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Horse Welfare and the BC SPCA By Marcie Moriarty, BC SPCA, General Manager, Cruelty Investigations

(In response to the July 2013 and September 2013 articles by Jean Robertson and K. McLean)


iven the recent articles on horse welfare, the BC SPCA would like to clarify the legal authority of the BC SPCA and what steps must be adhered to in conducting an animal cruelty investigation and provide an update regarding the ranches in Grand Forks and Salmon Arm. All of the BC SPCA’s cruelty investigations – there are approximately 6,000 new investigations each year – start with a complaint about an animal in danger or distress. A BC SPCA special provincial constable is then dispatched to the property. The officer must obtain permission from the owner or obtain a search warrant to enter the property. Once the constable enters the property, he or she determines whether the animal or animals are in distress, as described by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act). An animal is considered to be in distress if he or she is deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or veterinary treatment, kept in conditions that are unsanitary, not protected from excessive heat or cold, or if the animal is injured, sick, in pain or suffering, or is abused or neglected. If an animal is found to be in distress, the constable will issue written orders with clear instructions for the owner to relieve the animal’s suffering and to ensure its future welfare. The constable returns within a specified time frame to make sure the owner has complied with the orders. The law requires that the animal owner be given an opportunity to relieve the distress of animals in his or her custody. In most cases the BC SPCA is able to work with owners to give them the knowledge they need to care for their animals humanely. However, in cases where orders have been issued and the owner fails to comply, the constable will apply for a search warrant to enter the property and seize the animals that remain in distress. It is important to note that a search warrant is not always granted and the judge requires evidence that animals are in distress either as a result of non-compliance on the part of the animal owner to orders issued or an inability or unwillingness of an owner to relieve the distress. In some cases, an owner will voluntarily surrender the animals. Over the past five years, the BC SPCA has removed 224 horses from neglectful and abusive situations. When an investigation is complete, the BC SPCA can submit evidence to Crown Counsel, who then decides whether they will pursue charges against the owner under the PCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada. The BC SPCA is required to adhere to the law when they investigate any animal cruelty complaint – including the complaints received regarding animals on properties in Salmon HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Arm and Grand Forks that were highlighted in the July and September 2013 issues of this magazine. The BC SPCA has received complaints over the years regarding animals on the property and has responded to those concerns. Orders have been issued and substantially complied with and thus a warrant was never granted. Most recently, in September 2013, a BC SPCA constable contacted an independent veterinarian to request a herd evaluation of the animals located on the ranch in Grand Forks BC, as well as an environmental assessment using the new Equine Code of Practice as a guide. The goal of the veterinarian’s report was to determine whether the animals examined by the veterinarian were deemed to be in distress under the definition set out in the PCA Act. While details of the report cannot be shared, the veterinarian examined 80 horses and concluded that the none of the animals met the definition of distress under the PCA Act, however, there were some requirements of the new Equine Code of Practice that were not currently being complied with. The veterinarian report was provided to the animal owners and orders were issued, setting out a timeline for compliance as is required by the PCA Act. A BC SPCA special provincial constable will follow up within the specified time frames to ensure the orders have been complied with, and, if there has not been compliance, further steps will be taken, including the possibility of applying for a warrant and recommending charges to Crown Counsel. The situation with the property in Salmon Arm is much the same. The BC SPCA has received and investigated numerous complaints over the years. Veterinarians have visited the property and conducted herd assessments. Orders have been issued by the BC SPCA in the past and substantially complied with, with the exception of one instance approximately 10 years ago when a warrant was issued. The most recent visit to the Salmon Arm property took place in October 2013. The BC SPCA is concerned about the welfare of all animals and will continue to respond to all complaints of animal cruelty throughout BC. The BC SPCA is also active in promoting stronger welfare standards for horses. The BC SPCA served as a member of the national Equine Code Development Committee, and is hosting a series of free workshops this fall on the requirements of the new Equine Code. Learn more at • 3

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his is our 13th Anniversary issue! Does time fly by! I cannot believe I have been doing this ‘homegrown in Armstrong BC’ magazine for so long – seems like only yesterday. Thank you to all that have supported Saddle Up through the years, then and now! I couldn’t have done it without you – and am looking forward to another 13 years! Photo by Jan Johnston taken at the We have our (early bird) Gift Dawn Heppner Clinic in Kelowna Guide in this issue… gotta get ready for Christmas… with some great products and gift ideas for your special someone. November also hosts two special events (to me)… the Annual Horsey Ladies Charity Banquet, a fundraiser held in the Okanagan as well as the Cariboo. Both are being held on the same date, November 15th. See the What’s Happening calendar for contact info. Maybe this can become a ‘provincial/regional’ event – and all proceeds go to your own local charity! We have a special CONTEST happening to win tickets to Cavalia’s new “Odysseo” production opening in Vancouver BC in December… read through our pages in this issue, or on our website and Facebook page for details.

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Join Us Under The Big White Top! By Kathleen Blumenstock Under a gleaming white tent towering above False Creek just west of the Village, the equine stars of Cavalia’s Odysseo will be delighting Vancouver audiences starting December 7 and continuing for several weeks.


he horses, 64 in all, are just one part of the iconic show, which is the world’s largest live entertainment spectacle. On its selfcontained stage, Odysseo blends elements of acrobatics, aerialists, music, dance, equestrian expertise and stagecraft genius into a two-hour treat for the senses. Its “wow” factors include a lake that springs into place, then vanishes (its 80,000 gallons of water are recycled!) and a massive carousel that descends into place on the stage. While the 365 costumes display more dazzle than a dozen Broadway musicals, and theatrical effects create constant drama and mystique, it is the horses whose presence ‘makes’ the show. A dozen breeds in all are represented, from familiar ones like Arabians and Appaloosas to the lesser-known Lusitanos, with 19 stallions and the rest geldings. Of the 64 traveling on tour, 40 perform regularly, as the others serve as substitutes or are training for their own day at centre stage. Their average age is nine years, and most are on tour for about six years. Seeing them stride into the spotlight, commanding every eye in the audience, you know these animals revel in their work. Anyone who’s patiently trained a horse to do anything, from rein back to change leads, can appreciate the

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Cavalia horses’ skill, versatility and precision during the shows, which include dressage, trick riding and Roman riding. They participate in daily workshops with their riders, and enjoy a lifestyle that any backyard horse would envy: individually personalized feed, daily showers and massages. While a crew of 80 people moves the Odysseo Village to its next city, the horses travel with a dedicated team of Cavalia’s equine specialists to a local farm for two weeks of leisure, where they run in the pasture, sprawl out, roll and relax under the sun. Cavalia horses eat well too, consuming an annual 37,400 pounds of grain as well as 18,000 bales of hay. Carrots too, 1800 pounds of them, to keep the horses happy.

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Please Stop Horse Slaughter By Jacquie Sharpe


grass roots movement brought over 70 protesters out Saturday, October 19th to KML Meat Processors Ltd. in Westwold BC. A Facebook page, PROTEST WESTWOLD HORSE SLAUGHTER, quickly garnered attention from around the world and almost 1000 likes. Canada’s fifth licensed horse slaughter facility opened for business in Westwold BC. KML stated they have slaughtered 70-80 draft horses for the Japanese market since August 2013. This industry supplies foreign markets with 90,000 horses slaughtered in 2012. The slaughter of horses is brutal! There is heartbreaking hidden video footage taken in Bouvry Meat Packers, Fort Macleod Alberta. This anonymous footage, which covers hours of kill box time, would break even the coldest hearted. I feel it is our duty to care about our country’s companion animals. We have built this country hand in hand with them. We have invited them into our hearts and they give so much to us. There are some myths around this issue that need to be addressed; one is that our country would be overrun with horses.

What ‘no slaughter’ would do is… less back yard breeding, horses humanely put down when the time comes, stop the range breeding for the purpose of slaughter for a few bucks. Auctions show who goes on the kill truck, pregnant mares, family ponies, the lame, the old and the unwanted foal. We will not have herds of starving horses – the hoarding types do not send their horses to auction. I feel as Canadians we see ourselves as “kinder and gentler.” Horse Slaughter is a slap in the face. Few benefit financially, the meat buyer, the plant owners. I plead that all horse lovers take time to understand the truth about Horse Slaughter. The facts, not myths, put our need to not know the sorrow in our back pocket in order to stop this suffering. As a horse lover, I am ashamed that Canada is known for being one of the world’s largest exporters of horse meat. Support Bill C-322 to End Horse Slaughter in Canada. For accurate information go to

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Hi Nancy: want your readers to know that the photos in the September issue of Saddle Up, shown on page 8 are not taken on the property of the owner and not in Grand Forks. I agree the conditions aren’t the best but most of the animals that come in are in starving condition. They are fed and water is available and since I have been living here for 3 years I have not seen one dead animal on the property. 6 • Saddle Up • November 2013

These animals are the result of owners that can’t or won’t look after them or grow tired of feeding, so they send them off to auctions or turn them loose to fend for themselves. I believe that people need to be more responsible for what is in their care or refrain from having. Thank you for letting me have my say. - Sincerely, L. Field HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

A Sad State of Affairs By E.J MacDonald Many of us have noticed that the market for horses is much lower in the last few years than it has ever been. The recent horse sale in the lower Fraser Valley had an average of $400 per horse, likely with the “meat man” taking a few. How and when did this market plunge happen? What could have contributed to the market we now face? Over-Breeding It is always nice to find a good horse, that is, one who has it all: conformation, temperament, colour, and good bloodlines. Many breeders are responsible people, bringing forth the best of the breed they seek to represent. Some, however, just breed on the chance that someone might buy the horses. Either way, the market is at a low. So what do we do when the demand is far lower than the supply? How do we raise the market again, to where it used to be? One answer to this would be to geld all but two or three of the colts in a foal crop, only keeping as a colt the son of a soonto-be-retired stallion, or the son of a recently-deceased stallion. It might make sense to have one or two of a line to carry on, rather than a whole bunch of them. Allow the supply and demand to balance a bit. Mares can be spayed, so perhaps if your mare won’t make the cut as “the one who birthed another Secretariat, Big Chex To Cash, Hickstead or Zenyatta,” consider it as an option. And your mare will not hate you for spaying her either. You may even find that, afterwards, she is better than ever under saddle. We do this to control the population of cats and dogs, and it seems to give them a longer, happier life. Why not for mares, since we geld their male counterparts? When we breed willy-nilly, we actually bring the market value down. This adds to the problem of unwanted horses that the breeders are later unable to sell, and many end up at the slaughterhouse. Ultimately, the horses are the ones paying the price for the humans’ irresponsibility.

trainers) could be seen as guilty of purposefully risking injury and possible death to our young charges. The injury factor can also be seen in young horses on the show circuit, in the under saddle classes. Perhaps if we waited until three years of age to start them lightly, and raced (or showed) them at four, we would be in the Winner’s Circle (or the first place ribbons) more often. And it would stand to reason we’d have a happier horse, too. Addressing these two issues might help the market pick itself back up to where we could find a great horse, and breeders would always have a demand to supply quality horses at a price that keeps all parties happy. A lot less unwanted horses would end up at the auctions. Perhaps there should be production sales in the Lower Mainland, like the kind they hold in Alberta. (The market seems to be a bit better there, but if I am wrong about this, please let me know.)

Too Young Too Soon All too often, a young Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred or Standardbred is put into intensive training at 15 to 18 months old, in order to make a racing debut as a two-year-old. These babies are raced in Stakes races and Futurity races due to that age requirement, they break down on the track and face permanent debilitating injuries or even a tragic end at the auction and/or the slaughterhouse. Sadly, this happens more often than not. But if they were allowed to wait and race these types of races at an older age, the results might be even better income-wise. I know they would definitely be better for the horse. The musculo-skeletal anatomy is not fully developed until the horse is around four years old so, when we add up that strain, we (those of us who are racehorse HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 7

Legalities with Harveen Thauli what about referral fees

In my last article, I discussed the commission system when there are two agents – a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. For their time and expertise in assisting a client to buy or sell a horse, each agent receives a commission as compensation from their respective client.


hat happens, however, when a third person refers a potential buyer or seller to an agent? Does that third person also receive a commission so that there are now three commissions in one horse transaction? If so, how much should that third person receive? Who pays that commission? One of the problems I discovered when researching the commission system is the terminology that horse people use. For example, horse people call themselves agents, brokers, trainers and consultants and charge commissions, finder’s fees, referral fees and trainer’s commissions. The terms are not standard because the horse trade industry is largely unregulated,

but this lack of consistency and clarity can be confusing for clients who are trying to buy or sell their horses. Is the finder actually an agent? Is the finder charging a commission or a referral fee? To avoid confusion in this article, I will refer to this third person as a finder and the fee paid to a finder as a referral fee, although it is also known as a finder’s fee. I will refer to the fee paid to an agent as a commission. My view is that a finder is someone who simply refers names of potential buyers or sellers. The finder’s role is therefore minimal. In many cases, finders do not expect a referral fee and are providing names purely to be helpful. In other cases, however, a referral fee may be appropriate if, for example, the finder’s referral facilitates the sale of a horse that has been on the market for a long time or is expensive. Depending on the horse’s value, the referral fee may be a fixed dollar amount or a


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Legalities, cont’d percentage of the horse’s value. Referral fees vary and a finder and the person receiving the referral may agree on any level of referral fee. However, based on my research, referral fees range from $500 to $1000, or up to 3% of the horse’s value. Who pays this referral fee? It will depend on which side of the transaction the finder is assisting. It could be either the buyer or the seller. Confusion arises when roles are not clearly defined. The finder may be in the business of referring buyers to sellers and may provide services that go beyond merely providing names. For example, the finder may gather information on horses for a buyer, accompany the buyer to inspect and try out different horses, and negotiate a purchase price. The more time the finder spends with the client, the more reasonable it is for the finder to charge a higher referral fee. In this scenario, however, my view is that the finder is really taking on the role of an agent. You will recall that the agent has a legal obligation to act in the client’s best interest and owes that client a duty of loyalty, good faith and fair dealing, which would similarly apply to the finder described in this example. What happens if a client is working with her trainer and a finder, who both appear to be taking on an agent’s role? Will both expect a 10% commission, the apparent industry standard for agents? If, for example, a client decides to buy a horse valued at $25,000, will that client have to pay $2,500 each to the trainer and finder so that the horse now really costs the client $30,000? This hardly seems fair to the client, but I understand that this happens.

Here are some ways that you can protect yourself if you are working with a finder: • Ask the finder about her referral fee expectations and the type of services she will be providing to earn that fee before you accept any referrals. If you are working with a finder and your trainer, sorting out their referral fee or commission expectations as well as their services will be extremely important at the outset. • If you are dealing with a finder you don’t know, verify the finder’s reputation. For example, talk to previous clients about their experience with that finder and what they paid in referral fees. • Put it in writing! A written agreement will set out the finder’s services as well as the referral fee that you can expect to pay at the conclusion of a horse transaction. If you are also working with your trainer, you should put that agreement in writing, too. The agreements don’t have to be complicated, but should set out basic information so that you have some protection and know what to expect. Here is a word of caution for any finder or trainer who is helping a client to buy a horse: keep in mind that if you find a horse that is, in your opinion, suitable for your client’s intended purpose and the horse turns out to be unsuitable, you could be HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

exposing yourself to liability, particularly if the horse injures the client. If you have any information about finder’s fees that you would like to share with me or disagree with any of the content in this article, please email me at Since my next article will be the last one that I write for Saddle Up, please email me if you would like me to discuss a legal issue that I haven’t already addressed in previous articles. Check out my blog at for information about other horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and a former owner of a horse whose show name continues as “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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Your Horse’s Five Most Powerful “Un-choices” - Part 1 By Christa Miremadi

There are so many misunderstood horses out there. Almost every time I am called out to do a behavioural consultation with a horse, I hear things from the handler like “He’s a real jerk” or “I don’t know what her problem is.”


hrases like these are very common and, to be honest, until you gain a little deeper understanding about what’s going on, it may be that our own perspective about the situation is all we have to go on. In my experience, however, the horse is always acting in a perfectly understandable and, for a horse, situationally-appropriate manner - a manner that is, no doubt, in line with at least one or more of the five basic needs or “un-choices.” Last summer, I was working at the ranch in Alberta where I spend a few weeks every year guiding trail rides and directing the riding program for a kids’ camp. Due to the ever-aging herd of trusty old ranch horses, the camp had received a donation of a couple of new herd members. Their names were “Parker” and “Titan.” Both of these horses had belonged to another trail riding operation from across the lake and already knew their jobs pretty well. On our first day at the ranch, we rode out to the far field to call in the herd and get a count on the number of good, sound “camper horses” we would have to use for the week. The herdsperson and a good friend of mine, Lisa, was riding Titan. We took it slow as we gathered the herd and did our job and then, realizing that it was getting late and we were at least an hour and a half away from the ranch, we decided to take a shortcut across the hay field (a massive ocean of round bales) and get in a good gallop - to cover a lot of ground and hopefully get home before they sent out a search party. We picked up a brisk jog and, as we asked our horses to move up into a lope, Titan dropped his head, rounded up his back and started bucking! Lisa sat up tall, lifted his head back off the ground and asked him to step 10 • Saddle Up • November 2013

out. He broke back into a jog, shook his head a bit and carried on. She asked him back into a lope and again, Titan dropped his head, rounded his back and started bucking. Lisa looked over her shoulder at me with a look of confusion on her face and once again, lifted his head and drove him forward. “OK...,” she said as she gave it one last try. Again, Titan offered up the same behaviour, so we jogged the rest of the way home and arrived well after dark. The next day, Lisa asked me to take Titan into the round pen to see if I could get him to pick up a lope. As always, I jumped at the chance to work with another horse and agreed. As I tied Titan into the tie stall for his grooming, I noticed how long his toes were. Lisa agreed and said that their farrier hadn’t had a chance to pull his shoes since he had been donated, but that he was long overdue. I picked out his feet and it was pretty clear that he had missed more than one trim cycle, as his hoof wall was actually growing around his shoes. It’s not unusual for the camp to have horses donated to them and it’s also not unusual for those “gift horses” to be given away for a reason. Clearly this horse, with his pretty bad feet and bucking issues, was no exception. After a good brushing, I led him out to the round pen and Lisa hopped up to the viewing platform to watch. As I asked Titan to move out, he leaned his shoulder into my space and tried to walk right through me. I reminded him about what was my space and what was his and asked him to please try again. This time he left with a little more distance between us. We changed directions, on line, a few times, to be sure we understood each other and had a little communication set up before I turned him loose and asked

My pony stretching her legs. Photo by Kristina Belkina.

for him to step out into a trot. Titan was pretty good about this as well. He was not exactly travelling with the best form, but at least he was doing his best to follow my directions. However, as I asked him up into the lope, he came to life. He spun on his front end and began throwing some of the most incredible double-barrelled kicks my way, then spun towards me, gave me a little run followed by a rear and then another “spin and kick” routine. When I maintained my position and requested that he take his opinions and move on, he returned to his big-strided trot as if to say, “I will gladly give you a bigger trot, but don’t ask me to lope.” As I watched him trotting, I began to notice that his feet were so long that breaking over sooner, the way he would need to in order to properly lope, would be virtually impossible for him. I also noticed that he seemed to have a fair amount of stiffness in his lower back, just in front of his pelvis; at a trot he can protect this area, holding it still quite well, but at the lope this area would need to flex a fair amount. I shared my observations with Lisa and said that, if she wanted me to, I could help him to lope but the reason he was refusing was actually valid and getting him to lope would strictly be for HCBC 2010 Business of the Year


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“Un-choices”, cont’d his psychology and training and that we would stop as soon as he offered me a stride or two. We did accomplish a few strides of lope in each direction and then we put him back in the field to wait until the farrier could come and make the changes necessary to his hoof angles. You see, what was going on with Titan was perfectly natural and something I see on a daily basis. He was simply following the five basic natural principles (“un-choices”) by which every living horse instinctually lives. These principles are hard-wired into every horse out there and lead to all sorts of behaviour, both wanted and unwanted, that we often don’t recognize as what it is - instinctual. These behaviours that are guided by the five basic principles are not choices, not conscious decisions and they’re certainly not personal like so many people believe they are. Rather, they are guided by nature and ingrained into every cell of every living horse.

Those five needs or “un-choices” are: 1. The need to survive. 2. The need to find and test a leader. 3. The need to move and eat. 4. The need to conserve energy. 5. The need to meditate. The first need is, of course, the need to survive. This is the one that not only takes priority over all others but is also the underlying principle behind the other four HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

as well. This need to survive is something that a horse like Titan, who lives on hundreds of acres of Alberta backcountry with all sorts of wildlife, would experience in a pretty intense way. The second principle is something that we all deal with on a daily basis, whether we know it or not - the horse’s need to find and test a leader. This one (as with the others) is directly related to the need to survive. Without a good leader to keep them safe, survival is not a guarantee. In fact, it’s unlikely. The third of Titan’s needs - the need is the need to move and eat - was not a concern during this particular instance. This is a need that, given the hundreds of acres of backcountry open to him, Titan was fulfilling quite well. However, many domestic horses in or near the city cannot. It’s natural for a horse, in its natural environment, to move something like 20-30 miles in a day in order to forage enough to survive, as well as remain physically fit enough to flee when needed (there’s that need to survive again). Domestic horses rarely expend that much energy in an entire week, let alone one day, and this often leads to excess, frustrated energy that doesn’t have an outlet, leading to behaviours like cribbing, weaving, pacing, chewing wood, aggression, nervousness and hyperactivity. The fourth principle, however, did apply directly to Titan. Although it seems like it is in direct conflict

with the previous principle, the need to conserve energy is actually a very powerful one and again leads to many of the behavioural issues we see every day that often get labelled as “lazy,” “pigheaded,” “stubborn” and “obstinate.” In Titan’s case, it was (along with the need to survive) one of the strongest principles playing into his behaviour (again, not his decision). In order for Titan to follow his need to survive, when he’s responsible for keeping himself alive in the backcountry, he would need to have enough energy to successfully outrun any predator that might threaten his survival. This means that using up an awful lot of his energy figuring out how to lope on feet that were far too long to break-over properly (as well as causing himself some pain due to his sore back) might leave him without the ability to flee later on. If Titan were in the wild, those feet of his would not have had shoes on and would have naturally broken and chipped as they got longer, or would at least have bent to allow for his gait to remain more natural. In this situation, they were shod, making it impossible for his hoof to compensate for the lack of a trim. In order to abide by nature’s first law, to stay alive, he would have to abide by its third - to conserve energy. By throwing his kicks and bucks our way he was abiding by both of the previously stated principles as well as testing our continued on page 12 • 11

“Un-choices”, cont’d leadership. If we could prove that we were good enough leaders to keep him safe, then his need to conserve energy would be minimized, making it our responsibility to keep him safe instead of his own, thus letting him give us a few strides of lope. The last and final principle by which our horses must abide is by far the least recognized - the need to meditate. This one, along with the need to move and eat, was not a concern for Titan. Having more than 16 hours of freedom per day, Titan could manage this one on his own as many of our horses do. I’m sure you’ve noticed, at one point or another, your horse “zoning out.” Not quite asleep, but not awake. Standing, eyes open, head drooped, one foot resting, breathing deeply and “in the zone.” We all know this one because this is when it’s most important to make sure our horses know we’re approaching them. This is when we could startle them and get ourselves kicked. In any calm, quiet environment, this is a common sight; but in many busy barns, this “time out” opportunity is something that is greatly lacking and, again, lacking the ability to fulfill this need can lead to all sorts of behavioural issues like cribbing, weaving, pacing, head tossing, wood chewing and much more. Again, these needs are not choices that horses make. When they act out in an attempt to maintain their need to survive, it’s not personal. It’s not their intention to show you up or make you

Lexi meditating. Photo by Tina Harnett.

look bad, in fact it goes beyond intention. It’s subconscious and innate behaviour. That day in the hay field and back at the ranch in the round pen, Titan was strictly following his natural order. It was not “disrespectful” behaviour or “rude.” It simply was what it was. It was my job to determine which one of his needs he was attempting to fulfill and then help him to fulfill it, so that we could move on to fulfilling our needs. As long as Titan was worried about his survival or conserving energy, he would be unable to fulfill our need of picking up the lope. As soon as we provided him with the proper feet to move on and fulfilled the role of reliable leaders, he was be able to use up some energy to do his job, leaving plenty of energy and ability for flight later on, if need be. This type of misunderstanding is so common in my line of work that I have been able to recognize how reliable and powerful the need to fulfill these natural guiding principles is to all horses.

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Understanding the need to fulfill these five “un-choices” (and understanding that they are not optional to our horses) has also been instrumental in learning to let go of any emotional responses that I may have experienced around unwanted behaviours in the past. Knowing that whatever the horse is doing, he is doing it for one of these five reasons helps me to isolate the root cause and helps to fulfill the need that is being missed, thus providing the horse I’m working with some validation and a chance to relax and accept the help. Everything our horses do, they do for a reason and it’s never done for the purpose of ruining our day. If you want to form a long-lasting, meaningful bond and partnership with your horse, showing him that you not only understand but also want to help him fulfill his needs would be a great place to start. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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or the fifth straight year the Alberta Wish Ride made a major donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada representing the fundraising activities for the year. This year’s contribution of $50,000 brings the five year total of donations made to the foundation by the Alberta Wish Ride to $170,000. “We can’t be more proud to make this donation on behalf of all our participants and sponsors,” said ride co-founder Irene White. “We know we are making a significant contribution to the lives of some very special Alberta children and their families. That’s what this is all about and everyone who took part shares in that goal.” White acknowledged this was a tough year in Alberta for fundraising, given the devastation of the June floods and the outpouring of support for all those affected. “However, we still managed to reach a new fundraising level and that speaks volumes about how great Albertans are when it comes to helping others.” There were three events this year: at Rafter Six Ranch in Kananaskis, at the Culligan Ranch in Duchess and at the Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills. Volunteers staffed information booths and had donation jars at the Mane Event in Red Deer, the Calgary Farmer’s Market and Southcentre Mall to further spread the word about the ride and the Children’s Wish Foundation. Participants at the rides enjoy a first-class day with food, prizes, entertainment and silent auctions. Costs for running the events are kept to a minimum, relying heavily on sponsors and supporters so as to maximize the funds turned over to the foundation. Also contributing to the total was the proceeds of raffle tickets for a trip for two donated by WestJet. At the annual volunteer windup where the cheque was presented and raffle tickets drawn, White also announced she and co-founder Roger Matas would be stepping back in their duties with the events. “We’ve run the Kananaskis event for five years along with coordinating all the other activities, and despite all the great support we feel we just can’t do it any longer. We will continue to coordinate but we hope others grab the reins to keep these events going,” said White. The Kananaskis event, four years at Little Elbow and this HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

year at Rafter Six, was the original and flagship Alberta Wish Ride. White said she has spoken to other volunteers who might be willing to organize a ride in Kananaskis or somewhere nearby. She said she also hopes the rides in Duchess and Cypress Hills continue to operate, and perhaps others will step forward Alberta Wish Ride organizers Roger Matas and Irene White. to organize rides in other areas of the province. “We’ve had a great run over the past five years and while we may not be running the ride next year, we’re not exactly heading off to the pasture, either. We’ll still be very much involved and with the support of all the volunteers and sponsors we hope to keep this very special activity going.” For further information or to get involved for 2014, please contact Irene White 403-366-8199 or visit

Cheque presentation - Cheryl Virostek-Dovichak (who ran the Duchess Ride), Elisha Jackson from the Children’s Wish Foundation and Irene White. • 13

The Horse is Your Mirror By Shana Ritter In riding, we have to learn fine control over many parts of our bodies. Crookedness issues are a major focus, and most people do not realize how crooked they actually are. This is a wonderful, but often frustrating, experience for many. When the body says we are straight, we are not.


(There are always exceptions, so please do not jump on my case his is where a good teacher and/or ground person is so here for those exceptions, I am being general here.) Likewise, if important. The body lies, and often we need to over-ride you are kind, compassionate, and wise in your life, you will tend what the body says is happening in order to teach new to ride with the same peace of mind. awareness and patterns to the body. For example, a rider who There is an old Arab proverb that says, “The horse is your collapses to the left, slides off to the right. This will feel normal mirror.” This applies, of course, to physical issues as well, but for them. When an educated eye helps adjust them, they will it is important to not overlook the psychological issues that it initially feel like they are falling off to the right. applies to. If we are open to what the horse is telling us, and what But these are not just riding issues. If we pay attention, our riding is telling us, we will learn MUCH about ourselves we will notice that we tend to sit in the car a certain way, we and our issues. This will tend to sleep isn’t always easy. We a certain way, we do not always want to will tend to wait know all of our faults in line a certain and weaknesses. We way, and YES, we don’t always want will tend to walk a to acknowledge our certain way. Often impatience and habit if we pay attention of shifting blame (for to correcting our example). BUT... if we crookedness issues take the opportunity in all aspects of life, this has presented to we will find that us, it is an incredible it improves our opportunity to DO riding, as well. “Aramis” in the Canter ridden by Shana Ritter. Photo by Lori Fleming, 2008. something about it. Yoga and tai Once you are open chi are excellent to it, and acknowledge it, you can begin to work on it. Just the suggestions. Both yoga and tai chi, and other activities such as simple act of acknowledging it often dis-empowers it to some aikido, concentrate the energy in the ‘hara’. degree. Suddenly we realize there is a pattern here. And it applies Most people do not have near-enough muscle-control/ to how we live our lives, too, it is not just how we ride our horse, stability over the mid-section. I am talking about those abs and but also how we deal with our boss, our relationships, whatever. back muscles. This is the most important part of our bodies, as By listening to what the horse and our riding is telling us, far as riding is concerned. This is where everything stems from, and by being willing to acknowledge and work on these issues, the seat. There is an area just below the navel, where we need to focus our centre of gravity. Most riders, and most people, for that we will find that it carries over into other aspects of our lives. When you learn patience in dealing with your frustrations in matter, tend to have their centre of gravity too high. Lowering riding, you realize you can also have patience in dealing with the centre of gravity to just below the navel, concentrates all of your frustrations in life. our energy in the seat. Of course, this is not the easy path. It is much easier to stick But this goes beyond a physical dimension, as well. The to our habits of shifting blame and losing patience (or whatever physical side of riding is just one side of a multi-faceted and very patterns you may have). It takes great work, and incredible complex topic. humility, to embark upon the task of improving ourselves. Over-achievers, and those that live their lives as overachievers, will most likely ride this way. This is true. But it also Printed with permission from Dr. Thomas Ritter, applies to many other things as well. If we are selfish, impatient, superficial, whatever, in life, we will often ride this way, too. 14 • Saddle Up • November 2013

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Fall Warmblood Breeders’ Sale By Teresa van Bryce Photos by Nollind van Bryce

The 19th annual CWHBA Fall Classic Warmblood Horse Sale was held Sept 28-29 in Olds, AB. This sale, sponsored by the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, was run by the volunteers of CWHBA with its usual high quality of presentation and organization.


ale Chair Jennette Coote said, “The quality and pedigree of horses offered, and the training and presentation reached by consignors, was the best ever.”

High-Selling Performance Horse, Salbatora

High-selling horse at $25,750 was Salbatora, a 3-year-old Canadian Warmblood (CW) gelding bred and consigned by Sandra Erickson, presented by Trish Tweddell. By Sandakan x Rotspon x Londonderry, this fourth generation CW gelding showed excellent gaits and a mature presence in the sale ring that made judge Connie Dorsch comment, “I can’t think of a dressage judge that wouldn’t like that coming into their ring.” Receiving the Victory Tack Shop cooler for high-selling performance horse was repeat buyer R.G. Williams from Navan, ON, once again proving his good eye for potential stars. The 2-year-old prices were grouped quite tightly this year, with two 2-yearolds receiving the high price of $8,000. Quest, a licensed CW stallion by Quite Easy x Beach Boy x Arkansas, bred and consigned by Touchstone Farm, was purchased by Klondike Victory Farm. Santino SR, a CW gelding by Sandakan x Whistler x Devon (Tb), bred and consigned by Susanne Rauhut, sold to Don Halladay of Rocky Mountain House HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

and received the Paula Leweke highselling 2-year-old cooler. The broodmare/foal/yearling section had very interesting activity, with little attention on the broodmares but several high prices on yearlings with good pedigrees. The high seller of this section, receiving the cooler sponsored by Sparks Innovations at the price of $15,250, was Barcelona, bred and consigned by Marcy Coelho. This 2-month-old exquisite filly by Bordeaux x Sandro Hit x Fernando was purchased by Red Deer breeder/rider Kelleigh Kulcsar. She commented, “We have tried to get a foal from Bordeaux for two years and are very excited about the potential of Barcelona.” Saturday’s gala evening had a great variety of stallions presented during the stallion showcase, including the newly CW-licensed 2-year-old son of Hickstead, Gallup WF, owned by the Gallup WF syndicate; Grand Prix show jumper Tacorde and his stable mate, hunter derby champion Zeno H2, both owned by Klondike Victory Farms; dressage competitor Pik Kaiser Graphit, owned by BMW Stables; and retired show jumper Calidostar, owned by Roy Graham and Tara Lambie. CWHBA year-end inspection and performance award winners were also presented. T.W. Little Rock, owned and bred by Two Willows Equine, was Alberta Champion Mare and Riding Test Champion; 3&4-year-old Material Champion was Pherrari PD, owned and bred by Betty Baumann; and the 5&6-year-old Jumper Champion was Radenno, owned and bred by Dagmar

Fortmuller. The highlight of the gala was the Dudley’s Outdoor Escape three-bars jumping competition. Reaching the height of 5 feet, the hotly-contested event was won by Bachelor, bred by Bosch Farms and ridden/owned by Jennifer Alliban.

High-Selling Two-year-old, Santino SR

High-Selling Young Prospect, Barcelona

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Winter Horse Sports: Choosing a Sleigh By Judy Newbert Why a Sleigh?

Before you choose a sleigh, make sure you have the weather for it. Here in southern Alberta, we can operate on wheels most of the winter because of Chinooks; we have to go into the foothills or north of Red Deer to find reliable snow. On the flip side, nothing is more fun than gliding through a winter landscape in a beautiful cutter (or sleigh) behind a good horse. Nothing provides better “photo ops” than the contrast between the brightly-coloured sleigh and horse against a monochromatic white background. Antique sleighs were painted in brighter colours than antique carriages; many sleighs have beautiful artwork and landscapes painted on them.

Country sleigh - note substantial runners and shaft attachment

Portland cutter with doors and top

Sleighs and Cutters

Portland cutter - no doors, no top, with small, rear-facing seat for children; better shaft attachment structure than #1

In the cities or larger towns, the snow was packed down using large rollers so that cutters could be used. A cutter is a sleigh with narrow runners (usually about 1.5 inches wide); they slide easily on packed Portland sleigh - note height of sleigh (and step) and lightness of front attachments for snow but sink down in deep snow and shafts become much harder for the horse to pull. Cutters are also built with the runners all Sleighs and cutters were a necessity in in one piece and are very difficult for the the old days to get around in the winter. horse to turn in deep snow. If the horse turns enthusiastically and the sleigh is held in deep snow, damage to the shafts or the front of the cutter can Driving & Riding - Lessons & Clinics occur. Sleighs have Diamond N ultra-light carbon-fibre whips Large wider runners (up to Carts, Carriages & Harness Mini to Draft selection of 4 inches wide) and are Saddlery and harness repairs SLEIGH BELLS in for less likely to sink in Carriage lamp repair & restoration November deep snow. A sleigh Judy Newbert built on “bobs” (called 403-946-5194 • a bob sleigh) has a twoBox 528, Crossfield, Alberta T0M 0S0 piece runner system which allows the front 12/13

Pacific Carriage Dartmoor as a sleigh

Vis-à-vis Albany cutter with a team of Hackney horses - note folded top, vis-à-vis seating, coachman’s seat and body bells on leaders

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Tandem of horses driven to skeleton racing sleigh - runners, platform and seats (no body)

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Winter Horse Sports, cont’d S-shaped dash. A vis-à-vis seats four people facing each other. A Portland cutter is a common, straight-sided sleigh. There is even a sulky sleigh similar to a racing sulky, but with runners used for ice racing.

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Simple farm sleigh with wider runners; because of low angle of draft, full collar is used

Farm sleigh with wide runners in deep snow using full collars and body bells

Country sleigh with two ponies

bob to turn with the horses and provides better steering in deep snow. Sleighs and cutters can be driven single, tandem, with a pair, a team of four or even three or four abreast. Most cutters and sleighs have simple hitch systems in front, and numerous sizes of shafts can be attached for smaller or larger horses. Sleighs are named based on their body style and their running gear. An Albany is the clamshell-backed, lightweight cutter with a characteristic HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Unlike carts or carriages, sleighs are always built close to the ground (for ease of getting in and out when dressed in Albany cutter - single horse with body bells bulky winter clothing) and it is therefore difficult to see forward around the horse. Choosing a Sleigh Unlike driving carts, where we insist that First, think about where you will the cart be high enough for the driver to be driving. Single horses in cutters are see over the horse, we cannot insist on best on either packed trails or roads or in that for sleighs; they simply are not built shallow loose snow. Deep snow usually tall enough for big horses. requires wider runners (a sleigh), a This relates to the origin of sleigh steerable front end (bob sleigh) and more bells. It was not considered necessary to horses than just a single. Bobsleighs are have lamps on a sleigh - on a star-lit night heavier and are usually used with pairs. with snow on the ground, the visibility would be good enough to see the road. But continued on page 18 because the horse’s footsteps are muffled by the snow, you might not hear an oncoming sleigh, especially if the road Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd is windy or hilly. Equine Equipment 1974 2013 Prudence dictates 4’ to 20’ Lengths that you drive in the middle of the road at night and sleigh bells allow you to hear an oncoming Box Stalls Round Pens Panels & Gates or overtaking sleigh. For that reason, Superior footing starts with many different types an EcoRaster® foundation. of sleigh bells were If you have horses you probably have produced, such as a problem with mud. The EcoRaster grid acts as a structural separation body bells which go layer between the drainage gravel around the horse’s below and the valuable footing layer girth, shaft bells above. The heavy duty EcoRaster grid provides a stable substrate that which attach to provides support to the horse without the underside of allowing it to churn the footing into a wet and unstable muddy mixture. the shafts, rump And because the footing is not bells which attach compacted it allows for more rapid water absorption and drainage. to the backstrap of Distributor for AB, SK, MB, ID, MT, ND, WY the harness on the horse’s rump and 1- 800- 661- 7002 www.hi - ho g.c om saddle chimes which P R O U D LY M A D E I N fit onto the backpad of the harness under the terrets.


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Winter Horse Sports, cont’d This includes farm-chore sleighs for feeding cattle or hauling manure. Once you have settled on the style, consider what features you would like in a sleigh. Sleighs come basically in metal and wood. Some modern reproduction sleighs have fiberglass bodies and, from a maintenance point of view, they are great. Typically, the antique sleigh has metal runners with a wood structure on the runners and the body will be wood or, occasionally, metal. Make sure the runners are secure and have the minimum thickness of metal left - at least 0.125 inches. The runner thickness wears down with time and miles travelled. Some sleigh restorations have a strip of Teflon added to the runners which prevents wear and is easier for the horse to pull if you run over a bit of sand or gravel on the road. All the bolts holding the wood onto the runners must be secure. The wood attached to the runners is the most likely problem place because leaving a sleigh to sit over the summer in grass or on damp ground will easily rot the wood on the runners. This wood can be replaced but it is a tedious job. The best solution is to sling the sleigh up in the rafters of the barn or put the sleigh up on blocks during

the summer to keep the wood on the runners dry. Since sleighing puts a lot of strain on the shafts, especially in deep snow, make sure the shafts are sound (no dry rot or loose joints). Make sure the attachment to the sleigh is strong and as rigid as possible if you are going into deep snow. Otherwise, a tight turn in deep snow may damage the front of the runners or the attachment of the runners to the sleigh or cutter. Make sure the floor boards in the sleigh are sound, since they are often the first to rot if the sleigh is left outside. Sleighs are typically upholstered in cloth fabric since vinyl and naugahyde do not stand up well to cold weather and are cold to sit on. Upholstery is easy to replace if the rest of the sleigh is sound. Sleighs come with and without doors. Doors on the sides do cut down on the cold air blowing directly onto your lap and are nice to have. A high and wide dash keeps the snow from the horses’ hooves from flying backward and landing on you. Tops occur occasionally on a sleigh and are nice to have if it is snowing heavily or very windy. Sleighs typically do not have springs since the snow provides the cushion.

A modern reproduction sleigh usually has welded steel runners with a fiberglass body and metal shafts; with no wood in its construction, there is much less maintenance required. If an antique sleigh in good shape cannot be found, modern reproductions are always a good option and look very authentic. Some carts and buggies, both antique and modern, have the option of replacing the wheels with sleigh runners. If you are lucky enough that the hub and axle are compatible, it makes a very easy conversion to sleigh runners in the winter. Pacific Carriage and Justin Carriage Works are two companies building modern vehicles which have sleigh runner conversions for some of their vehicles. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.

Breeze & Buttons Courtesy of the internet and a caring friend, EM.


ours after his birth, Breeze was found stumbling around by a farmer. The newborn foal was abandoned by his mother. That’s when the farmer took him to Devon-based Mare and Foal Sanctuary where they instantly started caring for him. What happened next is both adorable and heartwarming. The staff put a four foot giant Teddy Bear in with Breeze. The Teddy Bear’s name is Buttons and Breeze quickly warmed up to him. 18 • Saddle Up • November 2013

Without his mother Breeze has found an adorable replacement. The two have been inseparable and they expect Breeze to be just fine. Thanks to the rescuers and those who cared enough to take this little Cutie in. And thanks, of course, to Buttons.

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Elisa Marocchi Driving Clinic By Deb Gardner


nother fun and informative BCCDS Driving Clinic was held at Spurvalley ranch, home of the Gardners, in Armstrong in mid-September. For our last clinic of this year we had Elisa Marocchi come from 100 Mile House. Elisa is the current President of the BC Carriage Driving Society, a driving judge, as well as an Equine Canada Certified Driving Coach. On Friday night Elisa gave a two hour presentation on Combined Driving. All the drivers received an in depth introduction Rick and Shannon with their Canadian doing booklet done by Elisa on attending a CDE, the obstacles what the 3 phases are and their purpose, proper dress, the 4 levels of competition, and other variations like Field Driving trials and Arena Driving trials. A wonderful buffet of yummy desserts followed, kindly provided by the very keen drivers attending. Saturday lessons covered everything from improving on the drivers’ skills, helping with specific problems, to ground driving. The group lesson was approximately 2 1/2 hours long with all drivers walking the dressage test with Elisa as she explained what is required to do an accurate test. Then we all hitched up and drove the test. Elisa marked the tests and gave each driver feedback. Sunday lessons started off with a private lesson followed by the group lesson on Obstacles and Cones. Again the drivers walked the cones and the obstacle course with Elisa, and then we drove them. The last lesson of the day was showcasing how to introduce a green horse to the new experience of driving. Getting him used to pulling a single tree, and how the same process will apply when you add the tire, green poles and finally the cart. Scotty my young miniature horse was a good lad for the demo! We have been so lucky to have such an awesome group of instructors this year, Kathy Stanley from Green Lake, Brian Jensen from Lumby, and Elisa Marocchi from 100 Mile House. I would like to thank my hubby Dave and my daughter Deanna for all their help in putting on these clinics and the two Heritage Driving shows we hosted this year, as well as Bonnie, Heather, Evert and Marilla for their help.

Cathy and Bentley doing the cones

Julie and her Draft X doing dressage

A big thank you to all the drivers for attending and to all the instructors for making each clinic special and so informative!

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From Fear to Confidence By Renee Scott, DVM Jesse, a beautiful four-year-old buckskin gelding, was a wedding gift from my husband. We knew he was “green,” but were under the impression that he “just needed some miles.” After being bucked off twice in just as many days, my husband and I decided we would send him to a horse trainer to “put some miles on him.”


esse spent one month being ridden; the trainer reported only one bucking event, but warned me that Jesse didn’t do well if he was “too pressured” and I should always be paying attention. Lo and behold, Jesse continued to buck me off. By this time, I was terrified of my horse - but not willing to give up on him. I worked with another trainer, who basically had me lunge Jesse until he was huffing and puffing before I rode him. We made some progress but were still having random bucking episodes which seemed to come out of nowhere, and I was becoming more and more scared of my horse. Yet another trainer came along to assist me and we spent many evenings in the arena trotting in different patterns trying to get some “bend” in Jesse, and some confidence as a rider for me. Things seemed to be going well, until I went to ride him at my Aunt’s and he bucked me off again in her outdoor arena! By this time, everyone, including my husband,

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was convinced there was something wrong with this horse and it would be best to sell him before I got hurt. Alas, I was not going to give up on him. I am a little bit stubborn after all! My Aunt told me about Jerry Tindell, a clinician from California that the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club have brought up for several years in order to work with mule, donkey and horse owners on improving their equine skills. She encouraged me to attend one of his clinics with Jesse. She had worked with Jerry before and was pretty convinced he Jerry Tindell with Jesse and Renee would be able to help me and my renegade horse! I was happy to try anything and we summer riding Jesse in the hills. attended a clinic this past spring. Jerry has a remarkable gift and I I arrived with high expectations and encourage anyone who has horses or a whole lot of hope that Jerry would be mules as part of their life, to attend his able to help Jesse and me. After working clinics. Even if you don’t think you have with us for a short period of time and any issues, Jerry will find one (or more!) hearing my concerns, Jerry summed it and help you work through it (or them) up very plainly for me – he said, “There’s resulting in a better relationship with your nothing wrong with him, he’s just green!” stock. I have no doubts you will truly be Jerry has an amazing ability to not only amazed with the outcome! understand what the horse needs but also to understand what the human needs! His methods helped me help Jesse work through his bucking/bolting issues; by the end of the fourth day, I had a horse I was not scared of anymore. I finally felt like I had made a real connection with my horse! Jerry saved not only my horse, he kind of saved me as well; I was losing my confidence as a horseback rider and Jerry helped me regain Renee and Jesse (Photos by Erin Scott, Studio E Photography that. I had a wonderful HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Chaganjuu in the Shuswap By Madeline Moilliet


would like to personally thank the Horsey Ladies 2012 Banquet organizers and Sheila Wardman of Chaganjuu Spa Retreat. Last November, I was the lucky bidder at the Horsey Ladies event for two nights for up to ten people and horses at Chaganjuu Spa Retreat in the Shuswap. This past September 20-22nd, seven of us, together with our horses, took advantage of this great getaway opportunity. We arrived Friday and settled our horses in. Sheila Wardman and her people welcomed us and helped set the horses up with water, etc. The horses had large safe paddocks and we had a wonderful twostorey cottage furnished with our comfort and enjoyment in mind. The weather was not entirely cooperative, but we managed to have two good rides without getting too wet. Friday afternoon we headed out on a 2-hour ride to explore along retired forestry roads which offered grassy and easy footing. Saturday we went out for a longer period and found several roads to explore. The terrain was varied up and down, with some old forest and more new growth. We all had a great time and even managed to have a fire in their outdoor fire pit and a soak in the hot tub (what a view!). We had a wonderful time and appreciate Chaganjuu’s generosity in offering this experience to the Horsey Ladies! Thank you Sheila!

The lovely chalet

We enjoyed the trails!

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Cowboy Christmas Concert And the guys did have a great time! (Their wives were there to protect them!)

Free Photos with Santa

Calvary Community Church in Kamloops 6 pm for photos & 7 pm start Thursday, December 12th Christmas music including an audience driven sing-a-long to requests!!

Adults $20 per person ... kids 16 & under FREE with an adult Tickets at the Horse Barn or by phone at 1-888-763-2221 Matt Johnston Gordie West

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What a great weekend

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy HELPING TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING

I was recently reminded of an exercise we did when I was taking a TAG Teach* course and thought it would be good to revisit it in a clicker training context; it can help people to better understand the learning process that animals can go through and, hopefully, make them more understanding teachers.


s a coach in Alexandra Kurland’s new online course, we get the chance to work with people who come to clicker training for various reasons. It is hard for people to understand that clicker training can make you question your training belief system. By going through this exercise they get a chance to be on the other end of the leadrope, so to speak. There are a couple different versions you can try. You will need one other person to do this with and they don’t need to be riders or even know anything about horses to help you experience this! This might be fun to do at your barn Christmas party! You will also need some floor space and some pieces of paper to place on the floor, or objects if you want, that are small and easy to move. [**Insert Photo Here]

Here are the rules of the game: Ask for what you want (as opposed to what you don’t want) and you can only use FIVE words or less for each movement. Why only five words? This relates to clarity of the cue for animals. The game is to set up an obstacle course that the trainer will guide the blindfolded learner through, using the above rules. Take turns designing the course, being the “trainer,” and being the “learner.” A course might be to walk between two pool noodles then step on a mat, go around a chair and stop in front of the chair. Being blindfolded puts the learner in a more helpless and uncertain or maybe even fearful state... not unlike many animals. They become nervous, hesitant, cautious. The trainers begin to see how 22 • Saddle Up • November 2013

clear they need to be (“take two steps left”), and the blindfolded person may take baby steps or big steps - how do you define a step? Oh and remember only five words! Very soon the trainers realize just how vague their instructions are! “Move your foot forward.” Which foot? How far? These were all the questions that came to mind when I was the person wearing the blindfold, trying to follow instructions. The trainer thought she was being clear, but to me, it wasn’t precise enough. The trainer starts to realize just how specific and precise his instructions need to be and hopefully everyone will see a parallel in how vague their instructions are to the horse and how the horse feels about this vagueness, after experiencing it themselves. Next time through with a change in the obstacle course and the same learner, the trainer will only be able to say “No!” as the learner attempts to make his way through. The “No!” part of the exercise can help people discover how the horse feels when he receives no information, other than punishment, when he guesses wrong - much like some popular training methods. The learner doesn’t really know what they are supposed to do; they are supposed to experiment and try things, and they would be told “No!” if what they tried was wrong. A fellow clicker trainer was also at the TAG Teach workshop. She’s a smart, sensible, level-headed person and she just about had a meltdown navigating the maze and being told “No!” so often. My friend said it made her feel very frustrated

and very angry, and she was shocked by the intensity of her emotional response. These are often emotions seen in horses trained in this manner. Think about it: you know you are supposed to move forward, so you lift your left foot. “No!” you are told. “Did I go too far? Not far enough?” So you bring your foot back to where you started. You try leading off with your right foot, and you place it down on the ground and nobody says anything. “Whew! Okay.” Then you try to bring the right foot forward again, maybe not as far, and you hear, “No!” You put your right foot back where you started. You try stepping further with your left foot and you hear, “No!” “Okay, now what? I need to move forward, but everything I’ve tried hasn’t worked. What else can I do? Move it sideways?” Even though it’s just an exercise, you DO feel the frustration of guessing and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clicker Training, cont’d getting it wrong, of struggling to figure out what TO DO with only “don’t do that!” to guide you. And, as you progress through the maze, what worked before might produce “No!” at another point. You feel that pressure and slight level of fear because you must rely on another person to guide you. You feel like you are doing the best you can, you are trying hard but you’re not succeeding very well. It can make you want to just stand there and not try anymore, just like those shutdown horses. The third time through, (the maze gets re-organized each time) you are guided only by the word, “Yes!” This is where you learn the value of timing. If

you take a step and the trainer is too slow in saying “Yes!” you may find yourself pulling your foot back to where it was and then struggling to remember what you did after you got the poorly-timed “Yes!” The “moment” is lost and you lose trust in your trainer. Experiencing this exercise can generate tremendous empathy for our horses and shows us how clicker training with a well-timed “yes” marker signal produces eager learners. Try it for yourselves. It might just make you change the way you train. * TAG Teach is the equivalent of clicker training but is used to help people get better at sports or teach anything

someone is having issues learning or dealing with. It is used very successfully in many areas including autism; if you are interested look up their website at www. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development of clicker training for horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

New Drill Team Up and Running By Dorothy Gibney


n late July of 2013 I moved to Armstrong BC from Alberta where I rode with a drill team for over 25+ years (called the Prairie Dusters Musical Ride Drill Team). During that time I took a turn at being a Coach, their PR person, and just a riding member. This summer I was in a western store in Salmon Arm and had my drill jacket on. I got talking to some of the folks there and they suggested that I try to start a drill team up in this area. So I put a few poster ads up… and the results were fantastic. Some of the ladies and I got together for a couple of meetings and there seemed to be enough interest to create a team. So I’d like to introduce the newly formed “Aurora Riders Equestrian Drill Team” (our registered name). In the spirit of the team we are on our way… you could say we are the ‘New Kids On the Block’. We meet at the McDonalds Restaurant in Armstrong every Wednesday night at 6 p.m., and have ride practices at the O’Keefe Ranch every Saturday. In time, we will become a team that can do precision maneuvers - NOT a speed team!! The main thing we all want is to get out there and have fun with our equine partners; learn some new moves and be an equine family. As a new team we are looking for qualified riders, and of HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

course SPONSORS to help us down the road. The AREDT also has its own Facebook page. If anyone is interested in joining the team or becoming a sponsor, please phone our President Chelaine McInroy 250-308-5103 or Dorothy (Coach/PR) 780-9337711, e-mail



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Medal Winner Karyssa Church By Steven Dubas Only two junior and senior riders from each province and territory can qualify to compete in dressage, jumping and reining at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC). For British Columbia, one of them was Karyssa Church from Prince George.


he equestrian event, held in Calgary’s Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facility on September 13-15, brought riders from across Canada to participate individually and provincially. Karyssa Church can be considered a fierce competitor not one who wants to win by any means possible but instead with passion and determination. Karyssa started riding when she was six years old and, at the age of eight, she began taking lessons from Donna Allan, her current coach, mentor and role model. Competing in local and regional horse shows, she entered hack, dressage, jumping and western classes, gaining experience in each of the various disciplines. She finally decided to concentrate on dressage. At the age of 16, Karyssa wanted to expand her riding experience and further her knowledge of higher-level dressage; she set her sights on the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships. Qualifying was a challenge on its own. The majority of qualifying events were held in the BC lower mainland. Not letting this hold her back, Karyssa got a little more creative; she had to plan the events she could attend, searching out horse shows that she could attend without having to travel great distances - using shows in Prince George, Smithers, Kamloops and Vernon as her qualifiers. In order to help perfect her skills, Karyssa has taken clinics from a number of high-level instructors who live or come to Prince George to teach young and young-at-heart riders. Deric Huget, Ali Buchanan and Jodie Kennedy-Baker are the instructors she relies on. Karyssa likes working with different clinicians; they provide her with a different perspective and offer advice in a different way that improves her riding ability. Karyssa has been riding Ebendago since she was nine years old. He is a 21-year-old Arabian cross and very talented. Just before the team was to leave for Calgary, Ebendago became lame. He was assessed by a veterinarian and it was felt he might be able to compete with complete rest prior to the competition. Karyssa needed to quickly decide between riding him and switching to a different horse. Rather than taking the risk of further injury and dropping out of the competition, Karyssa made the decision to give Ebendago a longer recovery; she chose to change horses. Finding a replacement horse was not too difficult. Karyssa said, “I ride with an amazing group of people and Emily Sinclair, who was leasing a horse from my coach, offered to let me to use 24 • Saddle Up • November 2013

Kemmel Ahlem and Karyssa

the horse she had competed Ebendago and Karyssa on all summer.” Kemmel Ahlem, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding, became her new teammate. I asked Karyssa how she felt, not being able to compete with her own horse. “It was bittersweet to compete without my own horse and definitely a challenge to get another horse ready in such a short period of time (about a week), but in this competition, people who are too far away to haul their own horses compete on leased horses. So really, I was in the same boat that they were in.” In any type of team competition, working with your teammates, you become in harmony with them; it is the same with horse and rider. So how did Karyssa deal with the problem of riding a different horse at a national competition? “I had to become a team with Kemmel before I even arrived at the venue. I treated him exactly how I treat my own horse and got focused. I couldn’t change the circumstance, so I had to make the best of it! This horse tried his heart out for me and, daily, we improved and meshed together. Although sometimes frustrating and defeating to try and learn how to connect, this taught me more about my ability, and my riding was put to the test.” During the competition, Karyssa received help from Elenore Elstone, a Paralympic rider, who helped her develop more confidence and riding skill, as well as learning from her teammates and other competitors from across the nation. “The competition showed me how talented riders from all across Canada really are,” she stated. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Karyssa Church, cont’d Overall, Karyssa contributed to her dressage team, winning a bronze medal for British Columbia. So what is in the future for Karyssa Church? She would like to participate in the Rising Star and Young Riders of Canada program. Karyssa is a focused young equestrian competitor who has shown that she has the tenacity to accomplish great things in her life. We wish you continued success, Karyssa!

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!

Our Chilcotin Adventure By Suzanne Wallace


ur ‘wild west’ adventure began over the Labour Day weekend in September. Chilcotin Holidays in Gold Bridge BC had kindly donated a gift certificate for a Chilcotin outfitting trip, to the Horsey Ladies Fundraiser back in November 2012. A trip like this was on my ‘Bucket List’ of to do’s ... I tactfully slipped back, fairly often, to be sure I had the winning bid during the Ranch base evening’s silent auction (you may all relate to that skill). I won! I enlisted two friends, Laurie Postill and Jackie Eyre to accompany me. We made our way to the Chilcotin Holidays Ranch base on September 1st for a 4-day pack trip. The staff at the ranch were warm, friendly, young and International. There is a guide school as well as an ‘English as a Second Language Program’ running at all times. Kevan Bracewell, owner Up, up and away! of the Ranch, told us, “We are not only developing guides, we are developing leaders.” We found that to be true. It was a ‘Five Star Rustic’ trip. We enjoyed the adventure, the high mountain tops, and the new friends from France, Italy and Germany that we had met. The conversations and experiences with the guides added to our good time. The Chilcotin is amazing country! The camera does not really capture the vastness – the raw beauty of those mountains and lakes. Experiencing the Chilcotin may have to be an annual trip. Thank you to CHILCOTIN HOLIDAYS for a wonderful, memorable time! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

(l to r) Suzanne, Laurie and Jackie

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Three Sisters - Three Generations By Maureen MacDonald


hree sisters, three generations, and three days riding at Meadow Springs Ranch whisked me back to my Chilcotin roots. Who would have thought that at ages beyond 65 we would have the gumption, or fitness for that matter, to trailer five horses to a rustic guest ranch and ride unknown trails through the jackpine flats near 70 Mile House. Not me. Growing up without brothers on a cattle ranch at Kleena Kleene we Dowling girls - Marge, Maureen, Marilyn, and Pat who couldn’t join us, believed our Dad when he said, “There isn’t anything my girls can’t handle.” And handling horses, haying and the unexpected we did. The late September days at the McMillan Ranch helped us relive our youth, sitting around a wood-stove at night and watching for deer tracks during the day. And yes, quibbling about who had the top horse. The high plateau around the 70 Mile with its wild grass meadows and spruce trees shimmering in pocketsize lakes felt like we were checking the range for stray cows. The differences though would have amused our parents wearing helmets, carrying iphones, consulting GPSs and wearing outback chaps. Continuing the love of the wilderness and of horses, with two more generations, made this trip one for the family records. Marge came with her daughter Cathy, and granddaughter Alyssa, both skilled horsewomen. Next year a planned ride up Perkins Peak in the west Chilcotin will again test our female grit. Thank you to Kathy & Mark McMillan for three remarkable days.

Marjorie’s daughter & granddaughter: Cathy Puetter (l) and Alyssa Puetter (r) with Marjorie in the middle

Maureen MacDonald (writer), Marjorie Destree, Marilyn Barkwell

Fort Worth Stockyards By Donna McNab


recently had the fun of heading to Fort Worth Texas while my husband was on a business trip. The one thing I wanted to see the most was the Fort Worth Stockyards. It was like taking a step back in time, with boardwalks and everything western! The Stockyards began in 1889 when farmers brought the cattle through Fort Worth heading north. Because Fort Worth had a railway through the town, it became the original cattle market for the entire state of Texas, and developed into the 3rd largest stockyard in the US at the time. During WWII, in 1944, the stockyard set a record which still stands today as having over 1.4 million head of cattle processed and exchanged. Two packing plants were given free land to process some of the beef, but both were eventually closed by 1971 due to the cattle industry downslide. The Fort Worth Stockyards were closed for good in 1992. The citizens of Fort Worth decided to rebuild the area with the help of Federal grants, private donations, and fundraising. The area was restored and became a highlight for tourists. The area now sees over 500,000 visitors a year and I was one of them! The highlight of the visit was being able to watch the twice daily Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive. The Trail Boss calls the cattle down the cobble stone road, with the herd following the lead steer. The horns of these cattle can reach beyond 6 feet across and it was definitely a highlight of my trip!

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Old Baldy Ranch Production Sale By Colleen Wangler


nce again we had an amazing turnout at Vold, Jones & Vold Auction in Dawson Creek BC for our annual Production Sale on September 28th. Many thanks to Ryan who purchased our high selling colt Lot #408. Big, black and beautiful, he created a lot of excitement in the ring and this is Ryan’s fourth Old Baldy colt, which is a very appreciated testament to our breeding program. Another repeat buyer over the years is Garth from Fort St. John who picked up 3 gorgeous red roans this year! Loved chatting with you Garth and seeing your pictures of our previous babies all grown up and under saddle. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time and effort to make the trip up to the farm for a private tour to choose your special baby. Many miles, especially for Kim, Randy, Pam, Jessica and Paula, plus very inclement weather for Jessica, Ryan and their large family. Definitely true horse people to tour around on quads during our torrential rains and mega thunderstorms that wouldn’t quit this year.

Blue Roan Colt sold to Maureen of Langley BC

Thank you all!

Jaz Continental Dove sold to Dr. Kitt, DVM of New Hampshire, USA

Grullo Colt sold to Jessica of Prince George BC

High Selling Colt sold to Ryan of Dawson Creek BC

A career with horsepower Red Roan Filly sold to Garth of Fort St John BC

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Grullo Filly sold to Paula of Francois Lake BC

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Peruvian Horse National Championship By John McMillan On September 20-22, our 34th annual National Championship Show was held in the Armstrong Agriplex. On Friday and Saturday, we had our qualifying Classes with the Division Championships and Champion of Championship Classes on Sunday. The show was judged by the honourable Mr. Lionel Peralta, who flew here from Costa Rica for the occasion.


ixty-eight horses participated at the junior, novice, amateur and professional levels. There was a good mix of pleasure, gait, breeding and performance classes to accommodate varied riding levels and interests, as well as horse talents. As has been the case in recent years, the quality of horses shown was exemplary. The judge offered his congratulations to the breeders, as well as to officials for a well-run event. Always breathtaking, the finale was the Barrida of Champions, which is a fast-paced patterned parade to rousing music and clapping by the crowd. After the show, a wind-up barbeque was graciously hosted by the Sawatzkys of Paradise Ranch in Vernon to give exhibitors a chance to socialize with the judge and talk about the classes and the horses. Many thanks to the efforts of Deb and Rick Cones of Ringstead Ranch in Chase and to all the individual and business sponsors for their wonderful 100% sponsorship of our show program!

refined over the centuries as a light and agile horse, for the sole purpose of transporting its owner over long distances in comfort and style. Its unique four-beat lateral gait makes it the undisputable smoothest and most comfortable riding mount in the world today. The Peruvian Horse has been in Canada for over 40 years and, today, there are approximately 1500 Peruvian horses that have been registered and owned by the 100+ members of the PHAC.

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Next year’s Canadian National Show will be held in Chilliwack BC.


Some of the big winners at this year’s show were: Best Bozal Horse: BDS La Buscadora, owned by Paradise Ranch High Point Novice Rider of Show: John McMillan High Point Junior (13 and over): Samantha Zaitsoff, Chelsey Bushey High Point Junior (12 and under): Jessica Elderidge, Maria Statia High Point Versatility Horse of Show: CSZ Shakira, owned by Samantha and Sarah Zaitsoff Pleasure Gelding: BDS Capitola, owned by Samantha and Sarah Zaitsoff Pleasure Mare: BDS Sabrosa, owned by Paradise Ranch Pleasure Stallion: BDS Orgullo del Peru, owned by John and Gail Rogers Performance Gelding: BDS Capitola, owned by Samantha and Sarah Zaitsoff Performance Mare: BDS Oro Pesa, owned by Paradise Ranch Performance Stallion: SDS Supremo, owned by Earl and Lynn Moker Luxury Gelding: Presbitero de BDS, owned by Alexandra Penalva Breeding Mare: BDS Sabrosa, owned by Paradise Ranch Breeding Stallion: RSTD Gustavio

The Peruvian horse, as its name implies, is from Peru, where it has a history of over 500 years. Originating from Spanish breeds, it was bred and

Lunch time… John McMillan, Laurie Hardingham, Joyce Brown


Pleasure, Performance & Breeding






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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… Let it snow… let it snow… let it snow… NOT! We’re NOT ready yet! But we are sure ready to start thinking about Christmas, not many sleeps left! Our Gift Guide on the following pages should get you IN THE MOOD to start thinking and SHOPPING for your horse-loving friends and family! CANADIAN COWBOY CHRISTMAS… The Mane Event is proud to present the 1st annual Canadian Cowboy Christmas at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta December 13–15! We are very excited about this new show. On the workshop floor we will have about 70,000 sq. ft. of shopping. Everyone should be able to find something for the horse lover on their list. Products include tack, clothing, boots, hats, pottery and art for the country home décor lover, jewellery with an equine theme and much more. You can also visit Santa’s Village, meet Santa and his helpers, along with a few of their reindeer. Have your picture taken with Santa too, with a donation to the SPCA. Free admission, however donations to the Red Deer and District Food Bank would be appreciated. See the Cowboy Christmas Show ad on page 2.

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Girls (and guys) just wanna have fun! These big yellow balls are great for training purposes and help in desensitizing the ‘spooks’; your horse will become braver, release pent up energy, and gain confidence. Horses are one of the more sensitive animals, so it is important to reduce their stress level, anxiety and boredom, and give them some fun! This is especially true if they are in a confined area. Play it up! With the Equi-Orb ball your horse will play safe with quality.


~ The Speedrite Corral Kit: “The Corral in a Bag” – everything you need for that quick set up. ~ The PB12: The Powerful Little Patriot 3 battery option (D-Cell, 6v. and 12v.) fence controller now with its own stand/ground rod. ~ PAKTON POWER PROBE - The original Fault Finder from Australia. Winner of the Australia and New Zealand Electric Fencing Industry Innovation Award - “THE GREAT LITTLE STOCKING STUFFER ElectroRopes and WHICH FINDS FAULTS FAST” The Tapes in White, ultimate tool for analyzing electric Brown and Black fence with digital read out screens for ASK FOR OUR CATALOGUE to enhance your install. voltage and mill-amperage and flashing left and right red arrows for direction of fault. Hand held, no ground wires. Fits in your Toll Free: 1-800-665-3307 •(250) 757-9677 • Fax: (250) 757-9670 • pocket.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… Our Specialty JUST TACK Hundreds of Saddles in Stock!

Full line of English and Western TACK & APPAREL DRIVING CARTS, HARNESSES and more… * We take trades * 403-345-2992 Coaldale Alberta 3 miles east of Coaldale on Hwy #3 Open Monday to Saturday 10-6


has a large selection of English and Western quality products for all of your equine needs. Check out their Facebook page… and all the pictures… WOW! Tack and gifts for everyone on your list. Look at this fabulous Tex Tan Barrel Saddle, available in 14” and 15”. Wouldn’t that look nice under the tree for your favourite horsey gal on Christmas morning? Call us for special pricing!

Cavalia… Inspired gifts from our Boutique!

Find great gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season – even your horse! Choose from a wide selection of equestrian products, brushes, horse blankets, music, DVDs, apparel, toys, jewellery and much more! Purchase over $75 in merchandise and receive a free 2014 Odysseo Calendar. Free shipping over $50 for a limited time! Use promo code SOUVENIR during checkout. Certain conditions apply.





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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… Repairs on English & Western Tack & Blankets Custom Work available Rick and Edith Davidson 604-856-2350

Aldergrove BC


time to think about those special “custom” gifts for Christmas. We can make and personalize many items such as chinks, belts, spur straps, photo albums and day timer covers, bridles, reins, halters, etc. with initials, brands or logos. We have a great selection of the “basic” needs for the horse and rider… off billets, latigos, cinchas, saddle pads, bits, spurs and straps, headstalls, halters and reins. Also a large selection of “Back On Track” products for the horse, dog and human.


Give your family and friends the gift of health! Gift items and certificates available for foot care products and services, gait assessment and analysis sessions, nutrition education sessions, Studio 56 fitness and movement memberships, and teeth whitening. Create a healthy, happy active lifestyle for you and your family. As we specialize in foot care we have brought in some fantastic quality footwear. Our shoes and boots are not only comfortable but supportive and stylish as well… several styles with built in orthotics, removable soles for custom orthotics, shoes with mosaic technology, memory foam soles and more.

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Send somebody wild this Christmas an awesome pair of spur straps under the tree. We have a great selection of Hair On Safari patterns in a multitude of colours. Lots of rhinestones add that much needed bling to these eye catching sets. Many more fun ideas for your cowgirl are available at The Paddock Tack & Togs! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 31

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… DIAMOND H TACK…

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#1 stop for quality saddles, tack & equipment repairs at affordable prices!

Outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and exciting western saddles and tack. Huge variety of English saddles, bridles and accessories. Visit our complete onsite custom repair shop. Get their favourite treats, feed and supplements. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions! Huge selection of giftware including: Painted Ponies, Montana Lifestyles statues and dinnerware, Breyer horses, Games, Christmas Cards, ornaments, calendars, frames, jewelry and buckles. Also, check out our new selection of dog and fencing products.


Duck Dynasty is a television ratings hit, thanks to its colourful characters and down-home humour. The Horse Barn has a great selection of mugs, clocks and “sippy cups” to choose from in our Gallery/Gift shop and much more. Drop in and pick some up for all the Duck Dynasty fans on your gift list!


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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… ROCKY CREEK HILL…

Give the gift of comfort to yourself and your horse. We have affordable, uniquely designed treeless saddles with velcro-adjustable gullet systems that gently support the rider’s weight and protect the horse’s spine. Our English treeless saddles start at just $449! We have padded soft leather bitless bridles in a variety of styles including lots of beautiful bling and our foam-core saddle pads start at just $39.99. HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Purchase “The Dream” dressage treeless saddle or a treeless ‘outlawseries’ barrel racing saddle before December 31, 2013 and you will get a saddle pad and bitless bridle of your choice for free!

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our name says it all and we have a lot to offer riders and drivers, new and used too. Specializing in light driving equipment, miniature horse and donkey supplies and pony sized tack along with English and Western tack and equipment.

Everything for your Mini Horses, Mini Donkeys and Ponies! Driving Equipment for your full size Horses too! English & Western Tack Horse Care Products & English Riding Clothing Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles Used tack, clothing and equipment on Consignment

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri stmas… HAIRY BACK RANCH (Solo-Ride)…

The search is over! Now you can get back on your horse anytime, anywhere with Solo-Ride™, a portable mounting aid that allows any rider with or without a saddle to remount their horse with ease, anywhere. Once mounted, simply undo the snap and tuck the Solo-Ride back into the handy waist pack provided. Easy, convenient and portable, SoloRide is a Canadian made product that fits horses of all sizes and breeds. Learn more and see Solo-Ride in (video) action at

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How does Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer know when Christmas is coming? PINCHER CREEK CO-OP…

He looks at his calen-“deer” and gets on down to Pincher Creek Co-op for the best selection of gifts and western tack around any Christmas tree! * QUALITY * PRICING * SERVICE COME SEE US FOR ALL YOUR AGRO NEEDS 34 • Saddle Up • November 2013

Rudolph knows where to go for his Christmas shopping. Stop on by and see our selection of giftware, tack, ropes, winter blankets, pet supplies and treats, and some of the top equine feeds! And don’t forget we carry a great selection of Bernie Brown giftware, sure to please your favourite ‘collector’. Many other gifts and supplies for all the ‘animals’ in your life!

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im Hus has been a favourite at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival since 2003, his first appearance. All of his past CDs have been great, and he is a top seller of CDs at the Festival every time he’s there. This new CD, Western Star, could be one of his best yet - definitely a top seller! Tim celebrates a decade on what he refers to as the “Never-Ending-HighwayTour” with 12 tracks of totally western songs ... songs about just about everything you could imagine ... truck driving, fishing, hunting, drinking, sailing, pickin’ apples, mining, rivers, history, romance, barrel racers, even church ... oh ya and a waltz ... about Alberta, rodeo, and Tim, although there’s no song about hockey, had to get in a mention of the sport. All are original Tim Hus songs. It’s good to hear (and see on the poster that comes with the CD) the usual faces of Tim’s band including Riley Tubs and Billy MacInnis. As well as the guitar, fiddle and big bass there’s a pile of other musicians on this CD too, playing drums, accordion, steel, dobro, and banjo all mixed nicely behind Tim’s unique and entertaining voice. Find the details at Good show Tim - ya donner again! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 35

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


Coming up! Don’t miss the Cariboo Horsey Ladies Annual Banquet and Charity Auction. Kathy goes every year and always has a good time. It’s especially nice when they announce which charity will receive the funds that they raised. This year, Cheryle (Reinbeau Images) has booked the Wildman’s Family Restaurant at Interlakes for November 15. Dinner tickets are available for $30 each at the Country Pedlar, the Log House Western Wear, and at 100 Mile Feed. There will be a live auction and a silent auction with tons of cool items (good place to Christmas shop). Here’s what Cheryle says about the evening: “This is a fun evening, and a great place to meet new friends, and at the same time help a charity. Over 250 horses Marjorie Destree, Maureen MacDonald and Marilyn were represented by our ladies Barkwell, with Marjorie’s daughter and granddaughter, last year in attendance. We Cathy and Alyssa Puetter. are not a club, but simply meet every Christmas to celebrate together.” Last year, we gave Nancy and the Okanagan Horsey Ladies Banquet and Charity Auction a gift certificate for a two-night stay here at Meadow Springs Ranch; last month, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of ladies that acquired it - three sisters and three generations in the same group! This is the eighth consecutive year that these four Harvey It was three fun days and we siblings have spent Thanksgiving at Meadow Springs hope to see these girls again Ranch; (L to R) Mike, Tracey, Tanya, and Rich. The weather next year. was gorgeous!

ctober seemed more like December weather-wise, but was still busy. I thought that things would slow down a little, and they have as far as horse-related events go, but now it’s entertainment time. As this month’s Saddle Up goes to press, we’re in Chilliwack at the Mane Event and we’ll tell you all about it in the December issue.

Santa at last year’s Cowboy Christmas Concert - free photos! This photo taken by Donna Smith.

Tim Hus will be at the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert January 18, 2014.

You can read the story about their visit on page 26.

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d The BCCHS Annual Cowboy Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday, December 12, at the Calvary Church in Kamloops. This is always a fun evening, starting with a free photo with Santa at 6pm (donations for the Food Bank will be accepted). At 7pm, the entertainers will each do a set of Christmas music and then, after the intermission, things turn into an audience-driven sing-along. We invite the crowd to shout out the name of a Christmas song, we put the words on the big screen, the entertainers play and sing and everyone joins in. This year, Hugh McLennan and Gordie West will be joined by Matt Johnston and Country 103’s “Big Rig” Louis McIvor. Tickets are $20 for adults, and kids 16 and under get in free with an adult. Phone 1-888763-2221 for information or tickets. In Kamloops, tickets will be available at the Horse Barn. See the ad on page 21. Speaking of concerts, the Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will take place in the Martin Exeter Hall on January 18. Once again, we are offering two shows - a 2pm matinee and a 7pm evening show. This event is one of the main fundraisers for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the BCCHS Student Scholarships. We’re thrilled to announce that Tim Hus will be on the performers list this year, along with Mag Mawhinney, Jeremy Willis and, possibly, Dave Longworth. Ticket prices will remain at only $15 per person. For information, call 1-888-763-2221. As you probably know, the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert is always in February - until now, anyway. We had to change the date to January this time because, well, we had to make a tough decision... a February cruise through the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and up the coast of Central America and Mexico to LA, or stay home and put on the Cowboy Concert. Hmm... like I said, a tough decision! But, since someone had to do the cruise, we decided it might as well be us that join Billie and Hugh McLennan, and a lot of Spirit of the West radio show listeners, on the 13th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise, January 31 to February 15, 2014. It includes a Brahma Ranch tour in Costa Rica, too! We’ve already been looking at places along the way where we can book our annual horseback ride. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

WHAT’S THIS? Readers -

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The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

This month’s item is one that was spotted out in the boonies (above Churn Creek) by a couple of our readers, Jan and Mike Kidston, while they were out riding. Their best recollection is that it was about three feet across. Although we don’t know what it was actually used for in this particular case, we do know what it is. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

Last Month’s What’s This? The October issue’s item was another Meadow Springs Museum piece. It looks like a miniature tire with a lid. Well, it’s actually a portable ashtray. Shut the lid and slip it in your pocket. In the new photo, you can see the cigarette rest on the underside of the lid.

Congratulations to: Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park, AB Ray & Carol Cody, Abbotsford, BC (FYI - we both really enjoy the magazine. We no longer have horses but keep involved in the Combined Driving sport as a Scorer (me) and a Safety Inspector (Ray) at as many CDE’s as we can. Saddle Up always has something in it on people we know so it’s fun to read.)

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Top Dog! Cold Weather Cautions By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP


he hot and dry days of summer are but a fading memory. The cold and dreary days that we’re now facing present our dogs with a potential new set of health and safety issues. We have listed a few below that we frequently see in the climate that we live in. Of course, whenever you have any concerns about your dog’s health, always seek a diagnosis and medical advice from your veterinarian. GIARDIA Giardia (“beaver fever”) is a single-celled organism - not a “worm,” bacteria or virus. It is pervasive in our environment, living in feces and in standing water. It’s in rivers, ponds, puddles and many other places our dogs hang out. It thrives in wetter conditions and is commonly present at this time of year. The majority of giardia infections are asymptomatic, meaning that you might not recognize that your pet is infected. When symptoms are present, the most common is diarrhea, which can be acute, chronic or variable. If you suspect that your dog may have giardia, consult your veterinarian. There are various options available to treat an infection. Medications used for giardia can be potentially dangerous for your dog and not always the most effective treatment for eliminating the parasite. Some veterinarians may not even prescribe the medication if the infection is not moderate to severe because of the risk that it poses to dogs. You may wish to discuss alternative remedies available to help alleviate the symptoms and keep your dog as healthy as possible. Be Proactive: 1. Pick up your own dog’s feces outside. Cats can carry these protozoa as well, so clean up after your cat, too, if necessary. 2. Avoid walking your pet where other animals have eliminated. High-traffic areas, where people may or may not clean up appropriately, are especially risky in rainy periods. 3. Try to prevent your pet from drinking at outdoor water sources - take clean water with you. If you have areas in your yard where water tends to collect, drain or flush them, if possible. Otherwise, supervise your dog to prevent access to them. MUSHROOMS Although 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that is highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in dogs. Dogs often take an interest in certain mushrooms that are toxic to them because of their fishy odour. As these are most abundant during the fall and early winter rainy season, keep pets away from areas where mushrooms might be growing. Signs of mushroom toxicity can include: • an upset stomach followed by vomiting and diarrhea • abdominal pain • excessive drooling and watery eyes • a slow heartbeat • depression • lethargy • yellowing of the eyes 38 • Saddle Up • November 2013

• seizures If you suspect that your pet has consumed a poisonous mushroom, contact your veterinarian, pet emergency hospital or the animal poison control centre immediately. Be Proactive: The simplest way to prevent dogs from eating mushrooms is Some local varieties of mushrooms to limit their access to them: can be highly toxic. 1. Remove fungi from your yard to prevent your dog from getting into them when they are loose outside. 2. Avoid walks in mushroom-infested areas or leash your dog in areas that contain them if your dog is likely to try eating them. MOULD Various toxins are associated with items that can be sources of mould. At this time of year, mycotoxins can be found in rotting organic matter, garbage and backyard compost. Depending on the specific mycotoxin, the severity and type of symptoms will vary. Symptoms can occur within 30 minutes, although their onset can be delayed for as long as two to three hours. Some common symptoms can include: • muscle tremors • seizures • panting • hyperactivity • vomiting • weakness • uncoordinated movements • weakness • increased heart rate Mouldy organic material, such • dehydration as these walnuts, contains mycotoxins. • increased body temperature • lack of appetite If you suspect that your pet has consumed mouldy organic matter, contact your veterinarian, pet emergency hospital or the animal poison control centre immediately. Be Proactive: 1. Secure your garbage or compost to prevent access by your dog (or any other animals). 2. If your dog tends to pick up and eat garbage on walks, work on some “leave it” training. ANTIFREEZE Antifreeze containing ethylene glycol has been the most common cause of serious accidental poisoning of dogs and cats. The early signs of ethylene glycol poisoning are vague and non-specific. Early and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! Cautions, cont’d immediate diagnosis, when your veterinarian can help most, can be difficult. After that, irreversible damage to your pet’s kidneys will very likely have occurred. Some common signs of antifreeze poisoning in dogs can include: • “drunken” behaviour • euphoria/delirium • wobbly, uncoordinated movement • nausea/vomiting • excessive urination, diarrhea • rapid heart beat • depression • weakness • seizures/convulsions/shaking tremors • fainting • coma Be Proactive: 1. Dogs are less likely to consume antifreeze if they are not thirsty. Before going out-of-doors, give your dog plenty of water and have extra, clean water with you for longer outings. 2. Put your dog on a leash and supervise him carefully in higher risk areas (on the street, parking lots and parking garages). Recent regulation requires that ethylene glycol antifreeze includes a bittering agent that makes it less appealing to animals. Another great option is propylene glycol antifreeze. It costs a bit more but is non-toxic to pets and wildlife.

KENNEL COUGH Kennel Cough or Bordetella is generally considered a non-lifethreatening condition common at this time of year. With hundreds of strains, it can have both viral and bacterial components. Bordetella often affects young dogs under a year of age and those with weakened immunity. Vaccines are available, but do not cover all strains and are effective in only a percentage of dogs. Most pet businesses that are up to date with new information and have done their research no longer require Bordetella vaccinations for their clients. Parents are often unaware that their dog has Kennel Cough, as symptoms are varied and can be very minimal. Your dog may exhibit one or more of these symptoms: • coughing - can be dry or moist (sometimes with a clear/white phlegm). The cough may be sporadic and sound like your dog has a little something caught in his throat. The cough may occur only when light pressure is applied to the neck and throat area - when your dog pulls on the leash, for example.

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wheezing discharge from the nostrils and/or eyes sneezing fever loss of appetite Mild strains typically require no additional treatment beyond supportive care. Reduce your dog’s activity, being careful not to allow your dog to over-exert himself in cold or damp conditions. You can consider helping your dog heal by boosting his immune system using cod liver oil, Echinacea, or Vitamin C. Eucalyptus oil placed under the chin or on the collar will ease breathing and promote healing. Ingesting unpasteurized honey can soothe a mild cough. More severe strains may require the care of a veterinarian to prevent secondary conditions from developing. Be Proactive: Often, healthy dogs can be exposed to Bordetella without becoming infected or developing symptoms. A healthy diet and care regime that promotes a strong, natural immunity is your dog’s best defense. You can use the methods listed above to boost your healthy dog’s immunity during higher-risk periods. FLEAS Although these pests are usually associated with warmer weather, our milder climate makes them a year-round issue. Common signs of flea activity on your dog are: • scratching • chewing • licking • bald patches • rash or irritated patches • “flea dirt” - dark specks scattered on the skin, that turn reddish when

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dampened • change in quality of coat Be Proactive: Exposure to fleas is pretty much unavoidable. You can prevent it from becoming an issue with some basic care and management. As with other parasites, fleas target less-healthy hosts, as well as puppies with undeveloped immune systems. Our first defence is to optimize our dog’s health and immunity. Apple Cider Vinegar or Brewer’s Yeast can be added to the diet as a boost. Along with this, combing out your dog and checking “hot zones” on a daily basis will reduce the chances of a flea picked up on a walk from sticking around and turning into a problem. Pay particular attention to areas around the ears, neck, tummy, inner thighs and base of the tail. You can use natural deterrents such as lavender or rosemary on your dog’s coat, equipment and bedding. Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) is also used as a natural deterrent and treatment. Although the use of chemical products as a preventive measure may be more convenient, be aware that their use may affect your dog’s long-term health. If you do choose the chemical route, ensure that you use something recommended and sold by your veterinarian, rather than a product from a local retail store. In summary, it’s difficult to control or predict what various exposures or harmful substances your dog may encounter. Keeping your dog healthy, supervising his activities and choosing walking locations wisely is always the best first step. Animal Poison Control Centre: 1-800-426-4435 (Fee applies) 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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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation a re you? e r e h w . .. s hor se? r u Kid o y h it w u d oing What a re yo ut YOU! o b a s u ll e t r n to It’ s YOU R tu Emily, Riley Grand-daughter Emily (9) loves to visit our farm and play with our horses. Here she is hugging Clancy. Our other mischievous horse, Riley, saw those pink Crocs and just had to have them (see the hole?). So Riley wears them on his ears in summer to keep the flies away and to keep them warm in winter. - Proud grandparent, Molly, Vernon BC

This is my first horse Lulu. I have had her 1 year. She is a retired pack horse. I love to go on trail rides and giving her hugs. - Luke (9) Chilliwack BC

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TIDBITS BC Appaloosa Breeder off to China The leading Appaloosa horse breeder in Canada is perusing new markets in Asia. “We have already been supplying bloodstock to the European market since 2001. Having Mackenzie in Shanghai had inquiries from Australia, the Philippines and Asia but no sales completed, we decided the time was right to go meet some potential customers and see how we can help them introduce BC-bred Appaloosa horses to their equine community,” says breeder Howard Jackson. Mackenzie Kilbride, the Training Specialist at Jackson’s “BC Appaloosa Centre” located south of Prince George BC , is representing the BC-bred Appaloosas at a three day equine trade fair in Shanghai, China on September 26-28. “She will then spend the following week visiting horse related operations to get an understanding of the horse culture in China and how we can fit.” “As the leading breeder of Real Appaloosas in Canada we feel a responsibility to introduce these great family pleasure horses to the rest of the world,” says Jackson, who along with his wife Marylin, have developed a significant type of Appaloosa horse that display a quiet cooperative disposition and are genetically stable for the Appaloosa characteristics. “We also acknowledge the assistance of the BC Government International Trade Office.”

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On September 29th in a glittering ceremony at Calgary, Danica Heath, Shannon Black and Stephanie Patterson were crowned the 2014 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses. The 2013 Stampede Queen Jessica Williams and Princesses Danielle Kakoschke and Catherine Morneay were on hand to graciously present their crowns to the new Queen and Princesses. Danica Heath - 2014 Stampede Queen Danica is 22 and calls Calgary home. She has a Geology degree and is currently looking to start her Geology career. Danica enjoys playing field hockey and soccer, riding, hiking and snowboarding. Shannon Black – 2014 Stampede Princess Shannon is 24 years old and from Calgary. She enjoys showing her horses, running, biking, camping and hiking. Shannon has a Communications degree and currently works at the United Way. Stephanie Patterson – 2014 Stampede Princess Stephanie is also 24 years and from Calgary. She is a land administrator and a riding teacher. In her spare time, Stephanie likes to read, curl, and horseback ride. The Stampede Royalty act as official ambassadors of the Stampede by promoting western heritage and values in the community and around the world, making more than 400 appearances during their reign. 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 Princesses though their year at

Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference The 32nd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference takes place January 10-12, 2014 in Red Deer, Alberta. Presented by the non-profit organization, Horse Industry Association of Alberta, the conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders with topics of interest for every horse enthusiast. The weekend offers an “Open Barn” reception on the Friday. Due to popular demand, the reception is once again open to the public free of charge to attend, socialize, network and shop around the equine trade show of over 50 sponsor booths. Internationally recognized speakers are coming from all over Canada and the U.S. for Saturday and Sunday sessions. Saturday evening provides a chance to network and socialize with wine, dessert and live entertainment provided by local singer/songwriter Randi Boulton. 42 • Saddle Up • November 2013

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Mighty Miniatures, Part Two By Daphne Davey Photos by Deb Burt


n the last issue of Saddle Up, readers learned about the Miniature Horses who live, work and play at Half-Pint Hooves, a CanTRA-accredited centre near Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. The Minis are partnered with humans in need of therapy, especially children and adults with special needs, and many others who have discovered that sharing time with these charming tiny horses has been therapeutic in every sense of the word. In Part Two, we look at one HalfPint Hooves experiment that deserves an article all to itself. This program is run in collaboration with the White Cane Society whose clients (bringing their guide dogs with them) paid a visit for a new experience - using a Mini as a “guide horse.” The Minis trained for this work are teamed up with both visually impaired clients and sighted clients simulating visual impairment. Trust, self-confidence, and leadership skills are developed through this unusual partnership. Clients are always accompanied by a leader and side-walker, and child clients are required to wear a helmet. Here are a few observations made by the visually impaired visitors: * Horses offered more physical support. * By instinct horses would not walk under an overhanging object (where predators might lurk). As den animals, dogs will crawl under objects so their partners may sometimes get hit on the head. * Horses are able to pull carts (a bonus), even in the heat. Dogs cannot tolerate working in hot conditions. * Dogs follow their noses (zig-zag fashion) after a scent. Horses follow boundaries (sidewalks, buildings, tree lines), which is better for someone wanting to stick to a pattern or route.

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* As predators, dogs do not always give alert to potential danger. As prey animals, horses are more likely to. * The working life of a guide dog is about six years, so training replacement dogs is very costly and time consuming. Horses can work well into their thirties. Despite a heavy score on the side of the Minis, dogs were appreciated for being able to live physically close to their owners (although Minis can also be trained as household pets). The clincher in this debate? Horses do not get fleas! Deb Burt, Half-Pint Hooves executive director, points out that simply doing a walkabout with the Minis using the guide harness suits some of her clients best. “One sighted but deaf and non-verbal client has been coming to the program for three years,” she says. “This lady likes to groom, harness and walk with the Minis. According to her caregiver, this is the only activity that she is interested in.” The mighty Minis have clearly proved their worth.

Ruby, simulating visual impairment by wearing a blindfold, learns to trust Sundance. Jane leads the Mini in support of the exercise. Ruby had already bonded with Sundance through grooming and decorating him.

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Dorothy, who is legally blind, enjoys a stroll with Faline, accompanied by Sasha and a side-walker (out of view). Faline will always adjust her stride to her partner’s.

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BC Sporthorse-Sportpony News By Ulli Dargel Photos by John Dargel


n behalf of the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group, we would like to thank all of our competitors for supporting our 7th Annual Fall Classic. It goes without saying that without our many supporting sponsors we would not have been able to provide the many prizes that were handed out to our champions and reserve champions. It was a privilege to welcome as our judges Dr. Walter de la Brosse from Los Angeles, California and Gayle Atkins from Grants Pass, Oregon. For our evening Cup Classes, we were honoured to have on hand one of our top Canadian Dressage Riders, Wendy Christoff, as our Mystery Judge. To all, we say THANK YOU. It has been an interesting year for the BC SporthorseSportpony Breeders Group. Keep checking our website (www. for photos, detailed placings and future plans for 2014. IN-HAND CHAMPIONS GRAND CHAMPION DRESSAGE-TYPE: Fibonacci (Floriscount x Aussprache x Licotus); O: Virginia Allen; B: Nancy Holowesko CHAMPION SPORTPONY/HUNTER-TYPE PONY AND COLOURED SPORTPONY: Checkmate; O: Kitty Tougas; Handler: Danielle Murphy COLOURED SPORTHORSE CHAMPION: Wi Dance Again (Westporte x Kat Dancer x Tah Wauk Wi Two); O/B: Shelley Fraser THOROUGHBRED CHAMPION: Squeeze Play (Feu d’Enfer x Alderizer x Solarizer); O: Shelley Coppendale; B: Wendall and Pat Clifton GRAND CHAMPION HUNTER-TYPE: Squeeze Play (Feu d’Enfer x Alderizer x Solarizer); O: Shelley Coppendale; B: Wendall and Pat Clifton PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONS OPEN HORSE WALK/TROT CHAMPION: Chance (The Lady’s Groom x Sauce Girl); O: Cristina Rennie YOUTH 13 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPION: Beauty; Rider: Courtney Palleson JUNIOR 14 TO 18 YEARS CHAMPION: Cruzando; Rider: Anna Alva AMATEUR CHAMPION: Not Enough Diamonds; Rider: Katie Forster JUNIOR HORSE CHAMPION: Hermés DSP (Halifax x Proud Gipsy); O: Meaghan Dunn OPEN HORSE CHAMPION: Glastonbury; O: Lisa Schultz OPEN PONY CHAMPION: Peppermint Dragon (Kobur Fire Dragon x Rhiannon Jewellie); O: Ariel Pavic THOROUGHBRED CHAMPION: Quiet Wyatt (Amaruk x Press Run); O: Marcy Emery CANADIAN HORSE CHAMPION: Gaudali Flesh Levia (Gaudali Coquin Flesh x M M Thomas Chita); O: Carey Robertson COLOURED HORSE CHAMPION: Mya; O: Lisa MacBurney

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Equine Canada Update Canadian Eventers in France Canadian athletes Jennifer Peters of Keremeos BC and Taylor’s Legend, her 13-year-old Thoroughbred sired by Taylor, contested at the Grand National Complet 2013 Harass du Jardy CCI1* held September 26-29, 2013 in France. The pair placed 5th overall finishing on their dressage score of 55.3, penalties after double clear performances in their show jumping round, and the challenging 23 obstacle cross-country course. For complete results visit

Canadian Eventers Contested on Two Continents In the U.S., Canada’s Kiyomi Foster and Tasman Sea placed top ten in the Woodside International Horse Trials CIC3* held October 5-6 at the Horse Park in Woodside, CA. The Surrey BC based rider and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding earned 64.3 penalties in their dressage phase, took on 12 faults plus 2 time penalties in show jumping for 78.3, putting them into 10th heading into their cross-country. Their faultless performance over a series of new challenges designed by Derek Di Grazia saw the pair earn 6.4 time penalties. Their final score of 84.7 moved them up two spots finishing eight overall. Fellow Canadians Julianna Van Halst and Leah Breakey rode in the CIC2* Division finishing 12th and 15th respectively. Van Halst of Edmonton AB rode Tristan, her 17-year-old Canadian Swiss Warmblood Thoroughbred-cross gelding sired by Rocks, to a final score of 81.7 penalties. Breakey of Carstairs AB and Master Plan, her own 15-year-old Canadian Oldenburg gelding sired by Deutschmeister, finished on 98.8. For complete Woodside International HT results visit http://

2014 FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List The FEI Bureau has approved changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List brought forward by the FEI List Expert Group. These changes are released now in order to start the process of familiarization with them and will come into force on 1 January 2014. The changes have been placed on the FEI Clean Sport Website ( for ease of reference. The consultation process for the 2015 FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List process will commence early in 2014.

Horses in Southern Alberta Diagnosed with Pigeon Fever More than 10 horses in southern Alberta have been diagnosed with pigeon fever this fall, an illness so-named for the common symptom of swellings in the (l to r) Chris Sorensen, Angela Covert, Kelly Koss-Brix, Ben Asselin and Chef d’Equipe, chest. Mark Laskin. Photo courtesy of Whitney Dr. Kelsey Linders. Brandon of Claresholm Veterinary Service said the clinic has treated several animals and it has also been diagnosed in horses from the Fort Macleod and Lethbridge areas. Though not usually fatal, the fever results in abscesses that have to mature before they can be lanced, drained and regularly flushed while healing.

Canadian Jumping Team in Brazil The Canadian Show Jumping Team consisting of Ben Asselin (Calgary, AB) riding Attaché Stables’ Makavoy, a 10-year-old Selle Francaise mare, Angela Covert (St. Lazare, QC) riding Eastwood Group’s Utan, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Kelly Koss-Brix (Calgary, AB) and Linda SouthernHeathcott’s Chalocorada, an 11-year-old Holstein mare and Chris Sorensen (Caledon, ON) riding Britland Hughes and Christian Sorensen’s Bobby, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, finished 5th on their combined team score in Canada’s début at the CSIO4*-W Best Jump 2013 held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Finishing in first place was Brazil, with Venezuela collecting second place honors and USA and Argentina tying for third place. For complete results visit aovivo-novo/painel.asp?prova=225

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Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


he VDRC would like to extend a warm invitation to all members, as well as their family and friends to attend our year end potluck and AGM. Join us on Friday November 22nd (NEW DATE!!), at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall for fabulous potluck food, the much anticipated tack trunk raffle, silent auction fundraiser, elections and AGM. Doors open at 7 and dinner begins at 7:30. The address is 9909 Kal Lake Rd and we hope to see you all there! While the club has been quiet this autumn, our members have been very active in the community. We were well represented at the Stephen Clarke clinic this past October by members Beth Regehr on her fancy home bred pony Devon, Sara Jackson riding the sparkling grey Hap and Kelly MacIntosh on her lovely Thoroughbred Dixon. Also on the road this fall were Chloe Boisvert, Kayla Orchard, Jane Mastin, Gail Hooykaas, and Megan Creel. These ladies traveled to the BCHJA finals at Thunderbird which is pretty exciting. We at the VDRC are proud to have a small part in the development of so many dedicated local equestrians. On December 14-15 the VDRC will be presenting a clinic taught by the popular Sandra Sokoloski. The clinic will be aimed towards the hunter / jumper disciplines but is open to all. As this will be a riding clinic, Anna Hunt-Binkley has graciously facilitated the use of her indoor at Juniper Hill.

Chloe Boisvert

Please see our website www. for more information on this and other events.

Sara Jackson

Quesnel Quadrille By Meriel Wild


n September 21 and 22 fourteen members of the Quesnel Quadrille performed at the Quesnel Fall Fair. The Quadrille, part of the Quesnel & District Riding Club, has been together for 10 years, and consists of local riders of both English and Western disciplines. The Quadrille is open to riders and horses of all ages and experience, and is a good place to school young horses and for inexperienced riders to gain confidence. The ride is mostly performed at a trot, and the patterns are made up of circles and straight lines, with emphasis on spacing and timing. As you can see in the picture, the riders did a great job and had fun together HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

which made for a great ending to the 2013 riding season. For further information please contact Meriel at 250-7470114 or e-mail You can also see more photos on Facebook, through the Quesnel and District Riding Club site. • 47

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring Photos courtesy of Mary MacArthur of the Country Guide


he 24th Tees Longears Days, August 17-18, held annually at the Rodeo Grounds in the hamlet of Tees, AB, east of Lacombe, completed another informative and fun event for club members and the many spectators that came out to enjoy the atmosphere and sunny weather. Despite the fact that we faced one calamity after another - the caterer cancelling the week before the show, the judge the day before and the announcer the night before - the show ran with barely a hitch! In the end, we enjoyed the input of two great judges, several announcers and a caterer who stepped in and delivered one of our most appreciated suppers ever! New participants included Joe and Loreen Kress from Hanley, SK. Loreen, a barrel racer, brought her mule that she had purchased in March. This lovely 5-year-old grey molly won a fistful of ribbons, and both Loreen and Joe on his borrowed mule Jessie (owned by Merv Hollihan), joined in our famous mule Drill Team - famous, that is, in that we have only a couple of practice runs the night before performing. Our 4-year-old grandson, Landon Siddall, rode in the Lead Line class and also in the Junior Costume class, winning both. Landon, a “city boy,” has taken a shine to riding and Daisy, our 17-year-old molly mule, is a great match for him. Between classes, Amy Dorland, an accomplished Parelli instructor and well-received addition to the show, shared several demonstrations using her horse, Sugar. As Amy and Sugar worked their magic, Amy explained everything that was happening which was appreciated by the audience. Next year will be our 25th anniversary and we are already making plans for something spectacular! You will not want to miss it. Word from the southern end of the province is that club member Ed Burles, with his partner’s mule, Squidge, has won the Intermediate division of the Competitive Trail Ride at the Writing on Stone Ride. Sue has ridden Squidge for several years in many venues, including ADMC demonstrations at the Mane Event and the Calgary Stampede. Squidge is out of an Arabian mare and has proven her heritage by this recent win at Competitive Trail. Alice Todd reports that Sonney, their standard donkey, made enough income from her stint in the movies this summer to pay for the rest of the herd’s winter hay. Pretty neat to own a donkey that can bring home a paycheque! Our semi-annual meeting was held in October at Ponoka, AB, with a decent turnout of members. Plans were initiated for many exciting events and clinics for 2014. Check out our website at to keep up-to-date with events.

Our “one practice on Friday night and then perform” Drill Team, working on our “Windmill” aka a “Wind Mule” with my 30-yearold dun mule, Smokin’ Joe, in the centre.

Our Club president Russ Shandro and his mule Ruger giving a “double up” ride to young mule admirers

Loreen Kress from Hanley, SK, competing in the Trail Class

Our grandson Landon Siddall, riding Daisy in the Lead Line Class

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy Photos by Kristen Wilkieson


ordon and Fay Campbell, Riverside Clydesdales of Fawcett, Alberta, had Best of Show at the Alberta Percheron Club’s 2013 Alberta Foal Show. They topped the 46 Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire Foals, shown October 5th at Ponoka’s Agricultural Complex, with Riverside Royal Blossom, their home-bred Clydesdale filly. Steve Gregg of Cargill, Ontario, separated the record entry. The Champion Clydesdale, Riverside Royal Blossom is big and attractive. Marked picture perfect, her correct underpinning is furnished with a wealth of straight hair, fine as silk. When put through her paces, she caught Gregg’s eagle eye, for she never placed a foot wrong. The rightful winner, Riverside Royal Blossom is a bay Riverside Crown Royal daughter. Rose Hill Tyra was Champion Percheron. Before she won this accolade, she topped a class of 16 Percheron fillies; then placed above Maple West Kittzing 2nd, the Percheron colt that topped the 15 horse colts shown. Competition in the Percheron division was fierce. Gordon Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, Alberta, bred and exhibited Rose Hill Tyra. She is sired by the Iowa-bred stallion, LD’s Shiawasee Redemption. While the Belgian entry was lighter, Duhaime’s Cole was a worthy breed champion. Bred by Albert, Emma & Nikki Duhaime, Duhaime’s Belgians of Peyton, Saskatchewan, his sire, Krebsie’s Nait, is breeding with success in Saskatchewan. To date, his offspring have cut a wide swath on the tanbark. Like his paternal brothers, Duhaime’s Cole is designed to wear harness. The Champion Shire was a big, black colt, named Gentle Giant Rolex. Bred and shown by Blake and Fran Anderson, Gentle Giant Ranch of Didsbury, Alberta, this precocious youngster refused to settle centre-ring. However, such was his excellence; he could not be denied the purple ribbon. This son of Willow Lane Issac’s Ideal Lad captures a cosmopolitan horseman’s eye. Foals from three provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, were fielded shown at Alberta’s 2013 Foal Show.

Riverside Royal Blossom, Best of Show and Champion Clydesdale

Duhaime’s Cole, Champion Belgian

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Kelowna Riding Club By Jill Veitch


s KRC wraps up the 2013 season, it is time to mark achievements as well as investigate opportunities for growth. We congratulate KRC’s Emma Bosma for being chosen one of the two Team BC junior members at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships in Calgary, September 13-15. Team BC placed fourth overall. Plus, 13 year old Team BC’s Emma Bosma (4th from right). Photo by Jesse Alexander. Bailey Zulinick will be competing against the top 16 young riders in Canada at the Nationals at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto Nov 6-7. Both girls train at KRC; coaches Lindsay Kern (Bosma) and Katinka Devrainne (Zulinick) deserve much credit for continued development of these fine athletes. Other club highlights in 2013 include fencing upgrades around most of our arenas, as well as revenue growth in two of our core annual fundraisers. These feats are solely the result of hard work by club volunteers. KRC has experienced growing pains as we attempt to administer club policies in a fair and Bailey Zulinick at the regionals. responsible manner. Expenses are up exponentially Emma Bosma ( over the past decade but fee increases are not. Details Just a reminder that of an approximate 8% increase for 2014 will be reviewed at our we will be cashing volunteer cheques by the end of November. AGM, Saturday November 9th, 4-6pm at the clubhouse. Please It is YOUR responsibility to inform and confirm your volunteer plan to come. Details at hours with our volunteer coordinator, Sarah Hayes (sahayes@ Several directors are stepping down this year, including ) by November 15. Check our Members Area on the the president and treasurer. Anyone who has been a member website for more details. for one year is eligible to become a director. We need your good We are bedding the clubhouse down for winter to reduce new ideas. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month from operating costs. The front gate will open at approximately first 6:30 – 8:00pm. If you are comfortable running a meeting, you light and be locked at dusk. After-hours access can be arranged will make a good president. Our new treasurer will only have through any director. We hope you are enjoying some crisp to report the financials and assist with writing cheques. Please autumn rides and preparing for a bright and sunny winter. contact Jill Veitch if you are interested in helping out in 2014

In Memoriam… Linda Lamberton On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 we lost one of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing… my Mother, Best Friend, Grandmother, and my inspiration. Linda Lamberton was very involved for many years on the executive of the Kelowna Gymkhana Club, part of the Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club, and the BCBRA. Anyone that knew her felt lucky as she had a zest for life, a contagious smile, laugh, heart and determination. She not only loved to ride and compete, but could support, encourage and always lent a hand. She loved trail riding, gymkhanas and barrel racing. She will be missed by all! A Memorial Barrel Race is being planned for the Spring of 2014. - Daughter, Amanda Lamberton 50 • Saddle Up • November 2013

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Oliver Riding Club Report By Max Alexander


n Sunday October 13 the Club, in conjunction with the D-K Ranch (the home of the ORC), held our last riding event of the year. We had entries from Club members, potential members who we encourage to join next year and other riders from as far afield as Summerland. We had three stages of competition with Max doing the commentary. First we had the Halloween Costume Parade with Witches, Mexican Bandits, Lady Dracula and even Little Bo Peep making appearances. Really scary was Bo Peeps’ “sheep” which was a Mini called Little Chief in a very realistic sheep suit! We had some difficulty controlling the local rams! Verla won the first prize with her Bo Peep performance, Annette as the Wicked Witch of the North was second. The kids section was a tie for first place between Morgan and Emily. Following the Parade was a Monster Trail Challenge with horse and riders tackling the Graveyard, the Switch Back Pumpkin Bridge, the Bale-Out Squeeeeeze, the Spider Web Tunnel and the Creepy Forest as well as other challenges. It was fun for all the riders and mounts. The winners of the Senior Division in a tie for first place were Annette and Chanelle on Milly. In the Junior Division Morgan won on Jiggles with Emily in second place. However Sheila and Adrienne stole the show with a brilliant clear round by Adrienne under the guidance of Sheila - a crop was required to encourage a reluctant Adrienne on some parts of the course. It was hilarious to watch and much appreciated by all the spectators. Up next was the Halloween Games planned by Ken and Dawn MacRae and included the Toilet Paper Race in which Don and Emily wiped out the opposition! Then there was the Off With Their Heads Race, the Eye Ball Race, the Ghoulish Barrel Race, the Musical Boxes Race and so on. Winners included Chanelle, Silvana, Annette, Don and Emily with close seconds from Tara and Morgan. It was a great day for the Club and all the participants and spectators enjoyed a fun event in wonderful sunshine. The Club now looks forward to our AGM on November 21 and our Christmas Party on December 14. Finally we wish Janice and Kathy, two of our long standing members, a speedy recovery from serious surgery in recent days. All Club Members wish them well and back with the Club soon.

Ask Suzi! BrokenHearted Lead Liner

Dear Suzi: My daughter has been showing in leadline since last summer. Not once has she placed. Someone told us that the colours on the pony weren’t right. We were using red white and blue on a mahogany bay pony. I have heard many suggestions of different colours to use. Thanks! – Lynn

Hi Lynn: The red, white and blue combo should be fine on the bay pony, but I suspect there is more to this situation than what colour your daughter is wearing. Any colour can work on any horse or pony if it is appropriate, fitted nicely, and makes the rider feel confident. There are certainly combinations that make for a better artistic presentation, but colour coordination of horse and rider is the icing on the cake. I suggest that you consult with a horse show professional - someone who you see consistently winning at the shows you attend. Pay them for their honest opinion about your daughter’s performance and presentation. Then see if you want to make some of the changes they’ll recommend to help her be more competitive. Every child, and every family, should have fun in the show ring. If they don’t, then I, and everyone else who makes their living in the horse show world, is not doing our first job: to keep it fun so people will play. - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

Annette and Ciarra came in 2nd place.

Verla Strawn with Little Chief, our Costume Winner!

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Keelly Reggelsen


ell it sure has been an awesome season for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club. This year we held 4 Schooling Shows, 2 Fun Days and overall it was a WHOLE LOT OF FUN! On October 6, our final event of the year, we had a great group of riders from all over the Okanagan. The Costume Class was a great success showing the real creativity of AERC members! Thank you to the wonderful supporters who donated some outstanding prizes! Our year-end Awards Banquet will be held on November 30th at the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong. Everyone is welcome to join in. This will also be the time for the Annual General Meeting and 2014 elections. The AERC needs the support of its members and the community to continue to offer these great local opportunities. If you would like to get involved, please contact the club and mark the date!

Ashley Klein heading out of the Key Hole

First place PeeWee is Tristan McKenzie

‘Quarter Horse’ and ‘Loonie’ is Rhonda Bennett

The Frog is Natalie Payette, Clown Tristan McKenzie, Dirty Bull Rider Tasia Bronson

Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


ongratulations to Charla Nikkels - the 2013 Saddle Series winner and Angelica Moline as the Reserve Buckle Champion. Our year-end Awards Banquet is on November 16th at the clubhouse. Make sure to get your tickets in advance from Sandy Chevallier or Darlene Pappas. Contact info can be found on our website. SEPTEMBER RESULTS: Novice: High Point - Amanda Pich on Harley Reserve - Jordan Miller on Diesel Senior: High Point - Amanda Dickinson on Blaze Reserve - Amanda Capuano on Easter Youth: High Point - Kaylee Gauthier on Buddy Reserve - Tori Reynolds on Dakota Junior: High Point - Danika Caverly on Stilty Reserve - Toniesha Stukel on Peaches PeeWee: High Point - Vanesa Caverly on Bailey Reserve - Payton Ramage on Tigger OCTOBER RESULTS: Novice: High Point - Autrey Derickson on Suny Reserve - Jordan Miller on Diesel

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Senior: High Point - Amanda Capuano on Easter Reserve - Kara Cole on Jetta Youth: High Point - Tori Reynolds on Dakota Reserve - Sierra Stukel on Dusty Junior: High Point - Toniesha Stukel on Peaches Reserve - Danika Caverly on Stilty PeeWee: High Point - Vanesa Caverly on Bailey Reserve - Dylan Capp on Tiki Costume Class: 1st - Amanda Capuano (Cruella Deville) 2nd - Dylan Capp (Geenie) 3rd - Delaney Ferguson (Wilma Flintstone)

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Topline Fall Finale By King Campbell


he annual Topline Fall Finale was a huge success! Nearly 100 entries in the BC Summer Games and BC Heritage qualifying show, made for an exciting weekend on October 4-6. The setting was magical amongst the fall colours and the pumpkins and scarecrows for a Halloween flavour. The main jumper ring was busy with jumping classes, while the large dressage ring and indoor arena Julia and Merlin the Bumble Bee Caitlin Fountain, winner of the 3’9” Division. (submitted by a proud parent!) hosted the flat classes. As usual, Sonya Photo by Andrea Blair. Campbell was able to keep the entire show right on schedule, with the help of many fantastic people. Riders appreciate the excellent sponsorship support, and Topline accommodating riders’ requests to make the show as efficient and fun as possible. The show included a medal class with three phases; hunter, jumper and equitation. Allie Taylor won the medal class and received an embroidered cooler sponsored by Anthony Lothian. Anthony also designed excellent jump courses over the weekend, utilizing many of the 150 newly painted rails, and he incorporated the new Liverpool jump into the higher height classes. Jumper classes ranged from cross rails to three foot 9 inches, with Caitlin Fountain winning the highest class. Winners in the various divisions took home twenty-two embroidered saddle pads and the details are posted on Sarah DeHoog riding Magical Moyra in the 2’6” Jumper Facebook and at Class. Photo by Andrea Blair. The Halloween costume class is always a great event and this year the competition was tight, with many horses and riders in fun and imaginative costumes. Judging the costume class is always the most difficult of the weekend, but everyone received a ribbon for participating. A huge thank you to everyone for supporting Topline horse shows, clinics and our three days events in 2013. See www. for 2014 show dates.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ot sure where all of our members were on October 5th, but they certainly weren’t at our scheduled meeting. The handful that did appear were able to discuss upcoming events and other club matters. The club now offers clothing with our logo on it. Might be a great Christmas gift idea for a Morgan loved one! Visit to order or call Rachel Eldred at 250-710-7531 directly. Debbie M is finishing off a new club brochure and will have some copies available at the Mane Event in Chilliwack. Club members were welcome to send in photos for the brochure. We are trying to come up with a new date for our W.A.M. show in 2014, maybe spring or early summer? HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

We have planned our Club Christmas Party for Saturday November 30th at Debbie and Jim Miyashita’s place in Canoe. Please arrive for 2 pm. Bring your pot luck dish and also join in the Gift Exchange (approx. $15 value). Discussion took place on how to get more members out to meetings, offer ‘speakers’ or ‘mini-clinics’ at each meeting? Many subjects and ideas came up all with positive feedback! We do have our Club website, but we also have a Facebook page and encourage all members to post their ‘brags’, wins, foals, horses etc. Let’s show off what we’ve got! See you in Canoe! • 53

BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Joey Tompkins


he last few months have been a whirlwind of activity. In September five horses were adopted out. RockStar, Hailey, BlackJack and Mocha were adopted by a lovely couple that wanted to give some companion horses a good home as well as friends for the little mini they already had. They are living in Rock Creek and I could not be happier for them all. Then Babe as well has been adopted by a young lady in Kelowna and is being spoiled and cherished. Then we received a new member, Bella, who is an off-track mare who didn’t have the love to run. She is 5 years old and stands 16.1HH and I truly know I am small when I stand beside her. She is in need of rehabilitation and then retraining. She is a real nice looking girl and when she is able to go to a new home she will be a treasure to whomever adopts her. Then we had our last ride of the year and even though there was threat of rain it held off during the day. We did have at least 30 riders register but the bad weather deterred some of them from coming. In the end there were 12 riders and a wonderful time was had by all. The trails at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby BC are awesome to ride on as they are kept in top shape. They are working on a new trail which has become my favourite. Tilly, Torrie and Beau are in foster homes as they are in need of more individual care and grazing. Since Tilly and Torrie have been in the care of our volunteer Rita they have truly bloomed and are enjoying the extra TLC they are receiving. Beau has become a friend to a gelding who is in his 30’s and needed a buddy. Since she has been there she has put on more weight and

Riding at Timber Ridge

Time to relax!

seems to have settled in nicely. Even though the Hoof n’ Hearts dinner/dance was cancelled, WestJet kindly allowed us to use their donation of a flight for 2 anywhere they fly for an online auction. We were able to raise $1,400 and used the funds to buy four auto shelters. Thanks to everyone who has helped put them together. We would also like to thank everyone for their support and congratulate Elizabeth as the winning bidder. So as you can see we have been busy and cannot wait for our adventures to continue. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser ... “Fill the Barn”!

Kelowna Gymkhana Club Report By Kayla Stromsten


hat a great end of the year! Had a fantastic 2013 with a lot of great old and new members attending. If you did not get a chance to attend this year, check out our Facebook page and come check us out next year! Our Year-end Banquet date is to be announced soon. We’re also online www. A big THANK YOU to Amanda Lamberton for the great year! RESULTS: AUGUST 25TH MASTERS HP - Dan Gibbs - Comet RES - Jackie Schleppe - Buddy SENIOR HP - Amy Russo - Mya HP - Kayla Stromsten - Skittles RES - Amy Russo - Hoden

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YOUTH HP - Mia Wishlow - Sahib RES - Katie - Strider JUNIOR HP - Ayla Schwarz - Muffin RES - Mya Geiger - Cruz PEE WEE HP - Dalyce Russo-Dion - Misty RES - Curtis - Snowy SEPTEMBER 22ND MASTERS HP - Chris Robinson - Diego RES - Dan Gibbs - Comet SENIOR HP - Amy Russo - Mia RES - Amy Russo - Hoden YOUTH HP - Robyn - Prince RES - Madison - Spirit JUNIOR HP - Keira Bennett - Monty RES - Kiara Redlick - Splash RES - Mya Geiger - Stitch PEE WEE HP - Marina Jardine - Jewel RES - Curtis – Snowy

Liz Gibbs Debbie Wright

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

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

It’s a boy! Congratulations to 12-year-old Heather Redman, the proud new owner of a lovely 7-year-old 16hh bay and white Arabian Saddlebred gelding. His name is True Colors MR and he is by Saddlebred stallion The Color of Fame x Lady Alima. He is truly Heather’s dream horse; after tragically losing her new purebred gelding Anything But Shy to a brain tumour shortly after purchasing him, she spent months looking for the right horse. It was love at first ride for both horse and young rider. They will be a lovely pair to watch in the coming year in Half Arabian classes. The photos are from the Fall Frolic Arabian Show at Thunderbird Show Park five days after she purchased him. They truly are the perfect match and he is that once-in-alifetime horse. Thank you Kimberly Redman.

Arabian Fun Facts • While long distance riding is not new to the world of horses, endurance riding competitions, for which Arabians are especially well suited, began in the USA in the 1960s. • During the Crimean War (1851-1854), one Arabian horse raced 93 miles without harm, but its rider died from exhaustion.

It’s a girl! Congratulations to Steven and Jennifer Zachary of Turning Point Ranch in Pritchard. They are pleased to announce the arrival of BA MORAINAS FANCY, a 2002 purebred Arabian mare, imported from Idaho earlier this year. Known as “Fancy,” her breeding is pretty unique in Canada, as she is sired by AlMarah Seagull, one of the youngest AM Sea Captain++ sons. His dam is AM Dream Dove, sired by the exquisite Dreamazon+++ and out of the incomparable mare, Tsea Note! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

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Her dam line is heavy *Raseyn breeding with many champion working western horses. With a pedigree such as this, they felt that this mare would produce athletic foals, from endurance to working western and more. Fancy has been covered by the young stallion, Sir Nask SF, a black bay Arabian of world-class breeding, going back to *Aladdinn, Serafix, *Bask, and Al Marah Canadius, to mention a few. This will be their only foal in 2014, but they are expecting great things from this cross. They have sold most of their ponies now, with only a few young prospects available. They will have only a few individuals remaining and plan to concentrate on our Arabians and Arabian/Welsh crosses (Welara).

Halter Training It is that time to consider when to wean, if you haven’t, and “Now what do I do?” It doesn’t matter if you bred for a show horse or a trail horse, you still want that foal to have the best chance at life. Make sure you have talked with your veterinarian about the shots it should have, a deworming schedule and an appropriate feed to help grow your baby. If anyone is interested in showing an Arabian foal at halter next year, contact me so we can meet and work on some halter training for both of you! Also, this is a great way to develop your foal’s attention span and get some ground manners. I would like to do a few mini-clinics over the next few months; if you are interested, contact me (Dawn Heppner, Damarhe Training). Happy trails and safe returns! • 55

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

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541

MORE FROM THE SCQHA / AQHA Fall Circuit (held Sept. 13-15)

FUTURITY RESULTS Super Halter Yearling Futurity: 1st: Sherry Sulz & STS Got Em All Talkin 2nd: Laurie Takoff & Blonde Smash 3rd: Tami Hutton & Shamrock N Dreams 4th: Ed Olney & Good Life Lessons Super Halter Weanling Futurity: Cherie Jardine & RB One Cool Mocha Overall Hi Point Stallion: SCR Im Awesome - owner George Nelson Overall Hi Point Mare: Covergirl Randy Kitagawa Overall Hi Point Gelding: Money Makin Dreamer - Alix Rasmussen Hi Point Select: Carol Walton & A Little Super Halter Weanling Futurity: Cherie Reality Jardine & RB One Cool Mocha Reserve: Janet Crich & Skip To My Image Photo courtesy of Maureen Chester Hi Point Amateur: Karla Dewhurst & Streakin Like Daddy Hi Point Youth 13 & Under: Mackenzie Inksater & Bow Tie N Dreams Reserve: Alix Rasmussen & Money Makin Dreamer Hi Point Youth 14-18: Alix Rasmussen & Money Makin Dreamer Reserve: Katrina Mulford & Zippos Star Shuttle Hi Point Rookie Youth: Cheyenne Hayward & Sweet Country Rock Reserve: Olivia Nelson & Mini Demensions Hi Point Novice Amateur: Gordie McEachen & Good Grief Grover Reserve: Haylie Morris & Krymsunality Hi Point Senior Horse: Janet Crich & Skip to My Image Reserve: Flora Kippan & Dont Invite Skip Hi Point Junior Horse: Mackenzie Inksater & Bow Tie N Dreams Reserve: Alix Rasmussen & Money Makin Dreamer Hi Point Novice Youth: Mackenzie Inksater & Bow Tie N Dreams Reserve: Alix Rasmussen & Money Makin Dreamer Hi Point Novice Rookie: Connie Schikowski & Katie Dimension Reserve: Patty Thomason & Socked Right Up Hi Point Green Horse: Tami Hutton & Hez The Ultimate Dream Reserve: Gordie McEachen & Good Grief Grover

2014 AQHA SCHOLARSHIP Deadline December 1st, 2013 Available scholarships range from $500 to $25,000 and vary in length from one to four years, and recipients will be required to renew their scholarship annually. Applicants can submit a nonspecific application, which will be evaluated against the criteria supplied within the scholarship program outline to determine eligibility. For more information contact the American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship Program at 806-378-5029 or foundation@aqha. org.

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BE AQHA PROUD AQHA urges members and owners to show their pride and support for the American Quarter Horse breed. Members will soon see ads for the new AQHA Proud campaign, designed to inspire members and owners to “Be AQHA Proud.” AQHA understands the importance of the American Quarter Horse in our members’ lives and cultivates new programs and services to help you spend more time with the breed you love. It is important for members, owners and the Association to stand behind this pride for the breed. Support the Association that supports the breed you love by taking a few easy steps: ~ Make sure your membership stays current ~ Purchase or renew your subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal ~ Register horses that may not have registration certificates ~ Make sure ownership records are current through transfer paperwork ~ Share your AQHA Proud message on AQHA’s social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #AQHAProud It’s not just about being an owner; it’s about being a member. Members have strength in numbers; those numbers become a voice. Now more than ever, membership matters. For more information on how to join AQHA or show your AQHA pride, visit


The American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse and National Snaffle Bit associations will sponsor the 2013 Inaugural Industry Show Summit. Trainers, professional horsemen, judges, stewards and exhibitors are invited to the Inaugural Industry Show Summit sponsored by AQHA, APHA and NSBA on December 8, 2013, at the Dallas/Fort Worth Grand Sheraton in Irving, Texas. AQHA, APHA and NSBA are teaming up to help strengthen the integrity of competition by bringing together many of the industry’s leading judges, trainers and industry professionals. The summit will explore the judging system and education process, class rules and how they are interpreted. The summit will provide ways to become more consistent through video runs and reviews of classes as well as the score deviations and the scoring system. Humane training at events will also be discussed. Participants will attend 45-minute sessions with panelled discussions covering western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, western riding and trail. These discussions will be followed by 30-minute open dialogue and question and answer sessions. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide input in an open, dialogue-friendly setting. This first-of-its-kind summit and symposium is designed to be positive, friendly and open, with the goal of helping exhibitors at a variety of levels. Limited space is available for members of the host organizations and registration is required for this free event. Visit for more info.

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

Photo Contest Well, with fall rapidly upon us, here’s the chance for everyone to reflect on what kind of horsey year they’ve had. Did you accomplish a horse-showing highlight? Did you ride the most gorgeous trail, or did you chase down the toughest steer? Whatever you’ve done with your amazing Quarter Horse, we would love to share your pictures. Please enter our LMQHA Amazing Quarter Horses photo contest for a chance to win a custom stall plaque graciously donated by a famous local artist and fellow LMQHA member Anita Klein. Her amazing art has been showcased on Leanin Tree cards and in art shows from Vancouver to Las Vegas! Runners-up will win an amazing LMQHA gift basket! So send your best horse shot to mellissa1@ and stay tuned for our winner. Deadline for this contest is December 31, 2013.

Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair March 16, 2014 The Bazaar Team is getting ready to get fired up for our 40th anniversary. This year promises to be packed with entertainment. There will be something for everyone, with a day packed with clinics and demonstrations, 100-plus vendor trade fair and our famous used tack sale. Stayed tuned to Saddle Up for monthly updates! Our website ( will also have information and all the up-and-coming news.

January Pub Night Fundraiser Stay tuned for information in regards to where and when because these evenings are always worth putting on your calendar. It will be a night to come out and mingle with your horsey friends and perhaps do some Christmas shopping at our always-awesome silent auction. Call Terri Brown at 778-549-1297 for details and tickets.

LMQHA Annual General Meeting November 26, Lions Hall, 7pm Come on out to our meetings and take part in this evergrowing, versatile club. We have members that enjoy a wide range of horse activities. Some of us enjoy competing, some a nice relaxing ride down a scenic path. No matter what it is you enjoy doing on your Quarter Horse, we all have one thing in common - the love of the horse. Come out and be a part of an amazing club that is built on a wide range of passions. Make 2014 the year that you join and are a part of a club that would love to welcome you on board. Give any of the directors a call and they would love to answer any questions you may have. Even if you don’t own a Quarter Horse and just want to volunteer some time or get to know some new people, make 2014 the year. This is the meeting where a lot of the major decisions for the next year are made, including who will be on the 2014 board. Our 2013 directors are listed on the LMQHA page at

LMQHA Year-end Awards Banquet Stay tuned to Saddle Up for details on this year-end highlight - always a wonderful evening celebrating all those competitors who strove to reach their goals. As well, we celebrate some special people who have gone above and beyond by honouring them with our awards that have been dedicated in honour of some of our fallen members. It is always a night of laughter and cheer, sometimes even a tear. So be sure to mark it on your calendar when we set the date.

New Book A Mindful Collection - Author Christa Miremadi (A Collection of Horsemanship Vignettes) The author shares her thoughts on many topics from things as in depth and complicated as ‘feel’ to using ‘bits’ or remaining ‘bitless’. Get a glimpse into the perspective that has proven so successful for Christa and the horses she works with. The book also acknowledges the hundreds of horses and the many people who have inspired these articles. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

ISBN-13: 978-1492938989 ISBN-10: 149293898X Soft Cover 5” x 8” 113 pages • 57

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Get out your calendar


e’ve been tossing around dates for the BC Paint Horse Club’s awards banquet and Saturday, January 11, is looking promising as we go to press with this edition of Saddle Up. The directors are already looking for donations for our famous “balloon pop” and we are all looking forward to presenting the first-ever BC Paint Horse Club youth scholarship. Check the website for updates and if you’re coming down to the Coast from the North Okanagan, some carpooling could be arranged now that I have set down roots in Enderby! The annual meeting is later this month, on Saturday, November 30. We’ve booked our regular room at the Langley Events Centre from 2pm to 5 pm and we hope to see some new faces. We have a very good group of directors and I’m pretty certain all of them will let their names stand again for 2014 but that’s not to say we can’t entertain some new faces (and fresh blood) at the table. We have a lot of fun at our meetings and we even manage to conduct a bit of club business! If you want to be involved with a progressive and friendly group of horse people, get involved with BC Paint!

Ho! Ho! Have you ordered your wreath yet? Natalie Hall has already received a bunch of pre-orders for this big fundraiser for BC Paint and wreath-making gets underway in earnest in early November. Wreaths are a steal at just $35 each and will also be available to members (and supporters) in the North Okanagan as I will be able to bring home a truckload to Enderby after the AGM on the 30th. Don’t let the miles prevent you from supporting our club! Go to the homepage of our website ( to find the order form before we run out of steam! And wreaths!

Northern exposure It was awesome to hear from Sarah McClary, way up in Smithers. Sarah owns the Paint stallion Page Classic and did an awesome job reporting on the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show. She wants to promote her stallion, of course, but she has also offered to light a fire under Paint owners in her area of the province to encourage them to show their horses and get involved with our club. That’s the kind of support we need and we’re really pleased to have Sarah on our side!

Southern exposure

(We’re excited!) Watch our website for updates as all the clubs in the Northwest start posting their 2014 show dates. We are considering going to a day-and-a-half show for our “Back-toBasics” shows next season. We have to do some serious number crunching before we commit, however; we should have some news before the end of the year. Stay tuned.

Fifteen minutes of fame

Dianne Rouse and five-time world champion, Chansation, at LMQ’s Evergreen Circuit.

Have you seen the most recent (October) edition of the Paint Horse Journal? Marion Cox’s wonderful photos from our B2B show in Delta last summer were spotlighted in PHJ’s “Spotted” feature - over TWO pages! If you were at B2B on the Coast (and even if you weren’t), check it out! Lynn Parker and Tarzan Is Terrific (Rob Ruutel photo) Your mug could be in the Journal! And if you haven’t already ordered your pictures from Marion, better get on it. Colleen Schellenberg was saying that Marion has re-posted them on her website at If they’re not there, email Marion at She took some awesome shots - and they might make awesome Christmas gifts for someone special!

Viewing pleasure Be sure to follow the APHA World Show live when it gets underway on November 6. It will be ten days of absolute distraction watching some of the best Paint Horses and exhibitors in the world online, including our own Dianne Rouse and her multiple World Champion mare, Chansation. I can’t wait. Don’t forget to pencil in our AGM on November 30 and the banquet on January 11. And if you’re in the Enderby area, the K-cups are ON! Come by and say hi! We - Allan, Devon and I - are so very pleased to finally call the North Okanagan home! We’re just around the corner from Lynn Parker (Simply Terrific) who dropped by today on her fancy two-year-old, Tarzan Is Terrific! How terrific is that?!

We’ve heard that the Pacific Northwest Paint Horse Club may be taking their April APHA show to the fairgrounds at Lynden, Washington in late April. Lynden is just south of the Canada/US border at Aldergrove and would be really handy for BC exhibitors. 58 • Saddle Up • November 2013

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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


ollowing is a report from the North Vancouver Island chapter of BCHBC. This is just one example of the many projects that happen province-wide that are made possible due to volunteer efforts.

Volunteers Assist with New Bridge on One Spot Trail

It was a big - and dirty - job, but someone had to do it! In late July, volunteers from the North Vancouver Island Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) gave generously of their time to assist the Comox Valley Regional District with the re-making of a bridge on the historic One Spot Trail. “The original bridge, located opposite 5150 Condensory Road, is the connection between the One Spot and Wildwood Forest,” says the Comox Valley Regional District’s BCHBC members Nina Christmas, Bonnie Brian Allaert. “It was Hull and Marcia Harrison stop their installed in 1995 by horses to admire the new bridge on the Bob Webb and other One Spot Trail. volunteers who wanted to see the Comox Logging Grade opened up as a trail. The bridge needed replacing because the stringers supporting it were rotting and BCHBC had asked the Regional District to upgrade the bridge decking which was slippery when wet. BCHBC offered input on the design of the railing and surfacing (to ensure its safety for horses and riders) and then provided volunteers to assist with construction, installing the bottomless culvert and concrete walls, backfilling and compacting material around the new arch culvert, and finally assembling and installing the railings.” Under the direction of the CVRD’s project manager, BCHBC volunteers Jill Ackerman, Neil Feely, John and Karen Eigler, John and Leslie King, Catherine and Jerry Richardson, Sharon Pickthorne and Bud Whitfield put in three full days of hard labour. They were assisted by equipment operator and wall installer Loic Hersco, TCL Stoneworks. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The bridge was designed by Onsite Engineering. Allaert adds that the project cost was about $20,000 - not including the 50 volunteer hours donated by BCHBC members. In addition to having a soft spot for One Spot Trail, BCHBC members have been extensively involved with the development and on-going maintenance of several well-used and much-loved multiuse recreational trails in the Comox Valley and beyond. Not only do members ride these trails, they take great pride in them, too. In the wake of a windstorm, volunteers venture out to clear deadfall. As demonstrated with this project, if a bridge needs to be built to ensure a safe creek or ravine crossing, or other trail maintenance needs to be done, volunteers organize a work bee and “git ‘er done!” They have even constructed a few outhouses in the outback - always a welcome sight after spending several hours in a saddle. “The Comox Valley community is fortunate to have people like the members of the Back Country Horsemen who eagerly volunteer to help improve our park facilities,” concludes Allaert. “These volunteers were keen, productive and a pleasure to oversee. They took the plans and materials and created a bridge that will benefit many future generations of trail users.” “I know I speak on behalf of all our members in saying we are pleased to be able to work in partnership with the CVRD on projects like this,” concludes Sharon Pickthorne, vice chair of the BCHBC’s North Island Chapter. “We recognize and appreciate how fortunate we are to have the on-going support and cooperation of community stakeholders to support recreation enhancement initiatives that improve facilities for all to enjoy.”

Spotlight on One Spot Trail - Comox Valley

The historic One Spot Trail begins at Condensory Road (near Cessford Road) and ends up near the Tsolum River. Development of this natural soil and packed gravel trail was made possible with Comox Valley Regional District funding and the combined efforts of many volunteers from BCHBC, Comox Valley Land Trust, Dove Creek Community Association and Comox Valley Naturalists Society. While this may be “one great spot to ride, hike or cycle,” this eightkilometre long trail is actually named after the first locomotive that was used on a railway line constructed here over 100 years ago. “One Spot” was the nickname for a wood-burning Baldwin steam locomotive that was built in 1909 and used to transport timber from the various logging camps in the region up until 1943. The railway tracks were removed in 1954, after the main logging operations at Headquarters Road were shut down. The land lay dormant for the next five decades. It was officially developed and designated as a multi-use trail in 2008. While One Spot Trail was constructed primarily for horseback riding, walking and cycling are also permitted. (ATVs are not.) Interpretive signs along the path describe the past, present and future of the area and offer insight into the beautiful second growth forest through which it travels. • 59

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901

Directors: Ty Lytton Neal Antoine Derek Mobbs Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Mike Gill Allison Everett Rob Everett Trish Kohorst Laura James Court Smith Ray Jasper

BAREBACK: Denver Derose – 1st Go Steve Hohmann – 2nd Go Denver Derose – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – DENVER DEROSE, KAMLOOPS, BC SADDLE BRONC: Cole Scott – 1st Go Cole Scott – 2nd Go Steve Hohmann – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – COLE SCOTT, KAMLOOPS, BC BULL RIDING: Levi Lawlor – 1st Go Steve Hohmann – 2nd Go Ryan Jasper – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – RYAN JASPER, RISKE CREEK, BC

2013 BCRA FINALS GO ROUND BUCKLE WINNERS & FINALS CHAMPIONS (250) 396-7710 (250) 457-5391 (250) 315-9498 (250) 280-7653 (250) 394-4034 (250) 315-9625 (250) 296-4778 (250) 305-7901 (250) 961-9005 (250) 318-9430 (250) 302-1176 (250) 991-8391

TIE DOWN ROPING: Virgil Poffenroth – 1st Go Virgil Poffenroth – 2nd Go Steve Lloyd – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – STEVE LLOYD, QUESNEL, BC

JUNIOR BARREL RACING: Tosha Seitz – 1st Go Tosha Seitz – 2nd Go Tosha Seitz – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – TOSHA SEITZ, SAVONA, BC

STEER WRESTLING: Luke Simonin – 1st Go Riley Isnardy – 2nd Go Cole Scott – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – LUKE SIMONIN, NARAMATA, BC

JUNIOR STEER RIDING: Jackson Scott – 1st Go James Johnston / Jackson Scott – 2nd Go Blaine Manuel – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – BLAINE MANUEL, 150 MILE HOUSE, BC

BREAKAWAY ROPING: Kristin Bell – 1st Go Kyle Bell – 2nd Go Troy Gerard – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – KYLE BELL, HOUSTON, BC LADIES BARREL RACING: Cathy Bueckert – 1st Go Laura James – 2nd Go Sarah Gerard – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – SARAH GERARD, SAVONA, BC TEAM ROPING: Chad Evenson / Carey Isnardy – 1st Go Nick Teixeira / Ty Lytton – 2nd Go Clayton Freemantle / Tim Pellam – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPIONS: HEADER: RUSSELL GLASSFORD, QUESNEL, BC HEELER: STEVE LLOYD, QUESNEL, BC

JUNIOR BREAKAWAY ROPING: Dustin Spiers – 1st Go BJ Isnardy – 2nd Go Taylor Cherry – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – TAYLOR CHERRY, QUESNEL, BC PEE WEE BARREL RACING: Brianna Billy – 1st Go Brianna Billy – 2nd Go Elly Farmer – 3rd Go FINALS CHAMPION – BRIANNA BILLY, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC

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

2013 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Top 10 Ladies Barrel Finalists Jean Sponsor Committee Product Sponsor WRANGLER

2013 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle 2013 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947

2013 Junior Steer Riding Saddle Kd Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC 2013 Junior Breakaway Saddle Rock Construction & Mining, Kamloops, BC 2013 FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE SPONSORS: Breakaway Roping – BCES Entry System Rookie Roughhorse Rider – Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox Steer Wrestling – Regency Chrysler, Quesnel Heading/Heeling – Grassland Equipment Ltd. Pee Wee Barrel Racing – BAR E Contracting, R. & A. Everett Junior Breakaway – Quesnel Rodeo Club Junior Steer Riding – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Junior All Around – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association

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2013 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: Glen & Coleen Duggan – Barrel Horse of Year Green Mobile Veterinary Services – Breakaway Horse of Year Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic – Heeling Horse of Year Gus & Nita Cameron – Jr Barrel Horse of Year PMG Communications, P. Gerhardi - Steer Wrestling White Ranches, R. & A. Doug White - Jr. Breakaway Horse

PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet

2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake WL & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Don & Nance Macdonald, Williams Lake

2013 BCRA RACK CARD SPONSORSHIP Irvine Tack & Trailers, Viking AB

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

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - vacant Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier, Katrin Levermann,


s planned, ERABC members headed south to Idaho to enter the American Endurance Ride Conference Championship “City of Rocks” Ride, held September 20-22, and offering 50-mile and 100-mile championship events. Bringing it to life for us are personal accounts, first from Lori Bewza: After a successful 2012 ERABC season on my Arabian gelding, I decided to attend the AERC National Championships, and my husband thought he could incorporate riding his Harley for a fun holiday. For sections of the journey, we secured the Harley in the front part of the horse trailer and my horse safely in the back stall. Our journey began in hometown Chase and took us 1800 kilometres southeast to Idaho with three days on the road, stopping with friends in Soap Lake, Washington and at fairgrounds in Ontario, Oregon. We arrived two days early to prepare for the event, as we had been warned of the challenging terrain and high altitude. Ride Day was cold and clear, allowing the competitors to fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. The first loop led up to the breathtaking expanse of The City of Rocks, an area of incredible rock formations that seem to emerge from nowhere and go as far as the eye can see. The climb into the mountains offered technical challenges and elevation gain to 8500 feet. My heart spent this time wedged high in my throat as, despite the beauty; this was no place to stop to take in the scenery. After the descent, the final 10 miles wound through the desert and rock formations to camp for the finish. Jaz came through with all A’s on his vet card, 18th place overall and 5th in the lightweight division. This was truly a “To Finish is to Win” ride. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

And the Levermann girls (Katya rode the 50; Anya took on the 100-miler): Katya rode Steph Teeter’s Batman in the 50 miler with Steph and her 22-yearold Jazireet Ben Muska as sponsor. Katya has ridden Batman several times and they qualified to participate together. The goal was to complete only and not get into “race” mode. And that’s what they accomplished, finishing in about eight hours on healthy, sound horses. Anya and 8-year-old mustang, Bishop, got together in 2012 and have ridden six rides together; although many miles separate their homes, Anya is his main rider with owner/sponsor Cynthia Peticolas hailing from Kansas! The 100-mile start was cold and windy, and at the first vet check it was still cold and windy; the horses were double blanketed for the hold. Loop 2 was 23 miles with a long climb up to 8500 feet and down both of “our” horses passing their vet exams, munching their food with appetite. The next loop (20 miles) to Castle Rock included lots of road riding, taking a toll on several horses, but Bishop and Fareed trotted out sound and enjoyed two big bowls of mash each with amazing gusto. Glow sticks were attached to breast collars, knowing that, after the 24-mile loop, the two would come to vet check 4 in the dark. Anya and Cynthia were in good spirits as they began their last 16-mile loop in the dark... it seemed to take them forever! They completed at 5:30am, with one last sound trot out. Anya was relieved and thrilled at the same time. She accomplished her goal! And from Elroy Karius, competing in both 50 and 100-mile distances: Attending my ninth Championships, I was ready again to learn the skills and techniques revealed by some of the best endurance riders on the continent. At this event, we learned that high altitude/cool temperature cooling with water may cause a reverse condition if the pulse down is longer than 3 minutes, triggering shakes and chill effect. Walking is about the only option left when pulse down is slow. The altitude, cold fog and wind seemed to signal winter riding conditions, but as soon as the pace slowed, steam rose in the morning sun while each horse’s breath blowing was as visible as in winter. The horses were hot, some riders missed that and we saw the cumulative effect in metabolic and fatigue at the next

Lori Bewza, 50-mile event

50-mile start

holds. BC riders placed very well in both races. It was great to see the commitment of our BC juniors so well sponsored and mentored at this level of ride. Gail and NL Temptation went the distance in fine fashion, continuing their record of consecutive completions in every 100-miler started. Apache did do the distance, but did not complete at the 100-mile mark due to lameness. The irony was that we had one of the best ride days, but the hard road and distance combined to take a toll. It was a great effort and a great ride. Add a National Championship to your bucket list. It’s a must-do thing. Complete results can be found at Back at home, watch for the 2014 Ride Schedule at Events ( Join, or renew your membership!

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

Cheer for the Ears!



Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14

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

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

For info: or

Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


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

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 10/14

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook, 10/14 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 5/14


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 7/14

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Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach THE SIX ESSENTIALS There are Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have solidly in place before you become sport specific! These are so important; I will continue to break them down individually. These are part of the Learn to Ride Western Rider 1 program. Incremental learning in incremental steps! (Last Issues: #1 STAND STILL, #2 BACK UP) #3 - FORWARD – To move your horse forward, you must first start by slightly raising your energy, build your intention and encourage this maneuver by opening the front door. Keep your chin up, look forward where you want to go, keeping your eyes between your horse’s ears. The rider’s body weight is evenly distributed throughout the seat, hips and thighs. Your intention should move through your body so your partner will ‘learn the feel’. Raise your hands slightly, to signal his attention to ‘something’s happening’. There should be no upper body HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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movement. Begin to squeeze your legs from the top down. Yes, they can feel pressure from your thigh to knee area. When you get the desired response, you release. Use equal leg pressure on/off, as needed to maintain forward movement. This simple maneuver can actually be challenging with some horses, but is it the horse or the rider? Voice sounds are not always needed. Remember, a horse naturally lives in a silent world and is able to respond to effective body language efficiently. As for all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’, and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it! Be Safe and have fun! For more information contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline 250999-5090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 63

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ARMSTRONG INN (Armstrong BC) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 8/14 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford BC) 1-877-336-6156, 15 min To Heritage Park, Pool/Hot tub, Restaurant, 8/14

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

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COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl., TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14

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TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13 TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14 66 • Saddle Up • November 2013


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HORSES WELCOME! 22 acres along the Salmo River. This fertile property has everything you need to start your equestrian journey or hobby farm. Includes a double wide 3 bedroom, 2 bath modular on a full concrete basement. Barn comes complete with electricity, water, 2 stalls, covered attached shelter and hay storage. Property is fenced and x-fenced and includes a large arena. $329,000 MLS R 2389919 CONTACT TAMMY PEITZSCHE 250-365-9640 ~ Castlegar Realty Ltd

REC, RANCH, OR COUNTRY LIVING Charming country estate set on over 7 acres of forested privacy. Tucked away and surrounded by crown land, the secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom escape is the perfect spot for outdoor recreation at your doorstep. 3,200 sq. ft. home, functional kitchen with centre island, huge 37’ x 21’ outdoor deck with south views. The well-treed property borders a creek, is minutes to Tulameen River and the Trans Canada Trail, and would make a great horse property! Storage options include a double attached carport, 19’ x 12’ shed and a 24’ x 24’ powered shop with a full basement for storing the toys. $539,900 MLS R 145204

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QUARTERSPOT RANCH 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 6/14

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277 Coldstream BC (minutes from Vernon) 250-549-2439 or text 250-307-7010

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters

Lighted indoor Arena Outdoor Arena and Round Pen Outdoor board in large paddocks with water and shelter Indoor board with daily turnout Heated Tack room Quiet, respectful surroundings for your equine partner Available for clinics, events and lessons Trainers welcome 12/13

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman

(Chris Irwin Certified)



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

Photo by Francois Bergeron


In Vancouver BC Opening December 7th, 2013

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TWO WAYS TO WIN! 1) Find the hidden “Cavalia – Odysseo” photos on our web site, then e-mail and tell Nancy where you found them. Subject line in your e-mail must read CAVALIA CONTEST. Tell us why you want to win the tickets! 2) LIKE us on Facebook, Saddle Up magazine, and post a photo of you and your horse. Caption/message must read CAVALIA CONTEST. Tell us why you want to win the tickets! All names will be entered and the luck of the draw will determine the winners! Draw will be on November 23, 2013 Photo by Francois Bergeron

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