Saddle Up March 2022

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MARCH 2022



Are you game ready?

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U N A Ne FO w S L D tory I N is G

By Brigitte MacKenzie, Media Coordinator

Horse Expo Canada is coming to Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, What is spectacular is the new event and story has a NEW cast… NEW, but experienced in so many ways! Marg Schulz and Ryan Gordon are the owners of Horse Expo Canada.


oth have years of experience organizing Barbra Schulte equestrian grandstand events, as well as many trade shows and large events. Their retail business has also often exhibited at similar trade shows and events throughout western Canada and the USA. You do not have to worry about losing ticket payment because attendees will receive a refund if the show is cancelled due to Covid. With the current health measures in Alberta, there will not be any vaccination requirements or testing to attend. If Alberta is in Step 2, there also will not be any masks required at the Expo. We are building the largest equine Hugh Graham trade show knowing our Horse Expo shoppers crave the "real shopping experience." We want everyone to love it and if you do not love it, we want to know! Our goals are to create a fun shopping and educational experience. We have chosen a broad spectrum of clinicians and presenters with three FEATURE clinicians! Our trade Cindy Ishoy show is filled with equestrian-related businesses, clubs, organizations, and artists! If you’re an artist or have a business, we would love to help you grow it in 2022. There are still exhibitor spaces available, so don’t miss out!

Barbra to learn this ground-breaking coaching method at Horse Expo! Jumping Hall of Fame inductee (2016), Hugh Graham is a cowboy who won a provincial title in calf roping before he went to work for Jim Day (Olympic gold medallist). Hugh worked for Jim Day in the 1970's and went on to win his first grand prix in 1973 and was named to the Canadian team in 1982. Hugh studied what successful riders were doing and through his arduous work ethic, qualified for the Olympics and Pan Am Games. Cindy lshoy comes with her true dream story where she was blessed in the great horse Dynasty! Cindy has a timeless journey because of this great horse. Her formal riding education brought her to the Olympics! Cindy qualified for the Olympics - 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, 1980 Moscow, 1988 Seoul, winning a bronze Olympic Medal in 1992 in Barcelona. Winning at the Olympics set Cindy up to share her knowledge with others. Cindy shares, "I take pleasure in teaching people who really want to learn no matter what level they are." The Trainer's Showdown! The 2022 competing Trainers are: Kade Mills Jason Irwin Trevor Mertes

Our FEATURE Clinicians NCHA Hall of Fame, and National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee, Barbra Schulte will reveal she is a cowgirl teacher! Barbra's father was Cletus Hulling, whose ranch was like the shopping mall for horses. Barbra grew up around horses and still loves them like a young horse lover. Barbra was educated in Peak Performance with LGE before it was sold to Johnson and Johnson. Her coach and mentor is Jim Loehr. You will be pleased you came and joined

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Check out the Trainers Showdown at Stay up-to-date on how the event progresses every day. It is an event enjoyed by the audience and especially for those who wish to train their own horse. This is an educational platform where you can advance understanding the process of getting a horse trained. For the first time in a long time, we can relax, learn, and enjoy. Join us at the first annual Horse Expo Canada in Red Deer! Get your tickets at!

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ooks like things are slowly getting back to (almost) normal thanks to our Dr. Bonnie Henry (I would not want her job!). It’s like… BANG… overnight we can have outings and events, indoor activities and more. So let’s get organizing! And get your dates into our What’s Happening? calendar – we want to know what’s going on out there. We had two trade shows to look forward to in April… the Horse Expo Canada show in Red Deer, and the Can Am Equine show in Chilliwack. Unfortunately due to the uncertainty with Covid, the Can Am organizers decided to postpone the show until next year. Although Horse Expo Canada will go on, and promises to be the biggest social event we’ve been Photo by lacking for two years! I am so looking forward to this show Kathy Mydske as well! See you in Red Deer! And more good news… we have the BC Summer Games and the 55+ BC Games… they are BACK!!! And, we are hearing that FALL FAIRS will be back too! In our area we are all anticipating the return of the Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede, the province’s largest agricultural fair! See you out there…

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Top Dog!


55+ BC Games is Back




Horse Pulls Back? Part 2


Horse Council BC


What’s This?




Collegiate Competition




Equine Guelph – Colic


What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa


Business Services


Mills Veterinary Welcomes…


Proper Lunging – Part 1


22nd Annual Construction Feature


Back Country Horsemen of BC 33

On the Market (photo ads)




Shop & Swap


Rural Roots (Real Estate)


THE CAN-AM Equine All Breeds Expo POSTPONED


egrettably announces the postponement of both shows in Ancaster ON and Chilliwack BC to Spring of 2023. The partners of the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo all agreed that we would not put on the show unless able to deliver safe conditions with a show that is up to the standards that we have proudly produced for the past 20 years. We realize our responsibility to deliver value to our paying customers when attending our show and we do not feel at this time we can guarantee the value that they have become accustomed to. There are so many components that go into making a great customer experience, and we are not comfortable at this time as I am sure you can appreciate. Vendors – Vendor hardships over the past 2 years have left them with supply and staff challenges. To ask them to commit to purchasing special product for the show at this time is not responsible, and not enabling us to assure an exciting shopping atmosphere. International Clinicians – Priding our self on world-renown clinicians to assure value to our customers. We cannot guarantee Guy McLean will be able to cross the border at this time with his 5 world

class horses, along with other clinicians which again would devalue the experience for our paying customers. COVID-19 – At this time we cannot assure what Covid protocols will be in place and we will not put our customers’ safety at risk. We did discuss moving the date back, but as we know, once April is over all the horse shows are in full swing and everyone is out enjoying their horse, which we all can appreciate. As you can imagine this decision was not made lightly. That being said, we will once again ensure that everyone who has paid for a booth will receive their monies back. We look forward to a strong return for 2023 and wish everyone a safe, enjoyable summer. PLEASE NOTE: We will take bookings now for 2023, on a first come basis and will not ask for a deposit at this early stage. Thank you again for your support and understanding. - Ross Millar, President

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New Horse Riding Tracker App Launches in Canadian App Store


ince its release in December, the HorseStrides horse riding tracker app, created by #1 best-selling author of ‘Listenology’ and awardwinning equine film director, Irish equestrian Elaine Heney, has been downloaded in 38 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Hungary, Costa Rica and Belgium. This remarkable iPhone app tracks your ride - distance, speed and location - on a map and provides a variety or exercises and lessons for you and your horse. “I really wanted an equestrian app that could track my horse training sessions accurately. But I couldn't find an app that I really liked. I wanted to be able to track my location and speed. And I also wanted a library of exercises and audio lessons that I could listen to while schooling my horses.” Since going live on the app store the HorseStrides iPhone app has enjoyed great success in the international equestrian community. “It’s been great to see how much people are enjoying the HorseStrides app. I've been getting emails about the app from as far away as the USA and Canada” - Elaine. The HorseStrides app is free to download in Canada at


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The 55+ BC Games is BACK!


ictoria – The wait is over! The Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games will be held September 13–17, 2022 and will see 30 sports and activities offered for the 3500+ participants. The 55+ BC Games are presented on an annual basis in different host cities by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS). The 55+ BC Games were previously held in Kelowna in 2019 where they hosted over 4,000 participants. Due to COVID-19, the Games were cancelled in Richmond in 2020 and the 2021 Games in Greater Victoria were postponed to 2022. EQUESTRIAN events in 2022 will take place at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton (*subject to change). NOTE – the 2022 Games will NOT include Mountain Trail or Western Performance events, but WILL include Arena Driving Trial, Dressage,

Winners at the 2019 Games in Kelowna BC Western Dressage and 2 new events – Working Hunter and Working Equitation. Each year the Games attract approximately 3,600 participants and require approximately 1,200 volunteers to stage and deliver the Games in the Host Community. In 2017, an Economic Impact study found that the 55+ BC Games provide an impact of over $3.3 million to the host community. In addition, Host communities benefit from the development of capacity to host large multisport events by training volunteers and improved infrastructure through the Games Legacy program. Participant registration is now open and more information about the 55+ BC Games can be found at

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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP A HORSE THAT PULLS BACK? (Part 2 of 2) By Glenn Stewart It is much more difficult to teach a horse not to pull after he has started pulling than to learn some exercises and then use them with your horse to avoid the pulling in the first place. We continue our article from the February issue after following the feel… and yielding to pressure…


nother thing to make sure that it is working is to use steady pressure on the poll. Use your fingertips to ask the head down, and use steady pressure with the lead line to ask the head down. Ask with light but steady pressure. If there is no response do not release, add a little pressure and wait 2 or 3 seconds and add a bit more pressure. The moment you get any kind of a yield downwards immediately release the pressure, rub him to say thanks and start again. Teach him to put his head down each day for a few days in a row until the response you get from your horse is positive. Think about how much pressure it would take to push on the hair or to just get to the skin and his head goes down. He also needs to be confident enough to keep it down. If he is in a big rush to lift his head up you are not finished with the exercise. He might not put his head down at all at first he might even go up but if you hold the pressure until you get

downwards even a half inch, release and start again his understanding, respect and confidence will grow. Pressure motivates and the release of pressure teaches. Your timing of the release and effectiveness of the phases you use to apply the pressure is what will teach your horse wanted and unwanted behaviour. The better our timing and effectiveness; the better the behaviours.

A light, calm, soft, brave and responsive horse is what we are after, but he might not be that way to begin with. If he has a pulling issue it is doubtful that pushing on the hair is going to get his attention so to be affective you may have to apply firmer pressure. Don’t be in a hurry to get firmer and as you add pressure give him time to think. We are not stronger and don’t want to try to be. What I tell people is a fly can move a horse so if you are pushing your fingers in him to his muscle he definitely knows you are there, so you might just hold and wait. Be more persistent than the horse. Teach him how to move off of pressure. Teaching your horse to follow a feel and yield to pressure is something to be aware of any time you are with your horse. Notice if you are applying any type of pressure and if you are what was his response. An example of pressure being applied accidently and no response is being asked for is holding the lead line short. It is something I see often. The owner/rider of the horse is standing beside their horse holding the clip or very close to it which often puts slight or considerable pressure on the horse’s head. They’re not asking him to do anything they are just standing visiting with a friend. The whole time the horse is feeling pressure on the bit or halter but isn’t being asked to do anything. The horse gets used to holding the weight of the person’s arm with his head. So they become desensitized to the pressure. Then when asked to do something the pressure means little. It is like driving to town with your foot on the brake a little, sooner or later you don’t have any brakes or they don’t work very well. There are many times and ways to be accidently dulling our horses to the feel of our halters. Be sure to teach your horse not to pull, and be careful not to be a puller yourself. One more thing to check on is your horse’s overall confidence. Does he get worried easily? If he does, then use approach and retreat again and desensitize him to things, sounds and objects. For example if he is scared of a flag on a stick, and even more scared if you wave it around. If he is scared of the sound or look of it then lots of other things might be scary to him as well. 8 • MARCH 2022


Being tied makes them feel a bit trapped and then if he is scared of things moving and/or sounds, one thing fuels the other and the pulling begins. Understanding what makes a horse a horse helps us prepare them better for things we want them to do and helps us undo things that have already been created.

A long lead line will give him time to think before the rope comes completely unwrapped. Doing this in a smaller pen helps because the other edge of the pen also causes the horse to stop pulling. If he gets stopped and comes forward to find the release this will speed his understanding of the situation. All these exercises are creating a new behaviour and may take you some time. Horses that pull can be taught not to, but the people who do the teaching need to possess some skills and understanding. So remember: 1. Desensitize to your touch and rubbing. 2. Desensitize to your halter and lead. 3. Build their confidence with things, sounds and objects. 4. Make sure they understand to yield to pressure with your fingers and your lead line for bringing the head down. 5. Make sure they can follow a feel.

In the meantime when you need to tie your horse, wrap the rope rather than tying hard. If the horse pulls and the rope will slide it is much less frightening to the horse. Wrap the rope around enough times that if you really pull hard it will slide. This way it is uncomfortable for the horse to pull, but it has a bit of give which will help him feel less trapped.

6. Help them become less claustrophobic. 7. Wrap your lead. If you are having limited success, get some help from a professional that has helped other horses and people with pulling issues and that understands that horses are not pulling because they like it; they need their confidence, respect, and understanding developed. I was told for years that: “Once a puller always a puller.” I have since proven that statement wrong with numerous horses. Pulling is not easy to fix but is fixable. If the human and horse understands these concepts and puts them to practice your horse will stand quietly tied. Once you get him standing quietly tied you will have other things working better as well and probably notice improvement overall. Enjoy playing with your horse and developing their unending potential.

Glenn Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics, demonstrations, and colt starting sessions, and also offers Camps and a 3 month Horsemanship Course at his home The Horse Ranch, as well as the Horsemanship Learning Adventure Series; two completely different experiences, High & Wild in the Northern BC Rockies, and Working Equitation with Lusitanos in Brazil. He rides 30-60 client horses per year, including young horses, restarts, challenging horses, and foundation training. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Elisha Bradburn Photos by Denver Deschenes I am hoping if you have had a chance to read a couple of my previous articles you are starting to see a bit of a theme to the articles. For now, and for our purposes, I will sum the articles up to date as focusing on the qualities of a horseman. You may notice that there isn’t a lot of academic direction, techniques, or exercises I recommend in the articles so far. Elisha and Boone navigating obstacles at James Creek Ranch

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hile all of the aforementioned things are important, what I hope to impart with this article series is something else. What I hope to leave with you is both more and less attainable than writing about a particular exercise or technique, and how that might improve your horsemanship. It is more attainable because horseman or not, these attributes, when actively cultivated, work in all facets of life. They help us be better people, and better people are better horseman. So, you can work on these things, no matter your current skill level, and you may already possess these attributes if you have always given some thought to personal growth. What I hope to impart is also less attainable than a purely academic article, because you have to really have to want in the deepest, truest, part of yourself, to be a better person. It requires more of you, than to just want the skills or techniques to get the desired results from the horse. It requires humble self examination and ownership of the state of the relationship you currently have with your horse. Then, to whole heartedly, unselfishly, and vulnerably seek to grow all of these qualities in yourself. The coolest thing is, like God, horses are full of grace. They freely forgive us when we fall short of these qualities, lose our patience, and run out of knowledge or skill. So, with this grace, we can keep going, even when we slip up. A friend of mine says that we can only do the best we can with what we know at the time. This saying has helped me be patient both with myself, and others. It is never too late to do better. That leads well into the quality I want to run by you this month, faithfulness. Horsemen need to be very faithful to be able to harvest growth in themselves and their horses. Faith in horsemanship is one of those crucial intangibles. You need to be able to picture the desired outcome with your horse and then go forth and execute it. Sure, you

need some feel, timing and skill, the more the better, but you also need to be bold, have faith that you and your horse can do it, and step out with confidence. Your horse can feel your conviction, or lack thereof. I always loved this saying – whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right. I hope that sums up the idea here. If you don’t have faith you can do it, you won’t execute with clarity and conviction, and your horse will feel this, and it most likely won’t happen. If you don’t have faith you can do it, it is best to get to the root of why, and address it. It is only when all the reasons you don’t feel confident are addressed that you can have the faith to execute successfully. Obviously I am not speaking of just blind faith here. This is the kind of faith that comes when you have worked on the appropriate ingredients, and you believe you can make something good out of them. If we look into any sort of sports psychology, somewhere it will most likely touch on the belief you must have that what you hope for can actually be realized. This is faith to me, knowing what you hope for can be your reality. Faithfulness also has so many more applications to horsemanship. As I said earlier, as horsemen, we must be faithful. Faithful to keep going when the going gets tough. Faithful to be satisfied with incremental progression. Faithful to put the principle before the goal. Faithful to quit and give the horse a break when he tries for you with real heart, even if it isn’t perfect or pretty, just be happy with better for now. Faithful to keep trying, to understand and innovate your communication when needed. Faithful to be humble, and get help when you need it. Faithful to keep learning, keep trying, keep loving, keep forgiving and for heaven’s sake - keep going. Even when keeping going means quitting for the day. Sometimes it is the kindest thing for the horse because you just aren’t in the frame of mind to be the teacher he needs that day. Faithfulness beyond reason. Faithful to stick with that horse or dream you have when others tell you you ought to give up. Faithful to be strong enough to be gentle, and wait a minute for the horse to think about what you are asking, when others might go at the horse with more force to “get it done.” Faithful to go do your chores and feed when you’re tired and weary from life, and what it has dished you up that day. Faithfulness to keep going when the odds and circumstances are stacked against you. This is Faithfulness,

Riding bareback with a neck rope requires faith in your preparation

and I think you need it to be a truly great horseman. God never quits on me, so I won’t quit on others, my horse or myself either, this is faithfulness. Stay faithful, the best is yet to come. And stay faithful in your pursuit of the qualities that will help you be a better horseman… and person. They don’t come easy, but what [qualities] worth pursuing ever did?! Enjoy the journey and the wonders of spring!

Elisha Bradburn and her husband, Clay, own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for clinics and speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at legacyhorsemanship@ (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Bringing Collegiate Competition to British Columbia and Alberta Founded in 2015, the UBC TSC Equestrian Team is a student-led, competitive hunt seat/equitation team for undergraduates at the University of British Columbia (UBC) that competes down in the United States in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Never heard of us?


hat may be because we are one of only 7 Canadian universities in the IHSA, which consists of a total of 419 teams across North America and we are the only team in Western Canada. PreCOVID, we competed in Washington and Oregon State as part of Zone 8, Region 4. Simply put, the IHSA allows riders to continue their passion for the equestrian sport while at university or college. Since it is not always feasible to own a horse while at school, the IHSA supports the ability to compete by providing horses at the competitions and the competition format follows a ‘catch-riding’ system, where riders are drawn a horse, get to watch it warm up by another rider, and then will get on and walk into the show ring. The IHSA is also quite inclusive on rider ability, with the lowest level being a walk-trot class for riders who have less than 24 weeks of riding experience and with the highest level (‘Open’) for riders who have won 10 or more hunt seat equitation classes on the flat and/or 3’6” or higher at

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recognized competitions. Riders compete as an individual and as a team through a point system and schools are grouped into regions based on location. Though the IHSA offers competitions for both equitation and western disciplines, the UBC team only competes in the equitation. Because of COVID, the UBC team has been unable to compete due to travel restrictions and we are therefore hoping to establish a collegiate competition circuit for universities and colleges here in British Columbia and Alberta! This format of competition has already proven to be successful in other parts of Canada under the Ontario Collegiate Equestrian Association (OCEA) and the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League (AIEL), which combined host competitions for 24 equestrian teams! Inspired by their success and the success of the IHSA, we are hoping to establish a Western Canada Collegiate Equestrian Association (WCCEA) that will be a horse show management organization supporting undergraduate teams across British Columbia and Alberta. Horse Council British Columbia and the Alberta Equestrian Federation have already expressed their support for the organization. Collegiate riding is not only a great way to further develop and test one’s riding skills and abilities and an amazing way to meet friends, but it is also a unique way to offer a more affordable and accessible way to learn and continue to ride and compete while pursuing post-secondary education. It also is a great way to bring the riding community together across barns, schools, regions, and the larger equestrian community as a whole. The UBC team is looking for undergraduate riders who are motivated to start an equestrian team at their university/college. If you or someone you know is an equestrian attending university/ college in British Columbia or Alberta, please email wccea@outlook. com to find out more and get in touch. Or see us on Facebook and Instagram (@wcceaeq)

Equine Guelph, February, Canada’s coldest month, would be Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention Education Month; dedicated to increasing awareness of ways for caregivers to decrease the risk of colic in their horses.


lthough horses can be afflicted with gut pain in any season, the cold weather months are a challenging time – especially with impaction-related colic. Here are three simple rules for preventing winter colic in your horse: 1. increase forage in diet, 2. keep your horse hydrated and 3. maximize turnout and exercise. With these easy tips in mind for the cold weather months, check out Equine Guelph’s highly popular online healthcare tool, the Colic Risk Rater (, an interactive experience customized to your situation. Answer a simple questionnaire about your horse’s current management and watch the interactive dial move depending on your answer. Then, try redoing by changing your answers, using the three simple rules for preventing winter colic. You will be surprised to witness the rater’s dial move away from high colic risk as well as noticing the difference in your before and after scores! Now that you have seen firsthand what these changes mean in reducing the risk of winter colic, the following explains why these three rules are so important. Rule #1 – Increase Forage in Diet Forage is critical for hind gut fermenters. A 1,100 pound horse should consume 2.0% to 2.5 % of their body weight per day in forage (22 to 28 lbs). Horses only produce saliva when they chew, therefore feeding forage ad-lib will increase the production of saliva – one of the best buffers for the horses' digestive system and the most effective way to reduce the chance of ulcers and impaction colic. Rule #2 – Keep your Horse Hydrated While on the topic of impaction, 24/7 access to clean water is always imperative to keep all that forage moving. Remember, horses tend to drink less in the winter and impactions usually form with dry feed. February is typically Canada’s coldest month – with water in buckets freezing within 6-12 hours of filling – so be sure your horse doesn’t become dehydrated due to a frozen water bucket situation.

Rule #3 – Maximize Turnout and Exercise Keep moving! Horses are not humans; they are trickle feeders designed to graze up to 18 hours a day while travelling 16 kilometres or more a day, while satisfying their need to feed. The bottom line is that a horse who is in a stall for most of the day is more prone to colic than one who is turned out. Many stable designers are thinking outside the box and developing track systems that encourage horses to move around in order to access resources. Improved motility of the digestive tract is just one of the health benefits. Horses in consistent exercise routines such as school horses have been shown to be at a lower risk of colic. A change in activity level (frequency, duration or intensity) can increase the risk of colic. It is no coincidence that changes in diet and stabling often occur at the same time as changes in activity, which can also affect your horse’s colic risk. The Colic Risk Rater (www.TheHorsePortal. ca/ColicTool) is available on Equine Guelph’s education platform, Kindly sponsored by CapriCMW Insurance Services

Ltd, the invaluable tool takes 10 minutes to complete, not only calculating your horse’s risk for colic, but provides a downloadable print out of prevention tips. “I’d like to encourage everyone to visit or revisit the Colic Risk Rater tool on The Horse Portal,” says Mike King, national lead of equine programs at CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd. “We can think of no better risk management tool to prevent colic than education. This free tool and the Gut Health & Colic Prevention course offered by Equine Guelph are well worth the investment.” The next Gut Health & Colic Prevention online short course scheduled will be a special offering exclusive to the racing industry and FREE for the first 150 Standardbred Canada members that register. For future offerings of the general course, stay tuned to Until the next course, get started today with the totally free Colic Risk Rater (www. This ounce of prevention could save horse owners thousands of dollars in cure and help them avoid the number one killer of horses, Colic!


HORSE SALE 25th Annual Sale

Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14, 2022

HELD AT COW PALACE, AGRICULTURAL FAIRGROUNDS, OLDS, ALBERTA Friday, May 13 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 14 8:30 a.m. Tack Auction to start 11:00 a.m. Horses sell - followed by remainder of tack & equipment

ONCE AGAIN OFFERING LIVE STREAMING OF THE HORSE SALE (PHONE-IN BIDS ONLY) GO TO 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, Sale Secretary E-mail 403-933-5765 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or visit: Fred McDiarmid 403-575-2181


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with Elisa Marocchi Introducing Your Horse to Driving – Part 3 Now that your horse is consistently and promptly walking, trotting, cantering and halting with voice commands on the single lunge, it’s time to move on to double lungeing. First though, a reminder that these exercises should be done with the help of an experienced driver. The actual first hitch and early drives should be with the assistance of a professional, or a seasoned driver. The steps outlined here and in subsequent articles provide an overview only. More detailed explanations can be found in my publication, “Introducing your Horse to Driving” (available at or in any number of excellent books available on the subject. s usual, equip yourself with non-slip, sturdy footwear and leather gloves. You may wish to wear a helmet for this work. A helper is invaluable for the first tries at this exercise, so round one up! Working in a secure area if possible, spend a few minutes on the single lunge, ensuring your horse is responding well to voice commands. Once warmed up, it’s time to introduce the equipment for double lungeing. In addition to the single lunge line you’ve been using, you’ll need a surcingle with side rings, two more lunge lines or a continuous single lunge line and a lunge whip. The lines I use are continuous rather than two separate lines, but you can use either (Photo 1). My double lunge line, designed for large horses, is 50’ overall in length. You will want to have a shorter set if working with ponies or minis. (Photo 1) If your horse has never had a girth or surcingle on, you’ll need to spend time on the single lunge getting him comfortable with it before proceeding. Assuming he is happy with it, place the surcingle on your horse but at this time omit a crupper unless your horse is already accustomed to wearing one. With the single lunge line still in place, run a line through a low-set ring on the surcingle on each side, and attach the lines to the bit. Have your assistant stand at your horse’s head, holding the single lunge line, while you work your way behind your horse with the double lunge lines, well out of the kick zone. Begin to gently move the lines around, so they touch your horse on the flank and legs. Make sure to let the lines drape down at times, so they touch the lower legs (Photo 2), and once your horse is comfortable and relaxed, flip the lines, one at a time, up onto his croup. Your goal is for your horse to be relaxed and worry-free as you move the lines about. When I’m driving, I don’t want a line that accidentally lands on the horse’s croup to mean “go!” I only want my horse to move out when I ask him to with my voice or whip aid, so it’s important that he be comfortable with the lines brushing up against him. Once he is happy with this exercise, have your helper begin to lunge the horse at the walk while you let the lunge lines you are holding slide out. The goal here is for the helper to be controlling the horse at this point. Be aware that your horse may find the outside line – the one running 14 14 •• MARCH MARCH 2022 2022


around his butt to your hand – initially frightening and he may scoot when he feels it. Be sure to keep the line loose if this happens. Gradually, as your horse relaxes, begin taking up some contact on the lines until you are controlling the speed and are steering your horse. As you and your horse become comfortable with the lines, you can begin trying some trot work, and eventually, remove the single lunge line. Be sure to do lots of transitions, to work extensively at the walk to encourage relaxation, and to change direction frequently. Continue to reinforce voice commands, and eventually introduce canter work to your regime. When changing direction, try to keep contact on both lines as you do so. Also, attempt to keep the inside line at a 90 degree angle from where it exits the surcingle ring (Photo 3). This will ensure you don’t get in front of the horse’s direction of travel (which would discourage him from moving forward) or too far behind the line of travel (which would mean you would be walking more behind the horse than lungeing him around you). Mastering this exercise can take a while for both you and your horse. Learning to handle two lunge lines, or a double lunge line in a safe and effective manner takes practice so don’t rush this step. If you can take a lesson from someone experienced with this work, it’s well worth it to do so. Once you and your horse are proficient at this work, you’ll be ready to move on to the next step in your driving journey! Safe driving!

Photo 1 Double lunge equipment

Photo 2 me standing directly behind the horse

Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients.

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double lunge angle shot with horse standing a ways away side view

Mills Veterinary Welcomes a new Team Member Coming home to Armstrong this Spring, veterinarian Dr. Evany Forrest joins Mills Veterinary Services


r. Forrest graduated from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, after completing her degree with an extra focus on equine medicine. During her final year of veterinary school, she had the privilege of working at multiple equine referral and reproductive practices throughout Alberta to further her equine knowledge and skill. She has spent the last 2 years working on small and large animals at a wonderful general care and emergency clinic in northern BC, and has enjoyed small animal surgery and dentistry in addition to her equine passion. Dr. Forrest has completed certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and participated in additional training in equine dentistry techniques. She recognizes the value of combining integrative therapies into traditional veterinary medicine and is excited to join Dr. Mills in providing excellent holistic care. She is very much looking forward to getting to know her clients and their pets. It has been a lifelong goal to support people in providing the best quality care for their animals, and she is eager to help tailor that care to each individual’s needs. Dr. Forrest grew up in the Okanagan participating in 3-day eventing and the Armstrong Pony Club. She is looking forward to returning to the local horse community, as well as pursuing her other hobbies which include hiking with her dog Jet, skiing, boating, scuba diving and travelling with her fiancé Blaine.

Dr. Evany Forrest

(At Mills Veterinary Services we honour the special bond that people have with their animals. We offer a compassionate integrated approach to veterinary care, combining the best of holistic and conventional medicine to provide optimal well-being for your horses and small animals.)

Established 2002 Some of the specialty services we offer are: Acupuncture Chiropractic Laser Therapy Canine Nutrition Conventional & Holistic medicine … see our full list of services on our website.

Dr. Mills would like to announce: Dr. Evany Forrest joins our team at Mills Veterinary Services April 1st! She will be practicing in Small Animal and Equine Services. We are accepting new clients in anticipation for her arrival!

We are also excited to be expanding our practice to include small animal surgeries & dentals starting later Spring 2022. Mills Veterinary Services 4285 MacDonald Rd, Armstrong BC 250-546-8860 Email: MARCH 2022

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Proper Lunging - Part 1 By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Gary Wieben Horse: Pirro, 7-year-old Warmblood gelding; Handler: Lisa Wieben Pushing a wheelbarrow shows how the handler steps out to the right as the horse goes left. This keeps the handler behind the girthline of the horse and not stepping across the circle toward the head.

Why do we lunge? When done properly, lunging is not only an invaluable tool for starting (or restarting) horses, but it is also beneficial for bringing horses back to work, whether they’ve been off due to injury or just had some time off. Lunging is also a great way to warm up your horse’s muscles prior to work or a way to introduce a new piece of tack in your training progression. Through proper lunging, we are able to shape the horse’s body and put it into a frame that is comfortable. This helps to continue to earn the horse’s trust and respect, develops true bend and balance, introduces forward movement and contact, and develops proper muscling in the horse’s back, hind end and neck as we work towards an uneventful first ride or re-ride or continued harmony. Equipment for lunging For this article we will be using minimal equipment. Halter, lungeline, and lunge whip. In part two we will add different methods that will help shape the horse more on the circle and develop bend and relaxation. Gloves and protective boots for the handler are also highly recommended. Using the wheelbarrow turn Before sending the horse out to lunge, let’s first look at the handler’s body position that will keep the horse moving forward on the circle. After the horse is sent out onto the circle the handler will step in behind the horse’s girth line in order to send ‘pushing pressure’ to keep the horse forward and not turning back in. The handler will walk a small circle, while the horse is on the larger circle. If you imagine what your feet and body do while pushing a wheelbarrow this will give you a sense of how to walk on the circle. To get the wheelbarrow to turn left you need to step out to the right while your body is turning left, in the direction of travel. As the horse is sent out to the left, the handler’s feet step out to the right, positioning the handler behind the horse’s girthline. The handler’s hips push slightly right which opens the left hip to allow the horse to move forward. 16 • MARCH 2022


Sending the horse out on the circle. The handler is opening her hip and her whip is making an arc toward the shoulder. By opening the hip the horse now has space to go forward. Notice he is relaxed as he moves away.

Common mistakes and problems while lunging If, as the horse is sent out onto the circle, the handler steps in the same direction as the horse, for example steps left across the circle as the horse moves out to the left, the handler will get ahead of the girthline. This is often seen if the handler tries to ‘lead’ the horse with the lunge line, instead of pushing the horse forward from behind. Horses are herd animals and respond better to a push than a pull. Often when the horse sees this it will feel more pressure in front of them and will slow down, stop, turn in, or want to turn away from the handler, or even speed up to get away from the pressure. The horse may also pin his ears or swish his tail. The horse’s response will depend on the sensitivity of the horse. This pressure on the head may also be felt by the horse if the handler’s hip is not open enough for the horse to feel it can move forward into the space. Another common mistake when sending out or walking on the circle is to step too much toward the haunches, which will either speed up the horse or will push the hips out of the circle causing the horse to turn in. Have you ever started to send your horse out and it kept turning circles around you? Quite likely this was caused by too much pressure to the haunches. Often the handler will then put pressure toward the horse’s head to try to prevent the turn in which causes the horse to invert and possibly rear or kick out. Ideally the horse and handler should form a triangle, with the horse being the base of the triangle (hips to head being the bottom two corners of the triangle and at an equal distance from the handler) and the handler being the top of the triangle. The handler will be stepping slightly toward the outside of the circle with her core pointed toward the horse’s shoulder/girth area to keep the horse from turning in. How to send the horse out to lunge Before sending your horse out to lunge make sure you are holding the lunge line in folds and not in loops for safety reasons. Keep the folds of the line in the whip hand and only one ribbon of line in your other hand so you can easily maintain contact with the horse’s mouth. This also allows the handler to shorten or lengthen the line easily.

Here the handler is trying to send the horse out but is pointing her core too much toward the hip. At the same time she is blocking the horse from coming in with her hand at the corner of his mouth. Notice the tail swish and the raised head as the horse receives the mixed signal of ‘move your hip out, but don’t bring your head in.’ If the handler turned her core more toward the shoulder the horse would move out onto the circle in a more relaxed manner.

On the lunge circle. The handler is stepping out to the right, keeping her in a pushing position behind the girthline, while her core is toward the shoulder/ girth. Her inside shoulder is back. The line from the halter and the whip low and toward the hind legs forms a triangle from her body.

The horse’s hind end, barrel, shoulder, neck and If this is your first time lunging a horse, stand head should all be travelling on the same track facing the horse’s shoulder. With your hand (see figure 1 for the green arrow). The hind holding the line in contact, block the horse’s and front legs are on the same track and the face from turning in by putting a boundary neck is in the middle of the horse’s chest. up towards the corner of his mouth with your hand holding the single line. Apply pressure to Alignment is everything. the shoulder area either with body language or with the handle of the whip (if you have a Next month we will look at tools we can long lunge whip it would be difficult to get use to help correct alignment issues as the the end of the whip to the shoulder being so horse is moving forward on the circle. Even if close asking him to move away from you). As you are unable to work with your horse due to soon as the horse steps out, use the whip to send cold or icy footing, you can start to practice this him forward while stepping out on the circle in your Figure 1 wheelbarrow step to prepare for getting them back wheelbarrow steps. Keep your inside hand up as a block to work. until the horse has moved away from you, then drop it into a If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea relaxed position. If the horse is familiar with lunging you may start out by facing to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. your horse from the front. If lunging to the left, open your left hip by We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. shifting your weight to your right foot. With your left hand holding the line, block the horse’s head from turning in, then send impulsive energy to the horse’s left shoulder with the whip, asking him to move Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and out onto a circle, while immediately stepping out and forward (on an healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics arc) maintaining the wheelbarrow steps. Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues It is important to remember to stand your ground. When sending that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights the horse out to lunge, if the handler backs up, it can have the opposite Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness effect of drawing the horse back in. It is seen as ‘drawing energy’ from exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! the horse. Once the horse has started moving away from the handler, Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities! the handler needs to keep her feet moving forward on their circle. If the horse does not want to move away, stand your ground, make yourself As an Irwin Insights Level 6 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz big and use pressure from the whip and/or loops of lunge line to move helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship the horse away. skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on inOnce the horse is out on the lunge circle we will be working depth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology toward relaxation and correct alignment with the horse moving from and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and poll to tail on the line of the circle. performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication Proper position and alignment are of utmost importance when between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to lunging a horse to prevent problems and unwanted behaviour. the horse and elicits great results. While lunging, the horse’s topline should be evenly bent and following the circle line. His barrel shouldn’t be bent into the lunger (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS) but also not be straight on the circle (see figure 1 for the red arrows). MARCH 2022


22nd Annual Construction Feature The snow is almost gone and it’s time to start thinking Spring… and BUILDING! Maybe you just bought your first horse or pony… or your first acreage… and need a shelter for that four-legged friend. If it’s in your budget, you might be considering a small barn to house some tack and even some hay! There are so many ‘building’ options and styles on the market along with pre-fab and modular packages, or build your own kits for your DIY barn! BUT… building even a small barn is a big project, especially if you don’t have much construction experience. If you’re not certain that you have the skills needed to put together a barn on your own, call a qualified contractor to make sure the job gets done right. 18 • MARCH 2022


22nd Annual Construction Feature Eragon Ranch –

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e live off grid in the BC interior, west of Quesnel, where we have snow season, ice season, rain season, and all the other seasons, sometimes all in the span of 24 hours! Limiting our opportunities for working with our performance Arabian horses that we show, race and compete with. The dream (of an arena) was spearheaded by a family of equine competitors, and to minimize travel on the resource logging road and through the winter conditions we live in. A great undertaking was to excavate and level the area and ensure we had a good base to put our building on. Once this was completed… the SpanMaster crew arrived in January 2021 and in 10 days we had a building! In that time, SpanMaster supplied and installed the steel and fabric structure, as well as a concrete lock block foundation and the doors and powered ventilation. Riding rail, electrical connections, lighting and footing materials would take the next few months to complete. The rest of the work was completed by our family, lots of tractor time and labour to level the footing and get the building operational. We chose this type of build (fabric) as it was the most economical, quickest, and allows wonderful daylight into the workspace. The footing is a few layers of crusher fines, top being mixed with sand and some sawdust, all products sourced locally. We had the lighting and electrical designed and installed for off grid requirements. This is truly a multi-purpose building, allowing us to have cover when it is -45 C for our tractor and other equipment to start, and once the weather warms up the equine riding activities take over the building. In the summer it is cooler to ride inside than out, in the winter it blocks the wind, so it is warmer inside than outside. We also use the space when a dry area is required for veterinary work from Dragon Lake Veterinary Hospital ( The hospital is a mixed animal practice serving Quesnel and surrounding agriculture community. Having this large, covered arena also acts as an emergency shelter if we are hit with a severe storm for our cattle operation, such as a spring blizzard.

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22nd Annual Construction Feature Williams Beach Equestrian, Merville BC WeCover Structures (see their ad on page 21)


e originally saw this type of structure several years ago in a WeCover advertisement. I was initially attracted to the beauty and functionality of this building because of the flexibility in design, and the amount of “lightness” appealed to my practical and aesthetic preference. The fabric roof allows for excellent sunlight penetration, but the temperature remains cooler during the summer. The main purpose of this arena is for our own pleasure. Since I still work full time we decided to open up the arena to several local trainers to benefit the young and not-so-young in our area. We are still a private facility, but Casey Lafleur, a hunter-jumper coach trains and teaches out of our facility, as does Gina Kanevsky, a dressage coach. The outside dimensions of the building are 130’ x 256’. The outer walls are metal, the interior is fir tongue and groove, and the roof is fabric panel with engineered steel trusses. The trusses were supplied by WeCover to fit our specific needs as we live in a heavy snow load area. Inside, the riding surface is 100’ x 224’. Arena footing is



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crush and native, screened sand. We were very fortunate to have lovely silty sand on our property. The footing was laser levelled and everything was professionally installed in the arena and the paddocks by Jonny of JET Enterprises. The flooring in the rest of the barn is concrete, including all the stalls, aisles, rooms, etc. The barn aisle has stall mats


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recessed into the centre aisle. The tack rooms, feed room, and washrooms all have vinyl planking. The therapeutic areas and tack areas have wall-to-wall rubber stall mats. All flooring was chosen for comfort and ease of cleaning both for our horses and humans. There are 10 12’ x 12’ box stalls with a concrete base and wallto-wall stall mats, with turnout for each. The stall panels and 5’ kick wall in the arena are fir tongue and groove. There is a large heated washroom with a shower, and washer/dryer combination. There are two separate heated tack rooms with individual lockers, a heated feed room, a wash stall and a double tack up area. The raised viewing area was custom built with the emphasis on functionality and comfort, complete with built-in benches. The therapeutic portion of the barn includes a Theraplate Vibration platform, and a Q-line solarium with infrared lights. I

am certified in Equine Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine, Equine Acupuncture and Equine Spinal Manipulation, although my main focus is small animal integrative medicine. I branched into the equine rehabilitation and sport medicine because it interests me, but this is very much a hobby. This project would not have been possible without the expert guidance from contractor George Gadon of Rising Structures Ltd. He made everything possible and worked within our budget. Ornan Martin of WeCover Structures was wonderful to work with. I started this journey approximately 4-5 years ago with our initial meeting at the Mane Event in Chilliwack. Ornan was extremely helpful and patient with my many, many questions over several months of initial planning to the reality of weather delays, supply shortages and ever-increasing costs of materials.

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decreased energy level or change in appetite may be the only early warning signs of a sick cat. “Annual wellness exams for both dogs and cats can help your veterinarian catch early signs of heart disease sooner, so that it can be diagnosed and treated early,” says Dr. Kyla Townsend, lead veterinarian, BC SPCA Vancouver Animal Hospital. 1. Difficulty breathing – look for excessive panting, especially at rest. Dogs with more advanced heart disease will have trouble breathing when they are laying down.

Heart disease for dogs can be a serious health issue. One in ten dogs has heart disease and that increases to one in six for older dogs.


nowledge of the five common signs of heart disease in dogs can help pet guardians recognize a potential problem and address it with a veterinarian. The sooner your pet gets diagnosed and begins treatment, the better the outcome. Unfortunately, cats can hide their illnesses, including heart disease, and it can be much more difficult to spot. Subtle signs such as hiding,

2. Persistent cough – any cough that doesn’t go away in a few days should be checked out. Heart disease causes the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and this triggers coughing. An enlarged heart can press on the trachea and also cause a dog to cough. 3. Collapse or fainting – when the heart isn’t working properly it isn’t efficiently pumping oxygen to the brain and this can lead to fainting. In dogs it usually occurs after exercise and can sometimes be brought on by coughing. 4. Fatigue – pay attention if your dog is sleeping or resting more and tires more quickly when they are on walks and when they exercise. 5. Changes in behaviour – decreases in appetite and a loss or reduced

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES CORE FUNDING Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development. An approved event or project will be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. The event or project must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. Clubs are expected to charge participants reasonable registration fees. Money will be released only after a financial report, receipts and an event summary are received by HCBC. In addition, for 2022, the HCBC Board of Directors has allocated an additional $50,000 to be allotted to Core and BC Equestrian Trails Funding. Who can apply? ~ Funding is available to regions, clubs, branches, and affiliates who are members in good standing of HCBC. ~ Each Club or branch may only submit one application per year. ~ Clubs, branches or affiliates should be members for at least 12 months prior to applying, however applications from new groups may be considered. When to apply? Applications for funding must be received in our office by April 15. Late submissions will not be considered. More information and application forms: membership/funding-for-hcbc-members/core-funding/ BC EQUESTRIAN TRAILS FUND Are you part of a current HCBC club or affiliate organization and would like to see improvements to a trail in your community? With the unfortunate devastation this province has seen this past year from fires to landslides and floods there are many trails out there in need of repair. Please take a look at the documents on our webpage that outline the criteria and see if your project would be a fit. membership/funding-for-hcbc-members/bc-equestrian-trails-fund/ If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact

2021 HCBC AWARD WINNERS A huge congratulations to our 2021 HCBC Award Winners! - Coach of The Year: Stella French - Bob James Volunteer of The Year: Tina Knott Thank you to all who nominated someone!


BC Summer Games, July 21 to 24 2022 The 2022 BC Summer Game in Prince George will be here before you know it! Just a reminder to Equestrian Athletes the deadline to declare for the 2022 BC Summer Games is May 31. If you declared for the cancelled 2020 Games in Maple Ridge and wish to bring your declaration forward for the 2022 BC Summer Games Equestrian Team, please contact and confirm your intent to be considered for the 2022 Team. For more info on how you can be a part of the BC Summer Games Equestrian Team for the 2022 Games in Prince George, please visit Not quite ready for the 2022 Games? Start preparing for future Games now, contact Sandy at to be included on the Equestrian Team prospects list and receive information on Summer Games Athlete Development programs. ~ Maple Ridge 2024 BC Summer Games, July 18–21, 2024 ~ Kelowna 2026 BC Summer Games, July 23–26, 2026 THIS JUST IN…. Equestrian Competition will be included in the 2022 55+ Games in Victoria!! September 13 -17, 2022, Greater Victoria will welcome participants from across British Columbia for the 33rd 55+ BC Games. This will be the first time Greater Victoria will be a Games host. Participants, volunteers and those cheering in the stands come together to meet the moment in time. For the past year and half, we have been isolated from friends and loved ones as we collectively battle a pandemic. Now, we celebrate not only our chance to reconnect in person, but our ability to transcend the challenge and emerge stronger, fitter and more committed to the importance of community spirit and togetherness. Saanich Fair Grounds will be the site of fun and friendly, Dressage, Driving, Working Hunter and Working Equitation Competition. Get ready 55+ Equestrians, make competing at the 55+ Games one of your goals for 2022! Registration opens March 21, 2022, more info will be coming soon! Frequently asked questions:

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, Jennifer Ward / Starting Gate Communications for Equestrian Canada Belgium. “Fifteen years ago, I made the decision to base myself in Europe where I had the opportunity to compete against the best in the world, week in and week out, and learned through experience what it takes to win at the highest level. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise with my fellow Canadian athletes and guide us back to where we belong, which is at the top of the podium.”

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo Credit – Susan Walsh

Eric Lamaze named Canadian Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe


anadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze has been named the new Technical Advisor, Jumping, which includes acting as Chef d’Equipe for the Canadian Show Jumping Team. Equestrian Canada (EC), the national federation for equestrian sport, undertook a review of the Jumping High Performance program following the Tokyo Olympic Games including the position of Technical Advisor, a role formerly held by Mark Laskin since 2012. As a result, a hiring panel was struck consisting of former World Champion Gail Greenough; EC Manager of Sport – Jumping Karen Hendry-Ouellette; EC Director of High Performance James Hood; Own the Podium’s Chris Lindsay; 10time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar; and EC Jumping Committee Chair Karen Sparks, created the job description, reviewed all applications, and conducted interviews. At the conclusion of this process, Lamaze was the successful candidate.

Lamaze’s first opportunity to act as Chef d’Equipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team will be during the CSIO4* Winter Equestrian Festival from March 2 to 6, 2022, in Wellington, FL, highlighted by the $150,000 Nations’ Cup on Saturday, March 5. Supported by the EC High Performance Jumping Committee, Lamaze will lead Canada in all team competitions, including the upcoming World Championships in Herning, Denmark, in August where Canada will have its first opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. “We are thrilled to welcome Eric to the position and are fortunate that he felt the timing was right to take on this challenge,” said Sparks. “We are confident that he can build the national program and podium pathways and be the leader the team needs to be successful on the world stage.” Meg Krueger, EC Chief Executive Officer, agreed, saying, “There is no one with more experience and a proven track record in our sport than Eric. His knowledge and passion are truly remarkable, and there is little doubt that he is the right choice to lead Canadian show jumping into a successful future.”

“I am excited to help lead the Canadian Show Jumping Team to future success in a new capacity,” said Lamaze, 53, who is cutting back on his own competitive agenda to give the Canadian team his full attention. “It’s an honour to be named to this position and not one that I take lightly. I look forward to building on the foundation that Mark Laskin laid and am committed to the success of our athletes, both nationally and internationally. I have a strong vision for the sport in Canada and will not stop until we reach perfection.” As Canada’s most decorated equestrian athlete, Lamaze holds gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals; an individual bronze medal from the 2010 World Equestrian Games; and four Pan American Games medals including team gold. He has won every major grand prix event in the world including Calgary, Canada (2007 and 2011); Geneva, Switzerland (2008); Aachen, Germany (2010); La Baule, France (2011); and Rome, Italy (2011) and reached number one in the world rankings several times over the course of his extraordinary career. In October 2021, Lamaze was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was awarded the Order of Sport, the highest accolade an athlete can receive from their country. “I would like to thank Equestrian Canada and the hiring panel for putting their trust in me,” said Lamaze, who is based in Wellington, FL, and Brussels, 28 • MARCH 2022


2008 Olympic show jumping champion Eric Lamaze has been named Equestrian Canada’s Technical Advisor, Jumping, and Chef d’Equipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team. Photo Credit – Cealy Tetley

Canadian Cowboy Challenge

By Hans Kollewyn


he CCC AGM was held on January 15, 2022 via Zoom. Board members who were up for reelection all let their names stand for another term. With no new nominations, a ballot was not necessary and all were acclaimed for another term. The first board meeting was held on February 10, 2022. The board started the review process of Challenge rules and regulations and to up-date if necessary. Challenge dates are starting to be established and will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. It is anticipated that there will be a full 2022 Challenge season. The board received a heartwarming letter from one of our new competitors in 2021. Tricia has given her permission to re-print her letter. Tricia wrote: “I would like to thank the CCC for the best summer of my life. I started the season absolutely terrified, with zero confidence. I have an anxiety disorder, and am prone to panic attacks. I have no idea why I thought that getting on a horse and riding him through scary obstacles was a good idea, but it was one of the best decisions of my life. The obstacles are fun. But the people are what truly make this organization amazing. I’ve never met such a group of helpful, compassionate, encouraging people. After competing at just a handful of Challenges, I decided to load up my horse and travel by myself, on a 7 hour journey to Saskatchewan. It turned out to be one of the most memorable weekends of my life. I parked my truck, and within seconds, a fellow competitor was pulling my panels out of my truck to help me get set up! People were offering to lug water for my horse. The first day of competition, a fellow competitor carried my mounting block to the arena, and held my horse while I did the course walk. A competitor I had never met before recorded my run on my phone. I was having some trouble with my horse, and people stopped what they were doing to come give me some tips. A competitor brought me ice for my cooler, and also surprised me with my favourite cookies! Many were offering me meals. My horse got loose and competitors caught him and brought him back to me. When it was time to leave, competitors were taking my panels down and loading them into my truck. This was the weekend that I realized THESE were my people. These are the people I am proud to call my friends. The people I am proud to call my “second best friends”… only because my horse, Chance, is my best best friend. When I started my CCC journey, I was definitely the worst competitor. By far. But I ended the season as Reserve Champion in the Novice division! How did that happen? It happened because these friends believed in me. And encouraged me. And they wanted me to improve, even if it meant that I beat them! If you’re looking to build a relationship with your horse, and want to meet the most amazing people on this planet, sign up for a CCC Challenge! I promise you won’t regret it!” - Tricia

We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out. This is 36” tall, 24” diameter, and weighs 40 lbs. Congratulations (so far) to: Jackie Grant, Courtenay BC Karen MacLean, Langley BC Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB From the December issue It was a Walnut Cracker! Congratulations to: Kathy Tallen OOPS! Missed printing two other correct guesses: (Hat Stretcher) Samuel Waldner, Claresholm AB (Meat Grinder) Ray Richards, Rock Creek BC

Tricia and Chance

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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. MARCH 2022


Cariboo Country Carriage Club Update By Karyn Greenlees | Photos by Rachael Sdoutz


e are busy getting ready for our 2022 season, hoping it goes better than the last two years. We managed only one event last year with everything being cancelled due to Covid-19, then extreme heat or wildfire and the ensuing smoke. We managed our fall event only, but it was a screaming success. This year we are planning two Ride and Drive Poker Rides, April 24 and in August, day not chosen yet as we wait for everyone to get their plans made for their events. If you are reading this Josh and Kendal could you push your group along! We will be putting on a Field Driving Trial on the May long weekend to kick start our season… May 20 through to the 23rd for those that need the date. It will include a Navigator Clinic on Friday at 3 p.m., and a complimentary soup, salad and buns ‘Meet and Greet’ on Friday at 6 p.m. Then Pleasure Classes on Saturday and Sunday for those entered in the Jack Pot Series, FDT’s Saturday and Sunday, and lessons with Tina Knott on Monday. We will hope the weather co-operates and the mosquitoes haven’t emerged yet, and the grass and leaves have.

We are also working on an extended FDT in July and September, but I will send more information as the details are worked out. Driving season is getting very busy with more events being offered at The Ranch in Pritchard and if all goes well another on the coast.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES By Karen Gallagher


ur January General Meeting saw 29 members and one guest participate via another Zoom meeting. One of our own, Vivian Harder gave a very interesting and informative slide show presentation on barefoot trimming and hoof boots. With the wide variety of hoof boots that Vivian has experience with, plus two other varieties presented by other members, it was a great introduction to the topic for anyone thinking of trying hoof boots. What a great wealth of knowledge and experience we have within this club! Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but Ontario’s Wiarton Willie says it’s going to be an early spring. We’ll go with Willie! We’ve started to get our horses in shape for all the great clinics our hard-working team has in store for us. Coming right up is the first of our Spring series of Pole clinics with Jessie Blackmon. No matter how many times we do these clinics, they are always full of enthusiastic riders. Jessie is a master at making it fun and challenging for riders of all levels and experience, and we know enough to appreciate what valuable training ‘pole work’ is for our horses. We’ll have a busy spring, with Larry Brinker giving us an introduction to Long-lining and Driving. Then… trailering, square dancing on horseback, Liberty training and Mountain Trail are all in the works. Our annual trip to Seven Half Diamond Ranch is looking like it will be a full house as well. As the days get longer and the weather warmer, the trails beckon! If you would like some great people to share your love of horses, to learn and to ride with, drop us a line. 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 the 3rd Tuesday of the month in Fort

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Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker, hosting a variety of clinics according to PHO. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email:

Let’s hit the trails! Hoof Boot slide show.

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


ello everyone and welcome back to the Chilliwack Riding Club! We’re just gearing up for this upcoming season and we’ve already got some great gymkhana dates and other activities planned. Be sure to follow along on our Facebook page and our website at for all the upcoming details. In November we held our AGM via Zoom. Thank you to those who attended virtually. It was a relatively quick meeting, but it was great to get 2021 squared away. This was an election year and Riesa Kyne stood unopposed for a third term and will return as president. Barb Bodholdt will continue as VP, Simone Tellier as Treasurer, Tanya Thompson as Secretary, Megan McKay, Penny Boldt, Lindsay Gray, Jeremy Gray, and Tanya Jones round out the board of directors. As always, we thank them for their dedication and hard work. Because last fall was plagued by COVID, flooding, and time constraints we had to postpone our awards ceremony a number of times. We were finally able to gather in small groups on February 5th to celebrate the achievements of our club members during the 2021 riding season. Congratulations everyone! Thank you all for your continuing support, your understanding during these trying times, and your clear dedication to this club and your sport. Thank you to Barb Bodholdt for putting together this year’s beautiful prizes and gift baskets, and to Lee and Tanya Thompson for hosting us at their place.

LEADLINE: (donations by Checkers Premium Fudge) High Point - Alec Kyne Runner Up - Scott Kyne Reserve Runner Up - Jacob Easten PEEWEE: (sponsored by Tuya Construction) High Point - Hayden Thompson Runner Up - Kinsley Lewis Reserve Runner Up - Peyton Haan Reserve Runner Up - Nola Kidwell JUNIOR: (sponsored by Tuya Construction) High Point - Emerson VanLeeuwen Runner Up - Hannah Lewis INTERMEDIATE: (sponsored by Tuya Construction) High Point - Annika Trythall


Alec Kyne

Hayden Thompson

Simone Tellier

Annika Trythall

Heidi Hogan

Barb Bodholdt

NOVICE: (sponsored by Tuya Construction) High Point - Tammy Harmatuik Runner Up - Iska Scholl SENIOR: (sponsored by Krancho Building) High Point - Megan McKay Runner Up - Heidi Hogan Reserve Runner Up - Dallas Feragen-Forbes Fourth - Laura Siteman FAST TIMES: Barrels - Layla Thompson Pole Bend - Heidi Hogan (22.649) Stakes - Megan McKay (19.422) Pole Turn - Heidi Hogan (11.037) Keyhole - Sandy Price (9.127)

Emerson VanLeeuwen

Megan McKay

Most Improved Horse - “Peppy” of the Lewis Family Most Improved Rider - Hannah Lewis Sportsmanship Senior - Barb Bodholdt Sportsmanship Youth - Annika Trythall Service - Simone Tellier

Well done riders! Remember, to qualify for year-end awards you must be a member in good standing, so get your membership forms filled out (located at the bottom of the home page of our website, crchorse. ca) and send in your payments. We look forward to seeing you out there!

On to Greener Pastures

t is with profound sadness we announce our beloved beautiful Doc O Pine passed away January 19, 2022, at the age of 27. Doug bought Doc O Pine as a lively handsome 2-year-old gelding. This magnificent animal was my son Matt Anderson’s first show horse establishing their start in reining. In Doc’s early career I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his trainers, Cheryl Mitchell and Dustin Gramms, who provided training to Doc and support to Matt. Thereafter Matt and Doc’s own natural talents took them to numerous wins in reining and working cow horse with Reining Alberta and the Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association. I think Doc even earned a few points in cutting. Doc was an exceptionally talented and big-hearted athlete who never quit trying. I always thought if he was a person, he would be a perfect human being. Goodbye old friend, you are missed. - Janet Anderson, Edmonton AB

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Vancouver Island Miniature Horse Club By Grace Hebert


he Vancouver Island Miniature Horse Club (VIMHC) wants to wish everyone a happy 2022! Hopefully a year filled with drives, fun days, shows, and other events with our furry friends! The VIMHC hosts multiple events a year including lessons, clinics, fun days, combined driving events, shows, and in-hand events. The club has had a range of members from youth to adult, beginner to advanced horse handlers or drivers. We welcome all! Your miniature does not need be to be registered with the American Miniature Horse

Pip Breckon driving in the obstacles

Association or AMHR. A miniature horse is A sized 34 inches and below, or B sized, 34” to 38”. We offer family discount rates or a free membership with the purchase of a miniature of the current year from a club member. Feel free to divulge into the world of miniature horses… a fun horseyhobby that’s half the size! See our website for further information at bcminiaturehorseclubs. com/vimhcC Miniature Horse Clubs

Grace Hebert and filly Star

Christina Mash and Toffee

Grace Hebert and Lena McMurtry at the Calgary Stampede

Tennessee Walker News By Windi Scott


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse is going all out this year to commemorate its 40th Anniversary. We will be announcing an Amnesty on overdue or neglected registrations and transfers. So many purebred Walkers out there are missing their papers. This amnesty will allow folks to get their horse registered or recorded in their name and ownership at a very reduced fee. The amnesty will run from April 1 to December 31 of 2022. Details will be announced. The Program for Excellence Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards will be announced at the CRTWH Annual General Meeting to be held in May. There is also another Platinum winner this year. Stay tuned! There will be a ‘new look’ for all CRTWH forms coming out this year. Also among the many great projects this year is the LIVE event itself. This in-person, in-horse gathering will be on August 5, 6 and 7 at the Thorsby Agricultural Arena in Thorsby Alberta… with a huge variety of… games, classes, challenges, demos, giveaways, prizes, arts and entertainment. Kinda like a really big party! Stabling and camping will be available. And it’s open to ALL gaited horses too. Mark your calendars! Particulars of all these will be posted on the CRTWH website, www., soon. Look for our Facebook pages, crtwh or “The Canadian 40th Anniversary” and watch for upcoming announcements.

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“Get those babies registered!”

Melissa riding Ally – one of the 2021 Gold Award achievers in the Program For Excellence

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Camping Fun at the Salmon Brewster Horse Campsites on Vancouver Island By Sue Kosh, chair of the South Vancouver Island (SVI) Chapter of BCHBC


he SVI Chapter of BCHBC gathered together to camp at the SalmonMemekay Campsite (near Sayward on Vancouver Island) from July 1422, 2021. The campsite was developed and is operated by our North Vancouver Island (NVI) Chapter in partnership with Recreation Sites & Trails BC. The camp is located near the Memekay River and was designed primarily for equestrians accessing the 17-km Salmon-Brewster Trail Corridor and adjacent Crown land and grazing lease. This is a beautiful ‘off the grid’ campsite that is fully fenced with eleven campsites that have two corrals at each site. There is a large shelter that has picnic tables, a wood stove and a concrete floor. Wood is provided for the wood stove and campfires (when fire regulations permit). Water for horses is provided in two large cisterns and there are three manure containment sites and three outhouses. These facilities are maintained by the NVI Chapter through their fundraising efforts and by donations from camper users. Our member, Justine Saunders, organized this camp, as she has many times in the past. We had a full house with 19 horses and 26 people! Justine held a meeting each morning to keep track of who was riding with whom and where they were going. Everyone would write their plans in the guest book— where they were going, what time they were leaving and their estimated time of return. This kept everyone safe and, if there was a problem, we would know where to go. It was a great set up. Riding at Memekay is wonderful and you can ride for hours! You can ride in the grazing lease area, where there are cattle grazing, and many trails meander through the trees and pasture. There is great footing and lovely scenery. The cattle are very used to horses (and people) so they are not a problem. (That’s if you even see them!). You can also cross the river in many places [when the water levels are low] and go into another area of trails that is very scenic and fun. We had great weather with only one day with some much-needed rain— which was great. We did a lot of riding during the day and had a gathering every evening, sharing lots of stories and a ton of laughter. What a great bunch of people to camp with! Our Treasurer, Christine Heffernan, had the wonderful idea of collecting $10 per night for each horse/rider combination. This was collected before the camp dates. Doing this we were able to present Deb Oakman, Chair, NVI Chapter, with a donation of $1,100.00 to support this facility. That resulted in a squeal of delight from Deb! We were so happy to be able to help with the costs of maintaining such a beautiful campsite. Where else could you camp in a facility like this for ten dollars a night? We all had a wonderful time and did some great riding. This was my third trip to Memekay and I found new adventures every time. Highly recommended. I would also like to thank Deb and all the chapter volunteers for creating and maintaining this site. They work very hard and do a wonderful job. It’s worth the trip!

The Memekay Camp picnic shelter provides a great place for gatherings

Happy Campers! SVI members (l to r): Leslie Parks, Justine Saunders (Organizer), Sue Kosh (Chapter Chair), and Christine Heffernan (Treasurer).

Heather Mayhew and Snickers at the Memekay River

Leanna Richardson and Evi

Back Country Horsemen of BC – serving BC trail riding enthusiasts since 1989!

Check out our beautiful website at / Questions? Contact

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Clubs & Associations Join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Membership is FREE!

members from across Canada and the US 5/22

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 10/22

The CQHA is the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd. Visit us at


31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 4/22


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 6/22

BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association

Working with obstacles to overcome obstacles Building confidence, patience, respect and trust in your equine partnership! 4/22


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

Contact: • Website:

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/22, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail:, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 3/22

FRASER VALLEY’S OWN ‘GRASSROOTS’ CLUB dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 12 /22 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 | |

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 8/22



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

Info on clinics and events at

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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!!

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


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323



BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see Facebook) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/22 BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 11/22 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 4/22

Canadian Cowboy Challenge 12/22

A SPORT for the whole Family! Seven Divisions to accommodate all! For more info please call 403-828-2044 or visit

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 9/22

5th of each month

Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 11/22

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 2/23


RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, & Find us on Facebook! 12/22

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 9 /22

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 12/22

OKANAGAN POLO CLUB (Kelowna BC), new members welcome, weekly gatherings, annual tournament, and fun! 9/22

VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/22

100 Mile & District Outriders

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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: Kevin Froese ( Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 6/22

Peruvian Horse Club of BC Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB (Vernon BC), check out our website at or visit our Facebook & Instagram pages 2/23 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/22

Clubs - you should be listed here Non-profit rates start at only $100 per year and includes a FREE web link for one year!


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


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ROAD TO THE HORSE Colt Starting, Glenn Stewart (for Canada), Kentucky,, or 1-800-514-3849 AQHA CANADIAN SUMMIT & CQHA AWARDS GALA, Keystone Centre, Brandon MB,


TACK SALE, 10am-2pm, Armstrong Curling Club, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, 15-17 HORSE EXPO CANADA, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 403-629-0434 or 1-833-425-1799, 15-17 VDRC CLINIC w/Tanya Rosen, Vernon BC, 22-23 STAGE 1 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart, Mission Acres Arena, Cochrane AB, 250-789-3072, CXL 22-24 CAN-AM EQUINE EXPO, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 24 RIDE & DRIVE POKER RIDE, Cariboo Country Carriage Club, Karyn 24-25 STAGE 2+ HORSEMANSHIP WORKSHOP w/Glenn Stewart, Mission Acres Arena, Cochrane AB, 250-789-3072, 30-May 1 VDRC SCHOOLING SHOW, Vernon BC, 2


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RANCH HORSE SALE, Lethbridge AB,, 403-329-3101 VDRC CLINIC w/Georgia Hunt, Vernon BC, SPRING HORSE SALE, Lethbridge AB,, 403-329-3101 ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP (Beg. to Adv.) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE (& Tack), Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dustin Drader, Grassland Grazers Ranch, Beaverdell BC, WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC w/Deb Erickson, Enderby BC, ARENA 2 TRAIL COMPETITION (1 of 2) w/Dawn Ferster, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, FIELD DRIVING TRIAL, Cariboo Country Carriage Club, Karyn DRESSAGE & JUMPING CLINIC w/Dale Irwin, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Ruth 250-542-2106, 3-DAY TRUST & CONFIDENCE CLINIC w/D’arcy Luttmer, on FB Wildhorse Ventures at Merston Creek Ranch, Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613



Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES





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WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-838-0111. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch

FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 11/22


100% Canadian


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

7/22 6/21

Ph: 250-503-7432 NATA FARMS Serving BC’s Interior including South Okanagan



Shavings • Hog Fuel • Bark Mulch • Compost


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. 4/22

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

Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides

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

Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips

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CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

NANAIMO 250-912-0095



FARM SUPPLIES DAWSON CO-OP HOME & AGRO CENTRE, 250-782-3371 10020 Parkhill Drive, Dawson Creek BC,


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5th of each month

Business Services GUEST RANCHES

TRAINERS/COACHES Close to nature Far from crowds 8-10,000 acres & private lake

ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, 5/22 7/22

Spring Lake Guest Ranch

10/22 • 250-791-5776 (100 Mile House BC)

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987

LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8 /22



BC’s Leader in Agricultural Real Estate 604-852-1180 •




Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities

778-209-0305 E-mail: Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 10/22

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 7/22

TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 4/22

Build Something Lasting

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Focus Working Equitation, Natural Horsemanship, 9/22 SOMATIC RIDER AND ENERGY MEDICINE - Lisa Wieben (Vernon BC) Balance the Rider, Balance the Horse,, 403-335-5993 7/22 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. 3/22 WILDHORSE VENTURES AT MERSTON CREEK RANCH (Quesnel BC) 250-249-9613, Horse Training & Clinics, Horses & Cariboo Mountain Dogs for sale. See us on FB 12/22

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 9/22





Elisha Bradburn is available for Clinics & Events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley, BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 10/22

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 9/22

DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22





On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

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

Looking to the future with:

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


We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066

(Princeton BC)


AW Blue Fire N Te AQHA Blue Roan AW Poco Kintaro | AQHA/NFQH 98% Palomino with dun dilution Axels N Steel Dust | AQHA/NFQH 98% Grullo

If you’re looking for your “Heart look no further!

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

8/22 3/17


Fell Ponies and Friesians



Quality Youngsters. Approved UK imported Fell Stud. 5/22 Email:


Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/22 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/22 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22

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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 4/22

FOR RENT BASEMENT SUITE FOR RENT. Bright and airy 850 sq. ft. (approx) one bedroom suite located in Salmon Arm. In-suite laundry, fenced yard overlooking creek and green space. Wanting tenant that is willing to farm sit occasionally for reduction in rent. Close to 3 horse boarding facilities and oodles of trails. $1350.00. Contact (Salmon Arm BC)

Leather & S titches Custom Sewing

Leather Hats, Belts, Moccasins Holsters, Knife Sheaths Upholstery Work & many Repairs


Th e Le a t h er La d y

Sherri DeBoer 250.838.0778 Box 62 Grindrod BC, V0E 1Y0


that has a little bit of everything Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

AD DEADLINE 5th OF EACH MONTH prior to the next month’s publication


6122 Cheetah Road, Forest Grove BC $1,640,000 MLS® R2647182


Each office independently owned and operated

The beauty of this 160 acre turnkey sheep & cattle farm will never cease to amaze you with the gorgeous creek valley meandering through, animals grazing in open pastures and hayfields, plus dense forests. Inside, the beautifully updated 5 bed, 3.5 bath ranch house with private wing for guests and both natural gas and wood heat, will make you feel right at home. Even the animals will feel they’ve hit the jackpot in their luxury accommodations including a 30’ x 84’ sheep barn and numerous fenced areas to graze. There are also a variety of other outbuildings including a tack room, chicken coop, work shop with 200 amp service, equipment shed/stable, an older hay barn, plus a newer 24’ x 72’ hay barn. There is no better place to enjoy your privacy and live off the land!


LYLE HATTON PREC* 250-609-0484


1-866-546-9922 for more info MARCH 2022




1521 Sumas Way ........................................ 604-864-2665



3663 South Island Hwy ............................... 250-334-0801



1309 Northwest Boulevard.......................... 250-428-2254



4650 Trans Canada Hwy ............................. 250-746-1755



1090 Stevens Road Hwy ............................. 250-769-8700



5592 Hwy 97 South ..................................... 250-498-2524



Upper Mud River Road ............................... 250-560-5431



7155 Meadowlark Road .............................. 250-545-3355

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