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Four Canadians in American Horsewoman’s Challenge™ Some of the best woman trainers in North America to compete in multi-discipline Challenge. (see Saddle Up’s original story in the March issue page 6)


WNHC Productions has announced the horsewomen selected to compete in the 2014 American Horsewoman’s Challenge™. The list of competitors includes Mary Kitzmiller, runner-up in the 2014 Road to the Horse Wild Card competition; Mary Miller-Jordon, featured trainer on the “Mustang Millionaire” television series; Obbie Schlom 2013 Road to the Horse competitor; and many other talented horsewomen from across the U.S. and Canada. The Challenge is a six-month competition to train a “green broke” horse in the areas of Cowboy Dressage, Ranch and Trail Versatility, and Liberty. The Finals event and “Year of the Horse Woman” celebration will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla. October 3–5, 2014. To be selected for the Challenge, entrants had to submit to a rigorous evaluation process. Those entrants meeting the qualifying standards of the Challenge were chosen to join the competition. “We are really pleased with the caliber of the competitors for this year’s event,” said Jim “Hutch” Hutchins, event producer.

“It’s going to be an exciting Finals with so much fabulous talent. The fans are also going to learn so much as they follow the competitors’ journeys online.” Fans of each competitor can follow their favourite trainer’s challenges and progress, throughout the training process, on social media and personal blogs. Members of the Horsewoman’s Challenge Remuda Club will also benefit from regular training tips and inside information. The list of 2014 competitors and more information about the Challenge can be seen at http://horsewomanschallenge. com Saddle Up is thrilled that four Canadian women have got on board with this… Ashton, Pamela Cochrane, Alberta Stott, Winnie King City, Ontario Travers, Stefanie Cache Creek, BC Weisskopff, Marion Princeton, BC We have Stefanie and Marion’s bios here for you. Next month we will feature the Pamela Ashton and Winnie Stott.

Stefanie Travers, Cache Creek, BC

Marion Weisskopff, Princeton, BC

Stefanie began riding at 5 years of age on Vancouver Island, and has spent virtually every day since on a horse’s back. Her entire life has been shaped and molded by her love of horses and art. Farrier, trainer, teacher/learner and ardent philosopher of the horse, she has been exploring the deep soul connection we feel to these remarkable creatures since she could walk. Although her early years were spent in English attire and jumping, her deep love was always for the Western Dream… challenging living on the Pacific Ocean. Soon she was running off to Spruce Meadows, cattle station work in the Australian outback, guide outfitting, and training for neighbours until it all evolved into a full time occupation in the southern interior of BC. Always shy and reserved, it was through the horses themselves she discovered the joy of sharing and co-inspiring as a teacher. She has a passion and reverence for the Old Californio Style of horsemanship; the slow, soft, balanced way of developing a horse into a powerful and assured partner that allows her to constantly be challenged, humbled and growing. Currently, she lives in Cache Creek, BC, training, teaching, shoeing and breeding a small number of quality horses, and squeezing in a few paintings and sculptures as well. MAY

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Marion grew up at her parent’s riding School in Germany. Her mother was a FN certified English riding instructor and taught Marion a solid foundation through the fundamentals of Classical Dressage and later also encouraged Marion to learn from many other horsemen in a vast variety of fields in the Equine world. When the family moved to Canada in 1984, Marion was already accomplished as a horse person, having earned the FN German Silver medal for Jumping and Dressage riding and the FN Bronze medal for team driving. In Canada, Marion had a lot of different experiences with horses over the years: Showing English & Western, at German, European & Canadian Championships; cowboying at several BC Ranches, using Vaquero Horsemanship; 50 day stallion testing for Friesian stallions in Texas; guiding and packing; working with wild horses; horse-logging; presenting horsemanship demonstrations without the aid of a saddle or bridle from the age of 12 years old; head trainer and colt starter for a large Quarter Horse and Paint Horse breeder of 150 horses. Marion now holds the highest level of CHA Instructor Certification in Canada, CHA-CI for English, Western, Wilderness Trail and Driving. These vast varieties of hands-on experiences are Marion’s biggest assets now that she’s teaching and sharing with her students throughout BC. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dear Editor… Dear Nancy: I just wanted to send a note of appreciation to you and your staff ! Thank you for all your hard work to send out the wonderful monthly editions of Saddle Up magazine! Having the magazine available has allowed me to keep in touch with the horse industry! Although I am low income and can’t afford a subscription I always look forward to picking up the free monthly edition at the Co-op in Dawson Creek. Again thank you for all your hard work. Looking forward to every issue! - Karla Fehr, Dawson Creek BC Letters to the Editor are welcome and will be printed on a space availability basis.

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96th Annual Falkland Stampede Photo by courtesy of Falkland Stampede




ne of the oldest Rodeos in Canada takes place the May long weekend and you don’t want to miss it! The three day Falkland Stampede ranks in calibre among the top twelve in Canada. It was on the date of March 24, 1919, in the gyp field in the northwest corner of the townsite that residents and others from surrounding areas gathered for a large picnic. No one ever dreamed this gathering would become the Falkland Stampede, a legend in B.C. history! People from all over the world have come to our little town to take in this jam packed, fun fi lled Stampede. The CPRA recognized rodeo has professional cowboys participating for prizes worth over $50,000. New this year… … A TRADE EXPO which will run concurrent with the rodeo from 10 am to 6 pm daily. It is an outdoor Expo located on the floor of the skating rink next to the west grandstand. Come join us as we present businesses from the horse and ranch industry. You will see everything from tack to decorative products, horse trailers to feed products. … The Mini Chuckwagons will grace (or is that race?) through the rodeo arena each day as your half-time entertainment! … And we welcome Doug Mills, Training Thru Trust, with a horsemanship demo on Saturday at 11 am. For over 90 years the volunteers have worked hard to make this May Long Weekend one you will never forget! Camping is available across from the Stampede Grounds for $10 per night. First come first serve, no amenities, campfires allowed. Good Luck Cowboys and Cowgirls!


From the Editor…


Features Horsewoman’s Challenge™ Peruvian Pasos Alberta ‘Wish Ride’ Cowboy on a Mission Turning Loose vs Lungeing Donkey Wellness Symposium Round Penning - Part 3 NAERIC Draft Horse Driving Horses Trail Champions Trailer Feature

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s I write this I am prepping to leave for the Mane Event in Red Deer (please no snow! or pot holes!! or road closures!!!). Riding season is so underway… weather is great… things are ‘a’ happening! I am on the committee for a new show (tri-breed) including Welsh, Arabians and Morgans… calling it the W.A.M. Show, hosted by all three local clubs, on May 25th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We are offering open classes to all breeds and sizes as well, riding and driving and more. Should be interesting to see all breeds in one venue… a great show I hope. I have committed, again, to ride in the Nancy and Spike (Rocky/Kentucky Interior Gaited (Fun) Horse Show on June 7-8 Mountain Horse) at the Interior also at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. I don’t own Gaited Horse Show 2013 a Gaited horse, but I volunteer to ride someone else’s… and it’s been great participating... this really is a ‘FUN’ show! The first year I rode a Peruvian Paso, last year I rode a Rocky/ Kentucky Mountain Horse, and this year Bill Roy has offered me one of his Tennessee Walkers… let the games (and fun) begin! Watch out Brenda, Ralph and Bill! (Bill... this horse better be good – ha!) If you hadn’t read the write-up in our March issue (page 6) of the Amerian Horsewoman’s Challenge™, there is more in this issue on page 2. The Challenge was also open to Canadian horsewomen… and we have four Canadians vying for the title. Saddle Up is proud to be a sponsor to help promote this event for our Canadians gals! You go girls! (There are about 40 horsewomen competing in this) Now let’s ride!!!

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Cover Feature Smoothest Riding Horse in the World! Submitted by Cathie Taggart


he courage and endurance of this breed, together with its flashy action, magnificent beauty, arrogance in appearance and loyalty to his master truly describes the Peruvian Paso horse. The earliest horse came to Peru in 1532 with Pizzaro and his band of conquistadors. At the time of Peru’s colonization, immigrants brought from Spain the horsemanship and breeding abilities that have contributed in a very profound way to the development of the Peruvian horse and his tradition. Within the geographic confines of Peru, the owners of large haciendas had need of a strong horse that could carry his rider soft ly for many miles every day without tiring the horse or rider. With the proficiency developed over all these years, Peruvian people have given birth to a horse that possesses the high stepping arrogance of the Andalusian, the strength of the Barb and a ride even smoother than the ambling Spanish Jennet. The preeminent characteristic of the Peruvian horse is his gait. This four-beat footfall pattern is unique because it does not give the vertical movement of the trot nor the lateral movement of the pace to the saddle. Along with this smooth riding gait, the Peruvian horse displays a rather stylish action of the fore legs, which is called Termino. Originating in the shoulder, it is an outward rolling motion of the front legs during extension. This shows the foreleg travelling in an arch rather than a straight line. This extraordinary animation and style is inborn

and entirely natural, birthright to every purebred Peruvian horse. A great Peruvian horse is born - NOT trained. The Peruvians did not breed exclusively for gait in their horses. Disposition and conformation were of equal importance. The disposition of the Peruvian horse has got to be experienced to be appreciated. Because of its isolation for over 400 years, the Peruvian Paso horse has evolved as one of the purest breeds in the world, and as a unique entity in the horse kingdom. Thankfully, Peru began to allow export of this distinct horse only within the past 100 years. Our North American horses originate from a healthy number of foundation stallions, one predominant stallion being Sol de Oro V. This horse might well have lived out his continued on page 6

Versatility and Performance… Without Compromise

Coming Events: · 17th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show Armstrong BC, June 7–8 · OPHA Summer Sizzler Regional Burlington ON, June 14–15 · PHCBC Wild West Classic Horse Show Claresholm AB, July 12–14 · Canadian National Peruvian Horse Show Chilliwack BC, Aug 30–Sept 1 For more information visit: Peruvian Horse Club of British Columbia: Ontario Peruvian Horse Association:


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Smoothest Riding Horse, cont’d life as a crippled scrub horse in the mountains of southern Peru, had it not been for a man by the name of Gustavo de la Borda. This man had been searching for stock to continue the southern bloodline of the Peruvian Paso. The horse had one foreleg that had been broken when he was roped/caught at three years old. The limb had healed crookedly. Sr. de la Borda paid two hundred dollars for the crippled horse. The discovery and subsequent use of Sol de Oro and Gustavo de la Borda’s knowledge told him that despite the horse’s injury and appearance, here was a stallion with great potential. This foundation helped establish the modern elegance of the Peruvian Horse, and thus our Canadian story begins… The first Peruvian Paso horses arrived to Canada in the early 1970s. We currently have approximately 1200 registered Peruvian Paso horses. During this time, the Peruvian horses have evolved as a very versatile riding horse, being used not only in shows but also as very popular trail mounts ridden with a variety of tack. Their no-bounce movement allows the rider to go for long periods without tiring. Today, we have Peruvian Paso breeders in BC, Alberta and Ontario, and enthusiasts from coast to coast.

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Sol de Oro (V) at approximately 30 years of age

Sol de Oro (V)

Visit any one of our websites at:, www.phcbc. ca, or Now, you too can enjoy viewing and discussing the Peruvian Paso with enthusiasts and breeders simply by contacting our club and/or coming to visit us at any of our regional or national shows. (See our ad in this issue on page 5)


Smooth Trails By Tina Hurd Selling the BEST Trail Horses for REAL Trail Riding!


career as an Information Technology Executive to live my dream of working with horses &

people.” Like many little girls, I had always wanted a horse of my very own, since I was hooked on that first trail ride ever! I had a dream of owning a horse one day and had a wild Mustang when I was 32. I tamed and trained the Mustang myself with a sense of gratification that this wonderful being, trusted me more than anything in this world. She was too much for me to afford at the time, and like many women I was wearing many hats as a single mom, breadwinner, mother, driver, chef… I couldn’t keep my horse back then, but always had the ‘horse dream’ inside of me, saved for a better time. Now for the last 11 years, horses have been a daily part of my life and I am so happy because of it! When a good match is made between horse and rider in a sale, I feel a wonderful sense of pride and accomplishment that I was a part of making that dream come true for someone else. It’s very gratifying for me personally and it is my passion of what I do for our horses and clients. Our horses deserve our best! INTRODUCING SMOOTH TRAILS Trail horses from Smooth Trails have also been used as therapy horses, in entertainment productions and for our clients who are double and triple amputees, or have been in car accidents in chronic pain, have cerebral palsy, or are mentally/physically disabled. Our horses are easy to handle on the ground and in the saddle, going anywhere you point them to go! Our horses are well-suited for people who have back, neck, knee, hip and ankle problems but still want to enjoy riding horses. Because they are smooth gaited horses, there is no jarring to your body when you are riding. We have a great team of horse trainers in two locations across Canada; in Vancouver, BC and Coldwater, ON; with a wonderful selection of horses in both locations. We are proud of seeing our clients out riding with their horses and know that we have completed a job well done, when we see the partnerships working together on trails or at events! Our clients become our friends and we are available for support with your horse, through phone, email, text, social media and our very own Smooth Trails Horse Club of Canada. We meet weekly for a group ride in various locations around BC and Ontario. NEW THIS YEAR… We will be offering the “Smooth Trails Extreme Cowboy Competition” in BC, which will include a timed event of obstacles designated to challenge riders with barrels, gates, jumps, poles, bridges and more! AND… it will be open to all breeds (not just Gaited). This is exciting and new for BC and has a very strong following in Ontario already! With our Smooth Trails horses and friends, you are never alone with your horse; we are all here to help you! Enjoying a beautiful day, with awesome friends and your horse partner, is exactly what our trail horses enjoy too! Building dreams today with wonderful memories for all your life! That’s what this little girl’s dreams are made of. Smooth Trails for you!


Alberta Wish Ride Ready for Another Year!


he Alberta Wish Ride is back for another year of supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. In the past five years this small band of volunteers led by Chair Irene White has donated over $170,000 to the foundation. Year six will see an event at a new location... Sierra West Ranch h north of Lundbreck Alberta. That event, hosted by Sue and Wray Wrightson goes September 6 and it will follow the basic format of previous events. After that the Alberta Wish Ride heads east for a return to the Historic Reesor Ranch h on September 20th. The owners of the ranch, Theresa and Scott Reesor, have taken over hosting the event. Both of these events feature locations with available accommodations, horse rentalls and great scenic rides. The Alberta Wish Ride is a one-day event where riders gather pledges, then come out and enjoy a great day. The rides generally provide breakfast, an escorted ride and then supper, draws and prizes. Each ride has a saddle given away - for each $25 brrought in a rider gets a ticket in the draw. Full details and registration forms are at

Cowboy on a Mission to Raise Funds for Orphans By Mandi Hargrave



he cowboy with a mission is back at it. Len Crow is gearing up to embark on a year-long trek from Deadhorse Bay, Alaska, to Guadalajara, Mexico, on May 1 – completing 11,000 km by horseback. This will be the founder of the Canadian Pony Express’ sixth tour to raise funds for needy children around the globe. “I’m hoping to raise money for five children’s homes in five countries,” said Crow. He and his wife Nancy run a children’s orphanage in Cambodia, North Country Baptist Children’s Home. The desire to help these children started while Crow and his wife were on a ministry trip in Cambodia in 2006. While there, they met a young girl begging for money. She had no hands. Crow said the girl looked to weigh about 35 pounds and under the age of 7. Her malnourished 16-year-old body led many people to the same conclusion. “It broke my heart,” he said. “Some of the children come to us naked or barefoot, with parasites and lice and they’re very sick.” The staff at the orphanage look after the children by addressing their physical needs first by giving them clean clothes and starting them on a healthy diet with three meals a day. Then the children’s emotional needs are looked after. Crow said there’s a huge need in third world countries, as there’s no end to 8 • Saddle Up • May 2014

children needing care. Two young sisters in Crow’s orphanage risked being sold to the sex trade by their own father for a mere $30. But with the generosity of others and the shelter at the orphanage the Len and his horse General. girls are now 9 and 12 years of age and healthy. “We’re making a difference one child at a time,” said Crow. “We have 32 children at our home in Cambodia, that’s not a large number for the amount in need there but it’s very important to those 32 children.” Crow hopes to raise $1 million to help four existing orphanages and help build an orphanage in India. To donate to the cause visit To follow Crow on his journey, you can track his progress by following him on Twitter, @ncbc99. (Funds raised to date: First trip in 1996 raised $33,000; 1998 $45,000; 2002 $45,000; 2005 $50,000; 2008 $15,000 for a short trip between Barrie and Orillia in Ontario.)


Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Show


ime to load your horses and gather at Heritage Park in Chilliwack for the 2014 Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Show and Fiesta! 2014 marks the Pacific Association of the Andalusian & Lusitano Horse’s (PAALH’s) 11th annual show to celebrate our beloved horses. PAALH is once again offering a substantial variety of both purebred and partbred classes for Anadalusians/Lusitanos as well as All Breed classes for anyone with any breed of horse to enjoy. These non-National All Breed classes include English Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Working Equitation, Western Pleasure, Reining, Driving, Doma Vaquera, both English and Western Dressage, and more. NEW for 2014 are classes for purebred and partbred Friesian Horses! These are non-National classes in various disciplines, so bring out your pure/part Friesians and come enjoy this unique venue created especially for Baroque horse lovers. PAALH offers a Youth Scholarship to one lucky youth member in the form of a $500 show credit for The Canadian National Show. Entries are judged on their current year school grades and an essay. There is also a stall decorating contest for those youth members with a flair for ‘interior design’. Of course, our show wouldn’t be complete without the


“Fiesta of the Royal Horse” on Saturday, July 19, at 7 pm. The Fiesta features exhibitions and demonstrations that successfully highlight the talent and versatility of these wonderful horses. Every year, PAALH ‘live-auctions’ a horse at the Fiesta and, this year’s horse is VA Centurion, a PUREBRED Andalusian yearling colt generously donated by Anne Starr and Brian Rehwald of Valhalla Andalusians in Crescent Valley, BC. Here is an excellent opportunity to take home your future champion and dream horse! Through fundraising and sponsorship, the Fiesta has remained an “Admission by Donation” event and consistently attracts a full-house of spectators so arrive early for seating! The Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Show attracts competitors and spectators from all over Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest. Our show offers something for every exhibitor – from Walk-Trot classes for first time competitors to Working Equitation and everything in between. And now, with the addition of All Breed and Friesian Horse classes, it’s the perfect place to showcase your horse! For more information on PAALH and our Canadian National Show, please visit and like us on Facebook at • 9

Turning Loose versus Lungeing By Steve Rother With spring finally here, it is time to start getting more serious about getting our horses out and putting some longer miles on them.


e want to have some fun and adventure after the long winter, but will have to face some strange obstacles and objects that may challenge your horse’s opinions and thinking strategies. One way to help cope with some of these challenges is to prepare both you and your horse more. A great way to add some extra preparation is to turn your horse loose with his saddle on before you ride him. This gives him some constructive activities to do before you get on. I used to do this only with colts during colt-starting clinics. Then I realized that many of the older horses that people were

riding and having problems with were less prepared than the colts that had just been started. So I decided to start treating some of the older horses like colts, since mentally they were about the same when it came to decision making abilities. Since I have adopted this technique at the clinics, it has made a huge difference! Some people are unable to work through problems under saddle as it is too dangerous. With the saddle on, you will have a better chance of seeing what your horse is thinking when any pressure is added. Many horses will act differently once saddled. The pressure could be you simply asking for the canter or even your horse being away from his buddies. You can teach your horse that pressure (picking up the canter when asked, being away from the herd or whatever the issue is) can be a good thing. When we turn the horse loose we don’t just get the horse quiet, we get him thinking and engaging in exercises. In the exercises below, pressure means moving your horse’s feet. Release of pressure means you quit what you were doing and keep quiet.


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Turning Loose, cont’d Below are some things that you can do while horses are loose (in a round pen or small arena). Do not turn horses loose together if they do not live together. • walk, trot and lope in both directions • turn into the fence and away from the fence • squeeze through tight areas • put more pressure on them (make them move) for aggression towards one another • release pressure for good expressions and facing up to the person doing the driving • put more pressure on them for being by the gate or being buddy sour • release pressure for leaving the gate area or their buddy on their own • coming back to you, rather than you catching them Lungeing can be good, if done correctly. However, most of the time it is used to just get energy out, rather than getting the horse to truly think, engage, and transition. The reason turning loose is much more effective, if done properly, is that it allows the horse complete freedom to do right or wrong, rather than covering the mistakes or desires with a lunge line. Turning loose will also help your liberty work as your horse will be looking to

do things with you. Until next time, have fun with your riding adventures! Rother Horsemanship is coming to BC and Alberta this summer! For more information and to check our schedule, please visit or add us as a friend at Rother Horsemanship on Facebook. Our stops in BC this summer include Courtenay and Okanagan Falls; in Alberta we’ll be in High River, Cochrane and Ardrossen. Steve Rother is an internationally-acclaimed clinician and two-time winner of The Mane Event’s Trainers Challenge colt-starting competition. Known as The Horseteacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves. He is not limited to specific disciplines, but the development of a willing partnership between horse and rider. Steve conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the USA and Canada, as well as camps (from 5 days to 21 days) at his ranch, The School of Horse, in northeast Washington. His Excel with Horses club allows students to come together to achieve their horsemanship dreams through a levels program. His seven DVDs include a just-released Liberty DVD. For more information, please visit or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook.

ATTENTION BC HORSE OWNERS TRANSPORTING HORSES (BC Livestock Identification Regulation Section 28)

All horses being transported to a public or private sale or sale outlet, feedlot or slaughter facility outside of BC, must be brand inspected and travel on a BC Transportation Certificate prior to leaving the province. This applies to all horses whether they are branded or not. Horses traveling south to the United States should be brand inspected before departure to avoid problems in other jurisdictions. Certain states require brand inspection for all horses entering or traveling through their state for any purpose. Horses traveling from BC to the United States via Alberta can travel on a BC Transportation Certificate which is issued by the BC Livestock Brand Inspectors, only. It is highly recommended that everyone transporting horses within BC, and or out of the province, travel with a properly completed livestock manifest (form 3) accompanying the horse(s). It is also advisable to carry the registration papers on the transported horse(s) as proof of ownership. If you do not have registration papers and you have purchased the horse(s) be sure to have a bill of sale in your possession in order to confirm ownership. For BC origin horses traveling to Alberta for weekend events and returning on the same weekend, Alberta Livestock Inspection Service is prepared to waive the Alberta inspection requirement providing BC requirements are met prior to leaving the province. Please be aware that in BC, Alberta and most of the western states, violators can be fined or charges can be laid, if you do not comply with the appropriate legislation of the participating provinces and states. This is not a new regulation For more information please contact Ownership Identification Inc. 1-250-314-9686 or visit our web page


The First Donkey Wellness Symposium By Marlene Quiring The first-ever Donkey Wellness Symposium was held at the University of California, in Davis, CA, and drew a large gathering of veterinarians, rescue organizations, breeders, trainers and everyday folk with a common concern for the welfare of donkeys and mules worldwide.


epresentatives came from across the United States and four other countries: Canada, England, Mexico and Portugal. Dr. Eric Davis, of the University of California, was one of the main organizers and also one of the presenters. Benjamin Hart, an expert animal behaviourist and part of the training team at the Donkey Sanctuary of England gave daily live training demonstrations with a group of donkeys provided by the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. Many other experts also gave presentations on the behaviour of donkeys as compared to horses. Kim Hayes, from Guelph, ON, and representing the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, explained how our Canadian Sanctuary provides care for the mules and donkeys that reside there and the importance of promoting public education as the key to the future. Dr. Stephen Blakeway and David Cook from the Donkey Sanctuary of England reported that the Sanctuary works with and has connections in many countries and currently cares for about 6,000 donkeys and mules. They have eight farms in the UK and three

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in Ireland. Their website is loaded with useful information and their staff and veterinarians are available Ben Hart, animal behaviourist and trainer with the for advice Donkey Sanctuary of UK, working with a group of and help 24/7, rescued donkeys. year round. They can be contacted at There are over 50 million donkeys and mules worldwide. They are the “invisible equines” – still used in many developing countries and often providing the means to make a living for many of the world’s poorest people. David Cook stated that, “Poor people have donkeys, even poorer people don’t!” Unfortunately, ignorance in these countries often cuts short the lives of these working donkeys but, with the help of the Donkey Sanctuary of England, owners in many countries have been provided with veterinary and health care for their stock and education on proper tack, care and training. Some interesting donkey facts gleaned from the experts at the Symposium: • A healthy adult donkey’s basic diet is 74% straw (barley straw preferably) and 25% meadow hay (in winter) or grass (in summer). Grass intake can be controlled using paddock rotation or electric fences. Donkeys should always have access to straw so that their browsing/snack feeding behaviour is encouraged to maintain gut activity. Access to browsing is also encouraged in the form of logs or branches – this is important as donkeys are browsers as well as

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Donkey Wellness Symposium, cont’d grazers. Total daily maintenance for a healthy fit donkey on good quality fibre such as barley straw and meadow hay requires between 1.3 and 1.8% of his body weight. (From The Donkey Sanctuary of England) • Donkeys can be grazed on grass but the amount of time depends on their level of exercise or work and the quality of the grass. Generally, 45 minutes might be enough. Donkeys should NOT be fed alfalfa or corn or cubes with alfalfa. This is because these feeds have too much digestible energy for the relatively light work that most donkeys experience in the USA, Canada, or the UK. Donkeys are not designed for a high-protein diet combined with low activity and as a result can become obese on high-quality roughage. Many donkeys have low-grade laminitis that doesn’t get noticed. Donkeys can founder not just in their front feet, but also in their back feet. At an advanced age, a donkey that looks poorly could be showing some signs of Cushing’s disease. Having a pot belly is not unusual because donkeys store food longer in their system than horses do and become more prone to a pot belly. (From Dr. Eric Davis DVM MS DACVS DACVIM) • The first five years in a donkey’s life is the most crucial for dental intervention. Almost 60% of colic cases are caused by food that has not been chewed properly because of dental problems. Examine the shape and symmetry of the donkey’s head – the muscles and the bones. You can also check for dental problems by pressing along the cheek on the side of the jaw where the teeth are; also check the tongue and check the nostril for any nasal discharge. Floating the teeth of a donkey should occur without a gag. The donkey’s internal throat structure differs from a horse and they may stop breathing. For the same reason, you should never spray or syringe a large amount of water into a donkey’s mouth. It is not uncommon for donkeys to consume plants high in tannins. They have a unique ability to recycle high levels of urea. The temperature, pulse and respiration in a donkey are different than a horse. Their breathing is more similar to a cow, with short, shallow TH breaths. Their respiration rate is higher, at 20 – 30


breaths per minute. (From Dr. Eric Davis and Dr. Brandao Rodrigues, Equine Dentist) • Regarding the differences in castration: a donkeyy has a thicker skin than a horse and thus it is harder to find their veins to needle. Creams appear useful in “needle shy” donkeys. Use Lidocaine cream or an oral horse-size dose of Dormosedan gel and then wait 40 minutes before administering the needle. This works really well on mules, too. Horse doses usually work well on donkeys but not mules. Ligating all donkeys and mules at castration is highly recommended. Mini donkeys are hard to keep sedated for castration with anaesthesia alone. Ketamine is commonly used in castration – one dose for a horse would be 20 mm, or 10 mm for a donkey and maybe 5 mm for a mule. It metabolizes more quickly in donkeys so requires re-dosing at shorter intervals. Donkeys are more sensitive to effects such as stopping breathing. For anaesthesia inhalants, there is no difference between donkeys and horses. In administering Xylazine, mules need 50% more than horses or donkeys. For analgesics such as Bute, the life is shorter in donkeys so they require more frequent doses. However with Carprofen, the opposite happens and it lasts longer in donkeys. (From Dr. Nora Matthews, Anaesthesiologist) Because of the great success of this first Donkey Wellness Symposium, plans are now underway for the second Symposium. It will be held, again, at the Davis University in Davis, CA, and is scheduled for November 7-9, 2014. To find out more information, visit or email Marlene Quiring has been passionate about Longears for many years and is a very active member of the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. She lives on acreage near Ponoka, AB, with her husband, five mules, two horses and several cats. She can be reached at

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Trainer/judge Crystal Ward giving a demonstration with her mammoth donkey at the Symposium. (Sadly, Crystal passed away tragically, several months after the Symposium; a great loss to the equine world)


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Part 3 - From ABCs to XYZs By Christa Miremadi (see March and April issues for Part 1 and 2 of the series)

She was visibly afraid as she raced around, back hollowed out, looking out over the top rail of the round pen, desperately searching for help. She turned to go the way she’d come, sitting back on her hocks and spinning towards the fence, away from me, racing off the other way, always keeping one ear fixed on me but directing her attention and her search for help outside the pen.


er nostrils flared, her skin was tight and sweat began to moisten her coat. I moved my body so that I was just ahead of her eye and for a brief moment I caught her shooting a glimpse my way. As I saw this fleeting moment appear, I soft ly backed away, keeping my eyes available to hers. This fleeting glimpse quickly became a connection as Mouse followed the movement of her ear with her eye and then her nose. Her neck and shoulders came off the fence to follow her nose and her legs slowed down until she stood, facing me, eyes locked on me, lowered her head and began to breathe. Until this moment, she wasn’t aware that I was there to help. She didn’t understand that I had valuable information for her that might help her understand what was needed of her. Until we form this connection we can’t begin a conversation that will ultimately help her learn how to confidently do and enjoy her job, whatever that may be. Last month, we discussed establishing safe boundaries and developing enough control over a horse’s movement that a direction of travel can be maintained and learning can be maximized (one side of the brain at a time). This month, I’ll share how I begin to invite the horse to open up a dialog and develop a language.

3. Changing direction The best way I’ve found to invite and encourage the horse to actively seek out a connection with me is through the use of changing directions, specifically to the inside; in other words, having the horse switch eyes (and ultimately switch brain hemispheres) by changing his direction of travel towards me rather than away from me. After all, it would seem to me that if he is turning away he is showing a desire to leave the situation and not at all seeking out a connection. By supporting consistent changes of direction towards me, I can create the opening for that connection and ultimately become the help that the horse is looking for. To me, how the horse chooses to change direction is an extremely important window into his state of mind. Obviously, we all make mistakes. If my horse turns towards the outside of the pen, I’ll remember those first two priorities (boundaries and maintaining a direction) and help to maintain consistency for my horse by fi xing his unwanted answer as quickly and quietly as possible, returning him to the direction he was travelling before the outside turn was made. He did nothing wrong, just gave me something I was looking for. I don’t get distracted with how he regains the direction we were working on, only that he does regain the direction. Canada’s Toughest Archery Challenge Once we’ve re-established what we were working HORSEBACK ARCHERY - Celebrating our 11th Anniversary with, I’ll create another opportunity to work on May 24-25 changing direction and at it won’t be long before Mount Currie, BC the horse tries an inside turn instead, giving me July 12-13 a chance to provide a at reward for his efforts. Edgewater, BC Being able to catch my horse’s eye and make a connection, having him

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Jasper, a four-year-old Canadian colt I’m working with, developing the connection with me through the use of inside turns. (Photos by Ainsley Cairns)

seek information and direction from me in the centre, rather than searching the outside world for answers, is what will make possible the fourth and final principle of how I use a round pen - speed control! Trying to work with this final foundational priority before establishing the other three is like trying to put a roof on a building that has no walls. 4. Speed control As far as I’m concerned, if you’re not clear on boundaries, direction or changing direction, how will you be able to influence speed control in a non-stress-inducing manner? When I’m working with a nervous horse with a strong flight instinct, I use lots of changes of direction to help the horse seek a slower gait, always leaving the horse somewhere to go. Once the horse has settled into a slower gait, I can let him relax and travel straight. As was once said by a great horseman, “I want to make my idea his idea.” If I simply block or control the horse I’m working with, I am not helping him to choose to slow down - I have made him slow down. A firm foundation in boundaries, maintaining direction and an ability to request a connection through an HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ABCs to XYZs, cont’d understanding of turning to the inside will provide me with a way to help create speed control, thus providing us with a way to communicate that doesn’t include making him do things though force or chasing him into submission. As always, this is just my opinion and simply one of literally thousands of ways to create a variety of results. This is also not a “how-to,� so some understanding of pressure and release and how horses learn is essential in order to use these foundational priorities effectively without help. Just like freedom of speech, exercise/conditioning and communication/training are always present while using a round pen, these four priorities are always shift ing and ever present as well. I’m always reminding myself of the threedimensional nature of horses and trying to be flexible enough to meet my horse where he is, not where I think he should be. It doesn’t matter how long a horse has been in training, boundaries will always be the first priority for me in any kind of work. That is what ensures my safety. My safety is not my horse’s responsibility, it’s mine. Maintaining direction will always be secondary to boundaries. In other words, I won’t forfeit my safety to maintain a direction. Speed control, though eventually very important, is something I’m able to access through the ability to control my horse’s direction. If I’m to remember that the round pen is a place for freedom of speech to take place, I can’t block my horse from expressing himself through his choice of speed - I can only try to help him change his perspective and the connection I create through inside

turns is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. Once these priorities are in place, great conversations can take place and training can begin! This is not how to get a final product, only how to build a working language based on boundaries, trust, respect and understanding. It is only once this foundation is in place that the relationship can begin to be built. I may not use the round pen the way other trainers do. I may not be using it the way it was designed to be used but this is the way I’ve found to be most effective at producing the results that I want - a relaxed, willing horse who is open to conversation and new learning and eager to connect. As always, I continue to learn and grow and shift as new knowledge and new learning come to me and I’ll adjust my ways with each horse I meet, always working towards helping the horse to find the desired outcome. Each horse I enter a round pen with teaches me something new and I am so grateful for that gift! These foundational priorities of using a round pen came from the learning they shared. I can’t wait to learn the next incredible lesson they have in store for me!

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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2014 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity and Sale By Bruce Roy,

Ringside seats in the Westoba Arena at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair filled each time one of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council’s 2014 Draft Horse Futurity’s three divisions was centre-ring.


he three-year-old competitions captured crowd interest. Likewise, the Classic Yearling Sale drew a crowd. A record Sale average was realized. While little advertised, spectator interest was evident. Lakebottom Knox won the 2014 NAERIC Classic Futurity. Fielded by Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB, the Clydesdale gelding caught the eye of the Futurity judges - Kevin Wilson (Vankleek Hill, ON), Steve Robertson (Listowel, ON) and Jamie Sparrow (Ash Grove, Missouri). All three had Knox first in Pattern Driving; second, third and first, respectively, when shown on Halter; sixth, second and third, respectively, when shown in the Rail Cart Class. To quote a respected light-horse enthusiast found ringside, “This Clyde is broke - damn well broke. He is a credit to his breed and to the horse industry. The Sale tests a horseman’s eye for a good horse; his care and skill driving, albeit in a challenging pattern or on a show ring’s rail, are tested by the Futurity. I am impressed.” Purchased on a $6,000 call at NAERIC’s 2012 Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale, Lakebottom Knox won Ruzicka a Futurity purse of $9,861.50. Brad Delgaty, Coyote Creek Clydesdales of Minnedosa, MB, pocketed a $2,986.25 breeder award. A draft horse of traditional type, whose well-furnished underpinning is structurally correct, Lakebottom Knox did everything Ruzicka asked of him. Given his schooling, manners and soundness, Knox is the total package. The Percheron filly, Charleswood Donna’s Dana, topped NAERIC’s 2014 Classic Yearling Sale. Eligible for the 2016 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity, as all Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire yearlings sold are, she is a rare genetic package. Dana combines Percheron bloodlines from America, Canada and France, for her sire, Slate Acres Honsey, is American-bred. Her dam, Dou-Lin Railside Donna, is by Lucasia Frenchy, the Alberta-bred sire out of Quina, a French-bred import. A bid of $7,500 won Kent and Marnie Anderson and Sons of Pilot Mound, MB, possession of the filly. This year’s Futurity payout was $49,307.50. Ten top-placed Futurity entries shared this purse. The four high-placed ladies driving an entry divided $2,500 added money, while a $5,972.50 purse was divided by breeders of the top three Futurity horses. Starting 2015, each entry placed eleventh or lower will receive a $500 cheque and the four top novice drivers will divide $2,500 added money. This is a win-win program for the buyers of a NAERIC Classic Yearling. For details visit

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Futurity winner Lakebottom Knox stood centre-ring for inspection.

Norm Lubba, Executive Director of NAERIC with Brad Delgaty, the Breeder Award winner, and Gord Ruzicka and his Futurity winner, Lakebottom Knox in hand.

Creek Side Yarla, the Wild Card Belgian filly. She captured a $6,400 bid for Tom Lane, Creekside Belgians of Birtle, MB. She is a daughter of W.B. Johnny On The Spot.




ollowing the 2013 Music Production of STRONGER, Voice For The Horse initiates a new song for their 2014 Production with new theme: WAR HORSES. Based on the success of STRONGER, taken from the concept “Empowerment for our Youth” co-written and recorded by local music artists Tiffany Desrosiers and Cole Armour, it became evident within the project, theme based music had a positive effect in community, and even as far as the classroom. Out of these findings came further vision and development of two new web sites “Music & Horses for the Soul” and “Horses Help Kids.” Our Sponsoring Artists for 2014 are Tiffany Desrosiers and Mark Devigne from the Operatic Pop Vocal Quartet, Vivace. Tiffany and Mark are generously contributing the co-writing and vocal recording of the production with proceeds directed back to Voice For The Horse. A fundraising campaign for this Music / Video Production is set to launch in May 2014. We are pleased to bring forth the opportunity for those in the equestrian community and to other horse lovers of the world, to contribute generously with

sponsorship. “Music & Horses for the Soul” Mission Statement: To Connect City to Country through World Class Equine Inspired Music Productions. “Horses Help Kids” Mission Statement: To facilitate creating a platform for change; a platform which supports the movement of quality equine information as well as seeking to find the new young faces who will become the supporters of our horse welfare and caring of tomorrow. Through various fine art projects we aim to promote personal and social development skill sets for our youth, to enhance and empower their lives, with the horse as our subject. We aim to bring truth and authenticity in regards to who the horse is while maintaining a strong focus on the important messages horses can teach us. Visit our web sites for more details and




Things You Can Do with a Driving Horse, Part 1 By Judy Newbert

Now that your horse is driving well at home, on the roads and within sight and in the company of other horses, we can venture further away from home and consider some group outings and competitions. Driving events can be broken into three general areas: recreational driving, pleasure driving shows, and combined driving events or arena trials. Recreational Driving Recreational driving can be done alone or in a group and consists of you and some friends going for a drive with your horse and vehicle. There is no competition involved, just a nice social outing. It is a great way to give non-horsey or non-driving friends an introduction to driving. The route chosen should be not too long, along safe roads preferably with minimal traffic. Riding friends and their horses can also take part. One gentleman, a number of years ago, used to drive through his rural neighbourhood on Saturday afternoons with his two retired off-track standardbreds, picking up a number of local kids to visit the Dairy Queen drive-thru for ice cream. This is a great way to introduce anyone to the pleasures of driving. Some driving clubs have organized recreational drives which are an excellent way for your horse to get more driving experience in the company of others. There are also picnic drives, where everyone brings a picnic lunch or dessert drives where you stop at various points along the way to give the horses a rest and for the drivers to sample various desserts. There are also poker rallies run like ridden poker rallies but with carriages. These require more planning than

a simple drive but you are only limited by your imagination. Remember that your horse has to be well trained enough to behave, and fit enough to do the mileage on the drive. You should follow all the driving safety rules, carry a helper on the carriage and always carry a spares kit. The same sort of event can also occur during the winter months with sleigh rallies, which are basically a recreational drive with sleighs. In Alberta, we are fortunate to have several trails in wilderness areas which are carriage friendly and we can do trail driving as well as trail riding. This is a great opportunity to share some horsey time with your non-riding friends and spouses and to partake in many “photo ops” in some wonderful scenery. I stay away from participating in parades until the horse has mastered competitions. Parades with all their excitement and people and noise are difficult for horses and they need lots of experience before being expected to behave well in such a stressful situation. Pleasure Driving Competitions Pleasure driving classes usually take place in a fenced ring in company with other

Single horse in a pleasure competition with a modern vehicle

Single pony in an obstacle class

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where the driver is judged on his ability to drive well (like an equitation class in riding). Make sure you end on a good note; if your horse has done really well and seems to be getting tired, quit even though you may have other classes and take him back to his stall or to the trailer as a reward for having done well. If you are lucky enough to win or place, accept your prize with thanks. If you do not win or place, be a good sport and praise your horse if he has done well. The key to enjoying horseshows is to relax and have fun, not to get bent out of shape about a ribbon more or less. See you at the next competition. ENJOY!

Single horse on a recreational drive

Participating in a CDE (Combined Driving Event) will be covered next month. Multiple pony hitch on a recreational drive

At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.

Single horse in a pleasure competition with an antique vehicle


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cobs, and many other breeds have pleasure driving classes in their regular breed shows. In addition, some breed or open shows have open driving pleasure classes, since driving classes are always interesting to the spectators. Read the prize list and/or your rule book to make sure your horse can do what is required in the classes. You will need to make sure your horse is safe to drive in a group situation and can handle the hub-bub and excitement of a horse show before going to a show. Start at some smaller shows or country fairs where the pace is slower and the excitement factor is somewhat lower. Make sure to practice staying on the rail and pass only when necessary and safe to do so. You will need to wear a neat, tasteful outfit (no cut-offs and tank tops), gloves, an apron and a hat and to carry a whip. Your horse will need to be clean and well-groomed and their feet properly trimmed or shod. Your harness and vehicle will need to be safe, clean and well-fitted. Usually any safe two or four-wheeled vehicle is suitable. Most shows allow any kind of safe harness. Your harness usually can be nylon, leather, or synthetic. It must be safe (no broken or cracked parts) and it must fit - none of the straps can be buckled in the last hole. If you use a breast collar harness, you must have a singletree on your vehicle. There must be some means (breeching, tug stop, thimbles, false breeching, or brakes) to prevent the vehicle running into the back of the horse. Check the rule book or prize list for rules regarding blinkers and checkreins and types of bits allowed. Check over your vehicle before the show by inspecting the bearings, wheels, singletree, all bolts and nuts and doing any needed repairs. The rule book or prize list is the final authority on allowable equipment. Also, read the rule book and/or the prize list to determine the requirements of the class and to decide if your horse is capable of the requirements of the class. Make sure to have fun and don’t ask too much of your horse at first. Many pleasure driving shows also have simple obstacle courses involving mainly cones to drive through or a simple bridge to cross and can be lots of fun and educational for your horse as well. There are even Reinsmanship classes



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Trail Champions – RIDE OVER THE RAINBOW TRAILS By Barb Holmes-Balmer and Terre O’Brennan


n 1987, Endurance Riders Association of BC member Danny Grant bought a piece of property South of Merritt near the Coutlee Plateau. He brought his horses up from the Coast on weekends and, when time allowed explored the area around his property and made trails around the water holes, rises, mountains, gullies and natural pastures. Danny’s three sons helped out, as did his friends Shari MacFarlane, Terre O’Brennan and Barbara Holmes. Danny made contact with the local range-boss, Alan Walsh, who showed him the faint remains of the old Brigade Trail that had reached from the Manning Park area to Boston Bar, where it joined the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail. For the next few years Danny would blaze a possible trail along these routes using game and cow trails. Alan was invaluable to us in finding trails and ways around cattle fences. We followed those blazes with chain saws, hand saws and anything else that the horses would carry. By the fall of 1989, we had enough trail worked up that we put on the first endurance ride from Danny’s ranch to the Merritt Rodeo Grounds and back. We continued to follow Danny’s direction in opening up more trail and, by 1990, we had a beautiful trail which ran over Mount McInnis and looped around and down to a meadow off Patchet Road to our now popular base camp. It was a hard ride, but well worth it for the views. We used that trail for three years until it was clear cut so badly in 1994 that there was no way we could ever use it again. (It remains inaccessible to this day.) After seeing the devastation of that trail, there was the impetus for us to start to register the trails with the Provincial Government of British Columbia. We initially drew the trails with a Jiff y Marker on a very large topographical map of the area, eventually replaced with GPS tracks. 20 • Saddle Up • May 2014

For the past 10 years, the Endurance Riders Association of BC has had a Stewardship Agreement with the Province of BC with regards to this trail system. During this time, Danny discovered the remains of a trestle bridge over Midday Valley Creek connecting “our� base camp with a road system on the other side. The Nicola Pine Logging Railway logged there in the 1920s. The story goes that the City of Merritt co-signed the loan to the NPLR and subsequently went bankrupt. We were never able to safely cross that creek, but we did find where the railway was and cleared out another trail alongside it, providing gorgeous views of the Coldwater and Patchet Valleys. Many spikes were found too, which ended up as ride awards on a threeday ride in 2006. The Nicola Valley Museum and Archives has wonderful pictures online of the horse logging which created that railway. A donation from Anne Mackay’s father, in memory of her mother Violet, was used to purchase 12 man gates to ease our way around cattle guards. Between 1995 and 1998 we developed new trails to get us off the roads; which became the Blue, White and Orange loops. The trail development by 2006 was in full swing, with 100 miles of trails covering 25 square miles of Crown land. It is important to note that we did not do this alone. Members of the Endurance Riders Association of BC (ERABC), Back Country Horsemen and Nicola Valley ATV Club helped out with trail clearing and upkeep. Back Country Horsemen helped install a holding tank near base camp as well as two permanent outhouses. The Edenoste brothers from Merritt were also very helpful in trail work and cattle movement. ERABC started a Tribute Trail program to bring in funds to help with trail upkeep. Close to 40 miles have been sponsored in memory of horses and people who rode or

helped build the trail system. Due to the recent Pine Beetle kill and subsequent tree removal (2009 – 2013) extending over the area, many of these trails need to be reclaimed and this remains a work in progress. This “Trail Hero� story was submitted by the Joint Trails and Access Committee (JTAC). This volunteer-based committee was formed in 2006 by Horse Council BC and the Back Country Horsemen of BC. JTAC is a working advisory group with expertise in development and preservation of multi-use recreational trails throughout BC. Committee volunteers are involved with access to front and back country riding trails on both public and private lands. JTAC’s goal is to provide a clear, persuasive and collective voice to government and land managers for equestrian use on shared trails. In recognition of the priceless contribution of volunteers, the Committee shares these true stories of trail “heroes.� HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Calgary Stampede Update By Bonni Clark


he pro rodeo trails lead to Calgary once again in 2014. A total of 120 of the world’s top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls have earned their way to the richest outdoor rodeo in the world – the $2 million Calgary Stampede. Again this year, some of the greatest rodeo names in the world are back – including home-grown talent like Alberta’s own Kyle Bowers, Dusty LaValley and Jake Vold in Bareback, brothers Curtis and Cody Cassidy in Tie-Down Roping and Steer Wrestling respectively, Chad Besplug and Scotty Schiff ner in Bull Riding and one of Alberta’s most competitive barrel racers, Kirsty White. Also, rodeo superstars from across North America have accepted Calgary’s invitation – names like reigning World Champions Kaycee Feild, Hunter Cure, Chad Ferley, Shane Hanchey, J.B. Mauney and Sherry Cervi. In fact, all six defending Calgary Stampede 2013 champions have accepted their invitations to return to in 2014. The trek north to the Calgary Stampede continues to be a coveted invite that attracts

the world’s top ladies Barrel Racers and Bull Riders. These Stampede events are sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Bull Riders, meaning the points won here are included in the yearly standings for those organizations. That makes the Stampede a valuable event to these cowgirls and bull riders looking to add to their world standings.


he world’s top “how and wow” of horsemanship clinicians have joined forces with the Calgary Stampede to launch a new event in the nearly-constructed Agrium Western Event Centre. The Jonathan Field and Friends International Horsemanship Education Conference is slated for September 20-21, 2014. The innovative interactive event gathers Master Horsemen from various disciplines together on one stage and one weekend of inspired learning for horse lovers. This is the sixth major horse-related event that has chosen the Stampede’s dedicated agricultural facility and arena as its new home. One of the most ambitious capital projects in

the Stampede’s history, the Agrium Western Event Centre is an ultra-modern centrepiece for western events and agriculture education, exhibition and industry in southern Alberta. Slated to open in June of 2014, it is unique in Canada, creating 150,000 square feet of dedicated livestock-friendly space that is tailored for the needs of horses and livestock. Five other events have also signed multiyear agreements with the Stampede to host their major shows and competitions at the Agrium Western Event Centre: Arabian Horse Association Region 17 Championships • July 21–26, 2014 Team Roping Canada Canadian Finals • September 26–28, 2014 Grassroots Finals Rodeo, CPRA • October 3–4, 2014 Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association National Finals • October 9–14, 2014 Royal West, produced by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping • October 23-November 1, 2014


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Canadian Western Agribition By Sarah Novak Individual Donation Makes a Difference Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) is proud to announce Lilie R Farley has generously donated $50,000 to the organization, which will be designated toward a new scholarship in honour of her late husband William M Farley. The William M Farley Memorial Scholarship is intended to provide financial support to students to pursue post secondary and graduate education. This is the largest individual donation CWA has received in its history. Farley was a long-time supporter of CWA, actively involved in the show for 10 years as both a Board of Director and Committee Chair. Farley played a significant role in the development of CWA’s Grain Show back in 1980. This area of the show grew under his guidance including forage and pedigreed seed competitions. In 1994 Farley received CWA’s Chris Sutter Award for exemplary contribution to the development and sustainability of the show. “My husband devoted his life to farming and had a strong belief in contributing to the agriculture industry,” said Lilie R Farley. “I am happy to be able to give such a gift to Agribition in honour of Bill.” Students who qualify for the annual scholarship can receive up to $1,500 to be used towards their academic program. To learn more about the William M Farley Scholarship, and how to apply, visit www.

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Agribition Honours Two Deserving Individuals We are pleased to announce the 2014 inductees to the CWA Hall of Fame. This prestigious award recognizes deserving individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to the success of CWA. This year George Harlton and Gordon Stephenson have been selected as the 2013 CWA Hall of Fame Inductees. Harlton was a founding director of CWA, serving on the board for 16 years. He also exhibited for 20 consecutive shows including the very first CWA. Harlton’s passion for livestock and commitment to the industry and his community had a strong influence on the generations that followed him. He lived a life of service and dedication to excellence that left an indelible mark on the livestock industry in Saskatchewan. Stephenson was General Manager of CWA from 1977-1982. During his five years he was instrumental in establishing a strong volunteer base and Board of Director structure. After leaving his position as GM, Stephenson served on the CWA Board of Directors from 1982-1986, and served as President in 1991 and 1992. He was chairman of the Rodeo Committee for five years and was instrumental in developing the rodeo into a first-class production. In 2006, Stephenson was presented the Jim Lewthwaite Award for his outstanding contribution to promoting CWA internationally. CWA President, Reed Andrew, “Agribition was built by people who had great vision. Volunteers like George and Gordon laid the ground work for one of Canada’s greatest shows.”


Alberta Equestrian Federation By Allison Blackmore


he Alberta Equestrian Federation’s annual general meeting was held on March 23, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. A small but lively membership attended and elected the 2014 Board of Directors. Every year the board has new members and a few that leave. Thank you to the following outgoing board members who committed their valuable time and energy to the AEF during their tenure: Juliet Franke, Elise Petitjean, Brian Irving, John Winslow, and Laura Stenhouse. And we offer a warm welcome to our new board members: Jay Mills, Nicolas Brown, Barb Easthom, Lauren Parker, and Camilla Gerner. As part of the AGM, the AEF also held a silent auction to raise funds for its popular Live Outside the Box youth program. There were a variety of items donated including: jackets and other clothing, horse products, hay, breeding fees, advertising opportunities, hotel accommodations, photography packages, and home décor items. The AEF would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the auction donors and to those who came out and bid on some great items. The auction successfully raised the funds needed to continue the Live Outside the Box program. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! About the Live Outside the Box Program – The Program is open to AEF members aged 7-15 and encourages adopting a healthy, active lifestyle by rewarding participants for spending more time being active

Our 2014 AEF Board of Directors Top row (l to r): Jay Mills, Nicolas Brown, Lew Hand, Don Scott, Les Oakes Bottom row (l to r): Bill desBarres, Lauren Parker, Barb Easthom, Kippy Maitland-Smith, Tara Gamble, Dena Squarebriggs Missing: Sabrina Oakes, Trish Mrakawa, Alison Douglas, Camilla Gerner

and less time in front of the TV and computer. Participants track their hours from April to September being active and can earn rewards in categories like: Highest horse time hours, Lowest screen time hours, and Highest hours of Outdoor Activities. Registration is free and horse ownership or involvement is not necessary. Any activity can be recorded. For more information and to register, visit the AEF website https://


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


pril was, as usual, a muddy mess and in some ways we hate it but in some ways it’s awesome as we start to see little green patches here and there. The horses all get frisky and start shedding, the birds start showing up, and things get warmer. Well, this year, spring brought us an extra little surprise. He’s almost black looking (blue roan), has four white stockings, and a big white blotch on his nose. We can’t get anywhere near him yet but we know he’s a he... or at least he was at one point in time. We’re not even sure if he’s a pony or a horse colt but we do have him in our round pen now, so time will tell. He could be a wild horse from out back or a runaway that found our place. If you’re missing a pony or young horse with this description, give us a call. Good news for animal lovers in the Cariboo! We have two new mobile veterinarians starting up. See the first story on page 26. On April 17, I was in Williams Lake for the 77th Annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale. It’s always a great sale with bulls coming in from all over BC and Alberta and this year was no exception. The next day, the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo started and ran April 18-20. On the final day, I was there for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Clarence Bryson (Ranching Pioneer), The Telford Family (as a Family), and Clarence Petal (Working Cowboy and Competitive Achievements) were the inductees. The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin held a nice get-together for family and friends of the inductees before the first rodeo performance.

Coming up in the Cariboo The place to be May 16-19 is at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House - especially if you’re interested in BSing and driving. The Hubers will host their annual “BS and Drive Weekend.” For more information, phone Ken Huber at 250456-6050 or send email to huberx3@telus. net. The Annual BCRA-sanctioned 100 Mile House Rodeo is May 18-19. There promises to be some great rodeo stock again this year as C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile are the stock contractors. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie and the Bull fighters will be Earl Call and Dave Atkinson. This year they’ve added a tradeshow too, which will be held in the Agriplex; 1:00 pm start on both days! Admission will once again be $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and six and under get in free. The 86th Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM will be in Creston, hosted by the Creston Valley Beef Growers Association May 22-24. We’ll be there as I will be doing sound for the weekend and Red and Helen Allan will be looking after the BC Cowboy Heritage Society booth. Come and look us up if you’re in the Creston area on these dates. May 24-25 will be the weekend of the Clinton May Ball Rodeo hosted by the Clinton and District Ag Society. The two annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas will be held Saturday, July 12, and Saturday, August 9. These are always two of the favourite gymkhanas in the Cariboo each year, as they are not

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

What’s your guess?

This guy joined our herd by jumping over three fences to get into the same area as them. Wild horse? Pony or young horse? If you recognize this guy, give Mark and Kathy a call at 250-456-2425.

only one of the oldest gymkhanas in Canada, but are also held in one of the most picturesque gymkhana grounds in Canada, too. One of our favourite events as a spectator is the Cariboo Trails CDE which will take place July 18-20, at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. This driving event consists of a cone course, dressage course and hazards course. It is set up well for spectators to be able to follow and enjoy - especially the hazard course. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank. For more information contact Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 or via email at If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included, please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The April issue’s item is owned by Elaine and Les Skinner, who volunteer at the Cowboy Festival, and they brought it in to show me. Ever wonder where the expression “quack” came from? Well, this item was one of the many things used by quacks a long time ago. It’s called a medical apparatus quackery electroshock therapy device, used for... healing? Well, so they thought in those days. Who had the correct answer? Gordon Fuller, Barriere BC

This month’s item is owned by a friend, John Maxwell, at Watch Lake. You can tell by Kathy’s hand how big the item is. Sorry I blurred out the lettering on it - but it would have given you the answer. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

And for the March item (Rolls Razor)… we add correct answers from: Jack Powell, Princeton BC Guy Wilson, Penticton BC Bruce Bolton, Armstrong BC Gordon Fuller, Barriere BC

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s mobile the way to go for a new vet clinic? Pam Barker and Michelle Collett talked about the idea for some time and decided that this was what they wanted to do. The two gals had worked together at Lakeland Veterinary Clinic in 100 Mile House four or five years ago but it was later, when Michelle was going to college to become a Registered Animal Health Technologist that they started planning. “We decided right away that we did not want to compete with animal hospitals and clinics, and when we looked at the options we decided to only do what we could do first rate,” says Pam, who has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) since 1996. “The idea is to make it more convenient for those that live in outlying areas and have trouble getting their animals into town.” Their mobile vet unit is set up as good as any animal hospital. It’s an 8.5 x 24 foot cargo trailer custom finished with all the latest

in equipment. It is complete with an exam room, built-in kennels, a walk-on scale, an in-house laboratory for almost instant results, an ultrasound machine, an Ultimate Dental Station System, and a separate operating room with the highest standards of anaesthetic monitoring and pain control. They can’t do large animals but they have the solution for this, too, as another mobile vet is starting up in the area and he will specialize in farm animal care (story next month). I think between the two mobile vets the Cariboo will be covered well - everyone that has a horse or a cow probably has a dog and often vice versa. Another service that they offer is one that I think is great - they have a user friendly electronic medical records system. Clients can go to their web site, register, and then have complete access to their pet’s medical records. I had a tour of the mobile unit while they were doing free toenail trims in 100 Mile and

Michelle (on left) and Pam

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The Grounded Rider: Conquering Abject Fear By Hazel Plumbley, Photo courtesy of Brent Styra


’d like to discuss abject fear - mine. No one else seems to be writing about rider fear at the moment, so I figure either no one else has it or it’s not fashionable to talk about it if you do. Having never been a slave to fashion (those of you who have seen me dress are nodding), let me say that the book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, does not work for me. With all due respect to author Dr. Susan Jeffers, when one begins to get spindly, they learn to differentiate between real and imagined fear. I recently read an article that noted how psychotherapy works very well for imagined fear; being struck by a meteor as an example. It doesn’t work so well if you are afraid of being injured by something with the emotional maturity of a two-year old that weighs 1200 pounds and is also your hobby. This is real fear... possibly even reasonable fear. Here, caution and common sense work better. Not deterred by my overdeveloped sense of self preservation and the unarguable fact that common sense is a rare commodity and I did not invest, I decided to march bravely up to the barn this spring and re-introduce myself to my horse. What I realized is that, as I’ve been whiling away the winter months reading by the fire, I have not had the same exposure to my horse that I have when I’m riding. As such, since I am shrinking (women shrink up to two inches between the ages of 30 and 70), my horse is getting bigger. My plan was to get back to basics and do some ground work before I launched myself into the saddle this year. To brush up, I watched my Parelli Level One DVD. I got to the part where Linda Parelli talks about leading her “spicy” Thoroughbred into her first clinic with her someday-to-be husband. She describes herself as holding the reins above her head as though she was flying a kite, broadsiding horses to the left and right. I had a nasty flashback to leading my horse where he was clearly afraid to go once and ending up in a ditch for my lack of insight. I hit the pause button, wondering if groundwork was really necessary. Then it occurred to me that, after the riding hiatus that is winter, rebuilding my relationship with my horse should begin with an activity we both enjoy. Some kind of safe and mutually-beneficial outing, taking place on neutral ground and fi lled with happiness and light. Grooming seemed the ticket. Things started out pretty well, although I was reminded to never wear lip balm when my horse is shedding profusely.

The beauty parlour program ran off the rails somewhat when I realized the clippers were missing. My husband forgets to put them back after he cuts his hair. That left the fetlock shears as the weapon of choice for the bridle path. It was then I discovered that I was wearing the wrong pair of glasses and my horse’s ears had moved over the winter months. While not an Arabian, my horse now resembles one and, returning to the topic of fashion, I believe it’s a good look with his banged tail. Finally off the ground and In the end, I gave up and took my in the saddle for another fear into the schooling ring with as season, the author discovers her horse has the better much dignity as I could muster. I almost memory. hyperventilated taking deep breaths to get my brain into its Alpha state and got into the saddle. Here’s the odd thing; I didn’t die. Last year, I rode more than I ever have, my balance improved, the aids I gave my horse got clearer (he will tell you only slightly) and we ended the year with reliable canter departs. My horse remembered all of that. I had forgotten. Turns out it was imagined fear. Here’s what I discovered – I needed to get some help to figure out if my fear was real or imagined. A coach who knows horses is your best ally. That isn’t necessarily the one who can ride his/her way out of a bucking chute; it may be the coach that breaks the big scary things down into little steps and before you know it, you’re cantering. It may be the coach that tells you honestly that your riding skills are a poor match for your horse’s training level. They’re the ones who want you to stay safe and keep riding into your 90s. Find one of those; the book is optional. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

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Joan Sopow, founder and president of the South Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association in Summerland BC, is the recipient of the Equine Canada ProChaps National Coaching Award for Para-Equestrian. The award was announced at the association’s convention Gala held in February in Winnipeg. “This was an incredible surprise. I didn’t even know I was nominated,” Sopow says. In addition to a certificate, Sopow receives a gift certificate from ProChaps. Each year Equine Canada sponsors awards

in several categories. In 2012, Sopow was nominated for a non-para coaching award. Established in 2008, SOTRA offers a safe learning environment for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities to learn about horses. Riders develop core strength and balance, and meet new friends. “Participants learn that some of their best friends may have four legs,” Sopow said. SOTRA’s facilities include an indoor riding arena, an outdoor ring and indoor stabling. The association is located on the working ranch owned by Joan and her husband Vern Sopow.

Smithers Rodeo Club presents 3 days of RODEO ACTION! Join the Smithers Rodeo Club (SRC) from August 21-23 at the Smithers Rodeo Arena for 3 days of action packed rodeo performances! Gate admission to the 95th BVX will get you prime seating for the SRC Bull-ARama on Thursday at 6 pm or enjoy the BCRA sanctioned rodeo on Friday and Saturday at 5 pm. Well-known BC stock contractor C+ Rodeos (150 Mile House) is providing world class stock for our cowboys and cowgirls with the always entertaining Jay Savage (Cranbrook) giving play by play commentary of the rodeo action! Watch the amazing “UnBridled” performances by Niki Flundra during the half time shows all three rodeo nights! Enjoy the rodeo from the SRC Beverage Gardens and don’t forget about the ever popular Saturday night dance, doors open at 9 pm, featuring the talent of the Johnson Brothers (Maple Ridge). Please visit our brand spanking new site – SmithersRodeoClub.Com and follow us on for the inside scoop on SRC rodeo action!

BVX Light Horse Show right around the corner 95 Years of ‘Horsing Around’! The Bulkley Valley Light Horse Show (BVX LHS) is coming up fast and we have lots of recent updates! Exciting news to tell you about… all of the BVX LHS judges are signed on and ready for action! We are proud to have Susan Robinson, Dale Irwin and Ben Gumm gracing our show rings with their judging expertise. A new addition to this year’s event is Western Dressage (read more 32 • Saddle Up • May 2014


TIDBITS, cont’d about this exciting discipline at www. bvxlighthorseshow. com) and don’t forget that the BVX LHS is a qualifier for the BC Heritage and Summer Games! The ever popular BVX Best In Show ($400 Added) and BVX Best Yearling Stake ($200 Added) classes are back with added monies and big money can be won in the BVX Stall Decorating daily judging contests! FYI: Early Bird & Dressage Entry Deadlines are August 2 and General Entry Deadline is August 9. Please follow us on Facebook – BVX Light Horse Show for up to minute news & pictures! The Bulkley Valley Exhibition is a weekend of family fun and entertainment! For complete schedule of events at the BVX, please visit

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Mountain Trail At Its Best! By Laurie Thompson


nd that is exactly what took place on a sunny Sunday April 13th at Chilliwack Heritage Park! Well over 300 supportive folks who came through the main doors were greeted with an incredible array and variety of Vendors along with a huge Tack Sale thanks to the help and support of the Chilliwack Riding Club. In the morning, crowds made their way to the bleachers for the first of four extra ordinary Mountain Trail Horse and Mountain Trail Cow demonstrations taking place during the day. The crowds The Mountain Trail Cow Crew. Photo by Jessica Pollock. saw an arena transformed into one of the most unique ‘playgrounds’ for riders, horses and cows! Hughes Quarter Horses and Twisted Terrain Horse Park took the great outdoors (and then some!) and created what looked like a movie set, right down to a massive ride through Tee Pee, teetering bridges, an old western town façade along with up and down trails over all kinds of creative obstacles. And a herd of 12 cows also awaited their Mountain Trail debut. Debbie Hughes was first on ‘set’ with her group of participants demonstrating horsemanship skills both in hand and riding. Debbie’s strong focus on safety and her wealth of knowledge and understanding of horses provided great guidance for both riders and spectators. Debbie explained how our horsemanship skills can be used with these unique obstacles and elements, to give the horse a job to do along with a purpose. Her team presented an Miles Kingdon. Photo by Sheila Armstrong. exceptional opportunity to see just what this exciting new Mountain Trail Horse is all about for all horses (mules, donkeys) and all disciplines of riders! Next, the cows were turned loose, and it was up to cow boss, Miles Kingdon and his team of riders to start settling the herd and then get the job done! And as Miles explained, there are times when working with cows “…business picks up…!” Moving the cows around, over and through obstacles was met with challenges but the step-by-step guidance Miles gave to his riders made both the morning and afternoon Mountain Trail Cow demonstrations exciting, educational and fun for all. Wrapping up the day was the Select Horse Sale out on the Some of our Vendors. Photo by Paul Evenden. Mountain Trail course. There were exceptional horses available by Private Treaty and showcasing them on the course offered a great opportunity to see these horses at work. Horses went to great new owners! It seems that Hughes Quarter Horses and Twisted Terrain Horse Park are up for a do-over in 2015! A huge thank you to ALL for making “Mountain Trail At Its Best” a most wonderful event. For more information about upcoming Mountain Trail clinics (with and without cows) and more… please check in at Debbie Hughes. Photo by Jessica Pollock. and 34 • Saddle Up • May 2014


Total Recall By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP A solid Recall is one of the most important foundation skills you can teach your dog. Students and clients often ask: “When can we let our dogs off leash?” or “What age can they be off leash?” We think the answer is pretty simple: “When your dog can reliably come when you call!”


ost people seem to believe that dogs need to be off leash as soon as possible. Because of the rush to make that happen, the process ends up being rushed, too, and training is not thoroughly and systematically built up and tested. As a result, many dogs end up off leash with little or no skill in coming back when called – no trained Recall. When dogs are young and/or in the early stages of their relationship with us, they tend to be fairly good at hanging around and coming to us when we ask. As they mature or get more comfortable or confident with us, this tendency is very likely to change. Recalls start to become sporadic - sometimes we reinforce them and sometimes we punish them because the Recall wasn’t immediate. Distractions play a big factor – fast-moving creatures and interesting new dogs begin to take precedence over the humans they have access to every day. Again, our efforts are more or less successful depending on the work we put in and the type of dog we have. Without a reliable Recall, your dog really has no business being off leash. Being free without proper training and impulse control is an irresponsible and potentially dangerous situation. In addition to exposing your dog to dangers in the environment, you also run the risk of him taking off with another dog, or participating in a frustrating game of “you can’t catch me.” Lack of a good Recall can also allow your dog to make inappropriate or dangerous choices, such as jumping up on people or interacting with unskilled dogs. Although more remote areas such as the forest may seem a safer choice for dogs lacking a good recall, they have their own risks. Interactions with wildlife or dangerous terrain can lead to serious injury. Chasing scents of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

wild animals can cause many dogs to go racing off and not be able to find their way back to you. Making the Recall Reliable If you think your dog’s Recall is pretty good, ask yourself: “Have I thoroughly tested it in situations we are likely to be in?” If you like hiking, jogging or biking, have you practiced your Recall on the trails? If you like to visit dog parks, have you practiced around multiple playing dogs? Keys to Success Introduce the concept in an easy way so your dog can get it right. A great way to start is to begin by shaping the Recall at every opportunity. Every time your dog comes to you on his own, give him a treat or toss him a toy or just get really, really excited with your praise. Constantly build that desire to come to you by always reinforcing it even when it happens randomly without a formal request. Make sure that you can always follow through with the Recall. If the Recall step you just attempted was beyond your dog’s training level and he doesn’t come, you need to be able to help him get it right. During the training process, you should always ensure that you practice in such a way that the end result is guaranteed. Either practice in confined areas so you can get your dog and bring him back to where you called him, or practice on leashes and long lines so he cannot run off at random. Gradually increase the difficulty of the Recall by increasing the distance OR the

distraction level of the environment. Don’t move too quickly with either distance or distraction – work at the level of your dog. As long as you’re controlling the outcome during training, you can easily assess whether the distance or distraction is too difficult without worrying about your dog disappearing into the distance. Make sure to throw in easy wins frequently by lowering the distance or distraction to easy levels. Reinforce all Recalls If it takes your dog 10 minutes to amble his way back to you, smelling every tree and flower along the way, you still need to get excited and pay the outcome. Never, ever punish your dog for a slow response – you will just poison the Recall and have a hard time ever achieving good results. Instead, pay better for better results. If you get a “rocket Recall” at the dog park – that deserves tons of excited praise and 30 pieces of chicken! If you get a slowly-ambling recall in the back yard – that might just get a cheerful “good boy” and a continued on page 36 • 35

Total Recall, cont’d piece of kibble. But every attempt – even if you have to go and collect your dog from the corner of the yard and bring him back to where you were standing – gets reinforced in some tangible way. Don’t use your Recall in real time until it has been trained to a reliable level in that particular environment or situation. If you’re not very confident your dog will come when call, don’t even go there. Keep your dog on leash in that situation until you have spent time training properly and safely.

Practice, practice, practice – and then practice some more! Building a good Recall is basically building a good habit. Because the outcome is always the same and you practice it so much, the response just becomes pretty much automatic. Your dog will hear his Recall and just automatically respond without stopping to think about it. Next time you are about to unclip your dog’s leash, be sure to have more on your side than crossed fingers – your dog’s life could depend on it.

Have a unique Recall that’s all your own We recommend using a unique word versus “Fido, Come” or just your dog’s name as a Recall. Using a word that’s specific to just your dog only increases the chance of success. Hearing his own word makes it easier for your dog to distinguish between you and someone else calling “Come” and making a choice whether to respond or not.

Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

Never Recall your dog and then do something he doesn’t feel great about. Don’t formally Recall your dog and then cut his nails, give him a bath or take him to the vet unless he just loves these activities and would find them reinforcing (highly unlikely!). If you need your dog to come to you in this type of situation, just go and get him or use a more casual, untrained request (“Come on Buddy, let’s go.”)

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Scent Detection in the Pet Dog World By Donna Toews


9 Nose Work® is the original scent detection sport created by professional detection dog handlers in the USA, with the goal of using detection-style training and competition for pet dogs. The organization presents a way to find legal odours in safe and fun environments. They certify their instructors with their education program, sanction their events and provide professional detection dog handlers as their judges. The first trial of K9 Nose Work® took place in California in 2009 and has rapidly grown to points in North America, Australia and Europe. It’s a fun activity where the dogs can use their strong genetic drive to search. It is thought that the sense of smell is the first sense in neonates... and the last as the dog dies. The sport is good for all dogs any age, size, breed and experience as well as for humans of any age and experience. It has shown to help shy dogs become more confident, to help high drive dogs have more focus and to tire out dogs by healthy mental stimulation of the search. It helps develop a strong bond between dog and handler as communication builds and the human is given a peek into the dog’s world. While many teams do not consider formal trialing, the activity remains something a dog-human team can do every day in familiar and new environments. The teams are first introduced to finding a “primary” source (usually food!) in a box. The enthusiasm of the search is then challenged by changing the environment, making the source harder to reach and watching the dog communicate to the handler that they’ve found the source of odour. The odours used are essential oils and the dogs search for the vapours of three specific odours that are not common in the environment but easily attained. Dogs are trained to search containers, vehicles, exteriors and interiors at various levels of difficulty. With each level in HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

the sport, the teams are asked to find the source of odour within an allotted time limit. The dog must locate the odour source and the handler must recognize the dog’s change in behaviour to identify the odour source location. There are faults for dropping rewards, pulling the dog off odour and correcting the dog. As this is a fun sport, the dogs can get closer to the odour source than professional dogs who are trained to indicate without touching explosives and drugs. For pet dogs, solving odour puzzles is a great activity! More information about classes and the sport is available at or “Reflection Pet Services” on Facebook. Donna Toews CPDT-KA CNWI was the first to bring the sport to Canada in 2011. She is a certified instructor with the National Association of Canine Scent Work and works to share the fun with dogs and handlers with weekly classes in the Lower Mainland. She and her dog Edge (field bred English Cocker spaniel) are the first in Canada to earn two NW3 titles.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 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 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302

Biosecurity “Biosecurity” means doing everything you can to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto your farm by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. Below are several tips to help prevent the spread of disease.

Showing Your Horse • Use your own trailer. • Don’t ship your horses from other farms. • Ship only in a trailer that has been cleaned and disinfected. If you can “smell horse” in the empty trailer, it has not been cleaned and disinfected properly. • Don’t let your horse touch other horses, especially nose to nose and don’t share equipment (water and feed buckets, brushes, etc.) • Wash your hands, especially after helping other people with their horses. • Don’t let strangers pet your horse, especially those with horses at home or people who have been out of the country in the past two weeks. • Before leaving the show grounds, clean and disinfect tack, boots, equipment and grooming supplies. • Brush off dirt or manure then disinfect (spray or wipes are easy to take with you). • When you get home, shower, blow your nose and put on clean clothes and shoes before going near other horses.

Bringing Horses Home from a Show • If one horse has been shown, all your horses need to be vaccinated. • Horses that show can bring home germs. Discuss what vaccinations the horses need and how often with your veterinarian. • If possible, isolate the horses for at least two weeks making sure there is no nose to nose contact.


Bringing in New Horses • Keep every new horse isolated for 30 days. • Don’t use the same pitchforks, grooming tools, feed or water buckets for the new horse. • Label separate tools with red tape, or only use red brushes, etc., for the isolation area. • Work with the isolated horse last each day. Alternately, wear boots and coveralls when working with the isolated horse and remove them before working or going near other horses. You can keep these in a plastic covered tub near the horse.

When Visitors Come to You • It is best to have only one way in to your farm. Mark this as the main entrance. • Keep parking areas away from the horses so disease carrying organisms are not tracked from tires. • If the farrier or veterinarian needs to park closer, be sure their tires and shoes have been disinfected. • Keep a visitor’s log. If a disease outbreak occurs, your log might help trace the problem. • Provide clean outerwear (coveralls) and boots. Plastic disposable booties are suitable for shorter visits but can be slippery and subject to tears.

Visiting Other Farms, Show Grounds or Auction Marts • Have a pair of shoes or boots that you save for visiting and don’t wear around your own horse. • Wear plastic shoe covers, plastic bags work well. • If you are going to be working with horses on another farm, wear coveralls or plan to change clothes before returning to your horse.

Using Disinfectants Surfaces must be clean for disinfectant to work. Brush off loose dirt and manure. If possible, wash the item with detergent first (laundry or dish soap works well) and then use a disinfectant. Tack can be wiped with a disinfectant wipe or a disinfectant dampened cloth. Shoes can be brushed or scrubbed off and then sprayed with disinfectant. • 39

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


fter the early part of March finally gave way to some better weather the Club got our year off the ground with some social riding sessions on Wednesday evenings at the D-K, some spring cleaning and our first events of 2014. The main cleaning task was to de-winterize our Clubhouse. We have a great place to meet in a wonderful old barn but the wind and weather take their toll during the winter season. However, our team consisting of the Club die-hards got stuck into the dust and dirt and we now have a venue for our meetings, presentations and so on that is so clean we can eat off the floor! The sofas are ready for the Club Recliners, the trophies are gleaming and the President’s chair is dusted down for our next meeting. Our March meeting was held at the Clubhouse but maybe it was a little cold to get all our members out to attend. We should remind our members that this is your monthly meeting to raise any concerns, make suggestions and ask questions. It is also fun and great to meet up with other members and have a good natter about our horses. With plans now laid by Midge Corey and the rest of the committee we are ready to take off for a great year. Our events, so far, have been directed to Spring Tune-Up and getting our horses going after many have had a quiet winter holiday! The weather was particularly good for our first really intense session - on the theme of ‘Whoa Means Whoa and Go Means Go’. It appeared that the ‘go’ part was better to begin with than the ‘whoa’!!

Two of our members who really enjoyed the session, under the keen eye of our instructor for the day Carrie Fisher, were Dorothy McLaughlin and Kathy Malmberg. Both of them had Dorothy McLaughlin in consultation huge smiles on all their cheeks with Carol Lydiatt when they had finished. Kathy was really pleased with her horse Luke when Carrie had her end her session with a nice lope without stirrups and a superb whoa to finish. Besides the participants, it was good to see other club members spectate. Chris and Frank Siebeck offered encouragement to all - but Frank was unable to give too Kathy Malmberg in deep discussion many pointers having recently too! chopped off a finger!! Ouch! We are looking forward to more events as shown on our website - please go look at it and come and join the Club if you love horses.

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes (Thank you to Emma Bosma for her summary of two inaugural events)


ith the horse show season just around the corner, the Kelowna Riding Club decided to kick start the year with two exciting fundraiser events. The KRC organized both a Pub Night fundraiser, as well as a Junior Spring Fling, in support of the upcoming Kelowna Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show April 24-27. Both events were held in conjunction on the night of April 5th, and both were a tremendous success. The Pub Night was hosted by the Mission Taphouse. Over 95 riders and friends were in attendance, and enjoyed a wide variety of delicious appetizers, a huge silent auction, and live music by Wild Son. It was a great occasion for horse enthusiasts to come together in support of the local horse community. Close by at the Kelowna Riding Club, the under 19 members of the horse community had a wild night of their own; over 40 junior members of the horse community came out for the Spring Fling. New friendships were made as horse crazy girls (and boys!) bonded over games, including a garbage bag “Trashion Show.” These events could not have been made possible without the support of the Mission Taphouse, the sponsors that generously donated items for the silent auction, and the hours of work put in by a number of KRC volunteers. We hope these events will become an annual tradition. Speaking of annual traditions, our Spring Cleanup was exceptionally well attended and there was a lot of painting going on! Weather was beautiful and a perfect day for a hot dog BBQ for the volunteers. Big thanks to the Back Country Horsemen, Okanagan 40 • Saddle Up • May 2014

Chapter, for their continued support. We were also able to put our new John Deere tractor to good use and wish to thank Prairie Coast Equipment for providing us with an excellent tractor at an affordable price for the club. We will be offering a Dressage Clinic series with Eiren Crawford May KRC Caretaker, Tony, 9-16 and Eiren may also be available for working with the club’s coaching during the Spring Dressage newly leased John Deere Festival. Eiren is currently living and tractor training in Europe and makes regular trips to the Okanagan to see family. If you are interested in lessons with Eiren, please contact Ashton at ashtyn_@hotmail. com. Our next big event on the horizon is the Spring KRC Volunteers sprucing up the jump Dressage Festival May 17shed at the Spring Cleanup. 18. Prize list is on the KRC website at New this year is Western Dressage and we hope to have some Quadrille Teams as well for notto-be-missed entertainment! Keep checking our website for upcoming events and clinics. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Totem Saddle Club By Marty Cox


he Terrace weather hasn’t helped out—snow again in March but the outdoor is underway. Funding is in place and the trucks started rolling. Got the first layer in and it’s been compacted. Now some more nice weather and hopefully the trucks will be rolling again. The Kitimat-Stikine Regional District has helped make our wish come true by helping us with additional funding to get the arena completed. Thanks so much for the help. Our first event was April 12-13. Saturday had Percentage Days start things off with Danielle Sexton as the judge. Results included: Training Level Test 1: Crimzon LeBlond 61.74% on Minka; Terri Cameron 67.27% on Duelly Training Level Test 2: Crimzon with a 60.8%; and Terri with 70% Training Level Test 3: Crimzon with a 61.54% Michalla Heighington did her first FEI Test, 5 year old and 6 year old prelim on Silhouette (better known as “Silly”). Excellent job Michalla! Saturday afternoon was time for Clear Rounds and our jumpers included: Rider / Horse Highest Jump Total points Kylie / Sultana Big X 23 Michalla Heighington / Silly 2’3” 10 Terri Cameron / Duelly 2’3” 28 Macy Calcut / Tucker 2’ 30 Josie Jeniss / Moose Small X 15 Danielle Sexton / Cody 2’3” 26

Sunday brought the speedy riders and the Fun Gymkhana—not a large number but some great times to start the season. Barrels - Fastest time - Danita Petch on her new horse Moxxi, 17.123; Flag - Jennifer Rempel with Diggy, 13.604; Fig 8 - Danielle Sexton on Cody, 24.294; Poles - Meagan Tatum Long Glawe on Whismy, 25.753; and Keyhole - Jennifer Rempel with Diggy, 11.738. It was a fun day and the next one will count. Next is the first Horse Show of the year with Carolyn Dobbs as the judge, then on to the regular season of Percentage Days, Clear Rounds, Gymkhanas and more Horse Shows. Throw in some clinics—Carolyn Dobbs, Jill O’Neill, Lillian EvaniewCrimzon and Minka Phelan and we are off to a great year.

BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel


lli Dargel welcomed members and their friends to their 7th Annual Year End Award Presentation. The turnout was fantastic. The event was held February 22nf at the ABC Restaurant in Cloverdale. Show Committee members were presented: Mary Kierans, liaison in obtaining judges; Shelley Fraser, Membership Secretary; Lisa MacBurney, Web Master; and Ulli Dargel, Show Manager. It was emphasized that without the support of our members and the numerous competitors that have attended our shows we would not be here. We would like to thank the various businesses that contributed throughout the year and all those that supported us as class sponsors. The Show Committee has decided to hold a 1-day show this year, which will consist of In-Hand and Performance Divisions. The decision to hold our show in September was to give breeders the opportunity to bring their weanlings. Currently we are booked at the Agriplex in Cloverdale for the weekend of September 20-21. Other facilities are still being explored. Additional information can be found on our web site Heather Keen had a very successful year with her two Thoroughbreds, “Olympic Debut” and “Someday Seemore,” receiving one of her awards from Lisa MacBurney.


Connor Friesen receiving the Sportsmanship Award from Ulli Dargel.

Ariel Pavic’s pony, Rhianno’s Peppermint Dragon, was the recipient of the Four Year & Over Welsh Pony Champion cooler presented by Samantha Eidsness on behalf of CRS Construction.

Danielle Murphy has successfully shown her pony, Checkmate, receiving many Championships throughout the year. • 41

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


h, the love of horses! Once one has trusted and been trusted by a wonderful one-of-a-kind-spirit, there is no turning back. What a fabulous experience to connect with an equine friend whether you are in the show ring, on the trail or in a special event such as driving, reining, barrel racing or dressage. One thing I have discovered the past couple of years is that there is a common link between Miniature horses and people who have had injuries that have prevented them from enjoying the (larger) horse they once had. Yes, these horses are smaller and yes, they are a little different, especially because you cannot just jump on and hit the trails or rails like you once did; but after you spend a little time with a Miniature horse, you quickly fall in love with its kind, loving, devoted and gentle disposition. Not only are Miniatures a little easier to handle than a big horse, but they are also less intimidating, cheaper to feed, require a smaller pasture and shelter and are tougher than most larger horses to the elements. In the 1600s, they originated as exotic pets for the wealthy; during the 1800s they were used in the coal mines as pit ponies because they could easily pull 1000 lbs and manoeuvre quite well in confined areas. In the 1900s, their popularity spread quickly as

fabulous driving horses and then blossomed the breeding of fine quality bloodlines. Although most Miniature horses’ bloodlines trace back to the Shetland pony, today they resemble fine quality purebred horses of all kinds of breeds. Their conformation, colour, size and disposition are bred to perfection and are enjoyed by millions around the world. Miniature horses are not only used for driving, in-hand and showmanship but are also trained as guide animals for the blind, as therapy horses for visiting hospitals and care homes, as companions; they are great in team driving for all kinds of events such as chuck wagon races, barrels, and trail events. The fastest growing age group for the Miniature horse are the baby boomers; they have more time on their hands and have discovered that Miniatures are just as fun and rewarding as larger horses. Whether you are new to the horse industry or are being re-inspired by a onceloved sport, the Miniature horse just might be the answer for you. Our club gets together for fun days, clinics, shows, meetings and socials throughout the year and welcomes your enquiries. We have connections to owners of Miniature horses for lease and for sale.

The OMHC is hosting a show at the Vernon District Riding Club on July 26 and a clinic on July 27. Come and see these wonderful little horses perform and let them capture your heart!

BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Taylor Boyce


he BCDUSC will be hosting the Maple Ridge Countryfest Open Heritage Horse Show! We want you to save-the-date on Sunday, July 27th. Please help us to spread the word! Don’t forget about our new Wide-Ride program for “non-show riders” is also available for members to earn year end prizes as well as show point collectors. News From The Members Taylor Boyce and ‘Vie-va Vancouver’ an 18HH Clydesdale mare, successfully placed 2nd in Pre-Entry Level at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre’s 2Phase on April 6th and are looking forward to the upcoming Horse Trials events this show season. Joslin Sanderson and her 16HH Percheron/Thoroughbred mare ‘Joy’ placed 2nd in Western Command and 3rd in 42 • Saddle Up • May 2014

Western Pleasure at the Mission Horse Club Wild and Woolly Show held March 23rd. Also Keep An Eye Out For..... The Thundering Impact Draft Horse Drill Team is coming to a barn near YOU! Our next performance is June 1st at the Back Country Horsemen of BC Fun Day at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. If you or someone you know has an arena/ indoor to donate some hours for our practices, or would want a Performance Show please contact us at Anyone interested in joining our club or receiving our newsletter can check out the website for sign up, and don’t forget to Like the Facebook Group! Visit us and see more at HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Carriage Driving Society OKANAGAN CHAPTER By Deb Gardner


arch 29th was our first In-Hand and Ground Driving Funday here at our farm in Armstrong. The Funday was well attended by six Minis and one Section A Welsh pony. There were lots of planned obstacles to practice on and some that were not planned... like the saddle bags blowing off one of the horses and the umbrellas that decided to take off when the wind picked up!! Everyone, people and horses alike handled it well, so after a hot lunch and a horsey chat they all headed home after a full fun day! Kristina and Finnigan, Team Welsh April 6th I hosted the Horse Council Driving Scoring Clinic. We had a good turnout with 7 drivers, some from as far away as Nelson attending. After the 2 1/2 hour Scoring Clinic with Carol Cody from Langley, the drivers were able to have a Q&A period with Elisa Marocchi (100 Mile House) and Brian Jenson (Lumby). As both are well-known driving coaches/judges, there were lots of great questions and answers! All the drivers received very nice certificates from HC for completing the course. Thanks again Carol, Elisa and Brian for making this clinic fun and informative! April 12th another Funday of In-Hand and Ground Driving was held; only this time MORE obstacles were added and yes they were planned ones. Eleven horses took part, 1 big horse, 3 Welsh ponies and the rest Minis. The youngest being my 8-month-old Mini Colt Desilu to the Brenda and Coolie, Team Welsh oldest Cathy DeGelders 22-year-old Mini Bentley! I added a water hazard to the course so wellies were on the ‘to bring list’, as well as two permanent obstacles with owls, stuffies and Easter pails decorating the fake trees. Also added to the course were streamers along with a kiddie pool fi lled with floating objects... Here is a sample of some of the obstacles set up for both Fundays… open and closing umbrellas, saddle bags that rattled, bridges, tarps with ground poles, tarps with kids toy blocks on them, a tent, lots of big stuffies, stuffed kids with strollers, dog houses, miniature horse cart with a monkey, shrubs with monkeys, and a large ball, a straw bale U with butterfly nets to back out of, umbrellas to weave around (this time anchored down). It was interesting to see how each horse and handler did the course. At the end we discussed which obstacles were the most challenging. It was the streamers (that were snapping in the wind) and the water that most of the horses had to have a second look at or in my case a much longer look! After doing the course several times in-hand we all harnessed up and then ground drove in teams. We had Team Horse, Team Welsh and Team Mini! After all the horses were put away we sat down to a nice hot lunch! Another fun day was had by all! Thanks to all the drivers that attended this series of fun In-Hand and Ground Driving Days and a big thank you to my hubby for helping with all the set up and take down!

Ask Suzi! CHAP SHTICK Dear Suzi: Can you explain the difference between chaps, batwings, shotguns, leggings, half-chaps, and chinks? I am confused by all the different terms for those cowboy leg things! - Tracy Dear Tracy, In today’s usage, the name chaps refers to any kind of protective leg wear used by riders (of horses or motorcycles). The word comes from Spanish and is derived from the word for scraggly brush, or chaparral (also spelled chapparal). Early herdsmen invented leather covers for their legs to prevent the chaparral from scratching up their legs and snagging in their boots and pants. Leggings is a Texas and southern U.S. word for chaps, in my experience - call them either name, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do to be understood. Batwings, Chinks and Shotguns are all styles of Chaps. As the name implies, Batwings are large, kind of flappy leather leg coverings. Batwings are the preferred Chaps of cutters, and also many working cowboys. Chinks are basically shortened Batwings and end just below the knee, and may have fringed edges or be plain. Half-chaps are the opposite of Chinks they are close-fitting covers that protect from your knees to ankles and are most popular with English riders who need protection on their upper calves from the constant pinch of narrow stirrup leathers. Shotguns are what we think of as show-ring Chaps, because they are snugly-fitted, fullyzipped silhouette makes the rider’s legs look somewhat like the barrel of a shotgun. These Chaps often have fringe down the legs, and again, fasten as the waist with a belt arrangement. Good luck! - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

Peyton and Pip, Team Mini


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Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club’s Events Committee is in full swing as you read this, with the first event about to get underway on May 31. The TCSC is hosting a Two Man Round Robin Cattle Sorting with a maximum of 20 entries competing for $2,500 in CASH prizes!! To be held at the Eagle Creek Fairgrounds in Burns Lake. Cattle Sorting is a moderate-paced and exciting event to watch as the teams attempt to “sort” the numbered cattle across a timing line in the correct order. For more information please contact Pam at 250-692-4182 – there may be a spot left waiting for you! The next event follows soon after… the Pre-Show Clinic with Pam Morrison on

June 12-13, followed by the TCSC Spring Show on June 14-15. Deanna Reimer will be judging the Western Performance, Danny Morrison will put the Reiners through their paces, and Lisa Hamer will judge on Sunday for the English flat and over fences classes. The Events Committee has been super busy and have raised over $1,000 in sponsorships for this year’s events, including three prize classes (Halter classes and Never Won a Buckle Reining), four High Point awards and seven Added Money Stakes classes at the TCSC Spring Show. This will be THE event to attend west of Prince George this spring – hope to see you there!

For more info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi at 250-692-5721 or e-mail Check us out on Facebook, or our website http://tcsaddleclub.

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association News THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE By Daphne Davey


hat on earth could climate change and therapeutic riding possibly have in common? Science! In both cases, science is the foundation of public education and confidence, which encourages support for the cause. Anyone involved in therapeutic riding can tell you they see positive results in almost every participant with a disability, and often in very exciting ways. But we need more than “anecdotal evidence” if we wish to involve and retain the interest of medical and therapy professionals - who represent “science” to the public. Without these people convincingly on side, we cannot effectively offer the benefits of our therapeutic riding programs to our clients, nor can we develop strong public support. The Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI), of which Canada (represented by CanTRA) is a founding nation, publishes an annual Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding. The most recent Journal contains research papers from Ireland, Norway, Poland and a Canadian entry, “Psychological Effects of Therapeutic Riding for Children.” Three researchers (Andrea Carey from York University, and Sarah Murray and Anne Barnfield from Brescia University College) partnered with SARI Therapeutic Riding, a CanTRA centre in London, Ontario, to conduct their research. Using commonly used professional survey, data collection, and analysis methodologies, as well as interviews with riders and parents, the research team investigated the psychological benefits of therapeutic riding for children, primarily those with disabilities. At SARI, they studied children in two settings: some enrolled in the summer camp and others in a series of riding lessons. Not surprisingly, there were stronger results from the campers, given the more intense experience in a short period of time. 44 • Saddle Up • May 2014

The study covered such aspects as Positive Identity (selfesteem, independence), Social Skills (leadership, friendship skills, social comfort, and peer relationships), Physical Skills, and Positive Values. Therapeutic riding is a holistic experience, including physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits, among others. Feedback from parents who know their children so intimately is invaluable. They are in the best position to note changes from “before” to “after” the riding experience. Which all goes to suggest that “anecdotal Hailey enjoying a therapeutic ride at evidence” surely has a part SARI. Photo courtesy of SARI. to play in completing any science-based picture in this field, as the inclusion of parent interviews in this study implies. A research project such as this adds to the growing body of scientific work probing the effects of therapeutic riding that can only do us all good. And hats off to this particular research team for being published in the HETI Scientific and Educational Journal. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra. ca or HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Report By Tasia Bronson


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club had their first Schooling Show of the year on April 13 with approximately 40 riders. The weather was beautiful at the Armstrong Fairgrounds! The concession was fantastic thanks to all the dedicated volunteers. And the club would like to thank Patti Thomas for her judging and Nancy Roman for announcing. The club could not go on without helpers like

these. The next Schooling Show is May 18. Please check the the AERC website and Facebook page for class lists and updates!

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Press Reporters: Kathleen Egeland, Ashley Robson, Lauren McGee and Paivi McLean


ey everyone! After taking a little time off during spring break, the Kelowna Hoofbeats got back to their usual busy schedule! On March 31, the club held our Junior and Senior demos and speak and shows. This was held at Hollywood Education Centre. We had several people participate and they all chose their own unique topics. On the following Friday, April 4, the district demos and speak and shows were held at Ellison Hall. The members of our club who participated at the districts were: Isabel Hultgren and Paivi McLean, who did a demo together Mia Wishlow and Steven Robson who did their own speak and show On April 12, we had our annual hot dog sale at the Diamond H Tack sale. We had a tent set up and we ran the concession all day, taking shifts to make everything easier. We split up into groups of three to four members with about two hour shifts. Thank you to our concession sponsors: Coopers Foods - Rutland (donation); Diamond H Tack; M and M Meats - Mission (discount); Cinzeo (donation); McLean Family - (donation). And of course a huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported us by making donations or purchasing some yummy food! On April 14, we had a club meeting and discussed some upcoming events. Melanie Price and Emily Allen shared about their PCW (Provincial Club Week) experience. It sounds like they had such a blast getting together with other club members from around the province! Coming up in our club calendar, we have: Bottle Drive Fundraiser District Judging Rally Club Lessons Stock Show! STOCK SHOW 2014 Stock Show is a 4-H show where club members from all over the Okanagan come to show their animals from July 7-12. In previous years, we have had horse clubs and beef clubs join, but this year we are looking forward to dog clubs participating as well! Each year, the horse clubs start off the show with a fun gymkhana organized by Kyra Casorso. From then on, each rider participates in one lesson for three days in preparation for show day. Our riding instructors prepare us for classes in pleasure, equitation, and trail. There are also lessons for English riders who prepare for their own classes. All horse members do a halter class called showmanship. Also, every member who goes participates in a ground school class of writing, tests and judging. Some HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

senior horse members have the opportunity to be in a young horse class on starting young horses. This class is a great opportunity to grow horsemanship skills and work with individual horses. This year’s opening ceremonies will be a demonstration of “hoof and woof” by a horse and dog club! The 2014 Show theme is “100 years of 4-H in BC.” Our instructors for the show will be: Ross Hansen - Reining Dustin Drauder - Western Andrea Naka - English Daryl Gibbs - Young Horse Class!

Members of Hoofbeats 4-H club setting up the concession at the Diamond H Tack Sale

Back row (L to R): Shandra, Kaia, Lucas, Mia, Steven; Front Row (L to R): Amelie, Amelia, Maddie, Paivi, Isabel

The Stock Show opening ceremonies for 2013

Our club’s responsibilities are: Clean bleachers Horse barn security Trail ring set up Run the gymkhana In conclusion, the Kelowna Hoofbeats is just getting fired up and our club is about to get a lot busier! We have a great schedule this year and I think we are all excited to make some fun memories! • 45

BC Competitive Trail Riders Association By Tammy Mercer


nother busy riding season is fast approaching and this year the BCCTRA has 5 scheduled sanctioned rides with the possibility of an additional ride in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. This year, for the first time ever, there will be a CTR and an Endurance Ride at the same ride site on the same weekend. Check out our website www. for updates and more scheduled rides throughout the year. The first ride of the year is the Chemainus CTR on Vancouver Island June 29. This is followed quickly by the Timber Ridge ride in Lumby July 3-4 – this ride needs a minimum of 20 registered riders by June 21 for the ride to be a go, so don’t delay and register right away! As this article goes to press, the first ever “Intro to Riding the Distance” Schooling Ride will be held in Bowser on Vancouver Island, Sunday April 19. BCCTRA has hosted several versions of Schooling Rides over the years, but this year it is aimed at educating riders in both Competitive Trail and Endurance Riding. Lead by educators Nancy Gourlay and long time endurance rider Karen Ellis, the day includes an educational session followed by two short loops (10 and 6 miles respectively) to ‘mock’ what and how a CTR and an Endurance Ride would look like. Special thanks to both Nancy and Karen for hosting what will be a terrific day. Back in March, Central Vancouver Island Director Nancy Gourlay attended the BCHC hosted “Share the Trails” workshop; this was a precursor to the Educational Summit held in Richmond. Attending the workshop were representatives from government agencies, BC Parks, and different trail user groups. The day was spent strategizing how the trails could be better preserved and enhanced, and how the groups could all work together to avoid trail conflicts. Through discussion it

Shirley Gogo

Alice Howse

was discovered that each region of the province has unique challenges with some regions enjoying lots (if not too many) trails and others, like Vancouver Island, were constantly having to work around private land ownership issues. All in all it was considered a good opportunity for networking and sharing. Sadly British Columbia Competitive Trail Riders lost two very special ladies in the last few months. Alice Howse and Shirley Gogo were significant contributors to the BCCTRA and they will be greatly missed by all. We want to express our condolences to both Alice and Shirley’s families for their loss.

Canadian Morgan Horse Association By Nancy Kavanagh


he 2014 CMHA AGM and Convention was a fabulous event! It was held April 3-5 at the Delta Markham, Ontario. Thank you to everyone who supported it, your contributions are very much appreciated. Read all about it in the next edition of The Canadian Morgan Magazine and see photos online at Minutes and financial statements are available to members, please contact the office if you would like a copy. Promotion News – Announcing a new Video Contest! Open to all CMHA members and ages. The theme will be Share the Passion, get your video cameras rolling! Full details will be available soon. The CMHA office has old video tapes that were used for promotion and are no longer needed. They are available to anyone who contacts the CMHA office, first come, first serve. A $10.00 charge for postage is required and there are no guarantees the videos will work on your machine. Contact us for a complete listing. DVD’s are still available for rent at $10.00 each. Board News – There are a few volunteer positions that are open and your board cannot function as well as it could without a full board, please contact the CMHA office for details. Welcome to Arlene MacKenzie, our new By-laws Chairperson. Many thanks to our outgoing Chair, Pat Crema for her hard work and dedication to 46 • Saddle Up • May 2014

the CMHA and the constitution. Pat is newly appointed as a CMHA Director Emeritus. Congratulations! Quebec: Nominations are being accepted for a new director and vice director. BC: Nominations are being accepted for a new director. ON: Nominations are being accepted for a new director and vice director. The CMHA Magazine – The June/July/August deadline is May 20th, contact for information. Youth News – Congratulations to our Youth Winners: Scholarship: Ashley Reeson, ON Sportsmanship: Mackenzie Collins, ON Outstanding Youth of the Year: Christa Dumkee, AB A rule change was made to the CMHA medal classes regarding age. The CMHA medal class ages will now match the AMHA medal class rules. Please contact for more information on the youth programs. Award News – There were changes made to the high point system, please contact us or visit for more info.


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

Schooling Show The rain stayed away until the tail end of the day for the LMQHA Schooling Show April 5th at Thunderbird Show Park. There was a wide range of breeds in attendance with Saddlebreds, Arabs, Paints and our Quarter Horses and more taking the stage in the arena. In a relaxed and casual atmosphere, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves getting their horses out and about in preparation for the show season. The classes saw really good numbers throughout the day in all divisions, with an air of camaraderie and sportsmanship all around. Hot dogs, chips, pop and more hit the spot at lunch time at the concession run by volunteers, yum! There were great High Point prizes as well as class prizes for each winner all festively decorated with an Easter flair! They held brushes, chocolate bunnies and more. Thank you to directors Sherry Sultz and Flora Kippan for spearheading this event, you did a wonderful job.

Schooling Show

Quarter Horse competitors, Reserve Hi Point earners win a custom lasered headstall! All complements of our amazing sponsors. Our All Breed competitors will be showing for the chance at I Pods for Hi Point and a Grooming Bucket complete with custom lasered brushes, etc. for Reserve. Do you feel that you have a Superhorse? Well we are offering a certificate for Frank Principe Spurs for our Circuit Superhorse Award! Is Halter more your game? We are awarding a Bronze for our Halter Champion of Champions! On top of these amazing prizes and 4 days of showing, we are offering a flat rate! Go to our LMQHA page at www. for more details, entry forms, class lists and more.

Get Involved West Coast Summer Classic Circuit Our May Circuit will likely be a fond memory by the time this article will be read, so our next event will be our West Coast Summer Classic July 17-20 at our venue of choice, Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. We are offering 7 Hi Point Saddles at this circuit for our

We are always happy to have volunteers pitch in and help make this an organization to be proud of! Please don’t hesitate to contact a director to see how you can be involved. We would love to hear your fundraising or event ideas, if there is something you would like to do, let us know.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


he perfect riding weather has arrived and we ‘westerners’ are lucky to have Spring conditions, not like our counterparts in the east (let alone the prairies). On May 10 we are looking forward to a Trail Ride at Skimikin (Tappen area), all welcome. Ready to ride for 11 am; bring your own snacks. Contact Debbie for more info The club is busily preparing for our new (hopefully) annual show called W.A.M. What is W.A.M.? It is a show that three clubs have offered to host… the BC Welsh Pony & Cob Assoc. (hence “W”); the BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc. (hence “A”); and the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club (“M”). Three breeds, yet the show is open to ALL BREEDS. To be held on Sunday May 25th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds with the honourable Ms. Sheila Neumann as our judge. Offering classes in Halter, Driving, English, Western, Trail, Showmanship, Leadline, Green, and Gymkhana Games all in one day! There are some breed specific classes (Welsh, Arabian, Morgan), yet many classes open to all, big and small! We do offer early entries HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

postmarked by May 5th, although you are welcome to come the day of for a small additional fee. Visit any of the three clubs’ websites for the prize list. This is a BC Heritage Qualifying show as well as offering the BC Paint Horse Free Trophy Program (so registered Paints come on out!). In June we are hoping to join the Selkirk Saddle Club in Revelstoke for their annual Children’s Wish (Fundraising) Trail ride. August 9th we are planning a ride at Larch Hills (Salmon Arm); then on Sept 6th we return to Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby for our ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe’ Poker Ride fundraiser. Watch our website for updates and more news. Or feel free to contact Nancy at 250-546-9922 or our President Gunther Funk at 250-546-2891. Our next meeting is Saturday, June 14th at the Armstrong Inn (formerly the Saxon) starting at 10:30 am (breakfast buffet or menu items optional). Maybe you’ll consider joining us – we are a fun group… really! • 47

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


ow! The season is sure upon us now! So much has already happened at the VDRC, and May is packed full of more equestrian activities. The Norah Ross Jumping Clinic on April 6 was well attended, especially considering it was early in the season. Norah proved to be a friendly and insightful teacher, encouraging students to pay attention to what happened a few seconds before a particular exercise so they could make proactive adjustments instead of reactive ones. While she was laid back and fun, Norah made it very clear that she expected students to show respect for both themselves and her, at one point even admonishing a few for chatting instead of paying attention to the lesson. Students were encouraged to watch what worked for other riders in terms of track and pace, using this insight to improve their own rounds. Thank you Norah, we hope to have you back again soon! If Jumping and Dressage is your thing, be sure to attend our Spring Warm-up Jumping and Dressage Practice Clinic on May 3-4. Suzanne

Wallace is entry secretary, 250-545-5573, Crony Club is back in full swing, meeting Sunday mornings at the club. If you are interested in joining them please contact Kathy Velocci at 250-545-4185, Sandra Sokoloski of E-Sport Physiotherapy will be back at the club May 9-11 for another great clinic. Contact Judy Olson 250-547-8812, Western coach Lorraine Pelletier is offering a clinic at the VDRC, May 31/June 1st, on Equine Emergency & Disaster Preparedness. Teaching how to prepare for and what to expect in a government enforced emergency/evacuation. Contact her at 250-999-5090. The deadline to enter the VDRC Hunter/Jumper Show is May 23rd. We are excited to be presenting a 3-day show format this year, and super grateful to all our sponsors enabling us to offer fun classes such as the Friday night Okanagan Restoration Nations Cup and the Fox Springs Farm Hunter Derby Saturday afternoon.

Endurance Fever Rides Through Maple Ridge By Stephanie Kwok


he first-ever “Green Beans” Endurance 101 Clinic and Ride in the BC Lower Mainland was held the weekend of April 12-13 in Maple Ridge. It was a tremendous success! Thirty people attended “classroom day” on Saturday, which featured an informationpacked presentation by FVER Green Beans mentor and long-time ERABC member, Terre O’Brennan. On the following day, 16 riders turned out to participate in our 16km “Green Bean Ride,” complete with three mock vet checks, in Golden Ears Park. We were treated to warm, sunny weather for both days - lucky, indeed! As clinic host and ride manager, I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting many wonderful horsey people, some of whom were completely “green” to endurance riding and some who have “been there, done that” for years or even decades! We had several attendees pitch in as volunteers, taking on a number of little tasks that made the clinic run smoothly on each day. I sincerely appreciate the mentors who helped make this first event possible; they shared their expertise and experience both during the planning stages and on the ground each day of our clinic.

Colleen is almost ready for the 9:30 am start of the first-ever Green Bean Ride.

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Special thanks go out to: Terre O’Brennan Christine Voglmaier Fred Voglmaier Brian Malkoske Kim Hofmarks I look forward to continuing to facilitate growth and learning of this sport in the BC Lower Mainland. Plans for group training rides are in the works, and there has been some discussion already for another introductory clinic in early autumn. If you ride in this area and are interested in learning more about endurance riding, consider joining the FVER Green Beans. Send your questions to me (Stephanie Kwok), the group administrator, at

Karin and her horse, Jenna, after a successful completion on Ride Day.

Terre O’Brennan doing pre-ride stretches at our Green Bean Ride


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Patti Thomson, South 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


hen I was young - and I still am - my family owned a large tract of land on Saturna. My aunt and her family farmed it along with their portion, equalling about 600 acres. There were horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, etc., and they used to put me on the horses for weight while breaking them - so all I remember is rearing and bucking a lot! Later on, we spent our days on ponies playing “cowboys and Indians” and rounding up cattle with my cousins. There were no riding lessons and some of my friends wore slings and casts. We were always covered in dirt and it was the most fun ever. Eventually, my parents sold the farm and retired, leaving me without my horse fi x and living and working in downtown Vancouver as a legal secretary. You can just imagine the void. So I worked for my friend after work at Exhibition Park Racetrack as a groom, in exchange for burgers and beers, for about six years. I decided to take the Notary Public program and see where it would lead me. I had an opportunity to buy an existing Notary business in Lake Cowichan back in 1994. I was 30 and hardly even knew where Lake Cowichan was, but my first question was whether I could own a horse there and they said I could. I packed my bags and moved from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan. It’s funny how one event leads to another and so on. The neighbour in the house next to my office was a true cowboy - bull rider, outfitter, and jack-of-all-trades - and he was heading up north. I just happened to mention that I would really like to buy a horse and the bigger, the better. A couple of months went by, and then one day he arrived with a Percheron gelding which had gone wild about a year and a half previously somewhere in Clinton. No one could ride him, so they were going to sell him to the slaughterhouse once they got around to catching him. Somehow my friend caught him and brought him home HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

for me. It was love at first sight. I’d never actually owned my own horse before. No one could ride my new horse, including my bull rider friend but, as it turned out, I had some spare time on my hands. It took me about three years to be able to ride him with any confidence and, to this day, we need to watch out for scooters; inner tubes and sprinklers are finally okay, though. We have formed an incredible trust - it’s been about 17 years now. During that time, I acquired a very old mare that someone had abandoned, and she keeps him company. We pony her around with us. I felt sorry for them in the wet winter days. I’ve always wanted a barn attached to my house with a window connecting the barn to the living room, so I found a fantastic builder (Richard Friday) who built exactly what I wanted and then some. The floor was dirt; there were skylights to brighten it up and the horses would eat hay behind us on the couch as we watched TV. The outside doors were airtight so once the doors were closed we would all be one temperature and the horses would actually produce heat. I can’t say that my horse really appreciated it as he preferred to see outside and all around him, from his wild days. The other thing is that they produce interesting gases which would not be everybody’s cup of tea, but we just laughed. Lake Cowichan is a beautiful place to ride. We have a few favourite rides like the Trans Canada Trail to the A&W - my horse loves ice cream - he likes to put his head in the window and look around and the girls love him. The owners are fabulous people and have talked about hosting a Back Country Horseman trail ride someday. We also really enjoy the Make-a-Wish Foundation trail ride at Twin Creeks Ranch in Glenora and have raised thousands of dollars for the cause while having a great time. Spring Beach is a short ride that ends at the head of the lake for

a swim. There are many nice places to ride. I think more and more people are getting back to basics and natural solutions, so some days I ride my horse to work – it’s my absolute pleasure to be riding down a trail on my horse on my way to work with a knapsack of dress clothes and high heels. What was once a hope has become a reality that is better than I could have ever dreamed. Focus on what makes you happy in life, I say; with each fork in the road, there comes another connection and another opportunity. Happy trails! • 49


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

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates May 9-10 May 10-11 May 10-11 May 18-19 May 18-19 May 24-25 May 31-Jun 1 June 14-15 June 28-29 July 5-6

Rodeo/Town PWRA/BCRA Grand Coulee, WA Louis Estates Rodeo, Vernon Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos 100 Mile House Rodeo Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 67th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox 53rd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft 29th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake

WELCOME BACK LOUIS ESTATES RODEO The Louis Estates Rodeo is back with the BCRA. Cecil and Carol Louis will be hosting a BCRA Rodeo May 10-11 in Vernon, BC at their ranch on Westside Road. All the major events along with the Junior Barrel Racing and Junior Steer Riding. You can purchase admission tickets right at the gate. There will be a concession with great food. Come and join the fun!

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

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

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Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader REGENCY CHRYSLER, Quesnel 1-888-726-4947 ~ Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle & Finals Champion Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION Junior All Around Saddle Sponsor 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider LITTLE FORT HEREFORDS, Little Fort Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle QUESNEL RODEO CLUB Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle

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2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse GUS & NITA CAMERON Junior Barrel Horse of the Year 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald BC Livestock & Coop, Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet, Williams Lake


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

Come to Pritchard!


members. Member applications (for both APHA and BC Paint), and amateur, youth and novice applications are available at the show – but you pay an APHA rush fee if you haven’t purchased before then. Stabling is $60, stalls are pre-bedded and cleaned out after you leave, move-in is on Friday, overnight camping is free, the Armstrong Enderby 4-H Club will keep us fed (it’s a fundraiser), and we are starting with the over fences classes at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers are needed to keep this show (and its entry fees) “backto-basics.” Call or e-mail me for more information and check our Facebook group page for updates.

Provincial Wish Rides The Children’s Wish Foundation (BC Paint’s charity of choice) has rolled out dates for Provincial Wish Rides around the province. While our B2B shows aren’t official “rides,” we do collect donations to the Provincial Wish Ride during both shows and for every $10 contributed, your name will be entered in a draw for two very nice prizes. To date, we’ve been able to send about $1,500 to CWF - helping make wishes come true for kids with serious illnesses. For a ride near you, check and if you’re riding your Paint, take pictures and email them to us! We’d love to congratulate your success on our website!

he clock is ticking – it will only be a matter of weeks (even days, depending when you read this) until our much-anticipated “Back-to-Basics” Okanagan show at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard – about 30 minutes from the Starbucks in Kamloops (if your geography is rusty!). The weather for last year’s show was totally awesome (as was the turn-out) but show secretary Cindy MacKay and I darn near froze to death overnight in the motor home (the girls had the bedding!), so we beetled to that blessed Starbucks before the sun was up on show day. Thank Happy trails goodness for heated seats! And Starbucks! Don’t forget to log your time in the saddle, too – We’ve added Preliminary Hunter and APHA and be a part of Paint Your Ride BC where you can earn Jumping to the show bill this year and we’re ending the certificates and possibly year end recognition for logging show with a couple of Barrel classes. We’ve also added an the number of hours you’re in the saddle this year! It’s APHA youth walk trot division to this year’s B2B shows free to participate in for all BC Paint members and now (the other is on the Coast, July 26/27). That’s for kids 10 that Kelly Allen and Ron Stolp have returned from their and under, according to APHA rules. annual jaunt in the Arizona desert, they’ll be ramping up The Amateur Walk Trot division sounds like it’s support for this new program. For more information, go going to be a pistol this year. Lots and lots of interest Avery Caron and Desi on to the PYRBC page on our website at in competing at this class – for all kinds of reasons, I the Street competed in APHA Discounts add up suspect. It’s an awesome class for young horses, for new Youth Walk Trot last year. We just bought a new lawn tractor from club riders, for – ahem – aging riders with aches and pains, sponsor PrairieCoast Equipment (they have stores in and for horses that haven’t quite mastered the Western Abbotsford, Kelowna and Kamloops) and saved nearly Pleasure lope. Trainer Sally Saur told us during a clinic at Kari (Scott) 20% off the sticker price (almost $1000) through the APHA Awards Goodfellow’s Windhorse Farm last month that, if she could, she program with John Deere. Who doesn’t love that?! There are other would be riding walk trot. If you are new to APHA showing, this is savings available to APHA members, including Constant Contact – the the perfect entry level class for you! But you need an APHA Amateur e-mail program we use to send out the occasional news update. You Walk Trot card, so make sure you apply before the show (otherwise we should check them out. have to charge you a rush fee). You’re ready for this! If you need more Friendly reminders information, call or email any of our BC Paint directors. We went to our first Armstrong Enderby Riding Club show last BC breds recognized month and were pleasantly surprised by the number of coloured (we Dianne Rouse has ordered gorgeous awards for the Mackenzie assume Paint) horses in the arena. If you have already joined BC Paint Meadows-sponsored BC Bred high points at this show and that this year but forgot to sign up for our Open Show and Competition means somebody’s going to be very (very) spoiled. The Horse Barn in Program, it’s not too late – just download the membership application Kamloops has enabled us to select some terrific high point and reserve and use that to submit your OSCP fee. OSCP allows members to awards for at least 10 divisions (we might split the Amateur if entries compete for totally awesome year end awards while competing at their warrant), and everyone will be eligible for Stampede Tack’s Superhorse local, discipline-specifi c and community club shows. Silver Buckle, awarded to the horse accumulating the most points at Don’t forget the early bird deadline for the “Back-to-Basics” both B2B shows. Okanagan Show is May 23. Early bird deadline for the May 31/June 1 show is May 23. There’s a new checklist on the entry form so you won’t have any doubts about what we need to get you entered. All exhibitors must be APHA HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 51

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

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DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-910-9916, 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook,

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


ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 12/14

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

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 5/14

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14

PERUVIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, or phone 403-935-4435 Ask us about the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World for Show OR Trail! 5/15

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

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14

FARRIERS & SUPPLIES GUEST RANCHES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 4/15 “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

WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 7/14 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14 HARNESS MANUFACTURING

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HORSE & SADDLE BLANKET LAUNDERING at Pemberton Suds 1351 Aster Street, Pemberton BC, 604-894-6660 8/14 INSURANCE



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REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/14

TACKINTHEBOX.CA (Manitoba) 1-866-882-3712 10/14 Exclusive lines for Exclusive Horse People! On-line sales too!

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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14



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TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 4/14 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS


CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 8/14 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 KICKINGHORSESADDLERY.COM (McBride BC) 250-968-4346 Custom Handmade, Quality Built Saddles & Tack & Repairs 3/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY Y (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS WORK, CASUAL AND FORMAL ATTIRE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. PLUS HORSE TACK AND SADDLES. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry Come explore Hometown Hospitality at 4924-51 Avenue, High Prairie, AB Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri, Sat. 9:30 – 5:00. Two blocks south of main street.

CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15 TRAINERS/COACHES ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity ~ See us on Facebook Owner Teresa Gale Yanishewski ~ 780-523-3800 5/15

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 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 3/15


BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 3/15

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CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15

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Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 11/14


ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


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LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) “Helping you put the pieces togetherâ€? All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.� 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach HELMETS ARE MORE FASHIONABLE THAN EVER! Equestrian helmets are designed with materials that absorb impact of a fall or blow. Bike helmets won’t cut it for horseback riding. Riding helmets are specifically designed and tested for a fall from a horse, and you want to make sure you have the right protection. Bike helmet testing mimics being dropped onto a surface like a curb, but equestrian helmets are put through a test that ensures they’ll protect you if your head hits a rock, fence or the edge of a barrel. Horseback riding carries a higher injury rate per hour of exposure than downhill ski racing, football, hang gliding and motorcycle racing. Medical Examiner reports show that 60% or more of horse-related deaths are caused by head injuries. Helmets can reduce this possibility by 70-80%. FACTS: A fall from 2 feet (60 cm) can cause permanent brain damage. Riders age 10-14 are most likely to be involved in an accident with a horse. The most common reason among riders for hospitalization and equestrianrelated deaths are head injuries. Death is not the only serious outcome of unprotected head injuries. Those who survive with brain injury may suffer epilepsy, intellectual and memory impairment and personality

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changes. Hospital costs for an acute head injury can be in the range of $2,000 per day. Lifetime extended care costs may easily exceed $3 million. There is no funding for rehabilitation outside the medical setting. Helmets work! Ensure a proper fit. The chin strap must be fitted snuggly or it will not protect your head in case of a fall. If your helmet has sustained a blow or crack, it must be replaced. Helmets are mandatory for all riders under the age of 18. Why take a chance? Wear one at all ages. Visit TenReasonstoUseaEquineCanadaCertifiedCoach.pdf Be Safe and have fun!  For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-999-5090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


On to Greener Pastures


n March 23rd Meshell Simms had to make the hardest, most selfless gesture of love possible – to let her Friesian gelding, Ieme, go home to heaven. Ieme broke his leg while they played at home and nothing could be done to save him. His passing was swift, painless, and dignified. Meshell and Ieme shared a lifetime’s worth of triumphs, heartaches, trials, and joys. They hugged each other when they were sad, she cried into his mane and he would bow his head to her chest when depressed and in need of loving and reassurance. They shared victory treats after shows, and got soaked in the wash pit after muddy days in the fields. She was more precious to

him than anything and he to her. Their love and trust for each other was unmatched and it showed at every event and show. Ieme brought joy to everyone’s life and Meshell was so proud to be his Momma. There was nothing more special to either of them than a few quiet moments together, hugging in the stall after a long day. He was a giant, bottomless well of love and comfort for Meshell that was always there for her no matter what. It is doubtless Ieme was an angel sent from heaven, and he has earned his wings. For 9 years he protected Meshell, comforted her, made her laugh, and made her cry. He was loved dearly. They will be reunited in Heaven, and until then he waits for her. - (Husband) Kyle Simms, Abbotsford BC


Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


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“LENA” - 2006 MARE, 14.1HH Well broke, beautiful mind, smooth mover. $3,500 ALSO: 5 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 9 Reg’d QH/PH STARTING FROM $1,500 See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

PERFECT TRAILHORSE - QH MARE, BORN 2000, 14.2HH Neck reins, amazing build. Reduced to $2,800 OBO ALSO: 5 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 9 Reg’d QH/PH STARTING FROM $1,500 See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

SUNNY SHUSWAP! Nature or equine enthusiasts will love this custom built 3,400 sq. ft. beautifully kept 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, with big wrap around decks and lovely view on 10 acres. South facing picturesque property has a mountain backdrop, and a 50 x 70 six stall barn, with outdoor riding arena, pens, and rail fenced corrals and pastures and lots of horse trails from your door. This rural Salmon Arm location (Sunnybrae) is minutes from swimming and boating at Shuswap Lake, or hiking, biking, quad, skidoo, skiing. Situated 15 min. from Salmon Arm, it is resort style country living, with a fully contained daylight suite for family and friends. $725,000 Additional info at 250-833-2070 or e-mail

CV LIL PEPPY SUNDAE 2010 GREY REG’D AQHA MARE, 15HH “KINGS CROSS VICTORY” BLACK 2006 100% LIPPITT MORGAN STALLION, 14.1HH Sire: Kings Cross Marauder / Dam: Woodrun Costmary. Victory has classic Morgan style and nice movement. He is a proven sire and has rare Lippitt bloodlines. Easy to handle, up-to-date on everything. We are reducing our herd. Asking $1,500 Sherry 250-397-0040 (100 Mile House BC)

“BAPTISTE ROGER BLU J” CREMELLO 2007 MORGAN STALLION, 14.2HH Sire: Baptiste Jay Cheyadow / Dam: Kodiak Gold Rush Walker. Roger is very personable, friendly, easy going, and passes this disposition on to his foals. He has correct, balanced conformation and is a guaranteed colour producer. We are reducing our herd. Asking $1,800 Sherry 250-397-0040 (100 Mile House BC)

EXPECTING HOMOZYGOUS AND DOUBLE HOMOZYGOUS AQHA, APHA and Pinto Sport Horses this spring by all Homozygous Black stallions such as: SGT Joe Friday (AQHA Grullo Stallion; EE, aa, DD. 5 panel N/N), and Heza Custom Smokeshow (EE, Ata, Dd, nCr, TT, 5-panel N/N). These foals come from great bloodlines such as: Zan Parr Bar, Two Eyed Jack, Roan Bar 7, Poco Bueno, Painted Robin Jr, Sonny Dee Bar, Coolest, My Skip Vanzi and more! For more information and pricing please visit: or e-mail (Sherwood Park AB)

HEARTRIDGE PERFORMANCE HORSES LLC Has a number of 2014 Friesian Sport Horse foals for sale! We are expecting three Friesian Sport Horse foals by the CFHA registered Friesian Sport Horse Stallion: GAWAIN (EE, Ata). Sire: WILLEM ALEXANDER [SANDER 269 x FIMKE D stb.] purebred KFPS Friesian Stallion / Dam: DIXIE JANE [WEEKEND GUEST x JANE’S ADDICTION] JC/CTHS. And two Friesian Sport Horse foals by Purebred KFPS Friesian Stallion FRANS out of two of our Homozygous Black Friesian Sport Horse mares (CFHA). Sire: TIETSE 428 [REYERT 337 x DITE stb. Model + Pref + Prestm] / Dam: KATIE LEHN stb Ster [NANNO 372 x SJIRKJE F stb Ster +Pref]. For more information and pricing please visit: or e-mail

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Calm, level-headed, 45 days with professional reining trainer. Ridden Western and English - arena and trails. Trailers well. Good with the farrier. More photos/video at Call or text: 604-880-7129 (Langley BC)

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Rural Roots - Properties on the Market


SLOCAN VALLEY PROPERTY 75 acres with spectacular views of the Valhalla mountains, pastures and forest. A two-storey 5 to 6 bedroom home with sitting room, den, 4 bathrooms, large dining area, kitchen and laundry. An open barn with tack shed, outbuilding, hot tub, gardens and fruit trees. Two creeks run through the property. 10 km from Silverton and 90 km from Nelson. B&B potential! $648,000 BILL LANDER 250-551-5652, Coldwell Banker

This rare property is situated on 80 acres with beautiful coulee/creek views. Executive 3,100 sq.ft. walkout Bungalow with in-oor heat on both levels and a 24’ x 24’ attached heated garage. Huge 6,000 sq.ft. shop with in-oor heat throughout plus living quarters. Enclosed drive-through bay allowing transfer of animals indoors directly to indoor boarding area featuring 5 extra large box stalls, Vet quality walk-through Vet/bath station with hot and cold water, tack room/ofďŹ ce with ďŹ replace and a separate shop area with a dirt oor for equipment. Outside there is a large horse shelter covering 6 paddocks with heated waterers/feeders, electricity, 60’ round pen, 2 separate pasture areas with 3 individual double horse shelters. Main residence features huge wrap around veranda, open concept plan. Large country kitchen features granite counter tops, 36â€? Capital gas range with pot ďŹ ller, master bedroom with huge walk-in closet and laundry room. $1,950,000.

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Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 12/14 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 5/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 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, 7/14 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14

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FREE If it’s FREE, we print for FREE. BEAUTIFUL, SOUND, SPUNKY 25-year-old Appendix Mare looking for loving home. Lovely ground manners, loads, bathes and is excellent on the trails. She needs an experienced rider as she has lots of go. If interested e-mail (Enderby BC)


7’ tall, 6’8” wide x 11’ long All aluminum including floor w/rubber floor mats Drop down windows, Plexiglas butt side, roof vents Weighs 2280 lbs $12,300 10509 Snell Road West, Vanderhoof BC 10/14

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