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t appears most fires in BC have subsided somewhat and folks have been able to return to their homes (or what is left of them). A devastating sight for some, I am sure, and a long road to recovery. As I write this, we have just finished off the 55+ BC Senior Games in the Vernon and Armstrong area. I competed in the Equestrian part, held in Armstrong. More on that in our November issue. The weather has definitely gotten cooler and the mornings are BRISK with dew on the windshields! And our horses’ winter coats are starting up! Please don’t snow till November. Let me get to Chilliwack at the end of October without a snow storm. Rain all you want (please!) but no snow. I am still not done with all the events in September (every weekend I tell ya’) - so I will be very happy to welcome October when, maybe, I can relax a bit, and slow down some.

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FEATURES Mane Event Coming Up! Taking Risks, Part 1 Masterson Method Half-Pass, Common Errors Part 1 Western Saddle Fit Don’t Boil Your Horse! Vermilion’s (Draft) Winners World According to Horses (EFW) Having a Game Plan Mongol Derby (Winners) Washington TB Sale Results 118th IPE Wrap-Up

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Equine Education, Shopping and Meeting Up with Friends! David Lichman

Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Mane Event at Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC this October 20–22!


he Mane Event is gearing up for another successful show inviting world class clinicians from various disciplines as well as offering over 150 trade show exhibitors. Come experience equine shopping at its best from horse trailers to boots to saddles to western décor to health & wellness and everything in between!

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Continued from page 5 something to watch. The round pen will highlight attendees’ favourite event – the education based Trainers Challenge. This year’s trainers include Ben Baldus (Texas), Dan Keen (Texas) and Severin Pederson (BC). The Trainers Challenge is a unique opportunity to see three trainers put their skills to work to show the public their abilities and methods of training an unbroke horse. This is NOT the way these trainers would normally start a colt. What they do in the three days of the Challenge might take them 30–60 days or more to get the horse really working well at all of the different skills they are training into the colts. This Challenge is meant to be a venue to educate the public that there are more than one or two ways that you can start a colt and succeed at getting a quiet, broke horse. The Mane Event prides itself in bringing world class presenters including Olympic and World Champions and highly talented clinicians in a large variety of disciplines. We invite everyone to apply to ride with or simply audit lectures and demonstrations from some of the best clinicians in the world! This year, we are excited to announce the following clinicians: Connie Combs – Barrel Racing, David Lichman – Liberty & Gaited Horses, Evan Bonner – Horsemanship, Garn Walker – Cowboy Dressage, Jim Masterson – Equine

Massage, Mette Rosencrantz – Dressage, and Michel Vaillancourt – Jumping. Friday night’s entertainment has been taken over by the eventful Youth Pro-Am! The competition consists of 6-10 teams made up of one Youth (1218 years old) and one Clinician, and as a team, they compete in a timed obstacle/trail course. It is fun and entertaining as the teams are challenged to complete the course while using only the youth’s horse in a relaytype competition. If you are interested in participating in this playful event or know someone who would rock it, don’t hesitate to contact us! On Saturday night take in the ever-popular Equine Experience! Enjoy a variety of presenters that may include trick riders, drill teams, a liberty demo with David Lichman and his horses, driving demos and much more. It is sure to be an evening of horsey fun you don’t want to miss! Save money by pre-purchasing your tickets! Tickets are available online and by phone leading up to the event, and they are also available at the door once pre-sale ends. There are different ticket options for everyone, so be sure to find the one that suits you best. Be sure to head to our website at www. maneeventexpo.com for more information and ‘like’ us on Facebook for updates and clinician(s) announcements!

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October 2017

Taking Risks, Part 1

By Christa Miremadi Photos courtesy of Marion Photography, www.devineequine.ca

Last month, I shared with you a bit about the Cowgirl Reunion and what a great experience it is. I told you about the fun and excitement, the challenges and the rewards and, of course, about the two incredible horsewomen who developed this annual adventure.


hat I only very subtly alluded to, however, was the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and into the unknown and taking risks. Taking risks is an inevitable part of growth in general but even more so when horses are involved. Being that horses are flight animals and subject to extreme reactions that can lead to severe injury or even death, just being AROUND horses can be risky. (This is why, even at a dude ranch where you might be getting on a 28-year-old trail master, you’ll still be required to sign your life away before mounting up.) But that’s not really what I’m talking about here. What I’m talking about is the risks that are involved in achieving growth, either in your own abilities, your horse’s or possibly both. When I was invited to join in the fun again this past year at The Cowgirl Reunion, I was faced with a choice. Which horse do I take? I know… kind of a “first-world problem,” right? But seriously, I was quite torn on what to do. My choices were as follows: take my mustang Cisco and have a fantastic time, or take Rain, my 6-year-old, very green, project mare and get some work done. If I chose Cisco, I was pretty much guaranteed to have a blast! Although he’s not super keen on travelling, he puts up with a lot for me and always goes the extra mile and actually really enjoys the kind of back country, cowgirl mayhem that we’d be taking part in at the reunion. On the other hand, if I chose Rain, I’d be challenging myself and my project mare to rise to a new level and expand our comfort zones. Despite the fact that I really wanted to take Cisco, I chose to push myself and Rain up against the edge of our comfort zone and see what we could accomplish together. 8 • October 2017


A little background, before I continue with the story… I purchased Rain from a friend last September. She’d been lightly started and, after just over a month of work, she’d begun to display some unwanted behaviours that were making my friend question her suitability for the kids’ camp trail string she was being prepared for. After I visited the ranch and assessed the behaviour with her, she decided that it would be best to sell the little roan mare. I really liked her and, although I agreed entirely that a kids’ camp was not the right job for her, I saw a ton of potential in the little horse and decided to bring her home and see if we couldn’t sort out some of her kinks. By now, I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of behaviour she’d been displaying. Well, among other things, she was showing her disinterest in interacting with people quite strongly in a number of ways: not wanting to be caught, avoiding being touched, reacting strongly to any level of pressure and showing warning signs of being willing to go to bucking when being saddled. After working with her that day at her previous home, I felt she’d likely been asked to progress with her training a little quicker than she was comfortable with and that, with a bit of time off, a slow and steady “re-start” and a bit of a different approach, she’d come around quite well. After purchasing Rain, I turned her out at my 50-acre ranch east of Kamloops for the rest of the year. She had nine months off, just being a horse and, at the end of April, I brought her home to The Rock’n Star Ranch. By July, Rain was showing very good progress! She was standing quietly to be caught and haltered, moving easily off of pressure without a lot of overreaction and standing untied to be saddled. She wasn’t showing signs of bucking anymore and we were riding together in the

Rain checking out the rock, volunteering to climb up and over, calmly, with a relaxed and focused mind.

arena and out on the trail, both alone and with other horses. Back to the reunion… Bringing Rain to the event was the “right” choice. She was working well and it made sense to bring her, further her training and push myself a little at the same time rather than riding my own horse who I knew like the back of my hand. So, on July 14th, I hooked up my trailer, loaded up my little purple roan and headed out to the beautiful 7 ½ Diamond Ranch to join the rest of the cowgirls! That afternoon, I saddled her up at the trailer for her first time away from home and I rode her during the cowgirl games: a loud, exciting, challenging and extremely fun get-together in which all 16 of the wild women involved in the reunion mounted up and performed partnership testing challenges such as shooting balloons with water guns from the saddle, playing dress up and carrying an umbrella while mounted, riding or leading their horses blindfolded, a whole ton of loud and excited cheers of support and encouragement and some pretty extreme obstacles like the super big boulder that was positioned in the middle of the arena. Rain took it all in stride, watching the excitement and taking it all in. Being that she was green and that this was her first experience away from

home, I didn’t ask her to participate in the games but only to be present and continue to follow my directions in the face of such a stimulating environment. Not only did Rain manage to get through the event but she completely blew my mind by VOLUNTEERING to climb up and over the giant rock! The following day, we saddled up at my trailer again and headed out with two horses she didn’t know, leaving her two herd mates back at the ranch. This is a task that would be difficult for a seasoned horse, let alone a young, green horse, but Rain did it without complaint. She led, tailed and rode in the middle of the group that day and even braved a pack of hundreds of migrating baby frogs that were crossing the trail as well as pushing some cows out of the way. On our way home, she was so relaxed that I was even able to drop my reins and shoot a little video of our ride from the saddle. Once again, I was blown away by her try and the amount of cooperation she was offering me. She was making me feel so comfortable and behaving in a way that made me feel as though she’d been doing this kind of thing all her life! I believe that’s where I made my first big mistake. Within about 12 hours, I’d be on my way to the Nicola Hospital in the back of an ambulance. To find out what happened and what I believe led to the breakdown that inevitably led to my injuries, check out Part 2 of Taking Risks in next month’s issue. 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)

October 2017


Masterson Method – A Primer By Mark Fletcher, Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Instructor

Masterson Method is an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage. Mark Fletcher working on a barely touched mustang mare and her nursing foal demonstrating light touch bodywork techniques as part of a horse’s start. Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary, Kiowa, CO, 2017.


t is a unique, interactive method of equine massage in which you learn to recognize and use the response of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. In contrast to most traditional modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It is something you DO with the horse, rather than TO the horse. This participation and interaction are what makes the method fascinating for those who use it. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work! Masterson Method is globally recognized as an excellent pathway for owners and riders to learn how to use these simple but powerful techniques to enhance performance, better understand anatomy and movement and gain a deeper level of communication and bond with their horses. No matter the rider’s discipline, developing the body-mind continuum is an integral goal in reaching true potential. As per the Classical Training Pyramid, balancing power, softness and mobility is assisted by good bodywork, no matter the horse’s job. Masterson Method popularity has branched out into the world of Equine Assisted Therapies to benefit both therapy horses and people or clients. Clients learn the simplest techniques and principles of Masterson Method to help release neuromuscular tension in the horse in a structured and supported setting. In the process, clients gain self-awareness, a sense of mindful presence, and increased connection with the horse while the therapy horses gain the benefit of relaxing bodywork. It’s a Win-Win! Populations which have benefited include at-risk youth, veterans, people recovering from addictions and the list is growing. Masterson Method now offers certification training focusing on equine-facilitated programs, equine therapists, coaches and horse handlers to support their repertoire of activities. After reading the Beyond Horse Massage Book and DVD the next practical step is to take a Weekend Seminar. These hands-on workshops are focused on teaching how to recognize and use the visual responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated stress in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. For those interested in pursuing certification as a Masterson Method Practitioner, the Advanced Five Day Workshop is the next step. This advanced course is tailored to improve professional skills as an equine therapist, competitor and owner. Jim Masterson and friends will be at the Mane Event this October 20-22 in Chilliwack BC. We will be presenting equine bodywork demonstrations and talks on a variety of subjects including: Releasing tension in Key Junctions; Reading the Horse’s Body Language; Dealing with Mystery Lameness; Interconnections in the Horse’s Body; Dealing with Behavioural Issues; and Light to the Core gentle bodywork techniques. Lectures will include Masterson Method and Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy and more information on our programs. Please come by and see us, either in the arena or at our booth, at the Mane Event for a visit, we’d love to meet you! For more information about Masterson Method please check out www.mastersonmethod.com or contact me at: mark@mastersonmethod.com.

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Mark Rachid, Diane Adel, Mark Fletcher, Jim Masterson. Body & Mind Clinic, 2017, Littleton, CO

October 2017


Western Dressage -Common Errors During the Half-Pass, Part 1 By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Lisa Wieben

In last month’s article, we discussed how to correctly perform the lateral movement half-pass. In this and next month’s articles, we are looking at common errors that occur while performing the half-pass.

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The horse is lacking the shoulderin angle and bend through the body making him too straight.

The horse tilts his head at the poll. This is generally caused by the horse not being supple in the poll or the rider having uneven rein contact.


s a review, during the half-pass, the horse moves forward and sideways at the same time while bent in the direction of travel. The outside hind leg and front leg should cross over the inside legs, with the horse’s forehand leading. Common Errors The horse leads with his hind quarters instead of with his shoulders. This may happen when the rider holds the horse’s front end too much and/or moves the outside leg too far back. The horse needs to be evenly bent around your inside leg. An exercise to try is moving the horse from a half-pass back to a leg yield then back to half-pass. For example, if you begin a half-pass from the left rein you will be travelling left in left bend, moving the horse from your right leg; without changing bend use your left leg to push your horse back toward the wall in a leg-yield. Use your right rein to keep the horse straight. Once the shoulders and hips are back in alignment change leg aids again and push the horse back into a half-pass. The horse is trailing his hindquarters too far behind; he doesn’t have enough bend. Begin the half-pass from a 10-metre circle in the corner. As you complete the circle ask the horse for a few steps in shoulder-in, then begin the half-pass maintaining the bend through the horse’s body. Lack of bend is usually due to lack of suppleness. More work on lower level lateral work will be beneficial. The horse is on the forehand and/or the inside shoulder is dropping. This comes back to the horse not being balanced over his hind end. Work on transitions will help as well as establishing a good half-halt. Quick transitions will help re-balance the horse more onto his hind end. The horse must be light in the front to correctly execute a half-pass. On a circle in working or collected jog, transition to walk for a couple of steps and immediately back to jog. Continue frequently until the horse begins to feel lighter in the front. The horse tilts his head at the poll: This is generally caused by the horse not being supple in the poll or the rider having uneven rein contact. If you look at your horse’s ears and notice that one ear is lower than the other then you may have a poll suppleness issue. Working the horse in free jog will help relax the poll. Ride the free jog on a circle and ask the horse for a little more bend to the inside to ask the horse to supple a little more. Keep contact on both reins and as you ask for more suppleness on the inside, use the outside

The horse is trailing his hindquarters too far behind.

The horse leads with his hind quarters instead of with his shoulders.

rein to maintain the size of your circle. Ride in both directions. Every horse has a tendency to be tighter to one side, just like we are right or left handed. The rider in these pictures is Jacklyn Hegberg, an amateur rider who competes in Level 1/2 with her horse Chip N at Midnite. In 2016, she was World Champion Youth in Level 1 and Reserve Basic at the WDAA World Show. In this series, she is riding Itsa Rio Snazzy Zip owned by Lisa Wieben. We will discuss more common errors in the November issue of Saddle Up.

Lisa Wieben is a versatile riding coach and trainer, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/ Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Her website is www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in the Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

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October 2017


Western Saddle Fit By Rod and Denise Nikkel

When people post pictures of their saddle on their horse asking how it fits, some people answer “too narrow” and others answer “too wide.” When you read, you find conflicting information. And it is especially difficult if you have a western saddle.


here do you find a western saddle that fits between 2” back of the scapula and the last rib of the horse? How can you adjust a western saddle every few months to fit the horse’s changing body condition? The answer is – you can’t. And the reason is the different philosophies of how English and western saddles are designed to work. A saddle tree is the inside frame on which the rest of the saddle is built, like a chassis of a car. Its job is to distribute the rider’s weight over a larger area so there is less pressure in any one area. An English saddle is built on a small tree which also defines the shape of the seat for the rider. While the shape of the tree needs to match the basic shape of the horse, the panels underneath are formed and

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fitted to the horse, and modified as the horse changes shape. Thus, an English saddle has a relatively small surface area that is designed to fit one horse at a specific time and be changed regularly as needed. In contrast, a western saddle is built on a large tree (Figure 1) that extends well beyond the rider, in front and behind, with the rider’s weight centered on it. (See Figure 2) The fit for the rider is made by adding layers to the top of the tree to make the seat. The fit for the horse is determined by the tree shape because the skirts and sheepskin beneath it should do nothing to modify it, and the shape of the tree cannot easily be changed. So then, how is a western saddle ever supposed to fit a horse? Because the philosophy of western saddle fit is different. Instead of a small surface area made to fit a specific horse at a specific time, like an English saddle, the large surface area of a western saddle means that even if all of the tree is not touching the horse, there is still adequate contact area to disperse the rider’s weight well. A good western saddle is designed so it will fit a variety of horses and the changing shape of one horse. This difference in fitting philosophy means that much of what you read about saddle fit does not apply to western saddles. You need to test a western saddle from the viewpoint of how it was designed to function if you want to know how it fits. The bars of a western saddle tree are curved and rounded and change in orientation as they go back so they fit the curves of a horse’s back. (See Figure 3) The edges should be rounded to prevent pressure points, and the front and back bar tips should not dig in under a rider’s weight. How the two bars relate to each other – how wide they are spread apart and the “angle” at which they are

Figure 2: Weight carried on seat bones, thighs and in stirrups results in the centre of pressure being in the middle of the saddle.

Figure 1: Parts of a western saddle tree. set – is important if they are going to match a horse’s back “well enough.” The match does not need to be exact because of the large amount of surface area available. It just cannot create high pressure points. But all the work the tree maker puts into shaping a tree is negated if the rider puts the saddle in a position it is not made to fit. The front of the bar is designed to fit right behind the shoulder blade of the horse so the large front bar pad is over the “wither pocket area” behind the shoulder blade. If the saddle is set too far ahead, the front bar pad will create high pressure, compressing the muscle over the shoulder blade between the bar and the bone and the middle of the tree will have a gap under it behind the shoulder blade. Putting the saddle too far forward will also tilt the saddle back and create high pressure under the back of the tree also. So correct positioning of the tree is vital to proper saddle fit. To find the proper place, you feel for the back of the shoulder blade. It will go from firm (over the bone) to soft (behind the bone). The front of the bar, found by feeling it through the skirt or between the skirt and the front jockey, needs to sit behind this point. (The leather can be ahead of it.) The saddle is positioned by the tree, not by where the cinch lies. The cinch will often be angled forward when the saddle is in the right position, and that is just fine with a western saddle. An angled cinch will not pull a

Figure 3: Spread, angle, rock, twist, crown, and edge relief all go into fitting a western saddle tree.

Figure 4: Feel high enough up to get under the bars.

good-fitting saddle out of position. Since you cannot see how the tree fits, you have to feel under it to know if there are high pressure points. Check first without padding as it is easier to feel high pressure points this way. Run your hand, palm up, under the bar of the tree from front to back. (See Figure 4) You want to feel even pressure from top to bottom, from front to back, with nothing digging in. Next, check under the skirts all the way around, especially over the spine, for pressure points. Check under the rigging as well. Do both sides. Then add padding and check again, underneath the pad. If you don’t find high pressure points, ride the saddle as a final check. Do this check every so often to see if anything has changed

drastically. A well-designed western saddle should allow for variations in weight and condition just by changing thickness of padding. Only if a horse dramatically changes shape, as they can do with age, damage or recuperation from damage, should a different saddle be needed once a horse is mature. Rod and Denise Nikkel have been making hand made custom western saddle trees for custom saddle makers for more than 20 years. Prior to that, Rod was a working cowboy and Denise worked as a veterinarian. Their combined experience served them well when building trees that fit horses well. They now are sharing their knowledge via their DVD and their website – www.westernsaddlefit.com.

October 2017


Don’t Boil Your Horse! By Glenn Stewart

If you have been around the horse world, you have heard the saying: “Give the horse time to soak.” It means giving a horse time to think about what just happened; give him some time to digest something he is learning.


t’s a very good practice and will really speed up the number of things a horse can learn and shorten the time it takes to learn them. “Soaking” is allowing the horse time to relax and think. It may be standing still or walking quietly along. It is a time when nothing is being asked of the horse. When I say “Don’t boil them” I think of

times when too much is asked of a horse, when it is too much of a stretch for him to learn, grasp, or get to in that session. Too much pressure is used trying to achieve an unreasonable amount. Keeping a reasonable expectation of what a horse can learn in a session is different for each horse, and the capabilities of that particular horse. Have big

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expectations, but get there in small pieces, and let the horse soak and have space to think after each little improvement. Pushing for a big expectation without soaking along the way on the smaller individual improvements will just boil him up and actually slow down the goal you are wanting. I truly believe horses like to learn and are better for it, given the opportunity to soak not boil. An example of a big expectation might be to have your horse load quietly into the trailer when he is scared of it or has had nothing but bad memories every time he sees one. Use any example you want, flying lead change, canter pirouette, sliding stop. I like to always remind myself it isn’t about the trailer. It is about having a horse that follows a feel on the rope. It’s about a horse that knows if he tries, he will be rewarded (soaking). It’s about teaching him to trust your judgment and requests. If he looks towards the trailer, steps towards the trailer or sniffs the floor, all these little tries need to have a rub and a little time to soak. The opposite would be to “boil” him and keep the pressure on until he’s in the trailer. The ropes come out behind the butt, one person is pulling on the lead, another on the butt rope and a third whooping and hollering behind the horse. In the last scenario, it is all about the trailer with no thought to how many things need to be addressed or need to be working before thinking about loading. When a horse is pushed, pulled, and dragged into a trailer, he doesn’t learn how to load or unload. He didn’t get to practice. One foot in, then one foot out; then two feet step in and two feet step out and so on. That would be the horse practicing. Many times, people end up boiling their horses with too much pressure, unreasonable expectations and no time allowing the soak. We need time, just as horses do, to learn where each piece of the puzzle goes rather than trying to place all the pieces at once. I

have found it to be true, especially for the over-achievers, that slowing down and rewarding the smaller pieces more often gets us where we want to be faster. Let them soak so they will grow. If we boil them, all too often they will be cooked, and then they are done. What is your dream with horse? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch and live the dream! Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Long-term study and professional programs are now available. For more information, visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

October 2017


VERMILION’S RIBBon WINNERS By Bruce A. Roy, www.wrdha.com

Faydar Lexie, Best of Show and Supreme Champion Clydesdale/Shire

While Vermilion may not be the biggest fair in Alberta, it always draws a quality heavy horse exhibit.


his year was no exception. The entries, a record in numbers, were judged by Jason Gregg of Cargill, Ontario, whose family have bred Clydesdales for five generations. Faydar Lexie, a 7-year-old Clydesdale was Best of Show, Supreme Champion Clydesdale/ Shire and Grand Champion Clydesdale/Shire Mare. Bred in Manitoba by Darryl & Faye Horn (Bel-Clyde Farms at Virden AB), this big, powerful female was fielded by Allan & Wes Paton’s DM Catalyst, the Supreme Champion Gordeyko (Willow Way Farm of Ohaton AB). Belgian/Percheron She wheels her freight with ease, travelling tight behind. The feathers furnishing her feet and legs flew as she trotted centre ring. Barring accident or illness, Faydar Lexie will be a contender for top honours at Madison, Wisconsin’s 2018 World Clydesdale Show. The Supreme Champion Belgian/Percheron was Paton’s DM Catalyst, the Grand Champion Belgian/Percheron Stallion. A big, handsome colt, this 2-year-old athlete flashed his steel shod bottoms on each step taken, for he is no grass cutter. His fault-free underpinning facilitates his added action. This exciting Belgian sire prospect captured the eye of spectators gathered ringside. Bred in Saskatchewan by Curt Paton (M & M Ranch at Canduff), Paton’s DM Catalyst was shown by Darwin & Louise Krebs (Krebsies Belgians of Didsbury AB), who purchased him as a colt. The ribbons in the Performance classification were well divided, for the well-appointed Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire turnouts shown, offering fast competition. The stepping, black Percheron geldings, held in hand by Gord Ruzicka, topped the seven 6-horse hitches shown before the grandstand, which was packed with spectators. Exhibited by Zane & Diane Pickering (Falcon Contracting of Prince George BC), their eye-catching ‘6’ will be a contender at Des Moines, Iowa’s 2018 World Percheron Congress. Aaron Westlund of Lethbridge AB, won the Senior Decorating and Showmanship Classes in the Youth Classification. The enthusiasm exhibited by the Juniors and Seniors that contested these classes was infectious. Given their enthusiasm and evident expertise, the future of the draft horse in Alberta is bright. Entries at this year’s Heavy Horse Show came from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 18 • October 2017


The World According to Horse By Vicki McKinnon

My recent studies have been in the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness but my true teachers have been my horses and those that have helped me understand their language more clearly.


would like to share with you some of the things I have learned so that you too can derive some benefit from what my horses are so willing to share with all of us humans. I adore watching people dance with their horses at liberty, so, it was only natural that after 46 years of raising, training, breeding, showing, jumping and dressage that I chose to learn more about what looked like magic. How difficult could it be? Well, when you allow your horse to have a choice to participate or not, you might want to have a nice, secure round pen. I did not. I also chose to work with my boss mare, who definitely has a mind of her own. The first time I tried to move her around the round pen, she ducked the rope and left. I know I heard her laughing all the way down to the shelter. Feeling rather inept and a little embarrassed, I went and collected my dear Maggie and returned to the round pen. It soon became quite clear that I was missing something. Maggie has been my horse all her life so I knew she had no abuse or fear issues. There clearly needed to be some kind of connection to replace the material connection of the halter and lead rope and I obviously did not yet have it. My guide, Helen Russell, was actually kind enough to not laugh out loud, although there were definitely some smiles. Then Helen shared her experience with me. The necessary connection between horse and human for brilliant liberty dance to occur is an open heart. There is of course a whole lot more to liberty work, but this is the foundation on which the rest is based… an open heart. Most of us humans have learned over the course of our lives to build some pretty substantial walls around our hearts in an effort to survive the bumps and knocks of life. I was no exception. So, one step at a time, in that safe place with my beloved horse and my compassionate guide, I began breaking down

some walls. I really wanted to enjoy that kind of connected relationship with my horse and was willing to do whatever it took to get there. Then it happened, my first taste of the magic. Maggie, my stoic taskmaster, stopped on the rail and turned to look at me with her ears forward and interest in her eye. She walked straight to me and put her head in my chest so I could hug her. I shed a tear of release and enjoyed the bliss of true connection. I was hit with the memory of a child content to just enjoy being in the presence of a horse with no expectations and knew I was headed in the right direction. This is not the easy way to be with our horses. It requires a lot of self awareness and constantly pushes us to grow and become more, but it is absolutely worth the effort. My relationship with my horses is still evolving, but is now a partnership based on mutual respect. We continue to have many great chuckles at my expense as Maggie and my other horses teach me how things work in the world according to horses. This is a fascinating and sometimes difficult journey we are on together and while it is often uncomfortable, I love every minute of it and invite you to join me. About Vicki: I have enjoyed the company of my own horses for the past 36 years, but have loved horses and all animals for my entire life. Courses in Equine Facilitated Wellness have shown me the science behind what I have always known; the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person. Their presence in my life provides me with a sanctuary from the insanity of the civilized world. (See her listing in Business Services section under ‘Equine Services’)

Creekside Animal Clinic Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Janine Veronneau to the team!

Janine graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She recently completed an internship specializing in equine practice at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services in Aldergrove, BC. Creekside Animal Clinic Ltd., Vernon, BC T. 250.549.3533 • F. 250.549.1351 www.CreeksideAnimalClinic.com 6/18

October 2017


Having a

Game Plan By Paul Dufresne Photos courtesy of Laurie Munsell

People training their own horses can get into situations where their horse does not like a particular challenge. It may be a change in environment or changes in how you ask a question. In this kind of situation, it’s incredibly useful to “Have a Game Plan” to stay safe.


horse’s reaction can range from shutting down, freezing, fleeing, being confused or tense, or lacking forward to blow outs of all variations. These can be frustrating and sometimes dangerous - especially if one doesn’t know how to deal with the situation. The point of this article is to help you question yourself and your abilities and to devise some kind of a game plan that will keep you and your horse safe while allowing you to progress in the challenge. First, if you have no idea where a negative behaviour starts and are really not sure of where you are safe, or if you lack confidence in leadership and feel you may be at risk, then get some qualified help. Egos can be rebuilt but broken bodies and emotional trauma to you or your horse aren’t rebuilt as easily. If you have some leadership skills with horses then you can devise a game plan that is doable and safe. For the sake of keeping things simple, let’s use an example of a behaviour that can get more exciting than you would like. I will pick one that I see often: “Getting uncontrollably excited when you take them from a familiar area to an unfamiliar area.” (This could be substituted with any adverse behaviour.) The training session begins where you come in contact with your horse. Basic questions to ask yourself: 1) Do you have yields in all directions and especially away from you respecting your bubble? This needs to be very solid, not just “okay.” 2) Do you have any skills that allow you to get your horse into a better

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emotional state and more receptive to your lead? Examples are a) Endotapping for relaxation. b) Bending from poll to tail on a circle balanced in various gaits with a relaxed top line. c) Jaw flexions that cause the horse to salivate and relax. These first three should be developed to the point where you have them as solid, conditioned responses. The horse must be able to stand calmly when you ask it. Better relaxation cues will make it easier to help your horse when it is emotionally troubled. d) Climbing on props that cause your horse to stand in a relaxing posture; for example, standing on a box, reducing its base of support and rounding its top line. e) Any exercise that stimulates vagal (vagus nerve) responses in the horse to relax are always a good start to set the mood for any training session (a-d). A relaxed, happy horse is more inclined to forgive you if it feels good before you challenge it. Get a horse relaxed and cooperative before you try a more challenging situation. f) Does the problem only happen when you are riding? Is the horse better in-hand? Any relaxation skill you master on the ground can be adapted to a riding situation. Work on developing the above skills under saddle. If things get too exciting, remember you can always regroup on the ground and then mount up again once the horse is in a better emotional state. Most negative behaviours can be changed without pushing a horse into bucking, rearing or bolting. Don’t let anyone

railroad you into thinking you should ride through it if it doesn’t feel safe for you. g) If you have to stop because it’s not safe, you could tie your horse in the area where the behaviour occurred and then come back to it after you have regrouped yourself. Don’t put them into a pen with their buddies or take them back to their stall with treats as this would reward the unwanted behaviour. A time out can be very positive for you and the horse. When I have a horse figure something out that was quite challenging, I tie him near the area to wait and think about what just happened. Even better, I’ll have him watch another horse doing the same challenge (in a more positive manner). When a horse starts to figure out something, taking a break to allow him to consolidate the thought is very useful. Most horses will improve in their responses if they’re given a little time to think about it. Now, if a horse does really well in a challenge it’s good to reward it by putting it away sooner - or even better go hang out with them while they eat grass (one of my favorites). These rewarding times are an excellent way to develop a meaningful relationship/ partnership with your horse. You might challenge your horse’s skills/ emotions but you also reward their tries. h) When a horse gives you a good try, remove the pressure! You can retreat from the challenge a short distance, or work on relaxation

exercises that make your horse feel better. If the anxiety level does not decrease your horse will not be able to make another try without risking stronger resistance. You can increase the challenge only when there is real relaxation occurring after a positive try - otherwise you are risking a regression or a battle of wills. It is important to challenge the horse, but stay at the same level of challenge until your horse accepts it well before moving on to a bigger challenge. It is better to go slow than to risk having gone too quickly and having to re-build. Re-building is harder than building it right the first time. Good horse training takes the time it takes. Solid horses do not happen overnight. Every day that I play with a horse, I am learning to adapt to that horse’s needs while considering safety. It has to be doable for ME and safe for both of us.

Paul Dufresne is a clinician/trainer educating people for over 25 years to develop safe, creative relationships with their horses. His approach is a blend of the classical but also using methods that make sense to the horse. Helping owners develop their leadership skills by using techniques that are modified to the needs of the horse and its leader. One of the key ingredients is the development of relaxation cues that are based on the horse’s natural reflexes, to relax and to produce a calm follow and enhanced performance.

October 2017


A proud and happy tired Barry

2017 Mongol Derby…

By Liz Ampairee Photos courtesy of Julian Herbert at Mongol Derby 2017

Co-winners Ed and Barry at the finish line


he Mongol Derby 2017, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race, got underway on August 9 with the last of the riders coming in 9 days later. This is the 9th Derby and it featured 13 men and 29 women from eight countries riding 1000 kms across Mongolia on semi-wild horses. This year the Derby was jointly won by 29-year-old Ed Fernon, an Olympic pentathlete from Sydney, Australia, and 51-year-old Barry Armitage, a former professional sailor turned adventurer, from South Africa, first past the post in 2012 (but thwarted by a vet penalty). They crossed the finish line together in ‘stinking hot conditions’ and covered the 1000 kms in seven days riding 12 hours a day – and in some of the worst conditions the race has ever seen. Another Derby participant commented on the weather… “four seasons in a week with the Mongolian weather - day two saw borderline hypothermia; snorkels and x-ray vision were highly recommended. Day five saw blazing sun; the mercury may not read sky-high, but when you’re kitted out riding for 13 hours with zero shade, it’s scorching.”

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and the Winner is!


Ed and Barry jump in the lake!

On arrival at the finish line, the two winners headed straight into the Jakkie Mellett lake to cool off. In 3rd place, just a few hours behind was 40-year-old Jakkie Mellett, from Lyndon, South Africa, who had displayed incredible riding skills throughout, but received a vet penalty at the final urtuu (horse station) meaning a two hour wait before he could give chase to the others. Jakkie is a potato farmer and did the Derby “to prove to my kids their dad is no sissy boy.” William Comiskey (age 28 of Australia) was one of the joint winners in 2016 – and he was back this year to try and win single handedly this time. He tied at 4th place. The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. Riders must balance survival skills and horsemanship, endure the elements, semi-wild horses, and unfamiliar food and terrain. Completing the World’s longest horse race is an achievement few can boast.

IS FOR SALE “Time for a bit of a change.”



October 2017



Washington Thoroughbred Sale Results By Susan van Dyke Photos courtesy of Kristy Batie/Washington Thoroughbred

Hip 92 sold for $67,000

John and Janene Maryanski went to $67,000 to purchase the sale topper, a handsome bay colt sired by 2017 California freshman sire leader Smiling Tiger.

B Hip 28 sold for $60,000

Hip 117 sold for $53,000

Hip 129 sold for $51,000

Hip 33 sold for $47,000 24 • October 2017


red by Yakima horseman John Roche and consigned through Halvorson Bloodstock Services LLC, the colt is a half-brother to seven winners, including Washington champion three-year-old filly Castinette Dancer and stakes winner Seattles Best Copy. His second dam Soft Copy was also a Washington champion and multiple stakes producer. The Maryanskis were the leading buyers at the 2017 venue, spending $155,000 for a strong pedigreed trio. The Auburn couple also took home a colt by Horse of the Year Mineshaft out of the stakeswinning and stakes-producing mare Sweet Nellie Brown for $53,000. A filly by top national sire Munnings who stems from the family of Grade 1 winner Rings a Chime and 2017 Emerald Downs two-year-old filly sensation Bella Mia was a $36,000 purchase. Both yearlings came from Terry and Mary Lou Griffin’s Griffin Place consignment. Smiling Tiger, who was a product of the 2008 WTBOA Sale, went on to earn over $1.4-million and win a trio of Grade 1 stakes. He already has six juvenile winners, including two stakes-placed colts. A full brother to Washington champion and 2017 Longacres Mile (G3) runner-up Mach One Rules claimed the second highest price of the day as prominent British Columbia horseman Glen Todd purchased the flashy Harbor the Gold colt for $60,000. Bred and consigned by Pam and Neal Christopherson under their Bar C Racing Stables banner, the Hermiston, Oregonbased couple also sold a full sister – another by Harbor the Gold – to 2016 Emerald Downs horse of the meeting O B Harbor for their son Bret Christopherson. Todd went to $47,000 to buy the filly, who is also a full sister to Todd’s impressive 2017 two-year-old runner Boundary Bay. Successful California trainer Mark Glatt – who came north fresh off winning the Del Mar Mile (G2) on Sunday – signed for the fourth highest offering, paying $51,000 for Hip 129, a Munnings filly from the consignment of Dr. Duane and Susan Hopp’s Castlegate Farm. Kudos must also be given to Washington horseman Michael Pollowitz, who in addition to purchasing two yearlings, went to $5,700 to buy a trip for two to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which are being held at Del Mar for the first time. The trip, offered before Hip 1 went through the ring, benefits the many charities and scholarships offered by the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation. Top Selling Yearlings at 2017 WTBOA Sale Hip: Sex; Sire--Dam; Consignor/Purchaser - Price 92: Colt; Smiling Tiger--Premo Copy; John Roche (Agt: Halvorson Bloodstock Services)/John Maryanski - $67,000 28: Colt; Harbor the Gold--Felice the Cat; Bar C Racing Stables/Glen Todd - $60,000 117: Colt; Mineshaft--Sweet Nellie Brown; Griffin Place/John Maryanski - $53,000 129: Filly; Munnings--Wildcat Heiress; Castlegate Farm/Mark Glatt - $51,000 33: Filly; Harbor the Gold--Flying Memo; Bret Christopherson (Agt: Bar C Racing Stables)/Glen Todd - $47,000 Complete sales results, which are subject to change, can be viewed at washingtonthoroughbred.com/sales/.

118th Annual Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) Wrap Up! Over 151,000 people attended the agricultural fair in Armstrong BC (Aug. 30 – Sept. 3)

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Humane Collars for our Canine Companions courtesy of www.spca.bc.ca

Collars are important for your dog to have, so you can fasten an ID tag, a dog license and leash – but it’s important to ensure your canine pal has the right kind of collar.


he BC SPCA recommends flat dog collars as opposed to prong, choke or shock collars,” says BC SPCA manager of animal welfare Kim Monteith. “We want to train our pets with kindness and compassion, rather than pain.”

Good examples of humane collars Flat collars: Flat dog collars are great all-around collars. Pick one that is sturdy and designed for the correct weight of your dog – use wider, thicker collars for larger dogs. Head halters: Head halters have a strap that goes across your dog’s nose. When your dog pulls, in most cases, the straps tighten. This puts gentle pressure along his head, making him stop pulling. The halter also helps steer the dog in the direction you want him to go. Head halters must be fitted correctly and used as directed or you could injure your dog. Trained pet supply store staff can help fit your dog with the correct head halter. Martingale collars (web collar, not a chain one): Martingale collars stay loose around your dog’s neck yet tighten if your dog tries to slip out. When adjusted correctly, if your dog tries to pull out, the collar will tighten around his neck preventing escape, but not choking your dog. Harnesses: Harnesses provide more comfort and security for some dogs – particularly small dogs. They can also be a safe alternative for dogs with eye conditions or breathing issues where pressure from a collar on the neck is a concern. No-pull harnesses: When your dog starts to pull, the straps create pressure across or under your dog’s chest (depending on the style) and he stops pulling. The important point to remember is that these harnesses are not actually training your dog not to pull – they are simply discouraging the behaviour while the dog is wearing one. 26 • October 2017


There is no quick fix to stop a dog from pulling. The solution lies in a good training program based on positive reinforcement and a little help from a humane head halter or harness. The BC SPCA opposes Choke chains: Choke chains are nasty, old-fashioned training devices. When jerked they snap against the throat of your dog, causing pain and discomfort. Even the newer “padded” styles can cause serious injuries to a dog’s neck, voice box and back. Prong (or pinch) collars: Prong collars have metal spikes that drive into the dog’s skin as she pulls or when you pull on it. The pressure and pain cause your dog to stop pulling. Electronic collars: Electronic collars are typically used for training, and should not be worn by the dog all the time. They offer different forms of correction - electric shocks (sometimes called “static corrections”), noisy beeps, vibrations, ultrasonic sounds, or blasts of air or citronella. Many of these collars are controlled by remote, allowing the trainer to choose a setting (from mild to strong) and then deliver the correction when the dog misbehaves. The problem with collars such as these is that they tend to punish the dog for unwanted behaviour and there is serious potential for abuse. They cause dogs anxiety, fear, distress, pain or injury – and therefore cannot be condoned by the BC SPCA.

In specific instances, collars that only vibrate or beep can be used to grab the attention of a deaf dog or an off-leash dog who is too far away to hear your voice. Any training collar must be used carefully and under direction of a dog trainer who follows humane, positive reinforcement training methods. Some electronic collars are specifically intended to prevent barking – the natural communication method of dogs. The BC SPCA is opposed to these collars and believes there are other, more humane ways to deter barking. “You should also regularly check the tightness of your dog’s collar, especially as they grow from a puppy to a grown-up. The general rule is that you should be able to easily slide two fingers under your dog’s collar,” Monteith says. “Using humane collars and training that uses positive reinforcement, force- and fear-free, will only help improve the experience of having a pet – for you and your furry family member.”

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office HCBC Funding Programs Running in Fall/Winter 2017

EDUCATION GRANT - NEW GRANT FOR 2017! The new Horse Council BC Education Grant is open until funding is exhausted for 2017. The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support learning by equestrians and equine lovers.  We want you to choose what you would like to learn; therefore the scope of this grant is quite wide.  It can be classroom, demonstration, or mounted and attendees do not have to be Horse Council members. This grant is open to all current member affiliates, clubs and branches. An approved grant will cover 50% of expenses up to a max of  $500. For more information call the office toll free at 1-800-345-8055 and speak with Lynn at extension 1007. PARTICIPATION GRANTS - WHO CAN QUALIFY? Grants are available to any current HCBC member club  that is organizing and running the event. Clinics organized by individual HCBC members or business members unfortunately do not qualify for this particular grant. If you are an individual looking for funding for an event, try the above Education Grant.

GRANT AMOUNTS $250.00 – $500.00 per event (two clinics per calendar year per club maximum) until funding is exhausted. APPLICATION PROCESS Applications from HCBC members clubs will be accepted throughout the year until funding is exhausted. For more information about the Participation Grant, call the office at 1-800-345-8055 and speak with Wendy at extension 1004. You can also apply for the grant(s) online through hcbc.ca and then Memberships and Funding for Members. Photos are from the Creston Valley Horse Association and their ‘Intro to Working Equitation’ Clinic that received a Participation Grant from HCBC.

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

Kelowna Hoofbeats Submitted by Lauren Mcgee, Brooke Mcgee and Kali Krehbiel


he Hoofbeats soaked up the last month of summer with the last portion of our 4-H riding season! On August 10-13, several of our club members headed to our second 4-H show of the year “Summer Sizzler” held in Salmon Arm. We participated in two lessons a day and a final show on the last day to wrap it all up. We also attended a couple of clinics, one on the trail course for show day, and the second one on how to do stall wraps and boots on your horse. It was a very hot and smoky week, so we had to take it easy on our four-legged friends! As the end of summer came so did our 4-H riding season. On August 21, we had our final show for our club! We were judged in Showmanship by Kyra Casorso, and Equitation by Dustin Drader. We are looking forward to cooler temperatures and less smoky skies so we can hit the trails this fall!

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Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


BIG THANK YOU to Lauren Crandlemire and Sandy Hyam for putting together the Summer Sizzler in Salmon Arm in August. There were many clubs there including Rodeo Rednecks, Shifting Saddles, Shuswap 4-H, Salmon Valley Trail Dusters, Kelowna Hoofbeats, Eagle Valley, Double L, Lower North Thompson and Vernon Young Riders.

We rode in lessons twice a day with instructors Glenn Perran, Dustin Drader, Becky Perkins and Whitney Watson-Wilson. The week was also filled with ground school and we played games at night. During the week we did a costume class and that is always a lot of fun!! This year there were amazing costumes. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister Photos by Ron McCarthy, RGM Photography


RS would like to thank all the members and non-members who participated in the Games Day portion of this year’s Abbotsford Agrifair. This year, LRS was the host for this part of the Fair’s Open Horse Show. Our members were well represented at the fair, taking home ribbons and prize money in the English, Western, and Games divisions. Thank you to the LRS directors and members who helped

June Jumping Show Results Senior, Over 2’: Shelby Dennis Junior, Over 2’: Paige Gibson Junior, Under 2’: Julitta Lozowchuk Tiny Mite, Under 2’: (tie) Eliana Bergen & Elizabeth Perkins July Games Day Results George Burns: Sandra Addison Jack Benny: Jenny Wilder Senior: Alita Splawinski Intermediate: Cheyenne Grindrod Junior: Morgan Swaan Tiny Mite: Lucie Shaver Lead Line: Emma Hilderman July English and Western Show Results English: Senior: Bethany Hill on Docs Rockin Conclusion Intermediate: Maddy Shannon on Sugar & Spice Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Tiny Mite: Heidi Wheaton on Snowflake Walk/Trot 10 and Over: Katrina Lay on JustAlito Knockout Jack Western: Senior: (tie) Margo Murray on Shy & Kerry Sawyer on Archie Intermediate: Maddy Shannon on Sugar & Spice Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Walk/Jog 10 and Over: Katrina Lay on Justalito Knockout Jack August Games Day Results George Burns: Vicky Mason Jack Benny: Stacy Northey Senior: Terri Mercer Intermediate: Cheyenne Grindrod Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister Tiny Mite: Jadyn Crockett

run the Games Day and to the Agrifair team that put on such a fun show! Coming up next is our Open English and Western Show on October 15, and Games Day on October 21. Check out our website (www.langleyriders.com) or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

August English and Western Show Results English: Senior: Bethany Hill on Saskia UT T Westen Intermediate: Maddy Shannon on Sugar & Spice Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Tiny Mite: Heidi Whelton on Snowflake Walk-Trot 10 & Over: Katrina Lay on Justalito Knockout Jack Overall English Highpoint: Heidi Whelton Western: Senior: Kerry Sawyer on Justalito EZ Ryder Intermediate: Maddy Shannon on Sugar & Spice Junior: Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Walk-Jog 10 & Over: Katrina Lay on Justalito Knockout Jack Overall Western Highpoint: Maddy Shannon

Emma Hamilton

Maddy London

Monica Kunze

October 2017


News from the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse By Fran Kerik


hile the CRTWH board held no meetings over the summer holidays, our members have been very busy with horse activities. There were group rides to the Willmore Wilderness Area and to Cut Off Creek, both in the Alberta foothills, Parades in Saskatchewan, and a ride in the Coquihalla Mountain Range in BC. I know I rode my horses all over my farm plus met up with friends for several rides in the Blackfoot trails just east of Edmonton. There were also some rides in the Fort Assiniboine area northwest of Barrhead, Alberta.  Many members took part in the Wild Pink Yonder Ride again this year, fundraising for cancer research. A number of our members

attended horsemanship and Canadian Cowboy Challenge clinics to further our skills and enjoy our horses even more. Several owners and breeders were starting young horses as well. It was good to see the next generation learning. That goes for children too! We have several keen ‘horse-kids’ coming up and it was a real pleasure to ride with them this summer. Now that we’re coming into fall it’s a great time to get in some really pleasurable riding.  NO BUGS!  And with the crops off, there’s just some awesome wide open country to ride in without having to travel too far. Please send any of your horse adventures to our CRTWH Facebook group with some ‘brag’ pictures. Let us know what you’ve been doing with your Walkers this summer!

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club


y name is Paige Mathison, and I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent the BC Lower Mainland Regional Pony Club at the 2017 National Show Jump Championships held in Blackfalds, AB, on July 20-23. This was an amazing and unique experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. There were, in total, fourteen national competitors from all across Canada. In meeting the other competitors, it was really neat to discuss the similarities and differences that we in Canadian Pony Club have throughout the provinces. Our first evening, we enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Horse in Hand Ranch, then drew our horses that we would ride for the first two days of competition. I drew a beautiful 16hh thoroughbred mare named Holly, and then we met our grooms, all of whom were from the Alberta Central Region. Each groom was in charge of looking after 1-3 horses, and all of the

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


he 28th edition of our Longears Days Show, held at Eagle Hill Equine west of Olds for the 2nd year, was a huge success for those that attended! Great weather, the hospitality of Kim Baerg and her daughter Samantha Dewitt who run the centre, along with their staff kept things running smoothly. Our helpful and forgiving judge and entertaining show announcer, along with the friendly and fun competition, kept the show lively for the participants. And for the first time spectators the event showed them how intelligent, trainable and forgiving longears can be and, of course, very endearing. Adding more driving classes increased the entries as donkeys and mules make excellent driving partners. The catered supper was delicious as usual and the fun auction raised support for next year’s show. The live entertainment for the evening was provided by the ‘’Off Ramp Boys’’ from Vegreville. This four-man band provided excellent

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music [several of us made use of the pasture for a dance floor] and humorous entertainment. They are booked back for next year! The whole purpose of this show, or maybe better called a “fun event” - is to encourage members to participate, learn new things and have fun with their donkeys and mules and to socialize with fellow equine lovers. We do not have a lot of strict rules and regulations… anyone can enter, member or not. We also pick classes designed for first time participants, human or equine. A lot of teaching and learning goes on in a relaxed atmosphere. It is not a typical horse show. Fun is guaranteed. Please consider attending next year, no matter what stage of training your longears is at, there will be classes you can handle. It will be held again at Eagle Hill Equine and is always the 2nd weekend in August. Mark your calendars now!

By Paige Mathison • Photos by Jackie Mathison grooms were helpful and knowledgeable and were able to offer helpful advice pertaining to each of the horses. Prior to the start of the competition we were each given a 30-minute lesson on our horse to allow us to get to know our mounts. That night after dinner we headed out to a trampoline park for an evening of fun and games, where we all got to know each other a little bit better. We were all very tired so we didn’t last very long on the trampolines! The next morning was the start of the actual competition. We all rode our Flat Tests followed by the Gymnastics Phase. Everyone did very well, and all of the scores were very close. The Gymnastics Phase started off with a grid and included a square turn, a halt, and a trot fence. After supper, we were treated to games of laser tag, and we all slept very well that night.

Sunday morning was the start of the Medal rounds. The course was quite long and had many difficult elements, but it was a blast. The final event of the competition was the Switch Ride. After the final rider had completed her Medal Round, the judges posted the Switch Ride horse names on the wall; we were each assigned a horse we had never ridden before. I was paired with Pete, a 17hh warmblood gelding. For the Switch Ride, you were not allowed to mount your horse until you were inside the competition ring, where you were given a threeminute judged warmup and allowed to jump 2 designated fences. Then a whistle sounded and you proceeded with your jump course: the first 6 jumps of the previous medal round. At the conclusion of these various phases, I ended up in first place overall! National Show Jump was one of the highlights of my summer; I met so many incredible people and learned so many new things.

Emily Jankunis and Rosie - first time showing

Overall High Point: Bob Leggette and Jessie Hi Point Mule: Jessie and Bob Leggette; Reserve: Sky and Roy Quiring Hi Point Donkey: Lisa and Louise Givens; Reserve: Rosie and Emily Jankunis Hi Point Driving: Terry Aris with Audrey and Alix; Reserve: Bob Leggette with Jessie Hi Point Ethel Hollihan Memorial Youth Award: Grace Langell Our semi Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 22 at Ponoka Drop in Center, 5015-46 Avenue in Ponoka. Members who have sold raffle tickets - you must submit them by the meeting to include as we will draw for the three great prizes at this meeting! Please attend if you want input with the planning committees for next year’s events!

George Suel with his team of mules in the Log Pull

Grace Langell in Costume class on Daisy

Roy Quiring and Sky - first time in a show ring or crossing a water obstacle Louise Givens and Lisa - one of the few that walked the narrow bridge

Bob Leggette and Jessie

Terry Aris with 3 of his 4 driving mules he brought

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers Photos by Carmen Letawski What stands in your way to showing? Too little to reach the stirrups? No problem, AERC has lead line classes. Just ask a grownup to lead your pony. Horse too young to ride or needs more exposure? No problem. AERC has In-Hand Trail classes, as well as Halter/ Showmanship, for your young/inexperienced equine. Don’t have show clothes or tack? No problem. At AERC all we require is for you to be safe, comfortable and happy.

Never shown before? No problem. At AERC everyone is happy to answer questions, give guidance, mentoring and provide lots of encouragement. Our shows are beginner-friendly, while still being challenging enough for more experienced riders. We promote an easygoing, laid back, friendly learning environment for people of all ages. For us at AERC, it’s all about the fun... and horses. Fun and horses! Come play in our sandbox, we love to share our toys. As we close out the 2017 show season, we look forward to our year-end Awards Banquet on November 4 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong. Our annual Pot Luck Banquet is open to everyone of all ages; non-members, current members and old members. We are on Facebook and also have a website www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.com.

Don’t have Horse Council? No problem. AERC shows do not require HCBC membership.

East Kootenay Dressage Show: a Community Effort By Arlene Ridge Photos courtesy of Giselle Pierce Photography


his year the Dressage Arena at Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds, located between Cranbrook and Kimberley, was revitalized. The arena was originally built over three decades ago; however, it has not been used for the last ten years. When the work began this spring to re-establish the arena, there were waist high weeds, 6 foot trees and a BC Hydro power pole in the arena.



With the help and effort of many people, the 20 x 60 metre arena was transformed. The Regional District helped by removing the trees, hauling away the debris, cutting surrounding vegetation and having the BC Hydro pole moved. Local volunteers donated over 200 hours of work pulling weeds, picking rocks, hauling sand and wood fibre, harrowing and leveling, and repairing the edges of the arena. We thank Horse Council BC for providing a grant to pay for the sand and wood fibre. Through a truly community effort, the dressage and warmup areas were re-established and an East Kootenay Dressage Show was held on July 13. The show was a great success with both 32 • October 2017

English and Western riders, ranging in age from 9 to 66 years. Riders and volunteers came from as far away as Creston and Fernie. The HCBC recognized judge, Dale Irwin, from the lower mainland, was impressed with the arena and stated it would be an excellent location for the Dressage competitions of 55+ Provincial Games September 2018. Much can be accomplished when the community works together. In the coming year, it is hoped that both the jumping arena and the cross country course can be revitalized.


Tanya Larsen, from Creston, won two classes, riding Bandita

Toni Whilhite, from Cranbrook, earned top score in the show, riding Luke

Equestrian Canada Canadian Teens Make History at World Junior Vaulting Championships


t was history in the making and an experience to remember for three Canadian teens who were the first-ever to compete for our country at the FEI World Junior Vaulting Championships on borrowed horses. Charlotte Axani from Cochrane AB, Cassidy Johannesson from Rocky Mountain House AB, and Dallyn Shields of Didsbury AB, all travelled overseas for the event, which took place August 2-6 in Ebreichsdorf, AUT. Axani, 16, got involved in vaulting four years ago, making her international debut in 2016 competing as part of the Canadian Squad at the Vaulting World Championships in Le Mans, FRA. She currently trains with the West Coast Vaulters in Parksville BC with Gabe Aniello and Jessica Bentzen. Johannesson, 15, said, “It was a great experience and I was very proud to represent Canada. I received a lot of new inspiration and great training, which has improved my skillset. The best part of the event was probably running in for the first time. It was so loud and I got to be the first Canadian Junior to compete, with Charlotte and Dallyn right there with me!”

Charlotte, Cassidy and Dallyn

Dallyn Shields and Mahon Vale (a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by M. Morgan and lunged by MacPherson) Shields, 15, has been vaulting for eight years under the direction of the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club, managed by sisters, Jeanine van der Sluijs and Angelique Vick, first getting into the sport when she was seven. All the hard work and preparation paid off for Shields, as she was the top-placed Canadian at the competition. All three of these young Canadian up-and-coming vaulters are planning to continue to compete internationally and hope to earn a spot at a future world championship. In the meantime, they’ll reflect on what they’ve learned in Austria and how August 2017 was part of a summer they’ll always remember.

*Bragging Rights* By Lynn Higginbotham


rookside Stables, in Salmon Arm BC, was proud to have hosted a Fun Show Day on August 20 offering English and Western classes. Judging was Glenn Perran of Kelowna, while riders were cheered on by their supporters and onlookers. 1st to 3rd placings were awarded ribbons, and 1st place winners got to draw for their prize. Prizes were donated by a variety of businesses including Buckerfield’s in Salmon Arm, 2 Boots Tack in Kamloops, Diamond H Tack in Kelowna, Noble T Morgans in Grindrod, and Saddle Up magazine. Thank you all for your donations and support. Riders ranged from 5 years of age to 50+ years young, and all said THEY HAD FUN. We so look forward to organizing another event, hope to see you all then.

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2017 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show By Karen Podolski Photos courtesy of Michelle Walerius Photography


he July 14-16 show held in Rimbey, Alberta had approximately 60 ponies and horses come out to compete. For Welsh owners and breeders, our show is a three-in-one opportunity: the Friday Futurity has one judge and then the main show on Saturday to Sunday is double-judged. Especially as ours was the only Welsh show in Western Canada in 2017, except for the Manitoba show

Futurity Champions under Heather Black English Pleasure Futurity Stake: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit Pleasure Driving Futurity Stake: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit Section A Futurity Champion: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm Reserve Champion: Coyote Run Erdyne, Brenda Harder Section B Futurity Champion: Marit V.I.P., Kerry Marit Reserve Champion: Maleficent Sparkle of Brat, Heather Worden FUTURITY SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm RESERVE: Marit V.I.P., Kerry Marit GRAND CHAMPION FUTURITY SPORT PONY: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm RESERVE: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Moving onto the main show on Saturday and Sunday, this was officiated by Patricia Cochran of Lochinvar Welsh in Oregon and Hilary Tolhurst of Cwmfelen Welsh in Ontario. Champions under Patricia Cochran Welsh Gelding Champion: Alvesta Sedona, Alvesta Farm Reserve: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber Section B Junior Champion: Arnaby Eloquence, Muriel Hill Reserve: Alvesta Sakari, Alvesta Farm Section A Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Reserve: Coyote Run Erdyne, Brenda Harder WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller RESERVE: Arnaby Eloquence, Muriel Hill Section B Senior Champion: Alvesta Ever After, Alvesta Farm Reserve: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil Section A Senior Champion: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder Reserve: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit SUPREME CHAMPION: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder RESERVE: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller

several provinces away, three judges in one weekend is quite a bonus for breeders. We also have a large number of halter and performance classes that are open to all breeds. The Welsh & Half-Welsh Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake took place on the Friday evening with Judge Heather Black of Blackwood Farm in Ontario.

Section A Senior Champion: Silverpine Jubilee, Stacey Schaber Reserve: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder SUPREME CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller RESERVE: Pajon’s Royal Illusion Sport Pony Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Reserve: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm Sport Pony Senior Champion: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil Reserve: Porsha, Quindy Watts GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil RESERVE: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller PLEASURE DRIVING CHAMPION: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit RESERVE: Evans Brockton Mountain, Muriel Hill GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Marsh Haven Fiona, Donna O’Neil RESERVE: Alvesta Maya, Wendy Williams THANK YOU to the 2017 breeder/owner sponsors for your contributions! AND THANK YOU to the wonderful companies and organizations giving back to their community through sponsorship.

Grand Champion Sport Pony & 1st HalfWelsh: Berrylyn Alexi

Sport Pony Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Reserve: Alvesta Maya, Wendy Williams Sport Pony Senior Champion: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock Reserve: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock RESERVE: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder PLEASURE DRIVING CHAMPION: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber RESERVE: Evans Brockton Mountain, Muriel Hill GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Marsh Haven Fiona, Donna O’Neil RESERVE: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm Champions under Hilary Tolhurst Welsh Gelding Champion: Rosegarland Royal Troubadour, Tiffanie Hutnan Reserve: Alvesta Sedona, Alvesta Farm Section B Junior Champion: Alvesta Sakari, Alvesta Farm Reserve: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm Section A Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Reserve: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller RESERVE: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm Section B Senior Champion: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil Reserve: Alvesta Ever After, Alvesta Farm

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Pleasure Driving Champion, English Pleasure Champion, & Welsh Mountain Pony Res. Senior Champion: Coyote Run Frezno, 6-year-old stallion

Supreme Champion Welsh & Res. Grand Champion Sport Pony: Coyote Run Enya

Futurity Supreme Champion & Grand Champion Sport Pony: Alvesta Infinity

Res. Supreme Champion Welsh & Grand Champion Sport Pony: Pajon’s Royal Illusion

Supreme Champion and Res. Grand Champion Sport Pony: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony: Marsh Haven Fiona

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley • Photo by Sally Rees Novice Show We held our 2nd all Novice Show at the beautiful Milner Downs in Langley BC. The weather was as gorgeous as the setting. Mike Edwards from Washington was our judge for the day and he was marvelous. He gave everyone constructive criticism and praise, making for an upbeat but relaxing show environment. As always, our show staff was beyond exceptional which is what makes these shows a joy to attend. Thank you to all our show staff, volunteers and sponsors for all that you do. We are extremely grateful. Meetings Our GM is scheduled for Oct 4 and our AGM for Nov 22 at the Lions Hall in Fort Langley. At our GM we are hoping to put together committees for 2018. We truly do need the helping hands in order to continue to offer the programs and opportunities that we do. We are hopeful that you will step up and help LMQ be the best club that it can be. We will be setting Banquet, Show, Bazaar and Hospitality committees as well as looking for people who could assist with media and other items. AGM is elections and deciding pertinent items for the 2018 season. We hope to see you there! AQHA Ride At the printing of this article, the AQHA ride will be but a fond memory. We look forward to reporting on how it all went, we are sure it was a blast!

Our Novice Show Hi Points! AQHA Hi Pts received an AQHA Bronze Reserves received a sheet donated by Onyx Equestrian All Breed Hi Pt received an embroidered rain sheet Walk Trot Level 1 Youth: Colten Buckley and My Dynamic Otoe Walk Trot Level 1 Ammy: Jenn Merriam and Sweetline Spencer Reserve: Stephanie Schmidt and Country Chocolate Rookie Amateur: Mary Ratz and Zippos Social Kitty Level 1 Amateur: Jeanette Brandt and Pink Cadillac Dreams Reserve: Pia Petersen and Thumb Moxie

Carmen Martin with judge Mike Edwards at Milner Downs

Rookie Youth: Ashley Walker and One Hot Hannah Reserve: Carmen Martin and Dun Flashin The Bar Level 1 Youth: Carmen Martin and Dun Flashin The Bar All Breed: Rachaelle Lowden and River Indian Paint Brush

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail. com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page

Blitzeska 1986-2017 “Zeska” was bred and born on Vancouver Island, being sired by the legendary Trakehner sire Blitzwind. He was known for his excellent work ethic (and great teeth!), and Zeska certainly inherited both. Her early years were spent competing in eventing with Janette Ellis, and being loved by the Ellis family. She was an exceptional athlete and progressed up through the levels to compete at Intermediate level, eventually traveling to Chicago to compete at the NAJYRC. Unfortunately an old lameness prevented her competing there and she was eventually retired to be a broodmare. She spent many years at Shannon Wheeler’s farm in Duncan being ridden in dressage and having babies. She produced five outstanding foals over her lifetime, the last one at 19 years of age. In her later years she taught several young ladies how to ride, who eventually went on to owning and competing their own horses. Shannon gave her to the Eldred family when she was coming 23 years old, and we thought she deserved a happy, easy retirement.

Little did we know that she’d go on to be a great trail horse and once again compete at training level dressage at 27 years of age. She was sound and being ridden until shortly before Courtesy of Maureen Garrity Photography her death at age 31. She was the horse of a lifetime, the ‘energizer bunny’ who just wouldn’t slow down, and a wonderful trail companion for young horses who needed a calming influence. Zeska’s main goal in life was to have babies, and right up until the end the maternal instinct was strong. She was a joy to live with, easy to be around (you just didn’t dare make her stand in a horse trailer that wasn’t moving!) and she is sorely missed. - Submitted by Rachel Eldred October 2017


The Back Country Horsemen of BC

Story by Mary Huntington, Kamloops Chapter • Photo by Marilyn Connelly

Canada 150 Legacy Project in Manning Park

2017 is an exciting year for Canada and one that many BCHBC members will be marking with celebrations and projects to commemorate our 150th Anniversary! With the help of other Chapters, other non-profits and funding agencies, our BCHBC Yarrow Chapter was able to improve and provide interpretive information on one of BC’s Heritage trails, the Dewdney, in EC Manning Provincial Park. We call it our 150 Legacy Project. Yarrow Chapter led the project, with a focus on partnering with other user groups. Every horse trail is also a hiking trail. “Valuable Volunteers” turned out from Back Country Horsemen (Yarrow, Aldergrove, Vermillion Forks and Okanagan Chapters), the Hope Mountain Center for Outdoor Learning, Friends of Manning Park and the Federation of Mountain Clubs. The Dewdney is a designated Heritage trail and was instrumental in the building of BC’s economy and social structure. The trail is actually 720 km long, crosses four mountain ranges and once ran in entirety from Hope to Fort Steel in Cranbrook. It was built to connect all the southern colonies and encourage commerce to stay in BC, not flow south to the States. Today there are chunks still used for horseback riding/hiking and mountain biking. The 15-km piece we were working on for the 150 Legacy Project was built in 1860-61. It was at first called the “Mule Road to the Similkameen” and was only used for 2 months before another route that was easier to maintain was found. The Dewdney is like a hub that connects to many other trails: The Brigade Trail, Whatcom, Skagit Bluffs, Hope Pass, Whitecloud, Warburton and Blackeyes. The trail is difficult to keep open. There are many windfalls, slide chutes, alder, cow parsley, willow as well as Snass Creek trying to reclaim the tread and snow lies there some years until the beginning of July! Like this year! But what a treat awaits once you climb to Paradise Valley! There are seven bridges on the trail with rotting decking. At the 15-km mark, there is a Ranger cabin, barn and horse corrals. Our Legacy Project is to repair the rotting tread on these bridges or remove it, clear the windfall, brush back the scrub and help BC Parks maintain the cabin and corrals. As of this writing, all seven bridges have been removed, three rebuilt, worst brushing done, chimney repaired, corrals repaired and the hitching rails. Included in the project is a new informational interpretive kiosk at the Cascade trailhead. This should be complete by end of the year. There are so many interesting things about the area; mining (check out Podunk Davies), lost people (Mary Warburton) and cattle ranching, old cabins and a milk can buried in the ground -- a makeshift refrigerator. The most intriguing is a single shear plow that was set against a tree. The tree has now grown around the handles and holds it there in place as it was last set! There is a cabin we call the “Tin Cup Cabin” because on a stump beside the decomposing cabin, was a lone tin cup sitting there like the owner finished his last coffee, set it down and left, never to return. If only these items could talk, what stories they would tell! Our Chapter has a saying “many hands make light work.” By joining our many hands, we are hoping to save a bit of our history for future generations through trails and interpretation. Thank you to our generous Funding Partners on this project.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive • http://bchorsemen.org

President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290

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BC Rodeo Association THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep the cowboy way alive please check out our sponsor package for partnership options at www.rodeobc.com or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997. MAJOR SPONSORS:

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WL INDOOR RODEO ASSN BREAKAWAY ROPING 1 Taylor Schneider, $4,120.43 2 Terris Billyboy, $2,204.07 3 Allison Everett, $1,724.27 REGENCY CHRYSLER LADIES RACING 1 Mariah Mannering, $4,829.52 2 Taylor Schneider, $3,565.19 3 Carli Wardrop, $2,507.69


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GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT TEAM ROPING ~ HEADER 1 Aaron Palmer, $4,644.00 2 Chad Evenson, $3,512.09 3 Nick Teixeira, $2,941.88

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BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Office Hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633, trishkohorst@gmail.com

Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, tylytton@hotmail.com Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Allison Everett 250.296.4778, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca Jay Savage 250.421.3712, jay.savage@shaw.ca Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678, mattoflynnrds@gmail.com

Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, wademcnolty@gmail.com Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, c.rhyde@hotmail.com Ray Jasper 250.991.8391, rjasper@goldcity.net Tom Danyk 250.540.2030, tom.danyk@visionquest.ca Ryan Hume 250.267.1642, ryandh1@icloud.com

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Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.com members from across Canada and the US




CanTRA promotes the benefits of therapeutic riding across Canada through awareness, education, and setting standards for therapeutic riding instructor certification, centre accreditation, hippotherapy, and equine-facilitated wellness.

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, terry@weststar.ca. Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, www.region17.com 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 6/18 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 2/18


Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 9/18 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | inquiries@equestrian.ca | www.equestrian.ca


Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines. 7/18

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 10/17

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com



The Equine Foundation of Canada We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

Contact us at www.equinefoundation.ca or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997, bcrodeoassn@gmail.com, www.rodeobc.com 9/18 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctpca.net


BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 6/18 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 4/18

Interior cutting horse association www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 www.ktra.ca Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, In-hand/Driving. Sheila Sutton 250-859-0088. Join us on Facebook 6/18 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head, padhea@gmail.com, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 2/18

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Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: info@outriders.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com

Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-694-3521 5/18

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 8/18

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship.


For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit www.vintage-equestrian.ca



WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 7/18

It Is All About The Kids!

! n o i t a r e n e G t x e N The

? u o Y e r A e r e K ids . . . W h What are you doing with your horse? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU!


Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/ province. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS”.

Hi, my name is Hennessy and I’m 10 years old! This is my pony Chase, who is a big and gentle gelding. He was a rescue horse. We are going for a trail ride at Deering Island Park in Vancouver where I live. Chase is the best! - Hennessy, age 10, Vancouver BC october 2017


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE HEALTH EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 www.littleoasisequine.com Products and support for equine digestive health. 5/18

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15 FREE Breakfast Buffet


1.800.661.1657 | 403.346.8841 fd@baymont.ca

4311 - 49th Ave., Red Deer, AB


arena maintenance

10/17 7/18

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch ED BASTAC (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214, Animal Bedding, Dry sterile Pine shavings, 55-120 cu. yd. loads delivered. 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 9/18

BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. www.dreamscaperanch.com 12/17 Turning point ranch (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, recreational, rest, retirement or rhab. http://www.facebook.com/turningpointranchandapiary/ 3/18


Chiropractic DR. DANA BLOOMQUIST, D.C., B.Kin (Surrey/South Surrey), www.legacieshealthcentre.ca, dana@legacieshealthcentre.ca, 604-591-5569


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 11/17


Vicki McKinnon & the Blind Bay Gang Your guides on a journey to the World According to Horses Introductory sessions 2-3 hours 2-3 day workshops for in-depth study Join us as we follow the hoofprints back home Vicki 250-675-2878, or vic3030@telus.net (Sorrento BC)





ANIMADERM (Okanagan) Equine skin care specialist for scratches, sweet itch, mane & tale rubbing, insect bites. 100% NATURAL. www.animaderm-canada.com. Call 778-212-6555 4/18




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ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed



Business Services FEncing



FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh 30 years Serving the Horse Industry www.ferrisfencing.com / info@ferrisfencing.com / 1-800-665-3307


GUEST RANCHES WWW.APGUESTRANCH.COM (Princeton BC) 250-378-6520 Trail Rides, Lodging/Camping/B&B/Bed & Bales, Morgan Horses




VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254     Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18

Bring your own horse or ride ours! affordable ~ pet friendly ~ log cabins with private hot tubs 2017 SPECIAL: Stay 2 nights and receive an introductory guided trailride for FREE!


www.montanahillguestranch.com 250-593-9807 7/18

Harness manufacturing


Healing with horses

For a Distributor near you call 1-877-253-2832 www.alfatec.ca email: info@alfatec.ca

ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook

etreat Come for a massage or for a week-long healing retreat Individual healing plans designed by therapist with 30 years of experience.

Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 (Bridge Lake BC)






We protect what we love.

Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance

COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 8/18

Get coverage today l 1-800-670-1877 l agri@capri.ca l www.capri.ca


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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com


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Sandy Chevallier Listing & Selling Equine and Residential Properties in the Central Okanagan Cell: 250-718-2761 or Chevy@royallepage.ca

october 2017



Business Services TRAILER SAles


TOll free: 1-844-955-2445 or 780.955.2445






OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 8/18

ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 10/18 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 10/17 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 11/17 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 4/18 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 6/18

www.equestrianfactoryoutlet.com Ride. Dress. Live.

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 8/18 Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 11/17 11/17

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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Boarding, Training. Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 7/18

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com


your listing should be here Call Nancy 1-866-546-9922

250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC)


PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 3/18 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18

1-888-641-4508 • www.desertsales.ca



WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 12/17

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Where Your Equine Adventure Begins

Visit our Langley BC location: 106-22575 Fraser Highway



Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course.

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 7/18 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

Business Services VETERINARIANS


ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 7/18 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 9/18 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 7/18 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 9/18

PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 5/18 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year!

What’s Happening? Let’s Go!

2017 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com


1 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 1 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068, corral9001@gmail.com , www.100mileoutriders.com 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Courtenay BC, Heather Steward 250-400-0043 6-8 HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 8 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com 8-9 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, greypony@shaw.ca 10-11 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, fourtqh@telus.net 12-13 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, kristinamillar@hotmail.com 14 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, www.langleyriders.com 14-15 TFC FOUNDATION CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, secondchanceranch@gmail.com

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CHA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, kristinamillar@hotmail.com “SPOOK”TACULAR FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca OLIVER RIDING CLUB HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack BC, 1-844-578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com TFC PROGRESSIVE CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, secondchanceranch@gmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, mystellashine@gmail.com MISSION HORSE CLUB Wild & Wooley (non point), Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com



HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN, Fundraising Banquet, Spall Golf Course, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see us on Facebook

Do you have your 2017/2018 dates booked yet?

Send them in (required format only) – our readers want to know! october 2017


Rural Roots - Real Estate LIVE THE DREAM IN STYLE!

WELCOME TO RIVERSIDE RANCH! 1432 feet of river frontage with sandy beach and 36.7 acres. This property is designed for lifestyle. Boating to Grindrod or Shuswap Lake within minutes. Ideal hobby farm with equestrian possibilities. 2008 post and beam home features beautiful hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outbuildings, garage/shop (200 amp service) with oversized doors. Custom horse shelter, fenced with 2 auto waterers. Chicken coop with automated doors and lights. 22 acres in hay, high yield, 3 cuts per year. Artesian well. For more photos and interior tour visit www.agentbarbie.com

This magnificent custom-built family home is perfectly located on 6 acres in South East Kelowna and is the epitome of equestrian lifestyle. Sweeping views of the lake, mountain and city! Almost 5,300 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The in-ground pool and cabana are perfect for entertaining. The equestrian facilities are exceptional and features a large barn with 4 stalls, outdoor riding ring, hay barn. Plenty of parking. Private and gated.

42 West Poirier Road, W Mara, V0E 2K0 $1,650,000 MLS® 10134810

4460 Stewart Road East, Kelowna BC $3,200,000 MLS ® 10134904

BARBIE LEROUX 250-804-9936 homes@barbieleroux.com Re/Max Vernon

ANNICK ROCCA 250-808-7537 Royal Lepage Kelowna www.annickrocca.ca

RIVERFRONT HOBBY FARM Custom built 3,520 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom rancher, with walk-out basement sitting on 26.77 riverfront acres in Pritchard (20 min. east of Kamloops). Property is fenced and x-fenced, with a second home on property. The wrap-around deck captures gorgeous views of South Thompson River and hoodoos. Take in the river views from large windows in the kitchen. Your choice of wood heat or forced air (propane). Two car garage and 3-car carport.

4.3 ACRES WITH 2 HOMES AND INCOME POTENTIAL Beautiful 2002 main home with 1,600 sq. ft. up and 1,500 sq. ft. down, including a self-contained 1,000 sq. ft. 1 bedroom suite. RU-2 zoning in ALR allows for suite, and the original farm house (1,500 sq. ft. total, plus unfinished basement) can be used for a home-based business. Large 48’x36’ 2-story barn, wired with 220 power. Main house has a luxurious open plan, with 4 beds/4 baths, and walkout basement. Oversized deck allows you to entertain and enjoy the beautiful Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream valley views. Bring all your animals and the in-laws!

1465 Pinantan Road, Pritchard BC $1,100,000 MLS ® 139338

9409 Highway 6, Coldstream BC $899,900 MLS® 10140684

BRENDAN SHAW 778-471-1498 Brendan Shaw Real Estate Kamloops B.C. www.brendanshaw.com

MARIA BESSO 250-308-1152 ReMax Vernon mariabesso@shaw.ca

WELCOME TO PARADISE! Picturesque, one-of-a-kind, 2 titled, 156 acre rural property consisting of pasture and productive flat hay land. Paddocks and tack rooms. Completely fenced and x-fenced with horse/cattle handling corrals and equipment. Original restored log construction home, barn and garage. Also, cabin, machine shop, and hay shed. Beautifully treed with year-round creek and pond, irrigation rights are paid and up-to-date. Good public road access, well-maintained property in park-like setting. Check out Drone footage on MLS. 6718 Paxton Valley Road, Falkland BC $899,000 MLS® 10141069 • MLS® 10140901 TYLER RANDS 250-550-4134 Century21 Executives LTD tyler.rands@century21.ca


GORGEOUS LAKEFRONT ACREAGE 113.70 acres located on southeast corner of Jackfish Lake, R.M. of Meota, Saskatchewan. This custom built home is one-of-a-kind, with open concept kitchen, living and dining room with cherry cupboards, quartz counters and hardwood floors. There are 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 full baths. The lower level has family room and bath with walkout to lower deck. There is a double attached garage and full upper deck all adjacent to sandy beach with dock. NW 36-46-17 W3rd, Meota SK $998,500 MLS® SK608847 DEBBIE OBOROWSKY 306-441-2163 Dream Realty Ltd. dreamrealtysk@gmail.com

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AWESOME HORSE PROPERTY IN OLIVER BC Finest horse farm operation in the South Okanagan. Fenced and x-fenced, barn and home with 3 car garage, loafing sheds, RV parking, pool, hay fields and 70’x150’ outdoor arena. 12.28 acres of horse or hobby paradise includes 60’x48’ – 2,880 sq. ft. barn w/12 stalls, 14’x124’ – 1,736 sq. ft. hay shed and equipment storage. 3,850 sq. ft. extensively renovated home w/triple garage. Amazing pool and patio, underground irrigation w/3” mainline, very productive well. Extensive riding areas (Orofino, Taylor LK, White LK, Mt Kobau) and miles more, including a 700 acre community riding area. 300 Jones Way Road, Oliver BC $1,150,000 MLS® 168461/62 DOUG CHAPMAN 250-490-5854 PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION dougchapman@royallepage.ca

JESSE CHAPMAN REALTOR® 250-490-6178 jessechapman@royallepage.ca

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Rural Roots - Real Estate IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES!

DESIRABLE LAVINGTON ACREAGE 9.33 fabulous acres in a very desirable area of Lavington. The property is fully irrigated, except for 1 acre. Zoned single family dwelling with secondary suite. A simply gorgeous setting to build your dream home. Current crop of alfalfa. For additional information or to book a showing, please visit our website at www.vantageonerealty.com

4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $839,900 MLS ® 10114548

6900 Learmouth Road, Lavington BC $625,000 MLS ® 10139289

LORI HANCOCK 250-260-0123 VantageOne Realty Inc. lori@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com

IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES! Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home set on 16.5 acres in the beautiful Armstrong/Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, 24’ x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shop with grease pit, covered storage and equipment shed. Property is fenced and x-fenced. A perfect set-up for horse and cattle operation. For additional information or to book a showing, please visit our website at www.vantageonerealty.com

HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. howard@vantageone.net www.vantageonerealty.com 10/17


Stallions & Breeders EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY West coast designed 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 10+ flat acres with amazing views. Horse facilities include a 6 stall barn, heated tack room, paddocks, 7 fully fenced and x-fenced pastures with over 9,000 feet of chain link fence with 7” treated posts vibrated into the ground plus a perfect area for a riding arena, and easy access to back country trails. There is also a secondary 60x40 shop. The well is 220 ft with a 10,000 gallon cistern. A 2,000 foot underground water system supplies various farm hydrants and an automatic waterer. 5675 Deadpine Drive, Kelowna BC $1,500,000 MLS® 10139984 RACHAEL GAYLARD 250-550-5064 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty rgaylard@sutton.com

2 ACRES, HORSE-FRIENDLY WITH BARN & SHOP Great family home with 3 beds/2 baths on the main floor. Downstairs is mainly unfinished and contains 3 roughed-in bedrooms, 3-piece bath, and additional space for your creative ideas. New kitchen cabinets (ready to install) are awaiting your layout ideas to turn downstairs into a great suite! Property is set on two flat acres on a quiet street. Bring your horses… riding ring, 24’x24’ horse barn (built in 2016). 25’x25’ shop has space for all your toys. Collect fruit from your own trees, room for your garden plot, and extra space to park your RV. 9896 Hill Drive, Lavington BC $609,000 MLS R 10140479 MARTIN VON HOLST 250-241-5000 3 Percent Realty Inc. martin@3pr.ca www.3percentrealty.net

Appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 6/18 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info 12/17 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/17 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 10/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 2/18

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On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch Introducing

AW Blue Fire N Te


AQHA Blue Roan Stallion 2017 Foals Available sired by

Jaz Poco Silverado

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AQHA/NFQH 100% Silver Grullo, AQHA ROM Reining

LBJ Sierras Blue Te Extraordinary horses that fulfill your dreams and last a lifetime. Standing coloured foundation Morgan stallions. Offspring for sale.


AQHA Blue Roan



The Peruvian Horse

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at PHAC.ca!

Peruvian Paso Horses Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s Largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB.

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

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www.ringsteadranch.com deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763


Shop & Swap! SLOW BALE BUDDY Vitamins & Minerals

Set up for Horses and Boarding! Gorgeous custom built 4,100 sq. ft. rancher w/o basement executive home built in 2005 with attached triple garage, 5 bedrooms, office, bar room and 4 full baths. Huge detached 3 bay work shop, 24’x48’ barn, 18’x40’ hay tent, 120’x180’ outdoor sand arena and round pen are just some of the features you will find at 2445 Joe Rich Road in Black Mountain. 250-215-6871 (Kelowna BC) barbredlick@hotmail.com

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Mimics grazing, eliminates waste. Available in all bale sizes.


with Organic Selenium & Trace Minerals




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Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady

Quality BC Interior Low Sugar - Always Lab Tested 75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment Grapple available to load

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: deboersherri2@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/17

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988 www.cummings.ca



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www.clappertonranch.com 7620 Hwy 8, Spences Bridge, B.C. Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge 250-315-2447




~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store



3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 11/17

100% Natural Organic 60 Minerals ~ 12 Vitamins ~ 21 Amino Acids Premium Quality Pure Kelp Supplements For All Your Farm Animals & Pets


WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM • 1-888-357-0011

Horse Boarding


Full Board $275 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC joannedelichte@gmail.com

Horse Boarding in the South


BX Vernon Full Board $300.00 a month

Individual pens 25’ x 250’ with shelters

* 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena * * Round pen * * Access to trails *

250-545-9014 or (cell) 250-558-8289 Vernon BC


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