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Introducing the new “80L8” – BC’s most cost-effective 80’ wide structure!

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From the Editor…

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HCBC 2010 Business of The Year 2014 A/S Chamber President’s Choice Award Publisher/Editor Nancy Roman Main Office TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 nancyroman@saddleup.ca www.saddleup.ca Mailing Address Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, Canada V0E 1B0


hank God September is over… what a whirlwind of events! I participated in the 55+ BC Games here in Armstrong and had fun with our ‘oldies’ group. It was nice to see the Fairgrounds packed with trailers and happy people. See our special feature on the Games in this issue. What a great two days for ‘Equestrian’… they made history! The 2nd annual BC Mountain Trail Championships also took place in September and we have a story about Nancy and Angie competing at the 55+ BC Games in that too! Mountain Trail. Photo courtesy of Sly Keyes. Part 1 of our Christmas Gift Guide is in this issue with some great gift ideas to get you thinking! Part 2 next month. We love to hear from our readers… especially when they praise our writers. If our articles are helping you with your horse (or any issues)… let us know. Send in that Dear Editor letter – we welcome them. I’m off to the Mane Event in Chilliwack!

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Our Regulars

55+ BC Games… WOW!!!


Horse Ready to go to War?


World According to Horses (EFW)


CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale


Taking Risks, Part 2


Adesa Buckle Series is a Wrap!


Half-Pass, Common Errors Part 2


Alberta Foal Show


Mountain Trail Championships




Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 29 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 36 37 Back Country Horsemen of BC BC Rodeo Association 38 Clubs/Associations 39 KIDS 40 Business Services 41 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 44 Stallions/Breeders 44 Rural Roots (real estate) 45 On The Market (photo ads) 46 Shop & Swap 47

Let ter to the Editor… Good Afternoon:


just read the latest issue (October) and want to advise that I thought the articles ‘Taking a Risk, part 1’, and ‘Don’t Boil your Horse’ are excellent. I am by far not an experienced trainer but sure do believe in the quiet approach (always talking and petting them).

I do not use bits and my two (chubby) Quarter Horse mares are barefoot. I have my issues and the article(s) really helped me look at what I am doing. I look forward to the next issue. - Jeff Sarsons, Westbridge BC

Let ters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis. 6/18

Cover Feature Are You Looking For That Something? Something a little shorter to throw that harness on without losing the horse power Something that will take your breath away every time you look at them Something you feel safer working with, for yourself or for the youngsters Something to spend time on, on the trail, show ring or wagon Something that stops people in their tracks Something versatile, intelligent and loving Something that has hair, hair and more hair Something that is closer to the ground Something that comes in all colours Something that is easy on the eye Something that will return your love Something for a companion Something different OR ALL OF THE ABOVE? Then you are looking at the right type of horse!

Stallions Standing – Offspring for Sale Wild Rose Gypsy Horses

Dennis and Shelley DeBruyne - 780-361-5520 – Westerose, Alberta

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55+ BC Games 2017 T

he 55+ BC Games started 30 years ago in Vernon BC, and returned to celebrate their 30th Anniversary September 12-16 in the Vernon and Armstrong area. We are reporting on the ‘Equestrian’ portion of the Games, which it has been stated, had the largest participation (of horses) in the Games’ history!

Story and photos by Nancy Roman Congratulations to all involved, the committee(s), volunteers, and participants. See HCBC’s report and more photos on page 29. Our winners are listed with each photo! Medals were awarded as follows: Gold in middle on taller platform, Silver on left, Bronze on right.

65+ Mountain Trail Open: Gold: Janice Reid Silver: Kristine Henry

65+ Mountain Trail Novice In-Hand: Gold: Dennis Hooge Silver: Joni Miskovich Bronze: Karen Belshaw

55-64 Mountain Trail Open In-Hand: Gold: Debbie Hughes Silver: Karen Kunkle Bronze: Laureen Guenther

55-64 Mountain Trail Intermediate In-Hand: Gold: Jean Fothergill Silver: Daina Hillson Bronze: Janice Reid

55-64 Mountain Trail Novice In-Hand: Gold: Donna Barker Silver: Christine Fisher-Gaskell Bronze: Kelly Allen

65+ Ranch Trail Novice: Gold: Dennis Hooge Silver: Joni Miskovich Bronze: Janice Reid

65+ Ranch Riding Novice: Gold: Janice Reid Silver: Joni Miskovich Bronze: Paul Sullivan (missing)

55-64 Ranch Trail Open: Gold: Janet Crich Silver: Kristine Henry Bronze: Debbie Hughes

55-64 Ranch Trail Novice: Gold: Kerry Sawyer Silver: Karen Kunkle Bronze: Margo Murray

55-64 Ranch Riding Horse Open Gold: Merna Boltz Silver: Joanne Rooke Bronze: Kristine Henry

55-64 Ranch Riding Horse Novice: Gold: Theresa Tremeer Silver: David Ciriani Bronze: Sharron Piazza

65+ Western Dressage Training Level: Gold: Toni Wilhite Silver: Paul Sullivan

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65+ Western Dressage Walk-Jog: Gold: Jody Gruber Silver: Paul Sullivan Bronze: Kathy Velocci

55-64 Western Dressage First Level: Gold: Sharron Piazza Silver: Carolyn Dobbs Bronze: Julie White (missing)

55-64 Western Dressage Training Level: Gold: Merna Boltz Silver: Wendy Price Bronze: Joanne Rooke

Western Dressage 55-64 Walk-Jog: Gold: Daina Hillson Silver: Greta DeJong Bronze: Judy Lane

65+ Dressage First Level: Gold: Joan Niemeier Silver: Joan Chess-Woolacott Bronze: Pirjo Holt

65+ Dressage Training Level: Gold: Toni Wilhite Silver: Lyse Doyon Bronze: Marilyn Connolly

55-64 Dressage Second Level: Gold: Lynne Arbuthnot Silver: Carolyn Dobbs Bronze: Joan Sopow

55-64 Dressage First Level: Gold: Karen Ritchey Silver: Janet Munson Bronze: Joan Sopow

55-64 Dressage Training Level: Gold: Wendy Price Silver: Marilyn Anions Bronze: Janis Glenesk

Driving Doubles Derby (Pairs): Gold: Ellen Hockley (missing) Silver: Deborah Battrum Note: Deb Battrum and her dog are accepting the Gold Medal on Ellen’s behalf

55-64 Driving Singles Derby (Pony/Horse): Gold: Patti Thomas Silver: Ron Poirier Bronze: Jenny Fletcher (missing)

55-64 Driving Singles Derby (VSE): Gold: Moira J. (PIP) Breckon (on left) Silver: Joan Cunningham (middle) Bronze: Catherine Royle (on right)

55-64 Driving Singles Pleasure (Pony/Horse): Gold: Patti Thomas Silver: Ron Poirier Bronze: Jenny Fletcher

55-64 Driving Singles Pleasure (VSE): Gold: Moira J. (PIP) Breckon Silver: Joan Cunningham Bronze: Catherine Royle

Driving Doubles Pleasure (Pairs): Gold: Ellen Hockley Silver: Deborah Battrum

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By Glenn Stewart

Are you ready to go to war? Or are you and your horse only ready to go to the mall for coffee on Wednesday? usually ask the clinic participants what they would like to get out of the clinic; is there anything they are hoping to get help with? Many times, the answer is that they want to get a better relationship or partnership with their horse. I think that sounds good -- I do, as well. I hear it said, but don’t often see anyone trying to have much of a relationship. At a recent clinic down in Kentucky, it dawned on me what was missing. People needed a different picture of what a relationship could be. That is when I came up with “going to war” and “going to the mall.” I asked the people I was sitting with to think about the relationship they would have with someone that they meet at the mall on Wednesdays each week for coffee and a visit. Then think about what kind of relationship they would have with someone else that they had been to war with. Someone who they had hid in a hole with, the enemy all around, bullets flying by; carried the other to safety when one was wounded, and doctored those wounds. Now compare the differences in the depth of relationship between the two. Here’s another example: what if you played on a team that won a World Championship? The practice time, wins and losses, shared highs and lows, and early-morning practices; compare that to going to the mall for coffee. There is a very big difference in the relationships. I made the examples extreme because, honestly, there is that much difference available with people and their horses. Suppose you were the captain of the Navy Seals and you asked your team to take the mountain. The enemy is dug in, just waiting. You told them some of us are not going to make it, but we need to take the mountain, and your team said “Yes, sir.” They trusted your judgment

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and would do whatever you asked. That’s quite a relationship. So, I continued on in the conversation, and asked the folks, “Are you preparing yourself and your horse for the mountain or the mall?” Some people want to be able to ride on their own, away from other horses or just get out of their yard. Others might want to be the top reiner in Canada or win the world in eventing. What is a mountain for some might go unnoticed by another. Whenever you play with your horse, are you getting ready in case you want to go to the mountain, or are you staying close to Tim Hortons at the mall where it’s comfortable and the doughnuts are good? There is an unbelievable amount of wonderful out there, but, it is not going to fall out of the sky. If you want to go to the mountain, start putting in the effort that it would require, and enjoy a relationship much deeper than coffee at the mall. Prepare the horse mentally and emotionally. Every time you are with him, stretch yourself and the horse. Staying comfortable too long is a dangerous place to hang out. The horse gets bored and doesn’t even want to go to the mall. Have fun, and enjoy the time you and your horse spend together.

What is your dream with horse? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch and live the dream! Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Long-term study and professional programs are now available. For more information, visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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The World According to Horses

By Vicki McKinnon

Boundaries. You may or may not have heard about them, but you certainly experience them whether you know it or not.


n order to enjoy dancing with your horse at liberty, you do need to become reacquainted with boundaries, what they are and how they work for you and your horse. We all have a series of concentric circles that surround us and allow us to feel when there is something or someone getting close to us. Our tendency to live in such close quarters with others has caused us to tune the feeling out. Horses, on the other hand, have an acute awareness of their boundaries. Their survival depends on their ability to sense anything coming near that may harm them. It is their sensitivity to all things around them that makes them such great teachers of boundaries. Being aware of where our own boundaries are and how it feels when something comes into our space greatly increases our own ability

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to confidently move around in our world. Having clear boundaries not only allows us to feel safe but also allows those we encounter to know with confidence where our personal space is and how we feel about sharing it. We need to appreciate that we have the right to and can keep things out of our space with very little physical effort. When we are with our horses, we take responsibility for our own safety by enforcing our boundaries, or space, with the horses. You probably do this without understanding what it is you are doing. In order to learn where our horses’ boundaries are, you just need to be very observant of any change in your horse’s body as you approach their space. Our horses are very subtle in their language, so it could be simply the flick of an ear, the swish of a tail or, more obviously, actually turning to look right at you. Any or all of these would indicate that you have found one of their boundaries. When this happens, stop and just observe your horse for a moment. Then, if it appears they accept your presence, move forward again still paying close attention for the indication of the next boundary, where you will repeat this procedure. Continue this until you reach your horse’s shoulder, then just stand next to them for a moment before touching them. Practice with this will fine-tune your ability to feel the multiple levels of boundaries that surround your horse and you will also begin to feel where your own boundaries reside. The feeling we get when something touches our boundaries can be as subtle as a tingle in your stomach. Now that you have this information, you can have more fun with liberty work with your horse. You want to move their body by actually pushing on the edge of the bubble about a lunge-whip distance away from them. You may need to use a stick as a pointer to focus your energy to begin, but you will able to work without it quickly. Once you begin to feel comfortable you will want to start trying to make it interesting for your horse too. This is where the magic starts. Remember the kid that wanted to play with horses like they were just a big dog? Let that child out to play. Go ahead, be silly, have fun, dance like no one is watching and watch your horse come alive when they figure out you really do just want to play and have actually left the old agenda at the gate. About Vicki: I have enjoyed the company of my own horses for the past 36 years, but have loved horses and all animals for my entire life. Courses in Equine Facilitated Wellness have shown me the science behind what I have always known: the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person. Their presence in my life provides me with a sanctuary from the insanity of the civilized world. (See her listing in our Business Services section under EQUINE SERVICES)

CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale

Top seller Hip #34 at $45,000

By Lindsay Ward

An impressive $800,000 was paid out by purchasers at the 2017 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) Alberta Sale held at Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton on Sunday, September 17.


total of 107 top-quality Thoroughbred yearlings were on offer with the gross sale figure increasing by over $300,000 from the previous sale. The yearling sale average increased in a positive direction to $10,233.33, up 24% over the 2016 average of $8,252.23. Hip #34, a beautiful Point of Entry filly consigned by Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds, was the top seller of the sale after she was purchased by Riversedge Racing Stables for $45,000. Her sire is a Dynaformer stallion who is currently #2 on the Blood Horse list of First Crop Sires by Two-Year-Old Average and Median. Her dam, Carmen’s Kiss by Macho Uno, produced the winner of the $50,000 Beaufort Stakes the previous day at the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic. The leading consignor by gross sales at the 2017 sale was Shelley Lupul who sold 11 yearlings for a total of $153,200. Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds was the leading consignor by average after selling three yearlings for an average of $28,500 each. The leading buyer by gross sales was Westana Ranches who purchased six yearlings for a total of $126,500. The leading buyer by average resulted in a tie between the partnership of Curtis Landry, Don Danard and C & Duggan Farms and Riversedge Racing Stables who each purchased four yearlings at an average of $22,625 each. The increase in average seen at the 2017 sale is likely linked to positive news in the industry with the opening of Thoroughbred racing at Century Downs this weekend and the plans for a new mile race track at Century Mile in Edmonton. Owners and breeders of Alberta-bred race horses have the opportunity to share in additional bonus money through the Breeding Support portion of the Alberta Breed Improvement Program. Founded in 1906, the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society was incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act as the official registry of Thoroughbred horses in Canada. The CTHS (Alberta Division) and its membership are a major part of the agriculture community in Alberta – our goal is to ensure a viable future for our members by providing assistance and developing programs to ensure that future. For more information and full results, please visit the CTHS Alberta website at www.cthsalta.com.

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Taking Risks, Part 2 By Christa Miremadi

Rain in the round pen as we were working on rebuilding communication after the accident.

You can clearly see her loudest way of communicating her discomfort… her eyes. You can see the slight wrinkles in her eyelids. This is how she lets you know that she’s uncomfortable. Something that’s pretty hard to see from the saddle!

Occasionally, with certain horses, it ’s easy to forget how green they really are and how lit tle they actually know, especially if they happen to be a lit tle introverted or aloof. Rain was no exception.


fter her performance over the last few days at the Cowgirl Reunion, I was feeling quite confident in her and less cautious. I would pay for my mistake! For the majority of my career and life with horses, I’ve found myself working with the exact opposite personality type from what Rain displays. Whether they’ve been my own or clients’ horses, I’ve ended up working with extremely extroverted horses. I’ve dealt with flighty Arabians, expressive Mustangs, over-sensitive warmbloods, reactive Morgans, nervous draft horses, panicky sport horses and everything inbetween. I’ve had one or two introverts here and there but, for whatever reason, I’ve usually ended up being hired by folks whose horses are a little too expressive and in need of learning more appropriate ways to express themselves and to be slightly less reactive. As a result, I’ve become quite used to horses who clearly, loudly and freely share their feelings. Mistake 12 • NOVEMber 2017


number two was expecting the same level of communication from Rain. On the last morning of the Cowgirl Reunion, I was looking forward to taking Rain out on her first group long trot. We’d had trail rides and “trot-outs” with small groups of horses before but this would be her first time in such a large group of horses and the first that she wouldn’t be leading. It would also be the first time she’d be asked to go for a ride before having had her breakfast.

My final mistake: I relaxed and let down my guard, thinking we were through the rough patch and onto smooth sailing. It had rained overnight, which was fantastic! With all the fires over this past season, a little rain was very welcome, but as a result of the mini downpour, Rain’s back was a bit cold and wet. As I caught her and saddled her up, I noticed that she was a bit tight. She had her back a little braced and wasn’t moving with her usual fluidity. I decided that even though I was running late (I’m not really a morning person and it was just before 7:00am), I should do a little ground work with her before I climbed into the saddle. We proceeded to run through what many people would call a “preflight-check” -- a series of exercises that put a horse’s willingness and understanding of responding to simple cues to the test and give me what I hope will be an accurate reading on the risk factor involved in mounting up. She passed with flying colours! She moved her shoulders as asked, yielded her hindquarters when asked, moved out of my space easily, picked up the speed quickly and willingly and stopped when asked. She was a touch tight in her movement and appeared to be a little less relaxed than she had been over the past few days but, aside from that, I saw no glaring red flags. So, I put my left foot in the stirrup and mounted up. The second I sat down I could feel she wasn’t right. She was feeling like she might kick up her heels a bit and she was a little “huffy” about her responses but I’d jogged her out and checked the brakes and all the

Rain observing the busy happenings in the arena during the cowgirl games at the reunion. Photo by Marion P. Cox.

other riders were ready to go, so, I decided we’d work out the kinks on the trail. This was my third mistake: I pressured myself into rushing our warmup so as not to hold up the group. To be fair, I honestly thought that if Rain were to get silly and buck a little it wouldn’t be a big thing since the level of feedback I was getting from her was so subtle and she’d never done anything even remotely close to bucking in all the rides we’d had over the past 60 days. Besides, it’s not like I haven’t had to ride a buck or two before. This was mistake number four: I severely underestimated Rain’s willingness to buck and athletic ability!

We weren’t more than a few minutes from camp when we had our first hiccup. We were the third horse in the pack of five and the horse in front of us was having a little trouble finding a steady rhythm. Because of that I was having to ask Rain to slow down and speed up. This, apparently, was irritating to Rain as she bogged her head and threatened to go to bucking. I blocked her and pushed her forward. She dropped the issue and carried on nicely. Phew! Disaster averted. As we carried on, within a turn or two of the trail, we had to slow down again and this upset her… again. For a second time, she bogged her head and threatened to go to bucking. She quit her shenanigans easily and carried on once more. This happened one more time before she broke into a big, forward, loose, flowing trot and I made my fifth and final mistake: I relaxed and let down my guard, thinking we were through the rough patch and onto smooth sailing. Just as I began to sit back and enjoy the ride, the horse in front of us slowed down again and I picked up my rein to slow Rain’s pace a touch and that’s when everything fell apart. Rain was MAD! She tossed her head in frustration once and then stood straight up on her hind legs and hopped. When she came down, she threw her head down and forward with so much power and speed that she pulled my left hand (that was holding the reins) into my saddle horn. I felt it break in that moment and realized, I was in some trouble! Next, I saw the back of her head coming towards my face too fast to react and felt the blow as she connected with my forehead, knocking my hat off. I sat dazed and in pain, too stunned to react quickly as she went back into a rodeo-worthy bronc fest. I can still remember the looks on the faces of the other riders as I looked around for the softest place to land. Realizing that she was headed for the trees, I knew that, with my hand the way it was, hanging on or directing Rain was out of the question. I wasn’t going to attempt to ride what she was dishing out in the woods. I let go and just let her pitch me off. I was so very lucky to have such wonderful, brilliant women on the ride with me. Between catching my horse, taking her home and putting her away, getting me to hold still and sit down, calling an ambulance and supporting me until help arrived, I was in good hands. It’s amazing how quickly things can change and how clear things can become in hindsight. Despite the crushed fourth and fifth metacarpal, the sprained neck and the concussion I endured, I am grateful for the lessons I learned on that ride. I have a renewed sense of respect and level of awareness for the introverted horse and a refreshed sense of appreciation for those who clearly express their feelings. It can be trying at times, to listen to the constant feedback and frequent complaints that the more expressive, dramatic horses can deliver; but, they sure make it hard to forget where they’re coming from! At the time, Rain’s subtle protests, in comparison to the horses I’m used to, didn’t seem like red lights. Looking back, I can clearly see what she meant for me to hear. It will be a long time before I forget what happened before what happened, happened! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) NOVEMber 2017


Adesa Buckle Series 2017

Alissa Tubbs and Dad

Story and photos by Elaine Taschuk

Another fun-filled barrel racing season has wrapped up at the Andersen Arena in Chilliwack BC. The 2017 Adesa Buckle Series closed on September 18 with a double header and BBQ for everyone.


argely attended by young women learning and developing their barrel racing skills, they are strongly supported by family, friends and the other riders. Many are new to the sport of barrel racing and are finding a warm welcome at the Andersen Arena while being encouraged to vie for an Adesa Buckle. Amongst this awesome group of horsepeople of all ages and skill levels, a spectator will find mothers hanging over the fence giving some instruction, friends video-recording each other’s rides for later review, fathers getting horses ready and, as always, some comedic efforts getting around the barrels from the older riders, giving us all a good laugh. Sarah Wright

Hilary Fahlman

Dale Andersen

Macey Freemantle

Adesa winners SERIES FINALS RESULTS OPEN 1 1D 1st 16.817; $118; Debbie Freemantle on Kat 2nd 17.051; $103; Amanda Pellam on Miley 3rd 17.142; $74; Carrie Mussell on Jag 4th 17.150; Hailey-Ray Prest on Miss Copper Cartel 5th 17.308; Carrie Mussell on Only Golden Savvy 2D 1st 17.331; $106; Cindy Mussell on Smokey 2nd 17.466; $93; Dalyce Temple on Who Ray 3rd 17.546; $66; Ashley Murchison on Diva 4th 17.642; Sarah Wright on Chicken 5th 17.668; Wendy Braaten on TM Hollywood Smarty 6th 17.706; Hailey-Ray Prest on CL Rooster 7th 17.729; Frederique Grignon on DS Dry Doc Blue 3D 1st 17.849; $91.08; Kim Wiese on Rumors Fancy Blaze 2nd 17.959; $79.70; Shane Thomson on Shade 3rd 18.024; $56.93; Kineta Brown on Lady Bug Fame (Bella) 4th 18.109; Allissa Tubbs on Sketch It Up 5th 18.383; Natasha Barisoff on My Peppy Rita 6th 18.628; Amanda Buhler on Baby Jane

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7th 18.660; Kim Wiese on Top Cody Shaker 4D 1st 18.971; $79.20; Dalyce Temple on Chippy 2nd 19.164; $69.30; Dale Andersen on Molly 3rd 19.352; $49.50; Tammy Baker on Benny 4th 19.753; Shane Thomson on Ella 5th 20.008; Hilary Fahlman on SK Zan Parr Biankus (Bill) 6th 20.173; Connie Woodland on Miss Kitty 7th 22.698; Becky Fehrenbach on Cruella 8th 22.706; Daniela Lind on Tilly Senior 1 1D 1st 19.164; $35; Dale Andersen on Molly Youth 1 1D 1st 19.466; $21; Kelly Jeffery on Twister 4D 1st 22.019; $14; Laela Thomson on Conrad Novice 1 1D 1st 17.546; $35; Ashley Murchison on Diva 3D 1st 18.773; $30.62; Sarah Wright on Jesse 4D 1st 19.557; $21.88; Dharma Mussell on Parker


2nd 19.854; Ashley Stevenson on Chippy 3rd 20.124; Jaylene Herbst on Heck Pee Wee 1 1D 1st 17.215; $7; Macey Freemantle on Snap Pole Bending 1 1D 1st 21.396; $25.20; Allissa Tubbs on Sketch It Up 3D 1st 24.097; $22.05; Wendy Braaten on TM Hollywood Smarty 4D 1st 31.925; $15.75; Shane Thomson on Ella OPEN 2 1D 1st 16.970; $63; Carrie Mussell on Jag 2nd 17.021; $42; Hailey-Ray Prest on Miss Copper Cartel 3rd 17.331; Cindy Mussell on Smokey 4th 17.452; Carrie Mussell on Only Golden Savvy 5th 17.466; Dalyce Temple on Who Ray 2D 1st 17.489; $56; Kineta Brown on Lady Bug Fame (Bella) 2nd 17.609; $37; Wendy Braaten on TM

Hollywood Smarty 3rd 17.849; Kim Wiese on Rumors Fancy Blaze 4th 17.873; Shane Thomson on Shade 3D 1st 18.119; $48.30; Hailey-Ray Prest on CL Rooster 2nd 18.218; $32.20; Frederique Grignon on DS Dry Doc Blue 3rd 18.347; Kim Wiese on Top Cody Shaker 4D 1st 18.628; $42; Amanda Buhler on Baby Jane 2nd 19.164; $28; Dale Andersen on Molly 3rd 19.337; Hilary Fahlman on SK Zan Parr Biankus (Bill) 4th 22.022; Tiffany Braithwaite on Cruz 5th 23.054; Daniela Lind on Tilly 6th 26.077; Shane Thomson on Ella Senior 2 1D 1st 19.164; $35; Dale Andersen on Molly Youth 2 1D 1st 19.471; $21; Kelly Jeffery on Twister 2D 1st 20.426; $14; Laela Thomson on Conrad

Novice 2 1D 1st 19.400; $21; Dharma Mussell on Parker 2D 1st 19.918; $18.38; Ashley Stevenson on Chippy 4D 1st 21.132; $13.13; Jaylene Herbst on Heck Pee Wee 2 1D 1st 17.405; $7; Macey Freemantle on Snap Pole Bending 2 1D 1st 22.041; $15.75; Allissa Tubbs on Sketch It Up 2D 1st 23.826; $14.18; Frederique Grignon on DS Dry Doc Blue 3D 1st 24.097; $12.08; Wendy Braaten on TM Hollywood Smarty 4D 1st 36.315; $10.50; Shane Thomson on Ella

The Jandana Experience!

By Nancy Roman


hen the Jarvis family decided to leave the Lower Mainland and start fresh with their dream ranch in 1992, little did they know that the North Okanagan Fillies would become regular customers! Our Fillies first visited in June 2000, there were 20 of us. Over the years, although we had discovered other places, we would always go back to Jandana Ranch. We loved the accommodations for the horses, our cozy cabins, the trail riding, the campfire pit, and of course our hosts’ hospitality. Some of us would enjoy scouting out the trails… one year Lenox and Janice surprised us on the trail with a wine and cheese atop the mountain; some would ride in the arena, and more recently we’d play on their obstacle course. Over time, some of the gals even learned about Natural Horsemanship and have become better horsewomen because of it. The Jarvis’ and their manager Lenox have always treated us well, almost like family. Jandana Ranch is a very relaxing, no pressure getaway that we have all come to love. With the place up for sale now, it’s time for them to downsize a bit, relax a little more, continue to play with horses, offering clinics and instruction, and enjoy life on a smaller scale. Whoever the new owners will be, we all look forward to returning to Jandana Ranch to continue with our memories!

Jandana Ranch

JAndAnA rAnch is for sAle! ‘time for A bit of A chAnge!’

“Another fAbulous seAson with folks fro m neAr And fAr. JAndAnA is A speciAl plAce becAuse of you .” - dAve, JAnice And len ox




There is Always Something Happening at Jandana Ranch! From Mini Riders to Baby Boomers and Beyond our experienced staff will introduce you to the wonders of horses. Check out our busy events calendar at www.jandanaranch.com! Jandana Ranch | Pinantan Lake, BC | 250-573-5800 NOVEMber 2017


-- Common Errors During the Half-Pass, Part 2 By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Photos by Lisa Wieben

The rider is leaning to the outside of the bend, away from the direction of travel. The horse will have to work harder to maintain impulsion, rhythm, and balance. By shifting the weight slightly to the direction of travel, the horse will be much more balanced throughout the movement.

The horse has too much bend in his neck. This is often caused by the rider using too much rein to develop the bend. Remember, the inside rein of the bend must be away from the horse’s neck so as to allow the shoulders to move freely over. 16 • NOVEMber 2017


n this month’s article, we are discussing a few more common errors while performing the half-pass. The horse loses impulsion: This is often caused by the rider using too much rein to develop the bend. It is quite natural to feel like you need to “hold” the horse in the bend when starting the horse in the half-pass, but this is counter to what you want to do. The inside rein of the bend must be away from the horse’s neck and allow the shoulders to move freely over. The half-pass is much more about leg aids than rein aids. If the horse is not supple and off the leg, then he will struggle with the half-pass. Be sure the leg yield, shoulder-in, and haunches-in are solid before progressing to half-pass. An exercise you can do is to go from shoulder-in along the wall to half-pass for a few strides and back to shoulderin. This will keep the horse thinking forward. Remember it is your outside leg that asks for the sideways movement and the inside leg that maintains the bend and impulsion. If the outside rein is too strong, the horse may lose impulsion; if the inside rein is against the neck, blocking the sideways movement, he may slow down. The horse loses rhythm: Be sure to count your rhythm. The horse should not change the rhythm from the collected jog into the halfpass and back to straightness. Before going into the half-pass count “one, two, one two” and maintain the same count. If the horse begins to lose rhythm you can ride forward

and re-establish the rhythm and then set the horse up again for half-pass. In the beginning, you only want to ask the horse for a couple of strides before proceeding forward. The horse moves too much sideways and not enough forward: The rider needs to use more inside leg to maintain forward energy and more outside rein to block the sideways movement. The amount of each will depend on the horse. The rider isn’t sitting centred, causing the horse to be crooked or off-balance: Imagining a balance beam will help you sit the half-pass correctly. If you tilt to either side you will “fall off” the balance beam and put your horse off balance. A very common mistake is the rider leaning to the direction of the pressing leg, to the outside of the bend. Imagine giving someone a piggy back ride. If the “rider” leans you would try to get underneath them to stay balanced. It is the same with the horse. If the rider is leaning away from the direction of travel the horse will have to work harder to maintain impulsion, rhythm, and balance. By shifting your weight slightly to the direction of travel the horse will be much more balanced throughout the movement. Rider position can affect all of the above issues. If the rider is not following with her seat, then the horse could lose impulsion and rhythm. If the rider is too tight in her contact, the horse will become tight; if the contact is uneven, the horse will tilt his head. Keep your body looking in the direction of travel,

Training is all about the journey!

The rider is dropping her inside shoulder and lifting her inside hand. This may cause the horse to be crooked or off-balance. The uneven contact may also cause the horse to tilt his head.

“Full moon tonight and it is light as early morning out there! Makes me think of some of my wilder days in my youth and my partners in crime... Wrote this for us some time ago, but tonight I am raising a toast to those girls of not so long ago.

By Sherry Sikstrom Before we hurt Before we were scared When we took life flat out Just because we were dared. Jumped into the water Not thinking disaster The current was strong And we just swam faster.

with your weight very slightly in the direction of travel with even, light contact. If you think of the lateral movements like the training scale, work on proficiency at each level before continuing up the scale. Start with the turn on the forehand, the leg yield (head to wall and straight to wall from the quarter line or centre line), turn on the haunches, then shoulder-in, haunches-in and, finally, the half-pass. To prevent issues, we must not rush any one of these steps. Training is all about the journey! Lisa Wieben is a versatile riding coach and trainer, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Her website is www. mountainviewtrainingstables.com. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is www.fallingstarranch.ca.

The horses we rode The stories we told The chances worth taking We were fearless and bold. Up till the wee hours Always home late Chores done at six At work by eight! So why did we stop? Did we really get smarter? Or was keeping that pace Just getting harder? Now don’t you worry She is still there inside A little bit tired But she hasn’t died. Once in a while If the timing is right She’ll howl at the moon And dance through the night. So here’s to the Wild Ones Wherever they are I’ll drink a toast to us Out under the stars!

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Foals Impress Horsemen at Ponoka

By Bruce A. Roy, www.wrdha.com • Photos by Fay Campbell

NLR Xandra, Best of Show, Champion Percheron Foal

This year’s Alberta Foal Show, held at Ponoka’s Agricultural Complex on September 30, saw 46 Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires contest the honours. Competition was fast.


he judge, Jeff Fiske of Thunderhill Percherons at Port George, NS, selected foals that were structurally correct with presence, quality and style as his class winners. There wasn’t a wind puff, curb, bog and bone spavin to be found in this group. NLR Xandra was Champion Percheron, Best of Show. A beautifullyconformed filly, bred by Nicole Ruzicka of Viking, AB, she is the total package. True to breed type, she travels tight behind. Her feminine head, balanced body and clean, flat bone commanded everyone’s attention, as did her large hoof heads and the wide heels on her deep feet. Her sire, Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan, was purchased in Ontario by a syndicate of Alberta Percheron breeders known as the Six Pack for $50,000. Calico Orchid was the Champion Clydesdale. She was bred by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm, Huxley, AB, whose Clydesdales were near invincible. Their four Clydesdale fillies lifted the top four ribbons in a class of seven. While Calico Orchid was the rightful winner on this occasion, she was pressed hard by her stablemate, Calico Olivia, a filly that judge Fiske stated, has a great future ahead of her. These two ribbon winners were sired by Calico Iggy and Hatfield Dagger, respectively. Prins View Lolita was Champion Belgian. A heads-up filly, she was bred by Bill Prins, Prins View Belgians, Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Exhibiting great promise, the feet and legs below this growthy filly are correctly placed. A filly that generates great power travelling close and tight behind, she has lots of lift in front. Her 5-year-old, American-bred sire, Rocky Roads Justin, offers promise as a breeding horse. He was purchased in Indiana as a yearling. Windcharger Epic, a big, upstanding colt, black in colour, was Champion Shire. Bred by Dale and Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Heritage Farm, Dawson Creek, he is consigned to Carson’s Fall Colours Draft Horse Sale, to be held October 28, at Listowel, ON. An exciting hitch horse prospect, this well-designed colt stands on limbs that facilitate action. When called upon to move, he travels straight and true. He is a son of Manor Mac T, the big, powerful Shire stallion that the Campbells imported from the UK a couple of years ago.

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Calico Orchid, Champion Clydesdale Foal

Prins View Lolita, Champion Belgian Foal

Windcharger Epic, Champion Shire Foal



2nd Annual BC Trail Championships Amateur

Novice Rider

Explorer Horse

Green Horse

Back To Basics

By Janice Reid • Results and photos courtesy of Debbie Hughes


he Second Annual BC Mountain Trail Challenge Championships were held September 30-October 1 at the picturesque ranch setting of Circle Creek Equestrian in Kamloops. The weekend was an accumulation of twelve days of Mountain Trail Challenges to decide Circuit Champions, and the weekend to decide BC Champions. Throughout 2017, Mountain Trail Challenges were held at the Hanging H Arena (Debbie Hughes, Chilliwack), Circle Creek Equestrian (Colleen Meyer, Kamloops), Back Forty (Daina Hillson & Laureen Guenther, Armstrong/Yankee Flats) and new to the circuit Desert Sands Challenge (Dawn Ferster, Vernon). Circle Creek hosted a wonderful potluck dinner Saturday night and the year-end Circuit Awards were presented. Circuit Champions were presented with embroidered jackets, Reserve Champions received beautiful Southwest-styled tote bags by Western Creations. The most sought after awards were presented Sunday with beautiful year-end buckles to declare the BC Champions. Reserve Champions received quality embroidered horse blankets. Runner-ups received very special garment bags, sewn by Debbie Hughes. Many people deserve credit for the success of Mountain Trail in BC, but we would be remiss not to mention Debbie Hughes as the driving force for bringing Challenges to BC. Debbie has worked tirelessly fundraising and securing sponsors for the fabulous awards we as competitors receive. Despite rain, fires and heat, Mountain Trail had a very successful year. Some exciting news for 2018 is the addition of a new Mountain Trail course in Merritt. Watch for clinics there in the spring. The weekend Championships had some outstanding sponsors and should be acknowledged for their support. Major sponsors include: Sagehills Dental Group, David Ciriani, Hanging H Arena (Chilliwack), Circle Creek Equestrian (Kamloops), Hughes Quarter Horses, Handy Hay Nets, Pureform, SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Western Outfitters, CJ Brookes, Lock’s Home Health Care, Gait Post, Horse Barn, Hylyte Farms, Rock’N’River Ranch, Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, and media supporter Saddle Up magazine. Thank you to our weekend judges Nancy Meeres Pellikaan and Corrine Kriegle, show secretary Aimee Kerner, and announcer Benny Kerner. Thank you to each and every sponsor, and to all the riders who make up the Mountain Trail family. Mares In-Hand


Novice Horse Geldings In-Hand

RESULTS FOR 2017 CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE EVERYONE ! CHAMPION YOUTH, Danielle Ciriani Reserve Champion Youth, Owen McGivern Runner-Up, Crystal Pellikaan CHAMPION MARE IN-HAND, Crystal Pellikaan Reserve, Daina Hillson Runner-Up, Janice Reid CHAMPION GELDING IN-HAND, Debbie Hughes (Jimmy) Reserve Champion, Debbie Hughes (Limo) Runner-Up, Kristine Henry CHAMPION GREEN HORSE, Daina Hillson Reserve Champion, Marie McGivern Runner-Up, David Ciriani CHAMPION BACK TO BASICS, Marie McGivern Reserve Champion, Danielle Ciriani Runner-Up, Heather Dolemo CHAMPION EXPLORER HORSE, Jean Fothergill Reserve Champion, Daina Hillson Runner Up, Debbie Hughes CHAMPION NOVICE HORSE, Jean Fothergill Reserve Champion, Janice Reid Runner-Up, Karen Kunkle CHAMPION NOVICE RIDER, Jean Fothergill Reserve Champion, Janice Reid Runner-Up, Laureen Guenther CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER, Kristine Henry Reserve Champion, Jean Fothergill Runner-Up, Janice Reid CHAMPION OPEN RIDER, Debbie Hughes Reserve Champion, Kristine Henry Runner-Up, Crystal Pellikaan

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2017 Gift Guide

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has the largest selection and best price on Vancouver Island for Moccasins and Mukluks. Keep your loved ones tootsies warm and comfortable all year! Lots of colour and styles to choose from, for all ages. Looking for riding or fashion boots? Come see the variety of Boulet Boots in stock. Look your best come show season!


Best Selection on the Island for BOOTS BELTS & BUCKLES MOCCASINS & MUKLUKS Variety of colours available

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Knaughty Nets & Pets

KNAUGHTY NETS & PETS Home of the Happy Healthy Horse and Hound

• Small Mesh Slow Feed Hay Nets • Pet Accessories • Custom Steel Feeders • Versatile MOUNT UP Stirrup • CoolAid Equine & Canine Cooling and Recovery Products

www.knaughtynetsandpets.com knaughtynetsandpets@hotmail.com

offers a great selection of SLOW FEED HAY NETS in a variety of sizes from 1 flake to round bales and custom steel feeders. For Christmas get your horse crazy person a hay net or trailer bag to use during next year’s rodeo or show season. These nets are perfect to take on the road, load with hay and tie either while hauling or when stopped. Made with a sturdy, knotted, twisted nylon and webbing colour choices in pink, yellow, blue, green, black, purple or red. Order on line at knaughtynetsandpets.com

The Country Outpost

Time to get your winter blankets! We carry Kensington, Amigo, Pessoa, Gladiator, and much, much more for winter blankets! Blankets all come in an assortment of colours and sizes! We also can’t forget about our minis and foals! We have tons of winter blankets and stall blankets for them as well! The largest size we carry is an 86” and the smallest is a 69” in horse sizes. Foal/Mini sizes vary (please call for specific size).

Hundreds of saddles in stock!

Ride or drive over – Fit your horse in our outdoor arena.

403-345-2992 Coaldale Alberta 3 miles east of Coaldale on Highway 3 OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10 AM – 6 PM

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Horse Effects has a great assortment of Wither Straps in, just in

time for Christmas – perfect for barrel horses. A poor fitting breast collar can actually make it uncomfortable for a horse to stride out, costing you valuable time. An easy way to fix a poorly fitting breast collar is to use a neck or wither strap. We have many design options for wither straps, ranging from mild to WILD! And all types of colours too!

Equine Essentials

It’s all about BR! For the horse - a Callisto saddle pad with Himalia fly veil and BR Chestnut Snaffle Bridle. For the Rider - check out this BR Belinda Bodywarmer vest and the cozy Titania Pullover. We also have some beautiful browbands in stock, with custom orders as an option too. Join us at our Anniversary Sale and come see what we have in stock!

Saturday, December 2

Huge savings throughout the store! Contact


equineessentials@outlook.com Greystone Stables | 6087 64th Street, Delta, BC

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Diamond H Tack

With our fantastic “expansion” you can now outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and great selection of Western and English saddles, tack and accessories. Visit our complete onsite custom repair shop and Laundry service. Get their favourite treats, feed and supplements or electric fencing products. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions or accessorize your loyal four-legged canine friend. Huge selection of giftware for Christmas including: Painted Ponies, Breyer horses, games, books, Christmas cards, frames, mugs, jewelry, buckles and more. We’re your one stop shop, with knowledgeable and friendly staff!


Sale 1 (877) 762-5631 diamondhtack.ca

Black Friday


November 24th & 25th

5 Star Equine Products

5 Star pads are made with the highest quality Pure Wool Felt available and are made with heat, steam and pressure. The qualities of wool allow it to remove heat by wicking away sweat which cools your horse’s back. 5 Star pads protect your horse from pressure points and will maintain their quality for 2,000+ hours of riding time with proper care! The All Around saddle pad (in natural) is a 30”x30” standard size and The Performer pad (in black) is created for fuller skirted saddles at 32”x32”. 5 Star pads come in a variety of styles, thicknesses and colours, and can be customized online with our new pad designer at www.5starequine.com.

www.5StarEquineProducts.com | 870-389-6328 | Handcrafted in the USA!

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Selkirk Mountain Tack

Forget about stuffing stockings this year... stuff an EquinEssentials Tote with all your essentials like Rudy’s tack cleaner, brushes, hoof picks, socks and more! Visit www. selkirkmountaintack.com for all your grooming needs! Enter Promo Code XMAS at checkout to receive 10% off until December 1, 2017.


SELKIRK MOUNTAIN TACK Your Online Tack Connection Sheana Green Owner 250-231-5322 www.selkirkmountaintack.com selkirkmountaintack@outlook.com

Cariboo Outback Saddles & Supplies Easy to care for, easy to ride! Down Under Wizzard Poley The Wizzard has a deep seat, narrow twist, with the web suspended seat, making it very comfortable. Comes in either dark brown or black nubuck leather. Built on a custom adjustable wood and steel tree warranted for 10 years. This highly recommended saddle weighs approximately 24lbs and comes fully fitted.

Waterproof, Windproof & Snowproof! Stay warm and dry in this Copperfield Oilskin Coat. Down Under brings you a great looking 3/4 length oilskin jacket for town or country.

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The Snowy River Hat is a pre-creased stockman's hat from Akubra, a classic Australian outback hat. It has a pinched telescope crown and a brim with rolled sides with front and back turned down. This enduring outback style may be worn over the eyes or well back on the head in typical Australian fashion. The crown is 4 inches high. The brim is 3-1/4 inches wide, with a raw edge. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. It is fully lined and has a bonded leather ornamental band with sueded insert and chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. UPF rating 50+. Made in Australia. Colour: Fawn.

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Canadian Saddlery offers great gift ideas for all horse lovers. We are proud to represent the AWST International giftware line for Canada. “Lila” scarves and pashminas come in many colours and styles for both the English or Western rider. Available in 100% textured polyester, 100% chiffon polyester and 100% voile polyester. Fun and funky jewelry make great gifts for young riders and horse lovers alike. “Lead Safe” silverplated necklaces and earrings come boxed in velour Cowboy Hat and Horse Head display boxes. Also available, are a wide variety of bracelets and rings. A little something for everyone.

We hope you have found something for yourself or for another horse loving person!

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TOP DOG! Horse Hoof Trimmings - A Suitable Dog Treat? By Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, courtesy of www.equimed.com

Almost every barn has dogs around. They may be “mascots” of the boarding barn, farm dogs, or dogs who come by when their owners stop to ride their horses. For many dogs, a high point in their day at the barn is being able to snag some hoof trimmings after a visit by the farrier.


re hoof trimmings safe for your dog, or dangerous? In truth, both answers are possible. Horse hoof walls are made of special skin or epithelial cells that are keratinized. Keratin is a main component of hair, horns, and antlers, as well as hooves in cows, horses, etc. Theoretically, keratinized structures are digestible, though many a cat owner who has cleaned up hairballs would argue that! When freshly cut, hoof trimmings and hoof shavings are flexible and somewhat soft. As the tissue dries, it becomes very hard and stiff, however. It is the drier, harder hoof trimmings that can present the most trouble. Dogs are attracted to hoof trimmings due to the odour. A bit of manure, fresh keratin cells, and the whole array of smells in the barn will bring your dog running when feet are being trimmed. Dogs who routinely alarm bark at strangers welcome the blacksmith with open paws so they can get one of their favourite treats. All sounds good so far; so, where do the problems come in? A variety of problems can arise from your dog eating hoof trimmings. The most common problem is dogs biting or chewing off large pieces of hardened hoof. The sharp, hard pieces can irritate or even pierce delicate internal tissues in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Luckily, most dogs will vomit up indigestible hunks of hoof. Still, the sharp and hard hoof pieces can cause irritation both going down and coming up in those situations. This is most likely to occur if your dog finds a piece of dried hoof a day or so after the blacksmith has come. Hoof that has sat around near the manure pile or even in a corner of the barn aisle may get moldy or develop bacterial growth. In those instances, a dog who swallows or chews on the hoof may also ingest some infectious agents. One case mentioned in an online forum described a dog with seizure-like symptoms. Her veterinarian suspected a mycotoxin (poison from a mold or fungus) that caused the dog’s signs. Luckily, she recovered after vomiting up a chunk of hoof that was most likely the cause. Remember that your horse has been walking around on that hoof. The hoof may have ingrained manure, dirt, or fungal spores. If you have dogs with the MDR 1 genetic defect (so the dog has trouble safely metabolizing certain medications such as ivermectin), your dog can become ill from ingesting or chewing on hoof pieces that are contaminated with medications like ivermectin which may be present in the manure post-deworming. Ivermectin toxicity is quite common among the herding dog 26 • NOVEMber 2017


breeds, which include many “barn dog” favorite breeds, such as Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. Temporary or permanent blindness, severe illness, and even death may result. If your horse has recently been treated for thrush, the chemicals used in treatment may be ingrained or on the hoof trimmings. Some of these chemicals may be truly toxic. Others may simply be irritants to your dog’s tissues in the mouth or the gastrointestinal tract. Either way, this is not a good scenario. The same situation can occur with any hoof dressings or protectants that have been used on your horse’s feet. None of the ingredients in these products are designed to be taken in orally. There are commercial products that involve cow hooves (very similar to horse hooves in most ways) that are sold as dog chews. While many dogs handle these just fine, others vomit up chewed chunks or suffer from gastrointestinal tract irritation. In addition, these products have been involved in safety recalls due to Salmonella contamination even after the products have been cleaned and treated. So, you can imagine what bacteria and other contaminants are on fresh hooves. With all of these cautions, we come back to fresh hoof trimmings and the average dog. There have been no formal research studies looking at the pluses and minuses of canine consumption of equine hooves (or cow hooves for that matter). An informal survey of dog and horse owners turned up a few problem cases, though most dogs apparently eat fresh hoof trimmings with no problem. In the majority of cases, the dogs who had problems with ingesting hoof trimmings ate older, dried pieces of hoof. These trimmings are more likely to have bacterial or mold contamination. The older hoof trimmings are also harder, tougher to digest and more likely to irritate sensitive tissues as they are chewed and swallowed. In a few cases, owners felt the dog had simply eaten too many pieces of hoof, but would have been fine with one or two pieces. The conclusion? Most dogs have no problem chewing on small, fresh pieces of hoof trimmings. Letting your dog have a small “treat” from the farrier will be fine in most cases. Avoid letting your dog have any trimmings if you have recently (as in within a week) dewormed your horses - especially if you used an ivermectin dewormer. Pick up all hoof trimmings if you have been treating your horse for thrush or using any hoof dressings or coatings. Sweep up and put the majority of the hoof trimmings in a safely enclosed trash can so your dog won’t continue to snack on these and overeat. For the truly safest course of action, simply sweep and pick up all hoof trimmings and don’t let your dog have any.

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november 3 UKI AGILITY TRIAL, Langley BC, www.canuckdogs.com 4 THRILL AGILITY FUN MATCH, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 5 AGILITY FUN MATCH, Pitt Meadows, BC, www.canuckdgos.com 6 CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TEST, Nanaimo BC, www.ckc.ca 10 CKC FIELD TRACKING TEST, Courtenay BC, www.canuckdogs.com 11-12 CKC URBAN TRACKING TEST, Courtenay BC,www.canuckdogs.com 11-13 ALL BREED SHOWS & OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Chilliwack BC, www.canuckdogs.com 17 OBEDIENCE PRACTICE MATCH, Nanaimo BC, www.canuckdogs.com 17-19 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Pitt Meadows BC, www.canuckdogs.com 17-19 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, North Saanich BC, www.canuckdogs.com 18-19 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Nanaimo BC, www.canuckdogs.com 19-20 CKC FIELD & URBAN TRACKING TESTS, Surrey BC, www.canuckdogs.com 21 CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TEST, Nanaimo BC, www.ckc.ca 24-26 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 25-26 NAFA, Dogwood Pacesetters, Surrey BC, Katie 778-928-5466, www.flyball.org

December Our Morgan, she’s 10 months old and a sweetheart. She’s our world, she’s our life. She’s a purebred Rottweiler and she’s a moose️. - Roger & Bonnie Daigle, Mission BC

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Do you have a WORKING DOG event coming up? Let us know! Call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@saddleup.ca NOVEMber 2017


New Book

Rides That Way Author: Susan Ketchen

Five minutes. That’s all it takes for Sylvia to fulfill a life’s ambition and simultaneously blast fracture lines through her most important relationships. Sylvia, fourteen, rides her horse in a cross-country competition, proving herself as an athlete, despite being an undeveloped shrimp with Turner Syndrome. Unfortunately, her coach is furious that Sylvia rode too fast and is accused of dangerous riding, and her cousin considers her irresponsible. Her mother would prefer that Sylvia focus on her health, start hormone treatment and develop like normal girls. Sylvia is not ready for an estrogen transformation, but her triumphant athlete image does not transfer to school, where she is still a peculiar small person. Increasingly isolated, Sylvia dares to change, emerging with deeper self-confidence and broadened horizons. Paperback: 200 pages (Kindle Edition $9.59 or Paperback $15.95) Publisher: Oolichan Books ISBN-10: 0889823219 ISBN-13: 978-0889823211 Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm Available at www.amazon.ca or Chapters/Indigo

Susan Ketchen is the author of the four-volume Born That Way series of smart, funny, warm-hearted novels about the perils of growing up--or not. The series features a fourteen-year old girl with two conditions: she has Turner Syndrome, and she is a horse nut. Although Ketchen does not have TS, she admits to the horse problem. She lives in Courtenay, BC with her husband and a couple of horses.

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

Nancy Roman

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

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office ‘Equestrian’ a hit at BC 55+ Games! • Photos courtesy of Marilyn Connolly


he BC 55+ Games took place in Vernon on September 13–16, with Equestrian being hosted at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This year’s games were hugely successful with Equestrian being one of the only disciplines with athletes participating from each zone of the province. Disciplines represented included, Western Performance Ranch and Trail, Driving Doubles and Singles (Derby and Pleasure), Dressage and Western Dressage, and new to 55+ Games this year was the Mountain Trail class. The games brought together more than 3,600 competitors over 28 sports. Overall there were 88 participants in Equestrian ranging in age from 55 to 95! It was a jam packed weekend of successful competition,

with beautiful weather adding to a great event. A huge congratulations to all competitors on a successful show. The organizers and volunteers worked very hard to put on this event and their efforts were greatly appreciated by competitors and everyone else involved. Looking forward, the 2018 Games will be held in Cranbrook/ Kimberley and returning to the Okanagan for 2019. We hope to see you there! See ‘Equestrian’ results and winners photos on page 6-7.

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Equestrian Canada Équestre Kelly Houtappels-Bruder Fourth in FEI Driving World Rankings Canadian driving athlete, Kelly Houtappels-Bruder intended for 2017 to be a year to regroup and rebuild, but instead it has become one for the books, with an impressive rise to fourth place in the FEI World Rankings for Driving in the Singles division. Kelly has been a mainstay on the international driving scene for many years, and in 2016 she represented Canada at the FEI World Single Driving Championships in Piber, AUT. Partnered with her 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Flip (Fidertanz x Carprilli), she earned seventh place out of a field of 75 competitors. Originally from Ariss Ontario, she moved to Belgium in 2008 and currently owns and operates Gendersteyn Stables in Steensel, NED with her husband Frank. Kelly and Flip. Photo by Picture for Life. Meadow Creek Vaulting Club Short-Listed for FEI Solidarity Award The FEI recently announced that the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club of Olds, AB made the short-list for the 2017 FEI Solidarity Award, given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy in a development project thereby expanding equestrian sport. As a passion project of the van der Sluijs family, the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club has been helping to grow the sport of vaulting in Canada for many years. The club has grown to 30 active members, ranging from beginners to intermediate levels, along with 10 trained vaulting horses that they use in their programs. CUTLINE: Meadow Creek Vaulting Club is helping to inspire a new generation of Canadian vaulting athletes.

Photo courtesy of Meadow Creek Vaulting Club.

Anya and Kataki. Photo by Dominique Cognee. 30 • NOVEMber 2017


Anya Levermann Makes History on the Endurance World Stage In early 2017, Anya Levermann of 100 Mile House, BC received elite status from the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), allowing her to represent Canada in the FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Verona, ITA on Sept. 23, 2017. Anya is the first Canadian to complete the championship, and finished 51st out of 93 of the top junior endurance athletes in the world. Anya was partnered with Kataki, a 10-year-old Shagya-Arab mare (Kazan X Magdan Tánó), owned by Vladimir Pazitny of Slovakia. Together, the team rode 120 km, with mandatory inspections every 40 km. “I got really good at grabbing water bottles at a canter at the check points to cool off Kataki. I had never done that before! There was no time to be wasted, everybody had to keep moving,” said Anya. “The biggest highlight of the race was crossing the finish line with the Canadian flag in Italy. But, the race was not finished at that point. My horse had to pass the final inspection with three veterinarians voting on the condition of my horse. I was very happy when she passed the final inspection.” Canada Raises $23,000 to Date for Caribbean Equine Relief Fund On Sept. 22, 2017, Equestrian Canada (EC) announced the Caribbean Equine Relief Fund - a joint fundraising and equine relief effort launched by EC, US Equestrian, the Pan American Equestrian Confederation (PAEC), and the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation to serve horses impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The group is also in contact with the FEI to see what can be done in the best interests of horse welfare in the region. To date, Canadians have raised $23,000 through online donations at www. equestrian.ca/donate, including an incredibly generous donation of $15,000 from the Tony and Robyn Eames Foundation. The mission behind this vital initiative is to save, protect and care for the equine victims of these two massive hurricanes.

The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik


he Canadian Tennessee Walking Horse is becoming the horse of choice for people wishing to continue riding well into their 70s, 80s and even 90s! Riders are discovering that they are able to keep riding long after doctors have told them that riding may not be possible anymore. Walkers have an “A” frame type body, helping the hip and knee align comfortably, enabling hours in the saddle relatively pain free. Their smooth walk, whether it is a working walk or a faster flat walk (equivalent to a fast jog), is far less jarring, allowing the rider to sit in the saddle without the jar of a trot. I’m just over 50 and I know I always feel better after a ride. My hip seems to get put back into place and my muscle aches go away for a time. Mentally, I feel stimulated and relaxed at the same time. So, I did a bit of research and found all these benefits of horseback riding and more: Horseback riding for seniors stimulates the dorsal and abdominal muscles that are rarely used, helping with strength and balance. It provides mental stimulation, fresh air and a social outlet. There has even been a study conducted on the benefits of owning a horse. A double-blind study followed women in different age groups over a 40-year time frame to capture this objective data. It grouped them into horse owners (for at least five years) and non-horse owners,

and then further into ten-year age spans. The most significant spike in longevity came at the 65 to 75-year age span which showed the highest disparity in longer lives for the horsewomen. Higher forms of exercise, outdoor exposure and socialization likely contribute to the longevity, but the women agreed that their horses often contribute to their sense of well-being. Some of our senior Walker owners have ridden horses all their lives. They made the switch to easy-gaited horses so as to continue riding well past the time they thought they might otherwise. Some of our other senior Walker owners didn’t get into horses until they were older, and they chose the Walker because of the smooth ride and sensible nature. CRTWH also recognizes senior riders with our “Century Partners” program. A person and his or her Walker that between them have reached a combined age of 100 are honoured, with their story featured on our website (www.crtwh.ca). Check them out. Pictured here are some of our Century Partners. At CRTWH, we have some great activities in the planning stages for next year to help all our riders and owners, young and old, form a great partnership with their Canadian Registered Tennessee Walking Horse. Watch for more information!

Top Left - Another CRTWH Century Partner, Charis Cooper of Turner Valley, AB, rides side-saddle on her Walker, “Peppi” (aka D-J’s Peppi Two) Bottom Left - Natalie Speckmaier of Vancouver, with her Walker “Trigger” (aka Uphill Dusty Gold) Above - Jack Gurnett of Bluffton, AB, at age 90, ready to ride in the 2017 Rimbey parade on “Rocky” (aka Northfork Rockefeller)

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CanTRA News Story and photos by Daphne Davey A WINNING TEAM


s the old saying goes in the therapeutic riding world, “an apple for the teacher.” The horse–of course–is the central figure in our instructor team. Riders with disabilities learn so much from the horse’s response to their behaviour and moods, to the aids they give, and to the self-confidence they display. This applies even more so in equine-facilitated wellness (EFW) programs, where clients may include abuse survivors, war veterans, disadvantaged youth, and others needing emotional and mental healing. The horse facilitates healing as an equal partner in the delivery of that experience. But the horse needs humans to team up with. Enter our CanTRAcertified instructors, working with therapists. We strongly urge potential clients or their parents to enquire about the qualifications

of any instructor offering riding lessons to a person with a disability. CanTRA’s instructor certification program, instituted in the 1980s, has been expanded and fine-tuned over the years as knowledge and experience have grown in this continually evolving field. Four competence levels provide the opportunity for instructors to grow through training and experience, including (in an actual lesson) simultaneously understanding their riders’ disabilities and potential abilities, tuning in to the horses’ behaviour, supervising the horse-handlers and side-walkers, working with special equipment, and overseeing all aspects of safety. The Basic Instructor level (CTRBI), teaching one student, covers all these areas. Next, the Intermediate Instructor (CTRII) can teach a group of up to three students, a whole new dynamic. CanTRA now has hundreds of instructors at these two levels active across the country.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club Fun. Photo by Karen Hind.

Pints. Photo by Tracy Carver.

By Tracy Carver


ur BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubbers were busy wrapping up their show season with our annual BCLM Regional Dressage Show Championships held on September 24 at Island 22 in Chilliwack. The weekend was beautiful, sunny, and a complete success. New this year, we tried a different approach: rather than focus exclusively on the dressage test competition day, we opted to have members make a weekend of it. Saturday was a day of practice dressage tests open to all and, for many, a chance for a “dress rehearsal” for their show the next day. Parents and pony club members of all ages, even a couple of horsemasters (26+), came out for a sneak peek at the dressage arenas and a chance to polish up their dressage tests. Then the fun began; setting up overnight stalls for the horses, and a lovely fall hack through the gorgeous trails offered up at Island 22 Horse Park. What better way to

Princeton Riding Club By Lothar Greczmiel


s the Princeton Riding Club (PRC) winds up our show season for 2017, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people from the front-line fire fighters, RCMP, security, C-Dart and all the other people who stepped up to help those in need in the worst fire season in BC’s history. THANK YOU! This year the PRC had only one show due to the flooding this spring throughout the Okanagan District. We cancelled our May show due to low entry numbers, as no one had had the chance to train or time to get ready for the competition. Then came the FIRE, SMOKE, HEAT and WIND. What a summer! The PRC had our “2-Phase Show” on September 23-24. What a great turn out! On Day 1, we had 25 classes from poles on the ground to 3’6” open jumping. Then there were the Trail Classes from Novice to Senior. That was fun. The PRC would like to take this opportunity

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to thank our local judge for the trail classes, Merilee Walden. Merilee passed along a wealth of knowledge and information for all the Trail Class riders. Thank you! On Day 2, the PRC had the privilege of having Mary Ellen Laidlaw from Winfield to do our Test judging. We had numerous comments from riders who said that Mary Ellen had given constructive criticism with humour, making the test enjoyable and also a great learning experience. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and, most of all, our sponsors: Skaha Ford, Watertec, Edge Wholesale Direct, Tack Addict, Greenhawk, Heartland Restaurant, Everything Pets, Livin It Fitness, Hairyback Ranch, Okanagan Forest Products, and many more. Thank you for all your help and support. The following are the placings for our 2-Phase Show.

Further up the ladder in more rarefied air are our Senior Instructors (CTRSI). They often head a program, finding and training therapy horses, designing volunteer training programs, overseeing events such as horse shows and open houses–and much more. Finally, on the top rung is the CanTRA Coach, the only level achieved by designation and not by examination. A CTRSI who reaches this pinnacle has the widest and deepest expertise in the field. To find a CanTRA-accredited centre in your area, visit our website, www.cantra.ca. A list of Certified Active Instructors by province is under the Programs tab. (Note that only instructors who gave permission for their names to be posted on the website are included.) For

further information, email our Administrator at head office: ctra@golden.net. Your donation to www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability.

Nicola Harman, CanTRA Coach, changes hats to act as ringmaster for a horse show at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Guelph, Ontario.

say good-bye to summer than to enjoy some time in the saddle with your kids and close friends, riding through the trails as the leaves don their fall splendour colours! Sunday saw the additional arrival of dozens of our BCLM pony club members, competing in divisions ranging from Starter (walk and trot only) all the way through to First Level, with Freestyle and Pas de Deux riders completing the day for us. We even had the rare treat of watching a Quadrille (four horses and riders) demonstrated for our members, all ridden to music with riders moving in unison to a choreographed pattern designed by the riders themselves. Dressage is probably the most misunderstood discipline amongst the many events offered to our pony clubbers. Dressage is quite literally the process of training your horse. Even the word dressage itself is the French translation of the word training. So, all those times you have been riding and practicing flat work: transitions, walk, trot, canter, even when just warming up – you have been preparing for the discipline of dressage. The goal of dressage is to continually strengthen and improve

ENGLISH Div. A Champ: Kabrie Hartwell; Mr. Tips Reserve: Sienna Stein; Mr. Tips Senior: Val Davenport; Bailey Div. B Champ: Hannah Robbins; Fancy Reserve: Kabrie Hartwell; Mr. Tips Senior Champ: Kristie McKay; Ellie Reserve: Michelle Pinel; Beauty Div. C Champ: Lexus Thomas; Arizona Reserve: Olivia Schmid

Debbie Wilson (left), CTRII, and Dianne Larocque, president of Cavalier Riding Club near Moncton, New Brunswick, with therapy horse Okie.

your horse’s physical stamina, strength, and suppleness; increasing your mount’s responsiveness while forming a stronger partnership. A dressage test is simply the execution of specific movements and gaits at pre-determined points around the perimeter of the dressage arena, with the complexity of the movements increasing as you progress upwards through the levels. The goal is always the improvement of both the rider and their horse, and the working partnership they are creating while working together in training. Congratulations to all of our participants and to our Division and Reserve Champions: Starter Level: Devon Wrayton (CVPC); R: Morgan Brittain (BLPC) Pre-Training Level: Hadley Jack (APC); R: Lucie Shaver (HPC) Training Level: Amy Willix (MCPC); R: Kassandra Hawes (MCPC) First Level: Karis Mackie (MHPC); R: Marlies Kerkhoven (MHPC) For more information about Canadian Pony Club, or to find out how to become involved in our youth-centered equine organization, please contact Tracy Carver at (778) 999-7400.

WESTERN Div. A Champ: Wyette Antonick; Zeplynn Senior Champ: Candace Smyr; Cherokee Reserve: Tyne Pickering; Angel Div. B Senior Champ: Melissa Reimche; Mac Div. C Champ: Melissa Reimche; Mac Div. E Champ: Nina Kosikova; Brewgan Senior Champ: Candace Smyr; Cherokee Reserve: Tyne Pickering; Angel Thank you once again and see you all in 2018!

Hannah Robbins

Nina Kosikova

Kabrie Hartwell

Melissa Reimche NOVEMber 2017


Kelowna Riding Club By Kelly Bose


ur KRC members have been enjoying some beautiful fall riding, so grateful for the incredible weather! K&S Elite Sport Horses once again generously donated their time, and expertise, to host our final evening of Clear Rounds. Every clear round from these series earned a ticket for the final prize draw, which was sponsored by Kelowna Greenhawk. Congratulations to our winners Taibah and Sydney! We greatly appreciate the sponsorship, K&S Elite’s efforts, and of course all those who came out to support the club. These evenings have been an excellent fundraiser for the club, as well as being a lot of fun! We hope to continue in 2018. The KRC welcomes any local coaches to get in touch with us if they would be interested in donating their time to set a course and run an evening next summer. Our dressage riders enjoyed a schooling show on September 24. Always a great opportunity to wrap up the year, and see what areas will need focus on over winter! Equi-Life ran their Harvest Classic Hunter/Jumper Show October 6-8 which was the final competition at the KRC – a great way to finish up the year. November 3rd will be our Year End Banquet and AGM at the

Sydney Matzelle riding her horse Roxy at Clear Rounds clubhouse where we will be voting in our 2017 Directors. This will be a fun social evening with a potluck, and all new members are welcome. We are excited to have a guest speaker from Okanagan Peak Performance, and there will be awards for Junior High point, Volunteer and Sportsmanship recognition. Check our website at www.kelownaridingclub.com or our Facebook and Instagram pages for all upcoming events and news, and you can now follow us on Twitter @KelRidingClub!

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers • Photos by Lynndsay and Sheryl Terpsma


hat a great way to end the 2017 show season; over 30 riders participated in our September show. Our costume class showed the talent and creativity of our members, with entries such as Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, complete with Grandmother. Everyone was full of laughter and smiles. Thank you to our Judge, Glenn Perran, and our many volunteers who made this show simply spectacular! One of our spectators wrote: (**italics) “Just thought I would take this opportunity to say what a great final show. There was a very inclusive crowd from young to old, novice to seasoned, boys and girls, men and women, riders and spectators. What I noticed the most was everyone had a smile… what an awesome experience. I look forward to next year.” On November 4 our pot-luck banquet will be held at Oddfellows Hall in Armstrong where the Year-end, Members Choice Awards and

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High Point Awards will be handed out. Check our website www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.com, and Facebook page for up-to-date information and pictures. Come join us! Our membership meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, at 7 pm, at the Chamber of Commerce building in Armstrong.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman • Photos courtesy of Dagmar Funk


ell our annual ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe’ Poker Ride was another success! Held on September 23 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby, we had almost 30 riders come out to support us. We also had a couple of Cronies groups take part with lots of campers staying for the weekend. Hostess Darlene Wolney, as usual, served up some great meals for us all. Youthful Abby McLuskey of Lake Country, and a Morgan club member, had the Best Poker Hand, and found a Golden Horseshoe (although Grandpa Tom really did!). We had all kinds of prize giveaways, for the worst poker hand, to the oldest person, the oldest horse, who came the farthest… and more! Our club will be meeting soon to plan our Christmas party… that coming up already?? Check out our club Facebook page to keep informed!

Abby McLuskey

Brenda… naw… she wasn’t the oldest! Our Prize Wagon

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News Submitted by Marlene Quiring Meet members Mike and Shaunna Lewis!


ell, I guess you could say that our fascination with mules started back in the days of Festus and Ruth (aka: Mike’s childhood and the reruns for Shaunna). Skip ahead a few decades, where raising children and having careers were the priorities, we caught the mule bug again. Mike was “hooking” for teamster, Brian Sutherland, at the Calgary Stampede for 10 straight days. Brian had the only team of mules at Draft Horse Town. Mike came home and said we had to get some. We started with two mollies and discovered our learning curve was about to be challenged. We became members of the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, viewed training videos, and started taking clinics with Jerry Tindell. One of the best sayings we have heard was that “mules are like horses… just a lot more.” This is so true. Over the last few years, we have bred our favourite saddle horse to a Mammoth Jack (Duke of Griff), named her molly “Ruth” and collected a few more mules along the way. We have officially surpassed the number of mules we have compared to the horses. We have attended over seven Jerry Tindell clinics (both as participants and auditors) and feel confident in building a strong foundation in our young mollies and even starting them under saddle. When we started seeing issues on the trails with a “new to us” young molly, we knew we needed help. We sought out a well-respected mule trainer here in Alberta, Karen Lovell from Rocky Mountain Mules. Not only did she work with the molly, she provided guidance and understanding of what was going on with her. One of the best moments was Shaunna showing this molly at the annual ADMC Mule Days, placing in the ribbons in several events (western pleasure, barrel race, etc.) and being a part of the Drill Team. Mike also kept up during

this event; placing 1st in Coon Jumping with a 7-year-old molly and a few ribbons with a 2-year-old molly. ADMC has been instrumental in providing the educational support, the fun and friendly venues to learn and showcase our mules. And they have a great group of knowledgeable members that support each other and want to promote this breed. ADMC - we can’t thank you enough!!” - Shaunna & Mike (P.S. Mike and Shaunna have jumped right into our club helping with many events, and Mike was elected as one of our new Directors this past spring.)

Mike and their young molly in the Lead Trail Class also at Longears Days.

Shaunna and Gracie in the Ridden Trail Class at Longears Days in August at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds AB. NOVEMber 2017


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley • Photos by Sally Rees AQHA Ride From all accounts, the AQHA ride in Merritt was another resounding success! Jeneane is a one-woman show, and worked really hard yet again to make a wonderful weekend happen for everyone. From Jeneane: “What a great time! Thank you all for coming! Big thank you to Onyx Equestrian and Vanderveen Hay Sales for making the great prizes happen! Congratulations to Sally Rees and Lauren Hinnovich on winning the top prizes! Big shout out to the Mac family for being the best in the west! Thank you to Meghan Hartmann for being the best travel partner and Chihuahua finder! Hope to see you all again next September. Please post all your photos on ride group page, and Hidden Valley has asked if you could also send to their website.” We thank you so much Jeneane for all you do… highlighting the outdoor adventures to be had outside of the show pen and arena. Ride dates for 2018 will be September 7-9. Photos from the AQHA ride

LMQHA AGM The LMQHA AGM will be held November 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Lions Hall. We are in need of several new board members, and encourage you to consider stepping up to help LMQHA be the amazing organization it can be. This is the meeting where major rule changes get brought up as well. If you don’t want to become part of the board, please consider joining one of our committees. Many hands make lighter work, and we need many hands! Pub Nite We are planning a pub nite before the end of 2017. Please check the LMQHA page of BCQHA and our Facebook page for dates and details. Bazaar Our Bazaar team should have had their first meeting or two by the time this article goes to print. BUT… please consider hopping aboard the committee, we would love to have you! The Bazaar is an integral part of our organization and a staple in our community.

Ride organizer Jeneane Evans

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page 36 • november 2017


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Justine Saunders, NVI Chapter of BCHBCr

150 Canada Day Ride to Memekay The ride started at Shawnigan Lake in 2014 and we rode to Nanaimo River road; in 2015, we rode from there to Horne Lake. In 2016, we rode to the Tsolum River Spirit Park which is where the final leg started on June 26, 2017. Most of the riders were BCHBC members from chapters on Vancouver Island. The plan for 2017 was to make it a memorable event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and end the ride at Memekay, the whimsical and inspirational horse camp on the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. I was given full support by a small group of NVI members who worked with me to find the route. Two of the wranglers, Deb and Bud, and their amazing partners and a few other NVI members, were my constant inspiration with their energy and commitment in making the ride a reality. The men and women who did the ride were supportive, funny and fully engaged even on the longest, hottest and hardest ride days. We started at Norwood in brilliant sunshine with smiles laced with trepidation and excitement that the day had finally come. We had sponsorship and t-shirts which we wore for our photographs. The ride was varied going across the One Spot trail, across private land with the owner’s permission and an escort by the Oyster River fire rescue truck along Hamm Road and Macaulay Road. Filled with energy, we set off on day two which turned out to be a 35-km ride to Echo Lake (known as Camp 8 in the old days). Our trusty drivers were waiting there for us to drive us to the CR Trail Riders facility where we spent the night in bucolic surroundings. Day three was from Camp 8 to Lake Campbell. This was a shorter, gloriously sunny day and spirits were high. An hour from camp we came upon a small wildfire which two determined men and one determined woman tried to put out by dousing the flames with collapsible water buckets. When we finally reached the lake, it was indescribably beautiful. Some intrepid spirits swam in the crystal clear and breathtakingly-cold water while the sun set behind the darkening mountains towering over the lake. Day four was a short day and the ride was easy and enjoyable. We rode out in the sun over the Strathcona Dam which was in full flood

as the gates were open. We stopped for photographs, although the deck was shaking and the noise was deafening. The horses were cool, calm and collected as if they knew what a special moment we were enjoying. We stopped at Fry Lake where the horses splashed and drank and we ate our lunch, arriving at Brewster soon after. The Brewster Lake horse camp is another inspiration of the NVI chapter and is still being developed. It is a beautiful spot close to the lake where we swam for hours, after our arrival, to relax together. We were one day away from our destination and we set off on Friday morning in bright sunshine, north on the Brewster to Memekay trail. We rode through glorious trails which the NVI chapter has developed and maintained. Near the Pine Marten recreation site, our trail was blocked by big trees so we had to reroute along a logging road to the camp, but everyone’s spirits were up when we finally made it to Memekay in the early evening. Canada Day was spent with a poker ride in the morning and BBQ in the afternoon, shared with many friends from the NVI chapter. By late afternoon, we sat around discussing the ride and how satisfying it had been to complete the route to Memekay from the south and fulfil the vision. What a beautiful part of the country we live in and how fortunate we are to have access to such diverse and breathtaking scenery in the greatest place on earth.

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

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

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BC Rodeo Association Photo courtesy of Rona MacDonald

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep the cowboy way alive please check out our sponsor package for partnership options at www.rodeobc.com or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997. MAJOR SPONSORS:

2017 BCRA POLARIS FINALS CHAMPIONS Bareback ~ Denver Derose, Kamloops BC

Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


Saddle Bronc ~ Joe Roberson, Williams Lake BC Bull Riding ~ Lane Cork, Quesnel BC Tie Down Roping ~ Steve Lloyd, Quesnel BC Steer Wrestling ~ Arlan Gulbranson, Vanderhoof BC

Vanderhoof & Districts CO-OP, Armstrong Regional CO-OP, Otter CO-OP

Breakaway Roping ~ Allison Everett, 150 Mile House BC


Ladies Barrel Racing ~ Brooke Wills, Kamloops BC Team Roping ~ Chad Evenson, Pritchard BC & Mike Beers, Kamloops BC

West Fraser Truckers Association INTERIOR SILVI-SERVICES LTD

Junior Breakaway Roping ~ Justin Weaver, Kamloops BC


Junior Barrel Racing ~ Taylan James, Cache Creek BC Junior Steer Riding ~ Colby McCullough, 100 Mile House BC PeeWee Barrel Racing ~ Kaitlyn Lulua, 150 Mile House BC


2017 POLARIS RAFFLE WINNERS 1st ~ Ranger XP 900EPS ~ Tyrone George, New Hazelton BC 2nd ~ Outlaw 110EFI ~ Art Hans, Anahim Lake BC 3rd ~ Generator P2000 ~ Henny Beertema, Hazelton BC


BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Office Hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633, trishkohorst@gmail.com

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, tylytton@hotmail.com Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Allison Everett 250.296.4778, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca Jay Savage 250.421.3712, jay.savage@shaw.ca Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678, mattoflynnrds@gmail.com

Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, wademcnolty@gmail.com Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, c.rhyde@hotmail.com Ray Jasper 250.991.8391, rjasper@goldcity.net Tom Danyk 250.540.2030, tom.danyk@visionquest.ca Ryan Hume 250.267.1642, ryandh1@icloud.com

Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.com members from across Canada and the US




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

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, terry@weststar.ca. Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, www.region17.com 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6/18 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 2/18


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

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


Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines. 7/18

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 11/18

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com



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

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

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


BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 4/18

Interior cutting horse association www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 www.ktra.ca Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head, padhea@gmail.com, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 2/18

100 Mile & District Outriders



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

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

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 8/18

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship.


For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit www.vintage-equestrian.ca



WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 7/18

It Is All About The Kids!

! n o i t a r e n e G t The N ex ? u o Y e r A e r e h ... W

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What are you doing with your horse? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU!


Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 40 • november 2017


Hi, my name is Acacia and my horse’s name is Crowsight. She is a Tennessee Walker and she was a rescue horse. Crowsight and I love to canter at my house in a fi eld I call the lower fi eld by the Slocan River. She is like a best friend to me. -Acacia, age 12, Winlaw BC

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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

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


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

arena maintenance


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch ED BASTAC (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214, Animal Bedding, Dry sterile Pine shavings, 55-120 cu. yd. loads delivered. 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 9/18


BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. www.dreamscaperanch.com 12/17 Turning point ranch (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, recreational, rest, retirement or rhab. http://www.facebook.com/turningpointranchandapiary/ 3/18

Chiropractic DR. DANA BLOOMQUIST, D.C., B.Kin (Surrey/South Surrey), www.legacieshealthcentre.ca, dana@legacieshealthcentre.ca, 604-591-5569


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 11/17


Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or vic3030@telus.net (Sorrento BC)



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EQUINE HEALTH ANIMADERM (Okanagan) Equine skin care specialist for scratches, sweet itch, mane & tale rubbing, insect bites. 100% NATURAL. www.animaderm-canada.com. Call 778-212-6555 4/18


CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed 12/17


november 2017



Business Services FEncing



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


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




VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18

Bring your own horse or ride ours! affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs 2017 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!


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

Harness manufacturing For a Distributor near you call 1-877-253-2832 www.alfatec.ca email: info@alfatec.ca

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


Healing with horses


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

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


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



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

We protect what we love.

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l agri@capri.ca l www.capri.ca


Custom built and installed to your needs

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

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




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


Business Services TRAILER SAles


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






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

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 11/17 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com


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

www.equestrianfactoryoutlet.com Ride. Dress. Live.


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

Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

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



DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18 6/18

Visit our Langley BC location: 106-22575 Fraser Highway



WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 12/17

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 3/18 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 8/18 Bassano, alBerta

1-888-641-4508 • www.desertsales.ca

Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 11/17 11/17

your listing should be here Call Nancy 1-866-546-9922 november 2017


Business Services VETERINARIANS


ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year!

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

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


4 AERC Awards Banquet, Oddfellows Hall, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridinglcub.com 17 HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN, Fundraising Banquet, Spall Golf Course, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see us on Facebook 18 HORSEY LADIES CARIBOO, Fundraising Banquet, Wildman’s Restaurant, Interlakes BC, Lisa Hobbs corral9001@gmail.com


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ANNIVERSARY SALE, Equine Essentials Tack & Laundry at Greystone Stables, Delta BC, 604-992-5676 CARAVAN THEATRE Winter Production “The Gift of Magi,” Ticketseller 1-866-311-1011, www.ticketseller.ca, www.caravanfarmtheatre.com

january 2018


CQHA Annual General Meeting, Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer AB, Marnie 204-834-2479, www.cqha.ca



LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, visit our Facebook page



THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, www.maneeventexpo.com

Stallions & Breeders Appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info 12/17 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/17 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 11/18 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 2/18 44 • november 2017



Rural Roots - Real Estate LIVE THE DREAM IN STYLE! This magnificent custom-built family home is perfectly located on 6 acres in South East Kelowna and is the epitome of equestrian lifestyle. Sweeping views of the lake, mountain and city! Almost 5,300 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The in-ground pool and cabana are perfect for entertaining. The equestrian facilities are exceptional and features a large barn with 4 stalls, outdoor riding ring, hay barn. Plenty of parking. Private and gated.

4460 Stewart Road East, Kelowna BC $3,200,000 MLS ® 10134904 ANNICK ROCCA 250-808-7537 Royal Lepage Kelowna www.annickrocca.ca


16 ACRE HORSE PROPERTY WITH NICE LOG HOME Located 12 minutes from Penticton! The 4 bedroom/3 bath 2,250 sq. ft. log home has been added to and tastefully updated, a Valley comfort wood electric forced air furnace is keeping bills down and the home very cozy all year long. Includes a 19’x20’ garage/workshop, 40’x60’ indoor riding arena, 80’x160’ outdoor riding arena, and a 18’x40’ hay shed. Property is fully fenced with vinyl fencing and powered gates! The 6 acre hay field produces approx. 800 bales, and faces due south, has great drainage, and a water license to draw from Marama Creek. Excellent well for domestic use. 760 Hwy 3a, Kaleden BC $879,000 MLS® 169365/66

DOUG CHAPMAN 250-490-5854 JESSE CHAPMAN REALTOR® PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION 250-490-6178 dougchapman@royallepage.ca jessechapman@royallepage.ca Visit chapmanchapman.ca Royal LePage Locations West Realty

COUNTRY ESTATE ON 17.12 ACRES Set amid the rolling hills on a dead end road in the heart of Spallumcheen. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home echoes of France and awaits your dreams. Enjoy your morning coffee in the sun room in summer and in winter just light one of the 4 fireplaces for that extra special warmth. To finish the day off enjoy your own personal sauna in the ensuite off the master bedroom. For your guest they will enjoy the privacy of their own carriage house. This property is fenced and cross fenced and set up for your horses.

COME HOME TO THE QUIET LIFE ON 30 ACRES Country living with city convenience in this simplistic charming 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. The kitchen makes every square inch count (clean and uncluttered, cozy and efficient). Warm and striking decor is the focus of this spacious home. Enjoy the gas fireplace on those cold winter evenings. In the morning enjoy your coffee while watching the deer meander through. Many upgrades including 2 year roof, furnace 8 years, windows upstairs are low E.

4262 MacDonald Road, Armstrong BC $1,495,000 MLS®10141931

2111 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong BC $1,284,000 MLS® 10140492

C. LAWANDA HENDERSON 250-306-1214 Royal LePage Downtown Realty lawanda.h@telus.net

C. LAWANDA HENDERSON 250-306-1214 Royal LePage Downtown Realty lawanda.h@telus.net

4.3 ACRES WITH 2 HOMES AND INCOME POTENTIAL Beautiful 2002 main home with 1,600 sq. ft. up and 1,500 sq. ft. down, including a self-contained 1,000 sq. ft. 1 bedroom suite. RU-2 zoning in ALR allows for suite, and the original farm house (1,500 sq. ft. total, plus unfinished basement) can be used for a home-based business. Large 48’x36’ 2-story barn, wired with 220 power. Main house has a luxurious open plan, with 4 beds/4 baths, and walkout basement. Oversized deck allows you to entertain and enjoy the beautiful Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream valley views. Bring all your animals and the in-laws!

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

9409 Highway 6, Coldstream BC $899,900 MLS® 10140684 MARIA BESSO 250-308-1152 ReMax Vernon mariabesso@shaw.ca

5675 Deadpine Drive, Kelowna BC $1,500,000 MLS® 10139984 RACHAEL GAYLARD 250-550-5064 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty rgaylard@sutton.com

realtors your ad could be here

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On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch Introducing

AW Blue Fire N Te


AQHA Blue Roan Stallion 2017 Foals Available sired by

AQHA/NFQH 100% Silver Grullo, AQHA ROM Reining

LBJ Sierras Blue Te Extraordinary horses that fulfill your dreams and last a lifetime. Standing coloured foundation Morgan stallions. Offspring for sale.


AQHA Blue Roan


Krystina Lynn Photography

Jaz Poco Silverado


The Peruvian Horse

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

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

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.

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

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Ad deadline 5th of each month

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www.ringsteadranch.com deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763


Private sale Photo ads Only $60 or less

Shop & Swap!



Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady

Vitamins & Minerals with Organic Selenium & Trace Minerals

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: deboersherri2@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/17

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

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



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



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

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 11/17



WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM • 1-888-357-0011

Horse Boarding


Horse Boarding in the South


BX Vernon Mimics grazing, eliminates waste. Available in all bale sizes.




Full Board $300.00 a month

Individual pens 25’ x 250’ with shelters

* 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena * * Round pen * * Access to trails *

250-545-9014 or (cell) 250-558-8289 Vernon BC


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