Saddle Up November 2021

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21st Anniversary Issue


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ell Happy 21st Anniversary to our readers! Another year has gone by, wow, that was quick! I don’t know about some of you folks elsewhere, but here in the Okanagan, we have been having some nice Fall weather. It has been beautiful. The snow can stay away for a bit longer please. I guess this is also the time of year when things just seem to get busier, whether that’s because we are prepping everything or tidying up before winter… or I am trying to clear that table for my jigsaw puzzles – ha!!! No, I really should be outside doing clean up… but that ain’t happened yet! We have this issue done, and one more to come, then I am off for my annual month-long staycation. Photo by Diane McIndoe So looking forward to that. But it is also time to clean up my office and prep for the New Year! Join me and my friends (and other horsey ladies and pals) for our annual Horsey Ladies Okanagan fundraiser (on Facebook)… happening now… see more info on page 29. Let us remember our friends and family on this November 11th.

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CONTEST 2 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale 6 BC Thoroughbred Sale 7 Stimulating Horses 8 Using Nutrition and Management 10 BC Mountain Trail Awards 12 BC Equine Arena 2 Trail 13 3-Loop Serpentine 14 RHR Colt Starting Challenge 16 **Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 18 Autumn & Chinese Medicine 23 In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa 24 Patience 25 I need $32,000… Trainer does the math 26 Mule Up! (In Remembrance) 27



KIDS 32 Horse Council BC


What’s This?


Lower Mainland QH Assoc.


Back Country Horsemen of BC 40 What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Clubs/Associations 42 Stallions/Breeders 43 Business Services


On the Market (photo ads)


Rural Roots (Real Estate)


Shop & Swap


What is a 4-H Horse Club?


wanted to share my experience and learning journey as it pertains to 4-H and horses. I have been a professional equestrian for a long time and have journeyed through a variety of disciplines and breeds over the years. As a mom of school aged children, I am open to opportunities for them to grow as global citizens who are connected to the natural world. As horse people we all know about Pony Club, even if we haven’t been involved in it directly. Many of us have probably heard of 4-H but haven’t explored the ‘4-H and horse’ combination. Since I have I’d love to explain what I have learned! Pony Club is based on the British Horse Society foundation and hailing from the fox hunting tradition in days of old, has reborn today into a pretty cool system of learning horsemanship and riding, but still, with an English and jumping focus and end goal. By contrast, 4-H also develops horsemanship but by slightly different means. 4-H members have opportunities to learn (through lessons by invited clinicians and instructors) general husbandry,

By Jenny Barnes

horsemanship, and riding. 4-H project members focus on a project’s development over a 6 month period. This project can be a riding horse in English or Western, a driving horse, a handling horse project such as with a miniature or a young horse, or up to 3 projects in one year. The 4-H program is a year-long, so alongside the project work members work on communication such as speeches or demonstrations. 4-H members often have more than one “project” at their club, so a club might have “horse,” “dog,” “gardening,” “machinery,” “rabbits,” you name it! So while horse project members might be working with their horse during project meetings, they will also be meeting with, and learning with other members who do other project work during other meetings, and at events and fairs. I wasn’t convinced about the merits of the 4-H Horse Project work until I experienced it first-hand with my own children. And I am now convinced it can be a great program for young horse people. I own and operate Footnote Farm in Langley BC and founded Campbell Valley Trailblazers 4-H Club in 2021.


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Alberta Thoroughbred Sale Report By Lindsay Ward


Strong demand for quality Thoroughbred yearlings led to positive increases at the 2021 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale held on September 17th at Westerner Park in Red Deer.

by gross sales with three Marine Landing ross sales this year totaled yearlings selling for a total of $54,000. The $405,600 with 37 yearlings sold, leading buyer by gross sales was Don Knight an impressive increase from the and Don Danard who purchased the high $327,400 total reached for 39 yearlings sold selling gelding and Hip #34, a Shaman Ghost last year. The median price for a yearling filly for a total of $50,000. increased to $9,500 in 2021 from $4,500 in Owners can start planning ahead for 2020 and the average price paid for a yearling 2022 with exciting announcements recently this sale was $10,962, up from the $8,394.87 released about new programs and sales average reached in last year’s sale. HIP 30 – the high seller at $32,000 stakes. Hip #30, a chestnut Alberta bred In 2022, the two year old Fillies Sales Stake gelding by Value Plus was the high seller of the and the two year old Colts & Geldings Sales 2021 sale, purchased for $32,000 by Don Knight Stake will be merged into one two year old Sales and Don Danard. The flashy yearling was from Stake with a combined purse of $100,000. The the consignment of C.W. Matier. Value Plus is a Canadian Sales Stakes Series with annual purses stakes winning son of Unbridled’s Song with totalling over $1 Million is open to all Canadian progeny earnings of $13.7 million and winners bred yearling graduates of CTHS Provincial Sales that include Long on Value ($1,136,253) and All that have met the eligibility requirements within Due Respect ($468,880). The Value Plus gelding their respective provinces. is out of the stakes winning mare Holiday Maker The 2022 Thoroughbred race season is also who earned over $150,000 on the track and is a featuring two new exciting programs for owners half-sister to the $500,000 earning stakes winner, HIP 21 – the 2nd highest seller at $25,000 of Alberta bred and sired horses (for eligible Adore. participants). A group of fillies made up the next four The ‘Alberta Bred Program’ will feature highest selling yearlings. The second highest an Alberta Bred 2 and 3 year old Maiden Special selling was Hip #21, an Alberta bred Tapiture Weight Program for the 2022 race season at yearling consigned by Scott Palmer Ranching Century Mile. HBPA, in agreeance with Century Ltd. and purchased by Shot in the Dark Racing Mile’s Race Manager, will write three year old Corp. for $25,000. Tapiture is a stakes winning colts and geldings and a three year old fillies son of Tapit with progeny earnings of over $9 Alberta Bred Maiden Special weights, once a million from three crops of racing age including month with a purse of $35,000. A two year old Jesus’ Team ($1,338,540). The dam of this yearling Alberta Bred Maiden Special Weight, fillies and is Carmen’s Kiss who has produced two winners colts/geldings, once a month with a purse of from two foals to race, Makealittlenoise ($76,987) HIP 28 – the 3rd highest seller at $21,000 $35,000. and Only One Kiss ($34,589). Under the new Alberta Sired Program, any Alberta Sired two year Third and fourth on the top five list were the fillies listed in the catalogue as Hips #28 and #29, both selling for $21,000. Hip #28 was a old will receive a one-time bonus of $5,000 when they break their Value Plus sired yearling consigned by Westside Thoroughbreds and maiden at any level of races at Century Mile in 2022. In addition, a three purchased by Kirk Sutherland. The dam of this British Columbia bred filly year old colts and geldings, and a three year old fillies stakes races are is a Ghostzapper daughter who is a half-sister to Rebranded ($351,207). being introduced for Alberta Sired offspring. Each Stakes race will be Hip #29 was an Alberta bred Marine Landing filly, consigned by Bruce worth $50,000. In 2021, $840,232 was offered in owners’ breeding support through Ternan and Dawson Guhle and bought by Ed Welsh and Dennis Dale. This yearling is out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare, Harlican, a half-sister to the Thoroughbred Breed Improvement Program to owners of horses of all ages foaled in Alberta placing win, place and show in all sanctioned Boston Express ($189,189) and the dam of Zicatela ($95,286). Completing the top five high sellers was Hip #42, a Destin sired filly races in Alberta having a minimum $7,000 purse and where entered at or consigned by the Highfield Investment Group Inc., selling for $20,000 to above minimum $6,250 claiming price. Thank you to all the consignors and purchasers who participated in True North Stable. The filly was the only yearling in the catalogue by the Giant’s Causeway son, Destin whose first crop are just yearlings of 2021. the CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale for their continued support of the The Awesome Again mare, Moneygrabber, is the dam and has produced industry and best of luck with your future racing plans. Full results and further information are available at the CTHS Alberta four foals to race to date including Madarnas ($52,725). Bruce Ternan and Dawson Guhle were the leading consignor website

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BC Thoroughbred Sale Report


Photos by Patti Tubbs he BC CTHS Yearling Sale held September 14th at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley saw increases across the board.

Sold: 75 Sales Gross: $1,191,000 Sales Average of $15,880 Yearlings Sold: 74 Yearling Gross $1,181,000 Average $13,304.17 Leading Consignor: North American Thoroughbred Horse Co. (3) Gross: $106,000 Average: $35,333 Leading Buyer: James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds (6) Gross: $156,000 Average: $26,000

Top Purchasers - James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds (pictured Ron & Rae Fawcett - Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds)

TOP PRICES $49,000 g. by Tapiture – Silver Splendor, by Monarchos (consigned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.) – purchased by Gary Johnson $45,000 – PLAN FOR LIFE, g. by Tonalist – Design for Life, by Aptitude (consigned by Whitewood Farm, agent) – purchased by NATHC $42,000.f. by Mucho Macho Man – Amazing Storm, by Awesome Again (consigned by Whitewood Farm) – purchased by NATHC $40,000 – c. by Bakken – Omi, by Rosberg (consigned by Elton Gunther, Klimes Farm, agent) – purchased by Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds $39,000 f. by Liam’s Map – Distant Roar, by Storm Cat (consigned by Prescott Farms) – purchased by NATHC

Sale Topper: Hip #22 at $49,000

Gary Johnson - purchased the Sale Topper



A Reason To Care... Physically and Mentally Stimulating Horses We have all heard that it is the release that teaches. However, there needs to first be a contrasting stimulation in order for the release to be meaningful, otherwise it is very hard to give the release in the first place.


fter the horse offers a try, allowing him time to rest and relax can be a release, as is sometimes allowing the horse to move. Rubbing or stroking the horse in a way the horse appreciates can be a release; these concepts have great value to the horse and are much needed and appreciated if they have been physically and/or mentally stimulated. When and if you are using a rub as a release, it has to be done like you mean it. Sometimes you may only be mentally stimulating the horse because you didn’t ask them to move their feet. In those times when you do ask a horse to move their feet, it should be to mentally stimulate them, not to play them out. We should always be striving to create a calmer, braver, smarter horse; not one that is just tired. The key to this is to be sure to stimulate the growth in the horse mentally and physically. It is not possible to rub a horse smart or brave. It can become a reward for them if done at the right time and feel. If you think about someone following you around the house rubbing your back, where ever you went, for no particular reason. Your back isn’t sore, but it is starting to get sore and a blister from all the rubbing. On the other hand, if you were picking rocks all day, trimming horses, or weeding the garden, a nice massage might be very welcomed. If you have been standing in one spot for a half hour and someone came along and said, “Hey why don’t you stand still for another half hour?” it might be torture rather than pleasure. Again, on the other hand, if you had been climbing a mountain for the last three hours and someone said, “Let’s sit down and take a half hour breather” it would have some real value. Most horses enjoy a good rub, but many don’t. The dislike of In the following series of photos, Az (Lusitano) is following up with Glenn at liberty. In the first picture, Glenn is asking him (the stimulation) to come up more with his stick. In the second picture, Az has hustled up and got into a nice frame, so Glenn has lowered the stick, which is a little release and you can see Az relaxes, and in the third picture, they are both in engaged and maintaining – Glenn’s stick and gaze are both in neutral, and Az's ear is locked on and he is in a nice position/frame of reference for which Glenn has asked. 8 • NOVEMBER 2021


being rubbed can be very obvious with horses that have not been handled much with no trust or understanding established yet. Being that they are prey animals, and we are predators, it is not high on their list in the beginning. It is possible that horses that have been handled plenty to also not really enjoy a rub or rest, because they haven’t been stimulated mentally or physically and all the standing around and/or rubbing just becomes an annoyance. Another example of what I’m trying to explain is if you offer a piece of pie to someone that just finished supper, ate too much and has already had two pieces of pie and you offer them more, it doesn’t have the value as it would to someone that hasn’t had any pie for months and is still hungry from supper. Asking a horse to do the same thing over and over when they already understand the exercise and have been doing it for a year is not stimulating for them unless you are somehow asking them to improve how they are doing that exercise. A rest for a horse when they are looking for one is a release. A rub when they are looking for one is a release. A well-timed rub or rest after a horse has been physically and mentally stimulated becomes somewhat of an addiction for them and something they look for and crave rather than something they have to put up with. Create a trying horse by mentally and physically stimulating them and then offering them the contrast that they are looking for. With the correct amount of ingredients mixed together it is nothing short of amazing the speed in which horses can learn. It is equally amazing how very little change there can be, when components are missed or in short supply.

In the photos below, the stimulation Glenn is using is rhythmic or (indirect or implied pressure) to get Az to move his forequarters around, and the release comes when he stops asking with his body

language and then rubs or touches Az in such a way Az knows he is happy with what happened in the moment, as you can tell by his look of relaxation in the fourth photo.

In the series below, Glenn is circling Az at liberty, and then he asks him to come in (which can be a release in itself) then when he comes in, he is rewarded by an interaction with Glenn which is meaningful to Az but may not be to all horses; the close contact of what is almost

a hug without being too confining, just reassuring. The circling is the stimulation, the bring back may have still been stimulation but rewarding at the same time, and the big payoff is definitely being still with Glenn in the centre.

Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



Using Nutrition and Management to Support Focused Performance By Dr. Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS

It is common knowledge that without good nutrition, a horse can’t properly thrive. But did you know that there are some dietary and management tools that can help support a steady temperament and focused performance? While nutrition is not so magical as to turn a fire breathing dragon into a sleepy sloth, it can help support the reduction of stress and reactivity. Fat vs. Starch & Sugar To understand how energy affects your horse, we must discuss fat and carbohydrates. Fat contains 9 calories per gram and requires oxygen (aerobic) to be broken down and converted to useable energy. This is a relatively slow process compared to quick burning carbohydrates (starches and sugars) that don’t require oxygen (anaerobic) for metabolism – carbs ain’t got time for that when you’ve got to get going right now! Carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram and burn off very quickly to provide a quick shot of energy. See where I’m going with this? Research has shown that increasing the fat by about 10% in a control diet of corn, oats, beet pulp, molasses, chopped hay and minerals helped to reduce reactivity in response to visual, noise and pressure stimuli (Holland, et al. 1996). In addition, Redondo and colleagues (2009) fed two calorically equivalent diets to two groups of horses, with one diet containing more starch and sugar, and the second diet containing more fat. Once the horses were adapted to the diets, researchers measured lower stress at rest and less intense responses to startling stimuli (think an umbrella suddenly opening). Taken together, it can be reasoned that replacing calories in a horse’s diet with fat may help support steadier temperament. Magnesium Supplemental magnesium has been studied in many species (humans, rats, horses and more) regarding its effects on stress and anxiety. A recent study sponsored by the WALTHAM™ Petcare Science Institute reported that supplementing 10 grams of magnesium reduced reactivity in horses, supporting temperament and focus (Dodd et al., 2015). Other research suggests that magnesium may help reduce headshaking in affected horses (Sheldon, et al., 2019). Therefore, magnesium may be a useful tool in encouraging focused performance. Management Never underestimate the power of turnout! If a horse is feeling particularly frisky, allowing increased turnout and time to “be a horse” can be very helpful. Daily turnout and a regular exercise program can go a long way to ward off excess energy. Socialization and keeping a calm horse nearby can also be helpful. The author has employed the latter technique many times, especially when heading out on a trail ride, on a horse trailer or at a busy horse show. In addition, consider the area where you are riding. Is it safe to ride there? Are there goings on in the immediate area that you just know will set your horse off? If so, either wait until the offending stimuli goes away, or choose to ride elsewhere. There is also the technique of desensitization. This should be done safely, carefully and with the help of a professional. Another personal anecdote here – when my horse was a young 6 year old, he had never been to a big horse show, and he got one look at the water truck (used 10 • NOVEMBER 2021


to wet down the rings to lessen dust) and decided he wanted no part of it. Being that water trucks are a fact of life at horse shows, I wanted him to be comfortable with the sights and sounds of the truck, and not be afraid. So, we spent a few minutes each day we were at the show slowly following and getting closer (but within a safe distance) to the water truck and its spray until he realized it wasn’t going to attack him and he understood what it was. Now, he could really care less about it, if he sees it coming. Take a Deep Breath If you’ve spent time around horses, you know that horses can detect emotion in their human handlers. If you are nervous, anxious and worried when you approach or ride your horse, it’s likely your horse will also get worried and anxious. There is no harm in stopping, taking some deep breaths, or even backing down a step from whatever training goal you are working towards. It is much better to slow down and have a good experience rather than rush and have a bad one. Very often, simply being in the presence of horses is therapeutic (yes, this is backed by science too!), and the acts of grooming, petting and talking to horses can all have calming effects on both horse and human! So next time you go to ride, take some long, slow deep breaths before you mount up, and again once you are in the saddle. I’m willing to bet your horse will breathe deeply too! Wrap-Up Using smart nutritional strategies and good management practices together not only supports well-being but can also have positive effects on focus, temperament and performance. Going back to basics with turnout and training are also effective management tools to help build both horse and rider confidence, which will only serve to improve performance. Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for formulating and developing new products, research and education of the sales team, our dealers and our customers. Headquartered in Dalton, Ohio, BUCKEYE Nutrition has been manufacturing quality products since 1910. BUCKEYE Nutrition takes feed safety seriously, implementing many programs mandated in human food manufacturing facilities. With the backing of WALTHAM®, a world-leading authority on pet care and widely renowned as an institution of the highest scientific caliber, our equine nutritionists provide scientifically-based equine nutritional solutions which guide our formulations and our BUCKEYE Nutrition brand promise of being the highest quality, fixed formula feeds available. BUCKEYE Nutrition is a 100 percent equine-focused company, 100 percent medication-free facility, sourcing 100 percent traceable, pure ingredients for consistency.



BC Mountain Trail By Colleen Meyer

Marie McGivern

After surviving another frustrating summer with heat waves, smokey skies and lingering Covid restrictions, the BC Mountain Trail Finals were held on a beautiful fall day on the Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre in Kamloops.

Karen Kunkle

Kristine Henry

Kim Hensens

Cambie Gulick


ven though we couldn’t offer the usual slate of competitions due to Covid, we are happy to say that our members showed wonderful support throughout the summer. Debbie Hughes, Chilliwack, expanded her beautiful Mountain Trail course at Hanging H Arena, into a course that would rival or exceed any course in North America. The degree of difficulty and technicality of this sport increases each year, while still keeping the basics for the Green/Beginner riders and horses. Some of our biggest classes are the Green classes. Thank you so much, Debbie, for offering us the opportunity to experience your course! Donna Barker at Shumway Lake Equestrian, just outside of Kamloops, again offered her creative courses for us to experience on a hot summer weekend in July. Technical skills challenged everyone, especially the beams! Everyone cooled off at the end of the weekend with the Annual Lake Swim with our horses. Finals in September at Circle Creek Equestrian included a Saturday night, Covid safe, banquet and Season Leader Award presentation. Wine was provided by our major sponsor, Abbott Wealth Management. On Sunday, at the end of competition, the Season Championship Awards were presented. Thanks to lots of hard work fundraising, some of the awards included belt buckles and championship coolers, among other prizes. We are gearing up for the 2022 year and show dates will be announced soon. If you’d like more information please contact any of the following: Debbie Hughes Colleen Meyer Donna Barker SEASON LEADERS: CLASS Green in Hand Back to Basics Green Horse Green Rider Explorer Horse Mares in Hand Geldings in Hand Novice Horse Novice Rider Open in Hand Novice Open Open Amateur

FIRST PLACE Judy Rochette Autumn Schmuland Reese – Judy Rochette Judy Rochette Reese – Judy Rochette Beth Reed – Sky Judy Rochette – Reese Sky – Beth Reed Beth Reed Marie McGivern – Lacey Donna Barker Donna Barker Kristine Henry

SECOND PLACE Kristine Henry Katie Gibbard Oscar – Kristine Henry Kim Hensens Cody – Katie Gibbard Marie Mcgivern – Lacey Kim Hensens – Shady Susie – Donna Barker Marie McGivern Marjorie McKay – Kessler Jean Fothergill Kristine Henry Jean Fothergill

Championships CLASS Green in Hand Back to Basics Green Horse Green Rider Explorer Horse Mares in Hand Geldings in Hand Novice Horse Novice Rider Open in Hand Novice Open Open Amateur

CHAMPION Judy Rochette Autumn Schmuland Reese – Judy Rochette Judy Rochette Reese – Judy Rochette Marie McGivern – Lacey Kim Hensens – Shady Susie – Donna Barker Beth Reed Marie McGivern – Lacey Donna Barker Donna Barker Kristine Henry

RESERVE CHAMPION Kim Hensens Katie Gibbard Beau – Cambie Gulick Kim Hensens Freckles – Karen Kunkle Beth Reed - Freckles Autumn Schmuland - Jimmy Sky – Beth Reed Katie Gibbard Donna Barker - Susie Jean Fothergill Kristine Henry Jean Fothergill

Katie Gibbard

Judy Rochette 12 • NOVEMBER 2021


Donna Barker and Susie

Autumn Schmuland

BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association By Dawn Ferster

The BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association would like to thank everyone for attending our workshops. 2021 brought difficult times with Covid, fires and smoke… we did the best that we could to keep everyone safe… and we did.


hank you everyone that traveled throughout the province to come and learn my method, enjoy the camaraderie, and leave with new friendships. At the Final Wrap Workshop on October 2nd we had a one-day fun schooling competition on the lower course at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. 18 competitors showed up with smiles, laughter and words of encouragement. Everyone had a great time, and learned so much about obstacles and horses. We offered three levels of competition with Level 1 being the easiest. In 1st place we had Candice Baranieski, in 2nd place Brittanya Beddington, and 3rd place Colt Baranieski. They called themselves Team Red all week, yup… all had red horses! In Level 2, Brittanya Beddington was 1st, Carol Rennie-Kenny was 2nd, and Colt Baranieski was 3rd. In Level 3, Janice Reid was 1st, and Carol Rennie-Kenny was 2nd. Colt Baranieski, 8 years old, was the winner of Alana's beautiful spur straps. Not only was he the High Point Junior of the competition, his horsemanship was outstanding. I'm so very proud of him. They came a Team Red (l to r): Brittanya, Colt with long way in a few days and it mom Candice, and judge Dawn Ferster showed out on that course. Well done cowboy Colt and Parsnip - an amazing team! Thank you to all the great sponsors. We had some great prizes and everyone left with something.

Janice Reid

Carol Rennie-Kenny

Lynne McPherson

Brittanya riding her red horse A huge thank you to Lynne McPherson our show secretary - she just picks up the ball and keeps on running! And to Audrey Magnusson who was our other judge! We need to thank our ground crew that helped build obstacles and maintain. Big hugs to Lavern, Peter, Chris, Jason and Kaitlyn. So very blessed to have such great support - thank you all very much. We are excited for our 2022 Workshop series and Competitions. For updates on Facebook go to BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association or We invite you to become a member and join us in our competition series with yourself, your barn or your club - everyone is welcome. Wishing you all the very best and stay safe everyone.

Competitor draw donations – THANK YOU TO… * Alana Vos-Lindsay owner and designer of Rockin' Anchor Leather. These beautiful spur straps are handmade and are stingray inlaid straps with copper buckles and conchos. * Brittanya Beddington for her amazing balms. * Saddle Up magazine for the monetary donation. * Audrey Magnusson for donating great items... shhh * Carol Marcotte for your donations - great prizes. * Darlene Wolney of Timber Ridge for all your donations, mugs and bags, etc. they are amazing. * Dawn Ferster, bag of Tribute Feed Essential K. * Diamond H Tack for gloves and conditioning sprays. * Damarhe Training for the bags of treats for all the competitors and the candles.

Audrey Magnusson

Brenda Birrell with Lynne volunteering behind

Colt Baranieski receives his spur straps from Dawn NOVEMBER 2021


Using the 3-loop Serpentine as a

Training Tool By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

In the 20 x 60m arena the 3-loop serpentine is ridden as 20m half circles connected by a few strides of straightness. When the serpentine is first introduced in Level 1 the serpentine is ridden in working jog, but eventually the requirements are to ride the serpentine in a collected lope with no change of lead, then with simple changes, and finally with flying changes in Level 4. With all this progression the serpentine can become a wonderful training tool to add into your training program.


he first thing to consider in riding the serpentine is accuracy. It may help in the beginning to lay out the circles in the arena with pylons so that you get a feel for the flow of the half circles. What makes the circles in the large ring more challenging is that they do not fall evenly with a marker on the centre circle. When starting the loops at A, the loop would end 2 metres towards X off the V-P line (or 2 metres from L on the centreline). The next loop would finish 2 metres towards X off the S-R line (or 2 metres from I on the centreline) (see illustration). Once the loops feel equally round, bring your focus back to the basics of rhythm and connection. Focus on maintaining the same rhythm and connection throughout the serpentine. Count the rhythm in your mind as if you have a metronome to see if the horse speeds up or slows down. Begin in the working jog, then progress to riding in lope when ready. Many horses will try to fall into the new circle as the direction changes over the centreline, or they will try to speed up as they are asked to straighten before the change of bend. To help the horse balance use a few steps of leg-yield after the change of bend. For example: Ride the horse from A in a half 20m circle to the left (left leg is asking the horse to maintain left bend on the circle). Just before the centreline begin to straighten the horse from your right leg. Once straight using the right leg ask for the horse to change bend. The rider’s body will also turn in the direction of the new half circle and the new outside rein will support, prevent the horse from falling in, and tell the horse the size of the new half circle. The outside rein will also prevent the horse from speeding up. Immediately after the horse changes bend, using the right, now inside leg, and left rein, press the horse over a couple of steps to the left. This encourages the horse to stay balanced into the new turn (the horse is being moved away from the direction of the new circle just a step or two to help rebalance). A horse that falls into the turn will put more weight onto the shoulders and new inside front leg and will become heavy. Doing this exercise will encourage the horse to use the hind end and remain light on the front end. Horses love to anticipate, especially once they have done an exercise a few times. The serpentine is a great training tool for this as well. If you feel the horse starting to anticipate a change of bend you can change your mind and stay on the circle until your horse is ready to change bend without anticipating. Even doing a few circles with changes of gait will help them settle and focus. For example: Begin at A, plan to change bend over the centreline. If the horse anticipates continue on the first circle. Ask the horse to lope at A and lope a full circle, jog at A, ask the horse

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This is Diane Luxen riding Silverwind on a right circle using the pylons to mark the change from the first to the second loop on the serpentine. Silverwind is a 16-year-old Paint/Saddlebred/Friesian cross.

to walk before the centreline. Change bend through the walk, then continue the serpentine. Repeating the process again if the horse anticipates the next change. Vary what you do each time, even asking the horse to halt and settle at the centreline. Keep the horse guessing. Practicing the lope loops without change of lead will take some time (seen in WDAA Level 2 tests). This will require the horse to be in a counter-lope for the centre half circle. It is always best to start the counter-lope work on the loops to the quarterline and centreline before attempting them on a half circle in a serpentine. Asking the horse to slowly progress from the loop work to partial circles, then half circles in counter-lope, then onto the serpentine will bring more success as the horse will learn to balance and maintain rhythm before going onto the serpentine. To maintain the counter lead the rider will have to maintain their body position with the bend of the horse, keeping the leading hip following the horse’s lead and maintaining the pressure of the lope cue so the horse understands to maintain the same lead. Inside leg of bend forward, outside leg of bend back. The horse maintains the same bend throughout the serpentine. Left bend for left lead, right bend for right lead. Once the horse can do the lope serpentine in balance, then they are ready to progress to work with simple changes, then flying changes (which we have discussed in other articles). Incorporating work on the serpentine can help improve the horse’s response to the rider’s aids as he learns to wait for the cues. The rider will also develop more skill in guiding the horse through the half circles being aware of rhythm, timing, and connection as they tune in to how the horse

tries to speed up, slow down, drift, or lean into the turns. It becomes a wonderful lesson in awareness. If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions to as we will answer another reader question next month. Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities! As an Irwin Insights Level 6 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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2021 RHR Colt Starting Challenge

FULL OF HEAT! By Melody Garner-Skiba | Photos by Barbara Bostock

Trevor Mertes

This year the Rocking Heart Ranch Colt

Starting Challenge was held on September 11 at the Midnight Stadium in Fort Macleod AB. It was only fitting that a tribute to

the first responders who lost their lives responding to the twin towers terrorist attack was one of the highlights of the event.

Emily Lowe 2021 Trainer of the Year Winner

Trevor Mertes rode his horse King, registered name Kings Best Charge, in a WOW factor routine that had flaming garracho poles and Mertes decked out in full firefighter gear. Trevor is a firefighter himself which made this tribute even more special. Their performance won the WOW factor portion of the Challenge. To see a video of this tribute, check out the Rocking Heart Ranch Facebook page. Thank you to all of our first responders that risk their lives every day to keep us safe.


aking home, the coveted title “Trainer of the Year” was Emily Lowe of Nanton AB. Her trusty steed was “Tig,” registered name “Chex Out This Tiger,” a beautiful grullo gelding that showed exactly what a 60-day foundational start should look like. He ran the pattern like an old pro, tackled the obstacles like a champ, and then showed his potential in working cattle during the WOW factor. Emily truly showcased what an amazing talent she has as a horse trainer and we know we haven’t seen the last of her. Close on her heels was young gun, Diquita Cardinal, from Cardinal Ranch. Her partner for the 60 days was “JJ”- RHR Peppy Valentine, and together they won Reserve Champion. This pair will be seen in the future across Western Canada as Diquita purchased “JJ” and plans on taking him in a few different directions including Extreme Cowboy. Rounding out the top 3 winners as Runner Up was Kyle Fischer from Cochrane with his horse Conka Princess. This big grullo filly showed the judges what forward movement and athleticism looked like with the handle that was put on her by Kyle. All the horses were sold after in an auction run by Perlich Brothers. Amy Nelson from Canmore trained the high selling horse, 16 • NOVEMBER 2021


affectionately called “Thumbs,” which went for $17,000. Other top sellers included select ranch horse, Desperado, a 6-year-old grullo gelding, Tig and JJ who won and placed second in the event. A couple of horses that were initially slated for the event came up with some minor injuries and were unable to compete, including RHR BlueOtoe Hancock trained by Kayla Zielke. This big stocky filly will be for sale in late fall by the ranch. Newcomer Alison Erskine competed on RHR CountryofKings, a big bay filly called “Rain,” whom was her replacement horse and only had 30 days on her but showed

amazingly well. This horse will be for sale on November 6th. A huge thank you to all of the trainers who made the 2021 challenge a success including Renee Gareau, Jasmine Dahl, Jake Kruidenier, Kayla MacNaughton, Wolter Van der Kamp, Emily Lowe, Diquita Cardinal, Kyle Fischer, Amy Nelson, and Trevor Mertes. Special thanks to all of the clients that purchased one of these horses and for everyone in attendance, as well as the hard-working event crew that made this day a success, and the judges! The Garner family is extremely appreciative of all the support they receive at this

event and support for their horse program. Videos and highlights can be viewed on the ranch’s social media accounts. Mark your calendars for November 6th, 2021, and plan on attending the “2021 RHR Weanling Challenge” in Fort Macleod. This event will showcase this year’s foal crop as well as numerous select yearlings will be for sale and a couple of ranch horses that are broke and ready to go. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook for those that can’t make it in person. Details available at

Diquita Cardinal - Reserve Champion

Cowboy Poetry INFERNO By Will Sturgeon (wts7/8/2021) They put us on ALERT today, The Province is on fire… With ninety pairs on summer range Our luck’s pretty much expired.

They say we’re putting lives at risk, But there’s one-eighty in my care… What kind of man would cut and run And abandon them out there?!

A Forest Lease that’s tinder dry, Every cattle liner booked… How the hell we gonna’ get them moved Before them and our goose is cooked?

Ten miles away stock trailers sit, Blocked by a Police roadblock… Engines idling ‘neath the mountain’s glow As our corrals fill up with stock.

We put out the call for riders, Lit the ‘grapevine’ telegraph… ‘Send stock trailers by the dozen There’s ninety mommas and their calves!’

Ranching’s an addictive habit, Worse than drugs or alcohol… The highs just so addictive that You’re prepared to risk it all.

Shit! They changed it to an ORDER! Said we gotta get out now! They’ve closed the road; cops blocking help, But what about our cows?!

You battle forty-below nights, Moonlit frosted pulling chains… But when momma licks that steaming calf, A warm glow runs through your veins.

The Keyboard Warriors criticize, Said we should’ve run, instead Of pushing pairs through the underbrush While conifers crackle overhead!

When the haystacks all are covered, The garden harvested and stored; And the woodshed’s overflowing… You gratefully pause, and thank the Lord.

But when adversity stalks the fence-line, Or tragedy strains your faith… We don’t cut and run, or pound our drum, That just ain’t the ranchers’ way. They’re all gone now, bloated, rigid, Ringed by the blackened rails… Generations decimated… Lives lived to no avail. Yet the Facebook Trolls still prattle Experts on what we should have done… Sip their wine and nibble ‘Beyond Beef’ ‘Neath the glow of their Computer Sun.



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Autumn and Chinese Medicine

A Time of Letting Go By Lisa Wieben

In Chinese Medicine Five Elements system, autumn is the time of letting go, also known as the Metal Element. As the trees begin to lose their leaves, the leaves nourish the earth. The days get shorter and cooler, and the harvests are stored. We can reflect back on our accomplishments over the year and be thankful for all we have in our lives.


energy from the meridian to the associated he metal element brings our awareness organ of that meridian. This can help speed to what we can release that is no longer healing and revitalize the organ. These points serving our highest good. It is in that generally hold more energy than other points on releasing that we prepare for opening to new things the meridian. The Source Point for Lung meridian in the spring. is Lung 9 and the Source Point for Large Intestine Two meridians involved in the process of taking is Large Intestine 4. (See Pictures) in and letting go are the Lungs and Large Intestine. To work with the Source Points rub the The lungs bring in fresh air and energy to the point of choice fairly deeply for 30 seconds or body. We always feel best when we have fresh air hold for 1 minute. This will release congested to breathe. It is a natural cycle of breathing in and Lung 9 - Massage Large intestine 4 energy and send energy to the organ involved, letting go. The Large Intestine takes in nutrients Massage the fleshy at the wrist crease giving it a boost. These points can often be the body needs and determines what to release. part of the thumb below the thumb tender, which is a sign of congested energy. Along with the meridian energies involved the The Lung source point can help to calm Metal Element is also related to the emotion of grief. and revitalize if you are feeling down as well as Allowing yourself to move through the emotions help you breathe easier (many have used this will bring you to a more balanced state of being. point during an asthma attack). It also regulates Feel, express, and then release. It is often a difficult the skin’s moisture and protects the body from process of moving through the emotions. Grief can viral and bacterial infections. This point is also be from a loss of job, loss of a loved one, change of connected to the functions of the large intestine. location, etc. Horses often feel grief when they’ve The Large Intestine source point has been well been moved or from the loss of a pasture mate. known as a point for headaches, but is also very Metal energy imbalances may show up as Lung: useful for constipation, and releasing toxins, nasal/respiratory conditions, asthma, allergies, stress, and emotional tension. skin problems, colds/flu. For Large Intestine: The next time you or your horse start to constipation, diarrhea, low back pain, gum disease, experience any of the symptoms above try these mineral deficiencies, and colic. Isn’t it interesting handy points. They can be rubbed several times that fall is when colds and flu are more prevalent? a day if needed. If you are worried about the As we move into fall and cooler weather beware seriousness of the issue always be sure to contact of dusty environments for both you and your horse. your doctor or vet. You can always rub the points You’ll naturally move to eating more warming foods Lung 9 - located on the inside of the foreand beverages. Check the temperature on your leg between the two rows of carpal bones. while you wait for the vet to arrive or getting an appointment with your doctor. horse’s waterers. Dry skin, rashes, issues with finger Large Intestine 4 - located on the inside Enjoy the lovely fall season and reflect nails and dry hooves can be more prevalent in fall of the foreleg just below the head of the on what you can let go of to make way for new and winter. As your horse grows his thicker hair coat splint bone. be sure to provide plenty of grooming and check things to come into your life! often for lumps, bumps, and dry skin areas. Note any recent changes in diet if something out of the ordinary shows up. Be sure your horse has a Lisa Wieben is an Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, an good mineral supplement. Some supplements may not work as well for Eden Method Clinical Practitioner, a Centered Riding your horse as others as all horses are individuals with their own needs. In Instructor, Bach Flower Level 1 Practitioner, Equine Canada your own diet eat plenty of fruits and veggies to be sure you are getting Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 7 Coach. Her your minerals as well. You and your horse both need exercise to keep passion is developing Confident Healthy Riders. Available for your lungs and your immune system strong. If you are not riding you can online Somatics sessions, Energy Medicine sessions, and lessons. always take your horse for a walk. A nice break for both of you. In Chinese Medicine there are points along the meridian lines called Source Points. These are acupressure points that can be used to send (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi

Most of us recognize the benefits of the walk. Among many other things, it helps develop the topline, provides a base for cardio and fitness improvement and when performed well in competition, can mean many more points on dressage tests and better placings in pleasure classes. owever, the walk is incredibly useful for another very important purpose – the development of a truly relaxed, confident driving horse. Too often I hear people tell me that they like to trot their horses immediately after getting into the carriage, as a way of “taking off the edge.” They will say “my horse likes to trot – he doesn’t like walking.” Sometimes this is because of the exciting environment that can occur at a competition, but many times it is because the horse has never learned to really relax in harness. When instructing, I emphasize the importance of using the walk to help the horse learn that being in the carriage is a good place to be. From the time I begin working with a new horse on a lunge line, and later on the double lunge, the horse starts off walking. I want a horse that is new to driving to understand that when he is in harness, his world is a relaxed and happy place. Initially, and for some time after being started in driving, a quiet walk is all that is required of him. What if your horse is full of beans when you take him out for his driving work? A few minutes of lunging to get the sillies out is certainly warranted, but my suggestion is that you do so without the harness in place. The horse should learn that when the driving equipment is on, there are to be no shenanigans. Once settled, fit the harness and begin your session in earnest. Another place where the walk can be invaluable is in regaining the trust and confidence in a horse that has had a bad experience in harness. Many years ago I foolishly put one of my own geldings in a situation where he was badly overfaced. He wasn’t yet experienced enough to mentally accept a very high-stress, busy and chaotic environment, and as a result, his behaviour deteriorated to the point where he would no longer stand or walk in harness and when asked to do so, would rear. After getting home, it took me months of working at the walk to fix the problem I’d created. While he still has his moments, he is once again generally a calm, happy and relaxed driving horse. Of course, we need to work at the trot (and later, at the canter) but emphasizing the walk in the early stages of training is important. If I’m working with a horse that is already driving but is having issues with relaxation, flexion (both lateral and longitudinal), submission, etc., I will go back to the basics and work at the walk until he is relaxed. A tense, 24 • NOVEMBER 2021


Here’s how you can develop a more relaxed, confident horse by working on the walk: • Begin your single and double lunge work with the walk. Plan to spend at least 10 minutes walking. When I’m working with a new horse, the entire workout is often done at the walk, with plenty of changes of direction and lots of halts (with gradual increases in the amount of time the horse is asked to halt). • Once trot and canter work are introduced, return to the walk frequently to prevent the horse from “ramping up.” • Ensure halting and standing are well-established before the horse is put to the vehicle. Andy Marcoux has an excellent on-line lesson on developing a solid “stand” and it is well worth watching. • If you find your horse is anxious to walk away after hitching, consider spending several lessons simply harnessing and hitching. Sit in the carriage for a while at the standstill, then unhitch and put him away. A friend standing nearby can help resettle your horse if he begins to fret, but if he gets really agitated, walk in a small circle and return to the hitching area, then ask him to once again stand. • If your horse wants to jig or trot at the beginning of your workout, try working in one area of the arena. Watch your horse carefully to determine the place in the arena where he is the most relaxed, and initially, work only there. As he settles, begin to venture into other parts of the work area. • Avoid working on long straight lines. Instead of allowing him to “rev up” down the long side of the ring, instead work on large circles, curved lines and short straight stretches. • Ensure you keep your horse as balanced as possible, especially through corners and direction changes. If he feels unsure of his balance, he’ll have a harder time relaxing. worried horse won’t learn well, and a horse so anxious that they are carrying their head and neck high can’t laterally bend so until he is relaxed, you won’t progress in your workout. Don’t be afraid to spend as much time as needed working on your horse’s walk. If your horse is truly nervous, you may need to spend days, weeks or even months ensuring your horse is confident and relaxed before moving on to other work. Your patience will pay off with a happy, content driving partner. Safe driving! Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Patience By Elisha Bradburn | Photo by Heidi Shuster

“Observe. Remember. Compare.” Tom Dorrance left us with this simple saying that is the cornerstone of horsemanship. In order to improve, we need to increase our level of awareness. We have to believe that we as horsemen are actually always the student. The student of the horse. By being aware of not only our communication, but the communication coming back to us from the horse, we can make adjustments as necessary for harmony. All of this requires patience.


atience to figure out why our communication was effective, or not, patience with ourselves when we fail, patience with the horse when he needs something different from us, or better timing, or just more time. The value of giving a horse “soak time,” a minute or two just to process a communication is invaluable. If we just keep hammering him with more “asks” we may mash up the piece of art we are trying to sculpt incrementally. Patience requires satisfaction with incremental progress. When we can be happy with incremental progress, and celebrate to mark it, with some release for the horse or ending the session for the day, the horse actually feels he got it right and sees some purpose, some reward, and clarity. Patience is often easier to come by when we put ourselves is someone else’s shoes, and really evaluate the situation from their perspective. In this case we have to try to think like a horse, which is a challenge as we are predators, and they are prey animals. But if we honestly think about what is driving their behaviour, usually what they think we want, or what they think they need to do to survive a situation, we find patience is pretty easy to come by. I had to abandon anthropomorphism (assigning human qualities to animals) to really understand horses better. So, thoughts about my horse’s behaviour such as, he is just being rude, or he is trying to be difficult, were no longer in my mind. Instead, I got curious about why it wasn’t going like I hoped. I asked questions like: How could I help my horse understand better what I was trying to say? How could I present the idea differently? The more I got in his shoes, the more I saw truth, and the more patience I had. When we are patient, and temper our ambitions, we start to exude a spirit of kindness. This attitude fosters good horsemanship that is responsive and timely, not reactive and late. When we no longer respond out of unfiltered emotion, but reason, we can help our horses become confident, calm and attentive partners. After all, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18. That verse applies just perfect with how I want to be with horses. If

they feel they can rely on me to be consistently fair, which comes from a spirit of love and patience, then they want to be reliable partners. Pretty good deal for both of us. Speaking of both of us, we need to have patience with ourselves as well. Patience when we fail to communicate an idea, patience when we lose patience, and end up being rude, and patience with our own incremental growth in all areas of life and horsemanship. Sometimes I have to have a word with myself and my horse, I apologize to him for my lack of skill, and tell myself if I don’t keep trying, I won’t ever get better for my horse, so keep trying! The perceived failures are just a part of the trip to success. However, I am sure you can identify with the fact that it is actually tougher to have patience with yourself than it is with your horse, dog, or other people. We can be our own harshest critic, and that works against us, not for us. I think being self-critical goes along with the person who loves to be constantly learning, and hopefully improving, but we can be very rough on ourselves. One could think this might drive success, but learning to have compassion for yourself actually makes you stronger and more likely to succeed. Having self-compassion helps you keep the try in your tank, as you don’t get discouraged, like you do when you are engaging in negative self talk. Sometimes I have a hearty giggle at my own shortcomings. Life is a lot more fun when we don’t take ourselves or our horsemanship too seriously. If I need to lighten things up, I just take to practicing my roping skills, I am always good for a laugh as I inadvertently rope my own foot, the end of my nose or my hat brim. It also makes me appreciate my horse all the more, as he patiently puts up with all my roping shenanigans! Patience is one of those qualities we can build, like a muscle. Just keep working it, and it will grow! It is another one of those qualities that serves us so well in horsemanship and life. Hang in there fellow aspiring horsemen, the journey is never ending, and ever humbling, but deeply, and truly satisfying! Boone and I having patience with each other as we learn the art of subtle communication with the hackamore. Elisha Bradburn and her husband Clay own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychologybased horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on both Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at legacyhorsemanship@ (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)




Trainer does the math, embraces frank talk & actual numbers in sales ad By Nina Fedrizzi, courtesy of (shared, thanks to Facebook)

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n the Mood, or ‘Madge,’ is a 17-year-old, 16.2-hand Holsteiner mare who’s long past her prime but with plenty of good miles still left in the tank,” wrote Frank Everett, a well-known hunter trainer in the Athens area. “All that is, of course, assuming that you’re willing to maintain her twice-a-year vet work, keep her in decent shoeing, and don’t plan to ride her on footing better suited to Scooter’s litterbox. Many moons ago, Madge began her career competing in the High Performance hunters, and she still has scope enough to handle the Children’s/Adult divisions and below. But she doesn’t suffer fools. If your kid can’t steer, see a distance, or likes to look down at the jumps, I’d just assume save you and her the trouble. On the other hand, Madge is a great teacher, and always stops with her head up. If you’re into the school-of-hard-knocks method (no judgement!), I can promise you, your kid will safely learn to ride better for it. A granddaughter of the famous stallion, Contender, In the Mood doesn’t look a thing like him in color or conformation. She has frighteningly long pasterns—hence the bi-annual injections—but is nice enough to work with on the ground (she should be, she’s been doing this for long enough). Madge has plenty of tri-colors to her name and usually gets a piece of the hack, assuming you’re not at WEF, Devon, Lake Placid, or, honestly, Traverse City, Michigan these days. But at single-A-rated shows and under, you’re definitely in good company. In the Mood has been not-so-sadly outgrown by her current rider, an ungrateful girl who just got a dynamite Large Junior hunter for Christmas that she did nothing to deserve and will undoubtedly fail to appreciate. To speak plainly, the kid’s parents and I just want to find Madge a good home that’s off our payroll as soon as humanly possible. I could say something here, like, ‘In the Mood is priced in the low-five26 • NOVEMBER 2021


A Georgia trainer decided to break with convention when he opted not to mince words or use coded numbers in a recent sales ad for the seasoned Children’s Hunter, In the Mood. figures,’ but very much like Madge, herself, I’m too old to play cute and not at all interested in wasting my limited time or yours. And, so, serious buyers: We both know you’re about to start pouring over this horse’s oh-so carefully curated YouTube videos, so I will let you in on a little secret. They are cherry-picked from hundreds upon hundreds of rounds Madge has jumped throughout her show life, set to some obnoxious music her kid picked out, and—while they do look really great (I made sure of it!)—you should know, she really only goes that way about 2.3 percent of the time. Next, you’re going to scroll through Madge’s recent USEF record, and then you’re going to have questions. Let me help with that as well. As you’ll note, the very mediocre placings you’ll see from her in her last eight shows aren’t really Madge’s fault at all, but due mostly to the fact that her kid is barely interested in the sport anymore and was on the phone with her putz of a boyfriend for 90 percent of the weekend. She barely made it off the tack trunk and to her ring on time. That is to say, while Madge has her moments, she’s consistent enough, and a service poodle could have ridden her with more skill and gumption than her kid has these last four months. Figuring in commissions for both of us, shipping costs, and the general inconvenience that comes with buying and selling horses, in general, we think $32,000 for In the Mood, and not a penny less or more, is very fair. You can try to get tricky, or haggle on the details, but frankly I’m not interested. Trust me when I say, I’ve done the math. If you’re a decent human, with passable credit and reliable income, and will treat Madge right, PM me for more information. Or, better yet, for our money wire details if you really want to make my day.

MULE UP This is in remembrance of Monty Hunter from his time during WWII in Italy Written by his son, Rod Hunter

Title/Titre: Personnel of the Pioneer Platoon Support Company, Royal Canadian Regiment, using mules to transport supplies near Regalbuto, Italy, ca. August 1943 / Des membres du peloton de...

Saddle Up! Man up! Cowboy up! Pay up! Even up! Round up! Back up! Shut up, Throw up, Get up. Mule Up! What the hell is Mule up? Well like most of the baby boomer generation, I am getting to that age where, even though I don’t like to admit it, I am slowing down and am far more cautious in my everyday activities.


lthough my life hasn’t centred around horses, equines have never been far away. Growing up on a farm in Alberta, horses are just a fact of life. Unlike some of the rural rubes from my part of the world, I realized early in life, that making a living on a small farm wasn’t going to work for me. Subsequently, I worked and lived off the farm, but always gravitated to riding, roping, and helping out with neighbours, relatives and an assorted array of farmers and ranchers, when it came time to gather, move, brand, round up or otherwise manipulate and manage cattle. And for a lot of years, horses provided annual access to some of the most spectacular terrain in the world, the Rocky Mountains. Whether for a summer trail ride or an autumn elk or sheep hunting expedition, horseback and pack animals are the “only way to go.” My first memorized experience with a horse was in the summer of 1960, when, at the tender age of almost 4, my uncle and his family moved to their family farm, and my mother and brothers and I went to visit. Queen, their family mare, came up to drink at the water trough and I had to check it out. Now I didn’t know about sneaking up on a horse, but I learned the hard way, and when I reach through the fence to touch her flank, I promptly got my first lesson. She cowkicked me about 10 feet. Of all the nerve! Not one to be deterred, the following summer, when Uncle Wally offered a seat behind him on Queen, I was off and running, literally. I would master this beast. After several gatherings and roundups and 4 mile cattle drives over the course of a couple of years, as

a life size saddlebag/swamper, I got “behind the wheel” privileges and was allowed to ride that nag alone. I rode her, several of her prodigy and their prodigy, hell I mastered her entire bloodline. I win!! Sometime in the mid-sixties, our family acquired a nice palomino mare named Tammy, and I’m sure I put several thousand miles on her around the country. And since I was the one, of six boys, most interested in the saddle, my dad bought me my own horse on my 12th birthday. I distinctly remember my excitement when the 2-year-old half Arab gelding, named Shantz, arrived. It was trained to do almost anything, with only the aid of his mane and my ambition. Now throughout my horse apprenticeship, my dear old dad, would always temper my excitement about horses, to their short comings when compared to mules. Now I only ever saw my dad on a horse one time. What the hell could he know? As his left leg was fused straight and unable to bend (from a German MG 42 machine gun) he couldn’t climb on or off a saddle like the whole world usually does. But, one time, he Indianed up on Tammy like Geronimo himself. He rode her back to the house, like he had done it a thousand times. Apparently he had! When pressed, he explained the stiff leg issue, but said when he was a kid in the 1930s, horseback was a way of life, and what we were doing for fun, he had done to survive for his whole prewar life. Then he explained his preference for a mule over a horse. He had arrived in Italy on New Year’s Eve 1943, and was forthwith attached to the Continued on page 28 NOVEMBER 2021


A pioneer platoon of the RCRs water their mules in August 1943 (LAC 22528)

Continued from page 27 Cape Breton Highlanders, whose combat mission was support for the Battle of Casino (look it up). Over a year of army training precluded his arrival and now one of his first jobs was security detail for a pack string of ragtag Italian peasants, and Algerian mule skinners. Every night after dark, 25-30 of these “packers” would load up their beasts of burden and head up a narrow mountain trail with big loads of artillery ammunition destined to the gun crews at the top of the mountain, whose job was to shoot their cannons at the Casino Monastery, that the Germans were occupying. His job was to go along with several other FNGs (look it up) in case they were ambushed. It was a pretty easy gig, to start with but after a week or so, the Germans got wise and realized what and from where the resupply was coming. One night the column was hit by several huge artillery shells, exploding in and around all of these animals. When the smoke cleared after 5 terrifying minutes, they spent most of the night, patching and evacuating horse wranglers and gathering horses and picking up crates of artillery shells that had been dislodged from panicked horses. Not one mule had stampeded. Never in the month that his duties had him escorting this pack train, had any of the mules ever detoured from the mission. And furthermore, he noticed the Algerians were always diving behind big rocks for cover, several seconds before everyone else. Upon further scrutiny, he realized why these Algerians preferred a mule. As they led their mule up the trail, they kept the mule’s head, mere inches from their own, constantly monitoring those long ears. Several seconds before anyone had any inclination to announce “incoming,” those sure-footed, long-eared mules would detect the German artillery shells and those big old ears would track the shell like radar. That’s all the muleskinners needed and they would drop the lead rope and find shelter. The mule would stop and stand still, as if it knew that running around in circles and bucking and stampeding was just a bunch of extra work that could end up with the same result. And when the barrage was over, it was back to work. The sooner they got the shells to the top, the sooner they could go home. My dad said, “my exact sentiments.” And even though there was a language barrier, when he started to show interest in these mules, their proud handlers were only too quick to show off their partners. (Mule folks are still the same, all over the world.) 28 • NOVEMBER 2021


Quartermaster Sergeant F.C. Nelson, Three Rivers Regiment, and an Italian muleteer leading a mule pack team along a snow-covered mountain road, Italy, 27 February, 1945.

Many a night, my dad sat astride a long-eared mule on the 4 or 5 mile “hike” back to base camp. He would climb aboard the wooden pack saddle with a couple of blankets for padding, modifying the Infantry soldiers mantra; never sit if you can lay down, never stand when you can sit, never walk when you can stand, never run when you can walk and never run or walk when you can ride. Nary a mule skinner or his mule was killed or seriously injured in that month of that part of the war, while the “horse soldiers” spent more time chasing, picking up, patching up and shooting horses with broken legs, than they actually did escorting them. And the army veterinarian whose job it was to see to all of the animals, never ceased to be amazed at the lack of attention that was required to care for the mules. And he couldn’t understand why they ate half as much as a horse and performed twice as much. Some forty years later he had peaked my interest and convinced me and I took the plunge and bought a couple of mules. God they were ugly! Compared to the refined looks of well-bred Quarter Horses. A few roundups and brandings had me hooked but a couple of backcountry pack trips, 52 miles one way, had me convinced. And these mules were nothing special, as far as I could tell. But not once did I have to go looking for a mule. Never did I have to pick up a toppled load even though I had loaded it wrong, the mule would just stop until I fixed the problem. Never did I get unloaded because a grouse or some such creature suddenly flushed in close proximity. Completely steady and consistent. That made them special. One particular mule did get lonely one time when I dismounted and tied him off to climb up a steep hill just to get a good visual vantage. When I was about 200 yards away, that mule let into a heehawing for about 30 seconds. I was temporarily upset at this interruption of wilderness serenity, until a bull elk answered the call. WTF? Now I was more than impressed. Even though I never got the elk, I couldn’t blame “my guide,” he took me to the right spot, he called it, got it to respond, and got me back to camp safely while showing me a lot of beautiful landscape. I couldn’t ask for more. Of course, like everything, not all mules are perfect. Another wise man told me once that a good mule is 10 times better than a good horse; but a bad mule is 100 times worse than a bad horse. I did have one particular mule that was unique. Every day that mule would have to be roped, hobble 3 legs in order to get the pack saddle, pack boxes, top load and tarp all fitted and lashed down. Then when you were ready,

Canadian Army Mule Cart, 1st Canadian Div. marching near Modica, Sicily in July 1943 you got on your riding animal, took a good dally and had someone undo the hobbles. She would jump ahead 2 jumps, without bucking, and as you turned to head down the trail, she would get in line behind you. After 100 yards you could stop and she would walk up behind you just far enough so the boxes on her load wouldn’t bump your riding animal in the butt. A quick wrap of the lead rope around her neck and you were off for the day. She would follow through thick and thin, up and down and round and round and you never had to worry again. Until the next morning and start all over again! Sheesh. But over the years, I have been bucked off or fallen off a lot of horses for a lot of reasons, some excuses known and some not. But I have only been thrown off two mules, and both times, I realized what I had done, somewhere between leaving the saddle and hitting the ground. Both times it was 100% my fault. I knew better and forgot or had been warned and thought I knew better. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes you can learn a lot more from a mule than you can teach them. If you can partner with your mule and coax them until they decide to do it for themselves, you are training your mule or vice versa. It may take patience and persistence but in the end it will pay off. There is a reason that a mule is “stubborn.” It’s called selfpreservation. Rarely will a mule put itself (and its rider) in a precarious situation. If in doubt, trust your partner! My humble comparison of

a mule and a horse is that a mule is like a seasoned politician that will think before he reacts, so as to always be on the safe side of an issue and doesn’t get into a problem. Whereas a horse could be more like a drunk hockey fan in a late night bar, that will react before he thinks, only to get bloodied and beat up. My old rope horse is 27 years old and still good to go. But he has been there and back and we cut him a lot of slack, mostly cause I’m not as energetic and ambitious and use his age as an excuse to take it easy. But I’m still “on the hunt.” I’ll still saddle up many a spring day and just go for a ride, looking for shed antlers, spend a week or more on a summer pack trip, anywhere, and I still head to the mountains for a sheep “hunt” each fall. Or spend a lotta days helping others work their livestock. But now, instead of working my old rope horse too hard, I will “Mule Up.” I will be taking a calm, smart, easy moving long-eared mule. I don’t need to out-ride, out-rope, out-look anyone else (although I’m sure I still can). I am gonna relax, take it easy, be safe, have fun, and still get the job done without a problem. While I have quoted a few wise folks, well now it’s my turn. In my humble opinion “Quarter Horses are fine, but half-horses just might be better.” Mule Up! And remember… “A mule is a lot like a woman!! They can be stubborn! Goddamn you if you ever beat one! They WILL remember! ... And ... they are both smarter than a man.”

Horsey Ladies Okanagan… online for 2021


ur annual fundraiser will be online again this year, thanks to Covid, and following all the necessary health regulations from our provincial health advisor. Safe is better! Last year we held our fundraiser online too, and we were still able to raise $5,765.00, given to Old Friends Canada Society. Since we were not out soliciting for donations (because of Covid), we only offered a handful of prizes versus our usual 100+ on the auction tables. But those handful of prizes still had our Horsey gals and others buying tickets to win any one of them! This year, again, we are selling $20 tickets towards any of the prizes on offer. A $20 ticket will get your name entered once for a prize (let us know which one). For every $20 increment, your name is entered for that prize or another one.

This year our committee has decided to give funds to “Forever Home Sanctuary” located in Lavington BC. Their mission is: To provide a healthy, caring, loving and safe home to abused, neglected, and/or unwanted (small) farm animals. A Forever Home! See their Facebook page for updates. Our Horsey Ladies committee admires their commitment and dedication to starting a grass roots, off-the-ground, new project that is so needed in this area. We look forward to helping them help the animals! You can purchase tickets now and up until November 17th with draw date of November 19th (to be confirmed). See our Horsey Ladies Okanagan Facebook page for prizes and more info, or you can call Nancy Roman at 250-546-9922. Lotsa stuff on offer this year – and we thank those who have donated already… with more coming in too! NOVEMBER 2021




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Toad was a reactive yet friendly dog when AnimalKind trainer Jane Koopman of In Partnership Dog Training first met the two-year-old Australian Shepherd last May. His guardian, Tiffany, reached out after being referred to Koopman by a veterinary behaviourist. Tiffany felt that Toad was anxious when walking in her new neighbourhood and wanted to address this.


iffany’s chief complaints were that he was reactive – lunging and barking – to people in the hallway of her apartment. He was also reactive on walks when being approached by men, especially those on their phones. He would sometimes jump up on a passerby in an unpredictable way.” Koopman says it was clear that his reactivity was a result of being worried about, even fearful of, the new stimuli surrounding him. “Toad moved to the city from a quieter location and many of the stimuli that he now encountered and the ways in which he encountered them were new to him,” says Koopman. “Moving to a place that is full of so many stimuli can be really overwhelming to any dog (or human!) that did not experience such bustle as much in their previous life.” Koopman says cases like Toad’s demonstrate why socializing a puppy before they are 16 weeks of age is so critical. “Even if you do not live in the city, take your dog to the city and make it really fun and positive and if you do live in the city be sure that your puppy is experiencing time in other environments as well.” Understanding the needs of his breed was also crucial in learning why Toad was reacting the way he was and how to train him effectively. “Toad is an Aussie Shepherd, a breed bred for generations to herd sheep. In other words, they are bred to be hyper aware of their environment, tuning into the slight movements and quickly react to them. They also were bred to expend lots of energy running through the fields for much of the day. Not to mention they were meant to have a very specific fulfilling job to do every day!” But without sheep to focus on, a job to do or fields to run around in, Koopman says it’s easy for dogs like Toad to put their attention 30 • NOVEMBER 2021


elsewhere. As a result, they can become hyper vigilant about things that are not sheep. “Think about it like a type A person who has no control over a disorganized world while their internal software is screaming ‘Keep things in order, keep things in order!’” explains Koopman. “This can result in reactivity. This is why comprehensive socialization is not only important but it’s also recognizing that these smart working breeds need to tire out their brains and have a job to focus on, even if that job is looking at you instead of at the scary man approaching.” Koopman and Toad worked together weekly for a little more than a month-and-a-half. They worked on a variety of techniques to ease his fears, including desensitization and counterconditioning to address his hallway reactivity. This meant exposing him to the stimulus that normally bothers him up close, at a distance or at an intensity that he wasn’t worried about (desensitization) and then pairing this stimulus with something that he absolutely loves, which, in his case, was his favourite treat. Koopman also used cues to redirect his attention from potential triggers when they were out on walks, and Toad was rewarded for his efforts as a means of positive reinforcement. While she acknowledges all training is a work-in-progress, Koopman says she is proud of how quickly Toad improved. “He’s become much more relaxed on neighborhood walks and can actually enjoy them now. He rarely barks at his neighbours. And Tiffany can relax more as well.” Toad proves that with a little time and effort, a fearful dog can make leaps and bounds into a new level of safety and security.


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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2022 MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!


e want to let you know that the transfer of data to our new database WISEBOX is complete and 2022 memberships are available. Be sure to refresh your browser from our website to get the correct site. The easiest way is to be on the page and press the F5 button on your keyboard. Or visit . You can log in using your HCBC membership number that is unique to you. The database will accept other user names such as your name or email address. During the transfer some numbers were absorbed into the WISEBOX system, therefore, your number may have changed. We ask that our members check they are using the correct number issued to them for shows, etc. If you are having problems accessing your number, you can email the office at with your details and we will send you a card confirmation. We are also merging duplicate records during this time. Our office staff will be happy to help you renew over the phone. Membership renewals forms will go out as usual at the end of October and can be mailed back with a cheque or money draft. Auto-renewal is not available at this time but we hope to have it available for 2023. HorseReg sent out emails informing people their renewal was cancelled. Members will be able to purchase Dressage BC and/or Equestrian Vaulting Association of BC along with HCBC from the HCBC walkthrough. The option is below the HCBC membership option. Please select one if you require their membership and further down the walkthrough, the organizations’ page will open for you to select the type of membership available. We want to thank all our members for their patience and understanding as we navigate back to Wisebox. The staff is always happy to hear from you.

2021 HCBC AWARDS NOMINATIONS Nominations are open for the following categories: * Coach of the Year * Bob James Volunteer of the Year * Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award Horse Council BC’s annual awards serve to honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equestrian community. These awards acknowledge those who have stood out from the crowd over the past year and who have made a positive impact on the community as a whole. Each award recipient was nominated by two or more other Horse Council BC members. Nomination deadline is December 30th, 2021. Nomination forms and more information can be found at > about > HCBC Awards

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, Photo Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

Canada Wins BMO Nations’ Cup at Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’

The Canadian Show Jumping Team presented as the winners of the $600,000 BMO Nations’ Cup by Scott Brison, Vice-Chair, BMO Capital Markets (right). Left to right: Erynn Ballard and Jack van’t Kattenheye, Amy Millar and Truman, Tiffany Foster and Northern Light, and Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5, with chef d’equipe Mark Laskin.


he Canadian Show Jumping Team won the $600,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held Saturday, September 11, at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary AB, for the third time in the event’s history. Erynn Ballard, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze, and Amy Millar led Canada to the win over four other teams. With travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic compounded by the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and European Championships taking place weeks before this year’s Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament, the starting field was diminished in numbers but not in thrilling sport. Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States were all invited to put forward a second team with only Canada taking advantage of the opportunity. However, it was Canada’s top team that secured the victory with a two-round total of eight faults over the United States with 15 faults. The Canada 2 team placed a close third with 16 faults while Mexico took fourth with 32 faults. Ireland rounded out the top five with 44 faults. At the end of the opening round, Canada 1 sat at the top of the leaderboard with a single time fault. The horses and riders carried their form into the second round and, after the first three riders had jumped, there was no need for anchor rider Lamaze to return as Canada 1 had the win sewn up. Having claimed victory in the richest Nations’ Cup team event held in North America in 2006 and 2014, Canada can now add a third win in the event that’s been held since 1977 to its record. “It’s a simple formula; you get good riders, good horses, and good people,” smiled Mark Laskin, chef d’equipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team. “Nations’ Cups are hard. It has to be your day, but it also has to not be the other teams’ day. I was quite confident, but you just never know. So much has to come together. When it works, there is no 34 • NOVEMBER 2021


sweeter feeling. And it’s the most fun to win at Spruce Meadows. It’s home.” Speaking to the unusual circumstance of being invited to enter two teams, Laskin said, “We felt we could put together two competitive teams, so we jumped at the opportunity. It’s hard to get invitations to jump in a Nations’ Cup, even at the three-star level. We showed we do have depth as our second team was one fault away from being second.” The Canada 2 team put forth a strong effort with Mario Deslauriers, 56, of New York NY, posting scores of zero and four riding Uris de la Roque, a 13-year-old Selle Français gelding (Capital x Quick Star) that he owns in partnership with Aram Ampagoumian LLC. Brian Morton, 35, and now based in Calgary AB, provided the drop score for both rounds after posting 17 and 15 faults respectively with Cadillac, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Corlensky G x El Bundy) owned by Spruce Meadows Ltd. Samantha Buirs-Darvill, 34, of Langley BC, impressed by jumping clear, albeit with time faults in both rounds aboard Baton Rouge, her 10-year-old Canadian-bred Oldenburg gelding (Banderas x Karandasj). Baton Rouge’s dam, Total Touch, is the horse Buirs-Darvill rode in her last Nations’ Cup appearance for Canada in 2010 in Buenos Aires ARG. Riding in the anchor position, Ben Asselin, 27, of Calgary AB, posted scores of five and four faults respectively with The Freshman, an 11-yearold Dutch Warmblood gelding (Namelus R x Chin Chin) owned by Spruce Meadows Ltd. and Asselin’s grandmother and Spruce Meadows cofounder, Margaret Southern. Competition concluded at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament on September 12, with the $2.5 million CP International, presented by Rolex. For more information, visit

TOWE Welcome Back Classic By Bev Routledge


he inaugural Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Welcome Back Classic was held September 24-26th at the IPE fairgrounds in Armstrong BC. Our judge (and clinician) for the weekend was Jill Barron from Alberta. Congratulations to the show committee led by Ilona Berbekar, and the organizing efforts of Cathy MacDonald, Margaret Cullop, Leslie Stewart, Lisa Broughton, Jacquie Doucet-Howes, and Suzanne Zimmerman for managing to hold a successful show during a difficult time. This was just a taste of the future of this Chapter (TOWE), and everyone who attended had a wonderful time liaising with riders from near and far. Participants from the Lower Mainland, the Kootenays, and Alberta joined several teams from the local area. The youngest rider was all of 11 years old! What a fantastic turn-out! Classes included riders and horses from Introductory, Intermediate A and B, and Novice A and B levels. Winners were as follows:

Introductory Jacquie Doucet-Howes of Fruitvale with Jaz Que Sera Intermediate A Sandy Lang of Abbotsford with Kloee Intermediate B Ilona Berbekar of Enderby with Bona Dea

Novice A Sylvia McAllister of Enderby with Festival Castellano (owner Ilona Berbekar) Novice B Lisa Green of Calgary with Esperado

Please follow the Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Chapter Facebook page to join in on future meetings, events and activities. WE is the riding the wave!

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We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out. This weighs 3 lbs, handle turns to operate the unit. Stands 8” high. Congratulations (so far) to: Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Shirley Penner, Barrhead AB JoAnne Delichte, Coldstream BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB From the September issue This is a British Buttner tool. Used for cleaning the bowl of a smoking pipe. Believe it or not, there were NO correct guesses! Guess we stumped everyone on this one!

Darcy Henckel, co-chair of BC WECan

This item stands 12” high and 16” wide. Weighs about 7 lbs. Good luck! READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to

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Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details.

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New CRTWH Youth Program Coming! By Windi Scott


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse Board of Directors is working to develop a Youth Award Program to educate and encourage our young folks. Some of the criteria will involve learning about our TWH breed, logging hours, demonstrating skills, written and oral testing, and performing tasks associated with the Canadian Triple Challenge. Details of this new incentive will be forthcoming by spring 2022, and we’re hoping to present our first recipient at the 40th Anniversary Event in late summer 2022. To learn more about our Walkers and The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse, we invite you to follow us on or go to our website

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Cariboo Country Carriage Club By Karyn Greenlees


he Cariboo Trails Field Driving Trials was held September 25-26, hosted by the Cariboo Country Carriage Club, a chapter of the BC Driving Club. We had 20 hitches attend the event at Huber’s Farm in 70 Mile House BC, with judge Larry Brinker and Dennis Huber as TD. We have the results from the weekend for you. RESULTS Day 1 Training VSE 1 Karyn Greenlees 2 Elizabeth Schulz 3 Vicki Schulz 4 Laura McLeod

Day Two Training VSE 1 Elizabeth Schulz 2 Vicki Schulz 3 Laura McLeod 4 Karyn Greenlees

Training 1 Marion Roman 2 Ken Huber 3 Michelle Davis Ralston 4 Joni Peters

Training 1 Marion Roman 2 Joni Peters 3 Ken Huber

Prelim 1 Ellen Hockley 2 Rosalie Turcotte 3 Michelle Davis Ralston 4 Josh Hoyle

Prelim 1 Rosalie Turcotte 2 Josh Hoyle 3 Ellen Hockley 4 Joan Bourke


Overall Training - Marion Roman Overall Preliminary - Rosalie Turcotte Cones Challenge Training - Karyn Greenlees Preliminary - Rosalie Turcotte

Photos 1. Josh Hoyle driving Vieva 2. Ken Huber driving Ghost 3. Marion Roman driving Rumor Has It 4. Rosalie Turcotte driving Patty Cake 5. Karyn Greenlees driving Samba


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Chilliwack Riding Club Riesa Kyne


elcome Fall! We’re getting ready to close out the 2021 season, but we’re still looking forward to hosting our year-end awards, AGM, and election. COVID-19 notwithstanding we’ll forge ahead with that on November 20th. We’ll post more details when we’re able to solidify our plan. Although the skies opened up over Chilliwack on September 26th we still had a great turnout at the Gymkhana. Please check out our website at for details of further upcoming events.

Congratulations to our highpoint winners of the day! Leadline: Marissa McPherson Peewee: Kinsley Lewis Junior: Emerson Vanleeuwen Intermediate: Megan du Toit Senior: Megan McKay Novice: Shannah Jones

Peachland Riding Club By Sandy Chevallier


Chute Dogging is Brandon Loring from Riske Creek. Photo by Nicky Oliver, Nics Pics.

(l to r) Reece Stewart, 150 Mile; Toby Stewart, Pritchard; and Daniella Stewart, 150 Mile House. Photo by Nicky Oliver, Nics Pics.

(l to r) Ava Jackson, Chloe Gatron, Riley Eide & Ruby Wannop

fter many years of hosting High School Rodeos, the Peachland Riding Club took a step back to how we began in the rodeo hosting world and for the first time since 2008 we hosted a BC Little Britches Rodeo on September 18 & 19, 2021. Mother Nature was good to us that weekend with just enough rain during the night to keep the ground in awesome safe condition and dust free!! We were thrilled to have over 80 young competitors, 14 years and under, from around the province join us, and we truly appreciate all the support from our phenomenal sponsors and all the volunteers that stepped up to help us out!!! Aside from fabulous day prizes on Saturday and money prizes on Sunday, we awarded All Around buckles to the weekend highpoint competitors as follows: JR Girls All Around – Paige Cady, Kamloops (Sponsored by OK Tire, Westbank) JR Boys All Around – Weston Lougheed, Heffley Creek (Sponsored by Wildcat Helicopters, West Kelowna) SR Girls All Around – Brooke Kosick, Salmon Arm (Sponsored by Accent Fireplace Gallery, Penticton) SR Boys All Around – Cruise Schneider, Princeton (Sponsored by Ray Campbell Farrier Service, Kelowna) In the month of November we will wind up with our Annual Pub Night fundraiser (hopefully, if Covid allows!!) on November 6th, and then our Year-End Awards banquet is scheduled for November 20th to honour all the great achievements of our members and volunteers throughout the season. To keep up to date on upcoming events and any winter activity, please ‘like’ our Facebook page and check out our website Happy Fall Riding Everyone!!

(l to r) Tayor Baranow, Rudy Wannop, Riley Eide, Ava Jackson and Molly Sanderson. NOVEMBER 2021


Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update By Hans Kollewyn | Photos by Eric Frogley


he last Challenge of the season is over and the results entered into the year-end standings. Now the task is to calculate the Champions and Reserve Champions of each division. A buckle will be awarded to the Champion of each division, while a jacket will be awarded to each Reserve Champion. Winning names were not available at this time. It has been a struggle this year to be able to host Challenges, but CCC and Hosts still managed to schedule a full show season. The feedback received from competitors was all positive as it was great to be able compete, meet old and new friends, and have some sort of normalcy to our riding endeavours. Hopefully this is enough to carry us through the winter months and prepare for next year.

Shooten Sprout going through the trees

Results of the last Challenge at YKnott Ranch, Alberta, Double Header September 11 & 12 with 25 and 26 entries respectively. Both days were judged by Al Bignell. September 11: Shooten Sprouts (SS): Bailey Black riding Jazzy and 2nd Bailey Black riding Festus Older Than Dirt (OTD): Greg Paranich riding Sonny and 2nd Leane Buxton riding Badger Novice (N): Judy Hill riding Itchy and 2nd Tricia Melanson riding Chance Rookie (R): Denton Keith riding Forty Four and 2nd Eric Frogley riding Archie Nonpro (NP): Shane Goltz riding Jazzy and 2nd Murry Buxton riding Sonita Open (O): Shane Goltz riding Jazzy and 2nd Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines

Open rider going over the bridge combination

Shooten Sprout executing the serpentine

September 12: SS: Bailey Black riding Jazzy and 2nd Bailey Black riding Festus OTD: Leane Buxton riding Badger and 2nd Greg Paranich riding Sonny N: Judy Hill riding Itchy and 2nd Patricia Collens riding Dreamen of Dancen R: Melissa Deveau riding Ally and 2nd Denton Keith riding Forty Four NP: Shane Goltz riding Jazzy and 2nd Alana Eaton riding George O: Alana Eaton riding George and 2nd Shane Goltz riding Jazzy

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

Pole Clinic

By Simonne Rempel


Ranch Trip

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eehaw, it’s Ranch Time!! A group of members hauled up to Seven Half Diamond Ranch located in Merritt BC. This trip has become an annual event. The gracious hosts provide their guests with outstanding hospitality and the accommodations for both humans and horses are bar none. Members adhered to PHO and enjoyed amazing riding with fabulous company. Marta Mcintosh joined us for our September General Meeting. It was held outside in a member’s arena. Marta discussed the equine skeleton and conformation. Marta shares a wealth of knowledge to our club. Thank you! In September, we held our 3rd Poles Clinic with Jessie Blackmon. These have been a series of clinics where members continue to progress in their riding. Schooling over ground poles helps the horse and rider with balance, straightness, and engagement. Plus, it gives the horse a job which helps reduce behavioural issues. The SADDLEUP.CA

clinics are very successful and fill up quickly. Our executive team has been working hard at planning more great clinics and lectures. Stay tuned or better yet, check us out!! Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday with a speaker and host a variety of clinics according to PHO. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2021 Upcoming Events: General Meetings Theme Trail Rides Kamla Hoekstra Clinic November AGM

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Marilyn Griffin

Exciting news! Follow us on Facebook for details of our next virtual show. Last month we posted results from our Summer Icebreaker Show. Putting this show on was a collaboration with BC Paint Horse Club. In the past, LMQHA has added Paint Classes to some of their shows, but the Summer Icebreaker Show was the first time that the two clubs came together to put on a show. This shows that collaborating with another club can result in a successful show both financially (we managed to break even) and by providing the necessary hands to get the job done. Our thanks to BC Paint Horse Club for all the hard work their members put in. LMQHA members have been busy showing this year… with our Summer Icebreaker Show, the Canadian Nationals in Alberta, South Central in Kelowna, and Vancouver Island shows. There was some travelling to be done but thankfully shows were available. Several of our members hauled to Alberta and attended the Canadian Nationals: Tamara Jameson (reserve champion overall Level 1 amateur), Eleanor Peardon, Jody Peardon (Jody won the 2021 NonPro Stakes Class and earned some $), Andy Hellqvist earned top 5 placings, Casey Hopper earned points in both English and Western Classes, and Emily Firth. Emily Firth attended her first breed show last year with Viper Cat. This year she showed Viper at the Summer Icebreaker to win Highpoint Youth (13 and under) and then went on to win Highpoint (13 & under) and top 5 overall Level 1 at Canadian Nationals! Well done Emily, you are a wonderful example of what can happen when you work hard at it. LMQHA AGM will be held on November 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Location: Fort Langley Lions Hall. This will be an in person meeting with Covid-19 protocols in place – masks required. Please attend this meeting and come with suggestions for next year. Please also think about ways you can volunteer to help the club keep running. If everyone does a small thing it makes for much less work for the board. Below is a list of our officers who can be contacted through Facebook messenger if you have any questions or suggestions for us. President: Tamara Jamieson Vice-President: Tami Hutton Treasurer: Pia Petersen Secretary: Marilyn Griffin

Jody Peardon winning the horsemanship stake at Canadian Nationals

Emily Firth and Viper Cat at Canadian Nationals

Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Show winners over September long weekend

Beverly Kniffen at the South Central AQHA/ APHA show winning highpoint

Eleanor & Cathy at Canadian Nationals

Casey Hopper and Invited N Time Canadian National top 5 wins Tamara Jameson and Unansweredprayerz at Canadian Nationals

Andy Hellqvist and his horse Cash in Trail at Canadian Nationals Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, Website: Visit our Facebook page



The Back Country Horsemen of BC Annual Volunteer & Project of the Year Awards Congratulations to Lynn deVries, CVI Chapter, and our Yarrow Chapter for their Nesakwatch Bridge Replacement Project  By Terri Perrin, Saddle Up magazine coordinator and North Vancouver Island Chapter member


he Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) traditionally presents two awards at our annual province-wide meet-up and Annual General Meeting—called ‘Rendezvous’. This event is traditionally held in June and the location varies from yearto-year. Due to the Pandemic, Rendezvous was not held in 2020 and 2021 and the awards were presented virtually during our online annual general meeting. We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 awards. Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Project Presented to a chapter, for a project that makes an impact on BCHBC, the area where the project has been completed and is outstanding. Not necessarily awarded annually if there is no project nominated that meets the criteria. The 2021 Award recipient was the Yarrow chapter for the Nesakwatch Bridge Replacement Project. This project saw the replacement of a failing bridge across the Nesakwatch Creek. This bridge is on a very popular section of the Trans Canada Trail (now called the Great Trail) in the Chilliwack River Valley. This trail is very popular with runners, hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers, as well as the local BCHBC members. The Yarrow Chapter members saw the need to address the safety for continued horse use. Without completion of this project, this portion of the Great Trail would Lynn deVries have been closed to horses and mules indefinitely. This project was featured in the March 2021 issue of Saddle Up magazine. Read all about it online: saddle_up_march_2021. Volunteer of the Year Award Lynn deVries Presented to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to the BCHBC through their time, dedication, leadership and exemplification of the spirit of BCHBC. The 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award recipient is Lynn deVries of our Central Vancouver Island Chapter. Lynn has spent many hours committed to working with provincial executives on the new provincial website. The

committee chair stated that “Lynn was and is a valuable member of the team. During the initial steps in formulating our plans, Lynn’s experience with business and communications was clearly an asset to draw from as we worked through the many aspects of the web site development.” Fellow CVI members said that Lynn’s level of commitment is immeasurable and the impact of her efforts for the benefit of equestrians and all outdoor enthusiasts on Central Vancouver Island is huge. She has opened up many, many miles of Crown and private land to BCHBC members and all equestrians that would not have been open if it was not for her contribution and leadership. It is one thing to open the land and trails but is also another to have a place to park and stage. One cannot be accessed without the other. Lynn’s patience, creativity and vision have been instrumental in the continued success of this chapter over the last number years. Lynn’s great skill is her ability to work positively and respectfully with governments and all stakeholders to promote and maintain access for horses on BCs trails. Lynn strives to make each member feel welcome and ensures those members who have contributed are recognized for their efforts. During Covid-19, she sought out new ways to communicate and meet with both the executive and the chapter as a whole. Through Lynn’s initiative, our chapter was able to continue with our AGM as well as executive meetings through the use of social media and Zoom. During the 2020 year, Lynn initiated a socially-distanced scavenger hunt for our Backcountry community. She also provided Caltopo education to our chapter and to our South Island Chapter as well. Her hard work and dedication to the organization, along with her positive attitude, her ability to obtain collaborative stakeholder and business support in our community and in the BCHBC as a whole has been nothing but truly amazing. Congratulations to BOTH award recipients!

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o you speak horse? Body language is a means of nonverbal communication that exists in both humans and horses, where emotions, intentions, or desires are expressed by physical behaviours and actions. Such as facial expressions, body movements, gestures, body posture, eye movement, touch and the use of space. Communicating this way is as natural as breathing and just like breathing we all communicate in a nonverbal way without even thinking about. It’s as though it is hard wired into our DNA. Linda Finstad unlocks the secrets to what horses are really thinking and feeling in this beautiful full colour book containing pictures and stories that set the scene in which the interactions take place. This book is your gateway to mastering the art of equine body language and setting you on the path to becoming an enlightened horse whisperer. Featured in the book is an 85 page “easy reference guide” which provides the answers to understanding how horses communicate to each other and also how we can understand their nonverbal cues. These revelations and discoveries were not made by chance; Linda spent endless hours conducting field research which involved studying herds of horses in their natural environment. Plus devising and executing equine experiments that would provide photographic proof to her theories. SRP $40.00, 8.5” x 11”, 204 pages ISBN-10: 0995997926 ISBM-13: 978-0995997929



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* Locally sourced and milled wood and rock used throughout the 4,200 sq. ft. home, with custom wrought iron work. * Recreation Commercial 2 Zoning, the home was laid out for future use as a B&B, lodge or training facility. * Steel frame covered 90’ x 140’ riding arena with 4 stalls and a tie-up area is perfect for riding and working with your horses.

775 Shelby Road, McBride BC $1,240,000 MLS ® 2599204

DEEP CREEK GENERAL STORE Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


that has a little bit of everything Dealer for


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/21

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) 12/21

* New 3 bedroom and den, 1,800 sq. ft. modular home. * Equine Complex: indoor arena, 165’ x 70’, with mezzanine, night watchman quarters, community room, kitchen with washing area.

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC


* 18 box stalls, 12 oversized paddocks, outdoor arena. * Strong boarding business and clinic rentals. * Rural 2, Small Holdings, Country Residential Zoning, allowing for many uses. Property is a complete package.

15470 Miworth Road, Prince George BC $1,324,000 MLS ® 2618442

For more information on these and other properties contact: Robbi-Layne Robertson 250-453-9774 BC FARM & RANCH REALTY CORP. E-mail: NOVEMBER 2021




1521 Sumas Way ........................................ 604-864-2665



3663 South Island Hwy ............................... 250-334-0801



1309 Northwest Boulevard.......................... 250-428-2254



4650 Trans Canada Hwy ............................. 250-746-1755



1090 Stevens Road Hwy ............................. 250-769-8700



5592 Hwy 97 South ..................................... 250-498-2524



Upper Mud River Road ............................... 250-560-5431



7155 Meadowlark Road .............................. 250-545-3355

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