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hew! September is over – those Fall Fairs sure keep you (me) busy. I hope you enjoy the news and photos from the fairs that Saddle Up was able to attend. And thank you to those that sent in news on the fairs that we (me) were unable to attend. Photo by Rein-Beau Images The Fall months are officially here and October appears to be a busy month again with horse activities, before we all wind down for (dare I say it) Winter. I hope to see you at the Equine Extravaganza (Children’s Wish fundraiser) on Saturday, October 8th at Mackenzie Meadows Equestrian Centre in Pritchard. This is an equine celebration for everyone, demos, silent auction, Paint Horse Showcase, and more. See their ad on page ____. Help us help the ‘kids’! Next up will be The Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 21-23 – a fabulous show! Pop by the Saddle Up booth and say hello.

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Dear Editor‌ Hi there: I would just like to start out by saying Saddle Up is, to me, the ultimate Canadian ‘everyday people/horse’ magazine. I love the fact that you allow generations to add their photos and stories (especially the children’s area) of themselves and their equine companions. Secondly, I have been wanting to e-mail you for quite some time now to suggest an idea I’ve been thinking about. For possibly a five month period, have either a half page or full page for “the one who started itâ€? section (of course the name may need changing). In this section Canadians could send in a photo and say a 50 word paragraph describing their first ponies or horses. The first equine that may have not been the best first horse, lol, but was definitely the one who kept us ‘horsey’ individuals seeking more adventure in the horse world.

I personally would love to share my story about me and my old girl and our beginning into the equine world and even just the everyday horse problems and learning situations. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you regarding this idea. Thanks again! - Amber Bond, Princeton, BC (Editor: Thanks Amber. We do have a similar section in Saddle Up called “Tails to be Told� and that is offered to any person that would like to share their ‘horse’ story with our readers. See page 35. And I look forward to receiving yours.)

Hi Nancy: I just want to let everyone know that recently my husband and I spent a 4-night stay at Meadow Springs Guest Ranch. We stayed in their Log Cabin rental and were

able to bring our own horses with us, we had a wonderful time. Mark and Kathy are great hosts and made us feel welcome. When we were riding we were able to keep in touch with the ranch if we needed to in case we got lost. The riding was great we saw bear, deer and even a moose with two calves. We both hope to return in the near future. The picture shows our horses outside of the cabin we stayed in. - John and Judy Chard, Dewdney BC (By the way I love the magazine, you always have the best articles; it was also how we found our trailer that we bought.) (Editor: Thank you John and Judy. We happen to have a story on Kathy and Mark, “Down Home With‌â€? on page 38 of this issue.)

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PYKE AND BUCKLEY PERFORMANCE HORSES Congratulations to the following clients on their show ring successes, we are so proud! From personal goals and class wins to Circuit Championships, Regional High Points and everything in between, it was an amazing year full of growth, success and of course a lot of fun! Jody Stasuk with Im Jammin (reining) and Im Talkin Faancy (showmanship), Taya Bath with Zippos Social Kitty, Kay Evans with Krymsun Kutie, Pia Petersen with A Classy Leager, Riley Smith with Chocolatechipdeluxe, Mary Ratz with Im Talkin Faancy (showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure and trail), Sarah Wasik with Zippos Social Kitty, Andy Helqvist with Blazing Hot Money, Janice Fyfe with Unintended Chip, Terri Brown with Midas Well B Blazin and Im Talkin Faancy (trail), Graham Tobias with Craven The Finest and Craven A Real Blonde, Devon Smith with Sweetdreams With Zip, Ariel Taylor with Okies Final Flame, Colten Buckley with Zippos Social Kitty, Summer and Chase Stasuk, Carter Stasuk with Hanky Pankys Alibi, Jenn Merriam with Sweetline Spencer and Janet Crich with Skip To My image.

Also, thank you to the following clients for allowing us to help you achieve your goals and be part of your journey: Bar BW Paint Horses, Anita Klein, the Almasi Family, Dale Carter, Chiara Beach, Lynda Harrison, Roger and Sandy Walmsley, Scott and Colleen Grisdale, Bill Cox, Jerri and Phil, Cathie Lowden, Pat Warway, Tom Pigeon, Mary Dwyer, Judith Cavers, Lilya Carter, Helen Diespecker, Nicole Pickering, Matt, Corea Anderson, Emily Winkel and Christa Haffey.

We would also like to express gratitude to those who either entrusted horses to us to sell or those who purchased horses from us, from sales locally, to Northern BC and as far as Nebraska, USA. It is a pleasure and an honour to ďŹ nd great homes for great horses.

We welcome your inquiries on our lesson and training programs, as well as horses for sale from weanlings to ďŹ nished horses, AQHA and APHA.

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Wish Ride Almost Hits $1 MILLION! By Kim Antifaeff


espite the unseasonably cold weather, it was another great year out on the trails in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation – BC/Yukon Chapter. Riders young and old came out to support the 12 Wish Trail Rides that took place across BC this summer. Throughout its 15 year history, the Provincial Wish Trail Rides have raised over $900,000 granting almost 100 wishes! Together we have touched so many lives, provided hope and relief from the daily struggles of illness and brought families and friends closer during difficult times. On behalf of the nearly 100 families we have supported throughout the history of this event, thank you to everyone who has helped make these rides possible. It is through the dedication and hard work of our event organizers, riders, volunteers and supporters that The Children’s Wish Foundation can continue its tradition of never having denied an eligible child his or her wish, and meet the increased demand for wishes with the same commitment and compassion that has become a hallmark of the organization. Thank you for making this event an annual favourite. We could not continue to do what we do for these amazing kids without your support. If you would like to get involved or host a Wish Trail Ride in your area please contact and keep an eye on for information about next year’s rides. We look forward to seeing you in 2012!

2011 Ride Donations: Kamloops - $10,000 Ride Coordinators: Jeanie Van Den Ham and Kathie Dunn Kelowna - $14,000 Ride Coordinators: Carole and Al Wingenbach Nelson - $1,500 Ride Coordinator: Kathleen Comstock Williams Lake - $3,600 Ride Coordinator: Karla Leclerc Whonnock/Maple Ridge - $2,400 Ride Coordinator: Sue Schulze Vancouver/Southlands - $5,203 Ride Coordinator: Debbie Bailey Fraser Valley/Campbell Valley Park - $7,000 Ride Coordinator: CVP Wish Trail Ride Committee Courtenay - $2,000 Ride Coordinator: Robyn Speck Salmon Arm/Silver Creek - $10,105.90 Ride Coordinator: Rob Sjodin Duncan - $5,400 Ride Coordinator: Deborah Flinn Oliver - $2,044 Ride Coordinator: Janice Goodman Merritt - $2,500 Ride Coordinators: Al & Marilyn Prentis = $65,752.90

“Wish Kid” Krystina benefitted from the 2010 Wish Trail Ride in Kamloops and this year she attended the ride cancer free!

Thank you for supporting the 15th Annual Provincial Wish Trail Ride! 6 • Saddle Up • October 2011


Big Donation From Alberta Wish Ride By Roger Matas


olunteers turned over a cheque for $31,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation representing the proceeds from the third annual Alberta Wish Ride, held August 20th in Kananaskis. The donations from previous years were $20,000 in year one and $26,300 in year two, bringing the total donation from the event to the foundation to over $77,000 in just three years. “We’re proud to be able to make this donation and support this amazing organization which brings a little sunshine into the lives of Alberta children and their families at what is usually a very difficult time,” said committee chair Irene White. The 2011 event, held at Little Elbow in Kananaskis, saw 72 riders participate. Riders bring in pledges, then go on a ride through one of several trails in the area. Participants are treated to a pancake breakfast before the ride, then dinner, entertainment and prizes when they return. “This level of support cannot be

accomplished without the hours of our dedicated volunteers and the support of individuals and companies throughout Alberta,” said White. “Once again, thanks to that community support, we were able to keep our expenses to a minimum while still putting on a first-class day for all the participants.” While White said planning has already started for the 4th annual event, other organizers have stepped forward who are interested in hosting a similar event in eastern Alberta in 2012. Established in 1984, Children’s Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfi lling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, Children’s Wish has granted more than 17,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfi lls approximately 900 wishes annually - granting nearly three wishes every day - each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child. The foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child.

2011 Alberta Wish Ride organizers Irene White and Roger Matas present a $31,000 cheque to Megan Innes (centre) from the Children’s Wish Foundation.

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A Horse of a Different Stripe By James and Wyatt, Rawhide Ridge Ranch The first thing visitors usually ask about our Zebras is, “How do they handle the winter?” They have very thick hides, I reply, much thicker than that of a horse, so it insulates them well. Thick hide helps them keep cool in Africa, and like house insulation, it also helps them keep warm in winter.


ur small herd of one stallion and three mares has their own comfortable barn to go into with lots of straw, but they mostly prefer to be out in the field in the snow. We even see them frolicking about and rolling in the white stuff, oblivious to the fact that it’s January. The Zebras were all born in the U.S. and became Canadians a few years back. Our first foal was born just five weeks ago, a colt named Star - for the clear starry night under which he was born. “Just let it happen naturally,” our vet said, so that’s what we did. In the morning there were extra legs in the field and mom and baby were just fine. We learned a thing or two about Zebra stallion behaviour though, as our stallion was aggressively protective of the baby - to the point of charging us when we tried to approach. Once he was separated, a difficult and dangerous task, we were able to pull baby Star at day three and begin weaning him. Unlike horses, Zebras don’t have thousands of years of domestication in their blood; they are wild animals first, and will never become tame and peoplefriendly unless weaned quickly.

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Zebras are fascinating animals with a herd instinct, and are a joy to own and observe. When threatened, Zebras form a line and stand down a predator, acting defensively as a group. We watched a black bear approach them in the meadow, while the four Zebras formed a line and began lunging toward the bear. They then put the run on him, right back into the woods. The second question we’re usually asked is, “Can they be ridden?” Not these Zebras, called Plains Zebras (Burchell’s). Burchell’s are a smaller variety than the somewhat larger Grants Zebra, and cannot support human weight. Burchell’s are roughly the size of a donkey. Grants Zebras have been saddle and halter broke in some cases, but it is a difficult process not to be undertaken lightly.

The third question is often, “Do you sell your Zebras?” with the follow-up query, “Do you need a permit?” We sell our foals at Rawhide Ridge in Lumby, BC, when available (baby Star is now sold). In BC a permit is not required to own Zebras. The fourth question is usually, “Can we visit them?” Yes! We offer the public the opportunity to get close to the Zebras on the range and observe them. You can also visit up close with the baby Zebra (another one is on the way soon). Find out more about booking a Zebra experience at Guests to Rawhide Ridge can also choose to stay in our rustic, western-themed guesthouse, complete with full meal options, private view decks and bed and bale. Enjoy horseback riding or walking for hours on our range... and be sure to keep an eye out for the striped ones!



How My Horse Changed My Life... One Hoof at a Time By Joel Rickard

Four years ago we were a happy family with three dogs, three cats, two parrots, seventeen fish and a bunch of wild quail who visited regularly. I had a small acreage and grew grapes to keep both my Fordson Tractor and myself busy. Then a friend asked my wife, Darlene, if she wanted to ride her horse. She did. That was the first domino.


everal weeks went by, but there wasn’t a day that my true love did not talk about wanting to ride again. Darlene is legally blind, and part of her childhood was spent around - you guessed it - horses. They did not frighten her and always left her happy, joyous and free. She really, really wanted her own “seeing-eye horse” back. Now, we have six horses, two dogs, three cats, two parrots, nine fish and the quail that followed us on our move into a smaller cottage house with seven acres of pasture, a barn and a creek. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? She did talk me into her first seeing-eye horse, Fargo, a threequarter Arabian/one-quarter Quarter Horse that we bought from a young lady who wanted a younger horse. A match and a deal made in heaven as everyone, including Fargo, was happy. My eyebrow started having the strangest twitch. Coming up to sixty-six years young, yours truly is the chief poop scooper and hay feeder. Every morning, I joyously pick up the remnants of yesterday’s events provided by the six “Ferdinand” horses that have entered our lives. They are a happy lot - breaking fences, sprinklers and anything else not cemented down, doing their duty in our driveway and, of course, allowing my wonderful wife the pleasure of riding several times a year. Three of the herd are boarders, which helps pay for the hay that, in turn, helps me build a huge pile of manure to sell (give away) in the spring of each year created one full wheelbarrow at a time. Their owners are happy, my wife is happy and it “keeps ya young” according to an old timer who volunteered that he once had horses but moved into an apartment to retire. 10 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Winter is coming and the second cut of bales have been stacked under cover. Two propane jugs are on the ready to thaw water lines. We now have an old golf cart to help me get up and down the quarter mile trek to the barn. I have chains for the golf cart this year. I now understand a language all its own taught to me by veterinarians, farm dealers, hay dealers, gas dealers, pet suppliers, shoeing professionals and, of course, the farm status government groups. Darlene has only taken a couple of spills, which introduced me to a whole range of painkillers and new reasons why the wheelbarrow was not emptied. We have an electric fence that really works well; I’ve learned that a good man tests if it is working by holding on to it while standing in fresh horse pee. Yes, on a warm summer evening, that ambiance of fresh horse do-do wafts over the field towards our happy neighbours in the new subdivision next door. The sun sets quietly as the days are getting shorter, allowing time for the testing of blankets and tack. It is a nice snapshot in time when the first snowfall silently covers the frozen sprinklers. I do see my old friend who used to have horses down at the auction from time to time. As I examine power plants and all the neat farm stuff like rakes, shovels and buckets, he always has a suggestion or two on how to save steps and sweat... especially by letting me know, with a twinkle in his eye, that there is an apartment for rent just down the hall. The warmth I receive from my wife is priceless, and she is as happy as Fargo and his stablemates when they come in for a warm supper, one hoof at a time. And so am I.

Darlene and Fargo, who started it all

Me and Striker, our rescued 30-year-old guy


Alberta’s Premiere Horse Sale and Auction By Jennifer Guzzwell TOP BLOODLINES TO BE FEATURED AT FARMFAIR


orthlands’ Farmfair, along with its industry partners, Northern Bloodstock, The Canadian Supreme, and The Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group have joined forces to gather bloodstock from across Canada for a new performance horse auction. Bloodstock 2011 - a premier horse sale bringing together some of the top bloodlines in the industry will be a high calibre auction and a prime marketing opportunity for horse breeders. “Farmfair is proud to host Bloodstock 2011 and feature the highest quality horses in Canada in one location– and we are proud that location is Northlands,” said Richard L. Andersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northlands. “This initiative capitalizes on the growing number of ranch, rodeo, agriculture and performance horse enthusiasts that visit Northlands each year for Farmfair and Canadian Finals Rodeo.” Having industry partners come together to create a one of a kind horse auction is an industry first. Bloodstock 2011 will feature a number of benefits for consignors such as live internet bidding for Canadian, American and international buyers. This allows individuals who cannot attend the auction

the opportunity to take part in the sale. In order to attract these potential buyers, there is an international campaign to attract remote bidders and bring even more attention to the sale. In addition, consignors will have the opportunity to promote their horses by video on a large screen allowing both buyers and sellers the best visibility of the animal. Bloodstock 2011 will take place on November 10, 2011 at Farmfair in the Edmonton EXPO Centre. For more information on Bloodstock 2011 or Farmfair, please visit, please visit farmfair. ca. For more than 35 years, Farmfair has held the reins as a top business destination for the international livestock industry welcoming international guests and local ranchers to come together to experience country life first hand and enjoy some great western hospitality! Each year, thousands of guests come together to see, show and sell top quality livestock in Edmonton, Alberta. Farmfair showcases over 1,000 head of cattle, 700 horses, alpacas and stock dogs.

Join us for an exciting line-up of genuinely western excitement, including The Ranch Horse Competition and Sales, Bloodstock 2011, The Supreme Show of Champions, Stock Dog Trials, and much more. See you at the show!


Buying a Horse Property in the Interior By Rob Teit, Realtor So you’ve made the big decision to move out of the lower mainland, leave the traffic and congestion behind, have a place where you can keep your horse at home or maybe just be able to jump on him and ride for miles and miles right out your own back door.


uying a horse property in the interior of BC can be a challenge for some folks that are moving from the city, or even those from such areas as rural Langley or Chilliwack. Buyers accustomed to city water, natural gas and sewer systems don’t always know the right questions to ask about country property. There are many issues such as wells, water rights, easements and grazing leases that are unfamiliar to many.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: It can’t be emphasized

Hay: We all use it. Most owners at the coast feed year-round, and some think that it costs almost nothing to keep a horse up here. It is somewhat less expensive, but not as much as you might think. The pasture dries to a crisp unless irrigated and horses need a lot more hay when it is -20ºC. Water: At the coast we get too much of it, but in many areas of the interior it is scarce and the subject of more fights and litigation than you can imagine. There are a few properties suitable for horses that are within the town borders and on city or municipal water hook-ups, but most hobby farms are on wells and may have water rights for irrigation. Housing: In some rural areas there is much sub-standard housing. Always get a pre-sale inspection and make certain that permits were issued and that the regional district has no charges against the property. Barns and outbuildings that are built on a property that has “farm classification” do not require a permit in many regions, so make sure you do your own inspection on those structures.

enough. Your property’s location will greatly influence your lifestyle here and is largely dictated by budget considerations. Properties closer to the larger cities and towns are usually smaller in size and more expensive than further out; if you do find a large parcel close to town it’s very expensive - see, size does matter! Do you require 320 acres and an endless vista? If so, it will probably be located more than 30 minutes from town and on a gravel road. Or will a nice five acre lot with neighbours over the fence be more your cup of tea? For example, five acres located 15 minutes from Kamloops could cost over $300,000 for just the land, while 320 acres situated 1.5 hours from town could go for the same price or less. Lifestyle: You must be honest with yourself. The important thing is to be realistic about your needs and lifestyle choices. Some people like, and can emotionally handle, not seeing a soul for weeks on end, only Office: 250-554-4511 Cell: 250-574-6838 coming to town occasionally; Email: but others can’t be more than (North Hills Mall) 15 minutes from a Starbucks. #51 - 700 Tranquille Rd. Jobs or businesses are also more Kamloops, B.C. V2B 3H9 difficult to manage if you are a 2ESIDENTIALs!GRICULTURALs%QUESTRIAN great distance from town. 12 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Fences: These are very important to us horse owners. There’s a lot of barbwire on some places. If your horse has no experience with it, make sure you can get some rails up before you move in. Get some quotes on fencing before you buy. In conclusion, life is great up here for horses and their owners - our hoofed friends are so much happier to be out of the rain. Just be sure to go into this adventure with your eyes open. If I can leave you with one key phrase to remember, it is DUE DILIGENCE. Investigate before you buy - no question is a stupid one. It is only stupid to NOT ask questions. Rob Teit is a realtor, horse owner and competitor who lives near Kamloops. When moving from the coast six years ago he had, in his own words, “made all the usual stupid mistakes buying real estate.” For the past four years he has specialized in horse properties, to help others avoid the same mistakes.



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Healing Horses Naturally By Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS FEEDING SUPPLEMENTS Q: My horses are taking vitamin supplements and herbs. It has helped them a lot but for how long should I keep them on the recommended program? A: This is one of the most frequent questions asked from our customers, and also one of the most difficult to answer, especially at the beginning of a supplement program. Like humans, horses are all very unique and can have very different responses to their supplements. The duration of a health program not only depends on the horse, but also on the specific health condition, as well as the actual supplements. It is never advisable to keep horses (or people for that matter) on the same herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies or nutraceuticals for long and indefinite periods of time. The health and wellness of a horse is always changing and supplements can be a detriment if used long-term. Too many times horses have been fed a particular product for several months or even years without the owners ever knowing if it is helping or not. In fact, it can then actually create adverse problems. Supplements should be used to resolve the problem after which they can be discontinued or reduced to a maintenance dosage. They can also be used as needed; in other words, if the symptoms disappear every time you feed the product, then continue to feed the product. Or, if the general well-being of the horse is optimum on a particular supplement then it is beneficial to continue. But if there are no observable differences with or without the supplement it is best not to continue. However, give all supplements a break from time to time, not only to determine the actual benefits, but also to “refresh” the response if the supplement is required again.

Here are some general guidelines for specific supplements and remedies: Homeopathic Remedies: These are usually prescribed for a specific period of time by a Homeopathic Practitioner. However, for acute problems the general rule of thumb is to discontinue the remedy as soon as the symptoms disappear. If symptoms reappear, resume the remedy. Herbal Blends: It is advisable to feed the daily dosage on the label for up to one month. If the health condition has completely improved by that time, slowly discontinue the product. If the 14 • Saddle Up • October 2011

condition reappears, then resume feeding the product as before. If, after one month, the condition is still gradually improving but not yet resolved, continue feeding the herbs. If there is no improvement after thirty days then the herbs can be discontinued. Herbs used for cleansing or detoxification can be given for up to six to eight weeks. Herbal blends used for nutritional purposes (such as the Riva’s Happy Horse, Happy Horse Senior and/ or Performance+Plus) can be used indefinitely because the ingredients are blended to provide vitamins and minerals from plant food sources. In this case they are considered more as “foods,” rather than “therapeutic medicines.” Specialized Nutrients: Specific vitamins and minerals should be given at the recommended dosage for 4 to 6 weeks. After that time, if the condition has improved continue to feed a maintenance dose of twice weekly, instead of daily. Maintenance dosages prevent both nutrient deficiencies as well as excesses. If the original condition reappears on the maintenance dosage, then resume the full dosage as recommended. As with any supplement or feed, if adverse effects are suspected discontinue the product immediately. That said, barring a specific allergy or intolerance, negative reactions to good quality herbs and remedies (short-term) are uncommon and if they do occur they disappear almost immediately after discontinuing the product. With the appropriate diet and supplement program positive results and changes are usually observed within 1 to 2 weeks, but chronic problems - such as metabolic syndrome, long-term laminitis, arthritis or skin tumours for example - may take longer. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS is an Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist, Homeopathic Practitioner and Medical Intuitive. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and is a regular speaker at equine seminars and conferences.


The Road Home Rescue and Safekeeping Society By Maureen McEwan


hen a disaster strikes, everyone in the family is affected, including pets and livestock. Pet owners need to know they have somewhere to turn - that there’s a safe place where their animals can go, and be well cared for until everyone is able to return home. The Road Home Rescue and Safekeeping Society was formed specifically with this goal in mind - to help pets and their owners in times of need. Formed in December 2010, “The Road Home” is a volunteer-run charitable organization that provides temporary safekeeping for animals during emergencies. Partnering with North Okanagan Emergency Support Services (NOESS), the Road Home responds to Level One, Two and Three emergencies, which can include house fires, car accidents, natural disasters and emergency hospitalization. By providing temporary shelter and supplies for pets, The Road Home hopes to alleviate the stress on pets and their owners, ensuring pets are safe and well cared for during a crisis. The Road Home consists of a board of directors and a small group of volunteers, whose roles range from fostering animals during an emergency and helping at an emergency reception centre, to organizing events, coordinating volunteers and everything in between. We are looking for volunteers who can help out during an emergency. Currently our number one priority is to find volunteers who can transport or temporarily house livestock or


companion animals. But there are other ways to get involved, too, and we welcome anyone who’s interested to contact us. Training is available for volunteers, both online through the Justice Institute of BC and through various training sessions offered by NOESS. Training is strongly encouraged - emergencies have a tendency to catch even the most prepared people off guard, but knowing what to do and how to respond ensures people and pets get the help they need quickly. If you can help with livestock, offer your services as a foster parent, volunteer in an administrative role or if you’d just like more information on The Road Home, please contact us - we’d love to hear from you! Visit us online at www.TheRoadHome. ca, email us at or call Maureen: (250) 309-0940 Volunteers make all the difference during an emergency. Please consider helping us out in the following roles: - Transporting livestock - Providing temporary shelter for livestock - Providing temporary foster homes for companion animals - Coordinating volunteers during an emergency - Coordinating pet supplies and accommodation - Assisting with administrative tasks - Transporting supplies • 15

BC Interior Horse Rescue Society Update By Lauri Meyers


ur newest arrivals:

T Tower , a 16.3HH Thoroughbred ex-eventer, was surrendered by his owner due to lameness issues. Tower is good for light riding, but is no longer able to do the show circuit. His name suits him; this gentle giant has a big heart, a kind eye and is only 17 years old. He would be a great friend to go out for pleasure ride.

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Lacey is a 16-year-old Arabian who has a lot of life in her. She is looking for her next family that will love her unconditionally. She has experienced many hard winters and can be a fighter for food, as she worries about having a full stomach. She is a lovely 14.2HH mare looking for her own family. Haleyy is an Arabian who was surrendered due to her shaking and tremors. After a vet check, it is suspected she may have OCD. She is now on glucosamine, has had chiropractic sessions, and we are now looking at having a massage therapist continue with her condition. Ranger is a 30–32” mini, who has just been gelded. He is a real sweetheart and has fit in really well at the hub. Ranger and Cashew have become really good friends, which may lead to him becoming a permanent companion for Cashew.

Even though we are not a Llama rescue, we have been asked to rescue two abandoned females. They were left behind by their owners, as they didn’t want to take them. A kind gentleman has been taking care of them and keeping them safe. We have a volunteer who will be keeping our website,, up to date. We would like to thank HyperMedia for sponsoring and creating a professional website for us. If you are interested in a banner ad on our site, please contact the Joey (equine director) for information. New to our website is the Forever Remembered page, which can be found under the heading, Our Friends. In remembrance for all those who have passed over, there will be wind chimes at the Hub, so we can forever hear them in the wind. At this time, we have three chimes, for Chips, Carlie and Mocha (aka Star).


The Fundraiser For Pipsqueaks By Bec Bermudez years ago. (73 Minis in total, last year we took in 25. This year, we’ve had 25 come in already and we’re only in September!) So, we have been learning to accept help when it is offered. Our support has been growing with our number of incoming Miniature Horses. I have been truly amazed at the kindness of folks who just love little horses too. We have been blessed with some terrific volunteers, foster homes received an e-mail a couple of and now - fundraising coordinators! We months ago from Marilyn Pay and readily agreed with their plans to put on her daughter Tara of Four Seasons a Pub Night Fundraiser for Pipsqueak Equestrian Centre. They wanted to put Paddocks at the Fort Pub in Fort Langley, on a fundraiser for the Minis here at BC. Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse What an amazing evening it was! Haven Society in Yarrow, BC. Was that Nearly 100 people bought tickets for the okay with us? event. We had over 80 items donated for I had to stop and think a moment. a fabulous Silent Auction, as well as a Our little rehabilitation and re-homing raffle and door prizes. The host was the operation has been growing in leaps and very talented Elvis tribute artist, Brad bounds since we went “official� over two Cooper. He can really sing! Brad was a fantastic MC as well and kept the evening rolling along nicely. The food was great, the WHEREVER atmosphere awesome THERE IS WEATHER and the company, so much fun! I just sat there, soaking it all in. What a truly humbling feeling it is, to realize that your own little dream can grow to matter to so many THE other people.



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Project Equus Update By Theresa Nolet


have been having difficulty trying to decide what I could write for this month’s update on Project Equus, and each day I was hoping that Avalon, our pregnant Paint mare, would finally have that baby that we have been waiting on forever, it seems! A new baby always makes for a good article but, as we all know, babies come when they are ready and not before. So tonight, while having supper with an old friend and talking about the past and how my friend had worked so hard during her early twenties and thirties to save the cats and dogs in the small town where she lived, I got to thinking why are we still working so hard to save cats, dogs and horses? Why have things not changed? There are still way too many dogs, cats and horses to rescue and find homes for. I expressed how I am so conflicted over every birth of the horses that Project Equus has rescued. Yes, I love the joy that a baby foal brings, watching them learn to coordinate all four legs at the same time, the wonderful little kicks that they give as they race across a pasture, only to return to their mother’s side for reassurance that all is safe and secure. But, and that is a big BUT, while under Project Equus care everything is safe and secure, but what about their future? Five, ten, fifteen, twenty years from now? Yes, we will only place them into loving homes, but horses are long-

lived; a 30-year-old horse is not unusual. I will probably die long before the last of this group crosses over the rainbow bridge. Every one of the horses that Project Equus has rescued will live their lives out under the shadow of the possibility of potential abuse and slaughter, as do the horses in everyone else’s pastures. No one can tell what the future will bring. People die, get divorced and fall ill. These

Avalon, heavy with foal.

events can and do affect people’s abilities to take care of their animals. There are no guarantees that horses will not be sold, or change hands during their lives and we all know of many horror stories of horses abused, neglected and of those sent to slaughter because the owner no longer wanted them for whatever reason. Project Equus has an adoption contract with clauses to protect the horses

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from being sold, or given away without notifying us, but what if something happens to Critteraid? So many charities are having financial struggles to the point that some of them have had to close their doors. Critteraid struggles with finances just as every other organization is doing during these shaky financial times. Most of the government grants that charities depended on have disappeared. It is up to us to fundraise, cut expenses and recruit volunteers - all of this on a shoestring budget. And even as we save this little herd of nine worthy horses, what about all the others? Are things getting better for animals? Have people like my friend, who worked so hard in her youth, really had an impact? If things have not changed, why is that? What is it about humans that we cannot get it together to resolve the issue of over population of pets? Some days when I look around and see all that needs to be done for not just horses but also cats and dogs, I see so much suffering and find it hard to believe that there has been any improvement during my lifetime. So my heart struggles to decipher what true joy is. Is the birth of a new foal a joyful event or a cause for concern? In my world, it is both. Visit us on Facebook or on our website to find out more about the horses we have for adoption!

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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne DANCE AT LIBERTY, PART 3

In parts one and two of Dancing at Liberty, I discussed some of the effects of positive pressure on three major zones that cause the horse to yield in various directions. We started with having the horse yield forward by focusing on zone 1, sideways with bend in zone 2, and slowing/stopping or turning away from us with a focus on zone 3.

Relaxed walk, parallel and gazing at my friend Genil


he invitation to inside turns was then discussed, as well as using positive pressure to encourage the horse to come towards us. There can be many variations of general reactions to pressure depending on slight differences in your timing, energy and focus, and where the horse is at emotionally. In part three, we will deal with energy and gait control. This is too often under-developed, but is very critical as it applies to actual riding. All of these liberty skills relate to more than just controlling space and solidifying your role as leader and the horse as follower. These skills, and our ability to control our energy and posture, relate to what we ask of the horse whether on the ground or riding. Horses often get confused by what we ask, and they have to sort out many of our inconsistencies as we ask them one thing while our body language and energy says another. It is important as a leader to be perceived clearly by the horse (with confidence) in that we mean what we say with our whole being. This can be accomplished by having a very clear idea in our own minds of what we are going to ask and how. When I ask a horse (cue word as well) to move out at a 20 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Relaxed trot, travelling parallel

Good canter with pressure on rib cage.

walk on the rail, my body has to have the energy of a calm, forward walk. As I lead by example, the horse will figure this out quickly. It’s important to practice with the horse moving out in a nice calm walk, taking care of our own movement, and then the horse will join us feeling secure. I don’t ask anything more than the walk until I am sure that I am relaxed, and then the horse will be also. I first drive the horse forward, with bend (by looking at its rib cage). As the horse complies, I accompany my horse forward at a walk like we are going on a stroll together, so our path then becomes more parallel and less converging. When the horse understands, I give it a suggestion with positive pressure. Left alone to accept responsibility, the horse will feel my company, not my constant pressure, and thus our paths will become more parallel. While compliant, I may look to the horse as I would look to a friend on a casual walk. If I look at the horse with intent when it is already compliant, this will cause it to be anxious. When the horse makes a good guess at what you want, leave it alone so that it will know it did well (as you are not still asking). When this is clear to me and my follower,

I can ask the horse to trot. I might not only use the cue word trot but also, more importantly, I will ensure my energy and self-carriage is the energy of a calm trot. The rhythm changes in a trot; the steps are naturally quicker, more like when we would jog. An easy way to convey this is to just start jogging on the spot, urging the horse to move out (and it will). This jogging may be an exaggeration, but experiment with it and encourage your horse to move forward right after doing so and in a few short tries your horse will figure this out. Horses do well with this because it actually makes horse sense. The really interesting thing is that later when you might ride this horse, your seat bones can actually pick up the rhythm and energy of the trot, and so will your horse with slight encouragement. Once the jog is under control, I then ask a horse to canter. I think of a strong, upward and forward walk, raising myself and my eyes into a canter, preferably not staring the horse down while doing so. Repeat this a few times; most horses get this quite readily using a bit of encouragement with the flag or whip from behind them. If someone is already tuned into their energy right from the start, the horse usually gets it quickly. The key is HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d to do it calmly and not get a horse into a running mode. Try to avoid the gallop, as this is associated with an adrenalin surge, which puts a horse into flight mode. Flight mode causes the horse to flee us, not stay, play and interact with positive energy. If our energy is meaningful, it won’t be threatening - unless that was our intention (e.g. if the horse was being disrespectful). If we focus on controlling the space and not being threatening, this will send a quieter message to the horse, which causes it to be willing to follow our lead since we offer (calm) security. Horses are hard-wired to follow or lead. Remember, we want to affect them like a good lead horse, not a boss horse (who offers no security). When you decide exactly what you want to ask the horse to do, make sure you breathe and then ask in a clear, relaxed way. Do this whether you are at liberty or riding because it works and you will feel

good doing it! Not breathing constipates your energy and the horse feels unsure and apprehensive. Stay relaxed in your energy when asking for a change in gait, so the horse will comply instead of becoming anxious. The next installment on liberty will be on developing Recall with speed, as it is always fun to have a horse that comes to you at a canter when you call it.

Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.

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he weather was amazing, hot and sunny every day. The participants were great, always ready to pitch in and help and I’m pretty sure everyone had fun. The standard of competition was excellent, they may have been seniors but they knew their stuff. Horses, carts, carriages and participants were immaculately turned out at all times and we were even given an exciting obstacle course demo by Brian Jensen of Lumby with his Four in Hand. The BC Seniors Games were held August 16-20, in the tri cities of Castlegar, Trail and Nelson and was a HCBC Recognized Event. Equestrian disciplines included reining, hunter/jumper, driving and dressage. The committee is most grateful to the Park Siding Arena Group and Rick Filmore for the loan of their arena in Fruitvale for the reining competition. The footing in this arena is groomed specifically for reining. The other disciplines were all held at the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Grounds in Castlegar (this facility and camping on site were kindly donated). Stabling was paid for by Zone 1 (HCBC), with shavings/ bedding donated by Kalesnikoff Lumber. Special thanks to our great judges: Dale Irwin of Chilliwack who judged hunter/jumper, driving and dressage; and Pat Eggie of Balfour for judging the reining. Events such as this can only be successful with the help of good judges and volunteers and our volunteers were

outstanding, starting with George Bloor our medal and medal presentation man-in-charge; Holly Gordon and Betsy Nasmyth for their help and driving expertise (couldn’t have done the driving without you); Brandy Saunders and crew for the hunter/jumper courses; Madison Creaser, Cathie Drocker, Michael Nasmyth, Jocelyn Templeman, Tammy Peitzsche, and Joanna Trusz. Kim Tassone our First Aid Attendant and security officer, Dr Colleen Kramer and Dr Chris Chart our vets on call. Finally thanks to Irene and Don Hill who continue to keep the grounds in tip top shape and to Rick Smith, Doug Hall and Al Brown who worked so hard to get the arenas in good shape. Now that the West Kootenay Games have concluded we can pass the reins to Burnaby for 2012. We hope they are able to offer equestrian sports at the Seniors Games, as we are sure there will be lots of interest and Burnaby should easily surpass our 25 participants. So Seniors if you want a chance to compete in the next Seniors Games make sure your voice is heard. We had a great time in Castlegar….. go seniors go. Thank you everyone for making this such a rewarding and fun experience. Liz Saunders, Donna & Rick Smith 2011 BC Seniors Games Equestrian CoChairs For more pics check out photos/nasmyth and

photos/bcseniorsgames2011/sets Message from Linda Haas, Equestrian coordinator for Zone 8, BC Seniors Games Society “Congratulations to Heather Dolemo from Grindrod, who with her driving horse, won Gold in dressage, Silver in the marathon and Silver overall. Heather and Playboy made Zone 8 proud. We hope other drivers, as well as riders in jumping, dressage and reining will follow her example and represent Zone 8 in the BC Seniors Games in Burnaby next August. “

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2011 West Kootenay Seniors Games Results Zone 3 – Fraser Valley, Zone 5 – Okanagan-Similkameen, Zone 6 – West Kootenay Boundary, Zone 7 – East Kootenay, Zone 8 – South Central REINING 55-59 Non-pro NRHA pattern 2 Joanna Rooke zone 6 Gold Non-pro NRHA pattern 8 Joanna Rooke zone 6 Gold REINING 65-69 Non-pro NRHA pattern 2 Norm Dennis zone 6 Gold Non-pro NRHA pattern 8 Norm Dennis zone 6 Gold 55-59 HUNTER Working Hunter 2’6” Virginia Peters zone 6 Gold Hunter 2’9” Virginia Peters zone 6 Gold DRIVING LEVEL 1 55-59 Dressage Cones Heather Dolemo zone 8 Gold Shirley McDonald zone 6 Gold Debbie Gardner zone 5 Silver Debbie Gardner zone 5 Silver Jocelyn Heighton zone 6 Bronze Jocelyn Heighton zone 6 Bronze

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Mills Wins Trainer of the North Challenge By Geri Brown


he “Trainer of the North Challenge” was held August 25-27 at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition in Smithers. The trainers competing were Jonathan Cooper from Water Valley, Alberta, Severin Pederson from Vancouver Island and Kyle Mills from Kamloops. The winner this year is Kyle Mills. He was second going into the final with Jonathan Cooper leading and Severin in third. He managed to pull ahead in the final and it was a great show of horsemanship by all three competitors. The trainers had their work cut out for them in this competition. The three two-year-old fi llies, supplied by Hole in the Wall Quarter Horses, were not very willing partners. We had to give the trainers extra time on a couple of sessions and Severin did not even get his fi lly saddled until the last session. Kyle did not ride until the last session as well. The final had Severin riding for the first time and he was a very good showman Trainer ner of the North Challen Challenge


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(l to r): Kyle, Severin and Jonathan

and did a great job of keeping the situation light and entertaining. Jonathan was also very entertaining and had a big following of admirers. His horse was a lot more cooperative, but still a challenge to work with at times; he did a great job of explaining his methods and what he was working on. But, in the end, it was Kyle who managed to get his horse to participate in all the obstacles. It was a real crowd-pleaser when he rode his horse into the trailer and then, realizing he had one more challenge to do after he rode her with no halter for his freestyle, left her standing with no restraints while he ran to get a halter to finish the backup. She wowed the audience by standing patiently for Kyle to return with the halter. We are so grateful to have them and they were all equally entertaining and informative. Throughout the competition, it was great to see the three trainers help each other out and give advice and tips to each other. It was great sportsmanship all around and that in itself made them all winners. Many people had their favourites and it would have been great if they all could have won. The audience was even bigger than last year and stayed right to the end to find out who had won, as the tallying of the scores had to be confirmed since they were so close. We had prizes for all three competitors so they did not leave empty handed for all their efforts. Our sponsors provided amazing prizes - first prize was a Tyler Magnus roping saddle with the Roy Henry Vickers Logo concho on the Horn and a stay at The Cliffs Lodge; second prize was the most beautiful handtooled photo album

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with the logo inlaid, along with a Central Mountain Air ticket; third prize was an equally beautiful hand-tooled halter with the Roy Vickers logo inlaid in the noseband and a Central Mountain Air ticket. The judges Francis Teer, Joy Allen and Barb Henderson did a professional job even though it was a very hard decision for them all. Harley Golder and John Brown were great with all the behind-the-scenes work, as were Tom Danyk and Harley (again) when performing as our announcers. I don’t think a professional could have done a better job.

I would also like to say that the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show on the same weekend was a resounding success. We had over 160 horse/rider combinations and over 1000 entries in the light horse show. The show’s events included jumping, dressage, hunter, driving, breed shows for Paints, Appaloosas and Quarter Horses, as well as gymkhana, reining, showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure and liberty. The weekend weather was great and the volunteers put on a great show over the four days and all riders went home as winners. Looking forward to next year.


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In Memory Of… Jerry Lynn Ridennoure November 24, 1939 – July 17, 2011


orthern British Columbia lost wellrespected horseman, Paint Supporter and Breeder, Jerry Lynn Ridennoure in July of this year to cancer. Since 1982, he bred, promoted and helped to educate equine enthusiasts on the Paint horse breed. In 1986, he took that passion north to Canada to fulfi ll a lifelong dream by settling with his wife Jan, in Smithers, BC. There they operated Ridennoure Paint Horses, standing two stallions and most notably created a dynasty of ranch, pleasure and performing paints in northern BC from their herd sire Cowboy Bandit – son of APHA champions Cowboy Bar and Silly Illusion and grandson of supreme champions Cowboy Ranger and Silly Filly. Jerry also was an avid supporter of local 4-H, The Bulkley Valley Exhibition, BC Paint Horse Club, Three In One Open Breed Show, Northern Saddle Club, Back Country Horseman, and the Pleasant Valley Horse Association to name a few. Jerry and wife Jan owned and operated a Custom Blind Business as well as bred, trained and sold Paint horses, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Australian Shepherds and Katahdin sheep. Jerry was born in La Junta, Colorado to Rancher Lawrence “Cuddle” Culbertson and Etha Lynn (Taylor) Ridennoure. He was the youngest of eight children and no stranger to the back of a horse since he was 4 years old. As an adult Jerry farmed and ranched in the local area including Kim and Timpas, Colorado, raising some good quarter horses along the way. In 1982 he made the move to breed the American Paint Horse. At this time he invested in a young stallion, Skips Mr. Sunup, owning him from 1982-1986. When Jerry headed north, he sold the good stallion to Virgil Lawson who furthered his successful show and breeding career, being sure to retain a few of his mares as a foundation for his breeding program. Jerry is survived by his current wife, Janice (Hendrickson) Ridennoure, sons Jake (Naiomi) Carroll of Smithers, Jamison Carroll of Yorkton, SK, Faron Jay Ridennoure of Los Angeles, CA, Cody (Tammy) Ridennoure of Rocky Ford, CO, sisters Lois (Fred) Freidenberger of La Junta, CO, and Ruby Marshall of Pahnert Park, CA. Grand children include Codi Golder, Austin Carroll, Jamie

Jerry and Cowboy Bandit in year 2000. Photo by Haide.

Carroll, Ashton Poitras, Courtney Carroll, Rae Lee Carroll, Kelsey Ridennoure and Colby Ridennoure. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Larry, Ben and Ted, sisters Betty Jo Hart and Pat Bataglia. Jerry was most proud of his grandchildren and his horses. He touched many lives and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Donations may be sent to the Bulkley Valley Hospice, Smithers, BC. - Submitted by Barb Bowerbank • 25

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ith this installment, I want to get into the finer points of riding your patterns. Consistency is the key to maintaining good scores on your patterns. Most scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100. As soon as your pattern commences, the judge will start to analyze where your range should be - in the 60s, 70s, 80s or higher/ lower. Riding your pattern will raise or lower that score like a thermometer. There are obvious major penalties that can drop your score such as a break of

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Trainer of Champions, cont’d At the beginning of the show, make sure to get your patterns plenty of time ahead of your class. Sometimes you will be able to pick up the patterns the day before. Study your patterns and know them well. I usually have my riders practice the pattern once or twice at the most. Practicing the pattern over and over with your horse will only make him anticipate the pattern, and you will end up riding on the defensive side. Horses are smart, so practice parts of the pattern, but not the entire pattern. It will all come together when you go into the arena. If your horse anticipates stopping or loping off at the cones, then ride him in the practice arena to fi x that. Lope past the cones and stop at places where you are not supposed to in the pattern. Mix it up. Get your horse to trust you by the way you train and ride him. Make sure to ride your patterns with symmetry! Ride your circles round and exactly as written in the pattern. Riding circles does not come easy for everyone and is a manoeuvre that must be practiced at home. Most patterns involve the use of cones, however, sometimes I will design a pattern without cones to see how much vision the rider has. Sometimes riders get lost without the aid of cones. Practice at home with and without them. If cones are used, keep the same amount of distance from each cone in the pattern. If you start your pattern six feet to the left side of the cone, and you end up stopping and completing the pattern two or ten feet away, your pattern is not symmetrical. Using peripheral vision is very important to executing correct patterns. Keep your head up and your eyes forward. Vision is very important and I sometimes see trends that bother me. When some exhibitors execute a turn, they will look so far into the turn that they lose vision and feel of the horse’s head, neck and face. They are looking so far into the turn that they don’t realize that the horse’s head is tipping the other way and now they are also crooked with their shoulders. Looking slightly into your circles and turn are important. Just make sure that you don’t get caught up in trends that are not true horsemanship fundamentals. On riding your pattern, make sure that you pay attention to all the other patterns that are being ridden that day. You will have to take your level of competition up to beat the others. This will make you aware of how good you are going to have to be that day. Don’t get psyched out, just take your game to the next level and ride up a notch. This will also make you aware of any problems areas with the pattern. If everyone seems to be having issues with a particular part of the pattern, find a way to ride it better. Like I said in earlier articles, if there is a work order, be ready and at the cone. If there is not a work order, volunteer to go first. Confidence is an attractive horsemanship quality. Jump up there and set the standard for the others to beat. If things start to go wrong, keep riding and finish strong. Never quit riding and showing. Complete your pattern and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

move to the rail with your head up. It is not necessary to nod to the judge or hesitate for approval after finishing your pattern. Keep your head up and smile, and show confidence! There is much more to come in future installments. Next issue, I will continue with more tips and some of my pet peeves that will kill scores - things you will not want to do in the ring. Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008. More information can be found at his website,

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy BUILDING AND BALANCING A TRUST ACCOUNT

Last month I discussed “getting paid for doing nothing” and how that can help your horse settle and focus on you. Soon you can start to ask more of him, but you must be careful how much you ask for! Let me tell you a bit more about my hay baling experience to explain why this is important.


he next day after my “boring, do nothing” hay-raking job, the one that exposed me to the important and very necessary skill of being able to do nothing and enjoy it, I found myself assigned to a completely opposite task. This time, I was on the tractor with the small baler and an accumulator tagging along behind it. At first, I thought, “This is more like it... a job that makes me focus and think. Bring it on!” But, as I started out having received only minimal, vague instructions from my hubby on what to do, within a few minutes I was sure I was feeling like one of those 2-year-old colts in a trainer’s challenge. And my trainer was a “lumper,” not a “splitter,” when it came to training technique. (Definition of lumper/splitter:

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a lumper is a trainer who tries to train the whole behaviour in one large step or lump; a splitter would break the task down into smaller, more easily achievable steps, to work towards the end behaviour.) “Crap!” I had to steer, keep the tractor in line with the row of hay, watch to make sure the hay fed into the baler slowly enough, and count to eight so that I could watch for the gate on the accumulator to open and release the bales. Oh, and I was supposed to do this at a decent speed! Ha! How I was wishing for another day on the boring hay rake now. I had way too many things to think about at one time. I was very definitely stressed and feeling overwhelmed. I was not able to cope well at times and if I could have stopped, I would have. Now, I’m the

sort of person who takes pride in doing a good job at whatever I try. In this situation, I felt like Lucy, from the I Love Lucy Show, in the episode where she is trying to put chocolates into boxes on an assembly line, and the line starts going too fast for her to keep up and she starts stuffing the chocolates in her mouth to try and make things work. If only she could have slowed down the conveyor belt, and thus, the task, until she figured it all out, then she would have been fine. I felt the same way. If I could have slowed down the task, or better yet, split the task into the component parts first, I think I would have been able to cope. But, in this case, we needed to make hay while the sun was shining, so slowing down was not an option. As clicker trainers, we often talk about making deposits into the “trust account” when we work with our horses. By giving them tasks that they can easily do, we help build a positive relationship. These experiences of being successful, in doing things we ask of them, are the “deposits”


Clicker Training, cont’d into the trust account. After a while, the relationship has enough deposits in the trust account that we can start to ask of them harder tasks - this is like making a small “withdrawal” from our relationship trust account - and the horse responds by making an effort, as if to say, “I trust you, so I will try.” Luckily, my hubby had made enough deposits to the relationship trust account that I knew he would not ask me to do something I could not be successful at or at least survive! Breaking down a task so that everyone, handler and equine, feels successful is one of the key principles of good training, not just good clicker training. The click just makes the learning occur more easily and quickly, and the learned behaviour is retained longer. That is one of the things I love about clicker training. I can have a marker signal for the handler to let her know she is doing what she needs, and another signal for the equine to let him know he did the task correctly... a real win-win situation. Stand back as exponential learning is about to take place! As for the hay baling, I struggled through it and I survived, like many of our horses do with their tasks every day, but it was not a pleasant memory. Could I do it again? Yes. Could I do it


with less stress? Certainly, if I broke the task down into component parts so that I could be successful. I would also manage my environment better to “set things up for success,” just like I would if I were teaching something to a horse. For my hay-baling experience, a rear view mirror on the accumulator would have been an improvement - I would have been able to see if the bales were going in all right; and a counter would have told me when there were seven bales in and one more to go. Can you see how setting up those two changes to my baling environment would have helped me be more successful at the task? The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, take note of the feeling it gives you. Later, think about what would have made it less stressful. Remember that when you are working with your horse. Try not to put him into that stressful kind of a situation if you can avoid it. If you can’t, then make sure you have enough deposits in the trust account to at least come out

with your relationship intact. I know I don’t want my horse to feel as overwhelmed as I did when I was on the baler. A little stress now and then is a good thing, as you both learn how to handle more challenging tasks, but just make sure it’s not so much stress that it puts your trust account into the red. Next month’s article will show you how to be a splitter. We will break down a task into its component behaviours, see how to teach these behaviours and then recombine them back into the original task. Until then, keep it positive! Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadianapproved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years.

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Western Canadian Farrier Association By Greg Toronchuk, BSc Ag

“Well, just go on and knock some foot off, and slap some shoes on her. I got a show this weekend.” If only it were that simple and easy. Since horses spend most of their time on their feet, how we care for them is extremely important.


efore a leg is even picked up, a farrier will consider many factors which will determine how a horse’s feet are trimmed and how a shoe may be applied to each foot. The weather/season plays a huge role in the moisture content of the hoof as well as the footing and overall environment in the horse’s paddock. A horse’s discipline will obviously determine the type of shoe applied, as will pre-existing conditions such as exostosis (e.g. ringbone or sidebone). A horse can reveal a lot by its stride as well. Where a hoof lands first, how weight is transferred through the hoof and where the hoof breaks over leave clues as to how well a hoof is balanced while the horse is in motion. Seeing a horse move is important because a deviated limb can be tricky to read standing still. Hoof flare is a distortion of the hoof wall away from the white line. A flare can be used as a clue for an area of hoof which is too long or a limb deviation which has not been taken into account when reading the leg. Hoof cracks may be indicators of an area that is landing too hard, but can be deceiving. A lameness on one leg can result in overloading of another and cause such a crack, too, so don’t be afraid to look at the whole horse to solve a problem in one foot. It is a common view that farriers trim off hoof and while that may be true I believe it is more important to view our tasks from

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another angle. A properly trimmed hoof is a result of vast knowledge and attention to detail. Knowing what structures to leave and how to best facilitate a horse’s own unique movement are skills a quality farrier can make look simple, but will leave a horse’s feet in a condition to best serve its daily functions. Founder is the layman’s term for the result of severe laminitis. Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae and is caused by many factors. The most common factors are obesity and neglect. A few hundred pounds of extra weight coupled with long feet often provide ample force to overload laminae, cause inflammation and lead to laminitis. Horses can also be poisoned by getting into a bag of oats or spending a little too much time on rich, highly digestible grass. This causes a metabolic shock to a horse’s digestive tract and endotoxins end up in the blood stream. These endotoxins are known to degrade the laminar attachment. Sensitive laminae are attached to the coffin bone and interlock with the horny laminae of the hoof wall to fasten the hoof wall to the bone structure. If this laminar bond loses its strength, the laminae can separate due to the forces acting upon them, allowing the coffin bone to move downward or rotate within the hoof capsule. A horse is typically considered to have “foundered” once the coffin bone has sunk within

the hoof capsule. Compromised blood supply will retard new growth in the front of the foot, allowing excessive heel to grow. Since the laminae have detached the front portion of the hoof, this section will slough forward. This is why horses with severe laminitis have such a distinct looking foot. To trim these feet properly and accurately, radiographs are needed to understand the severity of the coffin bone rotation. Bringing the top (dorsal) of the coffin bone in line with the short and long pasterns is a long-term goal. Quite often the laminae have lost too much integrity and cannot hold the hoof wall to the coffin bone long enough to allow new laminae to grow strong. A shoe supporting the frog will transfer some weight away from the laminae in an effort to provide enough relief to grow strong. Since the foot no longer grows properly, it becomes out of balance faster and thus should be trimmed at least every four weeks. A client should always understand that, depending on the degree of rotation, the ability to remove the cause of the laminitis and the overall health of the horse, it may take a year or more to fi x severe laminitis. Cost of treatment, time spent caring for the horse, emotional toll on the client and, most importantly, the excruciating pain the horse must endure for a long time these are important factors to consider before treatment starts.


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AEF 2011 Scholarship Recipients By Wendy Kemble


he Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 scholarships, awarded annually through an application process. The awards are given to students who are planning or enrolled in post secondary, accredited universities or colleges, which offer equine or equine related programs. This year, 19 applications were received and reviewed by the scholarship committee charged with the final selection. Seven students will receive the financial awards, ranging from $750 (three) to $1000 (four). Receiving the $1000 scholarships are: Kimberley Berendt, Edmonton; Esther Den Hertog, Nobleford; Emily Graham, Spruce Grove; and Claire Ziff, Edmonton. Receiving $750: Leah Murphy, Duchess; Jenna Williamson, Turner Valley; and Courtney Zielgler, Beiseker. A total of $6250 was provided through the AEF. Money has been generously provided by donors to the fund, through the sale of AEF pins and through Capri Insurance. The young ladies have strong volunteer backgrounds and have competed and provided services in a variety of disciplines in Alberta’s equine world. This year, the majority are accomplished English riders in dressage, jumping and also have a strong interest in the Western disciplines. Many are looking to careers in the veterinary sciences. All have shown great passion for the health, welfare and safety of horses and riders; values that the AEF holds as part of its mandate. The AEF promotes and supports educational activities and has been providing scholarships for many years. There are two types: through applying for the annual scholarship and automatic funds for top standings in English, Level test in the English Rider Development Program; this year awarded to José Abdala, Calgary, AB, and top standing in Level 4 test in the Western Development program (Charlene Baker Scholarship) this year Ashlea Bohn, Duffield, AB. The AEF encourages all students interested in attending postsecondary accredited colleges or university to apply. Applicants must be members of the AEF for two years, be in good standing, and submit an application, which includes writing an essay and providing references before the deadline of April 30 each year. The AEF offers many benefits, including a comprehensive, yet inexpensive insurance for personal liability as part of the membership fee. As the voice of Equine Alberta, the AEF is interested in ideas, comments and assistance from the equine community to provide quality services and programs. Join today to take part in the many programs, and receive our four-colour quarterly magazine, Alberta Bits! Courtney Zielgler

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In the last article we focused on riding mindfully. We learned that if we focus and pay attention to our hand cues we could develop a lighter, more responsive horse. In this article I will teach you proper hand position and you will learn that you can greatly improve your horse’s performance by understanding how to use your hands correctly. Proper Hand Position While Riding Many people have been riding for years, and have been getting the job done, but don’t fully understand how their hand position is affecting their horse’s performance. You might have subtle amounts of lean in your horse and you don’t know why, and it may be that you have been inadvertently opening a door with your hands. I was giving a lesson the other day to one of my apprentices and she was struggling with her two-year-old colt drifting toward the fence. It was very frustrating because he was showing a lot of lean drifting to the outside of the circle. She didn’t realize it but her hand position left an open door for him to lean. After she realized that her open hand position was allowing that lean, she made subtle changes with her hands and she fi xed the problem. Knowledge is wonderful!

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Basic Principal Number One: The direction of your pull directly affects specific body parts of your horse. By changing the direction of your pull, you can change what part of your horse’s body that you move. A general rule to remember is that when your hands are in front of the withers and you add forward motion you move the front end of the horse. When your hands are behind the withers you control the ribcage and hindquarters. For example, if you are asking your horse to do a turn on the haunches and he keeps backing into the turn, extend your hand forward in front of the saddle horn. This better isolates the front end and makes your cue clearer to the horse. If you are asking your horse to push his hind quarters around his front end and he just keeps stepping sideways, try drawing your hand back and to the side, behind the wither and this will enable him to isolate and move just his hindquarters. Proper hand position gives your horse a clearer message. Basic Principal Number Two: You open a door for your horse with your hands and your legs. Your hands are used to give direction, and your hands are used with your legs to engage

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Training, cont’d collection. Sometimes either by lack of knowledge or mindless riding you can close or open doors or directions with your hands. Anytime the direction of your pull ends up back by your body you are shutting down your horse’s motion. If your hands are open and forward you are opening a space for your horse to move into. Increase your level of awareness, ride mindfully and be very intentional about where you send your horse.

Basic Principal Number Three: Learn to use your hands correctly in the snaffle bit versus the shank bridle. They are two very different bridles that you use on your horse. I will give you a basic understanding of the differences between the two. Let’s start with the mechanics of a snaffle bit versus the mechanics of a shank bridle. When you ride your horse in a snaffle you use direct pull reining. A snaffle bit has a broken mouthpiece with rings that your reins attach to. It is a simpler, more basic style of riding and involves fewer parts of the horse’s mouth, chin, and jaw. When you pull on the snaffle bit reins you have a direct line to the corners of the horse’s mouth. A snaffle is designed to be ridden two-handed. When riding in a snaffle, don’t lock your elbow or your wrist; keep some bend in your elbow and be flexible and soft with your hands. Since the snaffle is a direct rein pull, open or direct your inside rein to clearly show the direction you want to go. I don’t have an exact rule as to where I keep my hands. I keep them flexible, moving them according to which body part I want to move. A snaffle makes exercises such as following the nose and taking the horse’s head side to side to gain lateral flexion very simple and easy. The difference between a snaffle bit and the shank bridle is the shank. The reins attach to the end of the shank multiplying the pounds of pressure that you may apply to your horse’s mouth. A shank bridle is more severe than a snaffle bit. A shank bridle

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Down Home With‌ Kathy and Mark McMillan UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL‌ Where were you born and raised?

You operate Kathy: I was born in Calgary, Alberta. My family stayed in Meadow Springs Calgary until I was about 15 years old, at which time we moved to Ranch. When and Vancouver Island, in the Mill Bay/Cobble Hill area. how did that come Mark. I was born and raised in the Greater Victoria area, to be? specifically on the Saanich Peninsula. We purchased my grandmother’s house and small acreage in Saanichton.

When did horses first come into your life? Kathy: I started riding at age 7, got my first horse for my 9th birthday, and have had horses in my life ever since. Mark: In my early twenties. Around 1985 we moved to draft horses working and showing up to a six horse hitch. When we moved to the Cariboo we went back to saddle horses ‌ it’s hard to cowboy off a Percheron as they won’t fit between the trees.

How did the two of you meet? We met in 1985 on a street corner in James Bay (Victoria). Mark was managing a carriage tour company in Victoria and training and boarding their horses. Kathy had taken on a second job in the evenings driving their carriages; we got together at a Christmas staff party and have been together ever since. Seeing the potential to do weddings with a horse and carriage we decided to go on our own (actually we partnered with the owners of the Horse Drawn Tally Ho for a few years) and we bought a carriage. One of our hired drivers drove this carriage for us, at our wedding, on September 24th, 1988.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Kathy: When our little colt was only a day old, we turned him and his mother out on our lawn around the house. The funniest thing ever was watching him take his first real run – all four legs looked like they were going to get tangled up and we thought for sure he was going to end up landing in a big heap. Mark: The year we hid a couple of boarded horses at a friend’s place because the board bill wasn’t paid. When the owner reported us to the police their statement to her was “What would you like us to do? Hang him at town square?�

We wanted to leave the Island for four reasons: the subdivision was crowding in around us; we were feeding hay year round and wanted more grass; we wanted less rain and cloudy days; and we wanted nothing more to do with BC Ferries. Every time we went on a holiday it was In the cruise ship engine control room up to the Chilcotin where we would help friends at their ranch (we now call this our ranch apprenticeship program). When we were thinking about moving we knew we would have to have rental cabins and do trail rides to support the cows and we had to be within travel distance of Vancouver for customers. In 1997 while travelling through the 70 Mile House Area we found this quarter section that is a beautiful mix of natural meadows with springs and forest, completely surrounded by crown land.

Mark, you are President of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. Tell us what the Society does and how long you have been President? Mark: The BC Cowboy Heritage Society has a mandate to promote and preserve cowboy heritage in the province of BC. To fulfi ll this mandate we started, and still manage, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and three $500 student scholarships. Cowboy history is kept alive in story, too, as we host a number of cowboy concerts and The Kamloops Cowboy Festival every year



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Down Home With, cont’d featuring performers of both poetry and song that preserve the stories of bygone days. I was vice president from about 1999 and have now, with the passing of Mike Puhallo, taken on the role of President.

Kathy, you work away from the ranch as well as on the ranch. What do you do off the ranch? Kathy: They say that behind every successful rancher is a wife that works in town … I work for a Chartered Accounting firm in 100 Mile House, and am currently taking courses to achieve a Certificate in Advanced Accounting. The flexibility of the work load and the fact that it can be so seasonal is a perfect fit with the ranching and tourism aspect of our life.

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What is a typical day for you? Kathy: In the summer we usually get up fairly early and are down at the barn with guests getting ready for a trail ride by 9 a.m. Most guests help to get the horses ready. We usually get back from the ride around lunch time. After a quick lunch we tackle a project or two outside, or we are haying. Evenings are usually spent socializing with our guests. Mark: Kathy brings me a coffee in bed every morning which is a great way to start a day! Then it’s checking and answering emails and phone calls. In the Kathy and Mark winter (which seems like most months except August) I try to do my web site building work in the morning and head outside in the afternoon. A good part of my day is spent doing BCCHS stuff - mostly for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The month of August sees me on a tractor seat making hay and the rest of the year, if I get outside, I’m probably fi xing or building fence.

If you could change anything in the horse industry today what would that be and why? Kathy: I would love to see less pressure put on young horses in the show and racing industries. I think that people are expecting too much physically and mentally from these young 2 and 3 year olds. I would love to see horses begin their initial training at 2 or 3, and then really not get used or worked heavily until they are more mature at 4 or 5 years old. Mark: I guess the industry relies heavily on horse shows but when I see what happened to the Quarter Horse because of halter classes I wonder …


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I guess I should have let this meadow dry out a little longer...

John and Sandra were our very first guests here at Meadow Springs Guest Ranch (July 1, 1998)


s I sit here and write this month’s Cariboo Chatter, Kathy is out riding with John and Sandra Wylie from Victoria. They were our very first guests here at Meadow Springs Guest Ranch (July 1, 1998) and they have been back every year, at least once, most years twice. This year, they waited until the trees started turning colour and the kids went back to school, and the weather was about as nice as it had been all summer! It’s neat to be able say that we consider long time guests like that as good friends and even family. Our hay crop this year set records. Some meadows gave four times the yield of last year (not that that was the best year) and topped our best year by quite a bit. In past years we’ve always bought hay, usually a semi-load, but this year we have

hay for sale! The hay came up nicely and the weather co-operated... well, until we got to the last meadow, anyway. We had left this meadow as it takes a little longer to dry than the others. Guess we should have waited longer (see the photo). A big thanks to our good neighbours, as they showed up with a logging skidder and pulled me out, although just barely!

Barkerville - Another couple that stopped in were Bud and Betty Webb. Bud is in the BC Country Music Hall of Fame and plays and volunteers at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival every year. At 79 years young, he still plays at Mountain Fest annually, too. Bud was on his way to the Barkerville Cowboy and Drover Jubilee where he sang throughout the weekend. Gordie West, Allen Christie and Ed Wahl, all favourites at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, were entertaining there as well.

Here’s what James Douglas, Barkerville’s Public Relations manager, had to say about the weekend: “Yeehaw! The first annual Barkerville Gleneden Stables $1,890,000 A riding stable built by someone who did it before. Cowboy and Drover Made to work. 75x180 indoor arena, 274x75 outdoor arena 21 stalls, 33 paddocks, shop, 3-bay garage, 6-bay stallion barn Jubilee has hit the trail, Well kept 2,800 sq. ft. home, and secondary house and we’re pleased to 40 acres of hay say it was a roaring Story Book Ranch $1,295,000 You need to look this one up on the website! success. Barkerville 90 head permit, average yield of 255 tons, good canals would like to thank Wonderful building, very comfortable home Celista is a pleasant place to live. Grapes are possible. Allen Christie, Gordie West, Ed Wahl, and Contact: J. Barrie Cline 250-371-7222 Bud Webb for their generosity of spirit

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and the gift of music, as they helped to entertain more than 1000 guests over the September 9-11 weekend at BC’s Gold Rush Town. Terry Wozney of Prince George was named the official “Northern Star” after a fabulous amateur singing competition. Although Sunday morning’s Cowboy Church got off to a bit of a late start (thanks to a raucous cowboy wedding the night before) praises were sung for the rest of the afternoon. A big “thank you” also goes out to the amazing volunteers we had at a variety of venues, including JP Winslow, Danette Boucher, Donna Dixson, and Stu Cawood. Mark McMillan was a huge help, too, and none of it would have even been possible without Barkerville’s own resident teamster, Glen Escott (our Festival shuttle driver and the cowboy that had the raucous wedding Saturday night). A good time was had by all, we learned a lot, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year... so save the date, save the weekend, for Barkerville’s 2nd annual Cowboy and Drover Jubilee!”

Watching the fingers on the guitar, and the expressions on Ed’s face, are as entertaining as the music


Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Cariboo Country Night was Awesome! Ed Peekeekoot joined Ernie Doyle and the whole evening turned into a whole lot of fun. The BBQ steak dinner, as always, seemed to be one of the best yet, the concert was enjoyed by all, and the fans really let the entertainers know it. Once the dance started the floor was packed until we closed things down near midnight. People were amazed at what Ed Peekeekoot could do with a guitar and the compliments never seemed to stop.

Now that it’s fall we’re starting to gear up for a few different Cowboy Concerts. The Cowboy Christmas in Kamloops is tentatively set for Friday, December 16; the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be on Saturday, February 11, 2012; and of course the Kamloops Cowboy Festival will be March 8-11, 2012. All are looking pretty promising. Stay tuned for details on who will be performing at these popular annual events.

The other thing that happens in the fall is that we start to get excited about our winter holiday, the Cowboy Cruise! Once again, Kathy and I will be joining Billie and Hugh McLennan on the Spirit of the West Cruise. This will be the 11th annual, and we sail from LA on January 4 for 14 days to and around Hawaii, including a private tour of one of North America’s biggest ranches, the Parker Ranch. We always seem to be able to find a place to go horseback riding when we’re away, and I know Kathy’s already checking out the options (you wouldn’t think that after doing trail rides all summer that she’d want to go on our holiday). If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The September issue’s photo was supplied by Norbert Stoll of Fort St John and the item is a sickle bar blade sharpener, owned by Bruce Coleman. In this photo that I found on the Internet, you can see the stone that is missing from Bruce’s sharpener - if you have a stone, or know anyone that has one, Bruce would really like to get one. Congratulations to the following people that had the right answer: Patrick Kearney, Wasilla, Alaska Ruth Black, Barriere, BC Johanna Fehr, Millet, AB Donald L. Barker, Cawston, BC

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

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This month’s photo shows an item that is on display in our living room. It is 11 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and 8 inches tall (to the top of the lid on the glass jar). E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province.

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The boarder’s mare then cut her leg; our Airedale poked his eye; the pinto gelding wouldn’t load; I had to sit and cry. And then on top of all this wretched stuff I twisted, broke an arm; from routine leading of a mare to one field on the farm. With all this going on I fear I haven’t got things done. The weeds grow taller than the plants; fruit’s rotting in the sun. The apple trees all need a prop, tomato plants aren’t staked. The gates are falling over and some hay did not get raked.

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Jandana Ranch – a Filly Favourite! By Nancy Roman


e did it again – headed on up to Jandana Ranch near Pinantan Lake, outside of Kamloops. This is our smaller “Fillies” group, eight of us that visit Jandana each year. Three gals brought their own horses, the other five of us chose to rent (less chores and maintenance, we say). Dianne, Carol and Jamie ventured out on their own quite often over the weekend, but they also joined we renters for an almost 3 hour ride guided by Lenox. Halfway through, at the top of the hill, Janice (owner) surprised us all by appearing with some wine and cheese and goodies. Nice touch! The fire ban was on in the Kamloops District, so our socializing took place inside the cabin or on the porch overlooking the lake. We all appreciate the great facilities Jandana has for people and our fourfooted friends. It’s a very comfortable place and their hospitality (and humour) keeps us coming back. And we found out Carole’s horse (and Jamie’s) like Watermelon! Great place, great horses, great friends!

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fter being successfully introduced into the Ontario market in 1996, Equine Choice® Probiotics is headed west. Tahn Towns and Karen Chobotar are the new BC distributors for Equine Choice® Probiotics. A large part of the attraction to this product was the science and independent research done on the product contents. The contents are European sourced, where they’ve figured out that promoting proper digestion dramatically reduces a host of metabolic disorders. In addition to aiding digestion it also makes economic sense, since a horse with a highly efficient digestion system can utilize more of the nutrients in their existing diet. In fact, an 8-13% improvement in utilizing the roughage was what tests showed. Tahn and Karen’s business, Healthy, is going to launch the Equine Choice® product at the Mane Event Expo held in Chilliwack on October 21-23, 2011. Return to the basics of healthy digestion. ~ Maintain consistent and optimum digestive tract and hind gut pH. ~ Promote a healthy digestive tract and support healthy micro flora/ bacteria production. ~ Improve digestibility of fibre/hay, starches, fats and proteins. ~ Enhance appetite – hay and grain consumption. ~ Build better animal health and nutrition. ~ Stimulate the immune system by ensuring proper absorption of energy and nutrients. Equine Choice Benefits You are giving your horse quality feed and supplements… but is your horse’s digestive system able to fully metabolize those nutrients? Equine Choice provides assurance that your equines digestive process is restored and supported.

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New 2010 Equine Industry Released by Equine Canada Equine Canada has just released its 2010 Canadian Equine Industry Profi le Study — the State of the Industry. The 2010 study reports on statistical data derived from the largest equine industry participant survey sample ever completed in Canada. The demographic and economic information garnered in the survey underlines the significant role Canada’s equine industry plays in the country’s overall economic health. “This is the broadest and the deepest analysis of the state of Canada’s equine nation our sector has ever produced,” states Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer of Equine Canada. Although statistics indicate the industry faces some significant challenges ahead, including an economic climate that is driving horsekeeping costs up (a jump of 70 per cent since 2003) and lowering sale prices for horses (down 49 per cent from 2008/09), they also show the industry is robust and significant, contributing more than $19 billion annually to the Canadian economy and supporting more than 154,000 jobs in Canada — one full-time job for every 6.25 horses. The study was prepared by Strategic Equine, with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Copies of the study are available for download on-line at Printed copies can be purchased by contacting the offices of Equine Canada at 1-866-282-8395.

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(in alphabetical order): Rider, Hometown, Horse, Owner James Atkinson, Mountain Road, MB; Gustav, 1999 chestnut Oldenburg/TB Gelding; Carolyn Hoffos Hawley Bennett-Awad, Langley, BC; Five O’Clock Somewhere, 2001, bay American TB Gelding; Rider, Sue Church & Kimberley Barron Rebecca Howard, Salmon Arm, BC; Roquefort, 1998, black, KWPN/TB Gelding; Rider & The Fork Stables Jordan McDonald, Oakville, ON; Apple Cider, 1999, dark bay, Canadian KWPN/TB Gelding; Amanda & Jorge Bernhard Jessica Phoenix, Uxbridge ON; Pavarotti, 2002 bay Westphalian Gelding; Don J. Good. Named as Alternates (in alphabetical order) are: Micheline Jordan, Ottawa, ON; Irish Diamonds, 1998, bay, Canadian TB Gelding; Rider Selena O’Hanlon, Elgin, ON; Foxwood High, 2003, bay, Canadian Sport Horse Gelding; John Rumble. For rider biographies, please visit the Equine Canada web site at

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“Three-Peat” for Morgans By Melodie Lamarche


eam Morgan arrived with a title to defend in the TELUS Battle of the Breeds. They were champions in 2010 and champions and fan favourite in 2009. They had a threepeat in their sights. When asked if this was in fact a dynasty in the making, team member Deb Clary of Tofield, AB, smiled and modestly replied, “Well, it would be very nice - we have been working hard through the year with a win as our goal.” Deb Clary and Cec Watson are the long established experienced team members having participated on the team for over 15 years. Clary and Watson were joined by Liam Kronlund and Josephina Kaderabek. This year was Kaderabek’s first on Team Morgan but she is not a stranger to competitions, having competed for many years in the jumper ring at Spruce Meadows. Well, it seems it is good to have goals. On Thursday September 8th, the first day of competitions, Team Morgan placed first in the Compulsory Skills and fift h in Jeopardy Jumping. Precision Driving and Barrel Race were held on Friday and Team Morgan placed second and fift h. Trail Riding, held in Meadows on the Green on Saturday was the final testing ground in the series of five events. This event presents many challenges to the horses and their riders with training, trust and horsemanship being necessary ingredients for success. With a win in this competition, Team Morgan cemented their placing by 3 points over Team Appaloosa and eight over Team American Saddlebred. Join the TELUS Battle of the Breeds fans at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” in 2012 to see this dynasty flourish! 2011 Final Standings 1 Team Morgan 2 Team Appaloosa 3 Team American Saddlebred 4 Team Paint 5 Team Connemara 6 Team Arabian 7 Team Shetland Pony 8 Team Quarter Horse 9 Team Canadian Horse 10 Team Canadian Warmblood

HOMEWARD BOUND The 2011 Spruce Meadows “Masters” is in the history books and on September 12th 62 horses boarded the Spruce Meadows Boeing 747 Charter destined for Frankfurt. From there this equine passenger load made up of some of world’s best show jumpers will disperse to their respective home stables throughout Europe and the Middle East for a well-earned rest. The remaining “Masters” horses depart by ground and on other charter flights over the following two days, including Eric Lamaze’s Hickstead, champion of the $1 million CN International. Sunday’s perfect day for Hickstead in the CN “International” highlighted a perfect week for the 15-year-old stallion and his world #1 ranked rider. The pair did not have a rail through the 48 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Unprecedented weather and record crowds highlighted the 2011 Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament.

Team Morgan Members (l to r): Liam Kronlund & Blue Diamond Dancer; Josefina Kaderabek & Tamracs Quantum Command; Deb Clary & TLR Night Image; and Team Captain Cec Watson & JMF Beam Walker. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

entire Spruce Meadows “Masters” to ensure Lamaze stays atop the Rolex FEI World Rankings. For the record “Masters” crowd of 255,204 it was a memorable and historic week of sport. For Lamaze, the reigning Olympic Champion, the rewards for his week were quite staggering, including $453,000 in prize money and a new Mercedes-Benz for being the leading Canadian rider at the tournament. The six figure addition to Lamaze’s Spruce Meadows resume, brought his career Spruce Alex Lukey from Coldstream, BC Meadows’ earnings to meets Eric Lamaze after his big win at $3,356,572. This too firmly Spruce Meadows. Photo submitted by established his #1 status at proud parents. Spruce Meadows ahead of Beezie Madden (USA), and Ian Millar (CAN). For a complete tournament schedule, visit the Spruce Meadows website at


Dominique Barbier – Shall We Dance? By Burgi Rommel PHOTO: Dominique Barbier


urgi Rommel Classical Dressage Training and Vicki Pause at Highpoint Equestrian Centre hosted a Dominique Barbier (author of the book Dressage for the New Age) clinic on September 8-11, 2011 in Langley, BC. It was the first clinic Highpoint hosted and it was a treat for riders and auditors alike to enjoy this wonderful facility for the weekend. Dominique gave a very interesting lecture in the clubhouse on Thursday evening where the topic revolved around making sure to have both horse and rider always enjoying their time dancing together. There is no need for force and gimmicks, if horse and rider can learn to communicate properly. The biggest message during the lecture was that the rider must be focused on being present with the horse at all times. Calm, clear direction is what horses

need and riders and trainers need to keep their emotions at the door and focus just on being with their horse when they are together. Dominique compared dressage to ballroom dancing and said we need to make sure we are always the leader of the dance and need to give our horses clear direction where to be at all times during the time we dance together. The work in hand we learned through the three days of lessons was invaluable. Dominique encouraged riders to participate in two sessions daily over the three days, always starting each session with work in hand. We were allowed to get on our horses only when they were mentally and physically relaxed and ready. The sessions varied in length, depending on the needs of the horse during the particular session. By day three the change in the horses was second to none. They were supple, relaxed and enjoying the time with their human partners. It was an inspiration to all who attended and we can’t wait to have Dominique back for more of the wonderful work he did with both humans and horses alike. Everyone came away

with more knowledge and a better appreciation of the needs of our horses from us, both on the ground and under saddle. Thank you again Dominique and Highpoint Equestrian Centre for a very special weekend! Dominique will be back on December 8-11 2011. You can e-mail Burgi @ for more info or registration forms.

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4-H Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede By Todd Kimberley


he Calgary Stampede’s 14th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo wrapped up its two-day run under the Big Top on Sunday, September 18th, after more than 100 youngsters aged 9 through 20, hailing from thirty 4-H clubs across the province, descended upon the Stampede City. One of the cornerstones of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, is top-notch education, courtesy of undisputed rodeo experts. And the advice doesn’t get much more big-league than former Canadian rodeo star Dave Shields. On Sunday morning, Shields presented a roughstock clinic to young 4-H Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, using the same livestock simulator that he designed himself a quarter-century ago. For many who entered the ring this weekend, the Stampede’s youth invitational affair was their first taste of rodeo. Some will go on to participate in Wrangler (junior high), high school, college, amateur, or even the pro rodeo circuit. Under the Big Top arena, timed events were held Saturday afternoon. Desirae Jackson of Sundre, AB won the senior barrel racing event with a time of

14.85 seconds and the senior pole-bending with a time of 19.88 seconds. Breanna Macklin of Sundre won the senior thread-the-needle event in 11.73 seconds, Dayna Powell of Onaway, AB, was the intermediate champion with a time of 11.63 seconds, while Megan Rawn of Millarville, AB, was the junior champion with 12.63 seconds. Miranda Hartung of High River, AB, won intermediate barrels in 15.16 seconds, while Madelyn Schauer of Halkirk, AB, prevailed in junior barrels by stopping the clock in 15.05 seconds. Karlyn Janssen of Lacombe, AB, earned the intermediate pole-bending title in 20.553 seconds, and Deshann Valentine of Sundre emerged atop the junior category in 22.05 seconds. On Sunday afternoon, the roughstock events took over the Big Top infield, with M.J. Wowk of Myrnam, AB, earning a pair of championships - senior cow riding, with a score of 69, and senior breakaway roping, with a formidable time of 6.42 seconds. Nicole Lausen of Carseland, AB, and Dayna Powell won the rodeo’s inaugural steer daubing contest; Lausen claimed the senior category in 1.31 seconds and Powell won intermediate in 1.49 seconds. Wace Pallesen of Strathmore, AB, was intermediate cow riding champion with a 71-point ride;

Morgan Goettler of Okotoks, AB, and her horse Tom compete in the senior barrel racing event. Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

Ashton Ewasiuk of Elk Point, AB, won intermediate goat tying in 12.99 seconds, followed by a win in intermediate breakaway roping in 6.29 seconds. Desirae Jackson won senior goat tying, laying down a nift y time of 11.67 seconds For the young cowboys and cowgirls who felt this weekend was the start of something special, Shields notes there’s a large, tangible reward potentially waiting down the trail. “Like their counterparts in the world of hockey and soccer, highschool-aged rodeo athletes can reach out and pluck American college scholarships,” he says. “College coaches in the States are looking for Canadians all the time, because the Canadians are the tougher cowboys in the roughstock events.”

Children’s Writing Competition By Yvonne Allen


he Voice For The Horse Foundation is hosting their 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition this fall. Subject – Wild Horses. With curriculums for two different age categories; 12 and under and 13–18 years of age, the writing competition offers a wide array of subject matter that will in fact intrigue the minds of all wild horse lovers alike. The competition officially begins Oct 1, 2011 and runs through until Dec 31, 2011 but the organization began pre-launch activity early to provide time for further 50 • Saddle Up • October 2011

networking, development and research to be able to provide more information for potential additional sponsors and participants of this first time competition. The writing competition was inspired by Atticus, the Wild Stallion from Deadman Valley, BC Canada, who was captured in the winter of 2011 and rescued by CritterAid /Project Equus in the Interior of BC. To create further awareness for the wild horse populations and the preservation of them across North America, Voice For The Horse contacted Saving America’s Mustangs where founder Madeleine Pickens responded with great enthusiasm for the project. Theresa Nolet

from CritterAid /Project Equus has also equally embraced the program and its effort to bring about equine awareness to communities across the continent, to those both in and outside of the horse industry. The competition provides a unique and free learning opportunity with the hope that children will have the ability to share their love for horses across North America through their writing. For more information, please visit, or contact Yvonne Allen, yvonne@voiceforthehorse. com, 1-604-833-3983 (Canada) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Falon, The Little Grey Mare – The Final Chapter By Kevan Garecki


y time you read this, the little grey mare who unwittingly started a chain of events that would change the lives of countless horses, will be gone. I will never forget the chill I got from her lifeless stare that bleak November night so many years ago, nor the light of hope that replaced it in the days to follow. Falon exceeded all expectations by bouncing back from certain death to not only survive but flourish; her legacy has been and shall always be the lessons learned from her and used to help other Falon, January 27, 2007; look what 2 & ½ horses in need. The discoveries were many, Falon on November 11, 2006; the day after I months of love, patience and good food can brought her home. disappointments numerous, wonderments do! were countless, but most of all I will remember the reason we took her in at all; because we could. I spent some time with her before she left; thanking her for the time she’s shared and for what she’s taught, asking her forgiveness for the lessons I’ve not learned and that which I’ve failed to do for her, giving thanks for the enlightenment she’s offered and asking for the understanding that I’m just a silly human who knows little and comprehends even less. Falon, age 40+, was laid to rest on September 10, 2011. This is the reason we keep on doing what we do... Travel well Little Grey Mare, I’ll see ya down the trail a ways...

From a cold look pleading with me to let her die on a rainy November night, this stoic, tough mare never failed to welcome us home, greet us at the gate and consistently thank us for caring.


Rock Creek Fall Fair (Horse Show) Report By Ilana Fraser Results provided by Rose Tan. Photos by Norma Howes.


he English Horse Show started early for the Fair on Friday, September 16th, with six riders (JRs and Youth - all under 18) in the Hunter classes and flat classes. Saturday was the Western Horse Show with 22 riders (also all JRs and Youth). Our judge for both days was Sharron Piazza from Osoyoos. The Sunday Gymkhana had 56 riders (2 Pee Wees, 18 JR, 11 INT, 25 SR). Some of the riders rode in all three days of events, most rode in the two days as well as in the Marran Valley Drill Team, Team Penning and/or Barrel Racing (Scott Thordarson’s event on Saturday) - quite a ride-a-rama for most of them. Doug and Erica Fossen have started up the Horse 4-H chapter in Rock Creek this year with three new members: Brianna Elliot, Adele Fossen and Darnell Barchuk. Nice to see!

High Point Winner Emma Klassen with Red Kit Clover. Photo submitted by Shannon Bennett.

HIGH POINTS ENGLISH: Friday, September 16 English High Point: Makayla DeMatos – Grey Troublesome Reserve: Sage Wolfe - Niko Sportsmanship: Ella Grandbois – Misty WESTERN: Saturday, September 17 Western High Point: Emma Klassen – Red Kit Clover Reserve: Mac Tebbutt – Marty Sportsmanship: Mac Tebbutt – Marty GYMKHANA, Sunday, September 18 Pee Wee High Point: Vanessa Caverly – Maximus Prim me me Reserve: Cash James - Barney Junior High Point: Cedar Carter – Monkey Reserve: Raija McLean – Willow Intermediate High Point: Jesse Tarr - Chanook Reserve: Sierra Stukel Senior High Point: Gina Volansky – Cassy Reserve: Donna Hinchliffe - Tellee 2011 BRONCS 1st: Thomas Linford - Douglas Lake 2nd (TIE): Chance Holmes - Douglas Lake and Mike McCormick - Merritt HEAVY HORSE Wagon Driving 1st Rod Gould 2nd Mahina Rose 3rd Greg Caudell Single Horse Cart Class 1st Joyce Marchand 2nd Mahina Rose 3rd Jim Ferguson Log Skid Class 1st Mahina Rose 2nd Joyce Marchant 3rd TIE Rod Gould & Greg Caudell Stall Decorating 1st Joyce Marchant 2nd Mahina Rose 3rd Ryan Elliot TEAM CATTLE PENNING 1st Place Buckle: Brent Sedore - Grindrod 2nd Place Buckle: Jesse Watts - Kaleden 3rd Place Buckle: John Bosovich - Westbridge Junior Penning Team 1st Place Buckle: Cedar Carter - Kaleden 2nd Place Buckle: Shaloa Street - Penticton 3rd Place Buckle: Danika Caverly – Penticton

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112th Interior Provincial Exhibition, Armstrong, BC AUGUST 31 TO SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

2011 Calgary Stampede Royalty attending the IPE (l to r): Princess Stephanie Gray, Princess Whitney Wilkie, and Queen Jenna Lambert.


Cattle Penning At The PNE By Sarah Frost


nce again, the Pacific Coast Team Penners Association (PCTPA) was invited to perform as part of the Pacific Spirit Horse Show at the Pacific National Exhibition this past August. For four days, the team penners took over the Agrodome and put on three shows a day to entertain the fair goers and introduce them to our horses and our passion. The PNE is a Vancouver tradition and being part of the entertainment has always held a special place in my heart. It’s an inside experience to arrive at the grounds before the exhibition opens to the fair goers and be part of the huge PNE team that each day puts on many shows to entertain, inform and George DeJonge, Bruce educate the Murrell and Cathy Sinclair

people of Vancouver and beyond. For many fair goers, meeting our horses is a new and awe inspiring experience, for others it’s a must visit area of the fair. Young or old, everyone wants to pet a horse. A huge thank you to all the show staff and the volunteers (Helen, Connie and Julia), to our pen men (Mike and Brent), to our judge (Mike), to Fast Times Farms for the use of their cattle and most of all, to Carol Van Dongen for her tireless efforts in putting this show together. Finally, a huge thank you to our Sponsors. Without your support, the show would not have been the great success that it was. RESULTS Thursday August 25, 2011 Adults Brent Shaw, Joanne Goddard, Carol VanDongen ($258 each) George DeJonge, Lloyd Pattenden, Brent Shaw ($210 each) Travis VanDongen, Becky Metcalfe, Ken Humphrey ($161 each) Haidee Landry, Whitey Dropko, Steve Metcalfe ($113 each) Cathy Sinclair, Wayne Dolff, Haidee Landry ($65 each) Youth Elizabeth Humphrey, Jayden Sigouin, Steve Metcalfe Emma-Lee Vandeneykel, Kami DeJonge, Cathy Sinclair Aspen Ledger, Elizabeth Humphrey, Brent Shaw

Friday August 26, 2011 Adults Ken Humphrey, Brent Shaw, Joanne Goddard ($258 each) Jim Hardman, Travis VanDongen, Camille Carter ($210 each) Wayne Dolff, Bruce Murrell, Steve Metcalfe ($161 each) Ken Humphrey, Cathy Sinclair, George DeJonge ($113 each) Camille Carter, Haidee Landry, Mike Farbridge ($65 each) Youth Landon Sigouin, Aspen Ledger, Travis VanDongen Landon Sigouin, Emma-Lee Vandeneykel, Deja Iannone Jayden Sigouin, Aspen Ledger, Brent Shaw Saturday August 27, 2011 Adults Mike Farbridge, Travis VanDongen, Dennis Hooge ($258 each) Camille Carter, Bruce Murrell, Crystal Darche ($210 each) Ken Humphrey, Brent Shaw, George DeJonge ($161 each) Joanne Goddard, Cathy Sinclair, Jim Hardman ($113 each) Mike Farbridge, Steve Caldwell, Whitey Dropko ($65 each) Youth Emma-Lee Vandeneykel, Aspen Ledger, Brent Shaw Kia Neilsen, Landon Sigouin, Cathy Sinclair Elizabeth Humphrey, Aspen Ledger, Chris Gawthorn Sunday August 28, 2011 Adults George DeJonge, Bruce Murrell, Cathy Sinclair ($239 each) Wayne Dolff, Brent Shaw, Cathy Sinclair ($194 each) George DeJonge, Brent Shaw, Wayne Dolff ($149 each) Chris Gawthorn, Dennis Hooge, Bruce Murrell ($105 each) Chris Gawthorn, Cathy Sinclair, Carol VanDongen ($60 each) Overall High Point Men – Brent Shaw Women – Cathy Sinclair

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Elizabeth Humphrey, Jayden Sigouin, Steve Metcalfe

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Landon Sigouin, Aspen Ledger, Travis VanDongen


BC Ranch Cutting News By Janice Reiter


he 2011 show season has proved to be quite a challenge for the BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association. First we were hit with the EHV1 scare and then came the news – we can’t get cows! No matter how creative you want to be it is impossible to hold a cutting show without the key ingredient, cattle. Shows that we have managed to put together have been well attended; and it has been especially nice to see new faces out discovering how much fun you can have in two and a half minutes. The BCRCHA’s last show was held on August 28 at the wonderful new indoor facility of Ralph and Sonja Anderlini in south Langley. Judge for the day was Wendy Magrath Garrard, who kindly was available on the Saturday for flag lessons. The Anderlinis hosted a BBQ on the Saturday evening and did a whole pig on a spit, there were no leftovers!

The show that we were hoping to hold in September had to be cancelled simply because there were no cattle to be had in the Fraser Valley. The last show of the year is a definite go; cattle are already secured so circle your calendar for October 16 and venture out to Agassiz. This is your last chance to earn points towards an amazing assortment of year-end awards as well as garner entries for the custom saddle draw. Please note that to qualify for a year-end award you must have shown in a minimum of 3 BCRCHA shows. For more information on the BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association be sure and visit our website, or follow us on Facebook, BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association, we want to be your friend.

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Karen Popil riding DFLS Dunn Playin. Who could tell that Karen is a newcomer to the sport of cutting? What better way to start off than with an experienced horse like Dunni, who used to wow crowds when past owner, Cliff White, used to go bridleless. Photo by Janice Reiter.

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Salmon Arm Fall Fair Horse Show Story and Photos By Alice Hucul


he sun sizzled and so did competition, especially in the senior division, at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Horse Show, September 10-11. The 30 degree heat during the afternoon of both days made it feel more like summer than fall, and that heat carried over into the show ring as, especially in the senior division, there were some very tough choices to be made by judge Darhl Paley of Prince George. The two day show featured close to 50 horses with competitors from throughout the ThompsonOkanagan Region vying for ribbons, prizes and prize money in Western, English and Gymkhana events. After the two days wrapped up Corrie Gerlib on Ima Smooth Somebody claimed the Overall Senior Championship, Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic won the Overall Youth 14-18 and Elly Larson and Sugar won the Overall Youth 13 and Under. For the Western day, Saturday, Theresa Tremeer on RS Par Dawn won the Senior Championship, Whitney Watson Wilson on Mystic won the Youth 14-18 and Amanda Daly on Olena Cleaning up in the Gymkhana …Brooke San Star won the Youth 13 and Under. The 4-H Champion was Whitney Watson Wilson on Mystic Lachowski on Melody with 4-H Reserve going to Flynn Johnson on Bar B Illusion. On the English Day, Sunday, Senior Championship went to Mandy Stuart on Apache Joe Wrangler. Youth 14-18 Championships went to Whitney Watson-Wilson on Mystic while Raeann Sherman on Sonita’s Specialty claimed the Youth 13 and Under. 4-H Champion was Alyssa Johnson on Pocket Full of Promise and 4-H Reserve Champion was Elly Larson on Sugar. There were some special classes, with special awards, at the show. Saturday featured a very competitive SASCU Western Pleasure $500 Stake Class, which was won by Sandi Murdoch and CM Sweet Caroline. She was followed by Coleen Hazeldine and Magic Moment in Time and Theresa Tremeer on RS Par Dawn. In an equally intense class, with bragging rights awaiting the victor, was the Jack Benny, which was won by Obviously Macho and Laura Bouchard. Theresa Tremeer and RS Par Dawn claimed Theresa Tremeer and RS second. Par Dawn. Saturday wrapped up with a Two Way Combination Open class, where competitors first show Western and then switch to English. This class also features an amusing (for spectators anyway) five minute interval where grooms help their competitor switch clothing and tack for the second part of the class. Corrie Gerlib and Ima Smooth Somebody took first place in this class followed by Katie Ima Smooth Somebody and Corrie Gerlib Bennett and Parry’s Mine. lengthen the trot during the Road Hack class Sunday featured the Hunter Under Saddle $500 at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair. Stake, which was claimed by Mandy Stuart on Apache Joe Wrangler, with Whitney Watson-Wilson and Mystic in second. Results from the Gymkhana portion of the show, which was ably organized by Ruby Smith, were Nakita Delichte and High Country unavailable at press time. Sioux of Coldstream claimed top spot in the Western Horsemanship Organizer Trina Forslund, assisted by Kelsey Hucul, Youth 14-18. was very pleased with the level of competition in the senior divisions but hopes that next year there will be more junior riders taking part. “We wrapped the 4-H day into the regular show hoping to bring in some more junior and 4-H riders. We did have more than last year but we’d still like to bring in more. The senior level of competition was excellent and we hope to maintain or even improve Sisters Corry Stuart (left) and Michelle Larson that for next year,” she added. Forslund credits sponsors for helping attract competitors to the (right), in their first-ever horse show, claimed show. She gives special thanks to Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (who sponsored both second and third respectively in the Show Stake classes), Saddle Up magazine, Cardinal Rentals, The Paddock Tack & Togs, Buckerfields and Hack Senior. Corry’s riding I’ma Cubin Playboy and Michelle’s horse is Dusty Red Cowboy. Hucul Printing. 56 • Saddle Up • October 2011


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Overall 14-18 high point winner Whitney Watson-Wilson and Mystic.

Mandy Stuart (left) and cousin Elly Larson were both winners.

Magic Moment in Time and Coleen Hazeldine.

Books On The Market HORSES NEVER LIE By Mark Rashid 2nd Edition, Revised and Updated Renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of “alpha leadership” and teaches the reader to become a “passive leader”—a counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashid’s principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider. Reliving Rashid’s experiences with him, you will come to feel the same sort of compassion and

appreciation for your horses that you do for the people in your life. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a more complete understanding of Rashid’s methods and philosophy. Skyhorse Publishing Marketed by: Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. 193 pages, Hard Cover, List: $24.95 US ISBN 978-1-61608-241-3

Z E N MIND Z E N HORSE THE SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY OF WORKING WITH HORSES By Allan J. Hamilton, MD This approach to horse training offers everyone who works with horses - novice or expert - a new understanding of how humans work and interact with horses and how doing so can lead to spiritual awakening. Horses have evolved to understand and respond to the flow of vital energy - chi - around them, using it to communicate with members of their herd, express dominance, and sense danger from nearby predators. Being quietly present

and receptive to your horse’s chi opens the potential of your emotional, intuitive right brain, awakening your deep sensitivity, calm leadership, intuition, and mindfulness. Storey Publishing Marketed by: Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. 311 pages, Soft Cover, List: $24.95 ISBN 978-1-60342-565-0 (pbk.)

TIP OF THE MONTH Emergencies! You come home from a day of shopping, fire trucks are in the driveway, gates are open, your horses are gone, and a note is on your door to contact the local rescue society. A neighbour runs by yelling ‘grass fire’! Who took the horses? Did they know Queenie is on special dietary supplements? She was going to the ranch for the summer! Where’s the dog? Yikes, I forgot to pick up the kids. The RCMP are evacuating and my phone’s ringing… We all, at some point, to various degrees, have emergencies. Do you have an emergency plan? Yes, we think we will handle it when the time comes; we know what to do… well, what if you are not there? A grass fire can wipe out your barnyard before you’re home from grocery shopping. 58 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Smart horse owners have a plan. Don’t leave your job for a stranger to handle. In BC there is not a government or disaster agency responsible for the evacuation, transportation and temporary stabling of horses during large-scale incidents. Be responsible owners and save unnecessary trauma for you and your horse. Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Horse Owners are available to download for free at Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach Tranquille Farms, Lake Country, BC


Annual Totem Saddle Club Gymkhana By Marty Cox


t was a fun day on August 14th with 20 riders going after the Hi Pt Awards and a return of their entry fee. All 7 of the events were run as well as Scud-a-Hoe for the skills events and Double Barrels for a fun event. Had an interesting pair running in the double barrels— Chelsea Chillibeck and Michalla Heighington riding piggyback on some very strong gentlemen. Our Hi Pt riders for the day were: Masters Lyn Rempel on Whisper; Seniors Michalla Heighington on Triton; Jr. A Isabelle Heaman on Jock; Jr. B Kassie Vipond on Chick; Jr. C Jennifer Rempel on Pixie; and Jr. D Justin Rempel on Gizmo. Each received a plaque for the award. Some really fast times included Isabelle Heaman and Jock with 16.608 in Barrels and a 9.574 in Flag Picking and a 19.525 in Figure 8; Michalla Heighington and Triton with a 9.995 in Scurries; Lyn Rempel and Whisper with 9.225 in Ring Spearing and a 23.203 in Pole Bending; Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki with a 9.112 in Keyhole. No one was successful in completing the Scud-a-Hoe course and the winners of the Double Barrels were Michalla Heighington on Triton and Clarissa Wight on Chip out ran Jocelyn Benoit on Cheeki and Kyle Wargovcsik on Montana by 23.870 to 23.900. Both were excellent times. Next month will be the results of the Timberland Horse Show and the Northwest Invitational Gymkhana. Still ahead in the month of October is the Octoberfest Schooling show— mainly for fun and then the year-end Banquet. Enjoy the nice fall riding.

Michalla Heighington on Triton

Justin Rempel on Gizmo

Colton Carrita on Storm

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Kyle Wargovcsik and Montana/ Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki

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Michalla and Chelsea piggyback in Double Barrels

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Notes from the Office It’s Membership Renewal Time Horse Council BC membership renewals are being mailed out this month. Our online system allows you to renew your membership quickly and easily and saves you money as well. We can also complete your membership renewals by phone during office hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, or send in your renewal by mail. For membership questions contact membership@ or call 1-800-345-8055 toll free or local (604) 856-4304.

HCBC Membership Referral Programs HCBC has a number of referral programs to help you earn cash back: * Individual Membership Referral Program When an existing HCBC member refers a “first time member” to HCBC, he/she will receive a $5 credit towards their 2012 HCBC membership. * Club Membership Referral Program HCBC Clubs will receive a $5 referral rebate for each first time individual member that joins HCBC. Clubs will receive rebate cheques on a semi-annual basis by mail in April and October. * Coaches Referral Program Coaches can receive a $5 referral rebate for each first time individual member that joins HCBC. Coaches will receive their rebate cheques by mail on a semi-annual basis in April and October. Also, a semi-annual bonus of $200 will be given to the coach with the most referrals. Go to our website at to read about the criteria for each of these programs. For more information on the Membership Referral Program, please contact Shawn Stephens, Membership Coordinator, by emailing

Equine Education Conference You are invited to the second annual HCBC Equine Education Conference. Join us on January 21-23, 2012 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. This will be an exciting weekend of learning and networking with other equine enthusiasts. We will be hosting international speakers on topics such as equine behaviour, welfare 60 • Saddle Up • October 2011

and nutrition. Learn more about rider fitness and a host of other topics. Two days of fun and learning for only $175 + HST. And we will even include breakfast and lunch as well as tickets for the HCBC Awards Reception. Come by and see us at our booth at the Mane Event on October 21-23, 2011 in Chilliwack and enter a draw to win a conference pass. Equine Canada English Coaches will receive professional updating hours for attendance at the seminars. To register, go online to, or you can also download a printable registration form and mail it to the office.

Call for Award Nominations Celebrating BC’s Best Equine Achievements Nominations are now being accepted for HCBC’s Annual Awards honouring outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community. HCBC’s selection committee is comprised of a panel of four volunteers who will consider all nominations submitted by current HCBC members, including seniors, businesses, clubs, affi liate groups and the HCBC Board of Directors. Their job? To select deserving recipients that meet the award criteria for which they have been nominated. The HCBC award categories are as follows: * Lifetime Achievement * Athlete of the Year * Coach of the Year * Horse of the Year * Horse Industry Professional of the Year * President’s Award Nominations are being accepted now through to October 31, 2011. Go online to nominate, at

Team BC in Bromont Quebec As this article go to press, HCBC’s very own Team BC is in Bromont, QC, competing at the 2011 Canadian Equestrian Championships. We will share the fi nal results with you next month.

Team BC in Bromont (random order): Monique Fraser (Team Coach), Ali Buchanan (Chef d’Equipe), Darcey Woods (Reining Senior), Veronica Blattler (Reining - Junior), Rachel Blackmon (Dressage - Senior), Alexandra Fishman (Dressage - Junior), Kasi DeJong (Jumping - Junior)

Dressage Riders from the 2011 Canadian Equestrian Championship: Rachel Blackmon and Alexandra Fishman. Alex is 11 years old, and this was her first trip away from home on an airplane.

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Langley Riders Society News By Bethany Gildemeister


ell another month has come and gone. It looks like fall is arriving now and before we know it we’ll all have fuzzy mud balls instead of horses. Langley Riders has had another great month of fun events. August 27th English/Western Show High Points: English Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Cassie Glover Junior: Ashley Dell PeeWee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mite: Marie Peters Western Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Cassie Glover Junior: Darcy Pyke PeeWee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mite: Brooklyn Gildemeister Overall Day High Points: English: Bethany Gildemeister Western: TIE between Bethany Gildemeister, Cheyenne Grinrod, and Brooklyn Gildemeister

We’ll be having our last few events of the season this month and we hope to see you there! English/Western Show Oct. 1st; Jumping Day Oct. 8th; and Games Day Oct. 15th.


Haley and Bob Russell

Ted Hall (Club President)

Amanda Langset

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I’m Morgan, 7 years old, on my buddy Tric, a 5-year-old Quarter Horse, with Colleen riding in the quad. We were camping in the mountains in Telkwa, BC. Here’s me again on the left. Colleen, who’s 5 years old, is on the right. This is my third time riding not being ponied, and Colleen’s first time not being ponied on her new 10-year-old Arabian mare Cinja. - Morgan and Colleen, Enderby, BC

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Prince Philip Games By Jocelyn Fraser Photos by Wendy Gilmour


rince Philip Games, or PPG, are mounted games played by teams of five. In a series of races, the competitors utilize a full range of riding skills in games that involve passing objects, vaulting on and off their mounts, bending through obstacles and carrying swords, to name a few. At the national level, PPG “A” teams compete against each other using ponies unfamiliar to the riders. Each team is assigned a pool of ponies to ride in a set of races and then - in a move the levels the playing field - the teams switch mounts so that each team rides each “pool” of ponies: the good, the bad, and the mischievous. Points are awarded to the team based on the finish in each race.

line first with Annie Brook, Elizabeth Chasmar, Dani LaFleur, Taylor Schneider and Emma Wiebe, coached by Nancy Brook, taking home the first place trophy. Ontario brought home the silver, and Alberta, the bronze. Congratulations to all the competitors and special thanks to the BCLM regional PPG Chairs Don Cornish and Nick Van Dongen, and the many BC Lower Mainland families who loaned their ponies and made hosting PPG nationals possible.

Taylor Schneider

National Championships September 10 proved to be an ideal day for both competitors and spectators at the Canadian Pony Club PPG National Championships, held at Panorama Ridge, BC. For teams from Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, the clear sunny day created ideal competition conditions, and for spectators the incredibly close competition provided a day of suspense and excitement. Late in the day, with just two more races to go, all three teams were tied. It all came down to those last two races: the aptly named “Wizards,” and the crowd favourite, “5 Flag.” Finding the teams tied in points is exciting, but not uncommon. But for two teams to achieve a tie after four legs of a relay is pretty exciting and, adding to the suspense of the day, the Wizards race proved to be too close to call with the fourth riders from BC and Ontario crossing the finish line at exactly the same time. The scores going into the last race of the day were Ontario and BC at 51.5 and Alberta close behind with 50 points. With three points awarded for first place, the competition could have been won by any one of the teams. While all three teams rode well, it was BC that streaked across the finish HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Taylor Brenneis

Megan Dick

Annie Brook

Dana Vanbrabant

Emma Wiebe

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BCLM Pony Club By Lezah Williamson


C Lower Mainland Pony Club recently started their new season, with registration taking place for the 2011/2012 year in various venues from Vancouver to Chilliwack. The region kicked of the New Year by hosting the National PPG Championships, which saw the top teams from across Canada converge at Panorama Ridge Riding Club in Surrey on September 10. It was a tight race, but the BC Lower Mainland team, represented by Vancouver Pony Club, came in first; Ontario was second and Alberta third.

The first Regional competition of the new season was the BCLM Regional Dressage Championships at Island 22 on September 18.

Joy, the winner of the ‘Best Pony’ award, which is an award that is voted on by all the riders in the competition (ponies are pooled so each team gets to use all the ponies throughout the competition).

BCIN Regional Rally By Liesa Smith, Vernon Pony Club


CIN Regional Pony Club Rally was hosted this year at Topline Stables in Salmon Arm on August 19th21st. Thirteen teams from all across BC competed in a 3-phase event in Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. In addition, competitors were scored on their stable management skills which involve many aspects of the care of their horses. Teams, made up of 2 to 4 riders and 2 grooms showed an impressive turnout with the athletic abilities of their equines. Friday and Saturday evenings were reserved for a little fun where competitors and grooms played games and created individual songs for their teams “song off.” A wonderful weekend with amazing weather, keen pony clubbers, dedicated parents and volunteers made this year’s Regional Rally a huge success. Results were as follows: Starter Division, 1st place Shelby Krywonos, Vernon PC Pre-Entry Division, 1st place Kaylee Schubert, Shuswap PC Entry Division, 1st place Jesse Barber, Penticton PC Pre-training Division, 1st place Kally Cowan, Lake District PC Stable Management Awards, 1st place Penticton, Team 2 Overall Team Placings (all riding & stable management combined), 1st place Quesnel PC

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All riders and grooms at Friday night’s meeting.

Shelby Krywonos took 1st place for Starter Division, Vernon Team 2

Quesnel Pony Club team won 1st place overall for Rally.

Vernon team during the Sack Race game.


BCIN Pony Club Camp By Liesa Smith, Vernon District Pony Club


ick and Aly Holmes-Smith once again hosted the BCIN Pony Club for their annual Cross Country Camp at Chase Creek on September 9-11. Fabulous weather, top notch coaches and happy, willing Pony Club members from all over BC, made it a memorable weekend none will soon forget. Saturday and Sunday, the youngest members got their first lessons in Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. They then watched in awe as the higher levels jumped up banks, over ditches, through the water and over fences at break-neck speed under the eagle eye of Nick HolmesSmith. Saturday evening, all members and their families were invited to a pot luck supper and a swim at Nick and Aly’s home. The kids shared excited stories of their day on the Cross Country field,

while the parents enjoyed the shade, great food and adult company. By the end of the day on Sunday, the last members rolled out of Chase Creek with tired horses in tow for the journey home, a smile on their face and talk of next year’s Camp. BCIN Pony Club would like to extend a huge thank you and much gratitude to Nick and Aly Holmes-Smith for making this 2011 Camp at their lovely facility, Chase Creek, another huge success.

Isabella Smith on Wombat

Holly Ennes riding Fancy

Tia Scrase on Rosie

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Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


e had a great year! All the good people involved made this year a huge success cannot thank everyone enough. Our numbers this year were amazing; everyone came out and had a really good year. Our last Gymkhana was special because we were able to see all the amazing movie set trailers and horses! SO COOL! Thanks again to all the volunteers; I will have a list of you all at year-end. Huge thanks to Candid Apple Photography who produced such beautiful pictures. Thanks

again, Cassandra. Amanda Blamire - you always do such an amazing job every year! We couldn’t have pulled this off without our announcers and many other people who will be thanked specifically in future issues. Overall, I am so honoured to be part of such a special club and group of people! Love you all! As of press time, we are looking forward to our third annual Spooktacular on September 24 at our club - the last fun day of this year!

September 11 results: MASTERS HP Donna riding Tellee 57 RES Sue riding Bear 53 SENIOR HP Amanda riding Lightning 51 RES Nicole riding Smokey 49 YOUTH HP Kayla riding Skittles 65 RES Tori riding Dakota 63 JUNIOR HP Kathleen riding PennyMae 68 RES Ashley riding Roxy 64 PEE WEE HP Steven riding Shinga 67 RES Dalyce riding Trigger 65

Oliver Riding Club News By Janice Goodman


ugust 17 saw our first Horse Agility session with Tahn Town. This is organized by Dorothy McLaughlin and she had a full roster of participants. There is actually a waiting list! Horse Agility is similar to dog agility in that they work through, over and around various obstacles, of course starting small but moving up to impressive, and once learned done working free, just as the dogs do. It is an extreme refinement of what we all strive for in improved communications with our horses. We set up several ‘stations’ for the horses to navigate and Tahn did a demo with her horse for us. She jogged around the course with her loose horse following like a puppy dog. He did pole bending, a small jump, over the bridge, over the tarp, etc. At the end of it he stood up on the pedestal with his front feet. The horse looked like he was really enjoying himself. The coolest thing was at the end of it, Tahn had her horse drop his head, she laid herself over his neck and he lifted her up so that she could scoot down onto his back. I can’t wait to get to that point with my horse - no more mounting block! I also enjoyed the point where she offered him a treat and he went and picked up his tub feeder and carried it back to her to fi ll. 66 • Saddle Up • October 2011

After that, we practiced with each other - one person was the ‘horse’ the other the ‘rider’. This was to make us aware of how little or how much pressure it takes to cue our horse. This was quite enlightening! We just had time to take our horses around to the different obstacles before it got dark and we all look forward to the next session. On August 14 we ran another successful Hunter Clinic with 9 horse/ rider combinations which was broken down into 3 groups of 3 riders by ability. We had 5 club members and 4 nonmembers participating. It was lots of fun and one group was jumping 2’9” this time, and even the green horses/riders who have just started jumping this year were jumping 2’3”-2’6” over verticals and oxers. There is only one Hunter Clinic remaining for the year on October 2 and the Jump-A-Round Day is on October 30.

Being horses

Kathy Malmberg and Luke

Sara Brown and Montana


BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley Photos by John Whittall Photography


ummer has been just rapidly speeding by us. We have all been busy going to shows and working and playing with our horses while the weather is good. The fairs at Agrifair and Chilliwack were smaller than normal but still fun shows to be at. Many club members have been trying different things and going to shows that they have never gone to before. It is great to see everyone out having a good time and learning new and wonderful things to do with their minis. A few members of our club ventured to the IPE in Armstrong for the first time this year with some folks who have been doing it for a while. They assured us newbies that we would love it and have a great time. Well, after a few initial problems that seem to plaque exhibitors no matter where they go, we were settled in our stalls and ready to see what showing at the IPE was all about. Wow… what a whirlwind! Thank goodness most times we were showing in the same arena and it was right in front of our stalls. Lots of classes, lots of people showing and everyone friendly and there to have a good time.

By the second day if you did not originally know each other you did by then and everyone was helping each other get ready and holding horses or doing whatever needed to be done to make things work. By the end of the week most of us were exhausted but happy with the week we had spent showing. For some of us, we were going home with a bit more money than what we came with. Who could want for anything better than that? Looks like the season is coming to an end and fall is on its way. Seems like only a few weeks ago I was just starting to prep my horses for the show season and now it is ending. One big event left for us and that is the Mane Event in Chilliwack. Make sure you come see us at our booth. And most of all don’t forget to stay for the Equine Experience and see the Mighty Minis Drill Team in action. If you don’t stay, you will regret missing seeing them! Hope your summer and show season was good and you have lots of good stories to tell. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or

Silver & Margaret

Little John & Jason

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Katie Iceton Photos by Saddle Up


ugust was another busy month for the minis! Some club members travelled to Alberta to participate in a sanctioned show over there. Have heard it was a very fun show, even included some Karaoke!!! Also the final show of the year for many, the IPE. This year had a large miniature entry, 39 minis in total! The weather was lovely and it was a fun show and a great success. In honouring Gordon Strohm’s memory at the IPE, the Grand Champion Stallion was presented to the winner with an engraved

picture frame. We also decorated Gordon’s stalls as he would have done in past years to honour his memory as he was instrumental in the miniature entry at the IPE. A few members also participated in the Salmon Arm fair recently, in combination with the heavy horse fun driving classes. The minis showed them how it was done, and it was a fun time to end off the year. Now it’s time to look towards our clipped minis growing out their hair and turning into little buffalo! Our club AGM is the third Saturday in October, the 15th. Hope to see members there!

OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB would like to thank the following for their contributions to the Okanagan Classic AMHA & AMHR Shows in Armstrong Asmara Arabians - Sheila and Wally Goertz Beerstra Trucking Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Gamble Trucking Intervet Pharmaceuticals Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Leona Alcock Star Acres - Stella and Glenn Horsley The Paddock Tack & Togs Vernon Veterinary Clinic Wine Mates & More - Kelowna - Sean Caterer HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 67

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


unny and hot best describes Tees Longears Days 2011. A good selection of mules and a few more donkeys than in recent years competed in the usual wide variety of performance, fun, and driving classes. Henry Schmidt of Barrhead served as the judge. This year the show honoured two special guests. Merv Hollihan, one of the founders of the ADMC, has competed in all 22 shows and has contributed to the show in so many ways. “Swervin’ Mervin,” a reference to his speedy runs in the gymkhana events, has won many ribbons and high point awards over the years. Merv and his wife Ethel, now in their late 70s, led the Grand Entry as usual, carrying the Canadian and Alberta flags. Our second guest was the famous mule, “Horse,” formerly owned by the late Deloit Wolfe. Horse now lives with Deloit Jr. near Seattle and travelled the long distance to be with us once again. Horse and Deloit Sr. were part of Team Mule in every Battle of the Breeds competition at Spruce Meadows, culminating in their victory in 2008. Horse was back competing in a number of classes at this year’s show, mainly ridden/driven by Deanne Martin. The eight to ten member drill team held two of its most successful performances this year. A few members of the Donalda Drill team joined us with their horses and a former very active ADMC member, Angie Jensen, also contributed to the drill team on her Arabian. As well, Angie showed her miniature hinny, Short and Sweet, in a number of classes. Alice and Ron Todd organized a Friday night supper for those show-goers who arrived at the rodeo grounds early. Approximately 85 people were on hand for our catered Saturday night supper. The fun and silent auction of donated items which followed raised almost $1,000 to support club activities. Show announcer Russ Finlay handled the auctioneering duties in his usual hilarious way. 68 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Our promotions team of Paul and Vicki Barrow fared very well in the club booth, resulting in over $1,000 in merchandise sales, almost 100 signatures in our guest book, and numerous donations for the two charities we support, the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and Babou, the student working hard to improve the health of equines in The Gambia, West Africa. After the show, special thank you awards were presented to various workers and competitors, along with a delicious catered supper to show our appreciation for all participants and volunteers. Several possible major changes have been suggested for the next Longears Days show. The show may be moving so be sure to attend our semi-annual meeting to provide your input. At the time of this writing in September, the place and date have not been finalized yet so be sure to check our website for current information,

Allie Martin in the Youth Showmanship class with her “borrowed” mule, Ginger

Freckles the miniature donkey with handler Anne Fossum in the Coon Jumping class.

Don Fossum and his team of miniature donkeys.

Adult Halter Showmanship... all sizes of longears!

Always popular Flapjack Race; contestants must cook an eatable pancake and ride back to the finish line.

Russ Shandro and Ruger in the Old Clothes Race; contestants dress themselves from a bag of old clothes and ride back to the finish line.

Deanne Martin driving the famous mule Horse in the Canadian Maze class.


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CIAHA would like to once again thank Debbie Storey for another successful clinic on September 24 & 25 held at Asmara Stables. This was our last clinic for the year but we are looking forward to booking Debbie again early spring 2012! We will keep you posted! CONGRATULATIONS Team Arabian on placing 6th in this year’s Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds.

Looks like Fred has come out of retirement for Cowboy Kye!

Heather Redman and her new pony C.C. Baker (Baskafire x Flames Karess). He is 17 years old and 14HH.They make a perfect pair!

Coming in 1st was Team Morgan, 2nd Team Appaloosa, and 3rd Team American Saddlebred. WAY TO GO EVERYONE!!! I would like to begin wrapping up the 2011 year by sharing our members’ adventures with their beloved equines! Please feel free to e-mail me your photos, and/or stories of your horses so I can include them in the newsletter


Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club By Melissa Thielman, Club Reporter Achievement Day Report Thirteen Shift ing Saddles 4-H Horse Club members attended the Saturday, Aug. 27 Achievement Day at Oss-Some Hills Ranch in Notch Hill. Two pre-clubbers, both age seven years old, also attended. Our judge was Jaromey Johnson of Armstrong. Mrs. Johnson watched each member complete a pattern in both showmanship and riding, then offered helpful comments. For their Achievement Day assessments, pre-clubbers were allowed to have an adult helper. Members later received a comment sheet that could be included in their record books, which were due Sept. 12. The day is meant to be stress-free and fun. Achievement Day is a chance to do the assessments and celebrate all that you and your horse have learned during the 4-H year. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by all after the assessments were run. The club invited the Oss family, owners of Oss-Some Hills Ranch, and club helper Jack McInally to the potluck as thanks for their contributions to the club. A meeting was held after the potluck. This year, some Shifting Saddles members participated in a 4-H exchange to New Brunswick as well as 4-H week at the PNE. The Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club has 16 members, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and two pre-club members. Members come from Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Tappen and Grindrod. The club has many fun activities planned for the winter and the coming 4-H year.

Colin Giszas and Adda

Mia Lutgendorf and Nevada

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Endurance Riders Association of BC SKIMIKIN LAKE AND ANARCHIST MOUNTAIN ENDURANCE RIDES Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Toni Bloomfield Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin


wo terrific rides were put on in the late summer; the first one north of Salmon Arm at the Skimikin Lake Campground and the other was way south in the Osoyoos area. The Westbank Rocker in mid-September will be reported in the next issue. Skimikin Lake Endurance Ride The Skimikin Lake ride was held August 20 with two distances, a 25-mile and a 50-mile event. Thirty-eight riders started the 25-mile ride and 14 started the 50-mile. All except one horse completed the distances, with the one pull occurring at the finish of the 25-mile. The trails were very diverse including some logging

Starting line for the 50 and 75s. (Photo by Kerri-Jo Stewart)

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roads, some lovely winding trail through the trees, a few sections of picky footing through logged areas, and a couple of long hill climbs. The winner of the 50-mile completed it in less than 6 hours - Elroy Karius, riding Diamond Reo, completed in 5:50 and also took best condition and high vet score awards. Terre O’Brennan and Koszaar were 2nd and Brandi Anthony riding Steve were 3rd. The winner of the 25-mile ride came in with a smokin’ time of 2:26 - Brooke Bewza riding Taj. Kerri-Jo Stewart riding Darginka and Fred Voglmaier riding My Dance were 2nd and 3rd, respectively, while Louise Abbott riding PB Arella took high vet score. The Skimikin Lake ride not only has nice trails, but has also the most beautiful ride site right on the lake. How many rides can you go for a swim afterwards - with your horse, if you want? Not many! And the weather was hot enough to make you want to jump in the lake, too. Huge thanks goes to Madeline Bateman, Brenna Mayer, Lori Bewza and all of the amazing volunteers for putting on this ride. The trails were absolutely perfectly marked! The veterinary team was top-notch too, with Michael Peterson (head vet), Grant Scott and Rob Mulligan keeping things running smoothly all day. After putting on this ride for a number of years, the managers have decided to step down and are offering the site to others who live in the area for the future. If you are at all interested, please contact Madeline and she will tell you all about it! Royal Anarchist Endurance Ride Royal Anarchist Ride was held on September 4, just east of Osoyoos, with trails that encircled Anarchist Mountain. This was a multi-sanctioned ride including ERABC, FEI, Endurance Canada and AERC, with distances of 12, 25, 35, 50 and 75 miles! The ride was very challenging to organize, but Daphne Richard and Jon Rescorla did a superb job and deserve a vacation to recover from it. There were several bonuses with this

Kerri-Jo Stewart and her Akhal-Teke mare, Darginka, cooling off after the Skimikin Lake ride.

event, ranging from FEI officials courses and boot camps, to clinics on Electrolyte Protocols and Cooling the Endurance Horse, Leg Wrapping and Poulticing, Bodywork, veterinary trot-outs, saddle fitting, and conformation/selecting an endurance horse. Those who attended learned a lot and were very impressed with the knowledgeable presentations. An entire article could be dedicated just to the “extra events” at the Anarchist ride! The ride site was very large with no problems parking any large rigs, including having a separate area just for the FEI riders. Riders came from all over, including Alberta, Fort St. John, and a variety of US locations as far away as South Dakota. Qualifying for FEI COC was the goal for most of the FEI riders. The rest of us just felt privileged to be riding on this 8000acre private ranch with incredibly beautiful views from the trails! A total of 52 riders started the sanctioned events, with seven in the 75mile (CEI**), 18 in the 50-mile, 14 in the 35-mile and 13 in the 25-mile rides. The 50s and 75s started at 6:30am - nice and early to get going during the cool hours on what would prove to be a very warm day. Elroy Karius riding Apache won the 75-mile ride (CEI 2*) in a time of 8 hours 8 minutes, and also won the best condition award. The distance took its toll on the 75-milers with only three of the seven completing. The 50-mile ride was won by Dennis Summers riding OMR Tsunami in a very HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Endurance Riders, cont’d fast time of 4:27, with 2nd place taken by Gail Jewell on KD Colonel and 3rd by Susan Summers on AM Humvee. All 18 starters in the 50-mile completed the ride which requires the veterinarians to conclude they are “fit to continue.” These were fit horses for sure! The ride had three junior riders including one young fellow, Trystan MacLeod, who reportedly only learned how to ride three weeks before! Welcome Laura Lang and Jazzie to the 50-miler club as well.

Elroy won the 75 on Apache. (Photo by Kerri-Jo Stewart)

The 35-mile ride was won by Kerri-Jo Stewart on her Akhal-Teke mare Darginka in a time of 3:30, with Heather Bradshaw and Terrie LaPorte taking 2nd and 3rd, and Angie Huber riding Psheyenne getting HVS. The 25-mile was won by Fred Voglmaier riding My Dance in 2:30, with Gina Huber and Guy Cheek following close behind in 2nd and 3rd, and Liz Whitley riding Shamira taking HVS. Excellent veterinarians (five of them!) and volunteers, perfectly marked trails,

along with super-friendly landowners made this entire event exceptional. Ride day was capped with a catered awards banquet which was a magnificent finale to the several days of activities. Note that the full ride results can be found at ERABC. com on the Events page. The last ride of the season in BC is the Westbank Rocker on September 17 at Telemark Nordic Ski area near Kelowna. It looks like cooler weather is in the forecast, so it should be a fantastic fall ride!

An example of the nice campsites at Skimikin. (Photo by Brenda Miskimmin)

Dr. Rob Mulligan vet-checking MC Penny Too. (Photo by Brenda Miskimmin)

Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


his is one happy horse husband who didn’t have to go to a lot of horse shows this year. Okay! I did go to the one that our Guy was in, and that was it. And I did sit through a few classes at the IPE in Armstrong, but the dust in the arena was too much too handle and I ended up outside watching the riders prepping for their turns in the various classes. It was too bad my camera batteries died or I could have taken a great shot of some of the looks on the faces of a couple of very experienced Reiners as they rode past some riders who were wearing the proper English get up. English riders usually look poised and polished and these particular reiners looked like they had just ridden in from somewhere in the back forty. “You gotta look and feel the part if you really want to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

get into it,” one particular cowboy said. He looked like he should be taking part in a real oater/western movie. His hat had endured years of abuse and would lose its essence, if anyone ever attempted to try and clean it. It was in a class of its own. There was a young lad standing with his Mom just in front of me and I had to smile when he happily pointed to this western rider and proudly told his mom that he wanted to be a cowboy, just like him. Maybe that is why we don’t see a lot of guys riding in English riding clothes because they once saw a real cowboy and that weathered western image is first in their minds when someone mentions riding horses? If I were a teenager I would seriously think about riding English. Just think about all the cute female riders you could be meeting, hey guys? Looking at all riders, you could

almost tell which ones were probably going to have a good ride and which ones were not. Some looked happy and relaxed, some looked somewhat tense and their horses were reflecting the same feelings. Understandably, if it is the first or second time at a competition everyone is nervous. The fidgety horse you are about to ride is probably as nervous as you are. Your horse may be thinking about how happy he was at home in familiar territory. With all the other new horses prancing about and lots of strange people milling around and brand new sounds and then you throw in a mini pulling a cart and your horse is probably wishing he had had a shot or two of scotch in the trailer. Ride safe and return safe and remember our horses have feelings too. • 71

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Manager: Denise Swampy Office Hours: (Winter Office Hours: Mon to Thurs 10 –4:30) (Summer Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30–5) 2011 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Adam D’Entremont (250) 249-9618 Wade McNolty (250) 296-3175 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Bernie Rivet (250) 392-7153 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 296-4778 Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 567-8640 Brett Fraser (250) 296-0169 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391


AWARDS BANQUET & AGM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011 Quesnel Seniors Center Cocktails – 6:00 p.m. ~~~ Dinner – 7 p.m. ~~~ Awards –8:30 p.m.~~ SILENT AUCTION - 6:00 – 9:00

~~~Dance 9:00 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tickets: Adults $25/person (15 yrs. & older) Juniors $20.00 (10-15 yrs.)~~ PeeWees (Under 10) $15.00 ADVANCE SALES ONLY Tickets can be purchased or reserved thru the BCRA office at (250) 398-4104 or email to reserve at

~~~~~ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ~~~~~ Quesnel Seniors Center, B. C. 9:00 A.M. If you would like to put an item on the Agenda, please contact the rodeo office by email or phone (250) 398-4104 or


REMINDER TO ALL AWARD WINNERS: Section Ten – Awards – 1:00 General – 1:01 “All Award winners and Season Leaders must be present at the BCRA awards

banquet to receive their awards, if they cannot attend, a written explanation must be sent in to the BCRA office, 48 hours prior to the banquet, stating their circumstances for not attending and who will be accepting the award. If explanation is unacceptable to the BCRA Board of Directors, a fine will be levied at the Board of Director’s discretion.” The top ten (10) Finalist competitors and top 10 Season Leaders in the eight (8) major events must attend the BCRA Annual General Meeting at the end of the current year. A fifty-dollar ($50) fine will be assessed and added to the price of next years membership card for not attending. Any top ten competitors who cannot attend the AGM must send written notification to the BCRA office within 48 hours prior to the AGM.


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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Leighton Lake Camp-Out by Linda Paget campsite, we headed back along the west side of Tunkwa and Leighton President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 lakes. Some of the riders Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 were disappointed to not Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 forge Corral Lake, but Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 we would have had to go Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 right by the construction Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 site, where work crews Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 were upgrading the gas Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 line. We were unsure how the horses would react to very wet spring did not dampen our smoke rising out of a big enthusiasm, when Thursday morning hole and large yellow machines with long arms on June 9, campers optimistically reaching out. Therefore we opted to ride along loaded up their horse trailers and campers to the west banks of Tunkwa and Leighton Lakes, head up to Tunkwa Provincial Park for some arriving at camp in time for our happy hour. camping and riding. The park is situated After dinner, Tom hooked up his satellite approximately 20 minutes from Logan Lake dish, and we gathered under their awning to and can be accessed from either Savona or take in the Stanley cup hockey game. Cheers Logan Lake. Our destination was Leighton were heard around the entire campsite when Lake campground, which is a couple of the home team won, so I guess there were a kilometres past the Tunkwa camp. Our club few dishes set up as well as radios! A great day assisted the province with re-building the for the riders, dogs and hockey team! horse corrals that had fallen into disrepair, due Saturday morning we split into two rides to pine beetle fall out. again, a short one and longer ride. The goal When we arrived at Leighton, we found for us this day was to ride east past Gotten that there were a lot of optimistic people in the Lake to an old homestead, and then over to campsite; fisherman and all terrain vehicles Ware Lake. These trails are shared with alloccupied the sites. We were greeted by our terrain vehicles; we only managed to spook ride hosts, Tom and Kathie, and within a short up a couple of bikes, but the cows were out so time our horses were settled in their pens, that made for a lot of activity in and out of the units levelled and drinks snapped open for bushes, the calves chasing their mothers, while happy hour! trying to stay ahead of us. We enjoyed the The following morning we all tacked weather and commented on the lush grasses up; nine riders and six dogs, we headed out and wildflowers lining the trails. As we rode, to ride in the Tunkwa Park. The trails had we kept a close eye on the sky - the clouds were been opened up from the pine beetle dead darkening and looking more threatening, and falls, perhaps from the rancher who has the after passing Gotten, the skies opened up with grazing rights, so the going was easy. The dogs a downpour. The horses tried to turn their loped ahead, happily enjoying their outing, bums into the wind; we quickly decided it was the riders ambled along taking in the sights as best to head for home, after realizing that this well, and Wendy picked up a geo-cache while was no shower. It rained so hard that rivers we watched a young buck leave the meadow ran off of our slickers to fi ll our boots, our - there were too many of us for his comfort. hands were stiff from cold and in a short time At this point some of the riders decided to we found out that some of our slickers needed take the shorter route home, while the rest of new water-proofing, as we were soaked to the us forged ahead. The goal was to go around skin. Tunkwa Lake. We had larger than normal The shortest route home was right by the water crossings, from the winter run-offs construction site! Guess what? Nobody was and all the rain. It was a great experience for worried; we just wanted to get home quickly. the horses and riders, who all took it in good The horses must have been on the same stride. wavelength, because they didn’t even cast an After lunch at an old abandoned eye at the equipment working. BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE



The campsite never looked so good! Once we were untacked (which took longer than usual because of our cold fingers) and had blankets covering the horses, we all scrambled into our campers, turned the heat on full blast, changed into dry clothes and crawled under our covers. The rain did eventually stop and slowly the campers started to reappear; a fire was lit and we started to gather for a potluck supper. We celebrated Wendy’s sixtieth birthday with a great dinner, good company, wine and lemon cake! The sun was shining Sunday morning, as we slowly packed up. We left no trace, as we pulled away from our weekend camp. • 73

BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S2 * President: Gordie McEachen, (250) 337-5958, Treasurer: Norma Siebert, (604) 789-0150, Membership Secretary: Lynne Carter, (604) 880-6138, AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson, (604) 323-4418, Saddle Up Contact: Carolyn Farris, (250) 546-6083, LMQHA Directors: Haidee Landry, (604)-530-8051, Denise Hill (HCBC), (604) 888-0475, VIQHA Director: Kirk Walton, (250) 724-0389, SCQHA Director: Cheri Smeeton, (250) 573-2541, NBCQHA Director: Darhl Paley, Amateur Advisor: Doug Baker, (250) 612-4770,

Team Quarter Horse Wins the “Battle of the Breeds” at the PNE! BCQHA, with the financial support of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association and MBNA Canada, were the proud sponsors of the winning American Quarter Horse team at this year’s Battle of the Breeds, held August 29 - September 1 at the Pacific National Exhibition. Each member of the team rode superior performances, displayed exemplary sportsmanship and represented the BCQHA with dignity and a maturity far beyond their years. Team Quarter Horse entered the youngest team with their combined ages totalling 63 years. We are incredibly proud of our team of young ladies and their fabulous American Quarter Horses. The following team members are to be commended: Haley Stradling - Dressage and Jumping Dani Wein - Barrel Racing Megan Daly - Trail and Dressage Amanda Daly - Trail, Jumping and Barrel Racing Special thanks go to Leslie Wallace who spent many hours on the phone putting together our winning team and was on hand to cheer on our girls each of the four days of the Battle of the Breeds. Many thanks go to the families of our young riders who showed their encouragement and support, enabling them to meet their competition goals. It was truly an enjoyable event where the riders and their families developed a strong camaraderie.

Team American Quarter Horse: Amanda Daley, Megan Daley, Haley Stradling and Dani Wien

be done for next year. We also want to wish a speedy and complete recovery to BCQHA President, Gordon McEachen. Word has it he suffered an equine accident and is somewhat limited in what he can do right now. All directors are reminded to ensure that they are prepared for the October board meeting in Langley.

Kudos! (submitted by Lynne Carter) Michelle Charleston and Pleasarable Mr recently earned their AQHA Superior in Open Trail. This award is no easy feat and we are all thrilled to be able to say CONGRATULATIONS Michelle! To top it all off, they are qualified for the 2012 AQHA World Show in Amateur Trail and Amateur Western Pleasure. Look for an upcoming “Spotlight” on Michelle on in October.

Editor’s Corner By the time this goes to print, all the shows for the season will have finished. A huge thank you is extended to all the volunteers who made them and other events possible. Without a strong group of volunteers, very little can be accomplished. Now is also the time to let your zone committees and directors know what you might like to see for next year. Also consider getting involved and offering your time and talent for jobs that need to 74 • Saddle Up • October 2011

Michelle Charleston and Pleasarable Mr


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, Club contact: Alison Miller,


ur show season for the most of us is over. Now it’s time to look over photos, reflect upon the past several months of summer living, a small smile might appear on our faces... Snap out of it and go pull out those winter blankets for the horses! What are you thinking?... Just kidding! Fall is upon us. The trees are changing colors, the air is getting a wonderful crispness to it and our horses are starting to develop their shaggier coats. I love this time of year and I am sure a lot of you do, too. Fall means different things to each of us, and for me it involves firewood gathering, fence reinforcing, cleaning blankets and checking everything for repairs. It’s easier to look over the winter equipment now while it’s still warm, than figuring it out during what feels like the coldest day of the year. So pick a sunny afternoon, drag everything out on the lawn that you’re going to need for the upcoming months and give it all a solid looking-over. This past show season at Pine Tree has been fantastic. Some events more memorable than others - it was snowing for our first playday of the year. We’ve had a couple of concession changes and I am so glad that the North Kamloops Lions Club stepped up to the plate and reopened the kitchen, providing such a fantastic concession at our playdays and annual show. We are all looking forward to having them run the kitchen again next year. Our volunteers have been incredible and unwavering in their efforts. Such generous hearts! I’m going to thank the younger volunteers in this newsletter. I know a lot of youth who willingly lent a helping hand whenever asked, and these people really stood out in their willingness to help at any moment. Ryan Tjader, Tristan Wintrup, Melanie and Kate Bibeau, and Lauren and Katie Miller helped out at the playdays and at the annual show. These six kids were always offering to help out, and always were reliable. Tristan and Ryan did everything from harrowing, watering, setting up trail, setting up and taking down jumps, and even whipping in. Mel and Kate were always available to man the in gate, out gate and whatever else we needed. Katie and Lauren both acted as our “Girl Fridays” - fi lling in with whatever job needed doing (mostly running), from announcing to helping younger riders tack up and learn patterns, to garbage detail. These six did whatever we needed. They were first to arrive and help, the last to leave, and did every job happily. We are really proud of them and extremely grateful for their help! We would also like to thank Logan Shindel for all the work he’s done this year. Logan has also been to just about every event, and offered to help us out in whatever way was needed. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

We all need to North Kamloops Lions Club thank Logan for the hours he spent with our weedwacker... after all the rain we had this spring, the weeds grew like crazy and Logan is responsible for keeping them under control. When you next see any of these great kids, say thank you for all the hard work they’ve done. They are a great example of what our club is all about. The Pine Tree banquet is coming up on November 5! It’s a potluck dinner; the beef will be provided, but members will need to bring a salad, side dish or a dessert. Contact Alison or Jodi to sign up. Their contact information is on the website if you haven’t already placed them in your email contacts. And finally, our Annual General Meeting is on November 20 at the Barnhartvale Hall. This meeting is important, so please come to this one. This is where you decide and vote for a new board of directors and other positions that are opening up. Come to this meeting and have a say. We all are a part of this club, so we all should have a collective say on which direction we are taking for 2012. That my friends, is all I have to say for this newsletter. See you at the banquet.

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BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Vice Pres Cathy Glover Sec Marilyn Griffin Treas Dianne Rouse Communications Director Andrew Thomas APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore APHA 817 834-2742

EVERGREEN CIRCUIT - APHA/AQHA Combined Circuit, September 2-4 Our Paint enthusiasts from the lower mainland appeared to have a great time at the recent LMQHA/BCPHC Evergreen Circuit at Thunderbird Show Park in Fort Langley over the Labour Day weekend. No doubt the gorgeous summer weather we have been enjoying added to the ambience of showing at this gorgeous facility. The show experience was beautifully painted by a keen exhibitor with the words, “Getting up at 3:45am in order to ride my horse as the sun came up, the mist rising off the grounds, just so I could do early trail practice before the competition!” The show crew was fantastic, as always, and we would like to thank a number of people who worked very hard to bring both 2011 shows together for all of us: Rod Ash (Show Manager), Glenn Massey (Announcer), Fay Christie (Whipper-in), Marnie Gigliotti and Jacquie Schulz (Ring Stewards), Barbara Williams and her assistant Sandy (Show Secretary), Tracey Olney (Trail Consultant) and, of course, the Show Committee and Board of LMQHA. The weekend got off to a bang with a move-in day country-style BBQ, organized by members of the BCPHC coordinating committee. I would like to wrap HUGE arms of thanks around Colleen Schellenberg (President) and Doug, Graeme Bruce (head man on the grill!) and Louise, Bruce Maitland and Alison Willoughby, Marilyn Griffi n, Michele and Mark Charleston for contributing such a huge, delicious salmon, and all the others folks who shucked corn and set up the tables. We had it all - hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, salmon, pies, fruit (Krause Berry Farms), ice cream and all the trimmings! THANK YOU EVERYONE who helped, including Otter Co-op who donated their travelling BBQ for the occasion. There was enough food left over that Doug and Colleen did a pared-down repeat for lunch on Sunday! Instead of all-around high point awards at the end of the show, the exhibitors’ efforts were rewarded with a prize for EACH CLASS! So, as you can imagine, the awards booth was hopping busy throughout the weekend! Thank you LM for organizing such a great selection of useful horserelated items to pick from.

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There were a couple of jackpot classes added to the class list throughout the weekend. It was particularly fun to watch Evergreen Circuit, Amateur Ladies the brave exhibitors not have been possible without the support of (mostly youth!) steer all the sponsors: Moore Performance Horses, their fi ne four-legged partners through Saddle Up magazine, Canoa Farms, Maitland and a Shankless Showmanship pattern. Associates, Country Life in BC, Graeme and Louise Congratulations to Paint exhibitors Ingrid Libera Bruce, Sudden Impact, Schellenberg Trucking Ltd., on Ima Special Delivery (2nd), Emma Schellenberg Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses, New Life and All Reddy Smoke N (3rd), Kirsten Chamberland Construction, Jan Myren and Bar BW Paint Horses. and A Sexy Sensation (4th), and Trinell Carpenter THANK YOU EVERYONE for your generosity! on Zips Classical Image (5th). Kim Servoss and Th is show concludes our circuit for 2011 and her Quarter Horse, A Little Two Deluxe, took the we want to take this opportunity to again thank blue ribbon! But the Paints bounced back with 1st LMQHA for sharing their May and September and 2nd place wins in the Pro-Am Trail on A Sexy shows with us and to both Boards and all the Sensation shown by Kirsten Chamberland and exhibitors for their support. We had a number of Chris Moore, and Ready to Dream with Jennifer people travel across the border and we would like to King and Chris Moore respectively. extend a special note of appreciation to Kip Larsen One special young person whom we would Performance Horses from Arlington, WA, and also like to acknowledge is Ariel Taylor. She is not able our own local Moore Performance Horses for their to show often, but she really wanted to bring her participation. pretty Tobiano mare, Missy (Okies Final Flame), to And to Barbara, our BCPHC Coordinating this show and compete in a few classes. She worked Committee Chair, we thank you for your tireless hard to prepare and was thrilled when the judges drive to facilitate a local show experience for rewarded her efforts with two 1st places in the BCPHC members, one which will be remembered as Colour class. I am sure she would like to thank her successful, rewarding and fun! Aunt Pia Petersen and her trainer Mellissa Buckley for helping her to achieve this success. Upcoming Events The APHA portion of the show would simply * The AGM will be held in November and at that time a new board of directors will be elected. Please give some thought as to who you might like to nominate. Details for submissions, location and time will be available in the next Saddle Up issue. * Don’t miss the MANE EVENT scheduled for Oct 21-23 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. * PURDY’S FUNDRAISING EVENT - Sales and deliveries right in time for Christmas - don’t miss out! Take advantage of the online catalogue and order process. Details TBA. * Stay tuned for the year-end banquet details, to be held next year in January!

Margaret Logan (nee Maltby), (December 11, 1963 - August 26, 2011) On a more sombre note, with heavy hearts, condolences go out to all that knew Margaret Logan; she was loved and well-known within the lower mainland horse industry. A celebration of life was held on September 11 at Thunderbird Show Park, with many, many friends, family and loved ones attending to share stories and memories. Ariel and Missy


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CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 2/12 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355, Taking Barn appts for New Saddles, English Saddles, Fitting/Repairs 8/12 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 5/12 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 2/12 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs


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(For 12 issues) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

On The Market CV POCOS IMPERIAL DUN 2010 Red Dun (could be homozygous) APHA Mare Split is a big, stocky, beautiful, and sweet tempered filly with perfect conformation. She is halter broke only and is a friendly, willing filly that wants to please. Bloodlines include: Gallant Move, Imperial One, Snipper Reed, Poco Pine, Gallant Ghost, King Leo Bar, The Continental, Painted Jewel and more. Excellent all around prospect. $1,000 Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC 250-296-0186, e-mail

“AOC SASSY PINE PEARL” 2009 AQHA Cremello Filly; exceptionally well-bred Foundation Quarter Horse. Goes back many times to King, Wimpy, and Joe Hancock. Also bloodlines of Blondys Dude, Peponita, Sassy Doc, Doc Bar, King Hankins Two, Barry Pine, Poco Pine, Jesse James, Three Bars, Driftwood, Blue Valentine, Moon Deck, and Bueno Chex. This filly will produce some excellent ranch versatility horses in colour! Or start her training under saddle and have a beautiful riding horse. Pearl’s round penning has been started and she is facing up nicely. Will make an exceptional all around horse and will produce 100% colour. $1,000. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, or 250-296-0186

HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE 8 YR OLD WARMBLOOD/QH MARE 15.3HH, would make a great Eventing or Dressage horse. SEE ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing ) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:


$60. + HST

STUNNING GYPSY VANNER COLT! Be one of the first in BC to own this amazing breed! Super friendly, handled since birth, “Kash” is going to be an exceptional herd sire or incredible show horse. He will be weaned in November and ready for his new home then. $7,500 (includes delivery to the Lower Mainland) 250-395-3087 (100 Mile House) 11/11

REG’D PASO FINO GELDING, BORN 2005 Has lots of trail riding experience, travels well, clips, bathes, good with farrier, intelligent, agile, tough and strong. Gaited. 14.3 hands. Asking $3,500 obo 250-497-6026 (Okanagan Falls, BC)


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(ON LEFT) AQHA YEARLING FILLY: FancyCueBarDreamer. Filly should be in show ring. (ON RIGHT) Mother of filly, AQHA MARE, 10 years old, Sassy T Im A Musing, 15HH, (4x Boston Mac on top side, and 4x Leo Bar on bottom). Mare won 2 Grand Champions in Yearling Halter, 6th Overall in BC. These horses are bred for show and performance. For Sale or Trade for Gelding, between 4 - 10 years old. 250-546-4884 (Armstrong, BC)

AQHA ‘RACE BRED’ BROODMARE “KWIK SMOOTH START” 15.1HH, 14 years old. In foal to Arizona stallion “Count Corona” for 2012, 3/4 brother to leading Race Sire Corona Cartel - who’s stud fee is $35,000! Her pedigree has “My Leroy Brown,” Jet Smooth on the top, Kipty’s Charger on the bottom. This mare produces speed and beauty! And all the expense of AI is already done! $8,500. 3E Racing QH 250-446-2235 (Rock Creek, BC)

2008 REG’D APHA MARE Sire: Zipped Up Sensation; Dam: PP Quincy N Chip. Ready to show at the breed level. Incredibly quiet for anyone. 10 lope and jog. Should mature around 15.3HH. Has all the pretty and talent anyone needs with the bloodlines to back it all up. Suitable for youth or amateur. Has been shown locally and in Washington and Alberta. Does Showmanship and Trail and is started on Horsemanship and Equitation patterns. Ride and show now and breed her later. $6,900 negotiable 250-547-6272 (Lumby, BC) • 83

On The Market

REG’D 9 YR OLD PAINT MARE. 14.3HH Excellent conformation, friendly, light and responsive. Now going English and starting over jumps. Up-to-date with farrier, inoculations and worming. Would suit intermediate or experienced rider. Asking $2,500 obo 250-547-9277 (Lumby)


2005 MORGAN MARE English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving, 15.2HH. Royally bred mare that could easily re-enter the show ring or be an amazing addition to a breeding program. Easy to work with, loves attention, wants to go to work! Many more photos at Call 780-583-2128 or e-mail (Galahad, AB)

This 16.1HH guy is definitely a BEST Friend kind of horse. He wants to be someone’s one and only and would do anything for his rider. Shown to big wins in Hunter Pleasure and Dressage (Training Level & Level 1), absolutely LOVES to trail ride, and has even worked with cattle! Many more photos at Call 780-583-2128 or e-mail (Galahad, AB)

“ZIGGY” 15.2HH 11 YR OLD PAINT GELDING He loads, clips, bathes, good with farrier, energetic, good with cattle. Determined to please, goes anywhere and good on the trail. He needs an experienced rider with calm nature. $2,000 250-694-3873 (Burns Lake, BC)

2009 REG’D PAINT GELDING, 15.1HH Super personality, he is the barn charmer. Will excel in any discipline. Really good with people and other horses. Very easy to handle, lead and lunge. He has been saddled and bridled without a fuss. Start him this winter and have a great riding horse for the new year. Will make an excellent horse for anyone. Only selling due to University commitments. $2,900 604-741-1747 (Sechelt, BC)

15.2HH, Bright Bay, beautiful Reg’d APHA 14-year-old Gelding. Has been used previously for 4H and open Western shows. Has a nice fast walk, great slow lope, very flashy. The judges love him but he needs a loving home where he will be used, as his owner no longer lives at home and he misses all the attention that he deserves! Great for intermediate – experienced rider. $2,500 obo $3,500 for a full package of saddle & rack, blankets, bridle & assorted tack Robin 604-894-6751 after 7pm (Pemberton, BC)

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2007 REG’D MORGAN GELDING This 14.2HH Gelding is a ton of fun to ride. He has been shown in Hunter Pleasure, trail ridden (hills, bridges, water, traffic, dogs, wildlife… ), working towards Western Performance competition, and loves to be worked with!! Many more photos at Call 780-583-2128 or e-mail (Galahad, AB)

2002 CHARMAC LEGACY 4 HORSE With Living Quarters. Very clean, 8’ wide x 34’ long, mangers walk through door to living quarters, queen bed, fold down couch, dinette seats 4 to 6, full bathroom, TV, stereo, large hay rack, lots of side storage. Can deliver. E-mail for more photos $29,900 250-722-3650 (Nanaimo, BC)

“WIZARD” 16.1HH, 16-year-old Breeding Stock Paint Gelding. This horse is willing to do just about anything. Safe on roads, has been used in a parade. He is a great all round Western horse. Sadly I just don’t have the time he deserves. This guy has lots of energy, would be great for an experienced rider. $2,500 obo $3,000 for a complete package with saddle & rack, blanket, leg wraps & all assorted tack. Robin 604-894-6751 after 7 pm (Pemberton, BC)


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(14.2HH Chestnut)

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Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC



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TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)









“AW STEEL BOLT ACTION” 2011 Grullo AQHA/NFQH 99%, Stallion prospect. Lots of bone and size and PRETTY. As a stallion $4,500 or I will geld for $2,500.








Sire: Friesian Stallion “Laes.” Black, one white hind foot. Lots of hair. Sweet temperament, Friesian movement, lovely canter. Halter broke, ready to start under saddle. UTD with shots, dental. Good with farrier. $2,500. • 85

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195 ACRE HORSE RANCH. Indoor riding arena, 20 horse stalls, large hay barn, 3,900 sq. ft. house, 50 acre lake. Harold 250-398-7874 (Williams Lake) BIG 4-YEAR-OLD Dutch TB X Gelding. Well-handled and read to start. $4,000 obo. 250-307-1489 (Armstrong) 1991 CM TRAILER, THREE HORSE ANGLE HAUL. Good condition. $7,250. Phone 250-832-6720, ask for Hugh or Barb (Salmon Arm)

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FREE TO APPROVED HOME, 14-year-old Arabian Mare. Companion horse only. Cannot be ridden due to lameness and has had one foal but has not been able to conceive since. Good natured and well-behaved. 250-379-2268 (Falkland)

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Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm



3261-50 Street NW, Salmon Arm, BC

ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. 12/12

Full Board (3 feedings per day) Indoor Arena 75â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 274â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outdoor Riding Ring 205â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 107â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Large Paddocks w/Shelters Box Stalls, Wash Stalls, Heated Tack Room ~ Trainers Welcome ~

GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY - good potential income! Equestrian Centre for lease in S.E. Kelowna. Large indoor/outdoor arenas, 24 stall/paddocks. Been established as a riding facility for 8 years. Ideal for horse boarding, lessons, clinics and shows. Available Nov. 1st, 2011. 250-7175673, or 250-470-8593,

Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm

Call 250-832-7959






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