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he ONLY good(?) thing about this pandemic, at least for me, is the lack of any commitments in 2020. I admit it has been nice not to have to be here or be there, work this or that, volunteer, etc. You could say I’ve had a year off… doing jigsaw puzzles!! Although one passion I have committed to is the annual Horsey Ladies fundraiser in November. No, there will not be a banquet, but things will be happening… see more on page 13. As I write this, the Washington fires are Sure missed whipping-in at the IPE this year! affecting us all in the southern part of BC - the smoke has jumped the border into our valleys. And we were all hoping for a smoke-free summer! A little rain would be nice, please? I am sure I can speak for a few others as well… I will miss being at The Mane Event in Chilliwack this month (such a great weekend); but they are offering some virtual events, see more on page 7. Next month will be Saddle Up’s 20th year of publishing. And we still have a few advertisers with us from day one! Thank you! Stay safe everyone, and take care. Oh… and…

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Rocking Heart’s Colt Challenge


The Mane Event Update


Developing the Counter-lope


The New Normal of Equine Massage 10 CQHA Burwash Scholarships


Do What Has To Be Done


Randy Blackstock, Founder of WCFA 16

Top Dog!**New Sponsor


Horse Council BC


What’s This?


Lower Mainland QH Assoc.


Back Country Horsemen of BC 31 Clubs/Associations 32 What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Business Services


Rural Roots (real estate)


On the Market (photo ads)


Horse & Human Interaction




Stallions/Breeders 38

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Dear Editor…

Letters to the Editor are welcome and printed on a space availability basis.

Hi Nancy! ’ve been wanting to thank you for Saddle Up, which I discovered last fall at my local Buckerfield’s store in Nanaimo BC. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of horses, but except for 6 months of riding lessons about 25 years ago and going to the PNE Agrodome to see a Monty Roberts demonstration, I’ve had no experience with horses. Unexpected fragile health and chronic fatigue syndrome in recent years have created an extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, including WiFi which is now virtually impossible to avoid. So I’ve been pretty much confined to home for about 6 years now. I venture out every couple of months to shop, knowing I’ll pay for the WiFi exposure for days afterward. Even using our home computer is a rare luxury because of the discomfort I experience. (The ‘up’ side of the COVID restrictions for me has been the outpouring of compassion from friends or requests for advice on how to keep one’s sanity during imposed isolation. Who’d have


guessed I’d suddenly be in such vast company?) With that background, perhaps you can better imagine why print publications are part of my ‘lifeline’ for keeping in touch with the world (that, and radio…). Besides getting informational content, through print media I can live vicariously, imagining travel through the photographer’s lens in tourism brochures or savouring an imaginary meal described in a culinary magazine. So discovering Saddle Up has opened up a whole other world to me — and rekindled my interest in horses. I might never be strong enough to actually visit an equestrian event or try riding again, but finding Saddle Up satisfies a longing to be out and about. I just love all the pictures, especially the kids’ page, but I also appreciate what I’m learning about the equestrian world in general. Thank you for the obvious effort you put into the magazine, and keeping it going during these difficult times. - with gratitude from an appreciative reader, Sheridan W.

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Ranch’s Colt Starting Challenge

Emma Atkinson

COVID didn’t beat the equine community on the September 12th weekend during the Rocking Heart Ranch 60 day Colt Starting Challenge held at Midnight Stadium in Fort MacLeod, Alberta.


ven though attendance was limited due to COVID restrictions, the event was livestreamed over DLMS.ca so people from all over Canada could tune in and watch the next generation of equine training talent. Trainers competed to win the coveted 2020 Trainer of the Year which was based on completing a pattern that included the elements of a solid start. It was an intense competition with a lot of talented trainers and the judges, Adiva Murphy and Dean Ross, had a hard decision to make. At the end of the day, the hardware and titles were handed out and a huge congratulations go to…

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CHAMPION Madison Elzinga

(l to r) Emma, Madison and Carola

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2020 Trainer of the Year - Madison Elzinga from Peers AB. Riding We Dolls Loona whom she bought and took home. 2020 Reserve Champion - Emma Atkinson from Medicine Hat AB. Riding DQH Two Coul a Guy. 2020 Runner Up - Carola Sossdorf from Sundre AB. Riding DQH Watch My Chex who was also the high seller of the sale selling for $16,500. WOW Factor Winner - Carola Sossdorf from Sundre AB. Riding DQH Watch My Chex. “We were stunned by the outstanding talent and commitment these trainers had to our Quarter Horses. You can tell that they love what they do! With up and comers like this, the Quarter Horse industry will be in great hands over the next several decades,” says Melody Garner-Skiba, Challenge Organizer with Rocking Heart Ranch. All trainers picked up their horses on June 21st at the ranch where they chose their horse by random draw. They took them home and spent the next 60 days giving them a solid start including groundwork and breaking under saddle. This is the portion that the Trainer of the Year is judged on. On top of the foundational start these horses experienced some of the competitors really went all out for the WOW factor. This is a separate prize for the trainers where they can show us the “extra” that they have done. There were inflatable unicorns and dinosaurs riding the horses, plus roping, mounted archery, dragging inflatable toys, and so many different aspects which show the versatility of the horses and the extra effort given. “Every year I am amazed at the ingenuity and innovation that these trainers show in their WOW factor portion of the challenge. It makes me smile to see that our breeding program is turning out horses that are versatile to go from working out on a ranch to being ridden through the drive-through at the coffee shop. It makes the long hours all worthwhile,” says James Garner, President of Rocking Heart Ranch. This year there was an additional element, the Champion Showcase. Winners of previous challenges were invited back and given a 4-year-old registered Quarter Horse and asked to put the same 60 day foundational start on the horse but then walk the crowd through the program they had completed on the horse. The Showcase trainers were Jaquelene See, Gregg Garvie, and Joel Lybbert. A huge thank you to the sponsors that helped make this happen including Destiny Homes, Riteline Electric, Perlich Auction, Volution LLP, and Ranch Docs. We appreciate the community support! Details on the trainers and horses are available at www.rockingheartranchltd.com.




The 2020 Chilliwack Mane Event is postponed until October 2021 as the BC Health Department will not allow more than 50 people per floor at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park, and this includes the vendors.

s the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are unable to predict exactly where things will be in October. With the current concerns regarding the pandemic as well as the inability to produce the event under the current guidelines and regulations, it is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to postpone The Mane Event set to take place on October 23-25, 2020 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC. We had been hopeful since March that life would return to normal by late summer, however as BC Health still has not announced as to when Phase Four will be forthcoming, the decision has been made for us. Your safety and health, as well as the safety of our team and exhibitors, must be our number one priority. We are committed to producing our highly anticipated in-person event again in the future. Mark your calendars for 2021 as we hope to return to Red Deer, AB on April 23-25, 2021, and to Chilliwack, BC in October 2021! The Mane Event is thrilled to announce we will be hosting a “Virtual” Mane Event for everyone on October 23-25, 2020. The virtual event will feature posts from exhibitors, along with live lectures from your favourite trainers and a few special features. Keep an eye on the official Mane Event Page for more details.

We want to thank everyone for their continued support of The Mane Event and wish everyone continued good health and well-being in the next year. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021! - The Mane Event Team

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Developing the Counter-lope By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Horse: You Otta Have Me, rider Lisa Wieben. • Photos by Gary Wieben.

Our next three articles will focus on how to develop flying lead changes.

Using Western Dressage principles we can see the progression of the lope work through each level leading up to the flying change.


efore asking your horse for counter-lope, he should be relaxed (without tension) and balanced in both lope leads and move forward freely with good impulsion, rhythm, and soft contact. The horse should also understand and accept half-halts and be moving off the rider’s leg well. When a horse is very balanced he will naturally change leads when changing directions without his rider asking for a lead change in order to maintain his balance. However, in order to perform flying lead changes, the horse needs to learn to wait for the rider’s aids before changing the lead. So before teaching a horse flying lead changes under the rider, the horse needs to be confirmed in maintaining the lope lead asked of him. The counter-lope is a balanced lope performed on the outside lead, so for example if the horse is tracking right, the rider asks the horse to lope on the left lead. Another way to look at it would be that the horse changes the bending line, but does not change lead, for example when riding a serpentine in left lead where two of the loops are to the left, the middle loop would be ridden in counter-lope if there were no change of lead. It is important to understand that there is a difference between a horse loping on the wrong lead and a horse who is in a counterlope. A horse who is loping on the wrong lead usually does so because he is weak or stiff on one side, whereas the counter-lope is first and foremost a suppling and strengthening exercise. If ridden correctly, the counter-lope not only improves the quality of the lope, straightness and balance, but also the connection with the outside rein as well as improving the horse’s collection. The following are some specific exercises to help develop the counter-lope. All of these are ridden in the 20x60m arena.

In Level 1 Western Dressage you will be asked to ride: 1) A shallow loop to the quarter line. Begin in working lope left lead. At F turn off the wall and begin an 8 • OCTOBER 2020


arc out to the quarter line. As you begin the gradual arc the horse will be in counter-lope (a few strides before the centre point, across from B, and a few strides after the midway point). As the horse is coming back to the long side at M he will be in true working lope as he comes back to the track and into the corner. The horse never changes bend from the time he comes off the track, through the loop, and as he comes back to the track. In Level 2 Western Dressage you will be asked to ride: 2) A loop through X (the centre line). This requires a larger arc so the degree of difficulty is slightly harder as the horse must maintain the bend and lead throughout. 3) Serpentine three equal loops quarter line to quarter line, maintaining the same lead. In Level 3 the rider will be asked to perform: 4) A three-loop serpentine the width of the arena with no change of lead. To perform this maneuver the rider will follow the 20 m circle lines up the arena. Level 4 will introduce the flying change. In Levels 2 and up all of the lope work will be collected, which brings more connection and strength to perform the maneuvers required. The horse maintains the true bend of the given lope lead throughout any counter-lope work. Rider position and aids It is very important that the rider sits correctly and quietly while riding the counter-lope so as not to disturb the horse and inadvertently ask him to change leads. The aids for riding the counter-lope are the same as those for lope. The rider’s inside leg is at the girth, while the outside leg is slightly behind the girth (inside hip forward, outside hip back). The outside leg stays on the horse to maintain the correct lead throughout. The outside rein maintains the degree of bend while the inside rein is for flexion. Keep your shoulders aligned with the horse’s shoulders so that they point slightly in the direction of the leading leg. This will help keep the horse balanced in the direction of the leading leg. When riding the counter-lope it is a good idea to ask the horse for a shoulder-fore. This will help the horse remain soft through his barrel and maintain a supple connection with the outside rein. It will also help keep the horse’s weight over the inside front leg (the leading front leg) rather than on the outside front leg, which could cause him to fall over his outside shoulder and could also cause him to bulge his rib cage too much to the outside. Be sure to maintain the aids for the lope lead consistently throughout the entire exercise and when turning back to the track only turn your head in that direction. Your core always points in the direction of the horse’s bend. Do not pull on the outside rein in order to ask your horse to move back to the track. That would make him lose his balance and most likely get him to change his lead. Instead, use your inside leg at the girth with rhythmic pressure as well as half-halts on the outside rein to guide him

These exercises take a lot of practice so be patient with your horse. It is very common for most horses to become excited when first asking them to perform these exercises and they may be rushing at the lope or changing leads. Have fun and enjoy the journey! For a video on these exercises check out https://youtu.be/stBGnqTFUjQ.

Riding the loop back to the wall. Horse remains in right bend throughout the loop. back to the track. If the horse starts to speed up use half-halts with the outside rein. Even if you maintain your aids for the lope lead correctly, your horse may change leads on his own anyway during these exercises. Do not punish him or he may be unwilling later on to change leads when you ask for a flying lead change. Just quietly bring him down to a trot or walk and wait for him to be calm and relaxed again, then pick up the lope again.

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County, AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com. As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



The New Normal of Equine Massage By Sidonia McIntyre RMT, CEMT, CCF

A year that began with such high hopes, such ambitions, such excitement and such eagerness fell flat on its face. My business plan, if compared to a dog, started out as a greyhound, all sleek and full of boundless energy (and of course that long distinctive nose!) and ended up looking like a pudgy couch potato pug, complete with smushed in, fell flat on its face (but still adorable) nose. 10 • OCTOBER 2020


Here we have 2 students showing a light touch and some stretching. Eilish Conners (in blue jeans) and Lilian Dilling (in pink leggings)


orever the optimist, I doggedly kept up with my facility owners and stayed in contact with my students who had registered for classes. All the spring classes were cancelled; but, there remained a ‘feeling’ in the air of hope while self-isolating like millions of other Canadians doing their part. This intrepid energy is what sets horse owners apart. We head out to the barn in all weather to either train, clean tack, work on our horsemanship skills, get to spend some time with our horses and for some, to give our horses a little extra love in the form of massage. I started out my career in massage as a human RMT a little over 30 years ago. In 2001, I made a lateral move to work with horses and within a year, I developed a program and began teaching equine massage. Within another year, I started to branch out and offer courses in a few locations across Canada, and by 2007, I retired from human massage practice and devoted all of my time to equine massage and the national programs. Through these 19 years, the horses have taught me what they want to have worked upon and as a result, I always tell my students that the horses are the teachers and developers of the programs and I have only been the one to do the translating. They truly do have a full and complete understanding of what works for them and what they need from us when we offer them massage. This philosophy has become the cornerstone of the programs I offer. Students come from all across the country to learn the art of massage, then they take their newfound skills home and either start working with their horses, or for some, they embark upon a new career. Taking a course is only the beginning! This is no different than attending culinary school and then continuing on to develop more recipes for years to come. The development of skills takes time, it is true; however, it also requires a solid foundation that allows for creativity which in turn can build on confidence and creating an end product that is beautiful to behold. There is nothing like the feeling of releasing a horse in a field and seeing it running, bucking, rearing and rolling - expressing joy - after having a session! We learn how to ride one gait at a time - this is how we build confidence in our abilities. Learning any new skill should be at a pace that allows the continuous progression of confidence and (hopefully) enjoyment of the task. This year, we all had to learn new skills… …How to properly socially distance so we could get back to some semblance of life, how to wear a mask, how to sanitize and how to be patient - a truly learned skill - all while continuing to be kind and gracious to those people who serve us. Working with horses requires patience peppered with kindness as we work in cooperation with them and should be in everlasting abundance at all times! When we offer a horse massage, it is truly up to them to accept or reject the work. If a horse rejects the work, at times, it is because they have an issue in the area and they need

Sidonia with Callie Cat

a bit of gentle persuasion to allow the area to be touched or it may mean the area is too uncomfortable to be manipulated. Learning how to properly communicate with the horses and how to negotiate areas that they may be resistant to have touched is a learned skill and one that is greatly encouraged in all my classes. Horses have opinions. We do need to respect this fact; however, we can learn to ask them if they might consider the idea of a light touch. Sometimes this 'negotiating' is akin to talking a child into trying a brussel sprout. When there is a refusal, I need to look at how I am asking and do I have different options: raw, with butter or smothered in cheese. Having options is a key in the approach. If a horse doesn't care for one type of touch, then do I have an alternative to offer? There are options! In my massage classes, I teach options in both manipulations and also in modalities. If anyone has had alternative therapies in soft tissue manipulation, then you know that there is more than just Swedish massage technique. Adding different modes of touch allows us to give the horses options and as they are very clever, they will choose which touch they prefer! Speaking of options, there are 2 options I offer in my classes: a 7 day intensive "how to massage and do safe stretches" course and a 6 week (also very intensive) class that goes well beyond the basics of massage (information on both classes can be accessed on my web site: www.equinerehab.ca). Something interesting has happened this year as a direct result of COVID-19. People are taking stock of what really matters. There is nothing like taking stock when it comes to choosing who will be in our trusted social bubble. Of course our horses are in the bubble! As a result of this, I have noticed a large upswing in class sizes. Perhaps people are looking to work more closely with their horses, wanting to learn a new skill that can be done safely and not involve anyone else - as riding is a lone sport. For whatever the reason, it makes me really happy to see that we as Canadians have been able to move forward, get our country back up and running safely and finally (or possibly most importantly) been able to get back to the barn - where the heart of my life lives (besides with hubby of course!).

Sidonia McIntyre is the owner of The School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapies. When not on the road, she enjoys her time at home with her husband Jack, her 2 sons and their wives along with her 3 grandchildren and her herd of horses - and not to forget the "queen of the house" Callie Cat.



Canadian Quarter Horse Association Submitted by Marnie Somers


Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund - Scholarships Awarded for 2020

he Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2020 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June. $2,000 Leadership Award to Kimberly Stewart Kimberly Stewart is a current fourth year student at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She has wanted to become a veterinarian since grade six after reading the Big Ben biography, which told the tale of Ian Millar's famous show horse Big Ben. His many colic episodes and frightening trailer accident inspired her to pursue a career in which she may be able to help animals like Ben, just like the veterinarians did in the book. Kimberly has a Bachelors degree in Zoology from the University of Calgary where she spent four years earning her degree with a year off in between her third and fourth year to take part in the elected role of one of the Calgary Stampede Princesses. Kimberly and two other women made up the trio and they took part in numerous events and rodeos around the Calgary and surrounding area as well as acting as ambassadors for the Stampede on an international scale. After her year off, she went back to school to finish her last year, joined the CS Chuckwagon Committee, and has taken on the role of Production Manager and Operational Manager for the production subcommittee. Once Kimberly got into veterinary school she started to become more involved in the extra-curricular activities the school had to offer and became the President of the Calgary Association of Veterinary Students as well as a member of numerous clubs. She was also able to host the first Theriogenology day where they had guest speakers including Dr. Wayne Burwash himself, as well as an afternoon filled with clinical skills labs focused around theriogenology. Kimberly says, "I have developed a passion for equine reproduction over the past four years and I am hoping to bring that passion to a practice once I graduate." $1,000 Encouragement Award to Sadie Popoff Sadie Popoff was born in Calgary, Alberta and has been heavily involved in the equine community since moving to Cochrane in 2011. She was involved in 4-H equine programs for four years and has competed in both Western and English events with her horse, Roper. In high school, she obtained her Equine Technician Green Certificate. Her experiences with horses have played a significant role in her life and has taught her many valuable lessons. It has been this involvement that has led her to pursue a career as a veterinarian. 12 • OCTOBER 2020


Last year, Sadie started her first year at the University of Calgary to study biological sciences. After completing her undergraduate work, she plans on applying to veterinary school. She is interested in all aspects of equine medicine, especially the research side that explores the development of new therapeutic procedures and medicines. Alongside equine medicine, Sadie hopes on working as a parttime or volunteer veterinarian for wildlife rehabilitation centres. She currently volunteers at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation to gain more experience in a clinic setting and hopes to continue working to protect wildlife. She is very excited to pursue this career as it will allow her to remain involved in the equine community and continue doing what she loves. $1,000 Encouragement Award to Claire Horsch Claire Horsch has had a passion for horses her whole life. Growing up on her family's working cattle ranch has allowed her to pursue her riding dreams, and given her the opportunity to raise and train young horses. Claire has been in 4-H for eight years, and has participated in many equestrian shows and competitions with her horse projects. This year Claire was accepted into the AQHA Young Horse Development Program and received a donated weanling filly as her project horse. She is proud to be the only Canadian participant in the 2020 program. In keeping with her passion for horses, Claire also volunteers as a horse leader and side walker with her local Therapeutic Riding Association. This fall Claire will be starting the Bachelor of Science program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, where she plans on completing an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology before applying to veterinary school. Claire knows that working with animals is her calling and is determined to make her dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. "Again this year, we were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants," said Dr. Wayne Burwash. "This is the sixth year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon's passing in 2013, and we have now awarded $23,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes for rewarding careers involving the horse." Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a postsecondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future.

Horsey Ladies Okanagan Update By Nancy Roman


s I am sure you are all aware… our annual fundraising banquet will not be happening this year due to COVID 19. The committee considered a smaller ‘dinner social’ – but that is not feasible either. The primary concern is safety for all – and we must follow protocol. Although our November 20th fundraising event will not take place, the committee has come up with another type of fundraiser. Even though the pandemic has forced us to ‘shut down’ – we cannot stay down. We’ve been fundraising for so many years, raising over $100,000 for local charities, we still want to be a part of that in 2020. And YOU can too! No, there will not be an online auction. It would not be right, or fair, to reach out and ask (suffering) businesses for donations. So it’s OUR year to give back! And we are asking YOU to be a part of it and help us keep the ‘fundraising’ going. The committee will purchase some prizes. On our Horsey Ladies Okanagan Facebook page we will offer any Horsey Lady out there an opportunity to win one (or more) of these prizes. HOW? For every $20 pledged your name is entered in the draw to win! So if you donate

$60 you have 3 chances to win, $100 for 5 chances to win, and so on. The prize draw will be held on November 20th, via a taped/ video showing of the names drawn. There is so much to say, but updates will be posted on our Facebook page. And prizes will be posted there too. Since we (the committee) are trying to keep this as simple as possible, we decided to pick the charity ourselves… to one that has never received funds from our group – ever. And they are LOCAL! We have chosen OLD FRIENDS CANADA SOCIETY (in Lake Country BC) to receive all monies that YOU Horsey Ladies pledge! We hope you want to be a part of this with us, and have the chance(s) to win a prize, but can be proud to know that you participated and were able to give back, particularly during these trying times! THANK YOU HORSEY LADIES!!! We are only as strong as YOU are! TOGETHER!

Cowboy Poetry

MY WIFE AND HER HORSE Courtesy of “Little Hooves” on Facebook My wife she has a Quarter Horse, with flaxen mane and tail. She thinks he is the finest thing that ever jogged a rail. She calls him Dandy Darling, and if the truth I tell, that fancy pampered Quarter Horse has made my life pure hell. My wife she used to cook for ME and serve it with champagne. Now she'd rather feed that horse and fix his special grain. She rides him every morning, and grooms him half the night. The last time that she kissed ME it was just to be polite. He dresses better than I do, with matching wraps and ties.

My wardrobe's so neglected now that I attract the flies. One day my wife was shopping, she was down at the mall, and fancy pampered DANDY was just standing in his stall. He looked so smug and sassy, that I began to grin. I'd saddle that fat sucker, and take him for a spin. I've wondered since if cues I gave, he might have misconstrued, for when I climbed aboard that horse, he rightly came UNGLUED.

He bucked and spun, and snorted fire, and threw me through a fence. I saw big stars and there are teeth that I ain't heard from since. My wife came home and saw me, just a lying in the dirt. She rushed up to her HORSE and asked him, "Sweetheart are you HURT?" He'd scratched his nose a little bit, and the memory galls me yet. She left me lying in the mud, and ran to call the VET!!!


Do What Has To Be Done!

By Glenn Stewart

Do what has to be done. Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes doing what has to be done can be uncomfortable. We might want to do something else because of our attitude or mood at the moment, but we should only do what needs to be done - nothing more, nothing less.


e need to be careful that we don’t avoid or make excuses or tell ourselves a story that keeps us from what needs to be done. A horse very soon will recognize those who do and those who don’t. Those who do what needs to be done have a much more enjoyable, safe time with their horses and the horses are much happier. This is true as well when we are playing with horses and they appreciate it if we can do what has to be done – nothing more, nothing less. One way I use to make it easier for myself and for other people to do what has to be done is by using phases. Phases come in different forms for different exercises. A description of phases is to use a form of pressure that starts at phase 1 (very soft and light - usually lighter and softer than one would think) and gradually increase the pressure at 2/3 second intervals to phase 2, then phase 3 and, if necessary, to phase 4 until you get the required result or a try from the horse. There really are two forms of pressure that should be used with horses. One is steady pressure which means you are physically touching the horse with your hand, your leg, a rein or the horseman’s

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stick. The other is rhythmic pressure that has movement to it and is more of a suggestion from phase 1 to 3. You would not touch the horse until phase 4 using rhythmic pressure. Shaking hands would be similar to steady pressure, and waving to someone would be similar to rhythmic pressure. Using phases is what horses do every day with each other. If we follow their patterns as much as we humanly can, our using phases will make sense to them which will speed up the training process and get us better results. Using phases also helps people with a plan, gives them some guidelines to follow, and gives us a “what to do next” in our program or plan. Guidelines of using phases gives us the necessary next step even if we don’t feel like it or are not comfortable with it. The consistency of phases supports the horse in its ability to understand and count on us to do what we need to do. This absolutely builds a horse’s confidence in us as their leader. Sometimes we need to be firmer than we want, sometimes we need to be softer than we want or are. If I’m using steady pressure, I think of pushing first on the hair then the skin then the muscle and finally bone. That would be 4 phases staying at each phase for 2 or 3 seconds before moving to a firmer phase. This gives the horse time to feel each phase and a chance to move without us taking so long between each phase that it puts them to sleep. The appropriate phase and its timing helps keep us fair in our requests and follow a similar pattern that horses use on each other. People like to push and pull, neither of which work well with horses. If I’m using rhythmic pressure, the phase or movement is small to start then phase 2 is bigger (not faster) and so on until phase 4 which is when you would be rhythmically touching the horse if he had not responded to how you wanted him to move. Both steady and rhythmic pressures are used with horses equally often. One is not more important than the other. The phases are only as good as the person using them. We must be effective with our phases. Effectiveness may be a lot of things like softer, firmer, slower, faster, or sooner. If we are effective it means we got the message to the horse. Think about being as light as

possible but as firm as necessary. We need to be clear enough and stick with it long enough to get done what needs doing. The most effective we can be is when we are assertive, not passive and not aggressive. Being assertive can mean bringing a lot to the table in certain situations. We might have to get our life up and move quickly. It depends what the horse is doing and how they have been handled in the past. Whatever we need to do we need to be okay with it. Bringing our life up and bringing a lot of energy to a situation can be uncomfortable for some. That’s where the phases can help. The idea is to bring whatever is needed to the situation without our emotions getting in the way. There really is no room for getting emotional, mean, mad or sad. All of which are not helpful. Relax, enjoy, and smile. It takes time for us to learn and time for the horse to learn. Horsemanship is a journey that I’ve been on for years so I might as well have fun while I learn. We can always ask ourselves when we used our phases, were we fair and did we give time in each phase? We all

make mistakes, and we don’t always get it right, but I believe this helps us get closer to being a better horseman. The only way to not make mistakes is to do nothing. If we are learning and trying to improve ourselves and our horses, we are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Well, it’s time to go play with some horses and see if I can do most things right. Have a great day, Glenn Stewart Glenn is offering year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www. thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Mr. R andy Blackstock

American Farrier’s Association Certified Journeyman Farrier and Founder of the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association Submitted by Rachel Vowles


andy Blackstock, CJF, founder of the Western Canadian These three farrier forefathers began to set the pace for future BC Farrier’s Association (1983) and a life-long horseman is a man farriers. to give credit for the development of the trade of farriery in To this date, all the “international judges and clinicians have British Columbia, Canada. In addition to being one of the first certified commented on the quality of workmanship” that comes from farriers of farriers to run a full-time practice in the Fraser Valley, he created the the Fraser Valley. Western Canadian Farrier’s Association (WCFA), educated apprentices, In 1980 Bob Marshall needed a partner for the Draft Horse owned and operated a supply store while continuing to ride, coach and Shoeing Competition at the AFA convention in Jackson, Mississippi. He train his beloved horses. His vision to create the WCFA developed the convinced Randy to be his partner, and they won first place! Later that year the Calgary Stampede held its first World trade of farriery, building skills and confidence Championship Blacksmithing Competition among farriers like never before. And in turn, (WCB) and Randy was a competitor. Also, educated the local equine community on in that year, Douglas College held the first quality hoof care and the benefits of using a competition in the Fraser Valley. 1980 was a formally educated professional farrier. big year in history for the competitive farriery At the age of ten, Randy got his first horse industry and Randy was among some of the and was an active Pony Club member. Forever first competitors. The worldwide development there forward he remained a dedicated of farrier competitions has created a great horseman and equine professional. By the way for farriers to continue developing their age of fourteen, Randy was shoeing his skills and education as well as create an horse, under the guidance of his farrier, future international professional network. mentor and life-long friend, Glen Drader. While farrier competitions were never Randy felt the same way most farriers do of Randy’s main focus, his time spent at the 1980 their first shoeing, “not a great shoeing job, AFA convention was what inspired him to but my horse was sound after it!” start the WCFA. It was a huge eye-opener for In his late teenage years, Randy attended him, "just to see the huge gathering of farriers one year of University and decided that was inspiring. The knowledge that was freely further academic education was not for him exchanged by the farriers was incredible. and a career with horses was decided upon. I realized that the large pleasure horse He continued his involvement in Pony Club, population in the Fraser Valley would only where he met his wife, Mary. Randy and Mary benefit from farriers improving their skills." were married in 1971 and continued riding, Blackstock competing at the WCB in Randy joined the AFA and became training, showing, buying and selling horses Calgary 1980 member #575. To date, there are over 1,800 throughout their lives. Randy’s success in active AFA members and over 10,000 people the competitive English pleasure discipline credited him to be a well-respected rider and instructor as well as have been members at one point with the AFA. In addition to the AFA’s maintaining a small clientele of horseshoeing clients. In 1972 Randy inspiration, Randy was also influenced by the structure of the Farrier’s decided to attend a professional horseshoeing education facility, North Association of Washington State. Gathering the first five WCFA board Texas Farrier School in Mineral Well, TX, to gain the knowledge required members was done “with difficulty!” Randy stated, “Hank McEwan was always supportive of forming an organization, but mostly did it to shoe show horses. In 1984 Randy challenged and passed his American Farrier’s because I asked them to help.” Within the first year (1983), there were Association (AFA) Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) certification at an six members. By 1988 the association grew to seventy- five members. examination hosted at Douglas College in Langley, BC. Randy believes “The numbers had not only increased, but the interest in the goals of he was the first farrier from BC to pass the AFA’s CJF exam. The late and the association had also increased. Farriers [became] more interested great Hank McEwan, (farrier course instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic in improving their training and skills.” This set a standard of farrier University (KPU)) was the only other farrier in the Fraser Valley that held education in the 1980s. Up until the 1990s, a farrier had to be a member of the AFA or an a CJF with the AFA. Outside of Hank, the famous British certified farrier, Bob Marshall (first farrier course instructor at Douglas College) was also affiliated organization (such as the WCFA) to take an AFA certification amongst the only three farriers in the Fraser Valley to hold certifications. examination. The WCFA offered an associate membership to the KPU

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students wanting to take the exam. “This helped increase the WCFA farrier at the time was interested in continuing with the program and it memberships and also allowed KPU to offer a recognizable degree - became non- existent. Mr. Dixon continued to have great success not only in his shoeing AFA Certified Farrier.” At that time, a member of the WCFA had benefits such as the newsletter, a reduced subscription fee to the Anvil Magazine practice but also as a long-time Canadian Team member. To date, (published in the USA) and an Accidental and Death package through “Steve has represented Canada more times than any other member.” Great West Insurance. There was one competition hosted per year at Shannon also continued her shoeing career on the West Coast of BC for over twenty years. Shannon credits Randy a great deal for her success Douglas College (now KPU) and approximately 2 clinics per year. In 1984 the WCFA hosted its first AGM and a competition was as a farrier as “In those days it was hard to find anyone to take on an organized to complement the meeting, which also encouraged apprentice.” Shannon shared that “Randy truly likes horses, it wasn’t membership attendance. The WCFA has never had to rely on outside just a job to him, and while he had his share of high-profile clients, he always made time for the more humble funding as the organization has always of horse owners. He is dedicated, good funded itself through membership dues natured, and highly respected in the horse and their once per year competition community.” and conference (first organized by Rick Higginson in 2002). Promotion of the The success of Randy's two WCFA in the late 1980s was mostly done apprentices and his attempt at developing through their newsletter as well as articles a formal educational program is impervious written by board members and published of his dedication to the education of the in the Pacific Horse Magazine. Local farrier trade: all for the betterment of the horse. supplies stores were supportive of the His choice to retire “early” was not an association's developments and kept easy one. But he felt the progression of membership application forms on their his Multiple Sclerosis did not allow him to counters. give his clients the quality of work they In the beginning years, the WCFA did deserved. Despite having to retire from receive some backlash from the general shoeing, Randy remained deeply involved farrier population as there were concerns with the equine community by continuing about a formal organization regulating or to be an active member of the WCFA as interfering with business. In response to well as operating his farrier supply store. these concerns, Randy and his fellow board Randy and Mary started their supply store, members included in their constitution Western Equine Enterprises, in 1976. Randy that "the association will in no way interfere felt that he “couldn’t get really good quality with a farrier's clientele, territory or prices horseshoes” and that is what drove him to and this provision will be unalterable." open the supply store. After meeting Ray Blackstock (WCFA President) awarding Gerard In 1998, the WCFA began financially Burns (owner of Baker Horseshoes) at the Laverty (current KPU instructor) 1983 supporting the Canadian Farrier's Team Portland, Oregon AFA convention in 1981, and still are today. In response to the Randy was thrilled for Western Equine generosity of the WCFA, each Canadian Team Member donates their Enterprises to become a distributor of Baker Horseshoes as he was less time to teach clinics throughout Western Canada for a minimum of one than impressed with the keg shoes of times, stating that they “were a year. Through this, the WCFA and the Canadian Farrier Team continue one size, one shape fits all kind of shoe.” Along with quality horseshoes, to educate members of the equine industry in Western Canada. It was Western Equine Enterprises also sold concave bar stock. The importation Randy's vision and creation of the WCFA that changed the trade of of concave bar stock to Canada set a milestone in the trade as it “really farriery in Western Canada, and in turn, influenced the equine industry encouraged farriers to make handmade shoes.” Randy and Mary closed as a whole. As the current president of the WCFA, Russell Floyd, CJF, ASF, their storefront in 2010 but continued with online and telephone orders AWCF stated “there was a time before us when farriers being buddies until 2012, resulting in a thirty-six-year business adventure. sharing knowledge was hard to come by. Thanks to the creation of the When asked how Randy and Mary managed to balance all of these WCFA, that atmosphere has changed, and Randy was the man with the incredible lifetime accomplishments, Randy responded, "with great vision that the industry could be different.” Randy feels that the WCFA difficulty!" But the result of this difficulty was a couple who changed not only encouraged farriers to improve their skills but supported them the equine industry forever in Western Canada. Randy's vision of farrier to do so. And that is what Randy is most proud of. camaraderie, education, and trade development through the WCFA Randy was a full-time farrier for twenty- two years, from 1972- forever set a trade standard for future horseshoers. Farriers were no 1994. During these twenty-two years Randy had two apprentices, longer people who drove around in trucks with tools, they became Steven Dixon and Shannon Low. With a young Steven Dixon under professional tradesmen educating horse owners and improving horse his wing, Randy approached Canada Manpower with a proposal for a health one hoof at a time. government-funded apprenticeship program. A formal agreement was To date, Randy is still an active member of the WCFA, and Mary worked out and Steve became the first government-approved farrier has remained on the board as the WCFA treasurer. Bob Marshall said it apprentice in BC. While Randy had thought that a formal apprenticeship best when he stated, “Randy was a tremendous influence in the equine system would complement the new farrier program at KPU, no other industry and a complete gentleman.” OCTOBER 2020 2020 OCTOBER


Horse and Human Interaction By Jackie Bellamy-Zions Courtesy of Equine Guelph, www.uoguelph.ca

Horse human interaction studies were discussed in a talk presented by Dr. Katrina Merkies, Ontario Agricultural College, at the three day virtual conference held in late August hosted by the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES).


ith around 50 recent horse behaviour studies referenced in the 40 minute presentation (and apologies for the many not mentioned), there is an undeniable growing interest to understand our impact on physiological and behavioural states of our equine partners. “The road to horse and human wellbeing” was the journey unfolding as Merkies expounded on the discoveries of her studies and those of fellow researchers. Evidenced-based research stands to make great strides toward continually improving equine welfare. What do we know about horses? The talk began by introducing one of Merkies’ collaborative research studies on how humans perceive their bond with horses. The survey indicated people would characterize their bond in several ways: the horse approaching them, vocally greeting them, trusting them in a frightening situation, taking care of them during hardships and physically touching them. Another study showed humans can distinguish between positive and negative domestic horse vocalizations. A study by Merkies PhD student, Cordelie DuBois, surveyed participants with surprising results. When asked to rank welfarecompromising scenarios, most could easily pick out a physical threat to a horse but there was more variance in answers to questions where the effects of boredom or frustration were to be identified. How do horses perceive us and what impact are we having on their welfare? Since the advent of the ‘five freedoms of animal welfare’ and the evolution of ‘the five domains model’, increasing attention has been placed on animals not just surviving in our care but thriving and having their social/emotional needs met for a life worth living. Scientific research continues to contribute to an ever increasing knowledge base. Merkies’ latest collective paper on the Effect of Human Attachment Style on Horse Behaviour and Physiology during Equine-Assisted Activities was published earlier this year. The pilot study aimed to determine the effect of the attachment style of at-risk adolescents on the physiology and behaviour of therapy horses during a 10-week Equine Facilitated Learning program. The therapy horses used during this study indicated a low stress response toward participants in the program. In particular, a human insecure attachment style produced more predictable behavioural responses in the horses. In another study, Merkies and her team discovered that, depending on the kind of stress, horses might blink significantly less when they’re experiencing acute stress. Horses may understand us better than we understand them. One study has shown that horses are adept at distinguishing human facial

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expressions. Another study by Merkies’ graduate student, Abby Hodder, further supported this research and explored how this ability could influence the affective state of a horse. Can we say we are as good at reading a horse’s expression? Have a look at the research on facial grimace recognition in horses (link: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/ figure?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0092281.g002) to see if you can distinguish between relaxed and pained expressions. Merkies has also joined researchers in the quest to find out how horses listen to us and if the human voice could have a calming effect on horses. She relays, horses in a round pen moved more quickly when a stern voice was introduced than when a pleasant one was used. The horses were also more likely to turn their body toward a pleasant voice. Merkies has also seen for herself in various studies that horses do not like being alone, instantly becoming calmer when a human enters a round pen scenario. Another study reveals horses are more likely to approach an attentive person over an inattentive one. Studies on horses’ emotional intelligence have come out with conflicting results with some pointing out a confident handler could more easily lead a horse through an obstacle course, while other studies suggest horses are not stressed by a nervous handler. Some studies have suggested horses can recognize different emotions but empathy or experience of those emotions are unknown. The hot topics of positive and negative reinforcement in the training of horses had been a recurring theme throughout the ISES conference and was not to be left out of Merkies’ presentation. Incorrect use of negative reinforcement (such as incorrect timing removing the pressure of an aid) has been linked to increased stress in horses. Positive reinforcement has been shown to lead to anticipatory behaviour and a greater attentiveness to the trainer. Other studies have also revealed horses kept on pasture desensitize to novel stimuli quicker. The talk finished up on more recurrent themes of ‘social license to operate’ and charging the human handlers with practicing ‘agency’ for the horse. Tuning in to the horse’s needs and allowing them to express themselves. Not dismissing if they turn away when the bridle is presented, and similar cues delivered with body language. Education is the key to recognizing positive indicators of welfare and picking up on warning signs. Equitation science will continue to play an important role championing for equine welfare. Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www. equineguelph.ca.

Craig & Jenny W with an 8-up of Shetland ponies at Abbotsford Agrifair

Our crazy red mare has finally found her groove (even if momentarily)

My first time riding Sofia – Lenka B

Our happy old girl Pepper, loved by Tara and Rodger Just another family day at the farm!

No IPE this year BOO HOO!!!

We thought we’d share some Happy times with our readers. Let’s see what folks are doing during their social distancing or self-isolation. Happy times are ahead.

Carole W and Sara

More Summer Fun!

Dress Up at Cloud 9 Ranch’s Kids Camp

Bill and Gerda K

Driving Smartie – first drive outside the arena – Tara L

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, Bailey and Roanie, feel extra Grandma’s groomers! Our horses give them personal attention! special when these little princesses love to spend time at the Brooklyn (age 7) and Peyton (age 5) farm in Vernon BC. My name is Elsa and this is my Welsh pony ‘Kyle’. He’s 11. His favourite treat is mints. I like his hair cut - how about you? - Elsa (age 10), Caroline AB

My brother Levi and I love our min i, Dolly. Dolly is roughly 19 years old and the best pony around. - Levi (age 21 months) and Quinn (age 4), Princeton BC

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2021 AND 2020/2021 EXTENDED MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE! Horse Council BC is pleased to announce that our extended memberships will be open on September 1st this year! We will continue to offer the 2020 memberships, the extended memberships and the 2021 memberships. The  2021 Family membership will be offered by mid-September for anyone wanting next year’s membership in advance.  Once you have purchased your membership and received your confirmation, you will have the option of printing out the emailed printable card or downloading a digital card to your phone. Both versions (Apple and Android) are available. You also have the option of having your card printed and mailed to you as well. If that is the option that you would like, please look for it in your membership walkthrough. Membership renewal is available at www.hcbc.ca. EQUESTRIAN CANADA LEARN TO RIDE/DRIVE PROGRAM FEATURES Have you participated in the Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride program? Whether you are a coach who has facilitated the Learn to Ride program or a student who has progressed through the program we would like to hear from you! Drop us a line at info@ hcbc.ca and we will send you the details on how to be featured in one of our monthly E-Newsletters.

about their chosen discipline to consider becoming an HCBC official. Remember, officials play a very important role in educating and molding our equestrian athletes which in turn will strengthen and grow our sport. In the current COVID environment, Horse Council BC is presently exploring different ways to provide our current and prospective officials with updating and licensing opportunities, so stay tuned! To inquire about becoming an HCBC official, or for more information, please visit: https://hcbc.ca/competitions/becomean-official/ or contact the competition desk at competition@hcbc. ca. HCBC EVENT DIRECTORY We know this year hasn’t gone according to the plan. We want to give BC clubs the opportunity to raise awareness about your educational events or schooling days on the HCBC Event Directory. Email communication@hcbc.ca for more information.

HCBC YouTube CHANNEL If you have not visited the HCBC YouTube page recently, you may want to check it out. Many recent webinars have been recorded and posted to watch or re-watch. Included is our recent Community Talks Not So Travelling Road Show 3-Part Webinar Series on Equine Wellness sponsored by Zoetis Inc, as well as a brand new webinar on Health & Wellness for Riders that includes an at-home workout. HCBC OFFICIALS PROGRAM It’s easy to get caught up in things and as an official it’s so important to remember your role and how you can impact both new and experienced equestrian athletes. Horse Council BC is proud of the pool of qualified, respected officials we have in our program. We are always looking at ways to deepen our pool with new officials and to broaden and expand the education of our current ones. We would like to ask our current officials to encourage and mentor any prospective applicants. We also encourage anyone who is experienced and passionate

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, www.equestrian.ca A Game is Only as Good as its Rules From the desk of Lindsey Blakely, Coordinator, Technical Programs Officials and Rules| “Rules are boring. There, I said it!”


oring… but necessary. Without the existence of rules and regulations, would it even be possible to have sports and competitions as we know them? Competitors perform actions and are judged not only on performance but also on how they follow the rules. Knowledge of and compliance with the rules of any sport are required of each participant and it is no different in equestrian sport. Imagine if equestrian competitors did not know, let alone follow the rules: competitions would be chaos! A competitor’s understanding and following of the rules of their chosen discipline or breed sport is essential. This also holds true for any official, competition organizer, coach, volunteer or anyone else involved with competition. There are many people that do not like following rules because they represent some kind of restriction, but rules in sports exist to create even and fair playing fields. When rules are properly set and followed, they provide a stable environment and competitor co-existence at a competition, resulting in peace and order. We need them. But why are there so many rules? With 10 Equestrian Canada (EC) Rules sections containing more than 3,000 combined pages, one could assume that everything would be covered. However, realistically, it is not possible to provide for every conceivable eventuality in our written rules. This is where common sense, rule inquiries and a rule amendment process come into play. If there is no rule to deal specifically with a particular circumstance or if the closest interpretation of the pertinent rule would result in an obvious injustice, it is the duty of those responsible to make a decision based on common sense and fair play, thus reflecting as closely as possible the intention of the EC Rules. If in doubt about a rule, no matter how big or small, reach out to EC or the Steward or Technical Delegate at a competition to inquire. I promise, Stewards and Technical Delegates don’t bite: if anything, they know the rules like the back of their hand and would much rather you ask first.

The EC Rules are living documents and EC has adopted an evergreen rules process where the rules are updated annually. As time goes on, new rules may be needed or old ones changed in order to fit the current state and ever-expanding knowledge of the equestrian community. A good example of this is rules relating to tack. Manufacturers are always coming up with new designs to improve functionality, safety and welfare, and of course, competitors want to know if their latest and greatest purchase (or, hopefully, pre-purchase) is permitted in the competition ring. When we at EC receive rule inquiries, we not only endeavor to provide clarification on the rule to the asker, but we also delve into the rule itself to see if it requires amending for clarification or if that latest piece of tack really should be included, whether permitted or not. We could not possibly do this all on our own and, as such, have a panel of discipline and breed sport experts whom we lean on for their wealth of knowledge. When rule changes come into effect, there is always the small possibility that, no matter how thoroughly the rule change has been thought through and vetted by EC staff, experts and committees, it is just not a great fit. Competitors, officials and competition organizers are the people out there living and breathing our rules at competitions, and we rely upon them to let us know what works or does not out on the playing field. 2020 has been a year like no other. The ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic seems to have affected everything, including the EC Rule amendment process. Based on available resources and in collaboration with the EC National Rules Committee (NRC), we have adopted an adapted rule amendment process for this year. Changes to the EC Rules for 2021 will be made through a condensed process similar to that of the Extraordinary Amendment Process. As part of the adapted process, Rule Change Proposals (RCP) have been limited to only those deemed essential, meaning those changes are absolutely necessary. For comparison, the 2020 Rules included a total of 312 changes, whereas the 2021 Rules will only see a total of 69 essential changes. Any changes deemed non-essential will be put forward for consideration next year as part of the 2022 EC Rule amendment process. The 2021 EC Rules, updated to include essential changes, will be available online in clean copy and changes visible versions as usual but hardcopy rule books will not be printed in 2021. So, before you step into the competition ring next, take a moment and ask yourself whether you truly know and understand your discipline or breed sport rules. It is your responsibility after all, and you never know what little nugget of knowledge you might find when you take a moment to sit down and read through the EC Rules!



A Brief Overview of COLOUR IN HORSES Submitted by Marjorie Lacy, Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse


ow that the equine genome has been mapped, an almost overwhelming new body of genetic information on horse colour has been discovered. One of the most interesting facts the researchers have come up with is that there are only two basic colours in horses – BLACK and RED. Traditionally, horse owners call red horses “sorrel” or “chestnut” depending on whether it’s a lighter or darker shade.

And all the beautiful coats of many colours that horses wear are derived from those two basic colours, with the help of various genes that cause MODIFICATIONS through DILUTIONS, PATTERNS of white hair, and COMBINATIONS of these. Probably the best known modifying gene is the AGOUTI, or bay pattern, which turns a black horse into a bay by causing all the black pigment to go to the legs, mane and tail, ear tips, etc. with the body some shade of reddish brown. Bay is a colour that all horsemen know. In Tennessee Walkers we have several dilution genes. A single CRÈME DILUTION creates palominos (from reds), buckskins (from bays) and smoky blacks (from blacks), as well as the double dilutions that give the ‘washed out’ appearance of cremello, perlino and smokey crème. Classic Champagne (l) and Palomino (r)

TOBIANO can be a horse of any colour with white patches, one or more of which crosses the spine. SPLASH patterns are rare in TWH. They can be found on any colour of horse. In Splash the white spotting appears to come up from the belly, and does not cross the topline. GREYING and ROANING can also change the look of a horse’s colour. Both add white hairs to the horse’s coat, but in different ways. In GREY, the horse is born one colour but then hair throughout the coat turns white as the horse matures (much as humans ‘grey out’ as they get older!). Some horses become completely white quite early in life; others retain some of their original colour for much longer. A grey is described by the colour it was born, and ‘turning grey’. So you might have a ‘black, turning grey’ or ‘buckskin, turning grey’. And that description tells you the animal’s colour before it greyed out entirely and turned white. ROAN also affects the horse’s coat colour by adding white hair, but with roans the white hair comes in with the foal’s first change of coat. A true roan retains the solid colour on its head and lower legs, while all the rest of the body is ‘ticked’ with white hair. Roans may vary from winter to summer coat.

CHAMPAGNE DILUTION also changes reds, blacks and bays, in this case to gold champagnes from red, amber champagne from bay, and classic champagne from black. Double or single dilution does not seem to make a difference with champagne.

SILVER DILUTION is rarer in TWH than the two dilutions above, but it is unique in diluting black, with mane and tail hair more affected than the body coat. It causes a black or bay to appear chestnut with an almost flaxen or silvery mane and tail. Such horses are referred to as ‘Black silver’ or ‘Bay silver’. Red horses may carry this dilution gene and pass it on to offspring, but it does not make any difference in their colour. 26 • OCTOBER 2020

The PATTERNED horses are commonly known as ‘pintos’. Sabino is the “signature” white pattern in the TWH breed. Foundation horse, “Roan Allen”, was really a sabino, not a roan at all! SABINO can include those with leg markings with jagged borders, belly, girth, neck or under chin spots, large face markings such as wide blazes or bald faces, and sometimes white patches on the knee or hock, or white flecks, patches or ticking on the body. White or nearly all-white “maximal sabinos” are often mistaken for genetically white horses (which are very rare), or for grey horses that have turned white.


Thus the base colours of RED and BLACK can be modified, diluted, and/or patterned with white in any number of COMBINATIONS. There are now DNA tests that can identify whether your horse carries the basic red or black, agouti (bay pattern), or any of the three dilutions, and which, if any, of the pinto patterns, or grey or roan. For many of these you can see what colour the horse is. For others, especially combinations of dilutions or patterns, or whether a red horse carries the bay pattern gene, only a DNA test can tell you for sure.

Now, what colour is your horse?

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By Julie Karlsen

Photos by Janice Reiter Photography, www.jreiter.ca

Cutting is alive and well in the Fraser Valley!


CRCHA held its first clinic of the year at Cornerstone Arena back on February 29th with clinician, trainer and judge Travis Rempel. Two groups of 8 were coached on the flag and on cattle. Travis worked with riders through ground work, and also ran through a Q & A on the judge’s card. Even though it was a pretty crisp day… it was a lot of fun getting ready for the season!

Hayley Stradling giving Levi Schulze some skin!

The spring finally hit, with awesome temperatures and nice weather for us all to enjoy in our own yard... cancellations - so many... show season stalled – delayed - postponed.

Kayan Eek swooping across the pen with Pearl

Finally in June, we were able to have our first set of shows, although no spectators, masks were optional and social distancing was in effect. These protocols continued throughout the season - ‘the new normal’ *sigh* at least we were able to show! As a club, our members are very grateful that the board was able to pull the season off! So ‘Thank you’ BOD 2020, for all your volunteer hours! Each show had a higher than normal turnout, with most BC riders staying in their own province. The cattle were a bit of a challenge to get for many reasons, but the board got it done and the shows were successful. A good time was had in spite of the safety regulations, and the occasional bit of rain. The board would like to thank everyone who attended, the great turn-back riders, cattle suppliers, trainers, event hosts, cow boss, and a massive thank you to our 2020 sponsors! We are looking forward to our final set of shows in October, with sincere hopes that the pandemic stays in check here in our province. Fingers crossed! We hope to see you in the show pen one last time in 2020.

Stay safe out there, happy trails!

Jim Rhodes on Hot Time Holly stopping hard!!

Sisters are doing it! Sarah & Kristen Reid



Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ell 2020 did not give in and let ‘normal’ life resume. It did remind us how much we look forward to being in each other’s presence. Like minds and all. Many of us, if not all, will look back on 2020 as a ‘practice’ year. We would like to thank all of our members and participants for their continued support and understanding. The AERC, as well as many other clubs, were forced to think outside the “sand” box. We did put

on a Virtual Show in September for season’s end (more on that next month), but it just isn’t the same as live and in person. A big thank you to our Judge and behind the screen volunteers for assisting with this new way of showing. Watch our Facebook page, and our website, www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca, for new information, updates and even some pictures.

We’re outta here!!!

Cariboo Driving Trials By Brenda Soeder | Photos by Laraine Shedden and Brenda Soeder CARIBOO TRAILS FIELD DRIVING TRIAL - BACK TO BACK Hosted by Cariboo Country Carriage Club, a chapter of the BC Carriage Driving Society Held August 15-16, 2020 at Huber Farm & Equestrian Centre, 70 Mile House BC With Judge: Tina Knott


he weather was perfect and the show grounds looked great – well laid out for the flow of the show. The new rules for COVID were implemented and participants did a good job social distancing. Although that, and not having a concession and potluck dinner, took away from the way we were used to interacting. The new world for now at least. The club would like to thank the Area E Thompson Nicola Regional District for their donation to our show. Thank you to the organizers, judge and volunteers for their hours in the sun helping the show go so smoothly. The first two winners of Training Saturday were Marion Roman and Ken Huber; and Sunday Ken Huber and Marion Roman. The first two winners of Preliminary Saturday were Heather Dolemo and Eric Sdoutz; and Sunday Eric Sdoutz and Heather Dolemo. The Cones Challenge on Sunday was won by Marion Roman, followed by Ken Huber by just 10ths of a second.

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Heather Dolemo – Joker

Ken Huber – Ghost

Eric Sdoutz – Fergus

Marion Roman – Dolly

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


all is here! We’re slowly winding down for the season, but despite the global upheaval we managed to eke out a pretty fantastic Gymkhana season for ourselves. Instead of a large gathering for our year-end awards and AGM, we’ll have to make some modifications for this year. But, riders, get out there and compete until the end! Barb has been working hard on your prizes and awards! Our July 19th Gymkhana Highpoints: Leadline: Amelia Manley Peewee: Hayden Thompson Junior: Ciara O’Rourke

Intermediate: Kassie Brennan Senior: Heidi Hogan Novice: Cassandra Manley

Thank you to our members and volunteers who participated in our Adopt-A-Trail clean-up at the Browne Creek Wetlands on July 18th. The trails are looking really good even in the face of dramatically increased usage over the past several months. The Chilliwack Riding Club was very happy to host the virtual Gymkhana this year at the 148th Annual Chilliwack Fair. There was a really great turnout. To see the Fair placings please see their website at www.chilliwackfair.com. We hosted a Poker Ride on August 29th through the trails on south side of the Vedder River. We had 30 riders with the course taking approximately two hours to complete. We paid out to 3rd place and had some great giveaways from Greendale Country Bakery, Pureform, Payton & Buckle, Hugo’s Mexican Restaurant, Corinne Kriegl, Barb Bodholdt, and Janet Elliott. 1st: Nola Kidwell $250 2nd: Penny Boldt $150 3rd: Sara Dyck $100

We’re going to give you a bit more time to figure this one out! This unit stands 24” high and slides up and down. It weighs 15 lbs. No correct guesses in so far!

From the August issue This item is called a ‘bitch hook’ because they were dangerous to disconnect from the rigging. Congratulations to: Linda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Norman Moisey, St. Albert AB Harvey Bodnar, Ardmore AB

Our fundraising paid off! We’ve finally purchased new timers! This is very exciting for us since our old timers were really beginning to let us down. Thank you so very much to the members, businesses, and private persons who continue to support us, and our endeavours, throughout the years. Poker Ride (l to r) Nola Kidwell, Penny Boldt, Sara Dyck

This tool weighs 3 lbs and is 24” long. It has a specific use, the reason for the long handles and indented clasper.

Chilliwack Fair (l to r) Penny Boldt, Riesa Kyne, Lindsay Adam Grey, Kaitlin Tottenham, Anita Lem


READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to usedandunique2018@gmail.com

July 19 Gymkhana (l to r) Cassandra Manley, Amelia Manley, Ciara O’Rourke, Heidi Hogan, Hayden Thompson, Kass Brennan

Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ saddleup.ca for details. OCTOBER 2020


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Virtual Show We had a blast doing the virtual show in August! We saw faces we haven’t seen in a long time participating, along with new ones! We have had requests to hold another which we will look into doing. Thank you to Colleen Ebner of Double 4 Equestrian for setting up and running the trail portion as a fundraiser. Thank you also to Jodie Moore and Dean Ross for donating their time judging. Finally, thank you to Tamara and Pia for all the work and time you put into this show. Show We have our only live show on September 26-27 at MREC. See more in next month’s article. We have extensive COVID protocol planned, to keep everyone safe while showing their Paints and Quarters. Thank you so much to our sponsors who made this a possibility during these hard times. You are so very appreciated.

AGM We are planning on holding our AGM by Zoom due to COVID for social distancing and so all can participate. Stay tuned to the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assn Facebook page and BCQHA.com for details. Date TBA in late October. At the AGM we will be discussing how the virtual show and our show went, as well as how fundraising turned out. We will also be discussing financials, plans for 2021, and naming the new board. We will be needing a new president, as after many years, Mellissa will be stepping down to concentrate on her family, etc. She is happy to help guide the incumbent if they so wish. Please consider stepping on to the Board or a committee for 2021 and help to shape your club into the best it can be. The club has a rich history, built on the passions and sense of community of generations. We would love for you to be a part of that going forward.

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

! Time to pick your Pumpkin e r e h s i e m i t s! Fall

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Kane Valley Equestrian Campground Project By Scott Walker and Rose Schroeder

W Finished corral with gate

Horse watering at 2 locations on the creek

View of Harmon Lake from campsite #20

Volunteers getting a post vertical

ho likes trail riding and camping with their horses and mules? We now have a new destination thanks to Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC), Horse Council BC, the Endurance Riders of BC and a number of businesses that provided terrific in-kind donations. It is called the Kane Valley Equestrian Recreation Site. Located between Merritt and Princeton, with access from three directions, off the Coquihalla, off the Okanagan Connector and off Hwy 5A as well ... it is near perfect. There are 13 campsites with 26 corrals (1 group site for 3 rigs with 6 corrals, 2 double sites with 4 corrals each and 6 single sites with 2 corrals each). Four manure bins make disposal easy. Make sure you bring a wheelbarrow and fork! Watering stock is at two different signed locations on the creek between the lakes. The Rec Site is managed by a host, who collects the standard camping fee of $15/rig and $2/ corral per night. The equestrian camping area is gated and signed at both ends recognizing priority for those camping with horses. The camp host will do his best to manage the site as such, however, it is recognized that RSTBC sites are managed on a first-come first-served basis and if no other suitable site is available, others may be allowed to camp in the equestrian area. 2020 has and will be for some time a challenging year for all in relation to the high demand for campsites resulting from the COVID 19 situation. If you arrive and all sites are full, please see the camp host, he will do his best to accommodate you if at all possible. The trails are mostly Nicola Valley Nordic Clubs X-country Ski trails. All are signed and well-mapped. There are a wide variety of trails from valley bottom to high up in some big timber country. Most ride areas have range permits and are used by local ranchers, so we need to be mindful of cattle, gates and do our best to stay on the trails. This is the second equine recreation site in the Merritt Area (the first being at Lundbom Lake) which BCHBC and RSTBC have worked on together. The area is recognized as being central to so many riders from the lower mainland and the central interior. BCHBC, in constructing the corrals at Kane, provides another great destination to camp and ride or a simple stop over while traveling through. We greatly appreciate the support of RSTBC in consulting with all stakeholders including First Nations and local ranchers, putting funding into place, building the access road, camping pads, outhouses and installing picnic table and fire rings. Tim Bennet and Greg Hodson have been great to work with and many thanks to both. It is well deserved. We had a small crew, but we cannot express enough thankfulness for their commitment and the efforts from all to get the job done. There were members from 7 different Chapters: Okanagan, Aldergrove, Shuswap, Yarrow, Princeton (Vermillion Forks), Kamloops and Prince George. Two local residents heard about it and came out 2 days to help. In total we had 28 volunteers over the week that put in 325.5 general labour hours and 212.5 skilled hours. Again many thanks to all. We are hoping many equestrians get out to enjoy the new recreation site at Kane.

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

President: Scott Walker, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-764-8555 or 250-300-8415 Vice President(s): Karl Arnold, BCHofBCEKC@hotmail.com; Verna Houghtaling, willowcale@gmail.com; Sandra Erickson, wccc@telus.net; Marie Reimer, jeanmariereimer@gmail.com Treasurer: Debra Oakman, treasurer@bchorsemen.org, 250-897-5779 Secretary: Christine Heffernan, christine.heffernan@hotmail.com, 250-714-6001 Past President: Brian Wallace, 250-569-2324



Clubs & Associations 31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


members from across Canada and the US

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information www.crhra.ca 3/21


CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 9/21 12/20


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 5/21 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 10/21 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom. nobles@gmail.com, Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 4/21 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 2/21 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.bcqha.com Contact Carolyn Farris, email cfarris@telus.net 7/21

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

dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION (CHA) www.CHA.horse. Certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, & publishes educational manuals, webinars & videos. 8/21 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 11/20 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


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.

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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.


or e-mail: bcrcha@gmail.com

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

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A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.

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.bctcpa.net

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Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323 cbwatson@telusplanet.net www.equinefoundationofcanada.com

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BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 6/21 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, kmespenhain@telus.net 3/21



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 8/21 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 3/21

Be Kind

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 10/21

To One Another

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LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 11/20


Clubs & Associations NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 8/21 OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156, anewdawn101@outlook.com, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 4/21

100 Mile & District Outriders

Peruvian Horse Club of BC Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent www.phac.ca/BC/index.html


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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins, calista1993@gmail.com, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at www.peachlandridingclub.com 5/21

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, santonick@hotmail.com See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 12/20 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 10/20 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun, vintageriders@shaw.ca, on Facebook 3/21 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 5/21


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2020 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



1-4 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION (Wind Up) w/Dawn Ferster (Beg & Int sessions), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, dawnferster@gmail.com 2-3 CWHBA FALL CLASSIC (ONLINE) SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, www.fallclassicsale.com 2-4 PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Thunderbird, Langley BC 2-5 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart (Stage 1 & Workshop), Terrace BC, Rowena 250-641-0072, rowena.rccs@gmail.com 3 BCCDS COMPETITIVE TRAIL DRIVE, Thompson Okanagan, rsdoutz@gmail.com, www.bccarriagedriving.com 3 LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR (50th Anniversary), Fairgrounds, Abbotsford BC, www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha 3-5 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Vale’s Prairie Trails, Lethbridge AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 4 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226, Tyler.bethany2014@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com 4 (tent) HALLOWEEN SHOW, Oliver BC, Oliver & District Riding Club, see us on FB 4 FIND THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE POKER RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, info Nancy 250-546-9922, nancyroman@telus.net, registration open at 10 am. 7-9 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/JonathanField (3L’S All Levels), Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 10 BCCDS BALME AYR FARM FUN EVENT, Vancouver Island, pipb@shaw.ca, www.bccarriagedriving.com 16-18 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com

18 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Mary 778-878-0611, mary.ratz@prototype.ca, www.langleyriders.com 18 POKER RIDE & DRIVE, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC. Contact Marion chefor@telus.net 18 GYMKHANA/BCBRA RACE, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 23-25 THE MANE EVENT (ONLINE – VIRTUAL), cancelled in Chilliwack BC, www.maneeventexpo.com 31 LRS HALLOWEEN GAMES DAY, LRS arena, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, ngaire.smart@gmail.com, www.langleyriders.com


2-13 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart - Foundation Training to Advanced Horse Development, www.thehorseranch.com, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072 7 BCCDS STAR TREC FUN EVENT, Vancouver Island, pipb@shaw.ca, www.bccarriagedriving.com 7 PRC PUB NIGHT FUNDRAISER, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 16-27 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart - Foundation Training to Advanced Horse Development, www.thehorseranch.com, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072 20 HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN ONLINE Charity Fundraiser, (watch FB for updates), Okanagan BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, nancyroman@telus.net, see our FB page 20-22 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 3), Villa Training Stables, Langley BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, www.jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com 21 PRC AWARDS BANQUET, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 29-Dec 11 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart - Foundation Training to Advanced Horse Development, www.thehorseranch.com, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072


Do you have your 2020/2021 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website! OCTOBER 2020


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

EQUINE SERVICES NATURAL TOUCH THERAPY INSTITUTE (BC/AB/SK) Certified Farrier & Equine Therapy Programs www.natural-touch.ca 4/21

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


HOWARD JOHNSON INN, Red Deer, 403-343-8444. One minute from Westerner Park. www.hojoreddeer.com 12/20



2/21 6/21



Horse Shavings  Hog Fuel  Bark Mulch Serving the BC Interior 250-503-7432 4/21

formerly David Beerstra Trucking


WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch

CATTLE FEEDERS, free-standing Panels, fence line Feeders, bunk silage Feeders made from oil field pipe. Call Dan 250-308-9218 (BC wide) 6/21 ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

wholesale panels & gates | pet food | bagged feed




8/18 10/20


SILVERADO HORSE CENTER (Cochrane AB) Boarding, Clinics, Lessons, Training, www.silveradohorsecenter.com 11/20

MATT ROBERSON - Certified Journeyman Farrier & RACHEL VOWLES

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 3/21


KPU Advanced Farrier Science Graduates

t: 250-280-0155 | 250-886-7595 • e: mile0farrierco@hotmail.com



Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides


Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips

FEED DEALERS 8/19 10/21

ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 10/21

EQUINE HEALTH CANPRESSCO CAMELINA OIL. Omega 3-6-9 & Vitamin E. www.canpressco.com, Brand Rep: Amy Langevin 604-828-2551, amylangevin@live.ca 5/21 For Horses DR. REED’S Supplements

www.DrReeds.com 4/21


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100% Canadian


31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 940-4499 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870

D E A D LI N E 5th of each month



Business Services 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


WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Bedding, Footwear 4/21


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 5/21 3/19

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 6/21 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/21



CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 10/20 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 3/21 10/21

SPRING LAKE GUEST RANCH, (100 Mile House BC) 250-791-5776 Beautiful Ranch on 600 acres & private lake, www.springlakeranch.com

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21


LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 4/21

DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 2/21 9/21




Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 dgwangler@telus.net Armstrong 10/21

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 10/21 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 7/21

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 10/20

LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21 LUTTMER TRAINING AND CLINICS, starting horses, building trust and confidence, Quesnel BC 250-249-9613, see updates on Facebook 10/21

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more, www.donloewen.com

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


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 8/21

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 9/21 WWW.HORSEGEARCANADA.COM - online shopping - always open! Tack, hoof boots, nutritional products, grooming products & more. 4/21



Business Services VETERINARIANS


ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree , Bennett   3/21

OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM, www.okanaganequinevet.com

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 11/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 8/21


INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21

YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE YEAR ROUND Starting at just $250 per year (for 12 issues). Plus we can add a link on our web site for only $50 per year!

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

Send Saddle Up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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Rural Roots Ready for a New Chapter? 150 acres • 3,400 square foot home shop • barn • outbuildings

Charming 2 storey, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom farmhouse with wraparound porch. Enjoy the best of old and new. Mudroom, cold room, clawfoot tub. Geothermal HVAC, fibreglass and wood windows. Aged fir, tile floors throughout.

All in the banana belt of the Cariboo - a gardener’s and birder’s paradise.

Fabulous barn and huge insulated shop, both with 100amp service and water. Outbuildings, corrals, paddocks, outdoor riding arena. Fire pit, organic raised vegetable beds. Over 20 fruit trees. Two gravity-fed licensed springs.

Work from home then jump on your horse, mountain or motor bike and take a long ride without ever leaving your place. $1,585,000. MLS® 2484340 5914 Soda Creek Macalister Road, Soda Creek, BC To view call 250-297-6399 or email: beehappyhoney@dunawayranch.com

HEY, FOR THE COWBOY AT HEART! This newer attractive southwest style Santa Fe 3 bed/4 bath home is located on 11.4 acres, 20 minutes east of Osoyoos. Ideal horse property with a 4-stall barn (30’x40’), tack room, hay storage and shelter. There are fenced irrigated pastures, a 70’x180’ riding arena, and land for riding just down the road. For the hobbyist, a large 25’x40’ shop. Home has a great view to the east of mountains and valley. Bonus… 9 mile creek crosses the property! Home uses an open floor design with high ceilings and decorated in a western theme. Spanish courtyards surround the home. Duplicate Listing Agriculture #180094. 657 Ravenhill Road, Osoyoos BC $935,000 MLS® 180095 BOB GRANHOLM 250-983-3372 RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty, Oliver BC rbgtroper@gmail.com



20 acres with 2 houses 200 USGPM irrigation well 7.5 acres in irrigated hay fields 80’ x 120’ indoor arena 165’ round pen 2 barns w/stalls and a hay barn 30’ x 48’ workshop 4358 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong BC $1,998,000 MLS® 10210089 RUSSELL ARMSTRONG 778-930-0115 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC russ.sellsrealty@gmail.com www.realestateruss.ca



On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse


We Have the Blues!

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

for Trail ~ Work ~ Show

2020 Foals will be available sired by:

LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan 12/20

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. www.ringsteadranch.com • deb.cones@gmail.com 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21

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

7/21 3/17

If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure! 12/20

Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) ponderosaridgeranch@outlook.com www.PonderosaRidgeRanch.ca 10/21

Stallions & Breeders

2010 Amber Champagne AQHA Stallion Peppy San Badger, Hollywood Dun It 2007 Sooty Dunalino AQHA Stallion; Sugar Bar, Hollywood Jac 86 2008 Homozygous Black Tobiano APHA

Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-6514 threewindsranch@hotmail.com www.3windsranch.weebly.com



APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. www.footnotefarm.com 4/21 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/20 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 2/21

5-year-old Gelding, over 16HH Lots of ground work on this guy and he has been ridden as well, mostly bareback in a halter. Has been ground driven. Ready to go in any direction. $10,000

3-year-old Filly, over 15.2HH already. Some ground work done, ready to go in any direction or as a breeding prospect for your program. $10,000

Contact jimmy.huggins@hotmail.com (Salmon Arm BC) 38 • OCTOBER 2020



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) 11/21



that has a little bit of everything


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: theleatherlady95@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/20




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Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 / christa.hestnes@gmail.com



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