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Dear Editor: his letter is directed to the Cariboo Horsey Ladies. Thank you so much for your very generous donation of $2000 to Mixed up Mutts! We are honoured by your contribution, as we are an all-volunteer organization, everything for the dogs in our care comes from our pockets, or from donations... receiving a large sum like this is a great boon to our rescue! So far, some of the funds have gone to purchase dog food, as well as leashes and collars for the new dogs coming in. We have also incurred a lot of fuel and transport costs for dogs recently, and some of the funds have helped offset those expenses as well. As for the remainder of your donation, we have a long term goal of converting our president’s basement into a more functional kennel area, to give us the opportunity to take on more dogs that have socialization issues. Your contribution has enabled us to help a lot of dogs! We are very grateful that the Horsey Ladies chose us. You can keep an eye on what’s going on with the rescue via our facebook page, or our website Thank you again; we truly appreciate your donation!

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Hello: addle Up is informative and educational... with some exceptions. Ms. Nolet’s piece in your April issue on the Okanagan horses starving and killed on the highway misses the point. She asks why we let the tragedies continue and worries what tourists think, but won’t admit the cause of the problem. She knows the horses belong to native band(s) in the area. Why not report the truth? Why not contact the band(s) and suggest accountability for their animals’ care? This would give her work some purpose. What a waste of space in your magazine.

- Laurie Curtis, Summerland BC


Dear Nancy: t was with great interest I read in your April issue the article on ‘Natural Horsefriendship’. The connection I have with my horses I believe is very much like this. Not because I’ve ever read such an article (quite the opposite) but because this is the kind of relationship I want. Friendship. From the time I was a young girl I was always told horses should come into my space only when invited and they are not to be treated as you would a friend, although I’ve never really believed that’s the way it needs to be. My horses have always had an open invitation; they are never punished for wanting to spend time with me. I enjoy their company and they enjoy mine. They are always polite and never get into a shoving match when around me. I spend many hours just sitting, surrounded by horses. When I walk the pasture, they line up behind me and follow. It really doesn’t get any better than that in my mind. Which brings me to the second article titled, ‘Becoming a Farrier’s Dream Client’. There are some very good points in this article and of course the farrier must never be injured by a horse you’ve asked him to work on. I have a policy at my barn that none of my horses are to be hit by the farrier with a rasp or nipper or by any other means and none of my horses will hit the farrier. My horses have learned to trust our farrier and the relationship he has with them is just as rich as the relationship I have with them. The picture is of my Arabian stallion getting a trim. There is nothing keeping this horse there except that he wants to be. He is relaxed to the point of yawning. Not all of the horses are this patient, but they are all eager to be haltered, have my farrier work on them and they literally line up for the chance. It makes my farrier laugh and it keeps him coming back.

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pring is here for most of us… so nice to see the green grass. And our horses love it too! BUT… grazers (and owners) need to be aware, potentially all that pasture “time” may not be good for your horse. We have two great stories in this issue that touch on the subject; first is the story of a Foundered Mare (a continuing series about her tribulations); and the second is about the lush “Spring Grass” we turn our horses out on. Have you ever stopped in Merritt BC on your way to or from the coast for a horse event? Needed to fill up on gas, grab a bite or a Tim’s coffee? I know I always do. We have a special feature in this issue all about Merritt and the Nicola Valley; possibly it will entice you to stop for a bit longer, or plan a special trip to discover what they have to offer; and/or opt to drive the #5A Highway for a change of pace and scenery. Many of you have told me how late you are now getting your Saddle Up in the mail (or at the stores) each month. I am sorry for that – but it can’t be helped. Our printing schedule has changed and the ‘printed’ magazine will only arrive in stores/mailboxes around mid-month. You can read the ‘digital copy’ on our website as of the 1st of each month if you need news ASAP. And I do thank you for your comments.

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Spring Turnout By Dr. Alex Wales, DVM Photos courtesy of Rein-Beau Images


pring is slowly arriving and the pastures are getting green. Ain’t life great!!! I’m sure our horses appreciate the green grass even more than we do. There is absolutely no healthier place for a horse to live than in a pasture with green grass. Barns, stalls, stables, pens and the like are made only to make it easier for us humans to take care of our horses. Of course in Canada we do not have green pastures all year around and some farms do not have enough pasture for all their horses so we must make compromises. There are a few factors to consider when thinking about pasture for your horses. Let’s back up to the “wild horse” situation for a base line. Over the centuries, horses have evolved to be hardy beasts living outside in all sorts of climates grazing on forage of various qualities. They go through repetitive

seasonal cycles of weight gain during times of good grazing and weight loss during leaner times. This is a far healthier situation than some of the horses we see in practice that are overweight all the time. All the domestic pasture seed mixes that we have today have been developed to provide a high level of nutrition for the production of meat or milk. These pasture mixes often may provide nutrition, particularly calories, far beyond the requirements of many of our horses today. We all know that in any species, including the horse, consumption of calories exceeding daily needs leads to obesity. Every species has secondary health issues related to obesity. In the obese horse, we will see a lack of fitness for work, lameness issues and very often serious metabolic health issues. Obese humans often suffer from Type

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Spring Turnout, cont’d 2 diabetes related to excessive caloric intake and insufficient exercise to burn off those carbs. Overweight horses develop a similar disease called EQUINE METABLOIC SYNDROME (EMS). Here is how this works. Excessive calories in proportion to work leads to obesity and fat deposits. Special cells in these fat deposits release a hormone that interferes with insulin metabolism which then leads to elevated blood sugar and cortisol. It is bad enough that your horse will look and feel poorly being overweight, but of even more important is that in this state of having elevated blood sugar and cortisol, the incidence of LAMINITIS IS VERY GREAT. This can in fact be a threat to your horse’s life! In the spring when the new grass is coming in, it is very high in sugars and carbs. This spring grass may be very risky for horses prone to EMS and may bring on laminitis. This might be commonly called “grass founder.” Sudden feed changes should be avoided in horses because this too may cause digestive upsets and secondary laminitis. Horses, being forage feeders, actually do not digest much of their food on their own, but rather rely on bacteria and protozoa (called gut flora) to break down the forage into a usable form. This gut flora develops a balance according to the usual forage intake and can only make adaptations slowly as new feeds become available. Sudden feed changes may overwhelm the resident bacteria or leave the horse’s intestine without a population of gut flora to break down the new feed type. This can lead to colic, toxemia and again LAMINITIS. Now back to the topic at hand - How to safely begin spring grazing. There are two ways to do this. The simplest way is to put your horses out in the pasture early in the spring before there is much grass at all while continuing to feed hay. That way, their gut flora has time to adapt to the grass as it comes in. The second, but more labor intensive way is to wait until there is plenty of grass and then gradually introduce your horses to the grass. You can safely do this by allowing them ½ hour of grazing




on day 1 and increasing the time by ½ hour per day for the first 10 days or so. By then their gut flora will be adjusted. I must add a NOTE OF CAUTION for horses that are overweight or susceptible to EMS. Even small amounts of lush pasture may be enough to bring on LAMINITIS. These horses are sometime most easily maintained on controlled hay diets made up of low carb hay. Some people have good success using grazing muzzles to restrict grass intake as well. Which ever method you choose, your horses will all be happier and healthier if they can live on pasture. If you happen to own a horse that struggles with weight control, I would recommend that you talk to your veterinarian to help you understand what management factors you may take to enable this horse to have as healthy a life as possible. Alex has been in practice at PANORAMA VETERINARY SERVICE in Lake Country for almost 30 years providing medical, surgical, reproductive and behavioral services for horses in the Okanagan.

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True Equine Leadership: Grooming Exercise By Barbra Ann King So far in this series of True Equine Leadership exercises, we have covered Round Pen Conversations, Food Trials and Take My Space. This article explains how to do the Grooming Exercise. These exercises can be done in any order and their purpose is for you to show your horse that you have the same leadership qualities as the equine leader in the herd.


ou are showing your horse that you can communicate with him in a language he understands. Many behaviour problems such as trailer loading, eating on the trail, bucking, etc., are solved when your horse sees you as a trustworthy leader. Grooming is another of my favourite things to do with horses. It can be done anywhere and it always makes your horse feel good, if done respectfully. When you are short on time, you can bring a brush out to the field and give your horse some grooming on the spot. At this time of year, our horses are shedding and their skin gets itchy. Having someone groom those hard to reach spots is always welcome. When grooming, do not tie up your horse. This will allow your horse to move away if you are grooming him too fast or too hard. It also allows him to curl into you if he is enjoying the process. In other words, he will be able to communicate clearly how he feels and how he sees you, if he is able to move around. During the grooming process, your horse will have opportunities to check your leadership skills by pushing your personal space. If he manages to do so and you do not react or notice that he is doing this, he will automatically know that you are not a leader, simply because a lead horse cannot be moved by a lower ranking horse. The problem is that we may not know that the horse is actually pushing into our space, so we don’t do anything about it. 8 • Saddle Up • May 2013

Here is what to look for during grooming, or tacking up, or anytime you are standing by your horse: - Your horse turns his head away from you while you are standing by his side. Although it seems like he is simply looking away, what he is really doing is pushing his barrel into your space. This is very subtle and he most probably won’t touch you, but the fact he can do it without you reacting tells him you have a weak personal space and can easily be moved. To correct this, touch him firmly on his barrel just behind his elbow, where the girth goes (Photo 1). As soon as he brings his head around, pet him in the same spot and thank him (Photo 2). This is not a trick and you are not training your horse. This is what horses do to each other in the same situation. It is not easy to see the barrel actually leaning into you, but if the horse’s nose is slightly away from the centre in the opposite direction, he is doing it. While standing straight, you want his nose to be centered or slightly turned towards you. - The neck/head area has a big bubble all around it, starting at the base of the neck and including the top of his head and front of his nose. If you stand in that area, there is a good chance your horse will move his head away from you because you are in his space. Instead, stand at or behind his front feet. His bubble is a lot smaller around his body. You can’t ask your horse to bring his head around by touching his girth area if you are standing in his head space. - While grooming, watch that your horse doesn’t step into your space by picking up his foot and putting it down closer to you (or on you!) instead of where

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it initially was. This is another subtle way for him to see if you are easy to move over. If he does this, touch his shoulder firmly and ask him to move over. - Do not let your horse eat during grooming. The Food Trial exercise explains the importance of food in the hierarchy (see Saddle Up March 2013). As with every other exercise, have fun and relax while doing this. Do not become a dominant owner, but rather relax and allow your horse to teach you. Enjoy! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website

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anadian Wild Horse Foundation (CWH) has launched a federal petition which will be submitted to the Canadian House of Commons in August, 2013. The petition urges the Government of Canada to protect the wild horses of Alberta by designating them a “Heritage Animal,” and will be represented in the House by Blake Richards (Member of Parliament, Wild Rose Party Alberta). The campaign to save Alberta’s wild horses is actively supported by both local and international equine enthusiasts and celebrities. Today, the wild horses of Alberta fall under the Stray Animals Act, which classifies them as feral and leaves them severely unprotected under the law. They are at serious risk of having their population fall below the required numbers needed to sustain the natural balance of a healthy gene pool. These horses have an abundance of natural predators and harsh living conditions to contend with, and are now forced to survive governmentlicensed trapping that not only sends these magnificent animals into the slaughterhouses for human consumption but also seriously risks the future of Alberta’s wild horse herds. According to ESRD (Alberta Environment and Sustainable

Resource Development), between December 2011 and February 2012, there were 216 wild horses captured through a possible 237 permit licences distributed by the ESRD. This was a record high cull. Wild horses have roamed Alberta’s Crown land for hundreds of years. They are born, live and die in the wild; they are not a stray-animal. They have contributed to the natural ecosystem for centuries and are an integral part of it. It is time we let them live wild and free, so that future generations will be able to appreciate not only their contribution to our country’s history, but also their beauty in a natural environment. Many Canadians are unaware of the wild horses’ existence and their immense contribution to the history of Canada. CWH is working to change this. CWH believes it is of the utmost importance to protect the iconic wild horse herds of Alberta before it is too late. The federal petition is in response to concerned citizens who have initiated letters, emails and phone calls to political bodies, but received no response. CWH is urging all Canadians to support the cause to save our wild horses by signing the federal petition available for download on CWH’s Facebook, Google+

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Three Questions Your Horse Asks the Most By Christa Miremadi Photos by Tina Harnett

Horses ask almost as many questions as a young child. I have a four-year-old son who could win a gold medal if asking questions was an Olympic sport, and the thirty horses I look after could give him a pretty good run for his money.

My mustang gelding Cisco meeting another horse at a clinic.


bviously, horses don’t speak in words like Mr. Ed, but instead ask questions through their body language and the behaviours they display. Some questions are easy to recognize and other are a little tougher. Some will have little or no consequences if they go unanswered; others will lead to unwanted behavioural responses like bolting, biting or spookiness. These are the questions you’ll want to recognize and answer. Much like when we travel to a country where the language is foreign to us and we learn how to ask, “Where is the bathroom?”, “Do you have a telephone?” and “May I have a beer please?” - horses have a set of essential questions that they will ask people as well. Some of the people that they meet may recognize these questions and some may even answer them, but others will neither

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recognize the questions nor know how to answer them and this could be one of the leading causes of unwanted behaviours in horses. You see, without answers to these three essential questions, the horse is left feeling like a lonely traveller in a foreign land without a guide. I don’t intend to tell you how to go about answering these questions because that will depend entirely on the way the questions were asked, the horse’s history and its personality type; obviously, that’s not something I could know without meeting each horse individually. What I will do is help shed some light on the three questions I find myself answering most often when I meet a horse who is displaying unwanted behaviours - the questions that have been going unanswered and created anxiety and stress in the horse, resulting in unwanted behaviour. Question # 1: Who is in charge? This is by far the most common question I see horses ask, not just of the humans they meet but every horse they come into contact with as well. This seems to be an almost unconscious thing, like breathing or a beating heart. It is nature-driven and directly related to a horse’s number-one behaviour-shaping instinct: survival. They ask this question through posture, the use of distance and testing of boundaries and, sometimes, if they’re having a very hard time

understanding the answer or if the human’s behaviour doesn’t match up with the answer, through more obvious actions like biting or kicking. This question can look like a horse shoving, pushing through, and bumping a person with his nose or even something as subtle as slowing down or speeding up while being led. When asking other horses, it can look like squealing, striking, kicking or chasing. If you manage to convince your horse that you are in charge, you may hear the next question. If not, he will be asking himself. Question # 2: Am I safe? Again, driven by the strongest instinct possessed by a horse, this question is asked almost relentlessly. In some cases, the answer is so obviously “yes” that you may not even notice that the question was asked. If that’s the case, you will Melody and Lilly enjoying not lose any some “down time” between sessions. Clearly Lilly was ground or feeling safe. clout as the “leader” at

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Three Questions, cont’d all, even if you didn’t notice the question was being asked. In other cases, the answer is not so clear to a horse and he is put in a position to trust or not trust your answer. Some examples of this might be when a horse is asked to climb inside an unfamiliar horse trailer, cross a (possibly horse-eating) tarp or puddle or even something as simple as standing quietly for a trim. When a horse is not sure of the answer to this question or if he feels that his human handler did not hear or understand the question, he will “turn up the volume” on the way he asks. In many cases, this question looks like a horse’s head lifting or his muscles getting just a bit tighter. It could be the inquisitive bobbing of his head as he tries to focus in on an object he feels a little skeptical about, or it could even look a little more dramatic, like what we refer to at my ranch as “the dragon” - a high, arched neck with a raised tail and loud snorts of warning, sometimes accompanied by dancing or prancing feet. This question is almost always followed by the third most common question that I’ve come to expect. Question # 3: What should I do? It’s important to keep in mind that what the horse would naturally choose to do about anything that caused him to ask, “Am I safe?”, would most likely be to run away or put a safe distance between himself and the object or task in question. When the option to use his flight instinct is removed (as it is when he is being held by a handler) and he feels the need to protect himself, he is left only with fight. If we fail to recognise a question like “Am I safe?”, the horse will be

left in a position to answer this third question by himself, by either running away or acting out in the best way he knows how to keep himself safe. It’s important to me that when I’m working with a horse, he lets me do the decision making. I will, of course, consider his opinion on the matter at hand and I will always consider his level of preparedness before asking for a direction to be followed. I will accept a horse’s argument if he lets me know that he has not developed enough trust, understanding or confidence to comply, and will go back to building the foundation, preparing him more completely for the request; but my expectation is that he will wait for my answer to this final question rather than taking matters into his own hands. In order for this to happen, I must recognize when this question is being asked. This could be the toughest one to recognize because it’s a very fleeting moment between “Am I safe?” and the action he will ultimately choose to take if he is not provided with an alternative. In fact, this question happens pretty much simultaneously with “Am I safe?” Of course, there are thousands of other questions that horses ask, such as “Do I have to?”, “How important to you is it?”, “Can I eat grass now?”, “Where are my buddies?” and

“Can I speed up/slow down now?”; but the three questions that I answer most often (and consequently the three questions that, if unanswered, can lead to trouble) are, “Who’s in charge?”, “Am I safe?” and “What should I do?” If you can learn to recognize and answer those three questions, your horse will feel a lot more comfortable and confident with you. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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You’ve decided that it’s time to sell your horse, but you wonder if you really have to disclose all of his flaws to a potential buyer. If a buyer doesn’t ask, do you have to tell? I believe in and recommend full disclosure, but we all know that this doesn’t always happen.


hat you need to know is that a misrepresentation includes not only an untrue statement of a material fact but also an omission to state a material fact. A material fact is a fact that would reasonably be expected to have an influence on the buyer’s decision to make the purchase. In very general terms, a misrepresentation is an untrue statement of an important fact or a failure to disclose an important fact. As I stated in previous articles, it’s the buyer’s responsibility to find out as much as possible about a horse before buying it and it’s the seller’s responsibility to answer the buyer’s questions truthfully. If the buyer asks about the horse’s physical condition or if the horse has any behavioural issues, the seller must be honest with her answers. If I represented the seller, I would include clauses about any physical condition or behavioural issue that the buyer and seller talked about in the contract of purchase and sale. By documenting any conditions or issues, the seller has evidence that she did not misrepresent the horse should the buyer try to allege afterwards that the seller made false statements or withheld information.

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If the seller is the owner of the horse, the transaction is more straightforward because there are only two parties involved – the seller and the purchaser. Often, however, the owner engages a sales agent to sell the horse on their behalf. I cannot emphasize enough that the horse trade industry is a largely unregulated one in which sales agents are not required to be licensed. As an example of a regulated industry, if you are planning to sell your house, you would hire a realtor and enter into an agency agreement with this realtor who is governed by the Real Estate Board, which has the power to discipline unscrupulous realtors. Horse owners do not generally enter into agency agreements with sales agents and these sales agents are not governed by any regulator. If I hired a sales agent to sell my horse, I would want to protect myself from liability by having an agency agreement that includes specific clauses such as the horse’s sales price, the commission that the sales agent would earn, and most importantly, disclosure about the horse’s physical condition and behavioural issues that I would want the sales agent to tell any prospective buyer. In the real estate industry, once your house is sold, you enter into a contract of purchase and sale with the purchaser. As I have been emphasizing in my articles, contracts of purchase and sale are not commonplace in the horse trade industry. To put these concepts into context, let’s consider a hypothetical example. An owner asks a sales agent to sell her horse. The owner * Confidence Building specifically tells the sales agent that the horse * Safety is temperamental and is not appropriate for a * Techniques for young rider because the horse attempts to roll when a rider is on his back. The owner wants Problem Solving $4,000 for the horse. The owner and sales * And… Fun! agent do not enter into an agency agreement stipulating any of these terms. The sales agent finds a purchaser for the horse, but the purchaser specifically tells the sales agent that neW! art she wants the horse for her young daughter. Workshops! The sales agent does not disclose the horse’s temperamental nature to the purchaser. * Lakeview Guest Instead, this sales agent sells the horse to the Cottages purchaser for $15,000, pays the original owner * Camping her $4,000 and pockets $11,000. Since the sales * Quality Horse Board agent and the purchaser do not enter into any HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Legalities, cont’d contract of purchase and sale, the purchaser buys the horse “as is”. It doesn’t take long for the purchaser and her young daughter to figure out that this horse was not suitable for her. This scenario is fraught with legal issues - too many to discuss in one article. The sales agent failed to disclose important information about the horse’s behaviour to the purchaser. This was clearly a misrepresentation. If, for example, the horse rolled on the young rider and she suffered serious injuries, my view is that the rider would have a potential action in negligence against the sales agent for damages. Any legal action would include breaches of other areas of law, such as contract law and also name the original horse owner in the litigation. Given the lack of documents, it would be necessary to prove what was said and agreed on between the original owner and the sales agent as well as the sales agent and the purchaser. There is no doubt that this would involve costly protracted litigation, which could have been prevented had there been full disclosure and proper agreements in place. In fact, the purchaser would have known from the outset that this horse was not appropriate for her young daughter. My next article will explore whether the purchaser in this hypothetical example has any recourse to return the horse.

In the meantime, however, if you are thinking about buying a horse, be prepared with a list of questions that you should ask. If you are a seller or sales agent, honesty really is the best policy. Don’t forget to put your horse-related agreements in writing. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and a former owner of a horse whose show name continues as “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.


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Through A Horse’s Eyes, Part 7 By Luke Walker


his month’s edition of “Through A Horse’s Eyes” features an article from one of my recent clients and new friends, Hazel Plumbley. I think many of us share the same passion for horses and their well-being, as Hazel does. I hope you enjoy her light-hearted view and can appreciate her journey in furthering her personal knowledge and horsemanship skills. Thank you to Hazel for sharing. THE GROUNDED RIDER: Re-starting the Rider Story By Hazel Plumbley The cardinal rule of the grounded rider should be “honesty with self.” So, I need to begin by describing myself as a “serial advanced beginner.” There aren’t enough hours in the week for me to progress much beyond that until I retire and actually have time to ride. In the meantime, I read and think a lot about riding. I’ve read that training your muscle memory through visualizing yourself riding helps you ride better when you get the chance. If this is true, I should be able to go straight to the Olympics in dressage at age 65. With more time spent away from my horses than with them, I’m a constant “re-start” for my instructor. Just like the work Luke does with older horses, my instructor has to remind me every year where we left off last year when the snow flew and what our goals will be this year now that the sagebrush buttercups are up and need pulling from the paddock (because they contain a toxin that causes pain and inflammation in grazing animals... I read that in the Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Weeds of BC... see why I never get to ride?) I’m the poster child for the biggest growing demographic cohort of riders in Canada - the adult pleasure rider. We are either new to horses or returning to them and need to know more about our equine partners than was once thought to keep them well and ourselves safe.

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As an example, through my reading, I’ve come to realize that my horse is not a machine. Surprising, I know. Those of you who also tied kitchen string reins to your bicycle handlebars and subsequently did a face plant into the neighbour’s rockery will know this; horses are infinitely trickier to ride than bicycles. What makes them tricky is that they think. Also surprising, I know. Worse yet, they don’t think like I do. So my first response, being human, is to think they should think like I do and my second response, being human, is to think that I can teach them to think like I do. That’s my Plan A. I’ve missed the boat entirely, I’ve found from my reading. Those in the know have a word for my Plan A: anthropocentrism - that’s a lot of syllables. Here’s my personal, though likely inaccurate, definition: the human tendency to measure intelligence in other species (and members of our own) by the standard of human intelligence (usually our own) and then attribute value to the species (or person) based on our comparison. Risky and faulty assumptions are the usual result, at best. That completely rules out different types of intelligence. Under and overestimating the learning abilities of other species (or people) may lead to wholesale disregard for the welfare of other species (or people) that don’t measure up or are “different.” Intrigued? Google “Temple Grandin” and be thoughtful. So, what does one do when one misses the boat entirely? If your passion for equines can be traced to the pink plastic ride-on pony you sat on and pushed around at 2 years of age, you might get discouraged quickly. Real ponies don’t handle that smoothly. You can’t push them around and they have a different set of values than you do. No worries - try Plan B. As an intelligent adult, you can explore horse behaviour and begin to understand horse intelligence. That’s a pretty big carrot to chew on for now - check out Luke’s website for some options. Take home message: Value difference, don’t be afraid of or discount it. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” (from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey; still a good read decades after it was written). Try looking through a horse’s eyes, as Luke suggests. Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo. Walker develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers, coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines.

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Interior Horse Racing – What it Means to Me By E.J. MacDonald Photo courtesy of Rein-Beau Images

The sun is high overhead as the call rings out over the loudspeaker. “The horses are being loaded into the gate, please have your wagers made...” People stand in lines to get their bets, while mutuel workers take coins and dollar bills, deftly handing over bet slips to eager bettors.


he place is abuzz with chattering adults and kids eating French fries, hot dogs and even savouring popsicles. Over in the paddock, lead ponies now stand relaxed with their riders astride, ears turned to the sound of their racing counterparts, having escorted them to the starting gate minutes earlier. The starting bell rings, the gates snap open and the familiar “...and they’re off!” is heard. This scene means a lot to me and many others in the racing industry. For some of us, going to the BC Interior racetracks means a bit of a mini-vacation, with the bonus of racing horses. For others, it means being able to race a horse who is more than capable of this talent. Sagebrush Downs, in Kamloops, was my first experience with the Interior racetracks. It was quite a few years ago - I went with two friends who were taking their horses to race there. It was a lot like being in a giant frying pan that summer, but I became hooked on the racing there, heat wave or not. It was a life-changing experience. I have always had a love of American Quarter Horses (Canadian-bred or not) and the prospect of racing them is exciting. The racetracks in the BC Interior have had Quarter Horse racing on the cards; hopefully they will continue to do so, but we need to rally together to ensure that racing keeps being held in the Interior - for Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, as well as HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Arabian horses - and that it has a future in their time to hold these race days, such as British Columbia. A great many of us live the Okanagan Equestrian Society, who run for the trip to the Interior tracks. Kin Park. Some of us rely hugely on these tracks This is an essential part of British being available for racing dates. There is Columbia history, and should not go the no Quarter Horse racing at Hastings Park way of the Kettle Valley Railroad and many in Vancouver, so these Interior racetracks other historical icons before it. I hope these give Quarter Horse racing enthusiasts an racetracks are around for people to enjoy for excellent chance to watch, bet, or even many years to come. If I have piqued your participate in the sport. curiosity to learn more about them, visit Kudos to the people who volunteer the BC Interior Horse Racing Association their time to keep these tracks going: website ( • Kin Park Racetrack, in Vernon - has for information about each track and racing the distinction of being one of the oldest dates. racetracks in Canada. The thunder of hooves has been heard there since 1893. For just $3 in admission, you can help keep Kin Park open and racing. Dates so far are July 14 and 28. • Sunflower Downs, in Princeton FULL FACILITY RENTAL - $500/Day has been around almost AppRovED EvENTs oNLY (Excludes Building #1) as long as Kin Park, with its historically famous EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES race comprised of tough Pen • Stall • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas frontier women on fast, $15/Day per animal equally tough horses. Pen/Stall Combination Monthly Rental You are reminded $100 per animal (Feed & Cleanup NOT provided) of that long-ago run *BC Horse Council Insurance Required* race by the three black cut-outs of women on OVERNIGHT HORSE BOARDING their horses when you $15/Night per animal come in to Princeton off LARGE EVENTS Highway #3. Dates are Wedding • Jamboree • Rally • Concert weekend of June 29-30. Call for rental information. • Desert Park, in Osoyoos - will be PXA CONTACTS holding two racing dates Paul Bedard - President 250-295-7374 on June 15 and August 31. I am ecstatic about it! Danny Kastor - Vice President 250-295-6993 If you attend a race at a track in the Interior, Booking and General Information please think of all the 6/13 Fran Murphy - 250-295-6993 people who volunteer


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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy TIME CRUNCH TRAINING

Most folks are not fortunate enough to see their horses every day, which leaves the weekends for training, or perhaps their horses live with them but they think they don’t have the facilities to train in bad weather. You feel like you are unable to make any progress in your training. Whatever the situation, clicker training can help.


et’s say you’re a person who is lucky enough to live with your horses but works every day and perhaps has a hubby and kids to look after as well and has no fancy indoor facilities. Assuming you have to feed your horses every day or move them from barn to pasture, there are lots of little things that you can do during this time which will enhance your relationship and can be tailored to work simultaneously on those performance skills you’d like to be training. Once again, I am hoping you have trained the foundation behaviours as we will be building upon them.

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Scenario 1: Feeding Feeding time and everyone is pushing and crowding to get to you over the fence to grab the hay. Again, you will have to adapt to your particular set-up. Let’s take the easy situation of one horse per paddock. This is a little different from our usual method of click and treat. As you approach with the feed, if he

waits quietly, you continue to come closer. If he paws, you stop. When he stops pawing, you take a step and continue as long as he is not pawing. Every time he paws, you stop. As you toss the hay into the pen, “click” for standing and the hay becomes the treat. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out that food comes faster if he just stands here. Another way would be to teach him a cue to go to a stationary target on the fence and wait there if you need to go into the pen to feed, and then release him to the hay with a click when you are out of the pen. An excellent example of this is the video called “Blessing waiting for dinner” which can be found on my website. This behaviour took some time to train to this extent, but it is great from a safety standpoint. The stationary targets are great, too, if you have more than one horse per pen or if you need to take one horse out of a pen and not have the others attempting to leave as well. To get started with stationary targeting, look at the video of Eggo on my website that accompanied the last Saddle Up article. There is no saying that you have to get to the finished behaviour in a day. Progress can be made in just a few minutes each day doing things you have to do anyway. Scenario 2: Leading If you have to lead from barn to pasture, spend the time being productive and training

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rather than just moving your horse from place to place. It won’t take you much longer than it usually does and will pay off when you get the time to ride. Everything you train on the ground transfers to when you ride, especially if you are doing all the in-hand work that we do in Alexandra Kurland’s program. You can do why-would-you-leave-me, 3-flip-3, hip-shoulder-shoulder, targeting, backwards food delivery, standing on a mat, touching the goblin, targeting and anything you can think of on the way to and from the barn! By simply doing this you will be amazed at the change in the relationship between the two of you and the level of skill that develops. Hoping to do trail horse or in-hand trail or agility this show season? Start by putting one obstacle on the way to the barn or in the barn or even in the paddock if it is safe to do

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so. This way you can play for a few minutes before you feed and not have to go far. Scenario 3: Trailer Loading Practice Can you break down and practice the component behaviours needed to eventually have your horse self-load into the trailer? Start by seeing if he can walk past the trailer, up to the trailer, or play some fun games near the trailer, like targeting or mat work. All you need is a few repetitions and then head to the

barn or pasture. What tasks must your horse be comfortable doing to eventually get into the trailer? He should be happy to step up on a platform that you can make out of a pallet and plywood. If he’s not comfortable with this starting point then start with plywood on the ground. He should be happy to walk into a tight space. Make one from some PVC pipes and buckets with sand or, better yet, straw bales. Place them far apart, shaped like an alleyway. Then change to a funnel shape and then narrow down the funnel. Have him stop within the alleyway and play a clicker game he likes that is easy, like targeting or standing on a mat. Hang plastic over the hay to make it look more like the trailer. Hang a target in the alley on the hay (and send him with his cue if you have taught one) to go and station at the target, so when you get to the actual trailer he will do it there, too. Think of other things that need to be addressed. Perhaps he is not happy with the low ceiling. How can you simulate that? Perhaps hang a tarp from the trailer to

the fence which will give a more open feel to start with. Again stop and play under the tarp, then proceed to where you were headed. The pictures above show just some of the behaviours you can easily play with in just a few minutes here and there. By setting him up with lots of little successes you can be successful when you try the end behaviour. Quality, not quantity, of time spent is what is important. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development of clicker training for horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See the “Clicker Training” listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


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Tana’s Story, Part 1 By Marie Leginus, CJF I’m going to tell you about my first serious case of founder in a mare that I came across. Tana is a black Quarter Horse cross in her teens who, in the spring of 2012, encountered this horrible problem. April 5: Prior to me seeing her, Tana had been showing signs of laminitis for about a month. Her owners knew there was a problem, but were misguided by their veterinarian and farrier at that time. Their vet told them that her problem was either a pulled groin or cracked shoulder, and that it would be normal for her to be spending this much Tana in April 2012 time lying down. As well, they had their farrier at the time come out and take a look, but that person never even bothered to pick up a foot. Needless to say, Tana’s owners, Kim and Luke, soon got in contact with a different veterinarian who then got in touch with

a new farrier, James Findler, who passed this case to me. As seen in the picture from April, Tana is quite overweight. She was getting rich hay, as well as treats and grain now and then. She was also let out to graze on some grass once in a while. There are situations where these things wouldn’t matter. However, in her case, her system couldn’t take it any longer. When Tana’s new veterinarian saw her for the first time, the shoes that she had on were taken off. These shoes were poorly fitted, and the feet were very incorrectly trimmed as well as overdue. This resulted in the shoes sitting inside the wall and right on the sole, as her foot had grown - this did not help with her situation, if not having a direct cause to the problem.

May 7: Tana had her first X-rays from the new veterinarian, which does show a significant

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Tana’s Story, cont’d May 11: Before I trimmed her this day, I was able to see the X-Rays of Tana’s feet and the amount of rotation. However, she had a substantial amount of foot, so we tried to ease the leverage and see if this would help any. Tana’s veterinarian had blocked both of her front feet before I started trimming her to help make it possible!

June 1: After a few weeks, she was not getting any better, and was lying down most of the time. At this point, we had already decided to keep her in her stall at all times, with very soft and forgiving bedding, piled high and deep. The owners actually used a mix of peat and shavings, which she seemed to be comfortable in. After I saw Tana the second time (three weeks after my first visit) I then started coming to see her close to every day of the week. I wanted to make sure she was okay, and try to see her feet. My biggest fear was to pick up her foot and see the coffin bone poking through; luckily it never got to that point.

saw her, she would look at me with her ears forward and even give a nicker. She was always positive and eager for attention. She did get a lot of attention, too! Kim and Luke were a big part of getting her this far. Both of them were persistent in making sure she was okay and stayed up into the wee hours of the night to keep an eye on her. There were more than a handful of nights spent outside all night! I can’t stress enough the importance of them being as committed as they were, and still are to this day. To help with Tana’s diet, Kim went to a local feed store. She talked to a very helpful dietician who went over all the details of feed for Tana. A thorough plan was made, and Tana is now on a very strict diet. At the time, Tana was still barefoot, and I felt that trying to put a shoe on at least one foot would give her more of a chance, if she were to pull through this. I got on the phone to James Findler and did my best to convince him to help. Thankfully, he was more than happy to help me with it. The next day, we met there to attempt Tana’s first heartbar. To be continued…

June 6: Tana’s right front was the worst at this time, so we had an X-ray taken of this foot. Because she was so sore on this foot, she wasn’t able to actually load it or put it flat on the ground. So this was the best picture we were able to get. At this point, to pick up a foot was pretty much impossible. The only way I could get a good look was if she was lying down. Otherwise, it would be only two seconds in the air holding it up, at the most. I used pine tar on her feet; I painted it on only a few times. I found it did help, but the shavings and peat hardened to the bottom as well, making it difficult to tell what her sole looked like. With her condition not improving, suggestions were made that she should be put down. Perhaps - but we weren’t about to give up just yet. We also knew Tana wasn’t either. Whenever I HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Choosing a Harness for Your Horse, Part 2 By Judy Newbert Last month we covered why harness was important and what sorts of harnesses are available. Now we will consider the size and material options to choose from in your harness. What size do I need?

The size of the horse - 12hh, 14hh, or 17hh - has VERY LITTLE to do with what size of harness he will need. His breeding, his build and his fitness are more important than his height. Always measure to be sure.

Each harness maker seems to have their own interpretation of what a horse size, pony size, or mini size harness is, based on horses with which they are most familiar. If you ask, they should be What sort of material is harness made from? able to supply dimensions of all of the harness parts which you can The oldest and, many think, the best harness material is leather. compare to your horse’s dimensions. One common fitting problem Leather is an excellent material if tanned properly and taken care I have found is that almost all breechings are too small. Another of. Good harness that is looked after well can literally last several common fitting problem is that, because of the blinkers, driving bridles have only a small range of adjustment, smaller than a normal hundred years. Queen Elizabeth II has many harnesses which are several hundred years old and still entirely serviceable. Because of riding bridle. Therefore, you may be able to use the same harness the demand for leather, there is a lot of poorly on two different-sized horses but you may tanned leather around (commonly referred need two bridles. The same applies to girths. to as Indian leather which comes from India Many drivers have only one harness but one or Pakistan). This leather is tanned using or two extra girths. When starting out in the processes which harm the leather. This spring, when the horse is not fit and may be leather feels sort of like cardboard when new, quite plump, use the larger girth. Then, as cracks easily and even if taken care of will the horse becomes fitter and slimmer during fail. Harness made with this leather is cheap the summer, you can switch to the smaller and therefore attractive to the beginner girth. driver but is unsafe. Buy harness only from a DO NOT EVER believe someone who reputable harness dealer or maker who will tells you a particular harness fits all ponies Young’s Country Esquire, Welsh pony stallion, tell you where the leather is from and how it and horses (as in one-size-fits-all!). There is driven by Judy Newbert at Cochrane Pony Show was tanned. Do not buy new cheap harness not enough adjustment to handle that sort off EBay! Even a well-tanned and well-made of size range. Remember also that horses leather harness requires care to keep it safe. You must clean it after vary a great deal in size and weight from a huge draft horse to a every drive and oil it regularly. If you are not prepared to take care more lightweight Arabian, for instance. So, even within the “horse” of your leather harness, buy a harness made from one of the other designation, there is a lot of variation. Ponies also vary greatly in materials, not leather. Old leather harness that has dried out due size and weight. to being stored in a barn or shed for years can be very dangerous Your best bet is to get a harness measuring chart. Most harness and will fail without warning. After the harness has dried out due makers and sellers have them and I have one on my website. Using to neglect, NO amount of oiling or care will return it to a safe state this chart, you can take your horse’s dimensions and write them although it will look better on the surface. Bottom line – because of down. You can then take that sheet with you when you go to look at the demand for leather, GOOD leather is expensive. If you won’t pay harnesses and check the dimensions to make sure it will fit. for good leather, buy harness made from nylon or other synthetics. If you won’t take the time to care properly for the leather, buy nylon or other synthetics. Nowadays, harness is available made from nylon webbing. It is Driving & Riding - Lessons & Clinics strong and cheap, readily available and comes in many colors. It is Diamond N ultra-light carbon-fibre whips suitable for beginners provided it is properly made. Because of the Carts, Carriages & Harness - Mini to Draft nylon webbing material, when the horse is dirty or sweats the dirt Saddlery and harness repairs and sweat tend to get ground into the webbing and it is very difficult Upcoming Carriage lamp repair & restoration Driving Clinics to clean even with a brush. Depending on the other materials used Dates on website in the harness, you may be able to soak it and hang it to dry. Nylon Judy Newbert webbing can be abrasive to the horse’s skin and therefore nylon 403-946-5194 • harnesses are often lined with felt on the breastcollar or on the Box 528, Crossfield, Alberta T0M 0S0 backpad. Felt is also hard to clean, especially if sweaty or dirty. If 6/13 you choose to soak your harness, you must make sure the fittings

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Choosing a Harness, cont’d (buckles, loops, terrets and other metal hardware) is stainless steel. Nickel-plated steel is a cheaper alternative and will rust, and the nickel finish will flake off if the fittings are left wet for too long. Because cost is often the only consideration in making nylon harness, nylon harness may be missing some of the features essential to making the harness comfortable for your horse. Many synthetics such as biothane and beta are now commonly used to make harness. These materials come in a wide variety of colours, widths and thicknesses, are very easy to care for, and are very strong. In the early days of biothane when it was used in Standardbred racing harness, a lot of harness cracked and deteriorated. The materials available today in the biothane material group have overcome the cracking problems and biothane is superior to leather in flexibility and durability at low temperatures, even during our winters! Biothane materials are easy to clean: simply rinse and hang to dry (most biothane harnesses use stainless steel fittings). Biothane harnesses are more expensive than nylon but are also usually better built. Biothane harness is less expensive than good leather harness. Next month, we will cover the metals used in harnesses and what harness parts are especially important. If you have questions, visit the Newbert Equine website at, or contact me at or 403-946-5194 (evenings or weekends are best).

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Mules Are More By Jerry Tindell Have you ever considered why mules are so unique? Think of the donkey and the horse as the bookends for the mule. The breeding of mules influences how they think and operate, since they take traits from both the horse and the donkey.


et’s consider the characteristics of the donkey. There are two main breeding lines of donkeys: the small Spanish Jacks, which more often have quicker movement with a slender build, and the Mammoth Jacks which are a heavierboned breed with a slower demeanour. By nature, donkeys are more conservative in all aspects because they slow down and protect themselves in a slower manner. It can be said that donkeys usually do everything in moderation. They reserve their energy and are more thoughtful and logical, especially when thinking through a problem. It is like the story of the old bull and the young bull that were standing on a hill admiring the cows down in the valley. The young bull said to the old bull, “Let’s run down there and mate with one of those fine-looking cows.” But the old bull replied, “Let’s walk and we can mate with all of them.” When donkeys find themselves in a tough or unsure situation, they slow down and can also shut off their movement; they don’t panic. This behaviour is most often viewed as being

stubborn, when in reality they are much more in control of their self- preservation. A donkey is also more timid or afraid, which might not be exhibited through his behaviour, but he is still afraid on the inside. In general, the donkey shows less concern on the outside and this helps maintain his overall confidence in response to situations he finds himself in. Now let’s consider the characteristics of the horse. The saddle or pleasure horse has quicker movement than the draft horse, and each are used differently based on their body types and agility. Horses display more energy and movement than donkeys do, but the horse’s response to difficult situations is revealed in a different way. Horses gain confidence and courage by leaving the perceived threat or danger. The further they distance themselves, the braver they become. They develop courage by being afraid and leaving the threat or concern behind. Both horses and donkeys have a high level of selfpreservation, but they each handle it very differently. For


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from the Jack and the mare, we will have a little bit of both qualities in the mule. This is the best of both worlds! With this in mind, we need to be more careful about what we breed. If we breed a Jack of lesser quality with a bad disposition or poor conformation to a bad-dispositioned, high-headed, flighty mare we will get a mule that is wired for sound with the ability of a black-belt martial arts expert when we go to confront him. But if we breed a Jack with good movement, good temperament, and good conformation to a mare with the same characteristics, then we will have a good chance of producing an excellent mule. Keep in mind, it’s best to consider what the mule will be used for, then breed or purchase one for that use. If a person gets a mule and expects him to act like a horse, failing to factor in the donkey side of him, that person might not understand why the mule acts the way he does. When all is said and done, donkeys, horses, and mules are all the same in that they walk, trot, lope, stop, and turn around; but how they think, process, and react to situations can be very different. They are similar to people in that we are all different, but we are all human. Jerry Tindell of Tindell’s Horse and Mule School is a professional horse and mule trainer from California. He has been training and shoeing horses and mules since 1971. His unique training abilities help mule owners understand and apply proven techniques to communicate in a soft, safe, and secure manner with their animals. See his website

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ark your calendars, bring your horses, or come to watch and enjoy! This year’s 16th Annual Show continues to be held at the Agriplex in Armstrong BC on June 8-9. The show is hosted by a group of gaited horse enthusiasts representing several breeds. Our judge this year will be Christine Schwartz of Vernon. Christine is wellknown and respected in Icelandic circles, so we are hoping to see a good showing of ‘Icies’. Other breeds expected are Rocky & Kentucky Mountain Horses, Peruvians, Paso Finos, Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Foxtrotters and possibly others, such as National Spotted Saddle Horse. Part-bred gaited horses are also welcome, as are gaited mules. For the first time in Canada, we are excited to be welcoming the Malangara Marchador, the national horse of Brazil. Dana Johnsen of Nickers Saddlery in Penticton has just imported three horses

and will be showing the one under saddle in some classes. After lunch on Sunday, spectators will be treated to some special demonstrations, just prior to the start of classes. Featured will be a Garrocha Pole performance by Ilona Berbekar and her Paso Fino. This type of pole was traditionally used in cattle herding and more recently, some dressage training. Dana and Kate will then demonstrate the versatile Marchador breed and its gaits. Finally, a Barrida of the gaited breeds will ride in formation to present a tribute to the super smoothness and pleasure of riding these fine horses. The Interior Gaited Horse Show is a relaxed show that emphasizes FUN and participation. The show fees are ridiculously reasonable. Casual tack and rider apparel are welcome. If you have a gaited or part-gaited horse, please come and join us! You’ll be glad you did.

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy


randon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was host to the 2013 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity and Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale March 28-30. Each day an enthusiastic ringside watched the seventeen 3-year-old Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron Futurity horses contest a Pattern Driving, a Halter or a Rail Cart class. Final placings were announced at Saturday’s Classic Yearling Sale. Here breeders and owners of the ten top 3-yearolds received their handsome payout and breeder’s cheque. The 2013 payout totalled $33,732.52. Scoring each class was Indiana’s Gary Miller; Ontario’s Randy Robertson and Florida’s Julie Westbrook. They worked alone. In what is often the Futurity’s most controversial class, Creekside Voo Doo, a Belgian gelding Tom and Rae-Ann Lane Lane of Birtle, Manitoba, bred and own, won the Pattern Driving. The three judges placed this horse 3rd, 2nd and 1st, respectively. This year the Halter Class lifted eyebrows. Duhaime’s Nash was the winner. Alberta, Emma and Nichole Duhaime of Paynton, Saskatchewan, own the homebred, Belgian gelding. The three judges placed this horse 2nd, 4th and 4th, respectively. However, the quality of each entry was such the three judges had little to fault. Westbank Vixen topped the Rail Cart class. Bred by John Ruzicka of Viking, Alberta; Vixen is jointly owned by John Ruzicka and Jason Bexson of Didsbury, Alberta. Pressed by the Paramount Stylish Knight, a stepping Percheron gelding Dr. David Bailey of Calgary, Alberta, bred; he is owned by Gordon Ruzicka of Viking, Alberta. Knight was placed 1st, 1st and 10th, respectively; by the three judges, who placed Vixen 6th, 3rd and 1st, respectively. Hence, Westbank Vixen won the near run class.

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Consignments were down in number at this year’s NAERIC Classic Draft Yearling Sale. However, the trade was hot. Yearlings sold at this Sale are eligible for the 2015 NAERIC 3-year-old Draft Horse Classic Futurity. Creek Side Xeno captured the $7,200 high bid placed by his breeder, Tom Lane of Birtle, Manitoba. This blonde Belgian colt is a son of W.B. Johnny on the Spot. A big hitchy colt with presence, he has heel and will be a Futurity contender. The twenty-one yearlings sold averaged dollars short of $3,500 each. For NAERIC Futurity details visit

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Learning to Ride with 4-H By Steven Dubas What makes a group or organization successful? It’s the people! When you have dedicated people, you have a great organization.


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Club has 26 kids involved in the program; from the two clubs, there are 20 members, split equally, working with horses. The parents and volunteers work together to bring an understanding of horsemanship, Randy Ophus instructing Quinn Powers (age 11) on Woody, a 7-year-old registered Paint which is more than Gelding owned by Sheri Graham. just sitting on a horse. Being resourceful, the parents sought out people in the community who would be willing to help. Riding in the winter in Prince George means you need to find a covered arena. Keith Hart, a local rancher and businessman came up to the challenge. Keith built a hay barn that, from the outside, looks like a riding arena. Understanding the need for a riding arena in the area, he gave his approval to use the barn at no cost to the group. As the hay is sold, the riding surface gets larger. There is a standing invitation to the Beaverly 4-H to participate in joint clinics. Just recently, through fund raising and support from their parents, the kids paid for Randy Ophus, a well-known trainer and horse breeder, to put on a mini horsemanship clinic. They each got some one-on-one time with Randy, who gave them pointers on how to ride. The highlight of the year is attending the Prince George Exhibition. The 4-H clubs come together to show Prince George what they have done during the year. They have their own horse show and they also put their horses on display. 4-H is more than horses though; it is teaching kids good values through agriculture and community involvement. If you have ever attended an agricultural fair, 4-H kids were probably there. They take pride in what they do and there is always a parent or volunteer making sure all is well. If you are looking for activities for your children to take part in and learn a multitude of great skills, check out your local 4-H group. Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Best of the Best Return to Stampede By Doug Fraser


he world’s best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are coming back to the richest outdoor rodeo in the world – the $2 million Calgary Stampede. A total of 120 competitors in the six major rodeo events have qualified to return to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. “The Stampede Rodeo has now become a showcase for rodeo’s elite,” says Keith Marrington, director, Rodeo, Calgary Stampede. “These athletes, who carry on cowboy and cowgirl traditions, know they can earn a $100,000 paycheque if they can rise to the top of their event on our million dollar Sunday Showdown.” Again this year, some of the greatest rodeo names in the world are back – including home-grown talent like Alberta’s own Dusty LaValley and Jake Vold in Bareback, Chad Besplug and Scotty Schiffner in Bull Riding and one of Alberta’s favorite barrel racers, Lindsey Sears. Also, rodeo superstars from across North America have accepted Calgary’s invitation – names like Taos Muncy in Saddle Bronc, Bareback rider Bobby Mote, and Luke Branquinho in Steer Wrestling. In fact, all six defending champions from 2012 have accepted their invitations to return to

the 2013 Stampede Rodeo. Ladies Barrel Racing should be even more exciting this year because it will be sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, meaning the money won at the Stampede will be included in the racer’s yearly standings. Some of the best Barrel Racers in the world are now seeing new opportunities to enhance their position in the standings by making the trek north to the Stampede. As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme “We’re Greatest Together” - we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

Top $$ at Badlands By Charlene Musgrove


arch 23rd brought a good crowd of 600 plus people to the Badlands Spring Select Horse Sale at the Silver Sage Community Corral in Brooks AB, with registered High-selling horse - Lot #25 ‘HEZA Bonanza Gas Bar’, 2004 Sorrel Gelding, sold for bidders from Manitoba, $7,300 Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The bad weather may have kept some people at home, but not from the sale as they were able to bid online and watch the sale and preview online. The high-selling horse was purchased by F. Nester Ranching Ltd of Cessford AB. The added attraction of a tradeshow with a good variety of exhibitors from near and far was a great addition to the day and gave some unique gift and supply options. For detailed results go to www.badlandsspringselecthorsesale. com or High Selling Horse $7,300 Average Top 5 Horses $6,950 Overall Sale Average $3,580 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 27

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Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley Merritt and the Nicola Valley is the “Country Music Capital of Canada” and showcases cowboy lifestyles, western music and fine neighbourly hospitality, offering an urban lifestyle in a country setting.


erritt is famous for its Country Music Walk of Stars and is the home of Canada’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Where the Coquihalla Hwy #5 meets The Connector Hwy #5A, there is a BC Visitor Centre; it stands as the gateway to the interior of BC. Also, in town there is the Merritt Visitor Information Centre at the Baillie House, a popular tourist attraction in its own right. A BIT O’ HISTORY Merritt is located 271 Kilometres (168 miles) northeast of Vancouver in the heart of the Nicola Valley. With a population of approximately 8,000, and a trading area of approximately 15,000, Merritt is the commercial centre for the area. The Nicola Valley has long been home to a number of First Nations who continue to call the area home. European pioneers searching for a trading route between the Coast and the Interior reached the area in the mid-1800s. Right from the beginning, early settlers were attracted to the area because of its rich grasslands ideally suited for livestock (Ranching remains an important part of Merritt’s economy!).

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Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley WHAT TO DO IN THE AREA? Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Merritt Centennials Junior A Hockey Club Heritage Walk Curling Star Gazing Courthouse Art Gallery Merritt Speedway Spius Creek Hatchery Camping Birdwatching & Wildlife Swimming Water Skiing Windsurfing Hiking Biking Horseback Riding Hay Rides Geocaching Golfing Tennis Fishing (“A Lake a Day as Long as You Stay”) Ice Fishing Hunting Cross Country Skiing Snowmobiling

Western Charm in the heart of the Nicola Valley The historic Baillie Property, operated by the Nicola Valley Heritage Society, consists of a house, barn, store, storage garage and heritage style garden. The importance of the property is the extent to which the buildings have remained

so unchanged since the early 1900’s. The society has established a number of annual events including fundraisers that help in the continuing operations and maintenance of the site. The former store on the property also enjoys its new purpose as Merritt’s Tourism Information Centre located across from City Hall, at 2250 Voght Street. We hope you will stop in for a

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Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley location to stage your walking adventure from. 100’s of International Country Music Artists have performed at the annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival over the last 12 years, including Paul Brandt, Brooks & Dunn, The Dixie Chicks, and Keith Urban, only to name a few. Those stars have left their mark permanently by placing handprints (or, in one case, footprints) and signatures in concrete stars. In 2003, those stars became the basis for the Merritt Walk of Stars. By 2005 more than 100 bronzed stars, created from the concrete impressions, will be displayed throughout the community. Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame The Hall of Fame officially opened in downtown Merritt in June of 2012. For 2013, the Hall will be open full-time during the summer season (with reduced hours during the winter months). Join us for a trip down a musical ‘memory lane’ while learning about the dozens of inductees, and their contributions to the evolution of Canadian Country Music. Throughout the season, there are opportunities to join us for live music, special events and a good ol’ fashion chin-wag about Country Music, the legendary artists and much more. Another reason that Merritt is “The Country Music Capital of Canada!” Experience our Heritage... The Heritage Commission invites you to follow the Heritage Walk. Baillie House: The Baillie property is a symbol of the first major urban development of Merritt both residential and commercial/industrial. The house was built in 1908 with all the hope that a buoyant economy brings to a young working man with the prospect of a wife and family. Nicola Valley Museum and Archives: Begin your discovery of historical adventure here – see and learn about the early pioneers, the advent of coal and rail transportation, and, our colourful ranching history! Coldwater Hotel: The Coldwater Hotel, located in the heart of Merritt, was constructed in 1908 and its copper covered cupola is a Merritt landmark. The hotel is still in operation with a restaurant, pub, beer & wine store, and banquet facilities. Quilchena Hotel: Established in 1908, the Quilchena Hotel is one of the Valley’s most historic buildings. Overlooking Nicola Lake, the resort offers visitors a multitude of outdoor experiences: guided trail rides, tennis, swimming, fishing, hiking and a scenic 9-hole golf course. The resort also has an adjacent recreational part with 25 sites offering full hookup facilities.


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Douglas Lake Ranch: Established in 1886, is Canada’s largest working cattle ranch. The ranch is approximately 515,000 acres in size, has in the neighbourhood of 18,000 head of cattle and employs 60 people. In addition, the ranch has two of North America’s top lakes for producing rainbow trout and operates a general store and post office. Nicola Ranch: This ranch is an old gazetted community which is currently in the process of being preserved and restored. Visitors are welcome to walk around the ranch and see the buildings for themselves. Almost all the buildings that the ranch now occupies date from between 1876 and 1913, when the town of Nicola was the most important settlement in the area. The heritage buildings, artifacts and other historic exhibits are an additional feature of the Nicola experience. Quilchena Hotel & Resort The Quilchena Hotel & Resort is home to Quilchena Cattle Company, established in the 1870s. Each year Quilchena runs

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Dining Room, Coffee Shop, Unique Guestrooms Western Saloon and Outdoor Patio from $79 Banquet and Reception facilities & Ranch House Quilchena General Store est.1912

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By the sandy shores of Nicola Lake with beach access. 6500 Highway 5A North, Quilchena BC ~ 250-378-2611 ~

4,000 head of cattle over 28,000 deeded acres and sustains itself on 1,000 acres of mainly alfalfa forage crops. The link between the ranch and hotel is strong – most of our excellent trail-riding horses are retired ranch horses from the Quilchena Cattle Co. and sometimes you’ll meet one of our cowboys in our saloon or coffee shop. History: The Guichon brothers left the grazing region of the Savoie in France and arrived in California in 1857. They immediately trekked north to Canada in pursuit of the Cariboo gold rush in British Columbia. When the rewards of prospecting became marginal, they pursued other interests which eventually led them to the ranching region of the Nicola Valley. Joseph, the youngest of the brothers, acquired ranch property in Quilchena and it was here that he decided to build the Quilchena Hotel. Exemplifying European elegance in a western setting, the hotel officially opened on July 3, 1908. These were prosperous times, a railway line was rumored, Nicola Lake was a popular tourist destination, and the hotel was an overnight stopover for stagecoaches. Unfortunately business reduced due to WWI, the automobile and prohibition, forcing the hotel to close in 1917. In 1958 the hotel re-opened and has been receiving guests ever since.

Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley Coldwater Hotel - 1908 Merritt’s most historical building is the Coldwater Hotel, named after the Coldwater River that follows the Coquihalla Pass through Merritt. History: William McIntyre built the first Coldwater Hotel in 1908, a two storey structure with 12 rooms located on the corner across the street from the present location. With the influx of business because of the opening of the coal mines surrounding Merritt and the ranching economy, business expanded and the current Coldwater Hotel was built in 1909 and officially opened in May, 1910. The structure was three stories high with seven foot balconies and fifty rooms. The cost of construction in those days was approximately $6,000.

The Coldwater was a popular hotel, and was said to be one of the finest dollar-a-day hostelries in the interior of BC. Crowds were always known to congregate in front of the Coldwater for special occasions and for regular socializing. The Coldwater Hotel, with its conspicuous copper dome is visible throughout the city and highlights the downtown core. The dramatic exterior of the hotel previews the elegance of the pub, restaurant, and banquet room, reminiscent of turn of the century architecture. Today, the Coldwater Hotel continues to serve as a meeting place of Nicola Valley residents and travelers who, from past experience or word of mouth, come to enjoy the quality services that have been traditional since the early 1900’s.

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est. 1908

The Finest Taste of History in Merritt! Licensed Restaurant Pub Karaoke Tuesday & Thursday Video Dance Party Friday & Saturday nights

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Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley EVENTS MAY

Farmers’ Market (Saturdays next to Baillie House) 11 – Lobster Fest & Dance, Civic Centre May to October Merritt Stock Car Races


Farmers’ Market (Saturdays next to Baillie House) 1 – Ty Pozzobon PBR Invitational, Rodeo Grounds 1 – Relay For Life, Rotary Park 1 – Walk of Stars Gala, Civic Centre 8 – Scott Woods Band, Swingin’ Fiddles, Civic Centre 9 – Merritt Country Run, Voght Park 21 - National Aboriginal Day 29-July 2 – Nicola Valley Kennel Club Dog Show, Voght Park


Farmers’ Market (Saturdays next to Baillie House) 1 – Canada Celebrations, Rotary & Central Park 19-21 - City of Music Weekend 28 – Nicola Valley Cruisers Show n Shine Car Show, Central Park


Farmers’ Market (Saturdays next to Baillie House) 2-5 - Bass Electronic Music and Arts Festival 10 – Rookie 4th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament, Central Park 17-18 – Just Cuz Ball Tournament, Central Park 31-Sept 1 - Nicola Valley Fall Fair 31-Sept 1 – 55th Annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo

BC COWBOY HERITAGE HALL OF FAMERS (lived in the area or worked here for a spell) 1998: Jimmy McDonnell, Slim Doran 1999: Mike Ferguson, Herb Matier 2001: Bud McKague 2003: Bud Sharpe 2004: Fred Long 2006: Joe Coutlee, Joan Stewart 2008: Jake Coutlee 2010: Lauder Ranch 2011: Jesus Garcia, Butch Sahara 2013: Mike Puhallo, Steve (Hyde) Archacan, Pooley Ranch, Larry Ramstad GeoTourism Adventures:

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Farmers’ Market (Saturdays next to Baillie House) 14-15 – All Ladies & All Mens Tournament, Central Park


4-5 – Pacific Forest Rally, 4th Round of the 2013 Canadian Rally Championships 18 – City Spooktacular Monster Mash, Civic Centre 19 – Merritt Centennials 19th Annual Ice Breaker Dinner, Civic Centre


26-Dec 1 - Country Christmas, Civic Centre


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Down Home with... Ty Pozzobon, Bull Rider on the go! Where were you born and raised? I was born in Kamloops BC on November 9, 1991 and raised on my family’s acreage in Merritt BC. Where are you living now? I don’t really have a ‘residence’ at this time. Being a professional bull rider I ride in a different state every weekend and when I’m not riding bulls I’m usually on a plane or sitting in an airport waiting to get on a plane. When did you catch the rodeo bug? My family has been participating in rodeos for generations. I was put in the saddle before I started walking. I started competing in the BC Little Britches Association when I was five years old. Which events did you first participate in? First events were all the Junior events in Little Britches Roping, Stake Race and Jr. Steer Riding. What made you make the move to riding bulls? I always wanted to ride bulls since I can remember. My dad was a professional bull rider and he has taught me everything I know. I always had practice bulls in my backyard, I was very lucky. I couldn’t wait to be old enough to get on bulls. Ty Pozzobon’s accomplishments and wins: 2008 & 2009 BC High School Rodeo Association Bull Riding Champion 2008 Canadian High School Rodeo Bull Riding Champion 2009 BCRA Bull Riding Champion 2010 Canadian Pro Rodeo Rookie of the Year 2010 Pro Rodeo Permit Holder of the Year 2012 Canadian Pro Rodeo Bull Riding Season Leader 2012 PBR Canadian Bull Riding Champion Two-time Canadian Finals Rodeo Qualifier Three-time Canadian PBR Finals Qualifier Two-time Calgary Stampede Competitor 2012 PBR World Finals Qualifier (Las Vegas) What do you find the most rewarding in the rodeo world? Most rewarding about the rodeo world is all the different places I get to go to and all the people I get to meet. What horse (or bull) memory still gives you a good laugh? A bull memory that makes me laugh is the first High School Rodeo I ever entered. The bull got his horn underneath my vest and threw me over the fence. If you could change anything in the rodeo world today... what would it be and why? If I could… I would change the outlook of the inexperience that people have on the sport of rodeo and bull riding. In all reality the animals are taken better care of than the riders are. Do you want to get married and have a family one day? Yes, one day. What are your future goals? My future goals are to be the Canadian Champion, the World Champion and make it to the PBR Finals, the CFR and the NFR all in one year.

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Ty (age 12) steer riding

Ty in 2008 (age 16) winning the Canadian High School Rodeo Bull Riding Championship.

Why are you organizing the June 1st PBR Ty Pozzobon Invitational coming up in Merritt? Merritt has been a great supporter of me and my career and to be able to bring an event of this caliber to the Nicola Valley is a way to thank the community for all their support. • 35

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


t seems that winter is so busy for us that it goes by quickly, even though we all complain that it’s too long. The BC Cowboy Heritage Society business, including the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, makes the time fly. Now that that’s all over, I look outside and see it’s time to cut the lawn - not complaining - if the lawn needs cutting, it means the critters are happy! The Watch Lake/Green Lake area has quite a bit in store for the coming months. You might want to think about parking your RV up here for the summer... that way you can take in all the upcoming events - they’ll be good! The area is only a half-hour drive from either 100 Mile House or Clinton and right in 70 Mile’s backyard. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store: On May 12, the Louisiana Hayride starts off Western Week in 100 Mile House with a 2:30pm concert on Sunday. The following weekend, the Little Britches Rodeo will be held on Saturday, May 18, and the next two days will be filled with all your favourite rodeo events as the

The 100 Mile House Rodeo will once again see some of rodeo’s top competitors.

BCRA sanctioned 100 Mile House Rodeo takes place; that’s May 19-20. Last year, a new committee put on the 100 Mile Rodeo and it turned out to be a great weekend. They’ll follow the same format this year with admission set at $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and free for 6-year-olds and younger. Stock will once again be supplied by C+ Rodeos and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie and the Bull fighters will be Earl Call and Dave Atkinson - all did an awesome job last year. Both days’ start time is 1:00pm and Sunday is PINK day! One dollar from every admission goes to fundraising for breast cancer research. On Saturday night, there will be a baron of beef dinner and dance at Jakes Pub with tickets available at the door. On Sunday, there will also be Cowboy Church with Cowboy Valley Church’s Pastor Blair Bates officiating. There will be games, with prizes, for the whole family during the intermission on both days. On the same weekend, if rodeo is not your thing, how about a BS and Drive Weekend? Starting on May 17, right through to and including May 20, Huber’s Farm in 70 Mile House will be putting on lessons, country drives, a field driving trial and some pleasure driving classes. Dennis Huber will be judging and his brother Ken will be the clinician - both are HCBC general performance judges. This, they say, will be a low-key weekend of education, potlucks, and fun. For more information, contact Ken Huber by phone at 250-456-6050 or by email at

The following weekend, May 25-26, will be the Clinton May Ball Rodeo, another crowd favourite! Girls - if you are staying in the Watch Lake/Green Lake area and want to get out for an extra ride or two on your ponies, June 1-2 might be a good weekend. You can send the guys fishing and have the days to yourselves. This is the weekend of the 25th Annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Fishing Derby! On June 8-9, Huber Farm and the BC Welsh Pony and Cob Association will host the first Annual Cariboo Road House Horse and Pony Show. It will be a halter and performance open show with Lewis Mckim judging. This is a first time show designed to highlight the Welsh Pony and Cob but is open to all breeds of horses and ponies, and all ages of riders, drivers, etc. Spectators will be welcomed. For more information, contact Ken Huber (contact info above). Mark your calendars now: July 8 and August 10 will be the dates for the two annual Watch Lake/Green Lake

Horses in the beer garden? No, they’re actually on the other side of the fence and the arena is on this side at the Green Lake Gymkhana Grounds.

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d August 9-10. See ongoing updates at the BCCTRA website ( The first endurance ride in the Cariboo (in many years) will be held at the same ride site as the CTR. Pre-ride vetting is taking place on Saturday, August 31, and ride day is Sunday, September 1. We are very excited to be hosting this event, the “Cariboo Gold Rush Express.” Distances of 25 and 50 miles will be offered. Ride management is Katrin Levermann (, Joanne Macaluso ( and Nicola Maughn (nemaughn@gmail. com). See ongoing updates at the ERABC website ( While your pen is in your hand, put a note on September 14 that says Cariboo Country Night. A totally fun evening starting out at 5:00pm with a cowboy concert, followed by a complete steak dinner (steaks come right off the on-site BBQs), then more cowboy concert which turns into a good old fashioned family dance! This year, we have the pleasure of entertainment by the Hanson Family from Oregon. They won the Country 103 Rising Star Showcase at this year’s Kamloops Cowboy Festival - they’re amazing!

Gymkhanas. These Gymkhanas are two of the Cariboo’s favourite annual events. They’re held on one of the oldest grounds in Canada and definitely on one of the prettiest. It’s completely surrounded by forest, has a well-groomed arena, a beer garden, grand stands, and a concession booth that serves our favourite hamburgers of the year - donated by A&W. Now, usually, the Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event is held on the same weekend as the July Gymkhana, but this year they’ve moved ahead a week to July 19-21. It’s a full weekend of combined driving - dressage test, a cone course and a full marathon! One of our bestliked events, as spectators, is the Sunday marathon. Judges and/or clinicians will be Holly Brinker, and Ken and Sue Mott. Horses come from as far away as Vancouver Island, the Vanderhoof area, Alberta, and possibly even Washington State this year.

Every year the combined driving obstacle course is a crowd favourite - especially the water hole!

If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Endurance and competitive trail riders note these dates: The annual Cariboo Plateau CTR will be held once again at the lovely 108 Hills Health Ranch,

Last Month’s What’s This? The April “What’s This?” item was one I thought we’d get lots of answers for... I even gave you a clue. I said “Time for

WHAT’S THIS? Readers -

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The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

This month’s item comes from our own little museum - it used to be my dad’s. I have removed the cockpit in this photo as it might have been a clue. The plane is 6 inches long, 6 inches wide and about 2.5 inches high. Can you tell us what it actually is, besides being an airplane? Good luck. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.. some answers” and the time would come from a clock. That’s right - it’s a totally wooden clock (except for the rope and the weights). It’s a pretty cool item and thanks to Ewa and Voytek Foik at 83 Mile for sending us the photos.

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TIDBITS Youth Extravaganza The Boundary Horse Association is

sponsoring a Youth Extravaganza weekend on June 22-23 with clinician Kaylee Mills a “Training thru Trust” Level 4 instructor. The focus of the event is to encourage and inspire young riders in natural horsemanship training, with ground work, equitation and gymkhana instruction. The weekend will also Kaylee Mills include reining and driving demonstrations, help with trail obstacles and jumping. On the Saturday night we’ll have a social pot-luck with cowboy poetry. Ages: short stirrup to 18 are welcome. Contact Joanne Rooke for more information at 250442-0275 or Camping and stabling will be available.

McLean Comes Back to Canada Dr. Andrew McLean will be back in Canada for 5 clinics this summer (Vernon/Salmon Arm July 24-26; Aldergrove July 28; Vancouver July 29-30; Cranbrook Aug 2-3; and Calgary Aug 4-5). The one in Vernon/Salmon Arm will offer the lecture portion on July 24, a Wednesday evening, at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon from 7-9 pm. The following day there will be demonstrations and lessons at the Vernon Riding Club, and the last day will be lessons at Topline in Salmon Arm. There are also early bird registration discounts. Registration

forms are available at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre website or by contacting Clare Bulmer at or 250-838-6938.

HorseCentred Equine Fine Art Exhibition and Sale Join us on the May 10-12 weekend in Vernon BC for ‘Photography by Kenneth W. Buck’ – His First Exhibition! Ken’s passion, and perhaps one of his greatest gifts, comes from behind the lens of his cameras. Drawing on his lifelong career as a Landscape Architect and Designer, he has honed an innate eye for “the moment” bringing the viewer a glimpse of his magic. His photographs offer a great sense of ease and peace, through careful attention to balance and proportion… they draw you from across the room with dynamic movement colour and power… to “capture the soul” of his equine friends in full animation! Come and experience these magnificent pieces of Equine Art… and bring ‘Mum” too! See their ad on page 5 for more info or visit

Steve Rother Coming to South Okanagan

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Internationally acclaimed horseman Steve Rother conducts Horsemanship and Colt Starting Clinics throughout Canada and the United States. He will be in Okanagan Falls on May 18-21 for his Excel With Horses Clinic. Steve’s outgoing personality and knowledgeable teaching style benefit all age groups, disciplines and experience levels. Steve develops safe and willing equine partners by helping participants build confidence, overcome fears and accomplish their goals. People can attend the clinic for 2, 3 or 4 days. The horsemanship clinic will cover ground work in the morning and riding in the afternoon. He will also offer a colt starting clinic, info TBA. For more info visit his website www. or call Simone 778-516-5599. 38 • Saddle Up • May 2013

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Top Dog! Changing Behaviour By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP


e probably all have some things that we wish our dogs didn’t do. Changing minor things isn’t difficult and can be a fun challenge – you can take a class, teach your dog a new skill or even a trick to replace behaviours you don’t like. However, some dog owners have serious issues with their dogs and sooner or later something needs to be done. Changing serious and persistent behaviour is not easy. Research shows us that most behavioural issues are based in fear, anxiety and a lack of confidence. Research also shows us that the most effective way to change behaviour is to use positive reinforcement methods. In order to truly change behaviour, you first need to change the emotion and the reinforcement behind the behaviour. In other words, you have to help your dog feel more comfortable and confident about the things that bother him. Then, you have to remove the reinforcement and teach him different skills to use in those same circumstances. When you set out to change a serious behaviour problem, the most helpful thing you can do is to seek the assistance of an experienced dog trainer. Knowledgeable trainers are an invaluable resource. They help you assess the situation and come up with a plan; set up an appropriate training program for you, teach you the skills you need, and help you practice with your dog. It’s really difficult for the average pet owner to attempt to do these things on their own without some professional assistance. There is so much information and so many good, up to date resources available for dog training professionals who are “in the know,” that it just makes sense to make use of their knowledge for the most efficient and effective solutions. In order to be successful with the first step – changing the emotion behind the behaviour – you must begin to work with your dog under their behaviour threshold. The behaviour threshold is the point where your dog first begins to alert to the situation causing the behaviour. If they are over threshold, they are already 40 • Saddle Up • May 2013

reacting and displaying the unwanted behaviour. When they are under threshold, your dog is still able to think and take direction from you. This threshold point is not as obvious as you may think, but an experienced trainer can help you identify the signs your dog displays when they are comfortable and when they are beginning to be uncomfortable. An experienced positive reinforcement trainer working with a dog and their owner will often change approaches “on the fly” based on what they are seeing unfold with that dog in the moment. There are many, many different techniques within the scope of positive reinforcement training and a good knowledge of all the tools and techniques is essential because every dog is different. It takes an experienced, positive trainer to be able to do that and to make the most efficient use of your training time and money. A key part of working with dogs is building a solid foundation beginning right at home – this is especially critical when you work with behavioural issues. It’s important that you teach your dog what is expected of him, and that you remain fair and reasonable in your expectations. Your dog needs to know that he can look to you for direction and guidance. These are some things that can help you build a solid foundation to work from: - Create a system of communication that is clearly understood by you and your dog – like clicker training or using a verbal marker. - Teach your dog the house rules and boundaries by which you would like him to live his life with you then teach him the skills he needs to follow them. - Be fair, consistent and reasonable in your expectations. - Teach impulse control – the ability to handle frustration and failure. - Avoid training methods that force behaviours and use painful and aversive equipment that create anxiety and fear. Even when you’re trying to solve a problem behaviour, the process should be fun and enjoyable! A critical aspect to your success and an important part of changing problem behaviour is learning how to manage your dog when you aren’t training. As much as possible, you need to prevent situations in which your dog gets a chance to practice his undesirable behaviour. That’s not easy – how do you walk a dog that might over-react at the sight of every dog they see?! Again, experienced positive trainers are a good resource for current and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! effective management tools and techniques. In the end, one of the most important things a dog trainer can do for you is to give you some muchneeded emotional support. We love our dogs! Behavioural problems can be emotionally difficult for the whole family – not just the dog. Dogs with problem behaviours can be embarrassing and sometimes they make us angry and frustrated. It’s helpful to be able to work with someone who is objective, understanding and can help you get past the emotions and focus on the job. Trainers hire other trainers, too, and for just this reason – we feel the same way about our dogs! We may know how to change things, but there’s no question that it helps to have that support when you’re working with your own dog. If you have a difficult behaviour problem, invest in some experienced help for you and for your dog – you’ll be glad you did! It’s up to us as our dog’s advocate and guardian to find an appropriate trainer. This isn’t always an easy task as dog training is, currently, an unregulated industry. Make sure you know exactly how a trainer works before trusting them to help you and your dog in the most appropriate way. See our December 2012 article on how to find a good trainer.

Good resources for finding a positive reinforcement trainer near you: - “Find a Trainer” - “Directory” link, “Dog Training Professionals” - “Trainer Search” - “Finding a Trainer” link Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

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She’s our Top Dog! Marley is a Golden Doodle and lives in Chilliwack BC. She’s not very spoiled... she even has her own FaceBook page. - Leann Foster Parker

Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 41

Top Dog! Our ‘Star’ Daisy By Steven Dubas


Erin and Daisy

icola Redpath, manager of Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue, was driving home one day and noticed a small dog running along the highway. Fearing the worst, she pulled over and managed to seize hold of the dog and brought it to safety. Attempts to find the owner proved fruitless. Erin Wallis, a nurse working at the Prince George Hospice House, made a visit to the Rescue

centre in the first part of October 2012; she noticed the little terrier cross dog and fell in love with it. A couple of weeks later she brought the little dog to work with her and found a different side to Daisy; she fit in wonderfully to the environment. Erin stated that Daisy takes on a different personality when she is at the facility. She listens and obeys commands, which is a different story when she is at home. Daisy has been able to defuse highly tense situations at the Hospice House with her physical presence. Just recently a short film segment was made at the Hospice House where Daisy played herself. The director commented to Erin that Daisy was so responsive she should think of working with her in the film industry. But for now, Daisy will be a good companion for Erin and a dedicated Hospice House Volunteer.

Clubs & Associations “A DOG’S BEST FRIEND” O Lord, don’t let me once forget, how I love my trusty pet. Help me learn to disregard canine craters in my yard. Show me how to be a buddy even when my sofa’s muddy. Don’t allow my pooch to munch postal carriers for lunch. Shield my neighbour’s cat from view, guide my steps around the doo. Train me not to curse and scowl when it’s puppy’s night to howl. Grant I shan’t awake in fear with a cold nose in my ear. Give me patience without end Help me be “A DOG’S BEST FRIEND.”

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Western Rawhide Sold to Cavalier By Kristin Streutker


avalier Equestrian Inc. announced on April 8, 2013 that it has purchased the assets of Western Rawhide and Harness Manufacturing Co. Ltd. from the Demetrioff family of Winnipeg, MB. Western Rawhide is Canada’s premier western horse products manufacturer and distributor. The acquisition by Cavalier will allow Western Rawhide to continue to expand its presence within Canadian and international markets. Since its inception in 1929, Western Rawhide and Harness Manufacturing has evolved from a small, family-run tannery to Canada’s largest saddle and tack manufacturer. Under the steady guidance of the Demetrioff family, Western Rawhide has gained a solid reputation for quality, Canadian-made western saddles and accessories. “We are excited and thrilled to have Western Rawhide as part of our organization,” said Cavalier President Jeff Carruthers. “They are a fantastic group of people who we’ve come to know and greatly respect over the years. We look forward to working with them over the upcoming weeks and months to further build on the success of the Western Rawhide brand.” According to Carruthers, Western Rawhide’s Winnipeg

manufacturing facility and warehouse will continue to operate as before, although plans are in place to consolidate various administrative and customer service functions to the Stratford, Ontario location. Cavalier also announced that Sylvain Gauthier has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of the new Western Rawhide and Harness Manufacturing division. Sylvain brings with him a long and successful history in western product development, best known for his work with the Francois Gauthier (FG) Reining Collection. It was also announced that Daniella Evenaar has been appointed Western Products Brand and Purchasing Manager for the new division. Cavalier Equestrian Inc. is Canada’s premier distributor of English equestrian equipment and apparel; supplying quality, brand-name products to equestrian retailers and tack shops across Canada. Cavalier represents some of the most respected names in equestrian sport, including Amerigo, Mountain Horse, Myler, Pessoa, Veredus and Irideon. For more information, contact Kristin Streutker at kristins@

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Kid s... where are you? horse? What are you do ing wi th your YOU! It’ s YOUR tur n to tell us about

Hi, I’m Krista and my horse’s name is Scotty. He’s a Palomino Quarter Horse. He is awesome. I ride Sundays at the Mission Horse Club with my good friend Madyson. Here I am in the lead. - Krista, age 11, Mission BC

These are my beautiful horses Lacey, Trixy and Buck. Lacey is an Arab, Trixy is a Shetland Pony, and Buck is a Percheron x Paint. I ride Lacey every day and brush them every day. I love my horses so much and I am very thankful to have them. Thanks Saddle Up! - Nadine, age 13, Cherryville BC

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

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Notes from the Office Horse Council BC

HORSE WEEK 2013 Horse Council BC encourages its members to hold events during the first part of June each year and invite the public to come watch these events and activities - and to meet the horses! In 2013, Horse Week will take place from June 1–9. A 2009 Horse Industry Study compiled by the BC Ministry of Agriculture showed that there are almost 100,000 horses in British Columbia and the industry creates about 7,200 full-time jobs, generating about $740 million in economic activity, including some $26 million in tourism. “This is the time to reach out beyond the horse community and introduce people of all ages to the equine industry - and even more important – show them how much fun horses are to be around,” says Rose Schroeder, VP Recreation, Horse Council BC. “Whether it is to introduce horses to children or adults who don’t know much about them, or just to take the time to enjoy your own special passion, this is the time to get out and do it,” says Schroeder. “It doesn’t matter if it is to show off a breed, or to get involved in an event, or to go on a trail ride -

take the time to get involved in this form of healthy exercise.” Horse Week has been held annually since 2002 to promote and celebrate BC’s horse industry. The goal of Horse Week is to share the enjoyment of horses with the public and introduce newcomers to the beauty of favourite horse breeds and the fun of equestrian activities. To help promote your Horse Week activities, please contact us at or call 604856-4304 or 1-800-345-8055. (Ext. 109).

Suggested Horse Week events: breed demos sport demos (e.g. reining, jumping, driving) competitions gymkhanas schooling shows open house at your barn, club or riding arena trail rides clinics help build or clear a trail as part of a work bee

How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5

Surrey Mayor Diane Watts poses with horses in 2012 to help promote the BC Summer Games, Horse Week and BC Harness Racing at the Agriplex in Surrey BC.

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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Para-Equestrian Announces Funding Para-Equestrian Canada, in partnership with Sport Canada, encourages the participation of riders with a disability to participate in competition through a grant program. As part of this project, therapeutic riding centres offering new competitive opportunities or increase their existing competition program to riders with a disability are eligible to receive a grant of up to $500. After the first series of the 2013 season came to a close, a total of three grants of $500 each were awarded to the following centres: 1. TEAD (The Equestrian Association for the Disabled), Mount Hope ON 2. Mission Therapeutic Riding, Mission BC 3. Ambleside Farm, Victoria BC The grant program, introduced in 2008, has awarded more than 54 grants over the past five years to Canada’s therapeutic riding centres. For more info 2013 Dressage Officials Bursaries Announced The Officials Committee is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the 2013 Dressage Officials Bursaries. This new program recognizes the commitment and expense required by national dressage officials to maintain their status and continue their education. The monetary grant, of $300 each, is designed to assist dressage officials in pursuing their dressage goals. Congratulations to the following recipients: * Margaret Boyce / Emerson, NJ / dressage judge * Winona Hartvikson / Langley, BC / dressage judge * Kirstin Skinner-Boyd / Windsor, ON / dressage judge * Kim Fortin / Aylesford, NS / dressage steward CDI 3*/J/Y Festival Of The Horse Canadian Dressage veteran Karen Pavicic of Richmond BC earned fantastic results at the CDI 3*/J/Y Festival of the Horse, held in San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA from March 2730. Partnered with Don Daiquiri, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding she co-owns with Jayne Essig, Pavicic took third place on a score of 70.05% in the CDI Grand Prix. The duo also finished fifth in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle after receiving a score of 66.75%. For complete results CIC3* Galway Downs International Horse Trials Canadians dominated the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, held in Temecula, CA, USA, from March 28-31. Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett-Awad (a Murrayville BC native currently residing in Temecula) won the CIC 3* division. Riding her 2012 London Olympics partner, Gin & Juice, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred mare she co-owns with Linda Paine, Bennett-Awad took top honours with a final score of 50.1 penalties. The duo were tied for fourth place after the initial Dressage phase, but quickly moved up to second after adding just 0.8 time faults during the Cross Country phase. A fault-free Stadium Jumping performance solidified their win. For full results Howard Finishes in top six at CICO 3* Fontainebleau, France Rebecca Howard rode her Olympic partner, Riddle Master, to a sixth place finish in the CICO 3* division at Fontainebleau, FRA, held March 21-24. Riddle Master, a 12-yearold Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill Farm, and Howard, originally of Salmon Arm BC, were awarded 41.0 penalties for a personal best dressage test. The pair then added 5.2 cross country time penalties and had one rail down for four show jumping penalties to finish with a score of 50.2 for sixth place overall out of 78 entries. For complete results visit CICO 3* Fontainebleau and Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trials. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Ask Suzi! What About Hats? Hi Suzi: I was wondering about the different styles of creases in western hats. What style is more flattering for a heartshaped face? What about a more rounded or oval face? I want to look good in the show ring this year. Can you help? - from Caitlin Hi Caitlin, Thanks for your nice note. Hat creases aren’t as important to the overall hat/face combo as the brim, in fact, almost the only crown crease you see these days is what is called a cattlemen’s style. Brims can make a bunch of difference though, taking about a 1/4” off a brim can do wonders for a woman’s small face, and shaping a brim up on the sides a bit, with a hair more drop in the front and back, can be much more flattering than standard ‘made for Garth Brooks fans’ brim shapes. The key is to get a hat from someone who cares what it looks like on you! Go to a store that sells nicer hats and ask them to help you. Thanks for asking, and good luck showing... – from Stacy Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 45

Alberta Paint Horse Club By Andrea Gutmann


ere is hoping that we have seen the last of the snow! Gotta love Alberta weather. We have been hearing about lots of foals being welcomed to the world. Hendrickson’s have welcomed a beautiful Tobiano Filly by John Simon. And Chelsea Todd celebrated a fancy Palomino Overo Filly by VS Code Red in April. As well, the Webb’s welcomed Miss Georgia, a Sorrel Overo Filly by Never Compromise. As we approach the upcoming show season please remember to get those 2013 Memberships submitted. You will find membership forms, show forms, and stall forms on the website www.northernhorse. com/aphc/. The June 22-23 Ponoka Spring Show is looking to be another exciting and fun event:

- SPB Promotion: ½ Price Entry Fees - Green Horse Promotion: Show your horse in the Green Class at regular entry fee and show in corresponding Open Class for free - 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Walk/Jog Stake will have added money (open to APHA registered horses only) - Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stake with Added Money (open to APHA registered horses only) - Non-Pro HUS Stake with Added Money (open to APHA registered horses only) - Amateur Walk/Trot Trail has been added to the showbill - Team Tournament: Details up on website - Trail Scribe Clinic on Friday June 21 Afternoon/Evening All the best to everyone as I am sure we are all busy prepping, fitting, and spring

The Hendrickson’s Tobiano Filly

cleaning for the first show of the season.

BC Seniors Games Kamloops BC, August 20-24, 2013 AHHHHH, you’ve gotta be 55 years or better to participate! By Laurie Thompson, Photos courtesy of


his August, there’s excitement brewing with the Equestrian events taking place during the BC Seniors Games! The sport of Mountain Trail Horse is being presented for the first time! The other three equestrian events are Reining, Driving and Dressage. Circle Creek Equestrian Center is the site location for the equestrian events on August 22-24. But sign up soon, the June 15 deadline to register is fast approaching. It’s easy to register, you can simply, go online at either or visit Horse Council of BC website and click on Recreation, and then BC Games. The interest and fascination with the horsemanship skills required for the sport of Mountain Trail is definitely capturing the attention of the 55+ crowd! We’re having fun with the challenges of walking along beams, balancing on teeter-totters, performing 360 turns on suspension bridges and picking our way through rock and log scrambles. A little splashing in the water obstacles is welcomed on those warm days! The Novice Division allows for announcing each upcoming obstacle for participants that would like navigational assistance! And then there is an Intermediate and Advanced 46 • Saddle Up • May 2013

Division. Mountain Trail is safe, fun and exciting and ‘addicting’! Here’s a little more information on the sport of Mountain Trail and what to expect if you’re signing up for the Games, or perhaps thinking of registering for one of the Challenges taking place at Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope BC this season. Twisted Terrain will also be holding specialty clinics for those who have registered for the Games.

What is a Mountain Trail Challenge? A Mountain Trail Challenge tests a horse and rider’s ability to work as a ‘team’ navigating obstacles and dealing with elements they may experience out on ‘the trail’. Mountain Trail Challenges are designed to be fun and challenge your horsemanship skills, communication and partnership with your horse, in a safe environment and amongst natural and man-made obstacles. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


o “kick off” our season, we are once again hosting clinics taught by the gifted teacher and trainer, Jerry Tindell of California. Horses, mules, donkeys and their owners are signed up for the following clinics: May 2-5: Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB May 9-12: Forestburg, AB May 16-19: Eagle Hill Equines, Olds, AB Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best clinicians. Auditors are welcome at all clinics; cost to audit is $30 per day. Each clinic lasts four full days, with start-up time at 9am. Jerry is one of the few clinicians who takes the time to address all auditors’ questions and concerns. Visit with Jerry at www.jerrytindell. com. 2nd Annual Nanton Equine Event Story by Alice Todd

Past ADMC President Bob Leggette out for some fun.

The Nanton Equine Event will take place June 15-16 at Nanton Ag Grounds. ALL EQUINES, ALL DISCIPLINES, ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. If you missed this event last year, please do not make the same mistake again. The members of the ADMC welcome all equines to this event and encourage all riders and drivers to come and participate. It is a weekend when all equines can play and compete in the same sandbox, so to speak. This show is sanctioned by the Alberta

Mule and Donkey association, but all equines are more than welcome. Support from ADMC members, friends and family, as well surrounding businesses, contestants and their equines is what makes this show possible. The Nanton community and those surrounding it supported this event with tremendous sponsorship in 2012 and many of the sponsors are once again coming forward to support this year’s event. There are classes for all equines, for all ages and for all disciplines. There are western and english riding, dressage, gymkhana and driving. A feature event on Saturday is the Farm Team Competition. Come and watch as these teams compete doing farm chores in precision and against the clock. In addition to this, we have some Combined Driving events for fun competitions for the drivers. For the 2013 show, the Canadian Cowboy Challenge has joined forces with ADMC and will be offering a CCC competition. CCC also has events for all ages of riders from “shooting sprouts” to “older than dirt” age groups. The show also invites vendors to bring their wares and operate a booth at the grounds; also, if you have an animal for sale, there is an opportunity to advertise it at this show. Stick around for the catered supper on Saturday night and the silent and live auction. This auction is to help keep the entry fees down so all can afford to come and have fun. Bring along an item for the auction or support the show by bringing your cheque book. The judges will be Ryan Smith and Cheryl Fotheringham and the announcer will be Russ Finlay. Call Alice for more info 403-646-2624, or visit www.

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


e have had some very well-attended “Improve Your Skills” sessions - both English and Western. These mini clinics are proving a really great way to focus on those little things that need work. Very laid back and fun. In May we are looking forward to the start of Horse Agility sessions, show jumping, more “Improve Your Skills” and lots of social riding. The club ‘rules’ at the D Bar K on Wednesday evenings and Sundays - all day. Sometimes there are events planned, but if not, members are free to use the arena. Some of our members are planning on taking the CDART (Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team) course. This course is offered to people interested in helping with evacuations of animals in the event of a disaster. Something many of you may not know yet is that if an area is under evacuation order, no one will be allowed back into that area unless they have CDART certification and a PEP (Provincial Emergency Program) card, even if you live in the evacuated area and are returning to either pick up or care for your own animals. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

It is hoped that we will have a nucleus of certified members in the South Okanagan. Please contact Anna-Maria Robinson at if you are interested in attending. The June 8th course is now full, but she is taking names for the June 15th session. We look forward to meeting new members at our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Contact Margie Fisher if you would like more information 250-4984579.

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Totem Saddle Club News By Marty Cox Fun Gymkhana


pril 14 was a beautiful sunny day to start the season. There were 18 riders who looked ready to ride. There were some very nice times for a fun day, including these times in Barrels: Jason Rempel and Norman (16.915), Megan Glawe with Whimsy (20.233) and Tatum Long with Tabbu (20.701) - and she is a Junior D rider. In Flag, Isabelle Heaman and Jock had a 9.14, Lyn Rempel with Whisper had a 9.285, and Jennifer Rempel with Diggy had a 27.372. Figure 8 brought out some fast times with four riders in the 18s: Jason Rempel (18.155), Isabelle Heaman (18.472), Jocelyn Benoit (18.897) and Lyn Rempel (18.991). Danielle Sexton in Junior A posted a 19.138. In Poles, Isabelle took the fastest time with a 23.166, and at 23.399 was Lyn Rempel. Meagan Marshall in Junior A had a time of 25.222. Keyhole had a “few” no times but the fastest times went to Isabelle Heaman at 11.747, and Justin Rempel had the fastest junior time with a 29.239 as a Junior C. It was a fun day with some good times - should be a fast year. The outdoor arena is showing signs of getting done. Darren Bjorgaard was nice enough to donate his time and start getting the base graded. He also did the road into the grounds - MUCH NEEDED.

We thank him for his time. We are waiting for the right-sized rock to get crushed and then we’ll get the base put in. After that, another layer of smaller crush, then we’ll be looking for some more funding to get the top layer put on. It is a BIG step to getting it done. Thanks to Cathy Jackson, her Dad John, Jason Rempel and Wayne Hanson for all of your much-needed and appreciated help. Maybe we can get this all done this year! On the 21st of April, the Swap/Shop and Garage sale helped to raise money for the footing. Also at the end of April, we had a Carmie Flaherty Clinic. We are working on a 50th Anniversary Barn Dance for August. We will have a Pub Night to help pay for a band so that the Barn Dance can be free to the public to thank them for all their help throughout the years. We will also be selling raffle tickets with prizes donated by local businesses. Thanks so much to everyone. May is a busy month with Percentage Days, CRD and Gymkhanas, and the first of the Schooling Show Series. It is being held May 10-12; our Judge will be Lillian Evaniew from Washington. She was our judge for the Timberland Show last year


Jason Rempel

and hopefully will also have time for a clinic. There are lots of events planned for the year. Should be a good one.

In memory of Dave Graham Dave passed away peacefully at the Vernon Hospice House on the morning of December 6th, 2012 at the age of 81. Dave grew up ranching, and after many years as an orchardist in Oyama, he and Marie went back to the ranching lifestyle, raising purebred Red Angus cattle and Quarter Horses. His greatest enjoyment was cow cutting, especially with his favourite horse, Coke’s Barrette. Dave was a Lifetime member of the Interior Cutting Horse Association and could quite often be found volunteering at local High School Rodeos. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Marie, three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 48 • Saddle Up • May 2013

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BC Competitive Trail Riders Association By Myrna Thompson and Nancy Gourlay


couple of fundraisers and training rides are gearing everyone up for the competitive trail riding season. Myrna Thompson organized a fundraiser March 3rd at the Sandman Hotel in Kelowna. Nineteen supporters raised a total of $243.42 on the day. Our coin drive and Tupperware fundraiser are ongoing until the June 1st Lumby CTR. A Beer and Burger event was also held in Nanoose on April 7th raising a total of $2,900 for the club. Thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers financially and with items for the auctions. With the bank account in shape, we have also been working on getting the horses in shape too. There have been two successful “training rides” in February and March organized by Nancy Gourlay, each with about 17 people showing up. The first was a 20 km easy ride up the service road of the Big Qualicum River. In spite of the rain, spirits were warm as riders enjoyed the good footing and sights of the winter river and real West

Coast rain forest, complete with “odor de rotten fish.” On St Patrick’s Day, decked in green bling, riders explored the hills south of Englishman River, ending the last couple of kilometres in a hail downpour! Training rides are a great way Attendee group listening to Elroy Karius for new members to connect and learn about the sport from experienced riders. Ride managers try to divide into smaller ride groups according to speed and abilities, with the intention of renewing friendships, getting the horses out and conditioned, seeing new territory, and getting “pumped.” Nancy Gourlay and training ride participants In addition, by combining these rides with a local riding mention lunch! May 26 will be our final club, managers have exposed training ride before the competitive new folks to the sport in a friendly nonseason is kicked off with our first CTR competitive environment. in Lumby. Check out the details on our Another training ride was held April website or stay connected by joining us on 27 hosted by Tammy Mercer including facebook. good views over Fanny Bay, not to

BC Interior Horse Rescue By Joey Tompkins


e received such an amazing gift from huge supporters of the rescue. Elizabeth Shey and Richard Barry, both from Kelowna, gave the Hub a sign for the entrance of our driveway. We cannot thank you both enough. It is a perfect welcome to all our visitors. We have lots on the go in the coming weeks. On May 4th we will be having the 4-H Club from Penticton out at the Hub for the day. They are going to be donating 8 hours of clean up work and raising funds. We cannot wait to share the day with them. Also on May 4th our board member Susy will be hosting a clinic at Applegate Equestrian Center at 4030 Spiers Road. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

This clinic is all about foundation training and provides a wealth of information. There are only 4 spaces left so contact Susy at for more information and to register. Just to remind everyone we will be having our first trail ride on May 11-12 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. For more information contact Levi at info@bcihrs. com. On May 18th we are also a part of the May Day Parade in Rutland. Please come out and meet the minis and visit us at our table. Please start saving your refundable bottles for our bottle drive “Empties for Equines” to be held at Diamond H Tack in Kelowna on July 6th from 10 am to 4 pm. If you want to volunteer to help with

bottle sorting please contact Karrie at May is very busy for us and we do hope to see you all at one of our events. Wishing everyone a great summer. • 49

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club By Barb Ingle


REC was pleased to have a booth this year at the LMQHA Bazaar on March17 in Langley. In keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, our volunteers donned green cowboy hats and were in a festive mood. We were pleased to meet and chat with everyone who stopped by our booth to inquire about the club or just say hello. A fairly lengthy list was generated of people interested in attending one of our meetings and possibly joining at a future date. In fact, a few of those on the list attended our March 19 meeting and are now members. Yahoo! A big “Thank You” to our volunteers for all their efforts in creating a beautiful booth and helping to make this a very successful day for VREC. Well done, everyone! Special thanks to Reta Eddleston who took on the task of organizing all aspects of this event for us. Great job, Reta! The guest speaker for our March meeting was Robyn Zimmer. Robyn gave a very interesting talk on “Conditioning Your Horse in Spring.” An extremely knowledgeable presenter, Robyn gave us very useful and practical tips on how to start our horses on a safe and progressive conditioning program; a timely topic with information that our members can incorporate into their riding programs.

April 13 found thirteen of our members at Shirrocco Farms in Langley, braving what turned out to be a very cold “spring” day to attend a saddle fitting clinic. The clinician was one of our own very talented members, Kendra Kowalski. As the previous owner of Abby Saddle Shop for many years, Kendra is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of saddle construction, and proper saddle fitting for both the horse and rider. She explained and demonstrated how to measure the saddle, rider and horse to obtain a comfortable fit with both English and Western saddles. Members were given an opportunity to try out various types and sizes of saddles on horseback thanks to our two live horse models, Moon and Tealy.

Thanks to Kim and Darcy for providing such patient, co-operative and well-turnedout horses. Kendra also gave instruction on how to properly fit various types of halters and bridles, and their function. At one point, discussion naturally morphed into an ultra-mini session on bits as well. All in all it was three hours packed full of interesting and valuable information. Thank you, Kendra, for sharing your extensive knowledge and expertise with fellow VREC members. VREC welcomes new members and guests to our meetings! Visit our website at

Kelowna Gymkhana Club Update By Kayla Stromsten


elowna Gymkhana Club is starting up for the season. The dates are as follows: May 26 June 9 June 23 July 14 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sept 8 Spooktacular October TBA

skill level. Peewee, junior, youth, senior and masters categories. English/Western riders all welcome. Seven events per day, plus jackpot. Come out to our first Gymkhana and see what we are all about!

Also we’re having a Gymkhana Clinic on Saturday, May 11. Contact Amanda 250 878-6062, or follow us on Facebook! Fun for all ages and 50 • Saddle Up • May 2013

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Ramona Rizzi


ERC has their May fun day on Sunday the 19th at the Armstrong fairgrounds. All disciplines are welcome. Green horses, green riders… this is a friendly club to gain experience at. We encourage beginners to join us and don’t be shy. Events start at 9 a.m. so show up early if you need to buy a membership and remember to bring proof of HCBC.

Spectators are always welcome so even if you don’t ride, feel free to come, clap and cheer and enjoy the day. Visit our website to see upcoming events and read the latest newsletter.

Three Gentle Giants By Daphne Davey


t’s spring! With the advent of warm weather, horses and riders happily shed their winter coats. But, for some, at least a note of nostalgia creeps in. Our therapy horses can’t last forever. While we greet new arrivals as stars in the making, sometimes we have to say goodbye to stars already made. Here are three of the hundreds of gentle giants who have faithfully served in CanTRA member centres across Canada. Bless them all!

Kasey (Photo by Ron Cantelon)

Kasey was a 16 hh Thoroughbred/draft-cross horse owned by Howie Thomas and Jenny Payne of Pyramid Stables, in Lantzville, BC. In his day, he shepherded many young riders around the show ring. Eventually, he joined the Errington Therapeutic Riding Association (ETRA), where he shared his gifts with his riders until cancer overtook him. In 2012, Kasey posthumously received the Horse Council of BC’s Horse of the Year award. “It takes a special horse to be used in a therapeutic riding program,” says Kim Jury, Program Coordinator. “Kasey was an absolute star at his job.” Mac was born in Alberta in 1988. At the age of 12, this sturdy Norwegian Fjord was donated to the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association in Duncan, BC. His experience, gentle temperament, and affinity for people fitted him perfectly for the task. His many accomplishments included medals at the BC Summer Games for Athletes with a Disability, and a win in Para-Equestrian Canada’s “Sea to Sea” video competition. In 2013, Mac was retired to a loving home and the company of his equine “gal.” Cowichan TRA’s head instructor and CanTRA Coach, Lisa Pink, says, “Mac is special. He has touched many hearts. This is a well-deserved retirement.”

Mac and friends (Photo by Cowichan TRA)

Cowboy was a Quarter Horse-cross who used to go trail riding and cattle penning with his young riders. In 2007, Cowboy came to the Cavalier Riding Club, a CanTRA centre in Moncton, NB. He quickly became a favourite as he quietly walked and trotted his riders around the arena. But the time came when Cowboy carried his last little girl, Melanie, safely through her lesson. This shy little girl helped lead him to the barn and gave him a soft kiss on the nose. Soon after, Cowboy passed away. He is fondly remembered and missed by all at Cavalier Riding Club. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at For more information about CanTRA, email

Cowboy with Melanie (Photo by Cavalier Riding Club)

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Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he TCSC in Burns Lake BC is planning several different club events this riding season. Hard to believe as I type this it is snowing, again!! The Northwest Invitational Championship Gymkhana is being hosted September 14 in Fraser Lake this year, which is only a 40 minute drive for us. This year we are offering a (three) Gymkhana Series so that our members can qualify for the Finals. Gymkhana dates are set for May 11, July 21 and August 17. The first two events will be held at Liz Kemppainen’s arena, with the third at the TCSC Grounds. Events include Keyhole, Barrels, Pole Bending, Scurry, Scudda Ho, and the Jackpot class “TC Special” (which involves spoons and golf balls and very good aim!). There is a Junior and Senior division, and Leadline is also being offered. We are hosting a Schooling Show & Clinic on June 15-16 at the TCSC Grounds. Our judge is Christine Hassell from Telkwa, a Level 2 certified coach and qualified judge. The emphasis at this show is going to be on learning, not just showing, and each rider

will get the chance to have one-on-one help from the judge. We are also picking up the reins from the Northern BC Quarter Horse Association who hosted the Light Horse Show at the Lakes District Fall Fair last year. This year the TCSC is organizing the show for the Fall Fair, and it will be much the same program as last year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 7! There will be a Gymkhana on Sunday as well, put on by the Fall Fair. The Annual Poker Ride moved up a week to accommodate the Invitationals and is set for September 21. We are working with the Omineca Ski Club in the hopes of fixing some of the bridge approaches so that we can use more trails on our Poker Ride trail – it looks like the ride will be about 3 hours long this year. So you can see that the Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club is back in full swing for the 2013 season – we hope to see some of you at the events! More info on the Saddle Club or any of their events can be obtained at, via

TCSC members at a riding session last summer, getting ready for the 2012 Fall Fair Light Horse Show.

email, or call Kristi at 250-692-5721.

Vernon & District Riding Club By Judy Olson


he Second Annual VDRC Fashion Show lived up to all expectations on March 23rd. Under the skilled direction of Linda Parker Fisk, the models strutted the catwalk with aplomb and entertained diners at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. Great fashions from Cowboy’s Choice, The Paddock Tack and Togs, Pampered Perfection, Diana’s Monogramming and Greenhawk were all represented. Julia Bostock’s Hunter Jumper Clinic at the beginning of April was more than full with riders coming from Kelowna and Kamloops, as well as from closer to home. With a little irrigation from the sky, the footing was close to perfect. Riders and horses visibly improved with two days of exercises and gymnastics, and put it all together over a course on Sunday. May at the VDRC is shaping up to be a busy month. We start with the Hunter 52 • Saddle Up • May 2013

Jumper Schooling and Dressage Practice Days on May 4-5. Julia Bostock, EC certified Course Designer and Coach, is designing the courses. To book blocks of time for Schooling on Saturday, you can call Julia at 250-308-7079. Clear rounds will run on Sunday. Meanwhile, the dressage riders will be tuning up with Sharon Piazza on Saturday and Suzanne Wallace on Sunday. With 12 minutes allotted per rider, there is enough time to ride the test, discuss improvements with the judge, and try those tricky elements again. Peter Campbell is coming to the VDRC on May 24–26. Here is a master horseman who can change the relationship you have with your horse. For more information about this event, contact Chandra at 250212-2611 or At the end of May, esport physiotherapist, Sandra Sokoloski returns. Sandra brings her experience as both a rider

and a physiotherapist to the arena. With a unique talent for analyzing rider position and effectiveness in the saddle, Sandra can help you achieve optimal performance. She also offers physio assessments and individualized exercises to help you help your horse. Contact Judy juditholson@telus. net or 250-547-8812 for further information.

Megan Creel pilots Judy Olson’s dressage horse, Zorro, at Julia Bostock’s April clinic.

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New Riding Club in Salmon Arm By Trina Forslund


reat news!! After a very, very, long hiatus a riding club has finally surfaced in Salmon Arm once again, aptly named the “Salmon Arm Riding Club.” The club is hoping to attract and cater to riders of all disciplines, levels and breeds by hosting a variety of events and gatherings. These events are currently scheduled to include BC Heritage circuit shows, fun days, clinics and trail rides. The first event on the roster will be participation in the Silver Creek

Children’s Wish Ride on Sunday May 26, where the club has agreed to donate $5 for every club member that completes the trail ride to the Wish Ride’s fundraising efforts. This event will be followed by the first of three BC Heritage circuit horse shows, with the first one taking place on June 9. This show will feature reduced entry fees for 4-H and Pony Club participants, a chance to win your full entry fees back, a variety of English and Western flat classes as well as high points! Entry forms will be available shortly, so

watch for them at your local tack store, or visit us on Facebook to download them. If anyone is interested in joining the club and/or has ideas to bring to the group, applications and information can be found on Facebook by searching “Salmon Arm Riding Club,” or email The club is also looking for someone to look after our website, so please give us a shout if you would be interested in helping out with this.

BC 4-H News Update By Kevin Rothwell


C 4-H currently has close to 2,200 registered 4-H’ers and over 600 leaders. In 2012 Horse Projects were the single most popular with 4-H’ers at 424 individual projects. 2013 marks 100 years of 4-H in Canada. 2014 will mark 100 years of 4-H in BC. Six 4-H volunteer leaders across Canada were honoured for their dedication to local youth with the annual Co-operators/4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. “The lives of countless young people in Canada have been greatly enriched over the last 100 years thanks to the dedicated 4-H leaders,” said Rob Black, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. “More than 8,000 volunteer leaders give generously of their time to pass along valuable skills and self-confidence to almost 26,000 young members. The 4-H program could not succeed without the time, commitment and dedication of these individuals and we are proud to acknowledge their selfless efforts through this annual award.” Each winner selected for the Cooperators/4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award receives a $100 gift and a 4-H anniversary tumbler. In addition, one volunteer is recognized as the grand prize winner with a $1,000 prize, and receives a trip to the 4-H Canada Annual General Meeting in May 2013. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The six volunteers selected (listed below) were nominated by their respective 4-H members, who were asked to give examples of how their leader has made their community a better place, and why they deserve the award. • Cheryl Johnson, Shifting Saddles 4-H Club, Salmon Arm, BC • Tim Belec, Lakedell Lighthorse 4-H Club, Westerose, Alberta • Brad Eggink, Lincoln Dairy Calf Club, Grimsby, Ontario • Maria Enright, Richmond 4-H Club, Richmond, Quebec (also the grand prize winner)

which members were taught skills such as measuring, and checking a horse’s temperature. The funding will support the 4-H program in its 99th year of operation in BC and help its 2,200 youth members learn about farming and food production as well as building leadership skills and personal development. 4-H members complete hands-on projects in areas such as field crops, beef, horse, dairy, poultry, bees, agroforestry and mechanics designed to prepare them with knowledge and experiences to guide a successful career.

• Sheila Fanjoy, Bridging New Waters 4-H Club, Waterford, New Brunswick • Alfreda Farish, Millview-Vernon River 4-H Club, Vernon River, PEI

BC Government supporting next Generation of Farmers The BC government is investing $87,000 in the BC 4-H Council to encourage young British Columbians to experience and pursue a career in agriculture. The funding was announced by Eric Foster, MLA for Vernon Monashee, on behalf of BC Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, at a Vernon Young Riders 4-H horse club first-year check, in

MLA Eric Foster presents BC 4-H Manager Kevin Rothwell with $87,000 Ministry of Agriculture provincial funding with Gabrielle and her horse Candy. It was the Vernon Young Riders 4-H Club’s Wild and Wooly spring evaluation event held at Brewer’s Riding Arena on Westside Road in Vernon. • 53

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

BCRA PRINCETON RODEO, Princeton Hosted by the Princeton Rodeo Club MAY 11-12, 2013 Committee Contact: Ken Crompton 250-295-4084 BCRA KEREMEOS ELKS RODEO Hosted by the Keremeos Elks Lodge #56 MAY 19-20, 2013 (Sunday/Monday) Committee Contact: Joe Reichert 250-499-5175 BCRA 100 MILE HOUSE RODEO Hosted by the South Cariboo Rodeo Association MAY 19-20, 2013 Committee Contact: Randy Broadoway 250-3955175 BCRA CLINTON MAY BALL RODEO Hosted by the Clinton & District Agri. Association MAY 25-26, 2013 Committee Contact: Jeff Smith 250-459-0069 Jane Munro 250-644-3073

2013 BCRA REVISED RODEO SCHEDULE April 19-21: 23rd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 27-28: NEW ~ Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 10- 11: PWRA/BCRA Grand Coulee, WA May 11-12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 19-20: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 19-20: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 25-26: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1-2: 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 15-16: 52nd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 21-22: PWRA/BCRA Colville, WA June 22-23: WIREA/BCRA Alkali Lake Rodeo (2–One Day Rodeo) June 29-30: 28th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA July 5-6: PWRA/BCRA Toppenish, WA July 6-7: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14: Valemount Rodeo July 13-14: Pritchard Rodeo – DATE CHANGE July 19-21: Quesnel Rodeo July 26-27: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA Aug 3-4: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Aug 3-4: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Aug 9-11: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 17-18: Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Aug 23-24: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 24-25: PWRA Waterville, WA Aug 30-31: PWRA/BCRA Ritzville, WA Aug 30-Sept 1: PWRA/BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 30-Sept 2: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 13-15: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2013 Season Leader Saddle Sponsors 2013 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles 2013 Team Roping Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

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2013 Junior Steer Riding Saddle Kd Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC 2013 Junior Breakaway Saddle Rock Construction & Mining, Kamloops, BC 2013 FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE SPONSORS: Breakaway Roping – BCES Entry System Rookie Roughhorse Rider – Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox Steer Wrestling – Regency Chrysler, Quesnel Heading/Heeling – Grassland Equipment Ltd.

2013 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: Glen & Coleen Duggan – Barrel Horse of Year Green Mobile Veterinary Services – Breakaway Horse of Year Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic – Heeling Horse of Year Gus & Nita Cameron – Jr Barrel Horse of Year

2013 FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Wrangler Regency Chrysler Grassland Equipment Ltd.

2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake WL & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Don & Nance Macdonald, Williams Lake PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest.

Meet Patrice Tokar and her horse Juineye


y story begins on a cold night in February about seven years ago when Juineye, otherwise known as Baby J, came into this world and proceeded to quickly take over my heart. He was the product of an Arabian mare, named Sheba, and a Sobino stallion, named Aul Rab. Being of the challenged age of about 50, I knew little of horses, but I knew what true love felt like. Baby J and I have had to learn a lot about each other, mainly that I am the fearless leader and the boss. There are times when my heart has to remain firmly locked in the tack room as I go about my horsie business with him. The biggest lesson so far is the best gift that I can give him, is to have him know that I am the boss - it’s the least I can do for an animal that has given me so much, restored my faith in humanity and the human spirit, along with learning to believe in myself and my capabilities. Admittedly, I knew squat about horses, but I am learning really fast. I couldn’t tell the difference between a side pass and a smooth transition, nor what a canter on the correct lead looked like. After moving our horses clear across town, I’ve taken an in-hand mountain trail course, lots of lessons with an incredible coach who challenges me on a daily basis while believing in me, and have learned to be the leader and not so in love with this little man. We are just beginning our adventure and seem to be collecting friends and like-minded folks along the way. I have recently been told by one of our horse old timers that “we all want our horses to love us, but we have to rise above that and demand the respect, and the love will automatically follow.” Thanks to all of those who have helped us along the way. The future for Baby J and me looks brighter each day; this adventure is one that I am honoured to be a part of. Sometimes when I am riding Baby J and a bunch of us gals are simply hanging around, I feel as though I am the luckiest woman in the world to be in the presence of such amazing spirits, whether they have two legs or four, and who keep it real between the stirrups.

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2012 / 2013 Executive: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz

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Fun Facts • The Arabian breed is over 5,000 years old and is known as the oldest breed and the first domesticated breed of horse. • An Arabian was the horse of choice for Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and President George Washington. Napoleon’s horse was named Marengo and George Washington’s mount was called Blueskin. MAJOR CHANGE TO Region 17 Championships SCHEDULE Please go to the Region 17 website to check out the revised schedule for Dressage. We have added a day to the show to accommodate those competing in both Dressage and Main ring classes. Dressage classes will now start Monday July 22. Information for the Select Stallion Service Auction and Futurity Foals resulting from breedings purchased at the Region 17 Select Stallion Service Auction are eligible to be shown as Yearlings in a Halter Futurity and as four-year-olds in a Performance Futurity. Go to www. May Clinic with Debbie Storey Debbie Storey of Topline Training (Red Deer, AB), successful Scottsdale, Regional and National Trainer specializing in amateur programs for Western, Hunter, Trail and Halter, will again be in the Okanagan at Asmara Stables in Armstrong for a clinic on May 25/26. Lessons are available of your choice, for beginners to advanced, and the clinic is OPEN TO ALL BREEDS. Mountain Trail Event The BC Senior Summer Games in Kamloops this year are acknowledging Mountain Trail as one of the events, with novice, intermediate and advanced divisions. All include the in-hand, then add the jog and lope into it for difficulty. Kelowna Trainer Dawn Heppner teaches all of the requirements for this event. We practice Saturdays and one other day of the week. If you are interested in participating, we have a team working already - the more the merrier! You can sign up for one of the Mountain Trail Clinics to see if this is for you! Contact Damarhe Training at 250-808-0738 or email Private and group lessons are available in all disciplines and for all breeds. Want to share some news or meet other Arabian enthusiasts? Go to the BC Interior Arabian Horse Association on Facebook and start there. Looking forward to hearing from you! If you have any news or photos to share in Saddle Up magazine, please contact Dawn Heppner (contact details above). • 55

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover


Saddle Up re you clocking enough time in the saddle this season? Is it ever enough? For me, it always seems to be a case of too many chores and too much paperwork to log the hours I would like to spend riding, but I am managing some. Earlier this year, the BC Paint Horse Club launched its “Paint Your Ride BC” program for members whose priorities include time astride their Paint Horse. Fashioned after the American Paint Horse Association’s “Ride America” program, BC Paint will be acknowledging (and rewarding!) members who track the number of hours they spend in the saddle with certificates of achievement for each milestone (starting at 50 hours) and year-end awards for over-achievers! All you need to do is keep a log of your ride times, and then send a copy of that log to Kelly Allen, who is co-ordinating the program for us. Her contact information is available from our website (www. Kelly and her husband, Ron Stolp, are adventuresome trail riders (they’ve spent the last couple of months riding in the Arizona desert) and regularly update their “friends” on Facebook about their experiences. Kelly also administers a group page called “Camping with Horses” – a great resource for riders of all breeds! You should check it out. Sharing our goodness It’s my guess that BC Paint’s “Free Trophy Program” is celebrating a milestone this year. It could be our 15th anniversary of providing awards (not necessarily trophies) to community and discipline-specific riding clubs around the province to present to the top-performing Paint Horses at their events. We’ve done this every year since the program’s inception, with the generous support of Otter Co-op, and this year we’re very pleased to announce that Otter has upped the ante, which allows us to provide more clubs with even bigger awards. So far, FTP co-ordinator Devon Smith has granted awards to the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) for their huge open horse show, August 28 through September 1 in Armstrong; to the Peace Country Horse and Rider Association for their big “Wild and Lawless” show June 28 through July 1 in Dawson Creek; to the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show in Smithers, August 22-25; to the BC Competitive Trail Riding Association based out of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island for a year-end award, and to the Three-in-One All Breed Horse Show in Smithers, July 12-14. Devon has created an application form for clubs to apply for a BC Paint/Otter Co-op award and you can download that from our “Free Trophy Program” page on the website. There is still an opportunity to sign up for 2013 if your club plans to host at least a few Paints at their competitions, but you better hurry. Supply is limited! President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Another APHA show approved We have just received word that the Three Breed Classic Horse Show in Terrace will be BC Paint-approved for year-end awards again this year! This show takes place on August 10 and 11 and in addition to all-breed classes, is APHA, AQHA and ApHCC approved. You know, that’s quite a feat for such a remote community – the cost of getting approved judges to Terrace (or Smithers or Pritchard or – let’s face it – any place north of the border) is a major investment and we applaud the show committees that are doing a tremendous job at fundraising so we can enjoy the privilege of showing to accredited judges and competing for APHA points! Altogether, there are 16 APHA-approved judges coming to BC this year: four at the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s Spring Circuit, May 2-5, in Langley, two at our “Back-to-Basics” Okanagan show in Pritchard, June 8, another two at the Three-in-One in Smithers, July 12-14, two more at “Back-to-Basics Coast” on July 28 in Delta, two in Terrace, one at the Bulkley Valley Fair in Smithers, August 22-25, and three at LMQ’s Evergreen Circuit in Langley, August 30-September 1. If you own a Paint, we urge you to support these shows. Even if you are not competing, why not contact the show organizers and offer to lend a hand. These shows are all largely volunteer-run and your support is appreciated! APHA announces incentive program for older horse registrations Do you have a Paint that slipped under the radar and didn’t get registered before the registration fees became too expensive? For a limited time, APHA is allowing members to register their older horses for a much-reduced fee. Horses eligible for Regular Registry ages two and older may be registered for just $100, while horses ages three and older that are eligible for Solid Paint-Bred registration may be registered for $50. Registration applications and more details can be downloaded at Friendly reminders Don’t forget to order your Amateur, Youth and Novice cards from APHA before the 2013 show season gets underway! (I had to pay $25 extra for my novice am card last year!) Exhibitors in APHA’s PAC program must also be APHA members this year and if you have already joined BC Paint this year but forgot to sign up for our Open Show and Competition Program, it’s not too late – just download the membership application and use that to submit your OSCP fee. Most importantly, don’t forget that the early bird deadline for the “Back-to-Basics” Okanagan Show is at the end of month (May 31). We have lots of information on our website: links to APHA forms and our own applications, show dates for all the Paint shows in the Pacific Northwest, news, year-end award winners, etc. And check out our Facebook group where members keep us up-to-date with their activities, photos and buy and sell projects!

A cutie by Lynne Parker’s APHA stallion, Simply Terrific.

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2013 President: Michelle Charleston, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


Schooling Show midst blustery weather mixed in with rain, the LMQHA Schooling Show on April 7 at Thunderbird Show Park had a good turnout with high spirits from those who attended. Judge Richard Pyke saw some big classes throughout the day, with the Novice Showmanship being the largest. Coordinator Joan Ericsson had some great volunteers on hand this year, albeit some at the last minute. Her husband, Stan, was “All-Around Man,” VP Lynda Harrison was Ring Steward Extraordinaire throughout the day, and Terri Brown jumped in and was wrangling the WhipperIn position; she was particularly great with the little ones, putting everyone at ease. Her daughter, Taya Bath, helped her by calling for classes and announcing who was on deck. Pia Petersen and Flora Kippan were great help in the office, and who can forget our ever-amazing Show Manager, Rod Ash, who always keeps things running smoothly. Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who helped make this day fantastic. We had a great mix of Quarter Horses and a strong contingent from Paint with some other gaited breeds and Arabians peppered in for variety. A job well done and congrats to all competitors who either earned some great prizes of achieved their schooling goals. The Evening Ride on April 6, prior to the Schooling Show, was likewise fun and successful. Many friends enjoyed the arena time to get their horses in “show mode” with a relaxed and casual feel. The Chili Cook Off was fantastic, and all who indulged in the sumptuous meal were the winners. It was great and just the warm hug needed for a chilly evening. Way to go Michelle, Lynda and Pauline - our Chili Iron Chefs!

Our Children’s Wish Star One of our long time members and avid supporters, Lynne Carter, will once again be participating in the Children’s Wish Ride. Here is a quote from her personal fundraising page: “I am thrilled to be participating once again in the Children’s Wish Trail Ride with my horse, Webster, on May 3, Lynne Carter and Webster 2013 in Kamloops, BC. This will be my sixth year and I can’t think of a more worthy cause. We are raising money to grant wishes to children with high-risk, life-threatening illnesses. Year-todate, our trail rides have raised over $900, 000 to help these wishes come true. Last year, with your help, I personally raised nearly $4000! All proceeds from the ride go directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC/Yukon Chapter.” At the printing of this issue, Lynne will already be enjoying the trail ride for such a great cause. So LMQHA would like to give her kudos for such dedication and passion in helping others. She is truly an inspiration. Other News By the time this issue is out, our Spring Circuit will be but a fond memory. We have returned to the popular four-day format for this circuit and have offered great prizes for all around winners and more. Stay tuned for the next article for the rundown on the show! Remember, this is your organization - we would love to have you join in, come show or help out! There are many opportunities to participate, and we welcome you to contact your board of directors to inquire how you can get involved. Anyone with any news, please let us know so we can include it on our page. We would also love to see pictures of your foals of 2013, so don’t be shy!

Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club By Zoe Ovenden


ally is coming up! Rally is an annual judging event where 4-H members come and judge. We judge anything from hay to beef to horses. The Rodeo Rednecks 4-H horse club puts most of their energy into practicing horse judging. Our club has been having weekly judging practices for our members to learn the ropes. Did you know that the ideal riding HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

gelding should have a proportioned body, short cannon bones and a nice kind eye? Recently our whole 4-H club went down to the gym and learnt some self defence! It was a blast! As much as our members enjoy riding their horses it is nice to do some unmounted activities with each other! April was the first month of the year that we had to fill in our record books. For

those of you who don’t know, every 4-H member has to fill in a yearly record book, recording their animal’s progress. In May, senior member Indigo Johnson is going to hold a Junior Leader Record Book Night. This will help educate members on how to correctly fill out record books. Find us on Facebook at Rodeo Rednecks. • 57

Endurance Riders Association of BC Set Speed Rides - Between Trail Riding and Endurance


sn’t this just the greatest time of the year? The ice, snow, mud and rain are going or gone, the trails are open, the horses are shedded out, and a new endurance riding season is before us. Our season opens with a clinic, “Fundamentals of Endurance,” and is geared to first time riders and newbies who are interested in trying the sport, or for those who are just starting, upping the learning curve for endurance riding. The clinic will be held in Pritchard on May 25-26 and can be attended with or without your horse - a number of pens are available. Saturday’s schedule offers a presentation, “Preparing for Your Ride,” a discussion of saddle and tack commonly used, and an arena lesson with Stephanie Travers on balanced riding with a relaxed horse. And lunch is included on Saturday! Sunday’s demonstration of the vet check process will show what you will be required to do and what health parameters on your horse will be checked, and what it all means! A ten-mile trail will be marked and available to try under “endurance” conditions - reading the trail marking, pacing, and trail etiquette. See the ERABC website Events page ( for full details and registration. Our first ride isn’t until June 15 this year, which gives us all plenty of time to condition to competition form. IronHorse Ride is high in the hills behind Summerland; come join us for year two of the revival of IronHorse. Incredible views and varied trails await you. The trails will be pretty much the same as last year; we are trying to have less up and down, and possibly use some of the Trans-Canada Trail. There may be some “Yoga” in the saddle offered - stay tuned. If there is enough interest and entries in the Fun Ride, we will have a mentoring endurance rider get together with the riders before they do their vet check and talk about vet checks, riding on the trail, looking after your horse and yourself, and more (time permitting). On Saturday night, there will be a potluck dinner; you’ll wake up Sunday morning to a free pancake breakfast to celebrate Fathers’ Day. Two weeks later, on June 29, is the Magic Mountain FEI* Ride at our longest-running ride site on Coutlee Plateau, near Merritt; always a great trail, and the ride camp feels like home to a lot of us. This year, ride management is offering the opportunity to begin, maintain, or add to your FEI qualification in the 50-Mile Event, or to enter the Endurance Canada sanctioned event for Limited Distance and 50 Miles. Another two weeks brings a new date for Last Chance Mountain Ride in Westbank, being held on July 13. Ride Management opened up new trails last year, fed everyone royally all day Saturday, and much the same is in store for this year - an all-day barbeque and dinner! The new date, moved from September, recognizes the National Championship competition being held this year in Almo, Idaho on September 20-22. The new date both allows our members another opportunity to qualify themselves and their horses, and frees up the September calendar Officers & Directors 2011

President -June Melhuish VP - vacant Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier, Katrin Levermann,

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Last Chance Mountain Ride Westbank (Julius Bloomfield) IronHorse Ride - Summerland

for travel and competition. Good luck to all of you planning to attend! Two more weeks brings the first time for High Sage Ride above Cache Creek on July 27 and we mean high! Ride camp is at 4000 feet, which is hoped to rise above the summer heat the area is known for, as well as limit the big uphill stretches BC riders know so Magic Mountain - Merritt well. This ride will be capped at 50 entries to allow ride managers to savour their first-time experience, so watch for the entry dates! Stop and rest a bit during the three-week interval before endurance riding returns to Skimikin Lake Ride site on August 17. Rumour has it new trails will be added this year, and no other changes could be asked for - first-time ride managers in 2012 handled this job beautifully! Make your plans for the September long weekend to attend another new ride at the Cariboo Gold Rush Express near 100 Mile House, based at the Health Hills Ranch. Plan for showers (!), pool, hot tub, sauna, and book your spa treatment, but most of all, ride on Sunday over rolling, golden Cariboo trails. Saturday plans are to include an endurance mini-clinic. Once again, this ride will be capped at 50 riders - don’t miss this one! Or... that same weekend, head north of Fort St. John about 50km to the Titanium Run Ride - a THREE-day event over grass and bush trails through pasture along the Beatton River valley - flat, with some rolling hills, and offering 25 and 50 Miles per day and 100 Miles on the second day. Search Facebook for Titanium 3 Day for updated information. A reminder that all entries must be pre-registered and pre-paid; easy to do via the ERABC website Events page ( events-results/), or send entries and cheques by mail as directed on each ride’s information sheet. All rides will provide a contact regarding cancellation (poor you!) and refunds in full will be available to entries properly cancelled. See ya there!

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

Riding on Glorious Gabriola Island


n the summer of 2012, one of the South Vancouver Island Chapter members hosted a limited camp and ride at her beautiful home on Gabriola Island. Despite concerns about getting on and off the ferry due to low trailer hitches, a small group of riders arrived on Friday on the island with a sense of delight, and relaxed immediately once safely landed. We meandered along lovely country roads to get to our destination and set up camp in the picturesque setting where we would spend a very enjoyable weekend. The weekend started with a short ride, followed by a potluck of mostly prawns and steak with some salads thrown in. We sat and ate in the late afternoon sun and listened to the horses grazing and snorting gently close by. We enjoyed the company of members who were not going to ride but were part of the wonderful camaraderie which exists in the BCHBC club. Some members brought partners and all shared in the company and lively conversation during the meal. We were treated to a glorious sunset and watched the cerulean blue sky fade to dark blue and finally darkness fell. Saturday morning started early with the raucous conversation of crows in the tall trees surrounding our site and horses calling to be fed. Coffee smells drew us out of our campers and tents to welcome the sunny day. Breakfast ranged from the delicious siren call of frying bacon and eggs to the infinitely more healthy, but slightly more boring, muffins and cereal. It was a leisurely start to the day as we waited for our companion riders from HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

other parts of Gabriola and Vancouver Island. By mid-morning, a large group of riders had arrived and there was an eclectic group of horses getting ready to ride out; sassy Icelandics, the more mellow Fjords, lively Quarter horses, a bemused Standardbred, energetic Morgans and curious Canadians, riding in all styles of saddles from English to Western and Australian. The day was glorious and sunny. Some rode in a smaller group at a slightly faster pace and others decided to enjoy a more leisurely ride with a larger group. The trails started out the backdoor of the campsite and we set off in high spirits to ride the trail system in the lovely 707-acre community park, through mature second growth conifers on excellent trails with good footing for the horses. Halfway through the ride, there was a most welcome and efficient ground crew who came with water and snacks for the group which had joined up to share the opportunity. That evening, we sat around a large fire under a majestic and spreading maple tree looking out over the fields and pasture and we could feel the presence of our magnificent horses all around us as they called to each other, snorted and swished their tails lazily. They were a contented bunch and we soon followed suit by matching their contentment. We had a large table of potluck food and the big group of riders with their partners and friends attended to share a meal of extraordinary culinary excellence and a lot of laughter. Some retired early, while others stayed up late and chatted the night away.

On Sunday, we packed up and prepared to head back to the ferry. The weather had begun to change. It was getting colder and darker and the rain was heading our way. We were fortunate to have managed to get in two days of glorious riding in the sunshine and make the most of the opportunity to explore the magnificence of Gabriola Island, an experience which we are hoping to enjoy again. For those who have never been to this magical and whimsical island, it is well worth the visit. The people are special, the trails are well maintained and interesting, and the setting is spectacular. For more information on Gabriola and Vancouver Island Trails and camping, contact Central Vancouver Island Chapter of BCHBC members: Kelly Bilnquist at or Justine Saunders at • 59

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


SAT/SUN LESSONS/CLINICS w/Wendy Price, Briarwood Stables, Kelowna, Wendy 250-442-7706 or Gaylene 250-808-1335 1 PRACTICE IN THE PARK, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 3-4 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 2-5 JERRY TINDELL RIDING CLINIC, Westerose AB, Marlene at 403-783-5210 or, 2-5 LMQHA SPRING CIRCUIT (AQHA & APHA HORSE SHOW), Thunderbird, Langley, Kathie 403-804-4031, 3-4 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE (and Harness & Tack), Olds AB, 3-5 WILLIAMS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, 3-5 ALI BUCHANAN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Michael 250-395-6025 or 250-791-5247 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Clinic - Grand Prairie, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 3-5 SRGEDC Spring Discovery Dressage/Jumper Show, w/Friday Night Trail Challenge, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, 3-6 CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC w/Alexandra Kurland, Flyin G Ranch, Cochrane AB, Monty Gwynne or 403-932-4989 3-9 GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 4 ADIVA MURPHY SYMPOSIUM, Delta BC, E-mail or FB,, 4 TSC PERCENTAGE DAY, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri 4 TSC CLEAR ROUNDS 1pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Alice 4-5 FORTHEHORSE Week End Course, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase BC, 4-5 TEAM ROPING SCHOOL (Training Rope Horses), Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494, 4-5 VDRC H/J SCHOOLING & DRESSAGE Practice Days, Vernon BC, 4-5 REINING ALBERTA Clinic & Show Circuit (North Branch) (South Barn, Nisku), 4-5 HORSEWOMANSHIP CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainers Birgit Stutz/ Kathryn Kincannon, Whitecourt AB, Raven 1-877-394-6773, 5 LONGEARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland BC. Bring your Longear, free admission! Details call Mavis or Tom 250-379-2076 5 TSC GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Jocelyn 5 MHC GAMES SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 5 GYMKHANA (BC Heritage/PAC pending), Barriere BC, Kristina 250-320-2211,, 5 JANDANA RANCH OPEN HOUSE, 1-4pm, Pinantan Lake BC, 6 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, 9-11 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 9-12 JERRY TINDELL OPEN CLINIC, Forestburg AB, Caroline at 780 582-3995, 10-12 EQUINE FINE ART EXHIBITION & SALE by Kenneth W. Buck, Vernon BC, or 250-307-4191 10-12 TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show (BC Heritage/Summer Games Qual.), Salmon Arm BC, Sonya 250-833-2669,

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10-12 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Elaine or Marty 11 POKER RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $15 per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info 11 PCTPA Team Penning in the Lower Mainland BC. Check out our Facebook page at PCTPA for all our show locations/dates 11 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC, Leduc AB, Diana, 780-387-0413 11 OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Clinic Grooming & Prep for Show, Location TBA, Joan 250-545-9566 or 250-542-9707 11 EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE Workshop w/cert. Chris Irwin trainer Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 11-12 SCQHA FUZZY CLINIC, Mini-clinics and Fun Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, 11-12 DEB HUGHES DE-SPOOKING CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, 11-12 REINING ALBERTA Show Circuit & NAJYRC Qualifier (South Branch) (Prairie Mountain Ranch, north of Cochrane), 11-12 TFC PAUL DUFRESNE Clinic, Saskatoon SK, Willow Ridge, Laurie 306-382-8219 11-12 JAY O’JAY NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730 11-17 LADYSMITH (Vanc. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 12 CASUAL TRAIL RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $5 Per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info 12 HUNTER SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814,, 12-14 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 13-14 PARELLI 1/2 Partnership Workshop, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount BC, 250-968-4481, 14 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Colic Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 15 PRACTICE IN THE PARK, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 16-18 PARELLI 1/2 Partnership, Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481, 16-19 JERRY TINDELL INTRODUCTORY/MIXED CLINIC, Olds AB, Julie 403-762- 2732,, 17-19 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Clinic - Edmonton, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 17-20 BS & DRIVE WEEKEND, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC, Ken 250-456-6050, 18 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, 18 HORSEPLAY YOUR WAY MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 18-19 EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC, Kitimat BC, Michelle 250-632-6726 or Debbie 604-858-7724, 18-19 OPEN SCHOOLING HORSE SHOW, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River BC, Sandy 604-485-0249, 18-20 TOPLINE SPRING HORSE TRIALS & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, 18-20 TRAILERING & REMEDIAL CLINIC, Kennedy Arena, Pitt Meadows BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975, 18-21 STEVE ROTHER CLINIC, Okanagan Falls BC, Simone 778-516-5599, 18-24 KAMLOOPS, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 19 OLD FRIENDS CANADA “Dressage Schooling Show Day”, Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730

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AERC FUN DAY, English/Western/Schooling Jumps, Armstrong Fairgrounds. All welcome. CMTHS MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, ROCK CREEK POKER RIDE-A-THON, Rock Creek BC (Fundraiser), Ann, 250-446-2409 PARELLI 2/3 Online/Freestyle Riding, Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481, EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC, Kitimat BC, Michelle 250-632-6726 or Debbie 604-858-7724, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two Clinic - Thorsby, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 HORSEMANSHIP DEMO w/Chris Irwin, 7-10 p.m., Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801,, JANDANA RANCH: Level 1 Natural Horsemanship Foundation Clinic, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, DARYL GIBB CLINIC, Kelowna Ranch, Kelowna BC, hosted by Jefferson Equine, or 250-808-7609 PETER CAMPBELL HORSEMANSHIP, Vernon BC, Chandra,, 250-491-8314, REINING ALBERTA Clinic & Show Circuit (Peace Country Branch) (Fairview College, Fairview), MULTI-LEVEL PARELLI INSTRUCTION, Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB, 250-968-4481, MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SERIES, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337

25 TSC PERCENTAGE DAY, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri 25 TSC CLEAR ROUNDS 1pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Alice 25 PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, Lynnaea Rawlings, or 250-573-3569 25-26 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Chris Irwin, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Raven 1-877-394-6773,, 25-26 TEAM ROPING SCHOOL (Beginner Ropers), Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494, 25-26 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC & Demo May 24, Vanderhoof BC, Lydia, 250-570-7661 25-26 KASSAI WORLD CUP Horseback Archery, Mount Currie BC, 25-26 REINING ALBERTA Clinic & Show Circuit (North Branch) (Jarrett Arena, Ponoka), 25-26 FEARLESS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC for Women, Anam Cara Farm & Learning Center, Abbotsford BC,, Carla Webb 604-809-3494 25-26 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENDURANCE RIDING Clinic, Pritchard, BC, for info Events or contact 25-27 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Clinic - Red Deer, AB, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 25-28 PHILIPPE KARL School of Légèreté Open Clinic, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase BC, 26 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Silver Creek (Salmon Arm) BC, More dates at Rob 250-832-1188

Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13


Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders.

For info: or


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC Miniature Horse Club 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 • 61

Clubs & Associations CQHA

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate


of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 8/13

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 8/13 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops)Michelle 250-573-5331, mtondevold@ Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13

FRASER VALLEY HUNT Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604857-2333,, 5/14

Tip of the Month!


PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. 250-494-5057, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 3/13 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). FACTOR #7: ANNUAL TRAINING, COMPETITION AND RECOVERY PLAN Simply put, designing a yearly plan is time management. It means planning the right activities with the adequate degree of difficulty and in the right sequence to reach the training and competition objectives sought. This has to be done in workable units and in proper sequencing. This involves developing the performance capacity of the horse and equestrian, integrating the performance factors in a complex and harmonious blend and preparing the horse and equestrian to perform at an identified competition.

Plan-Train-Compete-Recover Coaches need to know sport requirements, the relative importance of the competition calendar, the actual training start of the athlete, and the ability to cope with the contextual reality. ~ Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada ~ Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue for Factor #8 For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna Riding Club. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial or confused horses and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

Business Services EQUINE SERVICES


Dynamic Balance Equestrian

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

(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • 3/13

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC 10/13

Best Value in Red Deer!

Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park Toll Free 1-800-424-9454 or 403-343-8444

FIRST AID COURSES are hands on with horses and cover: * Pain detection/prevention, *Lacerations/bandaging, *How to flush foreign bodies out of eyes, * Hoof puncture wounds, thrush, etc., * Digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, * Poison, stings & bites, * What your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, * Pantry solutions... and more To register for a clinic or to host one: contact Cindy Houghton 403-936-0221 4/14


SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-604-888-7263,, 4/14 SUPER 8 RED DEER NORTH, 7474 50th Ave., Red Deer AB 403-343-1102 Clean friendly & reasonably priced. Minutes to Westerner Park 10/13 TRAVELODGE MOUNTVIEW, 1225 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC 250-374-4788 Proud Sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, 12/13

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 6/13 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 5/13 FACILITY RENTALS


For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Paterson

Chartered Accountant

250-546-4014 or e-mail

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Offers Ready-to-Win western show apparel, tack, and accessories from authorized dealers and our website. 8/13

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 8/13 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (N.OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 ~ Bulk & Bagged Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 11/13 BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 8/13 EQUINE HEALTH


FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 10/13

NATURAL HEALTH FOR ANIMALS, Helga Brink, Classical Homeopath 250-838-0926, 250-804-9477, 6/13 PUREFORM EQUINE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS by SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Toll Free: 1-877-533-9163 5/13

Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

Ph: 1-877-585-5152 • email: #3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB


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Business Services INSURANCE

FARRIERS & SUPPLIES SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/13 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 •

VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-546-8254 Certified Farrier Service, Bob Johnston and Jim Ferguson 5/13




ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 3/14 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods

DOREEN HOOKER, HORSE SHOW JUDGE, 403-646-3023, Equine Canada (GP & West.) ApHC/ApHCC/PtHA. Open/Sch, Fairs, 4-H. 6/13

Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street

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MASSAGE THERAPY WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 10/13 Stacy Elliot, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound, 10/13


OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14

Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/13



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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


GUEST RANCHES DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14 HEALTH PRODUCTS

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 4/14 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (Coldstream, BC) 250-275-6224 3/14 Western Tack Repairs and Custom Work, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl., TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14 RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13 TRAILER REPairs

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PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services TRAILER SAles


CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14

RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14

Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13


KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,9/13 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CLICKER TRAINING w/Monty Gwynne (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 3/14

Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. 9/13 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 11/13 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 6/13 transport/hauling

Your Cross Border Specialist!

We transport across Canada, USA & Alaska. We offer tie or box stalls. Cameras for monitoring. Certified for Commercial Livestock Transport. 1-877-246-4355 •

Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921

Trailering Clinics

Private Lessons 8/13



Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

11/13 • 951.302-9463 •

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14




Philippe Karl School of Légereté Canada • Spine Based Riding • Barefoot Program • Natural Horsemanship • Equine Bodywork • Holistic Equine Management • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 3/14 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 9/13


The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

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Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale,, DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

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Breeding, Training & Quality horses for Sale 250-558-4743 Vernon, BC CANADA

Dragonfly Acres

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


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,


WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14 SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 6/13 ICELANDIC HORSES at TOLT AWAY Farm (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM Welsh Ponies/Cobs (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-7462 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; “B” Welsh Riding Pony; “D” Welsh Cob 7/13 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13

Book Review Your Best HORSE SHOW – Author Christy Wood

A Guide for Managers and Exhibitors A comprehensive instruction guide for exhibitors, show managers, secretaries, show personnel and everyone involved in competing, and producing horse shows. Whether you are entering your first horse show or a seasoned competitor, this manual will show you the way to success in the arena. Show managers will get an inside look at how a professional show is produced and secretaries will learn the secrets of running a fast, efficient office program. Chock full of advice including forms, check lists, contracts, and sample release of liability forms. It also teaches first time participants how to avoid common mistakes when entering their first show. Show producers will gain professional insight to hundreds of details from hiring judges and announcers to money saving tactics that will increase show profitability. Learn how to secure sponsors and spectators to make your show an outstanding success. Soft Cover, 184 pages, 5” x 8” ISBN: 978-1-43897-995-3 SRP $22.95 (E-copy available as well)

RANGER – Author Christy Wood

The Little Horse with the Big Heart A wonderful account of a horse’s life. Christy relates a true story of one horse’s lifetime from foaling through a meaningful life and the finality of an emotional parting when at 32 years of age, Ranger passes on to horse heaven to join some of his old pasture mates. The true story is brought to life and narrated in the horses own words. Ranger tells us how his life was blessed when Christy came into his world. His story unfolds as he tells of his relationship with Christy and how, with her help, he was able to serve her and many of her students to learn the ways of the horse. For over 30 years, Ranger played a major role in Christy’s career. This book creates a new and exciting twist to the horse and owner relationship. If you own a horse or just wish you did, Ranger is an illustrated book that you are sure to enjoy. Soft Cover, 80 pages, 6” x 9” ISBN: 978-1-47726-750-9 SRP $12.95 (E-copy available as well)

AUTHOR: Christy Wood has over 30 years experience as a judge and successful competitor. She has judged shows across the country and has traveled to many foreign countries judging different disciplines. She shares her knowledge in these two books with priceless information for all to learn from or just enjoy.

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Stallions and Breeders Just Alito Flashback

DM Teacher’s Top Mark

2007 APHA/PtHA Registered 16HH Black Tobiano Stallion

2004 Black Morgan Stallion

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Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse!


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Cherry Creek Canadians

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Standing at: Colour V Ranch (250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC

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2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR APHA Approved There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR!

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses.

Standing at: Colour V Ranch

My Beau Vanzi

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Kid Lena

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC 6/13

Salty Ole Jack

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Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076,


2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved)

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

Fresh cooled or frozen semen available anywhere in North America. 2013 Fee $950

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Cherry Creek Canadians Photo credit Paperhorse Photography

HERDA N/N, GBED N/N, PSSM1 N/N AQHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining IBHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining Multiple Champion Reserve Champion NRHA Money Earner


Contact: Heidi Upton 250-491-3458 Kelowna BC


Jaz Poco Goldun Blue 1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun All his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare!

By Afire Bey V - All time leading producer of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. Out of AH Meditation - Dam of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. 3/4 Brother to Baske Afire - Leading producer of National Champion Halter and English Pleasure Horses at US Nationals for the last three years. Introductory Stud Fee: $1250. PB / $1000. Others. Will be a Breeder’s Sweepstakes Nominated Sire.

Standing in Armstrong BC

Photo by

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DUNIT CaNaDIaN STYLE 2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Stunning looks, solid conformation, natural talent, athleticism and style. Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar/Poco Bueno.


SVR ROYaL CHECKMaTE 1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion 100% dilute colour guarantee. Sire of 2012 PRC Barrel Saddle Series Champion, money earning barrel and team roping offspring. BaNDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING AND AGED RIDING HORSES Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail West Kelowna, BC • 67

On The Market Island Morgan Horse Farm REDUCTION SALE

Stallions, Geldings and Mares All sizes, up to 16.2HH Palominos and Liver Chestnuts Some started - some broke Great minds and temperaments Howard Fowler 250-248-3882 Coombs BC


Good homes more important than sale price (starting at $300)

Whiskey – 19 yrs, QH Sorrel Gelding, nicely built, smart, great one-man’s horse for confident rider. ALSO FOR SALE: Banjo – 8 yrs, tall, Black/White Paint Gelding. Very peopleminded but needs work and a strong, confident rider. D.D. – 11 yrs, Blonde/Chestnut Gelding, temperamental smaller horse that likes to work and play. Requires experienced, confident rider. Kirby – 22 yrs, Dark Brown Gelding. Sweet, smart horse that loves attention. Great companion horse. Info call 250-350-3461 (Quilchena near Merritt) E-mail

MS WRANGLER PINE – 2000 SORREL QH MARE Sire: Red Great Pine – son of Great Red Pine. Dam: Daughter of Wranglers War Leo. Canadian Supreme nominated. Grand Dam was Canadian Supreme Futurity winner. Good-minded, athletic prospect. $1,500 Rick Fillmore 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale BC),

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“CHEYENNE” – GREAT ALL AROUND HORSE 8 yr old Reg’d APHA Gelding, 16HH. Ridden Western but goes English – Dressage prospect, BIG movement. Skipper W bloodlines. ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

“KING” – DRESSAGE & EVENTING PROSPECT 8 yr old German Hanoverian x QH Gelding, 16.1HH. Suitable for beginners or amateurs ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

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GREAT DUO PINE – 2001 SORREL QH MARE (double bred) Sire: Red Great Pine – son of Great Red Pine. Dam: Daughter of Great Red Pine. Very sweet, trainable disposition. $1,500 Rick Fillmore 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale BC),

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JAC PINE TOO – 2001 PALOMINO DUN STALLION Double bred on Hollywood Jac 86 and Great Pine (on reg. papers). ‘Spanky’ carries on his family’s ways by combining colour with trainable temperaments and classic working horse conformation. Rick Fillmore 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale BC),

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On The Market

RARE 200 ACRES Surrounded by Provincial Park and Forestry land. Near Grand Forks BC. Three wells, septic, fish pond, fenced. Creek, timber, meadows. Truly a rare piece of property. Perfect for guest ranch or any other recreational activities you can imagine. $599,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC)

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE BC - WATERFRONT 4 bedroom home, 1 1/2 baths, country kitchen, stone fireplace. Full basement, garage. Large lot, fruit trees. Quiet street. Live your dream. $575,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC)

GREAT FLAT 10 ACRE HORSE PROPERTY WITH CREEK 10 minutes from Barriere, 40 minutes from Sun Peaks. Sub irrigated x fenced, riding arena, 36 x 48 barn and 24 x 24 shop/concrete floor, 220 wiring. Good well and beautiful yard with mountain view. Very unique 1,660 sq. ft. rancher, hardwood floor, open beam, rock fireplace, heat pump and furnace. Riding trails on nearby Crown Land. $479,900. 250-672-9939 (Barriere)

REG’D HAFLINGER, 14.1HH, 11 YRS OLD Awesome trail horse. Will go under, over or through anything (water, bridges, mud bogs, etc.). Great horse for a small adult or experienced child. Though he goes western, he’s on direct rein. He’s the most willing horse I’ve seen and can’t say enough good about him. I’m no longer able to ride so I must divest all my horses. Approved home, looking for his special partner. Asking $4,500 obo. 604-938-3773 (Pemberton BC)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


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Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner #48758 250-620-0006 5/13

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Jaz Poco Silverado AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust

Sired By: JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin)

Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186

2007 EXISS SPORT 370E 7 ft short wall living quarters. A/C, microwave, electric jack, 2 burner stove, shower, hot water, furnace. 3 horse angle, back tack. $22,000 250-991-2418 (Hixon BC)

AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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On The Market 3 WINDS RANCH

OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

Whispering Hills Friesians Home of Donius W Sire of Champions Standing at Stud FOR SALE Friesians & Friesian Sporthorses

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano A Smart Prescription 2001 AQHA Grandson of Doc O’Lena & Docs Prescription 5/13

Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13 780-675-3162 ~ Athabasca, AB


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7’ x 18’ x 7’ Aluminum 3 horse angle haul w/drop-down windows and plexi on the butt side, sealed tack room - swing out saddle rack, bridle hooks, blanket bar & brush bag. Double rear doors w/ padded slam-latch dividers, 1st and 2nd stall has 4’ off-set, 118” diagonal, 30” hip-to-hip and 38” along wall, rubber floor mats and rubber on walls.




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WWW.SKOOKUMHORSERANCH.COM. Dressage lessons based on the French Principles of Lightness and Balance. Summer weekend clinics. Western Riders and other disciplines welcome! Catherine Clinckemaillie 250459-7772 (Clinton BC) 8/13

EVENTS INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales on Wednesdays. Twice a month Horse Sales. Innisfail Pro Rodeo June 13-16. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket. com (Innisfail AB) 12/13 W.A.M. POT ‘O GOLD SHOW, Open to all Breeds and Sizes! Halter, English, Western, Driving, Games, July 13, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard,

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