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From the Editor… Features The Perfect Storm Cowboy Dressage Saddle Fitting (Misconceptions) Why Horses Refuse Barefoot Hooves A Special Purpose Rescues (Part 2) Record Crowd at Horse Sale Horse Breeders Conference Round Up of Wild Horses Connection 15th Annual Construction Feature Save Kin Race Track

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am so looking forward to spring time and getting out there with my horse(s). The horse trailer was buried under snow (at the top of the hill) but I think I can get it safely down the driveway now and in for its spring check-up. I feel so bad for the folks back east with the horrific snowfalls they’ve had (I was from Quebec); can’t imagine what the horse paddocks/fields are like for their horses… and how they have managed Nancy and Bobbi (or managing). March is the start of the ‘horse season’ for Saddle Up - we head out to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, then venture on to the Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley. I hope to see many of you at both events. Please do introduce yourself, as I only know most of you via email – without a face. Our new deadline of the 5th of each month has not settled in with some. We are still getting ads in late and doing our best to include them. We always offer a few days grace and try to accommodate, so please do your best to get them in by the 5th(ish), and that includes clubs news too. Please be patient with us through this new deadline transition – as the magazines may still be late in the stores – we are trying to correct that. Thank you,

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Dear Editor Dear Nancy:


thought your readership should know about an antibiotic called Monensin, or Rumensin or Coban 60, which is used in medicated chicken feed. Accidents happen, and this could be deadly for your horse. If your horse should accidentally be fed some of it, it causes organ failure. There were horse deaths in Ontario due to a bag mistake, and my friend here in Grand Forks lost two minis, because the person caretaking wanted to give them a treat.

Dangerous even for dogs. Horse owners must know about this. I do not know if all medicated chicken feed contains this antibiotic or just certain kinds. It would mention it on the label as I was told at the feed store. Shiv Chopra, who fought the legalization of Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada while he was working for Health Canada, also mentions it in his book (Corrupt to the Core). This was at least ten years ago and the stuff is still being used. - Sincerely, Angelica Herlihy, Grand Forks BC


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The Perfect Storm By Ross Buchanan “Glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins.” - Dr. Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT and Dr. Anthony Samsel, Public Health Research Scientist.


n the last issue, we talked about the five primary environmental challenges facing horses in the BC Lower Mainland, and specifically about the aluminum toxicity crisis. We focused on the issues it is causing in our horses primarily, but not exclusively, in the Fraser Valley. The Fraser Valley presents the perfect storm for the environmental challenges our horses are facing. Some of the factors creating the perfect storm include high density and proximity to industrial agriculture that is highly dependent on chemicals. Naturally, the Fraser Valley has acidic soils with low PH levels and a high presence of aluminum. Until recently, the neurotoxin aluminum has stayed in the ground. With the addition of the heavy loads of chemicals everything has changed. The most common chemical, glyphosate, facilitates the absorption of aluminum into the hay that our horses eat. High levels of aluminum toxicity are being reported in approximately 50% of the horses tested in the Fraser Valley. Recent tests of horse hay in the

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Fraser Valley have found aluminum levels ranging from 38 ppm (parts per million) to almost 600 ppm. The USDA maximum concentration level for aluminum in horse hay is 200 ppm. And don’t forget that hay is just one source of aluminum that is available to our horses. Other sources of aluminum include vaccines where it is an adjuvant and bagged feeds where it is used as an anticaking agent and is not required to be listed on the label. Glyphosate is the primary ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup and is also the most widely used weed killer in the world. The application of glyphosate has more than tripled in recent times. Glyphosate has been linked to toxicity in humans resulting in cancer, reproductive and developmental complications and neurotoxicity. It’s also been directly linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as other serious health effects. With many concerns about glyphosate, what worries me most is the impact that it has on the ceca of our horses. Microbe

Inotech Lab reports that glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria in chickens at .1ppb (billion). The cecum is the ultimate fermenting vat and highly dependent on the presence of flourishing good bacteria. While little research has been done to understand the impact of glyphosate on horses here is what MIT PhD scientist Stephanie Seneff says about how glyphosate impacts humans. Understanding the equine digestive system with its highly


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The Perfect Storm, cont’d sophisticated fermenting system as I do, I believe that the impact on horses is much greater than that on humans. Dr. Seneff believes that glyphosate is an antimicrobial agent (antibiotic) and it preferentially kills the good bacteria, which causes an overgrowth of pathogens in the gut. In addition, she has found that glyphosate chelates minerals and this disrupts the management of these very important nutrients throughout the body. Dr. Seneff states that glyphosate disrupts cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver, which are important for many things, two of which are activating vitamin D and detoxifying multiple toxic chemicals and drugs. In my opinion, glyphosate is responsible for three key issues that I see in horses. The first is the loss of elasticity in the muscles, ligaments and tendons of horses. Have you ever wondered why we have so many “tight” horses in this region? This loss of elasticity is a result of aluminum using and blocking the same pathway as calcium. The depletion of calcium at the cellular level creates an imbalance that results in the loss of elasticity. The second is aluminum-induced laminitis. I believe that once in the horse, aluminum is drawn to the extremities, primarily the head and the front feet. Aluminum is a powerful inflammatory agent and in the front feet it creates the inflammation that results in aluminum-induced laminitis. The third area that I believe is most impacted by aluminum in the horse is the brain. Aluminum impacts the equine brain much the same way that it inflames the human brain, resulting in the likes of autism and Alzheimer’s disease. For each of the conditions described above, I have seen that once aluminum levels in horses experiencing these conditions are minimized, the issues often disappear. Yes, I believe that there is a direct causal relationship between aluminum toxicity and loss of elasticity, increased likelihood of laminitis and neurofibrillary degeneration leading to behaviour issues in horses. To me, the bottom line is that glyphosate draws out the vital nutrients of any living thing it touches. At the same time as it blocks the nutrients in the soil from the plant it facilitates, it actually ushers in aluminum which then is fed to our horses in hay. Glyphosate destroys the good bacteria and reinforces the growth of pathogens in the cecum. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, in December 2014 the USDA quietly acknowledged that, due to “cost concerns,” it did not test for residues of glyphosate. Let’s repeat that: they never tested for the active ingredient in the most widely-used herbicide in the world. The scariest practice that is becoming popular in the haying industry is the chemical desiccation of hay using glyphosate immediately prior or at the time of cutting. The purpose of this practice is to reduce the risk of rain-damaged hay, to ensure the cosmetic attractiveness of the hay to the consumer and to ensure that haying is not held up waiting for the hay to cure naturally. Heaven help our horses... From his base in the Fraser Valley, equine journalist Ross Buchanan provides equine therapy services to clients. Best known for his specialty of relieving equine back pain, Ross also offers trace mineral and toxicity testing services. Ross is the author of four books including one novel, the modern day western, He Rode Tall.


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“Cowboy Dressage™” - A Philosophy, A Lifestyle By Paul Dufresne Cowboy Dressage™ has evolved from a vision into a discipline, and now it is becoming a lifestyle. This is happening not just in North America, but throughout the world.


itan Beth-Halachmy, along with other like-minded horse trainers, recognized a need to attend to the well-being of western horses by changing the way they are caused to move, and to attain a more humane understanding and systematic training path for horses. They identified the need to introduce dressage techniques into the world of the western horse. Horsemen who practice cowboy dressage are educated to develop light hands and to promote partnership and harmony between horse and rider. This is enhanced further with the use of dressage movements - but it is Eitan’s vision that western dressage is a discipline enhanced by dressage, not ruled by it. Cowboy dressage tests are very western, with simple rules and abundant freedom, as there was in the early west. The riding is based on release, not contact. Soft feel, founded by great horsemen of the past, is the core of cowboy dressage. In Eitan’s words, “It is the goal of cowboy dressage to promote and teach that, in a competition atmosphere, the horse’s well-being can be accomplished as well as maintaining the better parts of a western lifestyle in a partnership.” Eitan’s website,, describes

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soft feel as “a wordless, intimate and, for some, spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider.” He goes on to define it as a two-way approach, “not only sending messages, but also having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back. The timing and use of the release, relaxation, preparation and execution are the basic fundamentals of soft feel.” Tests are scored with emphasis on lightness, harmony, finesse, and partnership. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are also judged. Competition in this discipline is developing, and offers a place for the partnership between horse and rider to be rewarded for more than the quality of the maneuver; the well-being of the horse and rider are held in the highest regard. Preparation for competition is a study of the art of cowboy dressage and in knowing ourselves better – whether we compete or not, the quality of our pursuit, in lightness and compassion, is what matters. If you ride the trails, the range, the rodeo, or the dressage ring, you have a place to explore and grow with cowboy dressage. If you are involved in other disciplines and can relate to the partnership strived for in cowboy dressage you are welcome to join in too! As a clinician, I see cowboy dressage as a melding of the western lifestyle and discipline with the techniques of classical riding, as well as vaquero, reining, working horse and working equitation, all in a practical setting. In the past, horses were an integral part of human prosperity, and a good horse was a man’s best means of survival and his way of life. In the present, riding with a purpose provides potential for developing better relationships with our horses and for learning to cope positively with the various challenges we may wish to undertake with them. Cowboy dressage is for everyone who wants to learn to be a better rider/leader, who is excited by the art and study of riding, and who wants to share in the lifestyle that comes with it. Competition has been developed to offer riders the opportunity to ride maneuvers in a 20-metre by 40-metre dressage court that is broken into five-metre increments to allow for easilyunderstandable 10 and 20-metre circles, utilizing the entire court. The cowboy dressage court is designed to develop precision in the preparation and execution of maneuvers where the freedom and the partnership of the western horse and rider are expressed. Using the tests and the elements within will help train your horse, and all tests are designed to improve the western gaits of the horse. Maneuvers range from working to free walk, jog and free jog, intermediate gait for the 30+ breeds of gaited horses in the USA, and working and free lope. Turns on the haunches and forehand, back and backing in a 10-metre frame are just a few of the combinations. Cowboy dressage tests also include “Partnership on the Ground” and “Partnership on Horseback” tests for youth and amateurs. Freestyle classes where the ride is choreographed to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

“Cowboy Dressage,” cont’d music are fun for horse and rider and enormous crowd-pleasers. Cowboy dressage has three areas of competition. The first segment of cowboy dressage calls for a rider to perform a series of prescribed riding maneuvers on the court at various markers/letters on the perimeter of the court. The judge marks and gives feedback on each maneuver - on the accuracy, execution with freedom of movement, and partnership. This section can first be done in-hand with junior/beginner classes, or ridden. The progression of tests is from simpler to more complex maneuvers. The second segment is the cowboy dressage challenge, where poles are incorporated in the court in patterns to further challenge the horse and rider. This will further enhance the horse’s agility and the rider’s ability to complete maneuvers in a more practical and challenging setting. The third segment is freestyle. Basically, it is an open forum to complete certain maneuvers in an open program. Cowboy dressage is a western discipline with classical dressage influence. Its goal is to achieve true collection by shortening and lengthening the frame of the horse with use of the rein and seat to aid the horse in lightening his forehand and achieving self-carriage over time. The horse is given the opportunity to carry himself, however momentary it may be at first, but then given the opportunity with guidance to do so for longer – he is not held with constant contact.


If you are interested in learning more about cowboy dressage, visit Eitan Beth-Halachmy’s website, www. cowboydressageworld. com, or sign up for an upcoming Training For Courage clinic in your area at www. Paul Dufresne is a writer, clinician, trainer, and performer from Kelowna BC. He educates people in how to lead their horses in an effective and humane way that makes sense to both the horses and the people. Using a foundation in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts of Dressage/Vaquero/ Working Equitation evolving and melding with Cowboy Dressage, he helps participants understand how to lead with a light feel and to consider what the horse tells them in return with mutual respect. They learn to develop good relaxation cues, facilitating the foundation prep with the use of the New Age technique of Endotapping. By helping both the horse and leader become more emotionally secure, it allows both to be more courageous. The new Training for Courage Center on Senger Rd in SE Kelowna will be offering training, weekend clinics, and summer camps with access to trails right off the property. There will also be private and semiprivate 5 day intensives. • 9

Common Misconceptions By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery Misconception #1 – “Ride on the balls of your feet� We have hip, knee and ankle. In a straight line this is its strongest position, as it relies on bone and joints to carry the weight. When we rely on tendon and muscle we compromise this strength. When we ride with the foot all the way into the stirrup, the ankle joint is in its strongest position. We can now tip toe down on one side of the horse and heel down on the other. This gives the rider a chance to stay in sync with the horse’s lead change and rider balance. When you ride on the balls of your feet it causes you to brace against the cantle. This in turn causes you to ride the saddle instead of the horse. For safety reasons you should use leather soled riding boots.

Misconception #2 – “Keep your toes straight ahead� Your anatomy is not conducive to bending against your joints. The horse is round; if I place my toes out, my knee can now bend in the right direction around this horse. I can also use my calf to cue my horse. So why are clinicians giving instruction to the contrary and merchants selling angled stirrups? Why are so many people getting hip and knee replacements? If you get sore riding, find out why.

Misconception #3 – “Buying a saddle that gives you the right seat length is all you need to be concerned with� Unfortunately most western saddles are built for men. The ground seat and tree have the lowest point being about where a man’s pin bones will set. For a woman, with more flesh in her butt and a different pelvis, this makes her feel the saddle is too wide. If she has large thighs this is more accentuated. In my experience, a shorter seat will help more than a longer seat when you are “on� your horse. This has to do with where the fender is placed when you are “on� your horse. The saddle may feel wide but you will be able to get up in your stirrups to post at the trot. The horse’s size in reality sets the true width. It is the angle of the pelvis that causes a chair seat.

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Common Misconceptions, cont’d Misconception #4 – “Ride on the seat of your pants” Western saddles of the late 1800s or early 1900s had you riding straight up, in a semi-standing position. If and when your horse shies, you have a leg to catch your balance and a stronger back. Today, with horse related accidents surpassing motorcycle, it may be time to change the way you ride. I for one ride with about 20-30% of my weight in my stirrups; saved many a time riding in unfamiliar country. Now most people are using safety helmets and vests. Is there any excuse for being unseated?

Misconception #5 – “If I’m overweight (over 220 lbs) I’ll just get a bigger horse” It is ‘pounds per square’ we are talking about – not overall weight. Obviously the bigger horse can carry more weight structurally, but no more weight per square inch than the small horse. The size of the bars on a western saddle between a 14” seat size and a 17” vary only by 19%. 183 square inches versus 218 square inches. A 160 lb rider versus a 300 lb rider varies by 87.5%. The difference in pounds per square inch is 46% more weight per square inch between a 160 lb rider on a 14” seat and a 300 lb rider on a 17” seat.

Misconception #6 – A treeless saddle is more comfortable for the horse”

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Again we are talking pounds per inch. What happens here, the majority of your weight is right where you sit. The saddle with a tree spreads the weight out over a larger area than the treeless. If you weigh 110 lbs, a treeless saddle works just fine.

Misconception #7 – “If my saddle cants to one side it is because the mounting side fender has stretched over the years” This may be partially true; however, there are three other reasons to observe: 1) Most people are right-handed causing them to ride with their right foot ahead of their left. 2) Some production line saddles inadvertently may have one skirt or rigging ahead of the other. 3) Most horses are left-handed resulting in their left shoulder muscle being slightly larger than the right. However!… Riding crooked ends up being a serious problem for the horse. Now that we have left the ‘horse and buggy days’ and recreation is the principal reason, equipment has lost some of its meaningfulness. 1) Cowboy boots being at the top of my list. When was the last time you saw a high underslung heel, a pegged shank, and 16” tops? That’s for people that ride for a living; not walk. 2) Why is a recreation saddle 50 lbs; when they rode all day in a 30 lb saddle? “We” may be living in a technological age; but your horse doesn’t know it. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 11

Why Horses Refuse By Dana Hokana Everywhere that I go, whether to horse shows, large or small, expos, clinics, or just watching people ride their horses, I see a common problem. This problem is seen with all breeds, all riding styles, at all levels of competition and all levels of riders. This problem is seen out on the trail and in the World Championship arena.


he problem is that many horses refuse or are unwilling to the rider’s cues. A blatant refusal is very evident and can be seen. It is an overt, visible refusal. But unwillingness can be a covert or a hidden refusal. Unwillingness can be seen, or unnoticed and unseen. This unwillingness may be seen only by astute and very aware horsemen and women, who are able to recognize the subtle signs of unwillingness or a refusal. These small signs can be the horse grinding his teeth, holding his breath and becoming quick with his feet. More visible signs are the horse pinning his ears, opening his mouth, wringing his tail, kicking out, and more. Covert unwillingness usually starts out small and grows into overt refusals or at least an unhappy, burned-out horse. Small cheats can turn into big refusals. It usually progresses. This is the reason many horses don’t last very long in their show careers, or they become hateful about their jobs or their riders, and develop cheats in the show ring. Some people view horses as disposable. I don’t feel that way at all. My passion is to teach you to develop a horse that is happy and comfortable and likes his job. A horse that gets better with age and seasoning, not worse. I am going to teach you four of the main reasons that horses refuse. I will teach you to ride mindfully with perception into the whole horse. This knowledge will help you to make a wonderful, happy, willing, long-term partner.

1. The Horse’s Physical Inability Your horse’s physical inability to do what he is being asked to do may be because your horse has a lack of mobility, or soreness

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somewhere, or both. This may be due to general stiffness, or stiffness related to his weaker arc. Your horse may have stiffness due to an injury or soreness, or maybe even lameness. An injury may cause long-term limited range of motion. Horses can also be stiff due to the lack of a rider maintaining the horse’s suppleness. Keep in mind that our show horses are athletes! We ask them to collect their bodies and perform difficult maneuvers. In order to keep our horses skilful at these maneuvers, they must be physically able to do all that is asked. Horses need a suppling and maintenance program in place in their workouts in order to maintain them at their top potential. I recommend that you have your horse evaluated by a veterinarian to see if he has physical limitations due to soreness or stiffness. I also believe that you should be very mindful to always warm up and cool down your horse very thoroughly before and after each workout. I like to walk for a few minutes then trot. I will medium trot paying attention to his stride and rhythm. I want a strong, pure gait. After each workout, make sure that you walk your horse out to cool him down. Just adding this habit alone can help some stiff horses.

2. The Horse is Unwilling Often horses learn to refuse. Most unwilling horses have learned to dislike their jobs. A horse can become unwilling because he is trained in such a way, or “crammed and jammed” so to speak with no regard for the horse. Many riders and trainers become so focused on getting to the show ring, or “the win,” that they become insensitive to what is going on with the horse. All of us as trainers have unconsciously gotten so determined that we might have missed things with our horses. I feel that in order to avoid creating older, angry, sour, burned-out horses, we need to be extremely mindful about how we teach and train our young horses.


Why Horses Refuse, cont’d We can teach our horses to enjoy their jobs or to hate their jobs. It is up to us! I want to share with you the importance of behaviour modification and how horses learn. Horses learn by the reward. The reward is the release of the cue, the release of the rein or leg pressure. The reward is also a soft, rewarding voice, or a pat on the neck, or even just to stop and stand in the arena so that he can take a break and process what he has learned. The pressure has stopped and the horse figures out what you want. Many trainers train with the mindset that the horse had better do what was asked, period. I agree that our horses need to obey, however, I have dealt with and remade many horses that just hated their jobs and hated life. Most unwilling horses don’t start out unwilling! The rider’s cues and demands are usually given without much regard for his willingness, or his lack of willingness. The rider doesn’t take the time to clearly reward the horse when the horse does something right, or even tries. The rider’s cues can become a jumbled, confusing series of demands. The horse can’t win, and learns to hate his job. Another important factor is that when the rider pushes a horse until he is out of air, it becomes a negative experience for the horse. When I am riding, I have a saying that I keep in my mind. Teach your horse to say “yes,” teach your horse to say “yes” willingly, and teach your horse to say “yes” willingly with cadence. With this, I remind myself to not just settle for a “yes” from my horse.

When I teach my horse or ask my horse to do something, I pay a lot of attention to his response. I want my horse to be willing, and I want his heart. When I pay attention to my horse’s response to me, I am developing and training horses that show and last a long time, horses that are honest in the show arena, and are truly “broke” as I call it! I do this by continuing to apply my cue, even if my horse shows some resistance to it. I never punish him with that cue, I just leave it there until he starts to accept it, and I will remove the cue as his reward. I will reapply it again and will leave it there until he accepts it, and then I will remove it. I will look for signs of acceptance, like relaxing through the body. The horse may lick his lips or take or release a breath. I have a mare that I bought for my daughter. When I bought her, she was always mad off of my leg. She was 11 years old and “used up” so to speak. She cheated horribly but I saw potential in her, so I set out to remake her. She would get so mad at my leg that I would push her hip around her front end and she would fly around off of my leg, wringing her tail and pinning her ears. I would do this over and over until she would relax and accept it without all of that negative body language. I would also pay a lot of attention to her footfall. When she took big, soft, cadenced steps she was finally obediently accepting moving off of my leg. I really broke through with her and she became a great show mare. However, my leg cues were always her weak point, and I would have to maintain that area. She ended up winning the Congress in Horsemanship two times, tying to win Trail one year as well. She won the All-Around award at the Congress one year and was Reserve another year, and was in the top ten in Pleasure at least continued on page 14

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Why Horses Refuse, cont’d four times. She won top all-around awards all over the country. She really taught me a lot about developing a horse’s willingness. I am very grateful for what I learned, as now I can pass that knowledge on to other people. I have remade many “used up” horses by applying this principle.

3. The Horse is Lacking the Training or Knowledge Your horse needs to understand what it is that you are asking him to do. If, as a rider, you are coming up against a horse that can’t or won’t do what you are asking, make sure that he understands what it is that you are asking him to do. Be clear in your approach and make sure that he has the knowledge and the training to do what it is that you are asking of him.

4. The Rider is Sending Unclear Cues Often times the rider is sending the horse unclear cues or is just plain asking wrong! As I teach, I often find that a rider may be unable to get the horse to do something because they are asking wrong. For example, a rider will ask the horse to do a maneuver like a turn on the haunches. The rider’s hands are drawing back, or the direction of pull is backwards and the horse is backing up and unable to make the turn. When I help the rider to correct his/her hands to stay in front of the saddle horn in an upward and slightly backward direction of pull, the horse is freed up to make the turn beautifully! As riders we need to discern whether it is our issue or the horse’s issue, and that can sometimes be difficult. In order to figure

it out, it may take the eyes of a professional, or more knowledge on your part, or both. You can acquire that knowledge through books, training articles and training DVDs, as well as lessons from a qualified professional. The other important point that I want to share is to correct or punish ONLY the body part that refuses you! Ride mindfully and attentively. Pay attention to where you are “losing” your horse. Slow down your cues and figure out where the refusal is coming from. Then deal with that one issue until you break through to the other side! Riders that ride angrily and jerk or spur the whole horse do nothing but make an angry burned-out horse. If at any time your horse becomes very resistant or dangerous, stop and seek the help of a professional. When I see a bad attitude or resistance, I will deal with that one and only response and determine which cue he is resisting. I will repeat my cue until he accepts it. This may take some time. Be prepared to take the time needed and you will end up with a happier horse. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry and currently operates Dana Hokana Quarter Horses in Temecula, California. She has trained multiple Western Pleasure circuit champions as well as some major Futurity winners. Dana has also trained horses to top ten placings in Western Pleasure at both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show. Riding her stallion, Invested Dimension, she captured an AQHA Reserve World Championship title in Senior Western Pleasure. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)


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Five Points to Developing Strong Barefoot Hooves By Kristi Luehr, BC School of Natural Hoof Care

1: Trims Frequent trimming is the most important step in building and maintaining healthy hooves. The average horse should be trimmed on a six to eight-week schedule. This can be varied slightly depending on the time of year and how fast the hooves are growing. It also depends on the amount of movement and exercise the horse is getting over varied terrain. Anything more than an eight-week cycle is just damage control and will not facilitate the growth of a healthy strong barefoot hoof. During rehabilitation trimming of damaged and sensitive hooves, the frequency of trims can vary anywhere from once per week to every four weeks depending on the situation.

2: Movement Even with frequent trimming practice, a horse will not develop strong hooves without movement. Wild horses in the US Great Basin have been documented to travel up to 40 miles per day in search of food, water and shelter. In contrast, our domestic horses usually live in paddocks where they are fed next to their water and do not have to travel far for shelter. One of the best things we can do for our horse’s hooves and wellbeing is to keep them in a herd on a track based paddock system. A track-based system where horses are fed throughout the track encourages horses to move, on average, seven times father then they would in an open paddock. For more information on this type of horse keeping, I would urge you to read Jaime Jackson’s book, Paddock Paradise.

3: Terrain Movement is key, but movement on varied terrain plays an important role in hoof strength. A horse that lives in a soft grass paddock and only works in a sand arena will not be able to callous his hooves to be comfortable on hard-packed ground or rocks. The best way to condition your horses’ hooves is to bring the surface you want them comfortable to ride on into their paddock. That means you can bring in river rock, pea gravel, and road crush gravel. Putting these materials around areas your horse frequents is key. You don’t have to do your entire paddock in them. Placing them around the water trough, or in their shelters is a good way to ensure exposure to those surfaces. At first the horse might be uncomfortable, but over time their hooves will start to callous and

strengthen and they will become able to traverse those surfaces without discomfort.

4: Diet A low carbohydrate and high-fibre diet is essential for hoof health. It is also important to make sure your horse’s diet is balanced in vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in carbohydrates can cause sensitivity in the hooves, poor horn growth and laminitis. Horses are designed to forage 14-16 hours per day. The best way to feed our domestic horses is by slow feeding. There are many great feeders and nets on the market to simulate natural grazing.

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Patience is key in track with varied terrain and is rehabilitating damaged hooves sound on any surface. as well as forging strong healthy barefoot hooves. It takes time to build callous, and to condition the hoof to the environment. Rehabilitation also takes time as you cannot always achieve your trimming goals for a specific horse in one trim. Soundness is key when trying to build healthy hooves and the horse’s comfort must always be a priority. Kristi Luehr is a Natural Trimmer, and founder of the BC School of Natural Hoof Care. She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)

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A Special Purpose By Christa Miremadi His eyes were soft, liquid brown with a hint of sadness to them. His coat gleamed glossy copper velvet. He exuded a kind, gentle energy and was always the first to wander up to the kids, looking for love, affection and kindness.


ut in a herd of more than 30 horses, Yogi was another mouth to feed, another set of hooves to keep maintained and another horse not doing his job. Horses living on a working ranch, like so many people, need to do a job or face losing it. If the job’s lost, in many cases, so is the security of a roof over your head and any benefits that came with the job (such as medical, dental or retirement security). In my opinion, it’s our responsibility to give our horses the time it takes and the preparation needed to keep them working for as long as possible. In Yogi’s case, he was a beautiful chestnut gelding in the prime of his life that couldn’t do his job… Every summer for the past 15 years, I’ve volunteered as a trail guide, wrangler and/ or riding director for the ranch Yogi lives at in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Around 5:30 am, we would saddle up, pray for the day that was about to begin and ride out onto the still-dark 800 acres of range land that the herd calls home. The herd works hard, keeping dozens of kids safe on the back country trails every day that camps are in session and their reward is their freedom every night and between camps. As Vicky (the herdsperson) and I would ride out to gather the herd each morning, we would enjoy the silence and beauty of a perfect sunrise, find the herd and send them towards home, following along and gathering any stragglers. Once back at the corrals, we’d sort through the herd, halter the horses who’d be working that day and kick the rest out to the “winter catch pen,” a large grassy paddock with water, hay and trees to scratch on. Aside from the few hours of lugging unbalanced kids around and putting up with their occasional kicking or tugging (and a bit of whining), it’s really a pretty awesome life for a horse! We would halter the 20+ horses we’d need for the day and each day I’d give Yogi a rub as he wandered over, seemingly eager 16 • Saddle Up • March 2015

to go to work and each day he’d be left in the pasture with the others that didn’t get saddled. One day I finally asked Vicky, “Why don’t we ever use Yogi? He seems so gentle and eager to work?” “Yogi can’t be saddled. He bucks any time we try to saddle him, so we don’t really use him. He’ll probably be going to auction at the end of the summer,” Vicky replied hesitantly. If you’re like me, hearing the word “auction” when referring to a horse (especially one that can’t be ridden) sends shivers down your spine. At home, that usually means only one thing… “But he’s so sweet! He is so gentle and good with the kids,” I said. “He is, but we can’t keep a horse who won’t do his job,” she replied, sadly. Vicky was in charge of the care of the horses, but not in control of who got to stay and who’d have to go. A few days later, while listening to Vicky give a talk to the kids about God having a special purpose for each of us and how no one is more special than anyone else, that we’re all differently valuable, I thought of Yogi and his purpose. After making a special effort (which I’m sure Vicky noticed) to use Yogi almost every day for haltering, leading or grooming lessons with the kids, I reminded her of her speech to the kids. “Maybe Yogi has a special purpose as well. Maybe if you gave him a little time and helped him through his challenges, he could do his job better,” I said. The way I see it, our horses are like our employees. We’re responsible for providing them with the preparation they need to do their job. We’re responsible for helping them “learn the ropes” and giving them the support and assistance they need. If they’re unable to work after we’ve provided them with all the preparation we can, then we may need to seek new employees and help them to find a job that’s better suited to their gifts but we don’t just fire them for being challenged. Vicky, being the incredibly open and loving person that she is, gave it some thought.

Vicky and Yogi finding their groove together

Vicky working Yogi through being sat on without fear, with the help of an assistant.

A few days later, I saw her in the round pen playing with Yogi. I caught her working with him a few more times before I left the ranch and although I didn’t press the issue, I did wonder if Yogi was going to keep his job. Well, a few months after I got home, I got a message from Vicky with a picture of her riding Yogi! Vicky and I’d worked with her own mare a few times and with the little bits of knowledge she’d gained in our time together, along with the little bits of knowledge she’d gained from a few others that summer (and through much patience, dedication, experimentation and observation) she’d discovered that Yogi was reacting to the saddle out of fear. She began to break things down into tiny little HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A Special Purpose, cont’d pieces. Rather than fully tacking him up, she began by throwing the saddle pad on and off, placing the saddle on and off, bringing the cinch across and letting it go, and so on. She believed that whatever it was that had caused Yogi to become so scared could be worked through - and she was right. Vicky dedicated herself to listening to Yogi, helping him through his challenges and preparing him for the job he’d been hired to do. She worked hard and she didn’t turn her back or give up on Yogi when it seemed that he may never stop bucking. She just continued to search for answers to help Yogi. Recently, she sent me an update: Yogi is now able to be saddled in the barn like the rest of the horses, mounted up in an arena and ridden in the ring or out on the trail. Yogi has even learned to have ropes thrown off of him and Vicky’s preparing him to rope a steer by teaching him to drag objects around the ranch! Even if Yogi is unable to do his job as a kid’s ranch horse (which I believe he’ll be able to do soon and will love!), Vicky’s helped prepare him for any number of other jobs and provided him with a chance of a better future. Yogi, the little copper gelding with the soft, liquid brown eyes has found his place at the ranch, at least for now, and is earning his keep. The gift he shared, his special purpose may have been to help educate Vicky and the others who helped her with him that summer, but Vicky’s gift to Yogi - the ability to do a job - will mean


the difference between life and death to him. Just because a horse seems to have a limitation or it appears that he can’t do something, doesn’t mean he can’t. Sometimes all they need Yogi building confidence and learning is a little more time and to accept a rope being swung from his back a bit of hard work. In my opinion, it’s our job to give our horses the time it takes and the preparation needed to keep them working comfortably for as long as they can. I couldn’t have been happier to hear of Vicky’s experience and Yogi’s progress! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) • 17

Rescues: Help or Hindrance? Facts and Flags, Part Two By Advocates for Equines

In part two of this series we are going to look at some points or Facts and Flags to consider when surrendering a horse or adopting a horse from a rescue.


egardless of whether you will surrender or adopt a horse, first, take the time to find out as much as you can about the rescue. Don’t be shy about asking questions and expecting honest answers. Don’t rush into any decisions and if you feel like the answers are not forthcoming or too vague then – and this may be very hard but - move on. You are making an important decision that affects not just you but the horse, and if a rescue is not run in a transparent ethical and humane manner they don’t deserve your business. Try to talk to as many people at the organization as you can: employees, volunteers, board of directors, previous adopters and donors. Ask around at the local vets, feed store or where you buy shavings and other supplies. Try to visit the rescue at different times of the day to get a feel for the day-to-day care and attitudes of those who look after the horses. Reputable rescue groups that are registered charities or registered non–profit societies are required to keep minutes and financial records. These reports may be available on request and will give you a good understanding of how they do business. Familiarize yourself with the Equine Code of Practice which was written and developed by a large committee of industry experts and scientists. This is an excellent educational tool to help both new and experienced horse owners understand the new minimum standards of care for horses. The Codes are available to download for free through the National Farm Animal Care Council, and hard copies available at no charge through Horse Council BC. All rescues should be running in compliance with the standards set out in the Equine Code of Practice. It is critically important to have a close look at all adoption policies and contracts, and try to do this before you even look at a horse or surrender a horse to a rescue. You want to be unbiased and analytical as you evaluate the terms. If you have already picked the perfect horse it will be hard for you to make an objective decision.

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Just because you are shown a contract, it does not mean you have to sign it or that it will hold up in court. The contract may not have even been written with legal counsel and may not hold reasonable expectations. If you do not agree to a clause, there are options. Discuss your concerns with the rescue group representative and stay neutral and calm when expressing your viewpoint. If the changes are agreed to make sure they are put in writing. If some clauses seem to be intrusive, ask questions and perhaps get further clarity in writing from a designated rescue representative. You can also put a line through the unwanted clause and neatly write in what both parties agree to. They must then both initial the changes. Red Flag: The rescue group claims their contract will not be altered. Knowing that they want a home for the horse; they should not be able to use intimidating phrases, i.e. “If you don’t agree to our terms, you can’t adopt this horse.” If they do, be strong and move on. Any organization that uses ‘bully tactics’ is unprofessional and should not benefit from your business. Whether you are adopting or surrendering a horse, due diligence and thorough investigating is paramount to a successful outcome for you and the horses. We will provide more facts and flags in the next issue.

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Record Crowd at Horse Sale By Nancy Roman, Photos courtesy of Diana Raffan


he power of social media and Facebook frenzy brought a record crowd to Armstrong’s Valley Auction on Saturday February 7. It was standing room only in the bleachers and hallways, and parking was backed up on the frontage road, with buyers from all over BC and Alberta. The sale was a dispersal from Spallumcheen breeder Gary Roberts, charged by the BC SPCA for animal cruelty and neglect. In December, the SPCA seized from Roberts’ farm 16 horses that were in critical distress, four have since died. There were over 100 horses on the property. The SPCA recommended charges to Crown Counsel and Crown Counsel had ordered Roberts to not have custody or control of any domestic animals including, but not limited to horses after February 17. Roberts chose to sell the horses at auction. And a successful auction it was with almost 80 horses up for sale; majority being Quarter Horses, with some Thoroughbreds as well. The first horse through, a chestnut QH mare, was the top seller at $2600. Two black and white Paint geldings sold at $2500 and $2300 to one buyer. Another Paint mare went for $2400. Weanlings and yearlings were going for $400 to $1950. Other horses averaged around $1000. A Kelowna buyer brought home 7 or more horses! The crowd was enthusiastic and generous! “I was thankful for the support and overwhelmed by the kindness shown in the horse community,” says auctioneer Don

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33rd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference Reprinted in part from Robyn Moore. Photos courtesy Darrell Dalton


total of 486 horse enthusiasts left their farms and convened at the 33rd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference held January 9-11 in Red Deer for a weekend filled with fun and education. Delegates came from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Yukon, and even one from California. The exhibit hall hosted over 50 booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations. At Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception delegates and the public were welcome to get their first look at the trade show and were treated to popcorn and beer. Early bird draw Dr. Wayne Burwash receiving And, yes, there was cake! prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered Distinguished Service Award additional bucket draw prizes. The News Hour is Saturday’s sessions began with Stacy Pigott, who spoke about the last session of the training practices in the public eye. After the coffee break delegates day on Saturday, and had the choice of attending a session on the young horse given offers information on by Dr. Bob Coleman or Dr. Rebecca Gimenez educating about current issues in the horse emergency preparedness. industry. Eva Havaris After the lunch break, Dr. Jodie Santarossa shared her from Equine Canada knowledge about building better athletes and Dr. Tony Willing presented on the goals of spoke on horse appraisals. Twenty minutes later, the fourth round the national organization, Dr. David Fraser of sessions began with Dr. Sheryl King who spoke on stable Adrienne Herron from management practices and a panel discussion on growing the horse Alberta Agriculture and industry. Rural Development gave an update on premises identification, and Les Burwash from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development updated delegates on a new pain analgesic. The News Hour concluded with Martin Black and Dr. Stephen Peters the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, given this year to Dr. Wayne Burwash in recognition of his lasting influence and contributions to the equine industry in the province. Saturday night offered live music by local Lacombe singer/ songstress Randi Boulton and a host wine bar and dessert. Dr. Stephen Peters took the stage to a standing room only crowd on Sunday morning and presented on the horse’s brain. Running concurrent to Dr. Peter’s session was Dr. Bob Coleman on using technology to manage horse body weight. The sessions 5100-SE were followed by Martin Black taking the stage to a full crowd and 2750 PRO presented on reading the horse and Dr. Brenda Abbey shared her TechSew is a trusted supplier of industrial sewing machines, knowledge of the impact of horses on the human brain. cutting equipment, leather tools and more. The very important Alberta SPCA Fred Pearce Memorial Proudly Canadian owned and operated since 1974. Lecture, dedicated to the welfare of the horse, was presented this year by Dr. David Fraser who spoke on understanding animal welfare. TOLL FREE 1-866-415-8223 The Horse Industry Association of Alberta thanks everyone who attended and sponsored the event as well as the 17 presenters Industrial Sewing Machines who brought their expertise and experience to Red Deer, Alberta.


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Connection, cont’d in the barn and the arena as well. When the atmosphere is charged with negative emotions, it can be difficult to do good, positive, harmonious work, unless we learn to deliberately block the negative energy from the environment. But being selective in who or what we are sensitive to is extremely challenging. Focussing on the horse’s mental and emotional state can be tiring, because it takes a lot of concentration and inner strength. In some cases, when a horse is still mentally and emotionally unbalanced, the rider has to give the horse his own inner strength and balance to lead the horse into a state of mental relaxation and calmness. It feels as if you were carrying the horse. Some of these rides can leave you drained and tired, although they may have been easy and light from a physical point of view. Riding with a strong focus on the mental/emotional/spiritual connection brings out the best in each horse. You can see them blossom into complete, well-rounded personalities. They become more and more aware of their accomplishments. They become proud of themselves and their work, which makes them put more and more effort into it over the years. Often, the horse will surprise you and exceed your expectations, because a nourishing, encouraging bond between horse and rider has given the horse wings.

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15th Annual Construction Feature FOX SPRINGS FARM – VERNON BC


aving my own indoor arena has been a lifelong dream. I love to ride and train year round and with three horses on the go it just made sense to have my own arena.

The arena is primarily for my personal use; however there are a few young riders that live nearby that ride in for lessons with their coach. I also have had several friends trailer in for lessons with my coaches (jumping and dressage). We do plan to organize short clinics in the future, but we are not a boarding facility and are not set up to have extra horses stay for any length of time. We chose this style of construction to match up with the existing buildings on the property. Contractor Bryan Schultz was very attentive to our requests and the arena turned out beautifully. The inside dimensions are 76’ by 180’. We use the entire area for riding, no viewing area and no stalls attached. The materials used were metal siding, metal roof, wind screening, and painted wood half walls on the inside.

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15th Annual Construction Feature FALLING STAR RANCH – DUNSTER BC


’ve been training horses and coaching riders professionally since 2006. Lack of access to an indoor riding arena had been challenging. Falling Star Ranch is situated in the Robson Valley, an area of high rain fall (due to an inland temperate rainforest), strong winds, and long, cold winters with considerable amounts of snow. While it is impossible to train horses and coach riders during the winter months (October to May) without access to an indoor arena, it can even be challenging during the warmer time of the year due

to dangerous (slippery) footing caused by vast amounts of rain and high winds. Without the indoor arena, I was unable to accept training horses during the winter months. Scheduling of lessons, clinics and workshops was difficult year-round due to the dependence on weather. And expanding Falling Star Ranch’s services to include a year-round mentorship program wasn’t possible without daily access to an indoor arena. I did a lot of research regarding the various types of buildings, but living in an area with high snowfall, I wasn’t convinced that a fabric building would hold up over time. As well, I’ve always liked the feel of a wood structure. The building was built from scratch. I got a few quotes from companies who offer package deals and it came in about the same. So I chose to go with local businesses. The riding arena is 60 x 120 with the walls at 16’ high. We don’t have lights in the arena yet, but thanks to the polycarbonate light panels along the top of the long sides and the ridge light it is very bright in there, even on gloomy days.

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15th Annual Construction Feature FALLING STAR RANCH – DUNSTER BC

works. Formulated for indoor and outdoor arena usage, WHOA DUST not only cuts down water and controls displacement, it creates an even The arena has a galvanized roof. There are 60 ft. wooden trusses supplied by Norberg Truss in Kamloops. We opted for metal siding in red with white trim. There are two 16 x 16 sliding doors, one each on the short side of the arena, built by our local contractor; and two 4 x 7 man doors, one each on the short side of the arena, next to the sliding door. There are four 8’ gates, two on each short side of the arena, so we can open up the sliding doors during the warmer months and ride safely without having to worry about horses escaping; and the kickboards are 2 x 6s in 18’ lengths (put up by my husband and myself). The eavestroughing and downspouts were installed by Marathon of Prince George. Croydon Enterprises was responsible for pouring concrete pads for uprights and around the base of posts, and their trucking service for the hauling and spreading of sand. The footing is local beach sand, approximately 3” deep on top of a packed clay base. We chose this type of footing mostly due to availability and reasonable cost. It does get dusty, so we also applied a dust control product from WHOA Dust to reduce the watering and keep the dust down.

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he reason we built this structure was to have a riding arena and tack room for our boarding and dressage training facility. We chose the We Cover Structure for many reasons, one of them being the fabric roof that allows so much natural light in the arena which reduces our requirement for daytime lighting. Other reasons include the space and openness which gives a natural flow of air and provides beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. We like the straight walls and roof line rather than the curved lines of other fabric structures. Ornan Martin, the We Cover representative that worked with us, was extremely helpful and made the whole process uncomplicated.

The dimensions are 236 x 90 feet. The front 36 feet include grooming stalls, tack room, maintenance bay, shaving shed and equipment storage. The building also includes a hay loft. The pillars and trusses are made from galvanized steel and the roof is made from fabric. The front end of the building is standard wood frame with metal roof and cement flooring. The arena walls and roof were supplied by We Cover and the rest of the materials were supplied by the contractor. The arena footing is fine blend sand mixed with GGT and then laser levelled.

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We did the crossed fencing and gates on the property. The barns on the property were originally designed for Standardbred horses, but we completely redesigned and renovated the barns and added in and outs. The majority of the materials were purchased from Country Lumber and the stall doors were provided by John of Country Manufacturing. John did a fabulous job and he is such a great guy. He dropped in to do a follow up to admire how all the

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


n 2008, in the March issue, I sent in my very first article for Saddle Up magazine. Nancy asked me for a story on our Cowboy Cruise as we were just back from visiting the Parker Ranch in Hawaii with the Spirit of the West group. Wow - that was seven years ago! Who’d have thought it would turn into a regular monthly column? It did, though, and the first Cariboo Chatter followed a few months later in June 2008. Too bad we couldn’t go on a cowboy cruise before every issue! But then again, it’s so nice at home the rest of the year, and we have our horses here, so I guess once a year in the winter is pretty good. Now speaking of cowboy cruises... although we didn’t go on a cruise this year, Billie and Hugh McLennan and the Spirit of the West cruisers went on the Diamond Princess to tour around New Zealand and Australia, and they had an awesome time. They were continually sending home photos for me to update their website so that folks at home could follow along. Well, the photos of course brought tears as we During their Australia tour, Spirit of the West wished we were with cruisers happened to drive by an Australian them, and as much as rider; they all stopped for a chat and it turns out she trains polo ponies, just north of I was hoping there’d Sydney. She was riding a six-year-old polo be some horse mare (mostly Thoroughbred with some Australian Stock Horse blood) and ponying a 2 photos to share, the closest they got were 1/2-year-old filly. kangaroos- and they weren’t allowed to ride them! Sounds like they all had a blast though, and we hope to be able to join them next year as they do a 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise on the Crown Princess January 7-18, 2016. We were on a similar Mexican Riviera cruise with them in 2011 and it was amazing! A pretty mild winter so far here in the Cariboo, and just about the right amount of snow for us, too. The hay supply is lasting really well because of the warm weather and we haven’t had an ice crust

on top as we often do. The weather forecast, not that they are ever right, is calling for a mild spring so hopefully we’ll all be out riding again soon. The 19th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival is just around the corner, on March 12-15. Tickets are available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone, toll-free, at: 1-888-763-2221. A weekend pass is only $75 and that gets you into everything (except the dinner shows) all weekend long - all the daytime entertainment in both venues, the juried western art show, the evening feature performance at the Calvary Church and the Festival Western Trade Show. For an additional $30, you can get an add-on dinner ticket that lets you watch the evening feature Dinner Theatre Show with a full buffet meal. Passes for one daytime admission including the evening show are only $35, and if you just want to check things out for the day, it’ll only cost you $20 at the door ($15 on Sunday and Cowboy Church is free). The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday night, March 13, at the Cowboy Festival; the Louis Family (Vernon), Haughton Ranch (Knutsford), and Lloyd Creek Ranch (Pinantan Lake) will

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Tommy Desmond will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

Ken Mather will be the Joe Marten Award recipient Saturday evening at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

be inducted. On Saturday night, the three student scholarship winners will be acknowledged as well as the winners of the Festival’s juried western art show. The Joe Marten Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC will be also be presented during this evening feature show; the recipient this year is Ken Mather. For further Cowboy Festival information, check out their website as it has pretty much everything posted there: There will be over 40 of North America’s top western entertainers performing and presenting workshops and seminars, including Gary Allegretto’s “Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica Instantly Workshop.” Gary guarantees you will be able to play four western songs on a harmonica after his one hour workshop! A second BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 19, at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. Coldwell Ranch (Big Bar) and Charlie Coldwell, Bob Kjos (Fort St John) and Tom Desmond (Alkali/Dog Creek) will all be inducted. This year, the Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will be

Haughton Ranch will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

celebrating its 25th anniversary. Mark your calendars for April 17-19. Announcer Brett Gardiner (2013 Pro Rodeo Announcer of the year), Entertainer and Barrel man Dennis Halstead, the West Coast Thunder Drill Team and the BCRA competitors all guarantee to keep you entertained each day. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet. net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The February issue’s item came from the Meadow Springs Museum. It’s basically an antique temperature controller for a woodstove/

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This month’s item is from the Meadow Springs Museum. I covered the name on the box or you would have had the answer. The box is about 4 inches wide and 6 inches high. A clue: They are very breakable if dropped. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. furnace. The unit would be mounted on a baseboard and the chain went through the floor and hooked to the furnace’s air damper. By turning the knob, you’d increase or decrease the air able to get to the fire. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Glen Escott, Barriere Syd Lee, Nanoose Bay

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Kin Race Track Still On Hold By Nancy Roman


anada’s oldest race track, since 1893, is still in limbo thanks to the City of Vernon and of course ‘politics’. The Okanagan Equestrian Society, which is operated by a group of volunteers that manage the day-to-day operations of the Kin Race Track, recently held their Annual General Meeting in Vernon. An enthusiastic group of approximately 40 people were in attendance to show their support and seeking information on how to get this ‘issue’ resolved so racing can continue in the North Okanagan. Unfortunately, the Society has been involved in litigation with the City of Vernon for over 8 years now. It didn’t help that in July 2014 the Grandstand burnt to the ground, AND the City of Vernon holds the insurance policy on the property. Since then there have been neither decisions nor insurance money to re-build, and the Society and Racing Days are at a ‘Grand’standstill. Vernon’s newest Mayor, Mr. Akbal Mund, recently held discussions with Society representatives and hopes to continue meeting once a month to resolve the matter between the Society and the City. The Okanagan Equestrian Society’s mandate is “to offer all equestrian activities at the site” and those at the AGM had many suggestions of potential user groups, which are quite viable (including Trotters again), but majority also wants to see RACING continue at this ideal Vernon central site. Thousands come in for Race Days, meaning ‘tourism dollars’ for our area – why would the City turn that away? Bad enough the City closed TWO Tourism Info Centres with ‘highway locations’ opting for just one downtown off the beaten track (that’s a whole other opinion with me)! Only a few years ago a 7,000 name petition was given to the City signed by those in favour of Race Days at Kin Park. Where is that petition now and why hadn’t that been given consideration by the City in recent years? All at a standstill. Shame. The Okanagan Equestrian Society’s 2015 Board is: President – Robert White; Vice-President – Edward Woolley; Secretary – Rob Kimber; Treasurer – Wade Hardie; Directors – Barry Brewer, Joyce Pifer, Kathy Schrauwen, Barbie Burgess, Robyn Dalziel, Paula Sorokovsky, Katie Iceton, Maria Besso. For information and to show your support visit their Facebook page “Save Kin Race Trackk” (not a typo) or visit www. Better yet, if you are concerned and want to see Race Days AND Kin Race Track continue, give Doug Ross (City of Vernon) a call, he is looking after the track for the City. The more voices brings more awareness and more pressure.

Trotters in 1893. Courtesy of the Vernon Museum archives.

Race Days then. Courtesy of the Vernon Museum archives.

Kin Park in 2013. Photo courtesy of Maria Besso-Ockert.

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Top Dog! When Should I Call the Vet? Symptoms to Watch For

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ome dog names, like Sparky and Rover, will always be around. But just like baby names, every year we see new names to reflect the world around us. Take a look at the trends for 2014 and find out if your canine’s name made the cut.


side from obvious emergencies, it can often be difficult to know if the symptoms our dog is displaying warrant a trip to the veterinarian. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) our dogs cannot communicate with us through speech so we must, as responsible owners, make judgment calls for their safety and health. The most important thing we can do for our dog’s safety is really know him: become very familiar with what is normal for him so we can notice small changes as soon as they occur.

Watch especially for these symptoms: ~ Lack of appetite - one missed meal might not be abnormal for your pet, but if his appetite vanishes for more than 24 hours you should contact your veterinarian. ~ Smelly breath - dogs are not meant to have perpetually-smelly breath. If his breath is smelly for more than a couple of days a trip to the veterinarian is in order for a dental check-up; he could have a rotting tooth or infection in his mouth. ~ Vomiting - phone the vet if your dog vomits multiple times in a row, or if there is blood present. ~ Cloudy/red eyes, nasal discharge, or smelly ears can indicate infection. ~ Sudden weight loss - for a small dog, quickly dropping just a pound or two can signify that there is a problem. ~ Excessive scratching, rough/dull coat, or patchy hair loss. ~ Unusual stool - if your dog suffers from constipation or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or if there is blood or mucus present in his stool, he needs to be examined by a veterinarian. ~ Dizzyness, instability, circling. If you notice your pet displaying any behaviours that you perceive as strange, do not wait too long before phoning your veterinarian – and don’t wait until 4:50 p.m. on a Friday either! Recognizing symptoms early might just save your pet’s life.


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Top Dog! No Pressure! By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Part of the technique of positive reinforcement training is giving your dog opportunities to offer behaviours so that you can provide instructive feedback. In order to encourage your dog to offer behaviours, he needs to be confident that your feedback won’t be punishing or painful.


dding punishment to stop a behaviour has the effect of either causing your dog to try the same behaviour “harder” (behaviour becomes worse), or causing your dog to feel worried about the situation or the punisher which will discourage him from wanting to offer behaviours for feedback. A collar commonly adds punishment – something you might find surprising if you simply walk your dog on a flat collar without any intention of being “punishing.” As soon as there is any tension on your dog’s neck from a collar – whether he adds the tension by pulling or you add the tension by yanking or pulling back – you have a situation that is not conducive to learning. Tension on a dog’s neck is very uncomfortable and can be physically damaging because the juncture of neck and spine is a relatively fragile part of your dog. The pressure on your dog’s neck caused by any type of collar (fabric or chain) begins to cut off his air supply immediately causing your dog to start feeling anxious and worried. The worst thing you can do is start using your dog’s collar as a “correction” device by yanking on it in an effort to stop something like pulling or reacting to another dog. Worse still, is if you are using a prong, pinch or choke collar or applying a jolt from a shock collar. When you are simply “correcting” your dog vs. teaching your dog how to walk nicely on leash, you are on a path that is far less comfortable for your dog and ultimately less effective. Our years of experience have clearly shown that this path will very likely lead to an anxious dog who begins reacting on leash or whose reactions will get much worse. Often, these dogs don’t ever learn how to walk nicely on leash. The best training method is one that teaches instead of punishes. The best piece of equipment to use when you’re walking your dog is a comfortable, well-fitted body harness instead of a collar or face harness. When we’re helping dogs learn to walk on leash, an important consequence to pulling is an immediate lack of forward movement – we stop walking. This is a relevant and instructive consequence because your dog’s behaviour – pulling – is motivated by a desire to keep moving. Briefly stopping until we get a different behaviour is instructive feedback – “when you pull, we stop moving – try something else.” We use a body harness so that when we stop moving, momentum briefly causes the dog to lean into the “sling” of the harness with his chest and shoulders. Because there is no discomfort involved, there is no build up of anxiety and the dog begins to 38 • Saddle Up • March 2015

think through why he is no longer moving forward or why his forward movement keeps getting interrupted. If you’re consistent, very quickly your dog begins to offer alternatives to pulling – backing up, turning and looking at you, sitting, etc. He soon realizes pulling just doesn’t get him what he wants.

Try this! Here’s an easy exercise to help your dog learn to stay tuned to Although any harness can protect your your movements and be dog from potential damage to their responsive when you stop or throat, ones that have the leash attach in the front are great for accomplished change direction. pullers. Pick a quiet area and have some small treats ready. With your dog on leash, toss a small treat on the ground, wait for him to eat it and turn his attention to you, Click or Mark – then toss out another treat. Repeat this exercise about 20x. Next, take 2 steps on leash, stop and wait for your dog to reorient to you. Click and offer a treat by your knee so your dog has to come close to you to get it. Repeat this exercise about 20x. Whenever you’re working on leash walking, stop frequently, wait for your dog to reorient to you, Click/treat.

Points for Success Ensure that you tell your dog when you are starting and stopping each session. Hold your leash in one hand or both hands at your core so the leash has a consistent feel to your dog. Yanking up on the leash as a correction provides no relevant information to your dog. From the moment the leash comes out, expect and wait for calm and controlled behaviour. Praise your dog when he is walking nicely.


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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office How to Reach Us HCBC 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 HCBC Awards Horse Council BC’s annual awards serve Rochelle after just receiving her award, riding Courtney atop her horse Beauty after just her new 7-year-old stallion with HCBC Board to honour outstanding achievement within having received her award from HCBC Board Member representing Dressage BC, Noni Member and VP of Coaching Dr. Susan BC’s equestrian community. These awards Hartvikson and Asmar Equestrian CEO and Thompson. acknowledge those who have stood out from the Founder, Noel Asmar. crowd over the past year and who have made a positive impact on the community as a whole. ~ 3 Silver Medals at the Canadian Each award recipient was nominated by two or Interprovincial Equestrian more other Horse Council BC members for an award. HCBC is doing the Championships (on a leased horse!) awards a little differently this year and we are reaching out to the various ~ Champion at the Pacific Regional equestrian communities throughout BC so that we are able to present each Championship award at a recipient’s club, event, competition, or barn party of their choice, Each of these amazing surrounded by their friends and the people that support them. achievements (with the exception Noel Asmar Equestrian is the official sponsor of HCBC’s 2014 Awards. of the Canadian Interprovincial Noel Asmar Equestrian has supplied each 2014 HCBC Award winner (human Equestrian Championships) Courtney award winner, the jackets weren’t big enough to fit the horses) with completed with her own horse Asmar’s coveted Hunter Jacket! Each jacket is beautifully embroidered to Beauty. Beauty was a rescued PMU recognize each recipient. Brenda Driediger holds the giant filly from Alberta and had a difficult Rochelle Kilberg, 2014 Coach of the Year Horse of the Year - Competitive start in life. Beauty proved to be The HCBC Coach of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who ribbon for STLA Hey’s Dance Courtney’s biggest challenge and also Class! Here with breeders has demonstrated outstanding professionalism, leadership, and mentoring Sandra Arabsky and Herman her greatest success. With Courtney’s skills in a coaching role overseeing a team or individual at any level in any Steunenberg patience, love, perseverance, and recognized equestrian discipline during the year. Rochelle exemplifies what it means to be a coach. She inspires her students to achieve greatness in all aspects of life, she leads by example, and she believes that practice does indeed make perfect. Rochelle served as the Zone 3 Team Head Coach for Equestrian at the 2014 BC Summer Games where she helped to coach Zone 3 to win Gold in overall medal standings. She also was the Dressage Team Head Coach for Team BC at the 2014 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships and was able to coach one of her students to an Individual Silver Medal on a leased horse that had never before placed in the top 20. Congratulations Rochelle! Well deserved. Courtney Palleson, 2014 Junior Athlete of the Year The HCBC Junior Athlete of the Year Award recognizes outstanding athletic performance by an athlete 17 years of age or younger, competing in a recognized equestrian discipline taking part on a team or as an individual representing BC at either the provincial, national and/or international level during the year. Courtney had an amazing 2014, but success did not come easy. Courtney has worked tirelessly to develop and improve her riding skills and has approached each challenge with determination, perseverance, and the vision that failing isn’t an option. Her outstanding achievements in 2014 in the discipline of dressage were: ~ Touch of Class Champion ~ BC Heritage Reserve Champion ~ 4 Gold Medals at the BC Summer Games ~ Overall Champion in Dressage and Hack classes at Rising Stars Youth Dressage

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belief that Beauty was more than the sum of her parts, this untrusting mare has turned into the success she is today! They are truly an amazing team. Congratulations Courtney! You had an amazing 2014 and are starting off 2015 with a bang! STLA Hey’s Dance Class, 2014 Horse of the Year – Competitive The HCBC Horse of the Year – Competitive Division award is awarded to a horse who was born and raised in BC and who, over the year, has achieved a high level of success in any provincial, national, or international sanctioned competition in a recognized discipline. STLA Hey’s Dance Class is an Arabian mare that had an outstanding show year! She was the highest scoring horse that competed in the Sport Horse in Hand Division at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and she also placed in the top ten in her Open Liberty Class at the same show. In May 2014, she took home 12 first place wins and Championships with 3 second place finishes and Reserve Championships at the AAHABC (All Arabian Horse Association of BC) concurrent show at Thunderbird Show Park. Then in August of 2014 at the Royal Red in Manitoba she took home the Canadian National Championship Arabian Mares Sport Horse in Hand Dressage Type Open, Canadian National Reserve Championship in the Hunter Type Open, Canadian National Top Ten Championship in the Amateur to Handle Sport Horse Mares Dressage Type, and Top Ten in the Canadian National Sport Horse In Hand Amateur to Handle Hunter Type. Congratulations to STLA Hey’s Dance Class or “Bug” as she is known around the barn, her owner Sandra Nickolls, trainer Brenda Driediger, and Breeders Herman Steunenberg and Sandra Arabsky!


Canadian Quarter Horse Association Report Submitted by Marnie Somers President’s Report By Haidee Landry The 2015 CQHA AGM was held in conjunction with the Ontario Quarter Horse Association AGM, on January 17th, in Cambridge, Ontario. I’d like to thank President, Shawna Crawford and the members of the Ontario QHA for their hospitality and participation at our AGM. Our directors and I found great enjoyment in attending the OQHA Year End Awards banquet, sharing tall tales and getting to know our members in Ontario. Congratulations to all the award winners from that special evening. The CQHA AGM meeting began with keynote speaker, Vel Evans of Strategic Equine Inc. She spoke about the Growing Forward II program to advance export marketing and Vel Evans to Equine Canada Industry Council’s role in forwarding that program for Equines. Vel also spoke about the Horse Experience 2015 to be held during the Pan Am Games in Ontario in July 2015. She identified opportunities for our horse owners and breeders to showcase their product to a domestic and international market. Vel reiterated that it’s very important that we find a way to track the sales of our horses to international markets to gain more recognition that equines are a valuable export commodity (Equine Canada Industry Council’s role in long term International Strategy). I will have the opportunity to share information about the “Horse Experience” in Fort Worth, with the AQHA International committee, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in March. AQHA representatives from numerous countries will be in attendance and will get a personal invitation to visit Canada for the Pan American Games with opportunities to visit breeding farms and other equine events during their stay.

Some highlights from the 2015 AGM Meeting Package: • We recognized Team Canada and celebrated their accomplishments while competing at the 2014 Canadian Youth World Cup in College Station/Bryant, Texas. • We acknowledged the loss of Bill Collins, first and only Canadian inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame and the loss of AQHA & CQHA director Jim Fleming, both of Alberta. • We congratulated CQHA Vice President Wayne Burwash as he was honored by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta with their prestigious “Distinguished Service” award. We celebrated all their contributions to the Canadian Quarter Horse industry. • Marnie Somers, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented an update on the Shannon Burwash Memorial Scholarship Award for students interested in post-secondary Equine and Agricultural studies. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• Wayne Burwash DVM, gave an update on our progress towards having the AQHA Rulebook updated to give the provincial affiliates jurisdiction to enforce AQHA rules in their geographical areas. I want to send out a special thank you to all the great people who attended our AGM and to all those who work towards strengthening our horse industry and ensuring the welfare of the horses we love. All the best. (Printed in part…. See full report at

AQHA Recognizes 50 Year Breeders of American Quarter Horses Each fall, AQHA recognizes those members who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for 50 years. This year’s honorees included breeders from eight US states and one from Lloyd Turner Saskatchewan. Congratulations to pioneer American Quarter Horse breeder Lloyd Turner from Shamrock, Saskatchewan on being awarded the AQHA 50 Year Breeder’s Award! Lloyd was one of only nine breeders to receive this award in 2014, and the only Canadian! Lloyd is the third Canadian breeder to receive this AQHA award. Visit the Turner’s website at:

2016 AQHA Youth World Cup The AQHA has confirmed the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association 2016 Youth World Cup will take place in Tamworth, New South Wales from June 23 to July 3, 2016. This biennial event will see teams of youth, literally from around the world, gather to learn and compete in a variety of events. International hosts, judges, clinicians and handlers will be educating participants, not just in their horsemanship skills, but also will be encouraging and demonstrating good sportsmanship, camaraderie and promoting the benefits of teamwork. The event includes several days of intense horse show competition with classes consisting of: Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Showmanship at Halter, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Western Riding, Reining and Cutting. The riders will be learning with and competing on horses provided by their Australian hosts. Canada will field a competing team of up to ten youth participants. The Team Canada Coach, Manager and youth members from across Canada will be selected by the CQHA Youth World Cup Committee. A press release and the 2016 application materials will be issued in the near future. Visit for upcoming information. • 41

Equine Canada Update 2015 Annual General Meeting The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Equine Canada Membership will be held on Friday March 27, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa in Gatineau Quebec. Registration is Thursday March 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Attendance at this meeting is open to all members in good standing with Equine Canada. More information at Para-Equestrian Canada Launches 2015 Video Competition Series Video competitions provide riders with an opportunity to experience competition conditions in the comfort of their home stable and on a familiar horse. The 2015 Video Competition provides the opportunity to: • Put your choreography skills to the test and let your creative side shine by entering the Freestyle to Music classes now included in the Sea-to-Sea Para-Dressage program. • Try out other Para-Equestrian disciplines in our Coast-to-Coast program with the inclusion of Para-Driving, Combined Jumping, and Reining classes. Another new edition to the series is the introduction of Therapeutic Riding Centre (TRC) competition rankings. Entries and results from TRCs will be tracked throughout the competition series and updated on the Para-Equestrian Canada website, with an award being given to the highest placed TRC at the end of the year. This is a great team building opportunity and a way to create friendly competition between TRCs all over Canada! All riders with a physical and/or intellectual disability are welcome to compete in the video competitions. To download class information and to enter online, please visit Canadian Show Jumping Team Ties for Third in Florida Nations’ Cup The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar tied for third place in the $200,000 Furusiyya Nations’ Cup held at HITS Post Time Farm on Friday, February 13, at CSIO4* Ocala, Florida. A total of six countries contested the first-ever Furusiyya

Nations’ Cup. Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela all Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, and Showgirl, fielded teams in the owned by The Watermark Group, were the inaugural event. For lead-off riders for Canada in the $200,000 Canada, Mexico and Furusiyya Nations’ Cup. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography. the United States, the Ocala Nations’ Cup acted as the first of three qualifying events in the North and Central America and Caribbean League. The top two teams in the League earn an invitation to the Furusiyya Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, from September 24-27. In 2014, Canada finished second in the Final in Barcelona. With its second place finish in CSIO4* Ocala, the United States now leads the North and Central America and Caribbean League. The next qualifying event takes place from April 23-26 in Coapexpan, Mexico, where Canada is the defending champion. Roberta Sheffield to Represent Canada at CPEDI3* Canadian Para-dressage rider Roberta Sheffield, based in Lincolnshire, ENG, will compete in the invitation-only Al Shaqab CPEDI3* Para-Dressage event from March 5-7, 2015, being held in Education City, Doha, QAT. Coming off an excellent Roberta Sheffield and Double performance at the 2014 World Agent. Equestrian Games, where Roberta Photo by Graham Gannon. narrowly missed a medal in the Freestyle test, Sheffield and Double Agent, her eight-year-old Anglo European mare sired by Donnersohn, are honoured to represent Canada in this prestigious event. To follow the competition online, please visit www.

Double ‘L’ 4-H Club By Naomi Willms, Club Reporter


inch your saddles and hold on tight to your reins, Double ‘L’ 4-H club is coming to town! Double ‘L’ 4-H Club is located in the Kamloops area and is happy to announce we have started our 37th year. Our first meeting was held January 10th. We have elected our members for the parts that will keep our club running smoothly. We want to welcome our new members, Riley Anness and Elsie Rawlings. The first event we held was Tube night at Harper Mountain Ski Hill on Saturday January 17th. We would like to thank all those who came out to support us. The next event we have is Speech 42 • Saddle Up • March 2015

and Demonstration day. This is when we, as a club, present individual speeches or demonstrations in pairs. This is a fun event where we eat and listen, or in the members’ case, eat, listen and speak! Our ‘A’ leader, Lora Higgins, is still looking for some new members! We are a Photography and Horse club, so feel free to contact her at 778-257-2792, or e-mail HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


ongratulations Lorna Kotz! Vernon Young Riders would like to congratulate our most perfect leader - Lorna Kotz. She has won the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER LEADER of the YEAR. She has been the best leader anyone could ask for. Lorna has been the leader of our club for 24 years. She is not only our leader but has been volunteering in many other areas as well. These positions include President of District, serving on Regional, District and Provincial councils as well as on the Safety Committee. Lorna along with many helpers organized Catch the Clover, which was a fun time for everyone. Lorna is at the IPE every year setting up the booth, organizing volunteers and interacting with

the public to promote 4-H. Lorna is awesome and I wish she was our leader forever. We know Lorna does all this not just for “her kids” but for all 4-H kids. She encourages 4-H members to always try their best and follow the 4-H motto... “Learning by Doing.” We are so proud of you--YOU ARE AWESOME!

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


ope you all are getting your money’s worth out of those shedding blades because it’s going to take a team effort to eradicate the lingering effects of winter this year. Tickets to the annual VDRC Fashion Show are on sale now. Held at the Vernon Golf Club on Saturday March 21st, this fun event sells out every year so be sure to reserve your table early. From the barn… to the Ball is our theme. Models will be local equestrians wearing clothing from Greenhawk, The Paddock, Dianna’s Monograming, Cowboys Choice, Silpada Jewelry, Le Tack Truck & Carousal Consignments. Tickets can be purchased from participating businesses, any VDRC director, or by calling Linda Parker Fisk at 250-542-0559. Looking to get back on the horse? Julia Bostock will once again be offering a fun and confidence building Jumping Clinic the last

weekend of March. This is a great opportunity to get back into the swing of things at the VDRC in a low pressure environment. See our website or call 250-308-7079 for more information. Don’t forget that the early bird discount for your VDRC membership is only available until March 31st. Sara Jackson Vey is the person to contact if you have membership questions. Her number is 250-307-7655. The VDRC would like to thank The Paddock Tack and Togs, Pinnacle Renewable Energy and Greenhawk Kelowna for their generous support as 2015 club sponsors. As always, we have many exciting ideas for the coming season, and always welcome input or questions from other enthusiastic people who want to come ride with us!

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BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


et’s start with a quick catch up with what the club has been up to lately. On January 10, the BCMHC hosted their second ever pub night at The Artful Dodger Pub in Langley. Members Tina Harrison and Terri Brown steered this evening into a great success. With everyone’s help we raised a nice chunk of change, even had members from as far away as the island come out and support this fun evening. It was an honour to have Heather Ward come out and show her support regardless of her recent health issues. She was even armed with a bunch of silent auction goodies!! It was a really fun night and a HUGE Thank You to each and every one of you that came out, threw boat loads of toonies and supported the 50/50 draw!! This is how you put the Fun in Fundraiser!!! Tina Harrison, Vicki Schulz and Marie O Neill you guys are amazing and wonderful ambassadors of this club. Thank you for all you do. Next up for the minis was The Pet

Lover’s Show in Abbotsford on February 27 to March 1. We had minis in the booth all weekend and did some rocking demos!! Once again Thank You to all our wonderful members who helped make this weekend a great success!!! Go BCMHC!!! On March 15 the minis will be strutting their stuff at The Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park. This is a fun family day so come on out and meet some of our marvelous minis. We will have a booth in the main trade arena and keep an eye on the demo schedule so you can see them in action!! Mark your calendars for our upcoming June 12-14 show. This show is sanctioned both A and R and will be held in Chilliwack at The Heritage Park Show grounds. We are hosting three full days of classes with

something for everyone to enjoy. Come out and watch some in hand classes or be wowed by the action in cart. If you have any questions about the show contact Tina Harrison at Remember Great things come in Small packages!

Kelowna Hoofbeats Update By Ashley Robson and Lauren McGee


his year we are happy to welcome a lot of new members to the club as well as continue making memories with the older members. We would like to welcome, Georgia, Hailey, Shayle, Kiara, Simone, Brooklyn and Lauren C to the Kelowna Hoofbeats, as well as an intermediate member Robyn. We are happy to expand our 4-H family and plan to have tons of fun this year. On February 2nd we went to Laser Tag and had fun bonding as a club and having fun shooting each other with lasers. The club elected position results are: Club President is Ashley Robson; Vice President is Taylor Schell; Secretary is Kathleen Egeland; Treasurers are Alana Ensign and Sydney Augustin; Safety Officer is Jordan Schell; Attendance Taker is Payton Schell; and Press Reporters are Ashley Robson and Lauren McGee. These ladies will help the club run smoother throughout the year with the help of their leaders Kyra Casorso and Amanda Lamberton. 44 • Saddle Up • March 2015

Some 4-H trips this year that a few members are strongly considering are AgriCareer Quest Adventure (16-22 year olds), Youth Action (14-15 year olds), Scholarships (for those Graduating), BC 4-H Ambassador Program (16-20 year olds). This year we will have fun bonding as a club through meetings, events and doing fundraisers, as well as meeting every second week and keeping up with lessons whether it be riding, speaking or little things to help us improve where and when we can. Happy riding from all the Hoofbeats.

Kiara, Mia, Arlyn, Marina and Shayle having fun at Laser tag


Alberta Donkey and Mule News By Marlene Quiring


lanning ahead for the spring/summer includes considering some great clinic opportunities that the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club is sponsoring for any horse, mule or donkey owners to participate in. For the full line up of Clinics and Events, check out our website [or see some of our events listed in SADDLE UP]. There are a few changes from last month’s list of events that should be noted regarding our upcoming Jerry Tindell Clinics. Specifically the Clinic in Saskatoon SK has changed to Willow Ridge Stables in Saskatoon and our Clinics in Beaverlodge AB have a new host, Jennifer Monk and have been divided into Beginner and Advanced. Please contact Jennifer at 780 933-2159 or for further information. Also our 3 day ride into the Outpost at Warden Rock has been extended from a 3 day into a 4 day trip from June 22 to 25. Information and a registration form for all the clinics is available at our website. Register by the middle of April for an ‘’early bird’’ discount. You can check out Jerry’s training program at Having participated in several Jerry Tindell Clinics in the last Jerry Tindell and me on my mule ‘Denver’ at Jerry’s home in California. several years has benefitted me and my mules immensely. Jerry is Denver received some much needed re-training after being badly handled able to handle stock at all levels and teach their owners how to by a local horse trainer. establish a good, safe working relationship with them. His basic program has 6 steps that are important to master in order to keep animal but as you can imagine, takes a lot of work, patience, and ourselves and our stock safe. The steps are first taught from the good timing on our part to accomplish. However, Jerry is not only a ground before ridden work. Drilling and repetition on our part is master at training but also a master at teaching! If you want to soak needed so that when things get tough, our response is automatic. up some of Jerry’s decades of experience in training mules, horses, If we don’t have body control of our stock, we are riding unsafe. donkeys, wild mustangs and police horses, consider participating in Jerry’s program works well for horses, donkeys and mules. or auditing some of his clinics this spring. One of Jerry’s pet peeves is when we as owners, talk about our horse/donkey or mule and say they are pretty good… but…! Jerry maintains that if they have a ‘’but’’ they have a ‘’hole’’ and it needs to be fixed. When we master the six steps, the hole fixes itself! It all looks and sounds easy when you watch Jerry work with a problem

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he Events Committee meeting January 28 was a positive one, even if smaller in attendance than expected. The crazy winter weather is keeping a lot of people close to home and it’s hard to think about “summer” when it’s snowing most every day! The TCSC Events Committee has set the following events for 2015: ~ TCSC Cattle Sorting Jackpot on May 30 ~ TCSC Annual Gymkhana (tentatively July 24, date to be confirmed) ~ TCSC Lakes District Fall Fair Light Horse Show on September 12 (featuring added money stakes classes, prize classes, and high HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

points!) ~ TCSC Annual Poker Ride on September 19 There may also be some clinics and lessons if we can find someone willing to help organize them. We are also moving forward with our Grounds improvement projects – expanding the horse trailer parking, increasing safe parking for spectators, adding a set of bleachers at the other end of the arena, and purchasing panel pens for the horses who are stabling at events. The Annual General Meeting will be held just after this issue goes to press, so

we’ll report on our new Executive in the next issue. March General Meeting will be held March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forestry office in Burns Lake. For more info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi at 250-6925721 or email Check us out on Facebook or our website Our apologies for things not being really current – I guess we need another volunteer or two! • 45

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Story and photos by Lauri Meyers


ood, friends and fun all mixed together created a memorable awards banquet for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club at the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong on January 24. A great big thank you to Rhonda Bennett, Ashley West and Tasia Bronson for your decorating skills and emcee abilities. Congratulations to all of the award recipients; names and categories can be found on our Facebook group [AERC]. Following the festivities was an AGM resulting in a new board of directors for 2015. The new directors are: Cathy Glover - President Donna Holland - Vice President Ursula McHugh - Secretary Lauri Meyers - Treasurer Ashley West - Youth Rep Cathy Forster - Director Patti Thomas - Director Kay Evans - Director The Directors are looking forward to a fun and exciting year of shows and events. Classes are being tweaked to encourage participation at all levels of riding skill, but still keeping it fun and relaxed. Everyone is welcome to the events and shows - participants as well as spectators. Bring the whole family! Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Armstrong, 7 p.m. start. Everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings and updates will be posted on our Facebook group. Be sure to check out our new website Our first show is April 19, so come on out and see what is new for 2015.

Devon Smith and Shari Gurney-Galbraith

Willow Hackl

The 4-H table

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


pring is almost here, and we are raring to get things going and get out there and ride! Horse Council of BC held its Zone 2 AGM at the Kelowna Riding Club on Sunday, February 22nd. This was a very informative meeting about our Horse Council, which is so important as all members of the Kelowna Riding Club must also be HCBC members in good standing. We love our Horse Council and all they do for BC riders! The club’s biggest event of the year is coming up soon! The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show will run April 22-26. This is a fantastic show with lots of entertainment for spectators, including Mini Prix, Gambler’s Choice and the ever popular Saturday evening Hunter Spectacular with wine and cheese! There will also be an onsite concession and food truck and lots of vendors for your shopping pleasure. Entry forms can be found on the KRC website at We will also be hosting at least one, and possibly two, pub nights again this spring, with the first being Saturday April 11th. Our 2014 pub night held at the Tap House Pub in Kelowna’s Mission was a huge success. With your ticket purchase you receive

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a beverage, appetizers, live entertainment and silent auction. Check out our website for more information. We will be having our annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 11, 9am-3pm in order to prepare the club grounds for the coming events. This is your opportunity to get your volunteer hours completed early! If you are unable to make the Spring Cleanup, we are looking for volunteers for both the Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show and the Dressage Festival in May. Contact our volunteer coordinators Tracy Avery and Kate Mincey for volunteer opportunities, contacts are on our website or you can email Kate at kate.mincey@gmail. com. Happy spring riding ~ as always, stay safe and in the tack!


Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he Club held its first event of the new season with our traditional Pub Night Quiz at the Welcome Inn. It was a fun night with the questions set by Frank and Chrissie Siebeck and they sure had us all scratching our heads. See how well you do with just three of the easy ones! - Name the 3 foundation stallions of the Thoroughbreds? Which colt was purchased by Samuel Riddle in 1917? And - Which King sent the first horses to Canada? Get 3 out of 3? The winner on the night was Paddy Head and so she now has the honour of setting the questions for next year. As she was the first professional female jockey in Canada she will sure give us a hard ride next year! A big thank you to Chrissie for organizing the evening. We are busy planning the program for the coming year and we aim to strike the balance of having enough events but not overloading the members. We are running an Improve Your Skills Program which will cover Western, English and Jumping mini clinics over 8 weekends culminating in a Practice Day Challenge. We have Paul Dufresne booked for a clinic for May 29-31 which was immediately over-subscribed. We will be holding a Summer

Show, an Autumn Show, as well as a Gymkhana Fun Show. We have our annual Halloween Show on October 4 as well as our Trail Challenge Events, Club BBQs and summer parties. We also hope to hold a mini-clinic to learn the basics of Garrocha and we a Fun Day planned to ride or play with your horse to music as a competition. We will really get the ball rolling at our first meeting of the year on February 19, and if anyone out there is interested in meeting the members and who may want to join the club give Max a call 250497-5199 - and we will make you most welcome. Our main aim is to have fun as well as learn with our horses and to enjoy the magical bond that exists between humans and the horse and to spend time with good friends and like-minded people. Happy Trails to all from The Oliver Riding Club.

The Gentle Art Of Leading By Daphne Davey


f all the elements in a therapeutic riding program, perhaps leading is one of the most interesting. Leaders are experienced horse people whose primary responsibility is for the horse, not the rider. But whether the term “leader” best represents the job is a good question. Some programs use the term “horse handler.” The fact is, leaders have several important roles. First and foremost is safety, to ensure the horse is behaving in a relaxed, obedient frame of mind, and to control him if he forgets his manners. But following hard on the heels of safety is respect for the rider. If a leader does all the starting, stopping and steering, what benefit is that to the rider? Everyone learns by doing. Leaders, therefore, have to “read” their rider - under the supervision of the instructor - and divine when to move in for more control or give the rider more (or even complete) control. Some riders with disabilities do learn to ride independently, but many will always require a leader. The instructor is often challenged to encourage the rider to forget they have a leader and take charge of their horse as much as possible. It is amazing how much “as much” turns out to be when riders are being videotaped for a Para-Equestrian competition or taking part in a relay race. They tend to rise to the occasion with surprising results! Therapy horses are trained for a very special task so leaders should receive comparable training to work successfully with their horses. This consistency among leaders will impart confidence to the horse. Typical of the equine mind, the more he knows what to expect, the happier he is. Leader training would include warmingup, how to hold the leadrope and where to position themselves correctly, tack and equipment checks, mounting and dismounting, and much more. Leading or horse-handling is a fun job. Try it, you’ll like it! For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or


Riders and their leaders enjoy a group outing at Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan BC. Photo courtesy of Colleen Hunt.

Riders and their leaders and side-walkers enjoy a ride through the fields at Errington Therapeutic Riding Association, Lantzville BC. Photo courtesy of Errington TRA • 47

South Central Quarter Horse Association News AGM PRESIDENT’S REPORT - Tracy Schell At Armstrong BC, February 8, 2015


oday we gather as a group of people with a like interest; we all enjoy the benefits of owning an American Quarter Horse. Some of us are out on the trails, some of us are out there showing our horses to their potential, some are choosing to breed or maybe even do all of the above. Our journeys with our horses are as unique as the breed we love and our ideals of how things should be done will vary, yet I know that the well-being of our horses is everyone’s priority. The 2014 season was my first year sitting as SCQHA zone president. It was a position that I was unsure I was qualified for, but with the support of my fellow directors I made it through and I look forward to the next two years! We began the year off looking for ways to renew our credibility as a productive and positive club while continuing to grow. It only takes a thread of an idea to make things great! With some of those great ideas we built up the momentum of our club and hosted our 17th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show with enormous success! This show provides us a way to reach out to the grass roots of our horse community giving them a look at what an AQHA show can offer them – and has been doing for an incredible 17 years! Showing at breed shows requires education and with that in mind, we hosted a clinic with Professional AQHA trainer, Carrie Humphrey-Peace, held at Mountain View Stables here in Armstrong. Sincere thanks goes to Carrie for donating her time and Belinda March for providing the host facility. With the success of the clinic, we are excited to look ahead at hosting more in our future and would be happy to hear your input. Looking for a way to renew our Fall Circuit AQHA show, our show committee creatively re-branded the Wine Country Classic. And, within our fall show, we again offered a dual-breed show with APHA horses and judges. Even through the Paint Horse numbers didn’t turn out as hoped, everyone that came had a great time

and we expect to improve those numbers at this year’s show. Our Wine Country Classic logo was created with the support of Buck and Janet, and Amberlee with her graphic design expertise. With this fresh look, we look forward to building a relationship with our AQHA exhibitors and the BC Paint Horse Club with a dedicated 2015 show committee. Big thanks go out to Janet Crich and her show committee for all their work to make the show filled with fun. This included a return of the ever-popular team tournament and futurity night, with a wine and cheese hosted by the BC Paint Horse Club and their president Cathy Glover. The audiences were entertained with the two-way combination English/Western class, a Freestyle Horsemanship competition and the now-famous, completely hilarious Boot Race featuring a cowboy boot giveaway. Lastly, the evening welcomed a lead-line class not seen at our show for many years and truly a crowd favourite. I personally loved seeing the kids and believe this is one way we can encourage youth as our future lies in their hands. We continue to look for opportunities to build our membership and involve current members in developing our club activities. Thank you everyone for a great year in 2014. I’m looking forward to our club’s continued success in 2015.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e had our Annual General Meeting on February 28th and will have news in the next issue of that meeting. Things are shaping up for our Pot O Gold Open Show on Saturday May 23rd at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. The prize list will be available on our website and Facebook page shortly. There is prize money to be won at this show! If anyone would like to sponsor a class or two, or even a division, do contact me 250-546-9922, We want this to be THE BEST (spring) SHOW around!

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Just a reminder to all Morgan horse enthusiasts… the Canadian Morgan Horse Association is holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 28 in Kamloops at The Plaza Hotel starting at 9 a.m. For more info call Laurie Lyons at 250-571-9419. This AGM alternates provincial locations each year – last time it was in BC was 2008. Keep checking our web site or Facebook page for upcoming events.


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. By Mellissa Buckley

Officers & Directors 2015 President: Mellissa Buckley, Vice Pres: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Bazaar and Country Fair March 15 is the day! Come on out to Thunderbird Show Park to see what we have to offer this year: many demos and clinicians to appeal to everyone from saddle fitting and drill teams to Paul Dufresne and a Jodie Moore Trail Clinic. HCBC will be awarding her with honours after her clinic; join the celebration! We have fantastic vendors, the tack sale, the FREE JRFM BBQ and so much more. Come support LMQHA and have a good time with your friends and family. Should be a great day and admission is still only $5! Thanks to our amazing Bazaar sponsors: Stampede Tack, Avenue Machinery, Cummings Trailers, Sunrise Trailers, Bernhaussen, Preston Chevrolet, Thunderbird Show Park, Saddle Up, Gaitpost and JRFM.

Shows We have some great things planned for our circuits this year; come join us! In May, we have our FREE and fun Team

Tournament with embroidered coolers sponsored by Coast Country Tack and LMQHA-branded spur straps for reserves. Just sign up, show as usual and participate in our hilarious Funturities (also free). As with all of our circuits, there is a very reasonable flat fee you can choose to take advantage of, or pay per class; in addition, for every eight horses under a trainer list for booking stalls, get a tack stall FREE. Great high points also for all divisions of AQHA, APHA and AQHA Halter. In July, we are pleased to say that we again will be awarding SADDLES! Reserve prizes will be awesome Bailey Hats, in your size, sponsored in part by Brim Styles. We have again CUSTOM FRANK PRINCIPE SPURS for our Superhorse Award and a BRONZE for our Halter Champion of Champions. In August, we have our awesome Stakes/Futurities! Halter Yearling will have $1500 added! We will update on the rest of the stakes list once confirmed, but each should have a minimum of $1000 added. Again, the highest-placing non-pro in each will receive an embroidered cooler sponsored by Coast Country Tack; silver belt buckles will go to the winners, also sponsored by Coast Country Tack. This is just a sampling of what we have

in store this year! And, of course, we always have our Exhibitors Welcome Socials on move-in day. Check out the LMQHA page of www. for more details.

Recreational Ride Mark your calendar for June 19-21. LMQHA welcomes you to join us in Lumby for a weekend of recreational riding. Nestled 25 minutes east of Vernon at Timber Ridge Trails, this lovely, secluded horse-oriented campsite offers miles of marked trails, home-cooked meals, a central fire pit and an immaculately clean camp. There is a thirty-acre meadow for large self-contained units, 12 in-camp sites and 18 corrals available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cabins are also available upon request. This AQHA ride will be a fun-filled weekend open to all; the Sunday poker ride’s top prize is a 16” roughout work saddle and much more! Weekend campers eligible only. Contact Jeneane Evans at 604-290-1157 or We are always happy to have help from our members and encourage you to be active in your club. Please contact Mellissa at if you would like to be involved.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club By Kendra Kowalski


endra Kowalski presenting to Darcy Racine the Most Inspirational Member Award at the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club Annual General Meeting. The 2015 year is getting underway with a great many interesting and informative activities. Included in these are Pilates for riders, a Seminar on ‘Success Over Anxiety’ as a rider, the Pole Clinic series, an athletic and fun puzzle for all horses and riders, a Mountain Trail Preparation Workshop, and a Quiz Night. These are some of the things the hard working executive are preparing for the club. If you live in the Lower Mainland and are a “mature” rider, you can contact for more information.


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter

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

Ride to McBride 2014


e shouldn’t have been surprised! When you ride the backcountry trails with any of the 800 members of the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) you’re bound to run into a work bee situation... One of the benefits of belonging to a group like BCHBC is that you get to know people of like interest all over the province. Once a year, my friends and I like to travel somewhere to ride new trails. By connecting with other members, we have built-in trail guides that show us their best routes. Our journey this year took us on August 18 on the long road from the Fraser Valley to McBride, to ride with members of the Robson Valley Chapter. We broke the drive up by staying over the first night in Kamloops, at the old race track and rodeo grounds. We then spent two days and three nights at the Canoe Creek Camp and Rodeo Grounds in Valemount. The hosts there were fantastic and even drove us around to get a feel for the layout of the land. There we rode old logging roads, OHV and snowmobile trails. The real adventure escalated on August 22 at the Swift Current Creek Trailhead. We had pre-arranged to meet some Robson Valley members here. They are just reopening this trail. From the parking area, there is a short, steep climb up, then over the toe of the mountain through rocks, roots, brush, up, down, around and over stuff. Suddenly, Brian (our fearless leader and current President of BCBHC) pulls his horse up and announces, “We might as well do a quick fix on the boardwalk... if you don’t mind.” I had wondered why he was packing a chainsaw! Would we each please carry a board a short distance to the work site? So, as we rode by, he hefted up a 20lb, 50 • Saddle Up • March 2015

5-foot-long plank that had been soaking up the rain for a year! Thankfully, we only had to go a short distance. My right arm is now two inches longer than my left. We did the chain gang thing so it was quick work to install the planks, some rocks and cut the brush along the boardwalk. The horses had good footing. Another 20 feet and they literally stepped into the valley of Swift Current Creek. Mt. Robson is on your right, Whitehorn Mountain and the Swift Current Glacier straight ahead. This is a tricky trail, because there is no trail! You are following the creek (a river, really) by crossing from bank to gravel bar to bank to gravel bar repeatedly. Fourteen times to be exact! Water crossing skills are necessary for both horse and rider, and dogs, if you brought any. Also, knowing how to read the water to avoid deep places, not looking down to avoid vertigo and keeping your horse from drifting with the current, are other important skills. The current was fast and we had to avoid log jams where the water is usually deep. Some crossings were chest deep on the horses anyways. But the footing was solid so there were no problems if you followed in the guide’s tracks. I think one of the reasons this way of travelling in the backcountry appeals to me is this is the way our ancestors had to get around and try to make a living as well. Our second work bee adventure was on the Teare Mountain trail. My motto “I like to get high on my horse” must have preceded me. Brian took me literally and we climbed 4000 feet in four miles - horses are amazing, hey! Once again, we should have figured... Brian was packing a chainsaw on his hip. There was windfall after windfall. But then also a beautiful waterfall, views, fungus, trees, laughter, sweat and camaraderie! Friends helping friends! Both horses and riders enjoyed a relaxing lunch and rest in a high alpine meadow. Each

evening, we returned to our campsite in a large hayfield in the valley owned by one of the members, and rehashed the day. In the next two days, we headed out on two more rides. One along the Fraser River and another one on the Dore River trails. The hospitality of the Robson Valley Chapter knew no bounds and was heart-warming. I encourage anyone reading this article to do the same: contact other members and learn their trails. And remember, “If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place!” For information about Back Country Horseman, like us on Facebook and visit us online at


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, Coast: Colleen Schellenberg, Central Interior: Bibs Dallaire, Vancouver Island: Anne Marie Wass, Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

Beautiful buckles were a big hit at the banquet

B2B is busting out Big changes are in store for BC Paint’s “Back-to-Basics” show this year! We’re moving the show to Armstrong Fairgrounds, May 30-31, and going with three judges and there’s even a rumour it will be a buckle show. In addition to all the regular classes, we’re adding all-breed classes, including three added money versatility classes to ramp things up a notch. We’re also adding the new Ranch Horse Pleasure classes and refining the rules for our Stampede Super Horse to level the playing field. Our directors agreed that this show, along with the double-judged Three-in-One Show, July 10-12, will be double-point shows for BC Paint year ends! APHA has made some significant changes to the rules regarding approved shows this year. Owners (as well as exhibitors) must be APHA members. And that will include family members who own the horse you ride. Join now to avoid a $25US rush charge. Also noteworthy, Amateur Walk Trot exhibitors no longer have to own the horse they show and as of this year, amateur and youth exhibitors can lease a horse to show.

Job well done We had a terrific turnout for our awards banquet in Langley, January 31. Beverley Kniffen was down from Barriere, Noelle and Rosalea Pagani came in from Powell River, Traci Olney was up from Washington and even Devon Smith made her first trip to the coast since her accident to scoop up some very nice awards, including some amazing Gist buckles and embroidered blankets, jackets and vests. Dianne Rouse outdid herself as the awards were truly spectacular! Colleen Schellenberg did an amazing job as always pulling the banquet together as well as a silent auction that more than HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

covered the fundraising drive for our 2016 youth scholarship thanks to one of Sally Saur’s custom hat cans! We were very pleased to award this year’s scholarship to Dani Penaloza, 19, of Langley. Dani is studying sciences with the hope of becoming a veterinarian, inspired by an encounter at the APHA World Show a few years ago when her vet-wary horse needed treatment. Many thanks to our contributors to the silent auction: Cowboys Choice, Paddock Tack & Togs, Country West (Armstrong), Lordco Parts, ID Salon, Greenhawk (Langley), Bev Kniffen, Milner Feeds, Fort Langley Veterinary Clinic, Schellenberg Trucking, Pagani & Sons Show Repair, Windhorse Farm, Sally Saur, Lazy 3 Ranch, Diane Rempel, Embroidery Plus and Margo Murray. A complete list of BC Paint year-end winners for 2014 is on our website at www.

Big winners Emma Schellenberg, mom Colleen, Dianne Rouse and Louise Bruce all headed to Oregon for the NWCC awards banquet in late January where Emma was named NWCC High Point Youth 14-18. Traci Olney and Special Te Forces topped Amateur Masters, while Dianne Rouse’s Chansation was the NWCC Senior Western Pleasure and Hunter under Saddle champion. Louise Bruce’s Sensationally Dunthat was reserve champion Trail Green Horse. Congratulations.

Thanks for the support Our 2015 fundraising campaign is off to a great start. Thank you very much to gold sponsor PrairieCoast Equipment. This is the third year in a row PCE has come through with a significant cash sponsorship for us. Be sure to check APHA Xtras (http:// - you can get up to $1000 off select equipment, like

BC Paint beauties Traci Olney, Louise Bruce, Dianne Rouse and Emma Schellenberg

riding lawn mowers - when you show your dealer that you’re an APHA member! We would also like to welcome silver sponsors Hutton Performance Horses, JB Drywalling and Cascadia Realty as well as Wendy Price’s The Painted Horse, in Grand Forks, for donating a cooler to our B2B silent auction. Langley trainer Mellissa Buckley and newly-appointed BC Paint director Cathy Forster are the first to sign up as “patron” sponsors for the B2B show. Mellissa is sponsoring our Trail classes; Cathy will sponsor Hunter under Saddle.

Reaching out Bibs Dallaire from Houston (in BC’s central interior) and Anne Marie Wass from Vancouver Island have agreed to become BC Paint “ambassadors.” It’s really difficult, in this great big province, to put a “face” to the club when sea, mountains and miles separate us. Bibs and Anne Marie will be your connection to the club, if you have questions or need help, and you can reach Bibs by email at dallairepaintsandqhs@ and Anne Marie at If you have any questions about Paint Horses, APHA or BC Paint, please contact us. We’re all here to help and there is nothing we like better than talking about horses! Stay up to date by going to our website or joining our Facebook group, too.

Hold the presses! We’ve just learned that South Central QH has confirmed their show date in Armstrong: September 18-20. LMQ will host Paints at their Spring Circuit, May 2-3 in Langley and at Evergreen, August 29-30 (not Labour Day weekend). • 51

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 • FAX: (250) 398-4101 • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2015 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

BCRA 2015 TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 11: April 17-19: April 25-26: May 8-9: May 17-18: May 23-24: June 6-7: June 13-14: June 20-21 June 20-21: June 27-28: July 4-5: July 11-12: July 11-12: July 17-19: July 25-26: August 1-2: August 7-9: August 15-16: August 28-29: Sept. 4-7: Sept. 11-13:

THE TRUE GRIT SPRING INDOOR RODEO IS BACK The BCRA starts off the 2015 season with the True Grit Spring Indoor Rodeo held on Saturday, April 11th at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere BC. Stock provided by DnB Rodeo Stock. It is a one day rodeo with a slack performance at 11am on Saturday. Local Entries for this rodeo open: March 22 / 10am – 2pm / 250672-9298. There will be a beverage garden and a dance after the rodeo. Get your admission tickets early as it was a sold out show last year and the stands fill up fast. Check out our website for more information

25th ANNIVERSARY – WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO Happy 25th Anniversary to the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association. Rodeo action starts Friday, April 17th, and goes to Sunday, April 19th. Beverage Garden all 3 days. Live Entertainment Friday night in the Beverage Garden. BC Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced and introduced at the Sunday Performance of the rodeo. Rodeo Dance Saturday night. Lots of rodeo action with the 8 BCRA Major Events and 3 Major Junior Events along with Pee Wee Barrel Racing and the Wild Horse Racing. Local Entries for this rodeo open: April 3 – 250-398-3334. Check out their website for admission prices

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(One day Rodeo) True Grit Indoor Rodeo, Barriere 25th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof PWRA/BCRA Colorama Rodeo, Grand Coulee, WA Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Louis Estates Rodeo, Vernon 54th Ashcroft & District Stampede 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Esket Rodeo, Alkali Lake Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION INDOOR RODEO The Nechako Valley Rodeo Association will be hosting an Indoor Rodeo, April 25-26 at the Exhibition grounds in Vanderhoof BC. Saturday’s performance will start at 4pm and go right into the Barn Dance. Sunday’s rodeo performance will start at 1pm. Bull Riding is the featured added event this year with the top prize money. As well as the other 7 major events there is Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Barrel Racing, Jr. Breakaway and Jr. Pole Bending. They also are hosting Pee Wee Barrel Racing and Pee Wee Pole Bending for the younger kids. New this year, they are offering the Novice Bareback and Novice Saddle Bronc for those that would like to try it and get started in rodeo. Local Entries open April 9 to April 12. Check out our website for more information


Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or q @ 11/15


AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15

CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

Contact: Website:


ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15

ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15 ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

Back Country Horsemen of B.C.


BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. For info: or


BATEMAN EQUESTRIAN EDUCATION In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15

BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY Y (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. Pres: Vicki Schulz 604240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days. 2/16 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@telus. net, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 11/15 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH),, 250-992-1168 3/16 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15



Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 continued on page 54


Clubs & Associations Peruvian Horse Club of BC Visit our website www.phcbc.caa for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16

Overnight g it or Stayy in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15


HAVE TROPHIES AND ‘GENERIC’ RIBBONS TO RECYCLE? These folks would be happy to re-home them to their club. * Suzanne 250-587-6427 (in Barriere BC) * Vivian Pearce 604-947-0942 (on Bowen Island BC) Anyone else? Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier Andres, EC Certified Western Coach Q&A with Lorraine I’d like to invite you, the reader, to email your question, concern or comment. Put ‘Saddle Up question’ in the subject box and send to:

Question: I realized when it is cold outside and I am lots outside, that I get more hungry. My body needs more food to heat. Do you feed your horses more when it is cold? Do you take this into consideration? Is it possible to recognize if a horse feels cold? - Jon Answer: The key to facilitating horses to manage cold temperatures is good equine nutrition, derived mainly from good quality hay. Good feeding and care will reward you with a fit and healthy animal for all seasons. Each horse requires a wellplanned combination of good quality hay and exercise. Food is required by the body for two main purposes: 1) To provide building materials; and 2) To produce heat and energy. The closer to a natural diet we can offer, is best. Being that a horse has an incredibly small stomach, their digestive system operates best when the horse eats small amounts all day, and never a lot at any one time. Horses need nutrients: Energy, Protein, Fats, Minerals, Trace Minerals, Vitamins and WATER. Test your hay. Good quality hay provides what the average healthy horse needs, with free access to clean water at all times. One exception may be 54 • Saddle Up • March 2015

sodium. Salt can be fed free-choice in block or loose form. In addition to a good diet, horses also need a good parasite prevention program and have their teeth checked regularly. Do not change their diet suddenly, or have irregular feeding times. 2/3 of the diet should be roughage (fibre=energy) and only 1/3 concentrates. Allow for changes due to exercise, weather conditions and horse’s fitness and condition. Concentrates (types, choices, why and why not) is another topic in itself. Know the signs of an unhealthy horse. Lethargic, loss of appetite, dull coat, loss of weight, poor circulation and no energy are only a few signs that should alert you to take immediate action. If in doubt, consult with your veterinarian. Learn more about your horse’s health and nutritional needs in the Learn to Ride Western Rider Four Program. Helping horses, and helping people! EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier Andres. Call our Horse Help-line today: 250-999-5090 and visit our web site www. Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, abuse and trauma rehabilitation… helping people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Communication, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


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CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-320-7784 or 250-319-6367 EQUINE FIRST AID COURSE at Tolt Away Farm, Enderby BC, (9.30 am to 5 pm), info at or 250-838-0234 19TH ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221 or visit BC EQUINE EDUCATION SUMMIT, Radisson Hotel, Richmond BC, 1-800-345-8055 or CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 LMQHA HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, TFC DEMOS w/Paul Dufresne (Liberty in a.m., Cowboy Dressage in p.m.), LMQHA Bazaar & Country Fair, Thunderbird, Langley BC USED TACK & GARAGE SALE (bring table or tailgate), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 VDRC FASHION SHOW, W Vernon Golf Club, Vernon BC, Linda 250-542-0559, CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, EQUINE CANADA AGM, Gatineau, Quebec, SCHOOL OF LEGERETE at ForTheHorse, instructor Melanie Bulmahn from Germany, contact AGM, Canadian Morgan Horse Assoc., 9 am Plaza Hotel, Kamloops BC, VDRC JUMPING CLINIC (Fun & Confidence building), Vernon BC, Julia 250-308-7079, EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral realignment and joint play. Learn how to adjust without the use of mallets,

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INTRO TO CALIFORNIO STYLE HORSEMANSHIP w/Bruce Sandifer, Nanaimo BC, 250-722-3789, KAMLOOPS, BC, 25 day advanced equine massage therapy course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Williams Lake BC, call Pam 250-398-7174 to consign, HORSE & TACK SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops BC, call Laura 250-573-3939 to consign, TACK SALE (9am-1pm), Thompson Valley Pony Club (TVPC), Barnhartvale Hall (Kamloops BC), Tracy for table bookings 250-319-1222 or TRUE GRIT BCRA RODEO, North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere BC, tickets at the Horse Barn and at door, info Barbie 250-832-3561 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Calgary AB, Leah Burr, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB SCHOOLING JUMPER ROUNDS, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice KAREN ROBINSON DRESSAGE CLINIC, Apple Flats, Lake Country BC, Deborah CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2/3 Advanced Clinic, Smithers BC, Contact Anika 250-846-5494, e-mail BC HALF ARABIAN SPRING SHOW & OPEN BREED CLASSES, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, ANNUAL GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, or Facebook GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-Ree),


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EDUCATION DAY (series) “So You Want to Show,” Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Contact Anika 250-846-5494, e-mail GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Millet AB, Coal Lake Stables, Lindsey,, 780-619-8019 NEW & USED TACK SALE, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, KAMLOOPS BC, Vertebral realignment and joint play. Learn how to adjust without the use of mallets, SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Lindsay 250-870-8883,, THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 PHASE EVENT, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice, for entries ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, SCQHA FUZZY SHOW, Armstrong BC, Tracy TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Kelowna BC, TFC Center, Paul,, 250-317-7725 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, TRISH HYATT WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658 LADYSMITH, BC, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829 WCRA ROCKSLIDE, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanichton BC,, WEEKEND DRIVING CLINIC w/Judy Newbert, Water Valley AB. See for details TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Spur Valley BC, Brisco Riding Club, Cheryl,, 250-688-0280 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981 CHRIS IRWIN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Friday demo 7pm, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Ashton 250-862-0616,, WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Adiva Murphy, Enderby BC, sponsored by BC Paint, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203 CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404

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DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15

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

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


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For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Patersonn

Chartered Accountant 3/16

250-546-4014 or email:




Building Riding Rings

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For Private, Public or Professional Arenas Jack Polo 604-467-5616 or 604-341-1409 9/15

20 years experience serving the Fraser Valley






NATURAL & HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR HORSES Cloverdale Pharmasave 5778-176A Street, Surrey BC, 604-576-2888 8/15

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 2/16



Dynamic Balance Equestrian

BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15 BOOTMAKERS

(serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds s DYNAMIC BALANCE HOTMAIL COM 4/15

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* Massage * Healing Touch * Craniofacial * Structural Balance * Acupressure * Magnet Therapy * Saddle Fit ~ Now accepting K-9 clients ~ Hands on for Health (C.E.S.T) ~ 778-378-0460 9/15

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 8/15 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 7/15


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FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 4/15 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse”” Abby R. Koop, Farrier BC SCHOOL OF NATURAL HOOF CARE 250-869-7861 6 day trimming certification program, private and group clinics. 11/15



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FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 4/15 BAG’N BLOK AGRI CENTRE (Morinville, AB) 780-939-4600, Pet Supplies, Tack, Animal Health, Feed, Agri Blok, Agri Melc 2000, Equest Products 5/15 ABBOTSFORD 34633 Vye Rd DUNCAN 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KELOWNA 103-1889 Springfield Road NANAIMO 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. P RKSVILLE PA 587 Alberni Hwy. SAANICH 1970 Keating Cross Rd. SALMON ARM 1771 10th Ave. SW WESTT KELOWNA A 2565 Main Street

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TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee


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Dragonfly Acres CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTO” (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses E-mail: Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)


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ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15

THE HUNTSMAN APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15

SLOW MOUNT N MUSIC 1992 Homozygous Dun AQHA Stallion Winner of 2 ROMs, Points in Western Pleasure, Reining, Halter, Trail, Showmanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Producer of sweet, correct, athletic foals APHA and ApHC approved.


100% DUN FACTOR GUARANTEE! Stud Fee 2015: $500. Shipped semen available at cost Proudly owned by CHINA TRAIL RANCH Standing at CALICO QUARTERHORSES 604-746-7630 or 604-816 9930 (Cell) (Abbotsford BC)

DM Teacher’s Top Mark



[CAN]A11877 ~ Section A Welsh (Roblyns Fancy Cat x Renner`s Black Beauty)


2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse! 4/15

250-679-1175 - Chase, BC 60 • Saddle Up • March 2015

This fantastic Section A Welsh Stallion will be standing his Introductory Year at Twin Acres Farm and Huber’s Welsh Pony & Cob Farm in 70 Mile House BC.

(Champion and Champion producer)

5 panel N/N LWOS N/O SW2 for Splash Gene! STANDING TO SELECT MARES Stud Fee 2015: $750 LFG Shipped semen available at cost Please visit his Facebook page 5/15

2015 STUD FEE: $500 includes non-refundable booking fee of $100 Call Kathy 250-456-7462 or Ken 250-456-6050

Standing at CALICO QUARTERHORSES 604-746-7630 or 604-816 9930 (Cell) (Abbotsford BC)


NEW BOOK Pack em Up, Ride em Out: Classic Horse Pack Trips in British Columbia and Alberta Author: Tania Millen


hen Tania Millen began doing horse pack trips in western Canada, she had trouble deciding where to go—not because there were so many options, but because information was so hard to come by. Riding the trails was the only way she could gain information about particular routes, and she is now sharing her knowledge with readers and riders. Millen provides information on fourteen multiday horse pack trips that will take experienced backcountry riders, inspired novice riders and avid hikers from the snow-capped mountains and flower-strewn meadows of the Chilcotin to volcanic landforms in Tweedsmuir Park and on the Spatsizi Plateau, from the familiar sights of Banff and Jasper National Parks to the less familiar Rocky Mountain parks of Kakwa and Mount Assiniboine. In this unique and well-researched guidebook, Millen includes all the details necessary to plan a successful trip: directions to the trailhead, length and difficulty of each journey, permit requirements, camping and grazing areas, trip description, maps and photographs, plus historical anecdotes for these distinctive and stunningly beautiful areas in Western Canada’s wilderness.

Trip list: • Big Creek and South Chilcotin • Itcha-Ilgachuz • Kakwa • Mount Assiniboine • Potato Range

• Snowy Protected Area and Cathedral Provincial Park • Spatsizi • Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park • Banff National Park • Jasper National Park • Willmore Wilderness Park

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Rural Roots 155 ACRES IN THE VANDERHOOF This treed property lies 20 minutes west of Vanderhoof and is not in the ALR so it can be subdivided and developed or have it all to yourself. Very private and good year-round access. Please call for details. $112,000 MLS ® N236649 Kluskus Forestry Rd



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OFFSPRING OFFERED FOR SALE BY SIRES: * Zans Reflection (Zan Parr Bar/Two Eyed Jack Grandson) * Chunky Cue Bar (Peppy San/Chunky’s Monkey Grandson)

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Zans Peppy Cassidy: 2008 Sorrel Gelding, 15+HH, solid heading horse. Consistent team roping horse, gorgeous and fast. Twenty X By Zan: 2011 Sorrel Gelding, 15+HH, well-started heading horse. Spent 2014 in the roping arena, bold and fast. 2012 Geldings: Cowboyz N Diamonds, TD Cowboyz Dream, Zans Young Gunz

Tom & Donna Davidson 250-845-3341 (Houston BC)

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2009 SECTION D WELSH COB, 14.2HH “Teryn Kazoo” is green broke. This 6-year-old boy is ready to startt some serious working. He has been out on the trails with other horses and has a bit of riding in the arena. Confident around machinery, other animals. Loads, stands tied, great for the farrier. Asking $2,500 to the right home 250-456-7462 (Green Lake BC)


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WANTED CHRISTIAN CAMP STAFF – WRANGLERS. Christian ranch operating summer camps for kids from single parent and foster homes requires summer Horse Camp Instructor and Barn Staff. Send resume and cover letter to or visit summercamp 3/15

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ELEGANT 2003 BLUE ROAN AQHA MARE 15.2HH. Quiet, nice mover and a proven broodmare. This is a sweet mare that would make a great English or Western Dressage horse, as well as Ranch Pleasure. Also well-started in Reining maneuvers. $7,500 For more information Call 604-462-9179 (Maple Ridge BC) or e-mail


BEAUTIFUL BUCKSKIN FILLY FOR SALE! 2005 AQHA MARE For breeding purposes only (maiden), 15HH, seal brown/ black bay. Blazing Hot/DD/Investor bred. Very quiet mare and nice to be around. Shown as a 2-year-old, and won 2 walk/ trot classes, excellent mover. Clips, bathes, hauls. UTD on all health care. Correct and definitely pasture sound. This is a really nice mare, I hate to see her go, but she needs a job! $1,500. Or may trade. For more information 250-573-2801 (Kamloops BC) 5/15

This “Dash For Cash” filly is going to be 3 years old in June 2015. Lightly started under saddle and will be introduced to the barrel pattern this spring. Easy to bit up, responsive and light with the D-ring snaffle. Stands nice for saddling and I mount/dismount on both sides and she doesn’t move until you are ready to ride. Has done some pattern work, always forward moving, moves well off your leg, has a good stop as well. Ties, loads and stands for farrier. Easy to catch (sticks her head right in the halter)! Always eager to learn, a very smart little horse! Stands 14.3 to 15HH at the withers and is at least 15.1HH at the bum... still lots of growing to do! Very correct and 100% sound. Nice mover. Asking $3,800. Can deliver to Kamloops or Langley area. 780-864-3609 (Dawson Creek BC) • 63

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