riding. In an open field or going down a trail you can still ask for shoulder in or shoulder out, haunches in or haunches out, stop and do a turn on the forehand, stop and side pass left and then stop and side pass right, backing up in a serpentine pattern, and so on. The list is limitless and picking one or two maneuvers during a ride is enhancing the communication process within the team with no or little pressure to perform. As well, just riding lessens the risk of anticipating what is coming up and helps the horse be fresher on obstacles.

There will be results available for the July issue and maybe a few more confirmed Challenges. I hope all is going well with your riding experience. Take care.

Melissa and Elly

An “Open Invitation” from BCIMHC 

The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club is “re-booting” for 2023 and would like to invite anyone who lives in, or is visiting, this scenic area, to join them for a “thrilling” summer of riding, learning, eating and exchanging stories.

We have been working hard at organizing several activities to encourage people to join our club and have some “just plain fun.” As a member, some of the things you can look forward to this year will be the following:

- having a whirl at an Extreme Cowboy Trail Course in a noncompetitive environment;

- riding your horse in a lake (maybe for the first time ever?);

- taking a guided tour up and down the Rose-Swanson Mountain Equestrian Trail;

- and trying your hand at Liberty.

In addition, we will be having a couple of Barn Tours/Pot Lucks at some local Morgan horse breeding farms.

Speaking of Morgans, many people assume they MUST own a Morgan or Part-Morgan to belong to the BCIMHC. NOT so!! Our mission is to create opportunities for people to share their passion and enthusiasm for their equine partners, no matter what the breed. Of course, you MIGHT have to listen to we “Morgan folk” spout about our amazing mounts, but we are also great LISTENERS!

Our first “Fun Day” is planned to be a Barn Tour and picnic at Noble-T Farms, in Enderby, on June 25th. For further information, or to join, please contact

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club

The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club had a very busy April. We attended the Everything Equine on the Border Expo in Lloydminster, Two Hills Agricultural Trade Show, and the Horse Expo Canada in Red Deer.

At Everything Equine on the Border, we had two miniature donkeys present; Rosie and Buddy. They were able to be at the booth with us and provided a demo for the public. The whole weekend we had a swarm of children as the donkeys seemed to be the best part for them. Our equine friends gave many rides and love to everyone there.

In Two Hills we had a booth only, but that didn’t slow the interest and conversation. It brings us great excitement with all the interest and stories we heard. Next year we hope to include animals and a demo in our participation there.

We had a very diverse team of long ears at Horse Expo Canada. We provided daily demos featuring a mini donkey, a small standard donkey driving team, a mammoth donkey/large standard driving team, riding mules, and a youngster. We followed up with some fun facts and a Q&A session. We were really excited to partner with Cavallo Boots and show them off as well.

We are now gearing up for our Trick Training Clinic and Fun Show. To be a part of the action join our Facebook group “Alberta Donkey and Mule Club” or visit our website


Kelowna Riding Club News 

Show photos: Maddy Dungate Photography | Volunteer photos: courtesy of other volunteers

The club hosted the second Interior Desert Circuit competition, the Kelowna Spring Classic, on the weekend of May 5-7. Despite some rainy, spring conditions, the show was attended by over 100 competitors from around BC.

In preparation for the show, club members and volunteers put in countless hours to prepare the facility. Work parties were organized for junior riders, and volunteers from various disciplines came to help out. New fencing was put up, jumps were painted and ring footing was redone.

Classes were held in three different rings, including the hunter, jumper, and a 2’0” and under ring.

Individual barns set up tents for their riders to rest and relax, and

a number of vendors attended for riders to shop for tack, jewelry, and skin care products during their downtime.

Congratulations to all the riders who put in great rounds. Check out our Facebook page for a summary of some exciting wins and accompanying photos.

Once again, thank you to everyone who was a part of the Kelowna Riding Club’s Interior Desert Circuit May show. The next IDC show will be hosted in Vernon on June 1-4, followed by dates in July, August and September. Between now and then, the KRC will be hosting its EC Bronze/Gold Festival on June 10-11. To learn more check out www.

Kate Paynton and Mel Jenkins Club President Sherri and Treasurer Kristi New day paddocks Megan Dalton, winner of the Leigh Payne Memorial Derby Sabrina Townsend aboard Never A Doubt Great rounds in the beginner ring Painting party Volunteers prepping for the show

Vintage Riders… for the love of horses!

Vintage means of value and precious. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is fortunate to have members with different interests. The willingness of the sixty plus members to share knowledge and ideas is of great value. The opportunity to try different activities in an inclusive and encouraging group is precious.

The Easter trail ride went well. As you can see by the photos, some healthy laughter helped the group on their way; bringing excited smiles to the faces of people on the trails; and a friendly opportunity to help dog walkers and others to know trail etiquette.

Thinking is hard work - as became evident at our last monthly meeting. It was games night with Marta. She develops quizzes and puzzles involving horse knowledge. At this level of “maturity” accessing the old brain file cabinet for things you used to know, can be tricky. Especially when some of the papers filed there seem to be folded over. Try pantomiming lung worm or coffin bone. No pictures from that event, too busy struggling to help people up off the floor from the hilarity. Certainly flexed brain and body muscles.

A great deal of thought, planning and preparation went in to the two day Samantha B. Progressive Dressage Clinic. Thank you Rita for hosting this on your property. These events allow people to ride boldly. Secure in their correctness and confidence, after time spent with a respected coach.

Sandy L. did a nice job for us with her Working Equitation schooling session. The few photos here show her evident kindness and ability to connect with her students and horses. Her time and attention is appreciated.

Which brings me gleefully to report on Square Dancing on Horseback. This was a sizzling two days. Weather was warm, as well as the gears in people’s heads, as they concentrated on following the caller’s patterns. The horses were wonderful and beautiful as they willingly obliged their riders’ whimsies. Physics tells us this shouldn’t work. But it did. In the most delightful way. Grateful to “caller” Carolyn, and to our member who made her indoor available for this event.

Upcoming activities to wrap your head around are: Liberty work with a renowned trainer - participate or audit; Mountain Trail Clinicalways a challenge; and our fun Canada Day group ride - location TBA.

Spend your time with people who make you smile and laugh and feel valued. Keep a little gas in your personal tank. This is the riding season, focus on the choices of the moment, so as not to exhaust yourself. Keep yourself and your horse safe and sound. Believing that something wonderful is about to happen.

Look after what is within the sphere of your influence, and trust that others will do the same.


The Back Country Horsemen of BC

Great Divide Trail Horseback Adventure Story and Photos by Brent Wray, West Kootenay Chapter

Last summer I was incredibly fortunate to join two European long-riding strangers on their vacation for an ultra-light attempt to ride an equestrian version of the Great Divide Trail from Grande Cache, AB to the Canada – U.S. border in Waterton National Park.

On August 22, Peter, Tina, and I met for the first time at the Waterton Park gates, consolidated gear and horses into my truck and trailer, then drove to Grande Cache the next day. One more day of preparations and we hit the trail August 25.

Leg 1 of our journey was Grande Cache to Jasper. The trail was great and travelling easy for the first couple days, but our no-trail shortcut to connect to the GDT from Ptarmigan Lake was a painfully slow bushwhack through thick bush, deadfall, bog, rough terrain and intermittent rain. After the better part of two days, we finally hit the GDT. Nothing makes you appreciate a trail like two days without one. Gratitude!

We were very grateful for the trail clearing efforts of volunteers from the Great Divide Trail Association and Back Country Horsemen of BC along the Jackpine River. After a steep grind up out of the Jackpine River valley, we were rewarded with epic views above Blueberry Lake, over Jackpine Pass, past Mount Bess and Chown Glacier. Weather steadily improved as we worked our way down the Smoky River, crossed spectacular Moose Pass and followed Moose River out to where our shuttle driver was waiting with the Adventure Rig. Longer than planned, tougher than anticipated, but we’d made it. Leg 1 was complete!

With all North-South routes through JNP closed to horses, our planned Leg 2 route was to start at the Cardinal Divide, onto South Boundary Trail, then through the Blackstone/Wapiabi PLUZ to Saskatchewan Crossing. Tina’s horse, Ahi, had a sore front leg, so she stayed behind while he recovered, so it was just Peter and I for this leg.

All was going according to plan, until it came time to cross

the Brazeau River into the Blackstone/ Wapiabi. It was running way too high, fast, and deep for us to cross, so we decided to stick to the South Boundary Trail, crossed the Brazeau further upstream, and over rugged Nigel Pass to the trailhead on Hwy 93. Thanks to our Garmin InReach we were able to communicate the change in plan and meeting place to Tina and Peter G, our driver.

Leg 3 was from Saskatchewan Crossing to Banff. Ahi’s leg was still sore, so we got a loaner horse from Astoria Outfitting and Tina rejoined us. He decided he didn’t like us too much and returned to the trailhead the first night, resulting in an extra 28km of horse chasing, but we caught him, got back on track… enjoyed great trail, lost the trail, endured a nasty bushwhack, found the trail again and made our way into Banff National Park to great trail and amazing scenery, eventually pulling out at Lake Louise.

Ahi was recovered, so our driver took our loaner horse back and after a rest day, we embarked on Leg 4 of our journey, Banff to Coleman. The horses must’ve really enjoyed the time off, because after grazing peacefully, lulling us into a false sense of security, they headed back to the trailhead. It was many kilometres later and the wee hours of the cold, rainy morning before we caught them and got back to camp.

Up, over Allenby Pass, we left BNP at Palliser Pass, crossed three rockslides along Joffre Creek, endured a brutal climb over Sylvan Pass then got our butts kicked as we worked our way through an old burn on the Middle Fork of the White River. At Connor Lakes, we decided we’d call it quits the next day in the Elk Valley. Tired horses, another mountain pass to cross and bad weather in the forecast, it was the right call to make.

So, after four weeks on the trail, covering 750km, we loaded up and went back to Alpine Stables in Waterton. All in all, an epic adventure, tremendous new friendships, a world of new opportunities and a whole new level of appreciation for a good trail horse.

Back Country Horsemen of BC – serving BC trail riding enthusiasts since 1989! Check out our beautiful website at / Questions? Contact BCHBC respectfully acknowledges that our members are privileged to recreate on the unceded traditional lands of First Nations people of British Columbia.
Brent Wray, Peter van der Gugten, and Tina Boche, at Waterton National Park Allenby Pass, Banff National Park Jackpine River, Willmore Wilderness Park

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB S chooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 10/23


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 6/23

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/23, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Bev Routledge email: Activities: trail rides, obstacle fun day, barn tour/pot luck. 5/24

BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 3/24

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 12/23

BC Team Cattle Penning Association

March 18-19 (Barriere)

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see FB) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, Breed promotion program throughout the province 4/23

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 4/24

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Welcoming a diverse equestrian community by fostering an environment of enjoyment, development, and competition. Introducing the 2023 Interior Desert Hunter/Jumper Circuit Show Series More details and dates available at

3745 Gordon Drive, Kelowna BC 12/23

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 11/23


NORTHERN SADDLE CLUB, Smithers BC. Check out our website at and follow us on Facebook 2/24

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Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more.

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PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kevin Froese (Kevin.leroy.froese@gmail. com). Info, Gymkhana dates & events 6/23

RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, & Find us on Facebook!  12/23

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 12/23

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB (Vernon BC), check out our website at or visit our Facebook & Instagram pages 2/24

VI MINIATURE HORSE CLUB,, bcminiaturehorseclubs/ vimhc Driving and/or halter shows, clinics & performance competitions 2/24

VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/24

WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/23

52 Challenges for You and Your Horse

Have you ever felt stuck and not sure what to do with your horse? Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over and need some inspiration? 52 Challenges for You and Your Horse will not only give you lots of ideas but also a step-by-step guide on how to conquer each challenge, troubleshoot when things go wrong and provide helpful hints. You can try each challenge sequentially or jump around, the sky is the limit! Try putting a few challenges together to create a training plan for each ride or on the ground session. Whether you are a recreational rider or have competitive goals, the challenges will give you inspiration and creative ways to work with your horse to develop a stronger partnership, clearer communication and stay safe while having fun!

All 52 challenges (plus one bonus challenge) in the book were created by Linda Parelli. This is not a novel, it’s an image-heavy training manual where the images are the most important aspect. We have carefully photographed EVERY step of EVERY challenge in the book so that you’re not left guessing. To say the book is “light-weight in content” ignores the care that went into making sure that you are able complete each of these challenges without wondering how exactly to get from Step A to Step D.

ISBN-13 979-8564360722

Paperback, 242 pages


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9 VIMHC Fun Ice Cream Drive, Glenora,, www.bcminiaturehorseclubs/vimhc

13-16 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Grande Prairie AB, 204-771-5335,



15-16 BCMT BUCKLE SERIES SHOW, Shumway Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, e-mail Donna,

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27-30 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Hague SK, 204-771-5335,


30 AERC HORSE SHOW, 9 am, Agriplex, Armstrong BC,,



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5-6 CCC DOUBLE HEADER, Thorsby Haymakers, Thorsby AB, Melissa Deveau,

11-13 PHAC CANADIAN NAT’L SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, Deb Cones 403-860-9763,,

12 ALL GAITED BREEDS VERSATILITY CHALLENGE, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, Deb Cones 403-860-9763,,

12-13 BCMT BUCKLE SERIES SHOW, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, e-mail Debbie,,

12-13 LADYSMITH, (V. ISLAND) BC, Learn Equine Massage! 1st of 3 weekends! Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,

13 DRESSAGE TEST PRACTICE DAY (3 of 4), Copper Hills Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, Ann Wallin 778-220-7898,

17-20 HARCAN Training Camp, Olds AB,


19 SCQHA CLINIC (Clinician TBA), Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC,,

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52 Challenges for You and Your Horse

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Clubs & Associations

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC

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Vintage Riders… for the love of horses!

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Kelowna Riding Club News 

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An “Open Invitation” from BCIMHC 

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Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club

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Equestrian Canada Equestre,

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office

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Did You Know… ?

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Supplementing Kelp in Horses

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Horse Expo Canada 2023 Leaves Crowds Wanting More!

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Dynamint Equine

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Kamloops 85th Provincial Winter Fair: The Tradition Continues – “Let’s Stirrup Some Family Fun”

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Tails to be Told . . .A treasure chest of memories .

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Why Do Horses Have Chestnuts and Ergots on Their Legs?

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101 Uses for Baling Twine (Almost)

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BC Agricultural Expo

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Automatic Horse Feeding –Your Innovative Feeding Solution

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Equine Foundation of Canada Annual General Meeting - President's Report

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Manitoba, Alberta & British Columbia Race Tracks To Stage 2023 Western Canadian Triple Crown

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From the Editor…

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