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now is still flying on the higher mountain passes, this is one crazy winter! Our property is snow free now, and our seasonal creek has returned, and my “BAY” watch babes are enjoying the slow arrival of Spring. Sorry to hear that a popular Canadian horse magazine has reduced their printed copies (to 2 issues per year) and going digital for the other months. I realize it’s all about keeping up with the times, and using technology to the max, but I am still a believer in ‘holding’ a copy. Besides, I do not enjoy the idea of staring at a screen for any longer than I have to. I had a gal send in a KIDS submission after seeing the ‘printed’ magazine in the biffy of a stable. Now I really doubt that would have happened if we were just digital! :) Enjoy the upcoming show season everyone! See you out there.

Nancy ON THE COVER: “Western Sun” by ShannonFord.ca.

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FEATURES Lifestyle, Diet & Horsemanship



Equine Facility Design & Construction 9 Responding not Reacting


World According to Horses


Change Requires New Beliefs


Rebalance Exercise


Laterality – Part 3 (Series)


Cowboy Festival Review


Getaways… Saddle Up & Go!


Top Dog! 27 Horse Council BC 29 It’s Back! What’s This? 33 Back Country Horsemen of BC 36 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 37 BC Rodeo Association 38 Clubs/Associations 39 KIDS 40 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 41 Business Services 42 On The Market (photo ads) 45 Stallions/Breeders 45 Rural Roots (real estate) 46 Shop & Swap 47

Dear Editor… Dear Editor: (Regarding Disposition of the Kamloops Agricultural Research Centre in your March issue, page 6)


’m writing in response to the letter published here by Mr. Frank Desmet about the divestment of the former Kamloops Agricultural Research Centre on Ord Road. I support the Federal government process of offering crown lands like this to First Nations, than other governments. There’s nothing undemocratic about this, as Mr. Desmet argues. Returning this land to the Secwepemc is one practical way to work on repairing relationships at the local level. It’s in everyone’s interest to share the land and heal the wounds. I wanted to speak to Mr. Desmet’s reasoning that First Nations “haven’t contributed, nor paid taxes for any upkeep on these Federal properties; let alone the infrastructure on any Federal lands.” It’s a harmful stereotype that’s just not true. First, they do pay taxes. Individual income tax, corporate tax, transfer, capital gains and other taxes - even settlements for past wrongs are taxed (heavily). Only a very small portion of First Nation people and businesses are tax exempt (for the nitty gritty, google “exemption under section 87 of the Indian Act”).

Letters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis.

Second, the government collects A TON of cash on behalf of First Nations, holds it in trust, and uses it to fund… everything. The public infrastructure and services that we non-natives enjoy—including the former Research Centre—are subsidized by billions of dollars in First Nations capital and revenue moneys held by Canada (from oil and gas royalties, sale/lease of reserve lands, sale of resources like timber and gravel). Again, google these terms to see for yourself. The Agricultural Research Center is land that’s been occupied by Secwepemc ancestors for millennia. There are archaeological sites, including graveyards, all around the property, and probably on the Research Centre lands too. The protection of these sites, as required by law, would mean a special kind of management is needed. Returning the land to those who can care for this history is the right thing to do. I have great respect for the role that agriculture, ranching and rodeo play in our history, and am so glad they’re part of our collective cultural heritage. I wish Mr. Desmet good luck in finding another home for his facility. - Respectfully, Joanne Hammond, Kamloops BC

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My two mustangs with my husband’s Appaloosa gelding enjoying the freedom to blow off steam and play in their large turn out.

By Christa Miremadi

Last month I discussed the five most common challenges that can inhibit a horse’s performance and interfere with their ability to enjoy their work. If left unchecked, hoof care imbalance, residual body pain, muscle weakness, confusion and emotional distress can greatly affect a horse’s physical and emotional wellbeing.


owever, many of the things I’ve mentioned above could simply be symptoms. And as we all know, treating symptoms without addressing the root cause of an issue is… well… pointless. You’d have to continue to treating symptoms forever, having never relieved the horse of the source of the issue. However, if you can uncover the root cause of the challenge and fix ‘that’ then you can eliminate the symptom all together! So then, where do these challenges come from? What’s the root cause that can create these issues that can have such a profound effect on a horse’s experience? Well, the answer to that will likely be different for every horse, and in reality, the list of possibilities is endless. For that reason, I’ll simply talk about the three things that, in my experience, I see most often as contributors: horsemanship, diet and lifestyle. To get the ball rolling here, let’s discuss the factor that I’ve experienced to be possibly the greatest influence to a horse’s physical and emotional wellbeing, their lifestyle. This is a topic that’s become more and more talked about in recent years and needs to be examined even farther, especially in the area of the world that I’m currently living. In some parts of the world, keeping a horse in a box, barely big enough to turn around in for between twelve to sixteen hours of every twenty four would be unheard of, but around here, that’s perfectly normal. In fact, I remember as a kid, working at a facility where there were as many as forty horses being kept on only a couple of acres! With so little space, there were only twenty paddocks in which to turn out all forty horses. What that meant was not that they shared their paddock with another horse, experiencing the much needed social interaction that is important to all horses but rather, they’d receive HALF the time outside. To make it really clear, what that meant for those forty horses was that for every twenty four hours, each horse had between six and eight of those hours outside. Sixteen to eighteen hours were spent in a 10’ x 10’ box stall. This meant that a horse, who was designed by nature to forage for food, 6 • MAY 2018


flee from predators, and be a part of a larger social system, was spending two thirds to three quarters of its life isolated in a stall and the remaining third isolated in an outdoor pen, not much larger than their stall. If they were lucky, they’d receive an hour of handling/riding/exercise three to five times per week. Not only does this lifestyle wreak havoc on their physical wellbeing but it also affects them psychologically. Living this way causes muscles to atrophy, hooves to become weak and in need of constant shoeing, bodies to stiffen up from lack of movement and exercise and tension to develop due to the vices some of them acquire (such as head tossing, weaving and cribbing, which also does damage to their feet, teeth and body). Many horses develop ulcers from the stress of living this way or the way they’re being fed or a combination of the above. This is, of course, an extreme example of what some horses are experiencing and obviously this kind of lifestyle is not always avoidable but there are ways to recognize and alleviate the physical and emotional distress that can arise from more traditional stabling. I can’t tell you how many horses who’ve been brought to The Rock’n Star Ranch for training from situations similar to the ones described above, that calmed down within days of being turned out - even just in a large outdoor paddock with access to friends over the fence. They had free access to forage and the freedom to decide when they would eat, when they would play and when they would rest. With little to no “training,” many horses simply relax, becoming easier to handle and although the residual body pain, hoof imbalances and muscle weakness will take time and exercises to reverse, they feel less emotional distress immediately.

Horses enjoying socialization and mutual grooming in one of our group turn outs Once turned out in larger turn outs with other horses they’re also given the opportunity to rebuild some of their muscle strength, alleviate some of their residual body pain themselves and their hooves become stronger, often (when coupled with a proper trimming) this eliminates the need for constant shoeing. As far as I’m concerned, in the perfect world, all horses would have the opportunity to live in groups, have plenty of space to

explore, play and blow off steam and be allowed to get as muddy as they like. They’d have access to forage consistently and companions to brush away the flies in the summer, to groom their backs when they’re itchy or run with when they need to stretch their legs. As I said, I understand that this is not always possible and for some of us, a more traditional stable life is unavoidable. Not to mention the fact that the ability to spend time in a box stall without experiencing stress or anxiety is a valuable life skill for any horse and one which time should be taken to teach! In case of injury, illness, natural disasters, or overnight stabling while attending a clinic or event, it’s an essential life skill for all horses to have. For those who do need to live in a more traditional setting due to space shortage, logistical reasons or a competitive lifestyle, or for those who find themselves temporarily living that way, its ok. There are lots of ways to avoid disaster. It’ll be up to you to make up for the missed physical and mental stimulation through your daily interactions with your horse. Much ground can be covered (literally) out on a trail ride, in the arena or even through interactions on the ground. Mentally stimulating exercise, consistent handling that is both progressive and compassionate will keep a horse’s mind engaged and drain plenty of frustrated energy that could accumulate while standing in a box stall. Slow feeding nets can provide horses with more consistent access to forage that also simulates the grazing process, slowing down their eating and keeping them busy for more of the time they spend in the stall. And wherever possible, finding a way to turn your horse out with other horses, or at the very least in a paddock close enough to other horses that they can make contact over a fence, satisfying their need for relatively normal social interaction, can make a world of difference to a horse! Living conditions are not the only thing to consider when you’re examining a horse’s lifestyle however. When I consider a horse’s lifestyle, I’m also considering what their job is, how often they’re exercised and what

Life in a box stall their exercise consists of, what kind of handling they’re receiving, what their health care practices are, what their social life is and how and what they’re being fed. This last consideration, a horse’s diet, is what, in my experience anyway, has been the second most influential factor in a horse’s physical and emotional wellbeing and will be the topic of next month’s article! 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 our Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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EQUINE FACILITY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION “For Horses First” Introducing North Valley Contracting Ltd’s Equine Design Specialist.


en Buck, BCSLA, CSLA (British Columbia and Canadian Societies of Landscape Architects) offers over 30 years of experience as a Registered Landscape Architect. Applying his background in ecological systems theory and land stewardship, Ken has completed over 400 design and construction projects including equestrian assignments such as ranches, competitive and non-competitive equine facilities, equestrian ecotourism projects, equestrian trails and an equestrian-based private school. Ken has received CSLA awards for his work and was named as Equine Design Specialist on two large public sector projects, one in Alberta and the other in New Jersey, both at the multi-million dollar scale. Ken is fluent in leading and coordinating professional teams to achieve immediately useful equestrian solutions ranging from site designs, to long-term land management strategies. Ken also draws upon his: ~ EponaQuest Training ~ Certification & practice as an Equine Facilitated Executive Coach ~ Artistic joy as a Fine Art Equine Photographer ~ Role as Co-Founder of HorseCentred Collaborative ~ Leadership as Founding Chair of EQuisdom Therapeutic Horsemanship Association

Through years of caring for and working with horses and their people, including his own every day, Ken has developed keen observation skills of “what works” in facility design. “What may be desirable for a human, may not simultaneously work well for the horse or its herd, let alone the land.” His designs integrate the best solutions among all three! In support of “getting it right” he regularly collaborates with aligned professionals including farriers, equine therapists, facilitators and trainers.


evolving and we continually explore and discover better methods!” Thea and Darren Wallace, owners of NVCL, are very excited to offer this unique service as a complimentary extension of what they have done successfully for years! NVCL brings experience with: site preparation, underground servicing, grading, construction, landscaping and irrigation, all based on principles of sustainability. They provide established expertise, workforce, equipment, relationships, and most importantly, the necessary finesse to create the types of facilities required by sophisticated horse enthusiasts. NVCL Process: Each site and solution is different, requiring a collaborative service among three specialties: design, construction and project management. Ken oversees all aspects of the project and solicits construction and project management support throughout. A typical process includes: ~ Initial Consultation: Discussing landowner needs & expectations, such as retrofits of existing facilities or new facility requirements ~ Research and Analysis: Assessing site circumstances, including required approvals & permits ~ Planning: Developing optimal relationships among all of the desirable components: structures, infrastructure, landscape ~ Site Design: Maximizing opportunities for the horses, the land and the people ~ Construction Specifications: Confirming materials, costs, schedules and approval applications ~ Project Implementation: Mobilizing the NVCL “Full Service Team” We create Quality, Service, Value and WOW in all of our projects! We look forward to hearing from you!

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By Glenn Stewart

What’s the difference?

ell, a response I would explain as a well thought out plan or action with a positive result hoped for. That is not to say that it is always a long drawn out process. Sometimes the action has to be done immediately. Often it does not. The main thing is that it was a thought out plan or action. Many times it should be thought out in advance to avoid a reaction. A reaction I would explain as an action or plan, often driven by emotion and not thought out. It can be immediate or over a period of time, often with a negative result.

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One of the gifts I keep getting from horses is that they teach me to think and respond to the situations that arise. They keep showing me over and over that a response from their human always gets a much more favourable outcome from them. My goal is to have thinking horses that respond to my requests. When they react I can feel the brace, which is driven by some emotion. I keep trying not to be the cause of their emotion and the best way to do that is to make sure that I am responding and not reacting. They show me over and over that the best way to help them develop is to be a good example of what I want from them. If I allow my emotions to get involved, then it is difficult not to react. Reacting or responding is a learned behaviour. We can learn to do either, so can our horse. Some people and some horses go through life reacting. The people and horses that are most impressive are the ones that seem to be thinking, calm and responsive in all situations.

There is always something going on that we can practice being responsive or reactive. It may be a rude tailgater on the road, someone who pushes ahead of you in line at a store, a waitress that messes up an order and other things much more serious that are apt to cause a reaction. Don’t do it! Take a moment to think it over. What do you want the end result to be? Positive or negative? Maybe the waitress had a family member pass away recently and she is still not quite over it. We never know what’s going on in someone else’s life. I travel a lot with my career and airports are a great place to watch people. I don’t believe I have ever taken a flight and not witnessed some level of reaction in people. The funniest story I’ve read in a long time was about a cancelled flight. The ticket agent had to rebook all the people. An irate [reacting] man at the back of the line started yelling and swearing and barged his way to the front of the line. He demanded to be on the next flight and expected first class. The ticket agent [responding] assured him that she was sure they could help him out but he would have to wait his turn. He continued [reacting] and said, “Do you know who I am?” The amazing [responding] ticket agent said “just one moment” and got on the microphone and said, “Could I have everyone’s attention please, this man does not know who he is. If anyone knows who he is could you please come to the front.” The other people, having to listen to the fellow’s outburst, began to laugh. The man reacted again by saying f*** you! The ever-amazing ticket agent responded by saying, “You will have to get in line for that too.” I think this is a perfect example of the grace of responding and the embarrassment of reacting. It is not always easy to respond but is a worthy goal.

Glenn Stewart travels internationally conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. The 2018 clinic season will include Austria, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States, and throughout Canada. He will be presenting at the Mane Event in Red Deer and Chilliwack. Glenn offers year- round Horsemanship Courses at his home in Fort St. John. The Horse Ranch is currently accepting bookings for Front Row Seating, Summer Camps, High & Wild, and Brazil. For additional information, call 1-877-728-8987, or visit the website at www.thehorseranch.com (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Vicki McKinnon

Embrace the 5 C’s


discussed the importance of Connection last time and will now discuss the second ‘C’, Communication. In a world where so much of our communication is done on computers or via text messages, where we are not interacting face-to-face with those we are talking with, knowledge of the details of how communication nurtures and impacts our wellbeing is even more important. In a face-to-face conversation, only 10% or less of the communication is actually verbal, the rest is body language, facial expression and tone of voice. Our horses communicate entirely with body language and energy. What they have to teach us about ourselves and how we interact with others, both human and equine, is valuable. I have often said that we have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a very good reason. We need to learn to listen more and talk less. Spending time with our horses teaches us the beauty of silence and the softer, subtler communication of body language. So, how do we communicate with our non-verbal horses? Since they can’t learn to speak human it is up to us to learn how to talk horse. It takes time to learn and will involve a fair amount of trial and error. First, you do need to open your mind to a different world. Then you take time and observe your horses with each other. We know they communicate largely with body language so when you observe them with each other you will begin to see how subtle their communication can be. In the beginning you will probably miss some of what goes on and may well wonder how you can ever possibly master this language. Talking louder does not work here, nor does talking slower. When you begin to try to communicate without words you will soon discover why they say animals do not

lie. They can’t, because communication without words leaves no room for double meanings or untruths. I love watching my lead mare and how she can get her message across with just the flick of an ear, she really does make it look so very easy. It is not that easy for us humans. I begin any request of my horses with just a focus of my energy first, along with a clear picture in my mind of what I intend them to do. It is important that we ask with clarity and have the patience to give our horse time to interpret our request. After all, I am trying to learn a new language and my horse in trying to understand a really strange accent. What they make look so easy and effortless becomes clumsy and a struggle for us. It is a good thing that our horses are kind and do not laugh at us, at least not so we can hear. Allow yourself to feel clumsy and inept, keep trying and you will have a moment when all you do is look at the hind end of your horse with intent and it moves over. Wow, that feels pretty amazing. Make a fuss over your horse for doing it and over yourself for persevering through all those impossible days of trial and error. You got it. You actually talked horse and your horse actually managed to understand your weird accent at last. Of course this does not mean that you won’t still struggle at times, it is still a new language after all, but for now you can enjoy the dance and revel in the magic of a relationship with your horse. About Vicki: I have raised and trained Morgan horses for over 40 years. I know that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person and my passion is sharing the valuable lessons horses have taught me with others. I offer introductory sessions and weekend clinics for groups of 2-4 people. This year sessions will begin May 5 at my farm in Blind Bay in the Shuswap. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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By Jennifer Knappe

The single most crucial step in achieving your goals is to upgrade your current belief system. he beliefs you have acquired about yourself, others around you, and the world in general create your current reality. I say acquired, because your beliefs are literally absorbed from your surroundings over long periods of time. You pick up little nuggets here, little nuggets there, and pretty soon you have a whole barn full of assumptions that govern the way you approach life. If you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you could achieve your goal, you would. Why? Because you would be open enough and willing enough to do whatever it took to get there. You would find the solution, because you’d be out there looking for the solution rather than focusing on the obstacle. So, if your current belief system is keeping you stuck with less than desirable results, it’s time for a belief upgrade. But, be forewarned, this is gonna take some stubborn tenacity on your part, because no one can do it for you. Certain people can help, but ultimately, you will be responsible for the progress you make. Here are a few tips to help change your limiting beliefs over time. 1. Find your “Yes, And” Tribe - I’m sure you have heard it before. You are the average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with. Make sure you are hanging out with people who support your growth and goals. I call these people “Yes, And” people. They encourage you to grow and expand on your ideas with you. “Ya, But” people will give you all the reasons why you shouldn’t pursue big ideas. They probably love you, but they protect you by wanting you to play small in hopes that you don’t get hurt. I make a conscious effort to share my ideas only with “Yes, And” people. New ideas are often fragile and need to be nurtured with lots of love and excitement. 2. Commit to DAILY Growth - Find a way to feed yourself higher vibe information on a

daily basis even if it’s only 15 minutes per day. There are so many ways to accomplish this, no matter what your schedule or your budget. Your local library is likely brimming with personal development books and CDs. YouTube is bursting with motivational material. The most important part is to commit to doing something on a very consistent basis. Your current belief system was created over a long period of time, so creating a new belief will take some time too. 3. Try New Experiences - Getting out of your comfort zone will create new neural pathways so you can prove to yourself that you are capable of being nervous and moving forward regardless. Humans are creatures of habit. Breaking a habitual pattern in one area, can help create belief that improvement is possible for all areas of your life. Starting small can create bite size change. For example, even the thought of taking a new route to work in the morning can be a big change for some folks. Find little ways to implement new experiences on a regular basis, and if you feel up for some BIG change… find something really scary to do! Think about how you would help a young, timid horse build confidence. You would likely start by exposing him to small obstacles that might stretch his comfort zone little by little. You’d probably do this on a very regular basis, and you might even work him around other horses that are already confident. Following these same guidelines for yourself is a great place to start. Making many small changes will soon create big change over time. Every new day builds on the last, but only if you make it so. Growth does not happen on its own or without purposeful action. I believe that we are all capable of creating our own Heaven on Earth. You just have to decide that you really want it.

Jennifer Knappe is a dynamic, adventureloving life coach, entrepreneur, and an eternal optimist who specializes in helping other equestrians tap into their inner guidance so they too can create their own version of Heaven on Earth. (See her listing ‘Live Radically’ in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Transition through the halt: a nice balanced, square halt.

In this picture you can see that the horse is not using his hind end. Notice the sand that is kicked up by his hind foot as the toe stabs the ground.

Rebalance Exercise By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Photos by Lisa Wieben

This month we are looking at an exercise that will help rebalance your horse to achieve more hind end engagement, lightness on the front end, and overall connection to the rider’s aids. A lot of reward for a simple exercise! 14 • MAY 2018


t this point your horse should be comfortable riding in all three gaits, can execute a 20-metre circle comfortably, and be able to transition from a working jog to halt, and has had some work in transition within a gait, for example moving from a slower jog to a more lengthened jog and back to the slower jog. Warm-up your horse by riding randomly around the arena, in both walk and working jog, with frequent changes of bend. Any transitions during this time should be performed on bending lines to prevent the horse from leaning on the bit, inverting, or getting heavy in the front. Riding serpentines, loops, circles and random bending lines will help the horse begin to supple through the rib cage. Frequent transitions will help engage the hind end. For the exercise begin riding on a 20-metre circle in the working jog (posting works best for this exercise). Pick two sides of the circle which will be your transition areas. For example, if your circle is at the end of a 20x40m ring, you could pick A and X as your transition points. Doing the transitions in the same location each time will create anticipation in the horse, which for this exercise is a good thing as it will allow you to use more leg as the horse begins to anticipate the downward transition to let them know “not yet”! Your first transition will be from the working jog to walk. Just before you get to the transition point inhale and grow tall, then exhale and let your body sink down, without leaning back or forward. Hold through your centre through the transition. If the horse does not respond to the breath or seat cue, then use a little rein aid to reinforce the cue. Walk for a few steps, then ask the horse to move back into the working jog, again maintaining contact on the reins. Letting your hands go forward as you ask the horse to move more forward will let the horse get long rather than pushing off the hind end and lifting


As a break after completing one side of the exercise you can let the horse stretch forward.

Photos are of rider Jacklyn Hegberg and her horse Cash. Cash has never competed in Western Dressage to date, but will be competing in Basic/Level 1. the back. Maintain the bend of the horse on the circle throughout both the upward and downward transitions. The inside aids are bending aids and the outside aids are supporting and speed control aids. You will perform this transition at each transition point, only riding half a circle in the working jog before each transition. When the horse begins to anticipate the walk transition, change the exercise and proceed to halting at each point on the circle. Again inhale and grow tall (this cues the horse that there will be a change), exhale and sink and stop your body from following the horse’s movement. Your legs will remain close to the horse’s side to keep the horse straight throughout the halt and also to keep the hind legs stepping under the body. Quite often the horse will halt with his legs in a stepping position rather than square. This is a sign of an unbalanced halt. Keeping your legs on the horse throughout the halt will help the horse connect back to front throughout the transition. Once the horse is halting balanced and light then move on to the next step. Step three is creating a momentary rebalance on the circle maintaining the jog. Ride the 20-metre circle in rising working jog and this time at each transition point slow your rising by holding just a split second longer in the rise. You may need to reinforce slightly using a rein aid, but eventually you want to feel your horse respond to the change in rising more than the rein aid. Throughout this transition your legs will maintain contact to keep the horse’s hind end engaged. Using light rein contact and maintaining leg contact as the horse slows in the gait will allow the horse to rebalance. You will feel the back lift. Only ask for a couple steps, then immediately ask the horse to go forward again just by changing the rhythm of your rising. Slow the rising to bring the horse back and increase the rising by letting your hips go more forward to ask for more

Notice how the horse’s back is dropped behind the saddle. He is not using his body well.

forward steps. The horse should increase his reach of stride and not make quicker, shorter strides. Once the horse begins to anticipate this change, then you can use this rebalance to ask for a lope departure. Allow the horse to lope a full circle, then ask for the working jog. Repeat the rebalance cues a couple of times and then ask for the lope cue again. You will find your horse’s lope transitions will be greatly improved using this rebalance. Once the horse is proficient on the circle, then you can ask for these rebalances anywhere in the arena when you are going to perform any transition. Playing with transitions within a gait is a great way to encourage hind end engagement and connection to the rider’s aids. Have fun!

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, EC Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Specializing in Western and English Dressage, she coaches near Bowden/Olds, AB. Lisa is also a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, working with riders, in class or privately, to learn movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. A balanced rider equals a balanced horse. www. mountainviewtrainingstables.com.

After all the transition work the horse is now lifting his back. Notice how the poll is lifting and as the rider slows her posting while applying leg pressure the horse is lifting his back and appears shorter through the body. Compare the area behind the saddle compared to the previous picture.

Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, lessons (English and Western), clinics, mentorship programs, horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demos on various topics, and working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology, body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Symptoms of

- Part 3

By Donna Hawkins (See March and April issues for previous articles and Figure references for #1 and #2)

The following symptoms are some of the easiest to recognize. The picture they present is incomplete but sufficient enough to determine the dominant side correctly. Since a laterality symptom is a deviation from the ideal, a brief description of the ideal is included.

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ear in mind that trauma from misfortunate incidents results in the same symptoms as those associated with laterality. These incidents include falling, running into fences, incorrect training, poor saddle fit and improper trimming/shoeing. They force the horse to seek a comfortable stance that relieves the pain. If the horse maintains that stance long after the pain has subsided, a habit is formed. Breaking a habit is a daunting task, especially with a horse. Some of the symptoms of laterality include the following. Static and Dynamic Postural Position Ideal: Muscle tension on the left and right sides is the same. The horse is structurally symmetrical. Review Fig. 1: The Spectrum of Dominance, (in the March issue) noting the symmetrical position in the centre. Symmetry equals lateral balance. The horse stands square, weighting all four feet evenly. It often shifts its weight from one hind leg to the other by dropping a hip but the time spent weighting each hind foot is the same. Functionally, with a balanced rider, the horse travels straight. The hind feet step into the tracks of the front feet as long as the ratio of hind limb to trunk length permits. The horse bends and moves equally well to the left as to the right. On a curve the inside hind limb steps under the horse’s centre of mass. Reality: See Fig. 3: Typical Foot Stance of Rightsided Dominance. The horse spends most of its time with its left front foot forward, right foot behind the vertical than the reverse. The right

front and hind feet are closer together than the left front and hind feet. Functionally, the horse is unable to travel a straight line. Circling to the right it “falls out” through the Fig 3: Typical Foot Stance of left shoulder. Its Right-sided Dominance inside right hind leg is weak, therefore difficult to control. It steps to the right of the horse’s centre of mass, thereby distributing the horse’s weight unevenly on its limbs. Heel Balance Ideal: The front feet are the same size, shape and angle. The pastern axis is normal. Reality: The feet differ in size, shape and angle. Usually, the pastern axis is broken back. See Fig. 4: Low Heel – High Heel. The rightsided dominant horse weights its left front foot more than its right. Usually Fig. 4: High Heel – Low Heel this weighted left foot is wide and flat. It often has a low under-run heel, a long toe and a flat splayed-out frog. The right foot is

upright. Its heel is high and more times than not, contracted. Forelimb Alignment Ideal: The points of the knees and coronet bands of the left and right forelimbs are mirror images of each other. The pectoral muscles that move the forelimbs forward have the same muscle tension. The legs, themselves, are clean – no splints or wind puffs. Reality: See Fig. 5: Forelimb Misalignment. The horse’s right pectoral muscles have more tension than the left as the red arrows indicate. The right point of knee (black arrow) and coronet band (green dotted line) are higher than the left. The left coronet band slopes to the outside. Splints and wind puffs (blue arrows) indicate the pain created by the imbalance between the left and right forelimbs. With the horse’s left heel being lower than the right, the joint angles (fetlock, knee, elbow and point of shoulder) open. The entire limb, from foot to top of shoulder, becomes more upright.

Fig. 5: Forelimb Misalignment

Pectoral Muscle Tension The descending pectoral muscles are the largest pair of muscles in the front of the chest. They help extend the forelimb forward during locomotion. The height of these muscles reflects the height of the shoulder blades. Ideal: The left and right pectorals have the same shape. They rise the same distance during movement. Reality: The right pectoral is larger and rises higher than the left. Note the white dots in Fig. 6. The stronger tension in the right pectoral torques the thorax in an anticlockwise direction thereby shortening the stride length of the right front limb. Fig. 6: pectoral muscle tension

Shoulder Development and Shoulder Blade Position Ideal: The right and left shoulder are the same size. The points of the shoulder are positioned identically. Reality: See Fig. 7: Top View of Shoulder. The left shoulder is larger, higher and more forward than the right. As the section, “Forelimb Alignment,” notes, the opening of the angles in the left forelimb makes the limb more upright. When the shoulder-arm angle Fig. 7: Top View of Shoulder opens, the point of the shoulder moves rearward and the top of the shoulder blade rotates forward. The muscles associated with the shoulder blade over-develop to accommodate this movement. The right shoulder falls off steeply in comparison to the left. Hind Limb Tracking Ideal: The hind feet track straight forward into the footfall of the front feet both in a straight line and on a circle. Reality: The inborn tense muscles of the right side of the abdomen (external abdominal obliques) pull the horse’s right hind leg forward. This shortens the distance between the right front and hind limb. The horse’s trunk arcs to the left and rotates to the right. In this position the horse has no choice but to dogtrack to the right. The right hind foot steps to the outside of the right front foot. The left hind foot sets down between the left and right front feet. You can see the dog-tracking by standing directly behind or in front of the horse as it is being led. See Fig. 8. Continued on page 18

Fig. 8: Right Dog-track (front and rear views)

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Continued from page 17 Posture of the Hindquarters Ideal: The right and left croups are symmetrical in their shape and movement.

Fig. 9: Posture of the Hindquarters Reality: The pelvis is tilted. The left point of hip (tuber coxae) is pulled back and up -- the right, down and forward. The horse carries and lifts the left side of its hindquarters higher than the right. The right drops and rolls with each stride. Note the differences between the two sides in Fig. 9. The white line is simply a guide to help you see the height difference. To be continued in the June issue… Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me. Your feedback will shape the upcoming articles. About Donna: Donna Hawkins promotes the use of evidencebased practices in the training of the horse. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the large body of currently available scientific knowledge and the practices commonly seen in the field. Donna is available for consultations and clinics. Email her at donnahawkins@shaw.ca for further information. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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PUT IT TOGETHER! 1. The checklist below identifies the 8 criteria that help determine the horse’s dominance presented in this article. Tick the items you can see in the photo of the horse below in Fig. 10. Criteria for Determining Dominance o Body Shape (concave to the right/left) o Foot stance o Heel balance o Forelimb alignment o Pectoral muscle tension o Shoulder development o Hind limb tracking o Posture of hindquarters

Fig. 10: Putting It Together!

2. Do the symptoms indicate a right-sided or left-sided dominant horse? 3. Consider each of the symptoms that were not visible in the photo. Mentally visualize and describe the characteristics you would expect the horse in Fig. 10 to show. 4. Note any other feature(s) that indicate muscle tension. How does this feature relate to the dominance of the horse? The answers to the above 4 questions will be given in the June issue of Saddle Up. Meanwhile check out your horse to see its laterality symptoms and determine its dominance. It’s a great start to substituting laterality with balance.

By Daphne Davey he 2018 theme for National Volunteer Week (promoted in April each year across Canada) was “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering: Building confidence, competence, connections and community.” How apt this is for therapeutic riding! Ask anyone volunteering at any of CanTRA’s accredited therapeutic riding centres and there are over 80 across the country what volunteering means to them, and you will find those same values listed. Building confidence: Some of our volunteers are young folk with Pony Club or other useful hands-on horse experience, but often lacking in selfconfidence. They soon learn! Handling horses is one thing, but getting to know and work with riders covering a wide spectrum of disabilities/abilities, as well as many other aspects of the job, is another. It is so satisfying to see our new volunteers blossom! Competence: While formal training gives new volunteers a strong foundation, ongoing training during the riding sessions will help them fine-tune their skills as they become familiar with riders, horses, special equipment, instruction techniques, and therapeutic interventions. Competence, of course, builds self-confidence. Connections: Many volunteers develop deep and meaningful personal connections. They are often assigned to assist the same rider at each lesson, which inevitably leads to an opening of their understanding of both the person, their disability, and (most important) their ability. Volunteers also develop strong connections with their fellow volunteers, for all share in the responsibility of providing the best possible experience for the riders. Teamwork is of the utmost importance for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of everyone involved. Community: It is not at all unusual for volunteers to serve at their local therapeutic riding centre for several years, even decades. Given the commitment of time and energy required, this is amazing! What draws them back season after season? Perhaps the answer lies, at least partly, in the knowledge that they have come to belong to a very special community whose sole focus is to expand the horizons of children and adults who need a “leg up” into the saddle. And in doing so, they find their own horizons expanding. They, as well as the riders they serve, move into a better place. Your donation to www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability.

Yes, it’s in the job description! Photo by Daphne Davey.

A rider and his volunteer team. Photo by Colleen Hunt.

Sharing a volunteer in-joke. Photo by Daphne Davey.

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By Mark McMillan • All photos by Jerry Stainer, unless otherwise stated

Kamloops’ very own Louis ‘BigRig’ McIvor from Country 103.1

The cowboy poet and western singer from Fort St John, Brian Salmond and Tom Cole. Photo by Donna Smith.

At 80 years young Gary Fjellgaard still brings audiences to their feet.

Jason Ruscheinsky receives the “Keeper of the West” prize buckle from Dennis, manager of The Horse Barn. Photo by Donna Smith.

Well-known in the Merritt area, Saskatchewan’s working cowboys Ryan Fritz and son Hoss Fritz

From Sundre, Alberta, the everso-colourful cowboy poet Bryn Theissen

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ell it’s all said and done for another year and the feedback was amazing! Probably the first time in 22 years that we can say we virtually had no complaints. Ya we did have the odd comment but all in all... even with the meals at the dinner theatre… really how can you serve over 800 meals and not have a single complaint? Well done to the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre for that. Last year we moved to the one venue and it worked out well. This year we really noticed the difference now that we were settled in to the fact. The venue works really well... for entertainers, audience, volunteers, and especially the organizers! The trade show went over well. Some of the booths said it was slow and others said they did very well. This happens every year with no rhyme or reason. The public had the time to browse in between sets in the two different venues which was nice for both them and the vendors. A few vendors didn’t make it out from Alberta when winter decided to hang around and hold things up. Luckily this was just vendors that had to be in the day before to set up. Travel for the general public was really good. The Art Show was once again a super show. The talent was, as usual, amazing. The winners of the Art Show are as follows: Flat work, Best in Show: Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder; Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - The Lightness of Being; Honourable Mention: Stefanie Travers Intention. Sculpture, Best in Show: Nancy McMinn – Cowboy. Photography, Best in Show: Mike Anfield - Lac Du Bois 2017; Runner Up: Mike Anfield – Lupens; Honourable Mention:  Mike Anfield - Stump Lake Sunrise. The People’s Choice Award went to Marlene Pegg for Tracking Powder. Cowboy Church in the Ballroom went well... this was another first for us. The feedback was great - we even heard that the pre-church entertainment was the best we’ve ever had. The first of the annual BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Friday

night, March 16th when Lois Tucker Daling (Working Cowboy) and Ken Fawcett (Ranching Pioneer) were inducted. So after the fact, we can once again say that the Kamloops Cowboy Festival was indeed another great weekend. Thanks to all that took part… the sponsors, entertainers, exhibitors, artists, audience, and the amazing volunteers! See you next year at the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 14-17, 2019. Don’t forget tickets go on sale November 1, 2018.



Marlene Pegg’s ‘Tracking Powder’ entry

Mike Anfield’s three winners

he first International Gem and Mineral Show was held in Washington DC in 1967 and the opening reception featured members of congress and international ambassadors. But what turned the heads of most visitors was a saddle from British Columbia – not just a saddle, but a stunning combination of the finest saddlemaker and gemologist’s abilities. The Jade Saddle was conceived of and commissioned by Peter White as a 1967 centennial project and contains 1,967 gem stones in gold settings. White grew up on a ranch in southern Alberta but spent the majority of his adulthood in BC. During his exploration of the wild places of BC, White became interested in jade. This passion for BC jade resulted in White’s idea to create a uniquely British Columbian saddle that would celebrate Canada’s centennial. Beginning in 1960, he enlisted the cream of BC craftspeople to bring his vision to fruition. A large stone, set in the saddle horn, is meant to depict the terrain of BC, while the crown on the saddle horn represents the royal houses of Great Britain that bestowed “dominion” status on Canada a century earlier. The leather carvings include Thunderbird and Bear totem poles which represent the First Nations of BC. The dogwood tree, BC’s floral emblem, is featured with unmatched stones, representing the variations of colours in the petals. Upon completion, the Jade Saddle was displayed and viewed by thousands of people in North America. It was later featured in ‘Saddles’ by Russell Beatie (1981). But the only time this saddle was put on a horse was in a parade in Lillooet BC in 1968. White proudly rode it for the 80th birthday celebration of Margaret “Ma” Murray, controversial newspaper editor of the Bridge River and Lillooet News, and all-round character. White, who found and selected all the gems, later commented, “I guess I would have to say, the most fun was the hunt. It’s always exciting when you find jade. The chase is the thing.” The Jade Saddle is currently on long-term loan at the O’Keefe Ranch, where it is on display in the Greenhow Museum. BC artist, June Moreau, designed the saddle, Tom Morrison and Ray Riley of the Linford Saddlery in Vancouver built it, and Mr & Mrs John McNiven carved the leather. The jade and other gemstones were polished by Oscar Messerer of BC Gem Supply and gold-smithing was by Leo Cavaliero of Grimson & Sons in Vancouver. To view the Jade Saddle, the O’Keefe Ranch is open daily from May 13 to September 30, 2018. Upcoming Events: Sunday May 13: Opening Day and Mother’s Day - featuring a tea tasting and fibre artisan market with hands-on activities and demonstrations Sunday June 17: Father’s Day - featuring “Sound of the Forge” artistic blacksmithing competition The O’Keefe Ranch is a registered not-for-profit and charitable organization, museum and historic site. The O’Keefe Ranch is Open to Visitors May through September and for Seasonal Events

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Inductees Ken Fawcett and Lois Tucker This sculpture by Nancy McMinn from Clinton took first place

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Want to Get Away from it All? Do something different? Plan that Family Holiday? There’s lots to do in Alberta and BC… as you will see over the next pages… BREWSTER ADVENTURES


egends in the Canadian Rockies, Banff’s Brewster family has helped the past stay alive. For six generations the family has been sharing the spectacular nature of the Rockies and its remarkable surroundings with visitors from all over the world. Brewster Mountain Pack Trains offers backcountry horseback trips through the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Ghost River area, bordering Banff National Park. Explore Black Rock Mountain, climb the shoulders of Yamnuska Mountain and wonder at the vista of Orient Peak. Overnight in rustic log cabins at Meadow Creek and the old Hussey’s campsite. Horses, guides, home cooked meals, cabin accommodations and sleeping bags are provided. Guests can simply relax and enjoy the scenery. The trips leave from the Kananaskis Ranch and are offered for 2 days (overnight) or 4 days (three nights). Trips of longer duration can also be accommodated as well as larger corporate or family groups. Brewster’s century old riding stable in Lake Louise, offers daily trips to famed locations such as the Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake

Agnes Tea Houses, Paradise Valley, and the Giant Steps. There is no better way to experience the Canadian Rockies than on horseback. Rides range from two to seven hours. Reservations Recommended.

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e are your ‘small group specialists’, inviting people ages 1 to 99 to share our passion of horses and the Lake Louise area. Whether it’s a short 10 minute ride or 10 days we want you to have fun! We love customizing rides to add a special touch to any occasion, such as weddings, stags/ stagettes or birthdays. Customer parking is provided, so leave today’s pressures behind and enjoy a tour on horseback through the beautiful, majestic Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. Whether you are a seasoned rider or just starting out, we have a horse for you. You will experience some of the freshest air, clearest water, and the most breathtaking scenery this world can offer, with many high mountain passes, glaciers and alpine meadows. The mountain lakes also offer some excellent trout fishing. Bring your camera as there is also an abundance of wildlife to see in their natural habitat. If you want to bring your own horse, or just prefer to hike with the benefits of having your gear packed in, give us a call and let us design your ride! Join us at Timberline Tours… and capture the memory of a lifetime!



ecoming a Wilderness Horseback Guide is a dream job for many, it’s challenging, rewarding, and exhilarating, as it connects you to nature, yourself, your horse, and especially to your untapped potential to thrive in nature’s rich learning environment. Guide training can help you achieve your potential and inspire confidence in being able to lead remote wilderness adventures, or wherever life may take you, you’ll have the ability and confidence to do so, because it takes equal parts skill and character, to handle the responsibilities, and possible stressful situations that can make or break the trip. Enjoying what you do is fundamental, and through these programs, you can enjoy the pleasures of working with horses and the wilderness, a perfect combo. Chilcotin Holidays Guide Training embraces essential sets of skill training, following the responsibilities needed for such a role, through practical skills and working knowledge. Whether you’re inexperienced or advanced, in the outdoors or on horseback, our guide programs are designed to grow and develop the skillsets for this field. The focus is on safety and enjoyment, loving what you do, on wildlife safety, with an emphasis on surviving and traversing the many different terrains of mountain riding, and how to plan, prepare and lead horse pack trips successfully. With 1-week and 2-week horseback guide-training programs, you develop skills and create good habits, understanding the importance of the land and natures surprises. Training begins at Chilcotin Holidays main ranch, and ends with practicing your new skills in action, up in the mountains on a pack trip. Training also involves learning the adventure tourism industry, operational procedures and regulations, you learn conservation and stewardship, wildlife habits and viewing potential, back country living, horsemanship skills, horse shoeing, saddling and packing, and about tending to horses, and guests, in remote areas. Horseback Guiding is an amazing experience, giving

a sense of accomplishment and purpose, independence and hope, to embrace the opportunities we come across. Chilcotin Holidays Guide Training connects each of us to who we are, who we could be, who we want to be, and aims us right for it when leaving the ranch.

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elcome to the Spruce Hill Resort and Spa! Summer is around the corner and we have some amazing activities in store for you. With over 20,000 acres of rich Cariboo Canadian Wilderness we have fabulous views, amazing hiking trails, horseback riding, and canoe tours on a nearby lake. If you’d like to bring your own horse, we have corrals with campsites. Spruce Hill Resort has some amazing chefs on staff, and our spa services are sure to make your stay that much more

relaxing and enjoyable! We have a great Family Ride & Spa Package, 2 or 3 nights. Package includes: accommodation in a 3 bedroom family Chalet; 2 - two hour rides; 1 full body massage; full use of our indoor pool and hot tubs; a family trail pass for mountain biking on our great biking trails; and daily guided 30 minute pre-breakfast morning hike. Also custom packages available. See you soon!

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elebrating their 27th year of operation. Such growth, such change. Janice, Dave and Daena Jarvis built their guest ranch from the ground up on a gorgeous 500 acre parcel overlooking Pinantan Lake, north of Kamloops BC. Beginning as a boarding, clinic/lesson and guest facility, Jandana developed into one of the largest Natural Horsemanship centres in the province, attracting guests from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and the Middle and Far East. Guests have included people of all ages and from all walks of life from First Nations Chiefs, the president of a Nuclear Power Station in mainland China to our current Prime Minister and his family. Offering a very diverse agenda with Janice’s background in Classical Dressage and Natural Horsemanship, retraining troubled horses, offering classes in art, clinics for children and adults, music events, yoga retreats, Equine Massage courses, and especially offering

that special place for a personal or family retreat where… as a guest… it is not long until you become a family member. Jandana Ranch is not just about horses, but allows folks to discover that special place to enjoy peace and harmony with nature. “And yes, the rumors are true. We are looking to relocate. But not to worry! Our next adventure is going to be just as good!”

Jandana Ranch

30 minutes from Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake

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eepee Heart Ranch offers exciting all-inclusive horseback riding packages. Our specialty “Pack Trips” take you back in time guided through the Big Creek Provincial Park and Chilcotin Mountain Ranges. Partner with one of our ranch bred and raised horses to experience the mutual trust while riding through steep mountain passes, valleys, meadows, and forest. Setting up camp or cabin, gathering firewood and water, cookouts, and packing horses are some of the full participation fun. Glacier Lakes, wildlife, crossing rivers, old cow camps, and the historic Graveyard Valley are only a few mentionable highlights. Or pack and stay in a Lakeside log cabin exploring the majestic Ground Hog basin and its extensive trail system. All our pack trips will guarantee a lifetime of memories. “Ride with the Wilds” … Ride and view Chilcotin wild horses

while staying on our home base ‘Ranch Stay’. Watch and learn horse behaviour in their natural surroundings while exploring endless trails. Stay in one of our five rustic cozy log cabins and enjoy ranch style meals, and activities such as hiking, lake fishing, bird watching, lake kayaking, and if you are lucky, handling a newborn foal. Introducing our new and exciting “River Raft & Ride” package. Spend a day whitewater rafting down the Chilcotin River through the hoodoos of the Farwell Canyon with a licensed guided operator. Then the second day saddling up your Teepee Heart horse for a guided trail ride on the range with a packed lunch. Ranch Stay at its best!   Watch for special offers on Horsemanship Clinics, cow work, roping fun, and more!



ourney into the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains with Banff Trail Riders and discover a side of the Canadian Rockies that you can only see on horseback! We invite you to experience a once-ina-lifetime horseback adventure in beautiful Banff National Park. And you’ll be in good hands! We’ve been guiding riders through the remote trails in Canada’s first National Park for over 50 years. Leave behind the stresses of your everyday life and trade them for fresh mountain air, a friendly horse, and trails that lead you to one spectacular view after another. Whether it’s an overnight trip or a six-day ride, these backcountry escapes will take you and your fellow adventurers to alpine lakes, mountain passes, glacier fed rivers, and comfortable, secluded lodges or well-equipped campsites.

Looking to explore the backcountry in comfort? Choose a lodge trip and sleep in the rustic luxury of a cozy log cabin. Prefer a true wilderness experience? Sleep in a heated tent at our well-equipped private campsites - complete with a large kitchen tent and showers. It doesn’t matter which trip you choose, our staff will make sure you’ll have just as much fun off the trail as you do on it. All backcountry trips include a fully catered menu and are sure to fuel you for the day’s adventures in the fresh mountain air. Even miles from civilization our backcountry chefs prepare sophisticated, hearty meals from braised beef short ribs to grilled salmon. No one goes hungry on these trips!



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403-637-3735 Sundre, Alberta Located 45 minutes southwest of Sundre, Barrier Mountain is the perfect place for an equine adventure. Bring your own horse or rent one of ours! Experience the best of what nature has to offer! “Rid e along with Barrier Mountain Outfitters! We have everything you need for an auth entic outdoor experience.”


ee the west as it was meant to be seen: from the back of a horse! For more than 20 years Barrier Mountain Outfitters has been a quality, rustic escape from the bustle of everyday life. Equipped with four guest cabins, a cookhouse, shower house and a sauna, as well as a meadow with RV hookups, the grounds are the perfect place for group getaways. Fourteen individual and double pens provide a safe place for equine companions, or spend the day astride one of our trail horses. Located southwest of Sundre, Barrier Mountain is a launching pad for adventure, with both the Red Deer River and Panther River Valleys to explore, the Ya Ha Tinda a short drive to the northwest, and countless opportunities for fishing, hiking, offhighway-vehicle use and horseback riding in the surrounding area. Scenic views and peaceful surroundings make Barrier the perfect place for weddings, reunions, or every day camping.



usan and Andre Patry extend an invitation to you, a reader of Saddle Up magazine, to visit and enjoy our unique guest ranch. We

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are located between Merritt and Princeton, in the heart of BC’s ranching country and close to BC’s famous fruit belt and wine country. The rustic log lodge (1911) has intriguing western décor and hand-crafted furniture as well as all the amenities for comfort. Delicious and abundant homemade ranchstyle meals top up the ecstatic experiences. We also offer Bed & Bales to horsemen and welcome campers. Activities include: guided horseback riding; wagon and sleigh rides pulled by a Suffolk/Belgian team; browse through our Western Treasures Gift Shop with displays of artistic artworks (by Andre) including glass-etchings, original plasmacut antique cross cut saws, horseshoe-nail jewelry; riding lessons – all ages; youth horsemanship camps; pack trips; BBQs, dinners and country/western dances; hiking and mountain biking trails; easy access to fishing lakes; special occasion events (weddings, reunions, meetings); lawn games for all ages AND abundant memorable experiences – including our 5 Star Hospitality for FREE!


Ivermectin Toxicity in Dogs (Courtesy of Bend Equine Medical Center, April 2014, posted on Facebook)


eet Oliver Lotter! Oliver is being highlighted today to remind us all of an important concern regarding Ivermectin dewormer. Oliver is an Australian Shepherd owned by Maria Lotter, a client of Bend Equine. Maria recently performed her routine Spring deworming to her horses with an Ivermectin product. The following day, Oliver began showing signs of neurologic disease (unable to rise, drooling, panting, urinary incontinence, blindness). Maria rushed him to the Animal Emergency Center in Bend where they diagnosed him with Ivermectin Toxicity. Oliver spent 7 days in the intensive care unit and is now recovering at home. He is still not back to his normal self and his veterinarian believes it could take another couple of weeks to return to normal. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS? 1. Certain dog breeds have a gene mutation that causes them to be prone to Ivermectin Toxicity. These breeds include but are not limited to Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, English Shepherds, and Old English Sheep Dogs. A test is now available through

Washington State University to determine if dogs have the gene that causes Ivermectin sensitivity. 2. Dogs can be exposed to Ivermectin after eating horse’s manure that have been treated with Ivermectin. Horses pass the Ivermectin treated feces for 9 hours to 11 days after being treated. 3. Onset of clinical signs of toxicity in the dog occurs 4-12 hours after exposure. Signs include: depression, disorientation, vocalization, stupor, ataxia, tremors, vomiting, not eating, unable to rise, blindness, seizures, coma, and death. It is very important that you keep dogs out of the area while horses are being dewormed with Ivermectin or moxidectin (Quest) to prevent accidental exposure of sensitive dogs to spilled product and, as mentioned above, exposure of dogs that eat horse manure even up to 11 days after deworming. Oliver was very lucky to have a diligent owner that noticed the toxicity quickly and to have had excellent care at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Bend. We all wish him a speedy recovery!

Dog Facts… Did You Know? (Courtesy of www.puppyleaks.com)


ogs can recognize Hundreds of Words Dogs can recognize over 250 words, they can count to 5 and they can complete simple mathematical equations. Chaser the Border Collie, often called the world’s smartest dog, knows over 1000 words. If your dog doesn’t know 250 words don’t worry, he’s not

alone; the average dog knows about 165. Dogs are as Intelligent as a 2-year old Child One of our favourite doggie facts is that scientists consider them just as smart as a small child. Our dogs are way smarter than we give them credit for. Experts say our dogs are about as intelligent as a 2-year-old child. Dogs can Hear four times Better than Us Dogs have twice as many ear muscles as humans, and it’s estimated that they can hear sounds four times better than us. And that head tilting? It helps them hone in on distant sounds. The first Mammal to orbit Earth was a Stray Dog One of our favourite dog facts is why I named my dog Laika. A Russian stray dog named Laika was the first living mammal to orbit Earth in 1957. And although her journey ended tragically she is remembered today as a hero.


About 30% of Dogs surrendered to Shelters are Purebred Contrary to popular belief shelter and rescue dogs aren’t just mutts. Approximately 1/3 of dogs surrendered to shelters are purebred. MAY 2018


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he 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) for the availability of the 55+ population of BC to participate in the 23 individual Sports. The average participation is 3,500, leaving behind a $3.5 M economic impact in the communities during the 5-day event. Each participant must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society. PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018 55+ BC GAMES – Kimberley/Cranbrook Equestrian Competition:   Tuesday, September 11 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 Venue:  RDEK Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds, Kimberley/ Cranbrook, 5325 Staples Road, Wycliffe, BC V1C 7C3 55+ BC Games Website:  http://www.55plusbcgames.org/ 55+ BC Games 2018 Kimberley/Cranbrook Website:  http://www.55plusgames.ca/ For more information contact: Valerie at email info@55plusbcgames.org or phone 604-992-4281 Horse Council BC 604-856-4304 ext. 1005 or Toll Free:  1-800-345-8055 Equestrian Events will be governed by the 2018 HCBC Rule Book http://www.hcbc.ca/index.php/competitions/competition-documents/ Equestrian Sport Divisions 2018:  Exhibitors may register for more than one sport discipline at the 55+ BC Games, however, all divisions may be running concurrently in multiple arenas, therefore, cross entry will be limited to a maximum of two disciplines. Competitors do not need to qualify to enter the 55+ BC Games. Dressage: Training Level, First Level and Second Level Western Dressage: Walk/Jog Level, Training Level and First Level Mountain Trail Horse: Novice / Open Western Performance: Ranch Riding Horse & Ranch Trail Horse 55+ BC Games Zones and Representatives:  https://www.55plusbcgames.org/zones/ Participant and Volunteer Registration:  https://www.55plusbcgames.org/registration/

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MAY 2018


BC Miniature Horse Club News By Terri Brown • Photo by Denise J. Watson


Giddy up into Spring!

ell hello Spring! With all this lovely weather it’s definitely time to dust off those ponies and get ready for a busy year. First up for the club is our annual fundraiser. This year we will be at the Artful Dodger Pub on May 5 for our burger and beer night. Of course we will have our famous toonie toss, silent auction and 50/50 draw. All this and some great company, good food and a lot of fun. Tickets are $20 and you can contact Terri Brown for tickets. This fundraiser is an important part of our club, so please come out and show your support. In June it is our annual sanctioned show. Once again we will be showing at the lovely Heritage Park in Chilliwack June 8-10. This show is triple-judged and is always a great time. We will have our spectacular social on the Saturday night and will have a silent auction running the duration of the show. Fabulous prizes even better horses and a great chance to socialize with your peers. Spectators are always welcome to come and watch and learn more about this wonderful little breed. Enjoy the spring flowers and more importantly enjoy those horses.

Pony Club Education Leads to Accomplishments! By Joanie Thompson


his Spring many BC progression from “E” to “A”, Lower Mainland the highest achievement. Pony Club members An “A” graduate has learned are attending our Spring extensive horse care practices Education Day at Southlands and principles, and should be Riding Club. This conference, capable of managing a large being held April 14th and barn and teaching lessons exclusive to Pony Club in addition to being a fully members, will focus on qualified competition coach. practical horsemanship topics Attempting to test each of the geared towards the members’ nine levels is entirely optional equine knowledge and Pony and Pony Club provides Club tested level. support that comes in many forms to help members In addition, attendees will achieve each level. This have the opportunity to take Spring Education Day is one in sessions covering unique example, and others include subjects they may not have BCLM Members attending a Brian Morton Show Jumping clinic stable management lessons, been exposed to previously. Everyone will attend a clinic instructed by Kiyomi Foster, a personal riding lessons, lunging and riding clinics, Quiz lessons, and test writing trainer focused on rider fitness, which will include specific exercises assistance. to greatly improve rider position and effectiveness. All of the younger The first step in attempting to test a level is a written test, typically members will have an opportunity to learn to shoot a laser gun, taught held across Canada in the spring. After successfully passing their by William Jack, a Pony Club member who competes nationally at written test, members can apply to test their practical components. Tetrathalon. Lezah Williamson, a National Examiner and Pony Club These include both riding phases such as show jumping, cross country “A” level graduate, will be sharing some tips useful for everyone in her riding, dressage, and stable management, which covers topics ranging talk titled, “How to Buy a Horse.” She will also provide some helpful from grooming to bandaging and first aid. For members, passing each advice on how to maintain a horse’s fitness when they are kept in an level is a source of pride and achieves a sense of accomplishment urban environment. The most senior audience members will learn resulting from their efforts. These achievements are recognized within how to teach riding lessons, including how to plan a lesson, and adopt the club and our region, with graduates often serving as role models a dynamic teaching style that will capture the attention of students. for younger members within their club. This session is instructed by Margot Vilvang, a master instructor at For more information on how to become a part of this exciting Southlands Riding Club. equine centered organization, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-999 A members’ CPC Pony Club tested level refers to a stage in their 7400. 30 • MAY 2018


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


hat a FABULOUS Tack Sale we had on March 31 at the Armstrong Curling Club. This venue proved to be the best one yet! Lots more room for vendors and space for people to meander and shop. Thank you to the hundreds that came out that day. They came from as far away as 100 Mile House, Beaverdell, West Kelowna, and Revelstoke. Over $13,000 was spent at our vendors’ booths – not including what the vendors may have purchased for themselves (although one said she spent over $600)! And thank you to the Shifting Saddles 4-H Club for providing the food concession. Our ‘Pot O Gold’ Open Show is set for Saturday, June 23 at the Armstrong Agriplex. The prize list and entry form is out there now – pre-entries required! We’ve posted it on our club Facebook page (share away!) and on other horse related pages. This is a really fun show, especially with returning judge Karan Moore. Since the Gaited Fun Show is not happening this year, we’ve added some Gaited classes for our friends. The day offers riding and driving classes, trail, halter and showmanship. If you cannot access Facebook, email nancyroman@telus.net and I can email the prize list to you.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


t took a while, but Mother Nature has finally decided to cooperate. Our first show of 2018 has come and gone, but quickly followed by our next one on May 6, then June 3. We are still getting used to setting up in the Agriplex, but it is sure worth it. No matter the weather, we are covered (literally). Several new faces, both human and horse, have joined us this year, from all different riding levels, ages and disciplines. It’s the differences that make it so much fun and educational. If nothing else, we are a very friendly group of equine enthusiasts. Horse Council membership is now required for our members to ride in our Shows. Please record your Horse Council number on your membership form, or the show registration form.

We’ve reinstated Volunteer Hours. Exhibitors must volunteer a minimum of five hours during the show season in order to be eligible for year-end awards. The hours don’t have to be all at one time, it can be divided between shows. Make sure you sign up at the office. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated, so if you find yourself there for the day anyway, or want to experience the world of horse shows, contact us at AERCcanada@gmail.com, on Facebook, or the website. The AERC would like to welcome Claudia Zurmuhle as the 2018 AERC Cronies Coach!!! Claudia is fairly new to our area and comes with a wealth of knowledge for our equine enthusiasts. AERC Cronies had their first session on April 28. Check our website for more Crony information and dates. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Russ Shandro

A 11 year old, Annika Surridge, who just happens to LOVE Mules, is our youngest participant at the Mane Event. This is her third season of riding.

fter being absent in 2017, the members were enthused to return to the Mane Event held in Red Deer, late April. Thanks to the members who made the time to deliver a strong representation at the demos with their talented Long Ears. Also, the members that put the time into representing the club in the booth at the Trade Show. It was a long winter in Alberta, but the club is ”kicking off” Springtime of 2018 with the long awaited approval, for the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Ride and Drive Program. Members will receive token acknowledgement for their dedication to time spent in the saddle, driving their critters or enhancing their and their animal’s skills thru groundwork. It will be up to the member to register for the program and submit the time spent on a regular monthly basis. Coincidently, this can run parallel to the Alberta Equestrian Federation program as well! The Recognition Table Ceremony in the Yaha Tinda, will be held in the afternoon of May 26. This project was undertaken by the Alberta Trail Riders Association and Friends of the Eastern Slopes. It will consist of a work-bee and social outing for the entire weekend. These groups provide the maintenance and development of safe trails for us to enjoy. Consider this as an outing and invitation to enjoy the scenery and meet some new acquaintances. MAY 2018


RECORDS FALL AT BRANDON By Bruce A. Roy, www.wrdha.com Photos courtesy of Sandy Black Photography


award. Darryl Horn of Manitoba, Donald Lowe of Ontario, and Freeman Yoder of Utah, judged this twelve year’s entries. The yearlings eligible for the 2020 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity sold at this year’s NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale for a record average of $6,875. Mike Fleury, Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatchewan, called the sale. Lone Oak 17 Flora, the Yearling Sale’s high, was consigned by Jim Lane (Lone Oak Percherons, Birtle MB). A final bid of $12,000, placed by Allan Refuse of Saskatoon SK, won possession of the attractive filly. She is a Lone Oak 07 Pride daughter. Paramount Prince Jordan, the colt Dr. David Bailey (Paramount Percherons, Madden AB) consigned, was the Yearling Sale’s second high seller. The Hobman, Doug CHARLESWOOD CHARGER 15 1st 1st 2nd 1st buyer, Bret Fielding (Hi Point Clydesdales of Hooper, Bickford, Tracey DUHAIME'S OAKLEY 11th 11th 11th 11th 4th Buchberger, Kim BRIDGEMANS EMBER 9th 10 6th 10th 3rd 4th Utah) paid $11,750 to own the grey son of Ryan Day Ferguson, Levi HFN RIDGE 10th 9th 8th 9th 3rd Flash’s Jordan. Hobman, Doug JU-LY PAM 6th 7th 3rd 8th Coleman, Colleen WINDCHARGER COSMO 5th 3rd 7th 6th The 2018 NAERIC Classic Futurity & Sale were held Hobman, Doug HOBMAN'S FURY 4th 5th 5th 4th 1st 1st Ruzicka, Gord ROSE HILL VALIA 2nd 2nd 1st 5th at Brandon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, on March Seaman, Joni EDELWEISS ROXY 15 7th 6th 9th 7th 2nd 2nd 29-31. Horsemen who wish to learn more about the Scott, Bryan VALLEY RIDGE POLLA 8th 8th 10th 3rd Strain, Ethan NEWTON'S BENJI 3rd 4th 4th 2nd NAERIC Advantage rewards, can visit www.naeric. org Results of the 2018 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity

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Final Results 2018 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic

Charleswood Charger 15, the 2018 NAERIC Futurity winner, in the Rail Cart Class. Doug Hobman lines in hand.

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Rose Hill Xylon, the $8,000 Percheron colt, sold by Gordon Ruzicka, Viking AB

Paton’s MJ’S Jagger, the $6,000 Belgian colt, sold by Curt Paton, Carnduff SK

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What a Great Show at Brookside! By Lynn Higginbotham


rookside Stables in Salmon Arm BC held their Spring Show on April 8 and what a day we all had! A big thank you to all the participants who came out. Mother Nature cooperated and gave us a dry day with sun in the afternoon. We, the organizers, would like to thank all the supporters, donators, helpers, and everyone who chipped in during the day. We could not have done it without you! We had riders from the age of 3 to 60+, and a little bit of everything to compete in. The judge, Glenn Perran from Kelowna, offered a lot of advice to the horse riders and handlers to really exceed in the various classes. I hope everyone listened. Ribbons from 1st to 3rd were handed out, with prizes galore, and items were drawn for during the day. The pictures will tell it better than words, here are a few.

This item was developed in the early 1920’s. It’s a foot warmer… the jug would be filled with hot water and the person would rest their feet on it or along the sides. (Sorry, no correct guesses by press time)

A very popular item through the 1950s and 60s. It’s made of metal with a diameter of a quarter, and 3” tall. Good luck!

READERS – What’s your guess?

A BIG THANK YOU to our show sponsors: 2 Boot Tack Back 40 – Daina Bar T5 Tack (Alberta) Barb Lawson Big Iron – Rob & Crystal Blind Bay Grocery Brookside Stables – Diane & Harry Buckerfields Salmon Arm Heather/Toni Champion Ribbons – Leah Circle C Equine – Shari Damarhe Training - Dawn

Dark Horse Essentials – Laura Deanna Finlay Dee’s Tack Shack - Dee Diamond H – Heather(s) Epic Stride Equestrian – Angela Excel Performance Therapy – Michelle Glenn Perran Hi Pro Feeds - Jared Jason – (Angela’s other half) Justin Fountain – farrier Le Tack Truck - Sara Maggie Davidson

Mike Damen – farrier Red Horse Tack – Vicki Reliable Septic – Asha Remuda Ranch - Kelly Saddle Up magazine - Nancy Sarah McMillan Tack Second Go Hauling – Marie Selkirk Mtn Tack – Sheanna Sheepskin Saddle Cover – Lynn Spencer Wall - farrier Tipton Training – Ian & Lisa

Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to usedandunique2018@gmail.com Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@saddleup.ca for details.

MAY 2018


Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


e have had a busy past month. Our first day together with our horses was for ‘Wild n Woolly’ at Brewers Arena outside of Vernon on March 31st. Thank you to Jan and Barry Brewer for the use of their facility. This is an annual event for us where we get together with our project horses and document the beginning of our 4-H year. We take measurements, temperatures, pictures and write down markings. Thank you to Farrier Mark Goossen who showed us ‘trimming a horse’, and Tom Nobles for talking to us about ‘horse conformation’. It was an awesome day-- thanks to the parents too. We held our 4-H Club Communications earlier in April. This year we all did 8-10 minute demonstrations in pairs. Thank you to our judges who gave us their time and input: Colleen Waugh, Teresa Morgan and Joanne Taylor.

The whole gang at Wild n Woolly

Learning about hoof care

Juniors: 1st - Ella & Heidi 2nd - Addie & Ashley Seniors 1st - Abby & Lydia 2nd - Lydia & Gabe

Wishing everyone a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Answering questions on horse conformation

Kelowna Riding Club Update By Jenny Bouwmeester


pring riding season is finally here and we are very thankful to all our members whom volunteered to help get the grounds and facility ready. The local Back Country Horsemen group came and gave us a big hand cleaning and fixing jumps. They pitched in with our members to clean up leaves and do a spring clean on the Club House. Without our members and support from the community the club could not be what it is today. If you would like assistance in organizing your volunteer hours please contact Jill Veitch. You can find her contact info in the volunteer section on our website, www. kelownaridingclub.com. It is absolutely amazing that we are able to use this facility as our Kelowna home base riding centre. The club is home to all disciplines of riders to use and enjoy. If you have any pictures or activities you would like to share with the club you can contact myself, Jenny Bouwmeester, via Facebook or email jennybouwmeester@outlook.com. I can post your info on Facebook, website, or Saddle Up. Our Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show and Dressage Percentage Day has now passed and kicked the year off right. We have our new Flat Class Show happening at the end of May. This show is very exciting, as it will be the first Flat Class Show the club has held in approximately 18 years. Have fun riding and see you at the Club!

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Communications Day winners

Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik


ime is hurtling and before we know it summer will be here and we will be spending quality time doing all our favourite horse activities. The Canadian Registry will have a booth at the Mane Event again at Red Deer - I will have pictures to share in the next issue. Next will be our Gaited Dressage Clinic held at Victory Gardens near Red Deer on May 12-13. On the evening of the 12th, we will have our AGM and pot luck dinner. I love the AGM. It is so nice to see everybody and watch the year-end awards get handed out. The clinic is full, but auditors are welcome. Mark September long weekend on your calendars!!  On Sept 1-3 the CRTWH is hosting our first Annual “THE CANADIAN” Experience…. an event that will enlighten, encourage, educate, and evaluate your relationship with your horse. If you have never shown before, here is what you can expect… a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, helpful show staff, classes you have never thought of before… FOR EXAMPLE: Mars vs Venus, Gaited Dressage, In-Hand Obstacle, Three-Phase Event, My Traditional Mentor & Me, Traditional Costume, Attire Rider to Judge and MORE!! There will be the traditional rail classes as well, where you can see well gaited horses in action. This (UN) Show is open to Registered TWH, Registered Gaited horses of other breeds and unregistered Gaited horses.  The

individual performance classes are evaluated, meaning you get a sheet with the judge’s evaluation after each class. There will also be opportunity for those wishing for their Bronze, Silver and Gold evaluations to be done in person, as well as videoing for the Trainer’s Challenge.  Judge is an accredited FOSH judge. There will be relaxed rules regarding tack and attire. All this for just $100 per horse for the entire weekend!  Casual Western If you can’t ride or lead your horse, but would still like to participate, we are looking for volunteers. See our website for more details. 

Trail Obstacle

Equestrian Canada Equestre


he 2018 Equestrian Canada (EC) Convention, held April 6-8 at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa ON, provided the equestrian community with top-class professional development, interactive learning opportunities and engaging social events. EC honoured some of Canada’s outstanding equestrians, organizations and horses during the 2018 EC Awards Reception on April 7. The presentations included posthumous honours to Susan Grange in recognition of her extraordinary impact on the Canadian equestrian landscape, and Somebeachsomewhere, lauded as the most prolific Standardbred racehorse in recent history. The 2018 EC Awards Reception included the presentation of EC’s highest award honour, the Gold Medal Award, posthumously awarded to Susan Grange. EC also highlighted a wide range of discipline and coaching awards during the Reception, honouring achievements within 2017. Congratulations to all 2017 award recipients. L to R: Meg Krueger, John Grange, Brennan Grange, Tyler MacNamara, Annie Sheppard, Don Sheppard. Photo Credit: Cealy Tetley

NATIONAL AWARDS Gold Medal Award Susan Grange Lifetime Achievement Award Susan Grange Volunteer of the Year, Presented by Henry Equestrian The Centaur Red Team Equestrian of the Year - The Dr. George Jacobson Trophy Selena O’Hanlon Junior Equestrian of the Year - The Gillian Wilson Trophy, Presented by Asmar Equestrian Tosca Holmes-Smith Horse of the Year – The Hickstead Trophy Somebeachsomewhere Owner of the Year John & Judy Rumble Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Foxwood High, Owner: John & Judy Rumble, Breeder: KingRidge Stables Canadian Breeder of the Year, Presented by John Deere Karyne Lorne Equestrian Canada Health & Welfare Award Dr. Mary Bell Equestrian Canada Media Award - The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy CBC Sports BREED SPORT AWARDS Arabian Horse of the Year Khanquistador +++//, Owner: Arianna Bell Half-Arabian Horse of the Year Qaracas ++++//, Owner: Kristen MacGarva Morgan Horse of the Year Canabar Masquerade, Owner: Shari Groot Saddlebred Horse of the Year

Royal Crest’s Rockin’ Ringo, Owner: Ian & Giovanna Johnston Saddle Seat Rider of the Year Carly Johnston Welsh Pony of the Year Arnaby Little Larrikin, Owner: Diane Jackson COACHING AWARDS Coach Developer of the Year Danielle Yaghdjian Community Coach of the Year Jessica van Nostrand Community Coach of the Year Honourable Mention Becky Taylor Competitive Coach of the Year Maeve Drew DISCIPLINE AWARDS Dressage Athlete of the Year Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu Dressage Horse of the Year All In MH Lessard Dressage Volunteer of the Year Audrey Kokesch Para-Dressage Development Coach of the Year (Canada East) Amanda Kalvoda Para-Dressage Development Coach of the Year (Canada West) Rebecca Garrard Para-Dressage High Performance Athlete of the Year Winona Hartvikson Para-Dressage Horse of the Year Ultimo Para-Dressage Volunteer of the Year Marion Slatter-Blitstein

MAY 2018


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Submitted by Sheila Sowerby, Aldergrove Chapter

A Ride to Remember


ometimes when you are out riding the trails the best ideas come to you. That is what happened to Heather Tottenham out riding one Remembrance Day. At 11 a.m. she stopped her horse to place a poppy on the nearest tree and have a private moment of silence for those who served. As she rode on she thought, “I wonder if this might be something other horse people would enjoy…?” And so she organized a ride. November 11th 2017 nine backcountry horsemen rode into the forests of Golden Ears with poppies on our lapels and breast collars. The weather was suitably somber but not yet raining and it was, as always, a great day to be in the saddle. We stopped in a tranquil clearing just before 11 a.m. The forest floor was covered with orange and yellow leaves and a lone airplane flew low, directly overhead. It was no doubt bound for a cenotaph somewhere, but it set the mood for us on our horses below. The overwhelming number of people who have died in human conflict for a cause they believed in is awful to contemplate. Many, many millions. In recent years my thoughts have also turned to the horses, mules and donkeys who were slaughtered on both sides of many wars. An estimated 8 million died just in WW1. With this in mind I recited a poem written by Corb Lund, one of Canada’s great lyricists from a song called “I Wanna be in the Cavalry - Reprise”. One verse goes like this…..

all take great pride and enjoyment in owning and caring for our horses. From all walks of life, we are drawn to these creatures and spend untold dollars on their well-being. When we hung a wreath in a nearby tree on behalf of BCHBC Aldergrove and horsemen everywhere, it somehow seemed to acknowledge the huge sacrifice equines have made since domestication because we asked them to. It felt very right. Just as we tied up for lunch it started to drizzle. Heather, knowing that autumn was when we usually have our annual “Cordial Ride” (a ride which encourages both gracious behaviour to fellow riders and yummy concoctions in the flask), rummaged in her saddle bag and dug out a huge pile of gummy bears saturated in Fireball Whiskey for our dining pleasure. Mighty cordial. As we rode out of the quiet forest in the November rain (which was now getting pretty serious) our thoughts turned to how lucky we are to live in a peaceful country free to do what we love to do; ride our horses. We also thought a bit about staying dry! It wasn’t the most exhilarating ride I’ve ever been on, or had the best views or the most laughs, but I will never forget it. Our chapter plans to make this an annual event, come join us!

“Well I lost count of the worthy mounts that from under me were cut; My favourite mare with her head in the air took the cannon in her gut, In the first two weeks on that bloody creek, my brother lost his arm, Was only sixty days till all we prayed was get us home unharmed.” We bowed our heads and had a moment of silence just like folks all over BC were doing. We were part of that but also something else. As horsemen we

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive • http://bchorsemen.org

President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley to the numbers. Sadly, we did see a drop in those, although all accounts and feedback were positive about the show. Thank you so much to our amazing show sponsors, words can’t express how grateful we are to you for your support. We are hoping very much that as many people as possible plan on attending our July circuit, as without support, these shows cannot happen. Congrats to our Ranch Riding Stake Winner Sandra Kolberg! Thank you to Sally Rees for the pics. Big thanks to everyone who donated to the silent auction, Easter egg draw, raffle baskets, welcome social potluck and the volunteers who made it all happen. Finally big kudos to the show staff - both before and during the show - who made the show run smoothly as always, you are rock stars!

Bazaar and Country Fair We had a break in the weather for the Bazaar, it was a lovely sunny day! The trade fair saw lots of variety in different booths and wares, and the artisan alley is becoming a very popular staple with our vendors and patrons alike. The demos and clinics were fantastic this year and again held something for everyone. There were often crowds there to watch each, which is something as there was one in each of 3 arenas at any given time. We would like to thank those who tirelessly keep this community event and very necessary part of our club going year after year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the volunteers and their families and loved ones for all you do, you are appreciated more than you know. Big shout out also to our fantastic Bazaar  sponsors, without whom this all wouldn’t be possible... you are awesome! Enjoy a sampling of some of the photos the wonderful Ron McCarthy took of the event for 2018. Spring Circuit Our No Bling Spring Fling contended with several obstacles this year, one of which was Easter fell on the show weekend which is always a challenge

HIGH POINTS: AQHA Level 1 WT Youth: Colten Buckley and Blazin On Through AQHA Rookie Youth: Rebecca McIvor and Zippos Social Kitty Reserve: Madison Lloyd and Mainstreet Zippo AQHA Level 1 WT Amateur: Mary Ratz Zachanowiz and Dynamic Grace Is Good Reserve: Stephanie Schmidt and Country Chocolate AQHA Level 1 Youth: Ellie Becker and a Smooth Machine Reserve: Mackenzie Inkstater and Invited In Time AQHA Level 1 Horse: Invited In Time AQHA Level 1 Amateur: Taylor Schell and Good To Know Im Cute Reserve: Allison Satterthwaite and One Hot Envy AQHA Rookie Amateur: Taylor Schell and Good To Know Im Cute

AQHA Select Amateur: Janet Grimsby Hi Point Halter Mare: Good Thing Im Pretty Hi Point Halter Gelding: Touchdown N Style APHA Youth: Ellie Becker and Too Hot To APHA Novice Amateur: Colleen Ebner and What A Sinful Image APHA WT Amateur: Margo Murray and Just Alito Knockout Reserve: Kari Goodfellow APHA Amateur: Colleen Ebner and What A Sinful Image APHA Open Horse: What A Sinful Image All Breed Youth: Ashley Walker All Breed Amateur: Kerry Sawyer All Breed WT 11 and under: Camille Kennedy All Breed WT 19 and over - Margo Murray

Summer Circuit Our next show is our West Coast Summer Classic at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. This is our BIG PRIZE SHOW with Frank Principe Spurs, saddles, mayatex pads, sheets, halters, hat cans, bronzes and so much more up for grabs. This is also the show where our Breeders Incentive futurity is held along with the Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake, 2 yr old Walk Jog Stake and new this year, Tag Team Showmanship! All with a minimum $500 added!!! This show also features our flat rates and more! Visit the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assn FB page or the LMQHA page at www.BCQHA.com for more details Fundraising Stay tuned for updates on fundraising we will be doing such as pub nights and another tack sale! If you would like to help with these, please contact Mellissa at mellissa1@hotmail.com. Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page

MAY 2018


BC Rodeo Association


2018 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE May 20-21 May 26-27 June 2-3 June 9-10 June 16-17 Jun 30-Jul 1 July 7-8 July 14-15 July 20-22 July 21-22 July 20-22 July 28-29 Aug 10-12 Aug 18-19 Aug 18-19 Aug 24-25 Aug 31 Sept 1-3

Keremeos Elks Rodeo Clinton May Ball Rodeo 71st Kispiox Valley Rodeo Princeton Rodeo Chetwynd Rodeo ***NEW*** Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Fort St John Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Wildcard Rodeo ~ TBA BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Barriere



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The Keremeos Elks Rodeo is hosting its 80th Annual Rodeo this year on May 20-21. They will have all the major events plus Junior Barrels, JR Steer Riding and Breakaway Roping starting Sunday at 1 p.m. Don’t miss out on their cowboy breakfasts each morning, BBQ supper on Sunday evening and their parade on Monday that starts at 10:30 a.m. This is a fun, action-packed weekend for the whole family with events starting on Saturday at 1 p.m. with some Barrel Racing and Team Roping, followed by the BCRA Rodeo Sunday and Monday. For more info www.rodeobc.com.


Come celebrate Canada’s 151th Birthday at the annual Clinton May Ball Rodeo on May 26-27. Clinton hosts all the major Rodeo events from Bull Riding to Barrel Racing along with their famous Packhorse Race & Cowboy Foot Races. Don’t miss out on the Steak Dinner & Rodeo Dance Saturday night featuring ‘Appaloosa’. Local entries are the evening of May 1-5 at 250-457-3249. For more info www.rodeobc.com.


Celebrate Kispiox Valley’s 71ST Annual Rodeo on June 2-3. For the second year they will have the highest added prize money in the BCRA with $10,000 added to the Saddle Bronc riding event, you will not want to miss this. Rodeo dances Friday and Saturday night. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, BBQ beef and ice cream. The famous Kispiox Valley drill team will be kicking off the Rodeo performance each day. If you are tough enough to wear pink in support of breast cancer, please do so for Sunday’s performance. Local entries are May 16 from 4-8 p.m. at 250-842-6287. For more info www.rodeobc.com.

Look for the BCRA Polaris Booth at each BCRA Rodeo for your chance to win a side by side!




CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: WILLIAMS LAKE & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION WEST FRASER TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep The Cowboy Way alive please check out our Sponsor Package for partnership options at www.rodeobc.com or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997.

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Winter Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2018/2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 gdpuhallo@gmail.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-613-2633, trishkohorst@gmail.com

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, tylytton@hotmail.com Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, shaylenetucker@gmail.com Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, ranchproperties@gmail.com Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, rpetal@yunesitin.ca Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, stevenklloyd@hotmail.com Patti Gerhardi 250-961-9667, rockingp@hotmail.com Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, c.rhyde@hotmail.com Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Kelly Walls 250-267-8865, k.reay@hotmail.com

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.com

members from across Canada and the US 10/18




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

Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in W. Canada. Rob Calnan, robert_ calnan@hotmail.com. Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, www.region17.com 3/19 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6/18

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 9/18 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | inquiries@equestrian.ca | www.equestrian.ca




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

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com, bdrcwebinfo@gmail.com, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 3/19

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

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The Equine Foundation of Canada

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 3/19 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 8/18

We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

Contact us at www.equinefoundation.ca or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 2/19 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 4/19 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 11/18 5/19

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997, bcrodeoassn@gmail.com, www.rodeobc.com 9/18 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctpca.net



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 www.ktra.ca Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 4/19 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 12/18 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 9/18 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 5/19


100 Mile & District Outriders


Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: info@outriders.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com

PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-694-3521 5/18 MAY 2018


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

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 8/18 WEST COAST VAULTERS (Parksville BC) New members always welcome! We also travel to clinics.www.westcoastvaulters.com. Contact Debbie 250-954-9940 3/19


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 7/18 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 3/19


PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit www.pinetreeridingclub.com for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email pinetreeridingclub@gmail.com 3/19 Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC


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My name is Julie and I live in Abbotsford BC. I am 9 years old. This is “my” horse Triton! He’s an APHA gelding and he’s 7 years old. We love taking jumping lessons and pretending we are trick riders! WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR HORSE? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 40 • MAY 2018


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2018 Events? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com


1 – 5 CHA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/ Marion Weisskopff, Armstrong BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981,kristinamillar@hotmail.com 3-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 4 REAL DEAL RANCH HORSE SALE, 2pm preview, 7pm sale, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 4-5 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 4-5 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, (incl. tack & harness sale), Cow Palace at Fairgrounds, Olds AB, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765, www.wrdha.com 4-6 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Contact Carolyn 778-214-3587, roqnhorse@gmail.com 5 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am (catalogue deadline April 9), Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 5 SPRING TACK SALE 10am-2pm, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 5 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari M2moghari@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 5-6 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Advanced Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com 5-6 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC W/CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (5)Groundwork & (6)Riding (1 day or both), Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-9277 5-6 RANDY OPHUS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 105 Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa 250-706-9001, www.105arena.com/clinics 6 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW I, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 6-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Saskatoon SK, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 8 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, chloewangler@gmail.com  9-10 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, fourtqh@telus.net  9-13 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC 5 Day Camp, Horsemanship in trail settings, Spur Valley BC, Cheryl & Doug 250-688-0280, degoodwin@mac.com 11-12 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, greypony@shaw.ca  11-13 TOPLINE SPRING CLASSIC, Hack, Hunter, Jumper & Derby Show, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya 250-833-2669, www.toplinestables.ca 11-13 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1 Partnership, Edmonton AB, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 11-13 EVENTING CLINIC W/REBECCA HOWARD, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Sophie 403-252-5260, www.albertaequestrian.com 11-13 SPRUCE RIDGE PONY CLUB SPRING WARM-UP SHOW, Prince George Agriplex, Exhibition Park, Carolyn summitph@hotmail.com 12 AERC CRONIES Fun Group, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 12 ENDURANCE RIDE/COMPETITIVE TRAIL 25/50/CTR, Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel 250-213-9817, www.erabc.com/events 12 CRTWH AGM & CLINIC (on 13th), Klondike Victory Farm, Red Deer AB, see www.facebook.com/crtwh or www.crtwh.ca for more info 12 GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, www.diamondhtack.ca, 250-762-5631 12-13 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Merritt BC, Kelly Brook Allen or Debbie Hughes hughesqh@telus.net 12-13 BCTCPA May Pay Day Show, Armstrong BC, www.bctcpa.net 12-18 LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT www.equinerehab.ca 13-14 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, kristinamillar@hotmail.com  16-18 18-20

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Purpose, Blackfalds AB, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Nelson BC,

Jocelyn Templeman 250-359-6885, jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com 19–20 BCCHA Armstrong Cutting, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, contact Kaylan 778-953-2092 19-20 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC & Lessons, Saskatoon SK, Lynn 306-291-9278, ml.sander@shaw.ca 19-20 (TBC) INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes hughesqh@telus.net 19-20 WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC w/Julie Alonzo, Spanish Cross Ranch, Oliver BC, Vikki 250-498-7446 19-21 BCQHA FUN TRAIL WEEKEND EVENT, clinic, competitions, trail riding, socials, Back 40, Yankee Flats/Salmon Arm BC, Laureen 250-503-7010, tarbaby2@telus.net 19-21 ENDURANCE RIDE 3-DAY 12/25/50/75, Titanium Run Pioneer, Fort St. John BC, Tara Macleod, titanium3@gmail.com, www.erabc.com/events 19-21 BDRC SHOW, GYMKHANA & CLINIC, Barriere BC, www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 19-25 KELOWNA, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 23-27 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Purpose Camp 2, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net 25-27 BC MORGAN HORSE SHOW (open to all breeds), NW Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden WA, Peter Morrison 604-628-7401, www.bcmorgan.com 26 AERC CRONIES Fun Group, 11-12:30 bring snack/lunch, Just 4 Horses Stables, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 26 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com 26 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW #2, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Janeen 604-855-1152, fogwot@telus.net 26-27 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Sagewood, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer circlecreek@telus.net 26-27 SIDA SPRING FLING DRESSAGE, Bronze/Gold, Isabel.reinertson@gmail.com 26-27 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC Foundation Horsemanship & more, St. Andrews MB (Friday night demo 7pm), Francine 204-771-5335, secondchanceranchmb@gmail.com 26-27 MOUNTED ARCHERY COMPETITION, Mount Currie BC, www.horsebackarchery.ca 27 PRC GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 27 FUN DAY, 10 am start, at Cindy Kirschman’s, Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-927 27 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com 30-Jun 3 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Camp 3, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net


1-3 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, www.hoofgeeks.com/clinics 1-3 RENDEZVOUS (Back Country Horsemen of BC), Barriere BC, www.bchorsemen.org 2 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, High Sage, Cache Creek BC, June Melhuish 250-256-7035, junemelhuish@gmail.com, www.erabc.com/events 2 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Mary Ratz mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com 3 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Michelle Moghari M2moghari@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 3 BCLM PONY CLUB, Reg’l Pony Club Prince Phillip Games Day, Campbell Valley Park Eq. Arena, Langley BC, Spectators welcome! Ian McLean ian@maclean.net 3 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 3 WINDSUM SUMMER CLASSIC DRESSAGE SHOW II, Langley BC, Norma 604-789-0150, windsumenterprises@gmail.com, www.windsum.ca 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, chloewangler@gmail.com 8-10 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Regional Championship Show, Armstrong Agriplex, see www.phac.ca/bc/ 8-10 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC (Kelowna Back Country Horseman), Laura Lawrence lauralawrence@shaw.ca 9 OBSTACLE CLINIC, 10 am start, (am)Groundwork & (pm)Riding, at Cindy Kirschman’s, Lumby BC, pre-register by calling Cindy 250-547-9277

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


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



BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch



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


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

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 12/18




10/18 7/18



FARM SUPPLIES Supplements For Horses

www.DrReeds.com 2/19

EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 www.littleoasisequine.com Products and support for equine digestive health. 5/18


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BEING PREPARED MAKES THE DIFFERENCE Pre-order your Baumalight generator now for delivery in 8 weeks and get an 8% discount for planning ahead.

1-866-820-7603 • baumalight.com ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174


CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed



Business Services GUEST RANCHES


adventure | riding | hiking

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



etreat Come for a massage or for a week-long healing retreat Individual healing plans designed by therapist with 30 years of experience.


Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 (Bridge Lake BC)

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





ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 7/18

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!



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

We protect what we love.

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance

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Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l agri@capri.ca l www.capri.ca


COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 8/18

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


Custom built and installed to your needs


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

Sandy Chevallier

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com

Listing & Selling Equine and Residential Properties in the Central Okanagan Cell: 250-718-2761 or Chevy@royallepage.ca




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



GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Princeton BC) 250-378-6520 Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses


OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 8/18

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


Bring your own horse or ride ours!

affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs

2018 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!

www.montanahillguestranch.com 250-593-9807 7/18


5th of each month MAY 2018




CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 12/18 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/19 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 5/19 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 4/19 LIVE RADICALLY 306-314-4002 LIFE COACH, 4-H AND PONY CLUB CLINICS, WWW.LIVERADICALLY.CA 4/19

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 6/18




Visit our Langley BC location 106-22575 Fraser Highway w w w. e q u e s t r i a n f a s h i o n o u t f i t t e r s . c o m

WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 2/19


MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 5/18 Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or vic3030@telus.net (Sorrento BC)



PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 4/19 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 8/18 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 12/18

ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      12/18 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 3/19

TOll free: 1-844-955-2445 or 780.955.2445



TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 3/19 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com



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

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

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

8/18 7/17

DONNA HAWKINS (Aldergrove BC) 604-856-0033 donnahawkins@shaw.ca Offering Educational Clinics on evidence-based practices 3/19 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 44 • MAY 2018


OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 5/19


On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch

Check Out Our Blues!

2018 Foals will be available sired by:

Krystina Lynn Photography


The Peruvian Horse

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

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

5/19 3/17

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy


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


CUSTOM MADE CM TRAILER ‘COMPETITOR COACH’ Peruvian Paso Horses 3 Horse A/H, G/N, oversize. Aluminum protected with ‘nyalic’. 7’6” tall x 80” wide x 27 1/2’ long. Side unload door for horses. 5/8” rubber ribbed trailer mats. Trailer is completely undercoated – spray foam insulation on roof of horse area. 12’ burgundy awning. 40 gallon water tank w/outside spout. Rear tack room with 3 racks, coat &bridle hooks, blanket bars. Two roof vents, one is an escape hatch. People portion has furnace, fridge, stove, sink & oak cupboards, queen bed & lots of halogen lights. Divider wall access door into horse area. 5 aluminum panels - clip together and attach to each end of trailer for a horse enclosure. GVWR=5345kg/12,000lbs. GAWR=2672kgs/6000lbs $25,000 OBO - PRISTINE CONDITION! Madeline 250-579-1882, Madeline.bateman44@gmail.com

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

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. www.ringsteadranch.com deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763


Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 5/19 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/18

1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion 100% dilute colour guarantee. Proven producer of athletes with solid conformation, great minds & exceptional work ethic. Sire of 2012 PRc Barrel Saddle Series champion, money earning barrel & team roping offspring.

SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18

DUNIT CANADIAN STYLE 2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA. Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar, out of dam by Poco Bueno.

WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 3/19

Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno

BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion All StAllIonS AQHA 5 PAnel genetIc teSteD n/n QUAlItY oFFSPRIng FoR SAle

Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail sunsetviewranch@hotmail.ca West Kelowna, BC



MAY 2018


Rural Roots - Real Estate

EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY West coast designed 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 10+ flat acres with amazing views. Horse facilities include a 6 stall barn, heated tack room, paddocks, 7 fully fenced and x-fenced pastures with over 9,000 feet of chain link fence with 7” treated posts vibrated into the ground plus a perfect area for a riding arena, and easy access to back country trails. There is also a secondary 60x40 shop. The well is 220 ft with a 10,000 gallon cistern. A 2,000 foot underground water system supplies various farm hydrants and an automatic waterer. 5675 Deadpine Drive, Kelowna BC $1,489,000 MLS® 10139984

3 ACRE HOBBY FARM IN ABBOTSFORD Perfect to raise your two legged and four legged family. 2,400 sq. ft. home, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large kitchen and sun room with hot tub, and a loft perfect for a library or craft room which looks down into the living room. 2 gas fireplaces, new sky lights, double garage. 7 stall barn and large tack room, loafing sheds, equipment shed, board fences, hidden track, and 2 driveways. Professionally made sand ring. Landscaped with mountain view. 38836 Old Yale Road, Abbotsford BC $1,395,000 MLS ® R2236710 ??

RACHAEL GAYLARD 250-550-5064 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty rgaylard@sutton.com

16.5 ACRES – IDEAL FOR HORSES & CATTLE! Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style log home set on 16.5 private acres in the Armstrong/Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, covered hay storage, 24’ x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shelters and paddocks. Heated water lines throughout the property to pens and water troughs. Fenced and x-fenced with new metal panel and cedar rail. Alfalfa field of 8 acres produces approximately 40 tons of hay. Double garage has oil pit, as well is hooked up to septic. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website. 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $889,000 MLS ® 10148779/10148818 HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. howard@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com 5/18

MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN & VALLEY VIEWS Two residences on this 22.09 acre property, each with their own fruit trees and gardens. Perfect for cattle, horses or any livestock lover. Featuring a 44’ x 80’ barn with 2 holding stalls and a 110’ x 220’ outdoor riding arena. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, large family room, living room with floor to ceiling white quartz natural gas fireplace and dining room. Master bedroom has a walkout to the deck where you can watch the local fireworks or enjoy a hot tub to relax in. Second residence has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and own yard area. 4240 Noble Road, Armstrong BC $1,498,000 MLS ® 10134250 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty karinvassberg@viewhome4u.com www.thevassbergteam.com 6/18

2478 Hall Fish Road, Sicamous BC $739,000 MLS ® 10140276 CHARLOTTE HUTCHINSON, PREC* - Cell: 250-833-6545 Remax at Mara Lake charlottehutchinson56@gmail.com www.charlottehutchinson.com

VERA SUTTON - 778-552-6271 to set up a showing Dexter Associates Realty sutton@dexterrealty.com

TRISH GLAZIER 250-558-9598 VantageOne Realty Inc. trish@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com

RIVERFRONT ACREAGE Gorgeous ranch style home with unbounded views of rolling grounds on 27.57 acres! 750’ of riverfront on Eagle River. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open concept kitchen with a huge dining room. Great room for entertaining with a wet bar and wood stove. Many upgrades such as a roof in 2016, flooring, wood burning stove and more! Land has riding rings, paddocks, stable, 50’ x 60’ barn (100 amp/240 service), year-round water. Back 15 acres is sub-irrigated and produces hay. 5 minutes to Sicamous for access to Mara and Shuswap Lakes and sledding locations.


YOUR EQUESTRIAN DREAM COME TRUE! This rustic style rancher is situated on over 31 acres. Property features an impressive 255’ x 69’ indoor riding arena with 14 10’ x 12’ holding stalls and a farrier/groomer’s bay, spacious workshop, sauna house, chicken coops, hay storage, shaving shed, exerciser, 20’ x 60’Dressage arena, 16 small holding paddocks, 10 larger paddocks, and 3 pastures. Hardwood floors, tiles throughout with 3 wood/pellet stoves and sliding barn doors. Open concept living room to kitchen make entertaining company very enjoyable and personable. Riding arena has a small 2 floor apartment with viewing windows and laundry in unit for guests or ranch hands. 2404 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $2,200,000 MLS ® 10142855 KARIN VASSBERG, REALTOR® 250-540-4879 Royal LePage Downtown Realty karinvassberg@viewhome4u.com 6/18 www.thevassbergteam.com




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29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988 www.cummings.ca




Large Indoor and Outdoor Arena 24 Stalls and Paddocks Available for April 2018 Also available 2 bedroom apartment (optional) Currently run as an Equestrian Centre offering full/self board, clinics, lessons and agility classes. Contact: 250-717-5673 or 250-878-5102 Email: centralaircharters@telus.net


HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/18

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


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com


Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: deboersherri2@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/18 12/17



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