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ell the weather has been getting milder, and no calls for any major dumps of snow… just yet. This time last year, we got 6” one day, and 5” two days later. Not fun! Now I am an easterner girl (from Quebec), so I am used to lots of snow and cold; but I guess as we age… we get a little tired of it; especially SHOVELLING it (off my truck)! We’ve got our 20th annual Construction Feature in this issue. Photos of these barns and arenas might give you some ideas as to what you may want or need at your place. Some good designs! Has anyone been watching ‘The Wild Ones’ series on TV? It continues through to March 23… see more on page 6. Spring is almost upon us and the time change comes up on March 8. Let’s hope for a slow easy spring thaw without any major flooding! Take care everyone. May the ‘HORSE’ be with you!

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Top Dog!


KIDS 32 Horse Council BC


The Wild Ones Docu-Series


What’s This?


Kamloops Cowboy Festival


Lower Mainland QH Assoc.


Does Something Special…


Back Country Horsemen of BC


Miles Kingdon Clinic Series


What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Ground Training – Part 2


Business Services


A Mule’s Race to Texas




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Timing, Balance & Feel


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s mentioned last month, while cleaning out some old files, paperwork, etc. over the holidays, I came across Saddle Up’s 2005 Jingle Contest. I thought I would share some of them with you over the next few months.

Horses loaded, we had no clue when starting out, the sky was blue. One hour out, the sky was black the rain so cold, poured down our back! A whole lot later, with hot coffee in cup I sat down to enjoy reading Saddle Up! - Loretta Gatzke (adult), Lumby BC

We had entries from all over BC, Alberta, Yukon, and Texas (yes, Texas, but ineligible). Below are entries that received ‘Honourable Mentions’.

Horses and riders, now come follow me and get this horse news source, for the folks in BC. With adverts, news and stories, it wins the gold cup, it’s for folks like you and me, and it's called Saddle Up. - David Andrews (adult), College Station TX

Horses, unhandled, rank and raw, rustled down from the northwest draw. All colours, breeds, ages and size, all with hellfire in their eyes. A hundred broncs out there to ‘whup’, So come on, cowboys, Saddle Up! - Evie Estey (adult), Whitehorse YK

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About the Centuries-old Xeni Gwet’in First Nation tradition of wildlife management featured in The Wild Ones * The Xeni Gwet’in are one of the six communities that make up the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which own 1900 square kilometres in B.C.’s interior referred to as the Declared Title Area. Only the Tsilhqot’in are allowed to approach and work with the wild Qayus horses, which are found in the caretaker area of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation. * The Qayus are domesticated through a controlled process, where select horses are herded into open pens. They are treated for any health concerns, and thoughtfully evaluated to either be returned to their herd, trained and given to the Xeni Gwet’in community, or relocated to carefully vetted buyers who are committed to caring for the horse. * The Xeni Gwet’in way of life is intricately tied to the health of the Qayus. The Qayus population is at risk due to the limited food supply and the area’s high number of natural predators. * The docu-series celebrates and educates viewers on the cultural and historical importance of Xeni’s Qayus horses. The series demonstrates the importance of their survival through wildlife management as overseen by the Xeni Gwet’in. * Training the wild Qayus to be reliable work horses demands exceptional riding ability, intricate knowledge of the local terrain and ecosystem, expert survival skills, and solid planning and tactical abilities. Meet the Team Members of the team are all dedicated stewards of wildlife in the Nemiah Valley. They are a hand-picked group that blend traditional knowledge and unrivaled bravery with exceptional horsemanship and a passion for adventure. Chief Jimmy Lulua Young and charismatic, Jimmy is the elected chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation – one of the six bands that make up the Tŝilhqot'in National Government. He’s a strong leader dedicated to ensuring that the traditions of the Xeni Gwet’in people survive and thrive.

(l to r) Mike Hawkridge, Michael Lares, Emery Phillips, Amanda Lulua, and Howard Lulua

Howard Lulua Howard is the older brother of Xeni Gwet’in Chief Jimmy Lulua. Growing up in the Nemiah Valley, Qayus have always been a part of his life and his horsemanship skills are second to none – making him the perfect person to lead the team.


by Damien Nelson

A Canadian original docu-series showcasing the unseen world of the majestic Qayus horses in the Nemiah Valley of British Columbia remiering January 20 on HISTORY®, The Wild Ones (10x60), co-produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Bonterra Productions, follows an exceptional team of Xeni Gwet’in First Nation cowboys, joined by ex-pat American settler Michael Lares, and horse trainer Mike Hawkridge, in their mission to save the majestic herd of wild Qayus horses in their midst. In the Nemiah Valley – a pristine wilderness in B.C.’s Cariboo region – roams an elusive and magnificent herd of wild horses known as the Qayus, who have thrived here for centuries. However, climate change, the threat of overpopulation and an increase in natural predators are pitting horse against horse in a bitter fight for survival. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation help restore and manage the population to sustainable levels by training and relocating some of the Qayus. Tracking these noble creatures is no easy task. They are among the smartest, strongest, and rarest horses on the planet. Every day is an adventure – the ultimate test of a rider’s skill and determination. It’s a wild ride that demands limitless courage and nerves of steel. In the series premiere (airing Monday nights), rookie cowboy Lares makes a costly mistake while Howard brings in one of the Valley’s most legendary horses. Meanwhile, Park Rangers spot an injured filly alone in the woods and Roy works out a unique plan to administer muchneeded penicillin to the 600-pound wild Qayus horse. Later, Hawkridge might have bitten off more than he can chew when he begins training a stubborn Palomino. The Wild Ones is produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund. 6 • March 2020


Amanda Lulua Amanda met Howard at a rodeo 12 years ago and they’ve been inseparable ever since. She’s a competitive racer at the annual stampede and brings those same skills to the team. She loves being able to chase side by side with her husband. Roy Mulvahill In his late 70’s, Roy is a genuine legend in the Nemiah Valley. He’s run a ranch nearby for decades and truly no one has more experience with these horses than Roy. Howard and Chief Jimmy grew up with Roy – and now they look to him to prepare the next generation of trainers. Emery Phillips Back in the day, Emery was a champion bronc and bull rider on the rodeo circuit. His skills in the saddle are legendary in the Nemiah Valley – and matched only by his quick wit. Emery’s passion for the Qayus, and the way of life in the Valley, shine through. Mike “Hawk” Hawkridge Hawk grew up on a ranch in northern BC and came to the Nemiah Valley in the ‘90s – drawn in by the majestic Qayus. No one except for those who grew up in Nemiah has as much experience training these horses. Hawk is a true horse whisperer. Michael Lares Michael moved his family to the Valley from the United States, where he ran an underwater salvage company after a successful stint with the US Navy. As a greenhorn, he knows he has a lot to learn – but is passionate about making his fledgling ranch a success. The series runs through to approximately Monday, March 23, 2020.

The 24th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival is fast approaching! By Mark McMillan

Naomi Bristow

There will be well over 20 of some of the best cowboy/western entertainers in North America, both musicians and cowboy poets, and of every age imaginable! From 21 years old to 87 years young and just about everything in between.


his means audiences of all ages can enjoy the March 19-22 weekend in Kamloops BC at the Cowboy Festival. You don’t have to be a cowboy, either, the shows are put on by cowboys for everyone to enjoy! Many of the performers this year are favourites from past years but there are half a dozen new faces on the program, too, and we’re thrilled to say that Ian Tyson will be part of the line-up this year! The Festival Trade Show booths this year will include rodeo, a historic site, a bladesmith, a recording studio, leather work, collectables, western wear, books, art, home décor, wood carving and wood work products, t-shirts, a silversmith, neck rags/wild rags … definitely something for everyone! The juried Western Art Show will be spectacular this year as well. There will be 15 artists displaying 30 entries, including flat work, sculpture, and photography. Friday evening two inductees will join the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame; Allison Everett as “Builder of Western Culture” and Frank Armes as a Ranching Pioneer. Saturday evening we will acknowledge the three $500 student scholarship winners; Amy Baechmann of 100 Mile House for her short story, Mikayla Castle of Mission who won the art category, and Paige Ingram of Vancouver who won the Mike Puhallo Memorial Student Scholarship. Saturday evening we’ll also present the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC to Merritt silversmith Richard Tenisch. The BC Cowboy Heritage Society will honour Ian Tyson this year, too. Who better deserves recognition for preserving western and cowboy heritage than the guy whose name we all know … the guys

whose name always pops up when the conversation turns to cowboy music! The award presentation will take place twice; the first will be Friday evening at the Dinner Theatre Show and the second in the Evening Feature Show in the Ball Room on Saturday night. Ian has said that he will be present and that he will sing! He’s also agreed to sing during the Sunday evening Dinner Theatre Show. All in all, we’re thinking this could be one of the best Kamloops Cowboy Festivals ever! A weekend pass is just $80, Friday and Saturday feature passes (includes the daytime) are $40, Dinner Theatre Shows are $40 upgrade, and daytime only passes are only $25 at the door. See for details or phone toll free 1-888-763-2221.

Ian Tyson(r) and Ryan Fritz

March 2020


Does something Special have to Happen to Learn? By Glenn Stewart

What does good learning look like? What skills are required to be a good learner? How do you view learning? Does the teacher have responsibilities? Does the student have responsibilities?


s learning always fun? Can learning be challenging? Can learning be frustrating? If you were learning a lot, would or could it feel challenging? Does challenging equal excitement for some and frustration for others? What are some of the responses people have to challenge or difficulties? Do we get to choose our response? Is frustration a choice? What responses empower you and others to learn? What responses would interfere with learning for you and anyone watching? Does a good learner try to prove or improve? If we are struggling, is it someone else’s fault? If two people are given a task and one completes the task while one does not, which person learned the most? Do we all start every learning opportunity with the same skills? Does each student come with the same open mind and skills it

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takes to learn? Does mental fitness, emotional fitness, physical fitness play any part in learning? I could go on with the questions for a least two pages and after 20 years of teaching and being taught, I’ve heard and seen some responses and patterns that are productive and some that are not productive. Over those years I’ve taken many months of training and seminars each year in and out of the horse corral. Courses on how do we learn, how to facilitate/teach/ present ideas, business courses, speaking courses and horsemanship courses. All because of a deep interest to always be improving and figure out better ways. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the horsemanship I’m always improving on helped with all the other courses I took and the other courses helped with the horsemanship. I try to look at learning as an opportunity to grow. The more challenging or difficult it seems, even if people other than me are getting it easily, I realize that they are at a different place than me and perhaps that is why they are having an easier time. Which I then say, “I’ll focus on this course exactly where I am and get the most out of it for me.” Celebrate what we do learn rather than focus on what we don’t know yet. How can I apply myself? I can listen more intently than the people around me, I can practice the exercises more than the people around me, I can watch my instructor more than anyone else, I can be the first one there and the last to leave, I can move to a better spot to see or I can move to a better spot to hear. Even when we are not being taught I can still be practicing or watching the instructor to pick up anything else and have more chances to see the techniques or skills they use. I like to say I will learn regardless of anything. You can’t stop me from learning. Nothing can happen or not happen that can stop me from learning. I have a goal to practice more than anyone else at the same course. I realize that learning often means my preconceived ideas or things I thought I knew might get challenged and I might have to change - sometimes a lot – sometimes completely. And that’s ok, I didn’t come here to prove anything, I came to improve and would be very disappointed if I went home without changing any of my thoughts or skills. If I thought I was the worst in the class I should be the first to arrive and the last to leave. The opposite way of thinking which could make it very difficult to learn may sound or look something like this. “If this or that doesn’t happen I can’t learn… I learn best if… I can only learn if… that’s not the way I do it… I was shown how to do it like this.” Can’t, won’t, ya but, all

even if it’s not the behaviour that comes easiest to you? (Source: “How to Move from Self-Awareness to Self-Improvement”. By Jennifer Porter. Harvard Business Review. Winter 2019 pp.37-38)

words that get in the way of learning. What if the instructor is demonstrating something and I’m looking somewhere else? Or if the instructor is talking and I have a conversation at the same time with someone else? What if I ask another student how to do it? If I let myself believe that I already know this? I might even be there to prove rather than improve. Perhaps I’ll put the onus on someone else if I’m having difficulties, not understanding or struggling. Most everything that is to be learned has steps to learn. Step 1 then step 2 then step 3 and so on. So do step 1. At least get that done. Start, if that’s all I get done, oh well, that’s where I’m at and I know I can do step one. Yippie!!! I have to own where I’m at. I was hoping to be able to do all 10 steps like the other people but I guess they started at a different place mentally, emotionally and physically than I did. I better get with it so I can catch up. If I was struggling and I showed up last or late for every session that could be a problem. If something is difficult, try to do it once before quitting, and maybe try again tomorrow. There are many ways to have a very successful learning experience and many ways to have a poor learning experience. No matter how hard a person tries not to learn they will learn something. It really does appear that some people do everything possible not to learn. I’ve done plenty of things at times that I look back on and realize how difficult I made it on myself. Had I consciously thought about what would be beneficial and what wouldn’t, I sure would have learned more and had a completely different experience; gotten where I wanted to get much faster. As I was writing this article, I was also reading an article from the Harvard Business Review on this same topic. Here are a few key points from the article: How to Learn Faster and Better that support successful learning:

Much of our learning experience and how much we learn comes from stopping for a minute and recognizing what good learning skills might be and then asking ourselves if we are using them. For fun, try answering the above questions, then have a friend answer them and compare answers. It makes for some interesting conversation. Worth contemplating and enjoy learning! Glenn Stewart Glenn is now offering year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St. John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit (See his listing in the Business Services section under TRAINERS)

1. Be Present. Pay attention to what is happening in the moment - not what was said 15 minutes ago or what will happen at the next meeting. 2. Be self-aware. What are you seeing, hearing, feeling, doing, saying, considering? 3. Identify a range of behavioural choices. What do you want to do next? What are the possible consequences for each action? What feedback have you gotten that might inform your choices? What are some alternative choices you can make - even if they’re not what you want to do or what you usually do? 4. Intentionally choose behaviours that are believed to be the most productive. What behaviour will generate the best outcome, March 2020


By David Ciriani

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the horsemanship of the early California missions, often called Vaquero or Californio Horsemanship. This style of horsemanship emphasizes the slow development of a horse, in its purest form using a hackamore and spade bit, to produce a horse that is both agile and extremely light in the bridle. Our modern disciplines of reining and working reined cow horse were derived from these skills.

Miles Kingdon Horsemanship “Riding to the Bridled Stockhorse…from the hackamore or the snaffle”

Advance Your Horsemanship! Miles’ philosophy, gained from decades of making a living ‘cowboying’ on and running some of BC’s largest outfits, is based on giving the horse the freedom to make a choice, and releasing on the feet. Miles’ feel, timing and balance are second to none. And this is offered to the horse in a language he understands and responds to—quickly, easily and willingly. Obviously, there is no magic wand, but Miles’ techniques are fundamental; something the horse really ‘gets’. It will make a difference in your horse, and in you… you owe it to your horse! If you’d like to join Miles in one of his upcoming workshops, including the Bridled Stock Horse Series, please refer to our schedule on our website. Illustration by Rob Dinwoodie For more information please email: 10 • March 2020


nknown to many, is the fact that British Columbia shares this bridle horse tradition. Aside from a few small herds kept by the fur traders, the first major influx of cattle in the province began with the gold rush of the 1860s. The huge migration of miners meant many hungry mouths to feed, and ranchers in Washington, Oregon and California saw the opportunity. Over the next decade, cattle drives from these states would see over 20,000 head of cattle cross the border at Osoyoos. With them came the drovers, whose horsemanship derived from the California ranchos. This is evident in photographs from Barkerville in this era that show horses sporting California stock saddles, complete with tapaderos. Acting as a true role model of this tradition was Newman Squires, the head foreman for the Harper Brothers, who ran both the Harper and Gang Ranches. Newman Squires was California-raised and was a renowned horseman and roper in that tradition. Miles Kingdon, a century later was cowboying on those same ranches as well as the other great ranches in BC, notably Douglas Lake and, as cowboss, at Quilchena Cattle Co. He also shares the same passion for the California bridled stockhorse tradition and now spends his time teaching these skills to others. To this end, the Miles Kingdon Bridled Stockhorse Series was conceived, the series consisting of two 3-day sessions. These first sessions were held in the summer of 2019 in Knutsford, south of Kamloops BC. It is Miles’ belief that you need to give time for something to be learned, be it in cattle, horses or people. If you overload a pupil with too much information too quickly, little is accomplished. As the old saying goes “slow is fast.” Each morning, the workshop began with Miles outlining his philosophy and what he planned for the day. The first task on horseback was developing shoulder control and making sure all participants were comfortable with their stops and turns in the arena. From here everyone rode out on the range to the cattle. As riding cross country was unfamiliar to some of the participants and their horses, Miles took the time to have them relax and not be threatened by the environment, riding up and down hill, through draws and, ultimately, up to the cattle. The cattle work was done in the traditional way “out of the rodear” that is, with the riders circling the herd to hold them contained, while Miles and each participant rode into the herd. Again Miles took this slow and easy, as many of the horses and participants had little exposure to riding into a herd. Miles was there to support them at every step but made sure that every rider and animal was not forced through a maneuver. Consequently, everyone came away more confident and the cattle were relaxed, even to the point that some lay down to chew their cud. “Smooth and quiet” was the theme. Some were apprehensive about working cattle in the open, however Miles assured them the horses and cattle would be more comfortable this

way. This proved to be true, as, when everyone was forced into the indoor arena by a rain storm, some of the horses were far less willing to be ridden into the herd. But again with slow and easy work to build their confidence, they were once again able to accomplish this task. The first day wrapped up with a potluck social to debrief and enjoy the day’s camaraderie. The next two days were devoted to improving the skills learned. Having cattle to work gave the horses a purpose for the previous shoulder and stopping exercises, and helped them understand the cues more quickly and consequently, making them lighter in the bridle. Right from the start of the second session, the value of having a series was evident. As we rode out to the cattle, it was a different crew. It would have been hard to wipe the smiles off some of the participants’ faces, their horses were calm and relaxed like they had never experienced before. The format of this second session was similar to the first and focused on building on the skills previously learned. By the last day some were ready to move on to new challenges. A horse isn’t a true stockhorse unless the rider can handle a rope from it. It is also a true test of the body control of the horse to be able to ride with coils in one hand and a loop in the other. At this point riders and their mounts were introduced to ranch roping which is, again, slow and easy. The exercises were all aimed at making both horses and riders comfortable and safe with ropes. The aim was not to do any roping, rather, it was to get riders able to move their mount easily using just the lift of a rein and the use of their legs. Again there were smiles, as riders accomplished tasks that they thought would be beyond what they ever could do. The 2019 series wrapped up with all the participants that completed the series being awarded a jacket for their accomplishment. They unanimously wanted to attend the 2020 series. This has been scheduled, as well as a second series, to allow others to join this journey in horsemanship. Anyone interested is encouraged to check out Miles Kingdon Horsemanship on Facebook. (Note: With thanks to Ken Mather for his excellent reference materials on BC ranching history) March 2020


By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Gary Wieben

Last month you learned how to bend

your horse from a standstill, walk on a circle with bend, and back your horse

without pulling. This month we will take the bend you have created into a more advanced exercise, the shoulder-in. By

teaching this maneuver from the ground the horse will better understand the

cues when under saddle and will also

begin to release tight muscle patterns.

Think of this as yoga or somatics for your horse!

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Walking straight with bend. Handler’s hand is at the shoulder. Now that your horse is bending nicely on a circle we will take this to bending on a straight line. o begin with, walk your horse along the track around the arena, or along a fence line if outside. Having some sort of boundary on the outside will help when performing the maneuvers. For this exercise we will change our leading and whip hands. If tracking left, hold your lead rope in your left hand and keep the loops and whip in your right hand, closest to the horse. If using a halter, snap the lead to the side ring of the halter so that when you ask for bend the pressure will be to the side rather than from underneath which could create a twist in the head/neck. In this position the whip can be used along the body of the horse to maintain position on the track and forward energy. With the horse straight, ask the horse to bend to the inside with light pressure on the lead. Keep all four feet on the track, but ask for the head and neck to bend slightly to the inside, not past the point of the shoulder line. You may need to keep your right hand at the shoulder to keep the horse from stepping in with his inside front leg. When performing this exercise correctly the horse will lengthen the muscles on the outside of the body and contract slightly the muscles on the inside. Your hand at the shoulder will act much like your leg at the girth when riding, asking the horse to bend around that point. The hand at the shoulder will be used in a pulsing pressure, rather than steady pressure to prevent the horse leaning into it. The hand on the lead will also ask and give rather than holding steady. The goal is to keep the horse light. Head position should be low to level, just like we did on the circle last month. Walk one lap in each direction. You may want to spend several days with these exercises (the ones from last month and this straightness one) before progressing to the next ones. Shoulder-in: To ask for the shoulder-in from the above exercise, you will allow the horse to step the front legs slightly to the inside. In a shoulder-in the horse will walk on three tracks‌ inside front leg, outside front leg and inside hind leg, and outside hind. The bend of the horse is still through the centre so your hand at the shoulder will

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics www.mountainviewtrainingstables. com.

Shoulder-in: handler’s hand at shoulder to ask for bend and block stepping in further off the track. Notice the three tracks the horse’s legs make. Inside hind and outside front step on the same track.

Walking on a circle with bend.

now maintain the bend and the amount the horse can step off the track. When a horse is first asked to bring the shoulders in he may think he is being asked to walk a circle and push around you. That’s ok and quite normal. Circle back to the rail. When you ask again be prepared by lifting the lead slightly up and to the outside (toward the neck). This will act as a half-halt and shift the horse’s weight back. What is great about teaching the horse the half-halt in this way is that when you ask from the saddle the horse will already understand that shift of weight back. Again, give your horse several days or more to get comfortable with the exercise before moving on. In the beginning reward the slightest try - ask, receive, give. Ask for the step in, feel the movement, then release the pressure and allow the horse to move straight again. Eventually you will be able to go the entire long side in shoulder-in. All of these exercises can be done with an ordinary nylon halter with the lead attached to the side ring. You may also want to try using a cavesson with a lead or rein attached to the middle ring on the nose piece. This gives a little more precise movement of the head and neck. When asking for more precision hold the lead close to the halter or cavesson ring. Once the horse starts to carry himself you can then move your hand further down the lead.

Next month we will look at how to achieve haunches-in through ground work.

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.


HORSE SALE 25th Annual Sale

Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, 2020 HELD AT THE COW PALACE IN OLDS, ALBERTA Friday, May 1 2:00 p.m. Preview of Driving Horses 3:30 p.m. Tack Auction to start 5:00 p.m. Social & Supper 6:30 p.m. Tack Auction to resume

Saturday, May 2 8:30 a.m. Tack Auction to start 11:00 a.m. Horses sell - followed by remainder of tack & equipment

A NEW ATTRACTION FOR THE SALE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING OF THE HORSE AUCTION WITH PHONE IN BIDS ONLY GO TO WWW.WRDHA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON Invites Consignments of Horse Drawn Equipment, Harness, Tack, Shoes, etc; Purebred, Crossbred & Grade Draft Horses; Draft Mules & Mammoth Jacks FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Barb Stephenson Box 96, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 403-933-5765 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or visit: Fred McDiarmid 403-575-2181


Bob Lewis 403-556-7589

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Extreme Cowboy Racing is an obstacle-based sport that emphasizes speed with control. The obstacles are designed to simulate various challenges an equine and rider may face when working in a ranch setting. Depending on the level of competition, there are 9 to 13 obstacles each scored out of 10. There are also horsemanship and time points added to make the overall score. lberta’s Melissa Glowinski competed with ‘Jessica Rabbit’ in the Futurity Division in November of 2019 at the Somervell Expo Center located in Glen Rose Texas. In a tough field of 20 of the best 3- and 4-year-old equines, ridden by the top professionals in the sport, Melissa and her Alberta-bred Arabian Mule put in an excellent performance, finishing in the top 12. As an associate trainer and coach working at Sawatzky Equine Services, Melissa has an affinity for the odd and unusual, and has a reputation for taking “off breed” equines to the highest levels of the sport. Jessica Rabbit had humble beginnings as a rescued foal who lost her mother at a very young age. Luckily, several dedicated and compassionate ladies were able to provide a solid upbringing for the sassy, sensitive molly mule. Melissa noticed her for sale several times online, before finally breaking down and hooking up her trailer, taking her home as a long yearling. “I just love her so much. Training Jessica is nothing short of a spiritual experience. I’ve had to reach new levels of patience and calm. Especially in the beginning, it wasn’t unusual to spend 3 hours in the arena waiting for a willing response,” says Melissa, on the process of getting Jessica ready for her first competition. It wasn’t until her very first time in the show pen that Jessica began to show her fierce competitive spirit and talent for obstacle work.

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Melissa said, “There was a long time when I wasn’t sure that Jessica and I would ever be a real team, but at her first race, she showed up like no other horse had for me before.” That day they placed 5th, which was the last time they would see such a big number in the placings. The remainder of the season saw them in 1st or 2nd place, and they won both of the major Championships in Alberta, and even took a trip to British Columbia where they were Reserve Champions. The trip to Texas was a huge success and a testament to the well thought out training and management program Melissa provides for all her equine partners. “It’s really about taking care of the whole mule physically, mentally and emotionally and preparing them for every possibility,” says Melissa, about her approach to preparing for a big trip. She incorporates regular interval training down the road, obstacle practice, performance movements, and a whole lot of FUN for both mule and rider! She has even developed a season long strategy to cause her equines to see the trailer as something to look forward to – a special treat, even if it is for 36 hours straight! Melissa looks forward to a relaxed season in 2020 with a focus on systematically preparing Jessica for the Pro Division, as well as getting started on several exciting young prospects. Keep an eye out for her at Westerner Days and the Cochrane Fair to see this playful partnership in action!!!!

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Pippa Hodge is the keynote speaker for the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association’s (CanTRA) upcoming National Conference – “Celebrating 40 Years of Leadership” - happening May 29-31, 2020, in Olds AB. Details and registration are online at In Conversation with Pippa Hodge (President of Hippotherapy Canada, founder member of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), and CanTRA Coach and Examiner) Pippa Hodge - Photo courtesy of VTEA

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had the opportunity for a short phone interview with Pippa, who is highly respected and widely admired for her work in the field of Hippotherapy, To start, what is Hippotherapy? Hippotherapy is a specialization reserved for rehabilitation specialists: physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists trained in this field. In the same way a physiotherapist will use an exercise ball or have a session in a swimming pool, in Hippotherapy, a PT uses the 110 multi-dimensional movements of a horse. The rider will take different positions on the horse to stimulate affected muscle groups. What do you recommend for Physiotherapists (PT) who want to move into Hippotherapy? If the PT isn’t already an experienced equestrian, riding lessons are imperative. To use the horse’s movements properly for therapy, one needs to understand the action and the effects on the body firsthand. Of course, training and certification are essential, so approaching organizations such as CanTRA is helpful when looking at the next steps.

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Hippotherapy since you started in the field? Yes, I would have to say in the equipment we’re using. We started with just a sheepskin on the horse, where now we have Supracor pads and Christ saddles for better positioning and the health and maintenance of our horses. The quality of the horse’s movement is crucial. Horses used in Hippotherapy have to be athletic and balanced with a fluid gait and have the right amount of forward movement needed for each client’s therapy. Long-lining the horse gives better control for quality movement over leading by hand. Can you comment on the state of Hippotherapy in Canada today? There is a growing interest in this therapy across the country as a result of more research and proven positive results. When I first started practicing Hippotherapy in Canada, there were only two of us, Judy Todd and myself. The number of physiotherapists practicing Hippotherapy in Canada are consistently rising, and we even have a Canadian on the AHA board of directors. Are you involved in any research presently? Over the past year, I have been collecting data from a Senior’s pilot project mainly focused on fall prevention. Otherwise healthy senior adults can be debilitated by a fall that results in a hip fracture. If we can build core strength, increase ankle stability, and improve balance, we can help prevent incidents. The preliminary findings have been very promising.

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Timing, balance and feel…

True Partnership through Timing, Balance and Feel By Christa Miremadi

These words are thrown around by everyone who’s ever swung their leg over a horse, so much so that their meaning can often be taken for granted or missed. Ultimately, I think each person has their own interpretation of these concepts and that’s ok, but to me, what’s more important to understand is what they mean to each

My Kiger gelding Cisco and I working on our timing, balance and feel. Photo by Stefanie Travers.


iming, balance and feel are as essential to the development of true partnership, as the legs of a three-legged stool are to having a solid foundation on which to sit. All three must be present, strong and in balance to avoid collapse. Our timing (at least if it’s any good) is reliant on our ability to feel, which is entirely reliant on our balance. Developing our balance to a place where we’re able to use it as signal and ride without tension relies on our ability to be in the right place at the right time, which requires a substantial amount of feel. And so, as you can see, without a basic understanding of all three of these circular, co-dependent concepts and how they rely on one another, we would not be able to master even one of them. For the sake of clarity, I’ll attempt to address them each separately, however, being that they’re so connected, that might not be entirely possible. Being able to stretch your mind around as three dimensional and dynamic of a concept, such as timing, balance and feel, may be a challenge for the more linear thinking minds but, I’ve noticed that those with very creative minds (artists, musicians, dreamers) seem to get this stuff pretty quickly. Ok, here goes! Timing. To me, correct timing is the application or removal of feel, balance, signal or pressure used at exactly the right moment to help a horse produce, maintain or contain a desired movement, without force. When the timing is “on” the request or set-up becomes a unification or a blending of energies between the horse and the human. The signal or pressure is not in response to the horse but rather it’s used at exactly the right moment, upon feeling the opportunity or need, in order to assist or direct the horse’s own energy towards a positive and desired outcome. This is what makes the truly great riders appear to be doing nothing at all. Balance is pretty self-explanatory as to what it is and between 16 • March 2020



horse and rider, it has so many aspects it’s tough to address in a few paragraphs, but as to what I mean when I ask a student to use their balance as signal or when using it myself, it’s one of the easiest and most difficult things to understand. I know, I know… that makes no sense, but it’s true! It’s so darn simple that it’s next to impossible to wrap your head around, especially if you’ve been taught to push or pull or make your horse respond. Using your balance to influence your horse’s decisions about where they will place their feet or their own balance can be extremely effective and extraordinarily subtle. It can also be less subtle, but I find that the better our timing is, the more subtle it can be and of course, conversely, the more “off” we are in our timing and feel, the more brace we will believe we need to use and the less subtle things will be. As I said before, having accurate timing and being able to use your balance in a more effective and more subtle way, relies entirely on the development of our feel. Three legs. One stool. Feel is probably the most challenging of the three concepts to both explain and understand (and should have a whole book of its own) as it’s the least measureable/physical, and yet, having said that, it is entirely physical, just extraordinarily subtle. To me, to “have feel” is to have the ability to control, perceive and/or transmit energy. Subtle changes in circulation, muscle tension, blood pressure and energy flow, as a result of shifts in feel (such as happiness, fear, excitement, concern), produce different feels that those who are physically relaxed enough to perceive/project, can use as information and even as helpful catalysts to produce, allow or direct changes of gate, rhythm or direction. Being able to perceive or project feel, requires a person to be physically and mentally relaxed, as tension will inevitably block the

flow of energy. Being relaxed requires a person to be in good enough balance, physically and emotionally, that they don’t need to use tension to stay in the middle of their horse and requires enough feel and control to stay there, despite the dynamic nature of riding. Three legs. One stool. Our horses are naturals at picking up changes in our feel, (which we’re constantly transmitting whether intentional or not). And because horses are herd animals and animals of prey, being able to project, perceive and respond to the feel of others in their environment, is essential for their survival and not something they can turn off. They know if we’re nervous before we know ourselves. They know when we have fear, when we’re happy with their performance and when we’re frustrated. The feel that we’re presenting them with will inevitably influence their feel and ultimately, our This photo shows the togetherness and partnership, visible in his self-carriage while on partnership, one way or another. a loose rein, that Cisco and I were able to achieve through a moment of applying timing, Again, those riders who appear to be doing nothing balance and feel correctly. The "taste" that keeps me seeking! Photo by Zahra Miremadi. are “doing” nothing, but at the same time, there’s a lot going on. They are noticing both the energy of their horse and and as far as I’m concerned, their development is essential to creating themselves and beyond that, they are controlling their own energy, the kind of relationship with a horse that will make true partnership sharing very specific energy back with their horse, at just the right time, possible. a time they could only know through their ability to remain in balance and relaxed enough to feel their horse, giving them the opportunity to Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience working with horses. influence and produce desired outcomes. From guiding trail rides to starting colts, she’s dedicated her life to Mastering this trifecta is a lifelong pursuit and in the past three developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her husband, Pinto decades, I think I’ve gotten a tiny glimpse, a small taste of the tip of Miremadi, recently left their home and jobs of the past 18 years at Silver the iceberg which is mastering timing, balance and feel. That taste has Star Stables in Langley BC to realize their dreams of owning their own been enough to keep me seeking and to motivate me to continue to ranch. They now own and manage The Rock’n Star in Pritchard BC focus on developing control over my own body and energy. where they offer boarding, lessons and clinics: building relationships, The sooner I can fully understand the connections between strengthening partnerships and developing confidence for horses and timing, feel and balance, the sooner I can let go of trying to make them humans through compassionate communication and by sharing the happen and the sooner I can allow myself to release the tension that horse’s point of view. is blocking my progress. The explanation of timing, feel and balance might be up for interpretation but their connection is undisputable (See Rock’n Star’s listing in the Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Cannor Nurseries’ before picture shows the building was 21 years old. It needed a new cover. The shop doors were getting tried and mandoors as well. SpanMaster re-did the cover and end wall fabrics, put in all new shop doors, new man doors, and new vents. This building looks and works like a brand-new building. It is able to go another 20 years of service. The customer loves his building and was happy to spend a few dollars once in 20 years of service. Waiting too long can be dangerous. This can be avoided by changing the cover out before it has issues, before it causes plant shut downs, and before it becomes a danger for all inside. The cover is part of the structure. Once a cover starts losing tension it can lead to other damages to the steel in a wind storm. This all can be avoid by not waiting until it is too late.

With the Sonic Drilling building before photo, it shows the old school end wall fabric with a fabric roll-up door, and a wood case exterior man door. In the after picture, note the new steel shop door and new steel man door, with a nice white, very tight end wall fabric. The building is ready to serve for another 20 years. SpanMaster’s qualified sales staff offer their customers a wide range of upgrades to fabric finishing, end wall modifications, door upgrades, and venting upgrades. Their services include building takedowns, moves, and re-installing them… all fixed up good… and ready to go back to work.

In the Bob Burk Green retro fit. Bob didn’t want his greenhouse anymore; he wanted a shop instead. Bob was very happy when SpanMaster took the green house, put it on a wood post wall system, then added new fabric to the roof and wood-framed in the end walls with shop doors. This was an easy retro fit that will last decades. SpanMaster staff have years of experience repairing, moving and installing all their own product lines, which by the way, are Canadian made. Dealing with a full-service company like SpanMaster makes the whole process of buying and building go smoothly. If a permit is needed our sales staff can help with all the required paperwork in the initial planning stages. SpanMaster products are all CSA A 660 certified; assuring customers that the building they purchase meets the new national building code of Canada for its intended use. Correctly designing a building is key. Understanding the building code is a must. SpanMaster staff is trained on how to identify the right rating for the intended use, plus making sure the foundation and other valued added parts meet the requirements.

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Private Horse Property in South Langley, BC


hy did you build this particular type of structure? Why did you need it? We moved to a new farm and we needed a barn to house our 4 horses. A building that would also have space for hay storage, feed, tack, tools and a parking space for our truck and horse trailer. We chose a wooden structure because we like the charm and warmth wood offers. We like the way cedar ages and wanted the barn to look like it was here for a long time. We drew up plans for a barn that would suit all our needs, including a hay loft, so we sent the plans to an engineer to make sure it had the structural quality we needed for 20 tons of hay storage. Although we did build this barn ourselves, we did require a contractor (Gord Lindhout from Elkview Construction) that did the footings and foundation for us. The overall barn dimensions are 44’x60’ including the 2’ eaves. We have 4 - 10’x12’ in/ out stalls each with a paddock and a 10’x10’ overhang outside the stall. The walls are removable so that we can make a larger stall for

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foaling if need be. We put skylights over each stall on the north side of the building to allow lots of light without the sun heating up the barn in summer. We have doors from the loft to each stall and have also allowed for daylight to enter the loft all along the north side of the building. Lights aren’t needed in this barn during the daylight hours. What materials were used for the structure (inside and out)? We have a metal roof, and we used cedar board and baton for the exterior siding. We did all our own metal work for the stall doors, bars, latches and gussets. What is inside the barn? Our shed row is 12’ wide with a drain at the back end to double as a wash rack where we have a hot water on demand unit. The tool room/shop is 12’x20’. The tack room is 10’x12’ with a trainer wall that swivels out to the shed row so we don’t have to carry saddles through the doorway. We also included a 12’x44’ drive through parking spot for our truck and trailer.

What type of footing/flooring did you choose and why? When pouring the concrete we allowed for a ¾” inset in the stall floor for rubber matting. This ensures the horses can’t move or pull up the mats. We needed to fence the whole property so we invested in a post pounder attachment for our tractor. We’re installing 4 rail 2”x6” black wood fencing. We purchased the lumber and building supplies from Country Lumber, and the gates and fencing wire from Edge Wholesale Direct (see their ad on page 47).

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his facility was constructed as a multi-purpose venue and has seen use as a rehearsal space, a music space and a banquet hall for their 40th anniversary as well as for the 10 teams of horses during the winter show. This structure was built with readily and easily available engineered wood main beams and with pressure treated large wood posts, dimensional lumber and a plywood sheeting roof with a recycled rubber tire roofing shingle with snow stops for obvious reasons. Very

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few large metal structural connectors were required. The structure is 64’ across and is essentially round having 10 equal sides. This allows for 10 equal entry and egress points with no restrictions. The width and height of each entry is 10’ high and 20’ wide. The roof is a 5/12 pitch with a raised pergola on top that is 20’ across providing excellent ventilation in the summer heat. The overall height is just under 30’. In the middle of the structure is a slightly raised cedar plank floor that provides viewing of the horses for the public during the winter shows and a platform for meetings, catering, dancing, musical performances, trapeze, or whatever you can think of. The interior is basically open and can be configured to suite many requirements. During the winter show it has 10 – 6’ high x 12’ long steel panels installed to divide the teams and still allow for the open concept. There is also a hitching rail for each team at the narrow end of each space that allows 8’ of room in front of each team for easy access to all areas of the structure. Each team can come and go without interfering with any other actions going on. Lighting is LED throughout and with 20 spot lights inside and 10 flood lights outside the structure uses a total of 360 watts (yes 360!). The footing inside is heavy gravel (3" minus) which provides good drainage for now. The plan is to install treated sleepers in the gravel and install a heavy wood plank floor in the near future. All the excavation and gravel fill and concrete were sourced locally as was every other service or supply. As usual, Shepherd’s Home Hardware was the greatest source of materials and connections required for swift completion of this project. Many thanks for the excellent work done by the

carpenters from Farrow Built and Performance West Framing who were very interested in this unusual design and had no problem in handling the task with the job being completed in about one month. They even developed a few specialized techniques to place and pour in place the main support upright timbers. This project, and its unusual design, was a leap of faith for the Board Members and management of the Caravan Farm Theatre, and I am sure this structure will serve them well for many years. - Thanks to all, Michael Thomas, Design and Project Management

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his arena was built to enable the launching of an equine business this coming Spring. It is a custom build that was best suited to wood. It is not totally finished as of yet, but these photos can give you an idea of the structure. The overall dimension of the structure is 160’ x 80’. The inside riding area is 80’ x 140’. We originally wanted to use black steel trusses (I don't like the look of a lot of busy trusses - but the steel cost was prohibitive) - so in the design process we determined to paint the trusses black and have the beautiful feature of the wood plank ceiling show through! Rather than having an enclosed arena, we wanted an open and airy feeling, so we decided to go with mesh screening (or curtains) on electric rollers (on 3 sides of the arena) to cut back on wind and sun. Plus we added ceiling fans to help circulate the air on the warmer days. The screens and ceiling fans were provided by Precision Farm Supplies. For roofing we opted for asphalt shingles, and for siding we went with engineered wood. Inside the structure are two levels including a tack room, walkthrough horse bay with shower, a multi-purpose viewing room/ lounge/classroom, washroom, office, upstairs outside viewing area, and upstairs enclosed mezzanine. For arena footing we chose angular sand, mixed with a high-end

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natural rubber additive. This type of footing does last much longer. The site excavation and arena footing was provided by Bear Paw Earthworks. This is a private facility for my own use, and for my business HorseWorks EAL which will be launched in late Spring 2020 [].

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Hillcrest Stables, Langley, BC


e wanted to build this facility to have the horses at home for the sake of convenience and comfort. We train and compete as hunter jumpers in shows around the world, so it’s nice to come home and have everything there in one place and available for us to use on our own time and schedule as needed. Also, for the benefit and comfort of the horses, so we can be around them all the time and care for them the way we like. We also use it as a small show jumping, breeding and training operation, and might do occasional clinics in the future. We chose to go with WeCover Structures/Ridgeline Structures as they gave us the option to easily and practically free span the width we needed. Their representative (Ornan Martin) helped us design the right floor plan and layout and size to suit the requirements of the facility we were wanting to create. Also, we could stretch out the

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project construction costs over a few years this way, by first dealing with the site preparation in 2017, then ordering the steel building kit from WeCover later that year, and taking delivery of the building kit in early 2018. Then the structure and roof construction was stretched throughout 2018, with further exterior and interior finishing work done throughout 2019. There are still some finishing touches to be applied to the interior under and above the mezzanine, but that can be completed at our leisure. We have a fully functioning arena with personal stalls now anyways. The facility size is 120’ x 256’, with a 16’x120’ wide mezzanine on the front end for a viewing lounge and office, storage, etc. The arena dimensions inside kickboards are 116’ x 240’. We also built a 30’ x 100’ shed row (lean-to) with four 20’ x 20’ box stalls The steel truss structure/building kit was purchased from WeCover Structures, and the remaining materials were purchased through the general contractor – Rising Structures. The siding and roofing is coloured steel. There are lots of windows and transparent siding panels



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and doors throughout. The side walls are vented using glass paneled OH doors from top of kickboards to underside of roof trusses and roll up under the roof trusses when not closed. The footing in the arena is a felt/sand mixture designed for the best consistency for the type of riding that we do. This was provided by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping of Calgary. We should also give credit to‌ Triple B Excavating for the initial site prep work. TW Excavating did the site finish grading, helped with the arena fill and the arena watering system, and Marno Trucking supplied the sand and gravel for the project.

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hey are creatures of few “words” yet dogs communicate easily with canines everywhere, and with most humans. If you and your dog were to travel to a foreign country, knowing nothing of its language and culture, you would have a hard time communicating. You would have to abandon your vast verbal vocabulary and resort to making basic gestures — hoping that none of them are culturally offensive. Your dog, however, upon meeting a foreign dog, would be able to know through body language what each other’s social status is, through sniffs their age and sex, what they ate, their general health, where they’ve been, and availability to mate. Then, should it be necessary, through barks or growls, they can also determine how friendly or aggressive the other dog is and how they should proceed with the relationship. A dog’s primary communication is first through scent, then body language, and then his vocal sounds such as barking, growling and whining. In the wild, dogs bark to call the pack together, alert each other to danger or to a delightful food find. Dogs living with humans quickly figure out that communicating to us through scent is useless — we’ll never appreciate the detailed messages embedded in urine on a fencepost. So our dogs speak to us through body language, because we understand it fairly well, and through barking, because it definitely gets our attention. All Dogs Share a Universal Barking Language According to Stanley Coren, author of many books on dog communication, including How Dogs Think and How to Speak Dog, all dogs share a universal barking language, though different breeds seem to have different dialects. The vocal sounds, though limited in the “words” which are barks, growls, whines, yips, yelps, whimpers and howls, are quite varied in the pitch, repetition and duration and these “inflections” form meaning. Generally, lower-pitched sounds are warnings and higher-pitched sounds are friendly. Regardless of your dog’s size, she knows if she lowers her voice, she may be perceived as being larger. Conversely, even large breeds may whine to say they are no threat. The Duration and Repetition of a Dog’s Barking adds Meaning The duration of a dog’s bark, whine or growl can significantly change the meaning of what your dog is communicating. Shorter sounds indicate more intensity, fear or surprise, while longer sounds are less urgent and more thought-out. For example, a quick yelp can indicate pain or unpleasant surprise, while the longer version of the same sound, a whimper can be a plea for the food you’re eating. Repetition also adds meaning, says Coren. Many barks in a row indicate agitation or excitement, while a few barks indicate an interest in something, but it’s no big deal.

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Growling has a Whole Different Meaning from Barking A growl is a clear warning. The deeper the growl, the more serious the warning, and the more confident the dog is to back it up with aggression. A dog that stops growling, but maintains his stance, is through with negotiations and is ready to act. Howling usually Communicates Loneliness Howling is not common with domesticated dogs, unless they are isolated. The classic barks that lead to a howl is a dog calling to her pack, and the howl indicates fear that the pack won’t respond. On a happier note, howling can also be a dog’s way of singing, and some will produce a howl upon hearing high-pitched sounds. Understand Dog Language Pay attention to your dog’s barking. She’s rarely just making noise. Usually, she has something to say. For a better understanding of your dog’s bark, use the Bark-English Translator below.

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“We’ll take good care of each other.” Grace with her horse 8-year-old Quarter Horse mare Riddle, having a special moment together. - Grace, age 3, Oliver BC (submitted by a proud grandpa)

Trying out Gramma’s saddle. My next visit to Gramma’s, she is going to take me for a ride. - Ireland, age 15 months, Vernon BC

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“Learning the ropes.” The two cousins, Gracie and Saylor are horse crazy and both are the same age. They love their horses, love taking riding lessons and look forward to riding together whenever they can. - Saylor, age 3, at her riding lesson with Oh Henry, Langley BC (submitted by a proud grandpa)

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. . .A treasure chest of memories .

Sorting the Easy Way

The early morning sun penetrates through the chestnut coat warming the 35-year-old Quarter Horse. Waiting quietly for his run he appears calm, with his head softy resting down. His eyes black as ice. The herd of cows settled in the pen ahead of him. He enters the sorting pen, adrenalin begins to flow creating energy difficult to rein back. He knows he has a job to do. The propulsion of 1200 pounds of pure force ready to hunt that numbered cow is exhilarating. The announcer calls the number, the flag drops and six seconds later the first cow is sorted into the holding pen. A club record is set for the day! That is Easy Moon Delight, a Quarter Horse stocked with Doc Bar lineage from Water Valley Alberta. Easy has had many adventures through his life. One, was being a working pack horse relocating a herd of cows up to the plateau of Potatoe Mountain at 6,500 feet, and Jamison Mountain at 9,000 feet. The days of packing were as long as 18 hours of climbing and navigating through the bush and rocky terrain. Easy was by far the most sure-footed of all the pack horses gingerly weaving through the forest without shifting the contents of each pack box. There was never wasted time repacking his load, as he never cracked an egg! Another of his adventures was playing polo. The game was a compliment to his athletic ability where his agility and speed captured spectators’ attention. His days playing at the Victoria Polo Club were remembered for skill and precision. It is the ride of a thousand trails with creeks, rivers and water beds where Easy spent countless hours with riders of all levels. After 35 years of devotion Easy has earned his retirement in the pasture. - Pamela Wilson, Victoria BC

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

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

March 2020


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office BC EQUINE EDUCATION SUMMIT RETURNS APRIL 2020


t’s Back! BC’s premiere Equine Education Conference will once again be bringing you top internationally recognized professionals presenting the latest findings in equine health, welfare and training.

APRIL 24-26, 2020 Where: Quality Inn and Conference Centre 36035 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2C6 Tickets: $200+GST Full Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday) $125+GST Single Day Saturday Pass $125+GST Single Day Sunday Pass Kick off your Summit weekend! Certified Coach Workshop Friday April 24, 9 am to 2 pm Capri Insurance, Coach Licensing, Safe Sport, Introduction to “Stable Buzz,” barn management software presentations and open forum discussion: Find out how Coach Licensing will affect you. Pre-registration is required, contact Dressage Officials Clinic - Clinician: Joan Macartney FEI 4*/EC Senior Dressage Judge Thursday, April 23, 2 pm to 6 pm at the Horse Council BC office Friday, April 24, 9 am to 4:30 pm at Quality Inn & Suites Pre-registration is required, contact Share the Trails Workshop – Friday, April 24, 9 am to 4 pm Pre-registration is required, contact Open Facilitated Panel Discussion Free Admission Friday, April 24, 7 pm to 9 pm Equine Nutritionist Ken Wilkinson, Farrier Gerard Laverty, Veterinarian Dr Kate Robinson. How your vet, farrier and equine nutritionist can work with you for the optimal welfare of your horse. Pre-registration is required, contact Speakers & Topics Dr. Brian Nielsen, Ph.D., PAS, Dpl. ACAN “Equine Bio-mechanics” Dr. Brian D. Nielsen is a professor of Equine Exercise Physiology in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Dr. Nielsen has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 200 book chapters, conference papers, and abstracts. Dr. Tania Cubitt “Microbiome of the hind gut and intestinal tract.” Dr. Cubitt received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland in Animal Science. Tania received her Master of Science from Virginia Tech in Equine Nutrition and Growth. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech with her studies and research focused on nutritional effects on ovarian function.

“The health and welfare issues relating to the use of bridles and nosebands.” Paul McGreevy is a riding instructor, veterinarian and ethologist. The author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications and seven books, Paul has received numerous Australian and international awards for his research and teaching innovations. He is a co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science. Dr. Christine Fuchs is a Veterinary Specialist for Horses at LudwigMaximilian University in Munich. “Silent suffering: Lack of REM sleep in horses.” Dr. Fuchs and her team of scientists set out to research sleep deprivation in horses. Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. Dr. Jan Ladewig DVM PhD “Equitation Safety, everything about your safety in connection with horses.” Jan Ladewig is a veterinarian from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Equitation Science. His book ‘Equitation Safety’ is arguably the most thorough safety examination of horse-human interactions available. “This text should be compulsory for equine science, equine therapy as well as equestrian and pony club federations and coaching courses. If horse people followed the advice in this book, there would most certainly be far fewer injuries to both horses and people and there would be much happier horses and people too.” – Dr Andrew McLean, PhD (Equine Cognition & Learning), BSc (Zoology), Dip Ed Dr. Katherine (Kate) Robinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Equine Practice) “Obesity and its many health problems” Dr. Robinson is an assistant professor in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Her research interests include extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of navicular syndrome and the diagnosis and management of equine metabolic syndrome. Her practice interests include preventive medicine, sport horse management, lameness and diagnostic imaging. Jennifer Woods, MSc “No Stress Horse Hauling” This informative presentation deals with making educated choices when purchasing a trailer, horse behaviour and handling, safety, bio-security, equipment maintenance, horse comfort during transportation and accident response. For full event details go to Event brought to you by our wonderful sponsors:

Professor Paul McGreevy BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, MACVS (Animal Welfare), Cert CABC, Grad Cert Higher Ed., VetCompass Australia (Chair of Board) Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

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BC Team Cattle Penning Association


he BC Team Cattle Penning Association (BCTCPA) is ready to kick off the 2020 show season! We have picked our dates, arranged our venues and are well on our way to having another successful


Our confirmed 2020 show dates are as follows: March 28-29, 2020 – Barriere BC April 25-26, 2020 – Barriere BC May 15-17, 2020 – Armstrong BC June 20-21, 2020 – Knutsford BC Our BCTCPA Finals are still to be determined but will take place in September.

By Kathryn Dolphin

We would like to take the time to thank all those who have already come on board with 2020 sponsorship. Without your support we would not be able to have the success and payouts that we do, for that we thank you! We do still have some sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested please visit our NEW website for more information or to contact a board member. The BCTCPA is proud to welcome riders of all levels of experience. It’s never too late to come out and see what the world of team penning is all about. We offer high payouts, year-end and select show buckles, great prizes and have classes for everyone! Find us on Facebook or visit our website for more information.

Equestrian Canada Equestre, 2019 Endurance Year-End Award Recipients Announced


he Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Endurance Year-End Awards. These awards recognize individuals and equines that have put countless hours and tireless effort towards the pursuit of personal excellence in endurance, and the sport’s growth in Canada.

The 2019 recipients are as follows: Hall of Fame Award Roxy Bell DVM – Wetaskiwin AB Ron Janzen Memorial Award Brenda Miskimmin – Vernon BC Best Condition Scores High Point Award Horse / Owner Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove AB Junior Riders – Canadian Rides 1 Paige Dombrosky – Redwater AB 2 Jayli Mayer – Kamloops BC 3 Charlotte Tremblay – Ottawa ON Junior Riders – Overall Rides 1 Paige Dombrosky – Redwater AB 2 Jayli Mayer – Kamloops BC 3 Charlotte Trembley – Ottawa ON Senior Riders – Canadian Rides 1 Angela Lavallee – Anola MB 2 Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove AB

About the Endurance Awards The EC Endurance Committee provides a variety of awards programs for the endurance community in order to recognize outstanding athletes, owners, horses, volunteers and more. To learn more about available endurance award programs and view lists of past winners, visit

3 Christy Janzen – Spruce Grove AB 4 Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim AB 5 Wendy Benns – Campbellcroft ON 6 Brenda Miskimmin – Vernon BC 7 Terrie Laporte – Delta BC 8 Catherine Nooyen – Osgoode BC 9 Debbie Powell – Princeton BC 10 Patrick St. Jean – Smiths Falls ON

4 HJ Magnum El Shah / Terri Laporte – Delta BC 5 FV Aur Dreamscape / Debbie Powell – Princeton BC 6 Cansas / Angela Lavallee – Anola MB 7 Out of the Flames CS / Catherine Nooyen – Osgoode BC 8 B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg ON 9 Flirt with Fyre / Wendy Benns – Campbellcroft ON 10 Nightwinds Classic Whiskee / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim AB

Senior Riders – Overall Rides 1 Yvette Vinton – Morriston FL 2 Angela Lavallee – Anola MB 3 Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove AB 4 Christy Janzen – Spruce Grove AB 5 Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim AB 6 Wendy Benns – Campbellcroft ON 7 Dessia Miller – Berwick ON 8 Emma Knapper – Cobourg ON 9 Brenda Miskimmin – Vernon BC 10 Terrie Laporte – Delta BC

Top 10 Horses – Overall Rides Horse / Owner 1 Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove AB 2 Ebonys Easter Lilly / Yvette Vinton – Morriston FL 3 Nightwinds Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim AB 4 Amber Kiera / Dessia Miller – Berwick ON 5 HE Cometa / Dessia Miller – Berwick ON 6 B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg ON 7 Paladin BF / Brenda Miskimmin – Vernon BC 8 HJ Magnum El Shah / Terrie LaPorte – Delta BC 9 FV Aur Dreamscape / Debbie Powell – Princeton BC 10 Cansas / Angela Lavallee – Anola MB

Top 10 Horses – Canadian Rides Horse / Owner 1 Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove AB 2 Nightwinds Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim AB 3 Paladin BF / Brenda Miskimmin – Vernon BC

TENACITY Awards Horse / Owner Cognac Amberfyre / Dessia Miller – Berwick ON

March 2020


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Club By Lauri Meyers


he AERC Board of Directors is busily getting ready for our first show of the 2020 Season. Our dates are booked and confirmed for the Agriplex (indoor) at the IPE fairgrounds in Armstrong BC. First class starts at 9:00 am, Showmanship. Coming back this year is our ever popular ‘Potluck donation table’… bring a treat, then eat. No one goes hungry at an AERC show. Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, everyone is welcome to attend. Watch Facebook for updates on times, dates and venues. Our Show dates are: April 19 May 31 June 28 August 16 September 27 We encourage all participants to pre-register by email/e-transfer. We do need to have a copy of your Horse Council membership - you can email this to us at It’s never too early, or too late to become a Sponsor for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. Sponsorship gets you: linked logo on our website, logo on our show bills, Facebook and acknowledgment at our shows. We will be looking for Sponsors for our High Point Awards in 2020. Email for more information;

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association

From the February issue… We’re going to give you a bit more time to figure out what this is! The item is brass. From small end to large end is 10”. The large end is 5” in diameter. Correct guesses in so far… Congratulations to: Colleen Ross, Merritt BC Isabel Healy-Morrow, Kamloops BC

By JK

Hello fellow cutters!


ooray! The Spring Equinox is just around the corner and BCRCHA is opening the show season with ‘Spring Kick-Off Cutting’ on March 21-22. The season opener is two shows, held over two days, and will take place at Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Road, in Abbotsford. The Spring Kick-Off features a jackpot show and prize show, with Binky Moffat judging and Hunky Bills serving up meals from their food truck… it should be a fun weekend in the sandbox! Since lettin’ the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back… BCRCHA has announcements to kick off the show season to get you revved up on earning points throughout the year! Our sponsors have generously given you the opportunity to win some wonderful extra year end prizes… and are also offering 2 saddles! Yes, you heard right… two! Featured Saddle classes for 2020 season: ‘Non-Pro class’ Sponsored by GRP Construction LTD Lois Clough riding Sweet Little Anne ‘2000k Limited Rider class’ Sponsored by Quiring 2019 15K Am Champion & Saddle Winner Trucking & Gravel Sales LTD. Photo by Janice Reiter Photography For the second year in a row BCRCHA is also featuring a “Grassroots Incentives.” These prizes are available for all riders entered in the following classes: $500 limited rider class and $750 progressive rider class. These special prizes are a year-end banquet draw prize. So, that means the more times you are entered in classes, the more chances you have to win! Good luck riders! 2020 is lookin’ to be an exciting season with BCRCHA and we can’t wait to see you in the show pen! For more information about BC Ranch Cutting, please see us on FB, Instagram or visit our website 36 • March 2020


What we have here is a 10lb unit with set screws strategically located. The unit is secured one way and by adjusting one screw, it can be turned 180 degrees.

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to

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

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ur annual fundraising Tack Sale is coming up on Saturday, March 28th at the Armstrong Curling Club at the Fairgrounds. Already have some tables booked – limited amount – so call or email now to book yours. Tables must be booked in advance. Call Nancy 250-546-9922 or email to get in on this fabulous, well-attended event. The Queest Mountain 4-H Club will do the food concession again this year. Their food last year was fabulous! We held our AGM on February 22, more news on that next month. Our POT O GOLD Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th at

the Armstrong Fairgrounds. An added attraction this year… we have a newly established local Okanagan ‘Working Equitation’ club that wants to offer a show on the Sunday… to piggy-back with our show - but we are waiting on their news to confirm. This will offer our participating riders more over the weekend. Stay tuned here in Saddle Up… or on the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club Facebook page for more details. Would you like to be a sponsor of our annual show? Offer prizes or dollars for a class or two? Do contact me (as above). Until next month.

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


elcome back to the Chilliwack Riding Club! We’re so looking forward to our 2020 riding season. We’ve got some great event dates booked and will be adding more as the year progresses. In November last year we held our Annual AGM and Year-End Awards Banquet. We had a fantastic turnout and were able to watch our hard-working members be rewarded for their efforts. Thank you to the following sponsors for taking care of us last season: SciencePure Nutraceuticals, BC Pulse Therapy, Canadian Barrel Racers, The Mill Store, Prairie Coast Equipment, The Farm Store, Carla Bekkering, Janice L. Papp Law Corp, Kenny Gimblett Farrier Services, Shanna’s Flooring Design at Carpet One, Cindy & Randy Powell, Barb Bodholdt, Riesa Kyne, Corinne Kriegl, Sarah Lefebvre, Chantelle Gordon, The Forstbauers, Marilyn Connolly, Sharon Dinter, Luanne Yellowfly, Erin Cyrankiewicz, Tanya Thompson, Monica Lowe, Chelsey Folk, Dallas McAuly, Bernice Whiting, Devona Hartskamp, Kerry Brennen. And the prize goes to: Leadline 1st - Grant Kyne 2nd - Alec Kyne 3rd - Lucius Felling Runners-Up: Tirzah Felling and Scott Kyne Peewee 1st - Hayden Thompson 2nd - Peyton Haan 3rd - Lydia Felling Runners-Up: Jordyn Folk, Hannah Lewis, Kinsley Lewis, Emerson Vanleeuwen

Junior: 1st - Savannah Forstbauer 2nd - Ellie Garcia 3rd - Dallas McAuley Youth: 1st - Kassie Brennan 2nd - Taylor Hoogerdyk Senior: 1st - Chelsey Folk 2nd - Selina Hartskamp 3rd - Erin Cyrankiewicz Novice: 1st - Megan McKay

The Chilliwack Riding Club is entirely grateful for the community support we receive each year. There was an election and the addition of some new board members this year. Thank you to our hard working volunteers: Riesa Kyne, Barb Bodholdt, Kaitlin Tottenham, Penny Boldt, Lindsay Adam, Luanne Yellowfly, Corinne Kriegl, Shanna Wegener, Lindsay Adams, and Aidan Kyne. Keeping an eye to the future we will be hosting a number of gymkhanas and horse shows. Please check our website at www. for dates. We’re also hosting our Annual Speed Event on July 11 in the Rodeo Arena at Heritage Park. Come out for some great fun and prizes. No one goes home empty handed! Our club membership forms are available on our website. Please submit a printed copy of the form at the next event. See you all soon! 2nd - Tanya Thompson 3rd - Selina Hartskamp Fast Times: Barrels - Megan McKay Pole Bend - Chelsey Folk Keyhole - Chelsey Folk Stakes - Erin Cyrankiewicz Pole Turn - Erin Cyrankiewicz Most Improved Rider - Hayden Thompson Most Improved Horse - Yeah I’m Firen “Rolex” owned by Tanya Thompson Sportsmanship, Senior - Corinne Kriegl Sportsmanship, Junior - Ellie Garcia Service - Barb Bodholdt

March 2020


Oliver & District Riding Club By Paddy Head


he new decade is upon us. 2020 promises to be a fun and informative year for members of the Oliver & District Riding Club. The first meeting of the year was held at The Welcome Inn in Gallagher Lake. It was so wellattended, several tables had to be fitted together to seat all the attendees. Brainstorming for the year ahead was on the agenda and everyone contributed ideas. The first event was hosted by Carley Johnstone at Willowbrook Stables. Sharron Piazza gave a demonstration on techniques of clipping and the many different patterns that can be used. “Sharron Piazza gave an informative, handson clinic,” Carrie Fisher told me. “I learned so much

about the techniques and styles of clips and the reasons for them.” ODRC has set some dates for the 2020 season as follows: April 25-26: Ranch Riding Clinic with Shari GurneyGalbraith at Willowbrook Stables, Willowbrook June 6: English & Western - Ride a Pattern/ Percentage Day, judged by Lillian EvaniewPhelan at Desert Park August 29: The ODRC Challenge! Judged by Dustin Drader at Desert Park October 4: Tentative date for a Halloween Show It’s shaping up to be an amazing year!!

CRTWH Program For Excellence


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH) takes a lot of pride in the horses here in Canada. We have come up with the Program For Excellence as a replacement for the Canadian Futurity. This program evaluates horses against a standard. There are three progressive levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold - but all three Levels may be done at the same time provided the horse is ready and meets the age criteria. Tests may be submitted by video for evaluation. The BRONZE is an achievement award and is done in-hand. Horses must be registered with the CRTWH and be owned by a member of the CRTWH. The Bronze level evaluates conformation and the flat walk at halter. Specific marks are given for type, disposition and manners in the conformation test, but will be evaluated throughout the entire performance. The next two levels - SILVER and GOLD - are done under saddle. The horse must be over 39 months of age for Silver and 48 months for the Gold test. Your horse must pass the Bronze level before you can proceed on to the next. The Silver Test is also judged on conformation and flat walk, plus the running walk under saddle. The Gold Test is

By Kristy Coulter

judged on conformation, flat walk, running walk and canter or lope. The CRTWH Program For Excellence can be used as a tool to help owners identify superior animals for their breeding programs. Owners of mares and stallions that have achieved the Gold Award can participate in the Platinum Breeder Award. Breeders of these Gold Award animals can receive the Platinum Breeder Award as a result of Program For Excellence achievements by their offspring. There are different requirements for the Platinum Award for mares and stallions. Requirements as to the number of Gold offspring increase according to the age of the stallion. There is no age requirement for mares. Many of our members participate in the Program For Excellence which is part of the CRTWH Triple Challenge. There is a lot of support for anyone wanting to join our registry or participate in any of the Canadian Triple Challenge Programs. If you are not sure where to start, all the information on the Program For Excellence is on our website, Find out more by following us on Facebook, and reach out to our members. We are always ready to give you a helping hand.

Our Gold Award Winners!

Northfork Red Duchess (‘Fergie’), bred by Jack Gurnett, Northfork Farm, Bluffton AB, now owned by Brenda Woodall, Linden AB.

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Ladys Investment, a mare owned by Kristy Coulter achieved Gold in the PFE and has completed all three parts of the Canadian Challenge.


(Smokey) Uphill Heir Trigger – palomino stallion bred and owned by Marjorie Lacy, Uphill Farm, Edson AB.

CSR Mornins Miracle – black mare bred and trained by Fran Kerik, Chrystal Star Ranch, Two Hills AB.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair


his year is the 50th for this event! Due to a number of unforeseen factors, we have moved it to the Abbotsford Fairgrounds, and we are very excited about what this venue has to offer! The trade fair arena has heating and a concrete floor as well as bright lighting to show your wares! We will also have our “stage” in there for talks, dancers, singers and more. There are also plenty of restrooms in that building. The demo arena is bright and large at 200’ × 120’, with tons of bleachers for your viewing pleasure along with more restrooms. We will also have access to a concession run by our club there. Also in that arena will be the used tack sale! There is also a large grassy area for our kid zone!! Due to the late change in venue, we had to change the date due to venue availability. This year it will be Saturday, May 23rd. We hope you mark your calendars to either get a booth, volunteer or attend this event! Shows Sadly due to the declining attendees at shows, we could no longer afford to host big circuits. Instead we are aiming for 3 smaller shows at low costs, hoping to be able to build back up to bigger circuits as our local industry grows again. Our first show will be May 10th, an AQHA/APHA/All Breed All Novice Show free with

membership (in Langley) with Teresa Sullivan judging. Next up is an AQHA/APHA Show at Maple Ridge Equi Sport Centre on June 28th, Mario Boisjoli judging. We are just in the final stages of confirming details for a show at Maple Ridge Equi Sport Centre Sept 26-27th with Todd Bailey judging. The plan is for this to be the show that hosts the Breeders Incentive Yearling Tri Challenge to give the babies more time to mature. We hope that all who wish to continue to see AQHA and even APHA shows in the area and province support these shows. Sponsorship Our goal is to have all expenses for the shows we offer either fundraised or sponsored in order to keep entry costs at a minimum to encourage participation. We would love to hear from anyone considering sponsoring for 2020 to help make this happen. Please contact Mellissa at Breeders Incentive Auction Thank you to all the stallion owners and bidders that made this year’s auction a success. The numbers were just coming in at the submission of this article, but should be $2000+ payout again! Will have final numbers for the subsequent article. Thank you Tamara for spearheading this year and Tami for her work on it also.

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

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! By Simonne Rempel


new year is upon us and our executive team has been busy making plans. This year’s executive consists of Flora Balducci as President, Simonne Rempel as Vice-President, Susan ChaworthMusters as Secretary, and Karen MacLean as Treasurer. Directors at Large are Marjorie MacKay, Bonnie Emmanuels, Elena Kau, Donna Morris, and Rita Rawstron. Come and join us for a meeting. It’s a great opportunity to see what Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is all about. In January, we enjoyed a fun night of socializing at the Murrayville Pub. Food and money donations were collected and were given to the Langley Food Bank. For our first meeting of the year, we had Lexi Jones of Fluidity Equine Therapy Services. She spoke to us on the use of kinesiology taping, helping horses heal by improving blood and lymph flow. As well as, the use of the tape to help horses with their proprioception. In February, our meeting was on trailering safety. This is an important topic, and we can always pick up new trailering tips. Please be safe out there on the road! To break up the wintery months, we had a movie night where we enjoyed watching Harry and Snowman with popcorn and snacks.

Our calendar is getting full with fun and educational events for the upcoming months. Please, see these events listed below. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2020 Upcoming Events: St. Patrick’s Day Trail Ride Games Night Working Equitation Clinic Annual Treasure Hunt Easter Bonnet Trail Ride Pole Clinic May Flower Trail Ride Otter Co-op Field Trip Destination Rides March 2020


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Presenting RENDEZVOUS 2020 – “Gateway to the North” By Verna Houghtaling


he central interior city of Prince George’s chapter of BCHBC PGOmineca are excited to be hosting this year’s “Rendezvous.” This event is open to members and non-members alike and expecting to attract up to 200 participants over the weekend of May 29-31. Camping on the BCNE Rodeo grounds is included for weekend pass-holders and is conveniently located adjacent to the CN Centre and the Agriplex, where most activities will take place. The Event officially kicks off at 9 am May 29th offering a full schedule of clinics and demos featuring a great line-up of respected local trainers. Friday includes a trailer loading demo with Pernell Fleck of Fleck’s Horse Training, an “Introduction to Cattle Sorting” clinic with Randy Ophus of Randy Ophus Performance Horses, “New Techniques & Tips to Improve Your Riding” clinic with Alicia Harper of Hylee Training, an interactive “Liberty” demonstration with Myrna Thiessen of Crossroads Ranch, Drill Team lessons with Courtney Vala of Bits N’ Boots, then a Cowboy Challenge offered by Myrna Thiessen and Nicole Klassen of NAK Horses. Maps will be available for those who prefer to mount up and ride the recently completed UNBC Connector trail from the Agriplex to the majestic “Forests for the World,” a 106-hectare demonstration forest and popular nature park. (See “Things to Do” and “Trails” on the City of PG website.) Our annual Dutch Oven demo and cook-off is also scheduled for Friday afternoon, followed by a potluck dinner in the CN Centre, always a delicious meal and a great time of catching up with fellow members. Perfect time to put your bids in on our Silent Auction offerings! Saturday offers another full day of clinics and demos including Courtney Vala’s “Little Boots,” a children’s clinic, more drill lessons and “New Boots,” another cattle sorting clinic with Randy Ophus, more “Tips” from Alicia Harper, “Utilizing Reining Skills outside the Arena” with Pernell Fleck, a polo wrap & clipping demo, as well as “Trailer Safety” with the Ministry of Transport. Throughout the day Saturday, play the “Exit Room” game with

fellow team members – this is being promoted as the “best ever” by organizers. Saturday will be celebrated by a scrumptious evening meal catered by the CN Centre, followed by presentations and wrap-up of the Silent Auction. Music and dance to follow. Tickets for the evening are available for extra guests. Sunday morning will start off early with a pancake breakfast at the CN Centre, then a vaulting demo and Breeder’s Showcase at the Agriplex. Pernell Fleck offers a session on “Trail Control” plus 3 more sessions with Courtney Vala to complete the day and a wonderful weekend of fun, food and fellowship. Participants are welcome to arrive any time after noon Thursday and stay until Monday morning. Up to 4 nights camping as well as both catered meals are included in a weekend Early Bird pass of $85 ($115 after April 30th). Day pass tickets are also available. Make it a holiday and connect with PGO Chapter members over the weekend – we will have information available for other great rides and camping in the area and may then even have time to accompany you on some local trails! Tickets for this event are on sale now rendezvous-2020-gateway-to-the-north-tickets-91094394787 Lots to choose from and something for everyone! Looking forward to a fabulous weekend… register early and avoid disappointment. For more information go to Eventbrite or (Rendezvous tab) or contact Sandra Erickson at or phone 250-991-6480.

Riding the “Forests for the World” trail network.

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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Clubs & Associations 30 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


members from across Canada and the US

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 3/21

CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 8/20 12/20

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.


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20

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BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 2/21


BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Carol McDonald, 5/20


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 INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 9/20, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.


Certifying equine professionals such as riding coaches & equine facility managers. CHA accredits equine facilities for insurance discounts & publishes educational horsemanship manuals & hosts networking conferences. Visit To find a certified equine professional or accredited site visit


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 11/20 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. 1-866-282-8395 | |

10/18 12/20

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding!

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 6/20

Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram



BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 4/20


We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at

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


or e-mail:

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!!

10/20 6/16


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

3/21 9/20

2/21 11/18

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 3/21

8/20 12/20

Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 7/20

CLUBS... your listing could be here, year-round, starting at only $100 per year (for 12 issues); plus we give you a FREE LINK on our website. See page 4 for contact info.

KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 3/21 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 9/20 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 11/20 March 2020


Clubs & Associations North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 7/20 OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20 7/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 9/20

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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins,, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 4/20

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 12/20 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 10/20 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 3/21 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 9/20


WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 4/20

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2020 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,


8 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 8 CHEVALLIER’S SCHOOLING SHOW, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761, 8 CRC GYMKHANA, 9 am, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, contact 15 CHEVALLIER’S WINTER SERIES JACKPOT #5, Barrels, Breakaway, Team Roping, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761, 19-22 24TH ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Coast Kamloops Hotel, Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221, 20-22 CHEVALLIER’S ROPING CLINIC, Breakaway & Team Roping, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761, 21-22 BCRCHA SPRING KICK-OFF CUTTING, Cornerstone Arena, Abbotsford BC, info at, email, or call Robyn 604-318-4140 22 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 22 SCEA AGM (2 pm), Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, info 27-29 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC W/GLENN STEWART (Stage 1), Fort MacLeod AB, Katelyn 403-915-6872, 28 TACK SALE, 10am-2pm, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, table rentals $30/$60, Nancy 250-546-9922, 28-29 BCTCPA CATTLE PENNING, Barriere BC, 28-Apr 3 EDMONTON AB Learn equine massage! Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,

29 29

CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required CHEVALLIER’S WINTER SERIES JACKPOT #6, Barrels, Breakaway, Team Roping, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761,


3-6 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC W/GLENN STEWART, Cochrane AB, Dar 403-470-0327, 4-5 MANUELA MCLEAN CLINIC, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, or 5*** DATE CHANGE and location for LMQHA Horsemens Bazaar… see May 23 5 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 5 CHEVALLIER’S 2nd ANNUAL LADIES SPRING WARM UP, Jackpot Rodeo, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761, 5 MEET & GREET (mini Mane Event), 11 am, Guest Speakers, Lone Butte Hall, Lone Butte BC, info or call Cat Armitage 250-644-4388 10-11 BELL CREEK ARENA CUTTING, Chilliwack BC, 10-12 DRIVING CLINIC, Open to all levels, The Ranch, Pritchard BC, Ellen Hockley 11-12 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Circle Creek Equestrian, Kamloops BC, Colleen 250-682-1002,, 12 CATTLE SORTING, Rockin’R Ranch, Pritchard BC, 250-804-8039,, pre-registration & deposit required 17-19 3L’S HORSEMANSHIP, Villa Training Stables, Langley BC, Tamara Chmilar 1-888-533-4353,

More dates at Do you have your 2020 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website! 42 • March 2020


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE HEALTH For Horses DR. REED’S Supplements

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 6/20


HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. 12/20

Hidez Equine Compression Products Canada Hoods, Ice Compression Socks, Compression Socks, Travel and Recovery Suits, Active Suits Check us out at acebook or call or text 403-704-6417 We will connect you with a rep in your area! 9/20

arena maintenance

2/21 12/20



Horse Shavings  Hog Fuel formerly David Beerstra Trucking  Bark Mulch Serving the BC Interior 250-503-7432



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


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

BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB SILVERADO HORSE CENTER (Cochrane AB) Boarding, Clinics, Lessons, Training, 11/20


TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. or see us on Facebook 5/20

ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

Contractors  Shops

 Driveways

 Barns

 Metal

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed

 Garages  Houses Roofing  Metal Siding

Duncan Farrow  250-503-6099  Serving the Okanagan and Shuswap 9/20

8/18 10/20


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 3/21



Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides


Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips

8/19 9/20

D E A D li n e 5th of each month

ROB TEIT, Journeyman Certified Farrier (Kamloops & Area) 250-574-6838 4/20

FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 9/20

March 2020


Business Services FEED DEALERS


31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 940-4499 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 10/20 5/20

100% Canadian


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

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS RT LEATHER (Kamloops) 250-574-6838. Saddle & Tack Repairs (English & Western), Custom Leatherwork, 4/20



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

DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 8/20 WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 3/20


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


PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 5/20

FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/20

30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307 4/20 3/19

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 10/20

GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Clinton BC) toll free 1-833-238-1200 Back country trails, bed & bale, multiple updated private lodgings on 700+ acres 7/20

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 3/21

TRAINERS/coaches BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 8/20


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

CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna BC) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts started, Farrier service 6/20


DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 2/21



Solve Insurance Services Inc.  250-861-3777

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987





Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 Armstrong 9/20

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Debbie Hughes |

Clinician, Trainer, Competitor

Specializing in Mountain Trail, De-Spook and Horsemanship Clinics


JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 9/20 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 6/20

Business Services TRAINERS/coaches


LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 5/20

INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 7/20

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) Clinics & Horse Training, Working Equitation, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Wilderness Trail. 7/20

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 4/20

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 7/20

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

THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC), Horsemanship, Training, Rehab, Clinics, Horse lay-ups, 4/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 7/20

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree , Bennett 3/21 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 11/20


Well pumps Serving BC’s Interior for over 50 years GENERATION Pump Co.

rs. repair.. stall & the yea Meeting your water needs through ter system in a w l l Water well pump specialist. Fu

Paul Moore 250-549-0780 | | Gary Moore 250-558-6812


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

Stallions & Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 8/20 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC), 778-822-3276, Registered imported performance lines 3/20 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 2/21 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 3/20

DEADline 5th of each month

2011 Gypsy Vanner Stallion (Sired by Tumbleweed)

DNA tested homozygous for the Tobiano gene (Part bred foals can be registered Pinto)

Bred for temperament and conformation. Kaze is kind, athletic and versatile with a confident, forward attitude on trails. Standing to a limited number of kind, approved mares for the 2020 season.


(AI only, fresh, cooled semen)

Purebred mares $1,100 Part bred $1,000

Cell: 250-731-9997 (Port Alberni BC) Email: North Fork Kaze

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info March 2020


On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

Peruvian Paso Horses

We Have the Blues!

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

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

2020 Foals will be available sired by:


LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at! 403-860-9763

PHOTO ADS only $60 per issue (or less). Next deadline March 5th.

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

9/20 7/18

6/20 3/17

2010 Amber Champagne AQHA Stallion Peppy San Badger, Hollywood Dun It 2007 Sooty Dunalino AQHA Stallion; Sugar Bar, Hollywood Jac 86 2008 Homozygous Black Tobiano APHA

Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-6514 12/20

Rural Roots REALTORS Your ad could be here ADS ONLY $85 OR LESS SEE PAGE 4 FOR CONTACT INFO 46 • March 2020


Shop & Swap! Boarding

Double Delichte Stables


For Sale

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 5/20

Drinking Post Waterers

Full Board $325 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

A QUARTER HORSE OR TENNESSEE WALKING STALLION, 16 hands, 15 years or older, black preferred. Will provide a good rehab home. 403-3301580 (Fort Macleod AB) 3/20

 250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC 


5/20 11/19





Local Sales & Service for Southern BC Call or email: Don Bowman  (250) 549-9009 

For Sale

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/20

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



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


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

EDGE Wholesale Direct


26129 - 31b Ave., Aldergrove BC • 604-857-2436

March 2020



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. | *See your dealer for details.