Saddle Up March 2014

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MARCH 2014


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Features Bateman Equestrian Education Horsewoman’s Challenge How the Mind is Affected by the Feet The Grounded Rider BC Breeders Futurities Running Round in Circles The Rise of Maria Choosing a Vehicle for Your Horse Trail Hero The Gobi Gallop 2 14th Annual Construction Feature

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Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter Top Dog! Section KIDS – It’s All About You! Horse Council BC Ask Suzi Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC BC Paint Horse Club BC Rodeo Association Back Country Horsemen of BC Clubs/Associations What’s Happening? Let’s Go! Business Services Rural Roots On The Market (photo ads) Stallions/Breeders Shop & Swap

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wenty five Medals for Canada and 3rd in the Country’s standings at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics – Congratulations to all of our athletes - we are so proud of you! Into the third month of our New (HORSE) Year… things are getting underway with trade shows, horse shows, horse and tack sales… and it’s only March! The Kamloops Cowboy Festival starts up on March 13 through to 16th; and the Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair takes place on March 16th in Langley (we’ll see you there!).

We have our annual Construction Feature in this issue for those of you considering building an addition to your property, whether it be a horse shelter, barn or arena, or maybe upgrading your fencing and paddock areas – do check it out. Next up in our April issue is the Annual Fashion Feature letting you know what is new and hot in riding wear, colours and styles for the coming year. Don’t miss it! See you out and about…

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Cover Feature Bateman Equestrian Education Partnered with Cayley Wilson Performance Horses


n a partnership of classroom and barn, the Abbotsford School District and Cayley Wilson Performance Horses have collaborated to offer high school students a unique opportunity – a credited course in equestrian studies. Students enrolled in Bateman Equestrian Education participate in a high school course focusing on the care and management of horses and horsemanship skills. This specialized program combines personal growth and development, social responsibility, healthy living and life skills with personalized, project-based learning. Facilitated by skilled professionals from both school and barn, the course provides students with the opportunity to gain competence and confidence through the complex and rewarding relationship between rider and working horse. Last fall, in first semester, 19 students enrolled in the newly government-approved course: Equine Studies 11. This course combines learning at both school and barn. Ruth Neveu, a longtime employee of the Abbotsford School District, Cayley Wilson (on ground) working started bringing students with student Lee

around horses in 2010. Over 60 students have visited the barn at least once, with several students completing an independent directed studies (IDS) course. Ruth gives credit to the program’s roots and supporters, her own history with horses through her dad, an RCMP member who taught the musical ride and her family’s involvement in 4-H. In 2012 she partnered with Cayley Wilson Performance Horses. “Seeing young people connect with horses every day is extremely rewarding work,” Neveu says, “This program is changing lives.”

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For more information contact Ruth via e-mail or visit www.robertbatemansecondary. com Bateman Equestrian Education is supported by and sponsored through the Abbotsford School District and its Aboriginal Education Department, Robert Bateman Secondary, Farm Credit Canada and Buckerfield’s.

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American Horsewoman’s Challenge Open to Canadians The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is now encouraging Canadian horsewomen to join the competition that recognizes the top female horse trainers in North America.


he Challenge is a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline tournament to be held October 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The competition combines the equestrian skills of Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The top ten finishers will split a purse worth $28,000. “We have been getting so many inquiries from our friends in Canada about the Challenge that we have agreed there should be no reason to exclude our North American sisters from the competition.” said Jim “Hutch” Hutchins, event producer. “There are some incredibly talented horsewomen in Canada and we would like to give them the opportunity to share their talents with the whole continent.” Effective immediately, the competition is open to any horsewoman, based anywhere in the United States or Canada, who believes she has talent and wants to prove her skills on a national stage. The first 500 entrants will be required to submit a 10-minute video showing their skills in Cowboy Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The videos will be reviewed and scored by a panel of judges who will choose the top fift y competitors. Those competitors will be invited to select whatever breed of horse they like, train it, and join in the Finals. The Top 50 will have up to six months to train a “green broke” horse between the age of three and six years old at the time of the Finals. Each competitor will be asked to demonstrate her own and her horse’s skill over three days in three different events. The Challenge Finals will culminate with an exciting Freestyle event, demonstrating the horse-human partnership, lightness, music interpretation and creativity. A panel of celebrity judges will critique and score the freestyle performances in front of the live audience. Fans of each competitor can follow their favourite trainer’s challenges and progress, throughout the training process, on social media and personal blogs. Plans also call for a Webcast of the Finals

event for those who cannot get away from family or job obligations. An Advisory Board of internationally-recognized clinicians has joined the Challenge to help guide its direction. It includes Debbie and Eitan Beth Halachmy of Cowboy Dressage, Grande Liberte performer Sylvia Zerbini and husband/manger Richie Waite, Extreme Cowgirl and Cowboy Dalene and Craig Cameron, and Liberty clinician Carolyn Resnick. Interested competitors and horse enthusiasts can learn more about the American Horsewoman’s Challenge and enter by visiting: Social media fans can also “Like” American Horsewoman’s Challenge on Facebook to receive news and updates. The Finals event will include an exposition of equestrian products and services by vendors from across the country. Companies interested in participating as a sponsor or vendor can learn more at: About NWNHC Productons: NWNHC Productions is a division of the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, based in Fall City, Wash. The Center conducts equestrian education classes and seminars, sponsors clinics with renown clinicians and offers professional development internships for students looking to make horse training and education their career. The company also retails equestrian equipment and supplies for those who prefer a “natural horsestyle.”

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n two shakes of a tail, Budweiser’s touching Puppy Love Superbowl 2014 advertisement went viral, as folks just can’t get enough of the adorable puppy and Clydesdale horse friends who are determined to stick together. It’s not uncommon to see horses visiting the Calgary Stampede with unlikely four-legged buddies in tow. There’s the Thoroughbred chuckwagon horse that performs best when travelling with his best mate – a Miniature pony play pal. Stampede audiences may have glimpsed a Dalmatian dog who rides sidesaddle with a team of eight massive Clydesdale horses that pull the stagecoach at the grandstand each evening. The Stampede is collecting and sharing more of these unusual horse buddy stories. Anyone with a horse Best Bud story to share is invited to email it to the Stampede at mystampede@ Stories and accompanying pictures or videos will be shared on the MyStampede website, a repository of community stories launched during the Stampede’s 100th anniversary year in 2012. The horse stories will be featured on a new Best Buds page, intended to showcase stories of unique real-life horses and their unlikely friendships. “True life is often stranger and more heart-warming than fiction,” says Kurt Kadatz, director of Corporate Communications at the Stampede. “The Stampede is where more than 7,500 horses

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How the Mind is Affected By the Feet, Part 2 By Steve Rother In the last article, we were talking about how to fix a barn-sour attitude in our horses. Long story short, I simply said to first work them more at the barn, then second, to rest them more away from the barn, so that they make the decision that being on the trail may be just as good as being at the barn, if not better. Hopefully, you have had a chance to try creating a learning situation similar to the one I described last month. New Problem So here we are at the barn, showing our horse that we have learned something new, lap after lap, circle after circle. Now it is time to try to teach him a thing or two about not messing with our confidence level, so that we can all have more fun. But something happens, and it is not what you expected. It seemed like things were coming along pretty good, like your horse was going through the exercises and giving it a go, but then it’s like you hit a wall. Not just physically, but mentally. The question is why?

Why It Didn’t Work There comes a point in time when we start to get pretty handy with a few exercises with our horse. Things start to come along pretty good. But then we are faced with a situation where our horse is under a lot of distraction, and the test is on. Do we have what it takes at that moment to get our horse to focus on the task at hand? Do we have what it takes to get the job done? The answer is simple, but it requires a degree of feel and focus that may not be easy for people at first. So what is this “feel and focus” thing? Have you ever pushed a ball or a shopping cart and had it roll straight and true for quite a distance? Then have you ever pushed a ball or shopping cart and had it spin, twist, drag, and crash into the wall? There is a difference in feel. The hard part is gaining back this sense of feel. Many of us can get distracted by the size and motion of the horse, so much so that it can be hard to “feel” what they do.

Example Have you ever ridden a horse through a gate, heading towards home? Remember how straight and true the horse felt as he passed through the gate. Then remember when you turned the horse around and rode him back through the gate, heading away from home. Did you notice a change in the way he felt maybe slower, stickier, leaning to one side? This is the missing ingredient that you may be looking for if you are unable to get your horse to feel good about leaving the barn. Assess your situation more closely if you are having

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How the Mind is Affected, cont’d difficulty with your horse. You may just not be circling long enough or working steady enough until the feel in the horse changes. Or the horse might be trying and you might not be letting up long enough to give him a clue about what you are looking for. In that case, you are just giving him a random release, and he has gone on to resisting harder because you missed his earlier try. You are rewarding the wrong thing, which the horse now thinks is the right thing. You and your horse are huffing and puffing, flustered at one another and going through the motions, but not getting the job done.

The Solution So what do you do? Back up and teach yourself and your horse some feel. Take your horse into an enclosed arena or round pen and set your reins down on your horse’s neck - with one hand still on them. On this very loose rein, allow your horse to wander around the pen. Whenever the horse is on the wrong end of the arena (near the gate), urge him to go a little faster by squeezing or waving your legs on his sides. When the horse goes to the correct side of the arena (away from the gate), pet him and let him rest. The key to this exercise is to not pick up the reins (unless you absolutely have to, then put them back down as soon as you can). Continue this exercise until you can feel your horse go to the right side of the arena (away from the gate), on a loose rein, straight and true. Doing this exercise on a loose rein ensures that you are actually getting to the feet, not just going through the motions. The only way for the horse to get to the right side of the arena is for him to make the decision himself. Continue this exercise until you can get to at least four different spots in the arena consistently, on a loose rein. You can then take this feel back out on the trail and give the barn sour exercise another go.

• Always notice when your horse tries • Continue to ask your horse to try harder • Have fun and stay focused Look for Part 3 in next month’s issue of Saddle Up. Steve Rother is an internationallyacclaimed clinician and two-time winner of The Mane Event’s Trainers Challenge colt-starting competition. Known as The Horseteacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves. He is not limited to specific disciplines, but the development of a willing partnership between horse and rider. Steve conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the USA and Canada, as well as camps (from 5 days to 21 days) at his ranch, The School of Horse, in northeast Washington. His Excel with Horses club allows students to come together to achieve their horsemanship dreams through a levels program. His seven DVDs include a just-released Liberty DVD. For more information, please visit or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook.

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The Grounded Rider: Entering the Cyber Age of Riding By Hazel Plumbley

I have not been riding since eight months of age. Nor was my love of horses passed down genetically through my parents. If those things are true for you, I suggest you go on to the next article.


hat follows, you already know, and reading it will language. If they yell at me in that language, I’m still not going make you roll your eyes. That causes wrinkles. to understand, but I might get confused, anxious or frightened. However, if I’m your mirror, read on. Winter is a The “language” we use to train horses are the aids applied with good time for reflection. our seat, legs and hands. If the horse doesn’t understand the I am trying to learn to ride at 55 years old. In my case, language, using more “amplified” aids such as kicking harder Freedom 55 is a myth – I’m more enslaved than ever to my or using a whip is not the best solution. At the Mane Event last fascination with horses. But I need to stop pretending I am year, I heard dressage clinician Anne Gribbons say, “Be careful a horseperson in any sense other than in training to be crystal clear… a confused that I have two equines in my backyard. and frightened horse is a dangerous horse.” I’ve assumed my horse knew what Oh, I know how to care for them. Online I was asking him to do with my aids. education and magazines like this one are an excellent source of horse management Thinking error on my part, because I have and healthcare articles. Learning to ride? to tell you, my aids and the aids of the Reading only takes me so far - to my talented young rider who trained my horse current marginally-dreadful beginner aren’t the same language. status. To be fair to my horse, I have to be So, when the world thaws and I more than an educated bit of baggage in a can ride again, I also have a new MP3 saddle. I have to practice. player loaded with pre-recorded riding Some years ago, I remember going to lessons from the same instructor who is a seminar on horse health sponsored by a on my CDs. That’s so I know what to do local veterinarian. At the end of the day, when I am actually in the saddle. This is another participant asked the question, important, because I won’t remember what “So, what do you do with your horse when I learned to do on the CDs when I was you’re riding?” At the time, my ego needed driving… short-term memory and recall me to snort in derision, even though I is waning. My horse can kiss goodbye didn’t know the answer. Theirs was an those endless, insanity-provoking, arenaPoised for a chance to practice and eager enlightened beginner’s question. Riding is circling hours with me at the helm. Now, front of the line, writer Hazel to be at the more than sitting on a horse meandering I’ll have a cyber-instructor whispering out Plumbley waits for spring. along a trail or etching mindless circles in of my ear buds when my human instructor (Photo by Brent Styra) all three gaits in an arena. Regardless of isn’t available… which is when I am who’s in the saddle, a horse being ridden is a horse being trained. practicing. Yes, what my mother told me after each piano lesson holds true for riding. I have to practice. I need to stop pretending that my horse knows what I want from him, stop making excuses for not riding and stop abdicating However, while my cyber-instructor is talented, they are not my responsibility for his responses under saddle by blaming omnipotent and can’t see what I’m doing. Nor can I (no mirrors mistakes on him. Let’s just say he’s relieved that those light bulbs in the outdoor yet). So I will NEVER give up my real, live and finally came on. So, how do I become a better rider while the remarkable instructor until she is ready to run me out of the terrain is icy and I’m grounded? arena for not doing my homework. Actually, that would have This month, I embraced technology and the cyber age been well deserved, given my rather spotty practice habits during of riding. I started driving to work with a riding instructor, our 10+ years of working together. But the thaw has started and explaining how horses learn and how to train them, blaring out I’m pumped to practice – I only have so many years left to ride if of my car’s CD player. When I crank it up at a red light, I can best I hope to ride well. So continues the odyssey. just about any car with a factory sound system. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half Get this - last week, I learned that if I don’t know another century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to language, I won’t understand someone talking to me in that spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

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BC Breeders Futurities By Cathy Glover


he inaugural meeting of the BC Breeders Futurities attracted 20 horse owners to River Rocks Bistro in Enderby, February 9. The group aims to resurrect a futurity program with profitable payouts for weanling, yearling, two and three-year-old stock horses born in BC – and the proposal presented by former trainer and now Amateur Paint exhibitor Lynn (Freeland) Parker was well received. In fact, there was little (if any) debate about the proposal (available to download from the organization’s Facebook group) and a show of hands indicated that almost everyone in the room had at least one youngster to nominate to the futurity when it launches this fall. There was also an appetite to “bring back” the all-around horse after a brief discussion about how weanlings could be judged, with a preference for performance-type characteristics that would lead to a career under saddle in subsequent years. “It should be form to function,” said Thoroughbred breeder Cathy Reggelsen. “I want my horses to do it all,” agreed Kari (Scott) Goodfellow of Windhorse Farm in Coldstream. Using a model that demonstrated payouts to fift h or sixth place, based on 10 entries and nothing more than nomination

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fees in the purse, payouts could be as high as $437.50 for first place in any one division. That purse is surely to grow as the group plans to get creative with fundraising. The nomination fee for a weanling is expected to be $200. Once nominated, that baby will be eligible to compete for four years in the program with the addition of a nominal entry fee per year. The nomination will also be transferable if the horse is sold during the four years it is eligible to compete. “That should add value to anyone selling a nominated horse,” says Lynn. She notes that owners of satellite breeds (i.e. gaited horses) have also expressed interest in the program and she plans to offer assistance if they want to adopt a similar concept. She suggested this may be an opportunity to resurrect a version of Horse Council BC’s old “Horse Improvement Program” where horses are evaluated against breed type, rather than against each other in competition – when there aren’t enough horses of a specific type to host futurity classes. The next step will be to confirm a venue and a proposal is being sent to the South Central Quarter Horse Association’s board for consideration. Their fall circuit is in Armstrong, September 12-14. Memberships in the group ($25 per year) are now being accepted and members will be invited to participate in a conference call in early April to confirm the group’s goals, governance and rules. For more information, join the Facebook group [BC Breeders Futurities] or contact Lynn at


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Running Round in Circles By Christa Miremadi Watching horses run around in circles inside a round pen has become pretty common these days. In fact, it’s pretty unusual for a facility to not have one.


lthough they’ve been around for a very long time, dating back at least as far as traditional Spanish horsemanship, crossing into North America with the Vaqueros in the late 1600s, they’ve become far more popular and “mainstream” in the past decade or two. The round pen has evolved from the solid-sided, eight-foot-tall “bullpen” it once was to the lightweight, pipe-railed, circle of panels that you see most often today. There are as many ways to use a round pen as there are trainers in the world, and they all work - that is to say, they’re all effective. If they weren’t, people wouldn’t use them. People tend to use techniques that show results and throw away techniques that don’t. Thanks to the results that “natural horsemanship” has shown in developing trust, respect and teamwork with horses, more people are using round pens in new and interesting ways. I won’t tell you that you have to use a round pen, how you should use your round pen or that my way is the best or only way. I won’t tell you that what you’ve been doing is wrong or what another trainer said is incorrect. I’m only going to offer you my perspective and share a little about how I use my round pen. This first article in my round pen series will address what I use a round pen for. I mostly use my 70-foot, solid-walled, indoor round pen with soft, sand footing. It is large enough to let a nervous horse have a buddy or two for support, provides room for saddling horses and is plenty large enough to ride in. We’ve used ours for starting youngsters, advancing a young horse’s training, rehabilitating the physically or psychologically damaged horse, providing an outlet for a frustrated school horse or youngster, for confidence-building and as a great big play pen! However, any round pen or space will do. I always start off by remembering that the round pen is a place for three categories of focus to take place: 1. Freedom of speech 2. Communication and training 3. Exercise and conditioning No matter what happens, no matter what my intent when I enter the space, these three things will exist. It’s up to me to recognize what’s being said, communicate effectively for the purpose of positive training and be conscious of the exercise and conditioning my horse is getting. 1. Freedom of speech Within the walls of the round pen, when my horses are “off-line,” they’re truly at liberty. They may say what they want, how they want, about whatever they want! This “organized play” comes with a few simple guidelines (which I’ll discuss in next month’s article) designed to maintain safety, but they won’t get in trouble for their actions. It is, of course, up to me to keep myself safe, set my boundaries and remind my horses that they are sharing my space and (despite how they may feel about the directions I provide) we’ll need to find a way to work 12 • Saddle Up • March 2014

together, safely and with respect for each other. This freedom of speech gives me invaluable insight into what’s going on (on the inside) for the horses I work with and this information will, in turn, let me know what needs to happen next. For example, if I taught my horse to never buck or kick Three young colts finding support in out when we are together, each other during their first saddling. how would I know if she was (Photo by Tina Harnett) feeling frustrated, excited or not quite right? If my horse is feeling fearful, anxious, frustrated and confused or irritated in some way, I want to know about it! This concept works both ways, however; I also get to let my horse know how I feel about things and just because she tells me she doesn’t like an idea, doesn’t mean we’re going to change the game completely. I may decide to make some changes or alterations to how we get things done, however, thanks to the information that our ability to “speak freely” to one another provided. 2. Communication and training We’ve all heard that anyone who does anything with a horse is training him. Horses will learn through pressure and release, intentionally or unintentionally. What this means is that, whether you like it or not, whether you intend to or not, the second you enter into any interaction with a horse, he is learning from and about you. The horse will learn about your confidence level, your understanding of equine culture, your awareness of your surroundings and yourself as well as your emotional state. He’ll learn how much pressure you’re comfortable using, your standards and boundaries as well as your expectations (which, by the way, may appear to your horse differently than they exist in your mind). He’ll learn about your intentions and how to attach your body cues and words to his actions, to carry his head, neck and body in the way that you support (whether you are aware of it or not) and he’ll learn about which one of you is in the leadership role. In fact, there is very little he won’t learn inside the walls of the round pen. It’s essential that the person using the pen becomes aware of what he/she is teaching, both intentionally and unintentionally. 3. Exercise and conditioning Obviously, if a horse is moving, there is some level of exercise and conditioning going on. The question is, are the movements of my horse promoting positive physical development or not? Is my horse HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Running Round, cont’d running around with her back inverted, leaning to the inside, counter bending, moving flat with tension or is she carrying herself nicely? Is she engaged at the hind end, lift ing through the neck and shoulder, watching me and bending soft ly inward, using herself in a balanced way, working rhythmically with a steady tempo? Or is she slamming her feet into the ground with jarring, loud, concussive steps, breaking gait frequently, getting faster or slower, stopping suddenly or lurching forward? Whatever movement I’m supporting/encouraging through my timing of pressure and release is what she will repeat. Even if I’m using the round pen simply as a way to allow my horse to let off steam, I’m teaching her how to move. Whether I’m using the round pen for rehabilitation, exercising a recovering horse who’s been off work due to an injury, starting a youngster for the first time under saddle or just as a space for a horse to play, I find it helpful to consider freedom of speech,

communication and training, and exercise and conditioning at all times, reminding myself that no matter what my focus may be, all three categories will be affected. It’s up to me to listen, pay attention and be mindful about how we use the A young filly working through some confidence issues. (Photo by Melody Pearson) time and space together. From its origin as a “bullpen” in Spain to the place that it’s become, Christa Miremadi has been working with the round pen has come a long way, helping horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility us bring horsemanship along in an incredible manager in her family business in Langley, way. It’s not just a place for running around Silver Star Stables, where she also provides in circles! It’s a place for expression, riding instruction and conducts horsemanship communication and progression; a place for clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating relationships to grow and learning to occur. harmony and building relationships between Watch for the next instalment in this horses and humans through compassionate series, in the April issue of Saddle Up, to communication, and to strengthening learn about setting priorities to promote partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of progress and how you can begin to open view. the lines of compassionate communication through consistency and dependability. (See her listing in the Business Services


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The Rise of Maria By Imogen Whale, Photos by Marc Garner Rocking Heart Ranch in Tabor, AB, held Western Canada’s first-ever Sixty Day Horse Starting and Trainer Challenge this past August. The event included a chance for trainers to take five minutes and present things that they, and their mounts, had accomplished. This segment was not scored as part of the trainer challenge criteria.


egardless, Maria Michel, the events Reserve Champion, capitalized on the opportunity and became the talk of the challenge. In the subsequent YouTube footage, other trainers are overheard as they appraise Maria’s ride. One particularly enthusiastic comment ended with, “No... no... don’t do it! Damn, boys, she’s going bridle-less. I’m out.” Maria had ridden her two-year-old fi lly onto a box platform, leaned forward to remove her bridle, and hooked it nonchalantly over the saddle horn. She then proceeded to stand in the saddle and crack a bull whip several times. After, she worked her horse bridle-less in walk, trot, canter and turns on the haunches. The duo ended by bowing to the enthusiastic audience. The fi lly, BB Sonita Hancock, was the high point sale at the subsequent auction. Maria deft ly proved why her name has become an increasingly loud whisper in Western Canada’s professional western horse training circuit. Humble and laid back, Maria explains, “I was given a great little mare to work with.” Maria was raised on a cattle and grain farm in Southern Alberta. When she was 14 • Saddle Up • March 2014

ten years old, Maria’s father built her a round pen and she broke her first horse. Since then, Maria has started more than 150 horses. “Horses and the country run deep in my veins,” Maria explains. Maria’s first apprenticeship was with Ted Scott of Rafter TK Ranch, a breeding facility that specializes in breeding, training and showing Paints and Quarter Horses. “Ted was an amazing mentor,” Maria elaborates, “he spent many hours teaching me, one-on-one, with the horse. Dealing with problem horses exposed me to a wide variety of different horses.” Maria was then accepted into Olds College to take part in their Equine Science program for Western Horsemanship. During the summer break between her first and second year, Maria headed off to Rafter B Ranch in Bearberry, AB. “My main experiences were working with draft horses, training them to pull wagons and carts.” Driving is a skill Maria has taken with her and regularly teaches to the horses she works with. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Rise of Maria, cont’d With her program officially finished, Maria applied and was accepted to do an additional third year of English Horsemanship. “I want to be a Jack-of-all-trades, Master of none,” Maria says. “I mean that as a positive thing. I don’t have to compete to high levels, but I want to be able to take any horse and train it to do anything.” Olds College, eager to hold onto Maria, hired her as an Instructional Assistant in Western Horsemanship for the next year. Maria then traveled and worked her way around Australia. Working on cattle stations, Maria had plenty of opportunities to work with different horsemen, learning their techniques. “I spent some time training Australian stock horses,” she elaborates. Apprenticing for Doug Mills when she returned, Maria calls herself a sponge. “I want to learn off everybody,” she says, “and take what works for me and use it. It’s one great thing about being a horse trainer; it is never a dead-end job and no day is exactly the same.” While Western-specialized, her knowledge of English riding ensures Maria’s diversity. She is able to accommodate a horse headed for that discipline, teaching the appropriate cues that, later on, will be utilized in complicated dressage moves. Maria firmly believes that every horse can work, including

Miniature horses, so often bought as pets. Several times, Maria has been contacted to do something with a misbehaving Mini. She currently trains Miniature horses in agility and driving a cart. “They can be very useful and fun animals. In fact, Miniature horses are being used as service animals for the blind,” she explains. Today, Maria specializes in starting young horses and putting them through basic training. “The whole process is just amazing; starting a colt that has hardly had any human handling and, then, in a few weeks, you are on its back for its first few rides.” Summarizing what she finds the most captivating part of the process, Maria says, “The communication and understanding between the horse and trainer is hard to explain. It’s just - rewarding.” Maria works out of Double W Riding Academy in Bluffton, AB. (See her listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) Imogen Whale is a freelance writer from Revelstoke BC, where she lives with her husband, son, cats and two horses. Imogen can be contacted by email at Her website is



Choosing a Vehicle for Your Horse, Part 2 By Judy Newbert (Part 1 can be seen in the February 2014 issue of Saddle Up)


e ended last month’s article with discussion on how to choose the size of vehicle for a driver. This month we look at the size of vehicle for the horse.

and note this measurement. If you have not been driving a well-fitting vehicle, harness the horse and adjust the harness properly. The shafts usually lie along the line of the traces and that controls the height of the tug loops (where the shafts sit). For a breastcollar harness, the traces Size Of Vehicle For The Horse will be level or slightly downhill from the Some people trying to sell you a cart front of the horse to the singletree at the will claim that “one size fits all.� This is rear. Therefore, even without a vehicle, totally untrue. We drive equines from you can set the tug loops at a height where 8 hands (32 inches) to over 16 hands (64 the traces will lie directly behind the inches); there is no way one size of cart shafts. Again, measure the height from will fit all sizes of horses. For any given the bottom of the tug loops to the ground. cart or carriage, there is usually about (See Pictures 5 and 8 for ideal fit). a 4-inch range (1 hand) in the horses it If you are considering a cart, have will fit. The cart must be suitable for the horse’s height and the shafts must be wide someone hold the shafts at a height where the seat and floor are level. Measure the enough and long enough for the horse height of the shafts off the ground where to be comfortable when hitched up and the tug loops from the harness would go pulling the cart. (See Pictures 6 and 7). (usually about 18 to 24 inches back from When the horse is hitched up, the the tip) and compare it to your ideal seat and floor of the vehicle should be measurement. The tug loops usually sit horizontal (level), the shafts should be on the shafts where the shafts are at their slightly uphill (maximum 6-inch rise narrowest point (i.e. where the shafts are from the singletree to the shaft tip). (See the closest to the horse). Also, if the cart Picture 8). If the horse and harness and has tug stops (metal prongs on the shafts the vehicle are at separate locations, there about 18 to 24 inches from the tips), the are some dimensions that will help you shaft loops will sit directly ahead of the make a choice. tug stops. Also, measure the height of the If you have the horse and the seat and compare it to your horse’s height. harness, put the harness on the horse. Of the two dimensions, the shaft height is If you have been driving a well-fitting the most important dimension for a cart. vehicle, the tug loops (shaft loops) will With someone holding the shafts at the be at the appropriate height. With the proper height, one or two people should horse standing square, measure from the sit in the cart. Check that, with both bottom of the shaft tug to the ground people sitting normally, there is a little weight (maximum 5 lbs) on the shafts where the tug $RIVING 2IDING ,ESSONS #LINICS loops would go. This $IAMOND . ULTRA LIGHT CARBON lBRE WHIPS New assures you that there #ARTS #ARRIAGES (ARNESS -INI TO $RAFT Consignment is not excess weight on Driving Vehicles 3ADDLERY AND HARNESS REPAIRS have arrived Upcoming the horse’s back and #ARRIAGE LAMP REPAIR RESTORATION Driving Clinics Dates on gives the driver and website passenger a smoother Judy Newbert s NEWBERTEQUINE NUCLEUS COM ride. Some vehicles "OX #ROSSlELD !LBERTA 4 - 3 have the means to 4/14 change the balance of

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the two wheeler (i.e. to move the entire box) so that the difference between one or more riders can be compensated for. This is a different adjustment than just moving the seat because the length of the driver’s leg controls the seat location. Ideally, your cart will have an adjustment for the seat and also an adjustment for the entire box.

For a four wheeler (carriage) Four-wheeled carriages tend to be larger than two wheelers and will

3 Four-wheeled phaeton with full collar.

normally hold more than two people. For a four-wheeled carriage, measure the seat height and compare to your horse’s height. Check that the shafts are wide enough and long enough to fit your horse. Hold the shafts so that they run uphill to the tips and check the height where the tug loops would go to your ideal measurement. This dimension is not as crucial as in a cart but, if the carriage is very low at the singletree (where you hook your traces), there is an increased possibility of your horse getting his leg over a trace or the shafts. For a horse in breastcollar harness, a low attachment to a singletree is uncomfortable; the strap that holds the breastcollar up presses on the top of his


Ideal fit for a large horse – use of foot rest.


Choosing a Vehicle, cont’d neck. Breastcollar harness is designed to have the traces at or near horizontal (See Picture 5). Full collar harness is meant to have the traces slope steeply back to a relatively low singletree (See Picture 3). In a carriage, the seat height and the size of the shafts are the most important dimensions.

For a sleigh Sleighs tend to be quite low to the ground and are therefore more suitable for full-collar harness. For tall horses, get the seat height as high as possible; many sleighs are simply too low to see adequately around the horse. Do the best you can to get a tall enough sleigh to see around the horse properly. See sleigh articles in November and December 2013 issues of Saddle Up.

6 Shaft is too high; cart is likely too small.

SIZE OF SHAFTS There must be enough space between the shafts to allow the horse to move properly. A rough “rule of thumb” is that the shaft length should be your horse’s blanket size. The horse’s blanket size is a dimension taken with a flexible tape from the centre of the chest along the horse’s


side to the centre of the tail. Many modern vehicles have adjustable shafts, which slide in and out to allow a large number of length and sometimes width variations. Below is a useful table of typical dimensions, in inches. These are approximate dimensions only. These dimensions will likely have to be adjusted for your horse so use them as a rough guide only. Note that horses are measured for height to the top of the withers (a hand is 4 inches). *For shaft lengths, use the shorter dimension for high vehicles and the longer dimension for easy entry (generally lower) vehicles. In the lower vehicles, there is a need to allow extra length for the horse’s back legs to be ahead of the front of the carriage. In higher vehicles (like gigs), the horse’s tail can be almost at the dash because the dash is likely above the horse’s back and there is space under the box for the horse’s legs to go. Obviously, the horse’s legs must not strike the front of the carriage at any gait. There should be at least 18 inches of clearance between the furthest back extension of the horse’s hind leg and the front of the carriage, if the carriage is low enough to be struck by the horse’s legs. NOTE: If your intention is to compete, you may have additional requirements regarding the type or size of your vehicle. In CDEs (Combined Driving Events), the FEI or your own national rules may have additional requirements regarding width of vehicle track or the distance the horse or horses stand from the vehicle. Make sure your vehicle meets these requirements also. Pleasure driving in the show ring or breed driving rules may also have specific requirements.

7 Shaft is too low; cart is poorly hitched up and may be too large.

8 Ideal fit for a mini.

READ YOUR RULE BOOK! These rules change from time to time so make sure the rule book you are using is current.

FINAL CHECKS It is always a good idea to have an experienced driver look at the vehicle you are considering buying to point out any problems it may have and what it might cost to fi x the flaws. There are vehicles out there for sale that have such peculiar dimensions that they will not properly fit any horse and many of these vehicles are very difficult and expensive to modify. Any horse-drawn vehicle in good shape is not cheap, so do your research beforehand so you buy a vehicle which will do the job properly and will be comfortable and functional for both you and your horse. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons. • 17

Who Do I Consider My Trail Hero? By Rose Schroeder Meet Mr. John Gardner, member of the Yarrow Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen Society of BC (BCHBC). John is also known to his trail riding friends as Big Bad John!


ruth is John is one of the kindest, most giving, hard-working, horses to mules, he says, because they have more stamina, are tougher and more sure footed... just like John! Myself, I think it’s because they larger-than-life individuals you would want on your side of the trail. All you have to do is look at him and you’ll figure him for a match John’s temperament! character! Here is the story of how Big John came to have such a passion But, I still have not answered the second question. John is my and skill for trail riding, along with some of the reasons why I consider trail hero for a variety of reasons: He’s a great “do-it-yourself-er” and a “let’s get ‘er done” type of person. I admire him my hero! John was born in 1935 in Innisfail, AB, that he likes to share his knowledge base of where he spent his first few years in a logging trail whereabouts. A trail is named after John, just outside of the Coquihalla Recreation Area. camp. By the age of 10, he and his brother were skidding logs with workhorses. Times John found it, John cleared it and then shared were hard in the 1930s and the following is a it. I admire his willingness to volunteer his time and effort. I love his great sense of common true example of what made John tough. John, sense! I appreciate his ability to find stuff - yes, his brother and sister had to walk to school barefoot. When their feet got cold, they would trails - but also bridge materials, gravel and find a fresh horse or cow pie and stand in it to lumber. I have fun with his ability to stir the warm their cold toes! Who needs heated socks? pot and make us think outside the box. His When John entered high school, the family tenacity and support is inspiring! Big John is my hero because of all of the moved on to the restaurant business where above reasons, but one of his greatest attributes he would have to do dishes after school. After graduation, he moved to Fort St. John, where he is that he cares about each and every one of us, worked in the oil rigs and soon married. About his riding friends, like we are family. Coffee is always hot at John’s camp and there’s always this time, John also started to raise registered Quarter Horses. His ranch was called Nip and an extra chair out. His smile goes from mutton Tuck Quarter Horses because “it was always nip John and Kate ready to head out to clear the chop to mutton chop! John is a good listener, and tuck if you could make a dollar!” Alas, John but he’s not shy about letting his opinion be Hudson Bay Brigade Trail out of Hope known either. And... if you’re “bogged to the had a dream of becoming a dairy farmer, so he saddle skirts,” meaning you’ve got big trouble, travelled down to Chilliwack to take a course. John will be there for you. He’s got more crust than an armadillo! He stayed, working on local farms and finally for Tamahi Logging where he worked until retirement a year ago. The skills he learned in You’ve got to jingle your spurs to keep up with John! I’ll follow him on any trail - he’s my trail hero! those years make him a valuable volunteer to BCHBC! John was always fond of finding a goat trail or deer path, wanting to see over the next hill, around the next corner. His wife Maud would This “Trail Hero” story was submitted by the Joint Trails and Access shake her head when John would suggest they go scouting. She knew Committee (JTAC). This volunteer-based committee was formed in 2006 it meant bushwhacking, perhaps mud bogging and maybe a little cliff by Horse Council BC and the Back Country Horsemen of BC. JTAC is a riding, too! And, if there were an obstacle in the way, John would be working advisory group with expertise in development and preservation of multi-use recreational trails throughout BC. Committee volunteers are sure to find a detour route around it. But times change... policies change... budgets change. Our favourite involved with access to front and back country riding trails on both public and private lands. JTAC’s goal is to provide a clear, persuasive and collective horse trails started to deteriorate. Back Country Horsemen Society of voice to government and land managers for equestrian use on shared trails. BC was born to help maintain those trails. John was introduced to Back Country Horsemen and has been a member and volunteer since 1996. In recognition of the priceless contribution of volunteers, the Committee More than trail work bees, John loves his mules. He switched from shares these true stories of trail “heroes.”

Almost Too Much Fun 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. 18 • Saddle Up • March 2014


BC Cowboy Heritage Society & Kamloops Cowboy Festival By Mark McMillan


t’s hard to believe that this will be the 18th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. It all started, or at least the idea, at the Kamloops Bull Sale about 19 years ago. The first year of the actual Festival was down at the Stockman’s Hotel, and since then it’s grown in leaps and bounds. Before the first Festival took place the BC Cowboy Heritage Society was formed with the mandate to promote and preserve cowboy heritage in the Province of BC. The


idea of the Festival was to raise funds for the society to run the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame which they started in 1997. Today five $500 student scholarships have also been added. The entertainment consists of over 30 main stage entertainers as well as open mic and rising star performers. The juried Art of the West Show and Sale feature accepts art work, photography, and sculptures of a western/cowboy nature. The Festival tradeshow houses close to 50 booths selling western/cowboy products, and the workshops and seminars throughout the weekend consist of a wide variety of talent and topics. The Kamloops Cowboy Festival now has the reputation of being the biggest and best of its kind in Canada and one of the top cowboy festivals in North America! It is held annually on the second weekend in March (although this year it’s actually on the third weekend - March 13 to 16, 2014). It seems to

be the time of year when folks are looking for something to do, and I think a lot of ranchers are now calving later too ... they probably turned the bulls out later so they can go to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival held in the Thompson Okanagan Region of Super, Natural British Columbia. This year the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame will add: To be inducted at the Cowboy Festival March 14; Valentine Haynes (Working Cowboy) Lewis “Bud” Fox (Century Ranch) Dr. Jim Steffens (Family) To be inducted at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo in April; Clarence Bryson (Ranching Pioneer) Clarence Petal (Working Cowboy & Competitive Achievements) The Telford Family (Family) • 19

Charity Ride in Mongolia: The Gobi Gallop 2 By Julie Veloo The annual ride across Mongolia to benefit the Veloo Foundation Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project will take place June 8–18, 2014. The “Gobi Gallop” is a ten-day, seven hundred kilometre adventure where participants will have the chance to experience some of the most stunning scenery on the planet.


very step will help the Children of the Peak Sanctuary as a full fi ft y percent of each rider’s entrance fee goes directly to help the three to five-year-olds at this kindergarten, kindergarten who would otherwise be scavenging on the garbage dump or left behind, often alone in a ger (a traditional Mongolian nomadic felt tent) and sometimes without food or heat. “This ride is exceptionally rare. You simply can’t get this sort of opportunity anywhere else!” said Julie Veloo, Vice President of the Veloo Foundation and coorganizer of the Gobi Gallop. “It will give participants a chance to experience one of the last surviving nomadic horse cultures from the back of their own horse.” The inaugural Gobi Gallop (from Ulaanbaatar to Oyu Tolgoi in the heart of Gobi) was comprised of seven participants with a variety of experience and ability from around the world. Baagii, the owner of and lead guide from Khot Ail Camp and Horse Trek Mongolia, creates a new trek across his wonderful country for the Gobi Gallop every year. Each trek is long and challenging, but not so difficult that ordinary riders with determination can’t cope. Gobi Gallop 2 is no exception. The secret to success on this ride? Just love riding, be comfortable at a canter, and have an adventurous spirit! In 2014, riders will witness unparalleled natural beauty as they ride across four Mongolian provinces. Starting in Akhangai, we will ride along stunning mountains,

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canter across the famous Mongolian steppe, stop at the famed Tsenger hot springs, waterfalls and the historic capital of Kharkhorin with its beautiful monastery, the oldest one in Mongolia. “This sort of ride is more or less unheard of that’s why we created it!” said Julie. “What better way to raise money and awareness of the situation of forty of the most seriously marginalized, abused and neglected children than by doing something so noteworthy and amazing that when the world hears about it, they will be forced to take notice?” The Gobi Gallop 2, in participation with Horse Trek Mongolia and Khot Ail Camp, an ethical riding company, collect $2,000 per participant, but 50% of that is being donated directly to the Veloo Foundation, Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project and will be used to feed and educate the children at the Sanctuary. The Veloo Foundation, a registered Canadian charity based in British Columbia, is unique in that 100% of any and all donated money goes directly to help the children. The Foundation itself covers any expenses not

directly related to helping the children. In addition, they will provide ride participants with a kit to help them with fundraising and raising the awareness of the situation of the Children at the Peak. In 2013 we were lucky enough to receive a Governor General’s Award from His Excellency Mr. David Johnston for our role in creating civil society linkages between Canada and Mongolia. More information about Veloo Foundation and the Children of the Peak Sanctuary is available at www., and more information about ethical riding at Khot Ail Camp can be found at You can also send questions to us via email at HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Garnet Valley Gang By Debra Giles


he Garnett Valley Gang rides into 2014 with a new board of directors looking forward to another fun fi lled year of robbing the passengers on Summerland’s Kettle Valley Steam Train. Train Robbery Photo courtesy of Doug Campbell These dedicated, fun-loving bunch of desperados and saloon girls with their spirit of generosity donate their take to local charities. The gang was formed in 1996 and since that time have raised thousands of dollars for charities. This past year they have donated money to Cops For Kids, Agur Lake Camp, Penticton Trailbreakers, Arion Therapeutic, South Okanagan Therapeutic Riding, South Okanagan 4-H Beef Club, BC 4-H Stock Show, CHBC Good News Bear and Summerland Secondary School. Pictured here with their first of many 2014 donation from front to back on the left are gang members: “Mexicali” Wendy Davis (Secretary); “Jimmy Boots” Jim Davis (President); Photographer Charles Gallant “Del Rio” Dana Giles (AKA Shooter) (Vice President); “The Kid” Macgregor Tebbutt; “Mademoiselle Promesse” Joannne Gilbert; and “Pistol Annie” Debra Giles (Treasurer). Club members from left in back are 13-year-old Cameron Spiers and leader Susan Tebbutt. In front from left are Jenna Robertson, 11; Kate Gilbbery, 11; Madison Kulak, 11; and Monty Tebbutt, 14. This volunteer group consists of over 26 people who bring the “Wild West” alive as they ride out of the hills – guns blazing – to board the train and rob passengers for local charities. Dance Hall Girls and Lawmen provide onboard entertainment for guests – while the riders thrill you with their skill and antics during the robbery. The Gang adheres to a strict dress code to bring you the feel of the era and you will feel like you have stepped back in time! The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is proud to partner with the Garnett Valley Gang to bring you the most popular event at the KVSR. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


Alpha & Omega Mounted Security Patrol is recruiting riders who want to work as mounted security officers* at the PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL, JULY 18-20, 2014


Alpha & Omega Mounted Security Patrol 817-379-6607 | *A&O riders will be licensed in the appropriate place for security work, therefore may not have any felonies or crimes of moral turpitude on their records. • 21

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


s I prepare to send this Cariboo Chatter in to Nancy, I’m still enjoying warm, sunny weather. We’ve just been through the Panama

and the city of Kamloops has given us a proclamation stating that March 9-15 be known as “BC Cowboy Heritage Week” in the City of Kamloops.

Not sure how this pony got out, as the fences are all really good, but he watched us go by in the tractor-drawn wagons. One of our first stops was in Aruba, where we had the beach to ourselves. Donna and Ray Frolek (in their beach attire) with Kathy behind, and Billie and Hugh McLennan

A couple of the cowboy’s horses in nice, shady tie stalls

The ranch horses, all hiding in the shade of this cluster of trees

Canal and have had a fabulous time! We’ll dock in LA soon and be home the same night. Hopefully, you’ve been following us on our websites - if not, you can see our two different diaries at www. and Here’s a little about the 13th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise. Another awesome cruise with Billie and Hugh and the Spirit of the West has come to an end, but what a great time it was. It’s the first cruise that we haven’t been able to hop on a horse somewhere; where we thought we’d ride, in Cost Rica, it was too hot. We were happy to see the cowboys’ mounts resting in the shade of a tie stall. The tour at Hacienda Nosavar Ranch was really good and everyone in the group had a lot of questions to fire at the owner, Rodrigo Vargas, about their Brahma/ Charolais-cross cattle operation. The week leading up to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival will once again be known as “Cowboy Heritage Week in BC” as proclaimed by the Province of BC,

We have our work cut out for us when we return (although we did have pretty much everything in place before we left) for the 18th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The dates are March 13-16. Things really get going on the 13th at the Ramada Kamloops, as they will host the Festival kick-off party dinner dance with Ed Peekeekoot and friends. At the same time, we’ll be at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre hosting the annual get-acquainted party. This is the night that weekend pass holders get to meet and hear a little from all the entertainers that have already arrived so they know who they want to see throughout the next three days. There will be over 40 of them, so you really have to study the program to get them all in. In between stage sets, we leave a little time so folks can socialize and take in the over 50 western-themed booths in the tradeshow as well as the juried western art show. Get all the information and/or tickets by phone, at: 1-888-763-2221. If you’re in Kamloops, you can purchase tickets at the Horse Barn. All the other information is online at: Coming up this spring and summer, there will be lots of horse events in the Cariboo. We start out with rodeos, including the Williams Lake Indoor on April 18-20. This is the first BCRA Rodeo of the year and it’s always a great show!



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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d

WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

Keith Dinwoodie will be the BCRA 100 Mile House Rodeo announcer

Eddie Monical and Earl Call will be the pickup men again at the 100 Mile House Rodeo

The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place here, during intermission, on the Sunday. Huber Farms will once again host the “BS and Drive Weekend” on May 1619 at their farm in 70 Mile House. On May 21, we’ll head off to Creston where the Creston Valley Beef Growers Association will host the 86th Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM on May 22-24. The 100 Mile House Rodeo is May 18-19. Admission will once again be $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and kids 6 and under get in free. Stock Contractors are C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie and the bullfighters will be Earl Call and Dave Atkinson. It will be a 1:00 pm start on both days! The following weekend will be the Clinton May Ball Rodeo on May 24-25. The two Gymkhanas that I know about are the Watch Lake/Green Lake HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Brian Kurtz heads through the water hole at last year’s Cariboo Trails CDF

Gymkhanas. The first is Saturday, July 12, and the second is Saturday, August 9. These are two really fun events at one of the nicest gymkhana grounds in BC, if not in Canada! There’s a concession and a beer garden on site, and camping and lodging close by. The weekend in-between the two Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas, July 18-20, the Cariboo Trails CDF will take place at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. This driving event is a BC favourite with a cone course, dressage course and hazards course. If you drive your horse(s) or pony(ies), get your entries in soon. Contact Ken Huber at If you’re a spectator that likes excitement, Sunday is probably your day - that’s the hazard course competition. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included, please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The February issue’s item was from our own Meadow Springs Museum. We thought it would be an easy one as there are lots

This month’s item is from our little Meadow Springs Museum. Both sides of this little metal box come off. The total length is about 6 inches. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

around... it’s a scale weight. The hook hung on the end of the balance beam of a scale and more weights were added as needed. Congratulations to the following people who had the correct answer: Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park, AB Hugh Ashwell, Edson, AB Bonny Kozub, Falkland Bob Dempsey, Kelowna Sandi MacDonald, Maple Ridge Ernie Dobson, Cache Creek Ted Callbeck, Onoway AB Holger Gruenberg, Penticton Roy Slavens, Williams Lake Darrell Kemle, Creston Sandi Madu, 100 Mile House Ray & Carol Cody, Abbotsford Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Tom Randall, Whitehorse, Yukon Sue Gereau, Princeton • 23

Saddle on the Fence By Dee Walmsley The old cowboy took the saddle off his horse for the last time and hung it on the fence. He and the saddle had both seen better days. Too many rodeos, too many broncos and too many falls had made him old before his time. Now, he was giving it all up.


e’d won his share of ribbons and prize money but it had been a lonely life. He was tired now; plumb worn out, time to pass the rope to the younger ‘pokes. All those long hours on the road travelling from town to town across the nation and back, all for a few lousy bucks. He ached from twisted ligaments, stretched beyond repair, and bones broken long ago. His gnarled hands, twisted and red, were covered with old scar lines, reminders of leather reins pulled tight, cutting skin too often. His lined face mimicked the tooling on his leather saddle - weather-beaten and creased. Like the man, his saddle had also aged. The leather, once soft with intricately tooled thistles and leaves, was now hard and shiny. The chaps worn by the cowboy had taken their toll on the carved leather, wearing away most of the craftsman’s handiwork. It was time to quit, to hang up the old saddle and move on. As he ran his hands over the worn saddle he thought of the good times. He saw a young lad of 20, full of fire and ambition,

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ready to conquer the world. Where had the time gone? He remembered his first win and how the horse’s name, Tornado, struck fear in his gut, but he rode him into the ground. He was the master and the writhing beast beneath him listened and learned. Picked up a hundred bucks that day, but those days were few and far between. Most times he broke even after expenses and a few beers with the boys. He couldn’t quit; it was in his blood. Something drove him on to the next town - the next draw. He couldn’t recall the first time he was seriously injured from a fall. He did, however, remember waking up in a little hospital full of nuns. They reminded him of penguins rushing about, arms crossed, hiding their hands up their sleeves. They treated him well, but he couldn’t relax, living with a room full of virgins. Luckily for him, he healed quickly and was soon on his way. Good thing it wasn’t the time when he broke both his legs. Took darn near six months to get over that one. Six months holed up in a little Mexican town where the beer was cheap and



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Saddle on the Fence, cont’d the gals a-waitin’. Never could pronounce the name of the place. Never could find anyone else who knew anything about it. Never went back. Yep, he had 22 years on the road and had travelled in all directions, from the snow-laden mountains of the north to the deserts of old Mexico and beyond. He had lived with Navajo Indians and prairie farmers, some good, and some bad. Most folks were decent once you got to know them. He would wander in, chop a little wood, fetch a bucket or two of water and then, after eating his well-earned meal, bed down in the barn for the night. Next day, most likely, he would just mosey off down life’s trail. He liked being his own man. Loved the sights and sounds of nature. Snared himself the odd rabbit when times were tough. Nothing tasted better than rabbiton-a-spit when you were really hungry. As he grew older, he was hungry more often. The young bucks got the best broncs and his failing eyesight played hell with calf-roping. Twenty-two years and all he had was a beat-up old truck

and the hundred dollars the farmer had given him for his horse, Pal - his friend, companion and confidant for all those years. He would miss the once-stunning Quarter Horse, but at least he knew he would be well cared for until he went to that big corral in the sky. Standing there looking at that old saddle sure did bring back the memories. A silent tear trickled down through the sun-dried cracks in his face. He caught it with his tongue, swallowed hard, sniffed, and walked away, leaving his friend sitting on the fence. An animal advocate and nature lover who lives by the sea, Dee Walmsley has been writing articles on behalf of critters and the environment for the past 20 years. A 76-yearyoung widow, with two cats, Dee is a contributor to Senior Living and Clever, an online magazine.

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Cowboy Poetry Cowboy all the Way! By Sylvia Crowell If you’re planning a vacation and you like the old wild west, then I’ll tell you just where to go for a vacation that’s the best. Take a journey out to Summerland, out in beautiful BC, for a train ride through the mountains, Oh! The sights that you will see. Take a good look around you, for you’ve gone way back in time, when cowboys on horses, could come quickly from behind. Now keep your cameras handy, take pictures by the score, for these “robbers” don’t want your cameras, but will take your change and more. Now this a real experience, for while this is a treat for you, you’re helping out charities, and you will have a bar-be-que. Not only that you’ll get to meet a wonderful bunch of folks, whom you can sit and chat to and even share some jokes. So as you’re planning your vacation and long for the good ole days, go visit “The Garnett Valley Gang” it’s Cowboy all the Way!

Well it just ain’t the same no More By Luana Chamness It’s been three years since you left us and things just ain’t the same no more at some of these cowboy events, well, just not like it was before. Take the yearly spring Cowboy Fest and then the Barriere Fall Fair I mean, things keep movin’ along just not the same when you ain’t there. Some thunk that just by a first glance yur edge was maybe a tad rough. For me, what shone thru from inside was some purty dang real special stuff. You had a kind and carin’ heart towards family and all yur friends. No matter what was goin’ on there was a knack to smooth out them bends. Sittin’ straight and tall in yur saddle was how you lived yur life everyday and you coached others to do likewise for me, this works out more than okay. Tho’ festivals ain’t quite the same but Cowboy Mike, life does trot along. Yur now watchin’ from God’s ranch above and I know yur right where you belong. (In memory of Mike Puhallo, because I truly admired him for all the advice he gave me with my poetry writing)

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The PNE is excited to announce the introduction of a HCBC Heritage Qualifier Show at the 2014 Fair at the PNE.

The Pacific Spirit Horse Show Enters a New Era! Along with the traditional Cattle Penning competition, Draft Team show, Indoor Eventing and Junior Amateur Jumping, competitors can now also get a jump on earning Heritage Qualifier points for 2015! A unique horse show experience with over $25,000 in cash and prizes! ENTRY ENT RY DEADLINE: DEADLIN LINE E: JULY JULY 18, 18, 2014 2014

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Canada is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 AgriVenture Global Scholarship program. This opportunity allows the scholarship recipient, Bridget Wilson, to work in New Zealand for a six-month time period. Bridget Wilson, a fourthyear university student pursuing an agriculture degree in Animal Science, Genetics and Molecular Biology, will take part in a Bridget Wilson six-month program in rural New Zealand. Originally from Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Wilson is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University. She will live and work on a dairy farm in New Zealand from October through April. The $3,000 scholarship will be applied towards the AgriVenture program fee. “Although I have gained a lot of knowledge about agriculture through my schooling, I am in need of more practical, hands-on learning experiences,” said Wilson. “The AgriVenture scholarship recognizes a 4-H member who is a leader in their club and community,” said Allison Sarauer, AgriVenture Program Co-ordinator for Canada. “AgriVenture trainees are ambassadors for Canadian agriculture, and we’re happy to support an outstanding 4-H member or alumni in gaining experience and exposure to the global agriculture scene.” “4-H Canada is very fortunate that AgriVenture understands the importance of building young leaders,” added Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “This investment embodies the spirit of 4-H leadership because it cultivates self-esteem, responsibility and self-motivation.” AgriVenture provides cultural and work experiences to young adults aged 18 to 30. Wilson had a choice of dairy, beef, sheep or crop placement opportunities in a variety of host countries including New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and others. Wilson was chosen by Nova Scotia 4-H as the provincial candidate for the scholarship and joined others from across Canada in the competition. Scholarship applicants between the ages of 18 and 30, with two years of 4-H experience, are welcome to apply to their 4-H provincial office by November 1, 2014. Victoria Kyle, the 2013 national AgriVenture scholarship winner from Drumbo, Ontario, worked for four months with sheep on the island of Gottland, Sweden. Please visit Victoria’s blog for details of her Scandinavian experience: More Canadian hosts are needed to offer opportunities for overseas trainees to work with horses. Contact AgriVenture if your equine operation would like to participate in this program as a host; more information is available at To learn more about 4-H clubs and programs in Canada, visit

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Equine Canada Update Canadians Among FEI Officials We are pleased to announced that three Canadian officials are among the Ground Juries, Technical Delegates, Chief Stewards, Course Designers, Appeal Committee and Medical Officer appointed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014. Kim Morrison (FEI 4*), Calgary AB, has been selected as the President of the Ground Jury for Jumping; Elizabeth McMullen (FEI 5*) of Palgrave ON has been selected as a member of the Ground Jury for Dressage; and Ruth Carlson (FEI 4*) of Kimberley BC was selected as a member of the Ground Jury for Endurance. All three will be travelling to Normandy this summer where they will work closely with the Organizing Committee, the FEI and athletes, upholding the key values and principles of these Games. Investment to Develop Key Export Markets On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Member of Parliament Ted Falk (Provencher) has announced an investment of up to $483,650 in Equine Canada (EC) to help develop key export markets with longterm potential for the sale of Canadian-bred horses and horse genetics. The goal is to help Canadian horse breeders compete effectively

and successfully in the international market place. EC will lead missions to, and host visitors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China and South Africa to enable Canadian and foreign stakeholders to meet face to face. To capitalize on the large number of international visitors expected to attend the PanAm Games in Toronto in 2015, EC will also hold a PanAmerican Showcase featuring Canadian horses. Quick Facts . There are more than 900,000 horses in Canada. Their use for sport and leisure, tourism, breeding, food production and related industries involves one million Canadians. . The horse industry supports more than 77,000 on-farm jobs for the breeding and care of horses. . Equine Canada is a national sport and recreation equine organization that promotes the achievements of Canadian-bred horses to boost the profi le of the industry. . Canada and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that will significantly boost trade and investment ties. Upon entry into force, almost 94 per cent of EU agricultural tariff lines will be duty-free. . This investment is made through the Market Development stream of the Government of Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, a fiveyear, $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2. “The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting the agricultural industry through strategic investments to grow international markets. This investment will help the equine sector develop key export markets for our Canadian-bred horses to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry.” said Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher. “This funding is another step towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Canadian equine industry. We have two main objectives: develop key export markets with long-term potential for the sale of Canadian-Bred horses and the rejuvenation of domestic demand for those horses by showcasing the wide range of opportunities available to the new generation of Canadian horse owners.” said Michael Gallagher, President Equine Canada. National Convention and Awards Gala Equine Canada announced its 2014 Board of Directors at the federation’s Annual General Meeting during its national convention held February 5-9, in Winnipeg MB. The 2014 Board slate is comprised of: Al Patterson - President Kerri McGregor - Secretary of the Board, Director-at-Large Cheryl Denault - Treasurer Peggy Hambly - Sport Representative Isabel Reinertson - Sport Representative TBD - Industry representative Dean Leifso - Industry representative Jack de Wit - Recreation representative Les Oakes - Recreation representative Paul Cote - Provinces representative Shirley Brodsky - Provinces representative

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Equine Canada, cont’d Tony Eames - Director-at-Large Karen Sparks - Director-at-Large Michael Gallagher - Past President (non-voting) Michael Arbour - Interim CEO and Equine Canada CFO AWARDS: 2013 Award of Excellence (Endurance): Carl Fudge of Beausejour, MB 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Faith Berghuis of Brockville, ON 2013 Equestrian of the Year: Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC (currently in England) 2013 Junior Equestrian of the Year: Tanya Strasser-Shostak of Ste. Adele, QC 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Gerald McDonald from Nanaimo, BC 2013 Canadian Bred Horse of the Year: Riddle Master; bred by Caroline Bazley and owned by Blithe Hill Farm of Mono, ON. 2013 Canadian Breeder of the Year: Seelster Farms of Lucan, ON (breeding Standardbreds) The Gold Medal Award was posthumously presented to Margaret “Maggie” Murdoch. 2013 Sponsor of the Year: BFL CANADA 2013 Media Award, The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy: Horse Junkies United Ian Millar’s legendary mount Big Ben was posthumously awarded with The Hickstead Trophy. 2013 Health and Welfare Award: Brenda Thompson of Whispering


Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael Gallagher, President Equine Canada and Faith Berghuis. Photo by Shereen Jerrett. Breeder of the Year - Seelster Farms. Photo by Shereen Jerrett

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Cowboy Team Challenge 2014 By Kerri Lee


ark your calendar and enter now as July 19th brings us the 2nd annual Cowboy Team Challenge (CTC 2014) to be held in Langley BC. Entries are already coming in for this 15 team event that brings 4 different Western disciplines together in what is guaranteed to be another exciting and fun-fi lled day of competition. We are looking for Barrel Racers, Cutters, Team Ropers and Sorters to make up 4 event teams that will compete in their individual event as well as the Team Challenge. Last year’s inaugural Challenge brought together 72 riders forming 12 teams; which were auctioned off in a Calcutta to raise money for the Little Britches Rodeo Association and High School Rodeo. Competitors, Friends and Family forked over $2050 in 2013.

This year there will be great prizes as well as cash awards and the now ‘famous’ Calcutta that is sure to be another success as the crowd fights and jostles to purchase their favourite team. The all-day event starts at 9 a.m. at the Langley Riders Arena and will be held rain or shine. Entries are $100/person and must be pre-registered as well as hold valid HCBC membership. This is one competition you don’t want to miss with great friends, new and old, and the chance to claim the bragging rights of 2014 Cowboy Team Challenge Champion. There will also be a Team Roping on the Friday night (July 18th) and a Cutting on the Sunday (July 20th) for any of you out-oftowners that would like to join us! Contact Kerri Lee at 604-8139186 or email kerri@langleeacres. com for more information. Our prize buckles

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Catch the Endurance Fever! By Stephanie Kwok “It’s not easy being Green...” Are you new to endurance riding? Is your horse? If so, you’ll find support with the Fraser Valley Endurance Riding Green Beans! Have you already “bean” there, done that, and want to help newbies get going down the trail? If so, you’re a Green Bean, too!


ndurance newbies and mentors can connect with each other on the new Facebook group, Fraser Valley Endurance Riding Green Beans ( FVERGreenBeans/). This group is a local chapter of the international Green Beans Endurance program, which was developed to encourage networking, discussion and meetups between local endurance riding mentors and novices. The FVER Green Beans serves riders in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas of BC who are new to endurance riding (or have a horse that is new to endurance). Equestrians participating in this group share an interest in learning, long distance trail riding, outdoor adventure, and


growing the sport of endurance riding in the BC Lower Mainland. We are excited to announce that our first Endurance 101 Clinic, a two-day learning event, is scheduled for April 12 and 13 in Maple Ridge. The “classroom day” on Saturday will feature a presentation by FVER Green Bean mentor and ERABC member, Terre O’Brennan, and includes a demonstration of what happens in a vet-check and how to do a trot-out. It will take place in the Empire Equestrian clubhouse and runs from 10am-2pm (Terre can take questions until 3pm); lunch and refreshments will be provided. On Sunday, our Green Bean Ride will feature a 12-km ride with a mock vet check at the end, starting from Main Corral at Golden Ears Park at 9:30am sharp! The cost of the clinic is $10 per person, and you may attend only the “classroom day” on Saturday if you wish. Anyone planning to participate in the Sunday Green Bean Ride must ALSO attend the presentation on Saturday. Please contact Stephanie Kwok, at, for further details and to register. Any clinic updates will be posted to the group’s “Events” section. If you are in the BC Lower Mainland and interested in learning about Endurance Riding, consider joining the FVER Green Beans ( groups/FVERGreenBeans/). Send your questions to the group administrator, Stephanie Kwok, at Stephanie@

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e wanted a covered arena because my family and I were sick of riding in the rain. We built the arena for our own personal use, for our borders and the occasional riding friend that comes over. Now we can ride out of the rain year-round. We inquired about a fabric structure, but they offered a 25 year pro-rated warranty which we thought we would outlive. And we found that fabric is higher maintenance to keep clean. A metal roof lives on forever; at least for our lifetime. The arena is built with 6x8 posts in concrete, which is cheaper than a cement foundation – so cost wise this was cheaper to do in the long run. We hired Harry Van Hemert of Intercoast Construction as the contractor to take on the project. The arena measures 70’ x 144’ with a 20’ ceiling and was constructed with metal cladding on the walls and roof. We are considering finishing off the sides up to 8’ in height, and we may add a viewing area down the road as well. The original base footing was very silty sand which can get quite dusty. So we brought in a sand and crusher dust mix and we sprinkle it down once in a while. All the riders are pleased with the footing. You cannot find a better crew or better contractor to work with (Intercoast Construction). They were a phenomenal team and worked hard, even during the heat of the summer. Everything they did was perfect and accurate and we are very pleased with their workmanship.

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s a partnership we decided it was time to build a facility where we could work young horses year round, without having to worry about weather - either winter or summer. We are breeders and trainers, with horses from broodmare and foal, to under saddle age. Living in Knutsford, where the winter can be snow and ice, and the summers hot and dusty, we usually have wind to deal with. A sheltered facility, useable year round, is virtually essential to be able to develop young horses and keep them in work. We considered the fabric type of arena which has a lot of great features, but for the construction cost and maintenance, as well as time for installation, the quotes for a

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pole structure were comparable giving us a permanent building. We met contractor Dwain Ferguson who had built for several other farms we know, and everyone had very favourable comments about the quality of his work and his efficiency, etc. He was prepared to work with us to keep the costs down, and it worked. The trusses were provided by Kamloops Truss Ltd and majority of building materials supplied by Shepherd’s Hardware Limited. The building measures 224’ x 80’ with the indoor arena being 200’ x 80’ of that. The 24’ gives us space for a tack room, grooming stalls, wash rack and viewing lounge in the future. There are two 10’ x 10’ doors in the front and a side entrance of 14’x14’ for machinery access. The outside is coloured metal continued on page38

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14th Annual Construction Feature MIRRABOOK FARMS AND RAFTER 5 RANCH, KNUTSFORD BC, CONT’D cladding, with clear poly-carbonate window panels. The roofing material is also colour metal cladding. The arena is built with 8” x 8” columns to 18’ of height. The kick-board consists of stacked rows of 2” x 10”s at a 5’ height. The footing is sand, which we screened on the ranch and hauled up to the arena. So far it is a good general surface. We’ve only been using the arena for one month, so it will take some time to decide if we need to add anything else. This is a partnership of Rafter 5 Ranch and Mirrabook Farms, continuing doing what each of us has done separately for over two decades. Now we are working together in partnership breeding, raising and training Warmblood Horses for Sport - Dressage, Jumper, Eventing, and Hunter.


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14th Annual Construction Feature ARION THERAPEUTIC FARM, KELOWNA BC


rion Therapeutic Farm offers riding lessons for people of all ages and diverse abilities. Our program runs year-round and an indoor arena was crucial in keeping our clients safe, comfortable, out of the extreme elements and riding consistently. Individuals riding for therapeutic benefits cannot afford to take months off at a time due to inclement weather. We chose to build a traditional post and beam arena because we wanted a structure that would last over the long haul and it was also the most economical. We were fortunate to receive donated lumber materials which significantly reduced our costs. Snow sliding off of fabric covers can be spooky for horses and we must make every effort to minimize these types of situations as many of our riders have mobility and balance issues. We did a lot of research into various types of structures and decided post and beam would suit our needs best. We hired Dwain Ferguson Construction to do the job. Our initial plan was to have a larger riding surface but of course finances played a role in our final product. Our arena is 120’ x 70’ which has turned out to be more than adequate for therapeutic riding lessons and everyone at our farm is thrilled to have it. We decided to put our wheelchair ramp outside and in front of the arena to keep from using our indoor space. Plans are underway to cover our ramp with a lean-to and to replace our manual hydraulic lift with an electric overhead system. We are developing plans for a corner observation deck and bleachers which will also be wheelchair accessible. We hope to start

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construction on this project in the coming weeks. For footing we brought in 80 yards of sand, and then we had 3 truckloads of Nike sand mix donated. For lighting we were fortunate to have 3 fluorescent and 6 halogen fi xtures donated to us. continued on page 40

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Majority of materials were purchased from Shepherd’s Hardware Limited, with trusses coming from Kamloops Truss Ltd. and Armstrong Crane & Rigging Inc. providing a lift truck. To make room for the new arena we had to redesign a few of our existing horse pens. We contacted Ken Dillon of On Trax Farm Fencing for the job. The overall cost to build was around $150,000 thanks to the generosity of the many 1225 Main Street, individuals, volunteers, Pincher Creek, AB 403-627-3606 sponsors, organizations and businesses who 0LANNING ON BUILDING NEW FACILITIES supported the project. #OME SEE US FOR ALL YOUR The Rotary Clubs of (I (OG EQUINE NEEDS Kelowna contributed 0ORTABLE 2OUND 0ENS much to making Arion’s 3TALL &RONTS AND $IVIDERS dream of having an 0ARKLAND 2OUND 0EN indoor arena a reality. The insured replacement value is $250,000.


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Arion Therapeutic Farm offers programming for people that have some type of challenge whether it is physical, mental, or emotional. We are open to the public and specialize in therapeutic riding rather than regular type riding lessons.




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Building a Solid Foundation - The SIT! By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

There is a category of skills that we consider critical to raising your dog – these are the Foundation Skills and Behaviours. Some of these are obedience-type skills and some are practical things to teach our dogs that make living together much more enjoyable. In the following months, we will discuss several of these important skills and behaviours.


it is a foundation behaviour that really doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Having a dog that reliably Sits on cue will get you through almost anything that life throws your way. A good Sit is a critical skill: it can keep your dog safe, provide a management tool when he’s excited, help strangers feel more comfortable around your dog, make husbandry tasks easier and give your dog a polite way to ask you for things he wants. From a dog-to-dog perspective: the Sit is a neutral position and can deflect unfriendly or even aggressive intent; it’s a polite choice to a correction received by another dog; for puppies or adolescent dogs, it’s the proper response to conflict or confrontation from a more mature dog; and, as with humans, a Sit is a way of asking for something that another dog has. We often hear dog owners confidently say, “My dog knows how to Sit.” But does he really? Try a new context; lie on your living room floor and ask for Sit - what happens? Although it is usually the first thing that parents teach their young pup, it often doesn’t progress past the first stages of the behaviour. Most dogs are able to sit next to a person standing in proximity to them, if asked. This is typically the context we teach it in, so it’s what they think Sit means. They will come into this position even if asked to Sit from some distance. Think about what the criterion for Sit really is: “put your butt on the ground.” That’s it. That’s what we really need to teach. Helping your dog understand “put your butt on the ground” involves teaching your dog to Sit at a distance from you. In fact, if you haven’t yet taught your dog to Sit on cue, consider beginning the Sit training at a distance, first. Having a dog that will Sit where he is, even This is a typical position in when the person asking is at some the early stages of training distance, is a valuable skill. It could Sit. even save your dog’s life. There may 42 • Saddle Up • March 2014

be a time when calling your dog back to you isn’t a safe option. Having a reliable distance Sit will allow you to keep your dog safely positioned until you can get to him or wait to safely call him back.

The Distance Sit: Teaching your dog Sit at a distance works the same way as for any handy contexts you would like to have on cue, such as with you sitting in a chair, with your back turned or while kneeling down. Pick an easy location, with minimal distractions to start with. Warm up your dog by asking for a couple of “regular” Sits. If she responds well, then you’re ready to introduce a context change, such as distance. Make it easier for your dog to get it right by taking tiny steps towards the goal. Start with This dog is responding to the Sit cue from a distance. your dog behind a gate or on a tether, so she can’t come back to you. Instead of starting at ten feet away, begin at one foot away. If she responds - great! Move two feet away next. If at any step your dog doesn’t respond, don’t repeat or escalate the cue, just go back to a successful step. Throw in some easier repetitions to encourage your student, instead of simply making each one harder. Remember that these changes can be challenging. Be patient and give your dog a chance to think things through. Going as slowly as your dog needs in order to be successful will actually speed up the training in the long run. Another big stumbling block to the understanding of “put your butt on the ground” is being able to Sit in the face of distractions. This is, perhaps, the most important part of Sit training, but the least practiced. For dogs that haven’t learned Sit in the presence of distractions, parents may resort to repeating HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

the cue multiple times with increasing intensity, using a leash correction or pushing the dog into position. This is not really teaching Sit, it’s just teaching “Sit when I become intimidating” this is not what we’re looking for. You need to practice thoughtfully. Start working in easy places for your dog, like the kitchen or living room. Gradually move on to harder areas - outside the front door, partway down the driveway, on a quiet street corner. Each time, ask for a Sit and see what happens. If your dog doesn’t Sit, return temporarily to an easier step or give him some coaching assistance - use a hand signal, or a small treat lure at his nose a few times to get him into position, mark and treat. Keep practicing until you get a good response on your first request - success! Begin to carefully add harder distractions: someone biking by; passing a jogger on leash; walking at a distance from another leashed dog; across the street from the skateboard park; watching a squirrel dodge across the lawn... Don’t keep making the job progressively harder occasionally make it easier. If you find a spot where you’re having trouble, there’s no need to start repeating your cue or getting

Good Neighbour Testing The Vernon Kennel Club is holding a CKC Canadian Good Neighbour testing at the IPE Horticulture building on March 22/14 in Armstrong BC. This is open to ALL dogs including the special “All Canadian” blends. If you feel your dog is a “Good Neighbour” please come out and try taking it through the 12 steps in the CGN Test. Here is a link for what you will be asked to do http://www. To pre-register and for cost information please contact Estelle at


louder in your request. Your dog’s inability to Sit in that moment is simply feedback that you may have upped the distractions too quickly, or maybe your dog just needs a break. Keep your training sessions short and fun - that always makes the job go faster! In order to help teach the meaning for Sit, you need to practice everywhere and every way you can, so that it becomes clear to your dog that Sit is just “butt on the ground,” regardless of the circumstance. We need to help our dogs learn that it doesn’t matter where you are or how you ask - Sit is simply “butt on the ground.” Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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We went to a horse auction to buy tack and came home with my first pony “Blaze.” In the spring I will take riding lessons and do gymkhana. When I have outgrown her, my sister Eva with have her. After Eva outgrows her, Blaze will live out the rest of her life with Gram and two other retired mares, as Gram has promised her a forever home. - McKeana and Blaze (both age 8), Quesnel BC

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TIDBITS Armstrong Pony Club Fundraiser Snowshoe your love for Pony Club on Larch Hills (south of Salmon Arm BC) on Saturday, March 15th. Calling on all Pony Club members, former members, parents, supporters and horse lovers in general. Tour the scenic Larch Hills snowshoe trails on March 15 and ALL proceeds from snowshoe rentals go to Armstrong Pony Club. The recently re-started club has 14 members who are fundraising for various riding and educational opportunities. John’s Ski Shack is sponsoring a special rate of $10/person for rentals on snowshoes from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more info call 250-832-3457. Vernon Pony Club Wins at Winter Carnival It was a day for breaking records when an ecstatic Vernon Pony Club won the trophy for “BEST JUNIOR ANIMAL” float at the Vernon Winter Carnival on February 8th. Having won this trophy 28 years ago in 1986, they were only too happy to once again have this back to proudly display at their clubhouse. Representing Vernon Pony Club was DC Nadine Danyluk with her float driving husband Rick, Holly & Emma Enns, Melissa Sorokovsky, Stephanie Hamilton, Dannon McKay and Shelby & Jordan Krywonos. Way to go Vernon PC! Spruce Meadows The North American Riders Group (NARG) has again recognized Spruce Meadows as the #1 facility in the sport of Show Jumping in North America. This award recognized each of Spruce Meadows’ FEI tournaments, the ‘National’, ‘Continental’, ‘Canada One’, ‘North American’, ‘Pan American’ and ‘Masters’ as all of the

leading North American events in our sport. 2013 marks the 4th consecutive year that Spruce Meadows has been awarded with this distinction. “For 38 years, Spruce Meadows has strived to offer high performance sport in North America,” says President, Linda Spruce Meadows Co-Chairmen Southern-Heathcott. “Since Marg and Ron Southern. Photo by Emily Riden, Phelps 1975 Spruce Meadows has been Media Group committed to a standard of excellence with more than just words. It is important for us to continue to improve each year to provide athletes from around the globe the chance to experience the very best of sport, for top prize money and world ranking points, in a safe yet electrifying environment. We would like to thank our sponsors, the athletes, volunteers, our fans and the media. Your continued support is both a source of incentive, inspiration and obligation for our future work. For it is each of you, in a variety of ways, that have built Spruce Meadows and we dedicate this award to you.” Thunderbird Gets A Hat Trick With Three Successive Top 3 Placings The North American Riders Group (NARG) named the top 25 equestrian facilities on the continent. For the third year in a row, Thunderbird Show Park reclaimed the number two spot behind Spruce Meadows. Chris Pack, Vice President of Tournament Operations

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TIDBITS, cont’d comments, “We are honoured to find ourselves in the top 3 for the third year running and being there in the room for the announcement was amazing. But it’s all about coming home to share it with the team that makes it happen!” Thunderbird’s ranking is based on an overall points score for everything from footing and stabling, to course design and ceremonies. In NARG’s words…“Thunderbird is Spruce Meadows with a homey feeling.” Thunderbird brings some of North America’s most celebrated riders to Langley BC each summer. Having hosted Canadian Olympic Medalists, Eric Lamaze, Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood, alongside USA Olympian Rich Fellers and international competitors, Andres Rodriguez (VEN), Mathew Williams (AUS), John Perez (COL) and Nayel Nassar (EGY), each season turns news competitors into family. HORSE QUENCHER Now Available to Retailers in Western Canada Keir Gervais and Tammy Mercer of Riding For Freedom Ranch Ventures are excited to announce that Horse Quencher is now available for distribution to retailers in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan! They do offer an online retail store, but the convenience of buying Horse Quencher at their local feed and tack store is what their customers truly want - and they are excited to be able to make it happen! They will be contacting feed and tack stores throughout the region to inform them of this new opportunity, and look forward to Horse Quencher’s Keir and Tammy meeting and getting to know as many of them as they can. Look for Horse Quencher at the Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair on March 16 at Thunderbird Show Park and at the Mane Event in Red Deer April 25-27.

Tammy knows just how critically valuable Horse Quencher is from personal experience, and she’s loved getting to know her customers and hearing the countless stories about how Horse Quencher has helped, and in many cases saved, their horses in the midst of various hydration challenges. Tammy is quick to remind horse owners, “Water is your horse’s most vital nutrient. Without it, horses die within a few days, whereas they may be able to go weeks without food.” Horse Quencher is an all-natural hydration product and is available in many convenient sizes and in four different flavours. All flavours have been cleared as safe for competing, including FEI level. For more information please visit 2014 BVX Light Horse Show ~ Big 95th Celebration in Smithers! 95 years of Horsing Around! Come up north and join us at this year’s Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show (BVX LHS) starting on August 21 going to August 24, 2014. BVX LHS offers various AQHA, APHA, ApHCC and All Breed sanctioned classes throughout 5 rings with 3 professional judges (Dale Irwin, Susan Robinson, Ben Gumm) and Smithers’ stunning Hudson Bay Mountains as a beautiful backdrop. Early Bird and Dressage Entry Deadlines are August 2, 2014 with General Entry Deadline August 9, 2014. Please visit us on Facebook – BVX Light Horse Show for up-to-minute news and pictures! Have a question? Please contact bvxlighthorseshow@ and we will respond promptly! Attend the Bulkley Valley Exhibition for a weekend of family fun and entertainment! For a complete schedule of the BVX, please visit

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Horse Council BC’s 2014 Dressage Through the Levels Symposium a Hit!

“We had some really Top Quality horses and riders in the Symposium this weekend. I always enjoy coming to Vancouver to train horses and riders.” – Ellen Bontje on her experience at the 2014 HCBC Dressage Through the Levels Symposium


orse Council BC brought their annual Dressage Through the Levels Symposium back to Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC on February 1-2 to an eager crowd of dressage enthusiasts. The annual Dressage Symposium has proved to be incredibly popular bringing people from across British Columbia and even across the border from the USA to attend. Throughout the weekend over 300 people braved the cold temperatures to learn from and watch Ellen Bontje, Olympic Silver Medalist, and Lorraine Macdonald, FEI 4* International Dressage Judge, put local BC riders through their paces. Lorraine Macdonald certainly enjoyed her experience this year saying, “Had a super time – always good riding and wonderful horses in BC.” The Dressage Through the Levels Symposium is unique in that, as the name implies, each level of Dressage is shown and worked on. Riders and horses competing at training level all the way to grand prix participated throughout the two days of the symposium. Each horse and rider team went through a warm-up, test, and then worked on improving their test marks. While the test was being ridden, Lorraine Macdonald judged out loud over the speaker and explained the marks she was giving. After the test was over for a particular rider, Ellen Bontje would then work with the rider and horse teams over the loud speaker to help correct the errors that appeared on the test. Results happened in real time as the audience was able to see riders and horses improve and correct errors right before their eyes. Kim Spencer rode in the 2014 Symposium for the first time with her horse Bounce and had this to say, “This was the very first time that Bounce and I have ever participated in a symposium, not to mention the [second] outing we have had and WOW, what an honour it was!! Lorraine and Ellen are a wonderful team. Young Rider – Natalie Shtybel This concept of openly breaking and Welensea from Victoria

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down the warm-up, then ride the test and finally working on the ‘problem’ areas proves to be an amazing teaching experience. Bounce and I learned so much. Along with the tools I need to keep in my back pocket so to speak, I also gained a confidence that will help carry me through the tough times. So, I would like to send out a HUGE Thank-You to all who were involved. I look forward to Meaghan Dunn and Hermes DS from Chilliwack. Photo by hopefully being a part of future Totem Photographics. symposiums.” The audience definitely appreciated the symposium format and audience-member Jane McLeod made a point of congratulating all the riders on their efforts by commenting, “…Congratulations to all the horses and riders for Bridget Martin and Teodora (owned by putting themselves out Karen Robinson) from West Vancouver. Photo by Totem Photographics. there so the rest of us can learn from your rides. You are all very brave and deserve a lot of credit.” Horse Council BC would like to thank Thunderbird Show Park for hosting and sponsoring the 3rd Annual Dressage Through the Levels Symposium! How to Reach Us Save the Date for HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, Next Year! - January 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 31st & February 1st, Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, 2015 Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Tasia Bronson


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club had an exciting and productive year in 2013. We fundraised with two local rodeos and ended the year with a fantastic banquet. A few of our winners are: Senior High Point: Rebecca Pachmann Intermediate High Point: Tasia Bronson Junior High Point: Madison Tuagade Peewee High Point: Tristan McKenzie 2014 brings many excited riders and volunteers who hope to make this the best year yet. Keep an eye on our AERC Facebook page and our website www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. com for educational opportunities and event updates. Our first event of the year is April 13 this will be a Schooling Show. So bring your horse for a relaxed opportunity to get out after winter and compete! All events are held at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Contact if you have any questions. Upcoming Dates: April 13 AERC Schooling Show May 18 AERC Schooling Show June 22 AERC Schooling Show July 13 AERC Funday August 3 AERC Schooling Show October 5 AERC Funday

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South Central Quarter Horse Association By Tracy Schell


outh Central Quarter Horse Association is off and running with new events already set for 2014! We have 9 new Directors and are so pleased with the efforts and ideas from each of them in the month since our AGM. Contact Tracy Schell at 250764-9888 or e-mail for info on events as listed below. Tune Up Your Training with Carrie Humphrey Peace of Kamloops BC. This one day clinic includes lunch and will be hosted by Mountainview Stables in Armstrong BC on April 12, 2014. Contact me if you are interested in participating. 17th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show will be held at the Armstrong Fairgrounds on April 26, 2014. We welcome Glenn Perran of Kelowna BC as our Judge. The Fuzzy is one of our favourite events every year and we HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

welcome all competitors to this BC Heritage and PAC Approved Open Show!! Look for a class list on our website! In the works... Clinic with Ashlea Conti of Hayton Creek Ranch in Oyama BC. We are so excited to have several strong professional horse trainers in our area to work with! Our big AQHA Show is set for September 12-14, 2014 in Armstrong BC, and we are once again so thrilled to combine AQHA and APHA classes… so heads up Paint Horse owners - we hope to see you this Fall!! Come join us on our Facebook Group ~ South Central Quarter Horse Association, or check in on our Events & Shows page on our website


Dear Suzi: A few years ago I saw a gal that wore white smoothie chaps with white hat and pants. She would change the colour of her shirts. It was very formal and dramatic. I haven’t forgotten this outfit and was wondering what you thought of it? I have a brown-black horse and was wondering if it would be too dramatic or maybe even a little outdated. Thank you for your thoughts. - Anita Hi Anita: We used to do this look back in the old custom days, especially for POA kids, for some reason. And in the ‘everything old is new again’ fashion vein, we see white chaps and especially white hats showing up at high-end shows recently. You might consider updating the look to use sand or bone Smoothie chaps (really easy to care for) and then a sand felt and a straw hat, for variety, and the sky’s the limit on what you could wear for tops with that base. The white is stunning, but hard to care for and white hats and chaps will yellow when exposed to sunlight. If you can afford to only use them for a season, and are very neat, you can try the white, but it is very difficult to keep looking lovely. You’ll also notice that a true white hat is often a funny look on a horse with white markings, and will make the horse’s white appear yellowed compared to the hat. Going the pale route could, I think, be a really neat signature look and would work on about any horse, and would be super for contrast on your dark horse. If you’re willing to care for those light colours, sure, go for it! - Suzi Vlietstra

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 49

Pine Tree Riding Club By Michelle Tondevold


elcome to a new year of Pine Tree Riding Club! We have so many projects, horse shows, gymkhanas, clinics and fun planned for 2014. 2013 was so much fun; we added some new jumping classes to our show days which were quite a success. This year to keep the show days to a more reasonable time frame, we have decided to host Jump Days instead (dates to be announced!). We also hosted a Halloween Horse Show in October that was so well-attended we just have to have another this year! Kids of all ages came out to have fun, show off their creative costumes and enjoy a day of just having a great time. Our year-end awards banquet was a fabulous time, with many great prizes handed out, delicious food and who doesn’t love a good silent auction! April is coming up fast and we are excited to get our grounds cleaned up and ready for the year! We have some bigger projects planned for 2014, including re-fencing our riding rings. The Lions Club has again committed to being our fabulous caterers for the gymkhanas and show days. With our new fryer (thanks to the Lions Club) the fries are better than ever! If our fundraising goes well, we might even get ourselves a much needed new grill this year! We have another clinic weekend planned with Ellen Smailes for May. Please check out our website for all

Our Junior class, sooo cute!

the events and dates we have planned so far! We hope to add more and welcome everyone to come out and have some fun with us! **PTRC is looking for a special someone to run the Annual Horse Show this year. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Michelle Tondevold at**

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Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


inally March has arrived and with it the promise of an exciting season at the VDRC! First up is our annual Fashion Show on March 22nd, held at and catered by the Vernon Golf & Country Club. Tickets to this fundraising evening are just $45 which includes a fantastic meal, great door prizes and some of the best entertainment of the year. Tickets are available at The Paddock, Cowboy’s Choice, Diana’s Monogramming and Greenhawk Kelowna. To pay with credit card, phone Calle Mirkowsky at 250-540-9343. Now is the time to sign up for Crony Club 2014. This is a group of non-competitive adult riders who meet on Sunday mornings to ride together under the guidance of Ruth Moore, certified coach. Last year activities included Western Style Dressage, Mountain Trail and the beginnings of a Musical Ride. Riders come from a wide range of backgrounds, and anyone interested in getting themselves and their horses out for a low key, casual group experience are encouraged to join. Call or email Kathy Velocci 250-545-4185, Visit our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information and registration forms for VDRC clinics and shows. This spring is busy busy busy and we look forward to seeing many faces, both old and new. April 5th and 6th EC Level 3 hunter jumper coach Norah Ross will be teaching a Clinic at the VDRC. Awarded BCHJA “Coach of the 50 • Saddle Up • March 2014

Year” in 2012, Norah’s students have won awards at the international level, including Grand Hunter Champion at the National Horse Show in Syracuse NY, and Top Score Award at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Baltimore MD. Contact Julia Bostock 250-308-7079, for more information about this great opportunity to learn from a legend. April 18-20 Dressage Clinic. Carmie Flaherty is a High Performance (Level 3) Dressage Coach. She has been short listed, earned her 8 pin and coached Young Riders to win National Championships. Known for being positive and patient, Carmie helps her students progress through a solid understanding of the basics. This clinic is suitable for green horses to those showing in the upper levels. Contact for this clinic is Kaila Ragon 250-503-8296, kailaragon.rmt@ Our club will be officially opening for the 2014 season on Sunday April 6th which is the same weekend as Norah’s clinic. Show up at 10 a.m. to help us reopen the clubhouse, tidy the grounds and take advantage of the opportunity to audit for free! Don’t forget, deadline to save with early bird membership pricing is March 31st, application forms are at


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


t’s an exciting year as the club celebrates our 25th anniversary! February 14-16 we sent a Mule team to compete in the Battle of the Breeds at the 3rd annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon. Team members consisted of Russ Shandro and Ruger riding in Trail, Katherine Cook and Dixie competing in Jumping, Laureen Kress and Roxy in Barrel Racing and Megan Jagersma and Jesse representing the mules in Compulsories. The club also had a booth at the Expo and judging by the enthusiasm from the public at last year’s Demos, I’m sure they will have much to report on. We will have to follow up in next month’s news on how Team Mule fared in the competition! April 25 to 27, we will also be participating with a Booth and Demonstrations at the Mane Event in Red Deer AB. This spring event always draws a lot of folks from all across Alberta and beyond. It is one of our busiest and most fruitful venues of the year. The great thing about joining our club is that we can give them a ton of information and help so that they really enjoy their long-eared equine. We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting on the Saturday in one of the meeting rooms. The exact room and time are not known at this time. May 30-June 2 kicks off our series of Jerry Tindell Clinics with a 4 day clinic at

Forestburg AB. June 10-12 brings Jerry back to the Lakedell Arena at Westerose, where we host a Tindell Colt Starting Clinic, followed by an intermediate to advanced Riding Clinic June 13-15. June 16-18 is a Driving Clinic at the same location. June 20-23 we host a Cattle Working Clinic Participants at last year’s Jerry Tindell Clinic (Jerry is in the white with Jerry at Gordeyko shirt). Stables, Camrose AB. July 10-13 we have another 4 day clinic with Jerry at Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB, followed by a trail ride and stay at the Outpost at Warden Rock, South-west of Sundre AB. To find out more information about this fabulous holiday, go to www. All Jerry Tindell Clinics are open to ALL equines and auditors are welcome. Information and registration Sisters, Brenda Murdock on Bill the Mule and Cheryl Joncher on her horse. Both from New Norway and Carl forms are on our website www. Anderson from Hardisty AB. and at under clinics for and understanding of our diverse world of 2014; or you can contact Marlene at 403-783equines. Join us this summer in our many 5210, e-mail clinics and events as we celebrate our history Get out your mule, donkey or horse and and look towards the future! open yourself to furthering your appreciation

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


t is always a little quiet at this time of the year for the “horseanatics” and the weather has been cold for those of us that don’t have an indoor heated horse facility. However most of us do have some very happy horses - with wonderful winter coats! The horses are no doubt enjoying the winter break and are mulling over just how last year went for them. How well were they treated, who do they trust and who is their leader. They sure won’t have forgotten anything and for some it might be a tough year - but if we got it right and we truly love and trust our horses and ourselves it will be glorious, enormous fun and another step along the way to that sought after partnership between horse and human. The Club’s plans for the coming year are progressing well and the outline programme offers everyone at every skill level an opportunity to get fully involved. Meetings are always held on the third Thursday of each month. If you are thinking of joining the Club please go to our website and call one of the Club’s officials HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

to find out where we are meeting and come along and chat with the members. In the warmer months we meet at the D Bar K Ranch in Oliver - home of the Oliver Riding Club. So if you love horses or want to find out more about our Club you will always find someone there on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. We held our Club Annual Quiz Night during our January meeting at the Welcome Inn at Gallagher’s Lake. Trish Oslund, last year’s winner, set the questions taking a slightly different approach which certainly made for an interesting and thoughtful evening and provoked some wonderful conversations and discussions about horses. It was eventually agreed that Frank Siebeck was the winner but the real winners were all the members who attended - it was a most enjoyable evening. We are looking forward to a new season under the direction and inspiration of our new President, Midge Corey. In the meantime Happy Trails to everyone! • 51



wo CanTRA therapeutic riding centres recently experienced important changes, one to their personnel and the other to their facility. Congratulations to both, and here’s the scoop. ANNE MUIR JOINS COWICHAN TRA

Ann Muir with friend Tonka. Photo by Colleen Hunt.

The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan BC) is pleased to welcome Anne Muir to the team in the position of Executive Director. Anne comes to Cowichan after 14 years of working with the MS Society of Canada as a fund-raiser and community development coordinator. Anne takes the reins from former executive director Jennifer Barnes van Elk

who will be embarking on a new role as Communications Officer. Cowichan TRA has expanded services in recent years. Programs such as the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program (an alternative or stepping-stone to traditional mounted therapies) and the new Stable Management Vocational Development Program (applied, transferable job skill training in the context of the stable yard) offer horse-related opportunities in addition to the centre’s therapeutic riding and paraequestrian sport programs. “It is wonderful to welcome Anne to the role of Executive Director during this phase of development and positive change,” says Barnes van Elk. “We are all looking forward to a bright future for the organization with Anne at the helm.” For more information about Cowichan TRA go to or e-mail info@ctra. ca. A NEW ARENA FOR ARION FARM Dustin Drader, Riding Program Director at Arion Therapeutic Farm (Kelowna BC), shares his organization’s excitement at the recent completion of their brand new 120 x 70 indoor riding arena. Features include excellent footing and lighting, a wheelchair-accessible viewing area, bleachers, and heaters. (See feature article on page 39-40)

Interior of Arion Farm’s spanking new arena. Photo submitted.

“Many volunteers, businesses and organizations were part of making this dream a reality, in particular the Rotary Club of Kelowna who were a huge driving force, and Dwain Ferguson Construction who worked hard to complete the building before the onset of winter,” Dustin writes. “We are also excited to offer our Instructor Preparation course in the arena in the early spring, as well as future shows.” The board of directors, staff and clients of Arion would like to express their gratitude to everyone who contributed to advancing this worthwhile program. For more information on Arion Therapeutic Farm, visit or e-mail For more information on CanTRA, visit www. or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www. or

Totem Saddle Club Plans Great Season By Marty Cox


he TSC in Terrace is looking forward to a great year! The return of the outdoor arena is in sight. The additional funding needed may be available and how great it will be to have the outdoor again. It’s been a long trek to get it redone properly. Hopefully, weather dependent, it will be useable for the start of the season. Of course after a winter with little snow – February sends more snow. Let’s get an early spring to help out. We have the calendar of events set with 52 • Saddle Up • March 2014

gymkhanas, percentage days, clear rounds, horse shows and clinics. We already have hosted a few clinics including Randy Ophus, who will be returning, and Jill O’Neill who will also be returning. Fundraising is still a big item for the club. March will have a Pub Night, and April the Annual Equine Swap, Shop and Garage Sale. Sundays have seen the indoor get lots of use with open events taking place including jumping, dressage, and trail. Also a news item—two of the club’s

long time members (not necessarily old age wise) Jocelyn Benoit and James Muller were married in Mexico on Valentine’s Day. Several of the club members attended and enjoyed a breath of sunshine during the cold winter in Terrace. Congratulations! So on to the spring with the outdoor and lots of riding and fun.


Kelowna Riding Club Update By Sarah Hayes


id you know the Kelowna Riding Club is available for rent for your horse show, clinic or even non-horsey event? You can rent the entire facility, just one ring, or just the clubhouse – whatever suits your needs. Please go to our website at www. and click on the Facility Rental Tab for more info. HCBC Zone 2 held their AGM at the Clubhouse on February 2nd. Thank you to Carolyn Farris and Frank Siebeck, our Zone 2 representatives, for chairing the meeting and providing a lot of very interesting information about HCBC and Canada’s new Equine Code of Conduct. The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show is coming up on April 2427, 2014. We are expecting at least 3 new jumps to be built for sponsors, which is really exciting, and are hosting a Pub Night/Social on April 5th at the Mission Taphouse for our sponsors, as well as any riders, KRC members, or friends/supporters that would like to attend. Classes will include a 1.10m Mini Prix as well as a Hunter Spectacular. We are looking forward to a great attendance this year. Check our website for

more information and prize list, or contact Lindsay Kern at Lindsaykern868@, or 250-870-8883. The Spring Dressage Festival will be held May 17-18, 2014. We have booked our judges and wish to welcome Lorraine MacDonald (FEI 4*) and Birgit Valkenborg (EC SN). New for 2014 we will be offering a Bronze level Dressage Equitation class for Training and First Level as well as a Drill Team class. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Until then, stay safe and in the tack!

BC Carriage Driving Society OKANAGAN CHAPTER By Deb Gardner


irst and foremost HAPPY YEAR of the HORSE!! Well, I think it is safe to say that we are counting the days till we can harness up and get driving, unless of course you have been ski-joring or are lucky enough to own a sleigh. This year is shaping up to be another great year for driving! There are lots of Clinics, Fun Days, Driving Shows, CDE’s and Field Driving Trials being offered around the province, with many events close to home that you can participate in with your equine partners. I was recently asked for a list of all the driving events that I was aware of. So I sent the list off and then a reply comes back… “Holy Cr_ _! That’s a lot of driving! How do you do all that? Guess horses take over from family life…ha!” My response was … “Hate to say it, but it is an addiction!! LOL….” So with that in mind, here are some of the driving dates that I am aware of. There will be others and some in the planning stages, so check your Saddle Up and the BCCDS web site for more events!

Driving Events For 2014 Feb 8 Dressage Driving Practice Day Langley, Mar 15 Driving Challenge, Langley, Mar 29 In Hand/Ground Driving Obstacle, Apr 12 In Hand/Ground Driving Obstacle, Apr 12-13 Driving Clinic, Pritchard, Apr 19 Field Driving Trial Langley, Apr 19-20 Driving Clinic, Pritchard, May 3-4 VSE Driving Clinic Kathy Stanley,


May 17-18 BS and Drive, 70 Mile House, May 29-30 Driving Lessons w/Larry Brinker, Pritchard, May 31-Jun 1 2 Driving 2 Day Trial, Pritchard, Jun 7-8 Driving Clinic Ellen Hockley, Kelowna, Jun 9-11 Wheels Retreat, 100 Mile House, Jun 21-22 VSE Kathy Stanley, Jun 28-29 Driving Classes Kathy Stanley, Vernon Jun 29 –Jul 11 CAN Drive, Invermere Jul 4-6 Driving Heritage Finals, Maple Ridge, Jul 14-16 Wheels Retreat, 100 Mile House, Jul 18-20, CDE, 70 Mile House, Aug 15 -19 Deroche CDE, Sep 5-7 Wheels Retreat, 100 Mile House, Sep 20-21 Field Driving Trials, 70 Mile House, Zone 1- Kootenays May 1-3 Creston Driving Clinic with Kristin Dornan, Peggy Hawes, mhawes@ May 5-7? Slocan Valley Outriders Driving Clinic w/Kristin Dornan, Barb Lindsay 250-355-2397 Aug 1-3 NDRC –24th Annual Horse & Buggy Clinic w/Kristin Dornan, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 Sep 12-14 NDRC 14th Annual Kootenay Getaway Driving Clinic w/Ellen Hockley followed by Fun Day Driving Trial, Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 Smithers Area May 17-18 Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, lfl Jun 7-8 Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic, Vanderhoof, Buzz Hamilton, buzz-ie@ Jul 27-29 Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Ground, Smithers, Leslie Flint, lfl Aug 8-10 Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, lfl Sep 19-21 Kathy Stanley Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, lfl • 53

BC Competitive Trail Riding Association By Tammy Mercer


he BCCTRA is set for another busy season in 2014, including some training rides, CTR’s, socials and hopefully a combined CTR and Endurance Ride.

microphone. The newly-elected board was voted in and members include some more seasoned members and some new members. Thanks to all who volunteered for 2014. The year-end Awards were dominated by long-time member Delford Lenk who, along with his Arabian Lyndales Bambaya (Whiskey), captured most of the awards including Sportsperson of the Year award for “unselfishly helping others park and set up during a torrential downpour” at the Chemainus CTR in September of 2013. 2013 AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Top row (L-R): Jo Hull-Sykes (Awards Co-ordinator), Nancy, Del, Diane Little (accepting for Lisa), Kevin, Christine; bottom row (L-R): Tammy, Sharlene

The annual AGM with year-end Awards was held in November at the home of Clark and Nancy Gourlay at their beautiful Morningstar Farm, home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery. The event was well attended and, for the first time, members were able to “conference in” and participate via speaker phone and

High Point Overall 1st Place - Del Lenk on Lyndales Bambaya (1951) 2nd Place - Tammy Mercer on WRA Dark Diablo (1932) High Point Heavy Weight Division 1st Place - Del Lenk on Lyndales Bambaya (2142.8) 2nd Place - Diane Prinsen on Zinfandel Macho Dude (1405.3) High Point Light Weight Division 1st Place - Tammy Mercer on WRA Dark Diablo (2123.8) 2nd Place - Joni Dewitt on Daisy of Cambrie (1577.8) Lil Schmidt High Mileage Award: Del Lenk (88.3) miles Combined Mileage Incentive Award: Lori Bewza riding Trubadoor Al Jassar (273.6) Gordon Sydney Memorial Award: Nancy Gourlay Volunteer of the Year: Kay Klippenstein Sportsperson of the Year: Del Lenk Rookie of the Year Award: Sharlene Harbour Competitive Trail Ride of the Year: Giant Donkey CTR; Ride Manager: Nancy Gourlay 2013 MILEAGE AWARDS 1 recipient 100 miles: Christina Young 1 recipient 250 miles: Kevin Gourlay 2 recipients 1,000 miles: Del Lenk and Tammy Mercer

BREED HIGH POINT AWARDS ARABIAN: Lyndales Bambaya owned by Del Lenk (2142.8) CANADIAN: Renovare Billy Lady Wies owned by Lisa Beeston (590) MORGAN: JMV Ricochet owned by Christina Young (978.6) GAITED: The Third Day (Saddlebred) owned by Nancy Gourlay (1235.2) GRADE: Thunderbolt owned by Kevin Gourlay (1268.2) QUARTER HORSE: Zinfandel Macho Dude owned by Diane Prinsen (1405.3) PAINT: Gaybars Major Twister owned by Rhonda Hittenger (1405.3)

Upcoming Events March 2 - Social fundraising event in conjunction with the Back Country Horseman, to be held at the Sandman Hotel in Kelowna; 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Contact Myrna Thompson for further information at 250-317-8347 or equiessence@hotmail. com. March 15 - Central Island Training Ride in Port Alberni. Contact Nancy Gourlay for further information at 250954-3941 or April 19 - Central Island Training Ride in Bowser. Contact Nancy Gourlay for further information at 250-954-3941 or If you are interested in the sport of Competitive Trail Riding, please check out our website ( and our Facebook page for updates and scheduled events.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Gunther Funk


his year again we are endeavoring to put together a variety of activities for the club. Firstly we are working hard to get the W.A.M. Show off the ground for June 1st in Armstrong. It will be a fun-fi lled day for all exhibitors bringing their horses and the opportunity to show what they are capable of doing. The renowned Mrs. Sheila Neumann will be our judge for the day. The Welsh and Arabian clubs are also participating, so it will make it very interesting seeing those breeds in the show. As you all know they are very classy horses, in the Show Ring or out on the Trails, riding or driving… they have a great deal of action. Morgan enthusiasts make sure to bring your horses out to make this show a great success. We will be organizing a number of trail rides again this year. Last year we had a great ride and BBQ at Selkirk Saddle Club’s grounds in Revelstoke. It was a whole lot of fun for all who came, including members of the Selkirk Saddle Club. Our Golden 54 • Saddle Up • March 2014

Horse Shoe Ride in September was again at Timber Ridge in Lumby. This also brought a lot of enjoyment for the participants. At our AGM in February we invited Dr. Britt Mills to talk on Holistic Medicine. Thank you Dr. Mills for your thorough presentation. Your time was greatly appreciated. We hope to have a few more club rides and activities, but we need your horses to make this possible… also your thoughts and input into the club. For those with driving horses, most of the trails we use are driving friendly, so please join us and enjoy the great scenery we drive and ride on. I would like to invite you to join the BCIMHC and become active participating members. This will make our club much stronger and a lot more fun. For more information feel free to call Gunther Funk at 250-546-2891. We would enjoy hearing from fellow Morgan owners. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club Update By the appointed press reporters, Ashley Robson, Kathleen Egeland, Lauren McGee, and Paivi McLean


ver the last month our club has been busy planning and taking part in lots of fun activities. On January 20, we welcomed our newest and youngest member at 3 months of age into the club, Paisley. We held a baby shower for her within the club and gave her the official welcome. She received things like clothes, toys and supplies to help her on her journey to become a full-fledged member! We also had fun in the snow on January 26th. Most of the club came out to roast hot dogs and toboggan in Joe Rich. We got to know each other better and had tons of fun creating a luge like run on the Robson’s steep driveway!

Sledding Party

There was a ride up for everyone with the snowmobile and tractor. At our meeting on January 27th, we decided on the Senior/Junior match ups. These seniors will mentor their juniors for the duration of the year: Colin - Steven Emily - Jordan S. Arlyn - Marina Ashley - Lauren Taylor - Brook Alana - Payton Kathleen - Paivi Melanie - Jordan J. & Jessica

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach THE SIX ESSENTIALS (Past Issues: #1 Stand Still; #2 Back Up; #3 Forward; #4 Turn Left; #5 Turn Right) So we have come to the last of the Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have. I need to clarify two points. First, my apologies for the typo error in the last issue topic “Turning Right.” It should have read: Do not raise your right hand up, instead, ‘open’ your arm out to the right slightly; hence a Right Open Rein. Second, as I have said, “these essential maneuvers must be solidly in place before you become sport specific.” To avoid any misunderstanding, these six essentials are covered in Rider 1. There is still Rider 2, 3 & 4 to accomplish BEFORE you become sport specific! We’ll discuss sport specifics in continuing issues. Incremental learning in incremental steps!


(l to r) Melanie, Amanda V, Mia, and Ashley

Mia - Isabel Parker - Chad Emily - Shayl On February 3rd, the Kelowna Hoofbeats got together at Lazer Tag and had a fun fi lled night shooting each other in the dark! We painted each other with war paint and formed secret alliances. The person with the most elaborate paint was one of our retired members, Amanda V. The Hoofbeats have a busy schedule ahead with Club & District Speeches, line dancing and our annual Seniors sleepover.

#6 STOP Stopping the horse implies a deceleration followed by the absence of movement. The rider will follow these steps. The rider will sit deeper in the saddle, give the verbal command ‘whoa’ and apply two direct reins if necessary. I emphasize ‘if necessary’. Breathing techniques are instrumental in all executions. The rider should breathe out and lower his heels. Think ‘stop riding,’ your horse should pick up on this and comply without any pressure on his mouth! Please note that footing is very important. Do not attempt or expect an abrupt stop on a packed surface or pasture. When you have acquired the desired response, relax. Well done. As for all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’, and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it! Be Safe and have fun! For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-9995090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 55

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

All-Around Select Janet Matthews

2013 Awards Night An intimate evening was enjoyed by all who attended. A very special thank you to Mellissa Buckley for working so hard on getting all the fabulous awards together and tirelessly working on the awards booklet. Glen Massey, thank you for being our ever-popular MC, Terri Brown for putting the night together, and Pia Petersen and Lynda Harrison for all that you do for the benefit of this club. Listed below are some of our winners and the complete list can be found on the LMQHA page at Congrats to all! All-Around Novice Amateur and Amateur: Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western All-Around Open and Reserve Select Amateur: Virginia Olafson and Tuxskeeto All-Around Select Amateur: Janet Matthews and Zippos Golden Notice Reserve Select Amateur: Pauline Massey and KC Ya In St Louis All-Around Walk Trot: Taya Bath and A Buck A Dimension High Point Mare: Terri Brown and A Buck A Dimension High Point Gelding: Flora Kippan and Dont Invite Skip LMQHA nominee for BCQHA Volunteer of the Year: Lynda Harrison Margaret Taylor Greatest Strides: Virginia Olafson Ingrid Callaghan Sportsmanship: Terri Brown Cathy Dumaresq MVP: Mellissa Buckley Youth Volunteer: Taya Bath Youth Sportsmanship: Colten Buckley Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair: March 16 This year once again promises to deliver something for everyone. Barb West from Rodeo Girls will be here to give a barrel demo and a meet-and-greet. She will be bringing the grey gelding, “Cashup to Me” aka Spin, as well. Known by her rivals as Barb “Wicked” West for her horsemanship in and out of the arena, Barb has won the 2009 Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion and is a world record breaker for her 16.735 run in 2007. Along with her passion for barrel racing, Barb is also a horse trainer and stunt performer, specializing in horse stunts. When not on the road competing in rodeo, you can find Barb and her husband Brian West at their training facility in Oak Harbor, Washington. The day promises to be packed with all sorts of demonstrations from extreme trail to K9 tracking and many speakers on a variety of subjects. Check out Calling all fundraisers: Why not organize your barn or group and get together on a tack table? For only $50, you can sell your used tack with no commission and use the thousands of people we put through the gate to your advantage. PETSMART will be geared up this year with their brand new Dog Stencilling. The groomers from PETSMART will be on hand all day to add some custom colours to your favourite Fido, so make sure you stop by their booth. They will be loaded up with goodies for those pampered pets. Remember admission is only $5 and Fido comes in for free. Leashes on please, this is NOT an off-leash event. Make sure you drop in and say hi to the great folks from JRFM, especially at lunch time as they will be hosting a free JR BBQ. So keep your radio tuned into JRFM coming up to the event for the latest news. 56 • Saddle Up • March 2014

Tina Maynard, All-Around winner If you’re an early bird, extraordinaire come on out first thing and enjoy a “by donation” pancake breakfast hosted by the lovely folks from Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association. I hear the sausages are fabulous! A Huge Thank You to Thunderbird for supplying us with such an amazing facility to house this event. Thank you to Rising Stars, Youth Volunteer and the always-amazing Thunderbird Sportsmanship winners Taya Bath staff who help bring this all and Colten Buckley together and to our fabulous Bazaar sponsors. Without your support and belief in what we are doing, none of this would be possible. Bazaar Sponsors: PetSmart Stampede Tack & Western Wear Cummings Trailer Sales & Trailer Rentals Preston Chevrolet Avenue Machinery Sportsmanship, High Thunderbird Show Park Point winner and banquet JRFM coordinator Terri Brown Saddle Up magazine Gait Post VP Graphix Sunrise Trailers May Circuit: May 2-4 Our first circuit will be here before you know it. Make sure you mark your calendar and come show with us. Up for grabs in a back draw is a trip for two to Las Vegas for AQHA competitors, and Virginia Olafson giving a heartfelt another draw for a trip for two for thank-you speech APHA exhibitors! That’s just for showing up! We are offering a team tournament with awesome prizes, a Funturity night and a new flat-rate fee structure for 2014. This circuit promises to bring the FUN factor back. A move-in welcome Social has become something everyone looks forward to and the amazing Canadian hospitality will be flowing. So come out and show, socialize and most importantly, SMILE! Stay tuned to Saddle Up for all the upcoming events of LMQHA, because 2014 is gonna be fantastic!


Endurance Riders Association of BC


f you’re thinking of trying longPresident: Murray Mackenzie ( distance riding this Vice-President: June Melhuish ( year, now is the time Treasurer: Lynn Wallden ( to begin preparations! Secretary: Lori Bewza ( Directors: Lots of information Elaine Bessuille ( for starting endurance Stephany Dean ( riding will be offered Fred Dzida ( Barb Holmes-Balmer ( at the Endurance Brenda Miskimmin ( Riders Association Terre O’Brennan ( of BC (ERABC) Vancouver Island Rep: Karen Ellis ( Caribou Rep: Katrin Levermann ( “Introduction to Endurance Riding” Clinic on May 3-4 in Pritchard, near Kamloops. Sign up information and clinic outline are on the website at ERABC can also help locate a mentor in your area; ask at And check out the education section for helpful articles about endurance riding. Another great learning tool is volunteering! If you’re still looking outside at ice, snow or mud, there’s still lots you can be doing. First of all, assess your tack. Does your saddle fit your horse really well? There’s lots of information available online on how to make those assessments, and what to do to ensure a good fit - you may need help from a saddle fitter to make adjustments, or you may even need a new saddle, but don’t go anywhere without a good saddle fit for your horse. And how comfortable is the saddle for you? Travelling at a trot for a number of hours can be a painful experience if your saddle does not set you up for riding comfortably. Have a couple of saddle pads that work with the saddle so that you can change to a fresh one during rest breaks at a competition. Can you control your horse with his current headgear? Can he eat and drink comfortably wearing his current bit? Can you easily remove the bit during rest breaks? If you decide on a change, whether to a no-shank bit, s-hack, or bitless model to facilitate eating and drinking, make sure your horse is trained to respond to the new gear. Are you able to camp overnight with your horse? Your horse should be able to overnight tied to the trailer, or contained by portable electric corrals, metal or PVC panels, or high lines. Practice at home! Officers & Directors 2014

A few other skills you can teach your horse from the ground: • To accept examination by the veterinarians - to stand, to be touched all over • To trot beside you on a loose lead line, turn, stop for vet exams • To eat and drink on the trail • To cross water • To trailer load If you’re unable to ride just yet, making sure your horse has these skills can get you started! What is your horse’s physical condition? Any horse breed can successfully participate in endurance riding, but it’s up to us to gradually develop their physical condition so that they may do so safely. Assuming you have a mature, fully broken but unfit horse, you can begin by going on slow trail rides. (Please take into account the difficulty of your terrain when considering these suggestions!) Five HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

miles or so is a reasonable distance, and at a walk this will take one and half to two hours. Gradually substitute more trotting for some of the walking periods and increase the distance you ride. On the days when you ride faster, go shorter distances and vice-versa. By the end of the first month, you might be able to go as far as ten miles in two hours. During the second month, you can do more trotting and cantering, always paying close attention to how your horse seems to feel - a bright attitude, a relaxed gait, and a good appetite at home will indicate conditioning is going well. A theoretical work week in the third month of conditioning might go as follows: Monday: off Tuesday: off Wednesday: 5 miles at 10 mph Thursday: 15-25 mile ride at 5-6mph Friday: 5 miles at 10 mph Saturday: 10 miles at 8 mph cross-county Sunday: 30 minutes to 1 hour arena work Using a stethoscope will help you assess your progress. Your horse’s pulse will usually drop to the sixties within a few minutes of dismounting. If, after doing five miles at 10 mph, your horse takes up to ten minutes to recover to the sixties, chances are that he is still not ready for competition. Keep working, making sure that other influences - saddle fit, hoof health - are not affecting heart rate recovery.

Ready to start? Here’s a basic list of what to take to your first ride: Saddle Bridle Extra lead rope 2 Saddle Pads - a dry one for the mid-way stop Coolers, rugs and rainsheets An “easy boot” if you have one Brushes Sponges or scoops - one attached to the saddle Hoof picks - one on the saddle 2013 clinic “test” ride Buckets (3) and feed tub Feed Hay and hay bag Electrolytes Food and drink for yourself Sports drinks and snacks for on the trail Camping equipment and picket lines or portable fencing Extra clothes - always prepare for extremes in temperatures for you and horse Rubber boots Riding clothes - comfort before fashion! Toiletries - especially toilet tissue - out houses always run out First aid kit - human and horse, including stethoscope Liniment - NOT to be used until judging is OVER! (You can use it on yourself, though!) Endurance riders know that no other equestrian activity builds a stronger bond between you and your horse, or takes you on so many beautiful trails. Start endurance riding now! • 57

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Vice President: Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

South Central will have Paint classes

Big news! We are very pleased to announce that South Central Quarter Horse has accepted our invitation to bring APHA and BC Paint-approved classes back to their big fall circuit, September 12-14, in Armstrong. It will be a split/combined show (like both shows Lower Mainland Quarter Horse is hosting in the Fraser Valley this year). Friday will be a single-judged APHA “Special Event” (no halter for Paints, otherwise we’d be showing after midnight!), just like LMQ’s Evergreen circuit last fall. Saturday and Sunday is a full, double-judged APHA and AQHA show. Devon and I attended their show committee meeting in Armstrong in mid-February. There’s talk of a team tournament, great high points, some socials (we’re on the hook for one!), a chance to win some money, new management and, most of all, some great, new energy at the table. This is going to be a fun circuit and we are very pleased to be included!

Make those shows count! Did you sign up for BC Paint’s Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP) when you sent in your membership? (Have you sent in your membership?) Even though there is still lots of snow and frozen ground “beyond Hope,” I know of at least two Paints who competed at Thunderbird’s big schooler in mid-February and they should be sending in their OSCP results forms tout de suite. Schooling shows do count for OSCP year-ends, providing the show host keeps their results for at least a year. Don’t let

those training opportunities pass you by! OSCP allows BC Paint members to compete at all breed and discipline-specific shows (like Hunter and Reining, for instance) and accumulate points toward year-end awards. There is a nominal sign-up fee (in addition to your membership) but it’s worth it - especially if you can’t get to any of our APHAapproved shows.

Extremely booked Rhonda Kopp says our Extreme Trail Clinic at Twisted Terrain in Hope, May 23-25, is fully booked! Debbie Hughes will be officiating over an in-hand trail clinic on the Friday. There will be two opportunities to ride with Debbie on Saturday followed by a BBQ and a silent auction that Rhonda is organizing. The weekend will wrap Debbie Hughes up with a Trail Challenge starting at 1:30 on Sunday. There’s a waiting list - this won’t be the last time we do Extreme Trail!

Great turnout We had a fantastic turnout for a general membership/ information meeting in Enderby on February 9, and some good, new ideas were tossed about, including one proposal that could put us in touch with the barrel racers. There’s a nice core group of Paint Horse owners here in the North Okanagan and it’s great to see them come out and support their club! We have another general membership meeting coming up in Langley, March 15. It gets underway early (11 am) at the Langley Events Centre, then we’re all heading over to Thunderbird to help set up our booth for LMQ’s annual bazaar on the 16th. Drop by and renew your membership. Our directors will be on hand to answer any questions you have about Paint Horses and BC Paint! Check our Facebook group or the website ( for more details.

Our deepest condolences To the Chamberland family of Langley on the loss of their 2006 APHA Mare A Sexy Sensation. See story on page 59.

Drop by our booth at the QH Bazaar!

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Office Winter Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates Rodeo/Town April 5 (One Day Rodeo) True Grit Indoor, Barriere *NEW* April 18-20 24th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 26-27 Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 10-11 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 18-19 May 18-19 100 Mile House Rodeo May 24-25 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton May 31-Jun 1 67th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 14-15 53rd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft

Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

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June 28-29 July 5-6 July 12-13 July 12-13 July 18-20 August 2-3 August 2-3 August 8-10 August 16-17 August 22-23 Aug 29-Sep 1 Sep 12-14

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29th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals

On to Greener Pastures It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the passing of 2006 APHA Mare “A Sexy Sensation” on Thanksgiving Day, following complications of colic surgery. Bred by Nancy Donohew of Shelby, North Carolina, ‘Bridget’ was purchased by Patty Baker of Olympia, WA and achieved much success as a 2 and 3-year-old with daughters Monica and Kara. She was Top 10 in the Junior Horse Trail and Western Riding at the 2009 Fall World Show before being purchased by the Chamberland family, for their daughter Emilee, as a 14-18 mount. In their short time together they amassed several APHA and PtHA Top 10s and finalist awards at the 2010 World Shows before Emilee went to college and gave her to little sister Kirsten. It was a journey fi lled with highs and lows as the two worked to become the team we knew they could be, but 2013 saw it all coming together. Kirsten and Bridget achieved a dozen titles at the APHA and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

PtHA World Shows, including Reserve World Champion Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences, Reserve World Show Champion Bareback English Equitation, and awards in events from Barrels to Hunter Over to Trail. They also achieved YouTube fame after their Sportsmanship Award winning Shankless Showmanship performance at this year’s Youth World Show. She ended her season being Reserve High Point 14-18 at the WSPHC Show; Reserve High Point 14-18 and High Point Sr Horse at the Zone Ten Show. Her last show was the Zone Ten Show in Alberta, where she gave all she had to give and won the Super Horse Saddle. She had just earned her APHA Versatility Award, and currently sits on the 2013 Hunter Hack 14-18 Honor Roll. Bridget’s lifetime APHA points total 469. It was a wild ride, but she will be greatly missed. - Submitted by Jodie Moore • 59

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Tania Millen, Northwest Chapter Photos By Lucy Collings BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Best of Banff : 13 days, 260 km, 10 passes I’m always keen to hear about the favourite haunts of packing “old timers.” So, when I met Peter Christenson - who packed in Banff National Park (BNP) and the Purcells for 25 years and wrote “Wilderness Trails” - I asked where his favourite trip was. He immediately rattled off a two-week loop through Banff National Park following the Pipestone, Clearwater, Panther and Dormer Rivers. With descriptions of numerous passes and remote valleys fi lling my head, I couldn’t wait to follow his hoof-prints. The following summer, August 2012, having organized the necessary permits, our group of four riders and eight horses met at the Pipestone p River trailhead corral on the Icefields Parkwayy near Lake Louise. The first three days of our trip wound northeast up the Pipestone River and over (rocky) Pipestone Pass to the Siffleur watershed, then east through Clearwater Pass and down the Clearwater River. Highlights included moose sightings, exemplary scenery and an un-mapped waterfall. After a rainy rest day in the vast meadows of the Clearwater, we continued east beyond the BNP boundary before turning south across the Clearwater River and re-entering the park. The route then continued south up Peter’s Creek, criss-crossing the scoured creek bed, through narrow canyons and across slide paths. This 24 km and 10 hours in the hot sun was one of our more challenging days - testing our trail-finding abilities, horse skills and sense of humour. That night, we camped south of Divide Pass, along Divide Creek. Day six brought a lost shoe, which was successfully replaced with an Easy Boot for the rest of the trip, and a short jaunt down to the Red Deer River. The Red Deer River provides an east-west route though BNP between Lake Louise and Ya Ha Tinda Ranch - arguably the most popular rig riding spot in western Canada. We met day riders along the Red Deer who, apart from a horseback Park Warden, were the only riders we saw in the park. It was also where we started following the Cascade Trail fire road. This overgrown road formerly connected Lake Minnewanka to the south with the Red Deer River, providing Park Wardens with a quick driving route from Banff to Ya Ha Tinda. Now de-activated, this former road provides good footing and fast (albeit boring) travelling for hikers and riders. On day seven, we followed the fire road south over Snow Creek Pass to the Panther River. After lunch at an idyllic Warden’s cabin, we turned east along the Panther River trail to a campsite downstream. Although the valley had burned in the past, both this section of the route and the Clearwater were my favourites: remote, scenic and seldom visited. The next day, we continued east down the Panther then found the trail south through a narrow slot and over an un-named pass into 60 • Saddle Up • March 2014

the Dormer River valley. Day nine took us south up the Dormer on trails that didn’t match our map, past a campsite full of history, and over Dormer Pass - one of the most spectacular passes on a trip chock full of outstanding passes. We then continued south down Stoney Creek to a campsite at the junction with the fire road. From here to the end of the trip at Lake Louise, we travelled through the popular south and west portions of BNP, encountering hikers and commercial outfitting personnel. The trails were easy to follow and served up some of the classic sights that BNP is renowned for. Our route continued north up the Cascade River (and fire road) to Flint’s Park, then west and south to Sawback Lake. We had planned to cross Badger Pass - at 8,350 feet, the highest horse-accessible pass in the Rockies - however, lack of information regarding conditions and the steepness of the route meant a change in plans. From Sawback Lake we continued south over Forty Mile Pass, down Forty Mile Creek and west over well-known Mystic Pass to the Johnston Creek valley. The final two days of the trip took us north up Johnston Creek, over popular Pulsatilla Pass and on to the Baker Lake area. Due to our tight g timeframe,, we exited the trip p byy headingg west over Boulder Pass - our tenth pass - and down the Lake Louise ski hill. If we’d had more time, it would have been preferable to continue north through the Skoki Lakes area and down the Little Pipestone River, completing our loop at the Pipestone River corral. Fortunately, there’s always next time! There are many loops through BNP that riders can choose from, ranging from days to weeks. This means that riders of all abilities can enjoy the trails and be entranced by travelling through hundreds of years of Canadian history. So plan a trip. It’s worth every minute.

Riding west over Boulder Pass - the tenth pass, on the last day of the trip

Following the “sidewalk” along Baker Lake, east of Lake Louise ski hill


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

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The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-910-9916, 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook,

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15


ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 7/14 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 2/15 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 5/14

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 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.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14


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Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344

Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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AMAZING VALUE‌ For this picturesque 10.35 acre country estate in Armstrong. Approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury living in this impressive Tudor-style manor house. The home offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a gorgeous kitchen, large formal dining and living rooms. This could be your very own private playground with pool, tennis court; and the property is fenced and x-fenced so bring your horses! $900,000 MLSŽ 10069437 801 Corkscrew Road, Armstrong BC

PRIVACY AWAITS YOU HERE! Beautiful 40 acre property bordering crown land. Large modern 1-1/2 storey home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large family room, a huge deck to enjoy the wonderful valley views and attached double garage. Property is fenced and x-fenced and has a detached 48’ x 24’ shop and pole barn for hay and equipment storage. $625,000 MLS R 10064437 5140 Warren Creek Road, Falkland BC

HORSE LOVER’S DREAM PROPERTY 3.7 tranquil acres with 22’ x 32’ barn, asphalt floors, removable stalls, water and power. The property is x-fenced and has a riding area. Also has an 8’ x 20’ lean-to for storage, 20’ x 20’ barn with concrete floor with water hydrant. Very well-maintained 4 bedroom, 1,482 sq. ft. rancher with full walkout basement. Seasonal creek runs through the property. $529,000 MLSŽ #10065709 1534 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong BC

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

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“VEGAS” - 2013 CHESTNUT COLT Mother is cutting bred Quarter Horse and Sire is Paint. This colt will excel in any direction you want to go. Both parents are very quiet minded and willing to please. Should mature around 15.1HH. Asking $1,000.


2010 APHA Homozygous Bay Tobiano Stallion. He has one 2013 foal and one on the way for 2014. His foal shows his quiet nature and is also easy to handle. He has not been started under saddle but we think he would train with no issues. His mom could learn something on Wednesday and go win her class on Saturday. He stands approximately 15.2HH. Asking $4,000 for Sale (Service $600 or Lease by Contract) OTHER REG’D STOCK FOR SALE ranging from $900 to $4,000. Contact for more info. E-mail: 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House BC)

Ranging from $900 to $4,000. Contact for more info. E-mail: 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House BC)

Own son of the legendary Peeping Bo Badger, sires performance babies with superb minds. Started under saddle, could come along easily, willing to learn. He stands approximately 15HH. Asking $3,000 for Sale (Service $500 or Lease by Contract) OTHER REG’D STOCK FOR SALE ranging from $900 to $4,000. Contact for more info. E-mail: 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House BC)

ANIMARK ULTRASOUND PREGNANCY DETECTOR Fully external A scope ultrasound for horses and cows. *Detects as soon as 14 days after breeding mares *Easy to use in the field as is also battery operated *98% accurate *Tests cows as early as 22 days *Animark has manufactured high tech breeding equip for over 40 years * Only used a handful of times, no longer breeding our mares. $1,500 (retail price is $2,795) 250-446-2235 (Rock Creek BC)

NOBLE-T RED HAIRED MARY Registered Morgan Mare, born 2007, 15HH. Very pretty and well broke. Good conformation, lots of bone, good hooves. Great Pleasure horse. Call for pricing. NOBLE-T MORGANS Tom & Lee Nobles 250-838-2228 (Enderby BC)

NOBLE-T FINNIGAN Registered Morgan Gelding, born 2001, 15.1HH. Trained and shown Cutting, won some year-end awards. Lots of bone. Loves to work, has been roped off, has done barrels. Would make a great Penner. Call for pricing. NOBLE-T MORGANS Tom & Lee Nobles 250-838-2228 (Enderby BC)

NOBLE-T WHISKEY JACK Registered Morgan Gelding, born 2010, 15.3HH. Six months training. Very balanced, excellent conformation. Lots of bone, lots of speed. Huge stride. Would make a great Ranch horse, Roper, Barrel horse. May even jump. Call for pricing.

NOBLE-T EL DIABLO Registered Morgan Gelding, born 2010, 15.1HH. Six months of training. Very gentle disposition, good bone, long stride. Good Pleasure or Ranch horse. Call for pricing.

NOBLE-T MORGANS Tom & Lee Nobles 250-838-2228 (Enderby BC)

NOBLE-T MORGANS Tom & Lee Nobles 250-838-2228 (Enderby BC)


REG’D SECTION A WELSH PONY 11.2HH Gelding, foaled 2010. This sweet guy is started in harness and cart. He will make a spectacular driving pony. He is easy to handle, stands quietly for farrier, ties, loads. Please call for more information. Twin Acres Farm 250-456-7462 (70 Mile House BC)




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JD FINE N SMART T AQHA 5112543 2008 Cremello Stallion Double dilute cream genes Guaranteed colour on offspring SIRE: Smart and Lucky Lena Breeding Fee: $500. AQHA 3520170 buckskin Open Superior Reining Horse AQHA High Point Performance, ROM Performance NRHA Money Earner and World Show QualiďŹ er DAM: Shirley Bank Beau AQHA 2836151 palomino Producer of Halter and Performance Point Earner and Multiple IPE Supreme of Show Halter Winners Co-owned by: Dr. David Ward Okanagan Falls, BC 250-809-8807 5/14

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