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Dear Editor… Dear Editor: am writing today to encourage all Albertans to continue with the journey of forcing the Alberta Government’s cull of Alberta’s Wild Horse to cease. The wild horse populations in Alberta date back before the European settlers arrived dating back to a Spanish horse foundation. Why does the Alberta Government refuse to see the value in protecting our natural resource and a major part of Alberta’s Heritage? In the eyes of the Alberta Government these magnificent animals are considered “FERAL.” Webster’s Dictionary defines feral as “having escaped from domestication and become wild.” How could these horses have escaped domestication over two hundred years ago when the west was neither settled nor explored? Alberta’s Wild Horses are a true HERITAGE SPECIES and need the legislation to protect them. Please write or call Honorable Diana McQueen of Environmental Sustainable Resources at 1-800-542-7307 or email and demand that we start protecting this species, having them designated as Alberta’s first Heritage Species. The last two cull seasons, 350 head have been removed and taken to slaughter. Her department claim there are 770 head left in the western foothills. Two more cull seasons and this Alberta Government will have wiped out the wild horse population, taking with it the unique gene pool that has evolved, and wiping out a complete section of the natural food chain. Please write or call her office to stop this senseless slaughter and protect a species natural to Alberta. - Wayne Krejci and Shelby MacKenzie, Innisfail, AB


Dear Nancy: hank you so much for your wonderful donation of the August issue of Saddle Up for the Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships. The riders loved receiving it during the opening ceremony. The competition was a great success and the riders from across Canada all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the scenery that the Lower Mainland has to offer. It was a fun-fi lled five days. Great memories and friendships were made. Your generosity for Pony Club is truly noted and I personally want to thank you for your support. - Janice Spenst, Mt. Cheam Pony Club, BCLM Regional Dressage Chair


Dear Nancy: OSES & THORNS - A HUGE bouquet of roses to you and Saddle Up! Another extremely successful Old Baldy Ranch Production Sale was held Sept. 29th. I credit you


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and Carol, your ad layout/design wizard, for helping me put together such wonderful covers and page five features that we turn into posters. With your far reaching distribution and the hours you put into marketing (will have seen you at the Mane Event by the time of this printing!) it definitely is the most bang for my buck and I have always enjoyed our phone conversations over the years. The “thorny” issue is what I found to be the downside to advertising two days prior to my sale. Imagine if you will, coming home from an overtime day at work to find a vehicle parked at one end of my driveway beside an entrance to my corrals out of site of the house, having passed five PRIVATE PROPERTY and NO TRESPASSING signs. In passing the vehicle there was a man sitting in the seat. Then I see two women waltzing around the corner from my barn/tack shed area dangling a camera! She asks, “Do you live here?” Said she had an appointment to look at horses. WHAT?? Apparently a gentleman had called in the morning and was told by my husband that no one would be available till late afternoon. But in the meantime, according to my contractor who told them nobody was home, they had been snooping around for an hour before my arrival at 2 pm (does that not make 1 pm early afternoon?) With a camera!!! She tells me she is from Kamloops and always reads Saddle Up and was on my website, to which I say, “Well then you realize I can’t sell you a horse today as these ones here are consigned to my production sale on Saturday.” She asks, “What production sale?” How could you not know if you really do read Saddle Up and my website as I always keep it up with sale dates and at that time had the on-line catalogue with all the Lot numbers, etc.? Lying and dishonesty, another pet peeve. - Sincerely, Colleen Wangler, Old Baldy Ranch, Dawson Creek, BC (See Old Baldy’s sale report on page 18) (The following letter is in response to Heather Farrell’s letter in the October issue)

Hello Heather: hank you for your letter. You brought up a very interesting point that I believe merits clarification. When I am not letting my horse eat, it is not part of his/ her training. I am simply establishing my position in the herd. There are a number of ways to establish my position and not eating is only one of them. I am not making demands based on my expectations such as when training a horse and this is why it differs from the example you mentioned in your letter. The context is different. In one situation I am using horse communication based on equine psychology and behavior to make my position in the herd clear. In the other situation, a trainer is asking a horse to do something and to do it right based



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Ray’s Trailers has New Owner! By Brad Palmer

on the trainer’s demands and expectations, regardless of the amount of pressure. I hope this clarifies things for you. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss this further. - Best regards, Barbra Ann King, Relationship Riding Academy, barb@,


r. Ray Adamson has finally retired and sold his business after 35 years. Ray operated Ray’s Trailers while also racing chuck wagons around the country. Ray’s Trailers has been added to Kioti Tractors, a local Camrose business, run out of A-1 Rentals another local business in town. The only change is the addition of Kioti Tractors to the line-up of trailers and tractors, and trailers will also be available for rent. The name will change to Ray’s Trailers and Tractors with the same phone number of 780-679-8989. Ray’s Trailers have also moved a block east from the original location to Camrose Glass. Trailers and tractors can be viewed at both Camrose Glass and A-1 Rentals at 3855-48 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta.

Attention Appaloosa, Paint and Quarter Horse breeders: e are trying to find out if there is any interest in starting a program to sell our babies in a closed sale/futurity similar to the Alberta Pot of Gold Futurity and the Manitoba 50/50 sale. Both of these events are very popular and showcase the weanlings which are then sold through a sale with 50% going back to the nominator of the weanling, and the other 50% being put towards a futurity pot that is distributed when the foals return as 2 year olds. To see the program check out http:// html If you are a breeder and are interested in becoming involved in this program please contact Lynn Freeland 250-838-9373 or email



Photo credits were missed for three photos in the October issue: Front Cover, Mellissa Buckley sitting on fence; then with SCQHA News on page 72, Anna Green, and the Team Champions. Photos were taken by Naomi McGeachy, Reel West Photography (on Facebook).

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inter is on its way, we had 4” of snow the other morning, although it has since gone. But thar’s snow in them thar hills! Won’t be long now! As most of you know, the Mane Event in Chilliwack was another success again this year! The Barker Family and their entourage really do a great job for this event and Red Deer’s in April! Congratulations to Jenny Sherbo for being the first WOMAN to participate in the (male dominated) Trainer’s Challenge. Jenny was a last minute replacement for Wylene Wilson (who’d had a horse accident weeks before). But Wylene informs us… she will be at Red Deer in April! Jenny did a great job and finished all the elements in the Sunday final – but it was Aussie Dan Steers who won the title. What a showman – and trainer! Our first (of two) Christmas Gift Guide is in this issue – so start planning and thinking about GIFTS for all your beloveds! Shop in person, mail order or buy online… see pages 22-26 for a ‘head start’! We are attending Horse Council BC’s Conference in Kamloops on January 19-20 – are you? A variety of speakers will share their wealth of information over the two days, Gala event Saturday night too… see for more information and early bird ticket discounts.

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Attention all “Horsey” Young People age 6-20 By Denise Stanley


ust wanted to spread the word that a new 4-H Horse Club is in the process of forming, based in the Silver Creek/Salmon Arm area with meetings and functions happening within the community. 4-H is a wonderful program for our young people to learn… not only about horse husbandry, training and showing, but to develop skills in public speaking, record keeping, judging and marketing. For any of you that have had the wonderful experience of being part of a 4-H family you will know what kind of life long memories it has given you, what you have learned from those experiences and how you use those skills to this day!! Not to mention lifelong friendships as well! Some of the function we will be attending: * Communications Day (Club/District level) * District Rally Day (judging) * Club Achievement Day * Okanagan Stock Show * IPE * Salmon Arm Fair Our next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on November 7th at the Silver Creek Community Hall south of Salmon Arm. For more information please contact Denise Stanley 250-832-2522.

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New Equestrian Trails By Steven Dubas


project that spanned four years and included many meetings with City officials and community organizations is now complete. It all began in 2006 with the appointment of Bob Bullock, the Recreation Director for the Prince George Horse Society, to the City of Prince George Trails Task Force. This was the first time equestrian interests were considered in the development of recreational trails in the City of Prince George. Within the mandate of the Prince George Horse Society is a recreation element that had not been previously acted upon. The PG Horse Society was created to manage the Prince George Agriplex for the City of Prince George. The facility is located at Exhibition Park and is comprised of an indoor and outdoor arena along with barns and outdoor paddocks. The Society consists of various equestrian disciplines as well as dog agility. In 2006, the City was in the process of developing a trails strategy and unfortunately equestrian interests were not included in the initial makeup of the committee. With some gentle coaxing, Bob Bullock, the then newly-appointed recreation direction for the PGHS, was accepted by the Mayor to sit on the committee and provide direction. The work of the committee was to develop a long-term strategy for trails within city limits. The original Trail System Master Plan was reviewed and it was decided the Management Plan was unreasonable and that a new plan needed to be developed that would see “substantial completion of critical links by 2015.” With the submission of the report to City Council, the mandate was fulfi lled and the committee was dissolved. This was the end of committee work, but the start of moving projects from concept to reality. Bob Bullock became an active part of developing a trail route from the Agriplex to the University of Northern BC campus and on to the Greenway Trail 6 • Saddle Up • November 2012

system. The route from the Agriplex to the start of the climb to the university was fairly straightforward; it ran along a traditional horse/foot path. The original route was intended to be on the south side of Shane Creek. Closer inspection of the area presented issues with steepness, private property and ground movement. To alleviate these problems, the trail was finally located on the north bank of Shane Creek. An equine trail, as well as a foot path, was finally flagged and work began in 2010 with completion in the spring of 2011. The Shane Creek overpass presented a new problem. Because the original route was to be on the south side of the creek, the underpass that was already constructed had a four-metre-wide base built to accommodate walking traffic on the south side, while the north side only had a one-metre allowance. The one-metre walkway could not support horse and foot traffic safely. The City created a solution by installing cantilevered beams drilled into the concrete foundation and extending it over the creek to about 4 meters with the ends of the cantilever beams supported by steel rods anchored to the underside of the underpass. A deck was constructed with grating on either side of the walkway which extends the full length of the walkway and the actual footing is rubber mats with a brick pattern. Even though there is a railing, to further ensure the safety of horse and rider, chain-link fencing was installed from the bottom to the top of the underpass. With the completion of this section, horses can now travel from the boarding facility to access 50km of trails. As a feature, and to complete this trail system, the Prince George Horse Society

decided to create a rest area for horses, riders and the public. On July 25, 2012, two concrete picnic tables and two benches were installed that comply with City standards. This site could not be constructed without the support of Horse Council BC through its Equestrian Trails Fund, the Prince George Horse Society, City of Prince George and PG Rentals. HCBC provided over $5000 in grant funding, PGHS contributed $1700, and Tom Graham, owner of Prince George Rentals, provided a small excavator and operated the excavator himself, free of charge. Without the dedication and passion of volunteers, projects like this would not be completed. There is no personal gain from this project, only the satisfaction that riders and the public can enjoy trails and facilities within City limits. Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS

I love that there are more articles on clicker training appearing in magazines (Equus, Practical Horseman, Horse Canada) and that they are finally catching up to Saddle Up, who has been publishing clicker training articles for over two years now! Perhaps we are reaching the tipping point in horse training.


any people come to clicker training because they have tried other training methods and those methods are not working for them or their horse. They are looking for a different way to solve the problems they are having with their horse. They have decided, perhaps, that it is time for them to think smarter, rather than bigger and tougher. Time to build a relationship based not on dominance, but on mutual respect and cooperation - and have fun doing it! The articles that have appeared lately have done a good job overall in describing clicker training, the science behind it and how to train some behaviours using it. However, I was very surprised by the behaviours they suggested for those critical first lessons in which people would introduce clicker training to their horse. In one article they suggested these behaviours: touching the head of a horse that dislikes its head being touched, catching a hard-to-catch horse, and retraining a horse that is difficult about picking up its feet These behaviours would require the handler to simultaneously introduce clicker training and use it to solve existing problems. While clicker training is a SUPERB tool for solving problem behaviours, it is NOT the place to start when both the handler and the horse are new to clicker training. With both being inexperienced, they can get into trouble trying to use clicker training in these cases, and may conclude that this is just another method that doesn’t work. Before working on solving a problem, you have to look at why you have the problem to start with, and this is usually not a quick fi x. Clicker training should 8 • Saddle Up • November 2012

not be used as a “Band-Aid” approach to solving relationship problems. You have to get to the real answer as to why your horse doesn’t like to be caught, have his face touched or lift his feet.

Open Up the Lines of Communication - First! So where should you start if you want to begin clicker training so that you can eventually deal with any relationship and training problems? Alexandra Kurland, one of the pioneers in the development of clicker training for horses and author of three books on the subject, recommends teaching both horse and handler six foundation lessons. These foundation lessons teach the horse and handler the rules of the “clicker game” and ensure a solid foundation that will keep everyone safe. These six foundation lessons are: • Targeting • Head down • Backing in a square • Grownups are talking • Happy faces • Standing on a mat While working through the foundation lessons, both horse and handler learn to communicate better and a relationship develops that will allow the problem behaviours to be examined and solved at the deeper level where they originated. In addition, the handler has the opportunity to develop the mechanical skills necessary to be safe and communicate more clearly to the horse exactly what is wanted - a huge step to solving and preventing issues. Targeting is a great place to start as it is novel, involves the horse’s curiosity and usually hasn’t been trained previously, so you both can have a fresh start. If your

Foundation lesson, “Grownups are talking”

Foundation lesson, “Standing on a mat”

Foundation lesson, “Head down” (Thanks to Kathleen and Shamara for the lovely pictures.)

horse is already pushy or muggy, you should teach this lesson with protective contact. Protective contact can be as simple as putting the horse in his stall with a stall guard up, or in his paddock HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d with the fence between you. All that is needed is a barrier to help him learn the rules of this new game while keeping everyone safe and relaxed. When people don’t feel safe they tend to get fearful and that leads to getting big and becoming reactive which, in clicker training, we don’t want. We like to operate under threshold. We don’t want either partner, horse or handler, to become scared. If you search back in the online Saddle Up issues, there are articles on the foundation lessons including targeting. Make sure you look up the videos and article on food delivery as this is VERY important. Two YouTube videos from the past Saddle Up article

on targeting will show this process. They are titled November Targeting Video 1 and 2, and other targeting and food delivery videos can be found if you search “d1fairy� on YouTube. The foundation lessons themselves will help to solve many common relationship issues. Targeting and head lowering can help with biting and mugging, while correct food delivery and backing will help with barging and crowding. These important lessons are learned by the horse, all without the need for punishment. The foundation lessons teach both partners in the relationship about cues and stimulus control. Once this is

established, your relationship and what you can train is limitless. Just look at what they can train a killer whale to do - and that is all without force, fear or punishment. If you can dream it, you can train it using clicker training. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training horses using Alexandra Kurland’s program (www. She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

S(t)able Island: The Beauty of the Free


ello Saddle Up readers. My name is Rae-Anne LaPlante. I am an independent video journalist in

Victoria. I am preparing to produce a documentary about the history and beauty of Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Shipwrecks, wild horses, isolation; it is truly one of the most fascinating places in the world. Sable Island is home to the only protected wild horses in Canada and they live on this island without any human interference. My documentary will focus on the history of these horses and what makes them unique to our world. Although protected by its waters, the island itself holds a fragile beauty. I want its beauty to be shared so people can appreciate it and understand the importance of keeping it preserved. Although there have been numerous fi lms about Sable Island in the past, there hasn’t been a Canadian fi lm for quite some time and with the transition of Parks Canada taking over the operations of the island, I believe it is an ideal time to educate Canadians why this place is so important to us. I believe it is important to show people what is in store, both from human interaction and naturally, for this magical place. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

out my fundraising campaign. Any I became passionate about television production as I saw the influence media can contribution, big or small, is greatly have on society, and as clichĂŠ as it sounds, appreciated. Without you, I wouldn’t be able I always wanted to work in a field where I to pursue my dream. Please, if you can, help could provoke change in people’s hearts. I me get the word out about my documentary believe my documentary will do just that. as well. The passion I feel for Sable Island is what I want to give to my viewers. I am very projects/676944760/stable-island-theenthusiastic to explore my potential through beauty-of-the-free My documentary will be called S(t)able this production. Island: The Beauty of the Free. The cost of the project is unfortunately larger than my own pockets, so I am (My website is and on seeking support from the public to help Facebook I me accomplish my dream. I will be online can be reached at 250-418-5007 or raelaplante@ fundraising through a website, Kickstarter., (work email, rae-anne.laplante@sjrb. com. It is based on “all or nothingâ€? funding, ca) for more information. ) so if I don’t reach my fundraising goal by PLEASANT VALLEY November 16th, there is no charge to you and Corral Panels Horse Trailers my project receives nothing. In exchange Light Duty $52. 5’ high x 9’6â€? wide for your support and EXPRESS Medium Duty $78. when I am funded, you Stock Combo 6 rail 5’6â€? high x 9’6â€? wide '67LBS get a gift unique to my Ranch Gates $7,495. DISCOUN T Gates Ride Thru ON LARG production. I want to E O R 2H EXPRESS 12’ DERS Bale Feeders, make you feel as if you !NGLE(AUL $6,495. Tombstone $399. 3H EXPRESS 16’ $6,895. are coming along this adventure with me.   s(IGHWAY 6ERNON "# Please check


Mane Event Winds Up in Chilliwack By Jan Mansfield Photos by Mark McMillan


he Mane Event closed its doors in Chilliwack Sunday October 21st, after a successful three days which drew over 22,000 attendees to the clinics and the trade fair. The spectators left happy, as did the exhibitors whose cash registers reportedly worked overtime at the show. Closing day also provided the excitement of the Trainers Challenge final. Australian Dan Steers, Californian Jenny Sherbo and Kamloops BC trainer Kyle Mills, who all made their Mane Event debut this year, were impressive in demonstrating the progress they had made with their horses. But it was the Aussie, Steers, who managed to complete all the required elements and drew a standing ovation as he stood atop his horse and cracked his whip. He was awarded top points and the championship trophy. “I was really happy with my horse and what he achieved in three days,” said Steers. I’m proud of the organizers for putting on such a great competition where it’s really about the horse and the spectators. I couldn’t be prouder to have my first competition here in a foreign country and at the Mane Event.” Sherbo was also pleased with her first Trainers Challenge experience. “Everybody here has just embraced me and I am really appreciative of that. The guys were right there to support me and vice versa,” she said. “The international flavour really added something to the Mane Event this year with our trio of Aussies,” said spokesperson Gail Barker. The Mane Event’s 10th Anniversary celebrations begin in Red Deer next year April 26–28 and will continue in Chilliwack October 25-27. “You can feel the excitement building for the 10th year anniversary coming next year,” said Barker. “This year has been spectacular, but next year we are going to top it.”

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My Mentor, Birgit Stutz By Lisanne Hendriks Photos courtesy of Falling Star Ranch

My name is Lisanne Hendriks and I am from Holland. I’ve been riding horses since I was eight years old and I have owned my own horse since I was 12. I recently completed a one-month long mentorship with Birgit Stutz at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, BC.


he methodology taught at Falling Star Ranch is based on Chris Irwin’s non-resistance training concepts, and it is all about understanding horse psychology and caring enough about horses to learn to think horse, speak horse, Birgit Stutz coaches Lisanne Hendriks on one of the Lisanne Hendriks works with a young horse in the and play horse games by Falling Star Ranch lesson horses. round pen. horse rules. I had previously taken a after the mentorship, I received my bronze certification in both few lessons with Birgit while staying at a nearby ranch. However, groundwork and riding from Chris Irwin at a clinic in Holland. since I wanted to accelerate my horsemanship skills as well as get So I’m definitely ready for my next step, getting to the silver level, my certification from Chris Irwin, I decided to do a mentorship and Birgit will be the one I will go back to, to get me to that level. with Birgit. Birgit teaches her students how to use equine body language (See Birgit’s listing under Trainers in the Business Services section) and horse psychology in order to develop a relationship between themselves and their horse based on mutual understanding and confidence. One of the big concepts I learnt is that the shape or frame of the horse’s body is directly linked to the horse’s frame of mind. In other words, how a horse feels is how its body is shaped. What I really like about this methodology is that there are no games, no gimmicks, no gadgets, no quick fi xes, just good horsemanship. The more we know the more willingness we can get from our horses with greater ease and less resistance. Before my mentorship, I was feeling somewhat insecure about my horsemanship skills, so besides teaching me more about the method she uses, Birgit also helped build up my confidence. Birgit is a great teacher and takes a lot of time to explain things, and she is always willing to answer any questions. Even after completion of my mentorship, Birgit is always there for me via email whenever I have an issue with my own horse. The mentorship at Falling Star Ranch really got my Thank you horsemanship skills to the next level. There are a lot of different to those that spoke with us at horses to work with at the ranch, from easy horses to really the Mane Event. challenging horses. Falling Star Ranch is a beautiful ranch and very well run, and the way Birgit takes care of her own horses as well as clients’ horses is fantastic. Learning more about this method has changed my life. I have always believed in this method, but seeing it work with a lot of different horses is amazing. This method is the way to train and work with your horse. And in my opinion, Birgit is the one who can teach you in a great way. And it all worked out great, as, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 11


Slow - that’s a powerful word in today’s horseshow world. People think that to be slow is highly desired, yet getting your horse slow enough can be difficult. I am often asked, “How do I get my horse to slow down?” I believe many people are confused about how much importance to place upon “slow.”


QHA is strongly promoting that excessive slowness not be the goal; rather, a horse moving true in relation to his natural length of stride is the goal. The AQHA rule says, “Excessive slowness in any gait, loss of forward momentum (resulting in an animated and/or artificial gait at the lope) is to be a fault scored according to severity.” Yet most people feel that some judges are still placing “slow” above true correct movement. So this remains a difficult subject. I can only tell you what I’ve decided to strive for with my own horses and in my program. I do my very best to keep my horses moving true and cadenced with lift and flow. This is my first goal and being ultra-slow comes after that. It is also important for you to evaluate your horse. Some horses are mentally willing to go slow and others aren’t. Some horses are physically more capable of going slow than others. Two important physical attributes a horse may possess that will help him to go and stay slow are lift, and a strong, deep hock. Lift is very important to maintaining self-carriage at a slow speed. Lift gives the horse the ability to stand up and carry himself. A strong, deep hock is beneficial because, as the horse reaches up underneath himself, it helps him to sit back on his hindquarters, giving a moment of suspension and slowing down the rhythm and stride. It is also important to consider breeding. There are pedigree lines that are hotter and horses that are bred to go. Other lines are bred to go slow with slower-legged movement. No matter where you are, these exercises can improve your horse. The exercises I will give you are not “quick-fi xes” but exercises to reinforce keeping your horse in position, between your legs and reins, balanced and without lean and paying attention to your cues. My goal is that these exercises will slowly help you to develop your horse into a balanced, correct mover, performing at the right speed for your event.

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STEP ONE Evaluate your horse’s energy level. Prepare your horse for his workout. Does he have so much energy that he has trouble performing his workout and focusing on you? If so, lunge him or turn him out. Let him get his play out, and then he will be a happier team member ready to work. If high energy is a continual problem, remember that certain foods give more energy. Evaluate your horse’s feed. Don’t overfeed him for his job.

STEP TWO Understand and keep your horse on the arc. An arc is a portion of a curved line such as a portion of a circle. A horse is made to travel naturally at the lope on a slight arc. Keeping your horse on his arc is way more important than most people realize. The correct arc of a left lead, for example, is that the horse’s right hind leg will be in-between the two front legs and you will be able to see the back outside corner of the left eye. (See illustration). For a right lead, the left rear would be in-between the two front legs and you will be able to see the back outside corner of the right eye. If you go into a pasture of horses loping around freely, you will see that the hindquarters kick in slightly to fall in this position to perform the lope. The head may go from side to side while they are playing, but the optimum position for the head and neck is as I described above. Keeping your horse on the correct arc is crucial to getting the best lope your horse has to give. A famous trainer in California many years ago, named Harold Farren, taught me the importance of understanding the arc and how it relates to a horse’s movement and how controlling the arc relates to every maneuver we do. Many trainers have found that a shortcut to excessively slowing a horse down is to “over-arc” or “over-cant” a horse’s hindquarters to the inside at the lope making the horse almost lope sideways down the rail. But this results in an unnatural gait, as the flow of forward motion cannot travel naturally forward. The motion is stopped for a moment, making the front legs quicker in movement and out of sync with the hindquarters. AQHA is working to put a stop to this by including in the rule book that, “Overly canted at the lope (when the outside hind foot is further to the inside of the arena than the inside front foot) is a fault to be scored according to severity.” The first step to improving is developing awareness and I am HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d thrilled that AQHA is educating people. In order for you to keep your horse on the correct arc, you have to have control of your horse’s body parts and demand that your horse keep his position. Many old show horses have either learned to over-arc as I just described or under-arc, which results in a shuffling, four-beat appearance. These horses have lost the arc altogether and are travelling straight down the rail with no slight arc. If your horse is under-arcing, you need to push his hindquarters off your leg to the inside. Establish acceptance and control by practicing this maneuver over and over. You can do this at the walk and the trot. I often make my horses trot their hindquarters around the front end. Like any exercise or workout, practice makes perfect. Build and strengthen your horse gradually. If your horse is over-arcing or over-canting, you may need to bring his front end back over his hindquarters. To do this, you need control of his face and shoulders. There’s an old saying that a horse needs to follow his nose. In other words, the horse’s body needs to follow or track behind where his nose is pointed. When a horse’s head is to the outside and the hindquarters overcanted into the inside, his motion is not following his nose. Try bringing his nose to the inside and drive him up to his face at the walk or the trot. Tighten the circle way up, exaggerating the correct bend or arc. Then go back to the lope. If he loses position or over-arcs, stop and do your circle again. If the hindquarters fall out to the outside, you just need to step up to the trot as most horses will get into position with more forward motion. This will help the problem of under-arcing or over-arcing. The arc is truly one of the secrets to a great lope.

time. Also, don’t scare him in the stop. Don’t slam him into the ground. Just firmly stop him. Call it without losing your temper and losing the message of the maneuver. These are the first steps that will help you to slow your horse down and improve his overall performance. I will discuss steps 4-7 in Part 2 of this article, next month. Many of the exercises I describe are demonstrated in detail in my Winning Strides video series. Best of luck to you with your horse. 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.)

STEP THREE Redistribute your horse’s body weight. Become aware of where your horse’s body weight is, since it is crucial to maintaining your speed and quality of movement. When a horse is heavy on his forehand or front end, he will hit the ground more heavily, use more knee action, get quicker legged and speed up and not want to carry himself. A good correction for this is to stop him, making a full completion of the stop, back him a step or two, then roll him back facing another direction and go off again. Pay attention to his body weight. If he falls back on his front end, stop him and roll back again. Do this until he carries himself longer and longer. You should feel his steps get softer and more definite. This exercise is also a great correction if he wants to charge forward. As he speeds up or “leaves focus,” stop him and roll him back. Use your own discretion as to whether or not you need to back each time. The main purpose is to redirect his body weight back over the hindquarters and increase his self-discipline to carry himself for longer periods of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 13

The Amazing Backcountry Race By Brenda Murdock


e’ve done it! The Amazing Backcountry Race wrapped up its first season with an incredible success! More than $19,000 was raised for STARS. When we first started planning this event we let STARS know that we were hoping to raise a total of $5,000. We figured 50 riders at $100 each was a reasonable guess. Were we ever wrong, but in a good way! There were a total of 18 caches placed throughout the Alberta Rockies spanning a distance of 460km from the Kananskis to the Wilmore. Riders had the summer to locate the caches using directions and GPS coordinates. Each cache contained prizes, items left behind by other riders, and a log book. Eighty-six people from all over Alberta registered to participate, some from as far away as Medicine Hat and Bonnyville. In addition to finding caches, riders raised money for STARS through pledges made online. Hundreds of donations comprised the grand total of $19,300. Although we all agree that STARS was the big winner here, as most of us have friends, family, and even ourselves around today because air rescue by STARS provided a safe, quick ride to a hospital, there are some other winners. Prizes donated by some great businesses totalled over $3,400, and were awarded to both individuals and teams for most money raised, most creative photos, and most caches found: Most Money Raised for STARS - Individual: 1st: Mike Harink of Wetaskiwin, ($2,555) 2nd: Kathy Wheeler of Calgary ($2,120) 3rd: Ian Murray of Condor ($1,955) Most Money Raised for STARS - Team: 1st: “Carpe Diem” - Annette Bos of Calgary, Susan Lewis of Cochrane, and Kathy Wheeler of Calgary ($4,740) We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many sponsors who supported us throughout the summer. Your help was invaluable. Please visit for a complete listing of our prize winners, sponsors and supporters.

Another huge thank you goes to the 2012 Amazing Backcountry Riders, who were AMAZING! Without them, the project would never have taken flight and soared to the heights that it did. It was great fun watching riders find caches, trade items, submit information and photos, and interact with one another. The race website enabled riders to live chat with one another, and provided live feed of trail conditions and locations, including photo galleries. The Amazing Backcountry Race will be expanding these features to encompass not only the fundraiser for STARS, but Equine Geocaching globally. If you would like to be involved in the 2013 Amazing Backcountry Race for STARS by sponsorship or fundraising, or for more information on global equine geocaching, please contact the organizers, Brenda Murdock or Scott Phillips at or visit

What a view!

Mike Harink and a cache.

Kathy Wheeler and a cache.

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or some of us, rodeo is just a sport, but for a cowboy it’s a way of life; a way to make a living. Ride after ride and run after run, the risks facing rodeo competitors are like no other. A serious injury can be career ending and have a lifelong impact on these athletes and their families. There are no milliondollar contracts or signing bonuses to help support them as they try to heal in time for the next rodeo. Professional rodeo athletes need something to fall back on, and thanks to the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation, there is a way to assist these athletes in times of financial hardship due to rodeo related injuries. Northlands created the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Fund in 1989, 14 • Saddle Up • November 2012

and it was established as a foundation in 1995. Today it is one of the most vital and invaluable programs in support of professional rodeo in Canada. Together with the tremendous and generous support of the business and rodeo community, the Foundation has paid out more than $1.4 million to over 219 athletes and their families Secure your seat and purchase your Canadian Finals Rodeo or Farmfair International tickets today, on sale at any Ticketmaster location,, or by calling 1-855-780-3000. For more information on the Canadian Finals Rodeo please visit, on Farmfair International visit Farmfairinternational. com, on River City Round Up visit HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



quine-assisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where horses participate as co-counsellors. Client goals are addressed through the impact of exercises done with the horses, not on the horses. People find great support for their individual healing processes through the relationships they develop with the horses. The model applied by the program uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play therapy, story-telling, and problem solving exercises. The program is offered to women in the community who have been the victims of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.

The Horses This year we had two new additions to the herd. Little Joe, a loveable pony, has come to live with Chunky, our miniature horse. Chunky is now officially unable to eat with the horses, which was very upsetting for him. However, Little Joe is irresistible, so Chunky has adjusted to his new lifestyle of less food! In September, Peaches joined the herd. Peaches is a 17-yearold thoroughbred/quarter horse cross with lots of energy. I had planned on having Peaches live with Vienna, Bandit and Athena. However, Peaches and Landor fell in love at first sight. They have both made it very clear that they want to live together in the same pasture. The fact they have different dietary needs is secondary to the importance of having love in their lives. Once again, they know more than I do!

(We continue to collect Nature’s Fare receipts and are grateful to anyone that drops off their receipts for us – call 250309-0351.) The bulk of this year’s expenses were funded by an individual donator. To you all, thank you from the administration of the Vernon Women’s Transition House, from Helen, myself, and the herd.


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Learning from Horses This year we ran two equine-assisted trauma recovery therapy groups spanning 10 weeks each. Sessions were offered for two hours each week. During the winter we offered a traditional assertiveness training for eight weeks. In addition to the adult groups, we ran a girl’s group in the Spring and two children’s groups this Fall.

Donations I would like to thank this year’s donators. We were very fortunate to be the recipients of the Horsey Ladies Charity Auction in November 2011. Those monies were well appreciated throughout 2012. The Paddock Tack & Togs has continued their monthly donation to the program, which has been supporting us for eight years now. Thank you Karin and Darryl for your ongoing support. Likewise, Dave Collins has always been available for consulting and treating the horses. Thank you Dave. Arise Chiropractic continues to donate to the program. Thank you Alana and Elliot and your team. Individuals have also made donations to the program. Thank you. We have also received funds from Nature’s Fare. They donate 3% of the total on receipts we collect from the store. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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Training For Courage by Paul Dufresne GAIT DEVELOPMENT: TROT, PART 6

Readers not familiar with parts 1-5 should check out the Saddle Up website for the previous issues, as the information will make much horse sense if you are acquainted with the material. In “Gait Development Part 5,” the focus was on attaining balance, coordination, a soft poll, good hindquarters engagement, and energy control by completing serpentines at the trot.

Start of roll-over (as in a

Middle to end of the roll-over

First unweighted start of step inside

Second step of fore crossing in the



fore in reach



hen done correctly, a horse’s softest trot should become obtainable. Again, it is important to remember that if a horse tightens up at the trot doing the serpentine, it is okay to allow him to slow down to a walk. Generally, after a few tries and with a bit of encouragement, a horse will be able to sustain a serpentine by staying in the trot. A horse who is having difficulty with this movement is usually leaning on the inside rein, thus reducing the quality of the poll flexion and the hindquarters engagement in his range of movement. When the horse can sustain the trotting serpentine in a very soft and comfortable gait to ride, then we are ready to add the reach to this combined movement. That is, in a circle, we would have the horse do a roll-over of the hindquarters for the first 180 degrees (a quartering action of serpentine for a couple of cross-over steps), and then on the last 180 degrees, the reach of the forequarters. The reach should be a relaxed crossing over of the forequarters. 16 • Saddle Up • November 2012

We should always review this movement at the walk in our warm-up portion before attempting it at the trot. It is important to note that if a horse attempting this combined move initially has difficulty sustaining the trot, we should allow him to slow down and coordinate his use of the hindquarters and the forequarters at a walk. Later we can encourage him to maintain the trot, but only when he has confidence in his balance and coordination. At this point, we don’t want to rush the horse. Rather, we should focus on helping him to complete the movement as smoothly as he can, from one end of his body to the other. The rider should sit the roll-over balanced and neutral, unless the horse is not sitting himself, in which case he will be too heavy on his forehand to do a good cross-over of the fore and may need the rider to sit deeper to encourage lightness of his forehand. However, if we sit too deep on the roll-over, the horse will be inclined to do a jump turn. The jump turn is a useful maneuver, but should be

done after a horse has learned to cross his front end around. Otherwise the horse will avoid the reach by doing a jump turn which will not loosen his forequarters as effectively. When first playing with the roll-over and reach, it can appear to be a bit tricky to coordinate for the rider and the horse, but it will smooth out with some practice. When first trying to accomplish a roll-over and reach, I don’t ask for the reach unless I have a good roll-over first. When the horse gives a quality roll-over for close to half a turn, then I begin the reach by sliding my inside hand from the flexion position to a more open position, sliding back past my hip while the outside aids take on a supportive role, pushing the horse over into the bend to the inside. I ask for this connection to the forequarters only if the horse is sitting but not leaning on his inside fore, which will be apparent if the inside rein is heavy. If the horse is leaning on his inside fore I will raise my inside hand on the flexion part of the rollover until the horse goes light in my hand, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training For Courage, cont’d and then release. The goal, as the inside hand slides open to begin the reach, is to try to time the inside leg as it starts to get un-weighted. Then I try to draw the horse’s forequarters into a bigger step around to the inside as he keeps his weight on his hindquarters. If he starts to get the idea but hangs on the aids we can bump him with our outside leg on the shoulder, encouraging him to make a better step in front. As soon as the horse makes a good try to yield his forequarters into the circle, Relaxation phase after drive and R & R Driving out forward after completion of the rein should relax. When the reach phase is R&R completed, the horse should be encouraged to trot out with no restraint and start to move in selfcarriage. This move encourages energetic engagement of the rear, Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and loosens the fore, and then allows the horse to move in a positive Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more engaged shape forward while raising himself in the driving importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom forward action. 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 The roll-over and reach (“R & R”) is a great exercise for horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow teaching horses to use their entire body in a positive, relaxed, while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having and engaged shape. When horses do this exercise well, their a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at stride improves immensely and the result is a calm, relaxed emotional disposition, with a soft poll on a rein with float in it, allowing the horse to carry itself. It is important to add energy to the exercise only once the horse and rider have balance and coordination. Once you understand the feel of it, it is okay to be clear about asking for energy in the drive and the reach of the forequarters by bumping the horse if he doesn’t understand it is important to you that he stays energized and light on the aids in the movement. Get the horse responsive to one aid at a time before combining; otherwise the horse may require combinations of aids rather than one simple aid to complete each part. Often the use of too many aids only congests the horse’s movement, tightening his body and poll. Try to ask with less and give more when the horse responds positively. Allow downward transitions to the walk on some of the first good completions of the move at a trot so the horse can consolidate the good try in a more relaxed phase. I often tell people to take a picture of what it felt like so you can seek to repeat it, and this picture is not only for you but also for the horse. It is not how many repetitions you do but rather how many you do well. Quality in horse training always supersedes quantity. Movements need to be smooth and effortless. When a rider repeats the R & R correctly, I have never seen a horse remain anxious, and he has always immensely improved his way of moving. Next issue we will show how his moves help set up all other lateral movements at the trot.


Horse Sale Report THOROUGHBRED SALE – Thunderbird Show Park, Langley Photos courtesy of Armstrong’s Valley Auction Raffan brothers sell the ‘high selling’ Thoroughbreds on September 11 in Langley. The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society hosted a very Colt at $118,000 bid successful sale at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. 140 Thoroughbred horses went through the ring. The top selling horses were: HIP #94, a Colt by Finality and Remarkable Gal, consigned by Red Rock Farms and sold for $118,000; HIP #105 an unnamed Filly by Stephanotis and Sky Dome, consigned by Canmor Farms sold for $111,000; and HIP #44 an unnamed Filly by Stephanotis and Fleet Amyanne, consigned by Can A Mex Farms sold for $95,000. The sale average was $15,965.00 up overall by 24% from last year and the sale total Gross was $1,341,100.00. For complete results visit

THOROUGHBRED SALE – Northlands Park, Edmonton

Filly at $111,000 bid

Filly at $95,000 bid

Record highest price in over 10 years. $68,000 was paid for a Yearling by Old Topper out of Miami Margie - a number not seen in many years at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta division) annual sale, held September 16. The high selling Gelding was consigned by Vern and Debbie Hrycuik of Wanham, AB and sold to Riversedge Racing Stable of Okotoks, AB. Results from the sale show positive increases in the number of Yearlings sold and overall gross sales. The 2012 Yearling average of $8,437.93 remains constant from the 2011 number of $8,468.57. This figure is encouraging given the recent uncertainty in the Thoroughbred industry. More Yearlings were sold at the 2012 Sale with a total of 58 available to purchasers compared with 35 in 2011. Gross sales were up considerably with almost half a million in Yearling sales ($489,400) compared with $296,400 the previous year. For complete results visit High Selling Yearling at $68,000

OLD BALDY RANCH PRODUCTION SALE – Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Mart, Dawson Creek

Our Annual Production Sale held September 29 shattered horse sale attendance records drawing buyers from Prince George BC, and a lot of Albertans, from Fairview, Silver Valley, Grande Prairie, and Hines Creek to name a few. THANK - YOU one and all for your support and I enjoyed meeting so many of you at my pens. It is so gratifying to hear your comments on our breeding program and the babies we are producing, plus the wonderful emails from those of you that just came to watch and dream. And you came to buy, weanlings consistently going over $1000. High selling Baby was Lot #409, a gorgeous silver grullo Gelding sired by Jaz Poco Silverado, purchased by Marc in Fort St. John for $1500. LBJ Sierras Blue Te gave Silverado a run for his money this year with the High selling Filly, a beautiful blue roan, going to Colin in Fairview AB for $1300. Multiple purchaser Ryan from Dawson High Selling Baby Lot #409 Creek, High Selling Filly bought the Reserve High selling Colt also by LBJ Sierras Blue Te for $1300 and one of my faves a beautiful apricot dun Colt by Silverado for $1100. Mother and daughter Broodmares were purchased by Sandy, Fellers Heights, BC granting my wish of them staying together. Lot #401 a sturdy black Both colts purchased by Ryan from Dawson Creek Colt was purchased by Verlin Jantz from Silver Valley, AB and ALL the proceeds - what an eye! 18 • Saddle Up • November 2012


Horse Sale, cont’d were donated to the Dawson Creek SPCA. A big thank-you to Verlin as this is also his fourth Old Baldy Ranch colt purchased over the years. Our trainer, Kayo Toews, gave a stunning presentation on his 5-year-old AQHA gelding Lot #411, Freckles Hot CD, demonstrating the excellent ability and mind of his horse by dragging a tarp around the arena and multiple spins resulting in a heated round of bidding, with Gerry Kusker taking him home for $4200. - Colleen Wangler

CANADIAN SPORT HORSE SELECT SALE – Creekside Farm, Calgary Photo by Victoria Mcfadyen, Black Diamond Films Inc. “I was very impressed by the quality of pedigree showcased at the Select Sale. The horses came from very prominent stallions in Europe,” said breeding expert Janko van de Lageweg of VDL Stud in the Netherlands. “It’s so important to have both a good stud and a good motherline to produce a quality Sport Horse,” he said. On September 10, the highest selling horses of the night had just that. The top seller was Cabernet, a 2007 Mare (Ikoon x Goodtimes) that went for $60,000. Her lineage includes such stallion greats as Libero H, Nimmerdor 147, and Landgraf I. Top Seller Cabernet (Ikoon X Goodtimes) The second top-selling horse, Carousel’s Courteo ($47,000), also boasts famous parents (Cornet Obolensky x Come Back II). The 2008 Canadian Sport Horse Gelding is a descendent of Lurioso, Clinton, Nimmerdor 147, Langraf I, and Ladykiller. For more information visit

THE WESTERN HORSE SALE – Canadian Supreme, Red Deer, AB Photos by Cheryl Smythe In its 17th year, The Western Horse Sale saw 66 horses presented by a number of high profi le consignors on September 28, held during the Canadian Supreme Show (Sept. 23-29). This year’s auction featured 49 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 $9,740, with an overall average of $4,265.41 (2011 overall average was $3,543.52). The top selling horse was a 12-year-old Mare (4 yrs and over category) Lot #55, “Catty Jewel,” sired by High Brow Cat, consigned by Diel and Jessica Hiner of Oregon, and purchased by David Lindsey of Washington for $19,000. The second high selling horse was Lot #60, a 2007 bay Mare, “Cee Chickadee,” sired by Chic Please, consigned by Dave Freeland of Edmonton, AB and purchased by Wayne Sereda of Big Valley, AB for $12,000. There were 17 Yearlings sold, with a top five average of $5,660. The high selling Yearling was Lot #27, “Gray Lucky Cat,” sired by Cats Merada, consigned by JEM Ventures (Elyse Thomson) of High River, AB and purchased by John and Debbie Thomas of Spruce Grove, AB for $8,600. There were 7 2-year-olds sold, the top five average being $4,600. The high seller was Lot #35, “LCR Pepcee,” sired by Hes A Peptospoonsful, consigned by Diel Hiner of Oregon, and purchased by David Lindsey of Washington for $7,300. There were 6 3-year-olds sold, the top five average being $5,520. The high seller was Lot #56, “Wee Bee Stylin,” sired by Calies Playin Stylish, consigned by Les and Corrine Jack of Rocanville, SK and purchased by Tony Nielen of Saskatoon, SK for $9,200. There were 5 quality Broodmares sold, with an average of $4,440. The top selling Broodmare was Lot #61, a 10-year-old mare, “Merada Cee,” sired by Master Merada (in foal to Hydrive Cat) consigned by Diel and Jessica Hiner of Oregon, and purchased by Jim Rowe of Worsley, AB for $9,900.

High Selling Yearling Lot #27 Gray Lucky Cat


Top Selling Horse Lot #55 Catty Jewel, Lindsey and son

Second High Selling Horse Lot #60 Cee Chickadee • 19

Cutting Horse Futurity at Calgary Stampede By Todd Kimberley Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede $8,955.46 in his Wranglers. es Timmons was nicknamed ‘Hollywood’ for his flair in the cutting arena. It seems he’s found an equine companion after his own heart. Timmons, an icon of the Canadian cutting scene, added another chapter to his already considerable legacy — posting a 222 aboard Sindicat to win Open Futurity, the marquee class. Timmons, of Kamloops, BC, has been training Sindicat, a three-year-old stud horse, since he was purchased by owner Janet Hotte of Hinton, Alta., at Fort Worth, Texas, last December. After scoring a 217 in Wednesday’s first go-round and a 210 in Thursday’s second preliminary round, Timmons and Sindicat stepped it up when it counted during


Pete Branch and Kit Kat Sugar


ete Branch of Farwell, Texas got what he came for — on top of a fat winner’s cheque for $9,720 and a trophy saddle, that is. By marking a 219 aboard Kit Kat Sugar, he earned the Stampede Futurity’s Open Derby crown — and enough points to clinch the NCHA Open Horse of the Year award for the four-year-old stallion owned by Lonnie and Barb Allsup of Clovis, N.M. Branch and Kit Kat Sugar arrived in Calgary, alongside Lloyd Cox of Fort Morgan, Colo., and four-year-old stallion Hottish, waging a furious two-team battle for the NCHA’s Horse of the Year title. By winning Saturday’s class, Branch and Kit Kat Sugar ensured that their rivals couldn’t overtake them in the overall point standings; Cox and Hottish, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams of Dublin, Texas, posted a 217.5 in Saturday’s final and earned a reserve champion, or runner-up, cheque for $7,405.71. Branch and Reymember That Cat, also owned by the Allsups, marked a 222 for the Open Classic/Challenge reserve title, worth $6,975.83. In Saturday’s Open Classic/Challenge final, Cameron Verstegen of Eagle Point, Ore., proved triumphant in his first Stampede Futurity appearance — scoring an eyepopping 226 aboard Pounce, owned by Clarke Butte Ranch of Bend, Ore., and stuffing

Lloyd Cox and Hottish

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Les Timmons and Sindicat show winning form. Victory was worth $16,681.37.

Saturday’s 17-team final. That 222 was the highest score of the week in the Open Futurity class, and was enough to edge Timmons’ former pupil Brad Pedersen of Lacombe, Alta., and his mount Catlynn, owned by Calgary’s Ron Mathison, by three points. Pedersen’s 219 aboard Catlynn was worth a reserve champion, or runner-up, cheque for $12,511.03. es Jack has come as close as anyone to mass-producing Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity championships over the past decade. Jack teamed up with Instantly Catty for a 219 on Sunday afternoon — good enough to win the Non-Pro Futurity class. That makes three Non-Pro Futurity titles in four years for the rancher and construction company owner from Rocanville, Sask. Cliff White of Langley, BC, finished second overall in Non-Pro Futurity, scoring a 217 aboard Cattlight and pocketing $6,214.63. While Jack is a multiple Stampede Futurity champion, Michelle Lund of Red Deer, Alta., celebrated back-to-back trips to the autumn winner’s circle on Sunday. Lund


and Youll Miss Me had consistently been the best of the Non-Pro Derby field through the week, winning the first round with a 218 and coming within a half-point of the secondround lead at 216.5. During Sunday’s eightteam final, they did even better with a 220.

Les Jack and Instantly Catty

Victory is worth $6,428.57, and comes hot on the heels of their Non-Pro Derby crown at Red Deer’s Canadian Supreme in late September. Kade Smith of Star, Ida., came out on top in Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, scoring a 221 on five-year-old One Stylish Spot and jamming $8,418.14 into his Wranglers. Regional cutting guru Carl Gerwien was runner-up in Non-Pro Derby aboard WS Catty Lil Taz, a finish worth $4,885.71. And Gerwien, who already had accrued more career earnings than any other Canadian-based Non-Pro competitor in history, passed a huge milestone on Sunday — the million-dollar mark — according to the sport’s sanctioning body, the National Cutting Horse Association of Fort Worth, Texas. NCHA figures show that Gerwien’s reserve championship in Non-Pro Derby — along with his sixth-place finish in the class aboard Catfull, worth $1,992.86, and his runner-up finish in Non-Pro Classic/ Challenge on Mia Smart Quejana, worth $6,202.84 — pushed him into seven digits, and leave him with $1,005,348.36 in career earnings. Jake Knoblauch of Woking, Alta., and DMAC Spoonshine emerged victorious in Non-Pro 7-Up, with a two-round aggregate score of 436.5 and a cheque for $2,603.50. Calgary’s Lisa Anderson and CD Peptofi lly were 3.5 points back, at 433, for a reserve championship pay day of $2,032.


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n September 30th in Calgary, the 2013 Stampede Queen and Princesses were crowned.

Jessica Williams (21) - 2013 Stampede Queen Lives just outside of Okotoks, originally from Arrowwood, AB. Currently works as a dental assistant in High River. She spends most of her free time riding horses, going on hikes with her family, and camping in the mountains. Jessica is a self-proclaimed “true farm girl” and owns a Quarter Horse named Woody. Danielle Kakoschke (21) – 2013 Stampede Princess Lives in Calgary, originally from Okotoks, AB. She attends the University of Calgary as a Law and Society major with the goal of attaining her Human Resources Management certificate to complement her education. Danielle spends her free time competing in reining and ranch cutting with her horses and volunteering. Catherine Morneau (22)– 2013 Stampede Princess Lives at Rafter Six Ranch in Exshaw, originally from Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues, Quebec. She works at a spa in Canmore and spends most of her free time going out on rides with guests at the ranch or working with her horse. Catherine loves being active and spending time outdoors doing many different activities. The Stampede Royalty act as official ambassadors of the Stampede by promoting western heritage and values within the community and around the world. The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community. Follow the Stampede Queen and Princess though their year at blog. stampederoyalty

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There’s No App For That By Barbra Ann King Our world is overwhelmed with ever-evolving technology. I used to joke that one day my phone would do my dishes, but I bet there is already an app out there that can start my dishwasher. We are always looking for answers in all the wrong places and expecting instant results. We have a tendency to do the same when it comes to understanding our horses.


ere’s an example of what I mean. A fellow bought a horse that was well broke, healthy and seasoned. He let the horse settle into his new surroundings for a week or so, then took his new horse to local team penning competitions and did well. After a few weeks, his horse went Barbra Ann King “ballistic” on him as he was tacking him up. The fellow figured the horse didn’t like being tied up and because he had another incident earlier with the horse misbehaving under saddle, he decided to “can” him. When I asked the fellow, he had many justifications for why his horse had to be killed. None of these scenarios mentioned anything about his saddle irritating the horse’s back. This fellow is also a big man but he refused to think that this answer was correct because the horse had done so well earlier on. I’m sad to say that many, many horses are destroyed regularly because owners are unwilling to see the real answer to the problem. If we take a look at this example, the horse’s prior owner was using a different saddle on him, one that probably fit him better. I would bet that the prior owner also used a different bit and there’s a good chance he/she was smaller than the fellow who bought him. Secondly, when a saddle doesn’t fit well, problems don’t always appear immediately. Similar to our shoes hurting when they are too small for us or too stiff, blisters will develop until we can no longer tolerate them. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

When a 250lb man sits on a horse that has an ill-fitting saddle, pain will show up. Here are some ways a horse will ask for help, and there may be more depending on how the horse chooses to express himself: • Difficult to catch • Fidget during grooming • Move around while being tacked up • Refuse to be tied • Refuse to let you clean their feet • Move around when you try to get on Most people have a saddle that fits them very well and that they find very comfortable. They will use this saddle on every horse they ride. If it “seems” to not quite fit properly, they usually add an extra saddle pad. To these people, I recommend getting a treeless saddle. Not only will it be the most comfortable saddle you ever sit in, it will also fit many different horses without causing them pain and discomfort. I would go as far as saying that in this case, it might have saved this horse’s life. The fellow in my example could have done a saddle check to see if that was the issue. If it was the saddle, all he needed to do is let the horse’s back heal by giving him a break for a few weeks or use an equine sports massage therapist, the latter being the better option. Then, find a proper fitting saddle for him and his horse. This is a simple solution and although it may seem obvious to some of you, it always surprises me at how people look for easy answers in all the wrong places, such as: - the previous owner did something; - the trainer scared him; - the horse went sour; - the horse doesn’t like his pasture mates, prefers to be alone; - the horse doesn’t like men; - the horse doesn’t like _______. (You name it! I’ve heard it all!) I’ve often said that the horse’s biggest

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problem is being too compliant and kind. They take in so much discomfort, quietly trying to do their best for their rider. In the long run, they pay the price dearly because when they “voice their opinion,” they are forced to shut up and move on and no one listens to them. We live in a world dominated by technology. We are used to having answers at our fingertips. Horses’ reactions are mainly fear-based or pain-related. There is no need to feng shui their pasture, change the color of their halters, get a softer blanket or call all previous owners to find out what happened. Take responsibility and investigate what is causing the pain and/or fear, and allow your horse some response time. They need time to heal, trust and readjust. There is no app for a quick fi x solution when it comes to horses. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website www.relationshipriding. com. • 27

Through A Horse’s Eyes, Part 2 By Luke Walker Learning more about a horse’s inner workings starts with recognizing that everything a horse does “good” or “bad” is to satisfy an instinct. In fact, the way in which horses learn is considered to be part of their fixed instincts. Association is one of their four main learning styles and is subconsciously applied to all the situations they find themselves in. Acting on Associations Humans and horses alike are quick to make associations and can’t help but to form assumptions about a person, place, thing or even the situations they’ve experienced. We can observe this happening for our horses when we see them connect something they perceive with something that happened to them in a previous experience. They anticipate that the same thing will happen this time as it did last time, and so assume they know what’s going to happen based on the association they made. Your horse may associate the sound of a shaking grain bucket with all the previous times he got to eat grain, and come running. Or, he may associate the sight of a horse trailer with a bad experience he may have had with one in the past, and refuse to walk toward it with you. It’s important to recognize that all associations that horses make are completely subject to their personal perception of the experience. We, as owners and caretakers, like to think we know how our horses, dogs and cats feel about things. We even like to speak for them as comic relief, voicing to our friends what we see Fido feeling at the moment, or to our fellow riders what our horse is “trying to say” when he shakes his mane or paws the ground. This practice is known as comparative psychology. We North

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Americans love our comparative psychology - it can be seen in our television shows/advertisements and we practice it daily with our pets. It gives us a warm fuzzy feeling to speak for our animals and believe that we know just what they are thinking, feeling and associating.

The Relationship between Bad Habits and Associations The downfall of comparing what we ourselves would think or feel in the same situation is that the only available answer always comes solely from our personal perception of the situation, i.e. from a human’s point of view. Our horse’s perception is inborn and the resulting associations are made subconsciously. His perception of a situation starts a chain reaction that goes very quickly from sensing a stimulus, to feeling the impulse to react, to the actual response or action that comes. The next time the stimulus or situation is present, the horse associates the sight, sound or smell of it with the feeling they had around it the first time, and so their response or attitude toward it is likely to be the same. In other words, they reenact their previous response while they re-live the situation or impulse they felt. As you know, horses are very habitual and so, if they repeat an association or assumption a few times over, the action quickly manifests into habit. In this way, the associations our horses make directly affect the habits they have. When our horses have a bad habit we tend to want to focus our efforts on directly confronting the action that we identify as “the bad habit.” We may try using a range of tools in an effort to do away with the behaviour. We might try distracting their focus from it or implement consequence or reward to encourage the change we want to see. We might even resort to just trying to ignore it. If none of these work though, chances are the habit will have escalated during the process and may start to pose a safety hazard for the rest of our riding criteria. But again, everything from our observation to the diagnosis to the application of the tools was based on our own perception. Here, we are practicing comparative psychology by applying the consequence or reward that would make the difference to us if we were in their position. Since we can’t change our perception and our horses can’t change theirs, it’s up to us as their guides to learn more about their inherent perspectives to have a hope of teaching them more about ours. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Through A Horse’s Eyes, cont’d The Stakes of Changing Habit-Based Action Actions become habit via an association that was first made. Determining what the mistaken association is for a bad habit can be a daunting challenge, not to mention risky, because if the tools you use in combating the habit don’t work, you can create other difficulties during the process that did not previously exist. This can actually strengthen the horse’s determination to not let go of their original assumption or association that led to the bad habit in the first place. We’re better off not to try to change the habit but instead create new associations to start more constructive habits. Creating new associations that result in new action make the old association and the old habit irrelevant and no longer useful to a horse. We can combat a bad habit indirectly and not start the needless power struggle that takes place when we directly confront a horse’s habit which, from their perspective, they have no relevant reason to change. Wiping the old association slate clean by creating new ones will actually strengthen, rather that jeopardise, your relationship with your horse. The goal is to indirectly smudge out the old association and stop the chain reaction that the undesirable action comes from, rendering the old habit useless and irrelevant.

Thinking “Outside the Round Pen” Given that horses rely on habit and association so much, it’s crucial to offer them several new associations they can make in an effort to replace the old one rather than take it away completely. This process requires all the innovation you, as their guide on this journey, can muster. It’s important to start by removing or changing as much of the routine of the old program or style of handling used. You may not consider the things you’ve been doing in your yard to be a “program,” but because horses are constantly learning, absolutely everything you do around them has become the program they learn from. We’ll need to take out as much of the previously predictable routine as possible to open the door for new associations to be made along the way. We’ll be tapping into the adaptability of horses to encourage the adoption of new associations in a changed environment/routine/program. Transition opens their eyes to new circumstances and brings back the presence of mind that is missing when a horse is acting on habit rather than “in the moment” thought. The presence of mind that change prompts in horses can open the door for them to make and replace associations. We can make real life-lasting changes in a horse who was once very assuming and vigilantly habitual. Some might call this performance of dramatic life changes “horse whispering,” but in all actuality the horse hears the message loud and clear through their inherent perspective; it can be done without a verbal word spoken. The list of tools you have available to change “bad habits” becomes as long as the list of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

things you can change for them. The more of their other instincts that you are aware of and can tap into along the way, the more dramatic the change you can prompt. Changing action based on habit is an all-or-nothing venture. There’s a lot at risk, but there is a lot to gain if it is performed as a kind of holistic life-changing experience for them. A “reassessment,” if you will. Don’t limit the things you do differently, but rather be confident as their leader with a destination in mind and a journey at hand. Change of any kind piques a horse’s curiosity and intrigues their mind, opening the door for conscious thought to direct them, and laying the groundwork for new lifelong associations to be made. Your horse will notice every subtle thing you change and they will notice every subtle thing you keep doing the same. Things you can change that challenge their existing assumptions include things like the mannerisms you use around them, the pace at which you do things, and even continually varying the speed in which you do certain things will pique their curiosity and encourage the presence of mind you need them to have. The duration of time you spend with them is also changeable. A very useful way to encourage the presence of mind it takes to make a new association is to change the location you work with them. Perhaps the most important change you can make is to not give them the same predictable response to the bad habit that you’ve typically responded with. Encourage the presence of mind and you indirectly encourage change through a new association toward an activity, situation, sight, etc. Don’t be afraid to “think outside of the round pen.” Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo. Walker develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers, coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


appy Anniversary Nancy and Saddle Up… 12 years I believe! Wow! I just looked back to the November 2008 issue and Cariboo Chatter, only one page then, had a photo of Hugh McLennan - topless! And with a beer in his hand. With him in the photo was my wife Kathy in a bikini top - and curly hair, hee hee… how times change… Saddle Up’s changed since then, too, but I think the content was always good - it just got better. Keep up the great work, Nancy! Now speaking of Nancy, we had the pleasure of her company here at Meadow Springs Ranch last month. Her friend Elspeth had purchased a gift certificate

at the Horsey Ladies fundraiser auction and brought Nancy up with her for the weekend. We had a great visit and the girls got to ride. Unfortunately, I couldn’t join them as we had company show up last minute, so I let Nancy ride my horse. (See the upcoming article in the December issue.)

Elisa Marocchi, the judge for the 70 Mile Driving Event explaining the cone course to Jennifer Stringer from Vanderhoof.

One of the competitors at the 70 Mile Driving Event navigating through Huber Town. The sign as you enter Huber Town - a miniature size western town set up as part of the driving marathon.

Elspeth and Nancy leaving the barn yard for a ride at Meadow Springs Ranch.

Rita Hiatt from Endako took 1st place in level two, both days.

The weather was spectacular for the 70 Mile Driving Event on October 6-7, and the fall colours made a perfect backdrop for the 13 horses and their carts and carriages. Competitors came from far and wide; Armstrong, Barriere, Grindrod, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Langley, Green Lake, and Endako in BC and Rosalind in Alberta. In day one, level one ribbons went home with Karyn Greenlees of Green Lake (1st place) and Lynda Atkinson of Quesnel (2nd place). Level two 1st place went to Rita Hiatt from Endako, 2nd place went to Marion Roman from Langley, 3rd place to Maurice Helmig from Rosalind AB, and Jennifer Stringer from Vanderhoof took 4th place. In day two, level one placings were: 1st Deb Guardner from Armstrong, 2nd Karyn Greenlees from Green Lake, 3rd Janine Payne from Vanderhoof, and 4th Heather Dolemo from Grinrod. Level two saw Rita Hiatt from Endako take 1st place, Marion Roman from Langley took 2nd, Maurice Helmig from Rosalind AB took 3rd, and Jennifer Stringer from Vanderhoof got 4th. The level one overall winner was Karyn Greenlees, and Rita Hiatt took overall for level two. Congratulations to all the competitors and big thanks to Huber Farms in 70 Mile

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d House for hosting this great event. I mentioned Hugh McLennan earlier - well, he’ll be topless again in January and if you want to see him and spend some time in the sun with a bunch of like-minded horse folks and ranchers, all you have to do is book a spot on the upcoming Spirit of the West cruise. We’re not sure if we’ll be able to join them this year, but it sounds like an awesome trip. They will be enjoying a Caribbean medley from January 15-26 on board the Emerald Princess. Check out for details. The 2nd Annual Cariboo Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction will be held Friday, November 16 at Wildman’s Family Restaurant at the Interlakes Corner. Things start out at 5:30pm with a buffet dinner following at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person (this includes all taxes and gratuity) and are available at the Country Pedlar in the Interlakes Centre. All proceeds from the evening auction will be given to a local charity. This is “A coming together of ladies involved in all segments of the world of equine.” My wife Kathy attended last year and said it was a great evening, and all for a good cause, too. She will be there again this year. For more information, call Cheryle at 250-593-4139.

popular demand encouraged us to stick to the same format this year. Start time is 7:00pm; photos with Santa are from 6:00pm on - bring your own camera and we’ll take the photo for you for free! Tickets are $20 per person, with kids 16 and under free with an adult. They will be available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone at 1-888-7632221. All proceeds go to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the BCCHS Student Scholarships. Kamloops Cowboy Festival tickets are now on sale! The best part - the price is the same as last year! $65 for a weekend pass, $30 for an evening feature show (includes daytime on the same day), $15 for a day pass Friday and Saturday and Sunday day pass is $10. Friday or Saturday dinner theatre shows are $60 ($30 with a weekend pass) and include a great roast beef buffet and all the daytime activities. The Sunday dinner theatre show is just $25 if you have a weekend pass. They’re available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone at 1-888-763-2221. There are special early bird packages available at the Coast Hotel, and this year there will be a dinner dance Thursday night with Eli Barsi and friends at the Plaza Hotel in Kamloops. See for details.

Last Month’s What’s This? Well, I know we hate to say it, but… Christmas is right around the corner. The BC Cowboy Heritage Society will be putting on a Cowboy Christmas Concert in Kamloops on Thursday, December 13 at the Calvary Church. Alan Moberg, Hugh McLennan, Jeremy Willis, Gordie West, and Santa Claus will all be performing. The evening will start with entertainers doing a set before intermission. Then the fun starts as the audience will be invited to shout out requests and sing along with the entertainers! This new concert went over really well last +year and, basically, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Last month’s item was at the 83 Mile

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

What’s your guess?

Ok it appears obvious that the “What’s This” items are too easy, so… this month should be a little harder! The photo was taken here at the Meadow Springs museum - sorry, no clues this time. Good luck. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.. cutting grain whereas the term mowing was used for cutting grass for hay. A reaper is much the same as a binder but the binder tied the sheaves and with the reaper the bundles had to be tied by hand. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park, AB Bill Dixon, Peers, AB Joy Gammie, 70 Mile House If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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What’s the Deal with Feel? By Christa Miremadi What’s the deal with this so-called, ever-elusive, mysterious thing known as “feel” anyway? And even more importantly, how can I learn to develop it with my horse?


f you’ve ever participated in or audited a clinic or watched a DVD, you’ve likely heard “feel” mentioned more than once. If you’ve ever taken riding instruction from a coach, you’ve likely heard them say “can you feel that?” or “try to feel which lead you’re on.” If you’ve ever done any reading on horsemanship you will have, without a doubt, read about “feel.” Christa and Anala (my most recent rescue case) learning Feel can refer to something very to trust people again. physical, such as feeling which lead your (Photo by Kristina Belkina) horse is cantering on or feeling for the horse’s legs in a trot so as to post on the correct diagonal, but it can also be something a little more metaphysical as well. Bill Dorrance says in his book, True Horsemanship Through Feel, “Each horse is an individual and, because of this, the feel that each horse presents back to you in response to what you do is going to be real different.” What I believe he’s talking about here is pretty three dimensional, and by that I mean there are a number of different ways to look at that statement, interpret it and explain what he may have meant by it, and most of those different ways would be correct. Each horse (just like each human) will react and respond to techniques and pressure differently. How they react on the inside (at least the way I interpret it) is the feel. Now, a horse is almost incapable of experiencing a feel without expressing it outwardly in some way. Horses, as a rule, act out how they feel. This causes some problems for folks who rely on reading the horse’s body language or on watching for cues from their horse. Although not doing anything wrong, they could possibly miss the feel that is expressed moments before it shows up physically; they are so focused on what they see, they may be missing what could be felt. This brings me to my next point: how can we develop our feel? For me, it was a question that led me to seeking alternative ways to improve both my understanding of feel and my experience of it. Because feel is something that must be felt to fully understand, it’s not something that will really make any sense to read about (unless you already understand it to some degree). I chose to take up Tai Chi to help develop my feel. What I have learned over the last three years of studying the lethal but peaceful art of Tai Chi, is that the feel is always there whether you’re feeling it or not. And your feel is always there whether you’re aware of it or not. Our horses are always aware of our feel (whether we are aware of theirs or our own or not) and that gives them the advantage of a master sparring with a student. It can be very confusing for them to take orders, or even just suggestions, from a so-called leader who is not even aware of their own feel, let alone another individual’s. 32 • Saddle Up • November 2012

So if feel is always there, why can’t everyone detect it? Amy Hay on her horse, Wyatt, Again, through my study of working on “feel.” (Photo by Tina Harnet) Tai Chi and my ongoing search for knowledge when it comes to horsemanship, I have learned that neither energy nor feel can be transferred through a tension of muscle or mind. If there is an area of tension in the rider’s back, for example, both the movement of the horse and the feel coming from the horse will be blocked by that tension. If there is an area of tension in the horse’s back (possibly caused by illfitting tack or even stress) the energy produced in the back end of the horse will be blocked from coming through to the front and yes, there will also be a disruption of feel. Master horsemen such as Alois Podhajsky who was director of the Vienna Riding School throughout World War II and author of “The Complete Training of Horse and Rider” spoke often of the need for relaxation of the horse and rider and the importance of breathing. I have come to recognize breathing as quite possibly the most important factor in allowing ourselves to find soft ness and thereby relieve tension and create an environment in which feel can be transferred to and from a horse or human. There are so many things that can help folks improve their feel, but if I were to pick just one thing to share that would help people to begin to find their sense of feel, it would be becoming aware of their breath and working to improve their breathing, soft ness and overall relaxation. Bill Dorrance also said in True Horsemanship Through Feel, “Feel is all the horse has to go on.” To me, this is one of the most important statements ever made about how to communicate with horses effectively. It is their most well-honed skill, most natural method of sensing the environment and the beings which may be in it, and it is also something that we, as humans, have access to! We can all learn to develop our feel. It’s only a matter of will, desire and dedication. And through developing and improving our feel with our horses we can ultimately improve and develop both a better relationship and communication, not to mention a much more enjoyable experience for both our horses and ourselves. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)


Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge By Cheryle Hickman Photos by Rein-Beau Images


s representatives of the Cariboo Horsey Ladies, Andrea Glatz and I dropped in to the Rescue this past summer in Chase BC. The Charity Auction at our annual Christmas Banquet last November had raised $1,500 which was voted on by ballot from the ladies attending and was given to Shirley Mainprize to the Rescue from our group. Upon arrival, Shirley was more than happy to show us how the money was used to help in building a roof for a shelter in need. We didn’t just visit to see where our donation had gone but to learn more about Donkeys… and ‘learn’ we did! Shirley taught us a lot about these animals and why she and Rob have become so attached and given themselves to them. I am honoured that our Cariboo Horsey Ladies were able to donate to such a great cause, and wanted the ladies to know that those dollars were well spent. Without a doubt, our impression was that the neglected and unwanted Donkeys that were lucky enough to find themselves

taking home at Turtle Valley had found a heaven, and forever loving, caring refuge. We were taken on a private tour to meet the ‘long ears’ that day, but tours are available to the public with a learning centre set up which explains all about these loveable animals, and of course every question answered by their caregiver Shirley. Thank you Turtle Valley Donkey Rescue for taking the time to show off your love of the Donkey, and to educate us as well. These Donkeys deserve your time, and I would encourage everyone to visit and support the Refuge that gives the animals they love a second chance they deserve.

Horsey Ladies Auction Coming Up!


f you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you might miss out on the 15th Annual Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction on November 16th at the Spallumcheen Golf Course. Tickets are $30 and available at The Paddock (Vernon); Country West Supply (Armstrong) and Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm). We have numerous items in so far for the two auctions, including weekend getaways, tickets to events, gift certificates, artwork, quilts, stuff for you, for Barb McLellan (on left) and artist Judy Vanderveen your horse or display the print up for auction. The original (oil on canvas) sold for $1200. dog or even your family. One piece of artwork on the auction block will be this mounted print called “The Friesians,” by artist Judy Vanderveen, and donated by Barb McLellan, Impact Transport Ltd in Chilliwack. Barb will also be attending that night! All proceeds from this event will go to a charity of the Horsey Ladies’ choice – voted on that evening. It’s a “Girls night out”! Full Christmas Turkey Buffet Dinner, cash bar… gift items galore… door prizes… freebies for all 130 horsey gals… what more could you ask for? Need info or want to donate? Call Nancy 250-546-9922. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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f you already have a dog in your home, you don’t want to wait until baby arrives to see what puppy thinks of the newcomer. You need to spend some time now preparing your dog for baby’s arrival so he will calmly and tolerantly accept the changes to his daily life and routines. It is very important to establish new patterns and routines beforehand, so your dog does not associate the changes with the baby. Not only will you make things easier for your dog, but also, with some preparation early on, you won’t feel overwhelmed as the big day approaches. By thinking and preparing ahead you will be able to have the final game plan in place before the baby comes home. Ideally the new routine should have become a normal part of your lives for at least a month before the baby comes on the scene. The more changes needed to get there, the longer the preparation period required. So where do you start? Make a list of all the ways you think your dog’s routine will change and write down what things you can work on to help prepare him or what new skills you need to teach him.

Here are some things to think about: In the house: - Is your dog your shadow in the house? - Does your dog get up on the furniture? - Does she make up her own routine for most of the day? - Do you typically respond to your dog’s requests for attention, such as pawing or head nudging? If your dog presently has free-run of the house, you will need to establish a routine of regular quiet times throughout the day. In addition, creating a special place for your dog to settle will be very helpful. Teach him to go to his place on cue and practice with all sorts of distractions to make the behaviour reliable. With a baby present, your dog will need to respect the times when you require some space to safely feed and hold the baby. Along with not having to worry about tripping over a dog that is constantly underfoot, she will need to be able to chill out in her special spot while you’re attending to someone else. Keep in mind that it is very important to build a great association with the baby for your dog. Be prepared to provide rewarding activities for your dog (finding toys, treat searches, 34 • Saddle Up • November 2012

de-stuffing toys) that he can do during times you need to be with the baby will help to develop a pleasant association. Keep a bag of pre-stuffed Kongs in the freezer, or a few special toys that are only available when you are spending time with baby. Make an effort to avoid leaving your dog with nothing to do and being ignored until the baby is tucked away, napping. Otherwise, any good association your dog has with baby will deteriorate quickly.

On walks: - If the duration or schedule of your dog’s walks or exercise activities will be different once the baby arrives, start making the adjustments towards that new routine now. - Will someone else be helping out with the walks? If so, have them start taking over some of the walks now. - And don’t forget about your dog’s transportation. If your dog’s place in the car will change, get your dog used to it now (crate, seat belt harness or simply a new position in the car). Get your dog used to going for walks with a baby now. If you hope to walk the dog and the baby together on your own, and your dog is unruly on the leash you need to start dealing with leash manners now - don’t wait! Basic leash manners need to be in place before adding the challenge of a stroller. If your dog is polite on leash and you’ve done some initial desensitization to the stroller, you can head outside with the dog and stroller together. At first, it’s easier to have one person pushing the stroller while another walks the dog. Reward your dog for staying calm and being mannerly. You can use treats during the first outings as bonus pay. When you feel ready you can try the same process on your own. The important thing is to work out any ‘bugs’ on the walks before the baby is actually HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

in the stroller! Again, some special skills may need to be trained – heel on the left/right of the stroller; when we pass people/dogs, heel behind; stop when I stop; sit when I pause for a moment; ignore the squirrels.

Identify the things that will be novel to your dog. Many dogs find the cry of a baby upsetting, so it’s a good idea to start desensitizing your dog to the sounds of a baby beforehand. You can accomplish this with the real thing or recorded material. You can create a good association by pairing the cries and squeals with something tasty. Start getting your dog used to you carrying a baby in your arms. You can do this simply by holding a swaddling of fabric. If your dog finds the item in your arm irresistible, you may need to teach or re-teach some specific skills – heel at my side, 4 on the floor, keep your nose to yourself, sit-stay, hold a toy in your mouth. Again, don’t wait until the last minute to start desensitizing. Note: Some dogs become agitated in the last trimester of pregnancy. They may become very clingy or stressed. It is important to not coddle, but to make them feel secure through consistency and sticking with the routine you have been practicing. Complimentary tools, such as Aromatherapy and Tellington TTouch can be used to relieve your dog’s stress ( / You don’t have to wait to find out you’re having a baby to start preparing your dog. If you think there is a baby in your future (even years ahead) – yours or maybe even a grandchild – start preparing your dog now!

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

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Meggie is a 9-year-old Border Collie that loves to snuggle when she is tired after chasing cows, sticks, or balls ... or anything else that moves. Here she is with Claudia Westenhoff of Germany who visited with us recently. - Mark & Kathy McMillan, 70 Mile House Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis.



Clubs & Associations


n all new Pet Show is heading to the Lower Mainland on February 16-17, 2013 at the Tradex in Abbotsford, produced by ExpoMAX Canada.

You can advertise your club or non-profit group here. Only $90 for 2 lines or $180 Boxed per year (12 issues). Includes a FREE link on our website. Call 1-1-866-546-9922 or e-mail

Pet Central A NEW LEASH Dog Training Services (Summerland) 250-494-8767 Chantel Weston, CPDT-KA,Group/private lessons 2/13

The Pet Lover Show is a family friendly pet show that will feature products and services mainly for cats, dogs, horses and some pocket pets. Features will include therapeutic riding, canine detection, agility, first aid and more; seminars will include training techniques, medical issues including stem cell research and eye issues and feeding/supplements. The website is being updated regularly adding features and seminars as they are finalized – including seminars to serve the horse owner. Organizers believe that there should be a good, family pet show in the Fraser Valley that will serve the needs of owners in the area. Visit www. for more info.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DOGS (North Van),, Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, Group Classes & Private Consultations 9/13 Do you offer a dog service or training business? Sell pet feeds and supplies? You can advertise here! Prices start at only $195 per year (12 issues). Call 1-866-546-9922 or e-mail

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ATTENTION DOG CLUBS! Do have a sporting event coming up you would like listed here? Send in your 1- to 2-line listing and we are happy to print on a space availability basis. This is a FREE service for dog lovers! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation ? a re you th you r hor se? e r e h Ki d s. . . w you d o i ng wi YOU! t u o b e r a What a tu r n to tel l u s R It’ s YOU

Hi, my name is Cori, with the best pony ever (Jack)! He is 16 years old. We do 20 km every week. I have had him since I was 3 years old. He is so cute! - Cori, age 9, Princeton, BC

(l to r) Brandon (5), Tanner (2) and Austin (5) in Williams Lake at the Little Britches Rodeo. Brandon and Tanner competed in the stake race, goat tail tying and dummy roping, and Austin competed in the dummy roping. These little boys always play bullriding, so were very excited when they were able to use the dummy roping to practice riding bulls. - The three boys are from Riske Creek, BC

Grace and her pony “Flirt” in their first horse show (BVX Light Horse 2012)! Grace is very happy after receiving her beautiful ribbon and that “Flirt” was such a great show pen buddy. - Grace, age 2.5, Smithers, BC

This is Brianna with her pony “Sparrow” during their very first show together with the BC Sport Horse Association (Ponies under 3 in hand). - Brianna, age 9, Langley, BC

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


Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC CANADIAN INTERPROVINCIAL EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Bromont, Quebec The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) took place between September 21-23, 2012 in Bromont, Quebec and was attended by a total of 9 Provinces and their respective Horse Councils. Team BC consisted of: Alix Shoenberger - Armstrong (Jumping) Richelle Cornell - Langley (Jumping) Sarah Sewell - Langley (Dressage) Shelly Mills - Langley (Dressage) Halle Nash - Surrey (Dressage) Alysha Russell - Squamish (Dressage) Darcey Woods - Barriere (Reining) Whitney Watson-Wilson - Salmon Arm (Reining) Jan Blackhall – Level 2 Coach Ali Buchanan – Chef d’equipe … and quite the entourage of parents! Everyone had a great time in Quebec and the athletes really enjoyed riding with and competing against the other Provinces. Team BC placed fift h in the overall Provincial standings! They also came home with a Team Bronze Medal in Reining with Darcey Woods and Whitney Watson-Wilson comprising the team result and an Individual Bronze Medal in Dressage by Shelley Mills riding Flower Queen. All riders did an excellent job at performing on leased horses with only two days warm up to become familiar with their mounts. The 2013 CIEC competition may take place in Calgary, Alberta, whereby Team BC will compete on their own qualified horses. More news to come on the 2013 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships as it is available, stay tuned. Congratulations to everyone who was a part of Team BC!   To see more photos from the competition, visit www.hcbc. ca or find them on HCBC’s Facebook page. Horse Council BC proudly presents: 2013 Equine Education Conference at the Kamloops Convention Centre - January 19 & 20, 2013 RESERVE YOUR EQUINE EDUCATION CONFERENCE PASSES BEFORE DECEMBER 3, 2012 AND BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN AN ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE PASS OR GET YOURS FOR FREE! 38 • Saddle Up • November 2012

Team BC

Richelle Cornell and Coach Jan Blackhall

Sarah Sewell and her leased dressage mount, Phoenix

Alysha Russell waving the BC flag on the team cart.

Bronze winners Darcey Woods, Shelley Mills and Whitney Watson-Wilson

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

Topline’s Fall Finale By Sonya Campbell


he Fall Finale was a tremendous wrap-up to the 2012 competitions at Topline Stables & Show Park, in Salmon Arm. More than 90 competitors participated in everything from the traditional Costume Class to 3’9” Jumper Classes held over three days. Judges Julia Bostock and Phil Wright provided excellent rider feedback and support for this BC Summer Games and BC Heritage Qualifier. Topline competitions continue to grow in popularity with happy horses and riders experiencing the annual improvements to the facilities, footing, organization, and sponsorship. Topline consistently delivers fun and exciting competitions in a supportive environment with high quality prizes, and Double Champions Emma Elders and Peachy Keen this year approximately $2500 was awarded in prize money thanks to the many local sponsors. FALL FINALE 2012 RESULTS – Division High Points HACK Youth: Courtlan Ponty /Hayden Marbry Junior: Lindsay Whitehead Senior: Keelly Reggelsen Novice: Austine Adamski Green: Darlene Trask HUNTER Cross Pole Hunter: Catrina Daniels 2’0 Hunter: Emma Elders 2’3 Hunter: Emma Elders 2’6 Hunter: Allisa Taylor 2’9 Hunter: Mikayla VanAsperen 3’0 Hunter: Sara Sellmer JUMPER Cross Rail Jumper: Catrina Daniels 2’0 Jumper: Mikayla VanAsperen 2’3 Jumper: Anthony Lothian 2’6 Jumper: Sorrel Schoenberger Ginette Wall and Dixie 2’9 Jumper: Anthony Lothian 3’0 Jumper: Bailey Zulnick 3’3 Jumper: Ali Holmes-Smith 3’6 Jumper: Anthony Lothian 3’9 Jumper: Caitlin Fountain

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Chevonn Haselhan and Mr. Pistol T travel all the way from Williams Lake to ride in the shows at Topline.

Ask Suzi! EQUINE ARMY BOOTS Hi Suzi: This question pertains to hoofblack. Last year I showed a black horse with two white socks and put hoofblack on all four hooves. This year I am showing a black horse with four white socks. Would it be okay to put hoofblack on her hooves even though all her hooves are almost white like her socks? I know I could use the clear polish but I am just wondering if polishing them black for the show would be the thing to do. Thank you! - Amy Hi Amy: I suggest that you study the breed customs of the horses you intend to show. For example, with your Quarter Horse, you’ll see that many people black the hooves whether or not the skin above the hoof is white or dark. Arabians, on the other hand, tend to let nature set the pace and color hooves only as the leg above indicates. I personally prefer this look, because a white leg with hoof black looks very fake to me, like the horse is wearing little army boots. Also, there are different breed association rules about artificial coloring that could apply. If you do choose to black the hooves, do it right! A poor blacking job is much worse than none at all. Learn from an experienced groom if you can, and consider the following: sanding the hoof first (by hand or with a palm sander) makes for a smooth application, as does fi lling cracks and holes in the hoof with shoe polish. Best of luck, and thanks for asking! Suzi V

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 39

Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Eventing News Last month, some of Canada’s eventing riders spent a weekend in sunny California, competing at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held October 5-7 in Woodside, CA. James Atkinson, a Canadian native currently residing in Ramona, CA, and Leah Breakey of Carstairs, AB, both earned top five results in their respective divisions. For full results, visit http://woodsideeventing. com. CIC 3* 5 - James Atkinson (The Alchemyst) CIC 1* 5 - Leah Breakey (Donna Figile) Ian Roberts of Port Perry, ON, and Tik Maynard (a Vancouver, BC native currently training in the U.S.) both finished in the top 20 at the Dansko Fair Hill International Festival CCI***/CCI**, held October 18-20 in Elkton, MD. Riding the eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Faolan, owned by his wife Kelly Plitz, Roberts finished the CCI** in 18th place on a score of 59.90. Maynard wasn’t far behind, earning a final score of 64.20 to finish 20th aboard Sapphire, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Richard Maynard. For full results, visit http://www.fairhillinternational. com. Canadian eventing riders also fared well at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day Event and Team Challenge, held October 18-20 in Lexington, KY, achieving many high placings and admirable scores. Complete results at CCI* 2 - Holly Jacks (More Inspiration); 50.3 6 - Rae Becke (Tyne Be Merry); 58.5 7 - Siobhain O’Connor (Chiron); 60.1 10 - Frederick Lagimoniere (Esmerelda); 67.2 14 - Jonathan Lister (Three Socks); 73.4 15 - Krystin Anderson (Rather Breezy); 75.8 19 - Nancy Dunne (Heston) 20 - Korah Broderick (Hollywood Slick)

Dressage News Pia Fortmuller (a Vancouver, BC native currently residing in Germany) earned high results at the CDI-W/3* Kaposvar, held in Hungary from October 12-14. Riding her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Orion, Fortmuller contested the Grand Prix division, receiving quality scores: Grand Prix 3 - Pia Fortmuller (Orion); 69.723% Grand Prix Kur to Music 3 - Pia Fortmuller (Orion); 72.750%

Sarah Bradley Reappointed as Interim Chair Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Sarah Bradley has been reappointed as the Chair of the Dressage Canada Board (DCB) by the Sport Council Working Group. Bradley has been named as Chair until January 1, 2014. Bradley was first appointed Interim Chair in April 2012. 40 • Saddle Up • November 2012

Bradley, of Roberts Creek, BC, brings a wealth of experience to the position. In recent years, she has served as a Director on the Equine Canada Board, President of Horse Council BC, President of Horse Trials BC and Chair of Equine Canada Provinces Council. She is currently Chair of Equine Canada’s Bylaws and Governance Committee, which is undertaking a review of Equine Canada’s bylaws.

Canadian Nations’ Cup Show Jumping Team Announced for Buenos Aires Making their Canadian Show Jumping Team debut, Ben Asselin, Francois Lamontagne, Tamie Phillips and Jenn Serek will form the Canadian Show Jumping Team to compete at the Nations’ Cup in Buenos Aires, November 7-11. Asselin will ride Rush, Attache Stables’ 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, while Underground des Hauts Droits, Ferme Lamontagne’s eight-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion, will be ridden by Lamontagne. Phillips will ride Lerche 37, her own 10-yearold Holsteiner mare, and Serek will ride Eleonora, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by the Shin Shin Group. “I’m excited to be going to Argentina with this group of riders, and am optimistic about repeating our last year’s win in the Nations Cup down there,” said Mark Laskin of Langley, who will be the Canadian Show Jumping Team chef d’équipe. Complete details about the competition may be found at

David Esworthy Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame Well-known equestrian David Esworthy and former President of Equine Canada, has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his life-long dedication to equestrian sport in BC, Canada and abroad. David Esworthy Esworthy has been described as a true (Photo courtesy horseman, in that he has served in virtually BC Sports Hall of every role possible in equestrian sport: as Fame) a rider, FEI judge, FEI steward, clinician, horseshow organizer, horseshow chair, administrator and industry advisor. Perhaps Esworthy’s biggest impact has been to the countless individuals he has mentored in BC, Canada, and beyond, who themselves have gone on to become accomplished athletes, officials and administrators. His fift y-plus-year career included a variety of administrative positions including two terms as president of Equine Canada (1977-1984). Esworthy was also instrumental in the preparation for equestrian events at both the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games. “It is hard to put into words just what this has meant to me,” said Esworthy. “It is certainly the biggest honour that I have received since I was awarded the Canadian Equestrian Federation (now Equine Canada) Gold Medal about 30 years ago. I have said it several times that my being named to the BC Sports Hall of Fame was a total surprise.”


Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister


angley Riders had its final event of the season, our September 30 Trophy Show. It was a HUGE success with the most exhibitors we’ve had at a show in years! Thanks to everybody that came out. We had up to 15 riders in some classes, tons of prizes and fun! Thank you to “Milner Feed and Pet Supply” and “Little House of Horrors Tattoos” for their generous prize donations! SEPTEMBER JUMPER SHOW HIGH POINT WINNERS: Senior - Cassandra Manley Intermediate - Tessa Gildemeister Junior - Angela Albertson Pee Wee - Lexi Langset Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister SEPTEMBER GAMES DAY HIGH POINT WINNERS: George Burns - Zale Hammren Jack Benny - Jenny Leibenzeder Senior - Erin Wagner Intermediate - Cassie Glover and Tessa Gildemeister Junior - Matty London Pee Wee - Lexi Langset Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister SEPTEMBER 23RD ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW HIGH POINT WINNERS: ENGLISH: Senior - Brittany Dehn Intermediate - Kristen Mozel Junior - Griffon Zaleski Pee Wee - Kestral Zaleski Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister Walk/Trot 14 and over - Dani Olsen

WESTERN: Senior - Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate - Haley Russel Junior - Ethan Gildemeister Pee Wee - Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister SEPTEMBER 30 ENGLISH/WESTERN TROPHY SHOW HIGH POINT WINNERS: ENGLISH: Senior - Melissa Johnston Intermediate - Dani Olsen Junior - Danialle Rogers Pee Wee - Kestral Zaleski Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister Walk/Trot 14 and over - Dani Olsen WESTERN: Senior - Tamara Jameson Intermediate - Dani Olsen Junior - Ethan Gildemeister Pee Wee - Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites - Brooklyn Gildemeister

Emma Gildemeister and Scooter

LRS Building Director Paul helping carry his daughter Brooklyn’s (Tiny Mites) prizes! Marie Peters and Silk

Dani Olsen and JB Jordan

BC Interior Horse Rescue Society Update TIMBER RIDGE WEEKEND By Levi Huston


e had perfect sunny warm weather and Darlene, of Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby, BC, was the most fantastic hostess! Twenty people came out for our Poker Ride on September 29th. Prizes were enjoyed by the 3 best winning hands and the worst. Trinity, our winning poker hand, even donated half her winnings back to the BCIHRS! Bless your heart girl! Darlene made her signature Monashee Chili and Smokies for all the riders as they came in and it was great to meet everybody and visit around the fire pit all night. We even had one girl free-ride her horse! How amazing that was! September 30th was the casual ride with 15 people joining in. Riders from both days chose their trails (ranging from 1.5 hours up to 4.5 hours). The trails were marked and mapped so even those like Joey and me, who can get lost in a paper bag, could blaze the trails with confidence! We had a very special (horsey) guest, former BCIHRS resident, Petra (recently adopted by Henry) come for both days with her new forever family. They shared stories of their horse/camping trips, extreme trail riding and even a trip through downtown Vernon! We also had former BCIHRS resident, Mac (recently adopted by Joey HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tompkins) join in for his first camping weekend and first ride experience away from home! I can’t express how impressed I was. Mac made himself right at home, made some new horsey buds and enjoyed 2 days of riding... cow obstacles and all! For a young green horse, he was so calm and well-behaved and had no problem moving on and building confidence past those “scary” things with the guide of Darlene’s horse (who she so graciously let me ride). With the support of Darlene and everybody who came and joined us this weekend, we far exceeded our fundraising goal, THANK YOU!!! We will be holding several rides in 2013 at Timber Ridge Trails, so please follow our Facebook page and/ or website for the dates. Come learn how to camp with your horse or just ride for the day. • 41

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club By B. Ingle. Photos by Susan Chaworth-Musters


here are three main events that have kept VREC members busy the past three months. Our non-competitive, “Play Day” held at Twin Creeks Ranch in Aldergrove in July was well attended with 23 riders participating in a variety of activities. Many thanks to the organizing committee, especially Susan Chaworth-Musters, for all the time, energy, and creative ideas, and a big “Thank You” to all of our volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. August hosted the Old Ladies’ Camp, a very popular annual event. Based at Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, adjacent to Campbell Valley Park, members enjoy three days participating in a variety of riding and non-riding activities. From a semi-private riding lesson with the very knowledgeable Maureen Walters, to crafts, informative talks and riding through Campbell Valley Park, these days were fi lled with laughter, delicious food, and most importantly the companionship of fellow VREC members and our horses. In September, it was our annual ranch get-away, returning to the beautiful Seven Half Diamond Ranch located in the Merritt area. As always, our hosts Jim and Heather O’Connor went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. A great group of women spent four glorious days riding, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. Good food is never an issue at any VREC event and this trip was no exception with an abundance of delicious dishes to enjoy. The boys doing their Guest speakers continue to be Dressage test informative and pique the interest of

members. At Seven Half Diamond Ranch the September meeting, Sandy Lang gave a very interesting talk on discovering your horse’s “horseinality” and how it relates to equine behaviour. This had members going home to plot specific personality traits of their Fun Day horse on a chart to determine which of the four horseinalities most applied to their equine friend. Our guest speaker for October was Oriane Lee Johnston who spoke about “Africa and Horses.” Her presentation included a photo show accompanied by music and, of course, many stories of her time spent in Africa. A special “Thank You” to Rita Rawstron and Kim Smith for doing such an outstanding job organizing clinics and guest speakers for us this year. Much appreciated, ladies! Our Annual General Meeting will be held November 20, with the election of a new executive, a “Year in Review” slideshow and a social. I would like to thank all members of the Executive for their dedication and hard work this past year. Many hands make light work, and it’s what makes VREC special! Well done, everyone!

Project Equus By Theresa Nolet


ometimes what I start out to write about gets high-jacked by the universe. I started to write about Briarwood the horse we rescued last February when he was found almost starved to death in the Oliver area. Briarwood is still looking for a permanent home, and I wanted to put out a plea to find him a place either as a foster or to be adopted. In preparation I reread my September article and found I had made a major mistake in it! I had stated that “Many start with animal abuse and then go on to become criminals.” Well people who commit animal abuse ARE criminals. My point was that they often escalate to hurting humans! The Criminal Code of Canada states that everyone commits an offence who willfully causes or permits pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird. Unfortunately we were not able to prosecute the person who allowed Briarwood to suffer the way he did, but that person IS a criminal under the laws of Canada. I would also like to note that the punishment for the crime of animal abuse is still not strong enough, but it is a criminal offense and has been since 1892. So not to let my entire purpose for this article get high-jacked, here is my plea. 42 • Saddle Up • November 2012

Briarwood now. Briarwood when we found him in Feb

I am looking for 2012. someone who can offer Briarwood a safe place to live out the rest of his life. A place where he will be adored, just because. A place where he will always know love and kindness. If you or someone you know has such a place to offer Briarwood, please call me at 250-497-6733 so that at least some of the wrong that was done to him can be put right.


Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


s I am writing this, the weather has turned a corner and it actually feels like fall. Our club members are still busy with dressage, jumping, lessons and trail riding. The highlight of the fall (for me) was the “Riders’ Challenge” organized by our intrepid President, Max Alexander. This was the second one that he has run. The first got rained out before everyone could participate, so we were all very happy that Max so graciously set it all up for us once again. The Challenge consisted of many obstacles that we had to negotiate within a time limit. We had the choice of using a halter or a bridle (more points for using the halter of course). The challenges consisted of: 1. Stand quietly to be tacked, mounted and dismounted. 2. Lead with respect. 3. Pick up all four feet with control. 4. Step over ground poles (the horses were supposed to do this without touching them). 5. Walk over a large tarp. 6. Walk over a bridge and under an archway. 7. Open and close a gate. 8. Swing a lasso overhead while mounted. 9. Drag a large pole 25 feet. 10. Jog through a serpentine collecting all horseshoes. 11. Stop and back up (straight). 12. Transition from walk to jog to lope and back again. 13. To finish off, we each had to “send” our horse into a horse trailer. It was a lot of fun. We learned what we need to work on for the

Donna Cooke on Dually

Simone Kutos and Scout (bridleless) - winners of the Riders’ Challenge.

next Challenge. We are hoping that this will become a regular event. Thanks again to Max for all his hard work. When the dust settled, the winner for the second time was Simone Kutos on Scout. She had a perfect score of 150 and she did the whole course without bridle OR halter! Wonderful to watch and it gives all of us something to shoot for next time. Look out Simone! Second place was Donna Cooke on Dually with 145 points and third place was Kathy Malmberg on Luke with 138 points. We were very fortunate to have Helen Tamasi there to judge the event for us. Very much appreciated, Helen.

Peachland Riding Club By Jesse Capp


ell, another year has come and gone at the Peachland Riding Club, and what a great year

indeed! Our raffle that ended on September 30 went well with the winners as follows: 1st place ($500) was Doreen Ensign, 2nd place ($300) was Jim Hincliffe, and 3rd place ($200) was Teresa Sorenson. Congratulations! Our Highschool Rodeo that was held on the Thanksgiving weekend was a great success - thanks to all of our volunteers and generous sponsors! The final Gymkhana and Saddle Series Race was held on October 14, with the winner of the saddle awarded at the end of the day. Congratulations Lindsay Bartko! Congratulations as well to our runner-up riders, Jesse Tarr - 2nd place, Sandy Lewis 3rd, and Denise Formo - 4th! A huge “thank you” as well to our saddle sponsor, Diamond H Tack. It is generous businesses like you that make great things happen at the PRC! Our annual Pub Night Fundraiser will HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

be held on November 3, 6pm, at Whiski Jacks Pub in West Kelowna. Tickets are $20 for dinner and a beverage! Contact Trecho at 250-768-9696. All details on our website, or Facebook! Please come out and have a burger, as these fundraisers are what allows the PRC to give its riders a great year of racing! Our Year-end Banquet and Awards night is on November 17 at the clubhouse. The AGM will start at 4pm followed by happy hour from 5-6pm. Dinner will start at 6pm with the awards to follow. Live entertainment with a DJ will keep you dancing all night! Tickets for dinner can be purchased from any of our directors or we’ll have tickets available at the Pub Night Fundraiser as well! We would like to encourage all of our members to attend the AGM this year and think about volunteering for an executive position. We have a few vacant spots for 2013 and if these spots aren’t fi lled, we may not have a gymkhana club next year or even a club at all! The more people that come

(l to r) Sandy Chevalier - Saddle Series director; Sandy Lewis - 3rd place; Lindsay Bartko - Saddle winner; Denise Formo - 3rd place; Jesse Tarr - 2nd place; Lisa Nowell Awards Director.

forward, the easier it is to run the club. On that note, I’d like to sincerely thank EVERYONE that volunteered their time, whether it was to help with the gate, event setup or run little errands! Thank you! Hope to see you all again in 2013! • 43

BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders By Ulli Dargel Photos by John and Ulli Dargel


ur 2012 show season has come to an end. The 6th Annual Fall Classic, September 22-23 at the Cloverdale Agriplex, was a success, with competitors coming from Yahk, 100 Mile House, Bellingham, WA, the Fraser Valley and the Metro Vancouver area. We thank all of our competitors, our sponsors that enable us to provide great prizes, and, of course, our volunteers who ensure that our show runs efficiently. Our judges were Barbara Funk from Battle Ground, WA, Mara Coote Freeman from Olds, AB and our mystery judge, engaged for our Saturday evening cup classes, Kendra Kowalski. You will find up-to-date information, events, photos and placings from our September Fall Classic and of course, a link to all our sponsors on our web site, www. Please acknowledge our sponsors, let them know you saw their listing on our web site or in our show program. On behalf of our Show Committee, we thank you. Fall Classic 2012 Results (partial) JOY RICHARDSON TROPHY Pharos Vom Rappenhof (Platinum V Rappenhof x Panorama Rappenhof); O: Amanda Smith INEZ PROPFÉ-CREDO TROPHY R. Abba (R. Amadeus x Utopia); O: Monika Currier DRAGONFLY ACRES TROPHY

Cascada (Colmani x Ferrara); O: Anita Dawson DR. JOHN GILRAY MEMORIAL CUP Watson DL (Westporte x Diamond Lucille); O: Donna Smith and Tanya Perry B.C. LEGACY TROPHY Cascada (Colmani x Ferrara); O: Anita Dawson In-Hand Champions: In-Hand Dressage-Type and Hunter-Type Grand Champion Pharos Vom Rappenhof - Amanda Smith In-Hand Sport Pony Champion Group shot of our Performance Champions Bramble Fairy - Sophia Robson In-Hand Coloured Sport Pony Champion and Reserve Champions Checkmate - Danielle Murphy In-Hand Coloured Horse Champion Lacy Jane - Irene Schenk In-Hand Thoroughbred Champion Someday Seemore - Heather Keen Performance Champions: Open Horse Walk/Trot Champion Beauty - Courtney Palleson Open Pony Walk/Trot Champion Celtic Secret - Emily Livingstone Youth 13 and Under Champion Sissy - Courtney Palleson Youth 14 to 18 Champion Spike - Tegan Payne Amateur Rider Champion In-Hand Coloured Horse Windsong - Amy Brattebo Anita Dawson and Cascada, Champion - Lacy Jane Junior Horse Champion winner of the Dragonfly Acres with Irene Schenk Zena fan Kenettas - Melissa Johnson and BC Legacy Trophy. Open Horse Champion Westley DVG - Linda del Valle Garcia Heywood Open Pony Champion Bramble Fairy - Sophia Robson Thoroughbred Champion Go Sebastian - Sabrina Mulville Canadian Horse Champion Gaudali Flesh Livia - Carey Robertson Coloured Horse Champion Dox Night Lark - Rosalia Reginato

Amanda Smith and Pharos Vom Rappenhof, winner of our Joy Richardson Trophy.

Pony Champion - Bramble Fairy with Sophia Robson

Boundary Horse Association By Mary Relkov Photos courtesy of Sarah Wyatt Photography


t was a “spooktacular” three days in Grand Forks at the Boundary Horse Association’s Halloween Horse Show, October 12-14. Our Judge was Cindy Ryan, from Cranbrook. Riders and horses were treated to a great show which included a full schedule of classes from Dressage, Jumping and English to Western and Gymkhana. The Costume Class was a real “hoot” with some very creative entries. New this year was a “Hoof & Woof” Class, where horse and rider were partnered by draw, with a dog from the local dog agility club. The team separately runs an obstacle course to combine their scores. It was lots of fun for all! The rosettes and ribbons were orange, black and white in keeping with the Halloween theme. There were treat bags and prizes for riders and horses. Thanks to our judge, riders and of course our great group of volunteers for 44 • Saddle Up • November 2012

making this show one to “howl” about. Hope to see you all next year! High Points High Point Western Dressage: Margot Brock/Skeeter High Point English Dressage: Robin Armstrong/Kuna Awassis High Point Hunter: Caitlin Tkach/Believe in Me High Point Jumper (TIE): Alicia Fojt and Shawna Fojt High Point English Senior: Janette Lauritzen/Beyond Sensation Reserve: Merna Boltz/Royal King Zantanan High Point English Child: Alicia Fojt/Loki Reserve: Caitlin Tkach/Believe in Me High Point English Walk/Trot: Virginia Peters/Velvet Jones Reserve: Karan Moore/StarMoore’s Hot To Tango High Point Western Senior (TIE): Joanne Rooke/Smart L’il Ray; and Merna Boltz/Royal King Zantanan High Point Western Child: Molly Gillett/Star Reserve: Portia Dagg/Tucker High Point Western Walk/Trot: Margot Brock/Skeeter Reserve: Ashley Knapp/Nitro Gymkhana: Senior: Toni Long/Reba Junior: Jesse Horkoff/Star Pee Wee: Skyra Elliot/The Fonz Lead Line: Kylee Espenhain


Therapeutic Riding Benefits Autistic Children By Daphne Davey


ecently, two MSc occupational therapy students, Rebecca Baldwin and Megan Meekison, conducted a study through McMaster University in partnership with Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Ontario, to examine the experience of therapeutic riding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from their parents’ perspective. As the authors note, the available evidence indicates that children with ASD may benefit from therapeutic riding, but the body of literature is limited. The study involved feedback from three parents of four children with ASD. CanTRA-qualified instructors at Sunrise conducted the sessions. How did the parents react to the study? “Their main expectation,” wrote the authors, “was that therapeutic riding would enable their children’s participation in a communitybased recreational activity that was physical, meaningful, and enjoyable. After experiencing therapeutic riding, parents reported that the activity exceeded their expectations.” Comments included: “It was more than what I

expected” and “It has been a huge success.” What benefits did the parents observe? According to the report, they included “satisfying sensory needs, calming their child, decreasing anxiety, increasing self-esteem and providing opportunities for them to follow instructions, plan and complete tasks and interact with others.” Parents also noticed how these benefits were used in their daily lives “to improve speech fluency and reading comprehension, as well as for behavioural reinforcement.” As one parent explained, “There are too many cant’s in [my daughter’s] life so now there is the big potential for her to be somebody who rides and rides really well... so it gives her the opportunity to shine in a way that she hasn’t had.” Finally, the motivation factor. One parent said, “[My daughter] was trying really hard because she really liked [the instructor] and she wanted to please her and she also wanted to be on the horse.” We are all familiar with the positive effects of the human-animal bond. The

Early intervention benefits young autistic riders like Adam (on Petey) at the Sunrise centre. Photo courtesy of Sunrise TRLC

authors conclude that therapeutic riding acts in its own special way “as a motivator for the performance of various adaptive behaviours” for children with ASD. Thanks to Rebecca Baldwin and Megan Meekison for permission to quote from their study. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at

Vaulting Championships By Carolyn Latimer


he 2012 VaultCanada National and Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial Equestrian Vaulting Championships were held at the Ponoka Ag Event Centre in Ponoka, Alberta, on October 13 and 14. With vaulters from nine clubs from Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia it was an amazing weekend of equestrian vaulting. There were 44 vaulters in attendance vying for provincial and national titles. The judges for this event were Toni Amoroso and Craig Coburn of California, USA. Our steward was Anky Seifried from Edmonton. The clubs in attendance were: Living Skies Vaulters of Saskatoon, SK; Razzle HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dazzle Vaulting Club of Sundre, AB; Meadow Creek Vaulting Club of Olds, AB; Rockyview Vaulters of Cardston, AB; Sun Willow Vaulters of Olds, AB; Spruce Valley Vaulting Club of Rocky Mountain House, AB; Cheam Vaulters of Chilliwack, BC; Koot-Neigh Vaulters of Nelson, BC; and Sky Vaulters of Surrey, BC. There were 9 horses for the competition and they were all very well turned out. The National Champion Horse Award was won by Phoenix lunged by Becky Marland of Spruce Valley Vaulters. The Provincial Champion Horse Awards were won by: Canter Division – Phoenix lunged by Becky Marland; Trot Division – Tuxedo lunged by Romany Pinto; and Walk Division – Irulan lunged by Rachel Pavan. We had a great turnout of volunteers and without them an event of this caliber would be impossible to host. Thank you to the Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association and Vault Canada as well. There were many spectators

in the audience each afternoon for the performances and they enjoyed a spectacular weekend of competition! Following are the results of the weekend’s event. Canadian National Champions: National Champion – Pas De Deux: Angelique & Jeanine van der Sluijs, Meadow Creek Vaulting Club National Champion – Women: Alisa Schmidt-Anema, Cheam Vaulters National Reserve Champion – Women: Angelique van der Sluijs, Meadow Creek Vaulting Club Western Canada Champions: Western Canada Champion – Women: Danielle Kennedy, Sky Vaulters Western Canada Reserve Champion – Women: Shianne Hofer, Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club Western Canada Champion – Men: Haigen Pavan, Cheam Vaulters Alberta Provincial Champions: Alberta Provincial Champion – Women: Darine Pavan, Sun Willow Vaulters Alberta Provincial Reserve Champion – Women: Chelsie Nicolls, Spruce Valley Vaulters Zone 2 Champion: Kendra Lavoie, Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club Zone 2 Reserve Champion: Shalene Hughes, Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club Zone 4 Champion: Heather Latimer, Meadow Creek Vaulting Club Zone 4 Reserve Champion: Cassidy Johannesson, Spruce Valley Vaulters Saskatchewan Top Vaulter Award: Brooke Bighead, Livingskies Vaulters • 45

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By Janice Reiter


ith the show season over for this year, it is time to report on some of the goings-on with our club members. Not only is Barb McNally a new BCRCHA member, she is also new to the sport of cutting, but that isn’t stopping her from jumping into the cutting pen with both feet. Barb recently purchased a very pretty and talented four-year-old gelding, Woody Be A King from Venture Farms of Ellensburg, Washington. Barb and Woody, under the supervision of Brent Stewart, plan to spend the winter getting to know one another and will come out with all guns a-blazing next season. Anyone who has ever competed with the dynamic duo of Shari Gallagher and Silver Boon can breathe a sigh of relief. An extremely lucky 9th grade student, Mary Ann in her Dressage gear. Mackenzie Loren of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, a high (Photo by school rodeo competitor, now has Bodee to take her to Really, it’s just like sitting in a chair. Mike the top of the standings. But everyone here had better Stradling and Sneakin Out To Play make it were able to get Boogie not get too comfortable, Shari’s on the hunt for a new horse. look easy. (Photo by Janice Reiter) over to the clinic of It is never a good idea to pigeon-hole a horse and his abilities, or Paton and Martin a rider for that matter. Mary Ann Muscat took up cutting at an age where Dr. Cruz went when most rational people wouldn’t dream about getting involved with to work with pins, staples, screws and a little magic, in order to stabilize something so fast-paced. With the help of her gelding, Handsome Pep, the leg. (Pictures of the procedure can be found on the Facebook page a BCRCHA year-end buckle winner, they not only competed but were of Paton and Martin.) With any luck, Boogie will be hanging his head competitive right from the start. This past year, Mary Ann and “Squirt” out of his own stall door sometime soon. did a complete 180, trading in their western gear to step into the This year’s saddle draw is just around the corner. The BCRCHA dressage arena. And wouldn’t you know, the drive, determination and Awards Banquet will be Saturday, November 24, at the Clayburn bond between horse and rider have already resulted in success. Village Schoolhouse; tickets are $30 each. Contact a director to order As a reminder of just how fragile a horse can be, Boogie’s Dual your tickets or check the website,, for further details. Rey, while relaxing out in a field, enjoying the summer sun, shattered his knee plus the top of his cannon bone. Fortunately, the Stradlings

Fun at Quarterspot’s Year End Event! By Cindy Kirschman


uarterspot Ranch in Lumby, BC, held their year-end Funday and Awards on September 16. Twenty four riders attended to challenge their horses in another fun fi lled day. This year our youngest leadliner was 2 years old and the oldest rider admitted to 70+! We had horses from mini to draft and green through to 30-year-old campaigners! All sizes for everyone to enjoy. We would like to congratulate our 2012 Champions as below. Leadline Champion: Taylor Wasylyszyn Junior All Round Champion: Kierra Newman Games & All Round Senior Champion: Tamara Tuyttens

Kierra Newman

Taylor Wasylyszyn Tamara Tuyttens with Bob and Cindy Kirschman presenting

Thank you to all of our riders, exhibitors and sponsors for a great 2012 season! Keep in touch for our schedule of winter activities and clinics. (See Cindy Kirschman’s ad in Business Services under Trainers, and Quarterspot Ranch Boarding ad in Shop & Swap)

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Slide Out West Show By Lynda Holland Photos by Onsite Digital Photography


n the weekend of September 7- 9, the Fraser Valley Reining Club Chapter hosted the last show in the Western Canadian Reining Association High-Point series at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park facility. Over the course of two and a half days nearly 100 riders from BC and Washington laid down 253 runs. On Saturday night we kicked off the evening with a fun demo by Team Radiance, Chilliwack’s High Performance Vaulting Club followed by the always popular Freestyle Reining classes. This brought us to a very exciting part of the night which was the first ever FVRC Non-Pro and Open SHOOTOUT. The high Shootout Winners Presentation and Sponsors (l to r): Sherea Williams (Show Manager), scoring Non-Pro and Open rider in each class would Non-Pro winner Royal Worbets (Berry Shiney), Jessica Turner (Rose Fire Saddles), Al win a fabulous engraved Bob Avila style Bob’s Custom Sedwick (Ocean Park Ford), Open winner Amanda Self who tied for first riding her Reining Saddle(s) supplied by Rose Fire Saddles & Tack of Paint horse Marvelous and Lil Tuf Rooster (owner Diedrich Teichroeb, aboard). Far right is Open Saddle sponsor Rick Flemming, VP of Lafarge. Alberta. The stakes were high! The Non-Pro Shootout saddle went to Royal Worbets for her winning ride on stallion Berry Shiney, owned by Rafter D Reiners of Pritchard BC. Amanda Self was the winning Open rider, tieing with herself for first place on Lil Tuf Rooster owned by Diedrich Teichroeb and her own Paint horse Marvelous (a long time crowd pleaser). Another highlight was on Sunday afternoon with the addition of two new Youth classes. Chenine Humphrey coordinated the classes, with help from Jana Luers and some keen parents and sponsors. These classes are aimed at encouraging youth reiners who are new to the sport. I don’t know who was having more fun, Non-Pro Shootout winner, Royal Worbets the kids, the parents, the grandparents or the dogs. and Berry Shiney In addition to our popular Slide Out Lead Line class, the new Award donated by Milner Feed and Tack for “most classes were a huge success with 12 entries in the FVRC Future perseverance and try” went to Reiner’s class and 8 entries in the FVRC Beginner Youth 18 and Lincoln Hall, age 5, riding Major under. Ryley-Ray Wilson riding Smart O Man was the winner of Sailor. (Photo and backdrop by the Beginner Youth with a smoking run and score of 72 from Judge Trace Humphrey) Brenda Brown of Temecula California. Competitors were provided with plenty of opportunities to show their horses as there were classes for every level of rider. For a WCRA President, Kim Stordahl rides Major complete list of placings, visit Sneak to first place in the Don’t forget to check out our sponsors at the same time; we all WCRA Beginner NRHA know that they make our shows possible. Many thanks to our fantastic class. sponsors for their generous support and a big thank you to all the dedicated volunteers! The WCRA Annual General Meeting and High Point Awards Banquet is on November 24th 2012 in Abbotsford, so please visit the website for details and Chapter information.

FVRC Beginner Youth (l to r): McKenna Kerr, Madison Moss, Braelyn Coe, Keesa Luers, Ryley-Ray Wilson, Treena Humphrey and Kooper Mensell

Open Shootout winner, Amanda Self on Marvelous


Fraser Valley Hunt Travels By Heidi Telstad Photo courtesy of Shane Kelley Photography


n Saturday, September 29, Adrienne Krebs of Morris Valley Trail Rides welcomed the Fraser Valley Hunt members and guests with the opportunity to explore the acres and acres of land located at 17600 Arbor Road, Harrison Mills. We are happy to report that all of our guests were able to lease a hunt or trail horse from Adrienne for the day if they were unable to bring their own. It was a lovely day and the sun was shining upon us as we walked, trotted or cantered (depending on your group/field/flight) through the winding trails, up and down hills and over the many optional jumps. As

this was a “houndless” FVH ride we did not have the singing of the hounds to follow but rather Adrienne was our leader and I believe everyone had just as much fun. Should you ever want to lease a hunt horse for one of our meets, please call Morris Valley Trail Rides at 604.796.2887. That evening Lynn, Nick and Heidi, three Governors of the FVH headed down to Lakewood, WA for the opening meet of the Woodbrook Hunt Club. The Woodbrook Hunt Club has been in existence and thriving for almost 100 years at the military reservation at Fort Lewis. The opening hunt is very

impressive and they must have had over 60 riders of all different levels in attendance. A lot of the trails are single track so you must be cautious of the riders in front of you as well as behind. Jean Brooks, MFH and Huntsman, was our very gracious host and ensured we were properly introduced and had a wonderful time. As usual, the Woodbrook Hunt Club put on a fabulous breakfast with all you could eat for both riders and guests. We were also lucky enough to immediately view all of our photos of the day on a big screen TV in the clubhouse provided by Andrew Trowell of Troutstreaming Outdoors and Sports Media. Our next meets are scheduled every Saturday at 11:00 am (except Boxing Day) around the Fraser Valley, WA, Pemberton and Gibsons. Please visit www.fraservalleyhunt. com, email at or call 604.856.6170 on Friday evenings to confirm details. Tally Ho!

Kelowna Riding Club News By Jill Veitch


re you a horse lover but not necessarily a horse owner? You are very welcome to come and join the Kelowna Riding Club. Everyone is welcome here—we have several members who are involved simply because they are horse crazy and they like to support the local equine community. Our website has all the pertinent information ( Among the benefits of joining, members get reduced rates for all club events plus a discount on your purchases from Diamond H Tack. It’s easy to join and we would love to have you involved. KRC BOARD: Speaking of the people who support KRC, we are on the lookout for some new faces on the club board. Our AGM takes place in November and we have several positions to fi ll. Being part of this group is not the huge responsibility you might think of when you think of ‘volunteer board’, and it’s actually kinda fun. If you’re interested, send a note to our volunteer coordinator Candy Van Hees ( or contact Jill at 250-860-8805. 2012 VOLUNTEER HOURS: The deadline for completing volunteer hours is November 15. If you have any questions about your hours, contact Candy! You can submit your completed hours via the Volunteer Hours page on our website. Thank you to everyone who came out to the FALL CLEAN-UP on October 27th. We truly appreciate your commitment to the club. The Gymkhana Club meets several times per year at KRC. They have tons of fun year round, most especially at their Spooktacular Funday which was held October 14th. The Club’s year end awards banquet is set for Saturday, November 10th at KRC. Contact them 48 • Saddle Up • November 2012

directly via a link on our website. KIERSTEN HUMPHREY DRESSAGE CLINIC: Thank you to riders who participated in our October Dressage Clinic with Kiersten Humphrey. The event was fully subscribed and most certainly a great success. Have you never been to a clinic at KRC? It’s a great way to freshen up your ride. We hope you enjoy the pictures. Kathrin Maxwell

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KRC Education Coordinator Kathrin Maxwell with Clinician Kiersten Humphrey


Vernon District Riding Club By Kelly MacIntosh


he weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the first Harvest Classic Horse Show on September 29-30. Forty-one riders and their horses came from as far away as Castlegar (way to go Allison Ritson!) to compete in English, Western, and Hunter performance classes. Competitors and spectators had a great hospitality hour Saturday afternoon listening to the rock and roll tunes of our band for the weekend, “McKinley Landing.” The Costume Class Gala ended Saturday on a fun note. Ashley West was our Costume Class winner, with Isabel Healey Morrow taking reserve. Sunday morning saw some wonderful rounds in the Hunter ring and some great produce on display from Coldstream Farmers Market. Thanks to all who came to the market and supported our local organic food producers. Thanks to Xanders Catering from Lumby, who put on a great canteen all weekend – the food was amazing! Our Overall Senior High Point Champion was Corrie Gerlib, with Keelly Reggelsen taking Reserve. Our Overall Youth/Junior High Point Champion was Ashley West, and Reserve was Tasia Bronson. Please check our webpage for a complete list of the results from the show. We would like to give a big Thank You to all our competitors and sponsors for supporting this new show. We are hoping to make the Harvest Classic an annual event – so if you would like to see a fall General Performance show at the VDRC, let us know by posting on our Facebook page or dropping us an email at 2012 has been another productive year upgrading the facilities at VDRC; a new roof on the clubhouse in early spring, a new retaining wall in the jumper ring, staining our beautiful new stalls, and so much more. One project in particular is very special and we wish to thank Vernon’s Funtastic Sports Society for their support. This outstanding community program provides funds for much needed sporting equipment and VDRC was successful in our application. A brand new mounting ramp is currently under construction and will be completed in no time with the help of our handy groundskeeper, Jack Smith. We invite both able-bodied riders and riders with disabilities to make good use of the mounting ramp in 2013.

In addition to the ramp, a total of 9 rider friendly gates were recently installed on the perimeter of each arena. VDRC is a safe and accessible facility for everyone to enjoy, thanks again to the Funtastic Sports Society!

Calle Mirkowsky at the Harvest Classic Horse Show

Funtastic Sports Society Mounting Ramp under construction

Corrie Gerlib - Overall Senior High Point Champion

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Paige DeWolff


n October 20th our club met together at my mother’s and my home in Salmon Arm for our AGM and Hi-Points award presentations. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event. After a year of training, clinics, and horse events it was nice to just relax with other horse enthusiasts! Our next General Meeting is on January 19th.

Our 2012 Hi-Points are: Amateur/Adult: Paige DeWolff with Chickadee Tall Hot and Handsom Mare: Lombards Canadian Alacadebra - Joan & Bruce Cunningham and Laurence & Joanne Humphreys Gelding: BHF Dynamic Prizm - Laurence & Joanne Humphreys and Joan & Bruce Cunningham Stallion: Vista Valleys Dynamic Top Gear - Joan & Bruce Cunningham and Laurence & Joanne Humphreys In Hand Horse: BHF Dynamic Prizm - Laurence & Joanne Humphreys and Joan & Bruce Cunningham Driving Horse: BHF Dynamic Prizm - Laurence & Joanne Humphreys and Joan & Bruce Cunningham CDE Horse: BentFirs Teka Alamode -with Katie Iceton High Point Overall Horse: BHF Dynamic Prizm - Laurence & Joanne Humphreys and Joan & Bruce Cunningham

Multiple Winner BHF Dynamic Prizm with Laurence Humphreys


Alberta Equestrian Federation EC/NCCP NATIONAL COACHING AWARDS - Nominate your Coaches! COACHING AWARDS! If you are aware of a deserving coach, let your coaching administrator at your provincial association know, and do what you can to get the information together for them. The Coaching Administrator and their selection committee will choose from nominations they receive, and send one final nominee for each category that they can, to EC. Note that ‘coach’ is meant in terms of the new NCCP and should not be confused with ‘trainer’ or with ‘elite athlete’. The coach should be nominated for great coaching. They do not have to be competitive, and there are categories for Instructors and para/therapeutic coaches. They do need to be EC Certified and current at time of award selection. Visit

for more info. To nominate a coach or instructor, just fi ll in the nomination form, and return it to the following address, by December TEAM ALBERTA (l to r) Augusta Marit, Alanna Marsden, 1st: Kristy Mytrash and Meagan Beunder. Alberta Equestrian Federation 100, 251 Midpark Blvd SE, riders as well as a chef d’equipe, a discipline Calgary, AB, T2X 1S3 coach and a team coach. or send by fax to: 403-252-5260 or send by Meagan Beunder received a 7th place email to: ribbon as well as the Sportsmanship award and Augusta Marit received a 9th and 10th place ribbon. The 2012 CIEC was a great Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian experience for Team Alberta and also Championships provided the opportunity to visit the eastern Jump Alberta and the Alberta Equestrian part of the country. Federation were very proud to have a jumper Well done ladies, you’ve made Alberta team represent Alberta this year at Bromont, proud! For more information visit: www. Quebec on September 21-23. The team consisted of two junior riders and two senior

2012 Alberta Foal Show By Bruce A. Roy. Photos by Kristen Wilkieson


he task Rob Gardiner, Virden, Manitoba, faced, as judge of the 2012 Alberta Foal Show, was one few equine judges have faced in years. His task – to identify the Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire class winners, was no walk in the park. The exciting entries’ quality, shown Saturday, October 13, at Ponoka’s new agricultural complex, was fodder for conversation ring-side. Organized by Alberta’s Percheron Club, Secretary Erin Ferguson had the event well organized. Exhibitors in each breed were offered three classes – Stallion Foals, Filly Foals and two Foals, get of one sire. In each breed a Champion and Reserve Champion Foal was named; before the Supreme interbreed Champion of the Show was declared, in the last class of the show. Thanks to the benevolence of Brad & Jennifer Lutz, Jaylea Percherons of Olds, awards were presented to both the top and bottom Foal in each class. Recently returned to their Didsbury stable from Wyoming’s

Evergreen Acres Patrick, Champion Clydesdale Foal. Bred & shown by R.D. Campbell, Fawcett, Alberta

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Jackson Fork Ranch, Brian & Colleen Coleman’s black Percheron Filly, Eaglesfield Nicole, topped her class, and then was selected as the Champion Percheron. From the field of four breed champions, Eaglesfield Nicole moved on to become the Show’s Supreme Champion Foal. A Percheron Filly of pleasing size, the underpinning of Eaglesfield Nicole is exceptionally correct. Sired by L.D.’s Shiawasee’s Ozzie, Grand Champion Stallion at Calgary’s Stampede in 2009 and 2010; her dam, High Hope Commander’s Paige, is a 16-year-old Queen’s Commander daughter. Kudos to exhibitors from Alberta and Saskatchewan, to organizers and volunteers. They staged one hell of a show. Veteran horsemen ringside from every equine discipline were impressed.

Eaglesfield Nicole, Supreme Champion Foal, Champion Percheron Foal. Bred & shown by Brian & Colleen Coleman, Didsbury, Alberta.

Prins View Doc, Champion Belgian Foal. Bred & shown by Bill & Dini Prins, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.


Mule Was Big Winner In Extreme Trail Competition By Donna Quick


t the recent Wild Deuce Working Mountain Horse Competition and Select Sale at Kingman, Alberta, southeast of Edmonton, Russ Shandro and his mule Ruger won both the open and overall competitions. They completed a course of 16 very difficult natural and manmade obstacles within the 12 minutes allowed. Russ and Ruger won the open competition, held on Friday, September 28, against 22 horses. The 9 horses in the select sale completed the same course on Saturday. Russ emerged as the overall winner since his point score remained the highest. One of the judges for the event was the original Mantracker, Terry Grant. Russ received a substantial cash award and two belt buckles. Second in the Open Competition was Susan Wall, followed by Ken Pohl, Donna Owners/organizers of the Wild Bellerive, and Jessica Cummings. Deuce Working Mountain Horse Only a few points separated the Competition, Terri and Chuck McKinney, present Russ Shandro top placings. According to Russ, with one of two buckles. “A half-dozen buckles could have been awarded this weekend. We were all so close.”

The trail course included crossing a bog and a bridge. Riders also had to back partway up a steep creek bed. Another obstacle consisted of sidepassing over to a covered wagon, climbing inside and Russ and Ruger negotiating one of the obstacles on the timed course. removing a water jug without touching the ground, remounting from the wagon, and carrying the jug back to “camp.” Probably the most difficult test was to put on a long slicker, gallop to an overturned canoe, dismount and pull out a heavy dummy, throw the dummy over the horse, ride to the covered wagon and place the dummy inside. Ruger is a 14-year-old John Mule. Russ lives near Vegreville, Alberta, and is a member of the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. He and Ruger compete in shows, mounted shooting, and an annual Mule race. In 2009, Russ and Ruger placed third in the Open Competition at the Wild Deuce event, and in 2011 his wife Heather took home the buckle riding her 12-year-old mare Ginger.

Alberta Paint Horse Club at Spruce Meadows By Colleen Samela


he 2012 Masters Tournament began with a cloudy, windy day on September 5 and then the sun broke through and the weather was perfect September 6-9. The richest show jumping event in the World brought out thousands of horse fans to Spruce Meadows, and most also visited the Equi-Fair and Marketplace booths. The Equi-Fair was reconfigured this year so that the breed booths were in the riding hall adjacent to the indoor demonstration ring. The American Paint Horse booth was the first booth in the line-up and attracted many new and returning fans. The booth was updated with a full-size canvas backdrop of galloping Paint horses, professional signage for the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and Alberta Paint Horse Club (APHC), and two handsome embroidered director chairs. Thank you to Glenn Hyde, APHC Director, for loaning his wide screen TV and DVD player to the booth so that the APHA promotional fi lm could play throughout the tournament. The new handout posters on colours and patterns provided by the APHA proved immensely popular with the crowd. Many visitors also picked up APHC postcards for information on local Paint horse activities. Thank you to our Paint horse booth volunteers and their capable assistants, as follows: Wednesday: Lynn Hoosier, Carseland, AB, APHC Secretary Thursday: Marie Marshall, Vulcan, AB, APHA breeder Friday: Colleen Samela, Calgary, AB, APHA volunteer Saturday: Valerie Alacoque, Invermere, BC, APHA breeder Sunday: Cathy Daniels, Lethbridge, AB, APHA breeder


Breed demonstrations were held two times per day in the indoor ring in the riding hall. A fiveminute oral script was presented by Colleen Samela during the live demonstrations. The script included details about APHA registration requirements, the Paint horse’s characteristics, colours and markings, the history of the Kate Bresee and Iza Lil Jazz Association and the Regional Clubs, took time to meet with the World Championship Show and the public after the breed demonstration. the many different classes that are offered at APHA shows. Following the live demonstrations, the Paint horses and their riders and handlers interacted with the public on the grass area outside the riding hall. Riders and handlers participating in the live demonstrations with their APHA horses included: Wednesday: Julie Pitts/Chips Diamond Cue Te, Joan Barbour/Majors Mito Azure Thursday: Deb Bresee and Kate Bresee/Iza Lil Jazz, Marie Marshall/Montanas Desiree Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Kate Bresee with Iza Lil Jazz

Thank you to all the volunteers for making our participation at Spruce Meadows Equi-Fair a success. • 51

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


CIAHA would like to thank all the members who attended the AGM Meeting on Oct 28. Special thanks to the Mawsons for hosting! BCIAHA had another very successful Debbie Storey Clinic in October. The trail classes were once again a HUGE HIT!! Keep posted and come check us out at the next one. BCIAHA would like to congratulate our members on their successful show seasons. Please send us your barn news and pictures!

Trail class

Wally and Fashion

Afires Heir Filly

Deb and Karel


Tip of the Month!

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). Continuing from last month’s tip in Saddle Up… Factor #2: FUNdamentals FUNdamental movement skills + motor skills + basic sport skills = physical literacy. They are best learned through safe, fun and active participation in games in both structured and unstructured environments. These activities lay the groundwork for all other sports, including track and field, gymnastics, diving, vaulting, swimming, skating, etc. Developed motor skills includes agility, balance, speed, coordination and time/space orientation. Coaches can help ensure kids ages 6-9 don’t miss out in this early stage by planning fun

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activities on and off the horse; aiming to challenge physical and mental boundaries. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. Be safe and have fun! See the next issue: Factor #3. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-7661975 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics at the Kelowna Riding Club and will travel to all clubs and 4-H groups. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome; experience Intrinsic Training. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under ‘Trainers’)


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Calling all Youth Nakita Delichte wants you! Well, the American Junior Paint Horse Association wants you, but Nakita is their emissary and she’s looking for an eligible youth member to take over her role as a junior director to the national organization for 2013. Nakita is completing her first and only year as an AjPHA national director. She lives in AjPHA director Nakita Delichte and Coldstream where her Highcountry Sioux family operates Double Delichte Stables. Earlier this year, Nakita gained notoriety with an impressive third place finish in a Trail of the Painted Ponies competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Paint Horse Association. More than 350 artists participated in the competition. Nakita has two Paint Horses: Highcountry Sioux and NSP Butterscotch Bambi. She showed both of them at the “Back-to-Basics” (B2B) APHA show in Langley this past summer. Last year, she received her PAC “Certificate of Recognition” in Equitation with Highcountry Sioux, and she also participates in the BC Paint Horse Club’s Open Show and Competition Program. As an AjPHA national director, Nakita prepared a display about Paint Horses at the B2B show and has been talking to youth about the opportunities available to Paint Horse owners, regardless of their age. “Not many of them know about PAC,” she notes. APHA’s Paint Alternative Competition program awards credits (not to be confused with points) to exhibitors who show their APHA-registered horses at open shows. Unlike APHA shows, you don’t have to own the horse you’re competing on to participate in the PAC program. (It’s ideal for 4-H and Pony Club members!) To let your name stand as an AjPHA member, you must be 17 or under on January 1 of the year you will take office. Nominations must be postmarked by December 1 and voting will be online during the month of February. It’s a terrific opportunity for the future leaders of our industry to become involved. For more information, email or visit Gold Star Winners In October, BCPHC vice president Cathy Glover and APHA director Jodie Moore travelled to Fort Worth, Texas to attend the APHA’s 50th anniversary convention where the BC Paint Horse Club was officially recognized as a “President’s Gold Star” club. APHA’s Gold Star Program recognizes APHA clubs which offer a variety of activities and an exemplary level of service to their members, in addition to promotion and community service projects. The convention is also where directors, like Jodie, make rule change decisions that will come into effect January 1. This year, there are a few


Nakita’s 3rd place Painted Pony: In the money! Nakita’s Trail of the Painted Ponies entry!

changes that could directly impact on BC Paint Horse owners. Starting in 2013, a half point will be awarded to the first place horse in a class of just two entries at APHA Free Trophy Winners PNP shows. This is great news for shows like Painted Warrior and Kaitlyn the Bulkley Valley Fair in Smithers and Kubillus our “Back-to-Basics” show. In classes of three to five horses, the first place horse will receive one point; the second place horse will get a half point. Directors also gave thumbs up to a rule that will permit the registration of crop outs – horses of Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred parentage. Got a Quarter Horse with excessive white? Be sure to check APHA’s website (Rule RG-070) for a detailed description of new colour requirements for crop outs. Jodie has written a detailed report about the convention and you can read it on our website at Trophy Program Applications for 2013 Cathy Glover in Fort Worth Clubs should be planning ahead and sending in their request to partner with the BC Paint Horse Club to receive an award for their high point Paint Horse entries in 2013. Otter Co-op has sponsored the BCPHC’s Free Trophy Program since its inception over a decade ago and allows us to provide awards to participating clubs just for asking! This past show season, nine awards were sent out to clubs around the province. The latest winner is Kaitlyn Kubillus and her horse, PNP Painted Warrior. They competed at the Chilliwack Riding Club and were named CRC’s 2012 High Point Paint! If your club or event is hosting a show and you expect more than a couple of APHA-registered entries, you should be on our list. Go to the “Free Trophy Program” page on our website for details. Dates to note We’re updating the calendar on our website with 2013 show dates. The “Back-to-Basics” Show in Langley is slotted for July 28 and we’re very close to confirming a date for the B2B Okanagan for late May or mid-June. Barb Bowerbank is polling a Facebook group for the 3-in-1 show in Smithers, July 12-14, to determine how they can improve their show in 2013. And it looks like the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association is building on the success of their combined AQHA/APHA circuits this year with plans for APHA-approved classes at their spring circuit, May 2-5, and Evergreen, August 31-September 1. Our Christmas wreath and Purdy’s Chocolates fundraisers are underway in the Fraser Valley; the 2012 year end awards banquet is February 2 at High Point. Don’t forget to get your OSCP in the mail before the December 15th deadline. Find us on Facebook and online: www.bcphc. com. • 53

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653



hank you to the following BCRA rodeos for supporting the 2012 BCRA Chilcotin Tour Series: Bella Coola, Anahim Lake Stampede, Nemaiah Valley and the Redstone rodeos.

Sponsors for the Chilcotin Tour Series: PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake, Don & Nancy Macdonald, Cariboo Spurs & Tack, BC Livestock Co-op, Pinnacle Pellet, James Western Star Sterling Ltd., Williams Lake & District Credit Union and the Western Indian Rodeo Exhibition Association (WIREA).

CHILCOTIN TOUR CHAMPIONS: Bareback ~ Jared Marshall, Prince George, BC Saddle Bronc ~ Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek, BC Bull Riding ~ Ryan Jasper, Riske Creek, BC Tie Down Roping ~ Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek, BC Steer Wrestling ~ Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House, BC Breakaway Roping ~ Kristin Bell, Houston, BC Ladies Barrel Racing ~ Susanne Hutnyk, Quesnel, BC Team Roping Header ~ Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel, BC Team Roping Heeler ~ Carey Isnardy, Cache Creek, BC #8 Team Roping Header ~ Gary Nicholson, Quesnel, BC

#8 Team Roping Heeler ~ John Hancock, Quesnel, BC Ladies Goat Tying ~ Norma Macdonald, Williams Lake, BC Junior Barrel Racing ~ Taylor Cherry, Quesnel, BC Junior Breakaway Roping ~ Troy Gerard, Savona, BC Junior Steer Riding ~ Wendel William, Williams Lake, BC Junior Goat Tying ~ Taylor Cherry, Quesnel, BC Junior Pole Bending ~ Jennifer Schuk, Tatla Lake, BC Pee Wee Barrel Racing ~ Brianna Billy, Williams Lake, BC Pee Wee Goat Tying ~ Tyler Cherry, Quesnel, BC Pee Wee Pole Bending ~ Dyson Leneve, Quesnel, BC / Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake, BC

2012 MAJOR PLATINUM BCRA SPONSORS 2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2012 Sponsors of the Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947 C H R Y S L E R

2012 Sponsors of the Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Wrangler Merchandise for the Ladies Barrel Racing Finalists Wrangler Merchandise to our BCRA Rodeo Committees

2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY Prince George, BC, 1-866-350-5312 2012 BCRA Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle KD SPIERS 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND - Wills Family, Quesnel, BC 2012 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - P. Walker, Kamloops, BC 2012 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO 2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GEN STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC, 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy BAR E CONTRACTING - Rob & Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC

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2012 Breakaway Finals Buckle GJ RODEO CO - Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox, BC 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2012 Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2012 Rookie of the Year TWILIGHT RANCH Saddle Bronc Finals Buckle 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Finals Buckle WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO ASSOCIATION 2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: RANCH PROPERTIES - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC -C. Mikkelsen, 250-374-1486 / Email: FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC ~ 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse GRAMMA LAMHA, Ashcroft , BC



Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier,


ast Chance Mountain Ride was held September 15 on the day and at the site formerly occupied by Westbank Rocker Ride using the Westbank Telemark Ski Club trails. The new name is drawn from the local geography, but is also apt because it marks the last Endurance Riders of BC event of the season. New Ride Manager Murray Mackenzie took on a huge task to bring us all a season closer with all the perks - new trails with multiple vistas, lunch AND dinner included in the entry, raffles and silent auctions, and great awards. And he got it all done! Thanks Murray - and thanks to all your family who helped you with the job! The 50-mile entrants were preparing themselves and their equine partners in predawn dark, but daylight arrived by the time the trails were opened, and gifted photographers from were able to capture the rising light at the start of the ride. The ride was developed over three loops, and times were fast despite the newness of the trail and a few more rocky sections than previous years. First riders to complete did so neck-and-neck at full gallop, thrilling those in camp to see the fast finish. Gail Jewell and Sassy claimed first spot, Julius Bloomfield and Kizmet second, junior Grace Logie and Avtar third, Elroy Karius and Diamond Reo fourth but the finish time was the same for all at 3:21, so it was very close! Fred Voglemaier on Memphis and Heidi Hylton on Crazy Horse arrived at 3:38; Bianca Mackenzie with Divine, Marie Gauthier with Cupido, and Lori Bewza with Taj finished at 3:59. Sandra Cheek and Bold Design (Smoky) completed the Top Ten results at 4:15. Twentytwo 50-milers followed the Top Ten, with HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kim Hofmarks and Indy bringing up the rear at 6:17. Indy was in good shape, but Kim was limping badly from an ankle injury sustained at the last ride... but she endured! Thirty entrants to the Limited Distance level left camp shortly after the 50-milers, making this ride the largest of the season - especially when adding in eleven 12-mile Fun Riders! Melanie Gutsell on Crystal and Denise Clark on Cirocco finished with a ride time of 2:52, and the balance of entrants arrived steadily to finish with ride times of 4:38 for Grant Balmer and Merlyn, and for junior Katya Levermann and Sey Wiking Tu (Tootsie). Grant and Merlyn were later awarded High Vet Score in the Limited Distance level. New to the usual format, the 50-mile Top Ten were scheduled to present their horses all together and in order of placing for Best Condition examination by the (wonderful) vets Brytann Youngberg and Sarah Greenwood. Lawn chairs, cool beverages, and sunhats were the order of the day for the rest of the participants, who cheered on their favourites, and admired these great horses. All waited for the end of the great baron of beef meal provided by Murray and his family to learn that Kizmet, Julius Bloomfield’s equine partner, had earned the award. Divine, presented by rider Bianca Mackenzie, was awarded High Vet Score. Also new this ride was the concept and practice of “Team Riding,” in which groups of three or more competitors travel the entire course together; this was introduced by Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell, who have competed with this strategy internationally. The method has been found to sustain and benefit the horses in the team, who bond with their team members of the day, and have been seen to complete in better condition than they might on their own. Seven teams formed for the 50-mile level, and three in the 22-mile, with a total of 32 riders taking part, including five juniors. Elroy and Gail tracked the results, and presented all participants with awards sponsored by Kelkar Enterprises Ltd. Thanks to Kelkar also for its work improving the ride camp and vetting areas with extensive mowing! Speaking of juniors - congratulations and great rides to Grace Logie and Karalee

Vet Checking

Team Pink

Anne Culver

Anderson for their 50-mile completions, and Shionne Hildebrand, Morgan Miller, Katya Levermann, and Aydia Wyckoff for the 22mile ride. Kiera Bennett and Madison Kulak tried the 12-mile Fun Ride - hope to see you all again! Next year’s Ride Calendar will be announced at ERABC’s Annual General Meeting on November 10 at the Ramada Inn in Kamloops, along with the exciting business of the club, a special guest presentation, buffet banquet and annual awards. Also, please note that Rock Creek Round Up Ride, usually scheduled for the May long weekend, needs new ride management - could that be you? See you there, and see you next year on the trails! • 55

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


n April 15, 2012, the Kootenay Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC, along with the Trail Horseman’s Society, kicked off the riding season with their annual unsanctioned ride to Fort Shepherd. A total of 40 riders took part in the ride. The Fort Shepherd ride is one of the most scenic river rides in the Kootenays. The trail follows along the edge of the Columbia River. In 2011, the Kootenay BCHBC was given the okay to develop the original trail along the river by the Fort Shepherd Conservancy. With the development of the new trail, there is a requirement that any horse activity be single track only. This ensures that the trail is maintained in good riding condition and the surrounding flora and fauna are not damaged. In 2012, the Kootenay Chapter received an additional grant to extend the trail further north which will provide additional excellent riding. Riders come from throughout the West Kootenay. After a long winter, this ride is a great opportunity to renew friendships, get a bit of the fresh out of our horses and at the same time help out the local chapter of the 4H with their annual fundraising. The Kootenay Cinch and Saddle club run a poker ride with 50% of the pot going to their club. This year the riders provided over $400. The ride itself would be classified as an easy ride with very little up and down hills, primarily sand footing - good for both barefoot and shod horses. Being next to the river helps to maintain a constant temperature, even during the hottest of days. This year the weather was exceptional, clear skies and moderate temperature. Our trail boss was Rick Fillmore, president of the local chapter. He did a great job in maintaining control and pace throughout the ride. Once we reached our destination, after about two and a half hours, we were greeted by non-riders who had trucked in a BBQ. They had hotdogs and hamburgers, with all the fi xings, ready for a hungry and dry group of riders. After about two hours of visiting and renewing acquaintances, riders started heading back to the start point. All in all, just a wonderful ride.

Craig Buckley with his son

Lunch at Fort Shepherd

Rider along the Columbia River

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


eptember saw our last Playday and Gymkhana of the year. We were truly blessed with beautiful autumn weather with cool mornings and blue sunny skies to take us through the afternoon. As the leaves turn colour and fall brings with it the promise of winter we turn our attention to celebrating our year with our Awards Banquet and dance. Our Banquet will be held on a Friday night this year and by the time this article comes to print we will have acknowledged our members and their riding accomplishments for the year, as well as thanked our generous sponsors and many, many volunteers. It will be these achievements and reflections on the successes of the year that will direct our discussions at the AGM to be held on Sunday, November 18th starting at 11 am at the Barnhartvale Hall. We will have a potluck lunch (yummy hot stew will be provided) as well as elections and then further discussion/voting on the directions we want to take next year. Watch for an email with specifics to come out as well. The photos selected this month are just a sampling of the growth, fun and successes this year at Pine Tree.

Doesn’t get much cuter....

Bart’s first Playday! Piper is the perfect beginner pony!

Thank you for the hours of announcing and tabulating to those who worked in the announcer’s booth. Here we have Michelle, Logan and Kesia.

Upcoming dates: November 18: AGM and potluck lunch, 11 am, Barnhartvale Hall

Deb, Cody, Marie, Linda - life is good!

3 generations of horse enthusiasts! PTRC members Deb, Bailey, mom May.

The girls watching trail class at the May clinic Rebecca at her first Pine Tree Gymkhana


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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, VP: Denise Hill, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Haidee Landry and Miss Play Acre wade through deep water at Twisted Terrain Horse Park

Twisted Terrain puts LMQHA members through paces A great group of riders from a wide variety of disciplines gathered at Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope on October 6-7, among them Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association members Andrea Beaulieu, Marilyn Griffi n, Lynne Carter, Haidee Landry and Leslie Wallace. The clinic fi lled to capacity and a group of spectators watched as ten riders took the opportunity to familiarize their horses with a couple of the trail obstacles. Clinician Natalie Vonk gave participants some good, sound instruction to help guide their horses over them, first in-hand, then under saddle. There were 13 intrepid riders that took on the challenge. Lovely Montana Silversmith key chains were awarded to the top rider in each of the divisions. Haidee won the training division; Lynne placed fourth. The course is challenging yet natural and safe, giving the horses every opportunity to show off their skills, noted Haidee. There were three water obstacles, a balance beam, bridge, teeter totter, hills, rocks and logs to negotiate. There were three obstacles - a suspension, trestle and log bridge (with no rails) - that could only be incorporated into the pattern of the experienced horses. Only three horses negotiated those obstacles but everyone enjoyed their day. The following morning, eight riders headed out on the AQHA trail ride along the mighty Fraser River. Lee Pettit guided us though his favourite trails for about two hours. The footing was good and there were lots of logs to walk over and water to wade through. Special thanks go to BCQHA’s Carolyn Farris for organizing a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, Lee Pettit for guiding our ride, Natalie for the confident instruction and judging, Laurie Thompson for her hospitality, hosting our event and helping with the judging, and Debbie Pettit for also judging the challenge. Tentative 2013 Show Dates An unusually small group of LMQHA members were on hand for a membership meeting in Fort Langley, October 16, which generally means members are pleased with the direction the club is going. President Michelle Charleston commented on the outcome of the Evergreen Circuit on the Labour Day weekend, noting exhibitors were delighted with the high point awards. Tentative dates for next year, pending AQHA approval, are May 2-5 (four judges), July 18-21 (also four judges) and August 30-September 1 (3 judges). The show committee and the board have recognized a need to simply the entry fees and that is a work in progress. The current proposal before the board will see the number fee eliminated and an opportunity to cross-enter between divisions (novice youth to youth, for example) at no extra charge good initiatives the board is hopeful will help grow entries next season. Bazaar planning underway LMQHA director Terri Brown reported planning is well underway for the popular Horsemen’s Bazaar at Thunderbird on Saint Patty’s Day

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Lynne Carter and Amblin with Class next spring. The bazaar is an integral component to LMQHA’s (Webster) show they still have what it takes on the trail. sponsorship program and Terri and Mellissa Buckley have done an impressive overhaul of the benefits package for sponsorships, which was presented to the membership at the meeting. “I am very proud to be taking this around,” said Terri, as she distributed the package to members. (It’s available to download from LMQHA’s page at While she promised to “pound the pavement” to ensure its success in 2013, she encouraged members to do the same. AQHA identifies inhumane training aids The membership was also advised to familiarize themselves with new rules out of AQHA regarding training aids, many of which were once considered acceptable but are now identified as inhumane treatment. Of particular interest/concern is AQHA’s position on the use of draw reins. Draw reins, according to a story on AQHA’s website dated September 14 (search AQHA-news-articles-equipment-rules), may be used on show grounds as a training device so long as they are attached no lower than the elbow of the horse. The new equipment rules also reference the use of martingales and curb bits and the story has links to photos showing what is now acceptable (and unacceptable) for use. The rules come as a result of recommendations by the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission. The commission has defi ned abuse as “any excessive and/or repetitive action to cause obvious distress or discomfort to a horse,” and has established fines as high as $4000 and serious suspension for infractions. “We are living in a very different time where social media, technology and people’s unfamiliarity with the horse industry constantly put us in a defensive mode,” writes AQHA’s executive director of shows Patti CarterPratt in the September/October 2012 edition of Q-Ribbon. On a lighter note, be sure to go to on November 2-17 to watch the 2012 AQHA World Show online. There will also be several “ride the pattern” clinics available to watch online during the show with AQHA pro horsemen like Gil Galyean and Karen Graham. AGM this month The LMQHA annual general meeting and elections is on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 pm at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley. New members are welcome. An awards banquet is being scheduled for some time in January.


South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

Featured Old Timer from the South Central Zone JIMBOBS BUZZ Submitted by Jan Topham Jimbobs Buzz (AQHA Reg. #1744383) was born March 25, 1981 in Knutsford, British Columbia to owner/ breeder Roger Dickson. Buzz, as he is known to his friends, is one of those all around horses that do the Quarter Horse name proud. He is a red dun and stands 15HH and is a great-grandson of Sugar Bars. He was purchased by Bob and Jean Robinson of Westwold for their son Alec as a ranch horse. He worked on cows and spent many hours in the bush herding them. When Alec left home to work on the Gang Ranch he was unable to take Buzz with him, so he was turned out until the Topham family of Armstrong heard about him through Dave and Marie Graham of Vernon. They were looking for a horse for their son Ron for roping and it had to be a “western” Quarter Horse. Bob and Jean were kind enough to let them try him out and he came to their acreage in Armstrong in August of 1985. Ron and Buzz are the same age, Ron’s birthday is March 11, 1981- so it was a match. Ron roped with Buzz, used him in 4-H, trail riding, games and basically anything a young boy wanted to do. Buzz is the one beginners get to ride, small and large. He is always the same whether you rode him yesterday or 6 months ago. They had many opportunities to sell Buzz when Ron left home but they felt his presence was worth more than what someone would pay for a nineteen year old horse. He was not one of those horses who excelled in the Show ring but he spent two summers with a friend who did Kid’s Horse Camps in the Fly Hills; he was a “healing” horse for a friend who had lost her horse in a tragic accident and he was one of the 800 horses that took part in the Alberta Centennial Trail Ride on the Suffield Block in Southern Alberta in 2005. Now he is back to the job he seems to love, teaching another generation about horses. Pictured is Kristina, Milannie and Benjamin (Cowboy hat) and Buzz. All three take turns riding Buzz. They regularly bring him home-made horse cookies, which he loves. Who could ask for more? If you have an “Old Timer” at home we welcome you to send in your photos and stories about your beloved senior horse. We might not be able to get your story in right away but we will do our best to include it in our Saddle Up News as soon as we can.


Did you know that any AQHA Registered horse over the age of 25 is considered deceased unless the current registered owner notifies AQHA otherwise? If you have a Senior horse that has been listed by AQHA as deceased it’s quite easy to remedy. Simply send four photos (one of each side and front and rear shots), along with a letter stating that your horse is still alive, in to AQHA and they will adjust the Official records of your senior horse – be sure a copy of your horse’s AQHA Registration Certificate is sent too!

TRADING SADDLES What happens when two AQHA Professional Horsemen who show different disciplines trade saddles? That’s what AQHA decided to do a few years ago and well, the results are very… entertaining! Go to the You Tube link noted below and watch latest ‘trade’ between World Champions Clay Farrell, who’s known for his skills over fence classes when he trades saddles with Lance Graves who can make a fast turn around a barrel…!

New SCQHA Logo ATTENTION: Calling all amateur graphic artists and budding designers!!! SCQHA is considering developing a new Association Logo and we want your input. All logos submitted will be approved and then our members will be able to vote for the logo of their choice. To get in on the “action” and fun please submit your logo suggestions before December 1st, 2012 to:

2013 FUZZY CLINIC WEEKEND May 11 and 12, 2013 in Armstrong, BC Moving forward with our Association’s previous successes we are ramping it up BIG TIME for 2013. We are running with our Fuzzy Show concept of learning and fun and turning our venue into a weekend event. On Saturday participants will have the opportunity to participate in ‘mini clinics’ given by local and visiting coaches and trainers who specialize in showing AQHA horses in a wide variety of events. Grooming, Western Pleasure, Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Reining, Showmanship, Trail, Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation sessions will all be offered. Take one mini-clinic or take them all… the idea is to learn and share as much as possible. Saturday evening will include an evening get-together and an opportunity to visit with some of the Clinicians and local AQHA Breeders one-on-one. The fun will continue on Sunday when participants will have the opportunity to ‘practice’ their learned skills from Saturday during a show type venue. Our Judge will preside over each class using AQHA rules while Clinicians will coach exhibitors while the class is being judged. The weekend will be very educational and tons of fun too! More information to follow.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS… IT’S OFFICIAL! September 13, 14 and 15th, 2013 Armstrong - SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit

SCQHA MEMBERS and AQHA ENTHUSIASTS Our SCQHA Board of Directors are gearing up for the 2013 Annual General Meeting and planning events for next year – your ideas and input are, as always, most welcome! Please send in your suggestions and thoughts… we want to hear from anyone interested in AQHA horses and events in the SCQHA Zone.

WHATCHA DOIN? AQHA horses are used in all types of events and venues. We invite you to tell us about some of the things you are doing with your AQHA horse. Dressage, roping, cutting, trail riding, jumping, driving, hunting - you name it… tell us about what you and your AQHA horse are doing. If you send us a photo and share a special story we will feature it here in Saddle Up. Help us show the World why the American Quarter Horse is considered the World’s most versatile horse! Send photos and stories to: • 59

Book Review “A history in verse and prose of the life I have chosen here in Alberta Farm country.” – Sherry Sikstrom

Telling Tails Author: Sherry Sikstrom Perfect Bound Softcover 72 Colour Pages 8.5” x 8.5” ISBN: 978-1-42696-657-6 SRP $24.99

Tails, trails and Campfire Stories Author: Sherry Sikstrom Perfect Bound Softcover 76 Colour Pages 8.5” x 8.5” ISBN: 978-1-46691-476-6 SRP $24.99

Both books offer photography, poetry and musings of Sherry’s life on the farm. A variety of colour photos show off her Fern Valley Appaloosa breeding operation, raising beef cattle, dogs and cats, and her family. Her poetry is written from the heart about her proud heritage, the wonderful people and animals that have been a part of her life. Order either book, or both, at (Editor’s note: Fern Valley Appaloosas was on Saddle Up’s June 2012 cover.)

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GUEST RANCHES CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake, BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 11/12 WWW.HIDDENLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Quesnel, BC)1-877-482-8569 12/12 Come and experience a truly authentic working ranch in BC’s Spectacular Cariboo WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 WWW.REDWILLOWRANCH.COM (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13

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

CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 3/13 JASON MCKENZIE CUSTOM MADE SADDLES (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl.,


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13 WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western An EQUESTRIAN

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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 9/13



PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13

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TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13 TRAINERS/COACHES

LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 11/13 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. 9/13 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 11/13

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Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics

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


CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training, 9/13 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. PROVEN FOUNDATION FOR ALL DISCIPLINES AND AGES * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921



MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 6/13 TRANSPORT/HAULING


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Trailering Clinics

Private Lessons 8/13


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Kevan Garecki “It’s All About the Horse� 4/13


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Business Services VETERINARIANS


DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 9/13 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, WEBSITE DESIGN


Your Business should be here. Listings start at only $195 p/year - That’s 12 issues! Call 1-866-546-9922, email

On To Greener Pastures 2Socks


n October 2nd, our ‘million dollar pony’, 2Socks was allowed to leave her failing body. Her last official duty was participating in the IPE Parade in Armstrong with the BC Interior Horse Rescue. 2Socks was a PMU rescue and she wanted to show everyone how great Rescue Horses could be and she did. She was very athletic, loved chasing cows, bushwhacking and most of all, being loved. 2Socks was truly one of a kind… they broke the mold when she was created; a great big horse in a little horse’s body. Everyone who had met her commented on how pretty she was, and she knew it! Her body may be gone, but her spirit most definitely lives on. We will truly miss our beautiful little mare. XO - Laura Meyers

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KRYSTAL N NU CASH Talented, trained and well-bred 4 yr old Reg’d QH Mare, with all the looks. Trained for Cutting, won both her classes this year with a score of 72. Big stop, cowy and quick. 14.1HH, bred Nu Cash, Colonel Freckles, Doc’s Hickory, Cinderella Chex. King Fritz one off papers. $8,500. Video available. 604-465-0975 (Pitt Meadows) E-mail

AQHA INCENTIVE FUND UNIQUE COLOURED 2011 FILLY Mariah is a very gentle, kind, willing Filly with a blonde mane and reddy-blonde tail. Sire: Mister Rocka Fella (Black-pointed Dun); and Dam is a Telefire daughter. She has lots of World Champions close in her line. She is very muscled, correct, big hip, long elegant neck and a very pretty face. She will mature around 15.2HH. $3,000. We have other foals by Mister Rocka Fella! Check out our website: 250-546-3644 (Armstrong)

FANCY GREY APPENDIX QUARTER HORSE GELDING 6 yrs old, 16HH, sired by Chocolua (AQHA 2 time Reserve World Champion) out of an AQHA multiple time All Around Champion youth mare. Jordan has been professionally started including 6 months with an over-fences trainer in Washington. He has been hauled to shows and competed successfully at the Evergreen Classic in Washington. He has wonderful cadence and arena presence. Ready to advance to the next level. Has been ridden on trails, is not spooky, is easy to ride and work with and would be a good all-around prospect. $4,500. 604-740-7789 or

“PERFECTS PLAYBOY” AQHA GELDING, FOALED APRIL 30, 2010 (By Perfect Possibility by First Down Dash by Dash For Cash). Halter broke and has had feet trimmed and up to date on shots. Quiet, is by a well-known barrel sire owned by Craig and Dee Butterfield. Very athletic. This picture was taken last year. He will be over 15HH when matured. Asking $3,000 obo. 250-765-7040 (Kelowna)

7 YEAR OLD, 15.1HH RED DUN, QUARTER HORSE MARE Phoenix is a smart little mare. She enjoys her training and learns new things very quickly. Very responsive under saddle and has great ground manners. She has been out to a few shows, clinics, gymkhana and out on the trails. Phoenix has had a good start and is ready to continue her training in any western discipline. $5,000. Ciara 250-808-0215 (Kelowna)


“WIZARD” 3 YR OLD GELDING, 15.1HH ½ QH & ½ TB, Wizard has been well-handled, is good with the farrier, shots and worming are up-to-date. Wizard is smart and athletic, with a lot of potential, but needs to be worked. We don’t have the time to put in to him, and treasure him too much to let him go to waste. 250-838-2607 (Enderby)

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

4 YR OLD, 13.1HH DARK BAY WELSH/WB MARE Queenie is a beautiful pony hunter prospect. Professionally started and now ridden by kids in our lesson program. She loves to jump and enjoys trail rides. Currently in training at Willow Grove Riding School in Kelowna. Ciara 250-808-0215 (Kelowna)

WARMBLOOD SIZED TRAILS WEST Living Quarters Trailer with slide-out. Only used 3 times, stove, washroom never been used. After market hydraulic hitch (so easy). 7’6” inside height. Lots of storage, mid and rear tack. $37,000. 604-857-5212 (Aldergrove) • 67




2008 14.1HH BLACK & WHITE APHCC GELDING Great ride for youth or petite lady. Quiet, easy to catch. Baths, loads, hauls and stands tied. Goes out by himself or in a group. $3,500 until Christmas. 250-963-9779





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‘DRIFTER’ DECK BARS CHARGE 6 yr old Reg’d Quarter Horse Gelding, 15HH. Successfully shown as a 3-year-old at local shows. Would make an excellent project/4-H/ show horse. 30 days prof. training with Carl Woods as a 2-year-old. Doc O’Lena breeding and a solid Reining foundation. Has a nice little jog, fluid extension, solid WHOA, smooth ride, loves to spin, simple changes, rocking chair lope, natural low headset, good laterals. Ties, clips, bathes, trailers, great with farrier, has worked cattle, quiet on the trail. Lots of potential, and fabulous with kids and dogs. Asking $3,500.

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Jaz Poco Silverado

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

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


17-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH. Skipper W bloodlines. Used as a trail horse and for hunting. Neck reins. Well-built. $1,800. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website.


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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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18-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH. Skipper W bloodlines. Used as a trail horse and for hunting. Neck reins. $1,500. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website.





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7 YR OLD BAY MORGAN MARE Karisma - Stunningly beautiful mare with World Champion breeding including UVM Promise and Pot of Gold. Trained to drive as a 3-year-old, has had one foal – easy breeder, easy foaler and great mother. Too many horses or she wouldn’t be going anywhere! UTD on shots and worming. Good with farrier. Transportation easily arranged. $3,500 plus GST

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OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

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

TW Smok N Hawk

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

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Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

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

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)


Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13



Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

WWW.PRINCETONHORSEPROPERTY.COM Rare 10 acre horse property that’s only 5 mins from town. Property features 2 excellent drilled wells, huge 47x30’ wired shop, 46x36’ barn with new siding & soffits, brand new 24x12’ cow shelter & watered pasture. 3,356 sq. ft. home features 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, walk-out basement, plus wrap-around deck to soak up the valley view. Many updates include new roof, stainless kitchen appliances & wood/electric furnaces. Access to Trans Canada Trail means you can saddle the horses and ride to town! Tons of value that cannot be overlooked, priced to sell!

$539,900 MLS® 139650 512 Princeton-Summerland Road (Princeton BC) LEE MOWRY 250-295-1990 Century 21 Princeton Realty

COUNTRY FARM HOUSE 3.5 acres set up for horses, 10 minutes from 100 Mile House. Older 2,600 sq. ft. log home, cozy wood heat, detached shop, hay storage, tack shop, 3 possible 4 bedrooms with open loft. School bus at end of driveway. Priced at $279,000 MLS® N219326 Bring your offers! CONTACT DARREL WARMAN FOR MORE DETAILS 250-609-0432 RE/MAX Country Lakes Realty

STORY HAS IT, BARKERVILLE CLYDESDALES… used to reside on this 53 acres, in this old barn, 35 minutes from 100 Mile House. Cute rustic log cabin updated inside with use of tile in kitchen and bath. Sprawling acreage with year-round creek flowing through the property. Detached shop for tack area, barn for hay storage, and some fencing. $235,000 MLS® N218554 CONTACT DARREL WARMAN FOR MORE PICTURES & DETAILS 250-609-0432 RE/MAX Country Lakes Realty

REAL ESTATE ADS ONLY $85 + HST Fundraiser is on in Pemberton By Corinne Stoltz


lans are in the works to build a bridge across the Lillooet River providing legal access to the multitude of trails on the north side. The Village of Pemberton and the Squamish Regional District have just received word that their grant application to build this crossing has been approved. Locating the bridge here also allows completion of the Friendship Trail – a long awaited trail linking Pemberton with Mt. Currie. This will also be part of our Sea to Sky Trail. The access point of the bridge will be re-discussed and should allow the equestrian community to loop the famous horse friendly “Valley Loop Trail” closed since July 2008 due to political landowner’s complications. The Village and Regional District have a total of $700,000, sufficient funds for a pedestrian/cyclist crossing over the 300 foot span. If the community wants to see the bridge made wider to allow horses, an additional $300,000 is required. The idea of a suspension bridge is not going to allow any equestrian users. Horse riders are being encouraged to discuss this option and potential fund-raising opportunities as soon as possible so that construction of the bridge can begin. If the equestrian community wishes to have access to this bridge, local horse riders and anyone who wishes to keep horse riding strong in the Pemberton Valley is encouraged to make your voice heard to ensure this happens. One day our “dream” would be to travel from Pemberton all the way to Birkenhead Lake, a likely 35km trail ride without touching any roads or Highway, enjoying the multi-forested amazing trails we have in the Valley. This bridge is a key decision and needs to happen for the future generation of riders and to “re-invigorate” the trail ride activity which has been asleep because of the lack and loss of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Trails in the Village in the last few years. For more information contact the Village of Pemberton 604-894-6315 or Allison MacDonald, Open Spaces Coordinator SLRD 604-894-6371. Join PVTA and visit our Website at www. Membership and donations can be accepted directly through Tax deductible charitable receipt will be issued. (Canadian taxpayers can use the receipt for a deduction) • 69

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL PALOMINO GELDING, ½ Belgian/Quarter Horse. 12 years old. Broke to ride; but not a lot of experience. Asking $1,500. Call Cindy 250-837-5954 (Revelstoke) INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12


7’ x 20’ x 7’ All aluminum G/N Stock Trailer with 2-7000 lb torsion axles, electric brakes, 16” aluminum wheels and spare, escape door, centre gate, full-swing rear door with slider, calf gates for G/N area.




J&E HAY SALES INC. For all your hay needs!

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Land of Learning for you and your horse. Timbery Portable Sawmills for personal use. Mill dimensional lumber, decking, posts, beams, and siding. Put our 20 years of sawmill design experience to the test. We also sell/service thin kerf sawmill blades and blade maintenance systems. Mills starting at $4,150.00 1-866-460-MILL,

604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411




Equine Fromunda Cleansing Clinic Hosted by Curtis Haworth - Sheath Cleaning Specialist For more information please call Curtis at:

250-260-0415 (North Okanagan)

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

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING

CD Quarter Horses & LP Performance Horses Boarding & Training in Coldstream, BC ~ Large paddocks ~ Auto waterers ~ Shelters ~ Pipe fencing ~ Wash stall ~ Arena 250 X 120 Training available for individual or group lessons in Horsemanship, Cutting, Reining, Cowhorse, Roping Practice ropings weekly. 250-558-0553 or 250-938-2034

BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters 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



FOOTHILLS FARMS 74 x 160 Indoor Arena 100 x 200 Outdoor Arena * Clinics * Lessons * Boarding

250-706-2577 100 Mile House, BC 12/12

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)

STABLES 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 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Capall Acres Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONSs4RAININGs3TARTINGYOUNGHORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI   sWWWNORTCA “Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoyment�

Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 5/13

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The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13


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250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 11/12

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