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Stolen Horse: Update By Jenn Webster Reprinted in part with permission from Western Horse Review,


ooster Kicker, a 2004 AQHA gelding, went missing from his stall at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB, during the Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals on Sunday, August 24, 2014. The day prior, Nancy Pratch had finished with a first place in her amateur reining class but decided to stay one more night and leave first thing in the morning. When she did her last check on him at 12:30 am, “Kicker” was in his stall - which was securely latched both by its pin system and a halter fastened Rooster Kicker and Nancy Pratch in action. (Photo by HD2 Sports) around the bars. At 7:00 am on August 25, Nancy’s boyfriend Cory went to feed their horses breakfast but found Kicker’s stall empty, door pushed inwards, halter on the floor – horse and lead rope missing. The couple began to search the grounds for the missing bay horse. It was soon apparent that the horse was no longer at Westerner Park. Cory and Nancy contacted the local authorities, who advised a call to 911; after that call at 7:47 am, Cory and Nancy continued their search around the facility. At 8:39 am, Cory received a call from the RCMP stating that a horse had been found behind the south Red Deer Best Buy. Behind the store, the search party found Kicker in the care of Dan Metzger. According to Metzger, two homeless men had discovered the horse on Highway 2, wandering around a very busy intersection with a lead rope tied snugly around his neck. The men caught Kicker and led him down behind Best Buy, tied him to a tree and went to fi nd someone who could help. The two men made contact with The yellow dot indicates where Kicker was Dan, who contacted the RCMP. Nancy and Cory went to retrieve Kicker, and were relieved to find him eventually found. The red dot indicates unharmed. where he was taken from. There are several theories about Kicker’s disappearance; however, few solid answers have yet to surface. During the Nationals, the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta had hired a security company to patrol the grounds. However, this security contract was over as of the evening of August 24 – so there was no security in effect during the time of Kicker’s disappearance. The RCMP has concluded that there was no evidence to verify whether this incident was a crime or an accident, so they closed the fi le. Their advice to future competitors at Westerner Park is to ensure that “everything is locked up.” Rooster Kicker’s disappearance and the way he was found, with a rope deliberately tied around his neck, has left his owners with just one question: was the incident a random act of theft or was it planned?

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t this (press) time our three ‘female’ Canadian horse trainers are on their way to Oklahoma for the American Horsewoman’s Challenge being held October 3-5. Keep a lookout for Pam Asheton (AB), Winnie Stott (ON) and Marion Weisskopff (BC). Visit for updates and each trainer’s blog. We know the three of you will do CANADA proud! Show ‘em what we’ve got!

Headin’ out at Jandana Ranch. That’s me on We ‘fi llies’ had a great time at our the left. Photo courtesy of Dave Jarvis. annual (year-end) trip to Jandana Ranch. They spoiled us this year with a wine and cheese on Saturday night (oops… was I not supposed to say that?). Thank you Janice, Dave and Lenox for always taking care of us! I brought my new horse this year and we had a great time! And so did she… didn’t want to load to come home. Saddle Up’s next issues, November as well as December, are BOTH Christmas issues which include our Gift Guide, so retailers – or those that have something to sell as a great Christmas present – don’t miss out! Deadline is October 15th for the November issue. We are gearing up for the Mane Event (our favourite trade show!) in Chilliwack at the end of the month. Do pop by our booth and say hello – and please introduce yourself, as we get so many emails from you, but never really know who you are (by face)!

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Cover Feature Pyke And Buckley Performance Horses Enjoy the journey... At PB Stables, Langley BC Congratulations to our show team on a great year filled with many accomplishments and success! It was a great year of wins, success and personal growth for all of you, while enjoying good times and making wonderful memories. I am touched to have been trusted to guide you and be your greatest cheerleader along the way. You all are so special to all of us! Thank you also to all our wonderful clients who have learned so much and come so far, you are a joy to teach and train for. It is amazing to be a part of your lives, your horse’s education and to have you all as part of the “family”. Thank you also to our employees, friends and family who help so much behind the scenes. Your everyday support and contribution to the daily experience is worth it’s weight in gold. In addition to shows, Mellissa was well travelled teaching clinics this year, quite a few of them in the interior. With many of the participants faithfully attending again and again, Mellissa wants to thank them for their belief in what she teaches. Heartfelt gratitude to Amberlee Ficociello/Five Pine Ranch for being the organizing force and hostess for these events . We have a few open spaces for new clients and would be happy to tailor make a program suited to you and your horse. Our full board facility boasts large indoor and outdoor arenas, hot water wash rack, roomy stalls and large paddocks.

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Setting Standards with the CHA By Rebecca Knopf Whether you are looking for a riding instructor, or you are a riding instructor attempting to bulk up your credentials, the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is there for you. CHA values safe, effective and fun horsemanship and certifies horseback riding instructors in multiple disciplines who can prove their ability to teach.


ounded in 1967, CHA values and promotes safety and horsemanship education. It is the largest international horsemanship instructor certifying organization in North America, with over 20,000 instructors having been certified. CHA not only certifies instructors, but also accredits equine facilities, produces regional and international conferences, has a monthly radio show and webinar series, and publishes educational manuals and DVDs. Certifications are available in English/ Western, in addition to Driving, Equine Facility Manager, Seasonal Equestrian Staff, Instructors for Riders with Disabilities, College/University, Trail and Vaulting. Recently, CHA-certified instructor Aimee O’Brien, at Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch in Colorado, wanted to get a professional certification in order to better fulfi ll the Child Care Licensing laws in Colorado. O’Brien grew up attending a horse camp where all of the staff were certified by CHA. Familiar with the program, O’Brien found a CHA certification clinic nearby and signed up.

O’Brien finds that she was given a greater understanding and awareness of what her skills are and what she needs to work on, which is helping her confirm and enhance her teaching style. O’Brien has realized that receiving her CHA certification changed the way she sees herself as an equestrian professional. “It really helped me strengthen my professional credibility and helped make me feel more empowered in my horse knowledge and care-taking abilities, as well as in decision-making around the ranch.� CHA not only helps the credibility of an instructor, but also helps entire programs gain and retain clients. Laura Jones from Ontario is a CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, and the Region 3 Director. She finds that CHA builds strong, safe, and effective riding basics that can later be fine-tuned to almost any discipline a rider wants to pursue, from western pleasure to eventing. “I like that there are no shortcuts [within CHA] when it comes to safety. It gives me a lot of confidence with my clients to follow the CHA safety standards,� Jones said.

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Bridging the Gap between Barefoot and Shod By Kristi Luehr “NATURAL IS ALWAYS BAREFOOT, BUT BAREFOOT IS NOT ALWAYS NATURAL.”


hen I started my journey as a hoof care professional, I strived to learn all that I could, and to always keep the horses’ best interests at heart. I called myself a barefoot trimmer, because I was adamantly opposed to the use of shoes on horses. The benefits of barefoot are many, but the most important are: increased circulation and flexion of the hoof and increased dissipation of impact forces during movement. As I started to trim professionally and see a variety of horses, I was very concerned with the unhealthy hooves I was finding. It wasn’t that the shoes were ruining the hooves but, rather, it was the distorted hooves under the shoes that were the problem. If the hooves were healthy to begin with, perhaps they wouldn’t need a shoe for comfort. The shoe was simply a tool used to keep the horse comfortable while his hoof was perpetually distorted. I began to specialize in horses with distorted feet that relied on shoes for soundness. I pulled their shoes and rehabilitated their hooves so that they could be barefoot. This worked well for many of the horses I saw, but still a few went back to shoes as they could not cope barefoot. I was doing what I could to rehabilitate their hooves, but it left them with no hoof protection, weak hooves and unsound for riding. Horses that were able to be used before were now sitting in their paddocks. Surely there was a better way to transition them to healthier hooves without the discomfort? I began to look at alternative hoof protection in the form of hoof boots. There are some very good boots on the market built for all kinds of riding and comfort. And while boots work great for many horses that need added protection, they don’t work for them all, and not all owners have the time or desire to use them. This is where shoes become a useful tool. However, there are drawbacks to the metal horseshoe. It is too rigid and takes away the flexibility of the hoof; without the expansion and contraction of the hoof during movement, circulation is reduced. The beneficial shock-absorbing properties of the hoof are minimised and added stress is put on the joints and muscles. It does not seem natural to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

me, given these drawbacks, to put a metal shoe onto a hoof. But now there is a product on the market that offers the best of both worlds. It is a flexible plastic shoe that provides the protection needed by some horses, while still allowing the natural movement of the hoof. These shoes are a great tool to use while transitioning horses to barefoot, or for horses that cannot adapt to being barefoot in their environment or circumstance. I can no longer say that I am a “barefoot” trimmer, as I routinely put these shoes and boots on horses that need added protection. They are not barefoot, but they do have a natural hoof working for them with all the advantages. It truly is working for the horse when you can go outside of your comfort zone to seek what is in the horse’s best interest. Hoof care professionals need to work together to educate and learn from each other. Regardless of what we call ourselves - natural trimmers, farriers or barefoot advocates - we all have the same goal: comfort and soundness for the horse.

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The Secret to Classical Horsemanship: BALANCE AND SELF-CARRIAGE By Rachel Reed

No matter the discipline, everyone in the horse world would like to create that “pretty picture” with their horse: soft, round and relaxed – moving freely and performing well no matter what he is asked to do.


nfortunately, the focus often becomes too much on the horse’s aesthetic and not on the physiology of the animal; so much time is spent trying to “get a horse’s face,” put him in a “frame,” or slow him down under the false impression that this means the horse is “collected.” The reality is that horses are perfectly capable of carrying themselves, so long as the rider learns to stay out of their way and allow them to do their job. Although everyone seems to know the rhetoric that true collection comes from an engagement of the entire body – not from the head - it is very rare to see riders throwing their horses some slack in the reins and have them travel in a balanced and collected fashion. Why is that? And how do we fi x it? When a horse starts being ridden under saddle, he often struggles to maintain his natural balance and collection or seems to lose it entirely. So often, we are inclined to support the horse with our hands, body, or pieces of equipment such as side reins, draw reins, tie downs or whatever else the flavour of the week is. These do nothing but impede the horse’s natural movement and drive his back end further out behind him. A properly-schooled horse will not fall onto his forehand or speed up when slack is put into the reins, nor should the rider need to feel his mouth in order to communicate properly – the subtlest signal from the body or the reins should suffice. The horse needs to understand what a signal means so he can put himself in the proper body position and execute the manoeuvre on his own. Remember, the reins are connected to the feet, not the face. The less the rider has to do to give direction, the more he/she is able to get out of the 8 • Saddle Up • October 2014

horse’s way, allowing him to move freely the way he is supposed to. The horse will then be travelling uphill and maintaining his own rhythm and his head and neck will go where they need to be for balance, eliminating the urge to pull back or hold. The three key elements to establishing this type of self-carriage are soft ness, correct body position, and impulsion. SOFTNESS First and foremost is that the horse must be soft in the rider’s hands, so when the rider picks up on a rein and puts leg on the horse’s sides, he should immediately come to that rein rather than brace against it or lean down on it. Being soft, in this case, does not mean the horse is holding onto light contact. It means the rider should feel nothing in his hand through the whole process. Lateral soft ness exercises are very effective at removing resistance from the horse and help maintain his fluidity while schooling. Often, people use the term “bending” to describe such an exercise; however, it is not the horse’s “bent” position that is important, but the soft ness and complete release of the bit. POSITION Once this lateral soft ness is established and the cue becomes signal, the horse will place his feet in a natural position and shift his balance point, thus executing the manoeuvre himself. Any time the rider makes contact with the horse, it interferes with this process and prevents him from balancing himself through a manoeuvre. IMPULSION Ninety-nine percent of the time, if

Rachel Reed and Maromac Prima Athena aka “Mud-Pie,” during ride 15, demonstrating the typical stretching of a horse’s topline as they develop strength and self-carriage. Note the engagement of the horse’s entire bottom line.

something isn’t working, the horse isn’t driving enough with his hind feet. He cannot go soft in your hands or place his feet in the right position unless his back feet are driving up underneath him. This is where the common saying that you should ride your horse back to front comes from. The horse needs to be allowed to move forward freely and never feel as if his movement is restricted. The key in everything is to let the horse know there is always a place for him to go where he can feel comfortable and there is no pressure. Before long, he will begin to hunt that soft place. Once the horse has been ridden in proper self-carriage for a period of time, he will become strong through his top-line and his abdominal muscles. He will go through a period of stretching like the horse in the first picture, so he can relieve tension, engage his bottom line, and use his head and neck for balance. The rider must not get in the way of this stretching, as it is what develops the strength and balance to allow the horse to carry himself in a more elevated frame. This “long and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Mud-Pie, towards the end of the ride, is encouraged to move up into the bridle for a few strides. At this stage in her training, we don’t ask her to hold this position for long.

low work” should be returned to in every ride. When the horse is ready, he can be shown to work off the rider’s leg and the

slack in the reins in order to completely let go of the bridle one rein at a time while remaining soft and relaxed. Rather than backing off the pressure or leaning on it, he quickly begins to hunt that soft place where his whole body is engaged and there is absolutely no contact with the rider’s hands. The result is a horse in a collected frame, with his poll elevated and his head on the vertical, but with slack in the reins. Since the horse has been well schooled in self-carriage, he will guide off the subtlest body or rein signal and contact with the bit becomes unnecessary as a means of direction. In summary, the way to a truly collected horse is to ride him in balance and self-carriage by making sure to establish soft ness, position, and impulsion. The more slack that can be thrown to the horse, the stronger and rounder he will become. After being

ridden in a long and low carriage for a time, he will then be capable of carrying himself in a more elevated frame and performing the types of high-level manoeuvres sought after in the show pen. The result is a horse that loves his job, is easy to ride, and looks more beautiful than any man-made aesthetic while doing it. Rachel Reed works full time as an Associate Trainer at Tipton Horsemanship with Ian Tipton, who has over 30 years of experience training horses and teaching students in every discipline including reining, cowhorse, cutting, dressage, and pleasure. His style of training is derived from the principles of classical horsemanship and he strives to achieve the best possible communication and performance for both horse and rider, no matter the discipline.


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BVX 2014 Trainer of the North By Geri Brown The annual Trainer of the North Challenge, held August 21-23 during the Bulkley Valley Exhibition in Smithers, was another success. We had three great trainers participate Sarah Newman from Kamloops, Gerry Cox from Colville, WA, and Severin Pederson from Black Creek.


he horses were roping horse stock from Tom and Donna Davidson of Justwishin’ Quarter Horses in Houston. The horses were named Brett, Ayslin and Pistol; all were geldings. The judges were Frances Teer, Joy Allen and Ben Gumm. With their decades of horse knowledge, they sat for the fourteen hours of training to score the trainers. Results can be seen on the Trainer of the North Facebook page. The three trainers being presented with the The first day awards; (l to r) Harley Golder (organizer), Doug Veenstra and daughter (Smithers Feed Store started with the owners), Sarah Newman, Severin Pederson, trainers drawing for Gerry Cox and Geri Brown (organizer). the horses. Sarah drew

Our judges: Ben Gumm, Frances Teer, Joy Allen

Brett, Severin drew Ayslin and, to his dismay, Gerry drew “Pistol” - he was hoping the horse would not live up to this name. The training sessions started with Severin. He had Ayslin saddled and being ridden in that first session; things were looking good for him at this point and Severin entertained the audience with his flair. Sarah worked Brett through all the ground work and impressed


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with her quiet manner and attention to detail, choosing to make sure the colt was very prepared before she put him through the saddling process. Gerry also made a lot of headway with his horse in the first session and had him saddled and put through the paces. Gerry was very entertaining and kept the audience listening throughout his sessions. The next three sessions saw the trainers go up and down in progress with their horses. Severin’s horse stayed pretty cool and with him throughout, while Sarah continued to make good steady progress with Brett and kept building on her good foundation. Gerry’s horse Pistol started to live up to his name as the sessions went on and gave Gerry some challenges but they made good progress. Severin was leading in scoring throughout the sessions, but Sarah was

gaining ground while Gerry started to lose some ground as time went on. The final on Saturday night was a good challenge. Severin drew first ride and managed to do all the challenges with his usual entertaining style. For his freestyle, he rode Ayslin through all his paces with no halter around the arena. Gerry was up next and did most of the obstacles, omitting only a couple. He entertained us and made many good wisecracks about not copying Severin with the halterless feat for a freestyle. He did some whip cracking and Pistol was accommodating throughout. Sarah finished up the challenge and put her horse though all the obstacles with little resistance from Brett. Sarah spoke a lot about safety and really promoted being safe around horses. It was nice to see this attention to safety around horses. Sarah did the tarp groundwork for her freestyle. While we were totalling the results, we had five local horsemen ride a bridleless trail pattern to entertain the audience. The riders Faye Golder, Larry Wierenga, Tiana Hooker, Donna Davidson and the eventual winner, Bibs Dallaire showed how willing and responsive a well-trained horse can be, going through all the obstacles with a quiet finesse that wowed the audience. When all the results were totalled, Severin came out on top and won the beautiful Billy Cook ranch saddle adorned with the Roy Henry Vickers-designed logo (donated by Smithers Feed Store), as well as a one-night stay at beautiful Bear Claw Lodge in Kispiox. The second place went to Sarah Newman and third went to Gerry Cox; they each received a handmade halter by Bob McHugh, featuring

a concho with the Trainer of the North logo. They also each received a Central Mountain Air ticket to be used anywhere CMA flies. Gerry chose to donate his to Hope Air as he would not be able to use it in Washington. We, the organizers, would like to thank the trainers for competing and sharing their training knowledge, and all the sponsors, judges, horse suppliers, audience members and volunteers who make this event possible. See you all in 2015!

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lorious weather and the beautiful Milner Downs welcomed the 55+ gang to the 2014 Equestrian portion of the BC Seniors Games, held September 9-13 in Langley. Milner Downs was gracious, friendly and well-organized as host for Dressage, Driving, Reining, Mountain Trail and the new event this year, Western Dressage. Some forty horses were entered. A huge thank you to the owners of Milner Downs Joanne and Glen Simmie who did a wonderful job looking after the competitors and their horses. This event was no small undertaking to put on and with the extraordinary efforts of these amazing volunteers it was an awesome Games! Thank you to Sport Chair Natalie Vonk of Horse Play Your Way , Dressage Coordinator Monique Fraser of Rosewyn Stables , Driving Coordinator Cat Armitage, and the numerous other volunteers who put in long hours, hard work and kept smiling through it all!! RESULTS Dressage - HCBC Training Level Age 65+ Gold: Mary Anne Muscat Age 55-64 Gold: Shelagh Niblock Silver: Kathy Reimer Bronze: Susan Falk Dressage - HCBC First Level Age 65+ Gold: Carol Lalonde Age 55-64 Gold: Ruth Lick Driving - Level One Age 65+ Gold: Dave Franklin Age 55-64 Gold: Dina Popadiuk Silver: Margaret Cullop Reining Age 65+ Gold: Lynda Holland Silver: Judi Williams Age 55-64 Gold: Diane Thiessen Silver (TIED): Louise Chivers & Vicki Urquhart Mountain Trail In-Hand Age 65+ Gold: Karen MacGregor Silver: Dennis Hooge Bronze: Loretta Rondquist Age 55-64 Gold: Susan Chaworth-Musters

Camaraderie, support and friendship are words often heard at the Games. It is a special feeling. Debbie Pettit (from Hope) said, “I think everyone had a good time in Mountain Trail, I know I did, even though I did not win a medal. For sure I plan on taking part in 2015.” Mountain Trail judge Christa Miremadi summed up the two days well when she said,” I had an absolutely incredible time. I was honoured to have been asked to be one of two judges for the Mountain Trail portion, alongside a new friend Brooke Rempel from Alberta who was such a joy to work with. The Games were inspiring and impressive with some incredible horsemanship and beautiful relationships between the horses and riders.” Full results are available on the event website ( Next year’s Games, which are being rebranded as the “55+ BC Games,” will be held in North Vancouver on August 25-28, 2015.

Silver: Patricia Reid Bronze: Sandee Krause Mountain Trail Mounted Age 65+ Gold: Dennis Hooge Silver: Karen MacGregor Bronze: Janice Reid Age 55-64 Gold: Karen MacLean Silver: Susan Chaworth-Musters Bronze: Colleen Nestor Mountain Trail Combined Age 65+ Gold: Dennis Hooge Silver: Karen MacGregor Bronze: Loretta Rondquist Age 55-64 Gold: Susan Chaworth-Musters Silver: Karen MacLean Bronze: Colleen Nestor Western Dressage - Training Level Age 55-64 Gold: Linda Dieno Silver: Laurel Plimley Bronze: Kathy Reimer Western Dressage - First Level Age 55-64 Gold: Kathy Lifton

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Tips to Overcome Trail Challenges By Stephanie Kwok and Sandra Poppema For many horse owners, trail riding is the ultimate bonding experience for a rider and his/ her horse. Are you doing as much trail riding as you had hoped to do with your horse? If not, what is holding you back?


s your horse spooky or is he still green? Challenges both big and small abound on the trails - new sights, smells and sounds, new riding companions, gates, logs, water crossings, bridges, steep grades, gnarly footing, bears, mountain bikers and more. You need to prepare your horse for the variety of challenges you will face together on the trail. But how can you train your horse to overcome his fears in a way that reduces his stress, builds his trust in you and ultimately makes him a reliable trail horse? The answer is reward-based training. This is not a new concept. One of the first riding masters and founder of modern dressage, Frenchman Antoine de Pluvinel (15551620), said: “You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear! There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” The elements of reward-based training are simple. You identify your goals and then divide them into easy-to-achieve mini-goals. Next, you give your horse opportunities to learn and practice each one, pinpointing the wanted behaviour with a marker signal (a “click” from a hand-held clicker or a tongue-click) and rewarding him each time he is successful. If you reward your horse specifically and consistently after the “click”, he will quickly understand his lessons and be motivated to learn more. The net effect is that he doesn’t have to guess what he did right, which prevents frustration for each of you. Let’s look at these elements in a little more detail:

1) Patience and a Plan Building trust takes time. To begin, spend time thinking about the types of challenges you face on the trail. Which activities does your horse find difficult? Formulate those into training goals. For each one, think of a positive and specific “can-do” sentence (e.g. “We will open/close the gate at the trailhead while mounted”). Next, divide this goal into several smaller training goals, with the first of these mini-goals being one that you are confident your horse can easily achieve and, ideally, is one you could practice 14 • Saddle Up • October 2014

at home (e.g. “We will stand facing the paddock gate with four feet on the ground for one second”). Gradually, over multiple sessions, build up the levels of difficulty and duration.

2) Clear Criteria and Good Timing Before you begin a particular learning session on the trail, decide what sort of “clickable moment” you’re going to be looking for, so that you can promptly click/reward when you see it. For the gate skills scenario, you might “set your horse up for success” like this: “Last session, I rewarded when he could stand next to the gate with his chest up against it for 10 seconds. This time, I will bend forward to unlatch the chain. I will click/reward when I first touch the chain, if he remains still.”

3) Consistency and Rewards

Merlyn stands very close to the gate so his rider can reach the chain. (Photo by Karen Nixon)

Looping the chain around the post is tricky from the saddle. Merlyn stands perfectly still, waiting for his rider to complete the task. (Photo by Karen Nixon)

Horses relax and learn better when there is consistency from their people. Be a reliable teacher: if you click your horse for a task, give him a reward. But make sure the reward is valued by your horse! Horses who are not food oriented at all may work earnestly for scratches in their favourite spot. Experiment with different rewards to see what motivates your horse best.

Taking it to the Trail Below are some tips showing how to use a reward-based approach to overcome some specific situations you may encounter on the trails.

SCARY OBJECTS - such as bear-shaped tree stumps and giant “horse-eating” boulders; begin standing at the closest distance possible for your horse’s comfort, while facing the object, and click/reward for a short-duration halt, then a longer-duration halt. Approach slowly, with a click/reward for each step. If the fear shown by your horse seems too great, dismount and approach the frightening object ahead of your horse to demonstrate that it is safe, then encourage him to take a step HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Trail Challenges, cont’d forward while you lead the way. Click/reward for any indication of relaxation or effort to move closer to the scary object, even if just one foot forward. Then repeat under saddle and reward for any effort in the right direction.

STEEP DOWNHILL GRADES - can weaken the horse’s confidence as he struggles to balance the load of the rider and keep his own balance on possibly crumbly/slippery footing. If your horse refuses to go down the steep hill or tries to turn around and leave, halt him facing down the hill. Wait a few seconds, click/reward for a nice halt. Ask for one step forward and, even if just barely half a step is offered, click/reward that “slightest try.” Build up to more steps from there. If, however, your horse still seems to fear the descent, dismount and lead him down in-hand, practicing halts every few steps along the way (click/reward), so that he learns to control his momentum and also that steep downhills are an opportunity to earn rewards! Future rides will offer more chances to practice under saddle. In our experience, a horse that is unwilling to go down a steep grade simply needs a chance to learn how to manage it on his own before he can do it with a rider aboard. BRIDGES - fortunately, you can do a lot of preparatory work at home to prepare for crossing bridges by practicing with a variety of surfaces (e.g. tarps, plywood, foam mats). Out on the trails, you can make it a habit to reward for the first step onto any bridge, so that the sight of a bridge will evoke good memories and motivate your horse to walk onto it. Alert! Obstacle ahead! (Photo by Stephanie Kwok) Another lesson, for those horses who rush over bridges, is “slowly all the way across,” which is done by slowing/halting in the middle (click/reward) and again at the end of the bridge.

Merlyn picks his way carefully through this rocky river crossing. He is rewarded for every two steps in the rougher section, which has the beneficial side effect of slowing him down. (Photo by Karen Nixon)

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WATER CROSSINGS - Muddy puddles, clear creeks, swift-moving rivers each water crossing is unique but the main strategy to use if your horse is reluctant to cross is PATIENCE. Having another horse Karen patiently waits while Chester considers there who is confident about crossing water taking the next step onto can help immensely, but is no guarantee. the bridge. (Photo by Click/reward the horse first for standing Stephanie Kwok) still near the water or any interest in the water (facing the water, head lowering, drinking); then ask for a tiny step forward of one foot and click/reward. If you stand parallel to the water and then ask for a turn of the head/ shoulder towards the water, his foot might accidentally step in the water - click/reward! Build forward motion from there. When it comes to dealing with trail challenges, it is imperative that it be a positive learning experience for your horse. We always need to remember that we are not trying to get across the water or over the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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Turning Back the Clock By Ross Buchanan Following my work with his 12-year-old mare, Gerry Mapstone of Langley told me that it seems like I “turned back the clock” for her. He says, “I have watched her progress from a horse that I hoped to eventually get back out on the trail, at best, to the working horse that I remember.”


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Simply put, the techniques of Myofascial Release therapy helps to lengthen the tight tissue allowing for better movement. Without a doubt, a less restricted horse displays a better attitude. To put it another way, a restricted horse displays a bad attitude. In the past, when pain was caused by myofascial tightness, the diagnosis has been difficult as fascia restrictions do not show up on traditional scanning options. But the good news is that with the advanced technology of Digital Infrared Scans you can see exactly where your horse is hurting. These restrictions play a significant role in creating pain and malfunction in the balance and alignment of the horse. Many times I am invited to help with a horse because of a balance or alignment issue and it amazes me how, after the session as the client watches the previously-sore and anxious horse transform into a model of bliss and contentment, the owner will comment that he/she has “never seen this horse so relaxed.” For an Equine Therapist it is a wonderful experience to help someone see the pain drain out of his/her horse. Just like it is with people, the tightening of the fascial system in the horse is a protective mechanism that is a response to some kind of trauma. The fascia loses its elasticity, tightens up and becomes a source of tension for the rest of the entire body. This loss of elasticity is intensified by the inflammation process as the collagen becomes dense and loses its resiliency. These restrictions and constrictions affect the quality and quantity of the horse’s movement. This often leads to disappointing muscular biomechanics, altered structural alignment and decreased strength and endurance. This tightening will also produce muscular compensations resulting in decreased performance of the horse. So what is Myofascial Release? Myofascial Release, or MR, is a hands-on technique that creates a stretch in restricted soft tissues. If you have been to a Physiotherapist for your own aches and pains you have probably experienced MR. A sustained pressure is applied into the tissue barrier and after 90-120 seconds you will feel the initial release. The equine therapist then follows the release into a new tissue barrier and holds. After a few releases are achieved the tissue will become soft and pliable. The restoration of length to the myofascial tissues takes the pressure off of the pain-sensitive tissue like nerves and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Turning Back, cont’d blood vessels, as well as restores alignment and mobility to the joints. By elongating the fascial system, we restore the proper mechanical length of the connective tissues which results in the re-establishment of the natural abilities of coordination, strength and power to the horse. An experienced and talented equine therapist can have great success with this approach, especially when combined with other treatment techniques such as joint mobilization and therapeutic exercise programs including both stretches and releases. As a therapist, I have the easy job. That is to help the horse release the restriction. The critical component of a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program including stretches and releases needs to be done by the owner on a regular basis. This is the key to overcoming the magnet-like pull of muscle memory. The combination of these techniques is beneficial in creating unrestricted, pain-free performance and happy horses. Which horses are most likely to benefit from Myofascial Release? Any horse that is showing indications of tightness such as head tossing, refusal to pick up leads, intermittent bobbles, lack of lateral mobility, issues with sore backs or showing soreness while being girthed or showing a resistance to move forward with impulsion may be able to benefit from


this approach. By releasing and removing the physical blocks that create discomfort and pain, it is often as if you are turning back the clock as you allow your horse to optimize his movement and to do so without pain. If your wish is to allow your horse to age gracefully with comfort and mobility, you might want to see how your friendly, neighbourhood equine therapist can help. From his base in the Fraser Valley, Ross Buchanan provides equine therapy and thermal imaging services to clients. Best known for his specialty of aligning and balancing horses to eliminate pain and ensure soundness, Ross also focuses on the importance of rebooting the muscle memory to ensure that the preferred movement is retained. Ross is passionately committed to happy, pain-free horses and winning rides! • 17

NSAIDs - What Are They Doing in My Horse? By Doug Campbell Banamine, Bute, Previcox... do you know why they are so detrimental to the intestinal tract? NSAIDs can be a very useful treatment tool; however, their use is not always appropriate or warranted for many routine surgical procedures or injuries. Choose wisely about using them on your horse and be fully aware of what unseen side effects are occurring. What are they? A Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID, pronounced “EN-sed”) is a medication that falls into the category of antiinflammatory drugs and pain killers that are commonly used to minimize swellings associated with an injury or tissue irritation.

How do NSAIDs decrease pain and swelling? Inflammation is a natural response that the body produces when an injury takes place. Tissue irritation triggers the release of prostaglandins, which are “messenger molecules” found throughout the body. When released, prostaglandins cause specific fluids (swelling) to be purposely flooded into the injured site, supplying that area with the substances (platelets, collagen, etc.) needed by the body to repair itself. In a nutshell, inflammation is the body’s way of delivering healing substances to the injured site, and prostaglandins trigger this action. This same principle applies for healing intestinal ulcerations prostaglandins are required. When NSAIDs are given, whether orally or by injection, they block the body’s release of prostaglandins. What you see after giving NSAIDs is that the symptoms of swelling and soreness decrease - not that healing has occurred. What you don’t see is the negative effect of decreased prostaglandin production on the mucosal lining in the digestive tract.

The Important Mucosal Lining The mucosal lining (mucous membrane) is a mucous substance that is continuously secreted in the digestive tract and from many other tissues (nose, lungs) and continuously performs several important


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functions: 1. Provides a protective barrier that prevents toxins and harmful molecules from passing through the intestinal walls (“leaky” gut, colitis) 2. Forms a “mucoid cap” that provides immediate “first aid” to intestinal irritations at the microscopic level before serious tissue damage can occur (ulcerations) 3. Provides lubrication to ensure an easy and continuous flow of digested foodstuff from mouth to anus (constipation, impaction-type colics) 4. Is an integral part of gut microbe functions - together they are responsible for nutrient absorption and synthesis 5. In conjunction with gut microbes, it performs 70-80% of the immune function 6. It forms a hydrophobic layer that protects gastrointestinal surfaces from acidic pH levels (acidic stomach and hind gut acidosis) Ulceration of the equine stomach and hind gut are not the only side effects from NSAID use. The Merck Veterinary Manual indicates that clinical signs of NSAID use can occur days to weeks after NSAID therapy is discontinued and these range from colitis, scarring of the bowel (serious enough to block intestinal function), oral and esophageal ulcerations, even reduced blood flow to the kidneys. Research literature makes it apparent that even when using minimal doses of NSAIDs, detrimental effects are triggered immediately. Once in the body, NSAIDs show up in bile which is released into the small intestine on a continual basis. It has been shown that NSAIDs continue to circulate in the body sometimes for weeks after the drug therapy has been discontinued. It is unhelpful for an animal who’s trying to recover from an injury to have its digestive system disrupted. This not only negatively impacts nutritional absorption, but can have long-term consequences such as diarrhea, colic and reduced immune function.

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In cases where NSAID use is truly warranted, be proactive in minimizing the damage they cause. • Find out which NSAID is the most effective for that particular tissue injury. NSAIDs must not be used in combination with other NSAIDs and certain other types of drugs. • Use minimal dosages for as few days as possible. Certain new NSAIDs indicate that they are less disruptive; but less disruptive is still disruptive. The real side effects are not known until the drug has been HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

NSAIDs, cont’d in use for several years and time-tested. • Give the horse’s digestive system the best resources to repair and maintain a healthy mucosal lining: High quality roughage, a good mineral and vitamin supplement, loose mineral salt (not processed salt blocks) and a supply of clean water should be available 24/7. Minimize carbohydrate intake, including processed feeds containing grain, to help decrease the acidity levels in the gut. - Provide physical exercise - movement is what stimulates healthy digestion. - Administer a high-quality, digestive probiotic that contains a combination of live yeasts and bacteria during and after NSAID therapy. Although the probiotic does not stop the harm being done to the mucosal lining, it works to offset damage. New research indicates that betaglucans found in specific MOS prebiotics have a healing effect on intestinal mucosa. An effective probiotic and prebiotic will also enhance the digestion process, increasing the absorption rate of nutrients. What about omeprazole? Under normal situations, acid secretions in the stomach are a necessary part of the digestive process and do not pose a problem. This is because the portion of the stomach that is normally in contact with these acidic secretions is protected by a thick, healthy mucosal lining which continually renews and replaces itself. When NSAIDs are administered and prostaglandins production is diminished, the mucosal lining cannot repair and replace itself.

While omeprazole does diminish the release of stomach acid, it does not offset NSAID damage to the mucosal lining in the stomach and increases NSAID damage in the small intestine. In order to heal an ulcer, the mucosal lining must be restored and to do that requires the release of prostaglandins.

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Softer Than You Could Ever Imagine By Christa Miremadi Over the many years I’ve spent riding with various horsemanship masters and working toward improving myself, one thing has been a common thread across the board...


Cisco and I, finding our mutual balance together softly. (Photo by Twisted Terrain Horse Park)

hether it was working with Mark Rashid while riding with him in California, learning with Bruce Sandifer when I was lucky enough to be invited to his clinic in Cache Creek, spending many, many hours talking, riding and working with Daryl Gibb in Osoyoos (and my own back yard) or my good friend Stefanie Travers, who has been a great help to me in the past year, the message (though said in a variety of ways) was the same: “Softer than you could ever imagine, as firm as you have to be.”


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I’ve heard this concept many times before, only worded a little bit differently: “As soft as possible, as firm as necessary.” This is also a beautiful and complex phrase with many different levels to it, but it’s limited Stephanie Evans and her amazing little QH mare, Annie, finding a soft connection by one’s experience. together. (Photo by Aynsley Cairns) “As soft as possible” provides a limit as to how soft it could get. The way my good friend Stefanie put it, “Softer than you could ever imagine” raises the bar and inspires creativity and imagination which, in my opinion anyway, is essential when it comes to working with horses. The second half of this phrase, “as firm as you have to be” provides a necessary limit to the level of pressure that one might use. It provides the opportunity to redirect unwanted behaviours or movement firmly while subtly suggesting that one keeps himself/herself in check and keeps things under control. This, to me, is often done by controlling one’s emotions and providing the direction or correction in the quietest and most straight-forward way one can. Get in, get out and move on. Another thing this phrase reminds us about is that communicating with a horse is a physical thing. The saying is not “quieter than you could ever imagine, as loud as necessary.” Rather, it’s referring to soft ness, a physical sensation, and firmness, another physical sensation. All too often people resort to sounds, words, noise and even reasoning with their horses when they feel stuck or frustrated. This phrase helps us to stay on track, keeping our focus on the way horses really communicate, through energy and body language. Most of us are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have at any given time. In fact, there are very few people out there (I believe) who know of a better way of working with horses, yet choose to confuse or stress them out anyway; however, when we run out of knowledge we generally resort to noisy, messy expressions of our emotions that do little more than share frustrated energy and the message that we’re unhappy. We all do this! No one is above this - it’s a human thing. It just takes some people a little longer to run out of knowledge than it does for others. When this happens and we resort to sounds and noises or even words, requests or verbal explanations of what we want, we have left our helpful mantra in the dust. Although words can be firm, and sounds can be helpful to focus our energy, they can also be distracting to the horse, taking his mind off the physical directions we’ve provided, or even worse, they can subconsciously replace our physical directions! I’m sure you’ve heard a few people point out the level of physical contact, energy and body language that horses use to communicate with one another. A horse might do a lot of bluffing - arching his neck, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Softer, cont’d lift ing a leg and winding it up, swishing his tail, pinning his ears and even baring his teeth; in other words, he does a lot of posturing. Sometimes horses follow through and that usually includes hooves or teeth making contact with muscle and hide. One thing Jupiter postures and uses body you don’t see often is them language to communicate his wishes using their vocal capabilities to his herd mates. to communicate their wishes. (Photo by Kristina Belkina) This phrase “Softer than you could ever imagine, as firm as you have to be” reminds me that communication with a horse is a physical thing and that although I may have to be very strong, clear and confident when I provide direction to my horse, that direction should be quiet My sister’s gelding, Jupiter (Photo by Kristina Belkina) and void of any emotionallycharged, over-reaction. It should be only as firm as I have to be, nothing less, nothing more and whatever level that may be, may actually be softer than I could ever imagine. It reminds me of something I often say to my students: “Could it be softer?” This is a question that I use to keep my students hunting. It keeps them digging for that next level and searching for something a little better than what they currently have. It keeps them from allowing their horses and their relationship to plateau and it provides a catalyst for that never-ending self-improvement that keeps us all and our partnerships with our horses moving forward. It is sometimes a challenge to find new sayings or new ways of saying old sayings in this business. We’ve been blessed with such incredible horsemen and women over the last few hundred years and they were smart enough to write their ideas and thoughts down in

books for us to benefit from. I’m always excited to hear things said in a slightly different way and although I had heard this particular idea a number of times from a few different sources, hearing it the way Stefanie put it was like a breath of fresh air and I am so grateful for that. Every day I ride with this phrase floating around in my head. Every day I try to imagine new levels of soft ness and ask myself, did I have to be that firm? As I continue with my work and strive to improve my horsemanship and my knowledge, I remind myself that communicating with my horses in a way that they can understand takes creativity, imagination, energy and physical body language. “Softer than I could ever imagine” is getting softer every day and “as firm as I have to be” is still sometimes firmer than I’d like it to be at times but I’m reminded that as long as I can keep the noisy, emotional reactions to how I feel about being firm under control, that level of firmness will continue to become less and less until it becomes softer than I could ever imagine. 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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Saddle Fitting and Common Sense By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery THE CINCH AND BLANKETING



he saddle tree; a solid frame that the saddle is built around has only one sweet spot to sit comfortably on a horse’s back. What keeps it in this spot?

THE CINCH The alignment between the saddle’s rigging ring that holds the latigo and the cinch ring must be in direct alignment, which means perpendicular. NOT on an angle. An angle will eventually cause the saddle to lose its sweet spot. How can you fi x that? Realizing the cinch will also have a sweet spot, there are only two choices: #1 choose a wider or narrower cinch, 3”, 4”, 6”, 8”, or #2 have the saddle’s rigging ring moved for perpendicular alignment. The cinch being the cheapest solution. If you ride more than one horse you can then just change the cinch.

What are sweet spots? The Tree: The construction of the tree is designed to emulate the configuration of a horse’s back, ½” back of the scapula or upper point of the shoulder blade. The tree sits on the back where there are no moving parts.

The Cinch: The cinch is designed to allow flexibility while maintaining a grip to hold the saddle in place, stable and secure. Mohair has proven over the last 150 years to be the most effective in conforming to the horse’s shape and health or well-being of the animal’s hide. The sweet spot is just behind the horse’s elbow. The mohair cords lay flat while allowing unobstructed movement of the horse. The worst case scenario is not paying attention to these details. The next worst is to listen to someone else. The third is not being able to afford what works. When was the last time you listened to you horse? Do you palpate to find tender spots before you get bucked off ? Of late, there is a lot of rhetoric about the old ways not working. When people had to make a living in the horse and buggy days workable ways were how you survived. No one willingly would cause themselves or their horses’ problems. Through every day exposure ideas that worked got passed around. Today – price and marketing have taken its place. For a moment, imagine an 1870 South Texas cowboy about to ride to Kansas on a cattle drive. Priority number one is to have a saddle that works for him and his mount. The outfit supplying the horses also has to have its act together. The reason the King Ranch put so much effort into line breeding their horses was to produce a horse that could make the trip.

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Saddle Fitting, cont’d The evolution of the Quarter Horse and Western Saddle has a lot of history behind it. Today we tend to misunderstand the importance of the small details. When we had AQHA Champions, the horse was measured by halter and performance points. Now we have halter horses that are not athletic and performance horses that wouldn’t even consider going in a halter class. When things aren’t working – you need to take some of the blame.



lanketing is one of the most important in keeping your horse comfortable. What I see from my 46 years experience as a retailer and saddle maker… things I don’t agree with: #1 customer wants a pad that doesn’t need washing #2 the thicker the better #3 the least expensive, and #4 something that doesn’t wear out.

The logic and fundamentals of blanketing: #1 heat and moisture absorbent and to what capacity #2 crushable – meaning the unevenness of the saddle and the horse’s back has a forgivable weight bearing surface. The pressure points disappear and the bridged area now carries some of the weight. #3 the whole blanket or pad is very flexible to allow the horse to move uninhibited.

Remember – the saddle is stiff, the horse is moving, somewhere between saddle and moving horse something has to be forgiving, otherwise the horse takes the stress.

Rules no compromises #1 no weight on the spine. If your bareback pad or treeless saddle or felt pad puts weight on the spine, you have a serious liability. #2 no weight on the withers. This means keep your blanket or pad from putting weight on the withers. This also means saddles that are too wide will rest on the withers. Remember, good horsemanship starts with common sense. Ken Cameron is 73 years ‘not’ old. He has 46 years of experience building saddles and 61 years as an avid horseman. For 21 years he has owned/ operated K.C. Saddlery in Red Deer, and 17 years at Stampede Shop in Dawson Creek. For 5 years he was teaching the saddle making course at Olds College and 3 years of custom saddlery in Penhold. Still an avid horseman, Ken currently has two 15-year-old geldings, one 6-year-old stallion and two mares.

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Schooling a Young Horse Using Long Lines By Judy Newbert Long lining (also called long reining) and ground driving are terms used almost interchangeably in the driving and riding horse worlds. It is defined as the horse travelling straight ahead with the driver (trainer) following and steering the horse.


n the initial stages of breaking, this allows the trainer to accustom the horse to going forward on his own (no one is leading him) and steering and working at various gaits. It is a logical transition between the horse being led and the horse being ridden or driven. Your young horse has mastered lungeing at all three gaits, has accepted the lungeur as his leader and knows and obeys the voice commands for all three gaits as well as “whoa” (for a full stop) and “easy” to slow down within a gait and some signal for a lengthening within a gait. The horse double lunges (which introduces the use of the outside rein and the rein around the horse’s haunches) and has made the transition to the long lines. The reins for steering are still attached to the side rings on the lungeing cavesson rather than the horse’s mouth. The lungeing cavesson is an indispensable tool in training young horses. There is no adequate substitute for a well-designed lungeing cavesson. A well-fitting halter can be used but it is not nearly as effective as a lungeing cavesson. A driving harness backpad or a riding saddle can substitute for the surcingle if necessary. As the horse progresses, the driver may then attach the long lines to the bit. For long lining, I prefer the use of specific long lines rather than two lunge lines and the length of the long lines is adjusted for the size of the horse. The long lines are made with nylon round rope for the fronts (nearest the horse) because it slides easily through the rings on the surcingle and the driver’s ends are flat cotton because it is less prone to slippage and more comfortable in the driver’s hands. The lines are held the way ordinary reins are held for English riding, one in each hand. Ordinary driving reins from a set of harness are too short to be effective and put the driver too close to the horse where he may be kicked and lessens the control the driver has over the horse should the horse try to run away. Whether or not the ends of the reins are joined is up to the driver, but even if they are joined it should only be with a string which will break if the driver has been caught in the lines and is being dragged. A whip carried in the right hand is essential for follow up when 24 • Saddle Up • October 2014

the horse ignores the driver’s verbal commands. The whip should only be used on the horse’s ribs (where the rider’s leg would go). Use of the whip on the hind legs or the rump will cause kicking. The horse wears leg protection (brushing or galloping boots) on all four legs and bell boots on the front. The driver wears a helmet, gloves, and comfortable shoes Ground driving the young horse suitable for the footing. Holding and handling the reins is extremely important to maintain control and establish a contact with the horse’s mouth. Beginners should hang the reins over a fence rail and practice holding, shortening and lengthening the reins and looping the excess in their hands. Make the loops large enough so that there is no risk of getting your hand trapped in the reins and small enough that they do not drag on the ground where you could step in them. Then repeat the rein handling practice with the whip in the right hand. The driver must adjust his position with respect to the horse to allow the horse to take a contact and move freely forward. When driving on long lines, the driver stands at 8 o’clock when walking or trotting to the left and at 4 o’clock when walking or trotting to the right. The horse’s nose is at 12 o’clock and his haunches are at 6 o’clock. This position allows the driver to watch the horse’s footfalls to assess impulsion, to watch for correct bending on turns and to watch for correct body alignment during lateral work. When changing direction, remember that you will momentarily disappear from the horse’s view (when you are at 6 o’clock) and you will then reappear on the horse’s other side. This surprises some horses and they will scoot forward; ignore that, regain control and continue - the horse will get used to it. Working at the 4 or 8 o’clock position allows you to regain control should the horse suddenly move forward. If the horse tries to run away from you, let out some rein to avoid being pulled off your feet, move to the 3 or 9 o’clock position, turn the horse in a circle, speak calmly and wait until he settles down. His lungeing training makes your position familiar to him and he will settle down. If the horse kicks out, make sure you are out of the range of his kicking and keep the outside rein HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Schooling, cont’d taut and down so there is no risk of getting the rein pulled up under the horse’s tail. The shocks from the kicking will be transmitted to the cavesson. He will be punishing himself with his bad behaviour. The driver should remain calm, speak reassuringly and continue to circle the horse until he calms down. Do not yell, scream or hit the horse with the








whip. If the horse persists in kicking get help from an experienced trainer. Sessions of 30 to 45 minutes are long enough as the work on long lines, especially at higher speeds Ground driving the young horse and with tighter figures, is very strenuous. Always end on a positive note even Throughout the training sessions, I if it means ending the session earlier than monitor the horse’s legs for soreness or injuries planned. I always review the previous work and also how they come out of the barn for early in the session and then if the horse is work in the next session. doing well, I will try to introduce something For a basic introduction to lungeing new. If the horse succeeds or even makes a and long-reining Heinrich Freiherr von good try, I will praise the horse and end the Senden’s book “Long reining to Break Horses session. If I cannot get the desired result, I to Harness” is helpful. For help with exercise will return to a simpler exercise which the ideas, Cherry Hill’s book “101 Lungeing and horse should be able to do and when he does Long Reining Exercises” has many good ideas. it, praise him and end the session. Often To progress further in dressage and jumping, when I retry the new movement in the next Jennie Loriston-Clarke’s book “Lungeing and session, the horse will be successful. There is Long-Reining” or Philippe Karl’s book “Long no point continuing the session if the horse is Reining - The Saumur Method” are useful. not learning anything or if the driver or horse Once the horse has mastered steering is getting frustrated. Particularly with young at all three gaits and takes a contact with horses, I find that working them every second impulsion, he can be gradually introduced day is more effective than working them every to all manner of obstacles such as barrels, single day. It seems they need a day off to really bicycles, traffic, balloons, plastic sheets etc. absorb the information and if there are any (as bomb-proofing). You are only limited by impending soundness issues, every second day continued on page 26 is a much better training schedule.

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Schooling, cont’d your imagination. He can be exposed to all sorts of items he will be expected to handle while he is being ridden or driven. Some horse shows are now including ground driving classes in their shows. These include simple obstacle classes including weaving around traffic cones, stepping over poles, walking across a simple bridle, and pushing through two sets of “pool noodles” attached to jump standards. This allows both novice horses and novice drivers to handle a horse show situation while on long lines and before being attached to a cart.

Final Thoughts I view long lining as an essential and useful tool in the initial breaking of any horse whether for riding or for driving. Having a horse which steers, knows his voice commands and has had some bomb-proofing experience is much easier to handle in the initial stages of riding or driving. He will be much calmer and much more confident as a result of his long lining experience.

Bridge obstacle at Miniatures in Motion Show, July 2014

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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The Proper Care of Longears By Marlene Quiring, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Photos by Ashley Oliver

Our club website often gets questions regarding the care, behaviour and differences between horses and mules or donkeys. One subject that comes up is proper hoof care and trimming for a mule or donkey.


ot all farriers get this training and Heather Shandro of Vegreville, AB, and her miniature mule so it is up to the owner to make sure competing in the Log Pull that the farrier is willing to work at Tees Longears Days. It’s with a longears, has some understanding of important to use a collar that them and also has taken instruction about fits properly - not too tight, but also not so big that it slops the differences in trimming their hooves as around. Also the rest of the compared to those of horses. Unfortunately, harness needs to be adjusted there is a distinct lack of farriers in Canada to the size and body of the who are willing to work on donkeys and mule or donkey for optimum performance. mules, or know how to trim them properly. Consistent incorrect trimming can cause lameness and other problems. Please visit our website and look under RESOURCES for articles on proper trimming for mules and donkeys. Another subject that comes up often is proper fitting of tack for mules and donkeys. Like horses, mules will have a wide range of backs - short, long, wide, narrow, flat or with some twist. Donkeys, for the most part, will have very straight and flat backs and tend to have spines that somewhat protrude, as do some mules. It is very important that no

Bill Thorpe of Pincher Creek, AB, on his young mule. Using a well-fitted and properly-placed britching can help keep your saddle in place, especially when travelling in the mountains. When a britching is placed too low, it will interfere with movement of the hind legs.

pressure is put on their spines. Saddles need to be wide enough to fit individual backs, and the fit modified with a great understanding of the use of saddle pads and shims in order to achieve the best fit possible. If someone tells you that what you need to fit your mule is a “mule” saddle, be aware that you still have to make sure that the tree used in that mule saddle actually is the right shape to fit your mule! As with horses, care must also be taken to not ride with your saddle too far forward. If you do, you can seriously limit his range of motion and cause him much discomfort as the saddle tree can be interfering with the movement of his shoulder blade. Donkeys can be very stoical about bad-fitting tack, but mules... not so much! Again, I want to refer you to our RESOURCES section on our website, at, for many informative articles including several on Conformation, Saddle and Tack Fitting and Selection. My last little point is that mules love horses! First-time owners are often concerned about introducing their new mule to their horses. A mule seems to never forget his mother and carries with him, for life, a great love of the horse. Even if that horse treats the mule badly, the mule will still want to be with a horse as compared to being with another mule. Our semi-annual meeting has been set for Sunday, October 26, at 1pm at the Ponoka Drop-in Centre, 5015 - 46 Avenue in Ponoka, AB. Th is is the organizational meeting that sets the venues for 2015! Everyone welcome! Please bring a salad or a dessert to compliment Marlene’s chili supper after the meeting!


What a Summer for Draft Horses By Bruce Roy, Entries at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Show (Olds), the Calgary Stampede, Colonial Days (Lloydminster), the Vermilion Fair and Dawson Creek Exhibition were record in number this past summer.

The class for a stallion and three females, owned by the exhibitor, at the Central Alberta Clydesdale Classic. The stable’s stallion heads each entry, which is a line of four horses. This class evaluates the strength of an exhibitor’s breeding program. Right to left are entries from Willow Way Farm (Ohaton, AB), Calico Farm (Huxley, AB) and Riverside Clydesdales (Fawcett, AB), that placed first, second and third, respectively.


parking the added entries was Fiske’s Challenge. The cosponsors of Fiske’s Challenge were Fiske’s Hoof, Skin and Wound Care Products and Eberglow Chelated Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Horses. The five stallions shown at the Calgary Stampede highlighted the Clydesdale exhibits. The feather flew as the five, tramping sires won

spectators’ hearts. Calgary’s Grand Champion was Willow Way Kelso shown by Wes and Kristen Gordeyko of Willow Way Farm (Ohaton, AB). Calgary’s Reserve Champion, Calico Iggy, fielded by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero of Calico Farm (Huxley, AB), was the Grand Champion at Olds. The $10,000 sire, 2S Above All’s Highland Hallmark, whom Michael and Patty Hill of Wildwood Clydesdales (Lloydminster,

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What a Summer, cont’d AB) purchased in 2012 at the record-breaking 2S Clydesdale Herd Dispersal Sale in Indiana, was Grand Champion Stallion at Lloydminster’s Colonial Days. It has been decades since such a class of veteran Clydesdale stallions has been shown here in Western Canada. Willow Way Kelso, the Grand Percheron halter classes Champion Clydesdale Stallion. were dominated by females. Y.E.S Mystique, exhibited by Chad Munns of Diamond M Ranch (Garland, Utah), was Supreme Champion Percheron. She defeated the Champion Stallion and Gelding for the top honour. However, Eaglesfield Lexus, shown by Brian and Colleen Coleman of Eaglesfield Percherons (Didsbury, AB), was Fiske’s Ultimate Champion Percheron. Purchased on a $30,000 bid at the 2014 Select Sale at Madison, Wisconsin, Y.E.S. Mystique failed to qualify for the Fiske Challenge. Manor Mac T was the Supreme Champion Shire everywhere he was shown. Flown to Canada early this year by Dale and Maxine Campbell of Windcharger Heritage Farm (Dawson Creek), the massive, English-bred sire was invincible. When the Fiske Challenge points were

totalled, Manor Mac T was in third. The Challenge winners were Belgians. Prinsview Hidden Valley Melody, Champion of Cassandra shown by Bill the Mare Cart Class; Cody Woodbury has the lines in hand. and Dini Prins of Prinsview Belgians (Fort Saskatchewan, AB), was Grand Champion Belgian Mare at all five fairs. Second in the Challenge was Duhaime’s Nightendale. This loft y Belgian gelding topped the Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire geldings shown. Fielded by Albert and Emma Duhaime of Duhaime’s Belgians (Peyton, SK), Nightendale is a 3-year-old who has a great future in harness. The 3-year-old grey Percheron, Hidden View Melody, owned by Albert and Karen Cleve of Blue Ribbon Farm (Farmington, Missouri), scored at Calgary. Winner of the exciting Mare Cart Class, the Cleves paid $50,000 to own this fi lly at the Great Lakes Draft Horse Sale (East Lansing, Michigan) in February. The hitches at Dawson Creek were topped by Shane and Colleen Patterson of Spade Creek Percherons, with a hometown turnout. Elsewhere, Brian and Randi Thiel of Pleasant Grove, California, had the Champion Six. Their powerful turnout of black Percherons was shod, schooled and held in hand by Brian Coleman.


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Let There Be Light: French Classical Dressage By Hazel Plumbley Photos by Danielle Wegelin

Horsewomen and friends Ann Wallin, Catherine Clinckemaillie and Frances Weeks used their considerable collective talent to host a Demonstration Day featuring the Phillipe Karl’s Principles of Legerete.


eld in September at Wallin’s Copper Hills Equestrian Centre west of Kamloops, the demonstration walked attendees through the theories of French Classical dressage in-hand and under saddle. All three women were drawn to Karl’s theories because they emphasize the use of light aids, engage the horse’s mind, develop athleticism and keep horses interested in their training. Suitable for horses of any breed, age and discipline, those used in the demonstration included Paint and Quarter Horses, Thoroughbred and Warmblood crosses, a Lipizzaner stallion and a Georgian Grande gelding, ranging from 7 to 17 years of age.

Hand in Hand The demonstration began with work on a lunge line in all three gaits; then handlers Rebecca Crossan and Weeks, using bridled horses, moved the bit by hand in a way that teaches the horse to respond appropriately to the pressure of the bit, not on the bars of the mouth and sensitive tongue, but on the rubbery corners of the lips. Specifically, they relaxed the horses’ jaw and tongue, and suppled the

poll and neck to strengthen muscles that assist with self-carriage under saddle. Exercises were done at the halt, walk and trot. Frequent “rests” allowed horses to stretch, relax and “soak.” By controlling the height of the poll and neck, encouraging symmetrical flexion on both sides and by mobilizing the shoulders and hindquarters, handlers showed how to influence horses’ self-carriage and balance. Commentator Clinckemaillie summarized, saying “The purpose of in-hand work is to promote trust, suppleness and condition the horse, Catherine and Bayberry and to prepare it for riding.” Later in the day, certified equine sports therapist Crossun helped the audience understand how the in-hand work affects the biomechanics of the horse, promoting relaxation and activating key muscles that assist the horse to acquire balance and collection. These simple exercises also help riders assess, understand and remediate challenges horses have related to asymmetry, temperament and conformational limitations.

Back in the Saddle The next segment demonstrated how to transfer the horse’s understanding of in-hand aids to those used by the rider under saddle. Weeks guided the audience through a typical warm-up with riders Wallin and Clinckemaillie. She noted, “The goal of this style of training is to create an intimate bond between the horse and rider, and to promote willingness that comes from the horse understanding the rider’s requests. Warm-up is used as an assessment of the horse on that day, using remedial exercises to address weaknesses, increase dexterity and obedience. Use whatever the horse needs to help them to understand what you want. Do your work in the horse’s time.” As with the in-hand work, riders began at the halt and progressed to the walk, trot and canter, using bending, counter-bending/flexion and neck extension at each gait.

Balancing Act An adjunct demonstration to the ridden work, Wallin introduced the audience to the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) of studying movement to emphasize that balance of the rider in relation to the horse is important. Using slow, focused movement, she explained how the ABM helps riders overcome their own asymmetry caused by injury and ageing. Leading participants through several movements, Wallin noted, “Brains are incapable of learning if we go too fast; we resort to our 30 • Saddle Up • October 2014


Let There Be Light, cont’d habitual movement patterns that are usually asymmetric. Pauses during these exercises have nothing to do with the body needing to rest, but the brain needing time to process! It’s exactly what we do when we ride and train – intersperse periods of rest for the horse to process what we are teaching them.�

The Last Dance

The event raised $120 in donations for the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

The final feature of the demonstration included exercises that prepared the horse for advanced lateral work, flying changes, and collection. Clinckemaillie and guest rider Barb Edmonson took the stage riding horses in advanced training. Emphasizing the day’s theme of respectful partnerships, Weeks explained, “If the horse gets heavy or slows in the walk, a quick transition to trot or canter followed by a return to the renewed walk is better than forcing the more active walk. Don’t “muscle� the horse or become antagonistic. The emphasis is to avoid confusing and boring the horse. School incrementally, each exercise consolidating skill and understanding while preparing for the next degree of difficulty.� The demonstration ended with a solid MAHINDRA 3016 Pas de Deux by these two skilled riders and 3-cyl Mitsubishi diesel, 28hp, 4X4, their horses that arguably made the day. But including loader the testament to this training method was 17-year-old Quarter Horse “AJ� doing a steep half pass and an impressive extended trot across the diagonal. The fitness and suppleness this horse had acquired through the exercises ES LA ST! UA NTITI WHILE Q of classical dressage will see him well into his senior years.

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Shannon Ford – Solo Exhibition By Marjolein Thompson ‘Shannon Ford: Is That a Horse in the Gallery?’ reads the vinyl lettering on the wooden beam above as you enter The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton BC.


he reason we chose this name for this Solo Exhibition is because Shannon had always dreamed of bringing an actual horse to her art opening. “Sure! We can do that!” we said, taking on Shannon’s ‘anything is achievable’ attitude. And so at the show opening on September 12, guest of honour (horse trainer) Daryl Gibb and his intelligent and calm quarter horse gelding ‘Cowboy’ rides through one of our sets of double doors right into the gallery to be admired by everyone (and fed carrots by many) and to check out the paintings of himself and the 15 other horses Shannon had painted. One painting called ‘Lucky Horse’ Cowboy helped paint by signing his hoof prints onto the canvas earlier in the month. Also present is guest of honour, Dr. David Ward, a well-known preservation breeder of world class CMK Arabians (The Fairview Arabian Stud) which are often the inspiration for Shannon’s paintings. One of the show’s paintings depicts two young Fairview Arabian Stallions running forward on a canvas measuring 84” x 72”, the largest we have ever shown in the gallery, and it was the first to be collected from this solo show. With 40 percent sold in the first two days of the show, we know this is an artist to keep an eye on. Although Shannon divides her time between Alberta and BC, she paints most often at her studio on a small ranch in dry desert country in the South Okanagan. She and her sweetheart Denis enjoy the company of their two guard donkeys, one Arabian, and five Mangalarga Marchador horses (The National Horse of Brazil). The same weekend as the show opening, their prominent Brazilian born Palomino Mangalarga Marchador stallion arrived at their ranch from Tennessee. Shannon and Denis have created a lifestyle rich with art and horses. A long time horsewoman and natural born artist, Shannon often states how much she enjoys stepping out into the crisp morning air to feed horses, only to be inspired and run to the studio to paint that moment onto her canvas. While painting locally bred horses is convenient, Shannon travels to meet specific horses that have captured her imagination. Her next trip is planned for Brazil, specifically to study Mangalarga Marchadors for future paintings. Getting ready for the show last week, Shannon came by the gallery to sign and number a few new teal blue “Unspoken Understanding” prints. There are only two limited editions prints available, “Unspoken Understanding” and “Smooth Gallop on a Young Horse”. The rest of Shannon’s work are original acrylics on canvas, many incorporating real turquoise, pipestone, azurite, lapis lazuli powders and diamond dust which sparkles tantalizingly. Shannon has been so busy in her studio lately painting for four different shows that we are glad to see her as her time is so precious. We at The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton used to have her all to ourselves, as we were the lucky first gallery to show and sell her work. This day Shannon told us it’s official; she is now also showing her works at Mountain Galleries, which has galleries in Whistler, Banff and Jasper. A few years ago Shannon Ford began showing at Gainsborough 32 • Saddle Up • October 2014

Daryl Gibb on ‘Cowboy’ (Caviada Cee Bee Flit). In front (l to r) Dr. David Ward (Fairview Arabian Stud), Gallery owners Marjo Witteman Thompson, Alphons Witteman, Nel Witteman, Shannon Ford. Behind Cowboy is Georgdie Louie and his mother Gloria Bent.

Galleries in Calgary and also participates in group shows at Nadine’s Fine Art in Vernon BC. All her galleries notice her sales are high and clients interested. Shannon held her first solo public exhibition in 2013 at the Okotoks Art Gallery in Alberta. This summer, Shannon had a very successful solo exhibition in La Malbaie, Quebec, where she is represented by Galerie d’Art Au P’tit Bonheur - more than 25 paintings were collected through this show. It is becoming undeniably obvious that her style of capturing the kinship between human and horse is admired, discovered and collected by art and horse lovers everywhere. We know her booth at the Calgary Stampede “Everyone has something turns heads. The approach is fresh, Special” - Cowboy beyond straightforward realism; it’s exuberant, spirited, creative realism, painted by the artistic muse rather than the brain. Shannon’s good mood is contagious whenever we see her. She has a positive outlook on life. She has a master plan and knows where she is headed as a Canadian artist and her galleries are very pleased to play a role in that plan—to share a special connection with horses and wildlife “Show All of your Colours” and capture that spark of connection - Fairview Arabian Stud HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Shannon Ford, cont’d

Shannon, Daryl, Cowboy (of course) and Georgdie

onto canvas. She’s excited by a client’s positive comments about a painting, and almost giddy to show us her newest studio supplies, a set of canvas wrapped new paintbrushes from Rosemary & Co. Brushes. Shannon uses more than just paintbrushes; sometimes she grabs her sculpture tool to create surface effects. Sometimes it’s even her fingers, or the palm of her hand. There is more than simply a mindful calculation of paint on canvas at work. Shannon paints the spirit of a horse, the invisible bond between human and horse, and the muse takes over and she claims she simply holds the brush while the muse is painting. What a wonderful way to paint what your heart is singing. Running through to October 12, the solo exhibition ‘Is that a Horse in the Gallery?’ seems to attract all who share that special connection with and passion for the horse.

I hear a client tell her friend: ‘This artist understands horses.’ I watch how one painting changes a young man’s face to trace the recall of a great personal memory. It is certain that Shannon’s affection for the horse and for the studio is earnest and captivating. After this unique show opening, a powerful muse draws Shannon back to her studio because her next gallery opening is only two weeks away! Galleries showing Shannon’s work: The Lloyd Gallery - Penticton BC Gainsborough Galleries - Calgary AB Nadine’s Fine Art - Vernon BC Galerie d’Art Au P’tit Bonheur - La Malbaie Quebec Mountain Art Galleries - Whistler, Banff and Jasper

One Beautiful Country Wedding


hay Blais from Armstrong BC and Alex von Hauff from Edmonton AB - tied the knot at the “hitching post” August 10th on Shay’s parents’ Ranch. They both made an extraordinary entrance riding in on Alex’s Peruvian horses. You may know Alex from Strathcona Animal Bedding, and Shay from NAG Bag’s! Guests came from all over Alberta, BC, Ontario and even Germany. Congratulations Shay and Alex! All the best to you both! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 33

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ancy said in her August editorial column, “It is true, the older you get the time flies faster.” Well, if this is the case I must be really old because “time flies faster” is definitely an understatement. In fact, we’ll be at the Mane Event in Chilliwack before we know it, and then it’ll be time for the #&*% to fly... Folks have been asking for updated yuck! Too soon! photos of Boo; here he is with Hugh McLennan. We’ve had quite a bit of interest in “Boo” from Saddle Up readers. To be honest, we haven’t done too much with him this summer. Kathy did spend a little time with him, but he’s young yet and I think we’ll leave him until next year - for the most part anyway. He’s really fitting in with the other horses and is probably learning more there than we could Boo is not big but he has definitely put teach him. The last time she on lots of weight. Hugh enjoyed working worked with him, she was with him for a few minutes. trying to get him used to tarps and feed bags, etc. She put them on the ground to walk him over them and he proceeded to pick them up and wave them around! When the farrier came (this was another first) we set the stand and tools up in the round pen so he could get used to them while we worked him a little. He went right over to Curtis’ tools and picked up a rasp in his teeth and smiled at us! He then let Curtis do a full trim on all four feet nervous (Boo not Curtis), but very good. Hugh McLennan was here on the September 13/14 weekend and he said he loved the little guy and was quite impressed with how he was coming along. He figures we’ll have a really nice saddle horse in the future. It’s been a busy summer around here but things are winding down. We spent the weekend of September 5-6 in 100 Mile House for BC Bull

Jorey Holmes making a successful ride on C+’s Poker Face.

Earl Call of C+ Rodeo Stock presents Jorey Holmes with the winning buckle

Definitely a crowd favourite. Four teams of wild horse racers tried to catch, saddle, and ride a wild horse.

Riding Finals. This is the second year they’ve been held in 100 Mile and organizers did a great job of putting on a super show. Things started out at 6pm on Friday with the first round - 18 bull riders. This was followed by nine cowgirls competing in a barrel racing challenge and then four teams of professional Wild Horse Racers tried to catch, saddle, and Raven Gentry from 100 Mile ride a wild horse past the barrel. House was one of the barrel racers at the Bull Riding Finals. Then the second round of bull riding wrapped things up for the day. At 1pm on Saturday, things got underway for the second day and once again the bull riders tried to top their bulls. Then the barrel racers and the wild horse racers each had a go again, followed by the final round of bull riding. That’s a total of 72 potential bull rides over the two days and you can imagine it was an exciting event. The bulls were supplied by 100 Mile House’s Dave Atkinson (Diamond D Bulls) and C+ Rodeo Stock from 150 Mile.




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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? 18 bull riders lined up to sing the national anthem at the BC Bull Riding Finals in 100 Mile House.

The results from the BC Bull Riding Finals are as follows: 1st: Jorey Holmes with a score of 237.5 on 3 bulls 2nd: Steve Hohmann with a score of 225 on 3 bulls 3rd: Levi Lawlor with a score of 159 on 2 bulls 4th: Marlon Williams tied with Matt O’Flynn; each scored 154 on 2 bulls.

Cariboo Country Night took place on September 13 and was a sold-out event - we had to say sorry to 30-40 people that were looking for tickets at the last minute. Many commented on how much fun they had, how good the entertainment was, and how good Hugh McLennan, Leslie Ross and Jason the BBQ steak dinner was (a huge thanks to Ruscheinsky grouped together as the dance band at Cariboo Country Night. Save-On-Foods for donating the steaks). A few people said it was one of the best yet. The entertainment this year was provided by Hugh McLennan, Leslie Ross and Jason Ruscheinsky - they all did a super job. At the end of Hugh’s second set, the centre tables in the hall were removed, Jason and Leslie joined him on stage and the three of them had the dance floor crowded and bouncing. I think the biggest surprise to everyone was Jason (he had never been to CCN before and many had never heard him) - this kid has talent. He’s a natural entertainer with humour, wit, and a voice that sounds amazing. He’s a singer but he shared a poem that he had written that brought the crowd to their feet with a standing ovation! Hope we see you all at the Mane Event - I’ll be the one with the camera stuck to my eye, near the round pen most of the time. Come over and say hi. Oh, in case you haven’t heard yet the trainers this year will be Scott Purdum, Brandi Lyons and Dale Clearwater. Really looking forward to October 24-26.

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This month’s item comes from our little Meadow Springs Museum. I’m thinking that this should be an easy one. The wooden handles are missing, but otherwise it’s ready to go to work. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or e-mail Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

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Last Month’s What’s This? The September item is owned by Ewa and Voytek Foik at 83 Mile. It’s a “Table Crumb Tray” that a waiter would use to sweep the crumbs from the table. It was really nice to see all the guesses coming in this month, both by e-mail and through Facebook. Correct answers on Facebook were from: Shannon Ford, South Okanagan BC Rosella Peters Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House BC

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Give Your Dog Some Food for Thought By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

If you have a young adolescent dog and/or an overly-excited, hyper-active dog who just doesn’t seem to have an “off button” most days, a healthy dose of daily mental activity is just the thing to add to your routine.


ental stimulation takes the edge off that hyper energy and can help your dog become more focused and calm. You can add mental challenges in almost every aspect of your dog’s day with a little bit of thought and creativity. Here are some simple examples and exercises to try.

Going for a Walk? When you start getting ready to take your dog for his daily walk, is one of the steps preparing yourself to “take the hit?” As soon as you pick up your dog’s leash, does he become instantly hysterical with excitement and launch himself through the air at you – seemingly convinced this behaviour somehow speeds up the process? That’s not really a dog that we want to take out in public because he’s not going to get LESS excited once that door opens! Turn the situation around so that it becomes your dog’s responsibility to get his walk underway by displaying behaviour that will cause you to leash him up and be on your way. Avoid the daily struggle to get your dog calm Sitting at the door. A great beginning for a walk - calm and enough or at least controlled enough polite. to get his harness on and leash attached. Instead of micro-managing the situation, help your dog to use his brain to figure out how to get the ball rolling. Here’s a simple exercise to try: - Go over to your dog’s leash and pick it up. (Note: if your dog begins his build-up while you just head toward the leash, start the exercise at that point instead.) - If he starts to get overly excited (but before he starts racing around and launching himself at you) immediately put the leash down and take a few steps away from it. No need to say anything, just let your actions speak loudly – “whatever you just did caused me to stop and make the possibility of a walk temporarily unavailable”. - As soon as he settles and appears a bit calmer, begin to approach the 36 • Saddle Up • October 2014

leash again. - If he maintains a fairly calm demeanour, praise him lavishly and move to the next step of attempting to attach the leash to your dog. - Break the process down into simple steps and work on each one – approaching him with the leash; leaning Both of these dogs are getting a good dose of mental stimulation with their dinner. down toward his collar or harness; attaching the leash; standing up; moving to the door; opening the door. - At any point, if his excitement gets the better of him and the calmness disappears, stop at whatever stage you’ve reached and take a step back in the process until he calms himself down once again. - Because your dog is so highly motivated to get the walk going, he will work diligently at this mental puzzle – “What’s happening that keeps causing THE WALK to be delayed?” - The first few tries at this may take some time, so be patient and go as slowly as your dog needs you to. - If you’re consistent and patient, it won’t be long before he’s sitting and waiting fairly calmly while you leash him up – content in the knowledge that he’s mastered the challenge and will soon be on his beloved walk!

Wine and Dine Toss kibble or small treats out in your yard while your dog watches and then tell him to go “Find It!” You may have to point out a few pieces at first until he gets the hang of it, but soon his nose will take over. You could feed your dog half his meal as usual and then toss half in the yard if you’re worried about him getting enough to eat. But before long, he should be able to search for his entire meal. It’s a great game that will keep your dog engaged for hours and keep him going back again and again to see if he missed any! Once he’s got the idea, you can stand back, relax and watch while you enjoy a little something yourself. How easy is that?


Plenty in Life Is Free This is a simple exercise presented by Animal Behaviourist and Trainer, Kathy Sdao, in her book called “Plenty in Life Is Free” (www. It’s intended to begin the process of getting you focused more on paying attention to your dog when he’s being good instead of what many of us tend to do – mostly notice the bad stuff and be quietly relieved when they’re being good! A great side benefit is that you also begin the process of showing your dog that volunteering the behaviours that you have already taught them (without asking) really pays off. Each day, fi ll a bowl with 25 small treats and leave it on the counter out of your dog’s reach. Throughout the day, anytime you notice your dog doing something you like, go get a treat and give it to him. Get the whole family to play! What you “like” is up to you - it can be something cute, calm or polite. Just remember that if you reinforce it, your dog will keep doing it. It doesn’t have to be a new behaviour each time; it can be the same few behaviours several times a day. Make it a goal to have an empty bowl at the end of the day.

Each of these exercises, although simple, can have a profound effect on your dog’s behaviour. By spending just a few minutes each day, you can help your dog become more relaxed, calm and contented. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

‘PAW’etry Do I Go Home Today? By Sandi Thompson

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Top Peruvian in Armstrong BC Saddle Up exposes Rosa and Cathie Taggart “If you would have told me 10 years ago, that I would be riding and showing Peruvian Paso Horses with the best of them, and showing not only in Western Canada but all through the USA, I would have said you’re out of your mind. I don’t think so,” says Cathie Taggart.


ell this story began in the Fall of 2004. I had been over to Ivan & Judie Bourelle’s Peruvian Paso Farm having coffee and visiting. The next thing I know, I’m out in the pasture with 20+ horses and Ivan. After discussing the qualities of each youngster and taking into consideration what I THOUGHT I wanted to do with the horse eventually… Ivan says, “I think this little fi lly would be the one for you.” Her name was Olorosa IJB. When I hesitated and mentioned I may not be able to afford her, Ivan’s response was “Tell you what, there is an old truck on your family farm. I’d be willing to trade straight across for her.” The rest, shall we say is history! Rosa and Cathie with all three “Rosa” and I have gone on to teach each other (sometimes “Laureada” ribbons; from the under the watchful eye of Ivan) and grow in our partnership. Northwest Regional Championship Considering I knew nothing about training a horse, I thought… Peruvian Horse Show in Monroe, WA; the Wild West Classic Double Regional what did I get myself into? We did not have the benefit of Championship Horse Show, one each professional trainers, a riding arena or even just a flat area at home for BC and Alberta. Photos taken to work in. We did virtually all of our training on the trail. We have September 2014. had our share of trials with training, as I have learned it takes twice as long to correct a mistake than it does not to make one in the first in that same division. She place, but there is no feeling as good as being out there alone with your becomes “Laureada” and is horse. We’ve also had some frustrating defeats and awesome triumphs retired from that division in along our journey. Although I must admit that throwing in the towel that respective show. The most had crossed my mind on more than one occasion. recent “Laureada” title came Looking back, I truly believe all these challenges make you a better in the 2014 Canadian National rider and a better team. Our very first Champion of Champion title Peruvian Horse show that was won in 2008 at the Canadian National Horse show. I thought I was took place at Heritage Park in dreaming, and Rosa thought that neck ribbon could just very well eat Chilliwack BC. her. In 2010, Rosa gained Throughout it all, the recognition of being the Rosa and Cathie have gone At the 2010 Canadian National highest pointed horse in Peruvian Horse Show, winning a 1st on to win 19 Champion Canadian Peruvian Horse place ribbon for English, Western, of Champion titles at history, in any one given Australian Pleasure Class. various Regional and year. Rosa is also currently National Peruvian Horse rated number 3 in Canadian shows, including the Lifetime show points status through the Peruvian Horse Association of North American Peruvian Canada. Horse Association – USA “I’m very proud of my mare and our achievements and want to Nationals in 2013 in encourage the “average Jane rider” like me that if you set your mind to Burbank, California where it anything is possible,” says Cathie. they won two Champion of As for Ivan and Judie, when asked if they regret their decision to Champion titles. They have trade the horse. Their response is “Not on your life! We are very proud also attained 4 Laureada of their accomplishments together.” titles. A “Laureada” is a P.S. The old truck… never did work. prestigious award, where the horse wins a Champion Cathie Taggart has lived all her life in Armstrong BC, on property that has been passed down in the family for almost 100 years. She lives on 100 acres of Champion title 3 times At Burbank, California with husband Brent and two teenage daughters, Rachel and Kelsey. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 39

Horsey Ladies – Guest Ranch Winners! Chaganjuu Retreat By Donna McNab


was the successful bidder at the 2013 Horsey Ladies (Okanagan) Banquet for a weekend at the beautiful and remote Chaganjuu Retreat in the Shuswap. We just returned, and the weather was fantastic and warm topping out at 28C. Not bad for the final week of summer! Many, many laughs were had, new friendships made and great times to be remembered! Unfortunately, not everyone had a chance to meet our Hostess Sheila, as she thought Hawaii might be more entertaining (boy...was she wrong!). Many thanks to her husband Todd for tending to a few things for us throughout the weekend. It was a beautiful view at all times. Shuswap Lake during the day and the millions of stars at night while sitting around the campfire! Although we didn’t have our own horses to take, we definitely got our ‘horsey’ fi x with their beautiful Andalusians! Chaganjuu means ‘In Perfect Health’... until next time, may you be ‘Chaganjuu’

Our Visit to Sundance Guest Ranch By Cindy and Maurice Richard


y husband and I were the lucky recipients of a two day get away to Sundance Guest Ranch, a gift certificate that was donated to the 2013 Horsey Ladies (Okanagan) Christmas Banquet fundraiser, for their silent auction. We booked our exciting get-away to the Ranch mid-week in July, and had no problems booking at all. From all the ranches we have been to over the years, this would be one of our top picks. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the staff was excellent, the food was amazing, and the people we met were just superb! The Guest Ranch offers two rides a day, and this was pulled off extremely well. Considering that everyone goes out at the same time, there were no glitches what-so-ever. You sign up in advance, stating your riding experience, from novice to experienced, and if you have any preferences. Being a moderately experienced rider it was nice to know you were riding with the same level of riders, and were given the opportunity to canter on numerous occasions, if the conditions allowed. The scenery was breathtaking riding above the Thompson River. The Ranch has a nice lounge area where you can relax before or after dinner and get to know the other guests. They also allow you to BYOB and they provide the ice and snacks. Nice touch! My favourite part of the day was watching the horses be released out to pasture, and then brought in again at 6 a.m. What else could be more beautiful?! So on behalf of the Horsey Ladies - Thank you Sundance Guest Ranch for you generous donation, my husband and I really enjoyed our stay, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Annual Horsey Ladies Fundraisers Coming Up! The Horsey Ladies (Okanagan) Charity Banquet takes place on Friday November 14th again at the Spallumcheen Golf Course north of Vernon. Tickets are $30 and will be on say early October at The Paddock (Vernon), Country West Supply (Armstrong) and Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm). New this year, the Golf Course is having a “Spall Toy Drive” (gifts go to charity) and asking all Christmas party attendees to bring a gift (mark your name on it) and then be entered in their draw. Come on ladies, let’s help out! Like our Horsey Ladies Okanagan on Facebook! The Cariboo Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet & Silent Auction takes place Friday November 21st at Wildmans Restaurant, Interlakes Corner. Tickets are $30 and a limited number are available at 100 Mile Feed & Ranch, The Log House Tack and The Country Pedlar. For more info call Cheryle 250-593-4139.

Canadian Western Agribition The Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) is coming up on November 24-29 in Regina SK. For entertainment, key headliner acts include: Morgan Mayer Band; Chris Henderson Band; The Dead South; Belle Paine; and Blake Berglund. Full Contact Jousting will make its first appearance at the show this year on the Saturday. Enhancing the already popular equine events is new programming including the Chore Team Competition, Feed Team Race, and Water Barrel Race. CWA’s anchor in the entertainment package is the Canadian Cowboys’ Association Finals Rodeo. This year’s rodeo features Freestyle Bull Fighting Tuesday to Thursday only, and the Agribition High School Rodeo is on the Monday. For tickets and more information, visit www. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 41

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 NORMANDY, AUGUST 23 TO SEPTEMBER 7


EI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium on September 7, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible

sport. The seventh FEI World Equestrian Games™ broke records across the board, with 74 participating nations, an increase of 25% on the last Games in 2010, a record 12 nations making their FEI World Equestrian Games™ debut, and record coverage of the Games across all media platforms. The Games brought together 967 athletes and 1,113 horses for 15 days of worldclass competition in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. Around 570,000 people came to the Games, more than 230,000 people visited the Games Village, and around 50,000 attended the Alltech Music Festival that ran on eight nights during the Games. A total of 3,000 volunteers provided support for the Organizing Committee. The Canadian Show Jumping Team finished eighth at the Games Team Final held September 4. Yann Candele, 43, of Caledon, ON, Tiffany Foster, 30, of Vancouver, BC, defending Individual Bronze Medalist Eric Lamaze, 45, of Schomberg, ON, and Ian Millar, 67, of Perth, ON, comprised Canada’s team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Four-in hand driver Chester Weber (USA) won the driven dressage competition. (Marie de Ronde-Oudemans/FEI)

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The US Dream (Reining) Team dominates the podium in the Individual Finals. Team comprised of Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Mandy McCutcheon. (PSV Photos)

The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam celebrates victory in the individual Jumping final after receiving the gold medal from IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and Member of the FEI Olympic Council, and FEI President, HRH Princess Haya. (Dirk Caremans/FEI)

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Team Germany has set the dressage statistics back to normal, regaining the team world championship title on 241,7 points, leaving silver for Great Britain (231.343) and bronze for the Netherlands (227.4). (PSV Photos)

British dressage wonders Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin have added the second world championship title to their collection, making the gelding a true one-and-only Number 1 dressage horse of the world, holding every possible title at the same time. On a score of 92.161 the pair won the Freestyle. (PSV Photos)

Germany’s Christoph Sandmann was the fastest in the Driving marathon. (Marie de Ronde-Oudemans/FEI)


Alltech, cont’d The individual Driving medallists. From left to right are silver medallist Chester Weber (USA); gold medallist and world champion Boyd Exell (AUS); bronze medallist Theo Timmerman (NED). (Marie de RondeOudemans/FEI)

Equine Canada President, Al Patterson, President of the Bromont Organizing Committee, Paul Coté, and General Manager of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, Roger Deslauriers, along with their wives, proudly parade the Canadian flag around the D’Ornano Stadium in Caen, FRA during the handover ceremony at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014. (Photo Cealy Tetley)



Todd Griffiths of Cardston, AB, and Brooke Boyd of Olds, AB were Canada’s highest placed Pas-de-Deux pair. A relatively new team, they decided to join up as a Pas-deDeux pair less than a year ago. Together, they brought down the house with a repeat performance of their high-energy choreography set to swing music. (Photo Cealy Tetley)

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Spruce Meadows Masters Update SEPTEMBER 10-14 ~ CALGARY ALBERTA Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services

Day 1

Day 4

It was a historic day at Spruce Meadows. Over 25 cm of snow had fallen on the grounds, and a resulting 8 hour power outage, combined with the devastating impact of the snow on the Spruce Meadows trees and grounds had made for a tremendously difficult day. The snow forced all competitions originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 to be postponed as well as the closure of the Exhibit space and Plaza.

On Saturday crowds of spectators fi lled the stands to see the best horses and riders in the world compete for their countries in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup. Canada, led by the double clear of 20-year-old Ben Asselin and Makavoy, were victorious for the first Ben Asselin thanks Makavoy for two clear time since 2006 over the rounds. United States and Belgium. Earlier in the day, Conor Swail (IRL) and Martha Louise took the top spot in the $125,000 Suncor Energy Cup 1.50m.

Day 2 Weather conditions were markedly improved for today’s opening competition. There were three events on the Thursday schedule, with an increase in prize money to $210,000 for the CANA Cup 1.60m. Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the fastest for victory. Earlier in the day, Kent Farrington (USA) and Blue Angel sped to the win in the $50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala prevented a U.S. sweep of the day when he won the $50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m with Fine Lady 5. All three competitions were changed to a speed format as well to help keep the footing in top shape for the rest of the week.

Day 3 There were two great competitions for show jumping on the Friday schedule. William Whitaker (GBR) became the fi ft h rider in the Whitaker family to record a victory at the ‘Masters’ Tournament. He and Upper Class were the fastest of three double clears to win the $210,000 Tourmaline Cup 1.60m. The $125,000 ATCO Electric ‘Circuit’ Six Bar had a large starting field of 23 entries, William Whitaker and Upper Class and it was Kyle King (USA) on Quigley and Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) with Faustino de Tili who tied in the final round for first place.

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Day 5 The Masters came to a thrilling conclusion today with the biggest show jumping event in the world, the $1.5 million CP International, presented by Rolex. Canadian show jumping legend Ian Millar and Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, triumphed through two Ian Millar and Dixson rounds and a jump-off of challenging equestrian sport over 20-year-old Reed Kessler (USA) and Cylana. Today’s event was the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and Ian Millar is next in line to try and take equestrian sport’s most sought-after title. More than 89,000 Reed Kessler and Cylana spectators were on hand to watch Millar’s third time winning – having won previously in 1987 and 1991 with his famous mount Big Ben. Earlier in the day Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium and Carlito C won the $85,000 AKITA Drilling Parcours de Chasse 1.50m.


115th Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede August 27 – 31, 2014 ~ Armstrong BC Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair (www.andreablairphotographer), Naomi McGeachy, Sweet Iron Photography (Sweetiron Pixs on Facebook), and Saddle Up magazine


Book Review Bunny the Brave War Horse Based on a True Story Author: Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrator: Marie Lafrance Award-winning nonfiction author Elizabeth MacLeod brings a slice of World War I history to life in this poignant picture book. With a name like Bunny, the long-eared horse doesn’t seem like an obvious choice to ship off to war. But through burning gas attacks, miserable weather and ever-present cross fire, Bunny proves himself invaluable, especially to the men who ride him. This is a heartwarming story of a World War I war horse who was as brave and strong as any soldier. It is based on the true story of a police horse named Bunny and his riders, brothers Bud and Thomas Dundas, sent to the European front as part of the 9th Battery Canadian Field Artillery. Important historical context is provided in the end matter, and all historical details have

been vetted for accuracy byy expert reviewers. Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd, 2014, ISBN: 1771380241, 9781771380249 32 pages, 10” x 9” $18.95 CAN $16.95 US

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation you? e r a e r e h w r hor se? u Kid s.. . o y h it w g d oin out YOU! b u a o y s u e r ll a e t t a o t Wh rn It’ s YOU R tu M y na m e is Ka m i a n d th is is m Po nd er. Po y h o rse nd er is a 7 yea r old Q I li k e to ju u a rter Ho m p a lot. I rse. a lso li k e to a nd g a ll o tra il ri d e p a rou nd h av ing fu eventi ng n. I wa nt to a nd d o so do m e mo re I went to sh ow s th is th e Su m m y ea r. erl a nd hu d re s sa g e nter/ju m p sh ow in th e r e sp ri ng a fu n. nd h a d a lo t of - Ka m i, a g e 13, Pri n c eto n BC This is my best friend Copper and I chillin’ on the lawn one summer day. Copper is an 11-yearold American Saddlebred gelding. I ride him in pony club and like to jump. Here I am again with our 2-year-old Saddlebred gelding and my friend Kimberly, age 9. We were enjoying some quiet time with him and didn’t realize the cat was playing in the horse’s tail. Jessica, age 14, Bluffton Alberta Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302

Mission Horse Club Barrel Racers, Ashley Walker and Krista Mooney pose with their horses Indy and Scotty in front of the PNE 2014 sign. (Photo by Mission Horse Club)

Sarah Lindsay and Deirdre Pickerell on their Canadian horses, Koko and Montanna. (Photo by Deirdre Pickerell)

Photo of Drill Team: Thundering Impact Drill Team is comprised of all draft or draft-cross horses! Kendall Campbell on Little Missy, Sarah Houlden on Yankee Doodle Dandy, Taylor Boyce on Vieva Vancouver, Rachel Worthen on Roger That, and Jessica Koplar on Hogwarts Express. (Photo by Taylor Boyce)


First-ever Horse Day at the PNE was a smashing success


his was the first year that Horse Council BC (HCBC) held its own stand-alone event to celebrate Horse Day. On Wednesday, August 20, HCBC fi lled the Agrodome at the PNE with our horse friends and showed the public what it takes to look after these magnificent creatures. Over 115 amazing volunteers designed, set up, and manned each interactive booth and horse stall. Spectators were treated to a 45-minute spectacle that touched on many different facets of riding. The Langley Riders drill team set the tone with a glittering, flashy show of precision riding. HCBC then showcased many different horse breeds in the breed parade, all of which were viewable in the Horses of the World breed aisle. The Medieval Games, put on by Kendall Campbell of Hazelnut Grove Clydesdales was an exciting demonstration of the power and precision used by knights of old, and the Fusion Vaulters Vaulting demonstration was an elegant display of balance and creativity. Mission Horse Club teamed together with Langley Riders to show off their Barrel Racing moves, and then the Langley Riders faced off with the BC Lower Mainland Pony Club to show off the differences between riding in a Gymkhana and the Prince Philip Games! Thundering Impact closed off each show with their artistic and powerful Draft Horse Drill Team! BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs also put together a half-hour jumping demonstration that happened twice during the day - great commentary about Pony Club and the various levels of jumping that they compete in. The interactive booths were well-liked and attended by the crowds! Clover Valley Vet brought out a miniature horse to teach everyone how to take respiration and heart rates and to talk about Horse Health in general. Otter Co-Op had a booth that gave people a chance to see, touch and smell many of the different horse feed products while learning about the nutritional requirements for horses. Greenhawk, a Canadian tack retailer, was amazing in designing booths to showcase both rider apparel and horse wear, while the BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs taught everyone how to groom a horse and wrap their legs. Vivian Harder really wowed everyone with her works of art, and it was great to see her work on a pencil sketch throughout the day. The day was long, but so worth it. This was the first time Horse Council BC and the PNE were able to reach out to the public, who may never have had the chance to see a horse up close and personal, using Horse Day. Not only did they show that there is nothing stopping

anyone from joining the millions of people who already know the joys of horses, but they also showed how to safely interact with any horse they may meet on the trails or behind a fence along the road. Horse Council BC would like to send out a special “Thank You!” to the following groups who made Horse Day 2014 such a success! Ayri Niemi and Family – Appaloosa booth BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs – Arabian; Connemara; Jumping demonstration; Prince Philip Games demonstration; Bandaging and Grooming booth; Horseless Jumping booth Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society – Canadian booth Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital – Horse Health booth Footnote Farms – Norwegian Fjord booth Fusion Vaulters – Welsh Cob; Vaulting demonstration Hank Vanderkooi – Friesian booth Hazelnut Grove Clydesdales – Clydesdale; Medieval Games demonstration Jessica Church – Vaulting Coaches Corner Langley Riders – Drill Team, Gymkhana, and Barrel Racing demonstrations Michelle Meacher – Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities - Therapeutic; English Coaches Corner Mission Horse Club – Quarter Horse; Barrel Racing demonstration New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society – Thoroughbred booth Otter Co-Op – Horse Feed and Hay booth Thundering Impact – Draft Drill Team Vancouver Greenhawk – Rider and Horse Clothing booths Vanessa Fraser – Western Coaches Corner Vivian Harder – Thunderfoot Studio - Horses in Art booth Christie Kerr and Susannah Lancaster – Agrodome and PNE Staff

The Pony Club booth. (Photo by Horse Council BC)

Otter Co-Op feed booth (Photo by Horse Council BC) • 47



here are so many ways to support horse rescues like Bear Valley Rescue. Summer School costs $100 per month per horse to cover board and feed costs. This program is very beneficial because a little training goes a long way to make these beauties more adoptable. Some of our horses are looking for temporary or permanent foster homes that are willing to provide the extra special care they need. Care expenses can also be tax receipted or reimbursed. These are horses that require special care or are best as companion animals only. None of these mares will be fostered for breeding! Pictured here are two of our horses; one is available for and in need of foster placement, and the other just adopted out (at press time). “Morgan” is a beautiful little 2-year-old fi lly with crooked front legs. She is still very active and playful but she most likely will not be rideable. “Beth” is one of the more severe cases and was just adopted out! She was found lost and near death; she had a halter that had grown into her skin as her head grew, and had fallen off at some point. This little fi lly has come a long way since arriving at BVR and has survived much more trauma than most of the horses here, but she still has a long way to go. Thank you to her new foster parents! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses! You can find Morgan and over 100 more horses at www. LIKE us on Facebook! Or you can call us at 403-637-2708 in Sundre, Alberta.

Vintage Riders Accomplishments By Kendra Kowalski


hough the mind is willing, the body is wobbly. So what is required rather than mind over matter, is a taller mounting block and belief in the equestrian perpetual work ethic. At an age when many seniors spend the day getting progressively grumpier, several Vintage Riders forego afternoon naps for training sessions with Equine Canada Coach Jessie Blackmon in the sport of Mountain Trail. Secure in the knowledge that struggle, participation and practice lead to reward, entry in the BC Seniors Summer Games (Equestrian portion) met with success. Susan Chaworth-Musters, Karen MacLean, Karen MacGregor and Barb Ingle were cheered on by other club members September 11-12 at Milner Downs in Langley. The result, a fair fist load of medals. Fine friends, good horses and team spirit, that’s the way to do it! Which just goes to show, mature and wily has its advantages.

Jessie Blackmon and her posse

Susan and Ali

Karen MacLean and Polly Barb and Buddy

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Karen MacGregor and Leo


Totem Saddle Club News By Marty Cox


t was a very busy time for the Totem Saddle Club in Terrace. The Annual Gymkhana had lots of riders and beautiful weather. The Hi-Point Winners were: Masters - Jason Rempel, Seniors - Jocelyn Benoit, Junior A - Cassie Penfold, Junior B - Jennifer Rempel, Junior C - Tatum Petch Long, Junior D - Claire Hernes, and all 5 lead line riders. Then several of the club’s riders headed to Williams Lake for the BCBRA finals. Three of the riders did quite well – Jennifer Rempel took Junior 4D Champion, Justin Rempel Annual Gymkhana winners took Pee Wee 2D, and Tatum Long took Pee Wee 1D Champion. Congratulations to a great job done by all. Next was the Fall Fair Horse Show in conjunction with the Skeena Valley Fall Fair. It was a beautiful weekend with 48 riders and 43 horses. We were pleased to welcome a large number of riders from the Kitimat area. The judge was Chris Hassell and she had lots of riders to work with. We had lots of new riders and some very young ones-including a 3 ½ year old young man, Carter Haynes who rode in Lead Line and also did a great job at Liberty with his horse Skip (with some help from Ariel). We added a few Speed Events and Danielle Sexton was the big winner - she took home the Dash for Cash pot but didn’t buy dinner for all of us. It was lots of fun to see so many young riders and new riders enjoying showing. The last show of the year is ahead - the Octoberfest with some fun classes, unusual Hi-Points and lots of fun. Then it’s the Annual Turkey Day Poker Ride in the Nass Valley, the Annual Banquet to celebrate another great year and ending the year with the AGM October 29th. Would like to note that we really appreciate all the help we get from our volunteers. They are what help make all the events possible. Sometimes they may not get thanked the day of the event but THANK YOU for all your help.

Team of Two Hunters - Claire Hernes and Terri Cameron

BCBRA winners - Justin, Jennifer, Tatum

In Memoriam James Keith Fleming July 7, 1935 - August 18, 2014



he Canadian Quarter Horse Association regrets to announce the passing of Jim Fleming, who served as an AQHA director beginning in 1986, elevated to director-at-large in 2006, and served on AQHA’s Stud Book and Registration and Hall of Fame Selection Committees. Jim had a long career in the Alberta oilfield. In 1979, he began breeding and showing American Quarter Horses and established Image Quarter Horses. Jim was a long-time valued member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association. He also served as president and director of the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta for many years and was a founding member of the Team Cattle Penning Association of Alberta. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 - 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5, (403) 205-3966. Send your condolences to his wife, Lynn, and family at Site 13, Box 39 RR 9, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2J 5G5 and/or sign the online memorial guest book. • 49

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club marked another successful Light Horse Show on September 6 in conjunction with the Lakes District Fall Fair in Burns Lake. Over 30 horses competed Never Won a Buckle winner – Bailey Meutzner and Walk-Jog Class under the watchful eye MQH Danni Que Bar of judge Donna Allen from Prince George, in a variety of classes from In Hand to Reining and everything in between with a record entry of TWELVE in the Halter Mares! Halter Mares award went to TCD Barbies An Asset led by Abby Doiron, while the Geldings prize was won by Carrie Stumpf’s “Speck”. The “Future Equestrians” Class was highly popular with nine leadline entrants – if we had more horses volunteered, we would have had an even bigger class! A special thanks to those people who volunteered their horses to make these kids’ dream of riding in a horse show come true. The $50 Added Western Pleasure Stake was won by Cuttin Aces, owned and shown by Roxy Bullock, while the $100 Added Reining Stake was won by Ariana DeJong riding White Chocolat Chunk who wowed the crowd with their huge sliding stops and a 70.5 score. The “Never Won A English Pleasure Youth Class Buckle” reining buckle was awarded to Bailey Meutzner who put in a beautiful clean 71.0 run on MQH Danni Que Bar. High points were awarded to Emily Everett with Colby for English Youth award, Nicole Oben on Boots for the English Senior award, Madi Doiron with Dancing the Dream for Western Youth award, and Bailey Meutzner on MQH Danni Que Bar who won the Western Senior award. Reserve honours went to Samantha Hainstock and Rocko (Youth English), Kally Cowan and Nathan (Senior English), Abby Doiron and TCD Barbies An Asset (Youth Western), and Esther Larsen on Birdseye By Design and Roxy Bullock on Cuttin Aces (tied for Reserve Senior Western). Once again, a huge thank you to our many participants, spectators, sponsors and especially our volunteers – we couldn’t do it without all of you! Look for our report on the Annual Poker Ride in the next issue of Saddle Up, and as always, for more info on the TCSC or its events (including full results of the Fall Fair Light Horse Show!), contact Kristi 250-692-5721, e-mail Check us out on Facebook, or website

On to Greener Pastures MACHLON April 14, 1988-September 2, 2014


alling Star Ranch’s oldest horse, 26-year-old Machlon, was laid to rest September 2. Machlon was a beautiful sorrel Russian Arabian gelding and my first horse. He was born in Holland, later moved to Switzerland, where I bought him, and a few years later Machlon and I flew together to 50 • Saddle Up • October 2014

Montreal, Quebec in a cargo plane. After a few months on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, and a few weeks on a farm outside of Tofield near Edmonton, Alberta, Machlon and I made the move to Hinton, Alberta, and later on to Dunster, BC. Machlon was a very special horse, my long-time friend whom I’ve had so many adventures with, from riding many trails in the foothills and the mountains, along the ocean, on the prairies, in parades, on cattle drives, in clinics, gymkhanas, on poker rides and rallies and horse shows, to teaching students how to ride, ponying colts, guiding trail rides, to just spending time together checking fences and hanging out in the field. There will never be another horse like him. RIP Machlon. You are greatly missed by a lot of people, but mostly by me. Run free my friend. - Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e held our annual Find the Golden Horseshoe Poker Ride on September 6 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. The weather was gorgeous for the 18 riders that came out (versus 30 last year). Following the ride, awards and prizes were handed out while Darlene was cooking up some smokies for the group. Two riders were lucky enough to find the ‘shoes’! At our September 19 meeting we decided to host a Horse Agility Clinic with Patrick Thomas in Enderby on October 4. We would still like to have a trail ride in Revelstoke, but no date set yet. The BC/ Yukon zone of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association is hosting the 2015 convention and it will be held here in the interior in the new year

(location tba). Our Christmas Party will be at The Funk’s home in Armstrong on Saturday December 6. Rather than dinner, we thought we’d make it a DAY event and have turkey for a 12 noon lunch. Then folks can get home before dark. Visit our website for updates and information and/or our Facebook page. Brenda Mason found one of the Golden Horseshoes

Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


ell it has been a very busy and successful year for the club. Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting us! A few dates to mark on your calendar for upcoming events: Our High School Rodeo will be held October 10-12 (Thanksgiving weekend); our annual Pub Night fundraiser will be November 8, and our year-end Banquet will be November 22. Information on these upcoming events can be found on our website

Thank you to everyone who took part in our saddle series. It was definitely an exciting series!! Congrats to Janine Blacklock (saddle winner) and Kathy Lazic (reserve buckle winner).

September 14th Gymkhana results: Novice high point: Teri Parsons on Penny; Reserve: Christine Fillipchicke on Feathers Senior high point: Ashley Bose on Tequilla; Reserve: Asia Cole on Oakley Youth high point: Toniesha Stukel on Yukon; Reserve: Sierra Stukel on Popeye Junior high point: Ayla Schwarz on Muffin; Reserve: Vanesa Caverly on Stitch Pee Wee high point: Curtis Gulenchyn on Niska; Reserve: Devin Coe-Armour on Penny

Top 6 finalists for the saddle series (l to r): Lisa Nowell (awards director), Nicole Ellis (race organizer), 5th place Nikki Harris, Reserve Buckle Kathy Lazic, Saddle winner Janine Blacklock, 3rd place Toniesha Stukel, 4th place Sierra Stukel, 6th place Chelsea Plecas.

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club was pleased that our John Turner jumping clinic at the end of August was full to capacity with a waiting list of participants hoping to get a chance to ride with John! The clinic was very well received and we hope to have John back again next year, he was a big hit! Equi-Life is having its Harvest Hunter Derby show at the KRC October 11-12. If you are not competing, come on by and check out the action, it’s a great way to spend an October afternoon. As we turn into Fall again, we have some last minute volunteer opportunities for members who have not completed their volunteer hours yet. Please contact Tracey Green at if you are able to help at either the upcoming Fall Cleanup or the Annual General Meeting. The Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 4 pm, with an alternate date of Sunday, October 19 if raining on Saturday. We will be doing general grounds cleanup and preparation of the club for winter. BBQ to follow. The AGM will be held on Saturday, November 8th, at 6:00 pm, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

with potluck and silent auction to follow meeting. This is a very important meeting that all members should attend to vote in your executive for 2015. If you or someone you know would be able to give a commitment to the club to act in the capacity as a director, please contact one of the current directors to submit your nomination. KRC junior member Gillian We will require volunteers for the Green with John Turner at AGM for several tasks including setting the clinic. Photo courtesy of Jesse Alexander up the clubhouse, obtaining items for Photography. the silent auction and year end awards. Again, if you are able to help out, please contact Tracey Green. Check our Facebook page and website regularly for upcoming events. All directors’ contact information is on our web page at • 51

Dressage BC By WJ (Noni) Hartvikson


ADORA has stepped down as the Affi liate Member of HCBC and Dressage BC has taken over that role, representing Dressage for the province. Dressage BC is a non-profit, volunteer based organization whose purpose is to foster an interest in the grass roots development of Dressage in BC. Dressage BC’s board has representation from all 8 zones of the province. The programs we offer are primarily educational and designed to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with their horses through the levels. Dressage BC is an opportunity to

share, experience, learn and contribute. Benefits of Membership include Clinics, Ask-the-Expert (Free), Video Ride-a-Test, business discounts and monthly prize draws. Check out our website For 2015, you may join when you renew your HCBC Membership. We’ll be at the Mane Event in Chilliwack, so stop by our booth! Need more information? Please contact us at

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


ark your calendars… the date for our Year End Awards Dinner, Silent Auction and AGM has been set! Join us Saturday November 8th, 6 pm at the former Women’s Institute Hall in Coldstream. Dinner is pot luck so please bring your favourite entree or salad, directors will provide the desert. Donations to the silent auction are much appreciated too. Contact Nell Elders for more info 250-545-5305. We have a fancy new manure and shavings containment pen thanks to a HCBC grant and the hard work of groundskeeper Jonathon. Speaking of hard work, you should see all the bush clearing that has been done while cleaning up our fence line! The Crony Club sleepover and Pony Club Show which recently took place were both well-attended and great fun. So good to see people of all ages out enjoying themselves at the VDRC. Our Year-end Work Party is Sunday October 26th at 10 am… hope to see you there!

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach LIMIT OF TOLERANCE We all have ‘our limit’; where is yours? I encourage everyone to work with a smile. When do you lose that smile? When you’re trying to catch him in the first place? Grooming out the burrs…again!? Do you find it frustrating to tack up when he won’t stand still? Perhaps right in the middle of a sunny day workout and all goes well until your horse refuses to jump one more inch higher or stop on that darn dime! People lead lives of desperation. Be around people who do it better than you do. Temple Grandin, a well-known animal activist, does a wonderful job of explaining how autistic people and horses think in pictures. Autistic people are often non-verbal; however, this does not mean they can’t communicate. Gestures are proven to communicate to horses and autistic children. A certain quality of touch is acceptable to the horse, as it is to a disabled child. When pressure exceeds the limit, a flight response is triggered. This extensive topic is shortened here, unfortunately, in order to demonstrate that a horse will, once experiencing excess pressure, push into the source of that pain, while at the same time greatly increasing his adrenaline. Let’s ponder this 52 • Saddle Up • October 2014

thought when we see a picture of a chain bit, or witnessing the use of a twitch. The tender bars of the horse’s mouth and area should be treated like a baby. Your horse can respond to the lightest of contact on the bit. Learn to cue him, not force him through pain. If you train hard, you are setting up your horse to require harsh handling throughout his life. It has also been proven that harsh training methods shorten a horse’s useful life. You build resentment and are not training through communication. This is abusive and not necessary. There’s a better way. Intrinsic training is natural, learnable, effective and permanent. Call for help today. For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-999-5090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


Whitehorse 4-H Spirit Riders By Joie McBryan, ALeader


he Whitehorse 4-H Spirit Riders hosted the 7th Annual 4-H Yukon Summer Horse Camp at Mount Lorne. 4-H members from Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Haines Junction joined together for a week of learning, laughing and fun with horses. There were 16 members in attendance with 6 leaders, 23 horses, and a team of amazing parent volunteers. This year’s camp theme was Horsemanship which is defined as the art, ability, skill or manner of a horseman. In order to become a skilled horseman one key component is communication. The goal of the 4-H program is youth development. The objectives of 4-H clubs are knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development, through club activities, communication events and managing their project which for our club, is horse. Developing a foundation in Horsemanship directly supports the goals of the 4-H program, as well, builds a better relationship with the horse based on meaningful communication. Activities included agility, trail; both in-hand and mounted, and trail riding which built on skills learned at a previous trail camp. Charmyn Harms joined us as our clinician. Evenings were free and activities were led by the members. There were evening trail rides, a cinch making session; campers learned the skeletal, muscular and internal organ systems of the horse by chalk drawing them on the horses; campfire nights with guitar and singing, and there was a dance where the members and leaders learned two-stepping and “slap leather.” Fun!

With its roots in agriculture, 4-H has a strong health component in its program; health for the animals that the members care for as well as for the members themselves. This camp included a focus on putting more thought into the food we eat and where it comes from. The members are developing a strong link between the food we grow and eat and the manner in which it is produced .This was facilitated by Val Celuszak, the camp cook, who ensured that all the meals were prepared fresh daily from the kitchen at Mount Lorne. As the owner of Raven’s Edge Greenhouse and having a keen sense of where our food comes from, Val was able to put together a menu for the kids that included all fresh and homemade food. We purchased food from as many local producers as possible and purchased the remaining food from Extra Foods that supports a wide variety of organic and locally grown products.

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Ashley, Kathleen, Paivi and Lauren


he busy summer months for our club have come to an end and we celebrated another successful season with a pool party, campfire and potluck dinner at Arlyn’s house. Among the last few events of the season were two fairs and Achievement Day. A few members from our club went to the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, on August 27-31, to help out Lorna in the 4-H booth. “Celebrating 100 years of 4-H in BC”, this year’s fair was a big hit. Emily, Lauren and Ashley got to meet some new people as well as play some games with the little ones. There were great prizes and tons of fun to be had while learning some things about 4H. The Rock Creek fair was held September 13-14; members competed in gymkhana games such as barrel races and pole bending. Achievement day took place on September 28; Arion Farms graciously let Sydney doing the ALS us use their arena for our showmanship ice bucket challenge at classes, pleasure and equitation classes. This the pool party was a fun-fi lled day where we also enjoyed a HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

potluck lunch. Now that autumn is here, we’re all looking forward to our annual fundraiser - the dinner and silent auction at Olympia Greek Taverna, scheduled for October 27. In past years, we have Lorna in the 4-H booth at the IPE had amazing donations from local sponsors and the families in our club. The proceeds from the silent auction and dinner tickets go to educational items like books, handouts and videos, lessons and clinics. It also helps to send some of our members to provincial and national competitions and conferences. If you would like to donate anything, please contact our club leader, Leah, at 250765-3480 or our fundraising coordinator, Pam, at 250-765-0441. Every donation is greatly appreciated. Last event of the 2014 schedule will be awards night in November (details TBA). Wishing everyone a safe and happy fall! • 53

North Vancouver Island Horse Association By Marg Camp


he NVIHA Annual two day Open Western Performance Show on Sept 6-7 drew 17 competitors from the Comox Valley area, Powell River and Nanaimo, to the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds for the last show of the season. Competition was first class despite there being so many other events going on the same weekend. Day one was ably judged by Christina Scott from Campbell River, with the Trail being judged at the conclusion of the Reining classes, by both Estelle Shaughnessy and Debbie Magee. Day 2 was judged by Sarah Schmidt from Nanaimo, with Helga Hagen scoring the Western Dressage Tests. OVERALL HIGH POINTS FOR THE SHOW YOUTH 13 & UNDER: High Point - T J’s Doc, Camille Lucas YOUTH 14-18: High Point - One Last Luke, Morgynn Bishop Reserve – Majula, Eleese Craig ALL AGES WALK/JOG: High Point - Streakin San Sousa, Madison Bishop Reserve - Dark Ambition, Tara Mawle SENIOR: High Point - JWR the Last Juan, Rosalie Pagani Reserve - Mito’s Bo San, Nancy Garner GREEN HORSE: High Point - Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel, Sondra Butler Reserve - Patrick’s Golden Image, Sandy McLeod

OPEN: High Point - JWR the Last Juan, Rosalie Pagani Reserve - Mito’s Bo San, Nancy Garner

The youth division was noticeably sparse all season - no leadline riders or peewees. Our dates conflicted with so many other events both locally and off the Island, but we can only get the dates that the Regional District permits and we vie (l to r) Sondra Butler and Zippo’s Dynamic Rebel, Rosalie with many other users of the facility. Pagani and JWR the Last Juan, Sandy McLeod and MANY THANKS GO OUT TO: Patrick’s Golden Image, Samantha Riggs and Angie Crisp, without whom I Cee My Assets. could never have managed alone. She took over the Western Dressage And Carol Hilton and Nancy Garner. at the shows with great expertise, and was Awards Night is November 22 at the the one who was always there to bring the Merville Hall. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner at equipment down to the ring. 6:30 pm, and once again I am ticket master. Brenda Robson and Noelle Pagani who tirelessly ring stewarded or whipped in. (NOTE: NVIHA wishes to thank Estelle To Jill, the announcer, who made life Shaughnessy, not only for pitching in at the easier. August Show when Debbie Magee broke To our Judges, both show and dressage her arm, but for doing so absolutely free of testers, competitors, parents and Luke and charge. Thank you Estelle.) the Powell River Crew for your support this season.

Show It, You Deserve It! By Daphne Davey,


recent influx of photos from some of our therapeutic riding centres got me thinking. They depicted riders showing off their medals and ribbons earned at horse shows and special events. Many CanTRA centres hold their own shows, open houses, and other special events, while some riders compete at mainstream horse shows too. On all these occasions, medals and ribbons will be awarded. But sometimes opinion is divided about whether organizers should stick to traditional rules and give out the hardware only to those officially placed in a competition, or whether to give “consolation” ribbons to the rest of the class as well. The question is: When is it beneficial to go against the “real world” (mainstream shows don’t give out consolation ribbons, so riders with disabilities should expect to be treated the same). The answer is: When we take the time to look at life through the eyes of our riders and not our own. Across the country, over 80 CanTRA-accredited centres are providing services to a very varied clientele, including riders with physical disabilities, developmental delay, autism, other conditions, and any combination of these. Each rider is unique in who they are, where they are in their development, and what they need. What do our riders need? Along with the physical benefits of riding stands the need of people with disabilities to build self54 • Saddle Up • October 2014

confidence, to learn to believe in themselves - especially to discover achievement through the joys and challenges of riding a horse. In my experience, instructors, volunteer helpers, family and friends telling our riders they have done well may not always be enough. Those with developmental delay, especially, need concrete proof. Enter the medals and ribbons - especially consolation ones. After all, compliments can’t be hung on your bedroom wall where you can see them every day and feel really good about yourself. I have yet to review a photo from one of our centres in which the rider is looking glum and covering their award with their hand. Judge for yourself. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www. or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating Daelen dripping with medals to CanTRA at or at Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan BC. Photo: Lisa Pink


Bella Coola Valley Ridge Riders Club By Wendy Kingsley


ugust was a busy month for the Club. We had our last Gymkhana of the year on Sunday August 10th with a great turnout of both riders and spectators. On Saturday August 23rd, we held our first ever fundraising Poker Ride. We invited quads, bikes, walkers and of course horse and rider to come and try their luck. There were 19 people on 10 quads, and 9 horse and riders. Volunteers, directors and members shared in preparing the trail ahead of time as well as manning the five card stations that included the start and finish and getting the food and BBQ down to the Rodeo grounds. Fift y percent of the proceeds went to the top three winning hands. Thanks to our poker hand specialist who took all twenty-eight hands and determined the winners. The ride started at 3:15 pm and the last rider arrived at the Rodeo grounds at about 5:20 pm. After a rest and a thirst-quencher we dove into our famous Rodeo burgers. Everyone had a great time and there was talk of doing another ride at the end of September. Thank you to all that participated and to the dedicated volunteers who helped make this event happen. Happy Trails, one and all.

Silver Spur Riding Club by Barbara Smith, Ride Organizer


or the 16th year, the Silver Spur Riding Club hosted the Vancouver Island Memorial Trail Ride Against Cancer from Craig Creek Ranch in Nanoose on Vancouver Island. This year the 37 riders raised over $7,500 for the Oceanside Hospice Society, a local organization offering a great variety of services to cancer patients, their families and caregivers. This ride showcases a popular multi-use trail system having a variety of owners who need to give permission for this event. That process can be a bit daunting, and each year more restrictions are placed on us, but those owners are supportive of our efforts. This was a 2-day event, starting on Friday evening, August 22nd. Good food is a priority for our participants, so Friday night was a barbecue of pork tenderloin and local chicken, specialty salads, local corn and fresh berry pie for dessert. Saturday breakfast was served by the St. Columba’s Men’s Group. Riders then started off on the 3-½ hour moderately challenging trail system in groups through Englishman River Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Each group was led by a local rider familiar with the route. On their return the riders were treated to White Spot hamburgers and prizes.

Registration table Friday night. Photo by Barbara Smith


Many thanks to all the sponsors that supported the event and to those who donated prizes. Check out our website for more photos on this event and info on our club

A bridge over the Englishman River spawning creek. Photo by Barbara Smith

Crossing Englishman River at Top Bridge. Photo by John Cooper

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A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS WINE COUNTRY CLASSIC Fall Circuit 2014 GOLD The Horse Barn, Kamloops Diane Olsen - Ultimate Show Apparel Ltd, Armstrong Shari Gurney-Galbraith - Interwest Cabinet Ltd, Falkland The Cowboys Choice, Vernon Carts Plus, Kelowna Carrie Humphrey-Peace Quarter Horses, Kamloops The Sandman Hotel, Vernon Hutton Performance Horses, Chilliwack Dave Beerstra Trucking, Armstrong Mountainview Stables, Armstrong Go West Quarter Horses, Kelowna Saddle Up magazine, Armstrong SILVER Lynn Saunders - Chaps By Lynn, Langley Denise Fisher - Embroidery Plus, Langley Don Raffan & Irvine Tack Buckerfields, Kelowna Armstrong Wine & Brew, Armstrong Val Dacyk, Armstrong The View Winery, Kelowna Keelly Reggelsen, Armstrong BRONZE Briarwood Farm, Kelowna Country West Supply, Armstrong Maisy and Me Show Clothes, Kelowna Timberstar Tractor, Vernon Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses, Langley Sarah Wyatt Photography, Grand Forks Tim Hortons, Armstrong Lammles Western Wear, Kamloops LP Performance Horses, Coldstream Blue Mountain Nursery, Armstrong Prospect Hill Farm, Kelowna Kay Evans, Armstrong Painted Horse Tack and Supplies, Grand Forks Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, Kamloops River Banks Quarter Horses, Barriere Sweet Water Springs, Armstrong The Paddock Tack and Togs, Vernon Go Show Horse BLUE RIBBON Carl Woods Performance Horses, Peachland Moore Performance Horses, Langley Lander Contracting, Armstrong Jack Ketel Farrier Services, Kelowna On Trax Fencing, Kelowna Five Pine Ranch, Peachland Stephanie Conti, Oyama MRK Quarter Horses, Lake Country Brim Style, Duncan Greenhawk, Kamloops Greenhawk, Kelowna

Cheers to the “Wine Country Classic” By Cathy Glover Photos courtesy of Sarah Wyatt Photography, As well as Tamara Jameson


outh Central Quarter Horse Association’s annual fall circuit has long been an institution among BC Quarter Horse exhibitors, and the three day/three judge circuit, September 12-14 in Armstrong, was rebranded as the “Wine Country Classic.” An APHA (Paint) show was added, as was an attractive slate of money classes and two socials – a move-in supper on Thursday hosted by SCQHA and a wine and cheese hosted by BC Paint – all contributing to put the “fun” back into showing. Having the right people in the right places (and a weekend drenched in Okanagan sunshine) didn’t hurt the circuit any either! Show chair Janet Crich credits the committee as well as show manager Rod Ash, a recruit from Lower Mainland QH’s shows, with much of the show’s success. Even the judges – Lyle Jackson, Tracy Willis and Carl McCuistion – remarked they hadn’t seen people having that much fun showing for a long time! Saturday evening’s futurity and stake classes ended with a hysterically entertaining freestyle horsemanship sponsored by LP Performance Horse that had most exhibitors in costume – Janet Crich rode bridleless, Paint exhibitor Devon Smith squeezed into her prom dress, Pia Petersen from the Coast relived her hippy past and Jessica Eli won the class, demonstrating good horsemanship doesn’t need to be fancy! The winner of the two way combo (where riders started the class in Hunter under Saddle and finished in Western Pleasure) was ultimately decided by a tie-breaker judge. Hayley Russell and Blazin Hot and Sheik won the class taking home prize money. A boot race was a crowd favourite – with exhibitors and guests sprinting across the grandstand arena in sock feet to recoup their boots. There was even a race for youth members! SCQHA would like to acknowledge their show sponsors, and express their appreciation to an incredible team of staff and volunteers, as well as the exhibitors that supported the show. HIGH POINT WINNERS QUARTER HORSE Junior Horse: Sweet Summer Dreams | Lauren Lander R - none qualified Senior Horse: Zippos Star Shuttle | Katrina Mulford R - none qualified Green Horse: Cuz Im Purdy | Tamara Jameson R - Krymsunality | Haylie Morris Rookie Amateur: Tamara Jameson | Cuz Im Purdy R - Lauren Lander | Sweet Summer Dreams Novice Amateur: Maralyn Rehbein | Inviting the Prince R - Janet Crich | Skip to My Image Amateur Select: Janet Crich | Skip to My Image R - Maralyn Rehbein | Inviting the Prince Amateur: Stephanie Conti | MU Little Miss Loper R - Tamara Jameson | Cuz Im Purdy

Rookie Youth: Connor Kamann | With Good Intentions R - Ashley Gardiner | Beyond Sensational Novice Youth: Amanda Daly | Hotter N Chocolate R - Haley Russell | Blazin Hot and Shiek Youth 14-18: Katrina Mulford | Zippos Star Shuttle R - Haley Russell | Blazin Hot and Shiek Youth Walk Trot: Payton Archer | Daze Chex Badger R - Payton Schell | Looking Glass Alice Halter Mares: Streakin in My Dreams | Karla Dewhurst R - A Little Reality | Carole Walton Halter Stallions: Potential Goldmine | Ashleigh Tuhkala Halter Geldings: ZBF a Western | Deanna Williams R - Rock N Roll Dreamer | Jerry Hutton

Wine Country Classic, cont’d

Team Tournament Winners: Sally Saur, Katrina Mulford, Tamara Jameson, Taylor Schell.

Hayley Russell and Blazin Hot and Sheik

Pia Petersen (as the Hippie) in Freestyle Horsemanship

Jessica Eli

Janet Crich (as Barbie doll) in Freestyle Horsemanship

Ranch Pleasure class

Carmen Teixeira

Vernon Young Riders Horse 4-H Club By Abby McLuskey


e are enjoying a busy summer as a club. We had 2 months of lessons with Glenn Perron. We are all learning a lot. Glenn is super!!!!! We raised enough money this year to buy blankets for all our horses with the Vernon Young Riders logo and a 4-H logo on them. On August 7-10 we participated in Summer Sizzler at Salmon Arm, a four day, 4-H Schooling Show including events like Western/ English Pleasure, Western/English Equitation, Showmanship, Trail/ Handy Horse and we even had a Costume class!! The 2014 Summer Sizzler was a blast. We can’t wait to do it again next year! BIG THANKS TO CHERYL AND HER TEAM FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A WONDERFUL SHOW. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Bat-Girl “Lydia” on Finn (Blackburns Crown) enjoying Costume class

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Written by Mellissa Buckley Congratulations to our Stakes winners!

Officers & Directors 2014 President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


MQHA’s final Circuit of the season is done and what fun we had! This was our Futurity/Stakes Show, which was well received with good numbers of participants in each. We moved the finals to the Saturday evening again, as we used to do, which made it easier for spectators to come join in with us. The highlight for crowd entertainment purposes was the inaugural Freestyle Showmanship. We had a tango dancer, Greased Lightning “Sandys”, “Dorothys” from Wizard of Oz complete with Totos, Kenny Rogers with a horsey Dolly Parton and a groovy Dancing Queen. A lot of creativity and effort went into the routines complete with music; the crowd was really into it… dancing with the music, cheering along and a great time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who participated in any of our stakes events, congratulations to all! Thank you also to our amazing Stakes sponsors who made it all possible: Sandra Morgan, Pyke Buckley Performance Horses, STS Quarter Horses, KPN Farms, Cavalia, Hutton Performance Horses, Tinas Catering, Go West Quarter Horses, Aurel Systems, Natalie Vonk and Kim Hanley. The Non Pro coolers were sponsored by Coast Country Tack. Last year Dianne Rouse, who won the Cathy Dumaresq Non Pro Buckle, graciously asked LMQHA to award the beautiful prize kindly donated by Coast Country Tack for our 2014 winner. The generosity within our industry can be truly inspiring. Congratulations to all the LMQHA Evergreen Circuit Hi Point Winners! AQHA Novice Ammy: Tamara Jameson Reserve: Gord McEachen Ammy: Tamara Jameson Reserve: Joanne See Open: Bow Tie N Dreams Reserve: Just Consider It Select: Gord McEachen Reserve: Virginia Olafson Novice Youth: Mackenzie Inksater Reserve: Alix Rasmussen Youth: Mackenzie Inksater Reserve: Katrina Mulford Green Horse: Good Grief Grover Reserve: Bow Tie N Dreams Walk Trot 11 and Under: Colten Buckley Halter Stallion: Potential Goldmine Mare: STS Shez Way Cool Gelding: ZBF Western APHA Green: Natalie Hall Reserve: Sally Saur Ammy: Dianne Rouse Reserve: Natalie Hall Novice Ammy: Natalie Hall Open: Ima Special Delivery Reserve: Chansation Ammy Walk Trot: Avery Murray Reserve: Jeneane Evans

Cathy Dumaresq Trail: Carol McEachen with Ima Zippo In Gold Reserve: Emma-Lee Schellenberg with Ima Special Delivery Freestyle Showmanship: Sarah Wasik with A Classy Leager Reserve: Alix Rasmussen with Money Makin Dreamer 2 yr old Walk Jog: Jerry Hutton with Shamrocks N Dreams Reserve: Kirbi Kosek with Terrific Investment Ranch Horse Pleasure: Roxanne Peters with Mity Independent Reserve: Virginia Olafson with Tuxskeeto Hunter Under Saddle: Fiona Brooks with Al Be Reaching Reserve: Dianne Rouse with Chansation Weanling Halter: Randy Kitagawa with Obscession Reserve: Sherry Sultz with The Major Secret

Please plan on attending our AGM in November when we discuss our upcoming year, elect officers and more. We need you! We had a super year but it does take volunteers to make everything run, so please consider being a part of the process and helping our club to thrive! You can be part of a committee, a director and more.

Sarah Wasik and A Classy Leager: Freestyle Showmanship Champions

Please visit on the LMQHA page for dates, updates and more.

Ranch Pleasure Stake Winner: Roxanne Peters with Mity Independent

2 yr old Walk Jog Pleasure Stake Winner: Jerry Hutton with Shamrocks N Dreams

HUS Stake Champion: Fiona Brooks with Al Be Reachin

Novice Youth: Mackenzie Inksater Reserve: Emma-Lee Schellenberg Youth: Emma-Lee Schellenberg Reserve: Mackenzie Inksater

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Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake Winner: Carol McEachen aboard Ima Zippo In Gold

Weanling Halter Futurity Champion: Randy Kitagawa and Obscession


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story by Kelly Allen

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

Merritt! A New Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen BC Lundbom Lake


y husband Ron Stolp and I have been members of Backcountry Horsemen for over 12 years. We recently retired and moved from the coast to Merritt BC. We had been coming to Merritt for years with our horses and just love the riding here. There is so much riding in this area with Lundbom Lake horse campsite and all the trails around that area as well as the Rainbow trails rustic camp area with just miles and miles of trails. Even more exciting is the new private horse camp down by Mamit Lake called Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp that also leads out onto to Crown land and has miles and miles of trails as well. Then you head north towards Logan Lake and there is Leighton Lake campsite that is also set up for horses. These are just a few of the areas we know about, that is why I was so surprised with all the horsemen and trails in this area that there is no Back Country Horsemen of BC Chapter here. I planned that once we got things done around our new farm, I would start the ball rolling for a new Merritt chapter. It took us a year to get our new place really set up well for horses but we are now settled in and loving it here. We have met many great new horsey friends and ranchers in the area, and I thought that now would be the time to start the ball rolling. So on August 12, 2014 we held our first Merritt meeting at the new horse camp called Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp http:// We hoped to get enough people to get the new chapter off the ground. Yahhh we did it!! I had enough applications signed and paid for and we have our chapter Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary as well as a Provincial director. So far we have 10 new adult members not included us two old ones and 9 new junior members. Contact person for our soon-to-be new Merritt chapter if anyone would like to join us is me – Kelly Allen: or call 250-378-2346.

Mamit Lake area

Nicola Lake

If you want more information on this area for camping with their horses they can visit the web site

Merritt’s blue skies


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

Perplexed It’s been an interesting, albeit confounding, end to the Paint Horse show season in BC this year. Entries were down significantly at all three circuits as the season came to a close, including the Bulkley Valley Fair’s light horse show, held August 21-24 in Smithers, Lower Mainland QH’s Evergreen Circuit in Langley and – especially surprising – South Central Quarter Horse’s rebranded Wine Country Classic in Armstrong, on September 12-14. Geri Brown reports only six Paints in total competed at BVX – down 50% from last year. And while she is stumped as to why, the good news is that the competition was good and the Paints who did compete topped most of the competition in the open show. (We like it that way!) Bibs Dallaire rode her striking Palomino stallion, Gold Bar Tristan, Geri was on her solid-bred, R Bandits Success, and they were joined by Amy Sterritt and RMR Spectacular Dixon and Holly Pottinger and Jens Dodge Girl, to win many open and stakes events in western classes. Geri and R Bandits Success won senior high point western horse for the entire show as well as high point APHA horse for the show. “It was very nice to see a couple young riders come out and show their Paints as well,” writes Geri, giving a nod to Reid Devon Smith squeezed into Stumpf riding her prom dress for Freestyle Jaylens Silver Horsemanship (Photo by Speck and Tracy Schell) Kaitlyn Bartlett 60 • Saddle Up • October 2014

showing Dun in The Bar. It was the first time the light horse show offered Western Dressage and it was very well received, according to Geri. Bibs and Gail Pasaluko took their Paints in and Gail won her class. “We are lucky in the north to have such high level judges come to our show and would like to see more Paints take advantage of the opportunity to show in front of them,” Geri says.

Labour pains Paint entries at LMQ’s Evergreen Circuit were down by more than 50%, with just 11 APHA horses competing in open, youth and amateur classes. This, in spite of some wellheeled money classes open to both Paints and Quarter Horses. Emma Schellenberg rode Ima Special Delivery to second place in the Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake; Kirbi Kosek (Lynn Freeland’s daughter) rode her two-year-old Simply Terrific daughter to a second place finish in the Two-Year-Old Walk/Jog stake and Dianne Rouse rode Chansation to a second place finish in the Hunter under Saddle Stake. BC Paint, under the direction of past president Colleen Schellenberg, hosted the welcome night pizza party which was genuinely appreciated by all. Colleen always does an amazing job at orchestrating these potlucks and this year was no exception.

Whine and cheese It wasn’t that long ago we were pretty certain the Paint contingent at the Wine Country Classic would surpass that of our Back-to-Basics show in Pritchard earlier this year – but those projections turned out to be way too optimistic. According to South Central’s show committee chair Janet Crich, only 11 Paints entered the show, which was the final kickat-the-can for those competing for BC Paint year-ends. In spite of the disappointing turnout, those that did compete thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to show at Armstrong’s fairgrounds once again, after a four year hiatus. Good sportsmanship prevailed; someone aptly concluded Paint exhibitors were more “embarrassed” than upset about the turnout and the mood remained upbeat throughout the three-day weekend. Sally Saur brought g Kari Goodfellow’s

Hayley Russell brought an entourage from the Coast (Photo by Tracy Schell)

Roses Are Special home for the winter, taking the Junior Horse high point. Devon Smith rode Ima Sierra Surprise to high points in Senior, Novice and Amateur. Hayley Russell (and her entourage) were up from the coast with her solid-bred, Blazin Hot and Shiek, and won a beautifully embroidered sheet for the effort. Donna Ruth rode Azippomaidofdiamonds to the Green Horse high point; Avery Murray and No More Toyz were Amateur Walk/Trot high point and the Schell girls duked out it in the youth division with Taylor ultimately beating sister Jordan in the Novice Youth division and taking Youth as well. BC Paint hosted a well-received wine and cheese sponsored in part by Larch Hill Winery of Salmon Arm and Village Cheese of Armstrong, during Saturday night’s futurities.

Thinking caps Both LMQ and South Central rethunk their entry fees this past year to make their circuits both more affordable and easier to enter, and while it seemed to have a positive effect at LMQ’s Spring Circuit, it failed to have the desired outcome at the other end of the show season. Why the shows dropped off so dramatically as fall approached is certainly a cause for concern and a conversation that will likely dominate our upcoming board meetings and the annual general meeting, which will be held in November. We’d like to know what you think and, if you can’t attend the meeting(s), pick up the phone or shoot an email to any of our directors. You’ll find us on Facebook, too. Your opinion matters. The youth scholarship deadline is approaching. If you are a current BC Paint member heading into post-secondary education, check for details. BC Paint’s Open Show and Competition Program will be winding up soon for another year, too. Be sure to send in your results forms to Margo Murray. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday, October 25th, 2014 Quesnel Seniors Center, Quesnel, BC Time: 10 am If you would like to put an item on the Agenda, please contact the rodeo office by email or written notification to The top ten (10) Finalist competitors and top 10 Season Leaders in the eight (8) major events must attend the BCRA Annual General Meeting at the end of the current year. A fi ft y-dollar ($50) fi ne will be assessed and added to the price of next year’s membership card for not attending. Any top ten competitors who cannot attend the AGM must send written notification to the BCRA office within 48 hours prior to the AGM. Juniors are welcome to attend to have input in rules brought forward but will not be fi ned for not attending.


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

Cheer for the Ears!



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

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


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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

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

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15

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ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15 3/15

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

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


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

BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,

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

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

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

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

PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15


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Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 4/15

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THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (during Canadian Supreme), Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, FALL FINALE Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Horse in Hand Ranch, Blacklands AB, Tamara Chmilar 780-720-5198, AMERICAN HORSEWOMANS CHALLENGE (including 3 Canadian women), Oklahoma City OK, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Annual Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 POKER RIDE, Helmcken Falls Lodge, Clearwater BC,, HORSE AGILITY CLINIC w/Patrick Thomas, Enderby BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 STEPHEN CLARKE SYMPOSIUM, Applications via, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) Saskatoon SK, Desiree or 306-520-2789 ELLEN HOCKLEY DRIVING CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Anne 250 860-2785, arthur BODY TALK, ACCESS FOR ANIMALS, Armstrong BC, Dr. Kim Hunter 778-930-1883, ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, E-mail or FB,, GAMES DAY, Blackpool BC,, AERC Funday, Armstrong Fairgrounds, MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland Riding Club, Darlene 250-462-0169,, LIGHT UP THE WORLD PURPLE, Face Book Page @ Horses Help Kids – Light Up The World Purple! THE PADDOCK ANNUAL SALE, Vernon BC, 1-866-703-1133, e-mail MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria, Kristina Millar 250 589 5981, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne (Friday night demo) St. Andrews, MB, Francine 204-771-5335 or FREEYSTYLE DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Karen Robinson, Apple Flats Farm, Lake Country BC, Deborah DE-SPOOKING & EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Langlee Acres, Langley BC, Kerri 604-813-9186 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250 245 2829,


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BRANDON, MB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Chloe Wangler 250 720 6658, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Field Horsemanship Centre, Abbotsford BC 1-888-533-4353, FUN DAY (open to all), 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, or Cindy 250-547-9277 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Intensive Horse training clinic, Princeton, Marion Weisskopff, THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, JIM ANDERSON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kelowna BC, contact Wanda, or cell 250-718-0500 MISSION HORSE CLUB Spooktacular Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,,

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

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THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15 EQUINE HEALTH Tired of tying & un-tying knots?


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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14 BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15 BOOTMAKERS

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JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 8/15 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 7/15


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


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RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 5/15 SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, 7/15 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 KICKINGHORSESADDLERY.COM (McBride BC) 250-968-4346 Custom Handmade, Quality Built Saddles & Tack & Repairs 3/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY Y (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS WORK, CASUAL AND FORMAL ATTIRE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. PLUS HORSE TACK AND SADDLES. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry Come explore Hometown Hospitality at 4924-51 Avenue, High Prairie, AB Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri, Sat. 9:30 – 5:00. Two blocks south of main street. ~ See us on Facebook Owner Teresa Gale Yanishewski ~ 780-523-3800 5/15

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BAREFOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 8/15 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food 66 • Saddle Up • October 2014



PAINTED HORSE TACK & SUPPLIES (Grand Forks) 250-442-7706. West/Eng Saddles & Tack, West. Show Attire, Fashion & large selection of consignments. 4/15 ROCKY CREEK HILL (BC) 855-295-8825, Treeless Saddles, Bitless Bridles & more, Worldwide Shipping, 8/15 TACKINTHEBOX.CA (Manitoba) 1-866-882-3712 10/14 Exclusive lines for Exclusive Horse People! On-line sales too!

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

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

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


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

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


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CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 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 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 4/15 ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


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

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LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 67

Rural Roots

5 ACRES IN SUNNY SHUSWAP Incredible 5 acre parcel that has been transformed from a mere treed lot into an amazing property for you and your horses. Cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with many updates. Completely fenced with a 60’ training size round pen, as well as a fantastic 120’ x 65’ riding arena. Tack storage, new hay shed and a calming creek running through. Looking for an awesome year round property in the Shuswap to enjoy with family/friends where they can bring their RV? Only 20 minutes to Chase or to boat launch for Shuswap Lake, 45 minutes to Salmon Arm. $299,500 MLS® 10085244 DONNA SMITH-BRADLEY - REALTOR® OFFICE: 250-955-0307 EXT.206 OR CELL: 250-819-0551 CENTURY 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd. (Scotch Creek BC)

LOOKS AWESOME FROM ABOVE! Spectacular setting! Bright, skillfully crafted fir log home and buildings on 18+ acres with a view to match. Tulikivi stove. 1,200 sq. ft. suite above shop, plus a 1 bedroom cottage with sauna. Shelters, riding rings, waterers. $974,000 MLS ® MacDonald Road, Armstrong BC MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon BC E-mail

CARIBOO PARADISE FOR HORSES AND THEIR OWNERS! South-facing 18 acres at end of cul-de-sac close to beautiful Canim Lake. Park-like, sunny setting; fully fenced and x-fenced; 90’x180’ training ring; round pen; 36’ x 30’ barn w/hydro and water, 4 box stalls and hay storage. 16’x32’ detached garage. Character home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, w/open living concept. Vaulted ceiling w/log and wood accents gives you this warm country feeling. Wrap-around deck to watch those horses in the field or riding ring. On city water. Only 25 min. from 100 Mile House. Come and have a look before it’s gone! $375,000 MLS N 235807 7220 Summit Road, 100 Mile House BC FRANK URBSCHAT 250-395-0272 1-800-663-8426 Royal Lepage 100 Mile Realty

18.95 ACRES OF PICTURESQUE LAND Custom built 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath + office 3,000+ sq. ft. log home. Gorgeous views of Spallumcheen Valley and Armstrong’s rural countryside. The best of both worlds with the privacy of an acreage and located right on the edge of town. First time on the market in over 30 years. 42’ x 23’ heated shop, 42’ x 32’ large storage shed for equipment, RV parking or hay. Some merchantable timber. Small gravel pit at back. Artesian well provides drinking water. Not in the ALR. $889,000 MLS® 10082114 4171 Swanson Mountain Road Armstrong BC

157 ACRES OF SERENE COUNTRYSIDE Minutes from Adams, Forest and Johnson Lake, there is no shortage of recreation or scenic views. 2,335 sq. ft. rancher, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths built in 2005. Open concept & 9’ ceilings, hot water in-floor heat. Wood-burning boiler heats house and 36’ x 40’ shop. Round pen, hay barn and another building for stalling horses. Produces great crops with an abundance of water from 2 creeks (with water licenses). Current owners get 50-55 ton of hay off the 20 acre hay field without fertilizing. 18 acres of pasture land suitable for grazing. RV spot with power, water and septic hookup. $749,000 MLS® 122230 961 Agate Bay Road Louis Creek BC

22.24 ACRES 2 MINS TO DOWNTOWN ARMSTRONG Beautiful renovated country style rancher. 3 bed, 2 full bath, wood fireplace, appliances included, hot tub. 4 covered parking spaces, 16’ x 27’ office/shop or garage. Roughly 8 acres of hay, all sub-irrigated, produces 1-2 crops. 10 acres behind house currently pasture, could be hayed. 55’ round pen, 80’ x 160’ outdoor arena. 3 heated double waterbowls service 6 paddocks. 48’ x 34’ hay shed with two 15’x15’ foaling stalls, tack room. Garden, dog run, 8 loafing sheds. 220 power. Subdivision potential. Too many extras to name! $739,000 MLS® 10086799 2620 Otter Lake Road Armstrong BC

RUSSELL ARMSTRONG, REALTOR 778-930-0115 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

RUSSELL ARMSTRONG, REALTOR 778-930-0115 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

RUSSELL ARMSTRONG, REALTOR 778-930-0115 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC


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10.04 ACRES IN COLDSTREAM BC This 4 bed, 3 bath, executive style home has it all! There is a barn, tack room, hay storage, and cross-fenced pasture for your horses! From all 10.04 acres there are beautiful mountain and valley views. The open, multi-level floor plan makes this home perfect for your family to relax and for entertaining guests. This property is not short on parking either; three overhead doors make it easy to store all of your toys. This is a MUST SEE! $824,800 MLS ® 10086640/10086642 6651 Buchanan Road, Coldstream BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 E-mail


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MISTY MEADOWS FARM Located in Pritchard, 35 km on TCH east of Kamloops BC. 22.5 acre Equestrian Property with Architect designed 3 bed, 2 full bath, 2,400 sq. ft. home. Immaculate condition with continuous updating. 4 stall barn with hay loft, water and electricity. Fenced 70 x 180 sand riding ring, and 6 fenced pastures. First domestic and irrigation rights on Desmond Brook. Full landscaped yard. Move in ready! $688,000 Info and a Photo Tour are available at Or contact 250-577-3305, e-mail 10/14


40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm 12/14

7 YR OLD TENNESSEE WALKER MARE Registered, beautiful, big boned, and 15.2HH. Well started to saddle and ready to be trained for any discipline. “Luna” has a ‘can do’ personality. She will try whatever you ask of her. Three lovely smooth ground covering gaits and a sliding stop! No vices, always sound, a sensible kind horse looking for her forever home. $2,500 250-545-0158 (Vernon BC) E-mail

14 YR OLD DRAFT HORSE CROSS MARE Stands 15.1HH. “Duchess” will take the whole family for a ride - one at a time or all at once!! This big mare can carry a lot of weight and she loves to go to work. In a fenced area she is safe for anyone, she stands good to be mounted and will take care of children. Put a bridle in her mouth and she transforms into a fancy moving girl, ready to work all day long. Excellent on trails, sure footed and sound. A great family horse, quiet with the kids and good ground covering gaits for the adults. $2,500. Delivery can be arranged. 250-545-0158 (Vernon BC) E-mail


COUNTRY RETREAT CLOSE TO SHUSWAP LAKE This pastoral picture-book setting on 69 acres provides secluded privacy with the convenience of urban centres close by. The charming 1,500 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is complimented by a completely self-contained guest house, ideal for visiting family and friends. Property is partially fenced and x-fenced with paddocks and a hay barn. The acreage shows a pleasing balance of mature forest and cleared pasture with Chase Creek meandering through. It borders crown land and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy well-maintained horseback riding/hiking/snowshoeing trails leaving right from the backyard. $615,000 Please call 250-679-2702 (Shuswap BC) or e-mail for more information.


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12 YR OLD DUTCH WARMBLOOD CROSS GELDING By Odilon, stands 15.2HH. “Easy” is a big solid boy, with beautiful conformation and a mind to match. He loves his rider, he listens very well and has a soft mouth. Easy is trained for dressage and has been started over jumps. He is calm on trail rides and will pony young horses. He waits at the gate for attention and is the most loved horse in the barn. $4,000 250-545-0158 (Vernon BC) E-mail

TRINKETS SUE IMAGE “Ginny” is a 16-year-old registered QH mare. She is 15.3HH with solid build and good conformation. She is an excellent trail horse, crosses water, not spooky and has smooth gaits. Easy to handle, good with the farrier, loads easy. $2,000 250-558-6928 (Vernon BC)

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Stallions & Breeders Year-round listings start at only $195. p/year. (12 issues) KEEP YOUR NAME, PEDIGREE AND WEBSITE OUT THERE FOR ALL TO SEE. APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 12/14 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 5/15 ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 • JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 70 • Saddle Up • October 2014

SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14

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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

250-567-8590 2013 Charmac Yukon 3 HORSE (used 4 times) 7’ tall x 7’ wide, 4’ dressing room, rear tack. $19,900. 10509 Snell Road West, Vanderhoof BC 10/14

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HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 11/14

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