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14th Anniversary Issue

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COVER FEATURE – Cheer for the Ears!


“One hundred years ago people from the prairies of Canada didn’t see a whole lot of mules and they knew even less. My grandmother’s brother worked on the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line east of Edmonton in the early 1900’s and Uncle John’s recollections of mules were fascinating, but not favourable.


ove ahead to 1989. With the dedication and persistence of its members over the last 25 years, the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club has taken diligent steps to educate owners and those interested, as to the nutrition, development and training of our ‘LongEared’ companions. Members’ participation began in February with the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, followed by Bishop Mule Days, the Mane Event, Calgary Stampede, Bruce Stampede, Tees Long Ears Days, Spruce Meadows, an Instructional and Tune-up Clinic or two, sprinkle in Canadian Cowboy Challenges, Russ Shandro Saskatchewan Extreme Horsemanship Challenges, Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competitions, trail rides in the Back Country, leisure riding around home, and attending local shows, parades, special events and visits . . . our members have been busy!”

Les Sjogren and Katie A little while had passed since Les Sjogren and his talented mule “Katie” returned from Bishop, California. I prodded him to recap the events and share some thoughts. His original story was featured in Saddle Up’s July 2014 issue. Les recaps his experience from a slightly different angle, which makes for some dandy reading. Some of the content sparks imagination and will have you relate to comparable personal experiences.

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“Knowing first-hand what it is like to show a mule in competition can be a very humbling experience; as well as a rewarding experience. I found out that those boys down there like their horses, but they Love their Mules!” Les’ humour and a full recap can be found on the club website www.Albertadonkeyandmule. com (in the Newsletter Section.) People are always enquiring… Are donkeys and mules really stubborn? Here’s a quote from Tom Dorrance: “There’s no such thing as a stubborn mule. He’s only shutting down for a while, to give the human time to figure out what it is that he (the human) should be doing!” Please, read along and let us know what you think of these Long-Eared Critters. You be the Judge.

Les and Katie at Bishop. Photos by Patricia Rustin, Porch Pig Productions


Cheer for the Ears!, cont’d Keith Kendrew and wife Lil, reside near Rimbey, Alberta Thirty four years of rehabilitating, training, riding and driving donkeys, one of the founding members of the club, and all-round good guy relates some of his experiences. “We bought our first donkey in 1979 for our boys as a pet. Soon after, I bought a pack saddle and built pack boxes.” They have packed in the Baptiste County, south of Rocky Mountain House, the Hummingbird, the Ya Ha Tinda, Clearwater River, Ranger River, The Lost Guide Lake, Cut Off Creek and numerous points in between. Since that inaugural trip, they have packed in at least once a year, but in the last decade it has been two or three times each summer. Keith routinely participates in parades, trail rides and cutter rallies of west-central Alberta, either driving single or a team of standard donkeys or riding a mammoth. On Canada Day, he routinely provides kids rides in the park and if home in the summer, on Saturdays Keith takes a donkey to the Farmer’s Market to provide rides. On occasion the pair has gone to other parks and schools to give rides at the beginning or end of the school year. An interesting and well-received visit has been when Keith takes a donkey to the Extended Care Hospital in Rimbey. “We go into the hospital and the residents can pet the animal.” Keith and a selection of his donkeys have participated in the demos at Spruce Meadows for a few years. His donkey team and wagon had also been used as a people mover for the 3-day dance in Eckville; they’ve attended the parade at Leslieville Antique Days; and the pair has participated in a live Christmas Pageant many times. “A family highlight was when we had a team of jennys and their foals on a wagon at our son’s wedding to transport the bride and groom from the church to our place.” The grandchildren have been thrilled at Christmas. “We hook up a team and go uptown for hot chocolate, sometimes it takes three trips.”

Lil and Keith allow schools and residents of manors to come to the farm for visits with the donkeys. When asked about longevity of donkeys Keith relates this anecdote. “We had a jack donkey live to the ripe old age of 54 years. At age 50 he got arthritis, so I had to quit driving him and could no longer use him as a breeder in my herd, as I had too many of his descendants. So I gave him to a lady with cancer who always wanted a donkey. They supported each other for the next 4 years. We also had a mule live to 46 years. So I tell folks that if you buy a young animal from us, you are buying a lifetime commitment.” Keith sells donkeys as pets, companions for horses, and as guard animals for sheep, goats and cattle. He also sells trained donkeys as teams, single HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

driving, and riding mounts when he has them available.

Cam Fleury relates the Summer of 2014 “The Cowboy Mounted Shooting season of 2014 has been a very good one for 7-year-old Lace and me. It was a slow start in “The Shootout” at Kings Arena in Great Falls Montana where we didn’t place. A tough start, but the trend began to go our way, where we managed to win or place in our class at every shoot that we attended for the rest of the season. As a member of the CMSA you move up in the classes by winning 4 times with 3 or more competitors in the class. Our 4th win came early in the season so we were elevated a level in competition, to the Senior Men’s Level 2. One of the highlights of the season was competing at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Northwest Regionals in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This shoot, which draws the best mounted shooters from the northwest United States, was the largest class and toughest competition Lace and I have faced to date. This was also the first time that we have competed against another competitor riding a mule (the pair was from Idaho). After 3 days of shooting we finished half a second out of the lead but were very happy with the second place finish at such a big shoot. Going into the Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association finals at Em-Te-Town (west-central Alberta), Lace and I were leading for the Senior Men’s Level 2 Hi Point Title. We were fortunate enough to win our class and finish in the Top Ten overall winning the buckle sponsored by Heathen Oilfield Services. Lace continues to improve every time out and as a team we are growing in confidence. A trip to the CMSA World Finals in Amarillo was cancelled due to an equine virus and travel issues in Texas. In a sport dominated by Quarter Horses, Lace is turning heads and making a name for herself.” What Cam did not mention was his 2013 Level 1 Championship of last season. You can see the pair in action November 16 at Northlands in Edmonton. Cam and his bride, Audrey, reside south of Calgary with 6 mules and 2 mares. Jazzy is now retired but she pairs up with 2-year-old Tucker to pull the wagon. Ben (9), Odie (25) and Shawny (8) are pack and hunting mules. Cam spends a good portion of November looking for the elusive Big Horn Rams of the Rockies. But that is another mule story!

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From the Editor… Features Cheer for the Ears (Cover Feature) Lundbom Improvement Senior Horse Diets Wish Ride Reports Preserving Perfection Horse Keeping Natural Hoof Care Driving - CDE First Phase American Horsewoman’s Challenge Equestrian Access in Local Parks Christmas Gift Guide

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just got back from my most favourite trade show… The Mane Event in Chilliwack. We’ll have a full report in the December issue. Thank you to Ruby and Barb for helping me at the booth again this year – very much appreciated. Well the show season is winding down, with winter right around the corner, but I am still hoping to get in a few rides before the snow flies. I am a fair-weather rider, so if it’s cold or raining… forget it! Although I do love to ride through, what I call, a ‘virgin snow field’. Great workout for the horse too! Nancy and “Mr. Mane Event” Ron Barker. Congratulations to Marion Weisskopff Photo courtesy of Mark McMillan. and her horse ‘Rosie’ on making the trek to the American Horsewoman’s Challenge in Oklahoma – the only Canadian to compete in the event… and doing so well! See stories on pages 20-22. We are all so proud of you Marion! Inside this issue we offer our Christmas Gift Guide on pages 24-29 to get you thinking on those purchases for your two and four legged loved ones. The December issue will also have a Gift Guide for last minute gift ideas! As we celebrate our 14th anniversary of publishing Saddle Up, I want to thank everyone who has supported us from the beginning and to the present day. To all the clubs – thank you for your news – it keeps us community-minded. To the trainers and authors, thank you for keeping our readers informed and educated (if not entertained… in some cases). And a very appreciative thank you to our advertisers… since we are a FREE magazine (in print and online) we rely on our advertising revenue to print each month (11 issues per year).

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Dear Editor Hi Nancy:


hanks for printing the article on the Senior Summer Games in Langley, in your October issue. The Senior Summer Games are an outstanding event for the 55+ equestrians. It gives them a reason to work towards and set goals to improve their horses and their horsemanship. I also enjoyed your article on the Vintage Riders who took part in the Games. They did an outstanding job. I was impressed with their coach Jessie Blackman, for her coaching and support of the team members. Their efforts paid off with the many medals the group collected. - Janice Reid, Kelowna BC, Zone 5 rep

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e are looking for riders to join the Aurora Riders Equestrian Drill Team located in the Armstrong area. We want to do drill manoeuvers and also square dancing on our horses BUT need committed riders. The Aurora Riders Equestrian Drill Team was formed in the fall of 2013 and we participated in the Armstrong Light-up Parade, Vernon Winter Carnival Parade (where we took 1st in our division), also attended the Horsey Ladies banquet last November to bring awareness to our team. Since some riders have left to go to school, work and other reasons, the team is looking for riders to join us for 2015.

To make the team work, you must be 99.9% committed. Ages start at 14 years and up. You must have a broke horse, have Horse Council BC insurance (or AEF); as well as your own transportation for you and your equine partner to practice. Fees for the year: Single $25 or Family $50. Happy to announce there is going to be a SENIOR Division if enough interest. For more info email me at or call 780-933-7711. - Dorothy Gibney, Armstrong BC

Dear Nancy:


n Behalf of all the 800 plus members of The Back Country Horsemen Society of BC (BCHBC) and thousands of other recreational riders, we wish to sincerely extend our gratitude and appreciation of the support you provided for the Lundbom Lake Improvement Project. Your support in the form of an article was important to the completion of this project. Without this kind of support and the many other contributors, projects such as these volunteer initiatives would be difficult to complete. Again thank you Nancy, very much from all of us. Hope you get to enjoy the campsite in the future. Stay tuned for an official opening in May next year! - Rose Schroeder and Scott Walker, Project Co-Coordinators (Note from Editor: See more on page 6)

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Lundbom Lake Campground Improvement Project By Kelly Allen

Lundbom Lake Recreation Site is set in the grassland hills above the town of Merritt. It is a favourite place to ride and camp. The beauty is just incredible. There are numerous lakes scattered over the grasslands and trails lead to amazing views of the Nicola Valley. Riders can see wildlife plus many cattle as this is grazing land for local ranchers.


undbom has become one of the most popular horse camping destinations. The corrals that Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) built many years ago were in desperate need of repair or replacement. BCHBC saw the need and responded. In May 2014, a small group of BCHBC members met with Ed Ables Ables, District Officer from Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and camp host Ann Jeffery to talk about improvement to the Lundbom Lake Recreation Site. Agreeing on a course of action, measurements were taken, and months were spent designing, sourcing materials and planning the project. Twelve wooden corrals were replaced with 28 steel pipe corrals, five being capable of holding two horses. A new manure storage bin has also been constructed. BCHBC sent out a press release requesting help with cash donations, equipment and materials. Recreation Sites and Trails BC, our primary funding sponsor, was joined by many businesses, groups and individuals who donated cash, materials, equipment and services to make this project a huge success.


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Funding (Cash) Partners Horse Council Zone 2 Funds Chilliwack Riding Club Panorama Vet Services (Kelowna) BCHBC Chapters: Yarrow, Shuswap Yarrow Shuswap, North Thompson, Kamloops, North Vancouver Island, Aldergrove, Okanagan Donations of Materials, Equipment and Services Kelowna Ready Mix Carlos Crane Services (Kelowna) Pitura Enterprises Ltd (Kelowna) R&D Webber Trucking (Kelowna) Tervita Earth Matters (Cold Lake, AB) KD On Trax DSN Transport Ltd Misan Enterprises Ltd. (Kelowna) Nicola Chainsaw and Equipment Rentals (Merritt) Winn Rentals (Kelowna) B&R Excels Transport Ltd. (Cold Lake, AB) Ron Stolp (Merritt) Rod Grant (Merritt) TAG Construction Ltd

Supportive Pricing BC Tools and Fasteners (Kelowna and Burnaby) - lag bolts and washers Sabre Well Services (Nisku, AB) - main supplier of drill tubing Can-Am West Transportation – hauling Starting October 2, a crew of 42 volunteers did everything and anything that needed doing such as: welding, building a rock retaining wall to ensure the new footing does not wash away, making food, and operating machinery. In just four days, the campsite now looks like a high-end equestrian facility. On behalf of the BCHBC, I thank all the volunteers and donors, and Saddle Up magazine for its support of our many ongoing projects. (Kelly Allen lives in Merritt and is a proud member of the Back Country Horsemen of BC)



Probiotics and Prebiotics in Senior Horse Diets By Doug Campbell


hy do senior horses often struggle to maintain adequate body weight and topline muscling? Many older horses have prominent withers and lack muscling, especially along the topline; they exhibit distended hay bellies, poor body condition, and may have loose stools or have frequent bouts of colic. Many of these conditions are passed off as “normal” for the aging horse. However, what you may be observing is a lack of efficient digestion, signs of low intestinal microbial populations and a poorly functioning hindgut. Many horse owners do not realize that hay does not provide the same levels of probiotic components (naturally-occurring bacteria, enzymes and plant yeasts) that fresh forage from good quality pasture provides. For aging horses, this drop in microbial intake can decrease digestive function and compromise body condition. Parasite control and dental work is always important, and age brings special dental issues such as worn-down molars, excessive incisor length and loose or missing teeth. A horse with poor teeth may be able to rip off grass and swallow it with minimal chewing, however, chewing hay requires teeth that meet properly and don’t hurt. Food must be thoroughly chewed so that it can be easily liquefied in in the stomach. As this liquefied food (chyme) travels through the digestive tract, complex interactions occur involving billions of microbes, the intestinal mucosal lining and villi. Villi are located along the internal walls of the digestive tract, and look like millions of tiny finger-like projections. They form the “docking and transfer stations” where the molecular-sized nutrients in the chyme can pass through the intestinal wall into the blood and lymphatic systems. Enzymatic digestion in the small intestine allows for the absorption of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and non-structural carbohydrates. In the hindgut, billions of microbes are needed to ferment the fibre that a horse consumes. Optimum fermentation is crucial for the production of volatile fatty acids (VFAs), as this is the source of energy that keeps a horse warm on cold nights and lets them buck and play on frosty mornings. (Grains are designed to be digested in the small intestine, and do not provide the fibre needed for VFA production). Hindgut microbes also synthesize B vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes. The integrity of the mucosal lining in the hindgut provides the mechanism to absorb these nutrients and VFAs into the horse’s blood and lymphatic systems. As horses age, digestive function begins to diminish due to several

factors. Poorly-chewed food reduces digestibility, intestinal villi tend to become “shortened” and less effective at nutrient absorption, and internal digestive tract scarring (from fore/hind gut ulcerations, and parasite attachment sites) all reduce the absorptive capacity of the intestine. Some older horses have chronic allergies and can be reactive to mycotoxin molds that may be found in some hays, grains or processed feeds. In the face of these aging issues, simply adding in probiotics may seem like a trivial attempt to help. However, adding a high-quality, effective probiotic and prebiotic to a diet that contains high-quality digestible fibre and adequate nutrient supplementation (vitamin, mineral, protein, salt) can significantly boost the efficiency of the older horse’s digestive system, especially in the winter months. Prebiotics from Mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) tend to attract and excrete pathogens and may assist in reducing allergic responses as well. Beta-glucans from MOS help restore the mucosal linings throughout the digestive tract and improve immune function. Probiotics from live yeast, viable bacteria and enzymes stimulate the microbial populations throughout the digestive system, improving nutrient extraction from chyme and increasing nutrient absorption thru the villi. Probiotics also help maintain high levels of gut microbes to ensure optimum hindgut fermentation of fibre (high VFA production) and minimize hindgut acidosis. Healthy mucosal linings in the small colon are then able to absorb the liquids (electrolytes) from the remaining digestive material, thereby minimizing loose stools. Digestive tract microbe profi les appear to be unique from individual to individual, and some horses just need supplementation more than others do. Older horses however, often realize a substantial benefit from receiving a high quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement when good quality pasture is unavailable during winter months. When coupled with good nutrition practices, probiotics and prebiotics help to ensure optimum digestion and can be an important consideration in keeping senior horses healthy. Doug Campbell is the product specialist for Equine Choice Products made in Ontario. Doug has worked in the areas of ration, vitamin and mineral formulation for over 35 years in Canada and the USA. Over the past decade, he has developed Equine Choice Probiotics and Prebiotics and Acid FX with input from researchers, veterinarians, farriers and top trainers.

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Alberta Wish Ride Report By Roger Matas


he Alberta Wish Ride put two more notches on its belt after successful rides in 2014 resulting in a donation of almost $29,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Ride Co-founders Irene White and Roger Matas presented the cheque recently to staff from the Alberta/Northwest Territories office. “Once again we had great support from the community and volunteers for the two rides this year,” said Irene White. “Our first ride, at Sierra West Ranch, was organized by Sue and Ray Wrightson who did a great job. Theresa and Scott Reesor, who organized and hosted the ride at the Historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills, put on a great day. Theresa and Scott are already planning for next year.” The rides donation of $28,700 represents the proceeds of both rides as well as other donations including one from the Boogie ‘n the Badlands show and shine in Drumheller. Almost 100% of all money raised is donated as the ride prides itself on having minimal expenses. The donation also brings the ride’s contribution to the foundation to over $200,000 in six years. The Alberta Wish Ride is a one-day equestrian event where riders collect pledges then arrive with their horses to a great day of food, riding, a silent auction, prizes and entertainment. Each ride is different depending on what the organizer has arranged. The object, though, is to treat the riders to a first-class day while keeping expenses to a minimum through donations from companies and individuals. White and Matas also announced the Alberta Wish Ride was nominated, and is a finalist, for a Western Legacy Award from the

(l ro r) Marissa Grondin, Kyla Martin of the Children’s Wish Foundation, Irene White, Roger Matas

Calgary Stampede. “We were thrilled when we heard we were a finalist for this award. We consider it recognition for all the hard work of all our volunteers and participants in putting on all our events,” said White. (The Stampede will announce the winners of the Western Legacy Awards on October 27th, 2014) For more information on 2015 rides contact Irene White at 403-366-8199 or visit

It’s All About the Hay!


i Human Companion: It’s me again. You know, your horse? I thought it’s time we should have another talk. It’s about my hay. Yeah, it’s good and all, but what I’m really shuffling my hooves over asking you... Well, I really need more hay. And I need it served free choice all the time. No, I’m not trying to cost you money. This is actually for my health. You see, I have stomach acid in my stomach and it’s being produced 24 hours a day. I can’t reach for the Pepto Bismuth like you can, so I use hay to buffer that acid. Having too much of this acid at one time on an empty stomach… well, it affects my work. I get acid back splash, just like you do, and this isn’t just heartburn for me, oh no. It soaks the upper part of my stomach (ask my doctor what it’s called) and can even hurt my throat. I can get ulcers from this. Maybe even colic. But wait, don’t reach for that horse ulcer stuff just yet. There is a way we can prevent this. Just feed me hay. All day. After all, Mother Nature did design me as a grazer. A “little at a time” eater. 8 • Saddle Up • November 2014

If I live outside, give me one of those big round bales. I won’t stand at it all day long, I assure you. If I live in a stall most of the time, get me a slow feed bag or a slow feed box. Eating two meals a day? Sorry, but that’s actually really hard on my health. Sure, nobody wants to be overweight, but no self-respecting horse wants to look like Kate Moss either. Well, I’m glad we had this chance to talk, and hopefully it will make you think how you can strengthen our relationship. Oh yeah, about this bit you got me... We’ll talk about that later, okay? - Thanks, Your Horse. (submitted by E.J. MacDonald, a racehorse trainer/ owner, involved in the horse industry since 1989.)




his past spring and summer, riders, horse-lovers and local communities came together to ‘ride horses and grant wishes’. Six communities across BC hosted a Provincial Wish Trail Ride, taking to the trails to grant wishes to children with high-risk, life-threatening illnesses. From just a few riders to dozens, short or long routes, each ride was an individual adventure. Raising $50,000 across British Columbia, these 6 rides will fund 5 wishes to local children who have high-risk, life-threatening illnesses. Dating back nearly two decades, this event has become a charitable legacy for BC’s equestrian community, raising over $1 million. The Foundation is very grateful for the generous coordinators, fundraisers, donors and volunteers who all contribute to the ride’s continued success.

We encourage you to join a local ride; registration begins in the new year ( If there isn’t already a ride in your community, consider starting one! Do it with the help of your riding group, stable or friends and family. Wish Ride Location Kamloops Silver Creek Williams Lake Clearwater Prince George

Funds Raised $11,168 $7,749 $14,087 $2,335 $8,803



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Preserving Perfection By Christa Miremadi Photos by Kristina Belkina

Mother Nature made horses exactly as she should have. They’re perfect just the way they come. Fast, beautiful, strong, athletic, spirited and proud. They come with everything that makes them that way and they don’t need to learn anything.


hey know how to walk, trot, canter, gallop, play, rear, sprint, spin, slide, leap, jump and anything else that they might need to do one day. They can even do all of these things within hours of hitting the ground! Have you ever seen a foal on new legs running through a field, playing with a buddy or jumping all over its dam? We used to have babies around the ranch every spring and it was always inspiring to watch them move. They move with such beauty and rhythm, such perfect balance, such suspension, elevation and extension. One moment long and stretched out, covering as much ground as possible and in the very next instant executing perfect collection and demonstrating a beautiful passage or piaffe in perfect self-carriage. What was most impressive about these movements was their congruency. They were physically expressing the way they felt. The goal of classical dressage, traditional californio horsemanship and many other equestrian sports is to inspire and support the natural aptitude of equine biomechanics and movement; supporting and enhancing what they were born capable of. It’s always been my goal when working with horses, to try not to inhibit their movement or disturb their way of going so as to preserve this natural gift for movement the way nature made them. Sadly, it’s far too common in “training” a horse to not only inhibit these movements and make it more difficult for the horse to move at all but also to actually discourage correct movement altogether and replace the powerful, strong, productive movement with a “false form” created by forced head sets and contraptions. Preservation has become one of those words for me that I try to keep rolling around inside my head every moment that I’m working with my horses. Preservation of spirit. Preservation of health. Preservation of confidence. Preservation of sensitivity and response. There was a great horseman who once said something along the lines of, “Horses get along fine with people until the people start training them.” Those words couldn’t be closer to the truth. It’s quite remarkable, actually, how much damage horses have sustained in the name of “training,” both physically and emotionally. It’s not uncommon to see a horse who moved well - carrying his weight with his hind legs and balancing himself with ease and pride begin to fall heavily on the forehand and become clumsy and insecure once he begins training. After teaching the horse to become submissive and obedient, the trainer has often changed the horse’s natural way of going and inadvertently shut his “life” down. That trainer then spends the next 18 months or so trying to put that “spark” back into the horse. It is much easier to take the life out of a horse than it is to put it back in. Over the past decade or so, it’s become increasingly important to me to “control” my horses less and inspire them more. It’s my opinion that a horse’s movements are more beautiful when there are his own; that a horse’s spirit and heart are more willing when left intact and that his desire to find a way to navigate the people in his life is greater when 10 • Saddle Up • November 2014

he feels supported and enhanced by his rider as opposed to inhibited or controlled. Having made the choice to work with horses by preserving what they were born able to do rather than “train” them to do things they already knew how to do (much better than I could ever teach them, I might add) has proven to be both hugely rewarding and a real challenge when “re-training.” Many of the horses who I’ve had the pleasure of working with are what I like to call “last chance” horses. Horses who’ve been through a number of trainers already and who’ve been taught plenty but, for whatever reason, the owner and the horse are still having problems. Many of these horses are brought to me for “one last chance” to make it work before they are sold, given away or euthanized. With these horses, preservation is impossible and a new word comes to mind: restoration. With “last chance” horses, training won’t help them. In fact, in many of these cases, training is actually what has created the problem I’ve been asked to fi x. In most “last chance” cases, the main obstacle standing between the horse and the owner’s successful partnership is anxiety caused by a build-up of pressure. Sometimes the anxiety is the owner’s but in most cases the anxiety is the horse’s and was brought on by hours and hours or even weeks or months of training. My job, in these cases, is to allow the horse to have what I like to call “supported decompression time.” Think of a pop can that’s been shaken repeatedly, over and over. You’re not going to want to open that can for a while and shaking it harder won’t help. It’s the same with these “last chance” horses. Supporting and restoring these horses takes time, patience, confidence and knowledge but, most importantly, it takes faith. The horse will need time to react and go through the necessary externalization of the anxiety and fear they may be experiencing while remaining safely outside my “bubble” and my job is not to “fi x” them but to allow them to let some of the built-up pressure out. Imagine again that can of pop - imagine cracking the top just enough to release a little pressure. Once you’ve cracked it that tiny little bit you can’t just open it right up, you need to give it time to settle before opening it just a little more and so on and so on until you’ve managed to release all the pressure that’s built up inside. Once the pressure’s HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Preserving Perfection, cont’d been released, the horse has been restored to a place from which we can begin to move forward, this time from the perspective of preservation rather than training. When working with any horse, I try to remember those foals and the way they moved before they ever met a human. I try to remember the way they glided effortlessly across the field in perfect balance; the way they could, in an instant, go from a forward, extended trot that any Grand Prix horse would be jealous of to a light, free moving, uphill passage, or how they could fluidly pirouette a perfect circle only to spring forward into a full-out run. I remember these movements and how easy and honest they were and try to inspire and support these movements while providing direction and boundaries. Each and every horse was born perfect and with one hundred percent of the physical abilities they needed. It’s not our job to teach a horse how to walk, trot, canter, gallop, spin, jump, stop or slide. Rather, it’s our job to preserve or restore the natural gifts that drew us to them in the first place - beauty, grace, speed, power and strength.

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The Grounded Rider: The Hard Parts of Horse Keeping By Hazel Plumbley. Photos by Brent Styra

That horse keeping is not all roses comes as no surprise to anyone with a horse in their backyard who has educated themselves about cleaning up the mess our equine buddies make. This isn’t just about manure removal and composting.


t’s important to grasp that management of the equine environment is also about stewarding the land they inhabit. That means maintenance; of weeds, fences, debris like the rusting van the prior landowner left, thinking you could use it for “storage” - any number of seemingly benign things that horses can turn into a health issue. I had to up my horse keeping game recently when my rideable horse came down with hives from poll to croup. Fortunately, every second primetime TV show involves some form of forensics. I felt well prepared to get to the bottom of the case… to answer the question: to what had my horse suddenly become allergic after 10 years on the same property when there had been no change to his feeding regime? Tricky. The first step was to quarantine the victim in case some noxious weed was the culprit. That meant I had to quarantine his friend, the unrideable horse, to avoid having him lose a limb trying to escape the barn paddock in a frenzy of herdbound angst. The hives remained. The second step was to cast a suspicious eye on his diet… the hives, responding well to antihistamine, revived with a vengeance shortly after beet pulp feeding. A-ha! Delete beet pulp… an elegantly simple solution! Not so. With beet pulp verboten, I had to find something to feed vitamin and joint supplement in that didn’t introduce another possible allergen that might throw me off the forensics trail. The vet approved apples and carrots. Bless her for fielding those calls, but the minions all get an expert in those forensics shows. Time passed; the hives remained. I had to move the horses from the barn to the riding ring to muck each day. The first time I did this, the victim immediately began browsing on the tall weeds proliferating around the ring. The very ones he was in quarantine trying to avoid. Never had my husband seen me move so fast to pull weeds without thought for my own tick phobia. Desperate times call for desperate measures. After that, the ring became a refuge, other than divots 12 • Saddle Up • November 2014

in the footing the size of Shetland ponies from all that horse rolling. Didn’t matter; I was grounded. The hives remained; the horses were bored. There were signs of wood chewing beginning in the barn. I had to enter the shadowy world of hay nets to keep them occupied with eating so they didn’t gain a bazillion pounds with their exercise curtailed by quarantine. They stopped speaking to me; hay nets apparently take some getting used to. We persevered. In the end, after weeks of no riding and herd confinement, the last of which was hive-free, I let the horses out. Beet pulp came back on board. No hives returned. The case remains unsolved. My rideable horse returned to his exercise regime, perhaps too soon. How quickly those tendons and ligaments “let down,” even faster than my good eating habits over the holiday season. We’re now dealing with curb, which entails cold hosing, ice, NSAIDs… and no riding. But having horses isn’t all about riding. It’s about relationship. It’s about worship. So ends The Grounded Rider. Thanks for reading.

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Chasing Miracles By Sharon Wells-Ackermans In May of this year “Chase” was only weeks away from death. Luckily for him his owner surrendered him to Outbackjacks Horse Rescue, along with his companion.


he Horse Protection Society offered to take him on but he was too weak to travel so he remained in the Interior for six weeks. While there the vet came to see him, his condition brought tears to the eyes of his assistant. Chase scored less than 1% body fat, his teeth needed floating and blood work showed an infection that required a course of antibiotics. The parasite infestation was at dangerous levels and a program of worming was begun. Gena kept a baby monitor on in the barn for weeks, keeping a watchful eye on his improvement. He had been at Outbackjacks for two weeks when we went to visit with him… more tears… but he seemed to know we were coming for him. Finally the day came when we could pick him up. He nickered when he saw us arrive, and walked on the trailer like he knew he was going home. Chase had not gained weight like his younger counterpart, in spite of the excellent care and copious amounts of food. However, he was ready so off we went. Once settled at home Chase finally began to gain weight. Lots of attention, food and daily exercise were bringing him along quickly. Just when we thought he was finally “out of the woods” he developed pneumonia. We immediately had veterinarian Dr. Tracy Plough come out to the farm but the prognosis was not good. After performing an ultrasound, Dr. Plough put him on a serious regimen of medications.

The most amazing thing was that even though he was getting three needles per day he still met me at the gate every time. A month later Chase has once again fought his way back, he just refuses to give up! This amazing horse is an inspiration. However, although Dr. Plough was very generous, the bills for medications and procedures have mounted to over $2000. The Horse Protection Society is asking for help to cover these expenses. Chase Arrives at Outbackjacks Donations can be made through our website, tax receipts will be issued. Celebrating the Spirit of the Horse

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Natural Hoof Care and the Wild Horse Model By Kristi Luehr, BC School of Natural Hoof Care

There are a lot of interpretations of natural trimming and every clinician seems to have his/her own method. What all of these methods have in common is the connection to the wild horse model.


he wild horse model is simply a style of trimming based on the wear patterns on the hooves of the wild mustangs in the US Great Basin. Even though they don’t live the same untamed lifestyle, our horses’ genetics are the same as their wild relatives. Hundreds of years of selective breeding have not changed the genetic makeup of our horses. Science has proven that it takes between 5000 and 10000 years for evolution to change the base genetics of any species. While we do select specific traits to carry forward through our breeding practices, the genetic makeup of our horses is the same. Is it fair to compare our domestic horses’ hooves to their wild counterparts? This is a question I get asked often, and my answer is yes. “Domestic horses are really nothing more than wild horses in captivity.” - Joe Camp In May of 2014, I travelled to the Steen Mountains of Oregon to study and observe the wild mustangs that live there. What I saw was amazing: horses with strong, hard hooves traversing extremely rocky and uneven terrain. They galloped over it as if they were floating. The mustangs were in peak health, muscled and toned and moving with impulsion and vigour. In the approximately 500 horses we encountered, fewer than five showed signs of lameness. These horses could traverse terrain that our domestic horses would stumble and trip over even with the strongest of hooves and hoof protection. It gave me a great appreciation for how much more our horses could be capable of if only they were not held back by our ideals. The benefits of natural trimming with the wild horse as a model are many. The most important being that the hoof can expand and contract upon impact with each step. This is the primary way the hoof dissipates the energy of impact; it also increases the circulation of blood through the limbs, reducing the stress on the heart. The horse will also have much fewer chiropractic, muscle and joint problems. It reduces the risk of tendon and ligament strain and damage significantly. Many horses that were started barefoot from a young age will never have to deal with arthritis, navicular syndrome or many of the other hoof pathologies that develop from improper hoof mechanics and function. Rarely are any of these pathologies seen in the wild. Domestic horses should move functionally the same as a wild horse. They should strike the ground heel first and allow the shockabsorbing functions of the hoof to dissipate the energy. Wild horses wear their hooves constantly because of the abrasive terrain that they live on and because they move 20-40 miles every day. Our domestic horses generally don’t get worked enough on varied terrain to wear their own hooves effectively. It is up to us to keep them trimmed and balanced to allow the hoof to function mechanically how it is intended. Because they are anatomically the same, I believe the wild horse makes a great model for trimming our domestic horses. We must have realistic expectations, however, in comparing our domestic horses to the wild horse in terms of their capabilities. In the 14 • Saddle Up • November 2014

right circumstance, they are one and the same, but to take a domestic horse that lives in a soft dirt paddock and ask him to traverse the rocky terrain of the wild horse would be unfair. We must condition our horses to the A bachelor stallion striding out over the rocky environment we want ground. Note the imminent heel-first landing them to perform in. of the front right hoof. (Photo by Chris Luehr) That means that if we want our horse to be comfortable on rocky ground we need to allow him to live on rocky ground. With proper trimming and care, his hooves will callous and strengthen and he will be able. In cases where it is not possible to condition the horse, hoof protection is needed. Many horses develop hoof pathologies as a result of improper hoof care, living conditions or ill health and these hooves A close-up of a mustang need extensive time for rehabilitation. In hoof, naturally trimmed most cases, the horses’ comfort level can and balanced. (Photo by be improved; it is only in severe cases that Jeff Dixson) pain management becomes the primary focus. You would never see these horses in the wild as they would not survive on their own, it is only with our help that they can be rehabilitated or managed. Ironically, if they had been born wild instead of into domestication, it is unlikely they would have been afflicted with these pathologies in the first place. Kristi Luehr is a Natural Trimmer, and founder of the BC School of Natural Hoof Care. She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)


Fall Classic Breeders Sale By Teresa van Bryce Photos courtesy of Nollind van Bryce


he Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association (CWHBA) Alberta Chapter held its 20th annual Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale on September 27-28 at the Olds Agricultural Society in Olds, AB. The Sale saw highs from the past few years; the average of the performance horse section improved and the high-selling horse was Carousel’s Flamboyant, sold for $35,000 to Tess Novacek of Rocky Mountain House, AB. Bred by Carousel Ridge and expertly shown by Shauna Cook, this lovely son of Beaulieu’s Conquest received the highselling cooler from Victory Tack Shop. Three-year-old Suri KW, bred by Sheri Dumonceaux and consigned by Bernie and Doreen Kulcsar of Key Warmbloods, sold for $27,500 to Shadow Ridge Stables of Ladner. This lovely daughter of Sir Gregory was capably trained and presented by Jenneke Hoogendoorn. High-selling two-year-old was Elegance, bred by Dr. Heather Smith-Oberten and the Sparks Innovations cooler went to repeat purchaser Rosemary Church of Calgary. The West Hills Veterinary high-selling cooler for Broodmare/Weanling/Yearling was presented to broodmare Del Carmen, bred by Shauna Cook and presented to thrilled new owner Courtney Kremeniuk of Madden, AB. The 3-Bars competition, sponsored by Horse Sport Magazine, was hotly contested and eventually won by Errigal, ridden by Tannis Skinner and owned by Malcolm Campbell. Equusure Insurance and Dudley’s Outdoor Escape sponsored the balance of the gala evening which featured a superior dressage demonstration by Sheri Dumonceaux and her student Joanna McCarthy; a stallion showcase that included Calidostar, Tacorde, Zeno CWB, and Sovereign Hit; and, a highlight of the evening, a vaulting demonstration by the Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club of Olds which featured members of the 2014 World Equestrian Games Canadian team. The sale saw an overall mild increase in average to $8,850. The performance horse average improved to $12,979 from $10,330 in 2013; however, the two-year-old average experienced a dip to $4,641. The consignors brought a great product well-presented and the sale has continued to be an advantageous venue for buyers who attend.

High selling Two-Year-Old – Elegance

High selling Performance Horse – Carousel’s Flamboyant

3-Bars Winner Tannis Skinner and Errigal


CDE First Phase: Scoring Your Best on Your Dressage Test By Judy Newbert

As a judge and a coach for over 40 years, I see the same flaws over and over in Dressage tests. The requirements of dressage have not changed in the time I have been doing dressage, either ridden or driven, yet I see the same mistakes being made needlessly which cost riders or drivers numerous points.


y definition, dressage is French for training - but not just the everyday ordinary training involved in going left and right and not running away with the carriage or bucking the rider off. It is a more meaningful training which will make the horse supple and easy to turn equally well in both directions and perform prompt and smooth transitions that do not jostle you either in the saddle or on the carriage seat. First, let’s try to figure out what is required; the better we meet these requirements, the higher our scores will be. First read the test sheet; it contains a wealth of information to help you maximize your score. Dressage tests are always graduated in their requirements. Training is easier than Preliminary, Preliminary is easier than Intermediate, etc. Within a single level, there is the same progression. Training Test 1 is easier than Training Test 2, etc. All tests have some common characteristics. The required Gaits and Movements are listed on the top left-hand side of the test, and the Instructions are listed on the top right-hand side of the test. The written movements and available marks are on the front of the sheet, along with spaces for the judge’s marks and comments when you drive the test. A diagram of the test is drawn on the back of the test for those of you who are more visual learners. Also on the back of the test are the Purpose, Conditions and additional comments “For Judging Purposes Only.� From now on I will refer to Training Test 1 to use as an example. The entire test is available as a free download on the ADS website, www. Click on the “Dressage Tests� tab. For this test, the Gaits and Movements are as follows: working walk, free walk on a long rein, working trot, halt through walk and 40-metre circle. These are the gaits and required movements, no more. Simple, right? These are certainly well within the capabilities of a well-started driving horse. Right at the top of the test, directly under the test title, is the comment “(Presentation on the Move).� Presentation is the assessment

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of your turnout, such things as the dress of the driver and grooms, cleanliness, fitness and condition of horses, carriage and fitting and correctness of harness. To score well in Presentation, you and your grooms should be suitably dressed (gloves, hat, and apron for driver, proper attire for grooms); no blue jeans and sneakers and don’t look like you have just come from cleaning stalls! Your horse also should be clean and well groomed with a decent hoof trim or shoes. Your horse needs to be reasonably fit; no grossly fat or pregnant horses. Your carriage should be suitable for dressage and a suitable size for both you and your horse; a cart should be balanced so excess weight is not placed on the horse’s back. Your horse’s harness should be appropriate to the vehicle, should be properly adjusted so that it fits well and the harness must be clean. All these impressions are used to come up with one mark out of 10 with the judge only seeing the turnout as it moves past her location, so it is a general impression only! However, remember that your horse will certainly not perform his best if the harness is dirty and rubbing and giving him a girth gall or if the cart is so badly balanced that his back is aching. The items assessed in presentation are important, but it is not necessary to sweat the details (it is only one mark out of 10 in the total test of 200 points). In the old days, presentation was done with the horse standing still which gave the marker a much closer look at the entire turnout and people agonized over every single tiny flaw in their turnout; life is much simpler now. The movements of the horse in the dressage test are, after all, the MOST IMPORTANT part of any dressage test. They account for 190 of the available 200 points! Continuing to look at the test, each movement is written down with letters to show where it should be executed in the arena and assigned a score (usually out of 10). The test also includes “Directive Ideas� which give the judge and driver an indication of the most important items being judged in each movement. Most movements


CDE First Phase, cont’d are scored out of 10 marks. One movement in this test, “free walk on a long rein,” carries a coefficient of 2 so this movement is scored out of 20 points. The collective marks at the end for Gaits, Impulsion, Submission, and Driver are also all scored with coefficients of 2, so you should make sure you take care to do them especially well to maximize your score. Always check the marks that have coefficients of 2 as those should be your priorities. On the back of the test sheet, the entire test is drawn out should you have any questions about what the written instructions of each movement on the front are saying. At the bottom of the reverse side is the PURPOSE: “To establish that the correct foundation is being laid for the training of the driving horse requiring the green horse to move freely and energetically forward in a steady rhythm in the working walk and the working trot, while accepting the bit with relaxation, through transitions and 40m circles. Increased engagement of the hindquarters (impulsion) cannot be expected yet. This level is also intended to encourage the inexperienced driver.” Below the Purpose, the Conditions are listed: “40m x 80m arena (exceptions Tandems and Four-In-Hands); Average driving time: 5 minutes.” In a 40m x 80m arena (small arena), the judge will be located behind C and sometimes additional judges behind B or E. Since tandems or four-in-hands are longer than singles or pairs, they use the large arena (40m x 100m) as do the higher-level tests. Even with these seemingly easy requirements, this test is quite

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Saddle Fitting and Common Sense By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery CUSTOM TREE, HANDMADE TREE, FACTORY MADE TREE


hat do they really mean? Below are some questions you need to ask yourself. 1) Is this for one specific horse? 2) Will it fit my other horses? 3) Is it stronger? 4) Is it guaranteed with a warranty? 5) Is it more expensive? CUSTOM TREE - Style and size of horn - Fork shape, height and width - Seat length - Cantle height, shape and width - Bar shape, width, angle, length - Rawhide cover - Fibreglass - Box linen covered (polyurethane) HANDMADE TREE The same specifications as a custom order, however, the wood work is hand done for the most part, instead of a computer driven router. The tree is generally rawhide covered. The focus is on the quality of material and workmanship. FACTORY MADE TREE Pre-made to cover a range of semi-quarter horse, quarter horse or full quarter horse seat lengths, cantle heights, horn and fork styles. Covered with rawhide, fiberglass or box linen material (polyurethane) Just because a tree is handmade does not make it fit any better. If you do not walk through the pre-measuring process, meaning the back is completely measured, contour outlined fully, you do not have a custom fitted tree. BE AWARE! When the tree is completed you need to place it on your horse(s) to check that it fits before the saddle is made. PACKING Back country packing usually suggests heading for the mountains. For the weekend packer there are a lot of challenges and few people to assist you with good helpful information. Equipment being at the top of the list! Because of the terrain and long days it puts a lot of demands on your horse(s). 1) Pack Saddle Fit You must walk through this with every horse. You must 18 • Saddle Up • November 2014

monitor this without a blanket or pad. The tree must fit evenly, no gaps or pressure points. A hoof rasp can be used to fi le some of the material off in high spots. Where necessary, auto body fi ller can be used to add material. The adjustable pack saddle also must be checked out thoroughly. 2) The Blanket and Pad come next A wool blanket should be next to the horse. First off, it will absorb moisture and be able to dry out overnight. Secondly, the pad needs to be about 32” x 48” at 1” thickness, and preferably wool. 3) The Cinch You need a good mohair cinch and leather latigos. The horse has to have flexibility; whereas nylon and neoprene do not allow the horse to move freely. 4) Breast Collar The regular Y shape that can be adjusted works the best. Adjustable to keep off the point of the shoulder and keep from choking your horse. 5) Breeching You need breeching with enough straps to hold the pack saddle and the rear cinch. Preferably leather, as it will not likely chaff your horse on a wet day, like webbing or belting will. 6) Crupper (Optional) A crupper is quality harness leather stuffed with flax seed. Anything less is just not suitable for packing in the mountains. Be extra extra diligent in your choices of buying used pack equipment. In my 46 years dealing with this equipment, there is a lot out there that never worked in the first place. When was the last time you saw a ‘perky’ pack horse? Most are spiritless souls just putting up with life. REMEMBER: Part draft horses work best, not that they can carry any more weight, but because of their more mellow disposition. Pounds per square inch, NOT how big the horse is. A 14.2HH Mule can carry more than a part draft horse. As for horses – no more than 120-130 pounds maximum. This is about 1.25 pounds per square inch bare tree; with a 1” thick felt pad distributing the weight comes to .87 pounds per square inch. Take note – as the horse traverses over uneven ground, this pack may exert about a ¼ more weight per square inches in certain areas of the back. Everyone will have seen a picture of a pack horse shedding the camp supplies as he heads off bucking and kicking. Do the practicing at home! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

How Do I Know I Have The Right Therapist For My Horse? By Hansi Thomson, Hansi’s Equine Sports Therapy

As a Certified Equine Massage Therapist I have been asked this very question many times in various situations. I often tell people to do some research to find out if the therapist has been certified by an accredited massage therapy college.


t is also important to ask how long the therapist has been practicing. This will give you an idea as to how experienced the person is. Ask what type(s) of therapy he/she practices and if working with other professionals such as veterinarians and farriers is a possibility. Ask any question that comes to mind. No question is a dumb question. Your horse is a member of your family. Do for your horse as you would do for any other member of your family. If you are unclear about anything or have any concerns, make sure you tell or ask your therapist. Now that you have asked your questions and are eager to start treatment, this is what you should look for. Watch your horse’s eyes and body language. How does your horse react to the new therapist? Does your horse try to “get away” when the new therapist approaches, or does your horse seem to relax? If your horse is nervous or upset some of the following signs may appear. The body becomes tense and rigid. When touched, it flinches or seems skittish. A sense of nervousness is seen in the eyes.

Remember that the eyes are the key to your horse’s soul. They show if your horse is happy, upset, nervous or relaxed. Know that your horse may seem nervous at the beginning of the treatment, but should show signs of softening as the treatment progresses. So be sure to pay close attention to your horse’s eyes. Also, try to remember how your horse moved before the treatment began so that you can notice any differences in that movement after the treatment. Another thing you can do as an owner is to ask the therapist for any “take home procedures” that will help in your horse’s road to recovery. (See their listing in our Business Services section under Equine Services)

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American Horsewoman’s Challenge™ Report By Jim Hutchins, photos by Karen Wegehenkel Photography

Two relatively unknown upstarts used consistent performances and amazing demonstrations of human and horse partnership to place first and second in the first American Horsewoman’s Challenge held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. Jerusha Steinert, horse trainer, teacher, fine artist and mother of a two-year-old, from St. Paul, Minnesota, garnered consistent scores in the preliminary rounds to place fourth going into the “clean slate” Freestyle Finals. Her Freestyle presentation, drawn from fantasy fiction, expressed her artistic side while demonstrating her incredible relationship with her horse Mesabi Warrior. The audience and judges were captivated by the artistry of her bareback performance that combined elements of medieval jousting, Garrocha, bridleless riding and Liberty. (Link to video of Steinert’s award-winning performance: watch?v=Tyd24QpYdaU) Hannah Catalino of Cardwell, Montana, the competition’s youngest competitor at 19, proved to be the audience favorite. She and her equine partner Ace came into the Finals in eighth position. It was her simple, but amazing, routine of horse/human partnership and willingness that enthralled the crowd. The highlight was Hannah and Ace jumping an upright, overturned garbage can deadon center, multiple times. Although Steinert clearly positioned herself as Grand Champion with her Freestyle score of 27 from celebrity judges Linda Parelli, Julie Goodnight and singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson, there was a three-way tie for second. Catalino, Obbie Schlom of Canyon, Texas, and Mary Kitzmiller of Kemp, Texas all garnered scores of 26 that resulted in an audience tie-breaker. Through their applause and enthusiastic yelling, Catalino clearly came out on top with Schlom coming in third. The 20 • Saddle Up • November 2014

competition’s only Canadian competitor, Marion Weisskopff of Princeton BC, was hot on their heels with a score of 25. Obbie Schlom’s Freestyle performance featured an amazing presentation of riding with her horse Radar and her Brahman cross steer, Stover. First her horse Radar ponyed and performed with Stover, then the steer performed with Radar at Liberty. The highlight was Radar side passing over Stover, who was lying down. Leading up to the Freestyle finals was three days of competition in Liberty, Cowboy Dressage™ and Ranch and Trail Versatility. The ranch and trail was judged based on the fast-paced Extreme Cowboy Race where competitors did not know the course obstacles until an hour before the race began. It was a true test of trust and partnership between horsewoman and her young horse. The Champion trophies for Liberty and Ranch and Trail were presented to Obbie Schlom for her high scores of 69.75 and 115.9, respectively. Marcia Moore Harrison of Potlatch, Idaho won the Champion trophy for Cowboy Dressage with a score of 227.25 The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline competition held this year at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. The competition combines the equestrian skills of Cowboy Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The top ten finishers split a purse worth $28,000. The Challenge Finals culminate with an exciting Freestyle event demonstrating the horsehuman partnership, lightness, music interpretation and creativity. A panel of celebrity judges critiques and scores the freestyle performances in front of the live

Grand Champions Jerusha Steinert and Mesabi Warrior

19-year-old Hannah Catalino and Ace.

audience. Plans call for entries to be accepted for the 2015 American Horsewoman’s Challenge beginning November 1, 2014 with the new eight-month training period starting February 1, 2015. More information on the Challenge and how to enter is available at: http://


The Only Canadian At The American Horsewoman’s Challenge By Marion Weisskopff, Princeton BC. Thank you to all for sending in photos!

The first-ever American Horsewoman’s Challenge officially began April 1st, 2014. To qualify, a trainer submitted video documentation of various “tasks,” including liberty, cowboy dressage and trail obstacle, which were judged by several experts. Jim Hutchins founded this competition to determine the finest female horse-trainers in America.


nce a contestant qualified, she entered a young horse three to six years old with no more than about 10 previous rides. She had six months to train this horse in the above disciplines, plus a unique free-style performance by the top 10 finalists – but all needed to prepare for the free-style entry. Originally 50 trainers were chosen, including three Canadians, but Oklahoma is a long way away and not all of them made it there. I was the only Canadian who arrived in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the famous Lazy E Arena to compete...

Signing in for the American Horsewoman’s Challenge at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma

During Trail event


and I very nearly cancelled, myself, due to the incredible shortage of training time I’d been able to wring out of that unexpectedly strange summer. From April until October a host of gremlins dogged my trail, including evacuation of my horses for several weeks due to forest fires very near our farm, and a hair-raising number of other distractions. I did manage a few trail-riding trips with my contest horse, Rambling Rosie, both before and after she bucked me off and stomped me soundly into the ground during a demonstration at the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous on June 1st. She took the starch out of me that day and I proceeded very carefully from there. By the time I set out for Oklahoma in late September, I had wrangled exactly two weeks of arena training focused on the “tasks” for the competition. I tried to weasel out of going, but my family and friends, and the guilt over my devoted sponsors – three of whom actually came all that way to help – drove me relentlessly onward. So on October 3rd Rosie and I entered

During the Extreme Cowboy Race

our first competition, “Liberty,” which means commanding your horse entirely free of ropes, through, over and around obstacles and in pattern formations. Of the 28 contestants, Rosie finished in 3rd place. Though she skipped out on me once, I was thrilled by how attentively she worked with me. Many of the other horses ran off and never came back! On October 4th, (which was also my birthday), the challenge was “Cowboy Dressage.” Rosie was perfect that day, and we moved up to 2nd place overall. As we were leaving the arena, I was shocked when everyone there sang me Happy Birthday! The last day began with the “Extreme Cowboy Race,” which tested for ranch and trail versatility – at high speed! Rosie again gave me an outstanding performance, and we held our 2nd place standing overall, which put us in the top ten finalists. Time for our free-style performance. continued on page 22

Practicing before Liberty… I know Rosie was going to have ‘a cow’ when she saw the black and white barrels in the arena, so we ripped up a garbage bag and taped it to some white barrels and practiced. • 21

The Only Canadian, cont’d

One day stop-over and rest, stretching out legs etc. in Nebraska

Up until that morning, the contestants understood that their accumulated points in the various disciplines would determine the winners. This decision was changed by a vote that morning, and now the winners would be determined by the free-style performance only. Personally, I voted against this unusual method of judging a well-trained all-around horse, as did the lady who was in 1st place overall at that stage. Naturally, this idea appealed to contestants with lower overall placings, and the vote was carried. Rosie scored high points in the freestyle event, and performed with integrity and honesty. We tied for 3rd place in the final event. In overall points, Rosie actually came in 0.2 points behind 2nd place – still in 3rd place but not tied for

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3rd – had the original marking system been upheld. Needless to say, I was incredibly happy with Rosie’s consistently high placings, proving her to be a great allaround horse who responded with such loyalty to so little training. As well as all the people, too numerous to list, who’ve helped me in one way or another to get to the American Horsewoman’s Challenge. And last, but not least, to the man in my life, Don Ranchuk who has supported me in so many ways.

My friends and me at the Lazy E Arena, Kristina Millar on left, me and Sue Buerge

ABOUT ROSIE: Her mom is an ex-wild horse, we rescued her from the meat buyer. The mother’s breed seems to be Percheron-QH cross and Rosie’s father is a registered Peruvian Paso. Rosie was born gaited and stayed gaited for the first year of her life, then she switched to become a normal trotting horse. Her toughest gait to train was her canter. When I first started to canter her this spring, she kind of hopped like a deer. A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS & SPONSORS

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Mark & Jill Sampson, Wyn-Ryt-Farm-Forge, Ladysmith BC Dean Fair & Sue Buerge, Cottonwood Auto Body Ltd. Nelson BC Kristina Millar, Ocean Breeze Stables Inc. Panorama Veterinary Services, Winfield BC Mandy Blais, Armstrong BC - N.A.G. Bags Vanda Enterprises Inc. - Veronica & Alison Merryfield, Port Alberni BC   Ainsley Beauchamp Certified Equine Therapist, Princeton BC   Teresa Precious, Saddle Maker & Repairs, Nelson BC Daina Hodgins, Salmon Arm BC Paula Leweke, Victoria BC Nina Christmas, Courteney BC Eunice Rousseau, Maple Ridge BC Connie Waddell, Vancouver BC Deb Oakman, Black Creek BC Gwen Skorka, Parksville BC Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC From a local friend who wants to stay anonymous From my mother for my birthday present, Heidi Weisskopff (Holistic Doggie Care Centre), Summerland BC Gerri Logan, Brenda Crimmon & the Jura Gang, Princeton BC Anne Smythe, Kelowna BC Sandy & Danny Young, Nelson BC Rolland Nuetzel, Naramata BC Lindy Berkowitz, Black Creek BC Ruth Neveu - Bateman Equestrian Education Saddle Up magazine for all the publicity


Want Equestrian Access in Local Parks? By Terri Perrin The old saying “many hands make light work” certainly rings true when it comes to multiuse recreational trail development in British Columbia. Just ask Sharon Pickthorne, chair of the Joint Trails and Access Committee (JTAC) and chair of the North Vancouver Island (NVI) chapter of BCHBC.


n avid equestrian who logs hundreds of hours on horseback every year, Pickthorne can recall dozens of examples across the province where communication and collaboration with local governments has opened new opportunities for trail riders and ensured our on-going “right to ride.” “Speaking on behalf of the BCHBC’s NVI chapter, we have been successfully working with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) for many years,” explains Pickthorne. “This honest and open working relationship has proven to be beneficial for both of us.” This collaboration started with the historic One Spot Trail project in the Comox Valley in 2008/2009. “The NVI chapter was entrusted to develop one-third of the One Spot Trail, under the CVRD’s strict engineering and environmental requirements, of course,” adds Pickthorne. “We submitted a budget, sourced the materials and equipment, and then supplied the volunteer man (and woman) power to complete the project. I feel a great sense of pride when I ride by the big sign where the CVRD posted the names of all of the volunteers, thanking us for our efforts. I am sure the other volunteers feel the same way. This past summer, much to our delight, this well-used trail was expanded, in cooperation with local landowners and the CVRD.” “Another example - one of our local riders recently requested that the surface of a bridge within the Wildwood Forest be changed,” says Pickthorne. “The footing was slippery and unsafe for horses. The CVRD contacted BCHBC-NVI and said that they would supply materials if we would do the work. Through our willingness to put boots on the ground and put in the sweat equity, the project was completed by a handful of volunteers in an afternoon.” Over the years, BCHBC-NVI has provided the CVRD with a steady, reliable “go-to” organization of volunteers, and its members are often asked for their input to help make decisions about horses on all regional trails. They’ve collaborated on everything from building bridges to decisions about the best footing for trail surfaces, horse trailer parking, signage, safety, trail hazards and more. The trail riders were even considered in the development of the 20-year master plan for Seal Bay Park. The pay-off for trail riders? The CVRD has been extremely generous in providing equestrians better and safer access to local trails, even going so far as to install outhouses with hitching rails in some parks. Brian Allaert, Parks Technician, CVRD, states that BCHBC members have been instrumental in helping to determine where trails need to be established or improved, and with the design of the trails, bridges, and gates, to ensure that horses can get by without difficulties. “Their members have also been great in helping with new projects, such as the bridge in Wildwood Forest that Sharon talks about, as well as the on-going maintenance with brushing and clearing of trails,” says Allaert. “Their contribution of time ensures HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

that we get projects done sooner. Their input in the design process ensures that, when we do build something, we are getting it right the first time and horse and rider safety is considered.” For example, the CVRD recently asked the NVI Chapter for input on whether or not to install a solid fence along a stretch of trail where barking dogs were a concern. After much discussion at the NVI Chapter’s September meeting, the members concurred that a tall, solid fence would create a tunnel-effect along this narrow stretch of trail. It was also felt that if horses could see the barking dogs, rather than have them hidden behind a fence, it would be safer for horses and riders. BCHBC-NVI was also consulted on the creation of signage for Royston to Cumberland Trail to help identify hazards and trail conditions of special interest to equestrians. “I believe that the Back Country Horsemen are one of the more organized park user groups,” adds Allaert. “The partnership we have with them is something that we appreciate and value. We appreciate their patience, too, when we seem to talk and talk and progress seems to be slow. Getting the network opened up can take time but it is worth it in the long term.” For more information on JTAC, contact Jennifer Pipe, Horse Council BC Recreation Coordinator at Horse Council BC and Back Country Horsemen Society of BC (BCHBC), through our Joint Trails and Access Committee (JTAC), are happy to present articles of interest to all horse riders. To contact members of JTAC or to learn more about JTAC and how you can get involved, please visit TRAILS/REC at • 23

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all is definitely here, but so far it’s been really nice. We have so much grass that the horses are all fat as hogs and we haven’t even put them out in the meadows yet. Hopefully, this means that the hay will last longer.

Boo looking his finest as we head into winter - a little different than when he first showed up in April.

Boo is doing great. He still impresses us when we can walk out into the 20-acre pasture and walk up to him and pat him and even put a halter on him. We’ll try and get time to put a saddle on him this fall before we turn him out for the winter. He has dropped one front baby tooth (upper central incisor) so we now have a better idea of his age the veterinarian puts it closer to two years old. All in all, he’s working out great and gets along really well with all the other horses. On Thanksgiving weekend, we had a family (four siblings - two from Whistler, one from Vancouver and one from Rossland) here for the ninth year in a row. It’s been fun watching the families grow over the years, and especially watching the kids grow - the two girls are now around five years old and it’s really nice to see their interest in horses grow, too; the two girls are Harvey family sisters with their doing really well. The boy is only girls heading out for a short ride at around three but next year, I’m Thanksgiving. sure, will be a different story.

Upcoming Events The Cariboo Horsey Ladies 4th Christmas Banquet and Charity Silent Tanya with her daughter Mia (left) and Tracy Auction will take with daughter Bea and son Bode. place on Friday, November 21, at Wildmans Restaurant at Interlakes. Dinner tickets are $30 and are available at 100 Mile Feed, The Log House Western Wear, and The Country Pedlar. They are selling quickly and there’s Christmas gift ideas in last year’s Cariboo a limited number Horsey Ladies silent auction. available (that’s a hint). This is a totally unique evening and it’s a lot of fun! They are inviting all ladies that have horses, had horses, or simply love horses to join them for this fun, relaxing social evening to “Celebrate Christmas and the Love of Horses.” All money raised will be given to a charity chosen by ballot on the evening of the event. A traditional Christmas buffet will be served with many yummy choices for our veggie girls. The Silent Auction is always packed with “the gotta-gets” and many gift idea items for Christmas, all donated by caring horse people and One of the auction items at businesses that support our Equine last year’s Cariboo Horsey Community. To date, they have raised Ladies Christmas Banquet and $9600. Last year, over 300 of their Charity Silent Auction. four-legged friends were represented at this event and Cheryle said she’s “almost certain all were discussed




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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d among the girls that evening!” Circle your calendar, girls, and get a ticket as soon as you can. For our “out-of-towners,” there is a list of accommodation at www.fishinghighway24. com. For more information, contact Cheryle Hickman at 250-593-4139.

Mag Mawhinney could be one of the entertainers at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival - Mag is in the top five for Western Music Association Cowgirl Poet of the Year!

The 15th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held on Valentine’s Day (February 14) this year, and will once again be in the beautiful Marten Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. The acoustics in this hall make it a perfect venue for this event. There will be two shows offered - a 2pm matinee and a 7pm evening show. Tickets are only $15, a steal of a deal for a fun three hours of entertainment. We’ll let you know next month who the performers will be, but we’re thinking there will be two local favourites and two favourites from further away. All the proceeds from these concerts go to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and/or the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships. More

information and/or tickets can be obtained through Mark at 250-456-2425 or msprings@ Tickets will be on sale in 100 Mile House at 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply, PMT Chartered Accountants, and Work N Play. Now speaking of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society... the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert is put on as a bit of a teaser, a sneak preview even, of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. This upcoming festival will be the 19th annual and will take place at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre, and the Calvary Community Church, March 12-15, 2015. A $75 pass gets you in for the entire weekend, including the Thursday night kick-off party. If you can only make it for one day, then $35 gets you in all day and into the evening main feature show. Daytime-only passes are also available and are only $20. If you add a $30 upgrade to your weekend pass and/or daytime feature pass, then you can take in a dinner theatre show (highly recommended). There will be over 30 entertainers at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. More information can be found at www.bcchs. com or by phoning 1-888-763-2221. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSORS Welsh Ponies & Welsh Cobs Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies Driving Ponies for Sale Driving Lessons & Lesson Ponies available Sponsors of Cariboo Trail Combined Driving Event

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

What’s your guess? **NEW** Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page. Then the correct answers will be printed in the next magazine; and acknowledged on Facebook.

This month’s item is from our Meadow Springs Museum. I’m thinking that this, too, should be an easy one. I remember it on the wall of my Grandparent’s house when I was a kid. The base would be approximately 2 inches in diameter. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at msprings@ 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 featured another Meadow Springs item. It’s a “Planter Jr No 25 seed planter” and was made to sow different types of seed. We had a few correct answers this month, so I guess I was right saying it should be an easier one. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House Heather Dhillon, Victoria Rosella Peters, Gull Lake, SK Susan Brownell, Kelowna Brian Parke, Upper Hat Creek

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Home for the Holidays By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP As Christmas is fast approaching, if you’re spending the holidays at home this year, it’s likely you will be hosting relatives, entertaining guests or both. In addition to all your other holiday preparations, make sure you don’t forget your dogs and their needs as the season approaches.


he holiday season can be a stressful time of year for dogs – especially if they are very young or very old. Routines vary drastically, people are at home a lot more or sometimes a lot less and sometimes dogs’ needs and how they feel at this time of year can be forgotten. Very young dogs may not yet have experienced a house full of people with all the noise and activity surrounding it. There are obvious safety concerns for very young dogs: inadvertently dodging through an open door to the street outside; eating something placed within reach by an absent-minded guest that may be toxic (like chocolate) or dangerous (like a skewer from an appetizer); being stressed by the attention of young children if they haven’t had much exposure to them; or even just being temporarily overlooked and forced to potty in the house. Very old dogs may have some health issues or structural stiff ness and arthritis that need special care. The last thing they need is to have guests bumping into them or children roughhousing with them inappropriately. If an aging dog is experiencing sight or hearing issues, it can be stressful to cope with a full house of noisy individuals coming and going at random times. Even if you have a dog that is a social butterfly, well socialized and trained and still young enough to participate happily, they still will benefit from the ability to take a break at some point – or when they feel they need it. Setting up a management area should be part of your party prep. Depending on your home, this may be a laundry room, a quiet nook in the kitchen or a back bedroom. You may need to use a pen to create a safe, contained area. If your dog is already comfortable in a crate, that’s also an option. We suggest a room or pen as your dog will be able to move around a bit and have access to water, along with a destuffer or chew. Although this seems like a pretty good deal, some dogs won’t be ready to be contained and away from activity in the house. How do you know if it’s an option for your dog? Well, if complete freedom in the house all day is your dog’s daily routine, it won’t be fair to suddenly expect them to be okay with being restricted. If you do have requested breaks and away time, then the concept will be familiar and a more appropriate choice.

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Holiday events can be very stressful - Santa is jolly but the dogs are pretty worried!

This dog is relaxed and happy in his pen. It will be a great place for him when company comes.

Here are some tips for success: 1. Choose the spot for your dog’s resting area. Depending on how sensitive he is to noise and activity, determine whether it can be closer to the action or needs to be further away. If you are using a pen, position it so that at least one side is against a wall. This will help reduce activity around your dog. 2. Provide a comfortable bed or mat to encourage your dog to settle. If your dog enjoys retreating into a crate, you can place one in the area, leaving the door open. 3. Well before your first get-together, regularly have your dog spend short periods in the area with something that he really enjoys. This can be an entertainment toy, a destuffer or a chew. Your goal is to associate this place with something wonderful so he comes to love being there. Do not put him in this area unless you can provide something irresistible. 4. Begin with short sessions in the resting area, gradually working up to longer periods. 5. By practicing before the “big day,” spending time in his special area will become a normal part of his routine. This is an important step and best done when your home is calm. 6. Consider having your dog on leash or in another part of your house while people arrive and get settled. 7. Make sure guests know that your dog’s resting area is off limits to all but family – your dog needs to know he can go there and rest without HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

interruption. 8. Even if your dog appears to be enjoying himself with all the activity, consider putting him in his rest area for short moments through the day or evening so he can take a break – even if he doesn’t think he needs one. 9. Finally, don’t forget to ensure that your dog has a chance to go outside and do his business from time to time. You may not hear or see him ask to go out in his customary way with all the activity in the house. The holidays are a fun time and something to be looked forward to and planned for. Don’t forget that your dog is a big part of your family, too, and some good proactive measures will help makes things enjoyable for him as well! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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Careful of Toxic Foods By Emily Corrie, Deep Creek Veterinary Services


ur dogs are our friends and members of our family; it’s only natural that we would want to share our treats and dinner leftovers with them. Human food can be a great supplement to your dog’s diet, but some common human foods are highly toxic to dogs. Read on to find out what foods you should NOT FEED your dog and to learn the symptoms of a dog who has ingested these foods. Onions Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks can destroy your dog’s red blood cells. Symptoms include weakness, anemia, vomiting, lack of appetite, dullness, and breathlessness. Caffeine Caffeine poisoning can be fatal. Symptoms include restlessness, heart palpitations, rapid breathing, and muscle tremors. Grapes Yes, those seemingly innocent little fruits are highly toxic to dogs and just a few grapes (or raisins!) can make your dog very ill. The most common symptom is repeated vomiting. Ingesting a large amount of grapes can cause kidney failure. Macadamia Nuts Many nuts are not good for dogs, but macadamia nuts can be fatal. Symptoms include muscle tremors, weakness, paralysis of the hind quarters, high temperature, and high heart rate. Chocolate We all know chocolate is toxic to dogs, but did you know that different types of chocolate have different toxicity levels? Theobromine, the toxic agent in chocolate, is found even in white chocolate, but the highest levels are found in dark and unsweetened chocolate. Symptoms include excessive thirst, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and vomiting. Prescription Medications The most common culprit in poison cases is prescription medication. Treat your dog like you would a child and keep your prescriptions safely out of reach. If you suspect that your dog has ingested any of these foods, and you witness any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Of course, the best course of action is to prevent your pooch from having access to these foods in the first place. (See their listing in PET CENTRAL on page 34) • 33

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Big Changes to the HCBC Annual Awards and Gala HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, New for 2014 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Horse Council BC will Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, be coming to you and Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 your peers! Instead 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 of hosting a gala in Fax: 604-856-4302 one location for an evening of presenting awards to people from all over the province and from all disciplines, we want the awards and the event to be all about YOU! We want to celebrate with the award winners, their families, their peers, and the clubs they belong to. We will travel to your club’s AGM or special event, your show, your barn, etc., to present you with your special award. These awards should be celebrated by ALL the people who support you in your own community and we want to make that possible! The Athlete of the Year Award has been split into two separate awards - one for a senior athlete (18 years of age and older) and one for a junior athlete (17 years of age or younger). This opens the category up for more nominations and ensures a fair playing field. Nomination deadline is December 5, 2014. Get your nomination forms from the HCBC website at

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BC Equine Education Summit Returns in 2015 with a Stellar Lineup of Speakers Please join Horse Council BC for its 5th annual BC Equine Education Summit in Richmond from March 13-15, 2015! Every year, Horse Council BC brings together internationally recognized equine professionals to speak for two full days on a wide range of important equestrian topics. Topics for 2015 include equine dentistry, barefoot trimming, saddle fit and much more! You don’t want to miss out on this event! There will be six speakers in total on the Saturday and Sunday of the 2015 Summit. We would like to introduce two of them here: Dr. Robert Bowker DVM PhD - Topic: “Barefoot or Not?” When does shoeing help and when does it hurt? What will work for YOUR horse? Dr. Bowker believes that a healthy foot translates to a healthy horse. He will explain how the foot functions, how horses use sensations in the foot to negotiate terrain, and how the foot is affected during health and disease. Dr. Bowker earned his veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973 and later began additional PhD research in the anatomy department at the medical school there. He completed the PhD degree in 1979 and began his career at MSU in 1988. As a result of teaching gross anatomy to MSU veterinary students, Bowker became interested in the equine HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

foot, because he knew that the texts commonly used by students and veterinarians were often incorrect on this subject. As his PhD training was in neurobiology, Bowker began to look at the nerves of the foot and the research expanded from there to blood vessels, cartilage, and bones of the foot; more recently to hooves and their laminae in both health and disease. He has authored and co-authored several articles and presented his results to numerous international and national audiences over the past ten-plus years. Dr. Bowker is director of the Equine Foot Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University and conducts research on the physiological function of the equine foot. His research in all these areas led to the discovery of a wholly different theory of how horse feet respond to ground impact. His research focused on the blood flow to and from the equine foot and the role it plays in energy dissipation. The results of his research led Bowker to believe that the modern-day horse should be trimmed so that more of the back part of the foot - including the frog - will bear the initial ground impact forces and weight. Dr. James Carmalt MA VetMB MVetSc - Topics: “Equine Dentistry” and “Equine TMJ Disease: Fact or Fiction?” Good dental care is paramount for a healthy horse, but how far have we come with equine dental care and what more do we need to know? What is TMJ? “The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has a critical function in both jaw function for mastication as well as the neurologic input for balance...” - is this an area we need to focus closer on for our horses’ good health and optimal performance? Dr. Carmalt will do his best to answer these questions! After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1998, Dr. James Carmalt undertook a one-year internship in large animal medicine at the WCVM in Saskatoon, SK. Dr. Carmalt spent one year working in a general mixed practice before returning to the WCVM in 2000 for additional training. He completed two back-toback residencies in equine practice and large animal surgery as well as a Master of Veterinary Science degree (equine dentistry based). Dr. Carmalt then spent one year in Australia where he worked for an equine specialty practice and exclusively focused on Thoroughbred broodmare/foal surgery. He returned to Canada in 2007 and joined the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Sciences where he is the director of the ACVS large animal surgery residency program. Dr. Carmalt travels extensively to work in private practices and academic institutions around the globe. He has authored 40 peerreviewed publications and has presented his research findings at more than two dozen international conferences. In 2011, Dr. Carmalt began an equine neurophysiology PhD program at the WCVM and plans to complete his graduate studies by 2016. • 35

Horses, Heroes and Hipflasks By Justine Saunders RIDING THE SVI TRANS CANADA TRAIL


n the fall of 2013, I decided to find a trail which we could ride in one direction starting at Shawnigan Lake and ending at Nanaimo River Road, on Vancouver Island, a total of roughly 130 kilometres. This was not intended to be a club event but consisted of a group of long distance riders and they represented a total of six horse clubs on Vancouver Island at the final count. During the winter and early spring of 2014, I started exploring the trail system with the help of a friend who had an ATV and soon discovered that there was a trail which would start on the Trans Canada Trail at the Kinsoll Trestle, south of Duncan. We could ride on the TCT for at least two days and then veer off onto logging roads and Crown land for the remaining three days which included crossing lazy rivers, low creeks and circling lovely lakes. Parenthetically, when I attended RV2014 in May 2014, at Maple Ridge, I heard Jim McCrea speak eloquently at the AGM of the BCHBC about our right to ride and how we need to work at ensuring trails are accessible and ridden. He also spoke of the celebration of Canada’s 150 years coming up and encouraged us to try to find parts of the TCT that we could ride during that event. This message resonated with me and was in my thoughts during the ride up island in July 2014. One of the more difficult problems was how to move ourselves around with our rigs, supplies, food and containment for our horses. The initial group of about 15 participants was interested in packing horses or high lining or bringing rigs with the supplies which would travel with us. The final number for the ride was 11 and the plan was to have six rigs and a shuttle vehicle; each morning, we would move the rigs to the next parking area, return in the shuttle to the horses, and ride to where the rigs were parked. The daily average for the rides was about 30 km. On the first day, the group commenced the ride from the Shawnigan lake side of the Kinsoll trestle and rode from Twin Creeks Bed and Bale to the Kinsoll and back for a total of 20 km. The group parked in the field, enjoyed a potluck dinner and relaxed around a camp fire listening to the sounds of the horses settling down for the night. There were rain showers on and off for the first two days but nothing could dampen the spirits of the group. The second day started early with a bacon and egg breakfast and then moving the rigs to the next camp site. We were to meet up with two more riders who surprised us by lying in wait for us (napping actually) next to the trail, one of whom (who shall remain nameless) impressed us all with a very large hip flask (big enough to hold a pony) which alerted us to their presence. I still don’t know what he had in that huge flask. The group headed north past the Glenora hitching post and over 36 • Saddle Up • November 2014

the Holt Trestle and along the TCT to Skutz Falls and Horseshoe Bend, where we stopped for a photo opportunity - much to the delight of several young families who were camping there. That night we camped at MacLean Road where Roberta and Dale gave us a warm welcome in their field and a good meal was prepared with libations, while the horses settled in another field, prancing around and enjoying their freedom. The group set out on the third day back on the TCT and thankfully the showers stopped by midday. The sun came out and the rest of the ride, roughly 35 km, was in increasing heat. Lunch was at the Forestry Pools in the Chemanius River and some took their horses in for a swim before heading on along the side of Mount Sicker to Windy Point and on to the home of Bruce and Sue where again, we had a lovely area to camp with the horses overnight while we enjoyed a delicious BBQ on a warm summer evening. The fourth day was a long one, starting at around 10am and ending at 7pm; we travelled through the Chemanius River up to Stocking Lake and on to Heart Lake where the group stopped to cool the horses and themselves off before heading towards Takala Ranch along the TCT and trails behind Ladysmith. Takala Ranch was waiting for us with water for the horses and corrals and the rigs were parked in the shade so the group could relax and sit around the fire discussing the adventures of the day. On the final day, the ride went through Haslam Creek, up to Timberlands Lake, around Crystal Lake and down to the Nanaimo River. A local resident had allowed the group to cross the river on his property so that we could continue to the final camp on Nanaimo River Road. Some got delayed looking for the crossing but, finally, they succeeded and the intrepid heroes, both horses and humans, arrived tired and thirsty at the final destination where they celebrated the end of the ride and getting there safely. The vision is to continue heading north on Vancouver Island next year. This is a challenge because the TCT does not go beyond Nanaimo. The plan, in the long term, is to look for Crown land where we are permitted to ride to see if there is a way to get to Brewster Lake at Campbell River and push through to Memekay Horse camp west of Sayward. For anyone interested in finding out more about the July 2014 ride, contact Justine at or the SVI chapter of the BCHBC.


Team Mule Returns to 2014 Telus Battle of the Breeds By Irene Morck


fter three years away, the mules couldn’t resist going back to Spruce Meadows when they heard this was to be the final year of Telus Battle of the Breeds. The format was very different this year, with no Precision Driving, no Compulsory Skills, no Jeopardy Jumping. For 2014, ten breeds competed only in Barrel Racing and two Trail Class events. This year, Team Mule didn’t win any ribbons, but there was lots of cheering for the mules. Our team consisted of three members: Katherine Cook of Camrose AB (with Just Whistlin’ Dixie), Jessica Bishop of Scio, Oregon (with LS Hot Buckaroo), and new team member Russ Shandro of Vegreville AB (with Ruger). Jessica and Catherine competed in Barrels. Russ and Jessica did the two Trail classes. A big hit were the ADMC (Alberta Donkey and Mule Club) promotional socks. Over 300 pairs were eagerly snapped up… a lasting souvenir of the mules at Spruce Meadows. This was the 25th Anniversary of Telus Battle of the Breeds. We thank Telus and their wonderful volunteers for the support and generosity over the years. We thank Spruce Meadows for such an incredible venue, never forgetting the amazing thrill of riding in the Parade of Nations when Team Mule won overall high point in 2008 Battle of the Breeds.

A special ‘tip-of-the-hat’ this year to those who cleared tons of snow off the course and worked in wet, shivering conditions so the classes could proceed. We thank Maggie Tattrie for her patience, hard work, kindness, and smiles; and our family, fans, and friends (including many from other breeds) for their warm support and encouragement. I want to thank Team Mule for the honour of being chosen as their team captain. It has been a thrill for me and my husband Mogens Nielsen (with his very vocal mule Maizie) to be involved for so many years and we are grateful to the members of the ADMC for their support. I heard a lady say, “It’s amazing. I never even imagined that mules could actually be ridden.” This is why the members of the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club work to show off their longears, this is why it isn’t just about trying to win ribbons. We thank ADMC members who have worked throughout the years, looking after the booths, being part of Team Mule, having their donkeys and mules in demos, and contributing in any other way at Spruce Meadows. You have really helped to make meaningful progress in the knowledge, acceptance, and, yes, even admiration of longears.

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Equine Canada Update 2015 is “Year of Sport” The Harper Government proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada. This is an historic and wonderful announcement that underscores and celebrates the key role that sport plays in Canada. “Equine Canada joins the Canadian sport community in applauding this announcement proclaiming 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada,” stated Eva Havaris, CEO Equine Canada. “2015 is a pivotal year for our elite equestrian athletes as they prepare to represent Canada at the Pan American Games on home soil in Toronto, which also serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics. This event provides Canadians with a unique opportunity to celebrate sport and to support their equestrian athletes as they reach for the podium.” The Year of Sport is a proactive pan-Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Barcelona ESP, October 9-12, 2014 Starting with a clean slate following Thursday’s qualifying round, Canada finished in second, with brilliant, clear rides from both Tiffany Foster and Eric Lamaze during the final round, on October 11, at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final. Canada handily qualified to compete in Eric Lamaze the final round following a threePhoto courtesy of way tie for third place in the first Nacho Olando round of competition on October 9th. Foster of Vancouver BC, and Tripple X III (Namelus R x Contango), a 12-year-old Anglo European stallion owned by Artisan Farms LLC, easily posted Canada’s first clear of the day. Ensuring Canada’s second place with a masterful, clear ride, was Eric Lamaze of Schomberg ON, and Zigali P S (Kigali x STB-H Palfrenier), a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Artisan Farms LLC. With only three scores to count, Canada finished in second with only four faults. The Netherlands won with a perfect score of zero and third place was awarded to Sweden with a total of eight. For additional information about the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, please visit   

Roberta Sheffield Wins at British National ParaDressage Championships Canadian Equestrian Team member Roberta Sheffield, who recently represented Canada at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, won the Grade III test at the Le Mieux National Dressage Championships 2014 held September 19-21, 2014 in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK. 38 • Saddle Up • November 2014

Sheffield, who is based in Lincolnshire, UK, rode Double Agent, her 7-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, winning Grade III with a score of 70.81% in the KBIS Para Dressage Championship. On September 28th, Sheffield also won both her Team (73.020%) and Individual Championships (74.390%) tests at the Winter Championships Qualifier held at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Watford, UK, riding Double Agent.

Liz Prest of KBIS Insurance and daughter, Emma Prest, present Roberta and Double Agent with the first place ribbon. Photo courtesy of Graham Gannon Photography.

2014 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships Come to an End After three days of competition the 2014 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, held by the Fédération équestre du Quebec at the Blainville Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC, has concluded. Seventy devoted athletes from three disciplines - Dressage, Show Jumping and Reining - competed from October 3-5 for a chance to showcase their skills that they have developed for an opportunity to earn a championship title. The awards for top Junior and Senior Individual Champion riders by discipline, Team Champions by discipline and Overall Provincial Champion were awarded during the Closing Ceremony. CIEC Provincial Cup Winner of the CIEC Provincial Cup was Team Quebec with 219 points 2nd: Team Ontario with 138 pts 3rd: Team Saskatchewan with 123 pts Junior Individual Dressage Champions 1st: Juliette C. Barolet and Docaprio L / Team Quebec 2nd: Courtney Palleson and Brio Du Domaine* / Team British Columbia Senior Individual Dressage Champions 1st: Lisa Schultz and Dances With Dante* / Team British Columbia 2nd: Allison Stewart and Declan / Team New Brunswisk Dressage Team Champions 1st: Team Quebec / 400.510% 2nd: Team British Columbia / 397.083% Junior Individual Show Jumping Champions 1st: Paige Hodson and Run Forest Run* / Team Saskatchewan 2nd: Abigail Bibbings and Mayreau / Team Ontario Senior Individual Show Jumping Champions 1st: Emmanuelle Ruscio and EWSZ’s Jolita / Team Quebec 2nd: Katz Pillar and Charlotte* / Team British Columbia Jumping Show Team Champions 1st: Team Quebec / 62 pts 2nd: Team Ontario / 58 pts Junior Individual Reining Champions 1st: Meghan Côté and Top Meg Boogies / Team Quebec 2nd: Kimberly Audet and Dun It Whiz / Team Quebec Senior Individual Reining Champions 1st: Geneviève Côté and Captain Whizy Jack / Team Quebec 2nd: Stéphanie Aubut and Smart Custom Star / Team Quebec Reining Team Champions 1st: Team Quebec / 419 pts 2nd: Team Nova Scotia / 407.5 pts


Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity By Bruce A. Roy,


marriage made in heaven, spectators at the Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity, Alberta Foal Show and Provincial Vaulting Championship, held at Ponoka’s Agricultural Complex on October 4-5, were in record number. Organized by the Wild Rose Draft Horse Association, Alberta Percheron Club and Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association, there was no admission charge. Eleven of the seventeen 2-year-old Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires eligible contested the Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity. Each of the eleven entries brought before Zephrin LaRiviere of Kennedy, SK, were awarded points shown on Halter, in a Rail Cart Class and Pattern Driving. The Pattern Driving course, in particular, challenged the 2-year-olds. However, without exception, the judge, exhibitors and spectators were awed by the quality, manners and schooling of these young horses. Gord Ruzicka of Viking, AB, lifted top honours with Duhaime’s Tanner. First in Pattern Driving, second on Halter and in the Rail Cart Class, Tanner was bred by Albert and Emma Duhaime of Peyton, SK. He is a son of Krebsie’s Nait. Second was Prins View Doc, a colt Bill Prins of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, bred and exhibited. This massive Belgian colt was seventh in Pattern Driving, first shown on Halter and in the Rail Cart Class. Third in this competition was Evergreen Acres Patrick. Fielded by Zane and Diane Pickering of Prince George, BC, this Clydesdale colt placed fourth in Pattern Driving, third on Halter and in the Rail Cart Class. These three 2-year-old colts won a $326, $260 and $228 purse for their respective owners. Rustamere Locomotion was Supreme Champion Foal at the 2014 Alberta Foal Show. The Champion Percheron, she was shown by Brent and Della Bexson of Strome, AB. A high-headed fi lly, she stands on lots of leg. Her sharp joints are free of flesh and fluid. Fluid in action, she can motor. Rustamere Locomotion is sired by Hardy Farm’s Thunder Supreme, World Champion Stallion at Brandon, Manitoba’s 2004 World Percheron Congress. A fi lly with a futurity, she topped a powerful entry of Percheron foals. Calico La La Loopsie was Champion Clydesdale Foal. Shown by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero of Huxley, AB, this Hatfield Dagger daughter’s underpinning is beautifully furnished with a wealth of straight, silky hair. Marked picture perfect, she topped a splendid entry of Clydesdale foals. Belgian and Shire numbers were lighter. The Champion Belgian was Duhaime’s Carys, whose full brother, Duhaime’s Tanner, won the 2014 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity. She, too, was bred by Albert and Emma Duhaime of Peyton, SK. Windcharger Duke was the Champion Shire Foal. Shown by Lindsay LaRiviere of Stony Plain, AB, this handsome, black colt, a Providence Flynn son, was sold by Dale and Maxine Campbell of Dawson Creek weeks earlier. Draft horse enthusiasts in attendance noted that all but one vaulting horse in the Provincial Vaulting Championship were draft horses or draft horse crossbreds. More than one of the 2-year-old Futurity horses caught the eye of vaulting horse owners. Ponoka has become a win-win event for everyone involved. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Duhaime’s Tanner, winner of the 2014 Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity, leaving the show ring following the Rail Cart Class. Gord Ruzicka has the lines in hand. (Photo by Kristen Gordeyko)

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Iron Hearts Compete for Canadians in Idaho By Glenda Larsen Photos courtesy of Deacon Photography,


he Iron Hearts hitch is home from a very successful showing at the 38th Annual International Draft Horse and Mule Show held in Sandpoint, Idaho, on September 18-21. The Iron Hearts hitch came about when friends Glenda Larsen from British Columbia and Cheryl Virostek from Alberta decided to join forces, putting their horses and equipment together to represent Canada in the show world. They made some joint purchases to round out what equipment they already had. Many hours were spent refurbishing wagons and harness with the new flashy black and silver colours. Many ribbons were earned over the weekend but the three that were their greatest accomplishments were Supreme Mare of the show in the Halter class division, first in Matched Mares and third in the Tandem Driving division. Canada supplied a lot of supporters who made the trip to Sandpoint to cheer on the Iron Hearts hitch. The fans in the stands were very boisterous and cheered loudly as the entries from the Iron Hearts made their way into the ring and throughout the drives.

Friends came from far and wide to help the Iron Hearts team during the week with all the chores that are required to make a successful show. A few were able to assist as teamsters; Craig Sokoluk competed in Men’s Hitch, David Cumming in Seniors Hitch, Hugh Naldrett in Men’s Cart, Ken McAleese in Farm Equipment and Kena Manson in Junior Team Driving. The Iron Hearts team has been helping raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation in Alberta. They have been known to adopt horses and include them in the show world. They are making plans for future shows and demonstrations although, at this event, they made their mark at the International Level and impressed the crowds as well as the judge. Iron Hearts won the golden pitch fork for the second year in a row with their impressive display and presentation of their horses in the barn.

Glenda Larsen and Cheryl Virostek

Iron Hearts hitch wagon with Craig Sokoluk and David Cumming



ast February, Mike and Kathy received an urgent call about 18 starving horses in need of care. Sadly 4 died, but the other 14 have been transformed from “the hungry herd” to “the happy herd.” There was a stallion in the herd, so many of the mares will be foaling this winter. We have been following the progress of one of the mares from this herd, Maggie. Maggie was born in approximately 2011. Due to her condition, she had to be handled right away, so she halters and has had her feet done. Although summer is over, “Summer School” is not. The fall session is now underway, and this season’s students are Twix, Roche, and Snickers. All are 2013 yearlings. Twix is a lovely chestnut Quarter Horse fi lly, Roche is a sooty or chocolate palomino Quarter Horse colt, and Snickers is a beautiful red roan Quarter Horse colt. We are looking forward to their graduation, when they will be haltered, saddled, and sacked out. Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! Keep tabs on Maggie, Twix, Roche, and Snickers, and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue Or you can call us at 403-637-2708 in Sundre, Alberta.

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2014 Stars of the West Sport Pony Finals By Tracy Dopko


he 2014 Stars of the West Sport Pony Challenge Cup Final was held on August 24 at Killerney Farms in Devon, AB. Ponies were eligible to attend the Finals by competing at the qualifiers throughout AB and Saskatchewan this year. Two weeks before the Finals, a scheduling conflict forced a change in venue. A huge thank you goes out to Killerney Farms for accommodating the Finals at the last minute. Under saddle classes, a $250 Junior Handler class, Get of Sire class and High Score Breed awards were added to the Finals this year, along with Series Year-End High Point awards. 2014 also saw qualifying shows held in Saskatchewan for the first time. In all, a total of $2,200 in cash and prizes was awarded during the Finals. Kyla McKinney from Spruceview Hanoverians in Edmonton, AB, was the judge for the day. The overall Sport Pony Challenge Cup Grand Champion, sponsored by Pferde Traum Farm of Breton, AB, was won by Section B Welsh Pony stallion Daventry’s Power Play (Alvesta Picasso x Pajon’s Royal Flirt), bred and owned by Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, AB. This is the second year in a row that Power Play has won the Challenge Cup. Power Play walked away with $300 cash, a trophy and monogrammed cooler. Overall Reserve Grand Champion, which included $200 cash and a keepsake plaque, was won by Cajonat’s Encore (Alvesta Picasso x Ajawaan), a Welsh/ Hanoverian cross mare bred and owned by Cajonat Farm in Onoway, AB. Encore was also the 3 & Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony Champion at the 2014 Finals and also won the overall Sport Pony Challenge Cup back in 2012. Each division Champion was given $100 cash and an engraved leather halter. The Sport Pony Weanling/Yearling


Champion went to two-month-old Section B Welsh Pony fi lly Daventry’s Ruby Slippers (Alvesta Picasso x Goldhills As You Like It), bred and owned by Daventry Equestrian. Reserve Champion went to the yearling Welsh/Hanoverian fi lly Cajonat’s Trilogy (Alvesta Picasso x Ajawaan), bred and owned by Cajonat Farm. Trilogy is a full sister to Cajonat’s Encore. In the 3 & Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony division, Reserve Champion was New Forest Pony mare Spa Creek Breeze (Wishingwell Even Steven x Gabriel Creek Sandy). Breeze was bred by Spa Creek Ranch, Salmon Arm, and owned by Pferde Traum Farm, Breton, AB. Breeze was also the High Scoring New Forest Pony at the Finals, sponsored by the New Forest Pony Society of North America. Two under saddle classes were added for 2014 - Sport Pony Dressage Suitability 3 & Over and Sport Pony Hunter Suitability 3 & Over. Each class had $100 in Equi-Products gift certificates up for grabs and monogrammed saddle pads. The Dressage Suitability class was won by Daventry’s Power Play and the winner of the Hunter Suitability was Power Play’s full brother, Daventry’s Overtime (Alvesta Picasso x Pajon’s Royal Flirt). Overtime was bred by Daventry Equestrian and is owned by Katie Chesterman. Katie and Overtime were also the winners of the $250 Equi-Products Junior Handler class at the Finals. The overall High Point Sport Pony Under Saddle, which included a monogrammed cooler sponsored by Greenhawk Edmonton, went to Daventry’s Power Play, who was also the High Scoring ISR/Oldenburg pony and High Scoring Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) pony at the Finals. The $50 Get of Sire class was won by the offspring of Alvesta Picasso, a Section B Welsh Pony stallion standing at Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, AB.

Daventry’s Overtime

Daventry’s Powerplay

A big thank you goes out to all our 2014 sponsors. We are happy to see this series growing each year and look forward to a successful 2015 series, with the Finals taking place in Edmonton, AB. For more information on how to qualify and a list of upcoming shows, please visit our website at www.starsoft • 41

West Coast Classic Report By Carla Spackman Photos courtesy of HD2 Sports,


n July 11-13, the Western Canadian Reining Association (WCRA) hosted its 10th Annual West Coast Classic Reining Show, at Chilliwack Heritage Park. This amazing facility provides two indoor arenas, up to 150 indoor covered stalls, and on-site camping. The washroom facilities include showers and are handicapped accessible. We opened our evening with the West Coast Thunder Drill Team and the US and Canadian national anthems. This was followed by a “Fasted Spin” demonstration with seven competitors. The main focus of Saturday evening’s event was a fundraising Calcutta auction with all proceeds donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Over $1430 was raised for this cause. And for the first time ever, our special Saturday evening event premiered Canada’s Para-Reining demonstration (riders with various levels of disabilities).

Our official photographer and videographer was HD2 Sport Video Specialists, providing Live Feed throughout the show and outstanding photos and videos.

This year, West Coast Classic boasted: • 378 entries • 307 runs • 134 horse and rider combinations • 30 classes, including Youth, Beginner, NRHA affi liate, NRHA Derby & Futurity • Over $26,500 in paybacks which included $19,300 in added money • Over $5,000 in prizes and trophies • High scores for the weekend were 150.5, 147, and 146 in the Open Derby class on Saturday. Many competitors came from as far away as Idaho, Washington, Northern BC, and Alberta.

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West Coast Classic, cont’d WEST COAST CLASSIC CLASS WINNERS WCRA Beginner A 1 Keesa Luers / Cromes Custom Chic, 70.50 2 Nancy Leland / Colord Crimson Chic, 70 WCRA Beginner Horse Open 1 Jim Greendyk / Janis Does Hollywood, 70 2 Kyle Kellmer / Black Tie Banjo, 69.50 NRHA Rookie Professional 1 Lorna Malmberg / Elans Chic, 142 2 Nicole Klassen / Hercs Stetson, 139 NRHA Open 1 Jesse Beckley / Hickory Smart Chic, 147 2 Cory Hutchings / Smooth Chickory, 144 NRHA Maturity 7 & up Open L4 1 Cory Hutchings / Smooth Chickory, 144 2 Travis Remple / YB Wright On Major, 142 NRHA Intermediate Non Pro 1 Royal Worbets / Berry Shiny, 72.5 2 Sally Sutherland / Smoknsmart Chocolate, 70.5 WCRA Beginner NRHA Pattern 1 Jewell Dunning / Diamonds Not Forgotten, 70 2 Tiana Shore / Docs Awhizzen, 68.50 NRHA Open 3-Year-Old Futurity Level 4 1 Nicole Renich / Red Hot Walla, 144 2 Jesse Beckley / ARC Electric Lady, 143

NRHA Futurity Open Level 2 1 Nicole Renich / Red Hot Walla, 144 2 Travis Remple / Living Loving Maid, 142 NRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 4 1 Jeff Beckley / This Chics A Hotrod, 142 2 Donna Boyce / Peppy Cielo Chex, 138 NRHA Non Pro 3 Year Old Futurity Level 2 1 Jeff Beckley / This Chics A Hotrod, 142 2 Donna Boyce / Peppy Cielo Chex, 138 WCRA Beginner Freestyle 1 Jessica Meikle / RU Classy, 69.5 2 Ryan Bitshcy / Barlons Doll, 66 NRHA Open Freestyle 1 Jeanine Kern / Smooth Chickory, 70.5 2 Sandra Kolberg / Tuff N Country, 67.5 NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 1 Gina Wigen / Stelle Estrisce Whiz, 73.5 2 Janet Mathies / A Little Surprise, 72 NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 1 Travis Remple / YB Wright On Major, 71.5 2 Lorna Malmberg / Elans Chic, 71 WCRA Beginner B 1 Keesa Luers / Cromes Custom Chic, 72 2 Tiana Shore / Docs Awhizzen, 71.50 NRHA Rookie Level 1 1 Norma Siebert / Muddys Mr Diamond, 70 2 Brenna Loreth / Hollywood Twista, 69.5

NRHA Rookie Level 2 1 Diedrich Teichroeb / Lil Tuf Rooster, 70.5 2 Norma Siebert / Muddys Mr Diamond, 70 NRHA Youth 13 & Under 1 Airana DeJong / White Chocolat Chunk, 70 NRHA Youth 14-18 1 Amanda Daly / Olena San Star, 67.5 WCRA Youth 18 and under 1 Tiana Shore / Docs Awhizzen, 71 2 Amanda Daly / Olena San Star, 67.5 NRHA Non Pro Derby Level 4 1 Jeff Beckley / Boom Boom Pow, 145 2 Josie Dilworth / Oaks Lectric Gun, 143 NRHA Non Pro Derby 4/5/6 Year Old Level 1 1 Josie Dilworth / Oaks Lectric Gun, 143 2 Jenay Conner / Lady Isabelle, 142 NRHA Open Derby 4/5/6 Year Old Level 4 1 Kyle Kellmer / Banwhoa Whiz, 151 2 Jesse Beckley / Hickory Smart Chic, 147 NRHA Open Derby 4/5/6 Year Old Level 2 1 Kyle Kellmer / Banwhoa Whiz, 151 2 Shayla Malmberg / Ill Be Smokinum, 147 WCRA Beginner Reiner Open 1 Tiana Shore / Docs Awhizzen, 71.5 2 Cassie Meikle / Pandy Lena, 70

NRHA Intermediate Open 1 Lorna Malmberg / Elans Chic, 72.5 2 Amanda Self / Great Night Spook, 72 NRHA Limited Open 1 Lorna Malmberg / Elans Chic, 72.5 2 Lacey Swanberg / Dukes Vintage Chic, 69 NRHA Non Pro 1 Royal Worbets / Berry Shiny, 72.5 2 Gina Wigen / Stelle Estrisce Whiz, 72 NRHA Limited Non Pro 1 Jeanine Kern / Smooth Chickory, 71.5 2 Giselle Aebly / Izzy A Spook, 71 NRHA Prime Time Non Pro 1 Gina Wigen / Stelle Estrisce Whiz, 72 2 Giselle Aebly / Izzy A Spook, 71 NRHA Maturity 7 & up Non Pro L4 1 Royal Worbets / Berry Shiny, 72.5 2 Gina Wigen / Stelle Estrisce Whiz, 72 WCRA Short Stirrup 1 Airana DeJong / White Chocolat Chunk, 70 2 Alex Hutchings / Chex For Rosey, 67 WCRA Beginner Youth 18 & Under 1 Cassie Meikle / Pandy Lena, 70.5 2 Ryan Bitshcy / Barlons Doll, 70

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Quarter Spot Ranch Year-End Report By Cindy Kirschman


uarter Spot Ranch in Lumby BC held its Year-End Fun Day and Awards Day on September 21st with over 30 riders attending.

Winners for the Year End Trophies were: Lead Line Champion - Taylor Wasylyszyn Barrel Champion - Tammy Aiello All Around Junior Champion - Courtenay Aiello Poles and All Around Senior Champion - Wendy Cuddeback

On October 19th we held our final event of the year… the Halloween Horse Spooktacular with 22 riders attending. Halloween Horse Spooktacular the Buckle Winners were: Extreme Obstacle - Jasmine Keller Costume Class Senior - Wendy Cuddeback Costume Class Junior - Kelsey Phillips

We had 17 out of 21 riders dressed up for the Spooktacular and, as usual, the group outdid themselves again with absolutely amazing costumes. We truly wish all of you could win just for supporting this event so well. Cindy and Bob would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and helpers for all their help throughout the year. A special word of Thanks goes out to Miss Lauren Baumle for continuing to run the concession to feed all of our hungry riders, and as I have always said, “none of this happens without all the riders willing to get up in the early hours on a Sunday to haul their horses down the highway to come out and enjoy themselves.” So give yourselves a big pat on the back for being willing to do so because it doesn’t happen without your support!! We hope you all stay in touch over the winter months and we look forward to seeing you all again starting in April 2015.

Taylor Wasylyszyn

Tammy Aiello

Jasmine Keller

Wendy Cuddeback

Courtenay Aiello Kelsey Phillips

They Got Hitched! Photos by Sheri Payton Photography, Cowichan Bay BC

Communication, Trust and Respect The building blocks of building all relationships, equine and human! Surrounded by family and friends from Alberta to Vancouver Island, Lorraine Pelletier (EC Certified Western Coach) and Richard Andres, an EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique), were married on September 13th in Lake Country, BC.   Following a lovely ceremony, the perfect warm, sunny day beamed rays of happiness, in the photos taken at Tranquille Farms with Lorraine’s horse, Cash.  A wonderful reception followed at the Holiday Park Resort and everyone enjoyed an old fashioned country home-made dinner, games and dancing! All the joys of our Special Day will be in our hearts forever as we continue to add more each day. 

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Notes from the Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he Club is looking forward to the winter activities such as our Annual General Meeting to be held at the Oliver Community Complex on November 13th - a week earlier than our normal third Thursday of the month - because the Oliver Community Centre is engaged for the Christmas Fair! Wow, is it that time already? Our traditional Halloween Event was Taylor and Emily warming up their horses Volunteers sorting out the entries for the Fun held October 19th at the D-K Ranch – a Gymkhana Day report in next month’s issue. Thanks to Debbie House and the committee for the The final Training Day on September 21st was fun for all and work in pulling this together. We also have the Christmas Party we owe Jeannette Lauritzen (Western) and Julie Johannson Committee already planning one of the favourite Club events of (English) a big thank-you for giving up their time and pushing each year.  members to improve their riding skills. The Dressage Percentage While it was still warm and sunny we held a full blown Day on October 5th was really well-attended and another thankGymkhana Fun Day on August 24th which was an outstanding you to Julie for judging the event. success. The committee chair for this event and indeed the On November 2nd we’ll be gathering to clean all our concept and planning of the event was all due to one of our equipment and store it for the winter and will be giving the younger Club members - 15 year old Shelby MacRae. What a Clubhouse a Fall-clean prior to shutting it down until next job she did chairing the planning meetings and lining up all the volunteers that are always so essential to make these events work. Spring. Next Spring - now that’s a lovely thought to finish on this Not only that but she ensured that the day ran like clockwork. month! Hope to see a good turnout for the AGM - see you soon. All the Club members and visitors had a really good day in glorious sunshine - hold that picture through the next few months! Besides our usual Wednesday evening and Sunday riding, a great day was the culmination of our Dressage Training Days.

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier Andres, EC Certified Western Coach GROUND WORK Does your horse have it, or need it? This important step should never be overlooked. This is where you establish your relationship. When in doubt, you can always return to ground work. If you are unable to ride, practice something on the ground. What an eye-opener for some to realize their own short-comings! Part of ground work includes driving or long lining. Can you drive with soft hands? Ask for turns, transitions or maneuvers? When purchasing or leasing a horse, part of your ground work, is to ask what ground and ridden work is established. Ask for a demonstration. Do not rely only on the seller to make a proper assessment as to suitability. It does not matter if you adopt a rescue, find a local ad, or seek a specific breeder. Be smart; bring someone trained and skilled with you to do a thorough horse assessment. There are many people that just want ‘the sale’ and can tell you what you want to hear. Taking the time can save you thousands of dollars and much HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

heartache down the road, sometimes even injury. If you’re not sure, ASK. I’d like to invite you, the reader, to let us know what YOU need. Email your question, concern or comment and see your answer in future issues. Never stop learning. Helping horses and helping people!  EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier Andres. Call our Horse Help-line today: 250-999-5090 and visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, abuse and trauma rehabilitation… helping people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Communication, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 45

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club Update By Nancy Roman WINS AT THE IPE: photos by Nancy Roman. AGILITY PHOTOS by Pamela Montgomery


e know there are many Morgan, and part-bred Morgan, horse owners out there… but you’re just not a member (yet!). We encourage and invite you to visit www. and join us. Over the Labour Day weekend we saw 6 Morgans at Armstrong BC’s 115th Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede (IPE). Following the IPE, our club hosted the annual Poker Ride fundraiser on September 6th, a trail ride open to all horse people held at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby BC. Then on October 4th we hosted a Horse Agility Clinic with Patrick Thomas in Enderby BC. Both events were great fun! We are having our pot-luck Christmas Party/Social on Saturday, December 6th in Armstrong BC – but new this year, it will be a ‘luncheon’ – so we can all get home before dark hopefully. The BC/Yukon Zone is hosting the annual CMHA Convention here in BC for early 2015 – stay tuned for more info. Let’s share the passion of our (versatile) Morgan horses! The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club is also on Facebook – do check it out! Or call Nancy Roman for more info 250-546-9922.

Alan Smythe took 3-year-old stallion “Trophy’s Independence” and placed 2nd in the In-Hand class. Elvira’s horse loved this ball – first time seeing it today!

Susan’s horse stood perfectly in the ‘ring’ with coach Pat looking on.

Pat Crema and gelding “Coulee Bend Georgian Bay” received some third places and one first in the In-Hand and Performance (Driving) classes.

Nancy’s horse ‘Angie’ managed the teeter-totter bridge just fine!

On To Greener Pastures

JMF BEAM WALKER, or better known to all as just “Blackie,” came to live with us October 18, 2003 as a 17-year-old stallion. Blackie had been a member of the Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds Team Morgan with his previous owner, and when she offered him to us for purchase, we jumped at the chance.  This little black Morgan, although 46 • Saddle Up • November 2014

standing only 14.1hh, successfully competed as a jumper in the first half of his life. Blackie did pretty much everything we asked of him including teaching many adults and children how to ride while continuing as an anchor of Team Morgan, being very capable of competing in all five events. With Cec, he competed in Trail Riding, Compulsory Skills (Driving Dressage) and Precision Driving. He was on Team Morgan in the Telus Battle of the Breeds helping us win 4 times! He taught Bob about driving, hands, headset, extension and collection. Bob also showed Blackie in Trail and In Hand… his last In Hand class being at the IPE in Armstrong BC this year at age 28.  Blackie was shown by a number of people, giving them a winning edge especially when competing in driving. He was the ‘go-to’ horse for our inexperienced relatives and friends whether just riding down the road, in the riding ring or on a trail ride. He has

been a regular at the Calgary Stampede in the Morgan Booth, and performed in demos for the large crowds there. For the last number of years Blackie was a therapeutic riding horse, patiently dealing with the challenges constantly presented.  His sense of humour was welldocumented; the time Bob set the driving lines on the ground at the IPE thinking Blackie would not notice and just stand there while he (Bob) reached for the cart (Blackie left at a gallop, reins flying); the gate left ajar which Blackie would push open and gleefully dash through to freedom and grass. And this year at the IPE, he escaped his stall three times. We lost our beloved Blackie on October 6th and are sorely missing our own version of Justin Morgan. - Thanks for the memories, Cec and Bob Watson, Duchess, Alberta HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Spooktacular End to Series By Shelley Colton Photos courtesy of Rona MacDonald


he 2014 Eagleview Equestrian Centre’s Gymkhana series in Williams Lake wrapped up on October 19th with the annual Halloween event. Gymkhana events are in age groups of Peewees, Juniors, Open, and Young at Heart with points earned throughout the year. Yearend buckles and prizes will be awarded on November 8th at a potluck dinner. Eagleview has a great point system for their Jackpot series based on a 2D format. A simple explanation is the number of entries in each age category is divided in 2. The fastest times win the 1D while the times halfway through are the 2D winners. This system

Alexia Colton with Gator as Dr. Suess’ Thing 1 & Thing 2

gives the amazing opportunity to everyone no matter the skill level. It isn’t very often that everyone doesn’t go home with a little in their pockets from the jackpots. Costumes were in abundance and imaginations had run wild with this year’s contestants. The Peewees (10 years and under) came as peacocks, unicorns, and the ever popular pumpkin. Juniors disguised themselves as headless horsemen, hockey players, skeleton horses and even a bluebird in a nest and tree. The Open age group paraded as John Wayne, Jesse Duke in the General Lee, Ladybugs and Dr. Suess’ Thing 1 & Thing 2. Our Young at Heart group showed that they

Kayla Schindle with Miss T as Bluebird in a Nest

are still kids-at-heart and wore Halloween themes of a Nascar with driver, farmer and his John Deere tractor, Crayola crayons, and Cruella Deville with one of the 101 Dalmatians. So much fun and so many laughs throughout the day can only mean we are all looking forward to next year’s series already. Thank you to all the volunteers and Eagleview for a wonderful year of competing. If you live nearby and want to come and enjoy great sportsmanship, laughs and a friendly environment then checkout the calendar of events at and we’ll see you soon!

Shelley Colton with Sahara as Cruella and her Dalmatian

Tammy McNally with Nifty as Ladybugs

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


he last competition of the year at the Kelowna Riding Club was the Equi-Life Harvest Hunter Derby in mid-October. Although weather was somewhat inclement with intermittent rain, the two-day show was very well-attended with a total of 76 horses entered! Thank you to all volunteers who turned out at our annual Fall Cleanup on October 18th in order to prepare our clubhouse and grounds for winter. Please note that we will be closing the clubhouse again this winter after our AGM in order to keep the heating costs down. The KRC’s Annual General Meeting is Saturday, November 8th, start time 6:00 p.m., with potluck and silent auction to follow meeting. This is our opportunity to reflect on the happenings of 2014 and make plans for the new year ahead. There are board positions opening up, including Secretary and Treasurer positions. Please contact a current board member if you are willing to put your name forth as a director for 2015. We will also be awarding our Carol Schellenberg Memorial Sportsmanship Award as well as our Volunteer of the Year Award! We have plans in the works for another of our ever-popular Pub Nights! This is a great social and fundraising event for our club. If you missed the last one in the spring, it was a ton of fun. We will keep you informed of the date once it has been confirmed! Check our Facebook page and website regularly for upcoming events. All directors’ contact information is on our web page at Stay safe and in the tack!


Photo from the Harvest Hunter Derby. Photo courtesy of Jessee Alexander Photography. • 47

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey, Club Reporter


ello again... we have been a busy group!! On September 22nd we had our year-end Achievement Day. We did our patterns, showmanship, equitation and then lots of games. We bobbed for apples, pole bending, barrel racing, but the best part of our day was the costume class. There were lots of unique costumes in the arena! Everyone passed their levels and had lots of FUN!!! Several of us competed at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair 4-H Show and The Provincial Winter Fair in Barriere BC. These are both fantastic 4-H shows and Vernon Young Riders invites all 4-H horse members to participate in these shows. They were AWESOMELY AMAZING!

Our new year will get started soon and we welcome any new members to come join us. You can e-mail our club leader Lorna Kotz at Bye for now.

Kelowna Hoofbeats Update By Ashley Robson, Kathleen Egeland, Pavi Mclean, and Lauren McGee


his month has been another quiet one. The month started off with a meeting on September 22nd where we all got together and looked over the photos from Stock Show. The Club purchased a CD from the Show photographer Merilee Torgerson… there were some great photos. The potluck we had was amazing. Achievement Day was on September 28th where we all went to the beautiful facility of Arion Therapeutic Farms. The day started before the heat at 9 a.m. and ended swift ly after 12 noon where we all talked, laughed and shared memories while having a delicious potluck lunch. A “HUGE THANK YOU” goes out to the amazing judges, Kyra Casorso who judged Showmanship classes and Dustin Drader who judged Pleasure and Equitation classes. Everyone did an amazing job handling their horses and riding to their very best. We are all looking forward to the year-end banquet on November 29th to wrap up our amazing year. Thank you everyone for a fantastic time. Have a safe and fun winter.

Arlyn, Ashley, Kathleen, Melanie and Colin in Showmanship

Judge Kyra Casorso

Steven, Lauren, Sydney, Payton, Isabel and Jordan in Equitation

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Judge Dustin Drader

Alana about to head in for her Equitation Class


Kelowna Gymkhana Club! By Kayla Stromsten


e are now at the end of the year and we can already not wait for next year! End of the year awards to be announced! Look us up on Facebook Kelowna Gymkhana Club or at our website www.kelownagymkhanaclub. com. Thank you everyone for the great year! RESULTS for October 4th with 36 riders Masters: HP: Donna Hinchliffe on Badger; Res: Chris Robinson on Diego Senior: HP: Amy Russo on Mya; Res: Amanda Lamberton on Lightning Youth: HP: Kathleen Egeland on Pennymae; Res: Ayla Schwartz on Muffin, Junior: HP: Hailey on Sam; Res: Lauren on Cinnamon

Peewee: HP: Dalyce Davis on Gage; Res: Shayl Jardine on Flicka RESULTS for October 5th with 45 entries Masters: HP: Donna Hinchliffe on Badger; Res: Cheryl Egeland on Bucky TIE: Liz Gibbs on Kilo and Barb Redlick on Mayzie Senior: HP: Amy Russo on Mya; Res: Amanda Lamberton on Lightning Youth: HP: Ayla Schwartz on Muffin; Res: Abbey Ranseth on Phoenix and TIE: Robyn on Prince Junior: HP: Curtis on Niska, Res: Hailey on Sam Peewee: HP: Dalyce Davis on Gage and TIE: Shayl Jardine on Flicka Res: Ashlyn Wade on Pippi

Warming Up For The Ride By Daphne Davey


very athlete knows how important it is to warm up before practicing a sport. How much more important this is for riders with disabilities. Our riders gain special benefit from a warm-up routine. They can relax stiff muscles, stretch tight tendons, and loosen locked joints to meet the requirements of balancing in the saddle on a moving horse. Of course, warm-up exercises are much more fun sitting on something that resembles a real horse! Enter the Equicizer™ ( Using the pelvis to give this model horse the aid for forward movement, the rider can get it moving back and forth - and the realistic neck and head bob along in front of the rider like a real horse. Sometimes it is difficult for an instructor to convey the concept of forward impulsion. Some riders with a disability simply don’t have the opportunity to try it out in any other setting, and those with developmental delay may not understand. But the Equicizer shows them exactly what to do - and they can feel it through their body. They also learn how the arms and hands must follow the movement of the horse’s head. If they aren’t in rhythm, the Equicizer halts pretty quickly. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Another important benefit comes into play with clients who are too nervous to mount a real horse at the start. The Equicizer is much less threatening, and helps to acclimatize the rider to the movement of a real horse. This can be dramatically different for a rider in a wheelchair. Have you ever ridden an elephant? Autistic children have also found the Equicizer something they can handle more easily, and while they may never be ready to Paxton rides Whinny, the Equicizer, and Patricia (at back) graduate to a real pony, their rides George, the barrel horse, to warm up for their riding lessons at the Joyriders on Prince Edward Island. world is still expanded by the Physiotherapist Trish leads them through the exercises. Each experience. rider is accompanied by a side-walker. Naturally enough, such a Photo by Daphne Davey “horse” deserves a name. It’s fun to do warm-up exercises on an Equicizer, but more fun For more information on CanTRA and to call her ‘Whinny’. its member centres, visit Few therapeutic riding programs or email Please make probably have the luxury of owning an a difference to a child or adult with a Equicizer unless they get lucky with disability by donating to CanTRA at a sponsor, but other forms of or up horses can still be useful, such as a carpet-covered barrel on a metal frame christened ‘George’. • 49

Selkirk Saddle Club News By Tanya Secord


he Selkirk Saddle Club of Revelstoke BC is so pleased to announce… through extreme focus, dedication and a whole lot of hard work, we have been able to pull off this dream project – a dream that some of our members have been waiting several decades for. When we dug ground last June and set forth on this journey the plan and budget was to build ¾ of New 60 x 120 Arena the building, but with the final grant we received from Tourism Infrastructure, some severe time dedication from members and the amazing support of our community with our fundraisers we were able to pull off the full structure. Although we have a little landscaping yet to do and a few finishing touches here and there, here it stands, beautiful and fully functional, a 60’ x 120’ covered riding arena. We will also be building a wheelchair ramp with a wheelchair lift funded by Revelstoke Credit Union. The Ministry of Tourism (tourism infrastructure) and Columbia Basin Trust were pivotal Kids (l to r) Jade, Rowan, Rhenna, Jackie. supporters making it possible for us to move forward with our dream project. Adults (l to r) Dianna Jones, Leah Parker, Other businesses that also need a huge thank you for their assistance in our project are: RCU, Tanya Secord, Alan Smythe, Hans Michel, K&W Trucking, H&J Ready Mix, Score Construction, Elevation Construction, Rona, Vic Van Isle, Janet Pearson, Dawn Cwikula, Kelly Richards. Kozek Saw Mill, Downie Timber and Brackonstruction. With the guarantee of being able to get out of the rain, snow, ice and wind, we have been able to offer the therapeutic riding program as well as youth horsemanship classes. As a result we have increased our youth membership from 4 to over 45 youth members ranging from 3 to 16 years of age and look forward to being able to expand the activities available to them. It is very exciting to see so many new families getting involved in the equine world. The Selkirk Saddle Club also has overnight stalls if you are traveling with your horse and need a pit stop for the evening – or if you just want to venture out to new riding territory. Kelly Richards, Tanya Secord, Mayor David Raven, Hans Michel

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club held their Annual Poker Ride on September 13 at the Omineca Ski Trails. The Ski Club allows us to utilize their crosscountry trails which gives us the opportunity to host beautiful rides every fall with different variations on the route to keep it interesting. This year, we sold 62 hands to nearly 40 riders who said they all greatly enjoyed their Irene and Anne from Smithers trip around the area. Fall colours on a warm, sunny day helped complete the perfect poker ride! The organizers and a few other folks contributed pots of chili and buns to keep everyone fed at the end of the ride, which was great as some had travelled up to two hours to attend this ride. The top hand for the Poker Pot was won by Bob Macdonald of Grassy Plains with a Full House, and the second prize cheque went to Deanna Bell from Houston. Door prizes are a great hit, especially as everyone who doesn’t win from the poker pot is eligible to win one! We had 20 door prizes to help console the non-winning hands. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who attended! Coming events for the Saddle Club include the Annual Hallowe’en Party (complete with costumed horses and jack o’lantern carving contests!) and the Annual Christmas Party (a potluck luncheon event with a Mexican Gift Exchange). For more info on the TCSC or its events (including full results of the Fall Fair Light Horse Show!), please contact Kristi at 250-692-5721 or email, check us out on Facebook, or our website

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Taylor, Bob, and Tina from Grassy Plains and Tehya and Jill from Francois Lake

Randy and Jewel from Vanderhoof


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Mellissa Buckley


ith our show season for 2014 now over, we reflect on what was a great year. Two of our shows enjoyed a considerable boost in attendance with 2 point classes in not only Novice divisions but the Open as well which was greatly encouraging. We also noted what seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of the All-around competition, which our new flat rates helped along (in turn helping individual class sizes for those who specialize). Our constant revitalizing of each circuit with futurities and bigger money classes as well as enticing prizes seemed to bolster the enthusiasm of competitors as well as rewarding them for their hard work and dedication.  LMQHA would like to thank each and everyone who attended our shows and experienced the good times with us this past season, we look forward to you joining us again for exciting events in 2015. None of our events would be possible without the generous support of our amazing sponsors. We are humbled and grateful for your kind contributions to our association. This is also the time of year where we invite everyone to join in the planning for the next year’s events. We have a club steeped in history of community and competitive showing, nurtured and brought to this Officers & Directors 2014

President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

point by countless volunteers and inspiring individuals throughout the years. The exciting part about it is although we have so much already to build on there is potential to be much more!  What is your passion with your Quarter Horse? If it is showing, we would love to have you join in and help shape the shows of 2015 to be the best yet... new ideas and enthusiasm is what makes them grow and evolve! Are you an avid trail rider? Come on board and shape a recreational riding event. Don’t own a Quarter Horse but want to be involved? Be a part of the Bazaar Team to develop the historical and popular Bazaar and Country Fair. Our Annual General Meeting is November 26th at 7:00pm at the Lions Hall in Langley - we look forward to seeing you all there. Director nominations will also be held at this meeting, we would love to have more involved.  Next on the list of LM events is our Awards Banquet which will be headed up by Sian Russell. If you would like to help with this we are sure she would love you to join her! Some members still need hours to qualify for awards, so this would be an opportunity to fi ll them, or becoming a member of the Bazaar Team, for which planning begins in 2014 for the 2015 event.  Congratulations to all of our LMQHA members who travelled to Vegas to compete in the AQHA Novice Championships! We hear that a number of you did very well with top five and ten finishes in several events. Way to go!!!! 

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club by Ally LeBel


here is nothing sweeter than a Miniature horse and a little cow girl or boy! This past August many of our club members participated at the annual IPE Fall Fair in Armstrong BC. The Miniature horse barns were buzzing with visitors while the horse owners polished and groomed their wonderful little Minis to get ready for the many different classes they entered. We had a total of 23 Miniature horses entered in everything from halter, in-hand, jumping, driving, liberty and obstacle classes. For some it was their first show experience ever and everyone did a fabulous job!! We even had some Minis doing tricks for the crowds… so fun! Thank you to all the exhibitors at the Miniature horse barns - you helped make our part in the fair a huge success. Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this show run so smoothly, we could not have done it without your help! Patti Thomas, Ann Iceton, Kate Carson, Brenda Guedesse, Jennifer Chandler, and Bert Goodison… you are all people with huge hearts!!!


BC Rodeo Association THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 • FAX: (250) 398-4101 • Office Hours: Monday to Thursdays 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082 Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

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2014 BCRA YEAR-END AWARDS WINNERS SEASON LEADER SADDLE WINNERS (Saddles were purchased through The Horse Barn, Kamloops) BAREBACK: Cash Kerner, Kelowna SADDLE BRONC: Cole Scott, Kamloops BULL RIDING: Matt O’flynn, Quesnel TIE DOWN ROPING: Dustin Shields, Vanderhoof STEER WRESTLING: Cole Scott, Kamloops BREAKAWAY: Rike Wieth, Lone Butte LADIES BARRELS: Laura James, Monte Creek TEAM ROPING - HEADING: Tim Terepocki, Monte Creek TEAM ROPING - HEELING: Tim Pellam, Langley JUNIOR BARREL RACING: Tosha Seitz, Savona JUNIOR STEER RIDING: Owen Hawkings, Barriere JUNIOR BREAKAWAY: Harley Antoine, Cache Creek PEE WEE BARREL RACING: Gracie Antoine, Cache Creek ALL-AROUND COWBOY: Cole Scott, Kamloops ALL-AROUND COWGIRL: Keri Mikkelsen, Pritchard JUNIOR ALL-AROUND: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Brady Smith, Salmon Arm ROOKIE ROUGHORSE RIDER: Clint Quesnel, Lumby FINALS CHAMPIONS (Buckles designed and made by Troy Fischer Silverworks and Rowdy Silver) BAREBACK: Cash Kerner, Kelowna SADDLE BRONC: Cole Scott, Kamloops BULL RIDING: Steve Hohmann, Quesnel TIE DOWN ROPING: Steve Lloyd, Quesnel STEER WRESTLING: Luke Simonin, Naramata BREAKAWAY: Allison Everett, 150 Mile House LADIES BARRELS: Coleen Duggan, Cache Creek TEAM ROPING - HEADING: Aaron Palmer, Knutsford TEAM ROPING - HEELING: Neal Antoine, Cache Creek JUNIOR BARRELS: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel JUNIOR BREAKAWAY: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel JUNIOR STEER RIDING: Lane Paley, Quesnel PEE WEE BARRELS: Zoey Hamming, Vernon

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CHILCOTIN SERIES WINNERS SADDLE BRONC: Wacey Marr, Williams Lake BULL RIDING: Levi Lawlor, Quesnel TIE DOWN ROPING: Jonah Antoine, Cache Creek STEER WRESTLING: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House BREAKAWAY: Rike Wieth, Lone Butte LADIES BARRELS: Judy Hyde, Prince George OPEN TEAM ROPING - HEADER: BJ Isnardy, Cache Creek OPEN TEAM ROPING - HEELER: Carl Hyde, Prince George #8 TEAM ROPING - HEADER: Jonah Antoine, Cache Creek #8 TEAM ROPING - HEELER: Dustin Spiers, Quesnel LADIES GOATS: Brooke Wills, Kamloops JUNIOR BARRELS: Rachel Chatham, Hagensborg JUNIOR BREAKAWAY: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel JUNIOR STEERS: Denton Spiers, Quesnel JUNIOR GOAT TYING: Mariah Mannering, Quesnel JUNIOR POLES: Rachel Chatham, Hagensborg PEE WEE BARRELS: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake PEE WEE POLES: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake PEE WEE GOATS: Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake HORSE OF YEAR AWARDS BAREBACK HORSE: Cy47 Ginger - C+ Rodeos, 150 Mile House SADDLE BRONC HORSE: Y47 Payday - C+ Rodeos, 150 Mile House BULL OF THE YEAR: 528 Highroller - C+ Rodeos, 150 Mile House TIE DOWN HORSE: Sweetness - Joel Isnardy, Cache Creek STEER WRESTLING HORSE: Skinny - Joel Isnardy/ Rhoda Antoine, Cache Creek BREAKAWAY HORSE: Rodney - Rike Wieth, Lone Butte LADIES BARREL HORSE: Kit - Judy Hyde, Prince George HEADING HORSE: Lil Joe - Keri Mikkelsen, Pritchard HEELING HORSE: Buddy - Archie Williams, Cache Creek JUNIOR BARREL HORSE: Flyer - Tosha Seitz, Savona JUNIOR BREAKAWAY HORSE: Huckleberry - Dyson Leneve, Quesnel PEE WEE BARREL HORSE: Chick - Gracie Antoine, Cache Creek BCRA SPORTSMANSHIP: Cole Scott, Kamloops BCRA RODEO PERSON: Allison Everett, 150 Mile House BCRA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Steve Hohmann, Quesnel


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

Scholarship deadline extended If you are a youth member of BC Paint looking at scholarship opportunities for your post-secondary education, you will want to know that our BC Paint Horse Club youth scholarship deadline has been extended to November 15. This is the second year the club will be awarding a $500 cash scholarship to one deserving applicant; the winner will be announced at our annual awards banquet in Langley, January 31. This year, applicants are being asked to submit a 700-800 word essay explaining why they would encourage their friends to become involved with horses. Applications are available to download from our website (, and must be submitted to committee chair Margo Murray by November 15. Last year, the board and two independent judges vetted four very good candidates; we hope to have as many again this year. Good luck!

Annual meeting later this month Put Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on the PVR! We’re going to do something a little out of the ordinary this year for our BC Paint annual general meeting. Instead of a weekend meeting, we’re scheduled for a Thursday night (November 27) in Langley – at Adrian’s Restaurant (on the east side of the Langley Airport). We’ve got the meeting room booked for 6pm for those who want to grab a bite of dinner before the meeting, which will get underway at 7pm. The reality is our AGMs rarely, if ever, draw members from beyond the Fraser Valley (unfortunately) but we’re hopeful an evening meeting may bring out a few of the FV locals who wouldn’t otherwise give up a precious weekend afternoon with their horses (we get that!) to hang with us! Our meetings are friendly and welcoming and if you want to be involved with a progressive and fun group of people, please join us!

Wreaths-r-us! Once again, the ladies of the board will be in Santa’s workshop this month churning out beautiful Christmas wreaths for our annual fundraiser. Wreaths are a great value at just $40 – and they are stunning! They make great gifts, too. For those in the North Okanagan, I will be able to bring back your

orders after our AGM on the 30th. Don’t let the miles prevent you from supporting our club! Go to the home page on our website for order information. All orders must be pre-paid this year.

Roll out the red carpet

Silent auction table is a huge hit at the awards banquet.

Making plans for the New Year? Be sure to pencil January 31 on your calendar. That’s when we’ll be toasting the best of the 2014 show season at our annual awards banquet – at Adrian’s Restaurant in Langley. Details are still sketchy but we’ll be in touch with members by email in early December with information on how to reserve tickets. Directors are already sourcing donations for our famous “balloon pop” and the silent auction table, and Dianne Rouse has never let us down when it comes to award selection. This show season has been host to probably as many approved judges as we have ever had – three in the north (Three-in-One and the Bulkley Valley Fair), five in the Okanagan (Back-to-Basics and South Central’s Wine Country Classic) and eight in the Fraser Valley (LMQ’s Spring and Evergreen Circuits and our own B2B Coast show). It’s been a phenomenal season – it will be interesting to see how the results play out.

OSCP deadline looming If you registered for our Open Show and Competition Program, make sure you get your results in to Margo Murray as quickly as possible following the November 30 show deadline. Margo must have your results by December 15. There’s been some neck-and-neck competition this season and these final fall shows could make all the difference in the outcome. Our OSCP gives members the opportunity to record their results at all breed or discipline-specific shows and competitions and submit them for (really, really nice) year-end awards. More information is available on our website. It’s a great program for exhibitors who aren’t near or can’t travel to the big APHA-approved shows as well as an awesome way for members all over the province to help us promote the diversity of the Paint breed to a larger audience – and the awards are well worth the paperwork! The APHA World Show is underway in Fort Worth, Texas, November 5-15. You should be able to Google a link to watch classes online – an awesome way to lift your spirits during those first couple of weeks after daylight savings ends! (Remember when it used to happen in October?)

Get your wreath order in soon!


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Brian Wallace, Robson Valley Chapter

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290



was riding down a narrow valley in the northeast corner of Jasper National Park when I ran into a grizzly family, a sow with two cubs. Fortunately, I saw the bears before they spied me, so I took quick stock of the situation. What to do now? Having encountered wildlife many times in the past, I immediately hollered, giving the sow grizzly an opportunity to become aware of my presence. I proceeded to back off and give them some space. The sow collected her young, and vanished into the forest. My horse and I remained still for a few minutes to allow the bear family to gain some distance, after which I continued to ride down the valley without seeing her again. When out on horseback in the wilderness, riding some of the most scenic trails, wildlife encounters are the last thing that we tend to think about. Awareness, however, is an integral step in preventing a serious incident with any species such as bear, cougar, elk and moose (to name a few). Experiencing wildlife does not always end up compromising you and your horse’s safety but it is still good idea to plan ahead. How should we prepare ourselves before we leave the trail head? How do we avoid confrontations with wildlife? What should be done when horse and rider encounter wildlife?

Preparation If you are riding in a new area or even a familiar trail, check with the local experts on the types of animals you may encounter. Have there been recent wildlife sightings or related issues to be aware of? This will help you prepare for your journey and provide some insight to wildlife travelling in the area. Know your horse and your ability. Meeting wildlife on an inexperienced horse can be drastically different than encounters on a more seasoned one. Are you and your horse confident if there is an incident? Will you be able to manage your horse? These are questions that need answering before leaving the trail head. If uncertain, you may want to team up with a more experienced rider and/or horse. Consider the time of year and key wildlife habitat, as it applies to the various seasonal events such as calving, breeding and feeding patterns of all wildlife species. Understanding these annual cycles provides critical information necessary to avoid encounters. Consider carrying noise and pain deterrents such as air horns, bear bangers, whistles and bear spray. Ensure both you and your horse are familiar with these items as they can create unpleasant challenges. Avoid using bear bangers during periods of high fire danger! A word on pets. Pets are wonderful companions; however, they can elicit negative reactions from various wildlife species that view pets 54 • Saddle Up • November 2014

as either a direct competitor (coyotes and wolves) or as a safety threat (most other species). It is not uncommon to have your pet return to you with an angry bruin, a hostile tom or an insane cow moose in pursuit. If you choose to travel with a dog, ensure he is very responsive to voice commands and stays within your sight at all times.

On the trail While out on the trail, be vigilant. It is important to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. There is more risk of surprise encounters along noisy creeks, in avalanche slopes; berry patches and in dense willows. Always look around, make noise, and watch your horse. A horse will tell you if there is something in close proximity. Watch those ears for the cue. Look for animal sign, scat and other natural clues. The presence of aerial scavengers is a sure sign that there may be a dead animal in the area. Kill sites are to be avoided at all costs as grizzly bears will aggressively defend food sources. Make noise, especially in dense cover, fog and poor acoustic situations such as rain and wind. If you encounter wildlife remain calm. Make your presence known and give them space and time. Do not approach. It is important to avoid denning areas and breeding pairs as your presence can be interpreted as a direct challenge to either the denning or breeding pair group. If you experience aggressive or predatory wildlife behaviour (e.g. food-stressed cougar or food-conditioned bear) it is important to stay together with your group, maintain eye contact and make yourself appear bigger. Use noise or pain deterrents (bear spray or rocks). If the animal persists and chooses to attack, fight for your life with anything you have available. If you come across aggressive or abnormal wildlife behaviour, report the encounter to your local authority. It is impossible to predict how wildlife will react in any situation, but you can improve your safety by being aware of your surroundings at all times and using avoidance strategies. There are additional considerations necessary when planning to camp overnight in the wilderness. Consult your local authority, experienced horse camper and available literature.


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

Cheer for the Ears!



AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15


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 q @ 11/15


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

Back Country Horsemen of B.C.

CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

Contact: Website:


ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15

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

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15



BATEMAN EQUESTRIAN EDUCATION In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15

BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY Y (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15 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,

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15

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

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 11/15 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15


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

PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15 Overnight g it or Stayy in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15


CLUBS: Do any of you want old trophies and show ribbons? We get inquiries from people wanting to donate them. Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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PRC ANNUAL PUB NIGHT FUND RAISER, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,, WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Stephanie Mark, Langlee Acres, Langley BC, Kerri 604-813-9186 OKANAGAN HORSEY LADIES BANQUET (Fundraiser), Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon BC, like us on FaceBook. Info or donations call Nancy 250-546-9922 EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING WORKSHOP, Vernon BC, Wendy 778-475-6077,, CARIBOO HORSEY LADIES BANQUET (Fundraiser), Wildmans Restaurant, Interlakes Corner. Call Cheryle 250-593-4139 JIM ANDERSON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kelowna BC, contact Wanda, or cell 250-718-0500 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver BC 1-888-533-4353, PRC YEAR END BANQUET, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,, CANADIAN WESTERN AGRIBITION, Regina SK, EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING WORKSHOP, Vernon BC, Wendy 778-475-6077,,

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19TH ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221 or visit LMQHA HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,

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WCRA SLIDE OUT WEST, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,,

Do you have your 2014/2015 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL here.

CANADIAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. AGM, at Holiday Inn Cambridge ON, Info at or call Marnie 204-834-2479 PRC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,,

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GUEST RANCHES DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/14 WWW.TODMOUNTAINRANCH.COM (Heffley Creek BC) 1-877-488-8881 Unique hands on, all inclusive horseback riding vacations 10/15

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Business Services HEALTH PRODUCTS


Healing Horses Their Way Riva’s Equine Health Line 1-800-405-6643 12/14 INSURANCE

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 3/15

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



Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap TOLL FREE 1-866-854-6049 or Cell 250-549-0996 g y p g

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 5/15 SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 7/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 KICKINGHORSESADDLERY.COM (McBride BC) 250-968-4346 Custom Handmade, Quality Built Saddles & Tack & Repairs 3/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY Y (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

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TOUCH ‘A TEXAS Town & Country

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 9/15

TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 10/15 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 10/15 TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 9/15 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15

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Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee


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

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MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) “Helping you put the pieces togetherâ€? All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 10/15 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 VETERINARIANS


CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 8/15


CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 11/15 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15 ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


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ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 9/15 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 9/15 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.� 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 11/15 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14

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LA’S LADY JANE (LADY JANE) CAHR – 0045268 – Born March 24, 2006 LA’s Classic Colours X RH Bonny Real. Good manners, movement, conformation, intelligent and good minded. This mare is an excellent show prospect, with her beautiful head and swan neck she not only could excel in the show ring under saddle but also in halter. Breathtakingly beautiful ‘Lady Jane’ loves people and attention - she is a ‘lady’ and knows it. $3,500 OBO. Call or e-mail for more info 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC)

LA’S ROYAL ESSENCE (MERRY LEGGS) CAHR – 0045272 – Born April 18, 2006 Aur Mystique X Sralinka. Great manners and athletic, would be a great show prospect especially in the Sport Horse disciplines. Honest, green broke mare with exceptional gaits. Incredibly smooth ride. Needs experienced rider. $3,500 OBO. Call or e-mail for more info 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC)

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REGISTERED APPALOOSA GELDING 12 years old, 15.2HH. Good with farrier and trailering. Goes English or Western, safe on roads and highways. Excellent on trails. Comes with new 17” Western saddle, blankets and bridle. Ride on your own or in a group, this horse goes where you want him to. Basic equestrian skills is all you require. Selling as daughter is in last year of school and needs 4 rubber wheels instead of 4 hoofs now. Complete package for this well-rounded horse is $2,500. Horse only $2000. E-mail (Vernon BC)


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ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15

THE HUNTSMAN APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15

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ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 62 • Saddle Up • November 2014

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The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 4/15 2/15

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