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Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism. Also known as “vibrational medicine,” homeopathic medicine is based on the principle that natural substances are capable, in a diluted form, of curing the same symptoms they cause in a crude form when taken by a healthy person. This is known as the Law of Similars or “like cures like.” When a substance is administered in large crude dosages to a healthy body it will produce specific symptoms of disease, but when this same substance is reduced and diluted to the “essence” of the substance it will stimulate the body’s reactive forces to relieve the symptoms and overcome the condition. For example, crude Arsenic causes symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, restlessness and anxiety - but in minute doses it will actually relieve these symptoms of poisoning. Peeling an onion causes irritating eye and nose discharge, therefore homeopathic onion is a useful remedy for the common cold. Homeopathic remedies are commonly prepared from plants, minerals or animal products.

Instead of suppressing symptoms, homeopathic remedies support the inherent ability of the body to heal. They are fast-acting, effective and extremely safe with no unwanted side effects. They can be used for people (and animals), including babies and the elderly.


Selecting and administering homeopathic remedies Homeopathic remedies are available as small white sugar tablets, granules and pellets, and in a liquid form which can be added to water. They are also available as ointments or liniments that are used externally. Soluble pellets as well as liquids should be administered directly into a clean mouth without food, otherwise the vibration may be absorbed by the food. Homeopathic remedies should be stored away from direct sunlight, strong electrical fields such as computers, refrigerators, stoves or other appliances, and strong aromatic substances such as essential oils.

When to use Homeopathic remedies can be used for virtually all health conditions including injuries, inflammation, flu, colds, fevers, skin conditions, respiratory problems, allergies, infections, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and emotional problems. In acute conditions, homeopathic medicines are very fast acting. Often you will experience

results within one to two minutes of administering the correct remedy. As a general rule, and unless otherwise instructed, discontinue the remedy as soon as symptoms disappear; if symptoms reappear repeat the remedy and use as needed. A variety of homeopathic medicines are recommended in Chapter 8 for specific health conditions. However, these are guidelines only and for in-depth and/ or constitutional prescribing, it is best to consult with a classical homeopath. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS is an Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist, Homeopathic Practitioner and Medical Intuitive. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and is a regular speaker at equine seminars and conferences.

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ell we made it back from The Mane Event in Chilliwack. My understanding is they had a record crowd beating all previous attendance records at Chilliwack! Way to go Barker family and ALL your volunteers! We’ll have a full report on The Mane Event in our December issue. Saddle Up had some great visitors at our booth with a lot of positive feedback; considering this is now our 11th year – we’re obviously doing something right! Keep on reading and picking us up at your favourite store! Saddle Up also attended (and sponsored) The Equine Extravaganza in Pritchard – they raised A Goodbye dear Gem – LOT of money for the Children’s Wish Foundation we miss you already – fabulous, a job well-done! See more on page 12. As the year comes closer to an end, the clubs start winding down with their AGMs, year-end banquets, etc. I hope you do read the club news, as ‘their’ news could possibly help ‘your’ club! AGMs? Most people don’t like attending them, mainly a fear of getting elected or roped into something. But as a member (or interested party) – if you don’t get involved… NOTHING will change. And if you don’t join the club or VOLUNTEER your time… well, maybe… good-bye club! Your lack of input can affect a club. I encourage you all to get involved… participate… share ideas… volunteer. We’re all busy with our own lives, but never too busy to be with horses! Get out there and just DO IT!

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ello Nancy: We live on a fair amount of acreage between Burns Lake and Houston. I frequent the P&B Feeds Store in Burns Lake for a lot of our farm requirements/feed and every month I pick up my copy of Saddle Up. I enjoy keeping “in touch” with the news and views and all the interesting articles published. I cannot begin to tell you the memories that were stirred up when I saw your “Tails to Be Told” article; so I thought it would be fun to send off a few pictures and a little story about a particular special little ‘guy’ in my life. I am now 55 years old so this is going back well over 40 years ago and certainly to a very different place and time – they were very happy childhood years and memories. It seems so long ago – yet as the memory flows from my fingertips to paper

it is like yesterday. I can hear the sounds, smell the smells – maybe if I try hard enough I will even feel that soft, gentle Roman muzzle blowing his warm grassy breath into my neck. - Anne Dos Santos, Burns Lake (See Anne’s story on page 38-39)


rom the Editor…. We received a whack of letters from gals that expressed their disappointment in Saddle Up printing the story “Selling Horses at Auction” in our September issue. Due to limited space, we could only print one as below, to give you an idea of how upset they were. One of the letters we received: “I’m not sure of your idea of “Backbone of the Industry” but I would simply suggest googling how horses go to slaughter, mostly from the auction houses. If you don’t cry and regret your article,

you’re not human. I’d be starting to either think of how to apologize for the horse souls lost in the horse slaughter houses or to the horses right now standing in a fi lthy field or stall at the auction house waiting for their demise at a slaughterhouse. If this “Saddle Up” magazine is any reflection of you, I’ll pass.” - Debra Thompson Other letters received were from: Melinda Stever; Dana Lacroix; Amy Lizee; Shelley Mottershead; and Deborah Coulter, Santa Clarita, CA. I did take the time to respond to each letter and want to remind our readers that… “Saddle Up does not endorse or necessarily agree with any articles whether they be about training, new products on the market, or in this case, auction services. That statement is clearly printed on page 4 in the magazine.”

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EQUIANA Horsewomanship Clinics and Workshops for Women with Kathryn Kincannon-Irwin

Horses They feel what they feel. They do what they do. And they get on with it. They don’t THINK about staying in the moment and going with the flow. They just do it. Despite their vulnerability. It’s no wonder horses tug at a woman’s heartstrings. We understand their fears and long to make them feel calm, relaxed and confident in a dog-eat-dog world – to see them soften, lighten, their fight-or-flight instincts dissolved. So sets the stage for EQUIANA. Workshops and clinics with horses as our mediums. Their big brown eyes will draw us in and take us out of our heads, shedding light on who and how we are, grounding us in what matters – what works and what doesn’t, and why. You don’t need to be a Horsewoman - just a Horse Lover. And be open to what the horses have to tell you and show you. About yourself. About the world around you. You will be humbled. Empowered. Amazed.


Laws of Nature Leadership By Chris Irwin Last month I ended my column by saying that I would like to begin a new series, LAWS OF NATURE LEADERSHIP, which will explore what I refer to as equine assisted personal development, or EAPD. I also mentioned that horse sense can be the perfect compass to help us find our way in a dog-eat-dog world out of control.


decided that, before I write any further about my view on what horses have taught me about life, learning, healing and leadership, perhaps I should do a search on the Internet for the term “horse sense.” The results provided definitions varying from “sound, practical judgment” to “everyday common intuitive logic.” Of course, having said all of the above, look at news of the world and it is sadly obvious that “horse sense” is in short supply. True horse sense would have to

be about the wisdom that can only be found in nature where the foremost law is survival of the fittest. So horse sense is about finding our way within the symbiotic relationship between predator and prey. The fact is that dogs and cats are predators and horses are the cousins to the rabbit and the deer. Authentic horse sense must bring into consideration the realities of living as prey in the natural world. From the environmental crisis to global financial mismanagement, from


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corruption in politics and religion to apathy in education, from violent crimes to identity theft, from bullying to belittling, we are all vulnerable to the predatory behaviours of our fellow human beings. We all do our best to survive in a “dog-eat-dog world.” Now consider that we want our horses to both respect and trust us. In fact, we want our horses to give themselves over to us completely. We want our horses to relinquish their body, mind and spirit to our control. We play God with our horses. So horse sense for us must be about being able to do for ourselves what we ask of our horses. What would it take for you to embrace vulnerability? What would it take to be able to calmly face your fears and go forward without hesitation? What does it take to create change in your life, to enhance well-being and boldly go where you’ve never gone before? These questions have been the central themes of two recent events at Riversong Ranch. The first, at the War Horse Symposium on September 15-16, where approximately 30 “first responders” gathered to discuss strategies to improve upon their abilities to provide peer support to their colleagues suffering from occupational stress and/or post traumatic stress disorder. This was an incredible group of police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians coming from as far away as Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. Members from Calgary, Edmonton and local first responders also participated during the two days of networking at Riversong. And many also HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Leadership, cont’d enjoyed an experience in developing their horse sense in a brief introduction to equine assisted personal development. EAPD is when we work together with people and horses to literally develop the horse sense of the participants. Not merely in metaphorical understanding but in literal and practical application. People learn how to think like a horse and play horse games by horse rules, in order to be the better horse, and in order to bring their predator and prey psychology and body language into balance. The focus of this concept is not what people might assume. EAPD is not necessarily designed for those suffering with PTSD but instead for those facilitators, counsellors, social workers and mental health professionals who reach out to work with people with traumatic stress. It’s not a metaphor - if you learn how to adapt your approach to the needs of a horse in order to gain respect, trust, focus and willingness, then your “bedside manner” for dealing with people has just improved considerably. EAPD can be challenging and revealing as people quickly gain insights and newfound awareness for the fact that their body language has a mind of its own, and they did not know what they did not know about their own behaviour! On September 27, a variety of representatives from regional schools and community outreach programs gathered at Riversong Ranch for a special presentation on horse sense as a path for personal development for at-risk youth. The audience was spellbound as Kathryn and I demonstrated the basics of horse communication with a group of six horses loose in the arena. By the time volunteers came in to experience bringing their own predator and prey body language and behaviour into balance, everyone could see the connection to parenting, teaching, managing, coaching and counselling, and the concept of leadership as shepherding the vulnerable. Very specifically, horse sense can be incredibly good medicine for the at-risk youth themselves. From police with PTSD to teenagers with ADHD - a horse is a horse, and people are people, but we all bleed the same colour and we could all use a healthy dose of bringing the lion into balance with the lamb.

Staff Sergeant Rodney Koscielny of the Whitecourt, Alberta RCMP detachment being coached by Kathryn Kincannon-Irwin on how to “take the reins” during a recent exercise in developing horse sense at the War Horse Symposium held at Riversong Ranch.

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Oregon to Summerland: A View from the Trail By Tom Hebert On an early September day, a northbound horse trailer with a registered Spanish Mustang aboard - a straight Indian pony, 13.2 hands high, humorless and tougher than nails - cleared the Oroville/Osoyoos national boundary with no dispute.


fter a fine few days outside Osoyoos, trail riding with new friends and vacation dining in an upscale and slick Osoyoos, Eusebio and I headed north to a sophisticated Summerland. Here we spent part of the second week of September horse camping at, and riding out of, the municipally-owned Summerland Rodeo Grounds located about ten minutes from downtown Summerland. It all could not have been better. I live in Pendleton, Oregon not far from the Columbia River, and so it’s a fairly easy 350-mile drive to Summerland. Plus, for an American, there are the usual emigrant excitements of gold, land to steal, and women to run off with. But not to be distracted from what I was really there for, with some good help from a local cowhand we worked up two great rides, including a heart-stopper to the top of Mt. Conkle, a tall and vigorous hogback, part of the mountain mass that surrounds Summerland. Starting mid-afternoon, we had thought to take a more modest ride up the back side of Conkle on old cattle trails, kind of moseying around while he lined out his young sorrel Quarter Horse. But as the horse was going well enough we kept on, as well-mounted horse folks in beautiful country are apt to do. Soon we were headed up some really steep slopes with several trails arguing amongst themselves as to the best route up. 8 • Saddle Up • November 2011

Eventually, at about 5:30, we topped out along a rock escarpment that runs parallel to the distant town and lake below; it gave us a dazzling mountain urban view of the first water. I come from the powerful Blue Mountains, but we got nothing like this. My last ride took place on the day of a busy equestrian show. Walking around the grounds as disciplined and lovely young girls (no boys) walked, trotted, cantered, and jogged for English and Western Pleasure Highpoints (though they are rarely seen on actual trail rides), I found a horse-husband saddling up a huge, honestto-goodness trail Clydesdale. I said, “Where you going?” He said, “Out for a trail ride along the river while my wife competes.” “Hot damn!” I said. “Mind if I tag along?” In six minutes flat, I was tacked up and ready to rock. Well, it turned out that this guy was more horsey than the usual horsehusband, who would rather be at home mowing the lawn. Clearly, he had learned to ride that Clydesdale. Even better, he’s a galloper! You see, even in my seventies, I’m an inveterate galloper. Give my shoeless pony and me a quarter mile of clear trail, or maybe just some trail fit for extreme trail riding, and we will take off and go for it, flat out. This man, too. He had never been conditioned that galloping is taboo. I mean, except in a movie, when’s the last time you saw someone, anywhere, gallop? With rarely anyone even trotting, my friend Lance calls the usual group trail ride a “death march.” Anyway, we walked, trotted, and galloped down this river trail away from the grounds, onto some Indian Reserve land with loose (not wild) horses along the way, then came to a short steel bridge that led over to a ranch. My guide commented that he always had to walk his horse across bridges, because his Clyde would simply

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lock up if he didn’t dismount. Well, not one to pass up an intervention, I trotted Eusebio across the bridge, turned and then suggested that he walk his horse over to me. He got off and began to hike but, mid-way, I stopped him. “Get on your horse now and ride him the rest of the way.” He did. “Now ride him back.” He did. “Now, again, back and forth.” In less than ten minutes, we created a bridge-handling Clydesdale who didn’t at all mind his big feet loudly thrumming the steel plates of the old bridge. Good fun. Speaking of change, my only question about the Summerland Rodeo Grounds (which no longer serves up rodeo) is why does the city and the volunteer Equine Development Committee, which manages it, make so little of it? Now, I appreciate that it is not a welcome thought to Canadians that yet again an American is riding horseback HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Oregon to Summerland, cont’d

This is the scope of one of the events. Osoyoos trail ride with new friends.

into your country asking such questions, even making suggestions about what to do. But rather than an ugly American, think of me as a “Boston” - Chinook jargon for early American traders who rode horses exactly like mine when all of Oregon country was British. Let me also say here that my trip north showed me clearly that we share the same changing horse world: one that is rapidly losing its traditional place in our lives, what with horse prices plummeting, trails being lost to development and disuse, children not learning to keep and ride horses (horse kids finish high school and college at higher rates than non-horse kids), and with public equine-related facilities everywhere losing support. We’re all in this together. You see, while the grounds may seem to be a sort of municipal step-child fi xer-upper, with some collaborative brainstorming there could be some fine rides hosted. Dozens, or indeed hundreds, of riders could gather in Summerland to overnight, ride out, ride back, eat, drink, and be merry with music and dancing in the main hall. As one example, each year I ride in a Back Country

Summerland Rodeo Grounds campsite. They have many kinds of camp sites, I like this one for privacy and good country living. FYI, I built the trailer to be pulled by my 4-cylinder rig. I also live in it on the road.

Horsemen of Washington winery ride that brings hundreds of riders from all over the Northwest to ride between a dozen or so wineries, and then party late into the night. Just one idea. There are many more, including these ideas from Summerland’s own Parks and Recreation 2001 Master Plan: “The Summerland Rodeo Grounds has great potential for a wide variety of functions including a ‘trail head’ for the Trans Canada Trail, as well as the presentation of agricultural events, the sponsorship of rodeos and other activities, and the development of an indoor facility such as an agriplex or exhibition building similar to facilities in many BC communities. (This type of building usually includes a large open space and concrete floor to accommodate a wide variety of functions).” And these ideas from the Equine

Development Committee’s own website: “Our group is excited about the possibilities of revitalizing this facility for the enjoyment of multi-disciplinary activities, including festivals, horse shows, ATV jamborees, poker tournaments, farmers markets and outdoor performances.” Well, folks, you own a good facility in great trail country near lots of horse people. Isn’t it time to get everyone around the table?

Tom Hebert is a public policy consultant living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation outside Pendleton, Oregon, where he has been a longtime advocate and tribal consultant on youth horse programs. Email him at tlhmavrick@gmail. com

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n the last installment, we talked about riding your pattern correctly and with symmetry. Most of the articles in this series are to give helpful advice on what to do correctly to raise your score and help you with getting to the next level. However, I want to make sure that I also give plenty of ideas on what NOT to do! There are so many times when I am judging and want to just get up and help someone with their ride. That is the trainer and coach in me. Many times I will say to myself, “If they just didn’t do that particular thing in their pattern, it would have gone so much better.” There are also times when the level of competition at many weekend shows is above-average. Riding a clean, mistakefree pattern can land you close to the top without having a prefect ride. Every judge has pet peeves, likes and dislikes. I would say that my biggest issue is using the spur stop on a loose rein and only riding the horse with your legs. This includes riding the horse in the pattern or on the rail with the spur brake to adjust your speed, and having your horse canter with his hip too far to the inside. Usually when this happens, the horse will not move correctly in a three-beat cadenced lope. Spur stopping your horse will also push your knees out and you will lose contact with the sides of your horse,

as well as creating unnecessary space between your leg and the barrel of the horse. An extremely loose set of reins will create additional lack of communication with the horse. You would also have to raise your hands way too far to reach the mouth of the horse when picking up on the reins. I understand that the western pleasure class has created some of this, however horsemanship is an entirely different event. Many exhibitors will also draw their horses down to the trashy, slow lope which will make it easier for them to sit in the saddle more quietly. I understand the thought process in this concept, but I want to reward proper movement at all three gaits. It is necessary for horses that do the trail event to have a spur stop on them to be able to lope into a six-foot box and stop properly and suddenly without pulling on their mouth to avoid stepping out of the box. I also feel that having more buttons on your horse is a good thing, as long as you do not take it to the extreme. Riding your horse in the trail and western riding will require leg pressure to manoeuvre around obstacles freely without pulling on your horse’s mouth. If your horse does have a spur stop, there is nothing wrong with gently picking up on the reins, squeezing with your legs, and using a soft verbal cue to halt. Reasonably loose

reins are ok, as long as the exhibitor can remain in light contact with the horse’s mouth by picking their rein hand up a few inches. Total communication between horse and rider is what I personally look for. Hands, legs, and the seat - used equally - will make the communication for performance work great. More tips to follow next month and until then, enjoy educating your horse and yourself! Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008. More information can be found at his website,

Announcing The Ultimate Lead Changes Series! Over two years in the making, this 3 DVD set from AQHA Judge, AQHA Professional Trainer and clinician, Mark Sheridan is now available! Beautifully fi lmed and edited with over four hours of hands on instruction, this series takes the rider through achieving the perfect lead changes from start to finish. These DVD’s are a wonderful tool for all riding disciplines from Western, English, Dressage, Reining, Working Cow horse, Hunters and Jumpers, and more. Mark Sheridan brings a hands-on, easy to understand, step-by-step teaching style that will ensure your success. Lead changes can and should be fun for you and your horse. Don’t miss your chance to finally achieve proper correct and relaxed lead changes from your equine partner. For more information and ordering, visit 10 • Saddle Up • November 2011


Horsey Ladies Charity Auction Coming Up! By Nancy Roman


he 14th Annual North Okanagan Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Banquet is around the corner on November 18th at the Spallumcheen Golf Course north of Vernon. The Horsey Ladies have raised over $39,000 to date and all money from the auction items has been given back to a local charity that the gals vote on that evening. Tickets sell out every year and are available at The Paddock Tack & Togs (Vernon), Country West Supply (Armstrong), Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm), and the Corner Corral/Aberdeen Market (Vernon; but they have sold out already). Some of the NEW items on the Silent Auction block this year are: A breeding to Andalusian Stallion “Arrow Ruby displaying an auction item Breeding to Arrow Ciclon Ciclon,” a 2005 16HH PRE Andalusian Stallion, having won multiple Andalusian as well as Open Championships, for him or her, your horse or dog, children, decorative/festive, donated by Heritage Andalusians; numerous Guest Ranch yummy stuff like chocolate, and more – we have it all thanks to getaways including newcomers (to our event) Echo Valley Ranch our generous sponsors. & Spa (Jesmond, BC); Blue Coyote Bed & Bales (Salmo, BC); and This fundraiser and ‘social’ is open to all ladies – whether Red Willow Guest Ranch (Lone Butte, BC) to name only a few. ‘horsey’ or not, limited to 130 gals – so don’t delay – buy your $30 This event also makes for great “Christmas” shopping for ticket today! If you need more info, call Nancy at 250-546-9922. everyone on your list, as other items donated can include things


Equine Extravaganza for Children’s Wish Photos courtesy of Laurie Munsell and Saddle Up magazine


n Saturday, October 8th, in Pritchard, BC, Mackenzie Meadows and the Training for Courage Center held the Equine Extravaganza Benefit/Charity for The Children’s Wish Foundation. Organizers were thrilled to have raised $3,996.00 for the BC/Yukon Chapter. The event was attended with over 100 people coming out to enjoy the entertaining as well as inspirational exhibitions and training demos by Paul Dufresne of Training for Courage with his horses and dog “So-she.” Proceeds were raised from the ‘entry by donation’ and the ‘spectator bids’ on the items supplied by their wonderful sponsors for the silent auction. “We would like to thank our promotional sponsors: Nancy Roman from Saddle Up magazine for helping with the major promotion of this event and also for attending; and Interior Buy and Sell who also assisted in the promotion of the event as well as being occasionally mentioned on Country station 103.1. This event would not have been possible without their help, it was greatly appreciated,” says Paul Dufresne.

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The ‘Silent Auction’ provided excellent bargains for those who bid; and great thanks to contributors: Paul Dufresne, Alan Mackenzie, River City Shavings & Arrow Trucking, Liz MittenRyan (Equinisity), Martin Thompson log furniture, Sandra Wallin-Psych-K, Newton Optometry, Krista Reid Velocity Sports Jewellery, Mandy Blais-Nag Bags, The Horse Barn, Buckerfields, Flack’s Ultra Kelp, Cowgirl Kreations, AgriSupply, and Peter Murray’s Corn Farm. Lots of great products went home with some happy people who were glad they attended and supported this event. A great job was done by organizers… the Mackenzie family and Paul Dufresne and crew. A special thank you to Laurie Munsell for videotaping and taking some photographs as seen here. “We hope everyone enjoyed the charitable efforts to provide kids with an opportunity they might not otherwise have had through The Children’s Wish Foundation! THANK YOU ALL!”

For those of you that couldn’t attend, you can view the compilation of exhibitions on this link, courtesy of Laurie Munsell, watch?v=3QJQQrt-5OQ

The Paint Filly donated to the Silent Auction by the Mackenzie family.

Nancy Roman chatting with Ruth Flack, Rebecca Gillham and Karen Wilkie-Boyd.


Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, Certified Journeyman Farrier

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well I don’t have that much room. This is something that is very common, that many farriers see. Some will say the shoe is too big, some too small, others, just right. Each one has their own opinion about what is shown here, and they have a right to.


his horse was done two weeks before we saw it. It is ridden three to five times a week; the rider does dressage, and some jumping. The mother of the young lady who rides this horse found a “cheap” farrier through an online resource. On the first ride the horse nosedived severely and just about ran over the young lady. For the next week this was a continual ritual. Fearing for the safety of her daughter, she sought out an accredited association. She found us (the WCFA, myself and the people that work for me) and we went out a week later. I make it a habit not to say anything about the work of others that I see, unless it is good. The horse said it all for us. After being rebalanced and fit appropriately, it was like a new horse. The young lady saddled up when we were done with her mare and, while we were working on another horse, she went for a ride. Not a stitch of trouble, even after six weeks and an incredible amount of foot growth, the mare was still comfortable and safe to ride. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when things go right. Situations such as these, I don’t “brag” about, I enjoy it better when the horse does. Many farriers have stories like this. Just what I said, STORIES. I know what is written above is a contradiction to what I just said, but I had to make my point. When someone stands on a soapbox and tells you to step right up and buy this amazing, marvellous, cure all, you are a little nervous about it. Now, why would you not be nervous when an equine professional tells you the same thing? I think it’s due to having the horse’s best interest at heart, doing what is thought to be best as told by a equine professional, and making the decision for our fourHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

legged (getting fuzzy) friend. If someone works on ten horses, and nine of them go the same or a little worse, you are not going to hear about the nine from the person you hired - however you will hear about the one that went great. This is troublesome, and where I think the character of a skilled and quality craftsman comes out. Listen to what your horse is telling you. Granted, we all have made a mistake, but it is how the mistake is handled that I believe is important. • 13

Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne DANCE AT LIBERTY, PART 4: RECALL

In parts 1 to 3 of Dancing at Liberty, I discussed how you can affect your horse with your energy and body language by utilizing the three major zones. You can cause a horse to move away from you, to stop, or to turn toward you.

Pressure on hip


Turning in

he focus of this installment is developing that “turn toward you” into a quality recall which includes some speed. It is valuable to have a horse that will come to you when you ask. To have a horse come to you with respect, politeness, and enthusiasm at a canter is positively exciting. People may struggle with the respect aspect of their relationship. Either the horse comes to them but threatens to trample them or the horse is reluctant to come. Before you

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Coming in

ask a horse to come to you, you want to make sure the horse understands moving away from you when asked. Once the horse understands this, you want to teach the horse to come all the way to edge of your bubble. Horses that learn to move from our space when asked may then be somewhat reluctant to come right into it. For them to feel secure, they have to know you are a leader that is not a threat to their comfort, and that it is all right to come into your space - when asked to. It was common practice in the NH approach to allow the horse to run away or encourage it to do so if they choose to leave. However, causing a horse to run away may be counterproductive to teaching the horse to stay with you and engage in a positive interaction. The more you chase, the more it may get excited. The more they learn to do this, the less you can teach them. Some people don’t understand that the more a horse runs in a negative shape (counter-flexion or inverted) the more the horse is physically/emotionally impaired. This physical and emotional negativity may encourage anxious resistance rather than respect. What you want to do is add only as much energy to the horse’s movement as it can relax in. The easiest way I know to get a horse to come to me is to have it comfortable moving away from me at a walk and then put pressure on the inside hip (zone 3) to cause the horse to turn in. I then move myself into its path while bringing the energy back into my core. If the horse comes forward, I will praise it by dropping the pressure and leave it alone. If this is repeated a few times the horse will start guessing to come to me. If I just wait there calmly looking at them like a friend coming to visit and not staring them down with anticipation, they will keep coming forward. Some trainers diminish their posture, which I would discourage. A calm, quiet lead horse does not have to make itself smaller to cause another horse to want to come into their space. You need to convince the horse with a calm and confident posture that it is okay to come in. A horse is inclined to want to be with the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d

Cause him to track, whip flutter, and move sideways

Block forward movement - arm and whip flutter to bring attention to it (pushier stallion)

lead and will do so when it doesn’t feel threatened. When the horse feels secure in the presence of the lead it will give to the suggestion willingly as it seeks the security offered by the relationship. If a horse (some stallions especially) comes in too forward without respecting the edges of my bubble, I block it. The more bold the horse, the bigger my bubble. The more polite the approach is in watching for the outer limit of my bubble, the more I allow the horse to come in. I block the horse by merely raising my hand, shoulder, and whip (if necessary) telling it that this is close enough. If it complies and waits, then I take away my pressure and just relax with the horse. If a horse starts to come in but gets distracted, I will wiggle the whip or flag behind me so it looks at me. My pressure is still drawing the horse in but I want it to keep paying attention to me. I teach the horse to come into positive leadership pressure. The strength in my presence and posture will vary with the confidence of the horse. I may be very solid for a pushy stallion, but softer with a less confident horse. You never want to look weak to the follower nor do you want to be oppressive in any way. That can be a difficult line for people to find and adjust with different horses. As the horse becomes confident I then progress to having the horse move out and come in at the trot. Any time the horse makes an attempt to come in trotting, I will release the pressure and reward that. As the speed increases, remember to always keep your bubble clearly delineated. I continue to hone this at a trot, and then I will progress to the canter. With my horses I like to whistle to call them in. This is clearly audible, signals an end to whatever exercise we were doing, and means that I want the horse to come in and hang out with me. I may step out forward and away from the horse letting my whip add energy from behind to get it to hurry in. I may reward with a treat if I ask the horse to hurry up and it comes in more quickly. All you have to do is be consistent and confident while you slowly build this. When your horse comes in to you, celebrate it by playing or just hanging out. Too often we are so busy trying to train that we inhibit the possibility of a good connection with the horse because there is not enough calm in the relationship. The old expression “the slower you go the faster you go” applies with horses. Hmmm... HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Hanging out; breathe and relax

and people too! Coming up next month in this series: Playing and Collection at Liberty. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at • 15

Old Baldy Ranch Sale Report By Colleen Wangler


very successful Production Sale on September 24th saw a standing room only crowd at Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Mart, Dawson Creek, BC. After a heated round of bidding… the High Selling Weanling was Lot #326, an outstanding silver grullo colt, AW SILVERADO BLUES pending, sold to Bruce and Cathy Szafron of Grande Prairie, Alberta for $2,000.00. After the dust settled on this hotly sought after baby, Reserve High Selling Weanling went to Lot #325, an extremely well put together and colorful light dun colt, AW POCO GOLD N ROCK pending, sold to a very knowledgeable horsewoman Lucy Patry of Spirit River, Alberta for $1,800.00; who also purchased Lot #309, a beautiful Jaz Poco Silverado fi lly. And it is interesting to note that both these colts, by our new stallion JAZ POCO SILVERADO, are also grandsons of our first AQHA/NFQH stallion GOLDUN POCO MR MATT. Keeping back some of Matt’s daughters for our broodmare band was a long term goal. Broodmares are still having a tough time in the horse market but we were pleased to see our High Selling Mare, Lot #322, SHADY JETS, go to Dan Peters of Prespatou, BC for $1,225.00. Dan has supported our sale every year and we appreciate your business. A personal favourite, AW POCO DUALLY, Lot #320, a 5-year-old dun gelding under saddle, sold to Harold and Devon Reay who have recently moved to the Peace Country from Williams Lake, BC for $3,000.00. Dually has found a perfect home with his new family as he will now start his new career in the heel box, which he was bred to do. And Devon, I must say, you and Dually looked so happy together at our roping the other day. Many thanks to Chantelle Greenberg of Dawson Creek, BC for your purchase of Lot #327, a beautiful 100% NFQH fi lly, AW POCO CORAL DOVE pending; all 16 • Saddle Up • November 2011

proceeds from this fi lly were donated on the spot to Wendy Davies, manager of the South Peace SPCA. This will become an annual tradition to give the proceeds of one baby to this deserving organization. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank all of you who picked out your babies and purchased them as soon as they were posted on our website: Duncan Murray of Langley, BC the proud new owner of our August Saddle Up ‘cover boy’ AW STEEL BOLT ACTION; Diane Austin of Quesnel, BC purchasing AW STEEL HANCOCK; Bob and Leona Hole of Clearwater, BC purchasing a beautiful strawberry red roan fi lly, your second Old Baldy purchase this year; and to Marci Zuly of Orono, ON pue purchasing AW BLUE TE MARQUIS, a gorgeous true blue roan colt. Be sure to mark your calendar for our next Production Sale in September 2012.

High Selling Weanling AW SILVERADO BLUES pending, AQHA/NFQH 99%

Reserve High Selling Weanling AW POCO GOLD N ROCK pending, AQHA/NFQH 96%

AW POCO CORAL DOVE pending, AQHA/NFQH 100%. All proceeds donated to the SPCA.


High Selling Broodmare SHADY JETS


Project Equus By Theresa Nolet Hallelujah! Avalon had her foal and all went well! On October 9, Sunday morning of the Thanksgiving weekend, Deb Silk went down to do the morning rounds and there, pretty as a picture, was the latest and last addition to the Kamloops herd!


lthough we were undecided at first, thinking it might be a girl, soon all was revealed and we knew we had a beautiful colt! Avalon has backtracked a little on her training since having the foal - hormones maybe? However, we are continuing to work with her and she is improving. One thing that is interesting to me is that even though she has decided that perhaps she prefers not to cooperate and be haltered without some discussion, she has no problem with letting us handle her baby for some good bum scratches and ear rubs. She is a good mom, keeping him in her line of sight, but seems very relaxed to let us handle him, as long as she can see what is going on. Keeping with our program of naming all the horses starting with an “A,� Deb has christened him Applejack. I call him AJ for short. Having AJ at the Critteraid farm has presented some problems, as the farm was originally intended for raising


ostriches! In order to keep AJ safe, we are going to have to invest in some more fencing so that he will have safe access to the pasture. Okay, so you know what is coming next, right? Yes, we could really use some donations to help us with this new expense. If you would like to make a donation in Applejack’s name, you can go online to and use PayPal. You can also mail a donation to: Box 235, 113 - 437 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 5L1. Please mention that your donation is for Project Equus or Applejack, so that it will be designated for the horses and this fencing project. Presently available for adoption are Anastasia and her just weaned fi lly, Aurora, Aragorn the former stallion, and Abercrombie, Avalon’s colt from last year. Abercrombie has one blue eye and is VERY friendly; he has been gelded and is up to date on his vaccinations (all of the

horses are). He is ready for a loving home. Avalon is also available for adoption once AJ is weaned, and he, too, will be looking for love! Want to keep informed on how the herd is doing? We now have a Facebook page, “Project Equus of Critteraid.� P.S. For those who read last month’s column... AJ makes my heart overflow with joy!

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Training with Dana Hokana HOW TO GET YOUR HORSE SOFT AND LIGHT IN THE FACE, PART 3 Three exercises to teach your horse proper flexion in the head and neck

In the last two articles, you learned how to use your hands mindfully and how to use proper hand position. In this article, I will teach you how to obtain proper flexion in the head and neck. Let me start with the principles of proper flexion. In order for a horse to bridle his head, he must flex or give in the poll and the jaw. He must also flex or give in the neck. This will enable him to have the profile and head carriage needed for our Western and English classes today.


have several exercises that will help you gain the suppleness and control of your horse’s head and neck, and enable you to teach your horse proper flexion. In order for a horse to flex or give in the poll, jaw and neck, I must be able to take

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a hold of his face and ask him to soften in my hands and give me his face. I have discovered an easy way to get control of these parts of my horse’s body. I start with teaching my horse lateral flexion of his head and neck. I do this by asking for my horse’s face laterally or off to the side. I ride two handed and take one hand out to the side, asking my horse to really bend his neck, bringing his face out to the side. Then, I ask him to step forward while having the bend through his head and neck. As I have a hold of my horse, I do not jerk unless he is pulling away from me. If he’s giving his face, I stay soft but keep my pull constant, while pushing with my legs to keep him moving forward. I pay attention to the cadence of his steps. If he’s jerky or very uneven in his motion, I work at this until he is fluid and cadenced. I also pay attention to his body language, such as his tail movement, mouth, and ears. The quieter he is, the more willing he is. I will ask for a few steps in this manoeuvre then I will drop off of him, giving him a break, letting him walk in a straight line. Then I pick him back up and ask

for the manoeuvre again. If I get a lot of resistance, I will often drive him forward to the trot. Remember: the use of forward motion will often break through a stiff or resistant horse. I have found that when my horse’s cadence becomes consistent, they have achieved a new level of willingness. I never do this exercise with draw reins or a training fork, as I’ve seen horses bite at these and get hung up - this is extremely dangerous. If at any time your horse shows too much resistance, stop and seek the help of a professional. I always work both sides of the horse’s body equally. Unless the horse is exceptionally stiff one way, I will work on that side longer until I feel them get soft in my hands. My goal is always that my horse becomes HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d

soft and flexible. This first exercise will teach your horse to flex through his neck and jaw and give in the face, when done correctly. It will help a horse that has a tight looking neck and one that is intimidated in the face and behind the bridle to “stretch out and let go in their neck” and have a nice level profi le. The previous exercise doesn’t directly address flexion in the poll or bring a horse’s chin in, but the next exercise will. In this step, I will have you ask for the exercise we just learned and once your horse is comfortable, relaxed, and giving, you will bring your hand up and across in front of the saddle horn and ask your horse to drop his nose down toward your toe. Doing this, you will increase the bend and flexion while still having his head around to the side, but gaining more control of him and asking him to flex at the poll and have his nose close to your toe. You will do this with forward motion, starting at the walk. This is a more difficult exercise and has a higher level of flexion but it also brings you greater results. Evaluate your horse’s response and watch his body language and when you get your desired response, drop your horse and give him a break. Then try again, with your goal being to get him softer HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and more responsive. Since this exercise has a tighter bend and a higher level of difficulty, it may take weeks to gain as much control and suppleness as we have shown here. Be patient, it is worth the effort. The last exercise I would do after I have mastered the first two. In this exercise, simply take a hold of your horse’s face with both hands, drawing straight back. Don’t jerk, simply draw your hands back and ask your horse to walk forward, encouraging him to be soft and light in the face. The trick to getting that nice level top line is to hold and push until he drops his head to level with his withers. Also pay attention to his feel in your hands, your goal is that he not only drops his poll but he also softens in your hands. Make sure when he does this you reward him by releasing your cue. These exercises have worked really well for me. I’ve been able to take stiff, hard-mouthed horses and turned them into soft-mouthed, supple horses. I’m able to “get a horse’s face” without using gimmicks. I’ve also found that some old, sour show horses that cheat in the pen or

don’t give their face can be turned around and made into honest, willing, show horses by using these exercises. These exercises are also shown in many of my DVDs in my Winning Strides DVD series. Best of luck to you! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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Western Horse Sale Results 2011 By Elaine Speight The 16th annual Western Horse Sale saw 70 quality horses presented by several high profile consignors on September 30, in Red Deer, AB, during the Canadian Supreme Show and Trade Fair, held September 25 to October 1.


his year’s auction featured 54 cutting, performance, and breeding stock horses sold under the gavel of Dan Skeels of Rimbey, AB. The sales resulted in a top ten average of $7,925 (vs. $7,530 in 2010) and an overall average of $3,543 (vs. $3,150 in 2010). The top-selling horse of the sale (15 sold) was a yearling stallion, lot #50, MP Chrome Catt; sire: Sophisticated Catt (High Brow Cat); dam: Rosie O Dual (Dual Pep). He was consigned by Charles and Laynee Roberts, (Mighty Peace Performance Horses) of St. Isidore, AB, and purchased by Bill Jani of Calgary, AB, for $10,800. Lot 6 Hes A Country Catt The second high-selling yearling was a red roan stallion, lot #6, Hes A Country Catt; sire: Hes A Peptospoonsful, (Peptoboonsmal); dam: Catarena Girl (High Brow Cat). He was consigned by Lot 50 MP Chrome Catt Doug Hines of Saltcoat, SK, and sold for $9,000 to Harold Radke of Ponoka, AB. Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd Of the 2-year- Building Better Stalls 1974 2011 olds sold (15), the high seller was lot #54, a bay stallion sired by Smart Mate (Smart Little Lena); dam: Lena On My Lot 54 Me And Lena Hickory (Docs Hickory); he was consigned by Tyler Darroch of Estavan SK and sold to John Swales of Millarville, AB, for $7,500.



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Horse Sale, cont’d Our second high-selling 2-yearold was lot #2, Smokinic Kid; sire: Pepinics Master (Master Remedy); dam: Pennys Dandy Kid (The Gunsmoke Kid); consigned by Wanda Cormack of Lot 60 Pistols Cocoa Jay cutting Pickardville, AB, and sold to Lorene Shorty of Pritchard, BC, for $4,000. The top-selling Sale Crowd, 2011 3-year-old (5 sold) was lot #68, WS Son Of A Rey; sire: TR Dual Rey; dam: Greystones Bunny (Bob Acre Doc); consigned by Willow Spring Ranch of Nanton, AB, and sold for $4,500 to Dick Hollingsworth of Valleyview, AB. Our second high-selling 3-year-old was lot #55, Housekeepers Pistol; sire: Pistols Smart Acre (Smart Little Pistol); dam: Housekeepers Joy (Doc O Dude); consigned by Bill and Elaine Speight of Rocky Mountain House, AB, and sold to George Bunny of Lot 71 Smart Doc A Freckles Penhold, AB, for $3,300. There were 13 riding horses sold that were 4 years old and over. The highest (and reserve high seller of the sale) was an 8-year-old mare, lot #60, a Canadian Supreme Non Pro Reserve 3-year-old Where All Around Athletes Are Created Champion, Pistols Cocoa Jay; sire: Pistols Smart Acre (Smart Little Breeders of Quality APHA and AQHA Stock Pistol); dam: Bar Olena Dude (Doc O Dude); consigned by Arlan and Cheri Ruf of Methow, WA, and sold to Paul and Lorraine Milbradt of Olds, AB for $9,750. The second high-selling horse in this division was a 4-year-old mare, Royal Red Lights; sire: CD Lights (CD Olena); dam: Playboys Royal Dry (Freckles Playboy);

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?

This article will show how to go about splitting a behaviour down into smaller steps so as to make the learning easier and more successful. Within the article, I will also explain how back-chaining can be used in teaching behaviours.


ost of the time, you will see behaviours being taught by the lumping method. Lumping is when the whole behaviour is taught at once. With clicker training, our aim is to teach the component parts of a behaviour and then link those parts back together to get a much better result. However, as goal-oriented humans, we often have great trouble being happy with just getting the small parts of a behaviour. We end up lumping, even though we know we should be splitting. How would a lumped behaviour look compared to one that has been taught with splitting? For this, let’s look at an exercise that can be done both on the ground and under saddle. Alexandra Kurland, author of many books and DVDs on horse clicker training, calls this exercise “hip-shouldershoulder.” I believe the original idea for it came from John Lyon’s work. When this exercise is done correctly, it produces a lovely flowing movement that Alex has coined the “Gene Kelly Glide.” (For those of you too young to know who I am speaking of, go Google it.) It encourages lovely shifts in balance that produce great

self carriage in the horse. This exercise begins with walking forward, then asking with a lift of the rein for the inside hind leg to come up and cross under the belly, slightly disengaging the hip. This is followed by two backward steps. There should be no disruption in the flow of the feet, and the energy should just be redirected from forward to backwards. Regarding the name of this exercise, the “shoulder” refers to the backward movement of the shoulders. Often, the horse and handler seem to rush through the exercise and it doesn’t flow or have the lovely shifts in balance that we are striving for. This happens because there is no clarity about the different parts of the behaviour; it has most likely been taught by lumping. Ideally, we should be able to stop the sequence of steps at any point along the way and start again at any point. If you can’t do this, you are both “on autopilot” - perhaps because it has been taught in a lump, like my introduction to the baler in the last article. When things get out of balance, we need to go back and rebalance by splitting it down.

How would I train, or retrain, this movement? In clicker training, we can remove the horse from the learning equation to start with. By removing the horse, we can help the handler focus on improving her mechanical skills without the added stress of having to teach her horse. Starting with one person acting as the horse and the other as the handler, I would teach each part of the sequence. I would teach this by back-chaining the behaviour, which means teaching the last step in the sequence first. Think about learning your ABC’s. When you were first learning them, the first part was easy, because it had been repeated so often, but by the time you got to the middle of the alphabet, it got harder. If you had been taught the alphabet with back-chaining, you would have been taught the end of it first, then the next-to-last section, and then the earlier letters. Your confidence, as you went through the list, would actually be increasing because you had practiced the last ones more. Rather than getting harder, it became easier and you had more confidence that you could do it. Too bad

Handler and human “horse”

Down and back, incorrect request

Upward, correct request

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Clicker, cont’d our school system doesn’t use it more! We would start with the very last part of the movement, which is the final backward step. The handler would get feedback from his human “horse” with regards to his timing, feel, etc, while asking his “horse” to back. (Each person would have a turn as the horse.) Common problems I have heard voiced by the human horses during this exercise are that the handler did not release between each step, and that they felt a downward and backwards drag from the handler when asked to back. After gathering data from the human horses, we would refine our cues and try again. We want a soft upwards lift when asking for the back step, and a release of the rein after the step happens. The sequence is: lift rein, horse moves one step back, click, release rein, and feed your treat. After this is smooth, we add in the


first back step. We make sure there is a release between the two steps and a click and treat for each step. Slowing down the process allows thinking time for everyone. We next add in the hip step which comes just before the backward steps. This is taught on its own and then added into the sequence, so we now have hip, back, back. All that is left to add would be the walking forward part and then asking for just the hip. When this is smooth, we could piece it all together to make the sequence complete. If all went well, we would be able to stop the sequence at any time. No more lumped behaviour. Then, with our handlers’ improved mechanical skills, we would return to the real horse, and start with the final back step and build from there. This technique results in a much cleaner and smoother behaviour. Both horse and handler become more confident and relaxed by the

end of the lesson - a sign of good training. Watching good training should be like watching paint dry. The results of good training should produce a lovely dance between two partners, just like Fred and Ginger. A short video clip of what this should look like with a horse can be found on my YouTube channel ( com/d1fairy/). Until next month - keep it positive. Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadianapproved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years. • 23

A Soldier’s Story By Kevan Garecki A soldier’s work is often fraught with challenges, but some are closer to home than many might think. Imagine being away from loved ones, family, spouses and most every other aspect of “normal” life in the common sense.


e horsey folk also know the bonds between ourselves and the horses in our lives can be spiritual, going far beyond that of simply horse and rider, and residing in that ephemeral realm between real life and imagination. That was the union that a soldier discovered with a young horse, and in doing so, opened places in both their hearts neither knew existed. Most Canadian soldiers are typically modest, taking quiet pride in serving Canada the best way they know how. As those who are familiar with the Armed Forces can testify, it’s not the money that draws a soldier to duty, for the pay is slim, the hours are long and the isolation, duty and workload are crushing. The little things matter most to a soldier; having a stranger nod and smile, or a child look up in admiration, are all it takes to make the load easier to bear. For those who are married or have sweethearts at home, it’s also knowing that their beloved is waiting at home, and for the odd one the ever-present yearning to fulfi ll a love of horses during the brief rotations back home. One such soldier realized a quick bond with a spry foal, and fell instantly in love with him from the start. This soldier’s dreams coalesced into a plan for the foal’s rearing and eventual training as he grew older. The soldier watched the foal every minute possible, observing him learning about his new world and interacting with the mare, and took endless delight in the experience. Each day, hopes flourished and the soldier took solace in the wonderful new dream to keep when abroad. That dream came crashing down only days later when the foal fell suddenly ill. The vet was summoned immediately, but the foal failed to come around and, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, he finally succumbed to his ailment and passed away. The aftermath was shouldered in a daze, the vet bills and other sundry tasks taken in what amounted to an emotional vacuum. The only task that proved insurmountable was coming to terms with losing this young soul so quickly, before he even had a chance at life. Likening it to losing a child, the soldier returned to active duty and became buried in work. But life was empty, the soldier pined over the foal constantly, and took joy in nothing. The only thing that kept this stoic soldier going was the duty to country and fellow Canadians. Years passed by, and throughout that time the pain never left, the gaping hole remained vacant. The soldier steeled to the resignation of never trying to get so close to a horse again, and yet part never gave up hoping. As life is wont to do, a new lease on life was in store in the form of an 24 • Saddle Up • November 2011

unexpected discovery. As dreams slowly resurfaced, the yearning for another horse began to echo, and eventually the desire overpowered fear. A young horse named Lucas entered the life of the soldier and, boldly, the challenge was accepted! This soldier wrote to me while deployed in Afghanistan, asking me to help arrange transport for Lucas. Timing was of the essence, as the soldier’s next rotation back to Canada was nearing quickly, and there was much to be done in order to ensure Lucas arrived in time. As the date for his trip home drew closer, the soldier could scarcely think of anything save seeing the new horse. Feeling something beyond his ken, yet sensing the importance of it nonetheless, Lucas himself became fidgety as well. He would cycle between his stall and paddock, gazing towards the farm entrance, sensing an arrival which he could not yet comprehend. A bond was slowly forming between two souls who had likely never met... or had they? Proving that even a soldier can cry, tears streamed from the soldier’s eyes while striding up to meet Lucas. The young gelding nickered a welcome, and bowed his head to accept the soft touch. He stood quietly to have his face caressed and neck stroked; the two simply stood for a time, just inhaling each other’s presence before welcoming the others there into their reverie. A new partnership had been formed, giving both revived hopes, renewed dreams and forging a path of discovery. It is the little things - a stranger’s smile, an admiring look from a child, the unspoken support of a loved one, indelible bonds struck with seemingly little reason, fateful alliances sealed with little more than a promise. For our very special soldier, all of these things have proven that the rewards of service come in many guises, for the universe offers that which is not necessarily tangible, but useful nonetheless. I urge you to look anew at those who guard and protect our country. Think about the lives they lead when they are at home; think about the sacrifices they make on our behalf so that we may enjoy what we take for granted. The next time you meet a soldier, remember it’s the little things that count most to them. Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)


Mysterious Kashmir By Margitta Ben-Oliel


ver 16 years ago, when I was 51, my dream came true. I was gifted my first horse - a one-yearold Arabian gelding, named Kashmir. We’ve been partners for western riding and dressage for many years, but once, when he was eight years old, something very mysterious happened that I will never forget. One day, after our ride, he seemed uneasy, fidgeting, which was unusual for him. “Stop it,� I scolded, yet he continued. So, I called my vet. After the examination, he said, “He has colic, and has to be kept on his feet and checked hourly - all night.� I always joked about Kashmir’s large in-out stall being like a “two-bedroom condo,� as it was roomy enough for me to spend the night in the front part of the stall, closest to the inside of the barn, while he occupied the attached lean-to and paddock. I had slept there overnight before, and would just shovel extra shavings along one wall for cushioning and put my sleeping bag on top of it. Kashmir, an extremely clean horse, never urinates or poops in his stall, so I was never worried about that! I was only apprehensive about his acceptance of the sleeping bag in his stall, remembering our first experience with a tarp, which he stomped and savagely swung around! On this particular night, at bedtime, I listened to his belly. I gave him a hug and kiss before I settled down, and left the lights on. Kashmir watched me from

the lean-to with his habitual toothy grin. Then he walked into the stall. What...? My magnificent black horse stood over me, head low above my belly. He stuck out his tongue, straight as a pendulum, and kept it out. All teeth showing, and upper lip curled over his nostrils, he moved his head in a straight line slowly up to my head... and slowly back down to my belly. He hesitated, then continued down to my feet... then back to my belly, and slowly back to my head. Finally, with that same grin, he went back to my belly and stopped. He didn’t touch me once! After completing the ritual, he turned away and, without a backward glance, walked out. I was mystified. I spent a sleepless night, wondering what the significance of his movements had been. I didn’t need to check on him because he checked on me... He was standing over me when I awoke. Same position. I listened to the rumble of his belly. “Kashmir, you are okay. I’m going home to sleep.� I kissed him and headed home. I returned later in the day to find him eating. He gave me a wet kiss... and never said a word about our night together... acting as if nothing had happened! However, I still don’t understand the magic of that night. What was he doing? Was it some mystical ritual that he remembered from his ancient ancestors? Have any other horsey people ever experienced a similar mysterious event?


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ow about a visit to the 16th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March? Buy your tickets in advance and surprise your loved ones for a weekend getaway – makes a great Christmas gift. Thursday and Sunday evenings are a bonus for weekend pass holders. There’s also a Bus Tour planned from Alberta. Don’t delay – order tickets today! Have them wrapped and ready under the tree!

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et in the mood for Christmas!! Join Santa and others at the Cowboy Christmas Concert in Kamloops on December 16th. Kids and big kids with kids... come and get your photo taken with Santa (bring your own camera!) and then sit and enjoy an evening of Christmas music with some of our favourite cowboy entertainers and you can sing along. CDs of Holiday music will also be on sale. Tickets would make a great stocking stuffer!

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he Stampede Futurity is the premier cutting event in Canada, with a prize purse of more than $300,000. On Saturday night October 15, the spotlight was trained on the professional riders and trainers competing in the Open categories, with finals in three equine age classes — Futurity, for three-year-olds; Derby, for four-year-olds; and Classic Challenge, for five- and sixyear-olds. Brad Pedersen of Lacombe, Alta., and Annies Goodie Bag owned by Doreen Ruggles of Ardmore, Alta., won the Open Futurity class, presented by Wrangler — scoring a 213 and jammed $17,621.21 in his Wranglers. Denton Moffat of Armstrong, BC, aboard Cow E Ichi, owned by Doug Wiens of Chilliwack, B.C., and Brian Anderson of Idaho Falls, Ida., riding Didges Smart Kitty, owned by Jim and Dianne Schaeffer of Paul, Ida., finished in a dead heat for the Open Futurity reserve championship, and each took home $11,191.95. Dustin Gonnet, of Cayley, Alta., teamed up with Pepto Boonlena 007, owned by Connie Down-Cicoria of Calgary, to win the Open Derby class scoring a 218 and collecting $10,424.20. Mike Santangelo of Nanton, Alta., and his own DMAC Velvet Spoon bobbed and weaved their way to Open Derby’s reserve championship, with a score of 216 and $7,818.15. Gonnet’s win — as well as his Open Classic Challenge reserve championship Saturday on Peptos Smoker, owned by Scott Wardley of Okotoks, Alta., gave a performance worth $6,893.01. Greg Smith of Star, Ida., and Catmas, owned by Roberta Thompson of Coeur d’Alene, Ida., won Open Classic Challenge with a 223, earning a champion’s cheque of $8,731.15. On Sunday afternoon the spotlight was trained on the riders of the Non-Pro classes — Futurity for three-year-old horses, Derby for four-year-olds, Classic Challenge for five- and six-year-olds, and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

7 Up for horses aged seven or older. Non-Pro riders make no part of their income training cutting horses, and can only compete on horses owned by themselves or immediate family members. Les Jack of Rocanville, Sask. and his three-year-old quarter-horse mare, Im No Average Blonde, teamed up to win the Non-Pro Futurity, scoring 210 on three head of cattle, worth $6,652.80. Jack would later win the Non-Pro 7 Up class aboard Catting. Elvin Kopp of Westerose, Alta., and Playgun Rush were reserve Les Jack of Rocanville, Sask. and champions in Non-Pro Futurity, Im No Average Blonde posting a 207 and collecting $4,039.20. Cody Hedlund of Weatherford, Texas, came all the way to Calgary for the first time, trying to collect points for his four-year-old mare, Teles Bout This Cat, which is in a dead heat for the National Cutting Horse Association’s Non-Pro Horse of the Year Award. And thanks to their victory in Sunday’s Non-Pro Derby final, Teles Bout This Cat is now eight points up on its nearest rival with one show to go. Hedlund marked a winning score of 220 and Brad Pedersen and Annies Goodie Bag. jams $7,129.75 in his Wranglers. Mike Santangelo of Nanton, Alta., included a championship saddle donated and DMAC Velvet Spoon were runnersby Canadian cutting icon Bill Collins up in Non-Pro Derby, their 215 score — raised just over $12,000 for the Bill earned a cheque for $4,563.04. Collins Youth Excellence Award cutting Sandy Reid of Sherwood Park, Alta., scholarship fund. and her mount Lil Pepto At The Bar clinched the Non-Pro Classic Challenge crown, scoring a 216 for a win of $7,821.65, edging out reserve champion Scott Wardley of Okotoks, Alta., and HAH Rey by Lorie Farley a single point. Wardley collects $6,174.99 for his troubles. Saturday evening, Country Homes Bay of Fundy Horse Property a live and silent 1-855-825-HOME 4663 auction — which • 31

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


irst off, a big thanks to Nancy, and Saddle Up magazine, for increasing their sponsor level to a Platinum Sponsor for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Saddle Up has always been very supportive of the Festival over the years, but this year Nancy has decided to go right to the top! Thank you Nancy! Check out the Festival ads, and the Cowboy Christmas Concert ad, in this issue. Watch for the Saddle Up banner at one of the main stages at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 8-11, 2012.

Now speaking of a Cowboy Christmas Concert, this year’s BC Cowboy Heritage Society organized concert should be fun! At the Calvary Community Church in Kamloops, on Friday, December 16, at 6:00 pm, Santa will take a day out of his busy schedule to pop in and let folks get a free photo with him. He’ll then join his elves, Jeremy Willis, Gordie West, Butch Falk, Shirley Field, and Hugh McLennan, on stage (7:00 pm start) to sing some Christmas tunes. After the intermission, the concert will turn into an audience driven sing-a-long to requests. The Coast Kamloops Hotel (formerly the Kamloops Towne Lodge) will be offering special room rates. Tickets are available for $20 each at the Horse Barn or by phoning 1-888-763-2221, and kids 16 and under get in free with an adult. We will be accepting donations for the Kamloops Food Bank as well.

The South Cariboo Back Country Horsemen enjoy the scenery at Mile 108. (Photo by Joanne Macaluso)

Cariboo girls once again took part in the Kelowna endurance ride. Here’s what Joanne Macaluso sent us: “The Westbank Rocker endurance ride at the Telemark ski trails held on September 17, saw five Cariboo gals participate. Katrin Levermann and her young daughters Anya and Katya rode in the challenging 50-mile event. Katrin, Anya, and Katya have been travelling all over BC and the US competing in endurance rides. Hats off to this family! Nicola Maughn and Joanne Macaluso completed the limited distance event of 24 miles with Nicola and her mount “Bart” earning the prestigious “High Vet Score” award for the distance. A good time was had by all.”

The South Cariboo chapter of the Back Country Horsemen celebrated Thanksgiving in style. (Photo by Joanne Macaluso)

Joanne also sent us this bit on the local Back Country Horsemen Thanksgiving ride, too: “The South Cariboo chapter of the Back Country Horsemen celebrated Thanksgiving in style with a ride at 108 Mile. Eleven members and their trusty steeds arrived for a nice 4-hour trek. The smattering of rain that fell on the occasion did not dampen the spirits of this lively group.

Congratulations to Bridge Lake’s “Team Horsey Ladies” for raising $300 in pledges at the 100 Mile House Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals, on Sunday, September 11. The Horsey Ladies would like to thank those who supported them for the animals, and they would also like to encourage other gals to join their team next year and show what “Horsey Gals” can accomplish.

Heather from Big Lake on Odessa at the Back Country Horsemen Thanksgiving Ride. (Photo by Joanne Macaluso)

Cheryle Hickman (left) with Brew, and Ann Galob with Butter walked the 100 Mile House Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals.

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Lunch out on the trail, lovely fall colors, and animated conversations made for a great autumn day! Members gathered from 105 Mile area, Green Lake, 108 Mile, 103 Mile, Forest Grove, and from Williams Lake (Big Lake, too). All agreed that the Thanksgiving ride tradition should HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

What’s your guess? Manuela and Jackie, with their own horses (and dogs), enjoying the great fall weather at Meadow Springs!


Fall is definitely here, the leaves have turned and the evenings are getting cooler, but the riding is still great. We’ve had a number of guests over the past couple of months and we’ve enjoyed riding with some that had their own horses and some that rode our horses. Now we’re hoping to get away ourselves for a weekend of riding with Billie and Hugh McLennan before we settle in for winter. It’s fun riding with them because we can talk about our January cruise plans... 14 days on the Golden Princess, Hawaii, a tour of one of North America’s largest cattle ranches, food, poolside drinks, happy hour on the cabin deck, horseback riding on the beach, sun and fun... If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The October issue’s photo was taken in our living room. It was my great grandfather’s and he was a smoker of cigars and pipes. The item is called a humidor and is indeed a pipe stand with a wood-covered glass jar to keep the tobacco moist. Congratulations to the following people that had the right answer: Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Sharron Lawson, Grand Forks Carol and Ray Cody, Abbotsford Peter Rudy, Kelowna Jeremy Webb, Cobble Hill Glen Escott, Barriere Sheldon Wessell, Vernon John Paonessa, Langley Elizabeth Peeters, Grand Forks

This month’s photo is taken outside our little Meadow Springs Museum. It is 28 inches wide and the tires are 15 inches in diameter. The common name of this item is what you would call a commercial vehicle going down our highways ... what was its purpose? E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.. George Ritson, Castlegar Lorraine Stubbins and Michael Gibsom, Princeton Dennis Clausen, Clinton Monique Fraser, Aldergrove Sam Huston, Fort St. John Chris Pearson, Surrey Tom Barker, Falkland Frank Rooney, 70 Mile House

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Cowgirl Poetry Ode to Mike Puhallo (my tribute to a great Poet) By Iris Reiter There was this young Cowboy, up Kamloops way Well, I guess it was a few years back Who aspired to be the best darn Bronc Rider It sure wasn’t guts he did lack. All he asked was a good horse and saddle God’s help and a chance at the purse But the way that old horse was a buckin’ Things just couldn’t get much worse. Well he followed the Rodeo circuit Up and down the road Why he wanted to hang in there Was something none of us knowed. But I reckon he’s just like the rest of us And he just plain needed the cash. You remember the one in the big Black Hat The one we all called “Crash.” But as to all men, it happened This thing called love at first sight Though it took several days to get used to his ways She soon found him a real delight. Well the years rolled by and our Mikey Started feelin’ each pain and twitch Getting’ old ain’t no fun or pleasure It’s really a son of a bitch. Soon this mild mannered truck drivin’ Cowboy Surprised all his family and peers Though it seems a bit strange while out on the range He’d write poems for all those fat steers. Though they didn’t appreciate a lot of it Those cows were all good sports At the end of the day he’d stash them away In a drawer – under his shorts.

The way he spun that poetry Would put us all in a daze Twasn’t long till all those gatherings Turned out to be a real craze. The things we do as youngsters Seems to guide our destiny So I reckon Mikey had it right Out there rhymin’ in the trees. While most of us were dreamers And for me it suits me fine Mike was pontificatin’ About Sagebrush and Pine. Now our Mike has gone and left us For that Big Range in the sky Where all the rivers run crystal clear And the grass is belly high. I’ll bet he’s up there doin’ his thing Tellin’ lies to that Heavenly crowd The same old Mikey we all knew and loved His family must be so proud.

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e you? r a e r e h w . Kid s.. hor se? r u o y h it w ou d oing y e r YOU! a t t u a o h b W a s u r n to tell u t R U O Y s ’ t I Hi, my name is Saylor Mae, I am 4 years old. This is our horse Maverick who my mom has had for 23 years, he is over 30! My older sister and I love to brush, ride, and give lots of hugs and kisses to our big old buddy! He is patient, friendly, and very gentle and we love him very much, he is the best horse ever! - Saylor age 4, and Charli age 7, Summerland, BC

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


Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Photos by Lindsay McCall

Sarah Wallace Tops Emerging Rider Standings Sarah Wallace of Calgary, AB, topped the standings in the Western Division of the 2011 Jump Canada Emerging Rider Series. Wallace piloted Lynne Teasell’s eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Wostella, to victory in the Emerging Rider class at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Calgary, AB, for a total of 15 points to win the series. This series is open to riders of all ages who have never competed in the Jump Canada Talent Squad Series or the North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships. Each division winner is invited to attend the first weekend of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a spectator and will have the opportunity to walk the courses with the Chair of Jump Canada’s High Performance Committee or a Canadian Equestrian Team member and attend the Talent Squad Seminar.

The deadline to submit an application for the next series is November 15. Visit the Para-Equestrian website at www. for more information.

Canadian Para-Dressage Riders at NEDA Fall Festival

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus Robyn Andrews and Fancianna

Canadian Eventing Committee Election Results The CEC is pleased to announce the results of the 2011 elections for Committee members: Chair - Peggy Hambly Athlete Development - Martha Griggs Officials and Rules - Jo Young Secretary - Pam Macintosh Coaching - Ian Roberts High Performance - Grit High Finance - Kurt Thoms Congress Vice-Chair - Charles Baudinet Elite Riders Representative - Rebecca Howard Elite Riders Representative - Kyle Carter Competitions - Pam Macintosh The CEC expresses sincere gratitude to outgoing committee member Julie Johansson (Competitions Committee) for her years of voluntary service and commitment to the eventing program.

BC Therapeutic Riding Centres Receive Competition Grants Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce that they have again partnered with Sport Canada to encourage the participation of riders with a disability in competition. As part of this project, therapeutic riding centres that offer new competitive opportunities, or increase their existing competition program to riders with a disability will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $500. Three grants of $500 each were recently awarded to the following centres in BC: Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association, Maple Ridge Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association, Victoria

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Stephanie Ross and Wiesenblute

Lynne Poole and Frisbee

With the goal of gaining exposure and team experience at the international level, Canada’s Para-dressage riders competed at the 2011 NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage in Saugerties, NY, September Madison Lawson and McGuire 13-18. With the top three combined scores from the Team test and Individual Championship test, Canadian team members Robyn Andrews, Madison Lawson, Stephanie Ross and Jody Schloss finished in second place behind the USA team, who won the team competition. Riding Wiesenblute, her 16-year-old Hanoverian mare, Stephanie Ross of Langley, BC, scored 61.914% in the Grade III Team test, 62.500% in the Individual Championship and 66.833% in the Freestyle, which showed that the new partnership is growing, as all their scores were higher than CPEDI3* Del Mar that they attended earlier in the season.


Equine Canada, cont’d Canada’s Para-equestrian athletes are well positioned leading up to the 2012 Paralympic Games, where they will be striving for performance excellence.

2012 Equine Canada Annual Convention The 2012 Equine Canada Annual Convention is set for February 16, 2012 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. Members are invited to participate in a selection of meetings and clinics tailored to address the unique needs of participants involved in equestrian sport, recreation and industry. The convention will also play host to the 2012 Equine Canada Awards Gala to honour the successes of 2011. For more information and to register for the convention, please visit the convention section of the Equine Canada website.

Call for Nominations Director-at-Large for 2012 The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates who possess passion and drive to work with other committed volunteer board members to build and enhance equine activities (sport, industry and recreation) in Canada on our Policy Governance Board. The Board of Directors meets twice a year face-to-face and monthly via conference calls. Equine Canada wishes to recruit and develop directors who

bring a range of needed professional skills, background, and diversity that is reflective of the community it serves. Knowledge in equine activities and strategic expertise in various aspects of non-profit governance is deemed an asset. Functioning on the Board requires logical, innovative, forward thinking individuals able to work well in a team. Application Packages for the Director-at-Large election are available on Equine Canada’s website. Nominees, nominators and seconders must all be Equine Canada Individual Members in good standing. Any Equine Canada Individual Member in good standing as per Equine Canada bylaws (18 years of age or over in the year of election) shall be eligible to cast one vote for the Director-atLarge. Election will start on Friday December 9, 2011 and will close on Thursday January 12, 2012. Results of the election will be announced at the 2012 Equine Canada General Meeting. We invite interested candidates to explore the opportunity further by visiting Equine Canada’s website at www. prior to November 25, 2011.

In Memory of… Arno Leblic de Kozielsk Kossilowski June 4, 1956 – October 5, 2011 Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.

Saddle Up was saddened to learn of Arno’s unexpected death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Birgitte and family. Some of you will remember him if you attended ‘equine’ trade shows across Canada where he represented “Horse Sense Herbs” (his family business). He will surely be missed by all of us! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A Celebration of Life was held October 8th at the Highwood Memorial Centre in High River, Alberta. A trust fund has been established for Sebastian and Stephano Leblic at the RBC Okotoks branch. Let’s remember Arno with the “joie de vivre” that he fully embraced. • 37

Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories mories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by.

Nancyy Roman, Roman 1970

The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating.

Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

REDEMPTION By Anne Dos Santos, Topley, BC

Striding out at the Kitwe Polo Showgrounds in 1967

It was the 1960s. We resided in Kitwe, Zambia and I had been learning to ride. My dad told me I could choose my own pony out of eight delivered by train from Botswana. I was at Garnaton Riding School, sitting on the fence quietly observing this group of eight when a little pony looked my way. I took this as a sign, and with nothing more to offer than my friendship and a handful of cubes, I slowly approached. He was very cautious 38 • Saddle Up • November 2011

and nervous, but because of his curiosity and probably the smell of the cubes, he decided to step up to the hand! I proffered my hand with the cube; he stretched his short neck, delicately sniffed and accepted my gift of friendship. A decision was made; a bond forged that would survive what seemed like insurmountable odds against this pony, including a future move to another country. My father was surprised with my decision, and asked me, “Really, are you sure? Do you not want that wee dapple-grey with the nice conformation and the full brown eye?” My pony stood 13.1HH, was chestnut with a white blaze, and had a Roman nose and a walleye. Head shy with a big saddle sore on his back, he was broken in body and in spirit. I named him “Cyrano” for his beautiful Roman nose. He refused to get on the trailer, so he was walked ten miles to his new home at the Polo Pony club in Kitwe. Cyrano was bathed and clipped, his hooves trimmed, his sores attended to; he was put on a diet fit for a king. Everyone thought we were wasting our time, that he was a hopeless case; he was stubborn, no good, often suffering debilitating bouts of

On our property in Zimbabwe in 1970, just before Cyrano’s retirement

colic. Then somehow, sometime during those long months, this little pony overcame his apparent incapacity to trust; he threw off the blanket of fear and returned back “trust” to me in ways that astounded, astonished and captivated everyone who ever came to know him. Cyrano became well known in the gymkhana circuit on the Copperbelt, winning many prizes for his lightning HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tails, cont’d ability to “turn rn n on a tickey” (as ( my dad would say) sa and go from a gallop to a full stop (I was deposited firmly on the ground the first time he did this). It would prove to be a winning attribute. Just one of many - trotting, barrel and flag racing, tent pegging, swimming and polo - there wasn’t anything I could ask that he would not do, and he always did it so well! When our family moved from Zambia to Zimbabwe, Cyrano came with us, eventually retiring and enjoying life to a good age. My family has always been involved

with horses; my father trained racehorses and held the Top Trainers Position in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for seven years. He was often fondly referred to as the “horse psychiatrist.” We can appreciate that when one is purchasing a horse it is important to look for conformation/disposition/ handling/temperament/age etc. But sometimes it is not always the outside that counts. Sometimes it is what is on the inside that is far more important! This memory is dedicated to Cyrano, because he taught us that we had to go inside first to bring the beautiful outside!

Now enjoying his retirement years in 1973. Cheyenne is in background.

P.S. Thank you once again for printing my story and I love your magazine! - Anne


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

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Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


oop patrol doesn’t take as long as it did last month. About eighteen years ago we went to Valley Auction and came home with our first horse. Collectors Gem, CG for short. A twelve year old Egyptian Arab and he was beautiful. My dad and mom both rode him when they visited from Montreal a number of years ago. He was almost bomb proof as the only thing he didn’t like was when I tried to get him to jump over a pole. He would go around it most of the time and occasionally would fool you and do a giant leap over it. He wasn’t too keen on flags or plastic bags flapping above his head either. It is really rough when you have to say goodbye to an old friend. Those of us who have a horse that is getting quite old are faced with the difficult decision of possibly having to call the vet and say our good-byes. At thirty, my trusty ole Arab, Gem had enjoyed a good long life but his arthritis was getting worse and he had a lot of trouble getting up after he had been laying down

in the warm sunshine. He and I had a good long talk and I asked him what we should do. We agreed that we would have the vet come out and access the situation next Tuesday. I laughed when he said, “Ya know if I were human you could just buy me a walker. But I am a horse and you know that I probably won’t survive the winter. Heck! I tried to trot last week and damn near fell over.” I loved his sense of humour. He didn’t seem quite right the next day and that night when I went down and gave them all a flake for the night and said good night and see you in the morning, as I always do, he whinnied and tossed his head like he always did. When Nancy went to feed them in the morning he was laying down in his shelter and couldn’t get up. The vet was called and I spent the next remaining hours massaging him and talking with him and tearfully remembering the past 18 years since he had joined us. The lump in my throat was bigger than the one I had when I first saw the movie “Ole Yeller.”

Nancy surprised me and herself, by joining us in the shelter and stayed beside Gem until a few minutes after he was declared officially gone to the biggest pasture you can imagine. The time had come for him to say goodbye and leave us and he thankfully had made the decision easier for us. I am told that thirty years is pretty good for a senior Arab named Gem. I hope he comes back and visits me soon. Even the dog misses him.

On to Greener Pastures… COLLECTORS GEM May 15, 1981 – September 23, 2011

Goodbye Dear Gem, you were one of a kind! Anyone could ride him around our ring or on our property. We had two-year-olds on 40 • Saddle Up • November 2011

him and even grandparents. A caretaker he was! The most comfortable ‘marshmallow’ trot (as I used to call it) that you could sit forever. He should have been included in the Peruvian’s Champagne ride – as he was a Cadillac in his own way! But out there on the trail or in the competitive ring - totally different horse! Competitive he was. We got him at 12 years old, from the auction, paid $900 plus taxes for him in 1993. Looked fabulous in the auction pen, an old cowboy rode him in and around. Perfect horse – totally broke! Bought him! Registered Egyptian Arab, grand-dad was El Hilal. Never did know Gem’s history – that was a shame. I showed him often at local events, but a ‘speedster’ he was – no slow jog in the Western Pleasure (like at home) – and the head was always held high – way up high (proudly)! Trail riding? Forget it! We did lots of it but… jig-jag, zig-zag, foaming everywhere… maybe he was a former endurance or games

horse gone sour? We never knew. At home though, what a dreamboat! Best horse I (we) ever had. Soft and kind, gentle and social. The day came though, the arthritis took over, he had made the choice. As the vet said, “You made the right decision at the right time – it’s the best for him, and you’ve given him the best of care over the years.” (Thank you Susi and your assistant (another) Nancy.) To our “Gem” of a horse! The Roman family


Who Found the Golden Horseshoe? By Nancy Roman Photos by Dagmar Funk


t was Allan THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Cadwell! The Armstrong Veterinary Clinic (Armstrong) BC Interior Askews Foods (Armstrong) Morgan Horse Club Auntie Karen’s Horse Kookies (Vernon) held a fundraising Buckerfields (Salmon Arm) Scavenger Hunt Champion Engraving (Salmon Arm) and Poker Ride on Country West Supply (Armstrong) October 1st at the Deep Creek Veterinary Services (Enderby) Larch Hills CrossDiamond H Tack Tack (Kelowna) Country Ski area Diana’s Monogramming (Armstrong) south of Salmon Enderby Jewellers (Enderby) Arm. GNR Morgans (Chase) Thirty two in Golden Horseshoe Winner: Granite Morgans (Armstrong) all participated… Allan Cadwell Green Gables Morgan Farm (Armstrong) including 28 The Horse Barn (Kamloops) horses and 2 mules being ridden, and 2 miniature horses being driven. Two trails The Paddock Tack & Togs (Vernon) were offered, a 3 hour and a 1 1/2 hour; with ‘scavenger’ items to pick up along the Pedro Gonzales Farm Market way as well as poker cards. The weather was not the best as rain encroached… but (Salmon Arm) organizers were thrilled as trailer after trailer drove in, if not already camped there Purity Feeds (Kamloops) the night before in anticipation. Shuswap Veterinary Clinic (Salmon Arm) Although all returned dripping wet, once inside the heated chalet, all faces were Sure Crop Feeds (Grindrod) smiling while sharing their day’s experience on the trail. Prizes and trophies were in Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm) abundance thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and everyone went home with a souvenir. Thanks to everyone, Thank you to Larch Hills caretaker “Pauline” who was very accommodating in we raised just over $600! so many ways and even rode her Mule the day of. The BCIMHC would like to thank everyone who participated, and due to rave reviews, we hope to host another one in 2012. Watch our website for that date


NASPR Stars of the West Challenge Cup By Dallas Grubenmann


ith ponies from across Alberta and BC having qualified for the NASPR Stars of the West Challenge Cup finals, the competition was fierce. Under the beautiful blue skies at Anderson Ranch in Calgary, AB, judge Lorne Robertson awarded the grand championship, $500 in prize money, and the PTF Challenge Cup to Alvesta Brianna and owners Karen and Dean Chorney, in their rookie year of showing. Cajonat’s Encore, owned by Natalie Lobo was the overall Reserve Champion. The series finale was hosted by RMSJ during the Rocky Mountain Classic III. According to series organizers, Dallas Grubenmann and Melany Moore, who worked diligently to make the series such a success, there has been tremendous interest generated in 2011 and they anticipate expanding the series for the 2012 season. Individual Class Results were as follows: Foal/Yearling Champion Alvesta Brianna (Double reg’d Welsh and North American Sportpony) Owner: Karen and Dean Chorney (Millarville, AB); Breeder: Alvesta Farm Foal/Yearling Reserve Daventry’s Power Play (Welsh) Owner: Daventry Farms (Darwell, AB); Breeder: Daventry Farms Two-Year-Old Champion PT Majestic Falcon (Double reg’d New Forest Pony and North American Sportpony) Owner: Pferde Traum Farm (Breton, AB); Breeder: Pferde Traum Farm Three-Year-Old Champion Cajonat’s Encore (Welsh x Warmblood) Owner: Natalie Lobo (Onoway, AB); Breeder: Natalie Lobo

The North American Sportpony is a pony in the general range of 13.2-14.2hh that looks and moves like a small horse, capable of competing in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping,

Dressage, and Eventing, as well as in Driving and Hunter. The term “North American Sportpony” is considered a type, not a particular breed of pony (with the exception of ponies of Draft blood being excluded). Therefore, there are sportponies made up of everything from Welsh to New Forest to Thoroughbred bloodlines. Ponies are divided according to age as foal/yearling, 2-year-old, 3-year-old and over mares/geldings, and 3-year-old and over stallions. They are judged 50% on conformation and 50% on movement. Only NASPR inspected and registered ponies are eligible for the grand champion cash prize. Sincere thanks to all of our sponsors - their generous support made the NASPR Stars of the West series possible. For more information on the show series contact Dallas Grubenmann at or Melany Moore at For more information on NASPR, visit

Melany Moore and Owner Natalie Lobo with Reserve Grand Champion, Cajonat’s Encore

Daventry’s Power Play

2011 NASPR Sportpony Inspection Awards By Dallas Grubenmann


ine ponies from across Alberta were presented in the 2011 North American Sportpony Registry Inspection, held at CJ Equine Centre in Winfield, AB, on August 27, 2011. After conducting a thorough review of each pony’s conformation and movement, Inspector Sonja Lowenfish awarded the Site Championship to Alvesta Brianna, owned by Karen Chorney, and a grading of First Premium Premier. Only the top 2% of ponies achieve this rating. PT Majestic Falcon, owned by Pferde Traum Farm, achieved the Site Reserve Championship and a First Premium grading. The breeds presented were Welsh, New Forest Pony, Arabian, Arabian/New Forest Pony and Grade ponies. During Inspection, the foals and young stock are assessed through a four-stage process: 1) review of conformation; 2) walk in-hand; 3) trot and canter at liberty; 4) final critique. Older horses and stallions also undertake freejumping. For more information on the Inspection, contact Dallas Grubenmann at or Melany Moore at melanymoore60@ 42 • Saddle Up • November 2011

Handler Dori Nowazek with Site Reserve Champion, PT Majestic Falcon Detailed results are as follows: Site Champion: Alvesta Brianna, First Premium Premier (8.0) Owner: Karen Chorney; Breeder: Alvesta Farms Reserve Champion: PT Majestic Falcon, First Premium (7.8) Owner/Breeder: Pferde Traum Farm PT Briar Rose, First Premium (7.6) Owner/Breeder: Pferde Traum Farm PT Black Beauty, First Premium (7.5) Owner/Breeder: Pferde Traum Farm

Owners Karen and Dean Chorney with Site Champion, Alvesta Brianna PT Prince Eric, First Premium (7.3) Owner/Breeder: Pferde Traum Farm Masteruvperfection, First Premium (7.2) Owner/Breeder: Heidi Plotts Just Brumby, First Premium (7.1) Owner: Rebecca Rankin Arpana Ox, Second Premium (6.8) Owner: Heidi Plotts; Breeder: Barry Rosvold The Great Escape, Second Premium (6.7) Owner: Alicia Stevens


32nd Canadian Nat’l Championship Peruvian Show By Jackie Evans


he Peruvian Horse Association of Canada chose Armstrong this year for the National Show held September 30 to October 2, as the Regional Show was held in Alberta in July. As it was much later in the season than the three day show is usually held, exhibitors were offered some good Okanagan rain instead of the usual blazing hot sun. That didn’t interfere with the annual general meeting and pizza party; potluck dinner and auction, and a whole lot of socializing. Like many other breed shows, the economy and high fuel prices likely caused our entries to be lower than anticipated. However, the quality of the horses was exceptional, with 63 entries from the western provinces, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming. With fantastic horses, we also had a fantastic judge this year – Nicholas Breaux from New Orleans, Louisiana. He had a consistent interactive style with the exhibitors and audience alike. Upon completion of judging, he explained what he was looking for and the strengths of the winners in the class. The show became more interesting for all. He noted that many of the horses in the show would be highly competitive both in Peru and the U.S. Some of the top winners were: Champion of Champion Pleasure Mare: RSTD Alelita. Bred, owned & ridden by Rick Cones of Ringstead Ranch in AB. Champion of Champion Pleasure Stallion: RSTD Acuario. Owned & ridden by Kristin Eldredge of U.S., who obtained the esteemed Laureado title, after winning this division for the 3rd time at the Can Nat’l Show. Bred by Ringstead Ranch in AB. Champion of Champion Luxury Gelding: Mano Derecha IJB. Owned & ridden by Jan Sjodin. Bred by Ivan & Judie Bourelle of Salmon Valley. Champion of Champion Breeding Mare & Best Gaited Horse of Show: BDS Risada. Bred & owned by Paradise Peruvian Horses in Vernon. Ridden by Ben Sawatzky. Champion of Champion Breeding Stallion: RSTD Trueno. Bred, owned & ridden by Rick Cones of Ringstead Ranch in AB. Champion of Champion Performance Horse: RSTD Encantador. Owned & ridden by Emma Thurn of U.S. Bred by Ringstead Ranch in AB. Las Donas Award: Mano Derecha IJB. Awarded to high point horse in show in selected classes for conformation, gait, and breeding/luxury.

The 2012 Canadian National Championship Show will also be held in Armstrong. Rick Cones on RSTD Alelita. Ch of Ch Pleasure Mare


Emma Thurn & RSTD Encantador. Kristen Eldredge & RSTD Acuario.

Las Donas High Point Award & Donors (l to r): Dale Dansey, Judge Nicholas Breaux, Jan Sjodin & Mano Derecha IJB, Suzanne Brown, Sherri Rosia, Tereasa Lloyd. Ben Sawatzky & BDS Risada.

Best Bozal Horse of Show – Stallion, HdN Rey Majestad, owned by Jocelyn Hastie of Celestina Ranch, Blackie, AB, ridden by Alejandro Montalvo

Kelsey Taggart (14) riding her 6-year-old gelding in costume class as Batman and Robin winning 1st place AND $100! • 43

Bellamy Brook Stables Gets the Ball Rolling By Stephanie Kwok


reetings from Maple Ridge, BC! This is our first update about Bellamy Brook Stables, a boarding facility owned by the Hansen family since 2007. On this peaceful 11-acre property, nestled amongst the trees on a plateau overlooking the Fraser River, Joanne and her daughter, Marita Muth, provide care for a dozen horses, three of them their own, along with their sweet donkey named Jack. The boarders and horses at Bellamy Brook are a diverse bunch in age, experience and interests. But whatever way we choose to go about it, we share a common goal: to improve our skills with our horses, keep them fit, and have fun. With the arrival of the rainy autumn weather, our usual activities get limited by damp footing - a common experience for lower mainland riders. But, this year, we came up with an idea to keep our horses safely active while having fun: Horse Soccer! As my gelding Merlyn and I have been training for horse soccer for the past year, I offered to conduct an introductory workshop with anyone at the barn who was interested in learning to play. We held our first group workshops on September 24 and October 2, using my 36-inch ball. While a few of the horses needed additional time spent on groundwork to get comfortable with the ball around their hindquarters, all of them were willing to approach and nudge the ball forward with their noses within a few minutes of the first session. Bumping the ball forward with their front legs was another matter entirely, though, and so we focused mostly on exercises to encourage them to try that, rewarding their efforts with lots of praise and scritches. Since then, we have been working individually and in pairs to practice moving the ball and directing it towards a goal zone - lots of lateral movement needed for that. (Easier said than done sometimes!) Normally, in horse soccer game, the ball is “dribbled” at a 44 • Saddle Up • November 2011

trot, but even if you play it at a walk, it’s a hoot, and the horses seem to think so, too. We will be doing one more introductory workshop for the people who couldn’t make it to the earlier sessions, and then we will start our horse soccer training in earnest. We eagerly await the arrival of the new 48-inch ball Marita ordered for us all to share. (My 36-inch ball is a bit small for some of the larger horses to safely play a game with, as it could get stuck under them). The most exciting news is that Marita has challenged us to prepare for a Horse Soccer Game Day that she will host later in the fall for all the barn members and their families. Whatever the weather, I’m sure we will have a ball!

Merlyn is starting to “know” the ball and tries to control it

Shadow shows Bev how brave he is

Deanna with Levi, as he nudges the ball with his nose

Sam tries to set up a pass - easier said than done, sometimes!

Sam’s calm attitude helps Duncan relax as he approaches the ball


Quarterspot Ranch Funday Wrap-up By Cindy Kirschman


n Sunday, September 18th Quarterspot Ranch in Lumby held their year-end Funday with 22 riders enjoying the day’s friendly competition. Bob and Cindy Kirschman would like to congratulate the 2011 Champions listed below. Junior Division All Round - Leah Keller Sportsmanship - Kierra Newman Senior Division All Round - Wendy Cuddeback Barrel Racing - Tamera Tuyttens Pole Bending - Wendy Cuddeback Special thanks to the one-and-only Jan Johnston, all of our volunteers and to The Corner Tack and Feed concession. We wish to thank everyone for making this another great season. Remember without you it doesn’t happen. Hope to see you all come out for open riding or some winter events at our place.

Kierra Newman

Leah Keller

Tamera Tuyttens

Wendy Cuddeback

Hope Riding Club Update By Denise Pascucci Photos by Pas Pascucci


he Hope Riding Club has been a little quiet since our last event in July was washed out due to poor weather. The remainder of the summer was set aside for some much needed work around the sand ring and outbuildings. The club members were busy over the month of August painting and repairing the fence for the sand ring and cleaning up the concession stand as well as doing inventory. It wasn’t all work and no play. Longtime member Del Augustine put on her famous Scavenger Hunt on Sunday October 16. Eleven participants ‘dressed-up’ and took to the well-marked trail,

The group after the ride


picking up several accessories for both horse and rider. Many articles were tagged with special surprises with which riders won a prize. The hunt took about 1.5 hours when everyone returned to camp and enjoyed a great lunch served up by Del and her sister Phyllis. This marked the last event of the season for the club.

Dani Moffoot and her horse Monkey

Val Medley and her horse Shawtawn • 45

Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

2012 Equine Education Conference Horse Council is once again bringing together BC’s equine community for an exciting weekend of education and networking at our Equine Education Conference. Join us January 21-22, 2012, at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel to learn from leading experts on a broad range of topics relevant to current equine issues. Also being offered is a Professional Development Day for Coaches and Officials on Friday, January 20. Mark your calendars, as these dates are fast approaching, or better yet go online and register early to enter our draw for free accommodation for one night at the host hotel.

Featured speakers at the conference include: * Dr Andrew McLean - developed and manages the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre and holds a PhD in equine cognition and learning. Dr McLean has been an accredited horse riding coach for over 25 years and coaches riders on the optimal use of learning theory for improved welfare of the trained horse as well as improved performance. * Sandra Sokoloski, B.Sc. P.T. FCAMP, CGIMS - owns and operates Summit Sports Physiotherapy in Okotoks, AB. A physiotherapist for over 18 years, the focus of her practice is to analyze movement and assist with optimizing movement patterns and postures through a variety of treatment techniques. * Dr Terry Whiting, DVM, M.S.C. was on the development committee for the Canadian Agri-Food Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee. He is also the provincial representative on the National Farm Animal Care initiative. * Dr Neil Mckenzie, DVM, B.Sc.(Ag), M.V.Sc - graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan. After several years in private practice, he returned to the US and completed his masters of Veterinary Science. He currently is in private practice in BC specializing in Equine Dentistry. 46 • Saddle Up • November 2011

* Gerald Laverty, C.J.F., T.E., A.W.C.F. - has a 30-year career working as a farrier in several different countries. His career began in the early seventies in Northern Ireland, where he served a three-year apprenticeship in Dublin. In August of 2003, he accepted the position of Instructor of the Farrier program in Kwantlen Polytechnic University. * Shelagh Niblock, B.Sc.(Ag), PAS - is an equine nutritionist with Viterra Feed Products and has spent more than 25 years in the feed industry in British Columbia. Shelagh’s topic “Your Horse - Your Hay” focuses on how to sample hay properly, read the lab reports and then decipher the results. The conference pass is $175 + HST and includes Breakfast, Lunch and a ticket to the HCBC Awards Reception.

and Trails section of our website (www.hcbc. ca) for contest details.

Organizing a Clinic Need Funds? Horse Council BC offers grants to any current HCBC Club who is organizing and running a clinic. Grants range from $250 to $500 per clinic, with up to two clinics per calendar year until the funds are exhausted. For more information, see our website (www. under Funding Opportunities.

Membership Renewals By now you should have received your membership renewal packages in the mail. If you have not received yours, please contact the office at 1-800-345-8055 or (604) 8564304 and we can renew your membership over the phone. Alternatively, you can go to our website ( and save money by renewing your membership online. Remember your annual HCBC membership expires on December 31, 2011 and you want to make sure you are covered for January 1, 2012. HCBC membership gives you peace of mind for you and your horse. Accidents happen and not just to competitive riders. With an HCBC membership, we can tailor your coverage to suit your needs and ensure that you are prepared if something should happen.

HCBC Online Trail Guide - Photo Competition If you’re looking for new places to trail ride in BC, you’ll need easy access to information on trails. HCBC’s online Trail Guide will soon be undergoing a face lift, and will feature more trail photos. We need your help, if you have any photos of the trails listed in the guide please share them with us. We will be rewarding the first five HCBC members to upload photos, and whoever uploads photos for the most trails (listed in the guide) will win a HCBC hooded sweatshirt valued at $45! See the Recreation

Travel Assistance Grants Horse Council BC, in conjunction with the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, is happy to announce another successful year of Sport on the Move Travel Assistance. This year, we have given out $13,000 to 68 participants, ranging from the age of 8 through 19, and spread throughout the province. These recipients participated in disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, General Performance, Vaulting, Hunter Jumper, Endurance, Reining, and Driving. For those that received the assistance, we sure would like to hear back from you so we could forward on your appreciation and keep this program going again for next year.

How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Thanksgiving Time at the VDRC By Kelly MacIntosh


he riding season at the Vernon District Riding Club was punctuated with a constant buzz of activity this year. Twenty covered stalls were built in time for our Spring Show in April. Thank you to Kal Rotary, Meier’s Building Products, Tolko Industries Ltd., Coldstream Ranch, Fisher’s Hardware and High Country Pole Fences for help with this project. Bruce Mooney of Treehouse Homes constructed a beautiful sign that sits on Highway 6 at Aberdeen Road; sign lettering was prepared by Pierre and his crew from Speedpro Signs in Vernon. Our rings were renamed in honour of our three new major sponsors: The Paddock Tack and Togs, Baron Insurance and Watkin Motors Ford. The Vernon Pony Club used these rings weekly for practice. The VPC tested and graduated successful candidates to new levels of accomplishment and held two shows which were enhanced by the fresh new paint on all our jumps and judging booths. The Hunter Jumper Show returned to its previous format with two days of competition for both Hunters and Jumpers. Two lovely new sponsored jumps were added to the inventory. Thank you to Bryan Schultz Construction and the Western Canadian Farriers Association with Adam Degenstein, Craig Nunn, Mike Damon and Dean Sinclair. Davidson Lawyers sponsored the Hunter Derby on Saturday afternoon while spectators enjoyed hospitality on the lawn under the hot sun. Thank you to Cheryl Eedens of Vernon Vintners for her help. The Dressage Show in Julyy had a wait list this year; both horses and riders benefited from cooler than seasonal temperatures. Infotel sponsored the Gala Saturday evening entertainment featuring the popular musical freestyles. Our Annual Open Show in August enjoyed tremendous support from Cowboy’s Choice and Brandt Tractor. Thank you both. Rob Reimer of TNT Truck and Trailer Service Centre volunteered his HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

time to give us a refresher on our horse trailers and the safe hauling thereof. Thank you Rob; we all need to be aware of just how important this is as we trailer our wonderful horses down the road. We also owe the success of our season to Auntie Karen’s Horse Kookies, Bear Paw Earthworks, Bushwacker’s Paintball, Coldstream Willows Nursery, Crossrail Farms, Dave Beerstra Holdings, Diamond H Tack, EquiProducts, Greenhawk, Jack Smith our groundskeeper extraordinaire, JR Group, Juniper Hill, Kestrel Meadows Farms, Lavington Esso, Legacy Equestrian, Municipality of Coldstream, Okanagan Restoration, Okanagan Show Jumping Stables, Panorama Veterinary Services Ltd, R E Postill and Sons, Regher Holdings, Rock On Equestrian, Rusty Spur Tack and Feed, Topline Stables, Valley First, White Valley Veterinary Services, William Cuthbert, Frank Zimmer and the many “Friends of the VDRC” who supported VDRC members with generous discounts at their businesses. Learn more about the Vernon District Riding Club and our activities by visiting our website at • 47

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten Photos courtesy of CK Photography


elowna Gymkhana Club hosted their third annual Spooktacular Team Fun Day on Saturday, September 24th. There were six teams entered with four members making up each entry. Our events included bobbing for apples, witches with broomsticks, a gamble, and of course, costumes! The “best team effort for costume” prize was donated by Diamond H Tack and won by “Taste the Rainbow” with their very colourful attire. RESULTS First place Team: Angels and Demons Linda Lamberton riding Ali Amanda Lamberton riding Lightning Jade Schelppe riding Roxy Donna Hinchliffe riding Tellee Second place Team: Taste the Rainbow Amy Russo riding Mia Jessie Tarr riding Chanook Kayla Stromsten riding Skittles Abbey Ranseth riding Wildebeest Third place Team: Good, Bad, and Ugly Rome Donati riding Tiger Becky riding Breeze Linda Lamberton riding Ali Donna Hinchliffe riding Tellee

Fourth place Team: The Bozos Liz Gibbs riding Patch Dan Gibbs riding Comet Jackie Schleppe riding Buddy Melissa Tribiger riding Windy Fifth place Team: “It’s not easy being Green” Brook Halldorson riding Shae Amanda Lamberton riding Paycheck Amy Russo riding Trigger Jenny Lamberton riding Jag Our final placing went to Team: “The Barbie Babes” Kayla Egeland riding Suzy Kathleen Egeland riding Penny Mae Mia Wishlow riding Captain Melanie Price riding Sahib

We would like to thank all of our participants for coming out and making this Spooktacular event one to remember. We look forward to seeing you next year! REMINDER: Our Annual Kelowna Gymkhana Club Awards Banquet will be held on November 5th at the Kelowna Riding Club on Gordon Rd. This is a pot luck dinner with everyone welcome. Door prizes, dinner and awards. Doors open at 6pm. For more information you can go to website at or find us on Facebook.

Peachland Riding Club By Courtney DeMattos


ong time no talk! Sorry I haven’t been in the Saddle Up for a while; it’s been a busy summer with rodeo and work. We have seen great progress over the summer with the Gymkhanas and the Saddle Series, as well with all the Barrel Races. October 16 was the last Gymkhana and the last race for the Saddle Series. The Series will be drawn and presented at our Banquet on November 19. The banquet will include a dinner, the awards and a dance afterward. We always have an amazing DJ. Miss BC High School Rodeo Princess will be presenting the saddle when it is drawn. Remember, anyone can win the saddle. Whether you’re in the 1D or the 4D you still have a chance. Our local Peachland BC High School Rodeo was held Oct. 8th-9th and had a great turn out! Our high point locals, Darby Ensign won our Junior High Point and Allie Sorenson won High School High Point, each receiving a cooler blanket and a certificate from Diamond H Tack. Thanks again! What would we do without sponsors? Thanks to them the Gymkhanas run easily and we would not be able to rodeo. Thank you. 48 • Saddle Up • November 2011

Remember to buy your Banquet tickets. Hope to see you all there!

Darby Ensign on Cutter

RESULTS from the September Gymkhana Senior High Point - Amanda Capuano on Easter Reserve - Holly Dickinson on Tate Novice High Point - Yvonne James on Tank Reserve - Darrell James on Quick Junior A High Point - Amanda Dickinson on Cruiser Reserve - Jessi Tarr on Chinook Junior B High Point - Jacey McQueen on Rio Reserve - Cheyenne Powell on Kokomo Junior C High Point - Laatya James on Tank Reserve - Darby Ensign on Cutter Junior D High Point - Cash James on Barney Reserve Dylan - Capp on Bugsie


Totem Saddle Club’s 48th Timberland Horse Show By Marty Cox


t was a fun show with a great judge - Carolyn Dobbs from 100 Mile House. There were lots of prizes and lots of winners. In the English classes - in Dressage Sherry Kirsch won both Highest % Sr. and Hi Pt Sr., and Danielle Sexton was the Jr. Hi Pt and Highest %. The Hi Pt Hunter went to Jennifer Rempel and Jumper went to Lisa Hamer. Hack was Correina McNeice. Then we went on to the Western classes with Hi Pt Reining going to Danielle Sexton, Western Rider Sr. to Sue Bassett, Western Rider Jr. A to Danielle Sexton, and Lisa Hamer and Impossible Western Rider Jr. B to Madisyn Alexander. Fun For Pleasure Horse Jr. - once again Danielle Sexton was the winner. And in to overall Hi Pt Awards: Hi Pt Senior was Natasha Candelora; Hi Pt Jr. A Danielle Sexton; Hi Pt Jr. B - Madisyn Alexander. The High Point Horse was Phantom ridden by Danielle Sexton and owned by Greg Wilson, and Hi Pt Horse and Rider went to Danielle Sexton and Phantom. The lucky winner of the draw for a basket full of horse goodies was our judge Carolyn Dobbs. One of the highlights of the show was the youngest competitor, Claire Evans-Hernes at 4. She brought chuckles to all of us as she giggled through her classes and really got to giggling when at a canter or lope. She won both the Giggle Prize and the Cutie Prizes. Winner of the Stall Decorating was Jennifer Rempel. Next month we’ll have the results of the Octoberfest Schooling Show and then we’ll end the season with the Elections and the Annual Banquet. Timberland Horse Show Sponsors 2011 Northern Warmbloods Deep Creek Warmbloods Kirsch Contracting Ridgewind Farm MacCarthy Motors Terrace Interiors Nor-Burd RV Sales & Service Greenwood Chiropractic Services Terrace Return-It Greenhawk-Kamlooops Kids at Play Day Care Aunt Martha’s BB&B 4 Hands Massage and Rolfing Gina Bowker Terrace Mohawk THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL OF THEM. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Claire Evans-Hernes and Lightning

Madisyn Alexander and Kit

Danielle Sexton and Riley Sue Bassett and Lolitta Tivio

Sherry Kirsch and Silhouette

Natasha Candelora and Stellar Romance • 49

Community Show in Trail By Faye Fox


e would like to thank the many people involved in putting on a successful show. The BCIAHA All Breed Community Horse Show, held in Trail BC on July 10 and 11 was beautiful, warm and dry. The High point winners were: Arabian Community Show (ACS) Youth - Kathleen Fox on ER Fancy That Open Youth - Adam Fox on Zorro Amir Arabian Community Show (ACS) Adult - Colleen Kramer, Kadillac Kolors Open Adult - Merna Boltz, Royal King Zantanon

The Bonanza Trail was exciting and fun to watch. Participants were challenged to halt from a lope after a box, but before a rail. It was tricky and some were successful! The winner of this FUN trail class was Eartha, also our eldest horse winner. Another fun class was the lead line class. This class had three very eager and happy riders. Kayln Chernenkow, Lilli Perrier-Ellis and Chiara Minchin all showed great class and excellent riding ability. There was a tie for first place with all three! The judge just couldn’t decide!!!


Ribbon girl Bailey Henschke

Eldest Horse Award Winner

BCLM Regional Dressage Championships By Janice Spenst


he Dressage Show was held September 18, 2011, at the Island 22 Equestrian Park in Chilliwack with 45 riders attending. Mother Nature decided to end summer today, after six weeks of gorgeous sunshine; we had some rain at times. The C-A/B levels rode in the morning and awards for these riders were handed out at 1:00 pm. The D-D2 levels rode in the afternoon and their awards were handed out at 3:30 pm. This worked out well so the riders did not have to wait all day for their awards. Division winners were awarded nice cooler blankets, totebags and a big bag of horse cookies. Second place division winners were awarded groom totebags fi lled with bridle hooks, whip holders and more. Third place division winners were awarded a totebag, polos, a halter and more. We had extra prizes, so fourth and fift h place winners also received gifts. Winners of the Top Pony Club Levels were awarded with saddle pads and a hat. The riders who travelled the farthest to the show, Sarah Gilmour and Hannah Reid, were also given apple horse treats. The prize for Top Freestyle - a large groom totebag fi lled with groom tools - was won by Eve Dedrick. The prize for Top Pas de Deux was saddle pads and totebags, which were won by Mareesa and Dayna Kelly. We held a raffle - one for the parents and one for the riders. After shuffling up the names, the winner was drawn for each, and one family had a very lucky day with winning both prizes 50 • Saddle Up • November 2011

- rider Stephanie Struys and mom Heidi. I would like to thank Nora Hooper for doing tack check, Nancy and Hannah Beaulieu for doing whipper-in, Diane Kwast for entry secretary, and all the parents and members for coming out to support regional dressage. Division Winners: Starter A - Rachel Hamilton Starter B - Emily Lock Training A - Deana Pollard Training B - Sophie Stephens First Level - Jill Barnett Second Level - Marlies Kerkhoven Top Pony Club Level: D - Rachel Hamilton D1 - Deana Pollard D2 - Emily Lock C - Marissa Heppner C1 - Samantha Fischer C2 - Sophie Stephens A/B - Jill Barnett Top Affiliate - Jinnell Gunn

Mareesa and Dayna Kelly in the Pas de Deux

Left to right are: Hannah, Caitlyn, Jill, Sophie, Marianne


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Michele Gould Photos by Ian Hilbrander


ur last Fun Day of 2011, held in the Agriplex on September 25th, was an action packed day for all 18 riders who attended, as well as for everyone who came out to cheer us on, support us and volunteer. We had a costume class, a candy scramble, a special guest appearance by a gaited horse and best of all, our inaugural stick horse race won by none other than Margo ‘Turn & Burn’ Hooge - OK so she was the only contestant! Other results for the day are as follows: Showmanship Senior - 1st Janet Crich, 2nd Shelley Todd Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peewee – 1st Adam Lemaire Open – 1st Janet Crich, 2nd Melanie Lemaire English Senior – 1st Nikolett Levesque, 2nd Rhonda Bennett/Dana Martin Peewee – 1st Katie Thielman Open – 1st Rhonda Bennett, 2nd Dana Martin Western Senior – 1st Shelley Todd, 2nd Ashley Hilbrander Intermediate – 1st Tasia Bronson, 2nd Meighen Rees Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peewee – 1st Katie Thielman, 2nd Adam Lemaire Open - 1st Tasia Bronson/Shelley Todd Games Senior – 1st Dennis Hooge, 2nd Ashley Hilbrander Intermediate – 1st Kirsten Vanderspoel, 2nd Rebeca Pachman Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peewee – 1st Adam Lemaire, 2nd Katie Thielman

Our thanks go out to Rebecca Hilbrander for organizing the event, Janet Crich for her assistance to all in the trail class

as well as our volunteers for the day: Carolyn Farris, Mikayla Linton, Ian Hilbrander, Steve and Rhonda Bennett, Melanie Lemaire, Tammy Thielman and our judge, Donna Ruth. Our next Executive Meeting will be held at Candy Scramble 7:00 pm at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce on November 2nd and everyone is welcome. We will wrap up the year on November 26th with the 2011 AERC Awards Banquet and AGM. This is a potluck event so whip up your favourite dish (enough for 6-8 people) and bring your friends and family to the Odd Fellows Hall. Doors open at 5:30 at which time we look forward to seeing all our members and many new faces. 2011 was a good year and with your participation, we look forward to an even better 2012!

Oliver Riding Club Report By Kathy Malmberg


unday, October16, was our Halloween Fun Day. Spooky fun with a costume class, plus “Don’t drop the eyeball,” “Ghostly barrels,” “Off with their heads” and many more Halloween-style games. We hope to have some really great photos for next month’s article. Over the course of the last couple of months the club has been running regular horse agility and mechanical cow sessions. They have proved to be extremely popular and thanks go to Ken and Dawn for operating the mechanical cow and to Tahn for helping club members to form great relationships with their horses while having a lot of fun. Marion Weisskopff held a clinic in September at the D Bar K (thanks to Cate Turner for organising this) and many club members took advantage of this fantastic opportunity. There has been nothing but amazing feedback following this clinic, so we are very much hoping that Marion will be able to return and continue her work for club and non-club members next year. Everyone who is interested in participating is urged to contact Cate, at (250) 485-0302, and get your name on the list. Planning for next year is already underway on projects such as the Wish Ride. A committee has been formed to get cracking on a plan to make the 2012 ride our most successful Wish Ride to date! John Wilkinson has offered to host the ride from his place HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

near Osoyoos. We look forward to the new route. Dressage Practice day took place on September 25. Last “Jump-A-Round” of the season is scheduled for October 30. More on this event next month. The Oliver District Riding Club is holding its AGM on November 17 at 7:30 pm. The venue for this meeting Nine-year-old Alexis Nice on her has not yet been finalized. All pony, Lokie at Dressage Practice day. members are encouraged to attend. Members interested in participating on the 2012 executive are asked to call Carol at (250) 498-4787. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome. We are currently planning our Christmas party. Any input for themes and games is enthusiastically encouraged! Keep in mind that we are still riding at the ring at D Bar K on Wednesday evenings from 5 pm until dark, and also on Sundays starting at noon. • 51

Langley Riders Society News By Bethany Gildemeister Photos by Ron McCarthy


o you miss it yet? Do you miss getting up at 5 am to scrub your horse’s legs? (Those of you with mostly white horses that love to look like “Pigpen” - you know what I’m talking about.) Do you miss the sore fingers from banding, the hoof black stains, packing most of your barn into the horse trailer, eating nothing but greasy show food or not having the time to eat at all? I know I do! This year we had a lot of fun at Langley Riders with all the Jumper Days, English/Western Shows and Games Days. Thank you to all the 2011 directors, volunteers, judges, and sponsors we appreciate you SO much! Also, a big THANK YOU to all the exhibitors that came out this season. It was great to see all of the new people and horses, as well as the members that keep the club running so well! As you know, it’s Year End Awards Season. I know the directors are busy tallying points and shopping for prizes. I’m excited to see all of this year’s awards! LRS also had its annual costume classes at the October English/Western Show and Games day. What fun we had seeing all the awesome costumes. Clowns, garden fairies, a flower being chased by a 16hh bumblebee, Thing 1 and Thing 2 with the Cat in the Hat, Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus were some of my favourites! September 25/October 1 English/Western Show High Points (combined due to bad weather on the 25th) English: Senior - Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate - tied: Danni Olsen, Haley Russell Junior - Griffon Zalesky PeeWee - Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mite - Brooklyn Gildemeister Walk/Trot - Emma Gildemeister Overall High Point - tied: Brooklyn Gildemeister, Kestral Zalesky Western: Senior - Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate - Danni Olsen Junior - Matty London PeeWee - Kestral Zalesky Tiny Mite - Brooklyn Gildemeister Walk/Jog - Emma Gildemeister Overall High Point - Bethany Gildemeister October 8 Jumper Day Senior - Sandy Valko Intermediate - Haley Russell Junior Carley - Peters Tiny Mite - tied: Brooklyn Gildemeister, Emma Gildemeister September Games Day High Points George Burns - Sian Russell Jack Benny - Shelley Kellner Senior - Stephanie Phillips Intermediate - Tessa Gildemeister Junior - Summer Goodwin Pee Wee - Lexi Langset Tiny Mite - Aaron Bitschy Lead Line - Parker Sorenson October 15 Games Day High Points George Burns - Ted Hall, 27 points Jack Benny - tied: Shelley Kellner, Jenny Leibenzeder, 29 points Senior - Bethany Gildemeister, 30 points Intermediate - tied: Cassie Glover, Jazmine Langset, 31 points Junior - Rachel Fortier, 29 points Pee Wee - Lexi Langset, 32 points Tiny Mite - Sabrina Langset, 36 points Lead Line - Parker Sorenson, 28 points

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Tessa and Stephy aka “The Bee Chasing the Flower”

Marie Peters and Summer aka “Flower Garden”

Brookie and Emma with Scooter aka “Thing 1 and Thing 2 with The Cat in the Hat”

Danni Olsen and Monty aka “Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus”

Matty London and Durango Tessa Gildemeister and Fjord Lincoln

Brookie and Scooter

Griffon Zalesky and Annymation


Nelson 4-H Club By Betsy Nasmyth Miniature Horsemanship Project


he Nelson 4-H Club Miniature Horsemanship Project was started in January 2011. I was looking for a way to connect horse-loving kids who may not have their own horse with some of the miniature horses standing around in backyards without a job to do. Together they would learn basic horsemanship skills. Five beginner horsemen, ages 9 to 11, signed up for the project. They met regularly during the winter to learn about horses and how to care for them. The first week in April, they were introduced to “their mini.” They signed a part-time lease (two days a week) and a contract to help out with barn chores. The first month or so saw a steep learning curve for both minis and their new handlers. There were frisky minis and timid horsemen working hard to get to know each other and form a positive horse/handler relationship. There were frustrating moments as the independent minis tried to boss their handlers around and frequently made a mad dash to the nearest patch of grass. Taking our first group photo proved quite a challenge just trying to have the minis and the girls all facing the same way at the same time. The project goal for this year was to be able to show their miniature horses in halter classes and in-hand obstacles at the local Sunshine Bay Horse Show on July 3. They had

a lot to learn in a very short time. The young handlers worked hard on their handling skills and grooming L to R: Jasmyne Cartier with Mikey, Allison Detta with Skye, Triona the rough heavy coats Simpson with Breeze, Jillian Loudon with Doogie and Annabel Vrba of the miniature with Buddy. horses. Prior to the show, they gave each of the minis a bath; for some of the horses, it was their very first. The girls helped each other with the bathing and grooming of each mini until it resembled a well turned-out show horse right down to hoof polish. Next day, I trailered the minis to the show grounds. The rest was up to the girls themselves, and they did an amazing job of showing their minis in showmanship, halter and in-hand obstacles. Everyone had at least one ribbon to show for their efforts! Allison Detta (our club president) and Skye What a difference a few months have tackling the bridge obstacle. made to these young people and their charges. By Achievement Day in September, this project, the 4-H’rs, the minis or me! everyone was well-prepared to present their Congratulations everyone! Many thanks skills to the judges and guests of honour. to those who allowed their minis to be leased Both minis and handlers demonstrated by the 4-H members and the parents who confidence and competence in the required also had to commit to getting their child to manoeuvres. the twice weekly mini days! We couldn’t have As the year winds down, the participants done it without you. are busy learning to ground drive their minis. It’s hard to say who has had more fun with

BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley


oes anyone notice a trend in clubs? That would be the “I don’t have time” when asked to help out. Everyone who joins a club does it for a reason. When you join a club it becomes your club. You should be proud to be a member and want to do what you can to make it be what you want it to be. To do that, you need to give up a bit of your time to help the club out. If you don’t, who will? The more people that don’t have time, the less people there are to do things. With less people, less things can be done, which can eventually lead to nothing being done. I am seeing this happen in several clubs. I just saw a list of activities from previous years in a brochure from another club I am involved in. The activities were great, except they don’t do any of them anymore, except one. Why? The club had no one helping to do them anymore. So let’s work on changing this trend. Get involved in your club. Volunteer before even being asked. Help make your club what you joined it for. Let’s see lots of activities with lots of people there and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

people helping. We need our clubs and the only way for them to stay alive is for you to keep them that way. It is definitely getting to be the cold time of year. Fall is here and minis are getting really thick coats. Time to get ready for winter. Get the blankets out and the water heaters ready. Check all your drains so you don’t have any flooding. Hope you all caught us at the Mane Event. We had lots of nice minis on display. The BC Mighty Minis performed in the Equine Experience, so if you missed them you missed something great. Our AGM is coming up. It will be on November 26, 2011. The meeting starts at 3:30 pm. The Buffet Dinner, Awards and Auction will follow. It is going to be held at Langley Twin Rinks, 5700 Langley Bypass. High Point Awards will be given out so make it a point to be there to get your award or help celebrate others getting theirs. For more info, contact Margaret Walmsley at (604) 856-1419 or by email at • 53

AQHA Fall Circuit Show By Cheri Smeeton


he South Central Quarter Horse Association’s 2011 AQHA Fall Circuit was held September 15-18 in Armstrong, and saw competitors from as far away as Idaho, Washington, Alberta, Dawson Creek, Vancouver Island, Sechelt Peninsula, and the Kootenays. The show took place over three days, with judges Mario Boisjoli of Gig Harbour, WA on the Friday and Robbin and Mike Jung of Ogden, Utah on Saturday and Sunday. The Weanling and Yearling Super Halter Futurity was a great success, bringing some of the largest halter classes seen in BC this year. SCQHA is proud to have such great sponsors who make all of this possible for everyone and we would like to extend a sincere thank you for your generous support to help promote and foster our goals. SCQHA hopes that everyone had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western, pictured here with trainer Tami Hutton, took home the Novice Amateur saddle donated by Dick Veldhuis of Grand Saddlery and Western Wear Ltd. of Armstrong

SCQHA Fall Circuit Results: High Points Amateur - Sheryl Boller, Only Blue By You Amateur Reserve - Terri Myers, TCD Fancy Win Rose Novice Amateur High Point - Tina Maynard, Oughta Be Western Novice Amateur Reserve - Maralynn Rehbein, Inviting the Prince Youth 14-18 - Katrina Mulford, Zippos Star Shuttle Youth 14-18 Reserve - Alix Rasmussen, Fancy Silver Jackie Youth 13 & Under - Amanda Daly, D Only Invitation Youth 13 & Under Reserve - Taylor Schell, Go West Charlie Novice Youth - Alix Rasmussen, Fancy Silver Jackie Novice Youth Reserve - Breeyelle Harrison, Dancing The Dream Green Horse Walk/Trot - Janet Crich, Blazin Hot Showgirl Green Horse Walk/Trot Reserve - Joyce Voth, Royal Doc Bond Nervous Novice - Joyce Voth, Royal Doc Bond Youth Walk/Trot - Natalie Williams, KPN Krymsun Krome Junior Horse - Lea-Ann Oosterhoff, Certifiably Fabulous Junior Horse Reserve - Tami Hutton, Money Makin Dreamer Senior Horse - Carole Walton, Alittle Reality Senior Horse Reserve - Barbara Hopkins, Irwins Lil Bit Purdy Futurity Results: Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stake 1st - Locked Into Low (Amber Crutchley) Tri Challenge Yearling Futurity 1st - Rock N Roll Dreamer (Tami Hutton) 2nd - Big Time Potential (Randy Kitagawa/Ashleigh Tuhkala) Weanling Super Futurity 1st - The Nu Sherrifin Town (Rich Zenner/Betty Ann Vivian) 2nd - Kallin All Yuh Fellows (Rich Zenner/Betty Ann Vivian) 3rd - Covergurl (Randy Kitagawa/Ashleigh Tuhkala) 4th - Tardee Temptation (Sandy & Ken Kirtzinger) Yearling Super Halter Futurity 1st - Gun Fighter (Collen Kilpatrick-Riedle/William Cunningham) 2nd - Intimidating Starlet (Sandy & Ken Kirtzinger) 3rd - Rock N Roll Dreamer (Tami Hutton) 4th - STS Shez Way Cool (Sherry Sulz) Open 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stake 1st - Too Zippy To Sleep (Chris Miller/Betty Ann Vivian) 2nd - Ur Worst Nightmare (Clayton Gull) Non Pro All Ages Western Pleasure Stake 1st - Showme Classicdeluxe (Jessica Fairless-Eli) 2nd - Inviting The Prince (Maralynn Rehbein) 3rd - Docs Last Charge (Tasia Bronson)

Yearling Super Halter Futurity winner Gun Fighter, owned by Doug and Brenda Cunningham of Hay Lake, AB, and shown by Colleen Kilpatrick-Riedle. Sponsored by Sherry Sulz of STS Quarter Horses, Langley, and Flora Kippan of KPN Farms, Abbotsford. Super Halter Weanling Futurity winner The Nu Sherrifin Town, shown by Rich Zenner, owned by Betty Ann Vivian of Valleyview, AB. Sponsored by Sherry Sulz of STS Quarter Horses, Langley, and Flora Kippan of KPN Farms, Abbotsford. Trophy presented by Katrina Mulford.

2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stake: Too Zippy To Sleep. Rider is Chris Miller; owner: Betty Ann Vivian

Yearling Tri-Challenge: Rock N Roll Dreamer, Tami Hutton

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AQHA Show, cont’d

Hi Point Junior Horse: Certifiably Fabulous, Lea Anne Oosterhoff

Non Pro Western Pleasure Stake: Showme Classicdeluxe, Jessica Fairless-Eli

BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S2 * President: Gordie McEachen, (250) 337-5958, Treasurer: Norma Siebert, (604) 789-0150, Membership Secretary: Lynne Carter, (604) 880-6138, AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson, (604) 323-4418, Saddle Up Contact: Carolyn Farris, (250) 546-6083, LMQHA Directors: Haidee Landry, (604)-530-8051, Denise Hill (HCBC), (604) 888-0475, VIQHA Director: Kirk Walton, (250) 724-0389, SCQHA Director: Cheri Smeeton, (250) 573-2541, NBCQHA Director: Darhl Paley, Amateur Advisor: Doug Baker, (250) 612-4770,

BCQHA/AQHA REPORT 2012 AQHA Convention: The 2012 AQHA Convention is scheduled for March 9-12 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Show Levels: AQHA’s competition levelling plan is ready for testing next year followed by full implementation in 2013. The overall goal of the new show levelling program is to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction. The levelling program is a handicapping system. There will be more and different awards plus two novice championship shows for amateur and youth exhibitors. AQHA Recreational Advisor Training: In September, AQHA staff conducted a recreational HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Hi Point Senior Horse: Alittle Reality, Carole Walton

advisor training in Tucson, Arizona at the Tanque Verde Ranch. The recreational market is a large segment of the industry and AQHA is addressing developments within the AQHA recreational programs that will help foster a greater connection with these horse owners. Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and AQHA are Educational Alliance Partners. For more information, visit 2012 AQHF scholarship applications are available online, at www.aqha. com. Show Management Workshops: Show Management workshops took place in Amarillo, TX, in September and Columbus, Ohio in October. The first workshop will take place in Mexico. Incentive Fund gets a facelift: The AQHA Incentive fund has been an “anchor” AQHA program since 1984. Changes to the program for 2012 can be found at aspx. Reports may also be found at,, and www.

VANCOUVER ISLAND The Glacier Valley Classic Circuit was held under sunny skies in the lovely Comox Valley. All the exhibitors were excited to be showing their horses in a full slate of AQHA classes as well as the five $250 added Stake classes offered. The Saturday Night Social had great food, lots of fun with exhibitors winning wonderful number draw prizes including two Montana silversmith belt buckles. The Silent Auction held in memory of Amanda Zinger made $280 which will be donated for a trailhead plaque in the Metchosin area where Amanda loved to ride. The Show Committee wants to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for pulling together to make this a great weekend of showing on beautiful Vancouver Island. • 55

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145


T’S BANQUET TIME! Please don’t forget to buy your tickets! BCIAHA would like to thank all the members who were able to make it to our AGM. Special thanks to Yvette and Bob Mawson for hosting us. We all had a great time! BCIAHA would also like to thank Debbie Story for making it out for a last clinic of the year. Pic’s to follow in next month’s addition. We would like to congratulate all the competitors that represented Canada at the 2011 US Nationals held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Way to Go! We would like to remind members to begin thinking of renewing your membership. We would also like anyone who may want to become a member to please contact us. We have a lot of fun and would enjoy meeting some new people.

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association invites you to the   2011

Christmas Banquet & Year End Awards November 19th VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL 27th St. (across from the Village Green Mall), Vernon


6 pm - Happy Hour 7 pm - Dinner 8 pm - 12 am - Dancing to the DJ “Boogie Nights”

Silent Auction throughout the evening. Please remember your donations. Please invite your friends, relatives or anyone who would like to join you for this wonderful evening out.

A Fire Inside B owned by Alysha

Say you are with the “BCIAHA Christmas Banquet” for the special room rate.

Tickets: BCIAHA members Adult $25.00 Juniors 18 & under $12.00 Non member Adult $28.00

Juniors 18 & under $18.00

**add an additional $2.00 per ticket purchased after Nov. 1st . ** Sorry no tickets at door. Mail ticket requests to : Sheila Goertz, 5026 Pringle Rd, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B4 250-546-6004 Cut here----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BCIAHA member Adult tickets at $25.00 each Number___________  Amount_____________   Junior tickets at $12.00 each Number___________  Amount_____________   

Non Member Adult tickets at $28.00 each  Junior tickets at $18.00 each             

Number____________ Amount_____________ Number _____________ Amount_____________       Total _____________

Alaina and JS Surfin Safari

Name _________________________________phone #___________ e-mail___________________ Please make cheques payable to the BCIAHA Please mail ticket requests and cheque to Sheila Goertz, 5026 Pringle Rd, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4 250-546-6004

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BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Vice Pres Cathy Glover Sec Marilyn Griffin Treas Dianne Rouse Communications Director Andrew Thomas APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore APHA 817 834-2742

2011 AGM this month It’s that time of year! Our 2011 annual general meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, November 27 at the Willoughby Community Centre at the Langley Events Centre (7888 - 200th Street) Room 3, SW corner of the building, 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm, and everyone is welcome to join us! This year, we’ll be electing (or re-electing) a new president (Colleen Schellenberg) and vice (Cathy Glover) as their positions are voted on annually. BCPHC treasurer Dianne Rouse is up for re-election, as is Blodwyn Bristow. Andrew Thomas, who has served the club well as our communications director these last few years, has moved out of the Fraser Valley and will be retiring from the board, so his seat will also need to be fi lled. According to our bylaws, up to eight directors serve for two-year terms (we currently have six) and we meet regularly - in person, by phone and email - to manage club business. Our meetings are friendly and productive and if you want to be involved in the future of Paint Horse ownership in BC, this is a great time to get involved; the AGM is a great place to start! If you are a current BCPHC member interested in letting your name stand for a position on the board, please contact Colleen Schellenberg, at the email address below. This is also a good time to thank the 2011 board for all their hard work this year. In addition to Colleen, Cathy, Dianne, Andrew and Blodwyn, there are Kerry Sawyer, Natalie Hall and your trusty reporter, Marilyn Griffin. We would be remiss not to send out a special thank you, as well, to the incomparable Barbara Binns who worked so hard with the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association this year to bring APHA-approved Paint classes to their two circuits at Thunderbird!


BCPHC Awards Banquet goes high style Don’t make any other plans for February 4, 2012! You may want to spend it with us! That’s when BCPHC’s board of directors will be hosting our annual awards banquet - and it’s going to be one you won’t want to miss! We’ve booked the luxurious and brand-new lounge at the prestigious High Point Equestrian Centre in South Langley (www.highpointequestriancentre. ca)! It’s an absolutely stunning facility! With its floor-to-ceiling vista out to the 90x200 foot arena below, the venue alone will be worth the price of admission! We’re still ironing out the details but we’ll have ticket info for you in this space next issue! Tickets will go fast!

Paint Show in works for next summer And more exciting news! Plans are now well underway for a one-day, two-judge, APHA-approved horse show in Langley next summer! BCPHC vice-president Cathy Glover is leading an enthusiastic committee for the “Back-to-Basics” show on Sunday, July 29, 2012 and we’ve booked High Point for it, as well! A class list includes all the usual suspects including novice youth and amateur classes. We’re even offering a youth and amateur high point for solid-breds! We’ve added classes in the new Green Horse division and there is a Walk/Trot Amateur division (by special request from friends on our Facebook group!). Hunter Hack, Western Riding and three Reining classes round out a very nice selection of classes for a no-frills all-Paint Horse show! Best of all, we intend to offer an “all-inclusive” day rate that won’t break the bank.

Emma Schellenberg in Showmanship

Ingrid Libera and Ima Special Delivery

click on “Sign up as Group Member” then enter group # 22985 and click “find group” to pay with your personal VISA #. Handdelivered orders will also be accepted up until Nov 27. Any questions? Feel free to contact Colleen Schellenberg at colleen_doug@shaw. ca. All orders will be available for distribution after Dec 10 and free deliveries to anyone in the Fraser Valley will be available for a minimum $50 Purdy’s order. Help support your BC Paint Horse Club and enjoy the convenience!

Do you have something to contribute?

The Northwest Co-ordinating Committee (NWCC) awards banquet and meeting will be held December 10 at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-828-7873 and ask for the NWCC group rate.

And finally, as the 2011 show season comes to a close, there are many BCPHC members out there riding their horses on the trails, enjoying the fall colours and continuing to have fun with their horses in lots of other ways. We want to hear from you! Do you have a story about you and your Paint Horse? If so, please e-mail as we would love to include some personal “Paint” stories in the next issue of Saddle Up.


PS: Do you Facebook?

Back by popular demand, the BCPHC Purdy’s fundraiser will be offered again this year, just in time for Christmas! A beautiful winter selection is available online and we can also offer online purchasing for your convenience! Go to and

So do we! Be sure to check out our group. With 210 members (and counting), it’s a good way to stay in touch! Search Facebook for “BC Paint Horse Club.”

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, Club contact: Alison Miller,


his newsletter is all about the meeting and the banquet, that’s my theme, yep. Our Annual General Meeting is on November 20th at the Barnhartvale Hall at 10 a.m. All board positions are voted on every year and every member has a vote, so please come and make yours count. These positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and five Directors. This is also a time for discussing how the club is to be directed for next year. What would you like to see more of or perhaps change? There will also be a complete list of volunteer positions that will be available. So if there’s a spot you’d like to try, come to the meeting and be one of the first to apply! I’m being absolutely serious here, hehe, get yer butts to the AGM! Now that I’ve talked about the meeting, that leaves my other subject… the Banquet! Fun times! Barnhartvale Hall, November 5th at 5:30 p.m. is the time and day to be at Pine Tree Riding Club’s Annual Banquet and Awards Night! Tickets are $5 per person. Dinner is at 6, with awards and dancing to follow. The club is providing roast beef and ham, all the rest of the food will be pot luck. Contact Alison Miller, her contact information is on the website, to register and to also report which item of food you’ll be bringing for the potluck (dessert, salad or side dish, with your own serving utensils for the dish) Every member who attended three Playdays or three Gymkhanas is eligible for an award and there will also be a Silent Auction. Bring your money and let the bidding begin! If anyone is able to contribute to the Silent Auction, please contact Alison. I believe the Miller family needs any and all contributions in by November 1st so they have the time to organize it all. Now, did I cover everything? Yes, I do believe I have. BUT, I’d like to remind everyone that the Pine Tree grounds are locked. If you want to haul in, please contact a member on the board (listed in the website under contacts) for the code. Unfortunately the grounds have been suffering quite a bit of vandalism, and locking the gates was necessary. I thought you might like to see a few photos of some of the youth having fun on our last Gymkhana day. These photos were supplied by Jessie-ann Fink. Thank you Jessie-ann.

Brayden Daburger

Aubree Higgins and her mom Lora

Cally Sample

Sasha Hall and Lora Higgins

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Story written by Anne Mackay

Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Toni Bloomfield Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin


o finish is to win” is the motto of endurance riding, and as the Westbank Rocker (held September 17) has now been put to bed, I finally feel as if I (Anne Mackay, Ride Manager) am almost to the “finish and the win!” Managing the 2011 Westbank Rocker, the final BC ride of the year, was like hanging on to a runaway freight train with various highs and lows along the way! First excitement was to hear that Brian Malkoske (who had a serious accident about a year ago) and his wife Darla were registered for the ride, as well as Kim Hofmarks whose new work commitments had kept her off the endurance circuit earlier this year. Our two Friday veterinarians (Brytann Youngberg and Sarah Greenwood) began vetting in more than sixty equines and we tested out the new PR and vet lanes - success declared. Grant Scott (Kelowna) joined the vet team the next day and vet checks on Saturday went smoothly with minimal wait times. We used traffic “delineators” and had fun training volunteers, riders and veterinarians to use the new set-up. We are trying to prepare riders for the more formal structure required when attending a larger event such as an Endurance Canada or FEI competition and at the same time ensure maximum safety for equines and humans. Saturday morning dawned with sun and some clouds, then the word came that all seven toilets were backed up and there was no water running in the lodge or in the washrooms! Luckily, master plumber Anne Neary appeared with plunger in hand and got the toilets running (slowly), while Jim Lencucha got the pump for the well re-primed and we were “off to the races” again, as the 50-mile and then the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

25-mile ride got underway. Trails were well marked (thanks to Brandi, Barb, Gena, Debbie and others) and many positive comments were received on the trails chosen for this year’s competition. Did anyone go slow enough to enjoy the spectacular views? The winner of the 50-mile ride was Sue Summers of Washington State in a ride time of 4 hours, 15 minutes. Shortly behind her was Brandi Anthony of Westbank, who won not only the High Vet Score Award, but also the Best Conditioned Award. Congrats’ Brandi! Top Juniors in the 50-mile were Anya and Katya Leverman of 100 Mile House, who each received handmade charm bracelets (complete with equine charm) from Horse Heaven. Winner of the 25-mile ride (time of 2 hours, 31 minutes) was Debbie Powell of Summerland on her new horse, Priority X Press. Debbie is thrilled to be riding her new Arabian and we hope to see her move on to 50s next year (but no pressure, Deb). Winner of the High Vet (25-mile) was Bart, ridden by Nicola Maughn. The 25-mile ride had strong junior competitors as well and they completed it just minutes after the winning senior. “Team Trapalanda,” (Sabrina Fuergutz and Morgan Tilstra) who dressed in matching red shirts, came in 1st and 2nd, followed by Angie Huber. (Sabrina and Morgan are coached by Fiona Griffiths who, for many years, dominated the BC endurance scene. Watch out everyone!) It’s great to see junior involvement increasing! This year we also had eight fun riders, including a father and young daughter riding a pony. Shianne Hillebrand was so enthusiastic about riding, that when she came off the trail, she rode her pony around camp, to the delight of many spectators. Hopefully the fun riders will be back next year - and doing the 25-mile ride! Saturday evening included a potluck in the lodge and an Awards Ceremony packed with prizes, most donated by local businesses (donors listed on the ERABC website). Everyone who completed the ride (including fun riders) received a gift bag containing a wine stopper (courtesy Wild Horse Canyon Vineyards) and a special endurance massage oil and lip balm made by Lana Halisheff. The Silent Auction was another highlight.

Debbie Powell, winner of the LD (25-mile) ride, followed by Roberta Hormes

Many donations were received and then purchased by club members, raising over $900 for ERABC! Special thanks to Kerri-Jo Stewart for generously donating a copy of her book, a fine art print of one of her photographs, as well as several other pieces of art. Later Saturday evening saw the clean-up crew hard at work in the lodge. Where would we be without such enthusiastic volunteers, including junior Katya? Sunday morning, another crew of volunteers turned up to help pack up water troughs, hoses, canopies, water pumps, signs and all the rest of the equipment. With many hands making light work, ride management was able to head home before noon for a welldeserved rest. Thank you EVERYONE - donors, veterinarians, VOLUNTEERS and riders for all contributing to another successful ERABC ride! Next event and get together will be the AGM to be held at the Ramada Inn in Kamloops on November 12. In addition to the business meeting, there will be educational speakers, a catered awards banquet and party! Check the website for details, and hope to see you all there!

Dayna Stevens and Hans Larsson of Horsefly • 59

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Kootenay Chapter Ride By Keith Johnson is far more spectacular. In any case, I would President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 rather ride in the hot, Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 weather than rain sunny Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 or drizzle. At the end of Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 the day, all riders and Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 their significant others Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 converged at the almost Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 world-famous Colander Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 in downtown Restaurant Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Trail where we stuffed ourselves on more good n August 26-28, the Kootenay food. Chapter of BCHBC hosted a On the third and final day of riding, we gathering and three days of it easy. Nine of us trailered just south took incredible riding in the Trail/Rossland area. Trail along the banks of the Columbia of Two members of the Shuswap Chapter, for a more or less flat 4 to 5 hour River Heather Luckow and myself, Keith Johnson, along the west shore of this wide, ride attended this impressive gathering and were picturesque river. We went as far as the not in the least disappointed despite the site of the historic Fort Sheppard This was long haul to get there. Trail has a large horse point along the old an important stopping club activity centre with a riding ring, small trail which originally extended Dewdney horse corrals and a multitude of covered from New Westminster to Fort Steele in the box stalls. As well, there is a clubhouse of East Kootenay. sorts with a kitchen, dining or meeting It was a very relaxing day with few bugs area and washrooms with showers. Some and it was nice to ride for a good part under Kootenay club members stayed, as we did, shade of trees; but it was still warm at the at this facility and stalled horses at $10 per 37ºC. It was so warm in fact that our one horse per night. A great deal. On the first female rider and chief executive member of day, we hauled through Rossland to one of Shuswap chapter took it upon herself to the the trailheads of the Seven Summits Trail. jump off her horse and cavort in the cooling Twenty Riders showed up. There was lots This in itself was waters of the Columbia. of climbing on this trail, up to an altitude behaviour considering the not abnormal of 2250 meters. It was a good workout and heat, but unexpected because she was fully definitely a ride for seasoned horses and cowboy boots and all. Truly one of clothed, riders, but not a dangerous ride. of the whole trip and we gave the highlights The 360-degree views from the upper her a hearty round of applause. ridges were quite incredible. Despite the I cannot thank the Kootenay group heat (35ºC) and swarms of pesky little flies, for their gracious hospitality and enough very few people complained. Well maybe What a great bunch of people camaraderie. just a little bit. I said it was for seasoned special thanks to Rick Fillmore, with riders. We rode for 5 to 6 hours, including Jones and Richie Mann. Graham a lunch break. In the evening, our hosts put BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE


on a barbecue/potluck at the horse grounds. Great food, great people and great stories were shared by all. On day two, we started more or less at the south end of the Seven Summits and rode north until the trail deteriorated and became too rough to comfortably carry on. Thirteen riders made it out this day; still lots of flies and hot weather. As a former Vancouver Island rider, I would say that the trail conditions were similar but the scenery 60 • Saddle Up • November 2011



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BCRA 2011 SEASON LEADER SADDLE WINNERS: (Season Leaders were presented with beautiful trophy saddles from Master Saddles Canada) Quesnel Door Shop & Downtown Tire & Auto Bareback: Cash Kerner, Pritchard, BC Master Saddles Canada Tie-Down Roping: Virgil Poffenroth, Riske Creek, BC Rocky’s General Store, Quesnel/Cariboo Team Realty, C. Smith Saddle Bronc: Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek, BC Tim Terepocki Ranch Properties Inc. Steer Wrestling: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House, BC BCRA Members Breakaway Roping: Charlie Soffel, Vanderhoof, BC Wrangler/20X Ladies Barrel Racing: Kirsten Gjerde, Prince George, BC Grassland Equipment Ltd. Team Roping Header: Tim Terepocki, Princeton, BC Grassland Equipment Ltd.Team Roping Heeler: Chad Braaten, 150 Mile House, BC Regency Dodge Chrysler Bull Riding: Evan Fuller, Riske Creek, BC Canart Cattel Company Junior Steer Riding: KC Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC Jenna Wills Memorial Junior Barrel Racing: Lane Wills, Quesnel, BC Rock Construction & Mining Junior Breakaway Roping: Chad Braaten, 150 Mile House, BC PG Klassic Autobody Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Kyla Kelly, Vanderhoof, BC

All Around Winners were awarded with a 20X Custom Made Hat by Vern Elliott. ASC Automotive, Ashcroft, BC ALL AROUND COWBOY: Steve Hohman, Quesnel, BC ALL AROUND COWGIRL: Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC ALL AROUND JUNIOR: KC Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC

2011 BCRA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Spectrum Resource Group Brady Fuller, Williams Lake, BC


2011 GJ Rodeo Co. ROOKIE ROUGHSTOCK RIDER: Ryland Derose, Kamloops, BC

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2011 CHILCOTIN SERIES TOUR WINNERS: TOUR SERIES RODEOS: Anahim Lake, Bella Coola, Nemiah, Redstone Awards were purchased from P3 Creations, Diamond K Marketing & Frontier Western Shop.

CHILCOTIN SERIES TOUR CHAMPIONS: Bareback: Christoph Muigg, Hazelton, BC Saddle Bronc: Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek, BC Bull Riding: Brady Fuller, Williams Lake, BC Tie-Down Roping: Brad Thomas, Williams Lake, BC Steer Wrestling: Cash Isnardy, Cache Creek, BC Breakaway Roping: Alyson Shuck, Tatla Lake, BC Ladies Barrel Racing: Rayell Bremner, Williams Lake, BC Team Roping Header: Cody Braaten, 150 Mile House, BC Team Roping Heeler: Chad Braaten, 150 Mile House, BC #8 Team Roping Header: Bud Lawlor, Quesnel, BC #8 Team Roping Heeler: Clint Cripps, Prince George, BC Ladies Goat Tying: Norma Macdonald, Williams Lake, BC Junior Steer Riding: KC Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC Junior Barrel Racing: Rachelle Hancock, Quesnel, BC Junior Goat Tying: Jaime Macdonald, Williams Lake, BC Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake, BC Pee Wee Goat Tail Tying: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel, BC

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 BCRA FINALS CHAMPIONS (Champions were presented with Buckles from Troy Fischer Silverworks) Bareback: Cash Kerner, Pritchard, BC Saddle Bronc: Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek, BC Bull Riding: Ryan Jasper, Riske Creek, BC Tie Down Roping: Virgil Poffenroth, Riske Creek, BC Steer Wrestling: Ty Mason, Kamloops, BC

Breakaway Roping: Charlie Soffel, Vanderhoof, BC Ladies Barrel Racing: Sarah Gerard, Savona, BC Team Roping: Header: Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel, BC Heeler: Ty Lytton, 108 Mile Ranch, BC Junior Barrel Racing: Tosha Seitz, Savona, BC Junior Steer Riding: KC Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC Junior Breakaway Roping: Chad Braaten, 150 Mile House, BC Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Elly Farmer, Savona, BC

HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS Thank you to the various sponsors. Each winner received winter turnout horse blankets with embroidery on them. Roughstock of Year received custom made bronc halters from Cariboo Saddlery in Williams Lake, BC. Sponsors: PMG Communications, Leeanne Lamha, Oram Family, Gus & Nita Cameron. Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year – “FANCY” Owner: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House, BC Ladies Barrel Horse of the Year – “JAZZ” Owner: Kirsten Gjerde, Prince George, BC Heading Horse of the Year – “JACK” Owner: Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel, BC Heeling Horse of the Year – “KLINGER” Owner: Mark Pozzobon, Savona, BC Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year – “DONK” Owner: Virgil Poffenroth, Riske Creek, BC Breakaway Roping Horse of the Year – “CHESTER” Owner: Allison Everett, 150 Mile House Junior Barrel Horse of the Year – “FLICK” Owner: Lane Wills, Quesnel, BC Junior Breakaway Horse of the Year – “SQUIRT” Owner: Chad Braaten, 150 Mile House Pee Wee Barrel Horse of the Year – “WRANGLER” Owner: Kyla Kelly, Vanderhoof, BC Bull of the Year – “530 NIC NAC” Owner: C+ Rodeos Bareback Horse of the Year – “W06 BILLY” Owner: C+ Rodeos Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year – “B36 MEDIEVIL KNEIVIL” Owner: C+ Rodeos • 61

Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 11/11

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 3/12 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 or web 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 10/12 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 5/12

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 4/12


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or @ p 7/12

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 12/11 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 12/11 MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574,,

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2011/2012 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,


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STANDARD CHA CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff, Princeton, Marion, AERC EXECUTIVE MEETING, 7 pm, A/S Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, Rebecca 250-546-0052, BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Lunch Meeting, 11 am, Armstrong Inn (formerly Saxon) Banquet Room, Armstrong, PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Pub Night Fundraiser,, BASIC EQUINE FIRST AID/HEALTH/BANDAGING CLINICS, Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, Lorraine 250-766-1975, COLT STARTING APPRENTICESHIP w/Marion Weisskopff, Princeton, Marion, OPEN HOUSE 11-4, New office for Mills Veterinary Services, 7850 Redwing Road, Vernon, 250-546-8860, NORTH OK HORSEY LADIES Charity Auction & Banquet, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Nancy 250-546-9922, donations welcome AWARDS BANQUET, TBA, PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB AGM & AWARDS BANQUET, ART OF THE HORSE PAINTING RETREAT w/Joan Larson, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, 250-746-8769,, AERC AWARDS BANQUET & AGM, Odd Fellows Hall, Armstrong, Rebecca 250-546-0052,


SPIRIT OF THE WEST CRUISE from L.A. to Hawaii for 14 days, EQUINE EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC. Contact Kelly Coughlin at

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COWBOY CONCERT, 100 Mile House, 1-888-763-2224, SASKATCHEWAN EQUINE EXPO, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, 306-931-7149,

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KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase, OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase, Armstrong, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase,

DOMINIQUE BARBIER CLINIC, Highpoint Equestrian Centre, Langley, Burgi, COWBOY CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Calvary Community Church, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224,

Do you have your 2012 dates booked yet? Send them in – our readers want to know!

TIP OF THE MONTH Recognizing an Unhealthy Horse: Signs of Trouble Change in eating habits Bleeding that doesn’t stop Diarrhea or constipation Convulsions or shaking Trouble walking or standing Abnormal sweating Change in feel or shine of the coat Sudden change in behaviour Obvious pain


Do not ignore these symptoms. Listen to your horse. Take action. Know the ‘normal’ vital signs of your horse. Help your vet by having the vital signs when you call. Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, BC • 63

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 2/12 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford) 1-877-336-6156, janice@, Indoor pool/hottub, trailer pkg, rest. 15 min. to Heritage Park

Dynamic Balance Equestrian (serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds   sDYNAMICBALANCE HOTMAILCOM 2/12


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

FOALING - 5 PINE RANCH (Okanagan) Foaling w/Webcams. Superior mare care and full boarding services. 250-215-7463, 2/12


SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 4/12

Best Value in Red Deer! Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park Toll Free 1-800-424-8454 or 403-343-8444


SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 5/12 BED, BALES & BREAKFAST BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout, FARM SUPPLIES

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 7/12 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 3/12 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 10/12 BOARDING


TRIPLE R STOCK FARM (Kamloops area) 250-577-3293. Exc. ref. Big paddocks/ shelters/roundpen/arena. Retirement-Rehab. Visa/MC. 11/11


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CATERING & CONCESSION SERVICES HERMCO CATERING & CONCESSION (BC Interior) 250-681-0939 Awesome Food and Excellent Service,




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GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 3/12

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



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ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop and Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods

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100% B.C. Owned and Operated!

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Farm Market (Coldstream) 250-545-2134 PRO-FORM Feeds, Consigned Tack/Apparel, Minerals & Supplements 4/12

RIBBONS & ROSETTES FIRST PLACE RIBBONS (Canada wide), 604-820-3332 or Toll Free 1-866-332-3170, e-mail:

LAKE COUNTRY FARM & PET SUPPLY LTD. Livestock, Pet Feeds and Supplies 250-766-4646 • Dealer for #19-10051 Hwy 97N, Winfield, BC V4V 1P6

REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/11


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SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 11/12 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. RIVERBEND TACK & HAY (Vancouver Island) 250-245-3763 9/12 Washington Grass, Alfalfa, Alfalfa Mix, Timothy, Tack New & Used RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 8/12 FENCING

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 2/12 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 5/12 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 2/12 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs


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GRAND SADDLERY Armstrong BC 250-546-9722 We measure your horse for the best tree fit. Western saddles for all breeds of horses.

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS HORSE’N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items & more LAMMLE’S WESTERN WEAR & TACK (ALBERTA & BC) 1.877.LAMMLES For Everything Western go to to find a location near you. 12/11


THE RANCH - Home of “Robbie� – Percheron/TB Stallion Driving Lessons/Clinics. Horses broke and trained for driving. For Sale: Eventing/Jumping/Driving/Trail prospects. Ellen Hockley & Steve Laughlin, Pritchard, BC 250-577-3366, 3/12

TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975


WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 3/12 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western

Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12 TRAINERS/COACHES

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 7/12 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 5/12 TRANSPORT/HAULING An EQUESTRIAN



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Stallions and Breeders POLAR PINTABIANS (Winfield, AB) 780-682-2659 3/12 Breeding for Colour & All Around Quality. Butte Morgan Horses ~ Western Foundation Breeding

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HYPOALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES (Summerland) 250-486-6773 Stallion service, all ages horses for sale.

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AEF CORRECTION In the October issue of Saddle Up, the AEF 2011 Scholarship Recipients article contained an error with regards to the correct name, biography and photo of award recipient Stephanie Berendt. The Alberta Equestrian Federation apologizes for any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused. The fall issue of Alberta Bits inadvertently published the wrong information as well. The information printed was not of Stephanie Berendt, but rather that of Kimberley Berendt. Stephanie Berendt’s biographical information and photo will be included in the winter issue of Alberta Bits and other AEF communications. On behalf of the AEF, our sincere apologies. – Sonia Dantu, Executive Director, AEF

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On The Market

8 YR OLD BUCKSKIN QH MARE Sire: Debs Deck Ross; Dam: unpapered. Halter broke, good bloodlines, well-built. Loves attention and very friendly. Has feet done on regular basis, good with feet/farrier, dewormed, easy to handle. Loads/hauls well. She just needs someone with an arena to work her and the knowledge to train her. $800 250-344-6439 (Golden)

11 YR OLD PAINT GELDING, 15.2HH Great bloodlines (Sire: Major Jingo; Dam: Brazo Bright Dawn). Has had training and work on him, hasn’t been ridden since we owned him. SOLID HORSE, WELL BUILT!! Good with feet and farrier, feet done on regular basis, dewormed, hauls well, handles well. He needs an arena to be worked in and someone to restart him as we have been told he has a buck. $800 250-344-6439 (Golden)

RS ZANS WATER LILLY 2005 AQHA MARE Sire: Zans Diamond Pine; Dam: Robbies TIny Bubbles. This beautiful sorrel mare stands 15HH. She has a super temperament and has been started under saddle. She trailer’s bathes and stands for farrier. Intermediate Rider. Approved home only. $3,500 obo Call Grant 250-453-2257 (Ashcroft)

PHOTO ADS only 2004 SOONER 3H ANGLE GOOSENECK Drop down windows and grills, hay bags. Rubber floor and walls, padded doors, carpeted gooseneck. 10+ bridle hooks, 3 brush boxes, blanket bar, 3 saddle rack moveable from tack to rear. 7’ high x 7’ wide. Extras include awning, aluminum step, aluminum corner shelving, hangers for panels, 3 spring arms for overnight tying. Excellent condition, low mileage, must be seen to be appreciated. Like new tires. Regular maintenance. Electric brakes with breakaway system. $19,500 obo 250-545-2825 or e-mail (Vernon)

$60. + Tax Includes FREE Internet

REG’D HAFLINGER, 14.1HH, 9 YRS Safe pony for advanced beginners or intermediates. Not spooky, great on trails, goes Western or English, bare-foot with horse boots. Sweet pony looking for his little partner. Walks into trailers, great with farrier, no vices, goes over, under, through anything from muddiest bogs/streams or brush. $4,500 obo 604-938-3773 (Pemberton)

ELFONDO MORGANS OFFERS FOR SALE Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH)

STUNNING GYPSY VANNER COLT! Be one of the first in BC to own this amazing breed! Super friendly, handled since birth, “Kash” is going to be an exceptional herd sire or incredible show horse. He will be weaned in November and ready for his new home then. $7,500 (includes delivery to the Lower Mainland) 250-395-3087 (100 Mile House) 11/11

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2009 REG’D PAINT GELDING, 15.1HH Super personality, he is the barn charmer. Will excel in any discipline. Really good with people and other horses. Very easy to handle, lead and lunge. He has been saddled and bridled without a fuss. Start him this winter and have a great riding horse for the new year. Will make an excellent horse for anyone. Only selling due to University commitments. $2,900 604-741-1747 (Sechelt, BC)

ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut)

FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186



On The Market 3 WINDS RANCH

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

AQHA/NFQH A 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 2/12

IMA HOT DIMENSION 2 YR OLD FILLY Correct, flat knee with deep sweeping drive. Won the Lungeline Futurity in Dawson Creek last year. Sire has ROM WP, Trail & HS. Son of Blazing Hot 3 Time World Champion. The dam is a 3D Zip and Frosty Zipper mare. Great mind and temperament. Would be an awesome filly for a youth or novice. Is a 10+ loper and jogger. Video on You Tube under Ima Hot Dimension at 15 rides. She will win in the show pen and then take you for a trail ride. Asking $4,000 obo 250-567-4068 (Vanderhoof)


Goldun Poco Mr Matt AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses 250-963-9779


LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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THUNDERING HILL MR REBEL YELLA Rebel is a 2011, AQHA Incentive Fund, Palomino Dun Colt with World Champion Bloodlines, Rd Rocka Fella, Mr Yella Fella, Smooth Town Rebel, A Classical Mister. Handled daily, very kind and respectful. Strong muscled body with long legs and neck. He has a light dun stripe down his back and chocolate tiger stripes down his legs to his 4 white socks; he also has markings on his shoulders. I think he is going to also darken more on his body. His full sister is a Dappled Chocolate Palomino. Pics of our past foals, the dam, sire and a 2011 Liver Chestnut Filly also for sale By Mister Rocka Fella and Our Coosa Mare at $3,000. 250-546-3644 (Armstrong) • 69

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 11/11 VISIT FINE LINE ARABIANS on Facebook for beautiful Breeding Stock, Pleasure, Show and Endurance prospects. Rare Ferzon-Azraff pedigrees. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available


HAY: 1st CUT (80 lbs) $6.50 p/bale and 2nd CUT (70-80 lbs) $7 p/bale. Alfalfa/Grass mix. Barn stored, no rain. 250547-6816 (Lumby) 11/11

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock


COMMERCIAL TRAIL RIDING BUSINESS in Jasper National Park. Seasonal May to October. Reputable and established. Serious enquiries only. 780-865-4021 (Jasper, AB) 12/11


778-212-0414, j y


SLOW FEED HAY NETS! Discover a more natural way... extend feed times, reduce waste, and create a happier, healthier horse or pony! Order yours today at www. Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

“CHICKEN” – 5 YR QH GELDING, Sorrel. Has done Barrels/Gymkhanas. Anyone can ride on trails. Would be great for HSR; has packed flag for Drill/Rodeo. Asking $4,000. 250-305-5356, (Williams Lake)

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas

3 sizes starting at $89.95 1-866-389-9952


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616 11/11


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Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin







29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740

If it’s FREE, we’ll run it for FREE FREE TO APPROVED HOME, 14-year-old Arabian Mare. Companion horse only. Cannot be ridden due to lameness and has had one foal but has not been able to conceive since. Good natured and well-behaved. 250-379-2268 (Falkland)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 11/11 2/12

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING


L & L Quarter Horses


Horse Boarding in Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters


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





Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm



3261-50 Street NW, Salmon Arm, BC

ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. 12/12

Full Board (3 feedings per day) Indoor Arena 75’ x 274’ Outdoor Riding Ring 205’ x 107’ Large Paddocks w/Shelters Box Stalls, Wash Stalls, Heated Tack Room ~ Trainers Welcome ~ Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm

Call 250-832-7959





L h &S Leather Stitches i h Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

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Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/11 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 11/12


0% financing ava vailable OAC!

Save with Kubota’s Economy Series Save Up To S

$3,626 $

L3200HST 32 Hp 4WD HST Was $17,058 – Now $14,995 L3800HST 37 Hp 4WD HST Was $19,006 – Now $16,695

B2320 4WD

MX5100 4WD L3800 4WD ABBOTSFORD Avenue Machinery Corp. 604-864-2665 COURTENAY North Island Tractor Ltd. 250-334-0801 CRESTON Kemlee Equipment Ltd. 250-428-2254

B2320HSD 23 Hp 4WD HST Was $13,982 – Now $12,275 B3300SU 33 Hp 4WD HST Was $16,083 – Now $14,095

MX5100DT 50 Hp 4WD Gear Was $25,282 – Now $21,895 MX5100HST 50 Hp 4WD HST Was $26,901 – Now $23,275

* The cash sale prices above include the cash-in-lieu of special low rate financing discount, freight, PDI and set-up charges. Please contact dealer for details. Limited time offer. Taxes and administrations fees are extra.

DAWSON CREEK Douglas Lake Equipment 250-782-5281 DUNCAN Island Tractor & Supply Ltd. 250-746-1755 KAMLOOPS Douglas Lake Equipment 250-851-2044

KELOWNA Avenue Machinery Corp. 250-769-8700 OLIVER Gerard’s Equipment Ltd. 250-498-2524 PRINCE GEORGE Huber Equipment 250-560-5431

QUESNEL Douglas Lake Equipment 250-991-0406 VERNON Avenue Machinery Corp. 250-545-3355

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