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Features Cavalia PNE Battle of the Breeds Mane Event Alberta Wish Ride The Tevis Cup Trainer of Champions Wither Clearance Equine Coaches Horse Protection Society of BC Training with Dana Hokana Clicker Training Spruce Meadows “Master”

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he whirlwind month of September has passed… whew! Fall Fairs – aren’t they great? Saddle Up was able to attend many events this past month, locally, as well as in Alberta (that was one loooong weekend of driving). We attended the Dressage Festival in Red Deer and Cavalia in Edmonton; on the same weekend – see show reports in this issue. Cavalia? Can’t say enough… see the write-up! I’ve had numerous companies requesting ‘email blasts’ to my (e)mailing list – but, I Nancy at Dressage Festival Gala personally don’t believe in them (am I old Evening in Red Deer fashioned? Don’t answer that). I believe your email address is private to Saddle Up only and I do not want to bombard you with unrelated Saddle Up news. Just my opinion. Next up is The Mane Event in Chilliwack which I always look forward to. This year they (finally) have a FEMALE trainer for ‘The Challenge’ – wouldn’t that be nice if…. I won’t say it. May the best ‘trainer’ (and horse) win. It’s always a great weekend! Horse Council BC has their Annual Equine Education Conference and Awards Banquet coming up January 19-20 in Kamloops. See their news on page 53 for more info and EARLY BIRD ticket discounts. Don’t miss out! We’ll be there too.

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Dear Editor letters… to be difficult and the right thing (not eating) to be easy. Adding n behalf of The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club I would to the pressure or discomfort when a horse (or child) doesn’t like to thank you for the articles that appear in this very understand what you are asking is a surefire recipe for an enjoyable magazine. There is something for everyone unconfident or even confrontational horse (or child!). and our ‘long eared’ friends are included. Whether you are In my experience with clinicians such as Buck Brannaman trying to guess the “What’s This?” part, to all the clubs news, it and Parelli Professional Fawn Anderson, properly making the is very informative. Keep up the good work of the “Saddle Up” wrong thing difficult doesn’t escalate – if the horse is trying magazine. to find the answer. It only escalates if the horse is tuning us - Yours truly, Bob Leggette (President), out. We always start as small and light as possible and then do The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club what we need to do to get their attention. We then let them try by not escalating the pressure when they are trying to search for the answer. Even if the horse gets the wrong answer, we (The following letter is in response to Barbra Ann King’s article, don’t mash on the horse and increase the pressure – we simply Relationship Riding, Part 2, in the September issue) continue to ask at whatever level it takes to cause the horse to care enough about what we are asking to be looking for the Hello Barbara: answer. Eventually they try something approaching the ‘right found your article on True Equine Leadership vs. Dominant answer’ and it may not hold for long at first, just as you describe Leadership very interesting. I agree with so much of it. I in not allowing a horse to eat in your presence. You just start completely agree that the lead horse is the one in control of your “stimulus” – for lack of a better term - over again, without the food – and it makes all my ‘training’ sessions with my horse emotion, with patience and persistence and before you know it, much better because I am aware of that. It’s much easier to lead a the horse will realize that you don’t cause them any discomfort if horse who is already looking to you as the leader! they don’t eat – so the eating stops – the added bonus is that they The point that caused me to write was your example of the now view you as the leader. It is the same with anything you’re ‘wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy’. The interesting trying to teach the horse to do on your terms (they can already thing was that your description of the method to cause your do everything we want them to; they may just not understand horse to look at you as the leader by not allowing them to eat what we are asking them to do. We take them to a place where was exactly what I would think of as making the wrong thing they’re paying attention to us and what we are asking and they difficult and the right thing easy. Just doing enough by slapping start to look for where the comfort (answer) is. But we don’t push your leg or stomping your foot to cause the wrong thing (eating) them over the edge into unconfident, or worse, to “fight or flight” by adding pressure where it’s not required. I can see why you might have thought BEAUTIFUL OCEAN VIEW PROPERTY ON 5 ACRES OF RICH FARM LAND that blowing a horse up was the “understood” Ideal location - Only 36 kms from downtown Vancouver! use of the method – because I have seen many so called “clinicians” push horses past where they can be confident learners or blow horses up in a way that must seem like an attack to the horse and call it “making the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy.” They are creating reactive horses rather than willing, responsive ones and surely 3,550 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 3 bath Rancher with adjoining 1 bedroom Guest Suite, 3 car Garage, 4 stall Barn, Paddocks, Loafing Sheds and Pasture. Easy access to nature trails, parkland and the Bay. aren’t doing the study of good horsemanship 5159 Station Road, Surrey BC any favours. For more Photos and Virtual Tour please go to our website or online at MLS®#F1128781 - Regards, Heather Farrell, Nelson, BC “NEW PRICE!” $1,399,900.



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Dear Editor, cont’d Dear Editor: his is a letter to the editor that resulted from our business attending the Interlakes Rodeo on August 4th, 2012. We applied to be a vendor at the Rodeo as we have a full range of western products including saddles, tack, western wear, western jewellery, western hats, Texas longhorns, skulls, western rugs, and some cowboy boots. We were very happy to receive a response that we were welcome to come and set up at the rodeo grounds and sell our products. We are located in Armstrong and drove the three hours to the Rodeo grounds setting up our vendor operation for the opening of the Rodeo. The Chairman of the Rodeo and a volunteer came by to tell us what a great variety of products we had and to welcome us to their event. We had previously paid for advertising in the 100 Mile Free Press to let people in the region know that we were coming to their Rodeo. Sales were brisk until 2 p.m. on the Saturday when we were approached by the volunteer that the Board of Directors had a problem. Another vendor selling hats had complained that he should have the exclusive sales for hats and we should not be able to sell hats at the event. We reminded the volunteer that we had their permission to sell all of our wares, we had paid the fees, and we paid the advertising for our attendance and did not wish to stop the sales of our hats which were selling very well. At 4 p.m. the Chairman of the Rodeo Board approached us and told us that we must put all of our hats away as it conflicted with the other vendor’s sales. The other vendor had not sponsored an event so we did not understand why he would be given preference for his sales. There was another saddle and tack sales vendor who had no concerns with our attendance but the hat vendor was given special status. We argued that we had spent several hundred dollars in advertising, fuel to travel the 250 kilometers, and entry fees just to be asked to put away our product. We determined that there was no point in staying for the few sales that we would make outside of our hats, loaded all of our products, and headed home. We are very disappointed in this treatment as we have been in business for 50 years and in all that time we have never been treated in this way. We believe a written apology and an offer of paying back all of our expenses would be very appropriate in the circumstance, however, there has been no offer of such and our phone calls are not returned. - Yours truly, Denise Dalziel and Dick Veldhuis, Grand Saddlery, Armstrong, BC


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hank you to Normand Latourelle (Founder and Artistic Director) for creating one incredible show! I’ve said this to many, “If you miss it – you will regret it!” Everyone (horsey or not) should see this show. Cheryle Hickman of Rein-Beau Images and I were able to attend their Edmonton venue. We were offered the “Rendezvous” package, including tasty delights and refreshments and great seats! What an unforgettable experience! What impressed me most of the show, on top of the tremendous horsemanship skills and athletic acrobatics, were all the ‘visuals’ including the backdrops, lighting, and facial expressions of the artists reflecting their individuality to the audience. What an amazing group! After the show Cavalia’s publicist, Eric Paquette, took us backstage to the horses ‘quarters’ where we met one of the artists, Katie Cox from Florida, who has been with the show for 3 years. She rides Emilio, an 18.1HH, 9-year-old Percheron gelding (1 ½ years with Cavalia). Thank you both for a wonderful experience! I could go on and on… but would rather you read other comments and see some photos. AWESOME, UNBELIEVABLE… The performance had me on the edge of my seat from Start to Finish. It’s difficult to put into words the beauty of watching the horses and the performers! – Cecile, Legal, AB Fantastic intimacy for non-horsey people. – Carol, Sherwood Park, AB Loved the creativity and originality. – Heater, Edmonton, AB Breathtaking, awesome and spectacular. Barb, Edmonton, AB You don’t have to love horses to love this show. – Rick, Edmonton, AB Absolutely outstanding beyond words. – Bev Spurr, Prince George, BC Absolutely fantastic – it’s amazing! – Lisa, Edmonton, AB It exceeds the hype! – Chuck, Edmonton, AB Phenominal! – Marianne, Edmonton, AB Spectacular. I can’t imagine the amount of training. – Christy, Stettler, AB 8 • Saddle Up • October 2012

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PNE 2012 Battle of the Breeds By Kelly Allen


he Pacific National Exhibition’s (PNE) “Battle of the Breeds� event started in 2010 for their 100th Anniversary. It has taken a few years to get off the ground but it is finally the talk of the

town. The event takes place over three days. Each team must have two different horses ride in each event. The events are Barrels, Dressage, Jumping, Gamblers Choice and the Trail class - you never know what scary things may be in this class. On August 28 it started with the Dressage class with eight teams competing this year - almost double the number from the first and second years. Teams returning again this year were Quarter Horse, Paint, Clydesdale and Standardbred; new teams were Thoroughbred, Welsh Pony, Warmblood and Tennessee Walker. All the teams had great Dressage tests, and at the end of the first day Team Thoroughbred took the lead, with the Clydesdales in second, Team Quarter Horse in third and Team Welsh Pony in fourth place. On the 29th was Trail class. There were some spooky elements: a life-size black and white cow with big pink nostrils and crossed eyes, a wooden apple tree complete with wooden apples and a pink piggy in front of the bale of hay that the horse had to get over. Even some of the seasoned trail horses had trouble getting around. In the end, it was a Paint horse that achieved the highest score of the day, but Team Tennessee Walker took the team high score for this event, with the Thoroughbreds in second, Team Paint in third and the Quarter Horses in fourth place. On the last day of competition, there were two events and the closing ceremonies. At noon, the first horse to go into the Jumping ring was for the Warmblood team - a gelding called “Drop Dead Fred,� ridden by Ashley Parker. They galloped around, going over as many jumps as possible to get over 1100 points. Team Paint took top spot in the They decided to take the joker Jumping phase; pictured here is fence and cleared it, putting them Brandie Thom and Paint stallion, The Huntsman in the lead with over 1300 points. Team after team came in trying to

Team Champions: Lataya Prato, Megan Daly, Amanda Daly and Haley Stradling of Team Quarter Horse, with Team leader Leslie Wallas standing on the far right

get close to Ashley’s score, but the joker fence dropped every time. The Clydesdale team’s first rider was Kendall Mae Campbell on her horse “Izzy.� They did very well - just a couple of rails down - but Izzy jumped fast and scored over 800 points. The next high score came from Team Paint with Ron Stolp riding his gelding, “Winddancers Cimaron.� Ron scored over 1000 points and was right behind Ashley. Haley Stradling and her 20-year-old Quarter Horse Lizard jumped around for high scores, but lost 200 points on the joker fence. Amanda Daley riding “He is Dynamic� also lost points to the joker. The Standardbreds had the crowds cheering as they only had two horses on their team, so both horses had to do all four events. Jordanne Aikins, with the horse she received from the Make a Wish Foundation, “Princess Zahara,� stole the hearts of everyone in the crowd. Jordanne spends 10 hours per day on a kidney dialysis machine and there she was jumping around the ring on her horse. Way to go Jordanne! Team Paint rider Brandie Thom with the 8-year-old Paint stallion, “The Huntsman,� took almost every fence to gain a score of 940 points; they did not attempt the joker (smart choice) which put Team Paint in the lead, ahead of Team Warmblood. The very last horse to go was “Tehya,� ridden by Kathrine Kowalik for the Tennessee Walker team. They flowed around getting almost every fence, but didn’t make the joker and so lost the 200 points. What an exciting afternoon of jumping! Once all the scores were tallied, it was a three-way tie for first place


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Early Opening for the 9th Annual Mane Event By Gail Barker


to Heritage Park in Chilliwack, October 19-21, with some interesting changes this year. Firstly, the expo will open at 9:00am on Friday to offer attendees a full day of equine education and entertainment. Next, there are two truly international trainers from Australia at this year’s event - Dan James and Dan Steers. Also, the first woman competitor in the Trainers Challenge is appearing this year Wylene Wilson. Wylene Wilson starts colts, works with problem horses and helps people of all skill levels achieve things with horses they never imagined. Raised on her family’s farm in Mesa, AZ, Wylene is consistently a top competitor in “Extreme� competitions, with eight Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions, two overall championships, and several of Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy races under her belt. Wylene has been involved in several fi lm projects and publications, including a recent feature in Western Horseman’s (May 2012) breakthrough article on laying horses down, a technique used in the process of safely training and starting colts and problem horses. She also teamed up with Al Dunning on the DVD, “Taming a Wild Mustang.� Wylene will be competing against two very competent professionals, Kyle Mills and Dan Steers. Kyle Mills was born in Price, Utah, and moved to Canada in 1989 with his family to fulfi ll their dream of training horses. Kyle spent his teenage years involved with 4-H and high school rodeo. After school, he moved back to Utah where he went to college and competed in college rodeo team roping.

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Making a Horse Look Beautiful, From the Inside Out By Barbra Ann King

When I was a young girl, my father used to say to me, “Beauty is only skin deep.” I wasn’t sure what he meant at the time, but he sure repeated it often. As I grew up, I slowly started understanding what that meant.


believe this applies to horses, too. In my rehabilitation program, I work with horses that have been “damaged” on a physical as well as mental and emotional level. As I earn their trust and help them have stronger self-esteem and confidence, I notice changes in their physical appearances. Over time, they look prettier, more expressive and happier. One horse in particular was quite old and her body showed all the signs of aging: sway back, hollow eyes and lethargic. Her mouth was a hard line with tight lips and her

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eyes were mean. She was owned by a young girl that simply adored her but rarely came out to see her and when she did, it was always for a very short period of time. As the visits grew fewer, I watched the old mare isolate herself from the herd. My family and I started caring for her as one of our own. We told her that we loved her and appreciated her horse wisdom around the other horses. We groomed her and gave her treats. Within a short period of time, she held her head a little higher, she welcomed the petting and treats we had for her. Her facial expression started changing until one day, we saw her as a beautiful horse, warts and all! Competitive riders always try to make their horses look beautiful. They wash, comb and braid their horses for hours before a competition. Their tack is spotless as is their outfit. They ask for big movement, bouncy steps, and long strides from their horses while they are forced in unnatural collection. These riders spend many, many hours training their horses to impress the judges in the show ring, thus earning points and admiring looks from the public. No matter how much time you spend and no matter how extraordinary


Making a Horse Look Beautiful, cont’d the trainer is, you cannot force a horse to show his inner beauty. I was recently observing one of my students compete in a horsemanship competition. All the horses were obeying their riders and going through the motions as told, but not a single one seemed happy. Their heads were tied down, they had bits that were way too severe for the inexperienced hands holding the reins and the heavy western saddles they were wearing prevented them from having full shoulder extensions and movement. They all had expressions on their faces that showed resignation, unhappiness or total boredom. These horses knew the drill and could have done just as well with a sack of potatoes on their backs, all except for the horse my student was riding. Her mare was unable to be ridden for the horsemanship event. Instead of withdrawing from the competition, the student borrowed a trail horse from a friend that works on a dude


ranch. The horse came with a very severe curb bit and because there was no time to try her in a bitless bridle, my young friend decided to leave the bit and ride using the Relationship Riding method. As the competition went along, we witnessed this mare change before our eyes. Everyone around us in the stands noticed it too. She was ridden in a treeless saddle by a grateful rider that appreciated her every effort. No one believed that this horse and rider had only known each other for one hour! I’m sure that the fact that the horse was not ridden by a rider yanking on her mouth and kicking her flanks made a difference. Also the fact that she was being respected and not dominated made this mare want to follow the only leader there for her. The one thing my student did have time to do before the competition was establish True Equine Leadership, as taught in the Relationship Riding method. As spectators, we were

privileged to witness a beautiful partnership develop. Do you tell your horse that he is beautiful, that you love him and that you miss him? Do you ask permission before getting on his back? They do understand and hear us; all we need to do is speak up. Enjoy the journey! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website (See Relationship Riding Academy’s listing in Saddles Up’s Business Services under “Trainers”) • 15

Alberta Wish Ride Reaches Fundraising Milestone On September 16th The Alberta Wish Ride presented a cheque to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada for $44,000 representing the combined fundraising of two recent events.


his was the first time two events have been held under the banner of the Alberta Wish Ride. August 18th saw riders participate in the ride at Kananaskis which was the fourth edition of the ride. An inaugural second ride was staged September 8th out of the historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills. The donation to the Wish Foundation from the two rides puts the Alberta Wish Ride well over the $100,000 mark in just four years, an accomplishment which thrills ride co-founder Irene White. “I’m awed by what we’ve been able to accomplish in four years,” White said. “We took a simple idea and with a lot of hard work by a number of people and the support from businesses and the community, we’ve been able to make significant differences in the lives of Alberta children and their families.” White said it was the efforts of the volunteers and all the riders who collected pledges which made this accomplishment possible.

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The ride was supported this year with significant contributions from Pengrowth Energy, the Scotiabank Gamechangers program and King George Masonic Lodge. The ride also ran a raffle with the top prize being two tickets donated by WestJet. White was recognized as a Regional Gamechanger by Scotiabank and the CFL for her role in starting and running the Alberta Wish Ride and was also featured by Global TV in their Women of Vision program. The Wish Ride concept was started in Winnipeg 25 years ago; then spread through B.C. starting about 17 years ago by White’s father, Walter White. Irene brought the event to Alberta in 2009. 2012 marked the first time two rides were held in Alberta and work has already started on planning rides for 2013 with a group expressing interest in hosting a third event. Established in 1984, Children’s Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfi lling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, Children’s Wish has granted more than 18,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfi ls approximately 1000 wishes annually - granting nearly three wishes every day - each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child. The foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child. For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact: Irene White,, 403.366.8199 or 403.607.6108 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Okanagan Breeder Tops at the Tevis Cup By Shannon Ford


kanagan Falls breeder and veterinarian Dr. David Ward received word in mid-August that two of the four top Tevis Cup horses were produced (sired by or foaled by) from his Fairview line of CMK Arabians. Dr. Ward began his breeding career in 1972, and has concentrated on the ideal CMK Arabian horse. Dr. Ward credits the insight of the breeders that came before him for his success. The horses of Fairview Arabian Stud have contributed to breeding programs around the world, most recently in Australia and South Africa. The Tevis Cup is an internationally known horse endurance race which takes place annually in Auburn, CA. The Tevis is considered to be the toughest endurance race in North America. The ride is 100 miles and must be completed within 24 hours. This is a challenging test of the human/ equine team. This year, only 98 horses completed the race. In order to participate in an endurance race, it is not enough just to be the fastest. The horses are inspected at regular intervals to gauge their level of fitness and soundness. Veterinarians rigorously check each horse’s pulse, respiration, and movement and even listen to gut sounds to see if a horse should be withdrawn from the race or continue. To have two of the top four horses being produced by Fairview Arabian stock, certainly speaks to the quality of the bloodline, and to the success of the individuals being produced in the breeding program that are now out there competing in various disciplines. Ward says, “I am thrilled with the recent results of these two horses and their riders… WELL DONE!” and “It is very rewarding to see horses out there doing it that have Fairview-bred horses in their pedigree. It certainly makes all the past years of hard work worthwhile.” The breeder of one of the top four Tevis Cup horses is equine photographer Donna Dean, who bred a stallion from the Fairview Arabian Stud with her Arabian mare to produce “Auli Farwa” (Far). Donna credits the strength of the Fairview line with the quality of her horses, and she credits the knowledge and dedication of Far’s owner, Kevin Myers, in seeing the potential of the horse and for helping the horse achieve such a level of fitness and ability to compete at this level. Kevin Myers, owner and rider of Auli Farwa, says, “I have long been in awe of Dr. Ward’s breeding program. Far now has 44 starts and 44 completions, including nine 100-mile events. His perfect record speaks for itself, but what makes this horse even more exceptional is his love of people and his love of the journey. He is the benchmark - the ultimate horse.” When Canadian horses go big like this, many are to credit. But it has to start with the horse. The CMK Arabian has a heritage based on the breeding programs of three major breeders Crabbet, Maynesboro, and Kellogg - all of whom were dedicated breeders striving for specific qualities in the purebred Arabian horse. CMK Arabians excel at endurance, trail, sport horse events, pleasure riding and as companion horses. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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This article will be the final installment in the series of riding correct competitive horsemanship patterns. I could probably write thirty or more installments, but it is time to wrap up this series and get going with additional interesting topics that I have in store.


may have left out some issues that affect riders occasionally, but if you review the installments from time to time, I am sure that it will help with the basic issues that you need to be aware of to improve your scores and success in the arena. All of the previous installments can be found on my website, listed below. As I have mentioned in earlier installments, most of the ideas that I have written about have come to me as a coach, trainer and judge. Over the last few weeks, I have judged some major shows across the United States and International Championship competitions. I seem to see the same mistakes from a majority of the competitors. As your horsemanship skills improve, you will advance to tougher competition and be asked for more by the judges. It is time to step up and show off your

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skills. The patterns will become tougher to ride, as the judges will need to ramp up the difficulty in the patterns to match the competition. It is the only way that judges can separate the riders and find the true winners. I usually ask for numerous maneuvers in the advanced classes, such as counter canters, loping and trotting square corners and putting in a flying lead change or two in the patterns. Spins, turns, and rollbacks will also be found in the majority of the patterns. You must be prepared to drop your stirrups and be able to do an extended trot in both the pattern portion, as well as in the rail work. With this being said, it will be important to work on all of these maneuvers on a daily basis. If you push yourself at home, you will find success at the horse shows. Making these maneuvers happen with one hand while keeping your hand in the “box,” as I have described in earlier issues, will be the issue for most everyone. While keeping everything under control, your sight must be forward with your head kept still. Try to keep your eyes looking at a location up to fift y feet in front of you and keep the peripheral vision working at all times. Looking down is obviously wrong, but so is looking so high beyond the field of vision, that you lose hand and eye contact with your horse. Developing feel as well as sight is a skill that will enhance your performance. Keeping your reins even and feeling your horse’s mouth to make sure that your reins are even take time to develop, but are easily recognized by judges. Turning or rotating your wrist to the left or right or moving outside the box with your hand will be the first thing to make your reins uneven and drop your score due to the fact that you will lose that even rein feel, and it will show up in your pattern. Another major factor that one must keep in mind is that when a pattern asks for a 180 or 360 degree turn and then lope off on a correct lead, you must keep in mind that you might actually want to ask for less or more in your turn to get the proper body HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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position for a really correct lope off. For example, if the pattern calls for a left lead, stop, 360 turn to the right and right lead, you should actually turn a 350 or a bit less to have the shoulder in the correct position slightly to the left for the right lead. These are the little things that will enhance your performance. If you are at the cone or start position and ready to lope off, make sure to untrack your horse for a step or two to make sure that the lead departure is smooth and has an effortless look to it. I hope you have enjoyed the installments one through ten, and I look forward to sharing some more of my thoughts and ideas in articles related to helping improve your skills with your horse. The next one will be a good one, and is related to anyone that owns, rides or shows a horse at any breed or competitive level. It will be an article that is “outside the box!� To find the other installments and many other articles, visit my site at: Feel free to contact me via email at Be safe and enjoy your horse!

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Wither Clearance and Tree Angle By Mariette Klemm Wither clearance is an often misunderstood concept. All of us are concerned that our saddles have adequate wither clearance and do not pinch our horse’s withers. But few of us truly understand exactly what “wither clearance” means.


any of us learned in Pony Club that our saddle should have two to three fingers of clearance on the top of the withers. But we were never taught that there also has to be clearance on the sides of the withers. One of the reasons this is crucial is because when the horse moves, his shoulder blades rotate upwards and backwards. The saddle must have an opening (clearance) on the sides of his withers to accommodate the shoulder rotation. Ideally, we should be able to get two to three fingers of clearance on both the top and the sides of the withers. To determine adequate clearance on the sides of the withers, we measure from the point just above where the stuffing of the saddle starts. On a mutton-withered horse, however, we may get as much as four to five fingers of clearance. If there is no clearance (or space) on the side of the withers, the

horse’s movement will be restricted. It will be impossible for him to have free range of movement through his shoulders. A horse whose saddle pinches his withers may be reluctant to go forward. Other more extreme signs of insufficient wither clearance are patches of white hairs (not scattered individual white hairs) or sores on the top or on one or both sides of the withers. Pretty much everyone riding is aware that trees come in narrow, medium, or wide sizes, but did you know that those designations can refer both to the width of the tree and to the angle of the tree? If a saddle fitter tells you that your saddle is a “wide narrow,” this means that you have a saddle with a wide tree width and a narrow tree angle. It is crucial that the saddle stay behind the horse’s shoulder. If it does not, and constantly moves forward, the tree points of the saddle will drive into the horse’s shoulders, first producing a buildup of scar tissue on his scapula, and then chipping away cartilage and bone. This is irreversible long-term damage, and can lead to persistent unsoundness and the premature retirement of the horse. What does the tree angle have to do with all of this? In

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Wither Clearance, cont’d unable to move freely forward. The horse will raise his head or hollow his back, or exhibit other forms of resistance until the reflex point/ nerve becomes numb. If your horse behaves in this manner, it may be because the tree angle of your saddle is incorrect for him. It is important to understand that your horse doesn’t want to be bad, but if the saddle keeps hitting that reflex point, he almost has no choice: he cannot engage the muscles you’re asking him to engage. Mariette Klemm of The Perfect Saddle Fit would be happy to book a Saddlefit 4 LifeŽ diagnostic saddle fit evaluation for you. Mariette is also a Schleese Authorized Independent Representative, specializing in saddles for women. Please contact her at 250-538-1868 or mariette@

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Equine Coaches at CAMalot 2012 By Ken Buck, Life Coach On October 9, at the Equestrian Center of Chateau Elan in Atlanta, Georgia, there will be “Conversations Among Masters,” as there usually are every year. This year, however, there is a unique difference - some of the “masters” have four legs and four hooves!

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nce per year, the “who’s who” of the coaching profession and their guests gather at an invitationonly event to engage in the next steps in

the evolution of professional coaching. The attendees represent some of the most knowledgeable, successful, skilled, and fun coaches on the planet! The event is known as CAMalot. CAMalot is the venue for scheduled and spontaneous, highspirited “Conversations Among Masters” of the coaching world, to evoke a free interchange of new, cutting edge ideas, to provoke thought leadership, to create the space for transformational change and to “feel the stretch” the conversations create! As part of this year’s event, attendees will experience the power, personal connection and insight into their “authentic selves” through one-on-one interaction with horses! Equine Facilitated

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Equine Coaches, cont’d human relationships in business leadership, team building and in day-to-day interpersonal interaction. Horses have so much to teach us if we humans only take the time to observe and listen. As herd animals and as prey animals, they rely on each other for their very survival. Each member of the herd has an individual responsibility toward each other “Keegan” and Linda Childers and the herd as a whole. The herd is only as strong as the weakest member, which can mean life or death in times of crisis. Does this sound anything like “organized teams” you may know of or have been a part of? Virtually all communication among members of a herd of horses is non-verbal - in humans, it is about 10% verbal. Most of what humans typically rely on for survival is between their ears. There’s much more to it than only simple cerebral thinking which is demonstrated masterfully every day by equine behaviour! Horses are very suspicious of “incongruity” in the individuals comprising the herd or in the people trying to interact with them. When the body language being depicted on the outside of a person does not match the language speaking from the inside of the person, (much the same as what horses “read” from a predator), the horses sense the incongruity a mile away and leave the scene immediately if they have that option. If humans only make the effort to notice, they will find that the horses speak very loudly and very vociferously when someone is trying to “pull the wool over their eyes” in such a way. Alternatively, when there is consistency and authenticity in what a person’s body language is saying and the person’s intent, horses are among the most willing of partners and communicators! All we need to do is recognize, learn and apply their lessons. On October 9, the two and four-legged Conversations Among Masters, although mostly silent, will speak volumes about the role of horses in the evolution, power and finesse of Equine Facilitated Coaching! As a recent graduate of the in in Equine Alchemy Equine Facilitated Coaching program, I am thrilled to have been invited to take part in this groundbreaking event!


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A Bit of Horse Sense By E.J. MacDonald For a few centuries, mankind (and womankind, respectfully) has tried to establish a connection with horses. It used to revolve around roping, snubbing posts, tying them down, saddling and riding out the bucks. This was the way of the cowboy, circa the 19th century.


ow we have observed a new way of communication, one which is based on partnership rather than dominance. But like all relationships, it still has its trials and tribulations. Aside from halter classes, we are still required to show any Western-based horse, above the age of five, in a curb bit. And there is no bitless option for showing English-based horses, all riding classes requiring a bit. Many of these bits, with their implements and attachments, are quite severe. Even the gentlest loose ring snaffle, in the wrong hands, can be harsh. But who can say what discomfort each bit doles out? The recipient of that bit can. Tail swishing, head tossing, crow hopping, even bucking, rearing or bolting. Running away and evasion is a horse’s natural response to pain and discomfort. Perhaps that loose ring snaffle is causing more discomfort than we think? Now, what about horses who are cold backed, humping their back, crow hopping, bucking and even bolting when ridden?

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Perhaps that saddle doesn’t fit as well as we thought. Nothing wrong with a well-made, good quality saddle. But what about the ones made in Asia or the Middle East? They don’t seem to be crafted with a horse’s comfort in mind. And even a treeless saddle, made the wrong way, can cause insurmountable discomfort, leading the horse to resort to dangerous vices in an effort to escape the pain he is feeling. Most horses can be ridden without a bit. In my 25-plus years with horses, I have yet to encounter one who couldn’t. And it may look expensive in the tack shop, but investing in a really good saddle and a well-made saddle pad is well worth its weight in gold. Now for the performance horse, namely the racehorse. We whip him to the finish because we were told that it will make him run faster, based on his natural response to a predator attacking him. But how fast would he run if he wasn’t being touched with a whip? How well would he go if he didn’t have a bit interfering with his palate or crashing against his molars? If horses were allowed to race bitless, what would they be capable of? Perhaps a lot more. These questions may go unanswered a while longer, until one of us steps up to find out. But for now, let’s try to give our horses back the gifts they give us - the gifts of joy and freedom from discomfort. Perhaps there should be recognized bitless classes. And perhaps horses should be allowed to run bitless in races, if they prove to be able. What could it hurt? E.J. MacDonald has been active in the horse industry since 1989. Leaning towards Natural Horsemanship, E.J. is a private trainer on the “B� track for Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, offers insight to people with problem horses, and starts horses of all ages.

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Horse Protection Society of BC By Sharon Wells-Ackermans, Managing Director INTRODUCING THE P’TIT TROT PROGRAM


ids and horses, what a wonderful combination! At Horse Protection Society of BC (HPS) we believe that the more kids learn about horses the better the future will look for our equine friends. Spending time in our outdoor classroom, the barn, is a fun and healthy way for kids to learn first hand about horses, and about themselves. HPS wants their students, of all ages, to understand that horses aren’t vehicles that get parked in the garage until they are needed again. Horses have daily needs, they have feelings, and they require a huge amount of care and commitment. Horses often live into their 30’s, and during that time they need regular hoof trimming, dental work, worming; they have seasonal needs like blanketing in the rain, shelter from the elements, and they need a regular exercise program. Aside from physical demands, horses need mental stimulation, and they need to be reassured of their own safety. Endorsed by Equestrian Federations across Canada, and by Horse Council of BC, P’tit Trot is a new program for children who love horses and want to learn about riding and caring for them responsibly. The P’tit Trot book is fully illustrated and introduces children 5 and over to horse basics. Colourful drawings and the fun fi lled antics of the P’tit Trot character help children discover the “equine” ABC’s. This four level program includes a diploma for each level completed: bronze horseshoe; silver horseshoe; gold


horseshoe; platinum horseshoe. This fall HPS is incorporating the P’tit Trot program into our existing Horsemanship Program outline. In our program students come early to the barn and participate in chores like cleaning stalls and paddocks, fi lling water buckets, and lots more. Then they get their horse, groom and tack it and head into the indoor arena for a riding lesson. After riding the students untack, brush and put away their horse. Western or English, it’s all about fun! When professional services are needed, like farriers or veterinarians, we try to schedule them so that the students can be present to watch and ask questions. Also offered to students are a variety of clinics they can attend in addition to their regular lessons. Clinics include subjects like braiding, equine first aid, showing in-hand, safe trailering and tack cleaning. The Horsemanship Program offered through HPS currently services a wide variety of horse enthusiasts from age 5 to Coco teaches kids to ride and have fun too! 60+. We also offer opportunities to some special program groups. There is a long and validated history of the therapeutic benefits between people and animals. Many provincial hospitals had farms attached to them in the early 20th century, as before the era of medications the calming effect of working with animals was well-recognized. Horses have so much to offer us; they are our teachers and healers, friends and counsellors. They don’t judge, they listen and never gossip and they accept us for who Some days we just need a rest! and what we are. Horses are honest and true, and should be revered and cared for to the best of our ability. The goal of the Horse Protection Society of BC is to raise public awareness of the plight of horses, and to educate people on responsible horse care. To find out more about our programs visit our website: www. and stop by our Facebook page as well! • 25


Every horse is different, and every horse has his own individual personality. Horses also have their own individual levels of sensitivity. Some horses are dull or heavy-sided, while other horses are light-sided and extremely sensitive to your leg.


his same concept applies to their mouths. Some horses are very light in the mouth, while others are heavy and dull. If you have an older horse and he is light and sensitive or he is heavy and dull, you may never know if he started out that way or if heavy-handed or poor riders made him that way There are some horses who just have a fit if a fly is on them and then there are others who could care less, even when a lot of flies are landing on them. Watching your horse’s different reactions to things may give you a read on his natural sensitivity level, which is also affected by many environmental factors and prior handling. I will give you some tips that will lower your horse’s sensitivity level to your legs in an extremely sensitive horse and some tips that will increase your horse’s responsiveness to

your legs in a dull horse. These tips will help you to gain trust and acceptance from your horse. I often say, “You can demand obedience or overpower your horse’s will, but you won’t have his heart.” Yes, your horse needs to obey you and say “yes” to you. He needs to obey your cues, but if he has not developed acceptance to your leg and is obeying you unwillingly, you do not have your horse’s heart. My idea of having your horse’s heart means that he does his job with a willing attitude. That is a form of relationship between you and your horse. Like all relationships, this one needs to be maintained. To maintain your relationship, you need to work through the tough points. My tips will help you to do this.

Tip #1: Learn to Read Your Horse First of all, being over reactive and under reactive are both signs of disobedience and a form of refusal from your horse. Learning to read your horse is key to being a good horseman or horsewoman. Paying attention to his reaction is key. When I put my leg on my horse, how he responds tells me where we are at. There are body language signs that tell me whether he is angry or afraid, or possibly has too much energy. If he uses his tail excessively, he may be angry or irritated at my leg. If that happens, I might need to do some exercises that will develop acceptance. If he pushes or moves into my leg, that is a blatant refusal. I will then need to re-establish obedience. If he jumps or flinches off my leg, he may be afraid or just overly sensitive. I will then reinforce my cue over and over until he doesn’t make it such a big deal.

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Dana Hokana, cont’d I will also look at the amount of leg pressure and how severe of a spur I am using, as that will play a part. If he has too much energy, he may react too quickly or be too jumpy, especially if it is not his normal reaction to my leg. That will tell me that he may need to be lunged, long trotted, or loped until he is ready to settle down to business. If your horse seems to want to stop or shut down when you leg him, he may have been trained with the spur stop. The spur stop is a training technique that some people use to get their horse to slow down or stop when you put your leg on them. Many horses need to be retrained to go forward or move over off your leg rather than to shut down. Also, many horses can become angry from too much spur stop training. Horses like these need a lot of time spent “making up” to them with your leg.

Tip #2: Teach Your Horse to Say Yes to Your Leg Become mindful about your horse’s reactions, and think through the causes so that you can go to a higher level in your relationship with your horse. Do this by pulling your horse’s head to one side or the other, and then apply your leg and push his hind quarters around his front end. For example, you pull his head to the left then apply your left leg and mash or push with your leg while he moves his hip over off your leg. While you do this, carefully evaluate his response to your leg. Your goal is for him to step around off your leg and for you to drive or direct every step. If he flies around off your leg, and moves on his own without your direction or cue, then that is resistance to your leg. He is saying that your leg cue is a big deal to him and he is not okay with the pressure; he is saying “no” to you. When I do this exercise, I will keep pushing his hip around until I am in control of each step he takes. I listen for how much tail movement he has also. I HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

want him to be relatively quiet with his tail and move over off my leg and, if I stop my cue, he needs to stop moving. When he continues to move his hips after I’ve stopped my cue, it shows me that he is not waiting for me but rather thinking ahead of me. I don’t care what event you show in, “if you are driving or pushing, you are winning.” If your horse is moving ahead of you (or thinking ahead of you), you are losing. The reason why this exercise is so good is that it is diagnostic - when you pay attention, you can tell where your horse is at in response to your leg, and it offers you a way to give that leg cue over and over with a positive result, changing a negative response into a positive one. It is a form of behaviour modification; we are giving a cue and sticking to it until our horse not only responds, but responds willingly. This will really help horses that are over reactive to your leg and will help horses that don’t want to move over to lift up off your leg. It enables you to isolate the body part that is giving you trouble and work on that. If you don’t punish the whole horse, but work on the body part that says “no” to you, you will get through to your horse much more quickly.

Tip #3: Side Pass or Two-Track Your Horse Over Off Your Leg Now you will ask the horse to side pass or two-track and move over off your leg. In this exercise, you will pull your horse’s head off to the same side as you push with your leg. By pulling your horse’s head to the side, it unlocks the horse’s hindquarters, freeing them up so that when you put your leg on him, you are already winning because he is free and moving his hindquarters. You should evaluate his response to your leg as you side pass him. Use the same standard in this exercise as in the previous exercise. Does your horse accept your leg? Does continued on page 28

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Dana Hokana, cont’d your horse move over smoothly and with acceptance? Are you happy with his response to you? If I have a horse that is sticky or resistant or one that wants to suck back and stop off my leg, I will step up my pace to a trot. Two-tracking my horse sideways at the trot is wonderful because I am helping reinforce leg while sending him forward and over, thus increasing his momentum and forward movement. If you find your horse is irritated at the slow work or moving him off your leg, stepping him up to the trot and still working him off your leg can break through to a whole new acceptance of your leg. If I am asking my horse to twotrack, I want him to move his front end and hind end over evenly. I will often start at one end of the arena, and end up at the opposite diagonal corner of the arena. When I get to the opposite corner, if I find my horse lagging behind, I may stop and push his hindquarter around to reinforce that he should move over off my leg. I do this equally on both sides. I evaluate him while I do this exercise, because most horses will have more difficulty one way than the other.

By paying attention and evaluating this, you can find which way needs more work than the other. Note that, while you pull his head to the side to start the exercise, you can straighten his head as he moves over freely off of your leg.

Tip #4: Use Your Leg and Your Spur Mindfully A great horseman once told me that there are almost as many ways to use your legs as your hands. Your legs are one of your communication tools between you and your horse. How are you using your legs? I do not use my legs the same on every horse that I ride. I am mindful about how much pressure I need for each individual horse, and each individual maneuver I want to perform. But on all horses, I pay attention to my first approach with my leg. I don’t go from zero contact to a rough or abrupt contact. I approach by mashing my calf, then my lower leg, and then my spur. If I need to increase my pressure or bump my leg against my horse, I can do so because I’ve already made contact with my leg. I want to emphasize to you to pay as close attention to your cues and your leg as you

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pay to how your horse responds to you. If my horse is overly sensitive, he may react the most at my first approach with my leg. If that is the case, I will practice my first approach over and over until he accepts the pressure of my leg coming into contact with his sides. I will also pay attention to how soft I come in with my leg. I do not baby him, as I want to build acceptance to the cue, but I also want to be reasonable and respectful to his own sensitivity level. As I continue to build acceptance, I can “turn up the heat� so to speak and add more difficult maneuvers and increase the intensity of my leg cues. Another telltale sign that my leg is an issue is when I put my leg on him and I feel his legs get fast. This shows unacceptable behaviour. My goal is to push on my horse with my leg so that he takes a big soft step with his leg. This shows me that I have developed acceptance and he is saying “yes� to my cues. The investment of your time and attention to these details will be worth the effort. Remember, champions pay attention to details. Having a relationship with your horse is a satisfying feeling. For more information on becoming a better horseman, check my website for DVD selections and email me with any questions. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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ost behavioural issues I’ve encountered have all boiled down to one of three things: there was an underlying physical problem (like the saddle didn’t fit), they were feeling insecure due to a lack of sufficient leadership or they were simply exhibiting learned behaviour that they believed was desired due to miscommunication. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule when it comes to working with horses. Some cases are pretty straightforward and easy to expose and, therefore, also fairly easily remedied. For example, a good friend of mine asked me to come and see her horse who’d taken to bucking while being ridden. I watched him stand quietly for his grooming and then become quite fidgety during the saddling (Ding! The first clue that a saddle doesn’t quite fit right.) Upon further inspection we discovered that the saddle, indeed, did not fit her horse, mainly because of the asymmetry of her horse’s shoulders thanks to an injury he had endured a few months earlier. This was causing him a fair amount of discomfort during riding and he was doing his best to communicate his anticipation of pain through moving around during saddling. Since this behaviour wasn’t really bothering my friend (who assumed his moving about was just another bad habit he’d picked up since leasing him out) he was forced to turn up the volume in order to get her attention. Because the asymmetry of her horse’s shoulders won’t be a permanent 30 • Saddle Up • October 2012

problem, she chose to purchase a treeless saddle to ride in for the time being, in order to relieve the pressure on the over developed side. Like magic, the bucking stopped! He went from bucking nearly every ride to just dropping the behaviour altogether! In other cases, you’ll have to dig a little deeper. Last fall, a woman brought her little mare in for thirty days of “tune up.” Her mare, a pretty 12-year-old black Quarter Horse named Diva, was having trouble picking up her right lead canter. Eunice was planning a trip with her horse and wanted to be sure that Diva would be at her best and so she brought her to me to help them regain Diva’s lost lead. As always, before using a bunch of techniques to try to get the lead back, I suggested having Diva checked out physically. After all, there’s no point in trying to “train” a physical problem away. After her first examination it became obvious that she would not be able to pick up her right lead canter due to a number of imbalances in her shoulders and hips. So, problem solved right? We had found the root, right? Not exactly... For many people this may be as far as they dig, but for me, there was one question that just kept popping into my head. Why was Diva structurally imbalanced in the first place? Eunice had told me about an earlier accident with another horse, in which Diva was seriously injured, but she had her treated by someone she knows and trusts, and Diva had been balanced since. I continued to work on strengthening Diva’s right lead, now that she was able to use it, but although Eunice had a lovely saddle that fit Diva quite well, I just couldn’t get comfortable in it and continued to ride in my own saddle. Then one day it hit me, check the saddle! I already knew the saddle fit Diva, but why did I find such a nice saddle so uncomfortable? After a thorough inspection, I discovered that both the fleece and the padding in the seat had been compressed quite substantially on one side but not the other, tipping me ever so slightly in the saddle. Finally, I had found the root! It was actually Eunice’s weight bearing in the saddle that had contributed to the issues! This may have been something that Diva was able to compensate for before her accident but

clearly, since taking almost a year to recover from her injury, she did not yet have the strength to overcome Eunice’s imbalance. The next time Eunice came to visit and watch Diva working, I carefully explained my discovery to her. As I explained how I’d come to checking out her saddle and discovered her imbalance in her tack (without even seeing her ride) her eyes started to widen and her jaw dropped. “I have an injury right here,” she explained, rubbing her upper thigh on one leg. “I ride crooked in the saddle because I can’t stretch it out properly. I had no idea it would make that much of a difference...” To my surprise (and relief, I might add), Eunice was excited and willing to accept the role she’d played in the missing lead. She is one of those owners who is 110 percent dedicated to her horse and will gladly accept correction if it means positive things for her horse. She and Diva are an amazing pair and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them both. So, as you can see, although Diva was the one who was expressing the “training issue” it actually wasn’t a training issue at all. It was a riding issue, possibly made more critical by Diva’s earlier accident. Finding the root of the problem at hand is essential. Had we strictly corrected the imbalance without putting the time and effort into figuring out what had caused it in the first place, Diva would have lost her lead again within a month or two and Eunice would still not know what was causing the problem, making it impossible to relieve it. Unless you uncover the root cause, you will simply be treating a symptom and not actually changing anything. 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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What I believe to be a good way is to contact a local equine veterinary clinic, farrier supply, or local association (WCFA or AFA). Word of mouth through good horse people is probably the best. Often is the case that good farriers are busy and don’t need to advertise, while new ones or poorly skilled farriers do. In my business, I always tell my clients, “There is no such thing as overcommunication.” We don’t ride the horses that we shoe, so listening to a good rider can cover much on the way a horse is worked on. When you speak to a farrier and it is agreed that he/she will work on your horse, good communication is paramount. What are the expectations of the farrier? What are the expectations of the owner? Farriers that have attended a reputable post-secondary school or done an in-depth apprenticeship usually have steady work. Continuing education is a strong point to look for in a farrier. Do they attend farrier clinics regularly? Are they a member of an association? Farriers that do not like clinics or continuing education are usually afraid of it. Policy on minor malfunctions is totally up to the individual farrier. Some think that when you pay for a shoeing you pay for six weeks’ worth of shoeing. Whether a shoe comes off, or a cork hole is stripped, they just charge out costs. Others believe they are hired to do a

job to the best of their ability under the circumstances. If you get new tires on a car and drive around the block and run over a box of nails and get some flat tires, is it the responsibility of the tire shop to fi x it for free? As far as the cost goes, I know most skilled farriers charge for the time, the supplies, the travel, and the SKILL. I do not know farriers that will blindly gouge someone. The price is subject to change on the circumstances. But when I have owners call and the first thing they ask about is my price, I tell them “too much for you” or that I am booked full. If owners cannot afford five to twenty dollars more per job than a less-skilled farrier, they should not be involved in the Sport of Kings. You don’t want to work for someone who is cheap. I do not either. Fair work for a fair price. When most farriers begin, they work with many, many bad horses (myself included). However, I do not think this should be happening. Farriers are not hired to train horses, discipline, deworm, catch, or do other jobs that are asked of them other than farriery. We truly appreciate well-trained horses. Farriers should not go to work thinking they may get injured. The personality should be the same as other professionals - pleasant, reasonable, conversation-savvy, well educated in their profession. Strictness runs both ways for the farrier’s client. We are expected to do a great job, show up on time, return phone calls promptly, treat horses and owners with respect, service our work, etc. Owners are expected to have an appropriate work environment, remember appointments, discuss issues with the farrier first, not everyone else, respect the farrier and trade, etc. The WCFA has a published newsletter to members with the contact information of all members. The website is still in fledgling stage. The American Farriers Association website lists farriers from



here is usually a reason why people do not have a farrier. Here is a list of one or several issues that farriers do not deal well with: too far to travel, misbehaving or dangerous horses, owners are cheap, poor working conditions, owners do not want to be on a regular schedule, personality clash, or hoof care methodology clash. But sometimes it is just that the people have moved to a new area or they are fresh into horses and don’t know who to call.


Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy A HAPPY ENDING FOR BRUCE, THE RESCUE FOAL

Let’s review what we have done with Bruce so far. His first clicker lesson was to turn and face me. This was done by rewarding him when he looked in my direction. The reward back then was a scratch (we call them scritches) with my lunge whip handle because I couldn’t get very close to him.


y working within his comfort zone, I was soon able to have him associate people with good feelings, and very quickly I could decrease the distance between us; in short order, I was scratching him all over, much to his delight. Bruce’s next lesson was to target (touch) his nose to my hand. This hand target, and the targeting lesson in general, will have many applications in his future training. Bruce was now very curious and like most horses would reach out to sniff or touch a new object. I took advantage of this and had Bruce touch my fist at the end of my outstretched arm. He caught on quickly and would soon follow the fist. By doing this I could “lead” him to where I wanted him, position him away from me, or get him to back up - all without any “restraint” on him. Last month’s Saddle Up article dealt with combining cues. I wanted and needed Bruce to learn how to give to pressure, a

big part of any horse’s life. I taught the give to pressure lesson by putting a soft rope around his neck near the base of it. It was not tied on but had two loose ends that I gently held. I kept the pressure very light so that he didn’t feel restrained or the need to leave, and put very light pressure on to have him shift his weight toward me, which was of course followed by a click and treat. If he got stuck, or didn’t understand what I wanted, I could pair this pressure cue with a cue he already knew to help him find the right answer to this new question. This paired cue was the closed hand or fist target. I could apply light pressure and if he got stuck in his give I would present the fist target in a place that his reaching toward it would cause the weight shift and release of the “pressure” which would be followed by a click. The click ideally would occur after the shift but before the touch so he would come to associate the click with the giving to pressure.

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Clicker Training, cont’d He caught on to the giving to pressure lesson very quickly, but it was nice to have a positive cue that I could add in if he had trouble. I never went over the threshold to cause a fear reaction in him from the pressure; I wanted him to figure out the correct answer without upping the pressure. Yelling louder in a language someone doesn’t understand doesn’t help him understand any better! If he learned to give to light pressure and figured out that this was the correct answer, then there was no need to go over the threshold to cause the fear/fight/flight/panic response so commonly seen. What was next for Bruce after the giving to pressure lesson from last month? I wanted to introduce the halter and a more traditional leading scenario before he went to his new home. I first introduced the halter in much the same way as the fist target. I held it out and he got a click and treat for touching it. I then shaped the behaviour by withholding the click until he put his nose slightly into the halter and then clicked and treated. Soon he was eagerly putting his nose into the halter. From there it was an easy step to buckle it up. This was much easier than it is with most of the older rescue animals I get and this was because Bruce trusted me. I had a relationship with him in which there had never been any over-the-threshold pressure of any kind on my part. I had not pressured him to do any of these behaviours, he was free to choose. During his training, there were only positive responses from me, no punishment, no negatives. Yes, I helped him to get the right answer to the questions I was asking him by breaking the learning into smaller, “easy to get it right” steps so that he could succeed. I rewarded his try and didn’t punish him for his incorrect answers. So my next step was to pair up the fist and pressure cues if needed. Often, clicker trained horses will generalize a lesson. Clicker trained horses are encouraged to think and solve problems. Perhaps Bruce would be able to generalize his giving to pressure on his neck, to giving to pressure from the halter. If he did generalize, great! If not, I had my back up cue of the fist target. I could once again help him get the correct answer, using the fist target, without ever causing a panic or fear response. I would hold the lead rope with only the tiniest bit of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

pressure on it and he would usually figure out what direction to go to get the pressure to release. If he was having trouble, I could pair it with the fist target rather than adding more pressure. As you can imagine, it wasn’t long before he caught onto this new game and was happily following. By the time you read this, Bruce and his dam Spyder will be settled into their wonderful new home. Bruce is well on his way to being a great partner for his young new owner, a lovely young man with a gentle soul and a desire to have a great relationship with his horse. I wish them all the best. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” - Scott Adams “You can’t beat fear out of a horse. Oh, how obvious but so many people try to do it nonetheless.” - Susan Amanda Lennon Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)



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his year’s “Masters” Tournament held September 5-9 brought the world’s best show jumping athletes to Spruce Meadows once again! The momentum that started with the London Olympics continued on as contenders from across the globe arrived on the grounds. With many prestigious competitions such as the million dollar CN International and the BMO Nations’ Cup, the “Masters” Tournament proved to be the perfect venue for the sport’s premiere riders and horses. The top five all-time money winners in Spruce Meadows history were on the roster, as well as an impressive collection of riders from nations known for show jumping excellence. Fans said farewell to the beloved equine athlete Hickstead in a special ceremony on the closing day, they heard the sounds of the Band of the Grenadier Guards reverberate through Spruce Meadows’ tree lined lanes and they cheered as their heroes vied for top honours. A very warm thank you to the spectators, sponsors, media, riders, officials and volunteers who made the “Masters” Tournament so special. With so many amazing competitors in the same location at once, competition was fierce right from opening day! Clouds may have chilled the grounds on Wednesday, but familiar face Richard Spooner (USA) didn’t seem to mind as he took the Akita Drilling Cup in the International Ring’s first event. Jerome Hurel (FRA) was hot on his heels with a win in the Finning Cup. Thursday brought back the sun for Christian Ahlmann’s (GER) ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup victory, and CANA Cup winner Michael Whitaker (GBR) earned his prize in a close competition that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Friday’s Encana Cup saw Kent Farrington (USA) with his 7th FEI victory at Spruce Meadows. The evening’s ATCO Electric 6 Bar had both Robert Whitaker (GBR) and Harrie Smolders (NED) clear the massive jumps (up to 1.99 meters). Sunshine and warm temperatures brought the fans out in record numbers on Saturday to see veteran Beezie Madden (USA) capture the Suncor Energy Winning Round and Team Germany emerge triumphant in the battle for the BMO Nations’ Cup. On the final day excitement reached fever pitch. Rich Fellers (USA) started things off by taking the TELUS Cup in the morning. A more sombre event took centre stage in the International Ring, with a moving commemorative ceremony for departed show jumper Hickstead and the unveiling of a new statue honouring this legendary horse. The best and brightest stars of show jumping then proceeded to give it their all in pursuit of the coveted CN International title. After an exhilarating afternoon of top notch competition, 19 year old Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) claimed first place as this year’s CN International champion. Congratulations to Olivier and to all of our esteemed competitors! 34 • Saddle Up • October 2012

BATTLE OF THE BREEDS Team Results: 1) Appaloosa, 55 2) Morgan, 46 3) Connemara, 44 4) Canadian Pinto, 43 5) Shetland Pony, 41 6) American Saddlebred, 39 7) Paint, 37 8) Quarter Horse, 37 9) Canadian Horse, 30 10) Arabian, 23 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull 2012 Paralympic Games The Para-Dressage portion of the 2012 London Paralympics took place from August 30 to September 3. Canada was represented by Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC; Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC; Eleonore Elstone of Langley, BC, and Jody Schloss of Toronto, ON. During the first day of Team Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus. Eleonore Elstone and Zareno. competition on August 30, Barwick rode Photo by Lindsay McCall. Photo by Lindsay McCall. Off to Paris (an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Equine Canada) to a score of of the 2012 FEI Nations Cup European Promotional League. 72.095% in the Grade II Team Test, putting her in third position Out of the 52 competitors, only six put in clear rounds, and no initially. Gowanlock rode in the Grade 1B Team Test, earning a double-clears took place. Canada’s team experienced both highs score of 67.955% for an initial standing of eighth aboard Maile, and lows over the course of the competition to finish in seventh an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Barwick. position. France, Italy, and Great Britain took the top three Team competition continued on August 31, with Elstone spots, respectively. riding Franklin Posmus’ eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood Canada’s Nations’ Cup team consisted of: Jonathan Asselin gelding Zareno to a score of 66.688% in the Grade IV Team of Calgary, AB; Spruce Grove, AB’s Lisa Carlsen; Tiffany Foster Test, putting them in 10th position for the day. Schloss made her from Schomberg, ON; and Eric Lamaze, also of Schomberg. Paralympic debut in the Grade 1A Team Test, and was holding down 12th position after receiving a score of 63.882% with her Canadian Olympian Howard Finishes 11th at CCI 3* 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Inspector Rebus. Blenheim Individual competition kicked off on September 1, with both In front of a Barwick and Gowanlock securing sixth place in their respective record crowd of classes. Barwick and Off to Paris earned a score of 71.857% in the 70,000 spectators, Grade II Individual Championship, while Gowanlock received Rebecca Howard, 39.304% with Maile in the Grade 1B Individual Championship. of Salmon Arm, Elstone and Schloss took part in their Individual BC, finished in 11th Championship classes on September 2. Elstone and Zareno place at the CCI 3* achieved a score of 68.226% for seventh position in the Grade IV, Fidelity Blenheim while Schloss and Inspector Rebus took 11th place in the Grade Palace International 1A on a score of 67.700%. Horse Trials, held On September 3, Barwick took eighth place in the Grade II September 6-9 on Freestyle after receiving a score of 71.500% aboard Off to Paris. Riddle Master and Rebecca Howard. the grounds of Photo-Julie Badrick © That same day Gowanlock contested the Grade 1B Freestyle Blenheim Palace in riding Barwick’s mare Maile. The duo scored 68.800% to take Woodstock, UK. sixth place. Howard rode her 2012 Olympic partner, Riddle Master, an Canada’s final two riders took to the ring on September 4. In 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill the Grade IV Freestyle, Eleonore Elstone rode Zareno to a score Farm. Sitting in 65th place following dressage, the pair rocketed of 68.750% for 10th place. Jody Schloss earned 11th place in the up the leader board to 17th place when they posted a fault-free Grade 1A Freestyle on a final score of 66.500% with Inspector crosscountry ride. With a perfect show jumping performance on Rebus. the final day, Howard and Riddle Master climbed an additional six spots, to place 11th, and finishing on their dressage score of Canadian Show Jumping Team Earns Top 10 Finish 56.4. They were one of just three of the 90 starters to complete Canadian Show Jumping riders recently travelled to Spain the competition on their dressage score. in order to compete at the CSIO5* Gijon, held from August 29 to September 3. The prestigious competition was host to a Nations’ Cup on September 1. A total of 13 countries took part in this leg HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 35

Through A Horse’s Eyes By Luke Walker I’ve always liked to ask, “Why?” I’d like to think that if someone has some insight, they should be able to answer the question. When talking about horses, we don’t have to look far to find instruction, although it can sometimes be difficult to derive the answer to the question of “why” we should or shouldn’t do something.


hy does that particular technique work? Why won’t that work for me and my horse? It seems that often the answer simply comes back as, “Because it works.” But we horse lovers know that our equine friends are more complex than first meets the eye. They are both elegant and strong; horses can be gentle friends while at other times, they are fierce competitors. They seem to have an air about them that has inspired and influenced people through the ages. Hollywood has made a pretty penny capturing the unspoken part of a horse that we all recognize as being their “free spirit.” The story is of the illusive and majestic horse wronged by some part of domestication gone awry and the human counterpart whose vision and patience captures the attention of the horse. Classically, the story reveals these two as being the better half of each other, who come to free each other and later find their true strengths through their friendship. The story is timeless, inspiring and, actually, surprisingly realistic. It is true that horses respond with far more open willingness to those people who are less assuming or more

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accepting of circumstance. Nothing repels a horse quite like the rigidity of an over-assuming and contrived handler. Hollywood has some parts of this tale right. The unexplainable parts of the horse that radiate the wild freedom we see in them has no name in these fi lms; it is simply the unknown and undefined part of the horse that leaves us in awe. It is the same part of them that remains untouched even through training and domestication. In reality, this untouchable piece is in fact our horse’s instincts. That’s what we see guiding them through their misfortunes on screen. It is their instinctual tendencies that help them recognize and trust the unassuming person that frees them later in the movie. A horse’s instincts cannot be fooled. Nature keeps them true to acting on their inborn perspective of the world around them. However, it is possible for us to guide and direct several of the inborn instincts found naturally in them. When we appeal to a few specific instincts, their connection with us becomes like second nature to them. It is the wonder of horses. You can be sure that this same set of instincts exists in all horses. We, as handlers, can learn to better focus our horses’ attention by identifying and then appealing to several of their inborn tendencies. When done with precision and skill, the results can be truly spectacular! So, if the answer to the question why something works in training can be traced back to instincts, then the next logical question would be, “what are they?” The short answer is that a horse’s list of instincts is as long as the list of things they do in a day. How horses learn is a part of their inherent instinct; their learning styles are set from birth and are therefore, in themselves, a natural inborn instinct. The fact is that everything our horses do is to satisfy one or more of their instincts. In our “classic movie,” the horse is drawn to the main character for that person’s understanding and the horse trusts the judgment of the person through several small lessons. By the end of the movie, the horse’s reservations are almost entirely gone and the two collaborate effortlessly for the heroics seen in the climactic scenes. Again, there is at least some validity to the story, for it is true that horses rely almost solely on instinct to get them through new experiences. Then, when faced with a similar situation again, they draw mainly on their learned experience based on what worked for them the first time. This is called an imprint and is one of four categories of learning styles that horses all share. Horses are highly impressionable and adaptable, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Through A Horse’s Eyes, cont’d and tend to repeat the actions that have worked for them in past experiences. It’s why they form habits so quickly and don’t like to change old habits unless presented with a relevant reason to adopt another way of doing something. The instincts responsible for our horse’s daily actions can be divided into three main categories in addition to their four natural learning styles. Adaptability is one of our horses’ strongest instincts and has served them well through the ages. Horses adapt well to life changes in their surroundings or even diverse training programs. We can learn to better guide their natural adaptability in the training of any discipline by first learning more about what the other instincts are that drive them. Doing so leaves a more constructive imprint with them through the experience of their initial contact with us and helps form in them the long term habits we desire. Our horses will retain far more of what we want to teach them if we appeal to their four main instinctual learning styles. Horses always learn easiest what they learn naturally.

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Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo; and develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines. Luke Walker resides in Kamloops, BC.

$2000 Reward Offered From Olds College At Olds College, late at night on Saturday September 9 or early morning Sunday September 10, several stallions were purposely released into a common area by an individual or group of individuals, and a fight ensued between those stallions, resulting in the death of one and serious injury to another. This senseless act of animal cruelty represents a significant loss for the Olds College Equine Program. Olds College appreciates your support and interest and is taking all steps necessary to find out more information on the individual(s) who are responsible for this incident. The reward will be doubled from the original $1000 to $2000, thanks to a generous donation from Pengrowth Energy Corporation, a long-time supporter of the College, to anyone who can provide information that leads to the identification of the individual(s) responsible. Please contact any RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers. RCMP is currently investigating the incident.


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Bulkley Valley Exhibition Horse Show By Geri Brown


t was another exciting competition at the Trainer of the North Challenge. Kyle Mills has retained the title of Trainer of the North. Severin Pederson gave him a run for his money and came very close to Kyle with a 19 point difference over the whole weekend. Jay O’Jay was a very worthy opponent and proved himself to be a humble, entertaining trainer. The three horses, provided by Randy Ophus Performance Horses, were very well-behaved fi llies. Cookie, Lilly and Ella did not give up without some resistance but the trainers dealt with all the horses in a kind and gentle manner, which had the fi llies trusting their trainers; they willingly approached and overcame the obstacles as they were presented. Kyle, Severin and Jay all got their horses saddled and rode them through their paces with walking, trotting and loping. They went over the bridge, the tarp and the serpentine as well as dragging a log and roping off of them; stopping was not a problem nor was the trailer loading. All three trainers rode the freestyle with no bridle or halter which was a real crowd pleaser, although Jay joked that he was only doing it because the other two young guys did, and he would not be outdone. In the end, Kyle accomplished the most obstacles with the best form. Kyle went into the final with a 13 point lead and gained another 6 points in the final. The audience loved watching all the trainers and were on the edge of their seats waiting to see who would win. Everyone has their favourites and roots for the one they would like to see win. But everyone is a winner in these challenges as the audience learns some valuable tools and the trainers learn from and help each other. We consider ourselves to be very lucky to get such a high quality of trainers to come and showcase their skills to us. We try to make it worth their while by providing exceptional prizes for all three trainers. Kyle won a Reinsman saddle, tooled specifically for the 38 • Saddle Up • October 2012

Show Awards and Results HCBC Junior Sportsmanship: Shaylene Hawkins Sherry Motz Memorial Trophy Senior Sportsmanship: Geri Brown BVX Junior Sportsmanship: Bailey Meutzner Special Bravery Mention: Cailey Stronks Sportsmanship Mention: Catherine Helps Sportsmanship Mention: Betty Hopson Driving High Point: Copper Erna Chip with Rita Hiatt Jumper High Point: Impossible Fun with Lisa Hamer Junior English High Point: Kitlope with Madisyn Alexander Junior Western High Point: Kids Clu To My Heart with Kelsey Videgain Senior English High Point: Aisah with Donna Allen Senior Western High Point: Gold Bar Tristan with Bibs Dallaire Best of Show: Beau Bahars Dream with Tammy Loughran

Jay, Kyle and Severin with show organizers Geri Brown and Harley Golder.

challenge with the unique Roy Henry Vickers logo from Smithers Feed Store, and a stay at the world-famous Bear Claw Lodge on the Kispiox River; the other two trainers were presented with beautiful hand-tooled leather photo albums made by Bob McHugh from Bar None Saddles, as well as Central Mountain Air plane tickets to anywhere they fly. Thank you to all the sponsors who make this event possible. The Lighthorse division also had a busy weekend with 161 competitors vying for the prizes in equine events including Dressage, Jumping, English Flat, Western Classes, Halter, Reining, APHA, AQHA and Aphcc Classes, Gymkhana and Driving. It was a full weekend of four days and the winners of the high points are listed below. The three judges were Francis Teer from Houston, Ben Gumm from Keremeos and Barb Henderson from Kispiox. Our data entry clerk Pat Jones was kept busy for the four days with all five riding rings sometimes going all at once. We had exhibitors from all over the north and further south. Some of the classes were so big that they had to separate the pleasure classes into two groups to canter. We, the BVX Lighthorse Show, would like to thank everyone who attended and made the show a huge success. And thank you to Cindy Jeff rey (show manager), Pat Jones (data entry), Hayla Jeff rey and Geri Brown (show secretaries).

Donna Allen (“Aisah”) - Senior English High Point

Bibs Dallaire (“Gold Bar Tristan”) - Senior Western High Point

Kelsey Videgain (“Kids Clu To My Heart”) - Junior Western High Point


Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team By Sue Wolf “The horse has played a greater role in human history and progress than any other animal. Horses have taken us to the ends of the earth, enabled us to build bridges between cultures and expand civilization. It is the beauty and harmony of this ancient relationship, this meeting of horse and man, that inspires.” ~ Normand Latourelle, Artistic Director of Cavalia


ow do you make a horse dance? That’s a question, I am sure, that the audience of the Cariboo Cowgirl Drill Team has asked themselves after watching one of their performances. The horses dance with this group of committed individuals who celebrate the human-equine bond; they use the entire arena as a dance floor, performing to music at high speed, showing different formations in unique uniforms. As coach John Young says, “A lot of ladies ride, but it takes a special kind of lady to do this routine.” The obvious care and pleasure with which the riders treat their equine partners is lovely to see. Hugs, nuzzles and pats abound, and rarely do they seem to force them. It requires skill, ability, hours of work and practice to create a show like the one the ladies, their team and coach present to their audiences. Tammy Ward, the president of the Cariboo Cowgirls says, “We practice at least twice a week for two to three hours, sometimes more - lots of team work, lots of effort.” Anyone is welcome to participate in these practice meetings. Ladies from young to old can come observe, have a trial session or become a member of the team. They also perform an “electrifying” night drill called SHOT IN THE DARK (see the video archive on http:// This routine is carried out in a darkened arena where only the horses and riders are illuminated in neon lights. The effect is not only thrilling, it is SPECTACULAR! The Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team is a registered nonprofit society. This business transaction was secured by our membership to provide our community businesses, private individuals, and sponsors with professional assurance and guarantee of the Cariboo Cowgirls’ business commitment. The Cariboo Cowgirls believe that partnering with the communities of the Cariboo Region and Central Interior helps build a stronger, more connected team that everyone can enjoy, be proud HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

of and participate in. The annual rodeo in Williams Lake, their hometown, is one of approximately seven performances the team presents throughout the year. This performance is very special to them. The Cariboo Cowgirls are a huge success wherever they perform and reviews have been unanimously glowing. If you haven’t seen them and their horses dance, your time has come to be inspired. Their next performance will be on October 19 and 20 at The Mane Event in Chilliwack. If you are interested in joining, want to contact the team or just require more information, please go to or visit them on Facebook: Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team Society. • 39

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


all is definitely here and it seemed to come really quick. We did get all of our hay in, though, and had another record yield. The logging project that took place on both sides of us this summer is finished now, too, which means we can finally get our trails cleared again and marked. Highway 97 is being widened at the end of our road and we’re hoping to get enough fi ll out of the job to put in a riding arena… wouldn’t that be nice!

Ursula Johnston did a fine job with both vocals and mandolin as she backed up her husband Matt.

Cariboo Country Night, September 8 at Watch Lake, was once again an awesome event. Ernie Doyle, an annual favourite, had the near-capacity crowd singing along, clapping and stomping their feet. Leslie Ross made her first appearance at CCN this year and both her great guitar picking and her equally great voice were soaked up by everyone and really enjoyed. This year’s out-oftown guest performer was Matt Johnston, and everyone who has heard Matt before knows how he went over - he was super!

This is the first time I’ve heard his wife Ursula sing and play her mandolin, and she did a super job accompanying her husband. Horsey Ladies take note: Friday, November 16 will be the 2nd Annual Cariboo Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction. This year it will be held in the new Wildmans Family Restaurant at the Interlakes Corner. There will be a cash bar, and social hour will begin at 5:30pm with a buffet dinner following at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30 per person (includes all taxes and gratuity) and available at The Country Pedlar in the Interlakes Centre. They are looking for contributions for both the auction and for door prizes. All proceeds from the auction will be given to a local charity decided on by the Ladies in attendance. This is “a coming together of ladies involved in all segments of the world of equine.” My wife Kathy attended last year (which is amazing because she rarely attends any public functions) and she said it was a great evening, a lot of fun, and all for a good cause, to boot. For more information, or to donate, call Cheryle at 250-593-4139. Well, I hate the thought of Christmas already but it is coming close, and quickly, so you might want to mark your calendar now - Cowboy Christmas Concert, Calvary Church, Kamloops, on Thursday, December 13. Once again, Santa will be on hand for free photos. Alan Moberg will join Hugh McLennan, Jeremy Willis and Gordie West this year. There will be more

Sadie, Josie, and Frankie Thompson stopped for a ride on their way to see Miranda Lambert in Dawson Creek.

details in the November Saddle Up or you can phone 1-888-763-2221. All proceeds go to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the BCCHS Student Scholarships. Christmas will only just be over and the Spirit of the West group of cowboy cruisers (mostly people that listen to the radio show and/or just like the western

Our big horse Sky looks like she really appreciated the visit from my sister Jill from Victoria. Couldn’t resist using this photo.

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

What’s your guess? We had three sisters from Victoria book a trail ride here one day and we learned that they had spent the night before in Chevonn from Williams Lake takes a break their little itty bitty car in Boston Bar, just from the jumping circuit to enjoy a leisurely so they could be here early enough for the trail ride. ride! Now, does that show how much they wanted to ride here… or do you think it could possibly be that they had to be done early so that they could get to Dawson Creek for a Miranda Lambert concert? If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? Last month’s item belongs to Ken Huber. It’s a fire extinguisher that usually hung above the stove. It could be

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hit with something to break it, or removed from the bracket and thrown at the fire, or left as is and the heat from the fire would melt a retainer that would release a little spring-loaded hammer which would break the bottom of the glass. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Chermaine Lalonde, Tappen Bill Frohlick, Armstrong Genevieve Amy, Deka Lake Pam McGuinness, Beaver Valley Annette Schweizer, Douglas Lake Anne Carmichael, Tappen David Paton, Aldergrove Joy Gammie, 70 Mile House Hazel Isley, Barrhead, AB Donna Cadwell, Salmon Arm Don Brown, Cumberland Leo Lenglet, Chase Heidi de Wit, Sicamous Dale Stanton, Aldergrove Lori Graham, Falkland HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 41

113th Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede August 29 to September 2, 2012 – Held at Armstrong, BC Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair Photography,

Judges: Light Horse: Carolyn Dobbs; Jumper: Robi


Smallwood; Course Designer: Julia Bostock; Steward: Janet Bogaard; Announcer: Ellen Smailes; Heavy Horse: Crystal Fenton; Announcer: Mark Diblee.

$1750 IPE Mini Prix: Handy Ban Guns; Chloe Boisvert $500 Western Pleasure Stake SR: Skip To My Image; Janet Crich $500 English Pleasure Stake JR 15.2H & under: RDR Face Of An Angel; Haley Russell $500 English Pleasure Stake JR 15.3H & over: Rio Riversong; Claire Cameron $500 Open Show Hack Stake 15.2H & under: Scotch Slide; Keelly Reggelsen $500 Open Show Hack Stake 15.3H & over: Oklea Willys Landmark; Cec Watson $500 Western Pleasure Stake JR ABC 15.3H & over: Classy Times Two; Ashley West $500 Western Pleasure Stake JR ABC 15.2 H & under: RDR Face Of An Angel; Haley Russell $500 English Pleasure Stake SR 15.2H & under: Sliding Wright Smart; Amy Taylor $500 English Pleasure Stake SR 15.3H & over: Dallas; Alma Schier

HIGHLIGHTS LIGHT HORSE SUPREME OF SHOW FEMALE Champion: Midnight in Paris (AQHA); Tracey Schell Reserve: Playin the Price (APHA); Lynn Freeland

SUPREME OF SHOW MALE Champion: WF Royal Mist Kurik (Morgan); Debora Neufeld Reserve: Mantes Matthius (Welsh Cob Section A); David Mante

MINIATURES SUPREME OF SHOW MINIATURE Lombards Canadian Alacaderbra; B & J Cunningham

$1350 TRI CHALLENGE Yearling: Tarzan is Terrific (APHA); Lynn Freeland Two Year Old: Sir Energized (APHA) Wendy Price APHA HIGH POINT: RDR Face Of An Angel; Haley Russell 42 • Saddle Up • October 2012


Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede, cont’d

$500 Reining Stake JR: Party Boy Twist; Andrea Taylor $500 Reining Stake SR: Driving to HollyWood; Gus Evagelopoulos $500 Miniature Horse Pleasure Driving Stake: Chickadee Ridge High Noon; Natalie Szita $500 AOB Pleasure Driving Stake: JMF Beam Walker; Bob Watson $500 Obstacle Driving Miniature Horse: Bent First Showdown; Katie Iceton $500 Obstacle Driving (Gamblers Choice): Mantes Matthius; David Mante

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Reserve: TFC Fusiliers Spice; Canwest Clydesdales

GRAND CHAMPION GELDING Champion: Mike; Fort Steele Heritage Town Reserve: Baker; Fort Steel Heritage Town

GRAND CHAMPION STALLION Champion: Alamar LS Lincoln; Canwest Clydesdales

SMALL DRAFT HORSE SENIOR CHAMPION MARE Champion: Tammy; Ellen Hockley Reserve: Indy; Ellen Hockley

GRAND CHAMPION MARE Champion: Tammy; Ellen Hockley Reserve: Indy; Ellen Hockley



Champion: Stein; Brian Jensen Reserve: Sanbar; Brian Jensen

Champion: TFC Fusiliers Spice; Canwest Clydesdales



Champion: Bastion; Brian Jensen

Champion: Melodious Innovation; Canwest Clydesdales HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 43

2012 Parkland Dressage Festival By Sheri Bresee Photos by Rein-Beau Images


eptember 13-16 was the annual Parkland Dressage Festival. The Festival is two shows over four days: the Alberta Provincial Championships and the Western Regional Championships. The weather was amazing with warm sunny days. With 149 entries from as far away as Manitoba and Vancouver, it was a busy weekend for the five judges: Freddy Leyman FEI 4* of Belgium, Mercedes Campdera FEI 4* of Mexico, Lilo Fore FEI 4* of USA, Joan Macartney FEI 4* of Canada and Doreen Horsey EC S of Canada. The highlight of the show was, as always, the Gala Evening, sponsored by Duckering’s International Freight Services, Wealth Design Group and Ironhill Equestrian Centre. This year’s event celebrated the just-finished London Olympic

Games with high tea for the judges - wine, cheese, crisps, ale and even some Guinness all made for a fun night! The tables in the arena were full of sponsors and spectators prepared to enjoy an evening of fantastic freestyles and entertainment. The Nadeem Ayoob Memorial Award of $500 went to the top freestyle of the night, a third level freestyle performed by Janine Little and Sietske of Vernon. Also presented at the Gala was a very special award, the Irene Hill Memorial Award. Sadly, the Alberta dressage community lost Irene two years ago after her courageous battle with cancer. Irene was a long time rider, trainer and supporter of dressage in Alberta and her husband Ron Hill presented the award of $1000 on behalf of Ironhill Equestrian Centre. This award was presented to the junior rider who had the top score from the Provincials combined with a Gold show score from this year. Emily Anderson and Walando G were honoured as the recipients of the award this year. The 50/50 draw was very popular this year and the show committee was very excited to raise $707 for the Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association’s education fund. The annual Gadsby Lake Farms Team Challenge Held at Red Deer, Alberta on September 13-16, 2012 was a popular return event. Every competitor in the Provincials found themselves on a randomly Would Like To Thank Their Many Sponsors chosen team competing for a portion of $1000 in Show Sponsors: Alberta Dressage Association & Heartland Saddlery prize money. The five member winning team took home $100 each. Gala Sponsors: Duckering’s International Freight Services, Wealth Design Group Friday evening, everyone was treated to the Inc & Ironhill Equestrian Centre Alberta Dressage Association Welcome supper - a Gold Sponsors: Ambusch Security, Aspelund Ridge, Chinook Country/ADA & fabulous beef-on-a-bun dinner. Gadsby Lake Farms On Sunday morning, Aspelund Ridge was pleased to sponsor the Farewell Breakfast Silver Sponsors: Black Whiskey Ranch, Dressage Canada, Edmonton Area/ADA & Friends of Nadeem Ayoob pancakes and sausages for everyone! On Sunday, the high point rider from the Western Regional Other Sponsors: Alberta Andalusians, Alta West Group, Agnes van den Tweel, Championships was awarded a new saddle courtesy Anne Allison, Applause Dressage, Arbonne, Best Bandages, Big Rock Media, Burnt of Heartland Saddlery! Janine Little will get her Lake Stables, Burwash Vet Clinic, Communications Group, CWHBA – Alberta choice of a custom-fitted saddle valued at up to Chapter, Dark Horse Saddlery, Dentooms, Dr. & Mrs Williams, Dressage Boutique, Equi-Products, Extreme Tack, Flying F Sporthorses, Gaitpost, Greenhawk-Red Deer, Halfsteps, Helland Associates, Horsefeathers Jewellery, Key Warmbloods, Kim Penner, Kornerstone Equestrian, Leanne Peniuk, Liquor Crossing, The Mane Event, MGM Ford, Moldenhauer Enterprises, Old Bag Store, Quinn Saretsky, Saddle Up magazine, Sandman Inn-Red Deer, Sovereign Hit, Victory Tack, West Central 4-H. Thanks to these sponsors for allowing us to pay out over $15,000 in cash! We also gave away many wonderful prizes including a saddle of the winner’s choice from Heartland Saddlery. A HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to the many volunteers who make the show a success and of course to all the competitors for coming back year after year... 149 entries in 2012!

The 2012 Parkland Dressage Festival

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Parkland, cont’d $4000. Paying out over $15,000 in prize money over the four days, the show was a huge success for competitors, sponsors and the hosts, the Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association. We are looking forward to next year already! Huge thanks to the Sandman Hotel for being the home of our officials for the weekend. HIGH POINTS AND SPECIAL AWARDS FESITVAL HIGH POINT JUNIOR: Annie Coward & SRO Mojita FESTIVAL HIGH POINT AA: Suzanne LeGars & Paris MV FESTIVAL HIGH POINT O: Janine Little & Sietske FESTIVAL HIGH POINT FEI: Gillian Wright & In Flagaranti FESTIVAL HIGH POINT FEI YOUNG HORSE: Shanna MacNeill & Italo FESTIVAL HIGH POINT FEI YOUTH: Emily Anderson & Walando G IRENE HILL MEMORIAL AWARD: Emily Anderson & Walando G HEARTLAND SADDLERY WESTERN REGIONAL HIGH POINT: Janine Little & Sietske


Karen Chorney and Alvesta Brianna

Grand Champion Pony The 2012 Stars of the West Challenge Cup welcomed the largest “stars of the west” ever on August 25 at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary. Facing a field of competitors that had tripled over the 2011 finals, returning Grand Champion, Alvesta Brianna and owner Karen Chorney of Exeter Farm, Millarville, AB, continued their winning streak. Competing in one of the largest classes of the finals, Alvesta Brianna was named Champion 2-year-old, and then went on to win Reserve Grand Champion. Based on her outstanding results throughout the competition, she was awarded the North American Sportpony Registry (NASPR) High Point Grand Champion Sportpony award. This was the first time in NASPR’s 15-year history that a pony had won this award. Horsetacular Coming Up in Lumby Quarterspot Ranch in Lumby is hosting their annual “HORSETACULAR” on Sunday, October 14. All kinds of fun (and spooky) games throughout the day. Teams are HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

comprised of 4 horses/riders. Prizes for Best Team Costume and more. Must pre-register. For more info or help in making a team, call Cindy at 250-547-9277. Dressage Master Ron Postleb Back to Surrey! On October 26-28 Burgi Rommel Classical Dressage Training is hosting a workshop with Ron Postleb from Crown Dressage in New York. Ron was one of the pioneers of Dressage here in the early 1980s when he emigrated from Germany with his wife Barb and started the beautiful Dressage facility Shadow Lane Equestrian Centre in South Surrey. Shadow Lane was a place where you could get a glimpse into the discipline of Dressage from a truly classically trained teacher. There was always harmony between horse and rider when you watched lessons and the horse’s well-being was always foremost while studying under Ron. For Ron’s full bio visit www. For registration forms go to Burgi’s website www. There will be a meet and greet with Ron at the clubhouse at Highpoint

Ron Postleb

Equestrian Centre on Friday evening, October 26, for all his old and new students that want to come say hi and re-connect with Ron. Horsey Ladies Charity Auction – now in TWO Locations On Friday, November 16th, the annual Horsey Ladies Banquet and Charity Auction takes place at Spallumcheen Golf Course (Vernon), as well as Wildmans Family Restaurant (Interlakes Corner in the Cariboo). The Horsey Ladies offer this event as a great networking evening, but more importantly, a fundraiser for a local charity that the ladies vote on that evening. Both venues offer a Buffet dinner, cash bar, and lots of items on the auction block – all for only $30 per person (no minors). To date they have raised over $45,000 for charity! Tickets on sale now at: The Paddock (Vernon), Country West Supply (Armstrong), Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm); and in the Cariboo at The Country Pedlar (Interlakes Centre). Both events sell out every year. Get your tickets now! • 45

Salmon Arm Fair By Trina Forslund and Kelsey Hucul Photos by Linda Coates


he warm weather was topped by some hot competition, especially in the senior classes, at the Salmon Arm Fair Horse Show on September 8-9. Judge Glenn Perran, a former Salmon Arm area trainer and judge (now based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), was up to the challenge putting the accomplished riders through their paces to determine placings. Saturday’s show featured Showmanship, Reining and Western classes, including qualifying classes for next year’s Western Heritage Show in Armstrong. Taking home the feature class of the day, Western Pleasure Stake Championship, was Kelly Collins (Kamloops) on Show Me Classic Deluxe. Reserve went to Laura Bouchard, of Knutsford, on Obviously Macho. Once the day’s events were concluded, Theresa Tremeer, of Chase, on Starbucks Drive Thru laid claim to the Western Senior High Point Championship. Western Youth High Point and Western 4-H High Point went to the consistently excellent pair of Whitney Watson Wilson (Salmon Arm) on Mystic. Western 4-H Reserve High Point Western Pleasure Champion - Kelly Collins of was claimed by Cherie Witts, of Clearwater, on Blue. Kamloops on Show Me Classic Deluxe Day two brought good competition in both Gymkhana events and English classes. Again, there was a strong contingent of senior riders (over 19 years of age), with better numbers in the youth events. Taking home the featured stake class on day two, Hunter Under Saddle Stake, was Alexia Hazeldine (Lumby) on Two Prestigious. Reserve champion went to Corrie Gerlib, of Grindrod, on Ima Smooth Somebody. By day’s end, it was Dani Noble (Clearwater) on Poh who claimed English Senior High Point Alexia Hazeldine of Lumby Two-way Combination - Dani Noble on Poh with Whitney Watson Wilson on Mystic coming through once again in the youth ranks and claiming both English High Point Youth 14-18 and 4-H English High Point. Reserve Champion 4-H English High Point went to Morgan Sengotta on Proud Son, and the English High Point Youth 13 and under went to Charlyse Ranger on Sara’s Shining Star. With the two days completed, it was Corrie Gerlib on Ima Smooth Somebody who claimed the Overall Senior High Point. Overall Youth High Point went to none other than Whitney Watson Wilson on Mystic. The Gymkhana was run by the Armstrong and Enderby Wendy Cuddeback of Salmon Arm Riding Club, who ably stepped in at the last minute when the original organizer was unable to attend. The Gymkhana featured Pole Bending, Barrels, Keyhole, Flag and Stake races. The feature class, Barrel Racing Jackpot, went to Wendy Cuddeback of Cherie Witts of Clearwater Salmon Arm on April. Horse show convenors, Trina Forslund and Kelsey Hucul, are excited to announce that additional sponsors have come on board for the 2013 show. Keep checking the show’s Facebook page (Salmon Youth and Junior Arm Fall Fair Horse Show) for photos of this year’s show as well as Champion - Whitney further details on fabulous improvements to next year’s show. Watson Wilson of Salmon Arm

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Rock Creek & Boundary Fall Fair 2012 - Horse Show By Sandy Ewing. Photos by Tera-Lee Caverly


he Rock Creek Fall Fair Horse Show was held September 15-16 with over 40 horse entries participating, coming from as far as Enderby, Trail, Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver. Cedar Carter Gymkhana Our judge was Ross Reserve High Point Jr. Hanson of Osoyoos, BC. We had beautiful weather, a good turn out and fun had by all. A big thank you to everybody especially our sponsors and volunteers! See you next year. HIGH POINT WINNERS Junior HP – Mac Teabbutt (Penticton) Res HP – Megan Moffat (Kelowna) Youth HP – Ali Lants (Oliver) Costume Class had 13 entries – with Adelle Fossen of Rock Creek as the winner. Stall Decorating – Monty Tebbutt

Taylor Thompson Gymkhana High Point Jr.

Danika Stukel Gymkhana Reserve High Point PeeWee

Costume Class, 1st Place Winner, Adele Fossen

Cowhide Race, Yvonne and Darrel James Chase James Gymkhana High Point PeeWee

GYMKHANA REPORT What a fun fi lled day! 6 Pee Wees included Skyra Elliot, Savanna Elliot, Taylor-Rae Cudworth, Dylan Capp, Cash James, and Danika Stukel. Others included: Juniors – 21 entries; Intermediates – 12 entries; and Seniors at 13 entries. We offered Poles, Barrels, Skurry race, Stake race, a Cowhide race; Egg and Spoon; and Lone Barrels. JUNIORS High Point: Taylor Thompson (Keremeos) Reserve: Cedar Carter (Kaleden) INTERMEDIATES High Point: Andi Lantz (Oliver) Reserve: Courtney Demattos (Westbank) SENIORS High Point: Jessie Tarr (Kelowna) Reserve: Lisa Flann (Lake Country) COWHIDE RACE Intermediate: 1) Sage Wolfe (Kelowna); 2) Andi Lantz (Oliver) Senior: 1) Jessie Tarr (Kelowna) and Amy Russo; 2nd Courtney Demattos (Westbank) And special mention of our husband and wife team, Darrel & Yvonne James – who got to drag him after winning a bet on best of 3 races in the games.

Marron Valley Drill Team; Sierra, Toniesha & Danika Stukel, Danika & Vanessa Caverly, Morgan & Kendall Brooks, Ali Lantz, Cedar Carter, Taylor Thompson, Sage Wolfe, Shaloa Street, Ariel Hudson, Payton Ramage

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Scott Thorteson 1st Place Team Penning Buckle Winner

Junior Team Penning; Kaitlyn Hancock, Morgan Brooks, Vanessa Caverly • 47

Picking Playmates for Your Puppy By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley WHY IS PLAY IMPORTANT?


any of the skills we expect our puppies to learn clearly need to be taught by us, but we can also use the helping paw of some appropriately picked canines. Through the simple act of play, puppies learn bite inhibition, develop tolerance and impulse control, learn and practice social skills and develop the ability to control their excitement.

Play With Other Puppies While your puppy is still in its imprinting phase, it’s very important that you carefully direct your little one’s interactions with other dogs. A puppy playing with other puppies of a similar age is the natural way to teach bite inhibition. Puppies will quickly let one another know when the biting is too rough. By giving your young puppy the opportunity to play with many Learning how to be comfortable playing on my different puppies throughout their back. development, they will get the practice they need to curb their bite before stronger adult jaws and teeth are in place.

Play With Adult Dogs Just as with our best friends, dogs tolerate more from their regular playmates, and it is important that they have the opportunity to meet lots of . . . .and how to play nicely when someone handicaps unfamiliar dogs to keep their themself for me! confidence and skills developing in a positive direction. Different breeds of dogs often have particular ways of interacting with one another. Allowing your puppy to interact with lots of different kinds of dogs will help them to fine tune their skills and increase their tolerance. If you are able to supervise their interactions with the help of the other dogs’ parents, then short play sessions are great. By allowing your young puppy to play Making new friends with dogs that do not possess good social with a BIG dog. 48 • Saddle Up • October 2012

skills themselves, you may be doing more damage than good. Bullying or rough play can be intimidating – your puppy may become defensive when meeting new dogs. Some puppies will begin to copy the rough play and you’ll have a playground bully on your hands. Once you have determined that the dog in question is an appropriate playmate for your puppy, make sure you practice getting puppy’s attention (maybe with some yummy treats) before sending your little one off to play. Throughout the play session call or lure your puppy back with a treat, praise them and then send them off to play again. This will help with recalls and also teaches and reinforces the need to take frequent breaks from play.

Things to look for in a good playmate: - The other dog stays calm during the initial greeting. - Choose calm playmates for rowdy puppies to discourage bullying and encourage puppy to control his excitement during play. - Choose obviously gentle playmates for shy puppies to Invitation to play help them develop confidence and avoid the possibility of being overwhelmed and bullied. - Good, balanced play generally has both dogs taking turns being “on top” and “on the bottom”. Too much of one or another may indicate an inappropriate playmate. - Ideally, Chasers and Chasees should take turns occasionally. - If your puppy seems overwhelmed, instead of rescuing him by picking him up, take the other dog a short distance away for a break. Assess whether your puppy wants to continue play or is happy to be out of the situation. - During play, there should be frequent lulls when both dogs take a moment to cool down before resuming play. Cooling down usually involves wandering off for a sniff, sitting, visiting mom or dad, giving a shake, etc. If you sense that one or more of the dogs is not allowing breaks to take place, either step in and calmly separate the dogs, or have both parents call their dogs over to take a short break before letting play resume. - It’s important that your puppy’s adult playmates have good bite inhibition. Corrections to an unruly puppy, such as growls, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

scruff grabs can only be instructive when performed by a dog and only by a dog with good social skills. Any scare or damage by a too hard or surprise bite can be quite traumatic and put puppy back in his social learning. During adolescence, increased size, confidence and hormones can often lead to rough and inappropriate play. To discourage these behaviours from being reinforced OFF and becoming a habit, it is important that your young dog has playtime with dogs that have great play and social 11/12 skills. Just as in early puppyhood it’s vital that they have Making friends with someone good role models. *i“LiÀ̜˜]Ê ÊUÊÈä{‡n™{‡ÈÇ{ä my own age! As your young dog matures, it’s important to continue providing appropriate play opportunities and greetings with unfamiliar dogs. Although a regular group of friends can help to stabilize and encourage adolescents during their development, they should be exposed to a variety of new dogs to maintain good social skills and remain comfortable meeting unknown dogs. TOP DOG! SPONSORED BY Remember that all your young dog’s interactions with you, other people and other dogs are influencing the way they “Together we’re better” look at the world and the skills they’re developing to cope with Beth Marks everything in it. Choose wisely – and keep it positive!

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All About Pets Show By Liz Shaughnessy


he 20th annual ALL ABOUT PETS SHOW, to be held March 29-31, 2013 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, will include a spectacular new ‘Equestrian Showcase’ with a dedicated exhibition hall, renowned speakers and clinicians, a demo ring with spectator seating and aisle upon aisle of equine products and services. “There is tremendous cross-over of products and services between the horse and pet industries, and horse people, by their very nature, are avid multi-pet owners,” says Alan Barnes, president of Zodiac Events which purchased the All About Pets Show just weeks before the 2012 event. Designed as a show within a show, the equestrian showcase will feature industry leaders providing tips on wellness, conditioning and fitness, training methods, nutrition advice and more. “Ontario is the 4th largest equine industry in North America,” Lynn Palm says Barnes, borrowing from recent

Ontario Equestrian Federation stats. “This warrants a dedicated spring event which caters to horse owners, riders, and the grassroots development of the sport within the 5.5 million population of the Greater Toronto area.” For more information visit www. or contact Dina Latina at 1-877-340-7387 Josh Lyons, renowned trainer/ clinician will be centre stage all three days of Ontario’s 2013 All About Pets Josh Lyons Show. Lynn Palm, considered a pioneer among women in the equine industry, brings her proven track record as a trainer, showman, exhibitor and entertainer to the show as well.

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Why Join Fraser Valley Hunt? By Heidi Telstad

Photo by Lynn MacMillan

Photo by Lynn MacMillan

Photo by Nick McDonald

s a member of the Fraser Valley Hunt, I often hear statements from people who have never ridden in the Hunt such as “You must be brave to ride with FVH,” “I don’t jump so I could never keep up,” or “I think my horse might run away with me.” Then I tell them the story of my first ride with FVH in October 2011. After a twenty year hiatus from riding horses, I heard about this young Thoroughbred who could no longer race at Hastings and needed a new home and career. After a few months of getting to know each other and riding around Campbell Valley Park, I knew we needed something a little different. I emailed FVH and asked if I could join them on one of their hunts and if somebody could pick up my horse and I. Many members replied and said they would be happy to as it was on their way. The Hunt was in Lynden, Washington and I was advised that I would need to get a health certificate and coggins test for my horse as well as remember to

bring my passport. The day of my first hunt arrived and I watched about 20 or more horse trailers park in the field getting more nervous as the starting time was getting closer. My horse, OT, and I made many laps around the field in anticipation of the wild ride through farmers’ fields and blueberry rows (with permission of course). The horn sounded and we gathered around the Master dressed in a fabulous red frock to listen to her instructions. We were divided into three groups: the first group is for those who would follow the hounds quite closely at a hand gallop; the second group would follow a bit slower with cantering and trotting; the third group called the hilltoppers would follow at a walk/trot while taking short cuts in order to not fall too far behind. I chose the hilltoppers, expecting that I would have a strong hand on OT to keep him from wanting to race away to the first group. I was pleasantly surprised that once we

broke into groups, the herd mentality took over and the hilltopping horses wanted to stay with their “herd.” Our group was led by an experienced Field Master who made sure we stayed together as a group and that everyone was capable of riding the chosen pace and all jumps were optional. The riders ranged from teenagers to seniors, western and english, experienced hunters to first timers. I didn’t attempt any jumps but a few of the riders rode over some natural obstacles such as logs or ditches. Every once in a while we would catch a glimpse of the hounds on the scent and the first group of riders galloping after them while meeting the various jumps. To answer the above questions, “you don’t have to be brave to ride with FVH,” “you don’t have to jump and we will wait for you to keep up,” and “sometimes herd mentality works in your favour.” I will see you when the hunting season begins in October.



It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation ? a re you th you r hor se? e r e h Ki d s. . . w you d o i ng wi YOU! t u o b e r a What a tu r n to tel l u s R It’ s YOU I just got a new horse, “KG Touch Of Silver” or Chloe. She is a GREAT horse. I love her and she loves me. She is 10 years old and a flee-bitten gray with an excellent temperament. – Brandon (age 13), Cherry Creek (Kamloops) BC

Skyler (8 yrs) is on her new pony “Cody,” and this is Kesler’s (9 months) first ride on mommy’s horse “Arnie”! - from Metchosin (Victoria), BC

When I visit my grandparents, in Grand Forks, they take me to ride “Tiger Lily,” the best pony ever!! I brush her and give her a treat after our ride. I love Tiger Lily. - Marijane (age 5), Kelowna, B.C.

My name is Myan and I am 3 years old. We have lots of horses, but this is my favourite. Her name is “Bura” and she loves kisses! She puts her nose right down into my hands. I give her a kiss every Morning! - Myan (age 3), Radium Hot Springs, BC

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Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC Nomination Forms for 2012 Awards Deadline is Monday October 22, 2012! If you haven’t nominated your favourite BC coach, athlete, horse, volunteer, horse industry person/company yet, then get your nominations in now! Find all the awards criteria, nomination forms, guidelines, and past winners online at: html Join Us for the Awards Ceremony in January 2013! Now that you’ve sent in your nomination, why don’t you join us for the Awards Ceremony? The Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday evening, January 19, 2013 at the Kamloops Convention Centre in Kamloops, BC. The evening will honour the outstanding achievements within BC’s equine community. There will be a champagne reception and appetizers will be served. Tickets are $30 each + HST. Get yours today!

Equine Education Conference 2013 Have you been following our speaker announcements and bios on Facebook or the HCBC website? If you haven’t seen all the information about the great speakers we have lined up for our conference in 2013, log in to your Facebook or go online to right now to find out more! Early Bird Tickets! Early bird tickets to the conference are only available until December 1, 2013 and include a complimentary Awards Gala ticket! Early Bird Tickets are $125 each + HST for the whole weekend and speaker line-up! They have been going fast, so hurry and get yours today before they’re all gone! After the Early Bird deadline tickets will be $175 each + HST for the full How to Reach Us weekend pass and HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 $85 each + HST a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day pass. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Call us today to Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 book your tickets! 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302

Kelowna Gymkhana Club by Kayla Stromsten


hat a great way to end the year! Great times and lots of fun. It has been a great season and we can’t thank everyone enough for being in such a rewarding and exciting club. It is now year-end when things start to wind down. Our banquet is to be announced in November, so stay tuned! Big thanks to Amanda Lamberton and all the club’s volunteers who make these shows possible. We will have a list at a later date! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

August 26 MASTERS HP: Lisa riding Tellee, 59 RES: Debbie Wright riding Lily, 51 SENIOR HP: Jesse Tarr riding Chanook, 64 RES: Amanda Lamberton riding Lightning, 63 YOUTH HP: Tori Reynolds riding Dakota, 49 HP: Melanie Price riding Sahib, 49 RES: Kayla Stromsten riding Skittles, 36 JUNIOR HP: Ayla riding Gypsey, 66 RES: Kathleen Egeland riding Penny Mae, 55 PEE WEE HP: Simone Lamberton-Blamire riding Roly Poly Olie, 59 RES: Dalyce Dion riding Odie, 58

Sept 9 MASTERS HP: Lisa riding Tellee, 52 RES: Chris Robinson riding Diego, 50 RES: Liz Gibbs riding Patch, 50 RES: Debbie Wright riding Lily, 50 SENIOR HP: Amy Russo riding Hoden, 61 RES: Amy Russo riding Mia, 54 RES: Amanda Lamberton riding Lightning, 54 YOUTH HP: Tori Reynolds riding Dakota, 59 RES: Kayla Stromsten riding Skittles, 55 JUNIOR HP: Ayla riding Gypsey, 57 RES: Mya riding Trigger, 55 PEE WEE HP: Simone Lamberton-Blamire riding Roly Poly Olie, 64 RES: Dalyce Dion riding Odie, 60 • 53

Prince George Battle of the Clubs Story and Photos By Steven Dubas

All the competitors


his year saw the revival of an event called, “Battle of the Clubs.” The traditional gymkhana events take a break and things are mixed up, not just a little, but a lot. How about Backwards Barrels, Big T, Two-flag race, Team Stack, and Egg and Spoon? If you are not familiar with these events, well, neither are the competitors; no one knows which events are to be featured until the day of the competition. Horse and rider get used to a specific pattern, so running barrels backwards is a bit of a challenge. With a normal flag race there is only one barrel and one flag. Not with a two-flag race - now there are two flags and three barrels, and speed is not your friend. As for the competition, there are only a certain number of designated competitors from each club, and to even the playing field, members from other clubs are conscripted to fill the blanks. Think this is not fair; those members are still competing within their own club for points. The idea is to get together as a community for some friendly competition. Gymkhana clubs are usually more than speed events. Many people join because it gives them an opportunity to interact with other riders. And they are not just for kids. Many clubs have fun days, trail rides, poker rides, overnight Mom Tracy and Shaylene camping, trail development and special events to bring Glaicar of the Timberline Riders members and prospective members together. Clubs are usually located in rural areas of a community where horses are concentrated allowing people to ride to the arena. Getting involved with a gymkhana club gives back to the community; it gives young people an opportunity to build selfesteem and leadership qualities. Let’s face it, to ride a horse you need to take control and make decisions. Many gymkhana clubs are also responsible for local trail development and maintenance. They also advocate for riders within their areas ensuring local, regional and provincial governments hear the interests of the riders. Helping these clubs in their area is Horse Council BC and their zone directors. Prince George has five clubs surrounding the community and they each do something different that makes them unique. Check out the Horse Council BC website under Clubs and Affi liates to locate a club near you and become active in your community. Timberline Riders Gymkhana Club, Salmon Valley Gymkhana Club and The Dusty Trail Riders competed for the coveted plaque of distinction. Congratulations to the Timberline Riders Gymkhana Club for their hard work to win this prize. 54 • Saddle Up • October 2012

Egg and Spoon Race


Totem Saddle Club News By Marty Cox


he Timberland Horse Show and Annual Gymkhana took place over the Labour Day weekend. We were fortunate to have Lillian Evaniew from Washington as our judge. Our riders were all great but Danielle Sexton won a bunch of the High Point Awards - well done! Natasha Candelora, our High Point Reining winner put on a great display with her stallion, Justice, not only in the regular reining classes but also in a funny and well-ridden freestyle to “I’m sexy and I know it” while dressed as an M&M. High Point Jumper and Hunter went to Lisa Hamer. Participants in our costume class did such a great job that our judge gave them all firsts. We had a mountie with her horse dressed as a moose, a zebra, a fairy with twinkling lights, a cow complete with an udder and horns, and a circus trainer whose horse came with a real dog and chicken as the riders. The turnout for the Annual Gymkhana was not very large, but we all had a fun time. High Point awards went to Lyn Rempel (Master), Jocelyn Benoit (Senior), Isabelle Heaman (Junior A), Jennifer Rempel (Junior B), Meagan Glawe (Junior C), and Justin Rempel (Junior D). The following weekend was our second two-day cattle sorting event, held the weekend of the fall fair. Turnout was great and the Fall Fair visitors came to watch all the fun. On September 15-16, the TSC hosted the

NW Invitational Gymkhana. Teams came from Pleasant Valley (Houston) and Fraser Lake Saddle club as participants. We are proud to say our club won! Fraser Lake will hold the event next year. On Sunday, there was a Jackpot Gymkhana with a very special barrel race. It was the Sara Ridler Memorial Barrel Race. Sara was a member of our club, an avid rider and also a junior hockey player. She was taken in an auto accident while returning from a hockey game in October 2007. The winner was Lyn Rempel with a time of 15.840 seconds. All of us were teary-eyed while Sarah’s mom, Arlene, dedicated the race to her and proudly presented a blanket to Lyn for her accomplishment. Thanks to the Ridler family for their generosity. We will always remember their daughter and her riding with the club. Lyn Rempel also was fortunate enough to win the Dash for Cash race. It was a great day for all. Coming up next is the Turkey Day Poker ride in the Nass Valley and then the fourth event in our schooling show series on the weekend of October 12-14. We will be adding Western Style Dressage to this show to see how it goes. We will end the season with the Annual Banquet on the 27th.

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Crimzon Leblond and Minka Timberland

Lyn Rempel with Whisper wearing the blanket, and Sara’s mom Arlene

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). LET’S TAKE THIS ONE FACTOR AT A TIME. #1. 10 Years to reach the Top. Research shows that achieving the highest level of performance takes approximately 10,000 hours of training over 10 yrs... That’s the equivalent of three hours of practice every day. This rule actually applies to all sports. U.S. Olympians who competed between 1984 and 1998 reported a 12 to 13 year period of talent development from the time they were introduced to their sport until they made the Olympic team. What does this entail? Access to horses, coaching and facilities. Timing is crucial. Time and money have to be invested and, for young HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Danielle Sexton with trophies

athletes, the support of parents is essential. Tremendous effort and motivation are needed, along with planning and pacing. Into any training program, inclusion of relaxation and recovery principles are integrated to build the sustenance needed for the long haul. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. See the next issue: Factor #2. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-766-1975 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics at the Kelowna Riding Club and will travel to all clubs and 4-H groups. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome; experience Intrinsic Training. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under ‘Trainers’) • 55

Driving in Fort St. John By Robin Viel


n September 7-9 my husband Tom DeMaid and I hosted a driving clinic with international judge and coach Brian Jensen of Trinity Fjords from Lumby BC. The weekend started with a social get together and a questions/answers fun night on the Friday. Saturday morning began with a harnessing and equipment safety hour and was Theo Miedema and his girls May & June then followed with a busy day of dressage. Everyone had a runthrough of their test and Brian followed it up with an intense hour of ‘tweaking’. Saturday evening was a potluck and more socializing... a DVD on driving, and working out a plan of Our youngest driver Nels Valine (age 7; with Brian) and his Mini attack for the next day... Cones and Marathon courses!!! Rumpelstiltskin Sunday morning the weather continued to hold but had thankfully cooled from a blistering 28C in the shade from the day before. Chris Lamoureux, with her team of Minis, lay down the gauntlet with a time of 1 min 13 seconds in the cones phase before she had to dash off for cow herding duties - daring the rest of us to beat her time. Theo Miedema snatched that Robin Viel and Scotch N Soda victory from her with his team of Shetland crosses ‘May and gelding Talladega. June’ after having blown everyone away with his top score Chris Lamoureux finishes the xcountry in dressage and by having the best time in the Marathon (x obstacles country obstacle) phase! It was a weekend of firsts for most of the ‘Whips’ (aka drivers) with never having done at least one of the 3 phases we touched on for a CDE (Combined Driving Event). The age of drivers ranged from 9 to “none of your beeswax...!” The clinic was full and the participating drivers were Cleo Baker, Theo Miedema, Deb Logan, Jean Jones, Sanda Ketsa, Chris Lamoureux, Nels Valine, and myself. Friends and family members all pitched in to make this a terrific weekend. Hopefully this will just be the first of many more driving clinics for Fort St. John and who Cleo Baker and Jean Jones with Welsh pony knows...maybe one day we will host a CDE here in the North Country! Romeo

Canadian Polocrosse Team Victorious in Europe By Allen Hicks The Canadian Polocrosse team travelled to Rue, France to compete in an international Polocrosse tournament July 27-29, 2012. It was the first time a Canadian team had competed against the European countries of Norway, France, Netherlands and Germany so the level of competition was unknown. After winning their first game against Norway 3-14, the Canadians continued on their winning streak defeating Netherlands 4-10, and Germany 7-15, and finally the defending champions, France 9-14. Victory was sweet for the Canadians who practiced hard before going to France and then stayed strong and focused when on the field. They overcame challenges of unfamiliar horses, wet conditions and a different style of play giving them great satisfaction in their win. Congratulations team Canada! For more information visit

Kayla and Renee


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Top: Kayla Hicks, Renee Hicks, Isabelle Ladiges Bottom: William Horne, Samantha McCullough, Lance Davidson, Susan Hicks, and Coach Allen Hicks


Northern BC Quarter Horse Show By Kristi R


he NBCQHA put on a Light Horse Show at the Lakes District Fall Fair in Burns Lake on September 9, 2012, with English and Western classes for all levels of riders. With an outdoor facility you are really at the mercy of Mother Nature – show manager Pam Meutzner noted that we had pretty much all the seasons during the one day event – yet the turnout was still very good. Nearly thirty competitors came out from Burns Lake and surrounding areas, Smithers, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, and Prince George! Darhl Paley, an AQHA Professional Horseman from Prince George, was our judge, and he also shared some great tips on showing in those tough pattern classes! Some classes were quite large, with eleven in the Intermediate Reining, ten in Senior Rider Trail, nine in Halter Mares and eight in Senior Showmanship. We had several folks from the team penning group join us at this show. Let me tell you, those horses are broke! Donna’s mare circles up like an Open calibre reining horse, Bob’s gelding is a pattern pro, and Julie’s little mare was just plain fun to watch going through the trail class – if you can work a wire gate on the range with real cattle trying to escape, working a rope gate in the arena is a piece of cake! It was great to see so many people trying something new – the English trainer entering Reining, the youngsters trying Walk Only, the green horses entered in Walk-Trot, and the reiners trying Western Pleasure... these shows are perfect to test your skills out. Halter Mares 1. Fanciful Romance (APHA) - Barb Bowerbank 2. Mocha (Warmblood) - Liz Kemppainen (I think you could have knocked Liz over with a feather when Mocha, a 16.2HH Warmblood mare, was called second in a class of mostly stock breeds!) Halter Geldings 1. Dimensionally Chipped (AQHA) - Marg Thiessen 2. Docs Silver Moon (APHA) - Rhonda Goertzen NBCQHA also awarded seven embroidered Hi Point sheets, plus a special award for Hi Point First Year Showing, won by Bailey Hawkins & Dreamy. Hi Points English Youth - Darien Menzel & Miss Flammable Zip English Senior - Karen Ritchey & Roxy Western Youth - Bailey Hawkins & Dreamy Western Senior - Kristi Rensby & Jacs Katie Rose Reining - Rensby & Jacs Katie Rose Reserve All Around - Karen Ritchey & Roxy Hi Point All Around - Kristi Rensby & Jacs Katie Rose

A huge thank you to our volunteers: Pam, Lianne, Doug, Sharon, Caitlyn, Kristi, Jocelyn, Randy, Garry, Mike, Eric, Shelley and anyone I’ve missed here! Thank you also to our many generous sponsors, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako for the financial assistance with this show, and to the Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club who allowed us to use their facility and equipment. For more info, check out the NBCQHA Facebook page, the BCQHA website (, or email torikari@

Ask Suzi! HORSE CHESTNUTS Hi Suzi: What are horse chestnuts? - Lindsey

High Point All Around

High Point First Year Showing

Warming up. Photo by Ken Ludwig.

Hi Lindsey: Horse chestnuts are the small rough patches above your horse’s knees on the inside of his legs. These spots, usually about two inches long and less than an inch wide, are vestigial toes from eons ago when horses were small three-toed grazers. You’ll notice that the chestnuts are similar to hoofs in their composition, and so are ergots, small callouslike growths that many horses have under the point of their ankles. Not all horses have both front and back chestnuts, or ergots on all four legs, and both growths can vary quite a bit in size. Chestnuts and ergots are completely normal, though, and while your horse’s hoofs are the winner in the evolutionary race to gallop away from danger on a single big strong toe, his chestnuts and ergots represent the other two toes that prehistoric horses used to walk on. Like hooves, chestnuts and ergots grow continually and need some attention. You can usually peel or twist excess growth off, but be kind to your horse and either soften the growths with hoof oil or lanolin for a day or two first, or peel them after your horse has a bath when they are already soft. Some horses have chestnuts or ergots that grow very fast and are too hard to peel - your farrier can trim them with his hoof knife next time he/she shoes your horse. Suzi V

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. Walk Jog Class. Photo by Ken Ludwig.


BC Ranch Cutting Horse Assocation By Janice Reiter


he weekend of September 8-9 was packed with thrills and chills for BCRCHA members when Dave Batty of Coldstream, BC came down to the lower mainland. Dave put in a full day on Saturday when 20 club members took advantage of his expertise at working the flag (or mechanical cow). Sunday was show day at Anderlini’s Arena in Langley; cloudy skies lowered the temperature to a comfortable level for the 48 works. Results: Open: Travel My Trail, ridden by Don Ellis Non-Pro: Cliff White riding Date A Smart Pep $10,000 Novice Horse: Silver Boon, ridden by Shari Gallagher $3,000 Novice Horse: Freckles Perana, ridden by Mandy Fill $2,000 Limit Rider: Neil Higgins riding Smart Lil Poco $750 Progressive Horse: Baba Jack Olena, ridden by Brent Stewart $500 Limit Rider: Janice Reiter riding Canadian Forces $500 Ranch Horse: Sahara Emma Hay, ridden by Debbie Hall Novice/Novice: Sahara Emma Hay and Debbie Hall Youth: Logan McCullough riding Sonitas Colonel Pep

Now for the big news… The last BCRCHA show of the season will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the indoor arena at Thunderbird Show Park. We would like to thank the Tidball Family for their generosity in making this event happen. There will be added money (lots!) in several classes, and special prizes in all classes. Exhibitors will have the option of stepping up and paying an additional entry fee to enter the Jackpot or pay the regular fee for club points and class prizes. There will be a calcutta on the featured Brideless class, proceeds of which will go to the BC Children’s Hospital. The event will be topped off by a Keg BBQ in the afternoon. As an added incentive, for this show only, exhibitors do not have to be club members, but will not be eligible for year end points or the saddle draw.

Face off. It’s two against one as Shari Gallagher and Silver Boon stare down the cow. Photo by Janice Reiter.

For further information please visit the BCRCHA website,

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


his summer has been incredibly busy with shows, trail rides, and improve your skills sessions (these are very popular and are for both Western and English riders). I hope that Ken MacRae and Carolyn Tipler know how much we all appreciate their expertise and the time that they put in to help us “Improve Our Skills.” As of this writing, we are looking forward to another “Riders’ Challenge” September 30. Clinton Anderson will be there as commentator for this very popular event. Thanks to Max, our intrepid president for all of his hard work putting this together. We will have the choice of using just a halter for the challenge (to earn the most points) or a bridle. Some of us have been practicing riding ‘bitless’ as well as working on some of the other challenges we will be required to complete (walk, trot, canter, stop, trailer load, obstacle course, dragging a pole, swinging a 58 • Saddle Up • October 2012

lariat… and much more). I will announce the winners and their scores in the next Saddle Up article. Carolyn Tipler has organized a “Test Fest” for both English and Western riders for October 7. This will be a great venue for those of us who are not familiar with this type of riding. She has arranged to have Katia Heines judge the event. Activities are gradually slowing down a little. The D Bar K is hosting a Hallowe’en Fun Day on the 14th of October. Contact is Dawn 250-498-0636. We still have some social riding in the arena on the Wednesday evenings - the last one of the year is October 31 and our Fall clean-up is scheduled for November 4 (which is also when Daylight Saving Time ends).

Kristi Kambeitze showing D Bar K’s little stallion, ‘Baileys Little Doc’ at the Fun Show.

Sandy Boothman with her 3-year-old Paint mare, ‘Rosie’ in the Fun Show at D Bar K.


Yukon 4-H Camp By Elsie Wain


four-day 4-H horse camp was held in Whitehorse, Yukon, during the week of August 20. Twenty-four members from three clubs operating in three Yukon communities came together to learn, laugh and live with each other for the week. The camp was hosted by the Whitehorsebased Spirit Riders 4-H Horse Club. Members, parents and horses travelled from Watson Lake and Haines Junction to join in the fun. 4-H horse camp is an annual affair, and this year’s clinician was Stan Walchuk. Stan operates Blue Creek Outfitters in McBride and is an amazing horseman; he is also an excellent teacher who shares his incredible knowledge of trail riding and packing. The campers ranged in age from 9 to 16, and in experience from beginner to those who have been riding all their lives. Stan began with a theory lesson and demonstrated various aspects such as tying knots and safety on the trail, then split the group into two teams based on age (12 and under, 13 and over) to practice their new-found skills with hands-on experience. Eight 4-H leaders and several parents were there to help, and this enabled every camper to take part in trail riding - a pursuit greatly enjoyed by all. The camp was held at the Mt. Lorne Community Centre. The facility has a wonderful hall, commercial kitchen, washrooms with showers, and a beautiful timber-frame pavilion that provided shelter for the campers’ tents. The outdoor hockey arena became the horse arena, and portable panels were hauled in to house the horses. In addition to learning from Stan, and in keeping with the 4-H doctrine, campers also helped with all the chores from cooking to cleaning. An impromptu public speaking night was held, with 4-H-ers earning the right to make an ice cream sundae if they did a speech. The teams also took part in an assignment to build a box horse, pick music and design choreography in order to present a musical ride on the last night. The presentations were wonderful with the younger group beating the older group with their sheer enthusiasm. Teambuilding and leadership lessons were a spin-off of the activity. Alison Zeidler, a local equine massage therapist, spent a morning introducing massage therapy, intended to help the horses both prepare for and recover from the trail. A big thank-you goes out to everyone who helped organize the event and took part. A very special thank-you to Stan Walchuk for coming to the Yukon! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Stan and Jeff packing “Rusty”

Thank you, Alison, for teaching us massage, and to the Canada-Yukon Growing Forward Educational Program for providing financial support. “Learn to do by doing!”

Knots, knots and more knots!

Big helping Little

Equine massage

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Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi R


e have had a banner year in 2012, with lots of riding sessions, a great Annual Gymkhana, and a very successful Annual Poker Ride. The riding sessions were a real hit, and the last two saw fourteen and sixteen people coming out for them. There may be a couple more sessions yet, weather permitting, as after the Fall Fair Light Horse Show, many people know what they really need to work on! The Annual Poker Ride was an amazing event! With the unfortunate cancellation of both Vanderhoof and Smithers rides on the same weekend, the TCSC Poker Ride had an unprecedented turnout (50 riders!). Of course, Mother Nature had a large part to play in that success with the weather forecast of +18 C and straight sunshine! The winner of the Poker Ride, receiving 60% of the Pot, was local club member Pam Meutzner. Second place was awarded to Jessica Stoakes, all the way from Calgary, and she received 40% of the Poker Pot. Brilliant blue skies made a fantastic backdrop for the fall colours starting to show after recent frosts. The temperature warmed up nicely and coats and sweaters were soon tied behind saddles as people took advantage of the sun. Everyone commented on how nice the ride was. A wonderful home-style lunch was provided by volunteers – chili, baked beans, and soup were finished off with a bun and a drink for every participant. Everyone seemed happy with the trails, making good use of the Omineca Ski Trails network – the ski club had even mowed the trails recently!

All in all, another great event for the TCSC – well done and a huge thank you to all of the volunteers: Kim, Liz, Brenda, Sharon, Randy, Michelle, Valerie, Be, Rhonda, Kristi, Karen, Eric, Donna and anyone else I may have missed here – your efforts are very much appreciated!

A Recipe For Success By Daphne Davey


therapeutic riding program is made up of five basic ingredients: riders, horses, instructors, therapists and volunteers. If even one of these is missing, the “cake” of the therapeutic riding experience cannot “rise” to success. Each plays its special part, contributing as a team to the whole. For the humans, whether riders or helpers, the learning process never ends. In this field, tomorrow will bring new challenges and insights based on new research in physical and mental health. Our work is to provide a practical application for that research, to raise the ceiling, push the barriers away, and open the door to wider possibilities for people with disabilities through the joy of horseback riding. Every time a new rider joins a program, a new therapy horse is trained in its specialized job, a new volunteer goes through orientation or a new therapist learns the equestrian side of the equation – magic happens! Our 60 • Saddle Up • October 2012

therapeutic riding programs are regenerated by fresh enthusiasm and energy to build on the foundation of wisdom and experience laid by our predecessors. Those who benefit the most are our riders – which of course is the point of it all. The service programs of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association provide the necessary framework for its member centres to reach for and attain the heights of quality we all aspire to, to ensure our riders get what they deserve – the very best therapeutic and social horseback riding experience. The Paralympics in London are still fresh in our minds, an inspiration to all. During the Opening Ceremonies, Miranda, a woman with a disability, “flew” in the air and broke through a “glass” ceiling in a brilliant symbolic demonstration of the discovered and yet-to-be-discovered abilities of people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding offers that opportunity of discovery to many.

Cal and friends enjoy the riding experience at the Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association

For more information on CanTRA and its services, email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.CanadaHelps. org.


Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships By Janice Spenst, BCLM Regional Dressage Chair


C Lower Mainland Pony Club was host to this year’s National Dressage Championships that were held August 16-19, 2012. We had 34 competitors from across Canada come to the Maple Ridge Equi-sport Center for the four days of competition. Horses were kindly donated for this show, and we cannot thank the owners enough for doing so. Without borrowed horses, there would be no show. The riders were greeted upon arrival and it was off to burger night at Jack’s restaurant. Thursday morning, the opening ceremonies were held, and all the riders were presented with duffle bags donated by The Mane Event, feed scoops donated by Otter Co-op, and magazines donated by Saddle Up. We introduced our nine wonderful grooms that would each take care of a team of horses and riders throughout the competition. They too were awarded with duffle bags. Thursday night the riders all competed in a fun quadrille on foot and prizes were handed out to the top winners judged by our panel of parents. Friday morning was the start of the technical dressage tests judged by Larry Brinker and Nancy Olson. After cooling off swimming and dinner, it was off to Pajama Jumper night where the girls did relay fun games in their pajamas while also jumping over stadium jumps. Imagine 34 girls running crazy in their onezies and pjs, it was quite hilarious. More prizes were handed out to each rider for having fun. Saturday morning was the third dressage test to ride, and then it was off to have some more fun at the Wild Play Adventure Park in Maple Ridge. The awards presentation was held after

“Gnomey” and his girlfriends from Central Ontario Region. The gnome travels to all Pony Club functions down here.

Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships BCLM riders and grooms

dinner just as the sun was setting, a beautiful ending to the day’s events. Sunday morning it was off to Thunderbird Show Park to watch the Grand Prix jumping. When the day ended, everyone then said their goodbyes, as new friendships and lasting Jami Struys from Mt. Cheam memories were made. Pony Club demonstrating Pajama Jumper Night Thank yous go out to all who helped, donated items and volunteered at this competition. I could not have done it without you.

A New Beginning for Misty By Lauri Meyers


e thought she would be with us forever, in fact, the Board of Directors had decided that she would be a permanent resident of the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society. But, apparently, a ‘Higher Power’ had other ideas. Misty, an original rescue of the BCIHRS, has finally found her forever home. It took more than 3 years, but it did happen. When Misty first came to us, she was barely halter broke, had lots of fear in her eyes and no trust in people. One of her biggest fears is men, she was terrified of men. She would always make sure she kept an arm’s length away from anyone who came near her. Three years later, with lots of patience and work, from many dedicated volunteers, Misty has become cautiously accepting of humans. Misty, and her story, has touched many people. And many have tried to help her overcome her trust issues. Misty needed someone of her very own, exclusively, to see them every day and to prove to her that they deserved her trust. Now she has that. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Her new owners, Chris and Kristi are “Getting excited!!! Can’t wait for Misty to join our family!” They are going to continue to train her to trust people again and then will move on from there to see what direction she can go. No matter what, she will have a forever home. Misty has proven that with love and patience, change is possible and one can make a difference.

Equine Director Joey: “It will be different not having her here, but I am happy she will be truly loved. As everyone has reminded me… You can always love them Joey, but you can’t keep them all!” • 61

Alberta Donkey And Mule Club News Collaborated by Russ Shandro and Marlene Quiring


e held our 23rd Annual Tees Longears Days on August 18-19. Saturday was mostly riding and fun classes with the driving classes run on Sunday. Saturday had a strong showing of mules and donkeys, with not so many in the driving events on Sunday. Bob Leggette was presented with the Hi Point award of the show, entering all the riding classes on his mule Jessie and then also driving her in Bob Leggette driving “Jessie” with Ida Newell as passenger. the classes on Sunday. However, let it be known that when 3-year-old Cash Stasiuk learns to drive that little black Samuel mule of his… Bob Leggette will be given a ‘’run for his money’’! Some of the newcomers to the show included the Pryshikow sisters, Jessica and Kaylee. They exhibited a lot of skill, technique and fun showing their donkeys. The Dykstra family and their young mules, including a Nicole Kroetsch and her lovely and well-behaved young mule foal still on his mama, were a welcome huge Warmblood mule “Doug” in his zebra addition to the halter and lead line classes on Saturday. Carol Wadey stripes. surprised the participants by putting her endurance riding skills on hold for the weekend in lieu of buzzing around Tees with her miniature donkeys. Robyn Wadey, Carol’s daughter, did a fine job with her little Appy mule in many of the classes and won Robyn Wadey coon jumping her mule... the Coon Jumping class. and she won the class! Another mother/daughter duo, Glenda and Martia Irwin, showed Glenda’s paint mule Alice in many events. Alice showed great potential last year, having just been started and now she is really developing into an outstanding mount. The costume class this year appeared to have a theme from ‘’Out of Africa’’ with Nicole Kroetsch and her ‘’zebra’’ mule, and Brogen Nye and his trained ‘’elephant” carrying his African Princess, Katie Skeels. The Pryshikow sisters successfully disguised their donkeys as a skunk and Tinkerbell. Julia Oudshoorn travelled all the way from Champion, Alberta to participate with her mule and also rode Marlene Quiring’s mule Denver to a win in his first class ever. Thank you to our fine judges Doreen Hooker and Cheryl Fotherington, our always entertaining announcer and auctioneer Russ Finlay, and the good food served from a real Ray McNeil driving “Squeak.” Ray also drove his chuck wagon. Another successful fund raising auction and another Tees Longears Days team of Tiny and Squeak and won the Overall became history. Driving award. A special thanks to Show Chairman Russ Shandro and his crew for all the work of putting on this show. Please join us for our semi-annual meeting, Sunday October 28 at 1:30 pm at the Ponoka Drop in Center, 5015-46 Avenue in Ponoka, Alberta.

BCLM Pony Club News By Lezah Williamson


embers of the BC Lower Mainland Pony Club finished off the summer in a big way. The region hosted the Canadian Pony Club Dressage Championships at Maple Ridge in August. This competition, run by Janice Spenst of Mt. Cheam Pony Club, saw countless volunteers, 40 loaned horses, 34 competitors and numerous chaperones and coaches converge on Maple Ridge Equi- Centre for the three day competition. All riders were matched with unfamiliar horses and then had to ride through three tests. Amanda Penner from Alberta was the Affi liate division winner; this competition coincided with the Thunderbird Show, where Amanda’s mother had her “Hickstead” painting on display, so that family made good use of their time in BC! Meanwhile, out in Alberta, the BCLM Prince Philip Games Masters team of Sarah Gilmour, Travis Van Dongen, Jordan Cornish and Kate Landels won the Canadian National Masters Competition 62 • Saddle Up • October 2012

and did so short-handed! Travelling out to Ontario to compete in the PPG A National Championships was another short-handed team of Eve Dedrick, Annie Brook, Ceildh Mackay, and Eleanor Landel; that team placed fi ft h. The Pony Club High Point Award Program continued over the summer, with Samantha Krenus of Hazelmere winning the Entry Level High Point at the July Mrs. T Event, Nayla Charbonneau of Vancouver Pony Club winning the Preliminary High Point at the Campbell Valley Event, Taryn Koreman of Hazelmere winning at the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Show, and Marlies Kerkhoven of Mission Hills Pony Club winning the Training Level Award at Island 22. Finally, Nayla Charbonneau, Trevor Clarke and Emma Riek all culminated their Pony Club careers in August with the successful completion of their ‘A’ ratings. Congratulations!


Dogwood Donkey Show By Pat Strang Photos by John Dargel


ecord high temperatures and clear skies turned out to be a winning combination for many exhibitors at the Dogwood Donkey Show which was held at the Agri-Fair in Abbotsford, BC on August 2-4, 2012. The show was very well-attended with 20 donkeys and 24 exhibitors participating. There was a full slate of youth and adult classes which attracted both miniature and standard donkeys. Our Judge Richard Pyke and his encouraging advice and remarks were greatly appreciated. One of the many highlights of the show was the youth driving demo where 9 of our new young drivers demonstrated to the enthusiastic crowd of spectators how much fun it is drive a donkey. Many donkey fans strolled the stall area and were fascinated by their lovely nature. Hearing the positive comments from the fans and exhibitors was very pleasing and gave us an indication that we are moving in the right direction with this event. The success of the show was due to the substantial efforts and contribution of our volunteers and sponsors. The Dogwood Donkey Show committee would like to thank Ulli Dargel, John Dargel, Sam Haga, Su Wolfe, Marcel Sward and Pat McGarrigle for all their hard work and commitment to the show. We would also like to personally “thank” each and every sponsor for their generosity and support of our efforts to promote our long eared friends. RESULTS: Best of Breed Champion MJB Hot Stuff - Owner: Susan Caldbeck Hi-Point All Long Ears WSA Guido - Owner: Helen Howell Reserve Hi-Point All Long Ears MJB Hot Stuff – Owner: Susan Caldbeck

Hi-Point Youth J.J. Jackson – Owner: Michael McGarrigle

The Dream Team By Bruce A. Roy. Photo by ©Lynn Cassels-Caldwell


ll cosmopolitan horsemen dream of those horses, above all others, they would give a fortune to ride, to race or to drive. But few, very few horsemen ever realize this dream. However, Birtle, Manitoba’s horseman, Tom Lane, received such an invitation, while showing his Creekside horses at Brandon’s 2012 North American Belgian Championship VII. Fellow teamsters at Brandon voted Tom Lane the top teamster at North America’s Belgian Championship VII. Seventy-two Tom Lane, Creekside Belgians of Birtle, Manitoba, with his daughter Rae Ann, wheeling his home-bred turnout of Belgian geldings, fifth in the Champion Six Horse Hitch Class. American and Canadian stable owners, who exhibited horses at this breed show invited Lane to select one, two or more Belgian horses could count on, for his lead team. The team mate Lane selected for this they were showing for his Dream Team. This was a Six Horse Hitch of lead position was a second Hammersmith gelding. Belgian geldings. Lane was informed the Dream Team of his choice was On July 21st the crowds watched Tom Lane drive his Dream scheduled to perform closing night at the $500,000 breed spectacular, Team in the Coliseum. While the six Belgian geldings selected for his which is held once every four years in North America. Dream Team had never been driven together, Lane had all six Belgians The Manitoba teamster selected his horses and equipment with collected, working as one, before the show-ring was circled once. The care. The handsome show wagon Lor-Rob Dairy Farm of East Bethany, brilliant performance of the six tramping Belgian geldings Lane held New York, was selected for showing his Dream Team. Two massive in hand gave a new meaning to teamwork. Matched for colour, style athletes of Wilderness Ridge Farms of Niagara, Wisconsin, that have and stride, Lane’s stepping Dream Team brought spectators seated in been campaigned with stellar success, were selected for his wheel team. the gallery to their feet. They were witness to an equine performance This pair has never suffered defeat in an American or Canadian showcosmopolitan horsemen will talk about for decades. ring. A third Wilderness Ridge gelding was selected for his swing team. Tom Lane left Brandon knowing the equine community considers This horse was paired with a Hammersmith Belgian from Defiance, him one of North America’s great linesmen. Ohio. Lane picked one of his own lead horses, a gelding he knew he HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 63

AQHA Region 1 Champion Show Report By Gayle Pawley-Wilson, AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA/Region One Director Photos courtesy of Lisa Threatt


he AQHA Region One Championship event took place at the Tacoma Unit in Spanaway, Washington from August 14-19, 2012. This was the first year that Washington has hosted an AQHA Region One Championship. Our Region is comprised of the following AQHA Affi liates: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Previous events have taken place in Redmond Oregon, Nampa Idaho and Langley, BC. The show was a success with over 1095 entries including the cattle classes, All Breed and concurrent AQHA Classes, approved by AQHA, NRHA, and NRCHA. Entry Numbers: Open Division Total: 179 Amateur Division Total: 202 Youth Division Total: 196 Novice Division Total: 276 Novice Youth Division Total: 199 Non-Division Total: 35 Non-Division Total: 1095 (plus scratched entries)

Attending the event on behalf of AQHA were Tom Persechino, Executive Director of Competitions and Breed Integrity and AQHA Executive Committee member George Philips and his wife Nicole. A free Social event was hosted by the Affi liates each evening serving at least 200 guests from Wednesday to Saturday. Excellent learning clinics were presented by Jack Brizendine, part of Team Wrangler, halter on Thursday, Mike and May Edwards Trail on Wednesday, Lisa Friemark Showmanship on Thursday, Mark Bolender Extreme Trail on the Friday, and Genny Miller Horsemanship on Saturday. The Friday Night Extravaganza offered an exciting demonstration of Jousting. The AQHA Judges for the Championship event were Bill Enk and Whizzer Baker. AQHA concurrent class judges were Bill Enk and Robbin Jung. Trail Challenge judge was Mark Bolender. We thank our AQHA Corporate sponsors and all the AQHA Region One sponsors. An extra special thank you to the WSQHA members, who donated, sponsored and volunteered to make this a memorable and successful event. The Regional Championships are a qualification venue for the AQHA Novice Championships. The 2012 Region One Championship qualified several exhibitors for the 2013 AQHA Novice Championships. The 2013 AQHA Region One Championships will take place in Monroe, Washington August 14-18, 2013. Please visit us at and Facebook at Region 1 American Quarter Horse Affi liate for pictures and links to the event. Sign up for our free Newsletter.

ALL AROUND AWARD WINNERS Champion Novice Youth - Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest Reserve Novice Youth - Lopin Lola & Hannah Way Champion Youth - Zip Onto The Freeway & Lauren Anderson Reserve Youth - Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud Champion Novice Amateur - Exclusive Iron & Charlene White Reserve Novice Amateur - Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard Champion Amateur - Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard Reserve Amateur - A Natural Dancer & Rebecca Moore Champion Select - Versionaire & Cindy Nakahara Reserve Select - Impulsively Gold & Liz Workland Champion Open - Zip Onto the Freeway &Tami McClure Reserve Open - Exclusive Iron and Todd Hovrud Champion All Breed 13&Under - Beauz Invited & Kinsey Ayres Reserve All Breed 13 & Under - Whata Foxy Chic & Lucie Lundquist Champion All Breed 14-18 - Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest Reserve All Breed 14-18 - Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud

Champion Novice Amateur - Exclusive Iron & Charlene White

Champion Novice Youth - Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest

Champion Amateur - Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard

Champion Youth - Zip Onto The Freeway & Lauren Anderson

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Alberta Paint Horse Club News By Angie Webb


t has been a very busy summer for the Alberta Paint Horse Club, and as we roll into September, the showing continues! The ‘Big West Colour Classic’ took place July 13-15 in Drayton Valley. I’m certain that the ‘team tournament’ winners are enjoying those new Blue Ribbon saddles! Congratulations to Randi McCook, Nicole Patterson, Ashley Zwack, Ron Gutek, and Caylee Webb. This show proved to be a good one! The ‘Zone 10 Northern Colour Connection’ wrapped up on August 5th. This four day marathon of showing was a huge success, and WOW the new facility in Ponoka looks amazing! Every year at this show there is a 2-year-old Western Pleasure Slot Futurity, which always proves exciting. This year’s Champion is ‘Chips for Whiskey’, who was shown by Kathy Donnelly and owned by Terra Townsend. This incredible young horse is sired by ‘Lucky Diamond Chip’ of Pipestone Paints. ‘Dez Add to The Assets’ who is owned and shown by Tammy Botsford won the Super Horse Award. A beautiful show saddle was awarded to Tammy and her very well rounded, talented gelding! Another exciting event at this show is the ‘Yearling Triathlon’. A combination of halter, longe line, and trail in-hand points are accumulated for this award. Winner of this event was Cathy Schryvers and her beautiful fi lly ‘PP I Got the Assets’. Futurity and High Point results from both these past shows can be found on the APHC website. As of press time, upcoming events include the Ponoka Fall Classic which will take place September 29-30th. Please remember to send any news or pictures that you would like to share with others to this e-mail address angieturcotte@gmail. com

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Canadian Morgan Horse Association News By Nancy Kavanagh


ongratulations to Team Morgan! This year’s team had another strong showing at Spruce Meadows’ Battle of The Breeds and secured 2nd place overall. There were 10 teams competing ranging from Appaloosas to Arabians. Equine Foundation News – Several young ladies from the Alberta Morgan horse world have set an example which most of us would find hard to follow. Jessa Dumkee, Maya Beakhouse, Bentlee Kublik, Catriona Kozijn, Courtney Pack, Ashley Tolsma and Kaydee Crow have raised approximately $300 during their spare time at this season’s horse shows for the EFC! Thank you ladies for being so generous and thoughtful with your time and energy. And thank you to the parents who supported all of this, as well as those persons at the shows who dug into their pockets or purses. Nominations are welcome for the zones of Saskatchewan and Atlantic for the 2013-2015 term. If you are interested in a nomination form, please contact our office. The zone of Quebec is also looking for a director and vice director. Please contact Canadian Livestock Records Corporation HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(CLRC) directly if you want your membership info to be accessible on the Member/Pedigree page of their website. You may not be aware that your information is limited to public access but CLRC will re-activate it if you allow them to do so. Check out the CLRC website if you are not sure about your personal information, www. Registry – Stallion Reports for the 2012 breeding season are due by January 31, 2013. Avoid penalty fees: contact the office if you need a form or go to the website and download the form. Or you can call us at 905-982-0060. Youth News – Congratulations to the winners of the CMHA Youth Challenges this season: Alberta Overall Winner: Georgina Sanche; Ontario Overall Winner: Mackenzie Collins; Atlantic Overall Winner: Rebecca MacKeigan. Our Annual Meeting & CMHA National Awards takes place April 12-13, 2013 at the Best Western in Leduc, Alberta. Keep an eye on our website for more information. • 65

Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo By Todd Kimberley


t starts with an eight-second ride, but it can eventually turn into a full ride. The Calgary Stampede held its 15th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo on August 25-26 at Olds College in Olds, AB. For some of the approximately 100 participants, aged anywhere from 9 through 20, this was the first rodeo of their young lives. Those bitten by the rodeo bug are sure to find fun, thrills, and spills as they progress through Wrangler (junior high) and high school rodeos. And Dave Master bit maker Dave Elliott, of Fort Macleod, Alta., Shields, who qualified for 10 Canadian Finals conducted a Clinic on Bits and Bit Fitting on the Rodeos from 1979 to 1990, notes that there’s an even Saturday. Organizers make education priority No. 1, with a series of seminars and clinics focusing on bigger reward available - a top-notch education at a everything from breakaway roping to goat tying to sizable discount. yoga. Like their counterparts who play hockey, event at Bowden, AB. Brown lacrosse, or soccer, Shields points out that teenage earned 36 of a possible 70 points virtuosos in the saddle could very well land themselves a full or Marshall Pagenkoff of Airdrie, for the intermediate title, fuelled partial American college rodeo scholarship. Shields, who chairs the AB, a member of the Irricana 4-H Country Riders, participates in Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo committee and has earned the Canadian Pro by victories in intermediate the senior cow riding event on (82 points), and cow riding Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legendary Achievement Award, says, “They the Sunday. (Photo courtesy of intermediate breakaway roping really love Canadian roughstock riders in the States, because we Calgary Stampede) (2.27 seconds). Brown credits raise better bucking horses up here, and they like the fact that kids Skeeter, saying, “He’s really in Canada will ride in two or three events.” reliable, and even when he’s tired, like today, he’ll still give you his The Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo, featuring senior (15 through best.” 20), intermediate (12 through 14), and junior (9 through 11) age Luke Wrubelski (Lakedell 4-H Light Horse club) will soon be categories, attracted participants from about 30 4-H clubs across heading off to Lakeland College, in Vermilion, AB, for his second Alberta, with timed events on Saturday afternoon and roughstock year of agribusiness studies. At 21, he will be closing the books on a events on Sunday afternoon. dozen years with 4-H in November when he competes in a national For the second straight year, Desirae Jackson, 16, of the Sundre judging competition at Regina’s Agribition. Wrubelski’s second and Silver Spurs 4-H club, earned three senior red ribbons. Saturday fi nal 4-H rodeo was one he’ll always treasure, thanks to Sundayafternoon, aboard her 15-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Frosty, ernoon wins in senior cow riding and senior steer daubing. aft Jackson won the senior barrel racing event in 14.94 seconds, and “It’s been absolutely great,” said Wrubelski, of his dozen years in then prevailed in senior pole-bending with a time of 20.48 seconds. 4-H. “All the life skills we learn are just phenomenal. Leadership, Sunday, she and Frosty followed it up with a victory in senior goat teamwork, communication, networking… I’ve met all kinds of tying, stopping the clock in 10.56 seconds. Jackson ended up as the people and been to the USA three times for competitions and weekend’s high point champion among seniors, earning 44 of a awards trips. It is absolutely a fantastic youth program.” possible 70 points. Karlyn Janssen, with the Shadow Riders 4-H, was the weekend’s Jackson, who’s heading into Grade 12 at Sundre High School, other double champ, capturing the intermediate pole-bending (21.08 was crowned Miss High School Rodeo Alberta in June. “For me, seconds) and barrel racing (15.65 seconds) events. I think rodeo is going to be something I do for fun. I want to Wrubelski’s sister, Jennifer, was the winner in Sunday’s participate in college rodeo, but it’ll be in Alberta, because I plan on senior breakaway roping competition, stopping the clock in 4.33 attending the University of Calgary,” said Jackson. seconds. Faith Stewart, with Big Hill West Light Horse club, won Trinity Thompson (Noble Riders 4-H club) earned the junior intermediate steer daubing in 3.55 seconds, while Sydney Vanden high point title this year, with 27 of a possible 30 points. She (Coutts 49ers 4-H Club) captured intermediate goat-tying in Berg captured two of the three weekend junior events - pole-bending, in seconds. 13.02 22.69 seconds, and thread-the-needle, in 11.13 seconds. She placed Stephanie Boles (Three Hills 4-H Wranglers) emerged as senior fourth in barrel racing, aboard her 20-year-old mare, Josy. champ in 11.25 seconds. Riley VanDyck (Edson thread-the-needle Meanwhile, 13-year-old Lucas Brown (Gibbons Light Horse 4-H Multi) was the intermediate thread-the-needle winner in a time 4-H club) snared the intermediate high point crown on a busy Sunday afternoon. He and his gelding, Skeeter, competed at both the of 14.14 seconds. Codi Wilson (Sundre Silver Spurs) prevailed in junior barrels, stopping the clock in 16.07 seconds. Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo and at a Central Alberta Rodeo Association 66 • Saddle Up • October 2012


BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

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he BCRA wrapped up the 2012 rodeo season on September 14-16 with their Championship Finals at the Alex Fraser Park in Quesnel, BC. The Quesnel Rodeo Club once again did a fantastic job hosting the BCRA Finals with three days of action packed rodeo. The BCRA hosted 20 rodeos throughout the province this year and the top 10 in each event competed for the prestigious title of the BCRA Finals Champion. Our Finals Champions are as follows: Bareback: Cash Kerner, Pritchard, BC Saddle Bronc: Wacey Marr, Gang Ranch Bull Riding: Jeff Roney, Houston, BC Tie Down Roping: Derek Mobbs, Merritt, BC Steer Wrestling: Cohord Mason, Kamloops, BC Breakaway Roping: after the rope off between Richard Glassford and Katrina Ilnicki ~ Katrina Ilnicki is the Champion. Ladies Barrel Racing: Vanessa Leggett, Kamloops, BC Team Roping: after a rope off between Russell / Richard Glassford & Colby Stewart / Ty Lytton ~ Russell & Richard Glassford are the Champions. Junior Steer Riding: Clay Waterhouse, Quesnel, BC Junior Barrel Racing: Bacardi Zimmerlee, Clinton, BC Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Tyler Cherry, Quesnel, BC Junior Breakaway Roping: after a rope off between Kyle Bell & Jake Gardner ~ Kyle Bell is the Champion.

A BIG THANK YOU to the Quesnel Rodeo Club and all the volunteers that worked so hard to host the BCRA Finals; the BCRA and Quesnel Rodeo Club sponsors for your generosity and support of the association and the finals. AND to the Finals Officials: Bernie Rivet, Court Smith, Gord Puhallo, Barb Swampy, Patti Gerhardi, Dolly Gunn and Diana Puhallo, and the Finals Stock Contractor WWE Rodeo Co, thank you for all your hard work as well. 2012 MAJOR PLATINUM BCRA SPONSORS 2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Aldergrove Chapter, By Sheila Sowerby BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

Seeking and Blundering in Aldergrove “By Seeking and Blundering, We Learn.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.


s Back Country Horsemen, we all share a desire to ride and camp, cook over a fire and see the stuff you just won’t see unless you get off the well-trodden path. We range from the elite (capable of riding from Mexico to Manning Park) to the inept (incapable of riding twice around the riding ring without a break). We are fortunate in our club to have a wealth of talent and a willingness to share it or organize others to share theirs. For many, the Hoof Ball sessions organized by vice-chair Peter Thiessen this winter, with Natalie Vonk, provided a fantastic opportunity to improve communication skills with their equine partner. “OK horse, get over to that big scary ball and knock it between the goal posts… NOW!” In January, I attended a compass course by Rick Davies from Capilano University. It was one of a series of educational “Winter Warmer” events organized by Mary Huntington. There was a good dump of snow on the ground as about twenty of us “students” clutched compasses and maps and tried to remember what Rick had said five minutes ago. I made some clever calculations, squinted knowledgably at my brand new compass and strode off purposefully… in exactly the opposite direction to everyone else. Oops mixed up north and south. In February, Paton and Martin Veterinary Services opened the doors of their clinic to us, for the third year in a row. This year, Dr. Martin and Dr. 68 • Saddle Up • October 2012

St-Laurent gave us an incredibly informative three-hour talk on colic, from symptoms and surgery to what the heck to do about it in the backcountry. In March, Jay O’Jay, well known horseman, clinician and former backcountry guide, did a series of lessons for our club at Ralph and Sonja Anderlini’s indoor ring. He began with groundwork on day one to establish communication and respect then took that into the saddle for the remaining sessions. He was adamant that the groups be small and the lessons long enough (two hours) to actually make progress. The Winter Warmers continued with sessions on tack cleaning, knots and making a personal survival kit. Later in March, our guru of all things backcountry, Jim McCrae, taught a hobbling clinic. Our own technical wizard, Jack Breaks, offered his considerable skills to help us master our GPS units and then another session on how to take what we recorded and put the tracks or waypoints onto a Google Earth map… even with a picture! At the March meeting, veterinarian Dr. Hermen Geertsema, one of our members, spoke about such concerns as suturing a wound when you are miles (or days) from a vet. He demonstrated a technique and we were all able to attempt this ourselves, on our jeans. As we worked, the occasional screech erupted whenever one of us stuck a needle into our leg, but we learned a valuable skill which might be useful when riding deep into the backcountry. Hermen’s perspective as a backcountry

horseman, hunter and veterinarian is unique and we are fortunate to have him in the club. At the April meeting Myles Herman spoke about equine body soreness, how to recognize it and what might help. Great stuff. Through our club, I learned of a packing clinic offered by JRJ Trail Horsemanship and Packing School, which I took. After two and a half jam-packed days of instruction on everything from knots, hobbling, picketing and high-lining to packing and securing a load with a double diamond or basket hitch, at night I now dream of double (or triple!) diamonds so tight and pretty that they twang, should you pluck the rope. The other attendees and I cannot wait to ride into the mountains with our self-tied packs and see if they really are as fabulous as Jim said, or unravel and roll under our pack animals’ bellies. The desire to learn more about our passion is huge. A couple of years ago, as a farrier, I decided it would be beneficial to teach folks at one of Mary’s Winter Warmers how to nail a shoe on a horse. I called Carson’s and arranged to pick up about twenty horse legs, with shoes still attached. As I sat in my driveway with my twenty macabre friends, taping plastic around the grisly end of the specimens, I thought to myself, “Am I nuts!?” But the following morning, as a large crowd, ranging from cute little girls to grumpy old men, rummaged through the bin for a really good dead leg, I learned… we all are! We seek, we blunder, we learn. Perfect.


Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier,


kimikin Ride near Tappen was “under new management” this year, but it was sure hard to tell! The new team of Corrie Stalker and Shawnee Venables helped entrants find their camping spot, made sure water supply was ample, marked and mapped the trails, fulfi lled the basics necessary to conduct a ride, and went further - hosting an amazing potluck dinner with great completion prizes from the local winery, and useful and practical awards - always appreciated! The ladies also handled the many questions of the day with efficiency and calm; they looked like seasoned managers, and excellent ones, too! Thanks to you both! Talk around camp was that they also had some “in” with the weatherman - the scorching days of early in the week had given way to rain, but it all cleared away just in time for the weekend! Twenty-seven entries started the 50Mile trails at 6:30am on Saturday, August 25, rounding the lake for the first time that day, arriving at the big hill warmed up and ready for the climb. Each of their three loops began this way, but then diverged through cedar forest, towering fir, and expansive vistas. Each loop ended through overgrown logging road/trail, and it was here that Elroy Karius and Apache, Julius Bloomfield and Kizmet, and Junior Grace Logie and Avtar raced the last miles to the 50-Mile finish. Elroy and Apache timed in with a ride time of 4:46, with Julius and Grace, Kizmet and Avtar in at 4:47. Elroy and Apache went on to win Best Condition Award. After the dust had settled, Fred Voglmaier and My Dance arrived at 4:53, Lori Bewza and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Taj at 5:28, and Brenda Miskimmin on her second ride with Paladin at 6:11. Brenda and Paladin later were awarded High Vet Score, so it looks like the beginning of a beautiful relationship! Filling out the Top Ten completions were Terre O’Brennan and Koszaar, Stephany Dean and Sanaa, June Melhuish and Tory, and Terre LaPorte and Montana. Twenty-five entries started the 25-Mile trails at 7:30am, following the scenic trails around the lake, and also arriving at the big hill warmed up and ready to chug on up. Nellie Roukema and Atomic pulsed down first with a ride time of 2:48, closely followed by Junior Darien Venables and Splash, and Marie Gauthier and Memphis, both at 2:49. Welcome back to Jennifer Szezepaniak and Maramac Prime Time who pulsed in at 2:50. Diane Prinsen and Zimfendel Macho Dude followed at 2:53, Louise Abbot and Arella came in at 3:25, with Lynn Paul and Delight at 3:26. Cindy Penno and Meg arrived at 3:32, with Barb Holmes-Blamer and her new guy, Salvator, at 3:33. High Vet Score for the 22 Milers was awarded to Greg Healey and Drifter; their ride time was 4:46. Veterinarians Michael Peterson, Grant Scott, and Rob Mulligan examined each and every horse multiple times over Friday and Saturday - thanks to them for helping horses and their riders complete safely and “fit to continue!” Mark your calendar for the Annual General Meeting on November 10, 2012. Once again, we will be meeting at the Ramada Inn in Kamloops for a little club

Warming up for the 50-Mile start

Terre LaPorte and Lori Bewza

Julius Bloomfield and Grace Logie

business, a little education, annual awards, and a lotta fun. See ya there - details to follow shortly! Ride results for Last Chance Mountain Ride in Westbank on September 15 should be on the website, as well as the winners of two raffles - those decadent La-Z-Boy recliners with massage and refrigerators will have found a new home, and someone’s freezer will be freshly stocked with meat. Congratulations to the lucky winners! • 69

Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


he Daly girls, Megan and Amanda, have been riding forever. Both girls are members of PTRC, as well as their mom Jan and Grandma Jeanette Brandt. It is at Pine Tree events that the sisters get a chance to practice their horse riding skills, including the unit work they are expected to do as part of their 4-H achievement. Megan and Amanda do a lot of riding outside of the monthly Pine Tree playdays as well. Living at the Brandt Ranch in Pritchard has given the girls the incredible opportunity to become the accomplished riders they are. It was the summer of 2011 when a friend in the cutting world suggested they take part in the Battle of the Breeds at the PNE that year. After the girls and their team won that, it was suggested they apply to take part in the Youth World Quarter Horse Show to be held in Kreuth Germany, July 21-28, 2012. The girls sent in an application that included videos of them riding, an explanation of how they came to be the riders they are, as well as the various things they do with their horses. The girls applied and were accepted. Megan was accepted as a team leader (hands-on support for riders) and Amanda was accepted as an alternate. All successful Canadian applicants were to fundraise $2100, and Megan and Amanda successfully raised their $4200. The Canadian funds raised were pooled and used for such things as meals, hotel, team jackets, shirts, other team gear, etc. No one from Canada brought horses. European teams had to bring five horses and they were shared amongst the competitors. Fifteen countries/teams were represented in Kreuth with team Canada coming in 4th overall. Megan described her experience as breathtaking and very exciting. It was her first time travelling internationally 70 • Saddle Up • October 2012

and her favourite part was meeting other youth riders. She said it was easy to hang out with everyone as they all had similar interests. She met competitors from other countries and enjoyed that very much as well. Amanda said the trip was really amazing and her favourite part, like Megan’s, was meeting the other riders. It was neat to see the commonalities in riders from all over. In hindsight, Megan wishes she could go back to re-visit – she has very fond memories of the trip and is already talking about applying for the Youth World Show coming up in Texas in two years. Since they have returned from Germany, Amanda and Megan have again been a part of the team at the 2012 PNE that won the Battle of the Breeds. Pine Tree Riding Club will soon have a new website up and running - thanks for your patience. In the meantime, for any other information, please contact club president Michelle at mtondevold@ or 250-573-5331. Please contact Kesia regarding volunteer hours at or 250-819-7313. We will send an invitation out to members via email for those wishing to take part in the banquet planning. We will also organize a fall grounds clean-up to prep the grounds for winter, as well as help members still needing to accrue hours to get them in!

Megan and Amanda Daly

Go Team Canada!

Megan and Amanda with their Canadian teammates in Germany.

Upcoming dates: November 2: Banquet and Awards, Barnhartvale Hall November 18: AGM, 11am, Barnhartvale Hall

Megan and Amanda and Team Canada at the opening ceremonies.


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore


here is never a shortage of news when BC Paint Horse folks get together and that always makes for a fast-paced agenda at our meetings, like the one held September 10 in Langley. “It takes a dedicated team to work together smoothly and productively,” said president Colleen Schellenberg as she thanked members and directors for their support this show season. Fiscally, the club is in excellent shape. With six circuits and 14 APHAapproved judges from the Fraser Valley all the way to Terrace, the kitty for year-end awards is feeling quite flush. Ditto for the Open Show and Competition Program where the introduction of a flat fee has generated no less than 26 participants. If you’ve been hoarding your OSCP results forms, now is the time to get them in the mail. With the show season all but behind us, the directors are making exciting plans for the banquet, scheduled for February 2 at High Point. Team Paint is a crowd pleaser If you’re a member of BC Paint Horse Club’s group page on Facebook, you no doubt appreciated Kelly Allen’s up-to-the-minute updates as Team Paint competed at the 2012 Pacific National Exhibition’s Battle of the Breeds, August 28-30. Team Paint was second out of eight breeds represented, and just one point behind the winning Quarter Horse team as they competed in dressage, trail, jumping and barrels. Many thanks to Heidi Hogan and WW Pistol McCue, Ron Stolp and Winddancers Cimaron Blaze, Brandie Thom who rode Kelly and Ron’s stallion, The Huntsman, and to Kristen Mozel and her gelding, Snowyriver McGregor, whose second-

Team Paint at the PNE’s Battle of the Breeds (Kelly Allen photo)


place finish in barrels secured Team Paint’s reserve championship. Watch for them to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Paint Horse Journal! Paints add colour to fair BC Paint member Geri Brown reports Paint Horse exhibitors held their own during the lighthorse show at the Bulkley Valley Fair in Smithers, August 23-26. Bibs Dillaire rode her stallion, Gold Bar Tristan, to win the high point western award. Geri and her solid bred gelding, R Bandits Success, won a big open trail class and placed second in the trail stake. Bibs, John Brown and Geri placed first, second and third respectively in the open reining while John and Geri kept the reining stakes purse all in the family with first and second place finishes! Natasha Candelora’s Stellar Romance won the BVX Grand Champion Paint. Reserve was Sacred Page, owned by Sarah McClary. Sarah and Sacred Page placed second in the BVX best yearling class. In all, there were 161 exhibitors during the show, including 11 Paints in the APHA show. Hostess with the mostest – Evergreen BBQ a huge hit Having barely recovered from four days at the fair, Geri and husband John headed south to the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s Evergreen Circuit in Langley, September 1-2. That is a 15-hour drive, but they couldn’t have picked a better time to come as BCPHC directors (under the direction of party planner Colleen Schellenberg) hosted the welcome supper Friday evening. It was a huge success with delicious potluck salads, burgers, and freshly baked pies from Krause Berry Farm. The show itself turned out much better than originally anticipated, with 26 Paints

Reserve high point senior horse Ima Special Delivery and Dianne Rouse (Devon Smith photo)

Emma Schellenberg and All Ready Smoke N tied for the youth high point at LMQ’s Evergreen Circuit (Colleen Schellenberg photo)

competing under three judges. There was even a point class in solid bred showmanship (thanks to Geri and yours truly – neither of which got the point!). While the three judge/two day format may have received mixed reviews from QH exhibitors, it received a resounding “thumbs up” from Paint exhibitors. Tied for youth high point were Emma Schellenberg and her gelding, All Ready Smoke N, and Ingrid Libera riding Maximum Intensity. Emma and Cotton were reserve novice youth, while the high point went to Trinell Carpenter and Zips Heavenly Angel. Michelle Hinchcliff is off to a great “rookie” year with Amaretto Waltz. She won the amateur walk/trot high point. Ingrid and Maximum Intensity won the senior horse high point; Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery were reserve. High point amateur went to Jennifer McCulloch-Feist and Two Tone Zippo. Christine Frost and RJ Stylin in Red were reserve. Natalie Hall and Don’t Temp Me were novice amateur high point winners. Reserve went to Avery Murray and Alito Too Dynamic. Solid bred went to Linsey O’Donnell and Get A Coo; Geri and R Bandits Success were reserve. It was fabulous to see all the colour at this show. Many thanks to everyone who turned out and to LMQ for the invite! Running out of room As always, we’re overset with news. Natalie Hall will be spearheading another Christmas wreath fundraiser for Fraser Valley members and will start taking orders later this month. And Colleen will be organizing the Purdy’s chocolate Christmas fundraiser, kicking it off at our annual meeting, November 3 in Langley. (She is also promising a cabinet shuffle at that meeting - meaning she would like to be replaced as president, in spite of our objections.) For more information (and more news), please visit our website (www. or join our Facebook group at BC Paint Horse Club. • 71

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

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uild it and they will come”… with the help of our generous sponsors, our hard working staff and our dedicated volunteers SCQHA ‘built’ a fantastic AQHA Show and BOY did ‘they come’!! We had exhibitors come from Alberta, Idaho, Washington, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Northern BC, not to mention all the folks from right nearby too. What a GREAT circuit! Lots and lots of fun and tons of awards and prizes. Without a doubt our best year yet! A complete list of winners will be posted on our website and in the November issue of Saddle Up; but for now here are some highlights… All Breed Open Weanling Super Halter Futurity Champion – STS Got Em All Talkin – Sherry Sulz, Langley, BC Res. Champion – Mr Cool Secret – Chris Miller, Alberta All Breed Open Yearling Super Halter Futurity Champion - Callin All Yuh Fellas – Janice Pattison, Alberta Res. Champion – The Nu Sherrifintown – Betty Ann Vivian, Alberta All Breed Open Yearling Tri-Challenge Champion – Sweet Iron – Betty Ann Vivian, Alberta Res. Champion – Thanks For The Invite – Kelly Frech, BC Open All Breed All Ages Hunter Under Saddle Stake Champion – Certifiable Fabulous – Karen Ray, Idaho Res. Champion – In My Red High Hells – Chris Miller, Alberta Open All Breed 2 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity Champion – Maybe Shes Born With It – Chris Miller, Alberta Res. Champion – Big Time Potentional – Ashleigh Tuhkala, BC Open All Breed Two Year Old Halter Stallion Stake Champion – He Shootz He Skorz – Sandy Kirtzinger, Alberta Open All Breed Two Year Old Halter Gelding Stake Champion – FG Amazin Fella – Jennifer Larson, Idaho Open All Breed Two Year Old Halter Mare Stake Champion – Intimidating Starlet – Sandy Kirtzinger, Alberta Res. Champion – Streakin In My Dreams – Karla Dewhurst, BC

Here’s what his current owner Elizabeth Hein of Vernon has to say about her Dear Old Boy… “I have a 32 year young QH gelding. His name is “Donnie Lark.” He has Three Bars on his Sire’s side and Leo on his Dam’s side. My Dad bought him for me when a man came into his car lot and wanted to sell a flat deck truck. Donnie was being hauled by him at the time and my Dad ending up making a deal on Donnie right then and there…. opting not to buy the man’s truck! Donnie was shown in Western Pleasure and Trail along with other classes. He spent some time as a trail horse at Sundance Guest Ranch and later as a pack horse in Northern BC. We have owned and loved Donnie since 1990 and he will continue living with us at his ‘forever home” here in Vernon. 72 • Saddle Up • October 2012

Anna Green, SCQHA Reining

Team Tournament Champions Terri Myers, Alix Rasmussen and Janet Crich each winning their very own I Pod Touch and a Western Saddle Bag thanks to sponsors Hutton Performance Horses

Donnie Lark – AQHA #1608732 foaled in May, 1980 at Skylark Farms in Galt, California … Sired by Dondi Bar and out of Holly Lark by Leolark


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, VP: Denise Hill, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Everlasting Sun at Evergreen Circuit The final circuit of the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s (LMQHA) show season could not have been blessed with nicer weather when it got underway September 1 at Thunderbird. This is the first kick at the can for a two day/three judge format and it met with mixed reactions from Quarter Horse exhibitors who are accustomed to having at least a couple of goes in front of circuit judges. In all, there were 39 horses competing for AQHA points, circuit high points and jackpot money. Hailey Webb and Mainstreet Zippo won the Youth 13 and Under high point by just three points over reserve winner Elizabeth Gerbrandt and Zips Classical Image. Hailey, of course, is Mark and Karen Webb’s daughter and she also won the saddle put up by Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses for the Overall Novice high point at Evergreen. Eilish Anderson and Strait from the Source was not only the Youth 14 to 18 high point, but also the overall Youth winner. Alix Rasmussen and Money Making Dreamer was reserve Youth 14 to 18. MacKenzie Inksater and Bow Tie N Dreams was reserve Overall Youth. It was very nice to see some new exhibitors and bigger-than-usual classes in the youth division, which paid off nicely in extra points for the novice exhibitors competing for that Pyke and Buckley-sponsored saddle! In the Amateur division, Linsey O’Donnell rode Get a Coo to win the Amateur high point. Carole Walton and Alittle Reality were reserve, while LaTaya Prato rode He is Dynamic to win the Novice Amateur. Candace Travers and Leap to Conclusion were reserve. Jackpot payout neared $1700 and was most lucrative for LMQHA president Michelle Charleston. Trainer Mark Webb rode her Pleasarable Mr to win the Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail jackpot. First place paid out a not-too-shabby $460. Carol McEachen and Ima Zippo N Gold was second ($345). Paint exhibitor Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery placed third ($230) while Tami Hutton rode Bow Tie N Dreams for a fourth place finish on Tracey Olney’s great trail course. This trail jackpot is one of the most prestigious offerings during LMQHA’s show season, named in honour of long-time LMQHA member and volunteer Cathy Dumaresq, who passed away suddenly a few years back. Cathy, a paraplegic after a fall at a racetrack in 1985, and Union Doc were fi xtures at LMQHA shows where they excelled in trail and were admired by many. In other jackpot classes, Notice These Dynamics, owned and shown by Heather Huber, was the lone entry and therefore the winner in the Yearling Halter class. In the Yearling Tri-Challenge, So Noticed, owned by Michelle and shown by Mark, tied with Alito Too Dynamic, owned by Paint exhibitor Avery Murray. Mark also rode another of Michelle’s horses, I Got a Hot Secret, to win the Western Pleasure Maturity (five and over). Tami Hutton’s Heztheultimate Dream was second, followed by Ima Zippo N Gold and Carol McEachen in third. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tina Maynard Wins Amateur All-Around at Region One BC Quarter Horse exhibitors were well represented at AQHA’s Region One Experience in Spanaway, August 14-19, where Tina Maynard of Chilliwack rode her six-year-old gelding, Oughta Be Western, to win the All-Around Amateur Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western and their entourage saddle as well as being named from Hutton Performance Horses reserve Novice Amateur (Photo courtesy of Sierrabreeze champion. Tina trains with Photography) Tami Hutton, who took a full contingent down to the Tacoma Horsemen’s Unit arena which was given a facelift for the show that welcomed exhibitors from all over the Pacific Northwest. “I was just hoping we would be competitive,” says Tina, who competed in everything from Halter to Western Riding at the AQHA-run competition. This was her first trip south of the border to compete and, she says, the timing for excellence was perfect – she was in the market for a new saddle! Tina and “Harry” were also high Mainstreet Zippo and Hailey point Amateur and Novice Amateur at Webb won the Pyke and South Central’s fall circuit, September Buckley Performance Horses 14-16, in Armstrong. They’re headed to Novice all-around saddle. AQHA’s Novice Championship Show in (Devon Smith photo) Las Vegas, October 4-6. Team QH Tops Battle of the Breeds Team Quarter Horse, led by LaTaya Prato, placed first in the PNE’s Battle of the Breeds competition last month, besting Team Paint by just one point. Riders and their horses compete in four events (dressage, jumping, barrels and trail) over three days of competition. Joining LaTaya on Team Quarter Horse were Hailey Stradling and Megan and Amanda Daly. Tidbits The BC Quarter Horse Association is hosting a Trail Challenge at the new and much talked-about Twisted Terrain Horse Park in Hope, October 6-7. The inaugural event will feature a clinic Saturday morning followed by a “challenge” for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels that afternoon. A trail ride is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9 am. For more information, visit the website, www. The annual general meeting and election for the 2013 directors is scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 27, 7 pm at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley, where all our meetings are held. New members welcome. • 73

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Our National Journey By Sheila Goertz

It was an amazing year, a whirlwind of shows and travel. It was 40 years ago this year that we first attended the Canadian Nationals. New into Arabian horses, we soaked up the entire atmosphere, the horse flesh and showing, and set out with a dream that one day we would breed and show a horse to be competitive at the Canadian Nationals. And so time goes by - a family, a farm, stallions, mares, foals and some show horses. These were the building blocks to reaching this goal. Last year, Debbie Storey helped us move our Country English Pleasure gelding, Bright City Lights, to a division of showing in which he would be more competitive: Hunter Pleasure. Debbie kept saying that he is a National level hunter. Yeah right, maybe with someone else who knows how to ride hunter seat! Well, I was not too sure… riding hunter is boring... don’t like the clothes - boring, but it seemed that if I was going to ride in 2012, I had better get my act together, because BC was liking his new job. Off to the coast in May this year for our first attempt at hunter, and I was pleased that we made it around the ring and the judges awarded us with an occasional ribbon. Nothing spectacular, but I reminded myself that it is a learning curve and we needed to keep going. We gathered enough points to qualify to go to Region 17 in Red Deer. The month of July was busy with grandchildren, friends and haying! BC’s work continued sporadically as we were so busy. We were ready to roll to Red Deer (well, we were packed and the horse was clean). No expectations... we were just there to continue on the learning curve, trying with every ride NOT to be a saddleseat rider! I always ride a class in the pre-show just to get the feel of the ring and the horse; second place - not bad. The first Regional class was two days later. Well, that was my “throw away” class. Seemingly too fast, too tense, too many other things, but I had more classes to learn in. Friday morning, we had two classes close together. Of course, getting up at first light to BRAID is not what a country rider is used to doing! Braiding done, horse lunged and warmed up, and into the first class we went. Had a good ride (not really knowing what a good ride is about) and we were named Half Arabian Champion Select ATR rider. WOW. No pressure now, of course, and back in the ring in 30 minutes. No time to rest, just wait for another go. Next class: Champion ATR 40 and over. Man, these judges really like my horse! Maybe he is a good hunter. Saturday morning, BC was named unanimous Champion Hunter pleasure gelding! Wow, what a feat! Three Championships and one Top Five in one Regional show. Never in our years of showing had we accomplished this! We were happy with a few top fives and an occasional championship or reserve. Friends came along to pressure us to go to Canadian Nationals. We were qualified. Debbie felt we were on a roll and should see where it would take us. She kept reminding us that he is a national calibre hunter horse. The “stars” all lined up. Debbie could take BC home to her barn, rest him

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and he could ride along with the other National contenders from her barn to Brandon leaving mid-week. We still had things to do at home - cut our second crop of hay, laundry, dry cleaning, replenish the RV for the next trip and Wally needed another week off work. On Friday, late, we headed off to Brandon, Manitoba, and it is a long way across the prairie. Saturday night, very late, we rolled onto the National show grounds. Sunday morning we were at the Topline stalls. We needed to get ready to ride and test the footing in the show arena. Meagan Friesen did a super clip on BC’s face Sunday afternoon. Monday afternoon, BC had his own personal prep team - Melissa to braid him and Debbie to put on his “makeup,” saddle and bridle. We went off to warm up and then to the holding ring with a trip past the wash rack as the outside rings were muddy. Before we knew it we were walking down the ramp to the show ring. The class was a blur - riding every transition, every gait, as this is still a work in progress. I could hear Debbie saying to me from the rail “keep riding!” Whew! Into the lineup... BC stood patiently as the Top Ten awards were given out. Cori Wilson was on the rail and she said, “You’ve got it.” “What do you mean?” I said. Then the reserve was called and she rode forward for her pictures and roses and then the announcer called the Champion Half Arabian Hunter AAOTR 40 and over, a Unanimous Champion... 771 Bright City Lights. That was us! Cori was right! Debbie was right! The pictures with the bronze and the roses and then the “village” arrived to join in the photo shoot - it was all overwhelming! Arabian Horse Global caught us for a moment to interview and televise us! What to say! We own his dam, we bred this horse, we did a large amount of his training, he is Canadian Bred. Last night, reviewing my show photos, I felt an emotional moment as it was one month ago that we were named National Champions. I can tick my Bucket List. Wally and I are grateful to Debbie Storey of Topline Training and Dianne Pretty for recognizing the quality of our horse and encouraging us to “go for it” when we were still a “work in progress” and to all who believed in us and supported us. To Wally, husband, horse slave, RV horse trailer driver and strongest supporter, thanks for the Great Ride. Asmara News In May, our new Saddlebred mare delivered us a lovely fi lly by Afires Heir. She is upright with a great neck, smooth top line and a special personality. We are excited about showing her in halter as a yearling in 2013. This year, we decided to purchase a Country English horse. The “window shopping” was on. Midstream, we changed our minds to fi nd a purebred mare, one that will breed on when I can no longer ride and show. We found a lovely mare with Todd Hickerson in California. She is young and needs a little more work to finish her in a double bridle. She is exciting, and sired by Allience+// (Aladdin x A Love Song), the National Champion Park horse, out of a Huckleberry Bey ++ granddaughter who is out of an Ariston daughter. This mare is royally bred with lots of trot on both sides of her pedigree. She will breed well to the fashionable English performance bred stallions in the show world today. We will look forward to showing her as well this coming year. Todd took her to Region 3 in Reno and showed her the first time, winning us a Top Five in Country. She is on her way! Next Debbie Storey Clinic, October 13-14


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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! TSC YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET, 6pm Terrace Arena, 27 ALBERTA RANCH HORSE VERSATILITY SHOW, Olds AB, Russ 403-846-0893 27 OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA at Cayley Wilson Performance Horses, Abbotsford, 604-300-0401, 27 THE VERY SMALL EQUINE HARVEST POKER DRIVE, Armstrong, Debbie 250-546-6422, 27 BCRA AWARDS BANQUET & AGM, Williams Lake, 250-398-4104, 27 HORSE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF BC (Cavallini 2012) High Point Equest. Ctr., Langley, 604-539-8391, 28–Nov 29 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Training & Instructor Program, Princeton, BC, Marion 27

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BED, BALES & BREAKFAST BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout,



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(Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 8/13 CAMPS FARRIERS & SUPPLIES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 2/13 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse�� Abby R. Koop, Farrier 4/13

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GUEST RANCHES CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake, BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 11/12 WWW.HIDDENLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Quesnel, BC)1-877-482-8569 12/12 Come and experience a truly authentic working ranch in BC’s Spectacular Cariboo WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 WWW.REDWILLOWRANCH.COM (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13


REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/12

CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 3/13 JASON MCKENZIE CUSTOM MADE SADDLES (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 11/12 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 6/13 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food HORSE’N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items. RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13 WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western An EQUESTRIAN

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks 7/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13

LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. 9/13 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 10/12



Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12

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VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 9/13 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. 4/13 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 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 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, WEBSITE DESIGN


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On To Greener Pastures


y dear friends Joanne Roche-Allcroft and Taryne lost their beloved mare Rose to colic in early September. Taryne and Rose were a sight to see showing and they kicked ASS everywhere they went. My heart aches for the loss of not only Rose but her first foal that she was carrying. 9 years was not long enough for her to be with them. She will also be missed by her Mom Georgie who has never been separated from her. - Submitted by Kathy Scott and her niece.


On The Market

MOTIVATED TO SELL! 2004 AQHA MARE Blazing Hot, Zippo Pine Bar and Barpasser breeding. Knows her basics, needs to be finished. Would make a great all around or trail ride best friend. Dad is ROM earner in Western Pleasure, HUS and Trail. Loads, vetted, farrier work done. $2,200. 250-304-8023 (Castlegar) E-mail: Serious inquiries please

HF LIL TOO BARS Beautiful 7-year-old Quarter Horse Mare, 14.2HH. Well broke. Used for trails, arena and ranch work. AQHA #4742114, breeding includes Freckles Playboy, Little Hickory Too, Docs Lil Candy Bar, Doc Bar, Little Lena. $2,500. 250-396-4747 (Lac La Hache, BC) E-mail:

YOUR ALL AROUND HORSE! 7-year-old Hanoverian WB/Arabian/QH Gelding 15.2HH. Well broke, Western and English, Dressage. Perfect all around horse! $3,500 ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:

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DISPERSAL SALE Proven bloodlines in Reining, Cow Work and Western Pleasure including Great Red Pine, Hollywood Jac 86, Prime Time Chex, Wright A Chex, Wrangler War Leo, Pepinics Master and Lady Pepinic are currently available and fairly priced to working homes. Dispersal sale includes AQHA registered stallions, broodmares, yearlings and aged horses. If you want healthy results in the arena or on the trail, discover Fillmore Quarter Horses: Working Legacies. True Companions. Visit us at Or call 250-367-9834 for more info (Fruitvale) We look forward to hearing from you!

“ROSIE” 5 YR OLD REG’D APHA MARE 15HH, Buttermilk Buckskin Tobiano Mare with an exceptional temperament. She is still fairly green, training in reining and cowhorse currently and has 60 days NH training. She is light and willing, moves well off of legs and has a nice start to a spin, rollback and stop. She enjoys working the flag. She does a trail course, eagerly climbs in the trailer and has no bad habits. She is such a sweet willing mare, I would love to see her go to someone who wants a riding partner and spends time riding out and enjoying their horse rather than only doing ring work. $4,000. 250-545-3376 (Vernon) E-mail:


This mare has had one foal with good colour in May 2006. Good bloodlines (APHA and AQHA with Peppy San line). She is trained to ride Western Pleasure with some professional training as a 5-year-old and would be suitable for an experienced rider. Owner wants to find her a good home where she will be used and enjoyed. $2,200. Pam 250-546-3375 (Armstrong) E-mail:

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APHA MINIMAL WHITE RED ROAN OVERO MARE Lucy is a Registered 2007 APHA Mare out of a Mighty Awesome APHA mare and sired by Blazin On Through, AQHA. Show, pleasure ride or breed her. Ready to go in any direction you want to take her. Big beautiful trot for English, quiet for Western Pleasure and Trail, and broke for Showmanship, Horsemanship/ Equitation. Shown APHA and Open shows. APHA points and Register of Merit. Bathes, ties, clips, longes, good with farrier and up-to-date on everything. Selling as I have a younger horse needing my attention and just don’t have enough time for both. Asking $4,500. Video and more photos available. Contact Barb 250-547-0146 (Lumby) E-mail:


On The Market

STUNNING 9 YR BAY QUARTER HORSE MARE 15.1HH Bred for Cutting and Reining. Started in Reining. Sire: Dot Hollywood Jessie. Dam: Freckles Jazzy Belle. Willing disposition, athletic, great ground manners. Offering for sale to the right home. $4,800. 250-558-3631 (Vernon)


IMMACULATE 2.4 ACRES Located in beautiful SE Kelowna on School Bus route. Backs onto miles of marked trails (South Slope Park). 1,500 sq. ft. Rancher, open plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. New horse and hay shelters. Horses will stay fi t and trim on rolling hillside pasture. Asking $729,000. 3665 Luxmoore Road, Kelowna, BC Phone 250-764-9401

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

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



OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

Sired By: JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC



KWIK SMOOTH START 1997 AQHA RACEBRED BROODMARE ‘My Leroy Brown’ - ‘Jet Smooth’ on top; ‘Kwik Knik’ - ‘Kiptys Charger’ on bottom. In foal for 2013 to blue roan stallion HAYES BLUE VALENTINE [Blue Valentine & Joe Hancock]. $4,200. 250-446-2235 (Rock Creek, BC)

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

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BAY MORGAN MARE IN FOAL FOR 2013 15HH, 10 years old, in foal to Bay Silver Dapple Morgan stallion for what is sure to be a spectacular foal! This mare has had one foal and is a great mother. She is also trained to ride and has been shown in Western Pleasure but is suited for an experienced rider. Transportation easily arranged. $3,000 plus GST. More photos at E-mail: or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)

RARE SILVER DAPPLE CHESTNUT MORGAN COLT 2012 UC Davis color tested Chestnut Silver Dapple colt. Your chance to own one of a handful of Silver Dapple Morgans in the breed! Well-handled foal, good with farrier, ready to go in September. Full siblings have sold to Alaska and Australia. Transportation easily arranged. $2,000 plus GST. More photos at E-mail: or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad, AB)


Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)


Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13 • 83


Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

PRINCETON HOBBY FARM Rare 10 acre horse property that’s only 5 mins from town. Property features 2 excellent drilled wells, huge 47x30’ wired shop, 46x36’ barn with new siding & soffits, brand new 24x12’ cow shelter & watered pasture. 3,356 sq. ft. home features 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, walk-out basement, plus wrap-around deck to soak up the valley view. Many updates include new roof, stainless kitchen appliances & wood/electric furnaces. Access to Trans Canada Trail means you can saddle the horses and ride to town! Tons of value that cannot be overlooked, priced to sell!

$539,900 MLS® 139650 512 Princeton-Summerland Road (Princeton BC) LEE MOWRY 250-295-1990 Century 21 Princeton Realty

MIDDAY VALLEY RANCH 320 ACRES Perfect insulated living in quiet solitude only 18 minutes from downtown Merritt. Finally you can hear yourself think! Beautifully crafted log home. Lots of outbuildings, creek, hay fields. Off the grid – solar and propane power. Currently operated for breeding horses, lessons and competing. Artesian well! Opportunity just knocks – it doesn’t beat down the door! $1,649,000 J. BARRIE CLINE 250-371-7222 RE/MAX Barrie Cline

HORSE PROPERTY AND WATERFRONT! Pamper your horses with insulated stalls in a 36x72 barn with hayloft, covered outside area, and paddocks with shelters. And pamper yourself in a beautiful exclusive rancher on 9.88 acres with waterfront on private Reichmuth Lake in the Bridge Lake area. $875,000 MLS® N220139 8297 Wilson Lake Road, Bridge Lake, BC INGRID BERGER 250-395-2133 Century 21 Seaside Realty Ltd (100 Mile)

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HORSE LOVERS DREAM PROPERTY 17.58 acre farm in beautiful Okanagan Valley ideally suited for equestrian use. Well maintained 3 bedroom rancher built in 1993 with self-contained in-law suite in the basement. 46x25’ metal clad barn. Direct access to 97 km. of marked trails. Next door to the Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services. Fully irrigated and fenced. $1,499,000 MLS® 10050590 4494 Wallace Hill Road, Kelowna, BC MARK GIDDEN 250-878-1113 Macdonald Realty Kelowna

IT HAS ALL THE ‘I WANTS’ With no expense spared! Private 162 acre setting with a lovely 2 storey home – over 4,000 sq. ft. plus partly finished basement; updated 2 bedroom second home; heated 40x60’ barn with 7 stalls plus wash bay, tack & feed areas, bathroom; heated 70x140’ arena; 40x60’ heated 4 bay steel shop; 5 paddocks plus 13 acre pasture – all with power & water; 4 board fencing; round pen; 3 titles and not in the ALR. Price of ownership shows! Located approximately 25 minutes west of Prince George. Please call for information. $995,000 MLS® N220643 ELAINE KIENZLE 250-960-8769 Doucette Realty Ltd

A CREEK RUNS THROUGH IT! Immaculate inside and out Hobby Farm on 20 acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been re-seeded, fenced and cross-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop. $429,900 MLS® 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista, BC CALL CYNTHIA 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd.

NEED ROOM FOR HORSES? 2.8 acre property, heated water troughs, outdoor riding ring, fenced and cross- fenced. 3 bedroom rancher. Easy commute to Kamloops or Chase. $399,000 MLS® 109217 4999 Gerella Road, Pritchard, BC CALL CYNTHIA 1-866-955-2256 Toll Free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd.

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Book Review By Mark McMillan A Music CD That Looks Like a Book? Or a Book That Sounds Great? Western Spirit: Author Mag Mawhinney


unique concept - this book is more than just a book… it’s a package deal. It’s more than just poetry, too, as inside the back cover you’ll find a music CD that contains 13 tracks by 8 different artists. All of these songs were written by Mag and put to music by some of our favourite western musicians from both Canada and the US. Most of these artists have performed at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in past years, and if they haven’t, there’s a good chance we’ll be inviting them in the future. Anyone that’s been to the Festival in past years probably knows Mag and her work. Those that have read the Cowboy Times, or other reviews that I’ve done in the past, know that I’m a Mag Mawhinney fan. I love her writing. The over 80 poems are all nicely arranged with photos on over 120 pages. Some of

the material is previously unpublished and some are past favourites. Both the poems and the songs are typical Mag material - fun, wellwritten, and entertaining. The musicians all do the songs justice and I love the idea of a music CD included in a book of poetry. This package is definitely a keeper well done Mag! You can purchase this book for $30.00 in Canadian funds (includes shipping & handling) through PayPal. Visit www. to order.

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FREE LEASE OR ? Jay is a 7-year-old QH gelding. Suitable for LIGHT riding or companionship only, must be carefully conditioned and observed for more. Details available. Would make a super ‘therapy’ horse, either ridden or for groundwork/confidence building. He has an awesome mind and loves to play. Easy keeper, personality plus, would suit an experienced older child for light use, or could go down the trail for occasional rider. Please email FarmChiq@gmail. com with your contact info and any questions. (Armstrong)


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