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The Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (PAALH) is back in Chilliwack BC this year after spending three years in Alberta, and a year to regroup! e are hosting the Canadian National Andalusian Show at Chilliwack Heritage Park on July 5-7, 2019. This will be a full 3-day show with wide appeal as it includes a day of Dressage and the Fiesta of the Royal Horse on top of the full days of halter, movement, English, Western and Driving classes for purebreds, par tbred Andalusian and Lusitano horses and a handful of ALL breed. We will be of fering our Working Equitation Show, and with the tremendous grow th this spor t has seen the last year, we are excited to be a recognized WE Can 'B' rated show, with a clinic the day before with our Arizona WE judge, Amy Star. As the original event that held Working Equitation in Canada, we are proud to continue to of fer a high caliber show that is open to all breeds, so don't wait to enter, as it will f ill quickly. Valhalla Andalusians have once again generously donated our ‘Auction’ horse. VA Sueno De Ayer is a 2-year- old purebred Andalusian f illy that comes from a long line of champions and highly competitive per formance horses, so go to our website to read all about her and view the video and be sure to mark Saturday, July 6 on the calendar to bid on this beaut y during our Fiesta. We are looking to create an inclusive show, with a welcoming feel to both experienced exhibitors and completely novice folk s just thinking of venturing out a bit as well, and we are more than happy to help you and answer any questions. There are varied volunteer oppor tunities to par ticipate in this highly unique and fun gathering of Iberian horses, so even if you don't yet own one, be a par t of the show! Visit w w w.paalh. com for more information and updates, or to contact us. We would love to meet you and share the joy of this graceful, beautiful, talented and loving breed.

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ON THE COVER: Wildwood Ranches, CONTRIBUTORS: Glenn Stewart, Christa Miremadi, Birgit Stutz, Lisa Wieben, Bruce A. Roy, Russ Shandro, Jeanette Neufeld, Misty Shaw. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association.


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Dear Editor… Dear Nancy – regarding Joe Sabyan:


was saddened to hear about the passing of icon, Joe Sabyan. I had met Joe several years ago when a friend of mine had asked me to look Dave and Joe (r) at one of his nice Appaloosas for her. I had heard about his eye for good horses, and his skill at breeding good bloodlines, as well as being a shrewd horse dealer. He loved horses. But it wasn't until the summer before last I got to spend a full day with Joe. Dave and I were checking in on one of Cherie's ‘Rough Collie’ pups which we were planning to get. This would be the fourth Collie from his farm to come to us. Beautiful dogs! As it happened we had managed to lock our keys in the truck and after much try had to resort to calling for help. “Four hours wait,” they said. So to pass the time we helped Joe re-stack hay, feed horses, make a dog pen for pups and then spend the rest of the afternoon watching the Calgary Stampede. We feel honoured to have known this man, a true horseman. - Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch

Happy New Year Nancy: he purpose of this e-mail is to THANK YOU for such a great job on the 55+ (the BC Seniors Games) article in the December Saddle Up. The layout was beautiful, especially the green coloured borders. The comment in your editorial re: volunteers was very much appreciated!! It is wonderful to have a magazine that supports “local” activities such as the 55+ and club events (as opposed to international level). Again Thank You!!


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The Supple & Rounded Horse Part 2 By Glenn Stewart

Last month I spoke of what I think supple and rounded is: a horse that is mentally, emotionally and physically balanced. Suppleness comes before roundness in the order of preparation. The suppleness is soft, bendable and maneuverable. The roundness is a way a horse carries itself, a shape and muscling developed over time.


verything we do from day one and every day on the ground or on their back should be working towards becoming more supple and round, and that there is a multitude of exercises or things to do and look for to help a horse become this way. I’ve been very fortunate to have ridden and worked with many horses across Canada, United States, Mexico and Brazil. At a quick count, 25 different horse breeds that I can remember. On one occasion I rode 30 stallions the day I arrived at a very fancy breeding and training facility. They kept bringing them, and I kept riding them. I was like a little kid in a candy store. The horses ranged in price from $30,000 to $120,000. They were all rode in English tack and most with a double bridle, two bits and four reins. The horses were all led in to me one at a time, because the horses were doing most of the leading. When I got on to ride the head trainer kept saying, “More contact, more contact!” Now I’m not little, and the horse had two bits in his mouth and as far as I was concerned, I already had way too much contact. It felt like I had both feet in the radiator trying to pull the steering wheel off. The horses had

been rode a long time in a way that was trying to pull them into a frame, super This stallion’s mental and emotional state is athletic horses solid, calm, and engaged, posture and cadence with no mental is smooth he is supple, easily rounded, and not or emotional fighting to be levelled out in a hollow-backed preparation for the nose-out flight or fight response. physical look they were aiming for. I tried to sit on one of the stallions with a loose rein and give him a rub. That ended in the horse being so completely lost about the unusual occurrence of a loose rein and a rub that it spun around every which way, tangled its feet and fell over with me on it. It happened in seconds and I found out real quick that I had 30 stallions that needed a lot of help. (I might mention, it was over 40 degrees Celsius and 100 percent humidity.) The only English words the locals knew were ‘more contact’ and ‘tranquil’ but neither word seemed to match in any way what was going on or needed. The goal of the training facility was trying to develop round and supple horses, but two very big ingredients were being missed. It was a very big Inspiration • Education • Fun! adventure. Supple and round starts on the “Janice and Dave Jarvis of Jandana ground, some very easy things to Ranch look forward to another season of look for is how soft, bendable and connecting with guests from near and far. maneuverable your horse is. When We will continue to teach empathy, a person leads their horse, the horse leadership and communication with horses should stay with them not ahead or and offer ‘NEW’ themes such as: Women’s behind, at a walk, trot or canter on a Wellness Weekends, Synchronisity with loose line connected to the handler Riding, in addition to our Horsemanship not the rope, in case one day I have this Clinics, Kids Camps and much more! ” horse at Liberty with no rope at all. In the meantime I have a snap or clip on Offering a beautiful venue for people who love to travel with their equine partners. the end of my lead line that clips to Lake view Guest Cottages and RV Campground • Enjoy the Peace and Tranquility! the halter. When I ask my horse to do something such as lead, circle, side pass,  250-573-5800• change direction at any gait, my goal 30 minutes from Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake would be to have them do the maneuver

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This photo shows the horse is supple and round as he is engaged in an uphill canter with lightness and ease. This stallion is showing softness and suppleness online, his body is rounded vertically and laterally, the line has a nice belly in it, and in general the horse is carrying himself well. with the clip hanging straight down and a ‘belly’ or float in the rope. In other words there is no tension on the lead. For example, when I circle a horse the clip hangs straight down and the horse is bent towards me. Also I would like the horse to circle while I stand still and it travels around me at a walk, trot or canter whatever gait I’ve asked for. If the head is high and away from me, the rope is tight, the clip is pulled parallel to the ground, then it is easy to see there is tension on the rope and in the horse. He is learning to be tight, braced and is not learning how to carry himself and hold a circle. He is not soft and relaxed, would be developing the wrong kind of muscling and a long way from supple and round. A horse that carries himself moves dramatically different and much more beautifully than one that is carried by us and our equipment. Many horses on the ground and in the saddle are asked to change direction and do it with a stiff and braced neck. For example, when the lead line or rein is picked up to ask for a change of direction the feet turn but the head and neck stay stiff and braced. The horse has changed direction but did it without being soft and supple. One of the sayings I like to keep in my mind and use is softness before, during, and after the maneuver. Which then I guess we could say the horse must have been supple for that maneuver. The lead line or rein is connected to the head, which is attached to the neck of the horse so if there is suppleness the head and neck should yield softly bending in the direction of change and then the feet will follow if asked. When leading a horse, again, the lead line should be loose - clip hanging down and the horse matching my pace, fast or slow at either of my shoulders or behind, wherever I have chosen him to be. A horse that comes with you or does these exercises in this manner is in a much better mental and emotional state to be supple. The opposite of this picture is the handler hanging on tightly to the clip and the horse dragging the handler along for the ride or the horse dragging along behind or out to the side going wherever it wants. When I’m out enjoying all the many horses, I keep in mind the exercises and time spent needs to done in a way that is developing understanding and confidence. I have to notice where the clip is; if the head and neck is bent softly in the

direction asked, is the horse carrying itself or is it me and my equipment. For me, supple and round starts on the ground and carries into the riding, not one or the other. Happy Horsemanship! Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility, The Horse Ranch near Fort St. John, BC and is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. Long-term study and professional programs are also available. Visit for more information or call 250-789-3072. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Wayne Burwash, DVM, CQHA President


n the occasion of her 'semi' retirement from the board of directors of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), this plaque was presented to Marnie Somers in recognition of and great appreciation for her tireless dedication and devotion to the CQHA; for her unmeasurable contributions and lasting influence on CQHA promotional programs for the American Quarter Horse; and for her superb, uncompromising leadership of the entire Quarter Horse Industry in Canada since 2001. Marnie was instrumental in reactivating the CQHA in 2001, being a Charter Member. She served as the President of the CQHA for over a decade then, when she dismounted as president, she took over the reins as secretary, website master, e-news editor, social media guru, membership coordinator and many other tasks, too numerous to mention. Marnie is truly the untiring, trusted, "work horse" of the CQHA. She leaves a big hole in our organization to fill and will be greatly missed.

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Dr. Wayne Burwash presents Marnie Somers with her plaque during the CQHA Annual General Meeting held January 19, 2019 in Campbridge, Ontario.

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he Celebration of Life for Joy Richardson was held November 4, 2018 at the High Point Equestrian Center in Langley BC, a day where the sun came out to shine upon us. Joy had a lot of friends. She had the ability to make the people she cared about feel really special. The things one appreciated the most, was the unwavering love for her horses, her drive and passion for the causes that were close to her heart and her commitment to see things, she believed in, through until the end. Her biggest Legacy she left us with is the “Spirit of the Horse Garden.” It is a magical place and she will be forever there to make sure it is taken care of properly. The afternoon was filled with several speeches, a time to laugh and some tears, a slide presentation by Ulli Dargel, and a video presentation by Yvonne Allen of “My Pony Took Me Flying.” To finish off this beautiful day, Aleasha Melochinsky did a demonstration with her reining horse, and Ashley Moore did a dressage demonstration to the music of “Amazing Grace.” Thank you to all that came out to help and make this a SPECIAL DAY to remember Joy. - Burgi Rommel, James Kirwin, Ulli Dargel

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By Christa Miremadi | Photos by Stefanie Travers

nd, like so many kids, I wasn’t given a pony at a young age like I was hoping for, but rather I was enrolled in riding lessons with the hope that this phase would pass. Those were wishful thoughts but unfortunately for my parents, there was no such luck! Today, more than 35 years after my first ride, I’m more obsessed with horses than ever, a disorder that seems to be getting worse with age. It started out as weekly lessons, evolved into leasing a horse, then became finding a job as a working student, then buying a horse of my own and working full time at the barn to pay his board. Then buying another one… and now? Well let’s just say I have a few horses to look after. Over the years of obsessing about horses, I competed and explored Dressage, Hunter, Jumper, Western Pleasure, Cisco and I exploring what changes we Western Performance, could make to his impulsion through Back Country Trail shifting our centre forward. Riding and Packing, (to name a few), and although I loved the time spent with horses and enjoyed most of these disciplines, they didn’t quite inspire me the way my latest endeavours have. Around 6 years ago, I discovered what I’ve found to be the most rewarding, most fascinating and by far the most fitting discipline for my horses and myself yet: the Californio Bridle Horse System. I won’t even attempt to explain this discipline here, except to say that it’s a classical system, developed by working horsemen/cattlemen whose intentions it was to protect the horse, prolong his usefulness and functionality and promote his confidence, health and wellbeing through a deep understanding and cooperation with the horse’s anatomy and development of mind and body. It was essential that the horses were being developed and preserved properly, not only for the sake of the horse but also for the sake of the job they would be doing together with their human partner and the health and wellbeing of the cattle they would care for together. The result: a healthy, happy, strong, 10 • MARCH 2019


As I shift my balance back, drawing his energy with me, we are able to collect his movement without changing the contact or increasing the pressure on his face. sound and reliable mount that’s both a pleasure to ride and beautiful to watch, hopefully long into old age. Learning about this system has proven to be both inspiring and challenging, raising the bar on my aspirations and my goals, not to mention my expectations for my horse and myself. It’s also brought about a whole lot of awareness around what we do as riders that blocks our horses both physically and emotionally, in our everyday riding and interactions, no matter what discipline we’re pursuing or level we’ve attained. This awareness has led me to recognize what may very well be one of the most influential factors that can either promote or hinder our combined success as a horse/human team seeking true unity and the realization that each and every single person who sits astride a horse is using it whether they’re aware of it or not. Our balance point is that extraordinarily precise spot on which (when we have control and awareness over our own body) we can support our own weight with the least amount of effort, remain in balance and reduce the work load for our horse. When used in combination with our horse’s balance point, we can become in harmony with their movement, support and even enhance their movements or we can slow them down, get in their way and generally make life more challenging for them. It isn’t a geographical location that can be marked with an “X” on your saddle, it shifts and moves with us and with our horses as they change gaits, prepare for a turn, accelerate or decelerate but knowing how to feel it, find it and use it as signal is extremely useful! I think of it kind of like two magnets... When they’re lined up, they’re very strong and hold onto one another. When they’re connected, they are as one and as you try to pull them apart you’ll find that at first they have great influence over one another, pulling and trying to stay connected until they

This photo shows us discovering an ability to communicate extension through the shift of my balance, augmenting his own energy and increasing his reach. reach a distance at which they begin to move independently of one another and that connection is lost. Our balance point and that of our horses are similar to these magnets. When they’re perfectly lined up, we’re as one, moving together and in balance, more easily staying connected. As our balance points begin to shift and we get farther and farther from that perfectly lined up state, we begin to become independent in our balance, no longer working together but rather working separately, often negatively influencing the balance of our partners and unwittingly creating defensiveness, resentment and frustration. We all strive to be balanced when we ride (so as not to fall off of course) but for many, we may be working towards an awareness of our own balance only, forgetting in part or in whole about the balance point of our horses or how important this point is to their moving in a biomechanically correct

and, in my experience anyway, feelings of true unity that I can’t help but believe my horse enjoys as much as I do! Learning how to engage this extraordinarily powerful tool will mean the difference between riding a working partner who sees you as an asset, a source of support and assistance and a friend or riding a horse who has to defend himself against your balance, sees you as just one more obstacle to overcome and is prepared to counter balance for you, throwing themselves off balance in order to maintain the overall balance of the partnership. Check out next month’s article to learn an exercise that will help you to develop your awareness of your own balance point!

Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience working with horses. From guiding trail rides to starting colts, she’s dedicated her life to developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her husband, Pinto Miremadi, recently left their home and jobs of the past 18 years at Silver Star Stables in Langley BC to realize their dreams of owning their own ranch. They now own and manage The Rock’n Star in Pritchard BC where they offer boarding, lessons and clinics: building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence for horses and humans through compassionate communication and by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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1-888-763-2221 This photo shows how through drawing up and back with my balance helps Cisco to find elevation through his withers and create room for a good reach from his hind end. manner. We may also be thinking of their balance and our balance as though they are two separate things, rather than thinking about trying to use them together, matching them to each other or suggesting alternatives through using our balance as signal. Using this togetherness as a release and allowing your horse to find the path of least resistance through your balance is like adding a whole other language to your riding! Riding with an awareness of this balance point (and actually it can become their/our energy centre when cultivated properly) and being able to feel the location of your horse’s balance point is only the beginning. Developing an awareness and control over your own balance point/energy centre, learning to allow the connection between your centre and your horse’s to form and then learning to feel his centre as though it was your own opens floodgates of feel, togetherness

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By Kate Landels

To most, Pony Club is an international organization dedicated to organizing events and providing educational services to youth from ages 5-25, as well as adults of all ages who are interested in horses, their care, and riding. or some, Pony Club is qualification. Advancing through the leveled system; starting with the ‘D’ levels, working through the ‘C’ and ‘B’ levels, and rising all the way up to the ‘A’ level is a recognizable and quantifiable achievement. People who have reached these higher levels are qualified to become coaches and trainers, and can even count their Pony Club levels towards high school credits. An education from Pony Club is often a guarantee to employers that the person in question has the education and skills required to do any sort of job in the horse world. For others, Pony Club is companionship. Finding other youth who share a passion for horses would likely be difficult without the unif ying factor of this organization. Most events and services that the club provides are structured with

Kate Landels receiving the pass off from Meigan Mullin at the Mounted Games National Competition. teamwork and cooperation in mind. Members are encouraged not only to work with others from their branch or team, but are also encouraged to reach beyond the arbitrary confines of region or skill level and make new friends and acquaintances from other clubs, regions, and even other countries. Competition is done in the friendliest of spirit, and effort is always made to ensure that members will walk away from an event feeling like they’ve gained something, whether that thing happens to be the winning prize or not. And for others still, Pony Club is opportunity. Events that it offers like Dressage and Show Jumping are mirrors of the same types of events done outside of Pony Club, but within the umbrella of sportsmanlike attitude and friendly spirit that Pony Club promises. Likewise, events like Rally,

Richmond Pony Club is cooling out their horse at Rally. Tetrathlon, and Prince Philip Games are close facsimiles of Eventing, Pentathlon, and Mounted Games respectively. Competitors are able to hone their skills in this more relaxed environment, and even have the chance to travel nationally and internationally as part of these events. Universally, Pony Club is a promise. A promise that no matter one’s background, people of all ages will be treated fairly and will be given access to the greatest possible education, social connection, and opportunity that any horse enthusiast could hope for. 12 • MARCH 2019


Hickman San Gabriel

Parade Saddle Reprinted with permission by Misty Shaw,


hen Bob Hickman of Hickman Saddler y received a call about building a Bohlin San Gabriel Parade Saddle replica he jumped on board, and boy, did he ever outdo himself. The Hickman San Gabriel Parade Saddle was constructed with the f inest materials, namely a Bowden tree, ALD leather and well over 20 pounds of sterling silver. This beaut y boasts a stunning Sheridan-st yle tooling pattern by Chad McKarcher and is adorned with 239 sterling silver conchos featuring bison, eagles, bronc riders, steers and horses, all iconic western symbols. The swell cover is .96 - ounce solid sterling silver and the cantle back is .999 - ounce sterling silver. The tapaderos are a whopping 24 inches in length. There were approximately 500 hours of work on the silver alone. Matt Redd used 12,800 strands of yarn to make the custom Corona pad and also assisted with assembling the saddle. Of course, Bob Hickman contributed to all aspects of the saddle – from star t to f inish – and ended up with $50,000 in his pocket and one ecstatic client. In fact, the happy recipient received the saddle on a Wednesday and ordered another one the ver y nex t day. Nostalgia and impeccable execution make for an exquisite A Little Bit about Bob Bob Hickman was show piece. born and raised in

Colfax, Washington, on a cattle ranch. He enjoyed this lifest yle and wanted to be a rancher when he grew up. At the age of 12, his mother purchased him a Tandy Leather kit. He tinkered with leather, building wallets and belts, the usual entr y level items. He found he had a knack for it and it seemed that working with leather was his destiny, even though he had dreams of being a rancher. Af ter high school, he was able to work in the leather industr y, while getting a degree in agricultural production, a degree that would benefit his family’s ranch. When Bob returned home, he found there wasn’t room for him at the ranch, so he decided to attend a saddle-making school in Spokane, Washington. In 1983, Bob opened his own shop in an old chicken coop. He now has a store near Calgar y, Alberta as well as Post Falls, Idaho. He and his wife, Tara, live south of Calgar y and love living their destiny.

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A group of first-year veterinary students gather around a life-sized black plastic horse, holding up what looks like a large piece of intestine. ow! Cool!” exclaim several students as Dr. Julia Montgomery demonstrates the digestive system inside the equine model. This isn’t just any horse. It’s an advanced equine simulator, made possible by a $50,000 donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC). Montgomery is an assistant professor of large animal medicine and a board-certified specialist of large animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The students pepper her with questions as they feel inside the model to understand how the internal organs fit together. The students are clearly having fun while learning, as they continue to discuss how the model translates information from their lectures and textbooks into a three-dimensional space. This is the first time that Nicole Sheedy has seen the horse. The first-year student is impressed by how quickly it helped her make sense of the information that she learned in class. “I feel like I understand everything better,” she says. “In order to do anatomy, you need to see it in 3D. Because I saw it in 3D, I automatically get the concept.” The model is an important bridge between lecture and live patient, and the potential for its use will only increase as more faculty members incorporate the equine simulator into their teaching. Montgomery is enthusiastic about the myriad of possibilities the model presents. “I think she’s really amazing,” says Montgomery. “It’s not exactly the real thing, but it opens up invasive techniques to larger numbers of students. That adds really great value.” Her first-year class is using the model horse to better grasp anatomy concepts. Montgomery has also used it for third-year students as they work through colic scenarios. She anticipates fourth-year students, interns and residents could use the model to simulate working up a complex problem in a real-life case at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. Students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic will also use the model as part of their registered veterinary technologist (RVT) training. It could even serve as a refresher for staff and faculty as well as a tool to provide public outreach and education. Throughout the year, the model will receive visits from members of 4-H clubs, horse clubs, Sci-Fi camps and equine groups. “I think the fact that people are generous enough to give us these donations — that they care about horses and equine health — is what enables us to have the kind of equipment and infrastructure that we have. And without that part of it, there would be a lot of things we wouldn’t have. I’m eternally grateful, and I think it’s fabulous,” says Montgomery. “The decision to assist the WCVM in the purchase of the gift was an easy one,” says Bob Watson, the President of the EFC. “It’s our mandate,” he says. The organization, which bears the slogan “people helping people helping horses” has made many donations to the five Canadian veterinary colleges since it 14 • MARCH 2019


was founded nearly 40 years ago. “We thought it was a really good thing to invest in, that we could help a whole lot of people with that. Every student that comes through is going to work on that animal sometime in their program, even if they’re not going into equine medicine,” says Watson. “The equine people in particular are going to spend a lot of time with it, and they’re going to find it fabulous because they’re [models are] just so lifelike.” The horse joins a growing stable of high-tech tools at the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning, which opened its doors in September 2016. This includes model dogs that can help simulate surgical techniques, as well as Agnes, a life-sized cow and her calf that are used to familiarize students with different calving scenarios. The Canadian Western Agribition, in partnership with the WCVM and Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Awareness Initiative program, helped to purchase the pair. The cow-calf and horse models all came from Calgary-based Veterinary Simulator Industries that got its start in part through support from EFC. The company builds a variety of simulation tools that can help augment the use of live animals in teaching situations. “They’re just a really marvelous learning tool,” says Watson. The list of uses for the equine model is extensive. Students can use it to practise everything from very basic halter and handling skills, to administering eye medications, catheter placement, intramuscular injections and rectal exams. The horse comes with three sets of ovaries modelling different reproductive stages so users can understand what each phase of equine ovulation feels like during a vaginal exam. The horse’s right front limb is an X-ray model that students can use to practise taking radiographic images. They learn how to hold the instrument at the proper angle and where to aim the X-ray beam. “We’re covering all the bases, from first year to the advanced study,” says Carolyn Cartwright, manager of the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning. She’s also an RVT and veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia. She says that using the models takes away some of the pressure of working with a live animal. Students have 24hour access to the facility, which allows them to hone their skills until they feel confident. “They’re great students and they’ve excelled, that’s why they’re in vet school – sometimes if they struggle a bit with a technique, or taking that thought process and being able to put it onto a skill, sometimes it’s hard to say in front of the group ‘I’m struggling with this,’” says Cartwright. Third-year student Christine Reinhart says she wishes the simulation facility had been available during the earlier years of her veterinary education. She recently used the equine model in a third-year equine surgery class.

“We used it for the colic situation, which is an emergency situation for horses. Even if we see a colic in the college, it is an emergency. We might not get a chance to actually feel what it feels like. When they can set up a situation and it’s very low stress, you can get a really good learning experience from it,” she says. The students who have used the equine model so far are grateful for the EFC’s donation to enhance the simulation centre. “I think this gift shows that WCVM has a really strong relationship with the community and that they think our

initiatives are important and worth investing in,” says Reinhart. Sheedy echoes this statement. “I feel happy that there are organizations that are willing to support us. That they’re standing behind us and they value our education and they’re willing to put forth that kind of money in order to help us with our education,” says Sheedy. “I want to say thank you.” Reprinted with permission from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (



he stellar success Allan & Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Farm, Ohaton AB, achieved at Madison, Wisconsin's 2018 World Clydesdale Show has few precedents. Willow Way Puzzle, the World Champion Mare; Best Mare Bred/Born in Canada, was one of three 3-year-old Willow Way females placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 3-Year-Old Mare Class; while their 2-yearold filly, Willow Way Quella, was Reserve Junior Champion Mare. However, their success didn't end here, for Allan & Wes also bred the World Champion Gelding, Willow Way Prestwick, a hitch horse sold earlier in the year. Willow Way Piper, 3rd in the Registered Mare Cart Class at Madison, with Cody Woodbury at the helm. Fourteen of 17 Clydesdales bred at Willow Way placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in one of 19 halter classes offered for registered stallions, females or geldings. This was a tremendous achievement, for 259 registered Clydesdales contested these halter classes. Each of these 14 Willow Waybred Clydesdales descended from one of five Gordeyko brood mares, whose name surfaced in the southeast corner of each ribbon winner's extended pedigree. I doubt if many equine, bovine or ovine seedstock breeders have dominated an international livestock show of this magnitude as Allan & Wes Gordeyko did at Madison. Although many of their Clydesdales were star struck shown in harness at Madison, the Alberta stables’ young horses placed well in the performance classes. Allan & Wes Gordeyko had "The Best Shod Six Horse Hitch at the World Clydesdale Show," a class contested by the 29 Clydesdale Six Horse Hitches shown.

Willow Way Omaira, driven by Kristen Gordeyko, winner of the Ladies Cart Class at Calgary, also won 1st prize 4-year-old Mare at the 2018 World Clydesdale Show.

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Photos by Lisa Wieben Handler: Jacklyn Hegberg with May, a 12-year-old Warmblood mare

Winter time with its cold temperatures, snow, icy footing, and short daylight hours can make it difficult to work with your horse. Don’t feel guilty. There is nothing wrong with letting your horse have a break. It may be beneficial for him physically and mentally to have a break from his regular workout (as long as he still gets some turnout). owever, if you are looking for things to do with your horse that keep you warm as well, there are lots of groundwork exercises you can do. In this article we are looking at the basics of in-hand work.

In-hand leading with the flexing hand position. Notice how the mare is almost leaning forward with a downhill appearance. This form of leading is great to help flex the horse down if it is high-headed, but once the horse is relaxed you may switch to the second hand position. This mare is already relaxed and low. See next two photos. There are two ways to lead the horse in-hand. The first way is our preferred way for working with young horses, problem horses, or horses that have a tendency to be high-headed and need more boundaries. Start out by walking next to your horse’s shoulder, with the hand closest to the horse underneath his neck. Hold the rope like a rein, with your wrist turned so the thumb is level. The basic hand position is under the horse’s neck directly in line with the middle of the body in order to keep the horse’s neck 16 • MARCH 2019


In this photo the handler is using the whip and a lifting hand to ask the mare to lift up and shift her weight back. straight and the head low without pulling. How to achieve this low, relaxed position is further in the article. The second way to lead is to hold the rope from underneath with a slightly lifted feeling. The hand will be rotated so the thumb is turned up. This hand position works well for horses that are further along or that have a tendency to shift their weight forward onto the forehand. As you push forward with the whip you can lift the hand and ask the horse to lift through the withers. This sets his weight back to the hind end (the power end), where we will need them to be for any sport. With either method your belly button (core) should be facing straight ahead, in alignment with the centre of the horse’s chest. Imagine a railroad track, with you walking on the one track and the horse’s middle of the chest following the other track. The two tracks are always aligned (parallel or congruent). Hold the tail end of the rope in folds in your opposite hand. Do not hold it in loops for safety reasons. You may choose to carry a dressage whip that can be used to encourage the horse forward. Pick up contact on the lead rope, then ask the horse to take the first step before joining in. This will maintain the contact without you inadvertently pulling on the rope. It is important to work the horse from back to front by “pushing” the horse from the hind end into your receiving, never pulling hand. Use the lead rope and the arm closest to your horse as a boundary so the horse doesn’t come into your space. Never pull on the rope or send pushing energy into the horse’s head or neck with your belly button, shoulders, hips or hands. Maintain good contact and keep the horse straight or slightly bent around you. Ensure that the horse is level headed and does not invert (high-headed with

In this photo you can see how the mare’s withers have come up and she is walking in a more natural topline for her. We would want her to walk in a more uphill balance for dressage. hollow back). Flexing for stretching If your horse’s head is high, you can ask him to lower it by gently flexing the lead rope. Roll your wrist in a “flat” figure eight movement so the thumb of the right hand points up when the hand slightly moves to the right and down when the hand moves to the left. This is done with correct diagonal timing with the horse’s front feet. This is a great tool to stretch the horse’s topline and getting him to relax and feel good while being led. If your horse is already low-headed, you do not need the flexing motion. Timing of turns Always initiate a turn when the horse is on the outside diagonal so that the horse is balanced and level headed during the turn. Diagonal timing in groundwork refers to the horse being on the correct outside diagonal front leg of whatever bend it is in so that he is balanced to do whatever turn the horse is asked to do. For example, when turning left, ask the horse to turn when he is standing on his right outside front leg. While turning right (leader on left side of horse), it is important to step ahead of the horse’s shoulder and around his head and neck (not into it). Before asking for a right turn, make sure the horse is in a right bend. Never bend a horse directly from left to right; always walk a few steps straight in-between. Timing of use of the whip The timing of the use of the whip is also based on the correct outside diagonal and is used for a “push” into the horse’s hips, shoulders or girth. The whip should only tap the horse as his barrel swings away from you.

Flexing with the movement of the horse. The handler is flexing right as the mare steps with her right front. As she steps left the handler would then flex left. This is used to calm a horse and bring it down to a level topline.

Flexing down hand position to help the horse relax.

Halts Halting the horse should be done in three and a half steps. Inhale and grow tall, then exhale, slow your movement, and if needed, half-halt with your back and core, before coming to a halt. If the horse doesn’t stop, stay aligned with your horse (remember the train tracks!) and ask him for a turn on the forehand until he is willing to halt. We will talk about turns on the forehand in the next article. Never force the horse to halt or stand still and also never pull on the lead rope. If the horse tries to come in on top of you with his head, put up a block at the corner of his mouth, either with your hand holding the whip or with the knob of the whip. In next month’s article, we will discuss backing up, as well as turns on the forehand and turns on the haunches.

Hand position used to lift and shift the weight back to the hind end.

Turning the horse balanced on the outside front leg.

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB offering Somatic Rider Clinics and Confidence Connection Clinics. As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on in-depth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. www. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Nice new barn fits the purpose Suzanne K. from Loon Lake BC tells us her story.


needed a horse barn to house my horses safely and also for breeding purposes. The contractor I chose was Jonathan Lythe of Out of the Elements. The quality of workmanship offered by Out of the Elements, also efficiency, time frame and price point were the winning factors. The barn measures 30' wide x 36' long. It has three 10' x 12' stalls on one side, including a custom lower stall front so my miniature horse can look out into the breezeway. Each stall has outside access too. The small opening on one side of the barn will have an auto waterer installed. There is a 10' wide breezeway and a 10' x 24' foaling stall on the opposite side along with a 10' x 12' tack room. We opted for rubber mats for footing throughout the barn. Out of the Elements supplied all of the materials and labour for the build. The barn is a wooden structure built on a compacted level gravel pad, and has tin siding. Site prep, groundwork and excavating was done by High Torque Mechanical Ltd. We did install new fencing and gates as part of the project - this was done by ourselves. This project cost us approximately $50,000 – it is a private facility.

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rom how dogs understand our words to proof that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks, here’s 10 cool things science taught us about dogs this year.

1. Your Dog Understands Words More Than You Think A new study found that dogs respond not only to the tone in which we use, but that they understand many of the words we’re saying. Researchers used brain scans from 13 dogs and recorded their responses to their owner’s voice. The dogs heard both meaningful words (good boy) and meaningless ones. When analyzed the research found that dogs process meaningful words in the left hemisphere or their brain, just like humans do – yet they didn’t use the same process for meaningless words.

learning and those who rested after. When the dogs were tested on the same task the next day the dogs who had engaged in play performed much better when re-learning the task than those in the rest group. 5. Vocal Praise Means Just as Much to Dogs as a Food Reward New research found that vocal praise means as much to dogs as food, if not more. The study analyzed dogs in groups of 15 who were trained to sit in MRI machines for three 10 minute sessions. After the first session the dogs were given a hotdog, verbal praise for the second, and nothing for the third. For 13 of the 15 dogs their brains lit up just as much for verbal praise as they did for food.

2. Study Finds That Dogs May Have Episodic Memories Researchers studied 17 dogs and found that they were able to remember and imitate their owner’s actions up to an hour later. The dogs were trained to imitate their owner’s actions with the do-as-I-do method. The results found that dogs could recall their owner’s actions when unexpectedly requested to imitate them up to an hour later.

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7. Dogs May Have Been Domesticated Twice in Eurasia A new study found that dogs may have been domesticated twice, once in Asia and once in Europe. Researchers looked at genetics and archaeological records, including some partial DNA from 59 European dogs that lived 14,000 to 30,000 years ago. They compared those records with genetic data from over 600 modern dogs. Archaeologists previously found dog remains in Germany that may be 16,000 years old, suggesting that dogs had already been domesticated in Europe before the dogs from Asia arrived. 8. Dogs Reduce Stress in Families with Autistic Children Research found that having a dog in the home can reduce stress in families with Autistic children. The study was a follow up to a previous study that looked at the short term benefits a dog can have on families with autistic children. 2.5 years later the researchers found that those short term last years beyond their initial findings, and that the stress levels of those families continues to decline.

3. Stress Can Make Dogs go Grey Just Like Humans Earlier this year we found out that stress can make dogs go grey early. The study found that dogs who suffered from anxiety were more likely to show signs of premature greying. The study focused on 400 dogs, age 1-4, and the researchers found that a fear of noises and unfamiliar people were significant predicting factors in early greying. The researchers did not find any predictors of premature greying when looking at a dog’s age, sex or spay/neuter status. 4. Playtime After Training Can Improve a Dog’s Memory A recent study found that dogs who engage in play immediately after learning something new seems to enhance their memory. The dogs in the study were split into two groups; those that got to play after

40 dogs who were given a puzzle with a treat inside. The puzzle itself only required one step to get the treat – lifting the lid of a box. But the researchers added in an unnecessary step – pulling a lever. The researchers showed the dogs how to get the treat by lifting the lid and pulling the lever, but it didn’t take long for the dogs to figure out the second step was unnecessary.

6. Your Dog Will Learn to Ignore Bad Directions Earlier this year a study found that if you give your dog bad directions he’ll learn to ignore you pretty quick. The study involved

9. Our Dogs Don’t Trust Us When We’re Angry A recent study found that dogs have a delayed response when receiving instructions from someone who’s angry. The study had dogs follow the lead of someone pointing to a hidden reward. The person pointing would either smile and talk in a happy voice or frown and speak in a negative tone. The study found no difference between the response time of the dogs when following gestures from a happy or neutral person, but when the person was angry the dogs showed a significant delay in response time.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office BC EQUESTRIAN TRAILS FUND


he BC Equestrian Trails Fund was established to provide support for HCBC member clubs and affiliates who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in British Columbia for public use. The fund for 2018 totaled more than $38,000, allocated by the Horse Council BC board of directors, and increased annually  by individual and corporate contributions.

Collins Overland Telegraph Trail improvements and kiosk construction; Back Country Horsemen of BC Cariboo Chapter

The BCETF money should be  used as “seed funding” to obtain additional funding from other granting agencies. A review committee appointed by HCBC will receive, review, and approve specific funding proposals. Submission deadline is April 1, 2019. The 2019 BCETF application period will be open from January 1, 2019 to April 1, 2019. WHO CAN APPLY? Grants will be given to:  * Horse Council BC member clubs or affiliates that have been members in good standing of Horse Council BC for a minimum of 12 months and whose members are Horse Council BC members * Committees of Horse Council BC whose projects meet the required criteria ELIGIBLE PROJECTS Eligible projects for funding would include: * New trail construction * Trail upgrade/improvement * Bridge and water crossing construction, upgrades or rehabilitation * Signage

* Trail surveying and tracking * Trail rehabilitation * Horse camp facilities such as corrals, high lines, toilets, fire rings, signage, stock watering facilities, etc. * Trailhead modifications to accommodate horses and horse trailers FORMS & APPLICATIONS Deadline for submissions is April 1st of each application year.  Forms can be found at Email for more information or assistance.

Manning Park trail improvements, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Yarrow Chapter BE A BC EQUESTRIAN TRAILS BUILDER! Just a few dollars from each Horse Council BC member each year can make a huge difference in building and improving BC’s equestrian trails. If you like to explore new trails, or plan to in the future, help make BC the best place on earth to ride by making a donation to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund. Grants will be made available to HCBC member clubs to assist them in building and improving trails and horse-camping sites. WHERE THE DOLLARS WENT IN 2018… * Back Country Horsemen of BC, Robson Valley Chapter, for Belle Mtn Multi-Use Trails Rehabilitation * Back Country Horsemen of BC, Yarrow Chapter, for Manning Park Trail Works 2018 * Back Country Horsemen of BC, Cariboo Chapter, for COTT Goose Lake to Blackwater River improvements * Back Country Horsemen of BC, North Thompson Chapter, for Skull Mountain Rehabilitation Project * Back Country Horsemen of BC, Aldergrove Chapter,  for  South Langley Regional Trail Completion * Haney Horsemen Association, for repairs and improvements to the equestrian campsites and pens at Allco Park in Maple Ridge, Stage 2 * Mission Horse Club, for Stave West Corral Project * Back Country Horsemen of BC, Shuswap Chapter,  for  South Canoe Trail System – Goliath Trail

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BC Cutting Horse Association


elcome all to the BCCHA 2019 show season. The Board of Directors have been busy putting a show schedule together, raising sponsorships, planning social events and planning a clinic with talented trainer Shad Platt from Orland California to be held at the Monical Ranch in 100 Mile House BC. BCCHA is looking forward to seeing everyone at the first show in April. Some of our upcoming events are below.

By Cheri Smeeton

Rick Hook riding TH Freckles. Photo by Tracey Eide.

April 13-14 - BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Knutsford BC, NCHA/BCCHA/CCHA April 27-28 - HERITAGE CLASSIC CUTTING, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, NCHA/BCCHA/CCHA June 22-23 - 100 MILE HOUSE SHOW, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC, BCCA/CCHA May 18-20 - SUSAN STEWART MEMORIAL CLINIC, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC May 31-June 2 - SHAD PLATT CLINIC, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC

At the 2018 Monical Ranch Cutting in 100 Mile House (l to r): Bob Zirnhelt, Bob Threlfall, Gary Moore, Len Monical, and Dave Batty. Photo courtesy of Peter Castonguay.

We are pleased to announce that the BC Cutting Horse Association will be offering the three Jackpot classes again this year along with “New Member Incentives” to any new cutter wanting to join us, giving an opportunity to new cutters to try this great sport. Please visit our website at for further details. Wishing everyone clean cuts, great scores, and lots of fun!

4-H Offers Kindness to the Community By Mia W. and Ashley R., 4-H B.C. Ambassadors


ave you ever walked down the street on a day where the weather is -10 and windy, just to make someone’s day? If you haven’t, we definitely suggest giving it a try! This winter we decided it was a good time to make some peoples’ day, and do some good in the community. Our idea… to give out gift cards to a local coffee shop to people in the community. We started out by the University of British Columbia, placing a few on the windshields of students’ cars, so when they were done in class something to make their day would be there. Carrying on, we proceeded to the Okanagan College, doing the same for a few more students. Everyone knows how much students love their caffeine! While driving through town, we decided to hit up a few parking lots around the hospital. Starting with the staff lot, we put a couple on cars, then going to the cancer clinic, and finally the emergency parking lot. We saw a lady waiting for her husband to pay for parking so we decided to interact and make her day. She was very surprised and excited to know that we were out in the community on this chilly afternoon. We then made our way downtown, putting some on cars, then walking to hand them out to people. We first gave one to a downtown security man who was very thankful for this small gesture. Next to a young woman who said she would definitely pass it on, and finally to a man sitting on a bench who was glad he could now go warm up with a cup of coffee. These small gestures made each individual feel appreciated, and opened up our eyes to how easy it was to make someone’s day. We wrote small notes on each envelope with a message to pass it on if you could. We hope this inspires people to do small gestures that will make another person’s day, such as paying for the coffee behind you in a drive thru, or complimenting someone who might just need it on that day. You never know what kind of small acts could make a large impact on somebody else’s day. Go out there and spread the love!

MARCH 2019


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club

By Nancy Roman


e held our club Annual General Meeting in February. Returning as President for his second year is Tom Nobles, and Bev Routledge as Vice-President for her second year as well. Deb Miyashita has stepped down as secretary (thank you for all your work over the last few years!), and taking her place is new member Bobbi Weber. Laurie Lyons is staying on as our treasurer – she is a ‘lifer’! Plans are well underway for our upcoming Tack Sale, a fundraiser for the club, on Saturday, March 30th at the Armstrong Curling Club, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nancy is looking after table rentals (250-546-9922 or e-mail nancyroman@telus. net). Our Pot O Gold Show is set for Saturday, June 22nd at the Armstrong Fairgrounds, with our main judge Glenn Perran from Kelowna, and a second judge still to be determined. The show program should be out in mid to late April. We are planning another Poker Ride in the fall at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby again, with the date still to be confirmed. Following our club AGM, the BC/Yukon Zone of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association (CMHA) held their Annual General Meeting, headed by Zone rep Tom Nobles. Member awards did not arrive in time for this meeting – to be advised at a later date. The BC/Yukon Zone is the host for the CMHA 2020 Annual Convention to be held somewhere in the interior. Tom and an organizing committee will be checking out venues and planning special events. Fundraising will be required in

Member Karen Wilkie and Samor’s Theodin out enjoying a sleigh ride! order to host this convention. More info in the coming months. Do you love Morgans? Own one… or want to? Consider joining the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club. We are a fun group… really. Come on out to our Tack Sale and talk ‘horse’! Or come out to our next meeting on Friday, April 5th at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant (a buffet), for 6:30 p.m. For more information visit our BC Interior Morgan Horse Club Facebook page.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


he club is gearing up for a busy 30th Anniversary year! First up is our major fundraiser… a casino in Edmonton on March 30 -31 - there are still a few spots that need to be filled. The money from the casino gives the club the ability to provide educational opportunities, and spread awareness about our long-eared partners. Our AGM will be that same weekend on March 31, at 1 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton South in Edmonton. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have items for the agenda please submit them to Next up is the Mane Event in Red Deer April 26-28. ADMC will have the information booth up and running, along with long-ear demos. Watch for the 30th Anniversary calendar which will be available at the Mane Event in limited quantities. Member Joe Harrtung has been using his amazing photography skills to produce some outstanding Donkey and Mule pictures that will be used to make up this calendar. July 22-23 KDays in Edmonton has invited ADMC to celebrate 30 years with a fun show/demonstration/displays. All members are invited to participate. Rumours have been floating around that costume class will play a major role, so start dreaming up something amazing. August 10 -11 will be the Annual Long Ears Days event. Plans are in place to make this a very special celebration, and opportunity to play with your Long Ears. At the time of writing this, member Les Sjogren is planning to participate with his mule ‘Sissy’ for the first time in the Long Jump at “the world’s cheesiest winter event” … Skijor Canada is hosting a competition at the polo club south of Calgary.

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By Sandra Harper | Photo by Joe Harrtung

The event was scheduled for February 2, but lack of snow and extreme cold weather had caused it to be put over to February 16, 2019, check it out at Good luck Les!

Equestrian Canada Equestre 

Applications Open for 2019-21 Equestrian Canada Reining Committee Individuals interested in volunteering on the Equestrian Canada (EC) Reining Committee are encouraged to apply by the deadline of March 15, 2019. The vacancies will be filled and announced by March 22, 2019. As an operational committee of EC, the Reining Committee is responsible for providing strategic guidance and counsel to EC management to support the development of reining in Canada. The Committee works in collaboration with other EC committees, task forces and national office staff, to aid in implementation of the respective mandates. Eligibility - Members of the Committee must be in good standing with EC and hold a valid EC Sport Licence (Bronze). In addition to following EC’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures, committee members must sign the EC Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement and file it annually at the EC office. For further information, including a detailed list of the core competency considerations, please contact the Reining Committee at ReiningCommittee@ Equestrian Canada Announces 2018 Jumping Youth Bursary Recipients Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the hard-working young athletes who were chosen by the EC Jumping Committee to receive Jumping Youth Bursary funds for 2018. In recognition of the challenges young riders face as they strive to continue their education while competing at high levels of the jumping sport, the Jumping Youth Bursary was developed for athletes between the ages 14-21 who compete in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. The program is made possible through a generous donation by Mark Samuel, Kevin Sanford and the Sanford family. The following athletes have been awarded $2,000 each through the 2018 Jumping Youth Bursary in recognition of their hard work and dedication: * Ashton Wozniak, 17, of Foothills AB * Danielle LaFleur, 20, of Ladner BC * Hannah Rajotte, 15, of Calgary AB * Kieley McQuaker, 15, of Schomberg ON * Mikayla Brabant, 17, of Chestermere AB * Sydney Usipiuk, 17, of Selkirk MB

From the December issue… the following people provided the correct answer, a razor blade sharpener: Claire Perrin, Victoria BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Ken Bills, Marwayne AB Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park AB Lawrence Kitt, Lavoy AB

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For additional details regarding the Jumping Youth Bursary Program, please visit Ava Wong to Contest FEI Children’s Final Ava Wong of Calgary AB, has qualified for the FEI Jumping Children’s Classic Final to be held in Tashkent, UZB, from April 17-21, 2019. For riders aged 12 to 14, the event takes place on borrowed horses and sees 16 athletes competing against 16 from the host nation. Wong qualified for the Final through her placing in the qualifier held at Rocky Photo courtesy of Jump Media Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary AB in 2018. She was also a member of Canada’s gold medal team in the Children’s division at the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships held in Old Salem, NY.

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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club


intage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. We value all forms of horsemanship and disciplines and are a non-competitive club with more emphasis on enjoyment of our horses while developing new skills. As well as creating an opportunity where horsemen and women can share their knowledge and skills in a non-judgmental environment. We are united by this common interest and meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker. “Vintage” can be defined as “quality.” We are a club that offers its members quality events in a safe and fun atmosphere, for the love of horses. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We are a busy club, hosting monthly speakers, a variety of

By Simonne Rempel

Poker Ride clinics, and recreational activities. In 2018, we had various speakers sharing their knowledge on topics such as bandaging, trail riding etiquette, mountain trail theory, dentistry, the equine gut, and a games night. We also hosted a variety of clinics consisting of poles, instructed trail

Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Marjorie Lacy


ori Dyberg of Wetaskiwin Alber ta writes… “ We are SO proud of our Walkers! They did awesome at the Canadian Cowboy Challenge Finals back in Oc tober! Blair and ‘Dodge’ (Nor thfork Cheer ful Chipper) won Bucking Crazies, and ‘Dust y ’ (Nor thfork Cot ton Trim) and I won Older Than Dir t.” (Bucking Crazies is the equivalent of ‘f irst year of competition’, while Older Than Dir t is the 55+ age class.) Lori and Blair bought these t wo young CRT WH registered Walking Horses from Jack Gurnet t of Nor thfork Farm in Bluf f ton AB as weanlings. Both were sired by Uphill Heir Trigger, with Dodge (Nor thfork Cheer ful Chipper)

Blair and Dodge out of Neitak ’s Golden Stardust, and Dust y (Nor thfork Cot ton Trim) out of Dark Summer Chapel Belle. 2018 was

Dust y ’s second year, and the f irst year of competition for Dodge. Both horses are coming 7 years old this spring. Blair and Lori have brought them along slowly, training them themselves. And now, to top of f a great year, as well as their achievements in the Cowboy Challenge world, they have earned their Gold Awards in the Canadian Registr y ’s Program for E xcellence! Another fac tor in this achievement is that during this f irst year of competition for Dodge, Blair has been undergoing cancer treatment. Lori says, “I am so ver y thank ful that Dodge has been so level-headed and quiet for Blair while he has been going

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA)


ne of the most recent avenues of equine therapy CanTRA Instructors and Centres have added to their programming is vaulting. Described as a combination of gymnastics and dance, vaulting is performed on the back of a moving horse. ’La Voltige’, in the time of the Renaissance, was a form of riding drills and agility exercises for cavalry riders. Modern vaulting, developed in post-war Germany, was used as an initiative to introduce children to equestrian sports. Building on this foundation, therapeutic vaulting has been adapted to help address balance, gross motor skills, and social deficits while lending itself as a beautiful sport for inclusion and community building. A skilled lunger works the horse on a 15-20m circle, keeping a steady rhythm. Under the guidance of an instructor, and aided by a spotter, vaulters engage as individuals, pairs, 34 • MARCH 2019


By Bren Pickel

or teams to perform a set of acrobatic and artistic movements upon the moving horse. Using a set of compulsory moves, as well as creative freestyle moves, the vaulting routine is a display of physical agility with the fluidity and grace of motion to music. A key factor to the This freestyle move is called ‘The sport, and to its therapeutic Cobra. Photo courtesy of Barb Yates. value, is the needed trust in the horse, the coaches, the entire team, and at the very core, one’s reliance on inner strength and confidence of self. Helgi Sangret, a CanTRA Senior Instructor and certified

Ranch Versatility Clinic ride, mountain trail, judged mountain trail, despooking, dressage, and ranch versatility. We have a Recreational Riding Program, host themed trail rides, beach rides, a poker ride¸ square dancing with our horses, and a ranch trip to Merritt BC. We wrapped up the year with our AGM and Christmas Party.

St. Patrick’s Day ride Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: For 2019, we are off to a great start enjoying our horses in the fair weather of the Fraser Valley.

2019 Upcoming Events: Valentine’s Day Ride A Farrier Talk Crescent Beach Ride Ground Pole Clinic Miles Kingdon Clinic Members Slideshow Easter Ride Spring Grooming and First Aid Clinic Vet Talk: Saying Good-bye Working Equitation Clinic SPCA Field Trip Mountain Trail Ranch Versatility Clinic Ranch Trip to Seven ½ Diamond Ranch

through chemotherapy.” Congratulations to t wo great young Canadian bred Walking Horses and t wo exceptional owners!

Lori says, “We were awarded our buckles at the Canadian Cowboy Challenge Finals on October 20th, 2018 held at Vic Almonds Performance Horses in Ponoka.” Lori and Dusty

Vaulting Coach (EVABC), has been using vaulting as part of the therapeutic programming at the Cowichan TRA with great results. “We have seen firsthand the improvement in strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and creativity, in our participants. Most importantly we have seen the sense of confidence, belonging, and pride that has developed from having children with disabilities participate in a group sport alongside their able-bodied peers as equal and valued members of the team.” Therapeutic vaulting continues the forward movement of this equine discipline as a sport, an art form, and a wellness program while building positively into both individuals and communities. Your donation to or www. will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability overcome challenges through equine-assisted therapy. For additional information, visit and .

Performing for an audience, ’The Signpost’ demonstrates strength and balance. Photo courtesy of Jim Dargatz.

Vaulting promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and is a barrel of fun! Photo courtesy of Cowichan Therapeutic Riding.

MARCH 2019


Oliver Riding Club

Max Alexander


ello again to all Saddle Up readers – we’re back in business after a year when we had no wind in our sails and too much smoke! At our AGM a new team was voted in to take the club forward and we are looking forward to a good year. The new team is headed by Dawn Macrae, with Max as Vice President, Maggie Strong as Secretary, Trish Osland continues to serve as Treasurer, and Debbie House has stepped in as Communications Officer and of course Membership is with Margie Fisher. At our first meeting of the year which was well-attended with new members coming along to join the club a programme for the year was discussed. We have two clinics in hand, one with Brenda Rinneberg on July 20 -21 at the D-K Ranch (see our Facebook Page for full details) and another being organized by Charlie Fisher with Debbie Hughes. We have Dana from Nickers Saddlery coming to our March meeting to give a talk on general spring hoof care. Interest was also shown in Roping Horsemanship, introduced with Tarren Rissling and then advanced with a top professional roper. Further demos are planned including Round A splendid picnic lunch at our last Brenda Rinneberg Clinic Penning, Liberty Training and Preparing for Evacuation in an Emergency and Barn Safety. We are also planning a Summer Show and Ken Macrae will be holding his traditional Spring Tune Up. So there is lots of interesting things coming up for the club and we look forward to greeting and meeting new and old members. Please visit our Facebook Page or call Dawn Macrae (250 - 689- 0156) for more details. Our meetings are always on the third Thursday of each month. As you can see we have reverted to using our full title as we want to encourage people to come and join from the wider community of the South Okanagan not just in the vicinity of Oliver. We are The Oliver & District Riding Club. Stay inspired by horses, ride safe and wear a helmet!

Kelowna Riding Club


By Jenny Bouwmeester

pring is in the air at the Kelowna Riding Club, and we are getting super excited for what this year has in store for our members. The Board of Directors is always striving to search for new and exciting ways to make the club better. We appreciate any suggestions or feedback you have for us on what you would like to see happen. The club is a place we want all our members to feel welcome and to have a place to treat as their own. This April, we are going to kick the year off with a Horsemanship Clinic with Chandra Hanke from Impact Equestrian. Chandra is a Kelowna local who has a passion for enhancing natural horsemanship skills to develop flawless movement between horse and rider. This clinic will run April 26-28. At the beginning of May we have our annual Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show on May 2-5. We will be including a cross-pole ring this year in one of our smaller arenas. We MaryLou on Memory hope that this will bring out more individuals who may wish to compete at the lower jumps, or for the first time. This is a great class for those who like to dabble in different riding disciplines as well. On the May long weekend (18-19) we are hosting another Spring Open Show. Last year was such a hit that we have 36 • MARCH 2019


decided to run these shows again and make them even better. The first day will be English riding where there will be an added Hunter over Fences component in the morning. The second day will be Western riding, where we will be holding more Pleasure and Ranch Riding classes. Emma on Volcano Mark your calendars for these dates, and we hope to see you at the riding grounds! Check out our Facebook page and web site for more information!!

Sunset ride

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley


ingo! Our new Director of Fundraising, Allison Sattertwaite, hosted a Bingo Fun Night at her home in January. There were great prizes, yummy munchies, great laughs and a ton of fun! Allison has some other fantastic activities planned such as a Paint Night, Pub Nites and some amazing raffles! Please stay tuned for these and more. These will be fantastic and all while raising money for the club! The more we raise the more goodies we can offer at our July Show. Bazaar The Bazaar team is hard at work for this year’s event which is now in April! There will be clinics, a trade fair and more. Please save the date, April 7th, and consider volunteering on set up day and the day of the Bazaar. This is our main Fundraiser and a staple community event. Thank you to Bazaar sponsors for your faith and steadfast support! New All Novice Show concept FREE with BCQ membership All Novice Show AQHA/APHA/All Breed FREE with BCQHA membership! Come on out for an old-fashioned grass roots horse show in a relaxed setting at Langley Riders Society, June 2nd. It’s a “tie your horse to your trailer and have fun all day” kind of affair! Try showing breed! Entry fees for AQHA/APHA and All Breed FREE with

BCQHA membership! Also BCQHA membership has a promotion, sign up and you can sign up a new member (or one that wasn’t a member in 2018) for FREE! Langley Riders members show All Breed classes FREE (Special High Points for Langley Riders Members!). Thank you to our new sponsors who are making all of this possible, we are humbled by your enthusiasm. We will also have an APHA judge and AQHA/APHA trainers on hand for anyone who has questions about any classes, etc. Stay tuned for more info. Judge: Lyle Jackson. West Coast Summer Spectacular We are so excited to host our BIG show this summer! It will be 4 days, at least 6 judges and will have BIG amazing prizes! It will feature our flat rates, be at beautiful Thunderbird Show Park and have our amazing show staff. July 18-21. We will once again award a Superhorse prize, Halter Champion of Champions will return again, and of course the Breeders Incentive Yearling Tri Challenge with a huge purse! Stay tuned for more announcements! Thank you to our wonderful dedicated sponsors who make this dream a reality for all of us. Volunteers We are always looking for volunteers to help our events happen. So the club can be the best it can be… please consider chipping in.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club


ith April fast approaching the AERC is putting the f inal touches on this year’s shows. Our f irst show is April 7 in the Agriplex at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We star t the day at 9:00 a.m. with Showmanship, followed by our English, then Western classes, with Trail running concurrent from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We encourage all par ticipants to pre-register by e -mail/e -transfer. If we don’t have your membership and Horse Council BC number on f ile, you can e-mail this to us at We have kept our membership prices low, just $25 for single and $45 for a family for the year. The AERC has decided to of fer educational clinics. The clinics will be held on the weekend before each show. Each clinic will cover one of the show classes. We will be focusing on arena etiquette, what the judges are looking for, presentation of rider and horse, rules for each par ticular class and how to execute patterns, etc. These clinics are open to all AERC members of all ages and levels of riding. Watch our Facebook page for dates, times, clinicians, cost and location. Watch for our new website coming out later this Spring. We will have new information, pictures, contacts and all the forms for our Club. This year the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) Light Horse Division has graciously of fered to sponsor two of our Youth members to show at the 2019 IPE. IPE Executive

By Lauri Meyers

Patti Thomas and Lynndsay Terpsma Director Patti Thomas presented the awards at our yearend banquet. Congratulations to Intermediate rider Vienna Meyers and Junior rider Lynndsay Terpsma (shown). We know these girls will do well and most of all have a whole lot of fun. Our monthly meetings are the f irst Tuesday of ever y month (except July) at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong at 7 p.m. Join our Facebook page for all the up to - date information.

MARCH 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Ride The Island – Rendezvous 2019 By Sylvia Hall Andrews


here are no mountains on Vancouver Island.” This geographic falsehood was confidently uttered by an easterner friend of a friend who had never traveled to the Pacific coast’s largest island. To set the record straight, there are a LOT of mountains on Vancouver Island. There are also a lot of enormous trees towering over a Jurassic Park understory of dinosaur-food ferns, a lot of small-but-mighty rivers hurtling all foamy-jawed through rock canyons, a lot of millpond-still lakes dotting mountainsides, and a lot of rugged shoreline kissed by salty waves. It is this diversity of terrain – and the multitude of trails that crisscross it – that inspired the theme of the upcoming 18th annual Back Country Horsemen of BC Rendezvous: “Ride the Island.” BCHBC, founded almost 3 decades ago, counting over 900 members, and representing 22 regions, has a mandate to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. This focus, together with the promotion of safe riding, environmental stewardship, camaraderie and education, are all celebrated at their annual Rendezvous. The 3-day Rendezvous, hosted on Vancouver Island this year for the first time ever, is a gathering of the clans that features something for everyone, be they club members or not, whether they bring their trusty steed or not. Long-standing and ever-popular Rendezvous events such as the packing competition, the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, the Cowboy Poetry competition, the horsemanship and trail clinics led by prominent local trainers, the Saturday night catered dinner and dance, and the Silent Auction will all make a repeat appearance, and new events such as the Friday night Dinner Graze (a twist on the progressive dinner idea which will send groups of diners out from camp to camp) will be launched. True to the 2019 Rendezvous theme, an exciting aspect of this year’s conclave is the availability of rides Crystal Lake, Spruston Trail System, Nanaimo showcasing the diverse terrain that comprises the home turf of the South VI, Central VI, and Northern VI chapters. Rendezvous registrants will be able to partake in rides of 1-3 hours duration departing from the Nanoose venue, including lunchtime forays to the local Rocking Horse Pub, and, pending landowner approval, a jaunt to the oceanside. Beach riding will also be offered on Sunday afternoon once Rendezvous closes, at the Williams Beach trail system near Courtenay.

Other centrepiece rides are preand post-Rendezvous camps, including guided rides on the Cowichan Valley Trail (CVT), as well as guided rides based out of two BCHBC-built and -maintained equestrian campgrounds, the Spruston Staging Area near Nanaimo and the Memekey Horse Camp near Campbell River. The CVT, backing onto host facility Fern gulley at Memekay Hi Point Guest Ranch south of Duncan, is part of the Trans Canada Trail, and features excellent footing plus the opportunity to ride across the historic Kinsol Trestle, the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth. The bridge soars 144 feet above the Koksilah River, making it one of the highest railway trestles in the world. The Spruston trail system encompasses over 100 kms of trail, from winding single-track to two-track ATV trails to mossy decommissioned logging roads. Trails skirt glassy lakes and the roaring Nanaimo River, and climb to vistas of the Strait on one side and inland mountains on the other. The Memekey site north of Campbell River offers wellspaced corrals in the woods, circling around a central covered gathering area with picnic tables and a woodstove. Trails snake through aspen and fir forests, and Williams Beach, Merville feature stunning river crossings. Rendezvous Chair Virginia Reimer couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the riding and social opportunities on offer to attendees who jump the pond to attend. “Come enjoy all the island has to offer: beautiful trails, ocean views, great hospitality and great friends!” Rendezvous details: Registration for BCHBC 2019 Rendezvous, May 24-26, is now open for BCHBC members. Clinics fill fast – to avoid disappointment, register early by following the Eventbrite link on the BCHBC Rendezvous site. Registration for non-members opens March 31st. If you are planning to attend you will find it most relaxing to arrive Thursday the 23rd, after 1 pm to get set up and ready for the full slate of activities Friday morning. For more details about Rendezvous visit bchbc/rendezvous

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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BC Rodeo Association 2019 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE April 26-28 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 19-20 Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 25-26 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1-2 72nd Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 1-2 Chetwynd Rodeo June 8-9 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 15-16 Fort St John Rodeo June 22-23 Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo June 29-30 Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 6-7 Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14 Pritchard Rodeo July 19-21 Quesnel Rodeo August 3-4 Whispering Pines, Kamloops August 3-4 Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 9-11 Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 17-18 Redstone Rodeo August 17-18 Alkali Lake Rodeo August 23-24 Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo August 30 Great West Equipment Wildcard Rodeo Aug 31-Sep 2 BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere

Congratulations to Rona Macdonald on getting the cover photo for our 2019 Rodeo Guide, stay tuned!

OUR BCRA 2019 SPONSORS Thank you for your continuing sponsorship for the 2019 season! New 2019 Sponsorship Package available at for partnership opportunities.



Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake

RUBY SPONSORS: BCRA OFFICE MANAGER/ENTRY SYSTEM SECRETARY CONTRACT POSITION Proposals are being accepted by the BC Rodeo Board of Directors for a contract position to fulfill the duties of Office Manager and Entry System Secretary. This will be a single contract submitted by Individual(s) who are able to fulfill the duties and obligations outlined in the Request for Proposal. The Request for Proposal will be available on the website February 1, 2019 or contact the BCRA office to have one emailed directly to you. All proposals must be submitted to by the Closing Date of July 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Four Rivers Co-operative, Armstrong Regional, Otter Co-operative Assn.



Come visit the BC Rodeo Association booth at the Annual Cowboy Festival in Kamloops BC from March 15-17. We will have membership forms and sponsorship packages available. Come enjoy all the other vendors and performers!


WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO The BC Rodeo Association starts off the 2019 season with the actionpacked Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo starting on Friday, April 26 and continuing on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. Beverage Gardens all 3 days. Live entertainment Friday night in the Beverage Gardens. BC Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced and introduced at the Sunday Performance of the rodeo. Rodeo Dance Saturday night. Lots of rodeo action with the 8 BCRA Major Events and 3 Major Junior Events along with Pee Wee Barrel Racing and the Wild Horse Racing. Check out their website for admission prices,, and stay tuned to the new BCRA website for more information.

Marshall Veterinary Clinic

Gord & Diana Puhallo

COPPER SPONSORS: Diamond 7 Performance Horses Lil Red Pony

Cache Creek Veterinary The Horse Barn, Kamloops

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PETtanicals Chilcotin Lodge Chilcotin Towing

Colorz HUB BM Clothing Co Western Vogue

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * March Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678,

Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Denise Swampy 250-392-7153 or 250-305-9109, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725,

Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

MARCH 2019


Clubs & Associations 29 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

members from across Canada and the US 3/20

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 2/20

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 3/19 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19


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


Contact: • Website:


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 10/19

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 3/19

Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests.

Hosting BCCHA, CCHA & NCHA Shows, Clinics and Youth Events.

1-866-282-8395 | |

Visit our website for upcoming events


BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 3/20 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19

10/18 11/19

9/19 6/16

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


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323



BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19 5/19

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 10/19 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!

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BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 2/20 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19


INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 6/19 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties


KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 2/20 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 8/19 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 10/19 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19


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OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20

Clubs & Associations 100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 8/19

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: ~

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 9/19 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 2/20


WELLS GRAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (Clearwater BC) www.wellsgrayriders. com, find us on Facebook! Gymkhanas, clinics, trails, drill team & more 2/20 WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19


PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email 3/19

WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19

Horse Council is Following Groups

. This is my pony Hello! My name is Khloe ea -y r-old POA mare. I Cheyanne. She is an 18gallop in the field. She love to jump her. And loves doing eventing. is super sweet and n BC - Khloe, age 12, Nelso

It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”. MARCH 2019


What's Happening? Let's Go! 2019 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:


Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

2 THE HORSE RANCH HOE-DOWN, Fort St. John BC, 250-789-3072, 9 KTRA HOE-DOWN Fundraiser, Columbo Hotel, Kamloops BC, see Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association on Facebook 9 STONY PLAIN NEW & USED TACK SALE (10-2), Heritage Pavilion, Stony Plain AB, info or Facebook 9-15 LADYSMITH (Vanc. Island) BC, Learn equine massage! Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 10 CARIBOO HORSEY LADIES 3rd Annual Potluck Luncheon, Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, open to all. Fun Silent Auction. Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 14-17 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, Mark 1-888-763-2221, 16-17 EQUUSOUL EQUINE FIRST AID, Wettstone Guest Ranch, Lone Butte BC, Courtney 604-838-1182, 17-23 EDMONTON AB, Learn equine massage! Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 22-24 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Blackstock’s Arena, Chilliwack BC, Karin 604-793-8147, 24 SOUTH CARIBOO EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION General Meeting (1-3pm), Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, guest speaker TBA, Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 24 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford BC, 25-May 3 LANGLEY BC, 6-week Advanced Equine Massage Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 29-31 THE MANE EVENT EQUINE EXPO, Scottsdale AZ, 30 TACK SALE, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, Table rentals (in advance only) call Nancy 250-546-9922, 30-31 WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC w/Julie Alonzo, Spanish Cross Ranch, Oliver BC, Vikki 250-498-7446 or 250-498-7720,


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*DATE CHANGE - LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, DRILL TEAM INTRODUCTION DAY at 1pm. Everyone welcome, Clearwater BC, Elysia


13-14 EQUINE CONFIDENCE & DE-SPOOKING CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Dark Horse Farms, Enderby BC, Lynda at 13-14 BCCHA BONANZA CUTTING, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, Barb 250-398-0503, email, 14 GYMKHANA, Smokin True Ranch, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 14 SOUTH CARIBOO EQUESTRIAN ASSOC. 2nd Annual New & Used Tack Sale, Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC. More info call Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 25 SOUTH CARIBOO EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION General Meeting (7-8:30pm), Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, guest speaker TBA. Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 26-28 THE MANE EVENT EQUINE EXPO, Red Deer AB, 26-28 CHANDRA HANKE HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 27 DIAMOND H TACK SIDEWALK SALE, table rentals, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, 27 BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 27-28 BCCHA HERITAGE CLASSIC CUTTING, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, NCHA/BCCHA/CCHA, 28 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738


2-5 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart (Advanced), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 2-5 KRC SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER/JUMPER, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 3-4 RANCH HORSE SALE & SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 3-4 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Calouri Pavilion, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, 5 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, 6-10 INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801,


Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 7/19 AWARD WINNING FRIESIAN STAR STALLION AI/FRESH. Quality Purebred and Sporthorse Foals,, 604-539-8108 6/19 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 5/19 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC), 778-822-3276, Registered imported performance lines 3/20

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OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/19 SUNSET RIDGE RANCH km 408 N Klondike Highway, Yukon, 867-332-8832. SS: APHA Leo's Bar Yazhi (homozygous) offspring for sale, 2/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 12/19 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/19

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE HEALTH EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 6/19

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. 11/18



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

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BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB JJ’S PLACE (Coombs BC) 250-248-4050 Self, semi, or Full boarding for injured, ageing, retired, or casual pleasure horse. Also on Facebook


Located north of Cochrane AB, at 274254 Range Road 40 Madden AB (GPS coordinates) 9/19


SILVERADO HORSE CENTER Boarding  Clinics  Lessons  Training

LAKOTA AGRIPLEX Dawson Creek BC, 100’x200’ indoor arena, outdoor arena, 50’ round pen. Rental inquiries to Caretaker 250-782-1445, 2/20

TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. or see us on Facebook 4/19


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-309-0629, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 2/20

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Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides


Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips


ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

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For Horses DR. REED’S Supplements 3/20

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5th of each month MARCH 2019


Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES




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Corrals & Camping – Bring Your Own Horse! 1-800-668-2233 • 108 Mile Ranch BC 5/19



VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 5/19

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ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 8/19

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



Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations


Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


FAWNDALE FARMS (Thompson/Okanagan area) Farm & Residential Fencing. Lance Savage 250-260-0848, 10/19



“PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh 30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307


OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 9/19




THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT (Lower Mainland ) 250-526-1868, Saddle Fitting, Consultation & Sale, individual solutions for you & your horse

WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-6520 Weddings, Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses 6/19

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/19 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, 6/19

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DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19


WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 3/20

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving,



SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 6/19

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 4/19


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 6/19

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      2/20

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 9/19

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 10/19

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 2/20

INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 6/19 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 3/19

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PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 6/19

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.


Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course. training

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250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC) See Damarhe Training on FB

12/19 7/17

DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 7/19

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 8/19 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 5/19 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 4/19

THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 5/19


BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIP (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19


OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888, Sheila McDonald DVM and Tara Trimble DVM, 10/19

GENERATION PUMP CO. (Interior BC) 250-549-0780 Paul Moore Variable Speed Experts! 6/19

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

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info MARCH 2019


On The Market (Private Sale)

We Have the Blues! 2019 Foals will be available sired by:

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



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


The Peruvian Horse

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

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

Stunning Gypsy Vanner Weanling for Sale in BC!

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

5/19 3/17

Contact us for details. Additional foals are available. Check our website to meet your Dream Horse!  604-510-1935 •

Shop & Swap!


Buy direct from our warehouse. Canadian Made. #1 Quality Wholesale priced. 1000’s of mats in stock! 4’x6’x1/2” Delivery to BC and Alberta customers available.

Also Available

• Wash mats • Entrance Mats • Boot Scrapers

604 -776-2220 46 • MARCH 2019

$49.99 4’x6’x 3/4”


33391 Maclure Rd., Unit 107 Abbotsford SADDLEUP.CA

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. 403-860-9763

7/18 8/19

Shop & Swap!




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Pleasant Valley Trailer Sales Ltd. Thuro-Bilt: Stock and Horse

Wrangler 2H: $10895 | 17’ Stock: $12500 We have a full line of trailers: Enclosed, Utility, Car / Equipment, and More! Wholesale wire fencing and Corral Panels: Chicken, Hog, Cattle, Round Pens, and More!

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988


Ph. 250-545-2000 Toll Free 877-476-6558 7885 Highway 97, Vernon, BC V1B 3R9


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

100% Natural Organic 60 Minerals ~ 12 Vitamins ~ 21 Amino Acids Premium Quality Pure Kelp Supplements For All Your Farm Animals & Pets



3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM 1-888-357-0011 WWW.ULTRA-KELP .COM • TOLL FREE 1-888-357-0011

Leather & Stitches Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles THE HOME OF Solo-Ride AND OUR Signature Hoodies ®


The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/19




HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 4/19






With the power of a 48 horsepower gas engine that can go up too 64km/h, the stability of front and rear independent suspension, and 2000 lbs towing capacity. The new RTV-XG850 Sidekick is designed to make work and life more enjoyable. This is what ready for anything looks like. |

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