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s I write this we are going to print on the October issue (whew!), then am heading out to the annual Fillies ride for our ‘Jandana Ranch fix’ – a trip we (Fillies) do every year. A nice relaxing weekend which I always look forward to. September was such a busy month with all the fall fairs (and Photo by Jan Johnston taken at the most are reported on in this issue), Dawn Heppner Clinic in Kelowna so with fall arriving MAYBE I can relax a bit… less events to be at… less reporting… maybe more riding? And we never miss The Mane Event in Chilliwack, coming up at the end of the month. See you all there. Turns out our ‘Cover Boy’ KR Sweet Shine will be there too with Doug Mills using him in some of his demos… so go check him out (the stallion… and Doug)! Enjoy the upcoming fall and all its colours… won’t be long before the snow flies… brrrrrrr!

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Judy Newbert, Harveen Thauli, Dr. Laura Taylor DVM, Beth Marks, Christa Miremadi, Monty Gwynne, Paul Dufresne, Steven Dubas, Mark McMillan, Geri Brown, Valerie Barry, Lisa Kerley, Jill Hayward, Cindy Stutt, Carmen Ross, Trina Coates, Bruce Roy, Lorraine Pelletier, Suzi Vlietstra. ON THE COVER: KR Sweet Shine, AQHA Stallion, Sole Tree Ranch, Kamloops BC MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., South Central Quarter Horse Assoc., Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC., BC Rodeo Association, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC

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Dear Editor… Letter to the Editor:

(In response to Barbara Ann King’s letter to the editor in the September issue)


irst of all, I find it unprofessional for one horse trainer to criticize the article of another in a letter to the editor. Part of the attraction of the Saddle Up magazine is the immense variety of horses, horse-people and horse-related events that are being represented. It comes to no surprise that there are going to be just as many opinions and training methods and it lies in the reader’s freedom to pick out what interests them and to discard what doesn’t. I am not a professional trainer but I am a horse owner in the Chris Irwin program. In my experience (and training) there are two reasons why a horse will turn his hind-end towards you; from fear or from disrespect. Both can show itself in a myriad of variations: from slight confusion to bolting and kicking out and everything in between. It can quickly become dangerous, for the horse handler and for the horse. The quality of a horse trainer shows itself in the ability of telling the difference by reading the horse’s body-language. A skillful horse trainer will also know how not to confuse a horse

to the point where he has to apologize and back off! While fear can never be addressed with dominance, disrespect has to be… every time. You will never find a horse apologizing and backing off after biting one, who is lower in the pecking order, in the butt for being disrespectful. But this same horse will take the lead and try to guide the other one safely out of a precarious situation and his buddy will follow and trust, no questions asked. This is the position we have to strive to attain: one spot above in the pecking order. I love my horses and try to be as gentle and loving as I can, but at the same time I do not allow them to question my role as their leader. This can be as subtle as presenting a noninviting body position or as harsh as a flick of the whip towards the horse’s disrespectful part of the body, it all depends on the severity of the challenge. And you will be challenged for it is in a horse’s nature and in his survival instinct to test if you are still up to the task and fit to handle it! The question is: are you? Leaders don’t abuse, they train and good leaders know the difference!

- For the love of the horse, Monika Brown, McBride BC

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Probiotics in Horses By Dr. Laura Taylor, DVM There is that old saying, “No foot, no horse.” A strong case can also be made for “No gut, no horse.” In the wild, a horse moves up to 15 miles in a day and eats for 18 to 20 hours per day.


small amount of forage is constantly passing through the digestive tract the majority of the time. In contrast to that, the domestic horse that is used for performance/show/ racing has a vastly different lifestyle which includes confinement and restricted, intermittent feeding, low forage/high grain diets and stress from training, trailering and competing. Other stresses to the gastrointestinal system of a horse may include frequent vaccination and the regular use of pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. The horse is a grazing animal designed to chew all day long. Chewing produces saliva which neutralizes stomach acid, which is constantly being produced; therefore, the horse should never have an empty stomach. Unfortunately, many performance horses are confined in stalls for up to 14 hours per day and much of that time they are not eating anything. This is a classic recipe for the development of EGUS or Equine Gastric Ulcer Disease. Horses should be fed hay continuously via a slow feeding system or at least every 5 to 6 hours in order to buffer the stomach. Also, the

feeding of high grain diets contributes to the increase in stomach acidity and damage to the stomach lining, setting it up for ulcers. The incidence of gastric ulcers is surprisingly high at between 55% and 90%, with racehorses having the highest amount. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Phenylbutazone (Bute) and Banamine have been shown to induce stomach ulcers in horses. NSAIDS are commonly used for musculoskeletal pain and to enhance athletic performance. Unfortunately, many horses on NSAIDS are already suffering from gastric ulcers due to other causes such as intermittent feeding and stress from trailering and showing, thus the use of NSAIDS can only worsen a pre-existing ulcer. Antimicrobial drugs or antibiotics certainly have their place in the fight against bacterial infections; however, a side effect of these drugs is a disruption in the normal microflora or population of intestinal bacteria and other beneficial micro-organisms. There are more microorganisms in the intestines than all the cells in the entire body. Gut flora play a significant role in keeping the intestines working properly in their functions of

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Probiotics, cont’d absorption and digestion of nutrients. Since up to 70% of the immune cells of the entire body are located in the wall of the intestines, whole body health is reliant on an optimum population of gut microorganisms. The use of probiotics in horses has become increasingly popular in the last decade. Probiotics, also known as direct-fed microbials, are live, protected yeast cultures and healthy bacteria. They are often combined with prebiotics and digestive enzymes for overall gut support. Their uses include treating digestive upset, improving digestibility of hay and absorption of nutrients, maintaining healthy levels of digestive bacteria and stabilizing the acidity of the hindgut, thus lowering the chance of ulcer formation in the colon and cecum. Whenever the gastrointestinal system is under stress, for instance during the use of antibiotics, dewormers or antiinflammatories, probiotics can ensure some level of protection of the gut’s normal flora, integrity of the lining of the gut and immune function of the gut locally, as well as the whole body. Other times of stress where the use of probiotics is highly recommended include at weaning time for both mare and foal, when changing or adding in rations, when going from winter hay to spring pasture and when changing the type of hay fed. In my holistic veterinary practice, I find that horses are kept the healthiest if they stay on a very high quality probiotic at all times.

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The gastrointestinal system is probably the most vulnerable of all the organ systems in the horse and with all the artificial factors involved in the life of a domestic horse, his gut is always being challenged. A wild horse lives a vastly different life. Having tried various probiotics over the last 15 years, I have very high expectations of a probiotic; one should actually see a difference or improvement in the horse while on it, instead of having him on a probiotic just for the sake of it, yet not seeing any positive changes. Some positive changes that may be seen include: an improvement in coat quality, better consistency of manure, faster healing from wounds and injuries and less distension and tightness of the belly or abdomen. I am a huge advocate of using higher or stronger doses of probiotics during times of stress such as heavy training, trailering and competing, and when using antibiotics or anti-inflammatories, such as Bute. I recommend to my clients the paste form of Equine Choice probiotics during times of high stress and then for other times a maintenance dose of the powder form. The incidence of stomach ulcers being as high as they are, one must assume that possibly every other horse may be dealing with an ulcer. Probiotics don’t heal full blown stomach ulcers, however they do assist the gut with overall digestion and improved immunity and they likely also assist in the prevention of ulcers in the colon or large intestine, which can be as common as stomach ulcers. In my veterinary practice, probiotics are a very high priority supplement that I recommend for all of my horse patients. I have seen wonderful improvements in countless horses on probiotics. Their use is a very proactive approach to improving the health of our equine companions as well as optimizing athletic performance. It is about having them be all they can be. Dr. Laura Taylor graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and moved to Calgary in the mid-90s. Over a 15-year period, she received training in veterinary chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, osteopathy and craniosacral therapy. She has a 100% holistic veterinary practice for horses and dogs where she mostly treats horses and dogs for musculoskeletal and performance issues.

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Legalities with Harveen Thauli agents and the commission system

When a client hires an agent to assist in buying or selling a horse, what is that agent’s role? How does the commission system work? What are fair commission rates? Do both the buyer and seller pay commissions?


uying and selling practices, including the commission system, are often so informal and unclear that they are confusing for clients. This lack of clarity has allowed some unscrupulous agents to receive undisclosed profits by misrepresenting the selling price or acting as a “dual agent” for both the buyer and seller. Undisclosed profit taking is not only unethical but also actionable in a civil court. In some cases, an agent could be charged criminally under the fraud or secret commissions’ provision of the Criminal Code of Canada. An agent is often the client’s trainer, but may also be an independent dealer. The agent has a legal obligation to act in the client’s best interest and owes that client a duty of loyalty, good

faith and fair dealing. An agent’s role is to assist her client in either buying or selling a horse. This role goes beyond just making a mere referral. If the agent is helping a client buy a horse, the agent generally accompanies the client to view and try out different horses until they find one that is suitable for the buyer’s intended purpose. If the agent is selling a horse on behalf of a client, the agent generally markets and advertises the horse for sale and has an obligation to show it as honestly and accurately as possible to prospective buyers. It is not uncommon for one agent to act for a buyer and another for the seller in a horse transaction. For their time and expertise, each of the agents receives a commission as compensation from their respective clients. If one agent is acting for both the buyer and seller, this agent has a duty to disclose this dual agency and conflict of interest to the buyer and seller and obtain their consent to act for both of them. Commission rates vary and an agent and client may agree

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Legalities, cont’d on any level of commission. However, based on my research, the industry standard appears to be 10% of the horse’s final sales price. If, for example, the horse’s final sales price is $10,000, the buyer and seller will each pay $1,000 to their own agent. Some agents, who are solely in the business of buying or selling horses, generally charge a higher rate, often 15%, because they are not earning income from other sources such as lesson or coaching fees. However, an agent I know who helps clients buy races horses in Kentucky advised that 5% is a very common commission rate when the horse is valued at a million dollars or more. States such as California, Kentucky and Florida have passed laws regulating horse transactions. California, for example, requires that any commissions paid to an agent must be disclosed in a written bill of sale also known as an agreement for purchase and sale. Since the same is not true in Canada, here are some ways that you can protect yourself if you are buying or selling a horse with an agent’s assistance: • Research the prices of horses with similar breeding and training through online or print publications. • If you are dealing with an agent you don’t know, verify the agent’s reputation. For example, talk to previous clients about their experience with that agent and what they paid in commissions. If you find that the agent is evasive, avoids answering your questions or fails to answer them promptly, you probably shouldn’t be dealing

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with that agent. Remember: The horse trade is a largely unregulated industry that provides very little, if any, recourse to an unhappy client. • Put your agreement with your agent in writing! A written agency agreement will set out the agent’s duties as well as the commission that you can expect to pay at the conclusion of a horse transaction. The commission system is relatively straightforward when there are two agents. What happens, however, when a third person refers a potential buyer or seller to an agent? Does that third person also receive a commission so that there are now three commissions in one horse transaction? If so, how much should that third person receive? Who pays that commission? Is it the buyer or the seller? My next article will explore commissions, also called referral fees, to a third person. If you have any information about commissions that you would like to share with me or disagree with any of the content in this article, please email me at Check out my blog at for information about other horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and a former owner of a horse whose show name continues as “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.


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The Livestock Emergency Response Trailer By Peggy McDonald, Equine Foundation of Canada


ou are driving down the highway with three horses in your trailer, when suddenly a truck appears out of nowhere heading right for you. You swerve, hitting the ditch, and over goes your unit, ending in a crumpled mess. A nightmare for anyone who hauls horses down the road, or any livestock for that matter! The police, ambulance and fire truck are called and soon arrive. And the fire department pulls up with its Livestock Emergency Rescue Trailer which contains all sorts of equipment and trained first responders to get your horses out of your mangled trailer. You are very fortunate to be in an area which has one of these Rescue Trailers. These trailers are under a program of Alberta Farm Animal Care, and financed by the Federal and Provincial governments by the Growing Forward plan. Some have partial or total local financial support (such as Rural Crime Watch). The first two trailers were set up in Red Deer and Ponoka, and there are now trailers in the MD of Willow Creek (Claresholm); Cypress County (Medicine Hat); Westlock County (Westlock); Vermilion River County (Vermilion); a more recent one in Hanna; a roving one with the SPCA.

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And now Leduc County has a trailer, to be completed and in operation by this fall, funded by the EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA. The trailer will be housed at the New Sarepta Fire Hall which is located east of Leduc on Highway #21. The Equine Foundation funding includes the equipment needed in the trailer such as… livestock panels and gates; generator with extension cords; metal cutting circular saw and blade; electric metal shear; ladder; pitch fork, spade, flat shovel, crow bar; hand tools such as pliers, cutters, hammers; tarps and tarp straps; lariat and various ropes, halters and lead shanks; scene lighting; snow fence; and much more. Lakeland College at Vermilion has added a course especially for the first responders who man these special trailers. The call for help may come from highway accidents which range from a single trailer to a cattle liner with thirty to forty head of cattle; or incidents such as barn fires; severe flooding such as was experienced in southern Alberta earlier this year; or maybe a matter of livestock loose on a highway. For more information on the Equine Foundation of Canada visit or on Facebook.

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Mane Event By Gail Barker 10th Anniversary!


his year is our 10th Anniversary, so mark these dates and times on your calendar, October 25-27, 2013, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC. We have special events and giveaways for all ages planned throughout the weekend. Cayley Wilson Some highlights for this year’s event include Jessica Chappel an 18 year old rider from Barriere, BC, performing a Liberty demonstration Friday and Saturday night at our always popular Equine Experience Show. The show also features Ruben Villasenor and his 13-year-old daughter Elyse, performing Ruben Villasenor a Western Dressage demonstration and lower mainland resident Cayley Wilson is bringing to the show arena his Cowhorse manoeuvers that are amazing to watch; lightning fast and tremendous agility! The Equine Experience also includes performances by drill teams West Coast Thunder, from the lower mainland, the Cariboo Cowgirls, from Williams Lake and Pas De Deux dressage performance. Rounding out the evening’s entertainment are always popular performers Steve Rother and Doug Mills. We have top level clinicians and trainers coming in from all over North America and even “down under” – Australia. No matter what your discipline, there are sure to be techniques and information you can use to improve your riding ability; where else can you find all that talent in one place! Once you’ve finished watching your favourite trainers and clinicians, spend some time and take a stroll down Mane Street to the over 150 exhibitors showing their wares in the exposition hall. This year’s Trainers Challenge has an international flavour with Canadian Cayley Wilson from BC going up against Kerry Kuhn from Kansas, USA and, in his first Canadian appearance, Paul Clarkson from New South Wales, Australia. It promises to be an intriguing matchup with much to learn and observe from these three highly skilled trainers. Bring the family and enjoy the demonstrations, clinics and, of course, the shopping!

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy GURUS, GRANDSTANDING AND GREAT TRAINING

My goal as a trainer, teacher and human being is to keep evolving. As a trainer and teacher, I continually work on improving my skills and my understanding of just how training works (by looking at learning theory and all those out-of-the-box kinds of learning that many horse trainers do not explore.)


o that end, I will, on occasion, go to be a spectator at nonclicker horse clinics. I go there fully aware that it will not be a clicker clinic and that the learning will not be based on positive reinforcement; I try to have an open mind about what I might see. While I am not going to comment on the clinic I went to this last time, given by a well-known gentleman from the USA who specializes in classical dressage, I will explore the topic of the clinician who feels the need to grandstand, and comes across as a “guru” who is the ONLY one who knows ANYTHING. Trainers, clinicians or instructors who are worth working with should be able to explain to you what they are doing and why, and their belief systems. You should be able to feel

comfortable and able doing what they do, or at least have a good idea how to get there, and not feel like you have to keep coming back so that they can ride and train your horse for you. Neither you nor your horse should be more confused, concerned or hesitant at the end of the lesson. They should be able to show and tell you in different ways how to do the exercise being asked for, and be able to break it down into small enough parts so that you and the horse are successful. This goes for ANY good training system, not just clicker training. My goal as an instructor is to have my students go from guided and directed learning in the beginning, to having them become independent learners able to function and progress with only slight direction on my part. This is also how I want my horses to be. Yes - I want folks to take less lessons, not more lessons, as they progress... not a great way to make a living! Good training is good training, clicker or not. Good training and good teaching should be boring to watch. There should be no grandstanding by teachers/clinicians to impress the audience with their abilities and if they RR 8-30-14 Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4P4 profess that theirs is the See us at the ONLY way to train this, ) Call Today! ( Mane Event you need to ask yourself Booth #914 how you feel about this QuALiTy ALL ALuminum TRAiLeRs AT A gReAT PRiCe “my way or the highway” Have a design in mind? We sPeCiALize in CusTom oRdeRs! mentality. LAKoTA TRAiLeRs Many of the people having horses today are starting later in life with them, going back to fulfill childhood dreams BigHoRn and do not have that CHARgeR lifelong relationship and experience to draw upon CiRCLe J TRAiLeRs ALL CiRCLe J TRAiLeRs ARe 7’ Wide And 7’ TALL 7’6” modeLs AvAiLABLe that many trainers and BRonCo miRAge LigHTning 7 RunABouT instructors do. Many are middle aged and do not have the strength or desire to be rough Walk-in tack room, swing-out saddle rack, Two-tone aluminum skin, steel frame, big Big stalls! Available in 2 horse straight haul 7’ Tall, 7’ Wide, Radial Tires, Triple Wall and tough, to get the carpet, lots of extras. 2 and 3 horse. stalls! Available with rear collapsible tack. and 2, 3, and 4 horse gooseneck. Aluminum Frame & Exterior LoAded, all-aluminum! 2H: $9,400, 3H $10,900 2H $11,750, 3H $14,500 2H $11,400, 3H $13,500 infamous “dominance” 2H $13,500, 3H $16,300 over their animals. These CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE SALE PRICING! riders are interested in

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Clicker Training, cont’d The Source for Your Horse a partnership that allows participation from both parties, not a dictatorship based on fear and usually labelled as “respect.” Respect must be earned, and that doesn’t happen in a few hours. It takes time to build a good relationship. Fear can be established very quickly and you get animals that react rather than respond. Now, I am not telling you to not go and watch and learn, but make sure you know what you are getting you and your horse into before you participate. Go and watch several lessons or clinics by the person you are interested in first before taking a horse to him. If you like what you see, can understand the teaching process, can see that the horses understand the teaching process, can understand the reasoning behind why they do what they do, and AGREE with that reasoning, then go back with your horse; it is a tall order to fill. If you do not like what you are seeing, it is much easier for you to leave, as a spectator, than it would be once the guru has his hands on your horse and you and your horse were both wishing you were at home. As Alexandra Kurland says, “Remember to go to people for opinions and horses for the true answers to your questions.” You need to remember that you have hired this person to teach you. He is your employee and, if he is not doing the job you want, you can and should let him go. For some reason, many of us are hesitant to do this. Heavens, most people are even afraid to ask trainers or instructors to explain something they didn’t understand because they are afraid to look stupid. (This goes all the way back to our school days.) And they will almost never ask the same question again if they didn’t get an answer they understood, because they got “made a fool of” when they asked it the first time. Just take a moment to stop and think... if we can train wild animals like killer whales to perform, without force or fear, perhaps we should take another look at how we train our domesticated animals. Doing what has always been done just because it seems to work does not necessarily make it good or right. And just because it works for some trainers does not mean you need to do it that way if it doesn’t feel right for you. Here is a link from a great clicker trainer and friend of mine, Jen Digate, on “How to watch a training session.” In it are great examples of what to look for: http:// And for more information on the Guru Syndrome, check out this link from Effective Horsemanship: Until next time, keep it positive! Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development of clicker training for horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

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Hall of Fame’er – Dave Batty By Beth Marks Dave Batty is sitting on a barn bench with his long legs stretched out when I pull up at ‘The Barn’. I’ve come to interview him about being inducted and honoured in both the Canadian Cutting Horse Association’s Hall of Fame and the National Cutting Horse Association’s Hall of Fame in the same year; this year.


e was already a BC Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame member. The list of where this cowboy has not been honoured might be shorter. But the interview has to wait a minute as all eyes are on one-year-old Ali balancing perfectly on a pony her mom, trainer Stepanie Fitchett, is leading. Out comes my camera and I’m snapping away while Dave and his best friend and wife, Brenda, look on. Dave’s sister-in-law is there too; and a barn hand is rinsing out equipment feet away. Scott is shoeing at the other end of this massive Coldstream barn. Several dogs circulate keeping an ear out for any commands or exciting movement. It is a comfort just to be part of the scene. “Don’t write that!” Dave says more than once in our candid interview; so some things he said and some of his famous quotes you’ll have to hear in person. If you ever have the good fortune of one of Brenda’s home cooked meals at their home (full of amazing western art and decades of winning hardware) you’ll hear Dave announce with humour at 9 p.m., “I invited you for dinner, not to spend the

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night.” And, you know it’s time to leave. You don’t have to wonder what Dave is thinking. He doesn’t remember when he started riding; 2 maybe? His dad was a horse trader on Vancouver Island. His first gymkhana trophies were won before he was 10. Dave’s love Dave and MC Chiquita Catolena. affair with the world of cutting horses started in Arizona Feb 2013. Vancouver when he was in his mid teens and Chunky Woodward hosted a “Horse of the Year” show. Jim McDonald was there from the Douglas Lake Cattle Ranch and made a lifelong impression. Jim took Dave up on his offer to come and work, and soon Dave moved up from stall mucking to training cutting horses with Jim. “I was too lazy to do anything else or get a real job,” remarks Dave. “Doesn’t every boy grow up wanting to be either a fireman or a cowboy? Being a fireman was too much work.” Five decades later the only career on Dave’s resume would still be: Horses. “I like horses.” Perhaps this remark should be in the Hall of Fame of understatements from Dave. When asked about competing and when he knew he had “the magic” and skill of his art down pat, Dave had this to say, “I’ve never smoked dope or done drugs, but man, that must be what it feels like. There is no greater feeling in the world than when you’re out there and your horse is doing what you want it to. I get high on that.” Some of his most memorable highs came competing in the finals of the NCHA Futurity; or maybe it was the NCHA Super Stakes; or maybe it was just last year in Calgary at the Stampede where he was “High Canadian Corse” in the Open Cutting. Dave sees it as important to change with the times and keep current with training methods. Brenda adds that Dave always treats each horse as an individual and brings out their best points. Dave’s other major training influences were Don Dodge when he worked in California and in Texas both Matlock Rose and Shorty Freeman. He figures Peppy San and Doc Bar to be the best bloodlines in cutting horses and that the best cutting horses are always Quarter horses. He’s been lucky to train and ride some of the finest cutting horses in the world and worries about the cost of being in cutting now. He’d advise anyone these days interested in a life working with horses to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Dave Batty, cont’d really give it some thought. “It’s a way of life, not a job; and you aren’t in it for the money,” Dave says, adding “although there are some mighty big prizes these days.” When asked about the progression of training he comments that now the training methods are better but there is less great horsemanship. But I can’t write that; he doesn’t want to piss anyone off. And, Brenda advises not to look up horsemanship in the dictionary because that doesn’t cover what it really means or what Dave is getting at. I ask Dave if Brenda is always with him when he competes. “ALWAYS” is the reply. “We support each other.” There is no one he’d rather have preparing his horses when he’s showing than Brenda, a fine rider and horsewoman in her own right. One day at a local event in Coldstream I watched them in action. Mastery is the only word that might do justice to seeing Dave work cows. It is as if everything shifted into slow time and even the cows settled down awaiting instructions.

In his 70th year now his plans for the next decade include limited competing; team roping in the winters in Arizona; teaching a little; supporting other trainers; maintaining avid interest in cutting associations on both sides of the border and encouraging today’s younger cowboys to get involved in helping their associations. He’s been lucky to have suffered only a broken leg in his adventures; oh, and that finger he cut off roping. As I’m leaving he’s unsaddling “Little,” one of his constant companions. Little isn’t tied up and Dave natters at him, sounding like an old partner. “Get your head up.” Little gives him a little love nip as he’s making his way around him. Dave figures it’s to get him back for some real or imagined slight. “He goes everywhere with me.” Now Dave moves to the other end of the barn and is using a magnet to pick up shoeing nails as Scott works on a roan. He’s also goofing off with his favourite one-yearold cowgirl. He figures she was working on a

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dismount “better than most men” when she left her pony a few minutes earlier. Passing Stephanie and Scott on the way out they confide that the “Dave quote” they thought the best was when he was watching someone ride with less than grace and remarked “you look like a monkey riding a Border Collie!” But, you didn’t read that here!

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Mangalarga Marchador Musings in the Okanagan By Dana Johnsen

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ack in April of this year we introduced our three Mangalarga Marchador horses who had arrived from Flying Oaks Ranch in Oklahoma. The Marchador breed is quite rare in Canada, so we showcased them at the Mane Event in Red Deer Alberta. The reception to the breed was excellent and concluded with one of our Marchadors, Stardust, finding a new home in Medicine Hat Alberta. Stardust gave birth on July 22 to a filly aptly named “Georgia.” Their new owner, Patty, is very impressed

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with the breed and plans on expanding Stardust and Georgia her family of Marchadors in the future. Our remaining two horses, Shaman and Valentine, are regularly featured on Nickers Saddlery’s Facebook page and newsletter with their progress in training and adventures. On September 5th we headed down to Helena Montana to attend the annual Marchador clinic. The gathering is held annually at various locations in order for all Marchador owners and interested folks to learn more, get to know each other and have their horses inspected by the Brazilian judges and trainers who fly up for the event. I had the pleasure of riding a great horse named Lo Borges who won “best gait” in the Batida gelding division. He was a blast to ride and felt like he could go all day. Kate Moura da Costa Barcelos DVM instructed us, with the help of a translator, in obtaining the best performance from our horses and helped us with our riding form. Kate would go on to fulfill her duties as inspector for the breed registry ABCCMM. Horses must be under saddle and exhibit correct gaiting, as well as all the other conformation and personality traits valued by the Brazilian breeders. The North American breeders have their young horses ready for the inspection and branding, usually by the age of 3 or 4 years. We are passionate about the Marchador breed for their athletic ability, wonderful temperament, stamina, Iberian look and smooth gaits. They are truly a Cadillac horse. There are currently 11 Marchador horses in Canada.

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Driving Safety By Judy Newbert Without trying to scare anyone, anybody who has dealt much with horses realizes how erratic and dangerous horses can be when they are frightened and the “fight or flight” reaction kicks in.


ith a driving horse, we have less control (only the reins and the voice) and the consequences of a horse loose and frightened, with a cart or carriage behind it, are worse than the horse loose and frightened wearing a saddle and bridle. You, as the driver, are also responsible for the welfare of any passengers you have with you. The NUMBER ONE piece of safety equipment in driving is a well-trained horse. Temperament A horse’s temperament is set, to a certain extent, when he is born; a result of his genetics. Some horses are calmer than others and the pleasure driver should make every effort to choose one of them. These are the horses whose first instinct when confronted with something scary is to stop and look; these horses make suitable driving horses. Those horses who, when confronted with a scary object or situation, immediately turn and run are not suitable for driving horses and often not for riding horses either. Training and the Driver Training can certainly shape a horse’s attitude - both to make him better and to make him worse - depending on the quality of the training. A calm, good-natured horse will be more prone to trust “his human,” whom he views as a leader, and this horse will likely make a reliable driving horse. Even those horses who are geared to run

will be improved with good training, but not always to the point where they can be made reliable. Leave the horse with the “turn and run” temperament, who has not found a human he believes is his leader, to pursue another career. It goes without saying that horses who rear or kick when asked to do simple and reasonable things are not suitable as driving horses and often not riding horses either. This may be a combination of genetics and poor handling but, however they got that way, they are not suitable driving horses. While this may seem harsh, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers and the other people around you and it would be unfortunate to injure or kill someone because you persisted in driving an unsuitable horse. The driver must be alert, looking ahead down the road to spot oncoming problems, and be a competent driver who knows what his horse can handle and how to handle the situations where the horse will be a problem. This comes only with experience. The driver must not be daydreaming, chatting with the passengers, engrossed in chatting or texting on his cell phone, or listening to the latest music on his iPod. On group drives, the driver must always maintain an adequate distance from other vehicles and be alert to other drivers who may be having problems so that he can take preventative action. The horse must ABSOLUTELY look to you, the driver, as the leader and be prepared Driving & Riding - Lessons & Clinics to ignore whatever else Diamond N ultra-light carbon-fibre whips is happening around New Carts, Carriages & Harness - Mini to Draft Consignment them and follow your Driving Vehicles Saddlery and harness repairs orders. have arrived Upcoming Carriage lamp repair & restoration Driving Clinics The horse must stop Dates on and stand quietly when website Judy Newbert the “whoa” command is 403-946-5194 • given, without resorting Box 528, Crossfield, Alberta T0M 0S0 to the reins. The horse 12/13 should be immune to

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Driving Safety, cont’d the same things while hitched. If the horse is somewhere hitched and a large problem arises, unhitch the horse, put him back on the long lines, enlist the help of your assistant and work through the problem on the long lines before attempting to deal with it hitched. Once, I was driving a pair and had to pass a large herd of cows close to the fence at the side of the road. The younger horse of the pair made a huge fuss by rearing and lunging, threatening to become totally out of control even though his older hitch mate was unconcerned. We stopped, unhitched, tied the calm horse to a fence post and put the youngster into long lines (always carried on the carriage just in case) and worked the youngster back and forth past the cows until he had dealt with the problem. When we re-hitched him, he drove quietly past the cows. If it is not possible to take the horse out of the cart when he is upset - if, for instance, you are on a very busy road - have your helper alert and stop traffic and try to turn around and get away from the hazard. This can be dangerous since your horse may think of bolting to get away from the offending object as quickly as possible. Get to a place where the horse is comfortable and it is safe to unhitch; unhitch the horse, put him on long reins and go back and ground drive the horse past the offending object. If the road is too busy and you cannot stay and school where the problem occurred, try to recreate the scary problem at home or return to the original site when the road is quieter. Remember, you must face and solve the problem;

ignoring it and hoping it will go away on its own is not the solution. Bystanders and passengers Make sure anyone in the vicinity of a horse wearing blinkers has been warned to always speak to the horse before touching him, since the horse cannot see him coming. This is particularly difficult for children who just want to pat the “nice horsie,” especially if they have just had a pleasant carriage ride. When your horse is trained and reliable enough, you will probably want to carry passengers with you. The driver must ALWAYS be seated in the vehicle with the reins in his hands before any passengers mount the carriage, and the driver must remain in his seat and in control until all passengers have disembarked. For children and the elderly, you must always be sure they are firmly seated and are in a position where they cannot get any part of their body caught in the wheels or any other moveable parts. Children often cannot sit comfortably on the seat with their feet on the floor and must be supplied with some sort of foot rest; the elderly are going to be challenged getting out of the carriage in a hurry should something go wrong. An assistant will be necessary for safety when carrying passengers. It is recommended that all persons on the carriage wear well-fitting certified helmets. Cart/Carriage and Harness You should buy the safest and most durable cart/carriage and harness you can find. However, do not forget that all


things require maintenance. Inspect your harness and vehicle each time before you drive. Fix anything that is loose, frayed, broken or coming apart. Once a year (I do my vehicles during the winter when I can put them in the shop), you can lubricate wheels and other moving parts, make sure your singletree bolt is not worn and has a safety nut on it, and check all other bolted connections. If your harness has cracked leather anywhere, that part must be replaced before it is used. Worn stitching must be replaced immediately. continued on page 20

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Driving Safety, cont’d Safety Equipment The absolutely best piece of safety equipment is a well-trained horse. Having said that, there are a number of things that you can do to prevent accidents or lessen the severity if one occurs. The driver should always wear an approved helmet as should any passengers. If there is any possibility that the horse will kick or buck, an anti-kicking strap (also called a kicking or bucking strap) should be fitted. If you are going off to drive, tell someone responsible where you are going and for about how long you will be gone. Then stick to your specified route so that if you do not return, friends will have an area to start looking for you. Carry a cell phone on your person; don’t leave it on the cart/carriage. The driver must always do a check of the state of the vehicle and harness before he uses it. Then, after harnessing and hitching up, double-check before driving off that the harness and the connection to the carriage

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is correct. Make sure all buckles are done up and all straps are in keepers. Always carry a spares kit on your vehicle, so that broken or damaged parts which occur during the drive can be replaced or repaired on the road and you can get home safely. When driving on the roads, you are subject to all the “rules of the road,” which means you must signal all turns and must have a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign on the back of your cart/carriage. SMV signs are available in cloth so that they will not scratch your vehicle’s paint job. A fibreglass pole with a flag on top (like the cyclists use) is a good precaution if the roads you drive are hilly. Reflectors on the cart/carriage are a good idea also. If you get caught out on the road at dusk or even in darkness (you should plan your drive so that this does NOT happen), having reflective strips which clip onto your harness, or fasten around your horse’s legs or harness with Velcro strips, will help you

be seen. The horse can easily see where he is going, even in complete darkness, but it is up to you to be seen by other drivers. Many drivers use various types of quick release hardware on the harness and the vehicle so that the horse can be quickly removed from the vehicle if required. Remember the number one premise: the best safety equipment is a well-trained driving horse with a competent driver. Happy driving and be careful out there. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.

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Elisa Marocchi, EC Certified Driving Coach By Mark McMillan


t was a busy summer for Elisa both teaching clinics, and training and showing horses. As a driving clinician she leads many clinics around the province including Slocan Valley, Prince George, Barriere, Invermere, and Armstrong. She also does both clinics and private lessons at her own home place, Wildwood Farm, just north of 100 Elisa driving Ringo to a first place win in Training Single Horse Class at the Cariboo Trails CDE. Mile House. She also hosted a “ladies Photo by Mark McMillan. retreat” earlier this summer. Both of the Invermere driving clinics this summer were weeklong events featuring 5 clinicians from around the US, Europe, and Canada. Here Elisa taught alongside Jacques Poppen the current WEG Paradriving Silver medalist (a past gold medalist), a fellow who has several times won the US Single Full brothers Wildwood Roulette (wheeler) and Horse Driving Championship, and Wildwood Regazzo (leader) at Scott Monroe a three-time US Singles “CanDrive I”, Invermere BC. Combined Driving Champion among Photo by Christie B Photography. others. They hosted over 50 drivers and approximately 100 total participants at each camp, from as far away as Hawaii, Texas, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, to name a few. In the show world Elisa just returned from the High Country Combined Driving Event in Okotoks where she showed her young homebred/home-trained Hanoverian/ Oldenburg gelding to the Overall Training Division Championship. They also won Best Dressage Score - Training Division, and took first place in the Training Single Horse class. This is in addition to his win in the Training Single Horse class earlier this year at the Cariboo Trails CDE in 70 Mile. These shows were his only two competitions to date and Elisa says, “I’m very proud of my young fellow and have high hopes for his move to Preliminary division next year, as well as his older brother’s debut next season.” A highlight for Elisa this year, and I think a big bonus for the participants, is the fact that she will be this year’s driving clinician at the Chilliwack Mane Event, which will be held October 25-27. Congratulations Elisa!!

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The Grounded Rider: Reflections of a Volunteer By Hazel Plumbley

I have to admit it; I was peeking. Not only that, I was eavesdropping. If I’d really been thinking, I’d have had a hidden camera set up. None of this is skillful behaviour, I know, but as a grounded rider with too much life and not enough time, I need to be a sponge at every horse event I duct tape the time together to attend.


was gifted with the opportunity to volunteer in August as the whip for the dressage ring at the BC Seniors Summer Games held in Kamloops BC. As someone just one year shy of eligibility for this event, I am compelled to write this exposé. If you see yourself in this article, please know that you inspired me and in this glimpse of the games, I know you will inspire others to start or keep riding. I saw people struggle in the warm up ring, square their shoulders and march in to ride their test. Resilience, tenacity and courage are not attributes held exclusively by the young and fearless. I saw people mounted who thought a recent surgery might have ended a riding career, proving that passion cannot be subdued by injury or ageing. This is the part where I wished I had the hidden camera and a microphone; I saw coaches on the ground instructing their students and using their considerable talent and experience to elicit some light bulb moments before that gate opened and the whistle blew. I saw a lot of focus on the faces of riders as they pulled out all the memory stops to ride their tests without a reader. I also saw the good humour with which some responded when memory failed, a challenge that does not exclusively plague my age cohort. I know this for a fact from parts of my life where I am exposed to a younger set. I heard people encouraging one another in the warm-up ring and at the gate; I heard people watching out for one another’s safety, reminding them to tighten a girth before a test. I heard people sharing what they learned recently about new training concepts and that tired phrase ‘lifelong learning’ suddenly reacquired some bounce and verve for me. 22 • Saddle Up • October 2013

I heard people critique their friend’s test from the sidelines… and say precisely the same comments to them when they left the ring so they could improve on the next ride. I heard people make the decision to forego their ride in the best interests of their horse’s wellbeing; right there’s why an active partnership endures when a horse might also meet the minimum age qualification for the games. I saw some very talented riders. I saw some of them leave their whips at the gate and saw some of them ride without spurs and I heard every rider voice sincere appreciation for the horse they rode – no exceptions. I saw some of the biggest, brightest smiles I’ve seen for a while. I was inspired and I was humbled and I was treated graciously by a great bunch of women having a whole lot of fun. So I did what anyone would do having had this experience; the next day, I went out and rode my horse. He never knew what hit him; he just knows some small thing with big potential changed for the better. He sends his thanks.

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he BC Senior Games (Equestrian portion) were held August 22-23, 2013 at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre in Knutsford. Forty-one ‘seniors’ and their horses took part in the four events offered. Judges were: Joan Miller (Dressage & Reining) from Kamloops; Ken Huber (Driving) from 70 Mile House; Ian Tipton and Brooke Rempel (Mountain Trail). Age categories included 55-64 and 65 and over. Thirty classes were offered in: Reining – Rookie, Open, Non Pro Dressage – numerous Levels, Tests and Para Driving – Level 1 and 2 Mountain Trail – In Hand and Under Saddle, Novice and Intermediate MEDAL RESULTS – Congratulations! Arthur, Richard - Gold (Driving) Barriere Battrum, Deborah - Gold (Dressage) Lake Country Baxter, Connie – 2 Silvers (Mountain Trail) Mission Beecroft, Lorna - Silver & Bronze (Dressage) Chase Decker, Darrell – Gold & Bronze (Mountain Trail) Aldergrove Dolemo, Heather - Silver (Driving) Grindrod Figgess, Sarah – 2 Golds (Dressage) Salmon Arm Gammel, Wanda - Gold (Driving) Lumby Gardner, Debbie - Gold (Driving) Armstrong Hewitt, Terry - Gold (Reining) Knutsford Holland, Linda - Gold & Silver (Mountain Trail) Cache Creek Houghtaling, Verna - Gold & Silver (Reining) Prince George Jahrig, Monica - Gold (Mountain Trail) Chilliwack Jensen, Ursula - Gold (Driving) Lumby Johannson, Pat - Gold (Mountain Trail) Kamloops Marcotte, Carol - Bronze (Mountain Trail) Kelowna McNeil, Carol – Silver (Dressage) Clearwater Peters, Virginia – 2 Golds & 2 Silvers (Dressage) Grand Forks Pilon, Julie - Silver (Driving) Lumby Regehr, Beth – Gold & Silver (Dressage) Coldstream Reid, Janice – 2 Golds (Mountain Trail) Kelowna Reid, Patricia - Silver (Mountain Trail) Rosedale Rondquist, Loretta - Gold & Silver (Mountain Trail) Maple Ridge Ross, Carol – 2 Golds (Dressage) Kamloops Schroeder, Rose - Bronze (Mountain Trail) Abbotsford Shumey, Susan – Silver (Mountain Trail) Langley Wallin, Ann – Gold & Bronze (Dressage) Kamloops

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chieving quality collection is always a worthy pursuit. Collection is imperative to maximize a horse’s performance and well-being, whether for competition or just for pleasure. Good posture with a proper relaxed and engaged carriage facilitates a happy long-lasting relationship between horse and human. Centuries ago, the great horse trainers were highly esteemed for their art, and they dedicated their lives to maximizing equine performance for the love of the work rather than specifically for financial or competitive goals. These great classical trainers studied under other great tutors, observed and experimented and, in doing so, learned from their horses which techniques were most effective. Often, they came to similar conclusions independently because each listened to what their horses told them and responded by refining and changing their methods until they found what worked best. The great trainers of today who study arduously and experiment in the same way tend to rediscover many of these same answers, if they are able to listen and adapt to their horses’ needs the way the old masters did. Both natural horsemanship and classical horsemanship have strengths and weaknesses. If we study both, we can combine pieces of each to maximize our performance and our relationships with our horses, and make the best of everything available without re-inventing the wheel. The term New Age Horsemanship refers to the presentday fusion of these classical techniques with modern horsemanship techniques such as endotapping and aspects of natural horsemanship.

Although as riders we tend to separate ourselves into disciplines, good horsemanship techniques apply to all horses in all disciplines. Though riders of various disciplines may keep the poll at different Standing jaw flexion, pressure heights, there should always upward in line with headstall side be relaxation throughout the straps horse’s topline to engage the ring of muscles on the bottom line and maximize their shortening, whether in dressage or western pleasure or ranch roping or any other discipline. If, in collection, the topline does not stay relaxed - or stretched in positive tension this will result in negative tension Head shot of horse salivating created by muscle tightening of the after jaw flexions in elevated topline, which restricts engagement position of the bottom, and compromises the physical and emotional integrity of the horse. Most people have heard that you must get lateral flexion before you can get vertical flexion. Why? Horses need to bend laterally with


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Training for Courage, cont’d relaxation to prevent an inverted neck position which, in turn, prevents tension from a tight and contracted topline. Just as a human gymnast can’t learn to do side splits in a day, horses need to build this flexibility progressively! To ask a horse to bend, the rider or handler must exert lateral pressure on the lead line or rein. I would caution to watch the positioning of the horse’s head; for the purpose of this article, in any circle a horse should not be counter-flexed, as this is counter-productive until he has been taught to soften in the bend (and then, yes, you can move in a counter-bend). Once a horse can achieve soft lateral bend, he is ready to learn, through a series of exercises, how to raise the poll, soften the mouth and jaw, and apply forward from the hindquarters. These ingredients combined create a collected frame. In order to do this well, a horse must be soft and feeling good and relaxed about using its body in a collected manner. Although it is possible to teach a horse to be light in the reins by learning good cues, true lightness comes only when a horse can remain soft in its body and its emotions while applying itself in a collected fashion to whatever degree we choose without ever getting heavy on our aids, whether reins, seat, or legs. Often, the best way to teach a horse to move in a collected frame is to first teach the aids separately, and then to combine them using no more than what is necessary to communicate clearly with the horse. Two of my favourite horse trainers who practice achieving collection while minimizing resistance from the horse are Buck Brannaman (important influences: Ray Hunt, Dorrance brothers) and Philippe Karl (important influences: Cadre Noir and French Classical greats). Though these trainers come from entirely different worlds and experiences, their techniques share a great number of similarities. In watching Brannaman and Karl train a few horses, I noticed both took the time to create good bend before they started to elevate the poll. Once a horse understood to offer bend without apprehension, both trainers caused the horse to raise its poll without inverting. They also created a softening effect with the bit or halter so the horse could salivate and lick, eventually offering a more raised poll and a vertical flexion. Karl would begin to teach a horse to soften its jaw in an isolated manner. He would stand facing the horse with one ring of the bit in each hand, raise the horse’s head position, and apply backward pressure on the bit in line with the lips, in the direction of the ears. This technique applies pressure to the back of the lips but not the tongue, the teeth, or the roof of the mouth. By exerting an uneven pressure with some vibration and then a release, Karl caused the horse to begin to soften the muscles of its poll. The relaxation of the poll is a result of a higher head position and the softening of the jaw, and is expressed at first in the relaxation phase upon the release of pressure. Later, in a more schooled horse, it is possible to achieve a raised poll and a flexion simultaneously. (As a side note, JP Giacomini would add endotapping to help soften the horse in these exercises. Endotapping causes the muscles to cease tightening and allows them to stretch. It also increases the salivating, relaxed, licking response.) Once a horse was able to soften its jaw, Karl would stand beside the horse and apply drawing pressure on the bit to cause the horse to bend HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

its neck to the inside, and then he would raise the horse’s head to create a vertical flexion. If the horse attempted to twist its head, Karl would apply enough pressure on the supporting rein to prevent this. When the horse learned to raise Standing to side of horse itself and not lean on the bit, Karl obtaining bend and then upward elevation with a jaw flexion using would release the pressure. a single rein, but can also be Upon the release of pressure, done with supporting rein if horse the horse would salivate and lick tries to twist the poll and later offer more relaxed vertical flexion in a downward position. If the horse leaned, Karl would apply a stronger pulse upward to stop the horse leaning and teach it to begin to learn to hold itself. It is important to note that a horse needs to learn to raise itself progressively, as different breeds learn to do this with varying natural ability, but all horses can and should do it. When Brannaman first had a horse moving forward Moving in Shoulder-in on rail with under saddle, he would allow bend and jaw flexion and encourage the forward movement, and then begin to introduce bend. Once the horse had learned to bend, he would apply a slight upward pressure on his inside rein causing the same effect of the relaxation of the jaw and salivating response as Karl achieved in-hand. The position Karl used in-hand was very similar to the position Brannaman used while riding to prepare the horse for the roll-over. Once Brannaman had achieved bend, he would add simultaneous heel pressure to the hindquarter to cross under, engaging the hindquarter as he raised his hand in the same direction of pull as Karl did in-hand. continued on page 26 • 25

Training for Courage, cont’d Brannaman then released the pressure of the upward lift of the rein as the horse engaged its rear, with the horse driving itself around and forward on a looser rein, salivating with a soft poll. Both trainers taught the horse to move forward while not tightening the topline, and both helped the horse to develop passive tension of the topline through the stretching effect of relaxed muscle caused by contraction of the muscles of the bottom line. Stationary start to Roll-over with bend, jaw flexion, and Brannaman’s roll-over has start of application of heel many similarities with the start of pressure to start quartering Karl’s shoulder-in on a circle. Both with the hind use a circle with bend to facilitate the horse to drive from behind. The horse learns to take a larger step behind while raising itself on the fore from the driving action, and shortens the neck lever by rounding upward, shifting the centre of gravity to the power-train of the rear. Both trainers also teach the horse to collect by driving the hind and keeping the topline relaxed by having the horse in lateral bend. As the horse pushes forward from behind, both Full engagement in the Rolltrainers ask for a raising of the poll and over (bend and jaw flexion facilitate a large reaching step give the horse an opportunity to offer by the hindquarters) a vertical flexion, and offer a decrease in pressure as the horse does so. First the horse raises its neck and later offers a softer poll as it becomes more comfortable and relaxed from the jaw flexions. Also, as the horse drives forward with an elevated rein in a training position, the horse is more naturally inclined to lighten its own forequarters. Where they differ somewhat is that while Karl will have a lighter pressure on the rein, he will allow the horse to go into a lesser raised position with a softening of the poll but with feel in the rein which allows the horse to lower its head somewhat but maintain contact.

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Brannaman has, at first, a more definite release, but sometimes it may only appear this way because of the difference in the type of rein he uses, though he, too, maintains feel. He encourages the horse to elevate himself as a natural relaxation from bend and jaw flexion, then the horse engages the rear where the horse offers to raise its own poll. Personally, I prefer feel over direct contact. When a horse holds a more collected frame on its own, I believe the rein should show a reduced tension, thereby passing the responsibility to the horse to maintain collection. It is then up to our seat and our feel to maintain the intent of the desired length of our suggestion. It is also important to note that both also have their hands more forward, drawing upward and center neckline when asking the horse to raise itself, whether in one hand or two - this is a training position; the hands settle to a finished riding position as the horse offers to hold itself collected on its own accord, but they are always ready to remind the horse if needed by going back to a training position. Phillipe Karl and Buck Brannaman are both very good students of the horse and, although they differ in some of their approaches, this is but a brief look at some of their techniques. In my opinion, the qualities which allow both men to be successful have many similarities. It is easy to get hung up on differences, or we can choose to focus on opening our minds to whichever techniques are effective in the education of the horse, regardless of their roots. If it makes horse sense, we can leave our egos in the closet! 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

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2013 Vaulting Championships By AEVA Show Committee


he Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association (AEVA) hosted the 2013 VaultCanada National Championships and the AEVA/SEVA Provincial Championships in Ponoka, on August 6-8, 2013. The event was held at the outstanding Calnash Ag-Event Centre in Ponoka. The facility proved to be a very suitable arena for the sport of vaulting during last year’s event, with excellent stabling, arena space and a crew that made the championships successful. Therefore, returning to the same location for the 2013 edition of the championships seemed a logical decision! Forty-five competitors and 14 horses took part in the different levels of competition in the Canadian National, Western Canada and Provincial-level classes. Vaulting clubs from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were strongly represented. Angelique van der Sluijs, a member of the 2013 Organizing Committee, says, “We can definitely see a growth in the sport in numbers and also in the quality of competitions being organized. We are continuously working on promoting our exciting sport, and this year we have been able to do so by setting up a videographer at the event who captured all the action. These videos are then posted online and can be shared with those not able to attend the competition in person.” Videos from this event (and others) can be found at user/VaultCanada. In the VaultCanada National Championships, top honours in the women’s division went to Jeanine van der Sluijs from Meadow Creek Vaulting Club in Olds. She competed on the horse Kavalia, lunged by Angelique van der Sluijs. The reserve title went to Alisa SchmidtAnema, from Cheam Vaulters in Chilliwack, competing on Rosie and lunged by Josh Anema. The VaultCanada National Pas De Deux title went to Angelique and Jeanine van der Sluijs from Meadow Creek Vaulting Club. The pair competed on the horse Phoenix, lunged by Rebecca Marland. Phoenix also won the National Horse Award. In the Western Canada Championships, the women’s title went to Shianne Hofer from Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club in Sundre, competing on the horse Hugo and lunged by Melanie O’Neill. Also competing on Hugo, lunged by Melanie O’Neill, was Tauren Deluca from Triple M Vaulters in Surrey. Deluca took home the women’s reserve title. Hugo also won the Western Canada Horse Award. In the men’s division, the championship title went to Haigen Pavan, competing on Irulan and lunged by Rachel Pavan. The reserve men’s title went to Bartley Dyck competing on Hugo, lunged by Melanie O’Neill. Both competitors belong to Cheam Vaulters in Chilliwack. The Pas De Deux title was won by Darla Ricka and Alisa Schmidt-Anema, of Cheam Vaulters, competing on the horse Cetoma, lunged by Ali McKitrick. In the Team division, the title went home with Team Illusions from Cheam Vaulters. The team competed on the horse Azrael, lunged by Naomi Weber. At the Alberta Provincial Championship level, the top honours in the women’s division went to Chelsie Nicolls from Spruce Valley Vaulters in Rocky Mountain House. Nicolls competed on Phoenix, lunged by Rebecca Marland. Her training partner Kendra Gagne took HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

home the reserve women’s title, also vaulting on Phoenix and lunged by Rebecca Marland. The Provincial Champion Pas De Deux was won by Shianne Hofer and Lisa Fisher from Razzle Dazzle Vaulting Club in Sundre, on the horse Hugo, lunged by Melanie O’Neill. Zone 2 Champion was won by Shalene Hughes (Razzle Dazzle), while Dallyn Shields (Meadow Creek) took home the reserve title. The Zone 4 Champion was won by Heather Latimer (Meadow Creek), while Melissa Head (Spruce Valley) took home the reserve title. For Saskatchewan, the Prairie Central District Champion was Alyssa Parker-Mullen from Living Skies Vaulters in Saskatoon. The Provincial Horse Awards were presented to Bubba Jazz (lunged by Melanie O’Neill) in the Canter division, El Cid (lunged by Rebecca Marland) in the Trot division, and Bella (lunged by Rebecca Marland) in the Walk division. To find out more about the exciting sport of Equestrian Vaulting and see the full results from the Championships, visit www.

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The Obstacle is Not the Obstacle By Christa Miremadi Water, tarps, logs, ditches, round rock, balance beams and bridges - sometimes these things are all lumped under one general title: Obstacles. However, the way I, and the participants of my last clinic, have now come to understand it: the obstacle is not the obstacle.


hat we discovered, instead, was a much more important place to focus our attention. Recently, I had the great privilege of teaching another Mountain Trail Horsemanship clinic at Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope, something that I’ve come to enjoy a great deal. Although I’m really enjoying the sport of Mountain Trail and sharing it with others, what I love even more is the opportunity to help people improve their feel, timing, balance and understanding of practical horsemanship in the unique way that working in the park provides. I’ve been teaching horsemanship for over a decade and, during this time, I’ve come to notice that sometimes my clients clearly recognize the challenges being presented to them, while other times the perceived challenge and the actual challenge are not the same. When it comes to teaching horsemanship at home or in an arena, it is possible to miss or “sweep under the rug” some of the seemingly less-pressing issues. For example, in everyday life, walking to and from the stable or paddock, standing in the barn for saddling or grooming, standing by a mounting block or waiting for a gate to be opened under saddle, there is a little “wiggle room.” If a horse doesn’t stand exactly where he or she’s been asked or moves a foot or two in one direction or another it may be

recognized but uncorrected (due to a lack of urgency) or it may even go unnoticed. Many times, the attention to detail is just not given the time of day. At the park or when using obstacles however, things go a little differently. If a horse is a foot or two (or even a few inches) off the mark, it shows and they may miss the obstacle all together. When working through Mountain Trail, there is no denying the training holes that make themselves visible, no sugar-coating the areas in our horsemanship that need attention. They are exposed for all to see and that creates a feeling of vulnerability and humility that allows for growth. Many of the people who have come out to the park to get a taste of Mountain Trail have been excited to ride through water or cross the Rock Scrabble or conquer one of the most popular obstacles, the Teeter Totter. All of these things are exciting but, what we have discovered, time and time again, is that something as simple as stopping when asked, before even getting to the bridge or to the turnaround box, is sometimes more challenging than actually crossing the obstacle. As it turns out, in many cases, following the directions when they’re given is actually more of an obstacle than the actual obstacle itself. Now, if I trace this back one step further, the real root cause of the inability to cross the water (or the bridge, or the rocks, or to stop

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before reaching the turnaround box) is not an uncontrollable fear or lack of confidence on the horse’s part - although occasionally that does arise - nor a lack of willingness or a lack of attention. In most cases, it is not even a failure to follow directions. In most cases, the inability to carry out the desired task is nothing more than a lack of CLARITY and specifics in the directions being given. In other words, it’s not the horse’s failure to follow directions but rather the rider/ handler’s failure to provide sufficient directions. This deficiency in communication leads to undesirable results. This can be a hard pill to swallow for some folks, but it has been my experience that it’s a little easier to expose, recognize, accept

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and fix these sorts of imperfections when there’s a clear purpose and reason for both the human and the horse to tighten up their skills. There’s something about the natural obstacles and the reality of the need for immediate cooperation that allows people to see their horsemanship not as a hypothetical situation but as a real, necessary element to both their own and their horse’s safety. Having your horse stop when you say stop becomes important, not because of ego or dominance but because of safety and accuracy. Not only that, but in so many cases, people aren’t even aware that they lacked the togetherness in the first place. I can think of a lot worse places to find out that the “buttons” don’t work as well as you thought... Although the park provides an idyllic setting, beautiful backdrop and amazing atmosphere, this is not something that you have to travel to Hope or any of the other Mountain Trail parks to discover. Try setting up a square out of regular jump poles on the ground at home and see if you can ask your horse to stop with all four feet inside the box from a distance. Or ask them to stop with two feet in and two feet out. Or ask them to step in, stop and back out. Set up a few cones in a row and see if you can help your horse navigate weaving through them from a distance. Look for a narrow space to ask your horse to back through softly. Or one of my personal favourites, take an egg, place it on the sand and see if you can ask your horse, either from the ground or under saddle, to step on the egg. All of these tasks are simply catalysts which can expose the real obstacle: insufficient communication that makes following the directions difficult. If we don’t get specific, we can’t know how “together” we HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

really are with our horses and sometimes the use of an obstacle or a challenge can help us to be a little more honest than we regularly are. Wouldn’t you rather find and fix these deficiencies in a safe, supportive environment, with the help of a professional, than discover them out on the trail or while hacking down a road to the local park? The phrase “the obstacle is not the obstacle” has become a few of my students’ newest mantra. When their horses show resistance or confusion, you can hear this phrase being whispered from the saddle as they re-center themselves and remember that the obstacle is not the obstacle, but rather a means by which one can expose, work through and fix the real obstacle: clarity of directions. Providing clear, compassionate

communication in a way your horse can understand and developing a solid relationship based on leadership, support and trust takes a lot of hard work and understanding, but provides such a rewarding level of connection and joy - it is well worth the effort! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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hristmas is coming and all through the house, not a creature is stirring… but there sure is a commotion going on down the street. Yes, it’s the First Annual Canadian Cowboy Christmas Gift Show presented by The Mane Event, December 1315, 2013 at Westerner Park in Red Deer Alberta. That commotion you hear is… people singing joyously about their finds. With over 160 exhibitors there is sure to be something equine for everyone, even that hard-to-buy-for special person in your life. No matter what you are looking for, either for the four-hoofed, the two-legged or country home décor we have it at the show. Bring the family and enjoy the special treats and entertainment going on all weekend long. We have a very special guest who has travelled a long way to be with us; so far, in fact, that he brought his entire village complete with his North Pole! Yes, it’s Santa with his live reindeer at the North Pole Santa’s Village. The younger family members will probably want to spend

some time at the Tinseltown Stage and be entertained by a variety of children’s performers. There are treats and goodies available throughout the show, sure to please even the fussiest palate. Candy Cane Corner stage is a great place to sit and soak up the season while enjoying live entertainment from local groups and individuals as they perform. The season is about giving but also about being thankful for what we have, our families, our homes, and food on our table. On Sunday morning a Cowboy Church service will take place at 10:15 a.m. and is open to anyone wishing to attend. The Mane Event believes in giving back to the community and with this in mind we are asking for nonperishable food items to be donated for our charity food drive for those who are less fortunate at this time of year. Hours of operation are: Friday the doors open at 3 p.m. and go to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In line with our community commitment we are looking for groups or individuals who would like to perform Christmas based entertainment at this event. If you are a Cowboy Poet, Singer, Orator or are part of a group looking for an opportunity to share your talents or you are an exhibitor looking to enter a booth please contact us at The Mane Event 250-578-7518, or at www.

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4-H Colt Starting By Mac Tebbutt, Penticton Trail Breakers 4-H Over the past two years at the Okanagan 4-H Stock Show, I have had the privilege of learning how to work with young horses from the phenomenal trainer Daryl Gibb. It has been an amazing experience getting the chance to learn from one of the best trainers in the business, and to get the chance to see where all of our horses started from.


or me, the true awe of this project was getting to see a horse’s true, natural behaviour and mannerisms. The horses that we use in our day-today rides have undergone many years of training and have lost many behaviours of a truly natural horse. The young horses that we had the privilege of working with for three days showed us what the truly pure horse spirit looks like. These horses reminded us just how inspiring our animals can be. I often forget how wild, free and beautiful horses can be, and that is why this program is amazing. Getting the chance to watch these horses live, play, and fight with each other in itself was an inspiring experience. It showed us how different our horses are now from when they were young and free. As riders, it can be easy to forget what horses are. It is very easy to become too comfortable with the animals we ride, lulling ourselves into a false sense

of security. Watching these young horses reminds us of the spirit and nature contained within our own horses. It compels us to take a step back and appreciate their true power. For me, one of the best parts of this program was watching these horses learn. It was incredible to see how open the minds of these young horses were to learning. In many ways, they were like a young child on the first day of school - unsure of themselves in completely foreign surroundings but, at the same time, willing and open to a new world in front of them. It was so interesting to watch and experience how their young minds thought their way through each one of our sessions. They possessed a willingness and eagerness to learn that greatly surprised me. It amazed me that a horse that had

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worn a halter only once before would be so willing to work and learn from something that was completely new. I expected that the horses would shy away from new obstacles and would resort to natural behaviours, but the reality was the exact opposite. I still think back to those sessions and am amazed by what I saw in those horses. This amazing program not only introduced us to working with young horses but also gave us valuable skills towards working with our own horses. It taught us the value of patience and quietness and its value in teaching. I would like to thank Daryl Gibb, Gary Roberts, Joanne Blake and the many others who made this program possible. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Young Stars Shine at Stampede 4-H Rodeo By Kaila Cooper


or the 16th year, the Calgary Stampede’s annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo offered participants a unique blend of competition and education, as well as a chance to make some new friends. Sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport, Bayer CropScience and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, the 4-H Rodeo brought together the best young talent in the province on the weekend of August 24-25. Youth representing 4-H clubs from all over Alberta competed in three age classes in a variety of events. There’s more to the Stampede 4-H Rodeo than just competition. Laura Frank, chair of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo committee, says, “Every day we have a half day of clinics and a half day of rodeo - so we have a great balance.” The clinics are conducted by a variety of specialists such as Dr. Greg Evans, Lorne Lausen and Bryan Mandeville. “These kids get to learn from professionals in the morning and then they get to practice it in the afternoon,” Frank explains. An added benefit is that the rodeo experts aren’t just there to teach; they observe the afternoon competitions and are available for coaching. The Senior High Point Champion honours came very close to being a dead heat between Katelyn Godwin of the Leslieville Trail Trotters and the event’s defending senior champion, Desirae Jackson of Sundre. Each competitor contested five categories, winning one, finishing second in another and taking third in yet another. Both Godwin and Jackson finished with a total of 39 points. Godwin was


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Triple Induction at Rodeo Hall of Fame By Bonni Clark The annual Calgary Stampede may be over, but the organization’s year-round initiatives continue to ride the rodeo trail. On August 29, the Stampede was linked to three inductions into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in Washington State.


he Calgary Stampede Ranch was inducted for its tremendous 50-year track record of breeding bucking stock for rodeos. Grated Coconut, from the Stampede’s Born to Buck breeding program, was inducted in recognition of his success as the top bucking horse in the history of professional rodeo. The Stampede’s longtime official rodeo arena pick-up man, Gary Rempel, also earned a Hall of Fame induction for his decades of great service at the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede and elsewhere.

Grated Coconut in action. Photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

“There’s no way you could have the best of the best rodeos without having the Calgary Stampede bucking stock,” says Rick Cole, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame director. “You want the world’s top roughstock cowboys competing and the only way to ensure that they come is to have the best bucking horses here. In this business, that means having the Calgary Stampede bucking horses.” “We are so humbled to be included in the prestigious Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame,” says Keith Marrington, director of rodeo for the Stampede and the manager of the Stampede Ranch and roughstock. “At 90 years old, the Ellensburg Rodeo has a history and heritage almost as old as the Stampede. It is one the top stops on the pro rodeo circuit. To have one induction is such an incredible 34 • Saddle Up • October 2013

honour, but to have three Stampede-related inductions in the same year is simply overwhelming.” The Calgary Stampede Ranch The Stampede Ranch supplies top bucking stock horses to professional rodeos throughout the year, carrying the Calgary Stampede brand to locations across North America. The Stampede Ranch selectively breeds horses for their strength, athleticism and competitive characteristics, offering professional cowboys the toughest rides and highest scores in the arena. Based near Hanna, Alberta, the Stampede Ranch raises and maintains more than 500 horses in a natural herd setting on 22,000 acres. The Stampede Ranch has earned more than 250 honours and awards at rodeos across North America in the past 50 years. Grated Coconut Grated Coconut is one of the legendary stars of the Stampede Ranch’s Born to Buck program and is now its prime stud. An offspring of the late Coconut Roll, Grated Coconut enjoyed a long and stellar career as the world’s best-ever bareback horse. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) 11 times, and was chosen as the champion

Grated Coconut, showing his gentle giant side. He has a soft spot for children. Stock contractor Kelly Armstrong’s youngest boy is on board, taken this past spring. Photo courtesy of the Stampede Ranch.

of each a record six times. He retired in 2010 and is now top breeding stallion at the Stampede Ranch. His amazing athleticism and competitive nature has spawned a new generation of Stampede bucking stars, showing remarkable consistency in passing on his winning genes to his colts. As tough and smart as he was in the arena, Grated Coconut is a gentle giant behind the scenes as a social horse who welcomes petting from people. Gary Rempel Gary Rempel has been the Stampede’s official rodeo pick-up man for 30 years. Perched atop his horse in the arena, Rempel excels in his essential job of ensuring arena safety by helping cowboys dismount after a ride and shepherding horses, bulls, steers and roping calves back to the exit stalls after a performance. The role of pick-up man calls for the best all-around cowboy skills in roping and riding, an innate knowledge of animal behaviour and the ability to keep an eye on many things at one time.

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he Trainer of the North Challenge was held August 22 to 25 at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition in Smithers BC. This year the Challenge had two women, Kaylee Mills and Sarah Newman, and one man Larry Wierenga vying for the title of ‘Trainer of the North’ and for the coveted saddle from Smithers Feed Store and Reinsman, as well as the great fishing package supplied by The Bear Claw Lodge in Kispiox. The two other trainers received a beautiful halter with the Roy Kaylee Henry Vickers logo conchos on the noseband made by Bar None Saddles and they each received a Central Mountain Air ticket to Larry anywhere CMA flies. It was a hard She recovered after that and fought challenge managed to load her horse between the three into the trailer. The horses trainers, and our were very well bred two-yearjudges (Francis Teer, olds from Ben Gumm’s ranch Barb Henderson in Keremeos. and Ben Gumm) The final show had had their work a packed house and the Sarah cut out for them. spectators got to see some Kaylee held the great horsemanship and a few lead throughout heart stopping moments as the challenge with (l to r) Larry Wierenga, Frances Teer, Ben the three trainers put their horses through their paces. Thanks to Gumm, Kaylee Mills, Sarah Newman, Barb her great connection all the people who helped and to all the great sponsors. Next year Henderson. with the horse and Roy Henry Vickers may surprise us with a limited edition print her ability to speak to the audience. But not to be out done, Sarah of the beautiful logo he made us for the Challenge. We will keep was not far behind as she was just as good at connecting with you posted. the audience and horse. Larry quietly worked away with his All results and pictures are posted on Facebook under horse to come out with the best final score as he rode his horse “Trainer of the North.” through most of the challenges. Sarah also completed most of the obstacles, getting to lope her horse for the first time in the final and making a lot orse lay at andana ancH of progress. Kaylee’s horse was very good throughout the challenge but decided to be a Book your cabin now for a perfect winter get away little uncooperative in the final. Kaylee did get Riding in the snow – the Ultimate Experience! most of the obstacles completed, but she had Enjoy ice-fishing or cross country trouble with pulling the pole across the arena. skiing then cozy up in front





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The bull won this round at the BC Bull Riding Finals in 100 Mile House.

Ryan Jasper tops “I Wanna Play” for $1020 on Sunday. Ryan also got the buckle for top overall bull rider.

eptember was a busy month... at least the first half anyway. It seemed we were go-go-go with the BC Bull Riding Finals and Cariboo Country Night back-toback! Both were The cowboys and the bull fighters lined up as they were introduced to start great events! the BC Bull Riding Finals. Soon, on October Now we have to find a place at one of these stops to book 24, we will be our annual horseback ride. See their ad on page 23. heading south - well, as far south as Chilliwack anyway, for the 10th 100 Mile House hosted the BC Professional Bull Riders Anniversary of the Mane Event! Finals on September 7-8, and it was a good weekend. The bull It looks like a full, fun-packed riding was held in conjunction with the 100 Mile Fall Fair and weekend as usual. both events seemed happy with the arrangement... hopefully The good news last month agreeing to make this an annual event. About 15 bull riders tried for us was when we decided that their skills on the backs of some of BC’s top bucking bulls. The we would join Billie and Hugh bulls won overall, but the cowboys did a good job and put on a McLennan, and a lot of Spirit of good show! C+ Rodeo Stock of 150 Mile and Dave Atkinson of the West radio show listeners on 100 Mile supplied the bulls. Ryan Jasper took home the buckle for the 13th Annual Spirit of the best overall, while second place went to Cotton Manuel and third West Cruise, from January 31 to place to Levi Lawlor. February 15, 2014. Yippee! Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean, On September 14, at Watch Lake, there was another great South America, evening of entertainment and fun at the annual Cariboo the Panama Canal Country Night. Local favourites Leslie Ross and Ernie Doyle (with a full day went over really well, as usual, with their set of “everyone’s there for tours as favourite songs.” The Hanson Family kids from Veneta, well as the full Oregon, were a highlight - their harmonies, their smiles, their transit sailing), appearance, and their musical ability awed the crowd from start Costa Rica (with a Braham Ranch tour to finish, in a nearly sold-out event. They joined both Ernie and Leslie at different times throughout the evening to add their included), Mexico harmony and instruments... especially throughout the dance. and Los Angeles! Rae-Lee Fraser added some of her original cowboy poetry to

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The Hanson family “kids” - Daniel (19) on bass, Lisa (24) with the fiddle, and Theresa (21) playing guitar at Cariboo Country Night.

both of the concert sets before the dance started and had the audience laughing as she told stories from her short (19 years) life experiences in rhyme. Between the concert sets, steaks were served right off the BBQ with all the trimmings and dessert. It was a great feast that was enjoyed by all - a super thanks to Save-On-Foods for donating the steaks!

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he Stars of the West Sport Pony Challenge Cup Finals took place on August 24 at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facility just behind Spruce Meadows in Calgary. The weather was perfect and lots of beautiful ponies strutted their stuff for over $1,200 in cash and prizes. The judge for the Finals was Equine Canada “R” hunter/jumper judge, Anne Reid from Calgary. Ponies were judged 50% on conformation and 50% on movement, as well as their pony suitability for dressage, eventing, show jumping and/ or hunters. The Weanling/Yearling Sport Pony division was won by Welsh/TB yearling filly Avallach’s Royally Dressed (*Telynau Royal Charter x Woodlands Best Dressed), bred by Caer Avallach Farm and owned by Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, AB. Reserve Champion went to the 3-month-old Welsh/TB filly Daventry’s Nightlife (Alvesta Picasso x Sporting Life), owned and bred by Daventry Equestrian. The 2-Year-Old Sport Pony division was won by Section C Cob gelding, DT Snapshot (Goldhills Brandysnap x Young’s Arrest That Flirt), bred and owned by DreamTime Welsh of Sherwood Park, AB. Reserve Champion was awarded to the New Forest Pony gelding, Pferdetraum Black Beauty (Manoravon Master Majestic x Gabriel Creek Shanti), who is bred and owned by Pferde Traum New Forest Ponies in Breton, AB. The Champion of the 3 and Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony division went to the Section B Welsh mare Goldhills As You Like It (Gayfields Call The Cops x Goldhills As You Wish), owned by

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e have had some crazy months but nothing like last month. In just the one month we had six of our friends continue on their journey with their new families. RockStar, Hailey, BlackJack and Mocha went to a loving home in Rock Creek where they will be showered with love and companionship from their new friends. Then there is Babe, who was part of the Princeton herd, going to a home where she will be spoiled and a riding buddy for the adopter’s niece. Our newest member to the Hub, Shady, has also been adopted to a young lady who I know will just cherish her adventures and memories they will create for years to come. Bella is one of our newest members to the Hub. She arrived from Langley from New Horizon Thoroughbred Foundation who are full and needed to place Bella with a good rescue. Bella is a 5-year-old off the track Thoroughbred. She is just needing some rehab and then conditioning for walk/trot/canter and then she will be ready to place. She is so beautiful and has such a nice personality. We had to cancel the Hoof n’ Heart’s dance due to low ticket sales but Westjet has allowed us to do an online auction for tickets for 2 anywhere they fly. We have raised almost $1000 already and the auction ended on the 21st of Spetember. We do hope to get more but what we have raised so far has made it possible to buy four temporary shelters for the winter. Thank you to all that have helped us thus far. The only real sad news we have received was Willow’s past adopter had passed away from her battle with cancer. Tamatha decided to surrender Willow back with us as she knew we would do right by her. We would like to offer Tamatha’s family our condolences and wish them strength during their time of sadness. So with all the good and even the sad news we have received we feel honoured to be able to help these horses find new friends and have a new adventure in their lives as well as welcome back some old members.

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy


ast members of Alberta’s Halter and Harness Heavy Horse 4-H Club, schooled by Brian and Colleen Coleman, Eaglesfield Percherons of Didsbury, are repeatedly being employed by leading Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire stables across North America. Few equine programs have given young horsemen greater opportunities. Several of the boys, whom Brian Coleman also employed, were taught how feet on a draft horse should be trimmed and shod, albeit for the show ring, pulling or working on pavement. The skills these young fellows learned have won them industry recognition. Today, several former members are making a living working with draft horses. Thad Newman was the first youngster to surface in the program. This boy from British Columbia, who currently resides in the Ottawa Valley, has become one of Eastern Canada’s most successful farriers. His clientele includes Ontario and Quebec horsemen. Also known for his skill as a teamster, Thad is often called upon to wheel Belgians, Clydesdales or Percherons for stables in Eastern Canada that exhibit turnouts. Zephrin LaRivierre has also won industry confidence. While a member of Halter and Harness 4-H Club, Blake and Fran Anderson, Gentle Giant Shires of Didsbury, hired him to show their horses. Witness to his success, the teenager was hired by Bill Prins, Prins View Belgians of Fort Saskatchewan, when he finished school. The young horseman took charge of the largest stable of Belgian horses in the province. A professional teamster, who won countless honours driving the Prins View Belgians, Zeph, too, has become a popular farrier who is breeding Shires at Kennedy, Saskatchewan. When 15 years old, Kelby Tannas, a Cremona Club member, won the Amateur Driving Competition at Denver’s National Western Stock Show. The linesmen he defeated on that occasion were older horsemen with greater experience. Needless to suggest, the young horseman was hooked. Currently a student of Veterinary Science in 40 • Saddle Up • October 2013

Budapest, Hungary, Kelby has worked summers for Brian Coleman, Prins View Belgians and Valley View Percherons in Washington. This summer he helped Brian Thiel of Pleasant Grove, California, field his Percheron Six. Tannas is a quiet Rein Roy along with Adam Smyth driving a Smyth family Clydesdale young man, who is pair to victory in the Youth Team Class at the 2013 Central Alberta Draft on a mission. Horse Classic (Olds). The female members of Halter and Harness Heavy Horse 4-H Club have been equally successful. Amy and Hannah LeClaire, of Didsbury, were employed by Pat McMahan, 2S Clydesdales of Schulenburg, Texas, for several summers, to groom, decorate and help show her 2S Clydesdales. Jim Westbrook, her stable manager, recommended both girls, who he had judged Rein Roy with his two-year-old filly, SanLan First Trio, in Alberta. Widely respected in Reserve Grand Champion Percheron Mare at the 2013 draft horse circles, Westbrook was Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show. Chester Weber’s instructor, while Weber grew up at the Live Oak family’s Clydesdale hitch. Winner of a Youth Plantation in Florida. Schooled driving the Scholarship at the 2013 Central Alberta celebrated Live Oak Clydesdales, Weber has Draft Horse Classic (Olds) and the Youth represented America Combined Driving at Aggregate Trophy at Calgary Stampede’s the international level. 2013 Heavy Horse show, Rein helped the Erin Ferguson, Elise (Ferguson) Lucas, Smyths campaign their Clydesdales in Sarah Hunder, Jody Graham, and Delia and Canada and the United States. His summer Darla Loomis are Alberta girls who were sojourn ended at Iowa States Fair, where Halter and Harness 4-H Club members. he won the Youth Decorating, Youth Their skill in handling, decorating, Cart and Youth Team classes. Second in harnessing, and showing draft horses has Youth Showmanship, the youngster from impressed countless breed pundits. Like the Markerville, AB, won the coveted Youth boys the Colemans taught, they have been Aggregate Trophy at Des Moines, where he employed by the leading draft horse stables defeated a large entry of young Americans. across the continent. Without exception, Youngsters, wherever you live, if you each of these girls has lifted a championship are interested in joining Alberta’s Halter decorating. and Harness Heavy Horse 4-H Club, This summer, Bryce Smith of phone Julie Roy at 403-728-3127. Unlimited Tillamook, Oregon, hired a 14-year-old opportunities may await you too! Halter and Harness Club member, Rein Roy, to decorate, help harness and show his HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Allco Park Campout By Manon St-Onge


n Friday, July 19, a bunch of us from the Haney Horseman Association (HHA) gathered together for a weekend campout with our horses at Allco Park in Maple Ridge. Fifteen HHA members and their horses were settled in camp by 5 p.m. Around the fire ring they enjoyed dinner and talked about the Saturday rides, excited for a wonderful weekend of sharing the trails with good friends. Lynn and Karlene told us that they would be coming Saturday morning and will bring us coffee and donuts. A few of us decided to saddle up our horses early and meet them at the entrance of Allco, where we enjoyed our donuts from the backs of our horses! Karlene really wanted to ride but didn’t have a horse, so Manon lent her her 18-year-old Mustang/Percheron, named Kamana (who had been her wedding present 18 years ago). Karlene was in heaven! Two new riders from Langley, Bill and Sheila, also joined our group for the first ride of the day. It was a gorgeous morning for a ride. We crossed the river, rode to the Main Corral and then came back to camp for brunch. Everyone contributed something for the cooking; Alex, Larry and Manon cooked Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce, bacon, sausages and fruit salad. It was yummy - everyone enjoyed it! A few hours later, we saddled up our horses for our second ride of the day; this time, we were going to Alouette Lake. Dave on Duke, and Heather on Heart led the way, ahead of Amanda on Ruby and Manon on Kamana; Amanda and Manon also ponied their two young Mustang fillies, Flicka and Myka. Yolanta rode Tango, Debbie was riding her horse Alex, and Eunice rode her beautiful Diva. We rode for about an hour to reach Alouette Lake, where we had great fun playing in the water with our horses. After a few hours, we rode back to camp. For dinner everyone brought something different for the potluck - we had everything from hot dogs and potato salad to pansit (Filipino noodles mixed with shrimp and vegetables) and cassava (a coconut cake). Bill Archibald (long-time Maple Ridge volunteer, aka the HHA “Trail Boss”) and his wife joined us for dinner, along with current HHA president, Dianne Darlington. For Sunday breakfast everyone contributed to the feast; we had scrambled eggs, sausages, blueberry pancakes, left-over pansit, and fruit. Then we all got tacked up for the last ride of the weekend, the Yellow Loop. While we were getting ready, a few more HHA members hauled/rode over from their barns to join us. With the fillies being ponied once again (this time, each was saddled with a panier packed with an empty cardboard box inside), we made up a very long convoy on the trail - at least twelve horses! It was another amazing day full of beautiful trails and discovering new horsey friends. When we came back, Bill and his wife were waiting at the river to take pictures. Bill also brought us two big bags of plums to share. After some group photos, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

everyone chatted about the wonderful ride for a while, then one by one folks headed back to their camps to start getting packed up to leave. It was a wonderful weekend! Heartfelt thanks to everyone who shared and enjoyed the rides and food with all of us! I My daughter and I enjoying a swim at Alouette Lake with Myka and Flicka and our would like to say a dog Cherie. big THANK YOU to Dave Hodgens, who maintains the Maple Ridge trails all year long. Thanks also to the HHA for hosting the event and to the District of Maple Ridge for letting us and our equine friends use the beautiful Allco Park. • 41

TIDBITS Equitation Science a Big Hit! The Equitation Science lecture and lessons given by Andrew Mclean were hosted at the Vernon Riding Club and Topline Stables this July and were once again a huge success – thank you to all participants. We had over 120 people at the lecture Amy Baker, Shuswap Pony Club taking a and over 60 auditors jumping lesson with Andrew Mclean at Topline for the lessons and Stables demo sessions. One participant coming from as far as Ontario! This year we also had an animal behaviourist and veterinarian, Orla Doherty (from Ireland) accompany and assist Andrew. Orla is currently doing her PhD and presented a paper at the recent ISES conference in Delaware on the harmful effects of tight nosebands. Visit the ISES website for the proceedings

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horsemanship! All in all, the amount of learning and brains being stuffed was amazing and I applaud everyone who took part in this journey to lightness, we all are seeking to accomplish.

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Another busy year with fantastic instructors and learning here at ForTheHorse. Both Bertrand Ravoux from France, and Melanie Bulmahn from Germany, produced amazing clinics. Our July 11-14 Teacher Course was an insightful clinic with Bertrand, where riders dedicated themselves to obtaining the next level in their Légèreté training. We witnessed more and more horses and riders moving with lightness and riders achieving their horse’s best gaits. We are now approaching clinic #9 in our 10-clinic series with the Philippe Karl School of Légèreté. Clinic #10 will be the final exam for some of the riders who are training to be instructors of the School of Légèreté. In September we witnessed a remarkable open clinic with Melanie Bhulman. In this clinic we had an amazing variety of participants ranging from riders who have never seen the Légèreté work to riders working on piaffe, flying changes, and canter pirouette. Everyone had a blast and the energy of this clinic was super uplifting. Each and every one of the riders received many “keys” to improve their HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Interior Provincial Exhibition at Armstrong By Nancy Roman Photos courtesy of Saddle Up magazine

On August 28th through September 1st Armstrong welcomed the 114th IPE & Stampede Another celebrated weekend in Armstrong BC. Although we heard horse entries were down this year, the Fair received well over 145,000 people through the gates over the five days. Horses, riders and drivers came from all over BC and Alberta to compete for prize money, a Champion title, and maybe a ribbon or two. Unfortunately no results were available to Saddle Up… therefore… pictures will tell the story of this favourite long-awaited weekend in BCs interior.

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he sun shone down once again on all three days of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo in Barriere. This was the 64th year for the event, which celebrated 100 years of 4-H in Canada throughout the Labour Day weekend. Fair organizers were very happy with the turnout of visitors, and although Monday seemed a little light, the numbers were definitely up on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, there were so many people in Barriere over the weekend that cellular telephone service was almost non-existent due to all the activity on mobile devices, which apparently overloaded the Telus system, proving it not capable of handling that much traffic.

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Dave Stutt is behind there somewhere.

Brian Lawson showing Ken McKay’s Clydes. (Light Horse Results were unavailable) DRAFT HORSE RESULTS Champion Halter: Ken McKay’s Clydesdale mare Bonnie shown by Brian Lawson Reserve Champion Halter: Dave Stutt’s gelding Zak shown by Cameron Racicot Single Log Skid: 1st Dave Stutt of Barriere 2nd Mark Ralko of Barriere Team Log Skid: 1st Dave Stutt 2nd Brian Lawson of Armstrong Heavy Horse Pull: 1st Gord McKenzie of Fort St. John 2nd Dave Stutt Senior Team Driving: 1st Dave Stutt 2nd Eric Cameron of Bridge Lake

Novice Driving: 1st Cameron Racicot of Loon Lake 2nd Kyle Greenwell of Louis Creek Multiple Hitch: 1st Dave Stutt 2nd Eric Cameron Top Teamster Trophy Buckle (donated by Dan Fraser of Royal LePage Realty, Kamloops) went to Dave Stutt. Louis Sauer Memorial Trophy for excellence in driving went to Dave Stutt. Betty Elliott Junior/Novice Driving trophy went to Cameron Racicot. Thanks to our judges Jill Hayward of Barriere and Ben Vandewerve of Salmon Arm.

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BCRA BARRIERE RODEO – 40th Anniversary! Bareback –Entries: 9 (2 head option) 1. Denver Derose 2. Denver Derose ¾. Steve Hohmann ¾. Jared Marshall Bull Riding – Entries: 26 1. Steve Hohmann 2. Shane King 3. Ryan Jasper Saddle Bronc – Entries: 17 (2hd Opt) (1Med) 1. Steve Hohmann 2. Joe Roberson 3. Clint Maier Tie Down Roping – Entries: 27 1. Steele DePaoli 2. Cohord Mason 3. Steve Lloyd

Steer Wrestling – Entries: 20 (1Med) 1. Luke Simonin 2/3. Cash Isnardy 2/3. Riley Isnardy Breakaway Roping – Entries: 31 ½. Jake Herman ½. Kyle Bell 3. Kristin Bell Ladies Barrels – Entries: 49 (2Med/Vet) 1. Julie Leggett 2. Monica Oram 3. Deana Lloyd Team Roping – Entries: 67 1. Chad Evenson/Mike Beers 2. Nick Teixeira/Josh Cahill 3. Cole Bevans/Kasper Roy

Junior Barrels - Entries: 26 (1Med) 1. Jessica Macdonald 2. Cassidy Evenson 3. Brett Wills Junior Steer Riding - Entries: 28 1. Kyle Bell 2. Dakota McColl 3. Regan Charleyboy Junior Breakaway – Entries: 17 1. Troy Gerard 2. Kyle Bell 3. Jake Herman Pee Wee Barrels – Entries: 28 1. Elly Farmer 2. Kira Stowell 3. Brianna Billy • 45

Salmon Arm Fair Horse Show By Trina Coates, Photos courtesy of Trina Coates and Saddle Up


he horse show at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair held September 6-8 was a great time for all once again. As a pilot this year the show, while taking place during the Fall Fair, was hosted by the Salmon Arm Riding Club instead of by the fair itself. This allowed for more flexibility for competitors including being able to haul in and out each day, and later entry deadlines. The result seemed to be a very successful approach and I’m sure will be back next year! The show had lots of prize money up for grabs due to incredible sponsorship from area businesses. A big thank you also goes out to our two judges Glenn Perran and Patti Amos-Thomas, and all of our hard working volunteers! Our competitors also deserve a thank you for being such a fantastic group and being so patient when our power and sound system hadn’t quite arrived when it was supposed to on Saturday morning. We definitely hope to see each and every one of you back next year! Pictures from the show have been posted on our facebook page, “The Salmon Arm Fall Fair Horse Show” so check us out! Also, if you have comments or suggestions we would love to hear them, so please go post them on the page, or if you prefer, email them to HIGH POINT RESULTS: Western Junior - Alley Crawford on Cool Dancin Lady Western Senior - Donna Dimion-Ruth on Azippomaidofdiamonds Western Select - Janet Crich on Skip To My Image English Junior - Ashtynn Rebinsky on Sox English Senior - Michelle Larson on Dusty Red Cowboy English Select - Corry Stuart on I’ma a Cubin Playboy Overall Junior - Ashtynn Rebinsky on Sox Overall Senior - Not awarded Overall Select - Gail Howard on Sweety Lynn STAKE RESULTS: *Stake Sponsors: Aberdeen Machine, SASCU Credit Union and Jacobson Ford* $350 Senior Horse Western Pleasure: Champion - Janet Crich on Skip To My Image Reserve - Laura Bouchard on Obviously Macho $350 Junior Horse Western Pleasure: Champion - Lynn Freeland on Tarzan Is Terrific Reserve - Theresa Tremeer on Starbucks Drive Thru $650 Open Western Pleasure: Champion - Lynn Freeland on Tarzan Is Terrific Reserve - Laura Bouchard on Obviously Macho $200 Open Reining: Anna Green on Pen Sen Jewel $150 Two Way Combination: Champion - Janet Crich on Skip To My Image Reserve - Corrie Stuart on I’ma Cubin Playboy $350 Senior Horse Hunter Under Saddle: Champion - Janet Crich on Skip To My Image Reserve - Gail Howard on Sweety Lynn $350 Junior Horse Hunter Under Saddle: Champion - Lynn Freeland on Tarzan Is Terrific Reserve - Charylse Ranger on Scotch Slide $650 Open Hunter Under Saddle: Champion - Lynn Freeland on Tarzan Is Terrific Reserve - Janet Crich on Skip To My Image

Some of our winners!

Janet Crich and Skip To My Image

Anna Green and Pen Sen Jewel

Lydia Coates of Winfield

Elvis was there!

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Lynn Freeland and Tarzan Is Terrific

Lyndsay Blackburn’s team

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Mighty Miniatures, Part One By Daphne Davey Photos courtesy of Deb Burt


ize isn’t everything. Or perhaps it is! Miniature Horses (Minis) are joining their larger equine cousins as therapy horses, and some programs are breaking the trail in this comparatively new area of human-equine bonding. Half-Pint Hooves Equine Facilitated Wellness Association, a CanTRA centre near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is making good use of the adaptability of these tiny horses. Imagine the encouraging effect on a nervous child with a disability introduced to his Mini partner who is shorter than he is! Executive Director and instructor Deb Burt sees many benefits for her clients. “Working with Minis builds leadership skills that help them become assertive, and builds their confidence and trust,” she explains. “It’s very inspirational working with the horses. It helps you think outside the “box stall,” as we call it.” The Minis are used to teach grooming, leading, driving in harness, and negotiating obstacle courses. Children can even use them as a “canvass” for artwork. The Minis (potty trained, no less) also visit inside schools and nursing homes. In fact, people of all ages and abilities can participate in these activities and just have fun. “The horses have full say within our partnership as that is what respectful horsemanship is all about,” says Burt. “The Miniature service horses lead the way with their inspiration, and we gladly join the herd.” Another CanTRA centre, the Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI, piloted a program this summer for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) using two Minis. The key word, spectrum, implies that no two autistic children are alike, so working with Minis in hand solved the problem of some children being overwhelmed by the prospect of getting into the saddle. Handling the Minis from the ground enabled each child to explore new situations while growing in self-confidence. This pilot program has proved so promising there are plans to develop it further. And Half-Pint Hooves (www. has fuelled the Joyriders’ enthusiasm. In the next issue, Part Two will explore the role of Minis as “service horses” for visually impaired clients. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or

Sundance and Feline pull a custom-designed cart adaptable for single or pair driving, and seating up to three people or a driver using a wheelchair.

Hands on! Close contact with the Minis is one of the greatest benefits they offer clients because of their “friendly” size.

Rock Creek Fair - Once Again, What A Fun Year! By Sandy Ewing


he Rock Creek Fair Horse Show was held September 14-15 and had a good turnout of young riders and even a few Seniors that joined in Costume class. High Point went to Megan Moffat of Kelowna, with Reserve High Point awarded to Mac Tebbutt of Penticton. Sunday was a fun filled day of HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Gymkhana. Everything from Barrels to Cowhide races were enjoyed. Peewee High Point – Taylor Cudworth Reserve – Solomon Elliot & Skyra Elliot TIED Junior High Point – Portia Dagg Reserve – Shalon Street Intermediate High Point – Megan Moffatt Reserve – Megan Ewing Senior High Point – Tanya Margerison Reserve – Stacy Elliot Cowhide Race was won by brother/sister team John and Dara Lindquist.

I cannot thank enough to all of my happy volunteers and also our generous sponsors for their donations. They make our small Fair the success it is. Please join us next year for the exciting events to be held. • 47

Top Dog! Trick or Treat! By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP We find that most dogs don’t get enough mental exercise, as it seems that a lot of pet owners rely on physically tiring out their dogs. Adding some regular brainwork to your dog’s routine is fun for them and results in a different kind of tired.


t’s especially nice to find more activities that you can pursue inside during the dreary days of winter, as the days get shorter and darker. How about adding Trick Training to the time you spend with your dog? Teaching tricks is a unique and mentally stimulating activity that you and your dog can do together. You may think of tricks as silly – not really worth spending the time because it’s not “serious”. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to using tricks in your training repertoire: it’s a great way to increase your observation skills and timing; it’s a different way to build good manners and self-control in your dog; and it’s a fun, pressure-free way to build a relationship with your dog. Teaching Tricks Can Make You a Better Trainer One benefit to trick training is how much you can learn about “how” to train without the pressure of damaging any of your “serious” cues. When you train using tricks, you can learn a lot about the subtleties of dog body language. You’re not just looking for the finished behaviour like “butt on the ground” for a Sit. You learn to start looking for the subtle beginnings and the small progression of steps toward the finished behaviour. Take “Back Up” for example. In the early stages, you begin marking and reinforcing shifts in body weight from the front feet to the back before your dog begins taking a single step back. As your training progresses, you learn to “shape” a so-so result into a high quality result – maybe backing up straight, or the really impressive back half-way up the wall. Teaching tricks allows you to practice your skills and timing without fear of making a mistake so both you and your dog are more relaxed. Any “mistakes” you might make can be quickly worked through. The timing skills you build and feedback you observe during trick training can be applied to making obedience cues much more impressive – the “rocket” Recall, the “instant” Down, or the “anywhere

Salem learning a “High Five”

Mojo “Paw Targeting” and learning “left” and “right”

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and everywhere” Sit.

Tricks to Build Good Manners A lack of self-control (or poor manners) is related to many common behavioural issues. Poor self-control is displayed by dogs who: jump up, bolt out the door, pull on the leash, chase wildlife, have poor greeting skills, are play bullies, and generally lack the ability to focus and the patience to hold still and be polite. How do tricks build self-control? Well, if you teach your dog to Spin or to Roll Over – your dog is performing a quick release of controlled motion followed by stillness. That’s a display of self-control – a fun burst of energy followed by the patience to wait politely for another opportunity. Then the “performance” of his self-control is reinforced in a way that is very rewarding to the dog – a chance to do it again – that’s good training. Some examples of tricks are: Spin, Roll Over, Play Dead, Leg Weaving, Back Up and Tunnel.

Tricks for the “Do-Over” Dog

If you adopt an adult dog, it can often take a while to really see their personality. It takes time for them to trust you and to trust that their new situation is permanent - particularly if the dog has had multiple homes. Often, dogs who have had punitive training in their past, or are very sensitive, seem afraid to “offer” behaviours. They don’t feel it’s safe to volunteer a response because in their experience feedback is usually punished. We meet a lot of these “shut down” dogs – afraid to make the wrong choice, so they make very few choices in an attempt to stay out of trouble. This is also very typical of a dog who is used to being micro-managed – always waiting to be told what to do. A dog who is NOT micro-managed for example, learns the skill of greeting people nicely instead of doing what he wants (perhaps jumping up) and only responding to “off” when he is told to do so. The thinking dog begins to

Mojo performing “Hand Targeting”

Lexie showing off her “Play Dead” skill

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Top Dog! see “people approaching” as a cue to “sit and look friendly.” Almost any normal dog behaviour can be shaped into a fun trick and there is no better way to build confidence. This is a good place to begin building a relationship with your newly adopted dog. Teaching tricks is done in a light-hearted manner. Dogs are less likely to feel inhibited by our behaviour during training so your new dog can learn that offering behaviours is safe. Your dog will blossom when he realizes that there is no wrong answer. It’s a fun process that trainer and trainee visibly enjoy. Your dog is able to be successful and accomplish something that makes humans smile and laugh, which is very reinforcing to your dog.

A Trick to Teach – Spin!

Spin is easy to teach. Once you understand how to get the “spin,” you can use the same method to get many other tricks and obedience behaviours. You will be using “shaping” - reinforcing small approximations of a behaviour until you achieve your final goal.

Rules for Humans:

• If your dog loses interest or isn’t progressing, take a step back to where he was last successful and use better treats or make it easier. • Keep training sessions short and fun. • The following steps can be done over multiple training sessions. and search “targeting.”) - Have your clicker, target stick and treats ready (10 treats per session). - Present your target stick an inch in front of your dog’s nose. - When your dog touches his nose to the target stick, click, put your stick behind your back and treat. - Repeat the exercise until your treats are gone and your dog seems to get the idea.

Step 2 - Moving the Target Stick

- Present the stick as in Step 1, and then move it a few inches further away from your dog so he moves to “follow” it. Stop, wait for your dog’s nose to touch the stick, click and treat. Repeat several times. - Gradually begin moving the stick in small motions that, together, make the parts of a circle. Click each time you stop the stick and your dog’s nose touches it.

Step 3 - Increasing the Distance of Movement

- Move the stick a bit further each time, stop, and click/treat the nose touch. - Work up to moving a full circle before stopping for the nose touch.

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Step 1 - Introduce a Target Stick

You will be using a target stick to direct your dog’s nose. A target stick can be anything – a wooden spoon, a chopstick, or an empty paper towel roll. You can use your hand as the target too, but using a target stick gives you more reach. (For more information, go to www.

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I just returned from the Kamloops Dog Show where King (my 10 month old long hair German Shepherd) and I competed in a Canadian Kennel Club Obedience Trial. Needing 3 qualifying scores to earn a title of Companion Dog, we came up short with 2. We plan to attend a trial in Cloverdale in October to get that 3rd one. The show was well-attended by Cariboo dogs and their handlers competing for various titles. - Peter Reid Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 49

Top Dog! Step 4 - Fading the Target Stick - In gradual steps, start to raise your target stick slightly while still moving it in a circle. Your dog will now be unable to touch his nose to the target, but will be following the target’s motion. The motion of the stick, and eventually your hand or finger should now start becoming minimal. Click and treat after each circle. - Begin to conceal the target stick up your sleeve or up the inside of your arm slightly each time to minimize the stick until you are just using your hand or finger to indicate the circle. If at any point your dog does not complete the circle, go back a step for more practice at an easier level. - Set the stick aside. You now have a hand signal for Spin.

Step 5 - Adding a Verbal Cue

With any shaping exercise, you add a verbal cue once your dog is making a deliberate effort and you are reliably getting the behaviour you want. - Practice with your hand signal a few times to make sure your dog is reliably completing a full circle. Click and treat each circle. - Next, give a verbal cue “Spin,” then give your hand signal. Click and treat for a complete circle. Repeat several times. - Now, give your verbal cue “Spin” (but no hand signal) and wait to see if your dog will spin a circle. If he does - Yay! - Click and treat. If he

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does not, repeat the previous step a few more times before trying again. - Once you have “Spin” on cue, click and treat only when you cue it. This will help stop your dog randomly offering “Spin” when you’re working on something else. To see the Spin in action, check out our video on Facebook – search for “In Partnership with Dogs” to take a look. Really, whether you’re teaching tricks or obedience, it’s all just teaching behaviours – it should be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Have fun learning tricks and remember: “Training is something we should do with our dog, not to our dog.”

Valerie’s Doberman “lobstering” it up for Halloween

Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

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Safira riding her pony at the Mission Trophy Show in a Show Hack Class doing an extended trot. She has been riding and showing since she was 6 months old at the Armstrong IPE in her first Leadline class. - Safira (5), Fraser Valley BC

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Notes from the Office Horse Council BC

Come See Us at the Mane Event at Chilliwack Heritage Park on October 25 – 27, 2013! We’re Booth #613 across from the Trainer’s Challenge! Renew Your Horse Council BC Membership for 2014 Now! You are now able to renew your Horse Council BC Membership for 2014! You can do this one of three ways: • Online • By Phone • By Mail Make sure you renew before January 1st so that you are able to take full advantage of all the benefits of a Horse Council BC Membership right away and so that you don’t have a gap in your insurance coverage. Individual and Family Membership benefits for 2014 include: • $5,000,000 Liability Insurance • $30,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (note: does not include fracture and dental coverage in 2014.) • Transportation Insurance for Non-Owned Horses • Enhanced / Incidental / Emergency liability for the care custody of up to 3 non-owned horses • Access to scholarships for youth, towards education and athlete development • HCBC is a source of education; we offer Rider, Instructor, Coaching and Competition Official certification programs as well as providing general education workshops and seminars • Members can shop and save with our Premium Business Members who offer a discount to all HCBC members! • Receive our member magazine, “BC’s Equine Lifestyle” • Access to HCBC’s Lending Library • Special Horse Council BC rates on six premium Canadian horse magazines including Saddle Up magazine • Optional Add On Insurance also available including: o Members’ Tack Insurance 52 • Saddle Up • October 2013

o Additional Accident, Death & Dismemberment o Members Named Perils o Travel Insurance o Enhanced Personal Liability HCBC provides access to programs designed for recreational and competitive riders and drivers: • Ride and Drive is an incentive Program offered to members for recreational riders/drivers to earn rewards. • High school Achievement Recognition Program • High school Credits Program • Run, Jump, Ride! Activity Program that is designed to teach younger kids the motor skills necessary for riding a horse. • P’Tit Trot – Kids learn to ride programs in both English and Western • Learn To Ride Programs – English and Western Rider Levels


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Spruce Meadows Masters Winners Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services

Spruce Meadows announced that Canadian Pacific will be the new title sponsor for its highlight grand prix at the Masters in 2014. The Canadian Pacific International will set a new benchmark for the sport of show jumping, and its $1.5 Million dollar purse not only represents a dramatic increase in prize money for the best riders in the world, but the return of a sponsor with a history of incredible corporate support of Spruce Meadows. Spruce Meadows President Linda Southern-Heathcott and Canadian Pacific CEO Hunter Harrison announce the new $1.5 Million Canadian Pacific International.

$50,000 AKITA Drilling Cup 1.50m BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky

$85,000 Finning Cup 1.60m TALOUBET Z: 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Galoubet A S.F. x Polydor CHRISTIAN AHLMANN (GER), Judy Ann Melchoir and Christian Ahlmann

$75,000 ATCO Electric Six Bar CONTE DELLA CACCIA: 2003 Holsteiner stallion by Canturo x Corrado MARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Optimum Finanz AG

$125,000 CANA Cup 1.60m DAME BLANCHE VAN ARENBERG: 2003 Belgian Sport Horse mare by Clinton x Codexco PENELOPE LEPREVOST (FRA), Megret Genevieve

$125,000 Suncor Winning Round 1.50m BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky Farrington Does It Again: Winning twice during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ is not easily accomplished, but top American rider Kent Farrington showed speed was the key in the $125,000 Suncor Winning Round 1.50m. He and Blue Angel returned second to last in the second round. The top eight from the first round came back with a clean slate, and it was Farrington’s ride of 44.26 seconds that secured victory.

$50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange

Germany Triumphs in $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup Saturday at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ is always full of national pride. Eight top teams from around the world went head to head, and the winning nation for the second year in a row was Germany with teammates: Hans Dieter Dreher/Colore, Christian Ahlmann/Asca Z, Daniel Deusser/Evita van de Veldballe, and Lars Nieberg/ Leonie. The winning German team with Tom Milroy, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Capital Markets

$205,000 Encana Cup 1.60m MAKAVOY: 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Hors La Loi II x Ahorn BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables

$1 Million CN International, part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping CANDY: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse mare by Nabab de Reve x Etretat PIETER DEVOS (BEL), Joris Jacobus de Brabander van Hooydonk Candy, who shares common breeding with the legendary Big Ben, will undoubtedly return to Belgium to a celebrity welcome.

TOP CANADIAN RIDER Brian Morton won the Top Canadian Rider Award for his success at Spruce Meadows ‘National’, ‘Continental’, ‘North American’, and ‘Masters’.

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Equine Canada Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament Canadian Show Jumping riders went head to head with some of the world’s best at the CSIO 5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in Calgary, AB, earning impressive results against seasoned international competitors. The iconic annual tournament marks the end of the series of highcaliber competitions that take place throughout the spring and summer at Spruce Meadows each year. The 2013 ‘Masters’ Tournament featured some of the richest grand prix classes in the world, with prize money for individual classes ranging all the way up to $1,000,000. See winning highlights on page 53.

Reiner Lisa Coulter Takes First Canadian reiner Lisa Coulter of Vernon BC took first place across the board in her three classes at the Chilliwack Concours De Reining International CRI3* held September 4 -8, 2013 during the Superslide Out West Reining and Reined Cow Horse Show, at Chilliwack Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC. Coulter and her partner Western Whiz, Robert Thompson’s 10-yearold Quarter Horse gelding sired by West Coast Whiz, scored 144 points in Thursday’s run, 147 points on Friday, and earned 146 points for their final run on Sunday. For complete results please Lisa Coulter and Western visit: Whiz The event was the first of two regional FEI CRI-3 events to be held in Canada. The second regional FEI CRI-3, the AQR 2013 CRI-3 event takes place September 16-19, 2013 at Blainville, Quebec.

Howard and Riddle Master 12th at Burghley

Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master take 12th at the prestigious CCI 4* Land Rover Burghley Three Day Event. Photo by StockImageServices. com

Canada’s 2012 Olympian Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC competed amongst Eventing’s elite athletes in her debut appearance at the prestigious CCI 4* Land Rover Burghley Three Day Event held September 5-8 in Stamford, GBR. “I was really pleased with our cross-country performance. Riddle Master was super, he’s a class horse to jump your first Burghley on. The course was huge and technical, I was worried about the terrain and how much horse I would have going home. I was a bit disappointed in our dressage phase; we missed our changes in the ring. He had been doing them so well in warm-up, so now we must get them solidified over the winter

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because there is no reason he shouldn’t be scoring in the low 40’s. We could have done better if he didn’t shy at the water but he’s a cheeky boy and is very spooky, he just hadn’t done that in a while. It was an expensive spook!” For complete results visit:

In Memoriam: Bryan Anderson (1969-2013) Equine Canada mourns the loss of Canadian Equestrian Team member, Bryan Anderson, who passed away on September 11 from injuries sustained in a riding accident. Anderson was considered an ambitious international competitor, and was named to the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) short list in 1987. In 1990, Anderson represented Canada as a member of the CET at the 1990 World Cup Finals in Dortmund, Germany. Utilizing his 35 years of equestrian experience, Anderson established the very successful Bryan Anderson Show Jumping training facility in southern Alberta, where he developed talented horses and riders in the disciplines of hunter, equitation and show jumping. In 2011, Anderson, along with parents JC and Barbara and siblings John, Sandra and Susan, were recognized for their dedication and service to Canada’s equestrian community when they were inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in the category of Builder (Organization).

On To Greener Pastures

Equine Canada regretfully reports that 21-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Korona, beloved partner of Canadian Equestrian Team dressage rider Shannon Dueck, was humanely euthanized on Saturday, September 21 as a result of age-related health issues. Dueck and Korona had many domestic and international successes, including the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, where they proved extremely competitive and, in spectacular fashion, won the Freestyle competition and claimed the individual silver medal for Canada. “He was a very special spirit embodied in plain bay horse body. We had to make the wrenching decision to put him down - he was in a lot of pain from laminitis. I don’t know where great horses go when they die, but I know he is there and I know he is royalty,” says Dueck.

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New Trainer in South Okanagan By Alex MacRae


hat an introduction it was for “new to the Okanagan” horse trainer and riding mentor Brenda Gauthier when she had the opportunity to work as Ring Steward for Josephine Brouwer at the Penticton Riding Club Fall Classic Trophy Show. It was a day that allowed Brenda to see some of the riders in the South Okanagan. Have you been looking for a riding mentor or a trainer with the ability to move your western horse up to the next level or a safe instructor for you or your children? It is not always easy to find someone who Inspired By Major and Brenda sliding at can help with choosing a horse through the Summer Slide and Spin winning the Champion Blanket to putting competition buttons on your Western Pleasure or Reining horse, however, with Brenda’s arrival in the Okanagan that has changed. Brenda had always known she would retire here but family circumstances moved her arrival by about 10 years. Richland Ranch is her brand in Manitoba where she is well-known for her work with young and older riders, bringing on young horses, developing competition horses in all the Whispers Sweet Missy and Brenda winning western disciplines and teaching rider/ 1st place in the Western Pleasure horse team work. Not only can Brenda help you develop as a rider she is also an accomplished competitor in Barrels, Reining and Western Pleasure. The most important skill Brenda brings is the knowledge to see where and how to improve a rider’s confidence and abilities. She has successfully worked with Nervous Nellies, as well as riders who are competing in Open or Breed shows (AQHA) as well as discipline specific shows (Reining). Her training methods are humane, sensible and effective and she had a creative way of looking for solutions to any challenges a team is encountering. “When working with nervous riders you have to, in some ways, start at the beginning. You can’t start where you were when you lost your confidence. If you came off your horse you have to start at the beginning; what you were doing was not working so we go back to where it was working and build from there” says Brenda. With horses, it doesn’t take her long to get the feel for the horse she is working with and to develop a plan on how to improve, condition, or train new skills. She is effective with her training and horses seem to catch on very quickly to what is wanted. You can find Brenda working out of Parkway Stables in Penticton. She has space for horses in for training, and is available for lessons as well. Her website has pictures from her many years of showing and training (, and her Face Book page has pictures and videos of her work in BC.

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Ask Suzi!

Silver Linings Sil

Hi Suzi: I show locally at larger shows and now the futurity shows on my now 3-year-old prospect. I am in need of a lighter oil bridle, something with fake silver and the ferrule look, but just a little on it. Do you have anything to suggest? It must be reasonably priced and not too faddy. I live in a very rural area. - Thanks so much, Carol Hi Carol: If you don’t have any stores near you to go shop, I’d say hit the catalogues or you may be able to find something on-line as well. I have seen some very nice tack with ‘fake silver’ lately, but decide what your budget is, then shop accordingly. Remember that those alloy metals tend to lose their sparkle and not really get it back. You might be better off, in terms of long-run investment, to get something a bit simpler but of higher silver quality. One of my favorite classic headstall looks is single or double ears (not a browband these days) with beautiful carved leather and big nice buckles at each side of the head and conchos at the bit… no other silver. Don’t forget to check out eBay or consignment shops, too, but make sure you understand exactly what you are looking at. Folks need to be both knowledgeable and honest in describing exactly what materials go into an expensive item of show tack, and I’d say most aren’t experts, so you have to educate yourself. If in doubt, don’t deal with ‘em. Good luck, hope you find just what you need. - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 55

Nicole Klassen By Steven Dubas


inding a good instructor to teach your children proper riding technique is always a challenge. So how do you find a good instructor? The best way is by word of mouth. Talking to people whom you trust and who have riding and horsemanship knowledge. When you do get a few prospects, see if you can audit a class or two to get a feel for the instructor and their schooling horses. One instructor who I am familiar with is Nicole Klassen, she is motivated and has natural teaching ability. Born in Fort St. John, Nicole moved to Prince George to attend the University of Northern BC. She completed a joint Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry. Encouraged by her professors to pursue a career in education, because of the way she conducted the tutorials for them; she entered the Education program at UNBC. However, after being in school for a number of years, she decided to take a year off. In order to pay for her bills she decided to become a full time riding instructor; a move she has never Brodhi riding Hank a 20 yr old Draft/QH cross gelding regretted. Watching her instruct, the positive attitude, energy, knowledge, creativity, instant raptor and the big smile, to me, projected a high level of professionalism. Nicole got her first horse at the age of 11 and quickly embarked on a steep learning curve. Her skill and knowledge came from watching and attending clinics. As an allaround rider, she has taken lessons, or attended clinics, in dressage, jumping, reining, trail, barrels and working cow; however, reining is her passion. Drawing from her knowledge of teaching, Nicole has created her own lesson plan and manual for her students. Where other instructors get the student on the horse, Nicole works at getting the student to understand the everyday aspects of riding, along with the feel of the horse and understanding the movement of each gait. During the summer, Nicole offers weeklong horse camps where kids can try riding to find out if this is what he or she wants; Nicole Klassen with Sham a 16 yr old QH/AngloBrooklyn riding Fancy a 10 yr old QH mare Arab cross gelding something that every parent would like to know before they buy a horse. She has created horse is supposed to feel like. a manual for each child to take home and Nicole works out of Crossroads Ranch, owned by Howard study during the week. Reflecting the manual is a lesson plan she and Myrna Thiessen, located in the Chief Lake area of Prince created to keep kids on track, and yes, there is homework, but it George. It offers a wide range of riding experiences with clinics is fun. and events. They also support the local Lakes Community Horse Safety around horses is paramount, with every young rider Club, giving the kids a place to ride in the winter months. she has her, more experienced, students help. She wants her students to have fun so she keeps changing up the program outside of the horse camps. Nicole has a number of her own schooling horses, giving the novice rider an idea of what a good 56 • Saddle Up • October 2013

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BVX Light Horse Show Draws Over 140 Entries By Sarah McClary


he Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show (BVX LHS) has successfully completed the 2013 BVX (August 22-25), located at the Smithers fairgrounds. The BVX LHS boasted one of its highest entry numbers with 141 exhibitors travelling from all over northwest BC and parts of Alberta to participate in a range of exciting and challenging classes. Exhibitors shined up their boots and did a fantastic effort in presenting themselves and their horses to the BVX judges. A special thanks to Jill Yonge (Saanichton), Chris Hassell (Smithers), Ben Gumm (Keremeos) and Joe Carter (St.George, ON) for coming out and judging the show with a friendly, knowledgeable presence. All four of the judges were spread out throughout the four-day event in different areas of the beautiful 40+ acre fairgrounds. BXS LHS hopes to see all these awesome judges back in the BVX LHS’s future events. The judges were busy! Throughout the four full days, the five well-groomed arenas were a-hoppin’ with 15 APHA, 20 AQHA, 12 ApHCC, and 104 Registered breed equines, totalling 142 competing horses in a variety of association-sanctioned classes/ disciplines. A big pat on the back to the BVX LHS committee for their effort and success; show manager Lory Howard, show secretary Geri Brown, data entry clerk Chris Drey, show steward Ellen Smailes, stall manager Gina deHoog, awards/prizes Amy Sterritt, ground prep Steve Corneau, accommodations/RV Rejeane deJong, event program Loralie Dewar. The support of corporate partners, show sponsors and donors is key to the high level of recognition that the BVX LHS provides. Without the outstanding corporate sponsors and the hard working volunteers, BVX LHS would not be a success! Thanks also to the governing bodies - Horse Council of British Columbia (HCBC), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and Appaloosa Club of Canada (ApHCC). Please mark next year on your calendar for the 95th Bulkley Valley Exhibition! The BVX is a weekend full of family

fun and entertainment, located on the banks of the Bulkley River, just within the town of Smithers; on-site camping is available. Celebrating 95 years of agriculture and community! From sheep to broncos, chocolate cake to handmade quilts and everything in-between; with local musicians, artists, crafters, gardeners, farmers, riders and ranchers - we have it here! The “Family Zone” includes a petting zoo, woodworking and handson harvesting at Bulkley Acres; and it wouldn’t be a country fair without the thrilling rides from Shooting Star Amusements, the cotton candy and the popcorn. Don’t miss three nights of exciting rodeo action presented the Smithers Rodeo Club. For schedules, directions, photo gallery and much more, please visit

Show Results Highlights: Junior English Highpoint - Corrina McNiece of Terrace (Elegant) Junior Western Highpoint - Tiana Hooker of Smithers (Pocos Keeping Time) Senior Western Highpoint - Sue Bassett of Smithers (Mr Peppo San) Driving Highpoint - Lesley Flint of Telkwa (Northern Cotton Pickin Po) APHA Highpoint - Bibs Dallaire of Houston (Gold Bar Tristan) AQHA Highpoint - Sue Bassett of Smithers (Mr Peppo San) ApHCC Highpoint - Rachel Muller of Terrace (Zip A Secret) Lexy Kirk Dressage Jr. Highpoint - Corrina McNiece of Terrace (Elegant) Lexy Kirk Dressage Sr. Highpoint - Vanessa Saccomani of Telkwa (Tamora) Lexy Kirk Jump-Off Plate - Jane Lloyde Smith of Smithers (Pavel) Gymkhana Highpoint Jr. - Danielle Sexton of Terrace (Cody) Gymkhana Highpoint Sr. - Lyn Rempel of Terrace (Whisper) Jerry Ridennoure Sportsmanship Award - Natalia Bjornson (Katy) Sherry Motz Memorial Sr. Sportsmanship Trophy - Melony Forster of Prince George (Wolfman Jack) HCBC Jr. Sportsmanship Award - Emily Winkel of Prince George (Spot Me A Romance) BVX Best Yearling - Deanna Reeson of Hays, AB (Cheer) (ApHCC) BVX Best In Show - Natalie Theesen of Prince George (BG Real Cool) (AQHA)

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Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


hew! Summer has gone by in a blur. The past couple of months have been busy for everyone in the Okanagan. We have had some wonderful trail riding weather - if you got out early enough - before the heat hit. Our amazing president, Max Alexander and his lovely wife Annette organized another “Riders Challenge” for us in September. It was a lot of fun. To start, our horses were led to the other end of the arena and had to come to us when called. Then they had to… Stand quietly to be tacked up - no bridle, just a halter! Lead with respect Pick up all 4 feet with control Stand quietly for mounting Trot then canter around the arena in both directions (yours truly chickened out and I just trotted - sans bridle) Stop on command and back up 6 paces Sidepass in both directions for 20 feet We maneuvered through obstacles such as: Platform bridge - step up both ways Walk over tarp in both directions Open and close the gate - in both directions Ground poles - trotting or walking through them without touching Back up through a zig-zag pattern of rails, turn around and back out again (THAT was a huge challenge) All of this had to be completed in just 20 minutes – another challenge.

Results were: Juniors – 1st Taylor Macrae; 2nd Morgan Macrae Seniors – 1st Simone Kutos on Scout; 2nd Kathy Malmberg on Luke; 3rd Dorothy Mclaughlin on Sky

Many thanks to Max and Annette for all their hard work and to “Hugh McLennan impersonator” for the announcing duties.

Simone and Scout

Shelby MacRae her 2 yr old Arab x mare Teika at our Fall Awards Show.

Kathy and Luke

Mountain Trail is a Blast! By Nancy Roman


n August 29 a few of us headed to Kelowna for a Mountain Trail clinic with Dawn Heppner of Damarhe Training. Thank you to Janice for hosting our group – your facility is lovely. Dawn prefers to teach in small groups, we were 6 that day and everyone (and their horse) had some hands-on time with Dawn. The session began with learning about the obstacles, and having the horse go Dawn demonstrating Nancy and Bobbi through in-hand. You need to be able to drive your horse from the ground rather than leading it. A true test is to see how far away you can be from your horse and drive it through or over the obstacle – a challenge indeed. After a wonderful Borscht Soup lunch, we rode the obstacles in the afternoon (or at least tried to) with some doing better than others. The water obstacle created some very ‘jumpy’ horses. I’ve always found Dawn to be a very upbeat, positive and motivating instructor, with a sense of humour too! Girls just wanna have fun! (Don’t we?) Dawn offers regular clinics so do check out the Damarhe Training Facebook page for upcoming dates and other events. Down the road from Janice’s place, friend Carol is building a larger scale Mountain Trail course and we are all looking forward to that opening (will be real soon).



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Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


ow, October is always such a fabulous month at the VDRC. Brightly coloured leaves decorate the back drop, members ride their lively horses in the crisp fall air and picture opportunities Cronies and Mountain Trail. Photo by Damarhe Training. abound! We would love for you to share any you have an item to donate. 250-308photos you have taken at the club this season, tag us on Facebook or 7079 or fullthrottle-equestrian@ send by email The Crony club was active this summer with a Mountain Trail Directors are needed and will clinic given by Dawn Heppner. be voted for at the AGM. If you Then in September they had a Western Dressage clinic with Adiva would like your name to stand or are Murphy. Both were hits with all participants. Thank you Kathy Velocci interested in what being a director is for organizing this ‘crony’ club. Some things such as horses, good all about, please contact our President company, sleepovers, learning new things, great food and a relaxing Julia Bostock. environment never get old. Fall clean-up will be Sunday The AGM and year-end potluck will be held on November 15th at November 3rd at 10:00. Bring yourself, the Women’s Institute in Coldstream. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6:00 a set of gloves and maybe the kids or Cronies and Western and AGM at 7:00. There is no cost to attend, just bring your best dish a friend. This is the last opportunity Dressage. Photo by Saddle and enjoy a few hours of good company. to get in your volunteer hours while Up. We will be running a silent auction at the AGM again as a final drinking hot chocolate and talking year-end fundraiser, a great opportunity to Christmas shop and support about horses. your club! Make sure you keep an eye on our website for a listing of all We look forward to seeing everyone this fall, come ride with us! items. Julia Bostock is coordinating the auction. Please contact her if

In Memory of… Dr. Lois Elaine Philp March 2, 1932 August 23, 2013

It is with great love and much sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Lois Philp (née Dunlop). She will be affectionately remembered by her husband, Dr. Ian Philp; her five children: Doug (Lisa) Demetrick, Dana (Tony) Sammartino, Craig (Sherry) Demetrick, Jeff (Alison) Demetrick, and Jamie (Allison) Demetrick; her eleven grandchildren, step-grandson Luke; and many nieces and nephews. She will also be greatly missed by a herd of friends, two and four-legged. Lois was born in Roblin, Manitoba in 1932 and spent her childhood years in Ontario, eventually moving to Kelowna as a teenager. She graduated from UBC in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

in Agriculture. Lois then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph, where she was one of the first women to be accepted. After graduation, Lois moved her growing family, settling in Coldstream in 1964. She began breeding and raising horses and dogs, and became a well-known equine enthusiast. With her husband Ian, she started Crossrail Farm, which included thoroughbreds, welsh ponies and Jack Russells. Lois was actively involved in the VDRC. She formerly served as a Director on the Board, and was a lifelong member. In the 1970s, she created a cross-country course in her fields for the annual horse show. In later years, she would frequently be found sitting on the club veranda during horse shows, cheering on her many grandchildren and her little white ponies. Her passion and knowledge of horses influenced a lot of the younger members, who now make riding their careers. A Celebration of Life was held at the Vernon District Riding Club on August 28. In lieu of flowers please send donations to a charity of your choice, such as New Stride Thoroughbred Rescue, the VDRC, or the Vernon Women’s Transition House. (submitted by members of the Vernon District Riding Club) • 59

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he TCSC hosted the Light Horse Show at the Lakes District Fall Fair on September 7, 2013 in Burns Lake. The little one day show was a HUGE success from all accounts! Competitors came out from as far as Smithers (2 hours) and Prince George (nearly 3 hours) to try their hand at a multitude of classes. Our sponsors came through in amazing ways, with Hart Arabians providing prizes for 1st and 2nd in the Halter classes, and Warren Chapman Law Office providing prizes and 1st place ribbons to all of our Leadline entrants. The very last class of the day was the Never Won a Buckle Reining. The proud and very deserving winner was Pam Meutzner of Burns Lake on MQH Dani Que Bar. This class literally finished in the dark at the end of a very long day! We had some pretty amazing advances by some of our riders. Kudos are due to Cindy, Brenda, Jocelyn, and Rhonda for getting out of their comfort zones and making a go of it! Welcome wishes also go out to some new faces, including Kasha and her mom, Annie, Mandolyn, Loralie, Miranda, Grace and Riley - we hope to see you again in the

spring. All in all, the day was nothing short of amazing. Comments overheard were very positive of the general atmosphere, the show’s organization, the generosity of sponsors, the wonderful team of volunteers, and more. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Special thanks to our judge, Darhl Paley, and our amazing volunteers: Liz, Sharon, Cheryl, Sidney, Kim, Doug, Mike, Bob, Kristi, Shade, Brock, Brooklyn, Caitlyn, Waverly, Curtis, Randy, and anyone else I have missed here who contributed to make this show such a resounding success – THANK YOU!! At magazine deadline time, the Annual TCSC Poker Ride was fast approaching, so we will have to report on it in the next issue of Saddle Up. For more info on the TCSC, visit us on Facebook at tcsaddleclub., email, or call Kristi 250-692-5721. High Point Awards High Point English Youth: Grace Zayac and Legacy (Burns Lake) High Point Western Youth: Breeyelle Harrison and Dancing The Dream (Vanderhoof) High Point English Senior: Karen Ritchey and Freddie (Burns Lake) High Point Western Senior: Sue Bassett and Mr Peppo San (Smithers) High Point All Around: Sue Bassett and Mr Peppo San (Smithers) Reserve: Bibs Dallaire and Gold Bar Tristan (Houston) High Point Beginner: Madison Doiron and TCD Asset In Black (Vanderhoof) Reserve: No qualifiers High Point Reining: Chris Hassell and Jacs Katie Rose (Telkwa)

Bibs Dallaire and Gold Bar Tristan

Senior Western Pleasure class

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


Winners were: Best Poker Hand: Barbara Carey

e hosted our annual ‘Find the Golden Worst Poker Hand: Diane Prinsen Oldest Rider (should we tell?): Liz Whitley Horsehoe’ Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Youngest Rider: Ben Currie (7) Trails in Lumby BC on September 14th. Oldest Horse: Ben Currie’s horse at age 29 Almost 30 riders and horses of all breeds came out to support our fundraiser and enjoy the sunny and scenic trails. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS We had two Golden Horseshoes Armstrong Veterinary Clinic hidden out on the trail and NO ONE Country West Supply found either. (Darlene hid them The Cowboys Choice too well) We hid a third horseshoe Downie Timber Ltd. Some lovely Morgans (and ladies!) at the ride around the camp area, and Terry and Four Foot Farm (Ruby & Ken Edwards) Myrna Thompson found that one. (If GNR Morgans anyone finds the horseshoes, can you let us know? Would love to have Granite Morgans them for our next ride) Green Gables Morgan Farm With an abundance of door prizes, everyone went home with Growers Supply Company Ltd. (Vernon) something (some two or three prizes). Horse Council BC Join us at our next meeting Saturday October 5, 11 a.m. at the Nag Bags Armstrong Inn. For more information The Paddock Tack & Togs Our youngest and oldest on our club visit Saddle Up magazine rider (not related)

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Langley Riders Society News By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


hat a great summer we’ve had at Langley Riders this year. Almost every weekend there’s been something going on and it’s been a blast! Well now that we are starting to trade in the tank tops for sweaters and digging out the rain sheets and warmer blankets, things are starting to wind down at LRS. Keep an eye on the website for the last few events of the season, then it will be time to get ready for the awards season! www. Hope to see you soon!

Brooklyn Gildemeister

Dani Olsen Katrina Vavrovics

Cheyenne Grindrod

Thunderbird Show Park By Pamela Saunders Photos courtesy of Totem Photographics

$33,000 CSI2* TOMMY BAHAMA GRAND PRIX It was a night of nostalgia and déjà-vu at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC as spectators and competitors gathered for the $33k Tommy Bahama Grand Prix. The most colourful event of the season kicked off with a touching tribute to Harry & Mollie Chapman’s Irish gelding, McGuinness as they reminisced on a thirteen-year partnership between Rich Fellers and this tough little bay horse. This past spring the decision was made to retire the fierce competitor.

Brian Morton and Spitfire

The evening wrapped up with Langley’s Brian Morton leading the victory gallop, just as he did in 2012. Morton and his 16-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Spitfire, were flawless on Friday night, finding fast lines through a tough course set by Irish FEI Course Designer, Alan Wade. Morton is a regular on the Thunderbird grounds and in his fifth year of international competition. As co-owner of Equimark Inc. with current Canadian Show Jumping Team Chef D’Equipe, Mark Laskin, Morton is a two-time short listed rider for the Canadian team and a recipient of the prestigious North American Riders’ Group grant. And while he aims to spend more time competing abroad, Morton is a big supporter of Thunderbird.

$100,000 CSI2*-W CANACCORD GENUITY WORLD CUP QUALIFIER With FEI points and $100,000 in prize money on the line, thirty-four riders representing six nations took the grass for the Canaccord Genuity CSI2*-W World Cup Qualifier. Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez and his Oldenburg gelding, Caballito proved to be unbeatable, earning him his second big win in as many weeks. Spectators had an extra minute to cheer for Rodriguez as he lingered in the ring after his round, but what seemed like a rider savouring the moment, was actually part of his training routine. “It’s a bad habit to jump a fence and then immediately leave the ring because it teaches the horse to anticipate it,” explained Rodriguez. “Even in the ring at home I like to walk a bit and never go straight out when I’m done.” Andres Rodriguez and Caballito

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

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BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION AWARDS BANQUET & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday, October 26, 2013 At Columbo Lodge, Kamloops BC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at 10 a.m. AWARDS BANQUET ~ SILENT AUCTION ~ FASHION SHOW Cocktails at 5 p.m. / Dinner at 6 p.m. / Awards at 7 p.m. Silent Auction 6 to 9 p.m. Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. TICKETS: Adults $30; Under 12 $15; Under 5 years Free ADVANCE SALES ONLY Purchase or Reserve tickets through the BCRA office at 250-398-4104 or email:



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

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

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

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Endurance Riders Association of BC


t seemed like it took forever to start, but President -June Melhuish the 2013 Endurance VP - vacant Riders Association events Secretary - Lori Bewza calendar has ended after Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: an intense schedule with Louise Abbott rides following in quick Elaine Bessuille succession from June 15 Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin to September 1. Included Fred Dzida, in the calendar was the Christine Voglmaier, introduction of two new Katrin Levermann, ride sites in Cache Creek and 100 Mile House, both of which offered different terrain from our other rides, and a different view of the great rides in our province. Skimikin Lake Ride was held August 17 with awesome weather, with the exception of the humidity on the upper trails. Logging forced the development of new trails, which were beautiful, and the Granite Creek Winery offered up some of their land, which made for a nice loop. Thanks to both the winery and to EQ Trails Association for all their help with the trails. Twenty-three horses and riders started the 50-mile event, with 18 finishing. A dramatic race across the finish line at 6:08 between Murray Mackenzie (Ransome) and Elroy Karius (Diamond Reo) saw Elroy take first place, with Murray receiving Best Condition and High Vet Score in the evening’s awards presentation. Seventeen riders started the 22-mile event, with 16 finishing. The finish was close for this distance, too, with junior Darien Venables and Farah completing at 2:40, Shelly White and Sandman’s Seranade at 2:42, and Nick McDonald and Tiegan at 2:45. Darian and Farah were awarded High Vet Score that evening. A special test of endurance was passed by Anne and Stuart Culver, who both completed despite an almost overwhelming encounter with a wasp nest! Two new rides competed for riders over the Labour Day weekend at the end of August. Near Fort St. John, the Three Day Titanium Run offered every event from Fun Rider to 100 Miles - three days of 15/25/50mile rides and one 100-mile ride! Full results are not yet posted, but Kathy Irvine completed the 100-mile event in 9:58. Congratulations to Kathy and first-time ride managers, Tara MacLeod and family! Near 100 Mile House, the Cariboo Gold Rush Express offered 30-mile and 50-mile trails and all the perks an endurance ride can offer - new trails, a bona fide horse campsite with corrals, access to a swimming pool, hot tub, and showers at the 108 Hills Health Ranch closing the calendar with style. The ride also offered buffet-style dinner and breakfast at the Hills, and gourmet pasta with trimmings from Ride Management’s great volunteers at the end of ride day. It was a great effort for first-time ride managers Katrin Levermann, Joanne Macaluso, and Nicole Maughn - thanks, and of course we hope you’ll do it again! Thanks also to Aarene Storm, author of Endurance 101, for leading the Endurance Clinic on Saturday, and “Welcome!” to the 15 first-time riders who came to the ride. Seventeen horses and riders started the 50-mile distance, with 15 finishing. Brenda Miskimmin and Paladin completed first in 5:10 Officers & Directors 2011

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and also won Best Condition at the awards presentations that evening; Fred Voglmaier and My Dance weren’t far behind at 5:20, with Wyatt Laing and JV Jazz at 5:41. Special congratulations must go to Barb Holmes-Balmer and Salvador, and Christine Voglmaier and Sunestas Remington Steel - these riders have been battling confidence issues for a while and, although finishing over time, they completed each loop with increasing speed and confidence; a great finish to the season! Please see our website ( for complete results for these rides. Veterinarians Mike Peterson and Rob Mulligan helped us through both of these rides with their customary friendliness and generosity - we thank you and our horses thank you! Good luck to our riders who are travelling south to Idaho for the City of Rocks Ride, the AERC 2013 National Championship, on September 20, for 50 and 100-mile events! We’ll be following your progress! The next event on the ERABC calendar will be the Annual General Meeting on November 9. This will take place centrally, in Kamloops; details to follow. Please consider joining the Board of Directors to contribute to our sport! As well, the BOD will be participating in a strategic planning process after the AGM. To better equip itself for the task, the board is seeking input from the membership in two ways. The BOD will be distributing a survey to members and participants regarding club activities and procedures, and would like some of the questions to come from the membership. Please send your question or topic to president - no holds barred. If you’re more comfortable with another board member, see the website for contact information. Confidentiality will be honoured if requested. The questions and topics will be surveyed throughout the membership and participants, and will help the board throughout the strategic planning process.

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

Evergreen Circuit With the threat of bad weather looming, a small but mighty group of both Quarter Horse and Paint lovers showed up to compete at the last circuit of 2013. The BCPHC kicked us off with a warm and yummy supper; it is so nice to see everyone come together for one cause... food! On behalf of LMQHA, a huge thank you to the ladies from the Paint Horse Club who put out such a great spread. As always, Rod Ash, our fabulous show manager, kept things running smoothly and we tucked the last show of 2013 under our belts. Once again, a huge “Thank You!” to all of our fantastic sponsors - without your support none of this is possible. RESULTS Yearling Halter Stake Winner - STS Got Em All Talkin; owned/shown by Sherry Sulz 2nd Place - Wanna Get Noticed; owned/shown by Michelle McIntosh Reining Stake Winner - Tuxskeeto; owned by Virginia Olafsen; shown by Melissa Buckley 2nd Place - Ms Mud Bay; owned by Dale Carter; shown by Melissa Buckley Western Pleasure Maturity Winner - I Got A Hot Secret; owned by Michelle Charleston; shown by Mark Webb 2nd Place (tie) - Ima Zippo N Gold; owned by Gordon McEachen; shown by Carol McEachen 2nd Place (tie) - Chansation; owned by Dianne/Bob Rouse; shown by Dianne Rouse Shankless Showmanship Winner - All Reddy Smoke N; owned/shown by Emma-Lee E. Schellenberg 2nd place - Cuz Im Purdy; owned by Cathy Glover; shown by Devon Smith Cathy Demaresq Memorial Trail Winner - Pleasarable MR; owned by Michelle Charleston; shown by Mark Webb 2nd Place - Ima Special Delivery; owned by Dianne/Bob Rouse; shown by Dianne Rouse Select All-Around - Gord McEachen High Point Mares - Sherry Sulz (trophy awarded) High Point Geldings - Flora Kippan AQHA Youth - Sierra Kelsey Anne Hayward AQHA Novice Amateur - Gord McEachen, with Colleen Bennett next All Breed Amateur - Amberlee Ficolciello All Breed Open - Amberlee Ficolciello AQHA Open Senior Horse - Flora Kippan All Breed Walk/Trot - Taya Bath All Breed Youth - Taya Bath APHA - Novice Amateur - Devon A. Smith APHA - Novice Youth - Victoria McGowan, with Alexa McGowan as Reserve APHA - Amateur - Christina K. Frost, with Stefanie Fricke as Reserve APHA - Youth - Emma-Lee E. Schellenberg, with Alexa McGowan as Reserve APHA - Senior Horse - Dianne Rouse APHA - Junior Horse - Colleen Catherine Ebner

At the AGM, the new board will be selected and committees formed - we would love to have you join in! We would love to hear from you and include your news on this page; so, don’t be shy, contact us at: triplebquarterhorses@ or

OUR AMAZING 2013 SPONSORS DIAMOND Holiday Inn Express - M&M Quarter Horses PLATINUM STS Quarter Horses/KPN Farms - Avenue Machinery - Preston Chevrolet Cummins Trailer Sales PetSmart - Sunrise Trailer Sales - Stampede Tack & Western Wear Thunderbird Show Park Keg in the Country - Nutrena - Bernhausen Specialty Automotive GOLD Aldergrove Mini Storage - Ultimate Show Apparel SILVER Sandra Morgan Quarter Horses - Pyke & Buckley Performance Horses Barb Hopkins/Amanda Gerbrandt Milner Feeds - Valley Law Group - Wise Equine Veterinary Services BRONZE Frank Principe Silver - Gundersen Quarter Horses - Otter Co-Op R&E Saddle & Tack Repair Triple B Quarter Horses - Pat Warway - Lisa Rassak (Sutton Realty) Laurian Quarter Horses Vanderveen’s Hay Sales - S.G. Peardon & Associates - Go West Quarter Horses Auto Teck Alignment Inc. - Aurel Systems - Science Pure - KBL n Bits BLUE RIBBON Country Feeds - Country West Supply - Fraser Valley Building Supplies Hour Glass Studio Abby Saddle Shop - Moore Performance Horses - Daniel’s Farrier Service Alderglen Hay Sales Andy Helqvist - Anita Klein - DEC Design - Fred MacKenzie Farrier Services Kim Hanley Lynn Saunders - Michelle Almasi - Marilyn Griffin - Travis Rempel Prototype Integrated Solutions Paton and Martin Veterinary Services BUSINESS CARD Boston Pizza - Glenn Massey - Mamas Home Baking Jennifer Russell Photography MEDIA SPONSORS Saddle Up magazine - Gaitpost Magazine - Pacific and Prairie Horse Journal Ultra Digital Printing - JRFM

In Other News The winner of the tack trunk raffle donated by M&M Quarter Horses was Gerri Clarke of Yale. She was one very excited recipient; she had never won anything before! Please visit the LMQHA website for updates on upcoming general meetings, the Annual General Meeting and, of course, the always fantastic Year-end Awards Celebration. 64 • Saddle Up • October 2013

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South Central Quarter Horse Association Team photos courtesy of Maureen Chester. Candids courtesy of Saddle Up magazine 2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541

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

SCQHA celebrates another successful AQHA Fall Circuit… SCQHA TEAM TOURNAMENT PLACINGS 1ST PLACE: Bicycle and $150.00 Stephanie Conti Gift Certificate Carole Walton, Alix Rasmussen, Olivia Nelson 2ND PLACE: 19” flat screen TV with built in DVD Player Gordie McEachen, Mackenzie Inksater, Michele Gauthier 3RD PLACE: I-Pod docker speakers Janet Crich, Sierra Hayward, Cheyenne Hayward 4TH PLACE: Wahl Cordless Clippers Karla Dewhurst, Katrina Mulford, Haylie Morris Pro Source Tablet with Keyboard and Case for just being on a team: Michelle Gauthier

SATURDAY NIGHT TROUBLE IS BREWING - the girls are ready for a fun night of Ride A $5! Tami and Jackson, Kenzie and Bo, Alix and Jake, Olivia and Pinkie, Cheyenne and Rocco. .... lol Jerry and Summer Won!

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SCQHA would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to each one of our SUPPORTING SPONSORS… Cascadia Pacific Realty Ltd. Sherry Sulz – STS Quarter Horses Flora Kippan – KPN Farms The Hutton Family Hutton Performance Horses The Nelson Family Smart And Lucky Lena SCR Im Awesome Laurian Quarter Horses Sir Array Streakin Quarter Horses Pinnacle Animal Bedding Carts Plus The Horse Barn Saddle Up magazine The Cowboys Choice Rivas Remedies Diamond H Tack Cross Country Horse Sales CM Manufacturing The Paddock Tack & Togs Justin Fountain Dave Beerstra Trucking Tolko Greenhawk Country West Supply Diane Olson, Ultimate Show Apparel Buckerfields Mountain View Stables Total Pet Riverbank Quarter Horses ProForm Feeds Blue Mountain Nursery Brandt Ranch Kamloops Large Animal Clinic Lifeline – Otter Co-op Vantage One Limited Edition Show Clothing Lammles Western Wear Dream in Design Dirt Road Designz Matrix • 65

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Terri Perrin, North Vancouver Island Chapter The project was the dream of retired rancher Rick Phye of Black Creek (formerly of Sayward) and his riding companion, Gerald President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Whalley, who is also from Sayward and is now the electoral area Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 director of the Strathcona Regional District. Over the last five-years, Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Phye and Whalley have dedicated countless hours to scouting, riding Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 and walking the Salmon Brewster Trail. They have slashed through Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 brush and painstakingly established GPS coordinates in an effort to Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 produce trail maps to make it accessible to advanced-level riders. The next phase will see trail improvements in order for all levels of riders to NEW HORSE CAMPS A FIRST FOR VANCOUVER be able to enjoy the trail. The trails in the area take you through some of the most ISLAND spectacular scenery you can find and certainly justify why we call this he Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia “beautiful British Columbia!” Most of the trails are well cleared and (BCHBC) has a major achievement to be proud of! In July, marked with flag tape, making them accessible for all levels of riders, the organization celebrated the official grand opening of the yet they are challenging enough to ensure that well-travelled trail riders Memekay River site of the Salmon Brewster Equine Campsites and (and their mounts) will thoroughly enjoy their day. There are several Trail Corridor Project near Sayward, just north of Campbell River. river crossings and a variety of footing, from soft rainforest pathways to The North Vancouver Island (NVI) Chapter of BCHBC, based in the more rocky terrain in the open spaces. Comox Valley, worked with Recreation Sites and Trails BC in Campbell Camping at either campsite is not for the faint of heart! There is no River to have this - the first Vancouver Island Crown Land equineelectricity or running water and, if you like having your cell phone or friendly public recreation campsites and trail - designated for all to laptop along for the trip, be forewarned that it is “off the grid.” enjoy. Also, there is no onsite manager, no fee and no pre-bookings - it is The approximately five-acre (two-hectare) Memekay Horse Camp first come, first accommodated. This is a “forestry campsite,” officially features 11 campsites that are each about 70ft in length to accommodate designated as part of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural horse trailers and recreational vehicles. Each campsite has two horse Resource Operations, Sites and Trials BC inventory of awesome corrals, plus there is a group shelter with a cook stove and picnic tables. recreation sites. Working with the Recreation Minister, Duncan Other amenities include outhouses, manure containment areas and McTavish, has been great. Those wishing to support the ongoing non-potable water for horses. The 1.5-acre (.5-hectare) Brewster Horse maintenance efforts of BCHBC NVI Chapter are encouraged to mail a Camp is more open camping and has two larger corrals. donation (details at the BCHBC website.) The Salmon Brewster Trail Corridor, a 40km trail through “This wonderful facility is an example of what can happen working forest and along historic railroad logging road grades, will when people have a vision, when they work in a spirit of community connect the two campsites. While the campsites are completed and collaboration, and they put in hundreds of hours of volunteer effort parts of the trail corridor are open, there is still work to be done to in order to see that vision become reality,” said Phil Kent, Mayor of upgrade and clear the overgrown trail corridor. In this region, trail Duncan and a representative of the Island Coastal Economic Trust maintenance will be ongoing and managed by BCHBC volunteers. (ICET), which generously donated $40,000 to the $107,000 project. The development took three years and included extensive Other major contributors included the Coast Sustainability biological and archaeological assessments. In addition to securing Trust ($20,000) and Horse Council BC ($10,000). Significant “in kind” various grants, community support and fundraising from BCHBC’s donations were also made by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and North Island Chapter, volunteers dedicated more than 1,100 hours Natural Resource Operations ($27,000) and Western Forest Products, as of work, assisting with everything from trail clearing to corral well as many other suppliers and contractors, too numerous to list here. construction, grant applications, and much more. It is acknowledged that this facility is on First Nations traditional territory and BCHBC expresses gratitude for their support of the project. Thanks also to: BCHBC members and Western Forest Products, BC Timber Sales, guests at the July 21st BC Forest Services, the Agricultural Land grand opening of the Commission and the grazing leaseholders, Memekay Horse Camp. Mark and Dan Johnson, for their cooperation and support of the project. For information on the Salmon Brewster Equine Campsites and Trail Corridor, please call Sharon Pickthorne at 250-377-1818, or check the Back Country Horsemen of BC website ( BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE


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

Strong Showing in the North

We were so pleased to hear about the success of the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show, August 22-25, in Smithers, which included a strong Paint Horse presence for their APHA classes. Congratulations to their high point winners: Gold Bar Tristan and Bibs Dallaire (grand champion stallion), Fanciful Romance and Barb Bowerbank (grand champion mare), Dees Quick Kenai and Geri Brown (grand champion gelding), This Chics Got Guns and Angelika Pasaluko (grand champion solid bred mare) and MV Ice Panther and Brittany Ewald (grand champion solid bred gelding). How great to see some solid bred horses competing this year! Bibs and Gold Bar Tristan won the overall Paint Horse award sponsored by our friends at Otter Co-op and BC Paint!

Evergreen Wind-up

We were pleasantly and genuinely surprised at the very nice Paint turnout for the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s Evergreen Circuit over the Labour Day weekend. It was the first time an APHA “special event” has been offered in BC – it was the only way we could see to fit at least some of the most popular APHA-approved classes into their long one-day show on the Friday – and it seemed to be just enough to pull some horses up from Washington to join our small (but cheerful) group of local exhibitors. The Amateur division was tough, with eight horses in Amateur Geldings and nine in Amateur Showmanship during the full APHA show over Saturday and Sunday. BC Paint got the circuit off to a great start on Thursday evening with a hospitality supper that featured a potato bar (build your own spud!) and an eclectic array of salads and fixings contributed by our directors under the guidance of Colleen Schellenberg. Many thanks, again, to Otter Co-op for the loan of its BBQ-on-wheels.

Saddle Winner

Rosalea Pagani, from Powell River, and her gelding JWR The Last Juan, has had a great show season – at both Paint and open shows. With several Paint high points to their credit at both Back-to-Basics shows, we wonder if that pales next to the saddle they won at the North Vancouver Island Horse Association Saddle Show in Comox in August! It’s a two-day Western Performance show and the last class of the show, Rosalea writes, is a Versatility class where six riders competed for the saddle. The class includes aspects from Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding and Reining blended into a big pattern, which riders are given just 20 minutes before; the winner takes the saddle. “Lenny rose to the challenge and carried me through an exciting class of spins, flying lead changes, counter canter, lope-overs and very tight maneuvers. It was a great way to end off this show season before I head off to school.” Rosalea is now in her first year at the University of Victoria.

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Scholarship Deadline Nears Speaking of which, the deadline for our inaugural BC Paint Horse Club scholarship is just around the corner – October 31. Beginning in early 2014 (at our awards banquet), a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a youth member of the club who has exhibited excellence in their academic, community and equine activities. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, a BC Paint member, and the money is payable when the winner has provided proof of enrolment at an approved post-secondary facility. Scholarship guidelines and the application form are posted on our website at

Wreath Fundraiser

BC Paint vice president Natalie Hall is already in the Christmas spirit as our Wreath Fundraiser is now officially launched. Last year, our board – under Natalie’s tutelage – created dozens of truly stunning Christmas wreaths using natural materials from her parent’s Christmas tree farm and from Dianne Rouse’s gardens. They were a huge hit so this year, we’re starting early with pre-orders and information is now available on the website. The wreaths are only $35 (a bargain) and, for those of you living in the North Okanagan, don’t let the miles prevent you from supporting the club – I’ll be making at least a couple of runs to the Coast and can bring them back for pick-up at our new digs in Enderby, right around the corner from Lynn Freeland.

APHA Online Election

By now, APHA members will have received a notice in the mail and by email (from electionbuddy Elections) regarding the online election for 2014 directors. In our region, which encompasses BC, Yukon and Alaska, APHA allows us one director and one alternate and both incumbent Jodie Moore and I (Cathy Glover) are on the ticket. If you haven’t already cast your ballot, be sure to follow the link in your email (or contact if you didn’t receive one) and vote before October 15.


We overlooked one of the high point awards at the “Back-toBasics” on the Coast Show in the last edition of Saddle Up. Our Amateur high point was Tristin Morgan (from Oregon) and Jza Lil Leaguer; there was a tie for reserve: Tracy Olney and Special Te Forces, and Christina Frost and RJ Stylin in Red, both from Washington. Evergreen Circuit High Points Amateur Christina Frost and RJ Stylin in Red R: Stephanie Fricke and Kay Ceeya Later Novice Amateur Devon Smith and Ima Sierra Surprise R: Natalie Hall and Ima Classic Coosa Green Ima Classic Coosa and Natalie Hall R: What A Sinful Image and Colleen Ebner Novice Youth Victoria McGowan and Ritzy Business R: Alexa McGowan and Leos Cajun Indio Youth Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N R: Alexa McGowan and Leos Cajun Indio Junior Horse What A Sinful Image and Colleen Ebner Senior Horse Chansation and Dianne Rouse

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

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


BCIAHA would like to congratulate… Michelle Baranow riding her mom Leanne’s gelding Awestrucc to a Top 10 in the PB Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 in a very competitive class! This was Michelle’s first Nationals. Hank (Awestrucc) is now with Michelle for some well-deserved R&R = trail riding, swimming and hanging out in the pasture. Michelle and Awestrucc Michelle Baranow and also had a unanimous win in the PB Awestrucc HP Select Class at Region 17. They had a fantastic year… with wins at Region 5, 17 and Top 10 at Canadian Nationals. Well done you two! Sheila Goertz and her gelding Bright City Lights earned Reserve Champion in the Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & over, and Top 10 in the Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 40 & over. Sheila Goertz and Bright City Lights And to Cori Wilson and Robert Mawson… Shy Solitaire owned by Cori Wilson TT 2yr old Sweepstakes Fillies TT Arabian Mares ATH TT Arabian Sport Horse Mares Open TT Arabian Sport Horse Mares ATH Josapheen+ owned by Robert Mawson Res Champion HA Sport Horse Mares Open Res Champion HA Sport Horse Mares ATH Shy Solitaire Res Champion HA Sport Horse Undersaddle Jr. Horse TT HA Mares ST/Hu Type AAOTH TT Showmanship 19 and Over Cori Wilson 68 • Saddle Up • October 2013

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

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Next up… On October 1826 there are the US National Championships in Tulsa Oklahoma.

ARABIAN FUN FACTS After the Greeks were introduced to the Arabian horses, they fashioned a God-like creature called Pegasusa winged Arabian horse which occasionally descended to earth from its home on Mt. Olympus. There are Josapheen+ few dedicated owners of Arab horses who do not attest to a special, almost spiritual bond and kinship between the Arabian horse and his master.

FACEBOOK BCIAHA has a Facebook page, so be sure to post all of your exciting news or share some stories there as well. Contact Dawn Heppner with any news to share in Saddle Up magazine!

CANADIAN ARABIAN HORSE The official website for the Canadian Arabian Horse is A great site to look what is happening in the Canadian Arabian News with a list of clubs and breeders and horses for sale. There are links to the Canadian Arabian Horse News Magazine which is available online and also available on Facebook.

OTHER NEWS ~ Damarhe Training is offering a Mountain Trail clinic in October for Arabians. ~ Anyone interested in joining the girls and fellas next year for the BC Senior Summer Games in Mountain Trail? You have to be 55+ to participate. They will be held in Langley BC. Would really love to see some Arabians going! So if you are interested, come join in on the fun. See more about the 2013 Seniors Games in this issue on page 23. Contact Dawn if interested at 250-8080738. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13


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

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


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

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14

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

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

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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


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

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


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

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. 250-494-5057, 0


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Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14

WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


30-Oct 3 SCHOOL OF LÉGÈRETÉ Open Clinic, ForTheHorse, Chase BC, 30-Oct 6 CANADIAN SUPREME, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,


3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Millarville Racing & Ag Society, Millarville AB, 1-888-533-4353, 4 THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (held during Canadian Supreme), Red Deer AB, Elaine 403-845-2541, catalogue at 4-5 FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 4-6 TOPLINE FALL FINALE Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show (BC Heritage/Summer Games Qual.), Salmon Arm BC, Sonya 250-833-2669 4-6 ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, Email or FB,, 5 SRGEDC Supernatural Hallowe’en Show, 5 POKER RIDE FUNDRAISER (Wells Gray Riders), Clearwater BC, Ursula 250-674-4033 or 5-6 GYMKHANA (BC Heritage/PAC pending), Barriere,, Kristina 250-320-2211, 5-6 CADORA SYMPOSIUM w/Stephen Clarke (Build a Better Dressage Horse), Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, Suzanne 250-545-5573, 5-6 DEBBIE HUGHES HORSEMANSHIP, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 5-7 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW-OCTOBERFEST, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Elaine or Marty 6 MHC SPOOKTACULAR FUN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 6 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, 6 AERC FUN DAY, English/Western/Schooling Jumps, Armstrong Fairgrounds. All welcome. 6 PRC Gymkhana 9:00 start, Peachland, 6-7 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 2, Millarville Racing & Ag Society, Millarville AB, 1-888-533-4353, 10-12 DARYL GIBB HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, darindelta@hotmail,com, 250-499-9159 11-13 High School and Junior High Rodeo, Peachland, or 12-13 PEACE COUNTRY PET & EQUINE EXPO, Grande Prairie AB, 13 HERITAGE/SCHOOLING SHOW (BC Heritage/PAC pending) Barriere,, Darcey 250-318-9975

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13 TURKEY DAY POKER RIDE in the Nass, Nass Valley, Marty 18-20 ALBERTA 50/50 POT O GOLD FUTURITY & COLT SALE, Calnash Trucking Center, Ponoka AB, Mary-Ann Jensen 403-368-2114, 19 HORSEPLAY YOUR WAY MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 19 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, 19 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Games/Costume, info Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015, 19-20 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Elaine Ward, Good News Riding Centre, Leduc AB, Jen or 780-686-3423 or Loretta 780-464-0447 20 HALLOWEEN FUNDAY, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 20 CMTHS MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 20 OLD FRIENDS CANADA “Champagne Finale Dressage Schooling Show”, Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730 20 PTRC HALLOWEEN FUN SHOW, Kamloops, Michelle Tondevold or 250-573-5331 22 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Halloween Theme Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 25-27 THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 27 SEMI ANNUAL MEETING, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, 1:45 pm, Ponoka Drop In Center, 5015-46 Ave. Ponoka AB,


1-3 FIT ONE CLINIC, BCCET, Vernon BC, Craig Nunn 250-503-6735, 15 ANNUAL HORSEY LADIES CHARITY BANQUET, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon BC, see us on Facebook or contact Nancy 250-546-9922 15 ANNUAL CARIBOO HORSEY LADIES CHARITY BANQUET, Wildmans Restaurant at Interlakes, Cheryle 250-593-4139, 16 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, 16-17 MAC CONE CLINIC, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, 22 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Awards Banquet, info Paul Gildemeister,

More dates at HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 9/14

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 8/14 EQUINE HEALTH • Chilliwack, BC 10/13

ECO NETS, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 6/14


Best Value in Red Deer!

Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park Toll Free 1-800-424-9454 or 403-343-8444

PUREFORM EQUINE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS by SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Toll Free: 1-877-533-9163 6/14 EQUINE SERVICES 5/13

Dynamic Balance Equestrian

SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-604-888-7263,, 4/14

(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • 3/14

SCHUBERT ESTATE B&B (Armstrong BC) 250-546-2479 10/14 9.5 acre Country Estate, 3 Deluxe Rooms, SUPER 8 RED DEER NORTH, 7474 50th Ave., Red Deer AB 403-343-1102 Clean friendly & reasonably priced. Minutes to Westerner Park 10/13

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

TRAVELODGE MOUNTVIEW, 1225 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC 250-374-4788 Proud Sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, 12/13 accountants

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 6/14

For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Paterson

Chartered Accountant

250-546-4014 or e-mail



THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14 FACILITY RENTALS

Offers Ready-to-Win western show apparel, tack, and accessories from authorized dealers and our website. 9/14



David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLAND’S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (N.OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 ~ Bulk & Bagged Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 11/13

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Business Services FARM SUPPLIES



DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 7/14 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14 Harness manufacturing

Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.


Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer

ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula



Dr. rEED’S SupplEmEntS

102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 10/13




Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

Ph: 1-877-585-5152 • email: #3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB


He aling Horse s The ir Wa y

SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/13 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience



HORSE & SADDLE BLANKET LAUNDERING at Pemberton Suds 1351 Aster Street, Pemberton BC, 604-894-6660 8/14

ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 3/14 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street

INSURANCE 556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC


OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14

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

Custom built and installed to your needs


photographers Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/13 RIBBONS & ROSETTES

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

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662

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• “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 •

MASSAGE THERAPY WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 10/13 Stacy Elliot, Light Chiropractics & Pregscan Ultrasound,

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 4/14 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 8/14 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (Coldstream, BC) 250-275-6224 3/14 Western Tack Repairs and Custom Work, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year



COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl.,

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CLICKER TRAINING w/Monty Gwynne (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 3/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14

By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740

Have a favourite Hat? Send a photo - we can make it!


Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921

TACKINTHEBOX.CA (Manitoba) 1-866-882-3712 10/14 Exclusive lines for Exclusive Horse People! On-line sales too!

Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13

Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

11/13 • 951.302-9463 •

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internships, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 3/14 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14


The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14 (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 11/13 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-6140490, 250-300-5451 EC Cert. Western Instructor, 10/14 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14


TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 11/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14

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Business Services VETERINARIANS


ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 3/14

Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 12/13 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 11/13 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

Listings start at only $195 per year! Why aren’t you here?

Stallions and Breeders WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

Dragonfly Acres

CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTO” (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses E-mail: Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

Salty Ole Jack

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

A Place Where Champions Are Made

Breeding, Training & Quality horses for Sale 250-558-4743 Vernon, BC CANADA


WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14 SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 7/14 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 74 • Saddle Up • October 2013

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

Saltyolejack quarter horSeS For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black


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CAHR- 0045272, Born April 18 2006 Aur Mystique X Sralinka. Great manners, well-started, extreme athleticism, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded with endless energy. This mare is an excellent show prospect especially in any of the sport disciplines; she is very willing to please. Merry Leggs is measuring just under 16HH and very smooth under saddle. $5,000 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

LA’S LADY JANE (Lady Jane) CAHR – 0045268, Born March 24 2006 LA’s Classic Colours X RH Bonny Real. Good manners, extreme movement, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded. This mare is an excellent show prospect, with her beautiful head and swan neck she would excel in the show ring under saddle or in the halter ring. Breathtakingly beautiful Lady Jane loves people and attention, she is a LADY and she knows it. $5,000 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions



Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas”


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AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano A Smart Prescription 2001 AQHA Grandson of Doc O’Lena & Docs Prescription Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 12/13



“DA VINCY” - GREAT DRESSAGE/EVENTING PROSPECT 7-year-old, 16.2HH, German Hanoverian/QH Gelding. Beginner and young rider horse. Reduced to $7,000. ALSO: 5 Warmblood/QH, 3 Arabian/Warmblood/ QH, Reg’d APHA Paint Horses (10). Starting from $1,500. See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

GREAT TRAIL HORSE 13-year-old QH Mare, 14.2HH Skipper W bloodlines, neck reins. $2,900 obo ALSO: 5 Warmblood/QH, 3 Arabian/Warmblood/ QH, Reg’d APHA Paint Horses (10). Starting from $1,500. See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

4 Geldings and 8 Mares – all stages of training. Strong, well-gaited, with Champion of Champion bloodlines. ALL $1,500 EACH – YOUR CHOICE! 250-379-2711 (Armstrong BC)

3-YEAR-OLD GRAY QUARTER HORSE MARE By Sonitas Tiger Leo. Well started on barrels, patterned on the Heel–o–matic, and heeling slower cattle. ALSO: 9 – Two-year-olds started; 4 fillies, 4 geldings and 1 stud colt by sires Lazy Wind by Special Effort, Jessies Snappy Doc, Sonitas Tiger Leo by Sonitas Last and Bet On The Smart Cat by WR This Cat’s Smart. PROSPECTS from yearlings to aged horses; bred AQHA mares. FINISHED Barrel horses, Ranch/Rope horses and Cutters. 250-546-9766 (Armstrong BC) • 75

On The Market 2003 14.3HH APPALOOSA MARE NORTHERN STEEL (AQHA) x A DANDY VALENTINE (ApHCC) Dancer is a “Snowflake” patterned Appaloosa with a great disposition. Trained by an Equine Canada Western Coach and Chris Irwin Certified Trainer. She is bright, alert, a great mover, kind tempered, quiet and trailer loads easily. Has been ridden along main roads, across water and over wooden bridges. Would make a great trail horse or gymkhana horse. 3 way vaccines – May 14/2013, Teeth floated – May 14/2013 Trim and shoes – Aug 15/2013 Asking $3,500. Call 250-593-4139 (Bridge Lake BC)







Pacific Carriage Superlite $4,000 - excellent shape, with hydraulic brakes, shocks and shafts; never rolled or abused. Respectfully driven by XENA, a beautiful 9-year-old Standardbred Mare $1,500. Ride or drive, this girl has lots of energy and loves the trails. Harness sold separately at $800. Also offered - an original antique single horse Canadian built Cutter (Al Oeming collection) used every winter. Offered at $1,200. For info please call 250-835-8854 (Salmon Arm BC) E-mail


10 acres in ALR. Custom built 3,950 sq. ft. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Victorian style home with complete daylight suite. This south facing picturesque property and superbly maintained home sits with a mountain backdrop, flat site with a 40’ x 50’ six-stall barn, with outdoor riding arena, pens, and well-kept rail and x-fenced corrals and pastures. This rural Salmon Arm location features swimming and boating at nearby Shuswap Lake. Hiking, biking and lots of horse trails from your door. Privately offered at $739,000. Please request additional information via text or phone 250-833-2070 (Salmon Arm BC) E-mail






1984 CIRCLE J CUSTOM B/P 2 horse straight haul, with ramp, removable divider, 2 escape doors, tack compartment under both mangers. 778-485-0817 (100 Mile House)

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Nose to Nose Encounter


t was a good idea during a trip to Germany to board out the horses making it easier on our good neighbor Terry to look after our place. The location of the acreage that they were going to was, however, also known by the locals as Porcupine Hill. These warnings should have been given to our Morgan mare “Ebonee.” Ebonee is now happy to be home once again after a two hour operation procedure that included being tranquilized to remove all the quills. Our daughter Cynthia had just returned that very night from having accompanied us on our trip, coming home earlier than we did. After a flight of 12 hours, including the time change, it was an interesting meeting. Ebonee still thinks that ‘maybe’ Cynthia was somehow involved with what happened, however, Ebonee does not hold it against my husband or myself. – Dagmar Funk

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Ebonee’s boarding out adventure didn’t go quite as planned. Hopefully she will not be as investigative in the future.

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Rural Roots - Properties on the Market


STEPPING STONES EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY Immaculate Log Rancher on spectacular 2.5 view acres just minutes from Vernon and overlooking the Spallumcheen valley and Grandview Flats. Home features 3 or 4 bedrooms; 3 full bathrooms; 3 gas fireplaces. Stable and 130’ x 65’ outdoor riding arena; irrigated pastures; 750 sq ft multi-use workshop. Golfing, boating & skiing on your doorstep too! $649,000 MLS® 10062594 115 Stepping Stones Crescent Rob Shaw REALTOR® Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon, BC 250.545.5371 10/13

CHARMING HOBBY FARM IN SHUSWAP! A creek runs through it! Immaculate 3 bedroom/2 bath 1,500 sq. ft. home with bright open floor plan on 20 picturesque acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been reseeded, fenced and x-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop.

A PARADISE surrounded by a natural oxbow, w/over 12 acres of pasture, large barn w/5 stalls, (2 double for foaling), tack room w/attached hay shed, grain barrel and 5 loafing sheds in the 7 pastures with auto waterers. The bordering oxbow meandering around the property has water rights for irrigation and surrounding fencing and x-fencing are all STEEL. The 3 bed/3 bath home is an open area rancher with over 3,000 sq. ft. offering large bright rooms with a workshop and utility room and unattached double garage. Living quarters for ranch help or ? on the property. Right in the middle of the Okanagan Wine Country.

$399,900 MLS®# 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista BC CALL CYNTHIA BENTLEY – PREC 1-866-955-2256 Toll free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd, Scotch Creek BC

$1,069,000 MLS® 143334 259 Road 18, Oliver BC ALLAN TAYLOR 250-498-9886/1-866-495-7441 RE/MAX Realty Solutions, Osoyoos BC



ARIZONA HORSE PROPERTY WITH 2012 NEW HOME, NEVER OCCUPIED! Located in Maricopa - Casa Grande. 3.3 fenced acres in a horsefriendly community. Barn, stalls and turnouts, with large riding area. 1,690 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath + den home. Paved roads, city water, and endless mountain views. $149,800 CONTACT JACKIE SHIELDS, LIC. REALTOR 480-577-2889 ReMax Infinity

ONE OF A KIND PROPERTY! 30.39 acres with exceptional views of Kalamalka Lake. Former dairy farm this property has 3 good homes with numerous good barns, shops and outbuildings. Located end of no thru road, backing onto Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Private. $1,998,000 MLS 10057734 end of Palfrey Drive West, Coldstream BC CONTACT PAT DUGGAN 250-545-5371 or Cell 250-308-0938 Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon, BC,

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IMPRESSIVE ACREAGE WAITING FOR YOU Driving in to this impressive 10.35 acre country estate will take your breath away! A truly spectacular 4,000 sq. ft. English manor house with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, gorgeous kitchen, large formal dining and living rooms. Also has a carriage house, shop and garage - all set on manicured grounds. Your own private playground with pool, tennis court, and property is fenced & x-fenced… so bring your horses! $970,000 MLS® #10069437 801 Corkscrew Road, Armstrong BC MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS!! Spotless 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with numerous updates on a manicured 3.5 acres. A horse lovers retreat! Detached (25x60) shop with 4 insulated box stalls and heated tack room. Turnouts with individual shelters, complete with round pen and covered trailer parking. House is on city water and the rest on well. Rural feel yet elementary school and amenities close by. Approximately 2.5 acres remaining to do with what you like. Great place to raise a family. $738,000 MLS R H1301285 6796 Sumas Prairie Kam K. Sahota 604-614-1015 or Office 1-888-355-6771 Sutton Group - Showplace Realty Ltd., Chilliwack BC

Historical Gold Rush Trail! This 5-star horseman’s paradise has breathtaking views of Marble Mountains and Meadow Lake w/ endless trails on crown land! 392 acres of pasture w/another 320 acres leased for grazing. Two stunning top-of-the-line, handcrafted log family homes and one of post and beam on their own private settings. Two shops, two barns, many more outbuildings. No money has been spared upgrading any of these buildings on site. Originally built in 1865, a roadhouse, for the Cariboo Gold Rush. Completely resurrected and restored in 2000, used as a guest house. This is not your average ranch. This truly is your “Whistler in the Woods!” Asking price: $2,650,000


Sutton Cariboo Realty, Williams Lake BC Barrie Cline (web site founder) leaves behind his legacy to his daughter Dana Hinsche

BRING YOUR HORSES! 22+ ACRES and BEAUTIFUL LAKEVIEW! Move-in ready 1,500+ sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with big picture windows, walk-out basement, and deck. Large barn with built-in stalls, outdoor riding ring, round pen, and rail fencing. Lots of pasture and trails for riding. Garage, tack shed, storage sheds, horse shelter, and 3 hydrants. Mature cherry, plum, and apple trees. Located in desirable Gleneden area within 10 minutes of Salmon Arm. Private setting. $489,900 No GST! MLS®10065184

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FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 6/14

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Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

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THE SIX ESSENTIALS There are Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have solidly in place before you become sport specific! These are so important; I will continue to break them down individually. Incremental learning in incremental steps! #1- STAND STILL (see September issue) #2 - BACK UP – As it may sound strange to some readers, many horses are not asked to back up early in the starting stage. This is essential. Creating your willing partner begins with subtleness. You should establish this maneuver on the ground first. This should never involve force or pain at any time. Timing is crucial and effective. This is your responsibility. What you do emanates into your horse. This maneuver takes practice. From the ground first, when done correctly, you should be able to look where you want your horse to go (backwards) and your energy should be sufficient to move him back easily, with no pulling or tugging on the lead line. Keep your energy and chin up!

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Note: ‘Baulkers’ are out there, on the ground and in the saddle. Be cautious you are not creating a ‘conditioned response’. When you don’t know what to do, stop and ask! Minimizing issues in the saddle begins with solid ground work. As for all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’ and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it! Be Safe and have fun! For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna & Vernon Riding Clubs. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust, & Respect.

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